Monthly Archives: February 2014

Guess what I found….? The Perfumed Dandy’s Mystery Scent Today

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How could one ignore the perfect clamour for this perfume?

A fragrance with so many fans proud to proclaim it as their guilty pleasure!

I’m expecting mile high clouds of powder emanating from a source as viscous, luxurious and intoxicating as the cream whose name it bears.

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For, as if by some strange scented serendipity, a small antique quantity of a certain olfactory commodity contained in an embossed box has fallen into my hands…

Today I try vintage Chantilly by Houbigant.

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Following its selection by your good selves (well, sort of, I felt you demanded I should try it though there was no formal poll!)

The Perfumed Dandy will now take a few days to deliberate and cogitate the merits and mischiefs of this fragrance fair or foul and will, in due course, provide his report on relations with the new discovery by means of a scented letter.

Another opportunity to place a new perfume on The Dandy‘s skin will arise with the next instalment of The Perfumed Dandy’s Hit Parade.

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In the meantime if you would like to thrust forward a fragrance for future fame on The Hit Parade simply visit ‘Suggest and old scent or recommend a new one’ and leave your suggestion there.

Have an especially fragrant day.

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

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Confessions of a Seattle summer working girl… Fantasy by Britney Spears The Perfumed Dandy’s Scented Letter

Apologies to Seattle and everyone who selected this as a guilty scented secret, but I couldn’t resist revisiting the world of Britney one more time… Yours ever, The Perfumed Dandy

The Perfumed Dandy.

It was supposed to be fun.

It was just for the summer.

They promised sun, sea, sand and…., well if not exactly that then young men.

And what was got?The worst gig in history.

Now, first things first, the sun doesn’t always shine in Seattle, in fact, even in Summer, the sun doesn’t shine that much at all in Seattle.

There’s plenty of sea in Seattle. Oh yes, sea, sea, sea, but no sun and no sand and no one you’d want to … well, no eligible young men.

There is a seafront though.Sorry, waterfront.

By which is meant miles of concrete slab with semi converted fishing piers, punctuated with half hearted attractions and populated by bored tourists and grungy locals.

There are though fish: fish to fish in the sea, fish to watch in an aquarium and fish to eat in fish and chip shops.

There’s a…

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It’s better the devil you know………… The Perfumed Dandy’s Fragrant Forum

My Dearest Darling Demons

We all have them… don’t we?

Vices, proclivities, indulgences, foibles, weaknesses, blind spots… sins!

Well, this weekend The Dandy is not concerned with crimes of the flesh, moral omissions or crimes commissioned. 

I want to know your deepest darkest dirty fragrant fancies!

What are your perfumed guilty pleasures?

Are there any scents in your collection you’re ashamed of?

Any fragrances you prefer not to shout from the rooftops you adore?

Aromas you wear only when alone?

Come now, you’re with friends… you can tell us…

With thanks to Iscent for this dastardly idea.

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

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There’ll be bluebirds over… Fleurs de Rocaille by Caron The Perfumed Dandy’s Scented Letter

A frightful busy week for The Dandy I’m afraid. Saw a picture of David Niven today at the National Theatre and suddenly I thought of Caron’s masterpiece. Yours ever, The Perfumed Dandy

The Perfumed Dandy.

His hair has the silver white hue of the chalk cliffs he walks each morning.

Following his path implacably, without regard to the weather, his eyes are fixed in the middle distance looking out towards where the sea is, though he does not see it.

In the warmer months he appears a little happier, it’s hard to tell: his face changes so little with the seasons.

Arrested in an air of benign, bemused detachment it is the visage of a kindly if disinterest god.

Only his body gives away that things are better in summer, he holds himself more upright and alert, his whole being seeming relieved not to have to fight against the wind and rain that will battle him all winter.

From your window you have watched him steer this same course for years and as the years have passed you have seen him grow more fragile, his…

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Vintage magnetism… L’Aimant by Coty A Found Review and New Perspective From An Old Friend

Glorious Blooms

During the recent festival of roses, while flicking through the archive, I found one scent was missing…

That grand dame of cost effective aldehydes Coty’s L’Aimant.

Whilst I mentioned it in my “Baker’s Dozen: 13 Roses for Anyone Feeling Unlucky in Love”, The Dandy could find no evidence of a full review of the fragrance, though I knew in my heart of hearts I’d penned one!

Then I recalled… it was over at my dear friend Michael Lanier‘s website Scents Memory that this little tale had been told, in the days before The Dandy has a place to call his own.

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The Dandy’s Place, honest.

To see this little antique curiosity click just here or on that lovely flacon above and you will be transported.

Well it just so happens, as this recollection dawned upon your forgetful correspondent, that a certain M. Lanier was posting a review of… guess what?

That’s right… Coty’s L’Aimant! And it’s over on his fabulous new invention: a YouTube channel if you please!

To see our gallant friend in all his finery and very fine form giving his all on this fragrance simply click right here, while admiring that fabulous moving picture poster just below.

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And while we’re being all film star about things, you can also read an interview with Lanier here on The Dandy.

It’s another of our most popular and favourite posts don’t you know!?!

Talking of favourite things, our “gal pal” Iscent, mistress of the splendid scented emporium I Scent You A Day is just such an individual.

She is the Scheherazade of olfactory review, on a journey of 1001 nights in the fragrant world.

And also rather a fan of L’Aimant too, even daring to compare it with another iconic perfume in this charming list of “Smellalikees”.

Well there we have it, The Dandy…  feels he’s done his bit to set the record straight on a neglected, near forgotten ‘drugstore’ gem… one last tip try wearing this rose in creme perfume form and shimmered in powder for ultimate big screen effect.

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Oh, and do take a moment to drop in on those dear friends if you get the chance.

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

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The Perfumed Dandy’s Scent Today…… Paris by Yves Saint Laurent

Boulevards, brasseries, bois, des arts, boutiques…

That seemingly inescapable erection.

How could one hope to capture a city as erotic, stylish, cultured and sadistic in a simple scent?

Say it with flowers!

That seems to have been Saint Laurent’s response: a rose large enough to fill the Louvre attended to by practically every other bloom in creation.

Does it, can it, work!?!

Following its selection by your good selves in yesterday’s snap vote, The Perfumed Dandy will now take a few days to deliberate and cogitate the merits and mischiefs of this fragrance fair or foul and will, in due course, provide his report on relations with the new discovery by means of a scented letter.

Another opportunity to place a new perfume on The Dandy‘s skin will arise with the next instalment of The Perfumed Dandy’s Hit Parade.

In the meantime if you would like to thrust forward a fragrance for future fame on The Hit Parade simply visit ‘Suggest and old scent or recommend a new one’ and leave your suggestion there.

Have an especially fragrant day.

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

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The love that dare not speak its name… The Perfumed Dandy’s Fragrant Forum

Friends, Fragrance Fiends, Amatores

With all this babble, mainly I know from yours truly, of roses, romance, St Valentine’s Day and all matters of the heart, it set The Dandy thinking…

Across the various blogs, fora, chat rooms, sites and other seedy joints where ‘scent heads’ hang out, there is much talk of concealment, of keeping our infatuation (as some see it) with fragrance hidden from public view.

It’s almost as though some of us are afraid our amour for all things aromatic might be met with distaste, disapproval, even our disavowal by those around us?

Is it really such a seriously bad thing to love a good scent?

So this week’s question…

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Is perfume your secret passion?

Or perhaps you will burst my bubble, tell me today we’re all out and proud about the pongy stuff: founder members of Perfume Pride…

Either way, do tell…

Especially if you never have before!

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

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Petroleum and peach schnapps… Mitsouko by Guerlain The Perfumed Dandy’s Scented Letter

The Post You Love Most. Looking back over the last year The Dandy noticed a strange thing, there is one scented letter far more adored than all the others… Mitsouko. It has been read, so the figures say, almost ten times more than any other of my aromatic missives. In fact, one in twenty visits here is to pay homage to Guerlain’s masterpiece. Let us do so again this Sunday. Yours ever, The Perfumed Dandy

The Perfumed Dandy.

Half her world, or so it seemed, came to give their lives at Verdun.

But what she got, was given or perhaps took was freedom.

So if she chooses now to smell of petroleum and peach schnapps and drive cars and boats too fast, surely we can all understand a little why.

She parties hard, lives each day, they say as though it were her last on account of lives that did not fly, men who died in trenches to move lines on maps and bleed angry armies white.

Yesterday, ambulant driver, she scuttled back and forth through filth ferrying human shrapnel to medical ward ammunition dumps.

Today, she presses her foot down hard on every kind of accelerator, sprays on every sort of new scent, tries on every type of new sex, but nothing brings erasure.

About her person she still smells iodine and the moss that grew everywhere…

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Sealed with a kiss… 

Dearest All

As some of you have been kind enough to mention:

 Yesterday The Dandy turned one.

Sometimes it really is appropriate to keep it short and simple.

So I simply wanted to say thank you for reading, commenting, participating making The Dandy what he is:

A Labour of Love.

Purely by chance, the eve of this Happy Birthday was the most popular day ever here with more people tuning in and flicking through more scented letters than at any time before.

The best present we could have hoped for.

Once again…

Yours ever, in gratitude and with great affection,

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

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Extraordinary gentleman of the Knight… White Rose by Floris for Sir John Gielgud The Perfumed Dandy’s Four Thespian Roses for St Valentine’s Day 

Perhaps Sir John was always more Green Carnation than White Rose.

A peculiarly British contradiction: feted peer of the realm, first among actors, arrested and prosecuted for ‘sexual offences’. Further enobled after his conviction.

His surface charm, that most say ran deep, and mellifluous tone that spoke of an equally honeyed, and giving, heart, never deserted him.

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I wonder if, like his great aunt, the every bit as legendary Ellen Terry he might have been tempted by the wares of Floris of Jermyn Street.

I’m sure he knew of the Turkish baths that once stood nearby, and proved inspiration for Penhaligon’s Hammam Bouquet.

The Floris shop still has the same wooden counters created for the Great Exhibition in 1851, from behind which Ellen, and John and now you are served.

Perhaps he might have chosen White Rose, a quintessentially theatrical scent.

Not large or grating you understand.

But subtle and insinuating like a fine actor’s performance.

It starts as a juvenile violet, sweet, innocent, slightly confectionery. Grows into a leading lady heart, more power and depth, jasmine providing elocution and projection.

The finish is pure dressing room: fading flowers, endless powder and slap, the spice of costumes worn tens of dozens of times.

Actor and theatre, person, place, perfume all one.

Gielgud, the performer personified is one of only eleven people, five actors, to have the rare distinction of an EGOT.

This inelegant acronym signifies their capturing of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, and dominance of all performing arts.

Interestingly, Sir John received more Grammy nominations than for any of the purely acting awards… that voice…

… Wizardry!

Farewell then from the world of magic and theatre and roses.

Happy St Valentine’s Day.

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

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