Sunday, 8 April 2012

Spring clean

I have too much tat, plus I'm living with someone else's furniture & no proper storage. Now I am back to living like a student, though with more space.

Anyway, operation spring clean has begun. I am going to take various lovely but never worn clothes & sell them to Bang Bang in Goodge Street or Berwick Street (these are very nice shops and they give you the money there and then. If they like it, they can be a bit snotty. Nothing makes you feel more déclassé than someone rejecting your clothes. )

I would like to have a minimal, capsule wardrobe of eternal classics, like some chic Parisian woman but I know all this means just more space for new stuff, which will eventually be transformed through being in my wardrobe into more tat & clutter.

Also going to start using up the million little perfume samples collected when I was rich enough to go to perfume events at Les Senteurs. I will wear the sample all week until its gone. I am too poor to buy perfume at the moment but when I am rich at least I will know which perfume to buy. I will review them here for you.

Today I am sampling the confusingly titled 'Not a Perfume' by niche perfumers Juliette Has A Gun. The scents I like tend to be unisex, which is to say BLOKEY ones - not usually into girly floral, sweet perfumes (though I quite like the new Prada one which is called Candy and magically smells like candyfloss. This falls into the category they call 'gourmand'. )

I like this a lot. It is musky and woody. If you like musk, you will like this. Let's see if it lasts on the skin.

Not a Perfume is made of 1 single synthetic ingredient Ambroxan. Ambroxan is a molecular creation that comes from the organic research. Developed by Firmenich in the 1950s to replace Ambergris, a very rare natural secretion of whales, Ambroxan comes in the form of white crystals. It is usually used as a back note in perfume composition, even if its smell is curiously quite far from its original inspiration."


  1. Interesting. Escentrics has done the same thing. I think Escentrics Molecule 2 is ambroxan. I wonder how they compare. One would imagine they would be the same. I can't get hold of Juliette has a Gun up here but I believe both ranges are stocked by Harvey Nichols in London.

    And if it is just ambroxan, then you could buy some from somewhere like Perfumers Apprentice and dilute it yourself to get the same effect much more cheaply.

  2. So it isn't whale poo, but it smells like it. Nice.

  3. Not poo, not vomit - biliary secretion. Lovely.

  4. PS It doesn't last at all. Gone within 2 hours. I think you are onto something with buying Ambroxan direct.