Sunday, June 1, 2008

It's like battered perfume syndrome.



I love how I *know* Hanae Mori smells like the perfume version of an annoying giggling Japanese schoolgirl who just rolled in a bucket of Love's Baby Soft, and yet a sample size sits here in a cute little shell (posing as a bowl) on my desk, and every now and then I think, "Oh, it's so vanilla-y, I will just spray a little and smell so good" and minutes later I have a headache from the giggle fucking girly perfume that I should have KNOWN BETTER than to spray on me yet again.

The most annoying thing is that men love this shit. In life, you should wear a perfume that repels men a little and then see if you can still get them to come hither.

31 comments:

Jules said...

I absolutely loathe that perfume. I have never, ever, been remotely tempted to spritz that fog of funk.

I get a migraine every time someone near me is wearing it.

Christine in DC said...

Gosh, how have I missed this den of disgustingness? I certainly have experienced others like it before, when I want to scream at women wearing it: "You think you smell GOOD? I want to throw up!"

Christine in DC said...

Gosh, how have I missed this den of disgustingness? I certainly have experienced others like it before, when I want to scream at women wearing it: "You think you smell GOOD? I want to throw up!"

Joanna Goddard said...

that is so funny :)

Anonymous said...

"a perfume that repels men a little"

Like boiled cabbage? Spoiled milk? A diaper pail?

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Nothing could be worse than being trapped in an elevator with a gal soaked in Giorgio.

I *Heart* You said...

i actually love that perfume and wore it for years. i have never had as many compliments from guys about another perfume as i did that one. but since i have scent ADD i am onto Nanette Lepore, Fresh Lemon Sugar and Jo Malone French Lime Blossom.

simply seleta said...

I bought that one once and could never really wear it without getting annoyed. Thinking I was getting rid of the too-sweet smell, I gave it to my 6 year old....then realized I was still subjecting myself to that smell. Duh.

Question: is it a given that all of us will smell like horrible variations of Estee Lauder perfumes when we are over the age of 60? I ask that because at least 50% of the post-menopausal woman I either meet, walk past, or talk to wear this gag-reflex nasty perfume that could take out a lung or two. Do they all shop at the same place?

Be the change..... said...

i wear the men's version of Hanae Mori and I just LOVE it and get so many compliments! I'm not sure what the women's version is like -but it sounds awful!

fashiongirl said...

"Nothing could be worse than being trapped in an elevator with a gal soaked in Giorgio."

Um, try it with a middle aged female exec who bathed in Michael Kors. It's so cloying my eyes immediately cross.

Sumeba Miyako said...

That is my all time favorite perfume, guess I smelled like crap all these years.

Anonymous said...

oh god your last line made me chortle out loud.
i don't think i'd ever like to smell like anything men comment on so frequently. ugh. it's bad enough with this man-attracting pair of earrings i wear which are just big blue stones from the venice beach boardwalk... men are bizarre.

Decorno said...

Sumeba... perfume smells differently on everyone. If you like it, it probably smells good on you.

On me, I just smell like I spent too much time testing perfume at the Macy's counter. :)

If you can rock it, go for it!

So tell me this: do men love it? Do they swarm you? They must. I need someone to prove out my theory that this smell is just man-bait.

Anonymous said...

embarrassing confession: I like just about all perfumes. I do. I'm trash.

decorno said...

Ha! That has me laughing out loud.

I am not sure it makes you trash. It actually makes you seem joyful and like you're up for anything. The kind of girl who would steal a six-pack of Bud from a 7-11 while on a road trip...just for the Thelma-and-Louise getaway thrill of it.

Anonymous said...

...and the cashier too!

In men's scents, I like the cheap stuff the best: Mennon, Gillette, English Leather, Old Spice...grrrrrrr

Robin said...

I have never smelled this perfume but I think I will have to go to Sephora at lunch tomorrow so I can smell its horrific-ness for myself.

My ex-sister-in-law used to bathe in Calvin Klein's Escape (back in the day) to the point where the entire 2nd floor of their house smelled like her perfume everywhere, all the time. I haven't seen her in years but on the rare occasion I get a whiff of that stuff I practically get whiplash looking to see if it's her.

Anonymous said...

cant stand the woman ly sweet smells. they make me feel faint.

Maison Luxe said...

Truth time: that was my perfume of choice last fall/winter and I wore it every day, and I loved it! I used every drop in that bottle.

Men swooned, boyfriend included. Women also loved it, but no swooning was involved :)

Anonymous said...

You guys are funny, but god, I need a dining room table that isn't made like crap. cries weakly, *help*

Christine in DC said...

I was hoping this was at Douglas and went there yesterday at lunch. No dice, but I did spray on some Fresh Sugar--which I have a feeling is very similar. I was feeling ill all afternoon. I'm sure it probably smells good on some people.

Anonymous said...

Men always seem to like those powdery, vanilla-y mommy smells.

Anonymous said...

I like Olde Doughnut.

Anonymous said...

Dining-table-crisis anon: Try Room & Board:

www.roomandboard.com

~M said...

Ha! An old friend used to wear this and I thought it was hideous smelling. Of course, she was also big on pear-scented lotion. Barf. And really, you just shouldn't be able to smell perfume on anyone unless you are right near them. What is it with over-fragrancing? On my second (nausea-filled) pregnancy, I really value the unscented. When I do wear fragrance, for me, I like Chanel's Egoiste (yes, it's a men's cologne) and L'Occitane's Verbena. For my man: Speed Stick Deodorant in Active Fresh Scent. That's it.

birdy said...

For the dining room crisis, go vintage.

I'm a thrift store addict, and I am constantly finding fabulous old tables, many of them solid wood. They often need to be refinished, but it's so worth putting a little effort in to it. They're so much more solid than a lot of the junk you can buy at mass market places.

mrlfvl said...

My rule of thumb for perfumes is to avoid anything that resembles "powder fresh." Otherwise, you walk around smelling like a scented maxi-pad. Also, any scent that has been made into a "Yankee Candle" fragrance - never good....

Anonymous said...

My boyfriend once brought over a bunch of condoms he got free somewhere, probably some booth at a gay pride thing, and some of them were "cola" flavored. And you know, I gotta say, they smelled GOOD.

alis said...

My boyfriend loves peachy smells with a hint of spice and vanilla.

The perfume I deteste is Marc Jacobs Daisy, because I asked my aunt(who lives in the US) to bring me(to Turkey) a bottle when she came to visit (perfume that is $70 in the USA is sold for $200 here). It smells nice, I guess, because it doesn't have a fucking smell. I blew my perfume puchase on a bottle of yellow, nicely bottled water. The perfume I felt sexiest in was despite being over-used, Gucci Envy.
There's a purple bottled Kenzo perfume (with a woman's symbol on it), now THAT is divine. I sprayed a little bit on my wrist and spent the rest of the day sniffing myself with lust.

Decor Fellow: James Saavedra said...

ok, I must say that I wear the men's version and I can not count the compliments...:)

Anonymous said...

Sorry girls. This stuff is incredible. Between this one and Flowerbomb and Nordstroms has my business for life. It's an incredible smell on the right woman.