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Is It Expensive? Keeping those Fangs Sharpened?

Women. You gotta love 'em.

Today's fragrance: I'm steeped in the lovely tea scent of Vivienne Westwood Anglomania.


Blogger G said...

Mireille - Fragrance question:

What is the shelf life of most fragrances? Do they "go bad" (even if they smell fine to the untrained schnaz)?

The question came to me this very am and I said "AHa! I know who to ask!"

exuud - Maybe a nice fragrance name? Too cheap you say? Too reminiscent of Exxon?

1:57 PM

Blogger mireille said...

I like exuud! Like exude! About fragrance shelf life -- if tightly capped and always kept in a cool, dark environment, fragrance can hold for a long, long time (witness the vintage fragrances that have survived for decades -- and even fragrance oils found in egyptian tombs, still exuding some of their scent.) Ths doesn't mean the fragrance hasn't changed, however. On the other end of the spectrum, there are particular fragrances that can go rancid comparatively quickly. Email me if you want the name of those. Safest is to smell something before you buy it. If you like the scent, then it's still good, even if it's undergone aging. Hope this helps, G. xoxo

2:28 PM

Blogger actonbell said...

Anglomania--interesting name.
And when we toured Fragonard, I saw them selling scents in tin bottle-type containers, supposed to keep them dark and cooler. I'd never seen them bottled that way.

5:49 PM

Blogger mireille said...

ooooh, cool, Actonbell. You toured Fragonard! And those metal containers are called estagnons, I think. How neat that you saw that! xoxo

6:06 PM

Blogger Bela said...

I've been there too. (Actonbell, did you visit the quaint candied fruit factory? It's usually part of the same tour.) I'm afraid I don't believe Fragonard actually produce their fragrances the way we were shown. I think those amazing old contraptions are meant for tourists. Perhaps I'm too much of a cynic. Those tours are great fun, anyway, and the area is so beautiful.

8:42 PM

Blogger actonbell said...

Ah, no, Bela, we didn't--we had the serendipity to meet up with a man Ekim had actually met through work (Tyco's international) and his wife, who was eager for an excuse to visit Fragonard. They met us where we were docked--and took us to a couple places. It was very nice of them!

6:26 PM


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