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Tamara*J

I've never tried Infini-obviously this needs to be remedied soon! Your so cute :)
I know the feeling of wanting to share your find and then getting dissed- The end of your story made me laugh really hard!

My two cents~

I was huffin' on some vtg.Femme one evening,
I was diggin' it like crazy.I was struck by the sultriness, the naughtiness of dark plum and leather, it was almost too much yet I loved it.
My daughters wandered into my room , layed down on my bed.(17,14,12 and 7 BTW)

I played coy but knew they would notice sooner or later.
"Mama!??? What are you wearing tonite??" they asked in earnest but I should have recognized the teasing in their voices.
"Do you guys like it, doesn't it blow your mind? Do you wanna try some? What does it smell like on me?" I was eager to hear their opinions , share the notes and fume', the history.

"Mama...you smell like a barnyard!" And then they all busted up hootin' and hollerin'.

I just continued to huff my delicous wrists and hands while they shook my bed in laughter.
Girls! ha.

What do they know of glorious skank?! :D

Perfumaniac

Tamara*J — I love that story! I think so many of us who love the old stuff have been dissed for our loves, but maybe part of what makes us love vintage so much is the outsider status of it all: "You guys JUST DON'T GET IT!"

That's pretty sophisticated for your kids to describe Femme as "barnyard," though! Maybe there's hope after all?

I believe that just as scientists have proven that culinary tastes are transferred from mother to child based on the woman's diet when she's preggers, so too perfume tastes are passed on. One day, the kiddies will be struck with a lust for some glorious skank. Just you wait! (BTW — how do you have time for perfume with four kids? Good lord! ;))

Anne

Tamara, with four daughters, at least there is hope that you can leave your perfume collection to someone who will appreciate it - eventually. I have just one daughter and one son. The son might like my Azuree one day ...

Barbara, do you think your mother's attitude to perfume might have developed because as she has aged she has actually grown more confident and relaxed? I only say this because that has been my attitude to dress, and not just because the dress code in the workplace has relaxed a bit in 20 years. I used to dress quite conservatively for the office because it was safe, and I was young and shy. With experience my confidence has grown and I've become relaxed enough to develop my own style which is actually 'younger' than I used to wear. I don't think twice now about wearing a denim jacket to work, as long as it's matched with relatively formal trousers, shoes with maybe a bit of a heel, some elegant earrings, and classic perfume.

Lovely review of Infini. I love those models! Carole Bouquet, for Chanel, was another (tho' that was the 80s).

Tamara*J

Yes the girlies keep me on my toes but it is kind've all our thing, each of us wears perfume(even lil' bebe! Me and her have been sharing Fendi Theorema and Molinard 1849 Iles d' Or) and even though I get them their own stuff, I can't seem to keep them outta my stash! ;)

I don't know about sophisticated but the babes are well aware of my hobby(obsession!!) with perfume and we do talk about it alot, usually in the scenario I wrote about.
It's very satisfying to have something to share with them that I love that they will always remember me by and yes they will appreciate all of it someday!

We live in a small antique town - Snohomish,Wa. with lots of horses, cows, llamas, miniature donkeys in the country, we are all used to the fragrant aromas of rain-drenched forests ,fields,stinky barnyard,manure and hay.

Keep up the great reviews, I love them!
Please do Givenchy L'Interdit and Carven's Robe d Un Soir someday.

Cheryl

I have a small mini bottle due to my fascination with the green florals of the 60's/70's. I think your notes ring true. It goes on young and green and pure. Then there are roses and lily of the valley. And then you notice wisps of leather and civet..hinting at a wild heart. It's not a night time perfume; the effect is chic and sophisticated. Reminds me of those DV wrap dresses.

Perfumaniac

Anne, your theory on my mother’s attitude to perfume makes a lot of sense. She just wants to throw something on that makes her feel good; she doesn’t necessarily want to make a “statement” or think too much about what she’s wearing. (All that is part of the pleasure for
me: thinking/wearing.) That’s why I wanted to add that I thought it was sad, but that I’m sure it’s something entirely else for her. After all, I’m coming at perfume from a kind of nostalgic, collector’s point of view.

Tamara* J, so cool that your kids are growing up surrounded by intense, natural ambient smells (real barnyards!) and incredibly sophisticated perfumes, AND, last but not least, someone who wants to talk about it with them. They’re going to carry that connoisseurship with them forever, and how amazing you’ve shared that with them. Puts a little tear in my eye, actually! I have L’Interdit, and will try to get my mitts on the Carven. ;)

Cheryl, interesting that you describe Infini as young! I hear you, though; lily of the valley signifies that for me, too. It smells so sophisticated to me, but who says young can’t be sophisticated? Perhaps I am so used to the fruity crap that passes for “young” these days. I also like the idea of this as the perfume version of a DvF wrap dress…The 70s are back, according to NY fashion week. Maybe we should all celebrate by wearing 70s perfumes?

Cheryl

Hmm.. I never thought my "young" could be misconstrued as "today's youth market" that's how outta touch I am with the gajillion fruity floral/shampoo/chewing gum fragrances out there. I was thinking...young in the day, early spring time, cool mornings, young in intent, eye-catching pretty..as opposed to smoldering bedroom eyed carnal invitations....interesting what words come to mind in describing the character of a perfume...

Anne

Hi again, I bought a mini of Infini (ha! a 'mini Infini') from the The Miniature Perfume Shoppe and have been delighted with it. My first impression that it has a definite retro feel. It evokes the 1970s for me - perhaps I knew someone who wore it. Or perhaps it's reminding me of a similar fragrance I knew as a child. Anyway, I love its balance between sweet and spicy, cool and warm. A friendly fragrance, I think, easy to wear. It has juiciness but there is still enough structure to keep it from collapsing.

I have a flare up of eczema at the moment so have to be careful about perfume on my skin. I wore the Infini on a cotton ball in my bra (a great old trick that) and although it's an EDT, it lasted most of the day.

My other MPS purchase was L'Interdit of uncertain age, but pre-2002 re-release for sure. It opens beautifully but dries down to something a little plain and powdery. Reminds me of Chanel No 5 EDC.

Perfumaniac

So glad you liked Infini, Anne! It is easy to wear, and I love the bottle.

Robin

I recently was in an antique shop and the owner was an older lady of around 65-70. We got to talking about perfume, because that's what I was looking for there, and it was a bit surreal because she was naming off all her favorite perfumes, sure that I'd be enthusiastic about them...but they were all newer perfumes: Cashmere Mist, Michael Kors, Beyond Paradise. And I was naming off MY favorite perfumes (which were of her generation) and she wasn't the least bit interested. It was strange, like our "perfume roles" had been reversed. Finally she admitted that she adored Magie Noire, and we got into a big discussion about that.

Perfumaniac

Amazing, Robin. I have this problem with my mother. Her old perfumes are the ones I love, and she can't stand when I wear them! (She almost tossed out a bottle of Scherrer I until I saw what she was doing.) So funny...

julie

Just got 1/4 oz of the parfum on ebay for a song! Felt a little bad when the lucite top cracked, tho it seals just fine. HMFS, this stuff is sublime! Agree 100% with the H&R notes. This is another in the pantheon of they-don't-make-them-like-they-used-to womanly aledhydes, a sister to Chamade and Miss Dior, a bit more distantly related to two other favorites, Miss Balmain, and My Sin. I know of no contemporary fragrance that socks it to me like these greats.

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