The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Ramblings for a Monday Morning


blah-blah-blahI finally had a chance to sit down and get a little writing in.  It’s been so busy with work that any random thoughts and ideas seem to be rattling around loose in my brain.  But things are actually quieting down nicely and we had a nice quiet Easter Sunday and I managed to eat a ton of candy and Easter ham and all the fixins!

OK… I told you this would be a bit rambling…

I was putting on some perfume for work the other day and as I was digging through my what I believe to be minimal collection, I started thinking about Spring and that I could once again start wearing some more warmer weather fragrances (or puchase some :)).  But in looking at my perfumes, I noted that there were a few this winter that I barely touched but once or twice.  But last year, I wore these same fragrances multiple times per week (Serge Luten’s Ambre Sultan for instance).  I started wondering if my tastes were changing or if my interest in perfume was dominated by the thrill of the chase in purchasing new perfume rather than for the pure love of the fragrance.  And then I thought with the increasing size of my collection, how many of those old loves will never ever see the light of day?  Or, will next winter become once again, the winter of Ambre Sultan?  Is anyone else this fickle in their perfume loves?

Rambling on…

YsastisThanks to the wonderful Kafkaesque I am now hooked on vintage Ysatis by Givenchy.  She graciously included a sample of vintage EdT which I emptied in quick time.  Thankfully, this is not hard to find on eBay and I recently purchased 2 5ml pure parfum minis for a song.  As much as I loved the EdT, I love the  pure parfum even more as the floral aspects are tinged greater with the animalic civet.  It’s a beauty that is extremely loud and feminine but I don’t care.  I am wallowing in it’s loveliness as I write this!  The following is the description from Fragrantica:

Magical floral fragrance. Ysatis woman is smart, emotional and distinct. Elegant bottle matches the opulent fragrance that smells like luxury. The top notes are citrus, ylang-ylang, galbanum, coconut, rose wood, and aldehydes. The heart notes are jasmine, rose, iris, tuberose and narcissus. The base notes are musk, amber, vanilla, vetiver, patchouli, sandal wood and civet. The fragrance was created by Dominique Ropion in 1984.


I recently reviewed the wonderful Haute Claire Parfum by Aftelier Perfumes giving it a 5 bone rating.   Mandy Aftel graciously sent me the EdP version of Haute Claire and I can easily say that it too is a star.  Of course, being an EdP vs. a Parfum concentration means that it’s a little lighter but the overall essence is the same.  However, strangely with the EdP I almost get a light cocoa vibe as well.  Maybe I’m just smelling all the Easter chocolate in the house?

and finally…

Did anyone else sign up for the Olfactif sample program?  The first month was free and I have no idea what to expect.  I did receive an email the other day stating that my package had been shipped.  No doubt, more to come on this soon.

Happy Monday all!

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

20 thoughts on “Ramblings for a Monday Morning

  1. Great that you’re finding some new loves. And how cool Mandy Aftel sent you a sample of Haute Claire in different concentration for a comparison!
    Have a great Monday!


  2. Oooh, I signed up for Olfactif, I believe mine will arrive today! Since it’s now April 1, they’ve listed their offerings: Imaginary Authors – The Soft Lawn; Sonoma Scent Studio – Fig Tree; L’Artisan Parfumeur – Voleur de Roses. Can’t say I’m super eager about any of them, unfortunately. Alas, I can just cancel after I get this package since it was free to try for a month. I think I probably will, after all, I can spend the same amount and get (more) samples of my choosing every month, but I do like the idea of it.


    • I love the idea, but I do think it’s a bit expensive for what you get. However, I hold off judgement until I get my package!


      • I’m certain one pays for the privilege of pretty packaging. I don’t mind that inherently, as that’s part of the hobby, but… for the same price I could probably get 4 or 5 samples of my choosing delivered from StC or the like. And it is a little steep for 1ml samples. I think if they could swing 2ml, or even 1.5ml, I’d be more willing to stick with it. Again, I suppose I shouldn’t judge a book by the cover seeing as I haven’t received my samples yet, but I have a feeling I won’t be extending beyond the free trial. I think if I weren’t quite as into the hobby as I am and weren’t so finicky, I’d probably stick with it. But there are so many things I want to try, I’d rather spend as much to get what I want rather than shell out almost $20 for a random assortment of things I may or may not be interested in.


  3. Ysatis??! *blinks, then grins* Oh, Mr. Hound, what an unexpected but lovely surprise to read your words. I’m thrilled that you loved something I sent you so much, especially given your own Santa Claus of a package. From your words, I think you love the Ysatis more than I do at this point. LOL! What truly makes me happy is that you loved something vintage! With the Karl Lagerfeld, I think that makes 2 things — so, clearly, my subtle plan to lead you into the world of vintage worked a little. 😉 It’s funny, I started with vintage and ended up entering the world of more modern things, while you’re slowly taking the reverse track. What does the hubby think of Ysatis?

    As for Haute Claire, it is definitely something I want to try after your glorious, wonderful review of it last week. I’ll order some samples with my next Surrender to Chance order. You created a lemming, my dear.


    • K – at least your lemmings are not too expensive. That I love. As for hub, he said that Ysatis makes me smell like his aunt Doris…LOL!


      • I have come a long way in appreciating the ultra-feminine scents these days. As long as I like them, I don’t really care who they are intended for. Ysatis sounds really lovely with the flowers and the civet. Although perhaps I’m not the best judge, as sometimes I like “old lady” scents. 🙂 Then again, I prefer the “louder” scents as a general rule, so it’s not surprising I’d go for something like this! LOL.


      • Haha, then the hub can join my brother who essentially forbade me to wear it in his house. It was very funny because he kept wrinkling his nose while he was standing near me and going, “What *is* that smell?!” while he glared at me. He muttered something about old ladies too. *eye roll* I don’t think he approves of the fustiness of real oakmoss.


  4. I love Ysatis. I must have gone through at least 4 bottles in high school and college. It was all I wore for a while.


  5. I have too many perfumes (full bottles and decants) in mycollection to form any real patterns of behavior. And I’m trying to “rotate” perfumes I wear. But I’ll probably write about it in my upcoming statistics post.

    This program – while interesting in principle – isn’t for me. Or for you. Or for most other perfume enthusiasts who has been into that for a while. And I’m thinking about the post on that topic as well 🙂 though I’m not sure whether I should do it… But a new baby-business isn’t the same as a new perfume brand, right?

    I’ve just realized that I’ve never tried Ysatis and don’t have any idea what it is, how popular it is/was and how it smells. But I’m impressed that you went from the sample to a bottle (ok, amini one…two) in a short period of time.


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  7. I kind of have a long-term “relationship” with Ropion as he has created many of my favorites. I also have Ysatis in my small collection. It is from ninties. I’ve tried it recently and I still love it.


  8. I’m glad you mentioned the Haute Claire EDP smelling pretty much like the parfum version; I should go and complete my shopping cart.

    As to perfume fickleness, I am an equal opportunity lover — I didn’t/don’t gravitate towards any in particular.

    The Olfactif sample program is not interesting to me as I would rather know what I am getting at that price than be surprised and potentially disappointed.


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