Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lavanila Coconut

I think I've found the perfect gourmand coconut with just the right amount of sweet vanilla in the mix. Some reviewers have compared it to Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison, and I can see the resemblance, but I need to smell coconut right now more than intense tropical white flowers. I also read that some people smell powdery heliotrope in it, but I mainly pick up the perfectly choreographed duo between coconut (not the toasted kind, nor the watery kind, not suntan oil but the delicious "snowballs" kind) and rich vanilla. I see a rollerball in my near future, and a huge bottle of it to last a lifetime over the long haul; I can legit live on this stuff.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Old Spice Swagger, Wolfthorn, Sport

Procter & Gamble is having a love affair with Aristotle in putting out these scents and marketing blurbs for men's fragrance brand giant Old Spice.

"Swagger body wash from Old Spice is for the man who holds the complete works of Aristotle in one hand, and a delicious sandwich in the other. Swagger’s subtle scent transforms your skin to feel like a smooth and hydrated playing field where confidence scores the winning touchdown." (Source: National Review Online)

This flanker scent to the original Old Spice has a traditionally masculine woody Chypre type of scent. It's a bit spicy like the original, and the heaviest/strongest of the 3.

"Who knew the wild scent of Wolfthorn Deodorant could help to battle stinky body problems? Maybe Aristotle or talking owls knew, but definitely not regular people or dumb owls. For a scent experience as rich and complex as a gilded Rube Goldberg machine, try the Wolfthorn collection in its entirety: Invisible Solid Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, Deodorant, Body Wash, Body Spray, and Cologne Spray."

The notes I was able to find online for Old Spice Wolfthorn are: Citrus, passion fruit and mango, vanilla and musk

Yes, these are wolves that live in the tropics. I like this scent, very shared gender-like. I smelled the passion fruit and mango right away.

Ok, this one I haven't found being sold with Aristotle references, and I can't find the notes, but it smells like a fresh and pleasant Fruity Floral with citrus and a dry, cedary base (just my guess). It's also definitely very shared gender-like, reminiscent of a fragrance by Benefit (Laugh with Me, LeeLee?).

A 16th century woodcut of Archimedes' eureka moment, Eureka effect, Wikipedia

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September 2014 Top 7 Favorite Fragrance List

It's hard to believe summer is over and the fall season is officially here again. Gone are the sundrenched afternoons picnicking in gauzy outfits, and baring our legs in short dresses and heels through romantic city nights. It's been a long while since I posted a list of favorite fragrances, so I thought I'd share what my perfuming habits have been like these days. Firstly, there's the issue of my unreleased perfumes, neither of which I have been able to launch due to unforeseen circumstances, but I have been wearing one of these quite often. It is a vanilla and gardenia blend like my original PINK MANHATTAN Purrfume but a variation of it, without peach as the main motif. I had announced one of the other notes being lavender. I won't give all its secrets away (unless I already have in a previous post and I just don't remember anymore), but suffice it to say it's a comforting and delicious, yet soothingly fresh type of scent, ever more summery than even the original PINK MANHATTAN. Not only to wistfully reminisce about the short-lived summer but, at the risk of blatant self-promotion and flattery, in appreciation of the actual scent combination which I stumbled upon by chance whilst unwittingly playing around with notes in my limited but individually suited and therefore at the very least still functional perfume organ, I can smell it every day and not get tired of it, a feat for any scent in the life of a perfumista.

Besides my private blend, I have been wearing fragrance sporadically, and only a handful of those among my collection. Over the summer, my favorites were Creed Spring Flower (of course), Marc Jacobs Oh Lola, Rihanna Reb'l Fleur in minute dabs because it's so strong, and a mild coconut-scented mist by Urban Decay called Sweet Cream. In September, I wore Guerlain L'Instant and Comptoir Sud Pacifique Tiare once each. I might dig out the fun and flighty Britney Spears Fantasy for a day, but I am not terribly in the mood for patchouli anything except the occasional coconutty Chypre Reb'l Fleur. I am waiting for several new-to-me coconut-scented samples to arrive soon, so I should be able to post some reviews again.

Early summer, my go-to was Yves Saint Laurent Cinema, but I have not worn anything too perfumey in awhile, not even Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto which is decidedly less in-your-face dramatic. I have not gone near the vintages since the spring when I had a fascination with Guerlain Chamade parfum and Givenchy III for a brief couple of days. I am firmly in the gourmand mindset right now, with coconut and an age-tested love, vanilla, being at the center of my attention. One of these days, I might flirt with L'Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons again for a healthy dose of tuberose, but the thrill of fleshy white florals seems to be gone, shockingly. Although Molinard Vanille is a longstanding favorite, I also might go on a search for yet another holiest grail vanilla; that would be a fun project for the fall. However, most of all, I have fallen in love with Creed Virgin Island Water, the most well-mannered coconut blend I have had the pleasure of encountering. Come holiday time, surely I can gift myself just once more with a terribly wasteful indulgence to get lost in, even on those days and nights I spend by myself just looking out a window with all its changing skies. My September Top 7:

1. Creed Virgin Island Water
2. Guerlain L'Instant
3. Rihanna Reb'l Fleur
4. Creed Spring Flower
5. My private blend #1 (TBA)
6. Molinard Vanille
7. Urban Decay Sweet Cream

Monday, September 15, 2014

Star Wars MBTI

I finally saw The Return of the Jedi, and was able to get the gist of INTJ Palpatine's character apart from having seen a clip of him on You Tube (which, I must admit, made me laugh the first time I saw it). I'm not sure he is an INTJ character. Granted, personality isn't the same thing as character, since any personality type can be of a good or bad character. Emperor Palpatine is unequivocally evil in this film. His downfall was overconfidence, stereotypical of an INTJ archetype. However, his cold and calculated ways of manipulating those around him to win them over to his views seemed more NF, or perhaps E, to me. Perhaps I'm also influenced by the fact that he looks so much like Pope Benedict, complete with a slight German-like accent of sorts.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The secrets of Andy Warhol's time capsules

Well, I agree that boxes are aesthetically pleasing and useful... The secrets of Andy Warhol's time capsules By Simon Elmes, BBC September 9, 2014

Monday, September 01, 2014

Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce

I hope you had a nice Labor Day weekend. Did you do any grilling, or partake in the eating of grilled foods? Next year, I'm putting this stuff on everything in sight. I think jalapeño sauce is my favorite condiment, ever.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Evidence of Brain Overgrowth in the First Year of Life in Autism

"Courchesne et al. present data linking autism to an unusual pattern of brain growth shortly after birth. Infants who later develop autism have a slightly reduced head circumference at birth, compared to normal infants, but undergo a rapid spurt in growth during the first two years of life. This growth spurt is so strong that by the age of 3-4, when behavioral signs of autism are just beginning to show, autistic children's brains are larger than normal.

"The authors conclude that the causes of autism must therefore lie in factors that lead first to reduced head circumference in birth and the subsequent the rapid spurt in brain growth, rather than factors that are not experienced until behavioral signs of autism are evident, such as exposure to mercury in vaccines.

"(...) The abnormally high rates of brain growth they observed were seen in only 6% of nonautistic cases but in 59% of autistic cases.

"One variation on their interpretation would be that the high rates of brain growth from birth to 2 years of age are necessary antecedants of autism, but that an additional trigger is essential to inducing the actual expression of autism. Thus children that did not undergo the brain growth spurt would not be vulnerable to exposure to the trigger, whereas those that had would develop autism, once exposed to the trigger. Hence a possible role for exposures during childhood cannot be ruled out on the basis of these observations.

"(...) Several contaminants that affect the pace and pattern of brain development in animals, or interfere with mechanisms controlling brain development, have become increasingly widespread in humans over the past two decades, over the same period that autism has become more common:

· Perchlorate disrupts the action of thyroid in directing brain development. This contaminant is now in the drinking water of over 20 million people in the US.

· Polybrominated flame retardants have been found to alter the brain growth spurt in mice; PBDE levels have increased exponential in Americans over the past 20 years.

· Bisphenol A activates genes involved in regulating brain growth. Exposure to bisphenol A has become ubiquitous as a result of its use to make polycarbonate plastic.

"With these clear results from Courchesne et al. showing that brain growth patterns in the womb and postnatally differ in autistic children, work on possible contributions by contaminants interfering with brain development is now warranted." Continue reading: Evidence of Brain Overgrowth in the First Year of Life in Autism - Courchesne, E, R Carper and N akshoomoff. 2003. JAMA 290: 337-344. Ourstolenfuture.org

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Associative Socionics Quadras

This is fascinating stuff; the Associative Socionics method of grouping the Quadras might differ from ones I've seen elsewhere, but this is the system that makes the most sense to me. I definitely see how each of the four types within each quadra relates to one another. I have recently confirmed Olga Tangemann's assessment of my type as an LII INTj Logical Introverted Intratim, which to her is also an MBTI INTJ since the types are models that don't change. See for yourself how the Quadras work according to SAS: TPE – quadras by OLGA · 22.06.2014 Quadra profiles from the perspective of associative socionics: socionics4u.com

I am a Superego type, and that is reflected in the music I write, as well as in the music and art I prefer.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thank You, ISTJ--Love, just another self-important Intuitive prima donna

I'm finally starting to see the light, that Sensors, maybe especially so the ISTJ, are tactful, salt of the earth-type people, and that Intuitives are, especially seen through the eyes of such refined people in the realm of service to others and being able to pick up the details of what's really going on with people in the moment, nothing but spoiled, self-important prima donnas. That's probably why S and N so often clash personality-wise. Intuitives, I would think, are more strategic than tactical because without the same sense of obligation to show tact, another way of saying being dutiful to others, can instead view the world through haughty opera glasses, distancing themselves from human relations and directing time and energy towards the abstract world of ideas, seeing objectively through the world of pure theories, to ruthlessly test and implement them, at times regardless of or oblivious to the true individual impact that such strategic thinking can initiate and cause to manifest. I would think Intuitives are wary of Sensors if they intuit the long-term consequence of Sensors having to deal with such people on a regular basis, hence the tendency for Intuitives to self-segregate and doorslam. Of course it can work the other way, too, where the Sensor decides to devote their time and energy to people more like themselves. Here's a great read about ISTJs: ISTJ? Endless Possibilities! - Because I Can

Sunday, August 10, 2014

8 Vanity Looks for the Powder Room

8 Vanity Looks for the Powder Room - by Joanna, August 9, 2014 Timeless Wrought Iron

Which side of your brain is more dominant?

Which side of your brain is more dominant? - The 30-Second Brain Test

Today, the dancer in the test started out rotating counterclockwise but quickly turned clockwise. The same dancer had turned counterclockwise and stayed that way the last time I took it. I still came out left-brained.

I suppose this kind of test is irrelevant to most people if it has no practical use, but it's my idea of fun.