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How can I turn a bar of soap into cologne?

I received a nice bar of soap as a holiday gift and I really like the particular cedar wood smell. So much so that I want to convert it, one way or another, into a wearable fragrance. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by Mr Yak on May 26, 2014 - 9 answers

What specifically am I sensitive to?

After having to leave a meeting due to someone elses perfume, I would love to know what chemical it is in scented products that I am sensitive to. Can we narrow it down some? Details of reaction inside. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Apr 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me understand fragrance: Hermes edition.

Do you use Hermes perfumes? Do you like them? Can you explain them to me? I'm not a typical perfume wearer. I recently tried the Hermes fragrance Un Jardin Sur Le Toit at a friend's house and I really liked it. Then I started googling and found myself in a world of top notes, drydowns, accords, and other things where I don't even know what the words mean, much less how to understand them. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Dec 24, 2013 - 13 answers

What do you use to clean floors? How about grease spots in laundry?

We've been using Pine-sol cleaner for years. The pine oil in it dissolved grease and killed germs. Unfortunately, the old formula has been replaced by a new "original formula" that is advertised as having a longer-lasting scent. It stinks! It smells like very bad cheap imitation floral perfume now, a long-lasting scent that makes the house smell horrible. We can't have this scent in our house. What should we use instead? [more inside]
posted by Ery on Dec 23, 2013 - 25 answers

perfume dabblerey

For some time now I've had an on-off fascination with scent and perfume, particularly the artistic side of scent. How can I further explore this? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 21, 2013 - 14 answers

A little perfume? Good. A lot of perfume? Not so good.

Following this post I finally came across a perfume that is exactly what I was looking for. The only problem is that it is quite strong and the sprayer sprays out too much so the perfume is applied too heavily. How can I moderate that? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Dec 18, 2013 - 14 answers

MacBook Pour Homme (looking for a men's fragrance I remember)

~10 years ago, I used to wear a cologne that came in a smooth, rounded rectangular grey aluminum bottle with a white front. Very Apple-esque. I can't remember what kind it was now. Any help?
posted by ferdinandcc on Nov 12, 2013 - 3 answers

mmm vampire blood

I am a big fan of the Vampire Blood incense sticks - I love the dark, musky, smoky, very erotic and animalistic deep smell. What else smells like it (and what is Vampire Blood really the smell of anyway)?
posted by divabat on Oct 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Universal assent for a scent?

I've noticed that my female friends almost universally love it when guys wear Old Spice deodorant. Is there an equivalent scent for girls that nearly all guys go crazy for? I'm really looking for deodorant, but lotions or perfumes or other scented things could also be taken under consideration. [more inside]
posted by estlin on Oct 7, 2013 - 17 answers

Fixing the stinky hat: how to remove perfume & hairspray odors

It's an old winter white wool felt portrait hat. It stinks: hairspray and perfume. Odorzout and Smells Begone have been enthusiastically recommended here, but I'm concerned that spraying liquids on a felt hat will deform its lovely shape. Any suggestions for dry fragrance fighting? My only thought was filling the hatbox with cedar chips, but then it will smell like cedar chips, which is only marginally OK for this asthmatic and will probably make other sensitives gag. I've digested the copious hat-, felt-, and destinking-related advice here on MeFi.
posted by Jesse the K on Sep 23, 2013 - 14 answers

Tell me about making and selling "bath & body" products in the USA

I'm toying with the idea of branching out and adding a couple of mens' grooming products to my Etsy shop. Specifically, moustache wax and bay rum aftershave. What I need to determine next is whether it's worth the hassle to do so legally (and safely, of course.) [more inside]
posted by usonian on Sep 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Something Pepe le Pew would approve

What is a thoughtful gift (in the $100 range) for someone who loves perfume, but whom I do not know very well? I obviously wouldnt choose a scent for her but would still like to give her sonething relating to her love of perfume. She is in the UK and I am in the USA, so if I send her a gift certificate to a perfumerie it needs to be one she can visit in London. However if there is a non-gift card present you can recommend as well, so much the better. Thanks!
posted by egeanin on Sep 22, 2013 - 10 answers

A perfume to grow old with; Smells like '89

Can you help this perfume amateur find a perfume to wear from her birth year? [more inside]
posted by driedmango on Aug 5, 2013 - 11 answers

Help ID this (natural) mystery floral scent?

Every now and then this incredibly gorgeous floral fragrance wafts into our house, and I always thought it was a neighbor spraying on scent at a time when the breeze currents are just right for it to drift our way, but when I mentioned that I wished I knew what brand of perfume it is, my husband said that, no, it is actually a flower (or flowering vine), because he's seen and smelled it before, but he doesn't know what sort of plant it is, or remember what it looks like. I'd love some suggestions about what it might be. I'm sure it's not Jasmine, unless it's some specific type I'm not familiar with. We're in Greece. [more inside]
posted by taz on Jul 31, 2013 - 31 answers

Help me identify a cologne!

A guy sat next to me on the bus the other day and his cologne smelled like that of a sexy lumberjack: a really subtle mix of Christmas trees, sweet smoke, and dude sweat. I'd like to compile a list of piney-smokey-sweaty colognes to test out so that I can gift my own lumberjack with a similar scent! [more inside]
posted by theraflu on Jul 4, 2013 - 10 answers

This one smells just right!

How do I find my signature scent? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Jul 1, 2013 - 25 answers

I'm Held Captive by Dior's Eau Sauvage Parfum! What Else Is Similar?

I'm a huge fan of Dior's perfumes, but I picked up a sample of their Eau Sauvage Parfum and I'm destroyed by it. What else am I missing out on in the Fumiverse that is reminiscent of this group? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Jun 22, 2013 - 8 answers

What luxury goods are worth the extra cost?

In my 30s and no kids. Help me spend my money on honey. [more inside]
posted by letahl on May 31, 2013 - 79 answers

Help me find a clean, bright, sexy smelling perfume

I want to get a new perfume but perfume shopping is an utterly horrible experience for me. I'm looking for a very clean smelling perfume. What can you suggest? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Apr 3, 2013 - 65 answers

Don't mind me, I'm just going to follow you around now.

I met a guy who was completely ordinary until I got close enough to smell him, at which point I went into overdrive. Has anyone else experienced this? What just happened here? [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Mar 27, 2013 - 31 answers

Posting polish, potions and pongs

I found out at the post office today that it is no longer possible to ship nail varnish or perfume (containing alcohol) from the UK to overseas. What are the rules the other way around? I asked at the counter but the lady selling me my stamp didn't seem to be sure. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Feb 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Smells like SCIENCE

After dropping chemistry post-GCSEs, I find myself reading a couple of books about perfume construction that have made me realise that molecules are interesting, and that if they're written about for a non-scientific audience, I understand and am engaged by them more. How can I learn more without being scared off by Really Hard Science? And are there other books or articles which deal with the construction of scents and smells? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jan 2, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I send these perfumes?

Can I ship bottles of perfume from Canada to the US? Can I ship them within Canada? [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Dec 30, 2012 - 2 answers

On a perfume-hunt

Help me find this perfume [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Dec 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Help Me Craft The Greatest Home-made Lotions Ever

Homebrew Cosmetics Crew - tell me about your lotion/perfume/body butter-building experiences! [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Nov 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Where can I Get My Juice Huff On in NYC?

Where is 'Fumehead Nirvana in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Oct 26, 2012 - 12 answers

How can I ship perfume, nail polish etc abroad from the UK?

Is there a way to ship perfume and nail polish abroad from the UK? People are telling me there isn't but I don't quite believe them. [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Sep 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Choose Your Own Smell-venture?

Need the archetypal examples of various fragrance families, as well as a place to sample 'em on the cheap. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Sep 13, 2012 - 19 answers

Disoriented you enter in, unleashing scent of wild jasmine

Honeysuckle and jasmine smell identical to me. Is there a good reason for this? Like...science? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jul 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Can you reuse perfume containers?

How can I reuse perfume containers? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Jul 9, 2012 - 3 answers

Something stanks and I want some

Help me find a perfume that smells like these flowers. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on May 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me find an elusive summer perfume

Just before Christmas 2011 I sampled a perfume in a Sephora in Ohio that I’d love to buy now, if possible. Unfortunately, I remember neither the brand nor the name of the perfume. Can anyone identify this elusive scent? [more inside]
posted by House of Leaves of Grass on May 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Searching further afield for a new Vanilla Field

I've been wearing the inexpensive and yummy Vanilla Fields perfume for years, but now it's been discontinued. WHAT THE FUCK, COTY?!! It's still possible to buy some old stock on the net but that won't last long. What can you recommend as a replacement fragrance that has a similar scent and is similarly affordable?
posted by orange swan on May 10, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me smell good

I would like to adopt a smell that will be My Smell. I want only a partner leaning in close or the person I'm hugging to smell me. I'm interested in hair stuff, perfumes, and all that other fragrant crap, with a strong preference for organic products. [more inside]
posted by goosechasing on May 8, 2012 - 42 answers

Clash of the fragrances: a problem?

Perfume-filter: Do you find that the fragrances of different personal and beauty products clash when you use them? [more inside]
posted by Bufo_periglenes on Mar 31, 2012 - 10 answers

Recommend cheap (or cheapish), high-quality colognes from around the world.

Recommend cheap (or cheapish), high-quality colognes from around the world. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Mar 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Gee, my hair does smell terrific!

I smell fine, but I'd like to smell gooood. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool on Mar 20, 2012 - 27 answers

How do you pick a perfume for someone else to wear *for* you?

I don't know how to pick a perfume out for someone if they're not with me to test it on. How do I pick what I like from just smelling it in the store? [more inside]
posted by punocchio on Feb 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Low stink anti-perspirant in Australia?

Know of an anti-perspirant widely available in Australia that has a subtle or no perfume? [more inside]
posted by bystander on Jan 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Please help me identify a vintage perfume.

Please help me identify a vintage perfume. [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Jan 19, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I get that "she smells nice!" reaction, not coughing and gagging?

Every time I apply perfume I'm afraid that I'm going overboard. For those of you who wear scents, how much (and where) do you apply? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Dec 21, 2011 - 39 answers

Improving the air quality in the Jeffamahouse.

Where should I buy Escada Rockin' Rio? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Nov 29, 2011 - 2 answers

Fresh and Fruity in the UK

I need help choosing a perfume gift for my Sister. [more inside]
posted by missmagenta on Nov 12, 2011 - 21 answers

A rose by any other name

I'm looking for a new everyday perfume. Help me narrow the field of choices so I don't go noseblind in Macy's cosmetics department from sniffing everything I see. [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Nov 10, 2011 - 34 answers

What are the ingredients of a awesome perfume kit?

What supplies & book should I get for an adult that wants to get started making their own perfumes? I'm looking to spend around $75 for everything. [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker on Oct 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Oh new shower curtains, glossy book pages, and auto-body shops: why do I love your aromas so?

Oh new shower curtains, glossy book pages, and auto-body shops: why do I love your aromas so? [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl on Sep 14, 2011 - 14 answers

Is there an online resource to find similar perfumes?

I remember how devastated I was when my favorite perfume was discontinued back in the 1990s. It was brought back for a limited time last year, but I don't want to go searching on eBay once I finish the bottle I bought then. Is there an online perfume resource that can suggest scents that are similar, or at least something with the same notes?
posted by xmts on Aug 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me identify a Body Shop perfume circa 2000.

Help me identify a Body Shop perfume circa 2000. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Jul 7, 2011 - 7 answers

The Nose Knows

What online perfume stores are similar to Black Phoenix Alchemist Lab? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jun 14, 2011 - 13 answers

Get it off! Get it off!

This morning I generously applied a sample of perfume oil (BPAL Eclipse, if you're wondering) that I forgot I've already tried on and hated. Now I can't stand the way I smell. How do I get it off?? I've been scrubbing with soap and water to no avail.
posted by rhiannonstone on May 11, 2011 - 12 answers

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