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Where do I buy weird scents like cut grass or burning rubber?

I want to make weird perfumes for fun. Like those Comme des Garçons colognes that smell like a gas station, or a dive bar, or whatever. Where would I find those types of scents (mown grass, burnt rubber, urine, rotten eggs, cigarette smoke etc)? Unsurprisingly, the essential oil suppliers don't stock them. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jan 10, 2017 - 13 answers

Perfume similar to Yves Rocher Neonatura

Once upon a time my favourite perfume was Yves Rocher Neonatura. It was chocolatey and dark with just a touch of vanilla rather than being flowery or sweet. Any recommendations for perfumes that hit a similar note? I feel like spoiling myself this fall/winter!
posted by MandaSayGrr on Oct 28, 2016 - 5 answers

A (Very) Little Somethin'-Somethin'

Why yes, I WOULD like a (non-free) sample! So the discovery of perfume decant vials and snack samples (like Nuts.com and Sugarfina's sample packs/tasting bags) have greatly enhanced my life. What other things (food/drink and health/beauty are categories that immediately come to mind, but I'm open to ALL things) are readily available for purchase in sample sizes? Note that I'm NOT interested in beauty or snack subscription boxes... I'd like items that I choose, in quantities I choose, on a non-recurring basis.
posted by julthumbscrew on Oct 27, 2016 - 23 answers

Can a cologne possibly smell different when applied in another state?

Just before a trip to Seattle, my girlfriend went online and bought me a new bottle of the cologne I use. When I sprayed it on in Seattle, it smelled really different than it normally does and didn't seem to last long at all. But now that we're back in Denver, it smells fine, just like it always has. It it possible the elevation or some other factor made that much of a difference in how the stuff smells? [more inside]
posted by Clustercuss on May 4, 2016 - 8 answers

What is the best way to source beauty and fragrance products for retail?

I'm new to beauty/fragrance buying - lend me your expertise! [more inside]
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Feb 18, 2016 - 2 answers

How to bring up body odor issue to family member?

A family member has rather strong body odor which she might or might not be aware of. How to tactfully bring it up? [more inside]
posted by 7life on Jan 18, 2016 - 20 answers

Where can one buy Joop women's perfume in a physical store in NY/NJ?

It has come to my attention that a family member would like a refill of her Joop EDT for Christmas, but it is obviously now too late to purchase online. Looking at their websites, it seems like the usual suspects - Macy's, Perfumania, Kohl's, JCPenney, Sephora, do not carry Joop for women in store, neither is it on shelves in Duane Reade or Walgreens. If anyone has recently spotted this rare bird in a store (in Manhattan or near Rte 80 between the Hudson and the Delaware) please let me know... HELP ME METAFILTER YOU'RE MY ONLY HOPE.
posted by blu_stocking on Dec 21, 2015 - 4 answers

I can't just ask people why they smell so good

Every time I'm in Japan, there is a certain scent that I really love, but I can't figure out what it is and where to buy it. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Nov 3, 2015 - 18 answers

Does this fragrance exist in anything other than the actual plant?

Caffre (Kaffir)-lime blossoms smell like sunshine. Please help me find it in a bottle. [more inside]
posted by ohcanireally on May 5, 2015 - 16 answers

I want to smell like Hawaii.

I want to smell like Hawaii. To me, this means a coconut fragrance. Bonus question: if you know of a good coconut lotion, I'll gladly take those answers. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on May 4, 2015 - 27 answers

I Have Never Sniffed an Actual Joshua Tree.

I have had a bottle of Aveda Joshua Tree/Spirit Desert Pure-fume in my collection for a while (almost 14 years) and it remains my all-time favourite. It also hasn't been available for purchase in many years, so I have been using it sparely.. but I'm almost out. Help! [more inside]
posted by VioletU on Feb 25, 2015 - 13 answers

How do I import perfume into Canada without getting it seized?

I'm looking at ordering perfume from a business in Italy and having it shipped to Canada, for personal use. What do I need to know/do to make it happen so it's all nice and legal? [more inside]
posted by Zack_Replica on Feb 8, 2015 - 3 answers

What would you expect to see in a book like this?

Currently designing a photo-book about a line of Oriental scents. What kind of world do you expect to be immersed in? Are there any other photo-books which were successful in luring you in to their world?
posted by omar.a on Jan 25, 2015 - 9 answers

Fragrance/cosmetics catalogs and booklets

I'm trying to find catalogs/booklets for high-end fragrances and cosmetics in Toronto. Free if possible, but I'm willing to pay for them. Instead of the usual promotional catalogs and booklets designed by outlets, I want to acquire those produced by the perfume houses themselves. Any idea where I can get them or find them online? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Jan 9, 2015 - 3 answers

Most creative perfume branding?

I'm looking for the most creative perfume branding and packaging design. It could be a unique cap or bottle design, but more importantly I'm looking at the labels, colors, and boxes. What are some of your favorites?
posted by cyrusw8 on Jan 6, 2015 - 24 answers

Shower in a bottle

So, I really like fresh, clean smelling perfumes - like you just stepped out of a shower. I love Pure Grace by Philosophy, which pretty much encapsulates this. My only issue is that the scent doesn't last long and I have the EDP version. Can you recommend a fragrance that smells like soap and water but has longer lasting properties? Basically Pure Grace except with staying power.
posted by Jubey on Dec 10, 2014 - 18 answers

How to get the smell of perfume the hell out of a leather purse?

Bought a vintage purse from etsy, and now the perfume-y, musty stank monster has taken over my apartment…help? [more inside]
posted by zinful on Dec 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me manage my growing sensitivity to fragrance

I've gotten increasingly sensitive to fragrance over the past couple of years, and it's starting to cause me real problems. Whenever I smell Febreze or anything with a very strong fragrance, my throat closes up, I can "taste" the smell, I sneeze and my nose runs, my eyes water, and I get a migraine that can incapacitate me for hours. I need to be able to function while travelling for my work: please help me figure out how to handle this. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Oct 23, 2014 - 16 answers

Unscented antiperspirant/deodorant

Do you have a recommendation for an unscented antiperspirant/deodorant? [more inside]
posted by stowaway on Oct 11, 2014 - 35 answers

Help me smell good

My apartment and body smell like nothing. What kind of products should I use to turn my fragrance-free self and home into something pleasantly scented? [more inside]
posted by rebooter on Oct 6, 2014 - 14 answers

What's your holy grail beauty product that makes you smell incredible?

What's your holy grail beauty product that makes you smell incredible? [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Aug 15, 2014 - 49 answers

How to carry scented oil through sticks into my home air?

As a follow-up to this question, can anyone tell me what medium I need to procure to mix with essential oil to make my own reed/bamboo/tatami scent diffusers? [more inside]
posted by evil_esto on Aug 11, 2014 - 8 answers

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

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