Gary The Aries Fragrance Freak

In the wake of a Neptunian weirding episode, my daughter and I were meandering around a department store in the city and met Gary the Aries fragrance freak. Mature, witty, and perfume-erudite, he was manning the legacy/classic scents counter.

As hyper-opinionated as any Aries, he regaled us with fantastic fragrance tales while wafting aromas around.

Smell this,” he said. “This is Black Jade by Creed, the scent Marie Antoinette was wearing when she was apprehended.”Β  Swiftly followed the last fragrance worn by Princess Diana, the perfume commissioned by Grace Kelly to seduce someone she would never name, Cary Grant’s favorite scent, the ‘dark rose tweak’ at the heart of Lady Vengeance created by Nina Ricci’s grandson – a racing car driver, a thunderous lecture on “blonde” scents versus those more suitable for “true brunettes” (it is apparently hormonal) and the evils of the new Justin Bieber cologne.

At least Justin is not dead in a conspiracy theory,” sniffed my Gemini daughter. Up until that moment, her faith in Eau du Bieber had been unshakable. “Steel yourself,” said Gary: “It is literally toilet freshener, public toilet freshener.

We talked about Fracas, created by the dazzling Germaine Cellier, and her lesser-known Bandit. Gary trumped by asking if I knew Brigand. He was not at all surprised when I said I remember living in a haze of Fracas around the time I’d asked for a divorce: “Of course, it’s all the tuberose…” he said, launching into a quote from Thomas Moore’s poem Lalla Rookh: “The tuberose with her silvery light, that in the gardens of Malay is called the Mistress of the Night, so like a bride, scented and bright, she comes out when the Sun is away…”

Apparently, before no-fault divorce was made legal, many fragrances alluded to illicit romance – My Alibi, My Sin, Indiscretion and so on – but the Rose (unlike the naughty, nocturnal Tuberose) is reserved for wives. Sadly, retail staff talents like Gary are rare these days.

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Anonymous

God I am loving this post!!!!! Gary PLEASE help me! Simple question …… I have loved byzance by rochas I say loved because it is now discontinued. Is there anything remotely similar ps I am religious follower of this blog for six years. I’ve read every post and almost every comment but I’ve only posted a comment twice? Three times? You have brought me out of the wood works … I hope you come back

Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot

I’m going to try and meet Gary this weekend. So exciting!

Andromeda

Gary is there a book that reviews or discusses perfume in a poetic way?
I would love to read something like this.
Any favourite perfume classic?

Kels

I’m not Gary but I’d recommend The Perfume Shrine blog by Elena Vosnaki. Her writing is divine.
Gary, if you don’t have a blog already you should get one because I for one (and I don’t think I’m alone here) would totally read it. Slavishly.

jicky

You might also like The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent by Denyse Beaulieu

jicky

her blog http://graindemusc.blogspot.com.au/ is also of a very high literary standard and poetic…
Also many of the writers on the blog perfumesmellinthings are highly evocative in their language or just plain fun (I love Tom’s droll humour)..

andromeda

Thank you Jicky & Kels!!
I am so bookmarking this post to mine later.
Lovely!

Xx.

Freak'n Gary

I have to go elsewhere tomorrow but I will check-in throughout the week and see if there is anything I can do. In the meantime I’m at David Jones Tuesday through Sunday this week 11am-4pm. I’d be delighted to meet you.

Kels

Gary, if you’re up for more harassment- it’s only because we love you- I’d love to know if there’s a scent out there that smells of lemons groves and the sea. Perfume takes me places and I want to go somewhere balmy, fresh and a bit wild. The kind of place you see busty women with their skirts tucked up collecting herbs, and birds dropping off the edge of a cliff. Is there a scent like that?
And yes, I’m a natural brunette πŸ™‚
I think I’m going to have to take a trip to Sydney to meet you. Do you accept gifts?
I have only discovered the joy of perfume in the last year but since then have been going hard. Current faves are Mecca Balsam by La Via del Profumo, Amaranthine by Penhaligon, Serge Luten’s Fille en Aiguilles, L’Artisan’s Dzing! and Tea for Two. It’s like a whole new world of connection, and pleasure has opened up to me. If this is Neptune’s influence, bring it on!

jicky

i’m not Gary but you might like The Different Company’s Sel de Vetiver..opens with lifted citrus followed by a smokey vetiver. Smells exactly like sitting by the ocean. Said to be inspired by the smell of sea salt drying on the skin. It has notes of grapefruit, patchouli, cardamom, geranium, Haitian vetiver, iris and ylang ylang. I love it in summer..

Freak'n Gary

They are all fabulous perfumes. May I suggest Creed’s “Neroli Savage” – its like a Neopolitan citris orchard. Heady nights in Amalfi.

Kels

Thanks both of you! New directions, how exciting.

andromeda

Happy Birthday Davidl whereever you are!!

Pegasus

How many Moons in Librans on site loving fragrances, aromas,perfumes, just curious where most Moons are placed in regards to the enjoyment of them. Aromas are memories as we all becoming so aware of and how much the ‘industry has grown in the corelation to Essential Oils Boom.
GROW FLOWERS πŸ™‚
My mother’s signature was Joy by Jean Patou,(in her 20’s) and as a self made Scorpio Woman told my little self ‘it is the most expensive ‘perfume in the world’. The came Poison by Dior in her mid age, then Coco Chanel in her final years.
As a Sagg, my choice was Chloe – ORIGINAL,as it has changed completely then through all the major designers as went to perfume heaven in different counties where it was tax free, like a kid in a candy shop.
Since Saturday, Saturn the continuous teacher, have perused hours of reviews at Frangrantica & Aromantika.. Thanx for the pleasant information site friends πŸ™‚
Perfumes/Essential Oils have evolved as music has over the decades. both have notes, dimensions, layers, timelessness, and talent to make.

Gary you are Divine, a Goddess Send, for sure, ‘Master Classes’ what total joy is that!
Of the 12 essential oils used in my Aromacology, have found men’s fave single note is Basil, the royal remedy, make them feel spesh when i tell them, followed by Clary Sage & Cedarwood.

Om my personal shelf is Annick Goultard’s Gardenia Passion. Some jerk said it smelt like his grannies drawers but how would he KNOW, i wondered. It reminds me of tropical nights as Jasmin does, producing euphoria or a headache. To whom it may give a headache, then it is lack of sexual desire or problems surrounding intimacy. Annick has a brilliant nose and she is my choice perfumer as i like her story and quality.

Just casual observations from a fragrance lover…….
a beautiful interesting thread combining
again thank you and you Myst for arranging this, health & wealth to you.
x

ps:
Just stopped myself buying Jasmin Noir Bulgari as it was on special at my local pharmacy after deciding i ready for Mitsouko in the last decade of my sweet smelling life.

Pi

Hi pegs, I might have moon in Cap but it’s also in my 7th house. lurve perfume. but the mediterranean & aries venus in me needs those big rich almost-boofy fragrances (versace), YSL M7 (mens), ferragamo incanto….. then my gem asc and the cap moon wrestle the wheel away and I veer towards cristalle…jardin sur le nile, aquawoman (rochas) Have surprisingly substantial aromatherapy oil collection. flowers flowers flowers. yep. we all love the nice smelly stuff πŸ™‚

Freak,n Gary

Hi all , I’ll be back tonight or tomorrow to answer the rest of your Questions – I have loved this – I have an impacient Leo partner – and I am dislexic , so excuse me if I am not the dog you think I am.

Double Happiness

Hahahaha! Love it!

pi

long live the dog of perfumes πŸ˜€

Freak'n Gary

Woof !

The Leo Socialite

Gary please do not forget me – i love these recommendations – my life feels enriched today

calypso scorp

seconded, I want some of your amazing attention/advice too πŸ™‚

Pi

omg! All I want to know is is there any way I can procure a bottle of Chanel’s Bois Des iles (parfum of course nothing less) at any price below astronomical…

Mystic this is great, but i only just saw the comments popping up in the side bar 2.5hrs later – maybe a new post to get our attention? x

Pi

PS I see a perfume blog in Gary’s future. PLEASE GOD and free from those vile Fragrance X or strawberrynet type layouts that are so laden with awful advertisements and crud that the beauty and substance are nowhere to be found. the reviews / descriptions however on those sites are occasionally useful.

Pegasus

O Pi so you have been doing the perfumed weekend as well πŸ™‚

Pegasus

PI darling go to Paris!

pi

oh yes. as soon as i have managed some other demands on my moola, and have the airfare saved again I’ll be there baby πŸ™‚

JIMMIE G

HOW MARVELLOUS!

veritas9

Much respect, Gary.

Sun in Aries, Moon in Leo, Gemini rising in both the 1st and the 12th houses. I’m looking for a scent that uses all that air to ignitie my fire and holds it at the edge of my unusually large aura. In my minds eye, it looks like opening a door on a slumbering fire and creating a backdraft.

Blue eyed, natural blonde with a huge Leo mane – I have to tame it down from 80’s big hair. 5’4, vegetarian, with thoughtfully toned Madonna arms.

All thoughts and observations gratefully received.

pi

ok si I am obvs not Gary. but as I was reading your thing I looked at my little (empty) bottle of Givenchy’s Amarige. A Greek Taxi driver loved it – it’s a very big, very european, (very 80s-90s?!).

there’s another one… i can smell it!! coconutty, soapy, vanilla-y…name escapes me grrrr… will try to remember oh! I just visualised the Versace bottle, with the Renaissance sun/face. gold. it’s versace. versus?

anyway, these are big ole gold-coast or Italian-ish sort of ideas, that’s what I thought of when you said “aries” and “mane” in the same sentence πŸ™‚

lastly have you ever thought about a men’s fragance? xx

Freak'n Gary

I’d say “Fracas” by Lubin – means to make a splash to shatter (as in glass). Tuberrose top note. Beautiful on the Gold Coast.

Gary, many thanks for your insight.

Two quick questions for you, scent sage – Lubin or Piguet? Pure or Eau de Parfum?

Double Happiness

Love you Gary!!!! You are a new star in our galaxy….make that asteroid! I fell in love with a fragrance as a child in the late 70’s I think the brand was Gurlain and the scent started with a G. Would live to have that mystery solved…. I love roses and Japanese temple insence I am deeply romantic, sensualist, feisty, quip cracking dark blonde ( no. not a personality type) Virgo Sun,Moon in Scorpio,Venus in Leo

Freak'n Gary

There are no Guerlan perfumes that start with a “G”. It could be the aromatic “Jicky” – a blend of fresh, floral, oriental, and woody notes. Try “Royal Water” by Creed.

Double Happiness

Thanks Gaz!

calypso scorp

lol!

S

Question for Gary: A Teflon wanker proof scent. I live on the Gold Coast Gary and I am not a blonde.
Thank you for any suggestions you can make.

Freak'n Gary

“Fou D’Absenthe” by L’Artisan. Green Fairy in a bottle. Only the strong will survive your captivation.

andromeda

I am googling Gary’s recommendations here and this one has notes of : absinthe, angelica flower, blackcurrant buds, clove, ginger, nutmeg, star anise, patchouli, pepper, pine needles, cistus labdanum, fir balsam.

That sounds amazing!!! I want to wear it to a rave in the woods and dance with Pan.

S

Love your work Gary. I’ve been making a list of all your recommendations. Thanks for the recon work Andromeda.

virgolicious

Question for Gary (love the story of your meeting with Mystic – truly this could be the start of a beautiful friendship!)

As a teen I loved musk, then Hartnell’s In Love and Balenciaga’s Le Dix. Have never seen the appeal of Chanel No. 5, but then I’ve never swum in the mainstream.

Now I am still a Balenciaga fan (Paris and Florabotanica) but I’m not sure these tell my story.

I am 47, brunette giving way to striking silver, eyes green, worn black all my life and now softer colours are finding me so I am looking for a scent that straddles my inner self to my outer self. I still have a radical edge and want to wear that on my skin.

I want to turn heads and get my legs in the air before my 50s (and beyond) and emit the quiet confidence that comes of knowing who you are, but not being afraid of change.

Freak'n Gary

A great one for you is “Dia” by Amouage. It has a sophisticated presence and lts not floral. It may not get your legs up in the air but it will certianly pull the rug out from underneath your suitors (and may they be many !).

virgolicious

Gary, you’re a genius!

Seriously, you need a forum all of your own – I am loving your responses to others as well as to me!

Fifi

Guru Gary,

I’m also in my 40s, originally brunette, now natural white streaks and chemical blond (style inspiration: Daphne Guinness). Looking for edgy glamour with optimism and mystery in a bottle! Love to hear your ideas/recommendations!

Have liked Hermes, Lubins (don’t recall the names as it’s been a few years) Acqua di Parma Mediterranean. Nikki de St Phalle was a favourite years ago but haven’t had that for 25 years (might be too strong now!)

(Pisces Rising, Aries with Venus in Gemini)

Freak,n Gary

God I love Niki de St Phalle and Bal a Versailles .Neroli by Creed is crisp and subtle. God I love Ms Guiness as well ,often in a glass . Aquq de Fiontina by Creed should be given a nudge.

Anonymous

Thank you, can’t wait to try them! As you are a NdeStP, Daphne, lit. fan and so freakin’ awesome, I just know I’ll love them!

Merci beaucoup xox

Virgo-Libra's questions for Gary

One, okay two more questions, Gary:

1. what is the perfect scent to add warmth to winter?

2. what scent would you recommend to wear with white pumps and white nail polish?

THANKS G !!!

Freak,n Gary

Fracas – to both questions .Deep tuberose and seductive – powerfully feminine ,created for and worn by powerfull women Maralyn Monroe , Maddonna .

Virgo-Libra's questions for Gary

Hi Gary – I’m on the cusp of Virgo n Libra
thanks so much for answering my questions:
what is the best scent to wear for a job interview?
what scent represents Florence, California?
what scent vibes sea, rain in spring, cooling/calming?
what would you recommend for a virgo-libran?

Freak'n Gary

Ooooo – that’s a hard one. Have to get back to you on that. For job interviews I would wear the most subtle clean scent I could find – perhaps you could smell some “Spring Flower” by Creed. It has citrus topnotes and a floral heart.

leogroover

Gary
A scent for a broken heart.. Oils?

Freak'n Gary

“Miss Charming” by Juliette has a Gun. Its cherrful, made of Moroccan Rose and had wood fruits and musk. Quite uplifting…. OR Costume National’s rose and hibiscus perfume called “Scent”. Its for a women who appreciates rarity and uniqueness – which of course you are.

The Leo Socialite

Gary i asked my question above but i will put it more concisely, What do you recommend for a five foot 11 former model in her (shriek) 40s, Leo, tries to be now but still feels best in vintage (90s) Versace and Azzedine Alaia and love the style of disco, halston, that ERA.

Let us be very frank here. I need a power fragrance that the bitches who hate me will not be able to recognise but it will be unmistakably fucking high quality and also seduce the few eligible, sane single dads at my children’s hideously expensive schools into thinking that i am a helmut newton type chick. SEX POWER CLASS MONEY FUQ YOU TO THE HATERS in a bottle, my new signature scent?

leogroover

but which will be the top note LS? out of sex , power etc?

Freak,n Gary

Gold by Amouge – come and smell . Interesting there are so many Leos here – My mother was one , my friends are they (or airies like me ) and my partner is one. Vladamir Putin wears the mens version of this perfume . Powerfull stuff.If you have the Body for Alaia , you have the skin for Gold.

The Leo Socialite

YES!!!! this makes my heart sing, thank you and i shall be there.

Chrysalis

I wear rose oil at the moment, that’s all (perfume-wise, I mean, lol). I love pure, old fashioned rose, gardenia, vanilla, lavender scents.
In the 80s/90s I wore so much Diorissimo for so long that people could tell when I was approaching from the next suburb. Now I can’t go near it without breaking into a sneezing, eye-watering fit.

Chrysalis

Sorry – I meant Dune! I have a friend who wears Diorissimo.
*Slaps side of head, wonders if it was perfume that fried brain cells in 80s/90s, not chardonnay*

Freak,n Gary

Its Time . Creed are releasng a new Gardenia parfume in the next couple of weeks in Australia – in Europe its released- if you are near me come and try some

Chrysalis

Thankyou, Gary!

I am in Perth – city of Kouros and anything with Britney’s name on it lol – but I am planning a trip to Sydney in the next few months, so will definitely come in and see you xx

Baristagem

😯

Happy Birthday davidl! Celebratory nude salutes for the 12th!! Yaay!

leogroover

What is an upifting essential/anti Love Zombie essential oil? help my grasp on realiy is slipping slowly re. wayward lover who i have just told I want a break from. feeling sad and its raining

leogroover

soz essential oil. I have the Dune shop handy but little else in this area also on a budget.

leogroover

I got the trifeccta plus 1 this weekend.
is this bad?
Moon square Ascendant,
Moon square Sun,
Moon square Uranus,
Moon square Mercury,

Freak'n Gary

Don’t feel sad. Spray yourself with Creed’s “Love in White”. All white flowers caressing you softley will take the pain from the rain.

Geminian

Lol! love the Fracas comment, I bought that just before I separated from my long term partner. I had the perfume and the body lotion – worked a charm – who knew? I absolutely love fragrance (I have an olfactory memory of at least 150 of them and am known for picking fragrance on peeps correctly). Without wanting to sound too Woodstock, I love burning incense – or at least incense that isn’t too rabid – for its ability to clear off the air and negative energy – try pure Frankincense or Sandalwood and also Moon Dance’s Purple Haze (see what I mean about Woodstock?). I must admit too, to being a MASSIVE amber fan and have loved Jo Malone’s Amber and Lavender for years – so very Gemini. I love really good lavender essential oil too, there’s a beautiful one by Mediterana that is divine. It is such a great all-rounder as an oil – sunburn, bites, stress and just for general well-being. I have been known to liberally splash it about my dwelling – very handy for overcoming other smells a home where two dogs and a cat rule supreme πŸ˜‰

GemCrab

Perfect timing!

My staple is “Classique” by Jean Paul Gaultier but it’s very warm (vanilla, bergamot, cinnamon, amber, and sandalwood) and I was thinking of getting something lighter and more energizing for a “summer scent”.

I might have to check out some of these suggestions.

dia.astro

Gary; our beloved Mystic once famously stated re:Aries folk-

“Aries Lifestyle Tip Four: Your natural body odour is awesome. Rather than you wasting your precious $$$ and valuable time fuqing around buying stinky pong, people should pay YOU for YOUR endorphin and pheromone reeking natural awesome fragrance of genius excellence.””

This resonates with me! If I do a personal scent I will drop some essential oils into lotion but I am greatly interested in your Aries insights re: fragrance for the Aries woman!!

leogroover

i remember that. so true . The SO (whs has jut been tipped gently out of my bed into a cold shower to get his shite together re. us) has his eros in aries and he smells divine. not strong but I’ll never forget his scent.

Freak,n Gary

Boy ,have I got a perfume for you!!!!! Its called ,”Not a Perfume” – its molecular ,enhances the body’s scent.Made by Romarno Ricci .

dia.astro

YOURE RIGHT that is for me <3 <3 <3

Amanda aka AbsintheDragonfly

I love it when my online worlds collide!

gren

That asteroid has been redeemed. Gary you sound like a dashing fellow. Do you provide a male prescripts too? Can you recommend us gents on some distinguished unique colognes? I find most OTC ones too strong in a crop dusted way. need subtle but bold, organic not flowery. No musk. Most thankful.

“Mitsouki. Rhymes with nookie. Be careful. When the wife gets restless, the wife gets racy…” scent of a woman

Anonymous

i am no gary but still hold a teensy candle for Rive Gauche for men. if they still make it. it’s more warm, woody, spicy, sophistocated (imo) rather than a chanel crispy silvery fragrance (also nice but total opposite) … my god i miss men wearing cologne

Anonymous

*sophisticated

gren

hey thanks for your recommendations! I like those tones you just described, most notablly woody + sophistication. Is Rive french? That jives with my parisian soul urge so it should go great. 800+ amazon reviewers give five starz. haha. i’m so parochial when it comes to fragrances. i guess i’ve never found one that i absolutely must live without. i’ve been told many times i have naturally captivating um flavor complextion so never have spent much time pursuing masking or seducing agents. maybe it’s this latest venus, pluto biz, lately i’ve been looking at more designer cuts, now this post makes me curious about cologne to go with it.

Freak,n Gary

Now young man , you need Creed. Distinguished scents that encouage the man. The scent is designed to sit on your body , it wil be smelt when one leans in for a kiss or the lift is full. Creed fragrances have been developed for distinguished men over 300 years. From Napolean through Winston Churchill to George Clooney – come in have a sniff.

Pegasus

From Napolean?! How impressive THAtT for you Gren. Purchase immediately to enhance your aura.

Patsy

Gary I need your advice.
I love deep musk. Most perfumes are too high and cutting. I wear INCENSE AVIGNON Series 3 and resort to OPIUM when clubbing and COCO CHANNEL because it is there.
But what I really want is deep really deep.
Thank you.

Tropic of Scorp

Incense AVIGNON Series 3 πŸ˜€

That is one of my signature scents. I have yet to find anything more sublime. Mont Blanc ‘Presence’ is another fave.

And Diptyque 34 from Boulevard Saint Germain.

Freak,n Gary

Ambre Extreme L’artisan- no not musk – is an ‘oriental’ perfume and has that deep deep quaulity you are craving for ,also try Lyric by Amouge has depth that takes your breath away – you may need an Iron Lung .

Tropic de Scorp

Thanks Gary!! Of all the perfumes I tried, ‘Interlude’ by Amouge is the one that’s left a lasting impression.

Patsy

bless you gary you are very kind.

andromeda

Gary! You are the Asteroid we have been looking for.

So, my youngest is hypersensitive to environmental toxins so my
Hair (stopped colouring/bleaching – am now ‘mouse’),
Perfume and Makeup (organic stuff) Regime has suffered a coup d’etat of sorts.

What, if anything, can I use?
I thought perfume was so toxic it shouldn’t be sprayed in the house or on the skin at all?
My naturopath says it wouldn’t pass the testing phase if it was new to the market today.

Anyway, after months of ..nothing, I have gone back to essential oils.
I am bathing in blends of ylang ylang, clary sage, cedarwood, sandlewood and even daubing on a little jasmine here and there.
It’s all so unrefined!

Can you recommend anything at all for me? Thanks so much &
may the triple Goddess bless you Gary & the Stars bring you fame & fortune, πŸ˜‰ .

Saturnalien

Soz, I’m not Gary, but like your kiddo, I can’t do chemicals so I’m just chiming in with some natural perfumes that don’t fry my brain or make me smell like a fuqing hippie. x

http://www.aromantik.com.au/

andromeda

Thank you so much Saturnalien, I really appreciate the link! Yum.

Freak,n Gary

It’s all about Honour for you. Made by Amouage ( owned by The Sultan of Oman ) ,this perfume is made of white flowers and lifted to the stratisphere by amber. Amourage perfume has the highest oil content 39% . Honour celebrates the honour Madam Butterfly – but I suggest waiting as a single mother , for a man to come home from war , is not always the best thing to do

calypso scorp

Gary, I think I love you, lol πŸ™‚

andromeda

Gary thank you so much!

Checked out Amouage’s Honour:
Top Notes: Pepper, Rhubarb Leaves, Coriander.
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Tuberose, Gardenia, Lily of the Valley, Carnation.
Base Notes: Vetiver, Frankincense, Amber, Opoponax, Leather.

It actually sounds like a combination of my favourite perfumes, one of which was version of L’eau d’Issey in a rainbow coloured bottle. It was almost honeyish.

Was glad to read that Honour was low on tuberose and not as overpowering but sophisticated.

Brilliant!

pegasus

Opoponax! Found 10mls of the essential oil in London once. Smoky sex, apparently used in YSL Opium. Have never found it again.
Sultan of Oman, he was so handsome was in love with him and wanted to go live there to meet him.

Libra9

I was wearing a particular fragrance when I worked for a charismatic Aries. It made him insanely hotly dependent on me. When I realised, I amped it up. Eventually he made up some ridiculous excuse to move my job so I had to go work for someone else. Every time I wear that scent people cannot cope with me…I have about 4 I use now and that one still sends everyone nuts. Cannot wait to meet Gary. Sounds like a GOD.

Neptune 5

I love ‘reinvention’ : its the zap zone main-dessert-entre; in that order.

VenusRising

That would be lovely and generous xx

Holiday

We’ve GOT to set up Gary with a Q&A site, a blog. I want to know what he does. Fascinating history and scent, oh lawdy, I, too, am a scent freak. Gary saves the world, one nose at a time.

jxsta

Hey MM, so awesome to read your blog on fragrance and Gary! I just had to share this with you (and any other Sydney-ites)… last month i attended a Master Class on perfume at a great little shop in Balmain called City Perfume. They hold small and intimate perfume classes where you learn all about the history of fragrances. They have a lot of mainstream fragrance lines as well as some amazing brands that i’ve never heard of…. including Juliette Has A Gun! You gotta get down there and have some fun! Grab a friend and go enjoy this relaxed and interesting evening (the small booking fee is redeemable on a purchase).
So hearing you describe the way Gary was talking about the fragance, it is just the same as the Master Class. Learning and smelling good can be SO MUCH FUN!!

Freak,n Gary

These Master classes are run by Agency de Parfum – the distributors of most of these niche perfums in Australia – one can set up an evening Masterclass by contacting them ,just put the www before agency……ect. Imagine how many senses will awake , just get bubbles ,coffee beans and a few good friends.

The Leo Socialite

Me too Aquaria, me too. I am not an ingenue. i need a perfume that says power. I need a new signature, mature distinct but not try hard. classic but not one that everyone else has. i want to smell amazing not have people say oh is that j’adore. NICHE. But not too intellectual like serge lutes. Sex on legs. Floral but not vintage.
perfumes i used to like and have worn; Gucci Envy, Dioressence, Shalimar.
I need a perfume that says jungle leo predator sexy queen but not easy to get. but people have to say ‘wtf is that incredible perfume? and heads turn when i walk by. It has to empower me. Vanilla but a POWER vanilla. not cloying. artisan not mass market.
help?

Savannah

I might be mighty tired but the vanilla thing….I just envisioned smearing a little organic vanilla paste when I read your stuff TLS.
I make my own stuff from good quality essential oils & sweet almond oil, my Toro sister always asks me to make her some but I can never remember what I tip in the bottle. I rub it on my boobs in the morning (kataka moon & rising) lol.

S

I add organic lavender essential oil, Sukin wellness oil to a base of Redwin vanilla lotion and damn it’s good…Chrissy Amphlett kinda good. Used to buy Aphrodisia and Tea Rose perfume oils from Perfect Potion, oh so many moons ago. So not a fan of Patchouli oil.

leogroover

‘ Chrissy Amphlett kinda good. ‘ I like your style S. whatever happened to her?

S

I read that she has MS and lives in New York.
She is so f’n cool. I went to high school with her nephew.

Double Happiness

That sounds like a super power attraction technique mmmm might use that at the wedding I’m going to in a fortnight….. Stealth

Baristagem

😯

Vanilla is the ultimate!

Where’s GARY! x

Miss Leo

There’s a fragrance I adore called “Forever Lily” which might fit your description. It’s has a very heavy oriental lily scent, which is uncommon in this era; so many have lily of the valley, but the more majestic lily is too often forgotten! It’s really intoxicating.

Anyway, it also has a notable spice to it and reminds me a little of Kenzo L’Elephant in a way (which is you are unfamiliar, that is also incredible). Both are quite strong, unusual, and have AWESOME sillage.

Also, if you’re not familiar with frangrantica, it’s the perfume bible of the internet. Don’t look if you don’t have a few hours to spare, haha.

Zaiborg

Do try Black Orchid by Tom Ford. It is very hard to find if you live in Australia (and VERY expensive, do NOT buy online) but OMG….
Both men and women swoon when I wear it, and it transforms and Phoenixes throughout the day.
My first experience of it was breathing in Aries Ancient Japanese Art Curator, and I was instantly BEWITCHED.
It is a TEMPLE of a fragrance IMO.
xo

Baristagem

😯

Really?! Want!!

doubleliblottascorp

Agreed re Black Orchid……it’s an astonishing shapeshifter and intoxicating as hell. It’s the scent I wanted Poison to be but P is too blatant and fly sprayi-sh. This one soooo subtle and seductive.

doubleliblottascorp

La fille de Berlin the latest Serge Lutens is fab. Old rose, spicy and deep, goes on forever and inspired by Marlene Dietrich. Beautiful, deep red colour and if you don’t attract hordes of admirers with this, you might be compelled to a little onanism…it’s that good!

Double Happiness

Also making a list! And vowing to visit Brisbanes infamous perfume temple Libertine

Freak,n Gary

One word – Vanisia – by Creed

Freak,n Gary

or maybe another – vanille absolute by L’ artisan available at Libertine and DJ’s – you vanilla girls could also try Visa by Robert Piguet -1947 ,you will be welcomed everywhere.

Double Happiness

There you are Gary! I have a fragrance memory it was the late 70’s early 80’s so maybe no longer produced but I think it was Gurlain and it started with a G……? Thanks you’re totally fab!

serenity

love love love vanille l’artisan!!! i will look for Visa

Freak'n Gary

See Vanisa by Creed below.

briony

Oh my GOD I NEED him. He sounds fantastic & a bit magical! I might have to visit sydney just to have a consultation!

Aquaria

Argh bloody hell, this perfume talk and my recent Persephone obsession makes me want to go out and find the perfect Queen of the Underworld scent and toss out all the pretty flowers stuff I have.

Freak'n Gary

You need “Midnight Oud” by Juliette Has a Gun. True underworld stuff. Rose and Oud. Just watch out for Orpheus!

Aquaria

Ah thank you very much for your recommendation πŸ™‚ I’ll see if I can find it here.

calypso scorp

that sounds amazing and I would be tempted to buy anything with a label that reads Juliette Has a Gun πŸ™‚

verasol

I know I’m trendy as hell with this choice but I really love Black Dahlia by Givenchy and finally got a bottle. Also really want the Creed coconut perfume!

Freak'n Gary

The Creed purfume is called “Virgin Island Water”. See above blogs – I mentioned its properties.

Freak'n Gary

Thank you so much for your compliments , as an Aries I will wear them well . Just a little qualification – Black Jade – is not made by Creed , but by Lubin. I look forward to enlightening your olifactory senses .x

Anonymous

I am the Bald one , be delighted to answer questions , but not tonight , third gin is kick’n in x

12th house virgo

Please come back with recommedations for brunettes!

calypso scorp

There’s definitely an opportunity here!

Miss Leo

seconded!!

Also this is awesome to have the subject of a post make a cameo appearance πŸ˜€

Freak,n Gary

Brunettes – god you are beautifull – see above for some thoughts – but best thing to do is bring you bodies into a perfumerie or DJ’s and take time to test the scent – you need to try on the skin.Perfume is the switch that turns on our inner light.

calypso scorp

are you for real! what a find Mystic! This Gary IS awesome!!! You guys could seriously get something totally unique and lucrative going….

BullsEye

Gary, I had the pleasure of meeting you for a perfume dalliance in my lunch break. I returned to work obsessed with Lady Vengeance. I had so many colleagues stop me to ask me what my scent was that I became consumed with racing back to see you. My delightful lunchtime companion raced back to the store to purchase a bottle for me, alas you had left πŸ™

Mystic thank you so much for your post. For alerting us all to Gary. I had been in great need of a new signature scent. I may be home alone but dammit I smell fantastic!

andromeda

That’ sweet!

Freak,n Gary

I loved meeting you Bulls Eye , although my assumptions may have been a little out of order . So pleased you gained your Vengence – there is ,for another occaision a more Extreme Vengence .

BullsEye

My lunch time companion is fond of cultivating that assumption, hence my need to clarify! πŸ˜‰

Expect a return visit this week…quite enamoured with the other scent I inhaled, was it rose & ginger ?? Would like to see how it wears.

Love the way you work your magic Gary x

K-Gem

Guest blogspot with Gary and Mystic doing scent by astro – not so much sun signs but perhaps something more exotic…

Quadrupled

Mystic, this is a lovely way to spend the day — meeting by chance someone who knows his stuff and shares it with elegance.

One of my friends is “manufacturing” organic perfumes – you need to sit down with him, smell the oils he offers (and sniff coffee in between to clear your nose), then pick the ones you like. My preference turned to be a combination of ylang ylang, vanilla and orange.

I am curious about Lady V — what an inviting name for a perfume.

Quadrupled

Not to hijack the thread but man, I hate when oracle shows what you try to ignore – it is like getting hit on your nose with a brick …..

leogroover

or uexpected but playful smack in the back of the head

Freak,n Gary

Lady V , is fantastic , it has three notes Rose , Vanilla, and Patchouli – its simplicity in constuction is genuis – it is (as are all the perfumes I speak about ) perfume oil based .It lasts on your skin all day.

Anonymous

What a cool story Mystic. I also a perfume freak except i like to alter them. Once someone gave me Beautiful and i combined it with best quality sandalwood and a guy smelt it and complimented me and we ended up together!

Freak'n Gary

We call that “Layering” in the trade – can be a very good idea.

LaLuz

Note: I’m heading to Sephora to check out all the perfumes mentioned. I’m making a list as we speak!

serenity

Strangely, my Carolina Herrera attracts the men. Even Obsession did that! But I prefer to wear Bond No 9 Scent of Peace like D&GLight Blue and Nuits de Noho. When I wear Alien, the women love it. Vanilla and almond (Comptoir) makes men want to bite my neck, spray that on your delectable body parts. LOL

Raché (Aqua/Tauri)

Guys really do seem to like Obsession…hrmm….

serenity

Obsession is sexy. I can’t think of another fragrance close to it. Gary: Can you recommend a fragrance for me (Aries, bold, sexy, musky, and playful, frisky). Thank you!!! I love this topic. Narciso Rodriguez for Her is also beautiful. I’m heading to Barney’s tomorrow.

Freak,n Gary

Jubilation 25 by Amouge , is to necks as teeth are to nails . A classic soft floral .

serenity

I love you, thanks!!! I will look for it. I also like a nice musk vanilla floral/candy. I guess that might be it. Then I need just one more: exotic, oriental, unique, sexy (just blends with the skin oils very well) and penetrating.

cosmic fleece

Please tell us that after you and your sharp witted Gemmie Pie daughter got home, you logged on to astro.com and found out that Asteroid Gary was conjunct your Venus !!

S

My next fragrance purchase is Chanel No 5 Sensual Elixir. At the mo Karl Lagerfeld and Armani Black Code. I find most fragrances too sweet and like the smell of men’s product lines. Men’s deodorants (the high end lines) smell so much better on women and have real staying power.

Freak,n Gary

Oringinal Santal , rich oriental wood notes – by Creed .Try it , two sprays for eleven hours .A very old perfume and a Classic .

Aries_FTL

Gary should be working for a French fragrance house! He’s an undiscovered gem! Today David Jones, tomorrow the World!

Madeleine

I’m in love with the new fragrance department and funny as I always wear Bandit by Robert Piguet when out and about…it feels very complete.

Freak,n Gary

Bandit is the Bomb.1944 .Classic dry wood.

Gemyogi

Givenchy is awesome. Past faves are linterdit, made for Audrey Hepburn but discontinued, and Givenchy III. If you’re in melb try kleins on brunswick st, they have lots of L’artisan Parfumeur. I’m now wearing Verte Violette which I love, along with Infusion D’iris, Stella, neroli oil and sometimes Coco Mademoiselle. Kleins also have a similar dude to Gary.

Freak,n Gary

If,n Violett’s your forte , give Creeds Love in Black a go. Deveoped for Jackie O , it is violette with a blackcurrent heart .Very sophisticated .A fragrent veil.

JIMMIE G

A GALLON BOTTLE PLEASE GARY !

Holidaying in melb, went to Kleins today. Loved, loved, loved it – thankyou for the tip! Sadly there is nothing even close to this experience at place of origin πŸ™

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