So, I do a fairly bad job at this whole blogging “regularly” thing. And then I make myself feel guilty about it. But then again, no one is making me blog. I’m doing it, supposedly, for me. Right? Of course right.
So! We’re all going to pretend that I haven’t ignored my blog for three weeks running. And I’m going to tell you about something else mildly shameful.
I’m buying more perfume.
Back in….January-ish, I decided to use some Christmas money to buy perfume online. It’s a twitch bit risky, purchasing something that you’ve never smelled, but I was determined not to go to Sephora as that it would just make me weep. The options! That aren’t really options because they’re too expensive! So I went to the next best place for occasional too-expensive-weepage. Etsy. And lo! There were perfumes in my price range. They were perfume…solids. I Googled this, and thought it seemed like a good idea. It was the consistency of and packaged like lip balm, which seemed a bit odd, but it was less expensive than conventional perfume. I bought two of them. They came in the mail. My thrill wore off fairly quickly.
My complaints are as follows:
- I don’t like the feeling of putting pseudo-lip balm on my wrists.
- They are melt-y.
- For instance, I accidentally left them on the base of my lampstand and the heat of the bulb (8-12 inches above) made them soft in less than an hour.
- The perfume itself was faint, necessitating a few applications.
- Did I mention I didn’t like the feeling of the application?
- The vanilla blend one was too vanilla cupcake-y.
- Small amounts of the perfume solid would always get under my nails.
- My life is hard.
Anyhow, I’ve only used them a handful of times, icked myself out on nearly every occasion, and am now seriously considering throwing them out. They weren’t that expensive and it gives me no joy whatsoever to use them. Chalk it up to lesson learned.
And I went back to the internet, because I like perfume. With specific qualifications.
- I don’t want to spend $100.
- I don’t want to smell like baked goods or the fruits of the forest.
- Lord preserve me from anything that is not a liquid.
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab makes perfume oils in the $20-$30 range. Which is nice. However, they have probably about 600 oils to choose from. Which was taxing. I managed to get the list down to nine oils and then had to get outside input. (Thanks Hannah!)
And so after all that deliberation, I’m going to buy Nyx, which is from the Excolo collection. I initially had a little being-poor-and-thrifty related guilt at buying perfume when I still have other perfume, but on further reflection: oh. for. pity’s. sake. I have glorified lip balm. And I hate it. Bring on the oils!
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Loved it. And since she’s a Chicagoan, I knew some of the places she talked about. Fun!)
Chalice by Robin McKinley (Used the Lion King principle of good ruler=healthy land, bad ruler=dying land. And no one had names, just titles. Was an interesting look at government, though.)
School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister (Full novel that read like a series of essays. Everything turned out so nice. It was very sweet.)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (I was curious, turns out it is more than a little trippy.)
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (Did you know that the Disney cartoon pulls indiscriminately from both books in no particular order?)