Diary of a Mad Perfume Blogger

Saturday, April 14th: After three months of relentless hazing (and by “relentless hazing”, I mean “being given a lifetime supply of candy and t-shirts”), it’s Initiation Day for our Pi Phi new members! But first, Drew and I must procure a bow tie for Monday’s “Pi Phis and Bow Ties”-themed date party. We try our luck in Hampden, a kitschy little town made famous by delightfully creepy director John Waters and his movies “Pecker” and “Hairspray”. We quickly find a perfectly respectable clip-on bow tie for $10 (and some Scooby Doo slippers for only $6! My Invader Zim slippers were getting lonely).


With the bow tie out of the way, we can finally turn our attention to some far more important business: perfume shopping!

Our first stop is Kiss N’ Make-Up, a cute beauty store that claimed to carry the CB I Hate Perfume line on their website. They no longer had it (or any perfume, unfortunately), but they did have a gorgeous cat, Mrs. Puff, who guards the store entrance. If I had to guess, I’d say she’s a Maine Coon, don’t you think?

Yes, I am THAT GIRL who stands in the middle of the street to take pictures of a cat.

We have far better luck at a boutique called In Watermelon Sugar, which has the Tokyo Milk line! I’m won’t lie to you, I had a bit of a spaz when I saw them. I’ve always been curious about the Tokyo Milks, which are reputed to be creative perfumes at amazing prices. I thought that I would be all about the sweeter perfumes, like Dead Sexy or Let Them Eat Cake, but I somehow ended up falling for Gin & Rosewater. I don’t like gin or rosewater, but Gin & Rosewater smells like the most delectable gourmet rose-flavored soda. A new perfume and Scooby Doo slippers for only $36? I declare this shopping expedition a smashing success.

We head home just in time for my Initiation shift. I can’t tell you anything about the double-secret-probation ceremony itself, except that it involves white robes which were clearly intended for taller ladies. But I will tell you that I wore Cartier Baiser Vole. I thought that its fresh lily scent would be a good match for the ceremony (sorority ceremonies are all about purity and faux virginity).

After the ceremony was finished, our newly initiated members received YET ANOTHER ROUND of ruthless hazing (and by “ruthless hazing”, I once again mean “so much candy”). For this after-party, I switched to the more exuberant Gin & Rosewater. It just puts me in such a good mood! Now, it took us about an hour to set up these beautiful candy designs.

It took those savages all of thirty seconds to demolish it.

It's like The Hunger Games up in here!

Afterwards, our newly initiated members passed around a cookie cake (and some chocolate-covered matzah, for the more observant of us) and shared their favorite part about joining Pi Phi. There might have been some muffled sobbing from my corner of the room. People always tell me, “You don’t seem like a sorority girl”. They’re right, of course, and if I were at any other school, I probably wouldn’t be one. But Hopkins can be an awfully isolating place. Most nights I do opt to stay in and watch Firefly with the kitteh, but it makes me feel so much better to know that if I ever do decide not to be so anti-social, there are a hundred girls who I could call.

Sunday, April 15th: This was a much-needed low key day. I had the most gloriously bubbly bath courtesy of a Lush French Kiss bubble bar. Did some reading on herpesviruses for Virology class (trust me, herpes is not as glamorous as the lame-stream media would have you believe), beat a gym leader or two in Pokemon SoulSilver. My SOTD was A Lab on Fire What We Do In Paris Is Secret, the perfect cuddly rice scent. It really does smell just like a sweeter version of the steam that comes out when you open a rice cooker. This is what Kenzo Amour should have been. I was all set to order a $32 bottle from Anthropologie when I made the incredibly dumb mistake of asking Drew what he thought of it. He didn’t like it. All of the heliotrope reminded him too much of almonds, to which he is allergic. Grumble grumble grumble. Why did I ever allow him to develop preferences?

In the absence of rice-scented perfume, I demanded fried rice for dinner. We go out for what will most likely be our last hibachi dinner in Baltimore (Drew is graduating in May). The nomz, they are bittersweet.

Monday, April 16th: On Mondays I have my favorite class of the semester: Women in Hollywood! Today we watched “Light the Red Lanterns”, a film about Chinese concubines in the 1920’s. You do not want to be a Chinese concubine in the 1920’s, y’all. I do like the movies, but the real reason that it’s my favorite is because the pleasingly eccentric professor brings her dog in to class. She’s a very cute dog, and remarkably well-behaved (far more so than Zelda).

I decide on the roasted sweetness of Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille to match the gold dress that I’m wearing to the date party. Drew shows up looking terribly dapper in his clip-on bow tie. To my delight, he’s wafting the Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensee that I bought him for his birthday. We were by far the best-smelling couple at that date party.

18 thoughts on “Diary of a Mad Perfume Blogger

  1. Fun week! Cute slipperses and kittehs and goggies (and Mrs. Puff looks a bit like my Grande Dame Silvia, except Silvia is quite thin these days).

    Has Drew settled on a grad school program yet?

    1. Poor Silvia! She did have a bit of a lean look in her picture, but maybe it’s to be expected with old cat age?

      Drew has accepted his London School of Economics offer! Then he’s planning to start a Ph.D program after his one year at LSE.

  2. I always love your diary entries. I am wanting those Scooby Do slippers! I am glad you are THAT GIRL who takes pictures of kittehs in the street and pups that professors bring to class. Keep up the good work. You and Drew are a cute couple.

    1. I’m so glad you had fun reading! Wearing slippers have been necessary ever since adopting Zelda (she has a thing for feet!), so I figure that they might as well be exciting slippers.

  3. It’s awesome to peek inside your world. Plus, hooray for you + Tokyo Milk! Gin & Rosewater = “the most delectable gourmet rose-flavored soda”…. spot-on, sister.

    1. Oh, are you familiar with the Tokyo Milks, Meg? Are there other ones that I need to try?? I was kind of overwhelmed by all of the EXCITING NEW PERFUMES, so I only ended up trying 5 or so.

      1. I’m a sucker for the Dark Collection– Arsenic is by far my favorite. From the main collection (or as I call it, “those nine million little tiny bottles”) I really liked Eden, which makes no sense since I normally shun blackcurrant. But those pretty berries were so shiny! I like shiny. Eden 1, Me 0. 🙂

  4. I love gin and rosewater too! I can imagine it wearing beautifully in the summer, it’s so refreshing. I’m thinking of adding it to my collection which is quickly becoming dominated by Toykomilk–being so awesome and reasonable, not to mention the only perfumes available in-person where I live.

    1. Oooh, which Tokyo Milks do you own already? It was such an exciting surprise to stumble upon them. Sadly, this store doesn’t carry the Dark line, which seems very intriguing.

      1. I own and love Eden, Kabuki, and sometimes Marine Sel (it’s very weird). My sister has Everything and Nothing from the dark line, it’s great. I also really enjoy Sparrow, Crushed, Bittersweet and Sea to Sky–all worth checking out.

  5. You guys are too cute! I love to wear What We Do in Paris Is Secret to bed. It’s so warm and cozy. Never thought of the rice notes though. Now I’m going to be hungry when I go to bed!

    1. Oh nooo, hunger before bed is the worst! I am actually impressed that you can wear perfume to bed- it always distracts me from falling asleep!

  6. You know, Ari, you make me miss my university days. Good times. My consolation is that these days I have a passel of people to stay home and watch Firefly with. (Or BtVS/Angel/Supernatural/Star Trek/LOTR/Babylon 5/Avatar the Last Airbender) Or attend Calgary’s Comic-Con with – Pop quiz: why is Calgary THE place to be, Comic-Con wise?

    I really want to try out more of Tokyo Milk’s stuff – Dee sent me a generous sample of Bittersweet, and I really like it.

    1. I can’t wait until I have such a passel, too! And I must admit that I fail this pop quiz! What’s the answer? I haven’t been to a comic con yet. Sniffapalooza will be my first con of any kind! 😉

      1. Sorry, being a Trek fan, I thought you knew. The *entire* TNG cast will be there, and it’s the first time in 20 years they’re all together. (Personally, also very excited about James Marsters, Adam Baldwin and Katee Sackhoff) This is my first Comic-Con too, but how could I miss it when it’s in my own backyard?

        1. GAAAAH! Why did I already pay for Sniffapalooza?!?! Picard, Spike, and Jayne in the same room?? I’ll be in my bunk!

  7. Oh! A Cookie Shine!

    Here’s to the Pi Phi Cookie Shine!
    Here’s to the friendship true!
    What’s so fine as a Cookie Shine
    Under the wine and blue?!


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