Comme des Garcons Grace by Grace Coddington

I think this might just be my favorite perfume bottle of all time.

Of all time!!! Kanye, you are truly the gift that keeps on giving.
Of all time!!! Kanye, you are truly the gift that keeps on giving.

That cat cap! So whimsical! So adorable! So much better than Katy Perry’s nightmarish cat bottle!


Inside that perfect bottle is a delicate wisp of a rose fragrance with a lovely twist of mint. Everything smells very high quality, very natural. I can’t overemphasize just how light Grace is; it’s lighter than both of my previous reference points for fresh rose fragrances, Diptyque Eau Rose and Hermes Rose Ikebana. Lasting power is virtually non-existent, which I don’t love at the $145 price point. As in, I sprayed it on at Sephora, tried maybe 3 lipsticks, left the store, and walked right back in, because it was already gone. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a $28 travel spray with a tiny kitty cap!

Grace is unimpeachably pretty, but it’s just not as interesting as one might expect from a collaboration between the avant-garde Comme des Garcons and a legendary Vogue creative director. In a recent Into The Gloss interview, Coddington explained, “I love the smell of roses, but I’ve gone through so many perfumes that just cling and make you feel claustrophobic. I like something that’s fresh but still smells of roses.” The result seems to have been a fragrance that Coddington herself would happily wear, rather than a fragrance that captures the spirit of fashion’s favorite flame-haired cat lady. More power to her! That just means that Pharrell Girl remains my preferred CdG celebrity fragrance for the time being.

Call me when Grace comes out with a cat-pillow spray. Photo credit: Wall Street Journal.
Call me when Grace comes out with a cat-pillow spray. Photo credit: Wall Street Journal.

Disclaimers: This post is not sponsored and does not contain affiliate links. I tested Grace by Grace Coddington at my local Sephora. 

Captain, My Captain

That’s my dad, with his Father’s Day gift/new signature scent, Star Trek Tiberius Eau de Toilette. It’s a pretty perfect match, since my dad is best described as Captain Kirk with a PhD.

Trekkie in training.

My father, the inventor of positron emission mammography, is a scientific visionary. He is also an immeasurably great dad. My dad has built every piece of furniture I own, including the cat tower.

Say thank you, furry grandchild.

He kept my 6th grade science fair project (penicillin-resistant bacteria) in the freezer for years, because he was sure it would earn me a patent someday. There has never been a single time that my dad was not there when I needed him. I am so proud to be his daughter.

I hope that you all had a wonderful Father’s Day. Live long and prosper!

Filibuster Fragrances


Three years after our last round of Filibuster Fragrances, courtesy of then-Senator Wendy Davis, yesterday’s Senate filibuster gives us another chance to brainstorm! Which fragrance would you choose to carry you through a filibuster?

Lasting power is obviously a major consideration (the longest filibuster on record was over 24 hours). So maybe a powerhouse like Angel or Aromatics Elixir? Would you opt for something with energizing notes, like coffee (Jo Malone Black Vetyver Cafe, L’Artisan Parfumeur Noir Exquis) or yerba maté (Annick Goutal Duel, Project Renegades Geza Schoen)? You could even keep it topical with some Juliette Has A Gun. Me, I think I’d go for something like Chanel Cristalle, a green chypre with lots of backbone. Might be a little too fleeting, though.

As always, please chime in regardless of your stance on the bill under debate. Disrespectful comments of any nature toward other commenters will be severely side-eyed.

If It Helps

I don’t have much to say about perfume the day after the worst shooting in American history. So I thought I would share the things that made me feel a little less scared yesterday. I hope they will be helpful to you as well. Please stay safe, my very dear friends.

Sprayed some Guerlain Apres L’Ondee (“after the rain”), and hoped for something better after the storm.

Signed’s petition to ban assault weapons.

Forced my cat to cuddle with me. Here is a picture of her, if you find vicarious cuddles comforting.

By The Book

There are a lot of things I miss about New York. I miss stepping out of my apartment and stumbling into a gallery opening. I miss Waffles, the enormous calico shop cat that guarded the vintage shop up the street. I miss my friend Daisy. I miss the big pool in the Egypt exhibit at the Met.

I’ll never forget you, Waffles.

Most of all, I miss the Strand. On bad days (and there were a lot of bad days in New York), I had my routine down. Take the 6 to Union Square. Chocolate pizza at Max Brenner. Finally, an hour or two at the Strand. I know it’s touristy. I know it’s crowded. Between the books and the chocolate pizza, I left feeling full in every way.

A good half of my perfume book collection comes from the Strand. Chandler Burr’s The Perfect Scent was hiding down on the basement floor- $6! My all-time best find was Collete Fellous’ Guerlain, an incredibly detailed history of Guerlain’s perfumes through 1987. It was $50, an outrageous splurge for an unpaid intern. I returned it the next day. I wish I had kept it. Books are always worth it.

What’s your favorite book about perfume? What’s the next one you’re planning to read? I’m dying to get my hands on La Cuisine des Nez, a cookbook of perfumers’ favorite recipes. I bet it would be worth learning French to be able to try Thierry Wasser’s crawfish chicken.

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