How susceptible am I?

Yesterday I read a comment by Rita from The Left Coast Nose and she said how she’s not sure if she loves Bulgari Black or is it a cliche so I decided to go and see for myself. Smell for myself. After The Guide had so many great things to say about it, I thought it was time to try it (after smelling it, I realized I had already smelled it before).

Anyway, I went to Martimex to try it and ran across a really good SA. I tried it and while discussing my foundation problem with her, ended up ona stool to have my face submitted to a new serum, concealer, foundation etc. While she was doing that, I kept smelling Black. Trying to see if I’ll get the whole rubber angle. Once you know what you are looking for, it seems to quite stand out.

Rita, just so you know, I’m upset with you. First of all, I wouldn’t have smelled it anytime soon and thought, Oh my, this is really interesting and I can see myself wearing it. And then I started thinking, Am I influenced by what she said and what I read in the Guide? And then in then in the end, How in the world is it possible I cannot tell the difference? Aargggh.

While doing my make-up the SA discussed Black with me and said that it was meant as a rendition of city life (hence the rubber angle?). Honestly, the city does not smell like Black to me – maybe there’s not enough polution to make the air sweetish like in Black.

Notes by NST: black tea, rosewood, bergamot, cedar, oakmoss, vanilla, amber, sandalwood, and musk.

I can see where the sweetnes came from, but these notes really cannot convey the smell of Black. And now, what am I going to do? I do not want to buy another bottle of perfume if not absolutely necessary. In this case it is not but I would still like to have some. I’ll go check the MUA and see if anyone is up for swapping it. ๐Ÿ™‚
P.S. The SA (whose name I don’t know) was excellent yesterday. I came to try Black and see if they had a Clarins foundation and ended up going home with a Guerlain foundation and concealer and 3 Carita facial products – happy of course. ๐Ÿ™‚

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11 thoughts on “How susceptible am I?

  1. Iโ€™m reminded each time I visit your blog how a passion well expressed can inspire. Thanks for sharing, all the very best and a lovely weekend.


  2. Tom Bailey November 15, 2009 at 22:20 Reply

    Simone posted on my blog that you were a place that I should visit and I was not disappointed. You have some GREAT information here. Your way of writing makes me really think. I like it.


  3. Ines November 16, 2009 at 11:11 Reply

    Dear Simone, thank you so much for saying so. It really means a lot to me, especially coming from you who I admire for following your dream and writing romance. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Ines November 16, 2009 at 11:14 Reply

    Hey Tom, thank you for stopping by (and thanks to Simone for the promotion). ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm always happy to hear someone got interested in my blog and found something to read and like. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, I'm off to read yours.


  5. The Left Coast Nose November 16, 2009 at 16:12 Reply

    Hi there, Ines–Oh, dear, oh dear!! Please don't be upset with me! What to do about the power of suggestion in perfume? I hadn't read (or had completely forgotten) about the "rubber tire" thing in Bvlgari Black, and didn't notice it at all the first time I smelled it. I just thought it smelled like warm, happy man, like a lot of other masculine scents. Then, when I went to start writing about it, I read about the rubber thing, put it on, and voila!! It was all I could smell!Half the pleasure I get from perfume is reading about it, the other half from sniffing it, but I can't always tell how much one influences the other…Please tell me your favorite masculine scent, Ines, and I will try to make it up to you…-Rita


  6. Ines November 16, 2009 at 16:32 Reply

    Hey Rita! ๐Ÿ™‚ I wasn't really upset, I just like to shop and it really isn't that difficult to turn me in that direction. :)You know, I test myself with perfumes I haven't read anything about to see what I will get out of them. Usually not half of what the good noses out there find but I'm still learning. Btw, I seem to fall in love more with masculine scents than feminine (I wonder what thay says about my femininity). ;)To tell you the truth, I don't know if I have a favourite masculine scent – I adore Frapin's Caravelle epicee for which I would never have guessed it would be termed as masculine.I'd be happy to hear your suggestion. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  7. The Left Coast Nose November 17, 2009 at 16:04 Reply

    Ines–I mostly like the "feminines" (although I'm not quite sure what that means, either…)I do think that scent that are termed masculine tend to use fewer ingredients, and a lot of the SAME ingredients, which is why I tend to lose patience with them. But a good masculine is a think of beauty.I am writing "Frapin Caravelle epicee" down right now– never heard of it, and I'm worried I'm about to find out it's one of those that isn't available in the States ANYWHERE. But I will look and look forward to sniffing it.-Rita


  8. Ines November 17, 2009 at 16:08 Reply

    Rita,I would be happy to send you a sample to try. It was my favourite winter scent last year (it might prove to be this year as well). :)There is a review somewhere in the beginning of my blog. Contact me with your address. ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. The Left Coast Nose November 19, 2009 at 17:32 Reply

    Would you really!?! Yay!!! I will email you.


  10. The Left Coast Nose November 19, 2009 at 17:34 Reply

    Ines– my computer is stupid and will not load your email address into my mailbox. GGrrrrrr! Will you please email me at and I will get back to you?


  11. Ines November 20, 2009 at 11:12 Reply

    No problem. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can't wait to hear what you will think of it.


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