Sunday, April 3, 2011

Top Tens


This entry is intended to be a polite nudge… or three nudges, to be precise.

Nudge #1: You’ve only got until the end of today to enter my give-away draw for a full bottle of Tauer Perfumes’ Orange Star. If you’ve already entered, you may be interested in reading everybody else’s comments on the subject of secrecy in perfumery. They’ve certainly given me ideas for at least two blog posts.

Nudge #2: You’ve got until Wednesday to submit your votes for the 2011 Basenotes awards. Categories include: Best Perfume Of 2010, Best Perfume Of All Time (now THERE’S a question) and Best Perfume Blog. If you’re a UK-based Basenotes member, you can also vote in the Best Niche Perfume category of Britain’s prestigious FiFi awards.

Nudge #3: I’m still taking ideas for subjects to raise in my upcoming interview with the Director of IFRA UK. So far, I’ve received many excellent suggestions… but there’s definitely room for a few more.

I’ll leave you with a question (which I also asked on Twitter and Facebook yesterday): how many of you have a list of your all-time top ten favourite perfumes? I was asked for my favourites the other day and I had to confess that I haven’t got a list… which is a bit odd, considering that, as a child, I was constantly engaged in the very boyish activity of compiling Top 10s of all kinds of favourites: TV programme theme tunes, songs that should have made it to Number 1, Doctor Who villains… you name it. I suppose I really ought to make a perfume list… right…?

Persolaise.

16 comments:

  1. :) I don't have definitive list but I'm sort of compiling it. That is, when I come across a perfume I deem extra-ordinary, I mentally add it to that list.
    I should probably write it down as when I try and remember all of those I put on my list, I usually forget some. :)

    P.S. Besides, 10 seems not enough in my case. :)

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  2. Ines, that's the problem, isn't it: keeping it down to ten.

    I thnk I probably do need to make my own list. But where to start...

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  3. I don't have a top ten right now, because it seems to evolve! Birgit and Victoria have each asked about our top five's fairly recently, and while I responded to each, I think that my answers were slightly different each time!

    Like you, I love to compile lists of top things--- I've got a wishlist which I limit to five items at a time... but I think I'm going to take your inspiration and work on my top ten list today :)

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  4. deeHowe, I think the writing's on the wall: we need to get listing ;-)

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  5. Hmm. I don't have a list either. I can think of five or so perfumes off the top of my head that would surely be in a top-ten list, but I would have to give it some real thought. The thing is, my list would probably change every month depending on my current flights of fancy. I fall in love easily and often.

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  6. Carrie, you fickle feline!

    This whole list thing is slowly starting to turn into A Project...

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  7. A while ago I thought that it would make sense to create either a section on the About page in the blog or even an additional page (My Perfume Profile or something like that). For the last couple of weeks I've been working on that page and found it to be extremely hard. There are so many questions to ask yourself. Even if I can be completely truthful and secure enough to admit in public my love to some, let's say, celebrity fragrance (not my case, just an example!!!), how do I put on the same list something that I loved for years but recently just don't use too often (for whatever reason) and something that I fell in love just recently and have no idea if it stands the test of time? Do I include only full bottles or decants also? How about samples? No? What if I have a FB worth of those? How to avoid including in the list perfumes you *think* are good and include only those you *feel* are great? Questions, questions... But I'm working on my lists and would be really interested in seeing other bloggers' lists.

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  8. I don't have a top 'anything' list! I think it would change every week based upon what I sniffed yesterday. I can tell you that I love, love, love Amber Sultan, Antonia, and Lonestar Memories...but I can't give you a real list.

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  9. Undina, thanks for writing. I'd say that making a list should, above all, be fun... so maybe you need to stop yourself from getting sucked into layer upon layer of complicated questions.

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  10. Alice, a list of three is good enough for me... especially if it's got Lonestar on it!

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  11. First, thanks for the nudges! I did #1 a couple of days ago; #2 was a bit more difficult, but I finally decided to tackle it today (I was bored out of my mind at work!). And that helped me prepare for the Big One: the dreaded Top Ten list! But I didn't want to hog the space here, so I wrote a post on my blog in response (the first perfume post on a blog that had been mostly dedicated to poetry):
    http://archmemory.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-top-ten-perfume-list.html

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  12. Ashraf, I'm heading over to your blog right now.

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  13. I've currently got a Top 5 and a Top 20, and they are both in a state of constant flux!

    Flittersniffer for a reason...

    : - )

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  14. Vanessa, I know what you mean. In some ways it's easier to come up with a Top 5 than a Top 10. Isn't there some research that proved that our brain prefers odd numbers...?

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  15. I swore I wrote out a list...bah, sometimes Blogger makes me pout!

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  16. Frida, maybe that means it's time you made a new one ;-)

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