11.8.09

CB I hate perfume

Thank you, everyone, for your comments on your favourite scents! I find it so satisfying to learn about how other people like to smell. It's such a personal thing, but it's a powerful thing too, if the amount of thought you put into your comments is any indication.

I know that there are a lot of people who can't handle any scent at all, and I get that. It doesn't have to be perfume, though; one of my favourite smells of all is that smell that hangs in the air in the fall. If someone could bottle that without having it smell like a bathroom deodorizer, I would be quite happy. This scent might come close.
A couple of you (Chad and Missa) mentioned CB I Hate Perfume, a New York perfumer. Read his manifesto here. I followed his blog for a while; ever since I read his description of most perfumes as "juice" and read of his contempt for celebrity-endorsed perfumes, etc., I have been incredibly fascinated. I admire his passion. I am particularly interested in the scent above, At the Beach 1966:

The prime note in this scent is Coppertone 1967 blended with a new accord I created especially for this perfume – North Atlantic. The base of the scent contains a bit of Wet Sand, Seashell, Driftwood and just a hint of Boardwalk. The effect when you wear At The Beach 1966 is as if you've been swimming all day in the ocean.

Doesn't that sound dreamy and compelling?

Incidentally, Chad tells me that he ordered CB's Tea/Rose blind (or rather, noseless?) and that he loves it!

20 comments:

  1. that sounds like my kind of perfume! (and your jersey dress looks cute, nice job!)

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  2. Ooooh...if you do order a CB scent, you must tell me how you like it. I have heard amazing things about At The Beach! xo.

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  3. You can get this at Ewanika (just moved to Dupont and Bathurst)...

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  4. Thanks, Kate! And Chad -- I want to, but I can't decide which one sounds best! They all sound amazing.

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  5. K.Line -- thank you so much! I had no idea it was available locally! I'll have to check it out tomorrow afternoon.

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  6. Do you remember those impostor scents from the 80s? Like "if you like Opium, you'll love 'Heroin' or 'Methadone'" or whatever it was called ;P
    I feel that way about CB I Hate Perfume, because I hate perfume! So for me it's just saying "if you hate perfume, you'll love CB I Hate Perfume"! I wonder if I can try this stuff out somewhere... I'm going to check this out.

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  7. A: Not sure if she has that flavour in stock so you might want to give her a call first, unless it's on your route...

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  8. Oh gosh, where do I start!? I *love* CB I Hate Perfume scents, and have had so much luck with them. Most perfume smells weird on me, but all of the CB types I've tried have been great. I have: Mr. Hulot's Holiday, Winter 1972, At The Beach 1966 and Burning Leaves (I got the little tiny vials and a little goes a long way) - I also have a full-size Fire From Heaven, which I love, love, love - it has that "smell that hangs in the air in the fall" you describe, for sure. (In my opinion...) I hope you find one that you are super-happy with!

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  9. We went to CB when we were in New York a few weeks ago. The scents are wonderful and the idea behind them is great; we spent the better part of an hour in the shop just uncorking small bottles and smelling 'em.

    If you don't want to go all the way to Williamsburg, we just went to Commissaires in Montreal (which is an AMAZING shop) and they're currently carrying some of them (they change their stock completely every couple of months, though).

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  10. i love CB I Hate Perfume! i've been wearing the same scent for 12 years now (champs elysees by guerlain), but for a while i tried 'mr. hulot's holiday', 'in memory of kindness' (tomatoes on the vine), and my favorite, 'black march.'

    'at the beach 1966' is wonderful, it really does smell like a lovey day at the beach!

    i also have his cedarwood wardrobe spray, which i spritz on my sweaters diligently.

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  11. I also have At the Beach 1966, and it's the best summer perfume. It smells like sunscreen. I would definitely recommend it. The small ones are really affordable and the scent is super concentrated so that a little goes a long way.

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  12. Oh, I am DYING that Black March looks so good! Thanks for the tip! I'd never heard of the line before.

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  13. This sounds very interesting!

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  14. Oh no! I have the Tea/Rose in my cart and I'm so tempted to buy it. I've been trying to make fewer impulse buys but it's been so long since I've found a perfume I love and this one looks like it could be just the thing. Is it crazy to buy perfume without smelling it first?

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  15. I'm tempted to try winter 1972, since that is when I was born.

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  16. Oh, I'm so glad you posted about it! I'm feeling very encouraged by these comments now to try it out, thanks! This one sounds amazing, hope you find one you like :)

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  17. mmmm this one sounds amazing! my friend got one that smelled like grass and she loved it.

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  18. i've worn this one for maybe 5 years now and LOVE it. it does smell like sunscreen but even better. i also have the tea/rose (always hated tea rose scents and this is great!) and the "scent of a flower" of something like that...smells like fresh gardening. it's great. highly recommend. they last forever.

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  19. Hey there!

    I se that you like CB perfume (: That’s cool!
    I want tips you about another brand of perfume called Etat libre d’orange, it’s a edgy provocative brand from France that carries exiting scenes and they have a awesome and funny branding! (:

    You can read more about in on our blog!

    www.W29showroom.blogspot.com

    Xx Linda

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  20. Interesting CB scent. Anyway,I really admire the passion of perfume it makes my sense more attractive and I wan the best scent. :)

    cletsey

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