Guest Blogger Lisa Wordbird at Your Command!

At the 4160 Tuesdays studio, on the famous swing.

Hello! Lisa Wordbird here. I’ve persuaded Sam to let me come and play, and I would love to know what you want to read about. I have a big box of samples and I’ll review things you’re interested in if I have them or I can get hold of them.

Like Sam, I’m a big fan of a bargain and I think an inexpensive perfume can be just as beautiful as something incredibly costly. Equally, I think that there are perfumes that justify a whopping pricetag. I’m a fan of artisan perfumers like Andy Tauer, Sarah McCartney and Liz Moores, and I appreciate how much goes into creating and producing their perfumes.

Equally, I recognise that some of the greatest geniuses in the fragrance industry are the ‘functional fragrance’ creators. These are the unsung heroes and heroines who produce delicious scents for shower gels, fabric softeners and shampoos on an ingredient budget of sixpence a kilo. Don’t believe me? I am eking out a Shower Crème from Lidl called Indian Summer, which is a gorgeous woody oriental. It cost less than £2 when I bought it 18 months ago.

Personally, I lean towards orientals, incense, chypres, leather and animalic fragrances. Some of the things I like make Sam say ‘Eurgh!’ and look at me as if I’ve left the house without my trousers. However, Sam likes some white flowery things that make me go ‘yikes!’ and feel like I’m a drag queen.

Some things we both love, like vintage Miss Dior. Oh, I love vintage perfumes, too. Partly this is because they can be so much cheaper on ebay, partly because things I bought years ago now count as vintage because they date back to before the IFRA made companies reformulate perfumes to reduce possible allergens. (They’ve done it a couple of times now. The IFRA are not my friends.)

So – what would you like to hear about? Vintage perfume? Scented toilet paper? My boundless love for the Yves Rocher Secrets d’Essences range? Please let me know, and I’ll do my best.


16 thoughts on “Guest Blogger Lisa Wordbird at Your Command!”

  1. Welcome, Lisa! Looking forward to reading about anything that strikes your fancy. I have a particular interest in vintage fragrances — I love Miss Dior, too! — and am always looking for well-written and erudite reviews. All the best.

  2. Hi Lisa

    IFRA are not my friends either, but I won’t repeat my well worn rant about the ruination of Opium!

    I would love recommendations for big scary spicy Orientals which have great sillage and longevity on skin that “eats” scent (ie mine) I do know a fair few, but more always welcome

    Thank you!


  3. I’d like to hear about your discoveries, whether it’s a new niche fragrance, a genre that is unfamiliar to you, a vintage perfume, or, yes, a great bargain fragrance. Looking forward to your posts!

  4. Hi it sounds like our taste in perfumes and our love of a bargain are very similar. I am ready to hear all your wisdom – fire away!

  5. Fantastic! Very glad to hear there’s a fellow appreciator of ‘proper’ Opium – I have that rant too. You’ll be delighted to hear that I just tried something from Dawn Spencer Hurwitz that is filthy and delicious! I’ll tell you all about it in a proper post.
    Looking forward to getting to know you all.
    And Lynnette, darling, Avon Perceive is darn good, or Cacherel’s Noa, both are very fresh and springy!.

    1. Lisa is such an expert and this is where she can fill the gaps in my knowledge. She’ll love to write about this.

  6. Hello Lisa and welcome. We’ve heard a lot about you😉. Pull up a chair and let’s chat about vintage, and reformulations, and replacements for discontinued beauties.

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