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“In the Library” Perfume by CB I Hate Perfume

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The latest addition to my “writer’s perfume” collection is CB I Hate Perfume’s In The Library.

From the description:

“In the Library is a warm blend of English Novel, Russian & Moroccan Leather Bindings, Worn Cloth and a hint of Wood Polish.”

I bought the “perfume absolute” because I like the silky texture of perfume oils and they seem to last longer than sprays. Plus, the alcohol scent of eau de perfume often throws off my nose and I can’t smell it properly for some time.

I’ve also learned you usually can’t judge a perfume based on what it smells like in the bottle, but this one was a little unusual in that regard, because it smelled so faint even in the bottle.

This is the lightest scent of all the ones I’ve purchased in my “writer’s perfume” quest. Very light. In fact, I have to press my nose to my skin to smell it, even when it’s freshly applied. It does smell like paper and I can detect the lemon, and maybe the wood, but not the leather or cloth. (My husband just came into the room and looked at me oddly for having the back of my hand pressed against my nose while trying to describe this aroma.) I can smell the laundry detergent on my shirt collar stronger than the perfume I applied right under it.

It comes in a little glass bottle with a glass plug stopper at the top. The stopper does not form a tight seal, so you’ve got to be very careful with the bottle. It had a plastic shrink-seal on it when it was shipped to me, but that didn’t prevent it from leaking a little. Fortunately, not much seeped out.

Out of all the perfumes I’ve purchased in this little experiment, this is the one I’m least happy with. It was the most expensive, and while I think the scent is a good one, I like to at least be able to detect a faint whiff of a perfume while I’m wearing it. I almost feel like I’d get better results from rubbing a book on my skin.

“Paper Passion” Perfume

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In my quest for the perfect “writer’s perfume,” I bought a bottle of Paper Passion: Perfume for Booklovers.

This is one of the most attractively packaged perfumes I’ve ever purchased. Inside the cardboard box, a hardback book is wrapped in heavy red fabric-like paper. The book is bound shut with the paper ribbon around the center.

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Upon breaking the seal, you open the book to find the first ten pages or so printed with the story of the perfume’s development.

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The perfume is nestled within the rest of the book’s red pages.

I had high hopes. The perfume gets great reviews, and it was created by master perfumers.

I didn’t like the first whiff of it in the bottle. It has a strong smell of alcohol. But perfumes often smell better on the skin than they do in the bottle. It has a watery feeling on the skin, but I’m used to the silky feel of perfume oils.

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When first applied to my skin, it had a sharp, almost astringent, aroma with a bit of  mustiness. In that respect, it was similar to Demeter’s Paperback. Sort of a “new ink, new paper” scent. As the alcohol faded away, it left a complex scent behind, sweeter than Paperback, but still not the warm, rich smell of old books that I hoped for.

The description in the book’s text says the perfumer used a “medicinal, technical” scent for the top notes, then “dryer and warmer” facets below “clean and woody” scents, then rounded it off with a sweet hint of floral.

There’s no doubt this is a complex perfume, and the resultant scent on the skin probably has a lot to do with one’s body chemistry. As the day wore on, I started to smell the sweetness underneath, a hint of a vanilla-like aroma that was like old paper, but it’s faint.

I don’t dislike it. Like Paperback, it’s sort of a “character” scent, something I’ll wear while writing because it makes me think of new books, and I’ll probably come to like it more as I wear it, as I did with Paperback. But Dead Writers is still my lead choice when it comes to something that has the warm, rich scent of old books.

Despite the watery, alcohol feel, the scent was long-lasting. Five hours after applying it, I could still smell it on my wrists, and on the shirt I had worn.

Amazon shipped it very fast. It was delivered only three days after placing my order. Bizarrely enough, Amazon categorizes it as a text book and gave me a promotional credit to buy an MP3.