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Fabulous Fragrance: Moon Dance

High among my current top fragrances is Moon Dance by Juliette Has a Gun. The scent puts me in mind of flowers blooming at midnight, but not jasmine. It is an expensive fragrance that I finally found on sale at frangrancenet for about one third of the original price. Everything about the presentation calls out “high end,” including the hardy, substantial decanter.

The fragrance is so fabulously blended that it’s hard to decipher individual notes. The first spray wafts in a sweet spiciness hovering over a velvet background. It is incredibly hypnotic and sensual. As another user mentioned, it smells purple. Later the scent develops an enticing milky quality that adds to its longevity. As time passes, the fragrance seems to integrate and become part of one’s very soul essence. Did I say how much I love Moon Dance?

Moon Dance is a chypre white floral. Key notes are tuberose, violet, rose, patchouli, and bergamot. As I said, the blend is exquisite in its perfected oneness. Users on Fragrantica give it a 4.27 out of 5 and overwhelmingly love it rather than like or dislike. How did I find Moon Dance? Among a group of violet perfume samples I ordered! It’s amazing what expert noses can do with violet.

Have you tried Juliette Has a Gun’s Moon Dance? What are your favorite fragrances?


Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Vintage Friday: Topaze



I hope you will come along with me on my continuing obsession with finding the few varieties of forgotten vintage perfumes with special meaning to me from the past. How did we live without eBay anyway? The first Avon scent I remember as a small child came in a tall, slender yellow bottle with a golden jeweled topaz adorning the top. It was many years later before I realized that most topaz gemstones today are actually blue. (Because of this perfume, they’ll always be golden to me.) The scent smelled quite sophisticated to a child’s nose, as if a movie star as might wear it. At this moment upon each wrist I apply a drop from the unused bottle I just bought and am transported into a lady’s garden filled with fragrant night blooming flowers. The lady wears a silk evening gown of the Regency period and has powdered her bosom. With music and sounds of dancing emanating from the open drawing room door, she waits for her lover to appear. Of course by the jeweled adornment I mentioned above, you know the fragrance is Topaze. 

Fragrantica lists Topaze’s scent accords as “floral, aromatic, woody, aldehydic, powdery, and warm.” Launched in 1959, Topaze is described as a floral aldehyde featuring note of “aldehydes, coriander, peach, bergamot, lemon, carnation, ylang ylang, lily of the valley, rose, sandalwood tonka bean, amber, benzoin, civet, and vetiver.” That’s an amazing number of fragrance notes, and what a beautiful blend.

I haven’t found Topaze yet in the original yellow bottle. This one is in a harp-shaped bottle described with the words Heavenly Music Topaze. One user is right on point, saying Topaze has that “extra unexplainable something.”

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Vintage Friday: Moonwind 1971

moonwindRecently I have been on a mad tear regarding perfumes. It started with a passion to purchase violet fragrances—more on those in a future post–and learning the technicalities of scent–jammy, basenotes, oud, aldehydes and the like. What a fascinating field! I see a lovely career coming up soon for a favored heroine. My passion now has veered into finding favorite vintage perfumes of the past—those I actually loved and used. Most were Avon and drugstore scents, not high end designer. However, one’s first beloved perfumes tend to remain in memory forever, long after they have been discontinued and forgotten by the public.

Today’s feature is my all-time favorite Avon fragrance–Moonwind. I loved it so much and still do. Heaven knows why Avon discontinued such a treasure. Moonwind came in an artistic cobalt blue bottle adorned with a silver flame shooting from the top. The box shone resplendent with the sacred silhouette of Artemis, moon goddess and huntress, depicted with her silver bow. She is a goddess so close to my heart. The aroma of Moonwind lifts me, and I go soaring, upward, straight into radiant moonlight. I wore Moonwind, while Charisma in its striking red bottle sat atop my mother’s vanity.

The “it” perfume site, Fragrantica lists Moonwind’s scent accords as “green, woody, aldehydic, aromatic, and citrus.” Launched in 1971, Moonwind is described as an aromatic green fragrance featuring note of “aldehydes, bergamot, grapefruit, lavender, narcissus, woody notes, green notes, oakmoss and vetiver.” Users assign it 4.42 points out of 5, which is a lot higher score than many designer fragrances achieve.

You can imagine how thrilled I was to find a new, unused bottle of Moonwind, along with its accompanying skin softener, on eBay and for a most reasonable price. Boy, did I scarf up that bargain. Once again, I am enjoying the inimitable fragrance symbolized by the moon goddess Artemis. I sleep well.

What are your favorite perfumes?

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Vintage Friday: 7 Secrets of Perfume by Flossie Benton Rogers

Who’s to say stone age women didn’t rub their skin with aromatic flowers to tickle the smell buds? With the critical need for well developed senses back in the day, it’s certainly a possibility. It’s also probable that ancient shamans incorporated fragrance into their religious rituals. Throughout history perfume has been used not only to enhance sexuality and beauty but for sacred and spiritual purposes as well. Think incense! Aromatics were also invaluable in the art of embalming and other processes involved in the laying to rest of the earthly body. I use perfume in its most expansive sense, though technically perfume has a distillation strength of 5 to 1 essential oil when compared to the less potent concoction of cologne.

AvonTimelessmypic1) Origin: We know the ancient Egyptians engaged in the art of perfume making, as did people in ancient Mesopotamia and India. Perfume and incense making were also highly developed in the Far East. The oldest known perfume factory to date was discovered by archeologists on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. The Persians took perfumery to a high level, and some of their methods are still viable today.

2) Ingredients: Elements used in ancient perfumes included spices such as cinnamon and cardamom, herbs like rosemary and sage, frankincense and myrrh resins, animal musk, and oils distilled from roses, jasmine, and other flowers. Samael, the hero in my paranormal romance Guardian of the Deep, wears the masculine, magnetic scent of coriander.

3) Couture: Chanel No. 5, one of the most famous perfumes in the word, was created in 1921 for fashion designer Coco Chanel. A recent biography contends she was an agent for the propagation of the Nazi agenda. My mother loved Chanel No. 5 and, honestly, who doesn’t? Perfumes in this part of the century were considered high couture for the likes of glamorous movie stars, socialites, and the crème de la crème. Other perfumes of a similar time period were My Sin, Arpege, and Shalimar.

4) Accessibility: After WWII, the creation of scents for everyday women became big business. One of these was Tweed by Lentheric. My mother had this one as well, and I loved to dab on strong, amber hued Tweed as a winter fragrance.

5) On the Corner: In the late 1950’s reasonable prices sold cauldrons of perfumes from the venue of dime stores and drug stores. These sales included the first scent I bought as a birthday gift for my mother – a small cobalt blue bottle of Evening in Paris.

6) Avon Calling: Speaking of everywoman, we must jump back to 1886 to see the origin of a company that created a business model unique from other perfume houses. Through its bevy of direct sales representatives, Avon offered women the opportunity to operate their own businesses at a time when females were few and far between in the work force. Mrs. Albee was the first Avon lady. Continuing to grow, by the 1950’s Avon brought affordable Hollywood glamour into the home of everyday women.

7) Avon Favorites: I have fond memories of a tall yellow bottle of Topaze, topped by a marvelous golden “gemstone.” I was drawn to that, although Here’s My Heart is what Mama actually bought me. In the 1970’s my mother’s favorite became Charisma in its bold red bottle, and mystically named Moonwind, in a beautiful blue bottle, was mine. Other favorites are exotic Imari and Timeless, pictured above as a jar of creamy skin softener, along with some of my mother’s Avon jewelry. I also liked the sweet, frothy scent of Pavi Elle. It reminded me of a vanilla cream cake. On my husband I loved Black Suede and Wild Country—yum!

One of my favorite scents in the whole world is violet. I have a passion for violet incense, and I’d adore to own a high falutin’ violet perfume. Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite fragrances?

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance