Pinot & Perfume

How to Not Wear Fragrance Like an Asshole

An episode of Pinot & Perfume

By Sarah Chacon
Do you love perfume? How about wine (or any alcohol bevvie)? If you answered "yes" to both of those questions, YOU'RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE. Each week I discuss everything relating to perfume: reviews, news headlines, trends in the industry, and even some educational tidbits (what exactly IS musk, anyway?) - all while sipping on a little sumpin' sumpin'. So come join me, and let's bask in our shared love for everything fragrance!
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I Have a Brazilian Crush
This week, we're talking about being less than impressed with A Star is Born, wearing one's vaginal secretions as perfume, and my new crush on Sol de Janeiro's Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist. 
September 22, 2019
An (Unwanted) Portrait of Dorian (Not) Gray
Bad wordplay on classic literature aside, I go off on a worried rant about Tropical Storm Dorian possibly ruining my weekend plans, review Oribe’s Côte d’Azur, and discuss Chloë Sevigny’s new fragrance, Little Flower.
August 28, 2019
Harajuku Lovers Throwback and Wild Bluebells
Last week's episode up a week late. I'm trying, guys. Anyway, we're talking Jo Malone's Wild Bluebell, recreating Cleopatra's perfume, and discovering an old favorite that is still available for sale. 
August 16, 2019
Are Robots Creating Our Perfume?!
Are we being invaded by...ROBOTS?! In this week's episode, I discuss AI technology in perfumery, review Phlur's new scent, S.C. 59, and go over some iconic fragrances.
August 3, 2019
Back...a Week Late
I recorded this last week, but didn’t publish. Sue me. This week, I’m talking about Dolce & Gabbana’s L’Impératrice No. 3, along with the usual banter and fragrance in the news.
July 3, 2019
A Sinus Infection, Spain, and Heavenly Flowers
This week’s episode is quick and dir-tay, as I am recovering from a sinus infection and getting ready to go on vacation and freaking out. We’re reviewing the out-of-production Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Heavenly Perfume, discussing the 2019 FiFi winners, and going over the top 8 summer fragrances for men (according to Men’s Health).
June 7, 2019
A Rant About Nothing
In this week’s episode, I rant about the annoying texting behaviors I have encountered, review Michael Kors’ Sexy Amber, and discuss some affordable body mists if a full-on EDP isn’t your jam.
May 31, 2019
Zen Out With CBD Perfume
In this week’s episode, I review Givenchy’s Very Irresistible Eau De Toilette, Cher’s new “genderlss” (i.e. unisex) fragrance, and a new perfume infused with CBD oil. Also, a small edit: I initially mention that trace amounts of THC are found in broad spectrum CBD products. That is not true. They are found in products that are full spectrum.
May 24, 2019
A Perfume Theme Park?!
In this week's episode, I discuss a perfume theme park in Cyprus (I needed to go, like, yesterday), review Christian Dior's reformulation of Miss Dior Eau De Toilette, and go over Hannah's crop of men on The Bachelorette. This was also my first time editing on GarageBand, was a journey, to say the least.
May 17, 2019
No Longer a MeeMaw
In this week’s episode, we’re reviewing Paris Hilton for Women (I know, I know, 2005 called and wants its perfume back), talking about perfume pens from Thierry Mugler, Ulta heists, and how I am no longer a MeeMaw because my knee is back in business.
May 10, 2019
Smelling Like a Baby Prostitute
In this week’s episode, I bitch about my knee, discuss whether or not they were talking about Victoria’s Secret Love Spell in the “baby prostitute” scene in Mean Girls, and go over some new spring and summer scents. I also sneeze-a lot.
May 4, 2019
#BossBabe of the Fragrance Industry
Short one this week! We’re talkin’ ‘bout Annick Goutal’s Rose Pompon, succumbing to the wonders of the Amazon Treasure Truck, and Annette Green, an influential figure in the perfume industry who is turning 95 years young. Ch-ch-check it out!
April 26, 2019
Wanna Smell Like a Royal?
In this week's episode, I review Ralph Lauren's Romance (and lament on how I had to finally chuck my bottle), wrap up the series on how perfume works, and talk about perfumes the ladies of European royalty wear - in case you want to smell like them (put on "Royals" by Lorde for the complete effect). 
April 19, 2019
In this week's episode, we wonder why the glass skin trend is so hot right now, review Ralph Lauren's Notorious, discuss Michelle Pfeiffer's new perfume line, and continue our discussion on how perfume is actually made.  
April 12, 2019
Competition from Hugo Boss?!
We have a new name AND a spiffy new logo, yay! But it's still the same, good ol' fragrance podcast you know and love. In this week's episode, I review Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille, start our series on how perfume is made, and share a new podcast from Hugo Boss that may give me a run for my money. ::Michelle Tanner voice:: How Rude! Also, props to talentleague for creating the new logo! Check him out on Fiverr if you are wanting a minimalist logo design for your company, blog, or podcast. He does good work, and is super nice. 
April 5, 2019
Million Dollar Perfume?!
In this week’s episode, I discuss a new perfume that recently hit the market, if you’ve got some extra cash lying around: a perfume from Dubai costing a cool $1.3 M (insert Dr. Evil here). I also discuss Femina by Jor’el Parker (which is Hello by Harvey Prince in disguise), and the top 8 fragrance trends industry experts says we’ll be seeing in the next few months.
March 29, 2019
Whale Sperm in Perfume? Say whaaaaaa?
IT’S NATIONAL FRAGRANCE WEEK! YOU get a fragrance, YOU get a fragrance, YOU get a fragrance! EVERYBODY GETS A FRAGRANCE! ...I wish I had that kind of money and resources. You won’t get a fragrance (from me), but you WILL get: - A discussion about a cheapie TJ Maxx find (that’s also really, really good), - What notes and fragrances the SVP of Shiseido Fragrances thinks will be trending for spring, and - What perfume ingredient is made from whale sperm Link in bio, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Danica Aromatics:
March 21, 2019
Fucking Fabulous and Confusing
In this week’s episode, I review the weird and confusing scent that is Tom Ford’s Fucking Fabulous, explain what “oud” and “aromatic” is when it comes to fragrance, and discuss National Fragrance Week.
March 15, 2019
Linear vs. Non-Linear Fragrances
In this episode, I go off on a tangent about Christian Rock music, discuss my feelings about Juniper Sling, and break down the difference between a linear and a non-linear fragrance.
March 8, 2019
Fragrance Showdown: Lost Cherry vs. Popped Cherry
WHO WILL BE VICTORIOUS??? This week, we’ve got a follow-up to last week’s episode in the form of a FRAGRANCE SHOWDOWN. I do a wear test of Tom Ford’s Lost Cherry and Dua Fragrance’s Popped Cherry and recommend which one I would ultimately buy. I also discuss new fragrances for spring, and whether or not I would sleep with 1980s Peter Gabriel (spoiler alert, I totally would).
March 2, 2019
What the Hell is a Fragrance Pyramid?
In this week’s episode, we review Tom Ford’s Lost Cherry, ramble about an upcoming 15K I’m running, and go over exactly what the hell a Fragrance Life Cycle Pyramid is.
February 22, 2019
Decants vs. Samples
This week, we break down decants and samples, issue a PSA about the dangers of buying counterfeit perfume, and discuss the scent of the week, Belle de Nuit from Fragonard.
February 15, 2019
Spotlight on Black-Owned Fragrance Companies
In honor of Black History Month, I discuss three black (and women!)-owned fragrance companies, as well as break down the difference between designer and niche fragrances.
February 8, 2019
Back From Vacation
In this week’s episode, I discuss the Royal Rumble, Lavanila Laboratories’ Pure Vanilla, and KKW’s new Valentine’s Fragrances.
January 31, 2019
Public Shaming of Dillard’s and Dead Hummingbirds
In this week’s episode, I publicly shame the Dillard’s lingerie section, discuss Valentino’s Rock ‘n Rose Couture perfume, and talk about a fragrance infused with...dead hummingbirds?!
January 17, 2019
What the F**k is Musk?
In this week’s episode, we break down what exactly musk is, talk about Thierry Mugler’s Alien, why Phlur is rocking the online fragrance sales, and I use the word “luxurious” a lot.
January 11, 2019
How to Not Wear Fragrance Like an Asshole
On this week’s episode we discuss my health insurance woes, Tom Ford’s Black Orchid, and how to not smell like an asshole.
January 3, 2019
A Euphoric Christmas Hangover
On this week’s episode, we discuss bad Christmas movies, Calvin Klein’s Euphoria, and the difference between Parfum, Eau de Toilette, and everything in between.
December 28, 2018
Dr. Death & Chanel No 5
On this week’s episode, I talk about my latest podcast obsession, give you my thoughts on Chanel No 5, and give you the rundown on the top-selling men and women’s fragrances this holiday season.
December 20, 2018
Pilot episode of Frag Chat with the Fragrance Chick! In this week’s episode we discuss Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme, how the fragrance industry is trying to maintain its share of the beauty industry pie in the age of e-commerce, how to choose the right perfume, and how I got started on my fragrance journey.
December 14, 2018
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