Scent Diary: 12.3 – 18.3.2018




Hey there APJ Crew,

WOO HOO! Aunty Tracey came down from Cairns for the week. We hardly had a moment to breathe running hither & thither. LOADS of fragrance, food and fun all smoothed into a week.


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Saturday Question: What’s Your Favourite L’Artisan Fragrance?




Hello Fellow Fumies,

Every Saturday we have a Question, an idea purloined from Olfactoria’s Travels. Everyone gets to chime in with an answer, chat with other responders and it is a fun event each week. Taking sides never means taking offence and everyone keeps it respectful and light, even though we can sometimes trawl the depths.

The idea is you’ll see it on the weekend or chime in through the week. Hopefully you will come back and see if anyone has responded to your comment and you can reply to them.

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Indian Study / Santal +++ by Miller et Bertaux 2017




Hi there Scent Hounds,

It seems Sandalwood is the new fragrant Pink Pepper and Oud rolled into one. Now that the Australian Mysore and Australian Santalum spicatum are doing big business the base note favourite is back in vogue and there are some excellent new fragrances using them as the core story. Miller et Bertaux have jumped on board early, releasing their newest baby Indian Study / Santal +++ in 2017. Libertine Parfumerie is bringing it into Australia and I got a sneaky sniff at their Winter 2018 Showcase.

Indian Study / Santal +++ by Miller et Bertaux 2017

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Libertine gives these featured accords:
Top: Mysore Sandalwood, Amyris
Heart: Cumin, Curry
Base: Woods, Musk

Indian Study is not a sandalwood in the Guerlain Samsara vein. There’s no creamy white floral or banana sweet ylang. It does not take over the room in an instant and become the headline sniff of the party. Imagine all the beauty of pure sandalwood given a lightly green touch, as if it has just come from the logging camp.

As the sun sets and the day cools the men pull out their spices to start preparing the meal for dinner time. They are not hot, cooking spices yet but as the tins open the air is redolent with their spicy invitation. Against the background of fresh hewn, green woods they are unexpected in my room. This far from the hard work of living we usually get our sandalwood dialled up to max and tropical.

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Dry down becomes my memory of peeled bark. Australian trees are like snakes. Each year many of them shed their bark so they can grow again in the next 12 months. The bark also serves as a mulch barrier to the soils water loss, these trees are clever. This ground bark has a very specific smell over time. Lift a few pieces and the scent is woody, damp, cool and after a while smells like the earth it’s returning to. A hiding place for beetles, lizards, snakes and spiders they were a rich treasure trove for my sister and I to collect creatures from and take home to a bewildered and surprised Mum and Dad.

Libertine has $199/100ml with FREE Australian Shipping
First In Fragrance has €98/100ml and Samples

Are you a sandalwood lover?
Portia xx

Romeo & Juliette by Shakespeare Perfume GIVEAWAY




Hi Lovers Of New!

My mate Thierry from City Perfume has an exclusive range in store currently. It’s the Shakespeare Perfume range and it is seeing like hot cakes. Though the brand is not doing outrageous, challenging or ground breaking fragrances it is making wearable and comfortable scents just a cut above the designer and much of the niche. They have also kept the price under $200 for 100ml, practically a bargain nowadays.

The packaging and bottle design is luxurious and really beautifully thought out. These beauties will make perfect gifts, especially for people who love perfume but haven’t dived right down the rabbit hole yet.

Romeo & Juliette by Shakespeare Perfume

Romeo & Juliette by Shakespeare Perfume City perfume March 2016City Perfume

City Perfume gives these featured accords:
Top: Orange, lemon, bergamot
Heart: Fruits
Base: Amber, white musk, Madagascar vanilla

Romeo & Juliet has a citrus opening with a woodsy popcorn backbeat. I smell some pepper too.  Utterly unisex perfume and presentation but the company sells it towards the women. I’m sure that any guy trying it will feel perfectly comfortable.

The fruits seems like pear and apple and are not strong or ultra sweet, more like a wash. There are hints of Guerlain poking through the heart of Romeo & Juliet yet without the full on sweetness of candy or bakery

The base seems to be a nutty, praline like amber. No, not praline. Nougat. Yep, nougat, amber and laundry musks. I cannot honestly pinpoint it but my guess is ambroxan with some bells & whistles.

City Perfume has $189/100ml
Don’t forget the 10% Discount Code in the side column.

Romeo & Juliette GIVEAWAY


This week there will be 5 winners who will receive:
1 x 5ml decant Romeo & Juliette (from my Press Bottle)
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


Please tell us which Shakespeare character you would like a perfume based on


Entries Close Sunday 18th March 2018 10pm Australian EdsT and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by
The winners will have till Thursday 22nd March 2018 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit

Little Black Dress by Barbara Zoebelein for Avon 2001


Kate Apted


Hello all you lovely APJ family.

I owe a huge thanks to Sam from I Scent You a Day. Had I not found her blog and lurked around for a while, I’d have never dusted off my mum’s perfume collection and found a few Avon gems. Sam is a huge Avon fan and her enthusiasm caused me to see what all the fuss was about. I hadn’t bothered with Avon since I was a tween. Bad quality and poor longevity put me off.

Deciding I liked Little Black Dress (LBD) after trying what sat on mum’s bureau, I ordered a bottle on sale. My version is the latest one with the black sticker on the back and the fully black cap, while mum’s is an original from the year of its release with the transparent glass body and a half black cap. Interestingly, I prefer my bottle. I will stand by my view that Avon scents trail off after 30 min to one hour, but in the case of LBD, the scent is what makes it worth buying. At the price it generally goes for, even online, I am happy to keep reapplying. Avon’s rollerball version is perfect for my handbag or travel. And it comes with body products! Win! Continue reading

How I Met Portia. My Five Year APJ Contributor Anniversary. And a Lemming.


Val the Cookie Queen



I think it was around the end of 2012 that I read the APJ post where Portia announced that he was coming to Europe; along with the cities and dates that he would be around. So happy to see Vienna on the list, and not only that, I was actually gonna be in Vienna the day he was there. I emailed him asking if he’d like to meet up and I would bring cookies. We arranged to meet at the Café Mozart. I asked my daughter (the future BlondesWunder) to come along with me, as I was a bit out of practice at meeting random Aussie drag queens.

How I Met Portia.


Some of you know this story, you can skip the next bit. We had absolutely no clue as to what Portia looked like, nor if he would turn up in drag. It was a biting cold day as we stood outside the Café Mozart. As each person approached BlondesWunder and I would be staring like crazy women, wondering if it might be Portia. To no avail. We walked Into the Café to take look, but no one stood out as Portia Turbo Gear. Nope. Back outside we went. And then my phone rang, with and Australian calling code, Portia
telling us he was in the Café, over to the left of the entrance, and could be found wearing a M&S style vaguely Christmasy woolly. Which is of course exactly what I was expecting. I still laugh.

I know this picture has been used any times, we have no other one really from when I met Portia, but let’s look a little closer. Between Portia and my head, in the mirror is Hannah BlondesWunder taking the pic. To the right of Portia`s head, also reflected in the mirror, is Jin busy taking a few shots too. Behind the sugar shaker is the Chanel bag I had bought 31 Rue Cambon in a few months early. You might notice the bag is pimped with an armadillo sticker, and it was packed with cookies. And if you look really closely you can see that my ear is red. When I get nervous, or over excited, it does that. So annoying and a dead giveaway to those who know me. 🙂

My Five Year APJ Contributor Anniversary.

“Its been five years, my brain hurts a lot …..“ Bowie

APJ had not even had its first birthday when we met. As we drank tea and talked I said to Portia, hey, I could write something for APJ huh? I thought maybe once or twice. He´s like yeah, totally. And now it has been five years to the very day. Tuesday 13 March 2013 – Tuesday 13 March 2018. Five bloody years of running around like the proverbial chipmunk on crack, wondering what to write, and if I can meet my deadline. It was on this day in Vienna that I became Cookie Queen. It truly changed my life, and opened so many doors for me, I wouldn’t know where to begin. Portia, please may I say another five?

And a Lemming.


Christian Dior Oud Ispahan – A Lemming

Before Christmas I met up with APJ`s Sandra and the lovely Lady Jane Grey. LJG gave me decant of seven or eight mls of Dior´s Oud Ispahan, and I have used the lot. I have wanted to get into this oud thing but never liked it. I find the stuff very interesting and was privileged to to try a number of pure ouds when I visited Ellen Covey in Seattle a few years ago. But never say never, and I have totally fallen for this Dior. I don’t care if it is real oud or not real oud, the perfume is gorgeous. And I want it. Do I want a whole bottle? You can bet your ass I do. But as I have grown older I have gained a little wisdom so here’s what I am gonna do. LJG has offered to refill my bottle. (It is now empty). If I continue to wear it the way I have been, then yeah, I will buy a bottle. Portia said they do 40ml bottles in Paris, anyone know if they do that I all the CD boutiques?

Thanks to every single reader and commenter over the years. I love the APJ Family.

Celebratory Bussis

SOTD 12 – 18 March 2018





A SOTD (Scent Of The Day) thread is a really good conversation generator. The idea is you’ll chime in through the week with whatever scent you are wearing. You don’t need to be super knowledgable, have high faluting tastes or be a published author to comment. Just tell us what fragrance you’re wearing, smelling, buying etc.

You can also comment on everyone else choices too. It’s great to tell someone how much you love their choice, ask for more info about it, the house or perfumer. There’s someone here from around the world 24/7 and perfume people love to chat.

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