SOTD 16-22 October 2017





I’d like to try something new here at APJ, I see these SOTD (Scent Of The Day) threads all the time on Facebook and they are really good conversation generators.

SOTD 16-22 October 2017

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 probably won’t have time to write every scent, every spritz but whenever you feel the mood take you share your current spritz and a few things about it. Maybe you love/loathe it, want it, are excited by the notes/bottle/SA who sold it: WHATEVER! As always here at APJ, taking sides never means taking offence and everyone keeps it respectful and light, even though we can sometimes trawl the depths.

Hopefully you will come back and see if anyone has responded to your comment and you can reply to them.

Over 100 responses I will draw a Scent Sample Pack (from my collection)
This week:
Amouage Dia Parfum
DIOR Mitzah
Miller et Barter A Quiet Morning
Neela Vermeire Creations Rahele
Vintage CHANEL No 19 EdC
Comment purposefully on yours or anothers comment & you’ll have a chance, will draw on Sunday.

Last Weeks Winner: FIRST WEEK!

eMail me at (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with the eMail you’d like me to send your Gift Card to.

Go To It Crew.
Portia xxx

163 comments on “SOTD 16-22 October 2017

  1. Lynda Allen says:

    Today was Serge Lutens Le fille de Berlin. Yum

  2. Saffyishere says:

    hey there… early in morning I wore a sample of Smeraldo by Sylvaine Ducolite. This evening I’m wearing Rochas Absolu

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      I’ve never even heard of Smeraldo by Sylvaine Ducolite Saffyishere,
      What’s it like?
      Portia xx

      • Jackie b says:

        It’s one of her musk collection, I bought the sample pack and quite liked this one, it is quite green. Is she Delacorte?

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        AHA! The Guerlain woman! You know I’ve not smelled anything from that line.
        Portia xx

  3. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Tonight my SOTD is Guerlain Champs Elysees. Fruity violets, mimosa and dewy lilac fluffed up with powder. Gorgeous.
    Portia xxx

  4. Jackie b says:

    Usually I wear something that I think will not offend anyone to work, like Cuir Beluga. This week we are preparing for assessments and the students are all giving me grief…I AM BLOODY WELL WEARING JICKY.
    So there.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Excellent choice for some backbone and spirit JackieB, wear an extra two spritzes for me please.
      Portia xx

  5. Mary says:

    Hi everyone! Today started out a little cooler so I got out a sample of Interlude Woman by Amouage. I didn’t enjoy it the first time I tried it but, on revisiting, I really enjoyed this rich but unchurchy incense. The only problem is that, after 5 hours, I can’t smell it at all! I expected a little more longevity from this house.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Interesting Mary,
      Was it a dab or spray sample? that might make a difference.
      Portia xx

      • Mary says:

        It was a spray sample. Actually, I can smell it if I press nose to wrist, but it doesn’t waft upwards as some do.

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Incense can be a bit of a close to the skin adventure. You don’t expect an Amouage to go quiet though. BUM.
        Portia xx

  6. Gina says:

    I started off the week on a cold cold day in Tauer’s Au Coeur du Désert. I may offend a sensitive coworker today!

  7. Jac says:

    Today I am smelling of sweet tobacco. Profumo di Firenze Odori Tabacco. Long lasting tobacco with some honey playing the supporting role. Moderate sillage and good for work.
    The smell reminds me of my childhood. On my way biking to school I passed by a tabacco factory that smelled very much like this. The other smell of my childhood is the sweet smell of the sugarbeet factories in my home town. Haven come across a sugarbeet perfume yet 🙂

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      OOOOH, great story Jac, I love when stuff reminds me of my youth. Recently a tomato leaf frag did it, happy memories.
      Good luck finding beetroot, if you do let us know please.
      Portia xxxx

    • Tiffanie says:

      Demeter (Library of Fragrance) makes a Beetroot scent. Now I want to try it.

    • SHMW says:

      Interesting, what is the smell of a sugar beet factory like?
      I am curious because sometimes when visiting York there was a strong smell of biscuits cooking (digestives) and we always assumed it was the chocolate factory but later I was told it could be sugar beets, it was really distinctive and sort of pleasant but it was so pervasive and persistent it became exhausting after a while in the way gourmand scents can.
      Wearing Sideris today and loving it….

      • Mary says:

        Yes, sugar beet factories definitely smell of biscuits. We have one on the outskirts of town and when the wind blows in this direction it’s very biscuity. But at least it’s not unpleasant!

      • Jac says:

        Yes, sugar beets have a sweet biscuity smell. The timing is also important. Sugarbeet factories typiccalt run from somewhere in august till jan/feb, dependent on the crop. If you would smell it in spring/summer, it is most likely not the sugar mill.

  8. Marie says:

    After some really awful rainy days, October has decided to turn into golden leaves, sunshine and clear blue sky. I am taking the chance and wear some of my summer favourites (probably for the last time this year). Today it is Parfum de Rosine’s Un Zest de Rose.

  9. MmkInPA says:

    Sampling Twilly today, but I don’t have an opinion quite yet…. will see how it does in my preschool music class!

  10. Stephen says:

    Today was Slumberhouse’s Kiste. Yummy peach galore!

  11. cookie queen says:

    N°5 parfum. Few dabs. I’m baking. xx

  12. Claudia S. says:

    I just bought Fancy Nights from Fragrance dot Net. I’ve read about it for years -it’ll be a blind buy cause it was so cheap. Wish me luck!

  13. shiva-woman says:

    Antimony by House of Matriarch–I need a little psychic protection so this is it. Left a nice scent throughout my bedroom too.
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  14. crikey says:

    Lutens’ Féminité du Bois for me today. It’s pretty straight up slightly-sweetened cedar on me, with little nuance, and almost no variation in its 12 hours or more of life. I don’t often think about it, so don’t often wear it, but I still like it. Though maybe it’s not quite right for a dark and blustery Monday on the edge of Ophelia…

  15. Ceil says:

    Alternately grey and sunny here. … and quite cold. L’Artisan Iris pallida for me today.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Ceil,
      How gorgeous is Iris Pallid? I have a bottle here that I adore but rarely use because it’s so precious.
      Portia xx

  16. JH says:

    I’ve just started noting my STODs on Fragrantica since last week. SOTD of today 16 Oct. was Nicolaï’s New York Intense. I love it so much that it’s one of the rare perfumes that I have more than one bottle of.
    SOTN is going to be either Gallivant Tel Aviv or Brooklyn for testing. Haven’t decided yet.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      New York Intense JH! Excellent. I have the original and love it. Perfect mid season wearing.
      Portia xx

    • JH says:

      STOD (17th): Timbuktu.

    • JH says:

      SOTN (17th): Guerlain Arsene Lupin Voyou (this one is pretty boring…)
      SOTD (18th): Zoologist Hummingbird (gorgeous, might get a full bottle!)

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Guerlain Arsene Lupin Voyou is BORING!! That was unexpected. HA! My eyes bugged out ofd my head like a cartoon.
        Portia xx

      • JH says:

        Well I think Voyou is a nice one. It smells comfortable, but for me it lacks that something special, exciting. I wish I had the chance to know Dandy!

        Recent SOTDs and SOTNs:
        LAP Traversée du Bosphore,
        Zoologist Rhinoceros,
        Gallivant Tel Aviv (what a beautiful jasmin!),
        Santal Royal (wearing now).

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Isn’t Santal Royal lovely. It took me a few wears to really get it but now I hope to not be without it.
        Portia xx

  17. maggiecat says:

    My SOTD for this brisk Fall Monday is one of my favorites, Juliette Has a Gun Lady Vengeance. Sounds more fierce than I really feel though…gee, I hope no one at Bible Study asks what I’m wearing…

  18. ElizabethC says:

    STOD is Nuit de Noel parfum. I was making some samples for a new friend (I also included samples of Pear and Olive, Zahd, Tubereuse Criminelle, La Myrrhe and Fumerie Turque) and it reminded me of how much I love the sophisticated warmth of this perfume.

  19. Kate Apted says:

    Yesterday was Cologne du 68 by Guerlain. I’m beginning today with a sample of Gold by Amouage. But after my shower, I’ll be applying something else. Not sure what yet.

  20. australianperfumejunkies says:

    SOTNight. Was up late watching The Good Wife. Impossible to press stop. It’s now nearly 5am so I’m spritzing The Different Company Oriental Lounge. Spicy sweet vanilla and woodsiness. Beautiful.

    • Tiffanie says:

      Would Alicia Florrick wear Oriental Lounge? I think yes. 🙂

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        HA! Maybe she would. Though I imagine her in something more galbanum crisp like CHANEL No 19. I bet Oriental lounge style is her evening choice.
        Portia xx

  21. Tiffanie says:

    Wearing Hiris today, it surprised me with how much I like it. It’s nice when a scent hits all the right notes.

  22. VerbenaLuvvr says:

    Today for work was Tory Burch by Tory Burch, lovely citrus and florals. The first and best from the line, IMHO!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey VerbenaLuvvr,
      Tory Burch bottles are so beautiful, I want one just for that but even the scents are extremely wearable.
      Portia x

  23. Ingrid says:

    Today I wear one of yours, Portia – Gucci No. 3.

  24. Lindaloo says:

    As our beautiful sunny, crisp September has made its usual turn to grey, gloomy, decidedly chilly and often raining October, I realize that I don’t have any orientals to keep me warm. (Besides the always worn Shalimar 😊)
    The best I can do today is a shower in Neutrogena Rainbath and after my specialist appointment some Karl Lagerfeld Floriental from his Kapsule collection. Nothing special but soft herbal green and then powdery violet and warmth, suitable for today.
    Clearly it’s time to take a wander through my samples.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Lindaloo,
      Is that one of those square bottles with the atomiser on the top corner?
      Portia xx

      • Lindaloo says:

        Indeed it is. I have to admit that I bought a half-used one purely for the bottle. Was pleased to find I liked it. Interestingly the three Kapsules could be layered. Hard to think of Karl in the Jo Malone field, but whatever works, and in great bottles. The pale blue one is called Light and is reviewed as citrus and nutmeg, the dark blue is Woody with mostly plum and cedar. They were sold as unisex. Can’t quite imagine the violet of Floriental on a man. No man to try it on at the moment, but I’ll keep looking.🙂

  25. Greennote says:

    For a day where I needed something inoffensive to others, but to give strength to myself – Annick Goutal Mandragore

  26. Ellen M. says:

    Amouage Bracken Man. This is a sample and the first time I’ve tried it. I like it.

  27. Saffyishere says:

    A sample of Belle d’ Opium…..It isn’t ‘grabbing me’ but since I’m really just going grocery shopping, and it isn’t ‘revolting’ I shall endure.

  28. Moira says:

    Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d’Iris. An almost salty woods and iris. Love!

  29. Greg says:

    Yesterday I went with Les Nez Turtle Vetiver Front. That’s one of my favourites for Spring. Today I’m trying out Acqua di Parma Profumo. My goodness, this is strong stuff!

  30. Mariann says:

    Contre Bombarde from Sauf. I fell in love with these and then decided to gift myself one for my birthday end of September. Inaugrated the bottle today 😀

  31. Fazal says:

    Today I am wearing Aventus for her. But the best perfume I have smelled over the last few days is Dana Emir which surprised me.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      You know the ridiculous Panty Dropper thing? I remember when the Aventus for Her came out and a few wags were wondering if mens jocks drop. So, did they?
      Portia xx

      • Fazal says:

        hahhahahah, no. The panty dropper thing is weird. In fact, this is how I sometimes tell whether someone loves perfume for the sake of perfume or to impress others. If you want a perfume that impresses the most number of people, I am skeptical you actually love perfume. If you love a perfume but it also garners compliments, then that is a bonus.

  32. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Super lavish bubble bath in La Chasse aux Papillons L`Artisan Parfumeur. Madonna Truth or Dare lotion and haven’t decided on a scent yet……..

  33. Marie says:

    I am going to sign a new work contract today and thought that I can just as well celebrate this in a waft of AG Songes. Contrary to the rest of the perfume world, I actually prefer the EdT over the EdP as it is softer and more floral, less vanillic. Yum.

  34. Anna Maria says:

    Truth or Dare today woo hoo..

  35. Lillibet says:

    No. 19 EdT today crisp and green 🙂

  36. Jackie b says:

    Filthy wet and windy here, the dogs were blinking and squinting against the onslaught in the park! My defence was Trayee by Neela Vermeire.
    It’s still cool enough for luxurious baths…anyone have any suggestions??

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey JackieB,
      Trayee can put the world at peace anytime. Good choice.
      YEAH, grab some Rodox Bath Salts and add about a teaspoon of your fave Shower Gel. Throw them in the bath. YAY! Bubble bath.
      Portia xx

  37. Kandice says:

    Today I am wearing Sadanne by Slumberhouse. The weather is finally cooling a little, so it’s the perfect time for this. I find this fragrance way too sweet for warm weather, but it’s perfect for fall and winter days.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Kandice,
      Glad to read you’re getting some of your cooler stuff out to wear.
      Enjoy this yummy mid season weather.
      Portia x

  38. Lindaloo says:

    Unexpected burst of sunshine today, so it was the so cheap it feels as if they paid me — Avon Green Tea and Verbena shower gel, followed by a splash of L’Occitane Green Tea. Washed it off later (my skin holds base notes forever) so I could use my current favourite cologne — Dior Escale a Portofino. Citrus and almond blossom. It too came from a trio. Haven’t smelled the others. I think they’re duty free only.

  39. Lillibet says:

    Pretty warm day already here in Adelaide so pulled out Le Jardin sur le Nil for its first outing since last summer.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      YAY! Hermes garden Series is always a winner in the warmth Lillibet,
      I’m currently booking a short January holiday to Adelaide. We should grab a coffee if we can.
      Portia xx

    • Neva says:

      Lucky you Lilibet! I wish we had spring here but we have to get prepared for winter 🙁 I love Sur le Nil and now that you’ve mentioned it, I’ll wear it at least at home today.

      • Lillibet says:

        It is lovely Neva. Sur le Nil wasn’t my first perfume by a long shot but it was definitely the one that the fragrance that triggered my full scale plunge down the perfumista rabbithole. While trying to find out more about it I stumbled over perfume blogs and there’s no going back now LOL!

    • Esz says:

      Oh boy this is one I’ve been eyeing lately! Haven’t even sniffed but it looks gooood

  40. crikey says:

    A day of long journeys, with delayed and cancelled trains (thanks, Ophelia!) and some hard thinking and tough decisions. Boxeuses was the right choice: resilience and reassurance, rather than a full-on “shield maiden in battle charge mode” type of strength-scent. Home, and super-tired, and it’s still trailing about me. And it’s still rather lovely, even this late in the evening.

  41. Greg says:

    So today I’m trying another AdP that I haven’t encountered before: Lavanda Tonica. It’s gone quite soapy on me; let’s see how it lasts.

  42. Amy says:

    Today was the first really cool day in our fall and so I pulled a sweater out of a moth-protection bin and it smelled deliciously of Portrait of a Lady. So I sprayed myself a bit too. Tonight someone pulled me aside to ask what I was wearing and voila! I had a bit of a travel spray in my bag and gave it to her on the spot. Spread the joy!

  43. VerbenaLuvvr says:

    Today I traveled all day in a car with a male coworker, and wore Lavanila Vanilla Coconut. By the end of the ride, he told me he was stopping off at Sephora to pick this one up for his new wife as he found it irrestible (!)

  44. SunnyDay says:

    For most of the day at work, I was in the cuddlefluff, Cuir Béluga. For evening, I spritzed Oriental Lounge to go with a nice helping of lasagna and red wine.

  45. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Healey Cuir Pleine Fleur. Supple leaher, dusty roads and some flowers. Very calm and perfect for the evening with Jin. We are going for Vietnamese I think. MMMMM
    Portia xx

    • Neva says:

      Oh, that’s a lovely one Portia, especially in autumn weather. It has good sillage, but some Heeley perfumes I can hardly smell after half an hour. I think this is the case with his citrus based scents.

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Yeah, I have the same problem with some of them too. Cuir Pleine Fleur though stays around softly whispering.
        Portia xx

    • crikey says:

      OOoooh, nice! I keep having a sniff of that when I take a dangerous short cut home through Harvey Nichols. I love it, but, like Neva, I get almost no time from it. Their Chypre 21, on the other hand, is an all-day pleasure.

  46. Neva says:

    I’m wearing Tiempe Passate by Antonia’s Flowers today. Feeling kind of nostalgic but optimistic.

  47. Lillibet says:

    Scent on the evening was No 5 EdT for some crisp cooling aldehydes and jasmine-inspired loveliness.

  48. Kandice says:

    Bought pumpkin spice body butter at Trader Joe’s yesterday and felt like SL’s Gingembre would be the perfect accompaniment. I’m also covering both ends of the spectrum-cheap and expensive. Seems almost sacrilidge to combine the two, but it makes me happy 🙂 And only APJ will know!

  49. Lindaloo says:

    Very, very fatigued today and have a board meeting this evening. So something gentle, yet reviving — Diptyque Eau de Lavande. Taking nice deep breaths of it now. Think I’ll use some Shalimar lotion tonight to soothe me to sleep.

  50. Lillibet says:

    Jo Malone’s Dark Amber & Gingerlily this morning. It’s going to be a trying day.

  51. Anne T says:

    Monday was Papillon’s Dryad, green and wears very close to the skin, not much left after a few hours, but lovely while it lasts. Yesterday was Miller Harris Vetyver Insolent, lives up to its name. Today, Gabrielle, light and airy.

  52. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Le Galion Sang Blue. Old fashioned barber shop made new again. Really good, I smell wonderful.
    Portia xx

  53. Greg says:

    So today was Floid Vigoroso after shave. Sometimes I just feel like a really old-fashioned splash on the face instead of spritzing niche fragrances all around the place. This is the real deal, a bracing traditional 30s-style after shave with some menthol bite. It smells of spice and oranges, and is as cheap as chips. What more could you ask for?

  54. Lillibet says:

    It’s gone cool again here today so I’m taking advantage of it to wear Hermes Galop to carry me through Friday in a blissful cloud of rose saffron leather goodness.

  55. crikey says:

    Mitzah today, which felt good on a rainy day. Had the rare delight of seeing my niece this evening who, on hugging me, declared that I smelled even better than I looked, and I looked *fabulous*. There are reasons I love this niece to bits.

    Shameless flatterer that she is, she has astonishing taste in perfume. (A few years ago I sent her a big box of samples and testers as a cheer-up and distraction present in a bad time. Her favourites, at the tender age of nineteen, out of all the cheerful mainstreams, fruity girly-whirly delights, and odd ball indies I’d rounded up? L’heure bleue, Bois des iles, and Yohji Homme. I am a proud, proud aunt.)

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Crikey, your niece sounds like a gem.
      How freaking fabulous is Mitzah?
      Portia xx

      • crikey says:

        She’s a whole damn jewelcase, that one.

        I am incredibly lucky: I have four amazing niblings, all of whom have grown up to be rather remarkable people.

        (and the mitzah is divine. And I get to use it more lavishly now I know from previous conversations here that it is not actually gone for ever…)

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        HA! Well, you have to get to Paris or have a mule grab it for you.
        Portia x

  56. Lindaloo says:

    Home all day revising contracts. Nobody to offend, so I’m wearing Treazon by Ayala Moriel. A massive tuberose with extraordinary lasting power. Surprisingly so, given that it’s all natural and I’m wearing only a couple of dabs from a large sample.

  57. Esz says:

    Today was a bit cooler in Melbourne and I wore the Parfumerie D’Empire Ambre Russe I picked up at the sniffy meet last weekend. Maaaaan it’s so good! Rich and warm and it lasts forever! A solid 12 hours later and it’s still going strong. It really is perfect and set my mood for Friday so well!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi there Esz,
      Oh yeah, Parfum D’Empire Ambre Russe is KILLER! I love it too. Excellent frag, you smell fabulous.
      Portia xx

  58. Greg says:

    Today I wore my favourite Tauer and, no, it is not LDDM. I may be weird, but I love Lonestar Memories much more, and that was my SOTD.

  59. Neva says:

    Today’s SOTD was a small sample of Library of Flowers’ Root. A wonderful, green, slightly aquatic, woody scent. I don’t get the earthy bit, but I like it probably because of the moss, one of my favourite ingredients. It reminds me of Eau d’Issey. I had some pre-winter things to do in my Mum’s garden and the scent felt just right. Longevity is very good.
    In the evening I’ll go to a big birthday party and I think I’ll wear one of my vintages: Giorgio Armani or Jil Sander III…don’t know yet…

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      I can imagine you pottering around the garden wafting great gouts of glorious scent. The flowers must have given up in despair Neva.
      Have a fun party.
      Portia xx

  60. Mariann says:

    Not much time for perfume this werk but did try out Pelagorium from Aedes, lovely!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Ahhhhh, I think I had a decant of this. it’s really good isn’t it? Now I’ll have to go searching Mariann,
      Thanks for the reminder.
      Portia xx

  61. Greg says:

    Where did all the nice weather go? Right when the Spring racing gets serious, we go back to winter. I cheered myself up with some squirts of Chanel No 19 EdT, and then went op shopping.

  62. Greg says:

    For the final SOTD of the week, I went for MP&G’s Racine. There’s a tartness to this one that I find quite refreshing; it’s not your usual vetiver.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      I loved Racine while I had it but after a while I didn’t pick it up anymore. No reason except I have TOO MUCH perfume.
      Very nice choice today Greg.
      Portia xx

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