Saturday Question: Of your 2017 scent purchases, which did you wear most?



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Saturday Question:

Of your 2017 scent purchases, which did you wear most?

Most of us shudder as we think of how much money we spend on fragrance in all its forms each year. This addiction is expensive, wasteful and hardly environmentally friendly. Yet still the thrill of the chase, the spend, the bargain and the vintage keeps us plowing through our cash reserves as if money grows on trees. Trolling the WWW at night to read reviews, search out deals, catch up on the FaceBook boards etc inevitably leads to sample, bottle, set purchases.

One of the guys I know online asked this question and it REALLY got me thinking. What have I used from this years spectacular haul? Has there been a favourite that I reach for constantly, or even often?

What I realised was that though I keep buying new bottles on the back of loving a sample or decant, what I wear the most are my collection and samples/decants. When I’m not trying oodles of new to review then I like to be reminded of the bottles I love, give them an airing and reconnect.

My Answer:

There are a couple of ways I can answer this because quite a biot of my fragrant spend goes to buying extras of discontinued fragrances that I adore and whenever I see a bargain snap it up. So vintage parfum atomisers of Miss Dior, Mitsouko, Samsara, Shalimar and Bal a Versailles along with Silences PdT & Niki de Saint Phalle EdT are regular purchases and they get worn a LOT!

If we are talking buying of new bottles then I think that there are two that have seen a bit of use

Serge Lutens: La Fille de Berlin: The very first week that the new bottles came out in the Palais Royale store I rang Elvire and had her send my package via a mate in Europe. The 100ml bottle is lovely, I really like the way it feels and spritzes. It arrived here through the cooler months which meant La Fille de Berlin went into instant rotation and got some serious skin time. Roses done right with a honeyed sweetness that always feels like raspberries to me.

Penhaligon’s: Ostara: Having gone through a good sized decant and seeing a new bottle for sale at a reasonable price I finally caved and bought Ostara. It has been a spring staple for me in 2017, so fresh and bright. Yellow/white flowers and a weird earthy undertone. It’s pretty and unusual. Can’t work out why it wasn’t a bigger hit.

My Saturday Question to you is:

Of your 2017 scent purchases, which did you wear most?


90 comments on “Saturday Question: Of your 2017 scent purchases, which did you wear most?

  1. Saffyishere says:

    Easy to answer; Sarah Jessica Parker’s Stash.

  2. Chocolate Marzipan says:

    I bought three bottles of Berdoues Cologne Grand Cru Collection as gifts for the younger Marzipans and wore them a lot this past year…they are in a central location of the house which allows for sharing and stolen spritzes….Oud al Sahraa, Arz el rab and Vanira Moorea. There is nothing mind blowing or outlandish about these fragrances but they are incredibly versatile and enjoyable and have more often than not garnered me compliments at work.

    I also “inherited” a bottle of Dame Bergamot, Jasmine and Labdanum this year. That one has gotten a lot of usage as well because there is something about it that reminds me of my beloved vintage Nocturnes de Caron but with a fresher more modernized take on a classic. Again, nothing groundbreaking but just so pretty and versatile and easy to grab and go with lots of compliments every time I wear it.

  3. JH says:

    Oh my, this question prompted me to check my personal accounting app and I was shocked that I have made over 30 orders of perfume during 2017. Some of the orders are samples but there are some which contain more than one bottle… I need some self-control.
    The bottle that I wear the most has to be Nicolaï’s New York Intense. It’s so great. It’s both classy and inoffensive. Whenever I have serious matters to deal with, this is always the one I reach for.

    • Jyotsna says:

      JH- wishing you more fragrant abundance in 2018. Weat Nicolis NY I & keep the self-control for those serious matters.
      Best, J xx

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      I love that you’re wearing Nicolaï’s New York Intense as your go-to JH, very classy. I bet you smell 100% cool customer in it.
      Portia xx

  4. Jyotsna says:

    Totally unadventurous this (auite difficult year) year- I pretty much lived in Chergui (my replacement bottle). No surprise, but I love La Fille de Berlin.

  5. cookie queen says:

    Dries Van Noten. 😍 I bought 2 x 10 mls. Then 50mls. Then 100mls. I gave the 50 to someone as a gift. Merry Christmas from a mate in Europe. Bussis

    • Tara C says:

      Yum. I just ordered my third 100ml bottle. Plus I have the body butter. Big love.

    • Cassieflower says:

      Agus Póga from someone else in Europe, albeit hanging off the edge of it😃

    • Amy says:

      I just bought 10ml of this and more might be coming my way the next time I am in the EU. It’s so good.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Heya Val,
      I love this too. It’s funny but I bought it in LA at Barney’s on the Scentsation Bus Tour. It was brought out that first winter then put away and I’ve not reached for it since. I’ll be rectifying that for the paris trip in April I think and then Sudney winter.
      Portia x

  6. Kandice says:

    I finally caved after a year of wanting it and finding a great deal on it and bought Guerlain’s Terracotta perfume. I wore it almost all summer. My only regret is that it fades very quickly on me so I have to respritz often, probably because it’s an edt. Those just don’t last long on me. But I love the tropical vibe. It always reminds me of the beach – just where I want to be 🙂

  7. Erica says:

    Coromandel in the new EdP formulation!
    I don’t know what took so long, but it wasn’t until I experienced the extra lift and sparkle of the new formulation that I truly fell in love with Coromandel. I enjoy the EdT (which I suspect is even more concentrated than the EdP, making the claimed concentrations BS); but the EdP has me over the moon!

    • Ceil says:

      This is interesting to hear. I kept trying to love Coromandel…. I should love it from the notes…but I don’t. I will have to give the EDP a try!!

  8. Jackie b says:

    Ashoka has been a fave, and also Creed Aberdeen Lavander, they suit most days and occasions.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi JackieB,
      You know it’s the only one of that series I didn’t try because there’s a surfeit of lavender in the cupboard. Does it remind you of anything?
      Portia xx

  9. AnnieA says:

    Who Knew? By 4160 Tuesdays. Bought the 50 ml in May and the 100 ml as a backup in November cos I was already a third of the way through.

  10. MmkInPA says:

    I did a ton of sampling this year and only a few bottle purchases but the most worn is probably Alahine. Not during the summer, but late last winter and then this fall, have worn it quite a bit. In the summer, it was probably Dame Sky Father.

  11. Laura Keller says:

    Hmmm. I wear extrait 6 days of 7 (at least) and primarily vintage heavily weighted in favor of mid 60s to early 90s favorites. I buy my preciousses when they show up in the right condition at the right prices frequently in small flacons as they tend to be much less per ml than their showy larger siblings. Anyhow the point is I’ve been wearing those perfume closet staples for decades – Opium, Shalimar, LHB, Madame Rochas, Femme , Cinnabar, Chant d’Aromes, etc etc – with episodes of being super in love with one or another that sometimes last for weeks. Recently I couldn’t get enough oakmoss and pretty much burned holes through some Miss Dior and Azuree bottles before I got it out of my system. But I don’t think that counts for this question which is posed about what I’ve worn the most that was specifically purchased in 2017. That prize most surely goes to the amazing Dawn Spencer Hurwitz bottles I bought this year: Foxy, Chinchilla, Rendezvous, Parfum de Luxe, Sables de Zibeline, Etole de Vison, Tubereuse, Mata Hari, Souvenirs de Malmaison, Oiellets Rouge, Fou d’Opium, Minuit (and a few I got at the end of 2016 too) I can’t say enough about her talent. It’s icing on the cake that she’s a super lovely human too. =)

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      WOW! You and I are very similar in our frag collecting Laura, loads of vintage here too. PLUS I adore Dawn, stellar perfumer.
      Portia xx

  12. Ceil says:

    That would be Guerlain Angelique noire for me this year.

  13. crikey says:

    From 2017 purchases, vintage Miss Dior, then probably Jubilation 25, 4160 Tuesday’s Goodbye Picadilly, and Beaufort’s Fathom V.

    Most worn, generally? Mitsouko, I think, just edging out Miss Dior.

  14. SunnyDay says:

    I bought and wore L’Envol the most in 2017. Whenever I wore it, I thought, what smells so good?

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey SunnyDay,
      I love that bottle and have been VERY tempted to purchase. It smells good too. YUM!
      Portia xx

  15. Debra says:

    No hesitation here – I know it was Guerlain Mon. It was a blind buy for me, my friend picked it up for me dutyfree in March. Initially I wasn’t too impressed, I thought it was just *nice*, not groundbreaking, not a typical Guerlain, much sweeter than anything else in my collection.
    However, I find myself wearing it a lot. It’s instantly cosy, enveloping and easy. It often draws compliments and I love it’s tenacious grip on my hair, clothes and pillow. I got a 100ml tester not long after I opened my 50ml.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Debra,
      Mon Guerlain is lovely, I was surprised by all the negative press it got. A fitting release for 2017 from a house that does sweet.
      It took me a little while to love it too but back in the fragrance heyday many things were slow burns to become bestsellers.
      Portia xx

  16. Tara C says:

    I need to start logging my purchases as I forget by December what I bought all year. I know I got some new releases: Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours, Mugler Wonder Bouquet and Alien Musc Mysterieux, Mad et Len Petits Papiers, Fazzolari Ummagumma and Feu Secret, House of Matriarch Sacre Noir and Aria in F#, SSS Bee’s Bliss and DSH Become the Shaman. But mostly what I bought was old favourites: Malle Dries Van Noten, Byredo 1996, AdP Iris Nobile edp, Lolita Lempicka, Insolence, plus a bunch of Lutens 50ml bottles and Guerlain L’Heure de Nuit, Gourmand Coquin and Mon Precieux Nectar. My goal for 2018 is to stop chasing new stuff and to wear the bottles already in my collection which I love. My success rate with new niche samples has gotten so bad, it’s time to quit for a while.

    To answer your question, what did I wear most, I rarely wear anything more than once or twice a year due to the ridiculous size of my collection, but offhand I will say Aedes Palissandre d’Or, Dries Van Noten and Bottega Veneta. Oh, and Mitzah!

  17. Fazal says:

    This is a tough question because I did not really go for one particular perfume. But one I might have worn a lot this year is Chanel 19.

  18. Cassieflower says:

    Well, strictly speaking, I bought at the end of 2016, but by far my most worn this year was Stash. I’m amazed at this princely perfume at pauper prices.

  19. Amy says:

    I wore a lot of Bruma this year. It’s so good and easy on days when I don’t have time to think much about what to put on.

  20. Amy says:

    Oh and I also went through almost 10ml of Vilhelm’s Purple Fig.

  21. fanny says:

    Ombre Mercure, no doubt. Always fitting, always fresh & deep, I love it…

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Fanny,
      I wore this a LOT when I first got it. So good. Then I just stopped reaching for it one day. Isn’t it lovely?
      Portia xx

  22. Jyotsna says:

    I already know one of the bottles under the tree. Another staple and old favourite- Hugo Boss Woman. The fragrance my mum bought me decades ago when I got my first job.

  23. Maggiecat says:

    Dame Perfumery Earth Mother, hands down. Stunningly beautiful scent. I’m hoping there’s a big bottle under the tree!

  24. Hmm, I can’t really remember which ones I bought in 2017 and which in 2016! And I’m afraid to make a list, as I’m sure it will tell me that I have over-indulged. I love Ostara too, and use it often, but I’m pretty sure that was a 2016 purchase. I can’t say I’ve used these the most, but I’ve turned often to Laboratorio Olfattivo’s Nirmal and Patou’s L’Heure Attendue, which I bought this year. I have a feeling that a late 2017 entry, Montale’s Intense Cafe, is going to become a contender!
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey OH,
      Great to see you.
      Laboratorio Olfattivo’s Nirmal = YUMMY!
      Intense Cafe is a firm fave of Scott’s. I like the Montale salty ones with vetiver or aquatic. YUM.
      Portia xx

    • Chocolate Marzipan says:

      Make sure you don’t pay full price for the Intense Cafe. I have seen it heavily discounted on the online perfume sites 🙂

  25. Greennote says:

    Beaufort Lignum Vitae was a completely unexpected love from a sample that had to be converted to a bottle. It’s moderately close to Serge Lutens Jeux de Peau (another love and one of only two back up bottles I have). Most loved decant I bought this year (and there were a lot of samples and decants) – Le Labo Thé Noir 29.

  26. Melanie says:

    Montale Black Oud for me. And discontinued L’artisan Vanille absolument decants. Wish I had got onboard with this one about ten years ago then I would have some back up bottles. Commes des G Jaisalmer would be in the mix too.

  27. Sandra says:

    Hi Portia, Bois d’Argent through the colder months and Ashoka the rest of the time. I have finally understood Dries van Noten and that is in heavy rotation at the moment.
    Sandra xo

  28. Neva says:

    My newest love from 2017 is definitely Tiempe Passate from Antonia’s Flowers. I keep falling in love with it again and again. It’s one of the perfumes that can be worn in every occasion, sophisticated and pure.

  29. Tena says:

    I was able to obtain a partial bottle of Iris Ganache, and have been wearing it constantly. Chanel No 22 ( EDT) and Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel have also been in frequent use, with Bal a Versailles rounding out my all stars.

  30. Jyotsna says:

    I feel a bit stick-in-the-mud here. Too many Lutens, a few vintageinherited from my mum) and not muuuch else. I should, maybe, look at samples rather than full bottles?

    • Tiffanie says:

      I had great fun with my samples and decants this year. I have tried to stop buying full bottles and feel more in control of my collection. 🙂

      • Jyotsna says:

        Very smart, Tiffanie. I’m going to do the same. I do buy full bottles of Lutens though. And that kinda blows my fragrance budget. I so crave other perfumes though….so🤔

  31. Tiffanie says:

    A timely question, it is good to ponder lengths we go to in our perfumed pursuits. Purchase in haste, repent at leisure!

    Two bottles purchased during 2017 that got lots of wear: Hiris in the old blue bottle and a new bottle of Assam of India. Love them both to bits. 🙂

  32. Tiffanie says:

    Oops, forgot to say I also don’t understand why Ostara doesn’t get more love. Maybe it didn’t quite live up the hype when it was released? I like it very much. It has a dank and earthy undercurrent that is such a surprise, perhaps it turns some noses away.

    And Silences PdT sits in an online shopping cart with my name on it. One day I will go for it, it gets such great love. How they practically give this stuff away I will never understand!

  33. Riana Vanderbyl says:

    I wore Jasmine Yuzu by Teone Reithal Natural Perfumes whilst in Europe for their summer and since returning to Australia for our summer.. cant beat it for lightness and brightness, and because I wore it in Greece (where jasmine and cypress scents mingle) it now reminds me of Greece!

  34. Kate Apted says:

    I’m not the same Kate at the end of 2017 as I was at the start. I now own things I would have scoffed at last year. But most worn have been:
    * Poison Girl edt – that citrus opening is grand
    * Jardins de Bagatelle edp – the metallic floral bouquet!
    * Beauty edp – a tidy, neat throw on
    * Allure edp – my trusty gym scent
    * Numerous Teone Reinthal scents – quite possibly 200ml collectively!

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