SOTD 15 – 21 January 2018





I see these SOTD (Scent Of The Day) threads all the time on Facebook and they are really good conversation generators.

SOTD 15 – 21 January 2018

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:

  1. Gres Cabochard Parfum
  2. Guerlain Shalimar Cologne (NOT EdC)
  3. Armani Prive Cuir Amethyst
  4. Estes Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge Gloss
  5. Oliver & Co Ambergreen

Comment purposefully on yours or anothers comment & you’ll have a chance, will draw on Sunday.

Last Weeks WINNER: VerbenaLuvvr

Send your address to portia_turbo AT yahoo DOT com DOT au

Go To It Crew.
Portia xxx

175 comments on “SOTD 15 – 21 January 2018

  1. Jyotsna says:

    Well I tried my sample of Ex Nihilo Fleur Narcotique today (thank you, again, Portia) and while it did not blow my mind (y’know narcotique and all that) it was pleasant. And it has lasted all day. It’s unexpectedly soft and gentle now.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      My exact problem with it Jyotsna, but I keep coming back and the decant is nearly empty. That soft & gentle phase lasts forever.
      Portia xx

  2. Gina says:

    Today is Perfumer’s Workshop Tea Rose paired with Penhaligon’s Rhubarb & Rose lotion. Gives you almost a Tauerville Rose Flash vibe.

    • MMKinPA says:

      Tea rose was one of my mom’s signature scents. I have her old bottle which I never wear but like to sniff. Sounds like a good combo.

  3. Jackie b says:

    Today was pelting with summer rain, so I brought out Apres l’Ondee in its honour. Unlike the rain it did not last.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey JackieB,
      Apres l’Ondée is ephemeral, respirez after 30 minutes for extra lasting power.
      Portia x

  4. chez Marzipan says:

    Vanilla and patchouli oil…poor man’s Angel 🙂

  5. Cassieflower says:

    FM Portrait of a Lady. Well I can try. . .

  6. AnnieA says:

    Running out the door so put on some Ferre to meet the work week.

  7. MMKinPA says:

    I have a set of travel sprays from Maison de la Vanille from my early days of perfume. Today I have the divine des tropiques and givree des Antilles. The divine is white flowers with just a hint of vanilla – it’s not working for me either way. The Antilles is another poor mans Angel, cmarzipan- without the something in Angel that sends me scrubbing. So I can wear it but It’s not likely to steal my heart. I will probably try the other three later today.

    • Kate Apted says:

      The names of them are dreamy, though! Sound way better than Angel. But then, doesn’t everything sound better in French??! 😉

  8. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Neela Vermeire Creations Ashoka from much earlier this evening. Smells softly woody and lightly creamy.
    Portia xx

  9. Ceil says:

    I’m on a mission to finish up my “almost gone” samples and decants. Today I finished Jar Bolt of lightening. One of the few tuberose scents that I love.

    • Kate Apted says:

      What a noble effort, Ceil! How many do you have to use up? Any full bottle worthy?

      • Ceil says:

        I pulled out about 20 mixed samples and decants. I’ve used up 6 so far. Yes! Many are full bottle worthy! I had the samples and decants though because I can’t afford the full bottle of many of them (especially this Jar!)…. or they are sadly discontinued. 🙂

      • Kate Apted says:

        How annoying that is?! I have a habit of stockpiling samples, finally getting around to them, only to find they are incredibly expensive (and require overseas shipping, if they ship to Oz) or discontinued. So, I’ve put a ban on samples this year. I still have my Sena Unique subscription boxes from 12 mths ago to get through. You have inspired me, yet I’ve scared myself off too!!

        Let us know which ones capture your attention!

    • Shiva-woman says:

      I am doing the same thing. I have far too many samples and decants that I’ve lost track of overtime yet were just the thing I must have when I ordered them!
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      • Kate Apted says:

        Shiva-woman, do you order samples based off other’s recommendations, or simply ones you’d like to try? Do you ever order blind?

        How many vials have you got to use up?

  10. Shiva-woman says:

    My SOTD is Naomi Cuir Velours. I ordered her complete range from STC and am determined to work through them and not get side tracked by a lonely loved FB sitting on a shelf. I even ordered the Bakelite despite my feeling that I will not like it, but everyone raves so my nose must have a sniff.
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    • Kate Apted says:

      Hmmm. I’m curious now, how you go with the Bakelite. We have similar tastes in scents at times, and Bakelite is one I’m keen to try. Simply because others have raved about it.

      • shiva-Woman says:

        I was sent a sizable 15 ml sample of Aria F# by House of Matriarch. This was a scent compiled of a long list of ingredients by Facebook fans of Christy at HOM live on Facebook. It gets very mixed reviews, but I’m a gonna try it today! I’ll report back later.
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      • shiva-Woman says:

        Hi Kate: I do very much order samples based off of certain blogger’s comments, four in particular. After years of reading various reviews and getting to know certain reviewers, I get a strong sense of whether I will like a perfume or not. It’s almost uncanny now that about 100% of the time I will like something that someone whose taste reflects mine recommended. However there are scents that I just want to smell as a reference point because other people are talking about them. Two examples come to mind: Warszawa Puredistance, and La Douceur de Siam Parfums Dusita. I have not tried the former, but have the latter. I think Siam is pretty, but for me, a pass. Both get raves, but I suspect they are too sheer and light on me, and just not my style and taste in fragrance. Nonetheless when other people speak about them I have (or will have with Warszawa) that scent memory that I can recall. I not only like to try scents that I know I’ll probably wind up loving and even perhaps purchasing a FB but just trying scent as an exploration and to find out what others are sensing and picking up. The whole perfume process I find utterly fascinating. Even a perfume that I don’t love, I still quite enjoy the project of deciphering the ingredients and considering the quality and the backstory of the perfume. Some perfumes/reviews just don’t call to me. If the word “aldehyde” appears, there’s a strong chance I’m not going to try, and even less buy, or, at least there will need to be a lot more going on, but there are exceptions (my vintage channel 5s are grinning at me now). Iris is a note I approach with caution, sometimes loving in leather-osthmanthus based perfumes, but less so in green perfumes. Finally there are houses I love: Serge Lutens, Dusita, Amouage, Aftel, Slumberhouse, MFK, Teo Cabanel, T Ford, Papillon, Tauer, Histoiries, IA, Green–and I think that’s true for a lot of us: some houses rarely disappoint. The aesthetic appeals to us.
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      • shiva-Woman says:

        I replied to your first question below!:)
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  11. Kate Apted says:

    A bottle of slightly old Red Door found its way to me. I wore it 2 nights ago. I hugged my eldest, Nono. He loves all my weirder, abstract scents, but Red Door is one he requested I never wear again. Dede said the same. Strike that out.

    Yesterday was a Teone day. Blossom was my homage to 24 Faubourg, but instead of 24’s refined honey, Blossom has full creamed honey effect. Scrumptious! After lunch I wore Spirit. One of the foremen mentioned how lovely it is and a co-worker said he smelled pot pourri. Whatever, dude! Then the gym in eau de diesel and Ambrosia. Gorgeous aura of floral beauty! It stayed with me til my final shower at 8pm. I wore Klein’s Beauty to bed. Nono approved of that!

    Not sure what to wear today. Edging towards Knowing by Lauder, but maybe the undilute cordial like feel of Nahema or Chamade…? Meh. I’ll decide in 30 min.

  12. JH says:

    Monday: Nicolaï New York Intense

    • JH says:

      Tuesday was Neela Vermeire Rahele. Not bad but a bit too much violet for my taste.
      Wednesday is Tauer Incense Flash. I like it a lot! Considering getting a fb.

      • JH says:

        Thursday: Vol de Nuit extrait. I was not impressed before but I’m starting to appreciate it more and more.
        Friday: Nicolaï Maharanih Intense.

  13. Diana says:

    A double-feature day: I went to the cinema to see The Greatest Showman (for the second time) and stayed for Jumanji! I wore Misia. Love those violets, and I need to find a cheaper replacement some day soon (or get rich, which I’d prefer 🙂 )

    • Saffyishere says:

      Gosh watching 2 films at the cinema? A good effort. I’ve not been to a cinema since 2001….I just simply can’t be bothered.
      Good luck getting rich

      • Diana says:

        Thank you :)! I’m a life-long movie buff so finding the time to go to the cinema is (almost) never a problem for me.

  14. Maggiecat says:

    Thinking spring as the next freezing weather approaches – Derek Lam Drunk on Youth (honeysuckle and Apple, really shampoo in the nicest possible way)

  15. crikey says:

    A take no prisoners dose of Rien this monday morning (softened and sweetened and confused by a scoosh of Fracas on my scarf).

    And now, I am swoonsomely sniffing my hand, because I am the luckiest duck of all. I snagged a boxed set of four Dior 10ml EDT minis (oh, so cute, that little line of flat bottles!), maybe late sixties or earliest seventies from the styling. All of them full. They arrived today. I’ve only had a little open-and-sniff of three of them, with no wafts of acetone or other horrors…

    and the dab of Diorissimo on my hand is… perfect.

  16. Melanie says:

    Today for me Dzing.
    Yesterday i used all my Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule sample & i smelt awesome way into the afternoon. Was super impressed with its lasting power. Wasn’t till after dinner that i topped up with a few sprays of CdG OUARZAZATE – hard to say but smells divine.

    • Neva says:

      Oh, Dzing is always a great choice for cooler weather for me. Since it’s getting colder here, I think I’ll pull out my bottle. Thanks for reminding me Melanie.

  17. Saffyishere says:

    Monday Hubby and I both felt meh, so we sat around the house watching tv, mainly tennis from Melbourne…..hence I wore no scent.
    This morning I’m feeling much brighter ,so I’ve applied four samples; one on each crutch of elbow and others on each wrist…
    samples are;
    Fort & Manle Amber Absolue
    Teone’s Rose Potion
    teone’s Jupiter Bay and finally
    JHAG Mad Madamme

  18. SunnyDay says:

    Tonight I’m testing TDC Rose Poivrée. This is a unique fragrance, but the coriander note is too pungent for me.

  19. Jyotsna says:

    Chanel No 19 while I work on job applications. Need to feel ever so slightly invincible and of a higher calibre than the other applicants. Wish me luck!

  20. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Oliver & Co Ambergreen. Freaky & Fabulous.
    Portia xx

  21. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Just out of my bath and deciding what to wear. I think Le Galion Sang blue is the winner today.
    Portia xx

  22. Ingrid says:

    Vintage Y by YSL that I found at the back of the cupboard and almost forgot about. So light and fresh in this heat.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      One of my loves Ingrid but mine is at the back of the cupboard too because I always reach for Niki de Saint Phalle, Giverny In Bloom or CHANEL No 19 when green is my ache.
      Thanks for the reminder.
      Portia xx

    • Diana says:

      I love Y, too! It’s an underrated chypre, as it would seem, but the it’s gorgeous nonetheless.

  23. Diana says:

    I’m wearing Jolie Madame today. I’ve come to think cold weather suits her better: less artemisia, more violets. A really beautiful madame, if you ask me!

  24. cassieflower says:

    E Coudray Ambre et Vanille. I need to armour myself against the gale-force winds with sleet and snow and whatever else the damned weather gods throw at us today.

  25. chez Marzipan says:

    Dame Perfumery Earth Mother Hair Oil which I love wearing as a perfume (I actually prefer it over the EDP)…like cassieflower expecting more snow today so I wanted something warm and cuddly on my wrists.

    • Cassieflower says:

      Going to order some Dame for my happy birthday to me next month.

      • chez Marzipan says:

        OOo I hope you like them 🙂 Which ones do you have in mind? I have tried them all and have gifted about 12 full bottles to family members and friends for birthdays and holidays over the past few years…they are so versatile and easy to wear….and Jeffrey Dame is a doll and extremely generous with his samples!!!

      • Cassieflower says:

        Well I’ve been lusting after the chocolate perfume oil, though I may end up licking myself in that. I fancy the Dark Horse as well as some of the soliflore oils. Have you tried the oils? He can’t ship the alcohol based ones, but he has added body creams to the range as well. God but I’m in trouble now.

      • chez Marzipan says:

        The chocolate oil is phenomenal. I use it to layer. The other oils are lovely as well. I have a travel spray of Dark Horse which comes across quite sweet on my skin (my skin amps up sweet notes). Some of the soliflores are quite potent and true to their name (Gardenia and Narcissus…wow! powerful but gorgeous!). I don’t think you will be disappointed with the oils and I rather DO like the body creams as well. I have also used the hair oils as all over body moisturizers and perfume oils.

    • chez Marzipan says:

      and remnants of the sadly d/c Womenswear by Alexander Julian on my sweater….I actually prefer it in the drydown….the onset was more powdery than I remembered….

  26. Fazal says:

    My SOTD is Rue Cambon.

  27. MMKinPA says:

    The NST community project is Vanilla this week so I am using up my tiny sample of TF Tobacco Vanille. Always liked it but never enough to buy.

  28. VerbenaLuvvr says:

    Hilde Soliani “Sweet Home” got the pull today. Milky, sweet chestnuts, light and ultimately gourmand.

  29. Kandice says:

    Woke up to freezing cold temps, 18 degrees, and wind. Needed something to brighten my day. Am wearing Pacifica’s Tahitian Gardenia today. I smell more lime than anything else which isn’t even a listed fragrance note, but it’s definitely helping to lift my spirits.

    • chez Marzipan says:

      that is a lovely fragrance…a younger Marzipan has the hand cream and it smells divine…practically scents up the room…will have to keep my nose open for the lime note.

      • Kandice says:

        Ooohhh. Didn’t know there was a hand cream. I will have to look for that. I have been trying to find the Tibetan Mountain Temple Spray that I believe you mentioned in a post but haven’t been able to find it locally anywhere. And I would like to try the Mediterranean Fig since I guess I now have to find a replacement for Fig Tree from SSS. Haven’t had much luck finding that either.

      • chez Marzipan says:

        Pacifica sells the Tibetan Mountain Temple online. My local health food store stopped carrying that one as it isn’t as popular as the other scents. Med Fig is lovely but I don’t believe quite the same as Fig Tree but do give it a try. It comes in solid and rollerball, both of which are quite inexpensive for blind buys.

  30. Melanie says:

    tough day ahead here – it’s gonna be really really hot 🔥 here in adelaide and sad because I have a funeral to attend to today. 😢 Two things I dont enjoy.
    Picked Guerlain Vol de Nuit – hope it will keep me calm and courageous today
    So today, spray liberally your favourite scent, hug your loved ones and tell them you love them xx

  31. Jyotsna says:

    More selection criteria to write -gah, these are awful. Trying to get most if it done before the day heats up. Wearing Five O’clock -need something comforting.

  32. Saffyishere says:

    Remnants of the Samsara I wore to bed last night…. Showering soon and intend on using the Nikki St Phalle shower gel, then following that up with sorbolene cream and a couple of hearty spritzes of NSt Phalle EDT
    Later in the day I will smell of a multitude of scents because I’m going to be decanting.

    Wherever you are, remain cool ,or warm.

    • Jyotsna says:

      I want the NdStP zodiac after hearing everyone hear talk about it. But I’m not loving the gemini art work 🙁

      Ok- this is so not helping me complete my applications. Where’s my backbone?!? See ya all later.

  33. chez Marzipan says:

    Snowbound today and no work so I think I will go with Dame Chocolate Man oil…..reminds me of a Tootsie Roll in the best possible way.

  34. MMKinPA says:

    L’Artisan Vanille Absoluement today. A blind buy that after many wears I still can’t decide how much I like it! Another school delay here but my son has to go to the orthodontist so his day will start even later, and I won’t get to my own list of tasks until lunchtime!

    • Melanie says:

      Oh MMKinPa I adore this one. Wish I had found it sooner in my perfume life so I could have had a bottle of it. I just constantly order decants to feed my addiction 😉

  35. VerbenaLuvvr says:

    This morning I reached for the box of honey-themed fragrances and went with Solstice Scents Sunwarmed Honey, one of my very favorite oils. My kids say it reminds them of green grapes.

  36. Kandice says:

    I’m spending more time with Olympic Orchids today. I have California Chocolate on one wrist and Seattle Chocolate on the other. They couldn’t be more different. They are both lovely. And they are both excellent representations of scents of place. Having lived in both Seattle and Southern California I can smell each one, and it reminds me of my time there. California Chocolate is bright and zingy with a prominent scent of orange from the orange groves there with florals just under the surface. The chocolate scent wore off fairly quickly to just a whiff in passing. Seattle Chocolate has underlying notes of fir and pine trees and remind me of walking through the forests there. Again the chocolate was just a whiff to start. While I believe these are both considered gourmand on the OO website, I think anyone could wear them whether you like gourmands or not. I’m definitely enjoying both of these and may consider a travel size of each down the road.

  37. crikey says:

    I always thought my skin ate and destroyed the peach of Mitsouko… but damn, this fresh bottle of EDP is all fuzzy and peachy for about the first fifteen minutes. I had one of those lightbulb moments of understanding what other people smell in this. But it’s ok, after that quarter of an hour it went back to being the scent I know and adore. Phew.

  38. Neva says:

    This mornig I had an office day at home so I wore a bit of vintage Dune. Recently I’m again in this vintage mood. Afternoon after a short workout, I took a shower and afterwards sprayed myself with vintage K de Krizia. It’s gonna be a great evening.

    • Saffyishere says:

      K de Krizia is a scent I have eyed on and off over the years, but as yet never pulled the trigger on.
      Is it a heavy ‘Winterish’ scent, Neva?

      • Neva says:

        No, it isn’t. It’s “heavy” in the 80-ies way. And don’t buy it. I will send you a 28 ml bottle. Email me at Modesty Blaise 65 (without spaces) in good old yahooland and I’ll explain everything to you 😉

  39. Melanie says:

    Givenchy Ange ou Demon for me today.

  40. Saffyishere says:

    Wearing a couple of the Penhaligon’s samples I had delivered yesterday. Both from the ‘exclusive’ range
    On the left wrist…The Coveted Duchess Rose
    On the right wrist….Clandestine Clara

    • Jyotsna says:

      Tell us more about Clandestine Clara, please!

      And Gosh- I’m suddenly seeing Penhaligon’s front & centre in ever department store, fragrance place! Not sure why? I did want to buy Bluebell some years ago but never came across one positive review. I really liked the bottle.

      • Saffyishere says:

        Oh I ADORE Bluebell, Jy. Don’t pay ant attention to the negativity…. the bottle is is the fragrance on a very hot Summer’s day/night.
        As for the Clandestine Clara, I don’t think I applied enough to really experience it properly.
        I showered and applied LIBERALLY some Aqua Colonia Blood Orange and Basil

  41. Jyotsna says:

    A fab of creed royal oud. Not a fan. it’s my husbands but he doesn’t like it. Where’s the oudh?

  42. Melanie says:

    chez Marzipan – some good news to share with you! STC have some Berdoues Grand Crus available so i’ve ordered up a little of each Assam of India, Arz-El Rab and Oud al Sahraa – will keep you posted 😉

  43. chez Marzipan says:

    Still on my oil kick and inspired by Kate’s post yesterday am wearing Dame Perfumery New Musk for Man oil. Nice….and subtle.

  44. Diana says:

    Rouge Hermes! I’m glad to say that the modern formula is as good as the first batch.

  45. MMKinPA says:

    Lavish spraying of Shalimar Ode Mexique today for working at home . When I first tried Shalimar I couldn’t get around it. Then I read a review of the original Ode. When I couldn’t find any, I blind bought the Mexique, because vanilla (my obsession at the time). It was the gateway back to the original which I can now wear and enjoy in various vintages.

    • Kandice says:

      I have a sample of this somewhere and wasn’t crazy about it the first time. I may have to dig it out and try it again. I love vanilla scents, both the sweet and nonsweet versions, so I’m not sure why this didn’t click with me before. You have inspired me to retry it!

      • MMKinPA says:

        I know it didn’t get tons of love but I love the bottle and packaging and it got me to appreciate the original so I still wear and enjoy. If I had sampled it (with my nose of today) I might not have bought it!

  46. VerbenaLuvvr says:

    I had such a bad headache this morning, downed a handful of ibuprofen and soldiering on… spritzed myself with Pacifica Mediterranean Fig before leaving the house, hopefully I will be able to enjoy it later today. Even though I feel bad and have circles under my eyes, I still want to at least smell good. Scent has never had an impact on me as far as headaches, I realize that I am lucky that way.

  47. Kandice says:

    Wearing SDV by Guerlain today. Needed something warm and comforting.

    • Saffyishere says:

      Isn’t it interesting that this year the differences in weather are so much more prominent than previously? Extremes of heat in Southern hemisphere, extreme cold in Northern Hemisphere.
      Stay warm , Kandice

  48. shiva-Woman says:

    Last night I wanted something a little bit light floral and aldehyde so I sprayed Chanel L’eau. When I woke up this morning, the skies were overcast and gray and we’re finally getting some rain and some snow in California. So again it was Chanel N5 classic vintage to cast away the cold shadows (though we desperately need the rain and the snow pack). I don’t usually reach for these but loving them layered with Chanel N5 body oil.
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  49. Jyotsna says:

    Was up super early this morning trying to get more selection criteria done before I die of heat-stroke. Wearing my eternal friend, chergui. I love coming here to read what everyone is wearing/up to. It’s quickly become one of my favourite rituals.
    Have a lovely day/night xx

  50. Melanie says:

    SOTD here is Tokyo Milk Novacaine. I went mad for this brand few years ago after finding French Kiss and Bittersweet. This brand does super packaging. There is something really pretty in this scent – could be the vanilla orchid.
    Also pleased to say yesterdays Ange ou Demon lasted right up to afternoon tea time – i’ve had a run of late where nothing seems to stick and an hour after applying i cant smell anything!

    • chez Marzipan says:

      Don’t know if this is new news but I think the brand has a new set of fragrances in white bottles (versus the dark). For a niche brand they are really reasonably priced. Next time I am in a Sephora I will have to give them a sniff.

      • chez Marzipan says:

        I just did some research and there are something like five or six other lines by the founder of Tokyo Milk and they all look interesting and are highly affordable. Is the founder originally from Australia? Does anyone know? The bottles from the other lines are beautiful as well and the cream perfumes look really good.

    • Melanie says:

      Pretty sure it’s not Australian. Lady behind the brand is Margot Elena. She has a few other labels too. The last lot of designs she did in a sea/mermaid range also got printed onto fabric – it’s beautiful and I have some pieces waiting to be tuned into a quilt. She has few labels – another brand worthy of a sniff is Library of Flowers. margit has a beautiful style and lovely website. If anyone into sewing google Margot Elena fabric…. has interview with her and great photos of the fabric xx

      • chez Marzipan says:

        Yes I did some research and it is an American brand…I was eyeballing all of the other labels and yes, Library of Flowers looks lovely …especially their portable cream perfumes. I did not know that she made fabric as well although the packaging of the perfumes and the perfume bottles themselves are very beautiful and pleasing to the eye so that would make sense. I also found the mermaid range gorgeous looking …those boxes!!!! I am assuming that is the fabric that you speak of…..Just beautiful….I am going to look up right now…..

  51. Shiva-woman says:

    SOTN is vintage Ysatis. I don’t know why but I’m feeling kinda retro. I get caught up in all the new pretties, but dang some of the 80’s perfumes were fantastic. I’m heading off to bed in a real sultry flower bomb.
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  52. chez Marzipan says:

    Happy Friday!!! Taking care of two things at once ….moisturizing AND scenting the skin in my homemade body oil…apricot kernel oil, vanilla beans, cardamom pods and sweet orange essential oil…I smell like a Creamsicle (lordie, why is my mind always on food??)….later at work I might top it off with a bit of frankincense oil on my wrist.

    Stay warm /stay cool folks!!!

  53. Saffyishere says:

    Jyotsna, the farmers market.. you mean Food is free? No that is a community place I volunteer at. I work in a nursing home in Ballarat. And yes,I’m keeping hydrated

  54. Saffyishere says:

    Chez Marzipan I received 4 Aqua Colonia bottles as a gift a couple of Christmas ago. I admit I kind of dismissed them for about a year….then one day, feeling flabbergasted I ‘had nothing to wear’, I had a wee sniff.
    Gorgeous, soft, citrus, floral, herbaceous light….great for Summer.
    The 4 bottles I own are; Lavender and Thyme
    Melissa and Verbena
    Blood Orange and Basil
    Lemon and Ginger
    Mandarine and Cardamom? Sounds interesting

    • chez Marzipan says:

      OOO now I am very intrigued…these sound perfect for the summer or even a mid winter pick me up to elevate my mood! I know they often pop up heavily discounted at online retailers…even if the longevity isn’t the best with a huge bottle one can re-spritz all day.

  55. MMKinPA says:

    I’m wearing AG Vanille Exquise today. My sentimental vanilla- my first AG perfume, one of my first online purchases (no AG in stores here!). My first experience with a vanilla fragrance that didn’t smell like the extract in my cupboard – but enough vanilla to make it acccessible to my inexperienced nose. I noticed this morning that I have used half of the bottle so it used to be in heavy rotation in the winter…. back when my collection was only a handful of bottles. Now, of course, it may never be drained! Happy Friday!

  56. Neva says:

    SOTD is SL Jeux de Peau – it’s cold and rainy and I go for a business lunch and feel like I’ve hit the jackpot.

  57. VerbenaLuvvr says:

    This morning I felt like a drink-based scent. Bypassed the champagne, wine, and gingerale themes, and settled on Outremer Cola. I think it is quite true to the fragrance of a cola, and good fun for a Friday.

    • chez Marzipan says:

      mmmm…that sounds right up my alley! Years ago Escada made a fragrance (I think it was called signature and the bottles were limited edition and just gorgeous) that smelled like cola to me.

  58. Kandice says:

    I’m trying my sample of Olympic Orchids African Orchid today. It smelled very minty and menthol when I first put it on despite neither of those being listed in the ingredient list. Now I can smell more of the florals and fruit. I have no idea if it smells anything like the flower as I’ve never smelled one. It’s an interesting fragrance, and I will have to spend more time with it to decide how I feel about it. The OO website describes it as not your typical BWF, and I’d have to agree with that.

  59. Shiva-woman says:

    Today it’s going to be Solstice Scents Vanilla Pipe Tobacco, more bombast than Tom Ford’s version, richer, deeper, more intense. It sinks down into a humming heavy sweet incense and tobacco smoke. Love this house.
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  60. Cassieflower says:

    Vintage Fidji parfum, topped off with a good spraying of edt, also vintage (just in case they couldn’t smell me from outer space). This is my all-time favourite perfume. If I was just allowed to wear one perfume for the rest of my life, this is it.

  61. Diana says:

    I was decanting a few samples for a fellow perfumista, among then Habit Rouge & Vetiver, so naturally I got some of them on me (_almost_ accidentally 🙂 ) Then I added some Jicky to spook HR & V. off, and they did. And, drum roll, please – the Dusita samples have arrived!

    • Jyotsna says:

      Yay – which Dusita’s?
      There is not enough Jicky in this world. C’est triste 😢

      • Diana says:

        Hi! Issara, Melodie de l’amour, la Douceur de Siam, le Sillage blanc and Oudh infini. Dusita might Patou of our times!

      • Diana says:

        Dammit, I lost “be” in the last sentence!

        Isn’t it a bit strange that there are A LOT vintage Shalimars and Mitsoukos but so few other significant Guerlain perfumes such as Parure, Chant d’aromes, Jicky and l’Heure Bleue?

  62. Saffyishere says:

    Good morning folks.. Saturday here. Although the temp has dropped it’s still humid and ‘sticky’. I have decided after yesterday’s ‘aquatics’ that I need something which needs no resquirting……EDEN

    • Jyotsna says:

      Oh my! Nice choice, Saffyishere! I like Eden and I believe that’s quite rare.
      (But after you told me about bluebell, I’m tempted to ignore reviews. Jumping on the samples bandwagon this year.)

  63. Jyotsna says:

    Today’s SOTD is Parfum de Maroc. Smells slightly sweeter than I remembr. I wonde if my cinnamon soap is responsible or if I was more liberal splashing it on today?
    Heading towards blistering hot, so sipping some T2 Southern Sunrise loose leaf. mmm.

  64. Alanna Maloney says:

    Monday: Vintage Chanel no 19 edt
    Tuesday: Odalisque, Parfums de Nicolai
    Wednesday: K de Krizia edt
    Thursday: Dali parfum
    Friday: Vintage Colors de Benetton edt Interesting story, when I first purchased this bottle on a day when I was longing for the awesome days of the late eighties, it smelled awful. I thought I’d made a terrible mistake and bought old spoiled perfume. I took it to work and tried using it as room spray. I did all sorts of things to deal with the shame and feelings of foolishness. Then, about a year ago I was going through the same horrible situation with an amazing and large vintage Germaine Cellier edt of La Fuite Des Heures, and something crazy inside told me to shake the bottle. A beautiful juice was there all along. It had just settled. 😂😅😁 So now that I’ve shaken my Colors I can party like it’s 1987 again! Have a great weekend!

  65. Saffyishere says:

    Home from work after a busy shift…..into shower ,using a C&E Lavender shower gel to assist me to ‘calm’ down. Have applied Montale Sweet Oriental Dream from a 2 ml decant.

  66. Diana says:

    I spent the whole day with the Dusita samples. I can honestly say that I haven’t smelt any perfumes like them before. They do evoke some memories, though. Le Sillage Blanc is spring blossom and the school’s-out-soon vibe. I get why some people have compared it to Piguet’s Bandit but I was underwhelmed by Bandit, LSB feels smoother and, well, simply more interesting.

  67. Saffyishere says:

    Well here we are at Sunday again!! Already? Doesn’t time fly. this morning I asked hubby to ‘play lucky dip’ with my latest Luckyscent samples.
    left wrist…the Coveted Countess Rose
    right wrist…. Grand Neroli by Atelier
    I think I need the Countess in a 10 ml spray decant
    Will shower soon to get ‘public ready’ for work, and I’m going to wear a few good sprays of the uncompromisingly radiant vase of flowers called Il Bacio.
    Enjoy your Sunday, all.

    • Kandice says:

      I used to love Il Bacio! I didn’t know they still made it. I will have to look for it. I’m guessing it’s pretty cheap at this point.

  68. Ingeborg says:

    Have been wearing warming scents like five o’clock au gingembre, the Tauer Amber Flash body oil together with Ambre des Merveilles and so on all week. I don’t care much for all this snow we’re getting, but spring is still months away.

    Tried the Twilly perfume yesterday while out shopping and it was yet again a new perfume I didn’t like much and it lasted less than 3 hours on skin. Will have to get hold of a sample and try in warmer weather, I think.For sure it is not a perfume for these frosty days.

  69. crikey says:

    Unusually for me: same perfume two days in a row this week. Feve délicieuse on Thursday and Friday, which was just the softness I needed on these snowy, slushy, icy days.

    I hate walking on this slippy slithery treacherous stuff–particularly on cobbles. I’ve got a lot of metalwork in my leg, and I’m terrified of falling. And the number of times my stick goes out from under me on the walk up to the station… ugh. So stressful. Hate that feeling of vulnerability. A cozy, soft, reassuringly lovely sort of scent is just the ticket.

    Never thought I would love a gourmand scent so much.

  70. Saffyishere says:

    Home from work….still quite ‘sticky’….Into a relaxing hot shoer…out into cool air conditioning. Feeling that I need something to provide ‘comfort’ I’ve sprayed Fancy by Jessica Simpson

  71. Kandice says:

    Received my samples from Solstice Scents yesterday and am so happy to have discovered them (although my pocketbook may not be). Of the four I bought, I have tried three. Snowmint Mallow is a wonderful peppermint vanilla scent that I could literally bathe in. Unfortunately it dries down in minutes to a skin scent that’s barely there. I’m wondering if a spray version might do better. I’ve also tried Smokewood Apiary which I really like and which is a smokey honeyed scent. And I’ve tried Chasing Shadows which is more woods and resins. I’m still on the fence about that one. I have one left to try tomorrow. I’m already seeing another purchase from them soon. And here I thought I was done with perfume purchases for awhile!

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