Hey everyone,

We’ve had a great week at AustralianPerfumeJunkies so our giveaway will reflect that with some super fun stuff for you to sniff in not one but TWO COMPETITION GIVEAWAYS!!! How to enter?

Please give us a short perfume memory in the comments about you, a friend, colleague or relative’s favourite old school perfume (pre 2000).

The old school perfume we covered this week was Casmir by Chopard, a 1.5ml decant spray.

In honour of Evie C’s first major interview this Monday gone with Liz Cook from Australian Natural Niche Perfume crew, ONE SEED. We are adding most of a generous manufacturers sample of my personal favourite One Seed fragrance so far, COURAGE. This scent is so extraordinary that I went FB and have used maybe 4 spritzes from the sample, there’s still at least 4ml left.

After our Posh Peasant; FIG! Olfactory Journey to Greece special we are putting in 1.5ml Posh Peasant decant sprays of Parfumerie Generale; Jardin de Kerylos and Diptyque; Philosykos

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To top it all off we are adding in a 1ml Posh Peasant decant of Parfum d”Empire; Ambre Russe (I ordered this sample forgetting I’d ordered a FB that turned up almost next day. I know, right)

plus postage and packing to anywhere in the world

In March we had a Celebuscent Competition that Maureen won but has not been in touch to receive her winnings. The go was that she had till that next Wednesday to get in touch but did not. While hoping that Maureen is happy and well, her loss is your gain folks. As a second COMPETITION GIVEAWAY this week you must only tell your fave CELEBUSCENT, easy!

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Aftelier Perfumes; 1.5ml manufacturers sample spray Haute Claire + Apricot and Lemon Candle in a Tin (one of my Smell Good Do Good buys that Mandy Aftel kindly gave to the cause)

Gucci; 2ml decanted sample spray Gucci by Gucci pour homme

Estee Lauder; 2ml decanted sample spray Brasil Dreams

Jessica Simpson; 2ml decanted sample spray Fancy Nights

LUSH Cosmetics; 1.5ml decanted sample spray Orange Blossom

plus postage and packing to anywhere in the world.

All measurements are approximate and the winners will be judged around 10pm Australian EST this Saturday 28.4.12 and you will have till Wednesday 2.5.12 to get in touch. GO TO IT Y’ALL.

Much love, and gratitude for your coming and reading.
We feel blessed that so many of you bother.

Portia xx


  1. Hi Ladies!

    I’ve registered with Word Press just to follow your blog. Love love love perfume!

    My favourite perfume memory is my first experience. The one that began my obsession!

    I was just short of 18 when my life changed. It was a night of many firsts! We were celebrating my friends 18th birthday and it was my first time going to a real club! It may have only been Penrith Panthers but it was a big deal at the time.

    While we were getting ready she sprayed Baby Doll by YSL. In that moment, my life changed an my obsession with perfume began.

    I sprayed my pulse points and set off to drinks. I got many compliments on my perfume that night and I knew I had to ask for it for my birthday.

    I wore it everywhere! It became my signature scent. My boyfriend at the time still calls me when he smells it.

    Would love if you could give me some directions to places to find Bvlgari Black Noir and also if you know where I can get Dior pure poison cheaper than $180 I will be forever grateful!


  2. Well, looks like I’m the first here.
    Old-school perfume memory? That would have to be my first ‘proper’ bottle of fragrance – Armani pour Homme back in the late 80s I had only ever smelled Brut and Old Spice and the like and was literally stunned to my core when I first smelled a ‘real’ perfume. I remember sneaking out of bed in the middle of the night, just to smell it again. This was the first of many revelations in the following years and I am still being stunned and enthralled to this day with new discoveries.

    My fave celebrity scent is Lovely by SJP. Unless you can count Le Male as a celebrity scent for Jean Paul Gaultier. Or even Tom Ford’s Black Orchid – would that be a celebrity scent?


    • Hey Mark,
      welcome, you are in BOTH draws. I think that Celebuscents are at a different remove from Designer scents. Not because they are any less or more worthy all the time but because historically they have forged a certain cachet from Worth, Chanel, Balmain, YSL, Dior and so many others.
      I love SJP’s Lovely, wear JPG Le Male a lot and liked Black Orchid too.
      You have similar taste to me, Glad to have you aboard.
      Portia xx


  3. Hi Portia,
    Favourite old school scents is when I was married the ex wife loved pleasures, can’t recall who made it , I knew if I bought her that I got out of trouble and usually didn’t have to sleep with her,

    But her mother loved red door

    Great blog


  4. Perfume memory is my roommate first year of university rockin’ the Exclamation. Horibble on my skin, but she smelled really good in it.

    Favorite celebuscent, as you already know ;), is Queen by Queen Latifah. Great stuff!


  5. One of my friends, back in the day, used to drown herself in Opium (meaning she put 2 drops of it on). Couldn’t stand the smell of it then, I can’t stand the smell of it now.


    • My scent memory is from my early 20’s. I sniffed everywhere to try to find a perfume I liked…nothing. Of course, I didn’t know enough to know I was sniffing in all the wrong places – department stores. I was so frustrated that I didn’t like anything. I finally settled on a Cartier, but seldom wore it because I wasn’t in love with it. 20 years later I found perfumery again and with the help of the Internet as a schoolroom and sample sites, I am understanding what I didn’t get all those years ago. Now it is a magical world I adore!
      My fav celebuscent would have to be Kate Walsh’s Boyfriend.


  6. One happy memory is risking buying a perfume for my Mom in the early 1980s. She was not a frequent wearer of perfume, only occasionally wearing the Chanel No 5 EDT that one of my sisters had given her a number of years before. But I so wanted to give her something lovely that she would pamper herself with and found what I hoped would be the perfect scent in the perfect bottle: Royal Copenhagen’s Flora Danica — a soft floral with a powdery, woody drydown — in an exquisite little glass stoppered bottle with hand-painted flowers. I was delighted to find each time I visited that the level in the bottle was dropping and the perfume was actually being worn and loved not just admired as a bottle on the dresser. Sadly this beautiful gem was discontinued and now sells for a fortune on auction sites.

    Favourite celebuscent of the few I’ve tried: Kate Walsh’s Boyfriend — enough wood to balance the sweetness.


  7. Hiya, when I was about 10 we were living in Papua New Guinea, and my very first fragrance that I ever owned was 4711 – I know, kind of embarrassing, but thinking back it was probably really the right cologne for the climate – cool and refreshing enough to cut through the sticky hot airless tropical afternoon heat. I had a massive bottle of it, almost too big for my little hands to hold when unscrewing the cap and trying to dab from the open bottle to my wrist. We went on holidays to the north coast, a volcanic island called Kar Kar, and the bottle came along. One afternoon I heard this almighty *crash* and ran into my room to see my brother with a horrified and sheepish look on his face – he had dropped the 4711 bottle and the whole thing was smashed and flowing all over the floor. I think we had to both leave the room because of the alcohol scent overload…


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