Portia’s Fragrant Week 24 – 30 July 2016


Post by Portia


Hi there Frag Fiends,

Some of mates have been doing weekly wrap up shots of their fragrances. I loved the idea but kept forgetting to do it. Last week I put a box in my office and every time I spritzed something it went into the box. It was fun to watch the bottles and boxes pile up in there.

Portia’s Fragrant Week 24 – 30 July 2016

Portia's Fragrant Week 24 - 30 July 2016


Yes, this is 7 days of fragrant wear for me. I think/hope I got them all. There were a couple of samples that I finished and threw away while not thinking, oops. (Bloody forgot Aesthete by Le Galion and Infini by Caron)

So from top to bottom 4 rows, left to right.

Miss Dior vintage parfum by DIOR: Pretty floral, furry dry down. Why did they have to change it? GRRR

Mohur by Neela Vermeire Creations: One of my all time faves. India meets Europe in a temple rose garden.

Exultat by Maria Candida Gentile: Incense and woods, one of the most comfortable incense bombs ever.

Epice Marine by Hermès: The modern aquatic, lifted by spices and that sheer oily JCE signature.

Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia by Guerlain: Lily and cool white flowers with a touch of coconut cream. Tropical yet elegant.

Midnight Oud by Juliette Has A Gun: Rose & oudh, smells great, lasts for the whole day, won’t break the bank.

Coco vintage parfum by CHANEL: Coco, is Coco, is Coco. Heavenly oriental, so spicy and full.

Fantasia de Fleurs by Creed: Sweet, jammy roses and marmalade. YUM!

Giverny In Bloom by DSH Perfumes: Put your head in a florists fridge while wearing a heavily galbanum fragrance and you will smell Giverny In Bloom.

LouLou by Cacharel: BOOM! LouLou is like wearing a technicolour shirt that glitters and shimmers. Careful of she’ll wear you out.

Tweed by Taylor of London: MEMORIES!!! Mum. Back then it was Tweed by Lentheric.

Truth or dare by Madonna: Yes. This is my current favourite big white floral. So good and practically free.

Amazone vintage by Hermès: Oakmoss and a little bit of other stuff. Furry and genteel.

What did you wear last week?
Portia x

24 thoughts on “Portia’s Fragrant Week 24 – 30 July 2016

  1. My inbox told me that I was going to read about Portia’s Fragrant Wee…hehehe
    OK all grown up now. I have just got back into perfume after rotten head cold, and it has been hard to find anything I wanted to wear. Creed Aberdeen Lavander was the first, and then today Bois des Isles Extrait. Feel better!


    • Lovely choices JackieB,
      Funny you should mention Fragrant Wee, there is a book review coming up on Tuesday by Ainslie about just that. He he he.
      Portia xx


  2. Hi, Portia — I love Epice Marine! And now I want to try Fantasia de Fleurs.

    The past couple weeks I’ve been trying samples of scents with cumin. Today it’s Etat Libre d’Orange’s La Fin du Monde, which smells like warm butter with a drizzle of honey. Still waiting for the cumin and gunpowder notes to kick in. I also wore Jo Malone Black Cedarwood & Juniper which smelled a bit like rain on cool asphalt, and Kurkdjian’s Lumiere Noire Pour Homme which was rosy-herby-skanky-spice divine. Smell Bent’s HO x 3 left me in a state of meh, as did Hugh Parson’s Oxford Street.

    I do feel schizophrenic though — maybe a week of experimentation alternated with a week of wearing the same thing might anchor me, psyche-wise.


    • Hey there Fifi,
      You have been happily scent crazy by the look of it. I am unable to wear something nowadays for more than a couple of days, I love the diversity.
      Yes, try Fantasia de Fleurs. I love it.
      Portia xx


  3. Hey Portia. Great perfumes. I miss Lys Soleia – perfect on a warm day. I Have been wearing Ashoka and Trayee and the last two days in a row Kiki Voiles. Love the pic. Sandra xo


    • Hey there Sandra,
      Welcome back from your travels.
      Lys Soleia is my fave of the Guerlain AA series.
      PHWOAR! You have smelt absolutely gorgeous.
      Portia xx


  4. Great pic list! I wore Mona di Orio Eau Absolue (smitten, bought travelset at a good price) en Rose Etoile de Hollande (smitten considering travel set, Trayee (in my collection), Tauer Rose Delight body oil, and Tauerville Rose Flash this week. Lots of roses! And I lemminged Shalimar EdC (bargain) which arrived today and I going to wear it tomorrow. My first Shalimar!


    • Thanks Hamamelis,
      Thanks for the Eau Absolue reminder. I think I’ll get it out and give it a spritz this evening.
      That Shalimar EdC is stunning, ENJOY!
      Portia xx


  5. Tweed was my entry point into the world of perfume. 1960 or so? I was kindergarten age and looked up to my godmother’s daughter! I’ll always have a soft spot for Tweed!


    • Claudia,
      It has changed. The opening is sharp but the heart and dry down are a beautiful walk down Memory Lane.
      Portia xx


  6. Saturday: Theo Fennell – Scent
    Sunday: nothing, spent most of the day in Hospital emergency with my Dad.
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Vintage Habit Rouge, Guerlain
    Thursday: Bois d’Orage – Frederic Malle
    Friday: VIII L’Heure Diaphane – Cartier

    xx Tina G


  7. Oh my! Your box is amazing! Trying to remember what I wore this week, but can’t recall specific days. Can you tell that I like florals??
    Penhaligon’s Blasted Bloom.
    Shalimar EdC
    Lili Bermuda Lily
    Bespoke fragrance created for my college reunion by a classmate who works for IFF.
    Bvlgari Rose Essentielle
    Creed Fleurissimo
    Hermes Un Jardin Apres La Mousson
    Parfums de Rosine Rose d’Amour


    • My box is amazing Old Herbaceous?
      No bespoke in mine.
      Wow! You had a great week too. You might like florals a bit……
      Portia xx


  8. I tried samples of:
    Narcisso Rodriguez for her
    Dior addict
    CK Be
    and bvlgari rose essential l’eau
    The best of them was Florabotanica by along shot.!


    • Hey there DebB,
      It’s nice to find something new to love.
      That Florabotanica bottle is seriously gorgeous too.
      Portia xxx


  9. I sampled some pretty awful natural perfumes. I actually wore La Fin du Monde, Dirty Flower Factory, Calyx, Tabu, and a bunch of body sprays.


    • Hey Hey Poodle,
      Not all naturals are good. Some are downright nasty. Same as perfume I suppose.
      Calyx and Tabu are enough to make anyone smile.
      Portia xxx


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