Perfume I’m Wearing: October 2016


Post by Portia


Hi All,

Fairly mixed week and these aren’t everything but they did get skin time and I love them. This week has been wholly and solely about our new puppies. They are so wonderful and we are already deeply in thrall to them. Here’s the moment when my beautiful boy Paris discovers the joys of chewing toys.

Perfume I’m Wearing: October 2016


Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker FragranticaFragrantica

Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Nectarine, bergamot, rosewood, lavender
Heart: Apple martini, white daffodil, orchid
Base: White amber, cedar, woody notes, white musk

Lovely smells to me like a spicy-fruit jammy rose and cool jasmine bouquet-fragrance over the most enormous hit of fluffy, powdery, clean woody musks. There are no roses or jasmine in the notes list but even now that I’ve read the note list my nose is not getting the memo. Recently I smelled this on Anna-Maria’s husband Johnny and he smelled fabulous in it.

Chanel N°22 Chanel FragranticaFragrantica


Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Aldehydes, Lily-of-the-valley, Neroli
Heart: Jasmine, Rose, Ylang-ylang
Base: Vanilla, Vetiver

The big soapy, syrupy, fizz of CHANEL No 22 EdT that tramples the lily of the valley into plush and velvet submission. The sparkly, soft/sharp aldehydic scintillation which makes way for the hearts bouquet, still glittering but with a creamy and slightly fruity warmth. There is even a cool whisper of oily vetiver and incense through the heart that remains alongside the still extant aldehydes.


Mitsouko by Guerlain

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin, Neroli, Jasmine, Rose
Heart: Peach, Rose, Clove, Ylang-Ylang, Lilac, Jasmine
Base: Oakmoss, Labdanum, Patchouli, Benzoin, Vetiver, Cinnamon

Normally this space would be reserved for Shalimar but lately I have bought a lovely old EdT of Mitsouko and it has been getting quite a bit of skin time alongside some of my vintage parfum. Its fruity floral goodness undercut by a thick and resinous oakmoss base, creating a brilliant depth for the rest to sparkle above.

Mohur Neela Vermeire Creations FragranticaFragrantica

Mohur by Neela Vermeire Creations

Fragrantica, LuckyScent and Neela Vermeire Creations give these featured accords:
Top: Cardamom, coriander, ambrette (musk mallow), carrot seeds, black pepper, elemi oil
Heart: Turkish rose oil, Moroccan Rose Absolute (rose accords around 11%),  jasmine, iris/orris, aubepin (midland hawthorn), almond milk accord, leather, violet
Base: Sandalwood, amber, patchouli, oudh Palao from Laos, benzoin, vanilla, tonka bean

Mohair is my rose. Done in a batter of herbs, spices, resins and woods it creates a fabulous cloak of scent around me and fits like a glove. It’s hard to feel anything but regal when floating on such luxury.

Antaeus Chanel FragranticaFragrantica

Antaeus by CHANEL

Fragrantica lists the following accords:
Top: Lemon, lime, coriander, myrtle, clary sage, and bergamot
Heart: Thyme, basil, rose and jasmine
Base: Patchouli, castoreum, labdanum and oak moss

Citrus and herbs that open in what we’ve come to think of as men’s Woody Chypre style that dries down to a lovely leathery amber with a hefty dose of animal growling around. Mine is an older bottle but I think the modern is still very wearable.


What are you wearing this week?
Portia xx

22 thoughts on “Perfume I’m Wearing: October 2016

  1. The puppies are so cute and sweet. :-). I’ve been wearing Olivier Durbano Heliotrope, Mona di Orio Oud, Aedes Palissandre d’Or, Jo Malone Orris & Sandalwood and Frederic Malle Dans Tes Bras. It’s fall and I’m wanting cool woody stuff.


    • What a fabulous week TaraC,
      It’s like a perfumistas dream come true.
      How is the Olivier Durbano Heliotrope?
      Portia xx


  2. Have never smelled Mitsouko. No doubt it is beautiful. Love Shalimar. Mohur I’ve been longing to try. Sounds divine. Today I decided not to wear Salome by Papillon. Instead wore an older Kenzo Jungle L’Elephant and couldn’t stop sniffing my wrist.


    • Aha Lisilou,
      Kenzo Jungle L’Elephant is fabulous. I love it too. It is especially good in the heat for me. HUGE!
      Portia xx


  3. I love puppies! They grow up so fast. I’ve been wearing Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan, Arabie, Chergui, Daniel Josier Musk and Renier Perfumes Crystal Rain.
    Happy weekend to all of you!


    • Hi Lisette,
      The boys are nearly 2. Not really puppies, more like teenagers. They were desexed today and are a little shellshocked.
      I don’t know Daniel Josier Musk, is it yum?
      Portia xx


  4. Love to see happy puppies!
    Perfume week has been mixed…had to wash off Pacifica Spanish Amber, not in the mood.
    Sultan Pasha Incense was great but you have to wear this all day, it lasts forever!
    Cuir Beluga to work when I needed some moral support.
    And Sideris which I just love. And comes in 30ml size. Bonus.
    Enjoy your fur children!


    • Hey Jackie b,
      One of my big splurges was a lime green bee bottle of Cuir Beluga. it’s 2die4.
      Love those Maria Candida Gentile 30ml bottles. Did you ever try her Exultat?
      Portia x


  5. Your puppies are lovely! Good to see that you are enjoying them. Your perfume choices are great and I almost forgot that you have spring down there.
    Here it’s getting colder and rainy, the right time for PdN Cuir Cuba, VC&A Collection Extraordinaire Rose Velours and in the evening K de Krizia for a retro touch.


  6. Ah… Puppy times!
    My doggie is 12 this year; I’ll always cherish the memory of her as a silly kid in her very loose skin ❤
    This week I've been wearing Goutal Sables, Roja Dove Enslaved (decant), Guerlain Ambre Eternel (decant), Amouage Ubar, Xerjoff More Than Words (decant), Gucci Gucci (vintage, decant) and Escada Collection (decant).
    Have a great weekend, all!


    • heya Fanny,
      How much fun is it having young dogs? I do have an admission to make though, I miss being fur baby free. Dogs are a lot of work, especially initially.
      Great frag week for you, some seriously fabulous stuff. MMMM MMMMM
      Portia xx


  7. Hi Portia,

    Such a relaxed doggie!

    This week I am wearing Note Fragrances Blood Orange Chocolate, Peety, Pon Farr (well I just have to…), Basile Basile, Dusita La Douceur de Siam, vintage Fidji, Guerlain Terracotta and whatever else beckons! 🙂

    Azar xxx


  8. Hi Portia – babies are a lot of work, but cute. Cuteness squared! This week I’ve worn SL Un Lys, vero profumo Rozy extrait and Carnal Flower. And a tantalizing whiff of Eau de Cleaning Product as I try to get some parts of the house into better shape. ; )


  9. Haha Johnny wearing lovely….also he wore my Opium.
    The teenage puppies will eventually settle and it will great!!


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