Scent Diary 16 – 22.1.17




Hi Hi Fragrant Fumies,

I thought it might be fun to add a scent diary. Over at Muse In Wooden Shoes Mals86 has been doing one for years and I always love reading her updates and SOTDs. Now I’m not promising to write every single fragrant thing I wore because most weeks it’s testing 20 and wearing 10 for pleasure, so you’ll get a snapshot. This is a trial though so maybe it will continue or maybe it will bore me to shit.

Scent Diary 16 – 22.1.17

Monday 16:

Morning Jin & I went and fixed some lights at the Redfern flat that Kath lives in, 37C at 10.30am SHEESH. I wore Eau Parfumee au The Noir by Bulgari, a cool leather/tobacco/tea and has a deliciously dark quality.
All afternoon, and at Indian for dinner in Harris Park with one of Jin’s ex flames Paul, I wore Kai EdP. A surprisingly good choice even though I got a massive headache halfway through dinner. In the evening writing Trivia Q&A I still had Kai remnants so I drowned that in Atelier Cologne Tobacco Nuit which opened  very nicely but I totally ignored it in my Trivia immersion.
Finished writing Q&A about 3am and gave myself a lavish triple spritz of Armani Privé Cuir Amethyst, which resulted in blissful, languid sleep.

Tuesday 17:

So today is 41C (106F) and humid. Not my ideal weather but luckily Jin discovered that our A/C has a dry mode. It uses about 1/3 the energy of regular cooling A/C and makes the room feel 15 degrees cooler. A mate gave me 10ml of original Sables by Annick Goutal. Immortelle, pepper and tea? As I was wearing it I thought it must be tobacco and honey with some vetiver, goes to show how much I know.
In the early afternoon I spritzed a little Niki de Saint Phalle on my hand and enjoyed it beauty while having a cup of tea and writing blog posts, including one on the ease of its very own loveliness.
For work I chose the lavish, radiant white floral of Reem Acra. It’s easy to wear in the heat, smells fab. It smelled so good I wore it to bed too.

Wednesday 18:

We got to 42C (108F) today and it says humidity is under 30% but it feels way higher so I continued the Reem Acra. My Fundraising gig cancelled this morning. They told everyone else except me. Thank everything I eMailed to check details last night. So I’m spending the day blogging and doing the clothes washing. You can imagine the scene: I’m sitting at the desk in boxers spritzing and sniffing, breaking off regularly to go grab clean clothes to hang and fill the next cycle. TBH it’s very relaxing except for the sweat running down me in rivulets. Above is a pic of the fabulous laundry that Jin built in our apartment, small but really well planned and easy to use. The baskets are Top for whites, Middle for yellow, orange, red, purple, brown, Bottom for green, blue, grey, black. Reds are currently washing and about to hit the lines on the balcony.

Once Jin got home we took the dogs to my BFFs Mum & Dad’s house around the corner for a cooling swim, blessed relief. OMG! In this photo I look like Demis Roussos. After the swim I spritzed some Niki de Saint Phalle and Jin cooked dinner.
Before bed I lavishly applied Bombay Bling by Neela Vermeire Creations. So much fruity fun on open. I was asleep before the heart set in…..

Thursday 19:

Quiet day at home. For Christmas BFF Kath had Vegemite named for us. There are 4 large jars Jin, Seo, Portia & Turbo. This week I opened the first of the set TURBO! We have a sourdough loaf that I’ve been toasting for my Vegemite in the mornings. When people say it’s the little things, sometimes they’re right.
Morning I lavishly spritzed Monsieur Li by Hermès. Floating on a cloud of citrus and greenery. Perfect for our cooler weather today.
We had a drama today, Jin’s dog Jinx ate a poo bag full of poo. BLOODY HELL! Freaking out? You bloody bet I was/am.
My bath time bubbles were provided by Robert Piguet’s  Bandit Shower Gel and followed by Bandit fragrance for work. We had a full house, excellent night

Friday 20:

Walked the dogs in the AM and it is hot and sticky here already.
Going to lunch with Natalie from the now defunct AnotherPerfumeBlog so to brave the heat I’m wearing Geranium Pour Monsieur by Malle. It’s cool minty greenness will hopefully help me remain fresh in this fiery furnace. Sadly lunch got the can because Sydney decided to rain so I did some stuff around the house, paid bills, post office run, groceries etc

Geranium Pour Monsieur Frederic Malle Need refill
Jin came home and we had KFC in the lounge watching TV. I had a Korres Guava bubble bath and tonight I’m wearing Mandragore Pourpe by Annick Goutal. Its sweet minty fresh opening is deliciously green, spicy and tingly pepper/geranium heart and ambers warm base.

Saturday 21:

I was watching a British program on Netflix last night and into this morning. Lovesick. Compulsive viewing, I feel like they’re my mates and I’m watching them go through life & love drama. Anyway, 3.30am I go clean my teeth and can smell no fragrance upon my person so I grabbed Coup de Foudre by Parfums DelRae and spritzed like crazy. Fizzy roses and a greeny/yellow that I thought was narcissus but who knows…

Pedicure by myself today and I really enjoyed the tranquility. I think it’s only the second time in nearly a decade. I wore Eau Parfumée au Thé Noir by Bulgari, its smoky tea and woods were a perfect fit for the acrid bustle of the nail joint. Don’t you love my hairy Hobbit feet?
Update on Jinx the dog. Passed the poo bag in his poo today. Was NOT allowed a second go at it. ARGHHH.

For the afternoon I have had a boxed sample of Celestial Rose by Ramon Bejar on my desk for ages, since December 2014 when I was in NYC and Josie at OSSWALD gave it to me as a GWP. I finally tried it today and it’s a torn green branch and rose. A little bit Tea Rose by Perfumers Workshop.
For bed I spritzed vintage Madame Rochas EdC. A perfectly fresh yet cosy floral aldehyde bomb that was zinging along happily till I started the ZZZZZZZs

Sunday 22:

Original Agent Provocateur in the morning. Yep, I was a rose BOMB! with herbal sidelines. I would have SWORN that this had patchouli in it but nope.
Jin came home and slept through the day so I occupied myself with watching The Crown on Netflix. I know you’ve all seen it and that you’ve all told me but OMG what a fabulous series, I’m completely and utterly enthralled and madly in love with every character. HEAVEN!


Work tonight and I wore Madonna Truth or Dare. White flower extravaganza.

What a week, how was yours?
Portia xx

21 thoughts on “Scent Diary 16 – 22.1.17

  1. I love your writing, Portia. Always entertaining to read even if it’s about quiet things. One of my favorite columnists is Chris Erskine from the LA Times. You should give him a try! And yes, dogs will eat poo. So disgusting


  2. What fun to read The Adventures of Portia!
    Keeping a journal is a challenge, I started when I was 11, including the rivetting details of what I had for dinner etc. In boarding school I found the other girls reading my diary so started writing it in mirror writing a la Leonardo da Vinci.
    Keeping a record of perfume impressions seems like a good idea. Xxx


    • Hey JackieB,
      WOW! Really mirror writing? How fabulous.
      I on the other hand am thrilled when you all read my diary.
      Portia xx


  3. I emjoyed reading this Portia! What a week you had. I adore your laundry room. Thank God Jin’s dog is doing well. Have a great start to the week. Sandra xoxo


    • Hey Sandra,
      Yes, the laundry is so simple but works brilliantly, I’m lucky to have a handy partner.
      Jinx is a constant worry, very slow to learn. We have to give him a little extra attention to help him thrive.
      You have a lovely Rotterdam week.
      Portia xx


  4. It’s so interesting and funny 🙂 I love it that you share your private life with us. That’s what makes me feel we’re friends although we haven’t met (so far!). Fun details: “one of Jin’s ex flames”, “I look like Demis Roussos”, perfectly pedicured nails on “hairy hobbit feet” LOL. You can really make me laugh!
    Lucky you. It’s hot down there. I could use some of the heat around here. We’re freezing for weeks and I don’t like it at all.
    …and I must try Bombay Bling.


    • Hey Neva,
      We ARE friends. Cyber friends so far but that will be rectified, never fear. We were so close last year.
      Jin’s ex is a very sweet man who lives around the corner, he is smart and funny. I love hanging with him.
      As to the rest, glad to make you smile.
      You MUST try Bombay Bling, the ultimate drag queen perfume. Starts at Carmen Miranda hat and ends up lumberjack.
      Portia xx


  5. I was eating my lunch whilst reading – i did not like the bit about the eaten dog bag – urg! but sometimes that’s what happens when you have dogs!
    Loved the green toes though 🙂


    • Hey Pats,
      Hope you still enjoyed lunch and it wasn’t savoury mince. Yep, never had it happen before though; thank goodness.
      YAY! Glad you like my Kermit feet.
      Portia xx


  6. I’ve been poorly since Friday so no perfume for me but that made it extra nice to read about yours. I can imagine the minty note in Geranium pour Monsieur is perfect in the heat.
    You look fab in the pool!
    I hope you don’t get bored because these kind of posts are great.


    • OH NO Tara, all OK. Poorly? Is that a euphemism? Are you sick AF or really just poorly?
      PHEW! I’m so glad you enjoyed it because I’ve already started this weeks.
      Thanks for dropping by, get well.
      It’s only a month or so till we see you. YAY!
      Portia xx


      • “Just” my usual stomach pain. Had today off work but back in tomorrow. Thanks for asking.
        Looking forward to your next Scent Diary and I can’t believe it’s only a month till I see you guys again!!!


  7. A scent diary from Portia, what fun!! A delight to read, and I love the pics too.

    Dear departed Hayley Wigglebutt Dog ate a cow pat the first year we had her, and then redeposited it on the carpet at the top of the stairs. You get used to all sorts of disgusting messes when you’re taking care of children, but that particular mess, combining poop and vomit – I had to struggle to keep my own lunch down.

    You’re smelling lovely, of course. Love the green toes, looking forward to reading more. XO


    • Woo Hoo Mals86, You are the inspiration as I always read your Scent Diaries and love finding out about your life, your families triumphs and tragedies, the holidays and school stuff. That you came to have a look put a huge (how annoying that I can’t use that word without it becoming YUUUUGE in my head) smile on my face.
      Ate a cowpat BLEARGH & spewed it up. You are a strong stomached person indeed.
      Hope all is well where you are,
      Portia xx


  8. Love the sparkly green nail polish. Also, AP does not have patchouli?!? You could have knocked me over with a feather when I read that 🙂 Such a beautiful perfume.


    • Heya Nemo,
      Yeah, it’s weird I smell patchouli all the way through. Great frag, even though it has no patchouli.
      Portia xx


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