Scent Diary 23 – 29.1.17




Hey Crew,

Welcome to week two of Scent Diary. Really it’s a meandering wander with me through my life with scented asides. Hopefully you like this shit, sorry ’bout it if you don’t.

This week has been fun and mildly hectic. Come along for the ride.

Scent Diary 23 – 29.1.17

Monday 23:

Jin was on night shift last night and when he got home this morning, unusually, he woke me up and I couldn’t get back to sleep so I bumped out of bed and started getting stuff organised. One spritz of Cacharel Liberté to give me a zingy citrus wake up. Very nice.

In the mail today were a bunch of Neela Vermeire Creations 15ml Take Twos. Trayee, Mohur and Ashoka came to be shared. I love the idea of having 15ml travel bottles and my ones will be coming on the South Pacific Cruise next week. Best thing about the Take Twos is that I can buy one for me and one to share. Luckily I have a mate in Europe who can send my stuff across (Thanks V!) but they are available from LuckyScent who ship worldwide.
Went to visit an old work buddy who is now managing a hotel within a group. He has expressed interest in having Turbo Trivia so I took him some info and fingers are crossed that we get a few of the pubs on a weekly basis.

Then Jin & I went for Yum Cha, you can tell he is pretty happy because he just spotted the Battered & Deep Fried Crispy Tentacles. They are his absolute favourite. He’s bloody easy to keep happy really.
Monday night writing the weeks Trivia Q&A I wore the original Lolita Lempicka EdP. Sweet liquorice cotton candy. It’s a great fun wear.

Tuesday 24:

At 3.19am I finally finish writing Trivia Q&A. I’m going to heavily spritz Liberté by Cacharel and hit the fart sack. Jin’s already 4-5 hours of Zs ahead.

Up at 8am to walk the dogs because they were whinging at the door and I didn’t want to clean up doggie accident. Respritzed Liberté because it’s so comfortable, I’m nearly halfway through my second 75ml bottle. Even this early, got home from our walk about 8.45am, the sun is ferocious and I could feel myself burning. Note to self, wear sunscreen for extended walks.
Scott came today and we went frag shopping with Jin. Woo Hoo! Found a Tester bin with some excellent stuff. Grabbed a 30ml Mitsouko, 50ml JPG Fragile EdT, 50ml JPG Classique, 100ml Lolita Lempicka Eau Masculine and 100ml Emporio Armani She all for about AUD$70.

To celebrate Jin took us all to Hawa, our favourite Middle Eastern Chicken Shop in Granville. It is the yummiest chicken and comes with tour, pickles, chips and flat bread. We scoffed it down.

Tonight for work I wore Magie Noire by Lancome. Not quite sure of its age but it’s a lovely chypre that feels fuzzy and firry yet cool & sophisticated. Very elegant. MMM
They had special Peking Duck Pancakes for Chinese New Year at the bistro tonight and they were bloody delicious. We had a really busy night too with 74 people playing.

Wednesday 25:

I love Jin’s days off, especially when I have a day free too. As we left the house I dabbed some vintage Chloe extrait and Jin triple spritzed Bombay Bling by Neela Vermeire Creations.
We jumped on a bus to Parramatta and Jin organised his new credit card and savings account. He’s trialling a new bank because we are thinking of moving.

It also became haircut day with both of us getting sharp new dos.

After that on the train we went to town to meet one of our besties for lunch. Indian and Guylian chocolate were on the menu, Jin had ramen. Afterwards we dropped into Hermès tie shopping and I drenched myself in Hermès Equipage Geranium which was really good but I can’t really remember it because we were busy.
Tonight our friend Latai came over for Pizza and Tomorrowland movie with George Clooney, it was a fabulous idea put poorly into action.
Now it’s bed time and I’m going to drench myself in Annick Goutal Songes.

Thursday 26:

Australia Day here in Oz. I’m ambivalent about this celebration. It’s the day the English arrived and stole the continent from its rightful owners and the Aborigines have not fared well in our ensuing takeover, so I feel bad for them. It’s also a day to celebrate my homeland, one of the most beautiful, interesting and diverse countries geographically in the world. I love our flora and fauna, yes even the deadly stuff, and our climate.
Celebrating fragrantly I am wearing loads of Australian Independent Perfumery, Vanille Tonique by Evocative Perfumes. Sweet amberish vanilla with a dry core, very nice. Wears well on a super hot summers day.

Had a Shalimar Bubble Bath and thought I was spraying Shalimar parfum afterwards but it was Mitsouko by Guerlain. That was perfect for work and I got two lovely compliments but when I got home I headed straight for the Shalimar EdP by Guerlain and went crazy.

Friday 27:

This morning, inspired by a comment on Perfume posse, I am luxuriating in wafts of Nuit de Tubereuse by L’Artisan. Why don’t I wear this more often. While I’m fully BWF fragrant I’m replying on APJ and Perfume Posse. About to start packing and sending the fragrances that have been sold this week on FaceBook. All up 51 sold in my cull! Amazing.
Spending a little time today while eating left over Pizza watching The Expanse on Netflix. I like it.
For dinner Alice & I snuck off to the Ryde/Eastwood Leagues Club to have Peking Duck. Best In Sydney. EXCEPT it’s fricken Chinese New Year, booked out and Set Menu. So we went to Billus Indian in Harris Park which was bloody ripper: service, food, outdoors in the evening cool. Heaven. We had samosas, pakora, some spicy capsicum chicken dish and aloo mutter with gravy. After Alice had mango kulfi and I had a mango lassi.

My dinner fragrance was Eau Parfumee au The Noir by Bulgari. It’s smoky tea and wood was the perfect accompaniment to our adventure. By the end of dinner though I needed a respritz so Lys Soleia by Guerlain came out. After a long summer day the creamy jasmine and ylang blend with a my man sweat to create a salty seaside scent.


Saturday 28:

Chinese (ALL of Far East Asia really) New Year and Jin is eating Rice Cake Soup to celebrate. I spritzed Sushi Imperiale by Bois 1920 to feel part of it all.

For a 40th birthday gig tonight I wore Samsara vintage extrait & EdT. Perfectly gorgeous creamy sandalwood bomb. I wish I had a photo. It was a backyard gig and they’d built a stage & hired a microphone setup but forgotten lighting and proper sound equipment. The sound was quiet and muffled but the crew came to the rescue and sang the choruses of Carpenters On Top Of The World and Marcia Hines Ain’t Nobody. The birthday boy was super stressed but it all went off splendidly with only minor hiccups.

Sunday 29:

DUMPLINGS!! Breakfast at Din Tai Fung in Chatswood with one of my longest and dearest friends Eve and her daughter. I wore Monsieur Li by Hermès again because it fits with Chinese New Year, wears beautifully in the heat and smells great on. Then we had a little wander around the shops. It was a perfectly lazy start to the day. How great are Jin & Evie in this shot? Check the peacock wallpaper too.

Bath time at Chez Turbo. Today I was in a cool bath with B&BW Sensual bubbles. Nothing sensual about it, it’s a sizzling fruitchouli concoction that is halfway between Mugler Angel and Cacharel Liberté. Smells excellent and fun.

Started a Sample & Decant using week so my first to go was the whole vial of Rubris Rose by DSH Perfumes. Review to follow.

So there’s my week in review. Anything exciting happen for or around you?
Portia xx

26 thoughts on “Scent Diary 23 – 29.1.17

  1. I enjoyed your week very much. Good perfume and good food – can it get any better?…oh yes, there’s the cruise coming soon 🙂
    Enjoy your Neela Vermerire perfumes. I still couldn’t try out Bombay Bling.
    Your picture from the bathing tub is the best I’ve seen in a looooong time! You look fantastic! It could make a cover photo in any respectable magazine.


    • Hey Neva,
      So glad you enjoyed the week. It was fun living it and bringing not to you.
      I think you won something this week on the blog, if it’s from me I’ll pop in a BB sample.
      Taking a photo in the bath is one of my fave pastimes. They say the camera never lies but sometimes it captures me looking so nice that its makes me giggle at the mendacity.
      Portia xx


  2. Hey Portia
    Your week is way more social than mine! It has been so hot, 42 degrees on Australia Day which means I take the dogs out early and then hide!
    Wore Ashoka decant this week in anticipation of a bottle arriving soon, kindness of friends!!
    Also Ambre Eternel got an airing last night to a play at the Perth Fringe Festival.
    Today was Lolita Lempicka, no particular reason, just smells nice.Love your bath photo!


    • Hey JackieB,
      So the drama is always do I go see my friends or do I stay huddled in front of the computer, kindle, book or TV at home. Thing is, if I don’t take myself out to see everyone then I miss them all like crazy.
      SNAP on the Lolita Lempicka, such a fun scent. So fizzy and pretty.
      Portia xx


  3. Hey Portia!
    What a fun & fabulous week. Wish I could have joined you for some of it. I’ve been feeling very sorry for myself after a dermatology treatment on my nose & cheeks last Wednesday. Trying to correct the side effects of growing up in Aus! So I’ve not been able to go outside for 5 days while the worst of the treatment settles. It’s been very painful, red and raw, so to cheer myself up I’ve been wearing some cologne samples from La Manufacture, nice fresh and sparkling.
    Hope to see you soon!
    xxxx Tina


    • Hey Tina,
      I keep meaning to call you and forgetting. SORRY! I will tomorrow.
      Poor thing. I was dermabraded as a teen and had to stay inside the house covered in Thalgo slime for 5 days. I know kind of what you’re going through.
      Heal buddy.
      Portia xxx


  4. Great post. You know how to have fun-love the food aspect. Last time I had Peking Duck pancakes was in San Gabriel (LA) about 20 years ago. I still think about it! Please wear a hat when you go on the dog walks 💕


    • Hi there ClaudiaS,
      Peking Duck is one of my favourite dishes. You need to go and have it again. 20 years is too long.
      Hat is a great idea.
      Portia xx


  5. Wonderful. When you are wearing some great & pleasant perfume then definitely the hunger for a good meal increases. SO your week was full of perfumes & mouth-watering meal. hahahaha.


    • Yes, well I’m always up for a good meal. Jin prefers to eat out even though we are both excellent cooks. I like the non prep or clean facets of eating out too.
      Portia xx


  6. Brilliant bargains, super cute hair-cut on Jin and nice arty shot of you in the bath. Lots of great perfume and food too. Hope you get the pub gig.


    • Hey Tara!
      Thanks for dropping by. Great to see you, as always.
      Fingers crossed for the new gigs.
      Portia xx


  7. Hi Portia! I enjoyed reading about your week and seeing all the pictures. You pack a lot of perfume variety, friendship and food into your life! My perfume diary for last week is not nearly so interesting but I smelled great. During the days I wore either Parfum d’Empire Tabac Tabou (swoon) or L’Artisan Parfumeur Passage d’Enfer. At night I’d vary it a little more, testing a few samples but otherwise I’ve enjoyed wearing familiar winter favorites day after day. The upcoming week may also feature Byredo 1996 in the mix.

    Have a terrific week!


    • Hi there SuzyQ,
      Tabac Tabou and Passage d’Enfer are super cool kid frags. I bet you smelled amazing in them
      Enjoy your Byredo, thanks for the reminder I have a couple that need spritzing.
      Portia xx


  8. Happy Chinese New Year! Great new haircuts for you both, and I am also jealous of all the good food you’ve been eating. It’s been pretty cool weather-wise in Northern California, so I’ve been wearing a lot of cuddly rose perfumes (Tauer Rose Oil plus Papillon Tobacco Rose), as well as 5 o’clock au gingembre. Both no brainer perfumes, and the Tobacco Rose is from a sample that I think I may be in love with 🙂


    • Thanks Nemo, Happy CNY to you too.
      5 O’Clock au Gingembre is my favourite Serge Lutens. So wearable and comfortable. Goes on strong and then whispers through the day.
      Portia xxx


  9. Thanks for your diary – fragrance And food, yum yum! That bath picture shot cannot have been a selfie, surely? Excellent! In the fire prone Victorian forest I remind myself that I can wear fragrance just for me! On a big city visit a week ago I snagged Hermes D’Orange Vert, Ma Griffe and Quartz partly used testers at silly prices. Ever since I have been spritzing citrus and green. 😉


    • Hey Bernadette,
      Yes, a bath selfie. I know = narcissist.
      Oooh, lucky you with the cheap scores of fab frags. Nice trio, though I don’t know the Quartz.
      Portia xxx


  10. Loved reading about your week. I think, I equally enjoyed perfumed and non-perfumed bits. My only “complaint” is that there is not a single dog picture in the set 🙂


  11. The highlight of my week in scent had to be the two bottles of vintage Chanel I found in an antiques market last Saturday. A pretty much full 200 ml bottle of vintage Pour Monsieur and an about 10-20% full 200ml bottle of A Gentleman’s Cologne. Very exciting. I have now embarked on a week of Chanel-wearing to celebrate.


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