SOTD 27 November – 3 December 2017

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Portia

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Hi APJ,

I see these SOTD (Scent Of The Day) threads all the time on Facebook and they are really good conversation generators.

SOTD 27 November – 3 December 2017

The idea is you’ll chime in through the week with whatever scent you are wearing. You don’t need to be super knowledgable, have high faluting tastes or be a published author to comment. Just tell us what fragrance you’re wearing, smelling, buying etc.

You probably won’t have time to write every scent, every spritz but whenever you feel the mood take you share your current spritz and a few things about it. Maybe you love/loathe it, want it, are excited by the notes/bottle/SA who sold it: WHATEVER! As always here at APJ, taking sides never means taking offence and everyone keeps it respectful and light, even though we can sometimes trawl the depths.

Hopefully you will come back and see if anyone has responded to your comment and you can reply to them.

Over 100 responses I will draw a Scent Sample Pack (from my collection)
This week:

  1. Guerlain Vol de Nuit Evasion
  2. Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur
  3. Tauer Un Rose Chypree
  4. Rochas Madame Rochas (vintage)
  5. Mona di Orio Carnation

Comment purposefully on yours or anothers comment & you’ll have a chance, random.org will draw on Sunday.

LAST WEEKS WINNER!! Melanie

Please send me your address to portia _ turbo AT yahoo DOT com DOT au

Go To It Crew.
Portia xxx

133 thoughts on “SOTD 27 November – 3 December 2017

  1. Today we had a cooler spell and I ended up wearing Musc Ravageur. This is very classy, but I really think it’s just too vanilla-y and powdery for me. I’d go FB on a lot of the Malle line if I had the cash, but not this one.

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  2. Feeling like so many of my bottles are neglected, so another random.org selection from the spreadsheet row numbers. Annick Goutal Grand Amour EDP. The opening of this is a little sharp (maybe the lily, which is a tough note for me) but it very quickly becomes so beautiful. It needs to move to the front of the tray!

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  3. Today I’m wearing Cafe Tuberosa by Atelier Cologne. When I read about this on the blogs I was intrigued. But when I heard the notes list I wasn’t sure. It contains some notes I love and some I’m wary of. And when I sprayed it on a card at Sephora, I immediately thought “no way!” This isn’t going to work for me. But the nice SA made a sample for me, and I brought it home and wore it yesterday and today. It IS absolutely beautiful and intriguing, and I am in love! This is so good. I haven’t had much luck with this line before though my dealings with the company have been stellar. So I am very happy to have found one of their fragrances I love so much.

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  4. After shower applied my homemade vanilla bean body oil to which I added a touch of orange essential oil and sandalwood oil (I made this blend especially for an APJ commenter and will hopefully get it to the post to her today…

    and now, Mitsouko EDT…ten years ago I gifted away a half used bottle to a perfumista friend who absolutely adored it…now that I am wearing it again, I can see why!

    Hope everyone has a pleasant Monday.

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  5. Cuir de Russie today.

    I’m starting to get a little nervous about the less than 10ml remaining of old EDT (circa 2005). Any thoughts on the new EDP? Should I just grit my teeth and empty my wallet for the extrait instead? Is it glorious?

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    • Hey Crikey I have the same dilemma with my darling Bel Respiro. I only have about 10ml left and I’ve been slowly savouring it because I don’t know what will have been done to it in the reformulation to EDP. I think I would definitely want to try it before rebuying it.

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      • There often seem to be “fell off the back of a lorry” testers of Bel Respiro showing up on eBay, at least in the UK. Sometimes even the big 200ml ones. I’ve been stalking them for a while. Becauae while I love BR, it vanishes on me unless I drench myself, at which point it stays almost all day. So it makes it hard to consider paying full price for it. (I’ll probably hold out for duty free on the CDR, and really have to test the edp version first.)

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  6. Off for an early morning doctor appt. so didn’t want to stink out the office. Just wearing a discreet spritz of Guerlain’s Mandarin Basilic. I’ve just emptied my 2nd bottle of that and have been testing a couple of other similar ones before I buy a 3rd. In the running were Malle’s Bigarade Concentree (Adore but can’t afford given the lavish way I want to use it), Atelier’s Orange Sanguine (Very Good but something about it just gets irritating after a few hours) and Hermes Eau de Orange Vert ( Very Good but a tad too bitter for me, again I’m tired of it before it’s tired of me haha)
    so another bottle of Madarin Basilic it is!!

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    • I happen to like Orange Sanguine and don’t mind the irritating drydown..that initial blast is so worth it…have you tried any others from the Atelier line? I also like Cedrat Enivrant and others have written favorable about Clementine California..and given my sweet tooth I also like the one made initially for Canadians which I think Sephora now sells…its a citrus with a very sweet maple syrup note which I assume comes from immortelle…Citrus D”Erable I think is the name. Some of the large Ateliers sell for a very good price online so you could use them lavishly. There is also good old 4711. And I also recommend Berdoues Grand Cru Assam of India…incredibly refreshing with a nice sandalwood in the base.

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      • It’s so interesting how different perfumes hit different peoples like and dislike buttons isn’t it? I have a friend who’s absolute fav vanilla is Tauer’s vanilla flash, which I gave to her because while I love it initially, I can’t bear the sweet tobacco that comes out after awhile and of course it seems to come out much more on me than on her. Black Flower Mexican vanilla however, total opposite, she likes it, especially on me but on her after wearing for awhile there is a note that comes out that doesn’t work for her, yet we both really like Atelier’s Vanilla. Maybe one reasons there’s so many versions of essential the same them out there.

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      • Yes there is so much that can influence how a perfume can read on different skin…but I also find that the seasons factor in as well which is why I like to test things year round…and even perfumes that would appear to be for a certain season can come off as quite lovely and different in the opposite season that it is intended for.

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  7. VM Hedonist. I get a chuckle whenever I wear it. I got bit in the butt when I fell in love with Hedonist, after always saying I hate sweet perfumes. Oh well, joke’s on me, in a great way! dnem

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  8. I needed something beautiful and classic, so Chanel 1932 it is! This has the distinction of the only perfume my husband ever gave me (Christmas, two years ago)and I love it for that reason as well.

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  9. Thank you Portia for the prize! Great way to start the day.
    Today i’ve got a bit crazy – doing my own mix of L’Artisan Extreme Ambre, Al Oudh and Vanille. Its gonna be bit warm here in SA next few days but i struggle to pick past my spices.
    Oh, and last night i picked up, thanks to all the comments here some SJP Stash – cant wait to give it a proper turn!

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    • Hey Melanie,
      Got your email. Woo Hoo!
      L’Artisan Extreme Ambre and Al Oudh are two of my FBs from the line. Yummy.
      Portia xx

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  10. Today I was browsing through my drawer looking for something I haven’t worn for a while and I asked myself “What’s this little black box?”. It was my bottle of Andree Putnam Formidable Man, which I wore precisely once and then it disappeared into a dark corner. So now it gets its chance in the sunshine.

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  11. Late in the day post doctor and discreet Mandarin Basilic I went to total other way and drifted around in Taur’s L’DDM. Mmmmmm, so so so not discreet heh

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  12. Working from home, so today I get to wallow in a way more generous amount of Mitzah than would be kind to share on public transport and in an over-heated office.

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    • Mitzah is gorgeous…never should have been d/c 😦

      I would not mind at all being in an overheated office with anyone wearing Mitzah!

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    • I think it was Arielle Shoshana that observed a striking similarity between Malle’s Musc Ravageur and L de Lempicka, both being by Maurice Roucel and both exploring a common kind of warm vanilla, cinnamony goodness. Makes me wonder if you’d also like the Malle. I’ve run out of the bit of both I had but often go to bed in Givenchy’s Organza Indecence which has a similar orangey/vanilla,cinnamon thing going. Less subtle though, kind of hit you over the head with a big cinnamon stick kinda way

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      • Yes, there are similarities, namely the cinnamon as best as I can remember. L de Lolita is as rare as hen’s teeth now. Unless you want to spend fortunes on eBay. I should have stocked up when it was plentiful and relatively cheap.

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  13. Wearing Chanel Coco EDP today, the new stuff. I so wish I had some vintage right now. It’s still a pretty fragrance but so gutted compared to the original. Will have to see what I can find on eBay 🙂

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    • I agree. I tried current formulation in Sephora and it did not smell anything like I remembered my Coco to smell like from when I wore it in the 1990s. I was gifted a bottle when it was first released. Wish I hadn’t drained it!

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    • Hi Kandice,
      Yeah some of the heart has been ripped out but once the fragrance oxygenates you’ll find it gets more like, but not quite like, your original.
      Portia x

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  14. Aedes de Venustas Oeillet Bengale today. I love it, spicy carnation and I love wearing it and remembering the friend who brought it back for me from New York

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  15. Givenchy Ange ou Demon today – its gonna be stinky hot here today. Need something lighter than my usual choices. Oh, and icecream – i’ll need ice cream later today!!!

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  16. Today I’ve spoiled myself and dug out my original Hermès Eau de Cologne, the forerunner of Eau d’Orange Verte, one of my favourites. There’s very little left and it’s in a dab bottle, so it is a rare and fleeting pleasure.

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  17. Berdoues Grand Cru Collection Oud al Sahraa…my untrained nose smells very little oud…this is a jammyish, rose, resin, myrrh concoction that dries down powdery and I love it…bought it as a gift for a family member who left it behind when she went off to college…more for me to steal 🙂 ….and the bottle is stunning , IMHO, and so affordable discounted online…I think I paid $60 for 100ml……

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      • and the woman that cleans our offices says she always loves coming into my room because it always smells so good….:)

        that made my day!!!

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    • Chocolate Marzipan, i just looked up this one on Frangratica – what a stunning bottle. And it got some lovely reviews. Gorgeous designs in the Grand Cru range. On the wish list it goes!

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      • I have four full bottles at home (only one “technically” belongs to me) and I have sampled all but the last three new releases. It is a beautiful line with beautiful bottles (I want them all!) and very versatile and appealing. If you have any questions about them, give a shout out!

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  18. Went out sniffing today and am COVERED in scent. I think there might be 12 or even 15 different scents on me.
    TRES fragrant.
    Portia xx

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  19. Rodrigo Flores-Roux has created some of my favorite fragrances so when I discovered that he is the perfumer of the new (only) Mexican niche line Xinu perfumes, I had to try some. Today it’s OroNardo. So far, so good!

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      • Hi SonomaVelvet. I was browsing Luckyscent and the bottles caught my eye so I checked them out. Rodrigo Flores-Roux is the perfumer and since he created Arquiste Flor y Canto and Ella, both of which I love, I added a couple of Xinu samples. OroNardo is lovely but may be too short-lived. Copala is the other one. Sniffing it from the wand in the vial, it might be a resin I actually like. The resin is obvious and after a while,I sniff something I really like but am not familiar with, maybe mesquite? I will try it on skin later tonight. Fingers crossed.

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  20. Today i’m on board the Different Co Oriental Lounge! Was going to do Commes Des Garcons Kyoto but thought it might be a bit sharp for another toasty day here. Cool weather coming for weekend so Kyoto can get a run then.
    I’m enjoying Oriental Lounge this second try – will see how it lasts during the day.

    Reading everyones posts and there are so many lovely perfumes i’ve never heard of – how do you find such stuff? (Possibly location & population driven for choices).Think the boss to a meeting soon so i’ll be googling a few more 🙂

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    • I forgot to answer your question- I find lots of new perfumes through reading blogs (like APJ). Also, local stores carry some of the brands I like (such as Pacifica which I pick up at my health food store). and every opportunity I get I pop into Sephora and pick up free samples to try the new releases at home.

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  21. I have the remnants of JO Malone LE Ginger Biscuit on my robe from last night which I spray tested before giving to a younger family member for her 18th bday. She is going to love it, as it is very similar to her favorite perfume, Dame Perfumery Black Flower Mexican Vanilla.

    For today I will go with Pacifica’s Mexican Cocoa as now I am craving something sweet.

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    • and now that I am wearing it I realize that I smell like my name-LOL! there are almond notes in this one, as well as spices…a very very lovely cocoa indeed…such a shame it was d/c. 😦

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  22. Random pick for today is Annick Goutal Vanille Exquise. (I will admit to shifting the pick by one. Quel Amour! originally came up but in my experience it doesn’t suit me on work days- I start to dance around with my preschoolers and it becomes too much. So I took the next row instead, cheating!)

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  23. Started out the day in Jo Malone Bluebell. I forgot about that one, I like it, it always makes me think of a shady cool space out of the heat of the day somewhere. Of course it wore off just in time for me to receive 2 packages from Dame. YiPPEEEEE. I’m now wafting Gardenia on one side…oh my, I could just glide on up to heaven sniffing this one, and the Tuberose on the other side. Not sure about the Tuberose yet. I like it, but right now anyway, the Gardenia…. oh the Gardenia!

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  24. Rockin’ all of my CdG Incense Kyoto sample today. I think I like it better than Avignon. Its not super powerful but getting a few wafts as i move around the office. Might be bit cool in here so will see how it goes when i get outside. It will get onto the re-order list for a slightly bigger decant. Tis very possible a few perfume surprises will be in my letter box when i check tomorrow how exciting! enjoy your weekends everyone!

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  25. Today I wore the well cracking Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling. At least I did for five minutes, until it disappeared. I so wish that this lovely scent had more legs.

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  26. Neglected rollerball of Marchesa Parfum d’Extase. I like the floral notes but overall it’s a little too clean for me. Probably why it’s neglected!!

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  27. Wearing SSS Fig Tree today. So pretty. I always say it’s my favorite fig although I really haven’t tried many. If anyone can recommend some, it would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Hey Kandice,
      NVC Ashoka, Mugler Womanity, Diptyque Philosykos and L`Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier are my faves.
      Portia xx

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    • Kandice,
      I have Fig Tree and Philosykos. The Fig Tree is greener, but I love both. I think I have tried the L’Artisan but perhaps before I discovered a love for the Fig note, so will need to retry.

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  28. Sorry, where did summer go?

    Today I am wearing my sample of Amouage Reflection Man. I think this is a very uncharacteristic scent for this house; I mentally associate Amouage with incense, much as I associate Montael with oud.

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  29. Parfums DelRae Wit today. I love this scent, so very pretty, I just wish it lasted longer. I always spray my shirt up high on my chest and that seems to keep the scent longer than on my skin.

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  30. Eau d’Italie’s Paestum Rose today
    . Funny I have a few perfumes that could almost doppelgänger each other. This one and Malle’s POL and Tauers’ Incense Rose. All Big Roses with Incense, all gorgeous but they all seem to sing their own song to me and today is Paestum yeah

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  31. SOTD is Parfums de Nicolai Sacrebleu Intense. Nothing random about today’s choice… it was calling my name. Anyone else a fan? I’m a sucker for anything spicy/ambery.

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  32. vintage Cuir de Russie extrait. c1960?

    o.m.f.g.

    It took me three days to get the bottle open: it was locked solid on the ground glass stopper, with dried up perfume gluing it shut. I spent three days feeling thwarted, and guilty for wasting money buying a perfume I’d never get to smell. Horrible luck.

    And then it finally popped open. I was so surprised I almost dropped it.

    A dinky 7.5ml bottle, almost completely full. It was so entirely sealed up there’s been no evaporation. 45 quid. Aye, not bad luck after all. Brightest spot in a tough week.

    It’s heavenly.

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  33. I’m wearing vintage Antaeus today. It’s very hard to date Chanel bottles without the box, but this is either 2012, 2003, 1995 or 1987. I think the first and last are the least likely, but who knows, really? Whatever, it’s good but the wife didn’t like it.

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