Scent Diary: 27.11 – 3.12.2017




Hello Australian Perfume Junkies,

It’s heating up here in Sydney. Summer has arrived and this year it’s showing us a very humid face. Not horrible but it will take a couple of weeks to get used to.

Jin has been around the house sick so the upside of that is we get to hang together. Obviously the downside is that everyone turns into a 5 year old when they’re sick.

Scent Diary: 27.11 – 3.12.2017

Monday 27:

Woke up on my own time at 9.30am, fed and walked the dogs then made myself a big glass of 50/50 pomegranate juice & water. Excellent start to the day. Dabbed some modern Gres Cabochard parfum on this morning so leather has ben my jam for today.

Jin is home today and working tonight. It was a very pleasant surprise to have him around the house while I did the laundry and Trivia invoicing. We went on a quick grocery shopping trip and he cooked up a load of meals for the week. Brown rice, fried Tofu, steamed Bean Sprouts. Not really my thing but he is currently combating his fatty liver and we are trying to save a few dollars extra so we can travel lavishly in 2018.

It was a calm, lazy, productive day; beautifully warm and humid. The dogs spent most of the day on their beds indoors. They love it when Jin’s watching TV or one of us is cooking. They just lay there and sleep, occasionally looking up to make sure we are still around.

This afternoon, instead of working, I watched MiB II & III. Last week I’d caught a rerun of the original and it was so fun I wanted to enjoy the others. Excellent binge.

IUNX Splash Forte, Olivia Giacobetti’s under the radar incense masterpiece. Why the hell is it not the most talked about incense of all time?

TRIVIA Q&A. Guerlain’s Mitsouko EdT. Woo Hoo. I smell amazing.

Tuesday 28:

It’s 5am and I woke up to go to the toilet. While I was there Jin came home from work, so now I’m wide awake. Better finish my Trivia Q&A. A sneaky spritz of Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Ma Folie de Noel. Spicy citrus and milk.

Back to bed till 9.50am. OOOPSIE! I was supposed to have the dogs fed and walked before Scott arrived at 10. Oh well, he arrived and we walked them together. Then we office worked, went to the Post Office and Bank, did some decanting and had lunch.

Then dyed my beard, jumped into a L’Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons bubble bath and spritzed with Serge Lutens Datura Noir.

Went to have a nap and just as I was drifting off the bloody phone rang. Now I’m wide awake. GRRR! Smell amazing though.

It’s bloody hot here, sticky for getting into drag. I keep sweating. A good deal less glam in the warmer months.

Work was busy, we had a great time. Someone even commented how much they loved my Datura Noir! YAY!

Watching Netflix The Punisher. Pretty good

Before bed, Gres Cabochard parfum. Yeah, I’m worth it. He He he. smells fabulous.

Wednesday 29:

Up early (for me). Fed & walked the dogs, organised my backpack, jumped a bus and off on a big day out with friends. Fragrance? Vintage Miss Dior parfum. Yes, I smell like a million $$$.

Jumped a bus and a train to town and walked across the domain to the NSW Art Gallery where Lisa and I did the 11am gallery highlights tour. After, we went to the Mapplethorpe exhibition and did the midday tour. Both our guides were erudite and added so many extra titbits, some of then salacious scandal and others more to do with technique or timeframe. Two wonderful hours appreciating and learning. We then needed refreshment so swanned down to the Members Lounge where Lisa treated me to lunch.

We wandered back to the heart of Sydney for coffee and dessert in the David Jones Food Hall and then wandered the halls looking for fragrance and beauty. We swished over to Myer and Mecca (where I made my only purchase, the Diptyque Christmas Travel Set). Throughout the 4 hours of meandering we smelled maybe 50 or 60 scents and I think I ended up with 15 of them upon my person. It was a splendid effort and we both had a great time.

Then we coffeed and juiced, finding out that Same Sex Marriage had gone through the Senate with a YES vote and Monday it will go through the House Of Representatives. Fingers crossed. I admit we had a little cry. One of our days visual highlights was noticing that the Westfield Christmas Trees were GUM TREES! So good.

Then dinner with my frag friend Tim. He’s excellent company and we nattered away a couple of Burger filled hours. Laughing, sniffing and having fun.

Back home on a train and bus and walked the dogs. I’m BUSHED!

Jin had cooked a huge lot of roast pork and crackling. Seriously enormous. So much that I took some to BFF Kath’s Mum & Dad and another lot to Wendy, my trivia mate. You have NO IDEA how well he does it. The crackling is crunchy and mainly incredibly easy to chew, he buys and makes extra. There are a few super crunchy bits too which are my favourite. I feel like Rockbiter from The Never-Ending Story. The pork is moist, melt in your mouth delicious tenderness. For someone who grew up never knowing the joys of roast pork Jin has taken to it like a duck to water.

I’d like to take a moment to apologise for my lack of photos today. We were having WAY too much fun to spoil the moments with photos. So while it’s true that I’ve let you all down a bit, it was imperative that I live in the moment today and just float along.

Thursday 30:

Divine EdT

HOT here in Sydney, sweating.

Ran around all morning doing errands, had lunch at home with sick Jin who has tonsillitis AGAIN!

A card from Tara of A Bottled Rose arrived. HAPPY DANCE! I love postcards.

Bathed in Bath & Body Works Rainkissed Leaves, Jacomo Silences PdT to cool me down.

For work I put OODLES of Thierry Mugler Womanity on. It was a perfect heat beater and a few of the players at trivia mentioned how good it smells. YAY!

Vintage CHANEL Pour Monsieur for bed. HEAVEN!

Friday 1:

The humidity, even as early as our morning dog walk, is equatorial monsoon levels. Yet still I manage to be sweating buckets as I sit and type this. The CHANEL is still humming around softly but I need some coolant. Niki de Saint Phalle EdT to the rescue. It’s cooling, dry bones, arctic wash is exactly the refresher I need.

Jin has added a hacking phlegm filled cough to his tonsillitis. Poor little fucker. He’s on the couch with food and juice, out for the count.

Today is my only proper day off this week and next. I’m going to spend it getting myself ready for the week, catching up on eMail backlog that I’ve been ignoring since Tuesday and getting the blog and Trivia Q&A started for next week. Trivia first.

So Jin and I booked Anna-Maria, Scott and my Paris adventure Korean Air Tickets today. Also found five choices for Air BnB places to stay, now they get to choose which one they like best. It’s getting VERY fricken real right now. YAY! We are off to Paris in APRIL!

7.30pm and I’m feeling sweaty and unglamorous. The day has been wasted looking for Paris shit and I’ve hardly done a thing for REAL work. GRRR! Going to have a quick, cool bath and come back to the desk refreshed.

Nope, had dinner, walked dogs. It’s now 11pm and I’m about to start Trivia Q&A. What a wasted day.

It was nice to hang with sick old Jin though and watch some TV with him. We did go to Bunnings and get a replacement shower cord and come home and fix it, so not a whole day wasted.

Went to bed scentless, didn’t put any on after my bath. Needed a rest.

Saturday 2:

At around 1am I finally got to work and did half my Trivia Q&A.

Slept late. 10.30am I slumped up to feed the dogs and walk them. Jin was uncomfortably unwell so I slept on the couch under the ceiling fan. I keep forgetting to bring the pedestal fan up from the garage to put in the spare room. It needs some air movement to be comfortable in summer.

Diptyque 34 this morning. So smooth and comfortable. A slightly green white floral with lovely resinous underlay. Perfect warm weather fare.

After a HOT bath I headecstraight for the Hermès Monsieur Li. It’s oily citrus both balm and coolant.

Tonights gig was an eighties inspired Christmas Party for Seasonal Concepts. A design crew just outside the heart of Sydney in Redfern. I’ve known Ken the proprietor for decades and he regularly gets me in to be the Door Bitch because when I say Invitation Only everyone gets the point quickly. I went as Crystal Meth-Carrington and had a ball. I wore Yves Saint Laurent Opium Poesie de Chine, a summer version of the 1980s classic.

My BFF Kath picked me up from the gig and I went and had coffee with her and chatted for an hour before jumping in my car and zooming home to poor sick baby Jin.

It was late so I had a little bread roll with the last of the pork & crackling and some salad. Delicious!

Then I came to the computer to do blog stuff and now I’m ready for bed. I’m going to spritz some more Opium Poesie de Chine and then hit the hay. NIGHT!!

Sunday 3:

The dogs seemed especially pleased to see me this morning, we wandered a few blocks in the early humid heat and headed home. By the time we got there sick Jin was up and rumbling around the apartment coughing like a person with a very bad chest cold. Poor little man. I’m feeding him the Korean team and he has a backlog of heat in the microwave Congee (a thick rice soupy thing he loves and is full of goodness)

Rita, one of my mates (a stellar fundraiser, helper, organiser) is getting Christmas Hampers together for the less fortunate. She’s doing a drive to get food and small gifts together so people with less will have a little more. I raided my collection of hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners and body lotions (perfect size for homeless), grabbed all my unwanted gifts and went shopping for some food. With $110 I was able to get a selection of Tinned vegetables, Twinings 10 pack teas, Biscuits, Chocolates, Sanitary pads and Tampons, Crisps and Nuts. I know that the crew will be mainly buying super healthy stuff but this is a Christmas Hamper, there needs to be some slightly luxurious fun stuff.

Bath in L’Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons and wearing Hermès Rouge again. Cool, sharp rose, creamy ylang and the insistent green snap of myrtle create something very different to anything else in my collection. Perfect to cut through the humidity.



It’s YOUR turn. What’s happening in your world?

Did you do anything Fun or Fragrant, with Friends and Family or maybe even had some less than Fabulous news you want to share? Now’s the time, in the comments below.
We love to read what’s happening to YOU.
Portia xx

24 thoughts on “Scent Diary: 27.11 – 3.12.2017

  1. Love Niki and so happy to see it mentioned!
    Good news is the middle Chocolate Marzipan got into an extremely competitive program at a state college that is affordable so we are over the moon about that! Two in now (same school) and one more to go! That means I am on a tight budget for the next six years-LOL! time to seek out cheaper perfume alternatives! (looking at you AVON)……


    • Hey CM,
      Nah, you now have 6 years to completely use up your stash of perfume. I bet you’d still have some left over. If you start running short I’ll send you a care package.
      Isn’t Niki the bomb. Like a laid back, fun loving CHANEL No 19.
      Portia xx


  2. Ha Crystal Meth Carrington! so funny Portia.

    Thank you Portia for doing the Air B & B research for apartment in Paris xx

    I finished my two Rive Gauche 2003 bottles,so I bought a new one about a month ago at Chemist Warehouse 100ml, this will be my 4th bottle, so I must like it!


    • Anna-Maria,
      Scott is also a Rive Gauche aficionado. You should ask him to bring you a vintage one to try. It’s still good but the vintage will blow your mind.
      PARIS is coming!
      Portia xx


    • Hey Kate,
      The whole IUNX line is incense heavy, though heavy is totally the wrong word for them. I bet you’ll love the range.
      Portia xx


  3. Poor Jin, I sympathize having just recovered after a 6 week battle with a nasty throat and lung infection. Hope he feels better soon!

    It’s been quiet here, was finally able to return to my yoga classes which was very good for me. Next week I will get out on the bike again, have not ridden in over two months so it’s going to be just short rides to start.

    The weather is perfect and we went to the local xmas parade last night under the beautiful moon. Life is good.


    • OH NO TaraC,
      SIX weeks! You must have been climbing the walls.
      Glad to read you’re back to what you love. Good luck with the biking.
      Life is indeed good for us lucky few.
      Portia xx


  4. It was a super hot week in Melbourne, so mainly soft fragrances for me so as not to over power me in the heat – Mor Marshmallow, Sohum Powder Rose, very light on this week. The weekend brought the deluge and cool change so I was able to get back to some serious fragrances with ease of wea, the highlight being Miss Dior Originale for a family luncheon at a modern Greek restaurant on Sunday.
    I did a wonderful full day’s workshop on Coloured Pencil Art run by one of Australia’s leading coloured pencil Artists. It was brilliant ! I’m hoping to apply the techniques I learned to my fashion Illustrations.
    Seriously loving the blonde Marilyn style hair do Portia .


    • Hey Melissa,
      You are a fashion designer? That’s what I studied and briefly worked in till realising how tough it was. So glad you like the blonde!
      Pencils have retaken the stage, that’s some seriously good marketing. From a nothing product to this decades must have, extraordinary.
      Nice frag selection, you smelled beautiful.
      Portia xx


      • Part fashion maker, part English teacher.
        Currently not working, I’ve chosen to be a stay at home mummy and totally love it 😊
        I have a home studio for my fashion and sewing work and work8ng on an Etsy shop.
        My website is
        Check it out 🌹💝


  5. oh no! Hope your darling Jin is feeling better today. My daughter started a cold on Friday and is worse today. It’s likely her illness is peaking and will be gone soon enough.

    Loved all your photos of people and perfumes. Your Cabochard is so beautiful. It’s one of a very few perfumes I covet for the pretty bottle alone. The gorgeous scent inside makes it doubly appealing.

    I had to step away from my perfumes for the past few weeks. Life can get in the way of the finer things, rather abruptly at times. As of Friday I’m back to wearing at least two scents a day. Today it’s Theorema and the new-ish Papillon Dryad. These scents have a lot of contrast but similar presence. I’m reminded of siblings who have similar charisma, but one is a sumptuous redhead wearing golden orange, the other is a minx-y brunette in forest green.


    • Hey Tiffanie,
      Good luck with your sickie baby. Jin is still sound asleep at 10.30am this morning, so healing.
      Cabochard is YUM! The bottle is definitely part of its charm. Wish it had a pump action though so I could get more on me.
      Great descriptions. Dryad! WOW!
      Portia xx


  6. What a busy week you had. Love the Crystal Meth Carrington!
    I had a chest infection and still on antibiotics and steroids, just horrible in this heat and humidity. But it’s getting better.
    Were on earth did you find modern Cabochard Parfum? I’ve been searching the whole country and can’t find any.


    • Oh Ingrid, Get well darling. How bloody terrible, spring colds suck cocks.
      The Cabochard was a FaceBook files section buy a few years back. If I see another one I’ll let you know.
      Portia xx


  7. Another busy week for you Portia – thanks for sharing and hope that Jin feels better soon. The roast pork & crackling look super delicious and now i some! Was super happy to find SJP Stash on sale last week so purchased some and the first day i wore it proper it got a compliment! Had my lovely new tan leather couches delivered during the week so spent Sunday trying to style the lounge room to suit. Of course, will need to find cushions and side table to pull the room together. Its super comfy and super swish compared to the old yukky brown thing we had.


    • WOW! New leather couches! That will be glam hanging out in your lounge now Melanie.
      A couple of my girlfriends are wearing Stash regularly and every time I go in for a hug they smell expensively niche and I forget and ask, EVERY time. What a wonderful fragrance for almost zero dollars.
      One day you’ll have to come over for Jin’s pork. No one in my life has EVER been able to make it so fricken delicious. I’m spoiled rotten here.
      Portia xx


      • Its good to have someone who spoils you! And its good to sometimes spoil yourself – thats what my couches are! I got made redundant earlier this year so they were a gift to myself for my 16 years hard work in my role. Dont think i’ve ever been so excited about shopping for cushions – hurry up home time 🙂


  8. Hope Jin is recovering; adult tonsillitis is the worst! My daughter Eleanor is studying in Tokyo and a casual male friend of hers there came down with tonsillitis. She sent him flowers and now the young man is smitten! Do you two ‘do’ modern medicine? Husband and I returned from a two week Japan visit last Friday via twelve hours of turbulence from Beijing. I am moving quietly and slowly as the ensuing motion sickness/vertigo subsides. Time for Mitsouko methinks.


    • Hey Bernadette,
      Yeah, he’s had a couple of weeks off this year with it but Australian doctors prefer not to remove the tonsils in adults unless it’s dire. Bloody annoying, I wish they’d rip them out.
      Of course he is smitten, if a girl sends you flowers what else would he be?
      Do you chew gum on flights? It tends to leave my ears and balance in much better shape.
      Mitsouko is a perfect remedy.
      Portia xx


  9. I hope that Jin is feeling better by now. I would seriously rather have a brief case of non-fatal food poisoning than a cold or pneumoniae. I have COPD and anything that impacts my ability to breathe puts me out entirely for a season. I just got back from Mandy Afteliers’ gala open house. I went to her scent museum and then tried on perfumes in house. It was amazing, with perfumistas showing up from around the world. I’m wearing her Cocoa edp today, and planning on the solid Velvet Tuberose tonight. Last night was her Ancient oils resin/incense. I picked up small bottles of her Memento Mori and Palimsest as well. I’m in happy scentville.
    I’m delighted to hear about YOUR government passing the marriage equality. Here in the US, it is one horror after another, embarrassments followed by attacks on the poor, middle class, travesties of justice, cronyism, nepotism. I think many of us are ducking for cover, attempting to merely survive. Impeachment would only bring worse, if that’s possible, but we have a madman at the helm. I just try to sniff my way throughout all, focusing on art, beauty, and my 6 cats–any one of whom would be a Truly Great Ruler.
    Your xmas packages are fabulous; less financially fortunate deserve some sweet lovelies, beyond tinned food. The blonde “do” is awesome!


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