SOTD 18 – 24 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 18 – 24 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. Aftelier Perfumes: Parfum de Maroc
  2. Leone Reinthal: Antarctica
  3. Guerlain: Shalimar (vintage extrait)
  4. Ex Nihilo: Fleur Narcotique
  5. CHANEL No 19 (vintage EdC)

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

LAST WEEKS WINNER: Cassieflower

Send your address to portia_turbo AT yahoo DOT com DOT au

 

Go To It Crew.
Portia xxx

183 thoughts on “SOTD 18 – 24 December 2017

  1. Today I went to DJs and sampled Noir de Noir on card, but really want to try it properly.
    Dark and rosey and classy.
    Later I sprayed Tauer L’Oudh on my skin and was surprised how authentic and delicious it is. And still hanging in many hours later!

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    • Hey JackieB,
      Do you ever take in your own sample vials and ask the SA if you can spritz so you can try at home away from all the smells of the beauty floor? They’re usually pretty good about it.
      Portia xx

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  2. I have been into the lighter ones the last few days as it has been so hot. The last was The Body Shop’s Japanese Cherry Blossom and I find that it doesn’t have a lot of staying power. This seems to be a common problem for me with The Body Shop EDTs and Avons. I’m still looking for fabulous summer fragrances. Must pull out my Eaudemoiselle de Givenchy, as I remember this being good for summer, as is Jil Sander’s Style Pastels Tender Green, and Yardley’s English Rose.
    Tonight I had a quick, carded spritz of Tiffany at DJs – I didn’t realise they had it there – and quite liked it, but I have seen so many of these for sale on sites like Gumtree, which surprises me for such a new fragrance.

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    • Hey Sue,
      That is interesting about the Tiffany fragrance. I wonder why they are there so quick. Maybe the journalists who get all the early releases are offloading them?
      Portia xx

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  3. SOTD is my newly purchased bottle (as a holiday gift to myself) of Aesop Hwyl. It’s smoky, lots of incense and vetiver. It’s rather quiet, but seems to be long lasting, and after 5 hours I can still smell it on myself from time to time. (I did spray a lot though.)

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    • JH, I’ve read about this one and as I don’t find Marrakech amazing, I’m keen to try this one. Sounds lovely with all the incense. I’ll go try some, cheers Melanie

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      • I want to try their toothpaste because— wasabi extract!! 🤔 But I keep forgetting to buy it.
        “The toothpaste is fluoride-free and includes a range of spaces, with spearmint being used alongside more surprising ingredients such as cardamom, anise and even wasabi extract.”

        Is Hwyl a summer scent?

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  4. Wearing Commodity’s Moss today. While their fragrances are meant to be layered, I like this one by itself. And I always get lots of compliments on it which is nice 🙂

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  5. Last week I wore Noir Epices by the son and now I’m indulging in Le Perfume de Therese by the father. I guess I love the Rouditska’s. I don’t dare wear this one too often because my nose seems to grow accustomed to it so quickly and it disappears for me quite quickly. But if I wait a month or 2 between wearings Oh my my, so worth it.

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    • That’s weird SonomaVelvet, I thought that LPdT was one of those frags that changed and morphed so often it was impossible to become anosmic. What a bummer.
      Portia xx

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    • I love both of your choices SonomaVelvet. They are my favourite Frederic Malles. Noir Epices is great in the wintertime. I usually buy the travel size so it’s gone in 10 days and I can switch to something else.

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  6. Today, and much of the rest of the week I expect, I’m wearing the impossibly beautiful Dame Perfumery’s Earth Mother. Sure hope Santa got my note about the large bottle of the cologne and the big container of body creme!

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      • Ha! As I’ve only got a complliment on my Black Oud when someone hugs me I figure it’s ‘quiet’. My new aoud scents don’t seem to project out much. Lack of comments makes me think so.
        Now if I wear Florabotanica or Coco Mademoiselle – boom! I can scent up the stairwell or photocopier corner or coffee shop easy peasy 😉

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    • I have only ever dabbed Montale and only dab if I’m on public transport. No spritzing ☹️
      I live in fear that scents & fragrances will be banned one day. So many people appear to dunk themselves in loud synthetics blends.

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  7. Wearing ELDO “Remarkable People”, been getting some mileage out of this one lately but I’m crazy for its cardamom note. My favorite ELDO by far.

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      • the vanilla bean which I made by marinating four vanilla beans that I bought at the local health food store in 16oz of sweet almond oil (that is the base/carrier oil). I added it to a smaller bottle, 29 drops of sandalwood, 99 drops of lavender, 29 drops of rose and then 5 drops of lemon (less on the lemon as it can be not so good for sensitive skin)

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      • The lemon brings out the brightness in the rose but it also blends beautifully with vanilla alone…in the summer I have made body oils with just vanilla +lemon or vanilla +orange….delicious! (if you like gourmands) Vanilla + sandalwood create a “woody pudding” accord to my nose which I like too.

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  8. Yesterday , Monday I wore Summer Roses…think that is correct name, by Stella Mc Cartney. It was quite a humid day, although most of it was spent indoors.
    {This week I’m at a local shopping centre, wrapping gifts for the public…in turn, they give a monetary donation to the Salvos}
    Today, Tuesday, I’m wearing Green Tea, very lightly, because later this afternoon I’m going to try Hyvl

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      • Hello Portia. Wrapping for a charity has been on my bucket list for many years. So in October 2016, when I saw an ad by the Salvos looking for wrappers, I jumped at the opportunity. This year I rang the Salvos Manager in September lol to state I wanted to do it again.
        Christmas Day for me will be lonely, so I’ll get my joy the week before.

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  9. The Body Shop’s Fijian Water Lotus. Dodgy sprayer so I think I oversprayed but it hasn’t made much difference! I wonder if I am anosmic to some of these? The Atlas Mountain Rose and British Rose stay with me, but the series that includes Water Lotus and Japanese Cherry Blossom seem to be very watery – no pun intended!

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    • Hi Sue,
      Body shop are a particular style in my mind. Ethereal fragrances that sit close to the body. I don’t think we are their target market.
      Portia xx

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  10. Almost wore CB I hate Perfume’s “In the library” for a day in the library… then remembered it vanishes on me when I’m cold. Guerlain Encens Mythique it was, then. And very nice it was too.

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  11. I have on Neela Vermeire Creations Bombay Bling. I think I got this from Pep (??) at the sniffy picnic. Or was it Al? It might have been Al!

    Anywho, I picked it up because it reminded me of Thailand. Their is only a tiny bit left in the travel bottle so I thought I’d put it on today cos I’m home sick and I’ll probably put something over it later.

    Anyway, its very nice! I like it! Definitely Thailand in a bottle – not India. Though I haven’t been to India so thats why it doesnt have THOSE associations. Its happy and fresh. I wonder if I could get a bigger decant somehow.

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  12. House on Fire by Imaginary Authors. I have two fairly decent-sized samples and I really like it but I don’t think I’d go full bottle on it. It smells a little bit like Bactine, band-aids, oudh, and smoke followed by berries, suede, patchouli. It becomes an oudh, suede, berry scent in the drydown. I like the house, however, and admire their marketing. Sometimes I am a sucker for that!

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  13. hiya, AJPers, my SotE is a dab from a sample of La Douceur de Siam. It is sweet and floral, a Very Grand Perfume. I like it. It has a bit of green in it that I can sort of taste (?), a strange and slightly annoying effect. Oh well, very pretty even so.

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  14. In the wintertime I love wearing woody scents. This week’s favourite is the old Jil Sander III. I realize once again that this may be one of my top three perfumes of all times! If only I had an infinite source of it, I’d probably drink it as well 😀

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      • I enjoyed it more when I first tried it. It is very unique in the acquatic category, very expertly mimics the vibe of seaweed underwater on the seafloor. I think any fragrance that manages to be unique in the abused aquatic category deserves praise. But I did not enjoy it as much this time due to change in tastes, not because the fragrance is bad. I actually got the vintage version since the fragrance seems to have been reformulated, fresher and less of that signature seaweed note. I also get seaweed note in Bond No. 9 Wall Street but I hate seaweed note in Bond No. 9 Wall Street but seaweed note is done really well in original Bvlgari Aqua. One way to tell the difference between original Bvlgari Aqua and reformulated Bvlgari Aqua is that the original bottles had both “Bvlgari” and “Aqva” written on front of bottle. In the reformulated version, they removed “Bvlgari” from front so you just see “Aqva” now.

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      • yes! Pacifica! highly affordable and beautiful for this time of year (cold in the States)…my skin always amps up the sweets (must be all the sugar I eat 🙂 !) and it dries down to this rich but dark gingerbread and lingers on my clothes for days. Worth checking out!!!!

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    • Cassieflower, i just noticed a new Narciso – released this year but i’ve not seen until today. Lovely gold shiny bottle – scent is called Santal Musc. Have you tried this one?
      I’m a big fan of NR too.

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    • Cassieflower, seems this NR gold bottle may not be so new after all. Have read it was released 2013, not available world wide and looks like only available in 100ml. Has got some lovely reviews so I’ll add it to my growing list of decant wishes!

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      • Hmm, I checked it out, but it doesn’t seem to be in wide distribution yet, where did you see it? On Fragrantica and NST it says it was released this year, so I’m a tad confused (no change there, really) I’d love to get a sniff of it, sounds gorgy. Thanks for the follow up.

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  15. Vintage Miss Dior. Because there is never a wrong day to wear that. Another lovely, lovely archive day–not made worse by being high up in the National Library building with soaring views across the city and to Arthur’s Seat–before back to the reality of day job tomorrow. Sigh.

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  16. I’m wearing DSH Vanilla Bourbon Intense again today. The first time I wore it, I was expecting vanilla and was a little disappointed as it wears more as an incense blend on me with just a hint of vanilla. But I actually quite like it now that I’m wearing it again. Those of you that don’t like a sweet vanilla might want to give it a try too.

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  17. Hot again. Though, mercifully, a big drop from yesterday’s 40C. Showered with my Mysore sandal soap and rubbed in a touch of vicco turmeric cream (sandalwood again) with good ol’ sorbolene. I need a hot cuppa chai and I’ll transported home.

    Love reading the posts.

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      • Portia! I have never tried it with Samsara but have with Shalimar extrait (my mum’s). In the Indian monsoons. To die for.
        Must buy Samsara!
        Jyotsna xo

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  18. minus 10 where I am, and just grateful that it’s not -30. Wearing Carnal Flower today. Oh My… I love this one, unfortunately for my bank account. I know it’s possible to pay more for perfume but you’d have to actually try hard.

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    • Oh I love Carnal Flower, and it’s on my wish list. Unfortunately I have several that come in at an even higher price, none of which will be FB purchases any time soon. Amouage Blossom Love and Guerlain’s SDV both come to mind. Enjoy your perfume and know we all feel your pain 🙂

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      • SonomaVelvet, it’s hard to describe. It smells like almonds and cherry blossom. It’s worth getting a sample of. It’s the only Amouage fragrance I can wear. Being Amouage, it starts with this loud blast of fragrance and what smells like moth balls to me. I know that sounds horrible, and I thought so too at first. But that dissipates really quickly and quiets down into this pretty, soft floral gourmand fragrance. I wore it on a really difficult day when I first got it, and it helped provide comfort. Since then, I reach for it when I want something pretty, spring-like, and comforting. I’ve gone through a few samples and that’s all I can see myself buying anytime soon. At $360 a bottle, it’s out of my price range right now.

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    • SonomaVelvet
      Carnal Flower is on my wishlist too. Not saying how long that list is. Santa is going to be kind to me this not that kind (i’m told).

      Enjoy it for us all.

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  19. I’m continuing my Oud obsession – today is Mancera’s Aoud vanille. Delightful and warm, more aoud than vanilla right now. Might become a handy replacement for when i can no longer access L’artisan Vanille Absolument.

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  20. it’s hump day so keeping it simple with a simple blend of vanilla, lavender and frankincense oils.

    And wow! over 100 comments and we are less than halfway through the week! love it!

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  21. Today I chose the lovely powdery woody mb02 by Biehl Parfumkunstwerke. Perfumer Marc Buxton, hence the initials mb. It feels like a cozy scarf around my neck and hair. Absolutely lovely in cooler weather.

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    • Those frags were so ahead of their time Neva, and I think the Letter Names put a few people off. It’s a shame because I loved the idea and some of the scents.
      Portia xx

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  22. Lutens’ Bapteme du Feu today. Everything I read about it insists on the ginger and/or gingerbread in this, but it’s just not there for me. Dried orange peel and extra bitter orange on top? yep. Along with canationy-cloves and a whiff of cordite? Absolutely. Ginger? not a hint. Which is fine by me. I love this scent.

    (also: happy score: found some MH Fleurs de Sel in TK Maxx. Hurrah! Means I can stop rationing it so meanly.)

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  23. Wearing Andy Tauer’s Miriam today. Oh my my my… wafting around in gorgeous sandalwood goodness. It seems like cinnamon and a bit plummy to me too although those aren’t listed in any notes anywhere. That’s what I get though… just so so good. Only half a bottle left and you can’t get it anymore so I’ll have to cherish every drop.

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    • Hey SonomaVelvet,
      I bought the original 10ml of Miriam, when it was a fundraiser for the films.
      Bummer when the really good stuff gets Dcd.
      Portia xx

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  24. I’m wearing Heeley’s Esprit du Tigre today with much thanks to Portia who included it in the samples I won. If I had seen the notes list or read the reviews, I never would have tried this. Tiger Balm is not my thing! But to me the fragrance smells lighter and spicier, kind of how I wanted SL’s Five O’clock Au Gingembre to be and wasn’t for me. (Much too heavy and masculine for me try as I did to like it.). Would I buy a bottle? I’m not sure yet. But I would definitely buy a larger spray sample size and continue to try to figure out what’s so addictive about it. Thanks again, Portia!

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    • Hey Kandice,
      SO glad you’re loving Heeley’s Esprit du Tigre. It’s one of his oft overlooked masterpieces. Bet you smell freaking amazing in it too.
      Portia xx

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    • Nice! I love the Grace line. I used to wear Inner Grace, Baby Grace (very pretty mimosa) and Pure Grace (around the perfume adverse..smells like expensive soap!)

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  25. DAME Earth Mother for me today. One of my many samples from DAME. So delightful. Not super powerful on me.
    Last night, in true Portia style, just before i laid my head to rest i treated myself to a spray of L’artisan Al Oudh. i could not believe how amazing i smelt! have worn this before and super liked it but last night it was a lot softer. Perhaps my skin was warmer and instead of that usual Oudh sharpness you get straight up it was lovely sandalwoody vanilla leather. It even gathered the question – have you just sprayed something?? Onto the big bottle wish list it goes…

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  26. A spritz of Charlatan by Fort ans Manle. New to me so I’m walking around with my nose stuck to my wrist.
    But I’m also cooking- a special Indian meal, which means a mad melange of aromas around me.

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  27. Berdoues Cologne Grand Crus Collection Oud al Sahraa (“Oud of the Desert”). This is an oud for the non-oud lovers. The usage of Malaysian oud makes this light and bright, the myrrh makes it resinous and the mandarin makes it jammy sweet to my wonky nose. It is light and diaphanous but has good lasting power on my scent eating skin. And the bottle is gorgeous!

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      • Many of the online retailers carry it in the States, including Sephora. Research it on fragrantica and take a look at the bottles. They are stunning IMHO and the juice is lovely and versatile and very very affordable for niche . We have (amongst the perfume wearing Marzipans) four bottles- Oud al Sahraa, Arz el Rab, Vanira Moorea and Assam of India. I originally bought Assam blind because I adored the little elephants marching on the bottle. Luckily I adored the fragrance too.

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    • I agree with Saffyishere !
      Chocolate Marzipan this sounds fantastic and very worthy of a try. I’m not familiar with Berdoues – will do some research!!

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  28. Took a couple of days off because I could not smell a thing. Spilled some of my Earth Mother hair oil on Tuesday and – nothing. But last night I could smell it on the towel I was using to clean up so my nose is at least partially back. Still have the cough (you know, where you struggle to get the junk up out of the lungs) but at least I’m up and out of bed. So today random.org picked a sample of Ormonde Jayne Woman, which sounds just about right.

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    • Oh I can sympathise with you on feeling icky. Have been battling sinus and chest infection for over a week. It’s very draining 😩 But enough of this old sob story, my last day of work for two weeks. Yippee. OJ Woman is just what you need, her slightly witchy vibe will cast its spell on you.

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  29. Today I’m wearing some vintage Chanel No 5 EDT that I bought for my mother in the 80’s. She wanted it all her life and was so happy to receive it but I think she wore it about 10 times total and kept it in a drawer and loved the idea that she had it. Eventually she passed it back to me and I wear it and enjoy it very much.

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  30. MmKinPA and Cassieflower , I wish each of you a speedy recovery from your lurgy..
    Last night I wore Fancy to bed and can still smell little trails of it this morning.
    3 days of work coming up, which will be ‘extra’ busy, because relatives come out of the woodwork prior to Christmas to ‘ease’ their guilt for not visiting often.
    Think I might rock Carnal Flower today.

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  31. Today is Miss Dior (EDP – but not vintage) fruity & flora at the same time. Been hanging out to give this one a spin and today seemed like the right day. Half a day at work, couple of presents to go and a chilled evening making biscuits.

    Probably a good time then that i send christmas love and wishes to my new amazing & ‘smelly’ friends! i adore this site, the comments and recommendations. with hugs and laughter, looking forward to ‘wafting’ around together in the new year xx

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  32. It was a small spritz of Gypsy Water for the dentist appointment this morning, then changed over to MH La Fumée for a manicure. Now I’m making meatloaf in Bijou Romantique and pouting about my smudged nail polish 🤨.

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      • I like this one- it was a birthday present. Seems oddly overpowering at first and I always feel like I’ve oversprayed but then it setlles and is wonderful. I would like it to last longer so I’m going to treat myself to the bath gel or a lotion to layer it. Will let you know how that works! It is perfect for the summer.

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  33. Still scentless but I think I will go with Pacifica’s Mexican Cocoa today…spices and cocoa…delicious and not too sweet. Happy Friday, folks!

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  34. Today I am doused in the spicy goodness (cinnamon and cloves) of Dame “Dark Horse”. I love everything about this perfume, and it is my go-to in winter.

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  35. Scentless yesterday because (ugh) migraine. So doubling up today… Reek’s Damn Rebel Bitches for the day, and then for this evening, as that had all gone, picking up the orange with Cirebon (Paul Schütze).

    (I love DRB but oh, how I wish it had more heft)

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  36. Was out for my Christmas Jumper Night on Friday, except that it was a Christmas T-shirt in my case. It has turned unseasonably warm suddenly. I’m not complaining at all. Wore OJ Orris Noir. It works well when you’re busting some moves on the dance floor 💃🏼👯.

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  37. Change of plans this morning due to the freezing rain we are getting so change of perfumes. Was going to go with Jo Malone Ginger Biscuit but I think I will go with Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir…spending the day in my bathrobe with oodles of tea….my kind of day 🙂

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    • Oofles of tea wrapped in a bathrobe and Pomergranate Noir. Sounds delightful. Jo Malones are ghost like on me- barely last. Still hot here. No sprtiz today because we were in the mall and I’m overwhelmed by all the fragrances at this time of year. CW must’ve been having a perfume sale- needed a gas mask to walk past, Hope the shoppers all found scents they liked/wanted.

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      • yes many folks complain about the longevity of Jo Malones but some will last on my scent eating skin and Pom Noire is one of them (same with Lime, Basil & Mandarin).

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    • Top of my hand is now sporting Bee’s Bliss…it’s really quite lovely and reminding me of a more uplifting version of Jour Ensoleille. I STILL haven’t made it out of my PJs and bathrobe and it is almost noon!!!

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      • Tsk tsk!!! 😂 Was visiting a friend earlier at about 6pm and she still hadn’t made it out of her PJs. She was one of my T-shirt party pals last night, so all is forgiven. She had spent the day house cleaning, and was going to shower and put on fresh PJs after I left. We even had a little tipple of wine. Is it Christmas or something? I dunno, but I’m enjoying it.

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  38. I’m wearing Chanel Coco today, the current version. I’m still on the lookout for a vintage version at a reasonable price. While the newer version and the vintage smell about the same as the day wears on, I really miss the plushness of the original.

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  39. I missed posting yesterday, so busy getting christmas stuff together. Wore Amouage Fate Woman, heavenly and my scarf still smells of it and today I’m layering Dame’s Tuberose with Gardenia. I smell amazing!!

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  40. I’m working this arvo until 9pm, then coming home to watch the Carols, drink alcoholic egg nog and wrap presents.
    Every year, regardless of the temperature, I wear Winter Delice by Guerlain.
    Huge spritzes…..I’m sure I leave a trail 2 metres behind me lol.
    May each of you ,and your loved ones have a joyful Christmas

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  41. Happy Holidays, all! I think today (Christmas Eve for me) I will start out in a simple blend of lavender e.o. and sandalwood e.o. Tonight will be Jo Malone Ginger Biscuit -a few stolen spritzes from the bottle I gifted 😉

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