SOTD 29 January – 4 February 2018

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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 29 January – 4 February 2018

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. Hiram Green Slowdive
  2. Guerlain L’Homme Ideal Cologne
  3. Annick Goutal Sables
  4. Vintage CHANEL No 22 EdC
  5. Evocative Perfumes Imogen

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

Last Weeks WINNER: Crikey

Send your address to portia_turbo AT yahoo DOT com DOT au

Go To It Crew.
Portia xxx

185 thoughts on “SOTD 29 January – 4 February 2018

  1. Seville a l’Aube today. Haven’t worn it in a while (what else is new – too much perfume) but I have little travel spray that caught my eye this morning. Happy Monday!

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  2. Hi MMKinPA and anyone else lurking around.
    I am wearing Bright Crystal again … 3rd day! We have had a massive heatwave which ended today in awful humidity, and I think Bright Crystal lives up to its name in this kind of heat, and, astonishingly for my skin, it lasts!

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    • My eldest childhood friend of 50 years adores Bright Crystal…so much so that my three children (who refer to her as Aunt C…”) gifted her a huge bottle of it for her birthday this year. She is just coming around to getting into perfume and it has been fun having her test things with me.

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      • Hi CM. It would be great to have a ‘real life’ friend to share perfume with. And congratulations on 50 years of friendship.
        Bright Crystal is probably the most ‘pink’ perfume I own and it’s not something I would have expected to last on me, but it does.
        And my cat LOVES it.

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      • I do like Bright Crystal – every time I smell it on someone else, I want to rush out and buy a bottle, but there are several others ahead of it on my wishlist! Sue Mills, that’s funny that your cat loves it. My cat is a bit of a weirdo and loves anything with a sweaty/BO note or an animalic note – those really get his attention and he will spend ages sniffing my wrist, then he gives me the lovey eyes :))

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      • Tess, cats are strange beings, aren’t they?
        Our late and very missed Bengal was very sensitive to scent. I came home from some spritzing one day – Chanel No. 5, but not sure of the concentration – and my cat approached me, sniffed my arm delicately and thoroughly, and looked up at me thoughtfully with her nose still pressed to my wrist
        And then she bit me. Hard. Deliberately. Spitefully.
        I believe she was a Dior girl.

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  3. Hello APJ’s! I hope you are having a lovely day! I am wearing Lanvin, Arpege today. I just want to give Lanvin a shout out today. I have four different vintages and I’m wearing the newer one today. It really stands up as saying all the same things as it’s older sisters in a way I haven’t found in any other perfume…
    Peace, Alanna

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    • YUMMY Alanna,
      You smell beautiful. I love Arpege too but it doesn’t get worn enough anymore. Thanks for the reminder.
      Portia xx

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  4. The remains of vintage Chamade perfume on my bathrobe. My best friend who is a true perfumista gifted me a sample of this beauty…it is a 1ml vial that actually came in a box with the Guerlain black/white lines/logo and the date on the back…1967…..this is absolutely sublime.

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  5. All day I was in Laudano Nero by Tiziana Terenzi and it has been bloody satisfying even in this heat.
    Tonight I’m uber spritzed with Cacharel Liberté.
    It’s good to mix it all up.
    Portia xx

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  6. Mondays and Wednesdays I need something that holds up 14 hours without reapplication. I was going to spritz some Guerlain Ensens Mythique, but I’m switching to Amouage Bracken Woman; that one can go the distance, and I don’t wear too often.

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  7. Congratulations Crikey! I’m wearing TF’s newest Vanille Fatale. I can see why this is getting so much love amongst perfumistas. It’s a gorgeous scent and probably the first TF I’ve really wanted to buy. However given the price point of his fragrances, I will be managing with larger sample sizes only. It’s well worth trying if you haven’t yet. None of the notes really stand out but blend together seamlessly. Happy Monday everyone!

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  8. I wore Rose Ikebana in the morning, then applied Y. Rocher Voile d’ Ambre before heading home in the afternoon. I plan to apply some Prada Candy before bed to beat the chill, very wet snow falling outside. Spring is still sooo far away!

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      • I am in Norway. I always have to remind myself that + 20 and over is a good summer’s day here, while Portia calls that spring temperature. And In winter a lot of scents just disappear very quickly or they don’t open up and bloom on skin.

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  9. I was decanting so I smell like a dozen perfumes at once, it’s horrifying!

    Having watched the Hateful Eight just now doesn’t help, either.

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  10. What a bloody lovely day. Still in London, and eating art with hungry eyes. Walking over the river to the Tate Modern and the new extension there for a few hours, along the south bank to the just re-opened Hayward and the amazing Gursky retrospective. And a slow wandering, talking walk back over to Bloomsbury where we are staying. And all in Naja. A really good choice to add to today’s feast for the eyes and soul and brain.

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  11. Today’s choice is Une Amourette Roland Mouret Etat Libre d`Orange for women and men. It’s 7:00am and it’s already gearing up to be a humid, sticky day – this feels so fresh and lovely.

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    • Oh my! I have never heard of this scent and love vanilla bourbon perfumes. I will have to seek that out. I never would have guessed from the name that’s what it is!

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  12. Just got a fragrant package from my best friend (“It’s Christmas again!” says the hubs as soon as it arrived and I ripped open the box and spread the goodies across the floor). Right hand has vintage Marbert Man (had to look this one up on fragrantica) which reminds me of Old Spice and I am really loving it. The left wrist has Solid State Drifter (also a masculine solid cologne but it comes off very sweet and powdery on my skin and I love it too!)

    Tomorrow I will test drive Ineke’s Idyllwild.

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      • You know its funny but fragrantica describes Marbert Man as an aromatic fougere with spices in it…I am sure it is chock full of REAL oakmoss as it was made in the late 70s…this would pass as niche today if you put it in a different bottle…I am a petite little old woman but I am going to wear this to death cause I love it and cross my fingers that no one asks me what I am wearing-LOL!

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  13. Well Monday was still hot and sweaty….so I wore Prada Vetiver…a mini bottle gifted to me.
    Tuesday I’ve woken up and although the day is bright with sunshine, the blistering heat has gone….such a relief.
    I have decided that for the next 3 days….Tues Wed and Thursday I am going to wear my samples of the ‘exclusive’ Penhaligon’s which I ordered from Luckyscent.
    Tuesday will be; The Bewitching Yasmine

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  14. Sampling all day, it was fun. Started with Journey Woman (interesting but not for me), a decant vial labeled Prada by Prada (Prada does a delicious amber base), and now Parfums DelRae Mythique (sueded iris, very comfy). My nose is grateful for samples shared among friends. 🙂

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    • Hi Tiffanie, Mythique is a nice chypre, isn’t it? It reminded me of some vintage perfumes full of patchouly. I only had a small vial to test it and I would go for a decant to test it properly.

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  15. Lovely people, I’m just looking at webpage for Parfums Quartna or Six Scents Parfums – does anyone know/have/tried any of these perfumes? Hemlock is the one that started the search.

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  16. I had completely forgotten about Parfums Quartana. All perfumes were named after poisonous plants. For some reason I was not interested enough to try any. Reviews of them are not that great but I would also love to hear others thoughts.

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  17. Today I wear INeKE Chemical Bonding.
    It’s totally different from anything else I wear and my skin warms where I spray it for about 10 minutes, like it’s excited to wear Chemical Bonding again.
    Sheer and beautiful.
    No idea what the notes are.
    Portia xx

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    • Portia!!!! we are HOUSE twins! I am in Ineke’s newest creation, Idyllwild!

      Chemical Bonding is fantastic and never got much love (I feel the same about Ineke’s Evening Edged in Gold which is my favorite of the bunch). I think Chemical Bonding has tea as the dominant note if I am not mistaken. You described it perfectly, sheer and beautiful.

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  18. Today I broke my fragrance seasonal segregation rule and dipped into the Spring scents, and chose Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca. I just needed my spirits lifted in a way that only mint can. My order from Indiescents came also, so tonight I shall be drenching myself in SP Parfums (Sven Pritzkoleit) samples and am especially looking forward to giving Sunmilkflowers and Lemon Sorbet a chance.

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    • LOVE frag arrival days VerbenaLuvvr,
      Also, I think wearing counterintuitive perfumes to the season is very refreshing. I might even do a Saturday Question about it.
      Portia xx

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    • This oakmossy Marbert Man stuff sounds terrific, cM. Though, the random visual picture conjured by that name is an odd one: kind of a cross between the Marlboro Man and 1970s Catalogue Man (who wears clothes and points at things) 🙂

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      • Ha ha! It is a very retro scent so I don’t think it would be massively appealing but perfumistas would most definitely appreciate it. The random visual picture is even odder if you saw me IRL because I am so far from Marbert Man, Marlboro Man or Catalogue Man 🙂 I am still hoping no one asks me what perfume I am wearing!

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    • Ha! The one I always dread being asked is “sex goddess”. The very thought makes me squirm. I’d cheerfully announce “fat electrician”, though.

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  19. Wearing Le Labo Vetiver Oil today.
    I had surgery on Friday, and wanted something to blast the cobwebs from my brain. It is working.
    The oil is so much nicer than the EDP IMHO.

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  20. I’m wearing a pretty rose scent from a mysterious decant labeled PN Rose Roy. I haven’t got the slightest what it is but it’s really nice!

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  21. Zadig & Voltaire This is Him today. Lovely pepper and sandalwood.
    Have Montale Arabians for later as i know This is Him isn’t going to last all day on me.

    Had a lovely little box of treasures arrive in the post – thought of you Cassieflower as i struggled opening the parcel in the car – note to self – stash scissors in the car!
    Tried Molinard Habanita for first time – can’t believe i’ve only just got to this treasure – its so me!

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  22. I broke my own rules. Yesterday some samples arrived from Mark Evans who creates delicious fumes under the name of Evocative.
    I had only expected 3 samples;
    Evelyn’s Rose, Imogen and Fetische. However there was a fourth vial included, named Rajkumari. Wow….Spicy and harsh for the first ten minutes, but has settled down now… so far I’m not enamoured

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    • Another talented Australian perfumer, yes? I have learned about so many great Australian lines here on APJ!

      Surrender to Chance really needs to put together a sample pack of Australian perfumes so that the rest of us folks can give them a sampling 🙂 .

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  23. A little dab of Encens Mythique today. I’m madly in love with this stuff at the moment, and it’s been getting an outing at least once a week. Which is a lot for someone as fickle as me.

    And the train conductor this evening was wearing a rather fine incense–I’m not entirely sure which, because I’m starting to get a head cold, but it could have been Avignon. I should have asked.

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  24. Today I probably did something sacrilegious. I had on Chanel La Pausa and it wasn’t giving me enough somehow, so I layered Cuir de Russie over the top. So much more satisfying!

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  25. Test driving ERis Parfums Mx, Out of the vial it reminds me a bit of 1000 Flowers Ode for Him which was a big hit in the house amongst both the female and male younger Marzipans (they drained the bottle so I can’t do a side by side comparison). Similar notes I think. Upon application the hubs says, “did you just put perfume on?”…”ummm, yes, do you like it?” His response, “Not bad, it is a very retro scent…reminds me of something from the 1980s”…this coming from a man who has zippo interest in fragrances…I was laughing at the fact that he used the phrase “retro scent”. I rather like it too and think it would work on both a man and woman.

    When I get to work I will do a quick spritz of Marbert Man on my sweater.

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  26. and a quick question for Portia-
    Someone recommended L’homme Ideal as an option for a fragrance that has a dominant almond/marzipan note. I am on the hunt for an almond/cherry scent because hubs recently told me that his favorite childhood fragrance is Jergens Lotion which smells of almonds and cherries. What are your thoughts on L’Homme? Is it very almondy? I will see if I can find a review of it on APJ.

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    • Hey CM,
      I have the cologne version of L’homme Ideal. My thoughts are that La Petit Robe Noire might be a better bet for him. It is ALL about the cherries and marzipan.
      You’ll have to take him to the mall for a sniff.
      Portia xx

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      • Ha ha! Fat chance…he leaves me alone when I wander into Sephora or Macys to “do sniffing” as he refers to it! for some reason LPRN comes off as all cherry /cough syrup on my skin…not enough almond….someone recommended Desert Essence Sweet Almond body lotion so I am going to give that a test drive next time I see it in the wild.

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      • Yes, a couple of folks recommended that as a marzipan/almond fragrance but I think there are other notes in there as well. I have a list of all the almond perfumes I must try somewhere down the line. Right now I am busy working my way through everything I already have in the house 🙂

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  27. Melodie de l’Amour Dusita. It strongly reminds me of Eau de Joy but Melodie is a bit greener and the jasmine is not as heady as in the Patou’s creation. This and Armani’s Rouge Malachite have changed my perspective on tuberose.

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    • Hey Diana,
      Funnily I read “Melodie is a bit GRIMMER!” instead of greener
      I really loved Vert Malachite even more than the Rouge, but it smelled like they’d made it to my specs.
      Portia xx

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      • Hi Portia! Melodie is anything but grim, right? 🙂

        I haven’t tried Vert Malachite yet, the desciption sounds appealing. My wishlist starts to look like a draft for an encyclopedia!

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  28. Yesterday I smelled a mess… dabbing bits of samples that I was fairly sure needed to go out the door. Today I’m wearing SSS Winter Woods . My package arrived from Laurie with a travel spray from her last batch 😢. First time spraying, had only sampled with dabbers and it’s warm and wonderful. Good for a snowy cold day.

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    • You’re very lucky that you got in there with your order. I put an order in but I’m not feeling that optimistic, though she’s had to take a break so I haven’t given up hope just yet. I did get a few travel sprays at the end of last year so I have those to treasure. I will mind them like babies.

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      • I felt very lucky. I saw her email announcement first thing east coast time and replied in a minute to get on the list. Wish I had bought the large bottle of Bees Bliss when it came out (instead of the 17ml, but at least I have that!)

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  29. I do feel rather basic when I read what you are all wearing!
    Today was Givenchy’s 2nd version of Un Air d’Escapade. Fresh, light and airy and a little sweet … a light pink perhaps compared to the Barbie pink of my previous, Bright Crystal, but I did break them up with Eau Demoiselle de Givenchy.

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  30. Today I got the samples that I have won in December. Thanks APJ! I am testing ELDO’s Yes I Do. It’s a nice sweet powdery floral. When I say powdery, to somebody it would translate into soapy. At first I thought it smelled like violets, but it is a lily-of-the-valley and jasmine combo. A bit too sweet for my taste but actually a very pretty scent. I’ll wear it to my yoga class in the afternoon. I’m curious about the effect.

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  31. Wore TF’s Vanille Fatale again yesterday and L’Artisan’s Premier Figuier today. Think I have found a replacement for SSS Fig Tree, although I would like to try the Extreme version of this scent before I make up my mind.

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      • Yes Fig Tree will be hard to replace! The Extreme version is an EDP which is supposedly stronger and lasts longer. While I like Premier Figuier, it’s an EDT and fades fairly quick. You might want to sample both just to see which you like better 🙂

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  32. Went to a seminar with work yesterday and wore Dior Feve Delicieuse in the evening. The thin and tall sample vial partly broke as I was taking the cap off, so it became difficult to apply the right amount. What a horror just before dinner! Also lost a precious ml of that lovely perfume. Luckily such mishaps aren’t frequent. This morning four sprays of Pamplelune to wake up and be ready for an early start at work.

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      • I think I smelled great, and for sure I had dabbed on more than usual. Very few people in my unit at work take an interest in perfume or scented products, so no compliments. That is the way it usually is.

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  33. Continuing working through my Givenchy minis. Today is Organza. Feeling a bit in control and grown up. Might have to wear this every day!

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  34. Today I’m joining Undina in a month of irises. Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile from a sample. I don’t have much iris in my bottle collection but a bunch of samples… still searching for an iris that i really Love…

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  35. I’m wearing Ginger Tea by Acidica Perfumes, a Russian natural perfumery niche brand. It’s a lovely bright ginger with orange and cinnamon notes.

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  36. G’day Yesterday I made a mistake….The Penhaligon’s scent I wore was named The RUTHLESS Countess Dorothea.
    Today I’ve woken up with an awful headache, so I’ll be wearing something ‘gentle’ today….. a sample of Hermes Rose Ikebena

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  37. Cleaning out closets today so wore B&BW Love and Sunshine today. I love cheap scents for when I am cleaning or doing something where I don’t want to waste the good stuff. Also I saw Frederic Malle is coming out with a new perfume March 1st-Music for A While with notes of lavender, patchouli, amber, and vanilla. I can’t wait to visit Neiman’s to see how it smells. How exciting coming from one of my favorite perfume houses!

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    • I love “cheapies” and will wear them anytime and anywhere. When I started wearing perfume (1971) there were no real niche or indie lines so there were quite a few cheapies in my collection (including many Avons). I don’t think the Body Shop or Bath and Body Works or Victoria Secret (yes, I secretly wear some of those too….confession time now 🙂 ) were even in existence. So the cheapies were drugstore goodies (Yardley, Revlon, Coty, etc) and Avon.

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      • My mom sold Avon so I wore some of those as well. And Victoria’s Secret used to have a couple of perfumes I wore and liked. I won’t tell anyone of you don’t 😉

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  38. Testing out some Berdoues Grand Cru samples – Assam of India left wrist, Oud al Sahraa right. Assam is lemon, lemon, lemon. Good summer scent perhaps. Oud al Sahraa more my liking – myrrh and oud. Very soft on my skin.

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    • Thanks for your interpretations! We have four full bottles in the house (only one belongs to me). The Assam of India is mine and I always said lemon and sandalwood is what I smell but most other folks consider it more of a tea fragrance (like you I get Lemon lemon lemon…I wore that daily for seven weeks two summers ago!). The Oud al Sahraa smells stunning on my daughter as her skin radiates these jammy notes along with the resins and oud. Please do share your impressions when you test out the others in the bunch (even if you don’t care for them…I am always interested in what other noses smell!)

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    • Lemon? Lemon is the last thing I’d associate with Assam. Unless it’s lemon in. my tea 🤔 I try to avoid the very Indian-sounding fragrances because I’m usually underwhelmed. Ah, well.

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  39. The last of my ERis samples- Night Flower….don’t know why but it smells like a floral leather to me but I am pretty sure leather is NOT listed as a note.

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  40. AFter reaing your post today featuring Eau des Merveilles Bleue by Christine Nagel, I selected another of hers to wear today–a sample of Eau de Rhubarbe Ecarlate. It is a strong ‘like’ for me, just not enough love to pull the trigger on a fb, too dry and minimal longevity. I have yet to try Galop and Cardamusc by this perfumer.

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  41. Today, Fourreau Noir because I love a dirty lavender, and tonka bean rarely does me wrong.

    Yesterday was Paul Schutze’s Tears of Eros–so the hyacinth would help remind me spring is on the way. It was nice, but my sense of smell is a bit flattened right now, so it didn’t have the shifting tones that it usually does. But the evening was a generous slathering of Deep Heat to prevent my arm objecting to the start of rehab exercises. And man, does that stuff reek when it’s in quantity.

    Wednesday was Coromandel to warm a sleety, grey day. And a bed time wrapper of Ambre Nuit.

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  42. Jicky. It’s been raining all day, turns out Jicky loves this kind of weather.

    And now I’m doing a parallel trialling of Penhaligon’s LP 9 and Dune. They have quite a lot in common but Dior wins 🙂

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  43. Just popped in to say hi and see how everyone is doing (smelling 😄)

    I have been sufferring from the worst asthma attacks ever. Scary. Fragrance free. Not even naturals. Except for eucalyptus oil in my steam inhaler. Hope that i am not developing an allergy to fragrances.

    The posts here haved cheered me up. xx

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      • I can clearly see why it gets a lot of love…it is extraordinarily pretty…but there was something about it that was making me feel a bit queazy an hour later…I am going to resample it in the spring (I have a decant that my best friend sent me) but will put it on my wrist versus my neck (further away from my nose).

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    • I’m DESPERATE to smell Ostara… it seemed to be only available for 6 mths before it simply vanished. According to Phil you’ll get an extra 6 weeks of Winter….hang in there, Marzipan Matriarch.

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      • It was d/c but then showed up heavily discounted online. Keep your eyes open for it 🙂 But I do recommend you try it first before blind buying….see my comment above.

        Sadly, we had another massive snowstorm on the day of Phil’s prediction….heavy wet snow. I am still sore from shoveling….I cannot wait for spring to arrive!!!

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  44. I wore SL Santal Majuscule yesterday. It was my first time to try it and while I think it’s beautiful, I think I’d prefer it on a man. Today I’m wearing Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia. I needed something to brighten my mood today. Have a good weekend everyone!

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  45. Last night I tested Slowdive. From a dabber, I got much honey and not much else. Not bad but not swoon worthy. This morning I’m testing Moon Bloom which is lovely but from a dabber it’s not lasting very long. After shower I will try more iris – Prada infusion d’iris. I have several samples which I have mostly forgotten about – too many samples!

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    • I love Hiram Green, but Slowdive was the same for me as for you. After about 5-10 minutes it became all honey, so not for me. Moon Bloom does last on me and it’s so pretty. Today is sampling day. Menditterosa Ritual is confusing. It’s that rare perfume that I do not know whether I like it or not. Think I’m leaning a little towards like. dnem

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  46. 50 year-old Shalimar today.
    Sometimes when I’m wearing it, the film Working Girl comes to mind. Although Sigourney Weaver’s character in it is treacherous (but brilliant nonetheless), her taste in perfumes is impeccable: Shalimar, Magie Noire …

    And as I got inspired by the newest thread, I’ve got some Nu on!

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      • Well, there are Sigourney and Harrison Ford in it, so it’s bound to be at least partly awesome 🙂 More important, it has this “pick yourself up & start all over” vibe, I just love that!

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  47. Off work again…. headaches easing, but I have episodes of wobbliness…. Each day the medication is working better ,though.
    Sunday I am wearing a sample of Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin….I think that is the name.. lol.. having trouble reading the wording .

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  48. Keiko Mecheri Patchoulissime on the left, Eau d’Italie Paestum Rose on the right.
    Lovely bergamot, patchouli, musk, sandalwood on the left. Pretty rose, incense and pepper on the right. Keiko lasting and wafting better.
    Feel better soon lovely perfume friends who aren’t feeling their sparkly best xo

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    • One of my favourite things to do while testing is to wear one on each side Melanie,’
      It highlights and gives better insight into each one.
      Portia xx

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    • I bet you smell divine. I always want more rose fragrances but then I go all BWF. Moar Roses in 2018. I’m going to get myself some Tauers.

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  49. Watching 400 miles of changing countryside whip past me through the train windows, I’m wearing the very last drops of a Dryad sample. I’m dangerously close to taking a detour to Les S tomorrow and nabbing a bottle if I have time (on my way to London for a work chore).

    yesterday: Black Perfecto in the morning, running around doing chores, getting visa photos taken, and a gym session. And after sauna and shower, lashings of Jicky to carry me through the grey rainy afternoon (Diana, you’re right: Jicky LOVES this kind of weather. Also, small cat loves Jicky, and I had an armful of purrs while reading.

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  50. Forgot to mention that I will be wearing Berdoues Grand Cru Collection Arz el Rab (Cedar of the Gods) as my evening scent for the month for Undina’s Month of Iris challenge….this is such a beautiful fragrance of ginger, iris and cedarwood…..all of the Berdoues are diaphanous but have great lasting power on my scent eating skin.

    Has anyone tried the Berdoues Amande & Tonka? I am curious as I am still looking for a fragrance that smells like the hubs’ memory of Jergens Lotion…I have had a few almond fragrances on a list but am crossing them off as I hear others’ thoughts…looking for a marzipan/ cherry almond dominant note.

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