SOTD 26 February – 4 March 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 26 February – 4 March 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.

 

Last Weeks WINNER: Saffyishere

Send your address to portia_turbo AT yahoo DOT com DOT au

Go To It Crew.
Portia xxx

291 thoughts on “SOTD 26 February – 4 March 2018

  1. SOTD was JHaG’s Gentlewoman because I wasn’t feelimg it on a mondsy morning and that lastinh neroli almond burst is my perfume equivalent of a vitamin shot 😉

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    • Almond you say???? I am on an almond/marzipan/ cherry-almond quest (like the scent of Jergens Original lotion which my hubs adores)…will have to look up the notes of this one…..

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      • I presume you’ve tried Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noire’s? Black Perfecto is a almondy rose maquerading as an almond cherry confection, and the La Petite Robe Noire EdP IS an almond cherry macaron…

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      • yes, I have indeed tried Black Perfecto…my skin amped up the cherry and it was a bit like cherry cough syrup with minimal almond (absolutely delicious , though….I went through my decant rather quickly)…I will look into the La Petite Robe Noire lotion…although I could probably just go with the Jergens and save money-LOL!

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  2. Yay, Saffy! btw, I am on the third episode of the last season available on Netflix (season three) of the Doctor Blake Mysteries…in true Portia fashion I am binge watching 🙂 Love this series! Ballarat looks so idyllic and quaint…is it still like that?

    Testing Byredo m/mink (odd little bird) and Sunday Cologne (pleasant). When I get to work I will freshen up with Marbert Man.

    Happy Monday, all!

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  3. Hi, APJ’s. It’s a chilly morning here, but the birds are singing a song about spring, and the light is so much brighter on my porch. I’m wearing Gem by Van Cleef & Arpels. Patchouli punch needed.

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    • Hi Alanna, no one has mentioned Gem for such a long time. I remember its beauty from back in the eighties. Is it still available? Or do you have a vintage version of it?

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  4. Today I am wearing Givenchy Dahlia Divin Le’Nectar edp. It’s a work day, I hope I didn’t spritz too liberally. It’s surrounding me in a beautiful veil of scent.

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  5. Saffy, congratulations!

    Chanel №5 body cream. It seems like this might be my favourite version of the legendary scent, even though it’s so hard to choose between all of them.

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  6. I am still sampling Robert Graham Fortitude. A strong like so far. It is listed as masculine but who cares. It caught my eye because of the gorgeous bottle. It is mainly sweetish tobacco on me. Oh so nice!

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      • Hi Saffy. I never tried Tobacco Vanille, so I can’t compare. I will add that I’m usually not fond of sweetness in fragrances, though there are exceptions. Fortitude is one of them. It lasts along time too. I got the sample online from Twisted Lily.

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  7. Bois des Iles EDT as we head back into another freeze (well, a British type of freeze, which is frankly laughable compared to the real cold elsewhere.) I was tempted to go full whack no prisoners taken ambery goodness, but then remembered that the office is airless, and currently overheated by people with heaters under their desks which makes it godawful stuffy.

    (And makes me grumpy, when someone is sitting in a sleeveless shirt complaining about the cold, and whacking the heating on rather than a jumper. GRR!

    Last drops of my sample of Aeon 001 yesterday. It was amazing. And orders of magnitude better on me than the Pour Monsieur I’d worn in the morning, that lasted, oh, seven minutes? Maybe eight?

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  8. Using up my last bit of Tauer Une Rose Chypree today – so lovely.
    Yesterday was lots of Dzing and it lasted right up to home time. And, i just ordered the discovery set from Fort & Manle – super excited!

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  9. I am going to do my sampling ahead of time on my last two Byredos..so for tonight it is Blanche (my wonky nose can barely smell this one..it’s extraordinarily subtle) and Inflorescence (lily of the valley and I am liking this one the best).

    I am saving tomorrow for my St.Clair Scent samples which have just arrived in the mail.

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  10. Currently I’m covered in scent
    1976 Floris
    Bois Blue Piguet
    Paco Rabonee Pour Homme
    Rococo Teone Reinthall

    It’s FRAGRANT around here.

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  11. I am happy to report that I may have found a replacement house for my beloved Sonoma Scent Studio….St. Clair Scents. A small indie line whose perfumer has an interesting background in dairy! Last night I sniffed her three creations from the vial and this morning on skin is Gardener’s Glove…gorgeous stuff. I could be wrong but my wonky nose smells tomato leaf….an unusual note I adore in perfume. Looking forward to giving the other two fragrances in her line some skin time as well.

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  12. Watching the alternating snow-and-sunshine from inside a small cloud of Chergui.

    And relishing the thought that I have just booked places to stay in Florence and Paris (with one night in Zurich in between) for an end of March adventure.
    Next stop: planes and trains. After payday.

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  13. My haul of vintage arrived today along with my recent win here. Portia you’re just the bomb! I can’t wait to dive into it all, but have to exercise a little patience (not my strong suit). Fan flipping tastic. Almost dancing with excitement.

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  14. Daim Blond today. I do know how it should be pronounced but for some reason to me it is “Damn Blonde”. Must be my subconscious thinking out loud!

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  15. This morning I put on Origins Ginger Essence. I will always keep this one on hand, it’s a great standby–simple, clean, and understated.

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  16. Longing for all my winter favourites so when i saw the temp had dipped overnight I whipped out Uncle Serge’s 5 O’Clock au Gingembre for a single spritz. Mmmm…spicy 😉

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    • Oh, I could never decide between Florabotanica and Rosabotanica. Both are so beautiful. That’s why I haven’t bought either so far. Stupid, I know…

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      • I think Florabotanica has a bit more oomph to it. I like Rosa, but love Flora. The packaging and bottle is beautiful. I used to wear it quite often, but I’ve been neglecting it of late so finally, it gets a spin. If I wore it more and emptied the bottle, i could put it out on display!

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  17. Hey kids!!! I began the day with a sore neck.. possibly slept strangely. Not fun. I had intention on picking up my layby today, so a small spritz of Reminisce Vanille on chest, then out of the door. Did a few chores, then into Myer…found a tester of Shalimar Cologne, so went to town lol.
    Off to collect my layby, Prada La Femme L’eau. I received a vanity bag as a GWP. Happy today, and as I’m writing this, my neck is better.

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  18. happy hump day!

    Testing St Clair Scent First Cut….Marzipan’s wonky nose interpretation:

    Some sort of sunny yellow lemon citrus (bergamot?) paired with a sweet floral suede-ish lavender (must be lavender absolute which smells different from regular lavender…it is the same type of lavender used in HG Voyage which gives it that suede effect) and perhaps vanilla then segues into soft honeyed hay that has an every so slightly animalic edge and the drydown is sweet florals. It is a diaphanous and gorgeous scent that sits relatively close to my skin. However, I have a dabber so I am wondering how this would present if sprayed liberally?

    Y’all need to talk me out of buying a full bottle!!!!!

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  19. Birthday 🎉 🎂
    Hard at work in Fidji parfum, it shares a birthday with me, so I had to give it an outing, plus it is my favourite❤️ Not doing much here, mind you, just had coffee and cake. I slalomed part of the way to work this morning as I live two miles off the main road. An interesting start to the day.

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  20. -4 and crazy levels of snow. For us. This is the most snow I’ve seen in nine years here. And it’s lovely dry, powdery, crunchy snow rather than slushy nonsense. Sent home from work, and now the Central Belt is pretty much shut down until tomorrow.

    Who knew that Bogue’s MEM would work so well in the dry freeze?

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  21. I went out to see the Black Panther movie wearing my namesake Dianthus by Etro. It’s one of my favourite carnations but I wished I’d have chosen something darker & edgier today.

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  22. Goldfield and Banks White Sandalwood for me. The last bit of my sample, which is not quite enough for me to get the full experience.I want more! Its a truly lovely scent – soft, but warm. Amber and turkish rose make it comforting and super smart.

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    • Replying to myself! Topping up with last bit of my Goldfield & Banks Desert Rosewood sample. Man, this is awesome. Spice, wood, leather and resin, touch vanilla. It’s big! Love it. Sorry White Sandalwood – i think you’ve been bumped into 2nd place. Waiting for some cooler temperatures to see if i love Wood Infusion as much.

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      • Neva, i got my samples direct from Goldfield & Banks. They’ve got a discovery set and you can order seperate samples if you want. Google them! They look like they ship around and have a few international connections – shoot them a email.

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      • Just visited their website – free shipping to European countries! Now, that’s what I call customer service. I think I’ll order a sample set. Luckily they have only 4 perfumes so far.

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  23. Have been testing my two new perfume purchases, Ambre Nuit and Le Labo Iris 39. My BIL is a real gem and did the shopping for me in London. So I now own 15 ml Iris 39 and 40 ml Ambre Nuit. But NO samples thrown in at all (Dior at Selfridges and Le Labo at the Le Labo shop). What??? Don’t they want returning customers? When my old father bought me perfume in Vienna he got 3 niche samples for me and a few for himself. It’s disappointing not to receive samples with a purchase, especially from lines with a limited distribution!

    All that said, both perfumes are excellent and I’m going to bed smelling of irises (without too much grated raw carrots in the fume cloud).

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      • I think you are right! I guess my scent mule could have asked straight out for samples, but he didn’t think about it and I had forgotten to mention it. Most SAs find it hard to refuse if I buy something and then tell them I also fancy scent X, do they happen to have a sample of it, perhaps?

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  24. I may have rather underestimated the amount of snow, and its effects. We’re due some high winds later, too.

    So I’m wrapped up in Mitzah, working from home, and pondering a crunch around the park before the wind hits.

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    • I’ve been working from home since last week. First I was ill and then it got really cold. Snow and wind included. Meahwhile I’m so used to staying at home, reading, cooking for myself,doing some yoga, that I don’t feel the need to socialize anymore 😀 scary
      Mitzah is great!

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      • Mine too, Portia! I am *seriously* considering getting a barrel of the stuff when in Paris, even though the quantity and price scares the pants off me. Wonder if any UKers might fancy a split…

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    • Hi Crikey
      It’s fairly severe here too but I managed a trudge with doggie a little while ago. Am in a cloud of Nuit de Tubereuse to heat the air around me. I love a blast of BWF in the cold.

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      • How did your dog like the snow? I have seen some puppers bounding around like it’s all the christmasses at once for them, and others who clearly think it’s the Worst Thing Ever. (Oh, and we’re back in full blizzard mode…)

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  25. Today I had on ArteOlfatto – Sine More. A beautiful Rose Chypre style that hits the spot in so many ways.
    Tonight Frederic Malle – En Passant. Working beautifully with the dying embers of Sone more.
    Portia x

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  26. Cafe Rose tonight for some sweet dreams. Pondering my perfume choice for tomorrow…not sure why since I’ll probably change my mind by the morning anyway if past history is any indicator.

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  27. St Clair Scents Frost (named after the poet)….smoky woods with undertones of jammy rose and nectar and leather….with a drydown of strawberry jam and honeysuckle nectar…..close enough to my beloved Sonoma Scent Studio Winter Woods…and a sublime cold weather scent…I am in trouble cause when my three samples run out I am going to want me some more-LOL!

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  28. Hiram Green Moon Bloom sample. I am sitting on my hands and not ordering travel sprays of all of his perfumes- haven’t even picked one because I’m having trouble deciding which one I like best!

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      • Whenever they would have promotions I would wait until the travel sprays were offered as freebies. Then with the purchase of just the soap I would get a free 9ml bottle of one of their fragrances! I am a perfumista on a budget 🙂 I do also have to say that I really love the body creams, although they are a bit pricey.

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  29. Its seems to have been a trying work week for me so i’m going big today with LOTS of Mancera Black Intensive Oud with a little Perry Ellis Royal Oud for some smoke. Hurry up home time!

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  30. Hugo Woman today for my interview. Ducked into mecca afterwards to peek at the ds & durga range. Luckily, I couldn’t make up my mind.

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    • I found Burnt Barbershop & Mississippi Medicine the most interesting of them but when I wore both of them home it was Mississippi Medicine that kept my interest (and which ultimately I bought a bottle of).

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      • Lillibet- Ah, thanks for the tip. I didn’t like radio bombay that much…
        and thanks for the good wishes. Now just the agony of waiting for them to decide.

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      • Thanks, Saffyishere. I don’t know. Hope not too long a wait. It’s government so who knows? One place took eight months to get the offer to me – waiting for all the signatures & approvals. I politely informed them that I had found another role and had been working for over seven months!

        Congratulations on your win! xx

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  31. it’s friday!!!
    Back to testing today…..Carven Le Parfum….very pretty sweet pea….smells clean, floral and classy. Later I am going to add First Cut to the mix (yes, I am still obsessing over St Clair Scents)….and when I get to work I will do the walk through the cloud of perfume with my big bottle of Nocturnes de Caron.

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      • 🙂

        You know I have a birthday coming up next month and then there is mother’s day…will have to plant the idea in the younger marzipans’ heads that mom needs a new bottle of perfume from St Clair Scents…although with all the bottles floating around the house they may indeed look at me cross eyed!

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  32. After a few days of Dzing in the cold, today I switched to SL Jeux de Peau. Recently since the beginning of this cold I feel the need for comfort, which means I eat cookies and chocolate more than usual. I thought a gourmand perfume with edible quality would comfort me instead. I smell like slightly burnt pralines 🙂

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  33. Almost wore Ostara today, in an effort to deny the deep freeze. And then it started snowing again, so I went with Cuir de Russie instead. The full luxe version: old-old-vintage extrait. Damn, but I smell gooooooood.

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    • I’m wanting to try Ostara, and planning on purchasing a bottle very soon. Cuir de Russie sounds perfect for your weather. Please stay warm and remain home, if you can. Safety first.

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      • I still can’t believe they discontinued it so fast. It’s so very good. Not everyone’s taste, sure, but it’s something kind of special. Hope you get your paws on some soon!

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  34. Home from work…..busy busy busy…. only 5 hours, however it was one of ‘those’ days where you completed one task and three others presented themselves simultaneously.
    Showered ,using a sweet pea body wash, sorbolene cream and a hefty spray of Prada Femme L’ Eau
    Hubby cooking bangers and mash then off to sleepy- byes.

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  35. Jumping in at the end of the work week to say that with the current hard slushy rain falling and another “bomb cyclone” threatened for later today, I have thrown all caution to the winds and am wearing—sparingly, mind you—Musc Tonkin, in the original skankilicious formulation. Three small sprays, then wrists tapped to the sides-of-the-throat sprays, and then wrists to elbows. I smell fine!

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  36. L`Artisan Parfumeur Seville a l`Aube.
    I bloody love this freaky orange blossom bomb. What a lovely perfume.
    Currently sitting in a cloud after spritzing 10 big blasts.
    AH MAY ZING!
    Portia xx

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    • That is a lovely scent indeed! I can’t really imagine what spraying ten times would be like, especially since it isn’t freezing in your part of the world.

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  37. After one warm day and one rainy but not too cold day it’s back to cold, wind and some snow. Chergui, but lightly sprayed because I have a couple of classes this morning. When I get home I’m going to spray with abandon to try to warm up.

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  38. Seville a l’Aube and Chergui, beautiful scent selections! I chose to wear Chanel No 19 Poudre today. March in Colorado is either winter snow storm or warm windy spring day. Today feels like a spring day which inspired my selection, as well as the fact I haven’t worn this fragrance in forever.

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  39. I am home and snowbound and never made it to work …..my power has been out for almost six hours and we got around a foot of snow…in March!!! I am adding to my mix of what I put on early this morning when I thought I was heading to work Si….first sampling of it…nice…and sweet.

    Tomorrow I may give some a my Legrand samples a whirl…..stay warm/cool (depending where you are ) and safe, APJers!

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  40. Gris Clair today to help me keep my cool whole I rush around. Hosting my Dads’s 70th birthday party tomorrow at the local recreation centre so lots to get organized. I haven’t worn it in a while and was taken aback by how lovely it is. So many perfumes to love…sometimes I feel like they get neglected.

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  41. Had a busy day out walking, or should that be trudging, and playing in the snow. SOTB Fougere Bengale courtesy of our very own fairy dragmother, Portia. Now I approached this with slight trepidation because lavender😬
    But It’s only gorgeous and that’s the truth. Tobacco and hay put the lavender firmly in its place. It’s very airy considering the notes it packs. So this is aimed at men, is it? Yeah well don’t let that fool you, it’s totally unisex. So glad I get a chance to give this a good wearing. It will be on tomorrow again!

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    • Hey Cassieflower,
      I LOVE Fougere Bengale. The lavender and cumin sometimes put people off but like you it’s cozy, syrupy and hayish for me. MMMMMMM.
      So glad you’re enjoying it.
      Portia xx

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  42. Did someone mention Chergui on this thread? Well, that’s me today. Abundantly chergui.
    And i have the house to myself all morning! Beautiful Canberra Saturday.
    Hope you’re all having a lovely day/afternoon/evening whereever you are. xx

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  43. Well happy Saturday to all. The Diva was a hit at work yesterday… I’d forgotten to mention that, 3 residents, 2 family members and 2 staff individually, separate from others gave approval!!!
    Today ,though I’m feeling like I need a change, so I’m “borrowing’ Hubby’s Grey Flannel, lol… He’ll be most disapproving .

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  44. Possible long post alert 😆 A late afternoon post – lazy day today as a late night last night, hitting the Fringe, with the awesome but discontinued L’art Vanille Absolument. Great show but a very rude table next to us talking while people singing and constantly being in their phones – I mean really – stay home!
    Right now, left arm CB I Hate Patchouli empire – super interesting scent. Their website says it’s a blend of five natural patchouli’s. It’s very woody and oakmossy. And dirty. earthy is probably the better word to use. Montale Santal Wood on the right – nothing amazing. Which is good coz I probably have enough Montale love happening in my collection anyway 😉

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  45. Lots of chores to finish today and will need to do some work I had no chance to finish during the workdays. But I sure will smell good, planning 5-6 sprays of Dior Ambre Nuit post shower. With the cold has come clear weather, so at least we get some light during the day now. Hopefully spring will come in 2-3 weeks time. Cannot wait to wear Ostara when it gets a little warmer! No storm or extra snow here thankfully!

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  46. Grey Flannel let me down, and ‘disappeared ‘ at work…I just couldn’t smell it. Admittedly, there were many other ‘overwhelming’ smells I could smell. lol
    I was grateful to get home ,and shower. I used the sweet pea body wash and have now applied Iris Ganache EDT from a 2ml rollerball sample.

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  47. Got my bottle of Cuir Amethyste. It is indeed very close to Daim Blond, or so it seems. I expected more violets but maybe I need to give it some more time to recover after the long way from Moscow?
    There is one thing, though, that spoilt my joy: I bought a 50 ml bottle, the seller told me that it was brand new, but I can see that at least 15 ml are missing. Does it happen to Armani Prive bottles, can they somehow evaporate over time?

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  48. Oops, almost forgot to add my note😉 Loving loving loving the Fougere Bengale, so that’s it for me today. I think I have enough left for another go tomorrow. Wohoo. Great stuff.

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  49. Wore Lubin’s Gin Fizz today for Dad’s party. Love the feeling of drifting around in my iwn golden cloud of champagne bubbles. Even though I was catering/hosting its a frag that feels like you’re a decadant socialite with others to do that plebeian stuff for you. Anyway everyone seemed to have a good time and plenty to eat and Mum & Dad were happy which was the main thing. Just got back home and unloaded the car and now I’m putting my feet up.

    Would quite like to change things up and put on something else now…maybe something fruity like Le Jardine Mediterrinee or Eau de Rhubarbe Ecalarte but there is a small black and white cat determinedly sitting on my lap so might have to wait lol.

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  50. Drained the last drops of my sample of Rozy Voile, and luxuriated in it all day while stomping about the city in the snow (up till the point in the evening–unconnected to scents or snow–where I got a brutal migraine.) Snarl still thinks it smells like cough medicine from his childhood, I still think it’s aMAYzing.

    Today was Bois d’encens to start with, but I need to find something else because it’s GONE. Down to a faint echo in two hours. Damn it. It usually lasts better on me than that.

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      • Oh, I WISH!

        Cardinal is a very different vibe and too damn airy for my liking, so it’s not that. My go-to incense is CDG2Man, which I love, with its snuffed out candle note, but I know you wear that too. I’ve just bagged a sample of Unum Lavs, so, maybe… but the first sniff is *very* austere. I’ve not tried the others from their incense range, except Avignon, which was an almost.

        Once I’ve been to Paris and got my beak into a bell jar of Encens et Lavande I’ll report back on that. I have high hopes!

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      • Ooooh…Crikey! I shall live vicariously through you when you do. Just ordered another decant of Encens et Lavande! If I ever buy a bell jar that will be the one!

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  51. Hermès’ Galop this morning. Love its rosey leathety goodness. I’m taking advantage of the cooler weather before it heats up again later in the week.

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    • You know I keep trying Galop in department stores and not really living it Lillibet. It smells so much better on the other people wearing it but just kinda falls apart on me. So bummed because I freajking LOVE the bottle.
      Portia xx

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    • I really like Galop d’Hermes. I’m going quickly through my decant, but first I had to get used to it with a standard sample. I feel the quince note rather strong and it feels kind of apple-like on me. The rose and leather are a great bonus. Do you have FB of Galop?

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  52. Hello all. A really bad episode of insomnia again… I’m really ‘over it’. Anyway, Sloth Day has arrived and I’m watching the Oscars, in my jimmy jammies.
    Last weeks prize from Portia arrived an hour ago, but I haven’t tried any as yet. Hubby applied a very healthy dose of his YSL M7 Oud Absolou

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