SOTD 24.9 – 30.9.2018

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Portia

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Hi APJ,

A SOTD (Scent Of The Day) thread is a really good conversation generator. 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. and how it makes you feel and/or anything else about it that tickles your fancy.

You can also comment on everyone else choices too. It’s great to tell someone how much you love their choice, ask for more info about it, the house or perfumer. There’s someone here from around the world 24/7 and perfume people love to chat.

SOTD 24.9 – 30.9.2018

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.

 

Go To It Crew.
Portia xxx

643 thoughts on “SOTD 24.9 – 30.9.2018

  1. Douce Amere on a coldish bright day. Serge and I don’t really get along. But this one is gorgeous. I think it’s one of those stupid bell jars tho. So I’ll never have more than a decant. Off to the site. Meeting with contractor and various tradesmen. Gonna play with some power tools. Should be fun. For me, not for them 🤣

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  2. Flipping cold start to the morning here, was only 5 degrees when I poked my nose out. Has warmed up a bit now though. I’m keeping the chills away with Frangipani. Had mop top done and sporting some nice red hairline streaks. Goes with my red lipstick.

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  3. Someone (I thinkmthe lovel Kate) recently suggested a trio of Mitsouko, L’Heure Bleue and Jicky all applied in equal amounts, so I just did it. So far the blue one is winning, but it smells damn good!

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  4. I have a job interview after lunch today. My go-to in these types of situations (me being nervous or in meetings or cramped spaces) is to go with a citrus fragrance. Today I selected Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Limon Verde. Wish me luck, I’m really nervous! I’m competing against much younger people and it is a pay cut/grade drop, but I think the job would be more enjoyable for me.

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  5. It’s 25 of September, not here but in Australia, so Portia, happy birthday! Whatever dreams and wishes you have, may they come true effortlessly and quickly!!

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  6. Many happy returns, Portia! I hope it is the happiest of birthdays. May you always be surrounded by as much love, generosity, friendship, and fabulousness as you put out into the world!

    p.s. 1968 is clearly a most excellent vintage 😉

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  7. Happy birthday to youuuu, happy birthday to youuuu. Wishing you a fabulous day with loved ones. And have your cake and eat it😋🎂🎊🍰🍾🎉

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  8. Portia, may your wishes come true on this lovely day. I hope you and Jin will have a nice celebration. Please let us know which perfume you chose for your birthday.

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  9. In late breaking news, received my sample of Aftelier Antique Ambergris. Wow. Mandy doesn’t fool around. FedEx. Three days from California to Montreal.
    This is some amazing stuff! Alright the first minute or so it smells like straight up poopie on me. But wait. The ambergris blooms and what is left is as Portia described “a subtle, refined funk’ Gorgeous. Not sure if I can pull it off but it would be particularly devastating on a man. Not that it is particularly masculine, but in my filthy mind it conjours up an incredibly, irresistibly mateable (use your imagination girls! That’s not the word I wanted to use) man. The kind you don’t take home to meet your Mommy. Say no more.

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  10. Struggling with decisions this morning I am! Changed my shoes and shirt twice! Had three little scents on trial, SMN Vaniglia, DK Cashmere Mist and Profumi Di Firenze Vaniglia del Madagascar. No luck with any of these so have gone to something I know – L’artisan Al Oudh! Even if I look like I can’t coordinate my outfit, least I’m smelling great!!
    Yesterday’s highlight was Le Labo Patchouli – definitely worthy of another wear and more time for me to write properly about it. I will say though I really, really liked it 😉

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  11. Oud save the Queen Atkinson’s
    Portia introduced me to oud, so for me now down the oud rabbit hole…
    Creamy and lasts for ages…
    Happiest of Birthdays to our Dear Portia, may it be as fragrant fun and fabulous as you are xxx🎂🎂🎁💐😘😘

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  12. First, Happy Birthday Portia. I am wearing new version of Azzaro Pour Homme Intense. it shares nothing with the original except the name, it is a cinnamon bomb so those who like cinnamon may like it. I am neutral and may or may not get rid of it

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  13. Atelier Iris Rebelle. A total misnomer for this, as there’s nothing remotely rebellious about it. A nice skin scent, though. Veers ladylike (dunno why I’m wearing it in that case). i went mad and went to bed early last night, and had a full night’s sleep! So much, in fact, that i feel like I’ve got puffy sleep eyes today. Ya can’t win.

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  14. Non-vintage vintage Shalimar over Antique Ambergris in Episode One of Marcella Learns to Layer. I think this combo is providing a some guts to the gutless Shalimar I got. Probably a waste of my little smear of Ambergris though. I like it straight up best.

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  15. My package arrived!!!!!! Talk about luxury! The gorgeous box, the beautiful wrappings, the samples placed in a beautiful envelope, the handwritten note and also a surprise of the Rose Cassis in travel spray (me likey! and me also likey the Orange Blossom Petal….sadly the Pink Pepperwood sample was empty …I think Jessica forgot to fill it-LOL! but I will count on Marcella for chiming in whenever she gets around to sampling that one)….

    so I guess this ends my Hermessence streak…and now you will be having to read my daily SOTD as Reglisse Noire for I plan to wear a lot of my preeeeciouuuus……..

    I guess Marcella was right…I AM a girly girl after all-LOL!

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    • The Rose Cassis is so delicious that I want to eat my tiny arm off! I am loving the Orange Blossom too!!! It smells a lot like orange blossom absolute e.o. ….Oh oh..I think I am in trouble!!! I want the Orange Blossom in full bottle for the spring and the Rose Cassis in full bottle for the summer…cassie, when you win lotto please?

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    • Oooooo! You got your 1000 Flowers! YAY! Did you get a sample pack? Which ones? I have your favorite Réglisse Noire, Narcotic Flowers, Rose Cassis Paradis, Ode, Orange Blossom Petal and Pink Pepper Wood. Do please review them for us. I really want to compare my experiences with yours! Plus the crew wants to know too!!! So happy for you! And being a girly-girl is a GOOD thing! My Little Girl (29 on Thursday) is such a girlie. And I love it. I bought her some L’instant, Geurlain for her birthday. Soft, gentle and sweet (to my nose) just like her. So congrats on your package. Enjoy!

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    • Good, I also plan to wear one scent for a longer period. Well, for a few days in a row. I think I owe it to the ones I love 😉 what package is it? I don’t know the perfumes.

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      • Yay, Neva! Please join me so that I don’t feel bad about reporting the same scent over and over 🙂

        It’s 1000 Flowers and the perfumer was originally from Canada but now lives in Grasse, France which is where she trained and where my package came from.

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        • Don’t worry, I’ll just be reposting my SOTD, hahahaha.
          I wish I’ve heard of 1000 Flowers before. I’d have visited the shop when I was in Grasse this summer…now I’ll have to order a discovery set, I guess 😉

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          • Ah too bad! I would have liked to go there as well although I only made it to Paris and never to Grasse. Oh and to answer your question, I retired my pointe shoes when I was 23…which basically was a lifetime ago. When I stopped I pretty much stopped.

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          • Neva, I too get that pinch around my heart….and the muscle memory of the body as I watch them move…I can feel and imagine again dancing as they do. When I gave up my career I wanted nothing to do with ballet anymore…I could not watch it or do it….but several years later I took a class at college and I rather enjoyed it but did not resume ballet after that one semester. I think I am so enamored with yoga because it challenges my old body in the same vein as ballet challenged my young body….if that makes any sense to you?

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          • Yes, you described it so accurately! I know what you mean. I could watch ballet performances but every time I had tears in my eyes. I still sometimes do.
            I went to contemporary dance classes some eight years ago with non professionals who were in their thirties (much younger than me) but nowadays it’s all about rolling on the floor and I didn’t enjoy it so much anymore so I gave up. I do yoga for 4 years now and the benefit is that I’m more flexible but I really miss dancing, practising a choreography.

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      • Our Mrs. Marzipan has received her much beloved, long wished for FB (!) of Reglisse Noire…so I guess the package was from 1000 Flowers’s Jessica Buchanan. I should probably have waited for Mrs. M to reply, but I didn’t want to leave y’all is suspense! Sorry Mrs. Marzipan!! Enjoy wearing your Reglisse Noire tomorrow!

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      • https://www.1000flowers.ca/

        I hope it’s OK to post this Portia….if not take it down. Saffy, the perfumer is Jessica September Buchanan. She is a one woman show and now has a tiny brick and mortar store in France. She is a lovely artisanal perfumer that I have been enamored with since I discovered her work around 2012. Beautiful creations well worth checking out.

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  16. SOT evening: Asphalt Rainbow from Charenton Macerations. I really like their perfumes and it’s a pity they are not sold in Europe. This is an interesting take on the rose – soft and powdery mixed with a metallic note and asphalt smell. In the opening it smells like fresh pine. I’m still wondering how they managed to combine it but it’s a masterpiece and I often get complimented on it.

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  17. Hey Portia, glad you survived the celebrations 🎉. We won’t expect to hear from you for a couple of days. You’ll need to regroup. And come to terms with turning 50😂😭🤪😱

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  18. Just made a fatal error🙊 Checked out the 1000 flowers site. Discovery set is very very not expensive. I closed site very quickly. But I can’t unsee it. Does a no-buy include discovery sets anyway?

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  19. Scent of Fear . Found a private clinic and I have an appointment to get my hip injected this morning. It’s going to cost big dollars, so that sucks. Unusually I have a rubbish headache. That sucks too. I feel like Crikey’s gravatar Eeyore. Woe is me. Off I go, tail tucked pathetically between my legs, whimpering in anxiety.

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  20. Thanks all, for your cheerleading! I have walked through the gates of hell and returned. Bloody hell, that hurt like a b**ch. Ha! But it’s over. Treating myself to a generous application of incorrect decade, but still vintage Shalimar overlaid with Antique Ambergris. Which will soon be finished 😢. Not allowed to drive for the next couple of hours, so I’ll just hang out and smell my gorgeousness. Whilst the Shalimar I received is not of the decade I would have preferred it still smells pretty darned good!

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      • I can’t remember, but I think it was a week or 10 days….minus two days of an excruciating cortisone flare which I hope does not repeat itself. Anyhow, soon enough I won’t be gimping around and climbing stairs like I’ve never tried that new-tangled contraption. Best of all, no more waking up half a dozen times at night, lying awake for ages and swearing a blue streak. My cats will be relieved, they now swear like demented lunatics. The hub can sleep through an atomic blast. He won’t notice a difference.

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  21. Reglisse Noire for me again today….I took my bottle to work yesterday too so that I can spray with reckless abandonment and I got three compliments in the morning!

    Last night I feel asleep with Rose Cassis Paradis on my hand….lordie that is good stuff! I think my travel spray may get thunked quicker than I imagined.

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  22. Yesterday was Burberry Body – another from the back row. Today some more L’Art Al Oudh with a little Library of Flowers True Vanilla to soften things up.

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    • Melanie, you make me almost sorry for not snapping up a bargain on Al Oudh! Reviewers on Fragrantica are on the fence about it so I decided not to take a chance but you say you like it. Could you name any other fragrance in the similar vein?

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      • Diana, I’m a bit of a newbie to oud. I tried Al Oudh thru a decant first and was super impressed. It sits well on my skin and lasts. I don’t think I have anything else similar. I just really like it!! Let me give it a few more wears and I’ll see if I can write it up better for you xx

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  23. Unscented. Did not sleep. Can’t walk. Crawled to the doctor to ask if my leg would fall off. Apparently not. So, I’ll stay home and play with Tylenol and ice. And irritate all of you which will make me feel better.
    I am going to try PG Arabian Horse today. I’ve been aching to try this one for over a year. Portia alerted me to the fact that Lucky Scent now carries it. The order was placed with blazing efficiency. Laters!

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  24. The beginning of the school year is madness for me. I’m finally finding a moment to chime in – so many comments! Today I’m trying Marni Rose from a swap. It’s definitely appropriate for my work (many rose perfumes are not!) if a bit soft. Will re-up for the afternoon when we head out to my son’s (American) football game.

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    • My daughter has just returned to work as an early years teacher after an extended maternity leave. She said she felt like she’d been hit by a plank after her first day back.😯 I admire your patience as it’s such a demanding job, more a vocation really.

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  25. I just love that whole American football frenzy that you guys do!!! Is it high school or college? Whenever we’re driving through the states practically every school has a football field. It’s iconic. Here it’s all about hockey. Kids strap on their skates as toddlers then it’s one hockey rink to the other, all winter long. And that’s long.

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  26. Today I passed by a shop carrying Diptyque fragrances and finally came to try Fleur de Peau that everybody seems to like a lot. It’s a very pleasing soft skin scent, clean and a bit soapy. But then the SA pulled out another new scent – Tempo – and I was stunned! It’s actually a patchouli scent and I like patchouli only in vintage perfumes in the drydown. Well, this one opens with a soft, refined patchouli so it immediately feels vintage. Huge like! After the fresh opening it smells like humid, maybe even rotten, leaves and then it gets slightly bitter and the drydown is deep and woody. I think it will be nice to smell traces of it on a scarf or pullover in the wintertime. And I think I need it 😀

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      • do you like patchouli e.o.? I love it. I once spend an entire Autumn wearing nothing but patchouli diluted in sweet almond oil (which is actually an unscented carrier oil) slathered all over my body…I applied it every morning from head to toe…my clothes reeked of it…and I Loved it. Hundreds of years ago patchouli leaves were packed with clothes to ward off moths and other critters that might eat the clothes. Then folks realized how good their clothes smelled. This is what my clothes were like….saturated in the scent of patchouli.

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        • I’m not sure Brigitte. I remember the patchouli scent that hippies used to wear in the seventies and it was rather harsh and strong. I guess it’s not what you meant. I love chypres so as a part of the whole package I like it because it gives a certain depth to a perfume but I’m not really fond of patchouli dominated perfumes. Tempo was a very nice surprise though.
          Where did you buy your patchouli? Was it an oil? I’m curious how it smells…

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          • Yes I buy patchouli essential oil…I used to buy patchouli dark from Eden Botanicals..if you let the oil age for years it gets very mellow and not as harsh as you remember. Also, if you dilute in a carrier oil it tones down the harshness. But it is part of the mint family so it has a minty aspect to it but it also has cocoa and chocolate facets which is what I get with my skin chemistry. You can also get less expensive patchouli essential oils such as NOW Essentials which is what I have hiding in my basement on my e.o. shelf. See if you can find it in a health food store and give it a try again.

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          • Neva- A carrier oil is an unscented oil which “dilutes” the essential oil (technically you are not supposed to apply an essential oil straight up onto your skin ,however, I do all the time and have never had a reaction but that is the recommendation). Examples of unscented carrier oils would be things like jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, unfractionated coconut oil, apricot kernel oil, sesame seed oil…..usually you add the essential oil to a carrier oil and use that blend. If you blend patchouli in a carrier oil the scent becomes “tamer” and is more powdery and less earthy. I will put essential oils into carrier oils when I want to wear the scent all over my body. I also use carrier oils alone as an all over unscented moisturizer for my very dry skin. It helps any fragrance you are wearing to better stick to your skin too.

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    • Uh-oh Neva. Tempo sounds seriously good. Do I need it too? How’s the performance? Getting any sillage? Long lasting? Your answers:
      Yes
      Fantastic
      Absolutley
      Incredibly
      If these are actually your answers we both need it.

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  27. Hey Mrs. Marzipan, I’m down here. So yeah. Trying Pink Pepper Wood. Opens a really clean, gentle pepper. Not at all sneezy or harsh. Pepper is quickly joined by juniper. Fresh with no sweetness. To me it smells like the cleanest, brightest summer woods ever. It’s ultra clean but not at all soapy. Very refreshing. It would be great on some of those hot, humid swampy days we had last summer. Not particularly ladylike, but certainly not masculine. The cedar is low key and simply adds to the overall fresh outdoorsy feel. It smells like hiking on a cool, bright early summer day. Jessica’s perfumes are really well done. No doubt about it. I hope day two of REGLISSE NOIRE was every bit as good as day one. We’re counting on you to do a masterful run on this one. No cheating allowed. No running to the basement for a hit of Hermessence. All we want to hear is REGLISSE NOIRE!!!!!! for the next month. You will be our stubborn hero!

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    • Oh MY gawd!!!!! Now I am so annoyed that Jessica forgot to fill that empty vial of Pink Pepper wood for me cause i need to get my nose on it!( I know it did not evaporate because when I opened it I smelled nothing)…I love juniper and I do also love masculine scents (hell, I wore Grey Flannel when I had an office job in Manhattan at the age of 18)….thank you for this review…I am going to get my mitts on it. I might go for the Orange Blossom Petal for a Christmas present to myself in preparation for a spring scent. Then for my birthday get a bottle of Rose Cassis Paradis in preparation for summer…and amongst those two “gifts” will either be a sample or travel spray of Pink Pepper Wood…I do enjoy juniper and wood notes so I think this would be right up my alley.

      I have been wearing the heck out of my Reglisse..shamefully reapplying throughout the day…got a few more compliments today as well…I think it works on my skin…it’s a gourmand but it’s not overly sweet. Portia did an excellent review of it on Perfume Posse. I will see if I can link it. I will definitely stick with it for a while…maybe yes to a month….cause you know I am a stubborn Taurean 😉

      Thanks for testing out Narcotic Flower too. I will have to get my hands on a sample of that as well when I get future full bottles. I had the old version but I am curious about the new one.

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    • I think I am in trouble because a perfumista friend (no not the one that likes aquatic marine notes) heard that I was collecting mini perfume bottles (my intent is to divide up the christmas ornaments into threes for the mini marzipans this year and pack them away and then turn what I have of mini perfume bottles into Christmas ornaments by tying ribbons around them). So she offered to send me her neglected minis which I assumed would be just about empty….NO! they are full or almost full!!! Plus she also sent me a few samples too!!! in that loot were two that look and smell vintage….Femme and Dioressence…one whiff of the Dioressence and I was instantly transplanted back to childhood…. there is also Elle L’aime (Lolita Lempicka..never heard of this one but the mini bottle is gorgeous!!! I will have to wear these at night to continue with my Reglisse during the day! The perfume Gods are surely looking out for me!

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        • LOL! funny thing is I had written on another blog that I was saving my minis for Christmas decorations and she offered me her “empties”. so we corresponded and it turns out she was visiting in the States for a short period and wanted to mail them from the States to avoid all the wacky postal regulations. They just came in tonight and I was shocked to see most of the minis full. I am forever extraordinarily grateful for the kindness of perfumistas. And this also means that I need to keep telling Portia to not enter me so that others can be blessed by the perfume gods.

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          • The Elle by the way smells exactly like vintage Coty Sand and Sable…lordy that was a good but cheapy!
            Anyone remember that one? Beachy vibe and gardenia to my nose. I must have thunked three bottles of it back in the day.

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          • I’ve never heard of this Coty but it seems great. Portia did mention Elle l’aime a few weeks ago in the SOTD thread. I’m gonna need to try either one, or both. Not now, though, I’ve got way too many samples on my hands now 🙂 (None of my friends loves perfumes as much as I do, but eventually these little guys will find their way to someone else).

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          • Diana- Don’t know what current Sand and Sable smells like but vintage was fantastic ..and it was a drugstore perfume so it was extraordinarily inexpensive! Wish we all lived near each other so that we could share all of our loot in person!

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          • If you ever get the chance to sniff the new version of Sand and Sable, please let me know. I’m pretty sure it’s a washed up shadow of its older self but a girl can hope.

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        • mOst of the ornaments were made with their photos in them…I started this 17 years ago…so when they each have their own tree they will see the trajectory of their growth year to year. It’s actually kind of cool as they get a kick out of it even now…looking at how tiny they were. I decided that last year was the last year to make an ornament as they are pretty much all grown now.

          I am excited about my project and right now all the minis I have collected are sitting in the basement in a box.

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        • They are both sublime….I also got minis of Midnight Fleur, Dahlia & Vines, Elle L’Aime and samples of Byredo Velvet Haze and Gypsy Water and I think Molecule 1 (I can’t quite read the card it was attached to)

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      • What a fantastic idea with minis as Christmas ornaments! I love it! It will surely look amazing on a Christmas tree or a huge wreath. OMG I can literally see them hanging on shiny ribbons glittering in the light. It will be pure sophistication. You surely know how to appease the perfume Gods Brigitte 🙂

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  28. today I gave Le Labo Patchouli 24 another spin. The initial blast is full on! It’s big smoke. It’s tyres. It’s just plain smack in your face – well on my skin it is! I did do a quite few sprays so the smoke lasted for more than an hour. What I was looking for was the amazing dry down I got the other night I wore it but today it’s not giving that same feel. Maybe I put too much on or maybe it depends on the temperature. I’ve got half my sample left so there’s enough for another try. Maybe today was a bit cool for it. There’s a few others in the pack – Bergamote 22 was another highlight. And, I’m giving Oud 27 another go right now. Last time I wore it it was not nice, first thought was cow poo! Tonight it’s better and much more wearable (cedar, musk, something sweet) so maybe it depends on temperature?

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    • Wow that sounds potent! I have heard good things about Bergamote 22. I think I have been unconsciously boycotting Le Labo because the SAs in Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC completely avoided me the three times I made the trip in over the years when I went up to the counter. I guess I did not fit the profile of a full bottle purchaser. That snobbery was a real turn off. I am glad that you are enjoying them, though and I look forward to hearing more of what you sample 🙂

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        • Nothing wrong with you Jyotsna 😉I don’t like any Byredo scents and they get lots of love here.😍
          Jyotsna, if you’d like, while I’m waiting for my Dame order to arrive, write me and let’s talk some – I’d love to share some of their samples with you smelanie at outlook dot com (if you’d like to that is!!)

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        • I was not dressed for the part…I had a two hour train ride into the city so I was wearing leggings , sneakers and had a backpack…this is my usual garb for perfume sniffing trips into Manhattan…so my tiny self did not look like someone who could afford Le Labo I guess.

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      • Thanks Brigitte, I’ve been avoiding Le Labo simply because of the price and because up until recently they weren’t easily available in oz. then I fell down the decant rabbit hole and tried Santal 33! I’m always nervous to sample perfume that’s over my budget spend in case I really, really like it! Will report on the other samples soon xx

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        • Yes, they are quite pricey so I understand you avoiding them (I do that too with other brands!). Maybe if you really really love something you can look into getting a decant.

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        • Santal 33 is the only Le Labo I’ve tried and I really liked its dryness. I have no idea about their price range because they are not available around here. I’d like to try some more only to be able to comment them.

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  29. REglisse Noire on neck and testing Byredo Velvet Haze (sweet oud) on right wrist and Gypsy Water (sweet frankincense/juniper which I can barely smell) on left wrist. Thank Gawd it is Friday…it’s been a long week folks! thanks for always keeping me laughing and entertained, APJers!

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    • Gypsy Water sounds nice. And on a different note, you’re quite the entertainer yourself, Brigitte! I don’t know how you manage to find the time for replying to every single comment 🙂

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      • I squeeze it in on my phone during the day and on my computer at night OR the wee hours of the morning because middle aged me suffers from insomnia!!!

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        • Brigitte, have you tried passion flower, valerian, lavender oil (supplement, not the EO) or melissa? Melatonin may have some hazardous effects on people’s health, but maybe these herbs could help you have a healthier sleep.

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          • No I haven’t but maybe I should? What have you heard about melatonin? I try not to take it too often unless I know I really need a good night’s sleep for something important the next day.

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  30. OK, I got a bit swamped with work and autumnal procrastination, so here’s my wee report: Eau Premiere was my yesterday’s choice, and it was as beautiful as ever. Today it’s Rose Poivree by TDC and some Aura on the wrist. I don’t think Aura (edp) will make it to my full-bottle list. It’s an interesting scent, just not my type, although the drydown is really nice.

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  31. Bruno Fazzolari’s Au Dela Narcisse today. I have about one more wearing in this sample, and I am hankering after more. It’s pretty special. Zoologist Civet this evening though–not that I’m going anywhere– because it’s fabulous and that feels good.

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    • Hey Crikey, you smell wonderful today! I like B. Fazzolari’s Au Dela but haven’t tried the Narcisse version. Au Dela has a retro vibe and I’m a fan of it. Civet is a masterpiece, it feels very comforting and sophisticated.

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      • thank you. I love both. Civet was a pretty much instant FB after sampling. ADN would be if a. I wasn’t trying to be a sensible grown up and b. it is OUT OF STOCK everywhere as he’s between batches.

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        • Oh, it’s the same with Seyrig which I wanted to order after going through a sample but it’s out of stock for two years. I still haven’t lost hope that it will be produced again…

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          • argh! Have you written to him, and asked whether he will be making any more?
            At least I know there is another batch of ADN being made.

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          • Not yet. I guess I’m afraid to face the reality but thanks for the suggestion. At least I see that Monserrat is still being sold and that’s my second favorite.

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      • Nope. He’s got a new one coming out soon–a vetiver–and I think some people have tried it. But not me, not yet. ADN is LOVELY though–a twisty classical chypre with a rich dollop of narcissus in there. yum!

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  32. Today in Australia it the AFL Grand Final. It is the equivalent of America’s Super Bowl. I will be very busy at work because many of the elderly will be wanting to watch the game, and then as soon as it finishes 30 ppl will need assistance to go to bed!! I’m torn atm as to which scent to wear today…another big bold bomb ,or a soft barely there. I shall decide just before I go to work.

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    • Oh no, not again Brigitte… :-/ if I got that right, it’s like four o’clock in the morning for you. I hope you don’t have to go to work in the morning but most of all I hope you’ve fallen asleep again.

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      • Nope , haven’t fallen asleep….I have been up since 1am. Now it’s almost 5am so I am testing before I shower….I think I am wearing Molecule 4 on the left wrist ( I smell grapefruit) and 1000 Flowers Orange Blossom Petal on the right wrist (still love it but I think I may go for a travel spray instead whenever I get around to ordering again…she also has an all natural lavender spray cologne made with organic alcohol which looks really good! this is what happens when you are up at the crack of dawn! you look at perfume sites and get new lemmings!) I will get off the computer and do some knitting as that is always relaxing for me.

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        • You don’t have to buy immediately. Just put it on your list and in the morning it may not feel so important…look who’s talking. I always do my perfume shopping online late at night when I think everyone except me is asleep and won’t notice the bargain, LOL.
          What are you knitting? A nice pullover for the winter season?

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          • thank you!!! that is excellent advice! I made a vow to myself with two in college and one more going next year that I was going to be frugal with my non essential purchases…and here I went buying two new full bottles very recently! So I need a voice of reason to talk me off the ledge …for now I can “shop” in my basement 🙂

            I have very rudimentary knitting skills so I am working on hats and scarves for the mini Marzipans to gift to their friends…much more cost effective and also has a nice personal touch…plus, I find knitting to be very meditative and a form of therapy!

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          • Aaaah, your basement, the treasury chest 🙂 It’s good to know that there’s always a backup.
            Knitting is wonderfully calming and yes, meditative.I remember I used to talk to myself for hours while I was knitting in my room. It felt so good 🙂 My grandmothers were experts and they taught me to knit when I was very young. I’ve knitted really beautiful pullovers, scarves, bags and all sorts of things but that was thirty years ago. I don’t know why I’ve stopped, probably just life coming in between…
            Your mini Marzipans are a lucky bunch to have you 🙂 I hope they’re aware of it.

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          • Haha, so do I, Neva. But I always wish my APJers get the best!
            I am on a kinda no-buy (the last bottle of chergui doesn’t count). I am looking for Christmas presents for myself though. Some Fort & Manle and Teonie Reinthal are towards the top of my wish list.

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          • I just love such no buys Jyotsna 😉 I guess the Chergui was a backup bottle so of course that doesn’t count. It was kind of a refill for the old bottle 😉
            Looking forward to my Christmas present to myself too! It’s always the best present i get, how strange… 😀

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          • They better appreciate me, Neva! LOL! Everyone in the house calls me “Big Ma” not because of my size but because I keep it all together 🙂

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    • Some comments make me crave for new perfumes, yours often make me crave EOs! I got my stash of citrus oils, ylang-ylang, lavender and a few others to brighten up the room but you have some seriously good stuff there. Hope myrrh helped you have a good night’s sleep. Did you try to take lavender oil in veggie cups? I bought some from iHerb, the effect was pretty good.

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  33. Marcella- a commenter wrote this about Reglisse Noire-

    “Reglisse Noire is a joy to wear. Why? Because it smells like sprinkles. That sweet licorice aroma that you get when you pop open the lid of a little container of sprinkles is the overall impression I get from this scent. More specifically, it smells like anijshagel, an anise flavoured sprinkle spread that you put on toast – a Dutch confection.”

    I am wondering if this is why it is a scent trigger for you reminding you of your mom?

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  34. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PORTIA!! 💕❤️💜😘🎉🎈🍾🥂
    I wish for you, love, laughter, and Magic.
    Belated, belated-omg, how could I have missed this!

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  35. I was browsing on the Peony Melbourne site and, HOLEE SHMOLEE!! the OJ Four Corners is exxy. Has anyone tried these Montabaco, Nawab of Oudh, Qi or Isfarkand?? Keen to hear OPINIONS!

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  36. Musc Infini by Ex Nihilo. I liked it last summer but now it seems a bit too sweet for my taste. So far the nicest musc for me has been Clair de Musc by Lutens but there are so many I haven’t tried (and probably shouldn’t 🙂 ).

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  37. I can still smell the myrrh on my bathrobe from yesterday morning…this is sublime.

    Last night I made a blend for my friend…myrrh, frankincense, rose, lavender, sandalwood and my homemade vanilla bean oil. I am sending it to her for her birthday. Like me she enjoys wearing essential oils in the evening to help her relax (another fellow insomniac)

    Today I will go for more lashings of Reglisse Noire…would you believe a fifth of my bottle is already done?

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    • That oil must be amazing. The only thing that could improve it for me would be the absence of the lavender. We have a complicated relationship, it sometimes makes me cry. Ha, what I mean is that it stings my eyes and makes them water, though not always.

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      • Cassie- Lavendar is strong. Maybe in a sweet almond carrier oil?

        I love EOs. That blend sounds divine, Brigitte. I’m an insomniac too- hate it!!

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          • G’day all. To Jyotsna…I have a love / hate relationship with RDK I don’t need a bottle. Work was ridiculously busy on Sunday evening. I’m so pleased I now have a couple days off. I plan on getting in my garden and doing some weeding. After my post work shower, I have applied Samsara to soothe my soul,and I’ll be taking a hot pack to give ‘warmth’ to my knotted tummy.

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          • this!!! I just took a long luxurious nap before I go out to mow the other half of our lawn…push mower and riding mower. I also need to do my exercises today. Thus far I have been consistent even on days I don’t want to!

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          • You’re definitely getting the gold medal for being a good girl. You’re like the Duracell Bunny, you just go on and on and on. . .🐰

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          • Cassie. I’m sooo glad to hear that the coffee e.o. has slimmed your thighs! Isn’t it amazing how that stuff really works? I’ll let you in on an anti-ageing ‘secret’, altho I’m sure you aren’t needing that yet. Before bed, warm up some bacon grease, not too much, a tbsp should do. Add just a bit of dog hair and an equal part of belly button lint. Stir gently. Massage into your face using circular motions. It is amazing!! Wrinkles, dark pigmentation, under eye circles, sun damage, uneven skin tone, dryness, oiliness will all be gone. Your skin will be returned to it’s youthful radiance. And even better….you will have that special ‘lit from within glow’ that every woman will envy. I couldn’t be more thrilled with this. I literally looked 25 years younger when I woke up. The first real miracle treatment that actually worked for me. I’m so happy and my husband says I look better than when I was 20! And what’s better than a happy husband, right? Oh, we’re so lucky!!

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          • Well dammit all, I was going great, assembling the cooking implements, rooting through the cupboards for ingredients, all going well, and then find out that there’s no belly button lint to be had! Wonder if Aldi has any on offer this week? And I was sooo looking forward to dropping 25 years off my face, mind you, they’d probably drop right down onto my ass.🙄

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          • Ugh! I pressed the right reply button according to Neva’s deductions and now have no clue where the ‘secret anti-ageing miracle’ recipe ended up. Hope you find it. Although, I’m sure you don’t need it, of course.

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          • Brigitte- The threading on this forum is odd. I’m still trying to find a way to reply to one of Neva’s posts. Not every post has a reply option. I think 2 deep is as far as it goes.

            I should try some blends to help me sleep. This sleep deprivation is killing me!

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          • Jyotsna- I get confused on where to reply myself…sometimes it helps if you mention the person’s name. Please do play around with your e.o.s….combining them is a great hobby of mine 🙂 …and maybe it might also help out with the sleep…Diana mentioned above taking supplements ….I will have to look into that next time I am in my local health food store.

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          • Haha, we’re all over the place. Have you ever used coffee eo? It’s so fabulous. I just mix with carrier oil to use. I could lick myself when I use it. It’s (supposedly) good for cellulite busting and tissue drainage. And of COURSE I’ve got sleek and toned thighs from using it😂

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          • I think I’ve worked it out with the “reply” thing. If there is no “reply” under the comment you want to reply to (well said), you should go to the first “reply” possibility above it and reply to it. Then your reply will be positioned right. Phew….

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          • Okay now Neva. Did I reply to a non-reply post by replying to the first post with a reply in it correctly? And is my reply in the correct ‘reply here’ place? Or has it ended up in the no reply zone. Please reply.

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          • Since I’m reading it as a reply to Brigitte’s comment, I guess it ended up in the right place. But I’ll know it after I push the “reply” button and see where my reply has ended up 😀 😀 😀

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          • Oh jeez! Here we go with the carrier oils again. Is that like a carrier pigeon? A mail carrier? What? I could google it but it’s more fun just bugging you. So if I got you and Neva right I need to mention your name. Okay. Brigitte. Oh, but wait! I used Neva’s name as well. Twice now. Does this mean my reply will go twice to the lady who’s name starts with an N and once to the B name lady? And just actually where will it show up? Oh dear. Hope I haven’t broken APJ now.

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          • Stop it Marcella 😀 I can’t stop laughing and I need to go to bed because early tomorrow I go to another business trip and I need my 6 hours of beauty sleep.

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    • on the sleep thing, I had decent results with zinc and magnesium supplements, 5-HTP, and Theanine (the latter really only if the trouble is falling asleep, as it helps the relaxation and quieting process).

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      • Thank you , crikey!!! for me the issue is waking up in the wee hours of the morning and NOT being able to fall back asleep. I will add what you have recommended to my list for the health food store.

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      • Thanks, Crikey! I will grab them from the health store.
        Like Brigitte, I suffer from midfle insomnia- waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep.

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      • easy peasy…..get one or two vanilla beans…slice horizontally and drop in a carrier oil…I usually use about 2 beans to 8-16 oz of carrier oil …then I let it marinate and shake several times a week for several weeks to several months before using (the longer it marinates the stronger the vanilla scent) I came up with this idea/experiment when vanilla e.o. started to become ridiculously expensive and then completely out of stock at Eden Botanicals. So now I make my own and it smells divine. You can actually see the brown flecks of vanilla bean in the oil.

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        • Sounds good. I’ve got to get busy and order some e.o.’s instead of just talking about it. Tbh, I’m kind of intimidated. All this talk of carrier oils…complicated stuff. No idea about mixing ratios or anything. And I can’t decide which ones to get. Myrrh sounds great tho. I want to make something yummy and cozy. No citrus, no flowers. Do you have any suggestions? Could I put myrrh into home-made vanilla bean oil? That sounds good. And then does all that have to go into a carrier oil? So confusing 😫

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          • Yes you could definitely put myrrh with the vanilla bean blend which is already made with a carrier oil so you don’t need to add more- just add the myrrh. Or just decide on what note/e.o you want to “play” with and then just experiment. If you think you like vanilla for the cozy then go for that (2 beans to 8oz of carrier oil). Don’t be intimidated. I have been playing with this stuff for about seven years and you really can’t go wrong. I don’t keep recipes and I don’t do ratios. I eyeball everything and just smell it.

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          • Okay. Vanilla beans + carrier oil + ? drops myrrh + ? drops sandalwood + ? drops tonka bean. See why this is scary? It’s like baking an Opéra cake without a bloody recipe!!!
            Eee gads you guys! You want me to send you a recipe for Millefeuille with no measurements?? Go for it. Just eyeball the quantities. If it doesn’t work you can drywall the basement or hang wallpaper with it. No problemo 🤯

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          • And woody pudding? You got a recipe for that? Sure you do. Make pudding. Add some wood chips. Yum Yum 🤮 I draw the line at eating wood. I’m not a termite. What’s with you people????

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    • Myrrh smells heavenly to me. I wouldn’t mind smelling it on my clothes the whole day.
      Wait, you’ve used up a fifth of your bottle in a week ??? Please tell me that it is a travel size 😉

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          • Your laughing has me laughing as well…LOL!!!! Because that is the name of the person I am gifting it too!!! my good friend who sends me marine/ocean decants from her full bottles!!!

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          • She was looking for a church scent as she also like incense notes which is why I made it out of the e.os that I did..and also she loves rose.

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        • So your friend’s called Monica. And this prompts you to call your bottle of perfume Monica. Sure. Why not? I think you’ve been eating too much of your wood pudding. Do the wood chips have a name too? Meet Jed. My bag of wood chips. His girlfriend Hester. My bowl of pudding. What’s your chair’s name?

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      • Yep, warm amber. Opens with bitter orange which calms down pretty quickly. There’s a good pinch of cinnamon in there. A very warm and cuddly fragrance, a bit powdery. It’s an edt but don’t let that fool ya, it’s got great projection and longevity – very important to me that I leave a chemtrail😷

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        • Cinnamon! Yasss! Good on the chemtrail Cassie. Mrs. M like a chemtrail too. Why don’t you ask her what she calls it. Probably Margaret. Possibly Jethro if her chemtrail is a boy. What’s your chemtrail Cassie? Male? Female? Does not identify? Anyhow ask Mrs. Marzipan to help you give it a name would you? It’ll make her happy.

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  38. Rubj Voile today. After the citrusy opening that seems to shimmer around on the outside, this just *melts* into my skin in the best way. Extremely sexy, but not shouty about it.

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  39. And speaking of sexy……tested Ode for Him (1000 Flowers) yesterday. What a ride! I loved it. The fact that it reminded me of the scent worn by an extremely lust-provoking man I worked with in my early 20’s may have had something to do with it. I have tried to figure out what it could be. This would have been a mid-late 70’s men’s cologne.
    Hope you’re paying attention here Mrs. Marzipan!! Sadly, my nose is not smart enough to pick out the individual notes. Also, in my nose’s defence, Ode is very well blended. And it’s also great. And very sexy in a non-sleazeball way. Not sure I would wear it as it is verrry masculine and virile but guaranteed I will trying it. From time to time. So that I can remember how it felt to be 22 and in lust 😏

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    • When I first smelled it I thought of Carolina Herrera for Men…it came in a box with dots on it. There was an American commercial where two women were conversing about how good a man smells and one told the other “the fragrance that comes in the box with dots”. There are lots of spices in Ode (cardamom, coriander ) along with oud but it is so well blended. As I said before my middle child (female) shared the bottle with her brother because they both loved it. And I wore it as well until the bottle was no more.I love how this one awoke your 20ish year old lustful self 🙂 Love when perfume triggers good memories!!!!

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      • Carolina Herrera for Men. I have a vague recollection of that one. Was it considered a mainstream back then? Sort of a go-to for most men? For some reason I always had a feeling that this guy wore Brut. Would that have been in the same olfactory ball park as Ode?

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        • Yes Herrera for Men was dept store. Canoe and Brut would have been drugstore …both amazing scents…I would love for Cassie’s and my perfume genie to recreate Canoe, Brut and Old Spice vintage please. Also, English Leather…same, vintage please 🙂

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          • Hey! Can’t we ask for more than just that?? Oh please tiny M, I badly need/want early 70’s Shalimar. Pure perfume or extrait. Keep the stupid toilet water. I’ll throw a monster tantrum if you don’t say yes.

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          • Oh yes!!! Our perfume genie will make anything….from scratch , fresh and in pristine condition….I would not mind a fresh bottle of vintage Shalimar myself 🙂

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  40. And so. Trying Narcotic Flowers for a second time. At the risk of raising Mrs. Marzipan’s considerable wrath (remember now, she’s a flexible, man push up doing mini terror these days) umm….ya…well I am not a fan? Hope that was diplomatic enough. Honestly, it smells like a really really old, stale bouquet along with some of the rank vase water mixed in. But that’s on me and I lack the magical skin gene. A slightly rotten, fetid mass. Very muddy. Quite the contrast to Jessica’s other offerings which are beautifully done if not to my taste.
    I’m outta here. Going to hide now.

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    • marcella I love your honesty…and you always make me laugh! Narcotic Flower was the first fragrance Jessica ever made but never sold…she started out wanting to only make naturals (which is what Narcotic Flowers is, an all natural fragrance) but then she segued into mixed media and her first offering was Reglisse Noire which was a huge success. I think a high quality and wearable natural is not an easy feat.How you described Narcotic Flowers (old stale bouquet with rank vase water) is how many of the Afteliers wear on my skin…they just don’t work….SSS was by far the best in making all naturals imho. But getting back to Narcotic Flowers the original that I had from about 4 or 5 years ago I remember being a huge tuberose and reminded me quite a bit of the original Karl Lagerfeld Chloe (from the 1970s…also a tuberose bomb). If I had to choose in which one I prefer it would probably be the Chloe. I am grateful for your review because now I don’t feel a pressing urge to immediately get my hands on Narcotic Flowers. For now I can be happy with my Reglisse (which I am draining at an alarming speed) and Rose Cassis Paradis.

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