SOTD 15.10 – 21.10.2018

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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 15.10 – 21.10.2018

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

644 thoughts on “SOTD 15.10 – 21.10.2018

  1. Tauer Eau D’Epices….very similar vibe to many of the other Tauers I have sampled and enjoyed…at least that is how it is for my wonky nose.

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  2. I’ve sprayed JPG Scandal in a department store. Wasn’t sure about it at first. I’ve had it on my arm for about an hour now. It doesn’t seem as harsh now and developing nicely. We shall see !!

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    • I looove this one. I adore Gaultier, though. The are all very sweet and orange-blossom centric. So you have to be down with that vibe. On me, this one is honey, honeycomb, orange blossom, patchouli, jasmine, gardenia.

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  3. Today, on this chilly autumn morning, I am all smoke and resin with Attaquer le Soleil Marquis de Sade by Etat Libre d’Orange. I love this house.

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  4. Guerlain AA Mandarine Basilic, just needed something energising. Cannot remember when I last wore this, it’s less interesting to me than Pamplelune.

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  5. Lutens Bapteme de Feu this morning. Turns out it wasn’t the best choice for being at home, inside, in the warmth–too rich. That’s going to have to wait until the temperature is back in single digits, at which point it’s just lovely…

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  6. Buckets of Carnal Flower this morning. Celebrating that my perfumes smell ‘normal’ again and I can indulge. Not really the best weather for it. It’s spectacular in the heat of summer. But still, a silly, gorgeous, joyful and uplifting fragrance in all seasons.

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  7. This weekend I tried out the new Atelier des Ors White Collection. Today I am wearing Choer des Anges, it’s by far my favorite of the trio. Immediately I was struck with how beautiful and well blended it is, one of those perfumes that makes you close your eyes and inhale in dreamy ecstasy.

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  8. I drained my sample of Osmanthe Yunnan and totally fell in love with it but I can hardly smell it unless I spritz heavily on my clothes. It’s like a one-sided love affair. Sigh…story of my life…

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      • Portia, If you’d asked me a year or even a month ago, I would’ve said: “It’s quite nice but it isn’t that great”, – I felt as if it was a close relative to Azuree or Cabochard, you know, those leathers with a greenish side (I love Azuree but I prefer my leather more floral/fruity). Now, with this newly-discovered fruity side, I must say, I’m beginning to love Tuscan Leather. Too bad, lol! My wishlist should have a subtitle “as soon as I’ll own an oil rig, I’ll buy these” 🙂

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  9. Monday was another Creed, this time Millésime Original Vetiver. Today all of those blue skies and sunny days have gone away and we are back to grey clouds and a strong chance of rain (yay!). So it is time for something a bit more wintry than citrus and vetiver. I’ve gone for Tom Ford Cafe Rose.

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  10. Versace The Dreamer. From a mini in a collection I purchased. Suggested by Portia’s comments on the fragrance box thread. Never tried before. In love! Perfect for a grey, humid day.

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  11. I am wearing cool water woman vintage version for the first time. If I had access to a time travel machine, I would so much like to visit 80s and 90s again though in the US.

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  12. I woke up to a foggy mornig and I needed something big to chase away the blues so I reached out for Clive Christian “V” for Women. It’s a woody fragrance with creamy peach (to me it feels more like plum so it reminds me a bit of Femme de Rochas) and pepper, beautifully blended. If it weren’t for the extremely high price, I’d love a FB of this.

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  13. Reglisse!!!!! On a very cold day chock full of meetings and unpleasantries at work. this will cheer me on. Last night I wore SSS Amber Incense to bed. Gorgeous stuff. anyone heard anything about a new owner for SSS?

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  14. Liked it so much yesterday that I’m wearing Rose Flash again. Got complimented yesterday so why not? Just been to the dentist- another blow to the pocket. NO more perfume purchases for me this year! Have to get my crown done next month. FFS😡🤬

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  15. I am on the fence about what to do with what is left of my Reglisse. Should I save it for the spring and move on to something else? Or should I enjoy it as much as I have been until the bottle is completely done? What say you, APJers????

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  16. Had a very good night sleep after a while. Testing two different perfume.
    1- Tabac Aurea from SSS- to me, it is exactly what their website says. It reminds me of the tobacco that my mum used to have with betel leaves(paan). It was sundried tobacco leaf. Has a very bold and pungent smell.

    2- Indolis from ALD. Love it. But I don’t see myself to wear it but it is amazing. To me its like walking with your loved one in a Jasmine garden.

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  17. Sample from our Miss Cassie…. SSS Sienna Musk.. all gone in one application….Nice ,but I wouldn’t buy a bottle if available. I’m in the wussy club… I have heater on .. it is about 12C,grey and overcast. After my shower I’m going to get a big warm cuddle inTheorema.

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    • Don’t be sad Jyotsna, tomorrow’s another day. I always say that because I mean it. Usually we wake up in a totally different mood. Five O’clock may be my favourite SL although I haven’t tried all of them. You smell soooo good.

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      • Thank you, lovely Neva. Your words helped. I am feeling better today. All Arpegéd up and ready to tackle more job applications!
        I have tried heaps of Lutens. I love them. Five O’Clock is so yummy and different.
        Jyotsna xo

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        • Vintage Arpege, mmm mmm mmmm😍 if that doesn’t cheer your little heart, I don’t know what will. Good that you woke up feeling better.

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  18. Last night I wore Ginger Biscuit and woke up this morning still smelling its yumminess on my wrist. Bought the middle one the huge bottle of it last year for her 18th but she did not take it with her to uni. It’s made me realize how many beautiful full bottle fragrances I have in the basement that are getting neglected on the elusive chase for more and better. Nope, not doing it! I am really going to try to wear what I have. So I might just stick with Ginger Biscuit today and then freshen up with my bottle of Reglisse at work if I need to…they will play nicely together.

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  19. Happy Doobie Day! Recreational marijuana is now legal in Canada. We can smoke a joint anywhere we can smoke a cigarette. This means that we can now go to our local government-run pot shop and buy some weed, then cruise over to our government-run liquor store to purchase our booze. We can fill up our cars with government taxed gas and pick up some cigarettes at the local depanneur. Also heavily taxed by the government. But, don’t worry, if you get sick, just head on over to a government-run hospital. You’ll only have to wait eighteen hours to be seen. Possibly seventeen if you’re bleeding profusely. You might have been able to see your doctor, but in all likelihood, he/she has left the province because of the government imposed salary caps. Since the government has yet to interfere with the sale and distribution of perfume, I’m safe. Wearing vintage Shalimar perfume on a rainy, cold day.

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  20. NR Santal Musc Intense. Mmmm, they they really made a good one here. My new mantra: gonna use it up. . . And repeat until I brainwash myself.

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  21. Two days in a row wore Cuir de Russie… though the first one was from Chanel and the second one from Le Jardin Retrouvé. Today I’m thinking about Russkaya Kozha (Berdoues). Now I need to find two more perfumes to continue the week’s theme.

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  22. Off to the library tonight to drive the youngest to his volunteer job and wearing Tibetan Mountain Temple…thanks to Marcella for reminding me…lordy I love this stuff…I will wear it tomorrow too.

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  23. After coffee and then chocolate, what else could I wear but Masque’s Russian Tea?

    I think I must smell like a quick trip to the supermarket. Apart from Russian Tea, I washed my hair with Orange Verte and used Armani (bar) Code after shave.

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    • Greg- All sound amazing! Can you smell the Masque at all? I’m imagining Code to have more scent/projection. You’ve mentioned Orange Verte before so I’m guessing you like it?? 🙂

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      • Orange Verte is one of my favourite citruses, certainly. The Masque was great; I could smell tea all day and well into the night. Not for everybody, but I like it a lot, especially its minty opening. The Code was in an after-shave balm, so not as strong as a spray.

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    • Neva- Tiempe Passante is such a lovely anytime fragrance. I love it hours after, that skin scent.
      So sad that Antonia’s flowers are hard to get in Australia; I think mecca has stopped stocking them.
      Hope you had a lovely day!

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      • Thanks Jyotsna 🙂 It’s almost impossible to find American perfume houses in Europe either. I use the opportunity when my friends or my daughter travel to the States. they aren’t allowed to return without a perfume for me 😉

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      • I decided to not wear Fancy to work…. I missed hubby so much so wore Grey Flannel instead. 2 separate co workers gave positive comments. However, one of them in finding out what I was wearing ,and that it was a ‘cologne’ marketed to men… she tut tutted me and insisted the genders should never wear each others fragrances. I’m heading to bed soon, wearing Tabu.

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        • I hope that comment will not alter your feelings about the scent! While I don’t use scents with a typical barbershop vibe, I do love some niche offerings labelled masculine.

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  24. SOTN- Sadeen Blend from ASAQ. Oh boy.. this is magical. Long ago when I tried it was mehh.. typical rose oud combo. But it took me a while to understand the depth of the fragrance. It opens with some florals mostly rose and musk. The rose is very fresh. after a while, it starts to get a bit sweeter and spicier when Amber kicks in. You get the very nice rich amber accord with oud at the background. In the drydown its all about the rich oud or agarwood. The oud is non-skanky and very rich n has a very depth character. Some people in fragrantica say, they get incense. I do not get the incense, however, the aged agarwood has that kind of rich depth smell. Almost like incense but I personally doubt that. Overall love love and love it..

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  25. Shalimar Souffle on a beautiful sunny and cold day. We had our first frost last night. Glad the plasterer has been able to get back to finishing the garage so that the oil tank can be placed. Heating needs to go on. And soon!

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  26. Mona di Orio Santal Nabatea, full wearing after test yesterday. I’ve smelled several renditions of sandalwood, but none like this. This is full-bodied, rich, sweet and warm. Just enough astringency to keep it real. Absolutley incredible. Perfect for a sunny and cold day. It’s -6C. I wore my flip-flops when I drove my daughter to the metro station at 5:30 this morning. Project Hardening Off continues.

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  27. My SOTD is Swan Princess made by Duchaufour for a Russian perfume brand. My decant’s up and while I’m still on the fence about buying a FB, I like it enough. For once someone tries to make a popular scent without overdosing ethyl maltol.

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  28. I’ve heard from hubby… he arrived at one of our fave hotels safely yesterday and is planning on driving further north today. I won’t really miss him until Monday ,because during the weekends we are like ships in the night.. he does night shift, me afternoons and we have 5 minutes to say hi bye love ya have a good shift/ sleep to each other. Anyway ,enough of my silliness. I’m going to wear Fancy to work Chat to you all later.

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  29. My lovely gifts from Portia arrived!! Happy dance! Thank you, Portia😘😘.
    Wearing Resina by Oliver &co. Lovely resin and anise in the opening. Will report back later. Back to more applications!

    And TGIF!!
    ❤️

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  30. Much warmer today. I put on a few dabs of vintage Otto Kern Cyclo. This is a very refreshing blend of cassis and citrus with just a whiff of mint.

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  31. SSS Fig Tree, oh my precious, I don’t want you to be used up, so I’m curtailing my sprays to 3, or maybe 4 if I’m feeling a bit cuckoo. Down to my last 2 mls or so😱

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  32. Agar Ebene, another one of the Hermessences today. It’s a smooth woody leather very similar to Cuir d’Ange. I don’t get the oud here and that’s great because I’m an oud avoider (as Crikey put it so fittingly).

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  33. PG Arabian Horse elegantly dribbled down my thumbs. Strategic perfume placement courtesy of the Machiavellian folk at Lucky Scent. Why do they continue to use these psycho sample vials? I was tempted to take a hammer to it this morning. You need a vice-like grip, the digit dexterity of a virtuoso pianist and a PhD in physics to get these shi**y bottles open. Half way through this soul-sucking procedure my hands and fingers began cramping up in a convincing imitation of advanced rigour-mortis. I decided to take a break only to watch the stupid plastic cap, which had shown signs of surrender, sink defiantley back into the vial. I redoubled my efforts with a lot less finesse and a whole lot more brute force. The cap gave way suddenly and unexpectedly resulting in the contents of the vial splashing over my thumbs, fingers and trickling up my sleeve. Infuriating. We must mount a campaign to convince Lucky Scent to replace these evil vials. Perfumistas, time to mobilize!

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  34. Bizarrely commando this morning. But now, post gym, wrapped up in Encens Mythique while I transcribe a research interview and prep for another one scheduled for later. They are so much fun to do, and SUCH a ball ache to type them up later.

    yesterday was MEM–always such a pleasure to wear that. Wednesday was Cuir Mauresque (and the en-birthdayed mr crikey was smelling utterly lovely in the rose and bitter oranges of the Lush/Gorilla Road from Damascus. He’s so much better at wearing rose scents than I am, damn it.)

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    • Encens Mythique is gorgeous. A friend of mine sent me one of her samples (she hoards them because the full bottles are so expensive now and also reformulated) and I treasure it because she gifted me one of her preciouuuusssss…..I will bring it out when the weather gets really , really cold.

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      • I spied a bottle at the airport duty free and almost bought a back up. The reformulation is pretty decent. I still have some 20ml left though. I do love it. And it’s amazing in the winter. Nice in warmer weather–richer–but, damn, it’s just lovely in the cold. Maybe next time I go through terminal 5 at Heathrow, huh?

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  35. No Saturday errands for me today. I’m in recovery mode due to little stay in hospital Thursday. (Nothing major, or nothing we can’t fix) Wore tiniest splash of Dame Black Flower Mexican Vanilla to get me thru the doors, should have worn more as the day involed a lot of waiting. Yesterday, inspired by Brigitte some Pacifica Tibetan Mountain Temple for a restful afternoon.
    Today I’m trialling Juicy Couture Dirty English on left arm – not lasting at all but initial sniff reminds me of CK Eternity for Men. Right arm, Montale Patchouli Leaves – it’s softening, not a scratchy Patchouli. Earthy and dusty.

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      • I love Black Flower Mexican Vanilla too and oddly enough it reminds me of what my brain “remembers” Love’s Baby Soft smelling like…do you get that connection as well? Perhaps a more grown up slightly less powdery version?

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        • Being that I haven’t smelled BFMV in a few years and the last time I smelled Love’s Baby Soft seems like a lifetime ago I can’t vouch for that connection. BUT, you’ve got me excited here. I’m going to sniff the Dame next time I’m downtown and see. Offhand, based on memory, I would not connect them tho. I seem to recall BFMV being a rather spicy vanilla? And quite powerful while LBS was a bit of a lightweight, musky floral? I really don’t know. How did they come across on your skin?

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          • Both read as super sweet and a bit powdery… but my recollection of the Love’s is from the 1970s and I am sure current reformulated is nothing like what I remember. I haven’t sniffed it in what, almost 50 years? The Black Flower Mexican Vanilla is the older round bottle from when it first came out. I bought it for middle marzipan. It lives in the basement. It’s full because it’s her second bottle that replaced the first bottle she thunked.

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          • Lucky Middle Marzipan! I think I’ve only tried the newer version of BFMV. And the Love’s? You smelled it 50 years ago? So I guess the priest anointed you with it instead of holy water. But then again, we all know that perfume is the holiest of holy water anyhow 😉

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    • Wishing you a speedy recovery. Mexican Vanilla and most definitely Tibetan Mountain Temple are good ones for that. Anything patchouli I also find very soothing so the Montale sounds like a good choice too!

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      • I agree on the patchouli recommendation. I always used to think of patchouli as being rather aggressive. Certainly some of the oils I smelled in the 60’s-70’s were. But it seems that the more contemporary renditions are a gentler breed and I’m loving them.

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  36. Resina again. Getting a sweetish honey+coffee accord now. I love the opening. An uplifting roasted resins plus star anise rather than a sombre harmony. Twisted, in a delightful way.

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  37. Wearing Ultima by Charles Revson. It can easily be my signature scent. Previously around 2 years ago while I first started my perfume journey, I was very fussy with perfume. In a way that, didn’t like to smell those who were categorised as women. Even was fussy with unisex fragrance. Until I fell in love with vintage. And credit goes to couple of people. Portia is one of them. Still Opium and Miss Dior(vintage) in my mind. Outstanding creation. I felt in love immediately and they took me to a different place. Still, I can remember, my brain cells were trying to process the fragrance and I was smiling all the time. They were magical. Since then I have a soft and weak corner for vintage perfumes. Only problems are they are expensive and not easy to find. Later, one of the good souls introduced me Ultima. The rich sandalwood was haunting. That day I kept visiting that perfume. And she saw the joy in my eyes. Later she surprised me with a bottle. I was out of this world. My joy didn’t have any limit.
    Sometimes I fell I am weird. People at my age(28!!!) they don’t talk about the vintage perfume. They are not interested at all. But I think most of the modern perfumes are not up to that standard. Even when I talk to my friends about my project car they give me a look. Because those cars are old.

    I really want to know what you people think. It really does not matter though lolll.. Because vintage perfumes will remain special to me.
    Happy Weekends

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    • Evan, getting into vintage is opening up a whole new universe. There’s so much to explore. Don’t be afraid to take the odd risk if you come across something you’re unfamiliar with. The beauty of vintage is that they contained so many materials that are now prohibited. I think it’s great that something you liked has turned into a passion, so what if your friends don’t get it. We’re all individual and have our own interests.

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    • Evan, my perfume obsession started mere five years ago with vintage perfumes and even though I have tried and loved numerous modern frags, I still have a soft spot for vintage, especially Guerlain, Caron, Lancome and Dior, and I don’t think this will ever change. Oh, and I forgot to say that I was 28 when I fell for the perfumes of yore. There’s no need to be embarrassed when you love something, be it old cars, fragrances or music, what matters is that they make you happier.

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    • Evan- I adored Ultima and had my own bottle WAY back in the day (I am almost twice your age 🙂 !!). No one ever mentions Ultima!!! I would encourage you to continue your exploration of vintage if it touches your soul and smelling them makes you happy. You should wear what you want to wear, regardless of what others in your age bracket think. I was wearing very sophisticated perfumes in my youth (Chanel, Dior, Caron) while most of my preteen and teenage peers at the time were wearing more age appropriate fragrances but I did not care. Perfume is extraordinarily personal. As long as you are not putting yourself in financial difficulty obtaining elusive vintage continue on your quest! And I look forward to hearing what you are wearing because I am sure many of your vintage perfumes are ones from my distant past.

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      • Brigitte thanks love for your kind words. Yes, perfume is very personal. I love dark, thick, loud, heavy perfumes. My better half loves soft, floral, sweet perfumes. Sometimes I point out that as Yin Yang.. lolllzzz. And financial difficulty, yes I have already experienced that. So that for the head up.

        I don’t have many vintages but I’ll try my best.

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    • Evan, you’re bringing joy to this old broad’s heart! A 28 year-old vintage lover! And, apparently enjoying all things oldy-woldy. I love it! My eldest daughter (33) has a similar love for things of years gone by.
      I’m going to sound like a grumpy old lady here, but, I don’t care either. So listen up. The perfumes back then were better. So were the clothes. Cotton t-shirts did not look or wear like cheap toilet paper. Wools were lush and thick. The cars were amazing – sexy and fast AF. You did not have to assemble your furniture. Beds did not collapse if you were enjoying a particularly energetic evening. And sunglasses were just so much cooler.
      Back to the vintage scents. I’ve only recently started to delve into them. Sadly they do seem to be pricey and I always worry about which ones age well, but nevertheless I think I’m going to be purchasing a couple each year. And, unlike you, I get the bonus of revisiting a great time in my life. You, on the other hand, are making memories. Pay attention. What your friends think? Pfft! Never mind. They don’t know what they’re missing!

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      • marcellavmiller your comment made me laugh last night at work. I do agree what you said.
        I still remember one event, I was a school going kid. One day after school me and my mum went for a photo shoot. I had heaps of fun with her that day. She bought me a hand pulled lollipop from the street. I always used to touch her long hair because I used to love them. ( I cried the whole day when she cut her hair, she said.) She was wearing Charlie. I know the smell very well. I can reconnect from memory. I used to know when she is coming to pick me up after school. Because of her perfume. She was always late and I used to complain every day. But that used to vanished within a second with her smile, hug and a candy. It was not easy for her to maintain work, take care of 3 boys and house but my innocent brain did not understand that. Yes, perfume does bring back the memory. Some of them are very special for me.

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    • So happy to hear that you’ve discovered vintage fragrance. In my opinion (despite that there are many fabulous and beautiful contemporary fragrances), vintage perfume are the most gorgeous, distinctive, and glamorous (I wear them often). Many ingredients are no more, are complex, and such a pleasure to experience. Perfume is a time-machine and allows you to explore historical culture through olfactory art. Don’t mind what others think, enjoy your pleasures and let your choices define your narrative. I recommend a wonderful book by Barbara Herman, Scent & Subversion, Decoding a Centruy of Provocative Perfume. She researched fragrances from the past century and you’ll be introduced to the past’s most spectacular perfumes. Best wishes and glad you’ve found this perfume-loving community.

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      • Kathleen Smith thanks a lot. I’ll try to collect the book though I am not a good reader lol.. But I think I need to start reading books. I tried one week with very limited access to social media. And I loved it. I connected with people (by talking face to face at work) better.

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  38. Dzing!, old batch. I still got 80 ml left but somehow the thought of getting a backup doesn’t go away… If I had to limit my collection to ten bottles, Dzing! would make the cut.

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  39. Inspired by Portia’s sat question I am in Winter Woods…my holy grail amber.

    last night was Now Essentials Rose Oil combined with Now Essentials Sandalwood Oil…so good….

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    • Someone told me that Dries smells similar to Ginger Biscuit.
      And I almost bought a package of speculatz in the health food store this morning but stopped myself. Also did not walk past the Pacifica perfumes either.

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        • Oh cassie, they have discontinued just about all of them..there are very few left from the original line up and they seem to be venturing further and further into the makeup and skin care category…also, those glorious candles are gone…very very sad. It was such a lovely and affordable line.

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          • The soy candes in the pretty glass jars 😦
            don’t know why but SO many of my old loves are gone (Tibetan Mountain Temple, Spanish Amber, Avalon Juniper, Sandalwood, Med Fig, Bali Lime Papaya, Egyptian Bergamot Rose, Brazil Mango Grapefruit, Tunesian Jasmine, Neroli Orange Blossom, California Star Jasmine, Mexican Cocoa, Thai Lemongrass, Madagascar Spice, Vanilla Vera Cruz….shall I go on????)

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      • Great restraint! Had I seen some Speculaas on my travels today I would have been eating them right now.
        Dries on me is pretty much a straightforward sandalwood, a little bit of spice. Sweeter, with some vanilla in the dry down. Very pretty.

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  40. SOT watching tv in my jimjams, my newly acquired leather jacket perfume, PG Cuir d’Iris, whooo, now this is what I’ve been looking for! Opening with an unpolished leather and incense. Kinda dirty. It gets a bit better behaved after an hour or so, but that opening of naughty leather that smells like it’s been round the block a few times is what I like.

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  41. tonight I will wear one of the weird blends I made for a friend…lemon, rose, frankincense, vanilla, immortelle and myrrh…sounds disgusting but it is actually quite good…but then I am a huge fan of immortelle…ymmv….

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