SOTD 5.11 – 11.11.2018

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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 5.11 – 11.11.2018

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

542 thoughts on “SOTD 5.11 – 11.11.2018

  1. Alright. Wearing vintage Arpege which I guess is a floral, according to the discussion on Saturday’s Question. But to me it’s an aldehyde. I claimed not to do well with florals, with the exception of Carnal Flower. So now how come I love Arpege as well? Am I a closet floral lover? I think not. I cannot bear perfumes like Amarige. My FIL always used to give me a bottle of Joy perfume at Christmas. The round black bottle with the red-tipped glass wand. I loved how it smelled, but not on me. Same with 1000, also by Patou. Enjoyed l’Air du Temps and Chamade as well, but not on me. Same with Diorissimo.
    I really want to wear florals, but they always feel ‘wrong’ on me. But then could someone please explain why Carnal Flower works? And suggest to me more florals in a similar vein?

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  2. Sonoma Scent Studio Bee’s Bliss, continuing with the floral theme. This is quite summery but it’s a warm autumn day here so I think it will do nicely.

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  3. Tonight is Noir de Noir…Tom Ford. I like it but I don’t know why! It is not my usual style, more assertive than I usually wear but it makes me feel delicious!

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  4. I’ve got a stinking cold. My throat feels like broken glass !! I’ve just had a spritz of Black Perfecto to see if it makes me feel any better.

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  5. Well, this is Oudvember; so, it’s daily oud. Day 1 was Hexennacht Hexenhaus oil, Day 2 was Au Pays Neroli Oud, Day 3 was Atelier Oud Saphir, Day 4 was Lancome L’Autre Oud, and Day 5 is Yves Rocher Rose Oud. I’ve worn a few things in the eve to bed that aren’t oud. Last night was Annick Goutal Rose Absolue. Yes, I have more than 30 oud frags and won’t have a problem going the distance this month. Any other oud lovers out there?

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    • Oops, unfortunately not Gina. I’m more of an oud avoider as Crikey fittingly put it. If “oud” is not mentioned in the name of the scent, the chances are greater that I will try it. So it happend that I’ve tried Hermessence Agar Ebene (agar didn’t ring the bell in my head) and it is an oud perfume I really liked.

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      • More for me, Neva! 🙂 There are many beautiful ouds out there. I like the Middle Eastern ones but not those that smell like barnyard piss. I like rose/oud combos. But, I love rose! I have not tried Agar Ebene. Hermes last a breath on my skin. I love and own Twilly and a couple of others but they are like cologne.

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        • Agar Ebene is lovely but unfortunately it is no exception. You need to spritz at least 10-15 times and in a few hours it’s gone. Enjoy your oud month, Gina.

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    • Gina, what a lovely line up you have there. I’m an Oud lover. Writing down your list to look up later. I don’t have very many oud scents (I am working in it though) my favourite right now is L’artisan Al Oudh. I look forward to reading other oud scents you wear.

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    • Oudh lover here! Oudvember is a splendid idea! I must check my stash. Except I’m supporting my NaNoWriMo mates by wearing book/writing scents. They are hard to find- not anywhere near 30.

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    • Not sure if I would classify myself as an oud lover but I do like pure agarwood essential oil and do have some ouds in my collection…Berdoues Oud al Sahraa and recently acquired decant of Atelier’s Rose Anonyme…I also really like Jo Malone Velvet Rose & Oud and Bergamot & Oud. and Portia’s sample win of Montale’s Aoud Amber Rose.

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  6. It was foggy this morning and I needed something cozy to cheer me up. Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours was just right with its warm plush plum.

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  7. Floral heavy-hitter Frangipani. The sky feels like it’s one metre above my head with drizzle all day long so I need this burst of bright summer.

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  8. Tory Burch, by Tory Burch for me today. Finishing of my little sample. Lovely orange blossom, some musk, some jasmine and some sandalwood. Sure there’s some other florals in there. I’m rather enjoying it so let’s hope it lasts till at least lunch time!

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  9. I’m heading out for lunch today. It is Melbourne Cup Day ,but in Ballarat it isn’t a public holiday ,so all shops/ cafes ect remain open. The weather is cool and overcast, with sudden strong burts of rain occurring intermittently. In tribute to the horse race ,I was thinking of wearing my sample of Gently Jockey Club… but I can’t find it…sad face.
    In stead I’ll go shower ,get dressed then choose my scent.
    Will report soon.

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  10. Headache banished to the centre of the sun! Wearing ELDO YoSLY.
    Lovely fresh and it plays hide’n seek with me 😁
    (Thanks, Mel, for this one!)

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  11. Yesterday I had another dip into my antiques cupboard. After a discussion here a while a back, and the fact that I am seeing some evaporation, I have decided that I need to enjoy these more while I still can. So Monday I wore some vintage Guerlain Jicky that i found in a flea market, a total lavender bomb that lasted all day on me despite its age.

    Today I am wearing Chanel Allure Homme Sport, another flea market find.

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  12. Today I’ll stay in my home office. Wearing Oliver & Co Vaninger. It was the one that made me order a sample set from Oliver & Co but in the end I was rather disappointed with it. Vaninger is very interesting – a huge portion of ginger and citrus on vanilla.

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    • Oh that is sad. Everything seems right except the vanilla. I do not like vanilla in my fumes. Vaninger sounds a bit cheesy, too much like Bennifer (wasn’t it? JLo and Ben Affleck)

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      • LOL, Jyotsna, I’d never thought of Bennifer but I get your point. Just like you, I have a problem with too much vanilla in perfumes. It gives them a strange sweetness that I don’t like.

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        • Well I ended up not going to Sweet Fern. I did spoil myself with a lovely lunch though. And sent a 2nd group of Christmas cards out. Before I left the house I applied some Burning Barbershop via a sample. I like it, but not enough to splash the cash.

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  13. Thanks all for your well wished yesterday. I literally passed out at 630pm and awoke at 4am. Feeling slightly better but still under the weather. Today will be a very busy day at work. Fortifying myself with the last of the Portia samples- Blanche Immortelle….beautiful.

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    • Glad you feel better Brigitte. Blanche Immortelle is very nice but wayyyy too expensive for a cologne. I only buy the travel sprays from Atelier Cologne occasionally and use them up in a few days.

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        • Neva and Cassie- I have to say that the Ateliers have decent longevity on my scent devouring skin…there are many high end niche that cost much more and last a nano second (I am looking at you Hermessences)….also, I never pay retail for anything….the Ateliers are everywhere at the online discounters and could be bought for a fraction of the price. I happen to really like the brand and finally emptied my 6.8 oz bottle of Orange Sanguine.

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          • Oh I’m not saying I don’t like them, just that they’re overpriced imo. I have three of them and I really do like them. Longevity is a problem with me, though.

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      • It was insanely busy because while the men were not underfoot I did a massive cleaning in the house…I think I overdid it on everything which is why I am now sick.

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  14. Versace Blonde again. (It’s a small bit possible that I could be watching a few of these on evilbay.) Thanks again Portia fir sharing the awesomeness 😁

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  15. Bois D’Argent today–soft iris, myrrh, wood, and honey? Yes, that sheeny plushness with do nicely thanks.

    Yesterday: Portrait of a Lady. Which did not feel at all at odds with my main strength training session. Huh. Interesting.

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  16. It’s only Tuesday and I got lost in the thread already!

    I got the winter tyres put on today, it’s going to be real cold here soon 😦 . As a weird tradition, I always wear something leathery when I go to the mechanics, this time I chose So French.
    On the way home I dropped by the post office and got my package with Feminite du bois, as well as a big gift set of Noa Perle my friend had me order for her off of eBay. Even though the scent is discontinued, the set is brand new so obviously I couldn’t smell the perfume but my friend is over the Moon now.

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    • Have you got ice and snow already, Diana? Was watching a programme last night, one of our TV presenters was on a visit to Tomsk and Novosibirsk and took a trip on Trans Siberian and on to Ulaanbaatar. Looks absolutely amazing but I dunno if I could cope with the frigid temps. You Russians are hardy folks is all I can say. Your friend got lucky with her Noa set. It’s a fab summer scent, I had it last year, but my daughter took a big liking to it so I passed it on to her.

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      • Just so you know Cassie, Montreal gets more snow and more ultra-freezing days than Moscow. Yup, it’s true. And we are expecting 20cm snow next week and my snow tires are still not on! I better scurry off to the mechanic’s real soon 💨🌨🌨💨🌨🌨

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      • Yes, Cassie, winters in Russia, – as well as in Canada and the north of America, I imagine, – are harsh. We’re enjoying the last days of sun: the temperatures are going to drop to + 5C as of next Monday. I went to university in Yaroslavl which is located 160 miles northeast of Moscow. I LOVED the city, its ancient architecture, the people but the climate there isn’t Diana-friendly at all. Even in the south we get at least two weeks of – 20 degrees Celsius every winter 😦

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    • I do not have a SOT going to the mechanic’s, but it sounds like I should. What about Dzing! I get a nice leather from that one. Also need to get my winter tires on. We’re expecting 20cm next week here in Montreal. Does your traffic also slow to a grinding halt with the first snowstorm? We have a lot of very steep hills here and without fail the slackers who got caught with their pants down and don’t have their tires on go sliding backwards or get stuck going up 😬

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      • Yes Marcella, it happens every time again. On the news they always say: the snow caught us off guard…as if they didn’t know it was going to snow in winter. I thought in other countries, especially the ones with a harsh winter, everyone is prepaired well. Ok, now I feel better 😉

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        • Our cut-off for mandatory winter tires is Dec. 15 which, in my opinion, is a month too late. We generally get at least one major snowstorm in November and multiple ‘regular’ dumps of 5-8cm. At least the police are vigilant about handing out tickets when compliance is lacking. Our snow tires must all be sold with a logo indicating their suitability for winter use, so it’s easy for the cops to see if you’re breaking the law 👮‍♂️

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      • I thought of Dzing! as my “visit-the-carservice” scent but still went with So French. There are always people who think that winter wouldn’t come this year and yet they go for a drive. Some of those (censored) indivividuals don’t ever change their tyres even when the roads are icy. We now have a law that specifically prohibits using summer tyres but as quite a few laws in Russia, it’s often neglected.

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    • I loved Noa and received so many compliments every time I wore it..went through about 4 bottles? Never tried any of the flankers, including Noa Perle.

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  17. Spoke with hubby… says he’ll be home tomorrow.!!! So exciting!!! I’m going to cry… I don’t want to ,though, but I will because I’m a soppy dag. I’m going to be perfumeless today ,because I’m heading to Sweet Fern, then I plan of buying myself a lunch at the swanky Craig’s Royal Hotel, then heading home to do some more housework. Also Neva, I ‘lost’ your email.. it went to the junk area ,then when I tried to find it again it had disappeared. Would you mind trying again ,please?

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  18. Rain! Yes!
    SOTD I tried Nest White Sandalwood (marketed as
    mens fragrance). It smells of dead cardboard in a musty attic. Ghastly on me. I too want to cry but for different reasons than Saffy. Scrubber.

    Treating my shattered nerves with ELDO YoSLY. And tea.

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  19. Temperature drop today, a full 10 degrees cooler than a few days ago. So it’s back to the winter collection, reaching for Amouage Memoir Man. I’m a bit over the incense bombs from this house, and I prefer this one for its greener opening, although it does dry down to incense later. I don’t think this lasts as well on my skin as a fragrance this expensive should, something that I don’t find with, say, Journey Man.

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      • Hey Jyotsna,
        I love that even in the 1990s Donna Karan was bucking the trend and putting women in highly spiced woodsiness. It’s almost a caricature of a mens fragrance it’s so hyper masculine.It feels quite boozy to me also though that’s not i the notes, very dark rum cocktail.
        My memory of it is far less over the top.
        Portia xx

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        • Is this still in production, P? And what about Black Cashmere? Did you get your sniff on that? Oh how I wish I could get my hot paws on an old bottle of it. They killed off most of their best frags, imho.

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  20. Gloriously cool. Five o’clock au gimgembre, a cup of tea, and watching Kingdom (Stephen Fry 💕) re-runs. Never got to watch when it first aired so I’m pleased GEM is starting from the beginning.

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  21. Received my St. Clair Scents sample pack yesterday. No time to really relax and try at my leisure so they’ll have to wait. Habanita for another sunless day. Unfortunately this just smells like a nice soap on me.

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      • Thanks Cassie. It kinda sucks honestly. Missing my little one already, but I know I’ll get used to it. Mr. LaurelHardy…….well, can’t say I miss him yet 😂. He managed to strip the screws assembling an IKEA (of course 😡) bathroom cabinet 🙄. It is impossible to find replacement screws. They have to be ordered from IKEA cuz they’re a ‘custom design’. It will take five days to get them. Have I ever mentioned how much I loathe, hate and despise anything at all remotely connected to IKEA, including their MoFo screws?????

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        • Hmmm I think you may have made a vague reference to it😉 Your Mr LaurelHardy sounds as if he needs to be banished far far away from any household jobs. Pour yourself a nice glass of whatever poisons you, kick off your hobnail boots, spray yourself lavishly with something warm and comfy and relax.

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          • May as well take off the boots, nobody to kick anyhow. Trying out First Cut (St. Clair Scents. I believe Mrs. M is a fan girl Very beautiful but honestly I think I need something much more calming. Sedona Sweet Grass works, but I’m wanting Pour Un Homme. Actually just too damned tired to think straight. Having tea, but it should be scotch. But that will just make me fall asleep. I’m all over the map this evening 😒

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        • I’m fairly handy at self assembly and am on more than nodding terms with IKEA. I know how to twist an Allen key and tap in a dowel. What’s the pay like, and will you cover the business class airfare?😃

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  22. SODE – Olympic Orchids Amber and Labdanum Bath Oil (thanks Portia 🙂 ) I took a bath, read a captivating book in the bathing tub until the water got pretty cold and now I’m continuing with the book, smelling great.

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  23. Sampling St. Clair Scents First Cut this evening and it’s beautiful. I’m getting sweetish hay over something greener and an occasional drifting of rose. But it’s the most realistic smelling rose I’ve ever smelled outside of a garden. Very impressed.

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    • See? I told you you would like it!!! There is also lavender absolute in that one…and yes, hay and vanilla too…when Mr. Marzipan wears it for me (that is the only fragrance he agrees to wear because he knows it makes me frisky so win win for both of us) I go nutso….and one spray lasts foreeevvver on his skin…(he does NOT have scent eating skin like me)

      btw, the Caron is still in the cart…but it’s there…I haven’t removed it….which means I will get it eventually…

      meanwhile I am sampling Gris Clair for THE VERY FIRST TIME…..does anyone know if Gris Clair is similar to the Caron Pour Un Homme????…because to my nose it smells like sweet lavender and I assume the Caron is the same as Portia refers to it as “lavender lollies”….anywhoo my friend sent me a decant of this one as she says it is too masculine on her…on my skin it is sweet and delightful…I am going to wear it again tomorrow….

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      • Brigitte, I wouldn’t say Gris Clair and Pour un homme are similar: on me GC starts as an iris-lavender combo which morphs into the woody notes with prominent amber presence whereas PUH is what it says it is: lots of lavender, a bunch of vanilla and some musk to keep them together. The one scent that really comes close to PUH is Boadicea the Victorious Exotic. I don’t think you’ll regret buying PUH, it’s the friendliest masculine fragrances ever made, and even though it seems simple, its scent is unique. Just get a smaller bottle 😉

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    • And just so you know, Diana’s style (St Clair Scents) to me is extraordinarily similar to Laurie’s style (Sonoma Scent Studio) which is why I think I am so smitten. She mentioned that she might be coming out with larger bottles too which I am hoping because the little one I have given to Mr. M is almost half way done!

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        • Listen..he refuses to wear any perfume…but he agrees to wear First Cut…I think the hay note reminds him of his teenage years when he used to work in the summer baling hay…and it doesn’t irritate his nose to wear it like some other mainstream or even oddball niche offerings…I think Diane uses a high percentage of naturals…whatever the case he likes it or rather tolerates it and he knows I LOVE it on him…so right now that bottle sits in his medicine cabinet…because God only knows I have enough of my own….and yes, we need to save it for those moments!!!!! I want my aromatherapy in the throws of passion!!!!!

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  24. And I forgot to say that my current e.o. project is homemade amber by adding two vanilla beans sliced horizontally into Eden’s labdanum oil…will let it marinate and will get back to y’all on how it is turning out…hopefully good 🙂

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    • Woweee.. Tis Thursday. My baby is coming home soon. I have found your email , Neva…thank you. And yours ,also, Diana….wow those Russian addresses are long and very hard for me to pronounce!! I was woken from a deep sleep by my lawn mower…. I’ve not quite decided my fragrance for the reunion…Won’t reach higher than 14C, so I might wear Samsara, but not set in stone….. will report later.

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      • Don’t get overwhelmed. I would suggest you pick up a few samples of notes that intrigue you or notes that challenge you. They also have themed sampler packs which are more cost effective (such as a lavender sampler pack or neroli/orange blossom sampler pack). any questions before you order just let me know. I have probably sampled well over 100 of their oils.

        I will let you know how it turns out. You could always experiment yourself. Get the 10 % Labdanum and get a vanilla bean and just slice the vanilla on the top and plop it in…shake vigorously every day and give it a couple of weeks/month for the beans to settle into the oil.

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    • Just yesterday I was taking a bath in Olympic Orchids Amber-Labdanum Bath Oil. It smells heavenly! I bet your oil will be as beautiful.
      What do you mean by “homemade amber”?

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      • my interpretation of amber…labdanum absolute essential oil reminds me of amber but it needs a bit of sweetness so I am experimenting by adding some vanilla beans…”homemade amber”

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  25. So today I am wearing a scent called “Gregory”, which is something I made up at a perfume workshop that I got given as a birthday present. It has everything but the kitchen sink in it, but is mosty lemon and mint in the opening, vetiver and other woodsy middle notes and kinda cedar-amber whatsits as the base notes. To be honest, I’ve lost the list of notes and forget what’s in there; I’d probably describe it differently next time.

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  26. today for me was Perry Ellis Oud Vetiver Royal. Plenty sprayed so lasted all day. I did have SL Ambre Sultan in my hand but changed my mind last minute. Yesterday Modern Muse Nuit and because that didn’t last, some Le Labo Santal 33 for the movies. Saw Bohemian Rhapsody. Loved it! Got my Queen songs loaded on the IPod ready to sing while driving .. la la la

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  27. Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme….gorgeous, long lasting and a great starter oud…and it sells for a song online…70 USD for 3.3 oz…I am fairly certain it is of EDP or at least EDT strength which would explain the longevity on my scent eating skin.

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  28. First Cut, St. Clair Scents. Beautiful. Reminds me of my FIL’s vast gardens in the Eastern Townships. They were surrounded by hay fields that were let out to a farmer to work and the paddocks for the horses that were completely ungroomed and replete with wildflowers. And yes, there is a stunning lavender as well that Mrs. Marzipan helped me pick out. This is a welcome hit of summer on another miserable, gray and drizzly November morning and will probably become my first full bottle purchase, hopefully in 2019 if I can hold out that long which is unlikely.

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    • Holy cow!!! Did I just earn another enabler pin???? LOL!

      all kidding aside, if I had won that billion dollar jackpot I would be buying gallons of First Cut…and everyone on APJ would be getting a bottle from me….yeah, it’s THAT good!!!! And meanwhile none of the St Clair Scents are even showing up on fragrantica!!!

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  29. Lolita lempicka Sweet, which was totally a blind buy for the bottle- I wanted the red version of the Apple bottle. It’s not bad – Anne Flipo – not as sweet as you might expect. “Cherry cocoa lipgloss accord” is fairly accurate for the opening, then it goes into some florals and musk. I don’t wear often but I love the bottle. I noticed on LL’s Instagram that the newer bottles are all faceted and not as interesting. (Not that I could find them anywhere locally anyway!)

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  30. Lauren Style, a gentle white floral, but has great presence. Discontinued too. Am I the kiss of death to perfumes🤔 so many that I love are discontinued. Hey, Carnal Flower I HATE YOU😉

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  31. I started my day with Daim Blond, too but then I tried some Gris Clair, and my SOTNs are Cuir Amethyste on the right wrist and Daim Blond on the left: I’m trying to find the similarities between them.

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  32. Finished to-ing and fro-ing for the day. All boxes unpacked. The despicable Musc Ravageur is on board while I wait for yet another delivery. Not taking chances with MR. I might be the angel of death as well.

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    • You know, tonight at work I had the best bitchin’ session with one of my colleagues who I have been working with for the past 23 years. We’ve had a tough couple of weeks and were venting to each other. We came to the conclusion that staff morale is low at the moment because of recent incidents so dammit, tomorrow I’m going to suggest we have a full staff meeting to send management a message. It is at this time of year when we are all working with one solitary nerve left😉

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      • Totally. This is not the time of year for management to mess with staff.
        Hope you find decadent, fragrantly soothing comfort. Sleep well!

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      • Keep that nerve intact Cassie. Generally speaking it seems that management behaviours/decisions have deteriorated drastically across the board in numerous sectors. Low morale is becoming the norm. Amongst my friends and contacts there appears to be a collective sense that management just does not give a $hit. Egos and the bottom line apparently count for more than the well-being of employees. This makes my head spin. It should be obvious to these management morons that happy employees who feel appreciated and valued are more productive employees. It’s a no-brainer. 🤓 Now class, let’s draw a parallel in the perfume industry. Loosen your purse strings Mr. and Mrs. Management. Encourage your ‘noses’ to use materials of their choice so that they a) can produce perfumes that are unique and b) can therefore derive some joy and satisfaction in exercising fully their creativity. Quit with the boring, derivative ‘brief’. Quit with the reformulations. Quit with the discontinuations. And bloody hell, quit with the exploitative pricing strategy. Oops, this was supposed to be about you, not me 🤭 Good luck at the meeting. Stir the pot! Sling some $hit! Mobilize the forces!

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        • Well now, had a productive morning. There have been ongoing niggles with our new system here, and we are getting someone to come in on Tuesday to iron out these niggles. Ha, you should see the ‘shit list’. It isn’t the board of management that’s causing the problems, more their lack of acknowledgement of difficulties us folk on the ground are having. They haven’t got one iota of what happens here day-to-day, they just show up for monthly meetings and times when the press are here taking photos. The general manager is swamped with her own work and doesn’t really understand because she’s not dealing with ‘the public’ very much. I’m not one to keep my mouth shut when something is bothering me, because if I were to do that i think I’d explode. So if anyone ever asks me how things are going, I tell them straight. It’s probably the seasonal grumps with us as well as end of year lack of patience for any more crap. Phewww.

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          • Ahhh! Feeling a bit better, Cassie? I hope so. Guess it’s more a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. And yes, this weather can make us all a bit grumpy and negative. It takes quite a bit of getting used to especially after the glorious summer we had.

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  33. Burrowing back into the antiques cupboard I pulled out a fragrance I reviewed here a while ago: A Gentleman’s Cologne, by Chanel. This is Chanel Pour Monsieur packaged up and sold in the English-speaking market during the 1960s, so it’s about 50 years old. It still has a nice colour, much the same as the modern juice, but the top notes have long since gone. It is now a mild spicy scent, with cardamom and ginger dominating. Not turned yet, and quite wearable still.

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  34. Chanel Bel Repriso. It’s the one exclusif I never cared to try. I’m a such a dope.

    This is silt and brine and lotus stems in the spring rain in coastal India. (I’m pretty sure none of those are the actual accords). There is something so beautiful here, I cannot even begin to explain. Perfect for today, green, Spring but sadly un-rainy.

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  35. I’m home alone so have pizza, wine, tunes, recipe books and perfume! Ameer Al Oudh by Lattafa left arm, L Fursan right side. Ameer is lovely, bit soft. More vanilla than oud. Might make a good base for layering. Right side reminds me of Mancera Roses Vanilla – it’s delicious. And much more affordable. Has that Montale Honey oud style. Yum yum pigs bum as our dear Portia would say 😉😍🍷🍕

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  36. First Cut again because I still need to be reminded of summer. This is the second of two little samples that I ordered. It’s kind of making me nervous that it’s almost gone. I should probably order a full bottle and pretend that this hideous, continuous day after day grey weather is not really happening. It is seriously grating in my nerves 😬

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  37. OMG, has anyone seen the Advent Calender from Atelier Cologne??? 24 samples of colognes, body products, soaps, even a travel spray – for 59 USD! There’s also a luxury version for 350 USD. I’m afraid even to look at it…
    This inspired me to wear something from Atelier Cologne so I emptied a sample vial of pure lime joy to chase away the grey skies – Cedrat Envirant.

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  38. Went fragranceless through the day (didn’t have the time to choose any in the morning) but having read Portia’s New Sniffs am wearing Anthracite Noir. Unimpressed.

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  39. This thread has just blown up! I can’t even read it all. SJP Stash today for a travel day – in Connecticut for the Yale-Princeton football game tomorrow.

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  40. Tried Cornaline by Anatole Lebreton yesterday evening. The top notes were very shrill on my skin and sort of ruined the experience. Not really anything in the notes list that I would avoid at all costs, but still not a hit with me. However, have heard good things about other perfumes by Lebreton, so will keep looking for samples.

    Not the best day today. Stayed home with a migraine, just had to sleep it off since it had come too far by the time I woke, so tripatans didn’t help much. Tried Le Labo Tonka 25 in the evening. This is a good one, but I think I still prefer the Fève Délicieuse from Dior. That is a bit of a relief, since the smaller Le Labo bottles are so downright expensive. I can see it says Dior reformulated Fève Délicieuse , my samples are all from 2016 and 2017. Have any of you done a side by side comparison of the different versions?

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    • Migraines are bloody awful. Hope you’re feeling better.

      I’ve never tried the Dior or LL. But then, Le Labos don’t do anything for me so I don’t own any.

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    • Ugh, migraines…I have never experienced them but some friends really suffer from them for years so I know the development. I hope you’re better by now and no, I have not tried FD from Dior so I can’t help.

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    • Bad news on the migraine Ingeborg. I only had one in my life. The night before my wedding 🤨. I still remember it. I had to lie down motionless in the complete dark with all sound/noise off. It didn’t last long, but, Lord it was horrible.

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      • One does get used to migraine, in a way. And medication is better than it used to be, so there’s that. Thankfully I have the weekend to relax. Didn’t make it to the post office on Saturday, so still havent picked up the samples I ordered from Germany. Also have some packages to mail out to pen friends and online friends so need to og there on Monday afternoon.

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      • Neva, I’ve tried all but Fleur de Lalita and Erawan, thanks to Val the Cookie Queen. They all are superb: each scent sounds like a statement of the perfumer, but Pissara’s respect for some of the great vintage perfumes: I wouldn’t be the first to draw a parallel between Le Sillage Blanc and a Germaine Cellier’s masterpiece, Bandit. Melodie de l’amour reminds me of Joy de Patou but is a bit more cheerful. I’d love to have them all, but if I had to choose, I’d buy the pine-needle chypre Issara and Oudh Infini which to me is the smell of warm sunlit tree bark. Douceur de Siam is big fruity/floral bouquet: I detect ylang-ylang, rose and vanilla/sandalwood in the basenotes but really, it smells like a summer morning.

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  41. Spent the day in Melbourne, in the hipster environs of South Melbourne and Fitzroy. Way too cool for me, but I tried my best with Nasomatto’s Black Afgano.

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  42. SOT Saturday night – Amouage Epic Woman. Going out for a big birthday celebration of a girlfriend. I know very few people from her circle of friends so I’m looking forward to meeting new people.

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  43. I smell at least a dozen perfumes again: I’m going through my perfume drawers trying to weed out the perfumes I don’t actually need anymore. So far I’ve decided that I’m going to have to let my bottle of Nuit de Noel. I feel that I ought to try harder than that but then again, I don’t want to have any regrets afterwards.

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      • Good point, Brigitte, thanks for the advice. The thing with NdN is, I’ve had this bottle (30 ml! it’s not even that big) for five years and it’s still got at least 20 ml. It needs a new home (LOL, I accidentally typed “homme”. Why not, it’s not feminine).

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        • Erawan is pretty. however I’m still in lust with Fleur de Lalita. I also have a sample of Issara and Oud Infini, which I will try next week. I woke at about 3AM after a bad dream and applied some Opus X, and promptly went back to sleep. When I woke a few hours later, I was ‘hit’ with an ‘ oudy rose ‘. I didn’t like it. Will be showering soon, so I can get public ready and head into the pits. I will wear, and thunk my sample of Chanel Sycamore.
          I wish everyone a peaceful Remembrance/ Armistice Day.

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  44. Right now testing Terre d”hermes on one wrist and L for Women on the other. Both nice but very different. TdH is really versatile…this would make a great grab and go scent…I can see why Evan drained 300 ml of this one.

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      • I was just testing the TdH so I only did one spray in the evening….when I wear it for real I am going to do many sprays and I will let you know of its longevity…although not too many things read strong or last long on my skin…and yes, it is the Clive Christian one..I have a mini bottle of it.

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        • I’ve tried L. CC has this classy style which I like very much but I’d better not fall in love with his perfumes because the prices are Amouage level :-/

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  45. Reading A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny enveloped in an enormous cloud of vintage Arpege this evening. The wind is howling and crazy wild outside. This novel takes place in Montreal (where I currently live) and the Eastern Townships (about a 1.5 hour drive south and east of Montreal and where I used to live). An engaging, well-written murder case that is very faithful and accurate in describing the local environs. A fun and entertaining read.

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  46. SOTSundayMorning with a MelScent (aka gift from Mel)

    Fort & Manle Suleyman Le Magnifique. Sweet powdery cinnamon slightly rosy incense. Smells of a sweet shop in India that I used to go to. I have smelt many like it before but not so pretty in the opening.

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  47. Sunday, sunny day, a session at the blues and roots festival coming up. I felt like leather was the go, and sprayed myself with HdP 1740. My wife is already complaining, so I guess a bit too much …

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  48. Having trouble sleeping, so decided to report on scents worn Saturday. First, tried for the second time Aqua Profumata Salina from Tocca. The freesia note is clear to my nose, otherwise this is a light floral with some citrus. Supposed to evoke summer in Italy, I think. Nice enough, but I can see why I didn’t finish the sample at the time it arrived, not so evocative for me.

    I’m testing Madagascan Jasmine from Grandiflora. This one is sooo good, possibly better than Dior’s Grand Bal. Madegascan Jasmine reminds me of Enlèvement au Sérail, but the latter had more rose mixed in, didn’t it? Anyway, must try more from Grandiflora! Or try to get a decant of this, it is not something I would have a lot of use for, but I love this jasmine.

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      • I looked the notes up on Fragantica, and i’s supposed to be only green notes and jasmine. But commenters say Madegascan Jasmine is not technically a jasmine flower, they call it stephanotis which I would not know what is. Also, some see the perfume as clean rather than indolic, so I guess you should try before buying a larger quantity. No trace of vanilla or any gourmand notes and at the same time not much trace of anything very green.

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  49. Testing the recommended layering of Suzanne Lang’s Tamboti Wood and Red Ginger…this combo is a powerhouse!
    Also testing Youth Dew Amber Nude and Arabian Diamond – two excellent very cold weather scents.

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  50. No.5 Eau Premiere today, one of the old batches. What I like about all the no.5 versions is that they perform equally well in all weather conditions.

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  51. Yesterday SOT workplace followed by night out with friends was Superstitious. A huge hit with my friend’s hubby. He thought it was fabulous and kept asking what it was called. Helen may be seeing this in her future.

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  52. OK done with the mowing…post shower testing Le Labo The Noir 29…and while I have always boycotted this company for the snobby SAs that ignore me in the city and for the exorbitantly high prices and exclusivity I rather like this one…it reminds me a bit of the discontinued Jo Malone Wild Fig & Cassis, which was a quirky little number that seemed out of place in the Jo Malone lineup.

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    • Snobby SAs. Ugh. Can’t stand them.

      Wild fig and cassis, hmm. Very nice.

      Le Labo does nothing for me. Neither does Byredo. Fab on paper, dishwater on me. Unless I decide to collage myself, I can happily stay away from that House.

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  53. OMG! Those stupid SA’s! Don’t get me started!! They’re just a bunch overly made-up, overly (and badly) dressed minimum wage earners living in a crappy apartment somewhere. And half of them don’t know the difference between a dry-down a rub-down and a dryer.😈

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  54. Monday Morning – more job applications!

    MelScent Tokyo Milk Dark Fame & Fortune Destiny. Watch out, World! Armed in ginger! And honeysuckle! Maybe jasmine(?).Nothing dark here. Fresh & astringent in a lovely way.
    I overapplied it.

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  55. Just put on the last drops from a large sample of Jardin du Poete. This is delightful and a real change from all my citrus fragrances. Herbal, green and still easy to wear. Too bad it doesn’t come in smaller bottles.

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  56. Tiger’s Nest from the PPP. When I first tried this I thought I was smelling a fairly straight on Amber. But wait! I got it today. Incense. This is all about incense with just a touch of amber. Some time ago I was complaining that I had never tried an incense fragrance. This has been corrected, thanks to Portia and his Perfect Perfume Pressies. Consider me an incense fan. It’s beautiful.

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  57. Overnight I have applied 3 different scents. I had a restless sleep…. His Highness kept rolling onto his back, and would immediately snore, which woke me up. Grrr. Before bed I sprayed EA Green Tea, later in the morning {about 2AM} it was L’Occitaine Cherry Blossom and the third, {around 6AM} it was Stella Summer Rose. When I shower soon, I will wear something not quite as ‘delicate’ as these 3.

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      • I know , I know…. hehehe. Hubby did apologize. To smooth my frazzled nerves, he took me to lunch and then we went shopping for the ingredients for our dinner; delicious oven baked salmon…. Soooooooooooo yummy. I wore Night Blooming Jasmine by Floris during the day, and in the evening Theorema. Wednesday morning has arrived and I had a great sleep, so I’m full of vim and vigour!!! Wearing, and thunking a small decant of something named Ombre de Hyacinth… sweet fresh and I have no clue who makes it or from where this sample arrived lol
        p.s it turns out that I do indeed have an OUD based perfume in my collection!! And it is a love. So much that I actually have a back up 30ml bottle!!! Guess ya wanna know , eh? A clue.. discontinued.

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