SOTD 26.11 – 2.12.2018

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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 26.11 – 2.12.2018

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

313 thoughts on “SOTD 26.11 – 2.12.2018

  1. This morning I spritzed Issara by Dusita, it was very oud, high pitched but with a floral jasmine note. Then I got sick of it and it would not go away!

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  2. Tauer Les Annes 25. It’s a very cold morning and I’m bundled up taking the train downtown to work. My office is sadly scent sensitive so I have to be careful with my spillage. Les Annes is warm and dry with that lovely Tauer DNA.
    Nina; what a beautiful scent memory Jyotsna.

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  3. Pour Un Homme for the walking effort this morning. A mild, rainy weekend made it possible to saunter outside in sneakers! Christmas lights went up in full force this weekend and made the darkness more cheerful. And the birds thought it was spring. In full whistle mode by 6:30.

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  4. Aromatics Black Cherry. The day is bright but cold and there’s lovely spice in this. Spent my morning at the funeral of a lovely lady who has been battling a brain tumor for six years. They told her on diagnosis that her prognosis wasn’t entirely optimistic. She was damn feisty and gave in to nothing very easily. Hence the six years.

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  5. SOT business trip – Agar Ebene from the Hermessence line. I’ve applied three times during the day, each time 8-10 spritzes but I could feel it all the time. It’s the only oud I like so far because it’s warm, woody and creamy. Now I’m in the hotel room killing time on my laptop. For tomorrow’s meeting I have another Hermessence – Cuir d’Ange. Then I’ll thunk both samples!

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  6. Tom Ford Black Orchid today, in honour of my dear friend who gifted it to me. He moved interstate some time ago but he’s back in ol’ Adelaide this week catching up with his family so I’m seeing him tonight for dinner, and lots of laughing and perfumed hugs 🤗

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  7. Received my January Scent Project sampler today. Tested Burbuvu and Eiderantler. Both were most certainly original, quality fragrances. Also, a bit of a challenge for the first go round. When I sprayed Burvuvu I realized I had smelled a similar note in Carnal Flower. Eucalyptus. In Burvuvu it is joined by a strong and natural cedar. What I am smelling now is Vick’s Vapo-Rub. It just might work next time my nose is stuffed up. Eiderantler is certainly a lavender, but not the lavender lollie of Pour Un Homme. There’s something fusty hiding under the lavender. A very earthy, damp mushroom? I dunno. Probably a bit too ‘out there’ for my tastes. But wholly original if that’s what floats your boat.
    Big snow starting tonight. 20-25 cm. No red suede foot ornamentation for me tomorrow 🙁

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  8. I am wearing gucci nobile. I feel that it was influenced by drakkar noir. I am actually wearing the first version of nobile because it was reformulated before being discontinued

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  9. I thought I’d spend this week in my vintage cupboard, as these do not get much love at all. Something to do with being reluctant to use them up, I suspect.

    Monday I wore Yardley Bond Street. I think this is pretty old, maybe 1950s. The bottle and packaging are very similar to the one in this photo, except the box says “Skin Perfume Cologne” instead of just “Cologne”.

    Today I’m wearing Vers-Toi, by Worth. This one seems to date from the 1960s; it’s identical to this picture.

    I bought this bottle at a flea market stall that was charging outrageous sums for empty L’Air du Temps minis because they were “designed by Lalique”. Further down the table, with all of their regular dross, was this moon-shaped bottle, that is actually stamped Lalique on the base. Some people. :rollseyes:

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  10. I left a post this morning that still says it is “awaiting moderation”. That was less than 20 minutes after my response to Diana went up no problem. Am I doing something wrong?

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  11. Repost without the links …

    I thought I’d spend this week in my vintage cupboard, as these do not get much love at all. Something to do with being reluctant to use them up, I suspect.

    Monday I wore Yardley Bond Street. I think this is pretty old, maybe 1950s. The the box says “Skin Perfume Cologne” instead of just “Cologne”.

    Today I’m wearing Vers-Toi, by Worth. This one seems to date from the 1960s according to posters I have seen.

    I bought this bottle at a flea market stall that was charging outrageous sums for empty L’Air du Temps minis because they were “designed by Lalique”. Further down the table, with all of their regular dross, was this moon-shaped bottle, that is actually stamped Lalique on the base. Some people. :rollseyes:

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  12. Dulcis in Fundo which seems to suit this snowy day. Surprisingly I have not been craving my gourmands this winter at all. This is rather disturbing as my collection is quite heavy in this category. I suppose I’m just in winter denial. Perhaps once I slide into acceptance they’ll regain favour.

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  13. Reve d’Ossian today, and oodles of Mitzah last night.
    Under the weather a bit, and feeling a bit sorry for myself, so wrapping myself in lovely scents. Nothing serious, just a combo of headaches and the blues.

    (word to the wise: superstitious does *not* sit well with a headachey head. Those gorgeous aldehydes can be mean little stabby bitches.)

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  14. And speaking of wishing for spring…I am testing my first Dusita..the new one that thus far has no name that we (the perfume peeps) have the opportunity to name….it’s sweet and floral…iris? jasmine? heliotrope? Not sure….the juice is the most gorgeous lilac color…

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          • I am extraordinarily fussy too…because the frugal and crotchety old lady that I can be thinks about how many mind blowing scents I wore years ago that sold for a fraction of what the market is charging now….drugstore goodies that would be considered and sold as niche in today’s market…sorry, that’s just me being cranky 😉

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          • It’s not at all cranky, or maybe it is. In that case, I’m guilty as well. I think back to the 80’s, when arguably, I was at the peak of my consumerism and purchasing power. When I see the cost of things now, clothing, paint, cars, food….you name it, everything has become exponentially more expensive. So, maybe it makes some sense that perfume follow suit? I dunno. It does seem that the increase in perfume prices are not in line with other consumer goods. But then again, it’s a luxury product and I suppose cost reflects market demand. All of this to say, yes, it pisses me off too!

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          • Marcella- I would agree with you in that the cost of everything has gone up. However, I think fragrances are disproportionately higher. I think much of this is due to the fact that we , as consumers, are willing to shell out the money. Also, the internet and easy access to perfume reviews also creates a frenzy and desire for the latest and greatest. I am trying very hard these days to sit on my hands and as Portia beautifully put “shop my collection”. Oddly enough, I feel happiest when wearing something that is beloved to me, rather than a sample of something that disappoints. At least that is where I am at this moment! That may change tomorrow 😉

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        • Oh, that’s good to know. It means I will skip Dusita when considering which sample set to order. I just don’t want to have another sad love affair with a beautiful perfume.

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  15. Le Galion Iris. I found a sample I’d had for some time and just poured it all over myself. Risky move, I know but this is such a calm scent. I won’t go for a full bottle but it’s a nice take on iris.
    PS I’m waiting for my Dusita sample to arrive, too.

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    • I will be curious as to what you think of it. I am going to give it some proper skin time today. Last night was just a one spritz. I know you are a fan of this brand so I am curious if the other offerings are similar or different. This is the only one I have tried so I have no point of comparison.

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      • Brigitte, I’ll share my thoughts on this iris with you as soon as I get the sample! You know, Pissara’s perfumes have two things in common and those are 1. excellent quality of the materials, – 2. all of them have this “instant classic” feel. Of course, we’re all different and what works for me and in my climate, won’t probably work for you or someone else.

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  16. Today I wore Gilvo 7777 Eau de Cologne. Gilvo was an Australian perfume maker that stopped operating in the early ’50s, which helps date this bottle from the mid-1940s to the early 1950s. (I wrote an article for APJ on the Gilvo company in 2013). The bottle that I had then contained this inky black juice that I wasn’t letting anywhere near my skin. Fortunately, some time later, I found a little bottle of it in a flea market that was in good condition, and that’s the one I’m wearing.

    The name is obviously a play on 4711, and that’s a pretty good guide to what this smells like. It’s quite a competently-executed cologne, with a fresh citrus opening and some powdery musk and light woods in the dry-down. Considering this stuff is at least 60 years old, it’s impressive that the top notes are still there and that it lasted about 8 hours on my skin.

    Back in the 1940s, Gilvo 7777 Cologne was sold in Myer’s and DJs alongside French houses such as Bourjois and Roger & Gallet, which was no mean feat for a little Australian company. Gilvo is a part of Australia’s perfume story that we can be proud of.

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    • Well wow. What an incredible find. I take my hat off to you on your incredible vintage shopping sprees. And this brand was likely unheard of outside of Australia.

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    • Another interesting story, Greg. I wonder how come the top notes are still there. Usually the citrus notes are the first to disappear.
      Was 7777 Gilvo’s most popular perufume?

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  17. I’m giving Thèrése another outing. We’re on the way down south to see daughter dearest in her stage production of the Producers. A filthy day to be driving anywhere with high wind and deluges of rain. But looking forward to the show.

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  18. There’s a lot of incense going on around here: following on from the Reve the other day, the last three scents have been Encens Mythique, Vetiver 46, and CDG2Man… (yeah, I chop and change a lot given that I go to the gym and/or pool during the day.)

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    • I think I might have fallen in love with incense as a note. I have tried very few that I can think of. But, one of Portia’s Perfume Pressies was Tiger’s Nest. My oh my! I am loving every single drop of it.

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      • Incense is one of my very favourite notes — or range of notes right across the myrrh/frankincense/elemi/benzoin spectrum (and yes, I have a big bag of frankincense that I burn from time to time which is *amazing*). From the austere to the lush. Yum yum.

        Some of my favourites for churchy incense: CDG Avignon, Heeley Cardinal, Unum LAVS are all fabulous, though that latter has a slightly odd scratchy feeling to it sometimes
        A bit churchy: Oriza L Legrand Reve d’Ossian
        Non-churchy: Aedes Copal Azur, CDG 2 Man, CDG Ouarzazate

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      • You would have loved SSS Incense Pure. I think I already told you that a Buddist nun stopped me in my tracks to ask me what I was wearing when I wore that one.
        If you are looking for an inexpensive fix get your hands on some frankincense essential oil….I have used Vitacost brand, Now essentials brand and Eden Botanicals also has a sampler pack which pairs it with myrrh which is also part of the incense Accord.

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        • Ah yes! SSS. Still not resurrected, I suppose.
          Just a couple of days ago, my shopping cart was piling up at Eden Botanical. They were having a sale and I ordered both Frankincense and Myrrh. Then I thought I’d be very clever and added rose, lemon, labdanum and several others believing I could make my own version of Tiger’s Nest. That fantasy passed. I emptied my cart in disgust. I’m now back at square one in my e.o. exploration. I should have just bought the Frankincense and Myrrh sampler pack 😒

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  19. Yesterday was Midnight Fleur, by Nest. The only one from Nest I enjoy. Lots of pineapple to start with, an unusual note. This sits nicely but gone by mid afternoon. Tis a very pretty bottle.
    Today is L’Art Al Oudh – loads of it and its awesome!

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    • Ha!!! No one ever mentions that pineapple note! It isn’t even listed as a note but I smell it for sure. My eldest won a bottle on a draw several years ago. It still smells great and reminds me of her.

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  20. Today I’m wearing Moustache, by Rochas. At least I think I am. I bought a little coffret of three vintage Rochas minis in an Air France case, but they do not have anything on them that says what they are. I have another bottle of Moustache and they smell very close, so that’s my guess. The other two I’m clueless about, although they might be Macassar and Monsieur. One day I will need to hook up with a Rochas fan and do a sniff test of these little blighters.

    The Moustache is almost empty, but still smells pretty good. Sadly the longevity is not there and it disappeared on me very quickly.

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  21. If I can find my sample vial of Frost I might go with that one today. If not then Eau de Lierre. It will be a long workday so I need a no brainer.

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    • I haven’t tried this one. It seems you’re not too much pleased with it. I thought there would be no rose by the name. Patricia de Nicolai often gives her scents names of ingredients that I don’t smell at all.

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      • Neva, RR is actually lovely, it’s just it reminds me of a rose essential oil which is not a bad thing per se but I expected some twist and there was none. IMO the most spectacular rose scents are Parfum Sacre, La fille de Berlin, Rouge, Blouse YSL, Voleur de roses et cetera – they’re so much more than a rose fragrance, so while I like a simple soliflore like this one or CdG Grace Coddington from time to time, I love the complexity. E.g. I’m not a big fan of Paris but it’s got personality, you know?

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  22. A lavender day to brighten the gusty rain and dark.
    MEM this morning. Which amazingly, survived a hard gym session and a quick shower, and then, turned positively surreal when I was in the sauna… becoming almost toasted around the edges on very hot skin, almost a burned caramel whiff. It’s a facet I’d never smelled in MEM before. Fourreau Noir to smooth out my evening, now.

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  23. I can see the bottom of my Nubian Heritage Raw Shea butter…luckily I have two more! Mr. Marzipan did say something last night about my leg feeling “sticky”…too bad…it’s needed for baby’s bottom skin!

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  24. I’ve finally had an office day and I wore the smooth Santal from Fragonard. In the afternoon I was making my wreaths and completely forgot to reapply perfume. It feels so good doing something creative. Time just flies and I’m absorbed in my ideas. It’s almost midnight and I should go to bed.

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  25. Today I’m wearing Potter & Moore’s Mitcham Lavender. While it is discontinued now, this has been around since 1750 and there are endless versions out there, so this is very hard to date. I’ve seen versions dated to the 1940s that are nearly the same bottle as mine, but mine has a ground glass stopper where they have metal caps. I guess that might make mine older, maybe 1930s-1940s.

    The juice still looks OK and the fragrance still has kick. It’s a strong lavender; I can smell it right now with the bottle next to me, even with the stopper in. On my skin, it was quite linear, not developing much, but it lasted for at least 5 hours.

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  26. Received my perfume package prize from the always delightful Portia so a little spritz of many things this evening.
    Heeley Verveine – lemon and lemon
    Kilian Sweet Redemption – incense and soap
    A Lab on Fire California Snow – warm, musky, bit floral – I like this one a lot.
    Frapin Orchid Man – yum! Spicy man stuff. Reminds me of something RL Safari? This one has surprised me as I expected something floral. Couple more to try…. Thank you Portia xx

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  27. La Fille de Berlin. I really don’t like this on me, but I showered with Lush Rose Jam and used some rose scented shampoo so I figured I’d go with the theme.
    Bed at 4:00 am last night. I entered a kitchen design competition back in September and the deadline was last night. No monetary prizes, but it would look good in my portfolio if I get at least an Honourable Mention.

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  28. Trying out Zoologist Camel. It’s a hit. It is another of those that retreats and then sneaks back when you least expect it. It’s a rich and resinous fruity floral, perfect for cold weather. Doesn’t have huge sillage but decent. I’m impressed.

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  29. St Clair Scents Casablanca
    It is BEYOND GORGEOUS…

    side by side when compared to my beloved Jour Ensoleille there is a striking similarity…I had better start saving my pennies!!!!!!!

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      • OK so First Cut is a completely different animal…and not as potent…I did one tiny spray of Casablanca and it is still going strong…it’s definitely a BWF but my nose hones in on the orange blossom (smells like the real deal…have you ever smelled orange blossom absolute e.o.? lordy, it’s potent and intoxicating!), honey and the animalics in the drydown as well as the oakmoss…but there is also a fruity component at the top…definitely black currant and citrus…this is elegant, classy and could become a classic but it’s not dated….my gosh, it’s just gorgeous…and I have found a replacement for my beloved SSS Jour Ensoleille which is a good thing…..I could see First Cut for the spring and summer and Casablanca for early spring, fall and winter…could this be my signature scent if I ever got one…you betcha! and it’s selling like hotcakes so I would not be surprised if it ends up selling out…..mark my words, friends, Diane St Clair…and WE discovered her-LOL!!! and yes, you will NEED both…sorry, I know I am supposed to talk you out of things but I am drooling right now ……

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    • Off to the city for an overnighter and a concert. I am going to bring my little darling Jour Ensoleille with me to give her the tour of Dublin😉. She doesn’t get out much because she’s precious.

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  30. Pulled out my vintage Van Cleef & Arpel Pour Homme today. This is a monster in every way: a colossal, chunky, square splash bottle (made in France by Pochet et du Courval) and a huge fragrance to match. A real beauty. It’s somehow odd to think that this frag was only released in 1978; the bottle looks so quintessentially Art Deco that I figured it must be much older than that. Given the bottle’s design and origins, I’m assuming that this is the original version, or close to it, but I can’t be sure.

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  31. Aeon 001. Because every time I wear it it’s interesting but not distracting (unless I choose to be distracted by it) and because it’s bloody beautiful in a non-pretty way.

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  32. For my final vintage cupboard day, I’ve gone for something special: my 1947 Jean Patou L’Heure Attendue. This is the first serious vintage fragrance that I bought, and what got me into collecting them. I was into Art Deco stuff at the time, and the Art Deco bottle design is what grabbed me; and I then branched out into fragrance collecting. Yet, somehow, I have never actually worn it until today. It’s very much a soft floral, powdery and sweet. I don’t think it’s too girly though; we’ll see how it develops.

    I have to face a choice with this one. There seems to be a fair bit of evaporation going on and it might eventually disappear on me. So I’m thinking it might be time to pass this on to some other collector who will wear what remains rather than letting it disappear into the ether.

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    • You’ve got a real treasure, Greg, I only own a tiny bottle of LHA from Ma Collection 1984. I understand your dilemma so well. If you know a devoted vintage perfume admirer, that would be wise to pass the bottle on to them.

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      • I think I’m going to have to; it seems such a waste. The juice does not look so good, but I had no problems wearing it and it did develop through the day as expected.

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      • Ironically I don’t smell vetiver… just a thick boozy unctuous vanilla with dark patchouli and cocoa… it’s a grown up vanilla. I would not mind if a full bottle fell from the sky but I am satisfied with my little decant because it’s potent and lasts so a little goes a long way.

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  33. and now my fingers smell of a whole lotta essential oils because I was blending in the basement..I made two very simple blends – one of carrot seed and cedarwood to try to create an iris accord and the other of fir balsam and my vanilla bean blend to replicate a Christmas tree scent. Then I made three more involved blends- champaca, sandalwood, myrrh, frankincense and tangerine was the first, then bergamot, almond, iris accord, jasmine, maillette lavender (gorgeous sweet delicate lavender which is what I imagine Un Homme to smell like) ,vanilla bean blend and opoponax was the second, then tangerine, rose, seville lavender (wow is this one boozy!!!!) vanilla bean blend and labdanum was the third. And now they will marinate for weeks in their rollerball containers.

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  34. Pesky insomnia so hanging out here for a bit. Discovered this evening that Tiger’s Nest and Sedona Sweet Grass share a similar note. At least to my nose, so fair warning. Something sweet and resinous. It is the focal point in SSG and only a fleeting impression in Tiger’s Nest but both are equally delightful. And both are beautiful, meditative and soothing scents. Good for what ails you at this time of year.

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