New Sniffs: 29.11.2108




Hey Hey Perfume Junkies,

The idea is that anything worthy of comment, either good or bad, that’s passed under my nose through the week will get a short write up. Up till now I have kept APJ positive comments only, those days are gone. If I think something is terrible, shamefully lazy, greedy or stupid and you should know about it, it will be said. Not everything works for everyone and it would be pretty boring if it did >>> YMMV. I’d love it if you all agree, respectfully disagree, have any thought-out opinion and want to share, do so in the comments below. The point is starting a conversation.

New Sniffs Aug 2018

Anything that I’m not keeping becomes a super simple GIVEAWAY. All comments are entered. Next week I’ll tell you who picked. If the winner doesn’t eMail me during the week it will JACKPOT to next weeks winner who will get both.

Last Weeks Winner: NEVA!

eMail me at (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with your address please

New Sniffs: 29.11.2108

Alchemy by Aftelier

Mandy Aftel has sent her newest fragrance through. WOO HOO! Imagine a deep, dark, peppery animalic. Awash with amber vanilla and lightly salted ambergris. I’m totally loving the way this smells, it has the multi facets of natural perfumery but so beautifully blended that you’ll not pick it. Scott and I are 100% into Alchemy.

Brigitte sent me a care package with some teas and St Clair Scents.

Frost by St Clair Scents

Considering how simple the note list is that we are given Frost is a delicate but intricate scent. Citruses, petigrain and coriander create something greater than the parts that produced it.

Gardener’s Glove by St Clair Scents

Galbanum, tomato leaf, jasmine and apricot combine to create a water park smell. It’s deliciously white floral and has that odd plastic vibe that comes with some aldehydes. Very wearable and fun. Slightly foodie in a all natural cafe kinda way.

First Cut by St Clair Scents

Cross a cigar with hay, cut some grass and herbs, drizzle it all in honey and you’ll smell First Cut. This is the one APJ readers have been going crazy for.  A modern reinterpretation of Fougere Bengale without the heavy curry. I can see why you love it.

Scott and I also grabbed this one out of a box of decants.

Belle de Jour by DIOR Prive

Roses, woods and the prettiest real deal taste of peach. A wash of fragrance so lovely and perfect for balmy spring days. No worry if you’re working, quite a private scent but you’ll still be fragrant. I would love it even more if it was the price of L’Occitane, because it would fit beautifully into that line too.



Have you tried any of these? How did they work for you?
Portia xx

55 thoughts on “New Sniffs: 29.11.2108

  1. Such fun that you received samples of the St. Clair Scents. I profess a weakness for First Cut. It’s especially uplifting in any kind of crummy non-summer weather, which here, seems to be most of the time. I hope the lovely perfume fairy manages to get you a sample of the newest St. Clair Scent, Casablanca. It was just released a couple of days ago. Features tuberose, orange blossom and jasmine, amongst others. I’ve ordered a sample and look forward to receiving it.
    Congratulations, Neva!!!!!!!

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  2. Only new perfumes for me…i mean a lot of them i’ve never heard before. Since i’m a Dior fanboy, i would love to try that Belle de Jour. I’ve heard a lot of bad things about the new releases from Dior Prive line. Well i think is really hard to come with some big hits after the classic flawless old prive line.


    • Hi Alen,
      I think they are not targeting perfumistas but the new kids who can’t cope with the big hitters and Asian market where softly, softly is in the best possible taste. I’m sure they’ll come good again. The Sandalwood one is nice that they released this t=year.
      Portia xx


  3. Woo hoo!!!! So happy to see your nose on the St Clair Scents! You know I like/love them all with my favorite being First Cut (when Mr. Marzipan wears it I am like a frisky cat around catnip-LOL!)

    obviously, no need to enter me in this draw.

    thanks for the mini reviews!!!

    and congrats to Neva!!!!!

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  4. Neva, yay! Congratulations!
    I’ll be brief: I’ve tried none but the hype around Diane St. Clair’s scents is unbelievable.

    I’ve tried VC&A Van Cleef this week. It’s nice but so not me.


      • Portia, I seem to be moving farther from a certain type of the 80-es & early 90-es scents, perhaps that’s why VC didn’t work for me. It’s a great big scent, though.


      • Ha I wish.
        But seriously, I would like to see this one woman indie house get the accolades she deserves. And if I am going to spend from my extremely limited budget I am trying to be more moral and conscientious about it…as in NOT supporting the multi billion dollars industries that have literally bought out so many niche brands.
        And had you been around six years ago you would have heard me blathering on about Sonoma Scent Studio. Now that SSS is out of business I have found a new replacement house 😈🤡😇

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        • And just to be clear I am NOT judging those of us who still purchase from the big guns. I am just conveying why I am so enthusiastic about the indies, which also includes 1000 Flowers, the maker of my beloved Reglisse Noire and where I am at in my perfume journey which is now in it’s 49th year.


        • I get that. It just doesn’t feel right, does it. These wealthy corporations gobbling up perfume companies. Seems counter-productive in an industry where originality and a unique vision should be considered pre-requisites to a successful creation. You have an excellent point. Perhaps, with time, it will be the niche houses that become the standard bearer for beautiful, original, quality perfumes. Some of them do seem to be headed that way.

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  5. YAY, thanks from the lucky winner!
    Everybody’s talking about St Clair Scents and I still haven’t tried them. I’m most interested in Gardener’s Glove and First Cut, of course 😉
    Alchemy also sounds amazing…peppery animalic,mmmm…

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  6. Interesting bunch of new sniffs Portia. None of which I have tried, although just recently I got a of Fougere Bengale. I did try Diptyque Tempo and something of CdGarcons at Mecca last week but neither made an impression.


  7. I haven’t tried any of these. While I do like perfumes which last, I also like the smooth compositions in the Dior-line, so would like to try Belle du Jour at some point.


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