SOTD 10.12 – 16.12.2018

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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 10.12 – 16.12.2018

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

578 thoughts on “SOTD 10.12 – 16.12.2018

  1. Musc Ravageur. a.k.a. Shalimar for boys.

    If you have a spare good thought, please send it to my poor wee kitty Herschel who is at the vets having emergency treatment for kidney disease. It’s all a bit touch and go right now, but there’s still a decent chance she could respond and rally. We’ll know more in the next 48 hours or so.

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  2. I had to go to M&S today to pick up an order.Passed the perfumes and had a spray of a Fragonard and a Roger & Gallet on my scarf.I don’t know if my SOTD is valid because I can’t remember what they were. Just had another sniff of my scarf,it smells beautiful. Ha Ha

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  3. Hi my perfume family! Today I had an home office day, finally. I was wearing Tiempe Passate because I was reminded of it yesterday when realizing that Luca Turin gave it a two star review. Who cares? I love it in every occasion!
    I got a package from a girlfriend with four samples from Maison Francis Kurkdjian so I will be testing them during the next days. (doing a happy dance)

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  4. I am wearing Dunhill 51.3 N. It could have been so much better with little more attention but seems it was made in hurry. I got for 20 bucks so didnt lose much

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  5. Received my sample of Casablanca. BWF x 2 on me!! I could have sworn I just sprayed Fracas for the first couple of minutes. Then it slid into a heady orange blossom. Some citric notes seemed to cut its’ thickness. Very nice whiffs of oakmoss that I wished were more pronounced. I remember reading here someone commenting on a perfume they enjoyed but made her feel like she was wearing someone else’s clothing. That’s Casablanca for me. Although….two hours in and it’s feeling a lot more comfortable. Top notch production. Without a doubt. Powerful and long-lasting.

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  6. Thank you for the love and kind words about my poor little fluffcat. I’ve just spoken to the vet: after scans, x-rays, and more blood tests, it turns out that Herschel has pancreatitis. Poor little beast. that’s painful as hell. So, the kidney disease may be far less than originally feared, and flared up by this. And it’s not a truly scary cause of all this drama (there were some *dreadful* possibilities being discussed). Same treatment, and “most” cats make it through this. But she really, really needs to start eating… I get to visit her this afternoon though.

    (Wearing a little Mitzah for reassurance today)

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    • Oh dear, Crikey. I know how you are feeling. It’s heart-rending to see our beloved mulies suffer. They’re so trusting and innocent. I truly hope that treatment proves effective, but more than that, provides some pain relief. Typically animals won’t eat when they are suffering. If Herschel eats, consider it a promising sign. Big hugs from all of us.

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      • Thank you, marcella. Please scritch/pet your wee beasties on my behalf.
        It was good to see her this afternoon, and love on her a while. She’s way more responsive now. Still not eating, though. If she doesn’t start by breakfast time, they’ll have to start feeding her by tube.

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        • Good that she’s more responsive. When you say feed by tube, do you mean an IV arrangement or proper solids in a tube down the gullet? Either way. Poor kitty. Is she on any antibiotics or anti-inflammatories? Chances are once those are on board, the discomfort will ease and she may well eat on her own. She’s also probably very stressed being there which also affects her appetite. Any idea when you can bring her home?
          And yes, my gang got extra scritches and yummy rubs. They’ve all decided that they are probably living in a forest and have taken up residence under the Christmas tree.

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          • yep, tube through nose to get actual food in if she still can’t manage to eat. Herschel’s been on a drip for fluids to flush out the toxins from kidney issues, plus antacids, anti-inflams, antibiotics, and pain meds for the past day and a half. And, initially, an oxygen tent to help settle her breathing. She’s looking very droopy and bedraggled, obviously, but rustled up the energy to really get into some face rubs. So, she’s not quitting yet.

            I wish I could have a crimble tree…but, well, Atkins is awfully fond of climbing *and* shiny things. And I learned the hard way from a previous cat with similar tendencies

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          • Mine are far too lazy. They view exercise as something only the deranged squirrels outside of their viewing window would partake in. A day and a half on the medication cocktail is not that long. Hopefully the 48 hour mark will show more significant improvement. We’re rooting for her!

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    • Aww that’s a case of good and bad news all at once. Hopefully medication will ease the pain. And kidney disease in puddy tats is helped massively by strict diet. I hope you’re feeling more optimistic now.

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      • thanks, cassieflower. It *is* good news. If we can get her past this crisis, the prognosis is pretty good for longer term management–and yep, the special diet is key. They were about to give her a whacking great big dose of cat-version-of-morphine to squish that pain as we left. So, crossing fingers she’ll feel a lot better and a lot more comfortable after that. Though she was well enough to give me a quite determined purry head bump.

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    • Pancreatitis? It’s rather deadly for humans…I hope Herschel (I like the name) will be back on track soon. At least she has all the possible love and care.

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  7. Knize Ten. Need it to give my own ass a kick so that I can get lots of housework done. Place is trashed after the Smallies invasion at the weekend 😂. It always looks as if a gang of hooligans broke in and had a wild party here and then just walked out leaving a trail of destruction.

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  8. I’m trying my Papillon samples. Dryad this morning and still going. A little bitter for my taste, but well done. Just swiped on Salome. OMG!!! All sorts of gorgeousness. This is most definitely in my wheel house. Absolute heaven!

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  9. SOTN: Baruti Voyance and their Chai. I’m so regretting applying the former 😦 There’s a metallic note I can’t pass through. Chai seems nice but has more dried fruity notes that I can possibly handle.

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    • Hmm. Interesting. Chai is a notoriously difficult fragrant blend to make (imho).I naturally gravitate towards them then am horrified/unimpressed! So glad I don’t favour gourmands.

      What don’t you like about Voyance, Diana?

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      • I can see Chai’s beauty, it’s just too loud on my skin. I can’t deal with so much projection 🙂
        As for Voyance, it’s got some woody musks that mess with my sense of smell, – I’ve smelled them before, for instance, Nasomatto Black Afgan and Nudiflorum, Xerjoff Mefisto. Turns out, I’m hyper-sensitive to those, I only smell chemical ingredients, not the perfume itself. That’s okay.

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        • Hyersensitive. Oh no! Sadness.
          Those two that sounded really appealing to me from the websit copy.

          Luckily there are so many beautiful choices out there.

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  10. SOT business trip – MFK Oud Satin Mood. So much sweet vanilla that I could hardly handle the first burst of it. On the other hand, it covered the oud, which is good IMO. Nice for a cool day but not something I would normally wear.

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  11. Maitre Parfumeur et Garnier Centaure today. This one is a complex scent, summery at the outset with citrus, blackcurrant and mint, but drying down to moss and tobacco. Seems right for today, with the heatwave breaking this afternoon and the place heading back into the mid-20s and rainy weather.

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  12. A couple days of L’Art Al Oudh – i am lovin’ this one big time and it seems to travel well in the warm – love, love, love! Today, Bond N09 Eau de Noho – on me a soft, floaty floral soap in a warm, musky balmy way. So good.

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  13. Bois Sushi Imperiale this afternoon. Smelt like barbershop cologne on me. Scrubbed clean.
    Decked out in Charlatan instead. Much better. Thanks you, Portia for introducing me to this one (and for my first sample). Big love. 💜

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  14. SOTN Guerlain Rose Nacree. Simply gorgeous. Hopefully I shall not stay awake and stress about the interview. Please cross fingers for possible job opportunity. 🙏 Thanks, 💕

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  15. Trying some Atelier des Ors Musc Immortel from the *amazing* parcel that Sandra very kindly sent me. Still only in the first hour of it, but loving the opening passages where it shifts through the layers from grapefruits and vetiver to iris and patchouli…

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  16. MFK Oud Silk Mood today. I’ve started with only two spritzes because of “oud” which I dislike so I was thinking it may be a scrubber. Later on I’ve added three more spritzes. Not bad at all. Initially it was the typical medicinal oud, but after an hour it settled in a nice rose/bergamot skin scent. I wish I could find a way to bridge the first hour…

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  17. EL Jasmine White Moss. Got a big like from co-worker. And then she told me something very sad altogether. . . She’s down to her last bottle of perfume!😱 You know what that means😉 Smelly fingers for me this evening as I do some decants.

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  18. Spent the day in thrall of Salome. I even took her out to a meeting with friend’s of The Wealthies who want work done on their house.
    Came home and decided to try Tobacco Rose, figuring it was sure to be another hit. Nothing going. Rose and I simply do not agree. LOVE the smell of roses in a garden/florists, but my skin turns it to sour wee water. I’m disappointed. I was hoping to finally find a rose that I could wear.
    Incidentally, I got no tobacco whatsoever. Just sour rose 😢

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  19. Mid afternoon fresh up with L’Eau…evening volunteer library duties for the youngin’ so SL Blanc Santal…I may be done with two minis and a decant by the end of the week.

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  20. Struggling this morning. Bad hair day, wrong foundation, not enough salad to make lunch, hole in my jacket – ugh! Luckily SL’s Ambre Sultan is helping me to soldier on.

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  21. Dear Fragrant Friends, I am ready to take on The World. Vintage Chanel 19 with just the slightest mist of Anais Anais (as testament of my humanity).
    The weather’s on my side. ☔️
    Thanks for all the good wishes!😘 Please keep those fingers crossed.

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  22. SOT lovely evening at a club where we were celebratig Sinatra’s birthday was MFK Baccarat Rouge 540, Extrait de Parfum. This could be a big love, especially for wintertime. Fresh and warm at the same time, rich and luxurious but not heavy, long lasting and strong but not overwhelming. I was sure I smelled orange but it was probably a mix of jasmine and almond. OMG! I must compare it with the EdP. Maybe this will be my Christmas present to myself…

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  23. Testing last night and now in the wee hours of the morning… Kulfi, Noud Swiss Arabian, Jungle Elephant, Rose Jam and Unum Symphonium Passion, Britt Rythmn and Olympic Orchids Seattle Chocolate..A Christmas package from a close friend who also sent a chocolate covered marzipan bar!!!

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  24. NR L’absolu today, I need some cosy warmth with a little oomph.
    And I flippin’ forgot to bring the decants in to work this morning, despite the fact I had left them right next to my phone on dressing table🙄. I’ve turned into a shocking featherhead.

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  25. I was complaining bitterly about the weather this morning (-25C) and refused to get out of bed. Mr. Laurelhardy said he had something to cheer me up. He returned to the bedroom with my coffee and….pressies! Tickets to Guadeloupe next month and a travel spray of Le Parfum de Thérèse. I am no longer complaining 🤩

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  26. Cuir Cannage this morning, and then changed over to Neandertal Dark post gym. I think I have two more wears left in that sample…I really do like this stuff. But it’s not *quite* as convincing in the cold.

    Moggy update: more progress. Yay! She’s enjoying the attention from the nurses who go and hang out with her and give her ham and face rubs. She purred her head off and rolled about a bit when I saw her. Still not washing properly though, so she’s a right old bedraggled tangle. New blood tests tomorrow morning, and, the vet is hoping her levels will be “almost back to normal”. In which case we might be able to get her off the IV and think about getting her now skinny-as-hell self home this weekend. (oh please, oh please. Tomorrow is day 5 in hospital for her.)

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  27. Forreau Noir and a bit of Daim Blond for this beautiful wet summer day. Amazing smells. I feel so happy and relaxed. Gualdaloupe is a state of mind.

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  28. So I spent the day in 20 sprays of the Elephant (Kenzo)….apparently this is supposed to have nuclear sillage…um, no…perhaps because I did not slather myself silly in oil or shea butter last night or this morning? I kept asking folks if they could smell me and everyone said no unless they pressed their noses into my neck or wrists….even the bitchy co-worker who derided me for wearing too much of The Noir 29 stood behind me in the staff room and did not say a peep this morning…..so it reads like a soft custard that sits close to the skin….tonight I thunked SL Santal Blanc….and probably won’t be thunking MdO OUd because I might just go Elephant tomorrow again….I am enjoying this one….

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  29. Today I tried my other Op shop find: Floris’ Red Rose. Now I like my roses to be earthy and dirty, like Noir de Noir or Lyric Man. This one is more floral than I like, but it does have great longevity, at least 12 hours.

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  30. Wearing LPdT for Xmas shopping. Mr. LH will be getting a pair of hi-tech snow shoes. He’s been mumbling about wanting a chain saw to ‘fell trees’ on the property at the cottage 😱. I think not. The thought of him traipsing through the woods with a massive chain saw makes my blood run cold.

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  31. I smell of Rozy VdP (as beautiful as ever), relief, roast chicken, and highly-medicated cat. And I am home, with said baldy-patched skinny gorgeous sweetheart cat fast asleep against my legs. I don’t think any of us–vets included–thought we’d get here after Monday’s crash. She’s back on Monday for more tests, but right now Herschel’s home, full of chicken, and purring gently in her sleep. And I couldn’t be more grateful. (Thank you for so many encouraging and kind messages.)

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  32. Forgot to mention my shower with 🌹 jam and one spray of it on one wrist and a spray of 🌹 Cassis paradis on the other for science….the 1000 Flowers one is jucier and lasted much longer.

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      • It was fun, a bit stupid, but still entertaining. Directing and writing could be better but it’s a visual joy (I mean both digital effects and beautiful actors. Nicole Kidman looks as if she’s still in her early thirties. It’s a lie, of course, but who cares as long as decent actors can continue to appear on the big screen).
        DC Comics still need to step up their game but along with Wonder Woman Aquaman is an improvement. I really think their characters deserve better treatment.
        (If anyone had told me ten years ago that I’d worry about DC & Marvel’s artistic progress, I would’ve laughed in their faces).

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        • 😁 I think the visuals are way better than anything in most stuff.
          I think The Grinch is on our viewing list. That’s about all the cinema I can handle over the holidays.

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        • I watched Spiderman the new cartoon with my two little twin girls (my daughter’s half sisters) and it was fun and entertaining. I think I liked it better than the kids. Cartoons are nowadays made for the generation of parents. I think Aquaman could be interesting as a cartoon too.
          Cuir Amethyste – yummy 🙂

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  33. Testing Anubis while once again doing my yearly baking of the most time-consuming, finicky and labour intensive Christmas cookies ever invented. Anubis is keeping me highly entertained. This is an Important perfume. Serious. And sooo beautiful. Smoky, dark leather studded with deep, deep rose and bitter orange. The rind, maybe? Almost harsh on opening. Tough. Very dry and not a hint of sweetness. But impossibly intense and gorgeous. Papillon has me again.

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  34. Montale Honey Oud for errands and shopping. Wish it would last longer on my skin. In half hour it will have disappeared. Maybe I should go for 20 sprays – wink wink 😉 Can’t believe I’m going to face the maddening crowds looking for last minute purchase – something nice to wear out tonight. Which will lead to Musc Ravageur for tonight’s Xmas dinner at friends. Should really be ticking a few more Xmas gifts off the list…. enjoy your weekend lovely smelling peeps 😘

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  35. It’s hot again. Freshened up for dinner. Middle Eastern at my house. Lamb & pumkin koftas with saffron rice. Rose, Cumin, Sultanas and Cardamom in the air. Why are there no local APJ buddies? ☹️

    I’m wearing Dame Earth Mother+Fort & Manlé Faith Sultan Mehmet.(Thanks, Mel, for both these gorge scents). Oudh, rose and something green in the mix.
    Happy Saturday, fumie friends. 💕

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  36. Zoologist Camel. This is seriously good stuff. I see a large decant in my not too distant future. I smell stewed figs and spices (don’t know what actual fruits are here but will check now).

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    • Cassie, I’m the proud owner of a Camel travel spray. I’ve ordered it along with Panda and Hummingbird to my Canadian family in the summer and my daughter picked it up during her visit. Obviously Camel is one of my favourites from the line 🙂 I think it’s time I start wearing it. I admit, I forgot about it so thanks for bringing it up.

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    • Back from the gym and hairdresser wearing Salome from the rapidly dwindling sample. Fancy-dress do for Mr. LH and myself tonight. He’ll haul out his tuxedo and accessorize all in black, as opposed to Cassie’s hubbie who will be sporting a red bow tie! I’m going to glam things up in a vintage floor-length gold lamé number. And, to keep on theme, a generous application of vintage Shalimar perfume 🤩

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  37. Beaufort Couer de Noire today. This will probably go on the full bottle wish list when I finish my decant. I seem to wear it quite often, and always enjoy it.

    Bitterly bloody cold, with a nasty dose of sleet. Stupidly forgot that the lifting gym is also cold as hell, so had a rotten session. Will have a do over, with long sleeves on so I can actually keep blood flowing in my arms. Brr! Might switch to a cozier scent for this blustery evening.

    (Recovering cat is mostly sleeping. And snacking. And insisting on being *very* close, despite being not-a-lapcat. Other cat is still a bit freaked out by Herschel smelling so wrong.)

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    • I found thee Beaufort line …ehm, rather challenging after I’ve tried Lignum Vitae and Fathom V so I’ve skipped the rest. Have you tried them?
      Good news that Herschel is snacking 🙂

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      • I think they are rather polarising fragrances, and that “challenging” description is pretty fair 🙂 But I tend to get on quite well with smoky and/or blokey scents (or ones that have notes that tend to get put in the “masculine” pile, anyway)

        Lignum Vitae has more juniper than I can live with comfortably, but Fathom V went pretty rapidly from sample to bottle–it’s a very evocative scent for me, sitting comfortably in memories of landscapes and experience, and I really enjoy the smellscape while wearing it. I keep pondering a decant of Vi et Armis–but wish I could dial down the whisky in it. CdN makes me feel like a pirate queen, though.

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  38. I went to a huge birtday party at a club with a live band playing hits from the eighties and it was fantastic! I was wearing BV Eau de Velours. As I was about to leave at the early morning hours a guy passed by leaving a wonderful smelling trace so I had to ask him what it was – FM Noir Epices !!! He then reached in his pocket and gave me the sample vial. I was speechless…
    I spend the day recovering from the party because today is, guess what – another party 😀 😀 I’m considering Salome for today, just to show everyone who’s the boss 😉

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  39. Back from the gym and hairdresser wearing Salome from the rapidly dwindling sample. Fancy-dress do for Mr. LH and myself tonight. He’ll haul out his tuxedo and accessorize all in black, as opposed to Cassie’s hubbie who will be sporting a red bow tie! I’m going to glam things up in a vintage floor-length gold lamé number. And, to keep on theme, a generous application of vintage Shalimar perfume 🤩

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  40. Yesterday I wore Nasomatto Silver Musk for a trip to Melbourne for Christmas shopping. Pretty humid day, so it worked well. Today I have on DS & Durga’s Italian Citrus.

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    • Christmas shopping- fun! Hope you found some fab stuff. I don’t know Italian Citrus. Did you get the bitter orange note?

      Some of the other DS& Durgas (Radio Bombay and Burning Barbershop) have smelt a bit ordinary on me (sad face). And they are pretty exxy.

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      • Yep, definitely get a sharp note off Italian Citrus. It’s one that I tend to wear on milder days, whereas other citrus bombs are best for the real heat.

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  41. Very pretty floral bouquet in Nest Wisteria Blue. I’ve said this before (I think)- it’s so much like an Avon from my teens. Wish I could remember the name!
    I really like this one.

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  42. Pour Un Homme for olfactory relaxation. Super fun last night. I’m thinking sequins are really in this year. I was practically blinded by all that flash and glitter.
    OMG. We sat at a table with peeps we knew apart from one couple. Judging by their accents, they were out-of-towners. A May-December thing going on and she was guzzling champagne like a champ. Sure enough, she started getting a bit sloppy and talking loudly. She leaned over to say something to her partner in what she hoped would be a whisper. Instead, she bellows into his ear “DID YOU REMEMBER TO PACK THE VIAGRA?”. The entire table erupted into embarrassed laughter. Hilarious!

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  43. Lazy Sunday today, recovering from two parties this weekend and decorating my apartment for Christmas. SOTD FM Iris Poudre and after that FM Angeliques Sous La Pluie. Thunked both sample vials.

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  44. Forgot to mention that I made two blends with orris butter that my girlfriend sent me this morning. One was simple with orris and my vanilla bean oil and the other one was more complex with bergamot, orris, cedarwood, vanilla and labdanum. Not sure how they will smell but it was fun to make them.

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      • No perfume oils. I bought some roller ball 3-5ml bottles on Amazon and I make the blends in them. Thus far everything I have sent her she has enjoyed and wears so hopefully she will like these too.

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    • That sounds lovely! Fiddling around with essential oils is how Liz Moores (Papillon Perfumes) started off. I think. Unless I imagined reading this, which, of course, is entirely possible 🤪. I could see you starting up a little perfume biz! Bettcha you’d be good at it.
      Now orris butter. Does it smell like iris? Is it actually the texture of butter? And how does it dissolve into the oil?
      At the very least, you could run little workshops in your hood. And! Charge a fee as well to keep up your perfume habit.

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      • Never made or used creams with orris butter. The stuff is really expensive so not sure that I ever would…unless of course I won lotto and could purchase vats of it 🙂

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  45. SOTE Paloma Picasso Minotaure. Dabbed. This one is vintage and strong! But one I could totally wear! Maybe layer with a Lauder? Or Dior? 🤔

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