SOTD 31.12.2018 – 6.1.2019

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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 31.12.2018 – 6.1.2019

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

603 thoughts on “SOTD 31.12.2018 – 6.1.2019

  1. New Years Eve is almost done here in Oz. In 38 minutes we’ll be in 2019.
    Wearing Miller et Bertaux Santal ++++ and loving it.
    Jin is already asleep and I’m watching the TV. It’s been raining here and the weather has cooled. The dogs and I just had our last walk of 2018. It’s been a good year, no complaints here.

    Safe, peaceful, prosperous and satisfying 2019 to all our APJ readers.
    Portia xx

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  2. Wishing you all a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous new year. Wearing Eau Duelle. Later I will be carrying on a Dutch tradition by making Oliebollen with my daughters. Essentially a Dutch donut (minus the hole) and liberally dusted with confectioner’s sugar.

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  3. Happy New Year to all! We are staying in tonight after having a family of 5 visiting since Friday from Canada and attending the Steelers game yesterday in the cold. I’m thinking of Alahine for later, or something from Tauer.

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  4. Not quite yet 2019, we went up the hill from our house, we can see the city fireworks from there. Mona di Orio Lux to suit the occasion.
    I am grateful for the gang here and wish everyone a wonderful new year!

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  5. Happy New Year, Portia, Jin, and everyone at APJ! We’re just getting up on the morning of 12/31 in this time zone. I think I’ll wear Chamade today, and maybe Alaia extrait tonight. I look forward to reading more of everyone’s posts and comments in 2019!

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  6. Happy New Year everyone! I love this very inclusive community.

    I haven’t yet decided ona perfume for the evening, the celebration is still some hours away. So far only Tauer’s scented body oil on very dry legs and hands.

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  7. Happy New Year!

    As the year draws to a close, I’ve been looking back to old favorite perfumes. For the past two days I’ve been in Jasmine de Provence, even though it is completely unsuitable for the winter. Love it anyway. Tonight for our party, I think I’ll thunk my 5mL of vintage Byzance…

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  8. It’s only 11 a.m. here in the States. I haven’t gotten out of bed and dressed yet to decide, but Happy New Year to all. May 2019 be blessed, healthy, happy, and bountiful.

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  9. I sprayed many different ones since I am moving so was taping the boxes. But the one that moved me most and which i sprayed for the first time was Ted Lapidus Envol. It is beautiful and one-of-a-kind. It has that timeless feel, too that despite being old, it does not feel as aged as some from 80s and 90s feel even if they are very beautiful creations.

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  10. Wishing all of you the very best in the New Year! I am traveling with minimal perfume; Blocki This Grand Affair and Lancome Iris Dragee, as well as a few samples. So it will be one of those for New Year’s Eve and Day. I left sunny and warmer Arizona yesterday, and today got off the interstate early because of a severe winter storm going through southern Colorado. New Year’s Eve at the Day’s Inn, LOL!

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  11. It’s 7in the evening and Mr M and I are in bed watching TV. We will probably pass out soon! I am wearing the last of my Cuir de Russie decant.
    See you in 2019 🤣😘😍

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  12. Vintage Shalimar for new years eve, managed to Stay awake for the fireworks. Now having breakfast with homemade baguettes and homemade gravlax. Started the morning in Air de Rien, just a nice cuddly skinscent, when the neroli is gone….

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  13. Happy New Year Portia and the whole APJ family 🙂 I wish you happiness, health, smiles and lots of love!
    As usual, I’ve started celebrating around noon in the city center, found a cafe with good old funky music, met tons of friends and stayed until 9pm. Then I crawled home, sprayed myself with Amouage Jubilation XV Extrait, opened a bubbly and took some time for myself to rethink 2018 and make plans for 2019. It will be a good year, I can feel it 🙂

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  14. Happy new year to APJ and all who sail in her.

    Bapteme du Feu last night–the gun-powdery spiced orange peel seemed appropriate for a winter city full of fireworks. Even though I was tucked up indoors, avoiding the crowds. And today I am pottering about in MEM.

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  15. PG Coze last night. We spent NYE downtown at a comedy club with a group of friends. The comedians were hilarious, but perhaps not quite as amusing as the people at the table next to us. They had clearly been over-served and the waiters were running to keep them fueled.
    Carnal Flower up at bat for a brand new shiny year. Let’s approach it with optimism, hope and resolve. We’ll be rounding up the girlies later on to take them out for brunch. Looking forward to hearing their NYE’s de-briefing.

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  16. Drinking another glass of bubbly in the evening. From tomorrow on I’m on a detox plan in an ayurvedic clinic during the next ten days. I’m already thinking of cancelling it 😀 how am I gonna survive without coffee? SOTevening – Amouage Jubilation XV extrait. I wore it yesterday evening and I’m in love with its elegant vintage vibe. What a perfume!

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  17. Happy New Year, everyone!! Last night I went with a dab of LADDM to stay home. Today I slathered on some DSH Tunisian Amber lotion. No additional perfume needed. Back to work tomorrow which means a lighter hand with the sprayers!

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  18. SOTD SL La Fille de Berlin. Wearing my Decluttering Queen crown 👑 as I get ready to delve into the belly of the toy and dino(saur) boxes. And LEGO tubs.

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  19. Morning all. I’m a lazy ass, still lying in bed. Have to shift myself now. Last day in Stuttgart, we go back this evening. It has been a rollicking few days here, had so much fun. NYE was incredibly good, early dinner and walked to the main square where everyone was letting off fireworks. It was a bit bonkers. We had champagne with us to start the year in style. On the way back we found a bar with music so we just had to go in. Danced ourselves silly, we got everyone up on the floor.
    Today it will be either Tauer or some of hubby’s MR. Right, I’m getting up!

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  20. I am so dreading going back to work today that I cannot even think about what perfume to wear….maybe Casablanca again? with a spray of Black on my neck? (I am halfway through my decant so may be thunking it soon)….

    It’s 5 in the morning and my intent was to get on the elliptical before my shower but I am lazily enjoying my tea and on APJ instead. Time to get my bony butt on the machine for some morning aerobics. Hope y’all have a good day or good evening, wherever you are 🙂

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  21. First day back at “work” (volunteering in the op shop). It’s still hot here. so I’m still reaching for summery citrusy things. Today I wore HdP 1725. This is an odd beast. It starts out pretty summery, but dries down to amber and sandalwood, which to me are winter notes. I’m not sure if I like this.

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  22. Parfumerie Generale Musc Maori which doesn’t smell like musc at all. It’s more like a cup of hot chocolate accompanied by a milk chocolate bar. Which of course, we’re all avoiding like the plague.
    2019 is sounding rather dire. No marzipan, NO BUY/LOW BUY, no chocolate, aryuvedic detox clinics, back to work anxiety 😳

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  23. Ok, detox day 1 – I had a wonderful massage, some pranayama (breathing exercises), some yoga, a wonderful meal and got one take-away portion for dinner. At home I answered business mails and I took my time for a long meditation. I haven’t missed my coffee except maybe as a morning ritual.
    I drained my sample of FM Noir Epices – thunk! I really love this one.

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  24. So i’m late to the party here! Belated, but still sincere as i wish you all the best for 2019. May it be filled with all the good stuff, like love, laughter, and perfume of course! So grateful for this lovely space.
    Finally decided what to wear today – given its gonna be a stinker i found Karl Lagerfield for her, body lotion too! amazing what you can find in the boxes of stuff hiding in the cupboard.

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  25. SOTM – Nasomatto China White. White incense? Vetiver? Not sure. The woody scent is lovely.

    SORightNow- SL FdB – so beautiful. Just applied. Nose to wrist, I type this one-handed.

    Decluttering Tiara on. Managed to get all appointments & tasks (that I know of) into the digital shared calendar as well as the Wall Calendar.

    Wishing all of you who are back at work an easy week.

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  26. A rare beast today, from an op shop find: Floris Cefiro Gentleman’s Cologne. I’ve seen write-uops of this as a unisex scent, but no record of a bottle marked “Cefiro Gentleman’s Cologne”. It’s a little bottle with a waist, and I’me guessing that it goes back to the launch era, but that they united the product lines at some point. I’m guessing that it’s no different to Cefiro, and it smelt like that – a brief citrusy opening but more a classic barbershop scent than a summery EdC.

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  27. Tea and APJ….then exercise, then shower.
    Might go with an amalgamation I made with L”Artisan’s Cote D’Amour to which I added a hefty dose of patchouli, mandarin and sweet orange essential oils to make it last longer on my skin…..that will be an all over body spray…then a swipe of Casablanca on my wrist.

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  28. My sister-in-law was brave enough to gift me a set of mini rollerballs from Nest. Today I’m trying Wisteria Blue (I think I have sampled it before) and it’s just ok. Watery “blue” floral, a little soapy, work appropriate but not really my cup of tea. I plan to try each of them, keep the faves and then pass along the others.

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    • What a nice present! I’m not familiar with Nest fragrances but I like your idea of how to handle them. Let us know what you think of the other perfumes. Wisteria Blue sounds nice to me.

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    • Oooh super sweet of her. Christophe Laudamiel developed most of the NESTs (I think). I love Citrine and Midnight Fleur. I agree, Wisteria Blue is pretty but…
      I wanted to love Indigo but it didn’t happen. Dahlias and Vines is a very pretty and polite floral. The collection is inspired by British paper artist Mary Delany. Her work is gorgeous! Lovely APJer Melanie gave me a bunch of samples. Which is how I found out about them.

      Share your thoughts! I’d love to hear more.

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  29. SOTD and TOTD (thunk of the day, duh) Musc Maori. It was enjoyable but not an obsession. It’s looking decidedly more wintry around here. We finally had some snow overnight and things have prettied up considerably.

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  30. Florabotanica for me today.
    Question please – has anyone tried Caroline Herrera’s Good Girl? The bottle that’s shaped like a stiletto.

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  31. SOTDay 2 of detox – Heeley’s Ophelia. I could have sworn it’s a violet perfume, a fresh floral bouquet, very romantic. The longevity is better than any of Heeley’s perfumes I’ve tried so far, BUT meanwhile it’s discontinued. I thunked my sample vial straight into the history.
    Day 2 was interesting – I had a therapy called shirodhara: warm sesame oil flowing on the forehead. It’s supposedly good for the central nervous system and I think I fell asleep during the process. Don’t ask how long it took me to wash my hair afterwards 😀
    In the afternoon I had a slight headache. I think I miss my coffee…

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  32. This going back to work and exercising and no coffee is knocking me out…I am going to head to bed early tonight…..might give a test of a few of the Rag and Bone large samples I have…..

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  33. Oh man it is hot here today. We are headed for the mid-40s so I’m parked on the couch in front of the fan for the duration. I sprayed some vintage No 19 EDT before going out earlier to do some necessary errands. It had all burned off within an hour so I’m not even going to bother.

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  34. tested two Rag & Bones last night- Bergamot and Amber.
    After exercise and shower will test Cypress and Encens before heading to work…thanks God it’s Friday!!!!

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  35. SOTE MelScent Nest Citrine. This is a near thunk.

    Marie Kondo on steroids here. Just distributed my lovely MOR soaps in my pyjama and sock drawer. And Kashmir rose soap in my scarf drawer. MOR is an Aussie brand, right? Anyone else have/like their products?

    Organising my art materials. Tossed out all cardboard boxes. Would like to replace them with fun vintage boat/cabin suitcases. Fake vintage, sadly. Unless I can get some of Greg’s op shop luck. We’re paper maché-ing a box for my son’s teacher. Will send it back filled with art and craft goodies for his class next year. My son wants us to make a bottle of hand-wash to put in. Sounds fine to me. Maybe a lavendar or eucalyptus one?

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    • You go girl! I have MOR soaps scenting up my yarn/wool boxes that are in storage, or hibernation till knitting season!! Masala tea is one of them, Have you read Marie’s book? I thought of her when you mentioned decluttering xx

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    • Vintage boat suitcases would be wonderful. Sometimes immitations can be found in various home decoration shops but it’s a matter of fashion. I haven’t seen anything similar for a while now.
      A lavender hand-wash would be great! I like the smell of lavender for hand and body products but not really in perfumes.

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  36. Cuir de Russie since I was inspired by the New Sniffs post. It’s bloody gorgeous but I should have gone with something milder today: I’m a tad bit hungover after yesterday’s wine & cheese gathering.

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  37. Mure et Musc for my back to work day. Something easy and uncomplicated to start the day. I’m awful tired, though, bad sleep, maybe should have worn a powerhouse to kick my butt.

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  38. Bandit this morning for work. Turns out I can not wear comfy/cozy scents when my work output needs to be high. Last night’s spray of Santal Nabatea soothed me to the point that my brain seemed to be functioning in a pool of molasses.

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  39. SOTDay 3 of detox – Masque Milano Terralba, just like Jyotsna suggested and I sprayed myself on my way in a perfumery. It’s a beauty!
    Day 3 was like day 1 – a heavenly massage, breathing exercises, yoga and a nice lunch at their restaurant. I’m getting used to no coffee and washing my hair all the time. It’s friday evening so I’m not planing on staying at home. First a nice chat with a good girlfriend and then a visit to a pub with live funky music. My daugther will join us with her friends. SOTevening – Zoologist Camel, spicy and not too sweet. It’s very cold outside and I need something cozy to wrap me up.

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  40. Montale Black Oud with a splash of Honey oud for Saturday morning errands and a hair cut. Hoping my Montale will see me thru to the end of my hair cut as we are going shorter today!

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  41. Cool change arrived around 6pm last night, after the temperature hit 42. We are now back to something like bearable, with a forecast top of 28.

    Today I’m wearing L’Artisan Seville a l’Aube. I think this is the first niche perfume that I ever bought a FB of. I went to one of those Libertine colour wheel classes and they used this as their example of Oriental Floral. I bought a bottle of it and of Keiko Mecheri Genie des Bois. The Keiko fell by the wayside, but this one remains a favourite.

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  42. SOTM BOIS 1920 Vetiver ambrato and Lush Breath of God.
    Threatening storm here so far just thundering.

    SOTA Tuberose in blue by Altaia. Jury’s still out.
    Oh and there’s the downpour 🤸🏽‍♀️🤸🏽‍♀️

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  43. AWOL this week because languishing in my bed. Not in a fun way. Knocked sideways with something that was making the doctor pull those “well, sometimes we just don’t know, maybe be virus?” faces. But measles-style spots are *not* an attractive look. Starting to get better now, but, ugh.

    Tried a few reassuring scents like Avignon and Bois d’argent and a few attempts at brighter more cheerful things like Dilettante. My usually-adored PoaL was a badly thought out scrubber, with one spritz overwhelming me.

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    • OK so I accidentally sprayed on Oud instead of Rose and then just decided to test whatever was left so I included Oddity as well in the mix. They all don’t seem to be true to their name (except the Rose which smells like tea rose) and I am wondering if this is like a Le Labo thing (cause none of them smell as their names imply…at least not what I know these notes to smell like in essential oil format). The base of Cypress, Amber and Oddity all dry down to what smells like myrrh essential oil (that pungent medicinal smell which I happen to love). Oud, to my wonky nose, smells of tonka bean and vanilla and nothing like real agarwood e.o…..I will put these to the side as they are tiny travel sprays and I don’t anticipate that they will evaporate any time soon…may give them a whirl again in warmer weather.

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      • Lucky you with the oud. I wish I could feel like you about it. Or maybe not. I’m afraid I’d find even more perfumes to like so let’s keep it the way it is – no oud for me…and no thunking for you today.

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        • No it’s just the Rag & Bone Oud that doesn’t smell like oud at all. Other oud perfumes which use synthetic ouds I don’t always care for . I did enjoy two recent tries of ouds..Lancome Oud Bouquet and Mona di Orio’s Oud….neither one were over bearing in the oud department…they were rich and luxurious.

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  44. SOTDay 4 of detox – Fragonard’s Santal. Today I’ve again had the wonderful oil on forehead procedure and after lunch a “small” enema. Tomorrow the big one is scheduled.
    In the evening I’m invited to a romantic dinner (wishful thinking 😛 ). Seriously, it’s a guy who I’ve met recently and this will be the chance to get to know him better. I have no idea which perfume to wear for that occasion…maybe pull out one of my favourite vintages – Armani, Jil Sander III, J’ai Ose…?

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    • Okay. You’ve just lost me on the detox plan. I was all intrigued and loving the idea of constant massages, but a ‘small’ enema? with the big one scheduled for tomorrow??? Nope. Count me out. Hard pass. And seriously! You’re having an enema today and going out for dinner with a suitor this evening? Might there not be some lingering ‘side effects’? I’d still be traumatized and busily dreading the ‘big one’ tomorrow! 😳

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    • Enemas are good for cleaning out the toxins in your body.
      Good luck with the romantic dinner…you should wear what makes you feel confident and pretty.

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  45. A working day for me with Kiki VdE for company. Much more forgiving than yesterday’s Bandit which kept me powering along till the wee hours of the morning. The pressure is on. I’ve got to get at least 90% of these drawings done if I hope to escape later this month with Mr. LH. The plumbing plans are on deck for this week and they’re gonna be a b*tch. I’ll probably have to revert back to Bandit or Chanel No. 19 when those get started.

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    • What are your thoughts on Kiki? is that the lavender one with passionfruit? I have no familiarity with the Vero Kerns but I do know that there are differences between the extraits, VdE and EDPs….I know in the past I may have tried one of something but for the life of me cannot remember which one. Nonetheless just as well for it would be FOMO as I am sure the bottles are scarce now.

      Good luck with getting all of your drawings done!!!

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      • Yes the Kiki I have is lavender and passion fruit. It’s the only one I’ve tried of the line. I’m enjoying it but it’s not going to make the full bottle cut. I was looking for something like Pour Un Homme but with more complexity, oomph and longevity. There’s also caramel and musk in this, so I thought it would fit. In the end, Kiki is a much different thing.
        I have it in my mind that I want to try the Rozy EdP as well, but, as you pointed out, who knows if they will remain available? Also frightfully spendy. So I’ll probably abstain.

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  46. With the humid and stormy weather over the past few weeks, I have found Bat by Zoologist to be just perfect. The humid soil and undergrowth smell and the sweetness of fruits (not to mention the flying foxes I see every night) seems to mirror the real summer world magnificently. I wondered when I would wear Bat when I first purchased it, as it is so distinctive. Now I have discovered the perfect setting!

    Ross

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  47. OOO and I also sniffed my CSP discovery set in the basement….they are sweet and will be nice for the summer (as long as middle Marzipan does not confiscate them as she has already seen the box!)

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  48. I found a sample of Fleurs d’Ombre Violette – Menthe by Jean Charles Brosseau and thunked it. It’s a powdery violet/iris combo, thank gods I can’t smell melon or coconut in it. It reminds me of les Meteorites (the powder, not the perfume).

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      • I’m not sure about it being a flanker although Ombre Violette – Menthe does have the same bottle design. It’s more like Prada’s Infusions. Either way, it’s a really nice scent.

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          • Ah I see. I know there was also an Ombre Bleu and another maybe Ombre Blanche? those must have been the flankers.

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          • There are approximately 12-14 bottles in the same pattern shape different colors with the name Ombre in them in some shape or form…Fleur is also attached to some of the names….the original was from 1981 but the most current of them is from 2018 in a gorgeous cobalt blue bottle….

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          • I would be sorely tempted to buy them just for the bottles…I have a bad case of bottle porn and enjoy the uniformity of bottles that come from the same perfume house….(hence my collection of Escadas since 1994)

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  49. My girlfriend sent me a package which just arrived..two tiny pieces of DARK chocolate (she said they are healthy and I was permitted to eat them…so I did!) and some loose herbal tea and a decant of Rose all Dae which I am wearing now….nice jammy rose that reminds me of a winter version of 1000 Flowers Rose Cassis Paradis because it isn’t as tart as RCP.

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    • Dark chocolate is essential for people over fourty 😉 it lowers blood pressure, prevents heart diseases, is good for the brain AND for the mood 🙂 Rose all Dae sounds so nice. I think I’m gonna spray some rose perfume right now.

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      • Thank you Neva!!! I felt a bit guilty because I am “supposed” to be off sugar…but a once in a blue moon indulgence is not the end of the world, right? (and believe me…I am so far from 40-LOL! so YEAH, it’s esssential!)

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  50. Lolita Lempika Sweet for me today – heading out for lunch and think this sweet musky cherry will be just right. I see it’s from 2014 – gosh I’m behind the times!

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  51. When I moved house, I moved at the end of summer. So all of my summer scents were packed away in a box, other then just a few. I got a bit bored with what I’ve been wearing, so today I dragged out that box and had a look. From the stash I found there I chose Parfum d’Empire’s Azemour Les Orangers.

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  52. SOTDay 5 of detox – Biehl Parfumkunstwerke mb02, a very powdery woody perfume which feels like a scarf in the wintertime. I smell some violets and iris too. I think I’ll never use up my 100 ml bottle. Today at the clinic – a thorough enema. It was a good experience and everything worked out fine.
    Update on the dinner with the new guy- so far so good. When I found out he’s a biker I almost jumped up and screamed of joy. I miss motorbike rides so much ever since my last boyfriend, which is almost three years ago.

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