SOTD 14.1 – 20.1.2019

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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 14.1 – 20.1.2019

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

318 thoughts on “SOTD 14.1 – 20.1.2019

  1. Today I had a delivery of samples courtesy of Ms Portia and wore Oud Bouquet, Lancome. It was a surprise, starting out a bit medicinal and drying down a soft rose vanilla wood. This one has legs, lasted hours on me!.

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  2. Paul Schutze’s Behind the Rain. trying to inject a little brightness and energy into my Monday with this zingy but not astringent/sharp vetiver-mastic-grapefruit-pepper scent. But mostly I want to hide under a blanket and sleep. Still.

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    • Oh I love that one! A couple of the newer Paul Schultz perfumes never made it to the US, which makes me sad. Have you tried them? You smell amazing regardless and I may pull out my bottle of this tomorrow.

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      • I’ve not tried the two new ones. I keep almost ordering samples, and then putting it off until I’m next down in London where I could just sniff them. Tears of Eros is the only full bottle I have–love that hyacinth-incense. I passed on my travel spray of cirebon to my sister, and, though she digs it I kind of miss it…

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  3. Wanting some easy vanilla today, I chose Dame Black Flower Mexican Vanilla. I just have the travel spray of this but it’s one of my favorite vanillas. Will probably go on a Birthday or Christmas list when it’s gone- the price point is good for my family’s gift budgets!!

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      • Yes! its a good patchouli, with boozy fruit. I can still get that scratchy patchouli at the start. Not sure its really liking the cold of the aircon in the office – will see if it likes the heat when i get in the car later. I have a few other Keiko’s on my sample wish list to try xx

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  4. Tonight Apres L’Ondee Extrait de parfum…. did not know it came in this formulation but that’s what the decant says….it’s very pretty….I might wear it again tomorrow and thunk it 🙂

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  5. I wore Arquiste Nanban. Reviews gave me hope i would like it but it’s not my style. It is weird since it reminds me so much of Papillon Anubis which I actually seem to like. In Nanban’s defense, I have not given Anubis full wearing though liked it from the spray sniff while I wore actually wore Nanban.

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  6. Celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary with cake, iced-coffee and icecream (for teh lad). Vintage Shalimar. So gorgeous. Perfume twins with Diana, I think?

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  7. Trying out a bunch of stuff this evening as my samples from STC and Decantshop arrived. Long post alert 🚨 😁 Michael Kors Very Hollywood – floral jasmine, rather pretty, reminds me of something else? Hilde Soliani MMM – bit weird, Fragrantica says basil, incense, utter and cheese, yep you read right butter and cheese and you know while I don’t get incense I think I get the butter. And that burnt rubber smell. Alexandria Rome – says leather but I’m only getting leafy green.
    Montale Black Line – typical Montale, smooth as and I love it. Bigelow Lemon Leaf – lovely lemon as the name suggests. Atelier Iris Rebelle – initial thought was paper or books, with black currant, rose and musk.

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  8. Decided to continue with my neglected collection of Dame samples/travel sizes and sprayed some Dark Horse today. It’s a good one. I do wish Jeffrey had the edp available in smaller bottles than 100ml. Even though the 100ml is so affordable. He does have the smaller sizes in the oil and hair oil, but I prefer to spray. It seems like Dame doesn’t have the spray travel sizes any more (perhaps too many issues with shipping?) so perhaps I will need to buy the big bottles and decant and share!

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  9. Chergui today, and plenty of its lovely warmth to counteract the greyest-of-greyJanuary-days, and the blustery north sea winds. I wore this so much in previous winters, but it’s barely been touched this time around. Second wear, maybe?

    Small cat went in for dental surgery today… and came back with all her teeth intact. Hurrah! When the vet did a thorough cleaning, they found out even the worst looking tooth was still sound. Mr crikey, however, has a sliced hand from the extreme cat-juggling routine this morning to get Atkins into her crate.

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  10. Bois d’Encens. I love everything about it except for its rather weak projection. I want another bottle since the one I have is almost empty, yet I can’t pull the trigger.

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  11. tonight I am creaming myself up in DSH Tunisian Amber body oil…forgot to mention that I also have a Hinoki oil which I have been slathering on for the past few nights…smells very nutty 🙂

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  12. not sure what I am going to wear…haven’t showered yet…might go with my mini of Bottega Venetta or some more of MdO Vanille…it’s an odd but addictive vanilla to me….ha, maybe I will do both 🙂

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  13. In the attempt to score more thunks, I’ve drained a small sample of Hermes’ Eau Claire des Merveilles. I didn’t smell it at all after ten minutes so I’ve oversprayed with Penhaligon’s Savoy Steam. That’s mucho better 🙂 it’s such an unsual rose perfume slightly spiced with rosemary, cardamom…

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  14. In the spirit of lavishly enjoying what we have… almost the last of my wee decant of Kiki VdP this morning. I have perhaps one more wear of this glorious, playful lavender.

    And Naja post-gym. Because Naja is reason enough for itself.

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  15. The new Dusita iris. The more I wear it, the more I like. BTW, does anyone here have anything nice – or not – to say about Hermes Hiris?

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  16. I have lost the will to live-another week of this wretched weather. Chanel 19+ ELDO YoSLY.
    Stay cool or warm- whichever you need. Will check everyone’s posts tomorrow- seems a lot of JM and Anubis.

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    • C’mon Jyotsna, chin up! You smell fantastic 🙂
      We’re getting ready for temperatures below zero and I don’t know which I hate more: the waiting for something unpleasant that will inevitably come or for the actual cold and snow that will stay a while…

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  17. Oh, er, right, ok, it’s Monday still, no?

    What the hell happened to this week?

    Backtracking, I can’t remember what I wore Monday. Tuesday I Was up to my armpits in fish tanks so I didn’t bother. Wednesday I wore my Acqua di Biella number 1 for a trip to Melbourne to meet up with and buy from a perfume friend there (and boy did she surprise with with some big news).

    Today I wore Heeley Sel Marin to deal with the 37C heat here. It worked very well.

    It was my op shop day today, and I noticed a lovely T2 presentation box there, which must have had T-bags in it. I bought it for that purpose but when I got home I took another look at it, and I now have the perfect box to store all of my different sizes of samples and decants. Win!

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  18. Wearing Sisley’s Soir de Lune from a sample today. It’s a green chypre with good projection, my kind of perfume. I’ll reapply in the afternoon after work, when I’m gonna meet two girlfriends for an early dinner (and wine, of course). Then you’ll hear a THUNK!

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  19. Teo Cabanel Alahine. I have two bottles – the first one is newer and turns out to be a reformulation. After reading a couple of reviews that said the reform was disappointing, I happened upon an older bottle for sale in a Facebook group. I now have enough to last forever!

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  20. Le Mat this morning. Utterly bewitching. A spiced patchoulified rose overlaid with immortelle. An extrait de parfum with excellent sillage and serious longevity. And it’s a thunk. Next on my 2019 low buy list.

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  21. Nicked some of Mr Crikey’s Eau de Merveilles this morning–it stays polite even on very warm skin, and today was a cardio-oh-no! day at the gym after my rehab work so that skin was beyond warm. Back to home territory of lovely but slightly weird leather with The Zoo’s Club Design for afters (and really enjoying the hint of lily in there today).

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      • I think EdM is pretty lovely 🙂

        Cardio is just *dull* as far as I’m concerned. There are very few things I can do, so it’s a low-resistance elliptical or nothing. I can’t walk fast enough to get significantly fitter. And these are relatively new additions, so I have to stay very aware of what’s going on in my leg. I miss the days when I could use a rowing machine or cycle. And I don’t half envy runners who can go out into the wilds or streets…

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        • Precisely that. Dull. I ‘have’ to do walking to manage peripheral artery disease. Can’t run anymore on account of dodgy knees but I used to love it. I add biking in summer tho, but that’s an impossibility most of the year here. Outdoor cardio is much preferable.

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        • Those rowing machines with different programs are motivating me to try to progress little by little. My ankles and knees tolerate it well, too. It is a real challenge to find cardio activities out of water for some of us with restricted movement.

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        • Aye, but getting stronger is a lot of fun if you stick with them!

          (have you tried any whole body weights work… like deadlifts or squats? Some of the strongest women I know, pound-for-pound, are the tinies! It just took a bit of time for them to build the strength at the start… it’s slower than people who are carrying more mass at the beginning.)

          p.s. If i could still dance, I’d totally enjoy doing cardio…

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          • Yes, I agree….I must endeavor….I use ten pound weights and also use my body as weight in various exercises including hand stand on the wall….and pull ups on a bar….can’t do much though but I will keep at it…doesn’t help that I had two frozen shoulders at different times and lost some range of motion but I will keep at it….

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  22. Tonight will slather myself in my homemade cardamom vanilla bean oil (so freakin’ easy to make…y’all don’t need to be buying body oils! DIY all the way!!!). I have become obsessed with cardamom..don’t know why……

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    • I hardly ever use a body lotion but I like the L’Occitane Almond Body Oil because of the smell so I buy it occasionally. You’re supposed to massage it right after the shower, before you dry yourself with the towel, right?

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        • Yeah, same here. Oil Slicks R Us. And yet I still have a cloud of skin dust flying through the air every night when I undress. It’s disgusting. I will have to go back to the hammam in Turkey where I had the full body scrub and treatment. My skin was amazing after that for about a month. It hasn’t ever been so good before or since🙄

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  23. ELDO Like This. Unusual, not a favorite but I only have the little travel spray so I’m sure I’ll eventually use it up, if only to pull out when it fits a community project on NST (like today). Happy Friday/Weekend to all.

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    • Like This is a good one and it’s on my “to buy” list for two years but somehow all the time something else comes in between. I should buy a decant first to see if I still like it like before. How is the longevity for you? I remember it was not special.

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  24. Today Cassie’s samples have arrived ❤ and a beautiful card ❤
    Just so you know, I got a sample of Salome, Mugler's Chyprissime and VINTAGE MAGIE NOIRE!!! I almost fainted. I've only opened the cap and it smelled sooooo fantastic. I think I'll enjoy it that way first and then use it for a special occasion 🙂
    SOTE will be Chyprissime – I've tried it for the first time and it reminded me of the reason why I love chypres. Because they're the best. For me.
    As Cassie said: One of them may be the Man-Magnet 😛 I'll let you know…

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