SOTD 28.1 – 3.2.2019

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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 28.1 – 3.2.2019

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

239 thoughts on “SOTD 28.1 – 3.2.2019

  1. Shalimar Ode a la Vanille sur la route Mexique. 2nd in the longest perfume name ever contest to its sibling, the Madagascar version. I missed that one and stumbled upon this one which I bought blind (violating one of my rules but the bottle is so pretty 😳). Definitely my gateway to Shalimar – before I had this I wasn’t too keen on her. I now have a couple of versions in bottle, mini and decant.

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  2. Can’t imagine why I was in the mood for spice today…it was 40 degrees, but I sprayed Epic Woman and it seemed just right! Maybe it’s like eating hot chillis to cool you down?

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  3. My SOTD is really a cheat. My friend gave me a perfume oil dupe of Tom Ford Velvet Orchid. It smells really nice. Never ha d the real thing so I can’t compare.

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  4. Around 0 celcius here in South Sweden ( -39 last night up North). The Shalimar edc leather vanilla combo thrives in colder weather. Maybe we can send down some of our winter down to Oz ? 🌨🌞

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  5. Revisiting Rubj VdP this morning. I still like this more in theory than I like it on my skin. It just doesn’t fit me very well, unlike VK’s others. (Srsly, all yesterday afternoon and evening, I was just loving my Onda-ed up cocoon…warm wisps and wafts escaping from the layers of scarf and jumpers, just glowing.)

    Cuir Mauresque post-gym. Back in my own happy lane.

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  6. Used a sample of Mecheri Soussanne, but i don’t like lilly very much. Now wearing Chypre Mousse from a decant for the first time and my boyfriend at once asked, what strange scent i am wearing. It IS strange, but interesting.

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  7. Vintage Diorissimo. Cold here so I’m reminding myself that spring will come …someday. In a shady nook in my garden is a lily of the valley plantation!

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  8. I received a WHOLE BOTTLE (~*gasp*~) of CdG Avignon for Christmas (I don’t own a full bottle of anything… I’ll just keep buying sample sizes over and over til I die. Commitment issues?) and todays my second day wearing it and I’m thrilled. I smell like old stone and smoke in the best possible way… and so far I haven’t gotten any scathing comments from my flatmates (whom I love dearly but are not very good at sparing my poor feelings when commenting on whatever weird, 80’s perfume I happen to be trying!)

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    • Lovely!!! I hope this is the beginning of a full bottle collection 🙂
      It’s nice to be able to wear something without worrying about using it up.
      I am curious now what 80s perfumes you have been testing? I wore lots of stuff in the 80s and wouldn’t mind taking a walk down memory lane !

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      • I’m super new to this perfume-thing, and I’m still a student and therefore skint, so I’ve been raiding my Mum and Aunt’s perfume collections and making my own little sample vials whenever I go over! I recently got ahold of some of my Mum’s old Samsara (I think actually bought ~*in*~ the 80’s) which I love but my flatmates said made me smell like I should be wearing curtains. Go figure.

        I’ve also got (read:purloined, with permission 🙂 ) recently some Dior Poison and YSL Opium. I loooved the Opium… the Dior I think I’ll need to revisit! My Mum mentioned my Gran used to wear Coco by Chanel, so next I’m up there I’m gonna have a sticky beak and see if I can’t find any! I recently read something about Cacharel LouLou which sounds divine – so that’s on the list as well.

        Do you have any must-trys for me??
        xx

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        • Wow!!!!! You have some amazing amazing stuff to sample!!!! I wore all of the ones you mentioned back in the day! I will recommend Niki de Saint Phalle (that is one of Portia’s favorites) and Nocturnes de Caron (a staple in my perfume wardrobe since 1983).
          My girls are also university students and I make sure to send them back with lots of niche and artisanal samples to share with their friends as everyone is pretty much cash poor and would never be able to experience these fragrances.
          Coco is glorious but you must get vintage….same for Lou Lou…I wore that one in the 90s. Samsara from the 80s had real sandalwood in it (swoon!!!)….if you are near any thrift stores you might find some inexpensive vintage stuff too. Have you tried any of the Chanels? no 5, 19 or 22 or Cristalle? Those are also great. I mean honestly, all the perfumes from the 70s and 80s were fantastic in my book and back then they were so affordable! Even the drugstore stuff was great! (Charlie, Jontue, Jean Nate…).

          Let us know what you stumble upon and what you are testing…even if you don’t care for it , it’s always nice to hear the next generation giving the old stuff a try 🙂

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  9. 31 Rue Cambon
    Going to be a nasty day with snow, ice, rain and then massive drop in temperatures…very cold for the next few days…

    wonder how Marcella is doing? anyone know when she is expected back?

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  10. Knize Ten. I seem to be on another stretch of wearing leather perfumes, following on from Onda and Cuir Mauresque.

    Hmm… looks like I could do a whole fortnight and wear a different leather every day. Anyone might think that was a favourite note for me or something!

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  11. Guerlain L’Instant Magic. A successful inexpensive blind buy which I am loving!
    So cold in Denver today, but I’m enveloped in a fragrant hug with scarf and puffer coat.

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  12. SJP Covet which is easily in my top 25 if not top 10. Got it cheap, too. It’s amazingly odd and smells really good on me, very cheerful and long-lasting. I saw that it’s available again on SJP Beauty website after having been discontinued, but read on Fragrantica that it had been reformulated so I’m glad I have my backup bottle (one of two – the other is Bvlgari Black). Hunkering down – school cancelled tomorrow due to extreme cold.

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  13. Well, it’s Wednesday already and I am being my usual timely self.

    Monday I wore Guerlain Pour Homme, looking for the lime/vetiver combo I’m loving in my e-Shave shaving oil. This is not it; it lacks any kind of citrusy punch.

    Tuesday I wore nothing. I was meeting the new grandson for the first time, and you can’t be too careful, given the allergies in our family.

    Today was Malle Bigarade Concentrée. Very nice summer scent, but was gone after a few hours.

    I had a good day at the op shops while we were down in Melbourne Tuesday. I had three “pops” (as in popping your cherry – the first time you find a particular brand). I was very pleased until we got home and realised that we’d left the Salvos bag in a shop 200 kms away. 😦

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  14. 31 Rue Cambon
    Will be shoveling snow off the driveway so that I can get to work. More snow predicted for the afternoon. then a drop in temps -4F (Portia and my friends down under PLEASE SEND ME YOUR HEAT)

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  15. It’s raining, it’s foggy, my head and the remnants of Aramis on my sleeve are killing me today 😦 Shouldn’t have touched that splash bottle. Estee Lauder might be one of the few perfume brands who makes their perfumes last and last (and sometimes drive you nuts, lol).

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  16. Frosty and bright day, and I have absolutely no grounds for complaint when I see the weather everywhere else. I’m in vintage Miss Dior EDT. There’s a little family portrait of my Miss Dior bottles–with obligatory dinosaur–on my insta stories.

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  17. Well folks 31 Rue Cambon is officially thunked because the youngest borrowed it this morning, sprayed it on before leaving for school and what is left of it (which isn’t too much) is now living in his room.

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  18. Wearing some sandalwood oil for the evening…did not bother to do a second clearing of the driveway because the wind is so bad that the snow would just make its way back on there again. As I mentioned above with the wind chill it will be -27.77C tomorrow morning…not looking forward to that.

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          • It didn’t bother me as much when I was younger. But Mr. M has health issues and I have had to pick up more of the manual labor over the years, plus I am older as well and the body not as strong. I would like to move to a much warmer climate and leave the responsibilities of home ownership behind me. This may be a possibility when I retire.

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          • Brigitte you’re speaking my language. I understand where you’re coming from. Keeping a house and grounds becomes more of an issue as we get older. And we’re not even that ancient yet! Snow shovelling every damn winter must get tiresome mentally as well as physically so I do hope you get respite in the coming years. In the meantime I know you have your little habit to sustain you. And it’s a nice little habit☺️ Get yourself some magnesium salt flakes for your bath. It will also aid sleep.

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  19. Wearing my Bond No9 sample of Washington Square. I’m really liking it. Initial thoughts were spiced baby powder but two hours in and i’m getting a warm, musky, amber scent. Hoping it will last the day. Brigette, i may have to take another one for the team as i think i can see a FB purchase of this one on my horizon. And the bottle will look super next to my Chinatown xx

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  20. Cool change through and I can now something a bit different. I went with Evocative Perfumes’ Olibanum. This doesn’t muck about with the incense and smokiness, but it’s not as overpowering as some of the Amouages and so on. I like it.

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    • Off topic…well actually not the first thing I want to ask…have you ever tried Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay? someone commented that it smells very similar to In Love Again. Second question..Have you ever watched Burn Notice? I watched it many years ago but it recently got added to Hulu and I am enjoying it again…something about it reminds me of Leverage so I think of you when I watch it. Don’t know if you can access it but it’s a pretty entertaining show.

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      • Brigitte, haven’t tried this JM, if I do, I’ll let you know 😉 Thank you for reminding me of Burn Notice: I haven’t seen it yet but it has been in my “must-see” list for a couple years. I’ll get on that, Leverage-type films/series are my fuel. Right now I’m watching Happy!, it’s absolutely crazy and I love it!

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  21. -6F with wind gusts up to 30MPH. Not looking forward to going to work today. Not sure what I will wear either perfume wise. Maybe Paprika Brasil? Phlur Hepcat? Black Flower Mexican Vanilla?

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  22. Yesterday I wore Bvlgari Black which I unearthed while reorganizing my perfume shelf. Moving my mini collection – which is mostly decorative, tbh – opened up more space in front for bottles. School canceled again today for cold, so I’m going to do some sampling – Aftelier Alchemy from the sample pack I won – thanks Portia! – Duality from JD Jeffrey Dame, and one or two of the Maison Lancômes.

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  23. Phlur Hepcat this morning…wow! amazing in the cold weather…it used to read as somewhat powdery on me but in the extreme cold it is cherry and tobacco…the cherry really pops…got four compliments at work.

    Now testing DSH Colorado…a powerhouse…starts off smoky with an underlying sweetness but now it is all sweet with what smells to me like immortelle absolute…good stuff!

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  24. Adulting nicely in Miss Dior. We’re enroute to Smally’s school for Grandparents Day. I have to put up some pretense at being responsible and and mature☺️

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      • Thank you. And happy name day to you. It is the feast of St. Brigid, she’s the female patron saint of Irl. There’s a bit of useless information for you😉. She was a great feminist of her time.

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        • OOO! It’s my name day! did not know this! You made me research and here is what I found- apparently my name is derived from a Gaelic name which means “strength” (ironic, right?). Funnily enough my son’s name is also Gaelic! Growing up the kids teased me by calling me Bridget the Midget….in college my best friend called me Petite Brigitte (because he pronounced it the French way and thus it rhymed). As an adult I insisted that everyone pronounce it the French way because the Irish/ Anglo way reminded me of my childhood teasing which I never did like. Depending on how you spell it or pronounce it could be Irish, Italian, French, German or Austrian. Which would explain why Fazal thought I was Birgit from Olfactoria’s Travels 🙂

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          • Happy name day, Brigitte! In the very beginning here on APJ I actually thought you were French. Also, it’s safe to say that the meaning behind your name is not ironic at all.

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          • Diana- I actually am part French but after having done DNA testing recently turns out that what showed up was representative of many of the countries that you are all from (including Russia and even Mongolia!!!) It was an eye opener because I am a lot less of what I thought I was 😉
            and thank you for the compliment! I would very much like to be “strong” 🙂

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  25. Wearing LPRN Black Perfecto for the cherry community project on NST. School is cancelled again, 3rd day in a row. First two days were for arctic temps and wind chill, today I think it’s for the snow that continues to fall, the plow and salt trucks are out in force. My son is thrilled. Me not so much as I am paid by the class – and my income from this job contributes to my perfume budget!!

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  26. Friday I wore Arquiste’s The Architects Clug, from a sample set that appears to be evaporating fast, so I’d better go on an Arquiste jag soon.

    Today we have a big party and it’s going to be stinking hot. I’ve decided on Blenheim Bouquet.

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  27. Between yesterday and today testing and thunking a few DSH samples…Sienna, Bancha, Oude Arabique, Antiu (this one is very odd) and Nourouz….nice but won’t be needing anything…and thunkx5
    forgot to mention yesterday I wore Hepcat on my sweater…the more I wear it the more I love it….really blooms beautifully in the cold…sweet cherry tobacco….delicious…..

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  28. More testing and thunking as I needed some smellies to inspire me to get on my elliptical machine
    DSH Ma Plus Belle D’Histoire D’Amour and DSH Essenza dell”Ibisco

    done with the weights and will shower…post shower DSH Beach Roses and that will be a thunk too…

    Keep in mind these vials are 1/4 full so not too much to thunk 🙂

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  29. Mugler Over the Musk. When I got the sample, I liked it but wasn’t all that impressed. Today, in the cold air it was amazing: diaphanous yet discernible, and not sweet at all.

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  30. L’Heure Bleue EDP.

    For all my joy-filled adventures in the strange and adventurous lands of indie perfume, I still love this classic dearly. It’s such a reassuring scent for me–I don’t find it even slightly melancholy–so perfect for a little balance and beauty in a slightly unstable, fretful patch of doubt. Training in the freezing cold in the dirty, clanking, spaces of my lifting gym in the nerve-filled final weeks’ run up to competition, it was *exactly* what I needed. Also, I kind of love that most people know which my wrist wraps are by sniffing them. (There’s one brand that dominates here, and people leave them strewn all over the place.)

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  31. We are headed to another stinker; total fire ban across the state, already at least one severe fire going on in central Victoria. It’s already 35 and still heading up. I’m wearing Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza and sitting under the aircon watching the cricket. That’s about as energetic as I’ll get today.

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  32. I’m wearing DSH Colorado – reached out to American Perfumer and Dave sent me a sample (along with St Clair Gardeners Glove which will be passed on!). I am loving Colorado . To me it absolutely hits the essence of the mountains and as we are skiers and have friends who live in Aspen, evokes so many great memories. I am supposed to be on a no-buy but it’s limited edition – I’m thinking I will need to pry a few $ from the monthly house budget for it….

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  33. I am taking Undina’s Groundhog Day perfume challenge and will be wearing Paprika Brasil all week long…I have enough of it and it needs to get some love and wearing and it will be perfect in this weather. I am also testing another new indie brand called Boyds of Texas…today is TX Lavender (you really have to be a lavender fan to enjoy this one…I could see some folks not liking it…I, on the other hand, do)

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