SOTD 3.6 – 9.6.2019

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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 3.6 – 9.6.2019

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

236 thoughts on “SOTD 3.6 – 9.6.2019

  1. Tested Dilettante last night. Nope. Must be that I’m not keen on orange blossom? That’s Casablanca as well, right?
    On to Slowdive this morning. Ohhh yesss! A rich, syrupy and languid honey punctuated with whiffs of neroli and tuberose. Really good stuff. And it’s name mirrors my day – a slowdive back into work. A bathroom and kitchen remodel for the owners’ first ever home purchase. And wow! They are so excited. I’m looking forward to this one.

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  2. Gucci Eau de Parfum. Winter here in South Australia, so I am looking forward to bringing out all the rich, deep, syrupy, gutsy scents that I love.
    A fragrant friend sent me a decant of Chloe Nomade, and I am in love. There’s something addictive about it. Anyone else here a fan?

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    • I haven’t tried it yet but if I am not mistaken I think Cassie and Kate like it. I will sniff it next time I am in Sephora.
      Are you wearing the Gucci that comes in the heavy bottle bwith brown juice? That’s a good one

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  3. At the moment I’m gassing my husband out of the house. I’m participating in a traveling box of perfume organized by Lukas of chemistinthebottle. There are at least 75 perfumes in this box and I’m systematically trying everything on paper strips or skin. At the moment I have Memo Tigers Nest, Heeley Coccobello, Jo Loves Pink Vetiver, and Majda Bakkali fusion Sacrée Obscur on various parts of my arms. After showering I will probably give Guerlain Encens Mythique d’orient a full wear test.

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  4. Le Labo Iris 39. Needed something easy for a dentist’s appointment. Still more dental work to have done, but nothing which cannot wait until August. So glad I made it there, so won’t have to worry in the weeks to come.

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      • Going into hospital on Tuesday for intensive rehab for two weeks. It’s on the coast with its own beach and a nice park. So I’m hoping for good weather, much time in the pool and more rapid progress than here at home. My foot is still rather painful during activity, but getting better.

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  5. After my triumphant purchase yesterday I am wearing Mugler Supra Floral today. Alas, it does not last a full day, but it did okay in the morning. I should thank the perfume mathematicians over at now smell this for giving me the tools to talk myself into buying it…

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  6. I am wearing Bvlgari Au the Noir I just received today. It has a medicinal opening (gives me a distant vibe of Gucci Guilty Absolute for Men) and so far it feels like it is relatively a linear composition that stays more or less the same throughout its life.

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  7. Tested Ormonde Jayne Woman last night. I was amazed that it smelled so nauseating on my skin. I thought this was a universally loved perfume? Fragrantica calls it a chypre???? Not on my skin. No green whatsoever, no oakmoss, no nuthin’, except for a whole lot of wood. A thick, dense faux-sandalwood roiling in a slurry of revoltingly sweet cedar. I had to scrub. Here come the villagers again 🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️

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  8. This morning Profumum Olibanum…..another Salome cousin.. nothing sweet about this one
    Now at work blending Madera and White Madera as recommended by Marcella. Two more thunks.

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  9. L’Art d’Ambre Extreme. Found another sample vial that I thought was l’eau d’Ambre. Will be perfect for another cold, rainy day.

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  10. I’m laying off perfume for a while. Last weekend was a complete and utter disaster. Just as we were about to get ready for the wedding, my wife tripped and fell on the stairs. We spent Saturday night in the ER rather than at the reception. Turns out she broke her ankle in two places and was in the hospital until Tuesday.

    Now I am a prime carer for about 6 weeks and, because my wife reacts to so many perfumes, I will be swearing off fragrances for the foreseeable.

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  11. Hi everybody I had two busy weeks, one for fun the other for business. Now I’m back to “normal” for a while and I enjoy it because I feel like a stranger in my own apartment. I’ve missed my bed, my bathroom, my kitchen and of course my choice of perfumes! I’ve been using up samples and I’ve been thunking them happily: Zoologist Beaver and Dragonfly, Carner Volcano, Juliet has a Gun Gentlewoman. For special occasions I wore Jubilation XV Extrait from a decant.
    Wishing you all a great week 🙂

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  12. E Coudray Rose Tuberose, very light on the tuberose, heavy on the musk, in fact, the drydown isn’t a hundred million miles away from Nomade.

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  13. Testing Hiram Green Hyde. Great smokey opening not too far removed from Anubis. The dry down goes rather sweet and muddled. I prefer Anubis.
    Honestly, of all the many samples I received during last week’s sniff-a-thon, none of them have really bowled me over. Many were likeable. A couple were scrubbers. Slowdive stood out as being unique and I ordered a decant to determine if it would continue to hold my interest.

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    • I haven’t tried Hyde and I am not interested in that one. Like you I have been sampling and thunking and honestly only one out of everything I would consider for a full bottle. I enjoy sampling and getting my nose on those that you all are wearing but I am happy with what I have in full bottles already .

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    • OMG, Hyde was on my skin pure smoke, then rubber and burnt wood and then a biiiiiiiiit of something green. Unbearable. I usually hate it when I smell of barbecue smoke and that’s exactly it.
      And the dark color of the juice was like a self tanning lotion on my skin. It would stain all the light colored shirts and blouses.
      Unfortunately it’s the only Hiram Green I’ve tried.

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  14. Burberry Body for me today. Must have really loved this one in its hey day as I have found two big bottles of the stuff! Just keep spraying….

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  15. Alahine today plus a ton of Korres Japanese Rose body butter. We have heavy rain, thunder and lightning this afternoon, so needed a cosy scent.

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  16. Aventus!!!! Home now and testing it. Starts off with the most addictive pineapple note…holy 🐄….but then morphs into powdery and reminds me a lot of Jo Malone 154 which reminds me of Jin.
    I don’t dislike it but I would rather the pineapple stick around into the drydown.

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  17. Last night tested L’Artisan Premier Figuier Extreme. I really like fig as a note.
    In the wee hours of the morning testing L’Artisan Pimento and Fou d’
    Absinthe…both come across as foody to me in different ways… have no clue as to what the notes are.
    Also testing 4711 Myrrh and Kumquat…I had been eyeballing those different 4711s because they are huge and dirt cheap and easy to decant.

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    • The 4711 has excellent lasting power for a cologne. Well worth the price …I mean it’s practically free!!!
      Piment Brulant is fascinating….spicy pepper with sweets, to green tomato leaf vibe, to diffuse and sweet floral drydown. Fou D’ Absinthe is anise and cumin to me and the smell of warm skin….kinda sexy fragrance a la Salome.

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  18. Five o’clock au Gingembre today. Rainy day again.

    Last workday before a long weekend, and of course yesterday evening was just the time for my manual wheelchair to get a flat tyre. So now it seems I will have to do all my packing wobbling around on crouches unless a miracle happens and the technician will take it as an express repair after normal working hours. Sorry folks, just needed to vent my frustration!

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    • Gah, I can feel your frustration. It’s just flipping typical that things go wrong at the worst possible time. Vent away, we don’t mind at all😉

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  19. Hello All. Sorry I have been absent I have just read the entire thread. Greg I’m sorry your wife broke her ankle so badly…were you able to see the actual vows? I wish her a speedy recovery. Marcella I remember the excitement of wanting to renovate, and I hope your client’s enthusiasm remains. Ingeborg , having your rehab place close to a beach will hopefully be good and here is hoping the food they serve is decent!!! Melanie I have been using the items in your recent package but I’m yet to fall in love with anything. I think I will dedicate next Tuesday to really sniffing properly. Hello Portia!!! Fazal , Perfumluvr and Cassie I’m sorry I’ve forgotten what you’ve been up to, so I wave to you. My life continues to be a shitestorm, so I have been wearing fragrances which give me strength, calmness and warmth….Winter is upon us, dear friends with temps hitting early teens on good days , and single digits on bad days. Scents in rotation over the last fortnight or so include Grey Flannel, Soul, Covet, Stash, Fancy, and Tainted Love. Have a fab Saturday everyone.

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  20. The weather is still overcast, not a glimpse of sun. Wearing Guerlain Cherry Blossom from a sizeable sample I received from Sandra or Portia. This is a nice one, not the syrupy pink kind of cherry blossom perfume, more cologne style.

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    • We’re having awful weather, too. Deluges of rain this week. I am fed up with grey skies. Hope it picks up there for you, it will make your experience near the beach so much better.

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  21. Hello, APJers! The first week of summer has been quite chaotic (not complaining, though). Sending you all a bunch of air hugs from the melting hot Russia (we’ve had +44 Celsius/ 112 F today! Still better than winter 🙂 )

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  22. Late to get going on here today, have been very busy trying to declutter my house, have spent hours on my knees feeding paper into the stove. There are decades of paperwork in our office, hardly any of it mine, and I’m sneaking armfuls of it out of there. He won’t even miss it! Payslips from the mid 80s, and cheque book stubs from then too. I don’t exaggerate when I call hubby a hoarder. We have someone coming to look at the house to give us a rough valuation next Tuesday, and something really needs to start happening.
    Anywayyy, my scent today is copious sprays of my beloved Songes.

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    • ahahaha! a hoarder 🙂

      Were you inspired by Portia’s post and Kathleen’s comment on Songes? I hope she gets herself a bottle because it can still be had for a reasonable price online.

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        • It’s creepy, right?
          Yes, some of the AGs in older formulation are ridiculously affordable in comparison to the niche prices. I hope she gets a bottle!!!

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  23. Guess what I wore last night and today everyone?? Brigitte!! I was honoured to receive a sample of Mrs. Marzipan’s namesake, custom-made fragrance. And it’s beautiful. A soft, gentle lilac plus ‘I don’t know what else’. I noticed a very nice creaminess fairly early on in it’s development. Mrs. M said there’s sandalwood. So that explains it. In spite of it’s easy-going nature and polite demeanour it still has lots of presence and great longevity. I wholeheartedly concur with Mrs. M’s opinion that it smells better than some of the dreck we’ve smelled coming from the niche sector. Absolutely enjoyed the experience of wearing it. Thanks for sharing Brigitte, Brigitte!

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    • It’s my pleasure, my friend. Funny thing is, I didn’t think you would like it because there’s musk in there. You proved me wrong 😂

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      • That’s a tough question. It would have to have some animalics for sure. Maybe a slightly indolic jasmine, perhaps a bit of rose. And a brighter opening note, bergamot maybe? I wouldn’t mind throwing in some vanilla.
        We had a shop back in the 70’s that allowed you to concoct your own perfume. If I remember, bottles of soliflores were lined up. You could sniff and decide what to mix with a dropper. Crude system. All I remember was that mine had a boat load of ylang ylang in it. It was umm…..the word unwearable comes to mind.
        I saved some Brigitte to send to you. Which was quite the selfless act cuz I really, really liked it. Highly unusual behaviour on my part 😜

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  24. Qajar Rose from PPP and thunk! My my my this is a spicy little number on opening. Haven’t looked at the notes but it sure smells of incense. Settles quickly, not a nose burner. Let’s see how this develops.

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  25. Jardin Sur Le Nil for another stunning day. Blue skies, light breeze and 29C. Finally! Perfect weather for gallivanting around the countryside with LH, perfecting our hunter/gatherer routines. He’ll be casting about for trout while I scavenge for fiddleheads and wild asparagus.

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  26. Sampling Amouage Bracket Woman! Gorgeous! I see very difficult to thunk any of the Amouage samples, I recently received from a lovely friend. I guess, I will be hoarding them for a long time!

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  27. Wore La Panthère during Sunday and Five o’clock au gingembre to bed. Still can’t sleep, very counterproductive given I have to finish packing for a fortnight away and finish some paperwork.

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      • I have thunked my Jessica Simpson Fancy and now I will need to find another scent to provide me with comfort. I have 3 back up bottles which are in ‘storage’ until I find a new place to live. I’m heading out to lunch today, to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. I had a sneak peek at the menu of the restaurant I’ve chosen, and wowee yummo….there are quite a few tasty morsels on offer. Scent of lunch Tobacco Vanille.

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        • Hope you’ll be treating yourself to many of those tasty morsels and you smell beautiful. As much as I sometimes feel like spitting in Tom Ford’s eye for his extremely ridiculous marketing ploys, he does make quite a few good perfumes. I still refuse to buy his bottles tho, but, I may have bought decants 😬

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  28. Back in town and ending the evening in the rest of my vial of Slowdive. Do I still love it? Yes. Does it work on this delightfully warm night? Yes. Did I buy a decant for further testing? Absolutely!

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