Lazy weekend poll ~ Haiku challenge 2011!

Today, a repeat of last year's very popular Haiku challenge: pick a perfume, any perfume, write a haiku about it. Use the simplified English form — your haiku should have three lines, the first line with five syllables, the second line with seven syllables and the third line with five syllables. You can put the perfume name in the title if that makes it easier, and at any rate, don’t stress over the rules of traditional haiku — this is just for fun.

You can also, if you like, write your Haiku about a perfume house instead of a particular perfume.

Your host today is Jill. If you've never met, let me introduce you:

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  1. Lancome Magie Noire:

    Bold bewitching brew
    lulls all into surrender
    before the fur handcuffs

  2. Jill says:

    Can’t wait to see what you all come up with today. I remember how much fun this poll was last year.

    Here’s my homage to Katy Perry Purr:

    So you’re generic
    So what, you come in a cat
    That’s enough for me

  3. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Harrods for Her:

    I smell therefore I am
    Most delicate Neroli petals
    Tuberose is the queen

  4. AnnS says:

    Hi Jill – thanks for hosting. I thought I’d miss it this weekend, but I’m glad to be here! I have two.

    “How to Choose?”

    Mimosa pour Moi.
    Green and Flowers Spring Chamade!

    “Waiting to Garden”

    Galbanum green spring
    Tend the garden on my skin
    Grand Amour for now

  5. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Fashion Avenue:

    Fashion – a bold statement
    Concentrated in a liquid form
    Ylang-Ylang dances with mimosa

    • Jill says:

      Nice! You are making me want to try some of the Bonds I haven’t tried yet.

      • Lavandula says:

        Oh yes:)) It’s because I’m trying so many Bonds right now and they are just so gorgeous.

  6. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Park Avenue:

    Most beautiful of all
    Like an angel’s breath you are
    Chamomile scent of heaven

  7. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Bleecker Street:

    I wanted you for me
    You wanted my man instead
    Dessert in liquid form

  8. Bee says:

    hope I’ve got my syllable counting right
    in a hommage to absolue pour le soir (MFK)

    “barnyard at sunrise
    sweaty bodies at midday
    languid evening”

  9. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Chinatown:

    East meets west today
    Intoxicating sweetness come
    Sweet patchouli mess

    • Jill says:

      Niiiicce …. Chinatown is one of my favorites. :)

  10. Lavandula says:

    The house of Bond no.9:

    Every neighborhood there is
    Which of them will choose my skin?
    Bottled in a perfume

  11. Lavandula says:

    Diptyque Jardin Clos:

    Hidden and forbidden
    One spritz opens the gates
    Garden of Eden

    • Rappleyea says:

      You’re really inspired today, Lavandula!

      • Lavandula says:

        LOL yes I guess I an:)) But aren’t our favorite perfumes sooo inspiring?

  12. Ormonde Jayne Woman:

    It’s irrelevant
    If you do not desire her
    there is no escape

    • Bonbori says:


    • Jill says:

      Love. It. I can’t believe I *still* haven’t tried OJW. It’s been on the list for ages.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Absolutely lovely, Carrie!

      • Thanks, everyone! Jill, I hope you get to try Woman soon, it’s my favorite perfume at the moment. I’m pretty obsessed with Ornonde Jayne in general right now. Hopelessly so.

    • Haunani says:

      Neat one!

  13. Bonbori says:

    Umm, “Belle de What?”:

    Just stop, YSL.
    Don’t call that Opium. It’s
    pink and insipid

  14. Lavandula says:

    By the way, Hi, Jill!! Nice to meet you:))
    Recently I’ve been exploring all Bond no.9s. It’s always been my favorite perfume house and there was so many fragrances from them I still haven’t tried yet, finally it was the time that something had to be done about it. I started swapping on MUA again and I’ve even been trading my partial bottles and minis of L’Artisan and Serge Lutens etc. for all kinds of Bond no.9 bon-bons. I was being super generous for little bon-bons!! My old time favorites include Nuits de Noho, Chinatown, Little Italy, Fire Island, Park Avenue and quite a few others but thanks to my recept MUA swapping I FINALLY tried Bleecker Street, Fashion Avenue, Harrods for Him and Her, Bryant Park, High Line, Andry Warhol series, signature perfume and a couple others. I am MADLY in love with Fashion Avenue and Harrods for Her. I also adore Bleecker Street for my fiance. This little poll with haiku is like a perfect exercise and made me have some thoughts about the perfumes I just fell in love with.

    I am still DYING to try Coney Island. I have been searching for a sample of it on MUA, but for some reason I have no luck. Even when I offer items for a lot more of a value and specific wishlist items to other swappers, I got no preplies to my messages! Every other thing I wanted to swap for on MUA was a success just not the Coney Island. I also ordered a set of samples from Bond no.9 website… I ordered all 6 of the samples just to include Coney Island in them… and they substituted it for two other samples with a note they were out of the Coney Island ones!! Can you believe that? I really ordered the whole set (I also got Chinatown, Nuits de Noho, Park Avenue, Fire Island – which I already have and adore but it’s never too much of my favorites) JUST to be able to include Coney Island in them and no luck! I am starting to think I will never be able to sample Coney Island and it’s my NUMBER ONE fragrance on my “to try” list. Does anyone on here have even just a drop of it? I know this is not MUA but I had no luck there… If anyone has any amount of Coney Island on here and would consider doing a “nowsmellthis” swap with me, please reply to my comment! Let me know quickly if you’re interested in anything from Serge Lutens, Montale, Dyptique, Chanel and some other high-end things I have. I am really so desperate for Coney Island… Thanks so much!

    • Jill says:

      I really like some of the Bonds; just wore Bryant Park the other night. Coney Island, I have never tried either — I hope someone here can help you out!

    • Hi Lavandula, I have a sample of Coney Island (it’s unwrapped, but unused). If you’d like to email me, it’s eyelineronacat at gmail dot com.

    • Winifrieda says:

      Oh LOL…cannot you get to a department store…even in Australia the Bonds are in a couple of our department stores…maybe that is why the folks on the boards are not being too responsive to swap ideas because they have mostly tried them already??

  15. FragrantWitch says:

    Yay! I loved this last year, so glad to see it back!

    Warm cardamom scent
    Stills the air around my skin
    The world is muffled

  16. marko says:

    Oud My God! What’s this?
    More woods, resins and incense?
    I’ll pass, I have 10!

    (commentary on the onslaught of Ouds this year)

  17. vinery says:

    What fun! I have three:

    Fumerie Turque

    Velvet drapes enfold
    As heady smoke wafts upward
    Sultan’s eyes are closed


    Golden savannah
    Dusk releases heat of day
    Distant lion roars

    Borneo 1834

    Jungle surrounding
    Explorers breathe in magic
    Thoughts of home are gone

    • Jill says:

      These are all GORGEOUS.

    • Meg says:

      yay for Borneo!

    • AnnS says:

      Vinery – these are all so evocative – great!

    • elise says:

      all my favs! nice!

    • vinery says:

      Thank you! Haikus about beautiful scents seem to write themselves.

    • Haunani says:

      What pictures these paint!

    • I am in awe, you are very talented! Those were just amazing – the imagery was so striking! thank you!

  18. Lexy says:

    L’Heure Bleue

    In the bluest light
    as day and night breed
    a tear is born

    • Jill says:

      Ahhh … achingly beautiful. So much great stuff today!

    • Haunani says:


    • Bee says:

      one of the best , congratulations, you really made me decide to try l’HB again!

  19. Lavandula says:

    Jo Malone Acacia:

    Tell me the truth
    Your heart is exquisite musk
    Takes my breath away

    HeI need your HELP!! Here is the thing: I love well-blended, powdery musks and almondy perfumes. This is exactly what Jo Malone’s Acacia Blossom cologne smells like. I have no idea what real acacia smells like although I know Jo Malone’s approach turns out to be the most beautiful musk I ever smelled. I’ve gone through many musks including Clair de Musc, Tom Ford White Musk Collection, Montale Musks and many others… just because I can never get enough of that pure, dreamy, powdery-white muskiness!! Well what a suprise I found my number one musk ever in a “Acacia” cologne accord from Jo Malone. The sad thing is – it’s impossible to find it. I cheerish my 9ml spray bottle and it’s like liquid gold to me.

    Here is where I need your help: as impossible to find as it is, why is it impossible to even google it? When I search on google: “Jo Malone Acacia Blossom” all I find is “Nectarine & Honey Blosson” which yes, it does have acacia listed in it’s notes, but it’s not the same cologne I’m looking for. I am so curious to read about it’s official list of notes! Does anyone have any info about this scent? What is the list of notes for this? Why is it impossible to even find a word mentioned about discontinued Jo Malone fragrances? And of course… what does acacia smell like? Is the muskiness and all that powder natural for Acacia blossom? Jo Malone’s Acacia smells nothing like a tree/plant/greenery/shrubs. It just smells like musk and powder and almonds… why if acacia is a tree?

    • Jill says:

      Gosh, this sounds wonderful — I’ve never heard of it and didn’t know it was ever part of the JM repertoire! I really like the haiku!

    • Woodgirl says:

      I assume it refers to the tree blossoms. Some flowering trees are quite fragrant. I remember 30 years ago, a blossoming mimosa tree by the laundromat I used smelled like Juicy Fruit chewing gum.

      I see what you mean about it not being mentioned anywhere. The only place I see it is for sale on the ubiquitous online auction site, at a reasonable price if you love the stuff.

      I have acacias here in the woods of west central Fla, but they are not blossoming right now. Ours have wicked long thorns that will easily go through your bootsoles.

    • Ann says:

      Hi Lavandula, it looks like your beloved Acacia
      is part of a series that Jo Malone calls Fragrance Chronicles.
      I found it on the JM site. I only know this because I was
      trying to find an unusual JM fragrance and it turned out
      to be part of one of these sets. Here’s the link — hope it

  20. kaos.geo says:

    Paco Rabanne 1 Million

    You said you were rich
    yet you smell like a cheap
    barbershop. Shame!
    Miss Dior

    A houndstooth tailleur
    My mother wore always
    and you on her neck.

    • Jill says:

      These are both awesome, and I’m dying at the Paco Rabanne one!

      • kaos.geo says:

        It just popped into my mind.. I just cannot understand how something so generic sells millions. I guess it is a marketing triumph.

        If you want to sell a generic frag like hotcakes, hire the people that did the 1 Million campaign.

        If you want to create a succesful celebrity scent line, good scent but still, you want it to sell like hotcakes..hire the people that did Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku lovers line (and the cute flankers)

        • moore says:

          Kaos.Geo, 1 Million sells a bllion because it’s sweet and sweet fragrances are suscessfull with girls. Its popular campaign works a lot, its fragrance is not bad and is a little bit feminine, what’s rare on the men’s perfumery.
          Good haikus.

    • nozknoz says:

      GOOD ones, Kaos.geo!

      • kaos.geo says:

        Thank you! the one about my mom is very special.

        She always wore a houndstooth tailleur to PTA meetings and school plays.. and It stuck on my mind as the print on the bottle was the same as her suit. I loved the Miss Dior, and she used to rub a little in our noses, literally, before we left for school on those occasions.

        Nowadays she wears Miss Dior Cherie, and suits her very well!

    • Haunani says:


  21. RuthW says:


    I want to love you
    you smirk and lower your eyes
    coy little tease, I’m lost

  22. nancyg says:

    Remind me of my
    dad’s Fancy Fruit Lifesavers
    Miss you, old Calyx

  23. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Gramercy Park:

    Green with envy you are
    My green english ivy you crave
    Bottle of green treasure

    • Jill says:

      Nice! You are in super-creative mode, Lavandula!

      • Lavandula says:

        Haha thank you:) Im just having a lot of fun here today!

  24. 50_Roses says:

    SSS Champagne de Bois

    How could I have lived
    So very long without this
    Magic elixir?
    Divine L’Ame Soeur

    Sweet powdered sugar
    Mingles with lovely flowers
    I can’t help but smile
    Teo Cabanel Oha

    Rich velvet roses
    Growing in a mossy garden
    At the forest’s edge
    1st Quarter 2011

    “Just one more bottle!”
    Vows the broke perfumista
    “Or seven or eight…”

    • Rappleyea says:

      LOL @ your 1st qtr. lament!

    • rosarita says:

      I love all of these, but the first quarter lament is classic!

    • vinery says:

      The first quarter haiku is spot on!

    • OperaFan says:

      I don’t have such creative talents, so I’ll just sit quietly and read all of these wonderful gems!

  25. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Nuits de Noho:

    Jet black navy dark sky
    Jasmine – the king of flowers
    Midnight stars shall shine

  26. FragrantWitch says:

    Vintage Emeraude

    Smoky speakeasy
    Shalimar’s baby sis?
    Big trouble more like

    • FragrantWitch says:

      whoops should be

      Smoky speakeasy
      Shalimar’s baby sister?
      Big trouble, more like

  27. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Little Italy:

    Colors of sunshine
    Summer comes all year round
    Tart orange sweetness

  28. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 High Line:

    Most beautiful melody
    Captured in a scent of nature
    Birds will sing with me

  29. jirish says:


    Indian summer
    Honey and hay in the loft
    of new memory

  30. Manna says:

    Bandit, you give me strength
    before the world to stand
    and to love myself.

  31. Olfactoria says:

    Frapin 1697

    On wings of desire
    we fly to forbidden places
    only in our minds.

  32. Rappleyea says:

    Solange Cosmic

    Cosmic time travel.
    Glamor of old Hollywood.
    I am transported.
    The Russian Ballet –
    epitome of beauty.
    Dove’s tribute to art.
    Attrape Coeur
    Flee the ‘heart catcher’!
    Her beauty belies the pain.
    She’ll never be true.
    And two for Laurie:

    SSS Incense Pure
    Gift of the Magi:
    resinous pearls, rich and deep,
    embraced in its warmth.

    SSS To Dream
    It is gentle work
    to dream our future into
    our reality.

    • AnnS says:

      Aw – so nice!

    • FragrantWitch says:

      Love the SSS To Dream one, such a fab sentiment!

    • OperaFan says:

      Rappleyea – These are wonderful!

  33. Eden by Cacharel

    Top smells like plastic
    Humid tropical fruit heart
    Still, it intrigues me.

    • nozknoz says:

      So true!

    • kaos.geo says:

      The Haiku is lovely.
      And I’d agree about the fragrance, but to to me the plastic note gives me a headache! :-P

  34. rosarita says:

    Ok, here’s mine – I realize Coco hasn’t been out for quite thirty years, but close enough :)

    Chanel Coco
    You’ve made my husband
    smile, sigh, breathe deep in rapture
    for three decades. Thanks!

    • AnnS says:

      I love Coco – I love this one too! My husband especially likes when I wear Coco b/c it’s what I wore most when we first knew each other. Liquid golden resins. Great!

      • OperaFan says:

        What a nice description! I’ve been having a belated renewed love-affair with my 18yr old bottle of Coco.

  35. PekeFan says:

    “Skin Games”

    Crazy Jeux de Peau
    You smell very different
    On each person here

    • Jill says:

      Cool! And I really want to try this, it’s at the top of my list.

  36. Bandit by Robert Piguet

    Leather tobacco
    Tied with a green rubber bow
    Ends warm and mossy.

    • annemarie says:

      ‘Green rubber bow’ is great!

  37. nozknoz says:

    Jill – thank you for hosting – I’ve always found your gravatar so delightful! This sort of reverses the theme, but here goes:

    Ode to a Judd Viburnum and the Nose

    In the spring night I
    follow my nose – indoles and
    vintage Bellodgia!

    (A Judd viburnum is a flowering shrub I’d never even noticed before following its scent to the source last week.)

    • Jill says:

      Oooh, I really like what you did with that! I had not heard of a Judd viburnum. (And glad you enjoy my avatar!)

  38. Giorgio by Giorgio of Beverly Hills

    Bubble-headed scent
    You’ve been stinking three decades
    Please go away now.

    • vinery says:


    • Your amazing blog about Giorgio and now this haiku actually reminds me so much of Olfactoria lately (not because she wears it), she found a cheap bottle of Le Feu d’Issey, a long lost love of hers (and mine) buried behind a dozen bottles of Giorgio. It pays to plough through those yellow and white stripes sometimes. :)

    • Haunani says:

      HA! Love it.

  39. Fillle d’Eve by Nina Ricci

    Lover’s dirty hair
    Skin plus yesterday’s perfume
    Chic can be sexy.

    • nozknoz says:

      I’m nuts about Fille d’Eve, and your haiku is just right!

  40. Owen says:


    my signature scent
    I will love it forever
    it’s absolute perfection

  41. Diorella by Christian Dior

    Shows you how to look
    At both garbage and flowers
    Vintage one’s better.

  42. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Bryant Park:

    Sweet Kiss Raspberry lips
    Her touch Her bare skin brings
    HIM down to her feet

    • Jill says:

      Nice! Captures it well — I like Bryant Park a lot.

  43. mough says:

    Chocolate Greedy, by Montale

    Chocolate chip, Olé
    To whiff of Cocoa, to cheer
    Through snow, and sleet, Ah…

    • Jill says:

      Yum. I haven’t tried this one, but I want to now!

  44. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Fire Ilsand:

    An Island of fire
    Turns your skin to golden brown
    Inhale the smell of skin musk

  45. Mertevenk says:

    Muscs Koublaï Khän

    Untamed beast you seem
    Velvety musk dare I deem
    Warm fur reigns supreme

  46. elise says:

    OJ Woman
    you found me hidden
    in a forest in winter
    I brought you to life….

    • Jill says:

      Beautiful! I really need to try OJW now.

    • Lovely, Elise! Woman has captured my heart.

    • OperaFan says:

      This one hits home for me – OJW seems to like to play hide and seek with me, so as beautiful as it is, it’s also quite elusive….

  47. Musette says:

    F. Malle Bigarade Concentree

    Crabby little fleur
    Spitting mean, green pith at me!
    Don’t be so cranky!

  48. lilybug says:

    My Sin

    She lures me in. Can’t say no.
    Devilishly good.

    • RuthW says:

      This is a favorite fragrance of mine and you captured it perfectly.

  49. annemarie says:

    Off topic (sorry Jil!), but it’s so interesting that Bond No 9 has featured a lot today. Yesterday I walked past the Bond counter at my local department store (I’m in Australia), which for some time has decreased the amount of counter space that it devotes to this line, and noticed that everything was half price. This is the only retailed of Bond No 9 in this city , and it looks like it is on the way out. I’m not Bond fan, but still, it’s a pity,

    • Jill says:

      That is a shame, Annemarie. I do appreciate the Bond line … although an overwhelming amount of them don’t work for me, they have a handful that are really keepers for me and I think they do some interesting stuff.

  50. Marjorie Rose says:

    The Tale of a Budding Perfumista:

    Naïve December
    Bang and Givenchy begins
    The quest for beauty.

    In need of joyous
    Scent experiences,
    Researching begins.

    Shameless scent hopping
    Between Nordstroms, Sephora,
    Online sampling.

    Rapidly adding
    Potions, elixers, bottles
    Now a “collector.”

    A cache of fragrance
    Perfumista adventure
    Pure pleasure and joy.

    ISO HG
    I <3 NST
    A n00b thanks U!

  51. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 signature perfume:

    The brave male you are
    Such strong and powerful oud
    Yet well behaved

  52. olenska says:

    Vintage Fendi Uomo

    Why they called you ‘loud’
    is, to me, as much of a
    mystery as math.

  53. skrzypce says:

    TDC de Bachmakov:

    tendrils spring from earth
    chilly ground yet warm sun
    nature will prevail

    • skrzypce says:

      SHOULD have read:

      TDC de Bachmakov:

      tendrils spring from earth
      chilly ground yet warm sun shines
      nature will prevail

      • Rappleyea says:

        You just hit the Post button too quickly, but it’s beautiful.

      • Jill says:

        I agree, this is beautiful.

  54. olenska says:

    Jolie Madame

    Smart slap of leather
    leaves my cheek blushing, burning–
    as you wish, Madame.

  55. 50_Roses says:

    Revlon Intimate (vintage)

    Sly smile, bedroom eyes
    Beckoning across the room
    Resistance? Futile!

    • Rappleyea says:

      That’s a really good one, Roses. I love that you incorporated our motto here: Resistance is futile!

  56. Hello Kitty

    childhood memories
    back to me in a bottle
    cute as cute can be

  57. Lavandula says:

    Here is my own little contest for everyone on Nowsmellthis:

    Write s little haiku about any Hermessence – it can be any one of them. Hermessences seem to be little haiku perfumes anyways, right?

    The prize: Brand New 4ml vial of Osmanthe Yunnan.

    I will announce the winner by Tuesday, April 14th midnight estern time
    The winner can contact me at

    I am so inspired today but also in a very giving mood!

    • Lavandula says:

      Oooops… Tue. is actually April 12th. Silly me! My bad. So I will announce the winner by April 12th then!

    • jenmeade says:

      Iris Ukiyoe,
      My vial lost in the toilet…
      Damn toddler dumped it!

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        LOL! Can I just vote for Jenmeade to win it?!!

        • jenmeade says:

          the sample had only been delivered a few hours prior to me finding the empty (untried) glass vial floating in the crapper. Sigh…

  58. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Chelsea Flowers:

    Most romantic memories
    Smiling she in held up to her nose
    Bouquet of white peonies

  59. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Hamptons:

    A man of my desire
    I love the way you smell
    The smell of money

  60. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Eau de New York:

    New York City bottled
    The essence of the capital
    Captured in one scent

  61. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Central Park:

    Green park meets city noise
    Peaceful sanctuary welcomes us
    Midday hour getaway

    • Jill says:

      This is a blanket response to all your haikus, Lavandula: awesome!

  62. Rick says:

    Mon Numéro collection

    Eight new L’Artisans!
    Can you guess the perfumer?
    Betrand Duchaufour.

  63. Lavandula says:

    Bond no. 9 Coney Island:

    What is your problem?
    So hard to catch you, you see
    Yet soon you’ll be with me!

    • The vial is sitting right here, calling out your name!

      • Lavandula says:

        Wonderful! I am so excited:) Thank you so much once again!

  64. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Andy Warhol Montauk:

    Yellow purple shades of blue
    Setting sun spectacle tonight
    Mesmerize me might

  65. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Harrods for Him:

    If you are the star
    Then what am I to you?
    We both make this one

  66. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 H.O.T. Always:

    Red like love – Always
    Cinnamon madness I crave
    Hot like you – Always

  67. Lavandula says:

    Bond no. 9 Saks Avenue for Him and Her:

    Me plus you that’s us
    You minus me that’s incomplete
    Black and white together

  68. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 The Scent of Pease:

    If my dreams could smell
    Sweet Fruit with musk they would be
    Peaceful melange of dreams

  69. Haunani says:

    For the lovely Hermessence Vanilla Galante:

    “Vanilla,” you say?
    Well yes, but I would name you
    “Sheer Lily Surprise”

  70. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Riverside Drive:

    Cool crispness fresh breeze
    Freedom spirit they represent
    Bottled in aquatic scent

  71. Haunani says:

    For my beloved CdG Stephen Jones:

    A time bomb ticking
    In a posh little hat box…
    Violet attack!!!

    • Erin says:

      Love it, H! Great image at the beginning….

    • nozknoz says:


  72. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Madison Soiree:

    Lady-like chic inspires
    Elegance cannot be improvised
    You are born with it

  73. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 New Haarlem:

    Jazz central of New York
    Night full of suprises awaits
    Like dark rich coffee

  74. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Harrods Rose:

    The one of all beautiful
    Rose the queen of all flowers
    Shall never betray you

  75. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Broadway Nite:

    Violet rose legendary combo
    Then classic treasure one expects
    Neon-lit New York invites

  76. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 West Side:

    A harmony of notes
    A melody of suprise awaits
    Played by perfume accords

  77. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Astor Place:

    Yellow red purple blue
    What color shall we choose?
    All blended to perfecton

  78. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 So New York:

    Gourmand makes me crave
    New York’s tasty little treasures
    In one spritz of flavor

  79. Lavandula says:

    Bond no.9 Brooklyn:

    Bright melange of fruit
    Graffiti in every single color
    Complete the neighborhood

    • I am thoroughly convinced to try the Bonds next on my perfume journey. I loved all of your haikus – great job!

      • Rappleyea says:

        Second this, and now I wish I had tried them all!

    • Jill says:

      I agree, you are making me want to revisit this line and try the ones I haven’t yet!

  80. 50_Roses says:

    Annick Goutal Sables

    Sweet maple syrup
    A hint of bacon–perfume?
    Or is it breakfast?

  81. Haunani says:

    O Womanity!
    Strange brew of fish eggs and figs
    I’m rather smitten :-)

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Ha! “strange brew,” indeed! I can’t decide if I like or loathe this one! (Now if we could work in the phrase, “Oh Womanity, the humanity!” into a poem, we’re golden!)

    • Jill says:

      Oh, goodness! Haven’t tried this one either — do I want to? ;)

    • moore says:

      Womanity is really the strangiest fragrance I’ve ever tried. It’s smells what it´s supposed to. It’s a strange smell of dirty socks with some sweet and salt… but that bottle worths a buy… it’s a shame the liquid is pink…

  82. dominika says:

    Eight samples of serge bottled doors to unknown lands opening slowly

    • nozknoz says:

      Just right for Uncle Serge and the joy of new SL samples!

  83. dominika says:

    Sorry about the spacing! I’m writing on my cell :)

    • Rappleyea says:

      Ahh… you shouldn’t have admitted it – I thought you were being artistic. Good one!

    • Jill says:

      Nice, and so true about Lutens.

  84. Winifrieda says:

    beloved sense of everything meaningful
    if only you could now be truly art
    As You Should Be

    and not smeared and bleared with the toils of man

    (Apols to Gerard Manley Hopkins)

  85. Winifrieda says:


    The Amazon, Goddess, Empress
    Who guarded my heart
    And never let me down

  86. Winifrieda says:

    Tubereuse Criminelle

    Sell my Soul
    for a
    Bell Jar

    • Jill says:

      All great ones, Winifrieda, and I especially like this last one!

  87. Woodgirl says:

    Vol de Nuit

    Well hello, night flight
    melded, rich, brown elegance
    adieu, little prince

    Dear House of Guerlain
    my perfume vault has grown fat
    while my wallet has grown thin

    • Woodgirl says:

      Ooops! That last line was meant to read:
      my wallet grows thin

      Shouldn’t try to count before I’ve finished my first cup.

      • Rappleyea says:

        I need to sign my name to that House of Guerlain peitition as well!

        • OperaFan says:

          Count me in, too!

    • Jill says:

      Really like both of these!

  88. mgrazulis says:

    Roucel’s “Inception”
    Up-Down, Forward and Back
    A Cinematic Floral…

  89. jenmeade says:

    Some say raw. Sex. Vile.
    Nasty and dirty. On me,
    Purring soft kittens.


    Windswept desert. Warm breath.
    L’air du Desert Morrocain.
    Dusty dry spice jar.


    Fresh Canabis Rose

    I wanted Mary Jane
    What I got was a migraine
    Tobacco scrubber

    Jicky: herbal skank
    Thick, viscous, flowing purple
    Fragrant poetry


    Languid forest rose
    Tauer’s Une Rose Chypree
    Holiest of grails

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Mmm. . . .purring soft kittens!

    • Jill says:

      Oh wow, I love that MKK is kittens on you (though it’s kind of unfathomable to me! :) )

      • jenmeade says:

        I may be incredibly anosmic to it. Who knows? I asked hubby how I smelled, and at first he said “like a donkey”. But I asked again later and the next day, and he loved it both times…??? I haven’t worn it out in public yet. lol

        • Jill says:

          I cannot and will not wear it in public … and yet, I do have an affection for it.

    • I totally agree with your Fresh Cannabis Rose haiku, it gave me a headache too! And yes, I scrubbed.

  90. This is so much fun! What a talented bunch we are!

    • nozknoz says:

      So – true! Very glad to see the haiku poll reappear!

      • 50_Roses says:

        I hope this can be an annual event.

    • Jill says:

      I totally agree, these are all fabulous. So much creativity in this group!

  91. dominika says:

    D&g rose the one:

    empty starlet eyes
    cotton candy and short skirts
    pink lips asking, ‘huh?’

  92. Rappleyea says:

    Rosine Pour Homme

    Lavender, roses,
    patch…But wait! What goes on here?
    Jicky’s great-grandson!

    • nozknoz says:

      Aha – cool haiku and great idea for what to try today!

      • Rappleyea says:

        I loved RdH, but it did read very much like Jicky on my skin. I’m interested to hear your impression.

        • nozknoz says:

          Don’t know if it’s my skin or my Jicky, but to me Jicky is clearer, with high notes – that amazing combination of lavender, lemon and civet really sings. Rose d’Homme is woody or smoky, in a lower more uniform register. But they do have a lot in common – at least as much as most grandkids!

    • Jill says:


    • Haunani says:


  93. Lavandula says:

    I love all the haikues about MKK. I have never tried it yet though:)I’ve tried so many other musks but just not that one. I get the feel from all description, but can someone actually compare it another fragrance?

  94. Irismist says:

    Iris Silver Mist

    Music from the earth
    Easily misunderstood
    Comforting coldness

    • jenmeade says:

      I have GOT to try this…

      • Irismist says:

        Please do. It’s wonderful to find things of beauty in life. I hope this perfume will be one of them for you too

        Another one, completely differrent

        Jo Malone White Jasmine and Mint

        The sun is shining
        Drinking tea in the garden
        Scent lifting my mood

        • 50_Roses says:

          I love that mental image. :)

        • Jill says:

          Lovely … WJ & M is one of my summertime favorites!

  95. 50_Roses says:

    Les Nez The Unicorn Spell

    Magic Unicorns?
    Enchanted fairy kingdom? Nay–
    Enchilada sauce!

  96. 50_Roses says:

    Etro Messe de Minuit

    Ancient Gothic church
    Incense of one thousand years
    Mingled together

  97. Irismist says:

    I’m on roll today, must be the sunny weather. This is fun!


    Happy spell, no gloom
    Beautiful gold and purple bottle
    And soon spray again

    • Jill says:

      Oooh, I like it … and I adore Mandragore, another summer favorite that will be part of the rotation again soon!

  98. olenska says:

    RE: every vanity perfume on the shelf at Target or Sephora:

    Apparently, all
    celebrities smell just like
    circus candyfloss.

  99. Irismist says:

    Of course I meant to say: I’m on A roll …..

  100. 50_Roses says:


    Some may say sawdust
    Or vintage library books
    But yet I say–Dung!

    • Jill says:


    • Rick says:

      Another Dzing!

      Bored in the stable
      Sister raking the manure
      Horses’ sweet hot breath

      • Jill says:

        I’m loving these different takes on Dzing!

  101. dominika says:


    Between leather whips
    and apples, strength and sweetness
    she walks the tightrope

    • Jill says:

      Wow, two very different odes to Dzing! in a row. I love it, Dominika!

      • Bee says:

        as a Dzing! fan, this is my favorite too!

    • Rappleyea says:

      Oh, may I play too? I’ve said this before, but Dzing smells exactly like my skin does after being out at the horse sales. Therefore….

      Horses, leather, hay,
      disinfectant in the air.
      Kentucky horse sales.

      • Jill says:

        I like this one too! Dzing! may be the “most-haikued” scent this time!

        • Rappleyea says:

          Either Dzing or OJ Woman. We ought to do a tally.

  102. samberg says:

    “Un Jardin Sur Le Toit”

    garden compost note?
    weekend sojourn to Nordstroms
    a fraud by Jean-Claude!

    My fav so far is Lexy’s ode to L’Heure Bleue.

    • Jill says:

      “A fraud by Jean-Claude” — say it ain’t so!

    • moore says:

      Oh, Mr. Ellena has a big number of enemies!!!! But he also has a bigger number of fans! ;)

  103. kindcrow says:

    I’ve really enjoyed reading these. You are very talented! My husband helped with mine:

    Vanilla Orchid Signature Scent by Caswell-Massey

    “You smell good,’ he says
    And kisses me on the neck
    Glad he likes it, too

    • Jill says:

      Oh, I love that, kindcrow! So sweet. I have not tried this particular Caswell-Massey scent, but it sounds nice. I really like their Elixir of Love and Freesia scents.

    • Haunani says:

      That IS sweet!

  104. Irismist says:

    Inspired by Lexy’s beautiful L’Heure Blue haiku
    I really do enjoy all the others as well!

    Apres L’Ondee

    The spring rain has stopped
    Many times before, a smile
    Straight to my old soul

    • Jill says:

      Beautiful. I love the line “straight to my old soul.”

    • nozknoz says:

      Perfect for Apres l’Ondee and perfumistas who love her!

  105. Bear says:

    This is difficult,
    O, What to do? What to do?
    Spray some Shalimar!

    • Jill says:

      This is wonderful and totally has me laughing!

  106. Cynthia says:

    Roxanne Villa’s Vera

    Sunlit lavendar
    Languid honey bees buzzing
    Herbal flower laced breeze

    Sarah Horowitz “Bliss”

    Hypnotic white flowers
    Narcotic scented embrace
    Sweet hot lips to skin

    • Jill says:

      Both beautiful! Can we have more talented writers here?!

  107. nozknoz says:

    Amouage Opus IV – a startling scent!

    Maghrebi spices
    hit the skillet sizzling
    male sweat in the air

    • dominika says:

      Those roman numerals didn’t ever inspire me to try any of those, but you make that one sound really good :)

      • nozknoz says:

        Dominika, I also find it hard to get excited about numbers, or to remember which is which after I try. Had to try this one, though, because the nose is Jacques Flori who did Etro Messe de Minuit and Shaal Nur. Not what I expected at all but I’m appreciating cumin this time.

        • dominika says:

          All the more reason to put this one on my to-try list :) I love Messe de Minuit — I’ve been wanting an FB for awhile, but somehow I’ve held back because I feel like I should be buying sheers or florals for spring at this time of year :P

    • Jill says:

      Love this! It’s so active!

    • Haunani says:

      Wow – I can smell this just from your words!

    • moore says:

      So far so good Nozknoz!

  108. nozknoz says:

    Here’s my take on Dzing! ;-)

    softer than leather
    a circus bareback rider’s
    cheeks kissing the horse

  109. Celestia says:

    Voile D’Ete:
    A veil of summer
    Brushes the cinnamon land
    With vanilla strokes.

    Chant D’Aromes:
    Effervescent fizz
    Melody of spring flowers
    Love’s springtime bouquet.

    March winds blow a kiss
    Shoots shudder at their caress
    Hushing hyacinth.

    • Rappleyea says:

      Great job! All beautiful!

    • Jill says:

      Oooh …. love them all, especially the Voile d’Ete one!

  110. 734elizabeths says:

    Vol de Nuit

    “Nut Flight,” the salesgirl
    Called you when we first met. Yes,
    You’re sweets for the sweet.

    Un Jardin en Mediteranée

    The Greek summer sun
    Toasts the grass and leaves and blooms
    Crickets buzz; I nap.

  111. Lavandula says:

    Well It’s because I love Bond no.9s so much and they all inspire me, they are reminders of my childhood memories etc. I’m just very emotional about Bond no. 9s!!

  112. RusticDove says:

    Fantastic everyone!!

    Ormond Jayne Woman
    Barefoot in the woods am I
    Casting magic spells.

    • Jill says:

      Lovely, lovely! If I’m taking anything away from this poll, it’s that I must try OJW!

    • Haunani says:

      I like the way you made yourself the OJ Woman!

  113. Rappleyea says:

    My informal relationship with Mitsouko born of long years acquaintance:

    Mitsy, my old friend,
    you’re a walk through mossy oaks,
    eating a sweet peach.

    • RuthW says:

      Great haiku – I love Mitsouko but sometimes when we take a walk she likes to trip me or shove me down a riverbank.

    • Jill says:

      Umm, I love how you made her a person!

  114. Irismist says:

    Love the OJ Woman haikus!!!!!

    Infusion d’Iris

    A good friend of mine
    Never heavy, always deep
    Her story is sheer


    Strange carrots, green rose
    Iris jingles her silver bells
    She reigns, pure of heart

    • Jill says:

      Very nice … you nailed Infusion d’Iris, one of my faves!

  115. esmerelda says:

    These are all amazing–evocative and gorgeous (or LOL funny)! Not only are they fabulous haiku, but they make me want to rush out and try lots of new scents–even more than Lucky Scent descriptions!

    For Tubereuse Criminelle:

    La Belle Criminelle
    icy warm melts in my skin
    Thrall diabolique!

    • Jill says:

      I love that, and I totally agree that these are making me want to try new scents!

  116. eswift83 says:

    Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d’Iris

    Far from the ocean
    Driftwood floats through the air and
    bumps me in the nose!

    I love this scent, and whenever I wear it I catch whiffs of it even the next day! It’s also delicious on my husband – the only scent we share!

    • Jill says:

      Very nice … this is one I haven’t tried and I love that both you and your husband like it!

  117. 50_Roses says:

    Iris Silver Mist

    Gigantic dirt clods
    Decayed, six-foot-tall carrot
    The stuff of nightmares

    (To all the ISM fans–sorry, but it was the worst scrubber I ever tried)

    • Jill says:

      This is hilarious! ISM doesn’t work for me either, unfortunately.

  118. Tama says:

    One spray on my throat
    my knees buckle in sheer bliss
    Carnal Flower love

  119. mgrazulis says:

    Soivohle Underworld~

    Dark earthen balsam
    Persephone meets Pluto
    Vetiver story

  120. Mademoiselle says:

    Havana Vanille, take me
    Sinful delights await us

  121. An Ode to Perfume Haiku Writers

    These are amazing
    It’s hard to choose a fav’rite
    More perfume haikus!

    • L says:

      You said it, my dear
      So many lovely perfumes
      Summed up succinctly

  122. esmerelda says:

    I’ve never seen so many beautiful haiku in one place–and so brilliantly capturing each scent! And they are all so interesting, too. Here’s one more:

    A La Nuit

    Jasmine ecstasy
    Intense charisma! Luscious
    Perfume for my soul

  123. esmerelda says:

    And one more before I belatedly go to bed, after this addictive bedtime reading:

    Lipstick Rose

    Saucy ingenue
    Not me–yet you always bring
    Smiling happiness

  124. Stephan says:

    Tauer’s “ZETA”

    Whispered sweet words
    Under linden blossoms‘ veil –
    Chanting nightingale.

  125. Lavandula says:

    Jo Malone Blue Agava & Cacao:

    My latin lover
    Primitive raw love we make
    Scent of love and dark

  126. Lavandula says:

    Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir:

    Pure incense pure sex
    Fruit of love in a silk dress
    Red silk on bare skin

  127. Lavandula says:

    Jo Malone Black Vetyver Cafe:

    My cappa coffee
    Drenched in incense so rich
    Drives me crazy

  128. Lavandula says:

    Jo Malone Grapefruit:

    My senses awakaned
    Standing in a garden breathing in
    The air of summer

  129. Lavandula says:

    Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin:

    Caribbean sea breeze
    Why are you so stubborn?
    Come off my skin!!

    • Lavandula says:

      So from Jo Malone I’ve tried and own: Blue Agava & Cacao (numero uno!! my new signature, most beautiful gourmand you can ever imagine, I’d die for it that’s how much I love it:), Black Vetyver Cafe (an all time favorite of mine, adore it so much always), Pomegranate Noire (newest discovery, suprisingly beautiful incense just like in Black Vetyver Cafe, adore it), Graperfruit (the only nice grapefruit that never turns bad on my skin, very well-blended, none of the cat urine stuff, just a beautiful, tart, summery citrus), Acacia Blossom (the most GOR GE OUS musk I’ve ever smelled, almondy-powdery dream), Cassis (very nice, slightly green – but not too much, fruity in a very deliscious way, very natrual and ulifting) – all very very nice and definitely worth a try. There was one more I’ve sampled before… Lime Basil & Mandarin. Oh what a horrible scrubber! A nightmare! How could one of my most favorite perfume houses create such a mistake? There is no juicy mandarin/orange note at ALL in it. All I ever got was a sour (yes sour, not tart but sour) green herby note and… nothing else. I love deliscious mandarin note in perfumes that’s why I bought a couple of samples of it on ebay. I thought I was either going to love it, like it or just be ok with it… well I would have never thought I was going to hate it with passion! There is very few fragrances I ever say that I HATE. Well Lime Basil & Mandarin… I hate you. I cannot stand you at all. How is it possible anything I try from Jo Malone i instantly fall in love with, I love the simple yet so elegant spirit of them all, except for this one… ugh.

  130. Dzingnut says:

    Eau de Kitteh Breath (my dream fragrance)

    Cat yawns in my face,
    A blast of stinkiness,
    Won’t someone please bottle this?

  131. aimiliona says:

    YSL Baby Doll

    Pink cotton candy
    with a whisper of seaweed–
    Rhode Island State Fair.

    Après l’Ondée

    Rainy gray morning,
    Heliotrope seeks the sun.
    This one’s for Easter.

    Douce Amère

    Strange yet familiar,
    Root beer’s apotheosis.
    So this is absinthe?

  132. ailouros says:

    No shower perturbs
    this summ’ry somnolence
    but Apres L’ondee.

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