Lazy weekend poll ~ Haiku challenge 2013!

Morning at Miyajima by Gihachiro Okuyama

Today, our fourth annual Haiku Challenge (if you like, you can check out 2010, 2011 and 2012 for inspiration).

Pick a perfume or a perfume house (or really, anything related to 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.

Note: image is Morning at Miyajima by Gihachiro Okuyama, 1949.

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  1. thegoddessrena says:

    This was so much fun last year

    Pretty Machine

    Bright honeyed linden
    Prettiest opening–Ooh!
    Happy love love. Mine

    • lucasai says:

      Lovely haiku :)
      This made me want to try that Pretty Machine

    • Emily says:

      I *so* want to try Pretty Machine. Kerosene’s offerings are never boring.

  2. lucasai says:

    I just checked the Haiku challenge from last year to remind myself what I wrote then – that was funny. Now let’s see what I can come up with this year.

    :arrow: Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme
    Dark rose on paper
    Tiniest hint of oud resin
    I’m addicted

    :arrow: Histoires de Parfums 1725
    Elegance and chic
    I am not Casanova
    Can I seduce you?

    :arrow: Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d’Iris
    You drift to here now
    Approaching me this minute
    Don’t make my hands wet

    Serge Lutens Boxeuses is what I wear today. I forgot that I had a sample, so I decided to find it after a friend mentioned it few days ago.
    Anyone minds giving me a proposition of a lovely linden blossom or lemon verbena perfume?

    • hajusuuri says:

      Nice haikus, Lucas!

      What did you think of Boxeuses? or…must we wait for a review???

      • lucasai says:

        It was quite nice, on my skin mostly smoked plum with dried apricots. Don’t know if I’m gonna review it, I have quite a few things planned for reviewing for the couple of weeks. And your favourite is coming on Monday :D

        • hajusuuri says:

          Eeeeek, I can’t wait!!!

          • lucasai says:

            So you know what I meant? Love that you can read between my lines. If you want I will be happy to tell you what perfume are included ;)

          • hajusuuri says:

            If it is in the SL Palais Royal Exclusives line, I know what it is!

          • lucasai says:

            Then I think you didn’t really get what I was talking about ;) I wanted to tell you that MQS are coming on Monday :P

          • hajusuuri says:

            Ah…now I get it. I’ll just wait to be surprised with what you’ve included!

    • Emily says:

      The humility of “Can I seduce you?” is quite endearing :)

      • lucasai says:

        Really, thank you? I wrote those haikus without any special or long debating – I just let the syllables flow. Thank you :)

    • Rappleyea says:

      Great job, Lucas!

      • lucasai says:

        Thanks sweetie-pie

        • Rappleyea says:

          I also meant to say a really nice lemon verbena is Guerlain’s Philtre d’Amour. Hard to find as only the Guerlain boutiques have it, but I know the sample sites have it.

  3. thegoddessrena says:

    I’m a grad student
    In New York–afford nothing
    But can sample all

    • C.H. says:

      Haiku after my own heart!!

      • thegoddessrena says:

        Grad student sniffa?
        Meet at MIN, Bergdorf, Osswald
        I’m free Saturday

  4. galbanumgal says:

    ebayer’s lament

    love gone or transformed
    postman leaves parcels galore
    receiver still yearns

  5. 50_Roses says:

    No More Lemmings

    An empty wishlist
    Allows my bank account to
    Sigh with sweet relief

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Ha! I wish I could relate. . . :)

      • 50_Roses says:

        Perfume contentment

        • 50_Roses says:

          Perfume contentment
          Did not arrive easily
          Nor at a young age

          I spent many years
          Chasing new perfumes
          Possible HGs

          I must smell it now!
          Perhaps this will be the one
          Scent to end all scents

          Many sad letdowns
          Did not quench the thirst to sniff
          I must smell them all!

          Love, like, meh, or loathe
          I still continued the quest
          Despite the steep price

          After many years
          And hundred–thousands?–of sniffs
          It grew less intense

          Fewer new scents pleased
          So many so forgettable
          Not bad, but not great

          Tiring of the cost
          And all the disappointments
          The mad drive abates

          All my must-haves bought
          My sniffing more relaxed now
          At last I find peace

          • Emily says:


          • Rappleyea says:

            Brilliant! I’m saving a copy of it. :-)

          • OperaFan says:

            Just wonderful! I, should post these on the wall beside the monitor as a reminder the next time I get the wandering eye.

    • poodle says:

      I wonder if my wish list will ever be empty…

  6. Connie says:

    It would be perfect
    to write about. But on me…
    Kyoto quits. Sigh.

  7. AnnieA says:

    Empty bottle says, “Goodbye,
    Sweet smell of springtime”

    A *deeply* personal poem. It was my last bottle of perfume from my pre-perfumista life, and I finally decided to finish off the bottle. Alas, won’t be buying another bottle, as the new version doesn’t smell right.

    • Robin says:

      My, two sad haiku in a row. I do not look forward to draining my bottle, because I’ll never buy it again either.

  8. 50_Roses says:

    The Perfumista’s Dilemma

    Too many perfumes
    And too little time to sniff
    What am I to do?

    Perhaps be thankful
    For my perfume eating skin–
    Change scent thrice daily

    One in the morning
    A change midday and evening
    Again at bedtime

    For I do not eat
    Only one food all day long
    Why just one perfume?

    Or else I could take
    A hedonistic approach:
    Wear them all at once!

    Worn in tiny dabs
    On wrists, hands, arms, or elbows
    I may avoid offence

    Sniffing in secret
    Savoring each one in turn
    Keeping it private

    Or when crowds oppress
    Spray them all with abandon
    Behold! Crowds retreat

    The lesser-loved scents
    May yet serve noble purpose
    To sweeten linens

    Or to scent the air
    And dispel foul miasmas
    No Glade plug-ins here!

    Whether sprayed or dabbed
    Their fragrance makes life sweeter
    I sniff therefore I am

    • Marjorie Rose says:


    • lucasai says:

      Very impressive! A wonderful job, that’s quite a story told with the haikus. I really enjoyed it!

    • hajusuuri says:

      Oh Fifty Roses
      Number One Haiku Writer
      Loved, Loved, Loved Your Post

    • Robin says:

      Incredible! Do take a bow, you deserve a standing ovation.

      • Rappleyea says:

        Second this! Applauding madly!

    • sweetgrass says:

      My hat off to you.
      You just won the Internet
      for today. Applause.

    • poodle says:

      Hard to top that. Bravo 50_Roses, bravo!

    • 50_Roses says:

      I started out to just write one verse, but it just sort of kept going.

    • OperaFan says:

      Beautiful poetry. Hope you’re keeping track in a collection for future publication!

  9. hajusuuri says:

    The New Jo Malone
    Sugar and Spice Collection
    Eh, but I bought two

    • lucasai says:

      Which two did you buy?
      Do tell me I don’t know them
      I wish I could try ;)

      • hajusuuri says:

        now giving up on answering via haiku….

        I ended up getting the Bitter Orange and Chocolate and Ginger Biscuit. The Bitter Orange and Chocolate is now sold out everywhere. “Limited Edition” usually spurs me to make a decision quickly.

        • lucasai says:

          That’s exactly what I’ve heard – those limited editions are really *limited* and I read somewhere that Bitter Orange and Chocolate was gone everywhere first.

          Too bad that they can’t be found anywhere. I wish I could try the past limited JM Tea Collection, I think Verbenas of Provence would be perfect for now.

    • Merlin says:

      ‘Eh! But I bought two.’, LOL!

  10. E. Lime says:

    Why don’t you come up
    and see me sometime, Mitsouko?
    No? That’s OK, too.

    Even in Coco,
    smelling of sweet cloves and tonka,
    I long for Coco.

  11. Merlin says:

    Sorry, don’t have a haiku to share, but wanted to ask what people think of Etro’s Paisley. I tried it recently and liked it a lot, but I would need to try it on its own (instead of with another three elsewhere on my arm! I can’t find many reviews, so it seems like it didn’t get much attention…

    Another I tried on cardboard strip was Les Rosines Rose de Poussiere. On cardboard it was delicious (I love cinnamon); have others tried this?

    • Merlin says:

      Oops, I thought this was also an open forum! If not, can my comment be removed?

      • hajusuuri says:

        We’re amongst friends ;-)

        Unfortunately, I have not tried either of those so I would be curious what others think as well. During a recent Barneys sniffa, I tried Etro Rajasthan and I was not impressed.

        • Merlin says:


          Rajasthan has received a lot of attention; perhaps it’s the colourful bottle!
          Kevin’s review of it here was not very positive either…

      • Robin says:

        No need to remove the comment….always fine to chat :-)

    • PetronellaCJ says:

      I tried Paisley about a year ago (I think) and thought it was nice and spicy but at the same time transparent and summer-friendly.

      • Merlin says:

        Thanks! I found it transparent but also with a subtle vanilla warmth that my nose got attached to:)

    • OperaFan says:

      I haven’t tried the Etro, but I got Poussiere de Rose as part of the Rosine sample set. On skin, it reminds me of Tresor from the ’90s.

  12. sweetgrass says:

    Sampling Rose Poivree

    Peppery melons
    Where did all the roses go?
    Skanky up in here.

  13. 50_Roses says:

    Aftelier Secret Garden

    Lovely garden blooms
    Mingled with sunshine and rain
    And a hint of dirt

    Amouage Dia

    Ah, lovely Dia
    Claims to be a daytime scent
    As she winks her eye

    • Robin says:

      You are really on a roll today :-)

    • Sajini says:

      Those are beautiful. I love Dia winking her eye. You are a poet.

  14. Chamade says:

    Frozen caresses
    Paralyse my fleeing steps
    The Unicorn Spell

    Ups! There goes the fuse
    The Fat Electrician
    Will turn my light on

    A leaking purse spray
    Makes for a shifty ambush
    Goodbye Guet-Apens

    Enchanted Forest
    Who is playing the lion?
    The Vagabond Prince?

    Honey, peach and rum
    A sofa and a good read
    Me, the Hedonist

    • Robin says:

      Excellent — especially love Fat Electrician.

      • ringthing says:

        Yes! These all make me smile :)

    • Rappleyea says:

      Excellent! And ouch! on the leaky purse spray with a discontinued scent. Not one you want to lose a drop of!

  15. kaos.geo says:

    To Jean-Claude Ellena

    with one whiff you
    can fill my heart and
    empty my wallet!

  16. Emily says:

    modern faux chypres
    are unworthy of the name
    give my oakmoss back

    • galbanumgal says:

      clearly we need to compose a derogatory limerick aimed at IFRA (haiku being too spare a format…)

    • 50_Roses says:

      Why I am Angry at IFRA

      Many lovely scents
      Oakmoss, citrus, and jasmine
      Restricted or banned

    • ringthing says:

      Oh, perfect! So sad and true

    • OperaFan says:

      Sigh…. Yes.

  17. Ida says:

    Amouage Opus V

    You are intriguing
    Opus Five you make me think
    Bookish things and such

  18. Ida says:

    It is time to risk
    The impertinent Fracas
    If you’re bold enough

  19. eliza says:

    painful sinuses
    will not stop the enjoyment
    of my Shalimar

    • Sajini says:

      hee hee most excellent haiku!

  20. Ida says:

    Skanky do you care
    Go down that road or must you
    Live forever clean?

  21. Merlin says:

    La Fille Berlin
    You made me laugh,
    after everyone said
    You were so dark!

    (apologies for totally departing from form)

  22. Merlin says:

    I expected something
    Or at least
    a little bit bad

    But a giggling rose will do.

  23. Oakland Fresca says:

    Some Lily-of-the-Valley
    And some naphthalene

  24. Oakland Fresca says:

    For Valentine’s Day
    He gave me Coco Chanel
    Now we have two sons

    • L says:

      I was surprised by the ending on this one and it charmed me!

    • ErinK says:

      Hehe!! This made me laugh out loud! Good one.

  25. Oakland Fresca says:

    Looking for my niche
    Found Enlevement au Serail
    and Timbuktu too

    • Rappleyea says:

      Oh, I so want EaS – love it!

  26. donnie says:

    Patty Nicolai
    sometimes awkward, always chic
    you’re the fragrance geek

  27. Sajini says:

    How much fun is this
    Saturday night on the couch
    making a haiku

    New perfume lover
    is wecomed with open arms
    Thank you, perfume friends

  28. sweetgrass says:

    Why, Sephora, why?

    Just big and too big.
    No Rose Anonyme minis!
    I bought the Vanille.

  29. sweetgrass says:


    Can’t have that oakmoss.
    Someone might be allergic.
    Let’s ban everything!

    Everyone Else

    Can’t have citrus now?
    Jasmine is restricted too?
    Why do you hate us?!

    • sweetgrass says:

      And on a related note…

      Super Ultra-Niche Underground Perfume Line

      Breaking all the regs
      Being bad smells oh so good
      Call it Contraband

  30. snorfer says:

    The Chanel SA :-)
    Was generous with samples :-D
    …I maxed out my card :-(

  31. L says:

    Birthday coming up
    New bottle is in order
    Amouage at last?

    • Sajini says:

      Dear yellow rose “L”
      Amouage IS in order
      You only live once

      • L says:

        Can’t believe you got that into a haiku! Thank you!

  32. sweetgrass says:

    On the Misapplication of Noir

    Fruit’s not the new black
    Someone needs to learn their French
    Just more shades of pink

    • Sajini says:

      Jasmin Noir smells like
      A tonka bean with BO
      Mated with sugar

  33. Subhuman says:

    Prescriptives Calyx
    Lush tropical fruit
    Followed by soap and oakmoss
    A chypre? Who knew?!

    Dior Addict
    Our girl Vanilla
    Has been smoking in secret.
    Reformulate her!

    Mugler Cologne
    Soap and shower steam
    Married to a potent musk
    Makes great summer scent.

    Cartier Declaration
    Cardamom smells great
    Cumin is a bit dicey
    Bergamot makes nice.

    Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb
    Make Angel sweeter
    Add lots of fake patchouli
    Voila! Flowerbomb.

    Clinique Aromatics Elixir
    Bilious substance
    Sits on skin for an hour
    Then turns fabulous.

  34. Calypso says:

    Tax-Free Amsterdam
    Testing with wild abandon
    Stink up entire plane!

  35. Dilana says:

    Tuberrose Criminelle

    I leaned down to sniff
    my garden’s strange sweet tuberose
    smelled the rich earth too

    • Dilana says:

      Ooops. I got a call in the middle of my syllable count
      Tuberose Criminelle

      I leaned down to sniff
      brutish strange sweet tuberose
      smelled the rich earth too

  36. Rappleyea says:

    Little quality
    in all the new releases
    Damn IFRA

    Longing for vintage
    Where have all the flowers gone?
    Blame IFRA

    Down the rabbit hole
    Trolling, searching auction sites
    Thank IFRA

    • OperaFan says:

      A little bit ticked off, are we? I wonder what (or who) might be the cause of it….

  37. Dilana says:

    A Fragrance Confession

    As a child, I oft
    peaked into the New Yorker
    an Adult World

    Spread out in small text
    Cartoons not yet knowable
    Ads for dreams to come

    Yet somehow I knew
    On seeing Denuve, this was
    the fabled face that

    Launched a thousand ships
    though I did not know of what ships
    or what poet so spoke

    So when in those ads
    Denueve, the oracle
    proclaimed glamour

    She propheszed
    for eternal womanhood
    and beauty undoubted

    And she spoke thusly
    Every woman Alive wants
    Channel Number five.

    And Thus I believed
    I would, become a woman
    And I would so want

    And now I am of age
    I have my own New Yorkers
    My own scented bottles

    And yet I can not
    Bring myself to want the scent
    of number five

    I now know faces
    don’t launch ships, and are paid
    to prophesize

    But stll sometimes
    feel myself at fault to not
    want number five

  38. Dilana says:

    Di Orio Vetiver

    Mono’s Vetiver:
    A snake of perfume weaves through
    A river of grass

    • donnie says:

      That’s a perfect poem. Makes me want to try the fragrance. Who cares about No. 5 anyway?

  39. olenska says:

    Viktor + Rolf Spicebomb:
    Not much of either spice or bomb,
    but nice, very nice.

  40. sweetgrass says:

    1000 Flowers Reglisse Noir

    Licorice surprise
    Never liked black jellybeans
    But fell hard for you

  41. ErinK says:

    L’Ete en Douce on wrist
    In oven L’Eau D’Pizza

  42. ErinK says:

    ACK!! I pressed “enter” too soon and it posted without my last line:

    “Each one I love. Yum.”

  43. ringthing says:

    A note on my experiences with Philosykos and Eau Duelle, both of which I love, but….

    Diptiques, so lovely
    so fleeting. I need my fig
    to please stay awhile.

  44. ringthing says:

    And another, based on a decant I purchased from ebay unsniffed during a horrible pity party I held for myself the day I had to have my beloved cat put to sleep:

    Interlude Woman
    sexy? your cake and coffee
    just make me hungry

    • Sajini says:

      Aw sorry about your cat. I don’t much care for Interlude Woman. But I really love Interlude Man:

      Coriander man
      Javanese burning ember
      Welcome to my wrist

      • ringthing says:

        Lol, thanks! Every Amouage I’ve sampled was worth sniffing but they are way out of my league.

        • ringthing says:

          And thanks for your kindness about my cat.

    • L says:

      Heartfelt condolences to you. I also lost my dear cat lately, so I know what you’re going through.

  45. Sajini says:

    In my cart unsniffed
    Molinard Patchouli goes
    Darn that PMS

    • Sajini says:

      Bad perfumes tempt me
      Stay away from Sephora
      That time of the month

  46. Celestia says:

    Perfumes of the past,
    Today’s scents don’t often match,
    Will future fumes long last?

  47. An ode to Acqua di Gio:

    I pull her in close
    She embraces, inhaling
    “You smell like my ex”

  48. glittergal88 says:

    I moved to Hong Kong
    with my coupon from luckyscent
    when will I go home?

    Amouage Beloved
    You’re all I have here
    But the weather’s just not right
    Will love you back soon.

  49. xendawg says:

    Guerlain Mitsouko:
    I hate you. I love you, but
    you have never loved me back

    • xendawg says:

      That last line should have been “you don’t love me back”. So much for accurate cut & paste…

  50. Omega says:

    Why are fumes so sweet
    When all I want is to smell
    A 90’s fume bomb

    Bring the 90’s back
    Bring the Poison and old Guess
    But keep CK One

  51. Omega says:

    Circle, Circle, Dot
    Dot, Now I got my Marc
    Jacobs Cootie Shot:).

    • Omega says:

      Darn, messed up on line 2 forget it, Dot just sucks, lol!

      • Omega says:

        Circle, Circle, Dot
        Dot, Now I have got my Marc
        Jacobs cootie shot.

        There I am officially back in 5th grade:).

        Lancome, please go home
        and take your raspberry and
        caramel with you.

        Bieber, why make a
        bottle that is a slinky
        and why the plastic?

        Big bottle tops big
        bottle tops, you make me hide
        sometimes, even cry.

  52. Ode De Coco….

    Bois Des Iles
    Cuir De Russie, Number Five,
    Chanel… Eternal!

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