Lazy weekend poll ~ open thread, early December 2013

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It's National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in the US. It's also International Civil Aviation Day, and in Columbia, it's Día de las Velitas (Day of the Little Candles).

We’re having our usual open thread poll. Talk about anything you like — the perfume you’re wearing today, the last perfume you decided you couldn't live without, whatever.

Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…

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  1. lucasai says:

    I like the name Day of the Little Candles. Not to mention that I just lit my Rive Sud Interior Via Della Basilica Candle!

    Today I’m test-driving the new perfume from Majda Bekkali – Tendre est la Nuit. It’s quite dirty, naughty and wild (animalic), definitely not for me but worth giving a short mention on the blog.

    Also belated Happy St Nicholas Day to everyone. We celebrated it yesterday in Poland, I baked my sparkling frosty glaze cupcakes for you as a Holiday treat :)

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      I like the name “Day of the Little Candles” too! So evocative.

      And what makes your sparkling frosty glaze cupcakes “sparkling?” I’m imaging a sugary icing–maybe almost like a thin candy?

      • lucasai says:

        Marjorie, check out my blog, I posted a recipe for the cupcakes and glaze yesterday. Pictures included.
        But you’re right, it’s sugary icing.

        • Marjorie Rose says:

          Yum! Thanks, Lucas!

          • lucasai says:

            Glad you like it!

    • mals86 says:

      What do you think of the candle? I have one to review and I haven’t lit it yet, but it smells lovely to me.

      • lucasai says:

        I like the smell of this candle unlit and when I burn it it feels nice too, evocative and subtle. My room is small so I could smell its aroma after a while but a friend who got it too says he doesn’t smell it at all

    • Oakland Fresca says:

      Hi Lucasai!

      I am also trying out Tendre Est Nuit this morning, or I was. It only lasted a few hours on me. I liked the dry florals punched up with what I thought was cumin, but when I looked up the notes there was no cumin listed. I liked the “naughty,” which felt supple and sensuous after my shower… but alas, it came and went. On a testing role, I’m on to Delrae’s Bois de Paradis, which is a lovely, feminine woodsy floral.

      • lucasai says:

        Oh, funny! On me it lasted all day but I have a perfume glue skin, sort of. Could be the immortelle that gave you the dry florals feeling.

        • Oakland Fresca says:

          I am jealous! Nothing lasts on me… (or I am nose-dumb, and am obliviously stinking up the joint w/o even knowing it… ho hum…) I enjoy many scents that I would never buy a FB, because the scent is just to darned fleeting…

          • Holly says:

            Have you tried using a fragrance-free body oil first? Perhaps you have dry skin and you just absorb the perfume, or it dehydrates rapidly on you. Worth a try …

  2. 50_Roses says:

    I had been hoping to be wearing my new Rose Jam perfume today, but the package was delayed by the weather, so it didn’t come yesterday. I am trying to tell myself that a couple of days delay in the delivery doesn’t really matter, but I just hope nothing happens to it. That Rose Jam is all sold out, so I can’t just order another bottle if this one gets lost or broken in transit.

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Oh, good luck getting your Rose Jam! I have a decant of Attrape Coeur I’m waiting on, and I’m fearful the weather is not conducive to safe travels!

      I *still* haven’t sniffed any of the Lush products, and I’m really feeling out of the loop! I don’t usually lemming easily, but there’s been so much adoration and not a single “glad you like it, but not for me!” Sounds like I’ve missed my chance to sniff that one, though, huh?

      • jen says:

        Here you go-I bought some Rose Jam, being a rose fan. To me it smells like rotting roses. No thanks.

        • Robin says:

          Kevin hated the shower gel. Everyone else seems to love it. I still haven’t sniffed it.

        • Holly says:

          I lived in Turkey for several years, and I was hoping this would smell like the rose jam they eat. However, that was in the 70′s, and considering the price of real rose petals, oil and so on, perhaps that isn’t the same product any longer. And crazy me, I actually didn’t like it! I guess I was hoping to take a trip down memory lane.

          I haven’t smelled the shower gel. To me, the perfume smells like slightly grubby Play-Doh.

          • Marjorie Rose says:

            Oh, actual rose jam sounds lovely! I make a nasturtium jelly with an infusion of nasturtium flowers, lemon juice, sugar and pectin, and it is lovely. I imagine something similar could be done with roses!

        • Marjorie Rose says:

          Very reassuring. Thanks! ;)

      • Merlin says:

        My brother was in the Uk recently and given what seemed to be the near unanimous liking of Rose Jam I almost requested it… The thing is that I have Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner and am ambivalent about the scent. The perfume is meant to be very similar – so I decided against it.

        What I really wanted was the Dirty EDT but apparently it was out of stock:(

    • Holly says:

      I got my Rose Jam a few days ago. It’s not for me, and I finally got up the gumption to call Lush to authorize returning it and the other four items I purchased unsniffed. I was amazed that the rep was so nice. She actually made my day! So I will definitely keep them in mind for the future.

      Anyway, I can hold onto the Rose Jam for a while if yours doesn’t come. Or if anyone else has a hankering for it and is despondent that it’s sold out.

      • Robin says:

        Good for you for returning it, why not?

        • Holly says:

          I had imagined the rep would give me a hard time. Like cancelling cable or your phone plan, lol. I was even thinking of a viable lie that would justify the return! Instead, the rep (Brandy) was so amazingly sweet that she brightened my day. I just wish I could keep the 9ml spray bottles. Matte black, refillable. Very nice and sleek.

          • Robin says:

            Really nice to hear, and rare!

      • 50_Roses says:

        So, does the perfume smell different from the shower gel? I usually don’t buy bottles unsniffed, but that was the only way to get Rose Jam, and I do have a large bottle of the shower gel and looooove it.

        • Holly says:

          Let me know how it goes. I’d be happy to save my bottle for you, or anyone else who might want it and can’t find it.

          • 50_Roses says:

            The package does not seem to be lost, just delayed, so I am hopeful that everything will be all right. If it did get lost/damaged, however, I would be more than willing to buy your bottle from you. Actually, if you keep your bottle, and I don’t need it, no doubt someone else will be willing to buy it from you or swap something else for it. The Rose Jam was the first of this year’s limited editions to sell out. I have seen last year’s bottles going on eBay for some really impressive prices.

          • kindcrow says:

            If you do keep your bottle, you will have no problem finding it a loving home. It is a limited edition that has reached cult classic status.

        • kindcrow says:

          I have the perfume and the shower gel, and they smell very similar to me. I prefer to spray the perfume on skin and let it dry — the honey really comes through better on skin than on fabric.

          • Holly says:

            Thank-you. I won’t keep it unless someone here really wants it. It would be nice to offer it to someone who can’t find it, and I can hold onto if for a while.

        • juicejones says:

          The perfume is a tad different in the way all Lush perfumes seem to be. They go on a little harsh and I have to keep my foot on the brake as not to keel over. I love their Karma soap, but the perfume was odd and all over the place on me.
          Rose Jam has a Sterno note that has grown on me. I don’t pick it up in the shower gel. The honeyed scent of the perfume is heavenly. Over all, very pleased.

        • HemlockSillage says:

          Fascinating to hear everyone’s experiences with Rose Jam perfume. I love the shower gel and bubbleroon, so bought the perfume. It is not rosy or jammy on me! The tonka dominates. Your mileage may vary. Hope your skin loves it.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I got Rose Jam and Snowcake (almond and marzipan). Rose Jam perfume smells exactly like the shower gel – I love it! I used 2 spritzes and it is now 4 hours later and I can still smell traces…so not long lasting at all but I will try 3-4 next time. I tend not to overspray as I have scent glue skin for most perfumes but there are a few exceptions (I am looking at you Safran Troublant…8 sprays = 4 hours).

      • kindcrow says:

        Two spritzes? I LOVE my Rose Jam perfume, but if I used that much, I might asphyxiate myself and others. Skin is so variable.

      • Omega says:

        Smells exactly like the shower gel? I don’t mind blind buying that, much cheaper:).

      • lucasai says:

        Glad you’re enjoying Rose Jam and Snowcake. Too bad we don’t have such things like Lush in Poland or Europe at least

        • Lise says:

          Actually, we do have a Lush store in Oslo.

          • lucasai says:

            That’s a news! I had no idea!

      • Bear says:

        Hello Hajusuuri,

        Rose Jam and Snowcake were the 2 perfumes I purchased too,
        blind. I like them both, but I have a question.
        If you have tried the Snowcake on your skin, can you tell me what you smell upon first application.
        On my skin, it is neither marzipan nor almond but something else gourmand. Thanks for your response, I just want to see if someone else smells the same note I do.

        Bear

        • hajusuuri says:

          Waving back at you, Bear!

          For me, the first blast was initially something powdery…almost like iris, rather than anything gourmand. And now, about 10 minutes after application, the almond has come out to play. Reading the ingredients on the LUSH website, it’s supposed to have rose (which I currently don’t smell at all), benzoin (which I will forever associate with Prada Candy – love the perfume and the ingredient; it mixes quite nicely with the almond to form that marzipan scent) and cassie/black currant flowers (which I don’t smell at all).

          • Bear says:

            Thanks for your response Hajusuuri!

            I sprayed alot and I smell (drumroll please) ripe bananas! Eventually the scent softens and a warm mimosa scent combines w/the bananas, but it is bananas and mimosa on my skin.
            Yes I read the ingredients and smell no benzoin ( though I suspect the banana note has something to do w/the benzoin), and no rose.
            I was not disappointed, just surprised and really enjoy the banana/ mimosa scent.
            Rose Jam is fantastic! It has a wine/spice aspect in the heart and coumarin (hay/vanillin) in the drydown, on my skin. YMMV
            Really nice blind buys for me, LUSH uses quality ingredients.
            Bear

    • mals86 says:

      I’ve heard from several people that their LUSH package had been delayed but finally showed up… keep your spirits up!

      My Rose Jam shower gel came but I haven’t tried it yet.

    • I see Holly has a bottle too, but if someone wants mine, I will sell it. Maybe not smart for me to keep blind-buying! It’s not my thing.

      And apparently a real perfumista is someone whose collection is shrinking, not expanding! ;-)

    • AnnieA says:

      Found the Rose Jam shower gel on the meh side, myself…

  3. Marjorie Rose says:

    Gosh. Is there a scent that keeps you warm? We have record cold here in Portland–maybe 10 degrees F–and today is the day I plant my trees! I bought trees from a local non-profit, and part of the deal is you volunteer to help with tree plantings in your neighborhood. A decade ago, when I lived in Minnesota, I wouldn’t have been phased–Lots of good clothes to keep me warm! But I’ve gotten soft and slowly weeded out my warmest gear. I don’t think I even have a proper winter coat anymore. . . gonna have to wear a million layers. Wish me luck!

    • Abyss says:

      Good luck! I imagine that planting trees would warm you up so I’d just spray some Ormonde Woman for fabulousness :D

    • Robin says:

      Hope you have some of those hand warmer things that slip inside your gloves! And what a nice thing to do, I do wish you luck.

      • Omega says:

        Love those things!

    • lucasai says:

      I recently discovere Parfumerie Generale Un Crime Exotique. It smells like a gingerbread cookie, really warms me up

      • Lise says:

        It does smell like christmas to me too! Lovely scent.

    • missionista says:

      It’s colder than usual here in SF too. I’ve been wearing Bond No 9′s I love NY for all (gourmand vanilla and coffee) for two days–I like it much more in the cold than at any other time, although I’m still not going to go out and buy a FB or anything.

      Today I switched to Bulgari Black. I like this better in the cold too, but not sure it’s really for me…

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Update!: I’m back from planting. The weather has warmed to 23 degrees or so. We planted about a dozen trees, including 3 for me along the street. Very happy to have it done! Met a neighbor along the way, too, which was nice since I’m new the the neighborhood. It was danged cold. I had one hand-warmer, which I switched between gloves to keep my fingers thawed.

      I didn’t end up spritzing anything on as I rushed out the door, but inspired by Abyss’ suggestion, post-warming shower, I am now spritzed liberally with Orris Noir, which I find to be very similar to OJ Woman, but with that kick of pepper in the top notes. Lovely! (Really wish I could justify the shipping costs to order a bottle of this one. . .)

      Thanks for all the well wishes!

    • Dilana says:

      You might try Sahara Noir by Tom Ford. I was given a sample in summer, and it felt like it would heat me up. Don’t know how it would actually work in winter, though.

  4. Abyss says:

    I’ve been wearing my samples of BK Good Girl Gone Bad and Playing With The Devil. I don’t know what it is about these fruity concoctions, but I’m surprised by how much I’m enjoying them. They seem nicely put together, wearable, pleasant and rather fun. I’d gladly have 10mls or so of each.

    • Robin says:

      They do a good job over there, even if I grumble about the prices.

    • Omega says:

      When I first saw BK, I thought of Burger King, glad to see later that it wasn’t that, lol.

  5. ladymurasaki says:

    Predictably for me, I have been gravitating towards gourmand scents this winter. I’m testing Parfums de Marly’s Oajan on my left wrist and Omnia Profumo’s Madera on my right wrist. Madera is a bit too foodie… for me anyway. I feel as if I’ve gained a pound wearing it :D I do like Oajan but it smells like a spicier version of Herod to me.

    • Robin says:

      I should try that, I’m eating instead. Probably really did gain a pound today.

  6. juicejones says:

    I think a little MR body milk is in order today. It is AZ cold, which will have the rest of you rolling your eyes.
    One can work up a glow working retail this time of year. This stays close enough to the skin that I won’t frighten the customers.

    • Robin says:

      Just can’t think of what MR is….?

      • songeuse says:

        Musc Ravageur?

      • juicejones says:

        Musc Ravageur. I guess that abbreviation was random out of context.
        I lied about it anyway. I ended up going with Timbuktu. The store was hot and I was stressed and I don’t recall smelling it. I stopped in Sephora on my break and spritzed on Prada Iris Absolue. That one didn’t take either. Maybe it is the cold weather.

        • Robin says:

          Right.

          I love the Prada, sorry it didn’t work for you.

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        Being self-centric, I tend to assume it means “Marjorie Rose!” Of course, seemed a bit odd in the context. . . ;)

  7. ravjan says:

    It’s probably one of the worst weekends this year. You know, when it rains, it pours. I finally made it home with sore throat and bunged up nose and applied Frankincense essential oil on my wrists. That’s the only scent I’m wearing today. I hope it will calm my mind.

    What scents do you use to lift up when you feel really down?

    And then again, a question for users of YSL’s Manifesto L’Elixir? How are you finding it in the long run? I’m thinking of buying it for my GF as a Xmas gift cause I really like the way it sounds on the blotter and out of the bottle. Would you recommend?

    Thanks and have a great weekend everyone!

    • Robin says:

      So sorry it’s a crappy weekend. I usually try something bright and citrusy/floral — Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus, Atelier Candide.

      • ravjan says:

        Never heard before. Will check it out. Thanks!

    • Omega says:

      EL Jasmine White Moss is a good one.

    • Rappleyea says:

      Apply that frankincense e.o. to your throat (along with some lavender e.o. if you have it) – it will help your sore throat. Hope you feel better soon!

      • ravjan says:

        I did. Thanks. I can’t say enough how helpful essential oils can be in allevating and actually fighting different aches and pains.

        • Rappleyea says:

          I totally agree! Tea tree oil even saved me from a brown recluse spider bite!

    • galbanumgal says:

      ravjan, it won’t help you this time, but get yourself a bottle of Zicam Oral Mist Cold Remedy. Then start using immediately the next time you feel that sore throat coming on. The trick is to begin using right at the onset of symptoms. Not affiliated, but this stuff has saved me from many days of misery.

      • ravjan says:

        I’ll take a look around if it’s available in my neck of the woods that is across the Pond ;) Thanks!

    • Holly says:

      ravjan, hope you’re feeling better. I’m not familiar with YSL’s Manifesto L’Elixir. I think if you love it, you should share it. So yes, I recommend it for you! You like it, and you can share that with your beloved. You are the best indicator for what is right for you, and I hope for your beloved as well. I DO understand you would like a consensus, but I can’t provide that. May I suggest that you also buy a lovely card, and tell your girlfriend why that scent makes you think of her?

      On to the pragmatic.

      Broth (chicken or veg) with copious amounts of fresh garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper and orange peel. Dump it all together, simmer. Bunged up nose? Wasabi. Missing any of the above? No worries. Wing it. Too overwhelmed to wing it? Time to relax and accept. This time of year can be so stressful for us all. Sometimes you want to push ahead when all is telling you not to. If you want a little oomph to the day, try basil eo, sniffed.

      Sending best wishes to you.

      • ravjan says:

        Thank you for your kind words, Holly, and thank you for your tips. I’m feeling much better today and I’m sure it’s because of essential oils. I’ve been diffusing the Thieves for a couple of hours which is a blend of lemon, cloves and cinammon. Then I took a hot bath with lavender, pine and peppermint. I’m lucky to have a big collection of those ;) Now that I feel better it’s time to take our cat to the vet’s.. But at least the sun is shining so nice today. It’s a frosty sunny day here in Poland. Have a good one, too!

    • AnnieA says:

      Atelier Orange Sanguine in sunshine in a little spray bottle.

      • ravjan says:

        True. I know it and I like it. I’ll have to get myself this mini 30ml bottle but for now the Orange e.o. will have to do the trick :)

  8. Holly says:

    So I’ve been a fan of NST for years but just recently started posting. Thanks to Jessica’s review yesterday, I looked back to her 25 rose fragrances, Robin’s 100 picks, Angela’s vintage and Kevin’s 50. I noticed a newbie responding to Kevin’s review a few days ago (David) and thought it would be nice to be able to give him a guided tour but of course I myself had forgotten a lot.

    So, suggestions for the lazy, overwhelmed or just new to NST?

    Thanks to Angela’s post on World AIDS Day, I have thought about how to share my love of fragrance with others in a meaningful way. It came to me last night that I can use fragrance in my hospice work and in working with the elderly. I have always worn essential oils in my work as an RN as many patients cannot tolerate perfume but some can tolerate essential oils that may help them with depression, fatigue, nausea and the like. However, I adore fragrance in all its manifestations, and I would like to share that with my clients who would benefit from the joy of remembering a particular perfume from their past, or exploring something new.

    I looked into sample packs and decants, but my goodness, just in the last couple of years the business has changed. 1/2 ml of a Demeter? So I’d appreciate any suggestions on purchasing samples without spending all day bouncing around the internet, not to mention depleting my meager income. I should also say that I cannot make it into stores at present as I am the caregiver for my parents, one with dementia and the other …. well, 92. So my time is limited.

    I received my Madini order today. I’ve been wearing these oils for years, and I just wanted to mention them as they’re a wonderful company. They’re inexpensive, true to type and I often layer one or more on when I have a perfume that just needs a little more of a note that I’d like.

    I’m waiting on some Andy Tauer samples with trepidation.

    Thanks to all at NST for the time, thoughtfulness and soul you have put into this wonderful creation.

    • Robin says:

      The only thing we have that might help is:

      http://www.nstperfume.com/2008/11/14/new-to-perfume-and-want-to-learn-more/

      But that’s really for “new to perfume” as opposed to “new to NST”, I guess!

      Purchasing samples w/o spending a wad is the hard part. If you want 1-stop shopping, places like Surrender to Chance, or any of the bigger niche retailers (Aedes, Luckyscent, etc) save time, but none of them are what I’d call cheap.

      • Holly says:

        Thanks, Robin. Any information is good. Although I’ve been a lurker for years, I haven’t necessarily utilized what I’ve read. And I’d love to pass on the basics to whoever comes along. And thanks to my secret Santa, who I’d love to out but won’t.

      • Rappleyea says:

        Robin has *promised* (I’m looking at you Robin ;-) ) a freebie day this winter. Perhaps if you post a request for samples the kind folks here would help you out. I know I would be glad to. Good luck!

        • Robin says:

          It is on my calender to get it organized & announced on January 11…so will figure out the actual day of the “freebie meet” or whatever it will be called by then. Guessing it will be in late January?

          • Rappleyea says:

            Sounds good!

        • Holly says:

          Oh my, thanks for suggesting this. I really appreciate your response. Gee, maybe I SHOULD hang onto that Rose Jam so I have something to offer.

          • Holly, this one will be a true freebie day, I think, not a swap. A place to find new homes for the stuff you don’t want.

            If your collection is not already busting its britches, I’d recommend selling or swapping that Rose Jam. It will find a wanter, I think!

    • kindcrow says:

      Thanks for the heads-up on the Madini oils. I look forward to trying some. I don’t have any tips on cheap samples. I’ve never participated in any of the swaps, but perhaps you could trade samples from your collection with others?

      • Holly says:

        Thanks. I really appreciate your response.

    • Laurels says:

      Parfums Raffy has a limited selection, but the samples they do have are usually cheaper than elsewhere. My Perfume Samples has mostly mass brands, but they’re also usually cheaper than elsewhere. Both have $6 shipping, while StC is $3, but if you’re ordering 6 or 7 samples, you’re still coming out ahead. For the best selection, though, or vintage, StC and TPC are your best bets.

      • Holly says:

        Thanks. I was looking (admittedly briefly) at sets on StC and TPC, and that’s when I bumped into the 1/2 ml Demeter inclusions and whizzed away. But now I’m on a mission and I have faith and confidence I’ll find a way. I’ll also check out Parfums Raffy and My Perfume Samples.

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        I would add that if there’s a Nordstrom’s nearby, they set out sample vials and let you make your own samples to try a scent at home. I really appreciate the option to sample without having to ask an SA (and for free)!

        • Holly says:

          Wow! Really? That’s great to know. I really appreciate the info.

        • floragal says:

          Love this about Nordstroms! Always help myself to a sample or two when I’m there.

    • Dilana says:

      A local tea specialist carrries a line of tiny essential oil vials, which are mixes of a few simple scents. A couple of the scents are pretty good, and all are fairly straightforward. I suspect that the line (or similar lines) is also available in organic groceries, food coops, etc.
      These might be good sources for you and your patients.

      • Dilana says:

        Oh, and one more cheap idea. Many extraits and oils used in cooling, such as almond oil and vanilla smell really nice and can be worn as straight forward scents. A very nice rose water (preferrably from a mid-eastern grocery which seem to have better quality ones) can also serve this purpose. These might also be the ticket for your patients who might want a soothing scent.

  9. anngd says:

    Holly, I also lurk mostly but greatly enjoy what all contribute.

    Had a brutal three weeks with client emergencies, lots of travel – a day trip to Orlando for a two-hour meeting (from Massachusetts) had the TSA looking at everything.

    When I travel I bring samples – this time Amouage Opus 1, Ubar for a Christmas party, and A Lab on Fire. What scents do you folks travel with?

    And is the Lush Rose Jam shower gel appropriate for 20-somethings? Trying to figure out what to get for the nieces for Xmas. A bit overwhelmed by the Lush store in the local mall.

    • Holly says:

      I love that. I’m a lurker! I can’t speak to your scents to travel with. I’m grounded for the time being. Where do you get your samples?

      Would Lush Rose Jam shower gel be appropriate for 20-somethings? I suspect so. I haven’t explored that, but I do have the perfume (see previous comments.)

      • anngd says:

        I’ve gotten samples from Luckyscent (about $3 each) and from the very helpful SA at Nordstorm’s (no cost but I’ll probably buy something from her). Braved the mall and bought an assortment of Lush bath gels. DH almost lost his mind.

        • Holly says:

          Good to know. Thanks!

    • Squirrely says:

      I’m only recently out if the demographic, but I’ll confidently say that 20-somethings would love it – fancy bath stuff is always fun, especially when you can’t necessarily afford it yourself. The little bottles are about $10 and 2 or 3 different scents would be such a treat up receive.

      • anngd says:

        Squirrely,

        Great advice – went and got some (see above). Thanks!

    • C.H. says:

      Are they into fragrance? Now I would like it (if Santa’s reading…! :) ) but I have to admit that before I got into perfume, I was kind of mystified by the number of relatives who seemed to think being young and female necessarily meant I wanted bath accoutrement. Made me wonder if they thought I didn’t bathe enough :)

      (I know that’s kind of unhelpful, though, in terms of shopping for them! Do they have any notable hobbies or interests? Film/music/novels/robots/astronomy/cooking? I think basically anything that signals you noticed what they care about is a winner–I always feel really touched when someone gives me something that makes clear they were thinking about me, almost regardless of what the item is!)

      • anngd says:

        Hi C. H. – they are, probably because of my samples. One likes Eau Duelle, one likes Elie Saab, one likes Givenchy Dahlia Noir. Not my thing but I try to keep them supplied with samples to broaden their horizons.

        • Holly says:

          That’s so sweet of you. LUSH is certainly affordable, and their 9ml sprays are a great and inexpensive way to try a few things. And the bottles are actually quite nice, refillable too. Although Rose Jam does not come in that size …

        • C.H. says:

          Oh cool! Sounds like a nice treat then. Additionally, if you’re looking for more than one idea (although I totally get it if fairness means it makes most sense to give them the same thing), I thought the new Carven smelled a lot like the Elie Saab, and I could have sworn a Saks SA tried to sell me a scented lingerie wash from Carven. Not immediately finding it online but I really thought they had it in stores. Def does seem to exist in bath gel and a body cream tho. For whatever that’s worth!

  10. poodle says:

    Just got home from a morning of Christmas shopping. Heaven help me. I did really well I must say. I think other than gift cards and a few odds and ends I may be close to done. Dad likes after shave and I found a bottle of Grey Flannel for $6 on clearance. :) I bought myself a few goodies but no perfumes. I think that shows excellent restraint on my part.
    I hope everyone is having a good weekend.

    • jepster says:

      I spent my morning the same way, and am almost done with my shopping–yeah! I have finally figured out the best strategy for getting a parking place in the small, but lovely downtown. Arrive about 45 minutes before the stores open…lots of spaces available. Then go into a coffee shop with a good book and have breakfast. Voila! I am ready as soon as the shops open the doors, I have had a lovely cup of coffee, and I am not circling for hours looking for a place to park! Perfection!!

  11. Sapphire says:

    Lately have been testing Eau Duelle EDT vs EDP. Kind of leaning toward EDP, though they are very similar. It seems a little less sharp at the beginning and a little smokier. I went through a decant of the EDT pretty fast, so am thinking a FB of one or the other is called for. Was wondering if anyone else had tested one vs. the other.

    On a different note, we are having the same bad freezing weather in North Texas that a lot of others are having, only we aren’t used to it. Driving on ice is a real adventure for the inexperienced. We have a pipe in our master bath that I fear is frozen. The faucet in a sink on an outer wall facing East runs in a trickle. Blasting all night under the sink with the space heater didn’t seem to do any good. Still only trickled with the hot water tap turned up all the way. The other sink runs fine (also against an outside wall, but a different one, facing north). My husband doesn’t want to leave the faucet running (we are pretty conscious of having to conserve water with ongoing drought), but I am concerned that if we don’t we are in for a nasty plumbing problem once things thaw. Currently it’s about 25 degrees, was 20 overnight and supposed to get down to 23 again tonight. Will warm to 37 tomorrow, but well sub-freezing for the next 4 nights. Our bathroom does stay warm, luckily, due to an electric heating grid under the tiles (I am spoiled). Any words of advice from the northern perfumistas?

    • C.H. says:

      Do you have physical access to the frozen pipe? If so, you can try running a hair dryer on it to thaw it out more expediently than a space heater. But as for overnight, yeah I’m afraid leaving it running is the best I know of. It’s not great but compared with the cost of a burst pipe :/

      • Sapphire says:

        Can’t get to it, so will try to convince my husband we should do that and maybe call our plumber to get on his list before he’s swamped. Thanks!

        • Holly says:

          Perhaps your plumbing is made of different materials than here in the Northeast. It is not a common practice to leave water running, but I do recall wrapping indoor piping when I lived overseas. We used materials similar to pampers. I would be cautious applying heat to cold pipes as they could fracture. Not that I actually have a clue. A call to the plumber? Absolutely.

          And well, driving on ice. I hope you all have realized you just don’t. Particularly when you’ve had a thaw and then a slight icing known as black ice. You CAN’T drive on it. Literally. And you can’t see it. So stay far away from the car(s) in your vicinity, and if they act wonky, don’t brake, slow down and halt.

          • Sapphire says:

            Looks like things may be in business again!! Our wonderful and extremely handy neighbor came over and he and my husband insulated the outside wall with a large square of thick styrofoam we had (for my son’s bow and arrow target), along with towels and some plywood for weight. With all that holding in the heat and a space heater gently heating inside under the sink, things are starting to flow again! Thanks for everyone’s thoughts and good wishes.

  12. hajusuuri says:

    Woweeeeeee, Robin. I just saw a new feature here – subscribe to comments via email. I will try it now! First…subscribing to Replies to my comment!!!!

    • Robin says:

      I just put a little note in the text to the article itself to warn people…yes, working on it, and it seems to be working properly, BUT, the subscription management page is kind of a mess. I don’t personally see why there should need to be a subscription management page, but can’t get rid of it so will have to fix it. Meanwhile, if you find later that you want to unsubscribe, use the link in the email notification…that works too.

      • Holly says:

        I can’t find it!

        • Robin says:

          Sorry, you can’t find what?

          • Robin says:

            If you meant the note, it’s in the text of the article, and is colored red.

          • Holly says:

            Got it. Thanks.

    • lucasai says:

      So, so? Did it work? Did you get notice of my comment sweetheart?

      • hajusuuri says:

        Only to this one, dearest. I chose the option of subscribing to this comment thread.

      • Holly says:

        Who isn’t charmed by this?

    • Holly says:

      You’ve got mail.

  13. johanob says:

    Hallo perfume lovers!
    Well…its a very sad day and time in my country South Africa.As you all probably know our beloved Nelson Mandela passed away on the 5th of December.There is this very eery silence and calm in the air,and the sadness is palpable among my fellow South Africans!
    My SOTD was Dzing!,a decant kindly sponsored by my new perfume friend Merlin.P.S: we tend to agree to disagree on most perfumes…lol…but all in good fun!I just felt this need to wear something quirky and fun,that will lift my spirit as I think back on the life and times Mandela lived through.Also;the reality that life goes by soooo fast makes me want to live out loud each day,more than ever before!
    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    • Sapphire says:

      May he rest in peace and his legacy endure. He had a tough battle at the end, but a very long and fruitful life. My boys (9 and 12) had lots of questions about him today. Hard to impress on boys that age the magnitude of what he accomplished.

      • johanob says:

        That is so true Sapphire,even we here in South Africa tend to forget exactly what he accomplished in such a short space of time after his release.I was 16 years old in 1995,when we had our very first democratic elections.Some people predicted a civil war and mass evacuations of paranoid white people…and none of that ever happened,thanks to the calm guidance of Mr. Mandela.

    • Oakland Fresca says:

      You know, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to bring up Mandela, but my words kept sounding sanctimonious or all hand-wringy… It was enough to just read your comment…thanks. Been on my mind.

      • missionista says:

        My daughter’s preschool (in SF) is planning to do a memorial/discussion about him for all the kids. Not sure how to impress upon them what an incredible person he was and all the good he did.

      • Merlin says:

        I heard this tribute, I think from Barak Obama, ‘He is no longer ours, but belongs to the ages.’

    • Holly says:

      Thanks. We have been in mourning here in Washington, DC along with the world. I am so happy, though, to remember this inspirational, courageous man. May we continue his work in spirit and in action.

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      So happy to hear from you! Is there any corner of the Earth not touched by the gracious example of Nelson Mandela? Know that the thoughts of the world (or at least me!) are turned towards S. Africa and her people.

    • Robin says:

      I do think people are mourning the world over — it is hard to think of any other public figure so universally loved. May he rest in peace.

    • nozknoz says:

      johanob, the news media here in the U.S., especially in the Washington, DC, area, are full of tributes to Nelson Mandela’s life, the history of South Africa and the reaction in your country. Our thoughts are with you.

    • songeuse says:

      Maya Angelou wrote a poem in honor of Mr. Mandela’s passing called “His Day Is Done”; there is a video of her reading it on YouTube, if anyone would like to hear it.

    • Merlin says:

      I came through Houghton, the suburb where his house is, this afternoon, and all day people have been going there and bringing flowers. I have not yet made the flower pilgrimage but hope to, in the coming week. For a place of public gathering the atmosphere around there is calm and harmonious.

  14. Omega says:

    You guys see the new Guerlain bottles? Lovely as usual. Very nice. Link:

    http://www.fragrantica.com/news/Guerlain-Les-Pieces-d-Exception-4927.html

    Sotd is Pleasures Delight, love this one in the cold.

    • annemarie says:

      Oh good lord! Not my taste at all I’m afraid. Give me a gorgeously restrained Chanel bottle any day. That LPRN bottle looks like it’s wearing a grass skirt. I will say that Guerlain has always been a gift to bottle collectors. Chanel never has much new to say with its bottles. What you see is what you get, for always.

      Thanks for the link!

    • Oakland Fresca says:

      I love them all! I agree w Annemarie that the LPRN bottle looks like a grass skirt (for a funeral! Or the moustache of a man of a certain age who says he does not die his hair…), but I still love, love, love it. I have absolutely forbidden myself to ever buy a fragrance for the bottle (or worse, to buy a bottle for the bottle) because there would just be no end to it! But I even love all those old crazy Avon fragrance bottles of ships, windmills, and the like that you see on eBay.

      • Oakland Fresca says:

        dye. I meant dye. sigh.

    • nozknoz says:

      Thanks for the link, Omega! I wouldn’t mind having a black turtle bottle or blinged out Shalimar, not that there’s anything amiss with the originals.

      Somewhere I saw a video about Guerlain production. They actually comb out the tie threads into a fringe with something that looks like a tiny moustache comb. That’s someone’s job! :-)

    • kindcrow says:

      That sea turtle bottle is pretty, and the juice inside sounds nice — spices, immortelle, tonka bean, benzoin, and incense … mmmmm.

  15. Lucy says:

    Even though I’d only tried it once, I bit the bullet and ordered a full bottle of Dzing! when L’Artisan had their Black Friday sale. It arrived yesterday afternoon. It isn’t a perfect fit for me, but it is so unique that I am thrilled to own it nonetheless. (It kind of wears me instead of the other way around.) I don’t know if I would have immediately thought it smelled like the circus, but I am able to find it with the knowledge to look for it. I’m getting a lot of light cinnamon too, which is so nice when it’s cold out. I can’t stop sniffing my wrist.

    • Omega says:

      It’s an interesting scent, no doubt about that!:).

    • C.H. says:

      That was my Black Friday purchase as well! Definitely agree about how special it is and feared they might retire it. It’ll take me a decade to finish 100ml but I’m glad not to worry about it disappearing!

      • johanob says:

        Its not available here anymore,a friend of mine is visiting the UK,but all the shops(online at least) are out of stock!And I fell in Love with it all over again,today!My favorite l’Artisan still remains Bois Farine.

        • C.H. says:

          Oh no! Did you try L’Artisan’s own website? I just set it to the pounds sterling pricing, and got a little notice that it would ship anywhere, so maybe you could order it that way? They do seem to still have it!

  16. annemarie says:

    I have a cold this weekend so can’t smell much. The funny thing is that my sense of taste and smell comes and goes quite quickly when I’m like this. One minute I can’t smell a thing, 10 minutes later I can, then it goes again.

    So last night I cooked one of Nigella Lawson’s Italian pasta recipes (having just bought one of her books, my way of showing her some support) and it’s pretty darned difficult cooking when you can;t smell. When I sat down to eat could taste only a bit of lemon and some salt, and by the time I served myself seconds, could suddenly taste chilli, garlic, breadcrumbs, all the lemon, and everything blending nicely. A really odd sensation.

    So anyway, not sure what perfume to wear today. No point wearing anything to precious or expensive though!

    • debbie says:

      Dont you hate a summer cold? -at least when its winter you can rug up but in summer, esp if you have a slight temp, what can you do? Hope you are better soon.

      • annemarie says:

        Thanks Debbie. It’s a gorgeous day here too, and I can;t enjoy it. :(

    • nozknoz says:

      I have a couple of Nigella cookbooks and enjoy them so much. I should look up her most recent ones. It would be fun to do a cookbook poll here someday, wouldn’t it? I’m sure perfumistas would have great cookbook recs.

      Hope you feel better soon!

      • annemarie says:

        Thanks! Yes, perfumistas tend to be good cooks. There was an open thread discussion here are few weeks ago might have been the books/reading lazy poll – where people shared their favourite food writers. That was fun.

    • kindcrow says:

      I adore Nigella Lawson. I just saw her new show on Italian-inspired food today. Hope you feel better soon.

      • annemarie says:

        Thanks!

  17. Oakland Fresca says:

    My packet of samples arrived from Sonoma Scent Studio yesterday. I got Velvet Rose, Rose Musc, Ambre Noir, and Fireside Intense–plus they threw in Winter Woods. I’m looking forward to trying them. Has anyone tried any of these? Or other SSS’s that you recommend?

    On a totally none perfume related note–I got our fireplace inspected and cleaned… and managed a fire last night from small logs I found in the woods out back… but it rained hard last night and everything is soaked…and I have no other wood. I’ve been looking at the fireplace very forlornly all day.

    • lucasai says:

      Winter Woods is great, ideal for the cold weather.
      My other two faves are Jour Ensoleille and Sienna Musk

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      My favorite SSS scent is Nostalgie–a rose aldehyde. I also own and enjoy (although less often) Champagne de Bois, an intense sandalwood.

      • Oakland Fresca says:

        I’d love an intense sandalwood! I’ll try CdB next time I’m ordering samples. Thx!

    • 50_Roses says:

      Velvet Rose is a very nice rose soliflore–rich and velvety, without veering either too sweet or too sour, as so many rose scents do. Winter Woods and Ambre Noir are both wonderful scents for cooler weather, and I need to get myself at least purse sprays of each now that the cart is back up on the site. Another really good one for cool weather is Champagne du Bois. Usually, I find florals aldehyes to be seasonless, but CdB is really rich and I find it to be overwhelming in the heat, which we have a lot of in Texas. In the winter, though, it is fabulous.

      • Oakland Fresca says:

        So many scents, so little time! Thank you for the suggestions. I am hankering for a rosey rose fragrance…my antidote to the cold and wet. I sniffed VR just when I unpacked it, and I know I am in for a treat.

    • Rappleyea says:

      I’m seconding (and thirding) Amber Noir and Champagne de Bois. I also love Forest Walk, Incense Pure and her two natural scents: Citrus/Vetiver and Cocoa/Sandalwood. Can you tell I’m a fan?!? :-)

    • missionista says:

      Have only tried Champagne de Bois, but holy moly, that’s an INTENSE sandalwood.

    • nozknoz says:

      I think I’ve sampled Winter Woods and liked it. The FB I have is Tabac Aurea. I love it!

    • hajusuuri says:

      My SSS loves are To Dream and Forest Walk…then Fig Tree, Winter Woods and Tabac Aurea…so many choices and they are actually pretty long lasting.

  18. Laurels says:

    Trying out Shea Moisture Argan/Shea lotion w/Frankincense and Myrhh. So far it mostly smells like Shea butter to me. Fingers crossed I don’t get a rash. (Everything gives me a rash, but so far no fragrance ingredients, thank goodness.)

    • Robin says:

      Good luck, and sorry it mostly smells like shea…I’d love a nice frankincense & myrrh lotion.

      • Rappleyea says:

        Robin – I was just smelling Zum’s frankincense & myrrh soaps and lotions today (there’s also a body and/or room spray and shower gel). I thought they smelled pretty good. Here’s some on Amazon (do I even need to tell you that I’m not affiliated?!? I wish!):

        http://www.amazon.com/Zum-Bar-Frankincense-Myrrh-3-oz/dp/B000DN7BW4

        You can see some of the other products in the line under the main listing.

        • libberation says:

          ZUM!!!

          I’m a bit of a junky :) their frankincense and myrrh stuff if intense! Almost too much for me as it reminds me of getting stuck with censor duty when I was an altar server as a child. I love their Sandalwood Citrus tho. Have the soap and the Zum Mist in that scent. Their catalog is a hoot too, always enjoy reading the little asides they hide in there.

          • Rappleyea says:

            Oh, I’ve not seen their catalog – must go check one out. I’m only familiar with their stuff because it’s carried at my local food co-op. Thanks!

        • Jillie says:

          Yay! Zum Frankincense & Myrrh! I am addicted! Ever since I read about this laundry soap on Gaia’s (The Non Blonde) blog, I had to get some, although here in the UK the price is almost prohibitive, and that’s when it is actually in stock ….

          Any way, I got it and just loved the way it smelt like heaven in the dryer and on my sheets and clothes. And this led me to getting the mist and the kitchen granite top cleaner. All gorgeous, and perfect for this time of the year. Like Libberation says, maybe a little like a church, but not as austere as the real stuff.

        • Robin says:

          Thank you all! Wow, they make A LOT of products in that scent. Going to be hard to pick.

          • Rappleyea says:

            Ooohhh… that enabling karma strikes again! ;-)

  19. maggiecat says:

    I’m jealous of everyone who got out Christmas shopping today. Major ice storm here in Texas – haven’t been able to leave the house since I got home from work on Thursday. No mail, no newspaper, just inches of ice and a dog who can’t understand why I don’t want to take her for a walk. It’ll be days before things are back to normal! It’s restful, and I actually got quite a few samples sorted today, but I’m getting a little cabin fever, I guess.

    • Robin says:

      Ugh, so sorry!

    • HemlockSillage says:

      Be safe! My best friend Shof who lives in the north end of Dallas had an ice coated tree fall and block her car in the drive. She had about 3/4 to an inch of ice on her sidewalks. Yuck! Texans on ice are not safe, so you are wise to stay inside. May you cozy up with a great book and some tea.

      All this weather has knocked out my internet, so I’m down to my cell phone. My wifi is out until the powers that be can get things running. I don’t have TV other than via Netflix and Internet, so books and my iphone have been my entertainment. Hang in there. Stay warm, and try not to go stir crazy :D

  20. perthgirl says:

    I don’t usually have anything to whinge about in the perfume world, but I’ve had a rather upsetting event. I put in an o/seas order with a well known perfume shop that is currently offering GWPs, as they do every year at this time. As much as I’d like to shop here regularly, perfume is an experience hobby, and shipping usually costs me about $55, so I waited til GWP time.
    My order was over $400, plus shipping, and it arrived a few days ago. No gifts I was meant to get.
    Now I know they’re an additional thing, but I was really quite upset about it! I wrote them an email, but it’s been 4 days and not even an acknowledgement. I’ve even been having nightmares about it!
    I hate to sound greedy and sulky, but after spending literally thousands at this place over the years, I feel quite shafted :-(

    • Rappleyea says:

      I don’t think you sound greedy at all. If they advertise GWP, then you definitely should get it! Give them another day or two to answer then email again. Good luck!

      • perthgirl says:

        Thanks Rappleyea. I did ask them if they’d kindly send it to me since I was meant to get it, but I have found them a little unreasonable in the past- I ordered Tauer’s Eau d’Epices as an xmas gift and when I got it it had leaked and the bottle was empty. They refused to send me another bottle, just refunded me. So to get a new one I would’ve needed to fork out another $50 for shipping.
        But thanks for confirming- I think I’m entitled to my gift too :-/

        • I don’t think it’s sulky – that kind of thing kills me too, especially when they drove the sale by promising the GWP. I can only suggest not to get too attached to one vendor, because eventually everyone breaks your heart. Can you find another store to do business with next time?

          And a friend to swap some things with to soothe the hurt feelings? :-)

          • perthgirl says:

            I wish I had more options, but finding places that will ship to me is getting harder, and that place has some things, such as By Kilian, that I can’t get elsewhere. I’m just finding their customer service a bit shabby :-/

        • cazaubon says:

          I would call and ask to speak to the owner, I have found them to be very kind and customer service oriented. Best of luck to you!

    • C.H. says:

      Oh gosh that’s a bummer. If we’re talking about the same place, I think their GWP adverts say “while supplies last” so maybe they just ran out? Totally understand the disappointment though.

    • hajusuuri says:

      If it’s the same place that requires a PromoCode, check your order confirmation to make sure you see the FREE item and I know there is a one promo code limit. In terms of the email, there is absolutely no excuse for them not to acknowledge the email at all; that acknowledgment should have been sent to you within 24 hours of receipt on a day they are open for business.

      You may also want to check their website to see if they have a contact form online so instead of sending an email from your own email provider, the online forms are processed using the company’s server service provider and is unlikely to get lost or land in their spam folder.

      Finally, if you are feeling bold, you can also make your plight public naming names via Twitter. I’ve also seen shaming being done via Basenotes although I have not read their policy about that carefully.

      Good luck…do let us know the outcome!

  21. nozknoz says:

    My last perfume order was some minis from Aftelier including the new Cuir de Gardenia (unsniffed) and some others that I’ve been meaning to order for some time. I love this brand and this is a great time of year for natural perfume.

    I had a chance to sniff Lancome La Vie est Belle yesterday. Strong stuff!! To me it’s a brutal version of Kenzo Amour, like being pinned under a half-ton pound cake.

    • Robin says:

      I am very tempted by the sale on Candide.

      And ha…yes. Betcha you’ve been sniffing it on the street even if you didn’t know it.

      • nozknoz says:

        Ha, ha – yes, I’d been wondering what that yummy gourmand sillage was! It’s so much better as a disappearing trail of scent in a hallway than close up.

  22. Calypso says:

    Today I wore some from my sample of “Portrait of a Lady.” I’ve gotten compliments on it and dithered over whether to buy some but I keep being put off by some sort of sour note. Meanwhile I am in Galveston helping my 82-year-old mom get settled into the condo she rents here every winter. We’ve avoided the snow and ice of west and north Texas but it’s still very cold for us. She wears Tresor and I am trying to think of a nice way to tell her she overdoes it. Also am thinking of buying her something very appealing for Christmas as an alternative! She likes Lalique (the original) and I’d love to find something in a nice Lalique bottle for not too pricey, or maybe Bulgari Femme which I know she also likes. There is something about Tresor that I just can’t stand!

    • nozknoz says:

      Tresor is just too much. When I first catch a bare wisp I think I might like it, just before the speeding semi-truck load of chemicals slams into me.

    • annemarie says:

      Interesting that Tresor and Femme are both Grojsman compositions. Your mum may therefore like Paris and Yvresse, although they may be too strong for you to tolerate. Calyx maybe? Or even one of Tresor’s flankers?

      There’s always J’Adore or flankers. Pleasures, ditto? For something elegant but less fruity (and with less heft) – EL’s new one, Modern Muse? For modern musks there’s NR for Her, SJP Lovely or Guerlain’s Idylle.

      It’s a tough call steering someone away from a long-worn fragrance, especially if it’s the hefty sillage she appreciates as much as the scent itself.

      • Calypso says:

        Thank you so much for these alternatives. I might try some or one of these. It’s also true that older people in general seem to lose some of their sense of smell, so she may spray more in order to be able to smell it herself. This means I feel a bit delicate about telling her she is using too much.

      • Calypso says:

        P.S. She has had and I know likes Pleasures.

    • Jillie says:

      Annemarie hit the nail on the head – your mum is probably a Grojsman fan! I enjoyed Tresor L’Elixir, which was quite woody and sophisticated; sadly it is discontinued, but you can still find it.

      I guess that it is both the power and the peach that she loves so much, and I wondered if perhaps Guerlain’s Nahema might appeal? Definitely a peachy rose and not light or flighty or sour. Sort of sweet, which she obviously likes, but not too much so, and good sillage, without clobbering the nose.

      • annemarie says:

        Oh that’s a good suggestion. I was thinking that peach may be the magic note. And Nahema may have the sophisticated glamour you mum loves. And at 82, that’s wonderful!

      • Calypso says:

        Thanks for these tips, too!

  23. libberation says:

    Pretty chilly here today in western MD. Looks like we might get snowed in tomorrow which is a shame as I’d wanted to drive up to Pittsburg for some Christmas shopping and perfume sniffing (Sephora and Nordies and Lush! oh my!) Pulled out my little sample of Anne Pliska to keep me warm and happy dealing with the holiday rush at work. It was a surprise gift with a sample order from Luscious Cargo and boy do I thank them for it. A FB is def getting mentioned in my letter to Santa this year ;)

    • Robin says:

      We’re not quite snowed in here (SE Pennsylvania) but close enough for me. Sorry you missed your shopping!

  24. Squirrely says:

    Scent free most of the day (errands and housecleaning) but attended a fun holiday party tonight that I was able to go glam for. My scent of choice was MFK Lumiere Noire Pour Femne. Maybe odd, but while I love primping for a party, the second best is after the party, coming home, and changing into my comfy clothes. The perfume is still going strong, even though I’m not, lol.

    • Robin says:

      I love that too…back home & in the sweatpants.

  25. sweetgrass says:

    Got the Christmas shopping pretty much done today. Yay! And I didn’t just order everything on Amazon like I did last year. Of course, I ended up getting a few things for me too. I scored a bottle of L de Lolita Lempicka for cheap at Marshall’s. Thought it was just because the box was wrecked, but because of the security packaging around it, I couldn’t see that the sprayer bit on the bottle was missing. I discovered that after I got it home. So I took the top apart and rigged it up with the sprayer bit from an empty spray sample vial I had around. It’s not perfect, but it seems to work ok.

    • Robin says:

      Nice score, congrats!

    • nozknoz says:

      What a great idea for the repair!

  26. perfumelover says:

    Hello!
    Today I’m wearing YSL “Y” (EDT). I bought it after reading the review Angela wrote in 2007. I love it!
    Have a nice Sunday everyone!

    • HemlockSillage says:

      I blind bought Y after reading that review, too :D My mom and I shared the bottle until it disappeared in her last move. Hmmmm. Note to self, that might make Mom smile at Christmas. She and I are both into green florals. Then I fell for EL Private Collection, Chamade extrait and Le Temps de Une Fete. Y was the start of quite a rabbit hole. Enjoy your YSL Y. Be well.

      • perfumelover says:

        Thanks HemlockSillage! I also blind bought it. It was difficult to find it here but it’s worth it! I am really enjoying it. Hope Santa makes your mother perfume dreams come true! : D

  27. Dixie says:

    My husband and I have recently taken to smoking hookah. We got this Rose tobacco from Jordan by Al-waha. It is a beautiful rose fragrance! Does anyone know what I’m talking about and can you suggest a rose fragrance similar to this?

    Thanks and have a great weekend!

    • perthgirl says:

      Rose tobacco sounds delish! I’ve only tried the fruity ones, but I wish I’d tried the rose..

  28. Dilana says:

    SOTD is Iris Nobile EDP.

    I could use some room fragrance advice. Someone brought in one of those fancy air freshner’s produced by a Supermarket brand to the office reception room. Unfortunately, it had some chemical (which I always call in my mind as “Cheap white musk) which sets off migranes in me. I’ll have to find a tactful way to bring in a replacement. Does anyone have a suggestion for a good room fragrance (not a candle) which is not floral, and fairly subtle?

    • C.H. says:

      Jo Malone? I went to an event they held once and they sprayed the hallway with their Pomegranate Noir room sprays–it was really pleasant but subtle, and they have diffusers. I realize it’s surely quite a bit more expensive than a supermarket air freshener though, not sure what budget you had in mind.

      • Dilana says:

        Actually, that is a good suggestion. I have resigned myself to spending more than a supermarket spray. (It is that darn cheap synthetic musk that probably makes the supermarket brands so inexpensive and so migrane inducing). The problem is that my partners are unlikely to tolerate anything too “girly” and they were shocked once when I mentioned that lavender was traditionally an in ingredient in classic colognes. (I did not dare use the word “fougere”).

    • Robin says:

      Voluspa room sprays are nice, and not *too* expensive.

    • Squirrely says:

      Thymes makes wonderful scents (love Fraser Fir this time of year). I use their EDT of “Moonflower” as a room spray at night in my bedroom, and we have a reed diffuser of one of their scents (cedar & something?) in our living room that I adore, it reminds me of an Hermes composition, really lovely. Highly recommend, and accessibly priced.

    • AnnieA says:

      The Thymes Frasier Fir so nice for this time of year comes in a “home fragrance mist”.

  29. bastet says:

    SSS Rose Volupte and Incense Pure are two of my favorites, along with several scents already mentioned.

  30. FearsMice says:

    We’re having our first winter storm of the season today. It’s snowing outside and both my cats–along with my laptop–are trying to sit on my lap at the same time. ;) I’m fighting the urge to do something naughty: blind-buy! I’ve never been into Lush because the in-store experience is pretty overwhelming, but I have the strongest desire to go online and purchase Potion lotion and Snowcake perfume — both unsniffed! Can someone please talk me out of this?

    • Dilana says:

      Put on your favorite scent or light your favorite candle for now. Wait a few days before deciding.

      • FearsMice says:

        Good idea, Dilana; I dabbed on a bit of my teensy sample of Fendi Asja and am feeling better now — thanks!

    • Omega says:

      Snowcake doesn’t have very good reviews so far but Potion Lotion is on my Christmas list, I say we both get it and smell like spicy carnation together!:D.

      • FearsMice says:

        Oooh, another Potion-obsessed person? Yes! We’ll be the two best-smelling people we know! ;)

    • Omega says:

      The Rose Jam shower gel & perfume are getting a lot of good reviews, so, that’s another idea:D. I haven’t sniffed it yet.

  31. 2rista says:

    Good evening from Andalucía. We’ve had a fabulous sunny weekend but it’s nearly over. I’m wearing Nu original, trying to eke out the remains of my last bottle.
    I have a request – my daughter is 24 and needs a fragrance for Christmas. She likes Miss Dior (previously Chérie), Chance, and the new Armani, Si. I’d like to wean her off these sweet scents without making a very drastic change or breaking the bank. Any recommendations? All suggestions gratefully received!

    • Merlin says:

      Perhaps Number 5 Eau Premiere would be good? Still a little sweet, but more sophisticated.

      • Robin says:

        Good idea. Love, Chloe is also worth a try…has a similar cosmetic powder background as the Armani.

        • 2rista says:

          Thanks very much. I’ll definitely try them: they’ll be easy enough to test in my local perfumeries. In fact I think I have a sample of Eau Première somewhere.

  32. thegoddessrena says:

    In San Francisco today, wearing my sample of Limette 37. The fragrance manager was really nice at Barneys. Tried the L’Artisan Skin on Skin last night which was lovely but a bit pricey. The Limette is gently bright and warm but not a love

    • Robin says:

      I wish I was in San Fran wearing Limette 37, or any scent really.

      • thegoddessrena says:

        Taking a REALLY dense seminar on pathogenesis and treatment of reproductive cancers in Chinese medicine. I’m only a student but even people who have been working for years are finding it dense. Perfume sniffing and chatting last night was a nice break

        • perthgirl says:

          Oh that sounds fascinating though! I’m a huge fan of all aspects of Chinese medicine, but just don’t have the passion or drive to study it myself. I would love to learn pulse diagnosis though- I was shocked the first time I had it done it was so accurate!

    • nozknoz says:

      I’m very curious about Skin on Skin. OTOH, when I read the description somewhere it sounded like a mashup of several Duchaufour perfumes. Still, MUST try it!

  33. yukiej says:

    Second all three of these! They are my favorites from SSS, which is definitely one of my favorite perfume companies.

    • yukiej says:

      Oops, that was meant to be a reply to a comment by lucasai way way up there about Jour Ensoleille, Sienna Musk, and Winter Woods.

  34. Anyone Have Any Idea of when “Reve” By Van Cleef & Arpels will be coming Stateside…??? I Know you can order it from Harrods… but I am hoping to see it here in the U.S. Sometime soon… Thank You!

  35. blaiseantoine says:

    wonder why i cannot find anymore karl lagerfeld for men the first not reformulated version without the classic script on the bottle .-)