Happy Holidays!

Christmas Mandala

Happy Holidays! We'll be back on Thursday. In the meanwhile, feel free to talk about whatever you like: what perfume you’re wearing today, what you’re cooking (or eating) for the holidays, what you'll buy on Boxing Day, anything at all.

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

Note: image is A Christmas mandala ;-) [cropped] by spacejulien at flickr; some rights reserved.

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  1. hajusuuri says:

    Merry Christmas everyone! Today, I am still wafting the accidental combination of Tauer PHI Une Rose de Kandahar and Oriza Legrand Chypre Mousse. All I can say is the combination is just out of this world.

    While my Christmas Eve plans fell through, I am doing Plan B which is attending a candlelight service at church which I would have had to miss if I did Plan A. My SOTE will be Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles. I am waiting for my FB to arrive (maybe today?) and if it doesn’t, I still have enough left from a swap for a full wearing (another Plan B).

    • Jillie says:

      That sounds like a lovely combo!

      • hajusuuri says:

        And to think it was accidental! Have a Merry Christmas Jillie!

    • Holly says:

      Merry Christmas! I hope you have an inspiring Christmas Eve and a joyous Christmas Day.

      • hajusuuri says:

        You too, Holly. May the joys of the season stay with you and yours!

    • hajusuuri says:

      Hee, no need for perfume Plan B as SL Fille en Aiguilles arrived today.

      And Robin, that is a wonderful picture. Somehow, the angle of the picture, the Christmas ornaments and the tree made the Galeries Lafayette dome look almost edible!

      Merry Christmas!!!

      • Holly says:

        Yay! Congratulations!

      • Undina says:

        Congratulations!!! YourChristmas will smell very appropriate :)

        • hajusuuri says:

          Well, I have to say “someone” enabled and got a shiny pin ;-)

      • Robin says:

        Yes, isn’t that gorgeous?

      • songeuse says:

        I’m wearing Fille en Aiguilles today too, and probably tomorrow! I love it as a Christmas fragrance.

  2. rivercitylizzy says:

    That sounds like an amazing combo!

    I smell like the coconut custard tarts I was baking for holiday gatherings yesterday, hahaha! That’s not really a bad thing–lots of caramelized sugar, cream, sweet coconut, citrus (orange zest and Grand Marnier), and spices (cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon). I wish I had a perfume with those notes!

    This is our 7.5 month old little girl’s first Holiday Season, so we are celebrating with our extended family for the next three days and then my little sis comes down for a visit from Portland with her baby boy–so excited for that!!

    • Jillie says:

      Oh my goodness, great minds think alike!

      Have a very happy time with your little girl and family.

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Wow! Coconut custard tarts sounds *AMAZING*! It’s not a dessert I’ve had before, but the flavor in my mind, and the creamy texture, just sounds outstanding! I will have to search out a recipe and an excuse to try it some time!

      Have a Merry Christmas!

    • mals86 says:

      Those First Christmases… so special.

    • eswift83 says:

      Sounds delicious, wish I could have joined YOUR holiday gatherings! Our little guy is experiencing his first ever Christmas as well. What fun!

  3. Jillie says:

    Happy Christmas!

    I have just made the stuffing for the turkey. It’s a recipe I found in a magazine a long time ago, and have been using every year without fail since, even though it takes quite a while to put together. Instead of ingredients like breadcrumbs or rice, which can dry the bird out, this contains masses of grated veg (carrot, leek, onion, mushrooms, green pepper, zucchini etc), along with chopped dried apricots and minced chicken livers. Along with hefty slugs of brandy, sherry, herbs and some apricot jam. You cook it in butter, then set aside to cool (or till the next day). It’s my favourite bit of the meal! Well that, and the roast potatoes.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Jillie, do you pre-cook the stuffing before stuffing it into the bird? Not that I would ever be able to cook something so elaborate :-) It sounds yummy!

      • Jillie says:

        Hiya! Very Happy Christmas, Hajusuuri (it’s The Morning itself as I type). Yes, I cook the stuffing first. Not elaborate, just time consuming.

  4. 50_Roses says:

    Merry Christmas everyone! I am in the midst of making stollen, as I do every year. After that, I will start working on dinner. It is a tradition for us to have a special Christmas Eve dinner–just the two of us–by candlelight with some mellow Christmas music in the background. We talk and reflect on the year just past and think about all we are grateful for, most especially each other. It is sort of like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s all wrapped up into one. We have a Christmas Eve candlelight service at church this evening which we both play for, so we will have our dinner afterward.

    Tomorrow should be a quiet day for us. As it turns out, my family won’t be having their Christmas get-together until sometime in January. We may go see a movie, but other than that I am looking forward to spending the day hanging around the house in my flannel pajamas and getting some much needed down time.

    • springpansy says:

      I made stollen just a couple of days ago – an old family tradition that I am carrying on. Love it! Had a piece toasted with my coffee this a.m. Happy Christmas!

      • 50_Roses says:

        It’s something of a tradition for my family as well. My grandparents knew a German woman who made it and gave loaves of it as Christmas gifts. They would bring it with them and we would have it for breakfast on Christmas morning. After my grandmother died, I took over. My family loves it so much I end up having to make 6 or 8 loaves each year.

    • Holly says:

      This sounds just perfect. Merry Christmas!

  5. kindcrow says:

    A friend from work invited us to her open house. She has tons of pets, and I am really looking forward meeting them.

    • Holly says:

      That will definitely be fun. Merry Christmas!

  6. Abyss says:

    Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you have a lovely time, whatever your plans are.
    SOTD is Baghari and tomorrow will be Lyric.

    I’m also burning some Diptyque Christmas (Orange Chai and Perdigone Plum) and some generic vanilla candles so my place smells pretty delicious already and it will only get better once I get started on the food preparations :D

    • hajusuuri says:

      I never got into candle burning at home but I can imagine how good your home smells!

  7. TheSnailsPajamas says:

    Hello! Just ate the first festive mince pie with champagne cream of Christmas. Finished picking up the final stuff for tomorrow in London, so all is finished bar making the horseradish cocktail sauce for the traditional Christmas Eve shrimp dinner tonight. Tomorrow will be fairly peaceful and I have the next two weeks off so going to catch up on sleep and reading and taking the cat for walks (he has a harness and lead and brings it in the room when he wants a walk).

    • hajusuuri says:

      What a smart kitty! I find the concept of “walking a cat” amusing. Enjoy your festivities!

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      My slightly daffy, but very charming, elderly lady neighbor walks her cat daily! It makes me giggle a bit, I admit, but they both seem to enjoy it! :)

    • kindcrow says:

      You are so lucky to have such a cool cat! I have a friend who takes her cat out on a harness in the front and back yards — it is safer for the cat and safer for all of the native wildlife that the cat would kill if it roamed freely.

    • Ari says:

      Horseradish cocktail sauce recipe, plz! Also, your cat sounds exceptionally bright. My one experiment with my Zelda and a harness was not particularly successful, but I may try again, since she strongly objects to the indignity of the cat stroller.

  8. Marjorie Rose says:

    Oh, I’m loving reading all these cooking plans!

    I, too, have holiday cooking to do (natch!). Today I will make an orange/lemon curd for desserts tomorrow. I’ll just serve little cups of it with whipped cream, since I also have fudge, fruit cake and candied tangerine rinds that will be around the house, so that seems like enough sweets to be going along with!

    I decided to make mussels for dinner tomorrow night. I will serve them with pasta and a green salad. I’m torn about how to steam the mussels, though. Usually I would go the traditional white wine-garlic-lemon combination, but there are at least 2 alcoholics in the dinner party, and I’m wondering if I should avoid cooking with wine?

    So, I found a recipe that suggested chopped fresh tomatoes instead of wine, and that sounds good. Except, will it have enough liquid to steam the mussels? And I fear I’d miss that sweet-sour flavor of the wine. Or maybe I should just use 1/2 cup of wine and know that the alcohol *does* mostly cook off, and it should be ok? Any thoughts from fellow cooks would be welcome!

    As for perfume, I have no SOTD, yet. Mr. Spicebomb’s mother insists on having me over for Christmas Eve dinner :D , so I will need to clean up and pertify myself this afternoon. Someone above mentioned Lyric, which sounds lovely. Or I wore Ta’if the other day, and that spicy, green rose was pretty perfect. Might have to go with that again!

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      OH! Forgot to mention that I’ll be baking baguettes to go with the mussels, too. My step-mother was a professional baker, and I can do a reasonable facsimile of her beautiful loaves. . . :)

    • mals86 says:

      I don’t think I’d worry too much, if the wine sauce will be heated so that the alcohol cooks off. (But then, the alcoholics in my family died before I was born so I don’t really know…)

      Your baguettes sound lovely. Enjoy the pertifying. :)

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        Thanks, Mals! My step-mother was a master baker, and I spent many hours watching her at work–both in the professional kitchen and at home. I would like to think some of it rubbed off on me, but the final results rarely live up to the standards she set! It will be lovely regardless, of course, and helps me feel like she’s still with us, whenever I use one of her recipes!

    • nozknoz says:

      A quick google of the topic of cooking with alcohol and alcoholics reveals some disagreement, for example, here is this from Dr. Weil:

      “Wine, spirits, and beer are used in cooking to enhance the flavor and aroma of dishes. Contrary to what most people believe, the entire alcohol content doesn’t always evaporate or boil away before the food is served. A study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Data Laboratory showed that it can take longer than two and a half hours for all the alcohol to be cooked out of food to which wine or some other alcoholic beverage has been added. The study showed that the amount of alcohol remaining depends in part on the cooking method. For example, after brandy has been “flamed” – poured on foods and then set alight – approximately 75 percent of the alcohol remains after the flames have died down.”

      Some chefs avoid it altogether. Others recommend being clear about which dishes have wine and having alternatives for those who wish to avoid alcohol altogether.

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        Yes, I’d heard that about the alcohol not cooking off, as well. And there *does* seem to be much disagreement–to which the scientist in me concludes that there’s probably no good science to back up ANY of the claims! Likely, it’s just tradition and hearsay, so much of cooking!

    • hajusuuri says:

      I am loving the Mr. Spicebomb serialization. Have fun with your Christmas Eve in-laws. Has Mr. Spicebomb ever talked about his mom’s fragrance preferences?

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        Thanks, hajusuuri!

        I am very pleased that Mr. SBs family seems to think I’m swell. His friends are already making jokes about us getting married, so I guess that’s acceptance all around! :D

        No conversation about his mother and fragrance at all! He appreciates scents on me, but he’s never mentioned any nostalgia or scent-memories other than those related to old girlfriends! :)

    • TheSnailsPajamas says:

      You can always steam your two guests’ portions in just stock/water/fresh herbs/lemon juice – gives them much the same feel bar alcohol.

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        Yes, I thought about making a quick stock instead. I have fresh tarragon and parsley that I was planning on using. And I was going to serve each portion with a wedge of lemon. Too bad I don’t some fish heads and shrimp shells laying around to make a proper fish stock with! ;)

    • Holly says:

      I’ve been pondering this as I believe the holidays should be as stress-free as possible. I think the tomatoes would be a good choice if thinking about the alcohol in the wine stresses you out. Perhaps a little lemon zest would add just a touch of brightness and sweetness to the sauce instead of the wine. Shallots would be a nice addition as well, I think. I don’t know how good the tomatoes are where you live, but if your tomatoes don’t sweat out enough liquid, you can always add clam juice or some sort of canned tomato liquid or chicken broth. And of course, plenty of good quality olive oil!

      I hope I’m not sending you or Mr. SB out to the shops!

      Merry Christmas

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        You know, it’s funny, but I’ve never cooked with shallots! I keep meaning to–so many recipes call for them in addition to or instead of my traditional onions and garlic. I know Julia Child recommends shallots with mussels. . .

        I *did* buy a nice, fresh California olive oil to serve with dinner–both for the pasta and for the vinaigrette. I’ve seen recipes that recommend drizzling a little over each serving of shellfish just before serving. . . might add a nice bite of pepper and sweetness!

        • Holly says:

          I just recently started cooking with shallots and I love them! They’re sweeter than onions, and not as pungent as garlic. I always use garlic in addition as I love it. Roasting shallots is an easy way to add depth to roasted veggies, risotto, soups and sauces.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I don’t have any cooking tips but with regards to the variety of mussel dishes on the menu of a restaurant in Brussels, I recall at least one where it was specifically stated that no wine was used in cooking the dish.

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        That’s reassuring! Mussels make such a lovely, briny broth on their own, you would think it isn’t necessary, as long as they have enough liquid to steam.

    • C.H. says:

      Soooo, just hypothetically, about what time would such a dinner start? No reason just curious /whistles innocently/ :)

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        5pm PST. If you act fast, you might be able to get a flight out here in time! :D

  9. relleric says:

    SOTD: Jack Black Signature Black Mark. Also wore it yesterday, it is rare that I wear the same thing two days in a row.
    Regarding a fragrance for tomorrow, was thinking about Balenciaga Pour Homme, but a little worried that it might be a bit too heavy for a house full of guests, even if applied very lightly.
    Will be baking cookies tonight, and then getting a lot of snacks ready for everyone to show up around noon tomorrow.
    Happy Holidays to everyone at NST!

    • Robin says:

      I am the only one not baking today! But we just had a wonderful roast duck dinner and am too full to eat more anyway :-)

  10. FearsMice says:

    Happy Holidays to all and a joyous Christmas to everyone who celebrates it! I have a bad cold, so I can’t smell anything (makes me very unhappy!) or talk (laryngitis makes my relatives very happy — less competition!) ;) Said relatives and I will spend Christmas with my mom — so delighted that at 85 she can still leave her assisted living facility and enjoy the day at home with us.

    By New Years, I hope to be wafting and enjoying something gloriously aldehydic, like Baghari or Champagne de Bois.

    • mals86 says:

      Lucky to have your mom able to spend Christmas with you! I hope it’s a wonderful family time.

      Sparkly aldehydes, mmm.

      • FearsMice says:

        Thanks, Mals — Merry Christmas!

    • Robin says:

      Oh, do get better soon!

  11. mals86 says:

    Spending Christmas day at home, with The CEO’s mother and sister as well as my parents joining us – I’ve got the turkey breast in the oven today and will do the ham tomorrow. Still need to make cookies with the kids and make a pumpkin pie.

    SOTD is PdN Vanille Tonka, which just makes me happy. Tomorrow will be Alahine, which has been my Christmas fragrance for three years now with no sign of relinquishing its position.

    Happy holidays to everyone, and a Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I have a Teo Cabanel sample set and must try Alahine. I’m afraid to get hooked!

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Alahine sounds like a perfect Christmas scent! Enjoy your baking and time with family!

    • imapirate says:

      I love PDN Vanille Tonka, but something else has taken it’s place, for now. I’m loving Reminiscence Tonka. Not quite similar, but very inviting. I tried some of their other fragrances, but nothing else really struck me except for their Reminiscence EDP, it and it was just a sample. It was alot of anise, which I love.

    • Ari says:

      Is Vanille Tonka the same as Vanille Intense? PdN is a slightly confusing line.

      Merry Christmas to you and your precious family, Mals!

      • mals86 says:

        Nope! I think VI is the smoky one… Vanille Tonka smells like carnations and frankincense and lime to me, mostly. Okay, so there’s some vanilla in there, but it’s like vanilla in root beer, not the first thing you pick up.

      • mals86 says:

        Happy holidays to you and Zelda, Ari dear!

  12. galbanumgal says:

    Merry Christmas, NST…thanks for the year of good info & entertainment!

  13. Dilana says:

    Merry Xmass all
    SOTD is Goutal Nuit Etoilee EDP. The dry down is amazing.

    If you’re holiday season plans include a trip to the cinema, go see American Hustle. Apart from an amazing cast, it features a lovely monologue on perfume. The movie is set at the end of the 70′s. Jennifer Lawrence, when all dressed up for a special dinner, explains her obsession with a particularly beautiful scented nail polish. The scent, like a really good perfume, she says, is beautiful at top, but then you notice the garbage smell below, and its both the beautiful and the garbage together which makes the perfume great. When I heard the line, I thought, what a great description of the indolic, sillage animalic scents of the disco era. In an interview, Lawrence commented that the description of the perfumes (and her exaggerated useless blood red nails) was also a metaphor for her beautiful, but emotionally unstable character.
    I notice perfume references more and more in movies.

    • Holly says:

      Thanks so much. It’s been moved to the top of my list!

  14. nozknoz says:

    Robin and everyone at NST, I hope you enjoy some well-deserved time off. Also, I just noticed the revised banner yesterday with the passion flower (I think) pattern and symmetrical placement of the name. I love it!

    Hope everyone has a fragrant Christmas!

    • Robin says:

      So glad you like it, thank you! Kevin hates it and thinks it’s too girly. Anyway, still futzing around trying to find the right banner, meanwhile we can be girly until I come up with it :-)

  15. Holly says:

    Merry Christmas NST and to all here! I hope you all have a joyous, peaceful holiday.

  16. Marjorie Rose says:

    So, it occurs to me that *someone* here asked for a sample of OJ Woman a month or two back, and she and I discussed me sending it to her when she was back in the States over the holidays. . . whomever she is, she is still welcome to contact me with an address so that I can send it to her! Just in case she sees this note and remembers–the offer still stands! :) marjoriehundtoft at yahoo

  17. Andrea says:

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone here! Our house smells a little odd right now… made gingerbread cookies this morning with our three-year-old, now there’s bread in the breadmaker and bouillabaisse in the slow cooker.
    I usually do the bouillabaisse on the stovetop, but we’re going to the children’s mass at 5 p.m. tonight — it’s so busy that we have to leave at four to get a good seat! If I started it when we got home, we’d be eating at 8, long past the little one’s bedtime. Christmas really is for children, isn’t it?
    I will most likely be wearing Angel etp tonight… my husband and I actually met at midnight mass 15 (yikes!) years ago and it was mostly likely what I was wearing then. No matter what else I try, it always comes back to Angel for him.

    • Holly says:

      Sounds like a wonderful day, Andrea. Merry Christmas.

    • PekeFan says:

      Happy Holidays Andrea and All at NST!
      I too was wearing Angel when I met my husband 17 years ago and he still loves it. We can’t be together this Christmas, unfortunately, so thank you for making me think of that fragrance. I’ll wear it tomorrow and think of him.

      • Andrea says:

        Glad to help jog a memory, PekeFan. Wishing that you have a good holiday despite being apart. :)

  18. Celestia says:

    Yesterday I received four vials in the mail: Vega, Sous Le Vent, Fleur de Lotus, and Quand Vient La Pluie. I could smell a scent before I even opened the package. Unfortunately the QVLP had shattered so I put the wrappings on my bathroom shelf and the sillage wafts out right into my bedroom. It’s tasteful, truly Guerlain, and slightly reminiscent of L’Heure Bleue. Nice gift though, huh? Also included was a postcard of an old Liu poster with a Guerlain stamp on the reverse side!

    • Robin says:

      Oh, too bad you lost one, but enjoy the spillage while it lasts!

  19. AnnieA says:

    Sitting about at work today in the unlikely event that that someone will ask a question. Going to start the Boxing Day thread, as a Christmas cheque arrived yesterday and I won’t start spending it ’til at least Thursday. Perfume-wise, will see about Frasier Fir items and holiday-themed candles in general. Also might make a phone order to the Toronto Guerlain boutique for a bottle of Encens Mythique, which I sampled in the summer and can’t seem to forget.

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Hey N–Did I just see that you’re one of the lucky winners of Andy’s Advent Calendar this year?! Super jealous! :D

      • AnnieA says:

        Yes, well spotted! Was pretty thrilled about it…

    • hajusuuri says:

      I was the same way with Encens Mythique…got a smaller than miniscule sample at Saks, had the vial next to my desk and was huffing it like an addict for a few months. I then saw a split opportunity at Basenotes and got in on it..huffing addiction solved ;-)

  20. floragal says:

    Hi! SOTD is Bottega Veneta – such a lovely buttery leather gem. Cozy and warm, comfort all the way.
    Heading to Quebec City the 26th, granted the snow storms they’ve been having doesn’t make travel impossible.
    Any recs of perfume shops to visit there? I’ve not been so really don’t know what to expect. So ready for some R&R after this crazy busy fall.
    Merry Christmas!

    • Robin says:

      Sorry can’t help with shops, but will keep my fingers crossed for the weather.

  21. anngd says:

    Merry Christmas, all, and thanks to Robin, Kevin, Angela and all NST participants for keeping this such a warm and engaging community.

    No SoTD, had to go to Dr. But yesterday was at Barneys and the Serge Lutens SA sprayed me with Tubereuse Criminelle, Five O
    Clock au Gingembre and Nuit Cellophane. Floated on a cloud of wonderful scent for hours. Bought the TC, since DH could not find a suitable Xmas present. Thinking I should have chosen 5 ‘o’clock. Another trip to Barneys is in order.

    • Robin says:

      Hey, thanks to all our wonderful readers — we would not have a warm and engaging community otherwise.

      And huge congrats on the TC!

      • anngd says:

        Thanks! Debut tomorrow. Very excited.

  22. D.D. says:

    Merry Christmas everyone.

    Tonight I’ll make pan seared steaks for me and Ozzie and Zena (my two wonderful dogs) …with a balsamic reduction drizzled over oven-roasted potatoes for me… The kids stick to the basics.

    Thanks to all for your generosity and kindness over the past few weeks.

    • Holly says:

      Sounds like a lovely evening. Merry Christmas, D.D.

    • PekeFan says:

      Those potatoes sound lovely.

  23. Mary Carol says:

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Had a nice early Christmas Eve dinner with friends and visits with neighbors, as well. The weather is cold and snowy where I live. I am near a mall, and there were still a lot of people out and about late this afternoon, looking for gifts, as well as bargains.

    • Robin says:

      Yep, forgot 1 darned thing at the store yesterday so had to venture out today, and clearly many people were still doing major shopping!

  24. Ari says:

    Perfume? Food? I’m celebrating Christmas with the best present of all: mono! (AGAIN!!!)

    I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday and gets every perfume on their wish list!

    • PekeFan says:

      Feel better soon! I can sympathize, I just had surgery on my head and I’m sitting here sore and swollen.

    • Robin says:

      Oh no, so very sorry. Is the second round a bit lighter, I hope?

    • nozknoz says:

      Hope you and PekeFan feel better soon, Ari!

    • mals86 says:

      Ugh, mono… I had mono twice too. That is, I had it in Oct./Nov. my first year of college, and then my best friend came down with it in March (I’m sure I gave it to him – some friend, eh?) and I had what the student health center called a “relapse.”

      It was Not Fun. So I am wishing you better health very soon.

  25. Michael says:

    Newly acquired Cape Heartache this evening and Avignon tomorrow. I will be spending Christmas packing boxes as I prepare for a move to Columbus, Ohio. Celebrating with family this weekend, though!

    • Robin says:

      Hope the move goes smoothly, and have a wonderful weekend with your family!

    • mals86 says:

      I first smelled Avignon last week. It’s lovely.

      My only excuse is that I wasn’t interested in incense and wanted to focus on exploring florals as being more likely to suit my taste. Five years down the rabbit hole, and I’m finally branching out into incense scents. Preliminary conclusions are that I tend to like the churchy stuff (caveat: I’m not Catholic), am iffy on the classic nag champa, and canNOT manage the Japanese, which tends to go very bitter and ashy on my skin.

      But who knew? I think Trayee and Black Cashmere were my gateways to incense.

  26. Michael says:

    Merry Christmas to all!

  27. Calypso says:

    Hello everyone and Merry Christmas Eve from Galveston, Texas, where it was cold but bright and sunny today. I am here visiting my mom and she will be making us a turkey dinner tomorrow. I specifically requested the traditional green bean casserole because I didn’t get any this Thanksgiving. We have about 6 kinds of home-made cookies on hand including two that I made and brought. My SOTD today was Amouage Fate (which I have a decent-sized sample of). Just love it. For tomorrow I’ll wait and see, but I have along with me some small decants to try, perhaps a sandalwood one. Enjoy the day!

  28. Bear says:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Everyone!

    Santa brought me Onda EDP Vero Profumo, so I am a very lucky guy!

    Joy to the World – and not just because I smell f*****g great! HAHA!

    <3

  29. elvanui says:

    Happy Holidays to all my fellow Perfumistas! My year was richer and more beautiful thanks to You all.

    My holidays are mostly about the kiddos and family visits, though I’ll try to sneak in some good books and friends, and walks in the wild (no snow yet, unfortunately, but it’s nice and sunny and crisp.).
    I cooked a French onion soup and a yummy black olive and raisin-stuffed turkey for last night, and now we’re off to fry some vegs in wok, to equal the enormous amounts we consumed yesterday (oh don’t ask).
    Santa brought me Automne Micallef, and Jeux de Peau (Seriously YUMMY for an unsniffed gift:)). I’ve given perfume as a gift to my hubby too, and a homemade apple pie liqoeur to my family members. All I have to figure out now is how to help my troubled stomach and trying to resist eating more gingerbread. That stuff is addictive, if I say so myself:).

  30. bookwyrmsmith says:

    Merry Christmas all! I just finished my yearly custom of staying up to all hours wrapping gifts(no matter what the number to wrap-I’m up)This is after a 7 hour work shift and a session cookie baking and finishing two jammie pant gifts…whew!
    Must get some zzzzzzzzzzzs and clean up for the grand (shredding) unwrapping in a few hours.
    Our family is getting a male chocolate lab puppy in early January from a co-worker of my Dad’s . Anybody want to help come up with name options?

    • elvanui says:

      A puppy! Oh how nice, that’s a gift I’d also love:). A male and choco-lab? Well… How about Aztec?:)
      Have fun with the darling little one!

      • Nightingale says:

        My next male pup will surely be named Pongo, from 101 Dalmatians. Then I could go around saying, “Pongo old boy!” I haven’t seen the movie in years, but wish I still had a VHS machine and the tape – I must have watched it 101 times with my children!

    • nozknoz says:

      I was looking to see if there were any useful perfume names but not finding anything obvious, but some of the classics are Bel-Ami, Derby and Jules. If you are a fan of Slumberhouse, they have a lot of one-syllable names – Baque, Grev, Jeke, Kere, Kote, Mur, Norne , Ore, Rume, Sova, Verg, Vik, etc. Or you could call him Oud – that’s what all the perfume companies are doing these days. ;-)

      • Squirrely says:

        Ha! “Jicky” would be a great name for a dog.

    • mals86 says:

      Congrats on the puppy!

      I tend to like giving pets “people names.” Cats I’ve had included Silvia, Mr. Heckles, Callie and Dwayne (we found the last one in, yes, the “dwainpipe). Dogs I’ve had have been named Edgar and Oscar, and Hayley Elizabeth Wigglebutt Dog lives with us now.

  31. juicejones says:

    Yesterday at 4pm a man in brown shorts banged on my back door and yelled, “UPS!”. Translated to the French, “BOIS DES ILES!”. (The extrait is silent).
    I called my friend on Monday to ask her how long it had been since she brought me that spritzed paper from the Chanel boutique in Vegas. Her response: 3 years.
    I was in Chicago a year and a week ago and tried the edt myself and couldn’t believe the beauty. I think I levitated!
    Well, an email promising free overnight shipping was the final prod for me.
    It is out of the box, cord not yet cut, and I will anoint apres shower. Wish me luck troops. I’m going in!
    Thank you all for your holiday stories, recipes and traditions. Your little missives make me feel more connected than I do with some of my real life, real time friends. Fragrance and the written word!
    Merry Christmas, to the NST family!
    Curiously, my phone auto corrects NST to NSA!
    So be good for goodness sake. :)

    • hajusuuri says:

      Eeek, you’re living my dream. Did you get the EDT or the extrait…or both?????????

      • juicejones says:

        Extrait, only. All the blogs say the edt disappears too quickly, so I made the hard choice. The price has gone up twice this year and I decided to commit to the high octane. It is worth it; I’m woozy.
        Ernie Beaux knew his shizzle. I feel elegant and glimmering and tres femme. (Don’t let the cat hair-encrusted 59 year old in the recliner fool ya. I’m in here!) It will be 71 degrees today and I will soon join my dear friend for some New Mexican cuisine. Not traditional, yes. But fun, fabulous, and oh so sweet smellin’.

        • Marjorie Rose says:

          Oh lovely! I have a bottle of the edt, and I find it lasts well enough on me, especially if I’m sure to spray some in my hair/on my clothes, but I have a deep desire to enjoy some extrait some day. My only fear is that I may like it better and become totally spoiled by it!

          And I say glamor is like cool–some of us just have it–cat hair and all! Have a fabulous day!

        • mals86 says:

          EDT is very faint on me as well, but I’m sure the extrait is elegant sandalwood heaven – enjoy.

    • C.H. says:

      Dying laughing. The extrait is silent. A Joyeux Noël to us all!

    • nozknoz says:

      Oh, congratulations – please report back!

  32. nozknoz says:

    Scents of Christmas – always Caron Nuit de Noël on Christmas eve. Periodic spritzes of the fantastic AG Noël parfum pour la maison on the day. My big Christmas present is discounted Amouage Beloved. It’s so beautiful – feels like my perfume life is complete.

  33. Marjorie Rose says:

    I am in that quiet place before the holiday crazy begins–my food preparations are under way but nothing requires immediate tending, my family hasn’t yet arrived, and the house is clean enough! So, some Christmas music, some Amouage Memoir wafting past my nose, and a plate of nibbles to fortify me for the merriment yet to come!

    Merry Christmas all!

    • mals86 says:

      Memoir!!! I got some body lotion for Christmas. Hope you enjoyed the day.

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