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  1. egabbert says:

    I’m wearing Cuir de Gardenia extrait, which I’ll be reviewing at BdJ soon. (No spoilers?)

    • Robin says:

      Look forward to your review, it’s a great scent!

    • nozknoz says:

      Love that – looking forward to your review!

  2. floragal says:

    Prada Candy L’Eau for me! Love the initial spray and 30 minutes after, but then it pretty much disappears and smells like light candy musk.

    I’m very excited to do some rose/non-rose samples based on yesterday’s poll. I made a list of suggestions and that’s my next to-do in the perfume world!

  3. relleric says:

    Mechant Loup (L’Artisan Parfumeur) is my scent today. Yesterday it was Colonia Intensa Oud (AdP) and then Domenico Caraceni 1913 (to coincide with the Rose discussion).
    Tomorrow, who knows? :)

    • Robin says:

      Love Mechant Loup.

    • bowbat says:

      Just ordered a sample of Mechant Loup from Lucky Scent. Can’t wait to try it. Glad to see some fans on here. :)

    • Lise says:

      Mechant Loup is so sexy. Love it!

  4. lucasai says:

    I’m wearing Rose Anonyme from Atelier Cologne today.
    It was a really lazy day for me, going back to work tomorrow, I promise!

    Ah, and yesterday we got first snow this winter, while tomorrow there’s a perfume sale in one of the niche perfume boutiques in Poland. I wonder what will go on sale, might be hard to resist my resolution of not buying any FB before my birthday in February

    • Robin says:

      I think we’re supposed to get snow soon too. Not my favorite…

  5. mals86 says:

    I dragged my little bottle of Soivohle Centennial out yesterday and am addicted to it again. Seems like I do that with this scent all the time… wear it (in cool weather), can’t get enough of it, finally make myself put it away so I don’t use it all up*, then the weather warms up and I can turn elsewhere.

    * Lasting power is very good so I’m not drenching myself in it, but I only have an 11ml bottle. Once again it’s the old tension between “don’t be wasteful” and “use it or lose it”…

    • Robin says:

      Have not smelled it!

    • Merlin says:

      I know what you mean! I generally get stingier and stingier as the bottle goes down. And if its like a 17ml I hardly use it. And then of course, what is the point of having it, etc etc.

      • mals86 says:

        You’re right! It’s funny… I’ll use my Jolie Madame parfum, but I have a stash of those suckers. Like SIX of them, from 2ml microminis to 7.5ml bottles. If I only had one I wouldn’t wear it, and that would be a shame because it’s so weirdly gorgeous.

        • Merlin says:

          Yeah, I’m considering a back-up of Chergui just so I don’t have to be so cautious with the bottle!’

    • mals86 says:

      Somebody just told me that Liz’ recent Tumblr post mentioned that she plans to pare down the Soivohle offerings and from that point simply create new scents in small quantities, much the way she would produce one new painting at a time, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. No reorders.

      Gah. Looks like I already know what I’ll be getting for anniversary/mother’s day – another 11ml bottle will set me back $45, but that will likely do me.

      Not that I’m complaining… okay, yes, I am. Rephrase: not that I think it’s unfair and wrong – it’s her company, and if she’s getting frustrated with continuing to compound the Same Old Same Old that her customers are requesting, she has the right to change that and focus more on her art. I think I’m just sad that I don’t live close enough to drop in and smell the new creations, much less buy them.

  6. Abyss says:

    Nothing, I forgot this morning, but it’s not to late to decide on SOTE, right?

    Oh and I went into Lush yesterday for some shower gel (got It’s Raining Men, probably a mistake) and I tried Breath of God. I don’t think I smelled it before but I thought it was absolutely delightful!

    I noticed that Voice of Reason was nowhere to be found so I asked a SA about it and she told me that it’s been recalled, but she didn’t know whether it was a permanent thing. Does anyone know more?

    *whispers* I also couldn’t resist a heavily discounted 50ml old style bottle of Tam Dao in Space NK sale. I had some loyalty points to use so it cost me £14 in the end.

    • Robin says:

      I think I would have liked IRM better if I’d diluted it with some other non-scented body wash? It’s awfully strong for something so sweet.

      Tam Dao for £14 — jealous!

    • Ari says:

      Voice of Reason is no longer listed on the Lush USA website, so it’s quite possible your salesperson was right. I like It’s Raining Men, but it is very sweet- I bought some The Olive Branch last week.

      • 50_Roses says:

        I love The Olive Branch. I don’t have any right now, but will definitely get some more after I use of some of what I have.

    • Abyss says:

      My issue with IRM is a weird earthy note which I found quite pungent, but which only became obvious in the shower. I was deciding between this and Flying Fox and I chose IRM because I wanted to try something new. I’ll try mixing it with something else to see if I can mask the bothersome part.

    • Nightingale says:

      *screams* a Tam Dao score…way to go!

    • Alice A says:

      Long-time reader of this blog, delurking.
      I recently bought the Voice of Reason at Lush in Belgium, so it’s still available here.
      I’m not very good with splash bottles apparently, so ended up spilling VoR from my earlobe all the way down my neck and chest. Needless to say the scent was way too strong, so I tried to dab it off. I ended up with an itchy rash in all the places where I’d applied the perfume. It’s been almost two weeks now and thankfully the itch is gone but I’m still covered in red spots. Yikes!
      I’ve never had a reaction to perfume before & hope it’s not going to happen again… I wonder if the scent has been recalled because other people had problems too.
      Love the scent but don’t think I’ll be wearing it again. Luckily my partner loves it too & I’ll be able to smell it on him :-)

  7. juicejones says:

    Fleur d’ Louis. My new fav. Must have FB , stat.

    • Robin says:

      That’ll cost ya ;-)

      • juicejones says:

        I know. And, I waxed here once that it was never gonna happen.
        I am a big fat, sweet smellin’ liar.

  8. Eroica says:

    Hanae Mori Butterfly for this girl. I’m thinking about buying Bronze Goddess for the winter – hoping it will pull me out of a winter funkiness. In the meantime, my comfort scents will do.

    • mals86 says:

      Sweet and comforting stuff, love it on my daughter.

    • Nightingale says:

      I checked with the SA at Estee Lauder just last week. She said Bronze Goddess should be available in the spring. Hoping my bottle will last until then!

  9. monkeytoe says:

    Today’s scent is Czech and Speake Dark Rose inspired by yesterday’s review of Phi Une Rose de Kandahar. I may have an all rose rest of the week with Black Aoud tomorrow and Rose de Nuit on Saturday.

  10. zara says:

    Lostmarch Eau de Hermine here – a decant I ordered a couple of weeks ago and totally forgot I have it and love it. I’ve been indulging in pretty and easygoing scents lately. Also, trying hard to downsize my collection after having realized that some bottles just don’t for me anymore and I need to let them go.

    • aimiliona says:

      I need to try all the Lostmarc’hs to celebrate the fact that at least one book IN BRETON is available from Amazon: (“The Battle of Kergidu and Other Things that Happened in Lower Brittany during the Troubles of 1793”). Print on demand is working miracles.

      So far I have a sample of Ael Mat, which really does have the almost buttery note of gorse.

      • Oakland Fresca says:

        That was a fun link. Not something I’d usually be checking out!

  11. ladymurasaki says:

    It’s Acqua di Cuba for me. Mmm, yum!

  12. melissa says:

    Prada Infusion d’Iris, a cubicle fragrance bar none.

    • Lucy says:

      You are so kind to your coworkers! That really is a great, close, non-offensive scent. There aren’t many that pull off being light and good at the same time.

    • Eroica says:

      Oh yes – I agree HA That one is on my list this year.

    • Lise says:

      My favourite office friendly scent :-) Just emptied my bottle. Will need more.

  13. Anna Stromberg says:

    I’m testing Ramon Monegal Cherry musc on the right ( am bored with it) and Profumum Roma Dulcis in fundo (enjoying this, not as much as Confetto, but still. Wish it had more oranges).

    • Anna Stromberg says:

      On the right arm…. And Profumum … On the left. Did write a bit fast there.

    • Ari says:

      Anna, before you go spending Profumum prices on the Dulcis In Fundo, please try Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot.

      • Anna Stromberg says:

        Ahaaaa! I will, thank you so much!

  14. Ari says:

    SOTD is Kenzo Amour Le Parfum. PSA for New Yorkers: the gigantic beauty website Into The Gloss is having a charity sale tonight of “deeply discounted” beauty products. It’s 7-9 at the Jane Hotel. I’m going, as long as I can motivate myself to put on the appropriate layers.

    • floragal says:

      Cool! I love ITG! Thanks for the heads up..

      • hodgko says:

        Great website… envious of those who are going!

    • nozknoz says:

      Ari, how’s that Amour Le Parfum? I like Amour – wondering how the Parfum differs.

      Hope you make it to the sale without freezing and find deals that make the trip worthwhile!

  15. Lucy says:

    Still nauseous, so SOTD is nothing. However, I wanted to give a heads up…I received an email from L’Artisan Parfumeur this morning. It contained an invitation to take a survey. They want to understand how and why their customers choose the scents they do. It’s quick and multiple choice, although I wish there had been an open “is there anything else you’d like to tell us?” section. It’s not often that we are asked for feedback — so check your inboxes. I do hope many fellow NSTers will participate.

    • nozknoz says:

      Thanks, Lucy! I hope you told them we must have smaller bottles! (I like Skin on Skin and am really frosted that it only comes in 125 ml!)

      • Lucy says:

        So funny. That’s exactly what I would have said if there were an area for open writing. Luckily, I picked “other” for one of the multiple choice questions and there was a box to explain. I was able to work how much I loved the small bottles into my answer.

  16. sweetgrass says:

    SOTD is Bijan EdT. I’d been thinking about how I should wear things I’ve been neglecting, and this is one. I always enjoy it on the rare occasions that I wear it, but so often I pass it over for other stuff.

  17. foxbins says:

    Amouage Opus II today from a sample set I bought last fall. It’s a tart citrus and lavender combo, with a dash of pepper for spice. It reminds me of my dad’s aftershave in the 60’s (I have no idea what he wore, maybe Old Spice?) but I think it is more suited for wear on hot summer days.

  18. bowbat says:

    SOTD is L’Artisan Nuit de Tubereuse. It’s not working for me in this cold weather (well, cold by Florida standards). I suspect I’ll enjoy it a lot more in the heat.

    Just ordered a bunch of samples from Lucky Scent that I’m eager to try. Hopefully they’ll get here in the next couple of days.

  19. Kelly Red says:

    I am wearing Amber Sultan by SL, it is windy and very cold here in Minneapolis and I needed a warm up. One another note: I received my OUD car trees yesterday! I told you all I was going to search them out and they are on eBay. I got 6 plus shipping for less then $7. They do smell like oud, but as expected not great. Sort of like how the vanilla trees smells like vanilla but cheap, same with the oud. I like it as I am an oud fan, but my husband went yuck. They will be fine for the winter, but they will NOT be hung in the summer, way way way too much. But it’s a cheap thrill for $7. Thanks Angela for such a fun post.

    • nozknoz says:

      Thank you, Kelly Red – inquiring minds are now very happy to be in the know about the oud tree!

  20. thegoddessrena says:

    Wearing Coeur d’Ete today, but I just got off work so I’ll be going into the city to try a couple more of the Oriza L Legrand line. Chypre Mousse is totally different than anything else I’ve tried but I’m smitten with Jardin d’Armide despite the fact that I’m not that into rose scents, nor am I that into powdery scents, and it’s so big that I can’tven remotely consider wearing it for work but it hits my big, lush, round and slightly carnal trigger. I am seriously considering getting this instead of Ta’if at the end of Feb….

    • hajusuuri says:

      thegoddessrena, where are you sampling the Oriza Legrande? I’m contemplating hosting a split of Chypre Mousse in case you’re interested…(I’ll make it official during the Split Meet)

      • thegoddessrena says:

        Juju S’Amuse on Lexington near 82nd. It’s a cute little boutique not a perfume store. Oriza listed it on their website so I visited before going to see the super awesome Chagall exhibit at the Jewish Museum

        • hajusuuri says:

          Thanks! I was at the Musee Marc Chagall in Nice over the holidays! My 2014 mini calendar is of the works by him. I should check out the exhibit at the Jewish Museum. I guess I better hurry as it will only be there through February 2nd.

  21. kate says:

    Dune! Still love it but wear it only occasionally – its that dry powdery bit that I love. Just sent off for some samples from Les Senteurs – so I’ve got Fracas, Bandit, L’AIr du Moroccain and Knize Ten coming. Here in the UK its more difficult to get sample sizes but I’ve just discovered LS! I’ve read about the above fragrances for so long I thought I’d treat myself and try only 1 every few days …..January will pass in a haze (hopefully) of new fragrant delights!!

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Wore Dune yesterday. Whenever I wear it I wonder why I don’t pull it out more often! You smell great!

  22. hodgko says:

    Scent of the day is Nirvana Black by Elizabeth & James. The weather has turned cold and windy here and I love its coziness.

    Glad I only spritzed once, though, for my Ineke sample set came today and I will be tearing into it once the little one goes to bed. Evening Edged in Gold was suggested to me in last week’s Monday Mail (can’t recall the poster, sorry!) and that’s where I will likely head first… even though I’m only edging a room with paint tonight, no joke!

    • sweetgrass says:

      I think that was me :D I’m glad you got the set. Hope you like it!

  23. flannery says:

    Violette Fumee, another of Mona’s masterpieces!

    • Oakland Fresca says:

      Yikes! I am very jealous.

      • flannery says:

        Until the 27th it is on sale at 20% off at parfums1 (not affiliated)

  24. cologneluvr says:

    I am wearing Fahrenheit Absolute by Christian Dior…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this fragrance! I am hoping the new iteration Fahrenheit Parfum will be nice enough as well as to purchase a full bottle. Eau Savage Parfum was a nice interpretation of the original Eau Savage.

    • relleric says:

      I love the Eau Sauvage Parfum as well, been wearing it a lot lately. Perhaps I should get a backup bottle before they ruin it with a reformulation, but probably already to late. Oy!

  25. Merlin says:

    I went out in Caron Pour un Homme – which is always right.

    But I passed a department store and also had to try all the testers: Armani Prive’s Rose d’Arabie and Cuir Noir. And the new Baiser Vole flanker. And how could I leave without a spritz of Calligraphy Rose? What can i say – I’m a scent bomb.

    I’m liking the one I went out in – the Caron – the most. Second place, at the moment is Cuir Noir.

    • Merlin says:

      Ok, Cuir d’Arabie overtook Cuir Noir – but Caron is still in the lead:)

  26. larahart says:

    Dune. Love it. I’m almost done with my sample and am thinking I need a FB. Is there a big difference between spraying and dabbing with this one? My sample was a dabber so I don’t know if I should get a spray sample before I purchase the FB.

    • floragal says:

      Dune to me is dabber only. I can’t imagine spraying that bomb of a scent on. I too love it, but it’s so powerful that I need to use it very sparingly. My 2ml sample has lasted a loooong time indeed.

    • Merlin says:

      Dune was the first perfume I chose for myself – about 15 years back, and though I can’t wear it anymore I still think it is beautiful and unusual. I’v never tried it with a dabber…

      Perhaps it depends on how sensitive your nose is, and also on your skin chemistry. Are you finding it strong enough with a dabbing?

      I can’t unfortunately answer if the spray application actually changes the scent of this one…

    • sweetgrass says:

      I think I’ve only had it sprayed (small decant and then fb), so I couldn’t say if it makes a big difference. And I don’t personally find it too powerful to spray. I was just going to say, if you decide to get a FB, look on Amazon. You can find really good deals. I got a 50ml bottle there for under $40.

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Yeah, I’m in the go-for-it camp, too! I spray each wrist, maybe my inner elbow, and definitely the décolletage. Then again, I’m not precisely a subtle person! :D

      I suspect it is sparkling enough that it does smell differently somewhat dabbed vs. sprayed, but you can always decant a bit into a dabber if you decide you prefer it that way.

  27. lynne marie says:

    Today is Montale’s Chocolate Greedy. For the first ten minutes it smells like Cocoa Puffs but then the flowers come in and it is feminine and gourmand and just beautiful. I sprayed it in response to the snow that was falling this morning – snow I knew I would have to shovel when I get home tonight!

    • Merlin says:

      Just wondering whether you have smelled Amour de Cacao by Comptoir Sud Pacifique. I find it similar, but less ornamented and rich: it stays like cocoa puffs!

      • lynne marie says:

        I have a small decant of Amour de Cacao and love that, too! I agree that it stays more chocolate like and doesn’t veer off as much into flowers like Chocolate Greedy does. Today I tried Montale’s Intense Cafe for the first time and fell deeply in love. I’m not getting a ton of coffee, just a little, but a whole lot of rose with a side of chocolate. It’s amazing!

  28. jirish says:

    La Fille de Berlin, which is no surprise, as I’ve been wearing it almost every day. I even wore it every day during my vacation to Quebec City last week. Thought I might switch it for something rougher and more outdoorsy, which would have fit more with the theme of the trip, but decided if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

    • floragal says:

      How’d you like QC? My husband and I visit for the first time the week after Christmas. Cold, cold, cold…. BUT, just gorgeous with the snow and lights. I was fragrance-free for this vacation to please my husband. Got a bit desperate at one point and hit a local pharmacy for a sniffing session. Couldn’t find much up there to explore in the way of fragrance.

      Question: La Fille de Berlin – any issues with that color making a mess of things? I guess you just are very careful with clothes and stuff.

      • jirish says:

        Loved QC. It was actually warmer than Chicago and we missed the worst of the deep freeze. They still had the Christmas decorations up and it was, as you say, gorgeous. But we really went so we could stay at the Ice Hotel, go dogsledding, and rappel down a frozen waterfall, so we didn’t spend too much time in the old town – just a day.

        As for La Fille de Berlin – I have accidentally gotten it on clothes, and it did leave a stain, but it wash out. Luckily, I haven’t gotten it on anything that needs to be dry-cleaned.

    • AnnieA says:

      Their winter carnival is coming up at the end of the month. Alas that it is not a perfume city. The old town has one of those all-things-provencal shops with lots of lavender thingies, Shoppers Drug Mart has plenty of Lise Watier…and I can’t think of anything else.

  29. KateReed says:

    I need help everyone! My sister’s had a really bad year, or more like year and a half, including moving twice, a job loss, getting divorced and recently losing her job again (her grant didn’t get renewed,) and she’s got a her 40th birthday coming up. I’d like to get her something nice (so snooped) and her purse perfumes are Lola, twe different versions of Daisy, a Burberry (I think it was Body,) and Clinique Happy. What can I get her in the same vein that, if she likes it, won’t be too hard to find or too expensive (she’s got two teenaged boys and one about to be teenaged who are all in sports, so there’s not much Mom money left over after paying for everything.)

    • KateReed says:

      *sigh* I keep forgetting tha Subscribe menu thingie…

    • nozknoz says:

      It’s hard to tell because these are kind of generic; maybe they are just what she happened to try in the department store and liked the bottles as much as the scent itself. You can’t beat Parfums de Nicolaï for affordable. Maybe get her a set of decants and the promise of a small bottle of whichever one she likes?

      PdN bottles are not attractive, but she should keep it in the box or a drawer anyway to protect from the light. Le Temps d’une Fete, Maharanih Intense and Violette in Love are ones I like.

      Also, you probably couldn’t go wrong with SSS Champagne des Bois or a sample set from that line and promise of a bottle from that line.

      • yukiej says:

        Speaking of SSS, I would also recommend Jour Ensoileille. It is absolutely gorgeous and also very likeable (in my limited experience sharing perfume samples). I think I remember reading somewhere that it would be a perfect gift to a friend who was looking to graduate from Happy…personally I think it would be a lovely gift for almost any perfume lover.

    • Holly says:

      Kate, this is just so sweet. Ineke’s Scent Library comes to mind: $25 for 5 samples, 2.5 mls each. Their fragrances are not outrageously expensive if a full bottle is desired. I also agree with Noz that SSS has a nice collection. If there’s a particular house you like, it’s worth your time to see if they offer sample sets. I received a 6 month Olfactif gift for Christmas which I adore. Three samples arrive every month, chosen by the company. They’re beautifully packaged and it’s just fun to get a gift every month! If you look at their website, you can see what they offer. I can’t say I love everything I’ve gotten thus far, but I do love several of them.

      • mals86 says:

        Another sample service is Bergamot, $14/mo for 6 months, 3 2-ml samples/month. Not familiar personally with either one, but I’ve heard good things about both.

        Sweet of you to cheer your sister up this way.

      • Kelly says:

        New to this website and the world of niche perfumes! I can see what an addiction it can be (ugh, on a social worker salary). I did get the Olfactif subscription which is an awesome way for a newbie like me to start!

        Today, I’ve been working from home and my Serge samples I have been wanting to try came in. Fille en Aiguilles was marvelous and perfect for a Chicago winter, which I wore this morning. I also got La Fille de Berlin which I’m not really super excited about (I think rose turns plasticky on my skin – is that common?), but am giving the old college try! Too bad, because the juice is beautiful. I also am really drawn to that depressingly and stately beautiful Gris Clair… (dot dot dot)….

        • Marjorie Rose says:

          Gris Clare was my first Serge love. . . :)

          • Marjorie Rose says:

            Clair, that is!

        • KateReed says:

          Glad to hear from you, Kelly, because social worker salary is exactly what she’d have to work with, had that grant got renewed. She’s in the looking stage still, and may end up working for the state, rather than the private entity where she was before.

          Crud. She definately needs something light and inoffensive enough that even the most rampagey of office scent trolls can’t complain. I have no idea what that would even be, I have my own entire office to pollute, for heaven’s sake! ;D

        • Rappleyea says:

          Kelly, if you like the SL Fille en Aiguilles, also give Parfum d’Empire’s Wazamba a try. Much cheaper and I like it better!

  30. nozknoz says:

    I just got a bunch of samples from STC and am wearing NV Ashoka now. It is growing on me. At first I thought it was like Parfums MDCI with fig instead of pear, but it’s a bit warmer than that one. I’m not sure I would have identified it as fig if I hadn’t heard that was a note but not sure how else to describe it. Will probably set it aside to try in later winter or early summer.

    I also ordered AdV Iris Nazarena, SSS Cocoa Sandalwood, BK Apple Brandy, Via del Profumo Milano Caffe, MDCI Cuir Garamante, Lush Gorilla Perfumes Sikkim Girls and Le Labo Ylang 49 plus vintage Caron Parfum Sacre Extrait, Tuvache Jungle Gardenia parfum and Nina Ricci Fille d’Eve parfum. The sniffer will be veddy busy!

    • floragal says:

      NV Ashoka is on my list being a fig lover. I tend to lean towards more green figs vs. sweet/fruity. Interesting that you couldn’t identify the fig. Still eager to try!

  31. happy888cat says:

    Elie Saab Le Parfum Intense for me today. Grey rainy sky, murky puddles and winter air calls for some serious uplifting floral and comfortable rich vanilla to feel great!

    • happy888cat says:

      Btw, I am seriously contemplating getting a bottle of Chocolate Greedy by Montale. I keep hearing all these references to Comptoir Sud Pacific.
      Exactly HOW SIMILAR are they? I guess first off the longevity should vary (My own Banana Vanilla Comptoir lasts like 30 minutes.)?

      • Merlin says:

        I’v only tried the Montale once so I can’t give a detailed comparison, but can say that the CSP has very good longevity. It is also quite linear, so the cocoa-puff effect is pretty much what you get all the way. I think in the later stages it stays quite close though.

  32. Nightingale says:

    SOTD – cheap thrill, SJP Lovely. Bought it blind and glad I did. It’s definitely different from what I usually wear (musk? amber?) and not something I’d be drawn to if trying on paper. But, I do like it and realize there are so many more scent categories to explore!

    • libberation says:

      That is such a bang for your buck scent! I wish more celebrities would break from the pack like SJP.

  33. PekeFan says:

    I got out my Paestum Rose after yesterday’s post about dark rose fragrances!

    • nozknoz says:

      I should do that, too. I love it but tend to forget about my decant.

  34. Filomena says:

    I’m wearing Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolut today…haven’t worn it since the summer. Yesterday I wore Ingrid.

  35. libberation says:

    Wearing prada no 2 oeillet. It was one of the samples I ordered after the lazy weekend pool on the 4th. It feels really rich and classic to me like I should be receiving callers in the parlor rather than changing peoples watch batteries at work. A little goes a loooong way too which is nice.

    • nozknoz says:

      True, but how very nice for those whose watch batteries need to be changed! :-)

  36. aimiliona says:

    Paris today, Diorella yesterday.

    I went to Providence over Christmas and discovered that the Providence Perfume Company lets you mix your own (small vial for $36) and keeps the formula on file so that you can reorder. My first creation involves bergamot, mimosa, rose, peach, violet leaf, fir balsam, vanilla, and a very little patchouli. I don’t have a name for it yet.

    • nozknoz says:

      Wow, that sounds cool!

  37. Oakland Fresca says:

    TRÉSOR. I put that in caps. I’m suffering a little. Victoria at BdJ had a very interesting piece on a recent French court decision about the copyright-ability of perfume… many of the original suits were by Lancome for copyright infringement of Trésor… which got me thinking… so I pulled out an old mini I had and sprayed… and, well, now I am suffering :) Serves me right. I love the bottle and the marketing, but the fragrance is just way to VA VA VOOM for me. Gasp! Oxygen please.

    • hodgko says:

      I’m laughing at this because I think I had a similar experience with it a few weeks ago; I hadn’t tried it in ages and wanted to check it out anew. I quickly sprayed my wrist, but it was so quick that more than half of it hit my parka, and only now do I think it’s worn off enough! (And I like VA VA VOOM, generally speaking!)
      I’m still getting compliments when outdoors that I smell nice, so maybe it’s not such a bad thing, after all?

      • Oakland Fresca says:

        Outside in crisp winter air, it might be very nice!

        Mmmgggghhhhh….gurgle, gurgle, gurgle… just not sure ___ ‘gasp!’ __I__’gasp’___can stand___’wheeze’___it______inside!

        “UNCLE” is is shower time :)

        Truthfully, I like VA VA VOOM too. Just, maybe, not this particular V V V.

    • kindcrow says:

      Years ago, my friend at work was wearing something that smelled very good — like violets. I asked her what she was wearing and she said “Trésor.” When I sampled it at the store, it didn’t overpower me, but there was very little violet :-(

  38. stinker_kit says:

    I was in the mood for a vintage power chypre today. What to wear? Niki de St Phalle, Paloma, Halston Z-14? Halston Z-14 it is. Nice for a dreary overcast day. Wore it with a black velvet dress, silver Zuni jewelry and black and grey striped leggings, my signal to the world that I am not a serious person.

    • Jillie says:

      You smell wonderful and look gorgeous!

      • stinker_kit says:

        Thank you, Jillie!

    • Merlin says:

      Agree on the gorgeous: and I wouldn’t take it as a signal that you are not serious – but rather that you are not overly rule-bound!

      • stinker_kit says:

        Thank you, Merlin. I think I like ” not overly rule-bound.”

  39. Kelly says:

    So that is my latest scent of the day (number 3!) ….

    I just received my sample of ELdO’s Secretions Magnifique right now in the mail, which I had been wanting to try because I heard it was horrible so of course I had to order it. I don’t hate it! Mostly coconut is what I’m smelling, but I’m a bit ill, so there is the stuffy sniffer….

    Oh jeez, now the top note is wearing off….

    I think I get it now.

    • mals86 says:

      HA HA HA HA!!

      Sorry. Sorry. It’s just that I had the same kind of reaction – “Oh, hey, this isn’t too ba– no, I spoke too soon.”

  40. AnnieA says:

    It’s sunny today, so I decided to pretend it was spring already and put on BP’s PC01.

  41. Daisy says:

    Well, let’s see….I started out testing Profumum Roma’s Acqua e Zucchero (Italian for “water and sugar” in case you were wondering) and it is a nice cookie scent…great longevity …but I got a little sick of it after a few hours. Then someone mentioned a fabulous combination they stumbled upon — Chanel LE No 22 and Henry Dunay Sabi….so I had to try that one out. It really does smell great…the green chypre of the Sabi sort of framed by wafty aldehydes…. But I am a little hesitant to use my precious bottle of Sabi in a way where I’m not just basking in the glory that is Sabi….seems like I’d be wasting it.
    Now it’s been hours and the Sabi portion is just a skin scent but good ole Chanel No22 is hanging in there.
    I think pretty soon I’m going to apply something else for the evening….maybe Roja Dove Reckless (my current love affair) hopefully it will not clash with 22’s lingering aldehydes….

    Meanwhile : we have been having another freaking snowstorm. I’m done already!! I want spring and I want it now…..or really soon at the very least.

    • juicejones says:

      Love that Sabi! You smell great!

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      I know it will sound like bragging, but I don’t mean it that way. . . we haven’t any snow this year and I think it’s a total bummer! I could use at least ONE snow day!

  42. poodle says:

    I have no idea what I’m wearing. I was looking through my samples and found an unmarked vial. It smells like White Musk and could very well be that. Thankfully it’s not making me swoon because that would be a downer if my dream fragrance wasn’t labeled and I had no idea what it was.

    • Daisy says:

      Just white musk and nuthin else? hmmm….. oh well, I’m glad you didn’t find your Holy Grail in that unmarked vial!!!!

      • Oakland Fresca says:

        But that would make a good short story!

      • hajusuuri says:

        Ha, I refuse to use unmarked vials for that exact reason – what if I LURVE it and couldn’t figure out what it is?

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      OH, I have one of those and I’ve been afraid to try it. . . maybe you’ll make me brave!

  43. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Tauer PHI Une Rose de Kandahar, inspired by Robin’s review yesterday. It’s in magnificent, gorgeous drydown right now!

  44. Omega says:


  45. 50_Roses says:

    SOTD was Shiseido White Rose, partially prompted by yesterday’s post about rose scents, and partially in celebration of my sense of smell beginning to return to normal. I came down with a nasty case of flu three weeks ago, and my respiratory system has been messed up, so I have not been wearing much perfume lately.

  46. rivercitylizzy says:

    Just the other day I was reading the review here of Phi-Une Rose de Kandahar and it got me in the mood for roses (I thought of commenting there, but could not come up with a nice “not so girly” rose at the time, hahaha). So today I wore Briar Rose by INeKE; a lovely, lovely rose. It’s girly, sure, but not overblown; I find it simple and elegant on the skin.

  47. kindcrow says:

    I showered with Rose Jam shower gel this morning, so I did not need to add any perfume for a few hours.

    My order of gourmand fragrances from STC has arrived — I’m trying Dulcis in Fundo first. Unfortunately, the citrus disappeared after a couple of minutes. I was looking forward to smelling like an expensive orange creamsicle :-) If I smell sweet as I drift to sleep, will I have sweet dreams? I have CSP’s Vanille Abricot, so I will have to compare them, as recommended above.

    • mals86 says:

      I find that in cool weather I sleep better in sweeter scents. Don’t know why… just relaxing maybe? A subtle signal to myself that it’s very far from being time to do anything? As a corollary, I don’t usually wear sweet scents “out” – if I’m wearing Hanae Mori or B&BW Dark Kiss or Prada Candy, those are definitely “at home in lounge pants” fragrances.

  48. bonardi says:

    I am wearing amouages it sooo much, though I hardly get any comments on it., like when I wear Knowing or Eau du soir.
    Not such a big deal but since it’s my most expensive perfume..quite frustrating:)

  49. lekkerruik says:

    I’m wearing something I’ve never, ever seen mentioned anywhere: Roger & Gallet Open White (ugh, that name!). There are three (I think) scents in the Open range, meant to reference tennis, I believe (there’s a stylised little flying ball design on the box). White has topnotes of yuzu (R & G do a great yuzu) and marzipan, not masculine at all, though the range is targeted at men. Later it does become a soft musky masculine-y scent, perhaps in the family of Fleurs du Male. I am really enjoying it a lot, and lasting power is okay if you spray yourself wet. Very happy with this recent impulse buy!

    • Merlin says:

      I could not find a single review of this fragrance when I looked! The original Open though seems to have quite a following.

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