Lazy weekend poll ~ Easter basket, part 2

Lindt easter basket

A repeat of a poll we did in 2011. Fill your (fantasy) Easter basket:

1. You can pick one perfume, new or old: what is it?

2. And you can have one other scented product (a candle, a body lotion, anything): what is it?

3. Your favorite candy?

4. And any random present you'd like the Easter bunny to bring you.

Note: image is the Lindt Happy Hunting Easter Basket [cropped — it's deeper than shown], $35 at Lindt USA.

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  1. 2rista says:

    Happy Easter everyone. I’m sitting here with my feet in intensive care after 7 days of processions ; 6 or 7 hours of walking every day, often over cobblestones and sometimes in heels.

    Well, in my basket I would love a bottleof Trayee and an amber ball by L’AP .

    As for chocolate, the cheap, vulgar me wants some Cadbury’s Creme Eggs – the sickliest, sugariest sweet ever, but a real guilty pleasure. On the other hand, my elegant, sophisticated self would like a box of Godiva chocolates.

    As for the random request, well, that’s not for me, but I’d love the Easter bunny to bring a decent job for my daughter, who, despite having excellent qualifications, is working for different agencies with basically junk contracts.

    • Elena says:

      You can have any Creme Eggs that I come across if you share your Godiva box with me. I’ve heard that the amber balls last forever, have you had one?

      • 2rista says:

        Nope, I’ve never had one. But I’ve seen you can buy refills so I don’t think they last forever!

        As for sharing my Godivas with you…I’ll have to think about that: it’s a very serious matter.

        • Elena says:

          No, not “forever”, but a few years. Maybe owners can weigh in. If they do last such a long time, all the easier to rationalize buying it.

          • Jillie says:

            For the first three years my amber ball was quite powerful (in a subtle way!), but after four I could really only smell it close up – although I wonder if my nose got too used to it. Any way, I bought the refill which was quite expensive, but there was enough in this to fill the ball twice so I have carefully sealed and stored the remainder for next time. My ball is now gently wafting its scent again.

    • yukiej says:

      I also have a weird fondness for Cadbury Creme Eggs! This year, I saw that they made miniature ones (about the size of quail eggs), sold in packs of six. I didn’t buy them, but I’ve been looking for them ever since! Somehow I feel like that would just make my day…they are just a bit to sugary for me to finish a whole one on the spot, but the goo factor always makes saving the remainder a bit difficult.

  2. lucasai says:

    Sending my best Easter wishes to everyone all over the world!

    For my Easter basket I would pick a bottle of Jul et Mad Aqua Sextius (divine!) and one of those fabulous Cire Trudon candles (don’t know which one). I’m on a diet but since it’s just a game my sweet treat would be Lindt Lindor chocolate pralines. A random present could be some nice T-shirt, a polo shirt or a new CD with smooth jazz compilation.

    My perfume today is Prada Infusion d’Homme but for Easter I will wear something bright and happy tomorrow.

    • Jillie says:

      You must tell us what you are wearing tomorrow! Something citrussy, perhaps??

      • lucasai says:

        I’ve been thinking about Eau d’Italie Acqua Decima but I might as well opt for Cologne Precieuse from La Manufacture (to be reviewed!)

    • nozknoz says:

      Lucas, you are convincing me that I need to try the Jul et Mad brand. Stilettos on Lex got good reviews, too.

      • lucasai says:

        You really NEED to try Jul et Mad, they’re great quality extraits.
        Stilettos on Lex is the most playful one to me

    • Jonette says:

      What a coincidence, Lucas! I’ve been googling Cecile Zarokian today to read about her creations. She is the nose behind my beloved Amouage Epic Woman. I’ve read that her Mon Nom is Rouge for Mona di Orio is also very similar. Anyway, I want to try many of her scents, if I can get hold of them, including Aqua Sextius.

      I saw on your blog that you recently got to meet her.

      • lucasai says:

        What a nice coincidence! She was given a chance as a very young perfumer when Amouage picked her to make Epic Woman. That won her a ticket of appreciation in the industry. You mean Mon Nom Est Rouge for Majda Bekkali!? I tried it, don’t remember the scent.
        Her works are really great and yes, I met Cecile at Esxence in Milan, we talked about the creation process of Jul et Mad Aqua Sextius.

  3. Elena says:

    Oh, picking just one bottle is making my greedy little brain hurt. I’m going to cheat and go with the new Ann Gerard discovery set which includes Rose Cut. I choose a Diptyque candle, Easter Bunny’s choice, as I’ve never owned a one and couldn’t say. I’m easy to please, any kind of good dark chocolate set will do, but we did get a very fancy box from a little artisan in Boston from my husband’s company for a Xmas gift this year, I’ll take an extra large.

    And this is going to be a tough one, but the perfect pair of jeans, in 2 lengths and 3 washes. My favorite pair that I’ve been living in for the past 4 years (pregnancy not included) is developing holes in one knee and I have no replacement that fits quite right.

    • Elena says:

      SOTD will be Lyric.

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        I’ve been wearing Lyric a lot lately! It has that wonderful mix of full fragrance but not TOO heavy for the warmer afternoons. And I always get compliments when I wear it. :)

        And LOVE the suggestion of perfect jeans from the Easter bunny! Sign me up for that, too!

        • Elena says:

          It is really nice for these transitional spring days. I think Shanghai Lily is good for cold spring days too, and DK Gold.

          • Marjorie Rose says:

            I need to spend more time with the Tom Ford line. I do remember finding Shanghai Lily interesting, though.

  4. melissa says:

    PdE Azemour les orangers, a big Diptyque Baies, and Reese’s eggs — not my all-time but a favorite seasonal indulgence. My mom stuck a Butter London nail polish in my actual Easter basket (yes she made me one, yes I am far too old for such) and that was great, so I’ll add that as my extra here.

    • lucasai says:

      I love Azemour – recently bought a bottle with 50% discount, a local retailer had a clearance sale before the batch in a new packaging arrives.

    • Suzy Q says:

      I used to love Azemour but, strangely, I don’t any longer. It’s rare for me to fall out of love with a perfume that moved me a lot. I’ve got an extra 10 ml decant, Melissa. If you’re in the US and want to swap or something let me know. Yahoo account smaakest.

      • CM says:

        I haven’t worn this since last summer, but I spritzed a bit just this past week and remembered why I love it so – that juicy orangey opening is just so lovely and the dry down is unique and even a bit cozy. Still good stuff. Suzy Q, I hope you regain your love someday!

      • melissa says:

        Suzy, I just saw this, and thank you so much! I’m working through a generous sample right now, so I will probably not take you up on that — but again, you are so kind to offer.

  5. johanob says:

    Happy Easter NST!
    1.a “Fresh” bottle of vintage Apres L’Ondee!

    2.Frederic Malle Jurassic Flower Perfume Gun

    3.I don’t know if you guys know this one:Wilson’s Creme Caramels,the LAAARGE rectangular box that’s got like 30 little blocks inside.Soft,chewy,yummy caramel/fudge!

    4.a Neela Vermeire discovery set,or one of those new pomander balls from her collection,filled with Trayee!

    Hope everyone has a great weekend and Easter!:-))

    • Robin says:

      A fresh bottle of vintage Apres L’Ondee is perfect — I want that too.

  6. Calypso says:

    A bottle of Amouage Fate for Women; an Archipelago candle in Tuscany; a Reese’s egg; and maybe the gorgeous Etruscan style 18K gold ring set with a 2.8 natural emerald (designer is Yasuko Azuma) that I’m lusting over at a local jeweler’s?

    • Calypso says:
      • Marjorie Rose says:

        WOW! Beautiful! So, that ring only costs a bit more than my yearly fragrance spending (on average). . . a girl could justify it and try to show some restraint for a while! :D

        • Jillie says:


          • Marjorie Rose says:

            Why show restraint, you mean? I presume buying the ring requires no explanation. :)

        • C.H. says:

          OR, one could buy THREE vintage bottles of Attrape Coeur–you know, just for another take on this! ;)

          • Merlin says:

            Attrape who? I want that ring!!!

          • C.H. says:

            Haha–legit!! (I owe you an email!)

      • Elena says:

        Stunning! I am hankering for some jewelry, too. I dropped off a gold chain that my 4 year old broke (FOR THE SECOND TIME) at a local jewelry store, and they had a gorrrrrrrgeous kind of basketweave gold necklace that I have been daydreaming about ever since. At $3K, about $2990 more than my jewelry budget right now…

      • Robin says:

        Wow, sorry I clicked on that link!

      • missionista says:

        Ooooh, YES to that ring, it’s stunning.

  7. Marjorie Rose says:

    My Easter basket. . . hmm. . .
    1. Maybe Mr. Bunny can finally get me that FB of Attrape Coeur?

    2. Does a flowering shrub count as a scented product? There’s a small tree down the road–I can’t figure out what it is, but it smells DIVINE all summer long! I want one for my yard. I’m tempted to make a clandestine trip with some clippers and rooting hormone. . .

    3. Homemade, old-fashioned milk chocolate fudge, please! I didn’t get around to making any around the holidays, and I’m still hankering for it!

    4. Gosh, as I go through my wishlist, I’m feeling like it might become a gripe list! My neighbors cut down all 5 of their 100 year old Douglas Firs and it’s totally changed my view (now I see their ugly house), so I’d love to get those back! (I literally wept when I saw it. Broke my heart!)

    Or maybe I should request a new roof? Randomly, at 3am two nights ago, some of my shingles just popped off and slid down the roof. I have a friend coming over this morning to inspect, but I’m afraid it’s gonna need more than a few new nails. . . :(

    But the FUN answer would be two tickets to Paris, with time for side trips of course, so Mr. Spicebomb and I can go exploring together!

    • C.H. says:

      Hahahaha jinx!!

      Crushing about those fir trees though. I cried about a tree this week too (do you listen to Radiolab? The episode called “Oops” has some amazing segments but also some truly upsetting stuff.)

      Are you really thinking of going to Paris?

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        Thanks for the tree commiseration! I was kinda hard on myself when I reacted so strongly–they’re just trees after all!–but since I’ve mentioned it to a few friends, they’ve all said they would have responded the same way. I guess I feel that the trees have been there longer than we have, so we have a responsibility to keep them happy unless there’s a really good reason to remove them. As far as I can tell, my neighbors just didn’t like to clean up after them. . .

        No, no plans for Paris, although we talk about exploring Europe. He went to Spain about a year before we met, and it whet his whistle to do more travel. He said he’d be game for Paris and understands he’d lose me to sniffing stuff from time to time. :)

        • C.H. says:

          Yeah, I have a similar feeling–I mean, I’m not even a vegetarian so what business do I have crying about something that isn’t even sentient? On the other hand, to see something that took 100 years to develop hacked to pieces is pretty upsetting. Felt similarly stricken when it looked like the ancient materials at the Timbuktu library had been destroyed (but happily I hear that in fact almost everything was preserved.)

          You’ll have to let me know if you do decide to go Paris! I used to live there, and for some reason have really been stricken with mal du pays this spring, so I’ve been living vicariously through other people’s trips :)

          • Marjorie Rose says:

            Oh, I hadn’t heard that about the Timbuktu library! What a relief! I have often wondered about the old cities around the world in this past decade of unrest–so much history that would be such a loss to humanity if not protected.

          • C.H. says:

            I know. It makes me ill to think of some of the things my home institution spends money on while these priceless collections aren’t even digitized. (Not my school but a similar example: But credit to the city of Timbuktu for protecting the material under such circumstances!

    • Elena says:

      It’s always such a shocking (and rarely good) change when people cut down trees. My neighbor across the street cut down the one which obscured a lot of their house after some (to me, minor) damage from a storm, and it still doesn’t look right to me 1.5 years later.

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        Oh gosh! I’m sorry! I’m hoping I can adjust to it. For now, my blinds (I have those top-down-bottom-up kind) are set so I can’t see their house at all–just the sky above it!

      • 50_Roses says:

        I am still getting used to the change in our yard since I had two big trees taken down three years ago. I really had no choice. We had three trees growing together in a clump–a big elm, a large hackberry, and a smaller tree that I have been told is a different species of elm. I went outside one day and found that the hackberry had snapped off at the base, so it was already a goner. Instead of falling, however, it was leaning against the big elm, which leaned over our garage and had been dropping quite a few limbs. I had actually been worried about the elm and was planning to have it taken down before it could fall and take out our garage, so when the hackberry broke, I had the tree trimmer take both trees at once. I know it had to be done, but I still miss those trees.

      • Holly says:

        My next-door neighbor has embraced feng shui. Apparently the designer had some involvement at some point in Studio 54, inclusive of mind-altering drugs. Draped over a towering pin oak in her front yard, and a maple in the back, are 40 ft. necklaces of largish mirrors which twinkle somewhat aggressively. The effect here is of a ghost emergency team consisting of multiple first-response vehicles with flashing lights. It took me quite a while to figure out what has happening. In addition, I wondered why the lovely new Indian family across the road had installed a swirling red light in their bay window that pulses and throbs throughout the night. I couldn’t help but think of Amsterdam, and wondered if someone would eventually let them know. I checked with various Indian friends, and they were also baffled as no holiday lasts that long, but hey, some people embrace any opportunity to be festive. It turns out that the feng shui gang installed red lights on the outside of the house next door that reflect off of the window across the street. It seems that I am in the unique position of having this particular view of what is supposed to be an expression of ultimate tranquility and harmony. My neighbor is probably listening to Kitaro, and I’m feeling compelled to blast Donna Summer.

        • Marjorie Rose says:

          Oh no! I would not want to be between those two competing environments! If only they decided to put in a koi pond instead!

          • Holly says:

            Well, we’ve contributed to the overall neighborhood ambiance here by my elderly parents being escorted to the ER rather, um, frequently in the last two years. Oh, and the street being blocked off by emergency vehicles due to the home health aide leaving the unlit gas burner blasting in the kitchen. And the car alarms being set off when my dad can’t understand how to use his key and can’t hear the noise.

        • Elena says:


        • missionista says:

          Next time on NST…When Feng Shui Attacks. Stay tuned. (Sorry to make light of your circumstance, but from a distance it seems pretty funny. And awful at the same time.)

      • galbanumgal says:

        You guys are probably too young to remember who Mr T is, but he lived in the town adjacent to mine in the ’80’s on a fabulous historic estate filled with mature beautiful trees.
        He cut down a LOT of them (allegedly to assuage allergies suffered either by him or one of his family members). Quite the hue & cry ensued. The current owners have certainly made restitution…must have cost a fortune!

        • Marjorie Rose says:

          Don’t be a foo’, don’t chop down your trees! ;)

          • sweetgrass says:

            I so wish we had a like function right now. So consider that post liked. :P

          • Marjorie Rose says:

            Thanks! :)

        • AnnS says:

          Here’s a video of Mr T just in time for Mother’s Day…

    • solanace says:

      It’s unbelivable there are STILL people cutting treesthese days. Last Christmas they cut a huge ficus elastica at my worplace, with the lame excuse that it was not a native species. Heartbreaking ideed.

    • poodle says:

      I live in a high risk area for Asian Long Horned Beetles. My sister-in-law lives in Worcester and a few years back some were found in some trees in her neighborhood. The state came in and removed practically every tree. They only left the species that the beetle didn’t like. All the others, gone. Talk about changing the landscape. They have been a bit less radical since.
      In my neighborhood they send crews out and they come into the yard and climb up the trees looking for any signs of the bug. If they find anything the tree gets marked and removed. I’ve had no beetles but my trees out front were infested with something else so I had to have them removed. I wasn’t happy but the next big wind would have taken them down causing damage to the house and wall. I was hoping I had those beetles because then it wouldn’t have cost me anything to get rid of them.

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        Yeah, my old neighborhood in St. Paul, MN had elms that were prone to Dutch Elm disease. All the trees were removed when the risk was deemed too high. It was hard to see, but more understandable to me. I have since learned that you *can* inoculate trees and give them a fighting chance, but it’s not cheap, and it needs to be redone every few years.

  8. 50_Roses says:

    Hmmm…any perfume, new or old? OK, since my lemmings for currently available scents have been pretty well satisfied for a while now, I will take a bottle of Guerlain Djedi, please. Either vintage or the 1996 reissue, I am not picky.

    Maybe some Amouage body cream in either Gold or Dia. I haven’t tried any, but I understand the Amouage body creams are wonderful.

    I nice big box of dark chocolate Godiva truffles, please. My husband always gets me some Godiva for Christmas, but those are long gone.

    I have a thing for timepieces, so for a random present maybe a really cool antique pocket watch, working condition of course, with some really pretty engraving on the case. I love clocks and watches, but I have a harder time justifying a new watch than a new perfume, because even though all perfumes serve the same function–they all smell good–they all do it in a different way, that is, they all smell different from one another. Watches, on the other hand, not only all do the same thing, that is, they tell the time, but if they are working properly, they all tell the same time (within acceptable tolerances).

    • C.H. says:

      It’s so good of you to be flexible about the vintage of Djedi, very considerate ;) But seriously–can I ask your opinion, is this a “must smell before I die” or should I just skip because it will torment me?

      Antique timepieces, so cool. Is the point really their time-telling utility, though? Seems like their contribution is in the aesthetic pleasure, like jewelry–or fragrance, for that matter! And thus an equally worthy purchase :) Just for the next time you need some enabling!

      • 50_Roses says:

        Oh, I totally agree that a watch is a piece of jewelry, and of course I have multiple necklaces, pairs of earrings, and so forth, so why not watches? Still, though, I somehow find it harder to justify buying as many watches as I want. Earrings and necklaces don’t normally require maintenance, but watches do. Quartz watches need periodic battery replacements, and mechanical watches can break. I don’t know if there is even anyone around here anymore who repairs and services watches.

        As for the Djedi, it may depend on your scent preferences. It is an unusual scent. I have a tiny sample of the vintage extrait, and I don’t know how much it may have changed over the years, but the main notes seem to be vetiver and sandalwood–the real things, not some synthetic approximations or “bright, fresh, clean” fractions. It put me in mind of a mysterious, enchanted forest. If you aren’t dying to smell it, it might be best to skip it, as a lemming for it could be near impossible to satisfy. The vintage is almost non-existent any more, and while the reissue occasionally turns up on eBay, it does so at truly breathtaking prices. There is a bottle up for sale right now, and the seller is asking $3555.

        • Marjorie Rose says:

          Wow! That makes the bottle of Attrape Coeur look reasonable!

          • C.H. says:

            See?? :)

        • C.H. says:

          Holy smokes $3555. Wow. Yes perhaps I needn’t rush into that!

          Definitely understand the problem of upkeep on old watches. That definitely does change the pricetag. Not unlike the proverbial gift horse–have spent enough time in various horse-country-type places that occasionally a friend has offered to sell me a horse at significantly below its value, which I would badly want in theory… but the initial cost is really not the problem!!

    • Merlin says:

      To me, its not that the batteries are really expensive, but the idea of them all ticking away in a drawer, wasting energy puts me off owning a whole variety… But I too love the idea of these little mechanical pieces in all their various designs:)

      • 50_Roses says:

        It’s not the cost of the batteries that I find objectionable, it is just the hassle of having to keep up with them, or discovering that the battery has gone dead while I was wearing the watch, causing it to fail at its primary purpose of telling me the time. I am thinking I need a spreadsheet to keep track of when the batteries have been changed in each watch so I can get an idea of when one is about to go out.

        • Merlin says:

          At that point it just becomes TOO complicated, lol!

      • Agree – but I have felt better about it since I learned to pull the watch stem out when not wearing it. I’ve been told that saves the battery and I find it to be true. It’s trivial to set it when I take it out to wear it.

        I also love the ones that power themselves from your movements, or the Eco-Drive ones that run on light.

  9. MikasMinion says:

    1. A bottle of Mitsouko parfum. Yeah, not springy but it will be on every wish list until I get it.
    2. I just finished a can of Bath Roman milky white bath powder so a refill would be great. For some reason I just need a bath smelling like Pez every once in a while.
    3. A little bag of See’s butterscotch squares for me to not share with my husband. I occasionally buy them and they always somehow become his.
    4. A great new job. We are moving in a couple of months and I will have to leave my comfortable job with four day weekends and a boss who totally spoils me. I am leaving my lovely mid century home with the worlds best neighbors and my huge garden for a city suburb with nothing but tiny lots and soulless new build homes (that cost much more) so a great job is a must. Failing that, the Easter Bunny can sign me up for those perfect jeans mentioned above.
    Happy Easter, everyone!

    • bastet says:

      My sympathies on your move. I also have a comfortable job and an old house with a huge garden, and would hate to lose any of them! I hope that in the long run it will all turn out to have been worth it.

  10. happy888cat says:

    I like these sorts of questions. They are fun and actually help me narrow down and prioritise the items on my wish list :D

    1. Chanel – Jersey Extrait de Parfum

    2. Jo Malone – Sweet Almond & Macaroon Home Candle (Smells divineeee. I HAVE to have it!)

    3. Ricola – Original Herb Drops (None of those newer “flankers”. Original is the best.) I love caramels too but I couldn’t really narrow down a brand in particular. Good chocolate truffles I die for but chocolate deserves a category on it’s own. :)

    4. The bunny can definitely bring me a bottle of perfume but I can very happily settle with a tube of Sisley’s Black Roses Face Mask.

    • Suzy Q says:

      We’re on the same wavelength with the Chanels!

    • scentfromabove says:

      I second that on the Jo Malone candles. They are a little piece of heaven on Earth!

  11. C.H. says:

    This is such a good idea–hadn’t occurred to me that the Easter Bunny could use some instruction on what to bring me, thank goodness it’s not too late! This week, if we’re dreaming big, I think I’d take a magically procured bottle of Lubin Idole in EDT, and some Vanille 44 in oil or balm if those would count as a body product. I’m probably not much for candy right now; I still feel like we’ve only just finally gotten rid of all the candy from the holidays! (That’s a terrible confession.) For my present-at-large…I think I would really like a new dress (this being my favorite article of clothing since you pick one thing and then, that’s it, you’re dressed.) Ideally it will be a day dress but still a little bit edgy and interesting, fit great, and be hand-delivered so that I don’t have to try on 50 dresses to find the right one! …no problem, right?

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      OH, I love a good casual dress! Something flirty and flattering, but not too much! Best thing about warmer weather is that I can start wearing my dresses again!

      • C.H. says:

        Totally–having dresses I feel great in is such an easy way to make my day better. And I recently gave away a bunch of dresses I wasn’t wearing anymore…but it made me realize I don’t really have any I do wear! Have to work on that.

        • Merlin says:

          I sometimes buy dresses but almost never wear them!

  12. Suzy Q says:

    1. Chanel No. 5 extrait, big bottle :)
    2. Diptyque candle, Philosykos
    3. Peeps!–not to eat, just to look at. They represent spring and fill me with joy.
    4. World peace, ha ha. No, really, that would be nice. A new iPad Mini with retina display would fit easily in the basket!

    • Holly says:

      Peeps! Absolutely! They’re just so darn cute and I’m happier seeing them than eating candy.

      • yukiej says:

        They are adorable! Though I also think they are good to eat…I recently realized I really will eat anything with marshmallow in it (which is basically all that Peeps are).

        • Marjorie Rose says:

          Sometimes I get a hankering that only Nabisco Pinwheels will satisfy–chocolate and marshmallow is such wonderful combination!

          • yukiej says:

            I discovered Whippets this year, which I think are like Nabisco Pinwheels. I especially like them with the bit of raspberry jam!

      • Elena says:

        I love the Peep diorama contest through The Washington Post every year, too. Always so creative and hilarious.

    • Robin says:

      I love buying peeps for other people :-)

  13. Coumarin says:

    I’ve been standing in line for my local Record Store Day. I’ll hopefully be getting that School of Seven Bells 10″ for Easter. I’ll know in about 5 minutes! I want it really badly.

    I picked Jour d’Hermes because I was standing outside for awhile and something tells me 31 Rue Cambon would not be appreciated.

    As for perfume I want? We’ll see.

    • Coumarin says:

      Should add that since I’m probably buying the monetary equivalent to a midrange bottle of perfume soon, it’ll be awhile before I can think about more perfume! :)

    • Robin says:

      Good luck, hope you got it!

      • Coumarin says:

        I did! Last of three copies in the store, one of 500. I hate limited edition but vinyl LE is by and large less expensive than perfume LE.

  14. solanace says:

    1. Shalimar parfum
    2. Diptyque Rose candle
    3. A big bag of good pistachio nuts
    4. That stupid, beligerant people would stop having politically relevant jobs already

  15. Holly says:

    Happy Easter, everyone.

    Since the Easter bunny is a magical being, I will indulge in magical thinking.

    One perfume: a full never-opened bottle of vintage Yardley Oh! de London as my eBay and etsy ventures have not worked out and hope is always good.

    Scented product: I’d like to try Olio Lusso. I’m being good here, as really I’d prefer a batch of essential oils to make my own stuff but I couldn’t figure out how to disguise that as one scented product.

    Candy: like Suzy Q, Peeps for cuteness. Continuing with the discontinued theme if eating has to count, Callard and Bowser’s licorice caramels.

    Random present: a winning lottery ticket.

    • 2rista says:

      I used to love Callard and Bowser’s nougat. An elderly friend of the family used to give us a box every year and I still remember those chewy bars full of almonds and cherries. Has it been discontinued too?
      We have a French chain here called Le Curé Gourmand where they sell similar nougat, but it isn’t as good as C and B.

    • Suzy Q says:

      Eau de London!!! I’d give anything to smell that again. I owned a bottle in junior high or high school. Sadly I can’t conjure up its aroma at all.

      • Suzy Q says:

        Oops I can’t remember how it was spelled either.

  16. Safran says:

    I’d pick a bottle of Puredistance Black and the Dada candle from Cire Trudon. My favourite candy would be coffee macaroons! As a gift I’d wish for some cat eye sunglasses from Anne et Valentin or Caroline Abram.
    Happy Easter/long weekend everyone!

  17. yukiej says:

    1. I can’t! My recent perfume spending has made me realize once I buy one thing, I generally tend to buy two more before I stop in dismay. If I did somehow manage to stop after one, that one might be Yin and Ylang from Sonoma Scent Studio (which would be a blind buy, bad too I know).

    2. Maybe 10 Corso Como body lotion? I love the perfume, but it lasts all of 45 minutes on me and for some reason Mr. Nemo really doesn’t like it.

    3. My seasonal favorites are, as previously mentioned, Peeps and Cadbury Creme Eggs. I don’t really ever eat them any other time of year, so that makes it okay, right? Which isn’t to say I wouldn’t jump at the chance if I saw them in the store in, say, August.

    4. A trip to San Francisco to visit friends in the Bay area, and possibly a Ph.D thesis filled with actual good results? Either one would be great!

  18. AnnieA says:

    1. Caldy Island Lavender, to see whether I become a convert to lavender;
    2. Geodesis (sp) Havana candle;
    3. Thomas Haas chocolates. One of each so I can finally decide on a favourite;
    4. A pretty spring dress – optimistically putting the wooly dresses away this weekend

    • C.H. says:

      Do you have an eye on any in particular for #4? I could use some suggestions!

      • AnnieA says:

        I like the dresses at Vancouver’s Two of Hearts. Sadly, they are not (yet?) on the nifty site Garmentory, where I recently got a lovely winter Obakki dress. Oddly, I have yet to get a summer Obakki dress, and I too could probably do with some assistance on other dress suggestions.

  19. farouche says:

    Happy Easter to all who celebrate it!

    1. Chanel Bois des Isles in extrait.
    2. A Diptyque candle, any flavor, large size.
    3. Godiva Easter Bunny in dark chocolate, please.
    4. Classic flap Chanel handbag, used or vintage fine, in black.

    I believed in the Easter Bunny longer than I believed in Santa Claus. How weird is that?!

    • Suzy Q says:

      Chanel extraits are popular today! Diptyque candles too. I almost asked for a vintage Coach flap bag!

      • farouche says:

        I guess out of all my wishes I could afford the chocolate bunny, but can’t afford the calories that comes with it!

  20. scentfromabove says:

    1. Green Orange and Coriander – Jo Loves line (Jo Malone’s new line)
    2. A Jo Malone Candle – everyone I have talked to say they are absolutely heavenly
    3. Godiva chocolates – I love them
    4. I would love to get a new designer purse or a nice piece of jewelry

    Happy Easter everyone!

  21. Merlin says:

    1) Memo Italian Leather: Smelled wonderful on the testing strip, but when I heard the price I didn’t bother to try it on my skin:)
    2) Luxe Prodigeuse Dry Oil: I tried this and the Caudalie on a recent trip and got the Caudalie – but given how lovely these are for hair and body I’ll probably use it up far too soon…
    3) Anyone tried Ruffaelos by Ferrero? They are almond and coconut bonb-bons, contain no chocolate, but are absolutely exquisite!
    4)Winter is approaching and I would be happy with a stylish, but versatile hip-length, machine-washable comfy black jacket. Lets see the Easter Bunny get that order right, lol!

    • 2rista says:

      I love Raffaelos. It’s hard to imagine that something without chocolate can be so good. And they’re so light that I think they can’t be too sinfully fattening.

      • Merlin says:

        Yeah, although, its hard to feel entirely innocent after ‘accidentally’ finishing the whole box on my own:)

  22. CM says:

    I really hop(e) the Easter Bunny brings me a scent basket this year! I’d love a bottle of Un Coeur en Mai and sample set of the rest of the MDCI line. Has anyone compared the new formulation with the old? Thoughts?

    I’ve been lemming anything by the Fornasetti Profumi, especially an incense box (the one with the lips perhaps) and the room spray (architectural design, please). Love the design aspect even though I haven’t sniffed the incense or room spray. Has anyone sniffed these?

    As for candy, almost anything by Sees, but especially a box of rum nougats and scotchmallows (and apricot delights and dark nougatss and dark cocoanuts and… )

    That’s all I have on my wish list at the moment. The other things won’t fit in a basket :)

    • yukiej says:

      Ah! I just looked up “scotchmallows,” and I realized that was the candy I tried for the first time just a week or so ago! They are delicious, so I’ll add them to my imaginary list too :)

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Ha! That’s how I am at Sees, too! LOVE to make a custom box with all of my favorites and have it for treat desserts for a week! (Ok, maybe half a week. ;) )

  23. thegoddessrena says:

    Jardins d’Armide is currently atop mywish list, so that was the easy choice. My scented product might be an Agraria diffuser. My chocolate would be a handpicked box from See’s (whenever I go to Seattle or San Francisco I get one) and my random present would be the original Yukio Adachi painting that I fell in love with years ago at the South End Open Studios

  24. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = By Kilian Apple Brandy

    My Easter Basket wish list – Vintage Chanel Bois des Iles in any concentration and Vanille 44 Body Wash (I don’t thing the body wash exists but we’re indulging our fantasies, right?), Jo Malone Diffuser (I don’t use candles), Godiva Bunny in Dark Chocolate and a spring dress with comfortable shoes.

    Happy Easter everyone!

  25. Ida says:

    Seeing the tree love comments higher up reminds me to tell you a great Palm Sunday story. We’re renovating our house, trying to attract better tenants (we’re living abroad at the moment, but will return to this much loved house). One big item for renovation was that a retaining wall had collapsed on one side of the garden. On the other side is a teeny tiny swimming pool with a fabulous large palm tree, hugged all the way up by ivy. Long story short, the builder said the wall on the other side was about to collapse and the palm wasn’t helping. Well, we couldn’t bear the thought of chopping it down – so we scrambled together new plans involving a special “platfrom” for the palm and a new extended retaining wall. Palm tree retained – at a lesser cost than I’d imagined!

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Nice! Sounds pretty!

  26. Oh boy. Would I love an Easter basket from a magical bunny right now!

    I’d ask for a vintage bottle of N’Aimez que Moi, preferably parfum. In years of looking it doesn’t look like this is going to happen.

    I’d ask for a biiiiig bottle of the discontinued Sonic Death Monkey shower wash from LUSH; I miss it so, and for whatever reason it never irritated my skin.

    I’d ask for a box of See’s dark chocolate creams, if I were able to eat them without breaking out all over, which it looks like I can’t any more. But I do love them.

    And I’d like the Easter bunny to bring me a new place to live! Though it looks like we might have located a new place. So if I had a wish it probably should be to blink my eyes like Jeannie and find that we had magically moved.

  27. Celestia says:

    The lady from the local garden club told me that ivy will eventually kill the cedars across the street from me. I spent yesterday killing the ivy that is “cannibalizing” my white hydrangea. Trees are such a hot button topic in the neighbourhood that there is no dirty laundry discussed, just the trees and the weeds. I am a big time gardener and love all of God’s creation but some must be kept under control. I ask that people plant trees that are deciduous species that do not reach lofty heights, and keep them PRUNED! We need trees for shade, beauty, to breathe, and for the birds to nest. I do love the sound of chain saws in the morning as it indicates that somewhere trees are being thinned out. There are millions of trees here and the law requires replanting any that are removed! Douglas firs and cedars are protected from ANY removal.

  28. cologneluvr says:

    1. Jaipur Pour Homme Eau de Parfum
    2. Slatkin figural (pumpkin, acorn) scented candles…these are the strongest candles I have EVER smelled…they scent a room even unlit!
    4. money as no object, the gift would be ROJA DOVE FETISH PURE PARFUM POUR HOMME…on a budget gift, I collect Orthodox Christian crosses, I would like one to hang on the wall.

  29. sweetgrass says:

    1. Oooh I don’t know. Maybe a Serge Lutens bell jar (Boxeuses or ISM), or Amouage Lyric or Memoir. Or maybe a Malle.

    2. Maybe a Cire Trudon candle or a L’Artisan amber ball.

    3. a selection of Vosges dark chocolates

    4. If the Easter Bunny is all-powerful, maybe he could prevent the big rent increase I am expecting when my lease is up in August. I won’t know anything for sure until I get a renewal notice, which should happen in June. So he’s got a little time. ;P Moving is expensive and I’d rather not have to do it for a little while longer.

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Oh, good luck on rent! Mr. Spicebomb moved in December, in part due to a huge rent hike. The place wasn’t really all that affordable to begin with, and it went from kinda high to ridiculous. Now that I own my own house, I don’t have to worry about rent increases, but it does seem that property taxes go up every year. . .

      • 50_Roses says:

        We have owned our house for 14 years now, and it has gotten to the point that the total of our property taxes and homeowners’ insurance is nearly as much as the actual mortgage payment.

      • sweetgrass says:

        Thanks, and I’m sorry to hear about Mr. Spicebomb’s rent situation. Mine is probably just going from “fine” to “more than this place deserves”. A friend of mine bought a house recently, and if I had money for a down payment I’d be considering it.

  30. missionista says:

    Happy Easter to those who celebrate!

    For my fictional Easter Basket, I’d like:

    1) The Union coffret.
    2) Not exactly another scented product, but a really luxurious wonderful powder puff so that I can use some of the LUSH powder I already have.
    3) Cadbury’s Creme Eggs.
    4) It’s not a tangible thing, but Easter Bunny, if you can bring me a more harmonious relationship with my child’s preschool teacher, I’d greatly appreciate it.

  31. nozknoz says:

    I’d like some goodies from Aftelier, starting with a bottle of Tango EdP and Ancient Resins hair and body oil. I’d like to find some candied orange peel in extra bitter sweet chocolate – I love the intense orange flavor, but it’s usually too sweet for me. Then I want the discipline to get back to counting calories again. :-) For more of a fantasy gift, I wish Frederic Malle would do an exploration set of his candles in votive size, or minis of the spray version.

    • Jillie says:

      I’m with you on the Ancient Resins oil – I keep saying I want it, but I haven’t even smelt it yet, and it is not available in the UK so I will have to bite the bullet and order from Aftelier direct before the craving gets out of hand.

      Have you thought about making the chocolate orange peel yourself? I’ve seen various recipes and they sound rather delicious although time-consuming, but you might get the taste you want! For something slightly different but equally yummy, a few weeks ago the Non Blonde had a brilliant recipe on her site for Olive Oil Chocolate Cake – this features almonds, cocoa, sugar (not too much), eggs, olive oil and Aftelier’s orange essence. I have made it three times since I read it, (although I had to use an ordinary orange essence), and my husband and I simply love it! Our latest addiction ………..

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        I candy orange (or lemon, or tangerine) peel pretty much every winter. It does take some time, but it’s not technically difficult. Basically, you slowly boil down the sliced peel in a sugar syrup until it’s nearly dry. Then you dry it on a rack (or I use my dehydrator). From there, either dust in sugar or dip in chocolate. I don’t usually dip it in chocolate, since I enjoy it as a nearly guilt-free pleasure in the heavy eating season, but it wouldn’t be difficult to drizzle melted chocolate over the dried, sugared peels. Sounds delicious!

    • nozknoz says:

      Jillie and Marjorie Rose, I think you are right that this would be the way to get the perfect chocolate-covered orange peel! Also agree that Gaia’s cake sounded wonderful. My laziness usually exceeds my sweet tooth but I’m going to tuck these ideas away for a future special occasion.

      That Aftelier chocolate saffron hair and body oil sounds yummy, too. I think part of what has kept me from ordering the Ancient Resins oil is indecision in the face of so many temptations. :-)

  32. Happy Easter to Everyone.

    for me…

    A*Men Pure Coffee

    A Diptyque Gardenia Candle.

    Godiva Praline Shells

    A Pair of Spring/Summer 2014 Chanel Visor Sunglasses!

  33. Jonette says:

    My computer died about two weeks ago and I finally have a new one! Anyone waiting for a private email from me now knows why I’ve been silent/unresponsive.

    My fantasy Easter basket:

    1. Vintage My Sin

    2. Patchouli soap from Santa Maria Novella. I just adore this and have put off re-ordering for over a year! Definitely something I need to do.

    3. Not really a candy, more of a confection: Gü Chocolate and Vanilla Cheesecake. These are to die for! They are small yet deadly delicious and probably have a gazillion calories in their “one-person” individual servings, which come two to a package in little glass containers that look like miniature souffle dishes.

    4. Random present: better health and mobility!

    • Jonette says:
      • Merlin says:

        No smell needed to have me salivate:) Yum, that looks good…

      • hajusuuri says:

        Oh darn, why did I click on the link? After navigating to the U.S. site, I found out that it is available at a grocery that I can walk to — grrrrr, this is enabling at its worst…enable me with a calorie-free perfume anytime.

    • nozknoz says:

      Jonette, The idea of a patchouli soap seemed a bit contradictory to me because I think of patchouli as a heavy, almost oily scent rather than a light, clean scent. However, I enjoy many of the same perfumes as you, so I’m starting to be intrigued.

      FYI to everyone in the DC area, there is an actual a Santa Maria Novella boutique in Friendship Heights, near Mazza Gallerie, which I finally visited it a few weeks ago. The line is really vast and fun, and the SA was charming and let me browse at my own leisurely pace. It was really a treat to shop there!

      • C.H. says:

        So appreciated this tip!! (We should go sniff together sometime!)

  34. Sapphire says:

    SOTD is Atelier Silver Iris. It just seemed to fit for Easter, though I did consider Chanel No 5 extrait and VCA Muguet Blanc.
    Fantasy bottle would probably be Chanel Beige Extrait and some samples of Kilian Imperial Tea and all the Neela Vermeire scents.
    Would like a back-up or two of the new Almond and Honey Body Butter from BBW. The SA pointed me toward it. I usually never wear lotions or creams, but this stuff smells subtly great.
    Black jelly beans. Was wondering to myself if there are a greater proportion of perfumistas that like black jellybeans than the rest of the population?
    Dream gift is for all my patients to be able to find a new doctor they like, as we will be moving to Arkansas this summer. Letters are supposed to go out this week, and I am dreading the fallout.

    • Squirrely says:

      Re. the jelly beans, I’m intrigued by your hypothesis. I love black jelly beans! And if we’re talking Jelly Belly, I also love the buttered popcorn flavor (though I’m not sure if I truely like the taste, or if I’m just tickled that it’s a fairly accurate Willy Wonka-esque interpretation of the taste).

    • nozknoz says:

      Oh, interesting – I also love the black jelly beans best!

      That would be a dilemma with the patients. My dentist and orthodontist retired in the last year, so I did suffer from anxiety and uncertainty for a while. The former had a really excellent dentist take over his practice, so that turned out fine. The orthodontist referred me to someone who is OK. If there is any way the nature of your practice and setting allow you to help with referrals, it would be worth it for your patients. Good luck in your move!

      • Sapphire says:

        Thanks, Nozknoz. I do have a good friend who I think is an excellent internist who has recently moved to our area to live near her mother. She is still building her practice and is prepared to take as many of my patients as will come. So that helps, but she is going to be a farther drive for some of my patients (though closer for others). I have done what I can. Now if things can just get going on the building of our new house in Arkansas…

  35. Squirrely says:

    1. You can pick one perfume, new or old: Chamade. I smelled it this time last year for the first time, on my first trip to NYC. It will always remind me of spring and a joyous trip with my husband.

    2. And you can have one other scented product: Since the Easter bunny is as chic as she [of course] is generous, I would like Guerlain scented leather gloves. She may select the variety, I’m not picky.

    3. Your favorite candy: Fran’s sea salt chocolate covered caramels. Goodness.

    4. And any random present you’d like the Easter bunny to bring you. No, I’ve asked for enough, I look forward to the basket. Hop to it! Tee hee.

    Happy Easter, all!

    • nozknoz says:

      Oh, those gloves are a lovely idea! Yes, hop to it! :-)

    • Jillie says:

      Chamade will always be special to me too. One of the first extraits I ever bought – with my student grant!! (should have been books) – and even now I get a thrill and feel grown up when I put it on. It’s one of those that gives me strength and confidence.

  36. AnnS says:

    Happy Easter Everyone!!

    I’d love a very larege bottle of 1980’s vintage Chanel No 5 parfum (or No 19 for that matter), along with dozens of not-the-current No 5 bath soaps….. Leonides chocolate truffles in my basket, and a new roof for my house if the easter bunny is up to it!

    PSI …. I just noticed on Nordstrom dot com that all their Bottega Veneta fragrance line is on 10% off… hmmm.. either generous savings for us lovers before Mother’s Day, OR something is about to change. Why are they encouraging one of their higher rated fragrance lines to move on more quickly… ??? Just saying….

    • hajusuuri says:

      I think they may be 10% off all fragrance because Lord & Taylor has its Friends & Family going on and it includes 10% off beauty. If I were to be in-store this week, my Nordstrom SA would have mentioned it and given me 10% off as well.

      • AnnS says:

        Well, that makes sense! What a relief. I was about to spaz out and stock up. I really like this line!

  37. elvanui says:

    Happy Easter Everyone(though a little too late)!

    What fun!
    1. Well, Bunny did not bring perfume, only chocolate, but if he did, it must have been Attrape Coeur! A huge big bottle. Maybe next year?…
    2. Oh, that ‘s easy. Le Sac de ma Mere candle. Or ten:). So fabulous!
    3. Another too easy one. Pocket Coffee!!! (I’ve consumed ten during the holidays. Could use some more…:))
    4. I could also use a new spring coat, something blue maybe. This one might come true, if not the Bunny, the my May paycheck might bring it:).

    Enjoy Spring, Everyone!

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