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  1. Coumarin says:

    Hope you feel all sorted out soon, Robin!

    I’m wearing vintage Chloe EdT today; I found a full bottle in an antique store for only $7, which is totally worth it. A sensuous but not overwhelming tuberose. It’s sad what now is called Chloe in department stores.

    Same trip, same booth, I bought a mini of No 19 parfum, half used. I want to try it on the back of my wrist while I relax but I don’t want to “waste” it!

    • Robin says:

      Oh, I will, thanks! And happily did not have jet lag during my actual vacation…better to wait and have it at home.

      And hey, what fun! Have not smelled “the real thing” in years but I know I went through a few bottles back in the day.

    • mals86 says:

      I wore the original Chloe all through my teens. Such a beautiful thing (and not overwhelming if applied discreetly, either).

    • scentfromabove says:

      I’m so jealous. There was NOTHING like the original Chloe. I too wore it in my teens and early 20’s and boy do I miss it.

  2. cologneluvr says:

    Today my SOTD: White Musk Smoky Rose by the body shop


    • Robin says:

      Oh good, it’s so nice to love something reasonably priced :-)

  3. Suzy Q says:

    Chamade pdt sprayed + Chamade extrait dabbed.
    It’s a gorgeous spring day and boy do I ever smell like spring :)
    Robin, it’s funny that you posted this because while I was driving to work with the windows rolled down praising my brilliant SOTD choice, I wanted to share the news. Now I have! Thanks!

    • Robin says:

      LOL…we aim to please! And of course you smell fantastic.

      Wish we were having a gorgeous spring day here too, but nope.

  4. lynne marie says:

    SOTD is Chypre 1942 by Nobile 1942. Not reeaaaally a chypre but beautiful and sophisticated!

    • Robin says:

      Nothing is really a chypre anymore, right? So beautiful & sophisticated is enough.

    • mals86 says:

      I remember being shocked at how focused this one was on *vanilla.* But you’re right – not chypre, pretty anyway.

  5. Janice says:

    I hope you had a great vacation, Robin!

    SOTD is L’Artisan’s Skin on Skin. It feels like spring here and I’ve been craving iris scents so I’ve been rotating among several bottles and decants for the last few days… 28 La Pausa, Iris Pallida, and this.

    • Robin says:

      Fabulous! But got home and had only gained 2 pounds, so now I feel I need to go back and eat more :-)

      And sounds perfect, maybe I’ll do a little iris rotation.

    • CM says:

      Iris scents are so pretty for spring. I’ve been wearing a lot of Iris Poudre this past month or so.

    • nozknoz says:

      I’m enjoying being able to wear my irises again, too. I can wear a leather iris (such as Chanel Cuir de Russie) in winter, but most of them are too cool. Especially loving Iris Silver Mist and Chanel No. 19; need to get out Hiris next.

  6. melissa says:

    Olfactive Studio Lumiere Blanche, from a recent LuckyScent sample order. It’s good… although I don’t know if I need any more powdery skin scents… although I wear them everywhere/all the time so maybe I can never have enough. Also I’m not even sampling to buy right now — just sampling to enjoy — seriously. No, seriously.

    Also I can’t remember now why I decided not to get a sample of DelRae’s Wit as part of that order — big mistake. Huge.

    • Robin says:

      My Wit is on the way (ha, nice pun)…hey, you just need another sample order, right? Which you probably need anyway :-)

  7. egabbert says:

    My SOTM was Oyedo, followed shortly thereafter by some Sensuous to see how they layered, but now I mostly just smell the Sensuous. I just took a mid-day run so I’ll be showering and starting over. Maybe one of these poll answers will inspire me!

    • Robin says:

      Interesting, those are 2 scents I would not think to layer. I think I tried Oyedo with Tam Dao once and that did not work.

      • egabbert says:

        The samples were sitting next to each other on my desk and I thought hey, why not? Might give Sensuous more of a beachy vibe. It wasn’t bad but not worth repeating either.

        • Robin says:

          Probably as good a way to pick layering tests as any! Most of the ones I think up don’t work anyway.

  8. CM says:

    SOTD – Hedonist. Perhaps a bit fancy for a day at the office…but I don’t really care!

  9. relleric says:

    SOTD is 1000 Jean Patou Parfum. I found a “vintage” bottle at a local antiques shop last week and it still has a little of the juice (or should I say oil) left in the bottom.
    This is gorgeous stuff, wondering if I should try to get another vintage bottle on the bay of e, or sampling the EDT or EDP versions first.
    I’m a guy, and this stuff isn’t as feminine as I feared it would be, and now I’m worried about running out!
    Can anyone comment on how the EDT/EDP versions compare to the extrait?

    • Robin says:

      Hope someone else will chime in; I have no idea.

    • juicejones says:

      My edt is probably a decade old or more. I bought it new, but old. It is a little rough and bold, but I like it. Can’t comment on the newer incarnations. The edp is just about perfect and I think would be wonderful on a man. The balance of this one is very good. They have testers of this at Nordstrom, if you have one close by. L. Turin recommends 1000 for the boys. Go for it!

  10. floragal says:

    For me: Chanel 19 edt
    It’s a sample curtesy of Nordstroms. I like but don’t love. Those aldehydes are everywhere in their scents!

    Nice to see NST back in full swing ;)

  11. thegoddessrena says:

    I’m currently wearing Sorella from Woodland Botanica, which started asa peppery carnations and now, several hours later seems a little more polleny

  12. ceebee_eebee says:

    Jet lag is brutal. Right now I’m just spaced out on allergy meds. Jet lag would be a lot more fun. Or at least the traveling part. :)

    Today I’m wearing Violette Fumee by Mona di Orio. I got a sample of it from Olfactif and I am a little obsessed with it. If it wasn’t $330 a bottle I’d have bought one already. Ridiculous expensive perfumes. ::grumble::

    • Robin says:

      Oh, my sympathies. Yeah, at least I got to go somewhere.

  13. Merlin says:

    Hi Robin, glad you are back! If you are feeling jet-lagged I can’t imagine the Bulgari helping… I tried it the other day and – well – just did not enjoy it much. But it was also too subdued to be a scrubber, so I guess that is lucky:) Omnia and Black remain the only Bulgari scents I like – personally I’m not even fond of their Vert, though I know many experienced noses say it is well done.

    SOTD: Concentree Orange Verte. Its nearly winter here so I thought I was done with my citrus scents, but no, I get crazy cravings for the smell of orange, lol! Winter or not, the tanginess is blissful.

    • Merlin says:

      Ironically I see now that Indian Garnet is meant to have a prominent orange note! Either the orange was not in a setting I could appreciate or perhaps I just need to test it again:)

    • Robin says:

      Ha, no, it did not help! Concentre Orange Verte would have been way better.

  14. zara says:

    Since I’ve started working from home 2 weeks ago I finally got the chance to starting using the myriad of decants and samples I own without offending any co-workers. You cannot store them forever!
    SotD: Keiko Mecheri Datura Blanche

  15. teri says:

    Ugh, jet lag :(

    I do some fairly frequent international travel for my job so you’d think I’d get used to the jet lag, but alas, I never do.

    SOTD is vintage Diorissimo. I have a little less than 1/2 ounce of the good stuff in the houndstooth check-labeled bottle that I picked up at an estate sale. It truly is all that and an entire truck-load of chips. I only wear it once or twice each spring in order to make it last as long as possible, but it’s oh such a glorious pleasure when I do break it out.

    • Robin says:

      Yeah. I’m still surprised at how little it bothered me last week, it usually bothers me more going east. But not complaining.

      Yay, my favorite!

    • nozknoz says:

      I also have a partial houndstooth check bottle, which you’ve inspired me to pull out today. It is achingly beautiful, sigh!

  16. Eva S says:

    SOTD, or evening really, is Xerjoff’s Dama Bianca which is a calming vanilla scent, quite nice. I need it to remove the memory of yesterday’s perfume-By Killians Sacred Wood, which made me naseous :-( . The other new ByKillian Imperial tea is pretty though.

  17. mals86 says:

    Hope you’re already feeling more the thing, Robin. Jet lag stinks.

    SOTD is DSH White Lilac, which I bought a couple of years ago in the oil format. I smell springy.

    Think I’ll layer a dab of (vintage) Anais Anais edp alongside the dregs of the White Lilac after supper – I think they’d play nicely together.

    • Robin says:

      Dragging over here, although less brain fog than earlier today. Tomorrow, I’m counting on tomorrow!

      Can’t wait for lilacs to bloom — one of the best smells in the world.

  18. Abyss says:

    I’ve a cold so no SOTD, but I recently discovered that Nuxe do a suncare range which is scented like their body oil so I got a bottle of SPF 20 lotion for those summer days when I don’t feel like wearing a perfume. Now just need some warm weather!

  19. missionista says:

    SOTD is Hermes 24 Faubourg.

  20. Lise says:

    SOTD: En Passant. Spring in a bottle!

  21. Joanne says:

    I went with a liberal spraying of Hiris this morning. Loved it all day!

    • Robin says:

      Lots of iris today…I need another bottle of Hiris myself.

  22. Mary Carol says:

    SOTD is Un Matin d’Orage. It just seems nice & springy to me. Hope you’re recovering from the jet lag, Robin!

    • Robin says:

      Hopefully another night of sleep will do it, thanks!

  23. Laurels says:

    SOTD is Sweet Anthem Lolita, and I don’t know whether it’s my terrible sinuses or a wonky sample or the genetic makeup that makes Tocade smell like singed plastic, but all I’m getting is menthol. Should’ve gone with the tried and true.

  24. Jada in GA says:

    Coccobello by Heeley tonight….At least I can smell like I’m on the beach while I’m loading the dishwasher and spinning laundry midweek!

  25. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD is Chanel Bois des Iles EDT. 3 sprays lasted 4 hours on me before it became a peek-a-boo scent. Tomorrow, I will dab some pure parfum and gauge overall lasting power.

    • mals86 says:

      It doesn’t last on me either – the Les Exclusifs version, anyway. I’d be lucky to get four hours out of it.

    • Abyss says:

      It doesn’t last on me either and the extrait is only marginally more long-lasting than the EDT. Lots of people talk about how quickly La Pausa disappears, for example, but BdÎ is easily most fleeting of all Les Exclusifs on me. It’s a real shame because I love it.

      • hajusuuri says:

        I ended up not doing the EDT and parfum combo today. I decided to wear Sonoma Scent Studio Fig Tree – it was perfect for the freezing early temps shifting to the 50s by the afternoon.

  26. Helene G says:

    Hi! Today’s choice was Caron En Avion edp with a couple of touch ups of the parfum. Perfect when the mornings are cool and cloudy and the afternoon sun warms up to 80!

  27. Helene G says:

    BTW, bought a vintage bottle of Diorissimo parfum based on so many great reviews I had read. Unfortunately it does not like me at all :( Smells like sharp mothballs – only slightly better than Joy which is holey moley awful on me – chemical infused mothballs! Not springtime at all! Eh, blind buy, LOL

    • Jillie says:

      Helene, don’t blame dear Diorissimo as I reckon that your bottle has turned! Diorissimo parfum that’s gone over usually smells overwhelmingly like nail varnish – would you say that this is the case? The good stuff really is lovely: deeply, moistly green with loads of lily of the valley and a slightly voluptuous undercurrent. Sorry this didn’t work, but don’t give up on the old lady yet, especially as the new formulation bears no relation to the original! Maybe some nice person can share a drop of the good stuff with you …….

  28. farouche says:

    Wednesday is yoga class day, which calls for a discreet spritz of Hermes Eau de Merveilles under the T-shirt to be enjoyed during downward-facing dog!

    Feel better soon, Robin.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, much better today! And need to get to yoga myself :-)

  29. scentfromabove says:

    SOTD – Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino.
    I am still recovering from my full knee replacement surgery and woke up this morning to a horrible stomach virus. I didn’t want anything too overpowering, so I put on this fragrance. I have to have something on everyday or I will feel naked. Weird but true.
    Robin, I forgot to welcome you back from your vacation. I hope it turned out to be everything you hoped for.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, it was wonderful. But so sorry about your stomach virus!

  30. mignonne says:

    My SOTD and everyday : ) is Flechier’s Une Rose. I am dreadfully addicted, (or is it amoureuse…..)! I am longing for my roses to start blooming! I’m going to need a light rose for summer….any suggestions?

  31. nebbe says:

    SOTD is Cashmere Mist Liquid Nude. I know it is not popular around these parts but I lurve it. On me it feels so sexy but office appropriate at the same time.

    Enjoying a lull at work after a long rush of deadlines.

    Lemming Bond no.9 West Side hardcore after a single sample spray two days ago. Ugh – so spendy, even for the 1.7oz bottle. But worth it….right?

  32. platinum14 says:

    Well, fellow NST readers, I need a big collective hug.
    After 30 years of buying, wearing, collecting fragrances, after reaching the 300 FB mark, i got the memo at work that fragrances are now strictly verboten as someone on staff suffers from allergies.
    I know, many have had to go through this before, but in 30 years, I have never left the house without a little edt or, at the very least, some edc.
    So the question is: “Why all the IFRA regulations and horrible reformulations if fragrances are going to be banned anyway?”
    I feel beaten down.
    Please tell me that there is a light at the end of this dark, unfragrant tunnel!

    “A “person” who doesn’t wear perfume has no future. ”
    Coco Chanel

    • perthgirl says:

      Oh no. That is tragic :-( big hug to you indeed!
      I’m very lucky that with my job- driving passenger trains- the smell of the often not very fresh smelling passengers wafts into my cab, so that and being alone means wearing whatever I feel like is often a lifesaver!

    • Laurels says:

      You poor thing! My sincerest condolences.

      Honestly, I’d probably either cheat or quit. Could you get away with passing off solid or oil-based perfume as lotion? These bans always seem pointless to me, because so many body and hair products are more obnoxious than many perfumes. (And an allergy to “perfume” seems less likely to me than an allergy to a particular natural or synthetic substance.) We never hear of workplace bans on anti-perspirant, for example.

      • platinum14 says:

        The memo indicates that all grooming products, shower gel, shampoo, deodorants, hand cream, etc. should also be fragrance free.

        The cleaning supplies used by the cleaning staff are not being seen as potential allergens. The fact that the air filters are only being changed only once a year, as opposed to every 3 months, is also not seen as a factor in the staff’s breathing problems.

    • Jillie says:

      That’s dreadful. I’m with Laurels and would definitely cheat and wear light perfume and if anyone complained would blame my deodorant! I know it’s probably impractical to quit, but I would begin the process of looking for a new job. I wonder why your employer brought in this ban – fear of future litigation or the welfare of an actual employee who suffers allergies? It would be interesting to find out. In the meantime, your days might be naked, but at least at night you can smother yourself with perfume.

    • Merlin says:

      Oh no! What I would do is wear a dab of parfum – or something that has hardly any sillage… When you want a sniff you can perhaps put your wrist to nose – or something?

      One is driven to be sneaky in the strangest matters!

      • platinum14 says:

        Last night, after dinner, I went for a short walk and sprayed my scarf generously (Héritage de Guerlain). Today, I’m wearing the same scarf. Not my fault if the scent is lingering…

    • Rictor07 says:

      If it were me, i would completely ignore memos like this. I would even fight back and go to HR complaining that i cant work in a smelly workplace and get a petition signed by coworkers who want the ban revoked.

    • scentfromabove says:

      All of this for one person? My issue is how does this person survive in everyday life? What happens when she goes to the movies, grocery store, church, or anywhere where there is a lot of people. It sounds like this person needs to go back to the doctor and see what they can do for her. Its not fair that the world has to suffer and change their entire routine. I think I would just die if I got this memo at my job.

      I used to work at a school where one of the teachers was allergic to my black cherry room air freshener. Of course it was my favorite. All the other scents were okay, it was just the black cherry. She said every time she came to my office, she would begin to sneeze. To keep the peace, I changed it. I figured something was better than nothing. My advice would be to wear something light and try and stay away from this person if you can. Try spraying your perfume on your clothes the night before and see if that helps. Good Luck to you!

    • Joanne says:

      We got the same edict at my place of business. At first, I was distressed, but after I noticed that the automatic scent sprayers in the restrooms continued to squirt out a rather obnoxious fake pomegranate smell every 15 minutes, I decided to ignore the ban. If “they” can spray, then so, too, can I!!!!

    • thegoddessrena says:

      I have the same edict at work but since I’m a massage therapist it makes sense but I never go without perfume. I may wash it off when I get to work but I have to put it on before work. As long as my workplace has fresh scent Lysol around, I will continue to be scented (fresh scent Lysol is like a disgusting cheap cologne on steroids). Have also seen people misting themselveswith body sprays and some of the guys spraying axe prettyheavily. Nobody has ever said anything

    • hajusuuri says:


      My company has a fragrance policy and I am pretty sure it doesn’t state no fragrance but more along the lines of use restraint – I’ll need to look it up to be sure of the language.

      I’m curious to know if anything was said about food and if there isn’t, bring a pungent linch once or twice a week and wear your strongest perfumes then. For other days, use skin scents.

  33. perthgirl says:

    SOTD is Histoires de Parfums Eugenie de Montijo. I finally bought most of their scents in the mini size- they’ve been on my to-buy list for years! One of the first niche brands I ever fell in love with. I now just have to learn what they are by year as is printed on the label, and not by their person, which is how I know them. I spritzed this one on and it’s a powdery floral so must be Eugenie.
    The 2 at the top of my list now are OJ Woman which I still haven’t gotten round to buying yet, and Vero Profumo Mito Voile d’extrait, which has zoomed up to the top of my list- pure love at first sniff. Why is it always the expensive ones though dammit!

    • Merlin says:

      What is the mini size of these? I was interested in this brand, but when I took a trip to a country that actually had them, the shops did not even carry them in 50mls – only 100. And its absurd that the names are not on them: at the shop I tried the salespeople were not even sure of the names…

      • perthgirl says:

        Hi Merlin :)
        They’re 14ml, and US$36. I ended up paying the ridiculous shipping and got from Parfum1 (ordered enough so the discount evened out the shipping). Hardly anywhere has the small size but for places that ship internationally this seemed the best deal.
        The few stockists in Aus sell the 60ml size at the US price of 120ml.. :-/

        • Merlin says:

          Australian prices are crazy high, and US prices are crazy low, so I’m not altogether surprised. In South Africa the brand is not available at all:) 14ml is a great size. I liked Hemingway very much!

  34. Rictor07 says:

    SOTD = Comme Des Garcons – 2Man

  35. AnnieA says:

    Wearing Bas de Soie with jeans today. Not that I have yet worn Bas de Soie with actual silk stockings…

  36. Celestia says:

    Dear Robin,
    Did you visit the Perfume Bottle Museum?
    Glad you had such a great vacation!
    Time of year to wear my favourite perfume: Jessica McClintock. Green and LOTV. Her Brilliance isn’t bad either but more lilac-y “old lady”. Well, I am almost 64!

    • Robin says:

      I did not! I was traveling with my sister, who does not live in the States, so did not want to take time to do something she was not interested in. There is frankly too much to do in Barcelona to cover it all in one week, so we just did the things we both wanted to do. I could easily go again for another week & still not do everything!

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