Lazy weekend poll ~ Haiku challenge 2014!

The Pond at Benten Shrine in Shiba

Today, our fifth annual Haiku Challenge (if you like, you can check out 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 for inspiration).

Pick a perfume or a perfume house (or really, anything related to perfume), write a haiku about it. Use the simplified English form — your haiku should have three lines, the first line with five syllables, the second line with seven syllables and the third line with five syllables. You can put the perfume name in the title if that makes it easier, and at any rate, don’t stress over the rules of traditional haiku — this is just for fun.

Note: image is detail from The Pond at Benten Shrine in Shiba by Kawase Hasui, 1929.

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  1. thegoddessrena says:

    Perfume free workplace
    We still use fresh scent Lysol
    On my arm, Lilac

    Too many samples
    Mito evaporated
    I keep buying more

    • Robin says:

      Perfect! But sorry about both — your perfume-free workplace and your evaporated Mito :-(

      • thegoddessrena says:

        Will keep wearing perfume. My quiet rebellion against hypocrisy

    • Elena says:


    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Love ’em both!

  2. Merlin says:

    So aptly named…
    violet sweet sickening dread,
    Insolence, by Guerlain.

    Apologies to all who adore it!

  3. thegoddessrena says:

    Passed hands-on final
    Need new scent to celebrate
    Marron Chic en route

    • Robin says:


    • nozknoz says:

      I’ve been tempted by Marron Chic – need at least a decant.

      • thegoddessrena says:

        On sale at Luckyscent

  4. scentfromabove says:

    “An Ode to Jo Malone”
    by: Scentfromabove

    Jo Malone is best
    Nectarine Blossom Honey
    Better than the rest

    All are mighty good
    Fruity, fresh, clean, understood
    Choose one, no one could

  5. Nightingale says:

    Spray with utter abandon.
    Oh no…a scrubber!

    • eswift83 says:

      Haha! I hate when that happens!

    • Robin says:

      Ha, I guess that’s the best thing about splash sample vials ;-)

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      So true and so sad! :)

  6. eswift83 says:

    Wanted to love you
    My Impossible Iris
    Violet overcame

    And a question… does anyone know what synthetic musk is at the base of Hermes Vetiver Tonka? That’s not what white musk is, is it?

    • Robin says:

      I don’t know what chemical was used, sorry! Doesn’t smell like white musk to me, but I am sure I’m easily fooled…often, perfumers use more than one musk aromachemical, so that confounds things too.

  7. cologneluvr says:


    Scented from above…
    All beings always will love…
    Calming, peaceful as a dove.



    Beauty is the rose…
    As delightful to one’s nose…
    Gracious is the rose.

    If these aren’t exact or follow the rules, I apologize…at least I tried…lol.

  8. Mary Carol says:

    Testing many fumes
    Zeroed in on Teint de Neige
    Full bottle worthy

    • Robin says:

      That’ll cost ya!

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Yeah, I’ve considered that one several times! Mostly my L’eau d’hiver fits the same need, though.

  9. Chamade says:

    Chic and self-possessed
    In hounds tooth suit and suede gloves
    New look, Miss Dior?

    The Holy Grail found
    At last? Old Diorella
    Is forever young

    Delightful decay
    Is an anomalia

  10. 2rista says:

    Ode to my favourite student:

    Open the window
    Si, abre la ventana
    She’s wearing Candy

  11. Merlin says:

    Here’s a free form:)

    CdG Black

    sweet spice charred
    on burning coal
    licorice jacketed
    in leather
    a deep hum,
    that holds.

  12. Jonette says:

    Cartier’s Le Baiser du Dragon

    Your hot kiss showed me
    It was true love forever
    For me, not Luca.

    Lalique Amethyst

    A purple whisper
    Singing me to sleep each night
    Gone by morning light.

    My On-Again, Off-Again Affair With Lorenzo Villerossi’s Alumut

    The scent this time from
    The ruby bottle.

    My Latest Perfume Purchase

    I love this fragrance
    But I’ll soon love another
    My nose is fickle.

    • 2rista says:

      Love the last one!

    • nozknoz says:

      All great and especially Allamut!

      • Jonette says:

        Thanks everybody!

        Yes, Alamut and I have been having a love-hate relationship for years. The bottle is consistently beautiful, though, and I saved the first empty one. (I can’t believe a bought this a second time! What was I thinking?)

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Ah yes, I know the challenge of a fickle nose, too! Bad on the wallet!

  13. thesmellyvagabond says:

    Dzing! by L’Artisan Parfumeur

    Homeless baby boy
    Sitting on cardboard boxes
    Pooped in his diapers

    I hope you don’t mind me putting a link here, but I regularly write perfume haikus over on my blog:

    If it’s against the rules of Now Smell This, feel free to delete the link and I’ll re-comment without it! :)

    • Robin says:

      Not against the rules at all, to include relevant links.

    • nozknoz says:

      Smelly Vagabond, I just spent some time browsing your website. Your vintage Miss Dior review is wonderful! I’ll plan to stop by from time to time.

      (I would have commented there, but I’ve gotten into a Catch 22 with WordPress. I only used it to set up my gravatar account, and now every WordPress blog wants me to log in order to comment. I can’t figure out quickly how to do that, though.)

  14. kaos.geo says:

    Hermes Eau de Mandarine Ambrée
    You teased me
    on a deserted airport…
    You’ll be mine soon!

    Cacharel Noa
    You give me
    what no one else can…
    Instant migraine!

    • Robin says:

      Noa cracked me up…

      • kaos.geo says:

        One day I’ll tell you the story… BIG headache… and I couldn’t run away! :-)

        • Robin says:

          Ouch. Really only a couple perfumes have given me headaches…most recently, Serge Lutens Laine de Verre.

  15. kindcrow says:

    I like the artwork
    Robin chose for today’s poll
    Today’s scent: sunscreen

    • Merlin says:

      Agree about the picture! And love the perfect poetic form, lol:)

    • Robin says:

      Took me a minute to get it, ha!

  16. To Some, A Horror,
    To Me, Love In A Bottle,
    Gucci. I’m Guilty!

  17. galbanumgal says:

    Through this blog found more
    The Non Blonde a current fave
    Haiku for Hakuhodo

    • nozknoz says:

      Also love The Non-Blonde and your “Haiku for Hakuhodo”!

    • Robin says:

      nice! (had to google hakuhodo)

  18. nozknoz says:

    not a lazy poll
    seventeen syllables work
    brain on Saturday


  19. missionista says:

    I love this prompt!

    One of my favorite scent memories:

    Worn in Tuscany
    Lemon soap scent day and night
    Caleche memories

    Based on events of this evening:

    Woman at party
    wearing vetiver divine
    I rushed home and dabbed

    • Robin says:

      Oh, now I might have to wear Caleche today!

    • nozknoz says:

      Encountering vetiver on someone else is worth celebrating! Going to join you in spritzing some on right now.

  20. eutrapelia says:

    Bertrand Duchaufour
    Tries to combine many things
    Creating one

    (Sorry, the first experience to write in English :))

    • Robin says:

      Oh, but it’s perfect!

    • nozknoz says:

      And clever of you to notice that Bertrand Duchaufour makes a perfect first line. We could do an entire Haiku weekend just on his many diverse creations! :-)

  21. Rappleyea says:

    In yesterday’s mail:
    Jicky extrait, a classic
    Spring in a bottle. :-)

    • Robin says:

      Nice! And such a nice thing to come in the mail. New or vintage?

      • Rappleyea says:

        Not vintage, but pre-LVMH. The problem is I have another bottle (newer) which I really should sell rather than hoard! ;-)

        • Robin says:

          Well, that’s reasonably vintage, right? Either way, congrats, the extrait is so gorgeous.

  22. Merlin says:

    How many lines again and how many syllables? ;)
    This one is for another CdG – my first niche fragrance: Ouarzazate.

    I cannot
    say your name
    or even
    recall its meaning

    but you
    were a strangeness,
    that came in

    bare feet tracking
    desert sand
    and turban
    redolent with spices,

    by a smoldering
    of precious resins,

    burning and blessing

    like a prophet,
    sweet-holy and

    • Robin says:

      Lovely — and another great scent that deserves a poem.

  23. Jonette says:

    Wow! That is beautiful and worthy of publication! It makes me curious about the scent — will need to read up on it.

    • nozknoz says:

      It’s definitely worth trying. Avignon and Kyoto, and even Zagorsk, are mentioned more often, but there is a reason that Ouarzazate has its own devoted following.

      • Merlin says:

        And Jaisalmer does not even get a slight wave of the hand? :) I have heard that Montale’s Full Incense is the most magnificent of the various incense scents available, but have not yet tried it…

    • Merlin says:

      Thank you:) In the long haul it is not a scent I have worn very very often, but it certainly is an experience!

  24. thegoddessrena says:

    Haie Fleurie

    An offhand mention
    I go hunting on ebay
    Loveliness arrives

    • Robin says:

      Ah, glad you found some! Can’t imagine there is much of it left.

  25. Celestia says:

    Black tea and almond,
    Sour cherry and licorice,
    La Petite Robe Noire.

  26. Thierry Mugler,
    I Love Pure Coffee So Much!
    Just One Word, AMen!

  27. Omega says:

    House of Estee Lauder.

    Love and when it wasn’t
    Memories when we were joined
    I’ve changed, you haven’t.

    • Omega says:

      Oops dumbo, can’t count syllables.

      I do like to edit, don’t I?:p

      Love, when it wasn’t.
      Memories when we were joined.
      I’ve changed, you haven’t.

  28. Omega says:


    Cinnamon nectar
    Woods and incense that caress
    Purpuraceous tuberose

  29. Omega says:

    Ineke Evening

    Currents of golden
    Keeping my eye, nose awaits
    The night enters through

  30. Omega says:

    Chanel Beige

    Butterfly petals
    Exhale sweet honey dew
    Bathed in the warm sun

  31. Omega says:


    Silly high school boys
    I never wanted to date
    But they smelled so great.

  32. Omega says:


    Polite with a tease
    Curtsied with feminine peach
    Matures to black lace

  33. Omega says:


    Sweeping, silk veils
    Stippled citrus, smoky vines
    In milk suede seating

  34. Santemon says:

    Oud have thought it hey?
    Rotten wormwood in the air
    Perfumistas stink.

    • Robin says:

      This literally made me choke on my tea. Can I post this on Twitter?

  35. Santemon says:

    Of course. :-) And no offence intended to all the wonderful perfumistas on this blog who know a good oud from a bad one… ;-)

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