Friday scent of the day 5/23

Diptyque Olene

Do share your scent of the day! I am wearing Diptyque Olène, and plenty of it — you can probably smell me a block away. I normally apply fragrance very lightly and don't know what came over me this morning. Do you typically under- or over-apply?

Couple bits of news: I've updated the post for Comme des Garçons + Pharrell Williams Girl with a few more details and a picture of the bottle. And next Friday, we'll try our first coordinated / community scent of the day. Please try to think of your favorite fragrance note (or one of them, if you can't narrow down), wear your favorite fragrance that features that note, and tell us about it! If that doesn't work for you for whatever reason, no worries, chime in anyway.

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  1. egabbert says:

    I like to over-apply or, as I call it, apply. :)

    These polls have been good for me because I have so many samples lying around and usually neglect to wear them, often going through most of the day with nothing on at all. (I work from home.) This week, when I’ve seen the post, I’ve put on one of my nearby samples.

    Today, it’s Gaultier Le Male, which I like, surprisingly. It’s basically a gourmand fougere, reminiscent of Lolita Lempicka pour Masculin.

    • Robin says:

      I like Le Male too, although like Fleurs de Male better — wish I’d bought that one.

      • egabbert says:

        Haven’t tried that one — do they not make it anymore?

        • Robin says:

          You can still find it, but it got axed pretty quickly because it didn’t sell. Great unisex orange blossom.

          • C.H. says:

            Oh thank you both–sounds like this afternoon is the time to pull out my Fleurs du Male sample!

    • Omega says:

      +1 on applying:). Unless, it’s a bomb of a scent..then I may go lighter.

      • Robin says:

        I know Kevin applies heavily — he’d be appalled at my little dabs of fragrance.

  2. Janice says:

    I’m wearing Ananas Fizz, which seemed like fun for a spring-like Friday. I don’t have many citrusy or summery perfumes, and I’m wearing quite a lot of this one because it’s pretty light. I also grabbed a couple of decants of other things on my way out the door so I can switch to something else when this disappears in a few hours.

    • Robin says:

      You smell great! I should wear that this weekend, it’s supposed to warm up here.

  3. mayk says:

    Loving the daily SOTD. Forces me to be more conscious of my daily scent decision.

    Today – Annick Goutal – Songes because I felt like a banana smoothie.

    • Robin says:

      Oh good, I’m glad!

    • Zazie says:

      Songes is so beautiful, isn’t it?
      It was one of the rabbits that I followed into the perfume-hole…

  4. lucasai says:

    I’m wearing April Aromatic Unter den Linden today. A very happy and fresh linden blossom perfume. Ideal for the heat we have here today.

    Robin, I’m like you, usually applying perfumes lightly, but there are days when rose more than normally.

    • Robin says:

      I love linden!

    • Holly says:

      Have you tried any of her other stuff? I’m interested in this line, but have yet to sample. I’m usually disappointed in the naturals unless they’re bogged down by a lot of heavy base notes which make them unappealing to me.

      • lucasai says:

        I have also tried Rose L’Orange from April Aromatics, it’s very pretty.

        Speaking of naturals, I will be reviewing one botanical scent next week (but not one of April Aromatics)

        • Holly says:

          Thanks! Rose L’Orange is the one I’m most interested in.

          And of course, I’m looking forward to your review next week…

  5. C.H. says:

    Can still smell the Blackberry & Bay cream I put on before bed last night. Not bad!

    • Robin says:

      Ah, sounds like it lasts longer than the cologne? I liked that one.

      • C.H. says:

        Oh yeah, on me at least it lasts way, way longer. That said, it does also change the character somewhat–way more emphasis on the juicy stage, much less woods. I am guessing that Robin, you in particular might be sorry for the diminished vetiver!

        I’d be curious if anyone else has tried it though. I saw Gaia’s recent review of some of the other JM creams (www.thenonblonde.com/2014/05/jo-malone-body-creams-grapefruit.html) and she didn’t seem to have the same longevity. But then, Blackberry & Bay wasn’t among the ones she tried.

        • Robin says:

          Interesting. I will give it a shot. I wish they did a body cream for Black Vetyver Cafe (total wishful thinking — pretty sure they don’t even make that anymore).

          • Ari says:

            Yes, BVC is gone as of a few months ago. GRUMBLE.

    • scentfromabove says:

      Awww, one of my favorite Jo Malone fragrances. It’s a lovely fragrance. I never tried the cream for this one, but the creams help prolong the life of the fragrance. You can truly be an “under-applier” when the fragrance is combined with the cream.

  6. melissa says:

    SOTD is Balenciaga Rosabotanica — and the question about application is timely, because this is one I really have to splash all over. After the top notes, it’s so light and in such a weird way — if I press my nose to my skin I can hardly smell anything, but I still get the soapy-rosy wafts as I move around.

    Usually I go for a light application of a stronger scent that will hang close — I work in an office and alternate between crowded Metro and sweaty bicycle commutes, so I try to keep my perfume just for me. Spraying more of a lighter fragrance, and feeling the way that can radiate around you, is such a different way to move through the day.

    • Robin says:

      Sounds like something in it gives you olfactory fatigue pretty quickly.

      • melissa says:

        That must be it. I also think in general, I wear my nose out with lighter perfumes by huffing at them too much instead of just letting them announce themselves at their own pace.

        • Waldina80 says:

          Ha ha! I am also guilty of this. And I notice the same thing with my Florabotanica. I am very liberal spraying it, and I refill my sample to be a purse spray, so I can re-apply at will!!

  7. Omega says:

    Robin, I need to try Olene, I do love florals, even on steroids:). Except gardenia:(, do you smell any of that white floral in it? So interested in wisteria, haven’t smelled many scents with that note.

    Trying Mona Ambre. A bit of animal funk in this to me..which I don’t find appealing, then it’s just a good, spicy, warm amber. I would definitely like it more colder weather. Thought I got cinnamon in this..but don’t see it listed as a note.

    • Robin says:

      Do give it a shot, but it’s no doubt been reformulated since I reviewed it. I should probably smell a new bottle myself. If there is gardenia, it’s not prominent. I think of it as a honeysuckle jasmine. Many people say it smells like mock orange.

      • Omega says:

        Sounds pretty ok to me then! Honeysuckle is a note that has grown on me..so, to the test list it goes:).

      • AnnS says:

        Caswell & Massey used to have a really nice honeysuckle that was very fresh. I’ve never tried Olene, but I do like mock orange and jasmine.

  8. thegoddessrena says:

    The coordinated post next Friday seems broad enough that everyone can participate so that’s good. I tend to under apply since I’m technically not supposed to be wearing perfume to work at all, plus I have scent glue skin. SOTD is a random sample — Lanvin Me which doesn’t so far seem like me . Oh well.

    • Robin says:

      I will try to keep them broad, but also, it’s meant to be fun, not exclusionary — do hope everyone will feel free to join in even if they didn’t do whatever the topic was. It shouldn’t be homework.

  9. AnnS says:

    Spring is slow and late here this year- it’s cool and drizzly today – so I wanted something spring and warm. Weird combo. I chose Esprit d’Oscar b/c it has that tuberose/fuzzy sweater thing going on.

    I’m enjoying these SOTD polls too – reading people’s choices the past week has inspired me to dig into some frags I’ve not worn for a long time and review all my languishing samples.

    But, I have a poll question in mind, just because it is pressing on me right now:

    Do you stock up or move on? I have *very* limited frag funds these days. I am dying for a new-to-me bottle of DSH Cardamom & Kyphi (just tested yesterday) … but there is a bottle of a discontinued frag floating around the internet that I want also. I was on the fence about it until I learned it’s no longer in production (Miller Harris Geranium Bourbon). What is a frag hag to do? Stock up or move on?

    • Omega says:

      Stock up then move on?:).

    • C.H. says:

      When you say you were on the fence, what were the pros and cons for Geranium Bourbon?

      • AnnS says:

        CH – I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I’ve have GB off and on my list scores of times since I first sniffed it about 6 years ago. I love the juicey, green, geranium rose opening. But then after a while it just drifts into a lovely patchouli spice base that lasts for a very long time, and isn’t what I signed up for, you know? (If I wanted that to last for hours I’d get Parfums Rosine Rose d’Homme, or wear Paestum Rose.) The bulk of the wearing time for GB on me was that patch drydown. So I always passed. It’s a great fragrance from top to bottom, but then I never figured I’d wear it much b/c of the transition from my favorite part to the less interesting part. I suppose I’m answering my own question…. It’s natural to want what you can’t really get, right? Maybe I need to move on….. ;-)

        • C.H. says:

          Yeah, I asked because I’m soooo susceptible to limited editions, discontinuation, etc., but I think ultimately thegoddessrena’s really right that true love is really the only good reason to buy a fragrance when funds are limited. (And mine def are too.) As you describe it, it sounds like passing on it is the right call–instead maybe order a bunch of geranium samples to find something that really is perfect.

          On the other hand, if it’s stuck with you for six years, maybe it is love? I purposefully don’t keep a perfume shopping list, so that I only buy things I love so much I can’t forget them. Thinking about something for six years would probably qualify!

    • thegoddessrena says:

      With limited funds I’d go for the one you’re dying to own since the one that you’re ambivalent about will get less wear and you’ll regret it and keep thinking that you should have gotten the one you really wanted

      • AnnS says:

        You are likely right. I know I’d be happy for a few weeks about getting the GB, but then it would just sit in my drawer for a long time and I’d still want the DSH…..

    • Robin says:

      My vote: depends on the size of your collection and how fast you go through bottles. My collection is too big for me, so stocking up is not appealing — chances are, the “hoarded” bottle will spoil before I use it up.

      • AnnS says:

        I do have too much already and am trying to get rid of bottles. It’s a struggle trying to “collect” such interesting fragrances, but they all go bad eventually. I have so many dark roses already I don’t really need another…..

    • Omega says:

      I actually don’t have any back ups..but there are a couple I have thought about getting…just haven’t. I would think keeping the juice in the fridge may help prevent spoiling?

      • AnnS says:

        Omega: I don’t worry too much about spoiling b/c I store my frags in the dark in a consistently cool temperature (basement) – it’s pretty cool most of the year where I live. I don’t have enough room in my fridge for all my bottles, lol. I have about 20 backups of very special fragrances that are vintage or rare. I actually have more troubles with large decants – even with lids on and stored properly – evaporating than with spoiling. Maybe I should just do a split…?

    • AnnS says:

      Thanks everyone for your comments and help talking me down. I think if I go for it, I’ll try and do a split….. ;-)

    • Merlin says:

      Someone on here once posted the advice – if it makes you smile, spontaneously, buy a bottle. When I follow that advice I generally do ok. Reasons that have not worked out for me: discontinuation/I won’t be able to get to the shop again/it’s a good price/I might be sorry later/I will one day appreciate it…

      Good luck with the decision!

    • nozknoz says:

      I would suggest testing C&K over a longer period, if possible. Sometimes a perfume that unusual is very intriguing to the nose at first and later seems overbearing or tiring. Or maybe you’ll find you really do love it and it will be obvious that you need a bottle.

      I agree, it doesn’t sound like you really need a FB of BG.

  10. kindcrow says:

    My SOTD is Linden Flower EDT by Pre de Provence. I smell good! Can’t stop sniffing my arms. I wanted something honeyed that was not too heavy for the hot weather we’re supposed to have today.

    I tend to underapply and sometimes I bring the bottle with me to work so that I can re-apply mid-day.

  11. Suzy Q says:

    SOTD: Parfumerie Generale Bois Naufrage. I’m loving this. So glad I bought a FB.
    75% of the time I apply lightly. The other 25% I go nuts! It just depends on the perfume.

  12. Jessica says:

    I’m wearing A Lab on Fire’s Rose Rebelle Respawn (this one was FBW, for me!), and I actually *did* over-apply today, so you’re not alone. Maybe it’s something in the air — literally.

    • HemlockSillage says:

      Ooooh! I love the rebel rose, as I have nicknamed it. I bought a FB, too, and love it. I am guilty of respraying that one, as I am fascinated by the minty top notes. It is pretty soft, and dies down rapidly, so pretty difficult to overdo too badly. You smell mahvelous! :D

    • nozknoz says:

      I must remember to try RR. I like the LoF line, but this name sounded like a Rihanna Reb’l Fleur flanker, so I’ve had a mental block.

  13. foxbins says:

    SOTD is Parfumerie Generale Indochine, from a sample. On someone else, this would be lovely, but on me it is all honey and way too sweet. I like these polls, too, as there is a bag of samples next to the sink that I need to get through and posting about them is helping. Of course, reading about other people’s scent is also causing my wish list to grow…but there are tradeoffs to everything!

    My application tends to depend on the scent–Ateliers go on lavishly, Gucci Rush not so much.

  14. Zazie says:

    N° 19. Loving it.
    I know it will sound odious to many, but I am firmly against overapplying perfume, by which I mean anything more than one spray or two dabs, with the exception of real eau de colognes.
    My favorite perfume might be another person’s headache-inducing nightmare, so I expect my sillage to stay firmly confined within the boundaries of my personal space.
    If you lean in, you smell it, if not, you don’t need to stop breathing because I happen to love Fracas.
    I find it very rude to do otherwise.
    There, I said it. Now, don’t throw sprays of hermes perfume at me!!! ;)
    I could hold my breath ’till I die!
    :P

    • C.H. says:

      Haha, odious :)

      • Zazie says:

        yep, I know… Where do I have to leave my perfumista badge? ;)

        • C.H. says:

          Heh, no I’m actually with you–I apply so lightly because I’m so easily overwhelmed even by my own scent! I was just giggling about the pun :)

        • scentfromabove says:

          Lol! I respect your honesty. It’s how you feel. Because I over-apply and I can’t stop (its an addiction, my friend), I will proudly march behind you. No worries! :)

    • HemlockSillage says:

      I’m completely with you on this–I like people to have to enter my personal space to catch my scent. Anything more, and I feel like I’m overstepping my bounds. I love going behind someone through a doorway, with a breeze and catching a slight hint of their fragrance. That’s about as big a wake as I’d ever like to leave, AT MOST. For all my aggro moniker, I really don’t want to kill folks with my sillage :D Be well.

    • galbanumgal says:

      Underapplier here as well. I’ve a very keen sense of smell, and am sensitive to bothering others.
      No SOTD yet–am going to get through a meeting with the accountant first–but did catch a whiff of yesterday’s Chamade on my jacket sleeve. May have to reapply today!

    • kindcrow says:

      I agree with you. I don’t want to asphyxiate others (or myself ) or intrude upon their personal space.

    • odonata9 says:

      Thank you Zazie! My husband, and other migraine sufferers et al appreciate it. Fragrance is something you can’t get away from when you are at a restaurant or movie, etc. It has happened several times that someone overapplying fragrance has ruined an evening out for him. Obviously, it is not being a perfumista in this situation, but I wear my perfume at work and am an underapplier anyway.

    • nozknoz says:

      I agree – in public, I’m always trying to keep perfume in my personal space, and when I go to a dentist, etc., where that person has to be close to me, I leave off perfume. It’s just not fair, otherwise.

      This is also in my interest, because most of the perfumes I’m likely to encounter on others these days are ones that I want to smell. Also, I’ve had colleagues at work bring in hideous plug-in “air fresheners” and scented oil diffusers that pervaded large areas (including my own cubicle). I would not have been able to plead with them to desist if I were a heavy sprayer myself.

      At home, it’s another story. :-) I especially like to sleep enveloped in something delicious.

  15. Ida says:

    It’s a SOTD festival this week – yay! This has made me feel more conscious of what I wear in a nice way – and I love the sense of community! It’s like a different imaginary combined bouquet in the cloud every day. Omega/Robin, I also want to try Olene. I believe I under-apply (mostly because the BF says so and because it’s so seldom that someone comments), but then I also often think I have over-applied when I see people looking distressed at one or other unusual smell :-) — this may be my imagination! Does anyone else experience that too? Polite nervous responses to so much smell – someone with whom you’re sharing a coffee fidgeting with their nose, trying to figure out how to deal with it?
    SOTD – Roja Dove Enslaved. It smells of quality; it is “good”, but it does not enslave me.

    • nebbe says:

      YES. I just recently began wearing perfume regularly, and under-apply because I am worried about bothering other people. If someone sneezes or twitches their nose I think “oh no.” I am slowly getting used to the whole situation, gaining scent confidence :)

      Sotd is infusion d’iris. I have a meeting and this is my go-to for meeting days.

  16. floragal says:

    SOTD: Atelier Sous le toit de Paris – Cologne Absolue Atelier Cologne; love this one!

    I tend to over apply in hopes that it will last all day. Sometimes that’s a bad idea, like yesterday with Ninfeo Mio – gave me a really bad headache and that’s not happened before. Oh, well.

    Excited for the Friday poll!

    • chasa says:

      Ah, love that one, too! It was going to be my SOTD, except it’s still packed in a toiletry bag from my last trip and wasn’t easy to grab.

  17. Gi says:

    Hi! New here, hope it is ok if I join the party.
    I think I am a chronic underspayer since people I’ve asked didn’t even know I wear perfume.
    Today’s my bday so deciding on SOTD, and since I consider this My Day may go around in an absolute cloud of 24 Faubourg for the day.
    (pardon my technical difficulties, cat on the keyboard sent my partial comment :-)

    • Robin says:

      Hello, welcome and Happy Birthday! 24 Faubourg ought to get noticed :-)

    • C.H. says:

      Oh the more the merrier! Welcome, and happy birthday! A cloud of 24, Faubourg sounds like an excellent way to celebrate :)

    • nebbe says:

      Happy Birthday! I’m new too, and everyone is so nice and welcoming and helpful about sharing their knowledge.
      Have a wonderful day :)

    • chasa says:

      Welcome, welcome – and happy birthday! Enjoy your scented cloud :)

    • Holly says:

      Happy Birthday and welcome! I hope you have a wonderful day. Since you’re new here, you may not yet know that it’s de rigeur for pets of NST readers to give perfume as gifts. I thought this would be helpful information for you to share with your cat :-)

      • Gi says:

        Good to know! She already has a little box ready for the next freebiemeet :-)

        • Robin says:

          Ha…I think Holly means that your cat has to buy you a bottle of perfume for your birthday :-)

          • Holly says:

            Sorry I wasn’t clear, Gi … Robin is right. But hey … my cats are already looking forward to dibs during the next freebiemeet. You’ve added an intriguing new idea already :)

    • Squirrely says:

      Welcome and happy birthday!! 24 Faubourg is a great choice for the day!

    • scentfromabove says:

      We welcome you with open, “scented” arms. You will love it here. Hope you have a very Happy B-Day! :)

    • kindcrow says:

      Welcome and Happy Birthday!

    • hajusuuri says:

      Happy Birthday and welcome to NST!

    • 2rista says:

      Hello and happy birthday. I’m wearing 24 Faubourg too. It’s been with me all day, which is unusual in a perfume that I like.

      • Gi says:

        Thank you for all your warm welcomes!

        So I learned something today, in my cloud of Faubourg…got an unsolicited “you smell great” today. I guess I have been underspraying!

  18. Abyss says:

    SOTD is Osmanthe Yunnan. My sample is almost finished so I might try to pop into a store for another one. Or maybe I should finally get one of those Hermessence gift sets. My birthday is next month, that’s a good excuse, right?

    • Ari says:

      An excellent excuse! And it will be just perfect for the summer.

    • scentfromabove says:

      Absolutely! :) Enjoy!

  19. cologneluvr says:

    SOTD: Blackbird MOTO OUD Eau de Parfum roll-on

    • cologneluvr says:

      Also, I tend to over apply because I love smelling cologne!

  20. CM says:

    SOTD is Divine L’ame Soeur obtained in the last swap. Certainly FBW and I know I’ll seek out a bottle when my decant is done. Lots of sillage with this one, so I try not to overspray. Instead of my normal 4 spritzes, this might get 2.

    I’ve never been accused of overspray, but there have been a few times when I wanted to escape myself…. And that’s usually an overspray day.

    I have a suggestion for a poll… Perfume Opposites! What scents are polar opposites of each other?

  21. Mary Carol says:

    Today I am wearing Bond No.9 Union Square. I apply according to both the strength of the scent and whether or not I will be around others a lot during the day. That means, of course, that some days I just put a little spritz on and other days I spray on as much as I want!

  22. chasa says:

    SOTD is Santa Maria Novella Melograno (which is, incidentally, the “gateway” fragrance that led me down the perfumista rabbit hole four years ago…all because I wanted to identify a bottle of perfume from a movie). I think I used to be a chronic overapplier – I don’t have the most sensitive nose – but nowadays I go much lighter.

    • chasa says:

      Five years ago. Bad brain.

    • C.H. says:

      Ha, that’s such a great story! Actually that would be a fun community SOTD too–wear your first perfumista fragrance, and tell us the story behind it!

  23. HemlockSillage says:

    I’m an under applier by design. Stealth perfume for me to enjoy is my plan. . .but today I’m home, packing for a trip to NYC. Something came over me and I crazily spritzed Carnal Flower, three sprays, which is wild abandon for me. I’m dying over here! That big mentholated tuberose is wearing me :D

    Ah, the silly things only perfumistas experience! Funny thought about Carnal Flower–the camphor in top makes this huge white floral so cool tinged, strangely ice-box like. Normally BWF are hot to me, and this one has such a contrast of scent texture. How can something smell cool? Neat. And weird. Be well.

    • thegoddessrena says:

      If you have time during your trip to NYC and would like to meet for a mini sniffs and maybe lunch depending on schedule, email me. My screen name is what I use for my yahoo address

  24. yukiej says:

    I am pretty sure my definition of over and underapplying has changed drastically in the last year or so (since I started wearing perfume, basically). When I first started, I’d dab on maybe two teeny drops and the only way I could even smell it was by putting my wrist up my nose. Nowadays, even when I can’t smell the occasionally hefty spray (or two), other people comment on my perfume. I suspect my nose has gotten much less sensitive/more tolerant, and I am not sure if this is a good or bad thing?

  25. esmerelda says:

    Hello, Robin,

    I haven’t commented for a long time, because this is addictive for me and if I start, I can’t stop and I don’t get my work done or stay up till 4:00 am! But today I must comment because Olene has been my SOTD every day for a good fifteen, maybe 20 years. It’s the one fragrance I don’t share with others! However, being an obsessive sniffer, I wear a couple of other scents every morning, with different ones in the evening)–it’s part need to smell them, part curiosity. I adore Olene, however, and don’t feel like myself without it. I love the jasmine and honeysuckle, as well as the wisteria (and perhaps narcissus); I get no gardenia, and didn’t think that was an ingredient. I recently asked the Dyptique people at Barney’s if Olene had been re-formulated, since a bottle I purchased on Ebay didn’t smell quite right, and for what it’s worth, they swore absolutely not! The tester in the store did, in fact, seem to smell the same as always, which in this case, is wonderful! I agree that it’s okay to spritz several times–Olene has never bothered anyone! Also, I think of it as white flowers plus; although white flowers are my favorites, I think there’s a bit of warmth in Olene that comes from some non-whites in the gorgeous mix.

    Today I am also wearing Montale Greedy Chocolate mixed with Anne Pliska on one side, and What we do in Paris is Secret on the other.

    Thank you for everything you and the regular commenters have given me: I tell friends and family who don’t understand my obsession that perfumistas are the kindest, classiest, most erudite, interesting, and fun people on the planet!

    • Robin says:

      Wow, every day! How lovely.

      The Diptyque people at Nordstrom told me their candles were made with Mysore sandalwood. When I pointed out that it was endangered, they just looked at me blankly, they’d never heard of such a thing. So, “for what it’s worth” is probably not much :-)

      But glad to hear Olene still smells the same, you would know better than anyone!

    • Omega says:

      What a great post, *high five* to a fellow perfumista and white floral lover! I will def try this one out.

      • Holly says:

        Btw, Omega, I love Olene as well and like you am not a gardenia fan. Eek! I don’t smell it in Olene at all.

  26. scentfromabove says:

    My SOTD – my signature fragrance Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey. It’s bright, fruity, fresh, and it just makes me happy when I wear it. I get complimented everywhere I go when I wear it.

    • scentfromabove says:

      I think I overapply – sometimes literally drown myself with fragrance but never to the extent where I offend others.

      • Merlin says:

        So, perhaps others will correct me, but I think Jo Malone is a brand you can bathe in without offending others: ) The English style is rather light and understated. Perhaps a little more restraint may be needed with the Intense Colognes?

        • scentfromabove says:

          Merlin, I did not know that. It makes sense. The one Intense that I owned was way too strong for me and I ended up giving it to my mom. But, any other JM fragrance I wear, people say I smell so clean and good. I know I over-apply because I just love to smell good.

    • Omega says:

      This is a Jo that I do like:). You smell good:).

      • scentfromabove says:

        Yeaaa! Thank you :)

  27. jirish says:

    Haven’t been able to take part in these SOTDs because I’ve been plagued with sinus headaches this week, but yesterday I decided to use up my sample of Mythique. Had tried it twice before and dismissed it as being way too light for me. But yesterday, with my headache making me more sensitive to scent, it seemed lovely. Now I’m wondering if it’s full bottle worthy for those (unfortunately frequent) days of headache. Usually I don’t wear anything then, but I actually enjoyed Mythique – far more than I do when I don’t have a headache!

    • Robin says:

      Sorry about your headaches!

    • kindcrow says:

      I suffer from frequent sinus headaches. Ayr saline nasal gel can can help if the pain is just in my nose and caused by dry air. If the pain is other places in my head, I bust out the decongestant. I hope that you feel better soon.

    • nozknoz says:

      FWIW, I’m allergic to pollen, which is bad here in the DC area now, so I was recently discussing allergy therapies with my brother, who is a pharmacist. He mentioned that Nasocort is good, and similar to prescription sprays like Flonase. (Note that it will take a week or two to reach it’s full effect.) He also advised rotating different antihistamines over time (Allegra, Zyrtec, etc.), because the body gradually builds up enzymes that break down the active ingredients more rapidly, and they become less effective. I have no affiliation with any of these companies, etc. BTW, when I was googling around for information on allergy therapies, I found a great summary by the British National Health Service. It’s worth looking for.

  28. monkeytoe says:

    Happy Friday Everyone! I tend to be an under-applyer.

    I am wearing Hermes Un Jardin sur le Toit over some Haitian vetiver lotion (essential oil in Alba Organica unscented) which gives it a bit of oomph. I also like it over Speziali Fiorentini Tè Nero lotion.

  29. rose pepper says:

    Today I am wearing Chanel Crystalle EDT and it’s makings feel VERY sophisticated. Most florals seem either pretty or sexy, but this one just feels so elegant.

    I don’t think I over apply. I only get comments when people come in close. I love to smell my wrist throughout the day at work, it gives me a little moment of pleasure. One of my favorite complements is when someone tells me that I smell good, but I also don’t want people to think, ugh there goes the lady who wears too perfume!

    How do you know when a perfume had a strong sillage? From other people commenting? Smelling it throughout the day without having to smell your wrist directly? I’m relatively new to the perfumista world, and haven’t figured out how to determine whether I have a perfume that has a strong sillage and is likely to a lot of notice :)

    • Squirrely says:

      You sound safe. Crystalle isn’t necessarily a sillage monster.

      I think you know about sillage partly by intuition, partly from reading reviews (read reviews of Amarige or Giorgio to hear about perfumes people think are too heavy, lol), and also, yes, how easy is it for you to smell? Or if you leave a room and come back after several minutes, can you smell a scent trail you left behind? That’s definitely a warning sign!

      Another warning sign: if you find yourself going back for a 4th or 5th spritz during the day, or a “refresher” spray” maybe get a second opinion. We, as wearers, get used to our perfume faster than those around us do. So we might think our scent of the day has worn off, but really, it hasn’t, we just can’t smell it as well.

      • scentfromabove says:

        Well put, Squirrely :)

    • zara says:

      Love this one – I have EDP, which is a bit different than EDT, but EDT has been long on my ‘to buy’ list. a true summer classic, always has reminded me of a fresh clean shirt.

  30. sweetgrass says:

    I’m wearing Dior Lily today. I got my first Swapmania package yesterday, and this was part of it. Not sure I’m in love or anything, but it’s pretty and springy.

    I’m not necessarily a super light applier, but nobody else seems to notice my perfume so I guess I don’t overapply either. How much I apply depends on how strong the scent is, so it varies.

  31. Squirrely says:

    SOTD is Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet layered with Jo Malone’s Dark Amber & Ginger Lily. I just came up with it this morning and it’s working really well. I riffed off of JM’s suggested fragrance combining and figured the Penhaligon is similar to Lime Basil & Mandarin, so might go well with a more “sultry” Jo Malone. I’m chuffed that I thought of a successful layering, I usually fail miserably at this game!

    I’m with Sweetgrass, I don’t consider myself a light applier (usually 2-3 sprays) but no one ever comments on my perfume aside from my husband.

    • Ida says:

      Sounds like a really nice layering combination, Squirrely. Same here – hardly anyone ever comments. I get overjoyed when someone does. Maybe we apply too lightly? I do wish I had a foolproof way of knowing whether I leave behind a light pleasant trail, or leave behind nothing, or too much!

  32. Elizabeth says:

    I’m wearing Sage Pearl perfume oil for the first time today. It’s a polite and very pleasant vanillic musk, warm and comforting. Not typically the kind of scent I wear, but I do like it.

  33. Dilana says:

    SOTD is Amber Oud, which I have now decided is perfect for cool overcast days. Its as if it cuts through the fog.

    • Omega says:

      I am not big on oud but this is a good one:).

  34. Waldina80 says:

    In an impulsive move, I grabbed my fiance’s sample of A*men edt and gave half a squirt to one wrist & then transferred by dabbing, to the other.

    I think I like it better on me than him! I always under apply Mugler scents, because they are soo hefty!

    My scents like Florabotanica or Givenchy AoD Le Secret, I splash and spray with reckless abandon!

  35. eutrapelia says:

    I’ve got as a birthday gift Juniper Ridge Winter Redwood, so I’m wearing this wonderful forest scent. I like 3 of Juniper Ridge colognes, but Winter Redwood is the best. It’s better for winter days with snow, but I am ready to wear it permanently.

    • Omega says:

      Another line I’ve been meaning to try but keep forgetting. Gifts to yourself are the best:).

      • Omega says:

        That is, if you did get for yourself..if not, I am just speaking for myself here lol.

  36. songeuse says:

    Séville à l’Aube is my SOTD. I tend to under-apply, I think, although I do wear more in certain situations.

  37. Julie Ohara says:

    SOTD Lubin Black Jade. It’s a nice full white floral. I enjoy it, but it doesn’t feel terribly unique. It has good lasting power. And I like to over-apply. I love smelling my perfume all day, and if a fragrance doesn’t have at least good lasting power, it’s unlikely I’ll buy a FB.

  38. teri says:

    I thought I’d mentally whisk myself away to the tropics in anticipation of the first holiday weekend of the summer. I’m wearing my sample of Fleur de Comores from MP&G. It’s ephemeral and I’ve needed to apply again already today, so I probably won’t be tempted to buy it, but it’s fun and does make me think of tropical drinks and warm breezes.

  39. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Bond No. 9 Silver Factory + Le Labo Vanille 44

    I am normally an underapplier due to my enclosed space commute and a scent-sensible workplace. I don’t know what came over me today as I overapplied. The most I’ve sprayed of any one perfume for one wear was 8 sprays of L’AP Safran Troublant and it lasted all of 4 hours on me, then pouff!

    Unrelated to SOTD – I was at the flagship Saks this afternoon when there was a collective buzz. Lady Gaga was in the house! I caught a glimpse of her with platinum hair and oversized sumglasses (as if she could be incognito) walking into an elevator with her supersized security detail. She is teeny tiny!

    • Merlin says:

      As if anything could be more attention grabbing than large sunglasses worn indoors;)

  40. Lise says:

    DelRae Bois de Paradis is my sotd. I think I tend to over apply when I am alone, and feel free to really bathe in a juice that I love. But when in the office or around my kids, I am more careful.

  41. Bear says:

    Scent for the past two days has been Black Comme des Garcons.
    Licorice, incense and a very smoky birch tar. Fantastic!
    Great sillage and longevity, especially for an EDT.
    Your poll about amount of application is very timely – 10 sprays (yes, I said it – 10) yesterday was a bit too much, 5 sprays today – just right.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I have to revisit Black CdG again the next time I’m at Aedes. I recalled it being too peppery but your description of licorice-check!, incense-check! and very smoky birch tar-double-check! makes it sound very appealing! I can probably only handle 1 spray :-)

  42. perthgirl says:

    Some might think I over-apply but i think not :)
    Today cold and rainy sotd L’air de Rein. But I’m going to an authors talk all day so it’s a civilized 3 spritz :)

  43. charlesg says:

    Today was my birthday, and I am spending it on St. Barthelemy, so most of the day I smelled like sun tan lotion, which after an awful Connecticut winter was wonderful to smell.

    We went out to dinner, and I wore one of the samples I brought, Field Notes From Paris, by Ineke. I think I wanted something not obviously summer, or beachy, but urbane, and bright. This worked for me, and it was a very happy birthday.

    • charlesg says:

      Oh, and I typically under apply!

    • hajusuuri says:

      It’s still today…Happy Birthday. We have a lot of birthdays or near birthdays this week!

    • MikasMinion says:

      Happy birthday. Field Notes a From Paris is a great one for a dinner out.

  44. MikasMinion says:

    SOTD was Clean Skin because I found a sample I didn’t know I had and before I tossed it (I have hated all of the Cleans so far) I thought I would try it. Very pleasant and uninteresting but would be great for a workplace that didn’t allow scent and infinitely better than the other detergent-y Cleans. I will take it to work for emergencies.

  45. zara says:

    I’m an ‘under-applier’. I remember once on a flight I sat next to a handsome businessman, who must have doused himself in Terre d’Hermes before boarding. It was headache inducing and there were no other seats left, so I had to breath in the perfume ‘cloud’ for the entire duration of the flight. I mean, I loved the scent before enough and even bought a small bottle of Terre for myself, but after that couldn’t bear it anymore and gave away my bottle to my brother.
    That said, I still enjoy it when I get a good whiff of someone’s (potentially overapplied) perfume, say, when passing him or her on the street, but when you’re forced to breath it in for more than a few minutes, that’s really annoying :)

    SOTD – Parfums Nicolai – Le temps d’une fete. Makes me want to party in a summer dress in some lush green garden and drink mint juleps

  46. nozknoz says:

    Yay – time to get out Olene! It was hidden in the back of my refrigerator last summer, so I’m glad you’ve reminded me of it.

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