Friday community scent of the day 5/30

Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist, engraved bell jar

Today's community project: 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 didn't work for you for whatever reason, no worries, do chime in with your scent of the day anyway! We're not picky.

I picked iris, and so I'm wearing Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist (and no, I don't have a bell jar, much less the special edition engraved bell jar shown above. I have a lowly decant). I just put it on a few minutes ago, and at the moment, I smell like turnips and damp earth with a bit of cosmetic powder. It does smell silver, but also purple: in synesthesia terms, I think of it as silver and purple mists, swirling together.

And you?

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  1. lucasai says:

    I have a couple of favourite notes, rose being one of them. For today’s community project I decided to wear Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme which is one of my favourite roses.

    Wishing everyone a smooth end of the work week and see you tomorrow in Lazy Weekend Poll :)

    • Jonette says:

      Rose is one of my favorite notes, too, but my absolute favorite is patchouli. The majority of scents I love contain patchouli or it dominates. I’ve chosen to wear my longest-owned fragrance, which is a soliflore: Santa Maria Novella Patchouli. I’ve had the same bottle for over 11 years and it’s nearing the end, but as good as the day I got it! I bought it from a friend who had used a bit, but found it too strong. And strong it is! This is the real deal: strong, earthy, camphorous patchouli and it is just heavenly. But only if used in moderation. That’s why, despite much usage, it has lasted me all these years. I could choose to splash it on and take out the city, if not the whole of the Netherlands! :) But in the famous words of the old Brylcreem jingle, “A little dab ‘ll do ya”.

      So today, I’ve used the soap (which is fabulously aromatic — just leaving it on a saucer makes it a room fragrance) and dabbed on three dots of the cologne (wrists and between my breasts). Cologne? Ha! This is stronger than many an etrait! Lasting power is at least 8 hours. And honestly, this has never turned, so I expect it to remain good ’til the last drop.

      • Robin says:

        I bet it’s actually stronger now…when you get a new bottle, it might smell lighter than you expect!

        • lucasai says:

          For sure…

        • Jonette says:

          Hmmm. I never thought about that. I just recall that I thought it was very strong when I first acquired it. Anyway, it is great. I like to put some in my bath water, too.

      • lucasai says:

        Wow, Jonette! An 11 year-old bottle of perfume and still running good. I guess this proves the high quality of Santa Maria Novella.
        I’m not a patchouli fan, I don’t mind small quantities when it serves as an additional note to others that I like

        • Jonette says:

          I have yet to sample anything else from SMN, but really want to!

      • poodle says:

        I’m finally getting into patchouli so I’m putting this on the list to try. Strong scents are right up my alley.

  2. melissa says:

    I’m declaring rose my favorite note too, and am wearing Tauer’s Une Rose Chypree. It’s a beautiful dark rose and contains so many of my other favorite notes: herbs, spice, moss, vanilla and amber.

    • Robin says:

      Nice pick!

    • lucasai says:

      From Tauer roses my favourite one is PHI Une Rose de Kandahar.

      • melissa says:

        That one’s definitely more about the rose, right? I should test them side-by-side.

        • lucasai says:

          Yes, it’s pretty rose-centric, with beautiful apricot and tobacco accord.

    • egabbert says:

      Oh, that’s one of my favorite roses too. I love it so much.

  3. Janice says:

    I also picked iris, and I’m wearing Parfum d’Empire Equistrius. This is one of my staples—easy to wear and fine for the office, but it still has enough going on to hold my interest. It’s not a rooty iris like Iris Silver Mist, and fortunately I don’t get “chocolate” at all from it (one of the listed notes). It’s a bit powdery and has a sort of rough texture to it, like a coarse fabric.

    • Robin says:

      I’m sorry to say I can’t remember Equistrius — I should try it again.

      • trixiesweet says:

        Equistrius is lovely, very elegant. I know what you mean about the texture – but I also get some non-sweet cocoa.

  4. mals86 says:

    Favorite notes of mine include but aren’t limited to rose, tuberose, and galbanum.

    Wearing RL Safari today, a “warm” green that I find more comfortable every time I wear it. Wish the galbanum lasted longer in it, but I love the dried-grass effect of it too. Going out to plant some annuals (HEY. I know I’m lazy… don’t judge me :) ). My daughter turns 19 today – so happy she was born. Happy birthday, Bookworm!

    • Jonette says:

      Here in the Netherlands, you congratulate someone when they have a family member with a birthday, so Happy Birthday, once removed, Mals! (Since you’re a muse in wooden shoes, perhaps you’re Dutch?) And why are you lazy if you plant annuals? It’s more work than planting perennials, which you only need to do once.

      • mals86 says:

        Not Dutch, no – that refers to a snippet of poetry I love.

        And I’m LAAATE getting these annuals in! But thank you very much for the birthday wishes, that’s a lovely tradition.

    • Robin says:

      Oh, happy birthday to Bookworm!

    • egabbert says:

      Yay Safari!

    • MikasMinion says:

      Happy birthday to Bookworm! You smell great today; I love Safari.

  5. Jonette says:

    I hear so much loving praise for iris, Robin, and I’m not sure I can pick out that note. I love Amouage Opus V, and that’s supposed to have a strong iris note. On the other hand, I have a sample of Atelier Cologne Silver Iris and it isn’t something I’d want to own. I don’t even really like to wear the sample. I have to find out if I have anything else in my perfume collection that has iris.

    • Robin says:

      Well, I don’t like the Atelier either. Do you have Crabtree & Evelyn nearby? Go smell their iris, that’s the general idea. Another fairly easy to find possibility would be Prada Infusion d’Iris.

      • Jonette says:

        The shops near me that carried C & E have closed, but I can probably find the Prada at Douglas. Thanks for the advice.

    • egabbert says:

      Iris doesn’t smell floral per se — it’s a dry, almost chalky note that smells gray or purple to some people. Chanel No. 19 is a good example if you’re trying to identify it.

      • Jonette says:

        Ah, another good suggestion. That one is probably also available at Douglas or IciParis.

    • Lucy says:

      I found the Atelier Iris to be quite sweet. It reminded me of a light version of Prada Candy rather than a primary iris scent. Not only will the other irises suggested here help you understand the note better, they all layer really well. Infusion d’Iris has worked with every light floral I’ve tried.

      • Merlin says:

        Hi Lucy, which perfumes have layered nicely with Infusion d’Iris: I always love hearing about successful ventures in layering… (and very often stealing them!)

        • rose pepper says:

          I have layered Infusion d’Iris with Atelier Orange Sanguine to freshen it up for warmer days. I also think it would be nice layered with orange blossom or neroli.

          • Merlin says:

            I can see that working. When summer comes round again I will try it. Its winter here now and I don’t at all like IdI in cold weather! Although, now that I think about it – it could be wintered up with something warmer and sweeter:)

        • Lucy says:

          Rose Pepper is right, orange blossom and Neroli are two of the best. It seems the more simple, the better it works. I also like it with rose scents like Stella McCartney Stella or Perfumer’s Workshop tea rose. I’ll have to think about what works best in winter and get back to you. It’s been awhile since heavier scents got any wear from me.

  6. kindcrow says:

    Carnation is my favorite note (other than vanilla) and I’m trying Comme des Garcons Series 2: Red Carnation for the first time. It might just be FBW :-)

    • Robin says:

      Oh, that’s a nice one! I liked Series 2 in general.

    • AnnieA says:

      I have a bottle of it and whenever I need a dose of carnation on it goes! I also like the CdG is reasonably priced overall.

      • kindcrow says:

        Yes, $100 for 100 ml of this is a great deal!

    • pyramus says:

      That was my choice too! I have a full bottle and it is KILLER. Carnation is my favourite note so CDG Carnation was an easy choice for today.

      • kindcrow says:

        Oooh, you have excellent taste! :-)

    • sapphire03 says:

      I love the CdG Red Carnation!

    • hajusuuri says:

      Wow, so much love for CdG Red Carnation – it is going on my to try list!

  7. Zazie says:

    My favorite notes are jasmine and tuberose – if we are speaking of proper notes, that is. Otherwise, “Guerlinade” is hands down my favorite “note”.
    Anyway: for tuberose I picked Fracas. A tiny dab of extrait.
    It is my favorite tuberose, in a way, and in other ways it isn’t. I love all my tubeys, for different reasons, moods and temperatures!;)
    But surprisingly, over time I realized that the most infamous (fracas and tubereuse criminelle) are the easiest for me to wear, and get more wear time than the others.
    I will honor jasmine with a la nuit before bed. Sleep by jasmine. ;)

    I wish Guerlain did a grand white floral.

    • Robin says:

      And they should bring back the Guerlinade fragrance, that was pretty.

      • Zazie says:

        The funny thing is that I’ve never smelled Guerlinade, the perfume!
        But yes, my dearest perfumes are all classic Guerlains… Or smell like them (thinking of PDN’s New York)!

    • shabbus says:

      Me too! I am currently riding the tuberose train, but waving wildly to rose as she goes by. Anyway, my SOTD is Kilian Beyond Love, which is just one stop before Fracas on this line.
      Okay, I’ll stop with the painful metaphors and just sit back and enjoy the ride (see what I did there???).
      -Anna Karenina

      • Zazie says:

        Oh, I also love beyond love. I especially wear it in summer, I find it blooms beautifully in the heat!

        • galbanumgal says:

          When I saw that Moon Bloom was available in a travel spray, I confess I blind bought! I picked tuberose for today, and am wearing my inaugural spray. Loving it thus far–even though it’s a lovely spring 65 degree spring day, this is making me wish I was in Jamaica or Bermuda, amid tropical foliage.

        • egabbert says:

          I wore Beyond Love last night! It was a rare humid night in Denver and it bloomed beautifully.

  8. Lucy says:

    Well, it’s already 70 degrees here, the sun is beating through the window, and my pregnancy makes me melty in anything over freezing temperatures…so I’m cheating and picking Ambergris just so I can wear Hermes Eau de Marveilles today. I just can’t handle much else. Ambergris is a note that I like very much, I’m just not sure it’s my favorite. It’s definitely a favorite-of-the-moment though.

    • eswift83 says:

      Good choice! I tried the Amber des Merveilles yesterday and while it was great the original is still my favorite. :)

      • Lucy says:

        It’s one of few that I find to be very unique and interesting, but still really easy to wear and comforting. If I could only wear one scent for the rest of my life, this would be a contender.

    • Robin says:

      Ugh, sorry you’re melty. When are you due?

      • Lucy says:

        Ughhh. Not until August 9th. It’s going to be a long summer. Luckily our central air unit is only two years old.

        • Robin says:

          My son was born in late August. Bad planning, apparently, for both of us! Hope the weather will not be too brutal this year :-)

  9. floragal says:

    I find this to be a difficult project. There are scents that I love, but none of them have a note that dominates, and I think that’s what I love about them. For example, I can’t stand amber focused scents, but I adore Prada l’eau ambree…! I’m not a rose lover but I can’t get enough of Tauer’s PHI une rose de Kandahar.

    A true amber or rose lover would probably roll their eyes at me if I say my favorite note is rose and therefore I’m wearing Tauer’s PHI because the rose does not dominate nor is it displayed in all its glory (and why a true rose lover would want it to be so) but it is beautiful.
    Anyway, my conundrum… oh, well.

    SOTD: PdeN L’eau a la Folie, because I just got it yesterday (blind buy) and I’m already really enjoying it ;)

    • Zazie says:

      No eye rolling!! ;)
      With the exception of two white flower notes, which I like as soliflores, like you I tend to prefer more choral perfumes, where many notes create a pleasing/arresting/interesting/complex effect.
      “Solinotes” tend to bore me quite quickly, or make me feel queasy…
      I envy your phi de kandar, as it was not available for shipping where I live!!

      • floragal says:

        Choral perfumes. Huh. What a nice way to put it. Thank you!
        Yes, that’s what I get too, queasy.

        Where do you live?

        • Zazie says:

          I live in Italy, where unfortunately AT does not ship from his website (but has local shops carry most of his fragrances)!
          Enjoy your Phi! Also the story behind it sounded nice! :)

      • melissa says:

        Agreed! Loving a note and loving it best by itself aren’t necessarily the same thing at all. I love powdery notes, but have no interest in smelling like plain cosmetic powder.

      • Merlin says:

        I always consider them as symphonies rather than concertos;)

    • CM says:

      Love your SOTD. I just ordered the big bottle of l’eau a la folie after going thru half my 30ml last summer. I’ve realized that many of my favorite summer scents come from PdN. She makes a great L’Eau for sure!

      • floragal says:

        I do want to try some of her others now!
        I think I might put this one in the fridge for a really cool spray once the high temps come.

  10. egabbert says:

    My favorite note is rose, and I’m wearing Rossy de Palma, which always feels perfect to me. It has a gleaming effect to my nose, like a shiny red sports car.

    • Jonette says:

      Sounds great! That’s on my other list of samples to order (from a different shop than the one sending me samples this weekend!) I can’t wait to sniff it. Rose Cut is also in the sample order.

    • floragal says:

      I like this one too! The initial top notes stage I don’t particularly like, but how it dries down is very nice.

    • AnnieA says:

      Just ordered a backup bottle of Rossy de Palma, a rose with extra thorns.

      • egabbert says:

        I have been holding off on buying a backup bottle, since you never know, but if I ever hear of this being discontinued I’m going to freak out.

  11. cologneluvr says:


    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this fragrance!

  12. leechiyong says:

    In the past few years, I’ve moved past my trepidation of smelling like an adolescent girl wearing Calgon body spray and developed an appreciation for vanilla. It can really ground a fragrance while being smoothing comforting. Today, I’m wearing Roads Neon. It starts off very sweet, but quickly dries down to a mixture of vanilla, wood, and spice.

    • Robin says:

      Oh, I was curious about that line! Did you try any of the others?

      • leechiyong says:

        I sniffed in store, but not tried the others. Most were fairly sweet off the bat as well. I was intrigued by the heliotrope in this one and the drydown is in line with what I normally wear, so figured it was worth a try. It’s a nice, light change for summer for me.

    • kindcrow says:

      I like the notes listed for Neon! The name doesn’t seem to fit, though.

      • leechiyong says:

        I agree. I enjoy it, but don’t think the name fits beyond the heliotrope. I hear “Neon” and think citrusy floral or green.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Eeek, I have never even heard of Roads and now I am lemming this Neon. I just looked up the website and Barneys is a stockist, so yay…it goes on my freesniff list!

  13. relleric says:

    SOTD is a blast from the past, Giorgio for Men. I got a decant of it last week and I’m in love with it.

  14. trixiesweet says:

    For me, it usually depends on how it’s used (I do have notes that are no-go, though).
    Having said that, I love, love galbanum. So I’m wearing Silences today (although normally I wouldn’t, as it’s not hot enough over here for it).
    It’s 6.30 pm here and I’m still catching wiffs of it. I hadn’t worn it since last October, so I’m enjoying it very much.

    • mals86 says:

      Adore Silences!!! and it is just perfect in heat, I think.

  15. morgana says:

    Skipping iris (as I am not sure which one I would pick as my favorite fragrance), I go with coriander as my favorite note, and am wearing DS & Durga Coriander.

    • nozknoz says:

      Oh – I should try that! I really liked My Indian Childhood.

  16. MikasMinion says:

    My favorite note is soil but I LOST my decant of Wild Hunt and have drained my sample of Under The Arbor so will be wearing Tropic of Capricorn again since I still smell it from last evening. I need to mow the lawn so I will be mixing it with bug spray and applying something else this afternoon. Happy Friday everyone!

  17. eswift83 says:

    Oh Robin, that is one of my favorites! I’m giving Chanel Coco a test run today… beautiful, but perhaps not me.

  18. rose pepper says:

    Rose is my favorite note. It’s my middle name, so I’ve always felt an affinity for roses ever since I was a kid, like they were “my” flower. SOTD is La Fille de Berlin. There are too many amazing rose scents to have a favorite, but this is a darker rose that I really enjoy. Trying to decide between this and Rossy de Palma for a full bottle.

    • egabbert says:

      I love both but I think RdP is more unique — also, more beautiful bottle. :)

      • rose pepper says:

        Good point, the Rossy de Palma bottle is so pretty! I hope to get both … eventually.

        Maybe I’ll wear Rossy de Palma tonight and go with my two favorites roses today :)

  19. Eva S says:

    Leather is one of my absolute favorite notes. It was difficult to chose which perfume to wear since I have a number of them, in the end I went with the leather to rule them all – Bandit :-)
    Perhaps suprisingly on me Bandit is a crowdpleaser, it’s possibly my most complimented perfume. One of my colleges adored it so much I gave her a sample, and she is planning on a FB!

    • Zazie says:

      I envy you for rocking Bandit!
      Leather perfumes are indeed very satisfying, which are your favorites?

      • Eva S says:

        Apart from Bandit favorites are Cuir Ottoman, Cuir de Lancome, Arquiste Alexandre and my latest discovery Jul et Mad Amour a la Palazzo!

        • floragal says:

          Expecting a sample of the Lancôme one any day now. Can’t wait! I’ve read so much about it.

  20. AnnieA says:

    I had the kindness of being given a decant of vintage Dioressimo, so celebrating my childhood love of lily of the valley.

    • Robin says:

      Oh, nice! Which concentration is it?

      • AnnieA says:

        It’s probably the eau de toilette. Many years ago I bought the parfum because it was in a beautiful, tiny amphora, and have regretted never buying a follow-up due to bottle snobbery.

  21. farouche says:

    I’m going to join the ranks of the rose lovers. This morning I sprayed one wrist with Malle’s Une Rose and the other with Parfum DelRae Coup de Foudre. Initially I found the CdF more wearable, but after a few hours the rose became lighter and more transparent. Une Rose has lost some projection but none of its rosy identity, so I declare it today’s winner. (I also love Une Fille de Berlin, though….)

    • Robin says:

      Une Rose is so gorgeous. And so many rose choices…

  22. scentfromabove says:

    One of my favorite notes is “peony”, so my SOTD is Peony and Blush Suede by Jo Malone. One of my absolute favorite fragrances with peony in it was Peony and Moss by Jo Malone, but it was only a “limited edition”. The SA told me that she doubts very seriously that they will bring it back. I hope she is wrong.
    So, Peony and Blush Suede has satisfied my peony addiction for now. If anyone knows of any other great fragrances with peony, please share. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

    • mals86 says:

      A bit spendy, but MDCI Rose de Siwa is a really lovely mix of rose and peony. If I could afford a bottle I’d nab one; as it is I am going through samples.

      • scentfromabove says:

        Thanks. I wrote it down and will definitely try to get a sample of it. Roses and peonies together sounds really pretty. :)

    • Jonette says:

      Since you like Jo Malone fragrances, maybe you’d like the ones she now brings out under “Jo Loves”. There’s one called “Nr. 42 The Flowershop” which has crushed Green Leaves, Peonies, Freesia and moss. (I haven’t smelled it).

      I’ve mentioned it before: Designer Shaik Opulent 33. This is an incredibly beautiful scent with peony as one of the prominent notes.

      I hope you’re feeling better!

      • scentfromabove says:

        Thanks. I have been looking into trying the Jo Loves line. I am eventually gonna get my hands on some of the samples they offer online. Since you can’t get it in the US, I have just been procrastinating. But, I can almost guarantee that I will love all from this line.
        I also wrote down the SO 33 and will see about getting a sample.
        I am doing better. Going through a lot of physical therapy (no fun) and trying to power through. Thanks for asking. :)

    • sapphire03 says:

      If you like peony I would suggest Vert Pivoine by Histoires de Parfums. Every time I wear it I receive compliments.

      • mals86 says:

        I was surprised to not like that one (can’t remember why. Not peony enough for me, or something). But it’s definitely worth smelling, to find out if it suits.

        Oh! Also, if you come across it at some point, Victoria’s Secret used to make a scent called Pink. Not PInk Beach or Pink Goddess or Pink Baby or whatever, just Pink. That was a greenish floral with lots of peony, and I used to love that stuff.

        • Lucy says:

          I loved the original Pink too. I still have the empty bottle so I can sniff the nozzle every once in awhile. It had a little tartness in it too, though I have no idea what the note was.

        • scentfromabove says:

          I remember Pink. I used to wear it when it first came out. I will have to revisit it if I can find it. VS has changed their fragrance line so much and discontinued a lot of their great ones. Such a pity.

      • mals86 says:

        ALso, every suggestion helps, because I just never know what will strike my fancy. :)

      • scentfromabove says:

        I will give this a try. To me, its huge when people compliment the way you smell. So, I’m all for that. Thanks so much for the suggestion. :)

    • farouche says:

      Have you tried Peoneve by Penhaligon’s? It’s peony, rose, and jasmine and quite lovely.

      • scentfromabove says:

        No, I have never tried this. Those three notes together sound heavenly. I will have to look into this one. Seems like it would be a nice one for the summer. Thanks for suggesting it to me!

    • hajusuuri says:

      Wow, all these peony suggestions! My sister likes peony. I may gift her with a Peony Sample Pack!

      • scentfromabove says:

        She would enjoy that. That’s a great marketing idea. Someone should create sample or gift packs that has different fragrances that share the same dominant note. This one could be called “Peonies by the bundle”. I would buy it. :)

  23. Laila says:

    Long-time lurker, first-time poster here, I could not resist the allure of a themed SOTD! Intrinsic to my nature is the unexplainable need to be in harmony with the world of Nature outside my window. Hence, my favorite note/scent changes as the seasons evolve. Although I rarely wear floral scents, when the springtime flowers begin to bloom in my garden, especially so this year after an everlastingly harsh winter, I grow very fond of certain soliliflores. For the past two weeks the lilacs outside my bedroom window have been blissfully blooming. At night, I sleep unscented and they envelop me with a blanket of fragrance wafting through my open window, an exquisitely-scented hug. Sometimes, half-awake as I turn over, I wonder what I’ve put on that smells so heavenly, only to realize I have Mother Nature to thank! Just yesterday the nearby honey locust trees opened their creamy soft blossoms that flutter in the breeze, adding their intoxicating scent to the outdoor symphony. As daily life intrudes upon my nocturnal-scented reveries, I carry the scent with me, most often via (the now d/c) Yves Rocher Pur Desir de Lilas edt, today’s SOTD. Layered over the matching body products, a bit spicy/sweet, a bit green with a hint of almond, it’s most evocative of the lovely light purple blooms I treasure for their short-lived beauty. Other lilac scents I also own and enjoy are Pacifica’s French Lilac, Caswell Massey’s Lilac, and Annie Oakley’s Morning Dew. And a new favorite combo is Alfred Sung’s Sha edt layered over BBW’s Butterfly Flower lotion, its effect more of a soft springtime bouquet but still with a strong lilac presence.

    Happy Birthday to Bookworm, and Happy Remembrances of that very special day to her Mom!

    • Robin says:

      Hello and welcome! You make me sorry I did not plant my lilacs closer to the house, although living in CA with gardenias under my window (some years ago) turned out to be perhaps too much harmony with nature.

      And so nice to hear a mention of Sha, that was such a lovely scent.

    • Dilana says:

      What a lovely evocative post. I hope to hear more from you.

    • poodle says:

      I love when people de-lurk. Welcome! I also love lilacs. I have only one bush outside but it’s still not big enough to fill the air with fragrant blooms. Maybe next spring.

    • kindcrow says:

      I enjoyed your post. I love the fragrance of lilacs, too. I didn’t think that that you could grow them in California, but my in-laws live in Grass Valley, and they have a bush. My mother-in-law saw me huffing them repeatedly during a recent visit, so she bought me a birthday card with lilacs on it.

      The gardenia bush in our yard is in bloom, so I’ll have to pick some and float them in a pretty dish in the bathroom.


    • hajusuuri says:

      Love your post, Laila! Welcome!

  24. nozknoz says:

    I have so many favorite notes – iris, leather, tobacco, jasmine, rose, incense, narcissus, orange blossom, tobacco, animalics – the list goes on! Hence, it was a matter of picking one exemplified by a perfume that worked with our current early summer weather. I also wanted to highlight a perfume wasn’t discontinued, and I’m saving iris for next week.

    So, joyous orange blossom. This was initially a note that confused my nose. I think I never smelled classic colognes or any other orange blossom focused scent when I was young, but once I finally wrapped my olfactory cortex around it, I came to adore it.

    The one I’m wearing today is Parfumerie Generale Cuir Venenum, an unusual and beautiful orange blossom leather perfume. Honeyed orange blossom is tempered with a bitter note that conjures leather, and supported by the beautiful, soft base note accord that Pierre Guillaume created for his line.

    It’s entirely unisex and versatile in terms of seasons an occasions. Definitely worth trying – very different from my other fav orange blossom, L’AP Seville a l’aube, or any other leather that I’m familiar with.

    • Zazie says:

      Oh, I never paid much attention to PG in general, but your description of Cuir Venenom, is soooooo enticing. I *see* orange blossom going very well with leather, and I am partial to both notes!
      A lemming is born! ;)

      • floragal says:

        You’re right -it is so enticing! I put this at the top of my sample list.

    • sweetgrass says:

      I love Cuir Venenum. One of these days I might get around to buying a bottle. :P

    • Eva S says:

      A sample order is imminent, both leather and orange blossom are favorite notes! Thanks for the tip!

    • hajusuuri says:

      Parfumerie Generale Cuir Venenum goes on to sniff list! Orange Blossom tends to turn soapy on me. One of the commenters on Kafka”s post on Arabian Oud Ghroob mentioned that with Orange Blossom, apply more of it and it won’t smell soapy. It is kind of counter-intuitive but I am too chicken to do that as Ghroob is a very concentrated attar-like perfume oil.

  25. nozknoz says:

    Robin, I was also tempted to pick Iris Silver Mist. And if I ever win the proverbial lottery, I’m buying all the SL LE bell jars. They are so amazing (not that I’ve seen them in person).

    • Robin says:

      The “regular” bell jars are not all that massively appealing to me. The engraved ones — I’ll take one of each ;-)

      • nozknoz says:

        I think it’s their sort of mystical symbolism, in addition to how well they are done, that’s so appealing.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I saw them at the Palais Royal boutique and they are indeed gorgeous and spendy. I have the plain bell jar ;-)

  26. Merlin says:

    So, I’v wanted my favorite note to be rose, leather, incense or iris but I’v realized that I’m just really not all that sophisticated and that what I really like is amber! And, what is more, I don’t think I like complex amber with heavy animalic, spicy or floral tones. So, today I am wearing L’Occitane’s Ambre which opens up with some juicy golden citrus and smooths into a very pure, deep and resonant amber. It was discontinued but it seems like in some countries it has been brought back, so I have just discovered it!

    • egabbert says:

      Amber is one of my favorite notes too. No shame in that!!

      • Merlin says:

        It gets criticized for being easy to like, but I would think that was a good thing! Then again, many feel that it is that exact property that makes it easy to get bored of…
        Personally I get bored of everything after wearing it once too often – which is why I rotate:)

        Anyway, nice to meet a fellow amber-lover!

  27. eutrapelia says:

    Alcohol is one of my favorites notes, so today scent is Passion Boisee Frapin. Actually I don’t drink and don’t smoke, but prefer fragrances with alcohol, leather and tobacco notes. And yes, I wear some fragrances for men :)

    • hajusuuri says:

      I like an alcohol note as well! This goes on the to try list! Have you tried By Kilian Apple Brandy?

      • eutrapelia says:

        Unfortunately no. Need to try. Kilian perfumes are not very suitable for me because of lack between top and heart notes. But I wear two Kilian fragrances, they are good on my skin.

    • nozknoz says:

      I like Frapin Caravelle Epices and 1697 very much. Need to try Passion Boisee! There’s something decadent about all that fine cognac!

      • eutrapelia says:

        Frapin is one of my best perfume houses. I really like all it’s fragrances. 1697 is favourite, of course, also Caravelle epicee is very nice. But Passion Boisee is special. I hear how the fresh grape juice transforms to a light transparent white wine. The fragrance is like crystal tear, very tangible and changes during the day.

  28. thegoddessrena says:

    Lilac is a favorite spring note, so I’m wearing Soivohle Lilas et Narcissus today. I smell pretty

    • kindcrow says:

      I have a sample of that, and I LOVE it, except for 5 or 10 minutes when it smells quite fecal (and I don’t like fecal ‘fumes). That smell goes away, but I’m afraid to wear it outside of the house in the off chance that someone else will still be able to make out that note on me. Oh, well. I am a paranoid, anxious, wimp :-) Ha!

  29. johanob says:

    NOT my ULTIMATE favorite note in perfume(which is also Iris/Orris),but a favorite note nonetheless!:Tuberose!And I chose the peachblossom/tuberose awesomeness of Bond No 9 Chinatown.I brought spring back,if only for today!

    • Suzy Q says:

      Funny, I’m not a fan of tuberose but I adore Chinatown. All the notes blend beautifully with each other.

  30. Suzy Q says:

    FIG! Like others here it’s difficult to choose just one.
    Wearing: Philosykos.
    Philosykos is one of my first FB purchases. It’s wearable in every season, so it’s a go-to fragrance.

  31. 2rista says:

    My favourite notes are probably leather and incense, but it’s hot here today, so I’m wearing Grand Néroli, another of my favourite notes and great for balmy summer days.

    • Suzy Q says:

      I almost wore Grand Neroli today too! It’s a summer favorite and I love neroli. But it’s damp and cloudy today and it wasn’t a good fit.

  32. CM says:

    One of my favorite notes is Iris as well as galbanum so I selected some vintage Chanel #19 EDT to start the day. Later, I plan to add a bit of modern EDP, and may finish the day with a hit of Heure Exquisite! Maybe we need a Morning, a Noon, and Night poll to talk about how we transition our fragrances!

    I just dyed my hair this morning and it’s a bit darker (ok a lot darker) than expected. I wanted something cool to go with this new color and #19 fit the bill.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I think I have some vintage Chanel #19 EDT lurking around somewhere. I need to practice Chanel for next week’s community SOTD!

  33. flannery says:

    Violet is one of my most cherished notes and I find it most beautifully translated into fragrance in Mona di Orio’s Violette Fumee. Expensive, yes, but to me worth every penny, I’d sell lots from my collection in order to own this one. It is a gloriously cool bright spring day here in the mountains and this beauty is wafting all around me ~ scentwise it doesn’t get much better :)

    • hajusuuri says:

      I like Mona di Orio Violette Fumee in the Fall and Winter and come to think of it, it will probably work in the spring, too!

  34. Dilana says:

    Tuberose just blooms gloriously on my skin. I keep trying to order myself to avoid acquiring any more tuberose scents.
    I am wearing Fetish which wraps a leather around a tuberrose jasmine core and sprinkles powder on top.

  35. foxbins says:

    Like nozknoz, I like many notes (it would be a shorter list if I put the ones I don’t like) so today I went with rose in the form of Amouage Homage. I just managed to get 12ml before they seemed to vanish, and I love the citrus, rose, oud combination. I thought about jasmine, but the Homage called to me from the vanity table.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Foxbins! I was able to split an Amouage Tribute attar before it disappeared!

      • foxbins says:

        Oh, good! I have 2ml I got a while back; I like it but the Homage was true love. I’m nn the lookout for other good attars from other makers.

    • nozknoz says:

      Someday I’m going to be really sorry that I never bought Homage. Only have an ml or two.

      • Jonette says:

        Both Tribute and Homage are readily available here in Holland. I’m planning an outing to a perfume boutique sometime this summer to test Homage and don’t know whether to hope it’s true love or hope to give my purse another reason to sigh in relief!

  36. Dusan says:

    I picked several of my favorites notes and happen to be wearing the same perfume for days. Cedar, incense and iris all come together to make CdG 2 Man.

    • mikeperez23 says:

      I didn’t know 2Man had iris. Hmm!

      • Dusan says:

        Mike, if my skin wasn’t such an iris-enhancer, I wouldn’t have picked it up myself. But, yes, it’s there alright.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Eeek, another one going to the sniff list! is it very masculine?

      • Dusan says:

        To my mind, it’s perfectly unisex, don’t let the Man in the name mislead you. It’s as gender-neutral as the perfumes in their Incense series.

  37. jirish says:

    My favorite new note is rose, and I’m wearing Killian’s Rose Oud. Lucked out in December and found someone on eBay selling 5 1.5 ml spray samples for $20. I figure if these can hold out till Christmas, I’ll treat myself to the travel spray. Others have mentioned many of my other fav rose scents – Un Rose Chypree, Fille de Berlin, Rossy de Palma. Also love Paestum Rose, Incense Rose, and L’Ombre Dans L’Eau.

    • egabbert says:

      You sound like my near scent twin. The only rose you named that I don’t own is Paestum Rose — never tried it, guess I need to!

    • nozknoz says:

      I also love BK Rose Oud and really all of these except that I’m not sure about Rossy de Palma.

  38. Aparatchick says:

    Joining Suzy Q in her love of fig. I love a crisp, green fig especially in the humid summer weather, so I’m wearing Ava Luxe’s Fig Leaf which is one of the brightest, greenest figs I have.

    • floragal says:

      I’d like to try this one as I enjoy fig too. How’s the lasting power?

      • Aparatchick says:

        Lasts all day – I get a good 8-10 hours from it.

    • Suzy Q says:

      I have a collection of fig samples but this is not one I’ve tried. And I aim to try every fig fragrance in production! So it’s going on my list.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I just had Fig sorbet today – Yummmm. This goes to the try list!

  39. monkeytoe says:

    It is a bit muggy here, so I wanted something with galbanum to cut the humidity and put on some Maison Martin Margiela Untitled. This stuff is great in the heat. Incense is probably my favorite note if I were forced to choose and there is a wisp of it in here.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I wanted to try this at Sephora but boo hiss the one I went to did not have it in-store. On the website, the perfumes all had “Replica” and I did not see one that was Untitled. Is yours a “Replica”?

      • monkeytoe says:

        I am sorry for the late reply!

        No, mine is the first MMM fume. I have not tried any of the Replicas. Did you try any of them?

  40. sweetgrass says:

    Holy crap I love that bell jar!! I want one!

    I had a hard time deciding what to wear today because I don’t know if I have any one favorite note. But I decided it would be narrowed down to fig or galbanum, since those were early favorites when I first fell down the rabbit hole. So I figured I would wear Philosykos or Silences today. But I decided not to decide, and I layered them instead, and it works really nicely.

  41. juicejones says:

    I am all about the aldehyde! Love the sparkle and effervescence. Today I am wearing 1000 extrait. I think the edp is brighter, but this little soldier was up front, so I went with it.
    Over the years I have chosen many: #5, Avon Charisma, My Sin, K de Krizia, V & A First, and my favorite. ..1000. They lift my spirits! Like wearing Champagne. I think aldehydes might be considered dated by some; old lady and fusty. This old lady says “fine, go on without me!”

    • Suzy Q says:

      I’m with you on the aldehydes! Next Friday is Chanel day on NST and I plan to reek of them :)

  42. Ms. Pineapple says:

    It took me several days to decide what favorite note to go with for today. I considered jasmine, tuberose, lily, and lemon, but in the end, I opted for coconut. I’m wearing Vittoria Apuana by Profumi del Forte and it ended up being so perfect for this summery day that I’m looking forward to wearing it throughout the summer.

  43. teri says:

    I chose Patou Forever for today. This is no fruity floral for the tweeners, it is fruity floral for the complex, modern woman. The raspberry is so ripe it’s teetering on the verge of rotting, as is the pineapple. And yet there is nothing dreary about this scent. The aldehydes make it sparkle and the overall impression is happiness….albeit of a non-boisterous sort.

    People don’t seem to really understand this scent and many don’t care for it. But since it wears close to the skin, I can enjoy its chameleonlike nature as it goes from ripe fruit to indolic jasmine and back all the time underscored with a peppy line of aldehydes, without offending anyone in my sillage radius.

    The favorite note? Raspberry. Done right. Nothing remotely artificial about the raspberry here.

  44. mikeperez23 says:

    One of my favorite notes is sandalwood. So I just got a new decant of Precious Woods by April Aromatics and it is WONDERFUL! Strong Mysore sandalwood note mixed with other pure unadulterated resinous wood notes. Thoroughly enjoying it. My 5 ml decant will be finished soon. This stuff is spendy, but so worth it. I would love to smell the oil version also. I see it for sale on Etsy. Someone told me Luckyscent will be carrying the line soon also.

    Later on tonight I’ll delve into another luxury sandalwood that I own a decant of: Richwood by Xerjoff.

    • Merlin says:

      Thanks for the recommendation. It worries me that with all the sandalwood scents I have smelled I’m still not very sure what sandalwood smells like, so perhaps I need to invest in something like this…

    • hajusuuri says:

      I am now lemming this!

    • hajusuuri says:

      Lemming just satisfied :-)

      Have you ever tried the Bohemian Spice?

      • mikeperez23 says:

        No I have not. I’ll add it to my sample list.

  45. Delacey says:

    I’d have to say iris for my favourite note, but as I was sorting through all my iris options (Hiris, Prada Infusion d’iris, No. 19 Poudre, 28 La Pausa… most of them just samples, unfortunately…) I pulled out my sample of Bel Respiro, and the greenness of it seemed just right for a sunny/cloudy day with a chill wind, with tree leaves still showing the sappy green of spring. And this unpredictability, this conversation with the day around you, is one of the things I love most about adding scents to my day.

    I think Robin’s reference to synesthesia is perfect; it’s exactly how I’ve thought about perfume. I’m not synesthetic in the way I know some friends to be (one friend sees numbers as colours so every equation is a different experiment in colour theory!), but I find perfume links across my senses like nothing else, calling for certain colours and textures of clothing, for instance. It makes me pay attention in a particular way.

    I’m really enjoying reading about everybody’s choices today!

  46. Mary Carol says:

    There are so many notes that I feel are special, and I especially love rose and orange blossom/neroli. But the one note I just can’t get enough of, maybe because there aren’t a lot of perfumes that feature it prominently, is linden. It’s kind of light and usually gets overpowered by other notes. I do have a bottle of D’Orsay Tilleul, though, and that is what I am wearing today and am really enjoying it!

    • CM says:

      Oh! You must try Tauer’s Zeta – lots of linden and a great springtime scent!

      • eutrapelia says:

        Is it like other many Tauer perfumes – very spicy?

  47. poodle says:

    For me it’s incense in all it’s churchy glory so I’m rocking Avignon today. It was a toss up between this and Heeley Cardinal.

  48. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Stephane Humbert Lucas 777 Khol de Bahrein

    It has my favorite note Iris. In this perfume, the iris is powdery. I had been wearing Iris perfumes all week to “practice” and decided on this powdery version for no reason other than this was my most recent iris acquisition. I overapplied today since I wanted to make sure I got the best aspects of the perfume. To my great surprise, I got sandalwood – smooth and creamy, in addition to the iris, ambery resin and Jordan Almond sugar. I am awaiting the day when I can smell the violet that is supposed to be a top note.

  49. missionista says:

    Favorite note is vetiver, so I’m wearing Vetiver Tonka today. It’s just right for this cool, overcast day. Love this coordinated SOTD!

    • Gi says:

      Mmm, I’m a fan of vetiver and Vetiver Tonka too~

    • eutrapelia says:

      Nice scent for me too, and very suitable for summer.

  50. Ida says:

    I’m so enjoying reading all the comments today! I had been looking forward to community scent day all week – and then: forgot about it as I overslept and dressed and sprayed this morning in a big hurry. So I did not start the day with a favorite note, but am now ending it (NST arrives night-time where I live) with Coromandel, which made me appreciate patchouli. In Coromandel, the patchouli is woody, sophisticated and even soapy. It is also comforting. A wonderful scent, which can be both sexy and just bed-time comfy too.

  51. Absolute Scentualist says:

    I can’t get enough plum in my perfumes and while it was a toss up, I went with Natori edp instead of AG Mon Parfum Cherie Par Camille edp, which I will probably wear tomorrow. Sadly, after taking a look at the Natori site, it looks like it’s being discontinued. Time to stock up on the fragrance and those fabulous body products in their beautiful packaging. Oh, and desperately hope I’m wrong about one of my favorite perfumes ever! ;'(

    • nozknoz says:

      I’m very fond of the rose plum scent by Calice Becker, BK Liaisons Dangereuses, as well as AG MPCpC.

    • Laurels says:

      I just got a decant of Natori, and it’s really pretty, seems like it would be easy to wear even for those (unlike me) who don’t like big or heavy perfumes–if it is discontinued, it’s a shame. I’ll have to look out for a bottle.

  52. Bear says:

    Lots o’ favourite notes, but a fragrance that combines three is Givenchy Organza Indecence in the ‘open dress’ bottle.
    Cinnamon, vanilla, and jacaranda wood (smells like a marriage of sandalwood and rosewood) are the main notes to my nose and this stuff is just fantastic!
    Spicy wood – no florals- and just a hint of sweetness, create a sexy scent that is neither over-the-top nor overly gourmand.
    Glad I have back-up bottles.

    • Laila says:

      I agree 100%! I love the dual nature of the original OI, sometimes spicy/sexy, sometimes a bit sweet/cozy/gourmand, alternately reflecting my inner woman, then inner child. Glad I have backup bottles, too, I adore this one, find it swoonworthy!

      • Bear says:

        Good to see another fan of OI, I was really surprised when it was discontinued and the mediocre Organza was still produced.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Bear! You get an enabler’s pin!

      • Bear says:

        Aw, shucks…… Thank you, Hajusuuri!

  53. heatherhartroses says:

    I have two favorite notes-white flowers and roses. This morning I sprayed Parfums DelRae Amoureuse, and then after swimming I sprayed on the new Ann Gerard Rose Cut. Love them both!

  54. hannahmom says:

    My note is leather, and I went with Cuir de Lancome today, Such a plush scent, I need to find a FB as my decant is getting sparse. I spent the entire day huffing at my wrists.

  55. nebbe says:

    Vanilla is my note of the day and my left arm has a generous spritz of Eau Duelle from my afternoon sniffing trip, and my right arm has a generous spray of Lolita Lempicka Elle L’aime from my new freebiemeet sample (thanks harasuuri!). Very pleasant for a day off!

  56. VeraJayne says:

    My fave is gardenia so SOTD is Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia which smells close to the real thing and of course it’s discountinued.

  57. VeraJayne says:

    Should add my sister recoiled in horror at the smell! When her hubby came home he said someone smells great LOL!

  58. Gi says:

    It really was tough to choose, but decided on Eau des Merveilles today because one of my favorite notes is saltiness. This was one of my first (and still a top fave) with that nose tingling mineral smell. Odalisque also has that to me, even 24 Faubourg.

  59. Laurels says:

    I went with opoponax as a favorite note, because it seems to be the common factor in many things I like, and for my SOTD I chose Opium. I haven’t worn it in about a year (since my tumble down the rabbit hole) and thought I’d like to wear it again before summer really sets in. My bottle was purchased in 2010 or 2011, before the latest reformulation, but definitely after its prime. I thought maybe I’d just gotten tired of it after 20 years, but it’s not as spicy as it used to be, and quieter. As for the opoponax, I wouldn’t have described Opium as powdery before, but now I see it. (Or smell it, I suppose.)

    And thank goodness for the community scent poll. I’ve made a rule for myself of one sample per day, but the freebiemeet package I just got from the lovely Hajusuuri really tested my self-discipline. If I hadn’t already chosen a SOTD and been planning to comment here, I’d probably be wearing eight different things right now.

    • eutrapelia says:

      Did you try the Oppoponax Les Nereides? It is the strongest and very long lasting oppoponax perfume I ever met.

      • Laurels says:

        I do like that one a lot, but I don’t have a bottle yet, so I thought it wouldn’t count as a favorite.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Glad you like your bag o’samples! Have you tried the Prada No8 Opoponax? It’s a lovely ambery powdery oriental that actually to me smells irisy too but iris is not listed. I am tempted to get a FB but they are spendy for an itty bitty 30mLs.

      • Laurels says:

        I haven’t come across it, but it does sound good. Thanks again!

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