Wednesday scent of the day 6/4

I Love Les Carottes by Honoré des Prés, outer packaging

Welcome to Wednesday! Please share your scent of the day. I'm wearing Olivia Giacobetti's I Love Les Carottes by Honoré des Prés.

Have a great idea for a theme for a Friday community scent of the day? Do tell! (I won't have time today to comment on every idea, but promise that over the next week I'll copy all your ideas into Evernote, my version of a working memory.)

Reminder: this Friday, June 6, let's all try to wear something by Chanel. The following week will be Friday the 13th — wear your own version of 'Eau de Protection', i.e. something that brings you good luck or otherwise makes you feel safe and happy.

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  1. thegoddessrena says:

    Suggestions–wear something you haven’t worn in a while, wear something new, wear something discontinued

    Currently sampling Yin & Ylang since I’ll be starting in acupuncture clinic today. Have to wash it off before I start treating in a few hours but being fragrance free is a small price for getting closer to the dream

  2. scentfromabove says:

    Good Morning NST family! SOTD – Ralph Lauren’s Romance. I found a sample of this and decided I would wear it. I used to wear it a long time ago, and I forgot how nice and simple this fragrance is. I think it is nice for this time of the year. Hope everyone has a “Wonderful Wednesday”!

    • Robin says:

      An oldie! Have you tried the new Midnight Romance? (I haven’t)

      • scentfromabove says:

        In the May “Allure” magazine, there was an advertisement for it with a tester page. It seems nice because it has pink peony (one of my favorite notes) and black vanilla. I would need to get a sample to see how well it would work on me. But, my first impression was that I thought it was quite pleasant.

      • Omega says:

        I like Romance too, Midnight I didn’t care for though, too sweet from what I remember. Nothing midnight about it.

  3. Janice says:

    I’m wearing Rodin Bis from a sample that was included with an online order. I’m getting a sort of powdery tobacco and jasmine… so far I like it a lot.

    These scent of the day polls are making me a little self-conscious—I’m trying not to fall back on the same few easy things every day, so they’re encouraging me to delve into the samples!

    • scentfromabove says:

      Janice, I totally agree with you. I felt like I was posting the same scents all the time and there was no variety in my collection. The polls are giving me the opportunity to try out the hundreds of samples I have accumulated over the years. I have to admit, I am enjoying it so much. It is soooo much fun!

      • Janice says:

        It is fun—and I just realized thegoddessrena made that a suggestion for a Friday poll above—wear something new.

    • Robin says:

      Gosh, do “delve” if it’s fun, but see no need for anyone to be self-conscious. I don’t think this is a hugely judgmental group, plus, many of can’t remember what every single person is wearing from day to day! And I do often wear the same thing for days, or sometimes, nothing for days.

      • Janice says:

        Oh no, I didn’t expect anyone to judge—or remember day to day—but I was starting to feel like I was in a sort of rut and this is incentive to explore the new stuff!

    • AnnS says:

      This is happening to me too. All the posts are starting to jog my mind about samples I have that I’ve not worn, etc…

      • Suzy Q says:

        Me too you guys. I enjoy wearing the same thing for several days in a row. Then I wonder “what next”? It’s helpful to get ideas and reminders here.

    • MikasMinion says:

      Me too. I have had some of these samples forever and never fully tested them. I am still wearing my favorites but mixing it up more than usual and I’ve even organized my samples and decided to order full bottles of things I keep reaching for (which I hadn’t previously realized I wore so often).

  4. galbanumgal says:

    Was amused to read your earlier review of I love les Carottes. Wearing Bas de Soie, long time no spritz. Looking forward to Chanel Friday, I’ve got 3-4 contenders.

    • Robin says:

      So was I — forgot how much Kevin hated this one! But really I smell fabulous :-)

    • CM says:

      I got a bottle of I love les Carottes for less than half retail… I need to wear this more often and seeing you wear it inspires me to do so… maybe as my SOTE.

      One good thing about these SOTD polls is that I am inspired to look thru my samples/decants/bottles when I see what others are wearing and saying about their chosen scent. I want to spritz to see if I have the same experience!

  5. PriscillaE says:

    SOTD is AG Eau du Sud. Does anyone else get anise from this? Fragrantica doesn’t list it, but as it first goes on I get a blast of licorice.

    • Robin says:

      Love Sud! Is it new or old?

      And yes, it has plenty of basil.

    • trixiesweet says:

      I love Eau du Sud. I get lots of herbs and greenery, though not licorice.

    • AnnS says:

      I’m not sure about anise. The last time I tested this I thought it smelled like Goutal’s take on Chanel’s Cristalle. It’s something I’ve often thought of buying. It’s such a bummer about the Goutal change in bottles, and the distribution issues (again).

  6. melissa says:

    I’m wearing Parfums DelRae Wit from a brand new sample. It is so, so beautiful, I can hardly even cope with it.

    Per yesterday, perhaps we could all wear our “perfumista’s nightmare” favorites? I bet lots of us have a little secret one like that. I’d also suggest a layering day and a day where we wear something in a different season or occasion than usual, and definitely second thegoddessrena’s suggestions of something new and something we haven’t worn in a while.

    • Robin says:

      I think Wit is going to find lots of fans. Great scent.

    • MikasMinion says:

      I love the perfumista’s nightmare idea. I have some really terrible stuff that I secretly revel in.

    • Holly says:

      Layering day. Perfect. Maybe even do it two ways: layering you’ve found successful, and new layering experiment.

    • VannyBL says:

      Perfumista’s nightmare! Good idea!

  7. Bee says:

    I’m finishing off my sample of L’amandière (Heeley), my new scent crush this spring (together with imperial tea by kilian) . The big dilemma is which of the two is now nr. 1 on my to-buy list.

  8. lucasai says:

    I’m wearing Olfactive Studio Ombre Indigo, which I also reviewed today on my blog.

  9. rose pepper says:

    SOTD is Sa Majeste La Rose (again …)

    I am really enjoying the Friday themes. Some ideas:
    Favorite novel and perfume that fits the novel/character
    A perfume you wear to escape
    A perfume that you find difficult (either in note or composition)
    A scent for your alter ego

    I like other suggestions of wearing a brand new scent and “perfumista’s nightmare”

    • melissa says:

      LOVE the novel/character!

    • Parley says:

      Oh I love all your suggestions! Especially novel/character, that would be really interesting!

    • Rappleyea says:

      GREAT ideas!

  10. sweetgrass says:

    SOTD is Tokyo Milk French Kiss. It’s a nice bright, simple citrus-tuberose scent. I didn’t sleep much last night, so some pep in a bottle is good.

    So you know how I said yesterday that I didn’t have any Chanel? Well that became not true yesterday evening. I stopped by Sephora after work, and in a moment of “Why did I never buy this???” I bought a 35ml bottle of Coco EDP (regular Coco). So I know what I’m going to be wearing Friday. :D I also tried on No.5 Eau Premiere, but it didn’t do much for me.

    As for coordinated SOTD ideas.. since this week is Chanel day, maybe we could have a Guerlain day?

    • sweetgrass says:

      I also had an idea that I mentioned in the weekend thread, related to the topic: “exception perfumes”. If you have a scent that you like but that contains a note you normally don’t.

    • platinum14 says:

      I love that idea.
      Chanel, Guerlain, Dior, etc., all the way down to the celebutant and pop starlets frags! LOL

      • sweetgrass says:

        That’s a good idea. I like the idea of a celeb/pop starlet day.

    • Merlin says:

      Congrats on your Coco! This and Cristalle eau Verte are my only Chanel bottles. Coco is a fantastic oriental – still one of the bests:)

    • AnnS says:

      Sweetgrass – congrats on the Coco! Coco was my first major love and was my only fragrance for a long while. It is so gorgeous. I will wear Coco in the summer from time to time – sometimes warm weather and orientals just go together. My trick for putting it on: I spray a puddle on the back of my wrist and then just dab around from it. It definitely needs a controlled application. Enjoy!

      • sweetgrass says:

        This is one that I could see wearing in the summer from time to time. It doesn’t really wear too heavily. I found that Chergui is nice in the summer too, and that one surprised me. I really thought the heat would make it overwhelming, but it didn’t.

    • Omega says:

      Coco is great, congrats.

    • MikasMinion says:

      I love Coco. My mom and cousin both rock it but it totally isn’t me. You smell great!

  11. Parley says:

    I’m wearing Tauer parfums Une Rose Vermeille from a sample! It’s nice, though very sweet and there’s a lot of raspberry in it! I associate rose scents with my mother so I can’t really see myself wearing any of them even though I love rose scents. I still have Rose Chyprée and Rose Cut samples to try, maybe one of them will be the one!

    • egabbert says:

      Une Rose Chypree is so, so beautiful and the rose aspect is actually quite subtle.

  12. egabbert says:

    I’m wearing Cartier So Pretty. Had one of those sudden “nothing else will do” cravings.

    SOTD suggestions: A scent that you didn’t like the first time you tried it, give it another go. A scent in a style or with a note that you’re trying to get more comfortable with.

    • AnnS says:

      So Pretty is one of my favorite roses. I used to wear it a lot more than I do now. I’ll have to bust out my bottle. See this poll is making me crave my neglected frags. That’s a good thing!

      • egabbert says:

        Lucky you having a bottle! By the time I found it there were none left, but I have a small decant.

        • AnnS says:

          I see bottles on ebay from time to time. The price has come down for them recently. It used to be once they were discontinued, the bottles were mucho, but not so much now. It is a shame when nice frags are discontinued….

    • VannyBL says:

      These are good ideas!

  13. Dawn says:

    I was thinking of a few scents. I just can’t decide if it’s Shalimar, L’Heure de Nuit, or maybe Noontide Petals. But I do have no. 5 and no. 19 tugging at my sleeve too.

    • Nightingale says:

      You can’t go wrong!

  14. Suzy Q says:

    Dior New Look 1947 on the backs of my hands. I love it but it’s fading so I’m going to switch to Grand Neroli for the remainder of the day.

    I love the community SOTDs! What fun. Here are a couple of ideas:

    In July or August–in the heat of summer n. hemisphere–wear something you ONLY wear in the dead of winter. Vice versa if you’re in the s hemisphere.
    Pick a note that you don’t like. Rummage through your samples. Commit to wearing a perfume that features that note prominently for an entire day.

    • Robin says:

      I like that one too…and ditto, doesn’t last one me.

  15. relleric says:

    SOTD is Le Roi Empereur (Rance).

  16. Rappleyea says:

    SOTD: Jicky

    Robin, I came thiiiiis close to wearing I <3 Les Carottes today, but Jicky won out. You smell fabulous!

    • Robin says:

      How funny! If I can find my Jicky maybe I’ll wear it tomorrow.

  17. cologneluvr says:

    SOTD: LEGEND INTENSE by Mont Blanc

    Another fragrance I TRULY LOVE!

  18. mikeperez23 says:

    I just wanted to say how nice it is to have these Scent Of The Day threads here, they’re a lot of fun. Thanks Robin! :)


    Limed by Madhat Scents (heard about this one Robin?)

    Love it! Lime, coconut wood – has this Middle-Eastern-rice-steam vibe to it. The base is VERY high quality, almost attar-like. Highly recommended. I got a sample from the company directly, as a gift.

    • mayk says:

      This sounds DELICIOUS.

    • cologneluvr says:


    • Robin says:

      Good, and Madhat scents, no, never!!

  19. mayk says:

    SOTD – FRAU TONIS – Fig 44. Coconut, vanilla, fig. YUM

  20. Nightingale says:

    Jumped the gun and am wearing Chanel No. 19. I just couldn’t help it – nothing else would do!

    For a Friday community scent – how about wearing the FB purchase in your collection that gets no love at all/the least love/the “I forgot I had that” fragrance.

  21. teri says:

    SOTD is AG’s Gardenia Passion. Someone mentioned gardenia scents in yesterday’s SOTD thread and it gave me a brain worm for gardenia, so here I am.

    I have another mutual scent idea….wear your best friend’s scent to see if it smells differently on you.

  22. trixiesweet says:

    SOTD was Eau des Merveilles – again. Love it.

    All the ideas above for the theme days are great – another theme could be “favourite flanker day”.

  23. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Chanel Bois des Iles EDT

    Cheap Thrills Friday
    Complimented Perfume Friday
    “Noir” Friday
    Go Big or Go Home Friday
    Scent a Disney Character Friday
    Fruity Friday

    • AnnieA says:

      A variation on Go Big or Go Home Friday: Date Night During Work Day Friday…

    • CM says:

      I’m laughing at the Go Big or Go Home idea – love it! All very good ideas!

    • scentfromabove says:

      I like “Fruity Friday” and “Noir Friday”. Cute ideas. :)

    • VannyBL says:


  24. platinum14 says:

    Wearing just the very lightest hint of Infusion de Vetiver. You know… the old spray into the air and walk in the fragrant cloud.
    No one at work will detect that. LOL

    • melissa says:

      It’s hard to figure out how to scent for work — I want to be appropriate but also have something that really improves my day. I’ve been letting my sillage grow over the past few months, and I haven’t heard anything except a couple compliments, so hopefully it’s okay that I accidentally spilled more of my sample vial than I meant to this morning! Excuse my beauty, coworkers.

      • nebbe says:

        Love this. “Excuse my beauty.” Will look for opportunity to work this into conversation! Ha ha.

  25. AnnieA says:

    Wearing Encens Mythique d’Orient, and reminding myself that without a job I couldn’t’ve bought any Encens Mythique d’Orient.

    I like the idea of a Friday to wear a discontinued perfume, as I know I’m in danger of hoarding but not wearing. Also like Fruity Friday, as it reminds me of Freaky Friday.

    • CM says:

      I like discontinued day! I added a comment below before I read yours. :)

  26. nebbe says:

    SOTD is Kelly Caleche. Really enjoying smelling myself today.

    A fragrance that was recommended to you.

    If you could go back 10-15-20-however many years in time, what would you have your younger self wear?

    • Merlin says:

      That is an interesting exercise – scent your younger self!

    • Nightingale says:

      Love it! There are two ways to look at this: What would your younger self wear knowing what you know now, or what did your younger self actually wear?

      • Nightingale says:

        Meant “and” what did your younger self actually wear.

  27. perthgirl says:

    SOTD was Bvlgari Jasmin Noir- shower gel, lotion and perfume. First time I sniffed this in-store I hated it, it has a plasticy chemical note upfront. Then I was watching Katie Puckrik reviews and her positive review inspired me to re-try. Glad I did it’s really quite lovely- soft floral woods.
    And I like all suggestions so far! :) adding mainstream Friday/ niche friday/ rabbithole Friday (the turning point perfume)/ opposite sex Friday/ out of comfort zone Friday

    • perthgirl says:

      and bed-time scent is Ted Lapidus Silk Way, purchased after reading Non-Blonde review. It was $18 for 100ml and smells like it could be 10x that.
      Another suggestion- cheap thrill Friday :)

      • ihadanidea says:

        This is going on my list to try now. With all my recent pricey purchases, I could use a good cheap thrill to douse myself in.

  28. nebbe says:

    And as we enter wedding season, how about wedding perfumes? Ones you would wear to attend and bridal choices.

    • Squirrely says:

      SOTD is Chergui. I always forget that I hate the top and middle of this scent, but I adore the spiced vanilla honey dry down. Fortunately, I’m now at the dry down.

      My poll idea: what perfumes have you bought/worn hoping to generate a love connection (Vanilla Fields in 7th grade comes to mind…)? Then, of course, was it a success or did your intended beloved break out some scent-related rash?

      • Squirrely says:

        Sigh, obviously this was meant to be a stand-alone post. My commenting skills have been a little sub par as of late…

      • Merlin says:

        I agree – the dry down is the nicest part:)

        • Holly says:

          Actually, that would be an interesting SOTD: wear something that you partially love for a particular note or accord but that you don’t necessarily appreciate throughout the entire progression.

      • VannyBL says:

        Similar poll idea: wear a fragrance that you don’t necessarily love, but one of your loved-ones adores on you. One of my favourites (Eau de Merveilles) really grew on me after I wore it a few times, even though I wasn’t sure about it, because my other half loved it so much (and who am I to deny him the pleasure to sniff my neck, right?) :)

      • VannyBL says:

        That’s a good poll idea!

        • VannyBL says:

          * this one was suppose to be a reply to nebbe!

          • nebbe says:

            Yay – Thank you!

            The STOD and Friday community scent activity is so fun. Gives the brain something to think about other than the usual routine.

      • nebbe says:

        YES Vanilla Fields. Only mine was the Vanila Fields knock off since my close friend wore Vanilla Fields. Can’t recall the name of the one I wore. Oh well – doubt I would wear it today :)

  29. songeuse says:

    I’m wearing Emilie by Fragonard.

    I like a lot of the suggestions so far. I’ll add: wearing a fragrance that isn’t talked about much in perfume circles, wearing a fragrance you bought blind (and were you happy with it), wearing a fragrance that reminds you of a certain person/place/memory.

    • Squirrely says:

      Emilie fits the bill as a “fragrance that isn’t talked about much in perfume circles” but I really like it. Perfect for late Spring!

    • Delacey says:

      I love the idea of a the blind-buy SOTD poll!

  30. littlecooling says:

    SOTD Caléche by Hermés. I love this scent so much. It’s a 15 ml travel spray and on the bottom it say it’s an Eau de Parfum…and I’m a little confused by that. From what I have read there is an edt, soin de parfum and parfum, but no edp? Or is it, that the edp is only in the 15 ml travel spray?

    Anyway, it’s a gorgeous golden scent and it does reminds me of No5, which I adore, but cannot wear. I know many will think Caléche as a fall/winter scent..but sometime, I do like a little “ompf” in the heat ;)

  31. Ida says:

    Ditto love love the SOTD’s and also the community days. Like you, AnnieA, I am in danger of hoarding, not wearing, and this is shaking me out of that! I also had a jump-the-gun and wore 28 La Pausa today :-) – all buttery velvety iris.

    How about a Friday theme: wear something that you’ve warmed to but didn’t initially like and also: something hoarded away, which could be a pleasant discovery.

    • johanob says:

      Possibly my favorite Chanel Exclusif!!

  32. Absolute Scentualist says:

    Last night I wore the original Lea to bed and forgot just how much I loved it so I’m wearing it again today.

  33. AnnS says:

    I’m wearing No 5 eau Premier b/c I have a meeting today and wanted to feel all together, although originally in the shower I was craving Goutal’s Heure Exquise. Not a meeting fragrance.

    My idea for a poll/SOTD is a blind grab into a pile of neglected samples. Whatever you grab, you have to wear. We’d get a slew of SOTDs if we all did that!

    • Squirrely says:

      Blind grab is such a fun idea, especially if one is feeling adventurous and mixes the “hated” vials in with the “acceptable” or “beloved” lots. A scented gamble!

      • Ida says:

        Blind grab, yes, let’s do that! Like a kid dipping into a lucky packet.

        • Holly says:

          Oh, I’m so in for this one!

          • johanob says:

            Count me in!!

      • Delacey says:

        Also love this idea!

    • scentfromabove says:

      Awesome idea! – Thinking of the Forrest Gump line that could apply to fragrance:
      “Life is like a box of scented samples, you never know which one you’ll get”.
      I hope we do this one!

      • farouche says:

        Great comment! And I’m adding my vote to the original grab bag idea.

  34. VeraJayne says:

    SOTD is vintage Avon Imperial Garden which I found in my stash and for the life of me do not know where it came from lol. A green, chypre with some spice, not bad at all! So this got me thinking Robin, how about a cheap thrills SOTD poll?

  35. jirish says:

    SOTD is La Fille de Berlin. Love this rose, and it’s probably as close as I’ll go to a soliflore. Love many of the suggestions for a poll – the scent a novel’s character poll, the grab-bag pick poll, the cheap-thrills poll, and especially the neglected sample poll. I’ve been holding off on buying new samples until a make a great big dent on the collection I already own. So far I’ve managed to use up 50+ samples, and have come to appreciate many scents I’d initially dismissed.

    • Merlin says:

      So do you often find that by repeatedly trying a scent you end up liking it? In that case it may be that one should decide what kind of scents one theoretically wants to like and then just keep hammering at it until one actually does!

      • jirish says:

        I haven’t had this work with anything I’ve really disliked. For example, that uber-cumin scent from L’Artisan – I think it’s Al Oud or something like that? – repeated trials of that did no good. And I usually don’t mind cumin, but not at that dosage apparently. But you never know – my tastes have changed a lot over the years!

  36. morgana says:

    I love I Love les Carottes! — It was a blind buy following Robin’s review. Even though there is some vanilla listed in there, it is so well done that I don’t mind it at all. Today I am then wearing Love Coconut. This is my third sample and I am trying to convince myself that I don’t need a FB … but the question is only for how long will I be able to resist … When is Donatella scheduled for?

    • Robin says:

      So glad you turned out to love it…

      Donatella pops in on July 1!

      • morgana says:

        As others have remarked, these SOTD polls are very useful — wearing Love Coco today made me realize that I actually do not need a FB of it. So, if nothing new appears as terribly urgent, I have now only one strong contender to tame until July 1st!

  37. Merlin says:

    Right now I’m at home and experimenting. I layered Stephen Jones with Amour de Cacoa (Comptoir Sud Pacifique) and am very happy with the result:)

  38. CM says:

    SOTD is Infanta en Fleur – one of my favorite orange blossoms. A bit soapy, but I tend to like that. It layered nicely with the remnants of yesterday’s FATE lingering on my cardigan cuffs. (Yes, I wore the same sweater, but I only wore it for an hour yesterday!)

    I get so many ideas from reading these SOTD and my “try” list keeps growing. Sigh. Not enough time, money or skin to wear them all.

    I love all the SOTD theme ideas – here’s a few more:

    Samples Day
    New Bottle Day (wear your latest FB)
    Top Five Week (a M-F poll)
    Blind Buy Winners
    Scents I Thought I’d hate, but don’t
    Learned Loves (scents we hated once but now love)
    Morning, Noon, and Night: scent transitions
    Black like my soul (dark scents)
    Pink Juice
    Fruity Favorites
    Angel Scents (light scents)

    …I’d better stop now…

    Y’all smell fabulous!

    • AnnS says:

      So many ideas! When I first got into this years ago, I was all about making lists of my favs while I was reading the blogs and doing my “research”. Now I think again that my super favs have all changed. It’s fun to revisit. I am even forgetting about bottles I own b/c they are in the deep back of the drawer!

  39. Holly says:

    SOTD: Jacomo Silences.

    There are so many great suggestions here for Friday themes! Here are a few more:

    Flaunt It Friday: Wear a perfume that you would usually consider inappropriate for work (or school or what-have-you.)
    Foot Down Friday Forum: Do you draw a line when it comes to what you’ll buy due to price, availability, use of particular ingredients, aesthetics of the brand and the like.
    Frugal Friday: Cheap thrills, shopping tips
    Perfume Fairy Friday: Name a fragrance you’d love to try but have been unable to for whatever reason and see what we can come up with.
    Lurkers’ Friday

    • johanob says:

      Very cool suggestions Holly!Already thinking of pairing perfumes to those!:-))

  40. foxbins says:

    SOTD is Comme des Garcons 2MAN. I smell campfire and woodshop and pepper! I am up to my eyeballs in renovation stuff today and was hoping a masculine scent would give me a little testosterone boost, but this is quite unisex.

    Suggestions for community SOTD–Note days–your favorite citrus, incense, jasmine, rose, wood, vanilla, etc. There must be hundreds!

    • CM says:

      I love the idea of Note Days!

    • VannyBL says:

      That should set our Fridays for a few years!

  41. nozknoz says:

    I liked those three HdP NYC love Scents, although I contented myself with decants. As someone said yesterday, it’s a great benefit of these polls that they remind me of perfumes I need to get out and wear.

    I’m testing the discontinued Dolce & Gabbana Sicily because of a recent post on Perfume Shrine. LT really panned it, and it doesn’t begin to live up to that dramatically sexy Monica Bellucci ad image, but the truth is, seven years on, it smells so much better than most of the new releases I’ve tried. Once the lemon fades, it reminds me a bit of one of my inexplicable favs, SNM Melograno.

    • perthgirl says:

      Sicily was one of those that I’d wished I’d bought when it was still everywhere, then a few weeks ago I found a new bottle-cheap! I dont think it’s remotely as bad as LT writes. I’m not a huuuge aldehyde fan but there’s something about this that works. (and I’ve seen lots of really positive comments out there too) :)

    • VeraJayne says:

      I love Sicily! It really does smell southern Italian. Last time I was there, baskets of lemons were everywhere at the side of the road for the taking. Agree that it is much better than so many new fragrances.

  42. johanob says:

    O wow!I love how people are having soooo much fun with this daily SOTD!!I went off-niche-kilter today(actually overslept,so rushed rushed rushed this morning!!Lol).Grabbed Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose.Turned out to be perfect.Sometimes I need a no-brainer SOTD!
    So:Ideas!How about a CHEAP AND CHIC sotd-day?Lol!Find a trashy fragrance that actually smells tres chic,in your collection,and tell us why it’s C&C for you!
    Also like the Blind-SOTD idea,or wearing something completely inappropriate to school/work…church?Lol!Perfumistas Rule….:-))

    • Merlin says:

      Isn’t it great when those rushed decisions turn out perfectly! And unfortunate when they don’t… lol!

      • johanob says:

        So true,dear friend…so true….;-))

    • Holly says:

      Church! You’re upping the ante! And I know just the thing …

  43. Sutterfield says:


    I had an acupuncture appointment earlier today so I’m just getting around to applying a SOTD. I am feeling a little too pleasantly sleepy after my appointment and have to do some errands, so I tried wearing some of my Hermessence Osmanthe Yunnan sample in hopes that the citrus would wake me up a bit, but it seems to be fading awfully fast on me…and by fast I mean I put it on ten minutes ago and can hardly smell anything at this point. I may need to try something else.

    I love all the suggestions for future themed SOTDs…my suggestions have already been mentioned so I’ll just cast a second vote for: 1. Perfumes you hated and then grew to love, and 2. Layering (I’m fascinated by the idea of layering but am really intimidated by it so I would love to hear what’s worked for other folks).

  44. Delacey says:

    Today started with a clear cool morning and Prada’s Infusion d’Iris. Now the afternoon is whipping up a windstorm and threatening a thunderstorm. While I’m working in the garden I’ll be thinking about what to put on for the evening, as we’re having company for dinner.

    Of all the SOTD ideas above, I love the random sample and the blind buy suggestions.

  45. cazaubon says:

    I put on Chamade extrait this morning, but the total lack of sweetness in this scent is not really working for me today. I am going to shower and put on some Chêne. Should go well with the thunderstorm we are working ourselves up to here in Montreal.

  46. nancyg says:

    Sotd Eau de Gloire – those Parfums d’Empire bottles have such a nice, fine spritz.

    How about a day when we all wear something we bought for the bottle?

    Lots of good ideas above, though.
    Alas, I have no Chanel to wear on Friday…does that mean I must go unscented?

    • kindcrow says:

      A “bought for the bottle” SOTD is a great idea!!

    • scentfromabove says:

      Nancyg, I don’t have any Chanel fragrances either. I have gone through my box of samples over and over again and have not spotted one. I used to have a bottle of Coco Chanel, but I must have used it all and through the bottle out. I will probably either try to get a sample from the mall or state what Chanel I would wear if I had it. Then I will state the actual fragrance I chose to wear that day. So, you’re not alone.

      • scentfromabove says:

        threw not through (no one would ever believe I used to teach Writing :( )

    • Merlin says:

      I don’t think anyone gets penalized for not having Chanel! The idea was – if you are not wearing something on theme – come say what you are wearing anyway. Or not wearing, if you feel like going unscented:)

    • Robin says:

      Nancy — please, these are just for fun! If you can’t wear “the theme”, it doesn’t matter at all, wear what you like and do chime in anyway!!

  47. CM says:

    One more idea to add… Discontinued Day! An excuse to wear a discontinued gem in your collection.

  48. Gi says:

    Today was (another) Eau des Merveilles day. It may be the closest thing I have to a signature (wear it maybe once a week) because I had an important client meeting today. It always makes me feel smart.

    An idea for co-ordinated scent of the day would be similar to what others have already suggested, but to wear something that you adore and hoard but rarely wear because you are afraid to use it up!

  49. hajusuuri says:

    A few more Community SOTD suggestions:

    Fantasy Vacation Friday – pick a destination and wear the scent that takes you there

    Flirty Friday – could have been mentioned above already but I like the alliteration…what makes you feel sexy

    Foodie Friday – wear your favorite gourmand perfume or pair a perfume with food and/or wine

    Winning the Lottery Perfume – what you’re wearing when you find out you just won the lottery

    Scent a Perfumer Friday – pick a perfumer and scent him / her

    I really like the other suggestions, especially Vintage Friday, Discontinued Fragrance Friday, Sample Grab Bag Friday (although I will admit to having to cheat by picking 5+ “safe” samples and then randomly pick one…once I spray, there is no turning back as I would be getting ready to go to work), Brand X Friday.

  50. Laila says:

    Advance positive reinforcement needed today prior to spending part of the day with a very difficult person, so I deviated from my usual in-harmony-with-nature theme (it was chilly and rainy here) and opted instead for some California sunshine with Pacifica’s Malibu Lemon Blossom perfume. Bright, crisp lemon; a dash of salt; and a bit of creamy floral painted a picture of carefree cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway 1 in a Mustang convertible, sun on my back and warm ocean breezes in my hair. It worked, kept me calm and steady all day – and a mango margarita at lunch probably helped, too!

    Great ideas for the community SOTD! All worth considering, so, Robin, perhaps you can make it easy for yourself by giving each person who suggested a theme an opportunity to take a Friday turn in the order they posted.

  51. ihadanidea says:

    You lovely, fabulous-smelling people.

    I’m delurking because I can’t help myself anymore – I want to play. And you’re all just so nice. I wanna be smelly, smelly friends.

    I have been “into” perfume for years. But I was a poor, struggling, newly-minted New Yorker for a while and just couldn’t bring myself to spend the way I wanted to (grad school loans, fear of poverty, what not). I always read this blog off and on, and I would wander into Aedes in the West Village at every opportunity, but I was holding myself back, obsession-wise.

    But in the past few months, I’ve just let it go. And it’s been pricey, but glorious. I started with a bottle of Chergui. And then I bought Gris Clair. And then Tam Dao. Then a pile of samples from the Perfumed Court and now, satisfying a four year long perfume crush, I have been united with one sweet, sweet bottle of Bois d’Iris by Van Cleef and Arpels. It’s a beautiful thing.

    I know I’m making the newbie mistake of buying too many full bottles, and I should know better after having hung around for so long. But right now, I just don’t care. It makes me *happy*.

    It also so pleasing to read through everyone else’s scented experiences every day. These daily polls are lovely and helped me decide to come out and play. Thanks for making this such a cozy place to visit.

    Tonight, I broke out a previously untested sample – Amouage’s Memoir. It’s big and complicated and my as-of-yet unrefined nose can’t give you a list of notes, but for now, it’s enough that it’s pretty.

    Thanks Robin, and thanks everyone. Y’all are terrific.


    • scentfromabove says:

      Welcome! We love making new friends! This is a great group of perfumistas and you will learn so much. Again, welcome! What took you so long?? :)

      • ihadanidea says:

        Thank you so much! What a lovely greeting. That seems par for the course here. How many places on the internet are there where people are this nice and encouraging?

        I have no good excuse for waiting so long, really. I was being overly cautious about money for a while, and I would go around sniffing (New York is fantastic for that), but almost never purchase.

        And now – no more denying myself. I’m spraying in the morning, dabbing samples in the afternoon, and reading at night with something new on my wrist. It just makes life better, richer.

        And yes, I can’t wait to learn more.

        Thanks again for the warm welcome!

        • scentfromabove says:

          You’re welcome!!

    • perthgirl says:

      Glad you decided to join us! You sound lovely too! :)
      Just so you know, it’s been years since this perfume bender began for me, and I still buy fb’s. I buy samples and decants too, but there’s nothing like having a beautiful perfume in the gorgeous bottle it’s meant to be in. I think it makes it just that little bit more appealing :)

      • ihadanidea says:

        You are so sweet – thank you!

        And I’m glad to know I’m not alone in my full bottle purchases. Holding a simple, elegant bottle of something delicious fills me with joy. I’m treating the Bois d’Iris like it’s my precious. And I can say this without shame here because I know you understand! Aaaah – the comfort of the safe space, surrounded by fellow addicts. Happy sigh.

        Again – thank you!

        • VeraJayne says:

          Hello! As a fellow perfume lover who recently delurked after 6 years , I hope you have much joy on
          NST. Welcome down the rabbit hole!

          • ihadanidea says:

            Thank you so much! It’s cozy down here with all of you.

    • Robin says:

      Welcome! You’ve bought lovely things already, congrats. But yes, do pace yourself :-)

      • ihadanidea says:

        Pacing beginning….now!

        And thanks so much Robin!

    • VannyBL says:

      It moved me to read your comment, because I’m currently in a position similar as what you were in: I’m finishing up my master’s thesis and I’m looking for a job. I’ve been into perfume for almost 2 years now, and I’ve only bought 3 (small but full) bottles and try to make it a point to be reasonable, partly because of my budget (what if I don’t find a job for multiple months?) and also because of my tiny apartment. What fuels my interest though is the generosity of this amazing community, with the swapping and sometimes plain old gifts!
      But I can’t wait to unleash the dragon! ;)

      • ihadanidea says:

        Good for you on the Master’s thesis!

        And God, do I sympathize. Your priorities are obviously straight, and good for you for having such excellent self-control. When the time does come when you can allow yourself bigger purchases, they’ll probably be that much sweeter.

        But yes, this community is pretty remarkable in its generosity and kindness. You can’t help but want to join in, enjoy the warmth, get to know everyone and surround yourself with scented goodness.

        When the time *does* come, what do you think your first big splurgy purchase will be? Part of me thought I’d never get Bois d’Iris because of the price, but saving money by not buying lunch for a while helped me feel like it was ok. Maybe it wasn’t, but too late now! *huffs wrist*

        • VannyBL says:


          To be honest, I can’t conceive in my mind paying more than 200$ right now on a scent. I think if I were to let go of my restrictions, it wouldn’t necessarily to purchase one (or a few) very expensive fragrances, but more not to worry about it as much if I want to buy a full bottle. I would probably get several more ”reasonably” priced bottles (that’s always a relative concept, isn’t it?), like from Atelier Cologne, Diptyque and Annick Goutal. Oh, and Guerlain and Hermès (you see, it can quickly get out of hands even with ”standard priced” perfumes!) Maybe I say that partly because I haven’t fallen in love with an expensive fragrance just yet (that may change, I just got a few Malle’s samples). I just feel like right now before I buy a full bottle I need to be *completely* sure I love the scent (used up a sample and still want more).

          I think if you love Bois d’Iris, it makes you happy and you thought about it before buying it, then it’s worth every penny and I say enjoy it ’til the last drop! :-)

          • VannyBL says:

            Just to clarify: I can’t imagine paying that much *myself*, not that someone would (and does): that I have no problem imagining, and would love to do it myself!

          • ihadanidea says:

            I replied in a new thread accidentally – whoops!

  52. GateGirl says:

    Poetic Jasmine. Again.

  53. ihadanidea says:

    Yeah…I couldn’t conceive of it either, and honestly, I don’t think I’ll be able to do it again. At least not for a while. Technically, it was only a dollar and change over $200 so….maybe not too extravagant? Ha! Who am I kidding? It was. But it was a very, very long-term scent crush, and I promise to relish every drop.

    No matter what, I can’t wait to hear about your next purchases, expensive, cheap or in between. And the completion of your thesis!

    Thanks for your notes!

    • ihadanidea says:

      Whoops – meant for that to be in reply to Vanny up above. Oh well…

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