Wednesday scent of the day 6/11

Christian Lacroix Tumulte Pour Homme

If you have a spare moment, do tell us your scent of the day, and feel free to complain, or brag, about your local weather. Ours is lousy: humid and drizzling.

I'm wearing the very excellent (and very potent) Christian Lacroix Tumulte Pour Homme. It was once a great bargain, now it's sadly discontinued.

Reminder: this Friday (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. The following Friday, the 20th, will be Fruity Friday.

And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2014, where I'll try to always have the next six or seven weeks mapped out in advance.

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  1. Janice says:

    It’s 62 degrees and drizzling here too.

    Sotd is Olivier Durbano Amethyst. I had a sample a while ago and I remember liking it—at least, I used up the sample. I wanted to see what it would smell like now that I’m more familiar with incense. It’s a little more grape-y than I remember.

    I’ve never smelled Tumulte Pour Homme, but what a great bottle!

    • Robin says:

      A sort of great bottle…looks nicer in pictures than in person. But it wasn’t expensive so I have no complaints.

      And yes, grape is the main thing I remember about Amethyst!

    • kindcrow says:

      I might like grape in a perfume if it did not smell like wine or Kool-Aid.

  2. egabbert says:

    Pretty brag-worthy weather in CO today. I’m in Paco Rabanne Metal, my favorite green chypre. I find it lusher than No. 19.

    • Robin says:

      I am jealous. We’ve had this weather for 3 days now.

    • trixiesweet says:

      I have a small bottle of Metal(it was a blind buy) and I only tried it once, while I was still a newbie (I still am, actually). It was very intense in the first 15 minutes (aldehydes?) and I never wore it since. Now you have inspired me to wear it tomorrow.

      • egabbert says:

        I hope you like it better on the second try! I really love it and I’m not usually an iris person.

    • CM says:

      I love lush green chypre! I’m adding this to my “try” list as well!

    • Holly says:

      I love Metal as well. Now I should find my Calandre sample, too.

  3. relleric says:

    SOTD is Passion for Men (Elizabeth Taylor), a bargain beauty. :)

    • Robin says:

      Best kind!

      • relleric says:

        Indeed! Regarding the Tumulte, I had some samples a few years back, but remember this being a very challenging, non-relenting cedar monstrosity. I wanted to like it, but found it too rigorous. What I should have done was layer it with something to temper all that cedar, but instead I think I gave those samples away… :(
        I’m in the far dry down of Passion, lovely, lovely, lovely. Will reapply a little after I go to the gym.

        • Robin says:

          Would agree with that … it’s not easy to wear. I do like it but don’t spray it on and run to the grocery store :-)

  4. trixiesweet says:

    SOTD was Osmanthus Interdite, now taken over by the scent of a sunscreen I was testing (smells yummy).
    Can’t complain about the weather today, it’s sunny and warm but not too warm, you know? Now if only I didn’t have to be in the office.

  5. Squirrely says:

    I’m wearing Velvet Rose & Oud layered with Orange Blossom, both Jo Malone.

    Yup, seriously sticky here in the Shenandoah Valley (I got a few minutes into blow drying my hair this morning and realized that it was a lost cause).

    • Robin says:

      Yep. My hair is pulled up, no point otherwise.

  6. melissa says:

    The weather is full DC summer! Super cloudy and in the 80s with humidity over 70%. It keeps raining just enough to amp up the humidity, but I’m holding out hope for a big thunderstorm this afternoon to clear some of the gunk out.

    I’m wearing Mauboussin Histoire d’Eau Amethyste (from the NST freebiemeet, thanks Laurel!) because I thought it would be nice and light in the heat, but I think somehow the humidity murdered all the top notes and sent it straight to its base.

    Last night’s SOTE was Chanel Bois de Iles. YUM.

    • Robin says:

      Thunderstorms didn’t help us yesterday, but maybe today. Haven’t dared look at the weather forecast.

      • melissa says:

        The humidity definitely hits a point where you just have to dress lightly and hang on for fall. But last week was relatively nice and cool, so I’m holding out hope!

    • Laurels says:

      You’re welcome! Sorry it’s not working with the weather.

  7. thegoddessrena says:

    Wearing Habit again–I think it will be my clinic scent this summer. Sniffed the new Aedes yesterday andI suspect that I’m going to love it on skin but it definitely doesn’t strike me as something appropriate for a June release. At least my birthday is in the fall…..

    • Robin says:

      Ditto — it’s a fall scent to me.

    • thegoddessrena says:

      Also, I wish I was wearing my Terracotta that just arrived, but that is way too big for clinic, especially since we’re not supposed to be wearing any scent at all (hence the wearing of something that disappears pretty quickly)

  8. cologneluvr says:

    SOTD: DARK OBSESSION by Calvin Klein

    …another gloomy, rainy, overcast day…

    • Robin says:

      Sounds like we’re in the same weather system.

  9. rose pepper says:

    Today is it grey and really humid. Even though it has been 10 years since I left California, I can’t get used to rain in the summer. It just feels wrong!

    SOTD is Hermessence Marine Epice. Delicate, dry spiciness. Good balance for humidity.

    • Robin says:

      About the only weather I *don’t* miss from SoCal though is June Gloom!

  10. Kelly Red says:

    Oh my goodness, for once it looks like Minneapolis has the best weather around! It is mid-70s, sunny, low humidity and a light breeze. Because of that my current SOTD is dirt and tomato leaves as I’ve been out in the garden LOL After my shower it will be SL Daim Blonde.

    • Robin says:

      Ha, it’s rare that I envy Minneapolis weather, but today you win!

  11. Helle says:

    Vintage Piguet Futur from an enormous 200 ml splash bottle. Its top notes have turned, then it’s quite lovely white flowers and moss for about 1 hour, then gone. Even though I applied “Mandom” style. It doesn’t matter since I feel the need for something warmer, anyway, it’s humid and drizzly here as well.

  12. ceelouise says:

    Iris Silver Mist for a thunderstorm-threatening day

  13. nebbe says:

    Clear and sunny, high 60’s while I wait for my bus to take me to work. I dabbed on Love, Chloe and it is working for me. Cheery and clean.
    The sunshine is not supposed to last so I will soak it up while I can.
    Quick footwear rant: super cute, strappy, flat sandals, you are supposed to stay on my feet while I walk! That’s what all the straps are for! End rant.

  14. PetronellaCJ says:

    Fairly nice summer day in Stockholm, Sweden and I finally am comparing Diesel Loverdose (left arm) and Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial (right arm). They are definitely related, on my skin anyway. Loverdose is more candy and straight on licorice, while PI is more powder and iris. I think Loverdose is as far as I will go ever into vanilla/caramel territory, but so far I like it a lot.

  15. CM says:

    Hello! I’m wearing Azemour today on a relatively cool and low humid day.

    I feel a bit at odds with this scent, though, because I’m wearing blue (iris blue-violet) today. Perhaps I should have selected Iris Pallida or Apres l”Ondee or maybe even Opardu instead.

    • anngd says:

      But you smell wonderful!

  16. Merlin says:

    I’m taking Cape Heartbreak out for a spin today: it goes too strawberry on my skin and does not last there – but I have a dab in my hair and I really do like it. Well, actually, right now I like it! Quite a chameleon of a scent…

    • CM says:

      I really do need to give this a try… strawberry sounds fun! Maybe I’ll get a sample in time for Fruity Friday coming up!

      • Merlin says:

        Its definitely intriguing:)

    • egabbert says:

      It’s an interesting one. I suspect the strawberry note would be more compelling on a man.

      • Merlin says:

        Interesting, and I definitely like it – but not sure I adore it!

      • Merlin says:

        I think the woody notes skew masculine, and the strawberry might be a feminine touch, but I guess it is a more masculine scent – as is about 25% of my collection!

        • Jonette says:

          It sounds interesting. I wore Diorama back in the early sixties and it had a wonderful strawberry note.
          After reading a recent post on NST about the jasmine used by Chanel back in the day, I suspect it was the same jasmine used by Dior, because it had something strawberry to it.

          • Jonette says:

            Second attempt to post this — it never appeared.

            Who makes Cape Heartbreak? Wonderful name!

          • Merlin says:

            It’s by Imaginary Authors and is based on some book about pioneering – I think? Or it could be that the book itself was made up, I’m not sure:)

          • Robin says:

            Book is made up!

  17. floragal says:

    Cool & overcast here in NYC — crazy June weather we are having!
    Wearing the lovely Field Notes from Paris, smoking orange blossom yum!

    I wonder when (and If!) we’ll hit 90s with humidity this summer.

  18. teri says:

    Bright, sunny and warm here now, but they are predicting afternoon storms so that could all change in a heartbeat. The one person in our office who is a little niggledy about perfumes is on vacation the rest of the week, so I went for big, bold and beautiful today – Donna Karan “Gold”.

  19. kindcrow says:

    It’s supposed to get up to 85 — a vast improvement over the 105 we’ve been having.

    SOTD is Philtre 2: Adoration by Arcana. Sweet and spicy. The pepper lasts most of the day. Nice!

  20. kaos.geo says:

    Gray, humid, drizzling in Buenos Aires too.
    Thunderstorms during the early a.m.
    I am wearing Terre d’Hermes Eau de Pafum.
    Only 6 sprays.. 4 in chest/neck and 2 in the inside of elbows.. else it gives me a headache.
    Still don’t feel that this perfume (which I love) is “me” if you know what I mean…. it is great but not really really my thing.
    Still I am halfway through a 50ml bottle and I don’t see myself parting with it.

    In other news I have only 7 full bottles in my perfume collection nowadays (out of my self imposed 10 bottle limit) so I am seriously considering which ones will be the “new tenants” hehehehehe.

    Fun times!

    • Merlin says:

      I found Terre d’hermes EDP to be quite a woody scent while the EDT has much more of a hot-baking-rock mineral feel. Did you prefer the EDP?

      • kaos.geo says:

        I found the EDT too fleeting, as with many Ellena’s scents…. So I got to try the EDP and found it similar enough to the EDT but more persistent!

        I still get the flint note, but with something fruity hidden in the shadows that I can’t quite pinpoint…

  21. jirish says:

    Won’t be wearing any scent till after Pilates, but plan to put on Chergui then. Chilly and wet here in Chicago. Yesterday had to pick up my son from his night class and it was pouring then, so I guess it could be worse.

  22. foxbins says:

    Fog this a.m. but it’s burned off now. It’s chilly here, with a high of 68F predicted, so I put on Mona di Orio Vanille. It is not working for me today, too smoky. I think I’ll wash it off and put on some Infusion d’Iris.

  23. AnnieA says:

    It’s cool but sunny in Vancouver, which since it’s convocation week is much better for the graduates than yesterday’s rain. Wearing Ferre, which is turning out to be my spring office scent.

  24. Bee says:

    great day for me, I had the final oral exam of my postgraduate study, wearing my faithful 31rue Cambon for tricky situations, I passed and immediatly rewarded myself with the travel set imperial tea by Kilian. I am however testing the new eau de magnolia by Malle, I’m not yet overwhelmed by it, but will give it another try, when it’s less warm

    • Robin says:

      Yay, congrats on passing your orals, that’s huge!

    • thegoddessrena says:


    • kindcrow says:

      Congratulations! So, you took oral exams and received the results on the same day?

    • Bee says:

      thanks to you all! I guess it was mainly a formality, I had to defend my final thesis, but an exam is an exam!

    • Laila says:

      Congrats on passing your orals and also on your well-deserved reward. Enjoy!

  25. missionista says:

    60’s and overcast here in the Bay Area. I’m wearing Liz Claiborne’s Vivid for about the 3rd day in a row. I am *so* close to finishing the FB–I think it will happen this weekend. I used to love the scent, now I just kind of like it, and want to use the FB before my move…Looking forward to the coordinated Friday SOTD for a break from this one.

  26. nozknoz says:

    Sadly, heat, UV and humidity levels have reached the point that, especially with heavy sunscreen every day, my skin starts to get sensitive. I’m leaving off perfume most of the time, including today. Worse, severe thunderstorms and possibly tornadoes are predicted for the DC area this afternoon and evening. Hope they stay away from my perfume collection!

    • kindcrow says:

      I hope that you and your perfume collection remain safe! The best sunscreen is covering up — hat, long sleeves, etc. But, finding something for the exposed patches of skin that isn’t irritating, greasy, gray, or tinted and that doesn’t have to be re-applied every two hours? That would be awesome!

      • nozknoz says:

        I greatly prefer when it’s cool enough to cover up, and I use a hat and, in summer, one of those UV blocker umbrellas, too. But it’s SO hot an humid here – can’t really cover up once summer gets into gear.

        Don’t forget not gummy! I’m constantly trying new ones. Had a 50 SPF from Cetaphil that I liked last year but it’s not in CVS so far this year.

        • Laurels says:

          Have you tried avoiding what my dermatologist calls the “benzo” sunscreens? (Any active ingredients with “benzo” as part of a word: avobenzone, oxybenzone, benzophenone, etc.) They tend to be irritating to sensitive skin. I would hate to have to choose between no perfume and long sleeves in the humidity.

  27. anngd says:

    Went with Diorissimo today, but it’s faded – thinking of trying the solid of Aftelier Parfum Privee in my bag. We’re in the low 70s here (Boston), with the air conditioning in the office set at 55. Fabulous.

  28. odonata9 says:

    Living in San Diego, I don’t believe we’re allowed to complain about the weather. Unless we are on fire, of course. Another lovely day, sunny and 70 – no June gloom at the moment, Robin! But the mornings have been gray lately. We’ll manage ; )

    This post reminded me to put on some perfume! Since my family is conspiring to keep me scentless (husband with migraines and daughter with eczema), I have brought a few things to work and just spritz here. So I just put on some Satu – Field of Freesia. These were some rollerballs that were Anthropologie exclusives several years back. Fresh and inoffensive for work.

    • Robin says:

      Please. I prefer to think of you as having June Gloom, every single day of June. Makes me feel better ;-)

      • morgana says:

        I hope that Odonata9 would agree that those who wish us gloom, wish us well! as even a little bit of moisture that the gloom could bring would be highly appreciated!

        Love San Diego but today I am wearing Eau d’Italie :)

        • Robin says:

          Ha, of course I wish you well. I’m just jealous of your weather.

    • zara says:

      Oh San Diego, what a lovely place :) I remember it fondly. And the huge zoo/safari park you have near SD (Escondido?)

      • odonata9 says:

        Yes, the Safari Park (used to be called the Wild Animal Park). It is great. My mother is visiting right now and we plan to go on Friday.

      • Laurels says:

        It does ruin you for other zoos, though.

  29. sweetgrass says:

    Sunny and low 90s here in Houston. SOTD is Coco.

    • rose pepper says:

      Coco is yummy. How does it fare in the heat?

      • sweetgrass says:

        Pretty well, though honestly I haven’t been out in the heat all that much. I’m sitting in an air-conditioned office.

  30. flannery says:

    My idea of perfect weather is what we’re having hear in the northern Rockies, after a few days of blessed wetness it is now in the low 70’s and dipping into the low 40’s at night. Mona’s Musc is making me very happy and calm today, as it always does :)

  31. zara says:

    Hot weather here in Europe! (but a storm’s coming) SOTD: vintage Lancome Trophee, (with the golf ball like cap and a golfer on the bottle, very 80’s, used to be marketed to men), its my summer staple and I love the basil in it.

  32. Jonette says:

    I’m very unwell due to the heat. I decided to experiment further with heavy “winter” scents in summer, because of the success of wearing a Montale and Aqaba. So for most of today, I wore my much adored Jungle l’elephant, but I think I’ll keep it as a winter fragrance. Late in the day, I switched to Lady Vengeance, which was a good choice.

    • Merlin says:

      I can just barely manage a spray of Jungle when its cold, so brave of you to experiment in the heat! (I’m fine with power scents, but Jungle is just crazy…)

  33. AnnS says:

    It’s cold, damp, drizzly here. It’s either very romantic (if you can stay at home with someone you love, in bed, with good books, etc), or horribly depressing (if you have to get dressed, deal with frizz head, go to work, etc). I am actually wearing a cashmere sweater & long pants in mid-June! Nuts. The only thing that is worse is 5 degrees, windy and snowing….

    I am wearing Annick Goutal Heure Exquise edp today b/c HE smells best in humid weather for some reason, and it is still warm (wonderful sandalwood), and yet green and floral too.

  34. Parley says:

    Sotd was l’ombre dans l’eau edp in slightly chilly and overcast western Sweden. Yesterdays scent, Knize Ten, would probably have worked better today and vice versa! I also tried out Vent Vert at a sale but I wasn’t sold. I got my mother a bottle of esprit d’oscar though (half price!), which I love, especially for summer!

  35. Laila says:

    Continued cool and cloudy and a bit soggy today but I don’t mind at all. It’s good for the garden and makes weeding easy and an (almost) pleasurable chore. Hot and sticky will be here soon enough for me.

    My SOTD suits the mood of today’s garden and mine as well: Yves Rocher Moment de Bonheur. damp green leaves, rain-soaked Rosa Centifolia petals releasing their spicy scent, woody (cedary) stems and, lastly, the wet earth beneath. On a sunny, warm day this fragrance might smell different, but today it’s . . . contemplative.

  36. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolu

    I love the heck out of this fragrance!

    I may need to practice my Eau de Protection fragrance tomorrow!

  37. scentfromabove says:

    Hello everyone! Now that I am back at work I am having to post in the evening. I guess I was spoiled being off for 9 weeks and could respond to these posts whenever I pleased. It has been a hot day in Houston, TX. I believe it was somewhere in the mid 90’s.
    Was in a rush this morning to a meeting, so I just sprayed on my JM Nectarine Blossom and Honey. Hope everyone had a “Happy Hump Day”.

  38. Laurels says:

    June Gloom here, and my SOTD is Maria Candida Gentile Noir Tropical. Pretty, a lot sweeter than I expected. Friday’s Eau de Protection is taking a lot of thought.

  39. perthgirl says:

    It’s Thursday arvo here, cool but sunny autumn weather with cold nights.
    Wednesday SOTD was Fendi Theorema. Stayed at my bf’s last night and forgot perfume this morn, so when I got to work I raided my locker stash and decided on Prada Candy. Kinda wish I was wearing Jour d’Hermes though..

  40. Nile Goddess says:

    Missed this yesterday :-(

    I am wearing Eau de Merveilles and yesterday I went for Bottega Veneta over a very light veil of Roger & Gallet Orange Wood body oil.

    Tumulte for men was amazing, sadly it did not work on me. I do still have a bottle of the feminine Tumulte though :-)

  41. bookwyrmsmith says:

    Yesterday I wore a few dabs of DSH Sampsuchinon ,from a sample. This was one of five scents made for the King Tut exhibit in Denver. Unfortunately I didn’t get to enjoy much of it as I was coming down with a headcold . Blech!!! ( for headcolds that stuff up your nose!) what I did smell was very nice Rose,bergamot, maybe some eucalyptus and incense? I’ll have to try it again when I’m well.
    Weather has been rainy here off and on, patchy clouds and sunnier today and humid. Very Humid. Monday night I was getting off work and it was raining – no Pouring ( cascade sheeting action)diagonally. I wasn’t really sure what to wear today with a cold and humid warm weather, but a rummage through my sample box turned up some Jo Malone Lime Basil& Mandarin which I’ve just doused myself with and can sorta smell.

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