Thursday scent of the day 6/12


Congratulations, you've made it to another Thursday! Share your scent of the day if you're so inclined, and tell us if you generally wear fragrance every day?

I don't wear fragrance every day, and at the moment I'm not wearing any, although I'm burning some cypress incense that Kevin sent me. (If you have a favorite incense, do tell!)

Reminder: tomorrow (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. relleric says:

    SOTD is Signature Black (Jack Black). I wear fragrance every day! :)

    • Robin says:

      Those were so nicely done, very surprised they haven’t added to that collection.

      • relleric says:

        I think they have been discontinued. I ordered the Black Mark without sniffing first, but sampled the Silver Mark (also nice) at Nordstrom.

  2. Omega says:

    I’d love to try a cypress incense, where’s it from? I don’t have any fave incense, almost bought some myrrh incense ‘crystals’ a while back, loved that smell. Not sure why I didn’t get it, lol.

    I don’t wear scent everyday, none now, but burned a lilac candle and washed some with lavender soap. Usually, there is something scented..if not perfume, something else. Like bath oils/gels/lotions/candles etc.

    • Robin says:

      It’s called Cypress Peak by Shochikudo Koho…very nice, strong, I can’t imagine burning a whole stick at once.

  3. perthgirl says:

    Today I wore Prada Candy from a stash of samples I keep in my locker at work.
    I wear perfume everyday I work or go out, but sometimes forget if I’m home being a domestic goddess.

    • Robin says:

      My domestic goddess days are pretty darned rare :-)

      • perthgirl says:

        Lol! and mine aren’t nearly as divine or heavenly as they sound ;-)

  4. Janice says:

    I’m wearing almost the last of my little sample of Wit.

    I wear fragrance nearly every day but sometimes skip it on weekends if I’m gardening or something.

    • melissa says:

      I’m saving the end of my Wit sample for a friend’s wedding next week. It’s so beautiful!

  5. melissa says:

    SOTD is Prada Infusion d’Iris.

    I have been wearing perfume most days for the past year or so, and I’ve cycled through every-day and just-for-occasions phases since I was a teenager. For work, I definitely prefer to have something on — it improves my mood so much during the day — but I don’t always think of it for the evenings and weekends.

    • Robin says:

      I haven’t worn Infusion lately, I should dig it out.

      • melissa says:

        It is an “old reliable” kind of day over here, especially after testing out a bunch of new scents recently.

    • Omega says:

      I actually prefer the original over the absolue. Good sotd there:).

      • eswift83 says:

        I agree, the original is the one for me.

      • melissa says:

        I must confess I’ve never tested it properly — just spritzed — but I love the original so much I can’t imagine the Absolue would supplant it. I might end up wanting both if I’m not careful!

      • missionista says:

        Me too! I much prefer the original.

    • Holly says:

      I’ve been looking for a sample of the absolue with no luck. Does anyone have an idea where I can find it?

      • nebbe says:

        No idea – but also interested in where to find samples!

  6. teri says:

    SOTD is Golden Amber from becker.eshaya. No reason for choosing it other than it was sitting next to the bottle of scent I wore yesterday and when I put that away, I realized I hadn’t worn Golden Amber in a while.

    I haven’t used incense since my college days, but have no idea why not. I guess I simply forgot about it.

    • teri says:

      oops – forgot to answer the questions.

      I DO wear fragrance of some sort every day, unless I’m sick or visiting someone in the hospital. I’d no sooner leave for the day without scent than I would without clothes. I’m just not ‘me’ without it.

    • Robin says:

      I didn’t use incense for years, either…Kevin got me back into it.

  7. rose pepper says:

    I wear perfume every day. The only time I don’t is when I know I am going to be close to someone who is sensitive or when I am going to work out.

    SOTD is L’Heure Bleue. I was reading about classic perfumes yesterday, and got inspired to try my sample again. It is nice, I can appreciate it (the drydown is very good), but I don’t really love it. I’ve noticed that I have a hard time with ylang-ylang. I smelled some essential oils the other day; I just don’t like the way ylang ylang smells. And it is in so many classics! :( I have ended up liking perfumes with ylang ylang, but I almost have to acquire a taste for them, and get over the initial “can’t place my finger on it, but not sure I like that smell” response.

    Also – I like jasmine and orange blossom quite a lot. Not sure why ylang ylang sticks out to me.

    • Robin says:

      It’s very sweet and banana-y. Sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t.

      • rose pepper says:

        Weird, I don’t get sweet at all. When I get home, I am going to smell the bananas on my counter for comparison purposes.

    • egabbert says:

      You just reminded me that I had a dream Serge Lutens released a new scent called L’Heure Bleue.

      • Robin says:

        Would be fun to smell what he’d do with the name…

    • AnnS says:

      I have a lot of trouble with YY in straight-up essential oils and aromatherapy blends. I can only handle small or well blended doses of it in fragrances. I think the boldest YY I can handle in a frag is Goutal’s Songes. But there the jasmine really keeps it honest with all that skank!

  8. sayitisntso says:

    Caron’s Pour un Homme. I don’t reach for it often but this morning was chilly and its mix of lavender and vanilla seemed appropriate.

    • bastet says:

      I love Pour un Homme! It’s the closest thing to an ‘Eau de Protection’ scent that I can think of (maybe more of a comfort scent but it certainly makes me feel safe and happy) so I am planning on wearing it tomorrow. I bought it for my husband, but he doesn’t particularly like it so I happily adopted the bottle.

      • sayitisntso says:

        I feel the same way, bastet. I tend to grab it when I want something comforting, cozy and familiar. I always keep a bottle on hand. (It helps that there’s a local shop – I’m in NYC – where I can score a 4.2 ounce bottle for $23!)

        • bastet says:

          That’s great! NYC must be wonderful for a perfume lover. I live in a small southern town but was able to buy a bottle online for a good price. My perfume collection has grown like crazy since I’ve discovered the online discounters! Lots of great prices but it does add up.

  9. bastet says:

    I’m in the office today so I’m wearing something subtle from my perfume stash at work – SL Clair de Musc. It is blending well with the Chanel No. 5 parfum traces left on my cardigan from a dinner out with my husband last weekend.

    And yes, I do wear perfume every day. Even when I will be spending much of the day working in the garden I can’t resist, although I tend to avoid floral scents in that case so that the bugs won’t be so attracted to me. I have recently become a huge fan of Sonoma Scent Studios (I bought a bunch of my favorites in the 5 ml purse spray size – how convenient) and I find they work well for outdoor pursuits such as gardening or hiking.

  10. AnnS says:

    Today I’m wearing Parfums di Nicolai Rose Pivione, b/c I needed something cheerful & sunny & wishful of roses to come. The gorgeous giant peonies in front of the library have finally bloomed (and they are going with the nepeta) so it looks lovely in the drizzle. It’s still all cold and damp here….

  11. nozknoz says:

    No SOTD yet, but here’s my nomination for scent of the day, from NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, who spent 166 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS):

    “Space has a smell. And I don’t mean inside the space station. When a visiting vehicle docks with the space station, there is ‘space’ between the two vehicles. Once the pressure is equalized and the hatch is opened, you have this metallic ionization-type smell. It’s quite unique and very distinct.”

  12. Carry says:

    I wear perfume every day. I work from my home office so I can spray as much as I want! :-)

    Today I’m wearing Safari by Ralph Lauren.

    I won it on an ebay-auction and got it today in the mail. I payed 13 Euro incl. p&p (that’s about 15 Dollar I think) for a brand new 2.5floz bottle still wrapped in cellophane.
    It was a blind-buy though. But for that price I didn’t care. At least I would have the gorgeous bottle.

    But I fell utterly and unexpectently in love with the perfumel.
    I feel very lucky – and clever!

    • Omega says:

      Ooooh, great price, I like the dry down of this one very much, congrats!

    • egabbert says:

      Safari is great!

    • AnnS says:

      Safari is a great fragrance – Safari is a great scent for in-between seasons: fall when I am not ready to give up flowers yet entireley but I’m starting to crave warmer fragrances; and spring when I still want a bit of warmth, but want to start smelling greens and florals.

  13. foxbins says:

    I am wearing Guerlain Vetiver today, it’s grassy greenness just seemed appropriate for this morning. I do wear fragrance every day, sometimes more than one if my mood changes or there is a sample I am longing to try.

    Incense is not really my thing, I haven’t burned any in decades, but then home fragrance is not something I do. I’d rather spray myself than scent the house.

    • sayitisntso says:

      No doubt you smell terrific today! Guerlain’s Vetiver is a favorite!!!

    • Omega says:

      Speaking of home scents, Febreeze had a great sandalwood one recently,…then quickly axed it I think, can’t find it anywhere. Good for cheapie scent.

      Pine is a scent I’d love to scent my home with but pine candles and sprays smell so fake and gross to me:(.

      • kindcrow says:

        I’ll bet that you could find the real thing (pine needle oil) at the health food store or on-line.

    • chandler_b says:

      Wearing Vetiver also! A vetiver incense would be interesting, non? Guerlain sells Vetiver deodorant so maybe they will roll out incense next :)

      • nancyg says:

        I get Khus incense from the Indian market – that’s vetiver – and it smells great

  14. Merlin says:

    I only leave out perfume if I’m feeling queasy or have bad hay-fever. Very often I put on more perfume, or a different one when I get home. Perhaps the obsessive element will eventually wear itself out! Sometimes I will try out a particular layering combo when I take my dog for a walk – that way it will get washed off in not too long, and there is enough air that nothing can be too distressing:)

    Today I’m in L’Heure Bleu EDT and Infusion d’Iris. H.B gives Infusion d’Iris substance and more complexity and IdI gives LB some warmth…

    • Merlin says:

      Yes, I usually wear more than one perfume! lol

      • bastet says:

        I love this layering idea! I’m going to try it when I get home. Infusion d’Iris makes a great base for so many other fragrances, but I never thought of combining it with L’Huere Bleu.

        • Merlin says:

          I’v been reading some blog posts on it and finding some very interesting! This is one of my favorites:

          • Holly says:

            Thanks, Merlin. I love this! I recently bought Yardley Iris as I’d read a post that said that layered with L’Heure Bleu, you get Apres L’Ondee. Of course now I have a vat of the Yardley, and one ml of the Guerlain.

          • Merlin says:

            Yes, I know the feeling – I have about 100ml of Calligraphy Rose left and it smells fantastic with the original Omnia. Only problem is that I don’t have much Omnia left, and don’t know if I really like it enough to chase down another bottle before it is impossible to find…

    • hajusuuri says:

      Merlin, did you layer it with Infusion EDT or EDP?

      • Merlin says:

        The EDP… Though for all I know it might work better with one of the others (EDT or Absolue). I only have the EDP!

  15. thegoddessrena says:

    Milk of Flowers is my scent of the day. I didn’t always wear scent every day but now I feel sort of naked if I don’t apply something, even if I wash it off when I get to work

  16. egabbert says:

    I wear perfume at some point every day, but not always first thing in the morning. Usually two different scents, because I exercise/shower in the late afternoon or evening.

    This morning I’m wearing Knowing again. Last night I put on some Angel, I’m a bit surprised it wore off already.

  17. Kelly says:

    Today I’m wearing Escentric 1 Escentric Molecules. Some days I like it, some days I feel it’s far too much like DG Light Blue, and I feel like a sorority gal. Not feeling it today. How often does the community regret their perfume choice for the day – it doesn’t happen to me often, but today I really wish I had made another choice!

    Today, I wished I had put on the Andy Tauer Cologne du Maghreb I got with Olfactif that I am obsessed with. Just didn’t want to waste it…

    • eswift83 says:

      Oh, the perfume application regret… It probably happens to me once every two weeks? A dire mistake though, that you have to live with all day (depending on the choice of course)!

    • melissa says:

      I rarely regret choosing from one of my full bottles, but pretty often when I try to test a sample out and about it ends up suffocating me or falling flat. Also, this is no doubt TMI, but: I also often regret picking something with a lemon note if I then unexpectedly get sweaty during the day. Ech.

    • Laurels says:

      I find that the more I agonize over my choice, the more likely I am to regret it. I do try not to wear something for the first time if I’m going to be out all day.

  18. eswift83 says:

    SL Sarrasins. Today it’s my rainy-day jasmine…

    • foxbins says:

      One of my top five-of-all-time loves. You smell great!

  19. pyramus says:

    Pre-shower, White Linen edp, because if there’s a better bright-spring-morning scent, I don’t know about it. Post-shower, Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale, a spicy oriental which is pretty much the exact opposite of White Linen.

  20. AnnieA says:

    Was running to work, so spritzed on yesterday’s choice of Ferre. I wear perfume most days, but if I do go out without it I can then take the opportunity to try something if I wander past a perfume counter.

  21. Laila says:

    Bright sunshine and warmer temps herald summer’s return! My sunshine-in-a-bottle SOTD is Yves Rocher’s Ode a la Joie. A mélange of citrus opens and then softens as the jasmine and Casablanca lily emerge hand-in-hand with a warm cedar note threading gently through. I have all 4 of the original now d/c Ode scents and love them all, one for each season.

    I wear fragrance – and earrings! – every day, including those ‘domestic goddess’ days.

  22. nozknoz says:

    Incense – bokhour – dates back several millennia in Egypt, where tomb paintings and reliefs depict the Pharaoh offering incense to the gods. In the old souq area of Cairo, the Khan il Khalili, on Friday morning, one might encounter an old man walking around to the different shops with a censer, offering to perfume the shop for a small fee. I don’t know if this was just for the good smell or also served an ancient function of purification. Similar incense is burned as part of the Eritrean and Ethiopian coffee ceremony, too. Little lumps of plant resin placed on hot coals – probably frankincense and/or myrrh – a beautiful, clear incense smell.

    • Robin says:

      Kevin has also sent me khyphi & a little burner thingie. Just lovely.

  23. Bee says:

    Today I wearing yesterday’s buy, Imperial tea (by Kilian), it has the same balance between the herbal tannic greenness and fresh flowery jasmine-notes of the tea.
    I have to pass on the incense question.

  24. galbanumgal says:

    Don’t wear fragrance very day, which is dumb, considering the size of my collection. Should at least strive for a nightly sleep scent.

    • melissa says:

      I love sleep scents! Last night’s was POTL Luctor et Emergo. Delicious.

  25. Nightingale says:

    After 48 hours of trying to wear Herba Fresca as my SOTD I have given up. I really do like it, but soon after…poof, it’s gone. I don’t regret the purchase, and think I will enjoy it as an after bath fragrance, or a morning fragrance when I know I will apply something with a little more oomph for the rest of the day. It might also be a good pick-me-up after a day at work.

    SOTD – Chanel Cristalle. Love it so much that I over sprayed this morning and then put on a new shirt – which I promptly stained with perfume. I tried to wash it out but it will need a scrubbing when I get home today. :-(

    I definitely wear fragrance daily – sometimes twice daily!

    • Merlin says:

      The funny thing is that HF lasts quite well on me. Cristalle – however – has a life span of about 7 minutes:) The Eau Verte version, which is admittedly an entirely different scent, lasts all day.

      • Nightingale says:

        Merlin, I wonder if you have an older version that has not been reformulated?

        • Merlin says:

          Just checked and it seems I got mine in 2011. I also liked the Mandarine Basilica but that lasted about 20 minutes on my skin while others have much better luck with it. So I’m not sure if its an issue of reformulation or one of the idiosyncrasy of skin chemistry. Carnal flower can hardly be smelled on me!

          • Nightingale says:

            go figure…I tried carnal flower and I think I could smell it on me until the next day!

    • Kelly says:

      Herbs Fresca is my favorite summer fragrance! I layer it with Demeter Thunderstorm to dirty it up a little bit…

      • Nightingale says:

        just read the review for Thunderstorm – sound fabulous!

  26. PetronellaCJ says:

    SOTD is Guerlain Homme, I like the lime/mojito vibe in it.
    I wear scent most days, it adds a silver lining to the ordinary everyday live.
    My husband sometimes burns incense, but I rarely appreciate the scents, they make me kinda queasy. But NST got me into Papier d’Armenie, that’s something different and really addictive :).

    • CM says:

      I like Papier d’Armenie as well. Wish there were more scents. Keep meaning to try the mfk line as well. I, too, blame NST.

    • Robin says:

      I refresh the Papier d’Armenie in my wallet and nightstand regularly — I especially love it wafting out of my purse when I pull out money. I like the Year of Armenia version. I blame Kevin personally.

      • CM says:

        That’s such a great idea! I need to do that.

    • bastet says:

      I love Guerlain Homme. I bought it for my husband and two teenage boys, and it smells great on them (my 14 yr old loves it especially and just wore it to his middle school prom), but I wear it myself as well. This may finally be the one bottle of perfume that gets used up before I die! I have a huge collection already but just can’t seem to stop adding to it.

  27. cologneluvr says:

    SOTD: NOTHING…not wearing any fragrance today and don’t always wear one everyday.


  28. morgana says:

    In general, I wear fragrance every day and I burn incense every day (prefer Japanese incense). Last fall I participated in a kodo incense ceremony in Tokyo. I was terrible at the game part, but the smells were divine — I don’t think I ever smelled anything as beautiful. For a perfumista visiting Japan, I most highly recommend participating in the ceremony.

    SOTD is SL Bois et Musc

  29. CM says:

    I think I put Fate on this morning. It’s faded now and I can’t make it out any longer.

    I do wear scent every day, although recently there are times when I go without for most of the day. On lazy Saturdays, for instance.

    I like incense but don’t burn it so much anymore. One of my favorites used to be extra special sandalwood by Primo incense. Like all good sandalwood, this has gone thru transformation. It’s not same as it used to be… (But still good!) Haven’t seen any in years as I’ve moved and haven’t seen this brand in stores around here.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks…assume sandalwood incense by anybody isn’t the same as it used to be, but will look at that brand.

  30. jjlook says:

    No perfume so far, but I am burning Juniper Ridge Desert Pinon which is lovely, calm (and hopefully will inspire good writing/work.)
    Would love new incense ideas and/or swaps…
    Anyone have anything interesting they’d like to trade for decants and samples? I have some new vintage finds…

    • jjlook says:

      Oh, and since I fell into this interest (a year and a half ago?) I wear fragrance most, but not all days. Yesterday I wore a dab of Tea for Two and was sad that my fall into perfume land happened after this one had been discontinued.

      • perthgirl says:

        I’ve read that Tea for Two has returned on some L’artisan websites (UK maybe?), so it’s possible it’s not entirely dc’d after all… If that’s the case I hope you find some- it’s so worth it :)

    • Robin says:

      I keep meaning to try their incense! Have been very slowly trying a bunch of single stick samples from Fred Soll, who also has a number of outdoorsy / southwest incense sticks. Really nice brand, but the sticks are very sticky & sometimes hard to burn.

  31. songeuse says:

    I’m wearing Tea Rose. I wear perfume most days, but not always.

  32. happy888cat says:

    I wear a fragrance almost everyday but during the summer I tend to go scentless especially if I am outdoors a lot. The sweat factor, clammy skin makes it a little too much.
    Wearing Iris Nobile now. Still wishing if they had taken the pepper out or turned it down a notch.
    I was burning some incense yesterday. This beautiful Lotus flower scent (and its dark purple! I adore :)).

  33. C.H. says:

    I’ve got SJP Lovely on today, largely because it happened to be closest at hand–the days when I don’t wear anything, it’s usually because I don’t get around sifting through all the options to find something I’m in the mood for. Need to implement Robin’s system of keeping a few go-tos out on the counter!

    • Merlin says:

      Sometimes I decide by figuring out what I haven’t worn for a long time. I try to cycle a evenly as possible through my scents so I don’t put undue stress on any in particular. Unfortunately, I do have my favorites, and some are running distressingly low!

  34. sweetgrass says:

    I wear fragrance pretty much every day, but on occasion I forget.

    Today’s SOTD is Donna Karan Gold. My favorite lily scent (so far).

    • sweetgrass says:

      So I looked at the Twitter feed on the right side of the page and happened to notice a tweet about a sale at Urban Outfitters on HdP travel sprays. I went to check it out, and I ended up buying one of each scent they had left (1826 and Vert Pivoine). I was slightly disappointed in that the pic on the sale page shows Tubereuse 1, but they are apparently out of that one. But getting 2 travel sprays for $10 when it would’ve been $72 is pretty great. I also found a Lolita Lempicka flanker I wasn’t familiar with (Midnight Flower – or Illusions Noires Eau de Minuit, according to Fragrantica), which was on sale for $30, down from $93. I like LL, and I’ve liked the flankers I’ve tried, so I decided to take a chance on it.

      • Robin says:

        So I tweeted that, decided to buy the one I like (the Colette), went and made a cup of tea, it sold out. Figures.

        • sweetgrass says:

          Ah, bummer. I haven’t tried Colette, but what I’ve read about it sounds nice.

      • hajusuuri says:

        Darn, I walked past the brand spanking new Urban Outfitters on 35th and 6th / Herald Square!

  35. stinker_kit says:

    Inspired by Neil over at Black Narcissus, I am wearing Lust by Gorilla Perfumes, layered with a wee bit of Pacifica Tahitian Vanilla. Lust may be the most jasmine anyone can stand, richly camphorous, entirely intriguing…..

    • sweetgrass says:

      That sounds like a nice combo. I did something kind of similar once, layering Lust with Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensee. It worked really well.

  36. johanob says:

    SOTD Nobile 1942 Cafe Chantant.Colder weather at the moment makes the sweet black cherry top note perfect.I like the idea of it being almost-gourmand,but not quite!My work environment predicts which days I can wear perfume and when not;also which days I can overspray(lol),and which days 1 spritz might do.I prefer to not wear anything when I go shopping for a new scent,and plan to test some stuff!

  37. cazaubon says:

    I wear perfume every day, usually changing scents in the evening. Today it is Armani Privé Cuir Amethyste, it is smelling fantastic on this cool rainy day.

  38. Rappleyea says:

    SotD: Eau I Forgot. As I was coming down the stairs, I was deciding between Yvresse and Cuir de Russie. I don’t know what happened because I was halfway to work when I realized that I hadn’t put either on! Duh!

    • Merlin says:

      I adore the Avatar – looks like it would work as an illustration for The Wind and the Willows, lol!

      Or equally well for ‘Eau I Forgot’:)

      • Nightingale says:

        Totally The Wind in the Willows!

      • Rappleyea says:

        Thanks! I needed to replace the foal picture since foaling season (here in Ky.) is over. I think of the song, Summertime, when I see him. :-)

    • hajusuuri says:

      LOL at Eau I Forgot! Love it!

  39. Parley says:

    Dior Dune! Sunny, breezy day and a depressing setback first thing in the day meant I needed something strengthening and encouraging. Dune makes me feel elegantly ruthless and I needed the extra backbone. I wear perfume every day, when I forget I feel a bit like something’s missing from my day. I like the extra dimension of a scent of my choosing hovering around me and setting the scene.

  40. missionista says:

    I wear scent just about every day, I only skip it if sick/stuffed up nose. However, I haven’t used incense in years. I used to love incense and burned it all the time. I’m not sure what happened.

  41. floragal says:

    Wow! I’m surprised to read that Robin goes without perfume on some days. I’m sure your nose needs a rest every now and then ;)

    I love to wear fragrance every day! I feel like I’m missing something if I don’t.

    SOTD: same as yesterday, Ineke’s Field Notes from Paris.
    The thing I’m loving about this scent is that it’s so long lasting. On the train ride home at 6/7pm at night I still smell the full orange blossom/tobacco deliciousness of Field Notes. It does not wimp out whatsoever.

    Looking forward to our project tomorrow!

    • Robin says:

      In the summer when I’m on vacation, I’ve been known to go even longer. But I do sometimes wonder if I could do a week with no scented products of any kind — no nice shower gels or lotions, no perfume, no incense, no nothing. I think that might make me crazy.

  42. Merlin says:

    Hey wait – since its past midnight here does that mean I can spray some Chergui, does it? Does it? (Eau de Protection day, and all!)

    • Holly says:

      Yes, absolutely. You will inaugurate the day. :)

      • Merlin says:

        Yahoo! Runs to chest of perfume:)

  43. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Serge Lutens Boxeuses

    It was supposed to be practice for the Community SOTD but all this talk about incense brought back memories and I have a holier Eau de Protection alternative ;-)

    I tend to wear perfumes everyday bit there are times when I forget, usually accompanied by an Eau No deer in the headlights look.

    I blame the Perfume Posse and NST for my Papier d’ Armenie huffing addiction (i keep a strip in a baggie and huff it every so often).

    My incense memory is associated with my grandparents. They, as well as various Aunties, forbade their burning as they were thought to be a pagan ritual and my family on both sides had been Christians for many generations before them. One set of grandparents were actually buried above ground inside a structure in the shape of an open bible.

    • kindcrow says:

      Eeek! I was raised (until I was 15) in a very strict, by the-book Christian sect). EVERYTHING was pagan or demonized or both. I can’t remember their views on incense, though.

      • Omega says:

        Don’t see anywhere in the Bible where burning incense is pagan, in fact, burning of incense was used as an offering before the Lord many times. ..and many scents/parfums were used in the Bible. Mary annointed Jesus’s feet with a Spikenard oil scent, I think. I guess it was so strong..the scent filled the room, or the whole house, I forget which one, but the scent was strong. Scents are also mentioned in Songs I believe. Also, since perfumes seemed to be mentioned in oil form, I believe Biblical times were very much fragrant and lovely and scents were more precious than they are today..I’d love to go back in a Biblical time and smell the aromas..and incense:).

        • hajusuuri says:

          My grandfather and the Aunties (both sides) were referring to a particular religion that I chose to term “pagan” instead of naming it. The biblical times were fragrant indeed, with a number of references to perfumes.

  44. imapirate says:

    I have to stick to something neutral at work, so today it was L’Occitane’s Universelle which is now discontinued. I frequently mix it with Sel Marin, but I’m out of that now-on the hunt for another salty beachy scent. On the walk home, I usually spray something more fun, and tonite it was PDN Eau Soleil, which is just a really great unisex scent. I get mostly neroli, but it’s nice and dry (maybe it’s the patchouli ?), and not biting like the Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, which really bites! I’m really looking forward to trying the new Parfums De Nicolai Musc Monoi. Does anyone expect it to be like Terracotta?

    • Holly says:

      Lucas over at Chemist in the Bottle will be posting a review of Musc Monoi in the near future.

  45. Holly says:

    SOTM (scent of the moment) is Yardley Iris, inspired by Merlin’s comment and link above re: layering. Since iris is a note that many people are confused by, I’d say this one is linear, no bells or whistles, not chilly or warm. Pretty good actually if thought of as an unsophisticated soliflore, although the top is straight-out alcohol as in cheap dive gin.

    Incense: the classic Blue Pearl Nag Champa, cheapo Indian joss, or Nippon Kodo dabbed with essential oils and burned after drying.

    • Merlin says:

      I feel so influential;)

      • Merlin says:

        But may need to work on my emoticon skills – one more try ; )

        • Robin says:
          • Merlin says:

            Cool, thanks for link! Ok, now here is for practice:
            ;) ;-) :D :lol:

          • 50_Roses says:

            I had trouble with an emoticon the other day. Maybe I forgot to leave space around it. Here goes:

            :) ;) :D 8) :x 80 :cry: :mrgreen:

          • 50_Roses says:


          • Merlin says:

            50 Roses,

            Yes, I think the trouble lies in leaving out the spaces! Go figure…

      • Holly says:

        You definitely have a devoted audience.

  46. HemlockSillage says:

    Like it sounds most do, I wear perfume almost every day. Often two scents a day, one in am and a different in pm. SOTD is FM Bigarade Concentrée. Last night, I tried Terre d’Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche, and wanted to compare :D

    Don’t pull my perfumista card, but I’m considering a scent fast. I wonder what I would notice if I stepped away for a week, using only bland shampoo, soap and unscented lotion. What natural scents in the world would be more noticeable? Would I want to sneakily huff others’ scents, because I was missing perfume? Could I make it a week? No idea. Just musing…it sounds crazy, I know! Be well.

    • Merlin says:

      Sometimes if I go without scent for a day my brain/nose does seem to process it better the next day!

      Did you say a week???? lol!

    • nozknoz says:

      I think it’s a good idea. I’ve done for a few days for other reasons, such as skin sensitivity in the summer, and without much time to observe. I think perfumes smelled different when I started wearing them again. Also, the 7-day signature scent challenge a few years ago on Perfume Posse was an eye-opener (wearing one perfume for a week). If you do it, please report back!

      • HemlockSillage says:

        I thought the 7 day scent challenge on the Posse was enlightening, too! Scent is such a comfort and joy, it would be weird to not have it. I’ll let you guys know if I do it, and report back. Be well.

  47. 50_Roses says:

    I like to wear scent every day. I have so much of it, I figure it is silly not to use it. Sometimes, if I am particularly rushed and/or out of sorts in the morning, I forget, but then I do keep several decants in my purse at all times for just such occasions.

    SOTD was another long-forgotten vintage scent called White Mink. I acquired a set of nips of this perfume from eBay, and the package arrived today, so I immediately tried one out, then ran some errands. It seems to be a floral aldehyde, and quite nice. Unfortunately, it is quite warm today, ~90 F, and I think I burned it off rather quickly. I will make a point to test it next time when I am going to be inside in the AC.

    Robin–how about sometime doing a poll on “What forgotten perfume do you own?”, i.e., a discontinued perfume for which you can find little or no information. Then anyone who did have some info–notes, release date, memories of having worn it or of a friend or relative who wore it, or whatever–could post it. I realize not everyone is a vintage perfume fan, but I would expect that quite a few NSTers have at least one such perfume in their collection–something they picked up somewhere years ago, or a bottle inherited from a mother or grandmother. It might generate some very interesting recollections.

    • Laurels says:

      Ooh, I second the forgotten perfume poll. I have one nobody seems to remember.

  48. Joe says:

    Le Labo Poivre 23 today and I’m loving it. It’s been awhile since I’ve worn it.

    And yes, I wear fragrance pretty much every day, sometimes more than one.

  49. Mary Carol says:

    I am wearing Cabotine Bleu today. It had been a bargain purchase from Marshall’s and is quite nice to wear in early summer. Once in a great while I forget to put fragrance on and I almost always think of it right away after I leave the house when that happens. It feels like something is missing if I forget.

  50. thegoddessrena says:

    Went sampling after work today so now I have a very weird assortment on–Vanille Insensee, the new Malle magnolia, Wisteria Hysteria and Bloody Woods. Think I really need a Vanille Insensee candle rather than buying the perfume and picked up samples of the new ones. The Malle is nice enough but doesn’t move me at all, Wisteria Hysteria is awful on me and Bloody Woods is rather interesting with its wine note though not necessarily appropriate for warm humid weather

  51. kindcrow says:

    SOTD is Velvet Underpinnings by Arcana (not to be confused with their Frilly Underpinnings). Unfortunately, it reminds me of Anima Dulcis (fermenting and rotting sweet chili powder), which I do not like.

  52. kindcrow says:

    I wear perfume almost every day. I keep some at work, just in case I am in a rush and don’t have time to apply.

    I rarely burn incense because the smoke really bothers my husband. I bought some Japanese incense that says “Smokeless” on the box. Perhaps I’ll test it the next time I’m home alone.

  53. Squirrely says:

    SOTD was Blenheim Bouquet layered with Jour d’Hermes, which was fine. My sense of smell seems muted today, so I might not have “read” it right.

    SOTE was Atelier Cologne’s Vanilla Insensee. Off season, I know, but I needed a comfort scent.

  54. scentfromabove says:

    Hello NST family. I made it through my first week back at work. Since its summer and I am a Counselor at a school, our summer hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:30-5:30. It was a struggle, but I made it! My SOTD was Ikat Jasmine from Aerin Lauder.
    Yes, I do wear fragrances everyday. To me, it is like an article of clothing. Going without perfume is like leaving the house without a shirt on. Lol! The ONLY time I have ever gone without perfume is when I was going to have surgery. Even then, I spritzed a body spray on my clothing. What can I say? I had to. :)

    • hajusuuri says:

      Congratulations on your first full week back at work. It almost seemed like you were just in PT and now you’re back and working long days!

      • scentfromabove says:

        Thanks. I know. Time flies by.

  55. Laurels says:

    I never go commando unless I’m vomiting, or going in for some medical procedure where perfume is expressly forbidden. Going commando is a great way to put it, because I feel like I’m not fully dressed without perfume.

    I never burn incense unless a skunk has gotten agitated really close to the house. Papier d’Armenie is really intriguing, though, and I think I’ll have to get some.

    SOTD is Maria Candida Gentile Noir Tropical on one arm, and Miss Dior Cherie, circa 2009 or so, on the other. I’m relieved not to have fallen in love with the MDC, because then I’d have to figure out which one it is nowadays. At the risk of offending someone, and with the proviso that I haven’t tracked down anything vintage, I’m pretty sure Dior is Not My House.

    • HemlockSillage says:

      You crack me up! Going commando is a fun way of putting it. Then your comment about no incense except in cases of nearby skunk agitation–I needed that giggle :D Thank you!

      • Laurels says:

        I think someone used the phrase going commando in one of these SOTD polls last week, and attributed it to Denise Beaulieu. I wish I could take the credit!

  56. PekeFan says:

    SOTD is Kelly Caleche. I think it’s perfect for a chilly, drizzly summer day – just summery enough but with a leather twist. I used to wear fragrance every day, but I now work with someone who complains if I wear so much as scented body lotion. However, my perfume phobic co-worker is currently on vacation in Paris where he is, no doubt, intermittently holding his breath and bitching at French people.

  57. Nile Goddess says:

    I don’t wear fragrance every day. I shower in the morning with a nice-smelling shower creme and sometimes spritz a little dry oil, Roger & Gallet or the almond one from L’Occitane are opened atm.

    At work I keep a stash of Sephora samples and if not scented I pick one during the afternoon for a pleasure and energy boost. Which is what I did right now – and I can’t recognize what it was! But I won’t be buying it :-)

    Does anyone else have this feeling of becoming pickier and pickier when choosing a new fragrance?

    • Omega says:

      I am getting pickier..that’s good for the wallet at least!

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