Friday scent of the day 6/13


Today's community project: for 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.

I had a very hard time deciding today, and considered Diptyque Tam Dao for the calming effect but in the end I went with vintage Diorissimo. I wasn't in the mood for anything fierce, and if nothing else, Diorissimo will keep me cheerful.

Reminder: next Friday will be Fruity Friday — wear something fruity! You can find other upcoming Friday projects here.

* Named for Etat Libre d'Orange Rossy de Palma Eau de Protection.

Note: top image is 13 by Leo Reynolds at flickr; some rights reserved.

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  1. egabbert says:

    I’m wearing Incense Rose. I hadn’t decided what my protection scent would be until right after I woke up.

    BTW, the original Eau de Protection is one of my favorite perfumes, but I wouldn’t say it makes me feel safe. I think of it as an outgoing scent.

    • Robin says:

      You know, if Rossy de Palma ever made any sort of statement about what was meant by “Eau de Protection”, I missed it. I just always liked the name!

  2. mayk says:

    Wearing Guerlain Aqua Allegoria – Flora Nymphea to try and forget this rain and put myself in the mindset of those first sunny days we had this summer…

    • Robin says:

      I was just thinking that if we didn’t get a sunny day soon I might have to leave town. But I think it’s supposed to clear up here tomorrow, and actually the sun is peeking out now.

  3. rose pepper says:

    SOTD is Infusion d’Iris. Velvety comfort. It is also what I tend to wear on cold, rainy days.

    • Robin says:

      Nice :-)

    • Delacey says:

      I love this, but on wet days, like today, I find the softness of the Absolue even more comforting. Both are so nice it can be hard to choose between them sometimes. :)

  4. melissa says:

    As discussed a bit last Friday, I am indeed wearing Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere again — its classic reference makes me feel confident and classically elegant in a way I must admit I don’t normally live up to — along with a dab of Comme des Garcons Avignon for its calming quality. Well, and because they layer so beautifully together.

    And hey I have needed it today. Bike trouble… hair trouble… computer trouble… slammed my hand in a drawer…. It’s Friday the 13th and HOW.

    • galbanumgal says:

      perhaps a viewing of the Honey moon tonight would turn your luck around. May have to join you in wearing Eau Premiere. Having a difficult time thinking of a protective eau…

    • Laila says:

      Oh, Melissa, sorry. Hope the day gets better for you!

      • melissa says:

        Now that you mention it, I did just get a delivery notification for a new full bottle at home… I guess that’s looking up!

    • Robin says:

      Oh, so sorry! I had that day earlier this week, so hopefully won’t have it again.

    • AnnS says:

      I hope your luck is better over the weekend – it’s better to get all the bad stuff out of the way at once. Eau Premier is a great choice!

  5. PetronellaCJ says:

    I have been wearing my vintage Jean Patou Moment Suprême. Lavender is calming but I rarely find it appealing in perfume. This is one of the rare exceptions.

    Also made it into the city and got to smell Diptyque Geranium Odorata and FM Eau de Magnolia. Both very nice, maybe a bit on the safe side though. Not reached my verdict yet :).

    • Robin says:

      I almost don’t want to smell the Eau de Magnolia.

      • Omega says:


        • Omega says:


          • melissa says:

            My personal feeling is I’ll either love it too much and set all my perfume budget on fire, or I won’t and I’ll be so disappointed. I have to let magnolia season pass before I try it, I’m too emotional about them now.

        • Robin says:

          From what I’ve read so far, sounds like it’s a bit of a disappointment.

          • cazaubon says:

            I was definitely underwhelmed. I found it quite bland and generic.

      • galbanumgal says:

        My STC samps arrived, so am duly testing both: Malle magnolia, and Chanel Jersey parfum. The Malle isn’t right for me at all–very lemon-scented Mr Clean (and I usually do well with citrus). I think whatever they used to lend mossiness is smelling swampy on me. The Jersey is better than the edt, but a bit sweeter & more gourmand than I’m accustomed to.

        • Omega says:

          Oh no, too bad to hear about the Mag..disappointment too huh? Not sure if I wanna smell it now.

  6. floragal says:

    Warm, cozy, soft, happy = Cuir de Lancome, my SOTD. It’s a new fragrance for me, and I enjoy it immensely. I feel like I can never go wrong wearing this scent.

    • egabbert says:

      I feel that way about Cuir de Lancome too.

    • CM says:

      Great choice! Another vote for Cuir de Lancome – you can never go wrong with this one.

    • mals86 says:

      I love it too. I have backups, since it’s now getting hard to find.

      But I did go wrong with it once. :) I wore it – just a smidge, mind you – to a choral concert where I was performing, and the air conditioning in the venue failed. It was not a total disaster in terms of smelling *bad*, but in the heat of bodies close together it was overwhelming. I felt very conspicuous (particularly because I wasn’t supposed to be wearing any scent at all).

  7. Laila says:

    I am ‘lucky’ today to be on my way to spend the weekend in the Northwoods, a place where I always feel safe and happy. The tiniest spritz of Clinique Wrappings fills me with anticipation of cool crisp air and piney woods.

    When I arrive, at first I feel small and insignificant in the forest, but I soon draw strength and determination from the quiet protectiveness of the gentle guardians encircling me with their timeless presence. The complexities of the everyday life I’ve left behind recede and become unimportant, if only temporarily. Later, the softly swaying treetops rock me to sleep like a baby, and from their leafy green canopy a blanket of peace and tranquility soon covers me. Oneness within, I return to who I am, ready to face the world again.

    I wear Wrappings whenever I need to remind myself of those special places that renew and revitalize me.

    • nebbe says:

      Just reading your comment gave me a Moment of Zen. A much needed moment. Thank you. Enjoy your weekend!

    • floragal says:

      Beautiful image you paint! I know what you’re talking about and appreciate the power of nature to get me in a better place at times.

      Curious to try Wrappings.

    • AnnS says:

      Your woods sound very beautiful and peaceful.

    • bastet says:

      So glad to see a mention of Wrappings! This is an old favorite, from before I knew anything about perfume – I stumbled across this one and Aromatics Elixir in a department store and wore little else for 20 years or so. You describe it so wonderfully. It always evokes the outdoors and more particularly an evergreen forrest.

  8. Janice says:

    I’m wearing Le Labo Vanille 44. It’s probably a cliché that my comfort scent is a vanilla (although I get as much incense as vanilla from this), and I hate that Le Labo’s “city exclusives” thing makes some of their stuff so hard to find… but honestly this is one of my favorite perfumes. I hope I can always manage to have at least a little on hand.

    • Robin says:

      It’s a great scent, and it’s not really a vanilla perfume to me either.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I love Vanille 44. I usually use it to layer with strong ambers, labdanum.

    • C.H. says:

      I considered wearing that today too! One of my favorites.

  9. Ericgmd says:

    Dior Eau Noire.
    May the darkness be offset by me!

  10. relleric says:

    SOTD is Rive Gauche Pour Homme (YSL). Best comfort scents for me are Idole EDP (Lubin), Black Cashmere (Donna Karan), Oud Wood (Tom Ford).
    Happy Friday the 13th! :)

  11. Ari says:

    I chose Neela Vermeire Creations Trayee. Wonderful Neela sent me a small bottle (which I could never have afforded myself at the time) when my brother was first hospitalized. It reminds me of the kindness and goodness of everyone in our perfume community.

    • johanob says:

      She’s such a nice lady!Love her creations too!

  12. perthgirl says:

    Today I smell like Organza Indecence :) it’s my warm, comforting, cozy blanket of a scent that always makes me relaxed and happy. In cool weather anyway :)

    • Oh yes. Organza Indecence can protect you from anything. :-)

    • hajusuuri says:

      There was such an Organza Indecence love 2 weeks ago that I just bought several samples and a mini. Have not yet tried it yet, though, but now I think I must wear it this weekend to see what all the hype is about!

      • perthgirl says:

        Oh do let us know what you think!
        If it’s quite warm where you are and it doesn’t work for you, (or tries to smother you to death) I hope you have faith enough to forgive it and try it again in cold weather :)

  13. cologneluvr says:


  14. cazaubon says:

    Wearing Annick Goutal Mon Parfum Chérie edt… it feels like a wonderful protection against the unending rainy weather and annoying people at work. :-)

    • Rappleyea says:

      The rainy weather may be my fault – I enjoy it! ;-)

    • AnnS says:

      I should retest MPC – I have a large decant of it hiding away. I was taken aback by the rough patchouli the fist time I sniffed it, but maybe now I am ready to tackle it…..

  15. trixiesweet says:

    I am afraid I couldn’t think of any particular Eau de Protection, so I just went with my usual these days, Osmanthus Interdite.

    BUT: if I had vintage Diorissimo, that would be my Eau de Protection. However, I only have the recent version and it is just too weak for me – plus it smells more lilac-y than lOTV-y to me.

  16. Jonette says:

    Montale’s Black Aoud. This, out of all my perfume collection is the one that most feels like “me”. If I could only select one scent to bring to a desert island, this would be it.

    This is what it would be like to don a beautiful, yet completely comfortable bespoke dress, or to see a really pleasing reflection of myself in the mirror.

    I don’t wear it that often, but it fills me with confidence and calmness and makes me feel that whatever beauty I possess, inside and out, is apparent.

    • johanob says:

      Yes!!That’s a perfect description of what perfume should be all about!!Love it!AND you smell fantastic today!;-))

    • Rappleyea says:

      Wonderful description, Jonette!

    • 50_Roses says:

      Why is it that when people are asked what they would bring to a desert island, nobody ever says “a boat”? ;)

      • Merlin says:

        Lol! um…good point :-D

      • melissa says:

        Maybe one of the new L’Artisans — you could use the vats they come in as a raft!

      • C.H. says:

        Hahahahaha. +1!

      • AnnE says:


    • Laurels says:

      That’s such a lovely tribute that A) Black Aoud is definitely going on my List, and B) I wish I’d chosen my version of that scent, instead of the one I went with.

  17. johanob says:

    SOTD!More comfort than protective,although it does seem to shield me from the Winter chills!Nobile 1942 Cafe Chantant!LOVELY black cherry note,soft Heliotrope.I’ve been wearing it a lot these past few days.Eau de Protection does remain a favorite rose perfume in my wardrobe!Happy Weekend people!;-))

    • nozknoz says:

      I should try that one – I love their Ambra Nobile!

      • johanob says:

        It sounds Very sweet,almost gourmand from the notes listed,but it is actually very soft and mellow,good longevity and (to me!) perfect sillage!:-)

  18. nozknoz says:

    FYI, according to the Washington Post Capital Weather Gang blog yesterday, the full moon early this morning was a rare event. A full moon in June is referred to as the Honey Moon (it’s a bit warmer in color than at other times of the year). The last time one coincided with Friday the 13th was in 1918, and this won’t happen again until 2098. I looked for it, but there was heavy cloud cover here around 12:11 a.m., when it was officially full, so no luck (naturally!).

    That was not totally OT, as one of my favorite eaux de protection has a honey/beeswax note: la Via del Profumo Mecca Balsam. I’m more prey to anxiety rather than actual danger*, and the ancient resins of mecca balsam are a balm for the spirit.

    *Do let me know if there’s a perfume that will remind one to look both ways several times when crossing intersections with DC’s aggressive, distracted drivers!

    • Rappleyea says:

      I agree about Mecca Balsam! Love it! I also find SSS Incense Pure to be very calming, the effect of the natural frankincense.

      As far as alertness and focus – something with rosemary!

      • nozknoz says:

        I need rosemary, for sure!

        I also like SSS Tabac Aurea and find it a bit similar to Mecca Balsam.

        • Rappleyea says:

          Yes, I can see that. The difference for me is the white musk in TA. :-(

  19. foxbins says:

    I have a job that occasionally requires me to testify in court. On those days, I wear Bois des Iles–it’s comforting, calming, and not obtrusive. Over time it has become my go-to scent for stressful situations. I find it wearable all year.

  20. Rappleyea says:

    I don’t really think of perfume as “protection” (but I agree – it’s a great name), so I went with relaxing and comforting, seasonally appropriate of course – Jicky. If we had done this in the winter it would be either L’Heure Bleue or Double Vanille.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I considered SDV today but the misty warm weather is too yucky for it.

      • Rappleyea says:

        Yeah, temperature really makes a difference with that one. I’m afraid it would strangle me with the humidity today!

  21. teri says:

    Working in male dominated industries (steel, then oil and gas) and doing a job a man would traditionally do, I often have to go head-to-head with some pretty intimidating personalities who don’t necessarily welcome a women in their workplace. When I don my overalls, steel toes and hard hat, I also grab Serge Lutens’ Gris Clair. It’s serious, cool, calm and collected – all of the things I need to be when I walk into the den of lions, as it were. It truly is my liquid courage….and doesn’t cause a hangover! ;-)

    So the SOTD for today is Gris Clair. Are you hearing me roar? :)

    • nebbe says:


    • 50_Roses says:

      I am a chemist in a refinery laboratory, so I am sure we could trade some stories. I think it has gotten better, though, in the 20+ years that I have been working. The worst offenders were the older generations who just never would accept the idea of women in their workplace. I actually got started early being in a male-dominated environment. I grew up with three older brothers(no sisters), and in college I would sometimes be the only female student in an upper level chemistry class.

      • teri says:

        My dad was a metallurgist and worked for years in the R&D lab of a major steel producer, so I’m definitely sure we could trade some stories! And you’re right, it is better now. I entered the work force in the late ’70s and when the government first started demanding more gender equality in the workforce in order to award major contracts, I was plucked from a more mundane job, along with another recent grad in my same area, and retrained as a quality inspector/auditor/trainer. Trying to get union supervisors with 30 years of experience and byzantine views on the role of women in the workforce to understand that we two twenty-something females could and would shut down their production lines was a real test of character. I’m so glad I stuck with the work all of these years, though. I’m nearing retirement age and I take great pride in having been able to smooth the path for the younger female members of my profession. I’m sure you can also relate to that feeling. :)

    • leathermountain says:

      Thank you.

  22. scentfromabove says:

    SOTD is Modern Muse by Estee Lauder. I totally forgot about the theme for today. This isn’t my happy scent, but I do like it a lot. I chose it today because I haven’t worn it in a while. I know people have mixed feelings about it, but it smells amazing on me. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

    • rebeccat94 says:

      I’m wearing Modern Muse as well. I am almost at the bottom of my sample and I love it. Considering maybe buying a full sized bottle once I finish the sample!

  23. VeraJayne says:

    Hi everyone! Wearing Isis perfume oil that I got in a Wicca store years ago when I dabbled.13 used to be a lucky number, we shall see lol

  24. Sutterfield says:

    SOTD is Bvlgari Black. I only just smelled it yesterday, and immediately bought a wee decant. It may be my favorite fragrance so far in my newbie perfumista travels. It’s perfect for Eau de Protection day too, since it makes me feel tough and sexy at the same time. There’s something in the middle that reminds me of the hill country too – maybe that’s the cedar combining with tire/asphalt. And then woodsy vanilla in the dry down…amazing. It’s definitely the most “me” scent I’ve come across so far and I’m all a-dither over it.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I love Bvlgari Black! I got a FB at Scentiments a little over a year ago for a huge discount. I don’t recall the actual volume but it was the size of a hockey puck, for $26 including shipping.

      • Sutterfield says:

        I am already scouting for a FB and have found some good discounts. :D

    • Merlin says:

      Bulgari Black is the first perfume I bought after reading the Guide and becoming seriously interested in perfume!

      • Sutterfield says:

        Yes – I’d read about it in various places and it sounded so intriguing…though I really had no idea I’d love it this much! I forgot it was in the Guide…*goes to re-read the Guide review*

        • Merlin says:

          I was really intrigued by his description of it, and found Bulgari at a department store. What I didn’t know was that most department stores here didn’t carry it. In my newbie ignorance I actually thought he was talking about Jasmine Noir which was the only one on the shelf to have a black bottle. I smelled Jasmine Noir and was so disappointed! It was another raving review of his that I didn’t ‘get’. Then I happened to run into the real Bulgari Black at another store. I dubiously sniffed and still remember the dawning of that awesome sensation…

          • Merlin says:

            A kind of olfactory delirium, lol ;-)

  25. AnnS says:

    Everyone has such interesting choices above! These past 4 months or so, my major confidence/eau protection scent has been No 5, in pretty much any incarnation. My mantra has been “if Chanel could do it, I can do it”, as I continue to cope with massive stresses at work. It is a great fragrance for feeling all put together, or maybe even a hard luck: stand up straight, and get your Sh*t together girl!

    However, in the past, my confidence/eau protection fragrances kind of depended on if I’m going out of the house/to work/or needing to destress in the comfort of my home. OUT frags: No 19, Coco, Amouage Memoir Woman, AdP Iris Nobile, Magie Noire. IN frags: vintage Emeraude, Shalimar, AG Mandragore Pourpre, SSS Encens Lavande.

    • nozknoz says:

      FYI, five is a lucky number in the Middle East. I think that relates to the hand symbol (khamsa), which is also protective.

      • AnnS says:

        That is good to know – I always like numbers that have a harmonious shape, and 5 certainly does that. Thanks for the info.

  26. Eva S says:

    Going out to dinner with boss and collegues. SOTD is Mitsouko, my true Eau de Protection and fall-back scent for years.

  27. sweetgrass says:

    Went with Eau de Badass (aka Bulgari Black) today. I decided to layer it with a bit of Lush Rose Jam (partially because I was doing a little decanting this morning and had both of them on me anyway).

    • hajusuuri says:

      I should try this combo. Rose Jam is super sweet and the Bvlgari Black should temper it.

      • C.H. says:

        Ooh yes that sounds great!

      • sweetgrass says:

        It is a nice combo, but I don’t think it was right for today. I’ve been in a kind of cranky mood, and I think the Rose Jam is bothering me a bit.

  28. pyramus says:

    I thought about wearing a vintage chypre like Knowing extrait: some of them make me feel iron-clad and invulnerable. But I settled on CSP Amour de Cacao, which always wraps me a warm cozy protective cocoon.

    True story: last September I went on a trip to San Francisco. I was talking to my mother and told her we were flying on the 13th, which was the upcoming Friday. She said, “YOU’RE FLYING ON FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH?!” I said, “Mom, if planes regularly crashed on Friday the 13th, they wouldn’t let them fly on Friday the 13th.”

  29. austenfan says:

    I meant to wear my beloved Paris YSL, my oldest love. But as it is sunny and nice I craved something more summery I chose Delrae’s Amoureuse. Comforting in it’s own way.

  30. farouche says:

    I’m wearing AdP Iris Nobile in EDT for its calming presence. I have a few samples of the EDP as well and may buy a FB if I ever finish the EDT (which I very well may since I bought the bottle half full at auction and have made a serious dent in what remains!).

  31. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Angel Eau Sucre

    I wore this to have an Angel on my shoulders as protection. Four sprays and it is barely there 5 hours later. As with the previous times I’ve worn this, I’ll get the drydown a few hours later. Next time, I will layer this with Vanille 44.

  32. 50_Roses says:

    SOTD is Aftelier Secret Garden, just because it makes me happy. I have never had any qualms about Friday the 13th. I’m with Garfield on this one–I think Monday the 13th is a lot more scary, just because it is Monday!

  33. C.H. says:

    Blackberry & Bay. I considered some cozier scents but it’s much too hot for that, and this one really does smell to me like someone bottled happiness!

    • Laurels says:

      An excellent choice!

  34. Merlin says:

    The concept of Eau de Protection makes immediate and complete sense to me! Is there another reason for wearing perfume? My usual amulet is either Chergui or L’occitane’s Ambre but neither assisted me in falling asleep last night. As a result I was unsure of their power this morning and so I am wearing Gaultier 2, my favorite and only Gaultier scent! And, for a little extra magic I also have a spritz or two of Imithi (a patchouli vanilla with woody tones).

    I’m still more or less intact so I guess this combo works ;-)

    • cazaubon says:

      Oh I love Gaultier 2 as well. It is fantastic layered with Timbuktu, I get compliments on this combo whenever I wear it.

  35. Bee says:

    I wear 31 r Cambon when I need a confidence boost, so I wore it today to honour the day’s motto, but it’s too warm for it. I have food for thought now, why don’t I have a summer time equivalent? Do I need one? Questions, questions..

  36. Abyss says:

    I had my second to last exam today; one more next week and it will be the end of a month long exam period, phew!

    Wore a couple of discreet dabs of Cuir de Russie EDT. It’s warm and slightly muggy here, but I thought it worked quite nicely.

    • Rappleyea says:

      Good luck! And I love CdR edt in the heat.

  37. I’m on the same page as Laila- something that brings me home to the north woods of New Hampshire is very centering and soothing. I think I’d have to choose DS & Durga’s Sir- spicy as the autumn undergrowth, it also has big arms- masculine and warm- that wrap right around you. It might be a bit dirty for some, but the first scent I ever loved was the earth crushed into the lines of my chubby palms. Nothing is safer than the heart of a leaf pile.

  38. thegoddessrena says:

    Spritzed my sheets last night with Lann Ael since I can’t really wear it anymore and it brought me a dream of inheriting jewelry, which means forthcoming prosperity in an unexpected way–I’ll take that! Actually wearing my current favorite scent of Jardins d’Armide for the happiness boost

    • perthgirl says:

      I dreamt I made friends with a psychic healer of guinea pigs! :-D I wonder what that meant?! Lol

  39. AnnieA says:

    Decided to wear the actual Eau de Protection today. It says “protection’ in the way of a big sister wading into a knot of schoolyard bullies.

  40. ihadanidea says:

    Feminite du Bois from Uncle Serge. Confidence in a bottle, for me anyways.

    • nozknoz says:

      That’s an amazing perfume!

      • ihadanidea says:

        Isn’t it? It’s the one that pushed me over into fragrance love. And for whatever reason, I feel like the best version of myself in it.

  41. meredifay says:

    This morning a cheerful rose geranium room spray -this sfternoon, Marni at work. The person who always complains is gone. So I’m letting the world know how it should be! Lol…

    • Delacey says:

      I love Marni, but find I actually don’t put it on that often. Should remember to choose it more often.

  42. hatspy says:

    A cool spritz of 4711 atop a small base spritz of Jo Malone Vetiver.

  43. platinum14 says:

    I wanted to wear Bvlgari Black for it name, for it’s warm vanilla, for my all time favorite Lapsang tea note and for that weird enough rubber note that could keep evil at bay.
    But… as it is hot and humid here, I went with my summer protection in a bottle, Eau de Courreges. Helps me keep my cool when the weather is anything but.

  44. leathermountain says:

    My most protective eau is Nicolai’s L’Eau MiXte, which I ought to have worn today, because I needed it. Maybe it’s not too late.

    As for last night, a bit of Baghari, spritzed lightly below the waist (last night I tried hips, which worked well with my pj’s), really smoothed the way to sleep. Something about the orange and the powder and the aldehydes of my foremothers…. I don’t know, but it works.

    And I just received some Atlas Cedar EO, which has this strongly dry, solid quality, much less piney and camphoraceous and sweet than what I normally associate with the idea of cedar. It’s striking me with some protective potential, as in “I am a solid block of hardwood. Just try and mess with me.”

    • CM says:

      It’s never too late! I love L’Eau Mixte!

  45. CM says:

    My EDP (Eau de Protection) is Amouage Fate!

    I was trying to decide between Fate and Chanel #19 and ultimately decide on Fate for today – it’s cozy and comforting.

    While #19 is a great “power scent”, it’s been so stressful this week at the office that I needed something soothing and calming and quietly strong. I love Fate’s sparkling powdery and spicy incense. It’s never cloying or overpowering and is always just right. I’m just as likely to wear this to bed as I am to the office or on a date. That’s perfection, isn’t it??

  46. Delacey says:

    I consider Prada’s Infusion d’Iris Absolue as a perfect protector, but very much a cool weather/cashmere sweater sort of scent. I had been trying to figure out what I would wear instead, given that it’s summer…. and then I woke up to such a misty, wet day, the rain soft but soaking, and it seemed better than a raincoat. It’s making me feel warm and dry and impermeable.

  47. flannery says:

    Friday the 13ths don’t bother me since I don’t believe in ‘luck’, but when I want a cozy comforting scent on a cool wet day like we’re having today, I gravitate to some of my Mona di Orio fragrances and today it is lovely Violette Fumee. As usual it is a deeply satisfying scent that envelops like a warm shawl :)

  48. anngd says:

    Chose PoTL Luctor et Emergo, which has been my protection scent for years, but in the humidity and dreary rain it’s feeling too strong and church-y. I’ll have to find a summer protection scent. Not afraid of the 13th; today went well.

    Forgot to comment yesterday, which was an Azemour day. I wear perfume every day. It’s like mascara and lipstick – I don’t feel dressed without it.

    • Merlin says:

      I quite often go without the lipstick and given my sensitive eyes am almost always without mascara. But I’ll probably be wearing several scents to make up for it, lol!

      • anngd says:

        It’s interchangeable. I once thought a perfect manicure was essential. It’s becoming easier to let some things go, or trade them off week to week :-).

  49. I planned to wear Amouage Beloved, and then actually did it, because Amouages always seem to me like sufficient armor for anything.

    I’m not sure Beloved was the right choice, though; it was kind of big in the humid rainy morning, and then inside in dry air-conditioning it kind of disappeared. Now I’m thinking I should have worn Dia. Or even Gold.

    Still a number of perfumes I can’t find from the move. I know they’re somewhere.

    • Oh, but I should add: I got my toenails done yesterday (only my second pedicure ever!), and the woman who did them for me said that if I have no children, I have best luck; she told me this was an old Korean saying.

      So apparently my luck is so good I didn’t need an Amouage today anyway. :-)

    • anngd says:

      Gosh, I would weep if I lost an Amouage.

    • bonardi says:

      Unseencer, like you, I love beloved as well..I also have dia but it irritates me after one hour, too loud in soap.
      But GOLD…Just cannot describe this scent. I always read ‘heavy, massive etc.
      To me it’s not like wearing perfume but you just smell so good yourself. In summer I never know what to wear ( also because I am still looking for a signaturescent) And my chypres (knowing, eau du soir are too loud for me) But gold is perfect!!

    • mals86 says:

      You’ll find those bottles. They’ll turn up somewhere…

  50. sllat says:

    I’m wearing Annick Goutal’s Mandragore Pourpre for it’s herbal and witchy qualities, especially on Friday the 13th!

  51. Bear says:

    Chanel Egoiste (always disliked the name, didn’t buy it for a few years because of the name. Seems silly of me now).
    Rosewood (very cinnamon-y), sandalwood and plummy roses. Fantastic!!! Second only to Shalimar as my favourite all-time fragrance. :D

    • Merlin says:

      To an English ear it sounds like its called Arrogance, lol!

    • nozknoz says:

      Great choice! I was put off, too, by the creative but noisy video – so glad I finally tried it!

  52. Gi says:

    Eau de protection was Eau des Merveilles. It was a split decision between this and Chanel 19 which has been my companion since teenagerhood, but today Eau des Merveilles won.

    It makes me feel happy, and brings me to one of the loveliest moments in my life…a road trip that found us stopping at a little by-the-roadside motel on the Oregon coast. Felt like I saw God when we walked out to find a beach with monster waves, nobody else on the beach, water-polished rocks, and the brightest orange sunset I’ve ever seen. Heaven.

  53. Absolute Scentualist says:

    I took your idea, Robin, and am putting on some Rossy de Palma Eau de Protection this evening after wearing some Mandarine-Basilic this morning to start the day with a bit of brightness and optimism. It’s been a pretty good day (tried a new recipe for iced fudge popsicles using Valrona cocoa powder and they’re delicious) though sadly, my Marni samples didn’t show up. Here’s hoping the rest of the evening goes well and that everyone has a great Friday and wonderful weekend.

  54. hannahmom says:

    SOTD – Chanel No 5 EDT. My 1st real perfume, and it always makes me feel as if I am 10 feet tall and bulletproof. It always seems right to me, and I do not give it nearly enough love.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I have the travel atomizer and it basically lives inside my suitcase. It is works in any weather / temperature and because I use it primarily when I’m on vacation, I associate it with good things. My only complaint is that it doesn’t last long on me but then again, perhaps that’s good — perfect for an evening out and it doesn’t linger.

  55. AnnE says:

    My HG and my own, personal l’Eau de Protection are the same thing: vintage Vol de Nuit (just EDT today). I am invincible. :-)

    • Rappleyea says:

      Vintage VdN is the closest I come to an HG too! Scent sister!! :-)

  56. tiffanie says:

    Today is the first day of summer break for our family. I needed Jour d’Hermès to get going in the morning and then Iris Ukiyoé to keep going this afternoon. I have felt a gentle water-color bubble of protection around me today thanks to Jean-Claude Ellena.

    • nozknoz says:

      Iris Ukiyoé isn’t mentioned as often as some of the other Hermessences, but it’s my favorite.

  57. Mary Carol says:

    I like to put some POTL on to make me feel good about everything. I have it on today. It was of of the first perfumes I bought after falling down the rabbit hole.

  58. missionista says:

    I don’t really have a scent I associate with protection, so I went with one I associate with luck: Crabtree & Evelyn’s Jasmin de Provence. I always used to wear it when I was “on the pull” and it almost always worked! :) My dance card is pretty full these days, so I don’t wear it as often, but it was fun to put it on today.

    For mental protection today, I wore my favorite necklace, which has a pendant shaped like a sword.

  59. Laurels says:

    I went with luck and chose Agent Provocateur L’Agent. I’d mentioned in a Lazy Weekend Poll that I’d like a less peppery version of Parfum Sacre, and APL’A was one of the next few samples I tried. Then I found a tester for a great price, right after my birthday when I had a little cash burning a hole in my pocket. Plus, I’ve been wanting to wear it anyway.

    As for good luck on Friday the 13th, I learned how to use a new formula (admittedly an easy one) in Excel today without pulling out any of my hair, and I think I finally got my Mom’s new laptop in working order. Now I just need to get her to stop downloading every single bit of malware and adware on the Internet.

  60. hajusuuri says:

    Laurels! What a coincidence! I also learned a new function in Excel on Friday…and I’ve been using Excel for years. Not quite as life-transforming as pivot tables but saved me 4 steps each time I want to do the same thing with large data sets.

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