Tuesday scent of the day 6/17


What's your fragrance today? Is it perfect, or do you wish you were wearing something else?

I am practicing for Fruity Friday (coming up this Friday!) with L'Artisan Ananas Fizz. It is absolutely perfect, I should wear it more often.

So this Friday is Fruity Friday, and the following Friday, the 27th, will be Forgotten Friends Day — wear something you haven't worn in ages, or that you tend to forget that you own, or the like.

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.

Note: top image is Ananas [cropped] by leafar at flickr; some rights reserved.

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  1. lucasai says:

    Hi Robin (waving)!
    I’m wearing Violette Sacree from Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger today. It’s really a nice perfume.

  2. Coumarin says:

    I’m scentless today, hoping to run by my local Saks to hopefully try the new Eau de Magnolia. If not, maybe I’ll finally try La Parfum de Therese. I’ve never put it on skin. Plus maybe some classic (if reformulated) Diors, and hopefully Velvet Orchid! A tall order. :)

    • melissa says:

      That sounds like a great day!

    • floragal says:

      Fun! Enjoy!

    • morgana says:

      Coumarin, please report back on Eau de Magnolia

      • Coumarin says:

        Apparently both of the Malles mentioned are exclusive to the boutiques and Barneys. Heartbreak! The test strip of Velvet Orchid is a lot fruitier than I expected!

        • morgana says:

          Ah, all this exclusive business is boring (as are the “fruitier than expected” fragrances …)

  3. SophieC says:

    Today’s is After my own Heart. I think some talk of lilacs recently made me think of this and it was lovely this morning but has now rather faded I think. I am intrigued by the fruity idea and reassured that Parfum de Therese might count!

    • Robin says:

      Oh, of course — no rules other than fruity!

    • trixiesweet says:

      Le Parfum de Therese is actually a great idea, had not thought of that!

  4. relleric says:

    SOTD is Egoiste (Chanel). I never cared for this back in the day, but sure love it now. :)

  5. melissa says:

    SOTD is Cartier La Panthere, which works much better now that it’s gotten hot out. (They should have released BV Lys Rose in spring and this one now, rather than the reverse.) But it’s not my perfect choice for today — I picked it mostly because I knew it would be gone by this evening. I have a dressy work event, and brought samples of both Rose Anonyme and Bois de Iles to make a gametime decision. I’m much more looking forward to wearing one of those.

    • Robin says:

      I will try my Panthere again soon, but admit I am not looking forward to it.

    • C.H. says:

      Oh good idea, I’ve been meaning to circle back to that as well.

  6. egabbert says:

    I’m wearing Badgley Mischka Fleurs de Nuit, an old sample I was curious to try again. To quote my husband, it’s “pretty f&@*ing far from perfect.” Actually it’s pleasant enough, just much cleaner than I like in a jasmine scent.

    • Robin says:

      LOL…it’s maybe not that long a walk from ‘pleasant enough’ to ‘pretty f&@*ing far from perfect’ :-)

      • egabbert says:

        Somehow the phrase is funniest when whatever you’re talking about isn’t all that bad!

    • bastet says:

      I have a small purse spray of Fleurs de Nuit, and I enjoy it as a well-behaved and unobtrusive office scent. I suppose “pleasant” is the best way to describe it, but there are times when pleasant feels just right.

      • egabbert says:

        Oh yes, it’s a perfect office or dentist appointment type scent. I work from home so I usually want something loud and obnoxious :)

  7. VeraJayne says:

    SOTD is Balmain Ambre Gris which I got a while back and only wore once. So I thought I should give it some love. Pouring rain here in Alberta so it seems perfect.

    • morgana says:

      Do you smell any ambergris in that one?

      Any recommendations for the best ambergris fragrances (that really smell of ambergris) to try?

      • VeraJayne says:

        I think it is more of an idea of ambregris than the smell of the real thing, which I think may be banned? Years ago I sniffed the real deal. Not sure anyone would want to smell like that lol.The Balmain does have an inky smell about it. May be someone will chime in?

        • morgana says:

          Good point about the smell of “the real deal” LOL. Yes, I am looking for “an idea of ambergris” as that is the only thing I know, but I like it and would be eager to include an ambergris fragrance in my collection. I’ll look for a sample of Balmain.

        • C.H. says:

          Now I’m curious, is it actually banned or just so difficult to source that as to be practically impossible to use commercially?

          • morgana says:

            I am not the right person to talk about this, but my understanding was that people are still collecting it on the beaches (after it has matured in the ocean), yet the cost is so high that only those in natural perfumery are possibly/rarely using it. However, my question was actually about the ambergris smell in easily obtainable fragrances, and I am totally fine with synthetic stuff (as long as it is well-done) and definitely do not care about the pheromone bs etc.

  8. rose pepper says:

    SOTD is Chanel Cristalle EDT. Feels perfect for a hot day. So perfect that my sample is almost gone and I want a FB.

    • AnnS says:

      Good Choice! It’s almost time for me to start wearing Cristalle. Once we get over 80 consistently, and summer is really here, it is one of my favoreit scents.

  9. foxbins says:

    Today is Malle’s Iris Poudre. I am quite liking it; most of my iris fragrances are the carrotty kind, and this is aiming for the flower. Not too much powder, either, though it’s there. I think this would make a really nice wedding scent–feminine, pretty, and wouldn’t overwhelm the bride or choke out anyone who got close.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I think the dry-down of Iris Poudre is just absolutely fabulous! This is my one and only FM FB; the rest of my FM collection are decants, samples or travel sprays.

    • mals86 says:

      Love Iris Poudre!! I’m with hajusuuri, the drydown is so gorgeous – so fluffy. I’m not much of an iris fan, but aldehydes+tonka is pretty much perfect for me. I love that.

  10. Merlin says:

    I’m having what Johanob has coined a ‘testerday’! I have Ligea la Sirena on one wrist and Dana’s Chantilly on the other. One reviewer claimed the former reminded him of the latter (and he disliked them both). Although I usually find the Chantlly quite strong, the powerful Ligea has shot it out the water in terms of density and sillage. It is also much sweeter. Nevertheless, I do like Chantilly in all it’s powdery bergamot restraint. It’s just can’t compete with the seductive abandon of Ligea!

    • Laila says:

      Happy Testerday! I’m a fan of vintage Chantilly, have it in various forms. My favorite is a bottle of Houbigant’s Chantilly bath oil, the round sunburst bottle is beautiful and the scent is still divine!

      • Merlin says:

        The original really does sound wonderful!

      • AnnS says:

        Laila: I wore my mom’s Chantilly when I was a girl, and it always felt very special to me. I have a bottle of whatever is “current”, and it is still a nice powdery soft fragrance. I often wear the dusting powder for fun. The fragrance only lasts for just a little while and then I can layer something on top of it.

    • Laurels says:

      Oh, Ligea is a lot of fun! It’s a convertible-with-the-top-down and huge sunglasses sort of perfume. I don’t remember Chantilly, really, but Les Nereides Opoponax is similar to, but less powdery than, Ligea.

      • Merlin says:

        Glad to find another fan – it is the only scent I have that my boyfriend actively dislikes! (And I think it is such a sensual perfume…)

  11. Janice says:

    SOTD is Bois des Iles. This one pretty much always feels like the right choice!

  12. ceebee_eebee says:

    Today I’m wearing Guerlain “Insolence” because I decided that’s the scent that Effie Trinket would wear. And today I’m doing stealth Effie cosplay with pink eyeliner and mascara. Trust me, it looks awesome. :)

    • rose pepper says:

      Pink eyeliner sounds fun! I love having a theme for my makeup, clothes, and perfume :)

      • ceebee_eebee says:

        It’s fabulous! Dior came out with the matching liners and mascaras and I couldn’t resist the pink one. They also have purple and…blue, I think? I’m totally in love.

        • sweetgrass says:

          That sounds neat! I would go for a blue or purple. I’ve got a sparkly green eyeliner that I love (Pixi Emerald Gold Endless Silky Eye Pen), but I’d like to have a good blue one too.

  13. trixiesweet says:

    SOTS was Lys Soleia. I really enjoy it for the first hour, then it fades and now I am catching tiny whiffs from my wrists while typing. Wish it lasted longer.

    As an aside, I love this SOTD discussions, but I don’t post every day as I have a small collection (by perfumista standards) and I tend to wear a perfume for more than 2 days in a row, up to a week. For summer, I am rotating between Lys Soleia and Osmanthus Interdite – oh and Silences for when it’s over 35 degrees Celsius.

    For Fruity Friday I am considering either Le Parfum de Therese (which was in fact SophieC’s idea above) or … Osmanthus Interdite – boriiiiing, I know!

    • Merlin says:

      Is Osmanthus Interdithe boring? Oh no! It was probably either that or Philosykos for me :-) I was however wondering whether citrus frags count as fruity? That could also open the way for colognes…

    • MikasMinion says:

      I was just thinking the same. I tend to wear something for a week or two before I switch and I default to my easy favorites fairly frequently. Have been just browsing and not posting because “No. 5 again” seems like a pretty dull post. I have jury duty today so am feeling a but dull (and cold and bored).
      I find that I actually don’t mind that others get in a rut but feel pretty self conscious about it for myself. SOTD posts have prompted me to whip out some neglected samples though.

      • AnnS says:

        No 5 is never boring, lol! You could always mention something you are dying to test and see if anyone has any comments about it….

        • MikasMinion says:

          Guess you are right. How about predictable? I came home and spritzed myself with Pan. I am no longer boring. I am a goaty herb garden!

          • AnnS says:

            Herbs are good!!! Goats are cute…. Definitely not a predictable choice.

  14. orl says:

    SOTD is Ormonde Man and it is great as always

  15. The Bark says:

    I am smelling of Creed’s Selection Verté today. Smells pepperminty and it goes on tingly, too!

  16. nozknoz says:

    Nothing during the day today, but last night I was wearing a touch of Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel. It had been on my want-to-buy-but-do-I-really-need-another-vetiver-focused-scent,-especially-one-that’s-not-available-in-the-U.S. list since 2009. It’s now showing up on Amazon (no affiliation) at less than extortionate prices (perhaps because of the changing packaging?), so I finally hit buy. Very nice – I’ll get a lot of wear out of this.

    • Bee says:

      you’ve made me want to try it again, just have to find where my sample disappeared to

    • jirish says:

      Love Fleurs de Sel, and feel that it really doesn’t get enough attention – perhaps because it is so difficult to get hold of.

    • AnnieA says:

      This perfume immediately sends me to a beach on a sunny, cool day.

    • AnnS says:

      FdS reminds me of the smell of Greece. I know that sounds silly – I did study abroad a hundred years ago. It must be the dryness and the sage, or whatever is in there. I tested it a few years ago and liked it very much, but never enough for FB. Perhaps you can’t have enough vetivers! (Oh, and btw, speaking of Miller Harris, I finally caved and bought some Geranium Bourbon after hemming and hawing for a few years. I just didn’t feel like dealing with the limited distribution issues, and went for it. I didn’t want to deal with a price gouge, you know?)

  17. Bee says:

    Hippie mood = l’air de rien, love it in the summer

  18. thegoddessrena says:

    Wearing Habit today since it’s my perfect clinic scent but really wish I was wearing something bigger–either Haie Fleurie or Terracotta would suit my mood better. Any suggestions for things that fade ridiculously quickly so I can vary my clinic wardrobe? (I am not supposed to be wearing scent at all actually)

    • egabbert says:

      Philosykos lasts about 40 minutes on me …

    • Bee says:

      that’s easy, osmanthus yunnan, staying power nill (and I think I’m not alone), another one: bois des iles, I actually avoid them for that reason, but am not in your situation

      • thegoddessrena says:

        I think I’ll dig out my sample of osmanthe yunnan for tomorrow

    • happy888cat says:

      I have always been tempted to wear some fragrance under my scrubs too! I rarely do it but I always feel a little guilty when it happens. :(

      • thegoddessrena says:

        I can highly recommend Habit in solid form from Wild Veil for this purpose. It’s all natural, affordable and a really pretty scent for the 30-40 min it lasts on me .(and I have scent-glue skin normally). You can find it on etsy

      • MikasMinion says:

        That is where Vanilla Insensee works for me. Nobody is sure if they actually smell it but it still lasts, very politely and quietly, all day. Bvlgari Eau Parfumee Au The Rouge does the same for me. For the record, I am allowed scent because nobody has thought to ban it, but am always afraid a patient will complain and it will be over.

      • happy888cat says:

        Thank you so much for all the suggestions!
        I know right, once one patient says something, its the end. :(
        But I understand how smell can be a little overwhelming especially when you are not in top shape.
        I have recently been thinking of investing in more extracts too. They tend to have a much smaller sillage but so long lasting and beautiful, applied to the back of the ears, only yourself can really detect it. (If the patient can too they must be too close or the ventilation is too bad, which of course, should never happen ;) )

    • Merlin says:

      How about most L’Artisans, most of the Hermessance line and the majority of Chanel exclusifs. (Seville a’ Laube, Ambre Narguille and 31 Rue Cambon and Coromandel are exceptions!) But perhaps your skin does not corrode scent like mine does, lol.

    • hajusuuri says:

      CdG Red Carnation – 30 minutes but glorious while it lasted.

  19. teri says:

    I’m wearing the Tory Burch sample I got at Nordies last weekend. It’s not terrible, but it’s got that bug spray opening that seems to distinguish so many commercial scents these days. This will be a one-and-done for me.

  20. happy888cat says:

    Chanel Jersey Extrait today, again. Had to give a formal presentation so I opted for something with a low sillage, polished and “calming” (Lavender, work hard!).

  21. floragal says:

    Started the day wearing PdN’s Week End, the only LOTV I can stand — not so innocent with leather & oak moss notes – really gorgeous! Unfortunately, it wears off in an hour on me ;(

    I do hate that about some scents. Any ideas of a similar LOTV scent as Week End that lasts longer?

    • austenfan says:

      Maybe try Odalisque from the same house?
      Delrae’s Début is another beautiful green scent with a great LOTV note, and that one will last till the next day.

      • floragal says:

        Thanks for the recommendations. I’ll take a look at these!

  22. TeaInTheGarden says:

    I took the easy route, and followed you with Ananas Fizz. I have just a couple of drops left from a decant; it’s a load of fun!

  23. austenfan says:

    PdN’s Sacrebleu. It had been a while since I last wore it, bit it is every bit as lovely as I remembered. Mme de Nicolaï is a genius.

    • tomate farcie says:

      I totally agree plus one of the few houses that has 30 ml bottles!!

      • austenfan says:

        Which is so clever as it makes a purchase that much more affordable.

    • AnnS says:

      There are a few PdNs that I’d love to pick up if time and money were not object: Sacre Bleu, Vanille Tonka, and Just en Reve. I actually wish I had Just en Reve for the Friday fruity scent….

    • anngd says:

      Love PdN. Wish Eau Provence was still available.

  24. Laila says:

    Hot, humid and stormy here today. The last of my peonies are blooming, and I’m wearing the last of my peony scents, the original vintage Pivoine by Yves Rocher, (probably from the mid-90’s). Notes are white peony, mandarin, freesia, carnation and clove on a base of iris and sandalwood. White peonies are my favorite, and I can smell them in this scent. Its creamy milk glass bottle with the peony topper looks so pretty on my dressing table, too.

    Much lovelier and more complex than the current linear Pur Desir de Pivoine, the classic Pivoine would be a perfect peony scent if it weren’t d/c!

  25. Blithie says:

    SOTD is Tauer Perfumes Orange Star. This morning I was trying to decide between SL Eau Froide and Bulgari Black for an office day. I wasn’t in the mood for either so I went for the Orange Star and it is perfect for this lovely June day.

  26. sweetgrass says:

    SOTD is Lush The Smell of Freedom. I picked it because I hadn’t worn it in ages and decided it needed some attention.

  27. bastet says:

    I’m wearing Baiser Vole extrait, which is working really well for the office. And the lily scent somehow fits with my summery pink and cream dress, so I am happy with my choice.

  28. platinum14 says:

    I am breaking the rules at work here today and I am actually wearing a fragrance. Bergamotto Marino is perfect for this muggy sunny/rainy day. It helps me to feel cool and happy.

  29. scentfromabove says:

    Hello everyone! My SOTD is Amour Nocturne by L’Artisan. I love this fragrance!

    • morgana says:

      I remember not disliking Amour Nocturne (have to admit, I don’t really appreciate the name …).
      But last weekend, I tried Rappelle-toi. Wow, to my nose, that is some awful stuff! What is going on with L’Artisan?!

      • scentfromabove says:

        In the short amount time I have experienced some of their fragrances, it is either a hit or miss for me. Skin on Skin smelled absolutely horrible on me. I scrubbed my skin for hours trying to get it off. I am still on the fence with Deliria. Not sure if I like it or not.

        • morgana says:

          You are right — it may well be that the other two in the last group are much better … the one that I tried was just not the right thing for me (but possibly not so much like the older L’Artisan fragrances that I didn’t particularly care for; much more nasty and rather different in style …)

  30. 2rista says:

    Hi everybody! I’m wearing Un Jardin sur le Nil. It’s quite hot now and this is perfect in summer. In fact I’ve just bought a FB as I hadn’t owned one for some time. A big new perfume and beauty shop has opened 50 metres from my door so I just had to pay them a visit. It’s all pretty mainstream but they have a good selection of Hermès as well as lots of other perfume houses. No niche or indie brands however, which is a pity but not a bad thing for my pocket.

  31. jirish says:

    SOTD is PG Isparta and I am not regretting it, but am wondering if my tastes have changed so much that there is now not a single rose scent that I dislike! However, even though I like Isparta, it is not challenging by Killian’s Rose Oud for the top of my full-bottle-worthy list.

  32. rebeccat94 says:

    SOTD is Shalimar EDT. I find the EDT version to be light and powdery, with a touch of citrus. Perfect for such a hot day.

  33. AnnieA says:

    Wearing, slightly defiantly, TF Black Orchid Voile de Fleur. An office mate threw a fit last week about my perfume; after a bit of talk he calmed down and I worked out that it was my mid-day reapplying that was so disliked. I have promised to no longer reapply, but I also said that I would try all my perfumes in rotation and that it was up to him to mention if one was horribly obtrusive to him. We’ll see how that goes…

    • floragal says:

      Lol! Too funny. I love how you reapply in the office! Brave…

    • meredifay says:

      Wow, good excuse to wear everything to the office – “it’s a test!” LOL.

    • Merlin says:

      I think thats a great way of reaching a compromise. Nice that you can respect each other’s interests.

    • AnnS says:

      BO VdF is a great choice anyway! I like your moxy to solve your problem.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Great job compromising and you just created a free human tester. I’ll be watching for your posts since I have very sensitive family members. For example, my mom could not stand synthetic woods. My brother, who I don’t see often as he lives on the other coast hates florals.

      • C.H. says:

        Yes let us know how that goes! Am very curious to know which people are sensitive to.

  34. tomate farcie says:

    a little cooking, a little laundry and a lot of Yves Rocher Fleur d’Oranger. I love the simplicity of this and it’s great for layering!

  35. pyramus says:

    It was weirdly cold this morning (9 degrees Celsius) so I wore CSP Vanille Cannelle, which is so nice and spicy and warm.

  36. Elena says:

    Wore Jean Patou 1000 because of Victoria’s review even though it’s in the 80s and I was going to the pool with my daughter today. Normally I would wear that as a dressed-up, colder weather scent, but it worked really well in the heat and I kept catching whiffs of it when I was lying on my towel. It mostly washed off in the water though, but I’m going to put more on.

  37. meredifay says:

    Today, I am wearing Tokyo Milk’s Waltz 14. The linden keeps me cheerful all day long, and makes me want to find more linden centric scents. Anyone have any suggestions?

    • hajusuuri says:

      Tauer Zeta and April Aromatics Unter der Linden (probably butchering the spelling)

    • Laurels says:

      DSH Ma Plus Belle is wisteria and linden. It’s really pretty, although spendier than the TokyoMilk.

  38. Ida says:

    Bulgari Omnia Crystalline – at last, I finished the mini today (from those finicky tiny pull-lid bottles with opening instructions printed on the box!). I say at last, because I don’t particularly care for it, but a sensible streak in me says I should finish stuff, rather than just discard it! My process of maturing as perfumista needs to get to a stage where I just wear what I absolutely adore, I think! Anyone else have that “problem”?

    • rose pepper says:

      Yeah, I do that too. At least perfume you can give away or swap … I have too many partially used mediocre hair products I feel guilty throwing away!

  39. CM says:

    Having the worst day ever in to office but at least I smell good! Wearing a cloud of Dia today! I did get a perfume compliment as I walked by a teammate, so there’s a bit of positivity to my day. Viva la Dia!

    • AnnS says:

      I hope you have a better office day tomorrow. Suffering workers unite! Dia sounds like a good solution.

  40. AnnS says:

    It’s finally hot and wonderful in the Poconos, and I had a lovely little kindergarten graduation to go to today. I wore Cartier Baiser Vole edp b/c I wanted something really pretty and not too much. I am always surprised how long that fragrance lasts on me. But this evening I need a long day pick me up, so I put on some MIller Harris Geranium Bourbon b/c it has so much zing!

  41. Mary Carol says:

    I like Ananas Fizz and may wear it on Friday. Today I have Kildren (Persephenie) on. Not sure how it would wear is the humidity we now have, but it’s been good, so I think it was a wise decision.

  42. perthgirl says:

    Sotd was Velvet Orchid. I’m really quite liking this, more so than Black Orchid. I get no fruit at all, to me it’s slightly floral warm smooth fuzz, great for our cold weather.

  43. odonata9 says:

    Wearing AG Chevrefeuille today because I’ve been seeing honeysuckle everywhere lately. It was a good choice, though it’s pretty much gone by now. I really should try Ananas Fizz, sounds like something I would love.

  44. anngd says:

    Second day with a sample of Flowerhead. Loved the description but on skin it seems very linear, mostly jasmine. Beautifully done, although not my usual style.

    • mals86 says:

      I got all three flowers with that one – and unlike Parfums d’Empire 3 Fleurs, Flowerhead is pretty loud. I like it very much. If I were getting only jasmine, I probably wouldn’t enjoy it either.

  45. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Prada No. 2 Oeillet

    Yesterday, I reported that I wore this and found out last night that I had accidentally worn Odin No. 3 instead. (Long story why)

    The Oeillet is 1000 x better and lasted all day. I must start practicing for fruity friday!

  46. Filomena says:

    Today I wore Dans Tes Bras and my bottle of Eau de Magnolia also arrived and so of course I had to give that a little spray as well. I haven’t splurged on perfume in a long time and went a little overboard…but now I will be good until the Fall.

  47. Nightingale says:

    Bvlgari Omnia all day today and it’s absolutely perfect – no regrets at all!
    Ironic because the last time I had SOTD remorse I had been wishing I was wearing Omnia instead!

  48. mals86 says:

    SOTD was DelRae Wit. Glorious stuff for a sultry summer day… aaah.

  49. Sapphire says:

    SOTD was No. 5 Eau Premiere. It’s my birthday and it just felt right. Almost panicked this morning when I couldn’t find it for awhile. Totally ran out of time to find jewelry, but I smelled how I wanted. At my younger son’s baseball game and we just tied things up, so we may advance to the next game (playoffs). Testing Dior J’adore Voile de Parfum. Have been trying to decide whether to keep it or not. It starts out sort of cheap smelling, but dries to a nice, soft floral. Wondering who else has tried it. Scored some samples of Agonist Isis and Arctic Jade at a cute boutique in McKinney, TX yesterday. The Isis is really nice and may be my birthday present to myself. It has a nice peach note, so it might be SOTD tomorrow.

    • Robin says:

      Hope you had a lovely birthday!!

      • Sapphire says:

        Thanks, Robin. Of course, with the peach note, I meant Fruity Friday.

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