Tuesday scent of the day 6/24

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What's your fragrance at the moment? Do you usually stick with one fragrance for the whole day, or do you switch or layer as the day goes on?

I am wearing Parfums de Nicolaï Musc Monoï (review coming up later today). 

Reminder: this 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.

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  1. scentfromabove says:

    Good Morning NST Family. My SOTD is Deliria by L’Artisan. Its a really nice fragrance, but I don’t like it as much as I like their Amour Nocturne. Hopefully one day I can save up my pennies to purchase a FB of Amour Nocturne. I wouldn’t purchase a FB of Deliria, but it is a nice fragrance, nevertheless. Hope everyone has a “Terrific Tuesday”.

    • scentfromabove says:

      I usually stick to one fragrance all day. I am heavy-handed when it comes to fragrance, so I put on enough to last the whole day. :)

    • Robin says:

      *grumbling about prices of the “Explosions”*

  2. melissa says:

    SOTD is L’Artisan Mure et Musc EDT. I shower after work/exercise and usually have a different scent, often a body product or maybe some samples, for the evening and bed. Last night’s was Annick Goutal Rose Absolue on one arm and Phaedon Tabac Rouge on the other.

  3. relleric says:

    SOTD is Aubusson Homme. I rarely layer fragrances, although last week I think I had 4 different things on during the course of one day…

    • Robin says:

      We should do a poll on most fragrances worn at one time ;-)

  4. Nile Goddess says:

    Guerlain Terracotta summer fragrance.

    It’s a cold summer in Prague but still I’m in the mood for light fragrances with medium sillage but great tenacity :-)

    Which is not easy to find as eau de colognes are too fleeting and the others too loud.

    If I remember and have anything handy, I may apply something at the end of the day, but not now as lindens are in blossom and I looove their fragrance. There is no human-made fragrance quite like it. Or is there – any suggestions? Except for the – sadly – discontinued Naked Honey.

    • aspazy says:

      I find Pretty Machine by Kerosene pretty much like linden, but it’s also pretty strong for summer.

    • lilylys says:

      I just went on holiday to Berlin and visited ‘Frau Toni’, only available there I believe. Bought a small bottle of their ‘Berlin linden’ and love it! I’m not sure of what real linden smells like but it does have a very natural summer like scent. Linear but lasts surprisingly long on skin.

    • egabbert says:

      Ma Plus Belle Histoire d’Amour from the DSH YSL collection is a nice linden perfume, though nothing really smells quite like the trees.

    • sweetgrass says:

      I really like Tauer’s Zeta for linden too, also Aftelier Honey Blossom. I don’t think linden grows in my neck of the woods, so I’ve never smelled the real deal to have a frame of reference.

  5. Janice says:

    I’m wearing a sample of Amouage Journey Woman. I like it so far—for a while at the beginning it smells almost like apricot jam, and it seems more complex than some other osmanthus scents like Osmanthus Interdite (which I like a lot) or Ormand Jayne Osmanthus. I’d love to hear from anyone else who’s tried this.

    I usually stick with one fragrance unless it disappears quickly, or unless I have several samples I’m impatient to try.

    And I’ve been curious about Musc Monoï, so looking forward to the review!

    • Robin says:

      I haven’t tried it yet, but if it’s very osmanthus-y I’d better :-)

    • ihadanidea says:

      Oooh – I think I someone gave me a sample of this, but I haven’t tried it yet – now it’s moving closer to the top of the priority list. Loving osmanthus lately.

    • CM says:

      I am patiently waiting for my small decant to arrive! Every review/description I read makes me think I’ll love it!

  6. floragal says:

    Oh good! I’m so glad you’re reviewing this!

    SOTD: Field Notes from Paris
    I’m kind of heavy handed, or I should say heavy fingered, when it comes to spraying on scents in the morning. I want to smell it as long as possible and some scents, like Field Notes, make it easier than others.

    • Robin says:

      Love Field Notes, wish I had a bottle!

      • floragal says:

        I’m pretty close to a FB myself ;)

        • hajusuuri says:

          I think it’s on sale at Bendel’s (the Field Notes from Paris)

  7. egabbert says:

    I’m wearing Spiritueuse Double Vanille. It’s looking like I’ll probably be moving in the next couple of months, so I’m trying to finish off my near-empty decants and this is one of them.

    I usually wear at least two fragrances per day.

    • Robin says:

      Ugh, so sorry you have to move (I mean, you’re probably looking forward to it, but boy I hate packing & unpacking)

      • egabbert says:

        No way! I mean, if we find a nice place I’ll look forward to being there and settled, but I dread dread dread the logistics of the move itself. (Moving in town can’t be as horrible as moving across the country though… our last move was 2000 miles.)

        • Robin says:

          Yep, I’ve moved cross-country several times over. Well, good luck, hope it all goes smoothly!

          • egabbert says:

            Thanks, me too!

  8. lucasai says:

    My SotD is Santal Superbe by Parfums Retro.
    How are you finding Musc Monoi? I really liked it!

  9. Bee says:

    After yesterday’s slight disappointment with L’eau de magnolia I checked out my bottles for other near-cologne scents and fished out Escale à Pondichéry, I prefer this one actually, it is spicier and has a good staying power. Colognes and near-colognes are still no favourites of mine, in summer I prefer vetivers as the “cool” alternative.

  10. orl says:

    SOTD is Lolita Lempicka au Masculin. Normally one, sometimes something else at nighttime

  11. Squirrely says:

    SOTD is Dzing. I had a morning meeting and wanted something subtle, but decidedly unfeminine.

    I have scent eating skin, so I get to do a SOTM and after work I can reapply or pick a whole new SOTE, which can be a nice way to separate work & play. I’m excited because my husband returned from the UK last night and brought me tons of goodies, including an atomizer from Penhaligon’s with Peoneve in it, which I can’t wait to try! (couldn’t spray it on last night, because I was already wearing something overwhelming).

  12. thegoddessrena says:

    One scent per day unless I’m out sampling. Today is Frejya from Wild Veil. I like Habit better but I think I’ll get a few other solids from them so that I’ll have a whole wardrobe of quickly disappearing scents for school clinic

    • melissa says:

      Have you ever tried Pacifica’s solids? I’d think they’d be perfect for subtle days at work, and they cost something like $9 so you could really flesh out that wardrobe. I have the solid of Nerola Orange Blossom and quite like it as a little pick-me-up.

  13. Tara says:

    SOTD – Bronze Goddess and Bronze Goddess Whipped Body Cream. I smell like a tropical paradise! Wish I was there instead of sitting at this desk.

  14. Laila says:

    I once was fortunate to spend several days in Nice. My favorite memory is my first glimpse of the Mediterranean from my hotel room balcony: For a full 5 minutes, I was totally mesmerized by the colors glinting in the sun, so many shades of green and blue I’d never experienced before and couldn’t even begin to count! Then quickly, the sun faded, clouds appeared, and that lovely sea turned slate gray and stayed that way the entire length of my visit.

    Even though I didn’t purchase this scent until long after my visit, my SOTD, Jean Charles Brousseau’s Ombre Bleue, brings back memories of that lovely visit and the duality of the sea; its ability to sparkle one minute and then become melancholy the next. I’m wearing the current edt, notes are supposed to be some combination of rose, jasmine, vanilla, plum, orange tree, LOTV, mimosa, tiare flowers and beeswax. The Art Deco bottle is gorgeous as is the blue lagoon-like juice it holds. This supposedly is a 2005 re-issue of the original scent from 1987, which was available in perfume and edp, a richer combination with enhanced amber, vanilla and sandalwood notes. I’m lucky to have a small bottle of the original perfume, which I wear only for those special moments. I’ve read that Ombre Bleue was designed to recall the scent of the early French sun-tanning oils, so it was really neat to see the ‘Ambre Solaire’ poster at the top (I had already chosen my scent when I saw this)!

    I usually stick to one fragrance per day, unless I’m going to a special event. Sometimes in the evening I might add a spritz or two of a similar scent.

    • Rappleyea says:

      What a lovely description of Ombre Bleue, and you’ve made me want to try it! I’m only familiar with Ombre Rose.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Agree with how sparkly the Mediterranean is from the Nice vantage point! The only meh part is that the beach has large rocks instead of sand, at least in the section I walked on!

  15. Mary Carol says:

    Today I put on PDN Grandes Vacances. It doesn’t have much staying power, but is nice to spray on right after a shower. I get lemon or some other kind of citrus and perhaps a little vetiver.

    I often apply something in the morning and then put something else on as SOTE.

  16. SophieC says:

    Today is Joy again with Prada Iris shower gel. Amazingly this too works. I tend to add scents during the day as I keep some at my desk and generally have some samples in my bag. Also, generally after a shower in the evening I will spray soemthing before bed – may be refreshing or gentle/relaxing/soft depending on the weather and mood.

    I am really looking forward to your review of Musc Monoi as I was keen to try to get to the shop to smell this one :)

  17. Rappleyea says:

    SOTD is Nahema. On me, it is the truest rose scent I’ve ever smelled.

    Since I have scent-glue skin, it will be my only perfume today. And even after a shower in the morning, I’ll still smell traces of it so will have to apply tomorrow’s scent to different spots.

  18. cazaubon says:

    I started the day off in CdG Ouarzazate, but it’s pretty much gone, so I think I will switch to something else. I normally have a scent of the day and a scent of the evening. Last night I put a spritz of L’Air du Désert Marocain on my chest and some L’Instant Millesime Iris on my wrists.

  19. teri says:

    My scent wearing philosophy is shower to shower. I keep the same scent on (unless, of course, it’s an experiment and a scrubber) until my next shower. That way I don’t mess up any laying I may do with lotion and/or other scented items.

    SOTD is biehl.parfumkunstwerke hb01. It’s a lovely honeyed-orange blossom/jasmine scent and oh so girly girl. I wore a chiffon print skirt and a lavender twin set today and it seemed very appropriate to the outfit.

    • kindcrow says:

      Hee, hee. That reminded me of Shower to Shower body powder. I imagined someone who only perfumes themselves with that powder :-) I’m in a silly mood today.

      • teri says:

        LOl! I was thinking the exact same thing when I type it. :)

        Hooray for silly moods!

  20. eutrapelia says:

    Les Jeux sont Faits Jovoy Paris for the whole day, because it changes during the day and I like to follow the changes.

  21. foxbins says:

    I am sampling MdO Violette Fumee today. It was a puff of smoke, and then pipe tobacco for quite a while. The violet is starting to creep in around the edges with a hint of sweetness. This became a skin scent on me really quickly so I probably will not go for a FB.

    I tend to put on perfume in the morning and wear it all day unless it’s gone and I notice it–then I might put on something else. Today is shaping up to be a two-scent day because VF is fading fast.

  22. kindcrow says:

    SOTD is Tuscan Blood Orange by Pacifica.

    I apply most things lightly (don’t want to offend my senses or the senses of my co-workers) and re-apply during the day if needed. That’s why I like rollerballs — they allow for silent application and less fragrance becomes airborne. I’m not sounding sneaky, am I? :-)

    I rarely apply a new scent in the evenings, but I will sometimes give new samples a “pre-test” on the back of my hand or arm (a place that’s easy to scrub) when I get home from work.

    • Squirrely says:

      Love Tuscan Blood Orange – I keep a bottle of the body butter in my desk for afternoon pick-me-ups, it’s so fresh and juicy.

  23. rose pepper says:

    I usually either reapply in the evening or pick a new scent. I tend to try new samples or re-try something I am unsure of in the evening. I also like putting on a scent for going to bed – I especially like Coco and Shalimar as bedtime scents. SOTD today is Sa Majeste La Rose. Not sure what I will try tonight – maybe I’ll add an even darker rose ;)

  24. pyramus says:

    Jacomo de Jacomo, one of the first scents I ever bought, in 1981, on a trip to France. It’s still in production, though God only knows what it smells like now — but I bought a fresh bottle about ten years ago and it was unchanged, still pure masculine sophistication. (The company’s website lists notes that sound like the original composition, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.)

    • platinum14 says:

      I love J de J and It’s been in my regular rotation since the early 80′ too.

  25. platinum14 says:

    Not always, but certainly at this time of the year, I do switch fragrance, usually late afternoon.
    Mornings are reserved for the fresh citrus, herbal. cologne type fragrances. After a late afternoon shower, I start again with something more sophisticated.
    Evening are for chypre, for leather, for woody spicy, even for a little amber. It’s like and extra luxury, to go with a pre-dinner cocktail.

    • platinum14 says:

      … and SOTD is Eau d’Hadrien

  26. Delacey says:

    This morning has been grey and rainy. I’m trying my sample of Balenciaga Paris L’essence again. I know many didn’t like it as well as the original Paris, but I found that too sweet for my taste. I think I prefer L’essence, though I don’t know that I’d need a FB of it.

    • Nightingale says:

      If you have a Tjmaxx/Marshalls near you, you might want to check out their fragrance collection. Every few weeks or so I spot a bottle of L’essence.

      • Delacey says:

        Good to know. I live in Canada, so we have Winners, but it’s all part of the same company. I’ve become addicted to checking their perfume selection, and have managed a few good finds. I live in a pretty small city and don’t have access to anything beyond department store/limited Sephora for sampling or buying, and so the random selection at Winners can sometimes yield more interesting options. Lots of blind buys, but I’ve never had a problem returning things I don’t want to keep. I haven’t seen any of the Balenciagas, but I’ll keep my eyes open.

  27. nebbe says:

    Wearing Samsara while dealing with a deeply frustrating matter and it is the scent support/comfort that I need right now. Boo. Hiss.

  28. ihadanidea says:

    I have a little Oliban by Keiko Mecheri on my wrists, thanks to a generous sample someone named Joanna gave me last year. I’m loving it.

    Lately, I’ve been applying several times a day, depending on how long what I’m testing lasts. I have a bunch of samples at work and I’m enjoying trying them as I please, in addition to the morning scents and the bedtime scents…but this frequency of application is a pretty new trend for me.

    I’m just having so much fuuuuuuun…

    • morgana says:

      I remember being intrigued by Keiko Mecheri’s Oliban but never got a chance to try it — it must be lovely!

  29. CM says:

    I’m wearing Fate today (again). This one gets lots of love from me. It would be great in extrait form!

    Typically don’t reapply during the day and it just depends whether I continue with the same scent. If I really enjoyed it during the day, then I’m probably going to reapply in the evening. Yesterday’s L’Ame Soeur (Divine) was a perfect example – I couldn’t get enough of that scent so I added a tiny spray when I got home which lasted until bedtime. Otherwise, it’s a good time to try something new.

    I usually will spray something for bedtime which is rarely the same as my day scent.

    Does anyone have a good recipe for lavender tea? I have some fresh lavender growing and wants a good homemade tea recipe. Any suggestions?

  30. flannery says:

    Lushishly cool and wet here in the northern Rockies after a too hot day yesterday and perfect for my SOTD, Atelier’s Sous le Toit de Paris. Darker days always put me in the mood for violet or iris scents and this is one of my favorite violets, right up there with Mona’s Fumee.

    One scent a day works best for me.

  31. sweetgrass says:

    I tend to apply one thing in the morning and stick with it. My skin doesn’t seem to be of the “scent-eating” variety (or I’m not as prone to olfactory fatigue, whichever it is), so most things seem to last all day on me. I might reapply if I’m wearing something that doesn’t have great longevity, though. Or if I arrive home to find a package of samples in the mail, I’ll probably be trying out whatever I got. Whatever I put on earlier in the day will have faded enough not to interfere with sampling mania.

    SOTD is PG Cuir Venenum (speaking of getting new stuff in the mail). I hadn’t smelled it in quite a while, but I got a decant from Surrender to Chance that arrived yesterday. This was one that I decided I absolutely loved early on in my perfumista-hood, but it’s sat on my buy list unbought. Now that I’m revisiting it, I’m thinking it’s not a bad thing that I didn’t buy it. I mean, I still like it, but I’m not sure I need a whole bottle of it. I didn’t remember the grapey note being quite so distinct. It’s kind of reminding me of Poison, which, given the name, might have been the point.

    Also, I won the bottle of Cuir de Lancome I bid on yesterday! I was the only bidder!

    • scentfromabove says:

      Congrats on winning that bid. How exciting!

    • nebbe says:


    • CM says:

      Cuir de Lancome is great! Enjoy!

    • sweetgrass says:

      Thanks, everybody! I’m really excited about it.

    • Bear says:

      Hello Sweetgrass!
      I’m glad someone else smells that huge grape note in Cuir Venenum. When I posted that at Basenotes a few years ago everyone was aghast at what I smelled.

    • nozknoz says:

      I never thought of it as a grape note in Cuir Venenum, but LT points out that the top notes smell like the first sniff of a good Belgian beer, such as Orval. That made me a bit paranoid about wearing it, initially, until I had tested it with friends to be sure it did not make me smell like I had been drinking. :-)

      Still, it’s my favorite orange blossom leather.

  32. happy888cat says:

    I tend to just apply in the morning and call it a day. I always carry 2-3 travalos in my bag just in case I leave the house in a rush or something though.
    I wouldn’t mind reapplying but since I change what I wear almost everyday its pretty hard to have decants of everyone of them.
    Today is rainy and cold

    • happy888cat says:

      Wow posting crash.
      Continued- so I am wearing my recent go-to comfort vanilla : Chanel Jersey Extrait. :)

  33. Parley says:

    Hi! Today’s sotd was mitsouko edp. I normally sample a bit in the evening but mitsouko is my favourite so I didn’t want to disturb it. I wear it when I need extra comfort and support. Ive never tried layering perfume, I’m intrigued but wary of smelling like a perfume factory!

  34. nancyg says:

    SOTM is Deep Woods Off (and perspiration) since I’ve been working in the garden. Not sure what I’ll put on after my shower.
    I usually put something on in the morning and that’s that. Sometimes I try a sample just before I get into bed.
    Looking forward to Friday’s community scent.

  35. morgana says:

    sampling Rodin Bis and trying to figure it out — no success so far, but having good time …

    I don’t really have a routine on how many fragrances pro day (sometimes none, other times many)

  36. Bear says:

    The truly weird-a$$ fragrance called Missoni (2006).
    It smells as if I am eating Nutella with a spoon, on the beach, amid a bouquet of peonies and jasmine. Unique, I can’t think of anything else that smells like it.
    It is a like, not a love, but extra points for trying to stand out from the crowd.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Bad Bear, now you’ve made me curious about this!

      • Bear says:

        Happy to enable ladies! ;D

    • sweetgrass says:

      Ditto. I want to know what that smells like.

      And I love me some Nutella. yum.

    • nozknoz says:

      Bear, I used to like that one. It has bitter chocolate and a touch of melon (but not the obnoxious melon), too, right? I agree, it smells good and is much more interesting than most.

      Actually, I liked it a lot but always thought how perfect it would be on the young Italian woman for whom it was designed, rather than my older cynical self. I should get it out this summer anyway.

      Do try it, hajusuuri and sweetgrass. This is the one in the orange box and bottle, with orange and brown stripy knit accents.

      • Bear says:

        Hello Nozknoz!
        Yes, bitter chocolate, hazelnuts and melon. The melon note is a bit aquatic so it sometimes skews fruity, sometimes aquatic, much like Dune for women Christian Dior.
        I like it a lot – it has a variety of aromas competing simultaneously for my attention. Have you ever tried the Acqua version(pale blue bottle)?

        • nozknoz says:

          I don’t think I’ve tried the Acqua one, although I meant to, since LT gave it 4 stars. The Missoni that he gave 5 stars to is the even older one, and both are by Maurice Roucel. I have the older one but haven’t gotten around to spending much time with it yet.

  37. ockeghem says:

    On whether I reapply: It depends. I have scents I know will last all day, and I put them on when I know I don’t want to / can’t reapply and I want a scent to last all day. I have scents I know won’t last and I put them on when I don’t want the scent to last all day.

    Today I’m trying Aedes Iris Nazarena, which I just got in a sample, and I’m really liking it but I just can’t see how I justify spending $245. It’s lasted more than half the day so far…we’ll see if I reapply.

    • morgana says:

      Iris Nazarena also comes in the 3 smaller refill bottles for $110. These are nice because can be gifted … the only thing is that my sister remarked that everybody was complimenting it and her first bottle is already drained …, so I’ll have to be careful with the third one to last me for some time :)

      • sweetgrass says:

        That’s nice to know about the refill bottles. That’s a lot more affordable. Thanks for the tip!

  38. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = VC&A Bois d’Iris

    I got my decant from the Splitmeet. I had tucked it away after wearing it a few times and couldn’t not find it for a while. This one is FBW and it’s just a matter of time before one joins my collection. I must like the base of the VC&A perfumes (the special collection which name I can’t remember) because I also have Orchidee Vanille. I also have Rose Velours but I don’t recall if the base is similar — the rose part is gorgeous.

    I practice perfume monogamy. In the evenings and at night, unless I have an evening event, I need a break from perfumes.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I meant “could not find it”

    • ihadanidea says:

      I had a crush on that one for five years and finally bought it when I fell in recently. Beautiful, stately stuff.

      You smell fantastic!

  39. Laurels says:

    SOTD is Parfums de Nicolaï Le Temps d’Un Fete, which I’m trying for the first time. So far I like it better than any other “green floral” I’ve tried, but the genre may not be for me. I can appreciate the quality of it, though, and I’ve discovered that those scents often grow on me.

    I usually only wear one perfume per day, unless I’m trying a sample that turns out to have poor longevity. Or if I’m perfume shopping, I’ll usually apply one spray of something to my chest (because I can’t bear to go commando) to leave my arms free for spritzing. I still prefer perfumes that last all day, but my perspective is starting to broaden.

  40. missionista says:

    SOTD for yesterday and today was Vetiver Tonka. I love it, but it doesn’t last a full day. If I’m wearing something fleeting, I will try to re-apply during the day, or add something else in the afternoon. I often put on a small dab of something completely other for sleeping.

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