Monday scent of the day 6/30


Another Monday rolls around...and June is nearly gone! Do chime in with your scent of the day, if you have a moment.

I'm wearing Providence Perfume Co Branch & Vine.

Reminder: on Friday, July 4th, wear something by a US-based brand. The following Friday, July 11, will be Flanker Friday: wear a flanker fragrance, and extra bonus points for wearing a flanker of a flanker!

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 Embroidery [cropped, rotated & brightened] by The Pack at flickr; some rights reserved.

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  1. melissa says:

    SOTD is Chanel No. 19 and it’s not proving quite energizing enough for this particular morning. I have a vial of Cacharel Amor Amor in my bag, so I’ll probably re-up with that around lunchtime.

    • Robin says:

      I am in need of extra energy today too, I’m dragging.

    • Barqs says:

      I’m wearing Chanel No. 19 also today. So nice and cooling. It is hot today, and I’ve been running errands, getting in and out of my car.

      • rebeccat94 says:

        I’m wearing 19 as well. I love this scent! It’s so calming and it just smells so great on a hot today. I am at the very bottom of my sample, so I am going to have to scrimp together for a FB

      • melissa says:

        Scent triplets! It is definitely sitting better as the afternoon goes on.

  2. scentfromabove says:

    Good Morning Everyone! SOTD is Nectarine Blossom and Honey by Jo Malone – my favorite. Hope everyone has a “Marvelous Monday”. :)

  3. Janice says:

    Sotd is Eau Claire des Merveilles. I agree with Melissa, I should have picked something a little more energizing this morning… in my air conditioned office I can barely notice it.

  4. relleric says:

    SOTD is Untitled (Maison Martin Margiela)

  5. lucasai says:

    I’m wearing Jul et Mad Amour de Palazzo today

  6. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Aftelier Cuir de Gardenia

    I’m doing a personal fragrance theme week – it’s the week of the Americans!

    • Robin says:

      Hey, me too!

      • galbanumgal says:

        good thinking! Have my 4th of July scent already chosen!

    • lucasai says:

      Nice idea, especially before your 4th of July celebration.

    • Suzy Q says:

      How fun you guys! That was a great idea.

    • anngd says:

      Love it! are you using the solid?

  7. teri says:

    I chose Un Jardin en Mediterranee from Hermes today. it’s going to be blistering hot today (in the mid-90s) and I love this scent in really hot dry weather.

    • Robin says:

      Me too…and Sur le Nil too. We’re only getting to upper 80s, but we’ll join you in July I’m sure.

  8. Bee says:

    Today it’s Manoumalia (at low dosage)

  9. Abyss says:

    Celebrating my birthday in FM Eau de Magnolia!

    • nebbe says:

      Happy Birthday!

    • Squirrely says:

      It’s my birthday too! Happy birthday to us! I hope you have something fun planned for the day. : )

    • Robin says:

      Yay, hope it is a wonderful day!

    • Nightingale says:

      Happy Birthday!!!

    • Laila says:

      Happy birthday to Abyss and Squirrely, wishing you a year ahead filled with good health and happiness and many scented goodies!

    • Abyss says:

      Thanks, everyone!

      • Jonette says:

        Happy birthday, Abyss and Squirrely. Wishing each of you a wonderful year!

        • yukiej says:

          Happy birthday! I hope the next years are full of great things like cake and perfume :)

    • sweetgrass says:

      Happy birthday, Abyss and Squirrely!

    • ihadanidea says:

      Happity happity! Have a lovely day!

    • poodle says:

      Happy birthday to you!

    • hajusuuri says:

      Happy Birthday!

  10. floragal says:

    Wearing Paestum Rose today much to my husbands chagrin.
    I tell him it’s a rose scent and he smells no rose, only old lady.
    Nine out of 10 scents I wear are “old lady”. I know it does not help that his mom was an Avon lady and so he was around a lot of not so good perfume. He is a tough one to please, that’s for sure.

    Oh well… happy Monday everyone!

    • Robin says:

      Interesting, it’s such a modern fragrance. Which ones does he like?

      • floragal says:

        LOTV centered scents. Period.
        I thought PdN’s Week End would be the answer, but it lasts all of 15 minutes.

        He loves Jessica McClintock…. ugh.

        • Robin says:

          Wow, so interesting…many people would think of lotv as “old fashioned” & therefore “old lady”.

          • floragal says:

            I try to tell him that :)

        • poodle says:

          Have you tried Carillon Pour Un Ange or maybe even Kai? CPUA is considered LOTV centered and even though most folks say Kai is gardenia it smells more like the LOTV out in my yard than gardenia to me.

        • Kelly says:

          I’m wearing vintage Diorissimo, as I really love LOTV – and it’s cutting through the 90 degree heat here.

          My mom has worn Jessica McClintock for years, that I love it so – on her, that is. Men really do seem to take to it, too.

  11. Kris says:

    SOTD is Jo Malone Orange Blossom lotion layered with Jo Malone Vintage Gardenia cologne. I really wish they hadn’t discontinued the Vintage Gardenia, but luckily I have some left.

    • Robin says:

      And the ebay prices for VG are insanity.

      • hajusuuri says:

        Wow! I happen to have two 30 mLs….one on rotation and the other kept in my basement (I accidentally ordered the 2nd one) ;-)

    • scentfromabove says:

      You smell fantastic!

  12. Squirrely says:

    Like Abyss, today is my birthday! My SOTD is Jour d’Hermes.

    For my birthday, can a kind NST reader tell me how to make the actual emoticons appear in the comments, instead of just having to rely on the “old school” versions, i.e. ; ) or : )

  13. nebbe says:

    Kelly Caleche today. Love it. It’s just the spine strength I need today.

  14. cologneluvr says:

    SOTD: Hugo Boss Unlimited Hugo Boss for men

  15. Nightingale says:

    First day of summer camp for my son and I’m off for some morning yoga!! Lightly applied Noa Cacharel. I have a small sample of Eau Claire des Merveilles remaining that I plan to wear later in the day. Hope everyone has a great week!

    Thinking about community scent Friday – a good theme may be Cheap Thrills.

    • Robin says:

      On the list, but thanks! We are always open to more suggestions…

      • Nightingale says:

        oooops…must of missed that (or – it went straight to my subconscious and I took it for my own!) :-O

  16. austenfan says:

    SOTD is Goutal’s Sables, I had not worn it in a long time and am really enjoying how warm it is.

  17. AnnieA says:

    CdG Carnation – not a day to do any loud wafting…

    • hajusuuri says:

      Love this one but it doesn’t stick around; however, I still think it is FBW and when I buy it, I’ll probably drain it in no time and it will be one of the few bottles that I will empty!

  18. egabbert says:

    I’m wearing Liaisons Dangereuses (lot of vowels in those words!) and trying to write a review.

    • austenfan says:

      Never tried the scent but read the novel ages ago ( even more vowels!), if you haven’t it’s a brilliant read.

      • egabbert says:

        I haven’t read it! I did like the movie :)

        • austenfan says:

          Which one did you watch? I never watched the Glen Close one but did watch Valmont, the Milosz Forman interpretation of De Laclos novel ( with a young Colon Firth).
          I don’t know how well it has been translated into English but I thoroughly enjoyed it in French. For such an old book I found it very easy to read, I remember not being able to put it down.

    • Sapphire says:

      Which is your blog?

    • nozknoz says:

      I love that one, although I only wear it in the fall. Something about the plum rose combination seems best in fall.

  19. foxbins says:

    Bulgari Omnia Crystalline from a sample. Nope, not for me. Someone referred to it as “front-loaded” and it sure is. Smells great for 10 minutes and then it’s a synthetic wood base note on me. Too bad, I liked the original Omnia a lot.

    • poodle says:

      That was a scrubber on me and it’s the only perfume I’ve ever returned to a store.

  20. Laila says:

    SOTD is YSL’s Paris flanker, Roses des Bois edt. I don’t care for the original Paris but I do really enjoy this one in summertime! Light and sheer, with wild roses and wild blackberries (two of my favorite notes) on a sandalwoody base, I’m wearing it layered over a tart blackberry lotion.

  21. missionista says:

    Happiest of days to the birthday twins!

    SOTD is 24 Fauborg. Seems to be quite a Hermes day around here.

  22. CM says:

    I’m in Guerlain’s Terracotta today. I layered with a bit of Muguet and it’s a lovely combo.

    Someone asked in last weekend’s poll about the Guerlain Muguet and whether it’s worth the price. Here’s my take: It’s a beautiful scent for those who like (love) Lily of the Valley. It seem true to the actual flower and lasts about 4 hours on me. It’s not as complex as Diorissimo (vintage), but, again, if you like LOTV, then I’d recommend sampling for sure. I find it quite lovely.

    The bottle is very pretty: This year it’s a bee bottle (125ml) with a porcelain holder. I remember thinking, “oh it’s smaller than I expected” but the porcelain seems delicate. I worry that it will break. I also wish the bottle had an atomizer. Seriously… no atomizer!

    I’m happy with my purchase, especially since I had an (unexpected) windfall that helped justify the cost. If it weren’t a limited edition with a lovely bottle, though, I may not have purchased – I loved the look of that porcelain holder. I also worry that the scent will be reformulated for the next round and hate thinking I’d missed out.

    • anngd says:

      Thanks, CM. The cost is definitely a consideration. Now you have me worrying about reformulation though! Decisions …

  23. rose pepper says:

    I’ve been wanting to try Branch and Vine, but haven’t gotten hold of a sample yet. I love a good green fragrance. I decided to wear Bel Respiro today after reading I. The Branch and vine review that it is similar, but it isn’t very bright or green on me. It’s pretty, but I wouldn’t buy it. How is Sisely eau de campagne for a green scent? I’ve been wanting to try that one too …

    • Robin says:

      Eau de Campagne used to be wonderful…bitter green with tomato leaf. It’s much fresher and milder now, so depends on your taste…I preferred the original formulation but the newer one probably sells better.

      • rose pepper says:

        Bummer. I want to find an aggressive bitter green like I thought it would be from the description.

        • Robin says:

          They are harder to find than they used to be. Have you tried CB I Hate Perfume Memory of Kindness?

          • rose pepper says:

            Ooh, that sounds interesting!

        • monkeytoe says:

          Have you tried vintage Vent Vert? It can still be found without hocking your first born. The Les Mythiques version of Givenchy III has a nice dose of bitter/mossy green. EL Aliage is worth a sniff, too, but it has a sweet rose and anise/tarragon–still very much worth a sniff. Hilde Soliani Stecca (which I only barely remember sniffing) has a love it or hate it tomato leaf note. Heeley Verveine is more herbal/lemon, but has a decent dose of tomato leaf.

          I hope you find the bitter aggressive green of your dreams!

          • rose pepper says:

            Thanks for the suggestions! I’ll have to hunt some samples of these down :). I keep reading about Vent Vert, it sounds great.

  24. Suzy Q says:

    SOTD is Ann Gerard Rose Cut. I won 2 ml of it and it’s going fast. Love love love it. My favorite rose! (and I didn’t have one before now.) All the accolades are well deserved.

    • CM says:

      I liked this one a lot as well (still sampling). It reminded me of SL Fille de Berlin and I drained my decant of that one. I want to try them side by side. The other Ann Gerard scents are great as well.

      • Suzy Q says:

        Oh, I should try the Serge, to compare. I haven’t smelled Fille de Berlin yet.

        Yes, I like the other Ann Gerards too. Rose Cut is now my fave. It lasts longer than Cuir de Nacre, my previous favorite. I like smelling rose paired with something other than oud, vanilla or patchouli, or cumin as in Rose 31.

        I ❤️ Bertrand Duchaufour’s aesthetic, most of the time.

  25. thegoddessrena says:

    Wearing Safari today and mad dashed out of the house to get an emergency flight to Boston–one of my friends is having cardiac surgery and her fiancee was told rd to call friends and family. Send prayers

    • Sapphire says:

      Best wishes to your friend.

    • Jonette says:

      Prayers sent to all involved.

    • Robin says:

      Oh dear. Thinking of you…

    • ihadanidea says:

      Sending good thoughts…

    • Nightingale says:

      Will send good thoughts all around. Know that we’re thinking of you and your friend.

    • anngd says:

      Prayers. Good cardiac care here.

    • poodle says:

      I hope everything goes well. Thoughts and prayers for you and your friend.

    • Laila says:

      Prayers and positive thoughts for you both.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Yikes…prayers going your friend’s way and to you, her fiancee and her family.

    • nozknoz says:

      Done, and safe travels for you, too!

  26. Sapphire says:

    SOTD is Shalimar Parfum Initial from a sample after panicking since it is discontinued. It is already hard to find in stores. Tested against Ode a la Vanille sur la Route au Mexique to make sure it was different enough to justify ordering. Sure enough, it is. Both are lovely. Went ahead and ordered the larger bottle. I had waffled on buying it for some time, but it really is lovely, and I would hate to miss a chance to get some.

    • Sapphire says:

      Besides, it helps to have a little perfume capital when it comes to Swapmania time!

  27. Parley says:

    Today’s sotd is Miss Dior Chérie from 2008, pre-formulation, matched with the Miss Dior shower gel I recently purchased on sale. Turns out they’re the same scent – I should have taken the Dior naming debacle into account! MDC is tenacious and perfumes tend to go a bit sweet on me so I’m pretty sure I smell like a complete candy shop. It’s one of my most complimented perfumes though, even if I rarely wear it.

    It was a bad choice for today, I would have needed less caramel and more backbone. The A/C has for obscure reasons dumped the temperature in my office to arctic levels so at least I was not choking on the pink!

  28. Jonette says:

    I decided to spray from one of my samples of Jubilation 25. It is really growing on me, although I don’t think I’ll ever find it fbw. I’ve sampled most available Amouages, still planning to order samples of Journey Man and JW.

  29. Jonette says:

    I am loving the daily scent reporting and the Friday themes.

    Not really on topic, but I’ll forget if I don’t post it: Every summer, a nearby street smells absolutely heavenly! I took it for granted that it was the roses that were in many gardens in that street. No one knows what the rose is called and I’ve driven my gardener crazy (pictures, cut off blooms, leaves) and he’s even consulted with a major rose nursery to no avail. He explained to me why it can’t be propagated from a cutting (I’ve forgotten why, but it made sense.) But I have continued to hope to find out the name of the rose so I can have some in my own garden.

    My Polish cleaner took a small walk with me last week and when I commented on the rose fragrance, she informed me that it wasn’t coming from roses, but from the Linden trees in bloom. The street is called the Linden Lane (duh!) So now, I madly need to find a perfume true to this amazing fragrance! Recommendations are welcome!

    • Robin says:

      Ha, this just came up the other day. I think the current favorite is Kerosene Pretty Machine, but there’s also D’Orsay Tilleul, and someone brought up Tauer Zeta.

      • melissa says:

        Shoutout to Zeta! Anti-shoutout to Library of Flowers Linden. :-x

        • bastet says:

          I also love Zeta. There are Linden trees on my commute from the metro to my office (unfortunately no longer blooming) and while Zeta includes other notes the Linden note seems pretty realistic. However although I have very much enjoyed my sample I probably won’t buy a decant or FB, because the scent is very fleeting on me (and also I already have way more perfume than I could ever use up in my lifetime).

      • CM says:

        Another hands up for Zeta!

      • hajusuuri says:

        Zeta! Zeta! Zeta!

      • perthgirl says:

        And the one by April Aromatics; Unter den Linden. Haven’t tried it but they’re all on my list!

    • kindcrow says:

      Kevin reviewed a linden soliflore (well, it sounds like it behaes like a soliflore) that sounds wonderful. It’s by Frau Tonis. If you search this site by “linden,” you should find his review.

      • Jonette says:

        Thanks everyone! I’m a day late, reading the suggestions. This will be fun to pursue.

  30. sweetgrass says:

    SOTD is Lolita Lempicka Eau de Minuit. It’s a lot like the original, maybe a little less sweet up top and less earthy in the base.

  31. monkeytoe says:

    The air con in our (work) building is down, so I am toweling off with Alba Organica wipes and wearing Clarins eau Dynamisante deodorant spray in hopes of staving off the funk.

    • poodle says:

      That happened to my office last week. It’s times like that where always being cold comes in handy. I was comfy and everyone else was dying.

      • nebbe says:

        Ha! Yes! The one time my inability to retain body heat comes in handy!

  32. stinker_kit says:

    Working in the yard this hot and muggy day so when I sneak in for a drink of water, I spritz with my conveniently refrigerated CK1, the perfect pick me up scent!

  33. ihadanidea says:

    The last of my sample of Oliban by Keiko Mecheri is on my wrists. I may need to get another sample…

  34. Amanda S says:

    Spritzed my sample of Bond No 9 China Town that I’ve been carrying around in my purse forever and a day. I smell like a joss stick in a Singapore Chinese Temple!

  35. bastet says:

    SOTD is Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia – I love this in the summer. However unfortunately it only lasts a short while and I don’t have any way to reapply here in the office. Maybe I can find a sample of something in my purse – Cartier Baiser Vole may go well with the remnants of LS and I seem to remember seeing a sample of the BV EDT rolling around in there the other day . . .

  36. meganinstmaxime says:

    Does anyone else wear 2- 3 perfumes a day? I started with Lys Mediteranee in the morning, Rose Anonyme for the daytime. Then after dinner Angel as I find I like this one when I’m going to sleep. Also I’ve only started liking it and now it seems I can’t get enough of it. I think the bedroom may even be starting to smell of it.

    • Suzy Q says:

      It depends on the perfume, how much I spray on and showers. Usually I do a morning scent and one in the evening after a shower. If I’m testing from sample vials I can wear a lot more.

    • nozknoz says:

      Occasionally, yes, especially if I’m at home. Sometimes this is accomplished partly by testing different scents on each wrist.

  37. mrsdarcy says:

    Started with Nest’s Amazon Lily because it’s a scorcher in Boston today and that juicy tangerine opening is so refreshing. But since that lasts all of five minutes on me, now it’s Guerlain’s London for the rhubarb notes to go with a rhubarb and strawberry tart I’m making for dinner.

  38. Mary Carol says:

    I am wearing MH Geranium Bourbon today. I usually wear only one perfume each day, as they stay with me quite well, but if something does fade, I will put another perfume on for the evening.

  39. anngd says:

    SoTD is BV Eau Legere. I like it but it lasts about an hour. Also tried Eau de Cartier Goutte de Rose; both courtesy of the nice SA at Nordstrom. Scrubber. Fortunately it doesn’t last, so the scrubbing wasn’t a lengthy project.

  40. poodle says:

    I gave myself a spritz of Calyx this morning. I didn’t want to wear a favorite scent because I was worried about my poodle. She was really not well this morning and if anything bad were to happen I don’t want bad memories attached to my perfume. Silly, I know. Anyway, I gave her some pain meds and she seems a wee bit better tonight. It now seems like she tweaked her neck or back so I’m watching her and if there’s no improvement I’ll get her to the vet.

    • Robin says:

      Not silly at all, and hope it turns out to be something very minor.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Sending good thoughts to the pooch and her momma!

  41. AnnS says:

    I have this darned lingering head cold. I can’t smell anything! So I’m wearing stuff that smells good but that I won’t really miss by not experiencing: this morning was Kenzo Flower, and this evening is Cabaret. I can’t wait to be over this cold so I can start testing again!

  42. eswift83 says:

    Wore Iris Silver Mist this morning to cut through the humidity of the day. It worked like a charm. This evening was a sample of PG Harmatan Noir, nice but not a good choice today. Good thing bedtime is rapidly approaching!

  43. catherine68 says:

    SOTD bulgari Green tea for hot day in Boston.

  44. rivercitylizzy says:

    Branch and Vine is gorgeous in the heat!

    I went with Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit today, because I needed something that smelled cool and a bit creamy-sweet and this scent reminds me of a big ol’ mound of shave ice with fruity syrup, vanilla ice cream in the bottom, and a “snow cap” (sweetened condensed milk) on top :)

  45. GateGirl says:

    Angel’s Trumphet.

  46. pigoletto says:

    Wearing Shalimar EDP. First time in my life I’ve been able to wear it – I’m positive the newest reformulations (since the Jade Jagger bottle style) have toned down the previously ultra sharp bergamot (and possibly amped the vanilla), as it always struck me as sour in all concentrations before now. Strange, as I happen to love bergamot as a note, but Shalimar’s was always just super high pitched and sour on my skin. Glad to be able to wear it now!

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