Friday scent of the day 7/4


Happy 4th of July, if you're in the USA! Otherwise, happy Friday! Today's community project: wear a fragrance from a US-based brand.

As always, do chime in with your fragrance of the day even if you couldn't participate, we don't mind.

It is chilly and grey here this morning, and it doesn't feel much like July. I'm wearing a dab (about all I had left) of CB I Hate Perfume M#2 Black March.

Reminder: next 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 detail from Postcard: Statue of Liberty, New York. Empire State Bldg., New York. Rockefeller Center, Radio City, N. Y. [cropped] by Boston Public Library at flickr; some rights reserved.

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  1. pyramus says:

    Happy Independence Day, all!

    I figured you can’t get much more American (in name, anyway) than America for Men by Perry Ellis, which is nearly twenty years old and, to my complete astonishment, still in production. It’s a perfectly serviceable, perfectly average men’s sport scent, one of the barrage of Cool Water clones that still hasn’t ended, with a clever gimmick: all the main notes are things that grow in the U.S., one of which is an interesting pineapple note up top.

    • Robin says:

      Perfect choice! I say that, of course, never having smelled it…but thematically, it’s perfect.

    • Elisa says:

      Remember Polo Sport? Calone and pineapple. I liked it in high school.

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        I liked it on my first _real_ boyfriend! Still makes me swoon a bit when I sniff it, if I’m being honest! :)

        • Elisa says:

          That’s so sweet! Once a guy stopped me in a grocery store to ask if I was wearing Tuscany per Donna; he said it reminded him of his first girlfriend.

          • Marjorie Rose says:

            Over the years, my father has asked me repeatedly if I’ve tried Charlie in all my fragrance sniffings. . . I can only assume because he had a girlfriend who wore it and it has happy associations for him! I’ve been afraid to explain the whole disappointing reformulation/ inexpensive drug store aspect to fragrance.

  2. galbanumgal says:

    Low 70s, sunny, perfect! Wearing Aftelier’s Candide, a happy scent for a day of celebrating!

    • Robin says:

      Nice — thought about that one too. And wish I had a bottle :-)

    • C.H. says:

      Hahahahaha, sort of dying laughing because I was a bit stuck trying to figure out what I could wear that’s American, and it took reading your SOTD to remember, “Oh yeah, California’s in the U.S., isn’t it!” Sorta like another country out there :) Think I’ll go pull out my SSS sample set.

      • Robin says:

        Plus there are a gajillion US designer brands — Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, etc etc.

        • Robin says:

          (just saying in case anyone else needed ideas, did NOT mean to dissuade you from SSS!)

        • C.H. says:

          Haha, no, I am grateful for these ideas–Ralph Lauren was the first one that came to mind for me, but he just so completely overwhelmed my brain as THE paradigmatic American, I truly couldn’t think of any others!

          • Robin says:

            Also Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors

          • Robin says:

            Oh…and probably the vast majority of celeb scents!

        • Laurels says:

          Thanks for the reminder! I’m following Hajusuuri’s lead and doing a whole week of US brands, and for some reason I only thought about indie labels.

  3. SophieC says:

    Happy 4 July – from the UK!

    Wearing Knowing this Friday too, as it fits the bill. Enjying it too and it has the heft to stand up to the AC.

    • Robin says:

      Hey, does the UK have any sort of national holiday analogous to July 4th — a national patriotic day?

      • SophieC says:

        Good question! For England we have April 23 – St George’s Day although not a national holiday. Probably the closest is the Queen’s Birthday which is on a Saturday in May/June (varies) and we have the Trooping of the Colour – still not a holiday as such.

        It’s been a hot topic for a while that we should have one but everyone would have to agree what and when first – ridiculously comlex for some reason! I may have to remember to wear something UK centric next 23 April though.

        Enjoy your celebrations which sounds like a lot of fun (and makes me really wish we had something similar) – I plan on joining a few US colleagues for their plans this evening.

        • Robin says:

          Thanks so much! Seems odd, most countries have one, and the Queen’s birthday just doesn’t seem like the same thing.

          • Jillie says:

            Just to say that for some strange reason our friends in Australia have a national holiday for the Queen’s Birthday. Why we don’t in the UK defies logic ……

  4. Bee says:

    It’s pretty embarrassing, I don’t have any FBs of US scents, so I fished out Chinatown from my Bond nr 9 sample collection. Yesterday evening I tried Broadway nite, as recommended, but this is a total scrubber on me (most of the Bonds are, actually, they become quite “screechy”). Chinatown is however an exception.

    • Robin says:

      I did not like Broadway Nite either. I like a handful of Bonds, the rest are too perfumey for me.

    • Elisa says:

      Ha, sorry, that was me! I adore Broadway Nite.

      • Robin says:

        Hey, we should never have to apologize for recommending a perfume, right?

        • Bee says:

          no indeed, I like have stuff recommended to me, this one scent just didn’t work :-), sorry if I came off as grumpy :-)

          • Elisa says:

            Not at all! I think it’s a love-it-or-hate-it scent.

  5. CarolineTompkins says:

    Happy Fourth! Wearing Tommy Girl today, which is probably the most American Scent out there. It’s the perfect scent to cut through the hot soupy weather out as well. I snagged this bottle for fifteen dollars at Marshall’s, which is great because I’ve been infatuated with it ever since Luca Turin described it as “the breath of angels”. Not sure what that smells like, but I think Tommy Girl would be close

    • Robin says:

      Oh, good call! Not the breath of angels to me either, but very pleasant and very American.

      • Tara says:

        I love Tommy Girl. Very American. :-)

    • Bear says:

      Hello Caroline!
      I am also wearing Tommy Girl today, anomaly that I am! ;)
      Like you purchasing a very inexpensive bottle on sale at CVS after I had read Turin’s review 5 years ago. Sprayed it on and really disliked it.
      That was then and this is now. My problem 5 years ago was that I overapplied and it was suffocating. Today 2 small sprays and it is a beautiful floral tea scent!
      We both smell fantastic!!! LOL :))

      • Bear says:

        Robin, we need an edit function! So many punctuation errors in my post!!!! Horrors!!! LOL

  6. morgana says:

    Hylnds DS & Durga Isle Ryder
    A masterpiece!
    Great weather here in San Diego. Happy long weekend, NST!

    • morgana says:

      Just returned home from a short hike, and have to retract what I said: way too warm out there … :(
      Happy fourth!

      • Robin says:

        Sorry! It’s too chilly here, if it’s any consolation…

  7. floragal says:

    Happy 4th!
    I’m wearing the lovely Ineke – Field Notes from Paris. Orange blossom and tobacco all day long :)

    • pyramus says:

      That is absolutely my favourite Ineke. So beautiful!

    • Sandra says:

      It is such a lovely fragrance. I’m not currently home, so I could not use my bottle of Field Notes otherwise it most definitely would have been the scent of the day. Especially because I am currently in Paris, so it would have been quite fitting, right? Scent of the day is my newly bought Eau d’Été which was also fitting since the weather is very hot (though not a US based brand).

  8. anngd says:

    Hi all. A tiny spray of TF Violet Blonde for the 4th. It’s so strong! Hoping it dries down quickly although it’s incredibly humid here.

    • C.H. says:

      Oh, nice pick! It sure is strong but I always think it has a cool (temperature-wise) quality–that could be nice in this heat!

    • Lollipop says:

      Snap! Today I have reapplied three times. Just bought Violet Blond in the Sephora sale yesterday and really enjoying it. Hot, windy and stormy here in Provence and VB is giving me a glamorous vibe, completely at odds with how I look today (casual/scruffy!)

    • CM says:

      I was going to wear try and Viole( n)t Blonde as well, but it’s just too much in the heat for me. Great scent, though!

  9. farouche says:

    I dug into my baggie of dab samples and pulled out Bois de Paradise by Parfums DelRae. It’s fruity, woodsy, spicy and not really my thing. Mythique might get a try this afternoon.

    Happy 4th to those in the USA!

    • morgana says:

      Motivated by NST, I rediscovered my Mythique sample. Originally, I didn’t consider it properly because I got a sample with ruined top notes from Luckyscent. But when I went passed that, wow, it is beautiful. I now ordered a small decant from STC to enjoy it properly. Have you or others noticed that Mythique may have a tendency to turn quickly? (I hope it was just my sample …)

      • perthgirl says:

        My sample from Luckyscent was also off! But I haven’t tried a fresh batch.

        • morgana says:

          Thanks for reporting this, perthgirl — this is very useful to know. Let’s see what I’ll get this time from STC …

  10. thegoddessrena says:

    Wearing Santal Exotique from Exotic Island Perfumer since I needed its comforting hug quality. Puerto Rico is a US territory so I figure it counts

  11. lucasai says:

    Happy 4th of July to all American friends! May your day be happy and bright!
    SotD is Atelier Cologne Cedrat Enivrant, it’s so hot here today.

  12. C.H. says:

    Off-topic question, if I may: what are people getting at the STC sale? These things pop up and suddenly I can’t remember what I had my eye on!! Suggestions?

    • Deva says:

      I just got an 8ml spray of Amouage Fate Woman- will never have a FB (oh, its so beautiful!) but thanks to STC and holiday discount I can still enjoy it!

      • trixiesweet says:

        Yep, I’m getting a 2ml of Journey too and another 2 ml of L’ Air de Rien and Eau de Magnolia.
        Any other suggestions gratefully received.

        • Deva says:

          The reviews of the newest Malle made me really want to try it! Sounds like a great hot weather fragrance- enjoy!

          • C.H. says:

            Ooh good ideas, thank you both! FWIW, my cart so far includes a small sample of the original Feminité de Bois (as I’ve just recently gotten a chance to smell the current one, so naturally now I’m dying to know what’s different), and a decant of Lubin Idole in EDT as I have basically despaired of finding a bottle.

    • anngd says:

      Rats, a sale? Now I need to go look. Maybe small amounts of all the Chanels?

      • C.H. says:

        Yup! Code’s in their newsletter and on their Facebook page (which I believe is public so I think it’s viewable whether or not one has a FB account.)

    • Calypso says:

      I am going to get something from Puredistance but not sure what yet.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I had 2 straight months of spendy STC orders at 20% off so I will skip today’s special!

      A suggestion would be some of the JAR perfumes. If I am considering buying one, I should get to know it better outside of the JAR experience environment. Another suggestion is to include some of the Chanel les exclusifs extraits – the Chanel boutiques in NYC (57th Street, SFA and BG) don’t provide testers.

    • floragal says:

      Create a list. That’s what I do.
      I took full advantage of both the STC discount and TPC discount :)
      Unfortunately both purchases did not make much of a dent in my increasingly long list of “to try”.

    • nozknoz says:

      Glad you asked, C.H. – I feel like a deer in the headlights whenever I get one of those things!

    • Laurels says:

      You need a Wishlist–it’s easy to set up on the site. My Perfume Samples has free shipping this weekend, so that’s where my cash went.

      • C.H. says:

        Yeah you and floragal are probably right on this one! Typically I avoid a buy list because I only want to spend money on things that tickle my brain so insistently, I can’t live without them! But maybe a “to-try” list would be ok :)

  13. melissa says:

    Sake by Fresh… Born in Boston, just like the revolution! I may or may not reapply for tonight’s festivities. Considering honoring General Lafayette this evening with a dab of Tubereuse Criminelle.

  14. Deva says:

    Just got in from a spin class and hopped the shower with LUSH Rose Jam followed by Ro’s Argan Skin Moisturizer so no perfume yet. However, I am planning to enjoy a cooling spritz of SSS Forest Walk later today. Hope the folks here in the US have a happy and safe holiday and every one else from every were else has splendid and fragrant day!

  15. scentfromabove says:

    Happy 4th of July everyone. My SOTD is Santal Blush by Tom Ford. One of my favorites. Have a fabulous day and a great weekend!

    • Nightingale says:

      You smell fabulous! This is one of my favorites as well!

    • CM says:

      This is on my FB list… Drained my sample pdq! You smell great!

  16. trixiesweet says:

    Oops, I have no FB from a US-based brand so far *embarrassed* (my collection is sample by perfumista standards,though). I do have a sample of Tommy Girl so will wear that.

    US-based brands I want to try: En Voyages (Zelda, mainly) and Providence Perfume Co. Also Safari and Turquoise by Ralph Lauren.

  17. Jessica says:

    Happy 4th of July, everyone! I think I’ll finish off my sample of SSS Yin & Ylang today.

  18. Tara says:

    Happy 4th.

    It’s raining here in NY.I hope it stops in time for the fireworks tonight. We are going on a fireworks cruise on the East River, I’m sure it will be fun even in the rain. I can’t wait. I’m wearing Michael by Michael Kors. I think it has a big, happy, celebratory vibe.

    I hope everyone has a fun day.

    • floragal says:

      What a fun idea! I’m sad they’ve moved the fireworks from the UWS as that was much easier for me to get to, but this at least gives other neighborhoods in the city a chance to enjoy.
      I hope it clears up and it’s a great night for you!

  19. Coumarin says:

    Epice Marine again. Jean Claude Ellena is American, right?

    • pyramus says:

      He’s been to America, so near enough, I reckon.

    • Robin says:

      Of course he is!

      • Rappleyea says:

        I wish I had remembered that Jean Paul Guerlain was American! ;-)

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  21. Mary Carol says:

    I am wearing Ineke After My Own Heart. We’re having a nice day here in the Midwest where I am, so I thought this perfume would be a good one to put on. Temperature should stay in the seventies all day, or so the weather people say! I’ll go to a neighborhood celebration tonight and watch the fireworks shot off at a near by park.

  22. 2rista says:

    Happy 4th July to all you fragrant US folks. I’m afraid I haven’t got a FB of anything American at the moment, but I’ve managed to find a sample of Nectar des îles by Envoyage. The problem is that this morning I tested (again) Faubourg 24, which knocks everything else clean out of the ball-park! (I’m trying to use an appropriate American idiom – hope I’ve got it right!). I want to buy Fb 24, but will wait until after the summer, as it’s pretty heavy. The two together are giving me an overdose of white flowers.

    • 2rista says:

      On refelection, I’ve changed my mind about Nectar. When I first tried it, in winter, I didn’t like it at all, but now it smells lovely and beachy, with frangipani and something that appears to be coconut.

      • 2rista says:

        Ooops, typo: “reflection”

  23. austenfan says:

    I thought today was flanker day, but fortunately my choice of flanker is Lauder’s Azurée Soleil. Gorgeous, and it hits the spot as it is quite hot in Holland.

    • scentfromabove says:

      You still stayed in the theme. Actually, you have this Friday and next Friday taken care of. You smell great, you overachiever:).

      • austenfan says:

        Well I did feel a bit stupid for thinking that today was flanker day. But having killed two birds with one stone today and actually smelling good has more than compensated for that!

  24. AnnieA says:

    Wearing Smell Bent Hollywood or Bust today. Didn’t wear anything patriotic on Canada, but might put on some 1000 Flowers this weekend if I remember.

  25. heatherhartroses says:

    Happy 4th! I am wearing a gorgeous gardenia called Fleur Blanche by Ajne. Bought in Carmel on a roadtrip.

  26. Elisa says:

    Haven’t decided yet — I’m either going to wear Broadway Nite or Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia, I think. Definitely wearing a silly, flouncy party dress with a blue floral print and red lipstick.

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Ooh, fun clothes! I love an excuse to wear a flouncy dress! :)

    • Bear says:

      Hello Elisa!
      Love Broadway Nite from top to bottom, a fantastic scent! Maurice Roucel is very simpatico with my tastes.
      Can’t get away with a flouncy dress and red lipstick (LOL, I am in a silly mood) but jeans and a black shirt work for me! You smell great!!!! ;)

  27. perthgirl says:

    US indie scents are much harder to get here, so my collection is mostly the well-known Americans. Chose Chinatown, but have had a pretty bad headache today so changed it to Hiris later on.
    Have a fabulous long weekend all! :)

  28. Calypso says:

    Oops, I slipped up on the American scent agenda because this morning I’ve put on Noble by Boadicea the Victorious. Just found several small samples from the line in the back of my drawer and so have been re-trying them. This one is nice, but not quite in the spirit of Independence Day!

  29. JolieFleurs says:

    I am wearing Jewelry of Heaven, by the incomparable Laurie Stern of Velvet & Sweet Pea Purrrfumery. One of my all time favorite perfumes, by one of my all time favorite people.

    The feasting has already begun, and will continue all weekend; the weather is perfect, the fireworks are waiting. I smell divine and am feeling incredibly blessed in every area of my life.

    Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans! And huge props and shout outs to every other nation, all of whom have contributed their own mix of people and culture to our Great Melting Pot.

    • Jillie says:

      I think that Laurie and her Purrfumery are great too! I so wish I could visit her and her beautiful gardens ……

  30. monkeytoe says:

    EL White Linen.

    Happy 4th to all who celebrate! Happy Friday to everyone.

  31. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = SSS Forest Walk

    It is normally a fall/winter scent for me but since someone commented yesterday that it was a summer scent for her, I decided to wear that today. Indeed, it IS working out for me in this continued hot humid and rainy 4th of July. I am on my way to a barbecue / gathering and will likely be in and out of airconditioning.

    Happy 4th everyone!

    • Rappleyea says:

      The “forest walk” feels cool and shady, doesn’t it?

  32. Laila says:

    Joining monkeytoe in EL White Linen today (vintage); it just happens to be my favorite scent for the Fourth of July holiday; I wear it every year. Gorgeous sunny and cool day here, great weather for ballgame + fireworks this evening. Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe holiday or just a wonderful and safe day . . . and weekend ahead!

  33. rebeccat94 says:

    Happy 4th of July! My SOTD is CK One. It was the most American scent I could think of. However, I am now realizing that I have a lot of American fragrances.

  34. tomate farcie says:

    I’m a California girl so I’m wearing Smell Bent St Tropez Dispenser. It makes me smile!

  35. Rappleyea says:

    Wow! What a realization of what a French perfume (preferably vintage) snob I am! The only U. S. perfume I have is SSS so I’m wearing Citrus-Vetiver today. It’s lovely and more complicated than the name would imply.

    Happy Fourth! (Even if you’re not in the U. S., it’s *still* July 4th! ;-) )

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Hey Rapp, I’ve been meaning to comment on your new gravitar. Cute froggie!

      • Rappleyea says:

        heheeeheee…. thanks, MR. :-)

  36. Aparatchick says:

    An oldie but goodie, Safari by Ralph Lauren.

    I was surprised to find that I have a lot of perfume from American companies: the big companies -Lauren, Lauder, but also the niche/indies – SSS, Ava Luxe, Ineke, Bourbon French, CBIHP, Pacifica, Tokyo Milk, Smell Bent, Liz Zorn, far more than I realized.

    • nozknoz says:

      Agree, I was amazed to realize how many I have, even if I only count niche lines.

    • pyramus says:

      I didn’t even think of Pacifica until I had already chosen my US scent for the day. I would have worn a blend of Indian Coconut Nectar and Island Vanilla, which is unexpectedly nice for a hot day.

  37. Janice says:

    Aftelier’s Tango. I keep forgetting how really strange and wonderful this one is.

    • nozknoz says:

      That one is really special, one of my absolute favs. That weird essence from burnt seashells, choya nakh, is particularly intriguing to my nose.

  38. nozknoz says:

    Haven’t decided yet – I’d never realized before how many American perfumes I have! I think a lot of the American designer perfumes are probably composed by Givaudan and other international companies/perfumers, so I’m going to go with a home-grown niche line, such as Sonoma Scent Studio, Aftelier, Dawn Spencer Hurwitz or D.S. & Durga, to name just a few of my favs among those I’ve tried so far. I wonder if there is a list of American perfumers somewhere?

    It’s a beautiful day and an outdoor, purple mountain’s majesty kind of holiday, so I’d go with something really crunchy like a Juniper Ridge Backpacker’s Cologne if I had one, but I don’t think I do.

    • eswift83 says:

      Purple mountain’s majesty kind of holiday. Love that.

    • nozknoz says:

      In the end, I decided to celebrate in vintage Norell, a grand piece of 20th century American perfume history. Designer Norman Norell was born in Indiana in 1900. He worked with another fashion icon and perfume creator, Hattie Carnegie, until 1941, when he partnered with Anthony Taina to found Traina-Norell, followed by his own label in 1960. In 1968, the Norell perfume became the first Revlon fragrance named after an American designer. New Yorker Josephine Catapano (1918-2012) was credited not only with Norell but also Youth Dew, Fidji, and Zen. She was a long-time executive at IFF, which has roots in New York City dating back to 1917, as well as in the Netherlands. Ms. Catapano won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Perfumers in 1993.

      • Laurels says:

        Wow, you’ve done your research!

        • nozknoz says:

          July 4th is a historical holiday, after all, and I kept thinking, how American is this, really? I started with Angela’s review, and then googled away on each aspect. So it’s other people’s research, actually.

      • Rappleyea says:

        I loved and wore Norell, Zen and Fidji back in the day. You smell wonderful and thank you for the perfume history. Have a happy and safe weekend.

        • nozknoz says:

          Wishing you the same, Rapple! I hope Jean Claude Ellena and Jean-Paul Guerlain enjoyed their hot dogs and fireworks yesterday, too. ;-)

          • missionista says:

            My mom used to wear Fidji, and I loved it on her! I worked on an exhibition of Norrell’s clothes once.

  39. sllat says:

    Wearing DSH Oeillets Rouges. The humidity brings out the spiciness even more. Loving it! I’m with Elisa on wearing a blue dress and red lipstick… adding white sunglasses to that (although the rain is making those unnecessary!).

  40. jirish says:

    Will be putting on SSS Fireside Intense. Many may think of this as a fall-winter scent, but I love it in the summer as well. Goes great with fireworks/bbq.

    • Deva says:

      Ha! I am all smoky and smoldering with you today, jirish. Grabbed for Forest Walk, didn’t have my contacts in, and spritzed Winter Woods! Not what a I was planning, but I’m gonna rock it the best I can on a 90 degree 95% humidity day.

      Plus, same American perfumer, so I am still following the rules ;-)

  41. Marjorie Rose says:

    I am wearing Bill Blass Nude today–for that American-as-apple-pie, easy apple note! I don’t wear this one often enough, I think! So relaxed and comfortable and casual, without being ditzy. Seems good for hanging out, enjoying a beautiful, sunny day!

    Mr. Spicebomb’s father is the harbor master here in Portland, so I get to watch fireworks over the river this evening from ON TOP of the Hawthorne Bridge–should be an adventure! (I’m trying to convince myself it will be too nifty to be scary!)

    • foxbins says:

      I am so envious! That sounds wonderful! What a view!

    • nebbe says:

      It’s not worth doing if it isn’t a little scary! That’s what I remind myself when I face challenges.

      And heights are a challenge for me too!

    • Aparatchick says:

      Oh what a view! Have fun.

  42. foxbins says:

    SOTD is from Chicago–MadHat Scents, SantL. It’s real Mysore sandalwood, Peru balsam, cinnamon, guiuacwood, oud, rose, and cedar. It was a limited edition and bears a distinct resemblance to Bois des Iles.

    I am going to my secret viewpoint this evening to watch fireworks. There is a rest stop on a high hill next to the interstate that overlooks a few counties and I can see fireworks from an amusement park as well as neighboring municipalities. Last year there were about 10 shows visible.

    • Vanie says:

      Wow! That looks like an amazing spot to be tonight!

  43. Vanie says:

    I’m wearing my brand new bottle of Atelier Cologne Grand Neroli! I received it yesterday evening, so it would have been rude not to ;)

  44. Dusan says:

    Happy 4th of July! I’m wearing CK Truth for Men on what is a fabulously hot day.

    • eswift83 says:

      Is Truth for Men similar in any way to Truth for women?

  45. CM says:

    I had a rehearsal this morning ( concert tomorrow) so went with a light spritz of CK Euphoia today. I had to dust off a layer of dust since I haven’t worn this in quite a while! I wish I had a vintage (1990s) bottle of CKBe- loved that one!

  46. tiffanie says:

    Today I went for CB I Hate Perfume Tea Rose. No fireworks, just sweetly simple and fresh.

  47. sweetgrass says:

    My SOTD is a layered combo I’m calling “Smells like independence”. :D It is:

    Lush The Smell of Freedom (I couldn’t resist)
    SSS Wood Violet
    a tiny dab of Kerosene Black Vines

    weird as it sounds, it all works together pretty well

    • HemlockSillage says:

      That is brave layering! I’m glad it’s working. You have more talent for layering than me–I do well do layer two things once in a great while. Go, Sweetgrass! I love Wood Violet, and nearly went with an SSS scent today, too, but went with a different Kerosene sample.

      • sweetgrass says:

        Lol I thought it might be a little crazy. I really just wanted SoF for the name, but since Lush is a British company, I thought I could come up with something to do to keep it on theme. So I got kind of an Americans vs. the British thing. lol

  48. happy888cat says:

    Marc Jacobs Daisy.
    Next friday is quite a challenge! Flanker of a flanker? Can’t think of even one…

  49. PriscillaE says:

    SOTD is Demeter’s Gingerale. I’m traveling and I took two rollerballs, a Pacifica and a Love & Toast, both American brands.

  50. Absolute Scentualist says:

    Today I decided to wear one of my favorites, American or otherwise, so I went with Estee Lauder Sensuous Noir. The brand occupies a cozy corner of my wardrobe and it was hard to choose, but this one is so warm and beautiful that it was the first that came to mind. Happy 4th (or Friday) everyone.

    • sweetgrass says:

      I wore a sample of that one yesterday. It is a beauty! I think it’s going to be on my buy list.

  51. Parley says:

    The only perfume of American origin I own – including all my samples – is Sparrow by TokyoMilk. Not a single Lauder or Ford or even Atelier. As far as I can tell, TokyoMilk is American but if it’s not, I tried! It’s all French on my perfume shelf. Sparrow is a very pretty, simple, citrusy gardenia. Clean but lush, rather long lasting. It’s also discontinued, and I got it for a song a few years ago.
    Happy fourth to all Americans! I hope you have a wonderful day.

    • 2rista says:

      I didn’t know Atelier was American; I always thought it was French. In that case I had plenty to choose from!

      • Parley says:

        Oh dear haha of course I managed to get it confused! I looked it up, it does indeed seem French. Well! Good thing I had my Sparrow then…

  52. des esseintes says:

    Five minutes to midnight here in Sweden. I just made it!
    I borrowed today’s scent from a friend. Or stole you could say, because she fell asleep. The spray mechanism was broken do I had to press the little plastic tube to get the btight floral by Sophia Grojsman dripping down my neck. I was in my early teens when I first smelled the eau de toilette Paris by Yves Saint Laurent. It was new at the time. I was allready more or less obsessed with perfume. I remember being proud of my ability to identify the fragrance of people I met. I can rarely do that today when there are 2000+ new releases per year. I also remember it reminded me of Nahema. I still think they are siblings.
    It feels nice to revisit this old friend tonight.

    • nozknoz says:

      Thanks for sharing this beautiful stolen moment, des esseintes!

  53. kindcrow says:

    SOTD is Kiss of Love by Sweet Mojo Apothecary. It’s made in a little studio in Randolph, Maine. I put it on several hours after I applied insect repellant, so there’s a little bug spray in the background :-)

  54. nebbe says:

    Happy 4th to my fellow Americans – and a great smelling day to all!!

    Wearing EL Bronze Goddess (my sample from STC is pre- 2014, which I loved then bought the 2014 version then got distracted and haven’t picked it up again since) and loving it.

    Hope everyone has a fun, safe evening! !

  55. johanob says:

    Happy 4th July to the perfume pals in the USA!Be good be safe!We have Heritage day in South Africa,I guess that’s more or less the same as Independrnce day for you guys!SOTD was C&E Iris,although not sure if it’s a US brand?(UK maybe?)Happy WEEKEEEEND!!!Johano

    • Aparatchick says:

      Pretty sure Crabtree & Evelyn is American. I like their iris scented drawer liners; have you ever tried those?

      How do South Africans celebrate Heritage Day? Braai, I’m guessing?

      • perthgirl says:

        Pretty sure Crabtree & Evelyn is British! ;-)

        • Robin says:

          Nope, American! But they do operate in the UK.

          • Robin says:

            Or should say…founded in US in the 70s, currently owned by a Malaysian company.

      • johanob says:

        Yes we braai!.we BRAAI,that is!Haha!Heritage day is the 24th September,it’s actually also National Braai Day!(National BBQ day…:-))24 Sept is during the later part of spring here,so everyone wants to return to outside living,as we do enjoy the outdoors!
        I am/was obsessed with C&E Iris,I have EVERY product in the range!Lol!The drawer liners are really nice,and I love the reed diffuser too!

  56. annemarie says:

    I’m not American but thought I’d join in. I dug out my bottle of SSS Femme Jolie, which was I thknk my first niche purchase (now long d/c). It’s all fruit, spices and cedar, rather like Lutens Feminite de Bois.

  57. eswift83 says:

    This morning was Illuminated Perfumes To Bee, and this afternoon was SSS Champagne de Bois. It’s a great-smelling day.

  58. juicejones says:

    First monsoon last night, preceded a big haboob.
    Humid all day, so I went with Timbuktu to balance things out.

    • kindcrow says:

      I mentioned the word “haboob” to my husband, and he had just heard it in a book that he is listening to, that is titled “Lawrence in Arabia.”

      • juicejones says:

        We have always had dust storms here, within the last few years we now have to use walls of dust that slowly rolled across the valley. I guess someone adopted the Middle Eastern term for this type of storm. They are really quite breathtaking to see. Just get inside and close your windows before they hit!

  59. PekeFan says:

    Happy 4th of July Perfume Peeps! It is pouring rain here in the Pioneer Valley (Massachusetts). I’m wearing Piguet Douglas Hannant edp, which is very American. I think it smells like bubble gum and dish washing liquid.

  60. HemlockSillage says:

    Hope you all are having a great Fourth of July. The homemade ice cream has been served, the watermelon eaten and dominoes played. It was a good day. I wore Kerosene’s Whips and Roses, which worked pretty well in today’s scorching heat. It was definitely a nonlinear, fascinating scent, and I’m glad I have more in my little spray sample to explore. Be well.

  61. GateGirl says:

    Dreaming by Tommy Hilfiger. Still lovin that peach note.

  62. missionista says:

    SOTD is CB I Hate Perfume I am a Dandelion. It was between that and Tommy Girl, and CB won out.

  63. Laurels says:

    SOTD was Melissa Flagg Clementine, which is a lovely orange blossom, albeit not very long-lasting. Starts out with a bit of zest, goes through a nicely indolic phase, gets quiet after half-an-hour or so. Might make a good office scent. I like it better than Jo Malone OB. Happy 4th, everyone!

  64. johanob says:

    I’m actually curious to read what the US PERFUMISTAS would consider to be THE ultimate quintessential American fragrance brand?I’m guessing Estee Lauder or Tommy Hillfiger/Tom Ford/Ralph Lauren?Do tell!:-)

    • juicejones says:

      My initial thoughts go back to the 70’s . Halston or Norell. Back when they were big, bold and everyone got on board. Now they just seem like corporate flankers and big business.

      • johanob says:

        Interesting!Thank you!Although I have never heard of Norell,are they still around?

    • nozknoz says:

      johanob, I guess I thought of Estee Lauder initially (which would include Clinique).

      It would depend, naturally, on the age of the American answering the question. For example, Revlon launched Charlie in 1974 with a huge ad campaign focused on the image of the new American career woman. Charlie was a best seller at the time, but is only a cheap drugstore fragrance nowadays.

      Certainly agree with other possibilities, such as Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfinger, Norell and Halston.

      Then there are Avon, which began as The California Perfume Company in 1886, and Old Spice, which was originally introduced as Early American Old Spice for women in 1937. Both are still well-known, all-American lines (but cheap, I guess).

      This also gets confused because American brands have often tried to appear French or English, for example, Fabergé, Crabtree and Evelyn, and Evyan (although that brand boasted of being all-American during WWII, according to The Vintage Perfume Vault).

      • johanob says:

        thanks for the reply!I initially also first thought of Avon!Certainly America do have quite a rich history with perfume brands!Norell I’m gonna do some research on!

        • juicejones says:

          Sorry to be late in responding. I believe you can still find Norell, but I am certain it won’t smell as it did in the 70s. I am sure it had oakmoss. Nozknoz is spot on about Charlie. Everyone wore it. Marketed to a younger woman just starting out and making a name for herself. Shelley Hack was the model in pant suits and legs for days. It was never really my thing. Revlon was sold in department stores then. Clara was popular too. I preferred these big signature scents and think of them as American. When the 80s hit, the next generation of these were Giorgio and Bijan. Too big for my tastes and a sign of change.

    • missionista says:

      Avon is the first thing that springs to mind.

  65. MikasMinion says:

    I completely forgot to comment yesterday but I did manage to wear American perfumes. Started the say with OO Osafume, then remembered I have a tiny dab of Polo Sport Woman that was a gift from a college boyfriend and served as a room deodorizer because I could never bear to wear it. After I decided that my prejudice still stands and I changed shirts, I ended the day with CBIHP Wild Hunt.
    Next week will be a real challenge for me. I can’t think of a single flanker in my collection. Will have to sift through my samples.

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