Monday scent of the day 7/7

Seagrams Ginger Ale

Care to tell us what fragrance you're wearing today?

I'm wearing Demeter Gingerale, and I'm having a cup of Fortnum & Mason Countess Grey tea. Many thanks to reader PetronellaCJ for recommending it!

Reminder: this 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.

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  1. sayitisntso says:

    Guerlain’s Eau de Fleurs de Cedrat. Straight out of the fridge, liberally sprayed from head to toe. It doesn’t last more than 10 minutes on skin but it’s a darned lovely 10 minutes.

    Short story about Demeter Gingerale: I have it and loved it once upon a time. But the last time I wore it, I was sick and traveling abroad. Now, even the faintest whiff makes my stomach do crazy things. I thought time would help but here I am 3 years later, and I still have the same reaction. :(

    • perthgirl says:

      It took me about 8 years to be able to eat raspberries again and gee, about 20yrs to be able to drink Southern Comfort again ;-) there’s hope yet :)

      • farouche says:

        I still pick the cashews out of the nut bowl and make my husband eat them.

        OD’d on cashews at age 8 :-/

        • perthgirl says:

          I was about that age when I o/d’d on the berries. I still remember how that one last one went from yummy raspberry flavour to acidic poison. Guess one can have too much of a good thing. (funny how I can’t OD on chocolate though…)

          • teri says:

            Oh but you can! I discovered white chocolate when I was about 13. Ate a good big hunk of it in the evening and went to bed. I woke up in the night with a flu bug that kept me worshipping the porcelain god for several days afterwards, along with a sore throat and fever. To this day (and I just turned 60), I can’t stand the stuff.

      • nozknoz says:

        Now that you mention it, I’ve gotten over any aversion to most things I happened to have eaten when I got sick, but we’re talking decades, in most cases. Although I’ve never even considered trying to repeat a college student days casserole that had sweet peppers, sliced hot dogs and pineapple, LOL.

      • mossygreen says:

        Oh god, Southern Comfort. Still can’t do it after 25 years.

  2. perthgirl says:

    Jungle l’Elephant today. It’s cold and stormy here today so the elephant has been cozy-on-the-go.

  3. Helle says:

    Amaranthine! Loving it on this hot and steamy summer day. It’s one of those fragrances that makes me smile every time, but I feel it needs really hot weather to bloom and since such days are rare where I live, I don’t wear it as much as I should.

    • perthgirl says:

      LOVE Amaranthine! I reach for it heaps in summer and it always makes me smile too.

    • nozknoz says:

      Had not thought of Amaranthine – will have to try that!

  4. melissa says:

    Premier Figuer here, and all the coffee I can find.

    • Robin says:

      I miss coffee like crazy (had to give it up for health reasons).

    • floragal says:

      No need for coffee scented perfume for me today! Had a guy on the subway spill his entire cup of DD coffee on me and another gal. What a way to start a Monday! Not to mention that I was coming from a dental appointment of all thing.
      Can I go home now??

      • Robin says:

        Oh drat…so sorry!

      • scentfromabove says:

        That’s horrible. I hope he at least apologized or offered to pay your dry cleaning bill.

        • floragal says:

          He was very apologetic and did ask if there was anything he could do. Many others offered napkins to me and the other gal. There really wasn’t anything he could do. Another great reason to wear black, even in summer! Nothing was ruined, just wet and smelly!

          Thanks for commiserating with me ;)

      • melissa says:


      • hajusuuri says:

        Oh no, you poor thing. NYC has its quirks. This mornimg, I saw a guy fighting with a paper coffee cup. He had tossed the cup on top of the marble half wall near the corner of 43rd and 6th, then he took a side-kick stance with his fists in front of his face, let out a blood-curling scream and side-kicked air, then he picked up the cup and calmly walked away.

        • floragal says:

          SO New York! Love it!

  5. lucasai says:

    This week started really hot in my region, around 36*C at the hottest moment of the day. Thermometer now shows 34*C.

    I’m trying to cool down a little bit with help of Eau d’Italie Acqua Decima.

    • Robin says:

      For US folks, 36 is about 96-97 F. That’s hot :-)

      • scentfromabove says:

        For us Texas folks, that’s a norm everyday. A lot of times, we hit well over 100.

        • Sapphire says:

          Yeah, but no air conditioning in Poland! I’ve been in Germany when it was about 85-90F during the day and it was pretty miserable. Houses aren’t arranged for cross-ventilation too well. There was a fire sale on fans.

          • scentfromabove says:

            Yikes! No air conditioner! I couldn’t imagine.

    • nozknoz says:

      Good luck with the heat, Lucas – hope it cools down soon!

  6. Elisa says:

    Luctor et Emergo from POTL. First time wearing this sample — I was afraid, but I like it!

    • Robin says:

      Oh, a long time favorite comfort scent!

      • Elisa says:

        Louve almost drove me insane so I was worried they’d be similar, but not at all. It’s quite lovely.

  7. Ari says:

    SOTD is Le Labo Geranium. Which, in true Le Labo fashion, is not remotely geranium-y.

    I have a question for New Yorkers: where are the vintage perfumes?? Surely there must be constant estate sales with vintage Guerlains from glamorous UES ladies (may they rest in peace), but for some reason I can only find New Jersey listings online.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Vintage perfumes in New York = Etsy

      • floragal says:

        How interesting!
        Never thought to look via Etsy.

        By the way, I tried, but failed, to make it to Henri Bendel this weekend to see what was still on sale perfume-wise.
        Maybe this week…

      • AnnieA says:

        Do the perfume bottles have little crochet covers?

    • Coumarin says:

      Ooo, I am dying to try Geranium 30! How do you find it, other than not smelling like geranium?

      • Robin says:
      • Ari says:

        It is an interesting contrast between a dark green top note and a sweet, woody base. Very pleasant, wouldn’t pay $240 (or whatever ungodly number it’ll end up going on ebay for) for it.

        • Coumarin says:

          I feel that way about most of Le Labo’s offerings, but at least for the normal ones they make auxiliary products.

          Very helpful review, also. I’ll comment properly there.

          • Ari says:

            Thank you very much, Coumarin! There are quite a few Le Labos I would happily buy with someone else’s money (Rose 31, Iris 39), but so far the only one I’ve found worthy of my own money is Patchouli 24.

  8. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Chanel No. 19 Poudre

    I am trying to do a flankers week but I may end up doing a perfumes with flankers week with a Friday finale of a Flanker Friday (I know what I’ll be wearing).

    The iris bits of Chanel No. 19 Poudre are nice but something about the overall composition reminds me of lipstick (which is a no-no scent for me).

    • Robin says:

      I decided I could not pull off a week of flankers, I own too few so would spend too much time digging through samples.

  9. relleric says:

    SOTD is Eau Sauvage (Dior)

  10. farouche says:

    Put on a bit of Chanel #5 from a small sample I have. I try it now and again to see if my opinion of it has changed. This is the EDT, and I’m thinking I might like the parfum better. Any thoughts on which concentration is best?

    • Caroline says:

      The EDT is lovely, but very fleeting. I prefer the EDP for its longevity and overall brighter scent.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I like EDT the best but it is very short-lived like Caroline commented earlier. I like it for an evening out – just enough to make a statement at the beginning and then just mere traces as the evening winds down. I bet it stays longer on clothes or scarves but I’ve never done that as I think perfume degrades clothing fibers.

    • AnnS says:

      It really depends on what you like. The parfum and the edt are very different from each other. I think the parfum has a cooler, powdery vibe (with more jasmine, and the edp is kind of more in this spectrum, though also different), and the edt is richer, deeper and kind of it’s own scent, but does not have as much longevity. It is just so well blended it become something else that is only No 5, if that makes sense. Try all the incarnations as you can and then you’ll decide what you like best! Even the body cream smells differently than the parfum, edt, etc. Good luck! (I like *all* the incarnations of No 5, but the edt is now my fav.)

    • farouche says:

      Thank you all for your #5 advice!

  11. floragal says:

    With the dental appointment this morning I thought I’d do a very calming and unobtrusive scent, so I went with FM’s L’Eau d’Hiver.
    It’s too powdery for my taste, but still enjoying it once and a while.

    • nozknoz says:

      Cloudy scents like that are calming – good choice!

  12. Laila says:

    Robin, thanks for the smile this morning. When I saw the gingerale can, the word ‘Seagrams,’ and the 7/7 date, I thought you were posting a twist on the 7 & 7 highball, using gingerale instead of 7-Up. Haven’t thought of that in years!

    Hot and steamy here today, enjoying EL’s Sensuous Nude in the edt form. The edt is delicate and sheer and rebalances the Nude edp notes to focus on the bergamot, mandarin, jasmine, muguet and coconut water. I use it like a body spray and it’s very refreshing, anything heavier than this today would be suffocating,

    • Robin says:

      Gosh, had forgotten that drink entirely!

    • AnnieA says:

      Ah, yes, rye and ginger, the Canadian Tuxedo of drinks…

      • AnnS says:

        I think I need one of those right now, with more of the 7 than the 7, if you know what I mean. And extra ice….. Cheers!

  13. Caroline says:

    SOTD is Especially Escada, which I dug out of my sample jar. It smells a bit like hairspray and is very light. I’m sure I’ll be switching it out by late afternoon.

  14. Squirrely says:

    I’m wearing Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet, perfect for a warm, slightly muggy Monday.

  15. foxbins says:

    Hot today and I am painting indoors wearing Le Nez’s Manoumalia. Such a nice summer scent, tiare and ylang ylang and some woods. I get a little bit of powder as well.

    Happy Monday, everyone!

    • nozknoz says:

      Love Manoumalia. Now I am wondering if you are painting paintings or walls. I’d think Manoumalia would be great for doing something artistic.

  16. bastet says:

    I’m wearing SSS Nostalgie and its working very well in the AC of my office, but I’m not sure how it will do when I go back out into the heat this evening! (Its in the upper 90s here in Northern Virginia.)

  17. thegoddessrena says:

    Exultat is my SOTD, bought a few days ago

    • nozknoz says:

      Love that! Congratulations!

  18. Parley says:

    Hot, humid and thundery and I wore un jardin sur le nil at first! Then I applied a citrusy sunscreen oil and after that I got caught in torrential rain. Bundled up and drying now and applied Penhaligon Elixir for some sweet woods and spices for comfort!

  19. cologneluvr says:

    SOTD: Tom Ford Noir Eau de Parfum

  20. scentfromabove says:

    Good afternoon everyone. I am once again wearing my new summer favorite, Orange Sanguine from Atelier. I can’t seem to stay away from it. Love it. :)

    • floragal says:

      That smell is amazing, just not sure I could wear it ;)
      Tried it at Sephora over the weekend and wow! orange!

      • Merlin says:

        There are moments when I think I could both live and die doused in the scent of oranges!

      • rose pepper says:

        I love it! I think that the freshness and slight bitterness (like the pith of a real orange) make it wearable. It also layers really well.

        • scentfromabove says:

          YES! It seems like it can be layered with almost anything (at least the fragrances that I own). :)

  21. Oakland Fresca says:

    Went a little overboard with Dune EDT last night after my shower, spraying and mixing it in with lotion… and it is still going strong. I think it is such an elegant fragrance and I’m in black stretchy pants and my husband’s discarded fleece sweatshirt… well, at least I smell nice!

    • AnnS says:

      I worn Dune right after I graduated college a billion years ago. I always love that fragrance – it wasn’t like anything else. It is very elegant.

  22. teri says:

    I’m sampling Incanto Bloom from Salvatore Ferragamo today. As inoffensive, office-friendly, sweet citrusy florals go, it’s really not too bad. None of the plastic not-so-fantastic or bug spray synthetic nastiness that so many of the modern commercial perfumes geared to the young seem to have. It’s certainly nothing I’d buy for myself – I’m far too up in years for its intended demographic – but if I were looking for a gift for a younger woman, I’d consider it. Plus, the Incanto flanker bottles are just so darn ultra-cool-modern.

    • AnnieA says:

      Hear, hear! It’s like perfume companies are saying, “Young people will buy anything, ‘cos their noses are dumb.”

  23. Rappleyea says:

    I fell back on an old favorite for my SOTD – vintage Guerlain Samsara. I’ve had it on since early this a.m. and by now I’m smelling honest-to-goodness-real sandalwood! Glorious!

  24. Merlin says:

    I bought C&E’s Lavender on sale about 9 days ago and wore it most of last week. Since Saturday I have been trying to vary my scents but everything else seems to make me a bit uncomfortable. I’ll probably need to wear this constantly until I get sick of it – which will allow me to go back to my others!

  25. sweetgrass says:

    SOTD is Une Rose de Kandahar. I’m not feeling great today, like I might be starting to get sick, so it might not have been the best choice

    • scentfromabove says:

      Hey sweetgrass (fellow Houstonian), I hope you feel better soon. I’m sure the heat doesn’t help much.

  26. Filomena says:

    SOTD: Comme de Garcon Eau Lavande.

  27. AnnieA says:

    Wearing Fleurs de Sel today. Looks like it might not last out the day, alas…

    • AnnS says:

      Good choice! You’ll only have to suffer by re-applying later!

  28. pyramus says:

    Randomly grabbed a sample and it was CSP Vanille Framboise, now of course discontinued, from back in the day when, someone correct me if I am wrong because I never saw this done, they would open a 100-mL bottle of Vanille and tip in a tiny bottle of raspberry or apricot or rose or whatever. (Yes, CSP once had a Vanille Rose.) Top is synthetic but rather nice raspberry: then comes the usual CSP vanilla with a whole lot of baby-powderishness to it. Lasts forever: I showered and it’s still going strong.

  29. Lys says:

    SOTD: Guerlain Muguet.

    Was lucky enough to sample the two Pluriel Kurkjians too, haven’t smelled them on skin yet but verdict so far is that they’re very, very good,

    • perthgirl says:

      Ooh let us know the verdict when tested on skin!

  30. AnnS says:

    Today I am wearing vintage Hermes Amazone edt, and I smell great even if I say so myself. It really smells natural and complex and like a sun warmed summer field. I don’t know how they got that smell in a bottle, but holy cow. THere is some sort of otherworldly alliance between the oakmoss, vetiver and something else I can’t quite put my finger on that is a little sweet, a little spicy and a little tad bit flowery, that just becomes this super golden green gorgeous thing. I look at the list of notes and I just can’t get there on paper. Maybe rosewood? Maybe wormwood/artemsia? I can’t figure it. It is one of my summer favorites once the heat turns on for good.

    • Rappleyea says:

      Fabulous description! You’ve really made me want to try it! Daisy would be proud. ;-)

    • nozknoz says:

      Love Amazone – I just wish it were a little stronger.

  31. nancyg says:

    SOTD is Eau de Rochas – perfect for the heavy humid air…

  32. PekeFan says:

    SOTD = Chanel Eau de Cologne. I can still smell it, faintly, after several hours.

  33. Laurels says:

    SOTD is… nothing, most uncharacteristically for me. I rushed out this morning having forgotten to put any perfume on, and by the time I realized it, I was on my way to get an allergy shot, and didn’t think it advisable to spritz right before walking in to the allergy dept. I’d promised my nephew we’d swim this afternoon, so there wasn’t any point to putting anything on by the time I left the Dr.’s office. I’m thinking about putting on some Melissa Flagg Clementine, as it should last until bedtime.

    My posting to these threads has been spotty, so I’ll list my other US Week perfumes: Sage Onyx, Olympic Orchids California Chocolate (which is great, and seemed appropriate for a 7-year-old’s birthday party, but which turns out to be less than ideal on a 100 degree day), and on Saturday night, Badgley Mischka! (Thanks again, nancyg!) I wanted to wear a big floral for an outdoor concert, and was looking longingly at SL Fleurs d’Oranger, when I remembered the Badgley Mischka. It was a really good week. A Flanker Week seems beyond me, though.

  34. Christian Lacroix Noir. Got a Great Compliment from a friend of mine who said it smelled really good on me… I trust his opinion very much so, so it was a Mitzvah! :-) Ought to wear it more!

  35. nozknoz says:

    This morning I dashed on a few splashes of SNM Melograno. I love that stuff and I don’t even know why. It smells a sort of soapy, with a hint of something else – sandalwood or patchouli. Not at all the kind of thing I usually like, but I can’t stay away from it. Weird! I also like enjoy splashing it out of that old fashioned cologne bottle, Mandom style! It just works.

    Of course, I especially gravitate toward its old-fashioned kind of clean scent (not to be confused with the modern CLEAN scent) on hot days. I’m sure it vacuums up any sweat scent.

  36. CM says:

    It’s late…. wore Terracotta today with a hit of muguet. It’s a great combo! Does Terracotta qualify as a flanker since there were other versions of it beforehand?

  37. PetronellaCJ says:

    Summer has finally hit Sweden so I am wearing Voyage d’Hermes. Glad you liked the Countess :).

  38. austenfan says:

    I’m too late but yesterday, so this day’s SOTD I wore Guerlain Chamade extrait.

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