Thursday scent of the day 7/10

pink grapefruit

What fragrance are you wearing today?

I'm wearing Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Pamplemousse. I smell more cheerful and awake than I am.

Reminder: tomorrow, July 11, will be Flanker Friday: wear a flanker fragrance, and extra bonus points for wearing a flanker of a flanker! The following week, Friday the 18th, will be Sample Grab Bag: pick a fragrance at random from among your untried samples.

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: image is Pink Grapefruit by geishaboy500 at flickr; some rights reserved.

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  1. relleric says:

    SOTD is 1872 for Men (Clive Christian). Haven’t worn it in ages, but remembered to be VERY careful not to overapply – if that happens I can literally taste it. Yuk! A little bit of this goes a very long way. :)

    • Robin says:

      I so hate that, when a scent gets in the back of your throat.

      • relleric says:

        Exactly. This seems to be the only fragrance I own that has this characteristic.

        • perthgirl says:

          That’s what galbanum does to me :-(

          • relleric says:

            Now wondering if I have other frags that contain more than a little galbanum. I suppose it is possible that I just haven’t over-applied them like this one.

  2. Mary Carol says:

    I am wearing Piguet Calypso today. Haven’t pulled that one out yet this summer and it’s time!

    • Robin says:

      It must be, feels like the summer is half gone already!

    • AnnS says:

      I was just thinking of Calypso yesterday! I had a big sample the other year, drained it, and have struggled with whether or not it is FBW….. I recall thinking it was just such a nice warm rose.

  3. melissa says:

    Infusion d’Iris — just right, as always.

    • Robin says:


    • Delacey says:

      That’s my choice for the day, too. So hot where I live right now, and as I can’t spend the whole day floating in the lake, I wanted that feeling of cool to follow me.

  4. flannery says:

    Way too hot for me today but perfect for a lovely citrus like your Pamplemousse, so I chose Seville a L’Aube. I’ve even named a new needlework design I’ve just completed after the lovely Seville scent, a lace over tangerine colored threads. I can hear the castenets

  5. Caroline says:

    SOTD is Aromatics Elixir. My grandma recently found her (very) old stick of the solid perfume. It is just amazing on the skin and lasts all day. It comes in a little tube–almost like a lipstick and is really easy to apply. I wish they would sell that version again. It is fantastic!

    • Robin says:

      Wow, when do you think it was made?

      • Caroline says:

        My Grandma seems to think she got it in the nineties as some limited edition type deal. I can’t seem to find any sign of its existence online, however. It’s definitely Aromatics, though!

        • perthgirl says:

          A couple of years ago they did a 40th anniversary solid in a necklace pendant, and a check online shows some solid perfume compacts available, but in the traditional style rather than tubular.

        • pyramus says:

          This sounds like what Paco Rabanne used to do in the mid eighties, solid twist-up sticks, like those skinny Softlips lip-balm tubes, as gift-with-purchase giveaways: I had Metal and Calandre. I wish more companies did solids like that — more convenient than the little tins (which are rare enough) — although I suppose easily mistaken for lip balm and horrifyingly smeared on the lips….

  6. rose pepper says:

    SOTD is Chanel Cristalle layered over Tocca Violette, influenced by yesterday’s uninspiring sample of L’Aritsan Vert Violette. I liked the idea, but not the execution, and with the Cristalle/Violette combo I get the green followed by violet that I wanted from Vert Violette. I like this layering pair and will definitely wear again. I’m also happy I can get the idea I wanted using what I have and without having to buy a new bottle of perfume :)

  7. Dilana says:

    Bois Bleu- a cedar with violets. There is something about a very dry fragrance on a humid day.

  8. teri says:

    Scrambled about in the untested sample box today and came out with Il Profumo Vanille Bourbon. I was hoping for something along the lines of Lubin’s Idole. Instead I smell exactly like a marshmallow toasted over a campfire. :S This might make a nice night-time comfort scent, but it’s a little bit weird at work.

    • perthgirl says:

      It was very brave of you to wear an untested to work Teri! :-0 ;-)

  9. scentfromabove says:

    My SOTD is my signature scent; Nectarine Blossom and Honey by Jo Malone.

  10. Abyss says:

    An older formulation of Diorella EDT. Perfect!

  11. perthgirl says:

    Today was Lolita Lempicka. I hated this when it was released but it doesn’t smell so sweet or sickly now- at all.
    Tonight Safran Troublant. Yum. A few weeks ago I poached some quinces with sugar, a lemon, cloves and a vanilla pod, and when done they smelled just like Safran Troublant!

    • CM says:

      I may join you this afternoon in wearing Safran Troublant. My SOTD has another hour or so before it disappears and I’m staring at a decant of Safran on my desk… Those quinces sound delicious!

    • sweetgrass says:

      I was the same way on LL. I thought it was too sweet at first too, but now I love it. The quinces sound delicious!

  12. orl says:

    SOTD is Lush’ Dirty. Hadn’t worn it in a while. As always, cannot decide if I like it or not

  13. Laila says:

    SOTD is EL’s Azuree Soleil Eau Fraiche Skinscent. My favorite summer scent or anytime I need a vacation-in-a-bottle! I’m so glad I have several of these and the body oil, the Bronze Goddess editions are not quite ‘there’ for me.

  14. floragal says:

    Parfums de Nicolaï L’Eau à la Folie for me today!
    Good for the hot, humid weather we’re having right now.

  15. pyramus says:

    I was going to save Mugler Eau de Star for Flanker Friday but I couldn’t decide if it was a proper flanker so I wore it today instead. It’s flankerish because it’s basically Angel, but Angel with peppermint extract, artificial watermelon flavouring, and Miel de Bois tipped into the vat, and it is just about the weirdest thing I own. There’s no way that freshened Angel should work, and it probably doesn’t, but I like it anyway.

  16. Squirrely says:

    Penhaligon’s Peoneve, but it’s almost gone, which is fine, because I’m headed to a spin class over my lunch hour, and that means I can reapply something else after lunch (I think I have at least 4 perfume samples rolling around the drawers in my office).

    • Squirrely says:

      I’m back. SOTA ended up being Pacifica’s Tuscan Blood Orange, and now that I’m home and showered, it’s Ambre Sultan.

      • Deva says:

        YAY! A fellow spinner! Great bedtime scent as well =)

  17. Barqs says:

    I sprayed some of my husband’s Dior Homme on this morning. It is so well blended and easy to wear, so I figured “why not” and spritzed some on me.

    • pyramus says:

      Why not indeed! I think the world would be a better place if we ignored the labels and just asked ourselves, Does this smell good? Does it smell good on me? Does it make me happy? Because that’s all that matters.

      And do you smell good? I bet you do!

      • Barqs says:

        Yes–if I must say so myself, I smell good!!!

    • austenfan says:

      I often wear Dior Homme, it’s a gorgeous iris.

      • Barqs says:

        It really is!

      • PetronellaCJ says:

        One of my favourite iris-with-something-else-combos!

  18. austenfan says:

    Divine Bergamote. One of those deceptively simple scents that you just keep on wearing trying to figure out why they are so wonderful. It’s quite muggy here today so it makes for a nice contrast.

  19. Dawn says:

    Last night, I put on Jubilation 25 (for women). I mainly wanted to see if I still hated it or fell in love with it. It’s still on my wrist and I still hate it. I think that after my shower, I might just wear Dia since I haven’t worn that in a while or Lyric.

    • perthgirl says:

      I have a sample of Jub 25 I keep testing. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it, it’s very strange like that.

    • Laurels says:

      It doesn’t work for me either. Lyric is beautiful, though.

  20. monkeytoe says:

    I wanted something fresh, but not too fresh and decided on Eau de Rochas.

  21. juicejones says:

    Fate. Another one that opens up nicely in the humidity.

    • Deva says:

      Just got my decant today- so gorgeous and it does such lovely dips and twirls in the heat and humidity!

  22. foxbins says:

    VC & A Bois d’Iris. Just right for today.

    • ihadanidea says:

      You smell fantastic.

  23. Lucy says:

    SOTD is Chanel No. 5. I have been battling a cold/allergies for a month and my obstetrician wants be to get it checked out to make sure it’s nothing that could be harmful to the baby. Unfortunately, the only internal medicine doc who could get be in has terrible reviews. It seems I am going to have to be extra assertive, hence the No. 5. It has always made me feel powerful in a classy, polite sort of way.

    • AnnS says:

      Oh gosh- good luck. When I was pregnant and had troubles with my allergies, the only thing I could take was sudafed, which didn’t entirely work, b/c then I’d want to drink a lot of caffience. I just wanted to put my head under a cold wet towel and sleep for 4 weeks! Good luck!

      • Lucy says:

        The more people I talked to, the more I found out that nearly every woman I know developed allergies or had the worst case ever while pregnant. Even my own mother. In 36 years I’ve never known her to see a specialist, although I do know she’s allergic to bananas and ragweed (they are related somehow). She just avoids them and manages fine. Then she told me a story the other day that involved the allergist she had while pregnant with me. Apparently they were really bad general pollen, dust, dander types, then went away after I was born. Go figure!

        As for me, I’ve been using a neti-pot and pummeling my eyebrows, cheeks, and jaw with hot water from the shower head massage setting. That’s about all I can do. OB/GYN gave me the okay for Zyrtec. It worked once. When I tried it again two days in a row, not only did it not help the allergies at all, the baby didn’t move for a whole day afterward. Probably a coincidence but not worth the risk…especially when I get more relief from eating a Popsicle.

    • Sapphire says:

      Hi Lucy, I don’t know where you live, but speaking as am internist myself, if there are other docs you would much rather see, have your OB call one personally and get you in. Things still get done that way, thank goodness. Nothing like a little professional courtesy!

      • Lucy says:

        Thank you for the advice. I’ve had the OB set me up with specialists, but thought I could handle this one myself. Turns out I was wrong. The appointment was a bust. I was as assertive as could be without yelling at the guy and all I got was him shrugging his shoulders and telling me he doesn’t know what’s wrong. It would have been a better use of my time to just mail him my $20 copay and stay home.

        I will send my OB an email right now and see if he can help. I’m due in a month and do not want to be having this congestion, cough, and scratchy throat while in labor. Thank you.

  24. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere

    Nice, but fleeting. I undersprayed from a sample atomizer.

    • tiffanie says:

      Eau Premiere for me, too, today. I put it on as a test. I wore it months ago, and the initial notes (maybe the aldehydes) really made my nose hurt. Today I put a bit on and went outside in the warm weather (about 78 F) for an hour to see if the heat would speed up the fragrance’s evolution. It did! and the fragrance wears much better for me that way. I’ll have to save it for warm days spent outside from now on.

  25. ihadanidea says:

    My refrigerated Bvlgari Green Tea does it for me again.

  26. ErinK says:

    I am joining the iris-wearers in here today with Keiko Mecheri Iris d’Argent which is perhaps my holy grail of irises. I would love to try that new DSH iris soliflore, but $88 for 5 mls is rich for my blood, extrait or not.

    • Laurels says:

      They’re selling vial samples for $23. Still quite pricy per ml, but 1/3 (I think) goes to a breast cancer charity.

  27. CM says:

    Enlevement au serail today and cherishing every last discontinued drop! I took caution to the wind and sprayed liberally. It’s just lovely.

    Isn’t DSH Pamplemousse great! It’s right up there at the top of my favorite grapefruit/pamplemousse scents ever – perfect on a hot steamy day!

  28. AnnS says:

    Today it was cool and I’m trying on some Tom Fords to help me deal with my Velvet Orchid lust. I’m wearing Black Orchid Voile de Fleur, which I probably should have saved for tomorrow….

  29. sweetgrass says:

    Today’s SOTD is CdG Kyoto layered with HdP Vert Pivoine. It works pretty nicely. VP femmes up Kyoto a bit, and Kyoto gives VP a bit of oomph.

    • Jaisalmer says:

      I have to try this you think with Jaisalmer that I adore will it work as well?

  30. thegoddessrena says:

    I think I’m wearing Killian Apple Brandy but I could be mistaken. It most likely is since it has been in my purse a while,and is in an unlabeled Killian vial, and doesn’t appear to smell of oud…..

  31. Elisa says:

    My SOTM was O’Ombre dans l’Eau (so lovely!), but then I went on a run and showered it off. Now my only scent is Honeymania body butter.

  32. AnnieA says:

    Wearing Rien, and it’s the first perfume in my new work rotation that has lasted past the morning. Much more conscious of longevity now that I canNOT respritz. Feeling rather deprived about this all, so this morning I ordered six (mainly Demeter) rollerball perfumes. I am reasonable confident rolling will be much less annoying to the officemate than the spritzing was – but if not I will let everyone here know. And how.

    • kindcrow says:

      Yup. I like rollerballs at work — silent and less airborne fragrance.

    • kindcrow says:

      Which Demeter rollerballs did you purchase?

  33. farouche says:

    I’m wearing Chanel No. 19 parfum, and it has lasted all day.

    Still haven’t decided on my flanker for tomorrow…

  34. odonata9 says:

    Rose Ikebana for me today. I do love it, but it sometimes is a bit too pink and cheerful for me.

  35. Kelly says:

    My SOTD is Ramon Monegal’s Cherry Musk. I liked it a few days ago as it was fairly comforting and cheery, but it definitely wasn’t right for my work day today. Today I found it like a cloying, vinegar-ed cotton candy.

    To be fair, it may just be my mood – I have a feeling it’s not necessarily the scent itself!

    • nebbe says:

      Isn’t that funny – even with scents that I know I enjoy, there is still variation in experience. Love that about this world: so much room to explore. Sometimes you get offdays and sometimes you get pleasant surprises.

  36. nebbe says:

    OJ Champaca today (one of my Monday mail suggestions that hit the mark for me!) From a sample vial.
    It sort of kind of reminds me of Si by Lolita Lempicka, which turns unappealing on my skin.

    But not Champaca! It is airy and lightly fancy. Good office silage (even with my dabs).

    Not sure what to wear tomorrow. Think I might stop at Sephora on my way home and get a sample of a flanker something.

    • Laurels says:

      You could go all the way and get a flanker of a flanker.

  37. Deva says:

    Started off with Un Bois Vanille, which is a great vanilla scent for hot humid days- not cloying or too much sweetness and the woods add a little cool shade into the mix.
    Spin class where SOTD was a lot of SWEAT!
    Now I have showered, am sipping my power smoothie,and enjoying my decant of Fate Woman which arrived in the mail today!
    I want to take myself to bed ;-)

  38. thegoddessrena says:

    Met up with Hajusuuri and Ihadanidea and we did a bit of sniffing and shopping so my SOTE is Sideris and it smells so good on me that both of them are considering getting a bottle too…..

    • hajusuuri says:

      You enabler you! Had a fabulous time and 60% off is practically free :-)

    • nozknoz says:

      What fun, and such a great perfume!

  39. Laurels says:

    SOTD is Jo Malone Blackberry &Bay. I love it, and it was perfect for a warm day and a dentist appointment. I think it’s all gone now, but I just forgot a pot of quinoa on the stove, so now all I smell is burnt grain. I’ll have to find something nice to put on after the smell subsides.

    I tried Gaultier Classique Eau d’Ete yesterday, thinking it might be a candidate for Flanker Friday, but didn’t care for it. There’s allegedly some neroli in it, but it mostly smells like watered-down Classique. At least it only set me back 99 cents.

  40. rebeccat94 says:

    SOTD is Infusion D’iris EDP. I have loved this scent since it’s launch and splurged and bought a one ounce bottle today. Every time I look at the tiny bottle on my vanity I am filled with joy!

  41. nozknoz says:

    Got a sample of FM Eau de Magnolia and am enjoying it. Trying to figure out what it reminds me of – possibly some kind of lemon candy, or limoncello? Haven’t had that in a long time, so I’m not sure. Interesting.

  42. missionista says:

    Wore AG Matin d’Orage this morning, and when it wore off, I put on SL Eau. Several hours later it too has worn off, so I am about to shower and then I’m not sure what I’ll wear for bed.

  43. Jaisalmer says:

    Today I’m wearing Musc Nomade by Annick Goutal. and as there’s a little breeze this wonderful scent comes to my nose and fill my heart with joy

  44. Delacey says:

    My flanker of the day is Stella Nude, which I’ve tried layering over l’Eau Ambree for the first time. Works well!

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