Friday scent of the day 7/11

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Today is Flanker Friday! The community project: wear a flanker fragrance, and extra bonus points for wearing a flanker of a flanker. What did you pick?

As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you didn't participate in the community project.

I am wearing Hermès Eau Claire des Merveilles. No extra bonus points for me, but of course I smell fabulous.

Reminder: next 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.

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  1. Coumarin says:

    I’m wearing vintage Emeraude cologne spray. Emeraude’s the flanker of Shalimar under another brand. At least I think it is….

    I almost brought out my bottle of Miss Dior Cherie Eau de Printemps for bonus points but I don’t enjoy it: Coco Mademoiselle knock off. I can’t believe I still have it! I was young once and in love.

    • Coumarin says:

      Oh and Robin, you smell great. I almost went with L’Ambre myself.

      • Robin says:

        If I owned L’Ambre (or could find my sample) I might have worn that! But Eau Claire is probably better in summer.

    • mals86 says:

      Must stand up for beloved Emeraude… It PREDATES Shalimar. :)

      Not that there’s anything wrong with Shalimar.

  2. Dilana says:

    Parisienne by YSL, I hate to admit that I picked up off the clearance rack Marshall’s or TJK Max, without even realizing it was not Paris by YSL.
    It opens very peachy and then goes berryish.

    • Robin says:

      Oh, what a shame you bought it by accident! Do you like it?

      • Dilana says:

        Not much of a shame, since I paid very little for it. It’s very fruity in sherbety sweet way, which normally I don’t like, but actually I kind of like it, the same way that on certain summer days, I will stroll to an ice cream stand.

        • Robin says:

          Good then. I liked Parisienne, but don’t think it did very well.

  3. pyramus says:

    My favourite flanker, which I’m wearing right now, is Midnight Poison. It’s very simple and stripped-down, mostly just greenish roses on a patchouli-vanilla base, but I think that’s what I like about it. Not midnight and not very poisonous, but still good. Poison Pour Homme is what it is. I can’t think why they discontinued it.

    • Robin says:

      A great flanker…Poison has had really great flankers in general.

  4. ihadanidea says:

    Following your lead and wearing L’Ambre des Merveilles. Warm and sparkling.

    And on the other arm I’m enjoying a sample of To Dream by Sonoma Scent Studio that a generous scent fairy provided – thank you Scent Fairy!

    • AnnieA says:

      Me too! It’s slightly cosy-blanket for the heat wave we’re having, but never mind. Turns out this and Black Orchid Voile de Fleur are the only flankers in my whole collection.

      • ihadanidea says:

        I commend your choice! :)

      • AnnS says:

        Annie: I realized this morning when I was in the shower, trying to run thorugh my frags, that I only have four: TF BO VdF (like you), Kenzo Flower Cologne, Bottega Veneta eau Legere, and No 5 eau Premiere.

        • AnnS says:

          One more: Fancy Nights.

  5. Janice says:

    Wearing Estee Lauder’s Youth Dew Amber Nude. The original would probably kill me in the summer (and also my mother in law used to wear it, so I never have), but this is much lighter and sort of citrus/gingery, like amber lemonade.

    • Elisa says:

      I agree that YDAN is lighter and works in summer! Love that one.

    • Coumarin says:

      A coworker and I talked about perfume a few weeks ago and she mentioned that her mother wore Youth Dew bath oil. She was so grossed out: “It’s thick and strong and oily! Ugh!”

      Of course the next day I wore a healthy smear of the stuff. I got within three feet of her and her eyes got so big. She said I smelled like when her mom drove her to school nearly twenty years ago.

      • juicejones says:

        What a generous act! When you are of an age when your mother is driving you to school, poor mom can’t do anything right!
        I bet she was truly touched.

  6. melissa says:

    No points, bonus or standard, for me! My flanker game is pretty weak, even among the samples I have on hand. All my options this morning felt too powdery or sweet, no replacements came to mind, and suddenly I was holding Jardins d’Ecrivains Wilde, a non-flanker with no flankers from a line without flankers.

    • Robin says:

      You can rack up extra points another week :-)

    • hajusuuri says:

      Actually, I think this is like doing a google search and coming up with 1 result :-)

  7. Caroline says:

    The only flanker I own is Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy, so I smell an awful lot like synthetic blueberry today.

    • pyramus says:

      You know what, though? There really are a lot worse things to smell like. Anna Sui Night of Fancy was pretty much nothing but synthetic creamy-blueberry candy and I thought it was surprisingly agreeable.

      • Caroline says:

        Strangely, I actually like my Midnight Fantasy. I’m almost done with my bottle and get loads of complements on it!

  8. rebeccat94 says:

    My flanker is Daisy Eau So Fresh. Not my favorite. It was gifted to me, and I rarely wear it. I prefer the original.

    • Robin says:

      Cute bottle though! But I like Daisy best too.

  9. Elisa says:

    I’m wearing Sensuous Nude, which I like more every time I spray it. Almost went with Alien Sunessence Or d`Ambre (would that count as a meta flanker?).

    • farouche says:

      I almost chose Sensuous Nude today, too!

    • Robin says:

      Ha…love the idea of meta flankers.

    • scentfromabove says:

      I really like Nude. How’s the staying power for you? I feel because it is such a light fragrance, I am reapplying several times. But, it is a pretty scent.

      • Elisa says:

        Sorry the late reply — I just wear A LOT. But even so it wears off after 4-5 hours. I think it’s meant to be light.

  10. relleric says:

    Flanker of the day is Cartier Declaration Essence.

    • C.H. says:

      Oh how do you like it? I have a sample here but I haven’t gotten around to trying it.

      • relleric says:

        I have a love/hate relationship with all of the Declaration series. I owned the original and gave it away, I think I owned D’un Soir as well and had to return it.
        The problem is that screeching, high-pitched tone that does nothing but give me a headache. I love the scent but it messes with my head! ;)
        However, I wore Essence a few days ago, and decided to try it today, and it didn’t seem to produce a headache either day. So, either I am over whatever that is, or maybe the juice has mellowed a bit (likely).
        You should try them though.

  11. Rappleyea says:

    I was sure that I wouldn’t be participating in Flanker Friday since I didn’t think I had any flankers, even in my sample pile, much less flankers of flankers. But lo and behold I found Shalimar Ode a la Vanille (a flanker, but wait for it…) A La Route du Mexique (of a flanker!!).

    Guerlainophile that I am, Shalimar never worked for me until I received some vintage Shalimar cologne in one of the NST swaps. Never say never – now I love the stuff! I do prefer the old cologne, though, to this Route du Mexique version.

    • Elisa says:

      Same thing happened to me with Shalimar! I came into a bottle of vintage EDC and I love it.

      • Rappleyea says:

        For me, it’s much smokier, less gourmand than the newer stuff.

    • Robin says:

      Ding ding ding…extra points!!

    • CM says:

      I also just got the ode a la vanille route du Mexique a few days ago and I like it better than current shalimar. But vinty is best :). Glad you’re enjoying it!

      You get 2 points today!

      • Rappleyea says:

        Oh you get an enabling pin! I ended up splitting a round bottle with another perfumista. I love the stuff!

  12. lucasai says:

    Not wearing a flanker, but Aftelier Perfumes Honey Blossom. Shame on me I forgot… (puts a cone of shame)

    • floragal says:

      Me too, Lucas ;(
      But interestingly enough I’m wearing Zeta in all its linden/honey glory — seems we both have honey on the mind.
      This is a new sample for me and I really like it. I understand it’s a limited addition, but I may try to get me some more!

      • lucasai says:

        Floragal, Zeta might be in Andy’s Collectibles line but it’s been there for a couple of years already and I don’t think it’s going somewhere.
        I think you don’t have to be afraid of the situation that happened with Phi, which was out of stock very soon after the release.

  13. galbanumgal says:

    Off to yoga shortly, will attend fragrance free for my fellow classmates’ sake. Have a meeting this afternoon & will opt for either Eau Premiere or no 19 Poudre.

  14. Barqs says:

    Bvlgari Omnia Coral for me. It works so well for me in the summer.

  15. perthgirl says:

    I’m on Elisa’s team today! Sensuous Nude. I got a mini in a box of perfumes I bought cheap and it was a my first wearing, and a great choice.

    • Elisa says:

      Hi scent twin!

      • perthgirl says:

        *waving* Hi! You smell good! :-D

    • I LOVE Sensuous Nude! Such a Smooth, Warm, Feminine Fragrance. I don’t wear it but love a woman that does! ;-D one of my Fave Estee Scents Ever!

  16. Bee says:

    I had to check my samples for flankers and found the previously unsniffed Shalimar Parfum Initial L’Eau, unsniffed because Shalimar is not my cup of tea (a heresy, I know). I am therefore pleasantly surprised I like the dryish vanilla-musk-iris-soapy drydown, nothing mind-blowing, but since I don’t have anything like it, if I happen to see a FB in some summer sale/sell-out, well why not?

    • CM says:

      Scent twins! I’m wearing the same.

      If you like the parfum initial Leau, get your bottle soon. It’s on the discontinued list.

      2 bonus points for you!

    • Barqs says:

      It’s so nice that you found this beauty by surprise!

      I’m sorry its being discontinued. Its one of my favorites. I’m going to stock up now also on a backup bottle.

  17. rose pepper says:

    I’m wearing Chloe Rose Edition (the flanker before Roses de Chloe). On me, it starts as a bright fresh rose, then dries down to a soft amber. I like it, I actually bought a full bottle when it came out. I felt pressure because I knew it was a limited edition. This was before I knew much about the classics and the niche lines, so I didn’t realize
    how many wonderful rose fragrances there are out there!

  18. Lucy says:

    Well, color me a snob. I wanted to play along but I had to resort to samples to find one. (And it’s not really a coincidence that I don’t own any. For the most part I have more respect for new creations than flankers.) So I found a sample of Givenchy Very Irrésistible, thinking that it must be a flanker to something called Irrésistible…not only does further research indicate my theory was wrong, but I am finding it rather unpleasant. I’m trying to scrub it and it won’t go away. I do have a sample of Stella Nude around here somewhere and will be replacing the Givenchy ASAP.

    Fun (?!?!?!) game.

    • Coumarin says:

      Tania Sanchez wrote in The Guide something like, “This and Victoria Secret’s Very Sexy make me think “very” is perfume code for “not at all.””

      I totally agree.

      • pyramus says:

        The original Very Irresistible for Men, though, was kind of terrific, with a hazelnut-coffee note that I loved.

        • Barqs says:

          I agree. The men’s version was a lot better. I bought it for my husband for Christmas quite a few years ago, and I remember it being really nice.

        • Lucy says:

          Hazelnut coffee is right up my alley. I’ll have to see if I can find it.

      • Lucy says:

        So funny! I’ll have to get my guide out tonight.

  19. Suzy Q says:

    Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere. To me, it’s perfect in every way. A masterpiece. It’s got great bones, staying true to the Chanel perfume aesthetic. I smell bits of Cristalle and Bois des Isles as well as No. 5. And, to tell the truth, I could never have fallen in love with No. 5 edt and parfum without EP as the gateway drug.

    • AnnS says:

      Eau Premiere is such a great choice! I almost picked this myself.

      • Suzy Q says:

        AnnS, I wondered if you would ;)

        • AnnS says:

          I wear it so much around the year that I thought I’d give my other frags a chance.

  20. Mary Carol says:

    I’m wearing Tresor in Love today.

  21. farouche says:

    Hermes Caleche Eau Delicate, chosen because it was unlikely to be picked by anyone else. I made the mistake of putting Delicate on one wrist and the real thing on the other, and it wasn’t a fair fight.

    That said, as light and airy as it is, it does have a personality of its own, and I want to wear it on its own tomorrow so that I can appreciate it properly. Also, I looked up the nose, Fabrice Pellegrin and found that he created two of my favorite Diptyques: Eau Duelle and Volutes!

    • Deva says:

      Volutes is one of my favorites as well- do you prefer the edp or the edt?

      • farouche says:

        I prefer the edp since it is warmer and richer, but I also like and own the edt (a travel size), which works out well!

    • Robin says:

      Oh, I always liked Caleche Eau Delicate. Agree maybe not a fair fight w/ the original, but I sort of think of them as totally unrelated scents.

    • C.H. says:

      I find that so fun, when you suddenly realize there’s a thread through your favorites!

      • farouche says:

        Isn’t it? I’m only just getting to recognize the names and putting two and two together :-)

        • C.H. says:

          There’s something so pleasing about finding out there’s an underlying coherence to one’s taste! I also find that a favorite “nose” is better than any other predictor for whether I’ll enjoy an unknown scent–brands and notes are typically pretty hit or miss for me, but if Olivia Giacobetti made it, I’ll almost always enjoy at least testing it, even if I don’t need a bottle of every single scent she’s done :)

    • HemlockSillage says:

      I love Caleche Eau Delicate. Weirdly, I’m not a big fan of the original. Eau Delicate is another scent like No. 5 for me, correct in nearly any situation. Every time I wear it, I wonder why I don’t give it skin time more often. It’s soft, but really lasts, clean but woodsy. You smell great! Be well.

      • farouche says:

        I got it in a swap and then forgot about it. You are right, it would be perfect for almost any occasion, and now I plan on wearing it more often!

  22. thegoddessrena says:

    Wearing La Haie Fleurie today, which I know is a reformulation rather than a flanker but since I also own La Haie Fleurie du Hameau, I’m going to declare it close enough

  23. Deva says:

    Decisions decisions- just got out of the shower after a 90 minute(!) spin class and cant decide which flanker to wear- l’ambre des Merveilles or Ode a la Vanille, Only have two to choose from and I love them both- This is a situation that may call for a flipping of the coin ;)

    • CM says:

      I don’t think you can go wrong here. If I had a bottle of L’Ambre, I’d probably wear that. It’s been on my list for a while and I’ve long drained my sample. Ode a la vanille is great too!

    • farouche says:

      I’m impressed with the 90 minute spin class! I tried spinning once, and it almost did me in.

      • Deva says:

        Well, I did wear l’Ambre and it was DEE-lightful! Glad a FB is on your list- its a very versatile scent that you cant really go wrong with so that makes it seem like a sensible expenditure (at least that’s the way I rationalize it!).

      • Deva says:

        HA! It does do me in- every single time. I pretty much crawl out to my car on my hands and knees ;-)

    • hajusuuri says:

      Hmmm, you just gave me an idea to layer these!

      • Deva says:

        I never thought of that, but a great idea- I may give it a whirl=)

  24. foxbins says:

    My samples are packed away and I only own one FB flanker, the aforementioned Shalimar Ode a la Vanille a la Route du Mexique, but I didn’t feel like wearing it today. So, I put a twist on Flanker Friday and I am wearing the fragrance I own that spawned a LOT of flankers (none of which I own)! So I am wearing Boucheron by Boucheron.
    Love the civet in this.

    • Rappleyea says:

      Probably a better choice, Foxbins. Route du Mexique wasn’t the best choice for a hot, steamy day!

  25. ceebee_eebee says:

    I failed. :( I was going to wear youth dew amber nude today but then I got a sample of Guerlain Djedi and I couldn’t NOT wear it immediately.

    Oh. My. GOD with this perfume. Why oh why did Guerlain discontinue it?! I want to drown in it. I want to bury my face in it. I think this is what heaven smells like. (So of course I would fall madly and deeply in love with a smell it’s impossible to get a bottle of. ::sigh::)

    • Lucy says:

      It sounds more like you succeeded. Greatly. :)

      • ceebee_eebee says:

        Ha! You might be right.

    • Rappleyea says:

      I have a feeling that every. single. ingredient. in it is now banned by IFRA! :-(

      • ceebee_eebee says:

        It makes me want to weep, but you are probably right.

    • scentfromabove says:

      Isn’t that just a horrible feeling? I hate when that happens!

      • ceebee_eebee says:

        IT IS! There is a part of me that wishes I’d never smelled it so I wouldn’t know what I was missing. But the larger part of me is glad I had the chance because OMG SO GOOOOOOD.

    • nozknoz says:

      Totally agree. You could call this the perfect perfume.

      • ceebee_eebee says:

        Right?! As much as I love Mitsouko, Djedi is *magical*. Best thing Guerlain has ever done, as far as I’m concerned. (And they’ve done a lot of amazing stuff).

  26. AnnS says:

    My choice was Kenzo Flower Cologne, which smells like a cotton gauze summer dress.

  27. CM says:

    I’m wearing Shalimar Parfum Initial L’eau (flanker of a flanker!) and am assigning myself 2 points today… and extra points for wearing flankers on Monday (Shalimar Parfum Initial – SOTE) and Tuesday (Shalimar Ode a la Vanille A La Route du Mexique).

    5 Flanker Points! Where do I trade them in?

    • Robin says:

      We are still working out the point redemption system ;-)

  28. cologneluvr says:

    SOTD: Very Sexy Platinum for Him Victoria`s Secret for men

    • scentfromabove says:

      Ohhh! Those were all well done as well. Love it!

  29. Tara says:

    SOTD – Shalimar eau Legere (or Light). It says both on the box. I am enjoying the lemon creme brulee sillage. I have several of the Shalimar flankers. Vanille, Mexique (with back ups of both) and interestingly wear them far more often that Shalimar (which I have in several different concentrations). I’m not sure why.

    Happy Friday Everyone!!!

    • mals86 says:

      Considered my Shalimar Light today, but it’s too muggy.

      Do you have the blue juice or the straw-colored? I think the blue was the second version, and that’s actually the one I prefer, though the original one was probably closer to actual Shalimar.

  30. Laila says:

    EL’s Pure White Linen Pink Coral for me today. I’m not sure if this is a flanker of a flanker, since I think of Pure White Linen as a flanker to White Linen but perhaps it’s a scent in its own right? A bit of pink pepper adds some spice to innocuous pink florals, a pleasant scent, not too strong or too florally for the summer. Enjoyable when in a rare summer mood I’m looking for something ‘pink.’

    • Laurels says:

      I’m pretty sure you get the bonus points.

    • scentfromabove says:

      Most definitely a flanker of a flanker. White Linen vintage was a gem to begin with. I remember getting Pure White Linen and loving it. I have never smelled WLPC but am sure it was well done also. White Linen vintage and all the flankers are really well done. :)
      Good choice!

  31. scentfromabove says:

    My SOTD is Beautiful Love by Estee Lauder. I love it. Nice for summer.

  32. Squirrely says:

    Happy Friday all.

    I’m wearing Especially Escada Delicate notes – it’s such a fun summer scent. I generally strongly dislike pear and aquatic notes, but I find them charming here. I’ll probably pick up a roller ball from Sephora in the near future.

    Hope everyone has a fun weekend planned. I’m getting a surprise visit from my dearest friend tomorrow (well, not “surprise” surprise, she just texted last night and asked if she could drive down for a short visit. Why not? She specifically said “don’t clean anything, don’t plan anything.” Will do! :-)

    • rose pepper says:

      It is great having friends that you can just hang out with and don’t have to put on airs for :)

  33. Gi says:

    I planned to also wear Eau Claire des Merveilles today, thinking it was my only flanker but couldn’t find it! Have no idea how that happened but may be a sign of too many bottles…
    Went with Jaipur Bracelet, one that I want to love since I was proud to find it super cheap, but there is something that just doesn’t fly for me.

    Oh, my Eau Claire, wherever did you go?

  34. monkeytoe says:

    I am wearing Pure White Linen Light Breeze which is both pretty nice and a flanker of a flanker.

  35. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la Route du Mexique by Guerlain

    I am a scent twin with many so perhaps we can call this flanker of a flanker “octo-flanker”.

    Ahem, if we are counting points, I wore flankers M – Th (4 points) + Flanker Friday flanker of a flanker (2 points) and I will give myself an extra point for spelling the SOTD correctly. Total points: 7

    • nebbe says:

      You are practically dripping with points!

    • CM says:

      Seems fair :)

  36. teri says:

    Aaarrgh. Wish I’d thought about YD Amber Nude because I own it and like it. Just didn’t register that it was a flanker. Oh well.

    I’m wearing a sample of Bulgari Omnia Amethyste and not liking it at all. It started with a blast of synthetics that smelled like hairspray and although it’s better now that it’s calmed down a bit, I won’t regret washing it off at the end of the day.

    It’s just registered on me that I haven’t liked any of the samples I’ve worn in the last week or so well enough to want to purchase them. Which is probably a good thing for my overflowing perfume cabinet and for my wallet! :)

  37. JolieFleurs says:

    I didn’t think I had any flankers, then I realized so many of the ones I bought just for the bottle are flankers… I have a few flankers of Vera Wang Princess flankers, VS Tease, I have Fancy Nights and a lot of Juicy Couture. I think the Juicies are mostly stand alones, but Viva La Juicy La Fleur is definitely a flanker.

    However I went with Couture La LA, because it’s the only one I can stand to wear for more than 10 minutes. They don’t smell bad to me, but they’re so loud, or something, whew.

    I’ve had it on for half an hour and am about ready to strip and take a shower, though. Lawdy.

  38. nebbe says:

    After work last night I had the nicest perfume chat ‘n test with a fun SA at my local Sephora. Since I am looking to broaden my summer wardrobe, we tried a bunch of fresh n pretty fragrances.

    Went home with samples to further test, and this morning wearing Chanel Chance Eau Tendre. I like it! Pleasant surprise since I am not a fan of the original Chance.

    Also liked Issey Miake Florale (sp?)

    • Laurels says:

      I like Chance Eau Tendre too. Got a bunch of “fruity” samples for a young cousin who lives in Podunk, and it was my favorite.

      • nebbe says:

        Fun! Did she tell you d what her favorite is? I can’t wait until my fiancee’s niece is old enough that I can send her samples.

  39. PetronellaCJ says:

    I am wearing Guerlain Vetiver Eau Glacé. Lovely. Works all year round and layers beautifully with L’Artisan -Bois de Farine. Happy Friday all!

  40. jirish says:

    Don’t own a single flanker. Nada. Not even among my samples. So today I’m wearing Black Orchid, which at least has a flanker. Coincidentally, it was what I wore for wear a fruity fragrance, and I could also have worn it for my made in the USA fragrance. Who knew Black Orchid could be so versatile! I tend to think of it as the scent that pouts when I wear it to clean the house.

    • Merlin says:

      Lol on the versatility! Black Orchid, who would have thought ;)

  41. marko says:

    I was actually looking forward to today’s community project because I hardly ever give this fragrance the attention it deserves. Today I am smelling wonderful wearing Burberry Brit Gold (and SO thankful that a bought an extra bottle a few years back before it disappeared for good…).

    • CM says:

      I liked the original Burberry Brit (EDP) a lot and never even saw the Gold version. I bet you smell great!

    • C.H. says:

      Meanwhile I’m wearing the Burberry Brit summer women’s flanker from 2012! It’s not going to change anyone’s life, but it’s a nice crisp lime, very nice for when one isn’t in the mood for something very difficult!

  42. Parley says:

    I only own one flanker, Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue. Since I wasn’t feeling very iris today I stopped by a department store, determined to spray on the flankeriest flanker I could find!
    Unfortunately it seems a lot of flankers (like the Daisies) don’t make it to my little corner of Sweden, but I did find Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty Essence, a flanker of Sheer Beauty, which is obviously a flanker of Beauty. It seems to me that the essence of a sheered-down flanker would mean we end up with the original scent again, but the perfume masterminds behind CKSBE think otherwise!
    It starts out loud and bright with rosy florals and some variety of fruit – there’s nashi pear listed in the notes but as far as I know nashi pears don’t smell at all? Maybe that’s just the well-travelled kind we get here that’s scentless. It mellows slightly and turns into a bright, clean, peony type of scent. You know the kind, not a stem or grain of dirt or anything that hints at a real blossom, just a truly bright and pink Flower, dubbed peony for reasons obscure, but more reminiscent of fabric softener than garden flowers. After a while it veers rose, still bright and pink but more distinct as far as the flower involved goes. It dries down into sharp laundry musk. It’s got good sillage but is not particularly long lasting.
    tl;dr version: it smells like a million other rosy-hued department store fragrances.

    I did find Penhaligon Blenheim Bouquet (100ml) at half-price so I snagged it! Hello, lemon scented summer days! Yay!

    • Squirrely says:

      I love Blenheim Bouquet in the summer. My bottle is almost half gone and I’m starting to eye my husband’s bottle…

      • Parley says:

        It’s delicious! Since I have a big bottle I felt I could spritz a bit on my freshly laundered sheets :) it gives the whole bedroom a refreshing, summery feeling.

    • missionista says:

      That’s the only flanker I own as well!

  43. sweetgrass says:

    I don’t know if this counts as a flanker of a flanker or not, but I’m wearing Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin Eau de Minuit. I like it a lot, though the name is a mouthful. It has all the licorice of the original, but it’s not as sweet. I’d really consider it unisex. It kind of reminds me of SL Douce Amere or Keiko Mecheri Paname.

    In other flanker news, I was at Marshall’s yesterday, and I found a 30ml bottle of Angel Parfums de Cuir. I was surprised to see it, so I figured I shouldn’t let a good deal get away. It was, for all practical purposes, a blind buy since I had only smelled this version once right after it came out, whenever that was. Last year? Two years ago? Anyway, I’m glad I did it. I like it better than the original Angel because the leather note tamps down the sweetness.

    • Laurels says:

      The LL is definitely a flanker (Eau Minuit) and may qualify for bonus points as well.

      You have the best Marshall’s! I never did find Reem Acra at mine–I’ll have to keep looking.

      • sweetgrass says:

        We have several Marshall’s stores here (in Houston), so I go to different ones. The one where I found Reem Acra is right across the street from the Galleria, where Saks and Neiman Marcus are, so for all I know it could have been overstock from Saks or something. I haven’t seen it at any of the other Marshall’s stores I’ve been to. I haven’t been in that one in a while, but I could check and see if they still have any.

        • scentfromabove says:

          I am always in the Galleria area (Neiman Marcus in the Galleria is my favorite store), but have never been a huge “Marshall’s” shopper. I will have to go and check out their fragrance area. It seems like you always find gems there.

          • sweetgrass says:

            Do check it out. You never know when you’ll find something. It seems to me like I find higher-end stuff at Marshall’s vs. TJ Maxx or Ross. The thing about those stores is that you do have to wade through a lot of crap to find the good stuff, but I think that’s part of the fun. I don’t know what part of town you’re in, but I’ve had fairly good luck at the Ross and Marshall’s in Meyerland too. That is where I found the Angel PdC.

    • Elisa says:

      Awesome find, I would have bought it too.

  44. Laurels says:

    Aaugh! I just deleted my own (wordy) post.

    To recap: Thanks to everyone who answered my question about perfume regrets on Wednesday, and to Robin for posting the question.

    SOTD is Givenchy Ange ou Demon Le Secret, which is pleasant enough, but the clean musk gets to me after a while. Maybe later on I’ll switch to Hypnotic Poison.

  45. HemlockSillage says:

    I boo-booed! I flatly forgot the Friday challenge, and I’d been testing flankers all week in preparation for this. I wore Guerlain Ode a la Vanille Sur la Route du Mexique, Kenzo Flower Oriental, Prada Candy L’Eau… Then got up this morning and just spritzed on the new FM Eau de Magnolia. Over spritzed, really–for something that sounds sheer, that thing projects. And projects. It’s pretty, but powerful. I feel like I really do have a hemlock sillage today. Ooops, on several levels. Hey, if that’s my biggest problem today, GREAT! Be well.

    • Lucy says:

      I bet you smell better than any of those flankers could have provided. Sounds like a glorious mistake!

  46. GalileosDaughter says:

    Bronze Goddess Soleil! Beachy flankery goodness.

  47. Karin says:

    Alien Essence Absolue for me…and I didn’t even realize it was flanker day. ;-)

  48. Oakland Fresca says:

    I seem to be fresh out of flankers…not a philosophy… just don’t seem to have any in my samples box. BUT I was at Nordstrom’s yesterday and tried this year’s Paris Premieres Roses…which made me smile all afternoon while I was shopping, although I wasn’t tempted to make a purchase. I also tried Balenciaga’s Paris L’Eau Rose, which I have absolutely no memory of…. gone and gone. SOTD? I used up my Le Labo Vetiver sample…

    • ceebee_eebee says:

      Ooo! I’d been meaning to try Premieres Roses and then I totally forgot about it. Now I really do have to hunt it down for a sniff.

  49. jjlook says:

    From my sample swap haul, I found a vial hand labelled “Kenzo Oriental,” which I am guessing is Kenzo Flower Oriental? If so, it counts.
    Some spicy sweet vanilla, which I might not have ever picked otherwise, but a little bit of citrus makes it nice for today. Also better as a little dab than a giant spray.

  50. happy888cat says:

    Ange ou Demon Le Secret Edition Croisiere today! – Robin, if you are reading this, thank you for helping me with this choice!

  51. MikasMinion says:

    I completely forgot and still don’t think I have any flankers, even in my sample stash, although I haven’t done a thorough search.
    I wore Rosarium this morning just because it is so sparkly and happy. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of the 20 minutes of it. I have now replaced it with Febreeze (Sleep Serenity to be precise) and a splash of the Simple Green Cat Odor Remover on my right leg. Yes it is cleaning day here and I smell very…um…fresh. I am green with envy right now; the rest of you smell great.

  52. poodle says:

    I’ve been away for a few days but did remember the flanker challenge. I seem to be light on flankers so I went with Fancy Nights this morning. I know I have other options in my samples but didn’t have the time or energy to dig through them.
    I’m not sure what I’ll wear this evening. I have a book release party to go to. It’s sports related so I’m thinking something with leather might be appropriate. If I had one of the Mugler leathers that would be perfect but I don’t have any so my evening scent might not be a flanker.

    • HemlockSillage says:

      Fancy Nights is a sneaky good scent–it’s one that I’ve stopped people to ask what they are wearing, thinking it was great! I haven’t tracked it down, but should. You smell marvelous :D Have fun at the book release–I wore Oolong Infini to my last sporty thing, and got a spontaneous compliment. You’ve got lots of range of choices. Please tell what you choose. Be well.

  53. odonata9 says:

    I forgot about Flanker Friday, and even forgot to put anything on this morning since I had a headache and was running around and late for work. But lo and behold, my stash of perfumes here at work held a sample of Prada Candy L’Eau! I do like this better than Candy – for some reason, I got a ton of musk from Candy and did not care for it. The L’Eau is still pretty sweet, but less musky to me. Doesn’t really seem like a L’Eau either (which makes me think watery or fresh), but nice enough.

  54. Eva S says:

    I’ve realized I have almost no flankers in my collection except L’Ambre de Merveille and today’s choice Shalimar Ode a la Vanille sur la route de Madagaskar.
    I see quite a few have chosen Shalimar flankers but I seem to be the only one wearing Madagaskar so far- was that one more limited than the Mexico one?

    • galbanumgal says:

      Indeed, the Madagascar one is older and much more difficult to find.

  55. mals86 says:

    Don’t have a ton of flankers… Shalimar Light, YSL Paris Pont des Amours, and TF Black Orchid Voile de FLeur.

    Felt like white flowers today, so it’s VOile de FLeur. I smell good. :)

  56. Delacey says:

    Today’s flanker is Stella Nude (I think it’s the only flanker I own), but I cheated and tried layering it over L’Eau Ambree. I like the results quite a lot.

  57. Wearing Gaultier2 Eau D’Amour! Love the scent even though it’s very much a feminine style of scent it smells really awesome on me and I get a compliment every time I wear It! :-)

  58. austenfan says:

    I only own 3 flankers. Omnia Crystalline, which I kind of like on certain days. Azurée Soleil, which is out, since I wore it last week, thinking it was flanker day then. Gorgeous scent, but as it is grey and rainy not the best match.
    I chose my third flanker which is Eau Première. Great fragrance, easy to wear and suitable for most occasions and weather.

  59. Absolute Scentualist says:

    I started out the day wearing the first (?) version of Shalimar Light (yummy confection take on Shalimar with lots of vanilla and like wearing ice cream) and then put a bit of Love, Chloe Eau Intense on after coming inside for the day when the heat got to be too much. It was a tough decision but I really do love these community scent of the day posts. I haven’t worn Shalimar Light in quite a while and it was fun to dust it off again.

  60. sllat says:

    I’m wearing Lancôme Magie Noire, which I think counts as a flanker of the older Magie. This one can be over powering, but I spritzed lightly and have been enjoying its green-ness all day. MN is a long time love of mine and I’ve always felt like men could wear it too.

  61. Bear says:

    Dior Hypnotic Poison Elixir.
    Flanker of a flanker! Cha-ching!
    Licorice and original HP EDT for the first 15 minutes, licorice fades and HP EDT remains. I love HP so it is great for me. YMMV ;)

  62. annemarie says:

    Yesterday was Friday for me so I wore L’Ambre des Merveilles, which steadied me through a busy and rather stressful day. In the evening after a shower I got out my Caleche Soie de Parfum but discovered AFTER I had dabbed it that finally it has turned almost completely, and is basically unbearable. I don’t wear it often but like its feel of luxurious guest soap, as an after-shower experience. It was just a mini, but still … :(

    Anyway, today is a new day and I’ll be in Bottega Veneta.

    • Merlin says:

      Oh no! How long had you had it?

      • annemarie says:

        About three years, an eBay purchase, and it was slightly off when I got it so I can’t really grumble too much. I should have used it up faster. ..

        • missionista says:

          Good to know a rough idea of the shelf life…

        • Merlin says:

          It seems impossible to predict these things though :(

    • MikasMinion says:

      Ok, I will have to use my huuuuge bottle more frequently. Thanks for the heads up!

  63. Lollipop says:

    I forgot. Went to an Abba tribute concert this evening and felt like a true Dancing Queen… wore Truth or Dare and enjoyed it. Maybe a dab or two of Organza Indecence after my shower will be nice to go to sleep with and that counts as a flanker? One of my favourite bedtime scents anyway.

  64. nozknoz says:

    I’m revisiting Givenchy Amarige d’Amour, which notable mainly for being one of Bertand Duchaufour’s early efforts (2002, with Emilie Copperman).

    It starts out very nice, if rather cheap smelling, and then basically falls apart before too long.

  65. missionista says:

    I only have one flanker (a sample) so I wore Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue. I MUCH prefer the original. This one turns instantly into powder, powder, powder and more powder. It lasts forever (yuck), although by the end of the evening it actually smells OK on my shirt–the powder dissipates somewhat. Looking forward to going back to the original. :)

    • Parley says:

      Wow, powder! I don’t get any powder at all (thankfully!!!), on me it’s got more vanilla and sweetness than the original, but not a grain of talcum in sight. It’s interesting how different a perfume can smell to different people!

  66. bookwyrmsmith says:

    Wore my favorite flanker Samsara Shine for the sync. Tested Pleasures Flower and Pleasures Delight at the dept store . I know they are both flankers too so triple points for wearing three ? Or do I have any bonus for a foaf?

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