Wednesday scent of the day 7/30


Congratulations, you've made it to another Wednesday. What fragrance are you wearing to celebrate?

My pick today: Strange Invisible Perfumes Musc Botanique. I'd forgotten how much I liked this one (and until I re-read the review, how much Kevin hated it).

And since it's Wednesday — here's a pop up book for the Tori Amos song Wednesday...

Reminder: this Friday, August 1st, will be Indie Special Friday: wear something from an indie brand. The following Friday, August 1st, wear a favorite citrus fragrance.

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 Garden Angelica by Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen, via Wikimedia Commons.

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  1. pigoletto says:

    Jicky extrait today. But just got a new bottle of Vol de Nuit extrait in the post today, so that’ll be for tomorrow!

    • Robin says:

      Oh, you smell great! Love the extrait.

    • AnnS says:

      VdN extrait is gorgeous!

    • des esseintes says:

      Is the Jicky a recent bottle? I’ve two Jicky extraits that were wildly different. One from the early nineties that was very sweet, more oriental and one 2000-somrthing that was much closer to EdT. I’d love a new bottle, whatever it smells like.

      • pigoletto says:

        It’s a new Jicky (less than a year old). It does smell more like the old EDT (minus the civet), just a lot more longevity.

    • johanob says:

      It’s Guerlain day today,it seems!LoveLoveLOVE Jicky!

  2. Elisa says:

    Wearing Odalisque. So pretty!

  3. galbanumgal says:

    Kevin’s comments are hysterical. And we need a one-year new launch freeze!

    • Robin says:

      So completely agree! Have totally given up on ever smelling everything…

  4. kindcrow says:

    SOTD is MCMC Phoenix (notes: peach, cherry blossom, Tunisian neroli, and vanilla). It is a very pretty skin scent and great for the summer. I smell nothing artificial or harsh. I bought it a while ago, tried it once, and put it away. It has really grabbed me this time around, and I’ll be wearing it all summer. It comes in alcohol and oil-based versions, and I have the perfume oil.

    Jessica reviewed it at

  5. Janice says:

    I was intending to wear Douce Amere because austenfan mentioned it yesterday and I realized I haven’t worn it for a while. But digging toward the back of the cabinet, I came upon Chergui first –also one I haven’t worn for ages and almost forgot I had–so I’m wearing that. I really need to reorganize and put some of these bottles where I will see them more often!

    • AnnS says:

      This scent of the day post is really jogging my memory and compeling me to wear fragrances I’ve been neglecting. It is so useful.

    • austenfan says:

      Chergui is another gorgeous Lutens, I especially love it in warmer weather.

  6. Jillie says:

    Guerlain’s Champs Elysees (original formula) which I decided to wear after talking about it with Lucas on one of his Guerlain posts. I forgot how nice it is – mimosa with a pink tinge, unlike my other favourite mimosa, L’Artisan’s Mimosa Pour Moi, which is very definitely green. Amazed how long lasting it is too: I still smell good nearly seven hours later.

    • AnnieA says:

      Went the Guerlain route too, and am wearing Vetiver Pour Elle. Sadly, it will not be lasting seven hours on me…

      • jjlook says:

        We need to craft you some home-brew rollerballs, for discreet touch-ups amidst oppressive colleagues!

        • AnnieA says:

          Excellent scheme!

          • nebbe says:

            Any pointers on where to buy decanting supplies, including rollerballs and sprays?

        • Laurels says:

          I know I saw rollerballs for decants on sale somewhere within the past few months, but I can’t remember where. If I track them down, I’ll report back.

          • jjlook says:

            I get 5ml sprays from New Directions Aromatics. I just had a bad experience online with proudstyle. I hear good things about a couple of ebay sellers…
            I live in Canada, probably more options elsewhere but I get one-offs of things at Japanese discounters like Daiso or Yokoyaya…

          • Jillie says:

            Get all my decant supplies on eBay, but I am in the UK. Interestingly the last batch of vials I got came from China.

  7. perthgirl says:

    Wore Putain des Palaces today, Lipstick Rose tonight. I know they’re similar in the powdery violet/rose kind of way, but different and yum enough that I want fb’s of both. Greedy I know :-/

    • Ari says:

      I say get the Lipstick Rose before Malle raises the price again!

      • perthgirl says:

        Really? It’s already so expensive. Sigh!

    • solanace says:

      I want them both, too! So happy I´m not alone.

  8. Dawn says:

    Right now, I am wearing no 22 in vintage EDT form. You know, between the current EDT and vintage EDT, there is almost no difference between the two. I had forgotten how much I did love no 22 even though I didn’t much care for it at first.

  9. platinum14 says:

    Will be wearing vintage Coriolan today, after I get myself to the gym.

  10. Caroline says:

    A spritz of 19 ETD from a sample. This stuff is definitely fb worth. Too bad it’s so expensive.

  11. AnnS says:

    I am wearing Teo Cabanel Alahine today b/c it’s my fav cheery smokey amber, and I don’t know how they pulled that off. It seems to me one of the few rich orientals that can be worn all year round.

  12. nozknoz says:

    Yesterday it was LesNez Turtle Vetiver Front, so perhaps I’ll wear Back today.

    • morgana says:

      nozknoz, you inspired me and I’ll follow you with Front — hope it works on this warm day. If it does, I’ll wear Back tomorrow. If it doesn’t, I’ll try to wash it off and go back to L’Ete en Douce.

  13. melissa says:

    I’m wearing Prada Amber. It’s Katie Puckrik’s fault!

    • AnnS says:

      I haven’t worn my Prada Amber for about 4 years now. Maybe it’s time to drag it out and enjoy!

    • AnnieA says:

      …and are you filled with nostalgic melancholia?

      • melissa says:

        You know, I kind of am! I wore this all weekend at a cabin for New Year’s and seem to have entirely associated it with that. Not on a Puckrik level, though (could I ever be?).

      • AnnS says:

        No….not melancholia, rather nausea. What happened was I overdid it with a large decant of Chanel Coromandel a few years ago during the winter time, and it put me off those rich chocolate/spice patchouli fragrances. I can’t even wear Coromandel anymore! But… I find the Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights some good patch training wheels so I can ease my way back in. Maybe by the time I get home tonight I can put a small spray of Amber on my wrists and get started…… I used to get compliments on the Amber when I’d wear it to work. It is quite nice for a massive patch/benzoin. Maybe I have melancholia for the time when I could wear it, lol.

  14. Oakland Fresca says:

    Kiki Eau De Parfum by VP–drained my sample. Like it, and am sniffing my wrist quite a bit. Now I am curious about the extrait :)

    • perthgirl says:

      I love Kiki. It was on my fb list until I got a couple more samples of the voile d’extraits… the Mito one is heavenly (and now in first place) whereas I didn’t love the edp. I haven’t tried the Kiki one, so now I know I’ll have to try ALL of them before I make my mind up.

      • Oakland Fresca says:

        Well, I am enjoying the Kiki edp, but I some how want MORE, so I am wondering if the extrait would fit the bill. The edp is, to my nose, clean in a soapy way, and a powdery scent–sort of how Timbuktu gets soapy in the dry down. It is NOT a detergent soapy… hard to explain. From earthy, herby to sweet and clean… (I know I sound like a broken record, but when I say clean I mean it in a outdoorsy way, not remotely ozonic or laundry detergent). Like if you rubbed fresh-picked lavender on your hands and then washed it off…. the scent that would linger.

        • perthgirl says:

          I guess because the formulations are so different for them all (edp’s having passionfruit to jazz them up) you really do have to try all the variations.
          I already have A Taste of Heaven and some other lavenders, so that’s the only reason I’m hesitating about Kiki (oh and $ of course)- but I do love the passionfruit in it

        • Laurels says:

          I’m trying Timbuktu for the first time today, so now I know exactly what you mean by clean and soapy, but not detergent-y. Not what I was expecting, for some reason.

  15. thegoddessrena says:

    Wearing Paprika Brazil since I picked up a couple of samples prior to Hermes day. It’s a warmish iris on me and not nearly as interesting as the essential oil blend that I found amongst my possessions that I’ve been randomly using to bring down the infection from my cat’s scratch (essential oils are working fine an half my calf is no longer red, hot, with tight skin and oozing around the wound; now it’s only inflamed around the wound a little bit)

    • perthgirl says:

      Naughty kitty! :-( that sounds nasty.

      • thegoddessrena says:

        Not a nasty bone in her– I accidentally stepped on her in the middle of the night

        • nebbe says:

          Whoops! Underfoot kitty!

    • nebbe says:

      Glad to hear it is on the mend :)

  16. mikeperez23 says:

    Lust by S-Perfumes (disco’d & quite rare, a Basenotes buddy hooked me up with a sample).

    Reminds me of an intense darker version of Borneo 1834. I do not need a FB of this, thank god.

    Later on today I’ll be wearing Chandler Burr’s Untitled S02E03, the new one he debuted on Luckyscent last week. I have sniffed the cap and I got a noseful of something aquatic and/or ‘fresh’. Ack!

    • perthgirl says:

      Oh really? Do let us know what the ‘aquatic’ scent is if you know :)

  17. Squirrely says:

    Penhaligon’s Peoneve, a citrusy floral, totally work appropriate, but it’s always reminded me of something, and I just remembered what. When I was in middle school I had a set of Love’s scents that included a jasmine scent (it was the one in the purple bottle).

    So, um, don’t tell my husband that he bought me a super expensive dupe of a drugstore body mist. : P

    • AnnS says:

      Our husbands don’t need to know anything about our fragrance habits!!! Don’t you remember that part of your vows?

  18. CM says:

    Pseudo commando at the moment as I’ve dabbed a drop from 3 sample vials for a very first sniff. What am I sniffing? Some Raffy samples: Shimmer (aldehydes + florals), American Gypsy (vanilla), & Tropic Princess (tuberose). All seem to fade very quickly into musk of some sort… not bad, just ordinary. Very straightforward types of scents. I did kinda like Shimmer’s opening notes; I’ve smelled better in scents like Divine L’ame Soeur or Bruno Acampora PrimaT or #5. I think I’ll use these as dryer sheets or maybe room sprays. I have some dried diffuser sticks (the kind that soak up and diffuse liquid) and I’ve been just spraying the sticks with perfume. Seems to last a couple days and scents a room nicely!

    Later I plan to wear Crown Bouquet. This smells like a sweet field of wild flowers! It has a nice touch of green grassy freshness.

  19. happy888cat says:

    Tom Ford’s Plum Japonais!
    To my surprise it actually holds up well despite the summer heat and suffocating humidity.
    Looks like my summer fragrance wardrobe just expanded!

  20. Coumarin says:

    How funny! I’m seeing Tori Amos tonight in Austin! Wearing Epice Marine but I’ll probably wear L’Ambre des Merveilles tonight. My boyfriend’s favorite singer and his favorite perfume.

    • Squirrely says:

      Tori Amos + L’Ambre des Merveilles + Austin = I’m officially jealous.

      Have a great time!

  21. Lauriej says:

    SOTD Stella original, feeling very cozy as I where this today. My new number one is Killian Good Girl Gone Bad… love it , husband loves it and comments galore. Very hot and humid here in South Fla. so always looking for the right scent that doesn’t turn and smell like B.O.
    Have a beautiful day… :)

  22. cologneluvr says:

    SOTD: Burberry Brit Rhythm Burberry for men

  23. nebbe says:

    Chanel no.5 eau premiere, my first time wearing it to the office. Wasn’t sure of best dosage, so went with 3ish sprays, which is just above my typical dosage for the office.
    I get concerned about these things, haha.

    • nebbe says:

      3-4 sprays worked fine. I can smell it, but no one else seems to notice.Just how I like my office scents!

  24. foxbins says:

    SL Five O’Clock Au Gingembre today, it was cool and foggy this am and it seemed to warm me up.

    Happy Hump Day everyone!

  25. Frederik says:

    SOTD: Mona di Orio’s Lux. Too bad this is discontinued. It’s a wonderful candied lemon scent which lasts and lasts. I wonder if they are going to bring this one back with the relaunches they promised.

  26. odonata9 says:

    Wearing PdN Eau d’Ete today. I like this one a lot, but it is gone pretty fast. I just re-read your review and you mention some people find it too musky or clean/soapy – maybe I am anosmic to the musk? And I usually hate soapy stuff and don’t have a problem with it. Maybe I’ll spritz something else after lunch.

    The SOTD posts have definitely inspired me to dig around and try things that have not been worn in awhile. I think I’ll wear L’Eau Mixte tomorrow as I love that PdN too and have my Afterlier sample ready for indie Friday!

  27. rose pepper says:

    SL a la Nuit. This is from a sample, but I bought a FB – saw a good deal online and I couldn’t pass it up!

  28. floragal says:

    Today I’m wearing Chanel’s Jersey, lovely lavender & vanilla. Not crazy about the powdery aspect of it but
    interested to see how long it will last on me.

  29. teri says:

    We’re having that rarest of the rare today….an entire rainy day in Colorado. So I scrambled about in my sample box until I came up with my only water lily scent – Ninfea by Profumum. Just call me Ondine. lol

    • Elisa says:

      I’m in CO too! Very odd weather, isn’t it?

  30. Mary Carol says:

    i am wearing Vivienne Westwood’s Cheeky Alice today. I know there are no citrus notes listed for this one, but when I first spray it on, I get a sort of grapefruit-y note that I like.

  31. jjlook says:

    A little from my incense extreme sample put into unscented body lotion, for what’s sure to be a hot and long day.
    Soft, but present.

  32. Barqs says:

    I’ wearing Marni today. One of my favorites!!

    Have a good Wednesday everyone!

  33. sweetgrass says:

    Wearing Lolita Lempicka Eau de Minuit today. I think my sinuses are a little sensitive today. This doesn’t normally bother me but it kind of was for a while there. Seems to be fine now that it’s quieted a bit.

  34. stinker_kit says:

    Wearing Cartier Baiser Vole Essence, enjoying the smokey, husky aspect of the vanilla.

    • perthgirl says:

      That’s my favourite version of it- yum

    • Laurels says:

      I’ll have to look for that one. Thanks!

  35. aimiliona says:

    Drole de Rose today.

  36. farouche says:

    I’m ashamed to admit it, but today is the first time I’ve tried Mitsouko. If the oakmoss in the post-regulation tester at my local Bloomingdale’s is this good, I can’t even imagine what the original smelled like! Just amazing and rocketed to to the top of my “to buy” list :-)

    The version I tested was the EDT. How do the EDP and parfum compare?

    • austenfan says:

      It’s never too late to try Mitsouko! I’ve never tried either the EDT or EDP, I just went strait for the extrait.

      • farouche says:

        Sounds like heaven to me :-)

    • johanob says:

      I have vintage extrait and parfum de toilette.I think they both represent the best of the oakmoss and fantastic peach,that is Mitsouko!

      • farouche says:

        I have much to learn….

  37. austenfan says:

    My scent of the day is Ecume de Rose, my favourite Rosine and probably my favourite light rose.

    I also put some Panache on my wrist, am in two minds about it. It’s very interesting but there is a bit of it that I find somehow indigestible if that makes sense.

  38. johanob says:

    SOTD Shalimar Parfum Initial.Oriental:check.Iris:check!Whats not to love!Do not know why they decided to discontinue it!!It doesn’t trump original Shalimar,but still a gorgeous perfume!

  39. pyramus says:

    Caron Coup de Fouet. Carnation soliflore. Probably unimprovable.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Eeek! I have been on a carnation kick that I must seek this out

  40. MikasMinion says:

    Agonist Isis from a pray sample. I think I must just have sniffed the bottle when it came and put it away. My first reaction after I sprayed was “uh-oh, I smell like a pineapple milkshake” but it has turned out to be surprisingly wearable for something so sweet.

  41. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin

    This is the latest in the Collection Metal series. I have been wearing this for the 3rd straight day and so far so good. On this third wearing, I finally smelled the lime in the top notes but it was very faint. I get woods, saffron (!), vanilla and now in the extreme dry down, perhaps a touch of incense but it is likely a figment of my imagination.

    I’m waffling over Indie Friday – Hiram Green Moon Bloom (it will be my first wearing) or DSH Oeillets Rouges (worn once with a broken sprayer so did not het the full effect). Methinks the familiar has an edge.

    • perthgirl says:

      Oh I’ve been dying to try Moon Bloom! So many still to try! I hope you like it!

  42. poodle says:

    I can’t remember what I spritzed this morning but tonight I smell fabulous in Ore by Slumberhouse thanks to Ari. :)

  43. scentfromabove says:

    Happy Hump Day Everyone! Two days down, and one day left to go of administering the Bar Exam. My SOTD is Atelier’s Orange Sanguine again. Its soft and none offensive. I even had a few testers tell me that I smelled nice. Mission accomplished!

    • scentfromabove says:

      Edit: non – offensive

  44. Laurels says:

    SOTD is L’Artisan Timbuktu, the first time I’ve tried it (thanks, Hajusuuri!). For some reason I was not expecting such a clean, soapy scent. I think it’s gone now, although between the gas leak earlier (the oven seems to do it about once a year; we’ve had the gas co. out four times, and they can never detect anything) and the neighbor’s barbecue, my nose may just be tired.

    I won some Musc Botanique in a drawing last year, and my experience was quite different from both yours and Kevin’s. The herbal top notes, which I enjoyed, stuck around for hours, but I couldn’t smell the musk at all. I wound up swapping it.

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