Friday scent of the day 8/1

Raindrops on Palm Fronds

Today is Indie Special Friday! Today's community project: wear something by an indie brand.

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

I’m wearing Tauer Perfumes Verdant, from the brand's Pentachords series. I smell, well, verdant. 

Reminder: next Friday we're doing citrus — wear your 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 Raindrops on Palm Fronds [cropped] by jar (away) at flickr; some rights reserved.

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  1. melissa says:

    Happy Friday — we made it! I’m wearing Sweet Anthem Margaret, possibly my favorite fruity rose. It’s neither too syrupy nor too vinegary, just nicely balanced, very tart and lush.

  2. ihadanidea says:

    I ran out of the house this morning with a job interview on my mind, forgetting that this was Indie Friday,

    My arms are happily covered in Infusion d’Iris lotion, and I’ve already gotten a couple compliments. The more I wear this one, the more I like it.

    Have a lovely day fumies!

    • Robin says:

      Good luck on the interview!

    • melissa says:

      Love the lotion version — have another compliment, you smell great!

      • ihadanidea says:

        Thanks Melissa!

    • rose pepper says:

      Perfect scent for an interview! It is definitely a work confidence scent for me :)

      • ihadanidea says:

        It does make me feel quite confident and in control. This may be a new signature….although can I really call anything a signature with the way I cycle through fragrances? Probably not. But it is special.

        • Merlin says:

          I went through a long stage where I thought it would be my signature scent – and while I did eventually move on to others, I’v still used more of my IdI than most of my other scents (nothing really surpasses Chergui, of course, but my Chergui bottle is only 50ml which means I am naturally more sparing of it!)

          • solanace says:

            At least Chergui offers some good sillage for our hard earned bucks. It is no Bel Respiro, in the sense that a few dabs are enough. (Not that I wouldn’t spray with abandon if I had the chance, but I only have a decant, and at least I think it will last until I get my greedy hands on a FB.)

          • Merlin says:

            Even with a fb, one spray is sometimes enough!

  3. Dawn says:

    Today will be Zagorsk and when that wears off it probably will be Lyric for Women.

    • Robin says:

      I should dig out my sample of Zagorsk, have not worn it in ages.

      • Dawn says:

        I had forgotten that I had a full bottle of it until the Non-Blonde did a revised review of it. I love the carroty, hissey iris combined with the pine sap. My only issue with it that it’s an EDT and doesn’t last long on my skin.

  4. cazaubon says:

    CdG Black for me – happy Friday!

  5. Janice says:

    I’m wearing Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Scent of Hope. I have no idea how close it is to the original Iris Gris–and will probably never have the chance to find out!–but this is a lovely iris.

    • Elisa says:

      First I put on Liz Zorn Ankhara, but it’s so subtle it smelled like I put it on yesterday (anosmia?).

      So I followed it up with a little Scent of Hope. I’m not nutty for iris but I do like DSH very much.

    • Robin says:

      Do want to try that one. Is it very sweet?

      • Elisa says:

        I’m finding that it reminds me a little of breakfast cereal … probably not the intended heavenly effect. But iris often smells grainy or bready to me.

        • Robin says:

          Interesting, thanks! Will have to get a sample.

          • Elisa says:

            Little update on the Scent of Hope — now that I’m in the drydown, it reminds me a lot of Yvresse, that creamy peachy chypre effect. I see that oakmoss is listed among the notes. Also, I dropped you an email — would be happy to share my sample with you.

      • Janice says:

        I don’t find it very sweet, but I wouldn’t necessarily have recognized the peach note if I didn’t know it was supposed to be here. It seems a little sharper or “brighter” to me than what I expected.

  6. rose pepper says:

    Today I am wearing Carus by Roux St James. Roux St James is based in Austin, TX. I bought this on impulse at an art fair when I was in Austin for work last fall. I hadn’t worn it (who knows why) until I remembered it for indie day! It is described as leather, smoke, and tea in a chypre base. At first, it reminds me of cola or root beer, but then I get the light leather base. It isn’t very smokey. I will definitely wear it again, although it seems more of a fall scent to me. Glad for the push to branch out on theme Fridays!

    Does anyone else ever get a cola/root beer note in fragrances? I am curious as to what it is …

    • Elisa says:

      Jean Claude Ellena has said that vanillin, cinnamon, orange and lime = cola to the nose.

      I think almond, myrrh, and iris can all have a root beer facet if you mix them with vanilla.

      • rose pepper says:

        Thanks for the info – that is really interesting! Cola flavor, like bubble gum, is so ubiquitous as a single flavor that I don’t think about how it is made up of other things. Now I get to have fun trying to figure out what components are reminding me of cola or root beer ;)

    • Robin says:

      Benzoin can also smell like root beer, esp. in heavy concentrations.

    • Laurels says:

      I get root beer from Hypnotic Poison and L’Occitane Vanille & Narcisse. It might be benzoin, or some combination of vanilla with other things.

  7. lucasai says:

    I’m out of the community project today wearing Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme.

    • C.H. says:

      This makes me realize, I guess I don’t have a great sense of how we distinguish indie from niche? (Or does another company own Atelier, and I just didn’t realize?)

      • Robin says:

        Indie, to me, basically means the owner is the perfumer and they’re usually (but not always) doing their own distribution as well. So Atelier Cologne doesn’t fit — they’re a niche brand, they use the same perfumers as other mainstream & indie brands. Indie brands would be things like Tauer, Sonoma Scent Studio, Aftelier, Strange Invisible Perfumes, Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, Providence Perfume Co, etc etc.

        I guess I should have put an explanation in the original post, sorry!

        • lucasai says:

          That’s why I said that I’m OUT of this project ;P

        • C.H. says:

          Ah ok! So, just to make sure I understand: Maison Francis Kurkdjian is a yes, but if he makes something for, say, Juliette Has a Gun, then no?

          • lucasai says:

            To me Indie is a one person brand when they take care of everything, composing, bottling, sending; and Francis Kurkdjian doesn’t count there.

          • C.H. says:

            Gotcha. I guess that accounts for why I don’t really have a good sense of who is and who isn’t “indie”–save for Andy Tauer, I really couldn’t tell you who does their own bottling!

          • Robin says:

            Well, I did just say this below about PdN as well, but will repeat it here:

            “Well, funny — I do think of them as niche but they fit the criteria. I think of indie as a kind of “DIY” / “outsider” perfumery, in that sense, Patricia de Nicolai maybe straddles some fine line between niche & indie. Same with Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Ineke and the Mark Buxton line, all of which I likewise think of as niche.”

          • Robin says:

            And will add, part of this is also to me the “outsider” thing….Francis Kurkdjian hardly operates (or was trained) outside of the industry. But this is of course just my personal definition!

        • Laila says:

          Robin, thanks for clarifying what makes indie “indie.” Can you please further clarify what defining characteristic makes niche “niche,” what separates niche from mainstream or other perfume genres besides $$$$?

          • Robin says:

            Usually niche is just about distribution…and so there is much more grey area between niche and mainstream than there used to be, now that you can buy Diptyque at Nordstrom. But it’s generally smaller, less widely distributed brands, and so some larger brands that were once considered niche (Annick Goutal, Diptyque, L’Artisan) could arguably be called mainstream now. The Fragrance Foundation used to have specific numbers of stores for each category, but I forget the exact numbers now…will see if I can find them later!

        • scentfromabove says:

          Thanks for explaining Robin. I had no idea if I even owned any “indie” scents. I guess I don’t. But now I will be ready the next time this is a SOTD. Have a good weekend!

  8. cologneluvr says:

    SOTD: Light Blue pour Homme Dolce&Gabbana for men

  9. 50_Roses says:

    I have lots of DSH and SSS, but I forgot about the community project this morning when I put on some vintage Vent Vert. I got this in a swap a while back and it seemed like just the thing for a hot August day. Yesterday, though, I did wear Aftelier Secret Garden, so maybe I was just a day early.

  10. bastet says:

    I’m wearing SSS Ambre Noir with a little Stella on top to bring out the roses – perfect on this cool rainy summer day.

    • bastet says:

      I was planning all week to wear SSS Jour Ensoleillé today, but it didn’t seem right in the rain!

    • MikasMinion says:

      I am so stealing your layering idea! :)

  11. Ajda says:

    I’m not sure what qualifies as indie, but I’m wearing DelRae Emotionnelle today. Beautiful and rich ripe melon. Have a great weekend, everyone!

    • Robin says:

      I just put in an explanation above to CH…sorry I didn’t clarify earlier!

  12. Uday Parfoom says:

    I once layered Pentachord Verdant with Terre d’Hermes EDT (the latter I wore today). It produced a scent vaguely reminiscent of peated whiskey (or maybe that was wishful thinking). Nevertheless, it’s not a combination I’ll be revisiting anytime soon.

  13. Absolute Scentualist says:

    This week I’ve been in a tobacco mood so today I went with Sonoma Scent Studio Tabac Aurea layered over a little Botrytis. It’s lovely though I had to be cautious with application since it’s supposed to be hot and humid today.

    • Elisa says:

      Tabac Aurea is one of my all-time favorites.

      • mals86 says:

        And mine. But I like to save it for fall weather when it is too utterly perfect.

    • Barqs says:

      I’m also wearing SSS Tabac Aurea today. Its so nice!

  14. marko says:

    Today I’m proudly wearing “Catch and Release” a fragrance that Dawn Spencer Hurwitz created for a dance piece I made last summer. Here’s a little snippet from Dawn’s website:
    “Choreographer Mark Haines piece “Catch and Release” is about break up and the deeply intimate feelings that love and loss conjure. This perfume was designed to be smelled while witnessing the live performance of Mark’s piece on July 27, 2013.”

    • nozknoz says:

      That is as indie as it gets – congratulations, Mark!

      I’m noticing that Catch and Release is actually available on the DSH site as Tristesse. It sounds fascinating: “A salty, watery chypre-animalic that has little basis in classical perfume styles. An abstraction with salty-marine nuances, a definite mossy-smoky-animalic drydown and yet with a very subtle sweetness throughout.”

      It would have been amazing to see the performance with the perfume. If you ever perform Washington, DC, please let us know!

    • 2scents says:

      That’s so cool! What’s it like?

  15. AnnS says:

    It’s lucky for me that the weather is a bit on the cool side today. I’m wearing SSS Rose Musc, which is by far my favorite in her collection. Rose Musk is very lush, warm, spicy and the rose accord is outstanding – ripe & fruity rose. I had a chance to test the Aerin Evening Rose the other week, and SSS’s Rose Musk totally spanks it.

    • C.H. says:

      Ooh ok you’ve sparked my interest, going to see if I’ve got any Rose Musc in my sample set!

    • juicejones says:

      Ha! Am I so out of the loop that I haven’t heard ‘spank’ used this way, or is this your flourish? Either way, I like it!

      • AnnS says:

        Well, my younger sister used to say that things got “spanked”, meaning outdone, beaten, bested, etc. I am only passing on the clever. ;-)

  16. nozknoz says:

    Aftelier Tango, one of my favorites. The whole composition is wonderful, and that crazy note of choya nakh (a traditional Indian essence distilled from burnt seashells) knocks it out of the park.

    It was hard to decide, but the day is young. I may yet have time for D.S. & Durga My Indian Childhood, LesNez Turtle Vetiver Back, DSH Scent of Hope, or a wildcard like one of those House of Matriarch samples that I haven’t tried yet. :-)

    • Janice says:

      I almost wore Tango this morning. I love that one.

    • Laurels says:

      Please report back on House of Matriarch. The perfumes all sound really Interesting. (Capital I because I can’t use italics.)

  17. farouche says:

    SOTD is Yosh Ginger Ciao, which is an exhilarating mix of ginger, coconut, and ylang-ylang. I’m on my third small decant, so I may have to spring for a FB one of these days :-)

    • Laurels says:

      Sounds divine–moving up on my “to try” list.

  18. Mary Carol says:

    I am wearing Ineke Briar Rose today from the Floral Curiosities Scent Library.

    • C.H. says:

      Nice, how do you like it?

  19. 2scents says:

    I don’t have many indie samples but I found SIP Fair Verona and Neil Morris Vanille Rose in my stash. FV is quite polleny, linden and orange blossom? The VR is surprising, maybe some aldehydes keeping this drier. Fun community project! I love reading everyone’s comments.

  20. Forgot and put on my Eau d’Italie sample of Graine de Joie. But after I shower I will put on Ava Luxe Sweet Absinthe. Happy Friday!

  21. audreylicious says:

    Today it’s super hot and dry and I have a billion errands to run, so it’s just a Bond #9 light-spritz day (Madison Square Park). Weirdly enough, it always turns into a fresh watermelon/sweet pea/herbal tea scent on me, somehow it works for summer and doesn’t smell like honeydew or cantaloupe, both of which I run screaming from……but yesterday I wore Providence Hindu Honeysuckle. Enjoy your weekend!!!!

  22. MikasMinion says:

    It is soooo humid here I will be showering a bunch. My scent of the morning is 4160 Tuesdays What I Did On My Holidays. It won’t last long anyway so will update throughout the day with my other choices.

  23. Coumarin says:

    I totally spaced on the day and wore from a vintage bottle of Eau de Arpege, which I found almost full! All vintage Arpege I’ve found has a creosote top not, but the base is so lush and sweet! Heaven.

    • mals86 says:

      Vintage Arpege is almost *too* ripe for me in the floral stage, but the drydown is so gorgeous.

      • Coumarin says:

        I could see it being overwhelming in that regard but it seems lighter than my favorite Lanvin, My Sin.

  24. teri says:

    Looking for something to wear for this post today made me realize I have very little in the way of indie perfumes. Not sure why, but I think it’s something I need to correct.

    Anywhoo…I did come up with a sample of Andy Tauer’s Reverie du Jardin to wear. I’m not a lavender lover so this really isn’t doing it for me personally, but it is very well put together and I’m betting lavender lovers would really appreciate it.

  25. des esseintes says:

    I don’t have any indie perfumes so I’ll have to wear something I made myself. A little thing with the working-name Scandalwood. A silly name for an excersise on woodd. Santalum Album (from the Pacific Islands, not Mysore of course) strengthened with a synthetic sandlawood molecule and fleshed out with iso-e super. A little vetiver and a few ingredients to take off the weight in the top. I smell ok.

    • thegoddessrena says:

      DIY is probably the ultimate in indie

    • nebbe says:

      Scandalwood – amazing name!

    • AnnS says:

      That’s awesome you mixed your own. Sometimes I like to experiment with essential oils, but I only have a few. I made my own “rose” concoction with Aussie sandalwood, rose otto, geranium rose, neroli, and peru balsam. I’d love to get more essential oils, but all the ones I want are so expensive! I also like to make my own fragrance refills for those reed diffusers. I just add a lot of rubbing alcohol to the mix and it still basically works.

  26. thegoddessrena says:

    Soivohle Amun Re: The Tears of Ra. Love it so far. A lot of her scents tend to work really well on me. This is like salty honey with a pinch of florals.

  27. monkeytoe says:

    Smell Bent St Tropez Dispenser, which is a fun beachy scent. I like it, but I don’t love it.

    • Elisa says:

      I feel the same. Fun but not as lovely as Bronze Goddess.

  28. TeaInTheGarden says:

    I just put on some DSH Un Soir d’été Provençal, which the site describes as “A warm fougere-oriental lavender perfume for all year long.” That seems like a good description, and so far, it’s rather nice. I haven’t used up much of the sample yet (although evaporation is clearly still a force of nature), so no idea how long it will hang around or how it will evolve.

    It’s a nice change of pace. I’ve been obsessing about buying a new Hermes, and I find it’s a good idea to take a break from the thing that’s stuck in my brain. The break-away brings back perspective; there are lots of lovely things out there. So thanks for the project and the prod to browse my samples!

  29. austenfan says:

    Because the only “indie” scents I own are Tauers I put on some Le Maroc pour Elle today. It is gorgeous, and blooms in the warmer temperatures we are having here today.

    I wondered about Parfums de Nicolaï, could that house be considered as “indie”?

    • Robin says:

      Well, funny — I do think of them as niche but they fit the criteria. I think of indie as a kind of “DIY” / “outsider” perfumery, in that sense, Patricia de Nicolai maybe straddles some fine line between niche & indie. Same with Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Ineke and the Mark Buxton line, all of which I likewise think of as niche.

      • austenfan says:

        I think of her as niche as well, but as she is the only perfumer and I think handles distribution and everything.
        Maybe it is to do with the fact that she is classically trained and the other indies mostly aren’t?

        • Robin says:

          Classically trained, and operates inside rather than outside the traditional perfume industry. You’d hardly call the perfume house of a Guerlain descendent a “DIY” endeavor. And she’s the head of the Osmotheque.

          Lorenzo Villoresi, who just came to mind, is probably indie though, and for whatever reason I never think of the brand when I think of indie perfumers.

          • Laurels says:

            I wondered about LV–I’m going through my decant of Dilmun in record time, but know almost nothing about that house.

          • austenfan says:

            Thanks for that information. Also, as she is by birth related to one of the big mainstream perfume houses it is hard to think of her as indie.
            I’ve just realised that Vero Kern would be considered indie and I have samples of her work as well.
            I’ve so far never tried to get hold of any of the American indies. Shipping is either not possible or incredibly expensive. If I ever visit the US again trying some SSS’s and DSH’s will be on the top of my list.

  30. jjlook says:

    Aftelier sepia from a sample from a perfume pen pal… It’s the first time I’ve smelled a cocoa note and liked it on me… Probably the barn under it.
    I don’t think it’ll last much longer but it’s complex without being distracting on a crazy deadline day.

  31. Bee says:

    I’m sampling some House of Matriarch scents at the moment, today was The Maj, it starts off with something reminding me of Manoumalia, but disappears completely after an hour, so I can’t really judge it.

  32. mals86 says:

    SOTD is Tableau de Parfums Miriam. (I’d call that indie… Andy Tauer does the TdP line with filmmaker/fraghead Brian Pera.) Love Miriam. Just love it. It’s so tender.

    • Elisa says:

      I almost wore that one! When I first got the sample I felt it was too sweet for me, but I’ve been meaning to revisit.

      • mals86 says:

        It is sweet-woody, definitely, and I think the aldehydes make it skew a little sweeter. But I find that my “sweet” tolerance really depends on what else is in the scent and what kind of sweet it is. Like, “floral sweet” is nearly always okay with me, “amber sweet” is usually not. My Champagne de Bois seems like it’s aged to be sweeter than it was, too, and I’m having a bit of trouble with that now. I just don’t know.

        • Elisa says:

          I think I’m the opposite — I like amber sweet but sweet aldehydes are little much for me.

          I have a friend who wears CdB and on her the drydown smells almost chocolatey.

  33. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = DSH Oiellets Rouges

    This is a lovely spicy carnation although I wonder if it was too strong for someone sitting behind me as she moved from her comfortable perch to an inferior seat – but who cares – I smell great!

    • AnnieA says:

      That’s a pretty one. I already have CdG Carnation, though, so sticking to just the one — for the moment…

      • hajusuuri says:

        The CdG Red Carnation lasts barely 30 minutes with 4 healthy sprays. Still…I’m tempted. Maybe I’ll go visit that Dover Street Market…

    • mals86 says:

      A gorgeous one.

    • tiffanie says:

      Ohhhh, I love spicy carnations. I must try that one, even though I am reluctant to try perfume with a spicy/pepper note.

      I once took a bite of a Lindt chocolate bar not knowing it was spiced with chili pepper. Ouch!

      • mals86 says:

        Ooh, I love that Lindt one! ;)

        The DSH is very floral with spicy accents, if that helps.

      • hajusuuri says:

        Actually, I do not like to eat anything spicy…but in perfumes, spicy works.

  34. AnnieA says:

    Trying out some Champagne de Bois – so far, so good…

    • Elisa says:

      Oh, the drydown lasts forever. Hope you enjoy it!

    • jirish says:

      You smell beautiful! I really need to get a full bottle of that one.

  35. jirish says:

    Wearing SSS Rose Musc, so I’m scent twins with AnnS. This is such a beautiful rose, not quite as dark as the ones I usually wear, but husky-voiced with its musk. Grateful to be home today, after spending a day and a half at the hospital following a chest and jaw pain scare. Trust me, I was not smelling nearly as good yesterday, when I was going through a stress test on the treadmill!

    • Laila says:

      Glad you are O.K., hope the rose is soothing and calming and your day is peaceful!

    • nebbe says:

      Oh, what a rough couple days for you. Also hoping today is much easier for you!

    • AnnS says:

      Yeah! Scent Twin! I am glad you are feeling better and smelling great!!! Cheers! Rose Musc is just amazing.

  36. johanob says:

    SOTD is the South African Indie brand Rose en Bos(Roses and Vines) Viridescent.Lovely citrus!The owner/perfumer is Emily Pienaar,and she has 4 perfumes so far.My favorite is Imithi,a plush lavender/patchouli chypre,chocful of forest mulch!She also does gorgeous candles and lockets with solids.

    • Merlin says:

      Viridescent! Are you having a heat wave down there???

      • johanob says:

        Lol!Well it was another 25 degree celsius day this side of Metropolis!

        • Merlin says:

          He he, we may as well be on different sides of the equator ;)

  37. foxbins says:

    I’m wearing MadHat Scents LIMED. Lime, cedar, sandalwood, with a beautiful balance between the notes. The guy who makes it is in Chicago and just recently STC picked up the line and offers samples. All are extraits.

    I’m not affiliated at all but have tried two of his scents recently and really like them. I’m interested in what he will do next.

  38. pyramus says:

    I have hardly any indie scents but I do have Andy Tauer’s Vetiver Dance, which is an intense blast of black pepper and vetiver that lasts an amazingly long time.

  39. sweetgrass says:

    I didn’t receive my Sweet Anthem order in time, so I went with Tauer’s Ingrid today.

  40. Laila says:

    SOTD is Annie Oakley’s Morning Dew – a soft floral featuring lilacs blooming by the cottage door after the rain, SOTE will be Annie Oakley’s Sunset – a lush and warm tropical evening with gentle breezes of jasmine, sandalwood, patchouli and white musk. As edt’s I’ve found these scents to be very long-lasting and enjoyable.

    A serendipitous rainstorm while traveling through north-central Indiana introduced me to Annie Oakley, a small perfumery in Ligonier, Indiana, not far from the Amish country. Browsing the tourist brochures in the rest area where we were forced to take cover is how I first ‘met’ her; the next day we traveled to ‘find’ her, nestled in a small neighborhood in a small town, off the beaten track, you turn the corner and you’re there! Fragrances, bath products, and essential oils for men and women – and a few things for horses! The story of the perfumery is an interesting one – there’s much more to know beyond what’s on the website – so if you’re ever in the area, do treat yourself to a tour.

  41. PriscillaE says:

    I don’t know if it’s indie or niche but SOTD is Lush Lust. I thought about Demeter, Margot Ellena, Pacifica, Smell Bent or Thymes, but wasn’t sure which ones qualified as Indie.

  42. Jessica says:

    I’m combating the humidity with YOSH’s U4EAHH! today.

    • farouche says:

      Another YOSH wearer…yay!

  43. Desirae says:

    I am wearing Fig Tree by Sonoma Scent Studio. Creamy, a little woody and green – perfect for a warm day. The only fig scent I have ever loved.

    • AnnS says:

      This is one of the recent SSS that I haven’t smelled yet. I need to get on the ball and get some more testers.

  44. tiffanie says:

    Does this count? Today I’m wearing Endymion perfume oil by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. I had to dig deep into my cupboard to find it.

    I have Endymion on one arm and Iris Ukiyoe on the other. They are not fighting and maybe even like each other. The pear note in Endymion seems to have changed to cherry liqueur, and the iris smells like pear. Strange alchemy, but nice.

    • HemlockSillage says:

      Several BPALs came out to play today. Yea! I haven’t tried Endymion, but it immediately makes me think of the Dan Simmons series of books ;D

      • tiffanie says:

        Oh my, I had forgotten about the Hyperion Cantos series. I read them when they were first published. Thanks for reminding me of something I enjoyed so much.

        I mostly think of Endymion from John Keats’ poem beginning with “a thing of beauty is a joy forever,” but now I have another memory to go with the fragrance. Nice!

        • HemlockSillage says:

          Thank you! I *knew* there was a more classic referent, but could not dredge it up from memory. Now I can look up the Keats poem. Education and stories about perfume, right here :D Be well.

  45. 2rista says:

    SOTD is Brun Sicilien by Scent on Canvas. White floral opening giving way to a leather heart.

    • mals86 says:

      That was my favorite of the five Scent on Canvas releases! Surprised me, because I thought I’d love Opera Rose best (that was my 2nd pick). Very nice stuff.

  46. Rictor07 says:

    Wearing Loup Garou by Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs

    • Laurels says:

      Great name! I hope someone’s asked you what you’re wearing today.

  47. HemlockSillage says:

    This always makes me dig through my collection, which is a fun thing. I found “O” by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. (The descriptions on the BPAL site are always great to peruse, no affiliation.) O smells of lots of honey, salt and a touch of musk in an oil. I’m wearing it straight up today, but often layer it with Philosykos. Be well.

    • nebbe says:

      O sounds interesting!

    • mals86 says:

      I love reading stuff on their site, too – have only ordered a few things and perhaps ordered the wrong ones for my own tastes, or something, but they’re so entertaining.

  48. sllat says:

    Wearing Strange Invisible Perfumes Fire and Cream. Love this one! It lasts quite some time for a naturally derived scent too. I snapped it up at half price when they were selling off the old style squat cylinder bottles before their recent re-packaging. Terrific investment!

  49. nebbe says:

    Wore fcuk Friction for her this morning, from a rollerball, cause I was headed to the office and running behind, so I wanted something cheerful and pineapply tropical.

    This afternoon I realized that I my indie choices were Tauer’s Un Desert Au Morrocain or Ava Lux’s no. 23 extrait. Went with the no. 23 extrait, for the sandalwood, and it’s great. Getting a bubblegum/sandalwood vibe today, which I hadn’t experienced before. Interesting!

  50. budgie says:

    Indie SOTD is Accident by Austin Young + Brent Leonesio.
    I like it as a unisex scent because it doesn’t feel neutered. Bright cellophane wrapped bouquet next to tyres in the sun and puffs of exhaust fumes. A very odd fragrance but so wearable. But mind you I wear Black Afgano on warm days…..

    • Laurels says:

      You are brave! I smelled Accident a couple of months ago, and while it was fascinating, I can’t imagine wearing it. I should have gotten a sample to sniff from, although so far when I see it mentioned I can still conjure up the smell quite vividly.

      • budgie says:

        Although my tastes lean towards the odd and skanky, I am mindful not to choke those around me. It has happy memories attached to it as well, as the bottle was sent to me as an engagement gift from Brent himself.

        • mals86 says:

          Brent is a sweetie! My SB order got misplaced once and his email back to me when I sent one inquiring about it was so thoughtful.

  51. Laurels says:

    SOTD is Night Bloom from Phoenix Botanicals. I’m not usually one for naturals, but really like this one. Mostly orange blossom, with some jasmine, and I think plumeria? (I should have looked it up before posting.) Unlike other oils I’ve tried, that take a while to warm on the skin, it has a very heady opening. Usually it disappears in 3-4 hours, but today I can still smell it faintly on one arm but not the other after 8 hours.

  52. morgana says:

    Wearing DS & Durga Freetrapper
    I can see how this could be designated for the winter months, but it actually wears really nice in hot temperatures as well (I am not good in providing descriptions, but maybe like walking in the forest during the summer months?)

  53. solanace says:

    Totally forgot. :( Wearing Shalimar Ode à la Vanille. Guerlain in is not exactly indie, sigh… I wanted to wear Fire and Cream today, but woke up in such a hurry, and Shalimar is my default perfume.

  54. Ariel says:

    SOTD is Sweet Anthem Juliet (so glad Kevin posted that review!). Loads of jasmine with a little mango and smoke. Can’t stop sniffing my elbows!

  55. yukiej says:

    I did remember today was indiescent day, though I wasn’t entirely sure what counted as indie. I ended up with Tauer Lonestar Memories mostly, with a couple dabs of Olympic Orchids African Orchid, which worked out surprisingly well!

  56. Absolute Scentualist says:

    Rose Musc is one of my favorite SSS perfumes ever! It and Velvet Rose are two of my favorite rose perfumes hands down and both smell so beautiful even far into the drydown. Great choice.

    • Absolute Scentualist says:

      This was supposed to post under AnnS’s post. I have no idea why it appeared here. ;) Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

    • MikasMinion says:

      I agree. I got my mom a bottle of Velvet Rose and it smells great on her. I have a small bottle of each and ended up in Rose Musc at the end of the day yesterday.

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