Tuesday scent of the day 8/5

Cartier Marcello

Do tell us your scent of the day!

I'm wearing Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil and pretending it doesn't already feel like fall outside.

Reminder: this Friday, August 8, we're doing citrus — wear your favorite citrus fragrance. The following Friday, August 15, wear something by Guerlain.

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.

Shown is Cartier's Marcello handbag, $1880.

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  1. relleric says:

    SOTD is Oud Fleur (Tom Ford). :)

    • Robin says:

      I am so behind, I’ve only smelled it on paper.

  2. Elisa says:

    New Haarlem. Smells like breakfast!

    • floragal says:

      I finally tried this last week and wowza! breakfast indeed.
      Too much for me, but I do love that coffee note…
      What’s it like after a few hours?

      • Elisa says:

        A little more subtle, but it’s pretty linear to my nose. I get a lot of lavender and maple syrup more than coffee … fun every now and then. :)

    • AnnieA says:

      Winners has a couple of Bond No. 9s marked down to about 50 bucks, but none were ones I wanted even at that price….

      • Elisa says:

        The only ones I’d want full bottles of are Chinatown and Broadway Nite, I think.

        • AnnieA says:

          You’re probably *not* in Vancouver, but one of the bottles was Broadway Nite…!

          • Elisa says:

            Ack! No, in Denver … too bad!!

  3. lucasai says:

    Vert d’Eau from Chabaud for today

  4. kindcrow says:

    My SOTD it Stila Creme Bouquet. It’s back in production, so I’d better purchase a back-up. It seemed to have a devoted following, so I don’t understand why they discontinued it before.

    It does not smell soapy, but I can imagine a fancy soap having this fragrance. Notes: lilac, lily of the valley, and vanilla. It’s old-fashioed in the best possible way :-)

    • Robin says:

      Stila was in trouble financially for awhile, right? Are they back on solid ground? (I used to buy lots of their eyeshadows but almost never buy makeup anymore)

      • kindcrow says:

        I did not know that they had had rough times. That could explain cutting back on production. Well, hopefully this means that they are doing better.

        I don’t wear makeup, and I’m allergic to most lotions and potions, so I tend to have a narrow focus when it comes to the offerings of “beauty” companies :-)

        • Robin says:

          Estee Lauder sold them off in 2006. Then there were reports they were going bankrupt back in 2009, but I think they were sold again after that…they’ve changed hands a number of times.

    • Elisa says:

      I like Stila makeup a lot but I didn’t know they ever had a perfume.

      FYI Nordstrom Rack is a good place to find discounted Stila palates, eyeliners etc.

    • Oh! You reminded me that Stila Jade Blossom was an early perfume hoarding love of mine, more than ten years ago.

    • poodle says:

      Creme Bouquet is back??? Oh happy day! I really like that stuff. I might have to break my spending freeze and get some. I was not happy when it disappeared from stores.

  5. rose pepper says:

    SOTD is Frederic Malle Iris Poudre. I smell so good!

    • Bee says:

      same here!

      • C.H. says:

        You both smell great :)

    • rose pepper says:

      I just saw that Frederic Malle makes scented body butter – has anyone tried it? Is it worth the price? My current body butter splurge is the Josie Maran whipped argan oil. It is so smooth and silky and I think that the apricot vanilla scent layers nicely with any leather fragrance (so far I have tried Chanel Cuir de Russie and Cuir de Lancome). I would love to try the Iris Poudre scented body butter, but WOW is it expensive!

      • Bee says:

        This reminds me, I’ve always wanted to ask if anyone has already tested the so-called “fragrnce beautifying cream” by l’Occitane?

        • melissa says:

          There is a review on xoVain. The review was favorable, but the comments were brutal.

      • sayitisntso says:

        2 years ago I bought body butter in Carnal Flower. I use it VERY sparingly (only on my arms) and it’s heavily scented, so when I used the butter, there’s no need for the edp on top. People would keel over from the fumes when I walked in a room if I did that! Oddly, the most consistent compliment I get when I wear CF is along the lines of “Oooh, you smell like soap. Expensive soap.” Strange.

      • mals86 says:

        All of the Malle body butters that I’ve tried (Carnal Flower, Portrait of a Lady, Lys Med) have been strongly scented and very rich. Haven’t tried the Iris Poudre, though (I love IP, I think it might be my favorite of the Malles).

      • CM says:

        I got the Iris Poudre body butter a while back and it’s divine! VERY creamy and rich, and very strongly scented. It’s really wonderful stuff.

      • rose pepper says:

        Good to know that they are heavily scented and rich. I am normally a heavy slather-er, but knowing that only a bit is needed makes this high price less of a barrier :)

    • johanob says:

      You OF COURSE smell fantastic!!!

  6. C.H. says:

    Nothing yet but just to say, I really enjoy Zeste de Soleil! Didn’t think I really needed such a scent, but every time I’ve tested it, it’s been a lot of fun…and I’m now seeing how deeply discounted it is! (6.7oz for $48!? I could bathe in it!)

    Hm! :)

    • perthgirl says:

      I’ve seen that online and been curious as to whether it’s as nice as it sounds- never seen a real bottle to smell though.

    • Robin says:

      I’d buy a small bottle if I found it at discount…but 6.7 oz…ack! I want about 10 ml ;-)

      • C.H. says:

        I know, it’s totally ridiculous. The problem is the Costco-style pricing–100ml for $42…or twice as much for just six bucks more! Neither of those makes any sense! Although, if I bought the big one, then I could send you and 18 more of my closest friends 10mls each! Hahaha. Oy.

    • AnnieA says:

      It’s really nice, a pretty grapefruit. If you already had Pamplune this would be too similar, but what a happy scent.

  7. Misgina says:

    Chanel No. 28 La Pausa!

    • Robin says:

      You smell fabulous!

    • ihadanidea says:

      How long does this last on you?

      • ihadanidea says:

        And you do indeed smell fabulous.

  8. floragal says:

    Enjoying Carnal Flower today. Love this scent!

  9. stinker_kit says:

    Today I am wearing Mugler Cologne and it’s green eyed cousin A Scent by Issey Miyake. Yes, together and lovely. I purchased a nice hyacinth soap last night so I am beginning to wonder if I have a hyacinth hankering……

    • Robin says:

      I adore hyacinth…wish L’Artisan would bring back Jacinthe des Bois, still my favorite hyacinth ever.

  10. melissa says:

    I’m wearing Cartier Baiser Vole eau de parfum. And hey — I got a sample of the Zeste de Soleil at Sephora last week! I think I’ll probably end up hoarding it for winter.

    • perthgirl says:

      You smell lovely!

    • C.H. says:

      Mmm, the EDP’s my favorite of the Baiser Volés!

      • melissa says:

        I think whichever one I’m wearing at the time is my favorite! But the EDP is the only one I have a full bottle of, and I’ve never tried the extrait.

  11. perthgirl says:

    Yvresse today and it was perfect for another spring-like day here.
    Tonight I was starting to swap my dressing table rotation and sprayed on Vanille Absolument before it went to the motherload in the spare room. It was swapped with Seville a l’aube.

    • morgana says:

      Hi perthgirl,
      In case you remember our conversation from last week on how to spot an original Trussardi by Trussardi, please forget it now. I followed my strategy to get a backup bottle from eBay and that was not good. Apparently, they also heavily (and badly!) reformulated the stuff that has almost identical packaging. I was able to return the bottle, and am now even more impressed by those who have the patience to collect vintage fragrances.

      • perthgirl says:

        Hi Morgana
        That sounds like a disappointing exercise :-( what a shame it’s been so savaged by reformulation. I guess I’ll just let it go, but I do hope you find a vintage at a good price :)

  12. AnnieA says:

    It’s back to work today, so Ferre is going to smooth those edges.

    • mals86 says:

      Just curious, Ferre what? :)

      The company’s naming strategy was pretty repetitive, I think… hard to tell what you’ve got just from the name. I have a bottle of Ferre 20 (aldehydic floral with that berry musk) that I bought on a vacation to Rome, and I like it very much.

      Hope work is going well.

      • AnnieA says:

        Work is actually fine, thanks! It’s Ferre for Women I believe (2005?), in the rectangular bottle. Yes, they could have done better with the naming…

      • perthgirl says:

        Mals have you tried this Ferre? It’s also by Pierre Bourdon, and The Guide review says it’s his more polished follow-up to Iris Poudre. As an iris-centric aldehydic floral I thought it’d be right up your alley! :) (and it’s cheap!)
        I just realize I sound like a used car salesman but I love this stuff :)

        • mals86 says:

          I *have* tried it, yes! And it is very nice, and considerably cheaper than Iris Poudre… and yet I did not love it. It was missing that fluffy thing in the drydown that I love all to little bits.

  13. Kris says:

    Wearing J’Adore today. Last night I was at the local mall and bought Armani Si. I know the reviews have not been too good, but I have to say I kind of like it. Guess we will see.

    • rebeccat94 says:

      I love J’Adore! Also I smelled Si and I really liked it too!

    • AnnS says:

      What does Si smell like?

  14. bastet says:

    Another day at work and I’m wearing Balmain Ivoire, one of my favorite office scents. Always pleasant and easy. When it fades I may switch to Esprit d’Oscar (I have a small bottle of this in my desk drawer).

    • sayitisntso says:

      This was a blind (!!!) online buy last week. Waiting for my bottle to arrive. Very curious.

    • mals86 says:

      I really like Esprit d’Oscar.

  15. austenfan says:

    Patou Joy, it is a beauty. I got my bottle of oldish extrait of ebay a couple of years ago, and it is still smelling good.

    • C.H. says:

      Ooh that does sound like a treat…mm envy ;)

      • austenfan says:

        Sometimes you just get lucky!

  16. Coumarin says:

    Newer Mistsouko EDP. Wishing it felt like fall instead of summer. ;)

    • flannery says:

      I’m with you on both things, Coumarin! Mitsouko is one of my dh’s favorites though it isn’t in my top 10 but it seemed right for the day. I endure summer and not very well at times I’m afraid :) Just a few months till snow and all my best frags, lol

  17. CM says:

    Today is my birthday so I’m wearing a favorite: Fate!

    My dog has promised me a bottle of something, but can’t decide what. He’s very indecisive sometimes! I’ve suggested Beloved but it’s a bit pricey, so maybe he’ll have to decide between Rose Cut and Fille de Berlin instead. Has anyone done a side by side comparison of the two? I’ve sampled (and loved) both but which one???

    • Lucy says:

      Happy Birthday!

      I can’t offer a suggestion as I have only tried Fille de Berlin, but I’m sure whichever you end up with will be lovely. Hope you have a great day!

    • rose pepper says:

      Happy Birthday! You are lucky to have such a considerate dog ;)

    • bastet says:

      FYI fragnet seems to have a big supply of Amouage right now, including some travel sizes and extraits. I am very tempted by the Dia woman travel spray! I didn’t notice if the collection includes Beloved, but it may.

      • johanob says:

        I wonder if AnnGD knows this….lol!

        • johanob says:

          And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

      • teri says:

        Many thanks for the tip on sale-priced Amouage at Frag Net. I was able to snatch up a tester bottle of Honour which I’ve been wanting for quite some time now at a very good price indeed!

        (happy dancing here)

        • bastet says:

          You are very welcome. I hope you enjoy the Honour.

      • CM says:

        I saw Beloved listed and will have to let my dog know about the deal.

        Dia is so fantastic! I’ve gone thru a travel set, a large decant and am now working my way thru a large bottle. Their hand lotion (and body lotion) is heavenly!

      • MikasMinion says:

        Happy birthday! I ate a cupcake for you, wish I could share (seriously, these are great and I’m gonna eat them all and feel awful). I agree that a large decant of each could help you to decide.

      • perthgirl says:

        (it does!) :)

    • Laila says:

      Happy BIrthday! May the Fates be with you for a wonderful year ahead . . .

    • Robin says:

      A very happy birthday! I’m sure your dog will make the right choice in the end :-)

    • scentfromabove says:

      Have a Happy Birthday!! Enjoy your day!

    • Happy birthday!
      I liked Rose Cut & didn’t care for Fille (too sharp) but YMMV. Maybe a smart dog would get you two sizable decants? :-)

      • mals86 says:


        And happy birthday!

        • CM says:

          Lol – I already went through a decant of SL Fille de Berlin. But then I sampled Rose Cut and liked that one a lot. In my memory, they were similar to each other that I didn’t need both. I really need to sample both side by side, I think.

    • CM says:

      Wow! Thanks everyone for the Birthday greetings! I’m dragging today at the office and these helped me perk right back up! Thanks!

      • perthgirl says:

        Happy Birthday CM hope you’ve had a lovely day!

    • poodle says:

      Happy Birthday! Dogs buy the best presents.

    • C.H. says:

      Happy birthday! You must let us know what your dog decides, in his infinite wisdom ;)

    • AnnS says:

      Happy Birthday CM! I hope you get whatever fragrance your heart desires for a present!

  18. foxbins says:

    24, Faubourg today. It has a fall-ish feel to me and it’s a damp, overcast day here. Just perfect.

    • AnnieA says:

      Tried a sample on the weekend — pretty, isn’t it?

  19. Mary Carol says:

    I’m wearing New York Fling today.

  20. Lucy says:

    SOTD is nada. My baby is due on Saturday and my sense of smell has gone through the roof again. I thought having the nose of a bloodhound would be fun. Instead I can smell every single nuance in the house magnified to 100. I will be so happy to get my old sniffer back.

    • AnnS says:

      Good luck with your due date!

    • flannery says:

      Congratulations, Lucy! May all go well with you and baby. Don’t waste such a sense of magna smell, apply a Jean Claude Ellena’s barely there frags.

      • Lucy says:

        Thank you! I broke out a handful of Hermessence samples a few weeks ago for the Friday poll. I’ll have to see if I can still handle them.

    • Laila says:

      Good luck . . . and enjoy the many beautiful baby ‘nuances’ that await you!

    • Dilana says:

      I predict you will be smelling the heavenly scent of baby hair soon.

      • AnnS says:

        I was thinking the same – pretty soon that’s the only smell you care about. My daughter’s head smelled like powdery, nutty iris root for the longest time.

        • Dilana says:

          Did you wash her hair?
          I’ve always thought that Johnson Baby Shampoo and Channel No. 5 smell similar.
          (Please do not kill me. It is entirely possible that the shampoo people copied Channel).

          • AnnS says:

            Gosh, well yes, the baby shampoo does have a lot of aldehydes,and I smell a lot of old fashioned soaps that could be a faded part of the Chanel no 5 line. Actually, I always thought that the “pink” J & J body wash smells like watered down rose/alde combo in Chanel No 22. And yes, I did wash her hair. Just like any of us, the smell of shampoo subsides and then we smell like ourselves. I only washed her hair every once in a while. Babies don’t really need to have their hair washed all the time. There is no killing, lol, we all smell things differently. :-)

      • Robin says:


      • mals86 says:

        Baby head is the best smell.

        • missionista says:

          Agreed, baby head smell for the win! Now that my child no longer has baby head smell, I have to make do with friends’ kids. And the occasional tolerant stranger who will let me coo at and sniff their baby.

    • Lucy says:

      Thanks everyone for the good wishes. I’m just waiting…

  21. jirish says:

    By Killian Beyond Love. Not as dramatic as the Lutens or Malle but quite lovely.

  22. juicejones says:

    Parure. Confidence builder. Working.

  23. teri says:

    I’m teaching the annual Harassment Prevention course this afternoon, so I needed a strong ‘don’t mess with me’ scent to stay in theme.

    Since I’ve always envisioned JHAG’s Lady Vengeance as a purrrrfect scent for a villainess, and most villainesses are portrayed as strong women, I chose it today.

    • Dilana says:

      I was supposed to be at hearings so I am wearing the sheer Lutens L’Eau

    • CM says:

      Ha ha! Love it!

  24. AnnS says:

    I am attempting to get to some neglected frags again. Today I’m wearing PdN Rose-Poivre.

  25. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Puredistance Opardu

    This wearing was inspired by a post at The Black Narcissus. If I had to pick just one non-iris floral, this would be IT!

    • CM says:

      Opardu is really lovely… you smell marvelous!

  26. johanob says:

    SOTD Andrea Maack Silk.Great start,but fizzles out wayyyyy too soon!Where’s my Portrait of a Lady??;-))

  27. Laila says:

    A chilly and gloomy day here, yep, it feels like fall, reminding me that I have little time left to wear my favorite summer color – coral – and one of my favorite summer ‘fun’ scents – Bvlgari Omnia Coral, so in defiance of my usual synchronicity-with-nature I chose both for today!

  28. katrina says:

    Tried another from the Olfactif box – Dame Perfumery Pear, Waterlily & Amber. It packs a big sweet floral 80’s punch but surprisingly, I like it! Now that it is nearly gone, need to decide what next. One of the best things about working from home is fragrance freedom.

    • scentfromabove says:

      I haven’t gotten my Olfactif box yet, but I can’t wait to try them. Olfactif raves about Jefferey Dame’s fragrances in this month’s editorial. Glad to hear they are nice.

    • mals86 says:

      I’m awaiting my sample of Dame Black Flower Mexican Vanilla…

      • scentfromabove says:

        Heard that was a nice one!

  29. ihadanidea says:

    Heeley’s Iris de Nuit, continuing my summer of iris…

  30. scentfromabove says:

    Good Afternoon Everyone! SOTD is Chanel’s Cristalle. I have heard from so many people on here that they wear this. I was curious, so this past weekend I went to Neiman Marcus and visited the Chanel section. The SA smiled and said, “Well if it isn’t the Jo Malone lady! ” That’s what the whole store calls me! LOL! She said that she was going to convert me over one way or another. I left with a bag full of samples and a bottle of Cristalle. I am loving it. But, I still bought a bottle of Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay as well. :)
    It was a good weekend! Hope everyone is having a “Terrific Tuesday”.

    • Lucy says:

      So, how was the Cristalle? I find it easy to wear, but not nearly as much as any of the JMs.

  31. odonata9 says:

    Today I’m wearing Ineke Balmy Days & Sundays. My favorite of the (adorable and sweetly packaged) sampler pack I got a few years back, but didn’t love it so much that I was tempted to use the very generous offer of a credit of the sampler price on a full bottle. Maybe I should have! In any case, fresh and lovely in our warm weather today.

  32. sweetgrass says:

    Wearing Ferragamo pour Femme today. I don’t wear this one much. I think I want to like it more than I actually do. I mean, I basically like it, but there is something in it that bugs me.

  33. audreylicious says:

    I had to do a cold, mountain drive this morning so I opted for SL Fourreau Noir. Total delicious spiciness on my arm!!!!

  34. Limette 37. Fighting off a headache again; trying to remember when last I wasn’t. Wish I could get the brain in balance. But Limette is pretty and refreshing.

    • MikasMinion says:

      I’m right there with you on the headaches but mine always seem to come in cycles like this. Hope you feel better soon. At least you are not so bad that every scent makes you gag.

  35. mals86 says:

    After five years of toving the first (Calice Becker, in the octagonal bottle) Ines de la Fressange, I finally got my mitts on the second (Alberto Morillas, leaves bottle) version and am testing today.

    I’d heard references to berry-musk with this one, but what I’m getting is a blackcurrant-rose tweak on Coco Mlle. Lots of patchouli (I’m sensitive to it, so that might be why I’m picking it up when hardly anyone else notices it), some nice florals. Very early-2000s, modern-chypre floral thing. I’m finding it pleasant.

    I don’t know why CM smells so awful on me. It’s really lovely on my sister – and there’s another band mom that worked at band camp with me last week, and she wears it as well. Also gorgeous. I kept wanting to lean in for another sniff. On me it screeches.

  36. rebeccat94 says:

    SOTD is is Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. It’s from a sample i got the other day. I have to say, I really don’t like this one. I actually found it very irritating and had to wash it off, but it’s still lingering.

  37. farouche says:

    SOTD is Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel, and I’m loving the salty herbal oakmoss vibe. I’m also getting rose and vetiver…just delicious. It’s working well in the heat and humidity we are having here in New England today.

    BTW: Has this one been dc? It’s very difficult to find. I had to buy off eBay after I finished my decant.

    • perthgirl says:

      I remember the strawberry site having some.. they ship free everywhere..

  38. MikasMinion says:

    Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia body butter, just a small smear on my arms. I was planning on spraying actual perfume when this wore off but it is still going strong. Found it at TJMaxx the other day – best buck-fifty I’ve spent in a long time.

    • C.H. says:

      Oh, gosh you make me want to run up to TJMaxx first thing tomorrow. The Pacificas have suddenly become hard to find in my area–I could order online, I realize, but of course buck-fifty to have in hand immediately does sound more enticing!

    • C.H. says:

      …and I got one! Somehow at my store had a 200% markup–fully three dollars! But worth it ;) Thanks for the head’s up on this!

  39. Joe says:

    Penhaligon’s Vaara for me today. I love this and it’s definitely related to NVC Mohur and Ormonde Jayne Ta’if. In fact, had also put on a little Ta’if lotion this morning after my shower and they work together really well.

  40. missionista says:

    3 SOTDs today. I started with a good douse of Creed’s Fleurissimo from a sample. It’s nice, but doesn’t last long at all. By lunchtime, I found myself at Bendel’s and decided to go in and see if they still had any perfume left from their sale. I found the Union coffret which I’d been coveting for 60% off! Score! I already had a tiny decant of Celtic Fire, which I knew I liked. I sprayed Gothic Bluebell on one arm and Quice Mint & Moss on the other.

    In the heat, I found GB a bit too sweet, even cloying, and QMM just too fresh, sporty. But on a long and highly air conditioned train ride, I really liked the GB. Still couldn’t quite handle the QMM. Now many hours later, GB has faded a lot, but QMM is going STRONG and I finally like it. Excited to try Holy Thistle tomorrow.

  41. yukiej says:

    I guess I need a pick me up today, because I started with TDC Sel de Vetiver and ended with Mugler Cologne.

  42. budgie says:

    SOTD is Lolita Lempicka L’Eau au Masculin. This is a sparkling spicy-woody delight. I am blessed to work in a spacious warehouse type environment, which means I can be adventurous and heavy handed when I spray in the morning. But I keep a bottle of CDG Avignon in my desk drawer if I need a spritz of something friendly and comforting in the afternoon. Can anyone recommend something from the cologne family for someone generally phobic of clean-citrus frags?

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