Thursday scent of the day 8/7

Hermès Ibiza leather bracelet

What fragrance did you pick today?

I'm wearing Hermès Eau de Pamplemousse Rose.

Reminder: tomorrow 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.

Note: top image is the Hermès Ibiza leather bracelet, $470.

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  1. melissa says:

    I’m wearing Jardins d’Ecrivains Wilde. It’s my last day in the office before heading up to New York for a wedding and a few days of vacation, and I am so, so ready.

  2. galbanumgal says:

    oh, been wanting to try Pamplemousse Rose forever. Wearing the new VC&A California Reverie…jasminey goodness.

    • Robin says:

      And I’ve been wanting to try the VCA! Anything it compares to?

      • galbanumgal says:

        not that springs to mind…it smells as I’d hoped 1932 would–much less meh than that one, in my opinion.

        • AnnS says:

          1932, sadly, didn’t work for me either. The opening was fine and then it quickly moved to a musk-powder, so I’m not smelling it right. Oh well – one less frag to want.

          • nebbe says:

            Ditto! I wanted to love it. Oh well, no. 5 Eau Premiere serves the need that I looked to 1932 for.

        • Robin says:

          Thanks though!

  3. sayitisntso says:

    Narciso Rodriguez Musc Collection for Men. Red berries, iris and musk. Mighty fine smelling!

  4. johanob says:

    Parfums D’Empire Equistrius is the SOTD!Fantastic Iris.Great sillage and longevity too.Happy Thursday NST!

  5. audreylicious says:

    I’m wearing D’Orsay Etiquette Bleue….light, pretty, unobtrusive for a hot day in the sun. Almost went for Pamplemousse Rose this morning too!

  6. relleric says:

    SOTD is L’Eau Au Masculin (Lolita Lempicka)

    • relleric says:

      Just layered the L’EaM with Eau de Narcisse Bleu…

  7. perthgirl says:

    To work today I wore Phi Rose de Kandahar and tonight I’m wearing copious amounts of MPeG Tubereuse.

  8. AnnS says:

    Today I’m wearing Institut Tres Bien Colonge a la Francaise. I got lucky a few years ago and got a large decant with a swap. I can’t remember who from! I know she’s and NSTer – if you’re out here – thanks millions! It’s a shame that ITB went out of business. It is a lovely eau de cologne. I’ll admit I’ve been hoarding it b/c I’ll never have it again. But today seemed like a good day to just go for it. It’s fun to actually go crazy spritzy with something.

    • monkeytoe says:
      • AnnS says:

        Oh that’s great! I will patiently wait for a US distributor… and put some pennies aside. Thanks for the tip. ;-)

      • donnie says:

        He’s doing a good job of playing hard to get. Looks like we’ll just have to hop over to Lyon. I did love that stuff. Thanks!

        Off this argument, I’m wearing F Malle Geranium pour Monsieur.

        • AnnS says:

          You know, I think my hubbie will be just fine if I empty our accounts to travel to Lyon, and I must stay for a few weeks, right?, to get a lovely bottle of ITB fragrance. I really, really kept dousing myself in CalF yesterday, got some in my hair to make it stick around, and I could still smell the base notes this morning when I woke up! It’s just a whiff of something like the iris and vanilla in Prada Infusion d’Iris. Anyway, it got me prepped for today’s citrus challenge.

  9. ihadanidea says:

    I sprayed the Scent of Departure’s Vienna in my hair (what everyone else will smell) and am about to choose a sample for my wrists. Feeling a little osmanthus-y, so The Different Company Osmanthus it is.

    By the way, when I asked a few weeks ago about what that scent was in public bathroom pink soap, and someone suggested almond? That was it. That was it *exactly.* I sniffed a Jo Malone Sweet Almond and Macaroon candle and recoiled from it, and it was the exact same thing. So glad I know this now!

    • sweetgrass says:

      I have trouble with almond notes in perfumes for the exact same reason. That soap!

  10. Bee says:

    Do Son, a light office-compatible tuberose, but I’ll layer it with some tubereuse criminelle when I’m back at home. Bit stuck with tomorrow’s “assignment”, I’m not really into citrus-based scents, I’ll have to check my more random samples.

    • mals86 says:

      I’m not much of a citrus fan either, but I admit to a weakness for citrus+rose scents, and I have a few of those: Pamplelune, Moschino Funny!, and Kelly Caleche edp (which I find more floral and therefore more comfortable for me than the edt). I’ll probably go with one of those.

      • Bee says:

        I was thinking about the Rosines, maybe something there!

        • mals86 says:

          Un Zest de Rose is nice.

          • AnnS says:

            I was thinking of that one or some Goutal tomorrow. I haven’t worn Zest yet all summer!

          • C.H. says:


          • Bee says:

            I found my sample, you’ve just made my life waaay easier :-)

      • Elisa says:

        Mals, did you ever try Par Amour Toujours? I think you’d like that one too! Really nice rose with citrus notes.

        • mals86 says:

          I think I sampled it once. Bookworm has a small 1oz bottle of Par Amour (TJ Maxx, $10), but I don’t think Toujours struck me as “I need this!”

    • melissa says:

      Did I go to Sephora and get a sample exclusively for tomorrow’s project? I certainly did.

  11. kindcrow says:

    I tried De Ma Mere by Shelley Kyle (linden blossom, amber, acacia, and beeswax) on the back of my hand an hour before my shower this morning. A little of it survived the shower and several hand washings. It’s basically linden and honey, and I like it. I heard about it in AnnS’s comment at

    Other linden comments: On my skin, Pretty Machine starts off with a gorgeous linden note, but it quickly becomes a very soapy orange blossom. April Aromatics Unter den Linden starts off with some linden, but quickly morphs into something else that is nice (a mimosa? that is a little too sharp for me), but not linden.

    I’ve only sampled the three aforementioned perfumes one time each, and I plan to spend more time with all of them.

    Now, I’m wearing two Pacifica fragrances: Tahitian Gardenia that I had to temper with some Island Vanilla. Still can’t handle that many white flowers (unless it’s Bubblegum Chic :-) )

    • mals86 says:

      BOY, I hate it when orange blossom goes soapy on me. It’s rare that it doesn’t, but when it stays floral I love it.

      • kindcrow says:

        I agree with everything you said :-)

    • AnnS says:

      I’m glad you like Da Ma Mere! I really like linden fragrances too. My fav linden is also Trish McEvoey #8 Citrus Petals, which has been out of production for a few years now. It starts with some nice blended citrus notes and goes directly to linden and then some sort of musk drydown. Your comments about linden and mimosa make me think that I should try and wear some L’AP Mimosa Pour Moi every once in a while… I do like linden better than mimosa in general.

      • kindcrow says:

        Thanks for the recommendation! Pre de Provence used to make a great linden soliflore. I have most of a large bottle of it that is very old, but still in good condition. I’ve loved linden since I first smelled it blooming on campus when I was in college.

        • AnnS says:

          I love linden for a very long time as well. When I was a teen I got a “mimosa” fragrance, which I loved, and then later realized that it was actually predominantly linden. It is such a cheerful, sunny aroma.

  12. katrina says:

    Tried a sample if Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay. At first it was nice, a bit sweet for me but has dried down to something really unpleasant. Scrubbing has not helped. Hopefully a spritz of Molecule 2 will help – my usual remedy for scrubbers as it mixes well.

    • Laurels says:

      You’re the first person I know to really dislike B & B. I guess it’s true that there’s always someone who loathes the most beloved perfumes, and someone who loves the most reviled ones. It makes me feel better about (whispering) finding Andy Tauer’s PHI unwearable.

      • katrina says:

        LOL! I think I should try the PHI then!

    • Laila says:

      I don’t ‘loathe’ it, but I find a little too much ‘bay’ and being averse to anything grapefruit the citrus in this puts me off. Not a scrubber for me but I’ll leave it for those who truly enjoy it!

  13. monkeytoe says:

    I am (accidentally) wearing Omnia Crystalline and it is a perfectly fine scent, but most of the fun happens in the first hour or so and then it is a light wood and musk perfume–fresh, but not too fresh. I meant to grab Batacuda (I have decants in similar atomizers). I guess it can part of my re-testing of office appropriate scents.

  14. Omega says:

    Still have yet to decide…sounds lame but sorta burnt out on Chanelaide..if that makes sense at all. I want something spicy though..perhaps a spicy carnation:).

    Still want to try that one by Aedes. Anyone else try that one?

  15. Elisa says:

    A wee bit of Amoureuse. Gorgeous.

    • mals86 says:

      Lean over so I can smell you! mmmm.

    • AnnS says:

      Swoon! Amoureuse is so wonderful.

    • tiffanie says:

      That is so beautiful. I just tried it a few months ago. I can’t wait to try it in cool weather to see if it changes.

  16. Mary Carol says:

    I am wearing Byredo La Tulipe.

    Must look through my citrus scents to choose one I haven’t worn for a while for tomorrow.

  17. Coumarin says:

    I’m wearing a bit of vintage Diorella, which I bought after thoroughly loving Eau Sauvage. It’s not an immediate love like its brother, but it is nice. I’m wondering if I should move a small amount into a spray bottle. Maybe then I’d get more of an impact.

  18. rebeccat94 says:

    SOTD is Eau Premier from a sample I received at the Chanel counter. It is a lovely scent when I think of it as it’s own, and do not compare it to the original No.5, which is my favorite scent in the world.

    • nebbe says:

      The more often I wear no. 5, the more I like it. So which is your favorite, the edt, edp or parfum?

  19. pyramus says:

    I stumbled across my bottle of Le Feu d’Issey, which has a few millilitres left in it, and couldn’t resist. I think it doesn’t smell quite as strikingly modern and peculiar as it did fifteen years ago, because that sort of creamy scent has been done a lot in the meantime (CSP’s Matin Calin and Demeter’s Condensed Milk are indebted to it), but its peppered-roses-in-hot-milk glow is still kind of amazing.

    • kindcrow says:

      “peppered-roses-in-hot-milk glow” sounds nice.

  20. teri says:

    I’m wearing some 60’s-era Coty L’Aimant that I picked up at an estate sale. This always reminds me of my mother kissing me good night before she and my father would go out for the evening. Although she never wore this scent, she used the Coty loose face powder that was so ubiquitous back then and the scent of the powder was very similar to the perfume.

    • mals86 says:

      I have some L’Aimant PdT that is very nice!

      It’s one of those odd scents for me, though – sometimes it smells like Proper Lady Perfume, with the aldehydes and what-not, and then it smells very much like my mother’s deep-dish peach pie, served hot. Sort of doughy and sweet and fruity. I sort of love it, but I have to be in the mood for it.

      • teri says:

        I will definitely have to watch for the peach pie accord. I can think of far worse things to smell like than a hot, fresh peach pie. Yum!

      • Laila says:

        I thought it was L’Origan that smelled like the face powder? The orange one – the color of the face powder (which I use) box is the same orange. I have both the L’Aimant and L’Origan and love them both.

    • AnnieA says:

      That face powder scent! So evocative.

    • Coumarin says:

      I saw some just this past week in an antique store in an older bottle and was very tempted. I’ve never smelled it in any form, though, and didn’t want to end up with something I didn’t care for.

  21. morgana says:

    sotd is serge lutens bois et musc. but I wonder about l’orpheline … have people tried it yet? it would be great to hear the first impressions

  22. AnnieA says:

    Whoops, it’s only Thursday – put on some Orange Sanguine thinking it was Friday already. Might wear something non-citrus tomorrow, especially since I have almost no citrus perfumes…

  23. mals86 says:

    I was in a rush and just GRABBED something out of the box on my way out the door to do errands this morning: CK Eternity. Which my husband bought for me recently, and which HE likes… It bores me. I mean, I don’t mind a light floral, but this one has a thin, glossy-photo-of-flowers, department store style that just shrieks “No flowers were harmed in the making of this fragrance!”

    Gah. Think I might copy Elisa and haul out the Amoureuse now that Eternity has started to fade somewhat.

    • AnnS says:

      Yes, Amoureuse will save the day!

    • Elisa says:

      Do you have a FB of Amoureuse? Loving it so much this morning I’m starting to think I need more.

    • mals86 says:

      I do have a bottle of Amoureuse, that I swapped for at one of the Posse’s early swaps. It wasn’t a fabulous experience – I feel like I should have paid a little more and bought a brand-new, in-perfect-shape bottle instead of jumping through all the hoops and getting the swappie portion Just Right on top of the cash portion. This one was less full than I was expecting, and the topnotes are weird, but after all the mess and stress, I was disinclined to swap with anyone ever again. My fault for agreeing to the deal, really.

      And, anyway, I now HAVE Amoureuse, so I can wear it whenever I want.

      But (makes embarrassed face) my sample of Dame Perfumery Black Flower Mexican Vanilla showed up in the mail, so I wore that instead.

  24. scentfromabove says:

    SOTD is Chanel Beige. I am having a counselors meeting today. Beige is nice and light. Perfect for a meeting.

  25. Dawn says:

    Yesterday, I finished up my little decant of vintage Jicky (EDT) and thinking of wearing the modern version in EDP form. The past 3 days before that, I was wearing vintage Shalimar. From what I am guessing, it’s probably from the ’90’s. Then I started to wonder how I ended up with 4 vintage bottles of Shalimar. I’m guessing that since most of the teardrop or clock bottles are either dirt cheap or reasonably priced.

    • Coumarin says:

      I’m jealous of your vintage Shalimar! Whenever I see a bottle in antique stores, they are invariably empty.

    • AnnS says:

      I have some late 80s/90s Shalimar edc, and truly it is almost more complex and better smelling than my reasonably current extrait. I’d be tempted to hoard if I wore it more often. Vintage Shalimar is truly incomparable.

  26. rose pepper says:

    Serge Lutens Datura Noir. I sprayed it on last night before bed, and it is still apparent. I’m working from home this morning on conference calls. I’ll shower and then go into the office later, not sure which scent I’ll put on then. On me, Datura Noir is a tropical white flower with coconut and musk. Smells beachy, but not like sunscreen. Maybe like an evening after spending the day on a tropical beach. Good thing I like it, I bought a full bottle blind …

    • floragal says:

      This was recommended to me for its coconut note and I like that you say it’s beachy but not like sunscreen.
      I think I’m going to sample this soon!

  27. orl says:

    SOTD is Halston Z-14, not very citrusy!

    • stinker_kit says:

      I love Halston Z-14, I think it has quite an interesting buzzy lemony top when first applied but then all that luscious oakmoss takes over. I get many compliments when I wear this, so I know you smell great!

    • AnnS says:

      OMG – my little sister and I used to *swoon* over Z-14 (and the guys who wore it) when we were in high school. Such a great classic frag!!! I think my sister actually wore it too b/c her eventual boyfriend had a bottle.

  28. foxbins says:

    SOTD is L’eau de Issey from a sample. Only by checking my scent diary did I realize that I have already worn this, back in May. It won’t last long and then I think I’ll put on some Panthere de Cartier, for the civet. The antithesis of Issey!

  29. austenfan says:

    Because tomorrow will be dedicated to citrus, I went for heady and sweet today. I’m wearing the wonderful Vamp à New York, such a fun and uplifting scent.

    • mals86 says:

      I love the Vamp in summer! Tried wearing it in the fall once and just felt really trashy. Eep. ;)

  30. Delacey says:

    Today I’m trying a sample of AG Eau de Camille EDT. Interesting. I don’t get much floral/honeysuckle out of it, nothing like the honeysuckles when they’re in bloom at my house. It’s more the smell of walking past a rock wall with ivy trailing over it and crushing it with your feet here and there, and our hedge after it’s been trimmed, and maybe the sappy honeysuckle stems. Maybe better worn earlier in the year. Now it seems jarring, rather than refreshing, in the late summer heat.

    • odonata9 says:

      If you want more honeysuckle, try AG Chevrefeuille. According to Robin, Camille is more green/less honeysuckle and Chevrefeuille is more honeysuckle/less green. I almost put on Chevrefeuille this morning – it is one of my very favorites since honeysuckle is probably my favorite floral note.

    • rose pepper says:

      Demeter honeysuckle is a pretty true rendition, in my opinion. And it is very affordable!

      • Delacey says:

        I love honeysuckle in life; I’m not sure whether I would love to wear the scent. I suspect that a lot of the flowers I really love to smell – hyacinth, honeysuckle, lilac – I would find too sweet or heavy. But that could be simply because I haven’t had the chance to smell well-done versions of them. I’ll have to try search these out.

    • AnnS says:

      Camille always smells like fresh grass to me… Chevrefeulle has more honeysuckle, florals, although it is also very citrus and soapy, IMHO.

    • CM says:

      I have a friend who likes En Passant because she smells honeysuckle. I argue back that it’s Lilac. We both agree that it’s a lovely scent. I’ll have to try these!

  31. thegoddessrena says:

    Bill Blass Nude is my SOTD.

    • stinker_kit says:

      Bill Blass Nude is the best pear fragrance ever! One of my closest friends wears this fabulous fragrance….

  32. Nightingale says:

    Hello NST! I’ve been traveling for the past month and was mostly without internet. At first it was disconcerting to be so disconnected but I quickly became used to all my new found free time!

    My best weeks were spent as the nurse at a summer camp in the San Juan Islands. I had brought some samples that I thought would suit the outdoors, but once there, it just seemed over the top to wear perfume.

    Since returning to reality (so sad…I really miss my daily lake swims!) I’ve been wearing Cristalle – so fitting for these nice summer days. I hope everyone is well!

    • AnnS says:

      I spent a lot of time away from the internet the other year, and it was weird at first. But then I got used to doing other things with my time. The community in the blogs is great, but it does use up a lot of time! And, well, Cristalle is a great summer scent.

  33. stinker_kit says:

    Scents of the day, generous amounts of Elizabeth Arden Green Tea after bathing and now that has faded, some Calvin Klein Truth.

  34. odonata9 says:

    Today I’m wearing smell bent Sunshine. It isn’t what I wanted it to be, but it is nice. More orange peel than orange and a little powdery. Just looked at the notes – maybe it’s the sandalwood or musk that I’m sensing as powdery. Anyway, it’s nice and fun and I love their small trial size sprayers.

    • Laurels says:

      Orange peel with some powder sounds rather nice to me. Thank you! It’s going on the list.

      • odonata9 says:

        If you do order from smell bent, which I recommend, I also like One, Incensed, and St. Tropez Dispenser. The website is slightly annoying to navigate as I’d rather just see eveything in one place than to navigate the various “collections”, but the quality scents, prices and small sizes available are worth it!

        • mals86 says:

          One is still my favorite Smell Bent, but Florist’s Fridge (assuming you like hyacinth) is terrific.

  35. jirish says:

    Wearing Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel, something that I’ve started being stingy on as the bottle gets lower. One of my favorite beachy scents because it’s not tropical at all.

    • Delacey says:

      Sounds very nice. I’m also attracted to summery, salty, beachy smells without getting into sunscreen and hothouse flowers. I’ll have to try it sometime…

    • AnnS says:

      Fleurs de Sel is gorgeous. I only had a decant of it, but I loved wearing it once in a while. There is nothing else like it.

    • farouche says:

      I just bought a bottle of this lovely online since I had finished my decant some time ago and missed it. Was thinking of wearing it for the “signature scent” challenge, but since it is the last bottle bought, will fit better in that Friday community scent posting.

  36. nozknoz says:

    I have a Tai Chi class later today, so I can’t wear any diva scents. I’m thinking of Heeley Verveine, although that’s also what I was going to resort to for citrus tomorrow.

    • nozknoz says:

      I decided on a few drops of SNM Melograno, instead. I’m unaccountably fond of it. I’ll try something more exotic after my class.

  37. floragal says:

    I went with 34 boulevard Saint Germain by Diptyque. It’s a perfectly office-friendly scent and the dry down is very nice. I just wish I could smell it better as it’s projection isn’t very good.

  38. Omega says:

    The unpopular chick that never made it to the big time, Miss Boucheron. So much pink pepper it causes me heartburn upon sniffing…but I still like you, Miss B.

  39. Misgina says:

    Was trying L’Artisan’s Verte Violette, which smelled great with the Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse in my hair, but after 7 hours I can no longer smell either and will be trying Borsari’s Violeta di Parma on one arm and Tocca’s Violette on the other.

  40. akimon says:

    Wearing Providence Perfumes Hindu Honeysuckle. Nothing Hindu about it, and not much honeysuckle, but it is a beautiful floral musk, and all natural to boot.

  41. caffeinequeen says:

    I was in a hurry so I grabbed the first bottle in eyesight, which happened to be Womanity. A bit strong for a warm California day!

  42. sweetgrass says:

    Trying out a sample of Histoires de Parfums 1804 today. The pineapple in the opening is kind of fun, but after that, it’s kind of meh. Not sure what I’m doing for tomorrow just yet. I don’t have much in the way of citrus. I’m excited about next week, though. I could do a whole week of Guerlain. :D

    • Laurels says:

      On me, the pineapple stuck around for hours. I can’t say I remember much after that, though.

    • kindcrow says:

      I have a sample of 1804. The pineapple lasted for about 10 minutes and then it was just “generic perfume” scent :-(

      • sweetgrass says:

        That’s pretty much my experience.

    • sweetgrass says:

      Laurels, I wish it had been like that for me. Unfortunately the pineapple note didn’t stick around, at least not as distinctly as I’d like.

  43. CM says:

    I’m commando today! I’m seeming to have some weird allergic reaction to something, so decided to lay off scent (the horror!) today to see if there’s any improvement. The good news is that there’s no improvement which means perfume isn’t the cause. I didn’t think it was, but it was a good exercise to go thru just to make sure. (The bad news is I’m still itchy!)

    Later, this evening I’ll spritz with some Shalimar Parfum Initial.

    • Laurels says:

      Good luck tracking down the allergen! Fingers crossed it was a one-time thing.

  44. Laurels says:

    I still hadn’t decided on a SOTD, but the mention of Fleurs de Sel above reminded me I haven’t worn The Different Company Sel de Vetiver in a while. Off to spray.

  45. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Ann Gerard Rose Cut

    I have a partial bottle and love the perfume, the color of the perfume, the aesthetics of the bottle and the calligraphic text. Everything about this perfume is just right – the fizziness of aldehydes, the assertive but not overwhelmingly rosey rose, the patchouli which must have been tempered by the vanilla I couldn’t detect, the pink peppercorn to make it slightly spicy. Sillage is low and it lasted about 9 hours. I wore 3 spritzes so I am thinking of adding one more or perhaps layering with a vanilla! Great office scent!

  46. Laila says:

    SOTD is L’Occitane’s Magnolia & Mure edt and lotion. Although some say it’s sweet, on me the dominant note is a tart blackberry softened a bit with some floral and anchored by a nice dose of patch, but it doesn’t smell like the current ‘fruitchouli’ scents. If not remarkable, it’s certainly pleasant enough for someone like me who loves blackberry. When I want a sweet blackberry, I reach for Trish McAvoy #9; I also like the Mure and Musc Extreme.

  47. nebbe says:

    Infusion d’Iris today. It was lovely.

  48. Joe says:

    Sisley Eau de Campagne! (vint-ish)

    And you know, I smelled the current version at Saks on Sunday and it smelled quite good to me. I remember you mentioning you find it a shadow of its former self, Robin, but I actually quite like it, though this older version is certainly mossier. I do love a green, mossy fragrance in summer, and the tomato leaf note is just right.

    • Robin says:

      The older is mossier, but also think the more recent version has a new “fresh” note. Great scent in any case!

    • AnnS says:

      Joe: So, you like tomato leaf in frags? I’ve never smelled Eau de Campagne. I love that tomato smell in real life. Did you ever try the Annick Goutal Folavril when it was around? That had a rather pronounced tomato leaf accord.

  49. missionista says:

    I practically bathed in Creed’s Fleurissimo this morning, so it even lasted until early afternoon!

  50. Frederik says:

    I wore Santa Maria Novella´s Triple Extract of Narcissus. It may not be a proper perfume but the narcissus note is far more interesting than I thought and works fine as a masculine, I think.

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