Wednesday scent of the day 8/13

Papier d'Arménie burning papers

I was going to wear Guerlinade today, but my nearly-empty decant has turned. Use or lose it, folks! Instead I'm in Guerlain's Bois d'Armenie. Which reminds me to remind perfumer Francis Kurkdjian to please make a fragrance that smells like the Year of Armenia papers from Papier d'Arménie.

Do tell us what fragrance you're wearing, and if you like, share any reminders you'd like to send off to a perfumer.

Reminder: this Friday, August 15, wear something by Guerlain. We'll do this again in winter, so don't feel like you have to wear Shalimar if it's too hot for Shalimar. The following Friday, August 22, wear something beachy, or anything you think of as "a vacation in a bottle".

And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2014, where I'll try to always have the next six or seven weeks mapped out in advance.


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  1. melissa says:

    Good morning! I’m wearing Cacharel Amor Amor.

  2. guerlainguy says:

    good morning, I”m wearing Cedrat Enivrant with one spritz of Robert Piguet Casbah….its going to be a very good day.

  3. relleric says:

    SOTD is Shaal Nur (Etro).

  4. Dawn says:

    Today is going to be Chanel no 5. I never can decide if I want to wear the EDT or the EDP version.

    • Robin says:

      Ha…I almost wore Jicky and couldn’t decide between concentrations myself.

      • Dawn says:

        I have tried Jicky in all of it’s concentrations, and love it, I still can’t get Jicky to stay on my skin any longer than 3 hours. I’m not talking the EDT, which only stays for an hour on skin. But I do think that the EDP (Jicky) is the best.

        • Robin says:

          Wow, I think it does better than that on me. I only have the EdT & Extrait at the moment, and do like both but in different ways.

      • Sajini says:

        I found a very big empty vintage Jicky bottle still in it’s green velvet presentation box at an antique barn in northern Maine today. Took the stopper out and the scent was just extraordinary. I think I have to go back and buy it for those few remaining scent molecules.

  5. Janice says:

    Since you reminded me of it yesterday, I’m wearing Apres L’Ondee. I wish I’d had the chance to smell the parfum version before it was discontinued.

    • Robin says:

      I have a few drops left. Lovely stuff, hope they’ll bring it back as a reissue one day.

  6. Merlin says:

    Pretending to be sophisticated in Azemour Les Orangers…

    • Robin says:

      But if you smell sophisticated then you must be, right? Right? :-P

      • Merlin says:

        Well yeah, only by evening I wanted something sweeter and sprayed some Bahai on my shirt front. It’s true that the ALO was only on my wrists, but still, there is not much LESS sophisticated than mixing ones perfume choices so randomly, lol!

    • anngd says:

      Of course you are sophisticated, Merlin. Azemour is one of my faves, so elegant.

  7. scentfromabove says:

    Happy “Hump Day” everyone! My SOTD is Aedes De Venustas Oeillet Bengale. It is truly everything you would expect in a fragrance and then some!
    I would like to ask ALL perfumers what is the REAL REASON they discontinue a fragrance. I understand that under some regulations they have no choice, but come on. And sometimes, the limited editions are better than the originals. This is hard for me to understand.
    Have a great day everyone! :)

    • Ari says:

      I think it is very rare that perfumers have much input into whether a fragrance is discontinued or not. It’s the brands that decide what to do with their perfumes.

      Brands discontinue a perfume for financial reasons: it’s not selling well enough, or it became too expensive to produce. It’s understandable, but very sad for that perfume’s fans.

      • scentfromabove says:

        Thanks Ari. I so miss Leiber by Juith Leiber and Peony and Moss by Jo Malone. You are probably right about it being too expensive to produce. Just because I loved it doesn’t mean it was loved by others. For my own selfish reasons, I never looked at it that way. :)

  8. bastet says:

    I am home today and quite happily wearing SL Fleurs d’Oranger (several sprays on each arm and one behind the neck). Might be a bit much for the office, though! Probably a good thing that all of the windows are wide open to enjoy the beautiful summer breeze.

    • nebbe says:

      I just love the way a gentle breeze lifts scent! I applied my perfume in front of a mini fan thus morning, and really enjoyed the chance to smell the scent without putting my application point up to my nose. You know?

      • kindcrow says:

        I have a little fan on my desk at work. I put perfume on my forearms and the fan lifts the scent to my nose as I type. Then, I don’t have to stop to huff my arms as often :-)

  9. monkeytoe says:

    I am wearing Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur which is fantastic. I should wear it more often.

  10. teri says:

    A dip into the sample box yielded Live in Love from Oscar de la Renta. What a pleasant surprise! Although there isn’t anything memorable about this fragrance, it’s pretty and pleasant to wear. It doesn’t have annoying synthetic plastic blasts of fruit and it isn’t ‘clean’ in that laundry detergent kind of way. It doesn’t dry down to something generic either. It’s just a light pretty floral blend which will be perfect for our upcoming hot day.

  11. cologneluvr says:

    SOTD: Tova Handsome Tova Beverly Hills for men

  12. platinum14 says:

    SOTD is Fou D’Absinthe

  13. floragal says:

    SOTD is Cuir de Lancome.

    I’d like to remind the great executive minds at Lancome what an amazing fragrance Cuir de Lancome is and to therefore bring it back!
    Calice Becker should receive this message as well ;)

    • mals86 says:

      Me too!

      I wound up chaperoning the high school band this morning as they played at the county schools’ Convocation (it’s tough to find band parents who’ll be available from 6:15-11:30 am). I need more caffeine.

      But I smell good.

  14. audreylicious says:

    Today is Atelier Bois Blonds. Trying to determine once and for all if I like it or not.

  15. nebbe says:

    Good morning! Today I overslept, missed the bus, and need caffeine. But none of that bothers me because I’m wearing Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere.
    And I just saw an awesome outfit on a young woman – long gray jersey shift dress with long sleeves and brown lace up equestrian boots (the kind that stop at the lower calves). It doesn’t sound like much, but she looked great and I told her so as we passed. Love giving street compliments! Gave me a hint of Fall 2014.

    • nebbe says:

      Oh – and I would like to know which perfumes to stick up on before the regulations go into effect. I have a vague idea that I should be proactive about purchasing, but pretty clueless about where to start.

    • Ida says:

      Hi Nebbe, I also love giving street compliments, and it’s amazing to see how it makes people light up. Why not tell someone if you think they look (or smell!) great? It totally makes my day of someone says I smell great. Today I did: Roudnitska’s Parfum de Therese. (no-one said so, but we are used to it, right?) :-)

      • nebbe says:

        I have no doubt that you smell great, Ida!

  16. austenfan says:

    Another TDC fragrance for me today, Bois d’Iris this time. I am so glad that I got the beautiful estagnon when I did. You need to spray with abandon with this one.

  17. Eva S says:

    I was inspired by The Scented Hound’s review and am wearing MDCI Peche Cardinale today. It’s a long time favorite- such a happy scent! Maybe a FB, since I just learned yesterday that MDCI have discontinued Enlevement de Serail and who knows what might be next?

    • MikasMinion says:

      If they d/c Peche Cardinale I will be immensely annoyed. I love it and always mean to snag a bottle or large decant. You smell great!

  18. solanace says:

    It is rainy and cold and I´m wearing Shalimar Ode a la Vanille, loving every inch of its fabulously warm sillage!

    • solanace says:

      Reminder to uncle Serge: I´m happy to see you wandering all around like a beautiful planet, but please don´t forget your fan base, the Arabie, Chergui and Fumérie Turque lovers. We need more Magreb warmth and spices!

  19. Laila says:

    Summer returns today with warm sunshine; I’m wearing YR’s Ode a la Joie, summer-sunshine-in-a-bottle.

  20. sweetgrass says:

    Solanace and I are nearly scent twins today! I’m wearing Shalimar Ode a la Vanille sur la Route du Mexique (quite a mouthful there). I got this from Fragrancenet, and funny thing is, I actually made a mistake on the order. I thought I was ordering the original Ode a la Vanille but discovered what I had done when I received the package. No matter, though, it’s yummy.

    • solanace says:

      Mine is Sur la Route du Méxique, too! And yes, it is very yummy. I was a bit self conscious at pilates class at 8 am, but what the heck, better than if I had smelly feet…

  21. KLMNOP says:

    I’m wearing L’Air du Desert Marocain on my wrists and neck and CdG Blue Encens behind my ears.

  22. thegoddessrena says:

    Started by sampling Roger and Ballet Vanille which is very mild and a teensy bit fresh. It doesn’t stand up to humidity at all. I will probably add it to my acceptable for clinic rotation until I use it up (I’m not supposed to be wearing any perfume in clinic but I hate feeling like I’m missing something). Am now in Soivohle Amun Re: The Tears of Ra. Love this one with its honey and slightly salty and smokey vanilla

    • nebbe says:

      Tears of Ra sounds goood. Great name, too!

  23. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Guerlain Tonka Imperial

    Lovely. What you smell from the beginning is what you smell in the end. Surprisingly, Cuir Beluga lasted longer on me but it could be the atomizer. I do have a FB which I will start using once I drain my decant.

    Reminder to perfumers and the brands they “support”. I (we) generally prefer smaller volume. The 100 mL bottles should never be the only choice.

    • farouche says:

      Hear, hear!!

    • MikasMinion says:

      Yes! There is a reason my FB list has multiple squatters. The huge bottles just lose out to their smaller bretheren.

  24. CM says:

    Day 3 of my self-imposed “iris” week and I’m wearing Prada Infusion d”Iris EDP. I haven’t worn this in a really loooooooooong time and I’m really loving it! The opening is “rootier” and fresher than I remember. I’ve only got a bit left in my bottle but thinking I should try the Absolue and EDT versions before replenishing.

    • Delacey says:

      I’m also wearing this today – your iris week has been fun to follow and influenced my choice for sure. I love the Absolue in winter; it feels creamy, and softer/sweeter, like being bundled against the cold by the plushest cashmere. These two together were what started my whole perfume interest. I have a little splash sample of the EDT and took it to Mexico once, so now it is the smell of holidays to me.

  25. galbanumgal says:

    Wish I’d gotten to try Guerlinade, though I may not have appreciated it in 2006. Sampling Terrasse at St-Germain.

    • tiffanie says:

      Ha, ha, I’m laughing self-consciously, I’m so glad you said that.

      I recently tried samples of some perfumes with serious reputations and many fans (31 Rue Cambon and Mahora were two of them), and there were no words to describe how I just couldn’t wrap my nose around them. Some of them made me woozy, but not in a good way. But I still stick to my personal rule of “never say no” to a new perfume. Life’s too short for self-limitation.

      Maybe my nose will grow up someday, and I’ll be able to appreciate or even love the heavy-hitters of the perfume world.

  26. Delacey says:

    I’m always inspired by all the lovely iris perfumes I get to read about here, so today reached for one of the few I have, Prada Infusion d’Iris EDP. It will be a long day of traveling, including a lovely ferry ride, and this feels like it will move with me perfectly as I go from the interior desert to an island on the west coast.

    • CM says:

      Scent twins! You smell marvelous! Happy travels!

  27. odonata9 says:

    SOTD is Blimey Limey! by smell bent. It is a juicy, creamy lime and i just checked the site and don’t see it any more. I only have a small vial of the perfume oil. Wish I had gotten a little EDT spray too before it was gone!

  28. ihadanidea says:

    Hello, my scented homies.

    I’m not sure if this will sound a little weird, but I’ve discovered that my new bottle of Rochas Femme is the most satisfying thing to hold and spray. I love my Bois d’Iris by VC&A, and my Serges, but the Femme just feels so nice in my hand. Spraying it on myself before bedtime (which I’m starting to do all the time) feels soooo luxurious, and the bottle only cost me $25.

    I’m wearing some of my Osmanthus lotion and may go on a sniffing adventure after work today. Speaking of osmanthus, after a recommendation from Eric at Twisted Lily, I’m realizing I quite like Nuit de Cellophane, despite criticism from most bloggers. Maybe my sniffer isn’t sophisticated enough yet, but I think its lovely.

    All I’d really like to say to the perfumers is this: THANK YOU.

    • thegoddessrena says:

      I’m very kinesthetic and there are definitely bottles that feel nicer in the hand. I have tiny hands and I may never end up with a 100 ml bottle of Any Bond No 9 since it’s just so awkward for me. Lollia Relax feels really nice but I don’t wear it in the summer

    • pyramus says:

      I have bottles that I just pick up and fondle sometimes. The Poison apple is wonderfully sinuous, Le Feu d’Issey is as smooth and round as a billiard ball, Clinique Wrappings is gorgeously angular and matte, the Caron peppercorn bottle is nubbly and elegantly elongated. Good packaging is no small part of the pleasure.

    • Merlin says:

      He he! I’v been thinking of getting Laliques Le parfum largely because its such a lovely block of glass but they no longer have a tester and though its marked down to $32 I’m worried my taste may have changed since the last time I tried it…

    • anngd says:

      Love Nuit de Cellophane. On the buy list.

  29. morgana says:

    Wearing Hiris and have a question:
    Has anyone directly compared Hiris in its two variations of the blue bottle? There is now a new packaging in the transparent bottle, but I wonder whether we know that the older two variations of the blue bottle contain a different juice. (I read people mentioning that this may be the case, but is there any certainty on the issue?). Please help, and thanks!!

  30. jirish says:

    Grey and cool today, but warming myself up with Chergui. Very excited because just received my LuckyScent package of samples – the first I’ve bought in a year. I was forcing myself to go through my backlog of samples before ordering any new. Feels good to finally treat myself and have so many goodies to start trying.

  31. rebeccat94 says:

    It’s raining non-stop here, and I don’t plan on leaving the house, so I just spritzed on my favorite, Chanel No.5 EDP, and am enjoying it while lazing around.

  32. Mary Carol says:

    Felt like something sweet today and went with Coach Poppy Freesia. It has settled down into something not overly sugary and is smelling good to me.

  33. cj says:

    SOTD was Aftelier Ancient Resins with Bigarade Concentrée layered on top. First time trying this combo, and it was very nice. It’s completely faded now, so I might continue in a similar vein with a combo of Avignon and Jo Malone Orange Blossom Cologne (since I happen to have samples of them in my purse).

  34. katrina says:

    SOTD is Agonist Onyx Pearl. It is more masculine than I expected and very calming. I tried the Vanilla Marble earlier and have a tiny bit of that on my wrist; the mix is very nice!

  35. MikasMinion says:

    Ineke Field Notes from Paris. I wanted to wear Gilded Lily but couldn’t get it to spray :( Guess I’ll have to find something to decant into.

  36. farouche says:

    I was inspired by Victoria’s lovely review of PdN Eau d’Ete yesterday on Bois de Jasmin, so I found my bottle this morning and sprayed lavishly.

    It has lasted all day, and I can still smell it on my wrists. Over spraying is the answer! I especially like the touches of cinnamon and balsam in this summery fragrance.

    • hajusuuri says:

      You may have to define overspraying :-). A dear perfumista friend typically sprays 12x! but then her mom once hosed down a Chinatown bus with Carnal Flower so maybe the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree???

  37. pyramus says:

    Today I wore Safran Troublant. It just spoke to me. Six spritzes (little ones, from the 15-mL size) and I was good for the day.

    I wrote to the nice people at Demeter asking if they would consider doing Tarragon and the owner wrote me back! He said he’d worked on a Rosemary for a year before giving up, and had tried tarragon in the past with little success. It’s something that I had never even considered: some scents just won’t be tamed and bottled. (He said he was inspired to give Tarragon another try. I live in hope! Of all the herbs, could there possibly be a better one to smell like?)

    • MikasMinion says:

      What a great idea. I would be in line for that Tarragon if they ever do it. Rosemary would have been great too, I love when the cats sleep under the rosemary bush. They smell so good.

    • hajusuuri says:

      My Safran Troublant spray requirement is 8 and with that, I get 4 hours of enjoyment.

  38. foxbins says:

    DelRae Wit today. I love it but it doesn’t last more than 2 hours on skin. I am still smelling it where the spray hit my shirt, though.

    Is it Friday yet? I am so wishing it to be Friday.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Oooooh, DelRae Wit is FB-worthy! I will defer my purchase ’til November / December when LuckyScent usually has a gift with purchase.

      • foxbins says:

        FB worthy for me, too; I wish there were body products or an extrait so that I could layer and have it last longer!

  39. Barqs says:

    After an afternoon walk in the heat and a shower, I am wearing Oscar de la Renta Esprit d’Oscar

  40. anngd says:

    I wore Aftelier Cuir de Gardenia today, which lasted about two hours. Had a meeting with a colleague who last week appeared to be overwhelmed by tiny dabs of Dia (it was a long meeting), so trying to go with short-lived scents. Part of me deeply resents needing to edit this way, but I do understand – I had a boss years ago who doused herself in Obsession. We worked in a large four-story building in Cambridge, and everyone knew when she was in the office, and on which floor.

    • hajusuuri says:

      You may want to try dabbing your hair with the oil. It stays close to skin and lasts longer!

  41. tiffanie says:

    Today I am loving SL A La Nuit for the first time. I tried it several times over the past week, and it was just gone in minutes. My nose could hardly find a trace of it on my arm after it dried. This time it has hung around for many hours, and it is lovely. I wish I knew what is different, but that’s part of the magic and mystery, I guess.

    I would love to tell the perfumers (and the perfume powers that be) to stop trying so hard. For now, while I am a newbie, please just give me more of the simple beauties. Zingy top notes (no faux berries), a luscious floral heart (no calone), and a base of something warm, soft, vanilla, woody, or aromatic (no scary musks or harsh synthetics). That would be a fragrant paradise.

  42. nozknoz says:

    Chaldée, after reading Kevin’s review. What a happy, relaxing perfume!

    I guess I’d send perfumers my appreciation and encouragement. And ask them to please avoid that spikey wood chemical!

  43. Mary says:


    I absolutely agree with you to ask Francis Kurkdjian to make a perfume like papier d’armenie. I tried all three of them but prefer the edition he created. I also have a perfumed candle. In Zwolle, the town where I work (in the Netherlands) they sell them in the Hanze shop.

    • Robin says:

      Oh, I’ve been so tempted by that candle! You have one and like it then? It has good throw?

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