Friday scent of the day 8/22

beach, Bali Indonesia

TGIF! Today's community project: wear something beachy, or anything you think of as "a vacation in a bottle". What did you pick?

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

I'm wearing Kai over a very light layer of Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Whipped Body Creme. It's a perfect antidote to the very crappy, not-beachy weather we're having here today.

Reminder: Next Friday, the 29th, wear the last fragrance you bought.

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 Picture Perfect [cropped] by sektordua at flickr; some rights reserved.

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  1. lucasai says:

    For our community project this Friday I picked Van Cleef & Arpels California Reverie.
    It feels very summery and sutable for a beach or sightseeing of the Mediterranean coast.

    • Robin says:

      Nice pick.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Good choice. I have to retry this from a sample in a glass vial or atomizer because I smelled something plasticky from my sample which was in a plastic screw top bottle. Excluding that plastic note, it is a very nice perfume.

      • lucasai says:

        Thank you sweetie! And I hope that sampling from the right container will be fine :)

        • hajusuuri says:

          I decided to stop by Bergdorfs today and this time asked to have a same using my own vial. I also scored the MFK Masculine and Feminine Pluriel!

          • hajusuuri says:

            same = sample

  2. Elisa says:

    I almost wore Kai, but it was a little chilly and cloudy this morning so I went with Sweet Redemption instead.

    For the “last fragrance you bought” SOTD, are you thinking last full bottle purchase or last any amount (decants/samples)?

    • Robin says:

      I was thinking last full bottle, but do interpret it howsoever you like…

  3. stinker_kit says:

    I have adorned myself with Lolita Lempicka Fleur de Corail. I noticed as I watered the plants this morning that the mosquitoes enjoy it as much as I do……

  4. happy888cat says:

    With the name Beach, I simply cannot ignore my bottle of Bobbi Brown.
    In fact, I actually layered and used the whole series for today starting with the body wash, body scrub, body lotion then finally the fragrance itself! :P

    • Ajda says:

      I love BB Beach, it’s such a sunny happy little thing :).

    • Robin says:


    • Merlin says:

      This is the only real beach-y scent I like, but I’m still trying to make up my mind whether I like it enough to buy a bottle. I’m trying to avoid the equation that since I don’t have a perfume of a certain sort and do come across one I quite like, that I necessarily like it enough to buy…

      I think I need to try a little of the lotion with the perfume over.

  5. Ajda says:

    I am cheating, I forgot about the community project this morning when I was choosing my SOTD. I’m wearing Onda EDP, but it *does* remind me of a vacation we took a couple of years ago on the river Kolpa in Slovenia (where I live). It smells like the river bank’s vegetation, driftwood and earth and even a couple of sheep in the distance.

    • thegoddessrena says:

      It’s not cheating– it’s any vacation in a bottle and that sounds wonderful

      • Robin says:

        Agree…and anyway, cheat away, we all have enough to remember without remembering this (and enough rules to follow).

  6. melissa says:

    Happy Friday everyone! I’m wearing Yves Rocher Monoi, mixed up with some plain body cream so it’s more of a skin scent.

    • Robin says:

      Nice! I keep meaning to buy that.

      • stinker_kit says:

        Buy it! I have a bottle and a back up bottle. It is a lovely thing.

  7. pyramus says:

    I was planning to wear CSP Aqua Motu, which smells like the rocky Atlantic seaweed-and-shale beaches of my childhood in Newfoundland, but it seemed too bleak for such a nice day, so I switched to Guerlain Terracotta Voile d’Ete, which is the closest thing I have to a sunny sandy beach smell. Carnations and vanilla and ylang: perfect.

    • Robin says:

      So funny because Motu reminds me of southern California :-)

  8. farouche says:

    I’m wearing Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispenser: cheap n’ cheerful!

  9. perthgirl says:

    Too cool here today for beachy, so I went for the heady tropical holiday with Manoumalia :)

    • HemlockSillage says:

      Manoumalia is a great choice, lush and heady. I took my tiny sample with me on a trip to Hawaii once, and it was one of the scents that seemed most at home there. I always associate it with Maui now.

  10. rose pepper says:

    SOTD is SL Datura Noir. More like an evening tropical smell. Its not feeling very tropical here though :(

    • Elisa says:

      I like that one and it does make me think of an evening on the beach.

  11. relleric says:

    SOTD is L’Eau Bleue d’Issey Pour Homme, and I must confess that I forgot AGAIN about the theme for today.

    Not sure I have anything ‘beachy’, and I am too fickle to have a perfect vacation fragrance.

    Happy Friday!!!! :)

  12. Kris says:

    I am with Robin. I wore Kai today too.

    • CM says:

      Kai is perfect! I love their bath products, too!

  13. austenfan says:

    I’m wearing the wonderful but sadly discontinued Artisan Vanilia. It doesn’t suit the weather at all, as it is gray, cool and rainy in Holland. I love how uplifting this perfume is. It also has one of the funniest reviews in The Guide.

    • pyramus says:

      I love love love Vanilia, but it never struck me as vulgar (now Gucci Rush, another Turin darling — that’s got vulgarity enough for two). I always thought of it as the most well-rounded vanilla in my collection: like the whole life cycle of vanilla, the bean itself plus the orchid whence it sprang.

      • austenfan says:

        I don’t find it vulgar either, but I still love that review.
        It’s probably my favourite vanilla and I own a few.
        I haven’t smelled Rush in a long time, so I can’t comment on it’s vulgarity. I find the Comptoir Sud Pacifique vanillas very loud and vulgar, but enjoyable every now and again.

  14. Kady says:

    Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel

    All week I had planned to wear Bronze Goddess today, but when it came time for fragrance this morning, I really felt like wearing Fleurs de Sel instead. FdS is beachy, to my nose, but clearly not the tropical beach of Bronze Goddess.

    • AnnieA says:

      Me too! FdS is beach maybe on the Atlantic coast on a cool day, wearing a sweater. It’s pretty similar to VCA Evening in Paris; one is heard to find and not cheap and the other is discontinued.

    • HemlockSillage says:

      FdS is fascinating. I put it on last night as a test run for today’s challenge. I agree that I reads more coastal than beachy to me. Windswept coast. This morning my skin just smelled faintly salty. Neat trick, Mr. Perfumer! You both smell great.

  15. cologneluvr says:

    SOTD: Ungaro pour L’Homme III Emanuel Ungaro for men

  16. Deva says:

    Nothing applied as of yet- still trying to make up my mind.

    EL Bronze Goddess vs. CSP Coco Figue.
    Any opinions? I am indecisive today… :-)

    Really have a hankering for another day of Bvlgari Black… Don’t know if I could pass that off as “beachy” though ..

    • nebbe says:

      Although Bvlgari, Black and Beach all start with the letter B. So not entirely out of bounds!

      • Deva says:

        Good point! I decided to toe the line and went with Bronze Goddess. Tomorrow is another day! Also forgot to consider eau de Merveilles! In the Pegasus blue LE bottle no less! The bottle is reason enough to wear it, not to mention the lovely stuff inside :)

  17. Gi says:

    I went with Nuxe Prodigieux le parfum today. Bonus points since I bought it while on my holiday? (P.S. this theme is giving me a “get me outta this office!” feeling)

  18. Tara says:

    SOTD – Ava Luxe Venus Sands. I smell yummy and beachy. I wish it was still available.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

    • mals86 says:

      I like that name, Venus Sands.

    • Aparatchick says:

      Venus Sands was wonderful – my favorite beach scent. I’ve always been sorry she discontinued it. May I say, you smell great!

      • Tara says:

        Thanks. It is an amazing scent that lasts all day…all these hours later I still smell fantastic. :-) I wonder why it was discontinued.

  19. nebbe says:

    Donna Karen Woman is my beachy choice. Salty and cologney. I never wear it to work, so by default it is vacation :)

    • hajusuuri says:

      Haha, I like your thought process. It reminds me of a former co-worker’s son who thought that if he is in a room with one or more people, all he has to do is close his eyes and voila, they’re no longer there.

      • nebbe says:

        That super cute (so long as this son is young enough for it to still be cute…) !

  20. morgana says:

    L’eau d’Italie L’eau d’Italie
    this is a summer on the Mediterranean coast (not a tropical sandy beach)
    unusual and very evocative
    my favorite parts are the opening and the hearth (the base is fine, but a bit less of the lasting power would possibly make the fragrance even more fun)

  21. sayitisntso says:

    Bond’s Fire Island. Seemed appropriate enough for today. :)

    • jjlook says:

      I almost didn’t participate, as I’ve gotten some terrible news and an emergency trip coming, but then I really needed a happy distraction, found a sample of this and dumped a quarter into some lotion…
      Though I would never buy it, it’s exactly right for the beach/suntan/euro feeling.

      • thegoddessrena says:

        Hope things get better. Sending hugs

      • Robin says:

        So sorry to hear that!

      • Laila says:

        Hopefully, the temporary distraction gives you time to regroup and gain strength for the journey ahead – wishing you the best.

      • hajusuuri says:

        Sending good thoughts your way!

  22. PetronellaCJ says:

    Clarin Eau Ensoleillante: Smooth, sunwarmed rocks by the sea and a dab of sun tan lotion. Lovely stuff.

  23. thegoddessrena says:

    Durango from EnVoyage today– the first time I smelled it I was immediately reminded of Santa Fe which I haven’t been to in years

    • Deva says:

      Holy Cow! That sounds wonderful! I loved Durango (the town) and the whole four corners area. I may have to add this to my sample list- is it a smokey, woodsy, sage-brushy kind of affair?

      • thegoddessrena says:

        It has the sage but it’s also salty and manages to give the impression of spaciousness, like you’ve sweated a little and are now standing outside under a big sky

    • thegoddessrena says:

      Decided that I was in a mood for something prettier than Durango so I washed it off and am now wearing Rozy edp since I just purchased it Mon while vacationing in LA

      • Deva says:

        I have finally succumbed and ordered some samples from this line- while my nose is twitching in anticipation, my pocketbook is crying tears of pain. Cant wait for the samples to get here!

        • thegoddessrena says:

          Envoyage is a great line and almost everything I’ve tried works well on my skin

  24. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = NVC Bombay Bling

    This is happy and carefree — what vacations are supposed to be :-)

  25. mals86 says:

    Using up the last of my sample of PdN Juste Une Reve. Smells like an evening out in Hawaii to me.

    The CEO is driving our daughter back to college today. Summer felt really short…

    • Laurels says:

      My college didn’t start until October, which seems much more civilized.

  26. Tumultu from Les Liquides Imaginaires. Coconutty, sandalwoody, citrusy, I just feel like I’m outside on a beach somewhere.

  27. Filomena says:

    I’m wearing PdN’s Musc Monoi today. It epitomizes summer.

    • lucasai says:

      Nice choice!

    • HemlockSillage says:

      Me, too! PdN’s Musc Monoi today for the beach scent challenge. Nice choice :D

  28. Gloria Scentsation says:

    Hello NST People – my holiday in a bottle fragrance is Creed ‘Virgin Island Water’ – I love it, – the lime, the coconut, – and it lasts a good while. Any other fans out there?

    • floragal says:

      I’m right there with you!
      Don’t have any beach/vacation scents in my collection, so I stopped in Saks and enjoyed a spray of Creed’s Virgin Is Water. Very nice, and very beachy!

    • hajusuuri says:

      I’m not a fan of coconut but this one is nice paired with lime. Whenever I pass by a Creed counter, this is the one I ask to smell again, and again, especially at Saks where the SAs are typically unhelpful and stingy and when I’m in the mood, I make them work.

  29. Eva S says:

    The weather here is not at all beachy, about 10C rainy and windy…
    SOTD is Guerlain AA Lys Soleia.

  30. CM says:

    Day 5 of Amouage week and I’m wearing Journey (w). It was challenging to find something in the line that reads “beachy” to me. With it’s apricot opening and notes of jasmine green tea, this one is really easy going and relaxed compared to most in the line and the name invokes vacations and travels. It’s a nice scent and I’ll be sad when my decant runs out.

    Sure wish they made 20/30 ml bottles in the Amouage line – that would be the perfect size!

    • MikasMinion says:

      Yes, but they would be easier to justify and I would be broke!

  31. MikasMinion says:

    Nuxe Prodigieux Oil with Diptyque L’Eau de Neroli. I am not the mood and it’s getting on my nerves. Should have left off the neroli.
    I will shower soon and switch to What I Did on my Holidays by 4160 Tuesdays. It’s my favorite summer scent so far this year.

  32. mikeperez23 says:

    Hermessence Epice Marine by Hermes

  33. Sapphire says:

    Had a toss-up between Neela Vermeire Ashoka and Elie Saab L’eau couture (in the green bottle). The Elie Saab won out, mostly because I am trying to get a feel for whether I want to get a bottle of it. I mostly get green almond out of it, a little bitter at first. Soft and subtle after that.

  34. Jonas says:

    I am wearing The Different Company Sel de Vetiver. It’s pretty nice but somehow less beachy than advertised. I probably should have gone with Grand Neroli which is one that I actually do wear to the beach. It smells really great on sun warmed skin.

  35. foxbins says:

    I was going to wear Bronze Goddess today, but changed my mind when I saw my decant of Diaghilev. It’s cool enough to wear today and I always feel like I’m well-armored against whatever the day might bring, but it’s sooo not a beachy scent!

    • mals86 says:

      No. Definitely a structured-handbag sort of scent, not that there’s anything wrong with that!

  36. galbanumgal says:

    Had a brief sampling at Neiman Marcus. The SA was a Bvlgari rep, relentlessly plugging the line. They didn’t have Rosa Nobile. Took carded samples of the newest Bvlgaris (meh), the new Maison FK (not for me, based on paper), and I spritzed Creed Iris Tubereuse, which I like! Have never liked a Creed before. And hey, tuberose definitely exudes beachy.

  37. TeaInTheGarden says:

    I have Bobbi Brown Beach on one arm, and EL Sensuous Nude on the other. I’ve been craving something beachy lately, possibly because our summer has been rather cool. I wish Bronze Goddess were still sitting around in the stores; I would like to give it another go. It somehow didn’t suit when I tried it earlier this year, but it seems like my preferences swing in new directions all the time.

  38. Furriner says:

    Hermès Un Jardin en Méditerranée.

  39. kaos.geo says:

    I’m wearing Phylosikos which reminds me of muy grandfather’s house garden In Mar del Plata (seaside beach resort town here in Argentina)
    I spent almost all the summers of my youth there. The green aspect of this frag reminds me of lazy afternoons in the grass under some tree :-)

  40. Joe says:

    I didn’t do today’s assignment, but I’m wearing Chamade — not one I reach for or think of often, but it’s smelling really great today.

    When I think of vacation in a bottle, one of my favorites used to be CSP Aqua Motu.

  41. imapirate says:

    For along time it was all about the salty scents, but now all I crave is coconut and fruit, so I’m wearing Olivine Atelier Amongst the Waves and a bit of Yosh Zuma. I think it’s because the summer feels like it’s almost over here in the NYC area. It was an unusually cooler August- not that I’m complaining!

  42. tomate farcie says:

    I’m with Farouche, Smell Bent St Tropez Dispenser. It makes me smile!

    • farouche says:

      And it’s lasted all day on me, even after horseback riding!

  43. Aparatchick says:

    I picked Tokyo Milk’s Sea and Sky. It’s not a suntan beachy scent, more of a walked out of the ocean and can still smell it on the skin kind of scent

    • aimiliona says:

      That really sounds nice.

  44. Mary Carol says:

    I chose CSP Coco Extreme. It has a very coconut-y sun tan oil kind of smell.

  45. HemlockSillage says:

    I chose PdN’s Musc Monoi today, and it smells perfectly of suntan oil, tropical flowers and sun warmed skin. It reminds me of Diptyque’s Voile Satin oil’s scent, and makes me want to pull that out and compare the two. Hmmm, where is that little vial? ;D Their number is legion!

    • MikasMinion says:

      Thanks for reminding me that I have a bunch of the little sample packs of the Diptyque oil I should use up. Good stuff.

  46. Veronika says:

    My ultimiae vacation in a bottle is Un Jardin en Mediterranee by Hermes
    But today I was wearing Dzing! – bought it unsniffed – I mean I tested it a whilw back on paper and I liked it, but since this fragrance became unavailable where I live I just ordered it on-line without ever testing it on skin.
    I have mixed feelings about it – it’s oroginal and nice but I’m not sure that this one is quite me… When it comes to leather nothing beets Chanel Cuir de Russi for me.

    • nozknoz says:

      I’m fond of Dzing! and appreciate that it’s a bit lighter than all my other leathers. I can easily wear it most of the year, when the others would be too heavy.

      I like Cuir de Russie, too, of course.

  47. sweetgrass says:

    I went with probably the most literally beachy thing I have, Tokyo Milk Marine Sel. And then I added a drop of Lush Sikkim Girls to make it a little more tropical.

    • Ida says:

      Sounds like a great combination!

    • Aparatchick says:

      Ooh, that sounds good!

      • sweetgrass says:

        It worked pretty well, though Marine Sel lasts like 20 minutes then it was just Sikkim Girls from there

        • rebeccat94 says:

          How is Marine Sel? I have been wanting to try it for a while

  48. Bear says:

    Azuree Soleil – tiare/gardenia, coconut and an amber/wood base.
    Nice, very ‘beachy’.
    Looking at the packaging I had to laugh that TOM FORD negotiated (I assume) that his name is in a bolder, thicker font than Estee Lauder. I’m not a TF hater, but OH! the EGO on that man!!! ;) LOL

    • nozknoz says:

      LOL, I cannot imagine that the original Estee would have let him get away with that! ;-)

  49. jackieonasty says:

    Bobbi Brown Beach. I love love love this one and am excited to wear it in winter as well. Demeter’s Suntan is also supposed to be good and I want to try that…

  50. Laila says:

    I’m sipping a margarita on a beach somewhere in the Mexican Riviera – perhaps Puerta Vallarta? The salty taste of the rim of the glass dipped in lime juice is a delightful prelude to the crisp, dry, thirst-quenching deliciousness of the drink itself. The cool, clear water chills my toes and washes away the grains of sand I so blissfully squished a few moments ago. The gentle lap, lap, lap of the water as it reaches the sandy shore soothes my spirit and gentles my soul. My SOTD combo – Tommy Bahama Set Sail St. Bart (tequila, lime, floral notes, white sand, musk and guaiacwood) layered over BBW’s Coconut Lime Verbena body lotion – take me to this blissful place!

    My favorite beachy, vacation-in-a-bottle scent is EL’s Azuree Soleil Skinscent Eau Fraiche, but it’s been so wet and sodden and overwhelmingly humid here the last few days I didn’t want anything warm and creamy and suntan-lotionny. I wanted cool, crisp, dry, refreshing, and salty, and that’s what I found today in SSSB/CLV.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Thanks for the vacation visual :-). I’m partial to mojitos but I will also take a margarita any day!

  51. Jessica says:

    Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum… one of my favorites from this summer’s “stay-cation”!

    • 100mlEDP says:

      Isn’t the colour of the juice the prettiest shade of coral !

  52. AnnE says:

    Eau des Merveilles. Now and forever. I have loved this one with all my heart from first sniff.

    • Laila says:

      I wholly agree – love at first sniff for me, too.

  53. sllat says:

    I’m wearing Nuxe Prodigieux le parfum. The scent is quite like the French beauty oil, but also reminds me of sunbathing oil and similar beachy scents.

  54. aimiliona says:

    Cote d’Amour. I’d rather have a cool salty beach than a tropical one.

  55. nozknoz says:

    Very fond of Kai – great choice!

    I was planning to wear AG Eau du Sud, which is usually perfect for late August and which I assume relates to vacations in Provence. However, it has been heinously humid here and I’m not yet in an Eau du Sud frame of mind and sort of forgot about the poll. Instead I randomly picked up Miller Harris La Fumée. It smells nice but has very little longevity, which was OK since I was going to a museum and didn’t really want sillage anyway.

    On the way home, I passed a L’Occitane shop and spritzed on some Roses et Reines Eau de Toilette. It’s a simple rose scent that smelled good for a couple hours but has since faded.

    I might wear Guerlain Idylle Eau Sublime to bed. It’s my favorite dewy rose scent. Maybe not particularly beach or vacation choices, but certainly untaxing summer scents.

  56. Absolute Scentualist says:

    It was very humid and warm today with the promise (yet no delivery) of rain, so I wanted something soft and romantic this morning. I picked Sonoma Scent Studio Lieu de Reves. While a sunrise beach picnic isn’t in my immediate future, I could smell my wrist and daydream about one. Later in the afternoon after a lovely and refreshing shower, I put on some vintage CSP Tiare. It is pretty and not too overwhelming. Rather like a lighter Montale Intense Tiare. It will probably carry me through to bedtime and maybe even until another projected hot morning.

    I really love these scent of the day posts, especially the community ones, and have fun throughout the week planning and trying to decide what I’ll wear. Nope. No OCD here. ;)

  57. scentfiend says:

    Layered Child roll-on today with a little Emporio Armani She. Tosses me back to the beach and good memories every time.

  58. Laurels says:

    I was planning to wear Sage Onyx (coconut and not-too-sweet vanilla, and I even got a compliment on it recently), but at the last minute I went with Carthusia Ligea ‘La Sirena’ instead. Something about it reminds me of childhood vacations, riding in the car with my aunt or uncle with the windows down, wearing bright colors and big sunglasses.

  59. bookwyrmsmith says:

    I ended up wearing Lanvin Orange Ambre . It’s citrusy,and pleasant and that’s necessary when the A/C s air compressor isn’t working at my workplace. And the local schools temp reading on the sign said 102 degrees F . Plus Humidity . Ugh!
    The BBW Coconut Lime Verbena sounds nice for today. May root out the lotion and see if layering it helps longevity issues. Though if I mist my hair it’ll stick around until shampooed again.

  60. Celestia says:

    As an enthusiast of ocean and beachy scents, I just had to chime in. The most fabulous, evocative scent that sticks in my mind is Summer Vacation by Yankee Candle. Wish they would bottle it! Still miss Ocean Dream by Giorgio of Beverly Hills.

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