Tuesday scent of the day 8/26

Jean Paul Gaultier blue paint

What's your fragrance today? And how long did it take you to decide?

I'm wearing Jean Paul Gaultier Ma Dame. I wanted to wear Fleur du Mâle, but so far cannot find my decant.

Reminder: this 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.

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  1. austenfan says:

    Encre Noir, which seems to get mentioned a lot but had been neglected by me. It’s gorgeous, the weather is not. Rainy, and far too cold for August.
    I’ve never tried any of the masculine Gaultiers. I remember trying to fall in love with the original Gauthier for women because I loved that bottle. It never happened though.

    • Robin says:

      My favorite was Fleur du Male, but it’s discontinued. They should have marketed it to women.

    • Deva says:

      Just did a blind buy of EN and hoping I have the same experience. Almost every single mention if this scent is so positive and am looking forward to its arrival :)

    • Laurels says:

      Those bottles are great. I got a sample of one of the cologne-ish summer flankers, and it was easier to wear, but not particularly exciting. If I ever had a budget that exceeded my wishlist, I might buy one of those.

  2. perthgirl says:

    Chinatown today, and Caron Les Plus Belles Lavandes tonight.

    • Robin says:


    • austenfan says:

      Oh, I love Les Plus Belles Lavandes! It’s never mentioned on the blogs. I got my bottle a couple of years ago and often wear it as a bedtime scent.

      • perthgirl says:

        I never hear about it anywhere either- and same- I wear it to bed and spray my sheets with it too.

  3. melissa says:

    I’m wearing Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere today. I spent a minute or two going back and forth between this and Wilde this morning, but decided I’ve been wearing Wilde plenty and this beauty was due for a spin.

    • Robin says:

      You smell great, of course!

    • AnnS says:

      I almost wore Eau Premiere today but changed my mind at the last second! Good choice!

      • melissa says:

        Sometimes I pass it over because I’m not sure I can live up to the top and heart notes on a given day, but now I’m in the buttery-soapy-purring seventh hour and I couldn’t be more pleased.

        • AnnS says:

          It is just so gorgeous, although I like the top very much too. It was my gateway into the No 5 line, which I really love now. It took me 6 years to get here, but that’s OK.

  4. sayitisntso says:

    Rose 31 and it’s behaving badly. Today, all I get is sweaty cumin. I desperately wish I could shower it off but alas, I’m already in the office.

    • Robin says:

      I do wish someone would invent an odor removing wipe that worked perfectly and left NO scent behind…

      • Elisa says:

        I find rubbing alcohol works pretty well since it breaks up the oil, but then you have to follow with a soap wash to get rid of the alcohol smell.

        • Robin says:

          Yes, I used to carry rubbing alcohol wipes (they make tiny ones for giving shots) when I went shopping in NYC…they’re better than nothing! But not as good as Tide.

          • Elisa says:

            What if you scrawl over the perfume with a Tide pen? :)

          • Robin says:

            HA…(and who knows…)

        • AnnS says:

          I use the gel alcohol santizier. I rub a pile on and let it sit for a few minutes and wash off, repeat if necessary.

    • AnnS says:

      When I want to wear Rose 31, I put a little on a wrist, far away from my face, and wear it for a while to make sure it’s “behaving”, b/c as you say, sometimes it does not. If I’m OK with it, then I’ll gently add on more. But I have to watch that one too – it’s one of the very few if not the only cumin fragrance that I actually like b/c I think that rich rose can really muscle it down, but sometimes it gets too skanky for me.

  5. foxbins says:

    Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue this morning. I knew I wanted to wear it almost as soon as I opened the perfume cabinet door. It was calling to me!

  6. Janice says:

    I’m wearing Byredo 1996–which coincidentally is the last fragrance I bought, so I’ll be wearing it Friday too. I spent a minute or so dithering before reaching for this one. Running late in the morning helps spur a quick decision!

    • Robin says:

      Yes it does! And lucky you, I wouldn’t mind having a bottle of that.

    • yukiej says:

      Lucky you indeed! I tried this recently at Barney’s, and I haven’t really been able to get it off my mind ever since. I might break down and buy some once the weather starts getting more autumnal…

  7. mals86 says:

    (That image is just a wee bit creepy, I say. I think it’s the grin on the guy’s face.)

    Wearing Dame Perfumery Black Flower Mexican Vanilla again, trying to finish a review. It’s not one of those heavy, custardy vanilla things, but if I were outside much today I’d probably want to kill myself.

    It’s nicely done, but really all it does is convince me that I really am not much of a vanilla fragrance fan. I like a nice vanilla-AND scent, particularly the floral ones.

    • Robin says:

      That’s JPG himself! Not that that necessarily makes it less creepy :-)

      • meredifay says:

        Ah, the creepiness factor explained!

    • AnnS says:

      Well, I look forward to reading a review of this as I’m not normally a vanilla person and I’m always keeping an eye out for a “perfect” dry vanilla. Just like my martinis and manhattans….

      • mals86 says:

        Just published review.

        It IS dry, not very sweet, but there’s a powdery aspect that I do not like… There are powdery smells that don’t bother me (aldehydes, rose-violet, iris – you know, makeup powder ones) and powdery smells that bother me a lot. I suspect in this case that it is the patchouli, which does not really register AS patchouli, but as dust/shredded cardboard. I really do not like that – but I notice that Bvlgari Black has some of the same powdery-vanilla feel. It’s that kind of powder.

        I still like my “vanilla-AND” frags.

        • AnnS says:

          I’ll check it out!

  8. relleric says:

    SOTD is Salvatore Ferragamo Pour Homme. I hadn’t worn this in probably 10 years, so I was a little apprehensive about applying it today. Luckily, I remembered how strong and thick it used to be, so I applied it very lightly. Will see how it goes, but I’m definitely not in love with this frag any more. :(

    • Robin says:

      Wow, lucky the bottle is still good though!

      • relleric says:

        Indeed. I think I got it around Y2K (remember that non-event?), and I remember exactly where I bought it, at Nordstrom in the City of Orange, CA.

        • Robin says:

          LOL — tried to explain Y2K to my son one day, could tell he did not really believe me.

          • mals86 says:

            Oh yes!

          • mals86 says:

            I had the same experience.

  9. Eleebelle says:

    I’m not ready to be back from vacation yet, so it’s Hawaiian Tropic tanning lotion (which has somehow become my regular lotion) and Bronze Goddess.

  10. Jonas says:

    I am wearing 7 Virtues Orange Blossom. I need to go try their new fragrance.

    Diptyque is on Hautelook again for anyone interested. They have even less selection than last time but they do have some Philosykos soaps that are calling my name.

    • Laurels says:

      I need to see if StC or TPC are selling samples of the 7 Virtues scents. I know when I first read about them, you couldn’t get samples anywhere, but I always want to try anything with orange blossom.

  11. Mary Carol says:

    I have on Le Labo Vanille 44 today. It is suddenly cooler where I am and the dry vanilla of this one seems just right.

  12. Elisa says:

    Wearing my sample of Amouage Journey Woman. It’s quite lovely, a floral leather.

  13. Nightingale says:

    SOTD Herba Fresca. I rarely wear this as my total SOTD as it doesn’t last and is very quiet, but carpooled with some colleagues today and felt it was best to wear a fragrance that whispers.

    • Laurels says:

      I got a sample of HF at Sephora yesterday, and wore it this morning. It is nice on a hot day, and I can’t imagine anyone being annoyed by it.

  14. CM says:

    Day 2 of PdN and I’m wearing Le Temps D’Une Fete and it seems to sparkles today, maybe because I put on one extra mist after I got dressed, so I’m smelling the scent on clothing as well as skin.

    As I was choosing my SOTD, I realized that I’ve far more PdN bottles than any other line; love those nicely priced 30ml bottles and easy breezy summery Ete’s and L’Eau’s.

    • mals86 says:

      Adore LTdF. And, apparently, *always* have to say so. :)

      • Laurels says:

        Well, not everyone reads every post, so carry on!

        I tried this last week for the first time, and got more sweetness than I’d expected (not a bad thing), and a faint hint of… urine? It’s the first time I’ve gotten that from a perfume, and I think I’m the only one to smell it in LTdF, so I’ll have to try it again. My nose is pretty weird, I think.

  15. SophieC says:

    Again wearing the sample of Rosa Nobile today. It is my birthday and I really wanted to smell of it. I might have to get a bottle as a present to myself! Happy Tuesday all.

    • Oakland Fresca says:

      What’s it like? Is it very rosy? I very much like the idea of it :-)

    • Robin says:

      Happy Birthday!! Hope it’s a great day.

    • austenfan says:

      Happy birthday! I’ve yet to try Rosa Nobile I love rose perfumes.

    • ihadanidea says:

      Happy happy birthday!

    • mals86 says:

      Happy birthday!

      • SophieC says:

        Thank you all! It strikes me as a very lovely old fashioned rose that reminds me of smells from my grandparents house. That said it is eminently wearable as a modern perfume. I look forward to hearing all of your thoughts as and when it is more generally around – which hopefully will be soon.

    • Laurels says:

      Happy Birthday! I’m glad you’re beautifully scented for the occasion.

  16. Oakland Fresca says:

    I like the pic of JPG. He’s an interesting looking man. If he were an actor, I could see him playing either the evil scion of a once wealthy family that has taken to nefarious ways to restore his fortune… OR, a down and out unemployed mine-worker. . . .

    Wearing CK Euphoria lightly…giving me a good hum this AM.

  17. rose pepper says:

    SOTD is Elizabeth and James Nirvana White. I put on way too much, sometimes I forget that light florals can still be strong. Its nice after it calms down a bit, but I see why so many people thought it was screechy after applying too much. I don’t regret wearing this, but I kind of wish I had put on something else … I guess that will happen when you try to branch out of your rut (mine rut is one of three – Cuir de Lancome, Cristalle, or Infusion d’Iris).

    • SophieC says:

      I think we have similar taste on ruts- while not quite them same I could easily see myself wearing them a lot especially during the week. Hope the excess florals have calmed down.

    • Laurels says:

      Wearing new perfumes is like gambling–sometimes thrilling, usually a bit of a letdown, but it adds some excitement to the day and is less costly than a real gambling habit.

  18. Veronika says:

    Guerlain – Vol de Nuit
    Immediately after I saw the weather outside – it’s getting colder and colder every day so that I can start wearing long scarves, but it’s still not below zero – perfect temperature for my favorite perfume.

    • AnnS says:

      Nice! VdN is a perfect cool weather scent! I love wearing it on one of those rainy, romantic fall days, or on a beautiful snowy winter day.

  19. floragal says:

    Wearing Prada’s L`Eau Ambree today. Took me all of 5 seconds?
    Not sure why I chose it, just wanted to smell like a light amber with citrus & rose, yum!

    I tried Fleur du Male and it was an odd smell on me.. not sure what, but I didn’t like it.

  20. thegoddessrena says:

    Jardins d’Armide today. I really wanted to sample something but since I’m still a little stopped up I went with something I know. Probably over applied though

  21. pyramus says:

    Serge Lutens Douce Amère. It makes me preposterously happy. Couldn’t even say why.

    • mals86 says:

      I think that’s the mark of a really successful fragrance (or true love) – when you can’t analyze the magic.

  22. sweetgrass says:

    Went with Cuir de Lancome today. It was calling to me this morning.

  23. Deva says:

    Giving skin time to a sample of Corsica Furiosa today. I had no expectations since I am not really familiar with green fragrances and am now in the process of rectifying that glaring omission.

    I am already wanting a decant- the opening is like being bludgeoned over the head with bracing cooling green- all kinds of green action taking place and I love it. The dry down is soft, fresh, but still cooling and invigorating. Me likes! :-)

    • mals86 says:

      Bludgeoned over the head with green!! That is a great description. Still haven’t tried this one, but I might add it to the list.

  24. odonata9 says:

    Kenzo Eau de Fleur de Magnolia. Nice and light and happy.

  25. applebite says:

    I’m wearing Womanity. I’m around the house today and the urge hit while I was doing some reading. It’s 40C today with the humidity and it hit my urge for a strong perfume without going for an oriental scent.

    The more I wear this darn scent, the more I love it.

  26. AnnS says:

    All during my shower I was planning on wearing No 5 Eau Premiere, but when I stuck my hand in my fragrance drawer, vintage Chamade jumped right in. So it took me about 2 seconds to pick out the fragrance I decided to wear. I smell soooo good!!! We’ve had a brief return to summer, so the rich florals and greens are just right.

    • Joe says:

      Hi Ann! Long time. :-) I wore Chamade one day last week and I enjoyed it so much.

      • AnnS says:

        Chamade is definitely a scent a man can wear. That rich balsamic dry down is the living end!! Nice to hear from you too!

    • mals86 says:

      Chamade Chamade Chamade!

      There are times when nothing else will do.

  27. nozknoz says:

    JP Gaultier definitely looks like fun!

    I’m wearing a touch of Iunx L’Ether from a decant and wishing it was more readily available.

    Last night I put on some Kenzo pour Homme, which I bought a few years ago for the for the blue pebble travel bottle. It smells really good. I wish more men would wear it.

  28. ihadanidea says:

    Paul and Joe Bleu on one arm (because the wonderful Annie from Blogdorf Goodman said it was her favorite amber) and Ambre des Merveilles on the other. Both are dabbed samples, so I’m certainly not overpowering in the heat. I feel cozy.

  29. Joe says:

    I kind of like Ma Dame. Fleur du Mâle made me kind of ill, and I like orange blossom.

    Today I’m wearing Le Labo Iris 39. It took me about 5 seconds to decide: after my shower I saw the bottle of I39 lotion I bought a couple weeks ago and decided to slather that on and top it with some edp. One of my very favorite scents.

    • mals86 says:

      Was thinking about you the other day, as The CEO took Bookworm to campus and got home just in time for classes to start at Va Tech on Monday. Are the students back to your campus yet?

    • AnnS says:

      I need to test more of the Le Labo line that just the Rose 31 I am familiar with. It sounds like you smell very good!

    • Laurels says:

      I’m actually glad to hear you dislike Fleur du Male. It’s one of those things I feel like I just missed. (Those grapes are probably sour, anyway.)

  30. PetronellaCJ says:

    Rain and +12C. Brrr. Only consolation: Perfect Miss Dior weather.

    Slightly OT: Don’t miss the chance to see the exhibition The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier if it comes to a town close to you! Even if you are not interested in the fashion world you will be captivated by the playfulness of his creations. Next stop will be Australia.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I think this was in Montreal 3 years ago and i missed it by a few days. There were a lot of JPG stuff for and on sale at the fabulous museum shop.

  31. teri says:

    Dreadfully late to the party today, but I was out in the field all day and just got back to the office. I wore vintage Lancome Magie today. I didn’t use to like this much, but it has grown on me and I am really enjoying its old school perfumieness (probably not a word, but this audience knows egg-zackly what that means :) ) now. Still like Magie Noire better, but Magie is lovely in its own regard.

    • AnnS says:

      I have a bottle of the recent Magie that Lancome released whenever that was in the mid-2000s. I don’t wear it as much as I used to, but when I do, I feel like I’ve just put on perfect string of pearls; the perfect white blouse; the classic black pumps; and the perfectly finished lipstick. It is warm and sensual even though it is classic and proper. It was one of my aldehyde gateway scents. The jasmine is very good. It is tres, tres elegant!

      • teri says:

        Thank you, Ann, for saying that so much better than I was able to. You hit the nail precisely on the head.

  32. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Tauer Sotto la Luna Gardenia

    It was this or Ann Gerard Rose Cut. This won out since I wanted to leave a comment on Kafka’s scathing review. I happen to like this one a lot but then again, I have a sweet tooth and not much of a big floral lover.

    • perthgirl says:

      Aren’t most of Kafka’s reviews scathing? :-o

      • hajusuuri says:

        Hmmm, I did not do a count but I she tells it like it is on how she experiences things on her. We agree on a few but she likes the big orientals, generally, whereas I am all over the map!

  33. Absolute Scentualist says:

    Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur this morning and then, since my skin devours perfume, Angel Eau Sucree in the early evening. BOVdF is pretty but doesn’t last long on me at all so I’ve decided to be content with some samples for when the occasional mood strikes. Maybe Velvet Orchid will last longer. I’ve got to try that one.

  34. yukiej says:

    Geranium pour Monsieur, which I really like when I am in the mood for it. I only wish it lasted longer! If it lasted more than 1 hour on me, I would buy it in a heartbeat (to my wallet’s chagrin).

  35. Laurels says:

    Y by Yves Saint Laurent, although it’s almost gone now. I wore Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca before my shower, which I liked better. Green florals, as opposed to herbal greens, may just not be my thing. (Mals may be my evil scent twin.)

    • Laurels says:

      Forgot to add, it took me five minutes or so to decide on it. I went through my little box of untried samples, and tried to pick out everything most suited to hot weather, as it’s supposed to be 90ish all week.

  36. Sajini says:

    Oh gosh really late to the game again. I get so many great ideas of what to try from these threads. Thank you everyone!

    I’m a massage therapist, so I really only wear sandalwood oil to work. After I got home today, I layered Vanille Insensee (total misspell) with Jungle L’elephant, made a super strong spicy chai and settled down to start watching Masterpiece “Sherlock”.

  37. meredifay says:

    SOTD is Guerlain’s Jardin des Bagatelles (or something like that. Can’t keep the s’ s straight!) I loved this back in the day (1985 ish). Now it seems to be less than it was, but still a nice floral with some spiciness – maybe carnation – coming on after a few hours which is pleasant on this sort of grey day…

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