Tuesday scent of the day 9/2


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I'm wearing Serge Lutens Fleurs de Citronnier. It's been so long that I'd nearly forgotten what it smells like, and I rarely see it mentioned these days — any fans?

Reminder: this Friday, 5 September, is the signature scent challenge: pick a fragrance, wear it on Friday, then wear it through the weekend and again on Monday (or longer?) ... see if you notice anything new, or if you get sick of it, or ...? The following Friday, 12 September, wear something green.

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 Citronskal [cropped] by cyclonebill at flickr; some rights reserved.

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  1. perthgirl says:

    I like Fleurs de Citronnier- from memory. It’s been on and off my ‘get some more of’ list for a while, but I don’t see many discount bottles anymore either..

    I’m also in Lutens (again). Chergui today. I’m picking up a slightly coconutty note I’ve never noticed before!

    • Robin says:

      My decant is now “aged” — still smells great though. As do you, obviously!

    • CM says:

      I really should try Fleurs de Citronnier… it sounds great!

      Chergui is one of my fav SL scents but I find it too heavy for summer. I have another month (at least) before I can even think about wearing it. Just love the leather/hay notes in that one!

      • Kelly says:

        I feel the exact same about Chergui – but I am looking forward to it along with Fille en Aguilles for fall/winter.

        However, I think 5 o’clock au Gigembre is right around the corner… :)

  2. thegoddessrena says:

    Sotto La Luna and today I picked up a little of the green and spicy notes that I didn’t notice last time. Of course, I’ll smell completely different at the end of the day after we have our NY NST meetup. Waves to new friends. If anyone else wants to join us, email my screen name as my yahoo address

    • Robin says:

      Have a great time!

    • Sajini says:

      So envious of the gang having a perfume day out. Have a wonderful day!

      • thegoddessrena says:

        Well, I will be in Boston this Sat. Not sure how much time I’ll have to meet a fellow bodyworker/ fumie between a mini memorial in the morning and going out for my birthday in the evening but I’d be willing to give mid afternoon a shot…..

        • farouche says:

          Oh, too bad I’m out of town this weekend! Would have loved to meet up with you for some perfume sniffing. Next time….

        • Sajini says:

          I will be away too. Darnit. we will have to meet up another time. Hope you had fun today!

    • nebbe says:

      So tempted to hop on a flight and join you guys! Have a blast:)

      • thegoddessrena says:

        Ya, too bad you live on the other coast– I had fun hanging out with you when you visited

    • floragal says:

      Waves back! Looking forward to meeting you and the others ;)

    • AnnS says:

      One of these years I’ll be able to drag myself into town from the Poconos and join you! Have a great time!

    • key change says:

      I am so jealous of the sniffathon that is likely under way now! We need to do something like this in Canada! or, you know, all hop a plane to New York.

  3. melissa says:

    SOTD is Infusion d’Iris. I tried Fleurs de Citronnier for the first time last week, and I wasn’t ready for it to be quite such an iris/musk, rather than a white floral. I’ll have to give it another shot with my expectations re-set accordingly.

    • Robin says:

      I find the iris very light, but it is awfully musky!

  4. Janice says:

    I’m wearing Silver Factory. I remember really liking the opening of Fleurs de Citronnier, but haven’t had any for a while.

    • Robin says:

      Silver Factory is another I wish I owned…

      • relleric says:

        SF is awesome!

  5. relleric says:

    SOTD is Yohji Homme.

  6. audreylicious says:

    SOTD is APOM Pour Femme….. I haven’t hear anything about Fleurs de Citronnier lately either. Back in 2006 I tried a bunch of Lutens fragrances but I wasn’t at a stage that I knew what I liked yet…..I feel like I need to revisit the non-jar range.

    • Robin says:

      The Serge line has gotten so much bigger, some of the “minor” oldies have been forgotten.

      • audreylicious says:

        I really want to check out FdC and Gris Clair, specifically. I love the way lavender was used in Encens et Lavande and Fourreau Noir, so Gris Clair is back on the radar for me. Now FdC is back on too! Too many good choices…..

    • perthgirl says:

      LOVE APOM. you smell beautiful! It’s actually one of my considerations for signature scent challenge

      • audreylicious says:

        Thanks…..it was a blind bottle buy and I LOVE it!!!!!

  7. Elisa says:

    I’m wearing a bit of Shalimar Parfum Initial L’Eau. Flanker of a flanker! I kind of like it actually…it does smell like a version of Shalimar.

    • bastet says:

      I’m wearing this one also. I own and love original Shalimar and Shalimar PI, but the PI L’Eau version seems to work best in the heat.

      • Elisa says:

        The drydown is really nice — not *terribly* original I suppose but smells awfully good.

  8. Mary Carol says:

    I have on Le Labo Tubereuse 40 from a sample. Smells great! Hope it lasts.

    • Robin says:

      Oh, love that one…wish it were much, much cheaper so I could buy it.

  9. happy888cat says:

    SOTD: Dyptique Philosykos layered with Eau Rose.
    I am quite enjoying this combination and it helps to prolong the lasting power of the EdT.

    I am trying to like it again. It just seems to lack a little “presence”.

    • Robin says:

      The Philosykos lacks presence, or the Eau Rose? Or both?

      • happy888cat says:

        I use Eau Rose for layering primarily but Philosykos is my problem here.
        It goes on lovely (already quite transparent) but in 15-20 minutes it’s pretty much gone, leaving a whisper, no more.

        • Robin says:

          Oh interesting…wonder if you’re anosmic to something they’re using? The EdT lasts for hours on me.

          • happy888cat says:

            Maybe..hope not though!
            Every time anosmia is mentioned, my mind goes to Narcisco Rodriguez. Gosh that perfume. You can pour half a bottle on my face and I will still think it’s just water…

          • Robin says:

            The NR actually makes my throat close…can’t smell it, and can’t smell anything else until it fades hours later.

        • C.H. says:

          Mmm so smart about the Eau Rose for layering! I have a new bottle that I’ve been enjoying this summer, but I was assuming/fearing I’d just have to put it away til next May. What other things do you like to combine it with, would love suggestions!

        • Elisa says:

          Philosykos doesn’t last on me at all either. Half an hour. It lasts all day on my husband — I always figured the differentiating factor is that he has chest hair.

          • Robin says:

            *looks down*

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    • floragal says:

      I ordered a sample this weekend of the new BV scent, Knot.
      Looking forward to trying this one out over an extended period of time vs. one time in the shop.

      • Kelly says:

        The wonderful Neiman Marcus SAs gave me a sample this weekend. The bottle is gorgeous, and the scent is pretty lovely, too! Enjoy!

  10. CM says:

    I’m wearing Bottega Venetta and waiting for the scent compliments to roll in :) . Seems whenever I wear this, people notice… in the most positive of ways. Haven’t worn it in a while and am enjoying it very much. I was surprised to see that my bottle is just below the half-way point – yay for using bottles!

    • Robin says:

      Ha, was just thinking recently that I love the half-way point. But when you get down to a quarter of a bottle, the feeling is different since it means you need to resign yourself to either spending more money or giving up the scent.

      • CM says:

        That would be a good poll question… what bottles are below the halfway point, how long did it take to get there, and do you plan to replenish.

        At least BV is a current formulation. I’d prob. get another bottle when I run out. Discontinued scents are another matter…

    • AnnS says:

      BV is a great scent. It’s been one of my “go-tos” for the past two years or however long it’s been out. I often wonder if I should get a back up bottle now before it gets messed with, maybe, if I wait too long. I hate that feeling!

      • CM says:

        It’s relatively current, so I wouldn’t think a reformulation is in the works. (but what do I know??!!)

  11. Sajini says:

    Hot and muggy today so I doused myself with Eau du Sud. Helps me focus on paperwork mountain.

    I also have a mister full of chilled neroli water (I make it myself with essential oil and water) locked and loaded for later.

    • mals86 says:

      Locked and loaded! That gave me a smile.

      I have a rose one… gather up a couple more of us and we could be like the A-Team of essential floral oil waters.

      • Sajini says:

        Haha heelarious about the heavily armed flower water Ateam. Maced myself a few times with the neroli water today.

    • nozknoz says:

      Eau du Sud is the perfect late summer/early fall yet. Too humid and green in DC, though. EdS is best when things start to dry up a bit.

      • Sajini says:

        I know exactly what you mean about EdS in the humidity. I ended up putting on some Clair de musc tonight because it was wicked humid and I wanted a full on white musk sweat fest.

  12. floragal says:

    Very hot and muggy here — hello Summer??
    I’m wearing Atelier Sous le toit de Paris… love it!

    Would be interested in learning of any other good violet leaf scents.

    • Sajini says:

      I love Grey Flannel.

  13. PetronellaCJ says:

    There is a slight autumn bite in the air here in Stockholm. Time to rotate the collection and wear, for example, Floris Mahon Leather, one of my cold season favourites.

    • thegoddessrena says:

      Have got to get around to trying this on skin, maybe once the weather cools down. It smelled really good when I sniffed the bottle

  14. austenfan says:

    Wearing Carnal Flower and feeling like a million dollars!

    • AnnS says:


    • Ida says:

      Was wearing it on Friday – and for once, somebody commented, with a “you always smell so nice!”, which made my day or month or year, even!, as I am always perplexed at how few comments my/our efforts elicit. Carnal Flower finally did the trick!

      • kindcrow says:

        Oooo “you always smell so nice!” counts as numerous compliments! Congratulations!

  15. teri says:

    In spite of the fact that Labor Day has come and gone, that there is snow on the higher peaks of the Front Range, that SNIAGRAB has come and gone (big ski and snowboarding equipment yearly sale), summer is still flourishing on the eastern outskirts of Denver. We’re expecting 86 today and 90-ish tomorrow. Although I’m anticipating wearing my fall fragrances shortly, I’m relishing the warmth today by wearing my summer favorite, Element of Surprise from Beth Terry. Lemon and Lime and Tea and a kiss of jasmine.

    I also wore this to our neighborhood picnic yesterday and one of the children there told me I smelled like limeade! Ordinarily I might quail at that description, but considering the source, I thought it quite charming.

  16. pyramus says:

    Halston Catalyst for Men. Smooth suave clovey spicy goodness. Hard to see how it could be improved upon.

    • kindcrow says:

      Mmmm, sounds nice … and like a $20 blind buy I could justify :-)

  17. AnnS says:

    I am wearing Cartier Baiser Vole edp today for one of our last, and finally hot, days before fall really comes on in a few weeks.

    • austenfan says:

      It wasn’t hot here today but very sunny, one of those glorious September days.

      • AnnS says:

        Those days are right around the corner. I’m buffing my bottle of Mitsouko in anticipation!

  18. Eleebelle says:

    L’heure Bleue EDT today.

    I bought this somewhat impulsively because I was so intoxicated by the scent for the first few seconds after I sprayed it (I always am with Guerlain), but I have mixed feelings after that. Most of the time on me, it smells like almond croissant. Today, and maybe it’s because of the weather, I’m finally getting some of the iris and carnation, which I like (though the fragrance seems pretty faint at this point). I probably should have held out for the EDP or parfum (or at least gotten a few samples first), but since I already bought it, I’m determined to make this work. :)

    • Gi says:

      Almond croissant! Yes, that’s it, you’ve put words to what I’ve felt about l’Heure Bleue. Now I’ll never be able un-think it :-)

  19. odonata9 says:

    Trying Diptyque L’Eau de Tarocco for the first time today. Not so crazy about it. Doesn’t smell like anything else to compare it too – kind of powdery cinnamon? Think that must have come with a swap.

  20. Joe says:

    Lorenzo Villoresi Ylang Ylang from the reissued “Vintage Collection” today.

    I’m a fan of ylang ylang, but I find this scent rather boring. Ah well.

    I’ll have to revisit my small decant of Citronnier one of these days, though I didn’t love it like I thought I would. A bit too sweet for me.

    • AnnS says:

      Ilang Ivohibe is one of my fav YY scents. ;-)

      • Joe says:

        That’s a good one. I really love the recent Le Labo and Diptyque ylangs.

        • AnnS says:

          I have yet to smell them. I am very hit or miss with YY – sometimes I find it suffocating, and sometimes just glorious. I’ll have to put those on my list to try!

    • Robin says:

      It is a bit sweet, and frankly was a “bit much” when I went out into the heat & humidity today. But I knew it would be.

  21. Lovestosmellgood says:

    Its hot and humid and smellly here in NYC
    Today is cristalle eau verte..to feel clean and refreshed

    • thegoddessrena says:

      Do you want to join our sniffing group tonight?

      • Lovestosmellgood says:

        Just seeing this now ! What does this entail?

  22. Deva says:

    Bvlgari Black today. Never have to give this one a second thought. It’s appropriate for anywhere, anytime. Simple. Easy.

    Kind of like my sentence structure today ;)

  23. sweetgrass says:

    I’m wearing Dior Homme today. It stays pretty close to the skin, so I’m frequently sniffing my wrist. Yum.

    I have tried Fleurs de Citronnier, but it’s been a while. I remember liking it. I gave my SIL a decant for Christmas. I should get one for myself.

  24. mals86 says:

    It is the kind of hot and muggy that you curse at, here today. Bleargh. I have been scent free today because not feeling all that great, and have to go out this evening to a meeting.

    However, a blog reader contacted me recently and said he’d noticed that I had a rudimentary formula for original Coty Chypre posted (I swiped it from Perfumer’s Apprentice, though it isn’t up on their site anymore), and would I mind if he sent me a sample of what he’d concocted with that recipe?

    Would I MIND?? I am not the world’s most avid chypre fan, but Coty’s is flipping gorgeous. I shelled out big time for some on ebay last spring and I love it. Anyway, the sample arrived today, and it is very like my official parfum – with more citrus, of course, since that’s one of the first things to deteriorate. Flipping. Gorgeous. I got a drop on my finger when I opened the sample, and it is following me around. So beautiful.

    I don’t think I got on with Fleurs de Citronnier – it was very strongly musky on me, in a harsh, almost metallic sort of way. It probably smells the way it ought to smell on you, though, and I’m glad it has fans.

    • Robin says:

      Oh dear, hope you feel better!

      And hey, how cool is that! Do tell him to market it.

    • AnnS says:

      I have a small decant of vintage Coty Chypre which is wonderful – I hardly ever wear it b/c once it’s gone, it’s gone forever for me. I can see why it started the craze. It would be interesting if this fellow could actually sell his creation. I am sure there are a lot of people interested in that classic. Very cool story.

  25. Jaisalmer says:

    Today and tonight and tomorrow I wear WONDEROUD by CdG…finally I found it and it’s simoly….WONDERFUL

  26. rose pepper says:

    On vacation and wearing SL Sarrasins. Feeling happy :)

    • foxbins says:

      I wish I was wearing Sarrasins today. You smell great!

  27. key change says:

    Oh, FDC was probably among the first Lutins perfumes I ever sniffed, although I sadly wasn’t really familiar with even my own preferences at that point, so it’s hard to say what I’d think of it now. That being said, I remember getting compliments when I wore it, and I remember thinking it smelled lemony fresh. Today I’m trying Anubis, a smokey leather perfume by Papillon perfumery. So far I think I’m in love, although I haven’t taken it for a public test drive yet. But it’s quite addictive, and very different from the types of fume I’m typically drawn to.

  28. nozknoz says:

    Trying to decide what to wear for the weekend challenge. It can’t be too weird or heavy, and it needs complexity. One of the Parfums MDCI might be good. rosepepper’s Sarassins is also being added to the list.

    Just got a highly anticipated sample order, too, so that might hold other possibilities. Testing Rozy EdP now. It’s rosy, but I’m also getting musty/dusty and not liking it. Still have the Rozy VdE and Ann Gerard Rose Cut to go, plus various Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777s.

    • AnnS says:

      I’m thinking of what to wear also. It’s a real challenge! I’m thinking I may just try and wear what used to be my signature fragrance for many years – Coco edt – but am waiting to see about the weather. I’m wondering if I’ll feel the same about it after I wear it for a few days in a row. Not that I won’t still love it, but having to just wear it for a few days – that’s the hard part! Spending a weekend with an old friend and seeing of the conversation will hold up!

      • nozknoz says:

        I love Coco – that’s a big commitment, though! Is the old friend one from when you wore Coco?

        • AnnS says:

          I mean that Coco is my old friend, and I wonder if we can still spend so much time together. ;-)

    • hajusuuri says:

      Nozknoz! I can’t wait to read about what you think of your samples, especially Rose Cut and the SHL 777!

      • nozknoz says:

        I’ll report back, hajusuuri!

  29. Kelly says:

    Received my Olfactif today, with a “Rose” theme – first up was Ann Gerard’s Rose Cut. It’s lovely, but heavier, velvet-ier rose perfumes just don’t seem to suit me – I am looking forward to trying Juliette Has a Gun’s Lady Vengeance later – it sounds like a much more playful rose.

    I think I will give it another shot in a few months when the weather demands this sort of rose! :)

    • katrina says:

      I am curious what you think when you try the other; I tried the Lady Vengence and just kept getting this lovely rose combined with something acrid.. I could not get it to scrub off so I layered on Tea Rose. I am honestly wondering if it is me?

  30. Laila says:

    SOTD is Vanille Fleurie de Tahiti La Maison de la Vanille, a light, sweet gourmand vanilla, nice for late summer into fall, with a ylang-ylang note (not too much!), and a bit of amber to warm it up and a bit of incense to spice up the drydown.

    We’re leaving tomorrow for a camping trip to Kentucky; will be enjoying the mountain music fest and exploring some new territory – and maybe I’ll bring home that mountain dulcimer I’ve wanted for ages! The only scent accompanying me will be Clinique Wrappings, so if the fresh mountain air isn’t enough fragrance for me I’ll add a spritz or two of that for our community scent Friday as my signature scent. It is my signature camping scent anyway!

    When we immerse ourselves in nature we leave as much of our daily life behind as possible. That includes computer time, unless absolutely necessary, so I’ll be leaving my favorite perfume blogs behind for awhile. Wishing everyone a wonderful rest of the first week of September with a great weekend ahead!

    • kindcrow says:

      Hmmmm … I think that I might have some La Maison de la Vanille samples somewhere. Will have to look. Enjoy your trip!

    • nebbe says:

      Have lots of non-digital fun! :D

    • key change says:

      A camping trip with a bit of wrappings sounds ideal. Have fun!

  31. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Guerlain Cuir Beluga

    I’m deciding on which perfume to wear for Signature Scent weekend. I don’t really have a signature scent and I am just having a lot of fun making my perfumes vie for my attention (eeek, I think I just animated my perfumes!). Today was hot & muggy in NYC with no relief in sight over the next few days. Cuir Beluga is light and fluffy and just right!

    On my way home now from a lovely sniffa with thegoddessrena, ihadanidea, missionista and floragal. We hit Barneys and Bergdorf, then some of us had Thai Street Food. We were wafting something good walking as a pack everywhere we went!

    • CM says:

      Sound like fun! I just got my postcard for the upcoming Barneys Beauty Event on Sept 10 (no affiliation). My opinion is that it’s one of the best GWP out there.

    • Sajini says:

      Sounds like you had a great time! Did you try anything new and interesting?

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