Wednesday scent of the day 9/3

Cartier Juste un Clou bracelet

If you have a minute, do tell us what fragrance you're wearing today.

I'm wearing Cartier Baiser Volé Eau de Parfum, which has replaced my unloved La Panthère in the bestest swap ever.

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 the Cartier Juste un Clou bracelet in pink gold; $38,200. 

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  1. sayitisntso says:

    SOtD: Chanel’s Pour Monsieur (the edt, not that vile, syrupy Cologne Concentree that they sell at the US Chanel counters) . I don’t wear it often but each time I wear it I wonder why I don’t. Beautiful, quiet stuff.

    • Robin says:

      I have still never smelled the Concentree, but I know Kevin didn’t love it either.

      • austenfan says:

        Love Pour Monsieur but don’t wear it often. The concentrée is one of those Chanel enigmas. Ghastly.

    • AnnS says:

      I wish we’d get the regular Pour Monsieur. I’ve often thought it would be an excellent impulse buy a few times when I’ve wandering in a department store and disappointed in the other side of the aisle (except the regular women’s Chanels).

    • AnnE says:

      I’ll have to try and find it! I’ve been on a men’s cologne kick recently, but so far, they all smell better in the descriptions than on my skin. Except maybe the Armani pour Homme, which Kevin reviewed a while back.

  2. perthgirl says:

    Well done on your swap Robin! All’s well that ends well, and you can put the bad Panthere dreams behind you :)

    SOTD PdN Maharanih Intense.

    • Robin says:

      It’s almost silly how happy it makes me to have that bottle out of my house!

  3. katrina says:

    SOTD is my second from the new Olfactif batch, Ann Gerard Rose Cut. The initial blast of rose was great, then a bit of spice and now it’s just a vanilla patchouli mix that reminds me of something from The Body Shop. Disappointing.

    • Robin says:

      Oh dear, sorry!

    • scentfromabove says:

      I haven’t received my Olfactif batch yet (hopefully it will be in the mail when I get home). The Ann Gerard Rose Cut was the one I was most looking forward to. I read up on all the scents that were coming. The description made it sound heavenly. So sad it doesn’t live up to one’s expectations!
      Katrina, did you like any of the 3?

      • katrina says:

        I tried the Juliette Has A Gun Lady Vengence yesterday and it was a tenacious scrubber. I finally sprayed Tea Rose over it and kind of drowned it out. I used Le Labo Rose 31 over the vanilla patchouli remains of the Rose Cut. I plan to try the third in the morning. I am having no luck with the Olfactiv scents and keep debating canceling. How have you fared with the Olfactiv choices? Have long have you been receiving them? This is my sixth box and non have been worth buying.

  4. scentfromabove says:

    Good Morning Everyone! Hope everyone is having a great “hump day”.
    My SOTD is Elie Saab Intense. I haven’t worn it in a while and decided today was a good day for it. This isn’t one of my favorite scents, but I do like it.

    • C.H. says:

      Mmm, I like the depth of Intense–but a little goes a LONG way! I put a test strip in my purse and everything in it–my phone case, my wallet, keys–all became radioactive!

      • mals86 says:

        Radioactive, that’s funny!

      • scentfromabove says:

        You’re right. The staying power is amazing! It lasts all day. I never have to reapply when I wear this fragrance.

  5. thegoddessrena says:

    Sampling Soivohle Anubis. I smell like beautiful honeyed, spiced dirt. I kind of like it!

    • Robin says:

      That sounds great!

    • floragal says:

      Hi thegoddessrena! It was so nice to meet you and some of the other perfume gals last night. My nose was totally sniffed out by the time I got home.
      Sampling with other perfume lovers brings a whole other level of enjoyment to the experience ;)

      • C.H. says:

        Ooh, tell us more about the sniffa! So jealous I couldn’t be there.

        • floragal says:

          We started at Barneys and then did 20 minutes at Bergdorf. Visited some older scents and focused on some newer ones.. it is fascinating to learn the differences in what each of us smell note-wise.
          Goddessrena & Miranda also spent time with JAR and had a private sniff session with an SA. I think a few new loves were found last night… I for one think I finally found a SL I can love: Chergui.

          Hoping some of the other gals will chime in ;)

          • C.H. says:

            Oooh congrats on the Chergui! And yes, hope others do chime in–will never tire of hearing about the JAR experience! One day…

          • hajusuuri says:

            I had a blast at the meet-up. The Serge Lutens alcove at Barneys was the perfect place to meet. I met floragal and missionista for the first time yesterday. Floragal and I have a shared connection I will explore further :-)

            No new loves found yet, but I got samples of Acqua di Parma Rose Nobile and Colonnia Intensa. The Guerlain SA at Bergdorf gave me a bunch of eye and face cream (a giant sample) and serum when she heard I was “still using” La Mer ;-)

            Oh and I also confirmed that Le Labo Benjoin 19 smells yucky to me — like a moldy basement. Money saved!

          • thegoddessrena says:

            No new loves for me but it is so much fun to sniff with other people– there’s a boost of excitement when you can share with other people. I really liked Amazone on missionista and think I’ll have to try it on myself sometime

          • ihadanidea says:

            I had a lovely time with all of you! We definitely need to go sniffing again, whether as a group or in pairs. It’s fun to go sniffing but doubly so when you’re in a group of fumies. Or maybe “pack” is the better word. The SAs definitely saw us coming.

            And I’m particularly excited about your love connection with Chergui, Floragal! Like I said last night, I have never regretted buying my bottle.

            Personally, I discovered a few things:

            * much as I love iris, Iris Silver Mist was a bit too cold for me personally.
            * the Gaiac from Le Labo (whatever number it is) had definite overlap with Bois d’Iris by VCA, and I was intrigued
            * L’incendaire made quite the statement, though I’m not sure what it is yet
            * Kalimantan by Chanticaille was dirty and oudy and lovely
            * I want a bottle of Cuir de Russie

            Let me know when you want to do it again! Maybe MiN or Twisted Lily next time? God bless this city.

          • hajusuuri says:

            I meant to say that floragal and I have a shared connection other than perfume and probably know some other people in common.

        • hajusuuri says:

          You have to join us next time!

  6. Janice says:

    Sotd is Journey Woman. It’s been a while since I tried Baiser Volé and I remember thinking it seemed “cold,” but in a really elegant way… I need to try it again.

    • Robin says:

      It is sort of cold. You should probably try the Extrait or the Essence, if they’re still on counters.

      • AnnS says:

        I need to try the extrait!

    • trixiesweet says:

      I’m going out with friends tonight and plan to wear my sample of Journey. I think it’s great for warms night out.

    • CM says:

      Baiser Vole EDT version is light and refreshing – a perfect summer scent! Not nearly as “cold” as the EDP or extrait.

      Love Journey – you smell great!

  7. melissa says:

    Congratulations on your swap, Robin! I love Baiser Vole so much. Today it’s Bulgari Black for me.

  8. relleric says:

    SOTD is L’Instant Pour Homme (Guerlain).

    • pyramus says:

      Seriously one of the best scents in human history.

      • AnnieA says:

        Yes & yes again. I want all men to wear it at least once, but no, they’re not listening to me and are instead wearing Turbo Sporty Max Noir…

        • bookwyrmsmith says:

          Except for my Dad who usually wears Bulgari Black or red tea or Quarum.

  9. The Bark says:

    SoTD: Burberry London. I know it’s a tobacco scent, but I’ve always likened it to a port wine for whatever reason.

  10. mals86 says:

    Sounds like the perfect swap – congrats!

    The past few days have been ugly Augustish weather: hot, humid, mizzerble. Mother Nature doesn’t know the calendar’s flipped over. We got a big thunderboomer storm last night, with rain, and our telephone was working (with intense static) but the DSL internet was not. Sigh. This is not a highly populated area, and the phone lines are old. There is at least one place along the main line where water gets onto the cable when it rains, without fail… Gah.

    Sorry, Verizon rant over.

    SOTD is Ralph Lauren Safari, for the cloudy day outside.

    • AnnS says:

      Safari = excellent. Verizon is not. Anywhere. Ever. I support your rant!

      • AnnE says:

        I support your excellent opinion of Safari, but really, having used both Verizon & Comcast at various times, I really think Comcast wins “the worst” by a nose. hehehe.

    • CM says:

      Is the current version of Safari any good?

      • mals86 says:

        You know, I have no idea. I bought both my bottles (I know, I knooooow, I really have to stop doing that) via eBay and they were described as “vintage.” Sellers could even have been lying, and I would have no clue at all.

    • MikasMinion says:

      We’re scent twins today. I wasn’t actually sure they still made Safari for women until I looked it up just now. Haven’t seen it anyplace to sniff in ages. Now I have a mission, to find a fresh sample and compare it to my 1994 version.

  11. trixiesweet says:

    Congrats! I tested Baiser Vole once and it was nice. I ought to give it another try.

    SOTD is Le Temps d’une Fete – I finally cracked open my bottle today and it’s like I have been swimming in pollen ever since – in a good way! I find it perfect for autumn, I think it gives off a golden aura. Plus, it’s not really autumn over here (Athens, Greece) for a month or two.

    • mals86 says:

      I love that golden aura of Le Temps in autumn too.

    • perthgirl says:

      Sigh. Wish I were in Greece about now…

    • AnnS says:

      Oh Greece! That’s awesome. A million years ago I did study abroad in Athens. What an experience. I love Athens. The fragrance Fleurs de Sel by Miller Harris smells like Greece to me.

  12. cologneluvr says:

    SOTD: Very Sexy Platinum for Him Victoria`s Secret for men

  13. floragal says:

    Yep, even though my nose was shot from last nights smelling escapade, I was good and ready for a SOTD this morning ;)

    Today I went with Parfums de Nicolaï L’Eau à la Folie as I try to get in my last few days (maybe weeks!) of summer scents before they’re relegated to the back of the pack.

    • CM says:

      Great choice for SOTD! That’s one of my summer favorites as well.

  14. Dawn says:

    Today, I find myself wearing Jicky in EDP form, again. I thought I was craving Chergui but by just taking off the cap and getting a whiff, I realized that it’s too warm to wear it.

  15. austenfan says:

    I’m glad you were able to do that swap! I much prefer Baiser Volé myself.
    I’m wearing Ambre Russe which is utterly gorgeous.

    • MikasMinion says:

      Yum! You smell great.

  16. Delacey says:

    SOTD is Arpege. Not vintage or anything. Last night I was wearing a shirt and wondering what smelled so amazing, then realized it was the remnants of Arpege from a while back. Made it my first choice this morning for sure.

    • AnnS says:

      That happens to me with my scarfs. Sometimes it cracks me up b/c I’ll be smelling my scarf and thinking: that smells awesome! But then it takes me a while to figure out what fragrance it was/is. My brain is getting slow!

      • Delacey says:

        But also, sometimes what remains is quite different from what you get on your skin. It’s happened a couple of times with Arpege for me, and the hints on fabric seem to hold something really deep into the base notes, which for some reason I miss a bit when I wear it. I think that’s why it always takes me awhile to recognize it.

        • AnnS says:

          That sounds lovely! I’ve not ever worn Arpege enough to be familiar with the drydown. It’s been a long time since I tested it. You are right with the difference after a frag has been sitting on fabric for a while. Perhaps that’s why I feel like a space case when it happens. There is no other reason I could be going bonkers. ;-)

    • mals86 says:

      The drydown of Arpege is really lovely.

  17. Lovestosmellgood says:

    I am wearing the same thing as yesterday- cristalle eau verte
    Keep’in me cool in this heat wave

  18. key change says:

    I haven’t tried it on yet, but today I’m going to be sampling the last perfume in the Papillon perfumery sample pack: Angelique. It’s supposed to be a spring-esque take on iris, and I’m actually in the market for a good iris perfume, so let’s see if this will be it. And congrats on the amazing swap, Robbin! I’ve not yet participated in one, although maybe I’ll remedy that someday soon! I always feel as though I don’t really have anything that a “real perfumista” would want LOL.

    • Delacey says:

      I love iris perfumes. I’m curious to hear what your favourites are, after all your searching.

      • key change says:

        Thanks. I originally thought I didn’t like iris, but I turned out to be quite wrong about that. Unfortunately, I don’t think Angelique is for me. In the absence of having a fully developed perfume vocabulary, I just feel as though it’s a bit cold and austere–as if the person with it isn’t able to empathize…or something like that haha. I smelled and love Prada’s infusion D’Iris, although I found its sillage to be a touch too quiet for my liking. I’ll be visiting les scenteurs in the UK in a few weeks, and perhaps my iris sniffathon will continue there. What’s your favourite iris, if you have one?

    • hajusuuri says:

      I have a FB of Anubis on its way to me. I will try Angelique next and I hope I don’t like it.

      • Deva says:

        Good luck with that! ;-)

      • key change says:

        Oh, I am in love with Anubis also. In love. How do you find its projection?

  19. PetronellaCJ says:

    Infusion d’Iris Absolue. Another happy-it’s-getting- slightly-more-autumny scent. Might be my signature scent for the weekend challenge.

    • Delacey says:

      I love Absolue. It was the perfume that sent me down the rabbit hole, and I couldn’t be happier it did.

    • key change says:

      Oh, I want to smell this one! how do you guys find its sillage?

      • PetronellaCJ says:

        Moderate, but then I am a not-more-than-two-spritzes person most of the time so I tend to keep my scents low-key :).

    • farouche says:

      One of my favorites! And a great choice for the transition from summer to fall. You have inspired me to dig out my bottle and wear it tomorrow.

      • hajusuuri says:

        We may be scent twins tomorrow as I’m practicing for the weekend challenge and Absolue is definitely in the running!

  20. AnnS says:

    It’s a beautiful day today! I am wearing a sample of IPDF Ambra del Nepal, which I got from a fragrance fairy godmother. I smell so good! It’s so cuddly! I don’t smell like cake! It is just about perfect for the dry vanilla I’ve been searching. It’s always wonderful to get a fragrance surprise. Yeah!

  21. juicejones says:

    Wearing CdG Champaca. I like it. Tired of the oppressive heat here.
    Everyone in my department just received an email from the office complainer that she is very sensitive to fragrance. I am afraid she has laid down the gauntlet with most of them. I get it, and wish I could urge her to stay in her area.
    Will remain neutral and quiet instead. Don’t want to ruin it for the whole class.

    • kindcrow says:

      When a co-worker’s very fragrant lotion gave me headaches, I did not send an email to the entire office. After a couple of weeks of headaches, I approached her and very quietly and calmly told her that I thought that her lotion smelled good (it did), but unfortunately, it gave me a headache each time she applied it. She apologized (I did not expect an apology) and said she would stop wearing it. I thanked her profusely. Problem solved and no more headaches.

      I work for an environmental agency, and people tend to freak out and start shouting from their desks at just the sound of a spray mechanism. Roller-balls and perfume oils are my friends :-)

      • juicejones says:

        I was shocked how it turned the whole place into grade school. This is not an easy going group I work with!
        Long ago I worked with a girl who smelled like she had been drinking. Turns out she was wearing that VS scent that smelled of pears. Soon everyone was wearing it, although it just smelled of stale martinis to me. I got used to it and she turned out to be one of my favorites.

        • kindcrow says:

          The woman with the lotion was not easy to work with (quick to anger, dumped her work on others, laughed mockingly when other folks got large assignments), so I approached her with some trepidation. I was surprised at how nicely she responded. She was good to talk to about non-work stuff; she was a fellow crocheter.

  22. CM says:

    I’m wearing #19 EDT – drained the very last drops of my vintage decant, but I have a backup I can begin using immediately, thank goodness. I hope I never ever run out. I prob should get a bottle of the current EDT as well. #19 is a contender in the signature scent challenge: it’s always perfect.

    I added a drop of Vent Vert on my wrist just for me – it’s already faded, but I love that bright green lemony opening!

    • AnnS says:

      CM – 19 is one of my favorite frags. I have a vintage extrait and a current (from 5 years ago if that’s still current) edt. I love the edt b/c it is so dry and green – there’s no leather in it – fyi. I often wonder if I should stock up on a back up bottle now or just go with it. Chanel is changing things around so much. No 19 is one of my favorite iris and vetiver fragrances. I get tons of vetiver out of it during the very long drydown.

      • CM says:

        I love the crispness of the EDT as well. I have the EDP version but ever since I tried the EDT (vintage) I reach for that over and over and over again. I can’t believe I’ve drained 2 decants so far… that’s a small bottle!

        You can’t go wrong with #19 in any formulation. Haven’t tried the extrait…. I might die if I did :)

        • AnnS says:

          No, you’ll just go directly to heaven! It is outstanding and I am very lucky to have it. Maybe I’ll have to wear 19 for my weekend challenge…..

        • mals86 says:

          Oddly, I found that I did not like the parfum. I love the vintage edt, prefer the edp for situations where I need to be slightly more approachable… seriously, did not enjoy the parfum. I think it’s perhaps skewed a little more toward iris-vetiver, which is probably why I don’t love it.

          But that’s me. :)

          • AnnS says:

            I think that’s why I like it, actually, and I know I’m kind of a heathen for liking the current “reformulated” No 19 edt better than the vintage. The leather/swamp water in the edp and vintage edt always kind of scared me off. (I’m not sure it still would as my nose is better than it was years ago.) I don’t think when I first got the extrait that I was as aware of the vetiver or how much I like it as I am now. I was so keen on the galbanum, iris and oakmoss that I wasn’t thinking about the green vetiver. IMHO the vintage No 19 extrait smells nearly identical to the edp of Annick Goutal’s Heure Exquise as far as the rich iris and galbanum opening. They begin to differ when the vetiver hits it’s stride in 19.

          • mals86 says:

            And, see, I’m not a vetiver fan! I tend to find both it and iris a little dry, to the point of minor discomfort.

            I do like Heure Exquise, but I think the big pillowy musk saves that one for me. It’s very soft.

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    • Barqs says:

      I’m also wearing Chanel No 19 today. I’ve been reaching for it a lot this summer.

    • farouche says:

      CM, I decided months ago that No. 19 would be my signature scent for the challenge. There aren’t any others that even come close for me. Plus, I can cheat a bit by wearing the EDT, the EDP, the Parfum, and the body creme (yes, I have that, too!).

  23. odonata9 says:

    Wearing Carthusia Meditteraneo today. A bright lovely lemon. Not too sweet, and it’s a nice change from my usual lemon which is very sweet – Brown Sugar.

  24. Abyss says:

    31 Rue Cambon. It’s been a while since I last wore it (it doesn’t work that well in warmer weather, ime) and I got a sudden craving for it this morning. I like the days when choosing a scent is so easy.

    • mals86 says:

      I couldn’t wear it in the heat, I don’t think – it’s so ambery on me. But really nice stuff.

      • Abyss says:

        If anything, I’ve found that it doesn’t really stand up in to the heat and has less presence than in cooler weather. I did have an issue with it going sour though, so that’s why tend to avoid wearing it in the summer.

  25. C.H. says:

    Curious, Robin, are there fixed dates set for another splitmeet? (Or, actually, is there going to be another splitmeet at all?)

    And then, relatedly, I was noticing that the Le Labo City Exclusives can be purchased, like, basically in bulk… (But whether anyone’s inclined to front a grand and a half is quite another question!)

    • C.H. says:

      (PS, apologies if you have already answered this! I tried to search through old comment threads but couldn’t find the definitive answer. Maybe these dates could also be added to the community scent calender, just so you aren’t getting pestered repeatedly about it?)

      • Robin says:

        Splitmeet is this month, probably the 20th, and will announce the exact date this Saturday. And working on finding a good place to keep those posted…

  26. ravjan says:

    My SOTD is Declaration L’Eau from Cartier. Nice fresh-spicy effect but only if you apply liters and liters of it.

  27. teri says:

    Our company’s CEO is coming to visit our location tomorrow. This is a very high-powered guy and he wants what he wants and how he wants it. I got an email of things to prepare yesterday, so am scrambling like a crazy person trying to get all the data gathered and the powerpoint created. Since I knew I had a crazy day ahead of me, I’m wearing my ultimate comfort scent, Max Mara original, to help me keep my head on straight. Not sure what it is with this scent, but to me it’s the nasal equivalent of a warm blankie and a cup of hot tea.

    • AnnS says:

      Good luck with your CEO event tomorrow. Yikes!

    • key change says:

      That sounds really intense–good luck!

  28. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Stephane Humbert Lucas 777 Khol de Bahrein

    Still practicing with various loves to help decide which one to wear for the weekend. This is a contender for sure – powdery iris amber with Jordan almond sweetness and stays close to skin.

    • AnnS says:

      Sounds gorgeous and I’ve never heard of this. Definitely going on the list to sniff!

    • nozknoz says:

      I’m testing that one, too. I got a lot of sweetness and baby powder musk at first. It’s a lot softer now, but I did not put much on initially, so I’ll need to try again with a different dosage.

      • hajusuuri says:

        I used 4 sprays from my partial bottle and it has held up well. The drydown is gorgeous too (but shhhh, Iris Poudre still has the BEST drydown in the entire universe).

        • mals86 says:

          I agree about IP. For all the suggestions of “Smells like Iris Poudre, but for less cash” I’ve read about and tried… um, nope. Might be similar up top, but not even close to that wonderful drydown.

  29. Deva says:

    Hot, Hot, Hot! Like the outer ring of the 7th circle of Dante’s Inferno…

    SOTD is Volutes EDT- Love the sharp acridity that slices right through the heat and humidity here.

    Stay cool and pray for a Polar Vortex ;-)

    • AnnS says:

      NO POLAR VORTEX! Oh gosh I hope it cools down for you, but no polar vortex! The heating bills from last year sucked up all my fragrance funds! ARGH!!! ;-) The weather is such a mess this year.

      • Deva says:

        Ok Ann, I hear you! I would never want you to have to choose between hypothermia and perfume! That would be the ultimate moral dilemma- shall we freeze to death or smell outstanding?

        I would settle for a minimally cool cool front if that is more acceptable :)

        • AnnS says:

          Yes – minimally cool cool front. I’ll send some weather prayers your way. I would rather smell outstanding, but unfortunately I have a committee, and my hubbie and daughter would probably prefer heat. ;-(

        • Laurels says:

          Ha! My version of a cool front was mentioned by a weatherman last night–fingers crossed for a “moderate El Niño event.”

    • hajusuuri says:

      Eeek, I have TOTALLY neglected Volutes. I have the EDT and the EDP and love them both!

  30. Elisa says:

    SOTD: Week-end au Deauville. Beautiful green chypre.

    By the way, if you all have a Trader Joe’s nearby, you have to try the coconut body butter! It’s fantastic — looks like buttercream frosting and smells like a gelato shop.

    • sweetgrass says:

      I do have a Trader Joe’s just up the street from me. I’ll look for that next time I’m there.

    • mals86 says:

      I *still* haven’t tried that PdN.

  31. sweetgrass says:

    SOTD is Arquiste Boutonniere No.7. I have no idea what I’m doing for the weekend “signature” thing yet. It seems oddly daunting to choose just one fragrance to stick with, even just for a weekend.

    • melissa says:

      I am picking one for Friday-Monday for this and then one for Tuesday-Friday as I’ll be traveling for work. Very intimidating!

      • sweetgrass says:

        When I travel I take a bunch of samples with me so I don’t have to decide. Good luck!

    • hajusuuri says:

      Sadly, my decant of this leaked to nothingness.

      • sweetgrass says:

        Oh that’s a bummer! It’s probably my favorite gardenia. How big a decant was it? I could make you a new one from my bottle if you want. Email me at countsjc at the gmail.

    • HemlockSillage says:

      I have no idea, either! You make me feel better about my dithering. Thank you. There are so many things I could wear, and it’s hard to pick just one.

      For the ‘Posse’s challenge (week of only one fragrance) a while back, I chose MH L’air de Rien, and loved it. I could see that being my signature, but I’d get bored if it really were all I wore. I tend to perseverate on Sous le Toit de Paris, and wear is intermittently for days, even weeks this summer. The goth girl in me cries for a darker signature. I have no idea. Dzing!? Bvlgari Black? Maybe. I’ll look forward to what *you* finally choose :D Be well.

      • sweetgrass says:

        You’re in good dithering company…lol. Since you mention Bulgari Black…I have been thinking recently about how, as much as I like it, I rarely actually wear it. So maybe that could be a candidate. But Shalimar Ode a la Vanille has been calling my name too.

  32. Jenkr says:

    I’m wearing Baiser Vole today as well. Love how creamy it is on me without getting too terribly sweet. :)

  33. nebbe says:

    My first time wearing Shalimar EDT to the office. Loving it. Looooooooving it!

    I know the EDT works for me. What are the differences between it and the EDP?

    • bastet says:

      You can find a helpful discussion of the various concentrations of No. 19 on Bois de Jasmin (maybe here as well if you do a search?).

      • nebbe says:

        Will look. And seeking info on Shalimar… no. 19 does not play nice in my sandbox.
        Thanks for the tip :)

  34. jirish says:

    Wearing Jaisalmer today, a sheer veil of spiciness.

    • Deva says:

      I love that one! Wish I has a bottle of it!

    • yukiej says:

      Ah, you smell great! :)

    • HemlockSillage says:

      Mmmm, that is a great fragrance. It always hits me as a hot breeze of spices, very dry, from across the desert, very contemplative and yet in motion. Neat. Now I must go find my CdG Jaisalmer vial for tonight. Be well.

  35. bastet says:

    I’m wearing Tauer l’Air de Desert la Moracain (or something like that) layered with SSS Bois de Champagne. (Can you tell I don’t speak any French and cannot spell either?) Anyway, its a great combination and even just a few drops of each lasts all day.

    • floragal says:

      I just ordered a sample of SSS Champagne de Bois this weekend with the STC discount code. I’ve not tried any SSS fumes, and I’m very curious. I kept seeing this one praised, and I like the notes. Fingers crossed ;)

      • Elisa says:

        That line is amazing. I own like 9 of them.

        • floragal says:

          Oh, wow! I wish there was a shop to visit ;)

          • bastet says:

            If you are in the U.S. you can buy samples directly from the SSS website. I also love the smaller size bottles and travel sprays which makes it affordable to own so many! I have many favorites but right now would particularly recommend Incense Pure and Joire Ensollie (SP?).

      • Deva says:

        I have 3 and would like a few others- great quality and can I just say AMEN! to the small 17ml bottles SSS offers- I so love that size option

    • mals86 says:

      SSS is really nice! Tabac Aurea still knocks my socks off, though there are others to love as well.

  36. rebeccat94 says:

    No. 19 for me today!

  37. solanace says:

    Lolita Lempicka, because La Petite Robe Noire made me crave a good cherry note.

  38. nozknoz says:

    Second day of mulling what to wear for the signature scent challenge. I’m also considering Hermes. For example, I haven’t made up my mind about Narcisse Bleu yet. I mean, I like it, but not sure how much. Or I could explore different concentrations of Caleche or Amazone.

    I want something that’s interesting but not too over the top, so Hermes would be a good choice. Also, it would be better if it’s not an expensive FB, in case I decide I like it less than I thought.

  39. pyramus says:

    Mugler Pure Coffee this morning. I’m cutting back heavily on caffeine and it was just the pick-me-up I needed. I can still smell a ghost of it 11 hours later.

    • mals86 says:

      I’m attempting to cut back too. Of course, I did it by mixing regular with decaf coffee for about two weeks before switching to decaf… which is not entirely decaf, just much lower in caffeine. ANd I still had three big cups of decaf today.

      Ah well.

      • hajusuuri says:

        I might have to cut back too although supposedly, coffee is actually good for you.

      • Sajini says:

        I’m a coffee drinker too, but lately switching over to black tea in the afternoon and chai in the evening. There are so many interesting scented teas. It’s a lot like perfume.

  40. farouche says:

    SOTD is Hermessence Epice Marine, full of cumin, sea salt, spice, vetiver, and oakmoss. I love it but wish it lasted longer.

    • nozknoz says:

      I’m still trying to get my nose around that one, and am considering it for the signature scent challenge. I sort of like it but the combination of food spice notes like cumin with classic perfume notes has a repell/attract effect on my nose. Some of my besties have started out that way, so I have a travel size and keep trying it.

      • farouche says:

        I’ve almost finished my small decant and am looking forward to a travel size next. This one has grown on me over time and sometimes, like today, I get a craving for it.

    • yukiej says:

      Ooh, I only tried this once but I could see how it would be perfect for a hot summer day. A travel size would be just right!

  41. PriscillaE says:

    SOTD was AA Herba Fresca. Perfect for a hot, humid day in East Texas. I just love that burst of mint. By the way, other Southerners, I just saw my first love bugs of the season. Not swarming, for which I give thanks.

    • MikasMinion says:

      Ready the pressure washer! I soooo don’t miss scraping my windshield at every stop and it’s one thing that makes me thankful for the Central Texas lack of rain. Y’all keep yer love bugs in East Tx.

    • Sajini says:

      I just saw “Boyhood”, and the scenery near Austin was so beautiful.

      • kindcrow says:

        How did you like “Boyhood?” That’s a Richard Linklater film, isn’t it? I think that the only Linklater film that I’ve seen in its entirety is the cult classic “Slacker” [] when it came out over 20 years ago. I think that it was filmed in Austin. My husband and I still quote lines from it to each other. There are couple of people from the band Poi Dog Pondering in it. I used to know all of the lyrics to their first two albums. Eeep, feeling so nostalgic!

    • bookwyrmsmith says:

      Uuggghhh ” love bugs”!!!! Yuck!!!!!
      Swarmy nasty things. My house is built on a slab and those Things! Loooove to get in my downstairs bedroom. The tinking against the light fixture I can sorta put up with from a few. But I found at least a third of a vacuum canister full near a unused door. Freaked me out . Big time. Marc Jacobs Dot lost any possibility of ” cute adorable ness ” ( besides smelling like shampoo or a cheap body mist).
      Thanks for reminding me to check for them and seal the door.

  42. AnnE says:

    Wore Vanille Insensee this morning because I was in a rush and the decant was sitting on the front of my shelf. Meh; I’m not really a vanilla person.

    Spritzed a bunch of celebrity girl ‘fumes today when I was at Sears, shopping for a new shower curtain. I can’t believe how many perfumes there are which have been out for a long time and I had never got around to sniffing. I see now why JLo Glow was (is?) such a big seller – it was without a doubt the standout of the bunch. So pretty!
    And I came *this* close to buying a British Sterling set marked down to $10 ’cause we used to buy it for my dad at Christmas time and I always loved it. Does anyone have any idea if it still smells the same?
    Next up: Christopher Street by Charenton Macerations. I’m using up the last of my decant in anticipation of the bottle which is winging its way to me from Parfum1. I am developing a love/hate rel’p with them and their darn coupons that are impossible to resist.

    • nozknoz says:

      Christopher Street is one I’ve meant to sniff. It got great reviews!

  43. Sajini says:

    After hours I put on Fragonard Santal, nice and lemony good.
    Anyone seen the new celeb perfume “Girl” by Comme des garcons for Pharell Williams?

    • kindcrow says:

      It (along with that hideous bottle; heh, heh, just my opinion) is supposed to be at Sephora at some point this month.

  44. Laurels says:

    SOTD is M. Micallef No. 21 (Pomelos). Tart but not sour. Yesterday was modern (I think) Ungaro Diva. I got another whiff of something faintly urinous, like I did with Le Temps d’un Fete, and it occurred to me that I might be smelling honest-to-God non-clean musk. (Up to now, clean white and dryer-sheet have been the only varieties of musks I’ve actually been able to smell. If a perfume has Musk in the name, I usually get either only top notes, or nothing at all.) I guess I’ll need to keep sniffing as many perfumes as possible, just to know for sure.

    The signature scent for the weekend is proving to be an oddly difficult choice. I (almost) never buy a bottle without wearing a perfume for three days in a row, so in theory there are at least half a dozen easy choices, but it’s supposed to be in the low 90s here this weekend, and I’m not entirely sure what sounds good. I’ve been wearing Jour d’Hermes a lately, so it doesn’t seem like it’s entirely in the spirit of the challenge, and my other hot weather perfumes don’t cry out to be worn for four days in a row. Well, at least there’s no fine to pay if I fail.

    • Laurels says:

      Speaking of fail–behold my first attempt at italics. That’s no. 2.

      • Laurels says:

        I’ll take that as a success, given the way things have been going for me lately.

        • nebbe says:

          I am impressed nevertheless

  45. yukiej says:

    SOTD turned out to be Byredo 1996, after a friend surprised me with a sample she had gotten from a weekend trip to NYC. So excited! The weather was entirely too warm outside for it, but luckily they turn up the a/c something fierce in my building so I really did need something to keep me toasty :) It pretty much made my day. I decided that I smelled like loamy earth mixed with grade B maple syrup, plus a vanilla bean hiding somewhere in the mess.

  46. Nightingale says:

    First day of the new school year and the first day for me as well as I’m the nurse at an 800+ student middle school. Wore Chanel No. 19 because it makes me feel like a bad ass – got to keep an edge around all these students (and parents!). Hope everyone had a great day!

  47. bookwyrmsmith says:

    I wore vintage Avon Charisma. Smells softly spicy and clean floral faint dry down still detectable 13 hours later when I sniff my wrists.
    Totally at a loss as to what to wear for the sig sync. Basenotes’ sync Friday theme is a fragrance with saffron and or honey . Unfortunately that still doesn’t pare down a lot ….

    • kindcrow says:

      I could wear Golden Cattleya (an Olympic Orchids perfume that features honey) four days in a row in cold weather (it’s summer here, though). That would cover the NST and BN themes.

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