Friday scent of the day 2/5

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Happy 1 Star Friday! Our community project for today: wear your favorite perfume ranked only one star by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez in Perfumes: the Guide or in Luca Turin’s Style Arabia columns. Partial credit for a two-star perfume!

What fragrance did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.

I’m wearing Serge Lutens Miel de Bois. Tania Sanchez: “smells like a New York sidewalk in July”, and yes, it does smell like that, especially in the early stages. I wouldn’t recommend it to any but the craziest of perfumistas.

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Wednesday scent of the day 2/3

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic

Happy hump day! What’s your fragrance today?

I’m wearing Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic. Tania Sanchez gave it 2 stars. Once again, I have no quarrel with a “delightful, fresh mandarin base” but not a “full fragrance”, and objectively (ha!), I’m not sure I would give it any more than 2 1/2 or 3 stars. But in terms of how much I enjoy wearing it, how much I paid for it, and how well it fits into my own collection and / or serves the purpose for which I bought it, it’s easily a 4 star fragrance, and I’m glad they did not turn it into anything other than what it is — a quick shot of happy citrus.

Reminder: on 2/5 we’re doing 1 Star Friday…

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