The usual open thread poll: talk about anything you like — the perfume you’re wearing today, your vacation plans for the summer (and what fragrance you'll wear), whatever.
Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…
Note: image is Campo de Lavandas [cropped] by lo.tangelini at flickr; some rights reserved.
Hey I’m first, but I won’t be if I don’t hurry up. So best score lately Azuree Soleil for $30 bucks in an antique shop when its going for $200 on ebay. And a question does anybody have an favorite patchouli and or incense scented bath/ body products?
Nice score! I want to hear about incense body products too.
I love Patchouli Flower and Patchouli Soul solid perfumes from Soulflower catalog. They are both beautiful, and cheap.
My favorite patchouli bath products have always been Aura Cacia’s blend of e.o.s called Tranquility. There are other oils listed, but the patch dominates. I’ve used the mineral salts, soap and have put the essential oil into unscented lotion.
Ooh, I second this! Lovely stuff.
For a nice patchouli vibe, I like the Karma line from Lush.
That’s funny – I have that one, or am pretty sure I’ve got it, and I don’t notice the patch at all. Mostly lavender but “prettier” than plain lavender. Love it all the same.
Try Aroma Sanctum’s Fire of Isis. It’s a nice incense- the oil lasts ages, and the body products Ive tried are good as well. Enjoy!
Neal’s Yard do a beautiful Frankincense range, and you can always buy unscented shower gel from them to infuse with frankincense and myrrh oils yourself. A nice combo is Jamine and black pepper, which would probably be lovely with incense and maybe a smidgen of citrus!!
Someone sent me Kings & Queens Myrrh Body Butter in swap and it’s wonderful. It makes a wonderful bedtime hand lotion for it’s smell and the richness. Love this stuff!
The whole Kings & Queens line is great, nice scents with lasting power. And cheap!
Good afternoon everyone! It’s always good to spend some time here with you at the weekend. Our talks always make my day brighter.
My sotd is CHANEL 31 Rue Cambon from Les Exclusifs family, courtesy of a wonderful fragrant angel who sent me a sample from across the ocean. I’m truly enjoying this scent, it’s divine.
I’m also waiting for some more new samples to arrive. One of our polish niche perfume shops started selling very reasonably priced samples, so I ordered five – some of them were picked basically on reviews I read, some are gems I’ve been wanting to try for a while and now I get the chance. Can’t wait for the package to arrive.
This week, Wednesday to be certain, I sampled Iris Silver Mist by Serge Lutens – it was really impressive, but it’s really not my iris fairytale.
How are you all doing my friends? Did you have a good week?
I haven’t tried that Chanel yet, but Iris Silver Mist is incredibly beautiful, though I can’t really see myself wearing it. Yet.
As far as I know, both Galilu and Missala offer samples, though I’m not sure if Galilu ships them out.
There’s also another website I recently discovered that sells decants It’s a great way to get the perfumes you love without shelling out for a full bottle. It’s called e-scential dot pl (I’m not affiliated.)
If you will have a chance then try it, it’s gorgeous! I’m the same with Iris Silver Mist – I can appreciate it, but I don’t see myself wearing it.
Yes, buth Missala and Galilu sell samples. I ordered few from Missala sometime ago, then I bought Nuit Etoilee at their boutique in Poznan and now I’m ordering at Galilu – they carry some stuff that Missala doesn’t. And thanks for sharing this website, I’ll check it out later.
Hi Lucas. Enjoy your samples! CHANEL 31 Rue Cambon is divine, as you say, and it’s one of the very few Chanel fragrances I love. I ordered so many samples in the last few months, have weeded out for possible purcahses and have bought a few; OJ Frangipani being one of them. Have a good weekend!
Hello there! I hope that I’ll love my new samples – my mind tells me that nose should be pleased by them! I don’t know other Les Exclusifs members, but I also like Chanel Blanche.
Have a good weekend too! And cherish your Queen jubilee!
31 Rue Cambon is gorgeous! I love it so much, didn’t hesitate buying a 200ml bottle.
I would, however, mention that it doesn’t always wear all that great in warm weather (it soured once or twice when I tried wearing in last summer). Plus, I find that it can be a bit of a chameleon so it’s definitely worth testing it several times to get a full impression; on some days it’s mostly peppery, fuzzy aldedydic, ambery floral with just a hint of iris and on other days it’s ALL about that incredible Chanel iris.
Abyss, I fell envious for that big bottle of Chanel you have. I would have to stock money for like… decade to buy it. Fortunately there are other new scents that I recently tried and liked even better than 31 Rue Cambon, so I’m saved. I’m also curious about those samples that will arrive soon.
Good to know that – I’ll save my tiny sample for some other, different weather days to check out this chameleon feature.
You have a good day!
It was definitely a treat, I don’t think I bought any other perfume that year
So glad that you are finding more sources for samples, it’s so exciting to be able to try a wider range of scents!
I’m also happy to learn more while trying new perfume. New scent is always exciting, almost adventurous!
Hi there Lucas! Glad to here you have a few new shopping options for scents. I love samples especially when the full bottle price is just way out of my league. I love to hear your opinions on scents too. I have not tried that Chanel. It’s on the list but I just haven’t gotten to it yet. It’s a dreary, rainy day today and kind of cool which I’m actually happy about. I like these days once in a while.
Good to see you Poodle! I’m happy about that too. If you want I can share my thoughts about those new samples as soon as they’ll arrive if you give me your e-mail (or I’ll give you mine so that you can ask).
It’s cold today here, also very windy, huge clouds are rolling in the sky.
I don’t check it every day because I mostly get junk email like sales alerts and stuff like that but it’s pokeypoodle at verizon dot net.
Wrote it down! Will contact you after the 1st try.
Hi, Lucas! It’s wonderful that you’ve found good sources for samples – one could practically live on samples alone!
That Chanel is very beautiful. I also love 28 La Pausa – it’s a beautiful soft iris balanced with vetiver, so I find it more natural and relaxed that a lot of the Chanels. It might be your gateway to vetiver, as well.
I like ISM, but I’m older and it’s a craggy iris, so we match!
Good morning friend! Sometime ago I had no chances to smell some niche perfume and now I get more and more possibilities. I think I could live on samples. Some of the stuff I try is much too expensive to me, but I’m happy to give it a try. La Pausa sounds nice and you might be righ – this could be a chance for me to wear vetiver.
I know ISM has many many lovers, it’s just not my style, or, at least, not my style yet!
That’s right, Lucas – never say never – tastes do change sometimes.
Good afternoon all Wearing Love, Chloe today from a small decant, but I’m not really loving it. Too floral and feminine for my tastes.
So I gave that decant, and some Hypnotic Poison, to my aunt. She really appreciated it, and I appreciated how it slimmed down my decant collection and made it at least slightly more manageable.
Good afternoon Dominika! Nice to see you here, just behind me. I hope you had a good week and that your weekend is great too. I’m busy learning for another test next week. And I ordered some samples at GaliLu to try, can’t wait to receive them
I’m visiting my grandma this weekend, in a little town near Radom, so it will be a quiet couple days full of good food and homemade kotlety
Good luck on your exam.
Oh and, out of curiosity, what did you order from Galilu?
Have a great time visiting your granny!
I ordered SL: Fleurs de Citronnier and Gris Clair, Cravache by Rober Piguet, Eau Pour Le Jeune Homme from MPG and also Laboratorio Olfattivo Alambar.
Fleurs de Citronnier didn’t work on me… I haven’t tried any of the others besides Gris Clair, which is an incredibly realistic lavender. I had lavender growing in a pot on my window last year, and when I took the flowers and crushed them between my fingers, it reminded me of Gris Clair
I’m so afraid to give away samples I don’t love in case I will one day! Kudos to you for doing that though; I think I’ll end up being a hoarder of decants (and I only started a few weeks ago with this “hobby”, and already have 80 decants at home or on their way!!!).
Yes, I am very wary to give away samples unless I have multiples or a FB! I like to have the reference points, and I do wonder how my tastes will change. More experienced perfumistas than I have told me that this tendency does seem to quiet down after a few years–oh but the damage we can do in the mean time!
This might sound snobbish, but I have no problems giving away decants of things like Love, Chloe because I know if I have second thoughts later, the perfume is easily available and I can just go to Sephora and spritz some on.
Decants that I don’t love of rare Chanels and Guerlains are a lot harder for me to part with — I still cling to a decant of Mitsouko, for example, even though I don’t consider it my taste at all
Doesn’t sound snobbish at all! Makes sense, actually. I could imagine getting there eventually, but for now, I really appreciate the immediacy of my sample collection–no need to go find something at Nordstrom’s or Sephora, just go find the sample in my closet!
Of course, the harder-to-find and the more well-revered scents really are nice to have for reference. Mitsouko is a great example, since for me, I do not like it, but it is so often-referenced, I am happy to know what folks are discussing.
I’m wearing Love, Chloe today too. I keep going back and forth on it. I don’t like. I do like it. I don’t know how I feel. It does last on me though and that I like. I only get the flowery part for maybe 30 minutes and then it gets all soapy, musky on me. It’s not what I normally like but once in a while I enjoy it.
I was hoping it would be more powdery and lush, but it’s too floral in the opening for me and the dry-down isn’t interesting enough for an fb… I have so many decants and samples to go through that i don’t spend a lot of time with anything that doesn’t grab me quickly :p
I agree, it’s not that interesting.
I hope everyone’s doing well. I’m quite far from perfumeland these days, I’m barely reading blogs and haven’t been testing for weeks, but my friend’s gift certificate for my birthday prompted a mass-purchase this week: got myself a bottle of Mitsouko EDT (the only concentration available), then I ordered OJ Woman and Carner Barcelona Tardes. I guess I go from detached to compulsive… Next on my list might be ELD’O Bijou Romantique…
Congrats on all your purchases — sounds like a fun binge! And happy birthday
Happy Birthday, Alnysie :)! I hope you have a wonderful day and revel in your “Mitsouko”!
I just found a little vintage bottle, tassel and all, almost full, of “L’Heure Bleue” earlier today, in this sort of secluded, back road country store that’s also half antique shop. It was tucked away in a black, velvet pouch amongst a couple of old perfume bottles and local homemade bath products.
I paid $24.50 for it! I actually felt guilty going up to the register and had to mention to the woman who owns the place, that vintage extraits in good condition are what people search all over for and that it was a lot (significantly ) cheaper han I expected it to be. She just smiled and said I was meant to find it, then (why aren’t there more people like this in The World :)?) I couldn’t even wait and applied it for the drive home. It was a little damp and rainy this morning, so the anise and orange flower just puffed around me like a dream.
I actually half expect that little shop to return to some “Brigadoon” tonight or pop-up somewhere else so the fragrance-fairy-godmother can deliver some magic to another jaded, World-worn perfumista. This jolted me back into why I love fragrance so much; sometimes, it’s like stumbling upon captured time and emotion in a bottle, an opportunity to not only experience your own memories and hopes and dreams, but those of people long gone. Maybe you’ll stumble on a pristine, vintage “Mitsouko” extrait, someday, too ;).
Happy birthday Alnysie!
NLB, congrats on your find! I always cross my fingers and hope I’ll stumble on something like that but so far, no luck.
Vintage bottle of L’Heure Bleue? At a bargain?? THUD! lol!
Hey – That’s MY Line!
A belated “Thud” #2….
Brigadoon, indeed! That sort of good luck is like an other-worldly experience.
Wow, just wow. What a stunning find!
Happy Birthday! Enjoy your new ‘fumes!
Happy birthday, Alnysie, and congratulations on your purchases! I’m planning to try Bijou Romantique, too — have a sample, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Good afternoon all. My SOTD is OJ Frangipani. My house is ready for the Queen’s golden jubilee celebrations and my street is decked with the Union Jack flags. All looking very festive! I had my hair and nails done for the occasion too. My daughter has had her nails painted in Union Jack and crowns! Just hope the gorgeous weather holds. I have had to replan my summer holiday. I normally spend the whole of July in Provence, but I have some business to attend to in Japan, so I’ll be going to Tokyo at the end of the month and again in August. Not keen on spending the hot and humid season in Japan, but it can’t be avoided. As a consolation, I am planning on having a holiday in Berlin in September.
Ladymurasaki, I hope you’ll enjoy the celebration. That’s a big think for the whole Great Britain, isn’t it?
And hey, from Berlin it’s quite close to where I live!
I haven’t been to Poland yet, but hope to visit someday soon. Berlin is a place that I want to visit more often. There’s so much going on in terms of art. I might even move there, if I get my way! It just feels freer than Britain.
You smell great — I might wear that today too.
Why, thank you, madam. You do too!
You have inspired me to break out my OJ Frangipani sample (from my Discovery Set) and I like it! It is not VA-BOOM like Woman but the scent is settling down – soft, slightly flowery.
Enjoy the Jubilee. I have to say I love the queen. The whole royal family thing fascinates me really. I’d love to visit England someday. I’d love to visit some of the famous gardens over there. They look so beautiful in pictures.
I don’t know the Queen, personally, but she seems the good sort. If you ever come to London, you must visit Kew Gardens and see the Palm House where they cultivate tropical plants.
Wearing Frangipani today myself – we’re scent sisters across the pond!
Frangipani is so gorgeous! I love so many of the OJ scents.
Your jubilee plans sound exciting! Are a lot of people in celebrating in the UK? Or are most grumbling/ignoring the festivities altogether? I’ve been reading up on the event myself and find it very interesting. Apparently, Queen Elizabeth has the second longest reign of any English monarch (Victoria having reigned the longest).
Well, my neighbourhood has really gone all out for the celebrations. Some of my friends tell me that things are not so festive in their neighbourhood though. I’ve just driven back from seeing a play in the City and saw people along the embankment in their tents, all ready for tomorrow’s Thames river pageant. I confess, I am not a big Royal Family fan, but what the hell, it’s only once in a life time that I’ll get to see something like this!
You do all know that L’Heure Bleue and Joy are two of the perfumes the Queen wears regularly, huh? Her mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother wore L’Heure Bleue every day, including on her wedding day in 1925. I guess that’s why I’m a die-hard Guerlainista – for the sheer intemporal nature of their perfumes.
Wish I liked lavender – that’s a gorgeous pic.
Have been addicted lately to my “summer hay” fragrance, DSH Perfumes’ La Fete Nouvelle. It’s the only thing I’ve ever run across, EVER, that really smells like hay drying in the field to me.
I suppose I’ve been craving it because The CEO has been making his first cutting of hay this past week (orchardgrass, fescue and timothy, the alfalfa’s not ready yet).
I like lavender in the ground better than in perfume, with a few exceptions (Jicky, mostly).
And that DSH sounds great. I do like hay in perfume.
Good morning! For this unusually chilly day, I’m wearing Mitsouko & loving it. Spring has been crazy in my neck of the woods. If anybody comes to visit Omaha, NE & you don’t like the weather, wait a day. It will change.
For some reason this week, I was loving the fruit notes in my perfumes. The peach in Mitsouko, the raspberry of Lipstick Rose . . . Maybe my body’s telling me I need more fresh food in my diet lol. I did have a question as a perfume noob: I’m wanting to try more scents with peach & plum notes. Up on deck for samples are Feminite du Bois, Femme, & Le Parfum de Therese. Can anyone give me more suggestions? Thanks!
I can give you a suggestion and it’s Histoires de Parfums 1969 Parfum de Revolte. Has a gorgeous peach opening followed by a dark chocolate accord. Yummy!
Adding Moulin Rouge, also from Histoires de Parfums. There’s plum in it, but it’s not very prominent, rather subdued by other elements of it’s composition.
Keiko Mecheri Peau de Peche!
Acqua di Parma Profumo is a gorgeous, vintage-smelling plum chypre. If Mitsouko doesn’t scare you then this shouldn’t either. It’s not specifically listed in the notes, but I get a strong plum/prune vibe from Amouage Memoir Woman. They are both probably more suitable for cold weather, though.
Guerlain Chânt d’Aromes for peach + florals.
I always jump at a chance to recommend Visa which has a radiant peach note. It’s not even my style so it must be good if I like it this much.
Also the usual suspects: Cuir Mauresque (apricot suede), Nuit de Cellophane for peachy-plum (officially osmathus) jasmine (altho perhaps too unoriginal for a Lutens but very wearable), Osmanthe Yunnan by Hermes as a favorite osmanthus, and maybe Santal Mysore for an interesting raspberry accord in a sandalwood frag (you have to really like your sandalwood tho for that one).
Thank you all! I definitely have some sniffing to do! ^_^
Midna, I forgot to mention the scents I listed are more linear than Mitsouko and Lipstick Rose, especially the Lutens.
There’s a great plum note in SSS Vintage Rose, also in L’Artisan Voleur de Roses. But that last one also has strong patchouli, so beware unless you’re a patch lover like I am.
Guerlain’s Nahema has a great peach note along with the rose.
Might be hard to get as they are based in Japan, but I just won a sample pack from them: Satori carries a gorgeous plum scent that I just tried today. their scents are definitely reflecting Japanese culture, and not in the Western perspective. Def something to look out for.
Here’s what I got from their site:
YORU no UME – Night Plums
Could it really be the same tree? The one with its piercing scent in a cold morning, and the one releasing fascinating scents in a warm spring night. The plum flowers, constantly changing their expressions, leave our hearts dreamful and confused.
O.O (wide eyes)
How did you win a sample pack? Satori sounds *so* intriguing …
On Basenotes! Someone wanted to return the kindness shown to them on BN, so they were passing along a sample pack I guessed the right number (well the closest) between 1-100
Each bottle is like 150 euro though!!!! :O and the samples are like 0.5 ml lol. They have an unusual note to all of them that I suspect is something very Japanese; I close my eyes and I truly feel like I’m in a culturally rich place. I can’t pinpoint what exactly the note is though, or how I get that image.
Speaking of culturally rich, I ordered the sample pack of Neela Vermeire’s new fragrances – so excited!
re: the basenotes draw, that’s wonderful!
for prune/plum + rose: liasons dangereuses by kilian, you gave me an idea, I’ll probably undig my sample for tomorrow!
Looks like Bee beat me to it! haha
I would add By Killian’s Liaisons Dangereuses to the peachy list.
Also check out Ys Uzac Monodie – they say it has plums but I swear I smell peaches during the entire run of it. Use sparingly (it’s gorgeous then) unless you would like to die of sugar overdose (I can literally smell it while typing even though I don’t have it on).
Kenzo Jungle L’Elephant is a great plum and cardamom fragrance (and not that expensive). For peach, I second the 1969 and Peau de Peche.
How about Mary Greenwell Plum? Plum and peach, I think are featured. I normally don’t go for fragrances that are too fruity, but this one is quite nice.
The Kenzo sounds amazing, so does the 1969! I was so excited today when I went out shopping with a friend, the Von Maur in my area got some of the Annick Goutal line in. I also saw Creed behind the counter but I didn’t want to go near The Spritzers. Funny story: one of them asked what I usually wear & I happened to have my bottle of Mitsouko in my purse so I let her have a sniff cuz she had never heard of it. She liked it; I love expanding people’s scent horizons!
I’ve started the day with Tauer Carillon pour un Ange. I think I hate it. Will be scrubbing away, then diving into my newly arrived samples from Soivohle and Aftelier. From my initial explorations early this week, it seems that the Soivohles have more lasting power on me, though Afteliers are a bit more interesting.
I’m done with Soivohle’. I didn’t like any of their fragrances so far. They always seem to be so bitter to me :-/ And the Tauer Carillon pour une Ange actually IS awful, I agree. I had to scrub it of, too.
Ange reeks! I can’t reconcile what I smell with the glowing reviews. It’s extremely tenacious, even after a good scrubbing. May need steel wool!
So far I’ve given Soivohle Centennial a good go. After initial excitement the dry down is tedious and cloying. I was interested in this one for its qualities, but my quest continues.
Its *chypre* qualities
Last year I have won an Andy Tauer fragrance (Pentachord White), wich is a nice dusty iris with vanilla. But Mr. Tauer send me a scented card. I thought: Nice idea, let’s see which of his fragrances he sprayed on it… And it was: Carillon pour une Ange! I instantly opened the bin and threw the scented card away. I just can’t bare this smell. I think it’s the lilly of the valley that I really don’t like.
The worst Soivohle I’ve tried was “Domino Viole”. It could have been a nice chypre fragrance, but there was this tremendous graveyard violet note, that activated my gag reflex. It was soooo dry and bitter, that I almost got a heartburn :-/
I got the same card and phewey…I initially thought it was the combination of cardboard and being trapped inside the sealed plastic sleeve but it smelled like rotting garbage to me.
Ha, your description is accurate: rotting garbage! They should have called it: Carillon pour un diable
I won a sample of the new, yet unnamed Vero Profumo fragrance, wich will be released soon. It’s a really nice dry citrus in the opening, with a salty and earthy note. After some hours it gets warmer and greener and smells like a really good chypre. I am looking forward for this fragrance to be officially released
My sotd is Uden by XerJoff. I love how versatile it is. Directly after applying it, it’s really fresh and bright and almost reminds me of a shower gel for men. But after a few minutes, it starts to get warmer with notes of coffee, vanilla and an exceptional sansalwood note. Now THAT IS a real development!
Oh, that Vero Profumo sounds very tempting!
It is very lovely. First it reminds me of a sea breeze, like you can alsmost taste the salt in the air (but not like those typical ocean sport fragrances, mind you!). But at the same time, it has a dry citrus note. After this first impression, it gets warmer but not sweet. That’s the earthy note and something mossy green.
I won the sample at a competition on the Facebook page of Campomarzio70, a perfume shop in Italy. Vero herself wanted to send these samples to 50 lucky people, who should write a short review without any information on the fragrance (no notes, no name etc.). I wrote, that I think that it’s a chypre. And Vero herself wrote to me, that it is indeed a (green) chypre
This sounds fascinating. Definitely going on the to sniff list ASAP
The Vero Profumo sounds like a Must Try combo of my favorite scent traits!
It is indeed a nice combination of very natural smelling notes. Vero Kern uses a high percantage of natural ingredients, this is real quality stuff. Especially the development from fresh citrus sea breeze to warm forest at dawn is remarkable!
Oh, that unnamed Vero Profumo sounds incredible! The only other perfume from VP I’ve tried was Onda, and that… didn’t quite work out for me, but something citrusy and salty will probably coax me back.
Even when Vero’s scents aren’t to my personal taste, I always admire their quality and her mastery of the art. That being said, I think I do need a bottle of Onda EDP, and I definitely want to try this new one! I’d trust her to do a good green chypre.
SOTD is AA Lys Soleia which is quite a nice, straightforward lily with a teensy touch of powderyness (spell-check says it’s not a real word but I’m using it anyway!) and some vanilla in the base. No weirdness of any sort which is to be expected.
I intend to spend the Jubilee weekend doing little other than eating good food and drinking nice wine. I’ve spotted some bunting on our street so I guess there could be a street party happening.
We’ve got some champagne chilling! What do you like in the way of wine, and what treats have you got for eating? We eat corn fritters with salami and Italian tomatoes for lunch, and they were tasty!
Oooh, nice! I’m saving the champagne for my birthday later this month but I do have some NZ sparkling wine and Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Oh and 3 types of cider
Happy birthday in advance!
Mmm, love NZ sauvignon blanc. And happy early birthday!
Good food and nice wine sounds like the makings of a great weekend. Enjoy!
I think so too!
I just got Lys Soleia on your mention! Haven’t had time to give it a full wearing but testing it casually seems like a true-to-life lily frag as you are saying, and the vanilla is appreciated.
Do report back once you get a chance to test it fully. I love real lilies but don’t have much experience with lily fragrances except Vanille Galante and a brief sniff of Baiser Vole….oh and Lys Carmin. This seems the most straightforward of the lot. Nothing lasts on my skin but the lasting power on fabric appears to be decent.
Will do. I forgot about Lys Carmin!
I just want to know why the grass is always greener on the other side! Whatever perfume I wear, I usually wish it was something else, and as soon as I order a sample or bottle, I’m craving another before it has even arrived. Does anyone else suffer from this perfume hyperactivity? I’d like to restrain myself as it is not doing my credit card much good, but I just feel that there is so much that I want to smell.
SOTD some vintage Hermes Amazone. Very green. Very calming, especially for the wonderful exuberance heating up here in the UK for the Jubilee, although the weather is not playing ball.
I would guess that just about everyone here has suffered this type of perfume hyperactivity, or will in the future. I think I am just now starting to calm down on this after several years of wanting to smell everything–and wanting to buy about a quarter of it. The best thing is probably to restrict yourself to samples or small decants. I never really regret buying samples, as even if I don’t like them, I can regard the expense as part of my olfactory education. If you like something quite well, but are not absolutely sure, then go for a small decant, say ~5 ml. It is a small enough amount that it can be used up easily, and if you change your mind about it, you don’t have the guilt of having bought a FB that you don’t use. Don’t buy FBs unless something absolutely blows you away.
That is very good advice, and I will try to be better in the future!
Yeah, definitely been there! Happy to say that other obsessions can easily take over for me, though (better for my wallet, usually). By my (nerdy?) nature, I tend to get really focused on one thing for a while, and then I get sort of satiated with it, and I move on to a new focus. I was where you are at about a year ago, but now I am finding less of a drive to constantly discover. Of course, it helps that I now have quite a nice little collection of scents to move between. Rarely do I feel like nothing I have will suit my mood for the day!
I think you may have hit the nail on the head – I do become quite obsessive about things (although perfume has been my magnificent obsession since I was a little girl); possibly if it wasn’t perfume, it might be something else (shoes?), and at least I always smell good!
Ah yes! And shoes have the disadvantage of often requiring the sacrifice of comfort for style. And I never (rarely?) feel that way about a good perfume!
For me, other obsessions can be certain authors, artists, and often are personal projects–I paint and can get totally absorbed by an art project until it’s complete. Or reorganizing. Or rearranging furniture. Or planning new lessons for my classroom. . . LOL! So many to choose from!
Step No. 1. is recognizing that what you are feeling is a, yes a form of hyperactivity. Separate your implusive feeling from actually wanting a specific scent, or to sniff a scent based upon a particular description or review, and let the impulse pass.
When you really want a scent, ask yourself a couple of questions (1) is this like something I already have? If so, is it really significantly better. (2) Wouldn’t it be better to wait for those special fee shipping or fancy department store beauty event days for a major purchase?
Do you keep your samples and bottles in a single place. If so, pick out a few of the more unusual ones, and place them in a separate drawer or back of the closest. Then,on a day, when you really need something special, or simply a change of pace to get out of a rut (and by rut, I mean the rut of daily existence, not a perfume rut, because how can something designed only to be beautiful be a rut?) go to that back of the closet to chose something to supply that change of pace..
Has anyone tried both the EdP and the EdT of Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier’s Cuir Fetiche? Some friends and I are thinking about splitting a bottle, and though we’ve tried the EdP and loved it, the EdT is something like 120 USD cheaper than the EdP, even if we special-order it from overseas (we’re in California). Now we’re a bit torn. Go big or go home, or take a gamble on the slightly cheaper but probably still amazing version? So – if anyone’s tried both, what do you think?
Yesterday’s SotD was Annick Goutal Neroli. Spring is slipping on in here and I find the scent quiet enough for the office-and-then-symphony crowd I was mucking about with.
Sorry I haven’t, but that’s a big price difference — might be worth getting a sample?
My scores this week: A 3.4 Deneuve EDT, the 40th anniversary Aromatics Elixir pendant, and a cute little 5ml Voyages d’Hermes parfum. Mini version of the packaging. Took me only 20 mins. to figure out how to open it. I had to pull off the metal top with such strength, the bottom flew across the room, thus further limiting my limited edition. Exhaustion and embarrasment have caused this to be my SOTD.
Hermes Voyage jinx! (see below) – this EXACT thing happened to me with my travel bottle the first time I used it and it soaked my hands and my luggage still smells like it. Could be worse
LOL mini L by Lolita Lempicka is also impossible to open and with a plastic net garland and pointy top it’s also incredibly painful to try. I’m not convinced they actually test out these mini designs. Sorry you lost your juice. But congrats on your pendant.
Bvlgari Omnia mini — same thing, but took me even longer. Ack.
Hi all! I just arrived in Beijing, where I’ll be spending the next 2 months, so my question for you is: do any of you world travelers know of any interesting perfume experiences I could have here? I am asking because while I was packing for this trip, piling together tiny-sized versions of my favorite Oppressively-Hot-Weather perfumes, I realized that the Tea Olive solid I got at Hove in New Orleans is one of my favorite souvenirs of all time. I don’t want to miss any similar opportunities here!
Question 2: Am I the only one who gets a cheesy thrill out of the sheer obviousness of wearing Hermes Voyage when I voyage? It just makes me giggle. (Also it seems inoffensive to other passengers, though I haven’t tried the higher concentration yet.)
My Dad lives in China; I can ask him if he has heard of anything.
Oh my. I was in Beijing about 30 years ago and was impressed by all the sites and sounds and smells of that city! Of course, it has probably changed so much since then I wouldn’t recognize it.
One of things that impressed me at the time was the scent of all the hotel soaps being the same — I think maybe it was jasmine. The only quality perfumes I saw were at the duty free shops on our way home. At that time, there were really no cosmetics available for anyone, but I am sure that’s all changed now. Hong Kong, however, had anything that you might want to buy if you cared to bargain for it.
However, there were a lot of really interesting teas and incenses available. Incense was burned just about everywhere, and there were some incredibly lovely fragrances, as well as some that smelled like citronella bug repellant, to keep mosquitoes away.
One of the hotel shops had some teas that were lovely — some so nice that I thought they could be used as sachets!!
Take care of yourself while there — everybody seems to catch upper respiratory infections in Beijing, which could make it difficult to sniff!
Enjoy your stay, it is a fascinating place.
I love Hove! I first bought their Verveine on a trip years ago and now can’t imagine not having a bottle. One sniff andi am immediately back in the French Quarter surrounded by music!
H mentioned something about the World Trade centre, but I think he’s thinking about mainstream fragrances… I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help!
SOTD = OJ Frangipani. SOTE = perhaps the same but may change…I have a lot of samples and I am only willing to try them on weekends in case I can’t stand the smell.
Shopping tip – Lord & Taylor is having its Friends & Family Event June 6 to June 12. Cosmetics and Fragrances are 10% off and you keep using the same F&F coupon for the entire duration of the sale. They have a pretty good selection of fragrances, including a limited selection of Chanel in-store. If you don’t have a paper coupon, you can text SALE to 95555 to get it on your phone (I have never texted to get a coupon so I don’t exactly know how this works).
Cosmetics and fragrances are included in the sale??? That’s amazing. Usually that’s not the case.
Yes! It covers the sales tax…and then some, depending upon where you live. L&T and The Bay / La Baie. (Canada) are owned by the same private investment firm so those in Canada should check out their coupons as well. I try to consolidate my department store make-up & mainstream fragrance purchases when there’s either a gift w/ purchase or %/$ off or in the case of Macy’s, the promotion they’ve had for a number of years where you get 10% of your all purchases back from mid-Sept to 12/31 in the form of a gift card.
I wait for gifts with purchase too. It’s almost as good as a sale.
Excellent deal, thanks!
SOTD is Isfarkand. It’s cold here in London, and windy. We’ve been baking in glorious sunshine for a while, and now it’s gone back to cold and rainy! I wanted something that had a zing of summertime, with some citrus, but also a warmth and depth of woods. This hit the spot. I also wanted something with strength and elegance. Again. Hit the spot.
Nice choice, & sorry you’re having crappy weather!
I am an unashamed Guerlainista: I love all of their perfumes, and often at this time of the year switch to Après l’Ondée. I love the fact that Guerlain is and always has been a perfume house, not a couturier who discovered they couldn’t make enough money selling clothes, and so got an outsider to develop a perfume for them! Furthermore, many of their perfumes are at least a century old, and still stand the test of time. Après l’Ondée, for example, was created in 1906. I love the sheer intemporal nature of that. How many ‘new’ perfumes will still be loved worldwide in 2112? Very few, I think.
However, I have just done the craziest, yet most wonderful thing of my life! I have been to Maison guerlain in Paris and created my own perfume with their experts. That’s right. My OWN. Nobody else will ever own it or be able to discover the formula, AND I got to choose my own Baccarat crystal flacons for this precious nectar, which will be delivered to me on a regular basis. Utter decadence, I know, but I’m afraid I’m not even ashamed!! It’s my pre-retirement gift to myself, and I intend to enjoy every drop!!
Oooohhhh if I was slightly less tired, I’d be clapping my hands excitedly like a schoolgirl (more like a seal, but never mind)!
Congrats! You must be feeling AWESOME I don’t know why but I want to hug you; I suppose your happiness about this is somehow channeling itself through your post to me in Holland
I would say have a great weekend, but I suspect this has made your week!
Oh how wonderful! My my husband and I have been speculating on whne and how we might be able to afford a trip to Paris – and I suppose I should tell him that we’ll need to factor my trips to perfume houses into the expenses! Enjoy the beautiful scent you’ve acquired!
How stupendous! How magnifique!
Please tell us what it smells like! So excited for your new scent.
How wonderful! Congratulations on creating your very own work of art!
That’s the perfumista version of buying a Porche or BMW and then going to Germany to pick it up (my husband’s dream). If we ever get to do that, I’ll see if we can drive to Paris and perhaps I’ll have a bespoke fragrance created!
Thanks to you all for your generosity in sharing my excitement!! I’m still pinching myself to think that I plucked up the courage to do it!!
A word of warning though. A BMW is probably cheaper than my crazy (but lovely) doings at Maison Guerlain. Also, because of the time you have to spend (or, rather they have to spend with you :-)), you must contact Sylvie Delacourte well in advance, and – this is the embarrassing bit – it costs around $40,000 to complete the process of designing your own perfume. BUT, like I said it’s my retirement pressie to myself, AND it means I have to drive my eleven-year-old car for a bit longer!!! Having said all that, if you are a bit mad like me, and have been saving for a while: Go for it! It’s a truly great, if rather selfish, experience! Thanks again for sharing my happiness! Jenny, xx
SOTD is SSS Vintage Rose. I’m testing the new and improved version for Laurie. So far, so good.
Just received some wonderful beeswax candles from Candle Bee Farm (not affiliated), and talk about a gorgeous scent. Certainly not room scenting but lovely up close. candlebeefarm.com
30 degrees cooler here this weekend than it was last! Crazy!!
Have a great weekend all.
LOVE the smell of beeswax! I have a small roller-ball of DSH Lush Honey (discontinued, I think?), and when I want that smell, I reach for it. And beeswax candles burn so nicely!
I love Vintage Rose, my favorite from SSS. How would you say the new version compares to the original?
Janice, since the version I’m testing isn’t the final version yet, I’ll wait to make the comparison. I’ve learned that the scents can change quite a bit by the final mod. All beautiful though!
Hi Everyone….well it is a low-humidity day in my neck of NC with temps at 70f….just glorious outside! So what am I doing? Trolling ebay and buying vintage Avon scents from my youth….I ordered a bottle of Soft Musk and Sweet Honesty and threw in a bottle of vtg Love’s Baby Soft for good measure. I want to see if they smell like they do in my memory ;). I really do need to get out more…
That sounds like something I would do for fun on a weekend. Those scents are fun to have around for those little trips down memory lane.
What fun! Hope they live up to the memories.
Just received a whole bunch of samples from a niche perfume company here in Holland with samples from people I’ve never heard of (or maybe they’re not niche and I’m just a noob); I’v made two conclusions: I do NOT like Parfum d’Empire’s Osmantus Interdite (nauseating!!), and Francis Kurkdjian’s Lumiere Noire (I ordered a sample pack with 5 of his scents) is just another Amouage Lyric on me. Like it, but don’t love it.
Also, the SO has fallen hard for Amouage Lyric for men, and I find it sickeningly sweet and creamy. I fear that me introducing him to scents (he has been testing a new scent every day) may lead us to homelessness.
Hope all of you are having a great weekend!
I fear we all may be in danger of homelessness due to our little hobby! But how fun to have an SO to share it with.
I know! I keep catching him smelling his arm It makes me slightly uncomfortable though; keep thinking WHAT HAVE I STARTED?! lol
Oh, no doubt -you’ve created a monster!
Today I’m wearing Sienne l’Hiver by Eau d’Italie. It’s a little cool here on the coast, so the marine layer has got me craving crisp wintry scents. I was super excited when I came across a bottle of this for $30 at a local sidewalk sale the other day (originally $140). It was on my wish list (admittedly, a little lower down than other frags), but when I saw it at that price, I knew I had to have it.
I also snagged a discounted bottle of Hermes Eau des Merveilles, which I’ve been coveting for years. I can’t help but think I smell pretty darn fabulous when I wear it. Surprisingly few fragrances make me feel that way.
And to think I recently vowed not to buy any more perfume until I’ve gone through my sample pile. Sigh. I only have so much control, you know? Plus, these have been my only perfume purchases this year thus far (excluding a few samples). I love how I try to rationalize my perfume purchases.
Congratulations on your great deals! You smell fabulous!
And resistance is futile.
It’s hard to resist a really good sale. Congrats on your good buys.
Love Eau des Merveilles! It’s so versatile, yet has held my interest for a couple of years now. Congratulations on the good bargain.
It’s hot here today, but not as bad as it will be! Like several of you, OJ’s Frangipani was my SOTD. Dos anyone know when the new Kieko Mercheri will be available for sampling?
That was 3 of us wearing the OJ yesterday! Sorry I don’t know about the KM, but I want to smell it too.
Everyone mentioning OJ, as well as the frequent links to OJ scents that keep “popping up” in different blogs I’m reading, are telling me this might be a sign….
*goes to look for samples*
It’s still one of my favorite lines
I just ordered the samples – unfortunately there’s male scents too, so the monster I’m creating out of my bf will get worse!
Random comment: did anyone see the winning word from this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee finals was “Guetapens”? Yay Guet Apens! If only I owned Guet Apens.
I have long coveted that in the cobalt lantern bottle, but alas, the price is too steep if/when I can even find it anymore. I *am* lucky enough to have a good amount of Attrape Coeur thanks to Daisy, the Empress of Enabling.
I saw that!
There was also a perfume category on Jeopardy (on Monday, I think). It involved a couple of Paris Hilton’s offerings, Opium, Grey Flannel, Poison (I think), and I can’t remember the fifth one.
Is J. de Pozo’s Halloween (the original, not any of the flankers) similar in any way, shape, or form to Mugler’s Eau de Star? I’ve located a small bottle of Halloween at a discounter, and am contemplating purchasing it for my mother as a replacement for her empty bottle of Eau de Star, but there’s no way for me to test Halloween before purchase (it’s being sold in an anti-theft plastic box). Eau de Star always struck me as being an aquatic floral, and having read that Halloween is an aquatic floral, I’m hoping there’s some similarity.
All I can say is that Hallowe’en is super-calonic and should be called something like “First day on the beach”…
I believe you can purchase a sample of Halloween from Scented Monkey (scentmonkey dot com). I’m not affiliated with the company.
This is very random but I thought I’d ask for advice…
After just trying Cologne pour le Soir (Francis Kurkdjian) and dying of love, and remembering Amouage Memoir all through-out, I’ve started figuring out that something about this dark smokiness that seems almost home-like, draws me in.
Are there any other scents out there that anyone would recommend; that mix of smoke with a warm sweetness? Not tooooo much smoke as in Yosh Sombre Negra, as that makes me smell like I just got burned.
It’s been discontinued but you may find it in a decant or someone may still have a bottle available but L’Artisan Tea for Two has a sweet smoky quality. The first time I smelled it I had a cold and all I got was smoke but once my nose was back to normal I got the sweetness so I’m not sure if it might be too smoky for you.
Thanks, I’ll look for it at PerfumedCourt!
Le Labo Patchouli 24! Like many Le Labo fragrances, the name is misleading. It’s a gorgeous smokey fragrance with sweet undertones (not so much a patchouli fragrance).
Very warm and comforting.
Exactly the mood I want! I’ll check it out, thanks
I second both Fireside Intense and Patch 24. Also, Chanel Sycomore is very smokey on me.
So many to check out! :O
Try some of the Sonoma Scent Studio perfumes: Fireside Intense, Incense Pure and maybe Winter Woods (more sweet, less smoke).
On their page now; thank you!
The first thing I thought of was Breath of God by Gorilla Perfume for Lush. I haven’t actually tried it (it’s on my autumn wishlist), but from what I’ve heard it’s a smokey sweet scent – kind of like an October afternoon in the leaves. Plus, it’s cheap (always a good thing.)
Hmm, I’ll look for it. Thanks!
SOTD: Traversee du Bosphore, and then Bottega Veneta for evening. Both are favourites.
We are scent sisters today! I am wearing TdB, also! (It is still daytime, here, so no SOTE, yet!) I don’t wear it often, but I enjoy it every time I do! It feels comfortable and friendly and still individual, which are all good qualities, in my book!
I totally agree in all of that. Enjoy it!
I totally agree in all of that. Enjoy it!
My Mac is playing games on me. I did not intend to post the same message twice.
It is afternoon here in Norway, and my 5-year old son and I are getting ready for his girlfriends birthday party. He smells lovely of just himself (and a hint of Burts Bees shampoo for kids), I am wearing just a drop of NR For Her. Have a beautiful day, all you wonderful perfumistas out there
Sotd Eau de Gloire – last bit drained from the sample in the sample set I got from Parfum d’Empire. Luckily, my eBay score of 100 mm just arrived on the doorstep…
Lovely, sunny, breezy day here in Chicagoland – perfect after having to wear a down vest on June 1…
A down vest in June! That is just wrong.
That PdE sample set is such a deal! I ended up buying several FBs (not all at once!) after sampling.
SOTD is DSH Le Smoking. My husband had ordered it for me as a birthday gift, but I’d had a rough week and he thought I could use a nice surprise. I absolutely love it (and him).
The perfume gods seem to be smiling upon me, because last week I went in a local antiques shop and found vintage minis of Schiaparelli Shocking, Gres Cabochard, YSL Y, and Lancome Magie Noire. The Magie Noire was a revelation — I hate the current version but have found that I love the old stuff. There wasn’t a lot left in the bottle of Shocking, but it seems to have held up well. And Cabochard — words fail me, in a good way.
The best part? $5 a pop.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Love Shocking – it’s what my mother wore. I hope to try YSL Y sometime soon. Sounds like a treasure trove, Emily.
I’d never tried Shocking before I found this bottle, and oh man is it a great scent. Your mother must have had terrific taste! Haven’t taken the Y for a substantial test drive yet.
Last year, I saw a vintage bottle of Shocking for sale at an estate sale, and I regret not purchasing it! I didn’t know it by reputation at the time, so I didn’t even give it a sniff. (I *did* buy a bottle of Mitsouko and a bottle of Shalimar, which I do not regret!)
I don’t think it gets much better than finding old Guerlains on the cheap.
Congrats on your haul, I’m green with envy! I have the teensiest sample of vintage Cabochard and it’s incredible, like a slightly less sadistic sister of Bandit.
Haha! Great description, Abyss.
That’s fantastic. What a great score! Magie Noire and Cabochard are absolute classics for good reasons.
All the more pity that the current versions are so lackluster. I know that some people do enjoy the new Magie Noire, but I haven’t heard anything good about the current Cabochard.
Oh, I adore Shocking. Lucky you! I’m always in antique markets, auctions, etc., because of my profession as an antiques dealer, but have not come across that one yet. I have, however, come across a vintage Chanel Gardenia in a tattered old presentation box.
I’m assuming from the presentation box that it was extrait? In any case, great find!
So jealous. Everyone is finding some good deals this weekend.
That was only the second time I’d found anything resembling a good vintage stash in a shop. I worry that all the good old stuff is going to be snatched up before too long.
Lucky you! Congratulations on your fabulous finds. And happy (early?) birthday!
Thanks, Rapple! Birthday’s not until the end of July, but I’m open to perfume gifts year-round
lol! You sound like me. My birthday is mid-July and I’ve already bought myself a birthday present. Not perfume though!
Ooh, what is it? And thank you for reminding me that I can start rationalizing FB purchases as early birthday gifts to myself!
I’m going to have to start haunting some antiques shops and markets for perfume, I’ve decided. It sounds as if you’ve found some real treasures!
I have a friend who regularly hits up estate sales, and I’ve been tempted to give her a shopping list. Or I could start getting up at 7 on Saturdays … nah.
Thanks, all! It’s been a lot of fun trying the vintage stuff. I’m afraid I’ll have to start trolling eBay for vintage Cabochard once my mini is gone.
I highly recommend Le Smoking for anyone who likes dry, smoky green chypres. DSH threw in samples of a couple of the other scents from the YSL series, and I can’t wait to try those.
When Angela reviewed White Diamonds over a year ago now I commented that I really didn’t like it. I decided to revisit White Diamonds yesterday and to my great surprise found that I liked it, although not really my style. I am really astounded at how much my nose has developed in a year. A fragrance that I found way too floral and soapy now smells quite pleasant. Amazing!
That’s part of the fun of this perfume hobby–it evolves and never gets boring!
SOTD–vintage Emeraude cologne (in the prettily shaped bottle with the lucite gem-shaped cap). This is oh-my-god fabulous on me. Why hadn’t I even considered sampling this before?So cozy with it raining outside right now. This joins Inoui and White Shoulders as loves from my ebay win of a large vintage perfume lot.
Am going to NY for a day trip on Wed, and depending on how well I do with cash tips through Tues, I may be buying myself something new. Am currently leaning towards Le Labo Labdanum18 or Equistrius….
Have fun in NYC, and do come back and tell us what you buy!
Bought a Memoire Liquides Vacances perfume&lotion set unsniffed for $30 – think no one in Canada knows about the brand, and I’d barely heard of it myself. It is quite pleasant in a suntan lotion way, if not my usual style.
Good price! Don’t think they’re that big here either, although Nordstrom just picked up the line.
The samples of Forest Walk are up on the Sonoma Scent Studio site now, and I just ordered a mini spray. It sounds so interesting, and I am hoping I really like it. Her last one, Nostalgie, was just not me. All her scents are really well-done and high quality, though, whether they work for me or not.
Roses – Forest Walk is pretty different from Nostalgie, so it may very well work for you. I thought Nostalgie was very feminine with the mimosa whereas Forest Walk is definitely cool, forest-y and unisex. Let us know what you think!
Perfume question: Has anyone tried the Diorella deodorant sprays that are always floating around ebay for pretty reasonable prices? If so, what did you think? And does anyone know if they are vintage? I tried the current perfume and really liked the opening, but found the drydown a bit disappointing – it was kind of pale and soapy.
Unrelated to that, I’ve worn OJ Woman and Une Rose Chypree this weekend. For some reason the first couple of times I tried Tauer’s roses I couldn’t smell them properly. I just got this weird buzzing chemical floral. Third time’s the charm, and this week I retried them and they just opened for me perfectly. My favourite is Une Rose Chypree – it is one of the most gorgeous things I’ve ever smelled.
Can’t help with the Diorella deodorants, tho’ I have often wondered about them. Like you, I am okay with the current Diorella but find it that the diffusion and longevity are not great. I have a whopping 100 mll bottle so I should perhaps use it more lavishly.
Love URC too. I’m living on samples but have started calculating howe long it might take to save up for a FB. I try and follow Tania Sanchez’s advice: if you love somenting, buy it.
Greece & YSL Kouros 2008 summer edition :))
Not sure yet what my SOTD for today is going to be. My sinuses are hating me for inhaling a lot of dust at a music festival yesterday (Free Press Summer Fest in Houston – at which I was wearing a little something I like to call Bloque du Soleil :P.. and a little Niki de Saint Phalle until I sweated it off). The prevailing fragrance of the day (everyone was wearing it!) was Eau du Festival des Musiques: a dusty blend with top notes of a suntan lotion accord and booze, with a heart of tobacco and cannabis and barbecue smoke that lasts well into the decidedly animalic drydown.
You paint such an appealing picture! (Or the olfactory equivalent thereof!)
Great description! You are a true perfumista to categorize such diverse smells as perfume!
SOTD Jubilation 25. Predictable, I know
Aw, thanks, Rapple. I hope Her Majesty would approve! The weather’s been pretty rubbish here so this worked really well regardless.
My SOTD will probably be L’eau de Chloé. I’ve decided that I love it, and it’s ease of wear. Perfect for grocery shopping!
Somewhat related note: I had a scenterrific birthday this past week. A package from my parents came in the mail with a bottle of above-mentioned L’eau de Chloé, a bottle of Kelly Calèche, and an old bottle of my Grandma’s Chanel No. 5 Voile de Parfum (though I have no idea what concentration that actually is.) Plus tons of samples. And! My partner bought me The Little Book of Perfumes by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. LOVE! My wishlist just keeps getting longer and longer and longer. I’m rapidly learning that in perfume, there never really is “the one”, is there?
SOTD is AG Vanille Exquise, IMO a very under-appreciated fragrance.
Yesterday’s SOTD was Lush 25:43, and I’ve decided that will definitely be my next FB purchase.
Today’s SOTD is Balmain’s La Mome, which just about no one but me liked. Feminine + vintage in feel +pretty floral equals discontinued. Ah, well, my 50ml bottle will last a good long time.
Hello everyone! New to the board, I enjoy the reviews and all the information about fragrance. Yesterday I wore L’Artisan L’Eau de L’Artisan. Today I am wearing Tam Dao, obsessed! I wish it lasted on my skin longer though :-T
Welcome, sugarvenom! I also like Tam Dao, but it is so fleeting on me.
About 10 days ago I was sitting in an airport about 2 am perusing Ebay and found one heckuva buy. I got a full size bottle of Lost March Lann Ael for $27.00! It was one of those situations where the seller received a gift she didn’t ‘get’ and thus undervalued it. One of those right place right time things. It arrived on Saturday, so I am wearing it happily today (Monday).