Another Monday...do tell us your fragrance of the day!
I'm wearing Le Labo Lys 41 on one arm, and Le Labo Vanille 44 on the other.
Reminder: this Friday, 10/17, wear one of the perfumes included in Michael Edwards' Perfume Legends (I've added a complete list at the end of the book review), or wear any fragrance from 1992 or before.
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.
I love Vanille 44! Still have not tried Lys…
I’m wearing Iris Nazarena, which is actually another good fall incense.
Lys is really pretty…I’d like a travel size. And yes, IN is perfect
Robin I’d be curious to hear how you’re liking Vanille 44 today–still as good as when you reviewed it in ’08?
Off-topic but I’d been meaning to ask you also–I think you had mentioned having had En Passant bottles turn. Do you happen to recall how long they lasted? I’m eying a travel set (motivated by a sense that En Passant will prob be on the reformulation chopping block for new allergen regulations.) But at my present rate, it’ll take me three or four years to use them all. I’d keep the unsprayed ones in the fridge, but maybe it’s really just not something that can be hoarded?
Would love to hear also from anyone else who can weigh in on how long their En Passant bottles lasted!
SOTD AA Herba Fresca, not ready to say goodbye to summer (or hello to Monday!)
Ha, I’ll stick with summer Thursdays too!
Both excellent Le Labo selections – I was in an vanilla mood yesterday and had a tiny dab of SL Bois de Vanille on my wrist.
Today I’m in the original Omnia – in a training class and wanted something subtle. It’s way too hot in this room with all the people and the equipment. I feel sillage wafting.
You smell great! And 40% of the people in the room can’t smell you anyway!
I wish I had bought Omnia when it was still $39.99 at Nordstrom Rack. How could I have known they would replace it with Omnia Crystalline??
I know! I got suckered into buying Amethyst which is ok (I like the opening notes but not so fond of the afer-musk) but really prefer the original which is great on its own and for layering!
I may need to start searching for a backup bottle. It’s hard to tell how much I have left but I’m pretty certain I’m at the half-way point. Plus, my bottle shoots out fragrance like a squirt gun so it goes quickly.
I am wearing Pacifica’s Tibetan Mountain Temple. Big mistake since both my city manager and the mayor came in to discuss things happening at work. Just a little overpowering freshly applied.
Oops….but love that one!
At least you smelled tranquil and contemplative!
I’m wearing a sample of Michael Kors Sporty Citrus… not liking this one.
I tried those quickly on blotters but did not commit to skin.
Extra waiting rooms & appointments today as escort for my mom. A little bit of theorema and some ancient resins in my hair. No one could object to that, could they?
Just realizing I don’t think I got an email back from you? Or did I misfile it?
Eep. I somehow missed that! & didn’t even know i won. It’s been a crazy month. I will find your email and/or you can use the one associated with my account…
I did send you an email as well…do make sure the email address in your account here is correct!
Found it in my spam folder and wrote you back…
I’m wearing Kiki which I have wanted to try for years and, it turns out, I don’t like it. Unfortunately it reminds me of the smell of a friend’s bathroom — possibly the smell of their kitty litter.
Did not work for me either.
Once I made the cat litter association I really could not deal. Scrubbed it off and put on some Third Man instead.
Would you like to swap it? I didn’t get a chance to test it properly but I think I’ll like it.
Undina, I would happily pass it on, but there was only 1 wear worth in the sample! If I come across more, I’ll happily send it to you.
Yesterday was L’Heure Bleue and today is probably going to be no 22 or commando since I’m so annoyed with the current state of perfume in general.
Are you objecting a sheer number of not interesting releases? I’m asking because I do not think percent-wise there is less good perfumes being released. It’s just that too many perfumes are released in general.
I work in retail and come into lot of people wearing perfume. it hit me a couple days ago that there are too many releases and most of them don’t smell good. Don’t get me started on men’s perfumes, they haven’t smelled all that great in while.
Exultat wasn’t appropriate in the heat and humidity of summer when I bought it, but today is good weather for it
Wearing EM Escentric 02, for a fizzy earthy G&T scent is surprisingly adaptable. Cool and refreshing when it needs to be, and on a day like today, which is horribly rainy and cold, fizzy and warm (who knew?). Wanted to love Lys41, but I just have to accept I cannot do lily in a any form – and it’s way more lily than tuberose and vanilla on me.
Wearing Rochas Femme. The cumin is so much more noticeable in the Fall/Winter. Absolutely adore it. Unisex for sure.
I have PG Bois Blond on today. It’s a nice scent for a cloudy, cool day. (That’s what the weather is like where I am.)
Today is Amyris on one arm and then ode a la vanille Shalimar on the other-couldn’t pick if I wanted bright fragrance or a deep one
Wearing Andy Tauer’s Sotto La Luna Gardenia and loving how soft, green and earthy it is. Shout out to Andy for his great customer service: I ordered a sample from him, along with his Rose Flash. The sample arrived smashed, and when I informed him, he sent me a whole tin of samples – 2 of Sotto La Luna, and 3 additional scents, and a handwritten card saying sorry for the broken sample. Wow. That’s the kind of thing that makes for loyal customers.
Such a great scent
Wow – thanks for sharing, that is seriously great customer service!
Andy’s customer service is FAB.
Well, I think I def need to put on some L’Air du désert now! Andy is the best.
SOTD is chanel No 22. I’m revisiting some samples I had dismissed, now that I have a more developed appreciation of perfume. Still not into it. I get flat cola. This makes me happy though – I don’t need another bottle on my wish list and it makes me feel better about the perfumes I do love.
Ha! Cola! That’s what I smell in No. 22. It’s a little fizzy for me at first which I like. But later it gets too green/tart for me, maybe that’s the vetiver.
Thanks for mentioning the cola. That’s been rattling around in my brain for a long time. Now I can let it go.
Armani Prive myrrh imperiale
That’s good stuff
Chanel Allure this morning. For me this is a return to the ‘before times’ when I only had 2 perfumes. Ah, the olden days…
I think I remember reading that Michael Edwards was going to be doing a book about American feminine fragrances, but nothing seems to have come of that?
Yes, it’s been rumored for years! No idea if we’ll see it.
I work at a university and we’re on fall break (well, faculty and students are anyway), so I get to sit alone in my office, stinking all day with Lush Breath of God.
When I was in grad school, I looooved the weeks all the undergrads were gone
Haha, do it up!
Spending the month of October in the South of France and I received a lovely gift. An afternoon perfume making class in Grasse at Galimard.
Seated at a perfume organ containing a hundred or so essences – everything from civet, to opoponax, a few types of jasmine, all kinds of sandalwood, rose, muguet, various musks, and plenty of other perfume accords, – and given a quick tutorial on how the fragrance would be composed (from the base notes to the top notes, “like a house, start with a solid foundation first”, I was told) My finished scent, an edp contains 14 notes (including aldehydes, lemon zest, bergamot, jonquil, tuberose, jasmine, ylang and sandalwood).
All the students, about a dozen of us, all left with a large (100 ml) bottle of our creation and were advised to wait 2 weeks for the formula to settle, before wearing it. Not sure I’ll make it that long!
At about $60, it was a wonderful experience to have. If you’re ever in the region, it’s worth checking out!
Comment sent from my mobile! Please excuse any typos! Just had to share!
AMAZING!! So glad you did share! What a cool experience. Definitely looking forward to more when you get to wear it.
That sounds like an awesome experience. So jealous that I’m not in France making perfume…
This is sooo cool! Looking forward to hearing about your scent after it ages a bit.
That sounds like an awese experience! Can’t wait to hear about your scent.
You had me at ‘a month in the south of France’
The perfume making class sounds amazing and definitely bucket list worthy.
Oh. My. Gosh! The whole month?! In the South of France?! Making a perfume?!
WOW! Sounds like a dream come true- Hope you enjoy every single minute of it!
Being here for so long is indeed a luxury but I saved up my yearly allotment and took one extended trip. So this was a year in the making!!!
Without even a single spray, I received a compliment. Someone approaching our car when the window opened, commented on it and asked what it was. My partner had to explain to her in French where we were and what she was likely smelling.
I’ll probably wait just a week before I give it a true wearing and I’ll be sure to report back!
Oh darn! Ok…an important detail I left out: Galimard lets you name your scent (mine is called “Untitled” because I couldn’t think of anything else! ) assigns a unique formula number to your creation and keeps your formula on file. To re-order your scent, just refer to your formula number (it’s also printed on the bottle’s label for you!) and they can send you another bottle of edp, edt, or scented shower gel!
What a treat! There’s a place in San Diego that offers something like this (blend your own experience, reorders available), but I discovered it the evening before I was set to leave, so I couldn’t partake. But to do it in the “perfume capital of the world” would be grand!
Wow, sounds so great!
It sounds wonderful! I think I’d pay that much just to have an opportunity to smell/test all the materials for a couple of hours, I don’t even need to create a perfume.
WOW. I haven’t previously been much tempted to try making perfume…but that does sound so fun!! (And the notes for your scent sound amazing, now I want to smell it!) What else are you doing with your month in the south?
Doing? Ha! Mostly nothing! Enjoying being close to the sea, as I’m in a small port village called Frejus. Needed some time away from the hustle of NYC….. I love to sleep in, walk the beach and just….be.
Tomorrow we’re actually taking a train up to Paris for 3 days, so that should be good times. Haven’t been there in about 4 years and I’m looking forward to being there again.
What a set of great experiences–a month in the south of France AND the perfume making. Enjoy!
SOTD: Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Bottega Veneta for men
Needed something cozy for this cool day, so I put on The One by D&G.
Volutes edt, Dabbed from a sample. Thus and the Eau Duelle edp are on my FB wish list. Will survive off my samples until after a million other non perfume purchases are made. Or Christmas, whichever comes first
I love the Volutes edt and I bought a small bottle before my sample was even completed. There is something wonderful about the acrid edginess to this that I really love! Hope you have a FB in hand soon =)
I really like Volutes EdT – it’s a great scent for both hot and cold weather.
I’m wearing that today as well, scent twin! I have about one more application left in my sampler. Not sure if I will get a decant or not. But it was pretty much perfect on a rainy/overcast day.
Today is a Manoumalia day because the weather is a tad grey, not cold but chillier, and I just cannot accept that summer is over. One of the greats.
Summer is still kicking where I’m from- mid 90’s today!! I will waft a little warm humid air your way, along with sunshine, which is blasting down to the 10th power =)
Thanks you! I need it.
You smell fantastic!
I noticed on Luckyscent that the bottle has been redesigned (the fragrance suited the purple- now it’s brown) and the price has gone up. Significantly. :-/
Hope they haven’t messed with the juice.
Today I’m wearing Lolita Lempicka Eau Masculine. I still haven’t tried Lys 41 but am off to pick up my decant of Benjoin 19 today. Yay! I can’t wait to try it.
Doing a little sampling today of SSS Champagne de Bois. I just love the name of this but haven’t yet been able to move from a smear on my wrist to full on application. It’s a strong scent for me although I do like it.
It’s pretty wafty. I like it too, although I’ve noticed that my small bottle seems to be sweeter every time I wear it. Don’t know why, or if I am simply imagining it.
It is EXTREMELY strong. I over applied the first time I wore it (6 sprays, sure, why not), and haven’t had the courage to put it on again.
WOW! 6 sprays of a SSS fragrance?! I have to be very careful of my trigger finger when applying any SSS because they are incredibly powerful and long lasting- plus I usually spray down around the belly button area. They are wonderful high quality fragrances that I absolutely love, but have to be very judicious when spritzing.
Then my sample should last a good long time…
SOTD is Kelly Caleche from a sample with a swap buddy. I like it but I don’t love it. So far, nothing has topped PdE Cuir Ottoman as far as leathers go.
I have a sample if Knize Ten and a bottle of SL Daim Blonde, but find Cuir Ottoman softer, rounder and overall just much more luxurious than any other leather I’ve tried so far, including the original Bottega Veneta.
Cuir Ottoman is much more “lived in” than these other leathers and although it feels less civilized, it is much more interesting and “human,” if that makes any sense.
Happy Monday (although I realize that’s an oxymoron!) to all =)
Have you tried Tom Ford’s Tuscan Leather? LM Parfums’ Hard Leather? These two are for “less civilized” experience. More refined will be Chanel Cuir de Russie and Cuir de Lancôme – but, most likely, these you’ve tried.
Haven’t tried any TF fragrance- There is something about the brand that seems to turn me off (might be the prices!). I have really had to make a commitment to try to avoid perfumes that are out of my budget. Never mind the fact that I sampled and loved Onda VdE! Totally Out of the Budget
Decants are always an option which I DO take advantage of. But if I find “true perfume love” that makes a FB a must, I would rather my dollars go to a smaller independent perfumer/company. Hope that doesn’t sound pompous or snotty, but I’m pretty sure Tom Ford could care less if I bought any of his paraphernalia.
I would much rather my perfume funds go to companies like SSS, Tauer, En Voyage, etc (Not affiliated with anyone!). Even Malle or Lutens, because I feel that the craft and art of perfume is the driving force behind the brand, as opposed to TF, which I feel is all about the profit. I think smaller companies DO care who buys and want that sale to be a success for the customer, as well as for their own company. Just my opinion and hope it doesn’t come off as a rant
I haven’t tried the Chanel or Lancôme leathers yet, but am hoping to soon, just a matter of hunting down samples.
Oh, and forgot to say I had never heard of Hard Leather and went directly to Google it and read a review that made my jaw drop! I may have to seek out a sample of this one too, just to experience it! Thanks much for the suggestions =)
Cuir Ottoman smells great! I also like Knize Ten, Daim Blond, Cuir de Russie and a number of other leathers very much, but they are generally a bit more demanding. Cuir Ottoman is one of the few perfumes I wish I’d bought in 100 ml rather than 50 ml.
“a bit more demanding” is a perfect description! I feel like Daim Blonde and Bottega Veneta are like “high maintenance” people, and Cuir Ottoman is the “low maintenance” gal who’s always ready for a dose of fun, with a little naughty on the side!
I needed a little inner zen today, so I reached for Peace Comes From Within from Sarah Horowitz. This is such a calming and nurturing skin scent, I like to pull it out when I know I’m expecting a rough day.
AP L’Agent on a rainy afternoon.
Chilly, foggy morning here today, so I reached for Gucci EDP and am in a cuminy, orange-blossomy cloud of goodness at my desk. Not sure what I’ll wear for Perfume Legends Friday, but in looking over the list I see that I’ve been something of a perfumista way longer than I thought – I wore Anaïs Anaïs and Byzance in my 20’s and early 30s, with absolutely no idea anyone classified them as legendary.
SOTD = Amouage Lyric Woman
…. From a generous perfumista, you know who you are. I did not want to overwhelm anyone so underapplied. Next time, I will add one more spritz for good measure. I smell great! FBW!
It is!!! I really-really like Lyric (but you’re not surprised, right?). Such a beautiful rose!
It only improves with another spray! You smell amazing.
Scent of the moment is Ormonde Jayne Tolu. This does not agree with my skin at all, in any way. Fortunately, today’s a holiday and I’m home, so I can put something else on the other wrist.
I didn’t like Tolu much when I tried it first but then I re-tested it in a colder weather and liked it enough to buy a travel spray of it. Maybe it’ll work for you this way as well (purchase is optional )?
Spicebomb on my neck and Baiser Volé on the wrists. Great combo, Spicebomb is such a layerable perfume!
Wearing Philosophy Falling in Love. A sweet sweet blackberry. It’s finally cool enough that it isn’t smothering me.
I’ve heard they changed the formulation and recent versions is different. I’ve an older bottle and it
….it is a nice comfort scent.
THe sun just NOW came out, at 2:36 pm. It’s been cloudy/chilly up to now… perfect for the lovely Shalimar Light.
I’m wearing Cuir de Lancome today. It felt right for the nasty weather we’ve been having today.
Sorry, that was supposed to be a reply to sweetgrass and her Cuir de Lancome.
Haha– somehow that was very clear just from the MMMM
wearing a favorite discontinued, Jil Sander Sun
I’m wearing Tauer Perfumes L’Air du desert marocain. It was a mistake. I don’t mean that I don’t like it (I do and own a small bottle) but I was thinking of Une Rose Vermeille when I applied it. I didn’t mix the bottles, I was reading what I was applying – I just wasn’t realizing what I was doing until the first spritz. And after perfume touches your skin there’s not much you can do when it comes to Tauer’s perfumes. Good thing I like L’Air du desert marocain as well. But I wanted Une Rose Vermeille…
I don’t think I’ve done that exactly, but I have often put something on, only to realize that I really wanted something else. SIGH. And you’re right, not much you can do about Andy’s until they wear off, or at least to the point where you can knock it down with some unscented TIde.
I’m familiar with that feeling but making a actual mistake, not just misjudging my desires, was a new experience for me. I think it should be similar to what people feel when instead of water they take a sip of an alcoholic beverage (or vice versa).
I hate when that happens. No matter how much you like the mistaken perfume, it’s going to be annoying when the nose was set on something else.
I did want that sweet rose candy. I could smell it before I put it on. That’s why the disappointment was so strong. Oh well.
After Robin’s post on Autumn Incenses, I decided to try CdG Black on a warm day. It was actually pretty good. I tend to think of it as a ‘warm’ scent because it does have a smoky barbecue sweetness, but actually the spices together with the licorice keeps it fresh at the same time!
For my lazy evening at home I have on some Mugler’s cologne.
Hiram Green Moon Bloom today. I love it! Tuberose, jasmine, and ylang-ylang, blended so well. Longevity is pretty good so far, five hours and I can still smell it.
I’m wearing Ashoka today. Such a nice leathery fig for autumn!
Ashoka is the only perfume from the brand for which I do not have at least a travel bottle and now I’m sad because it grew on me over time.
And it’s the only one from the line that I have (though I’d love some Bombay Bling and Mohur Extrait).
Ooh snap! I’m wearing Lys 41 too! (although it’s now Tuesday morning here).
SOTD for Monday was Noontide Petals, which I’ve realised I’m not that keen on. The base or ‘Tauerade’ that Andy uses bothers me in some of his fragrances, like Une Rose Vermeille and this one
Ambre Nue in the arvo.
I didn’t care much for Noontide Petals either, and sometimes I don’t like that common base – but it seemed different to me in URV, which I *do* like.
I agree with you: for me these two are very different (talking about the “base”).
Wearing one spritz of Jour d’Hermes in my décolletage (because I couldn’t bear to go commando) and about eight different things on my arms. I went to the mall this afternoon to do some sniffing and score some samples, since I won’t be able to spend anything on non-gift perfume until after Christmas. Armani Si has improved with time, and something smells amazing on my right forearm, possibly Lush Breath of God, although I’m pretty sure I put something else on that spot earlier. (Lush just opened here, and they only had a handful of solid perfumes. Lust is indeed an indolic jasmine powerhouse, to such an extent that I chickened out and didn’t try it on skin.) Nest Indigo smelled great but faded fast. And my Nordstrom finally got Diptyque! And, like, all of them! Tam Dao, which I’d been dying to try, had that unfortunate rubbing-alcohol note, so I ended up with samples of Eau Moheli and Volutes (the edp, although a discussion above reminded me that people seem to prefer the edt–oops). I also got the new Jo Malone, and Nectarine Blossom and Honey, because Scents from Above (maybe? or nozknoz? Jeez, I’m even terrible with names online) loves it so much. The very nice Nordy’s SA also gave me a couple of unsolicited samples, including Viva La Juicy, that will probably go to my 21-year-old cousin in Iowa. And Sephora seems to have codified a three-sample limit, and now has a cute little cardboard sleeve for them. Anyway, a good day. Happy Monday, unironically!