Hope everyone is having a lovely Wednesday so far. Do tell us your fragrance of the day!
I'm still on a roll with perfumer Olivia Giacobetti — today, I'm wearing my old friend L'Eau de L'Artisan, from 1993.
Reminder: this Friday, 13 March, we're doing Old School Niche: wear a perfume from L'Artisan Parfumeur, Diptyque or Frederic Malle. Double bonus points if the fragrance was released before 2010!
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2015, where I'll try to always have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance.
Note: top image is Green Crayons [cropped] by Randen Pederson at flickr; some rights reserved.
Field Notes from Paris on my scarf which I am wearing all day…some fragrances I prefer on clothing and this is one of them. The scent continuously wafts up to my nose!
Love that one. Never tried it on clothing, I should.
Totally off topic but I went to the SSS website to peruse the new design of it and noticed that Sienna Musk is now a “retired” scent as wel as Velvet Rose….yikes!
Bummer, never got to try those.
Velvet Rose? Oh no!!
Don’t panic! I checked again and it is Rose Volupte that is in the “archives” collection….sorry, my mistake!
Phew! Thanks for checking.
I also prefer that one on clothing!:). Smelling good.
Another day and another Giacobetti L’Artisan for me too! This time the lovely, creamy rose and saffron combination that is Safran Troublant.
I could apparently do a whole week of old school Olivia Giacobetti niche
I could do a week and a half of Giacobetti L’Artisan!
She’s just fantastic at what she does….
I don’t love Giacobetti overall but I sure do love Safran Troublant. I went through phases where each of the three Epices was my favourite before I settled on ST.
I still have to try Piment Brulant, but I love Poivre too
Ooh love saffron troublant and all of her scents i’ve tried so far! They don’t last very long on me though.
I wore this yesterday. According to Fragrantica, this is by Bertrand Duchaufour.
But according to L’Artisan it’s Giacobetti!
Knowing by Estée Lauder. It goes very well with the scent of blooming hyacinths.
Do you have blooming hyacinths already??
Well yes . . . on my kitchen table I keep confusing the scent they emit for wafts of Knowing.
Lovely, good for you!
Mine are starting to poke up out of the ground, but of course it will be at least ten days or so before they bloom. I’m craving them, but none of the home & garden places even have any potted blooming ones. Wish I’d bought some bulbs last fall to force over the winter – I’ll have to remember this fall.
Geez, where my hyacinths live is still under about 8 inches of snow!
I’m there with you! We have hyacinths for July 4. Just kidding. Almost!
I lurrrrve Knowing! You smell beautiful!
I sniffed some potted hyacinths at the Union Sq farmer’s market Mon which coincided with the nice weather here in the NY area
I love that smell. I was at Home Depot a couple weeks ago, and they had some potted ones in the garden dept. that were in bloom. And to make it even better, they were right next to a bunch of sweet alyssum and narcissus that were also in bloom. I just circled that area a few times with my nose in the air…lol
Gris Clair today – sending smoky lavender wafts out into the air as I pass.
I was in Austin on a fantastic trip for most of the last week, and I’ve missed reading about the goings on of my scented buddies. Hope everyone is well
So glad you had a fun trip!
Thank you! Austin is apparently fantastic, just in case anyone was interested in visiting.
Also, I discovered (but couldn’t buy) some fantastic scented candles while I was wandering down South Congress: Kobo Candles Bourbon 1972 (sandalwood, aged oak and malted violet, according to their label), which was what my ideal man’s apartment would smell like; Kobo’s Modena Leather; Modern Alchemy’s Opium Den; and Sedafrance Royal Incense. Didn’t see too many perfumes I was unfamiliar with while there, but I wrote all of those candles down because the scents impressed me so much.
I agree Austin is a fabulous place to visit! When I was there 2 years ago, I did not have time to explore fumies.
I love L’Eau de l’Artisan, I just didn’t think of it this morning. Instead I went with Bertrand Duchaufour’s Méchant Loup (1997!). It certainly is all that I want in a niche scent: rich and a little weird!I just wish it could last longer!
I wish I had a mini bottle of Mechant Loup…you’re right, it is just weird enough.
Twins! I went with Méchant Loup today also. I love it and I too wish it was more lasting. I find that it’s best in large doses (4+ sprays).
I’m in old school niche as well. L’homme de coeur by Divine. I just read your review of it (again). Lovely, lovely scent and just another great take on iris.
I had never heard of this line! Now I need to get into this one too! LOL
It’s well worth trying especially if you like classical French perfumery. Also it’s still quite reasonably priced and they have excellent customer service.
Wearing Tihota today and I love it more every time I wear it.
Wearing Diptyque Philosykos again! Sprayed top of my hands today too, for discreet whiffs
See, works, doesn’t it?
especially if you put your hand up to your face to do the thinking man. discreet whiffs AND you look intelligent.
I couldn’t make up my mind today and kept getting distracted like a kid in a candy shop when I was looking at my bottles. Winter has broke, but it’s still quite chilly so it was a challenge. And how fickle is perfumista anyway? So I am wearing Natori edp.
Oh I love Natori! But I gave my bottle away to a girlfriend who absolutely adored it…did save a small vial though !
You’ll have to go visit her and refill your vial!
You’re wearing my addiction from this past winter! Though it may continue into spring, as I haven’t experienced it in warmer temperatures. You smell delightful dear.
Oh, thank you!
L’Ombre Dans L’eau today. It’s gonna be Diptyque the whole rest of the week.
That’s on my contenders list for Friday!
I thought about that as well for Friday. It’s probably the only Diptyque I really like.
No, I misspeak – Ofresia was nice. But I think my sample is gone.
After testing so many new fragrances, today I just grabbed an old faithful- Tom Ford Violet Blonde.
Oh – I drained my sample of VB a few years ago and struggled for too long to decide if I wanted to buy it. I can’t believe TF discontinued such a popular fragrance!
I didn’t know it was discontinued, guess I lucked out. I can decant you a sample from my bottle if you like. let me know. yahoo address is Realmizz04
Oooh! YES!! I am sure I can return the favor!!
SOTD: Tocca’s Margaux.
I have to admit most Toccas are either plain soap/shampooish or meh to my nose, so when I tried on Margaux today I was pleasantly surprised.
This girl has an old-time perfume feel to it that gives it more character than her other girlfriends. Not bad!
Ignore the huge pronoun fail please. I think I should stick to describing perfume as an “it” from now on
I recently got a sample of this one and liked it as well….I also like Florence (gardenia to me) and Brigitte (ginger and spice and very nice)
Brigitte is very nice, I agree!
Really like Brigitte and Collette is nice. Stella is pretty, too, but not in the style i enjoy wearing.
I really like Margaux! Inherited a bottle from a friend and it surprised me. Very pleasant and comfortable, like a cashmere sweater in a sweatshirt cut.
I like Colette. So does Victoria at http://boisdejasmin.com/2013/04/tocca-colette-perfume-review.html.
Colette is reminiscent of Gypsy Water.
Today it is Pour Homme (Bottega Veneta)
SOTD is Les Jardins de Monsieur Li.
It’s like they had vats of Jardin Apres Le Mousson, Jardin Sur de Toit and Jour D’Hermes lying about and they mixed the three and diluted them. Quite a bit.
It’s pleasant, nice for the office, not FBW for me but I’d wear it if it was a gift, and I’d keep my beloved Mediteranee for week-ends.
I am wearing the last drop of vintage Coco edp. I had some left in an old bottle and forgot how beautiful this is. I compared it with a new one and they don’t compare, this is so strong and nice.
Do you know where can I get one vintage?. I am a little afraid to buy one on Ebay, so if you know trustworthy sellers, I would appreciate the info.
Vintage Coco was pure genius. One of the very best of the eighties orientals. A real shame what they’ve done to it over the years.
You can always put out pleas during swapmeets and freebie-meets with the frag blogs. Even if you find a good 100% rated seller on ebay, the price for older Coco is getting steep. But you never know. You may find a used bargain.
Thank you. I will do this and check Ebay .
I look closely at photos that are posted, and descriptions. If there’s only one photo and i don’t get a good vibe, i pass.
Also, you should be able to return items. Contact the seller of you get something you aren’t pleased with. That has worked for me in the past. Good luck hunting
Thank you for all the great advice
Ditto on the photos – you want to avoid a “stock” photo look and also anyone who uses a canned description of what they are selling. Also, if you are nervous, avoid any kind of splash bottles until you feel like you know what you are doing. Bottles with sprayers are harder to tamper with. Also watch the color – if the Coco has gone to a deeper orangish color, it’s starting or has already turned and the top notes will be off. In any case, there are good finds on ebay, just spend time really looking and reading. I’ve done pretty well with used bottles, you just have to pay attention to the details.
I’m wearing Nuit Etoilee. The last of a sample I got a couple of years ago.
I can’t make up my mind about NE. I need to retest. First time I tested it, it was nice aromatic. Second time it smelled like burnt sugar on pine needles. I always want to give AG a chance, but I can’t make this one out.
I have an enormous bottle I will never make a dent in if either of you would like a decant – email me at jasouza9 at hotmail.
Oh but burnt sugar on pine needles actually sounds quite speaking to me.
*appealing to me.
I swear I do proof read. I guess my brain just sees what it wants to.
Are you wearing the EDP or the EDT?
I had the good fortune of getting a sample of the EDP from a perfume posse fairy godmother last year, and just adored it. The EDT came up at a local discounters soon after – I liked it, and if I hadn’t tried the EDP I wouldn’t have known what I was missing. I regret not buying it at the time, but I was haunted by the memory of the EDP.
I think the EDP is so much better than the EDT in this case. The balance is better and makes the scent much more interesting.
I totally agree. The EDT smelled like a cleaning product on me, the EDP was wonderful, like sweet minty pine.
Jacques Fath Pour L’homme: starts off as a bright, high-pitched sandalwood that gets deeper and more luscious as the hours tick by. I’ve loved this for years, since the moment I smelled it.
Mmmm interesting. Going to have to keep an eye out for this one!
I’m on hour six and it’s just heaven. I can’t stop sniffing the back of my hand. I must look like a complete freak but dammit I’m a great-smelling one.
It’s a nice sunny day where I am, so I put on Flore (Carolina Herrera) from an old bottle that I had in the back of the perfume cabinet. The top notes have faded just a bit, but otherwise it’s smelling good.
SOTD =Mitsouko. Aaahhhh!
Cloudy day here… sigh. I’m getting over the fever. I’m still sniffly, or I’d be trying to catch up on the bazillion things I ought to be testing –
OH. BRAINWAVE. I should maybe test several things at once on, say, Thursdays, so it could be Testing Thursday. Hmm. Might have to try that.
Anyway. SOTD, because I wanted some beauty, is Le Temps d’une Fete. As much as I love this thing, as much as I smile involuntarily when I pull the cap off – I really think the name is beyond stupid. Gah.
What woud you call it? Green Majesty of the Highest most Perfect Order? Do tell!
Um… Le Temps de Joie.
Still hard to type!!
Le Temps and Plum were on my to try list a number of years ago b/c of you….then with re-formulations and difficulty in getting I gave up…now I do not want to try anything that I might fall madly in love with but have a hard time getting !!!!
Bummer. I love both of those.
Got a sample pack of Perfumes by Terri and testing a few of those. Too sweet for my tastes but good customer service for sure.
When I saw your comment I researched…they are marketed as “gourmands” (which I don’t mind, actually) and extremely affordable (twenty two dollars for 30 ml!!!). Any one in particular that you kind of like?
The prices are nice. I tried three and one I sort of liked was Elegance Sombre. Not enough to go on a wishlist..but I liked it better than the other two. It had less sweetness..more dark with some patchouli. The other ones she sent were the lavender and Douceur Brulee..both of which had too much sweet caramel for me. Lavender+ caramel was an interesting combo…not one I liked but still interesting.
They were very sweet to me. I am not a fan of caramel..so, it would make sense that I didn’t care for the ones with good amounts of that in there. I’d like to sniff Vanille Debauche but I am guessing it will lean too much on the sweet side for me. You gotta like sweet..when the package was opened..it was a sticky, gourmand aroma.
I believe there was an article recently about her scents on Fragrantica, if interested.
Delrae Wit today for me. I wanted something a bit lighter since its almost 60F outside! SO glad the weather is finally turning for the better.
Wit is so lovely.
I’m wearing Safari, probably my favorite use of galbanum in perfume.
I almost picked Safari b/c it’s so warm, aromatic, perfect, right before my hand ouija’d over to Natori. It is supremely well balanced.
SIgh. Galbanum makes me happy.
I am wearing a scent that I have not worn since the 7th grade, Polo Ralph Lauren. The scent is similar but not as I remember from the early 80’s. I will say that it is similar enough to the original to still take me back and provide nostalgic enjoyment while wearing. I would love to have the original formulation again.
Polo is the scent of high school!! I wish I had a time machine to go back and buy a whole lot of fragrances!
My first real boyfriend wore Polo!
My first real boss wore Polo. By the gallon.
Mine too – 1987.
Lovely soft rainy day and those always make me yearn for either violet or iris and today violet won, sitting here in gorgeous wafts of Sous le Toit de Paris and imagining shopping under that purple dome.
I love the description of this one, but I haven’t tried it yet. Would you say its on the powder/sweet, green, or dry and woody side of violet?
Definitely not powder, more green and woody. I’d be happy to send you a sample, email at adorrit at yahoo.com
Continuing Etat Libre d`Orange Week, with Vierges et Toreros. It reminds me of machine oil, for some reason. I don’t mind admitting here, but it sure would sound strange to folks Outside…
Well, that description makese want to try it
Overcast and drizzly here, too, so I am in Profumum Dulcis in Fundo.
My favorite vanilla
I love Dulcis in Fundo. Gotta get a FB!
SOTD = L’AP Seville a l’Aube
This was my first L’AP FB. My bottle is from the first batch limited edition. The juice is now a deeper orange but still smells exactly as when I first opened it in October 2012.
Almost bought that one last year at fragrancenet b/c it was reduced and 20 percent off….but then I talked myself out of buying a FB unsniffed…it would have been my first L’AP…..then I read some comments that it smelled “too soapy” so I was kind of glad I didn’t take the plunge…..I really want to empty bottles before I purchase new.
I typically find orange blossom fragrances unbearably soapy, but not this one. (And not Serge’s either.) I think it’s wonderful. All the same – I had a small 3ml sample from when the book came out, and I still have a bit of it. I don’t long for it often.
I agree – I don’t get soapiness at all. Its peppery, a bit sweet and dries down to something like orange creamsicle on me. I really like it but for whatever reason I haven’t sprayed the FB I bought even once yet.
This one is definitely not soapy. Try Arabian Oud Ghroob if you like the queen of soapy orange blossom
Another day of full on summer and sunshine. All my fans are blowing around warm air and doing little to cool things down, but I really hate to turn on the AC at this time of year.
So, for a nice cooling sensation, my SOTD is SSS Forest Walk. Immediately transports me hiking along the Nantahala with my dogs! So gorgeous! I have truly missed wearing this in the recent coolish months.
You smell great! I love Forest Walk and will wear it in the summer….
My SOTD is Marni Rose…work appropriate and no complaints from my boss and co-workers.
Two thumbs up for no complaints!
My SOTD is Cristalle from Chanel. I wanted to feel sophisticated today, and this fragrance always makes me feel that way. Two more days until my Spring Break begins. I think the we, the educators, are more excited about it than the kids!
Husband’s on break from teaching college this week. He’s used up a couple of days of it on conferences and whatnot, and I’m sure he’ll be doing some taxes later in the week, but I think you’re right – teachers need the break more than students!
Decided to try something from a sample vial this morning and had the stopper break off in the top! Never had that happen before. I was able to push it down into the vial and get some out. It is AdP Iris Nobile – not sure if it is the EdT or EdP. I have a feeling it is the EdP since I don’t notice much OB and it is kind of dense. Not generally a fan of iris and there is a “perfumey” vibe to it. OK, but nothing I want more of.
I am not a fan of the “perfumey” vibe. I wonder what ingredient causes it?
Today I’m wearing L’Artisan Premier Figuier by Olivia Giacobetti. I only have a decant of the perfume, but I’m currently on my third bottle of the lovely dry oil, which I wear at bedtime.
The last drops of my Tea for Two sample. This is the kind of thing I’d like a little, but not a lot of. The reports of the re-release are good, right?
Smells pretty much the same to me, minus the ashtray note which I didn’t like anyway.
Thanks. I think I like the hint of ashtray? Ha. Anyone want to dump a decant of their too-ashy tea for two, and I’ll be delighted to swap for it.
Today is a lovely day and I’m wearing Passage d’Enfer, the most subtle incense I know. I only have a sample, but it grows on me every time I wear it. Could possibly be my second full bottle L’Artisan.
I layered today, which is really rare for me. Bois d’Ascese to full effect, with a chaser of Chergui to add a hint of sweetness. Am digging this combo.
Wearing Rozy edp today. Goes well with nice sunny weather
Today I’m wearing D.S. & Durga Freetrapper. My first real wearing of it, and I’m really liking it. Perfect for this cloudy Wednesday.
Wore several different things today since I’m not in the office. Standouts so far: Passage d’enfer, L’arte di Gucci (again :)) and now SL Rose de Nuit.
SOTD is SSS Wood Violet. In a sun-dappled cedar forest, purple violets peek from their leafy green nests and softly whisper: Spring . . Spring . .
Tobacco Vanille for me today… needed something simple for a very hectic day at work.
I was initially thinking I was going to do all Malle/L’Artisan/Diptyque this week (except for Monday, since I messed that up), but Tauer Zeta was calling to me this morning. I finished off my little decant, and I think I need to finally put this one on my buy list.
Today started unseasonably warm and sunny so nothing else would do but ELPC Tuberose Gardenia.
Atelier cologne Grand Neroli, bright and cheery!
We’ve gone from frozen an snowy to warm(ER) and sunny! SOTD was Byredo Encens Chembur but I think I will have to have some Coromandel before bed!
Traversee du Bosphore, which I have a big bottle of. Leather, sweets, so very comfy.
I am going with l’Artisan, my first niche love, all the week long and I can go for two.
Monday – Nuit de Tubereuse, Tuesday – Piment Brulant, and I have so many more fbs to go through.