It's hump day. If you have a spare moment, do tell us your scent of the day.
I'm wearing Hiram Green Moon Bloom. Tea at the moment: Kusmi Traktir.
Reminder: this Friday, 10 April, is BWF Friday: wear a big white floral. Partial credit for diet white florals, a wee bitsy dash of credit for other sorts of flowers. The decision of the judges will be final and binding on all participants.
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 Blue Moon [background extended] by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center at flickr; some rights reserved.
Dior Homme EDT today. It’s the black stem version and I bought it sometime in 2011, when it changed from a Polge creation to a Demachy one. I remember going to one of the nearby department stores at the time to check if the testers out were the new version. So I approached the Dior counter rep and politely asked her. Let’s just say it didn’t go too well and after a bit of verbal jostling she just cut me off: “It hasn’t changed – I would know about it if it had”. Hmmm, red rag to a bull that. I was fuming, so when I got back to work I loaded up the Dior website contact us page and asked them point blank if it had changed and if the testers were out in stores. I wasn’t really expecting a reply, but it made me feel a bit better! About a month later I got into work to find an email from Dior in my inbox. I’ve still got it so here’s what it said:
We received your recent e-mail and wish to thank you for your interest in our products.
We have duly received your email concerning the olfactory evolution of your Dior Homme Eau de Toilette.
In 2010, an indispensable alteration to the quality of the Cedar Essence previously used was naturally imposed to François Demachy, Perfumer-Creator of the House; the Virginia Cedar essence. Its unique characteristics bring to the fragrance a woody base note distinctively nobler and raw, exacerbating an affirmed masculinity contrasting, and offering an idyllic balance, with the refined notes of the Iris of Tuscany. This new quality of Cedar Essence heats slightly the color of the perfume, now more opaque of an amber color. We hope you understand the approach of our perfumer whose primary concern is always to ensure the highest quality of natural raw materials.
Consequently, the testers of Dior Homme should be the new version.
We look forward to your next visit on our website.
So there you go. Don’t let anyone tell you there’s been no reformulation of Dior Homme!
And how does my reformulated bottle smell? Well, pretty much the same as the old one. It’s a bit heavier on the cacao and doesn’t seem quite so ‘lipsticky’ but apart from that it’s survived relatively unscathed.
Oh, and I left a copy of the email with the rep at the Dior counter, you know, just for reference…
Good job! I am quite impressed Dior responded to your inquiry. The lipsticky aspect of Dior Homme is one of my favorite things about it.
I applaud you for your persistence and follow through!
Dog with a bone, dog with a bone!
Bravo! That’s great you got such a detailed response back from Dior.
It’s kind of heartening really that they took the time to answer and be candid about it.
I loved the phrase “exacerbating an affirmed masculinity” in their response. I suspect it is a translation from French and could have been better done, but it’s almost Freudian as-is.
Well it’s certainly ‘exacerbated’ my ‘affirmed masculinity’. Ooer!
You made her “eat crow”. Well done!
I broke out Donna Karan Gold for the first time since the beginning of winter, and it is marvelous.
I wear that one all year actually. It’s perfect!
Yum. Wish I’d bought a bottle.
Still available on overstock.com, dirt cheap. Lemming!
Holy cow! under fifteeen dollars for one ounce! You are a bad influence !!!
Oh, you guys are killing me!
Gold is SO good. There was a time when it was absolutely DIRT CHEAP (probably right after it was d/c), and I picked up a 1-oz edp bottle on ebay for… $8.
The next bottle I bought, for my daughter, was $16. I think it’s gone way up since then.
I’m wearing Chanel Beige. I’m kind of into this subtle, feminine honey-floral thing lately. L’Occitane Arlisienne is the downmarket version and I’m considering buying the body milk.
I keep forgetting to go check out the other Arlesienne body products…
Oooh nice. I like Beige, but can’t really afford it. I’ll need to check out the l’occitane one.
Philistine that I am I prefer l’Arlesienne to Beige.
I might as well!
SOTD: Queens (Bond no. 9). Getting closer to BWF
It’s a cold dreary day. I’m wearing TF Shanghai Lily and drinking Rishi Earl Grey (my standard).
Earl Grey is my favorite! Have you had the pleasure of trying a lavender Earl Grey?
Yes! I had lavender tea at a friend’s house and couldn’t rest until I owned my own tin (I’m not a huge tea collector, either). Mine came from Notting Hall, 866.361.TEAS out of Boston, MA. They also have a website.
Earl Grey Lavender, that is.
No, but I’ve had rose earl grey and it is fantastic!
stinker_kit, I’ve got some Mariage Freres Earl Grey French Blue that a friend brought back from Paris last summer – all yours if you want it. I have tried to like Earl Grey, I really have. It appeals to my sci-fi, ST-TNG loving nature, my Anglophilia, and my pleasure in unusually scented products. Alas, I just don’t love it, and with all of the other tea options in my cupboard, the French Blue just sits there. The MF Eros, though, was gone in about three days.
Tea! Earl Grey!
Dreary here too! And I now officially have too many variations on Earl Grey — trying to make myself stop
And FYI in case anybody cares, the Jean Paul Gaultier limited edition tins are on Kusmi today.
I’ve got 5 Earl Grey variations, and am planning to get more this weekend. Such an uplifting kind of tea. I’ve never tried it with lavender though.
I like Earl Grey with lavender. And apparently with nearly anything, judging by my tea cabinet.
What variations have you got?
Fortnum & Mason Countess Grey (love that one), 5 different Earl Greys from Premium Steap in Philly (one of which has lavender, another is a green), Kusmi Polish Earl Grey, Twinings Lady Grey (not a favorite), Upton Extra Bergamot, plus a bunch of samples from Harneys, Upton and Tea Trekker. When I sample an Earl Grey and don’t like it, it goes in an old Mariage Freres tin with all the other rejects and I mix in a pinch of Lapsang.
I’ve looked at the Fortnum’s EG it looks very nice. Flavoured green teas that I don’t like I mix in a tin, and add some mint. Not the greates of beverages but this way it all gets used up.
Exactly. Shame there isn’t a way to do that with perfume
I have been purchasing loose dried lavender at my health food store and adding it to so many of my teas…lavender sencha, lavender oolong, lavender jasmine green, lavender earl grey…..and I have to say NST is becoming a bad influence on me with the tea recommendations too-LOL! I can go overboard with my tea hoarding… nearly as bad as my perfume obsession !!
That’s a smart way to do it. I have a tin of plain lavender from Harney’s but probably paid more that way!
I also had the Harney tin which gave me the idea when I saw dried lavender in my healthfood store…and yes, the Harney was way more $$$$! Have you tried the Harney Earl of Haarlem (since we are speaking of Earl Greys)….that EoH and Paris are my two favorites from that company….it is a lapsung with bergamot…..smokey bergamot and absolutely divine!
I love Earl of Harlem but since they don’t sell it loose and I hate those plastic tea bag thingies, I switched to Fortnum & Mason Smokey Earl Grey, and then since I have no regular access to F&M, made my own mix with Upton Extra Bergamot Earl Grey + Upton Lapsang Souchong Imperial. Actually nicer to make your own since you can make it as smoky or not smoky as you like. Plus, again, cheaper!
(should say: cheaper in some relative sense, since obviously once you start down this road, you’re spending a lot of $ on tea, LOL…)
I prefer loose as well…lately I have been spending quite a bit of time/money in my local tea/coffee shop which has quite a large selection of loose teas (no teabags in there!) many of which are organic (that is my OTHER obsession as of late!..going the organic route). I also purchased four travel loose tea brewers on amazon…..steel mugs that have a built in mesh brewer for loose tea that keeps the water hot for hours…I have four of those in my house as we are a house of tea drinkers …..those mugs are a godsend!
Ooh, I like the idea of combining lapsang souchong with Earl Grey!
The other day, I was talking with one of my roommates about bacon, and she made a remark about how I’d just done that. I said nope, and offered her my mug of (lapsang) tea to sniff. She was astounded.
Bexca, I am laughing as I read what you wrote! the young lady who works in my local tea/coffee shop is a vegetarian and she cringes when i come in to buy the lapsang…..she told me she can’t stand the smell of it because she smells bacon!
I’ve called lapsang “barbecue tea” before the bacon craze.
I love Lapsang, too. It always reminds me of raku pottery firings…
Any good Lapsang scents to recommend?
Will try combining LS w/Earl Grey soon…
My last Kusmi order included a sample of The Vert a la Menthe, which has been languishing in my cupboard. Have you tried it, Robin? I like spearmint in toothpaste, but not sure it’s something I’d like in tea.
Yes, I think it’s very good! But I already like mint teas and I like mint in foods. So who knows…
I do wish Kusmi would let the customer select the sample.
Love on both accounts. Great perfume and great tea
Earl Grey is my favorite too. I’m partial to Shahrzad, a middle eastern brand.
Harney and Sons are great teas and the Paris tea, well, I cannot keep that tea in the house! It gets consumed rather quickly because it is a great vanilla tea. Earl of Haarlem I shall seek out….
Excuse me Pixel, this reply ended up in the wrong spot! Where would one find Shahrzad tea?
I get it at a local Persian (Iranian) market. Try googling it…
Paris gets consumed fast in my house too! I also like their Bankok tea (which I think goes by a different name now)…a green tea with lemongrass and coconut….it’s funny how we are drawn to teas with “perfume” notes!
I love the Paris tea! I always drink it when I visit my mom or sister and it makes me happy
I’m wearing Elie Saab this morning. Got a flat last night so I’m making the tire place smell good.
Ugh, sorry about the flat!
Thanks.. it could’ve been worse.. It didn’t go flat until well after I had gotten home from work yesterday, and had I not needed to make a late-night grocery store run for cat food, I wouldn’t have discovered it until I went out to go to work this morning. At least I got the spare on last night so I didn’t have to worry about that.
I was at the tire place this morning too! Had to have all four tires replaced on the small farm pickup.
But, you know, I really like the smell of the tire store (with or without the Elie Saab)… Bulgari Black makes me think of it.
Ugh all four at once? That had to hurt. Replacing one was more blow to the bank account than I would like.
Being at the tire store this morning made me think of Bulgari Black too. I almost wished I hadn’t swapped my bottle away, though it really was one of those scents that I appreciate but rarely actually wore.
Yeah, all four. We had lent the truck to a friend last March (yeah, LAST March) “until he could get a vehicle of his own.” He still doesn’t have one, but we finally told him we needed it back. One brake job, one (four months late!) inspection, four new tires, one alignment, a tank of gas, and $840 later, the truck is home at last.
I only had a mini of Black, which I enjoyed but don’t feel the need to replace.
Oh that hurts just thinking about it.. all the perfume that $840 could’ve bought… lol
Dame Perfumery Dark Horse (with jasmine ) over a base of Black Flower Mexican Vanilla (with gardenia as one of the notes). I am cleverly trying to participate in white floral week while still wearing my new found loves….and btw, I broke down last night and bought two full bottles…one of each!
Oh, I want to sample Dark Horse in the worst way! I love my little 7ml of BFMV and wore it post shower yesterday.
Congrats on your new perfume purchases!
I recommend getting the 7ml of Dark Horse…it is an inexpensive way to sample but there is enough in there for multiple wears….this is how I have gotten hooked on Dame Perfumery….I started with 9 of those travel sprays and I am sure to buy more fbs as I work my way through them !!
We smell great-LOL!
Jealous! I dutifully sent my postcard in for a sample of Black Flower Mexican Vanilla and can’t wait to try it.
SOTD is the infamous “Box of Eels”
A FB of this is in my future, but it just got pushed back a bit due to my Tauer Vanilla purchase this am.
Happy hump day to all
Ha! ha! I saw your comment on the other post and thought “gosh I guess it wasn’t only me who was tempted”! I LOVE vanilla and since I have never tried or owned an Andy T I was truly tempted…but after my two bottle purchase last night I talked myself out of it!
It’s wise to pace yourself!
Wearing Narcisco yet again – just a small discreet spritz since I’m working later. It does have gardenia, but it’s more of a SWF – a small white floral.
Or a WWF (woody white floral). I wore that one yesterday.
Yummy coconut pudding Now I want some real dessert…
Wearing OJ Frangipani, sort of drenched in it. My morning blew up on me early at work, but at least I smell like happiness.
Oh, I hope your day gets better. OJ Frangipani is very, very cheerful!
Sorry to hear that, but you do smell happy!
Morning, All! SOTD is traversee du bosphore. sweet!
SL A la Nuit. Wonderful. I’m loving all these white florals.
I am wearing A la Nuit as well – just a small dab because I am in the office today. So delicious!
I’m at work and wearing 3 sprays. No complaints so far.
I have always wanted to try one of his, but never am sure what I would like. Maybe one of you could recommend one. I like BWFs, floral and fruity perfumes. (Chanel 5 Premier, Love Chloe, Kai and Viva La Juicy to name a few.) Thanks.
Serges for Wimps? (Um, that would probably include me. )
Try Nuit de Cellophane for a light fruity floral. Sa Majeste la Rose is soft and pretty. You’ve got more choice with BWFs – Datura Noir, the current version of Fleurs d’Oranger, Fleurs de Citronnier, and Un Lys are all on the “easy” side.
From there it’s not a big stretch to leap to Honkin’ BWFs A La Nuit (jasmine), Tubereuse Criminelle, and Sarrasins (jasmine and leather).
It’s not one of his, but how about Bubblegum Chic by Heeley?
Thanks so much for the suggestions. I am kind of more on the wimpy side.
Wonderful, delicious Tihota is my scent of the day, accompanied by a vanilla latte (and apparently an imminent Vanilla Flash rollerball). I’ll try to do a white floral tomorrow, though the magnitude is TBD.
I am so looking forward to that Vanilla Flash! The only BWF I have is Terracotta. I’m not sure that really qualifies for Friday’s Theme since is seems more of a gourmand on me, but I’ll give it a whirl.
Terracotta’s not exactly BWF-y on me either, but I don’t have much to draw from, so it will most definitely be making an appearance this week
I am wearing Artisan by John Varvatos, which is a great orange blossom that I should wear more often since I have a giant wicker jug of it.
That’s the coolest bottle.
I wore the John Varvatos Artisan yesterday. It can be quite fleeting on me but I found I could anchor it with Lush Sikkim Girls solid. Also the bottle is so big and the opening so gorgeous I do not mind reapplying with abandon.
I’m wearing Ca Sent Beau, which I grabbed because I couldn’t make up my mind to anything else and it was on top of the basket. I am going to have to go find my Donna Karan Gold. I bought a full bottle late last year based on all the positive comments on NST, but I only wore it once. I’ll have to use it tomorrow.
Happy Wednesday Everyone! I went to Nordstrom’s yesterday after work to check out the new “Blossom” fragrances from Jo Malone. Supposedly, Neiman’s can’t keep them on the shelves and you have to request an order. Well, they didn’t make me “swoon” at all. So, I ended up purchasing a fragrance that makes me smile every time I get a whiff of it……..Wild Fig and Cassis. This is also my SOTD.
Have a fantastic day everyone!
Happy to hear that! I won’t seek them out ….I have enough that I love right now so I don’t need to keep searching for more…and you smell great….I love Wild Fig and Cassis!
SOTD: I’m wearing Olfactive Studio Ombre Indigo, which feels wrong (heavy, too spicy) for this warm, sunshiny day in England…wish I went for A la Nuit.
A return of blah cold and rainy weather. Tuscan Leather is doing a good job of being appropriate enough for the weather, but not winter-heavy.
Tuscan Leather is really nice.
Tuscan leather is great stuff!
I’m wearing Envy edp, with a little Orange Sanguine layered over it, because even though sleet is forecasted for this evening, I am so flippin’ ready for SPRING, already! You all smell great!
oh that is such a “happy” scent for me !!
I’m sampling puredistance White, a very nice and refined scent, which wafts around unobtruvisely the whole day long . I feel utterly confortable with it, but it lacks a bit in personality, so I’m on the fence about buying it.
I’m eagerly awaiting my sample. Hope I don’t love it but I have a weakness for simple pretty scents.
It’s definitely pretty, but I wouldn’t say it’s simple.. so I hope you’ll be happy with it
I am wearing Olfactive Studio Ombre Indigo today. Seeing the blue color of the juice made me happy on the gray day that we’re having here.
Put on three spritzes of CSP Vanille Abricot this a.m. and by eleven I could hardly smell it because I have a cold, so (at work) I put on one discreet shot of Hermes Vetiver Tonka, because that vetiver will cut through anything. Those two layer pretty well anyway, so I don’t think I’m stinking up the joint or anything.
Vetiver Tonka is probably my favorite of the Hermessences. Okay, maybe it ties with Osmanthe Yunnan. Poivre Samarcande is close behind. In any case, you smell great, and I don’t think a single shot of VT is overpowering, given the general transparency of the line.
Did anyone get a serious sniff of Oscar Flor by Oscar de la Renta? Calice Becker is the nose for this radiant floral… I have not seen it anywhere….
I think macy’s is selling it….I always loved the original Oscar…I drained quite a few bottles of that one, now that I think about it…that would have been a good one to wear for BWF Friday!
I love the Esprit d’Oscar flanker, curious about this one.
With you on the Esprit, which is so soft and milky and comforting.
SOTD is SL Sarrasins (thanks foxbins!)
I’m not really a BWF gal but I meant to do more florals this week… but it’s been cool and even rainy (yay!) so it turned out to be a leather week, til today anyway. Monday was PdE Ambre Russe; yesterday was SL Boxeuses in the AM and CBIHP 2nd Cumming in the PM (really like that one!)
I’m wearing Chanel Coco today. I need a big pick me up, and I’m hoping Coco can deliver.
Joining you in Chanel, but rather Eau Premiere. Got somewhat sidetracked from my BWF week, since an enormous 5 oz bottle (of the original EP) arrived today. Really don’t need this, but it does make me feel better, since I much prefer it to the reform. Hope Coco’s doing the trick for you.
It did cheer me up, and I was able to get most of what I have to get done so far.
Eau Premiere is so beautiful! How exciting for you! I hope it was a pick-me-up. I’ll bet the 5 oz bottle is so pretty.
SOTD is the original Marc Jacobs fragrance, in the parfum. Reminds me a bit of AG Matin d’Orage – there’s a watery slant to it in the opening followed by tuberose/jasmine. Nice stuff, but I’m glad I only have a mini as I don’t love it.
Really? I bought a fb when it first came out and have long since drained it…I remember it having a creamy gardenia/tuberose vibe…I wonder if it has been re-formulated?
Oh and I was talking about the Marc jacobs not the AG !!
Right. Well, it’s not A Watery Scent at all, and there is that gardenia/jasmine/tuberose focus (well, really I’m not getting proper gardenia, but I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt). But for a few minutes in the opening I’m thinking to myself, Wow, that’s watery. Pleasant, though.
I don’t know how old my mini is. Bought it off ebay about four years ago, I think.
It was fun reading all the comments on Marc Jacobs at fragrantica….several spoke about the aquatic/watery element and others got pure gardenia…funny thing is one commenter had bought a mini off of e-bay…tried it, didn’t like it as she felt the top notes were off, dumped the whole thing down the sink and hours later, was ready to kick herself b/c she was in love with the drydown ! You can’t make this stuff up!
Oh and someone else compared it to UMdO just like you!
Ha, Bardot, that was me! I loved MJ when it came out, then the top notes of the mini I found on ebay last year were disappointing. Down the drain it went. Too bad I didn’t hold off for the dry down.
Still not sure what possessed me to do that
I’m wearing PdE Osmanthus Interdite having received my new decant yesterday
Happy, happy scent! Love it!
Wearing Chanel Allure (edp) today. I never hear anyone talk about this one thus I seem to forget it myself. I need to put this one closer to the front of the cabinet because I’m finding it absolutely stunning.
I got this one when it first came out and drained the bottle…I really liked it at the time but did not repurchase…not sure why…I agree, it is stunning and you smell great!
I was thinking the same thing but with Chanel Chance. I got samples of all 3 and they are nice.
Infusion d’Iris today. Every time I wear this one, I wonder why I don’t wear it more. I think my baby bottle of 30 ml discourages me from choosing it more often, which is silly, as it’s hardly difficult to come by a replacement.
Given that this has incense listed (which I’m picking up on more today than usual), I wonder if anyone out there can compare it with Iris Nazarena?
SOTD is De Profundis, still from my tiny dabber vial. I love it but suspect it does better sprayed, and I’m wishing I could fly to Paris to test that theory. Ah well, at least STC is an option.
Maybe we can swap – De Profundis for Cuir Maresque? Pls. click on my name for contact info
Emailing you now!
The weather is beautiful and I don’t have to be at work today so I’m blowing my BWF load early in Tubéreuse criminelle.
Your workmates are no doubt unknowingly grateful – that tuberose is hardcore.
SOTD = Aftelier Cuir de Gardenia with a dash of OJ Tiare
Cuir de Gardenia is a skin scent from the get go. OJ Tiare boosts the sillage.
Hi, Ms hajusuuri! How long does Cuir De Gardenia hang around on your skin? I want to buy an Afterlier scent, but I think her natural ingredients make for a , uh, lack of lingering?
Hi meredifay! I have the perfume oil and I actually wear it on my hair / scalp. It is hard to gauge dosage but it lasts all day (definitely at least 8 hours). It is animalic, not usually my type of perfume, but the gardenia makes the entire composition beautiful. The sample from the Aftelier website is very reasonably priced; in fact, if you were so inclined, you could buy 8 of the samples, consolidate them into one vessel and end up with the volume equivalent to the mini for less than the cost of the mini I have the mini since I am too lazy to do the consolidation myself.
Oh my goodness! I had the complete opposite from CdG! It reeked of rotting flowers on my skin and lasted forever! REally disappointed b/c it has gotten quite a few good reviews and I wanted to love it like everyone else…however, I have the solid so I am wondering if the beeswax and/or other ingredients utilized to make the solid may be altering the scent? I had less luck with longevity on the liquid samples that I purchased, luckily as none really smelled good with my skin chemistry …. those that had the isolates (such as the pear and coffee) had an uber:sweet offputting chemical smell. Someone mentioned on NST that she had the same reaction and she realized that it was the ambergris that her skin was reacting to in a not so good way….I have had better luck with the naturals from SSS…they are gorgeous on my skin
I let very few perfumes touch skin. I use the spray and walk into the mist method. Cuir de Gardenia is too oily and too expensive for me to apply the usual way. I ended up using it as an oil on my hair. I will say that the rotting smell was initially off-putting but the emergence of the gardenia early on blends so well and takes over.
After 5 days of Easter festivities/spring break with my Little Ones here, I’m finally – blissfully – alone. A chilly, raw, damp day, I’m cocooning with Dior Dune, 2 foster cats, several pots of tea, and the delightful The Storied Life of A.j. Fikry. Scent, book, weather, and mood, all in harmony.
What kind of foster cats!
I am at home with 2 rescue cats, MF Eros tea and a baby!
One enormous and very gregarious ginger tom with a heart of gold and an insatiable penchant for tummy rubs and the other a small dark gray-and-white tom, who appears to be a shy and sensitive but loving soul, until you catch the sometimes crazed look in his eyes that reveals the little devil that resides within!
After being petfree for an entire year (the first time in my adult life), Serendipity called on the first anniversary of the last of my three cats’ crossing the Rainbow Bridge with a request to help out the friend of a family member who was relocating his family out of state and who was unable to bring the cats with him while they were temporarily residing with family members. It was all very sudden, I’d never met the friend nor the cats, but then they were here, it’s now been 3 months with 3 more months remaining. Of course, I have fallen in love with them and I will cry when they leave to rejoin their family, but I know there are countless others out there looking for their forever home and I will find another pair to adopt as my own.
With only an exception or two, all of my cats/dogs have been shelter/rescue (defined as, ‘Hi! I’m in your backyard, I don’t have a home, can I stay with you, please? ).
Your day sounds wonderful. We are traveling without our cat this week and I’m already having feline withdrawal. My husband is going to have to learn to purr.
Oh, I fully understand!
I am essentially scent free because I have a doozy of a head cold and can’t smell much of anything. I put on a few dabs of Muguet Fleuri this morning, but I have no idea if it is still there….maybe tomorrow will be better…
you and everybody does! my husbands lasted for 3 weeks!
Get well wishes
thanks! 3 weeks sounds like a nightmare! Hope he is all better now….
Wearing Fleurs de Sel, although not actually anywhere near a sand dune today…
I’m wearing Montale Jasmin Full, one of my biggest BWFs, which is saying something as I have a cabinet full of them. It’s sweeter and less complex than the Sarrasins I wore yesterday.
I have that one too, but I didn’t know that it was BWF as opposed to small. Since I am somewhat new-ish, can someone explain what makes one big, vs. small? Probably a dumb question.
I think most of us probably mean some combination of floral depth and sillage — a big white floral (like Fracas) generally floats around you like a cloud unless you apply carefully. On MakeupAlley they used to call L’Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons “diet Fracas” — similar notes, lighter scent.
Does that help? Not a dumb question at all.
Diet Fracas! Ha!
That helps a lot! I’ll be wearing Jasmin Full on Friday.
This is definitely complicated by skin chemistry. The last time I tried Fracas I applied a good two sprays from the tester on a spot on my arm. Came back to the shop about an hour and a half later. The assistant was quite shocked that it had shrunk to a skin scent on me – only discernible by putting nose to skin.
Today I’m in Fracas, the mother of BWFs!
I’m going to dig my sample of Fracas out later today. Funny how I keep using that ONE sample when I want to smell it… it’s lasted me, like, six years now.
I have a bottle, but I got it second-hand and I don’t think there’s much left inside. Impossible to tell with the opaque black bottle.
Love Fracas, you smell great. Are you wearing EDP or extrait?
The EDP. I’ve never tried the extrait. It must be gorgeous!
It is! deeper than the EDP. Mind you the EDP has better (read bigger) sillage.
Fracas was, I think, my first niche fragrance and wore nothing else for months. My bottle is almost empty, too.
*I wore. Oeh.
Just put on some Tocca Collette. I think someone had mentioned it on one of the SOTD posts, so picked up a sample from Sephora a few days ago. I hadn’t been for a while and was excited to see Ateliers (Collection Azul only) and the MMM Replica series (Jazz Club was the only interesting one to me), and a few other new things. Collette is nice enough, but incredibly light – seems to have had more personality on the paper blotter than on skin, which is the opposite of most!
SOTD is Amoureuse, which has turned into a yummy, slightly spiced sweet creamy drydown, almost like eggnog. I’m also testing The Different Company’s Bergamote, which dissipated after about 30 minutes. I really wanted to smell like Earl Grey tea, but alas.
The thing with Divine Bergamote is that it lasts really well but you have to spray very liberally. ( I got the estagnon years ago, so I do spray very liberally). Even then it doesn’t smell like Earl Grey at all. It’s got ginger and a lovely musky drydown.
Mind you, Amoureuse will drown out most other things, I love it but it’s BIG!
I dabbed them from samples, which may explain a lack of sillage for both.
I think dabbing may work with Amoureuse as it’s nuclear, DB needs to be sprayed. Amoureuse’s drydown goes on for hours and hours and hours and is lovely!
SOTD is Hypnotic Poison. I like how cozy it is, and tend to wear it quite often, now that the weather is getting cooler.
You really like that one don’t you? I never got round to getting a bottle of it, esp. as I wanted a cheap deal on ebay and couldn’t find it there for the price I wanted.
Yeah I like it quite a lot. Such sweet teeth!
I have incredibly sweet teeth perfume-wise. I occasionally bath (cologne style bath) in CSP Vanille Cannelle.
Gucci Rush today! I like its pleasant weirdness and radiance and I especially enjoy how it projects through the day (and through my evening shower).
My sample of Le Labo Benjoin. I can’t find Lonestar Memories in the midst of packing nonsense and yesterday was a series of very stupid events, so I figured I should pick something soothing. (if prohibitive to actually purchase)
Surfing the Sample Sea, SOTD is Grossmith’s Golden Chypre from an Olfactif sampler. Stung my skin from the get-go and was a bit shrill, but the nutmeg is interesting. I’m trying to avoid shrill and interesting for the time being.
Since today was going to be spent stuck in a car I went with En Passant. I keep wishing I had just a bit more sillage but didn’t want my husband complaining at three-whatever-ungodly-o’clock this morning when we left.
I always want it to be bigger, too, but it’s such a lovely scent. And I cannot imagine anyone complaining about it.
Wearing Tom Ford Lys Fume – I seem to be the only person in the world who likes it better than Shanghai Lily.
Not the only one!
This fills my heart with joy
I prefer Lys Fume too…
How smoky is it?
Not very smoky, I have to admit. If there was more smoke, would absolutely adore it. But it’s a beautiful lily with a spicy opening and it lacks the persistent clove that irritates me in Shanghai Lily.
Despite it being “chilly” here in L.A. I went with L’Artisan Thé Pour Un Été. It’s not a love of mine but it called my name this morning.
Chanel Misia today with Chamomile and lavender tea.
SOTD PdE Eau de Gloire.. .
Today I’m in AG Songes. Sometimes I forget how good this is, and I’m loving it right now. I’ve been in BWFs all week: yesterday SL Fleurs d’Oranger and Monday it was Montale Intense Tiare.