It's Tuesday, and it's nearly May...what fragrance are you wearing?
I'm wearing Diptyque Volutes Eau de Toilette. My tea at the moment: Upton Richmond Park blend.
Reminder: on 1 May, we're doing Tea Time Friday — wear a fragrance with a tea note.
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.
Hanae Mori for Men (Hanae Mori).
This stuff is REALLY strong, applied just a little of the EDT.
Yes but you smell great and it does settle down a bit eventually. It’s one of my husband’s go-to scents for going out.
It does smell great. I should have added that I also used the same aftershave balm and deodorant, but it didn’t seem overpowering until I added the EDT. For now all I have are samples of the juice, but I am considering a small 1oz bottle of the EDP, it should last forever!
My scent of the day is Amouage Ubar. Which has now reached it’s drydown; my favourite part of most Amouages and of this one especially.
I just finished a pot of Sichuan OP, black. It was good, but as I am at work I’ll have to wait for a bit to make my next pot of tea.
I love Ubar. It was a slow love affair like most Amouages-the dry down is fab. You smell great! Enjoy your next pot of tea!
Good Morning! I am in Memo Lalibella
The sun is out…beautiful spring temperatures. Sipping on The a l’opera green tea
I’ve almost used up a sample of Lalibela. I don’t think I like it enough to pay Memo FB prices, but I’m going to look for a decant and sample more from this brand.
SOTD = Mohur extrait, courtesy of a very generous NSTer who sent me a bit of this lovely, precious stuff! It was giving me some incense, but now it has entered a little sweeter phase.
This morning I had some nice spicy chai…spices mixed into Darjeeling tea, and served in the traditional style with lovely raw honey and a little organic whole milk.
I love chai
One of my favorite things!
Mohur extrait and a good chai sounds like a perfect combination to me. Lovely.
Yes, it put me in a good place to sail through a bunch of problems at work with aplomb, if I do say so myself. Now that I am well on the way to solving those problems, I have time to think about the fact that I need a better job.
Ah well. (Sniffs the back of her hand and feels better…)
I re-tested some neglected Tauer samples today, and it seems that that ‘Tauerade’ base is stronger today than I remember it being :-/
Tried Orange Star and Vetiver Dance (which smell like variations on a Tauer base to me today), and Le Maroc Pour Elle. I was trying to work out what it smelled like- LUSH Karma!
I’ve only tried one tauer–Noontide Petals–but I got a very strong scent of that chalky orange baby aspirin from it. Ugh.
My one and only Tauer was Zeta and it wasn’t my cup of tea (no pun intended).
Try not to base your opinion of his line on that one. I HATED Zeta but I love several of them. For what that’s worth!
Thank you, Elisa, but I have so many other lovelies to sample I can hold off for quite some time before I seek out any from Andy Tauer. Are there any in particular that you would recommend, though ,for future reference ? I would not want anything to strong or jarring so as to not offend anyone near in my place of employment.
I have a strong love-hate relationship going on with the Tauer line. Hated Zeta. Haaaated Orange Star, because of that Tang dust/baby aspirin thing. Some of the other ones I love.
But they tend toward the powerful, all of them, even Carillon pour un Ange.
Oh I do agree- i certainly don’t have issues with all of them. I love LDDM, Lonestar Memories and Phi, and only really dislike Un Rose Vermeille- but sometime I need nerves of steel to bear a whole day of Tauerade
I love PHI, Rose Vermeille, LADDM, Incense Extreme, Orange Star and Noontide Petals best by him. Oh and his new Rose Flash and Vanilla Flash are great too. Tauerade works for me, only the greener scents in his collection don’t work on me, but I am generally not a fan of green scents anyway.
I have a problem with the Tauerade, too. Which makes me sad, because Andy Tauer seems to be such a nice guy, and I like the independent vibe of his company. But heck, that base…
Cannot get past the Tauerade, myself. A notoriously picky friend is very happy with Lonestar Memories, though.
Have you tried Une Rose Chyprée? Or Le Maroc pour Elle? And if you love very smoky Lonestar Memories gives off plenty of smoke!
I like Vetiver Dance, but I’d probably want to wear it more like an edc than a regular perfume. I wish it came in a 100 ml size…. that only cost $100!!!
Le Maroc pour Elle and Noontide Petals are both on my “Get a decant” list! I wear each of them to work, and have had no negative comments. Noses are just so different!
Recovering from too much Tauer in Wit, and just finished a small pot of lotus tea. I wish there was a perfume smelling of lotus tea..
Pacifica’s Lotus Garden?
I’m warring CdG Kyoto – incense for spring! And I’m drinking green tea – genmaicha, my favorite kind. I love the toasty popcorn
Genmaicha is my favorite too and I haven’t had it for a while. I may have to make a bit this afternoon.
I’m another huge genmaicha fan. It’s the best spring/summer tea.
Drinking Republic of Tea Double Green Matcha
Love both Kyoto, for its coffee incense tranquility, and genmaicha, for the toasted popcorn oaty note it adds to the green tea. I may need to have both tomorrow. You are inspiring!
I have a MASSIVE bag of genmaicha from the oriental shop, and often pick it up to sniff it. I never thought of the rice smelling like popcorn before.. hope it doesnt re-wire my brain to think ‘popcorn!’ when i drink it! Lol
Wearing Wood Sage and Sea Salt today. About 1 day away from finishing this sample. It goes on nicely, but turns too sweet after a while. I’m having that problem with some other things too, like Ys Uzac Metaboles.
Good morning! Its a calmer day here, weatherwise. Yesterday was very stormy and scary.
SOTD is Bvlgari Omnia Coral, and the tea I’m drinking is Twinings Pure Rooibos Red Tea.
Oh, I like your combo. I like the Coral for summer, and the fruity, juicy rooibos is in perfect harmony!
Tainted Love (Tokyo Milk) for it’s “white tea” note. Honestly, what I smell is tobacco (although that is not a note listed for this perfume).
TATM- Downton Abbey Limited Edition Earl of Grantham Breakfast Blend (assam and ginger and absolutely divine!).
I just discovered DA! I am so behind the times but am having great fun doing marathon sessions to catch up. That tea sounds wonderful!
I, too, did marathon sessions of Downton Abbey through season 3. Then I stopped as it was no longer available to me via netflix or Hulu.
The tea is from Republic of Tea. They have some interesting selections in the Downton Abbey limited edition series….one I believe is with a blackberry note and another is reminiscent of sticky pudding. I haven’t tried them yet but I am sure I will eventually.
I stopped after season 3 of DA as well. Just lost interest.
Season 4 was much better.
DA is so much fun! Those outfits!
Yes, I love the clothes, and that library room! And Maggie Smith. The Dowager reminds me a bit of my grandmother….very different circumstances, but the same staunch stance, holding to principles…
Both Anna and Violet make me think of my dear late aunt, in different ways. And yes, I wouldn’t mind that library. Or those green fields.
Oh, I was wondering if that tea was good!! Thanks.
Grantham’s breakfast tea is delightful.I brew it quite strong (5-& minutes) and add a hefty dollup of organic honey (which melds nicely with the ginger) and a splash of whole milk or cream.
That would be “7” not “&”
Tainted Milk makes me think it would smell sour! LOL.
That tea does sound fabulous – a little ginger in the morning is always a good thing. I’ll have to look for it….
Indeed! But it is Tainted Love by Tokyo Milk. (although I rather like your version…”Tainted Milk” …..)
Sorry, I know, bad joke on my part.
I have Tokyo Milk Waltz 17 and enjoy it.
But perfume names like Tainted Love, Poison, Burning Saddle Blankets, etc, just have no appeal for me….
SOTD is Jour d’Hermes, and “tea” of the moment is a strong latte. Later at work I’ll make some white ginger pear tea – my current favorite.
Sort of scent related in Le Jardin de Monsieur Li, from a sample. The beginning is to my nose similar as that of Un Jardin Apres La Mousson. Dry down is very different, more Jour, or even Terre Tres Fraiche.
Tea is a cup of Taylor’s Yorkshire, strong with milk,
That tea sounds really lovely.
I love Volutes edt! You smell FAB!
SOTD is really leftovers from my bedtime scent last night-Vanilla Flash. It warmed up nicely during my workout this morning and enjoyed a second hurrah.
No tea for me, just DD large iced coffee after the gym. Hope everyone has a great day! Very rainy and dreary here but we need the rain something fierce.
Volutes is so nice! I should wear it sometime this week.
So far, though, I’m having a rosey week. Yesterday, it was Rose Musc, and today I’m wearing Une Rose Vermeille. And because I already know it will be a long, long day, my tea today is coffee.
You smell goooooood
I am/was wearing Rose Ikebana, which was a silly choice since it didn’t make it through the 30-minute super humid walk to my office. There is maybe a tiny hint of something peppery left if I cram my wrist all the way into my sinuses.
Clearly the universe is telling you to reapply.
Eau Claire des Merveilles, which goes so well with the beautiful spring weather we’re having in DC. And, as the baby had me up all night, a large, STRONG cup of black coffee! Tea will not cut it today.
I am with you..my baby also had a restless night. Getting ready for work this morning was challenging
You definitely have my sympathies. It’s a good thing I have Hermes to add a little glamour to my decidedly un-glamorous day
You both have my admiration. I love my daughter, but certainly don’t miss those mornings. It seems blatantly unfair to have to be sleep deprived, yet expected to show up at a job, on *someone else’s* timetable, no less. I vote for early retirement + grandparents handle mornings.
“It seems blatantly unfair to have to be sleep deprived, yet expected to show up at a job, on *someone else’s* timetable, no less.”
SicilianaNM, I agree completely, and well remember that feeling from my own sleep deprived days. Would you please come over and help reform maternal/paternal leave policies here in the U.S.?
Annawilde and Lovestosemllgood, all my sympathy. Eventually it will get better.
I’m back to working on samples. Today’s choice is BPAL’s Siren, described as “White ginger, jasmine, and a touch of vanilla and apricot”.
Iris poudre and Japanese green tea (sencha uchiyama) – a good enough pairing
Very elegant choices! Enjoy
Loooove Iris Poudre. Sencha, not so much…
Iris Poudre and Kusmi black tea with rose for me today.
SOTM is April Aromatics Calling All Angels – very rich amber, not very springlike except for the April part
April Aromatics has intrigued me for quite some time but I haven’t ordered or sampled any. Have you tried Unter der Linden? Apparently the linden trees were sacred to the preChristian germanic tribes and in Germany there is a boulevard of linden trees from which the name of this perfume has derived.
This is the only one I’ve tried — or maybe I have tried the jasmine and can’t remember. Haven’t tried the linden one though. I do love the smell of linden trees, which should be blooming in Denver any day now…
Not a tea drinker: in fact, not a hot beverage drinker, period. My caffeine comes from Diet Coke, I’m afraid.
Wearing L’Etat Eloge du Traitre. Weird dirty-ugly opening and then a loamy pine forest that cleverly avoids smelling like floor cleaner. If I can get past that opening I’m golden but sometimes I just can’t face it.
For many, many years, diet coke was the only liquid that entered my body
Continuing my JAR exploration with Jardenia this morning. It’s been about 20 minutes and I am still in the mushroom stage. Hoping something floral shows up soon.
Not really a tea drinker, but for a while I was drinking something called Sailor’s tea. I can’t remember who made it, but it was black and strong and I liked it. Now I make a 20 oz cafe au lait every morning.
Jardenia nearly did me in, thought I might have to step outside the boutique as it literally turned my stomach. Smelled like rotting vegetation on me (shudder).
Wearing Jean Patou Sublime. Great take on orange, such a solar, uplifting scent. Drinking a short espresso and listening to TSF jazz radio. Life is good.
Sounds like an awesome morning!
Which Sublime? The original or the new release? I love the original – it truly is sublime – but have never tried the newer version.
I bought it in 1993, right after it was released. Agree, the name is very fitting. So full and satisfying, let’s just hope the new version is not too washed ou.
I actually really like the new one! I have a mini of the original and I do like it, but it does smell ‘vintage’ compared to the new. To be fair though, the new Sublime is no girly concoction smacking of 2015. It still has the same richness and depth of character (especially the edp), just in a more contemporary sense.
The edp has been on my to-buy list for a while!
Thanks for the update on the new Sublime, sounds like it hasn’t been missed with too much, just updated a bit.
Good to know, thank’s! And now it seems that Jean Patou perfumes are in good hands. I can’t wait to try the new Joy.
The reformulated, I mean. With more rose and jasmine oils.
Heavenly on my sister, horrid on me. I fare better with 1000.
I am wearing Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere from a magazine test strip!! I am absolutely loving it. I don’t know how I missed this. I am drinking some iced cold brewed Starbucks that I made; it makes it less acidic and so smooth.
I just discovered Eau Premiere myself about a week ago! The drydown is wonderful and I’m hankering for a FB, but Box of Eels is at the top of my list right now.
I kind of let my hands Ouija themselves into my fragrance drawer, and it turns out my spirits wanted me to wear Caron Parfum Sacre edp. Which turns out to be perfect for this crisp spring day. It’s funny how that goes, b/c originally my thoughts were thinking greens, but now I think I’m going to try for a week of roses.
Week of Roses sounds nice.
Our weather is cool and sunny so I am very much in Greenies mode.
I am in Ellie Nuit by Ellie D today. I like it in the spring because to me it is a green floral (and there is a kind of hay note there, too).
I have tested Unter den Linden and really like it. The linden is definitely there and I seem to get a bit of lemon, too, but it doesn’t interfere with the linden at all. I am considering getting a FB; I like it that much.
Thank you for your input on Unter Der Linden….I was asking about it above as it seemed like an interesting linden and I like that it is all natural.
yes, I appreciate your comments – I will move it up my list of things to sample…
SOTD is Dame’s Cassis Rose and Sandalwood, someone mentioned yesterday, on one hand and Dame’s Desert Rose on the other. The CRS is bright and crisp and uplifting (I love the cassis in this but then it’s one of my favorite notes), the rose is sweet and pure and clear, a very nice rose summer scent when hot humid weather can make rose scents suffocating for me. Desert Rose is a beautiful, deep, rich rose, fully open in the warm sunshine, muted and a bit spicy from carnation, a lovely cool weather/evening scent. I like them both, after a couple of hours of only a tiny amount of each, they are both developing nicely and wearing well.
Forgot to add that my ‘tea’ is Starbucks Sumatra whole bean coffee – hot and strong – always coffee in the a.m! Tea is for afternoons or eves, usually a herbal blend from my local tea shop.
that would have been me yesterday mentioning Cassis, Rose and Sandalwood….from what I have sampled thus far it is my favourite in the line. (and I am realizing that I like cassis as a note as well). I have done more research and reading reviews on Cassis, Rose and Sandalwood and one reviewer said that if you like Lush’s Rose Jam you will love this one.
I am impressed with Desert Rose – I sampled it over the weekend, and am going to put it in my wear to work rotation….
Someone mentioned Ta’if yesterday (maybe Mals?), so that’s what I’m in today. It’s gone oddly quiet, though. Tea at work now is Trader Joe’s Earl Grey, but first thing this morning it was a lovely lapsang from Upton Teas.
I like lapsang.
Yeah! Ta’if! I’ll have to ad that to my week of roses.
Wearing En Passant today and had to skip the tea since we slept in. Spent all day yesterday digging the giant milkthistle to burn and clearing fallen branches from the previous night’s wind storm so we could have the river bank mowed. Woke up stiff and covered in puncture wounds from the blasted thistles to find it’s incredibly windy today so more limbs have fallen and we can’t burn the thistles.
HATE THISTLES. It’s probably because there are still so many in and around the yard – which was a pasture field ten years ago – that we named the farmhouse Thistle Knoll.
When he was a kid in the 70s, my husband’s dad used to pay him to dig thistles in their yard, a penny a thistle. The story goes that he came in after an afternoon of this and demanded a raise… all the way to 2 cents each.
Great story, mals!
Hysterical! and may I add in those days teenagers were willing to do a bit of “manual labor”.
I think he was maybe 8 at the time. By the time he was a teenager he had graduated to full-on farm work.
My next-door neighbor is embracing nature in all its glory. Apparently thistles attract birds, as do many other weeds. Her yard is its sharing the abundance with mine. I would like to toss a canned ham over the fence.
The ranchers adjacent to us have better things to do than eradicate thistles so we just do our best to annihilate the ones that blow our way. I actually have no problem with the little native ones but those huge blessed milkthistles are a nuisance and won’t succumb to herbicide but just mutate if sprayed.
I’m sure all the money in the world wouldn’t have induced me to dig them as a kid. The spines go right through thick leather gloves and I was a bit of a wuss. I did, however, have a big stick and a bucket when we irrigated and was paid a quarter per rat and a dime per mouse so at least I got to experience some of that farm kid glory
When we were kids my sisters and I used to antagonize each other by half peeling the milky pods and then throwing them at each other. Heavy yard work is the pits.
Wearing En Passant, too! One of my faves; it makes me feel really, really good to wear it. I suppose that’s all there is to say.
I made a pitcher of iced green tea with mint last night and a big, cool glass is calling my name…just as soon as I get home from work.
It’s really funny how everyone is adding what tea they are drinking to their sotd! It’s a nice spring day but the chill this morning had me craving L’heure Bleu so I drained my decant of it and then had some English Breakfast tea while WFH. Just finished lunch and will head into the office soon (had to wait for furniture guys this morning to deliver stuff). Any Dr. Pepper fans? I don’t drink a lot of soda at all, but when I do (like today) I drink that.
I like Dr Pepper. Not a big fan of cola or root beer, just Dr Pepper!
In Texas, they drum you out of the state if you admit to not liking Dr. Pepper. I’ve never admitted it (in public) but I think it tastes like prune juice.
I was just going to comment that true Texans like Dr. Pepper! Too bad about the whole Dublin Dr. Pepper thing.
My mom calls Dr. Pepper “glorified prune juice,” so I think she’d agree with you…but I like it, particularly with a splash of lime (nerdy thought–TNG always had Worf liking prune juice, so I guess this might be a good cola for him?)
I like both…prune juice and Dr. Pepper. However, I have recently discovered Izzy and enjoy those as a soda replacement due to the healthier aspect.
I’m apparently only half a Texan as I love Dr. Pepper but think Big Red is absolutely foul.
I agree the Dublin Dr. Pepper is a sad loss but the Dublin plant still turns out lots of good stuff. Their grape, peach, and grapefruit sodas are wonderful.
I have promised myself to go through at least some of my samples, so wearing Robert Piguet’s Visa today. Unfortunately it’s not quite my thing, too sweet and somehow incoherent. I’m now in the drydown phase and it’s OK, but I didn’t particularly enjoy the beginning and the middle.
I’ll definitely have some tea as soon as I get home from work (it’s almost evening here). I recently stocked up on some nice Palais des Thes green and white teas, but I think what I actually need is a strong cup of Kusmi Tsarevna with milk. It’s still/again chilly here and I’m also a bit headache-y, strong tea usually helps.
You should try and get your hands on some vintage Visa if you can. It is so different than the current. I agree the current is kind of not all together there. The old stuff is very classic greens and oakmoss stuff, like Givenchy III. Very nice.
The original sounds wonderful, but I’m worried about getting into vintage as well. I seem to be into too many things as it is… For the moment I’ll stick to Fracas and Bandit, both great in the current formulation, I think. But I really appreciate your suggestion, thank you.
I’ve just got plain iced black tea today. I make a gallon of sweet iced tea (“the house wine of the South”) about every two days or so, but I’m lowering my sugar intake so am making myself unsweetened as well.
SOTD is Crown Bouquet again, for the big slap of galbanum/marigold followed by very quiet white flowers.
My favourite marigold was the original Dolce and Gabbana that came in the red velvet box I am guessing mid 1990s? It was the same bottle/box as the current Light Blue but the color motif was red/gold. My girlfriend broke a bottle of it all over her bathroom floor and it smelled delightful for months! the current Dolce and Gabbana isn’t anything like it.
fragrantica calls it “D&G” and release date was 1992.
Oh, I miss the original Dolce & Gabbana red velvet boxed scent. It was amazing. Huge, spicy, and before I really read perfume notes. Now I wish I had some to sniff as I don’t remember marigold/tagetes in it, but love that note. That may be one of the reasons I liked it so much. It was a fragrance that smelled so much better on my mother, that I gave it to her
Lauren (Ralph Lauren) – or at least the original version – had a ton of it too.
AND Safari has marigold too (I love Safari).
Shoot, I feel like an utter dufus. Apparently I love a marigold accord. Lauren,Crown Bouquet, D&G check check check! I don’t love the flower, nor am I a fan of the scent of calendula or tagetes. Is my brain actually capable of comprehension at all?
SOTD is Grand Neroli, one of my favourites!
I’m still enjoying the Memo Lalibela that I put on last night. I’ve nearly used up the sample and am going to look for a decant. Later, I think I may join Robin and others in seeing how Diptyque Volutes pairs with spring weather. So far, it’s cool and sunny here but may cloud up later.
Forgot to put on SOTD(I was going to wear Silver Iris, which I find so easy). Had to rush out to catch a bus to my conference in Boston. But am going to NM and Barney’s tonight to do the sniffing that I can’t do since moving from the North Dallas area to Arkansas, so it’s okay. If I get off early enough tomorrow, will hit Hermes and Chanel!
My mission this week is to wear my FBs, nomads and big decants. Today is Un Jardin sur le Nil, which I love. I always think about the green mango, which gives me pause, but forget about the dry quality it has. It has incense in the drydown (frankincense?) which is amazing. I even bore the rotting melon of Un Jardin après la Mousson yesterday, and it was fascinating. Not love, but not boring. Be well, and wear your precious!!!
I can never get melons to work for me. The rest of Apres la Mousson is very pretty!
Nomads? I don’t know that term.
I thought that was the Hermès name for the 15mL rectangular minis. I have 2 sets of those, and realized they weren’t getting skin time.
Shamefully, I didn’t confess my tea earlier, but I drink pretty plebeian stuff. I like PG Tips for most days. I have more exotic teas, but they sit mostly ignored. Guess I can save on tea, and spend it all on perfume?
It might actually be what they’re called! I just don’t know… not much of a Hermes gal.
I do have one of those tall 15ml Kelly Caleche edp bottles. It’s a really nice size, I think.
I’d like to steal the term for wayward samples and other possessions. It has a much more romantic adventurous ring to it.
My confession is that I use a plebian coffee maker for brewing tea. I dump the bags into the carafe and hit the button. Sometimes I’ll add crummy chai spices but then then they adhere to the pot so I really have to be in the mood.
Ah that makes sense! Nomad for a travel spray is really quite cute!
Sotd was En Passant & Freres Mariage French Breakfast Tea to begin with. Now (evening) its probably going to be some rooibos.
Yay for Rooibos!The only tea I do drink…hot during winter,iced with lemon and honey during summer.Enjoy!
Have to try it with honey and lemon once summer comes. But I also like it with some milk and a teeny bit of sugar.
Nice picks. I’m wearing En Passant now as well – it’s past midnight here and Visa is gone. Never tried rooibos tea with milk, however.
I never tried it that way until I saw it South Africa. But it’s delicious when it’s cold out.
Another hot one here so my SOTD is Chanel Eau de Cologne. I like colognes, but don’t see anything special about this one. I still am not quite over my cold, and all I smell now is vetiver.
My tea this morning was Trader Joe’s English Breakfast – I feel so pedestrian compared to all the fancy stuff getting reported here!
I will gladly join you in being pedestrian. Though I enjoy some special brews from a delightful tea shop in my neighborhood, my favorite teas are Still Bigelow Constant Comment and Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime and Sleepytime Vanilla.
I love Constant Comment!
Nothing wrong with being “pedestrian”…one of my all time favourites is the ever simple P & G Tips. Bigelow and Celestial Seasonings make wonderful teas as well.
Yea! You make me feel better for liking plain PG Tips I have more expensive teas, but it’s my real favorite. Simple joys are great.
I forgot to add that Trader Joes makes a limited edition holiday tea- the name escapes me but it comes out during the Christmas season and is a green tea that tastes of candy cane. Same for the Celestial Seasonings….their Holiday Limited Editions are delightful….Sugar Cookie is my favourite (made with milk thistle) A former co-worker who no longer works in my building gets an “inter-office” treat from me every year….a ziplock bag of the Seasonal Celestial Seasonings Candied Plum tea bags..it has been our tradition for three years now…..I cannot interoffice the tea box so I strategically place them in a ziplock in a plain, small manila folder, unlabelled and then place that in a large interoffice folder. Devious, I know,but she gets such a thrill as she adores this tea! And she always knows that they are from moi!
That’s a great story, and so thoughtful!
Aerin Lilac Path,is my SOTD.Really growing fond of this whole line!The Lilac and Evening Rose are my two favorites,closely followed by the Amber Musk!There are some resemblances between the Aerin line and some other established perfumes,but they are so easy to wear,and really affordable as well.Happy Week NST!
I’ll have to give those a try if I see them. One needs some easy wear perfumes, too.
Wearing Eau d’Hiver for a jour de pluie.
My SOTD: Amouage Epic Woman. I never noticed its pronounced minty tea note before. I quite like this. Wish I had a sample of OJ Ta’if to sample alongside it for comparison. I do like my spicy roses!
I happened to pass the L’Occitane shop in the Chinatown area of DC today, and was happy to see that they have a good selection of mini colognes. In particular, there is a beautifully packaged La Collection de Grasse set, three 7.5-ml splash bottles of Neroli & Orchidee, Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc, and Jasmin & Bergamote. At $30, it’s only $1.33 per ounce. They also had minis of some of the others, such as Arlesienne, Verveine, and the Fleurs de Cerisier. Verveine is a roller ball, but the others are all splash bottles, nice heavy glass with metal caps.
I did not see the Traveler’s Fragrance collection that is on their website (Verbena, Cherry Blossom, and Roses et Reine) but I might have overlooked it.)
There were also numerous other sets – three tubes of different hand creams, sets of colognes with matching or coordinated body and bath products, and so on. L’Occitane is really spring gift central right now.
I bought the set and am testing Arlesienne now. I like it – nothing ground breaking, but it smells lovely and has none of the annoying notes that ruin many mainstream perfumes for me.
I tested Eau de Baux on a scent strip. Too much ashtray note for me, but it’s really the wrong season to test it.
Funny how that works… I like Eau de Baux but actually wish it had a bit more smoke (it’s pretty sweet on me). That’s actually one I wish they had in a mini or a rollerball!
I think people perceive some of these chemicals very differently, i.e., that they smell much stronger to some of us than to others. Of course, taste and skin make a difference, too, but I think we’re actually smelling different things. I also sort of like ELdO Jasmin et Cigarette at first, but the ashtray just grows and grows until it’s too much for my nose. Do you also like that one?
I looked for a small size of Baux but did not see it. You might check the website, though, just in case.
The idea of anything smelling like cigarette scares me, so I’ve never tried Jasmin et Cigarette. I think you’re right, though, that people smell completely different things. Smokey notes trip me up sometimes, and I often either smell meat or no smokiness at all. Given those two options, I prefer “no smokiness at all.”
SOTD = L’AP Tea for Two
All the notes are in my like / love list. I could probably wear this all year with the exception of hot and humid days. As perfect as it is, if the perfume gods see fit to have Tea for Two with Iris as one of the base notes, it will jump up to my Top Five.
Tonight I’m wearing Costume National Scent Intense thanks to a generous nst swapper who traded for some wicked dark chocolate (thanks Pixel!) It smells just like a hot cup of hibiscus/rosehip tea and seems to go very well with the steamed artichoke I’m having with dinner. This is the first time I have worn it. Not sure it lives up to my inflated expectations, but it has a unique charm and I will be wearing it some this Spring. On me, it smells a bit like the part of an old timey health food store where they kept the bulk herbal tea.
I just wanted to say thank you to a couple of nst-ers who contacted me about sending perfume care packages for my bereaved cousin who just lost her man. NST people are thoughtful, kind and generous.