Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday so far! What fragrance are you wearing?
I'm wearing Maria Candida Gentile Hanbury.
Reminder: tomorrow, 7/17, will be Italian Niche Friday — wear something from Acqua di Parma, Lorenzo Villoresi, i Profumi di Firenze, Santa Maria Novella, or any other Italian niche brand.
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 VENTIMIGLIA Casinò ai Balzi Rossi [cropped] via Daniel70mi at flickr; some rights reserved.
SOTD: Interlude Man (Amouage)
Have a great day!
I want to try Hanbury. How do you like it? I own Sideris by MCG, which I really like.
I just read your review… no need for a reply!
And I meant to review Sideris on Tuesday, but this week has been a mess. Hopefully tomorrow!
Oh good! Something to look forward to. I am so curious if Sideris smells similar to Exultant from the same line. I’ve seen them compared before but have never smelled the latter of the two.
Testing Bond No9 Sag Harbor today. Ugh, it’s almost pure calone. Too much calone! The initial spritz was floral, and nicer than I expected, but after about 2 minutes, it turned into the all-calone-all-the-time monstrosity that it remains several hours later.
Might as well wear New West, it’s cheaper
I ADORED New West! If I could find it readily I’d probably even buy a bottle for old times’ sake
I liked it too, and still did, last time I smelled it!
I’m wearing Nuit de Tubereuse, but it’s almost gone. I’ll switch to Eau de Shalimar for the afternoon.
Au Dela for me today by Bruno Fazzolari… I really love this scent. It’s so pretty.
Vintage Parfum d’Hermes extrait: complicated, rich, enveloping. If someone held a gun to my head and forced me to pick one scent to wear for the rest of my life, I would shed bitter tears for Serge Lutens and then I would choose this one.
That’s some high praise.
Seriously. Pyramus, you must smell amazing!
I’ve come down with a stomach bug so I wanted something light and a bit green. Etro Vetiver.
I hope you feel better austenfan! I can’t tollerate any scent when I am nauseous. You are much tougher than I.
I hope you feel better soon – vetiver always has a calming effect on me.
I hope you recover quickly!
How is the Etro Vetiver compared to other vetivers? I’ve recently become interested in that note but haven’t pulled the trigger on any particular scent….
Hope you feel better soon. Nothing worse than nausea to my mind.
Etro’s interpretation is very nutty, and quite light. Not as earthy as some. It’s got a favourable review in the Guide and on Bois de Jasmin.
And I agree re the nausea; esp. for someone as fond of food as I am!
Hope you feel better! I find citruses are good for nausea.
Thanks for all the good wishes!
Profumi del Forte Roma Imperiale.
Maybe we could have a ‘if I wasnt such a perfume floozy this would be my signature scent’ day? I would have a hard time deciding between this and Lyric, but im certain it would be one of these.
PdF Roma Imperiale is one of my faves. Gorgeous stuff!
Maybe a “… this would be my signature scent week”
Would anyone need a month to cover their signature scent contenders?
Love the idea of a “this would be my signature scent” week!
I need to try this again. I have a sample and I bet it smells great in the heat.
It does! I think it’s a fantastic 4 season scent, but I do tend to wear it most during summer.
No scent yet but looking forward to going sniffing at Officina 189 in a couple of hours. Italian scents I’ve never even heard of–novelty brain is excited
Iris Nobile EDT, from a balky decant sprayer. Need – no, NEEEED – a full bottle of this. Mmmmm.
Edt is discontinued, so fb’s will likely be hard to find soon…
WHAT?? Noooooooo! Ack – off to the internets to order a jug of it while I still can!
Gorgeous weather this morning! Must enjoy it while I can because it’s going to get hot quickly.
Wearing Eau Premiere.
Scent twins. Never thought I would like this so much, but am draining the bottle. I love it now!
SOTD: Madonna of the Almonds by Floris.
Wearing something “clean” smelling to combat the humidity and rain!
I love that name
and I was so caught up in the quaint name I forgot to ask whether it actually smells like almond?
I love the name too.
It doesn’t smell like almonds at all actually. It is a straight up fruity-floral with a puff of powder. It smells clean, like how you just had a fresh shower (basically, soapy but nice ).
Today I’m in Parfum di Nicolai Weekend a Dauville. I have a 30ml which I hurriedly purchased un-sniffed after I heard it was to be discontinued.
No regrets…not only that, I would probably go as far as saying that it is the holy grail for me with respect to lily-of-the-valley, I who never warmed to Diorissimo even in the vintage form. How’s that for fragrance love?
I love Weekend a Deauville, and you smell gorgeous. Even my husband, not a practised nose by any means, picked out the lily of the valley.
Discontinued? Oh no! It’s my favorite from PdN and I haven’t got around to actually getting it
In the perfume coup of the day, this woman scored Annick Goutal Songes in EDT and EDP 3.4 oz each for, wait for it, practically free, $100 U.S. dollars!
Oh….wow…what a steal! Lucky lucky you….
Wow, good for you.
I hope you report on your love for both, and the difference!
Congratulations and you will smell stunning.
Congratulations! There have been amazing deals on Annick Goutal lately. I already have two of my favorites, Songes and Passion, in EDT but couldn’t resist ordering the EDP versions.
Congrats! Great score!
Congrats! Songes is gorgeous!!
I’m back from our final trip to small-town Southern Missouri to clean out my husband’s grandma’s house. It’s officially empty and ready for sale and I will never again have to crawl around that disgusting attic in the summertime, yay!
I’m also braving the early aquatics today, broke out the old bottle of Acqua di Gio (women’s) to compliment the “unscented” deodorant I was forced to buy on the trip. Wish I had read the ingredients, the listed “masking fragrance” appears to calone or something similar. Why the heck do I always forget to pack deodorant and toothpaste!?
I have to admit that I’m not hating this as much as I could be. Probably nostalgia (summer of 1997, fishing trip with cutest boy I ever dated) or maybe I just don’t hate aquatics as much as a perfumista should. I think I will probably tone it down later today but stick to melon-fresh with some Ineke Angel’s Trumpet.
Why should a perfumista hate Aquatics. It’s not my favourite genre but I used to really enjoy Acqua di Gio.
I guess there have been so many overpowering and terrible calone based aquatics that the entire genre tends to be scoffed at. I know I have tried quite a few that were truly disgusting and they tend to be overwhelming when experienced I the wild.
I love challenging animalics but I don’t mind “fresh” scents as much as most people seem to. I would certainly choose calone over a scratchy woody note any day.
I think a positive association will always help
Also, I can pick out the Men’s Acqua di Gio from a hundred paces in a crowded room and still find it really appealing. Aforementioned cute boy wore it so that MAY have something to do with it.
I love Acqua di Gio, men’s version and I like calones too. The problem is there are just not that many great ones…..
I haven’t seen people discussing it here, but there is a fabulous aquatic by X Ray Profumo called Amnesia. I may not be a perfumista, but that stuff is excellent; would love to hear if anybody else is enjoying it.
I wore Acqua di Gio eons ago and loved it. I think I just burned myself out on aquatics, but I think they might be coming back into style. I did see two Family sized bottles of Acqua di Gio at Target on clearance. I thought about trying it again.
No scent just yet but…
I have actually been to Ventimiglia many times. It’s over the border from Menton, France and and less than an hour drive from Nice. Beautiful little town known for it’s indoor market for produce, fresh pasta, meats and cheeses. We’ve often gone over the border just for this market!
This sounds so lovely. I am travelling with you in my mind.
Today is my first sampling of Jasmin et Cigarette AND Supra Floral. Yep, I’ve upped my game in surfing The Sample Sea. I was only doing one a day, which would probably take me at least a year to complete and hell, no.
Jasmin and Cigarette was one of the jasmines I tried yesterday. Loved the jasmine, can pass on the cigarette!
Yes, the jasmine in it is quite good, and the cigarette has now faded but altogether it just isn’t calling my name.
Yay, I also wore Jasmin et Cigarette yesterday — how exciting to align with not one but two people on NST!
Is this so because Jasmin et Cigarette works well in summer?
I am asking since it IS calling my name … I am trying to resist since I already have a gorgeous jasmine, but maybe I could justify a fb with the ashtray note …
It does seem just right for summer, morgana. It’s so sultry and seductive.
Holly, my credit card is not happy with your answer!
MR, I read that Jasmin et Cigarette was one of the first cigarettes that you tried. I like the ashtray note. It has great associations and plays so well with the jasmine that I get confused about whether jasmine or cigarettes smell so sexy, or maybe it’s some facet that they share….
Ha! No, not a smoker, thank goodness! (Bad for sniffing perfume and bad for the bits of lung I have left!)
I can completely see how this scent works for some people! There is a sweetness to cigarette smoke and ash that complements the jasmine nicely, as you say. But at the end of the day, I don’t want to smell like it.
How’s Supra Floral? Been meaning to try it and Oriental Express.
I was hoping for more hyacinth from Supra Floral. I think Robin’s review is spot on:
except that I get less green and less hyacinth than she did.
Nothing Italian here. I really should rectify that.
SOTD residual PG Fellanilla from last night layered with a brisk spritz of Tauer’s Vanilla Flash this morning.
Happy Almost Friday Day to all
I almost ordered a sample of Fellanilla yesterday. How is it?
Love fellanilla. I used an entire bottle up. It’s such a cuddly undemanding scent on me. I bet it’s great with Vanilla Flash.
Yes, two vanillas at opposite ends of the spectrum! But it worked out very well today
I love it- I would have a FB but I rarely wear it in summer, which is 9 months of the year here. I am on my second decant and it’s a staple in cooler months.
La Pausa today. So lovely.
La Pausa is a beauty but it doesn’t stick around very long.
I think I am very lucky in that respect, and I always moisturize, but I spritzed it this morning at 9 AM, and now at 5 PM I can still smell loveliness on my wrist. Hardly any sillage left I think.
That is amazing. I moisturize everyday too but am lucky to get an hour from La Pausa. Mind you I’ve only tried it from a sample.
I get medium longevity.
Santa Maria Novella Zagara for me today.
SOTD: Parfums de Nicolai Mimosaique
This has always been on of my faves. But it’s smelling a little “detergent-y” today. Which is odd. Hope it’s just an off day! (esp. since I have 2 backup bottles
Should you have more off-days, I know someone very willing to take care of the backup bottles
Its raining, so the picnic my daughter has waited weeks for will likely be cancelled. To match the melancholy mood, wearing Muhler Fougere Furieuse. Yesterday I sampled Dame Perfumery Dark Horse and thought it smelled just like SL Five O’Clock Au Gingembre if you replaced the ginger with a floral note. But maybe that’s just me! I will have to do a side by side on that!
L’Artisan Drole de Rose today. Sometimes it seems too sweet but its behaving well today.
I only wear DdR once in a while, when it just seems “right”. It is very sweet. I like the powdery projection that it has. Sometimes I layer it with a rose soliflore to give it more boost.
Good idea, I’ll try layering it next time, especially if it seems too sweet.
Great fun rose violet! I like it too. I don’t wear it that often, but I always enjoy it when I do.
Yesterday, I went over to The Perfume House to sniff a couple jasmines, and Andre, that gem, offered to pull out “a few more for me to try,” and I had a LOVELY time sniffing all sorts of jasmine fragrances! I tried woody jasmines, amber jasmines, sparkling aldehydic jasmine, and those with jasmine in the name but seemed to have no jasmine it them. Such fun!
Oh, and he very kindly pulled out some Henri Jacques perfume oils, which are apparently rather difficult to obtain and shrouded in mystery. They were fascinating! (But thankfully, I don’t think I fell in love with any of them. $420 an ounce, I think he said?!)
SO, SOTD will be one of my jasminey samples, probably the Montale Jasmin Full, since that one has been whispering in my ear for a little while now.
The Perfume House is so awesome! I was so lucky to get to go there a few years ago. I remember being so excited – I wrote notes ahead of time to stay focused. But once I walked into the store I was so overwhelmed. It’s like visiting the Louvre! You have to go back over and over. I was only able to test about 7 fragrances! That is so cool you got to explore jasmines there. Jasmine Full is a great fresh and sunny jasmine for sure!
Yes, I suspect the comparison to the Louvre is apt! I do find that if I go in with a “sniff whatever” mindset, I don’t end up exploring much of anything from being overwhelmed with choices. I feel very lucky to have it as a local resource. (Although Andre and I were lamenting the lack of fine department store options in the area. We really could use a Saks or Barney’s.)
There was a small Saks in downtown when I lived there in the late 90s. It was in the extension part of the mall that has the movie theater. It must have only lasted a few years. They didn’t have much going on but some great hats in the spring! I know there are a lot of regular old normal people in PDX, but with all the upscale downtown housing, you’d think there’d be better major department stores.
Now that you say that, I *do* recall news of a Saks being closed. Wasn’t it even on 5th avenue downtown? That must have been just as I was moving into town, and some while before my perfumistahood.
And I agree, there’s so much money being brought into town these days (the property values, ouch!), it seems time for someone to revisit the notion of some higher-scale shopping options (other than the awesome-if-quirky local designers).
My husband is deep into planning our trip to the Pacific N-W next year, and he is muttering in a gentle way about the dog-leg he has to incorporate into our route so as to accommodate my visit to the Perfume House. His face was a perfect study of disbelief when he asked me how long I thought I would need and I told him a full day. Clearly there are compromises ahead, but I will get there for at least a little bit. Super!
Oh, yes, it it worth the time! And Portland really is a great city, so I’m sure we can find your husband something to do while you’re busy sniffing! Let me know if you need any suggestions.
I’m looking forward to this trip more than I can tell you. Maybe I’ll see a bear. Or even a wolf. Or– and this is something I really long for– a humming bird. And then there’s the perfume….
Oh, I think a hummingbird is a reasonable goal! They are beautiful and ridiculous little marvels of physics, aren’t they?!
I fear I’ve only seen bears in the mountains–we always got them up at Mt. Rainier when it was huckleberry season (August or September). And wolves, well, maybe at the zoo? You can hear coyotes in town sometimes–and I think I saw one running down the street one night, but not quite as majestic as a wolf. . .
Could not resist the hummingbird train. You will see hummingbirds! I put a feeder right outside the window at my kitchen sink to chat with the birds while washing up. They are super territorial and their frequent dog fights over who gets to drink when are very entertaining. When I bring in the feeder to wash and refill it, there is one scarlet headed fellow that buzzes in and out of the window to hurry me along. Even my bird hunting cats leave the hummingbirds alone. I call it the kitchen accord. But woe to any titmouse or chickadee who wanders in!
When is your trip? I have loads of hummingbirds in my yard in April/May, they seem to like my lilac tree. I don’t know where they are now, probably somewhere with more blooms. And like Marjorie Rose said, there are loads of things for men to do while you are sniffing.
At the moment, the plan is to fly into Vancouver, pootle gently around and about up there, take a train trip that will eventually pitch us out in Oregon (I am childishly excited about the train–we never travel by train in A-NZ), then get a car and meander south down the coast to San Francisco and onwards to home. I know this is hopelessly vague, but the details are still very fluid. We hope to spend a couple of weeks –we might need longer, but I’m not sure about leave–in September next year. So, maybe a Canadian bear? An obliging Commonwealth wolf? But really, if I see a hummingbird– I love your description, Marjorie Rose — that alone will make the money and the effort worthwhile. Everything or anything will be wonderful.
I get some visiting my fuschias and crocosmia this time of year, but they’re inconsistent. I think I could get regular summer visitors with a feeder, and it’s on my to-do list for my garden to search out a good one.
If you head a wee bit south of San Francisco, we have lots of hummingbirds year-round in the Santa Cruz mountains. They are amazing.
The hummingbirds are in MY yard now, enjoying the lavender and the last remnants of something jasmine-y growing on an arbor over part of our deck.
Feedback from Mr. Spicebomb on Jasmin Full. “Is that the new fragrance you’re trying out today? It’s awful strong. . . It’s nice, but I can smell you from the other room.” So maybe this one is a dabber for me?
Dior J’Adore Voile de Parfum is my SOTD. I never did like the way J’Adore smelled on me. The Christian Dior SA gave me a sample of J’Adore Voile and it is so pretty and soft. I’m liking this one a lot. May be a full bottle in my future.
It really is pretty. I bought a small bottle when I had a discount at Sephora. Took me forever to open it (minor guilt trip over how many bottles I have), but am really glad I did. It’s a great office scent. Very ladylike.
Wearing Dune today. It’s been my go to scent this summer.
Oh, Dune can be such fun radiating from your skin in the heat! Great choice!
SOTD is EL Pure White Linen Pink Coral. I was in the mood for a ‘pretty’ and ‘pink’ summer non-tropical scent and this one works nicely.
I have and like WL Pink Coral very much too. Certainly is pretty, with lovely cherry/apple blossom note, and a touch of heliotrope. I am going to spritz some on for tonight!
No perfume yet but debating on what to wear. Last night was Diorissimo in EDP form. It smells mostly like the EDT, the jasmine is very noticeable and very indolic. But I do think that I should wear Nuda today.
I’m wearing another of my favorite Demeter scents, Clover, which is a nice floral green.
My Chanel minis arrived in the mail yesterday so I’m trying out Gardenia. It’s nice, but I think 4 ml is enough to last me awhile.
SOTD is the same as yesterday…Terracotta.
I wore Terracotta a lot last week layered over Skin Trip coconut lotion for an extra tropical element. I may need a back-up bottle before they screw with it too much. It’s just so easy to wear and makes me feel pretty and put together (even when I’m hauling ancient boxes of carpet scraps and disintegrating bathroom rugs out of a humid attic).
I’m with you on the Terracotta. I use it steadily in warm weather, and a backup bottle is on standby in the fridge. To me it is so well-blended, rounded, and lovely. I’m finding it layers nicely with citrus for extra summer refreshment.
I’m two for two days of Terracotta, too!
Wearing Donna Karan Woman, found for a bargain price at TJMaxx yesterday. First time I’ve ever found anything worth buying at my local TJ. Vetiver, sandalwood, orange blossom, simple yet interesting.
I read a couple of weeks back that Donna Karan has left her company, and the new management intends to focus on DKNY. Wonder what that means for her fragrances, especially the less-commercial ones. Wonder if I should be pondering a BUB for Black Cashmere…. or finally pulling the trigger on Chaos….
I am curious about the reissued Black Cashmere–does it smell the same as the old one in the pebble bottle?
I’ve only smelled the new. It’s wonderful. The Non-Blonde said the new & old were the same to her nose.
Good to know, thanks! But the only place I’m seeing it is on her website, not Nordstrom’s or Macy’s. Might be on the way out again…
I’ve only ever seen it on her website.
It’s carried by Nieman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman
Wearing PdN Vie de Chateau Intense, which is very nice on a humid day that’s in the low 70s.
I’m getting ready to go to Italy tomorrow, so I’m starting today with Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Parfums des Beaux Arts Giardini Segreti which is one of the Italian Journey fragrances. I should really wear this more often, but I only have the 5 ml bottle so I try and save it for special. It is hands down on of the loveliest floral fragrances I’ve ever smelled – super plushy soft tuberose, sweet jasmine, and a host of other notes that I can’t determine.
I mean “go to Italy” as in the niche fragrance challenge! I wish I was really!
Hi AnnS, Have a wonderful trip! Glardini Segreti sounds beautiful.
Oops… just realized I read your post too fast!
Sorry about that – I should have been more clear. But thanks anyway! I do need help figuring out which fragrance I’m going to wear tomorrow.
I was about to say that I was soooo jealous. Italy is one of the places that are on my bucket list. Until then, if you can’t go to that location, you might as well smell like you are there. Lol!
I was very lucky that I got to go to Italy when I was about 25 for a family trip – Venice, Lago di Garda, Verona, etc. It was very, very nice. I never drank so much all day long in my life. Prosecco and Campari for breakfast, wine for lunch, liquors, etc., after dinner. Coffee coffee coffee. I only wish I’d had more money for shopping! Someday I’ll get to travel again.
Now that sounds like the life!!! Makes me want to go even more!
Has anyone ever heard of Folklori Al Ward by Rassasi(sp?) or Warda by the same perfumer? I saw good reviews for these scents yesterday but have never sampled anything from that brand.
Rasasi is an Arabic perfume brand (based in Dubai), and it is listed on Fragrantica but I don’t know too much more…
Wearing my absolute favorite fragrance in the world; Nectarine Blossom and Honey by Jo Malone. I have a doctor’s appointment today for my elevated blood pressure. It has been kind of high the last couple of days. But, anytime I am feeling down, scared, or just want to be in a good mood, I put this fragrance on. It definitely lifts my spirits.
Good Luck! I hope you get a good report.
I think that fragrance is lovely! That and the Peony & Blush Suede are my favorite from Jo Malone. Best of luck with your appointment.
That was really the only jo mo that I liked when I sampled it..been forever since I have sniffed it..vanilla and anise was pretty ok too.
jo mo! hee hee!
Jo Mo! I love it! I might start calling it that.
Thanks for the support, everyone! The doctor made a few adjustments and I go back in 2 weeks for a follow-up visit.
Used up the last drips of my Seville a l’Aube sample… which I enjoy the same way I enjoy a fragrant bush or flower—in the moment… but I am not hankering for a full bottle (although a year or so ago I bought one for my sister-in-law…)
Thank you to folks who humored me yesterday in my extreme grouchiness! Morning meeting went well and I am drafting a new MOU for a writing project that I am actually a little excited about… tweaking something I worked on in the spring.
All is well in Seville a l’Aube!
My favorite of the moment!
Womanity. The salty figginess is really great!
Twins! Finally tried it because of Anniky’s comments. Love.
Today it’s Maine by MCMC. A nice scent for a hot cloudy day, and I think the pricing at MCMC is so reasonable. Roses are trendy right now, but I think this one has some individuality.
I like MCMC’s stuff too, particularly Maine, Hunter and Phoenix.
Ooh, I have not smelled either Hunter or Phoenix. I keep hearing good things about Noble, though. Have you sampled it? I’ve read some interviews with Anne Serrano-McClain, and she seems awesome.
Dug around and found a sample some kind person (sorry – not sure who, so thanks to whomever!) who provided me a sample of SL Fleurs de citronnier. Fits well with the less humid but pleasantly warm day we’re having (as compared to the disgustingly humid and hot day yesterday…)
Bulgari Thé Rouge for me today. Not sure what I’m going to wear tomorrow. I don’t have much Italian niche. I think I might have a couple of Acqua di Parma samples around, though.
I’m wearing A La Nuit today, radiating jasmine gloriosity (is that a word?) around the house and yard.
If gloriously wasn’t a word before, it is now. Works perfect for the purpose. New addition to perfumista vocabulary.
Bother this beastly thing– I meant “gloriosity” of course!
That’s what I am in the mood for. When my frag fades, I’ll be on to A La Nuit!
GREAT MINDS! This was another of the jasmine samples I took home yesterday from TPH! Lovely stuff! You smell glorious, indeed!
I was certain you had already tried the SL jasmines or I would have pulled that out as well! Did you try Sarrasins too? That one’s My Preciousssssss.
You know, I’m sure I have tested the Lutens before, but just wasn’t “ready” for them at the time.
Re: Sarrasins: Yes. Andre gave me a “squirt” from the bell jar in back. It was LOVELY! Darn him.
Oh, and tried the current formulation of Samsara which I liked until I put it on skin. The sandalwood was SO BITTER on me! Andre recommended I search out an older bottle. :-/
I have had good luck with the Samsara minis. They all seem to be not-so-tinkered-with and reasonably priced.
Oh, good suggestion, thank you!
I almost put a la nuit on this morning … I’ll have to put some on tonight! You smell wonderful
My scent thus far is left-over Baiser Vole Extrait that I sprayed experimentally last night at about 7 o’clock. I can just catch little whispers from a slightly dishevelled lily now, but it’s done well to last this long (it’s 5.30 in the morning here). I like the Extrait very much: it seems to me a more interesting exploration of the theme than the EdP, and although I bought it on a whim, I’m glad I did.
Hope your days are going well, NST.
Hubby is in London on business and calls to ask me, “Have you ever heard of Penhaligon’s? Luckily had the presence of mind to ask him to get me a sample of Ostara (and whatever else they might give him). He sniffed Ostara while we were talking and pronounced it “interesting–floral, but not all gardenia (his interpretation of most tuberose).” A good sign.
Don’t you just love them when they make such efforts to make us happy?
Got lucky. He got the last sample in the shop. He bought himself their Love Potion No. 9 for men. Read the description. Sounds pretty spicy. Might have to borrow from him in winter. Lucky me that he loves things like Pi and Egoiste, which he has worn for years.
You’re lucky he likes fragrance, period! Mine has no interest in fragrance. But he loooves to cook so I can live with it
Wearing Bond no 9 West Side. Booze, rose, sandalwood. It’s lovely, but quieter than i would like, and reminds me of a more boozy, syrupy Burberry Body. As the proud owner of Body, i can save my cash and not buy West Side.
But it is tempting. … and i know fragrance.net currently has good price.
Still, i resist.
Longevity not amazing. Might be better in cooler weather.
La Fille de Berlin! Thank you, Uncle Serge , for creating such a thing! I see one of those brilliant pink bottles on my tray of treasures in the near future…
Isn’t it such a gorgeous color? I bought it last fall and wore it mostly in the winter but am having a hard time wearing it lately. Something about it feels too harsh after a while. My have to wait til the cooler weather is back.
I have that response to most rose perfumes that I keep in heavy rotation. After a while I just have to give them a rest. The good ones come back, tho…
The day opened Italian in Gringo from La Via del Profumo, a strange and strangely compelling scent, so far. Wintergreen, patchouli, and animal bits. I’m fascinated to see how it will hold up to multiple wearings. This would be my second but doesn’t count because later I swam with chlorine, applied Fracas lotion, and eventually spritzed 4711. Anyone want to guess which aroma now dominates?
I have no idea, but I am interested! Do tell!
I’m going to guess chlorine – am I right?
Ding ding ding! Fracas parfum outsmells chlorine even if I apply the parfum before swimming — I first learned this from another perfumista, so it’s not just me — and today’s Fracas lotion is finally fading about 10 hours later, over chlorine and Gringo and straight through 4711.
I’ve had Fracas last through two days and two showers–probably the most persistent tuberose ever!
Interesting – last time I tried the ordinary Fracas (edt?) at a shop, even the SA was surprised when I came back an hour later and it could hardly be smelled even with one’s nose up against the skin I had sprayed twice… I obviously have powerful skin!
2nd vote for chlorine! :p
I started out in Songes body oil but on my way home stopped in a Duane Reade and coated myself in various Demeters: Condensed Milk, Funeral Home, Black Ginger, Riding Crop, and Mahogany. I liked Funeral Home and Riding Crop. Was thinking of buying them to use as a closet spray.