It's Hump Day! What fragrance are you wearing?
I'm wearing a bit of Bronze Goddess Whipped Body Cream, just like yesterday.
Reminder: this Friday, 7/31, will be Fantasy Vacation Friday: pick a destination and wear the scent that takes you there.
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 Residence of Mark Twain, Hartford, Connecticut, USA via Aussie~mobs at flickr; some rights reserved.
10 Corso Como .
I wish I could get my hands on some of the older formula just for comparison.
I do love the incense in this though.
I tested old and new together at some point, but I would not be surprised if 10CC has been reformulated again since then.
I’m sure it used to be better but I’m blissfully ignorant as the first time I tried it, long prior to perfumistahood, I don’t think I liked it. I do remember being disappointed because I liked the bottle. Now I only want to try the older version again if I can have a full bottle since I quite like the current formulation.
Andy Warhol (Bond no. 9)
sotd: guerlain aqua allegoria lys soleia.
it’s swampy hot outside and lys soleai is wearing well. i debated between this, AG Le Chev and Atelier Trefle Pur for a few moments today and happy I wore this pretty vanilla-lily
All your choices sound lovely! I love Le Chev – that citrus opening is so mouth watering. I’ve never smelled lys soleaia – but I’m enjoying the stargazer lilies in my garden right now. I can smell them from 20 feet!! So if you smell like them, then you smell gorgeous!
lys soleia is really worth it. It reminds me a little of AG songes with it’s floral-vanilla-ylang combo. LS has gorgeous green lilies and noticeable ylang and dries to a sweet lily-ylang-vanilla that isn’t foody. It’s so good I bought a back-up!
Oh, that sounds very beautiful! I’ll have to check this out.
I put on Gucci II in the morning, but I was a bit bored by it, so I tried samples of Mistral Patchouli (what an off-putting name) and Bois Blonds, but they’re not terribly exciting either.
You have to kiss a lot of frogs…..
I love that terminology! And how true it is ????.
I agree that Mistral Patchouli isn’t much to write home about, but I actually like Bois Blonde as a nighttime fragrance.
Oh, I like them both (Gucci II, too), I guess I was just in the mood for a little drama today :).
Iris Silver Mist, which I once baptised as Turnip Surprise. It’s a stunning scent. I own quite a few irises but this one is the most impressive.
First time I wore it, it reminded me of washing muddy potatoes in ice cold water when I was a child. But I completely agree, it’s stunning.
That’s a very good description for that scent. I had a similar experience with it the first time I wore it.
I wore it yesterday. When sampling it for the first time I had to get used to the clove note, Turnips I actually love, carrots, muddy potatoes, the whole rooty aspect of iris/orris. The clove took some time. Now it makes me swoon. In fact, I took advantage of the free shipping now on offer by the SL website, and bought the purse spray….
Would be interested in other irises you own!
You should try Seven Veils! It’s very carrot-y/rooty
“Swoon” will never be the same for me!
I have TDC Bois d’Iris, which is fairly rooty but nowhere near as much so as ISM, Hiris, fun and carrotty, yet still very elegant. Love Les Carottes, another Giacobetti for Honoré des Prés, which I always think of as ISM’s much younger and cheekier sister, VCA Bois d’Iris which is very smooth and elegant and not very rooty.
AdP’s Iris Nobile is more about the flower than the root. Dior Homme is a gourmand and ambery iris. Heeley’s Iris de Nuit has quite a strong violet accent, and Felanilla is another iris with the emphasis on gourmand notes. Same goes for Equistrius, which has quite a strong ambrette presence. You may also want to try Iris Nazarena, a dry and austere iris. I would want a bottle of it, were it not that I’m so well covered in the iris department that it seems superfluous to get anymore.
I don’t own all of these suggestions by the way. (only a fair number )
I always struggle with that turnip/carrot aroma. But I’ve never smelled ISM. I am working to catch up on my Serges!!
The most sophisticated turnip out there. Too nice for Baldrick, who after all preferred his turnips au naturel, esp. if they came in funny shapes!
Twins! I loved it from the get go and was quite pleased when Barneys started carrying Bell Jars albeit at extortionist prices.
I’m still chuckling at “Turnip Surprise.”
Commando so far…just polished my nails, and the smell is irritating.
Woke in a panic, suddenly realizing that on several recent 2-3 day camping trips I had a bottle of Acqua di Parma Colonia in my duffle bag. It was on the floor behind the driver’s seat, but it’s been so hot & the car heats up fast when closed up. Got VERY LUCKY, seems to be ok.
Oh, I hate that sudden-realization panicky feeling – glad it worked out okay this time.
I love that you wear perfume camping!
Or, as Mary Jane Butters calls it, “glamping.” (As in glamour camping)
I’d probably take a fragrance camping too, lol! Very Eva Gabor of you. You’ll just have to use up your Colonia faster now.
love that…”very Eva Gabor”
Clinique Wrappings is my camping fragrance of choice and always accompanies me, works for all areas and all seasons.
Went sniffing yesterday and I still have traces of Lorenzo Villoresi Ylang Ylang on one arm (FBW) and Tropicana on the other (also FBW). I really want the Floris Palm Springs but that one didn’t have overnight longevity. Also got a sample of Floris Honey Oud which should be fabulous in cooler weather
Trying the Robin-approved Azemour les Orangers today. Lovely, and great in this weather.
We were almost twins, but in the end I saved Azemour for tomorrow, when it’s supposed to be even hotter here than today (and today is supposed to be stifling!).
Have smelled the Dior, but I bet you smell lovely. Where do you live? My sympathies on the heat – I barely survived my wait for the subway at 8 this morning, and I am afraid to leave the building.
Not sure where you two are, but here in northern NM it’s been 95-ish every day for a while. Suddenly we have 3 days of clouds and 85 degree highs. Hope it’s headed your way.
We’ll take it!
ihadanidea – NYC is so hot right now! Next time this happens you’ll have to come and slum it on the mountain with me. Thankfully it’s only supposed to get up to about 87 here today….. but it cools of at night. I hope you survive!!
Being on a mountain hardly seems like slumming
I’m in Oregon (Portland), and this kind of heat is very atypical for northern Oregon. We often have two or maybe three days where it gets close to 100 degrees in summer, but this year we’ve already had a couple of weeks of 95-plus, and another is here now – far more than our quota, and it’s not even August yet. I heard they’ve closed fishing season (for salmon, I think) because of water-temperature issues. Eez no gooood!
Eez not indeed!
If I end up with a bottle of this, it will be you receiving enablers points.
SOTD is Dior Escale a Portofino – I just love this one. Such soft-creamy-citrus deliciousness.
<3 Escale a Portofino. could drink it!
Yes! It’s almost like a lemon creamsicle.
It took me a while to warm up to Escale a few years ago. I kept getting wary of that bitter almond accord. But now it’s one of my fav summer colognes – I always wear huge sprays of it before I garden, lol. It blends well with being outdoors. It also layers well with rose soliflores.
Oooh, haven’t tried layering it yet – that’s on the list now!
I was in such a hurry this morning that had no time to pick a scent. But I’ve just slipped out for a late lunch, so will see if there is anything appealing in the local perfume shop.
I suppose one of the advantages of living in a big city…Let us know if you found something appealing!
I chose des Minimes Botanical Cologne of the Morning. I’ll have people coming over for Gin&Tonic later in the evening and I didn’t want the scent to last until then. It’s nice enough, but nothing special.
And yes, Brussels is not a bad place for a perfumista. The shop I visited is a completely ordinary one, but still carries a selection of Lutens…
It must be fun to do that from time to time. I was very fortunate to have visited Brussels once when I did college study abroad (I was staying in Cologne.).
I’ve seen those Minimes at our local Ulta, but they never have any testers. I wish I could sample them all. Sometimes I think I’ll just buy some of the body products to figure out which scent I like.
I have the one Annikky is wearing(my husband uses it as aftershave also). It’s a light orange-y thing. And also The Missions(vanilla). I’ve smelled them all. The rose is fresh/tangy, OB simple and cheerful, original is fresh citrus/grapefruit. It’s the kind of item people might keep out in a guest bathroom or use on a very hot day. Not exciting but smell natural and not like cleaning products.
Thank you for the brief reviews! This will help. I always like something splashy in the summer.
In Sunshine today- so beautiful and long lasting
SOTD is Atelier Blanche Immortelle from a decant from a generous NSTer
Kelly Caleche EdP. Really enjoying it today.
You smell wonderful!
A slathering of rose body butter I bought in Morocco, followed by a healthy dose of Calligraphy Rose.
Your roses sound gorgeous! I’m so happy that roses are in style.
Yes! They’re everywhere! I just received a mini of MFK A La Rose with my AplSoir, which is very traditional smelling, and the La Rose in my Le Galion coffret is really nice- both a fresh dewy rose and a syrupy one all at once.
Ive always been a rose girl actually. I didnt think I was but come to think of it, as a teenager I used Crabtree & Evelyn Rose bath products, and The Body Shop Tea Rose perfume oil.
I’ve always been a rose girl too. I have an old bottle of C&E Rosewater eau Fraiche that still smells pretty good!
Perthgirl, your post made me think Rose Tattoo would be a great name for a fragrance…turns out it has been done. Rose Tattoo by Neil Morris–a rose leather. Never heard of him, but he is based in Boston. His website does not list Rose Tattoo as still being available… so dream up notes for my own Rose Tattoo….
I’ve sampled a few Neil Morris perfumes – they are worth trying, I think.
Calligraphy Rose is pretty much the only oriental rose style perfume that I’v fallen for! It always makes me feel so totally content
My SOTD is bay rum cologne. I can’t remember the brand because I transferred it to a spray bottle (I do have the original bottle tucked away somewhere).
I love a good bay rum cologne — sweet, spicy, inviting, and appropriate for all seasons. I want to hug myself. I wish that more people wore this.
Yes. I sometimes pinch my hubby’s bottle!
I remember it & miss it. Should keep it on my radar.
SOTD is Chanel No 22
I was browsing the blogs while thinking of my wedding perfume and I stumbled on Victoria’s review of 22 on Bois de Jasmin. I was drawn buy the beautiful picture of a pearl (which I will be wearing on my wedding day) and the reviews made it sound lovely. Then, I had an epiphany: I am getting married on the 22 of August! I had a sample of it from an order from STC a while back, but had never tried it before. It’s been less than an hour since I applied, but so far I’m slightly disappointed by the fact that it’s not an immediate love for me (incense is a tricky note, I find… It has an acrid quality to it that I find difficult). We’ll see how it goes.
I just had a “holy crap” moment because I need to think of my wedding fragrance as well!
Sounds like you might still be hunting for a good one since No 22 didn’t wow you.
What fragrances are you considering? When is your wedding?
Congratulations, by the way!
Congratulations, to the both of you! I got married in June (so wonderful, fun, loving, amazing day) and i was super excited because i chose Chanel Beige, and i splurged on a 50 ml bottle.
My hairstylist (who did a fabulous job with my ‘do, my hair was exactly what i wanted, so not complaining) used a heavily scented hairspray – and lots of it.
The bad news is that i didn’t end up smelling like honeyed florals, but i did smell like oatmeal. I couldn’t tell, but when my Mr. got close for photos he kept saying “you snell like oatmeal.” (He’s a romantic, folks, lol).
The good news is that my photographer got a couple beautiful pictures of my shoes and the chanel bottle together, so there’s that!
Congrats again to each of on your upcoming weddings, and best of luck with the last bits of wedding preparation!
Congratulations to you!
Beige is pretty much my number one contender at the moment (although I can’t seem to make up my mind! Not much time left!!) The oatmeal comment of your husband made me laugh! Maybe it was the combination with the hair spray? I’ll have to test that before! Haha!
Thank you! Definitely test beforehand!
Oh, and make sure you can wear your shoes for a long day, and bring backups. I tested mine, but only for a couple hours, and i ended up with a stress fracture and wearing a boot for the last month because i toughed it out. Whoops!
Okay, that’s enough advice from me! Good luck finding your scent!
Chanel No 22 is challenging – but if you come to love it, it may just be fate for your wedding date! I like parts of it through the development, but always after a few hours I wish it would go away. It is very long lasting.
Picking a wedding fragrance is hard. For mine, years ago, I selected three to accommodate both mood and weather. My three were Apres l’Ondee, Jardins de Bagatelle, and then SSS Velvet Rose. It was a small, intimate garden wedding…. and it ended up very, very hot and humid. I chose the Velvet Rose b/c I knew it would stand up to the heat. I wish you luck for sure!
Yes, it could be fate! Plus, I’m getting married in a Roman Catholic church, so I guess the incense would be appropriate! I’m liking the dry down a lot. Maybe today, with the muggy weather, wasn’t the best day to appreciate it.
I think giving yourself three choices was judicious.
Katie Puckric ( man did autocorrect have a hissy fit about wanting to ” correct ” her last name!) wore Avignon and Vanilia for her wedding . Maybe that would be a good layering combo for you too?
No 22 is so beloved but on me it’s mostly all aldehydes. Sometimes I like it, sometimes it’s too pushy. Have you ever tried Sonoma Scent Studio Champagne de Bois? There’s a similar vibe with No 22 but I find SSS CdB more beautiful and easy to wear.
I can’t even remember what I wore on my wedding day. Divorced now maybe that’s why?! I think it was something Annick Goutal, perhaps Heure Exquise or Gardenia Passion. Truly am blanking…oh well.
I did try it a while back, but I can’t remember it so well now. I think I found it a bit much at the time, but I’ll go find my sample and try it again later today. Thanks!
it might seem a bit much to some, SSS has incredible longevity and oompf, which I love. but if you prefer lighter scents, one spritz of SSS will do it!
I got married August 22nd too, 23 years ago. I wish you happiness and I hope you will find the right perfume for your special day.
Oh! That’s great!
Thank you so much for your wishes!
Continuing on with BPAL, I’m wearing Titania, which is described by the BPAL website as “white grape, white peach, iced pear, musk rose, sweet pea, moonflower and snapdragon”. I’ve been pleasantly surprised that these perfume oils are not linear, as I think most perfume oils are. I definitely noticed development of the scent as time went by on Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday’s scent went from floral, to more vanilla, but finished up spicy from ginger in the afternoon.
Due to finances being tight, I can’t afford to get any samples for several months. House/wedding are devouring my funds! And yet I managed to find a mini of a fragrance I’d not tried yet, so I put that on today: EL Pure White Linen.
Today was one of those *palm*face* days where I put on a fragrance and think: why the heck haven’t I been wearing this before now!
Anything in particular you’d like to sample?
Oh yes. I’ve been making a list to keep on my phone of scents I read about or need to get another decant of. I really want to try Misia and Osmanthe Yunnan. I was also thinking I should get more decants of 31 Rue Cambon and Bois des Iles.
My e-mail address is my name in reverse dot gmail. I should be able to help with most of those, although it might take some time, as I’m in Europe.
!!! I’m seriously awed by the kindness and generosity of NSTers! Thank you!
I’ll email when I get home
Love the idea of Osmanthe Yunnan as a wedding scent!
Best wishes for the wedding planning and the event itself! I’m going to a bridal shower this weekend. It is wedding season.
Thank you. It’s in late October. The fiance and I are autumn fans
Late October is a very beautiful time to get married. My older sister got married in October.
I’m wearing Guerlain Jicky today. Sometimes, this is the only scent that will do. So calming, for me at least.
I tried the extrait last year in Paris and I think I have to go back for it…
That is such a beautiful scent.
I’m wearing Jil Sander No. 4. For some reason I’ve been craving 80s scents.
When I think of the 80s, I always think of the fragrances my older sister wore for some reason: Colors by Benetton and EL Beautiful.
Beautiful! Estee Lauder kind of owned the 80s. I don’t think I’ve ever tried Colors, though I’ll always remember the ads.
The in-store ad (this would have been late ’80s) for Beautiful left an indelible mark on me, and I have never been able to wear the perfume as a consequence… It was a of bride, I think she was on a horse! But the horrible part was that the film was only about 30 seconds long, playing just the first few lines of Joe Cocker’s “You are so beautiful to me….” Over and over and over and over and over again. I asked the SA if it drove her crazy. She said it was the worst working environment she’d ever had!
Not sure I’ve tried No. 4, but I love No. 3.
Ah! Jil Sander No. 4 was my signature scent for nearly 20 years, and its discontinuance is responsible for my current descent down the rabbit hole. Went looking for a new signature, and ended up with about 20 of them (and counting!).
Life is good!
Parfum de Therese… after a few years of not being that active in my perfume interest (I blame grad school) something has happened to me recently where I am appreciating lots of things that I didn’t used to get. As my budget has not yet fully recovered, loving lots of new/old things is both wonderful and terrible.
I really like Parfum de Therese. I have the mini in the coffret but know if I had a bigger bottle Id wear it more often.
Parfum de Therese is really elegant and lovely. It’s funny how the nose changes over time.
Thérèse is beautiful!
Jacomo Silences for me today!
Orange Sanguine all the way, baby! This heat is no match.
I’m in an unintentional combo today that seems actually to be working. I meant to wear LAVS but grabbed Sel de Vetiver instead, then decided to wear LAVS anyway over the top of it. It was a bit wonky at first but now I think the vetiver is giving the incense some depth and strength it lacked.
Today will be too hot to do anything fun outside so cleaning and re-wiring the entertainment center it is. Also, did I really miss that many cobwebs yesterday when I cleaned or did they regenerate overnight?! It’s a good thing I like spiders because they seem to thrive in this house and I refuse to spray stuff that will poison all the good bugs and lizards, not to mention getting on my cats. At least the kittens have decided that spiders are a delicious crunchy treat (ewwww!).
Cats are not just decorative! They are your handy dandy, pre programmed, self adjusting varmint control system!
HAHA, cats are great when it comes to spider hunting. As for being crunchy treats… *shudder* but hey, they get the job done.
I laughed seeing that re-wiring was one of your activities for the day. I remember when I made the fiance do that in our old apartment when we had to switch cables if we wanted to use a certain device. Our entertainment center was ridiculous with devices. It took him 3 hours to do it.
My cat eats cobwebs. He doesnt care for the spiders, but chomps on the webs like he’s eating fairy floss. He is admittedly a little bit special, but I googled his weird habit and apparently it’s not (that) unusual as webs are high in amino acids and protein. Not eating Australian spiders is probably a good decision.
I love to spend time with my sister in South Australia whenever I can. She’s had to teach me caution around ordinary garden creatures because they’re so fascinatingly pretty and often so dangerous. A-NZ has only one poisonous spider, katipo, and the likelihood of meeting him is quite tiny, so of course I bounce around with no common sense or thought of danger at all. My sisters cats bring home the odd snake and many gorgeous but apparently highly dangerous spiders, and they place them on the kitchen floor, then demand ‘roo meat as payment for their labours.
He’s probably afraid to tangle with Australian spiders. I know I would be. Fortunately, Texas is full of things that will sting, bite, and poke you but few are really dangerous.
I can’t watch when they eat flies. It makes me gag.
I used to have a remarkable cat who would catch flies and keep them in his mouth, release it again, catch it again, etc. He was amazing for many other reasons, but it was a very Mr. Miyagi kind of moment to watch him do this.
Ha! “Mr. Miyagi kind of moment.” Love that, except when one of cats did that with a mouse in the house and it finally took refuge up the chimney–couldn’t blame the little fellow! No chopsticks needed….
You guys could’ve joined up with a traveling carnival! Also impressive is our guys can “hear” a mosquito from another room! That is handy.
I can handle the flies and spiders with a mild shudder but I draw the line when I catch them eating crickets. They are just so nasty.
I have issues spraying that full spectrum bug spray too just to deal with spiders. I love salamanders and worms for my garden, etc. We have tons of spiders where I live – thank god – mostly outside – and they are there for a reason b/c of other worse buggies. I’ve made peace with them. The ones that do get into the house are fodder for the cats or for a rolled up recycling catalog.
I made a happy accident kind of discovery a few years ago for early spring cleaning – I was spraying diluted bleach and water outside around the windows and doors to deal with the mildew and algae, and it seems like the spiders really do not like bleach and water – go figure. They either ran away or died. But the happy accident about it is that it must be killing off the eggs b/c over time I’ve had less and less troubles with the spiders coming in that way.
We have a big fat spider that has been living on the edge of one of bedroom curtain rods for months, literally. It never goes anywhere else, and since we leave the windows and french doors open all the time, we figure it is an excellent co-habitational arrangement.
I wore Iris Poudre today, but someone I was talking to cut short the conversation with, “Sorry, I can’t be around your fragrance!” I hope they don’t come out with a fragrance free directive! In the meantime, I keep sniffing the back of my hand…
really?! Omg! I’d probably have replied with something hotheaded and inappropriate like “that’s fine- I cant be around your attitude!”
As an IP lover I’m backing you on that one. Once the initial aldehydes quiet down, which is before I leave the house, it is really pretty tame IMO. That’s such a deflating thing to have said to you. Mixing it in some unscented lotion will keep it closer to the skin if people are too sensitive. Send them over to talk to me today! I might have to do CPR on them(see my SOTD)
It really beggars belief for me that people feel the right to make these utterly personal comments! I mean, I sometimes encounter people with various unappealing characteristics — bad breath, BO, lousy taste in clothes, ugly voices, irritating laughs, whatever — but I deal with them anyway, and adjust the ambit of my activities to avoid them later if I’m really unstuck about The Thing. It seems to me to be the height of bad manners to make such an announcement as “I can’t be around your fragrance”. What’s next? “Sorry, I don’t want to talk to you because you’re wearing brown shoes?” I’m with Perthgirl: that person needed a sharp set-down. Oh, and a bit more spine, because if the worst thing to happen that day was to get a nose-ful of IP, then it was good day, in my opinion.
Gosh, I really am a Grumpy Old Woman today. If I keep this up, I’ll be on the New Year’s Honours list to be awarded the GOW gong with star and garter…oh, but REALLY! Meredifay, wear your fragrance with joy, and more power to your elbow!
A pox on your co-worker. How rude! I’m fuming for you, no pun intended. I may have mentioned before that one of my co-workers wore nuclear levels of Tom Ford Black Orchid and never once did I complain but I’ve hinted at going perfume shopping with her. When she mentioned that she was running out of Black Orchid, I jumped on the chance to offer her samples of favorites from my collection (yes, I’m devious). We’ve both been quite busy so we have not had the perfume talk and we won’t see each other until end of August between our partially overlapping vacations. I will have to double my efforts before she ends up with another bottle of Black Orchid!
I have a seriously hyperreactive olfactory system (like, smoke & strong smells make my tongue swell & my mouth go numb). But for the length of an office conversation, with a soft fragrance applied hours before, it seems like she could have explained her sensitivity and simply taken a step back.
Atelier Trefle Pur, which is doing a great job of staving off today’s work frustrations.
SOTD is Neela Vermeire Pichola. Another hot hot day here today… I’m wearing an Indian skirt, green silk with gold threads, gold top (why not go overboard…) NV seemed like a good fit
I need to try that. People seem to rave about it.
Sounds like the kind of thing I’d wear I love green too, but found that people always comment on it, like I’m kermit or something. I can wear hot pink or yellow or whatever and nothing, but green.. “Well… aren’t you looking very… green… today?” Huh?!
This reminds me of a recent fashion magazine interview with a beautiful Indian-American who said of her style, “For Indians, more is more.”
Sounds like a beautiful outfit.
Wearing Jimmy Choo Exotic, for the simple reason that the bottle matches my dress.
An excellent reason! I actually ordered a bottle of Un Fille de Berlin today because I am wearing my favorite red dress with a little cut work around the hem, and I just wanted to be more coordinated. The IP I have on today is actually much better with the pink and beige linen outfit I had on yesterday.
I normally match my fragrance with my mood, or what I want my mood to turn into. The dress I’m wearing is new and a tad exotic looking. When I noticed the match, I just had to go for it.
I wish I was that inspired in the morning.
Le Labo Ylang 49 is wearing me today! One small spritz made me wonder if I’d made a huge mistake. I quickly smothered it with unscented lotion and 2 hours later it’s calmed down a bit. It’s actually quite a beautiful retro-ish floral chypre but has nuclear projection and longevity, too, I imagine. Of course, the Ylang is not evident. Those Le Labo rascals.
That one freaked me out! Lol. I didnt do my research, and I don’t really get along with old-school chypres. You are right. Not Ylang.
I tried the Ylang 49 oil which was much quieter and really nice actually. The SA gave me a sample of the perfume. Big difference! Wasn’t prepared for that.
I wore that to bed last night. I love that one!
Once it calmed down, and the lotion helped, it smelled so sunny and golden with an earthy, woody buzz. That’s what I got right away with the oil version. I love that part. Interesting sleep choice, though!
SOTD is the new Carven Vetiver layered with AG Eau d’Hadrien for some extra zip.
I have the itch for some smelling, so last night I sorted all my very interesting samples that I already have. I’m gearing up for a sample basket challenge.
Looking forward to your reports from the sample challenge!
I forgot how many really interesting samples I have, so I’ll look forward to my discoveries too!
It’s another hot day in Cleveland and Chanel no 19 hits the spot today. I hope there won’t be drama at work today.
I’m testing Skive, a new leather perfume developed by natural perfumer Jessica Hannah for the leather line Canoe Goods in collaboration with owner Natalie Davis. Skive won a 2015 Art & Olfaction Award in the Independent Category and high praise from Luca Turin, Mark Behnke, and others.
Since the reviews were great and with the samples nearly half the price of a small bottle, I went ahead and blind-bought the quarter-ounce bottle (which comes in a delicious leather wrap for travel). Notes on the Canoe Goods website are ambrette, Atlas cedarwood, castorium, choya loban, clary sage, myrrh, nutmeg, saffron, tobacco, vetiver. The name Skive is a leather working technique.
What I smell is a beautiful smoky leather perfume. It’s not at all sweet, fruity, floral or powdery. It reminds me slightly of Tauer’s L’Air du Desert Marocain. I love leathers, and this fills a new niche in my collection and stands tall beside any of them.
There don’t seem to be any other perfumes by this brand available yet. I hope there will be in the future.
ooo, I’ve been curious about this one. Sounds tasty… (a lemming is born!)
Oh, great name! Sounds interesting and I did NOT known “Skive” was related to leatherwork.
I like the other meaning behind it even better! “Skiving” can also mean avoiding work or chores while likewise trying to LOOK like you are actually accomplishing aforementioned work! I know people who have created an art form of this type of skiving.
That perfume sounds delish! Leather is one of my favorite notes
I wonder if there is a relationship between the original definition of slicing leather into thinner sheets and skiving off work. Seems like there might but it could as easily be random.
This one does look great. I was eyeing their site and the sample isn’t available now…
I wonder if they’ll be back in stock later. What a cute leather mini wrap the samples came in!
Eau des Merveilles for me today. I never seem to tire of this one, and it always seems perfect no matter what I’m doing.
Looking forward to Shangri La after work, which really makes me swoon.
This is shaping up to be a great day!
I’m wearing Rochas Byzance, against all muggy reason, even in the EdT. So far it’s wonderful, but I haven’t taken it outside.
Leathermountain, what do you think of Byzance? A very kind NSTer sent me a sample and its really nice, but does not last too well on my scent-eating skin.
Merlin, do you notice a difference between the 2 versions? (I havent worn it for eons, but remember it lasting forever on my skin!)
Hi Perthgirl, hard to say, because as a pre-teen I had a miniature of this so I only dabbed it on. I do however THINK I remember it not lasting as I hoped it would. So I would dab some on but when I got where I was going I couldn’t smell it that well anymore. As I’v said though – I have ‘special’ skin :p
Hi Merlin. I’m drawing a blank on this one today. I’m sorry! It’s a big 80s floriental, not usually my thing, but I have a soft spot for it.
Taking one look at the mercury rising… I generously doused myself in Bombay Bling. This fragrance is really a different animal altogether in the heat. Much more interesting!
P.S. A day late and dollar short… I am indulging in a bar of TCHO Mokaccino… milk chocolate with Blue Bottle Coffee… well, more than a dollar short :p
Les Nez Manoumalia. It’s a while since I worse this sample and…edge of rotting white flowers, bit of smoke and funk…delightful. Wish I had an “outside nose” to tell me if it matched well with me. I might just have to re-dose later.
Manoumalia is from another world. I adore it.
I love it! It’s making me a little crazy right now. I wish I could get some more, but prices/shipping are high.
Dune. I have a little bit of the parfum and I’ve got that on one wrist and the EdT on the other. The parfum is definitely richer and muskier.
I’m sampling Iris Pallida today and loving the anise note, but it’s getting hotter and I am starting to crave Moon Bloom in the heat. After Iris Pallida fades, I’ll put some on.
Kia ora. Today is graduation for the postgrad students and we also scoop up any under-grads who straggled because they had to re-sit papers. I’ve decided not to walk in the procession, but I have to sit on the stage in full academic dress because some of my own students are being capped, and it seems to me that the occasion calls for 31 Rue Cambon. The day is cold, but the lights will be hot: I think 31 will be delicious in both extremes of temperature.
Waterdragon, that reminds me of my own grad ceremony – more than a decade ago. There was a well-known journalist giving a speech and most of it was about how easy it is to fumble through university and how you only really learn anything when you get out and you get working, etc etc. It was offensive to quite a few of us who had worked our butts off, but it was also obvious that she had an axe to grind…
Its strange, but what I remember at the time is studying the Professors on the stage to see how they acted when protocol demanded they pay attention to something that was – basically – unworthy of attention! They were all looking extremely bored and spaced out. Except one who somehow ‘felt’ me examining them and sort of stiffened up in his chair and put on the appropriate face
Both my graduating PhDs are women, and I’ve bought them flowers, which I will give on stage. The School also presents a pounamu ( = greenstone [jade] carving), so we try to make the moment special and personal. I try to channel my dear mamma and rise to the occasion, because even though I ‘ve seen it so many times, it is a special moment for the graduands. All that work! Aiee!
Waterdragon, you are 100% nice.
I’m sure that special attention really lingers on in their memories!
I’m wearing Krizia Uomo today which is wearing like a thick veil on me for some reason and I love it. In the 80’s I would wear it and it would fade away in an hour or two. Today it still is lingering 10 hours later. I am remembering why the love affair began. Sigh. Heaven.
Your post just made me have a major 80s flashback to when I wore and adored K, lol. Wow, I haven’t thought of the perfume in 30 years. Now I’ve gone and dated myself, hahaha!
DTC De Bachmakov. I am in love with it, and like with some true loves, it’s quite difficult to explain why. It is intimate, yet fizzy and makes me feel pampered – but I realize those descriptions won’t help anyone sense what it smells like, if they haven’t tried it. Who here knows and loves it too, and would like to help with a description?
This is my favorite of the TDCs when I smelled the line at Barneys but I don’t own any FB because I did not want to pay full price. I would describe it as plush. The notes don’t list iris or orris butter but it sure smelled like there’s some quality version of iris in there somewhere.
Summer’s full glory is on display on a hot and sunny day today: from my little deck I can see the Rose of Sharon shrubs blooming profusely in every shade of pink and purple, and white as I inhale the intoxicating fragrance of my potted jasmine plant and listen to the cicadas singing their harmonic melodies and catch a glimpse of the blackberries growing on the back fence. The perfect scent? philosophy Falling in Love Summer, lighter and less sweet than the original FIL, its berry kissed with a soft floral touch, fresh and soft yet somehow longer lasting than the original. It’s another of my favorite summer fragrances.
It sounds absolutely idyllic at your house. Wish I were there!
I hate that I have to post so late this week, but I can’t have any technology while working the Bar Exam.
SOTD= Bronze Goddess Body Cream
I copied off of Robin (she wore this yesterday). Since we aren’t supposed to really wear perfume, I thought the body cream would hit the spot for me. BG=good stuff!