It's Emily Dickinson's birthday. (It's also Gingerbread Decorating Day, which may or may not fit in better with your own plans for today.) We're celebrating with our same old lazy open thread. Talk about anything you like — the fragrance you’re wearing today, your favorite Emily Dickinson poem, whatever.
Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…
Note: top image is Daguerrotype of Emily Dickinson, c. early 1847; public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.
My question is…what fragrance do you imagine Emily Dickinson would dab or….spray on herself with reckless abandon???? Was she a fruity floral sort of gal…chypre? I wonder.
How about 31 Rue Cambon?
Maybe Guerlain Apres L’Ondee?
Yes, this. Or maybe just a simple violet or iris fragrance.
Violet was my first thought.
+1 for Apres l’Ondee.
Love your gravatar!
Thanks, I liked the cute birdie. The artist’s blog is here: http://blogdelanine.blogspot.com/
I have about a thousand kitty pictures, I should do one of those next. Yours is super adorable!
Or maybe she smelled of patchouli from her linen chest?
Either Chypre or an old-school Iris.L’Heure Bleue would be my choice.
Yardley’s English Lavender
My favorite Emily Dickinson poem, Because I Could Not Stop for Death, first stanza:
Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
Hello NST and yay for gingerbread decorating day. Last evening my mum baked some and we are about to put some frost glaze on them! We’ll also use nuts, dried cranberries, raisins and some sugar decor to make them look pretty and delicious.
Scent of the activity will be April Aromatics Calling All Angels. Mum will wear it too, she’s an incense fan.
I adore that scent! Tried a sample recently and decided to order the FB but it is out of stock at Luckyscent, so instead I bought the 10-bottle sample scent. Looking forward to trying them. My Christmas present to myself. Enjoy your gingerbread!
Me too! This, CdG Kyoto and incense from UNUM/SAUF are only ones that I can wear with grace ;).
Enjoy your present to the fullest. We all deserve those presents to ourselves
yes you do!!!
My very favourite at the moment Lucas, I wish I was in your kitchen smelling the Angels on you and the gingerbread!
Quite a Winter Holiday mix, isn’t it?
That sounds really fun. I hope you have a wonderful gingerbread day with your mom. Please eat a piece for me!
I’m traveling today thru Monday, so fragrance will be one of the samples/decants I grabbed on my way out the door. Maybe Profumum Meringa today for warmth.
We were on the road yesterday and today — lots of traffic out there! Hope your travels are easy and safe.
A question for ya’all: what’s the best of the beauty boxes in terms of products? I have been slowly upgrading my make-up–blame it on aging, or maybe the crazy notion I had for a while there that I could do my own make-up for the wedding, or maybe I just need a new hobby. In any case, I am the proud owner of 3 higher end products now (lid primer, concealer, and mascara), and I must admit, they are an improvement over the stuff I usually pick up at Freddies. So, I’m open to trying other products and seeing if maybe they could do some improvement also. My current method is to go to Sephora’s with a problem, they hand me a new product, and I buy it. There’s probably a better (or at least more fun) way!
Oh, and SOTD will likely be Musc Ravageur. Sounds cozy on this icy Saturday!
Thanks to Annikky’s blog (thank you again A.!) I started using the NIOD products from Deciem. My skin has never looked and felt as good as it does now (taking my age into account). Not cheap, but imho the first cosmetic line that actually does improve my skin in a noticable way. If you only want to buy one product it is their 1% CAIS. It sounds somewhat nerdy, and it takes a while to understand what to use when and if, but it is worth the effort. Annikky has a post on the low budget skincare line of Deciem, and inthere is a link to another blog which explains the Niod products (and the Deciem founder chimes in, really interesting). Their haircare line is equally effective.
This sounds good. How do I find the blog
life in a Cold Climate is the name of it
Or else just click on her avatar name
Thanks for sharing this Hamamelis. Checking that out.
Sephora does a $10-a-month beauty box – it’s called Sephora Play. I just started, but I was very happy with my first one. Mini lipstick, mini eyeshadow (which I am loving), some skincare stuff, and a sample of one of the Replica scents. I imagine there are others that are makeup only, though, if that’s your main interest . . .
I second Sephora Play if you are in the US. It’s a good mix of staples and new/hyped products.
If you know someone who is makeup-savvy, she may be happy to trade secrets (and products) with you, and she doesn’t have the makeup company in her pocket. Of course, if you want to stick with a beauty box, I vote Sephora Play too, because you can rack up reward points buying the full-size products you end up liking. BTW your SOTD is on my to-try list; how is it?
New avatar! Fondu?
Hello redskyatnight! I really like Musc Ravageur, although I haven’t chosen to go beyond the sample that came in my Malle coffret, yet. It is very similar in feel to several of my other pretty, spicy Oriental scents, although richer. (I reach for MR when I’m in a similar mood as when I reach for Jacomo #8, although there’s no tea in MR, or when I reach for Tea for Two, although it doesn’t have the smoke.)
I will warn, I was just checking the notes on fragrantica and several are complaining about reformulation. . . my coffret was purchased before Estee Lauder had had much influence in the line, yet, so it’s possible things have changed. I may be tempted to look for an older bottle, just to be safe!
I would recommend reading Paula’s choice reviews. She has very comprehensive reviews of foundations etc
Just be careful not to overdo the purchases because makeup expires quicker than you think and can harbor all sorts of germs after a while (believe me I learned this the hard way !!)
I did Birchbox for a couple years, and while I generally enjoyed getting the packages in the mail and the price was doable, I ended up with a bunch of samples I didn’t like/want/need in the end.
However, it did push me over the edge of the rabbit hole, with samples of Folle de Joie by Joie and Cartier Baise Vole. ❤
I ended up with maybe a dozen products I would use regularly, including skin products, nail polish, mascara, eye shadow, and the aforementioned perfume.
Sephora Play sounds fun, I am going to look into that for when I have disposable income again!
Thanks, all! I will look into Sephora Play and Birchbox.
Bois Farine! I smell doughy, woody, irisy, peanut buttery! In a word, delicious.
You smell amazing!
I love Bois Farine.Love love loooooooooooooove it!!!But totally unwearable,instant migraine-trigger.You smell wonderful!Enjoy!
It’s amazing and laudable that you are able to separate the fragrance from the migraine inducement. I wouldn’t be able to wall my reactions off that successfully, I suspect.
It’s strange,but with taste it’s more difficult for me.Smells I can seperate and “enjoy” for short bursts of time,the ones that triggers an episode.Any pineapple or pina-colada/artificial tropical flavors are a no-go to avoid migraines,although I love and enjoy pineapple/coconut fragrances,and the smell doesn’t set anything off.
You smell great!
Bois Farine was an impulse purchase in 2009 and Memoire Liquide Reserve’s Amour Liquid my most recent. Meh to both: the former too cumin-y and the latter too simple-sweet now that I’ve worn it a few times.
Your post however, gave me the idea to combine both! The result? Not bad : ) The doughiness of BF tempers the syrupy sweetness and all that vanilla from the other masks the cumin a bit.
Both will languish no more in my closet : )
I lived in Amherst, Mass for eight years and right around the corner from Emily Dickinson’s house. I’ve been on the tour there (you can only tour part of the house since people actually live there now), and seen the tiny white dress that still hangs in her closet. She was LITTLE. I think given her depth and simplicity and that demure white dress that she might wear a simple lavender scent.
Lavender for Emily, yes!
I live in Amherst and I visit her grave from time to time. The first thing I thought of is lavender water.
ha! great minds think alike! Yardley’s English Lavender (vintage, NOT current formulation) was what first sprung to mind for me too!
Ha! I think I’ve been there, too!
SOTM is SSS Champagne de Bois. I didn’t get this one at first – it’s possible I was expecting something closer to YSL Champagne – but it’s turning into true love as I wear it more and understand it better. Bedtime scent last night was Forest Walk, and I loved that one at first sniff. I think Santa might have to be persuaded to bring me travel sizes of those two.
Love CdB! If I try hard enough, I could probably sniff you from here!
Maybe that fierce wind will come up again and carry it to you
CdB is gorgeous….
CdB is one of my favorites. I love that Laurie has the 17ml bottles.
I can’t say this is my favorite poem of Emily Dickinson’s, but it is the one that puzzles and intrigues me the most. “My Life Had Stood — a Loaded Gun.”
At her cryptic best!
The brilliant poet Susan Howe wrote a book almost entirely around this one poem! My Emily Dickinson. It’s a wondering book.
I am wearing one of Sultan Pasha’s attars, Cuir Miel Rose (I think it is called) and still can’t believe that less than half a drop can have this sillage and longevity, and smells so intoxicating. Kafka has a really lovely and informative post on a Violet attar he made, I suppose Emily Dickinson could have worn something along those lines as well.
You smell wonderful! And yes–violets for Emily.
Hermes Kelly Caleche for brunch with the in-laws
Nice! My favorite. You can’t go wrong with it. The edt is my go to scent.
I used to wear it almost exclusively to work, but I can imagine wearing it pretty much anytime. Maybe except when going to bed? In my head it’s a poised and feminine but unfussy scent.
You smell great!
Ditto to all comments! You smell fabulous!
Love Kelly Caleche
Read your comment as ‘brush’ with the inlaws and laughed out loud.
Lol that would have been an elegant way to describe a chilly encounter I love my in-laws so I avoid wearing too ‘interesting’ scents around them
A perfect brunch choice. You smell wonderful.
Trying out a combo suggest by the woman at the Jo Malone counter, Red Roses and Pomegranate Noir. It’s not bad, but I wouldn’t run out and buy it. Will probably switch to PoaL or Mon Parfum Chéri later today. Going out now to do some shopping errands before the crowds get too bad. It’s cool and overcast here today, a good day to curl up with the puppies under a warm blanket.
I like PN as a winter scent…the soap is absolutely amazing!
SOTD!smellbent The Fall.It kinda smells like Fall,although I am not sure that was the intention or direction if you look at the graphics of the packaging.Still.Lovely.Hajusuuri: I saw an eggplant(superdarkpurple if not quite eggplant)colored Jeep Wrangler today.I nearly died.Dreamcar.Dreamcolored.X
LOL – the color is striking!
Scent this morning was Oeillet Bengale. Going to an open house tonight and think I will wear Gourmand Coquin. I might layer it over Ta’if body lotion.
Shout out to Hajusuuri for the Dr Silkman lotion candles… they’re really wonderful. I’m fussy about hand lotion – for some reason, a lot of scented lotions bother me. Soap & Paper Company’s pine candle for the holidays is a beautiful scent also.
Getting ready for a busy two weeks. We have an NHL hockey game, Nutcracker and The Messiah. Oh, and my husband wanting to go to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium to see his Northwestern Wildcats…. That’s a full dance card for me.
Those candle lotions (it’s the first time I read about them) – do you need to actually light them every time you want to use them as a lotion? Can they actually be used as candles?
You do have to light them and dip your fingers into the liquid – it is warm. You could use it as a candle; however, it is packed in a tin canister so it may not throw as much light as you’re used to if the candle were to be in different packaging.
I was just burning one and it did scent my small living room quite nicely. I like the warmth of the oils in my skin…it’s soothing. Goes on like a pretty fast absorbing oil. I especially like the effect in my nails. I have weak, dry, brittle nails so I’m constantly putting cuticle oil or coconut oil on. I think my nails will like this.
I will second the Soap and Paper Co hand lotions…usually around the holidays they do limited edition seasonal ones…one year I got the vanilla and sandalwood, last year it was the vanilla and bourbon and both smelled heavenly!
Yay. Which scent did you get?
I got Dreamsicle, Silk Road, Noggin’ Nectar. All are subtle.
The poem of Emily’s that comes to mind contains the line “Inebriate of air am I” and I’ll add especially when the air is perfumed.
SotD = Prada Purple Rain over last night’s Infusion d’Iris EdT.
I’ve enjoyed reading reminiscences about Prince (here: http://www.gq.com/story/prince-stories) and learning that he smelled strongly of lavender with sillage that arrived before he did (yay! that’s perfect), cooked scrambled eggs and pancakes but didn’t eat much, and watched the sky before a storm to see it turn purple before it rained. Favorite quote,
‘Prince wrote music the way you write e-mails, okay? If you were transported to some world where the ability to write e-mails was some rare thing, you would be Prince. He was just writing music all the time. He slept it, he thought it. And it wasn’t all great—some of it was good, some of it wasn’t. But he had no expectation, he was just being himself. It’s like you cut the water faucet on—I don’t think the faucet is sitting there thinking, “This is the best water ever!” The faucet is just doing what the faucet does. That’s kind of how he was.’
You smell great ???? Pradaholic approves
Thank you, Pradaholic! I just had a top up. Each time I smell Purple Rain I like it more.
I have read that Prince was considered a musical genius….and I love lavender so would have happily trailed behind his sillage cloud…
and I love your new avatar
and you inspired me to change mine…I now have various food photos which I can play around with taken from my archive of photos over the years…
Thank you! Avatars are fun, both to ponder over and to change.
Thank you! Avatars are fun, both to ponder over and to change.
Ha! I need a new mouse for my laptop. I click once and it thinks I clicked twice.
That’s a beautiful line. You smell wonderful!
I am feeling the Purple Rain today.
Thanks for sharing the quote, and the scent info. I had imagined Prince smelling like cinnamon buns for some reason, so it’s great to know the truth. The purple truth.
Beautiful lazy rainy morning, I’m still in bed – so scentless at the moment and too relaxed to think what to wear later… probably Mitzhah – I was thinking about it while reading somebody’s comments on SOTD posts this week.
I have a question though: has anyone tried any of Ormonde Jayne’s “Bespoke London” perfumes – ONE, Jardin D’Ombre, Sensual Love or Passionate Love? They have them all in one set for limited time during these holidays but I’ve never even heard about them – so I’m curious if anybody has any impressions of these.
I have not but I’ll be in London 12/29 to 1/3 and will hopefully get some sniffings done.
Do report back!!
I haven’t tried those but haven’t been super impressed with Ormond Jayne recently (I adore Ta’if and Tiare).
Do try BeauFort London – either in their own place or (probably better use of time) in Blooms. I love their almost unwearable monsters. Their more recent better-behaved stuff, not so much. :^)
Undina I have the Rose Gold travel spray from the bespoke ones, and it is a very beautiful rose, a rich layered rose, with lots of longevity and only a tiny tbit of iso (at least to my nose). I don’t know the other scents.
I find it very strange that there are no reviews for these perfumes… Maybe it should be an answer on its own though. Or OJ overplayed the exclusivity card… Probably we’ll wait for Hajusuuri’s report
Oh the pressure! I have to plot out my strategy to see how much sniffing time I can fit in.
Happy weekend everyone! No perfume for me yet, still lingering over breakfast before a shower. I’m working my way through my latest selection of tiny decants from STC, and I’ve nearly reached my goal of trying all the Serge Lutens. Five O’Clock au Gingembre is among them, so seems perfect for Gingerbread Decorating Day
Love that one.
you have tried all SL? I am impressed!
Love 5 o clock au gingembre, what a great idea
Can anyone sell or swap me a sample of the current Chanel 19 edp? I love my 5yo bottle but it’s dangerously low, and I can’t seem to find a bottle from that year. I’d like to try the current formulation. Happy to buy it to swap for samples of vintage 19 edt and edp or other frags.
Click on my name to get my email address. I’m happy to send you some from my current formulation bottle.
Really? Oh yay! Let’s find something that I can send you in return too!
Gearing up for sandalwood week I am wearing my own mix of Eden Botanicals Amyris (the poor man’s sandalwood but gosh it is so creamy, boozy, woody and gorgeous with excellent longevity for an e.o) paired with Eden Botanicals Orange Essence essential oil ( I mix 2 parts of the amyris to 1 part orange).
Oh and I highly recommend their fir balsam 10% for a Christmas scent. I use it as a body oil. My person who never compliments me on anything I wear was smitten with this one…he says “OOH! It smells like Christmas!” Four ounces for 20 dollars can’t be beat!
Thank you for the fir balsam EO recommendation, I was just looking for something to scent the house. We have tree-allergy-prone family members and giving up the fresh tree for an artifical one makes a big difference in air quality, but I miss the smell.
maybe try it in a diffuser to scent the entire house..I also make my own reed diffusers by just sticking wooden sticks that I bought in the supermarket in the e.o bottles themselves or a wine decanter filled with e.os …I have one at work (with ginger, cinnamon and clove essential oils) and several at home…
Thank you for posting the sandalwood recipe with the oils! Got to try that! ????
My pleasure! It is relatively inexpensive and easy to make
Looking forward to a holiday house party with friends this evening. Although it’s billed as a semi formal affair I’ll be a little dressed down, planning to go more funky than formal. Thinking I’ll wear Magie Noire (thanks to a generous NST pal). This was my daily scent during my senior year of high school (ahhh….the 80’s. So over the top!)
the 80s were the best!!!!
Have you seen Sing Street? A fun Irish flick about teens in the 80s. It is a sweet homage to John Hughes.
OOH! thanks for the recommendation..wonder if it is on Netflix or Hulu?
We streamed it, probably from Netflix. It is very fun.
Thanks for the recommendation! I’m a huge John Hughes fan and have watched all his films with my 14 y/o son (also a fan)!
Then I bet you will enjoy it. Made with small budget and in places the sound quality falters, but the spirit of Hughes and the earnest, tortured teens, and oh I love the Irish, make it work.
Yes, the 80’s were the best!! I saw Sing Street on Netflix, so second appreciation for the recommendation. John Hughes was a master!
I wore Magie Noire too, as I was struggling to make my hair fluffier. Great perfume, good times. (And those advertisements were the best!)
SOTD = SJP Stash
Now I know what the hype was all about! Two word description: casually sophisticated. What it smells like to me (and these may not be in the official notes) — a bitter citric fruit, mahogany wood, coconut (light / not the heavy figgy type), a vague violet note, Vetiver, patchouli. I wore 1.5 spritzes. It failed the perfume-phobe test but the objection was not too vigorous which means I’ll keep wearing it anyway
I finally got my errant April Aromatics discovery set and Lucas’ and Hammamelis’ mention of it is making me want to wear it later. I am going to a Christmas Concert and dinner afterwards. This year, we were able to get tickets to the earlier showing which means we don’t have any pressure to eat quickly. The negative part is that means I have to be more restrained with the drinks.
I will hopefully have time this weekend to test some of the Jo Loves perfumes.
Oh thanks for the mini review on the Stash!
Yummy new Avatar!Haha!
LOL! You were the first to spot it….authentic Swiss fondue…yum!!!! (a piece of my heritage !!)
Your heritage is part of my regular meal-planning,just so you know!Hehe!I love fondue.
Yay! another foodie!
That picture I took in one of my favorite local restaurants that sadly went out of business…they made the cheese fondue with Gruyere and Kirsch wasser and served it with a French baguette (the other piece of my heritage)…they also made a dark chocolate fondue and served it with strawberries, bananas, pretzels and marshmallows..yum!
My favorite part was the bottom of the cheese pot with the crusty, burnt cheese..oh goodness that was always so good! and I used to embarrass all of my dinner companions (younger family members) by eating the very last of everything!!! Picking the pot!
This Swiss approves now its the season melted cheese is a staple, though usually I go for raclette!
raclette + Reisling = yum
Ah I see that it is fondue!
Sounds like a fun time!
Please do share what you think of the Jo Loves
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Jo Loves. I looked at the web page about samples but could not see any option to buy a sample set without committing to a full bottle – all I saw was the offer to buy a sample set for the price of a 50ml bottle, redeemable for a subsequent full bottle order. Is that the only option?
I looked for Jo Loves sample sets without the FB and came up empty.
The only option is to commit to either a 50 or 100 mL along with the sample set. You can’t argue with Jo Malone’s confidence that you will like / love at least one of the perfumes in the sample set :-).
Ok, I give up: now I’ll have to test that Stash
Enjoy the concert and the dinner (though I didn’t quite get the connection to the restrained drinking… Can you drink more at a dinner that happens before the concert than during the one that is after? Are you a designated driver?)
Dinner + drinks before the concert allows time for the alcohol to break down more before I drive home. We ended up staying at the restaurant ’til midnight and that gave us sufficient time…
Would love to know if you get any smoke from Stash (serious, not kidding).
I was led to believe that frequently indulging in alcohol-based perfume makes one immune to after dinner drinks (kidding, not serious).
Enjoy your night!
I was going to update the Stash notes but you beat me to it! Absolutely, yes, there is an undercurrent of smoke…not dominant.
Thanks for that. I definitely smell smoke in Stash while a friend sniffing at the same time said there was no smoke for her. It’s interesting how perception varies widely.
Let us know how you get on with April Aromatics, and which ones, if asny, you love!
Wore Calling All Angels today – one spritz this morning before church and I am still catching whiffs 12 hours later. I could see investing in a bottle although with how potent it is, my sample may last me a few years!
I just went and read up a bit about Emily Dickinson.Apparently she was buried with some Heliotrope flowers,and an Orchid!She seems to have been a perfumista of sorts,as she cultivated exotic fragranced flowers!Just imagine if she was alive now,able to comment!
heliotrope….lovely!!! One of my favorite notes.
I did not know that, thanks!
Fascinating! Thanks for sharing
Useless trivia fact of the day: years ago, I read that nearly every poem Emily Dickinson ever wrote can be sung to the the tune of “The Yellow Rose of Texas.” Now, every time I come across one of her poems, I find myself mentally (and involuntarily) setting it to that tune. More recently, I was mentioning this to someone who pointed out to me that her poems also fit to the theme song from “Gilligan’s Island.”
The key to all this is that most of her poems follow a syllable pattern of 184.108.40.206., which is a very common poetic meter–so common, in fact, that is is referred to as Common Meter, or CM. It is used in a great many hymn tunes, such as “Amazing Grace”, and “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”
Learning something new every day! ????
Which is never useless!!
I am deliberately not looking up the song in case I infect every future reading with it ????
I know, really, that’s too much, LOL!
Ok, am going to try them with Amazing Grace instead!
My favourite is ‘I am nobody / Are you nobody too?’
Less enigmatic than most of her others but funny too!
My first thought was Tam Dao as it suits her understated minimalism and I would have thought lavender too Victorian-conventional for her. However, given Johanob’s info, perhaps something more opulent would be in order.
Keeping just her poetry in mind though, I’d venture CdG Stephen Jones.
Nice to see you back
Torrential rain and charcoal skies. I took a shower but then crawled back into bed with one of the cats. Listening on the radio to yet another program on the Ghost Ship. The bed, house, and cat feel like my ark as the tide is rising outside.
In Pulp, which is just right for this dreary morning.
(and jealous that you have a cat to crawl into bed with !!)
I opened the door to the outside to show him it was far too wet, and the silly dope ran out, and then quickly under some deck furniture. When I called him back, he ran so fast he hydroplaned for about seven feet. I’m now laundering our duvet cover which became covered in grey wet cat foot prints… I waited until after he’d had a good antediluvian snooze.
Oh gosh, the antics of cats…gotta love em!
One of these days I should probably try Pulp in winter (ok, in our NorthCal “winter”) because until now it was one of my favorite tropical scents.
My cat spent on my bed just enough time to demonstrate how lovable he is – “and now please feed me!”
Pulp is just so darn cheerful, but in a felted wool, repurposed fruit crate, kinfolk hipster sort of way.
I wish I liked this scent as much as your description of it
You live in California, right? Here hoping these charcoal skies (which totally call for a fun perfume!) mean the beginning of the end of the heartbreaking draugh California is going through.
It is the beginning of something, climate change. Northern California (where I live) is doing much better because ground conditions are now allowing for the rain run-off to get to reservoirs, and the snow pack in the mountains is finally growing–which gives us reservoir refills all summer. But southern Cal is vacillating between drought and drought supporting beetle infestations that have killed over a 100 million trees, and floods/mudslides where the water destroys but never makes it to the reservoirs. We really have to rethink how we capture and save rainwater and build new infrastructure to support the changing climate patterns.
Way way way more information than you wanted! But for such a wealthy, imaginative, and progressive state, we are remarkably paralyzed when it comes to environmental foresight. The bark beetles are happy however.
Thank you for the depiction, Oakland Fresca. I appreciate. We are pretty much damned here, too. Most especially now, with the guy who is notorious for burning huge extensios of the Amazon to plant transgenic soy in order to feed cattle is a key persono in our new “govenment”.
I’m a baby perfumista compared to most of you I’m sure, but I just splurged on a small bit of 1960’s Miss Dior and I needed to write about it somewhere. It is almost overwhelmingly beautiful; I know it’s known for its surprising sweetness within a classic chypre, and it’s still an arresting combination. It is so, so sexy and so straight up gorgeous and complete smelling it actually made me emotional, like when you look at an almost unbearably beautiful painting. I’m so glad I smelled it.
“Almost overwhelmingly beautiful” — you don’t sounds like a baby perfumes to me! You are definitely one of us.
I wore (by my estimate 80s’) Miss Dior extrait a couple of days ago and had a very similar emotions. It almost makes me cry when I think that this beauty in that form is gone forever, and once I’m done with the remaining mls in my bottle (or it goes off), it’ll be irreplaceable.
Wow, that’s an amazing description.
Gingerbread, mmm. Sounds good.
SOTD is Memoir Woman.
I just realized it’s only a few days until ‘Rogue One’ is here. I’m so stoked!
Thinking about seeing Rogue One on Christmas day…
This is a rebellion, isn’t it? I rebel.
I wore L Lolita lempicka this morning for a concert; now in a touch of Shalimar edc. We had snow on the ground this morning so now I’m reading the paper in front of the fire.
I’m working all this weekend. Braved the awful snowy drive. Came home and decorated the Christmas tree, wearing two tiny drops of Angel. For a few moments, all was right with the world:)
I am SO behind, I do not even have the lights on the tree yet. Onwards!
Today was a crazy day for me, I had so many things to do. The best part was my visit to the salon where I was able to relax for an hour.
Tonight is our Christmas party at the salsa school ,we will see. I haven’t decided what fragrance to wear , I want something sexy, playful , but not too loud since I might be dancing with strangers. What should I wear?
Perhaps something with rose in it? That seems fun to me, but also relatively safe in terms of stranger closeness.
That’s a great idea, I have FM Une Rose
I started out in House of Matriarch Devotion but it’s gone now so I put on some Norne. I’m really happy that Slumberhouse is a success but I kind of miss the old packaging, with the marbles in the bottle and the name etched on. The new bottles are pretty but the old ones had a more personal touch, IMO.
In my house we don’t decorate gingerbread, we eat it with lemon sauce or sufficient whipped cream that it threatens to overflow the plate. I’ll have some for dessert tonight.
Whoops! Didn’t mean to post this under yours–I meant to ask if you had any Bombay Bling? It’s sexy, playful, and not too loud if you don’t spray like I do.
Thank you, unfortunately I don’t have Bombay Bling, it sounds great though, something I should try.
This is sort of off topic, but who else am I going to tell?
When I look for perfumes or other items on ebay, if I find something interesting, I’ll often take a look at what else the seller is offering. What I’m hoping is that they have other interesting vintage perfumes, especially if they are selling perfumes from an estate or their own collection. Today I just got a surprise, namely, this UNUSUAL winter hat:
“This is a hand knit hat dog hair and wool hat. It is knit with two strands. The dog hair is white and from Alaska, probably mostly husky with maybe a Samoyed cross.”
There was a lady at my vet’s office who had a flyer up looking for dog hair, she spun it and made it into sweaters. I gave her a couple coffee cans’ worth each season when my Akita shed by the handful. I would think it would be scratchy.
Yes, I bet it would. Even alpaca can be a bit scratchy, and it seems softer than dog hair.
I always check what other items the same seller has to try and figure out from where the item, in which I’m interested, came. But I don’t remember seeing anything as interesting as your hat
I think it would be an interesting weekend poll: things we bought on ebay because of looking for perfume.
When I was at Denali National park last year, I bought two headbands made of wool and fur from the park’s sled dogs. They were gifts for my nieces, who report that they’re incredibly soft and very warm.
How enterprising of the park! I wonder if this might not also be where the hat came from.
So. Did you buy the perfume? It wasn’t Merchant Loup by chance?
Actually, in this case it’s a vintage jacket, and I’m having second thoughts!
I am happy (but poor) because today was the day they finally were able to come and replace our broken furnace. I am so thankful to be warming up, and soon I will dislodge the cat from my lap, remove my 70000 layers, and take the long hot bath that I’ve been dreaming of for so many days. (Long baths when the air in the room is below 40 degrees F didn’t seem like the best idea.)
I started the day in Eau Des Merveilles (it was a 2016 purchase that I didn’t wear yesterday but felt bad to neglect) and will probably do a rose jam (bubbles)/ vanilla flash combo this evening. Stay warm everyone!
So happy you have heat! Enjoy that bath!
Been there, know exactly how you feel – so enjoy the returning of the basic necessities:)
Oh my gosh! Your house was 40 degrees?! You poor thing!!
I live in florida and seriously— I thought lining like that would kill someone!
Enjoy your heat, and the bath! (Being chilled to the bone is the worst.)
Tried some samples- Dawn Spenser Horowitz -Cimbuwe – Smells just like Chai!
SSS – Incense Pure- medicinal and sour then sour Amber then barely there but pretty light incense..SSS scents always do that sour thing on my skin. I’m disappointed because I wanted to love this.
It was fun!
Still commando, but found a 0,5 ml sample of Bel Respiro inside a drawer and will use it all today, to see if I can finally get the beauty of this shy creature.
Imho (and please bear in mind that I’m not Chanel’s biggest fan), the opening is lovely, but it’s a very linear scent, and though very pretty I find it a tad boring. La Pausa is very fleeting, but does seem to tell more of a story.
Could not smell it after 5 minutes for the life in me. And I’m with you. All that restraint is just wrong. Gimme an ole Guerlain any day!
Spending the weekend in one of my newfound Amber loves: Ambre Precieux. Thank you to the generous hajusuuri for this one???? I really like the way it mellows on my skin throughout the day.
We finally went and cut our tree down yesterday so today will be lights and ornaments. This is late for us, the days are going too fast.
Happy weekend everyone.
Glad you enjoy it!
It’s been a long weekend so far. It seems like it’s the week that everyone has to replace their furnace or get it fixed. My grandmother’s furnace broke on Friday and she will be at my house until Tuesday since the furnace people won’t be able to fix her furnace (they don’t have the parts) until Tuesday. This morning’s perfume is Lyric and I am figuring out what I will be wearing for a Christmas party after my shower. Theorema or Infusion d’Iris? There are going to be a lot of people at this party and something strong will scare people away.
I’m Commando today.That is smellbent Commando,lol.It’s like a throwback to the musks I suppose people wore in the 60’s and 70’s.I had a boyfriend who used a hairproduct that smelled like this,back in the early 90’s.Fun scent,as all of the smellbents are.x
Oh boy that sounds really good..a 60s/70s musk
I’m in Over the Musk today, which is 70’s to me. I love it!
Slathered my body in Eden Botanicals Fir Balsam 10% and wearing my poor man’s “Sandalwood” blend….I am absolutely addicted to amyris…I know it is sacrilegious to say this but I think I actually prefer it over Mysore……
We smell great today,don’t we!Hehe!x
Indeed we do
I’m wearing my first really successful layering combination (one on either hand) again: Perles de Lalique and Theo Fennell Scent. Something of a good deal, too, because Perles costs so little and I found Scent on sale.
The only other good layering I’ve found is Armani Prive Bois d’Encens sprayed over Aftelier Ancient Resins.
(I’m just realizing the two rose scents remind me slightly of Amouage Lyric, which is of course more extravagant.)
Hm I wonder where I can sniff the perles to try this combo out? Will look into it…
Hi JJ. I just picked up a bottle of Perles. I’m currently on vacation in Florida but will be back in Canada late this week. I can send you a sample then if you like..let me know..
It’s a snow day here, and I am happily ensconced wearing Tom Ford Plum Japonais and drinking David’s Tea Hot Chocolate tea.
Today I finally had a chance to compare my Royal Extract decant to Vol de Nuit Evasion. They are very similar, but not exactly the same, imo. I preferred RE initially, but dry down was a toss up. Hours later, VdN Evasion is still there but Royal Extract is almost gone. My lemming for RE has been abated. On a side note, it has been snowing since yesterday afternoon! I think it’s safe to predict a white Christmas bc no warm up in sight. ????
Rushed to my closest Mac store on Thursday in anticipation of how wonderful the Velvet Teddy ShadeScent would be and was disappointed – but only because I was hoping that it would be an iteration of Naked Honey.
It is sweet, exudes a slight smokiness, and screams BEESWAX.
There is no mistaking that this is a warm, amber-hued honey scent from beginning to end: an autumnal counterpart to the zippy spring- green linden of Naked Honey.
If you are a fan of Smell Bent’s Prairie Nymph, you would adore Velvet Teddy.
The beeswax is too overwhelming even for this stuffed up nose of mine!
Thanks so much for posting — I really thought it might be a reissue of NH!
Started the day in Hinoki, but will put on something fuller/warmer for the evening…maybe good ol patchouli 24?
Testing the set of 4 Jusbox perfumes – the aquatic one is killing me, need to go shower. Will put on PoaL body butter afterwards.