It's Friday, and it's Stephen Foster Memorial Day! (Also, happy birthday to Orlando Bloom and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.) Our community project for today: wear a perfume by Anne Flipo, if you have one.
What fragrance did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.
I went with one of my all time favorite fruity perfumes, L'Artisan Parfumeur Ananas Fizz: pineapple soda plus cedar chips.
Reminder: on 1/20, wear one of your "top 10 of winter" fragrances (unless it's summer where you are, in which case wear one of your "top 10 of summer" scents).
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2017, where I'll try to always have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance.
My first SOTD post this year and I’m wearing the only Anne Flipo fragrance I own, La Chasse Au Papillons Extreme from a 15ml mini. It’s nice, but once I’ve used it up, I don’t think I’ll be replacing it. I’ve had a bit of a white(ish) floral theme this week. Monday, Nuit de Tubereuse, L’Artisan, because it’s just beautiful and just because I can. Tuesday, The Dark Heart Of Old Havana, 4160 Tuesdays (coincidence, I swear), the sweet smell of decay in perfume form. Wednesday, Don’t Get Me Wrong Baby I Don’t Swallow, ELd’O, ahem, moving on. And Thursday, Ostara, Penhaligons, more of a yellowish floral I suppose but what the heck, thank Chanel I bought a back-up bottle.
which chanel back up bottle did you get
I love Ostara. You smelled good all week
Sorry, I was just using it as a perfume themed exclamation!
Ha! I love, love, love the name of your Wednesday scent? Is it a conversation starter for you? Do people ask about what you are smelling and then you tell them the name? I hope it smells as great as it is named
edit: that whole comment came out wrong!!!
– There shouldn’t be a question mark after the first sentence.
– the 3rd sentence should say do people ask you what you are wearing, not smelling
Note: I’m a former English / Grammar teacher, so I am so embarrassed. But, I blame it all on the medications I am on. Hopefully, I get a pass for that! LOL!
Oh, absolutely, we’d much prefer to believe you post under the influence of drugs than that you get your punctuation wrong. ;^P
No-one’s ever asked me but if they did I would so enjoy the look on their face. I did mention I had it to a colleague last week, and then let him know it’s had a makeover and is now called ‘Yes I do’ – He thought that was hilarious…
You smell marvelous! I wish I had a small bottle of La Chasse Extreme. Years ago I bought a 100 ml bottle and later resold it — why didn’t I have the sense to keep a decant for myself? It’s a fragrance that makes me smile involuntarily as soon as I smell it.
Probably it’s the first community project here, with which I had a problem complying: I went through the list of her perfumes, and discovered that I own just one – La Chasse Au Papillons Extreme, which feels completely wrong this time of the year even in North. Cal. Then I remembered that I had a sample of Basil & Neroli, which is also not the best candidate weather-wise AND I don’t like it much (this is the reason I’m not chiming in on a couple other posts where people wear it lovingly), but I figured out that since it’s a line known for layering I’ll be able to “cover” it later with JM Pomegranate Noir, which I like.
Thanks to Robin (I followed the link in the post to read), now I know who’s that mysterious Stephen Foster, about the ghost of whom was written one of my all-time favorite swing song (and animation clip) by Squirrel Nut Zippers. If you haven’t seen it, I wholeheartedly recommend https://youtu.be/KJzWGkgFcTU .
Hey Scent twin!!!
No AF for me.
Doing my own Chanel week.
Found a sample of Bois de iles, smells a bit like Samsara. Enjoying it very much.
Red lips today, for no reason whatsoever.
S(ip)OFD The au Tibet
Have a fragrant weekend
“Reason,” pssshh! Nobody needs a reason for a fabulous red lippie.
I wish I could do red lips, but the womanly art of wearing lipstick without it migrating onto my teeth and face, or only onto the edges of my lips, continues to elude me.
you can use a lip pencil to line first.
I put it on and then blot it to a stain
I just jumped on a train back home for the weekend.
Sotd is MDCI Fetes Persanes.
How does it smell? Hooray for weekends! Mine is a 3-day weekend on account of the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday.
It’s a soft oriental, in style of Sheiduna
I haven’t tried any new MDSI perfumes for ages! Your description makes me curious but I’ll wait for your verdict.
Enjoy your weekend!
I found it pleasant but unexciting. Softly spiced oriental.
“Pleasant but unexciting” is good: you do not feel bad that you made an effort/spent money on testing but don’t feel compelled to start the negotiation with your wallet.
Hoping the ice storm isn’t too bad here today.
SOTD is Vetiver Royal Bourbon (Oriza Legrand). TGIF!
Ice storms are the worst! Sending *warm* thoughts your way.
No AF scents so I am in my go to work “work horse” Juliette Has a Gun Romantina. Seems she has done a lot for Artisan but the few I have are not from her. I think La Chasse Au Papillons was mentioned in the movie Me Before You.
Romantica is nice. It smells like the meek, shy, and timid sister to Mad Madame and Lady Vengeance. They are all in the “rose” family with MM being the most “outspoken” of the 3. Have you tried the other two?
I bought vengeance extreme which is extreme. I wear it when I don’t want people bugging- such as riding on BART etc… it is very strong
Yes, that’s right, she visits L’Artisan perfumery in Paris at the end, and buys chasse.
SotD: Barbara Bui. What a nice cozy scent.
I have had my morning coffee, but I am just getting ready to click on the kettle and decide on my first cup of tea due to an early morning skype meeting.
Twins! I love BB, it is cozy and inoffensive. I am headed to substitute teach a kindergarten class and BB is great for working in close quarters with little noses.
When I work from home or on weekends I usually start my day with coffee, but soon after that (I mean, much sooner than I normally have my drinks spaced) I go for a cup of tea.
I don’t remember if I’ve ever tried Barbara Bui (the bottle doesn’t look familiar), but I’m glad you’re enjoying it.
This used to be my routine but lately I’ve been skipping coffee altogether. I suppose I’ll go back to coffee eventually but I have to say that I’ve tried making coffee in myriad ways and can’t find a method I don’t hate going through first thing in the morning (or any time for that matter.) Tea’s so much more painless.
I wholeheartedly recommend Keurig. I have the single cup ersion where you have to fill the water resevoir every time you make a cuppa. I buy the ready-made cups. Target also now carries a half-caf version of k-cups which is perfect because I don’t have to alternate the cups if I feel like having several cups of coffee.
Because of a longish commute via public transportation, I have my first cup of coffee in the office.
It’s funny: I have my first cup of coffee in the office because of a short commute
Robin, you smell amazing. I just tried that one for the first time this week, and really enjoyed it.
My SOTD is L’eau d’hiver – I smell like iris and angel wings
You smell pretty amazing yourself!
Lovely! And you have plenty of hiver to go with it, haven’t you? Though it’s mor springlike really.
Good morning and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!
SOTD: Jo Malone Basil and Neroli. I do NOT like this scent on paper at all, but it completely changes when sprayed on the skin. I like it! There is an interview on the Jo Malone page with Ms. Flipo, talking about how the fragrance was developed. Perfumery sounds like fun and exciting work, if you can get it!
Scent twins today! Yay! Funny, the first time I smelled this, I was like, “I don’t like this!” But after a few minutes, I kept smelling my wrist and said, “Now wait a minute…..this is quite nice”!
Perfumery does sound like fun work. I would love to be a part of it one day.
I sniffed this on one of those magazine strips and loved it – it’s on my to-try list for spring.
I knew that perfumes smell differently on paper and on skin but I don’t think I’ve ever experienced it when I completely disliked perfume on paper (not just “meh” but actually disliked) but then found it pleasant on skin. “Never” was until a couple of weeks ago it happened to me with another Jo Malone perfume – their newest Myrrh and Tonka. So now I’ll probably think twice before dismissing at least some of the perfumes just after the paper strip test.
I have a really hard time getting any kind of impression from paper strips so I tend to skip it altogether (unless I feel like my skin is doing something weird and drastically changing the scent when it interacts with my skin. Then I’ll try it on paper to compare.) There must be some kind of different skill set (that I lack) in getting an impression from paper.
For the true impression I always use perfume on skin. But before subjecting myself to a possible scrubber while I cannot do that scrubbing (read – at a store), I always spray on paper first, and only if I do not dislike what I smell I spend my skin RE.
If I dislike something on paper, it almost always never even bother to acquire a sample no matter what the blogosphere says. Diptyque Oud Palao which I subjected myself to sniffing on paper several times over a few month’s period and each time I tried it, my gag reflex became worse and worse so I stopped trying because the next time will require a trash can nearby.
SOTD and my only Anne Flipo is Jimmy Choo “Jimmy Choo Man”.
Notes are (supposed to be) honeydew melon, pink pepper, pineapple leaf, lavender, patchouli and suede.
I really only get a restrained pineapple (the other Mr Koenigsberg can smell patchouli in the mix). Performance is woeful, and judging by Fragrantica comments that’s not just my problem skin at work.
Hard to believe, but we are already half way though our month in Malaga. Today we moved from an apartment in the Old Town to another on the beach, and as I type this I can look out over the Mediterranean. Or, I would if I could touch type. I’m actually looking at the keyboard. ;^) At home in Birmingham its 3C and snowing; here it’s 16C and sunny. You can see why we want to move here, right?
For Lilyjo, and a few other NST folk whose husbands are looking to find or change jobs, I’d like to share a resource that I found very useful when I found myself “unexpectedly on the market”. The LinkedIn author Liz Ryan has now published her stuff in book format. “Reinvention Roadmap: Break the Rules to Get the Job You Want and Career You Deserve”. She’s a HR professional who thinks HR and especially recruitment is broken in most organisations and has developed some very smart ways arounbd that. I love her schtick (not everyone will) and I think it’s one of the reasons why I spend less ‘down time’ between contracts now and feel better about myself and the value I bring to any client. (To be clear, her thoughts are aimed at any job seeker, not at contractors/ freelancers like me).
Thanks for the tip! The weird secret-handshake HR trends are such a roadblock for anybody who doesn’t get a kick out of solving that kind of puzzle and just wants a job. My SIL works in HR for a huge international company and says she sees many of her colleagues who do hiring spend the most time on making themselves unavailable and trying to get prospective hires to jump through hoops for their attention. It’s very discouraging and a bit sad.
Sounds like a great resource even for people not currently looking for jobs. The advice I give people is don’t take another job because you hate your current one; take the job because you are looking for a challenge and will be doing something you’re passionate about.
Oh, absolutely, she is big on helping people to work out what is the ‘business pain’ they solve, and therefore their value in the current job and what the next step could be, as well as how to market yourself to another organisation whether you wanted the change or were forced into it. Her warning is that no-one is safe from losing their job nowadays, and her answer is to show a way of building resilience and confidence so we are always ready for the next challenge, whether moving up or moving on. (Plus I like her hand-drawn illustrations). :^)
I am so touched by your thoughtfulness to relay this information. Thank you so much, I will seek this book out.
My only Flipo fragrance, and incidentally one of her oldest creations, Mimosa pour Moi. It’s lovely and a great antidote to winter. Have a great weekend everyone!
Was that one discontinued or are they still making it? I never got a chance to try it.
I don’t know. My bottle is a recent purchase in a sale, apparently because the bottle design was going to change.
It’s on the UK website in the flash new smoky bottle, so looks like it’s still in production.
Oh, I recall really liking that one — my sample is long gone, but I love a good mimosa fragrance.
It’s very nice, not an instant-swoon-nice but it-kind-of-creeps-up-on-you nice, if that makes any sense at all.
I always get confused between mimosa and immortelle! What are your favorite mimosa fragrances?
I wish I had a longer list — I think Mimosa Pour Moi is most of it! I’ve found Dame’s Mimosa soliflore to be very true-to-the tree, but the opening of that one is horrifying to me.
I love the Diptyque 2014 Essences Insensées. In fact I sold Mimosa Pour Moi, nice though it was, because the Diptyque just did everything better for me. It has a great beeswax note.
I’m your scent twin today! This one really is a lovely dose of springtime.
It is, we smell wonderful!
I’ll join you in a cloud of Mimosa: Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamon. Have a happy Friday over there.
I can just picture two mimosa themed clouds travelling from opposite ends of the globe and meeting somewhere in between.
I have Barbara Bui Le Parfum and Iris Pallida , but didn’t feel like wearing either one.
Instead, Chanel 28 La Pausa EDT, iris and vetiver, fleeting but evocative of spring, now that the weather is cold again.
So many layers of clothing! !
Summer, come home! !!!
Carpe Diem. Peace.
I want tk give you a Bear hug for wearing one of my favorite perfumes which I won’t run out of due to having a humongo BUB!
Bear hugs are good !!! ((((;^))))
I think I did the emoji thingy correctly. LOL
Looks like a hug to me!
SOTD Iris Pallida, which may be my only Flipo scent. I love La Chasse au Papillon, but realized I haven’t bought it. Weird!
My all-time favorite iris! Thankfully, I have a bottle. I’m tossed between this and Fleur de Narcisse for today…..Iris Pallida is probably more suitable to the current cold…..
Fleur de Narcisse is one of my biggest perfume regrets. It was tough at the time to get a sample, and by the time I decided I needed a FB, it wasn’t available. Good for you to have both from which to choose!
I had the community project in the back of my mind the whole week,with two options,either MyQueen or Ananas Fizz.I somehow forgot when I sprayed this AM!So Sotd is Van Cleef&Arpels Midnight in Paris.I do smell fanatastic though.
Love Midnight in Paris, and the bottle is so beautiful as well. You smell fantastic
Thank you!Yes that bottle is one of my favorites too!
Must smell this one
I have a tea called Midnight in Paris that is one of my favorites
Think Bvlgari Black without the rubber and a dash more citrus and you’ll be on the right lines.
That tea sounds delicious!
You do smell great.
Thank you,I thought so myself!Hehe!
I think you were thinking of your next hair color
You might be right!Lol!x
My only AF, La Chasse Aux Papillons, is also my first ever niche fragrance and the one that started it all. So I’m very grateful, despite the fact that she also perpetrated “La Vie Est Belle”.
Hi twin! La Chasse was an early perfume love for me, as well, and I recall thinking it was too “perfumey” the first time I tried it in a lovely niche perfume shop in Seattle. It took a few tries, but suddenly I was utterly enchanted, and wondering what I’d been thinking in dismissing it at first.
Up until fairly recently, I’d always thought that La Chasse Aux Papillons and The Pour Un Ete were the work of the same perfumer — they’ve long been my two go-to warm springtime scents, and I think of the former as “pink” and the latter as “green” but very much cousins.
One of my early loves as well. Funny, I tend to think of both La Chasse and The Pour Un Ete as shades of chartreuse. Victoria at BdJ wrote an article about “pink” perfumes and included La Chasse in her list. My brain cannot process this connection as it’s always been yellow-green in my mind!
That’s so interesting! It’s one of my “pinkest” perfumes. I’m with you on The Pour Un Ete, though — totally chartreuse!
I haven’t tried Thé pour un Été, but now you’ve sparked my curiosity. La Chasse is one of the few perfumes of which I have a back up bottle, partly for sentimental reasons but also because I still love it for spring and summer.
Triplets! This one of the few florals that works for me. It is just so pretty without being too much. I do find it fairly fleeting and I’ve wondered about the extreme version. ????
We smell lovely!
Ha! Agree on both points.
The only one that I even had a sample of is Oeillet Sauvage and spicy carnations are always appropriate for cool weather
That is a nice one!
I own two Anne Flipo creations, and I love them both. The first, Barbara Bui, the vintage, is a light, airy amber, sort of on the opposite end of the amber spectrum from Serge Lutens ambers. Even people who claim to “hate perfume” seem to like it, and it has good staying power. On the other wrist is Anne Flipo’s contribution to 2016’s IFF Secret Smelling Collection, which is my best perfume buy of 2016. It’s a rose/citrus/basil, and it really wakes me up and cheers me in the morning. Basil is hard to use, and in fact, this is the only basil perfume I actually like and wear. Great stuff!
Oh, a rose citrus basil sounds fantastic!
I wish basil was a more common note in perfume! (Just like I wish more ice cream companies in the U.S. made lemon ice cream)
Quite warm here, and I did not feel like digging through my sample boxes to find my Anne Flipo samples (Barbara Bui and Rykiel Woman Not For Men). I’m in my beloved Le Temps d’une Fete to cheer myself against Bookworm’s going back to college tomorrow. It’s blowing my mind to realize that this fall, Gaze will also head off to college and we’ll only have another two years with Taz before he graduates high school. Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future…
I didn’t realize she did the Rykiel, as well. It’s kind of a peppery cousin to the Barbara Bui, there’s a lot of overlap. I have a bottle of the Rykiel, too, but I don’t have 3 wrists….
And don’t you love the Rykiel’s disco ball bottle?
Ooh, I should break out the LTdF–you smell fantastic.
My oldest just started college and my youngest is a high school junior so I feel your pain.
Don’t worry – they all come back after college for a little while! You smell great!
I’m in Journey Woman. I don’t have any AF scents. I used up any samples of hers I had months ago.
you smell fabulous!
Journey woman is so wonderful, it’s so uplifting, and comforting as well.
I wasn’t taking part in the Anne Flipo challenge this week because I don’t have any of her creations. I used to have a shower gel of la Chasse aux Papillons, but I’ve finished it. It was lovely though. So I’m in vintage Jicky extrait today. I don’t think my version is the very old one, but it’s still potent and civet-y and good.
You smell fabulous!
Close relation in modern Jicky EDP, which I love. SOTD was Cuir Pleine Fleur.
SotD = Barbara Bui Le Parfum which has grown more enjoyable each time I wear it.
Thanks to ringthing and Elisa P for singing BB’s praises, and thanks to Robin for today’s theme. I enjoy learning about the NST perspective on a perfumer and their work.
Have a fabulous-smelling Friday, NST. We deserve it.
So glad it was fun! I feel bad doing perfumers when I know not everyone will have something appropriate, but I do think it’s worth doing.
Got no AF. Instead, I am in Eva Kant by O’Driu, courtesy of clarissa! It is absolutely gorgeous!
I should email her because we haven’t seen her posting!
I am wearing Donna Karan Woman, since I only own it and La Chasse Au Papillons, and Woman was easier to get to.
I always liked DK Woman, and was sorry it went away so quickly. I like the DK woods fragrances.
Instead of the AF I’d been saving all week (la Chasse aux Papillons), I am wearing Mohur, because I was wondering if it is really as great as I remember it being (as great and even better). I smell amazing.
Question for my American friends: What are some perfumes that are hard to get in the US but that should be accessible to me in Toulouse, France? (Not Paris, so that means none of the Guerlain l’Art et la Matières or the SL bell jars.)
I can’t answer your question but hi house twin! I chose my newly arrived bottle of Bombay Bling instead of La Chasse (I have a sample) or La Vie Est Belle (I like it & have a bottle that was an Xmas gift!) today because I’m flying on an airplane to LA and wanted something super delicious. Bombay Bling makes me so so happy!
Bombay Bling sounds amazing, and it sounds like such a happy perfume, u have reminded me that I must Sample it this year!
I have a lovely little sample of it, and I love it in the summer! Maybe I should give it a winter sniff.
My guess: smaller French houses. No idea whether Toulouse would stock, say, Divine or Cire Trudon perfumes, but chances would probably be better there than the US.
I’ve never heard of Cire Trudon, but yup, we’ve got a Divine; good idea!
Really great candles!
I second AnnieA suggestion. Toulouse has a Divine boutique. I have never visited that particular shop, but in general Divine has nice shops and nice SA’s. I love the house, so you may take that into consideration. There seems to be a nice shop called Elysées Parfums with a nice selection of fragrances as well. Toulouse is gorgeous, you are lucky to go there.
I love Elysées Parfums! That’s where I hope to get my bottle of Berdoues Russkaya Kozha
I tried a sample of that last week and loved it!
You so smell amaxing!
I collect posts on perfume shopping around the World from different blogs (I have a dedicated page on my blog for that), but I haven’t come across any posts about the perfume shopping in this region. You might try looking in this resource (I’m not affiliated) – http://your-perfume-guide.com/city-shopping-guide/ – though I do not see Toulouse mentioned there as wee, but maybe one of the more general regions in France that are listed there will be useful to you.
Ooooh thanks, that’s a great resource!
I think Jean-Louis Scherrer EDP (Scherrer I) and Heure Exquise EDP are both unobtainable/ hard to get in YS but better than the EDTs? Both extremely beautiful.
Sorry, that must be for Yunited States. Or a fat finger typo.
I just smelled and sampled the Coach 2016 fragrance by Anne Flipo, and it smells really peachy to me even though the notes are pear and raspberry in the description. It is fairly sweet and very fruity, so I have trouble picturing myself wearing such a saccharine scent everyday. To me, this would be the perfect scent for a teenager, and actually a fairly sophisticated one, in the realm of fruity florals.
I really like the look of your blog!And I love this particular Coach fragrance myself
Of course I have to comment on Stephan Foster Day! And sad to say, the sun *isn’t* shining bright on my old Kentucky home today!
No AF for me either, so I’m wearing Bois d’Armenie by another female perfumer, Annick Menardo.
You do smell sexy af…Lol.I’ve wanted to say that to someone the whole week,as everytime someone mentions Ann Flipo as AF,that’s what I’m thinking…Lol!!
I almost spewed tea here!
We both love it, don’t we?
Twins with Robin today in the strangely addictive Ananas Fizz. It’s just perfect for the damp, warm weather today. Mr. Minion happens to be working with some aromatic cedar today in the shop and it’s drawing my attention to all the cedar in AF, which I usually don’t really notice.
Triplets! I have a decant of AF that I bought when they were doing a sale at STC. Fun and completely incongruous with the 15 degree weather and 10 inches of snow outside!
I own a little bottle of Barbara Bui and have a sample of Ananas Fizz around somewhere, but neither feels quite right for today. Still snowed in and cabin fevered (although will likely borrow the neighbors’ snow shovel and get some exercise later on), so will probably go with something warm and spicy and loud. Naomi Goodsir’s Or du Serail, perhaps, sprayed with abandon. Or Alahiiiine, similarly applied. We shall see.
Not looking forward to being snowed in, but it is bound to happen. Keep those spirits up!
Happy Friday Everyone! And, it’s Friday the 13th!
The ONLY Anne Flipo fragrance that I own is Jo Malone’s “Basil and Neroli”. That is my SOTD and is slowly but surly becoming one that I truly adore. I get sooo many compliments when I wear this one. If you haven’t had the pleasure to try it, you should. You might be pleasantly surprised.
It’s still going strong after 3 hours. I happen to really like JM for wearability. I hadn’t realized AF did the Herb Garden collection, which had some delightful, if not fleeting, fragrances. Somehow, that seems to be the character of the JM spring collections.
Yay! Hi Twin! I agree about the wearability. You smell fabulous!
I bought my mom a big bottle of Basil & Neroli for Christmas and couldn’t resist buying myself a small bottle of it at the same time. I’m already wearing it often and am sure I’ll be reaching for it even more frequently in warmer weather.
I hope you and your mom enjoy it. It is a gem.
I don’t own it, but I think it’s really nice. Works SO MUCH better for me than Lime, Basil & Mandarin.
For me, Lime, Basil & Mandarin only works if I layer it with something else. I can’t wear it alone; way too overpowering.
I should have worn this today, but it felt like the weather was too cold here. It’s great though and you smell amazing.
I planned on wearing La Vie Est Belle but floragal wore it yesterday and saved me from wafting it today. Since I am failing this challenge, I decided to fail big.
SOTD = Mohur extrait
Gorgeous gorgeous fragrance – rose and cardamom. I feel somewhat gulty for introducing this to some NSTers but a superb, relatively available albeit spendy fragrance should never be kept hidden.
Looking forward to reading what others picked!
You smell great!! I’m happy about the introduction!
I feel like I should buy another bottle (to split). If the LuckyScent bot picks me for a discount, I may just do it!
No no, don’t feel guilty!
I was only half-way serious
I have done some introducing as well and refuse to feel guilty. You smell great.
You smell perfect. I made my person get it for me for a bit birthday!
It was a nice gift for sure!
Are you abe to compare the extrait with other formulations? I have a dabber sample somewhere and remember thinking it was ok, but not amazing. I’m wondering if I’m missing something because it’s not extrait? (I do tend to love a good spicy rose. . . )
Just so you know you’re not alone, I tried the (non-extrait) in spray formula and didn’t love it (or really even like it, or finish the sample.) I figured that was a solid reason not to try the much more expensive extrait
Yes, that has been my reasoning, as well!
Butting in to say I think the perfume needs spraying to get the full effect and that it is very similar to the extract but airier and milliner and with bigger sillage. (Or maybe that’s my heavier spraying finger!) The extract is more concentrated (duh!) and tightly focused on the rose and spice. This all to my nose anyway. Curious how others see the two.
That’s milkier not the autocorrect milliner!
Thanks! Sounds great!
Mohur EDP smelled like oily pencil shavings on me. The extrait, which I sprayed, is fuller and rounder and as Amy mentioned straight-up all about roses and spice. I really love it.
Ack. Not a pencil-shavings kinda girl. I don’t remember it that way, I just remember thinking “eh.”
Thanks for the reply! Sounds like they are different enough for me to consider the extrait some time.
I haven’t worn the EDP in a while but recall that out of the initial trio of NVC perfumes, I liked Trayee the best, then Bombay Bling and the two scents are very different scents.
Using up the last of my oeillet sauvage sample. It doesn’t last long on me but sure smells great. If I see a drastically discounted bottle for sale I’ll be very tempted.
Wearing Ferre – probably going to be wearing a lot of this and Encens Mythique in an a New Year’s effort to use up bottles. Of course, since these two are favourites I have backup bottles, so it might all be rather academic.
Wait… You are almost done with a bottle of Encens Mythique? Wow… I like this perfume very much and enjoy wearing it but it’s so strong that all I usually need is a couple of sprays – so my bottle is probably 90% full after several years. Do you wear a very limited number of perfumes for a long period of time?
I know, and it’s a 75 ml! While EM is is favourite office scent I wear ca. once a week, I do have a couple of dozen bottles and most get a look-in. It might help that I have perfume-eating skin…
I only have Mimosa Pour Moi, and it’s just not that kind of day for me. I opted for some essential oil blends – hatian vetiver, geranium bourbon and lemongrass.
That sounds lovely!
Put on a bit of Stash hair/body oil after my shower because I am heading off to the PT in an hour or so—so won’t add any more scents. The Stash oil has less going on than the perfume (the oil, while fun as an oil would not make a very interesting perfume for me). To my totally uneducated nose the oil is more pepper that dries down to the creamy sandalwood-like Iso E Super (at least I think that is what is giving it that woody-creaminess?). The oil is a little sticky, but for $14 for the bottle, I wasn’t expecting much.
I am looking forward to my later encounter with Ananas Fizz. I have a decant only, but would buy a whole bottle if I could find one. The only other AF I own is La Chasse Aux Papillons. From AF, I’d like to sniff Un Zeste de Ete, Verte Violette, and the orange flower L’Artisan.
There is sun outside my office window!
Happy Friday one and all.
I think it is Iso E Super but I do not mind and rather like it.
I cannot wear oils as perfumes (I feel like something is missing) but I like the idea of having them and using either for bath, or as a base for the same perfume.
Sun is nice for a change after several rainy days, but I wouldn’t mind getting more rain soon. Enjoy your sunny Friday!
Goodness I am slow on the uptake. I didn’t realize that you are here in the Bay Area. I just clicked on the link to your avatar. Voila! Anyway, the sun is wonderful (I love winter sun!), but for the good of the state I’d gladly have more rain.
I just came back from shopping at Whole Foods and on a chocolatemarzipan8-inspired bender, tried every Pacifica they had in stock. I think you can get a whiff of me for miles!
And I too do not mind, and in fact frequently wind up liking very much, perfumes that use Iso E Super.
Same here — many of my favorites are based on Iso E Super.
I love and wear Molecule 01
I couldn’t find my La Chasse Aux Papillons this morning, so I’m in Aedes de Venustas Grenadille d’Afrique instead. It’s very nice and I have a lot of respect for the Aedes line, but I’m starting to think they are a bit too tasteful for me. I love Iris Nazarena wholeheartedly and have a travel spray of the signature scent, but the others are a blur of understated dry woods and a touch of refined incense. This is not their problem of course, it’s mine. I’m like: oh, this is so lovely and elegant and sophisticated, but how about some TUBEROSE?
(In other news, bought a pair of Gucci loafers today. That equals three and a half bottles of Chanel exclusives.)
The shoe to perfume math is so painful. But sometimes those shoes just need to get bought. I saw a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood flats on your blog recently and am embarrassed to say I have two pairs: metallic silver and snakeskin. Best shoes ever – almost. Robert Clergerie flats from this season are amazing. (I try to get these gems on sale. Doesn’t always work.)
And I should add I am *not* a metallics or a snakeskin person. But these iterations are so sleek and tasteful . . .
I think Kirkwood’s flats are among the very best designer flats out there – great design, good colours and not as outrageously expensive as some. My only complaint is that the stiches on top tend to come undone (possibly because I have a high arch). And I know exactly what you mean about silver and snakeskin.
I haven’t worn my silver ones enough to test the stitching and the snakeskin are a bit different and don’t have it. They were pricier and have taken a beating. I am hard on shoes alas.
At least you will be able to walk to any Chanel boutique in style.. What colour did you buy?
… or walk by any Chanel boutique (depending on Annikky’s budget for this month )
Haa, witty! I’m still solvent, but no, haven’t planned any major perfume purchases for this month.
I’ve spent over a year thinking about them and finally went with the classic black. Frankly, I need shoes more than I need perfume at the moment (not anyone “needs” Gucci or Chanel, but yiu know what I mean). I’m also starting a new job in March, so I feel like I need a couple of power pieces. All in the head, of course, but that’s my current vibe.
Oeh, apologies for the missing words and typos.
I totally agree – felt the need for a sleek new Prada bag when I changed jobs several years ago. Enjoy the shoes and a new job!
I bet they look and feel beautiful. You may also need a pair of back up boots in March?
A new job! Congrats. I think you’ll look smashing in red boots or a red coat!
Happy Friday! I seriously considered going with Barbara Bui as my Anne Flipo SOTD but decided to wear her Mimosa Pour Moi instead, because it better suits today’s sunny and warmish weather.
I wish we were having Mimosa Pour Moi weather!
I’m sick of being stuck at the house so I hired a couple of teenagers to shovel me out! I have nothing by Anne Flipo so I am continuing my sample week with Geisha Rouge. I was tempted to buy it blind from the notes, but my experience with samples this week has reinforced my suspicion that blind-buying is a bad idea for me. Out of seven samples, I only liked this one, and not really enough to buy a bottle.
O. M. G! I am so stir crazy, I’m planning on mopping the floors today. I think I’ll also wrestle the chains back on my car and see how terrible it is on the roads. . . we’re supposed to have a hockey game tonight, if we can get over there.
I own several Anne Flipo scents but was running late this morning and just picked whatever was near me and sprayed it. So my SOTD is MFK’s Grand Soir.
Nothing by Anne Flipo in my collection (I had Tresor Midnight Rose but swapped it away a while back.. it was nice enough but I don’t miss it). So I went with Lolita Lempicka today. First off, I hadn’t worn it in a while, and second, I decided that since AF did LL Sweet, I’m being AF-adjacent in wearing the original LL.
Basil and neroli seemed to light for this windy cold day, so wearing Lumiere Noir pour Femme today. Very grownup and delicious.
I love that one.
I just got a stranger compliment on it too!
I’m wearing Orla Kiely and I am enjoying it on a cold winter day. I guess I usually wear this one in warmer months, but don’t have a reason for that.
No Anne Flipo in my collection, so I chose L’A’s Voleur de Roses to complement a gray day here in the desert. My decant had a faulty sprayer, so I poured it into a different one. Properly sprayed (rather than dripped) it smells sweeter to me.
No Anne Filip for me. SOTD = fabulous Attrape Coeur. I hoard my little rollerball of this, and would buy any amount that someone here wants to divest themselves of. There must be some sort of licensing problem between Guerlain and Mathilde Laurent. Why they wouldn’t keep selling this is beyond me.
The only AF I own is Chasse aux pappilion, which I feel is too ‘wispy’ for this cold and icy day. Wearing Seville a l’Aube instead, with a chunky yellow cardigan and denim skirt. I love this one in the cold, warm weather it makes me feel slightly queasy.
You smell great!
I’ve never tried Seville a l’Aube in cold weather since I always perceived it as a late spring/early summer scent. Now I’m curious to try it in colder weather.
Your outfit sounds so cute! And twin on wearing Seville a l’Aube in cold weather. I love it in winter but tested it in the summer and had exactly the same reaction – major nausea.
I don’t have any Anne Flipo fragrances, so today I’m wearing a dab of Coco Noir extrait (courtesy of a perfume fairy).
Happy Friday, all. And for those in places with any type of extreme weather: stay safe out there!
I wore La Chasse Wednesday and Thursday, so today I’m taking Oeillet Sauvage for a spin. It’s been a little bit! Despite the name, my sample has very good manners and is good company on a chilly day.
Well, I just got a job interview, so this is a great Friday even if it’s the last one before the semester starts.
Congratulations on the job interview! And enjoy your last weekend before the semester.
Thanks, y’all! It’s a very preliminary interview, and may be largely a courtesy, so I’m trying to manage my expectations/speculation and just take my placement directors’ advice on prepping for it and stuff. But all the same, it does feel good! Those job applications didn’t entirely vanish upon submission.
Happy Friday to those with some of it left; good weekend to those of us already awake on Saturday. I’m feeling crisp and organised–in point of fact, I’m neither of those things, I just feel that way–so I’m wearing Cristalle EdeT, and I love it. I like the EdeP as well, though as a completely different perfume, worn for different purposes. Anyhow, today’s Cristalle is accompanied by a business-like cargo skirt, T-shirt and sneakers, and I’m going to throw myself into some vigorous housework, then go out for relaxed coffee, then lie in a somnolent posture for the rest of the day thinking beautiful thoughts. Or something. In fact, what I should do is try to make sense of a most peculiar garment I’ve been and gone and bought. The dear man says it looks as though I’m wearing a navy-blue mail bag sewn by particularly anti-social prisoners, and I fear he may be right.
You smell lovely.
Cristalle was my first Chanel purchase back many moons ago.
It was the EDT
I suspect your outfit looks fabulous.
Nah, not fab at all–it’s a puzzling, asymmetrical garment. It has the merit of being a great shade of navy–Steven’s ink, radiant blue, I’d call it, and it’s cool. After that, it’s just odd. I’m thinking how to make it work, but I’m inching towards the conclusion that it never will. It will be known as Frances’s Folly, or The Mistake….
Holy Krakatoa, Batman! What a day! So thrilled when it’s time to go home.
Two things have made the day bearable: 1) I found an long lost sample of PdE Cuir Ottoman this morning and 2) I had a HUGE rocky road cookie after lunch (which consisted of a healthy salad). The lunch completely negated the dessert, right? I thought so!!
And thanks to all yesterday for statistics support. You folks not only smell great, but you’re just straight up nice peeps! Happy Friday to all ????
I’m thinking… Can two salads warrant two cookies?..
Are you wearing Cuir Ottoman from the found sample, or were you just sharing a good news?
I like how you think! And yes, it was a sample I forgot I had which was buried under a ton of other samples. So, a happy find!
I’m just waiting for someone to invent the cookie smoothie
Radical idea! ????????
Speaking of cookies, our cafeteria conducted a survey recently and one of the questions was have you tried the new Crave cookies. My answer was no because I almost never buy dessert from the cafeteria (ok maybe once when they had Otis Spunklemeier sp? cookies). Today, I saw one of the managers was idle (!) and I asked what made Crave cookies special and she said they were made with all natural, unprocessed ingredients. While she was reciting all the natural ingredients, I was thinking mercury, lead and arsenic are natural too (from comments yesterday). After she was done, I asked what sweetener was used and she said white sugar to which I said white sugar is processed. She paused for a few seconds and said the previous type of cookies used artificial sweeteners (aspartame? Yes….which sounded really strange to me). Anyway, at the end of the conversation, she said I can get a cookie on the house and to let her know what I thought of it. Verdict? It was good but too sweet!
I get a kick out of people who equate “natural” with “healthy.” Funny how ignorance is always louder than true knowledge.
I started today with Paco Rabanne Lady Million, but its aggravating my sinuses today. I woke up with a huge sinus headache.
I’ll probably switch to something else later on, after a shower.
I’m puppy-sitting my daughter’s shetland sheepdog puppy today, and he is just the most adorable thing in the world
Sorry about your sinuses!
I haven’t smelled Lady Million in a while, but I remember enjoying it more than I expected.
I used to have a Blue Merle sheltie back in the day, and she was the sassiest dog ever. Always had to have the last word. They are such adorable inquisitive fuzzballs! I’m predicting that puppy will give you a good run for your money. Your daughter’s lucky to have you puppy sitting????
I am feeling grumpy AF ( that AF is for Johanob) and need to lighten up. An Austrian couple and their 3 yr. old are coming to stay 4 nights. They’re not friends of mine but my husband knows them pretty well through work. I’m happy for them to stay ( well, as happy as can be expected) but the thing is that I work from home whereas my husband will be out at work all day. The visitors won’t have a car and I just know I will lose 3 days of work driving them around and showing them the sights as they are into nature and wildlife etc. I need to persuade myself that this will be fun and be gracious about it! It’s only 4 nights…this time next week it will all be over. Smile and spray! Mimosa and Cardamon.
I understand. But…maybe the little one will be a jolly child, placid and good-natured and happy to throw sticks for the dogs and investigate beetles and worms in the garden….maybe they will be the kind of people who understand that you need to work, so they they will whisk about and take themselves off for the morning (hired car, walking or borrowing yours) then come home bearing artisan breads, smoked ham, local cheese and a basket of apricots for a picnic lunch. Maybe they will at least buy good wine for dinner.
Yes … And no. They have stayed before ( pre-child ) and what stands out was the time I took them to see the fur seals and ended up being ‘corrected’ as they insisted they were sea lions…It will be okay, though.
Ah! Those sorts of visitors! Ick. So feed them baked beans on toast and vacuum outside their bedroom door at 5.30, announcing later with a merry smoke that you want to get the essentials done early so there will be lots of time to go and see the fur seals…
And that was meant to be “a merry smile”, but actually, “smoke” isn’t all that silly. Might work….
O M G. This and the below really awful. I imagine it will be ok, as you say, but it shouldn’t be at all!
Waterdragon has a better attitude. Me, I’m like – four nights!!! I really like people in smaller doses.
Agreed! That’s a long time to entertain relative strangers (and their child.) I’d be majorly grumpy about the intrusion.
Haha!Glad you also found a use for it!!Haha!You have my sympathies regarding the visitors,I do not like sharing my space that much either.Fortify yourself with awesome perfumes.And a stiff drink as needed.xox
You are an angel for doing something like that for people who aren’t your friends, and I hope your husband realizes that. But are you sure you’re expected to be their chauffeur/guide? As I understand, you’re helping them already with the accommodations – I would have never expected an acquaintance to drop their work during the normal work day to accommodate my vacation. Working from home is still working. So maybe it’ll work out just fine if after breakfast you just go about your regular work day and allow them to figure out what and how they want to be doing on their vacation?
I think my husband is a little put out, too as he didn’t invite them to stay. He offered to book them into a really great holiday place by the sea but because NZ is so expensive they thought it would be cheaper and more fun to stay with us. Hopefully you’re right about the visit.
So they invited THEMSELVES?? Lordy, what bad manners.
This is getting worse! Huh! Baked beans on toast is too good for them. What made them come to A-NZ if they couldn’t afford their pleasure? And really, expensive? Given the performance of our dollar against most currencies at the moment, you’d think they’d be quids in!
You have my utmost sympathies. Perhaps you can loan them your car with a list of interesting sights to see and hide out at home? Best of luck.
Maybe we should rent the holiday place by the beach???
I think you should!
Hmm. I also work at home and thus feel your pain. Perhaps you could split the difference – make it clear that you’re not to be disturbed in the morning, but make yourself available in the afternoons? And perhaps your husband should take a day or two of vacation to deal with these guests as well.
OH my, how rude of them to invite themselves! Hubby owes you a big one – maybe you can put a dent on your Wish Lost.
Wish LIST. Stupid fat fingers!
I wore Rykiel Woman yesterday so went with Barbara Bui today. This is becoming a default scent this winter since I really like it and it’s pretty inoffensive/work safe.
Happy almost weekend!
Thank goodness for the weekend..
Woot woot for BB!
Have only been peeking, not writing here this week. I don’t even have a Flipo sample, though I’m intrigued by the Sonia Rykiel mentions this week.
Am trying to get things done with Osmanthe Yunan.
Good choice for getting things done!
My two favorite Anne Flipo fragrances are my two favorite skin scents.
Joining those of you who appreciate Barbara Bui Le Parfum, it is my favorite winter bedtime scent, and I anticipate I will be wearing it again tonight. I have a huge bottle that will last me many winter nights, as I never wear this fragrance during the day!
But for my SOTD, my choice is Trussardi Skin (2002), my favorite daytime skin scent in the spring and early fall. I adore this one! – and its luminescent yellow green bottle. Its lemony light peppery top notes provide a fresh and uplifting opening, but it’s my favorite Brazilian rosewood and cedar notes that make it warm and sensual and downright sexy. I don’t usually wear this scent in colder weather, but even on a winter’s day under several layers of clothing, it’s working its charm today! Long d/c, I have only a tiny bit left and may have to search out a bottle on evil bay one of these days; I’ve never found another scent to take irs place.
LAP Fleur d’ Oranger today. A huge “thank you!!” to the lovely NSTer who gave this to me. It is glorious! I think I prefer it to my Fleur de Narcisse……???? Sad that I will probably never own a bottle.
I started the day in Ananas Fizz, but it is already gone. SOT Moment is Mrs. Meyers Basil All Purpose cleaner. Stuck in the house, I have now scrubbed the bathroom top-to-bottom, including wiping down the walls!, and mopped the kitchen floor. Now, after lunch, I’m eying the pantry. . . I’m just no good at sitting around the house, it seems!
A thorough clean-up is so satisfying.
A few days ago I started using Mrs. Meyers lavender dish soap. I love it.
It’s been a few months since I’ve posted, and I’m not participating in today’s activity as I’m trying to (Koenigsberg-style) diligently get through some discovery sets and samples before winter’s end. Today is Histoires 1899 and it was love at first sniff. It’s a creamy, spicy, non-sweet oriental with hints of vetiver.
I’m going to be downsizing my perfume collection and putting together some “grab bags” if people here are interested in receiving them. (I will be asking recipients to cover postage since it’s gotten so expensive.) I’ve got used bottles, minis, decants, scads of samples, and a fair amount of vintage that I’m ready to pass on. I’d much rather it go to an appreciative audience than, say, a thrift store or some such.
Click on my user name to email me if you’re interested. I’ll email out a list of what’s available in the next few weeks.
Nice to see you here — hope you’ve been well!
Nice to see you! I just recently tried 1899 and didn’t think much beyond “pleasant” initially, but the wafts I kept getting later really took me by surprise. As you described, creamy and spicy but soft and light.
And hear, hear with the downsizing. I’ve been slowly trying to do that myself.
Hi, I was just thinking about you yesterday! Good to see your post.????
Yes to Koenigsburg-style sample testing, that is a worthwhile effort.
It’s nice to see you here.
I have a decant of La Chasse Au Papillons but it’s just not right for today. And I have a bottle of Barbara Bui ….. around here…. somewhere…
So SOTD turned out to be Reminiscence Patchouli. Oh, well.
The only Flipo I have is Chasse and I wasn’t feeling it today. Wearing Tauerville Fruitchouli Flash and thoroughly enjoying it.
May have to go unearth my sample of Verte Violette, which is…somewhere…and the only Flipo fragrance I own. So far the only SOTD is the SSS Ancient Resins I used after my shower this morning. Too distracted today. Big life issues to figure out. Sigh. Not sure about the right scent for big life issues, but Verte Violette probably isn’t it, as much as I love violet. Given the current life issues, MCMC Kept might be my best option. Oh well.
Good luck with the life issues.
Wishing you the best.
Mimosa pour Moi which was my only perfume for a good while and probably my main introduction to niche. I still love this perfume and must wear it more. It defiantly speaks of spring.
Twins! It feels very springlike to me as well.
SOTD = La Chasse aux Papillons. It probably would have suited yesterday’s spring like weather better, but it was OK for today. I will retry my sample in warmer weather.
I don’t have any AF perfumes. There are many in her list that I’ve never tried, so I will keep an open mind, but I don’t like any of the ones I have tried. They’re too femme and floral for my taste. Instead I put on and have been enjoying Tauer’s Une Rose Chyprée. It’s pretty wonderful. Right now about 5 hours into it, I’m getting loads of labdanum. Which I love. I drove one hour from sunny warm shorts-weather Houston down to Galveston which is socked in with fog and was a good 10 degrees chillier. Funny how much the weather can change here along the Gulf Coast. It’s still fairly mild for winter but this nice rose is keeping me happy in the grayness outside.
I’m in my only AF – Lolita Lempicka Sweet.
I looked over the AF list and went with Sonia Rykiel woman its in the peach sweater shaped bottle and pretty much dupes Prada ,Prada and Fancy Nights stylistically. Of the Angel family tree at any rate. I have Barbara Bui somewhere and the White notes oil version and probable samples of a few other AF creations,but like some others I didn’t feel like rooting them out. I’m going to have to spring clean and inventory my samples and bottles. Not tonight though, tonight I have to cut out fabric for a warm robe for my uncles birthday- this Sunday!