Yes, it's yet another Monday. Happy birthday to Kim Novak!* (And RIP, Al Jarreau.) What fragrance are you wearing?
I'm in Ormonde Jayne Frangipani.
Reminder: 2/17 will be Reverse Hemisphere Friday — if you're in the Northern Hemisphere, wear something bright and tropical and happy. If you're in the Southern Hemisphere, wear something spicy and warm and comforting.
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.
* And as we approach the 2017 Oscars, it's worth going to read Self-Styled Siren's post Let's Talk About Kim Novak.
Eau de Cartier for me. I wore this all the time when it first came out, and now I’m gravitating back to it. I blame the “I Scent You a Day” blog.
I loved and wore Eau de Cartier! Oddly enough, just this weekend I was contemplating buying a bottle. I miss it!
Eau d’Hadrien EDP Annick Goutal, lemon and cypress.
Triple strength coffee.
Off to clean a multitude of leaves from the basement stairwell that magically appeared because of the crazily intense winds.
Carpe Diem. Peace.
The wind is just howling here today!
You smell great!
That’s a really lovely scent, hope the leaf clearing is quick!
Mary Greenwell Lemon… maybe very slowly easing into tropical.
SOTD is Guy Laroche Fidji – for this week’s ‘Reverse Hemisphere’ project. This is a rather literal interpretation of the theme. There are several websites which will show you the exact opposite point of the earth from your current location. I tried them and ended up somewhere in the South Pacific ocean. Well, Fidji is in the South Pacific ocean, so I decided to finish my sample of the perfume named after this island country. The perfume itself does not really smell sunny or tropical to me – actually, it smells very old-school French. Although there is something exotic in all this crazy greenness. Anyway, I had a very busy morning at work, so this refreshing scent is very welcome.
When I read about this week’s project I thought that probably I have only a couple of scents that fit the theme. It turned out I have a lot of them! I thought I’d share my list – maybe it will help someone from the Northern Hemisphere choose their scent for Friday. Some of the perfumes were chosen based on their name or description, some based on their notes and some because they smell like a real “bottled sunshine”.
Annick Goutal Songes
Comptoir Sud Pacificque L’Eau du Gouverneur (and lots of scents in this line should work!)
Creed Millesime Imperial
Creed Virgin Island Water
ELDO Fils de Dieu
Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
Guerlain Acqua Allegoria Limon Verde
Guerlain Acqua Allegoria Lys Soleia
Guy Laroche Fidji
Hermes Un Jardin apres la Mousson
Hermes Un Jardin sur le Nil
Hiram Green Moon Bloom
Jean Patou Joy
L’Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons (and Extreme version too)
M. Micallef Ylang in Gold
Mark Buxton Message in a Bottle
Moschino Cheap & Chic Chic Petals
Pacifica Inc. Tahitian Gardenia
Ralph Lauren Pure Turquoise
Serge Lutens Datura Noir
Tom Ford Velvet Orchid
Vero Profumo Rubj
Thanks for compiling this list–how nice of you! This is giving me some good ideas for Friday.
You are welcome! I enjoyed doing it.
Great list- thanks! One can never go wrong with the Hermes Jardin series imo.
I agree. Actually, one can just wear all five Jardin scents for this week.
I love lists.
Me too! Good job Glannys!
What a list! And how sweet and helpful you are!
And of course, you smell lovely!
Nice! Thanks for your effort. I have a couple from the list.
Ooh, thanks! I wasn’t sure what I had that would fit, but now you’ve helped me identify my scent for Friday.
Lovely list, some of my summer favourites!
Great list and Fidji is/ was gorgeous.
Great tip, I’ll be looking for my precise antipode. And yes, Fidji smells wonderfully French.
Gosh, Fidji, the first scent I chose for myself, as a young teenager! It has been years now I wore it last; so this Friday I’ll try to pop into a department store for a spray, knowing that I’ll be disappointed, but that’s life!
Oh, you could add Manoumalia to your list!
From what I heard, Manoumalia is indeed the ultimate tropical scent. I think someone (and probably more than one person) will wear it on Friday. But I do not have it, and the list is based on my wardrobe. I hope one day I’ll get a sample.
Maybe I should have added SL Fleurs d’Oranger, though (which I have). The scent itself is not really tropical, but it’s filled with sunshine. And it’s loaded with tuberose which is a tropical flower.
SotD: SL Datura Noir–which coincidentally fits the theme! I decided to dig this one out after Spending an afternoon walking around Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and enjoying the Datura Flowers. They look like something from A Dr. Suess book. The scent is all coconut, tuberose and almond with a touch of citrus.
S(ip)otD: Satispur Estate Assam from Upton. Mmmmalty.
You smell delicious!
Cuir de Russie for me today.
I have a big day ahead, I am going to my grandfather’s funeral, he passed away this weekend, he was 102 years old and he loved perfume, he used to take his bottle of Oscar de la Renta perfume everywhere and sprayed generously.
I haven’t decided yet what perfume to wear, maybe FM Eau d’Hiver.
I am sorry about your loss. Sending you hugs.
My condolences, Hera.
When my Mother and Father had their funerals (six years apart) I wore a scent they both liked on me.
Habit Rouge Guerlain.
I wore it frequently, trying to get it, but not a favorite of mine.
But does have bittersweet memories.
Remember the good times.
I’m sorry for your loss. Hope you can find the perfect scent for the service.
Your grandpa sounds like a hoot. I’m sorry you lost him, and glad you had him that long.
So sorry for your loss. I lost my uncle this past weekend, so I totally understand. We haven’t set any date yet for services because all of his remaining sisters live in different places. But, plans are in the making. Losing loved ones is definitely the hardest part about life. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that you suffered a loss too! I hope you and your family are able to comfort each other. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I’m so sorry for your loss. I love that he wore perfume! What a great memory to have of him. Hugs to you.
Your grandfather sounds like someone to be proud of and to celebrate. Enjoy your memories, and the love of the family you’ll see today. Hugs.
My condolences. But what a blessing to have a grandfather for so long. Grandparents are wonderful.
Sending more condolences — how nice that you had your grandfather to 102, though.
I’m sorry for your loss. 102 years is a good long life. Hugs, thoughts and prayers to you and your family!
I’m very sorry. Grandparents are special. You probably got your love of scent from him. Hugs for you.
It is always too soon with grandparents. But 102 is a good, well lived life indeed. Sending virtual hugs.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Sending my sincerest condolences. But how wonderful to have had a perfume-loving grandfather!
I am sorry for your loss. My Grandmother passed a few months ago at 98 and losing a loved one is always painful. Thoughts and prayers..
I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. Your grandfather sounds like he was a lot of fun.
Best wishes to you and your loved ones today. Your grandfather will surely be missed. How sweet that you have good scent memories of him.
Sounds like he was a very suave grandfather who you will miss greatly. Wishing you peace.
I am very sorry about your grandfather.
102! Wow! I’m sure he was loved every minute of his life for all 102 years. So sorry for your loss.
How amazing to think that he was alive when some of the really classic scents like Chanel 5 and Shalimar were brand new. And what a long ,interesting life he must have had.
Sorry for your loss Hera. I love the visual you described! Nothing like a wonderful smelling gentleman.
Thank you very much for all your messages. I really appreciate it.
Hera, please accept my condolences on your grandfather’s passing. He sounds like someone who will be greatly missed.
So sorry for your loss. Now we know where you got your love for fragrance!
So sorry for your loss. 102 is amazing, and love the story about his perfume!
My condolences on your loss, Hera.
In Desert Rose by Dame Perfumery. Beautiful creamy rose with a nice peach note. It is fresh in the opening and it becomes powdery and silky on me in the drydown. The sillage and longevity are moderate. I am enjoying it greatly.
I’m trying to rustle up a postcard to send out to them, so I can request a sample!
You smell(ed) great! I really like Desert Rose.
I’m ready for summer scents all the time….and the summer weather to accompany them!
SOTD: Versace Versense. Fresh and bright…
Have a good week y’all!
Definitely fresh and bright. Such a cheerful and refreshing scent! You smell great!
I am wearing Demeter’s Wet Garden, which is the epitome of spring to me.
SOTD = Hermes 24, Faubourg.
Yes to Hermes! You smell fabulous. I must wear 24, Faubourg this week.
SOTD is vintage Chanel 19 EDT. I have nearly drained my bottle and hope the new is as good as the old if I have to replace it!
It’s different. It’s not *bad*, but it’s different and not nearly as rich and long lasting. My personal preference would be to find an older bottle on ebay, not that I”m telling you what to do! I do recommend sampling the current version before buying it, though.
Echoing mals – do sample the current formulation before buying a full bottle. I have what I think is 70’s-era vintage 19, and while it’s easy to tell that it’s the same fragrance as the current one, there are definitely differences. I think both are gorgeous.
Ive been trying for years to find “my” iris scent; and I’ve tried sooo many, but there it was, staring in my face, chanel 19, my next FB! I guess LT&TS’s review scared me off.
FM Musc Ravageur today. Low key day puttering about the house, running errands, and paying bills (Boo! Hiss!).
I worked on the van for a good bit yesterday and the most frustrating part (for me, anyway) is the fact I set down this or that tool, forget where I set it, and then spend 10 minutes looking for it. I now see why serious DYIers wear a tool belt. The measuring tape is in the house when I need it in the van, can’t find the 1/8″ drill bit that I just switched out 5 minutes ago, where the heck is that dam* marker, I JUST had it…!!
I know, first world problems, but sometimes I just drive myself crazy.
You need a tool belt AND a good box to carry the tools around. Being organized and being able to switch out tools is very key in doing your projects.
I have a toolbox, the trick is getting the tools back where they belong????
A good tool belt is an excellent investment! Saves time and aggravation, makes the whole Make it Yourself process much more efficient and pleasureable. Let’s you save your angst for creative choices, instead of “Where did I put the darn bit/marker/scissors?”
I really do need to invest in one…but I’m REALLY trying to not buy anything. My perfume no buy, such as it is, has taken over other areas of my life. Saving up for a spendy solar kit for the van so I can go off grid for days at a time while still being able to power lights, fan, fridge, and electronics.
Yes, RIP Al Jarreau! I was so glad that the Grammys were able to acknowledge his passing. I also just lost my uncle (my mom’s only brother) this past Saturday, so this weekend was a rough one.
My SOTD is Violet Disguise by Imaginary Authors. The smell of plums and violet is divine!
Oh, so sorry to hear about your uncle!
So sorry about your uncle. Hugs.
So sorry! Hugs to you.
So very sorry for your loss.
It was a rough weekend for you, I’m sorry. Hope you and your family will find comfort together.
So sorry for your uncle’s passing and family’s loss.
Adding my condolences. So sorry.
I’m sorry about your uncle. Sending hugs
Thanks to all of you for the kind words. It is greatly appreciated.
I’m sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing you peace. You’ve piqued my curiosity with the violet and plum combo.
Condolences on the passing of your uncle.
So sorry for your loss. Hugs to you.
My condolences to you. Violet Disguise is lovely!
Sorry for your loss, scentfromabove.
My condolences, scentfromabove.
So today I am celebrating the 24th anniversary of my 30th Birthday. The most pressing decision of the day is shall I layer the original CDG with Tauer Rose Flash? Should I wear PHI, Aerin Rose de Grasse or Slumberhouse Sadanne? The best roses come in bottles……
Well, happy birthday! Enjoy your roses.
Haha! Happy Birthday and any of those sounds like the right choice.
Ha! Happy ‘anniversary’ and whatever you choose to wear, you will smell MARVELOUS.
Happy anniversary-birthday. You will smell amazing. Enjoy!
Happy birthday! I hope you have many more decades celebrating the anniversary of your 30th birthday. Have a wonderful day.
Have a fabulous and fragrant birthday!
Have a fabulous and fragrant birthday!
Very cute. I like that idea of celebrating past younger birthdays.
Re: fragrance? PHI, definitely PHI.
Happy birthday and here’s to many happy days.
Have a wonderful anniversary celebration!! ????
Happy Birthday! You will have a great smelling one no matter which perfume you choose.
Happy birthday stinker_kit. I bet you wore them all!
Ha! Happy Birthday! Hope your day was wonderful.
Happy belated birthday!
Reverse Hemisphere project sounds fun. It’s warmish again, after last week’s brief cold snap I WANT MY WINTER BACK and I’m in Le Galion La Rose again.
We’ve got it up here, but so weird, with wild wind and temperature fluctuations. I like my winter to be present and consistent. Wry smile.
You may have every last bit of my winter! Howling wind actually blew an Amazon package right off my front porch and all the way down to the street, and blew the cover right off the grill (how??? still puzzling over that).
I’m starting the week in Yosh Ginger Ciao. After years of getting by on samples, I finally bought a bottle when I found a good deal on it on Olfactif (20% off maybe?). A spicy white floral with coconut, it fits the bill for this week’s community project.
That is lovely. I made my sister give me a small decant/sample from hers.
Hee on “I made my sister give me …” I’m usually the target of that comment from my older sister…probably payback for getting her to stop wearing perfumes from DSH (accidentally).
I am Googling this as we ‘speak’!
I love this perfume but prefer wearing it in summer… Sounds like a good fit for the Friday project:)
You smell good!
This sounds lovely! Going onto the must sniff list.
I’m participating in the project in MCG Hanbury which smells like a warm Mediterranean breeze (I think). Oranges, orange blossom, beezewax-I smell some pollen in there, too.
Hanbury is lovely. You smell great! I just noticed my little decant is empty, the last little bit must have evaporated away. I will be getting another little decant of this, I expect.
Thank you! It is lovely, but it does make me sneeze if I wear too much. It smells very natural to me.
Maybe you should graduate to a travel spray?
Yes, probably.: -)
Mmm. I’m putting this on my to-try list.
I am getting a serious crush on a number of those 15ml MCG. Sideris and Lankaran Forest are mine and I feel like others will join them. (I actually could have bought the giant bottle of LF, but 100ml seems too much of anything.)
I haven’t tried LF yet but sounds like something one could spray lavishly. How do you like it?
I love it, but it is very subtle and quiet, hence the temptation of the 100ml. But I thought I’d try the 15ml first to be sure. Baby steps.
I need to check MCG soon, read good things about it. Are you familiar with other MCGs?
I have Sideris and Rrose Selavy and had Syconium. Burlesque is in my wish list. I’m a fan ????
Wearing Zoologist Hummingbird today. We are having a home visit from a cat shelter today and if all goes well we will have a new kitty by next week! The one we applied for is a sweet 5 year old calico who loves pets and attention. I’m very excited!
I hope everything goes well, and you have your new little sweetheart next week
I think it is so important to adopt adult pets when possible. The four that I adopted deliberately were all either adults or adolescents. I have had two kittens in the mix, but they were not deliberate adoptions, just happenstance.
Yay! Hope it works out for you.
Kitty! Sending good luck furry vibes your way.
Exciting! Hope all goes well and you get your kitty soon.
Good luck and I hope you hear the pitter of cat paws in your house soon!
Good luck with kitty!
SOTD Marni, an easy no brainer choice for this Monday morning. Looking forward to the community project this Friday, already thinking I will likely wear Guerlain Terracota ☀
I had meant to pull that one out for this week, but forgot. Thanks for the reminder! I may even wear it later today.
You smell great Robin. Frangipani was a scent I blind bought one crazy evening clicking and buying during a 20% off sale. I wore it a lot one recent summer.
I loved Kim Novak in Bell, Book and Candle. That role suited her and the clothes! She and Doris Day had the most incredible backs – they wore low back and backless dresses like no one else.
Mandarin Glaciale for me today. Crisp!
Those incredible dresses were constructed to fit- nevertheless, they both had incredible figures.
I watched that recently and have to agree. She looked good in everything!
She was gorgeous. But she was also just wonderful, and I’m still pissed at how mean people were about her at the Oscars a few years ago.
I’m wearing Illuminum Tomato Leaf today, and drinking some black tea.
Happy birthday to Kim Novak! So lovely in Vertigo. Has anyone worn a grey suit so beautifully!!
Oooh, tomato leaf. I’m looking this up!
I love tomato leaf as a note. It’s prominent in Memo Italian Leather: tomato leaf and vanilla.
Me too! Parfums d’Empire’s Corsica Furiosa is the ultimate tomato leaf scent for me.
One of my favorite summer scents!
That grey suit was amazing on her. I hope all those men who preyed on her insecurities were reincarnated as dung beetles.
I wore Shermine today.
I got a craving after I mentioned it in last weekend poll
1) Back from a much needed break in Seattle. Met up with friends and walked around in the incredible sunshine in Ballard and in Fremont- Wallingford, my favorite neighborhoods in my 20s- which I cannot afford live in now! Visited shops, of course! Went to Essenza and got some much needed body care and some great samples.
2) While there, saw the Jacob Lawrence exhibit The Great Migration. If you are in Seattle you must see this epic exhibit.
3) Al Jarreau went to my alma mater and along with Harrison Ford, gave my school a bit of panache. He was not only a great musician, but a teacher of music. He always reached out to sincere young artists who wanted to perform art and not merely become stars.
4) I am in Tom Ford Noir pour femme- it will be sunny today but I needed something rich and comforting! However, am looking to try the lovely things from Essenza this week, which is perfect timing!
I love Noir pour Femme! You smell great!
That’s a neat bit of info. on Al Jarreau. I like that kind of artist.
And I forgot the best bit about him: before devoting his life to music, he was a vocational therapist and worked with the disabled in San Francisco.
You lucked out with the weather here! I’m going to the Jacob Lawrence exhibit this weekend. Is it doable in a few hours? Or less than that?
I really did! It’s weekends like that make people want to move and live there forever!
You can do the exhibit in about 1-2 hours. The tableaux are not large at all; in most cases they are about 11×17 or so. But, there are 60 of them.I would suggest lingering and actually going around twice for maximum effect- the color, line and texture tell as much of the story as the captions do- if not more.
It runs through to 23 April.
A show that premiered in Portland, Seeing Nature, will be opening in a few days on the 16 Feb. It’s a blockbuster, so if you have an entire day, you can do both shows.
Until they look at real estate prices, eh? Although I hear PDX’s housing market is on par with ours and expected to get even more $$$.
Thanks for answering. I was wondering if there would be time to do both. I think I’ll adjust my plans to try for that.
60! I didn’t realize it was such a big collection. Was it terribly crowded? That’s the difficulty when pieces are so small.
Oof! Like Seattle, the PDX market is tight and it can be VERY expensive in relation to income. I honestly lucked out when I got my place last year on the edge of the city, and feel very fortunate that I am able make a living and afford my place. I don’t think that I could afford a place on my present income in Seattle, to be honest. Even if I worked at Amazon or Kirkland Distribution or Microsoft it would be hard to save up for a downpayment!
The ‘Migration’ exhibit was very full on a sunny Sunday afternoon; take that as a hint when the rains return and the good people of Seattle come back to visit their adopted, well loved artist! Allow for crowding!
The pieces are arranged so that wraps around the room- so you can follow the story walking around the room, and then stand back a bit so that pieces can be contemplated by themselves if you wish.
It sounds like you had such a great weekend. I just looked up this MOMA interactive exhibition on Jacob lawrence – fantastic.
It really was wonderful, and I have so many thanks to MOMA for loaning their pieces for the exhibit.
Don’t forget the Phillips Collection, which owns the odd numbers. Or is it the other way around? Anyway, the two museums each own half.
Still sticking to my sample pile this week – I’m trying the ones that seem the most summery. Up today: 1725 Casanova. Had I realized this was a lavender scent I would’ve worn it on Friday! Like all lavenders, it reminds me of my grandfather’s bathroom when I was a child. It’s a pleasant scent memory, but . . . I don’t want to smell like grandpa’s bathroom.
I also broke out my Happy Hippy shower gel in honor of this week’s theme. I haven’t shopped at Lush in ages, and was sad (but not surprised) to learn that Back for Breakfast had been discontinued, so I gave this a shot. I like it, but it also made me think: okay, NOW I get why people think grapefruit smells like urine . . .
Oh, one of my favorite shower gels!! Hope you adjust, and hope tomorrow morning I don’t think it smells like urine
Today I finally drained the mostly-empty mini of Gucci no. 3 I got at an estate sale. It’s lovely, but luckily not so lovely I need to seek more. It reminds me of my fave Ivoire but with a little of the tart/sneezy rose of Knowing.
Original Fendi EDT. I found a gift set unopened yesterday with 25ml of the EDT, a mini of the EDP, and a tube of both the lotion and the shower gel. It was a ridiculously low price, so much so that I’m flirting with selling it (I have another mostly used EDT bottle that I used today.) I think I would kick myself if I sold it but….
If you *love* it, keep it. If not – well, people will pay ridiculous prices for that one.
That’s the tricky part. I sure do like it, but it’s not a holy grail for me. I think I’d be sad if I ran out though.
Good find. I’m always nervous that I don’t have enough Fendi to last out my lifetime. I’m not one who will pay ridiculous prices, though
SOTD: Incense Pure for no other reason than that I was in the mood for it, and this is the only even cool day this week!
You smell great!
Depressed not to be wearing anything. Have a bit of a cold, thus can’t smell anything and my love is out of town on business- didn’t want to waste any precious juice for the sake of people I work with! You all smell wonderful, though!!!
Feel better soon! You’re giving your nose a chance to reset, so think how great it will be to smell fragrances again when you’re well.
Thank you, I am just depressed because I just got a load of samples in haha! But that’s a great way to look at it!
I hope you have a lovely day!
Do get better!
Hope your cold is gone ASAP!
In comfort scent day 13, but it is not wearing comfortably for some reason. Stash. Today all I get is black pepper and Iso E Super. I am one of those people who is totally fine with I.E.S., but today this scent is just not working. And I like Stash. Hmmmm… But I am catching little wisps of Tom Ford’s Champaca on the wrists of the ratty old sweater I am wearing, and that is jollying thing up, a bit.
A shout out to whomever it was who recommended The Essex Serpent. Had a gazillian chores this weekend, but rewarded myself with a glass of Port and a long read Saturday evening. Enjoying the book very much. The back of the book has a blurb suggesting it is a sort of literary birth child of Bram Stoker and Charles Dickens. I disagree. To me it is what Virginia Woolf might write if she were aiming for popular fiction.
And you’ve just put a new book on my “must read” list – thanks!
Sorry the Stash isn’t working out for you today. Sniff your sweater often!
Weird. I’m usually stricken with sore throat from ISO-e Super, but Stash never registers that way at all. I suppose it may be a combination of some floral notes with it that cause the reaction. Hope I never notice it in Stash since I have quite a lot to work through, and hope you are more comfortable soon!
I remember Annikky mentioning the Essex Serpent and have it on my list .
i tried The latest Karen Walker perfume, Runaway, yesterday. It is described as smelling like a midnight walk through a forest: campfire smoke, incense, wood, pine needles, cinnamon. A woody oriental. Sounds great on paper. In fact, ( tested from a shop counter bottle, and piped into the air around the counter) was 90% Flowerbomb. The bottle is a similar colour to Decadence. The best thing about this perfume is the design image on the box. Will give it another go next time I am in town.
Oh, and Northern Hemisphere scent of the day: Loulou…just enough crazy to match your weather
LouLou! You smell great…and you smell like my teenage years. LouLou was one of my first perfums (late 80s?) I do not have it at the moment, sometimes I miss it… (does anyone know if it is reformulated?)
Even before I read the topic of this week’s reverse hemisphere challenge, I had a growing desire to wear Astier de Villatte Eau Chic.
I decided to do a week of candy and roses samples in honor of Valentine’s day. Today I am wearing Une Rose, which is really lovely. I didn’t like it this much the first time I tried it – however, that was on a 90 degree day so perhaps it’s not surprising that I was overpowered.
Cazaubon, I saw your generous offer during the weekend poll and am definitely interested. Please contact me at payne underscore cm at the yahoo when you have a chance so I can arrange to repay your kindness.
I love Une Rose, but it is definitely better in cooler weather!
SOTD is L’Artisan Bois Farine from my new bottle. It took me several years of sampling this. Sometimes all I got was peanut butter! I still do but that’s only in the opening. It’s a strange one and hard to describe. Nuts, woods, flour, iris. Kind of.
Congrats on your new bottle! Bois Farine is an odd thing. I have a sample vial that I keep sniffing but I don’t want to wear it (yet).
Live dangerously LOL. But really, it took me a long time to come around to it. You may as well get started
This is one scent that I am very curious about as it seems to have such a wide variety of reactions
Peanut butter would be a plus for me.
I found my bottle of Pear + Olive this morning and put some on. Forgot how much I enjoy it!
Yo. I had one of Those Nights–I’ve been awake since before 2, and frankly, I feel wretched. If I could, I’d stay home, but I have to go to meetings and do stuff, and isn’t it odd how much mere stuff there always is? But to better matters: SOTD. I love this week’s project, because so many of my new and deepest perfume loves are warm, soft gourmands, which seem about right for the temperatures and weather up there in TOH. So, I’m spoiled for choice today, but I’ll go with my best beloved (that is, first equal with about ten others), Amber Narguile. Yum. Now I smell exactly like someone, who, for reasons of her own, chooses to rub apple crumble all over her person. Well, I’m happy, but I predict that people at my meetings will start getting edgy and asking for coffee and sweet things to eat, which will amuse me.
Thank goodness for this perfume hobby that can sooth wretchedness.
I was wearing Ambre Narguile one day and a friend really did suddenly say “I’m craving apple pie!”
Aha! I knew it! I will report back!
By the way, did you “confess”? I’m not sure I will..
Sorry about the sleeplessness, waterdragon. I’ve been having it too, up until 5 am or so and then struggling to get up and have my day. (I was sick last week and so that didn’t count, although even then I had to knock myself out with Nyquil to get the sleep I needed.) Anyway, all my sympathy. Not sleeping is awful.
That would be me as well if I didn’t have such a low tolerance for lying awake, I get exasperated and end up taking a sleeping pill. Better living through chemistry and all that. Hope you do better tonight and in the meantime you smell yummy!
SOTD = LADDM, which reminds me of the high dry plains where I grew up, the exact opposite of the low, wet, temperate rainforest bordering a recovering wetlands, where I now spend my time. One of the projects I am hoping to get to this spring is to spend time keying out all the many ferns that grow in my woods. I know so little about ferns. I want to educate myself….
I love ferns! They are so delicate and lacy, yet also primordial. For some reason I see ferns as very “wise.” I believe understanding the wilderness around us naturally makes us all more respectful and appreciative of the awesome power and sublime beauty of nature. Happy cataloging!
Great project. I think 2017 will be my year of ferns. If you find filmy ferns (the ones you can see through) remember to dry them as they may smell of blood. Can you report back with what you have growing near you? Would love to know.
Taking advantage of the STC sale and loaded up my cart. Wearing Feminite du Bois today.
Ha ha, yes: I’m contemplating a purchase today too!
I got that email too…????
Yes, that email saved me from a too pricey for this month purchase!
L’Ombre dans L’eau jumped into my hand this morning. I don’t know why I neglect it so much, except that it reminds me vividly of high-end gift shops circa 2005. I suspect they all had Diptyque candles burning behind the counter. It’s such a nice perfume that I really wish I had a more interesting scent memory attached.
Ha! Luckily it just makes me think of MakeupAlley’s fragrance board. You smell great in any case.
This was easy, because I’ve sent all my perfumes back to the US, so now I’m living off of bottle dregs and Fragonard towelette samples. So today is probably my penultimate use of Diorissimo. That’s ok. It’s too sweet and pretty for me, I’ve decided.
I missed the congratulations Dr. Koyel day, so congratulations Dr. Koyel, a bit late!
Thank you, Amy!
Wearing Guerlain’s Terracotta today which I was thinking would be a great choice for this Friday’s project and showed up in Glannys’ helpful list above.
Hajusuuri, I would love to do a swap for a bit of your Coco Noir extrait…I haven’t actually sampled it…so it was going to be a blind buy. I will email you my relatively up-to-date list of perfumes. Thanks so much!
Got the email and will reply shortly
The extrait is wonderful, some day I will bite the bullet and buy it.
I am saving the community project for Friday as I continue with my neglected samples. Today’s choice is Anne Pliska. I have had this for several years and I don’t know why I didn’t like it the first time. Interesting how our tastes change as our noses become more experienced.
I too am working on whittling down the sample collection. This morning I have Odins 1 and 4 on different wrists.
I first read this as Odins 1 on 4 different wrists! Phew. ????
I love that one in sweater weather! You smell great????????
Enjoying this holiday Monday! Flipping through channels this morning with my coffee and came across “The Empire of Scents” which is a doc centered on smell and fragrance. I know what I’m doing this morning, it is so interesting!
I think I’ll put on some Nuxe Prodigieux perfume for the theme.
So fun! Enjoy!
What holiday are you celebrating?
It is a made-up “let’s make a holiday in February” here in BC called Family Day.
I’m wearing Vanilla Hinoki. I only put on two tiny sprays but it’s so potent that now I’m worrying I might knock over my Pilates teacher when I go there in an hour. They don’t really like you to wear scent there but I always want a TINY bit on just for myself.
You smell great! I always think of that one as inoffensive, but I’m sure someone will disagree. I have the oil and that’s pretty potent, too.
A potent vanilla? I’ll have to check this out!
I’m wearing Roja Dove Lilac today, and the house smells like oil paint. I love the smell of volatile petrochemicals. Probably killing off brain cells I can’t afford to lose, though.
Are they using oil paint in your kitchen?
Your post gave me a flashback of the smell of paint-by-numbers kits that I loved as a child. I’m jealous of your house smell! But I hear you on the brain cells
Yes, oil paint on the cabinets.
Is there a benefit to oil over latex?
Got my vday scent on today, Orchidee Vanille, which fits the bill with it’s chocolate & vanilla floral beauty.
Excited for tonight’s start of the Dog Show Group competitions at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. I’ll be watching from home both nights as I cannot pass up admiring some of the most beautiful dogs out there and the always interesting commentary by the show’s hosts.
How much you want to bet some of those dogs will be wearing dog perfume tonight, especially the poodles!
Dog perfume? Tell me that isn’t really a thing!?
They should give them perfume to make them smell like warm cat fur. The best smell ever, but they would hate it!
I love watching Westminster and try to see it every year. I missed it last year and didn’t realize it until I saw headlines about the winning dog, a wire fox terrier. I was nearly in tears as I had a WFT and had been waiting year after year for another to take the crown. *sad face* This year my tivo’s set and ready to record.
I also love the commentary. I always learn a lot.
I’m sure you smell delicious! I haven’t tried that one (but want to) but all of the VCA I’ve tried from that line are really good (and smell expensive.) I wore the last few dregs of a Gardenia Petale decant last night.
Yay! Nice to meet another dog show fan
Proud to say my breed, the Papillon, swept the agility 8″ height group! Paps rock!
SOTD: Afternoon of a faun, ELdO (from a sample, 3rd wearing)
There is a lot going on here.
Bittersweet, a bit spicy but also green and balsamic. I think this is one of the more interesting scents from ELdO.
Hmm, Reverse Hemisphere, eh? I may re-think my week and do a week of that, since my Monday SOTD accidentally qualifies. Today I’m in Phaedon “Oriental Mint”, from Blooms January Pack for men which is focusing on Elemi, Peru Balsam and Tolu Balsam. Notes are Mint, Tobacco, Resins, Incense and Sea notes. Oriental Mint was previously called Noir Marine.
The mint note is distinctive and non-toothpasty. Lasting power is weak so it needs re-applying. The mint note and need for re-spraying might well add to its appeal on a hot Summer’s day.
I spent the weekend in Dublin visiting far too many friends and relations. Weather varied between normal February dullness and normal cold rain. Scents were: Sat day – Thierry Mugler “Cologne”(Gone in 60 seconds), Sat Eve – Clive Christian “X for Men” (very good, small sample so need to re-test), Sunday – Profumum Roma “Santalum” (at least as much pepper as sandalwood and poor performance).
Interviewing tomorrow for a new contract role in Germany – wish me luck! :^)
Good luck! Can you get Hendley’s perfumes where you are? (Brooklyn hipster scene, but very nice perfumes.) His Jade is the best use of mint I’ve ever encountered and it lasts just the right amount of time.
Now why is that “but” in there?
Perhaps you are subconsciously distancing yourself from the hipster scene, lest we all imagine you with skinny trousers, flannel shirt, fixed wheel bike and of course a glossy beard. ;^)
Ah the glossy beard! And a nicely waxed mustache.
And you should see how the guys dress???? I live in the epicenter, but I don’t qualify (no bike, no flannel, and I’m a licensed professional).
I don’t know of anyone who stocks them here, Amy. I could probably get samples. I like that they do 9ml bottles as well as the usual larger size.
Ooh, 9ml! Perfect. Why isn’t everyone doing that size?
Good luck! The Phaedon sounds nice. The only one I’ve tried from that line is Dzhari, which I wore a few times last summer and loved.
Good gluck! Hope your interview well goes and you in Deutschland soon will be.
I bethank myself. :^)
Best of luck with your interview!
Good luck to you! There is plenty of good perfume shopping in Germany.
SotD = Terracotta + Eau de Guerlain.
I like to wear these alternately, softly layering the citrus and flowers.
During summer I habitually spritz my wrists and arms which is not as much fun in winter clothes. I’m looking forward to wearing short sleeves again.
I discovered last summer that my favorite application spot is my shoulders. I’m also looking forward to wearing short sleeves again… 5 months from now.
Oh, sounds like a great mix!
Returning to a sample of D S and Durga HYLNDS Foxglove, which I forgot that I love. Will see how the longevity is. It would be perfect for a summer day.
Hope you’re feeling better. Got to get your vibe back so you can cope with all the roses and chocolates coming your way tomorrow.
Thank you Kanuka! I received my valentine’s early, but I’m still glad to be feeling a bit better!
I’m continuing my Month of Roses. I was deprived from wearing loud and proud roses the past 4 days so I am wearing the Grand Dame Rose of modern niche perfumery.
SOTD = Frederic Malle Potrait of a Lady
One teeny tiny spritz from my travel spray. Whoa! A little bit goes a long way in terms of sillage and longevity. And wait, there’s more! Last night, I debuted the PoaL Shower Cream. I am pretty sure I rinsed well…and yet the scent lingered.
This week, I am on a mission to procure my personal Chanel Les Exclusifs Counter (TM Amy).
POAL is indeed a very powerful perfume in all respects. And the shower cream must be gorgeous.
The shower cream is gorgeous. I will pair it with an amber and/or a vanilla as SOTD when March rolls around.
My POAL should arrive on Wednesday. I am anticipating like a child on Christmas Eve Eve. LOL
I think I’m going to rename it Rose Noir, in my mind.
Portrait of a Lady is way too Victorian for me.
You smell great, hajusuuri!
Ah but Isabel Archer was no shrinking Victorian maiden. (Not sure which ones of them actually were, at least those of the more famous literary sort.) She’s very decided and American and becomes vast with her experience and mistakes and attempting to right them; PoaL is perfect to me, both the perfume and the novel!
Apologies Bear! I am a Henry James fanatic! You can call the perfume whatever you want!
No apology necessary, Amy.
Strong women are fine, and I like Femme Rochas as a perfume name.
POAL just conjures heaving bodices and bustles in my mind. But I could be convinced otherwise.
Thank you. If you like oud, you should try The Night. It is PoaL – patchouli + oud.
Lucky you for the great price you got on a FB!
Great minds think alike, hajusuuri.
The Night is one of the samples I requested.
And yes, FIF will not be good for my wallet.
I couldn’t handle POAL: it seemed like it wore me. But the shower gel could be a good way to enjoy it. Hmmmm…..
I would tend to think so. I’m happy to send you a sample!
Hajusuuri, would you be interested in my Les Parfums de Rosines samples? They are all like but not love for me.
Oooh that would be great, jalapeno! I will email you!
Amy may be getting herself one of those shortly too!
You smell great!!! I’m trying to figure out how to sneak the second wear of PoaL this month
Can you elaborate on your mission? I’m not sure I got what you’re trying to achieve.
I am going to pit Saks vs the Chanel boutique on 57th. Saks has its Spring Beauty Event starting the 16th and the SAs tend to be slightly more generous around this time. I will ask for a Boy mini and a bunch of samples and if the SA hems and haws, I will tell her that I will try my luck at the boutique, then walk away. Mind you, I don’t know if Saks has it…I am just planning my moves
Black belt shopper alert! You’re a woman after my own heart.
And it’s the Les Exclusifs coffret that I’m eyeing.
Don’t do the coffret! You do not need it: it’s hard to use, you cannot use “spray and walk” technique with those tiny 4 ml bottles. It’s cute – but it’s all it is. Buy a nice bottle of something instead (and split half of it ).
I have the PoaL body butter, the shower cream sounds nice!
Continuing a month of roses in L’AP Safran Troublant. I love, love, love this one.
Does anyone know of tropical scents that have a prominent rose note? I would love to find a way to participate in the Friday project and still wear a rose that day. My backup option is Rose Jam perfume since it is definitely bright and cheerful.
I wouldn’t call it tropical, but Lubin Grisette is rose-centric and on the fruity–citrusy end of the spectrum. It does not get much love but I like it in the spring/summer.
Thanks, I’ll have to seek out a sample. It sounds similar in tone to Rose Jam, as that one is also fruity with a great lemon note.
SOTD is Guerlain Habit Rouge.
We had to put up with some fairly strong winds along with our much-needed rain yesterday, but it certainly wasn’t bad, all things considered. Stay safe, all you NSTers in the path of blizzards or any other extreme weather!
SOTD = Parfum de Therese
Put Jasmin et Cigarette on the top of my wrists this morning and didn’t love the first hour or two. Now 3 hours later the drydown is really nice. An hour or so after applying the ELdO I rolled some Bobbi Brown Beach on my inner wrists. It’s one I always find so cheerful initially, but after a bit the sunscreen always takes over, which I get tired of pretty quickly. But it only lasted a 2 hours (if that) so – perfect. LOL. Will wear Terracotta later in the day. It is sunny here today – great timing with this week’s theme.
It’s lasting a lot longer than the actual sun down here – we have had rain, hail and murky days.
Gonna see if I can do a themed week. Though it hardly feels opposite since it’s been in the 80s here. Too warm for February… ugh. When it’s this warm at this time of year, it makes me dread what the summer is going to be like.
Anyway, I’m wearing Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia today.
Just tried Tauer Incense Rose. After 20 minutes and I still couldn’t bear it. The clementine note was too noticeable and mixed with other notes it just reminded me of toilet cleaning product and nothing else. The same thing happened to me with Lonesome Rider.
So I washed it away and I’m now happy in LAP Dzongkha.
Agree with you on all three counts. Incense Rose and Lonesome Rider absolutely don’t work for me either. Dzongkha is a nice choice.
Mainly what I get from Lonesome Rider is smoke. Too much smoke. The same thing with Nanban. It is great at first, but then just smoke. We heat with wood in the winter. I don’t need additional sources.
There are some nasty cold winds howling through where I live, so my SOTD = Ambre Fetiche, which I put on after this morning’s trip to the dentist. She found a couple of small cavities today, so I go back next week to get them dealt with. It’s a Monday.
Wearing a small spray of Bottega Veneta. Beautiful.
And hooray to Kim Novak for calling out the bullies. Disfunction proves itself every time. ????
Wore Une Rose Chyprée today but have switched to JM Myrrh & Tonka for the evening.