Happy International Mother Language Day! What fragrance are you wearing?
I went with Comme des Garçons + Monocle Scent Three: Sugi. Tea at the moment is Irish Breakfast from Upton.
Reminder: on 2/24, wear a fragrance by Comme des Garçons, if you have one.
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.
Note: the Bespoke Message Typewriter Teapot ("up to 30 words of your own choice") is $103 at the Carters of Suffolk shop at Etsy.
That’s quite an elaborate teapot!
I’m in L’ombre dans L’eau today.
The teapot cracked me up. My own teapots are pretty basic.
You smell great!
Mine are very basic too. While I like the look of these more elaborate ones, all I can think is: how the heck do you clean that one properly!?
It’s very cute but I find decorative teapots are rarely very functional.
You smell wonderful
Sounds like a darned good way to start the day.
We think alike… sub the Cristalle for Misia and that’s my morning.
I’ve had my cup of coffee already.
No Chanel lipstick for me since I don’t wear makeup, but I will apply grapefruit scented lip balm.
You smell lovely!
The 3 “C”‘s! Sounds perfect, and fierce ????
We’re cousins today: Cuir de Russie, tea, Chanel mascara.
You are doing fabulous right!
Back to work after a nice holiday weekend. I am in Bond No 9 So New York. Notes listed are cocoa, coffee, plum and patchouli. I just get some cocoa and patchouli. I was waiting anxiously for the coffee note to show up, but it never did. Very bland and boring with poor sillage and longevity. No more than 30 minutes on skin and clothes. I will finish now what is left of the sample and it will be forgotten forever. Except for Chinatown, New Haarlem and Fire Island I have never found another Bond No 9 that appeals to me. I have not been successful with this line. Not that I regret it, but I was having better expectations. I will finish the 4 samples left that in my set and will not try anything else from this line, unless they come up with something really good.
I have been generally underimpressed with the Bond No. 9 scents I’ve tried, except Broadway Nite.
I think Broadway Nite is far and away the best of the line.
I haven’t had much luck with Bond, either. There are also just way too many to try. I also like New Haarlem and Chinatown but rarely wear the small amounts I have. Queens was also kind of nice.
My local Nordstrom used to have a Bond No 9 section and I found it too overwhelming to even start to look at. Those overly busy bottles hurt my brain (plus they’re really unattractive for the most part.)
I agree – the only scents I really like are the same ones you mention plus Silver Factory.
Apres l’Ondee, layered over a nice violet and oakmoss soap (hmmmm)
The Republic of Tea Grantham Breakfast Blend tea (black tea with ginger – buzz, buzz)
Petite Ecolier biscuits with extra dark chocolate on top (yum, yum, yum!)
At work today for lunch we have pizza and IT trivia – could be fun!
Tell me more about this soap!
Seconding Luna Green’s request for soap info.
Thirding. meredifay you must smell wonderful.
L’Epi de Provence Hand soap, many scents. Violet Moss and Cedar Sandalwood are my favorites. I get them at a little doo-dad shop, but apparently they can be had many places if you Google them.
Thanks! I found it on Amazon and felt compelled to buy their Linden soap too. They also have a Tomato Vine & Strawberry scent that is very tempting.
I like the Linden as well…
Is it weird that my mouth is watering over soap?
You smell lovely. Apres L’Ondee is so gentle and pretty, and your violet and oakmoss soap sounds beautiful, too.
What a teapot!
SOTD is Comme des Garçons Series 4 Cologne : Anbar. Basically it’s a classic cologne – citrus and lavender. Reminds me of Acqua di Parma Colonia. There is a strange note though – sort of spicy, sort of vegetal – I do not particularly like. But overall, not bad at all.
I just ordered a decant of this! Sounds interesting.
I’m giving Zoologist Beaver a try today. It doesn’t correspond to my olfactory image of said animal, since it’s topped by a gentle waft of linden blossom. I’m just not getting the musk, leather, wood, or castoreum notes. Maybe they’ll come later? Yesterday I wore Macaque and quite liked it, with its apple-y minty aspects, but despite a lot of spraying it would disappear after only an hour or so.
Im dying to try the Zoologist line, especially Civet and Hummingbird. Have you tried them?
Im wearing Dark Amber & Ginger Lily By Jo Malone. Very nice but don’t need a full bottle.
Now off to pick up my lovely daughters at school.
Yes I have bought the entire set. It’s really fun to test them all. I love Civet and may spring for the FB. Hummingbird was way too sweet and floral for me, but Nightingale is quite nice. Bat is my second favorite, but like Macaque, it doesn’t last at all. Civet is very potent and long-lasting. Plus the little carded samples are truly adorable with their funny pictures and gold writing–the set is a treasure unto itself visually!
Thanks for reminding me to get samples of all of them. I enjoyed reading your impressions.
I loooooved the linden in Beaver, but I did get castoreum and not in a nice way so I gave my sample away.
Wearing CdG Blackpepper today and just love it. As far as I can tell, it is officially only available in the U.K. I d definitely want a bottle of this!!
I like that one, too. I did see it very recently at Aedes de Venustas.
Blackpepper is great. Dont know if it is UK only, but in the Netherlands its not very hard to find!
I love your pic!!!
And yes, of course its all about the juice….but that bottle…sleek, shiny, intense black…very sexy!
I loved the opening–all that black pepper! But then it went into a synthetic woods note that grated on my nerves, and wouldn’t wash off. I’ll give another try.
They have it at Luckyscent.
Parfums de Nicolaï Kiss me Tender. I smell like marzipan and flowers. Tea is Goût Russe.
Mmm..that sounds wonderful! I have Yves Rocher Fleur de Noel, which is a cheaper variation on the floral marzipan theme, but I think I’m going to have to sniff out the Nicolai. I love what she does with perfumery!
I’ve never tried the Rocher, so I can’t compare. Bear in mind that the one I’m wearing is no longer made. It’s now called Kiss me Intense, and is a little different.
I really liked Kiss Me Tender, but it was discontinued before I made up my mind to buy a bottle. (Now there’s only Kiss Me Intense, which I also like but not as well, so really no reason to buy it at this point.)
I like Intense as well, but Tender seems more focused, for want of a better word.
I’ve got a drawer full of Nicolaï’s. All those 30 ml bottles in a row.
Sounds like an interesting scent, I will have to see who sells that around here and go sample
Please, see my replies in the comments above. This one is no longer made. Kiss Me Intense is worth trying as well.
I wore that yesterday. You smell lovely!
I think I noticed that, and it inspired me to wear it today.
OMG, I want that teapot! We collect teapots and have them on the tops of the kitchen cupboards. Most of them are some sort of shape–roosters, elephants, a camel, houses, and a Royal Albert one shaped like a fireplace. We really don’t have room for more, but I could find a place for that typewriter. No SOTD yet. Will be contending with having the hubby and boys home for a teacher work day on what is usually my day off from the office and the time when I run errands, exercise, work on charts. Send me patience!
Play with the boys, they will soon grow up and be too busy with their lives…
I’m really curious to see the fireplace shaped teapot.
You couldn’t display them like that at my house, because two of my cats love to jump up on top of the cupboards and roam around up there! My displaying days are over!
SOTD- Chanel 19 Poudre, suits the current weather and my mood. Last couple days were unusually warm for February in MI and I was trying to be outside with kids as much as possible.
So, my Chanel 19 Poudre sample is drained and I need to make a mental note to get a decant and set aside some bottles and decants for the following swapmeet in March. This will be my fun project. Cleaning out closets and sorting out the toys will be my meh project, but I am still looking forward to it as getting rid of the STUFF feels liberating and rewarding.
I love 19 Poudre. You smell fantastic!
I love this one too!
Its retro without being too retro. Not sure if that makes sense!
It sure does!
It is perfection, but not exactly me. I admire it, but almost always prefer 19 edt, my true love!
Oh, Poudre is very lovely indeed- and perfect for weirdly warm late winter weather!
It feels and smells like spring- sun is shining, birds are chirping and Poudre is gently wafting. Mmmmm…
I love it, too, and this is the best time of year to wear it, IMHO.
Oh, love Sugi!
I went with CdG White, myself. I love its slight milkiness.
We’re cousins, at least!
That’s a crazy teapot! Might make a fun gift for a writer who is also a tea lover.
SOTD for me is Seville a l`Aube. I’ve yet to fully spray this one on, dabbing is all I can handle. Still, such a beautiful and complex scent.
COTW: Pink Pepper Thumbprint cookies! Really interesting these little gems are. The pink pepper (finally found at a reasonable price) is a smidgen spicy and fruity, and then there’s also white chocolate and strawberry jam in the center. I think these deserve 5 stars
Those sound fab. I defrosted the rest of the dough from the spice cookies but cut them into biscotti shape/thickness. Delish! You’re inspiring me to want to bake!
Oh good! those were really tasty.
yum! I will make iranian rice cookies for the Persian new year next month
What are the rice cookies like? They sound delicious!
Ooh these sound good!
good with tea and for the gluten free people (which is not me)
Yum, the cookies sound delicious, and Seville A L’Aube is so beautiful
Nothing but raves from my colleagues!
That teapot!!! Haha, wow. Great gift for (aspiring) journalists, editors and novelists. Though most writers I know are coffee addicts.
My SOTD is Bois d’Iris (The Different Company).
Saving my CdG for friday!
That’s a great fragrance!
A coffee cup shaped teapot would be ironic but not as cute. ????
You smell fantastic!
SOTD is Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile EDT, against last night’s bedtime Iris Nobile EDP. I might have fallen back in love with the EDP … or maybe it’s just a wintertime thing. Not that I’m not loving the EDT this morning – I am! It’s just the thing for the pouring rain we’re expecting today.
Oh, and Sugi is the only CdG I have left for this Friday’s theme (after the unfortunate carnation experience last week). I have yet to uncork my little sample of Sugi, but am looking forward to it now that I’ve been pointed at your review, Robin – thanks!
Scent twin! Well, at least in the EDP. Iris Nobile is SO different in EDT from EDP, more than in most scents, I think.
They are quite different from one another – the only other fragrance I’ve run into that is so different in the two formulations is Chanel Cristalle.
Really? I will have to try them both too. Which do you like best?
Ooh, tough question. During the summertime, the EDT wins hands-down. Otherwise, I think I have to give the edge to the EDP – it’s longer-lived and just slightly more interesting/challenging to wear.
I looove that teapot! SOTD Chanel no 22. So happy it was offered in the split meet(thanks clarissa!)so I can stop hoarding my samples also from a generous NSTer (thanks wendysue!). I was slow to hop on the Chanel train, but it’s like switch flipped or something.
Love No 22. Glad that you’re hopping on the Chanel train. I may pull my 22 out for tomorrow. It’s perfect for the current weather. I also benefited from Clarissa’s split! Thanks Clarissa!
I took no 22 on my recent vacation. It really bloomed in the hot hot weather but is a all year round scent
I’m looking forward to wearing it when it’s not buried under layers.
One of my favorites from Chanel. You smell great!
I was too but once I hopped on I found a lot to fall in love with. One cannot deny that they make some really good stuff.
I think it was my aversion to aldehydes that put me off since that’s their thing. I like them in the right combo and doses now. I still have a hard time with no 5 edp but love the EDT now.
Still on my “light and easy” kick. Eau de Cartier for me today. Love this fragrance!
And you smell great.
Sballo for me today. No CdG in my arsenal.
Mohur edp today, from what’s left of my sample. Good stuff.
The hubs is applying for an Extension agent job on Kauai today… he doubts he’ll get it since he has no official experience with the Extension department, just some contacts and liaison work in the past. It’s a little bit of a stretch, but not a *wild* stretch given his experience in teaching agriculture and working in the industry. I’ll be totally shocked if he does get it, since that would mean packing us all up to move THAT FARRRR. Still. Kauai is beautiful, and Haunani lives there.
You smell beautiful!
You’d have to stash your winter frags in a fur vault or something. Is it a temporary or permanent gig, and pardon my ignorance, but who’s Haunani?
Frag friend. Come to think of it, she hasn’t commented here in a very long while, so I guess you wouldn’t know her.
Kauai is beautiful. On the off chance your spouse DOES get the job, be sure to read up on the logistics of actually living in Hawai’i . A deeply beautiful place that touches the soul, but expensive and beset with it’s own problems.
Yes I know someone who moved there to do law and social services on one of the little islands. But it proved too isolated for them They moved back to the mainland after two years.
It can be VERY isolating indeed, but many people do want that and lead productive happy lives there. I fell in love with a man who lived on the Big Island and although I loved the calm, the deep beauty and feeling the formation of Earth under my feet, I had to fly in and out for work in Oahu and everything i was used to was so darn pricey!
I can certainly see how that would be true. We visited there for an academic conference this past summer (and spent another week on the Big Island about ten years ago) and were surprised at how expensive everything was.
And getting back East for Christmas would be difficult, to say the least.
Wowsa! Kauai really is beautiful, and what a different life you’d lead… I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.
I’m wearing l’Eau de l’Artisan on one arm, Demeter Dandelion on the other. I’m rather suggestible today, as the green theme came up on another perfume blog this morning. Bulbs popping up and blooming crocus outside the back door (it’s WAY too early for that) had me primed for green!
How is Demeter Dandelion, anyway?
SOTD is Art de Parfum “Signature Wild”.
Top: cinnamon, artemisia and cardamom;
Mid: orange blossom, dried fruits and woody notes;
Base: labdanum, leather, sandalwood, amber, peru balsam and vetiver.
I’m perplexed by this one. It opens quite complex, including a smell from my childhood, a water plant that grew in a stream behind our house and smelt of menthol and mud if you uprooted it. Maybe my nose is mistaking cardamom for menthol? Anyway, on my skin it all dies away quickly adn teh dry-down is pretty meh.
After yesterday’s perfume similarly disappeared I tried “V for men” from Clive Christian. A good perfume, somewhere between Armani “Bois d’Encens” and a more complex Amouage take on incense. Preposterously expensive though. :^)
*and the drydown. (it’s one thing to misspell a tricky French perfume name, but ‘and’ and ‘the’?) :^S
SOTD is Shalimar today…it was an exceptionally early morning for me and I could not actually make a decision and Shalimar is my go-to because I love it with all my heart lol. I only have one decant of a CdG so I’ll have to save it for Friday. Have a nice day, everyone!
Do you prefer the EDP or the EDT?
I love them both, but I prefer the EDP. It is deeper and thicker to me than the EDT, though I do like that crispness of the EDT opening. I have a sample of a vintage cologne which is pretty fabulous too. I haven’t even tried any of the flankers, I should venture out I suppose. I just love the original so much that I am afraid the flankers will disappoint.
I do like the bergamot in the opening of the EDT too. Thanks for your impressions! I always love to hear other people’s thoughts on a perfume.
I love hearing other people’s impressions as well. And generally just talking perfume. No one else in my “real life” seems to care much. My boyfriend does quite a bit but not as much as me haha. He does have excellent taste, though, I’ll give him that!
Shalimar is a go-to for me, too. I have some vintage edt, edp and the cologne, and I love the Souffle and Mexique flankers. I tend to wear the modern ones more, possibly out of habit, or possibly because they’re a bit easier to wear. The other flankers I did not love, but they’re still worth smelling, I think.
I have both but prefer the vanille flanker (Madagascar version) which is a bit smokey
I will have to try that. Like I said above, I’ve been afraid to venture out to the flankers because I love the original so much. But I do love No. 5 Eau Premiere much better than the original, so I do know it’s possible to love a flanker.
It might be best to skip both Sur La Route vanilles since they’re d/c’d, really hard to find, and $$$ when you do. Especially since you are guaranteed to love one or the other
You smell great! Do you notice a marked difference between the EDT and EDP in terms of longevity? I’m still in the process of pitting them against each other…
Honestly, they both seem to last forever with me. I just love how “thick” the EDP is (I can’t think of a better word). But the EDT lasts a long time on me as well. I would love to try the parfum (I’ve only tried the edp, edt, and the cologne) but don’t have that kind of $ lol. The cologne did fade faster than the other two..
Do you all recommend anything (other than a flanker) that is similar to Shalimar? I’ve heard Musc Ravageur is, but have never gotten my hands on it….
ELDO Bijou Romantique and one of my favorites, Aroma M Geisha Noire both have a Shalimar vibe.
I’ve never really made the Shalimar connection with Musc Ravageur, but I guess I can see why people would. There’s a little citrus and then it’s a spiced ambery vanilla. It’s yummy anyway.
SOTD Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka on wrist and SL Gris Clair on neck. I was too liberal with Gris Clair and am currently in a haze of smoke. Myrrh & Tonka is very soft and pretty in comparison.
I really like Myrrh& Tonka- and soft and pretty is perfect description for it. Lovely skin scent, really.
I’ve seen this one mentioned here several times in a short time – I think I need to get to the mall and beg for a sample. And it’s a skin scent?? Well, I’m just a sucker for those!
Hi, Gris Clair twin!
Tabac Tabou today. Both because it’s a warm day (or will be) and because I had an interview this morning (didn’t throw up! hooray!) and I’ve started to think of TT as my “good academic luck” perfume. Anyway, it’s beautiful and I have a long day ahead of me for it to keep being beautiful.
Hope the interview went well, and you smell great!
You smell AMAZING. I love TT. Good luck wearing it on a warm day: I haven’t tried that yet! I expect it’s going to get really big in the heat.
Good luck for the interview!
Hope the interview results are good!
Best of luck with the interview!
We are continuing to have unseasonably warm temps here- into the 60’s!- so I am breaking out the warm weather scents.
JM Lime Basil & Mandarin today.
Are you able to wear this one alone? I find I have to combine something else with it to make it wearable on me. Just curious..
I did wear it alone today…but, I usually layer it with Wood Sage & Sea Salt. I actually prefer wearing them together as opposed to individually.
Good morning Y’all…
SOTD is a total scrubber on my skin. Juliette Has a Gun’s Mmmm. This is a sugary stink bomb on me, and I couldn’t wait to get to work and wash it off……
I didn’t like this one either. I hope it wears itself out!
A friend of mine has Mmmm. I didn’t care for it either.
Oh gosh, I really like that one. My little travel spray is almost gone.
I like sweet scents, but this one just wears a bit too heavy on my skin. Sillage is EXCELLENT! LOL!
Oh, so sorry to hear it didn’t agree with you. I didn’t love this one, but didn’t hate it either. JHAG has some good ones, but this was not one of their top ones IMO.
I was thinking either Zagorsk or Avignon today but both were too dry for my liking today. I decided on Epic again. Funny thing is that my mother found my Amouage sampler set and wore Beloved and really likes it. I think she stole it from me to try most of the line and she might ask for a full bottle of something for her birthday. Big Amex bill come May and I am already trembling along with Amex.
My mother also sequestered my Amouage sampler … I gifted her with a bottle of Ostara (yes, much cheaper), and she said she accidentally forgot it at my house.
Organza Indecence this morning. The painters put the drawer fronts on upside down and then wondered why they didn’t fit. Still, the chief painter is a perfectionist and keeps working to make them look like new. I’m just tired of making coffee in the bathroom. Might be done Friday.
Still a couple of spots left in my MFK Grand Soir and NV Mohur Extrait splits!
Forgot to let you know that the decant of SDV arrived in the mail a few days ago and intact. Sometimes the postal service lets elephants jump on the package. Thanks for the decant. Remodeling kitchens suck don’t they?
You smell so lovely!
Ugh. Something like that is bound to happen with any project. Hope they can rectify things.
I had an interesting perfume conundrum before me today. I have a meeting a bit later that promises to be contentious, involving several organizations in addition to my own. Among those present will be my boss, a couple of people I’m on warm terms with, a guy who’s renowned for being an angry, abusive jerk when he doesn’t get his way (and the purpose of the meeting is to try and prevent him from getting his way), one very socially awkward person, and one person who I have rather a crush on. What, oh what, to smell like? It has to be professional, quiet, and not too “perfumey” (these are all outdoorsy types). It has to signal that I’m kind and benevolent but have a spine of steel and am not someone you want to cross. It has to be sexy without being vampy or indiscreet. It has to be Cuir de Russie!
Best of luck, Isabella!
I hope you get to sit by your crush:)
Wow, what a meeting! I think you picked the right perfume!!
Good luck. Cuir de Russie is perfect for those type of “situations”.
Wonderful choice, I hope u get to sit next to you’re crush too!
Can’t go wrong with CdR! Hope the meeting went alright.
Crush enablers — ha ha, don’t *encourage* me! It’s just one of those Platonic colleague crushes, the kind that have zero bearing on one’s actual life but can put a wee twinkle in your eye. Meeting was civil but almost completely unproductive. I’m sure everyone was too busy wondering who smelled so good to actually put their minds to solving the problem at hand.
Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Sea Salt today. I blind bought a small bottle of this last fall, when it was still too hot for anything but a light cologne and I was heartily sick of all of my citrus options. I like this but don’t love it – the sage note is rather plasticky on me. However, I’m going through it at a rate that suggests there’s plenty of room in my collection for non-citrus colognes . . .
I bought a bottle of this just before Christmas, after hoarding a couple of samples, and I really like it. I spray it about an hour before I go to bed, and it’s very comforting.
I don’t get much sage from it at all; it’s just a nice, quiet little thing. I wish I was better at picking out individual notes!
Nearly all of the reviews/comments I’ve read are from people who also say this doesn’t smell like sage, so you are in good company! I find it to be a sweet-ish, slightly fruity (and a bit plasticky) version of the sagebrush smell that’s common here in the (American) Southwest. But not much like clary sage or food sage.
Oh, I love clary sage, and have it as an essential oil. It would be lovely as a note in the JM.
I got a sample of it and it did not work for me. A plasticky sweet note that annoyed me continuously. Money saved!
Have you ever layered it with Lime Basil & Mandarin? I have them both and prefer them together vs. as stand alone scents. I think they both bring out the best in each other…but that is just my humble opinion☺️
I haven’t! I’ve been meaning to get a hold of some Basil & Neroli – I will add LB & M to the list.
Good Morning All! Just returned from my doctor’s office this morning. My knee has healed substantially and they are happy with my
progression!????I am good to go back to work on Monday. This is the best news I’ve had in a while. Yay! Is it bad to say that I really am not looking forward to going back to work, though?????
My SOTD is Narcisco Rodriguez. I dont understand why it took me so long to discover this gem of a scent. I am loving it. Hope everyone has a fantastic day.
Huzzah on the good news about the knee!
NR is lovely. I would buy it except a coworker wears it regularly so I get by smelling it on her.
Yay for the healing knee!Onwards and upwards.X
I’m loving Narciso in the edp. I put decants up on the splitmeet, but no takers. Oh well, more for me! ????
Now there you go tempting me, Laura. I may just have to hop over and look at your post.
The edt is great, too. It’s a fresher, lighter take on the original. I wore it a lot last summer when the edp is a bit too heavy for me.
Great news! And perfectly normal and human to not want to have to go back to work!
That is great news! I fully understand about not wanting to go back to work. Try to take it easy on your return. You smell fantastic.
Wonderful news about your knee!
I’m wearing Halston layered with Knowing. The privileges of working from home!!
Love both of these. You smell Amazing!
Sounds heavenly! I would be very happy to be working next to you.
Happy Tuesday, all!
1) Boy, is it ever wet outside!
2) I am a subscriber to Monocle, and so I love the Hinoki and Sugi scents. I have them in soap form!
3) Am in a sample (from Essenza in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood) of Kahina’s FEZ body serum. This is a lovely body oil, comprised of nearly 36% argan oil with a blend of other light plant oils, and with a deep earthy roses+patchouli+spices scent. It’s very refined boho chic- the skin is left very subtly soft and beautifully scented. Because I make my own body oil I cannot justified buying this at $98/6.7 ounces (and even then I will say this: I have no idea how the makers have a margin, given the high quality of plant based ingredients)
Fortunately, Kahina FEZ does come in a roller scent, so I would be willing to spring for that!
Okay, here is the time on sprockets where we do a comparison:
1) Lubin Black Jade is a sheer rose with spices, grounded with neroli and patchouli. This becomes a lovely skin scent over time- like being freshly showered with fresh roses, their leaves and powdery cinnamon.
2) Aromatics in White is a very rich rose combined with spices, amber and powder. This is the more refined sister of Aromatics, the one who does not smoke Cannabis. Turns into a rich rose/spice powder.
3) Kahina’s FEZ is a very rich hippie/boho rose combined with patchouli and geranium. This stays close to the skin BUT a breeze will pick this up if you are using the body oil. The roller scent will be more personal. This is quite straightforward and linear- all you will have is the very best rosy/earthy warm aura of a scent.
So, it seems that I like roses+spices, but depending on the maker, it can take different turns!
Yay Sprockets reference! i like roses + spices, too, though Black Jade went too candyflossy on me.
There is a sweetness in Black Jade but on me it settles down and becomes just lovely and very fresh.
Honestly though- I find it interesting that the scents I have tried recently has roses+spices!
Have you tried the Alaia edp? I find it to be similar to Black Jade, but to my nose, more interesting – and about half the price of the Lubin.
Hey, I either didn’t know or forgot that they came in soap. I will have to investigate.
Testing DSH’s Albino today. When first applied it smelled like the orange cream filling you get in some milk chocolate bonbons, but is now a drier, almost pithy citrus. I drained my little dauber reapplying the perfume three times just this morning. While this is fun scent, and delightfully unexpected, I would need to douse myself in it to get satisfaction on regular wearing.
Would you say it is more on the masculine side?
That’s an interesting question. In my mind, most scents are fairly unisex. The exceptions being those with loads of aldehydes or super sweet pink synthetic things that feel like they would be just wrong on a man, and equally, those barbershop fougeres that just say “man” to me… This scent goes on tipping towards the feminine I think, with the gourmand (to me!) creamy orange/white chocolate start, and then dries down to a pithier, drier, grapefruit scent, but still there is a creaminess in the background… This is my rambling way of saying that the scent is not a girly scent at all, but it doesn’t smell “masculine” to me in the sense that someone catching a whiff would wonder which man in the room was wearing cologne.
Hah! Not very helpful!! Sorry.
That is helpful! The DSH website describes it as “fougere” and you talked about “orange cream filling in bonbons” so I was curious.
p.s. Hope it is not too rainy today in your part of California!
should have made more clear that for me if something is labelled as fougere it usually means that I won’t like it (even if I think of myself as someone who prefers unisex fragrances)
I’m like you, many fragrances labeled as fougeres do not work for me–actually, I don’t love them all that much on men either. But this scent is not a an after-shave style “fougere”–despite that word being applied to it in DSH’s description.
Wearing CdG Champaca EDP, and smelling sweet and flowery. One thing I got from hanging out here is my appreciation for white flowers
Which is not a bad thing to get!
The world is wider for me now!
Thank you everyone who left me a comment yesterday!Alas,time-contraints/work keeps me from responding and I always feel bad when I can’t!But like Scentspirit said:Eyes on the prize!!Haha!SOTD Jicky Parfum.They don’t make them like this,anymore.It always surprises me how fresh and modern this grande old dame smells though!LOVE.I am yet to wear CdG this week,maybe Avignon tomorrow(it’s cool and rainy so it might be perfect)X
That teapot though.On my wishlist it goes.I think Angela “needs” one as well.
I think so too!
I stopped by The Shrine of The Unknown Perfume Sample this morning. (Surprisingly, I have only a few samples that have come unmoored from a label.) The one I tried this morning is nothing to mourn over: pleasant, but nothing more, and poor longevity and sillage. Onward and upward, I hope.
Best Tea Pot Ever! Today is cool and rainy, for my day off. I’m wearing Fever Delicieuse, a sample from a generous NST friend. I love this perfume so much. I’m allowing myself one special bottle to get with my tax refund. This is at the top of my list. Unfortunately, it’s also the priciest on my list. Second on my list is Atelier Camilla Intrepide. They couldn’t be more different!
FD is on my bottle list too. It won the sample battle against Grand Soir.
Maybe they’ll do a rollerball/small bottle of the Atelier and you can have both!
SOTD is Chergui. I’m having a staycation so I applied liberally…. hehe. Saving my CdG for later this week.
Yum, I wore Chergui yesterday, it’s so cosy and comforting, lovely stuff.
Very good morning, all. I’m flitting off to work in happy anticipation today–I’ve set up my day to sit in my office and let my imagination run (fairly) free as I write a case study for my Year 3 students. I will create an organisation with a cast of characters, variously wicked, misguided or talented-but-flawed, around whom we will base the weekly lecture topics. I always have fun with this sort of thing. I ‘Ve done enough different jobs in my happily mis-spent life to have had a wide range of good and bad work experiences and drawing on some to build rather gothic stories is amusing. The students seem quite entertained too, so we’re all happy. I’m wearing gorgeous girly Misia to help me along…..for this enterprise, I wish I smoked cheroots, but don’t ask me to explain that, because I couldn’t. I haven’t ever smoked, hate the smell of smoke with a passion, and of course, couldn’t light up anywhere on uni grounds these days anyway because we are a smoke-free zone. But still, I have this mad urge to sit in my office wearing black lace (I have a black lace T-shirt; I’ll wear it) and scarlet lipstick and Misia, with an elegant plume of smoke curling up from a thin cheroot…
Ummmm– I’ve come back to earth again now.
We are scent twins!
it felt like spring today! I think it’s supposed to snow later in the week, but I’m going to ignore that. I live around 57th parallell north and while winter is mild it’s also absolutely interminable. The relief when the sun returns and deigns to emit both heat and light, even if winter is not over, is palpable! I’m celebrating in Eau de Rochas, lots of it.
SOTD is nothing but living vicariously through everyone else’s perfume choice. I had a really bad cold or flu last week, and am still recovering. I am super sensitive to smells right now – I was just at the grocery store and it seemed like every time I turned around there was another strong unpleasant smell. I want to wear perfume but am to scared – a few days ago I put on some strongly scented body lotion after a shower and it overwhelmed me all day.
Feel better soon!
Take good care and feel better soon!
A few weeks ago I had cold/flu congestion and had to stop wearing fragrance for a bit. It seemed that when I spritzed on perfume it was harder to breathe and I would cough, cough, cough. When I felt recovered I started with the tiniest spritzes of my lightest scents and they seemed loud. It was as if I had hit the reset button on my nose.
Get well soon, but take it easy with scent. I know exactly what you mean about smells being overwhelming. I had that happen last year when my allergies ran amok.
I have only one CdG fragrance: Avignon. I’m saving it for Friday.
Today I’m wearing Knize Ten
You smell good! Love Knize Ten.
Wearing l’Artisan Perfumeur Bois Farine again. It’s a recent love and a recent purchase. It might not work in hot weather, so I’m wearing it a lot while I can. (I live in the southern US. Summer is immanent.)
That teapot is adorable!
SOTD = Elie Saab L’eau Couture. I dug this out last night after reading the Couture and the original Le Parfum reviews here. I’ve been living in oud/sandalwood/vanilla fragrances this winter, so Couture was rather ‘green’ smelling at first. It’s settled down nicely now.
Does anyone else have issues with migrating to new fragrances with the change in seasons, or is it always a welcome change?
It *HAS* settled down nicely now.
I’m always much later than planned changing to the new season as I can’t bear to put away the current season’s perfumes! Strange, as I usually welcome change.
Yes, I’m feeling reluctant about leaving my heavier frags behind. Our summers are interminably long here, so it will be awhile before I use them again. Oud Wood and August in TX really don’t mix.
You guys in TX seem to have interminable summers as it is, and they seem to be getting longer everywhere! I’m glad global warning is just a myth.
Actually, “warning” is very apropos!
I really welcome all the green springy ones, such a palette cleanser!, however I feel guilty about my favourites I haven’t worn very much, and try to fit a few more wearings of them in before I put them away for the next 6 months.
I know what you mean! There are several that I haven’t made a significant dent in, but then again, we’ve had a weirdly warm winter.
I always look forward to it so I usually jump the gun and move to the next season long before the weather has. Weather like the kind we’ve had this week where I am – mild but still cold; grey and overcast and no longer winter but not yet spring – can cause a conundrum. I pulled out some spring florals but they’re not really what I want to wear, nor are cozy winter scents…
It is hard to find a good fit this week; our weather has been mild as well.
I’m thinking Bois des Iles for tomorrow. It always feel right to me.
Yes, I’ve been wearing lots of Champagne de Bois, which is perfect.
Past/Presence today. I really love this tea, citrus, and flower combination. Also, as a Tom Ford orchid lover, I can’t wait to try Velvet Orchid Lumière. Will need to hunt it down, asap!
Comme des Garçons Hinoki, which I have a decant of thanks to the most recent swapmeet. I will have to look for other CdG samples (have no bottles) or face the decidedly un-terrible future of wearing this all week.
Yum. And I could wear it all week myself!
I NEED that teapot! No, seriously, as an IBMer’s daughter and a teapot collector, I need this one! I remember when Dad brought home the first Selectric typewriter ball – Wow! How advanced. Now gone the way of the eight-track.
SOTD is a rather noxious blend of scents as I was playing in the sample black hole looking for a sample of J’ai Ose, which I never found.
Funny, I was prowling ebay yesterday and saw an electric typewriter for sale for around $150, and wondered if that’s really what people will pay for one. (I’m sure there are collectors who pay much more for certain models – I don’t know what kind this was.) Then I had to wonder what it would cost to ship one. A fortune, no? Those things weighed a ton.
I’ve seen them a lot cheaper. Do you have any used office equipment/furniture stores near you? I would try one of those rather than ebay.
I’m not looking for one – I was perfume shopping and the seller I bought a bottle from had one for sale. I’m sure used office supply stores have scads of them – I know I’ve driven past lots of them being displayed in windows. But, ya, the price seemed a little steep to me.
Probably trying to nab collectors.
Not sure you’ll find this today, but on the Today show they did a segment on Tom Hanks’s new book about… collecting typewriters! The one on the cover looked like the same model as the teapot.
I learned to type on an IBM Selectric, wish I had one right now. That ball mechanism was fascinating.
lol! I must be older than you are – I learned to type on a manual model.
I did, too. It was a BIG DEAL to have an electric one that could “erase” mistakes and all that.
Continuing Month of Roses —
SOTD = Dior Addict
Wow! I don’t know why ai don’t wear this more often! It’s a fruity tonkanilla gourmand that works in all seasons, a lighter hand when it’s warm out!
Back to work…
Good stuff Addict! You smell great.
And guess who I have to thank for my decant of the vintage stuff? I also swapped for a 30 mL vintage because I never want to run out. At the rate I’m going, I won’t be running out anytime soon!
“Tonkanilla” is genius. Claim credit now!
LesNez Turtle Vetiver Back. It’s not exactly what I felt like, which would be something between this and SL Iris Silver Mist, i.e., Chanel a stronger La Pausa without the standard Chanel polish of white musk and citrus.
That is some serious Vetiver!
Tired, and for a millisecond read that as LesNez Turtle Vetiver *is* Back, and got all excited.
I’m in Vanille Galante today…like a banana Now and Later but better!
Yum, that sounds nice!
I’ve been sampling white floral chypres today, Ella this morning, and SSS Jour Ensoleil this afternoon, verdict; both beautiful, Jour Ensoleil had the edge for me, as I love the herbal, targeted/marigold smell of the opening notes, but I don’t think I ‘need’ a FB of either, I’m definitely going to explore this category in more depth, I still haven’t tried PDN’s Odalisque, which I think maybe in this category. Any other suggestions most welcome!
I can’t wait to try my other SSS samples which arrived today from a NST perfume fairy!
Stupid spell check!- not targeted, taget!
We perfumistas know what you were going for. ????
I’m in Dame Sky Father again today. I really like it… easy to wear.
Wearing Neela Vermiere Rehele today. Trying to keep calm at work while dealing with insurance companies due to an accident last week. I was stopped in traffic with cars in front and in back plus on the side when a guy got into his flat bed company truck (which was parked front faced to the curb in front of a building) and started backing out without even looking. I laid on the horn but he kept coming and destroyed the entire passenger side. I knew I was going to be hit and couldn’t go anywhere nor do anything about it. The passenger side windows shattered into thousands of pieces getting into my hair and clothes and even into my closed purse. Glass was everywhere. The guy apologized, called the cops and took full blame. Unfortunately, my troubles were just beginning. My insurance is paying for my car to get fixed but then will collect from his insurance if and when they actually commit. In the interim, they are trying to fix it at the most minimum costs possible which will leave the car not even remotely looking like it once did before the accident. I have been driving a rental for a week and it will be over another week before the car will be fixed. Insurance companies have no problem taking your payments year after year during your lifetime (I have had this insurance company since I started driving), but when you actually need them, they try to nickel and dime you.
That is a massive and horrible bummer. Hope it gets repaired back to its prior state in the end. I called my auto insurance company a few years ago to adjust my policy and the agent kept repeating “yes, but if you make a claim we will drop you” to every question I asked. It’s a f*ing racket, insurance is. Sorry you’re having to deal with this.
I loathe dealing with insurance companies for this reason. If the car is not fixed properly I would file a complaint with your state insurance commissioner. My sympathies to you.
This sounds terrifying Filomena, even before the annoyance of rapacious insurers. I am glad that you weren’t hurt!
In some ways, it would have been better if the car was totalled but that would hqve meant a greater probability of you getting hurt worse than fhe glass debris. I was lucky to have coverage through USAA which is normally for military or honourably discharged military; there was a year when members could recommend friends and I took full advantage of it.
So sorry to hear about your insurance woes, and the scary incident which caused it all. Tenacity is needed in spades when you are dealing with all that. Best of luck.
That teapot is the coolest!
Today I’m trying SL Gris Clair. Something weird and unpleasant happened the first few moments after I dabbed it on: underneath the lavender, what I smelled was a mix of sweetness and fishiness! The fishy aspect was reminiscent of the smell emitted by evaporative coolers when they haven’t been run for a while. (I wonder if those are used anywhere anymore?) Anyway, it all eventually settled down, and it smells good.
You were very patient with it…if I don’t like the opening of a perfume, it usually ends up in my perfume doghouse and forgotten.
Well, like I said, it was only a few minutes, immediately after applying, so I was trying to figure out if there was something wrong with the juice or something on my skin or what. Plus, it was only with my nose pressed up close. And then, thankfully, it passed. I’m intrigued to see if it happens again, but I really hope it doesn’t!
Today I’m trying Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire for the first time. My cat was friendlier than usual after I put it on this morning, so I guess it gets two paws up!
I didn’t even realize that today’s picture was a teapot as first! That is amazing.
Posting kind of late due due to a dentist appointment earlier this afternoon. I now have 2 new fillings and am shaking off the last lingering bits of Novocaine. Diving into the sample stash again for today’s SOTD, Atelier Cologne’s Oud Saphir. Smells like fruity pipe tobacco to me.
Ugh, sorry about your fillings!
Wearing a sample of Néroli Outrenoir but not liking it. Going to have a wash and put on some Tauer Vanilla Flash instead.
I’d love to hear your impression of NO. I haven’t tried it, and as a Guerlain fan, I’ve been tempted.
Commando today, but why? Don’t know, it just happens sometimes.
Everybody say it with me now, “Ouarzazate!” Not wearing the CDG scent, but I did hear mention of the place on the radio today. I listened intently in case perfume was mentioned. It was not.
The still-growing solar farm is now so big it’s visible from space. Don’t think it can be smelled from that high up though.
Oh how cool! And I will definitely be wearing it later in the week.