It's Hump Day, plus Banana Day, Garlic Day and Dutch-American Friendship Day! What fragrance are you wearing?
I'm in good old Fendi Theorema, which is working quite nicely with this morning's spring chill.
Reminder: on 4/21 we're doing Enchanted April (inspired loosely by the novel and movie of the same name) — wear your favorite Italian fragrance.
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: top image is from Fendi's Spring Summer 2017 campaign.
Starting early today Robin
Tea is China 5 Peaks from Sullivan Street Tea & Spice
SOTD Kiss Me Intense, inspired by Angela’s Budget post.
I don’t know why I have ignored this sample. I smell fab! This a perfect for a gray spring day. Gorgeous
Up with the birds this morning! You do smell great.
I have only two Italian scents that I know of. I do have a lot of FM scents are any of them related to Italy? Today is Profumi del Forte – Tirrenico. It started out as a free sample from a swap. Then I got so many compliment sI bought a bottle. It was broken by someone else!! Although the house smelled great I was not pleased so I bought another. I think this may have aquatic notes some talk about, I am not sure. It is very different from absolutely everything else I wear which tend to be woods/spice or florals. It is an outlier for
me but nice and safe in crowds usually.
I love Profumi del Forte! The bottle accident totally sucks though- it’s never the cheap bottles that get broken
I love Profumi del Forte too. By Night White is one of my favourite vanilla perfumes ever. So glad you were able to replace your bottle.
Arquiste J.Crew No. 57 layered on top of Kiehl’s Musk. The Musk tones down the sweet booze of the Arquiste.
Oh, that sounds nice!
On my neck is Birch Tar & Ink (out of season)
On my wrists fragrant combining Wild Bluebell & English Pear and Freesia.
Three more almost empty samples gone
that is a wild collection of scents
I topped it off just now with Blackberry and Bay.
That is an interesting scent combining trio and probably smells amazing. I’m envious of your decluttering!
It doesn’t hurt that the samples I drained were almost empty anyway (cheating, I know!)
i finished Petit Robe Noir yesterday AND some tea!
Go chocolatemarzipan8 go! Samplin’ and smellin’ up a storm over there!
LOL! I actually combined your favorite (English Pear & Freesia) with the Bluebell ’cause the JM website recommended it!
Why is your name still not a link, Jada? Did you put the URL in your profile?
I tried to add my YouTube link to my Gravitar. Wonder what I did wrong?? Ugh
You did this at Gravatar.com? That’s a separate issue — if you want your name here to appear as a link, you need to edit your profile here.
Gotcha! I’m on it… Tomorrow morning! Lol.
Dutch-American Friendship day
Greetings from The Netherlands to all the Americans here are in place I guess, and congrats on our long lasting relationship!
Working from home today, so… SAMPLE time
On my left wrist:
Iris Homme (by Satori), oh..this is…just…gorgeous.
Lemon, iris, cardemom and sandalwood. I just can’t stop sniffing my arm!!! After four/five hours its still there but its really quiet. I dabbed it on from a teeny vial, I wonder how this one performs when sprayed on.
On my right arm:
Sel de vetiver, the name says it all.
It’s fresh and I like it a lot. A great summer scent.
Iris Homme sounds SO good
I agree. I think it sounds like something I need a sample of.
Its refined and delicate, it wears close to the skin. Its a Japanese brand/nose, and Japanese people are (generally speaking of course) not into heavy hitters.
I could wear this to office or a formal high tea with family on a warm spring/summer day.
If I had to compare it, I think JC Ellena’s style comes close. But where Ellena is more like a watercolour landscape, Satori is more like a watercolour botanical drawing. I dont know if this makes any sense…haha
That sounds really nice, and I’m a bit thankful that I’ll probably never come across it.
Yeah it probably is for the best.
Well at least for your wallet. Its expensive stuff. Not Roja dove or Amouage expensive, but in the range of Les Exclusifs/private blends/privées/Frederic Malle.
I wish I’d fall for a total cheapie for a change
Sorry Perthgirl, the Satiro range has just arrived at Luckyscent.
I meant Satori. Iris Homme is definitely on my list.
Hermes Rhubarbe Ecarlate today, as I debate how to spend the Sephora VIB 15% code. Logic says skincare, but my heart says Hermes…
I know. This month I kinda forced myself to spend some money on good quality skincare (serum, SPF etc.). But I’ll be honest, I just wish I did not need that stuff. I could’ve bought a nice bottle of perfume instead for the amount of cash I spent.
Oh and you smell good!
I’ve really simplified my skincare routine. Sunscreen and a good moisturizer are my main spends. I just don’t have the energy to put on product after product.
For a very long time I only used a washing foam and a sunscreen.
And I still try to keep it simple but alas, my skin is not totally problem free.
I had blackheads on my nose, the occasional pimples, slight redness on the cheeks…and I found out an exfoliant really helped me with those problems! So I worked that step into my routine (in evening) and sometimes I use a vitamin serum instead.
Doing an oil cleanse every a.m. has solved those problems better for me than any exfoliant or bha ever has. But congrats on finding an exfoliant that works for you!
And happy Dutch-American friendship day
I love the rhubarb!
Got my card ready to go too! Trying to figure out what exactly my heart says. Need stuff, but also want a new scent too.
You smell great! Yes to Hermes!
I hear ya. My perfume budget for the past year has been diverted to skincare! I follow the whole Caroline Hirons school of a gazillion products and my skin is so much better for it, but oh my goodness it adds up :-/
Caroline Hirons is great, her website is so informative!, I’ve just started using the Ordinary skincare products, and I didn’t like them much at first, but they are growing on me.
Living on the far East Coast, I have been into the Sephora even and disposed of my disposable income before most of you were awake
Heck, with the amount I dropped, I likely spent your disposable income too. Skin care and my favourite foundation ( Guerlain Lingerie de Peau)
HA! My sephora sale shopping used to be the same way. A few years ago I realized most the stuff I replace year in and year out can be found even cheaper elsewhere, and this season I bought as much as I could on ebay. But certain brands, like Guerlain and Hermes, don’t really go on sale anywhere else.
I’ve got a shopping cart pulled up online at Sephora right now! LOL! Trying to decide if and what I’m gonna pull the trigger on. Why are all the products for hyperpigmentation soooooo expensive?
I’m also debating what to get. I need eyeliner and foundation but I WANT perfume.
Tom Ford Vert de Fleur
I have been wearing this a few times to see how much I really like it, and I feel the initial enthusiasm waning. Oh well, money saved..
But the initial green blast… mmmm…. I wish that went on for much longer!
I’m still awaiting a split portion. Should arrive in the next month or so, but it’s spring *now* whinewhine.
In Cierge de Lune. Not Italian, but I just grabbed a random sample out today. Very pretty, possibly too pretty for my mood.
The little parakeet died in the middle of the night. I held him for most of the night (well, he slept on my chest, under my neck)as he seemed like he really just wanted to be held. Every time I’d try and put him in his cage, he’s scurry back up my arm to my neck. When it was bedtime I put him in the cage with a hand towel down in it and he snuggled down. I checked on him a few times and he was sleeping. When I woke up this morning and checked on home, he was gone. I feel so horrible I wish I’d have held him longer. My only hope is that he felt warm and secure and loved those last few hours. Just breaks my heart this morning. I would have kept him had I not been able to find his owner. So upsetting.
Oh, that’s sad.. sounds like you gave him very special care and warmth.
Oh, that is so sad. I’m glad you were there for the little guy though so its last night was one of comfort, warmth and companionship.
I’m sorry to hear about your little birdie. Poor little guy. Sounds like you gave him a lot of love and care, though.
How sad. You gave the best possible care and comfort…rest assured in that knowledge.
I’m so sorry.
That’s sad! Happy to know that you did what you did, though. So human. Wish I could hug you.
So sorry. I know it’s hard. But he was loved and you were with him. Hugs!!
Aww so sad. I’m sure he went to sleep feeling loved and very grateful for the cuddles he got before bed.
That’s so sad, but u gave him comfort in his last few hours, and that counts for so much.
So sad but I’m glad you were able to provide him some warmth and care in his last hours. RIP little guy.
You took such good care of him. You are a special person
I am sorry for the little guy It sounds like he knew he was loved in his last hours, and I am sure he appreciated that!!
Birds are very fragile. You did everything possible to keep him comfortable. If not for you, he would have ended up discarded like an old shoe at the side of the road. Thank you!
I love Cierge de Lune ♥ ♥ ♥
It really is so lovely.
I will second that.
And I am so sorry that you had to go through such sadness this morning.
That is so sad. I’m sure he felt your kind heart.
Thank you for honouring and respecting his little life.
How wonderful that you were there to love on him and hold him for his last day. Blessings to you for your kindness and hugs as you mourn the loss. He sounds like he was a sweetheart.
KellyC: I’m deeply saddened to read the conclusion to this story. Thank you for rescuing the budgie. He was lucky to have you save him for a while.
I found a small barn owl one morning when I put out the garbage bins. He had probably flown into the neighbours’ plate glass living room window and appeared very dazed. I put him in a box with shredded paper but he managed to jump out and sit on a rung of the kitchen chair. We took him to a bird rehabilitation centre quite far away. We kept in touch with them but he only lived for three days. I cried and cried. Animal pain and death really affect me.
So sorry for your loss, Kelly. You were so good to the birdie.
So sad that the parakeet did not make it through the night. However, you gave him/her love and a warm safe place for that time. That counts for a huge something in my book.
I’m incredibly saddened by this as well but at the same time so glad that you were able to be there for him and make him comfortable and loved. Thank you for being there for him!
I’m so sorry. I am glad you were there for him for part of the night, though; it sounds like you were able to comfort him <3
Weather cooled down from this weekend so I’m back in Indigo Vanilla. I just love this scent!
Chanel Allure Pour Homme Edition Blanche. Because it’s just so good.
Yes it is!
Twinsies with Robin today in the lovely Theorema.
Hey twin! We smell fabulous.
Checking in late. This morning 5 sprays of Theorema and still smell great!
So late today but I am wearing Theorema today too!
I’m enjoying Eau des Sens today and just love how long this one lasts on me! Diptyque is always a challenge with staying power.
Got my banana for national banana day
Cookie of the week: a delicious, cakey peanut butter cookie.. colleagues devoured the bag in one day! 5 Stars!
Eau des Sens is lovely.
Have you tried slicing and freezing bananas? It’s like eating chunks of ice cream.
Yes, love doing this!
and Ice Magic works just as well on them
What a wonderful idea!
babies had bananas today…
Have you ever made the flourless peanut butter cookies? Super delicious and the easiest cookies in the world to make (only four ingredients). I’ll share the recipe if you haven’t tried them.
No, I’ve not! Please share!! My email is via my avatar if easier… thanks!!
1 c. peanut butter
1 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
Drop on cookie sheet, bake 350 for 9 min.
The chocolate chip version is:
1 c. peanut butter
1 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
1 t. baking soda
1/2 c. chocolate chips
Same baking etc. Amazingly these taste entirely different and not like peanut butter!
thanks for sharing
Oh, wow. I might have to try these, too. Can you use natural peanut butter for these? Wondering if that changes the consistency.
lol! Natural peanut butter is all I use.
Oh, and meant to add that I’ve also switched out cashew butter for the peanut butter and used almond extract instead of vanilla in the first recipe.
Chocolate chip version! Yes!
I made these all the time as a kid. IIRC, they were chewy rather than cakey? I have a recipe I use but they come out a bit more fluffy and light than I prefer.
Yes, a little chewier than regular cookies, not as dry.
I’ll try this next time I make PB cookies (though I usually sub almond butter. I love peanuts but they do not love me )
you smell delightful!
I adore Eau des Sens. I could bathe in it but instead just bought the soap. Today I am wearing another Dyptique–Oud Palao. It is as good as a lot of other Ouds out there and not expensive.
The soap! I think I’d like that too.
Bulgari Red Tea for me today. Turns out I do have enough Italian stuff to do a week, as long as I basically do a week of Bulgari.
I’m not a big Bvlgari fan, but I like the red tea one.
It’s my favorite (actually the only one I’ve really liked) of the teas.
very nice !!
Yerbamate by Lorenzo Villoresi. This is probably my most worn fragrance of the past year (because Delicious!) and yet the tide line has scarcely budged. I can’t imagine how many wearings it would take to drain 100ml.. it seems totally self-replenishing
I have a 240 ml bottle of Mitzah – I could likely supply most of NST
Holy moley. I guess I do have some with that much juice because of back-ups, but thinking about how much of each perfume I actually wear (so many to choose from!) it seems ludicrous. 240ml for anything that’s not 4711 sounds insane.
I dont know that scent, but I am sipping from a cup of yerba mate right now. So yay for that Mate vibe
It isn’t as bitter as mate is but is a beautiful green hay scent that somehow combines sweet green and powderiness and is therefore lovely in warm and cool weather. And you remind me that my mate is being neglected. I forgot I had some (tea problem much like perfume problem :-/ )
Sounds good! I might add that one to my next sample-batch purchase. But if I remember correctly there is an official Lorenzo Villoresi sample set…might be interesting as well. Do you know any of the other scents from this house?
I have a decant of the Incensi which is also quite nice.
I hear you on the tea problem :/ I’ve made a really good dent in mine in the last 6 months. I’m moving Friday and have discovered I also have a skin and haircare problem, and a container problem. I don’t care to admit how many boxes of containers/jars/tea tins I’ve packed. Not ones that have just accumulated, but that I have actually purchased.
Oh and Jiji I think I have you to thank for reminding me I had a Slowdive tape (Souvlaki) from 1993 that I used to LOVE. Took me days to find it but playing it again was joy. It’s been so long but I think it’s better now that the associated memories are so old I still listen to Jesus and Mary Chain and others but strange how some I put aside. It’s been fun to reminisce with older ears.
Souvlaki is a great album. Glad that you can enjoy it (again).
I was also into Ride. Vapour trail is one of their best songs!
Wearing Hermes Amazone… The first mini I got smelled to me like water, so I threw it away assuming it was fake or factice. Now I got another mini, different in appearance and provenance, and I get SOME scent but it is either the lightest, most fleeting scent in existence or I am anosmic to most of it. Which is it, NSTers?
I have a vintage edp mini and have sampled it from the decant services in edt – I would call it on the lighter side of the scale, but not evanescent like the Hermessences or the light-floral Annick Goutals that you have to spray on until you’re dripping in order to get three hours’ wear. The vintage mini juice will stick around on my scent-eating skin for 4-5 hours, whereas I got about three hours out of the more current edt sample.
I’ve heard a number of stories about fake Amazone out there, though, so that’s (sadly) another possibility.
Counterfeit Amazone? Who’d a thunk it? Crazy.
I’m wearing Marni.
I wore Marni yesterday, and could probably do a week of it, so nice, and enough going on to hold my interest too. U smell lovely!
I started my week in Marni
You smell wonderful!
mmm Love Marni, and its 2 cousins.
I was looking for something uncomplicated this morning, so, Aqualina Chocolovers it is .
Laboratorio Olfattivo Patchouliful. I hadn’t realized that it is a Cecile Zarokian creation. The opening is a bit synthetic/ sweet patchouli and spices which are softened by subtle powdery iris and wood.
There are more workmen in the house installing some new windows. As we expected, there is some rotted wood behind the old ones, which they are sawing out and replacing. There’s a fine wood dust everywhere. Glad I hadn’t done any spring cleaning .
Yikes! But how exciting getting new windows! (No, really!) I’ve lived in a couple of houses that desperately needed them, so I know you’ll be thrilled once you clean up the sawdust
May I borrow that excuse for not spring cleaning ??
Having a breakfast banana in honor of Banana Day and wearing EL’s Beautiful from a mini I’ve been ignoring. I didn’t think I would like this but it’s quite pretty for a spring day. Maybe I’m becoming a floral lover, after all these years . . .
Love Beautiful, it’s like a bright pink force field protecting one from the gray things in the world.
I don’t love Beautiful, but I like the idea of a bright pink force field! ????
It really is very cheerful! Glad I gave it a chance.
I’m wearing Bvlgari Bleu today. A little out of character for me, but I am enjoying it. I must say that the bottle is outstanding in weight and beauty. I also have the Mon Jasmine Noir, and that bottle is exquisite. I just love good packaging.
beautiful fragrance. I love the iris and lavender in this.
Divine l’Etre Aimé, from a sample I was sent by a very kind and generous NSTer. (This perfume community never fails to reinforce my faith in humanity. So much love for distant, barely known people. That’s just what our little blue pearl of a planet needs right now.) I smell so good, this is a real mood improver. Wishing you all a wonderful and fragrant day.
I feel like our little community is doing way more good for the planet than simply the sum of its parts! Spreading light, love, compassion and sharing – all good!
Yes, I think so too!
I like that one and went through a sample of it. Very warm, comforting, and elegant. I’m also always moved by the kindness here and getting to know peoole I may never meet in person!
Seconding your statement that NST revives one’s faith in humanity. You guys are awesome.
SOTD: Guerlain Chant d’Aromes -not Italian but if you asked me to scent the movie Enchanted April, this would be it.
And I had a revelation this morning about the Friday projects: I love reading everyone’s responses and if I have a FB (or at least a good decant), I love to participate. But… if all I have are some samples – like for Italian week – I hate to waste a day (especially at my age!) wearing scent from a sample that I don’t care about and will never purchase a bottle of.
Same. Unless the challenge is to wear a sample, I don’t want to risk wasting a whole day on a potential disappointment. I wear perfume to escape from the world- I’ll have nowhere to go if I have to escape from my perfume too!!
Exactly! And I have scent-glue skin so I can’t even wash the disappoint off and start again!
Yes, I agree, sometimes I do,but life is too short to finish all the samples u don’t love. Today I felt like wearing Ostara, as it suits the beautiful weather we’re having here in the English countryside!
Oh good, so I’m not the Lone Ranger. And you smell beautiful!
Sometimes the challenge really suits me or my mood or the weather or what I have on hand, and it’s fun to do it for the Friday or the whole week. In some cases I’d be rummaging through the sample storage, and depending on the particulars of the challenge, there are times I’m just not feelin’ it. Or I’ve got a craving for something else and don’t want to waste an opportunity to wear the perfect scent for the occasion.
But Robin doesn’t mind. Accept the challenge, or pass, no biggie.
I think part of the problem for me is that I haven’t bought samples in forever so the ones I do have aren’t ones I’m interested in wearing. So far I’ve been too lazy to list them in the Freebie Meets.
Absolutely NO reason for anyone to feel compelled to participate! Furthermore, no reason to make each Friday project a week-long thing unless you feel like it — and I don’t always. We all have enough rules in our lives without another one.
I, too, love reading the responses and doing the mental exercise thinking about what would fit. But I discovered some months back that I’m much happier choosing whatever fits my mood rather than the week’s theme. That said, it often spurs a memory of a long-forgotten sample or unworn bottle that I’ll end up pulling out.
Yes! to the mental exercise whether I go put on the scent or not, due to, like you said, my mood. So far no remembrances of long-forgotten samples, but some have been added to the eternal “to test” list.
I’m scent free this AM in the day hospital w my son for tests. It is a hassle- IV, infusions, blood draws, etc. Completely routine so not stressful for me, but there are several very sick kids in here and my heart is heavy for them and their families.
Definitely a Hanbury day when I get home. A sparkly, orange blossom is just what’s needed.
A sparkly orange blossom sounds perfect, and Hanbury sounds like one of the nicest. I spent many months on children’s wards with my son over a long period of time. It is inspiring seeing the resilience and bravery of sick children, but extremely upsetting too. Hope both u and you’re son have some relaxing and fun things coming up to look forward too, and take you’re mind off hospital.
Hope the rest of your day goes well.
Good morning Y’all.
Wearing a sample of Alahine today! It’s a gray rainy day, and this is sooooo cozy!!!
New quickie review of You or Someone Like You perfume is here….Catnip? Cactus? Yep! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aNMMimL9sE
And did I bother to wear makeup or look nice for this video? Nah! Next time! LOL
Ooh, love Alahine. Although I admit I might quail at wearing it in Georgia.
You smell wonderful!
you smell fabulous!!! One of my favorites
also..you look fine in that video. Makeup is over rated..(says Lovestosmellgood over here who doesn’t leave the apartment without lipstick on)
I did not even notice the lack of make up
and I loved the hat!
Thanks for all the great comments and support yesterday regarding me not getting a job I had interviewed for…I really appreciate it…such a wonderful and fragrant community NST is…restores my faith in humankind many days.
My daughter does not have an ear infection…at least not yet ;)…she’s almost 4 and would prefer to suck nasal secretions in than blow them out. Le sigh. I am going to bribe her with jellybeans I am not terribly proud to say to help relieve that pressure.
Going to wear Terracotta Le Parfum later today….debating if I need to keep this full bottle or rehome it.
To chime in on Angela’s theme of Perfume on a Budget, I have been going through old perfume and debating what to give away and/or sell. I finally sold a couple items on the bay of Evil this month which I had threatened to do a few months back so I wanted to report back to all my witnesses that I have made good on that threat finally. It feels good to get rid of old bottles and I plan to continue with the purge.
I need to do that, too.
I will have a long list for the next swap meet.
I sold 6 bottles this year which felt pretty good!
Good on you! I did some cleaning out earlier this year and it always feels good to get rid of things that feel burdensome. I’m too intimidated to wade into ebay selling, though, so congrats on that!
Would it be possible – and would Robin mind – to post the ebay sellers’ names? I would much rather patronize fellow NSTers.
I would like that too, I would much rather work with the folks here, rather than in the wilds of EBay.
Y’all need to let me know when bottles are for sale- ike Rappleyea says, I’d rather buy bottles from you all than strangers! I’m a newbie, that’s how I justify my little habit…maybe I’ll slow down one of these days!
Good news that your daughter does not have an ear infection! I remember having those as a kid, and they sucked.
AA Nerolia Bianca. Its very warm here today and this scent is a new acquisition, so giving it a try.
It is more bitter than I thought it would be, but that is not necessarily a bad thing for me. I bought it blindly. It will probably work out nicely with the summer heat.
SOTD VC&A Gardenia Petalé. It’s a cheery one for this cloudy day. Kind of juicy green initially, then creamy white floral. It’s pretty quiet which is how I prefer my BWFs.
My favorite way to eat bananas is wrapped in a flour tortilla and deep fried, drizzled with chocolate sauce with a side of ice cream. I don’t make this myself, of course. Thai restaurants make something similar.
Happy Hump Day!
That sounds ah-mazing.
I prefer my bananas in an ice cream fudge sundae in hot weather and sharing (some) with my partner
you smell lovely!
Sounds like you’re enjoying it, then? Juicy green to creamy white floral is a good description. The green reminds me a lot of Baiser Vole, and the white perhaps of Anais Anais?
I do like it. I honestly can’t recall what Baiser Vole smells like and Anais Anais from memory was more of a green floral? I also have kind of a negative scent association with that one ????
Gardenia Petale is very pretty. Perfect description. I had a tiny decant which I used up long ago.
Gray and a bit chillier today than it’s been, but I’m luxuriating in Crown Bouquet again.
Darned chilly here too — I’m pouting about it.
I’ll join you. ????
Little chilly today but not cold enough for a long sleeve shirt yet. Wearing SDV today to keep me warm.
You smell yum! I didn’t like SDV at first, took me some time to grow up to liking it
It took me a little while to like it too and vanillas in general.
My SOTD is Dyptique Oud Palao. I own quite of few Oud scents and this one is as good as some of the very expensive ones.
You smell great Filomena. Oud Palao is the only Diptyque fragrance I own. I like this one for its warmth and depth. It’s oud, but not served like a slap in your face
you smell fantastic.
Hi all! Today I’m wearing Grimoire by Anatole Lebreton. It’s a beautiful lavender & warm incense fragrance.
Amber Flush applied lightly to hair. Fini!
Inspired by a few of you, I made myself a little “wake up” body oil by mixing sweet almond oil, a little argan oil, and the rest of a sample of a*men pure coffee in a 5ml vial, and let it settle overnight….
not bad at all.
I might add on some theorema or another Italian delight in the afternoon, but this is a good start.
that sounds really good
Prada Infusion d’ Iris. Finally able to sample this one after a trip to Nordstrom where I helped myself to a few samples. I love that they have those little jars of atomizers sitting around. How many would have been too much? I drew the line at 4. Didn’t want to seem greedy.
This is pretty and very work appropriate.
I love their help-yourself system as well. Four is usually where I stop too, as any more than that I’d forget what was what
wow! that is really nice that they allow you to decant yourself!
4 seems right. I just unearthed 2 unlabeled samples – boo hiss
SOTD is Bombay Bling. I was reaching for Apresl’Ondee but picked up the wrong spray and thought, “that isn’t it!” but it smells pretty and I’m ok with it. Apparently I don’t have many Italian scents either.
Nor do I. I have two…one sample and one rollerball I could borrow from a younger family member but it is Pink Sugar. So I guess it will be the sample for Friday.
SOTD = Maria Candida Gentile Sideris
WOW! (not Joop)
I will be more heavy-handed next time. I have a 15 mL travel spray and used 4 spritzes. Next time – 6. I can still smell it but I want more!
I do like that one. I will have to wear something by her this week.
Ha! I thought you did already but it must have been someone else!
I’ve seen lots of people wearing Hanbury, but not me — yet!
I have the 15 ml of Sideris too. Thanks for the reminder, mainly tomorrow.
Also, I just want to be sure that you got my email to say that I received the Moonlight Patchouli? It arrived while I was away. Thank you also for the lipstick sample!
Yup, got your email…I had been sporadically responding to email. Glad you also like the lipstick. I believe it came from a Whole Foods Beauty Samples bag and the contents were quite amazing for the princely sum of $18
The quality is really good. I didn’t know that Pacifica had lipstick but will check out their website soon.
Smelling lovely and comforted in Bvlgari Jasmin Noir EDP. This reminds me of a perfume my grandma used to wear. I still haven’t figured out what she wore.
Yesterday I was too busy at work to post, but I wore Romanza. It’s been a good smelling week.
Oh, I do wonder what it was!
I think it was something by Avon. I should investigate again.
Bogue MAAI today. Raining today, I think I’ll stay warm and dry inside. Maybe I’ll make soup.
you smell amazing!
I love Maai but didn’t feel comfortable wearing it to work. I put on a dab from my decant last night, and it was so strong! Maybe I’ll put it on again tonight.
Same here – cold, windy and rainy, perfect for a pot of soup.
Had to drive away from a gorgeous sunny day at my house and into the cold, bleurghy fog at my office. Oh, well, at least I’m only here for the morning. And smelling quite nice in Mohur!
Hope you are back in the sun by now!
Wearing Lalique Elegance Animale today. This is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I’ve drained two samples.
And if I knew it was banana day I would have worn Creed Acier Aluminium.
Prada Infusion d’Iris – how coyld i forget this one is super work friendly!
Just bought a banana with my giant coffee. Had no idea it would be such a momentous occasion
Twins! It is super work friendly!
Read your post yesterday and now I have to try Lovely…I think that was you?
Hi Twin! We smell so good
Yes, that was likely me. Lovely is not expensive, so a guilt-free buy. Hope you like it – do report back if you try it!
La Chasse aux Papillions, so pretty, it is now in the slightly soapy orange blossom phase. I love this stuff. I need to get some linden bathsoap to shore it up, it is light…
Hello, everyone, on this marvelous, sunny Wednesday! I was going to try to stick to the Italian theme with Bottega Veneta, but instead, I got a call from a recruiter this morning with…a job offer!!!!! It’s the only definitive offer I have so far, but I think it’s my favorite prospect anyway, so any consequent offers might just be for negotiating purposes. (I’ve been coached on this stuff from people who already have jobs.)
Anyway, wheeeee! In celebration, I am wearing Lonesome Rider from the swapmeet. I am so excited to be imminently gainfully employed at a company that does exciting work!!!
That’s great! Congratulations!
Congrats! Can’t wait to hear more about the job once they hire you!
Oh, that is so exciting! I’m so happy for you!
Good on you!
You smell wonderful and congratulations on the offer!
Well done! :^)
Yay, congrats! You smell great too.
Brilliant news! Well done.
Yay!! They will be very lucky. Congratulations.
Yay and congratulations!
Comgratulations, Dr. Koyel! Will you need to move for the job? What will be your celebratory perfume?
Thank you!!! I’m not sure I get to buy a celebratory perfume. I will have been unpaid for about three months by the time I start the job, and my dear, sweet boyfriend has been covering our rent, so I feel like it might be my turn to contribute in a big way. Besides, I have piles of great perfume to try now. (I wore Bohemian Spice to dinner, and it was SO WONDERFUL. Sadly, it’s a scrubber for my boyfriend. I guess I’ll just have to wear it at work, far away from him.)
Congrats! Great news!
Very happy for you! Congrats!
Thanks, everyone you guys are wonderful, as always!
SOTD is Armani Prive Bois d’Encens, my favoritest scent of all.
And it’s sunny!
And it’s virtual Friday for me! Heading south tomorrow to see the wildflower ‘superbloom’ at Carrizo Plain National Monument.
Life is good.
Nice! I am feeling a large twinge of envy
Wow!! Some of those pictures seem otherworldly in their beauty. Thanks for sharing this with us! And have a great time!
Wow. Life is good!
Love Bois d’Encens, you smell great. Enjoy the flowers!
We may have to check that out. It looks gorgeous!
Banana Day? Good. Garlic Day? Good. Banana and Garlic Day? Ewww. ????
My Italian scent this fine Hump Day is Bvlgari Voile de Jasmin, which I believe is a discontinued precursor to the current Bvlgari jasmine scents.
Have a good one, all!
Do you think Body Shop will do a banana garlic range?
Seems unlikely. Can’t imagine why. ????But there’s no doubt some bonkers niche perfumer somewhere going, “Heyyyy, there’s an idea…”
Oh, I forgot I had that! I could have worn that for jasmine week too!
Now you mention it, I think I forgot I had it for jasmine week too. Oh well. Mine’s an old mini from Sephora, so I guess that’s how I overlooked it.
SOTD and Eau d’Italie #3 is “Acqua Decima”.
Top: lemon, mandarin orange and mint;
Mid: neroli and petitgrain;
Base: white wood and vetiver.
The mint is vegetal rather than toothpastey. Lasting power isn’t great. Overall, although interesting, it just isn’t my bag. Which is fine – it’s fun working through the samples and not falling in love with too many of them. :^)
Yes, way better that way!
I’m in Eau de Merveilles on the left arm and Voyage on the right. My Sephora 15% off coupon is burning a hole in my pocket, but I’m not quite sure that either is truly FB worthy for me.
They are lovely, though. I’m just trying to wait for what “curls my toes”, as someone here put it!
Maybe I should use a rating system:
1 = don’t like it, won’t wear it
2 = like it okay, would wear it if a bottle was given to me
3 = true love, must have it now
I use a five number system; I’m not sure if that helps or just makes it more confusing! But here it is with my definitions (I see this is written on the back of a USPS tracking from 2013!).
1 = disgusting
2 = strange mess, weird accords
3 = meh, bland
4 = enjoyable, wearable, interesting
5 = beautiful, highly creative
Hey, I like your system, maybe better than mine! Thanks! ????
You’re very welcome!
Great system, although perhaps meh, bland should be the lowest category.
I would get Chanel L’Eau No. 5 in the darling small bottle (25 mL?). Also, Jo Malone AND if you are into La Mer, Sephora now carries luxe lines.
I was considering the L’Eau! It’s easier to wear than the original, for me.
Yesterday i gave a 30 minute interview on national radio about my writing project about approaching landscape via scent. i thought some of you might be interested so I have put in a link. i was a bit nervous at the start.
Robin, please remove this if it’s not appropriate for the comments!
Oh, wow! Congrats and thanks for the link!
Thanks. I apologise in advance for calling perfumistas “crazy”. I mean ‘crazy’ in a good way…as in ” wonderful” .
But this is just fantastic! I did not have the opportunity to listen to the entire thing but will definitely do so later when I am at home.
Somehow I always pictured you with a very, very deep voice:) Faulty assumptions!
I listened to it in its entirety. So much of what you said deeply resonated with me. Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful interview. It was excellent! I am going to be seeking out your books now And looking forward to how Robin is going to embed it into tomorrow’s post!
Brilliant! And you make me feel like such a slacker! Also, your voice is so exactly like a client of mine (energy work) that it gave me a start!
Excellent–I can’t wait to listen!
That was a wonderful interview, thank you for sharing the link. It was lovely to hear your voice and I could relate to so many things you discussed: loving to be alone, walking and experiencing the ambient smells, the dialogues running through your head, using scent to be in the moment. Often when I go to a new place I don’t wear perfume so I can perceive the ambient smells. One of the things I love most about my neighbourhood in Montreal is early summer when the lilac blooms. There are several bushes on my usual routes and when it is in full bloom on a warm day I just stop and stand there for a few minutes, inhaling deeply. There is also a magnificent magnolia tree I enjoy. Looking forward to your book on female & maori mountaineers, I have a thing for female adventurers.
Not at all — going to see if I can embed it in a post for tomorrow.
Oh, so cool! I will have to check this out.
Wonderful! I loved the whole discussion, including your thoughts on walking, which I also love. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!
Impressive! Thank you for sharing. I’m going to listen when I have more time this weekend.
G’morning, all. I’m late again– this sleeping stuff is extremely effective. Now I must scramble if I’m to get to get to my first meeting properly clothed and at least slightly organised and thoughtful.
Yesterday the temperature dropped sharply. Today I’m breaking out my heavier gourmands to celebrate that the edge of winter is in sight, so I’m trailing Loukhoum behind me like the tail on a kite. Honestly, this stuff is so potent, it’s nearly visible! Truly, I should avoid open flames today, lest my sillage ignites. It’s a delicious problem though!
Be well, all.
Combustible sillage: there’s a scary thought!????
Kite-tail sillage sounds kind of pretty to me.
It finally feels like spring here, so I spritzed some Jour d’Hermès Gardénia this a.m., as I have done many times the past couple of weeks. (Jour fans should try this one if you haven’t already – it’s really delightful. Very much the heart of Jour, but with gardenia brought to the forefront.)
I woke up Monday morning with the flu, but am coming around pretty quickly – very fortunate, as we are moving on Friday. Also learned Monday that the memorial for a friend who died last December is the same day. I don’t know if I’ll be able to work out the logistics to do both. Another friend from that same group died a year & a half earlier, and I missed that memorial as well as I didn’t learn of his passing until a few months after it happened.
My grandmother’s Memorial was just 10 days ago, after passing February. Her death was followed one week later by that of my brother-in-law’s father. A few days later, my uncle ended up in the ICU for over a week, and couple of days after he was released, my Dad went into cardiac arrest. (He was, very fortunately, already at the hospital when it was happened and was revived after a 6-minute flatline.) This all happened in the span of 5 weeks, so I’ve been a bit overwhelmed. Sandwiched in between all of that, my H & I spent most of March preparing for a custody trial that’s been going on for 10 freaking years, and packing and working on the upcoming move.
Sorry to be a downer here. I’ve been checking in occasionally but rarely commenting, and as always, perfume and the community here help to provide comfort and respite. Hope to be back in the fold more regularly once things settle down.
Boy, what a time you’re having. I hope the brighter days of spring give you a lift.
You take good care of yourself! That’s a lot to process at one time. Sending you light and positive vibes!
Good heavens, I feel overwhelmed just reading it – sending you positive and healing vibes as you deal with all that.
Oh, kpaint, what a rough patch! I hope you recover from the flu quickly. Good luck with everything, and do look after yourself.
Hang in there. Hope the move goes smoothly and you get to relax a bit afterwards. 2017 has been less than stellar for me too but I am hopeful things will look up.
To important matters ???? Jour Gardenia is lovely and discontinued I believe. I like all the Jours. I have some of the Jour parfum/extrait version and would be happy to send you some after your move if you haven’t tried it. You can find me at shera in socal (all one word) at gmail if interested.
I think they’re still making the gardenia? I could swear I just saw it at sephora. I’ve actually got all the other Jour versions, but thank you so much for the extrait offer! Hope your year turns around – I know you’ve been dealing with a lot, too.
Oh no that sounds rough. Take good care. Sending positive vibes and I hope rays of spring sunshine offer a bit of relief.
It sounds like you are approaching this in a very measured and responsible manner. Sometimes, all it takes is one step to do what needs to be done. Best of luck to you, and take care.
This is a lot to deal with, kpaint. Good luck on th move!
Thanks all for the well-wishes. Sorry to unload all of that, but I woke up thinking about the memorial on Friday and everything spilled out from there. Brighter days ahead, I hope.
Oh man. That’s a lot to deal with. Moving alone is stressful enough, at least for me, and all that on top of it. My end of 2015/16 was kind of like that. I do hope things settle soon!!
Thank you for sharing… hoping you find some unexpected moments of relief and good rest over the coming weeks.
I am so sorry to hear how rough things have been – I hope things get better for you
I didn’t intend it, but I am very on theme today. Had a banana and am wearing Bulgari Omnia Paraiba. I think of this as a summer scent but couldn’t decide what to wear and hadn’t worn it in a while. – must have been a subconscious thing! Enjoy your day everyone!
Sprayed on some Chambre Noire and Ombre Indigo this morning, then went downtown sniffing with a friend so I need a good wash, Philtre Ceylon is overwhelming everything and not in a good way. Will put on some Fève Délicieuse after the bath.
Oh my gosh, I have not worn Feve Delicieuse in forever! Must rectify!
It’s a bit cold and damp for the Enchanted April theme, but I’m enjoying Caron En Avion, which would be a bit much in warmer weather but promises sunnier days ahead.
You smell fabulous!
Never smelled it but the name is awfully romantic. (To me, anyway )
I needed a comfort scent today, so I interrupted plans to grab something Italian from the sample stash, and went with Agent Provocateur EdP. I got some sad personal news yesterday, and have been dealing with my emotions since.
So sorry about your sad news, I hope your scent is comforting to you.
I’m sorry for your sad news Jalapeño. Agent Provocateur is a great perfume, I hope it helps. Take care.
Thanks, lillyjo. Practicing a little self-care right now.
Hugs to you jalapeno. I hope AP gives you the comfort you seek.
Thank you, Hajusuuri. So far, AP has been doing what I need it do to.
Best to you and hope things get better. I have a mini of AP and it’s the cutest little thing. (I prefer to see it as a pink egg )
Thanks, kpaint. I did not know that AP came in a mini size… makes me think of Jordan almonds with that pink.
Wishing you much comfort, Jalapeno.
Thank you, Elisa P.
SOTD was Guerlain’s Encens Mythique de Orient which I was retesting while looking after my dick son. Afraid I may have fallen hard for this warm spicy incense.
But then half of my Surrender to Chance order arrived so now I’m also wearing Arquistes Ella, Guerlain Spiriteuse Double Vanille, Ginestet Botrytis and Jicky Parfum…
LOL OMG…SICK son…