Happy Enchanted April Friday! Our community project for today (inspired loosely by the novel and movie): wear your favorite Italian fragrance.
What fragrance did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.
I'm in Maria Candida Gentile Hanbury, which has already made a good showing this week in the comments.
Reminder: on 4/28, will it be Gucci or Givenchy? Pick one and make your case, or wear one of each.
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.
I’m wearing MCG as well: Sideris.
Very nice! It will be one of the selection when I get a few 15ml bottles, along with Elephant & Roses. Haven’t decided on the other(s). :^)
Another MCG: Cinabre.
The best I could do is something inspired by Italy: Annick Goutal’s Eau d’Hadrien edp.
Enjoy this lovely Friday, fellow ‘fumeheads!
You smell wonderful. Happy Friday!
And why not, that works!
I was thinking along the same lines, veering toward Ninfeo Mio (bonus in that I have been to those gardens!), but ending up going for the less -edgy Infusion d’Iris (late night last — work event — and I was feeling rough around the edges this morning).
SOTD is L’Erbolario Meharees, a soft and cozy oriental – spices, vanilla, woods, musk.
Oh, that sounds nice!
I liked that one. You smell great!
I’m wearing one of my few Italians, Sienne l’Hiver. One of my first niche fragrances as I fell down the rabbit hole chasing after truffle notes. Also, I love the movie Enchanted April! Although I think Sienne l’Hiver is too cold to have much to do with that sunny thing.
I loe the too, may need to put it in the netflix queue
Great pick, I like Sienne a lot.
I love the movie too. I’ve watched it too many times. Many of the actors are among my favorites, and the setting is marvelous. Who knew Italy could have a civilizing effect on the English? (wink-wink)
Robin, you smell great! I had a decant of that one (thanks to H!) and used it up quite quickly.
Prada Candy (neck)
Aqualina Pink Sugar (tops of feet)
SSS Sienna Musk(wrists)
Pamplemousse Rhubarbe in my hair (yes, I know the alcohol is bad for the hair but man does it smell good!!!)
One more sample and one more decant finished.
Happy Friday, y’all!
Wow you are smelling great!
I am also using up my samples! Yesterday I did 2 but today I stuck with one. So good to finish things off
it really does feel good to finish things up but I am also focusing on enjoying the process…smelling good in the present moment and then moving on to something else
Why thank you! And you are reeking havoc, for sure!
I have two good sources of inspiration (Holly and Angela !!)
That’s an impressive combination and a step (probably a tiny one, right?) towards your goal of anti-hoarding
It is! and I am also learning to really enjoy what I have and not be afraid to use things up
happy Friday to you too!
Sounds like a nice combo actually.
Surprisingly it works-LOL!
My Italian sotd is Lye from Gabriella Chieffo
What’s it like?
It’s a fresh and clean, powdery iris. Smells a little bit like fresh cotton sheets line-drying on a meadow
I’m fascinated by the name. Where would you place it in terms of masculine-feminine, Lucas?
In The middle, it’s pretty unisex
I don’t have anything Italian so I will participate with a Haiku
Warm tea against my lips
The East River flows to sunnier skies
And yet and yet
SOTD Izia by Sisley, Pleine Lune by MF SipOTD
Beautiful spring haiku!
Since I have no skill with writing haikus I will ask you to write one for me on May 6th -LOL!
Thank you NancyLeandros!
Chocolatemarzipan, I will write you haiku for you but its really easy and I think you can do it <3
That’s so lovely!
I thought Sisley was Italian?
I think its French
SOTD is Tiriana Terenza Gold Rose Oudh. Today at school is 80’s day and my 9 year old is looking quite fly in her cut off Flashdance-y sweatshirt, lime green leg warmers, hot pink shorts and bold bangles. The look made me smile, so I am listening to Michael Jackson for my morning walk. Happy Friday, everyone!
You know you’re an adult dancer when you don’t have to buy legwarmers because you still have them from the 80’s.
I’m in Black for the first time (got a sample from TPC)- all I can saw is WOW! Why am I just now smelling this? I love it a LOT!
Happy Friday, all. You all smell fabulous!
Black is great and if I am not mistaken I think you can still pick it up for a song at online discounters.
Just about free as far as I am concerned
the availability of cheap Black is a soothing balm on the wound of expensive lemmings.
Isn’t that the truth.
Agreed!!! I’ve already added it to my shopping cart! I’d love to share this with my boyfriend, I think it would smell terrific on him as well! I may end up keeping it for myself, though.
Yep, I have back-ups up the wazoo!
You smell great!
I’ve been neglecting that one. Maybe because Black is one of those fragrances that smells better on my husband than on me.
I’d love to smell it on my love as well, but we will have to share because I am quite enjoying smelling myself today.
Inspired by comments earlier this week, I’m in GF’s Ferre this morning. AnnieA is the enabler who led me to buy a sample of this several years ago — thanks, AA!
Have been reading comments late at night lately, so haven’t replied to anyone this week. I’ve been with you in spirit in all your joys and woes, however. Peace and goodwill to all, and happy Friday!
Sorta twins today – I’m in Ferre 20.
Very nice. Ferre is my version of Chanel No. 19, which is too chilly (and, frankly, mean) for me.
out of Italian scents os I am wearing rose ikebana
You smell lovely anyway
SOTD: Acqua di Parma’s Profumo.
Definitely my one of my top favorite Italian.
Drinking espresso and not tea today. Also using my Prada bag and Gucci scarf!
You are looking great!
That’s what I’m wearing too…I love that scent!
I can’t afford to wear Italian (although I do own two Armani purses which would now be vintage) , but I am Italian and I eat Italian, drink Italian, speak some Italian, and smell Italian (among other myriad scents).
I have a vintage Gucci scarf I should dig up
I saved Bottega Veneta for today, since it is one of my favorites.
Me too! Twins!
House twins!, wearing BV’s Knot.
In my favourite Italian scent, Bottega Veneta. Happy Friday!
Ha, see just above
We must have been posting at the same moment. I was pretty sure I would not be alone!
It’s still a bit too chilly for my absolute favorite Italian fragrance (Mediterraneo), and I’m not in the right mood for my second and third favorites (SMN Eva or Gucci EDP), so I went with Bottega Veneta Eau Legere. It’s beautiful, but now I’m wishing I’d chosen Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow.
another day, another perfume
So true. Thank goodness.
That’s funny, I meant to wear Iris Nobile today too, but forgot!
So we’re twins, of a sort. Forgetful twins.
I love both Mediterraneo and BV Eau Legere. You smell magnifico!
Eau Legere is great! It is by far my favorite of the BVs.
SOTD and Eau d’Italie #5 is “Jardin du Poète”.
Top: grapefruit, bitter orange and basil;
Mid: immortelle, angelica and pink pepper;
Base: vetiver, musk and cypress.
Based on first sniff – a while ago now – I expected to like this one a lot. But in reality it just doesn’t cut the mustard: dies down quickly to a skin scent and not a terribly interesting one at that.
At DUS airport, with Chanels on both wrists. Allure Homme Edition Blanche is fine. Antaeus is not. Neither is going to jump past the Tauer or MCG contenders for next FB purchase.
I enjoy Jardin du Poete. You smell nice! It has a bright charm. It just did not keep my attention. So many perfumes, so little skin and time
Good morning, everybody! Cold brew iced coffee and a bagel this morning.
SOTD is Blumarine II, purchased many moons ago. The bottle is very classic, feminine and dressy, just like the fragrance.
It’s interesting to go back and experience what I bought years ago. I chalk this one up as an aspirational purchase as it’s a bit too dressy and feminine for me.
I am just now getting back to making cold brew coffee. Good stuff.
I’ve been too busy to comment this week and only wore perfume one day (Ylang in Gold which got me a, “what is that weird smell?” from a co-worker). Happy birthday to all who celebrated this week and my condolences to all who are suffering.
Today I’m playing along by wearing quite a lot of my sample of Bruno Acampora Jasmin (thanks, Foxbins!). I smell quite a lot like my patio does right now with my gardenia and jasmine bushes blooming away together. Today’s forecast is for humid, summer-like heat and I feel appropriately scented.
That jasmine is the equivalent of being clobber and licked by a big-pawed golden retriever puppy– a jasmine big-pawed puppy!
It is rather exuberant, isn’t it? Good thing I like puppies
Ylang is so lovely and not weird at all! My nanny sniffed me and proclaimed : ” You smell like a WOMAN! What is it?”
I used my sample and planning to get a decant sometime
I’m lucky enough to have won a purse spray several years ago and I think it’s a gorgeous grown-up sophisticated and put-together scent. So, nothing like the real me but something a bit aspirational
My coworker made a point of telling me it wasn’t a bad smell, just a really weird one. Since her motto is something like, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, make sure you say it loudly,” I’m pretty sure she was being honest.
Your patio sounds heavenly!
Any crummy little concrete square can be a paradise if you cram in enough plants. I was so happy to find a couple of very inexpensive small rooted jasmine cuttings for sale at one of the big box stores. I’ve never been willing to pay for a huge bush and now I’ve got two small ones that waft an incredible amount of fragrance from their little blossoms. I keep adding fragrant plants to my collection and am finding them a lot less trouble to grow than I would have expected.
I love ylang-ylang, and most of the Micallefs work on me, but Ylang in Gold has a weird little glue note to my nose that keeps me from loving it. Maybe your co-worker smells the same thing.
You may be right. There is a school-glue note that could be described as weird.
Looked at my Bulgari and none of them appealed, so it’s Chanel 19 for the 3rd time this week.
Can’t go wrong with no19
You smell divine!!
Chanel 19 never disappoints!
Terra di Siena (Sienese Earth) by I Profumi di Firenze, which I actually bought in Florence, making this probably the most Italian thing I own. Gorgeous dark loam and green plants. It’s wonderful.
Oh perfect! I unfortunately went to Florence pre-perfume.
I bought my (now almost completely empty) FB of 28 La Pausa at the Chanel boutique in Florence, so this very French perfume in fact reminds me of Italy! (Fortunately, 31 RC does NOT remind me of…Sheremet’evo airport.)
I get to go back to Italy (Rome) this fall, assuming the world hasn’t completely imploded by then. I look forward to more perfume adventures there, since I am more confident both in my nose and in my Italian than I was four years ago.
Lucky you, hope it is a wonderful trip!
Wearing the current formulation of Fendi Fendi. A.k.a. Fendi? Some good news, I have two job interviews for next week! Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Twins! Good luck!!!
Two? That’s great news. May they lead to two great offers as well.
Best of luck to you!
Ooh gr8, Good luck!
I didn’t find the reformulation to have any relationship to the original. What are your thoughts?
I still can recognize the reform as Fendi. Fendi water, actually. It smells as if you had a glass of water and sprayed a couple if spray’s in the glass, and stirred. I’m very sad about it. Fendi used to be almost a signature for me when it first came out. I was one of those that used way to much! Shower gel, lotion, and talc! But I loved it!
I wore it when it came out, too, and you’ve described the reformulation well. I accidentally bought a bottle of the new version and it smelled like Fendi… if you removed the heart and base, and just kept the top notes. Or, like you say, sprayed the original in a glass of water (!)
Wonderful news! And best of luck on the interviews.
Hooray for interviews!
My stretching it a bit Enchanted April scent is Ambra Aurea, from a very satisfying decant swap… this would be the scent found in the ancient Church of San Giorgio in Portofino…balsamic incense and myrrh…
BTW In never read the book, but saw the movie..ages ago. I agree we are stretching it a bit, a citrus/neroli or rose scent is probably a better representation of the vibe I got from Enchanted April.
I am wearing Ambra Aurea, by Profumum Roma (from a sample).
What a fantastic fragrance!!!
Bold and smooth. Smoky, salty and sweet.
If you love amber/balsamic scents, this is a MUST try.
OMG, we were writing at exactly the same time! Jiji, you know what that means? Me neither, but lets dream of meeting in Portofino to talk perfume and enjoy the sights!
That would be awesome!
…actually, I am considering a vacation to Italy this spring.
You smell great. I recently sampled this after reading about it. It is one of the richest ambers I’ve tried. Profumum scents would be fun to have in a discovery set. Have you tried others?
Thank you! Yes I wish PR did a sample set. And I wish they offered smaller sizes.
I saw 18 ml travel sprays for sale somewhere but unfortunately not from Ambra Aurea.
I own a bottle of Arso. Also smoky. But heavy on pine sap/resins and woods.
And I have samples of Fiore d’Ambra (also great amber, more spicy, but i think I pefer Aurea) and Ichnusa. Ichnusa is a very nice fig scent, greener, drier and more herbal than Philosykos. I’m saving it to test again in warmer weather.
I haven’t tried Arso, but it seems to be a perfume is either loved or loathed. At least it has character.
I’ve been sampling some of the sweeter and floral scents, like Confetto and Tagete.
According to onthisday.com, today is the traditional date of the founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus!
The two Italian fragrances that I actually own – Mecca Balsam (totally forgot that Abdes Salaam was an Italian house) and Krazy Krizia – I wear in cold weather and would probably strangle me today in the heat and humidity.
But – hat tip to Robin – I found a sample of Villoresi Dilmun, which is pretty nice so that’s the SOTD.
That’s an interesting fact and coincidence – thanks for finding it and sharing
Happy Friday to you!
Same to you, and have a great weekend!
That it a coincidence
Ha, you found my sample! Except mine was a decant, and still missing.
I did think of you when I found it this morning.
Twins! You smell wonderful, and like spring (at least to a Southern Californian of a certain age).
Good morning, and happy Friday to all! I’m wearing the traces of one of my all-time favorites, Laura Biagiotti Roma, which I spritzed last night. I’m planning to spritz Bulgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert as my official SOTD before I go out later.
Double Italian! Hope it was a good day.
Add me to Bottega Venetia crowd today. Just a light spritz for a morning appointment. Will do BV Knot later. And then maybe Lorenzo Villarosa Alamut for evening…. lets send those kitties to the back of the closet…(either that or they’ll snuggle up.)
Nasomatto Absinth today
Today I’m wearing Bvlgari Omnia Indian Garnet.
It’s supposed to get chilly this weekend, so maybe I’ll get to wear a few of my heavier perfumes for what will probably be the last little bit of winter here.
I’m feeling like a dunce as I put on Escada thinking it’s Italian. Silly me, Escada is based in Germany. I stink (but in a good way).
I think you get points
that’s funny because I thought Tocca was Italian as well…had it been I would have had more to wear this week!
which Escada are you wearing, by the way?
I am wearing the Signature Scent. I mainly wear it in the summer, but reached for it today.
OO! that’s a good one !!!
I have to admit that I’ve forgotten about the community project (again, argh!), but I’m wearing an Italian fragrance nevertheless – Farmacia SS. Annunziata Takis, which is a perfect match for an Italian cashmere sweater. Frankly, I wish I wore something else on the 21st of April, but that’s the kind of spring we’re having.
You were channeling NST.
I had to put away my cashmere sweaters early as it got too warm too early here. But you look and smell beautiful!
Wearing Fendi by Fendi, the vintage EdT (which I might like more than the EdP…?) It took a lot of willpower not to wear my Absolue pour le Soir again today.
You can wear it the entire week of bee week (then we will be scent twins for the whole week!)
We’re fraternal twins since I’m in current formulation. YOU smell Absolutely Fabulous!!
I don’t think I’ve ever smelled the edp. I had the edt in the 80s and I have a vintage bottle of it now. In my frequent searches for backup bottles I don’t think I’ve ever seen the edp up for sale. *resists urge to go looking* ????
Folavril – timely but not Italian. It was that or the Villoresi Iperborea.
You smell fabulous! wish AG did not discontinue that one
Discontinuations, the story of my life! The first Armani, the first Azzaro, Le Feu d’Issey, never mind aaall the reformulations, the filthiest word in the scentionary (snifftionary?).
I had lots of choices today but went with Nobile 1942, Chypre 1942. Mostly because I only have a few sprays left in my decant. Another one finished. It is a balsamic white floral, a little powdery. I guess it is what is supposed to be a modern chypre? Anyway, I like it!
I did not think that one was chypre-ish at all (and I have a loose definition of chypre myself). But nice. I wore my 5ml decant until it was gone.
It makes me think of the old Wendy’s commercials, where’s the beef? In this case it is the oak moss that is missing. ????
These days I feel like Diogenes, looking for one good oakmoss.
I’m sorry it was disappointing to you, but your description just made me add it to my to-try list! It sounds much more like my kind of thing than a traditional chypre.
Too rushed this morning to do anything but grab and go, so not in an Italian scent today….
SOTD: Clinique Aromatics in White. I looked back at Kevin’s review and saw that he wasn’t real impressed with this one, but I’m getting a lot of spice and aromatic notes on my skin…I quite like this one! And it was super cheap to boot!
Yay, you’re a link!
Amazing, considering my technologic capabilities! HA HA
Double yay to the linking! I have been trying to do it myself but have not had any luck
Ok, tell me where you’re stuck? You use the “welcome link” at the top of the page to get to your profile, then you stick the URL in the field that says “Website”. Then go to bottom of page and hit the button that says “Update”.
I don’t have a website…I just wanted to link it to my gravatar account.
I put the gravatar link in the website section and hit update but still no luck…
ack! Please delete the last comment as it links to where someone can edit me!!!
Trying this out one more time to see if I finally got it right!
Sorry, just got back home…looks like it’s all worked out!
I really haven’t done right by my Italian perfumes this week, and today I’m in Ella because gosh darn it, that’s what I was in the mood for.
I like Ella too. You smell great!
I’ve gone through several Ella samples and decants and I truly love it – for the first hour. Then it fades to a flat nothing. Anyone else have this issue?
It’s pretty short lived on me, but I love it while it lasts! Getting it on my clothes helps with the longevity.
Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi for me this morning.
I’ll be cleaning out the garage which means that I can spray as lavishly as I wish.
Yum. Soft woody goodness.
I guess that’s one way to put a positive spin on cleaning out the garage! ????
Showered with LL bergamote 22 gel. Followed up by FM iris poudre body butter and MM L’attesa.
You smell amazing
– you can conquer anything today!
Gah — iris heaven!!!
You smell great!
My a*men coffee sample homebrew oil at the moment, soon to be topped with a little theorema. Bring on the sun, and the long day of many tasks ahead.
Oh, that sounds interesting!
I think my only Italian scents are Tawaf and original Fendi, neither of which are appropriate for today’s visit with my husband’s radiologist. It’s the follow-up to his radiation treatment, and I think he’ll be surprised at how quickly my husband has recovered. SOTD is Jimmy instead.
Glad to hear your husband is doing well in his recovery.
All the best to you and your husband!
Hope you get good news.
Santa Maria Novella Melograno. It’s a sparkling powdery musk, that is subtle enough to be splashable. It’s bright and quiet at the same time.
You had me at sparkle and powder.
I must try this!
This morning while the babies were busy I went through all my samples, which are not many, and I didn’t have any Italian
I must change this! I have been curious about SMN and we have a store here in the city that I haven’t been to
They carry a lot of them at Clyde’s pharmacy!
AH! I love to browse through there..
And not far from my other favorite store: Apple
Where in the city is Clyde’s? within walking distance of GCT? Is that the one that has the Berdoues for half off?
I’m deeply in love with their Caprifoglio — highly recommend!
I remember many moons ago I was in a store shopping and the girl next to me smelled so beautiful and I asked what she was wearing and she said Honeysuckle by SMN.
You smell perfect!
I can never really decide what Melograno smells like.
Sometimes I think it’s a softer, idealized version of sandalwood or incense. It might be the most wearable thing I own.
(But don’t over apply, or it’s death by Ivory soap!)
That sounds really intriguing!
Hunted through my untested samples and am now in Etro Royal Pavillon which is a cheerful, slightly greenish tuberose to counteract the cool grey day
That sounds nice!
This is a great underrated forgotten scent, need to wear it again soon.
I’m wearing the remains of 2 small decants: Profumi del Forte Roma Imperiale on my wrists and Farmacia SS Annunziata Ambra Nera-both warm and ambery and working nicely on this cool, drizzly day.
I hope your weather is better today!
Today it’s Etro’s Shaal Nur. Actually most days recently it’s been Shaal Nur. Shaal Nur suits springtime in L.A., because both the scent and the weather are shapeshifters. In the heat (today we’re looking at 95 degrees) it’s dry and herby with a bit of smoke. Minus the sun (58 degrees this morning), I get more depth and sweetness. All this complexity yet the scent remains easy, something that works as well for the council meeting as the school run.
I have to give a little shout out to an Italian house which does not get too much love, an especially sad truth at my house. Eau D’Italie makes two fragrances I adore – Paestum Rose and Jardin du Poete – but everyone else around me hates them. I have a generally tolerant crew, but both of those elicit spontaneous expressions of dismay. Even my 75 year old mother, with deeply sophisticated fragrance tastes, loathes anything Eau D’Italie. Weird.
Oooh — I love Paestum Rose. I’ve never tried Jardin du Poete, but I do also like Sienne l’hiver. I also got a terrific deal on both bottles — 50% off! — some years ago, which is probably my best perfume buy ever (that and a deep discount on Amouage Gold when they switched the bottles years ago).
The best was going to Paestum in November last year, and wearing Paestum Rose while there! Paestum was beautiful, and so calming on a sunny November afternoon!
Anyway, I support your love of Eau d’Italie!
50% off?! Lucky! Boy, is my household happy I din’t stumble upon that sale.
I was planning on wearing Paestum Rose but chickened out. Didn’t want to scar my coworkers. I did spray some in my car today, though. Makes a great ambient scent.
I can’t imagine anyone not liking Paestum Rose! It’s my little-black-dress scent.
I know, right???
I love Sienne l’Hiver, Bois d’Ombrie and Baume du Doge, but those bottles are in CA and I’m in Montreal right now unfortunately.
A lovely collection to return to, though!
I was wearing Jardin du Poete earlier today, but it had no persistence (on my skin anyway). So now I am home and have switched to Sienne l’Hiver, which is the perfect cold weather scent when you want to acknowledge rather than defy the chill. :^)
I still have 1 Ed’I sample left, Baume du Doge, which lives to fight another day. :^)
I really like Baume du Doge. That one and Paestum Rose are the only ones I would like to have bottles of.
Acqua di Santa Maria Novella. It’s not my favourite Italian, but it’s my favourite memory of Italy — buying it in Florence at Santa Maria Novella. Also, it works for today, which is shaping up to be a lovely spring day here in the Northwest, for once.
I need to try that one , since its a cologne how is the lasting power?
I sprayed liberally. It’ll be gone by noon. That’s actually fine with me right now — working from home today so I can switch to something else later.
Armani Bois d’Encens. How beautiful is that?
You smell gorgeous!
I tested it last week and I was impressed.
It is impressive! Tried it for the first time today and wow!
Wearing Prada L’Eau Ambree, which is simply glorious.
Go Team Prada! you smell marvelous.
Love L’Eau Ambree! It seems to quietly come and go, and is a cloud of loveliness. Great choice.
SotD = Il Profvmo Mandarine, perfect for a hot and sunny day. I keep this one in the fridge for a cooling mist of sweet citrus. It came to me via swap. It is a nice reminder of how fabulous the NST community has been to me.
Later today I’ll wear Prada, maybe Purple Rain from a sample. Prada samples are very pretty, and I like their simple bottles.
I’m so glad to be back from a holiday jaunt with 9 close family members. Travel is wonderful, but home is best (and smells nice).
Spent the past week wearing Eau des Merveilles and Jour d’Hermes from travel bottles. I enjoy the way they hug the skin when dabbed rather than sprayed, very nice for time spent in close quarters with many people.
Dabbing is always so very different from spraying…at least to me it is!
Still reeking havoc!
But, I digress. I was listening to the radio in the car, and Purple Rain came on and ooh! I have that, and it’s Italian, so when I came home I added a spritz to the cacophony. If you are an iris lover, I recommend seeking this one out. Lucas’s review nails it:
Wonderful! You smell lovely. Thank you for the link. I will wear Purple Rain this afternoon.
Nice! And I realized after last week’s community project that Imcould have worn Purple Rain to pair with Purple Rain!
Since it is cold and cloudy today, I decided to finish non spring appropriate sample – SL Fumerie Turque. Nice, but not me, money saved.
It isn’t really me either, but I like to smell it once in awhile
A dab or two of Bruno Acampora Musc oil. I do believe I smell mushroomy but pretty all the same.
Wearing Infusion d’Iris, as I still can’t smell anything and I know how much of it I can wear before asphyxiating colleagues.
Go Team Prada! I adore Infusion d’Iris.
I wore it yesterday – it’s a beauty! Hopefully, you still remember how it smells even if you cannot smell it now (get better soon!).
Today I’m wearing the flanker – Infusion de Mimosa: the original is better!
In Prada Infusion d’Iris, but have a trace of Rosae Mundi lingering on the sleeve of my sweater, which I wore to a dinner party last night. The RM was *very* lightly spritzed, because I knew a regular application would have too much sillage for the close quarters (and Important People I Don’t Know Well) of the evening unless I used the lightest touch. Now, though, I want to go home and SPRAY it!
Infusion d’Iris projects well – even with the slightest touch (I did that exercise yesterday for similar reasons).
I’m a house twin with Robin and anyone else in Maria Candida Gentile today: I’m in Rrose Sélavy.
Been running around like crazy with errands and preparing for a visit from friends from abroad. So much to do.
Happy weekend, NSTers! Keep making the world smell better!
Hope all the stuff got done!
Quickly chiming in with my SOTD, sadly not Italian and I need to rectify that since I’m half Italian! Fève Délicieuse. .
Work is insane right now, but fun to swing by and read some of the comments.
Keep your head above water! You smell great
Another one for Bottega Veneta! It doesn’t excite me as it excites others. I got some in a swapmeet or freebiemeet because everyone seemed to love it and I thought that spending quality time with it would make me like it more than I did in shops. I’m wearing it today because it’s my most easily accessible Italian, and because it smells inoffensive and sophisticated, but I just still don’t love it.
And why should a funemployed person have to smell inoffensive and sophisticated? (The f was added to the beginning of that word the second I got a job offer. This is a vacation now!) Because we are…apartment hunting! It’s awful. My new job would be in Fremont, CA, and I don’t drive, so we spent all day yesterday looking at apartments in Fremont within biking distance (~6 mi) of the company. However, I’ve discovered that Fremont:South Bay::South Bay:SF, and that I think if I lived in Fremont, my soul would rot. Sooooo now we’re looking for housing in the (much pricier) South Bay, and I guess I need to learn how to drive.
The upshot of all this is that apartment hunting might be worse than job hunting, and I wish we could just be in our new place already. Ugh. Maybe I should’ve put on a perfume that I find more comforting.
Hugs to you! House hunting and job hunting both are super stressful! Hope it all works out just as you’d like it to!
Thank you Things are shaping up decently!
I wouldn’t want to live in Fremont either. You really need to drive in CA unfortunately. Good luck! Apartment hunting sucks.
Thanks! We submitted an application today! It’s a good thing we don’t live in a real city, so that application will almost certainly be accepted
I’m from the Bay Area and feel your Fremont pain. The East Bay has some lovely spots that aren’t Fremont, better than South Bay IMHO, so look a bit there too.
Congrats on your job! And the driver’s license in your future.
Thanks! I actually have a driver’s license; I have just barely availed myself of it in the eight years I’ve had it, and thus don’t feel I can claim to still know how to drive safely. Non-Fremont East Bay isn’t really sustainable for us, because my boyfriend works in the South Bay, and a commute from Oakland or Berkeley would just be too horrific.
Wearing Prada Infusion de Mimosa. I like this version – probably not as much as the original Infusion d’Iris EdP but enough to want to wear it from time to time from the decant I got in a friendly split: too bad it doesn’t come in any size smaller than 100 ml – and I don’t need 100 ml of any perfume at this point in my perfume life.
I would go for a split of it
I’ll investigate: Fragrantica says there should be 50 ml bottles as well. Maybe I’ll find one in Europe…
And I meant to mention I read something about a new one – Prada Infusion d’Rose!
I have a good supply of Italian fragrances that I love, but while I was looking for a particular MCG sample, I came across Dame Perfumery New Musk Man Cologne, which I’d been meaning to test. I think it reminds me of the original Jovan Musk Oil, with a subtle masculine twist. I could be wrong, though. It’s decades since I’ve smelled the Jovan. Definitely sexy in a subtle way.
I’ve got AG Sables on the other hand, which wasn’t such a great idea because the two are completely different moods; it’s too much of an adjustment going from one to the other.
I think Sables is an excellent cologne but I keep getting distracted by the maple syrup association with immortelle. Perhaps the French don’t have that problem?
Love Sables..it was Kevin who turned me on to it…I have no issues with smelling like maple syrup as I have a sweet tooth anyway…
the Dame Musk really does smell like the Jovan Musk Oil I remember from my youth…I love it…and I also use it as a base for other Dames.
Oh, good to know I wasn’t imagining it. Very glad to find this as I had been wondering whatever became of the musk in Jovan (i.e., if it had it been banned or something). Good to have it back!
Sables is smelling less like maple syrup and almost like a dry vanilla now. Not a spring scent, but great stuff. I, too, blame Kevin.
I am having the day from heck, so I needed something that would make me feel as though that lovely castle on the shores of the Mediterranean could be just around the corner. Carthusia IO Capri it is!
The day is more than a half-way through. Let’s hope tomorrow will be better.
Let’s hope so! Cheers!
Good morning, everyone. I woke late, really late, after one of the best night’s sleep of my life, I think. Even Dakkie bringing us three of his best mice didn’t wake me, though the dear man said he woke every time, and he’s rather grumpy to prove it. I thought I couldn’t do Italian day, but then I remembered a bottle of Zegna Haitian Vetiver that I once bought the dear one. He hated it, and I forgot it, but now I’m wrapped up like a mummy in its pervasive vetiver-ness. I like it very much (I think the bottle can now be considered mine), though it’s a far cry indeed from my preferred genre, gourmands. Oddly (I find) I have no clues about how to describe it, except in its own terms. The smell must be so far outside my spheres of experience that nothing suggests itself to me as a comparison. So, NST, I smell of vetiver, and I know from Kevin’s review that it’s a good interpretation. I’ll have to choose it more often and see where I get to with my usual light/dark, colour/no colour, happy/ sad/ comforting/ sophisticated, meeting/ dinner/ date night classifications.
Be well and, may I say, you all smell simply wonderful.
It’s hard to see why vetiver isn’t better known. Guerlain or others are lurking somewhere in every department store, and yet I’ve never known anyone who wore a vetiver cologne, outside perfumistahood.
Have you tried Hermes Vetiver Tonka? It is not really a gourmand, but certainly gourmand-ish. I’ve found that spraying it generously really brings out the hazelnut note.
I’m in Acca Kappa Calycanthus on this beautiful, sunny day. It’s just a whisper on my skin now, so I can’t wait to get home and re-apply or choose another scent for the evening. I’m so looking forward to the weekend. I need to rest my brain big time.
You smelled great while it lasted!
Posting a little late today. I’m on Team Bottega Veneta, in the original EdP.
I think that might be the biggest team today?
Late to the party! Looking forward to everyone’s pick!
SOTD = Bvlgari Black
I oversprayed and I am loving it. The rubber and exhaust fume do not last long at all so I couldn’t possibly offend anyone!
Love Black — you smell fabulous! I’ve actually never gotten much (any?) rubber or exhaust from it on me, though I’d love to, but it’s a comfort scent for me.
I didn’t even think about Bvlgari being Italian. Italian perfumes make up a broader category than I realized.
Sooo, you know when new samples arrive, and you just can’t wait to try them? I meant to do the project, but wanted to know what straight javanol smells like. I’m wearing the new Molecule 04 from Escentric Molecules. There’s a whole thing about EM not really being perfumes, but I really enjoy them. Molecule 01 gets me more compliments than just about anything in my collection.
Molecule 04 is even more elusive to my nose than M01. There is a cinammony sandalwood effect, but it disappeared very quickly. I can still detect it, hours later, but it comes and goes. It seems very faint and yet persistent. I have been obsessively sniffing my arm all day. There is a (?chemical?) note I am not digging, but I can’t put my finger on it. It is interesting. So, not love, but glad to try it. Can’t wait to try E04. Be well.
I can sympathize completely with being unable to resist the call of new samples. The EM are all things I would like to sniff on a card, and I admire your willingness to commit to actually wearing them.
Laboratorio Olfattivo, either Decou-Vert or Nirmal!
Option 1: you lost the label / the label is illegible
Option 2: you are still deciding which one to wear
SOTD is Lorenzo Villoresi Dilmun, from a less-than-half full decant. Lovely, light but not fleeting orange blossom, with a perfect balance of sweetness and greenness. It is on my FB list. Was it this site that had the “wear the same perfume for a week straight” challenge? I wore Dilmun, and I have to admit, I liked it less by the end of the week, and gave it a lengthy rest afterwards. I still don’t know whether it was specifically Dilmun that I got sick of after seven days, or if I would get tired of wearing any perfume for that long. I’m afraid to try it again with another perfume I love, for fear of needing to avoid it for a year.
I actually had a lot of choices today: FBs of Etro Shaal Nur (my SOTomorrow) and Gianfranco Ferre Ferre, a mini of Ungaro Diva (it was 90*F here today, so no), and decants of Mazzolari Lei, Dilmun, and Carthusia Ligea La Sirena. Ligea was my second choice, a fun, powdery, lemony delight that makes me picture my aunt in the 1970s, wearing oversized sunglasses and driving a convertible. I am on my second decant of Ligea, and I think it will have to go on my FB list, too. I can’t wait to read everyone else’s choices!
[I think I’m already in tl;dr territory, but for the record, last Friday I wore Roberto Cavalli Oro, and my song was “Cinnamon Girl” by Neil Young. I completely forgot to post.]
And, having finally gotten through all the comments, realize I had another bottle to choose from: Gucci by Gucci. I don’t wear that one much anymore, because the opening is so much more fun than the drydown.