Hey, it's Oddball Friday! (Plus, happy Bloomsday.) Our community project for today: wear a fragrance that smells like nothing else you own, or interpret oddball in some other oddball way. Thank you Austenfan for the suggestion!
What fragrance did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.
I went with Sarah Jessica Parker Covet, an oddball in the celebrity fragrance market (and I stole the idea from Sapphire, who wore it yesterday).
Reminder: On 6/23, wear one of your "top 10 of summer" fragrances (unless it's winter where you are, in which case wear one of your "top 10 of winter" scents).
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2017, where I'll try to always have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance.
Note: top image via SJP Collection at Facebook.
Nice choice, Robin. I love Covet, although I still just get by with my large sample.
I’m going with 1000 Flowers Reglisse Noire. It’s not like anything else in my collection.
Question for everyone who has tried Carthusia Mediterraneo – any thoughts on whether the linen spray or room spray or hand lotion might be any longer lasting (or help the edt to last longer)? I’m considering a purchase during BeautyHabit’s 20% off code this weekend. It’s been on my list for a long time.
Oh gosh! Wish I would have thought of Reglisse Noire…you smell amazing! That one is in my top 20 of all times!
I love Reglisse Noire! I used up my decant about 2 years ago and cried. Gorgeous and weird.
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Gah, I keep meaning to try this one! Always hear such great things about it.
I wish I would have worn RN, it’s a favorite in my collection. And very odd-duckie but in a good way.
IA The Soft Lawn today. No other scent I have includes the scent of fresh tennis balls….
Triple strength coffee.
Thanks Everyone for the clothing comments yesterday, all opinions appreciated.!
45 years ago today, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, was released. RIP David Bowie.
Seems like a couple weeks ago I was going to Klein’s to purchase it.
To be played at maximum volume.
Joop! Homme. Yep, my bottle has become a deeper pink in hue, but I love the bergamot, cinnamon, honeysuckle, heliotrope, orange blossoms, musk aroma.
YMMV. :D. LOLOLOL
Carpe Diem. Peace.
Love Joop (both the women’s and men’s version which always seemed unisex to me so I wore it!)
smelling good, Bear!
I had a bottle of Joop! bath oil (or maybe it was bubble bath?) as a little girl, and I wore it as a perfume–a dot of sticky, soapy oil on each wrist! Loved how it smelled.
That is so sweet
I used to wear Joop Homme back in the day but it was SO strong and SO sweet that finally it just for the better of me and I gave up. Shame, though. It’s great.
You smell great! My husband wears it too and I love it.
Joop! was the sell of high school and college- oddballs all, to a one, including me!
You smell fantastic!
I used to like Joop! All About Eve. It sounds minimalist compared to your Homme, just a simple apple and vanilla fragrance.
And I had the ‘companion’ scent “What about Adam?”, which was all about the tomato leaf.
Ah, I like tomato leaf. Was it a good one?
It was very fresh but a bit linear – and years before I developed an interest in perfumes. I didn’t replace it, so it either wasn’t good enough to be worn every day, or wasn’t available when I finished the bottle. It’s discontinued now but I got a mini on eBay recently to re-try some time.
Butting in, it is nozknoz.
Very crisp with the true vegetal aroma of tomato plants after watering, or a summer rainstorm.
Nina Ricci Liberty Fizz is another tomato-centric aroma. Green bottle, not the clear bottle with green juice (never smelled the clear).
Cinnamon and heliotrope together sounds wonderful!
It is, and strong. CVS and Walgreens sometimes have testers, Macys still carries it I think…………………
Cheers, Jalapeno !!
I really like Covet, and just ordered a bottle from ebay. I’m needing another refreshing scent, so I’m going with CO Bigelow Ginger Mentha. I find the combo of ginger and peppermint oddball enough to qualify for today.
Oh, that sounds like fun.
I bought a bottle of Covet for $5.00 on Ebay….AWESOME deal! Good stuff, and underappreciated!
The Ginger Mentha sounds fab!
I chose Byredo Pulp as it has to be one of the strangest fragrances I have at this time. I still am not sure if I even like it, but I find myself wearing it occasionally.
On a side note-Not sure who recommended reading A Paris Apartment, but I am about halfway through and am thoroughly enjoying it. Thanks.
Oh, thx. Adding A Paris Apartment to my books to read list!
Pulp is a real oddball, very fun to sniff. I’m so glad you’re enjoying A Paris Apartment, it’s a good summer escape.
My oddball is Sharp.
Another oddball perfume moment is that I am testing Liasons Dangereuse, Prelude to Love and Love and Tears….shocking that I never tried them as they have been around for a while.
Later I will test Aedes de Venustas and The Afternoon of a Faun.
Last night I tested Montaigne (yum), DSH L’Eau d’Iris, CdG Wisteria Hysteria and TF Jardin Noir Ombre de Hyacinth…..last three are nice but I don’t need them Yay! Money saved again!!!!
Ok, you have me stumped, chocolatemarzipan8 !
Elaborate, please, if you have time.
And don’t forget to take notes, for future reference.
Andrea Maack, I think. But haven’t tried it.
I will leave you with this review. It is weird…some commenters on fragrantica have described smells of potato, vegetables and smoke…I don’t get orange blossom or vanilla at all on my skin. so it definitely fits today’s theme. I don’t hate it but I don’t need it
Calypso and Ede inspired me to jump the gun and test the Le Labos I was saving for tomorrow. My knuckles are wafting of Neroli36, Santal33, Jasmine17 and Ylang49…. they are all nice, I like the Neroli the best, but I don’t need a full bottle. Can anyone enlighten me as to what the numbers stand for?
Supposedly the number of notes in each composition.
Ah, thank you!
Covet IS compellingly weird, isn’t it?
Today I’m in I Profumi di Firenze Terra di Siena, which is named for Sienese earth and supposedly smells of lavender and herbs and spices and things, but is really just this monolithic block of strangeness: I can’t pick out any individual element (although I know there’s a lot of cumin in it) — it just smells like its own bizarre self and nothing else. I really love it.
“Monolithic block of strangeness” Wonderful! ????
“Monolithic block of strangeness” sounds oddly compelling. I also love Siena so I am curious about a perfume that represents its earth.
I adore Covet, can’t imagine my perfume collection without it. It’s a bit of a shapeshifter though, depending on if it’s warm or cool, humid or not, I get more herbal notes on some days and warm amber on others…
Wearing a spritz of CdG Artek Standard – Finnish tea anyone? – and a spritz of my new bottle of JM Myrrh & Tonka. Happy Friday!
Myrrh & Tonka, mmm, you smell great!
yay! glad you finally were able to purchase the LE bottle!
SOTD is the Non-Oddball BF Au Dela Narcisse from my dwindling sample. The only thing odd about this situation is that I love a floral fragrance. Totally out of character for me, but there you go! Never write anything off unsniffed. This is one I never would have been exposed to, except it was a free sample with a purchase. Lucky me!
Busy day of packing, gathering, and organizing to ready ourselves for the trip back to the swamps. I have my next contract lined up and I decided to sell my kayak and get an inflatable SUP, which will be much easier to travel with, and won’t require the expense of a roof rack and load assist system. T-Rex will have better purchase due to the grippy top and I think it will work better all around. My big goal is to be able to stand upright for the magical 8 seconds????
Hope everyone had a great “FriYAY!” Waft into the weekend with style and panache, NSTers!
Also wanted to mention I love that photo. I so wish I could wear shoes like that! But no, I have hobbit feet-minus all the hair????
I am quite sure I would break my ankle in 2 minutes!
“I have hobbit feet-minus all the hair” made me snort coffee out of my nose. Thanks!
Great choice It is an oddball for sure..but I really like it.
It had be puzzled for ages and I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not. But a friend of mine kept using it and I adored it on her. I finally found out, that it dosen’t not agree with my skin, but it’s okay..I love to smell it around me
My pick is Comme des Garcons Odour 53.
I remember first time I sniffed it…I laughed out loud and thought it was a joke. But there was all these unusual notes in the perfume, that made me come around and snif it and snif it again. So much so, that I had to buy it.
It’s not a perfume that I use a lot, but I like to have it in my collection
I love Odeur 53! I think it smells incredible. The only reason I haven’t purchased it is because I’ve only seen 200 ml bottles, which is way too big for me. Have you ever seen a smaller bottle?
They use to have a 15 ml bottle of it a long time ago, but I don’t know if it is still in production..it was my first buy and after a week, I had to buy a 200 ml bottle
Nice. CdG will make a good showing today, I’m sure.
Not participating in the community project. Wearing Sira de Indes (from the freebiemeet. Thanks a lot Tiffanie!). Very busy and on my 3rd cup of coffee to keep myself awake. I am gong to hit my head on the monitor at anytime .Happy Friday everyone!
You’re smellin’ fab. So glad Sira has a happy home.
Woo-hoo for freebiemeet, thank you to Robin for making NST fun.
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My oddball is Penhaligon’s Amaranthine. What is with this fragrance? Sometimes it smells like comfy, creamy banana pudding. Sometimes it smells like salacious creamy cumin thighs….. I am taking a risk to wear it to work today, but it is the oddest oddball in my entire collection. I haven’t worn it in a few years (!) so I thought: what the heck. Librarian on the edge.
Ah, Amaranthigh. I used up my decant and there ain’t no mo’.
I need to start using up more of my decants!
AnnS, you’ve reminded me to go dig out my bottle of Amaranthine. It follows the same weird, veering back and forth path on me – at first sniff, it’s a beautiful concoction of floral creaminess, and then at various points in the day I’m wondering where that slight skank is coming from……
Although I like the visual presentation, I get irritated with the practical aspects of the Penhaligon’s line. The length of the top of the box (what is it called when the ratio of box top to box bottom is 5:1, I wonder – does that type of box have a name?), and the fact that the caps never fit snugly, are a bit bothersome.
I hate when caps aren’t snug. I’ve never had a full bottle/new of any Penhaligon so I can’t comment about the boxes/bottles. I’m sure there are a few from the line that I’d like, but it is a very unexplored line for me. I’ve only smelled two of them – I can’t remember the other but it is an orange blossom. Amaranthine is the only decant I have from Penhaligon.
I live in fear that I’ll get careless and send the bottle crashing to the floor.
I don’t get comfy versus sexy, but found that in cold weather it’s short-lived and lacks oomph, and in warm weather it’s lovely and lasting. I got my bottle for Christmas, and thought, Why did I need a bottle of this? Luckily the next time I tried it we were having a hot spell, and I didn’t do anything rash like swap it away.
I’m not participating in today’s project either because last night I received a little package from an incredibly generous NST-er and couldn’t wait to try my Arielle Shoshana. It is absolutely delicious! I couldn’t believe it when I received her email totally out of the blue. She had seen me complaining that I couldn’t order a sample to be sent to Canada so she offered to order it for me and send it to me herself. Sistine, I find your thoughtfulness astounding! Love you NST!
Not to take a single thing away from this thrilling saga and from Sistine’s generosity, but Canada is the one international destination to which Arielle Shoshana (both samples and full bottles) currently ships! (Delighted to hear you’re enjoying it, ScentSpirit!)
Well, that’s great. I had emailed you twice with no reply so I assumed you didn’t.
ScentSpirit, I am alarmed and SO sorry to hear this- I’ve just checked my inbox, my spam, and my junk mail, and I can’t find your messages! (I even searched for “Canada” and “Canadian”!) I cannot apologize enough- I promise that we do not ignore customer emails, much less two of them! May I ask if the emails were to info at arielleshoshana dot com or to arielleshoshana at gmail dot com? Either should have worked, but I want to make sure I know which is the issue. Please accept my DEEPEST apologies- I am really and truly horrified to learn that we failed to answer your emails.
Oh, and couldn’t convince the form that I have a postal code, not a zipcode and still manage to be a productive member of society.
Glad you like it! Happy it arrived safely.
I almost think that fits as an oddball, since I’ve never smelled anything quite like it! It’s great stuff.
I wanted to wear CdG Sugi today, but it’s too chilly out for that. So I began with Marni Rose, which isn’t all that odd but is unique in my collection. It began rather sharply this morning, so I took a chance and layered JM Wood Sage and Sea Salt over it. Voila, beach roses. I’m liking the combination more and more as the morning goes on.
One of my favorite roses is Lostmarch Iroaz, a great beach rose scent.
Oh, good to know, thank you! I’ve been wanting to sample something from Lostmarch’s line for a long time, but couldn’t seem to figure out where to start. Will give Iroaz a whirl!
Summer can hurry up and commit to being here already. The odd, beautiful afternoon just isn’t enough to sustain me right now.
This coming Sunday should soothe our souls – supposed to be sunny and in the 80s.
I’ll happily invite either or both of you to visit me! According to our local weather, humidity is 96% today! Gasp!!
Oh, shoot – I would, but I can’t seem to find my scuba gear. That’s some serious humidity – stay hydrated!
*snort* Scuba gear!
That’s a really nice layering idea!
Wow, that sounds like a nice combination.
I just looked through my collection and chose Clarins Par Amour. Not really an oddball per se but I don’t have another rose that smells quite like it.
My oddball pick is Smell Bent Smoked Ambergris. Any scent with an ingredient that has passed through the digestive tract of a whale is pretty odd to me.
I just dabbed a little bit in the crooks of my elbows and behind my knees, and I get pretty regular whiffs of it. Hope my coworkers don’t mind the weirdness
One of my favorite vendors of oddball scents is Smell Bent. Did you know that they are having their garage sale through today?
Thanks for the tip, but I must resist. I’ve put myself on a no-buy for at least the next month. I’ve got lots of new samples and things to try in the meantime though!
If your interested in ambergris, I would recommend the book Floating Gold. A great book, although sometimes a bit repetitive, about the birth, life, and uses of ambergris, including dropping a bit in hot tea to add flavor and aroma. Sometimes the inability to pass this gargantuan piece of waste actually kills the manufacturer, which I find very sad. But still a good read????
Thanks for the book recommendation; it’s going on my list now.
Hope you enjoy it!
That is what killed Elvis.
I had no idea…!????
I just ordered two blind buys from the Smell Bent garage sale and this was one of them! I’m excited to try it, and hoping it will improve my understanding of what ambergris smells like. Now I’m also excited that you find it strange
That’s the same reason I ordered it – to get to know ambergris a little better. It’s strange in a good way. I hope you find it as enlightening as I have.
Happy Friday! It seems that Covet is not to be missed- guess I’m still not ready for the no buy oath.
Zoologist Macaque is a
green cedar, fruit and floral, galbanum, frankincense , and tea scent. Just the monkey drawing on the bottle makes it oddball before even smelling it.
If Covet was made with better materials, it would be fantastic. As it is, it’s good + fun and I like it it fine.
Wendysue, no need to blind-buy Covet; I will happily fix you up with some! I’ll email you.
Thank you, FM. Will send Freebiemeet goodies this week.
Wendysue, my testing notes indicate it is a “weird floral” and “a little busy and disorganized”, (I’m so eloquent), so I could have worn it today as well.
I’m in Jeux de Peaux, thanks to the generosity of Adanst and the freebiemeet. It’s a strange mix of toasty bread and maple flavoring on me. Definitely not like anything else in the scented drawer!
You smell comfy and delightful
Thank you! You smell lovely as well. ????
That was my original pick fog today, but it’s going to be in the 90s with 100000% humidity, so I didn’t think I could wear it. You smell gorgeous.
Thanks! I feel bad that I don’t care for this one. It’s been on my ‘to try’ list for a long time, so was thrilled to receive it. The maple in it just bothers me, and hangs on throughout the wear. It seems that the maple note is really immortelle, not maple, so now I know what immortelle smells like!
JdP is a beautiful and unusual scent.
Definitely an oddball!
In Diptyque Florabellio. It is a bit of an oddball – apple blossoms, coffee, liquorice, salt – but a summer favorite. It is *wonderful* to spritz on after a nice shower
You smell lovely! I think Florabellio is quite delightful. I might have to put some on this weekend for a walk at the beach.
Hello, NST. I’m not wearing anything today because I’m taking a train to meet Oakland Fresca. I’m taking the huuuuge and amazingly generous pile of samples Foxbins gave me, and if today works like last Sunday, I will end up smelling not oddball, but rather, wrapped in a (large) haze of beautifully blending spritzed of this’n’that.
Yesterday was fun. We enjoyed our excursion to Sausalito very much. I must say that SF is turning on the most glorious weather for us. One more day after this, and most of our activities will be of the packing/organising/filling time variety. I’m fighting down a resurgence of work mode–I still have three days of leave, but I can see a doctoral student is “stuck” and could I PLEASE just very quickly Skype her (no! but then, maybe it’s better to just do it and avoid ensuing panic…) and the meetings are accumulating for my return.
Holidays would be even more wonderful if they didn’t have to end. Be well, all.
Oh darn. Sounds like I missed my chance to meet up with you!? I hope you are enjoying our lovely corner of the world.
Have a wonderful day, and try to stretch out your vacation as much as possible. If it’s only 3 days, let the student have a chance to unstick herself. If it’s a literal life or death situation, then get involved.
I know that sounds cold, but my husband is a professor and gets no peace even on vacations and it really bothers me. These students are adults, right?
How rude! I’ve sent my profs many emails during their vacations, but I’ve never expected them to look at the emails until after their vacations were over. The emails were more of a way for me to make sure I was asking everything I needed to. I expect your student can wait three days.
Enjoy the last leg of your trip!
I’ve been following your travels every evening when I catch up on NST – you’re obviously having a fabulous time (travel hiccups not withstanding).
Stay strong and keep ignoring those work emails. You are on vacation, for heaven’s sake!
I’d intended to wear black licorice as well, as being both odd and a That Reminds Me from springpansy, but when I went over to the decant section Vetiver Pour Elle demanded to be worn. She’s usually so polite too…
Ooh you smell great. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned to you recently how much I still (!) enjoy that little decant.
My SOTD is VP Onda EDP. I’ve heard it described (probably here) as ancient Egyptian embalming fluid and that sounds about right.
I think Onda is the only one from Vero that I have not tried
A lemming was born just now
Wearing Lampblack today, a bit of brightness in a rather gloomy looking Friday. At least the grey skies have cut back on the heat we’ve been having lately.
Oh, that one was on my short list! You smell marvelous.
Wreathed in Lubin Kismet EDP today.
Balsam and vanilla.
I was blessed with good Kismet/luck with the visiting greyhound last night
He stayed overnight, and was a perfect puppy gentleman.
He is with my 2 boys today, seeing how things go.
Hopefully, he will be my perfect third grey.
PS: He gives smooches.
Furry smooches and belly rubs are two of the best gifts ever, both given and received.
Oh, he sounds so sweet. I think you’re in love with him already! ????
Puppy smooches? Sign me up!
I went with Bois Farine today and am very enjoying it! And spent the rest of my June perfume budget on the garage sale at Smell Bent… so hard to resist although it was very hard to pick as that line is very hit-or-miss with me.
Oh, forgot Bois Farine! Great pick.
Definitely an oddball!
I haven’t been able to following the blog for ages, so SOTD is a summer staple, vétiver pour elle, but reading the comments, I regret not wearing Manoumalia
Glad you got a break and could join in anyway!
I’m in Lonesome Rider. Probably not oddball enough for some, but it’s one of the most unique fragrances I have to choose from and was quite the shock and eye opener the first time I tried it!
I am loving those shoes and would like a paid in each color!
You smell fabulous!
You smell glorious. Love Lonesome Rider.
Hello all! I know I’ve been MIA for a while now. . . too busy with end-of-school and wedding planning, and some lingering health issues that I’m determined to tame into submission before celebrations next month! No SOTM, yet, but I *am* eathing toast with some of Kevin’s Rose Jam on it and drinking tea made from Jasmine Pearls, so that sort of makes me kindred, right?!
I have been having fun buying bits and pieces from around town for my attendant gifts–I’m making themed “Portland” baskets for them–quirky socks from Sock Dreams, tea from Tao of Tea, and single origin chocolate bars from Woodblock Chocolate, etc. This last one was a revelation for me! I hadn’t heard of any local chocolate manufacturing, and it was such fun to test the bars, cocoa nibs, and the like! Of course, everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve had to buy myself a little something, too.
*eating* toast. Not sure what “eathing” is. . .
Your Portland baskets are such a great idea, Marjorie Rose! Best wishes!
Thanks! I would welcome other suggestions! I have five more weeks to make the baskets complete. Too bad a growler full of local beer wouldn’t make it through TSA.
Would a gift card from a local brewery be a good idea?
Sock Dreams is amazing !
Yes. Two of my attendants semi-regularly buy and ship socks from them already, so they had to be on the list! I’d never gone in before, and it is a really fun shop. I decided to get cute socks to go with my wedding ensemble, and they were totally game to help me choose the best ones (or two, or actually, four, I guess! couldn’t decide on one of two pairs, so I bought both!).
There is nothing lovelier, in my opinion, then the scent of breakfast: tea +toast+jam. That needs to be a scent.
Traversee du Bosphore is missing the toast.
Jeux de Peau is missing the tea.
Hmm. I think you’re on to something!
Yes! I need to try both- and maybe combine…?
TdB is one of my easy, nearly-always-perfect scents. It strikes a good balance between being interesting and not-too-challenging. Suedey leather, apricot, sugared-something (without being too “pink”). No tea in there officially, but it always makes me think of it. Lovely.
Yay for Rose Jam! I love that stuff. And very good luck to you with the rest of the preparations!
(And adding — the rose jam goes great in yogurt too, if you are so inclined.)
Thanks, Robin! It was a lovely breakfast.
I eat Greek yogurt daily. I will have to try some with Rose Jam. I have to bake several dozen cookies for a memorial service in a few weeks, and I was contemplating make jam sandwich cookies for some of them. . . I wonder how the Rose Jam would fare, or if I’m better off with a more traditional strawberry?
Oh, interesting! Or, you could mix it with fruit — I like rose jam with fruit too. (I eat most of mine with yogurt, sometimes mixed also with grapefruit marmalade and/or a bit of fresh grapefruit juice.)
Ooh. Now I want to get all fancy and make them marmalade-rose sandwich cookies. . .
Rose jam toast and jasmine pearl tea sounds amazing! A scented morning feast.
It smelled better than the baked kale eggs I had yesterday.
Hey Marjorie Rose, I’ve been wondering how the wedding plans are going.
Woodblock Chocolate is opening a new factory right around the corner from me! In this case, the good news & the bad news is the same. But my neighborhood is going to smell great!
Oh, that *will* smell lovely! I fear I would eat a lot more chocolate, if it were me! Subliminal chocolate whiffies making me bake brownies, if nothing else.
Wow about Woodblock…another reason to go visit my brother. I should plan a party at his house (I have not told him yet) but unfortunately, he is another scent phobe (like mom) and we will all need to be on our best behavior.
No need to inform him until you’ve ironed out the details.
Maybe something from Powell’s as that to me is quintessential Portland. Good luck with the rest of the wedding planning and I hope your health issues get resolved soon. Have you decided on a wedding perfume?
Yes to Powell’s! I have plans to pick out a local book for each of them–Portland ghost stories to the one who adores Halloween, etc.
I am a bit torn on wedding perfume. I can’t decide how BEEEG I want to be. It will be July, after all. But I’m tempted to bathe myself in Nostalgie and figure folks can deal. I like the idea of a scent I know will last all day. (Option B would be a more warm-weather appropriate scent like maybe Lipstick Rose or Zeta?) In any case, it will be something I already own and love.
All of my truly oddball scents seem to be tucked away for winter, so I went with Mugler Cologne and its mysterious “S” note.
My vacation starts tomorrow! I spent much time dithering over which perfume(s) to bring, and eventually settled on my Atelier sampler pack. Enjoy the rest of June, everyone!
Have a wonderful vacation!
Where are you off to?
I have another Iunx to try after exercise classes today:
No. 05 L’Eau Qui Pique (Burning Water). So far, the line has ranged from wonderful to meh to can’t even smell it – nothing unpleasant.
BTW, I liked Iunx Splash Forte so much that I bought the travel spray via Shop France. The packaging and container are a delight. To use the cylindrical spray, you twist the two sections, and what appeared to be simply the top of the cylinder rises to reveal the sprayer. Elegant, impossible to spray accidentally, and no cap to lose.
Update: I can smell it, and it’s interesting. Slightly like Splash Forte, but woodier and almost camphoraceous. I sort of like, but not as much as Splash Forte. It might smell good on a guy, though. Will test again and maybe loan to a guy to test, too.
Oh, I should have worn covet!!! Instead I’m in another chocolate perfume from the 00’s, Missoni! Yes, the five-star head-scratcher that no one knew what to do with. I loved it before I read The Guide, and totally agreed with LT. Wish I had a back-up.
I guess that one was a head scratcher for me too — I just did not like it! Sorry you can’t find another bottle.
Wearing Byredo M/Mink for the challenge. I remember when I first smelled this at the Byredo counter and the SA was telling me the story of it. My husband and I were both shocked by how it smelled. Now, a few (hundred) perfumes and years later, I am not shocked. But I think this one would still be considered an oddball.
My husband said I smelled like I had a threesome with two bears when I tried it. I really like it, but only wear it when I know I’ll be inside all day.
What a wonderful description of a perfume!
HAHA, I love it!
I laughed loud enough to startle a cat when I read your description.
1) Am in Santal 33. Not quite anything in my collection of bits and bobs and vials. I can see very much why people would glam on to it,, though.
2) House stuff! So- I purchased my down and goose feather filled sofa from Craigslist for $550, painted my house for $150, semi conquered the hell strip and matchbox backyard for $50 (bargain gardening tools and self labor) bought window treatments for $70 in total and self installed, and now am about to buy used Natuzzi leather armchair + ottoman for $75- plus I stalled my ceiling fans myself ( I got them for FREE). I am on track for keeping my decor budget under $3000!
You go girl! You should have you own DIY TV Show????
Those shows are truly fascinating, aren’t they? They get you thinking about your own creativity – and wallet!
I will say this: Those shows leave out the hours of color comparison, the actual process of painting, the hours of weed pulling (so many weeds in such a small space) and moving furniture around on a hand truck on the train. Oy vey.
I’m very impressed!
Also, it took me 2 4 hour stints to weed my tiny yard that is mostly concrete, so very true about the “pre” part.
Congrats on the ceiling fan!! And your other projects. Home ownership is so rewarding.
My hubby and I almost killed each other putting up a fan; it was the equivalent of putting up wallpaper. The fan we installed has a remote control so the top of the fan has an extra heavy motor, and it was just plain awkward. I had surgery on my dislocated shoulder so had limited mobility and strength at the time but he seemed to forget that. Next time we will have someone else do it.
Thank you! It really does feel nice to have a well feathered nest.
Another thing I would tell people about home improvements and decor is to make sure you have plenty of back and shoulder strength. When I was done painting, for example, my back and shoulders were incredibly sore for a couple of days after, no joke. The ceiling fan was easier since my ladder could hold everything, but oy vey were my shoulders so sore!
I’m in complete awe of all of your
feats and your thrift!
Oh thank you! I am trying my best with being thrifty. What makes it work is 1) understanding that I have a budget 2) my time is free to me so i can put all the time I want into a project. 3) Doing design sketches also help with creating an aesthetic. Having a sketch really helps in designing the home.
Well done, I’m impressed! I’ve done curtains and painting, and the painting was possibly a step too far…
I am impressed with the DIY!
My SOTD is definitely my weirdest, Le Labo Patchouli 24. I do love it. Mmmm to the burned rubber. Was sniffing it just now and it reminded me of ether–I am indeed old enough to remember having anesthesia with ether as a little kid. Nothing like it and you never forget that smell. How come it’s so nice here? Or if not “nice,” at least arresting?
As a chemist, I’ve smelled ether many times (though not in the high concentrations at which it serves as an anesthetic). I love the nuttiness of ether!
When I tried that one, it really struck me as being VERY odd indeed. almost too much so- I did not even want a sample.
It smells to me like a wood fire, and I find it beautiful though I rarely want to put it on my body. Definitely an oddball compared to most of what’s out there!
Twins. The perfume that sent me down the rabbit hole in the first place. I didn’t know I wanted to smell like a sexy bonfire until I did.
Eventually I got an old PB off of eBay, but since I only ever need a spritz and a half, it should last a while.
Once, years ago, waiting tables outside on a warm summer night, I encountered a woman wearing it in quantity, a bold choice that was working for her–though admittedly I didn’t have to dine with her.
How funny! I also love it but wear it very seldom as it is kind of alarming. People around you ask “What’s that smell?” as if they worry that something is on fire!
I’ve never smelled ether before, but you smell great! Patchouli 24 is one of my favorite Le Labos.
Almost twins in intent? Patch 24 is definitely the weirdest scent I own. (I’ve got the older version with the dentist’s office note – later versions removed it.) But it it is just too humid today to wear that much vanilla.
But you smell awesome!
I thought of wearing my sampke if this one. It is odd. I never smelled ether but formaldehyde has crossed my mind with this one. Bacon and embalming fluid.
SotM = Dzing! an easy to love, gently leathery oddball
Will also wear a dab of Prada Purple Rain later today. Oddball Friday needs a little iris.
You smell lovely. Dzing! is great stuff.
aw, thanks. With those leather-caramel-toffee-apple notes I would have never dreamed I could enjoy Dzing! It is strangely comforting.
Probably the best of the oddballs! It is so wonderful it makes you wonder why there aren’t more like it.
More scents like Dzing! would be marvelous.
You smell great!
Dzing! really is an oddball, isn’t it? But it’s just so darned good! You smell great!
An obvious oddball for sure, I thought I’d have some company today. Perhaps Dzing! will get some more love tomorrow.
Thanks for putting some Dzing! in my fragrance life.
I’m wearing Jicky today. It’s an oddball in my collection because it’s the only “classic” full bottle I own. All of my other full bottles are of scents introduced in 1996 or later.
Jicky is wonderful! I tried to get my brother to wear it but he was convinced that anything with lavender had to be for old ladies–despite the fact I told him Cary Grant wore it!
Some of these classics are oddballs in the contemporary market in that they do smell really different and “odd” (though in a good way) compared to everything else out there.
Second this! But the classics smell “normal” to me since I’m a woman of a classic age!
You smell fantastic!
Plus, it was an oddball when it was released. You smell great!
My oddball of the day is…Replica Flower Market. It’s an oddball in my collection because even though it basically smells like every other generic floral, I actually like it and find that it feels comforting.
Hey, is anyone interested in splits of some of the SLs? I’m asking now because I don’t know if the cheap prices on fragrancenet etc. will last through to the next splitmeet. I was particularly thinking of Feminite du Bois or Arabie. I don’t need 50 ml of either, but I’d dearly love 10-15 ml.
I will put out there that if anyone is splitting Chene, I want in! I will break all of my current underemployment budget restrictions/no buy/whatever for that oddball. Apparently I like to smell like pencils.
Pardon me for not remembering but are you US? I’d be interested!
Yep, I am! I should have specified CONUS split in my initial email. If you (or anyone else) are (is) interested, please email me at ko bhatta at jee mayle dawt calm.
I have plenty of oddball choices and went with Au Coeur De Desert today. Forgot my work shirt in my mom’s car and she left to go somewhere. So now I am stuck wearing the old work shirt and hope I won’t get into trouble wearing it
The new uniform has the company logo and it is a black shirt. The old old one is beige with company logo on it.
You smell wonderful!
Nothing odd for me today. I’m wearing Narciso EDP. I wanted something comforting and comfortable for a long night at work. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
That’s a good one! Hope it keeps you going this evening…
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the fragrance I’m wearing today, vintage L’Heure Bleue EdT, is an oddball. How is it that something that smells so weirdly medicinal can also be so stunningly beautiful? (The more officially oddball fragrances I have decants of, such as Like This and Luctor et Emergo, aren’t things I felt like putting on, on this warm sunny June day.)
Speaking of L’Heure Bleue, what are your impressions of the vintage EdC? I typically pass on cologne concentration, but now I’m wondering if the vintage EdC might be a nice summer scent.
Oh dear! L’HB is one of my top 10 loves, but I’ve never smelled the EdC. Now you’ve created a giant lemming! :-p
I hear old colognes (anything with low concentrations of perfume oils) don’t hold up well over time.
I’ve got old bottles of both Mitsouko and Shalimar EdCs and they’re fine. So fingers crossed! But thanks for trying to talk me out of it.
I have multiple bottles of cologne concentrations from the 80s and older, all in good shape.
Not playing today, wearing Nuxe dry oil and the perfume.. not odd ball at all. Well, on second thought it’s odd when a body product scent becomes a perfume (anyone get to smell Nivea perfume?).
One of my speakers earlier this week wore stilettos onstage and I was quite impressed she pulled it off. This was a banking/Wall Street event, so not a very usual sight. I can’t get above kitten heal height these days.. and even that is a carry-in-the-bag-until-I’m-in-the-office deal.
Wait? there is a Nivea perfume?
For some reason my text-to-nose brain converter read this as “Noxzema” – now THERE would be an oddball fragrance!
LOL! I remember Noxzema! It used to really dry out my skin and have an odd odor for sure! Does it even exist anymore?
I used to love the smell of Noxema! Menthol and camphor or something.
There is a Nivea perfume!!!
Oddball, I’d say!
True…but I would probably like it
I think I would like Nivea perfume, too. I’ve tried to source it but it seems the only sure way is a trip to Germany.
I thought about wearing Manoumalia today – it’s the oddball in the BWF category – but made a last minute switch to Lone star Memories, which I find hard to categorize.
Tubereuse Criminelle today. I love the menthol notes, and I love tuberose in general. I don’t find it oddball but I know many people do.
You smell wonderful. I have a decant, and really want a FB of this one day.
TC was a potential pick for me today. You smell fabulous.
I started out intending to wear my sample of Chypre Mousse but decided it was too odd for work with all the damp dirt and ‘shrooms, but I do have a bit on my hand for surreptitious sniffs. I ended up in Andrea Maack Coven which is probably odd to the uninitiated but less so to me now. Dark, peppered green grass, a hint of dirt on a bed of boozy amber. Love! (TF Vert d’Encens reminded me if this when I first smelled it).
We are house twins.
I had to scroll back, but yes! I tried most of the AMs but my memory of them are fuzzy. Coven is the one that jumped out at me and got to come home with me ????
I was planning to wear Chypre Mousse, but realized too late that I’d put it away for the summer…
I used up a 1ml decant of Chypre Mousse, and can’t decide if I like it or not. It’s definitely not like anything else. And I certainly got my money’s worth out of the 1ml, a tiny bit goes a long way!
I love and have a FB of Coven, which I find similar, but a lot quieter.
Yeah, I’ll never need more than the 2 ml sample I have-and certainly not the 100ml bottle!
Not sure I want to wear it in public and I haven’t yet.
Chypre Mousse would have been my choice if we were to do this in late Fall or in Winter.
I wore Chypre Mousse yesterday and almost wore it again today. It is so loamy and strange, and I’m really drawn to it. I have a 5ml decant to use after my sample is gone, but I can’t imagine spraying it because it’s so potent! I’ll just continue to dab even from the spray bottle.
Wearing Noir de Noir today and I am eternally grateful to KellyC for introducing me to this one.
I almost said no to her kind decant offering b/c I was sure I had smelled it before w/ noir being just slightly ubiquitous w/ Tom Ford offerings…you know…Noir, Noir Extreme, Noir Pour Femme, Sahara Noir, Japon Noir…did I miss any?
The one I tested last night….Tom Ford Private Blend Jardin Noir Ombre de Hyacinth (that is a mouthful!)
I am SO glad you like it! Everyone has been so great helping expand my perfume horizons and so I like actually being able to do the same when I can ha!
Happy Friday All!
My SOTD is Nutmeg & Ginger by Jo Malone.
I always liked that one but never managed to get a full bottle. How does it wear in the hot weather? Somehow I associate it as a cool weather scent.
I’m wearing Tokyo Milk Marine Sel, kind of a salty floral-ish thing that does aquatic without the obnoxious calone/melon thing.
Laurel by CDG. (I put on ELDO Fils de Dieu from a sample vial at first, and then scrubbed it off as it was 1) not oddball at all, and 2) way too sweet to wear in this heat.)
How is it? I love the name, but it sounded awfully peppery.
Atelier Jasmin Angelique – ashes & jasmine is my oddball scent of the day
Wearing Cartier’s L’Heure Fougeuse, in all its weird and wonderful animalic-fresh glory.
Animalic-fresh? I didn’t even know that was possible!
SOTD: L’Artisan Voleur de Roses. Totally different from anything else I own, plus, I’ve never known anyone, including myself, who actually gets any rose from this. They were stolen…
I get a fair amount of rose for the first 1/2 hour or so, but beyond that it’s mostly dirt and patchouli.
Whew, I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets rose in there.
Well, then, I’m odd man out! It’s all patch and plum on me. I wish I got some rose.
I don’t really get any Rose either, so I’m totally with you. My mom really likes patchouli, so I talked her into buying a deeply discounted FB after she’d tried it and liked it. We probably have similar skin chemistry, but I smell all patch on both of us.
Wearing Pretty Machine since it’s the only linden-centric perfume I own. Of course, I find it odd that there are so few perfumes that even utilize linden since it’s such a pretty note
I lover the smell of linden trees blooming! Kevin reviewed a few last spring, And I bought a big bottle of the Pre de Provence one. Message me at: :::standing dawt armsakimbo ::: in geemale land if you would like some.
You should try the April Aromatics version.
I am wearing Dilettante, by Hiram Green.
Its gorgeous, this scent always makes me smile!
The only odd thing about this: its the only scent in my collection (including samples) that has a focus on orange/orange blossom.
…and scent of the evening is Incense royale, by sultan pasha attars.
It is one of my favourite incense scents. There is also a fair amount of woods in this! According to the notes list there are two sorts of oud oils in it.
It is such a happy fragrance, right? Nothing deep or dark, just a big, giggly rush of flowers. And that’s interesting about the orange blossom – usually, OB is a deal breaker for me. I’m not sure I noticed it when I tested it.
Krigler Lovely Patchouli 55. I wear this usually during the winter but had a crave for it today.
Krigler makes good quality perfumes. I have not seen it mentioned by anyone except you and Undina whom I know has a bottle.
I splurged on a bottle of this last winter. I first tried some samples and I also really like Kabarett Krigler 216. They are a lovely company and included a hand-written note with my order.
Heh, I went all Jersey on the SA at the Krigler kiosk at The Plaza…and this on my first meetup with NSTer ihadanidea as well as thegoddessrena. This used to be a Sniffapalooza destination but I guess they got tired of hordes of people visiting and not buying anything on the spot.
Happy Friday everyone!
SOTD is Majda Bekkali “Mon nom est rouge”. Oddball because I know little about the house, and the perfume notes looked OTT, so I had to try it (2ml sample from Roullier White in London).
Top: elemi, pink pepper, cumin, incense, geranium and rosewood;
Mid: cardamom, rose, cinnamon and ginger;
Base: cedar, sandalwood, amber, vanilla, musk, tobacco flower, labdanum, patchouli and tonka.
I love it! it’s warm and rich – just as well today’s weather was cloudy and neither warm nor cold. I love how the floral spicy and incense facets ebb and flow during the day.
At first I thought it was similar to Olibère “Escapade à Byzance” but I’ve got them side-by-side now. The Olibère is more saffron/ woodsy and the Majda Bekkali more floral and sweeter, although neither are outright sweet.
One for the shortlist I think! the bottles are beautiful too, although I will get the 50ml travel spray if I get anything at all. :^)
That one is nice. I think I have a smidge of a sample left somewhere. I like what I’ve tried from the line: Tulaytulah and Fusion Sacree Clair. Great bottles and the 50ml aren’t horribly priced. Underrated, IMO.
I must try a few more myself!
I haven’t tried any of the Majda Bekkali, but they are on my radar for future investigation. I’ve bumped them up the list after reading your post.
Wow, that really caught my eye because of the Turkish reference and because Orhan Pamuk’s novel My Name is Red is one of my all-time favorites. I have to think there is some connection. I’ve just been looking this up–that is a very funky-looking bottle and cap design. But the juice sounds intriguing.
I wondered if it was related to the novel,too. Many of his novels could inspire scents…Snow would be good
According to the blurb in Ausliebezumduft (FIF), the book was indeed the inspiration. :^)
Me three, on wondering.
Very late to the party! Love the oddballs everyone is posting! Perfume is SO MUCH FUN!!!!!
No oddball here, because I rushed out of the house to make up for oversleeping! But…had a few samples with me and now wearing Antidote. It’s marketed for men, so I had to look up the notes to remember why I bought it. MINT! (I’ve been exploring mint fragrances lately…..) I like it!
And I’m clearly not functioning well this morning – I just posted my comment on Thursday’s scent of the day – doh! So here it is again
Good morning everyone! My job is hectic and I’m not getting much opportunity to read NST over breakfast these days.
I think Kingdom is my most oddball perfume, but I don’t think I want to expose my hairdresser to that this morning I’ll save that for the evening and go with Trayee. Also unusual, but not so overwhelming.
It’s a cold morning here, but as the sun come up, I can see a clear blue sky. The nice soet of winter’s day.
I’m back in California now, but I loved that sort of day when I lived in Chicago–clear blue sky, a little snow on the ground, not too much wind, temperature between 15 and 20F. Hope you have a lovely winter.
My oddball scent for today is Louis Vuitton Mille Feux because I think raspberry and leather are a somewhat odd combination.
Happy Friday, and have yourselves a great weekend!
Sounds like something I might need to look into.. *adding to list*
I’m sort of a scent cousin in Traversée du Bosphore. Leather and cotton candy!
Today’s oddball is an old one from Borsari called Aqua Della Macchia Mediterranea, and I couldn’t find anything at all about it. Bought it blind several years ago, and I liked it enough to buy a (dirt cheap) back-up.
I’m pretty sure its dominant note is labdanum, since I looked up “macchia” and a couple definitions mentioned thicket or scrub. Maybe some bergamot and carnation too?
Wish I were near the Mediterranean today, since we seem to be stuck in early spring weather here.
Oh my, I vaguely remember that one from years ago when their Violetta di Parma was still more popular (or at least, more often mentioned) than it is now. I might have a mini of it somewhere.
Yes, I remember the Violetta being mentioned quite a lot.
Late to this, but my oddball fragrance today is Sweet Anthem Petra. They no longer make this and I wish I’d purchased a bottle while they did. It’s got smoky notes, rubbery notes, and a dash of cherry. Oddball indeed!
That sounds like an odd combo of notes!
Ha I almost wore this today too! I just ran out of time in the morning to find my solid. I love it and also wish I’d purchased a bottle. Poppy from SW was also an oddball contender.
I’ve been so busy at work today, I haven’t even had a chance to look at this blog until now. Nine hours ago before I walked out of the door to go to work, I spritzed on some Heeley’s Coco Bello completing forgetting about odd-ball perfume Friday. Coco Bello is a beachy scent with a coconut vibe and there’s nothing odd-ball about it. Probably my most odd-ball perfume is the discontinued MFK’s Absolue Pour le Soir but I wouldn’t have worn that on this hot day anyway.
Thanks for reminding me about APLS…I have a decant given to me by my “bestest” friend and today is the anniversary of our friendship so I think I might just wear one tiny spray tonight
My slightly odd SOTD = SL Fille en Aiguilles, from the sample stash.
I have learned today that this is not a warm weather scent for me. But it smells fantastic in February weather!
I agree it is a colder weather perfume. You smell wonderful!
I’m wearing Covet too. Another Marshall’s gamble.
SOTD = Lush 25:43
Had I not been somewhat familiar with the Bible, I would have tried to look for the bible verse. Odd in name and I also do not have anything like it in my collection except if I concoct something. Citrus, tonka bean, vanilla, indistinct flowers. An intense version may be achieved by layering Profumum Roma Acqua Viva and Dior Privee Feve Delicieuse.
– JJill fans: If a linen dress in size small fits me with room to spare (i.e. no sausage casing look going on here), the company has taken vanity sizing to new heights
– if you are thinking of trying the new limited edition matcha lemonade at Starbucks, don’t bother. It was this pukey green color and I spilled some on my shirt (which turned the blue to flourescent yellow) and on my purse (thank goodness it was my classic Coach purse which I was able to wipe off with a leather cleaner)
– some people are so addicted to their phones that they would risk their life tapping away than hold on to a pole while on a train that’s been known to make sudden stops. This woman standing behind me kept bumping into my shoulder until I shoved her (lightly) while turning around to glare at her. Ugh.
– If you are looking for a nice hostess gift for someone or want to stay ahead of Christmas stocking stuffer shopping, look no further than a he L’Occitane Summer Countdown Set posted in Daily Lemming earlier this week. The set is adorable in person and the minis are all excellent represantatives of the bath and body line
Lush 25:43 is a wonderful little oddball, isn’t it?
The JJill tip is making me wonder – I was just about to order a couple of linen tops, and now I’m wondering about sizing (I live in the hinterlands and have to order almost everything online; no trying on in person for me).
Sizing is all over the map. Since it reopened at a mall near me. Ever since it reopened late last year, I’ve bought several tops in S, M, L. The medium crew neck shirts were just right on the shoulders but were tight on the boobies and the large was just sloppy with the droopy shoulders. If the linen tops are anywhere near the sizing of the linen dress, I suggest going smaller, especially if you are getting sleeveless.
Love that Lush, I should have bought the 30ml but I have the 8? 10?ml. Live and learn.
They had samples of the matcha, and 2 coconut milk (one blackberry, the other lime and something pink?? can’t remember).
I resisted, but my companion said the pink tasted like bubblegum.
I can’t drink green stuff !!
Intact broccoli for me !!! LOL
Cheers hajusuuri !
I have the 9mL with an expiration date sticker stating 4/12/2014. It is still as fresh and as good as when I first bought it!
Taking note of no green drinks for Bear!
Thanks for the review on the Starbuck’s matcha lemonade. I was kind of interested in it, and it sounds like I should take a hard pass on it.
The good news is I used freebie drink points!
You know, I sniffed 25:43, but I’m pretty sure I never actually tested it on my skin. D’oh!????
Oh boo! And I wish I had enough to share for a spray sample.
D’oh! Lush! I have a little solid of Breath of God that would have been perfect for today! Maybe I’ll wear it tomorrow.
I think many from Lush qualifies…same with 4160Tuesdays which I’m surprised no one wore!
This was a tough topic for me, because I can usually make some sort of connection between anything and anything. (The human brain is both great and terrible that way.) I have some samples that could certainly be described as oddball (Gabriella Chieffo Ragu, anyone? Amouage Interlude Woman?), but samples don’t seem in the spirit of the project. So I ended up going with L’Artisan Traversée du Bosphore. Not my only L’Artisan, or even my only L’Artisan by Bertrand Duchaufour, but still not like anything else I own. Candy apple, cotton candy, and a strong undercurrent of leather–both the girliest thing I own, and kind of butch.
Happy Father’s Day to anyone who might be celebrating this weekend. My own father has expressed his wish to spend Sunday watching the College World Series and eating pie.
I rooted up a lot of contenders this morning but ultimately chose Phoenicia Perfumes Far NWest with notes of fir, caraway, cedars, skunk, and choya loban. It’s described on their site as such:
Another scent of memory with olfactory twists. Driving through the Olympic Rainforest at sunrise, the damp woods would beckon, smells of skunk and cepes would waft in and out of focus and the tires on dad’s Rambler would project a strong veil of rubber while we traversed the mountainous twists and turns of the journey home.
I think it’s great fun and from a sample, was not too much for the office.
Skunk, mushrooms, and rubber. Better you than me!
It’s been fun reading everyone’s interpretation of oddball. I’ve been off line for a week exploring the more western part of the Loire. I brought pretty and beautiful, and wore Sweet Redemption on Friday. Not very odd, but I think one of the more distinctive fragrances in the Œuvre Noir collection.