Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit! It's July, and we have four questions. As always, answer as many or as few as you like, or just talk about something else.
1. What's the best new scented thing you discovered in June? It can be anything, from a flower to a fragrance to a body product.
2. What new scented thing do you hope to discover in July?
3. Now that the year is about half over, what do you think is the best new fragrance release of 2017 so far?
4. Share something wonderful with us! It can be anything — good news you received recently, something delicious you ate, the latest TV series you binged — really, anything.
Note: The Knitted Rabbit Dog Toy ("If your dog enjoys attention to detail then this soft Knitted Rabbit Dog Toy from Mungo & Maud will have them hopping with joy. From the floral fabric design on the ears to the charming facial features, this toy is the ultimate snuggle bunny.") is $37 at Mungo & Maud.
Happy Canada Day! In honour of the day, I will wear Claude-André Hébert’s À L’ombre des clochers.
Oh, happy Canada Day! I did not remember to check holidays this morning, my apologies.
Same to you! Just got back from the parade in Montreal. Vive le Canada!
1. This may sound strange, but my favorite record label collaborated with a soap maker and put out this delightful soap called Ephemera. It’s solid black and has notes of balsam, vinyl, geranium, and black pepper. The packaging is so cool (with silver ink on black cardboard) and inventive. Each pack contains two bars and to open it, one pulls apart the perforated middle. My boyfriend did not enjoy using it in the shower but it’s been great next to the sink.
2. I want a fun new toothpaste. I know I have options but I haven’t decided on which to try.
3. I’ll be honest, I almost never smell perfumes the year they come out. I guess I am loving the reissued CdG Eau de Cologne, though.
4. I’ve decided to give up sugar! I’ve realized my addictive nature makes sugary things too tempting and is putting me off track with my goals. I’m a bit nervous going in but I think it will be the best for my body in the long run!
As always, I’d love to hear your answers, Robin.
Congratulations on your #4! Mr. G and I are halfway through a two-month ban on sugar, carbs and alcohol, and we both feel much better for it. My own demon is tortilla chips – can’t stop once I start.
I JUST FINISHED A BOWL OF TORTILLA CHIPS. Like minutes ago. I too am a carb addict, and (except for today’s little Canada Day extravagance) we’ve recently cut sweets and added sugar out of our diet. Bread, though: that’s a lost cause. There will always be bread.
Ohhh, bread. Toast! Ooh, FRENCH TOAST!
I’m with you there. Chips and salsa are culture here in Texas. My favorite snack by far.
I have given up sugar recently and it’s going very well so far. It’s been about 5-6 weeks. I still use some honey on my breakfast yogurt and I eat small amounts of berries or fruit – though not typically every day. There have been a couple of splurges for special occasions, but for the most part I can avoid sweets without feeling deprived. It’s to the point now that I don’t really want sugar anymore. If I do have something sweet it tastes REALLY sweet. I have lost a little bit of weight too. Yay! Just bring a bottle of water everywhere you go. Drinks without sugar can be hard to come by when you’re out and about. Good luck. You can do it!
I’m not worried as much by sweets (though I definitely overindulge!) so much as processed grains. My easy dinner is white rice with a bit of veggies. Gonna have to buck up and buy brown rice, I guess.
I’ve been thinking about going sugar/sweetener free just to see how I feel – please let us know how the project goes! I wish you success with it.
I will. I feel very brave on Day 1 but I know I’m in for a cold shower eventually.
Hey, #4 is on my “you should have started this months ago” list. The last couple of weeks I have avoided all concentrated sweets because sugar is the work of the Devil and I have been a willing disciple until recently. Had a talk with my MD, my clothes are tight, and my neighbor said, “Wow! You really gained weight!” Talk about any eye opening statement. No spin plus loads of cookies, ice cream, and cake add up to misery. Sugar, I’m breaking up with you! ????????
He’s a chunky monkey himself, so I wasn’t offended. Plus, it’s true! Kinda hard to be angry with reality, especially when that reality is of your own making.
You are so nice! And realistic. I like to believe no one but me knows how fat I am. Fantasy, I know!
I support you! At my work, we always have fabulous cookies. I just can’t stay away! I keep packing on the pounds though, so I need the change.
Yes, easy access is the number one way to get on the path to ruin. It’s really hard to say “NO!” when you are surrounded on all fronts.
So far so good but I was severely tempted by some pita at dinner tonight.
I am in the same boat as you – I have to give up sugar and all sweets. I loooove Noosa yogurt but that’ had so much sugar. I now buy Siggis, and that’s low sugar and sodium. My neighbors have invited me to walk in the mornings with them!
Oh, that’s great! I think planning with others makes one more compelled to make the effort and follow through. I never heard of Noosa and now I’m afraid to look it up! I love yogurt, but my MD is also trying convince me that after sugar, dairy is the next great work of the Devil! What’s a gal to do? Live on dog kibble?! BTW, I just emailed you????
I’m not a yogurt person but I absolutely understand the struggle. I don’t know what I’m going to snack on at coffee with my friends. Have to start roasting my own nut mix!
We’ve given up sugar and simple carbs as well. It’s not easy, but you’ll find you have more energy, and no sugar crashes.
Good to hear. Right now the benefits seems sort of nebulous.
Oh, hope you will let me steal that soap for a daily lemming? It looks so cool!
1. Some little white flower that was blooming on a not-very-attractive plant in the conservatory at Longwood Gardens. I took note of the name because it smelled so good but of course I’ve already forgotten it.
2. The best perfume of 2017, because honestly I can’t think so far of what it might be! Looking forward to all of your answers.
3. See #2.
4. I am leaving on vacation and I’m quite ready to leave on vacation. I am very much looking forward to lobster roll, although that’s not until the second week, and when I get home it should be just about peach season in PA. Plus, loving so many great TV series this summer: Broadchurch 3, Twin Peaks 3, and nice to see Grantchester again. I am trying not to think about my son leaving for college, but meanwhile I am pleased I managed to raise him to college age and that he in fact got into the college of his choice. Changes!
Ooh! A new season of Broadchurch?! Yay!
And the first episode was really good, although upsetting. I did not adore season 2.
Yes. I found the first season so moving and heartbreaking! I watched the second season, and it had moments, but not the same gut-wrenching impact.
Ahh, lobster rolls. I was thinking about them recently, and about possibly making some, as there are none to be had where I live.
Congrats to both you and your son. Hope his first year of college goes well.
I have never had a lobster roll.
This seems like something I should rectify in this lifetime!
Oh you must. But you’ve got to wait until you get just the right lobster roll!
Yes — it matters. Bad is bad.
I assume they are best found in New England? We have dreams of doing an East Coast driving trip some day.
I live in Nova Scotia – You can get some darn perfect lobster rolls here if you ever come to visit.
Best in New England, best eaten outside by water
Thank you Kpaint!
Yay for happy changes! When back to school time arrives I’ll need to carry kleenex all day long.
I adore the Grantchester actors. Enjoyed the first episode of the new season very much.
Yay for Grantchester! We really enjoy that one.
Yes, feel free! They’re beautiful in person.
I’m glad you’re getting your vacation soon.
I’m so so so excited to start Twin Peaks 3, but I don’t have Showtime. I’m very close to buying a subscription though, just for it. Have you enjoyed it so far?
It is more violent on Showtime than it was on network TV, which I don’t like (& so I am fast-forwarding through certain parts), but otherwise, I am enjoying the weirdness, and it is likewise weirder on Showtime than it was on network TV. Plus, just fun to see all these characters again. Also true that today, anything you don’t “get”, you can figure out because now there is an avid internet that has already figured it out for you.
oh wow to number 4!!! Please let us know how it goes…sugar is my downfall as well (hey, what do you expect from “chocolate marzipan”?) but I would love to wean myself off of it…wonder if going cold turkey is the best way for me to do it.
If you eat a lot of sugar, cold turkey might not be a good idea! You will literally go through withdrawal symptoms.
Oh yikes! That is kind of how it is when I take myself off of caffeine (wicked migraines for a week)…OK I will have to do it slowly then…thanks for the advice..oh and enjoy your vacation! and congrats on your son getting into the college of his choice….be prepared for feeling out of sorts when he leaves.
Thank you! And I am already intermittently out of sorts about it. I will be a wreck in August.
You will…but don’t worry it gets better…you survive and they survive and they (and you!) become all the more stronger for it
and DO enjoy the time you have with him now!!! Once they experience independence coming home and being home becomes a bit more challenging.
I’m going cold turkey. Same way I quit smoking back in the day. It’s not easy. I just had to go weed whack to prevent myself from taking a ride to the ice cream shop. Sadly, it’s only about a block away. I have even changed my driving route because I’m like Pavlov’s dog- I see the sign, and I start drooling. So sad ????
You are brave….and I applaud you
I might cut out the sweets first and then slowly decrease the honey and fruits.
Not brave at all, just kinda desperate to get back into my clothes and feel like me again. I still eat fresh fruit, but avoiding “baked” goods, ice cream, and the other usual suspects that make my 52 year old self wider. Announcing it here to hold myself accountable ????
Please explain “going weed whack”. All I can think of on the spur of the moment is smoking oneself silly on marijuana — not beyond the bounds of possible, but probably a bit unlikely on a health kick?
(I am transatlantically challenged and did eventually figure out “going commando” by myself so I reckon I’m owed one here.)
the power tool utilized to ‘whack the weeds” is often called a “weed whacker”
Go weed whack means going out in the yard with a trimming device and cutting down weeds. It’s a long-handled machine with a length of plastic cord which whips in a circle and cuts the plants. Maybe try google images for “weed whacker”.
Haha! Pretty sure Mary Jane gives you the munchies, which is exactly what I’m trying to avoid. CM8 and Caz have explained weed whacking well ????
Thank you all
I was imagining far too naughty things (in my defence, I had been primed by “going commando”)
I feel fine so far but admittedly I’m probably only about 90% less sugar and simple carbs. I had a few bites of a rice pilaf tonight. Not one sweet in two days though! That in itself is a feat for me.
2. Marvis licorice toothpaste. Lovely black and foil packaging, like your soap colours. And great flavour.
Thanks for the tip! I love licorice and even better, my boyfriend does not! He’s a much bigger product waster than I am. ☺
Good luck with the sugar thing. My husband eats almost no sugar and very few carbs so I don’t keep that stuff in the house. Just shift your attention to cheese! Just as tasty IMO and fat is no longer bad for you ????
My body hates dairy sadly (I adore cheese!). I’m planning on making good use of healthy fats, though, since coconut milk curry is my favorite veggie meal ever.
Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit! Happy July!
1. I think my best scented discovery last month was Berdoues Collection Grands Crus. Especially Vanira Moorea.
2. I’d love Aedes did personal wash line (especially in Cierge de Lune scent)
3. I vote for Jul et Mad Fugit Amor.
4. Chemist in the Bottle turns 5 today!
A bit of a stormy day today so I decided that Bois d’Iris from Van Cleef & Arpels will suit me well.
Congratulations Lucasai! Many more successful years to come!
Thanks a lot
Congrats to CitB!
Congratulations to you for 5 years of Chemist in the Bottle!
Congrats on your blog birthday! A perfect excuse for a new bottle, right?
Wow! 5 years! Congratulations!
Congrats Lucas on your blog anniversary!
and yes to discovering Berdoues!
Happy birthday to Chemist in the bottle!
Happy 5th anniversary!
Congratulations – five years have passed quickly!
Congrats, love the blog btw
Congrats to you! Keep going!
Happy 5th blogoversary! Congrats!
That’s a great number! Congratulations, Lucas!
RABBIT RABBIT RABBIT!!!!
1. The smell of Linden Blossoms in Central Park..very strong this year.
2. More Claus Soap
3. Tenue de Soiree
4. I saw Beguiled, Coppola’s latest flic. First half is very slow…second half very gothic. Sophia Coppola meets Stephen King…
Two thumbs up. Nicole Kidman was flawless…
I have been binge watching Justified.
SOTD Songes, I recently got a compliment on the street while wearing this “heated flesh” beauty.
Oh, would I love to smell those Central Park lindens! I wonder if that’s what my neighbors have in their yard that smells so good… Will have to investigate.
I LOOOOVE the smell of Linden tree blossoms!!! Reminds me to go take a stroll in Laurelhurst park soon to give them a sniff. . .
Love, love, love Justified! In fact, I’m jealous of you seeing it all for the first time.
That linden is crazy strong!
Justified is good. I am currently binge watching the Good Wife. And to me lovestosmellgood=Songes….will never look at that fragrance again without attaching your name to it You smell great!!!
Oh and my childhood friend just gave me her empty bottle of Petite Cherie in the 3.4 oz size which I am happy about!
Thank you, it is my summer scent!
ha but it might very well turn into your signature scent as I think it would smell beautifully year round…and I love this idea of your two little ones associating that scent with you.
Yes, you are right
That would be a beautiful association <3
I can’t wait to see The Beguiled. The original is one of my all time favorite creepy movie memories from childhood.
Clint Eastwood was my man back in the day. THE perfect man, in my 12 year old opinion. I had posters of him on my walls including a huge black and white where he’s his scruffy western best, cheroot dangling dangerously. I just can’t bring myself to go see the new Beguiled. I feel like I’d be cheating on my man!
Just smelt some last reminants of linden in Italy. Hopefully will be able to smell some more here further north.
Justified is a great show. If you enjoy Walton Goggins in it, you should definitely give The Shield a watch if you haven’t seen it. His performance is stellar and in general that’s one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.
1. Majda Bekkali “Mon nom est rouge” was great. Also the linden trees in Düsseldorf – never smelt it before.
2. My birthday is coming up and TOMK wants to get me some perfume. Torn between the Bekkali above, the BeauFort London travel pack (check it out, love the leather roll), or a set of 3 MCG 15ml bottles.
3. No opinion.
4. I am lying in the sun enjoying the annual festival in our local park. Check out CoCoMAD online for a flavour. :^)
#2 Why not all?
That leather roll is to die for, but I am with hajusuuri here!
Happy bday (early )!!!!
Happy early birthday! I wish you luck in whittling down your perfume gift choice
1) There’s an Australian line of fountain-pen inks called Blackstone which has a line of six scented inks: they were recently launched in Canada, and I couldn’t choose so I ordered all six of them. I’m currently using Blue Gum, which has a soothingly medicinal eucalyptus-like scent. (It doesn’t last on the page but you can smell it while you’re writing.)
2) I hope to discover that Uncle Serge has finally come to his senses and released all his fragrances in 15-mL bottles. ALL of them. I can dream.
3) I don’t believe I’ve smelled a single new release all year. Nothing comes to mind, at any rate.
4) This video about how rich 18th-century ladies got dressed is completely astonishing. It just keeps going, layer atop layer upon layer. No wonder they had to have a couple of lady’s-maids to help them! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpnwWP3fOSA
I’m fascinated with those “how ladies of the past got dressed” videos! Some time ago I subscribed to a Youtube channel called “PriorAttire,” and the videos are amazing to watch.
Love your #2 – I’ll dream with you.
Count me in! 15 ml bottles should be mandatory !
Wow! Thanks for sharing the video. I complained only last weekend that women’s shoes were clearly designed to hamper our abilities to be independent. . . It’s a fashion tradition with a long history! It is such a beautiful look, and I am grateful it is not expected of me.
Imagine some cultures that require physical manifestation of beauty like bound feet and elongated necks achieved through unnatural restrictions.
I’ve read a number of novels that focused on foot binding of women, actually very young girls, in 1800s China. Sad, lifetime of pain for such so-called beauty.
#4- I would like to know what the entire outfit weighs..I think the weight of all that material would topple me over
Shoot me now! I don’t even have the patience to blow dry my hair, not to mention all this! Nope, I would have been deemed a witch and burned at the stake for gallivanting around in my birthday suit.
Yeah same here. I never blow my hair (I like nice clothes though, but I like light fabrics. And I dont like a lot of layers. In 18th century that would’ve made me a witch too…or whore hahaha)
Have you tried these? Dinky little bottles.
I have tried them! One of the five in my set had what they call in the fountain-pen world SIB, or slime in the bottle, and so was unusable (it’s a mold issue that happens from time to time), but it was the apple-scented green one that I never would have used anyway. The rose and lavender are quite nice, but frankly De Atramentis makes better scented inks.
Just ordered some Blackstone perfumed ink and a fountain pen…I think perfume people and fountain pen people share a lot in common
#2, #3, #4, yes yes yes!
#saturdaylibrarian here, wearing No. 5 L’Eau.
1). Arielle Shoshana’s new scent! Love it.
2). Bought some new soaps and lotions from the above’s boutique but haven’t trued them yet. Hoping to love.
3). See #1
4). My husband made pizza last night and it was so good right out of the oven, I burned my mouth all up and I don’t even care. Worth it.
You smell great! I agree with your #1
My husband made pizza last night too, and I did the exact same thing because I couldn’t wait three minutes. No regrets!
I have to ask: does anyone have a dog who “”enjoys attention to detail”? Sounds more feline to me. That said, that’s one cute dog toy.
Thank you! That cracked me up. But maybe someone here will say that indeed their dog enjoys attention to detail.
LOL. I think humans should be more conscious of what they are buying….for kids. My sister once gave our niece a squeaky soft-toy snowman where one side was rubbery and the other side was like Berber carpet. Said niece and toy became inseparable. I wanted the toy to be gone (eh, it was making too much noise) and I happened to look at the tag. It was a dog toy! My sisters were horrified but I was able to convince them that it was not safe for kids to be playing with dog toys.
The only “detail” my dog likes is in her food bowl. She likes A LOT of details in her bowl! ????
Finally remembered rabbit rabbit rabbit, but only because the first thing I did upon waking was pick up the ipad and see Robin’s reminder. Next thing I did was spritz on some Cristalle EDT, so that’s my SOTM. Poll answers:
1. I discovered a new layering combo – Marni Rose with JM Wood Sage and Sea Salt. It’s like beach roses. Someone here suggested Lostmarc’h Iroaz as an alternative, and I tried and liked that too, but sampling from STC appears to be the only way I can get my hands on that – FBs are elusive.
2. I really want to find something new to love in July, but have no ideas at present. Will be reading others’ posts today for inspiration.
3. I don’t think I’ve tried a new release in the year it was released, ever. I always seem to be a year or two behind (when I’m not obsessing about some fabulous vintage thing).
4. Copper River salmon! Mr. G made it for dinner last night – so delicious!
I suggest trying Ariele Shoshanna. You can order a sample with free shipping. I bought the maximum (4) that still qualified for free shipping.
Its a great scent!
Well, it does come highly recommended around here – I’ll make it a July priority!
Annick Goutal Grand Amour EDT was my June purchase and I really like it. We have an overgrown honeysuckle in full bloom in the garden and it has some of the same heady sweetness. For July, I’ve ordered samples of Carnal Flower, En Passant and Lys Mediterranée so looking forward to trying them properly.
It hasn’t quite been released yet byt I’m very keen to try Papillon Dryad.
Hmm, I’ll have to try Grand Amour again. I love honeysuckle, too, but didn’t pick up on it when I’ve worn GA in the past – or any “heady sweetness” for that matter.
Looked up Dryad and am now lemming hard. Sounds like just my kind of scent.
I have to try GA again
I read Portia’s review on Perfume Posse and found a new bottle for £35 on eBay- it seems to be just with discounters here now. I do like it a lot.
Going over to read that now..
My SOCD (scent of Canada Day) is Hummingbird because Zoologist is the only fragrance company I know that is Canadian. I saw a meme on Facebook saying something to the effect that the most Canadian word is not eh (we don’t really say it THAT much), not sorry (sorry) but WELCOME and that makes me happy, grateful, strong and free.
You got me thinking: ARE there any other Canadian fragrance companies? And there are! Fashion designer Alfred Sung, most famously, has a decent-sized catalogue (his namesake scent was a big huge deal in the mid eighties) but also Lise Watier (Neiges is her most famous scent), Michel Germain (who did the endlessly flankered Sexual collection, among others), The 7 Virtues, and natural perfumer Ayala Moriel.
Mmm, I like Neige, and some of the 7 Virtues are really nice too. I did not know Michel Germain was Canadian! I guess I should have said that Zoologist is the only Canadian perfume company whose products I own at the moment, Thanks for the interesting information!
Libertine is Canadian, I believe. The 1000 Flowers gal grew up in Canada, although she’s now based in Grasse.
Ha, this is the perfume version of “Spot the Canadian” when watching TV/movies…
And the Byredo guy is half? Canadian. (That sounds like a contradiction of terms, actually.)
I have one more: Monsillage I believe is a Canadian company.
Hiram Green is out of the Netherlands but originated from Canada.
Yes, the Monsillage brand is here in Quebec.
Thanks for the Canada Day reminder, and to celebrate, this:
cute! hoops and yoyo are adorable, and donuts are yummy.
If I am not mistaken I thought Jessica September Buchanan was Canadian (her company is 1000 Flowers). She is an artisanal brand that makes one of my top ten fragrances, Reglisse Noire.
OOps, AnnieA said the same above-LOL!
Can’t think of anything scent-wise that I discovered in June. I did pull out some bergamot body butter today to mix with my regular body lotion, and it smells great.
For 2/3 I haven’t tried Arielle Shoshana’s new scent but I want to soon. You all seem to love it.
A taste sensation I tried in June was a splurge from Big Spoon Roasters – their Almond Cocoa butter. (No connection to me) So delicious. I tried it on apple slices yesterday, and it was sooooo good. Less sugar and more protein than most nut butters.
Thanks for the almond butter tip. I eat a few whole almonds or a bit of almond butter almost every day. The varieties from Big Spoon Roasters look delicious, and there’s a retailer that stocks them near me.
Oh, I should find my bliss bergamot body lotion…
1. Naja edp.
2. I’d like to discover a full bottle of Naja on my doorstep, wherever that may be.
3. Naja edp.
4. Looking forward to hitting the road! Also, my housing situation has turned out better than expected.
Hey, do you like Naja EDP:). Also, glad the housing situation worked out
Yes, I do like it a whole lot. *sigh*
Good luck on the Naja!
1. New scented thing of June: Method Ginger Tea hand soap! OMG it smells sooo good. Best cheap hand soap I’ve ever come across.
2. New scented thing of July: Well, our balcony garden is doing quite well. We have a big hanging tray of herbs that smells amazing, and our tomato leaves reek magnificently, and our Intrigue roses smell like Fruit Loops. Perhaps we will have a couple more fragrant additions to our plamily! Jasmine does quite well around here.
3. Best new release: I am not equipped to answer this question, I think. I don’t know nearly enough. I’m quite fond of Galop–was that this year? And those l’Artisan Parfumeurs in the bee bottles that I hear so little about smelled pretty spectacular.
4. Something wonderful: Hmm…this is a toughie. It feels like there is little good in the world right now. Something moderately wonderful in my personal life is that I’m adjusting well in my new job and also to living with the boyfriend. I was worried that I enjoyed living alone too much to be ok with living with the boyfriend again, but things have worked out. Another wonderful thing is that I smell spectacular in Champagne de Bois.
Totally get your #4! Mr. Spicebomb and I were discussing this very thing last night–we both were pretty happily independent, so moving in together was a real test. Would our lives feel better with another person in our space? I love living alone in so many ways, but I am happy to discover that I don’t mind sharing my life with someone, either. Hope it all works out well for you as well!
Yes. I’m an introvert and need and value time alone. But I love being married, with the best part being that I get to see and spend time with my hubby every single day.
This gives me hope. I need my alone time and this was an issue in my last relationship. It sounds like it just needs to be with the right person.
Don’t give up hope! I am an introvert as well, and while Mr. S is NOT, he is very independent and happy to go out with friends to get some of his social energies expended. He does not take offense at my needing my “me time” pretty much every day after work. . . it amazes me still! I keep waiting for it to become an issue, but two years of living together, and it’s just gotten easier over time!
As a divorced person, I’d say that sounds about right. My alone time from my ex-husband needed to be permanent.
Thanks I could do with a bit more time for myself. I’m still working on that!
Ooh, must look for that hand soap!
I am lemming the hand soap!
YOU do indeed smell spectacular!
Those L’Artisan’s are really good and I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about them! They are pricey, but so much is these days. I have Violaceum 2 and love it and also love the vetiver one, the name of which I am forgetting. And the bottle is awesome.
Glad that job and life are settling in so nicely for you!
I loved Mirabilis 60 – the Amber/ incense combo is incredible. It’s my “I want this for Christmas, please” bottle.
Oh yes, that one is good too. As is Venenum. Oh dear.
Those are the two I want most! But I think I sniffed four of them (not sure how many there are total) and adored them all.
1. Not so much a discovery as a long-awaited fruition–in any case, I planted my garden 3-4 years ago with many scented plants, wanting it to smell lovely back there. This year, the garden is really looking mature, and it smells WONDERFUL! In June, there is a big Jude the Obscure David Austen rose (spicy fruity rose), lavender, star jasmine, and even a bit of the herbal scents from rosemary and oregano. Wish I could bottle it up!
2. I have done little sampling this year, and don’t plan on doing any between now and the wedding . . . unless wedding guests want to go play together at Fumerie, that is . . . However, I will have to decide on a wedding scent. I’d be curious how folks would make such a decision themselves! I will not be buying something new, so it’s about choosing which of my beloved scents to keep me company that day.
The short list right now:
Vintage Chanel edc (circa 1960 or so): this is classic and the dry down is beautiful for hours and hours. It sits close to the skin, even in warm weather, but still has enough presence to be soothing.
SSS Nostalgie: I love how this one blooms in warm weather! It would last all day and it stays interesting. I also know for certain that I will smell differently than any of my guests.
FM Lipstick Rose: I wore this on my first date with Mr. Spicebomb. It is pretty, distinctive, and lovely in summer.
Tauer Zeta: This has been my summer go-to since I discovered it. I would likely need to reapply half-way through the day, as it does not last as long as the others, but while it’s there, it makes me smile!
Le Labo Lys 41: I discovered this one in December, and I think I’m addicted to it. I could happily wear it and it would feel like a no-brainer. It also has longevity problems, though. Makes me consider FM Tuberose Criminelle instead, which would definitely last all day! I’m just not sure if I want my scent to be that present.
4. It’s berry season in Oregon! Three weeks ago, I picked two flats of Hood strawberries and gorged myself on them. Two weeks ago, it was more Hoods and a flat of Meeker raspberries. This week, the strawberries are done, but now there’s the wonderful Tulameen raspberries (larger and more pungent), early blackberries and blueberries! I eat as many as I can for 5 days and freeze the rest. Love eating this time of year.
The only redeeming quality of summer is berries and watermelon. I could live on the two things quite happily! And your garden sounds smashing????????
Yes! to watermelon.
Ah, but I’m a watermelon curmudgeon! Bring back the seeded varieties with REAL flavor!!!
I agree! Definitely not the same flavor
My vote is for Zeta. Such a lovely perfume.
I vote for Lipstick Rose, especially since they now sell clutch-sized individual travel sprays. It’s meaningful to your relationship, and it doesn’t have the lasting power issues that you described with some of your other options. (An appropriate metaphor for the marriage, no doubt!)
Lipstick Rose is my emphatic choice!! Not just for the scent itself (which I quite like), but also for its sentimental attachment. The beginning and end of dating Mr Spicebomb. Also, FMs stick around and evolve so nicely.
Lipstick Rose is my choice for you too, Marjorie Rose, for the reasons that the others stated. For my wedding, I was working for a major French perfume firm, so I had to make a choice between the one of theirs that I loved and the first scent I smelled on a customer when I began my perfume career. I chose the latter and I’m glad I did because it is still my favourite perfume (Jessica McClintock) and the former is now a bit too sweet for my nose.
Jessica McClintock is gorgeous and a perfect wedding day scent!!! One of the produce people at my supermarket wears that as it is her signature scent and every time I see her I tell her how good she smells!
On wedding perfume, just make sure it’s something you’re comfortable in. Wedding day is stressful enough without squirming in an uncomfortable scent. Oh, and if your wedding will be outdoors, make sure the scent doesn’t attract insects. Last summer I discovered that bees LOVE vintage Silences.
Yes, I wondered about the bees! Sounds like I need to do some gardening in each scent and test them out.
I would pick Lipstick Rose for all the meaningful reasons you mentioned.
there is a rose named after a Thomas Hardy novel?
Wow it is GORGEOUS…that peachy color! Jude the Obscure is my favorite Hardy novel.
It is beautiful- quite fancy petals that almost remind me of a peony.
Ditto on the wow gorgeous. I want one.
1. New for June… I discovered Perfumer H while on vacation in London. Lots of nice things to sniff there.
2. New for July… hoping to get to Mandy Aftel’s curiousity shop.
3. Best new fragrance of 2017… hmm. Well, I’m not quite sure when things are released. A couple that I’ve tried and liked which I’m sure are from this year are Mirus Ceremony and Tom Ford Vert de Fleur. I can’t say I’ve been knocked out by anything, though.
4. Something wonderful… I finally got the promotion that was denied last year! Woo hoo! So now I am a ‘fellow’, or so my employer tells me. Ha.
Congrats, that’s wonderful news!
That’s awesome! Congrats!
Congratulations!! What does that mean in terms of workload?
Good for you, congratulations!
Congratulations on the promotion!
Congratulations on your promotion!
Congratulations, Fellow Pixel!
Excellent news on the promotion! Congratulations!
Oh yay, congrats to you!
1. Not sure if it’s my favorite thing from last month, but I got a sample of Verb Sea Spray (for hair) in my beauty box and it smells VERY similar to Calyx. If anyone out there loves sea spray products AND Calyx be sure to check this one out!
2. I’d love to find a candle that smells like classic cologne (4711, etc.)
3. I tried SIXTEEN92’s Bruise Violet (I think it might be a 2016 release) because it won a big olfactory award (can’t remember which one) and found it very unique. My favorite discovery so far this year is Heeley’s Iris de Nuit, which is not new.
4. My parents moved to my area (from across the country) this spring, and while there are downsides to this, I am enjoying the free babysitting . . .
Happy weekend all!
Iris de Nuit is lovely. Hope it works out well with your parents!
Ack to number one…you have created a lemming for me!!!! I love Calyx!!!
You should give this a try! I’m never quite sure what these sea sprays are supposed to be doing for my hair, but at least this one smells great.
I can’t figure out if I like Bruise Violet or not, but it is definitely a presence, right?
I’m not sure if I like it either. I don’t get violet specifically, more waxy dark flowers with some citrus and spice. I enjoyed trying it, though!
Yes waxy for sure. There are some others from the line I really liked although I am not remembering what now. Not so helpful.
They sent me a freebie with a circus-y name – it was also very waxy, like a spicy bayberry candle.
1. I really like the headiness of Durga.
2. Need to try Andy Tauer’s new scent.
3. I’m really bad at sampling ‘on time.’ Did Tom Ford’s Vert series come out this year? If so, then Vert d’Encens.
4. If anyone lives in the Chicago area, I can recommend a great new veggie-focused restaurant, Clever Rabbit. They have an amazing crudite platter that is almost too beautiful to eat.
I want to thank everyone for yesterday’s kind wishes for my sick kitty. Unfortunately, we didn’t learn anything definitive. It looks like she has lymphoma, but that doesn’t show up as a solid mass on an ultrasound. She has an enlarged spleen, liver, and fluid in her abdomen. and she’s both jaundiced and anemic. They put her on steroids and we’re taking it a day at a time right now. If the steroids don’t make her feel a little better, we’ll have to consider saying goodbye. I just don’t want her to suffer.
So sorry to hear about your kitty. Hoping the steroids help????
So sorry your kitty is so sick. Hope the steroids end up helping.
Poor kitty I’m so so sorry.
Sending positive thoughts for a good response to the steroids.
I’m so sorry.
Poor kitty and poor you. I hope things improve.
Oh, poor little miserable kitty.
So sorry to hear it wasn’t better news. Hopefully the meds will have a positive effect.
I am so sorry. Let’s hope the steroids positively work for her. Hugs.
Sending healing thoughts for kitty and her family, hope things work our ok.
Sending vibes for you and your kitty.
Also sending postive thoughts
Sorry to hear about your kitty. A friend’s cat had lymphoma and he’s still going and quite well 3 years later so hopefully there’s hope. Prayers for you and kitty.
I keep forgetting about my Durga sample. It is quite heady or colorful or something.
Oh, poor kitty. I hope the medicine helps and that she feels ok. And I hope you and your family are taking care of yourselves too – it’s so hard when a pet is sick.
That’s too bad you didn’t get a definitive diagnosis with your kitty. Fingers crossed that the meds work and she gets some relief soon.
Very sorry, Jirish. Best wishes to you all.
Hope the steroids help and kitty gets better.
1. Best scented thing – The Rising Phonex makes this Osmanthus/Incense Attar (which name escapes me now of course) – but that is my Holy Grail Osmanthus.
2. Hoping to discover in July – MEM. Just bought it with 15% Luckyscent coupon.
3. New releases. I have not tried any new 2017 releases yet (any of my purchases were older releases). I am excited to try MEM next week, new SHLs (but concerned I would be disappointed there) and looking forward to new Pappilon and new Naomi Goodsir.
4. Something else fabulous. I will have to take a pass on this – things have been moving so fast that I really had no time to stop and enjoy the roses.
MEM! That one sounds so good! Do report back.
Will do. I am very excited about this one, as I think Antonio Gardoni is extremely talented and creates very unique fragrances (Maai is still on the FB list but at this point I feel like I have enough animistics to delay that purchase)
MEM is gorgeous! I think thats the favourite release of this year, though to be honest, i only tested a handful 2017 releases.
Dont know it its full bottle worthy yet for me.But it sure is beautiful!
I’m excited for MEM too. I love lavender. The reviews I’ve read make me imagine MEM elicits strong reactions.
PSA – I am looking for a couple of people to split MEM and Dryad with (as no FBs are allowed unless I get a really really really good deal) I have about 20 mls of MEM and 20 mls of Dryad for split, so if interested please ping me at marianna_r in the yahoooo land.
1. new in June – smelled a blooming magnolia flower on the tree, stuck my nose right in – creamy lemon and vanilla, apricot with a touch of green – marvelous!
2. hope for July – wear neglected scents more often, Terracotta is on deck for today.
3. best of 2017 so far – I don’t keep up and can only think of Alaia Blanche as a new-ish scent I tried and liked in recent months, but I think it came out at the end of last year.
4. happy news – I happened upon a Maido stationery store last week, found a great new pen and a pack of cute Tokidoki origami paper. I’d forgotten paper folding is relaxing and fun.
I was eyeballing your number three after several commented on it here and then I researched the notes.
I should have mentioned Ari EdP for best of 2017. So good. (Hajusuuri reminded me in her comment.) My sample of Ari has been on my desk for frequent spritzes ever since it arrived in the mail. I’ve enjoyed every sniff.
Alaia Blanche is worth sampling, but I like vanilla in everything, so I’m not a good critic. And the bottle is great, the gold cap looks like a spool of thread.
ha! I like vanilla too! (and heliotrope and almonds which are also notes listed) and someone mentioned that bottle during bottle porn week
So jealous — I have come across 2 gorgeous magnolia trees recently, neither smelled fantastic.
Keep sniffing the magnolias! I think the one I smelled was a grandiflora, with flowers as big as dinner plates. A newly opened flower smells sweet while an older one may have almost no fragrance.
1. Mrs. Meyers Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner.
2. I’m going to consider washing my floor with a diluted solution of 4711 Acqua Colonia Blood Orange & Basil cologne (see the earlier, Every Other Day post).
3. I doubt I’ve sampled anything that’s been released just within the last two years.
4. Just binge-watched The Dr. Blake Mysteries, which I found delightful. A little slow going for the first couple of episodes, but then I found myself quite hooked.
No 4, thanks for the reminder…I started to watch and only got to episode three…maybe I will go back to it as you say it picks up.
Thanks from me, too. I’ve looked at this one numerous times but have never watched. Is it more charming and fun than creepy and dark? Everything seems to be the latter these days and I have a hard time finding something I want to watch at night.
If you are looking for a cozy mystery series with fun and independent female lead characters and gorgeous shots of British landscapes and gardens then I recommend this one- I binge watched it a few months ago-
Also for less gruesome and some comedic elements Miss Fisher’s Mysteries and Murdoch Mysteries, both featuring and/or including strong, independent female characters.
kpaint, I am in the same boat. I am weary of the gruesome, the depraved, the horrific, etc. The Dr. Blake Mysteries aren’t sweet and charming in the way that, say, Father Brown is (that is another one I’d recommend), but nor are they bloodcurdling. They are right in the middle – just serious enough that you don’t feel you are watching pure fluff, but without anything that is going to give you nightmares. The series is set in 1950s Australia, a time/place with which I have very little experience, so I found that enjoyable.
It’s along the lines of Midsomer Murders, but with better character development and more back story examination.
Oh yes!!! I second Father Brown!!!!
I was considering using Florida water or 4711 after reading that Jo Malone quote myself! Please report back on how that works! I also second chocolatemarzipan’s TV suggestions-Rosemary and Thyme and Miss Fisher are both excellent and really fun shows!
1- I have been “binge sampling” and “reeking havoc a la Holly” since the end of April and one of the best discoveries was Safran Troublant…wore it today and it is utterly addictive for me.
2-Hope for July- continue to work my way through samples and decants and enjoy this journey
3- new releases- Not sure which of the hundreds of perfumes I sampled in the past two months were new releases from this year…I’m sure there may have been a few…I haven’t exactly been sampling up to date as many of the fragrances I am trying for the first time have been around for a while
4- Something good…woke up briefly at 220am and remembered to say RABBIT RABBIT RABBIT and then fell back asleep. Spent the morning and afternoon with two younger family members and my childhood friend of 49 years who came up from the city to visit…walked around a quaint town, perused the farmers market and had iced coffee and sweets and my favorite local bakery. AND I was smelling so delicious in Safran Troublant….it blooms beautifully in the heat!
Nice! Farmers market shopping makes a perfect weekend.
I was in Berkeley on a spring day and as I stepped outside it just smelled amazing. No idea what all was blooming, but the rain that was so deleterious for roads and safety made for a lush green wonderland, on that day at least.
Getting ready to go on a long work-vacation trip and looking forward to some European perfume shopping, among other things. We will be in Hamburg and Rome, but of which are full of temptation.
I think my single favorite release from 2017 might be Bracken Woman, although I have smelled some other lovelies. Sammarco’s Naias is amazing, although too short lived on me; Mem is fantastic and I am wearing it today; Naja needs more skin time, but I am hoping to get a bottle in Rome; and I really like Superstitious, even if I am not sure it’s me. I love the bottle so much though that this is one where I might buy regardless–Euro prices are so much better for Malle than the US. See the justification machine going. Of course there are hundreds I haven’t tried, but from what I have tried, I’ve found some really nice things.
OH yes, how could I forget Bracken Woman. I just got mine from Osswald…I am being very disciplined as I still have the remnants of my sample and I will likely split my bottle but it will have to wait until August / September.
Wait! What is a long work vacation? Isn’t that an oxymoron? You must let us know what you purchase! I live vicariously through my NST pals when they go on a full bottle mission????
It is! But really I have to be in Europe for a conference the beginning of the month and another toward the end and so am just staying in between and having vacation there. Can’t complain at all.
0. FIREWORKS20 code at Twisted Lily gets you 20% off and free shipping with $45 minimum purchase. You have been warned.
1. Perfume – Arielle Shoshana EDP
Hand Cream – Tony Moly Natural Green Hand Cream in Milk. Smells like baby powder in cream form. I know elephants sell, but do cows sell? Check out the packaging and other scents! Note: I have not tried the other scents but it is just a matter of time.
2. I am awaiting my large sample of La Petite Robe Noire Black Perfecto. This one has leather!
3. This is between me and my perfumes.
4. Vacation coming up – Vancouver and a cruise to Alaska and meeting up with Vancouver perfumistas.
0- you are naughty!
1- yes, cows sell…cows , owls and elephants are big in the CM8 household. and I want the Milk and Honey hand creams!
Sitting on my hands because this is not only bottle porn for me but just about free with 20 percent off and free shipping….
I’ve enjoyed Ari EdP. It’s really marvelous.
Oh, cows! That needs to be a daily lemming too.
0 – thank you!!! I knew I was right to wait a day or two with my shopping cart there!
1. Musc Ravageur hair and body oil.
2. All the new Diptyque body products just released, Naja.
3. I actually asked an employee at scent bar this same question, since I don’t have a definitive answer I’ll share what he had to say. He thought La Botte by Byredo was. He grew up on the East Coast and said it reminded him of being out on the boat (gasoline, oil, etc.)
4. Watched a little while back the second season of Master of None, enjoyed it so much. Also been listening to his book Modern Romance (which is fun) on my commute. And also been enjoying Labor of Love by Moira Weigel.
Forgot to add, I’m also excited. Getting my hair colored right now, and my salon is down the street from the new Frederic Malle boutique that just opened, I wonder where I’ll be after my appointment…
You have such beautiful hair. Do let us know what you sniff!
Thank you! Didn’t smell anything new at Frederic Malle, as I know all of those, but I did do my usual smelling at Scent Bar, but nothing that blew me away. I thought Dryad was pretty, and I was really hoping to smell Naja, but they didn’t have it yet.
On Melrose? My sister who is not a perfume obsessive just sent me a pic of a new storefront!
Never finished watching Master of None but I like Aziz Ansari. If you like that genre I’d recommend The Big Sick film out now with Kamail Nanjiani who is a Pakistani comedian. Very sweet film. And funny.
yes! oh yeah, I saw some trailers for that one I think, that’s Dinesh from Silicon Valley, right? Thanks for the rec, I will check it out!
I just can’t with the prices of those Byredo’s, even with 15% off. And I am pretty spendy when it comes to perfume.
Have fun at FM!
completely agreed, I wouldn’t purchase either.
1. I am cheating here.
End of May I visited the Les Jardins du Musée International de la Parfumerie, in Grasse.
Best smellin’ thing ever. Though I’d love to re-visit in summer (july/august).
Also the star jasmine and the roses at the B&B I stayed in were gorgeous.
2. If financial situation lets me, I hope to explore La Via del Profumo. Or (cheap option) discover a nice shower gel that is budget friendly.
3. MEM by Bogue
(though I received a prototype from Sultan Pasha Attars that was totally awesome, Truffle Blanche, but i have not smelled the final product yet, so it does not count)
I saw the movie Things to come (L’avenir) last week. Isabelle Huppert is one of my favourite actrices. She is so versatile, and I love the fact she does not shy away from difficult or controversial roles.
European cinema fortunately is focusing more and more on writing interesting, realistic mature female characters (and not just 18 yo eye candy). Hollywood, please take note. Things are changing, but too slow imo. (i hope this is not too political Robin…)
I only sampled a handful of 2017 releases. I probably missed a a lot of other interesting stuff.
Interesting, realistic mature females — that is not a political issue. Or if it is, anybody who would fight about it shouldn’t be here anyway.
i am glad to hear that, but i did not expect a different view from you or from anyone here!
Equal chances for women (which imo means also better representation in arts, like movies and music) should not be a political issue.
But i know some people consider or make it political…and unfortunately it sometimes needs to be to attain or keep that equality.
So that why I was kinda cautious about it.
I wish you a great vacation!
1. The new car smell of my recently purchased auto.
2. I used the Luckyscent coupon to buy L’Artisan Violaceum…such a great combo of violet and leather.
3. See above.
4. I recently found out I’m going to be a grandmother around Christmas time!
Congrats on your #1 and especially your #4! That’s wonderful.
Congrats on #4!
Congrats all around. I love Violaceum 2!
Thanks to all! June has been a good month for me.
Oh, what wonderful news! Congratulations.
Lots of great news! Congrats on becoming a grandmother, and the new car.
That is WONDERFUL news! My sixth will arrive in October – being a grandmother is the BEST thing.
1. Eau de Memo: bergamot-leather sunshine.
2. I’m looking forward to Papillon Artisan’s Dryad. I’ve also recently fallen down the vintage fragrance rabbit hole and hope to discover lots of new old scents this month!
3. D.S.&Durga’s new Durga is the best of the best things I’ve smelled this year. I wore it on my wedding day in late April.
4. I just finished binge-watching “Harlots” on Hulu. No regrets. Worth it for the wigs alone.
I am looking forward to trying Eau de Memo.
Oh, I love Eau de Memo. I think it will be my next FB. Shams Narcissus is calling my name too.
1. My best discovery was Diptyque Philosykos EdP. I am enjoying it greatly!
2. I hope to find other green fig fragrances.
3. I have tried and liked Tauer L’Eau and Arielle Shoshana Eau de Parfume. I hope the last one comes in travel size someday.
4. We finally booked our cruise to Bahamas for August. Anxiously looking forward to it.
Philosykos EdT, not EdP.
The figs from Vilhelm are really nice: Purple Fig and Dirty Velvet. And they both come in the 18ml.
Thank you Amy. I will get samples to try them!
Yay for vacation!
More fig scents:
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi
Le Labo The Noir
Parfumerie Generale Bois Naufrage
Fragrance Republic 01/06
Gabriella Chieffo Maisia
Guerlain AA Limon Verde
Hermes Un Jardin Mediterranee
L’Occitane Figuier & Osmanthus
Pacifica Mediterranean Fig
Parfumerie Generale Coze Verde
Parfums de Nicolai Fig Tea
… do I like fig? Why yes, yes I do
What a great list. Thank you! I love Un Jardin En Mediterranee, Pacifica Mediterranean Fig and Byredo Pulp. I will definitely get samples of the others you mention. I would also like to try L’artisan Premier Figuier and Figuier Extreme.
I recommend Ichnusa by Profumum Roma, a very green fig. Its really lovely and one of my favourite figs, together with Philosykos edt (I also prefer edt!).
And if i remember correctly it comes in a small travel size as well (a lot of Profumum Romas are sold only in 100 ml vats).
More figs: SSS Fig Tree (green fig complete with branches) and Fico di Amalfi (refreshing cologne of Fig and Grapefruit/citrus).
And Ninfeo Mio! It’s a beaut in the summer ????
Another good one is Jovoy L’Arbre de la Conaissance.
My Sens Unique box focussed on figs a couple of months ago. I do not like figs – can I send 1 or 2 of the samples to any of you fig lovers?
Thank you all! I will have lots of fun trying all these fumes!
1. I think I’ve already spent more time by the beach this summer than last–walked a kilometer or more into the ocean at the lowest tide on the first day of summer…
2. I’d like to smell the following this summer: Close Up, Woody Perfecto & Eau Noire. If anyone has samples or decants to swap, let me know! I have lots of vintage and weirdoes. T
3. I don’t smell enough new things, I think. I like Incendo and Sweet Grass, they’re both new, right?
4. Giant deadline on Tuesday. Eep. I will get better and faster at writing. The sunniest June I can remember since moving to Vancouver might be blending into a typically sunny July?
Maybe someone has a recco for perfect non-hideous sandals for walking everywhere?
I’m not sure if they qualify as non-hideous, but the SAS brand is super comfy, I wear the Sorrento sandals and you can walk for hours in them: https://sasshoes.com/women/women-footwear/women-sandals?p=1
I got 2 new pair this summer:
Kind of wish I got the Birkenstocks with a back strap now, but both are comfortable and I do walk a lot.
Yes, I am totally one of those weirdoes who needs a back strap on everything!
Man if those Docs are comfortable…
Took me a little experimenting with tying them until I found the magic. But, yes, they are comfortable. They make other cool sandals but the soles were heavier on most of the others.
I have an older version of these in several colors: http://www.merrell.com/US/en/terran-post-ii/23144W.html?dwvar_23144W_color=J55330
I can vouch for Chaco sandals. Mine have been hiking, in the ocean, and the washing machine- still look great. Wonderful supportive arch and durable non-slip sole. Plus, the choices are fab! You can also find them 50% off at discounters like Sierra Trading Post.
Oops, here’s the link to the pair I bought:
I live in these shoes in the summertime. They are very comfortable to walk in.
I wear Abeo sandals (with neutral footbeds) for at least half of the year these days–including when I teach, so they have to be comfortable. I’ve gotten them on sale at the end of the season for a good price.
(Here’s a pair similar to the ones I currently own.)
Hello! a couple of these look perfect, and very comfortable. Must see about a Canadian outlet. hmmm
1. finally tried Call all Angels and think it is a gorgeous incense! It’s odd to wear a note that smells so church-y, but somehow it works..
2. hmm… not sure what new scent I hope to discover in July. I don’t do a lot of planning when it comes to fragrance, I kind of go where the sales are and things that pique my interest
3. no clue on this one!
4. I had the most amazing beefsteak tomato for lunch today! Really delicious, and a sign that summer is here! Hubby’s bday tomorrow and I’m so very grateful for his life, the joy that his friendship and his adoring love has brought me is beyond wonderful.
#1 is Calling all Angels
Tomato joy and your husband’s birthday? Those are two fantastic things. Wish him happy birthday from a bunch of scented strangers!
I will indeed! Although he doesn’t like much of what I wear he is supportive of this hubby in such sweet ways.
Oh, and PS. he requests that everyone where LOTV scented perfumes in honor of his special day
#4 last sentence…so beautiful…..beyond wonderful indeed
Happy early birthday to your husband.
Ah a good tomato summer. The best. Next to having good persons, of course!
Happy Birthday to Mr. Floralgal!
#1 – such a great name, and I’m interested in trying more incense. I have only tried SSS incense pure, and I think it Victoria at BDJ said it was less liturgical than other incense perfumes. If you have tried other incense perfumes – where might you put calling all angels on a scale from 1 to 10? 1 = Church parking lot, 10 = Vatican
I think it’s pretty close to the communion rail. And the priest who gives you the Host just blew in on his Vespa which is pretty heavily burning oil. Candles are smokey too. If you want something a little closer to the front door, have you tried Seville al’Aube?
Great imagery This actually sounds really good, I’m adding it to my list. I like the “churchy” incense notes.
I do have a sample of Seville al’Aube, I still need to try.
Hello, NST. July, huh? Well, at least we’re past the shortest day. And sorry if that sounds grumpy: it’s not meant to, but this winter seems to be in my very bones, and summer sounds very appealing right now.
I’m all behind on the releases for 2017, but apparently I’m on “the list” to attend the launch of Chanel’s Gabrielle here in Auckland. Honestly, it makes me laugh; anyone less suited than me to life on a “list” would be hard to find on this planet or any other, but I shall certainly go if the invitation actually eventuates. I’m curious and hopeful, and because of the accident of A-NZ’s relationship to the international date line, I will be one of the first to smell and, I hope, appreciate it.
My hopes for perfume? Hmmm…well, I now have my ideal carnation (Oeillet Bengale), so that’s off my list, but the list goes on, you know how it is. Now I hope to find my perfect rhubarb, which might also be an Aedes de Venusta. It will have to wait until I’m back in the States next June, and can re-visit Fumerie. So, anything that makes me light up and reach for my wallet would be a hope fulfilled. Doesn’t happen much…
I don’t think I’ve remembered Robin’s questions properly….never mind. Something I’m enjoying? Well, I ‘m not really enjoying this, precisely, but I am determined to succeed in our hunt for a kitten for Dakkie. He is still performing night yodels. It is VERY trying.
And finally, my SOTD is Cristalle. It’s an IOU from summer. Be well, everyone.
I heard a rumour that they were launching Gabrielle on the Chathams…. Take that Auckland!!
I’d rather be there!
I’ll put your name on the list. Karl Lagerfeld at the Waitangi pub in a VIP area.
1. Caught a monster cold so happy I could smell at all. But managed to sniff my favorite summer scents: linden, geranium and lavender
2. More of the above please plus all the new scents I cant get my hands on in Chile
3. See 2 I did try the new Eau de Merveilles Bleue at the Paris airport and liked it a lot.
4. Currently enjoying my visit to Europe, now at home and ready to see everyone I’ve missed these past few months!
Glad you’re enjoying your trip despite the cold!
Happy Canada day to my compatriots! I am wearing Micallef Gaiac.
1. Recently rediscovered Costes dry oil, it is lovely. Spicy and slightly incensey.
2. I got to smell a tester of the new Mugler Les Exceptions scent which will be released in September, I guess you could call it a floral gourmand. Looking forward to that, Naja, MEM, Dryad, and Naomi Goodsir (maybe Nuit de Bakelite will finally be released?)
3. Best release of 2017… hmmm, I think it is By Kilian Black Phantom, but I haven’t smelled very many new releases. Didn’t care for Superstitious or Galop.
4. I am enjoying exploring new recipes for baking lately and have had some great successes. I read with interest all the comments about cutting out sugar, which is very healthy, but I have decided that is not for me. I love a sweet treat and don’t have a weight problem, so I have decided not to feel guilty about it. As Garfield says, life is uncertain, eat dessert first!
Agree, Black Phantom is nice, will be great for fall I think.
I too read all the comments about cutting out sugar, considered it for .5 seconds, and decided against it. I need a vice and baked goods are my choice
Happy Canada Day! Had one of the best holidays of my life on Hornby Island when I was around 10. Watched a doco about the early days of Greenpeace yesterday called How to Change the World with Paul Watson kicking A **** , and Bob Hunter. Great movie. Low mist here for days and went for a long, drizzly walk on a deserted beach ….sea lions, big surf, kelp. Magic. Then went to a gathering in a boat house on the harbour and suffered from major boat house envy..completely private in a sheltered bay with the water lapping underneath. Crystal clear water, shags on the jetty, mist .
Best oerfume days of 2017… Being in Auckland at Chanel with waterdragon! In an alternative life we would be Chanel sales assistants in a permanently closed shop.
Best discovery: a metallic YSL liquid metal ice shadow in a kind of glacier blue, smell bent prairie nymph , miller harris la pluie, and an oberon leather journal cover
Happy July !
I have beach envy to go with your beach house envy!
It was pretty cool at the beach as there was a narrow strip of light between the mist and the grey sea, and it was so still and cold and not a soul for miles. When you come to NZ I will take you there!
I am going to do that someday!
A solitary beach walk is one of my most favorite things to do.
For a brief period in the late 1990s, Oberon made Filofax-type planner binders. I used one for several years and now keep it as a time capsule. Yes, that sounds like an enviable place!
Sounds perfect, reminds me of days along the pacific northwest when I was a kid: Vancouver Island, San Juan Islands, northern California. I love cool misty days at the beach.
So beautiful up there.
SOTD = Hermes EdM BleueBecause wearing
The pattern I have is .the Sky Marine Menagerie,
1) my favorite new-to-me scented products are my Sucreabeille scented conditioners in Corpse Bride (vanillic rose with a hint of something loamy) and in Lush Lust scent. Will repurchase when gone.
2) for July, the smell of Kauai! Can’t wait!
3) nothing is jumping out at me from what I can remember smelling
4) I thoroughly enjoyed the movie I saw last night “The Big Sick” about a comedian’s romantic relationship. Ray Romano and Holly Hunter play the girlfriend’s parents. Apparently it’s his actual story.
Favorite play of recent was The Six Degrees of Separation with Allison Janney. I was engaged from beginning to end which is rare for me with dramas. And full frontal male nudity! Very unexpected.
Allison Janney has amazing charisma. I always enjoy seeing her on screen. I’m glad she’s great in person.
1) New scent discovery: I followed tiffanie’s lead and tallied all the perfumes I’ve worn in 2017. The winners (1-5): Wood Sage and Sea Salt, Hiris, Philosykos, Mojave Ghost and a tie between Dzing! and Santal Massoia. This taught me that I reach for Wood Sage and Sea Salt far more than I realize, and that I will need to buy an actual bottle of Santal Massoia because I’m currently using samples from a very generous Hermes SA.
2) I hope to discover lots of the different smells of the beach and ocean in this region – I’ll be there for a week, and I’ve never stayed on a beach that wasn’t in California, the Pacific Northwest, or Greece before. Hoping to sniff some regional differences!
3) Favorite new release of 2017: Arielle Shoshana, and I also like Andy Tauer’s L’eau.
4) This ties in with #2 – my family, who I don’t see even close to enough, are coming down to South Carolina and we’re renting a beach house together for a week. Whee!!
Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians.
Yay for Hiris! I was surprised that Hiris was in my top 5. It does make me happy each time I wear it so I should have anticipated it.
I enjoy all the scents on your top 5 list, though Mojave Ghost is one I have not sniffed, so I put a sample in my online shopping cart. I’ve sworn off new bottles for now, but samples are always ok, right?
Samples are data points. More data points are always good.
Happy Canada Day to you!
Love your #4. It’s the best.. We are working on a family vacation as well trying to get people together.
Good luck! My mom finally put her foot down and just told us where we all needed to be, and thank goodness we’ll all be there together on Friday.
1. What’s the best new scented thing you discovered in June?
Chanel No. 19 and Lancôme O from two wonderful NSTers.
2. What new scented thing do you hope to discover in July?
The ultimate creamy gardenia.
3. Now that the year is about half over, what do you think is the best new fragrance release of 2017 so far?
Stash was last year, and I revisited it this year and really like it. And Chanel No 5 l’eau.
4. Share something wonderful with us! It can be anything — good news you received recently, something delicious you ate, the latest TV series you binged — really, anything.
I’ve discovered dry brushing – invigorating! My heart is in perfect condition after going though many tests on Wednesday, the wonderful community of NST, and to learn to just go for it! I’m also on my second binge-watching of “Friends”.
Happy all your test results were great!
Thank you – I’m indulging in lots of veggies, fish and anything high fiber now.
Hooray, that’s great news!
Happy Canada Day to all the NSTers there! And to the folks leaving on vacation soon, enjoy!
1. Best scented thing in June?? Lots of things… some of them were provided by other NSTers. I don’t think I can narrow it down to just one item.
2. New scented thing in July? More Amouage sampling, hopefully. I was very intrigued by the first one I tried,
3. Best new perfume release? I am usually WAY behind chronologically. Out of what I have tried that was released this year, I would have to say Au Couer du Desert. I have not tried Ari’s scent yet, though.
4. I saw the most beautiful sunset in the past week or so. It was a reminder to stop and look for the beauty that’s around you.
Au Couer was 2016, and I say this not to correct/chastise you but because it means you are as behind as I am
That means I am only behind by a year!
1. I honestly don’t think I’m smelled anything new in June! At least nothing memorable enough to mention.
2. So I’m fairly new to perfume and feel like I have a lot of catching up to do, plus I’m kind of in the “SMELL EVERYTHING” phase of my hobby, so I’d like to get a feel for more vintage perfumes. This month, I’d to get my hands on some classic Guerlains, Apres L’Ondee and Mitsouko in particular. I’ll also swing the other direction and get myself a sample of Arielle Shoshana, maybe even make the trip to NOVA to get some in person since I just live in Richmond!
3. Good question! I really haven’t smell too many new releases, but I’ve been wearing the heck out of “You” this summer, that’s for sure.
4. I have a lot to look forward to right now! Today, I went and looked at what will hopefully be my first motorcycle, a 2001 Honda Nighthawk. I got my motorcycle license almost six years ago, and due to different financial constraints popping up (like getting married or one of my pets getting sick at different times), I haven’t had a chance to actually buy one.
Also, in less than two weeks, I’ll be in Newfoundland for a family reunion, and then in October, my husband and I will be in Boston for a concert!
Buying a motorcycle! That’s so exciting! I’d love to have one but I’m not sure I’m quite brave enough to ride often here in Los Angeles.
If you’re fairly new to perfume, just wanted to say to be sure to go to Arielle Shoshana when Ari is there because I know she would be super helpful, plus she’s just nice
Fav 2017 release is Arielle Shoshana. I especially appreciated that this beautiful passion fruit fragrance launched in time for summer.
In terms of wonderful things, Wendysue, Fears Mice and I visited Chanel rep Akil at the Chevy Chase Saks Fifth Avenue. This was my second visit, which I enjoyed even more than the first. It’s really delightful to sit comfortably around the mirrored testing table and with a charming guide, a glass of champagne, and several hours in which to sniff anything you like in the Chanel line. The special table has ceramic rods that sit in wells of perfume; they work much better than scent strips for preliminary testing.
We also sniffed many of the 48 individual Chanel essences in the Olfactorium – ranging from aldehydes and beeswax to incense accord and ylang ylang. They are all intriguing, and many of them would be fabulous to wear on their own. The whole experience is perfume nirvana.
I liked several of the new EdP versions, including Sycamore and Bois des Iles.
It is definiely worth making your way to Chevy Chase if you are in the DC area, or checking to see if you can find one in your own area.
FYI, the second and third photos in the blog post below (in French) show the array of little bottles in the Olfactorium and the mirrored table surface with the ceramic rods, which you draw out of their wells to sniff.
Here’s an article with better pictures of the mirrored table. The decor is somewhat different at Saks, but equally elegant.
This article has more about the ceramic rods:
(Although I can say the ones here are in wells that contain perfume, rather than being soaked periodically.)
That sounds so amazing! To sit with like-minded fragrance lovers with champagne!
Yes, good company is the best part!
wow! Very cool
What a wonderful experience! The closest Chanel to me is in Bala Cynwed, pa – I’ll try to find out if the gave a similar salon!
That’s my closest too, and I’ve never been. Is it a nice Saks?
I was only there once many years ago, for a fundraiser – not for shopping – but it was a very nice Saks!
Thanks! Sort of shocking I’ve never been in all these years.
Waterdragon and I had a similar experience at Chanel ,sniffing the rods and the small essences. It was fabulous . One of the best perfume ‘interactive’ experiences because we were able to make connections between individual notes and finished perfumes, like a great museum type exhibit. Thanks for posting the links.
I really like your comparison to a museum exhibit where the curators provide insightful commentary and background materials to give deeper insight into the works of art.
That looks like a fun experience. The Dior space at David Jones in Sydney has a similar set up, but not as formal.
1. The vintage Opium (early 90’s I think?) I received from a very, very generous NST-er in the Freebiemeet. It’s glorious. I’m being very judicious about using it so it will last me as long as possible.
2. There’s a brand new Frederic Malle boutique in town, and I’ve never had the chance to smell any of that line. So I’m hoping to make a solo perfume day out of going.
3. I think the only thing I’ve smelled from 2017 is Sisley’s Izia. It’s okay but not that interesting.
4. Really enjoying the new Twin Peaks, and I’m looking forward to learning to edit video soon.
SotD is Montale Intense Roses Musc. It isn’t very intense at all for me! I’ve applied twice and it seems to only last about 1-2 hours. I like the rose note in it though, it’s a nice dark pink.
Vintage Opium is awesome, especially the dry down!
I am trying to make myself save today’s Twin Peaks episode until tomorrow so I am not up at 1 am again. Last week’s was a serious freak out.
Cool, cloudy and breezy here. Decided to rummage through the archives so more – I am discovering a couple of gems and quite a lot of meh, which explains why these scents are in storage rather than on display. Today is Prada Tendre, a sort of fruitchouli lite. Not bad.
1. Shea moisture Mint & Ginger bar of soap – I bought it for myself at CVS when I was picking up antibiotics for strep throat last week ???? It has so much lather I washed my hair with it, and it is so big it’s going to last me a lifetime.
2. My ultimate unicorn impossibly beautiful perfume!
4. CVS Minute Clinic – God bless the minute clinic! I was out of town in Florida and woke up feeling awful – I thought maybe the sun was getting to me I was dehydrated – I got worse as the day went on – when my throat started to hurt I knew I had to get to a minute clinic, I was diagnosed and prescribed within a couple of hours!
Those Shea Moisture soaps are fantastic! Love all of them. Glad you got treated so quickly!
1. Narciso edp, the one in the white cube. I didn’t smell this when it was released and maybe that’s for the best, as now it can be found online for quite a discount. It is creamy and delicious. I’m tempted to blind buy the Musc oil in the white bottle…any reports on this?
2. I’m looking forward to smelling CK Obsessed. Obsession was my first perfume love ( I know, I know, but hey, I grew up in the 80’s, what can I say ). It hasn’t made it to my little city’s Macy’s yet but I’ll be watching. I have hopes because: Annick Menardo.
3. I don’t smell a lot of new releases unless I order them because I don’t have fancy perfume counters where I live. With that being said, Dame Perfumery’s Earth Mother was instant love. I’m looking forward to wearing it this fall. I would highly recommend getting a sample.
4. My latest bit of wonderful is my completed bedroom paint job. I had a small amount of anxiety over hoping I had found the perfect tranquil gray and I think I nailed it. Sometimes it’s hard to visualize the paint swatch over the entire room.
Latest binge watch was Amazon Prime’s I Love Dick with Kevin Bacon. It was…interesting.
i loved Obsession too and drained at least three bottles of it in the day. Haven’t tried the newest Dame ones but maybe soon! What is it that you love about Earth Mother? I would love to hear your take!
Well, I’m not always the best at describing scents, but I do get the caramel in the opening and then soft patchouli balanced with some musk, Amber and sandalwood. Sometimes patch can be too much for me- the original Bottega Venetta overwhelms me- but not here. It’s just lovely. I’ve read comparisons to Angel, and I can see that but this takes it down a notch. As an oriental lover this is right up my alley.
I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts when you try it! Your praise of the Dame scents are what prompted me to send away for my samples!
1. I am in love with the Cire Trudon Ernesto candle. It is not as heady as I expected, instead it is shady and smooth.
2. In July I hope to find the ultimate summer cologne. Something light, bright, herbal – maybe minty, and without calone.
3. Arielle Shoshanna was a delight. I also really like Chanel No 5 l’Eau.
4. (1) I have found the podcast My Favorite Murder, which is hilarious and interesting. My commutes have become exponentially more entertaining. (2) this spring we weeded and mulched the flower beds, then I added a few more plants (teeny gardenia, lilies of the valley, prairie blue hostas, and a few more), put a bunch of herbs in the patio planter, and planted a few things in the vegetable plot. It was a reluctant start but seeing the plants thrive brings so much joy. I have been spending lots of time weeding and watering while listening to the podcast mentioned in (1).
Hello Fellow Murderino!
Oh my hello there ????
SOTD- having an Atelier morning in Jasmine Angelique, Santal Carmin and Blanche Immortelle all on different parts of my body thanks to my fragrant fairy!
Twins! I’m wearing Jasmin Angelique, too!
It is sooooo good , right?
1. Best scented thing for June was not a discovery, but the much anticipated arrival of the linden blossoms. Lindens really thrive along the Front Range in Colorado, and the air is redolent with their perfume. I want to be outside all the time when they are in bloom.
2. I’m really looking forward to receiving my samples of DSH’s latest, Tsukiyo-en (bamboo leaves, white tea, mint, citrus, sandalwood, hinoki, champaca, Rose Otto) and Unum’s Io Non Ho Mani Che Mi Accarezzino il Volto (petitgrain, bergamot, galbanum, myrrh, cedar, geranium, ylang, cinnamon, styrax, clary sage, benzoin, tonka, tobacco, amber, sandalwood).
3. Best releases (can’t pick just one) of 2017 for me are DSH Foxy, Aedes Pelargonium, and Arielle Shoshana.
4. While on yet another business trip, I spent time on the planes binge-watching Poldark on my iPad. How on earth I managed to overlook it until now, I haven’t a clue. Season 3 is now airing in the U.K., and I’m just itching for it to arrive on PBS here in the US.
Linden blossoms sure are a populair smell here! And i agree, the street I live on has a whole row of linden trees…it smells great, and makes me happy just leaving/coming home!
I wanted to arrange my sample stash today but did not know where to start haha and how to categorize them (a-z brand, a-z name, by genre, by date ordered…).
So I just started to move the content of a few ELdO samples from (the official) dabber vials to a sprayer vials.
It makes me grumpy when sample vials come without a sprayer, unless its an attar or a perfume concentration.
But for edts and edps who are sold in sprayer bottles 99 out of 100 times anywayd, dabbers just suck.
But back to the subject of arranging sample vials, do you use a ‘system’?
The stash is growing and its taking me too long to find what I want
It’s a stretch to say that my samples are “organized.” What I used to do is have a ziplock bag labeled with the brand name and I just dropped the samples in. Then I filed the brand named baggies alphabetically in a shoebox. Then I outgrew the shoebox and gave all the new samples that wouldn’t fit to Waterdragon. Worked perfectly for me because if I don’t love a sample and want a bottle, I never go back to finish off the sample.
Hmm thats actually a pretty nice system.
Thanks for sharing!
I’m with you on the dabbler vials. I have 100s, kept mostly for reference (or as add-ons for swaps), and I finally gave up and bought one of those plastic hardware organizers with drawers to arrange them alpha by house. Within the drawers, I use the little plastic bags that samples come in to further organize by individual house.
Not a work of art, but I keep it in a closet, and it gets the job done (and the dresser clear of vials!).
Oooh that is a great idea, LisaInDenver!
I keep my whole collection in my closet as well, so i really dont care what it looks like. Just want to find a vial quickly when i am in a hurry in the morning to make it to work in time
Lol, I’ve considered those storage cases for makeup organization!
I bought tiny cardboard boxes in the wedding favour section at the craft store, and organize my samples within them by house (sometimes more than one house per box, depending on how many samples I have from each house.). The boxes have lids, so I have stickers on the top of each one identifying the houses. All of the tiny boxes are housed within a large Chanel box, so I just have to life off the lid and read the stickers to see where each sample is.
Every few weeks I pull out a selection of around 20 samples “to test” and put them in an empty Jo Malone candle container beside the sample box. If I like it, it goes back into the Chanel box. If I don’t like it, I give it to my friend who also likes perfume. If I love it, it goes into the “full bottle wish list” jar.
Thank you for sharing Sistine!
Another nice ‘organise and select’-system
This morning is sunny and not too warm, so I think it’s perfect for BWFs. I’m starting off in A La Nuit and will put on some Carnal Flower later.
Sounds yummy! I do not have Carnal Flower (shame on me, i never smelled it, for a tuberose lover that is probably a sin haha) but I’d use Moon Bloom instead…
I have some Carnal Flower…I wonder if it would work in winter too? Maybe tomorrow for my staff meeting.
Morning, all. If anyone had asked me, I would never have said, “Sure, go ahead and start Monday.” Ugggh. It’s cold and it’s wet, and I’m trying to brighten my day by wearing a new jumper….it’s a very pretty grey, marked off in squares with fine grey and red stripes, and it’s very soft. It does not, however, suggest a perfumed accompaniment. Goodness, but winter is a trial! Ummm, I’ve randomly chosen No. 22, on the basis that it goes with pretty much everything. Even if I don’t match, exactly, I do smell lovely, much better than the weather deserves!
Be well, all.
You smell lovely Waterdragon – as always a great choice
A jumper is a pullover-sweater, right? It sounds cute & comfy.
Not sure why i hyphenated pullover sweater. Ignore that, please and thank you!
1. New smell for me in June was the Chanel n 5 Body Oil. I’ve tried the lotion before, and liked it, but the body oil is something else. And it made my skin so smooth!
2. Not sure what I am looking forward to, probably the new Mugler, Aura. It sounds pretty neat, and Mugler releases are so fun.
3. Not sure if I’ve smelled any new releases that I really liked. I will have to think on this one.
4. I had a bad dream last night, and when i woke up i got to find out it was only a dream. Phew!!
I wore some Manoumalia on the roof deck last night, to watch some reflected fireworks. Nothing is like that one. Today some Arbole Arbole, because I’m working the rest of this long weekend, whoever thought to put a major, federal grant deadline on Tuesday was pretty cruel…
Good luck! I hope you finish earlier than you expect and get all the money you are hoping for.
Wearing EB Floral’s Kingston Osmanthus. I realized lately that I really like Osmanthus. But I don’t think this is my must have Osmanthus.