Sorry, but it's Monday again! It's also Nikola Tesla Day. What fragrance are you wearing?
I am commando at the moment. Eventually I will kayak over to the beach for a bit, then I will shower and probably put on a bit of fragrance.
Reminder: on 7/14 we're celebrating Bastille Day! See if you might possibly have anything French in your collection? Extra points for extra-French-ness, or for silly perfume Frenchification.
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2017, where I'll try to always have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance.
Note: top image is bastille_4_sm [cropped] by patricia m at flickr; some rights reserved.
SOTD is Guerlain AA Lys Soleia.
Sigh, I want to have your day. Enjoy kayaking et al!
I shall make this a Very French week, starting with SOTD Guerlain Apres l’Ondee.
It is not a bad day, so far
And perfect start to Very French week.
In Hermes Eau de Neroli Dore. I cannot smell the saffron at all. Lovely but fleeting. Still I am enjoying it!
You smell great, saffron or not.
I second that yous smell great
Thank you Lucasai and Robin.
You smell great! It does seem fleeting but if you are in warm weather wait a bit- it comes back with heat.
It has become a skin scent. I am in the office where it is always freezing. So, I hope it blooms then when I leave from here since the temperature outside is in the 80’s. I really like it!
The plan for this week is to wear one scent per each of five French houses with the highest number of perfumes in my collection: Chanel, Guerlain, Hermes, L’Artisan and Serge Lutens.
I am wearing Chanel No. 19 EDT today. I have a small decant from 1987 vintage bottle, bought in a split. Green beast of a scent.
That is a great plan and you smell wonderful
I will do the same. Guerlain(today), Hermes, Chanel, Serge Lutens, and Frederic Malle.
I agree, great plan and you do smell wonderful.
I love your plan!
Great plan! I could probably do a whole week from Hermes, but just a day or so from the other houses…
Fraternal twins! I’m in No. 19 edp!
French Week! I’m in Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Canelle. Sounds pretty French to me. Smells soft and spicy and less sweet than you might expect from the line.
You smell summery and wonderful!
Starting out French week in a striped off the shoulder shirt, Chanel lipstick and Coco Extreme Comptoir Sud Pacifique.
Drinking coffee out of my French Press..
Robin, sounds like you are enjoying your vacation. Enjoy your time on the water..
Looking and smelling good!
Also..sporting terracotta brozer by Guerlain on my face.
Guerlain terracotta bronzer on my face too..
That outfit even sounds French!
We are having a fantastic time, thank you!
I expect to see you sporting Songes sometime this week
you will, for sure
I forgot about French week, but am wearing Alien le gout du parfum, taste of fragrance. It called my name this dreary Monday morning. Probably my second favorite Alien, next to the leather one. I recently tried the Mysterioux, I will try it again, but my first impression was that it was to in your face to be mysterious.
There must be a good French word for an in-your-face flanker.
I’m wearing some of my dwindling decant of SL Fleur d’Oranger and wondering if I will kick myself for years if I don’t grab a bottle while I can. I don’t wear it that often, but I crave it sometimes and don’t have anything similar. I’m doing the same pondering on Fille en Aiguilles.
Personally I love both and would not want to be without them. I say buy.
I spent the weekend dithering over a bottle of Fille en Aiguilles, and even bid on an auction for one. Still dithering . . .
Goutal Le Chèvrefeuille, one of my favourite (French) perfume houses and actually my first niche purchase.
Ooo, I love that one. One of the few florals in my collection. It’s just so fresh and natural – in a good way.
putting that on my to try list..
Oh THAT’S the theme this week. I totally forgot and am wearing Providence Perfumes Moss Gown, which I adore but which is about as American as perfume gets. I will get my act together by Friday…
You have plenty of time
Yeah, I wound up ignoring French Perfume Week today too, in favor of an American company.
Not French at all but used the Duty Free to finally try some scents Ive missed. aqua Colonia Myrrh on one wrist and fittingly JM Myrrh & Tonka on the other. I like both but the JM seems a bit more powdery than I’d like.
Well at least the JM was developed by a French perfumer.
Oh, please tell more about the Aqua Colonia Myrrh. I often like myrrh (but not always).
Chanel No. 5 l’Eau
You smell super good!
Starting off French week with Olivier Durbano Rock Crystal. Going to do lots of baking today as it’s not boiling hot for a change! Cookies and pie on the agenda.
Hey, that sounds great! My sugar craving is alive and well today. Did you get your bottle of Naja yet?
Did someone say Naja???
Did someone say cookies and pie???
No, I emailed Luckyscent to add a sample of Dryad to my order and they said Naja had just shipped from Italy, so it will probably be another week or two. In the meantime, there’s cookies and pie.
Right you are… there is always PIE!
I’ve been reading up on Japanese perfume and found several reviews of Parfum Satori fragrances on the Scent of Man blog. This Singaporean blogger, Rhys Y., visited the Parfum Satori atelier in Tokyo, interviewed perfumer Satori Osawa, and wrote about it here:
I’m fascinated by the graphic she uses to characterize perfume – here’s a close-up:
My sister and I went to visit Osawa sans shop when it was in Shibuya.
Her signature fragrance is what I had hoped for with aroma m geisha vanilla. But the more I wore it, the more the clove overwhelmed me.
Satori is perfect in that is is dry vanilla. It is very much a skin scent on me and reflective of the smells of onsens.
Thanks, aspara! I see they have the new location up on the website now.
Were the special chatsubo ceramic containers as beautiful in person as they are in the photos? (But if I’m converting correctly, they’re around $1,000.)
Yes and yes. Sigh.
Japan is one of my low-level obsessions. Frangratica featured this article about J-Scent Sumo Wrestler:
“Apparently, it’s supposed to mimic the scent of the hair oil sumo wrestlers use on their hair to slick it back. It features the scent of eucalyptus, anise, violet, heliotrope, musk, patchouli and sandalwood.”
Only available in Osaka.
SOTD for me is Vol de Nuit extrait. So absolutely glorious.
This week I am planning on wearing five scents from French perfumers. First up is Eau de Givenchy, one of my favorite Eaus. On my skin the narcissus is quite strong. Love it.
Love that one, you smell great!
Ooh nice! I’m really trying to stick with a no-buy July, but a mini bottle of Eau de Givenchy is one of the things that’s tempting me most.
Good Morning Y’all….
Enjoying a sample of Carolina Herrera Good Girl. Makes me think that YSL Black Opium and T. Mugler Angel had a sweet smelling baby together….LOL! The cocoa is quite nice in Good Girl, and the bottle is on my wish list!
Black opium & Angel had a sweet smelling baby…that will not be going on my to try list . Money saved, i’d say
LOL! On my skin, it has the nice cocoa/jasmine vibe, but it’s not heavy at all. I’m wearing around the office Perfume Grinch, and no comments at all….
It’s definitely a sweet one, so you gotta love sweet to wear it!
It’s funny how our skin brings out different scents. I didn’t get any Black Opium from Good Girl. It was much more floral for me. Have you seen the mini? It’s adorable.
Oooooh! A mini would be all I would ever need or want….I must seek that out! It’s sooooooo cute!
Starting French week with Van Cleef & Arpel Bois d`Iris.
I get a scent almost identical to the Orchidee Vanille with not much iris.
A nice scent, but I own Orchidee Vanille already, so not likely to be a FB.
Hmm… that’s weird. To me they are totally different and I love Bois d’Iris.
Me too! I thought it was just my nose!
I am finding it a bit more distinctive as time goes on, and it projects better on skin than Orchidee Vanille does on me. A fine scent,just not an IT scent for me
I think the dry down has some similarities but I also think these smell totally different.
I am wearing Kelly Caleche EDT. A happy find as I was volunteering at our church consignment shop yesterday. And what to my eyes did appear but a NIB bottle (unwrapped) at the bargain price of $24.00. SOLD!!!!
Great find! And you smell great.
Score!!! That’s one of my favorites!
vintage OPIUM edt 1990’s
You smell gorgeous!
In the wee hours of the morning tested Dirty Honey (my first 4160 Tuesdays ever worn), Kiki and Pleasant Promenade. Now for French week wearing Bel Respiro and Chanel Gardenia (both for the first time).
What was your opinion of Dirty Honey?? I adore it – a perfect low-key sexy scent. It hums, rather than slinks, but still very sexy.
I first read this as “rather than stinks” lol
Definitely sexy….I am going to have to wear it again in cooler weather..sometimes it takes a while for things to grow on me and often the temps come into play with how it develops on my skin…so I want to give this one another go round in the winter. Right now my favorite honey is Absolu Pour Le Soir…in the winter it was full blown cumin sex skank….in the summer it is creamy sweet honey….definitely a warm weather scent for me
And I have now moved on to DSH Pamplemousse on one arm and Lady Vengeance on the other…this is the benefit of scent eating skin…lots of sampling in one day
I really like the DSH.
I liked them both but they lasted all of two seconds
…..and finishing up with Rien (after five minutes this turns into a powdery skin scent), Do Son (nice), Empress of India and Osmanthus Interdite (my favorite of all that I have sampled for the day)
A powdery skin scent sounds pretty good right now.
Rien is supposed to be a massive powerhouse but I am not getting that at all.
Wow, Rien was super strong on me and got stronger as the day went on – finally had to scrub as it was really skanky and overwhelming.
French week! This I can do. Today I’m sampling a bit of vintage Parure, which is reminding me of Crepe de Chine but with that classic Guerlain yumminess. Much too elegant for a working-from-home-in-jeans day, but here I am.
there you are! smelling fab..
Never tried Parure
Yum! One of the few vintage fragrances I would really like to own one day.
I have two postcards with very similar graphics to today’s image – I got them over 20 years ago in Paris. The Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower – you’re supposed to cut them out and make your own tiny paper monuments.
Yesterday I ducked into a Goodwill while the rest of my family went to the library. I always check the shelf in the back with the weird old bath products in hope of finding treasure, and this time I actually did! A half-full vintage bottle of Chanel No 22 Eau de Toilette. Wearing it now and it smells great – it’s a French week miracle!
I’m thinking the bottle is from the 1980s, but if there are any Chanel experts out there please help! It’s one of the square-ish splash bottles with a black cap with the CC logo on top in white. The label reads Eau de Toilette No 22 Chanel Paris and there’s a bunch of text on the back of the label that you can sorta read through the back of the bottle. It appears to be Chanel’s address, etc. The last bit says “52 ml” which sounds about right for a bottle of this size. I can’t find a batch code etched anywhere – there is a faint stamp on the bottle that I’m pretty sure reads 20.
Next to the Chanel was a 15ml mini of Tabu in a violin-shaped bottle, which I also grabbed. Pretty sure this is 80s; it smells very well-preserved as well.
What a great find! This is clearly the perfume deals week.
WOW. Awesome score.
My Goodwill neither accepts nor sells any perfumed article, so I’m always a bit jealous of everybody’s thrift store finds.
Sadly, I’m starting to wonder if it’s a fake. I’ve found some evidence that No 22 edt was sold in bottles like this, but I can’t find any evidence that the bottles were 52ml or any examples of Chanel bottles with text on the back of the label. Hmph. It DOES smell good though – I’ve never tested No 22, but this is an aldehydic floral that reminds me a lot of No 5, which I wore for years. So maybe a good fake?
There are some blog posts on how to date Chanel and other perfume bottles – it’s worth googling to find them. (Don’t recall the names of the blogs right now, but not hard to find.)
I found a few of those but they were of limited help – one focused on the glass-stoppered perfume bottles, and the other was primarily about the info on the boxes (I don’t have the box). I did find a few images that looked just like my bottle, but they were either minis or the bigger 4 oz bottles.
No 22 always reminds me of EL White Linen.
It’s been one hell of a morning. Woke up at 8 this morning. Talked to my regular dentist because I have to get in and get a cavity taken care of. Then I called the people who did the tooth extraction and bone graft. Part of the packing and membrane fell out on Saturday. Of course they (dental school) are closed on Saturday and Sunday. I told the receptionist that I took my last pain pill yesterday morning and I am not feeling any kind of pain and the stitches didn’t come out. Let them know that I am taking the antibotic and doing the mouth rinse they gave me. I don’t know if they want me to come in for them to look at it because they haven’t called back. I’m really hating this because I’d like to take a shower but I don’t want to miss them calling back. I will let them know that I don’t have the money to give them until Thursday since I spent all my paycheck except $20. I hate the fact that they have you pay before anyone takes a look at your mouth. Hopefully I can take a shower soon and then wear Kyoto instead of the reminants of Epic.
Ugh. I hope it all works out and no additional appointments are necessary.
I just hope if I have to go in today, I won’t be charged anything. I have to wait until Thursday to have money.
Dental stress is the worst. I’m sorry and hope it works out OK.
OH MAN. I hope they can work out something reasonable with payment and take care of all the issues.
My dental school doesn’t offer payment plans or work on a sliding scale in terms of payment. You pay for the entire thing up front or no procedure will be done. I don’t know about other dental schools but that’s the way Case Western works. It sucks because I spent my entire paycheck on this procedure with only $20 left in my account. It’s the worst when I haven’t heard a thing since I called them a couple hours ago.
Good luck, Dawn! I had an extensive bone graft a few years ago in order to get an old bridge replaced with implants. In addition to the expense, it was really a project, since you can only drink liquids for a while and then only soft food for some time and that sort of thing. Ultimately, it was really worth it, though.
I am so sorry about this. Hope you can get help asap!
Storm is in the air. I’ll be off to the pool with an umbrella. Might be not worth to towel dry after I’m done swimming.
Perfume for today is Prada Nue au Soleil.
If it’s a lightening storm, I don’t recommend you hold the umbrella above your head while swimming. ;^)
Havana vanilla found during the great cleanout of 2 weeks ago.
I’m going to be pretentious this week (so French!) and pick perfumes that remind me of aspects of France.
SOTD today is Diptyque “L’Eau de L’Eau”, chosen for its perfectly vacuous name.
Top: green mandarin, grapefruit, petitgrain and lemon;
Mid: ginger, orange blossom, cinnamon, lavender, pimento, cloves and geranium;
Base: tonka, patchouli and benzoin.
As a perfume, it’s fine, a citrusy-spicy cologne that is good for Summer. I wouldn’t consider getting more of it though, as I have that base covered more than adequately with the glorious Alvarez Gomez “Agua de Colonia Concentrada” which, to add insult to injury, costs a fraction of the price of the Diptyque.
As a name, “l’eau de l’eau” sets my teeth on edge, rather like the overdone “English Heritage” posturing of most Penhaligon’s stuff. I don’t know if it would have the same over-precious connotations to a native French speaker though.
Who knows, but “Water Water” would sound terrible in English.
I think French has lots of names that sound vacuous to the Anglo-saxon ear. Jardin des Plantes? What the hell else would you expect to find in a default jardin?
mes parfums du jour = Hiris x 2, ils sont si beaux.
Clear bottle Hiris is cool silver-y iris, nodding at Iris Silver Mist. Blue bottle Hiris begins with a chorus of iris then resolves into elegant floral spice. I wore these over the weekend and enjoyed the comparison enough to do it again today.
Later will be for Jour d’Hermes. NSTers, I hope you enjoy your fragrant day.
You smell fantastic! Whichever stage you are in.
Thanks, Robin! It’s easy to say, “Yes to Hermes!”
I think I’ll go with the French houses that I think of as smaller (whether or not that’s accurate). Diptyque, Fragonard, Rosine, VC&A and Nicolai.
Started with Ofresia today from Diptyque. Purchased on a whim from the sale. It’s a like not a love.
And sometime this week I will be splashing on the Berdoues 1902 Violette.
I am interested in what you have to say about the Berdoues…right now my experience is only with the Grand Cru Collection but their 1902 collection looks very interesting…and sells for dirt cheap online!
They are cheap. I laughed that Walmart has them online …but at higher price than I paid at Bigelow and what Bigelow charges online. (I paid $28 for 245 ml, which is also the price I saw at a different fancy pharmacy in NYC.) I was very taken with Cedre Blanc and The Vert. I think of them as classic summer colognes. Not a lot of lasting power but quite nice. I didn’t sniff them all. I got the violet because I recently developed a fondness for violet scents.
oh thanks for your input…..28 dollars for that gigantic bottle is a steal….even if it doesn’t last there is enough for massive re-application! The entire line looks enticing to me Especially for summer fragrances.
Be aware the bigger bottle like I got is splash. No atomizer.
Ah yes… but easy enough to transfer to a purse size atomizer…OR splash liberally!!!
Meh. No depth and zero longevity, but pleasant enough.
Yep. You just made me think I may add this to my lineup for linen sprays when I change sheets. No issue with straying liberally!
That’s a perfect use
This is the best kinda Monday-a vacay Monday ????
SOTD: beach sand, lake water, sunshine, and a few crushed leaves.
Spent all morning on my own little private beach, not a soul around and that’s how I like it. T-Rex is passed out at my feet and a nap may be in order for me as well.
Robin, sad to report I don’t seem to be getting the hang of standing upright on the paddle board like you. I lasted maybe 4 seconds and fell off, numerous times. The only witness was T-Rex, who somehow managed to stay on the dang thing while I floundered around like a water buffalo. Pretty sure she was laughing at me the entire time. Sheesh, no support whatsoever!
Hope everyone has a fab monday✌????
Keep at it! SUP is really fun once you’ve got your balance.
Ha, balance is the challenge for me!
My husband says it’s a blast too. I haven’t tried it. (But then, he’s athletic, or athletic-ish, and I’m really not.)
Like missionista stated above, I think it’s more about balance than fitness. Unfortunately, my balance center is jacked up from long undiagnosed and untreated pernicious anemia. I bought the board specifically to see if I could improve balance but the MD said it may be permanent, so we shall see! I’ll keep trying…and probably falling????
Deva, I don’t know if this option would work for you, but if it does, you could try paddling from a sitting or kneeling position to start–keep that center of gravity low while getting a feel for the board, paddling motion, etc. When I’ve paddled with a strong breeze, getting lower has been helpful for me to gain more control of the board.
Yes, that’s a great idea and that’s how I started if Florida. Didn’t even try standing at first, cause you know, falling, splashing, SHARKS! I seemed to do really well while kneeling. I think I just need to keep trying. It’s very frustrating because I had to give up mountain biking for the same reason- I would lean into a curve and the next thing I knew, the ground rose up to meet me, resulting in a nice crash and burn. At least with this, the fall is much more bearable????
Even though I am able to stand I prefer kneeling. I feel like I can enjoy the experience and the scenery more without having to work so hard!
There’s a group that offers yoga sup on the local lake here – I’m almost tempted to try it but have never paddle boarded so I’m sure it would be lots of fun!
I have seen videos of SUP yoga and let me just say-wow! Amazing what some people can do!
I’ll have to watch those! I’d probably make the blooper reel ????
I’d be right there with you on the blooper reel. I can’t even do that stuff on land!
My brother lives in Lake Oswego, OR. He has a waterfront home and on nice days, you can see the paddle board yoga classes happening. In fact, the paddle boarders are probably regulars because they knew where to drop off my brother’s dogs (all King Charles Cavaliers, including the guy on my avatar)!when they were found wandering the beach and eating, yuck, dead fish. You would think that my brother (really my sister-in-law) would be more careful about the dogs escaping and getting in trouble. Their mastiff (RIP) used to have unsupervised visits with another mastiff in the neighborhood.
Only moderately on theme in NVC Trayee, from an Indian in Paris. However, we did make French onion soup for dinner last night (in France, it’s just called onion soup, or soupe à l’oignon, or, if some vigorous fighters for the modernization of language have their way, soupe à l’ognon)(wow, that looks ugly!).
You smell great! Does traditional onion soup have melted cheese as well?
Yup, oooooozing over the sides of the bowl if it’s done right I’m sorry to say that soupe à l’oignon is much much much better in the north of France than it is down south where I lived most recently :-/
Yup, oooooozing over the sides of the bowl if it’s done right I’m sorry to say that soupe à l’oignon is much much much better in the north of France than it is down south where I lived most recently :-/
Starting out the week with L’Artisan Amour Nocturne. I don’t think I know what gunpowder smells like, so I can’t identify it by nose, but I do like the way the cedar is dampened by some sweet notes in this frag. It’s definitely woody, but it’s not the usual blast of cedar one finds in wood-centric perfumes.
Mistral Patchouli today.
Mistral Patchouli is great in the heat.
Je suis desolee….
Here at the start of French week, I sprayed Eau d’Hadrien. But I am not getting any lemon or woods at all, just…celery!?!!!? Seriously, I smell like celery. Has anyone else smelled this from Eau d’Hadrien? Has my bottle turned?
There are some materials that smell celerylike to me: a jasmine partial and several versions of vetiver. Bleargh. I don’t mind eating celery but I really don’t want to smell of it. (The worst? Iris Ukiyoe, IMO. I was expecting an ethereal floral and got a very insistent salad. It was sad.)
“insistent salad” cracked me up! LOL.
The line between celery and orris is pretty thin for me! I adore Iris Ukiyoe, despite–because of?–the sharp celery-rootyness.
I can’t speak to Eau d’Hadrien, but I blind-bought a split of Pichola when everyone was raving about it. From the notes it should have been a very safe buy, but when I got it all I smelled was celery. Have you worn Eau d’Hadrien before and smelled the lemon and woods?
I’ve smelled lemon and woods before from a small sample, and going on to Fragrantica, that’s what most people seem to get.
This is a hand-me-down bottle from a generous NSTer. I don’t remember it smelling like celery…
Oh, what a shame! I love Pichola.
I’m in Cartier L’envol today. This is becoming one of my most worn SOTD. It’s funny how one perfumista friend finds it “too dude” (like), yet another friend said, how could this be for men?
I really need to go smell Envol!
You really should, Robin
Wearing Buterbaugh Apollo Hyacinth from a decant again today. Just. So. Good.
Taz (my 16 yo) is going to running camp this afternoon and will be gone all week — it’s at Virginia Tech, and as it turns out, he’ll be quartered in the very dorm his dad lived in as an undergrad. Also turns out that that dorm hasn’t been renovated yet, so he’ll be sweltering without AC. (Do him good. Suffering builds character. )
You sound like MY mother!
Ack. Better July than August, though.
1) Yay summer! Lots of swimming, biking and floating down the Clackamas River! Plus the awesome Mississippi Street Fair! It was LIT.
2) Am in Sisley Eau de Campagne cologne. Wow- very much a green floral scent and a bit of beast.
LOVE Eau de Campagne…you smell fantastic!
Un Jardin en Mediterranee, by Hermès.
So….French friday…reminded me of this article I read last week. About the marketing of ‘Frenchness’, esp the use of the french girl myth/the Parisienne.
To be honest, its a trope that I am really fed up with.
“‘I never understood why I loved aesthetics and beauty so much,’ she says, ‘but when I got there I was like, now I see.'”
What?? Because the French are the only ones who love aesthetics and beauty??? This from a woman who lived in Seattle, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been (including cities in France).
I love Seattle! Great city, gorgeous surroundings. I visited it ages ago (in 90s, the year kurt cobain died).
At that time it felt almost ‘un-American’ (sounds weird, but I have no other way to explain).
I really want to revisit that area.
Hermes Jardin Sur le Nil, quickly on my way out the door.
Vive la France!
Vive le France? Lol, one of these i think
You had it right the first time
Now that I think about it, all of my most worn perfumes French. I wear a ton of Chanel, Hermes, MDCI and Parfums de Nicolai. This should be an easy weekly project.
SOTD: Chanel Cuir de Russie.
Looking forward to seeing what you pick this week from each house…
Today’s SOTD is L’Ombre Dans L’Eau by Diptyque, I love the green black currant leaf and Bulgarian rose combination.
You smell great!
OJ Orris Noir. Really liked it last year, but this year – meh.
Oh, too bad! But maybe the love will come back?
Yay for French perfume week! I am wearing Chanel 31 Rue Cannon. I am going to try to wear French perfumes I actually got in France…
I am wearing Songes today, so pretty. Over the weekend I picked cherries and then made them into preserves on Sunday. It was my first attempt at canning. I had so many pots of simmering or boiling water on the stove for various purposes it felt very much like an episode of Call the Midwife.
Cherries!! Yum! Canning is hot, hard work but I’m sure he results are fabulous????
Wearing Lubin Epidor from a sample. I like the floral/fruit aspect but the hay — much like actual hay — just makes me want to sneeze.
Happy Monday All! I will have to dig around in my collection this week to see if I have any French fragrances. I’m sure I have some samples or decants that are French.
Well, I sprayed some of SJP’s Lovely this morning to go to the gym. I honestly can’t go anywhere without a little something on. Anyway, I may wear something French after my shower. Have a good day everyone!
Testing out Mugler’s Alien Eau Sublime today. Whoo hoo! An Alien without migraine. Given the lineage, sounds impossible but it’s no stretch to call this one Alien Eau Subtle. Blooms beautifully in this 95 degree F heat and yet contracts to office-friendly wear indoors. I’m in my happy place today. Thanks Mugler!
I just tried that one at Sephora and liked it much better than the other Aliens in the standard lineup. Never sniffed the various LE flankers.
Ageeing with you. I really believe even if you don’t like Alien, you would like this. It’s a very happy scent.
Was thinking about the plants that remind me of France and will start with Furze which is pretty rampant in Brittany ( and NZ). Nice and creamy and a bit sweet and nutty . Back home and waiting for a snow storm….but we’ll see. Quite often the news reporting turns weather into an event, so what was called ‘winter’ ten year’s ago is now something to be feared. Glad to be in a house with heating though
24 Faubourg EDP and Eau delicate, layered.
Hi house twin!
24 Faubourg, pretty times two. You smell great.
*waving hello* ????
I’m wearing Chanel No 19 Poudre over remnants of last night’s Andrea Maack Coven. Poudre seemed like it would pair well with the earthy, soil notes of Coven, and it does.
Speaking of Coven, does anyone know why it seems to be unavailable everywhere at the moment?
Atelier Cologne Clementine California-meh… I left the house early today and grabbed the only sample I found in the bathroom. Note to myself- put several samples or couple decants in the purse ASAP!
OJ Champaca today for a day of chores and last minute vacation prep. I’m having a bit of anxiety about leaving the kitties with a new cat-sitting service- partly because I’ve had some bad experiences in the past- 2 were downright dangerous, one having my last cat end up in the vet hosptal for 2 days. I’m hoping they’ll be fine and conscientious…
That is worrisome. Do you have anyone that can pop in and check on them?
We’re using a service since I don’t have friends around that can come by regularly. They seem fine from talking to them and I did tell them I’ve had some prior negative experiences so hoping that they are more reliable and responsible.
You smell great. Good thoughts for the kitties.
Thank you! And positive vibes to you and your man on the job front.
I hate having to leave my dog behind, so anxiety producing! Hoping things go well for your four legged friends????
Morning, all. A French week…eggzellent! I started it yesterday with Chanel (Misia) and am continuing with Hermes Amber Narguile. Yum. It’s a warm soft scent for a cold hard day. I love the combination of sweetly spiced apple and tobacco and amber. After a little while, I end up smelling like apple crumble.
Dakkie seems to like AN too: he has abandoned his sustained terrorising of the family of knitted mice in order to attach himself to the wrist I sprayed. He’s wrapped his paws around it, and is engaging in a vigorous activity that combines smooching and bunting with –ugghh!– a slight dribble. I’m only a little bit pleased to receive this attention.
Be well, all. You smell wonderful!
Dakkie is back to his dribbling ways
Wearing some Made-in-France Love is Sweet by 1000 Flowers.
Love love love 1000 Flowers! Drained a bottle of Love is Sweet but have a tiny amount of a sample left…I will wear that tonight
Whew, busy day.
Today I chose Mugler Cologne – and even looked up Thierry Mugler on Wikipedia just to verify that the brand is French.
Today I had a placement meeting with a volunteer coordinator about starting a new volunteer position at my local botanical garden. I’ve missed gardening so much since I moved to my new city last summer. I sometimes think I should’ve studied horticulture or botany instead of social science….
In No. 19 edp today. So wonderful. Need to get my hands on some of the edt for comparison.
Due to flight delays and time changes, did not make it in from New Mexico until 1:00 AM and then had to be at work today regular time. To say I’m exhausted would be a gross understatement. My guy’s interview went really well. I’m 99% sure they will make him an offer, we just have to see if it’s enough to warrant a move across country. Continued positive vibes appreciated.
Hope you all have a wonderful, Frenchy week!
Positive vibes coming your way!
As a person who abhorred change and would go the extra mile to avoid I am going to encourage you to EMBRACE the adventure…..if I had to do life all over again I would definitely seek out changes and movement rather than remaining stagnant…..life is too short!!!!
I second all of this. Very wise advice. Wish i had followed it years ago.
Thanks, all! After visiting this weekend, it did help ease a little of the fear and make me more excited than anything. My family will be sad for me to be so far away (if he gets a good offer), but that’s what they make airplanes and FaceTime for.
Ugh, sorry for the plane trouble. Best of luck in making the difficult decisions that lie ahead.
Thanks for the update, KellyC!
Sometimes you have to move away to make a way…
AND House twins! (among the many many things I am wearing Chanel is one of them!)
OOPs! that comment was for you, KellyC
Yay, house twins!
Faux-French for me today: Estee (aka Josephine Esther) Lauder Sensuous Nude (aka sunscreen). Summery for a hot day.
Pixel, I thought of you last night when I watched a video. It was the coast guard in their chopper, using their speaker system to tell a lone paddle boarder that he/she was paddling in the midst of 15 great whites in southern cali! They advised “exit to the beach in a calm manner” haha! Are you kidding me?!?
I have a mini of this – it’s one of the few woody scents I like in hot weather.
By Killian Intoxicated, I’m wearing this awesome little decant from a great person on here quite a lot lately, it’s perfect when I don’t know what to do & the weather’s warm, and the day’s activities are varied. Left the house late today, in fact didn’t even get to look in here until after lunch.
No. 19 today. Always perfect.
Twins, assuming you are wearing the EDP.
YIKES, Monday and so late today! Playing catchup. SOTD = testing a sample of Tauer’s Lonesome Rider. I think I like it.
French you say? First up —
SOTD = Chanel No. 19 EDP
I needed a spine-stiffener today and it sure worked! I’m not done with work I need to do before I actually leave for vacation on Wednesday, but I passed a “test” today with aplomb and I will milk that glow as I check off my work To List.
For the “You know you’re a true perfumista when –” list:
You finish decanting and packing away perfume gifts for a meet-up BEFORE packing anything else for the trip.
Smelled in the wild last Friday: Donna Karan Cashmere Mist. I couldn’t quite place it until I smelled a Macys perfume insert yesterday.
Smelled in the wild this morning: Angel. I had my eyes closed and when I opened them to see who was wearing it, I got hit with the backwash. Thank goodness I saturated myself with No. 19!
no 19=spine stiffening…
I first worry about what perfume and skincare minis I am going to pack BEFORE my clothing..hahaha