It's World Book Day, UN English Language Day and Shakespeare Day. Yes, it's also Monday. What fragrance are you wearing?
Update: I put on the very cheerful Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus.
Reminder: 4/27 will be Next Generation Friday...wear something from a younger perfumer.
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2018, where I'll try to always have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance.
Note: top image is Shakespeare's Window: One of the windows of the Globe Theatre, on London's South Bank. [cropped] by Garry Knight at flickr; some rights reserved.
Bright sunny day with a great breeze blowing through my condo. One of the disadvantages of having the windows open is the dust from construction blows through and the sun emphasizes it. But the cat is belly up in the sun and zonked out.
With the warm weather I picked sea salt, white floral realness from Kerosene’s Walk the Sea.
Have a great week. ????????
Happy cat and salt air scent sounds fabulous. I had a friend who said no one dies wishing they had cleaned/dusted more… don’t worry about the dust
Sometimes when TOMK is on the warpath I come dangerously close to dying because of not having cleaned and dusted…
Sounds like a great morning!
Yay for happy cat and sunbeams! Sounds great.
World Shakespeare day- I am trying to recall a speech from lady McBeth that could translate to how one feels when you accidentally spray a scrubber on..
“Out damn spot, out I say….”
“…all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little
This thread is so awesome!!!
Good morning! I’m wearing Pacifica French Lilac for a sunny spring day. Also the line is supposed to be free of pthalates, which leads me to a question.
Has anyone here stopped wearing perfume while pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant? I didn’t worry about any of this stuff when I was first pregnant with my son a couple years ago and everything was fine, but a few months ago I had a miscarriage and it’s led me to question a lot of things. A couple weeks ago I ignored my better judgement (and my doctor’s explicit advice) and started googling. I saw a number of warnings about phthalates which are in perfumes, and their possible effects on pregnancy. I’m normally not the type of person who tries to rearrange their life around anecdotal quasi-medical advice, but it’s been a confusing time for me.
So, does anyone have any thoughts/advice/experience in this area? Thanks.
I wore my usual scents when I was trying, but I HATED all of my perfume after I was pregnant. The only scent I liked was a sample of Michael by Michael Kors, weirdly enough. I think it’s unlikely that perfume could cause an issue, but if it’s stressing you out it might be worth sticking to phthalate-free stuff just for the peace of mind? Good luck!
There are lots of fragrances, even mainstream fragrances, without phthalates now, so if you’re worried, just get a few things without, or go farther and get a few all-natural scents and stick with those for now. Don’t forget to check your cleaning & other personal products too!
Thanks! Any ideas for some fragrance lines to look at?
I signed up for a very tedious study during my second pregnancy, with my son, eight years ago, where I had to constantly give blood and urine before and after his birth as well as meticulously record everything I consumed, sprayed or painted on, and/or was exposed to. I think they saw me at my first prenatal appointment wearing my hospital badge and were like “Aha! A fool who likes science and might sign up for this time-intensive study!” (I also had to freely donate my child’s placenta and cord blood, which several of my research friends thought was crazy of me to do. Luckily, I had lots of milk so that was easy to donate.) The study researchers were quite amazed by how much perfume I wore, by the way. The first half of the results are out and it appears, from what I can tell, that the researchers are pretty perfume-neutral on fetal effects, although the N was small.
It’s so great that you were a part of the study, as it must have been a hassle (particularly with a newborn). When I was pregnant/nursing I was amazed/disheartened by how little is known about the effects of drugs, etc. on pregnancy. At one point I was looking for data on alcohol consumption and breast milk and the best thing I found was a blog post by a woman who worked in a crime lab and took samples of her own milk after drinking and tested them (upshot: a drink or two is fine; wait 2-3 hours to feed/pump if you’re really paranoid).
1) The most important thing is to understand is that miscarriages are common in human females. And it’s often a genes issue, not an environmental one. Humans make a ridiculous amount of eggs and spermatozoa; mistakes are bound to happen.
2) That said, Robin is right- eliminate scented and unnecessary harsh cleaning agents, mind your diet ( there are certain supplements that women should avoid) and most important of all be kind to yourself.
Thanks, that’s comforting to hear.
I am long-time lurker of this wonderful community and first time poster. I just had to write because this question speaks to the heart of some informal research I did during my pregnancy. As Robin mentioned, many perfume companies are now phasing out the use of phthalates – at least judging by the replies to the email queries I send. However, many fragrance formulations have macrocyclic and polycyclic musks. The research suggests that synthetic musks may increase our bodies’ toxic burdens – they may not in and of themselves be toxic, but they make it harder for our bodies to process and get rid of toxins. They are also bioaccumulate in the environment and could be endocrine disruptors. Personally, I don’t feel comfortable wearing fragrances that have PCMs and MCMs while nursing my still developing and immature baby, so I made it a point to email the makers of some of my favorite fragrances and just ask. What I found that very few houses – there are some exceptions, like L’occitane, since 2005 per company communication with me — have an across the board policy for all their perfumes. For most of the brands I contact, some of their fragrances have synthetic musks, others don’t. This is so even for brands that go out of their way to be transparent about their ingredient list, such as Korres. My advice is that if you are worried about a specific additive being in one of your perfumes, it is best to email the company or perfumer (of course, niche/independent perfumers are much more likely to write back) and ask, if only to get some peace of mind. I wish there were more transparency about fragrance formulations – instead, there seems to be a lot of green-washing. For example, most people would assume that fragrances carried by Wholefoods are free of environmentally and bodily questionable synthetic musks – but Nemat (of the very, and deservedly popular, Amber fame) and Kuumba Made fragrances both have synthetic musks, as they let me know when I asked. But of course most people won’t email to ask and I think the onus is on companies to tell us what their fragrances are “free” of, following Korres’ example. I decided that as long as I am nursing my baby, I will wear all-natural perfumes (there are so many great ones now!) and save my favorite mixed perfumes for special occasions. I will so though that there is good news for fans of LDDM: I emailed Andy to ask, and it is synthetic musk-free, as his Rose Flash and Rose Body Delight Oil (among others). Yay!
Hi there! I’ve had two miscarriages, it’s very common. I now have two lovely daughters and keep thinking that my second one wouldn’t have existed if it weren’t for the miscarriages! I hope that comforts you. It just wasn’t meant to be.
I stopped using perfumes during my pregnancy because I felt sick basically, then I lost interest. The same happened with reading, couldn’t concentrate. Now I m back to normal!
Good luck and stay healthy!
SOTD is Paul Schuetze “The tears of Eros”.
Notes are: ambergris, benzoin, cardamom, cedar, incense, green orange, guaiac wood, hyacinth, labdanum, orris and pink pepper.
A good perfume for a greyish day after our unusual and short April heat wave. Hyacinth is the key note, backed up by incense in the background and a little sharp orange peel.
In 20 minutes I have an initial telephone chat with a potential client, a fragrance firm in Barcelona. Not sure if we can make it work commercially (rate is low), apart from any reservations they may have themselves after speaking to me. But wish me luck anyway! :^)
Good luck!! ???????? Great choice with Tears of Eros. I’m using up my 15mL pretty quickly.
Super good luck to you!
Blah, got the time wrong – good news is I have another 50 minutes now for last minute research. Thanks for the good wishes!
Hope it goes well!
Good luck . Hope the interview goes well. Barcelona would be nice.
Good luck with your interview! Hope it turns out the way you want it to.
No scent, Robin?
I am in Mitsouko. Modern EDP by Thierry Wasser.
Hm. I am not sure who ‘younger perfumers’ are.
I just realized that I not only didn’t put anything on yet, I didn’t mention it in the text either. I’m exhausted. Will update in a few
I have not tried Osmanthus, but it sounds pretty.
I have no clue either so a list would be nice. Someone could have started in their 20s, been a Perfumer for 20 years and still be younger than me….
Yeah, I would appreciate a few examples.
Maybe Olivier Polge? Born in 1974, started in the 1990s.
Oh, Cécile Zarokian – https://www.fragrantica.com/news/A-Quick-Interview-with-Beautiful-Perfumer-Cecile-Zarokian-4996.html
But I do not think I have anything made by her…
Dora Arnaud Bagriche, who we were just discussing in another post:
And Mylene Alran:
Josh Lobb, if you like Slumberhouse
Good question! I wonder if there is a list somewhere… I came across a couple recently, that I remember.
Dora Bagriche is one example of a younger perfumer:
Also Tanwi Nandini Islam of Hi Wildflower:
Thanks for the examples, Robin and nozknoz.
I found that cafleurebon.com made a series of posts called Young Perfumer Series. In addition to Cécile Zarokian, these posts also featured Luca Maffei, Sonia Constant, Fanny Bal, Yann Vasnier and Pierre Constantin Guéros.
What a great resource, Glannys!
Adding to the list: D.S. & Durga, Bruno Fazzolari, Imaginary Authors, Strange Invisible Perfumes, and Bogue
Jessica Hannah (Skive), Azzi Glasser , and I can’t remember his name but he is from Melbourne …hang on
Fort and Manle ( Rasei Fort). there must be quite a few Australian perfumers who fit the bill…
I thought of him too. He’s very talented.
Lovely day, finally. Seville a l’aube, because I was craving orange blossom.
Trying Zoologist Hummingbird. I seem to be the only one but this line doesn’t really speak to me.
You’re not alone.
I tested Civet and Camel. I thought were nice but not bottle worthy for me. I really can’t explain why. I would like to try Dragonfly.
I was so disappointed with how Bat compared with the rapturous reviews that I stopped testing this line, which may be unfair.
I did not like Hummingbird. My sample pack is floating forlornly in the sample,sea.
I love that Catalonia exchanges books on their version of Valentine’s Day (the “Day of the Rose”) — so civilized — and I wish we could have scheduled our trip to be in Barcelona for that day. Weather likely to be better in May, though.
Wearing Institut Très Bien Cologne à la Française for a beautiful, fresh magnolia-type day.
It is amusing to think of book titles that would serve as presents for friends and family – particularly people we don’t quite see eye to eye with. >:^)
I remember reading a tweet recommendation for The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols — “Possibly the most passive-aggressive Christmas present ever.” ????
Yes, it was lovely. Books and roses at school and on the streets. Try to come next year!
Sounds wonderful! I did read about it in guidebooks and one day, I’ll get there for the day. In the meantime, I’ll be in Barcelona in about two weeks…
Oh lets do meet up if you have time for a coffee and perfume talk/sample exchange! My email Gabriela.firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m in Le Galion Iris today, and running late. Happy Monday!
I love iris. How do you like that one?
I claimed that classic cologne was my most saturated category last week, but it would have been more honest to claim Half Used Samples I Don’t Want to Toss. I’m tackling them this week – they’re mostly scents I like but don’t want more of. Up first: Orange Sanguine.
Probably my most saturated category too…
I always feel like my samples are my reference library… although these days I rarely reference them
I think I have something of the same attitude, but the truth is I’m forever discovering new thing I want to smell rather than revisiting the old ones. That said, even if I clean house now I’m pretty sure I will have a whole new raft of half-used samples in a year’s time . . .
I used to have what I thought of as my reference library! But then I realized I wasn’t referencing them nearly as often as I had hoped–or almost ever–so now I just use up what I like and pass on what I don’t. My sample sea is still vast :-/
That’s the way I look at them, too. The trouble begins when I fall behind on organization and can’t find the ones I want to look up. ????
I’m wearing Cassis, Rose & Sandalwood, from Dame. I’m trying for a week of wearing “Almost empty decants I want to finish up”. I should be able to also decide if any of these are FBW or if I may just want another decant. This one may be FBW. I’m glad Dame’s prices are quite reasonable.
Doing the same thing with my endless samples – good luck to us
Cassis, Rose & Sandalwood is a pretty one. ????
Kelly Caleche cause Spring finally came to Minnesota; you would not believe how much the snow melted this weekend and I don’t have to wear a coat and boots anymore yayyyyyyy
Yay, and go Kelly Caleche!
Woo Hoo on both counts!
I think I will join you in Kelly Caleche cause I just hung up my winter coat for hopefully the last time!!!
It should be warm and sunny in SF today, wearing Atelier’s Bois Blonds. I’m in the mood for neroli and orange blossom and this perfectly fits.
We are warm and sunny too, finally!
Clearly not participating in the project today because I am in Shalimar- I needed her. I am sad to leave my doggie today for the first time. I got to work early so I can leave early and get back home to him. Happy Monday, all.
Awww, it’s always hard to leave the furry babies. But just imagine the tail-wagging when you get home!
Awww <3 I hope the fur baby weathers the day alone well, without any panic attacks or accidents! And I hope the parting gets easier with time!
Not created by a young perfumer, but maybe created when the perfume or was young?
Spring is here! I thought Chamade a great way to celebrate the beautiful weather.
Later today I think I’ll create a little assortiment of maybe 7 springtime perfumes I can reach for in the morning, on a little tray – I’m so excited to do this ???? life’s small pleasures!
I really enjoy my Hatbox of Current Rotation (it sits on the dresser, all my out-of-season stuff is in the cabinet). And you smell lovely.
Thanks mals86! HOCR
Nice to see you back Coin-op! You smell beautiful today. I wore Chamade from a vintage parfume mini last weekend. I am toying with getting the modern EDT, although I haven’t tried it. I am curious which version are you wearing and how you like it?
Thanks Petunia! I am wearing the current edt, from 1.7 oz sized tester from fragrance.net – I don’t have any previous associations with Chamade, parfum or edt, but I find it delightful! I purchased it after reading reviews – I especially enjoyed the reviews linking the perfume to the colors yellow and green.
I set out little seasonal selections like that, plus bottles I want to remember to wear, plus new things I need to test, plus nighttime perfumes, all scattered here and there on my 2 dressers.
On the odd occasion that someone either than the bedroom’s residents comes into my bedroom, they always comment on how much perfume I have. I’ve yet to admit that’s just the current rotation and that my actual collection is stored in the drawers below…
oh good idea to add testers, will do that…
ha! well what they don’t know
Sprayed on California Rêverie again this morning as I headed out to walk the mile to my dentist. Crisp, blue sky. A pleasant way to prepare myself. Just a cleaning, but after last December’s horror of filling replacement, root canal and crown, I get sweaty palms. All is well, thankfully.
Everyone I passed seemed more jaunty…how could you not smile just a little when it’s so lovely out.
I will spray something stronger later. I think the weather is still too cool for CR. Needs more heat to bloom.
Glad there was no trauma! It is feel-good weather today.
Enjoy the CR anyway! In Seattle I always think of the first warm day of spring as “the first iced latte of the year” day.
Hope the cleaning went well.
I’m with you and can’t wait for warmer days to wear CR. It’s beautiful!
Amouage Gold Woman from my sampler. Sitting on my hands to keep from ordering the extrait from fragrancenet.
Don’t hurt yourself
Ha! Actually I’m glad I didn’t order it – something else caught my eye ????
I’ll chime in here with my experience of the extrait–I loved the scent in the sampler and thought, “I’ll bet the extrait is even more gorgeous!” so I bought it blind. Big mistake…it was so overwhelmingly powdery I found it unwearable, and I tried putting it on my ankles to get it away from my nose. All the flowery nuances were lost in the tidal wave of powder. I ended up swapping it here.
I was thinking the same thing-the extrait must be even better than the edp! Ok well you’ve saved me thank you!! I ordered a decant of the edp (10 ml) so that will tide me over for while before I spring for the bottle!
Black Cashmere for me today. Getting closer to needing to buy a bottle of this.. pricey, but I really am loving it.
I think we actually had Spring weather this weekend in NYC. Just gorgeous! Light jacket, no socks, happy-happy! And the smells in the park are wonderful. Hope to get out of here by 5 pm to enjoy some time in the park later today.
Ah, but Black Cashmere seems to last a long time and is worth it! DO IT BUY IT GO!
It’s a good lasting scent, indeed. Thanks for the thumbs up.
Every winter there is one clothing category that I am beyond ready to ditch. I remember last year, after a long cold winter, wanting to shred all my sweaters because I was so annoyed with constantly having bits of wool stuck to my face and lips. This year my feet are dying to be liberated! YAY for no socks!
Too funny! Liberate the feet!
Twins, Robin. I’m wearing OJ Osmanthus as well thanks to a lovely NST gifter. I’m not quite cheerful yet as I’m about to do an online ‘digital’ job interview – not exactly sure what that means, but I’ll find out. Absolutely hate interviewing. After that’s done, I will be very cheerful.
Yay, did not expect a twin today!
Very good luck on the interview.
Hate interviewing, too, and I am awful at it. Hope you sail right through!
Here’s hoping that your interview went well!
The boyfriend is off to Boston for a week for work. Usually, that means spraying perfume with abandon! But I fell very ill very quickly (totally fine through lunch with college friends at noon! a slight niggling of the throat on my way home at 4! super-sick by dinner at 8 ), and now my nose is completely stuffed and I am therefore, sadly, commando.
I did wear my SL Vetiver Oriental yesterday, mostly because I was decanting for my split. It’s great. My most saturated categories (to go off of last week’s CP) are probably vetiver, Serge Lutens, or Hermessences, so VO fits two of those.
Robin, I hope your weekend went well! We’re glad you’re back.
Ug, I hope you’re feeling better soon Koyel! I’m catching up on NST and have enjoyed reading about your adventures and acquisitions I got a pretty serious cold when we got back from Paris – intense for 2 to 3 days, but still lingering – maybe we picked up the same bug ????
Thanks, Coin-op! I had forgotten if you went to Paris the week before or after me, and have been wanting to read about your own adventures in Paris! I guess this means I missed them during my trip? :-/ I hope you had a splendid time, and I’d love to hear some highlights!
Planes are hotbeds of disease >:o I’m so sorry you’re still suffering from your cold!! I hope mine passes swiftly, though.
I was there the week before! It was a whirlwind -if I get the get the chance to go back I hope I’ll have a little understanding of the lay of the land. I kept equating areas of Paris to NYC – my friend’s apartment was near the Arc de Triomphe – I labeled it “upper east side”, Bd du Montparnasse area I labeled “upper West side“, I guess the left Bank when you first cross over the river generally feels more “downtown “that’s OK I have no idea what Im talking about but it’s hard being in a strange city! I did a little perfume shopping at Hermès and Guerlain, and popped into a few other shops, but certainly did not make any kind of dent in my master dream-shopping list.
So much of the city is gorgeous, we went on a food tour, relaxed, ate great food, people watched, and just got a break from the daily grind, which was so nice.
My mom is still sick after falling ill the day after she returned from Portugal a month ago. This year seems to have been off the charts for sickness, and flying really is about the worst as far as that goes.
So sorry you’re unwell. It’s amazing how quickly your bug progressed, and I hope it dies a speedy death.
Thanks, karen B! I hope so too I’m looking forward to getting done the absolute time-sensitive essentials at work and leaving super duper early so I can go home and sleep.
Good plan! Drink lots of fluids, too. I’m sure you already know that… Hope you get well quickly.
Oh, what a drag that you just got back into your “regular” life and got sick! It’s bad enough that you are probably still adjusting to “not vacation”. Fingers crossed that this bug goes away as quickly as it came one.
It’s 51F and pouring rain here in South Carolina, so I gleefully applied a spritz from new decant of Lancome Oud Bouquet. Blind purchase that just arrived 2 days ago. First impression was a big, ‘Oh. No. :(‘ Then, that magic happened where a scent seeps into your skin, sits there, and causes your nose to advance one step further into this obsession, uhm, I mean hobby. I’m wearing it at work &loving every minute of it. Full bottle is now on the way. Happy Monday, ya’ll!
You smell glorious! And aren’t blind buys that work out FUN???!
So. Much. Fun. !!!
I was pondering oud bouquet yesterday because I wanted to get to free shipping minimum on Fragrancenet (re-buying Terre d’Hermes for husband and it’s pretty affordable) – but I’m really interested in the Lavande Trianon one (which Fragrancenet doesn’t have). Hope you’ll love every spray of Oud Bouqet!
IF you buy the Terre Hermes from FN, get the biggest bottle you can. Sometimes they have huge honking bottles- the 6 ounce ones- and that would last your husband several years!
ETA: Oh snap they have a 16 ounce bottle WHAT:
You could literally shower in it at that size and price!
SotD is Bois d’Iris by The Different Company.
Had a very busy schedule today at work. Meeting after meeting. My throat is a bit sore from all the talking. And hardly time to lunch, so I ate half a bag of nuts. Ah just one of those days …..but today Westworld s2 ep 1 will be available in the Netherlands, yessss!
I am looking forward to watching Westworld as well! We didn’t watch last night but probably will tonight!
I remember a Dutch family friend saying that a day of talking would give her a sore throat – all those fricative (?) ‘G’ sounds.
Ha! In southern dialects the G is pronounced different (not fricative…softer), maybe thats why they are more talkative (thats the stereotype…people from the south, Brabant and Limburg, are considered more ‘gezellig’ (more outgoing, spontanous, friendly, hospitable) but some folks blame religious factors…south of Netherlands is mostly catholic, whereas north (above the rivers) is protestant. ????????
Of course I know numerous people from the south NOT not living up to that image. So it is a bit of a silly idea imo.
Monday ???????? but I’m in Acqua e Zucchero ????????.
I agree with your Monday assessment.
Happy Monday and World Book Day!
1) I am reading A Higher Loyalty! James Comey was at Revolution Hall this past weekend- and boy was it…interesting in that room.
1a) Yes, he is really tall, prettier in person with a natural cream complexion, naturally dark hair and beautifully shaped eyes(baggy from lack of sleep, and this shows on camera). His mood came off as ….aloof.
2a) After all that, wandered the city and did a huge rap show Saturday Night. Did not get home until 3 am!
2) Am wearing the last of my sample Rive d’Ambre (I had 4 of them! now discontinued!) because it is a sunny and beautiful morning and we will have a temp to 75F today!
3) And this is the time on Sprockets where I tawk about a scent I have tried!
So I blind bought Cap Neroli, and I am here to say I love it. For real, guys, I love it.
a) The presentation is Classy(tm), with a beautiful box that clasps shut and the bottle is a simple squared shape. The potion within is a golden green.
b) The scent is beautiful green citrus neroli. framed with tonic and almost astringent herbs, – mint and rosemary. You don’t smell like bbq lamb onna spit; you smell incredibly like the sun warmed herbs and green bergamot that would hang in the air in Mykonos or Provence. On the drydown, you do jasmine/white flowers, grounded in a sort white musk- very clean and pretty, almost salty, but there is NO sweetening and it does not become a jasmine bomb (sorry Robin!)
c) Sillage is relatively low ( it is a eau de toilette) BUT the scent is persistent on skin for about 4-5 hours. As I was walking around in the warm sun Sunday, the scent rose about me. I Use two spritzs- one in front, and one at the back of my neck. I would say that this is definitely a scent for hot weather, and perfect for work situations. This is unisex (but no less sensual for all of that.)
d) As I thought this scent is very much what I thought what Oliver in “Call me by your name” what have smelled like- golden, bittersweet, persistent, and lovely.
e) My only mistake was buying the 1 ounce bottle at $45; Imma buy the 100 ml bottle next. https://www.beautyhabit.com/products/parfums-de-nicolai-cap-neroli-eau-de-toilette
I just ordered the 30ml yesterday as well! I agree with your review, spot on!
I am gonna wear this, on and off, for the rest of the warm spring weather and throughout summer, especially with some of the work situations i will have this year. Just wonderful.
Yer makin’ me wanna blind-buy this! But I’ll be good and get myself over to TL to sniff it.
I tried Rag & Bone Neroli at Sephora last week and thought it was nice, but not $180 nice (more like $40 nice).
Interesting about J. Comey. I have very mixed feelings about that guy.
If you are within distance of a store, then please try beforehand!Twisted Lily is a VERY nice shop indeed!
Yeah, the R&B Neroli is pretty and airy; but simply not in the class of this one.
“Touch my monkey. Show him your love.”
MAN, it’s been a long time since Sprockets.
Hahaha! OMG, growing up I LOVED Mike Meyers! Dieter was my favorite!
Ugggghh. Had my finger on the trigger for it at 20% off this weekend but bought softball equipment instead. Now I really want to try it.
I bought full price at $45 (30 mL); I am gonna get it again but get the bigger bottle. I really see myself using this up this summer, along with Fair Verona.
I definitely need to try Cap Neroli. We will be in Paris this summer so I may try to visit a PdN store.
Oh, I wish I could go this summer! If you can, do try this- perfect for summer!
Thank you for the mini Cap Neroli review. You confirmed my fears, re herbs. Still want to smell, but blind buy urge is killed! ????
Yeah. It’s very much a floral, but the herbs and composition oils (the stem and wood of the Neroli citrus is used, as well as the peel) makes it very green and fresh, not sweet.
Try it if you can!
Well I still cannot tell if I will love it! I do love neroli, I don’t need *everything* to be a jasmine bomb, but white musk — hard to say.
Because I think citruses can be so airy in scents, the white musk serves as a sort clean and ‘transparent’ way to make it a skin scent and make it persist. It’s not obtrusive in this composition at all.
Post shower I think JM dark amber & ginger lily.
mmmmm love that one!
Good morning all,
In Rose Oud by Parfums de Nicolai because I wanted to try to do the young perfumer theme and I think this one was done by Axel Nicolai, who ought to be young-ish (I didn’t check). I put on very little and it smells like a discreet powder with a bit of rose.
Enablers: I’m trying to fill up my Fragrancenet cart to get to $59 – I’m ordering a 30ml for Terre d’Hermes which comes to about $28. Was originally thinking of getting either Safran Troublant or Seville a L’aube, but can’t decide which one AND both my decants still have at least 5ml left so there isn’t a huge rush.
So – what would you get? I’m trying not to get too far beyond $59 because I also ordered Cap Neroli yesterday on Twisted Lily (and I request the OJ Frangipani sample – it may yet happen that I get to smell this!).
Have a happy Monday!
this is the eternal question!
Of course I have no idea what is in your collection, but I’m pushing the Chamade edt 3.3 ounce tester
Both are lovely, but since you already have both Cap Neroli and Terre Hermes, you are now set for unisex bitter green citrus. I highly suggest the Safran, which is creamy and spicy sweet rose vanilla. Something to wear in summer nights OR in the fall.
Ooh, what a fun excuse to shop vicariously. The Minotaure gift set is one of my favorite fragrancenet purchases but it only gets you $10.49 closer to your goal… They still have original Omnia, too!
Loving all the suggestions and replies! I cannot do a bigger bottle of Terre because I don’t love it and been in fact trying to lure him to other scents (with no success). It’s a fine scent, but somehow, I’m not in love. He’s very fond of it, though.
Maybe a variety set?
Angel/Prada/Bulargi/Cartier/Derek Lam, and so much more!
Let us know what you decide!
Beautiful out today! SOTD Miu Miu L’Eau Bleue (matches the color of the sky), my favorite of the Miu Mius.
Young perfumers, hmmm.I think “young” might be relative, but I can think of a few off the top of my head:
Stephan Humbert Lucas
Jacqueline Steele (Goest)
Emilie Copperman (TDC)
Bleue est belle! and thank you for that list.
Cecile Hua, the nose for Arielle Shoshana, must be late 30s.
Thanks! David Moltz of DS & Durga, Josh Meyer Imaginary Authors, Yosh Han of Yosh. Lots of the indies!
SOTD is Joya Foxglove, which was my Scentbird pick for this month. It’s pretty, but I have to say I’m a little disappointed because it has no projection whatsoever. You pretty much have to be nose-to-wrist to smell it at all, even right after applying. It is an oil, though, so maybe that has something to do with it. I like the scent itself; I just wish it had a little oomph to it.
That one is ONLY in perfume oil, right? I know I tried it but can’t remember it. It’s rare I am taken with an oil enough to buy.
SotD = Eris Mx. from a sample
I like it. Cacao + patchouli with generous ginger and woods. It smells delicious though not foody. Nice. Velvet Haze’s cacao + patchouli, worn yesterday, was thin in comparison, though I liked it too.
Antoine Lie is the perfumer. The oldest perfume credit I found for him is Gucci Rush for men from the year 2000. Perhaps that places him slightly before the younger perfumers.
Nerd alert! I want to say “make it so” each time I read the words “next generation.”
HAha! My husband and I watched a few episodes of season 1 of NG a few months ago. Fun! And sooo dated lol
Eris Mx sounds gorgeous!
agree, ST:NG is dated, but it’s still so fun to watch!
Patchouli can sometimes wear me out, so Mx got on my nerves for a few moments this afternoon, but the dry down is superb.
Lys Carmin on this gorgeous morning. Book Day, too!
Re young perfumers, one source might be the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award for Fragrance finalists and winners. Here’s an example:
But I haven’t found a single listing for the fragrance awards in my initial searches, and they are not just the noses, so that would take some time.
I need to stop procrastinating on other things I have to do today, but I see that Juliette Karagueuzoglou of IFF won in 2010.
Still procrastinating — if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a young perfumer, here’s a day in the life:
SL fleur d’oranger, just got a (new to me) sample, and it is great for the spring feelings of today. Another hectic week ahead of deadlines and more, looking forward to “after May 2,” the last of the upcoming ones.
And you are not that far off, so hang in there!
Celebrating today’s gorgeous weather in No 19. Finally, abeautiful day.
You smell marvelous!
Hurray for good weather!!
Twins in No. 19 EdT! We smell gorgeous
Kicking off Monday with NVC Bombay Bling. Partial purpose for this one is that I wrote about brand’s new fragrance on the blog today.
Will have to hop over and read it!
Participating in the CP at least the one day this week with Masque Milano Tango by Cecile Zarokian. I have already pulled aside the perfumes for my trip to San Diego, and I’m not sure any are by a “younger” perfumer.
I have a feeling this will be a low participation week
Not participating in vintage Fendi. I have no idea who the nose was. The usual suspects (basenotes, parfumo, fragrantica) don’t list anyone. Does anyone here know? At any rate, whoever created it may have been young at the time but certainly isn’t now
Am participating in Shakespeare Day, however. We are going to see our fave local Big Band perform Duke Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder as part of a Shakespeare Festival. I think it includes some readings by actors and such.
It is a lovely warm spring day here as it is elsewhere. Happy to hear so many across the northern hemisphere are celebrating long-awaited and deserved sunny warm weather!
Oh, that sounds so fun!
SOTD is BK Straight to Heaven. I think it’s one of only two BK’s that I’ve actually sprung for (but right now I can’t remember the other one!). I found this in my drawer today when searching for something different to wear. Well different it is! Rum-Cedar-Patchouli. There’s something very dark yet tasty about it. People on review boards complain it’s too sweet or boozy but I don’t find it that way. Anyway I might have inadvertently participated in the CP because it’s by Sidonie Lancassseur. Just looked her up, and can’t find any age, but she looks young in photos (and also very beautiful!).
I count her as young! And she is beautiful.
Have you tried the Intense or the White Cristal version?
Here’s an interview with Christi Meshell of House of Matriarch, a young indie perfumer, by Carlos of Brooklyn Fragrance Lover:
Best of good mornings, all. I’m defiantly still in bed— I tell you this only to emphasise the depth of my resolution to reclaim my life. A little example of why my resolution is necessary: one of my current projects is the school’s timetable for 2019. There are more than 200 papers, with staff, computer labs, lecture theatres to take into account for each semester. The admin assistant who could have done all the data inputting has left, leaving me as probably the most highly-paid data input person in the history of ever, but someone has to do it. A very kind young colleague has been ably and willingly assisting me. So. I received an email from Timetabling Central showing the stats on how our school is doing with this project compared with the rest of the university (towards the top of the middle). The email also went to our Head of School, who pointed out that we hadn’t finished, and two schools had….she wanted to draw it to my attention that we were not as successful as other schools in this regard. My reaction was everything you might imagine. My colleague was so hurt and angry (because after all, we’re doing our best in a new task with incomplete information) that her reaction was literally visceral: she threw up. OK, so a long and not actually very interesting story, but an example of why my own life seems as important again as work.
To the purpose of this post: perfume. Black Cashmere for me. Oh YEAH! The weather has turned. Last night when I left the building, it was, for the first time, colder outside it than in. BC will radiate warm spice, soft iris and sweet woods into the cool air….I will be doing the world a favour!
We have to take Alexander to a medical specialist today. We think he’s eaten something that has stuck in his gut, poor darling. He chews cardboard, plastic when he can get it (we’re careful), gauze jewellery bags, ribbon, and feathers. He had a big tummy upset and now he’s not eating. Our regular vet thinks it’s time for a scan and more invasive procedures, which trouble me. Oh dear, how I do worry and fret over and love these cats.
Anyway, I suppose I could begin to face my day. Eric sends small greetings. Don’t be hurt: everything about Eric is small. He’s all there, but it’s miniaturised. Be well, all.
Poor Alexander. Hope the vet can help him asap!
I hope Alexander feels better soon, waterdragon! I feel bad for your assistant, too. I guess it’s a chance to analyze what makes a bad boss. I heard a great podcast interview recently with a management expert on leadership and managing difficult on the podcast Stay Tuned with Preet. That episode is not showing up here on his website yet; I guess it will as soon as the next episode posts:
I listened to it via iTunes, which is better if you’re in the Apple eco-system.
Poor Alexander kitty, and your poor colleague! They both are having a rough time of it right now. Hopefully things will starting looking up for them soon.
…”will start looking”. Sorry for the mangled sentence.
SOTD is Guerlain Baiser de Russie from the split meet. Gave it a quick sniff when I first received it, had high expectations since everyone here seems to love it, and was sadly disappointed. Tossed it into my bag and forgot it.
Flash Forward to this morning: cleaning our my bag, I happened upon it, and thought “What the hel*!” and SHAZAM! I love it. I’m so crazy I cant even keep up with myself…8/
Lol, you should trademark that last line. ????
Sotd: Balenciaga Paris because SPRING!!! Finally ????
Took long enough, didn’t it?
My son invited 4 friends to stay the night (all 16) …they are littered around the living room . At what age do boys learn to walk through doors without crashing into them? Or is it just a night time thing…so they can walk through a door from 9am until 11pm but from 11pm until 3.30am they crash? Maybe girls do it too?
Bracken for me today as it is a good wake up perfume. Beautiful day outside
That is so funny! Good luck, hope they do sleep at some point.
When do they go home????
Ha! Hopefully they are gone now?
Robin, I’m really liking the photo of the day. Very restful. ???? ???? Hope that today is an improvement for you over last week.
Song of the day = Return to Serenity, by Testament. A bit of thrash metal for a Monday sounds good to me.
SOTD = back in Imaginary Author’s The Soft Lawn, from the sample stash. This has been a big surprise for me… I am liking it quite a bit. I figured it was a no-go from the notes list. Just shows that notes lists aren’t the whole story.
Jalapeno, I thought 2017 was not such a great year but 2018 looks to be worse. I am going to make it, and I am planning to post as many peaceful pictures as I can.
I liked The Soft Lawn more than I thought I would too.
Oh, I am sorry to hear that 2018 is shaping up (or is it down?) to be such a rotten year for you.
Not being aware of this Friday’s theme as yet,SOTD choice this AM was Fracas.Last night I decided that my perfumes would now be organised alphabetically by house.When I finally reached P,I found my bottle of Parfum I forgot I had.Glorious tuberose.Two drops behind the ears and I was READY.FOR.MONDAY.
I felt like Miranda Priestly:The Devil actually wears Fracas.????????✌????????
P.S!Friday I shall definitely support Jerome Epinette!
And then boy will you have choice!! He has made an astonishing number of perfumes in a fairly short period of time.
SOTD = Chanel No. 19 EDP
Yep, back to that. I had the completion of a project today which was dependent on teams totally outside my control and I was onsite to check on its execution. All told, while it did not go flawlessly (this type of project never does), the amount of planning was worth it.
For the community project, I will participate on Friday only as I was having a difficult time finding the age of perfumers.i was going to go by the years when they were the named perfumer but some were later bloomers and my method was flawed. I am set with my choice!