Happy Bloomsday, and happy Father's Day weekend! We're celebrating everything with our usual open thread poll. Talk about anything you like — the fragrance you’re wearing today, what perfume acquisitions or de-acquistions you have planned for the summer, whatever.
Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…
Note: top image is BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS AND PLANTS Ref-958 [cropped] by William Murphy at flickr; some rights reserved.
Good morning fragrant friends,
Spent the week in Chicago doing on boarding for new and hopefully take me to retirement job.
Flight home was so so delayed got to my front door at 2am.
And there was a box from Chanel with Paris Deauville inside.
SOTD Paris Deauville!
Congratulations on your new bottle. How do you like it?
Congrats on the new “take me to retirement job” and the new Chanel. I’ve got my eye on Paris-Venise. Let us know how it is!
Congratulations on both the job and the acquisition. Can you describe?
I wore this all day before adding my thoughts.
I sprayed liberally and it has a nice burst of citrus. Then it moves to a fresh green orange lemon delight. It’s so well blended nothing stands out other than I felt enveloped by a lovely summer warmth.
That sounds wonderful.
It’s quite lovely, and a good addition to my Assam elephants for summer as I am not a hot weather person.
Yay – double good news. Hope the job is great!
If I want this to be my to retirement job, I’ll have to watch those fragrance purchases!
I’m wearing Coco Noir today. I finally got this last year using points, and I’m so glad I did. It’s one of the few perfumes I can just grab and go, and stays with me all day. I’ve been suffering from a bad sinus infection most of this year. Nothing seems to help. Does anyone have any recommendations? Antibiotics don’t work, and I’m not able to go to a specialist.
I was going to recommend you see an ENT. If not , perhaps a neti pot? Mr. CM8 swears by it if you can tolerate using one.
Thanks, i just bought one. I don’t think I have the hang of it yet, but will keep trying.
Neti Bottle is easier to use. Do see a specialist – I had a persistent infection like that a few years ago and had to have a surgwry
Ugh… I know, I’m going to have to go ahead and find a specialist
I think I have the same issue…not painful just persistent congestion. Neti pot does help, but I need to be more consistent. I prefer the pot to the bottle. I think it helps to try and hold your breath as you pour it through. Sometimes when I take a breath, the water ends up in my mouth. So, I stop pouring, take a breath and restart. Good luck!
I think there’s a Coco Noir hair mist now. You smell great.
I don’t have any pain either, but I’m congested and just feel out of it, and low energy . I will try holding my breath.
I’m also taking Quercitin and have a friend who swears by Turmeric and Ginger for her sinuses.
I don’t know what that is. Is it like vitamins?
I drink ginger and lemon green tea frequently. My sinuses and allergies are the better for it.
Im totally going to start drinking tea. Thanks!
They are supplements. The tea sounds like a great idea.
Do you spend a lot of time around cigarette smoke or other irritants? A former partner of mine was a smoker, and had persistent sinus infections, and they completely cleared up after he quit smoking. I would be tempted to audit my home and work for smoke, asbestos, radon, etc. On a related note, if you haven’t been tested for environmental allergens in a few years, it could be a sign you’ve got some underlying irritation from dust, mold, pollen, pets, etc. . . Maybe not enough to make you feel sick, just enough to increase your risk for infection?
I do live in an old house, and my work just did a whole remodel. We still have construction going on. I hadn’t thought of that.
I think that new carpets can be particularly irritating and vexing. Good luck.
You smell great!
I use Neilmed MS sinus rinse recommended by my ENT. Kind of similar to Neti pot idea, I think. It has been a lifesaver for me. In the past, it seemed like every virus progressed to a sinus infection and then on to ears. I rarely have issues any more, using the rinse at the first sign of anything coming on. Best of luck!!
Thanks! I did the neti pot last night, and can feel a little difference. Is yours a certain brand?
Yes, the brand IS Neilmed. Product name is Neilmed Sinus Rinse. It’s a nasal saline rinse, not a Neti pot, but kind of a similar idea.
Can’t wait to move next week– I’ll finally have access again to some of my perfumes that have been hidden in storage. My top, top ones have been hand carried down to NY and back up to MA but it will be good to see some old friends again.
Currently baking a cherry pie with fresh cherries. Yay!
Yum, cherry pie! I just made a rhubarb pie and hoo boy is it tart. Must be too early in the season.
I sure love the fresh fruit this time of year! I picked 18 pints of strawberries last weekend, and now they’re all gone, I get to do it again, today! Dad made fresh berry pie with the ones I gave him, and it’s tempting to follow his wise lead. OTOH, I still have ingredients to make shortcake, and I’m not tired of that, yet. Enjoy your cherries!
Aahhh, thanks for the reminder. I have fresh blueberries languishing in the fridge. Need to make a cobbler for Father’s Day!
Cherry pie sounds delicious to me right now!
SOTD- on a base of Vitacost organic virgin coconut oil slathered all over my body Hermes Jardin de Monsieur Li (thank you h!!!) …love it….
I also sprayed L’Eau de Kasaneka on my shirt…I think this will be my summer go to because it is so easy to wear and I love the heliotrope/almond/musk vibe (thank you c!!!)….
No acquisitions in my summer plans but I do plan on finishing off some bottles….one was going to be Aloha Tiara but the middle Marzipan confiscated it ….I am not complaining because it smells amazing on her…..
OOO and I made a pie for Mr. CM8 for Father’s Day (HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL WHO CELEBRATE!!!!)….same as last week….frozen pie crust, two pints of fresh raspberries from the farmers market and two tablespoons of sugar…bake at 375 for 35 minutes…..
the youngest Marzipan and I had breakfast at our favorite guatamalan place…we are the only ones in there who speak fluent English which can make ordering a bit of a challenge but it is so worth it….he had huevos con chorizo and I had plantanos fritos….then we went to the farmers market together…looking forward to what he is going to make for us for dinner tonight based on what he bought…..
I make my pies low sugar like that all the time. Now my family can’t eat the sweeter bakery stuff, and this way I can justify a slice with yogurt for brek. ???? I grew up on an orchard of many fruits and we were always trying to use the fruit in various ways.
I am really enjoying them low sugar because you can really taste the fruit. lucky you to have grown up on an orchard
Monsieur Li has a fabulous garden. Great scent. Your pie sounds wonderful. I’ve always been nervous about making pies for some reason.
Sounds like you need to bake more pie!
Don’t be nervous…I am far from a baker….but I made two last week as experiments and they came out fine…I figured worst thing is no one likes it and I eat it myself
Agreed. Even “mediocre” homemade pie is pretty danged great.
Post shower after mowing the lawn….Eau de Citron Noir…don’t hate it like some other folks do….pleasant enough but I won’t be needing beyond my sample….
Vintage Ysatis from a mini. Love the aldehydic-soap-big-white-ylang opening. Not an ‘old’ school chypre as such but I do enjoy the whiffs of smelly breath in there down the road.
Vintage Ysatis bottles look to sell verry cheap on the nets so hurr durr. To balance, I listed some not so loved fumes (ok. . . . l’Artisans) on Ebay so that should give me some coin to spend elsewhere.
And the Socceroos lost 2-1 to France
Good luck, hope your listings do well enough to cover the Ysatis!
I am smelling awesome in Philosykos today.
I’ll be spending a few weeks in Germany this summer – are there any must-see/do places you recommend for Munich and Berlin? (These don’t need to be perfume related, although perfume recommendations are certainly welcome!)
Parfumerie Bruckner in Munich is wonderful.
Check out the art museum in Munich – impressive collection. Berlin – walk on Linden Ave is quite nice
Heidelberg was my favorite. It’s an old university town with a river running through it. Very peaceful and relaxing.
I suggest KaDeWe Food Hall and if you have time, hit the perfume floor.
If you are planning museum visits, it is best to get timed tickets.
Yessssss KaDeWe food hall (top floor) in Berlin is amazing!!!
Visiting it without buying something is mission impossible haha
If you are in Munich I would really recommend making a day trip to the villages in the Allgau/ Bavarian alps esp. Obertsdorf ( easy by train, about 90 minutes). These villages have traditional soap industries…beautiful dark green soaps made from fir, pine and cows milk. The pharmacies that make these soaps are incredible esp. Apotheke am Kurplatz Obertsdorf ( pharmacy in the square, Obertsdorf) Latschenkiefernsiefe ( fir soap) .
If you like art (pre-1900) I highly recommend the Gemäldegalerie. One of my alltime favourites is there https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlandish_Proverbs
If you like dinosaurs, the Museum für Naturkunde has some awesome full sized skeletons on display
And of course there are tons of museums about German/berlin history
I really enjoyed Tränenpalast
And the Holocaust monument is impressive.
Jealous of your Germany trip! We are planning Germany/Austria/Switzerland for our honeymoon next year.
Oh and you ARE smelling awesome!
Loved the art galleries, BMW tour and Biergartens in Munich! Also easy side trip to Dachau which was not fun, but important.
I LOVE Berlin!!! Definitely spend time on Museum Island. If you’re a big museum buff and are willing to spend a lot of time in them, it’s financially worth it to get the annual pass, even though you’re only there for a few weeks. (I was there for a month and went to enough museums that I spent my annual pass many times over.)
I also liked seeing the remains of the Berlin wall in Mauerpark. And you can have lots of fun going out in Kreutzberg. I also recommend trying a hop-on-hop-off bus so you can see the highlights
I do like Munich. Mostly I just like Bavarian food. I’m not nearly as big a fan of Munich as I am of Berlin though its airport is infinitely better.
I’m in Iris Poudre. I have the next 4.5 weeks off. Going to force myself to wear scents I just don’t understand such as Parfums Delrae Mythique and the new EdP of La Pausa. At one point I hated Bottega Venetta eau Legere but forced myself to wear it for 3 days and now it’s in my top 10. Excited because I just ordered two books from Amazon to be delivered TODAY! I’m content with my “to-read” stack. Too short and I feel vulnerable like I’m going into winter without a provisioned fort but if my “to-read” stack is too high I feel guilt that I’ll never read it all and that I’m a fraud, LOL!
Oh-my-goodness! I completely understand about your to-read stack of books!!! Especially times like now–when there’s some downtime in the foreseeable future. It can be comforting (or a burden), depending on the state of things.
I have not bought a physical book in ages, and despite that, will never finish my too read pile!
I usually have a pile from the library. Thankfully, I can often renew a million times . . . apparently, I don’t read books that are in much demand. ???? I also have the awful habit of starting a book, then not getting fully into it, but feeling obligated to continue the slog. So, there’s a subset pile of unfinished books that may or may not get read before I give up and return them!
At my library, new books can be kept for two weeks and can be renewed once unless someone has it on hold. Most other books can be kept for one month. During the summer, some books can be kept for the entire summer with the librarian’s approval.
I think I can renew nearly indefinitely. I’m certain I’ve had books for nearly a year and renewed again. . . Also, as a teacher, I can use my teacher card and keep any book for 6 weeks instead of the standard 3. It’s nice.
I think having a 2 week limit would feel like too much pressure for me! Like it becomes homework to read before it’s too late.
I have a like-hate relationship with Eau Legere. Many times I have put the bottle aside to send it to whoever wants it and then I spray on some and like it again. I am not sure about this perfume yet even though is very nice. Right now I feel it is not for me.
What is it about Mythique that seems puzzling? I’m curious.
Good morning & happy Saturday!
I’m so relieved that I have the time and energy to drop back in here.
Summer has well & truly started here and I find myself with an intense desire for a fresh and fruity perfume…not something I thought I’d be looking for. If anyone has some recommendations I’d be thrilled. I’m hoping for something featuring apricot or peach but not too little- girl or synthetic smelling.
The only thing that I can recall was a By Kilian but can’t even recall the name. It was also fun for 5 minutes but ran out of steam right after that.
Keiko Mecheri Peau de Pêche was lovely, haven’t smelled in years though, so who knows. Maybe Jo Malone nectarine blossom & honey?
I will second the Jo Malone…also, Vanille Abricot is warm and lush.
Peche Cardinale is a well-loved and worthy of a sniff.
I own MDCI Vepres Siciliennes, which is the nicest quality fruity floral I own, hands down.
If you don’t already have it, I find Traversee du Bosphore fits this niche, too, although there’s more going on than just fruit and flowers.
The By Killian might have been Good Girl Gone Bad? Two fruities I love are Ananda by Micallef ( pear) and Plum by Mary Greenwell (plum and peach).
I’m loving my B Fazzolari Monserrat. There’s a bit of osmanthus going on to add a soft apricot note. It definitely fits the fresh fruity-floral theme.
Thanks for the recs! Excellent suggestions.
The Kilian might have been Flower of Immortality
Yes, that’s the one!
Try Parfums de Nicolai – Juste un reve if you like apricot. https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Nicolai-Parfumeur-Createur/Juste-un-r-ve-7171.html
I get the apricot wrapped in white floral, it’s lovely in summer without being beachy.
Oh I love Nicolai’s so to the topof this list for this one. I think I can try it in a ship here too.
Er, shop not ship
Nice, I wish I could try all of them but they aren’t in store in Montreal
I love Fig tea too, wonderful osmanthus.
Blowing about town in Yatagan today, nice and bitter. After wearing Vol de Nuit yesterday, it’s great to wear something cool and herbal.
I know I got out from a generous NSTer a year ago, so if you’re reading this, thank you!
That one puts me in a happy place!
Despite the heat, felt like something sweet, so sprayed on Kilian Black Phantom. Will probably add some Atelier Cologne Blanche Immortelle later, I love that one in the heat, like maple syrup baking on a hot rock.
Yes that one is most likely going to be my SOTD as well (Blanche Immortele)
Maple syrup on a hot rock sounds amazing!
I have to pull mine out!
Back from vacation and hopefully done with stressful/useless project at work – the annoying boss just wants to check boxes and is making us spin wheels for something that no one cares about. Every time I try to talk to her, we end up talking about her and not projects. Yukes!
I have a couple of bottles I want to acquire – Dusita Erawan (I am really impressed with her skills and the new bottles are a bit more affordable than the old releases), and Sex and the Sea. Both most likely will be brought to the splitmeet.
I was about to put an APB out for you! Glad you’re back!
Work was nuts!!! I am preparing a care package for you
Thank you, clarissa. I got your email. Yeah, we also have some check the box stuff too but probably not in the same league what you are going through!
Well, I did it. I survived another school year.
*insert Ben Stein “hurrah” here*
Actually, the year ended better than it began. But, I’m worn out. Packing up my room yesterday, I had to lower the lights and put my head down for a while, because the room wouldn’t stop spinning, and I was afraid I’d pass out on the concrete floor. No idea what was going on, except I’ve been exhausted for a few weeks, and had to push through to the end of the year. No way I would make a sub deal with kids the final few days!
My lessons the last day of school were 1) How to make friends (I showed them how to make friendship bracelets), 2) How to tell the future (M.A.S.H.–always amazes me how few kids know this game now!), and 3) HOW TO SMELL GOOD!
I brought in about 25 scents (some in decants, some FB), sprayed and labeled cotton balls in baggies, and passed them around. Mentioned notes, sillage, things like that. Made sure to bring in some weird ones, just to surprise them.
It was a big hit! One class in particular kept asking to sniff more, so as I’d brought in some samples to give away to anyone who wanted them, I described and passed around those, too. One of my boys went home with 4 scents, including Hypnotic Poison and Dzing! Hope his mom is openminded. ????
I also learned that my VP collects fragrances, too, so I’m looking forward to talking scent with her next year. Sounds like she sticks to the mall (Sephora, etc.), so maybe I’ll bring in a few harder-to-find things and see if I can push–*ahem*–guide her further down the rabbithole.
What great last day activities! Congrats on making it to summer break. Enjoy your summer!
Thanks, Laura! It’s always a trick to fill the last day of school. You want to have fun but not add too much to the crazy . . . I think I got the balance right this year!
Awesome, what a memorable last day for everyone!
And omg, M.A.S.H., how many hours did i spend playing that on the bus, lol.
How did you all find out what number to use for counting out? We woukd draw a series of hash marks until the M.A.S.H.-ee said stop, then count them and use that number. I dont recall using a different approach, so am curious what else folks used ????
The way I taught my kids was to make a spiral in the square in the center and when someone yells STOP, I counted how many times my pencil crossed the spiral to go from one end to the other.
Congratulations on your year and your creative activity.
Marjorie Rose, glad it is over before you wore yourself out entirely, but have to add to everyone else — you sound like a really awesome teacher.
Thanks, Robin. Teaching is an act of the most delayed gratification I can imagine–maybe on par with growing your own Bonsai? Hopefully, I’m helping kids out, and we’re having a little fun along the way. ????
Have a great summer! My kids would have loved fun activities at the end of the school year–instead it always seems to turn into movie-watching in class. Even they think they should just go home at that point!
The last few days of school–heck, the last few weeks!–can be really tough. Kids who were barely holding it together start to really fall apart. They can be super resistant to learning, even when it’s made engaging. Some just shut down and refuse to do the simplest tasks. Many are anxious about spending the summer at home, which is not a positive, healthy place for everyone, and their behaviors can become extra-hightened (more loud, disruptive, aggressive, etc.).
All this to say, I have deep sympathy for the teacher who says “to heck with it” and shows a movie. I’ve been that teacher some years.
Of course, I also have sympathy for the kiddos who get stuck watching too many movies. Whenever possible, I think it’s great when teachers can coordinate, so that there isn’t just movies and parties for several days straight.
I think the best solution is that we make the last day of school a randomized surprise. Kids show up and one afternoon teachers announce it’s their last day and it’s time to clean out their lockers. It would get us around the crazy behaviors as kids shut down and tune out the last few weeks! ????
Yesterday we had an integration meeting at work so instead of going to the office/lab we all went on a kayaking trip and then we had an open air party with barbeque, bonfire, drinks and music. We stayed overnight at a hotel where this party was organized and then everyone went back home today, so I just returned few hours ago. I was a lot of fun!
On a perfume side I had lots of things waiting for me in the mail when I came home. So right now I’m testing new Eaux de Chanel. Paris-Venise is coming in the lead followed by Paris-Deauville.
And by coincidence I wore Chanel Boy earlier today!
What a fun day. Those Chanels are getting some love it seems….
Yes, it seems so. They are lighter and truly wearable, targeted at younger consumers
How fun! Here’s the NYC equivalent away from the great outdoors:
I’ve never done escape room before but would like to give it a try
My childhood friend of 50 years has been nagging me for three years now to do one of those escape the room things in the city…she wants to do it with all the Marzipans….have you ever done one, h??
I have not. We (work) wanted to do it for team building on our own but something always came up. If you are doing it, I would love to do it with your “team”!
oh yes YOU must do it with us!!!!! If we ever do it…so hard to get the younger marzipans on the same schedule and I think they book weeks in advance…maybe next summer???
Such a beautiful day today. Sunny, warm, breezy. I wish all days were like this.
I am sampling Pussy and Resist, two perfumes from House of Cherry Bomb, an indie line created by 2 Brooklyn based independent perfumers. Pussy is very green and refreshing with a good amount of jasmine fig, labdanum and leather. Resist has jasmine, oud and cement notes. It is an interesting smokey perfume. Both are really good creations. Nice longevity, 4 hours so far and they are still present. They wear close to the skin. I am almost sure the projection will be better if they were sprayed, but I have dab samples. I am very pleased and happy to experiece the work of these local perfumers. Worth to try.
I ran errands early in the morning and I am watching now some of the World Cup soccer games and making artichoke/spinach dips from Elisa P and KellyC recipes. Thank you! I will bring them to my sister later today who is celebrating her birthday. Some friends and family are coming over, so I am sure the dips will be a hit. Tomorrow, visiting dad’s at the cemetery and more soccer games to watch.
Have a great weekend everyone!
The husband is one with the couch…football and US Open.
I am a soccer and tennis fanatic. Lately, I have been developing a big interest in horse races. I wish I could be in front of the tv for all matches, but there is always something else to do.
I’m with you in Television Widowhood – Mr. G has gotten up ridiculously early all weekend to watch, and I am eternally grateful to whoever invented wireless earphones.
Wireless earphones saved my marriage.
Nothing saved mine
It’s my sister’s birthday too! That makes us some sort of twins.. I think.. LOL enjoy the day!
Hi sisters twins! The best for them. You too enjoy the day!
Hope the dips turn out well! Sounds like a nice weekend you have planned.
I’ve never tried anything from House of CB. I think Aroma M started out with them. I should get around to those one of these days. Try to support our locals!
Yes, Aroma M was founded by Maria McElroy and Alexis Karl founded Scents by Alexis. I am planning to give a try to the rest of the line.
Your dip with Feta cheese came out so delicious. Thanks! I had to stop eating it, otherwise nothing would have been left for later. I am making KellyC’s now. ????????
I think ihadanidea worked there or took some classes there. When we met up at the Met, the HOCB perfumer was one of the speakers. Confession: I bought samples on Etsy but have not tried any yet.
I have a couple of House of Cherry Bomb and they are great!! Their Tuberose is quite impressive
That is good to know! These are the first 2 scents that I try from them and I am very impressed. I will definitely explore this brand more.
Yum! Enjoy your dips! Sounds like you’re going to have a nice weekend! Enjoy the weather!
Your dip came up so delicious! I ate a lot. On my way to my sister now. They will looooove the dips. Thanks!
I’m wearing Woman in Gold today from the little tester I got from the SA in Honolulu. I’m going to London on Friday and have plans to hit TK Maxx, Bloom, Les Senteurs, Liberty, Roullier White, 4160 Tuesdays, and Harrods for perfume and the Fortnum and Mason food court for interesting nibbles. Anyplace else a must-see for perfume? I have the museums planned already. Thanks!
I think there’s a Nicolai Parfums boutique in London if you like that line. And Ormonde Jayne…
Jo Loves which is about a block and across the street from Les Senteurs
And I think Tea at Fortnum and Mason is the bomb (not the hoity-toity dark restaurant but the fun ice cream parlor look one)
Maybe the Etat Libre D’Orange store near the Shoreditch tube station? (With any luck the Smell Like a Slut! sign is no longer in the window)
There’s a Jovoy in London now, too!
Making chocolate cake for Father’s Day.
Yesterday I met with my Peruvian friend and she was talking about the game today (which is on now) and she started crying…she is so emotional over her team! 36 years is a long time
Sounds like a wonderful day and you smell great!
chocolate and songes sounds like a perfect Sunday
Lazing in bed with a reward for my hellish work week (which is not even close to being done but I seriously need a break from my desk and computer) … a small cuppa of the real deal with a splash of milk. I swear I heard angels singing as I took my first sip of . . . coffee. Wouldn’t say I am exactly falling off the wagon, just standing up on the baseboards and waving wildly for one glorious moment!
Big weekend perfume plan is to crack open one of the Les Heures Voyageuses oud samples Pixel gave me. I’m taking my husband and sons out for a Fathers’ dinner tomorrow and I plan to smell amazing.
Yay for savoring something wonderful!
Sorry to hear about your bad week, though. Hope the weekend is restful and rejuvenating!
SotD = L’eau de L’artisan
I almost let this bottle go, now glad I was lazy and held onto it. I’ve had it more than a year, maybe two or three? Bought the bottle inexpensively and optimistically without trying it first. Uh-oh. Thought it would be a winner because I love cologne-style scents. It was just “meh.” Well, never say never, because today it feels perfect. Citrus-spicy, herbal-woody, hoping it will work in the heat of summer.
So sleepy this morning. At about 3:00 am fire trucks and police cars were flashing lights up and down the block. About 6:30 am a cruiser with a megaphone went by, repeatedly announcing that the police had found a 3 year old boy wandering. Surely hope his family has been reunited.
Saturday to do list:
What a horrible thing to wake up to! Sure hope they find his family and all is well. ????
Oh, how terrible for that little guy and his family! Hope they find his family.
Your day sounds perfect????
Oh my heavens, that poor little one! Hope you’re able to rest today after that.
Good news around the neighborhood is that the lost little boy is home again. He was staying the weekend with his grandparents. He woke up in the night, decided to go home on his own, on foot, with no shoes on. He and his parents live just a few blocks from grandma and grandpa. But when you’re three years old, it’s hard to find your way home in the dark. I’m sure the family will be telling this story every Father’s Day weekend for the rest of this kid’s life.
Oh, how fortunate, but how very scary for everyone!
My brother did something similar when he was 3 – got up in the middle of the night, went out the back door and over to the neighbors’ house, and crawled into bed with THEIR son. We laugh about it now (MANY decades later), but it was probably not that funny at the time.
Oh my goodness. Glad it all worked out. It will be a family story forever. Explains why adults go gray.
Wow, what a story!
Eau de Guerlain bc it’s already hotttt and humid. And it’s going to get worse. Yuck. Heavens, I grew up in Texas but 17yrs in the Midwest has made me such a baby about the heat! ????
Heat and humidity are never fun, wherever you are. Try to stay cool!
I know I have no room to whine, I lived in Houston for several years! ????
Just remember, winter is plotting it’s way to the Midwest again ????
I love Eau de Guerlain. I grew up in the south and have only been in the West for 9 months but it’s definitely made me a baby about the humidity.
Eau de Guerlain is fabulous! Great choice.
Happy Saturday, everybody! I’m in AA Herbs Fresca layered over a little bit of Demeter Thunderstorm thanks to the lovely Kelly, aaaand I’m finally off to the gym!
Glossier You from a newly acquired sample. I’m terrible at describing scents so let me just say that this is a very pretty scent and I’m liking it a lot. It would probably fall into that “smells like expensive soap” category that someone mentioned recently. I also got a sample of Byredo’s Elevator Music and my first impression is: yuck! No me gusta! The opening is very off putting to my nose. It probably wasn’t a fair test to try it on one hand and the Glossier on the other. I will give it a fair test run before adding it to the giveaway pile.
I’ve been all about easy to wear scents lately, I don’t know if it’s the warmer weather or what. All the perfumes mentioned in the NYT’s article about The New Softies are on my list.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday!
Thought of you when I tested Andree Putman Peau d’Amour the other day. Similar vibe to Fleur de Peau. It’s definitely in the “softy” category.
I haven’t heard of that one! Just looked it up. I love the translation “a little bit of love.” ????
Beautiful, sunny day today. Took a stroll in the hood to run a few errands and am softly wafting OJ Frangipani today.
You’re smelling amazing today!
Thank you! It is a pretty one.
You smell pretty. I hope your walk was enjoyable.
Much as gracias!
Twins with you yesterday. Partly. Layered with Aloha Tiare for no good reason. Frangipani is soooo good.
Caught up with the local perfume people last night, and thought I should catch up here, too!
Also got a sample I forgot I ordered–DSH Cafe Noir–I think someone here recommended it for my ongoing coffee scent search.
It is definitely “noir” if that means spicy, a more bitter version of gingerbread spices plus some dark coffee (though the spices are winning over the coffee on my skin). It is great, so far, and definitely going on the to-ponder list.
Ooh, that sounds yummy! Might have to order some DSH . . .
Sorry to see the Glasgow School of Art in flames. I used to walk past it most days and loved the building . Wearing Prada Mimosa for a spot of yellow. Our prime minister is due to give birth this week. She is planning to take six weeks off ( compared to my 16 years off). Happy weekend!
Wow, good for her!
It was *awful* to see it burn again, and so ferociously, particularly after all the hard restoration work done after the last fire.
(I once got to give a talk in the mackintosh lecture theatre at the GSA–I was a little overwhelmed by that.)
Wow, it’s burned twice? That’s some spectacularly bad luck.
That must have been a pretty special experience.
Preparing for tomorrow’s festivities: my mom’s bday celebration, fathers day, and my wedding anniversary celebration with my parents & hubby.
So, basically have to scare up some last minute gifts. Socks for my dad, a plant for his office, nothing for DH (we will go out for dinner separately), and ….something….for my mom.
Her tastes are the opposite of mine, so always a challenge.
Scents: fragrance is banned at my work (but not scented lotion or soap), so i stick to 1 spray down the front of my shirt, which bo one has commmented on to date. But, i dont vary the scent much cause i think that helps me fly under the radar. I have my own office, so it doesnt effect anyone (the problem was someones cologne in the downstairs cubicles housed in a stuffy room).
Fall/winter/early spring is SJP Lovely. I am switching to Prada Infusion d’Iris for spring/summer.
Whixh means i have too many daytime options to crowd into my weekends. Rich people problem, for sure.
That’s a lot of celebrations! Enjoy! And a very happy anniversary to you
Enjoy all of your celebrations!
Happy Anniversary, nebbe!
Have a great day…sounds fun! That’s tough with the work policy… but you are making it work it seems.
Thank You all!! ????❤????
Freebies from hajusuuri
These freebies are for NST “regulars” (posted your SOTD or commented in the Lazy Weekend Poll twice between June 1 and June 15 AND responded to someone else’s SOTD or LWP comment at least once during this same time period). The regulars know who they are. One dibs per person.
U.S. only. Contact: Click on my username “hajusuuri”. Dibs here and send me an email. Not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged packages.
Unless otherwise stated, these are new.
1) 5 x 5 Pack #1 – 5 mainstream manufacturer’s samples + 5 niche dabber samples (dabber samples are a mix of new & used; I will email a list and have you rank them in preference order but note that you may not necessarily get what you prefer)
2) 5 x 5 Pack #2 – see above
3) Double Trouble – Manufacturer’s samples of La Femme Prada EDP (x2), La vie est belle EDP (x2), Narciso EDP (x2) and My Burberry Black Parfum (x2)
4) Lost & Found – Includes decants gone astray but found their way back to me – Guerlain Outernoir 2mL and Tauer Cologne du Maghreb 3mL. I will add a 3rd decant from my collection. I would asssume the first 2 are unused but I cannot guarantee.
5) Mini surprise – 2 minis from my collection
6) Perfumista Nightmare – For the person willing to “rehab” sludge at the bottom of an atomizer. Includes: Arabian Oud Kalemat, Chanel 31 Rue Cambon, Chanel Cristalle EDP, Christian Dior New Look 1947, ELDO Afternoon of a Faun, Fendi Theorema, Guerlain Mystery perfume, Keiko Mercheri Johana, Kenzo Jungle L’Elephant, Lush Snowcake, Mugler Pure Havane, Parfums del Rae Bois de Paradis, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille. Used.
7) Re-gift Pack – I’ll decide what to include once I know who selected this. Used.
8) Slapping on a new label – I sent this split package to the wrong address and it was returned to me intact. So I will slap on a new label and send it on its merry way. The clue of what it contains – unscramble these letters to form two words: HUSSCODENARIL. You don’t have to solve it to place a dibs on this.
This is so nice of you!!!
Dibs on #1. Will email in a bit.
Dibs on 8 please. Will email after work. Thanks!
Will also take a stab at the puzzle after work ????
Oops, dang it, i didn’t look at the dates… I’m putting my dibs back. Sorry
You ARE a regular, lillyjo!
Ok! Dibs on 8, thanks!????
An update to NST “regular”…I know there are several who had been too busy the past 2 weeks to comment but if you know I know you’re a regular, by all means, place a dibs!
I will dub on no 5
You’re sooooo kind!
My samples somehow multiply like rabbits!
I love word puzzles. Five vowels, each used once. Hmmm.
leaves leftover letters
h, o, n, a, l, s, and s.
or cuirs des uses up two more letters.
I’m stumped. Somebody help!
LOL! You’ve done better than me so far!
Here’s a hint- it’s not Cuir anything ????
Ignore my hint, I was wrong????
Dibs on #2
I FIGURED IT OUT!!!! Yippee ????
Whoops, no I didn’t ????
Oh I bet! I spent a hour or so trying to figure it out!! Great word scramble hajusuuri!! That would make a fun game of the day.
Ha! I should have split the letters into 2 groups to make it a little easier.
I enjoyed the challenge – I was all over the place; resins, Narciso, Chanel…????
Yay, that fits! Now I will be able to sleep tonight and enjoy the Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle in the morning. Hope it’s an easy one.
Ding ding ding…you got it!!!
— the Guerlain in 4) Lost & Found is Neroli Outrenoir
The following freebies are still available:
3) Double Trouble
4) Lost & Found
6) Perfumista Nightmare
7) Re-gift Pack
May I dibs on #4? Wanting to try the Guerlain for awhile now.
May I please place dibs on #7? Will email you now.
Today I am enjoying the powdery notes of Naughty Alice (Vivienne Westwood). It’s a good scent for the week-end.
So far I’m just in Clinique Wrappings lotion thanks to hajusuuri! I smell pretty darned good, I have to admit.
It’s been a rainy day here today which is unusual but it’s been sooo nice. It’s also cooled things down a bit which is good because it was unusually hot already, even for NM. Other than grocery shopping I’ve been mostly lazy, watching Call the Midwife which I’m currently binging!
Wrappings lotion smells wonderful. A dab on my arms this morning is perfect. I looked around and found five scented lotions here. Where do they come from? They must be taking lessons from the dust bunnies and ganging up on me. I prefer low or no-scent lotion on my hands, so I rarely reach for the more fragranced ones. Must change that and make it a habit to enjoy using them like perfume.
Chummy is my hero!
I don’t usually wear much wear much scented lotion either. As you do, I prefer unscented on my hands especially. But this Wrappings lotion was great yesterday and scented my skin almost all day!
And I love Chummy!
I went out without any perfume because I was going to Ulta for a haircut today (thank God!–the frizziness was taking over). I didn’t find much there to try, though. What I did try was Mugler Aura, because I was utterly taken with that emerald green cut glass bottle. WANT! The juice could have smelled like most anything–I want that green gem! In fact, it doesn’t smell that bad. Maybe I’ll buy it sometime because the price isn’t out of sight. The bergamot or lime + vanilla combination is rather appealing, too. One of my Facebook friends asked yesterday for people’s Gazpacho recipes and that got me remembering about a delicious watermelon gazpacho that the chef used to make at my favourite local restaurant (sadly closed now). I looked up recipes and went to Kroger and bought the ingredients to make some–so we’ll see!! It has watermelon plus some tomatoes, and chopped and pureed cucumber, red bell pepper, and red onion. (I’m omitting the jalapeño because I’m wimpy). You also add red wine vinegar to temper the sweetness. I hope mine turns out OK! At least it’ll be pretty. I’ll report in on it tomorrow.
That watermelon gazpacho sounds so refreshing! I really need to get to an Ulta to sniff Aura. The bottle is really beautiful.
You should wait until ULTA does their 20 percent off coupon. I really like Aura.
I’m supposed to be splitting a refill bottle of Aura which I bought at Neiman Marcus with discounts but I’ve been too lazy…I am also lemming the green atomizer. I was supposed to receive a mini from Nordstrom (for buying another perfume) but the Mugler rep was a no show. I may still remind the SA the next time I buy a bottle.
Hey, I want that recipe! I used to make a watermelon, feta, and mint salad, but don’t think I have prepared it in years.
Ooh, that sounds good! We have fresh mint in the garden.
See below–I posted links to the recipe and to a photo of what I made.
Hey, I tried Aura last week! I kinda liked it…lots of wintergreen for an hour, then it dries down to a nice vanilla. I was actually surprised I liked it, as most Muglers are scrubbers on me.
Your watermelon gazpacho sounds lovely. ????
I’m in Hermes Jour d’Absolue on one arm, and Monsieur Li on the other…and I like them both! I’ve been considering springing for Monsieur Li, but I was giving this urge some time, in case it was more a matter of just wanting something new.
Speaking of something new(ish), I’m going to play around with weaving on a little hand loom this weekend. I had a loom as a kid, but haven’t woven in years. This comes up because:
-the library has a few books on the subject
-I have yarn and miscellaneous threads built up after years of crafting
-I’m in the (very warm) midwest, where it’s currently Very Pleasant to stay inside
-and it won’t heat up the house (like baking would)!
Have a great weekend, everyone!
I had a loom as a kid too, wonder if I would still know how to use it?
I have a friend who is always experimenting with different crafts, and she did a little bit of bead weaving, which turned out really, really beautiful. Not to send you back out to buy beads, but if you end up liking the weaving action…..
Now, I want to weave beads. Lol, that seems cool.
Curious to know ho it goes with the loom. Weaving has always seemed fascinating.
Both those Hermès are great.
Many thanks to the commenters who posted about giving blood this week. I’m not sure why but I always thought it was some sort of scam, and the comments caused me to research it, and I realized how wrong I was. Just donated for the first time and have to say: it was very fast, didn’t hurt, and only took 30 minutes total. Even in my small town there are multiple convenient places to donate and maybe it will be helpful to someone in the world. I hope so.
Other good things: I tried a sample of Diptyque body oil a few months back which was crazy nice, if not quite the perfect daily scent for me. I made my own body oil and sprayed in a few sprays of Chanel L’eau and it is DIVINE! Try it, guys!!
Oh, bravo!! You did the smart thing and made the effort to find out for yourself what was what; then you followed through! Congrats on your first donation! (I donate, too.)
To top it all off, you smell fabulous!
Hey good for you! It’s great how much stuff we can learn here. I love a good body oil, yours sound really good.
I really DO learn a lot of broad info on here. Though I don’t post every day, I read every day, and I appreciate all the kindness and sharing of other members who share their experiences with perfume and life.
Congratulations on your blood donation, big kudos to you! My Dad has donated for many years, unfortunately I am not big enough to donate.
Giving blood is no small thing, it’s the gift of life.
During the depression, my dad watched his father get transfusions in their kitchen from friends when he was dying from cancer.
It set a pattern in Dads life and over the years he became one of the top donors in the US. He also did platelet donations dozens of times.
Good for you!
Oh wow. That’s a powerful image.
Now that I have done it and know how important it is, I plan on doing it every 2 months. I never really thought about the fact that there is no substitute for donation (nothing synthetic). It’s humbling to realize how many people have been making these contributions to our national health for so long.
I am hoping to be a bone marrow donor but haven’t yet been matched.
Thank you for donating! Yes, there isn’t really a good blood substitute that exists yet. They do have certain medications and infusions for people who won’t take blood for religious reasons. Some traumas/surgeries require very large amounts of blood, like 10+ units- 10 donors may go to one person. I’m not sure how there’s enough blood and blood products to go around, really.
I wore a multitude of scents today. I was straightening out my perfume cupboard and found Lux Champaca from CdG. It was quite nice but I wonder how it stacks up against OJ Champaca? Anyone know?
They don’t smell anything alike to me. I don’t know what champaca actually smells like, but the CdG smells like a strong white floral melange to me. I almost think it smells similar to LL Lys 41.
The OJ to me smells less floral and more like a nutty rice tea with a dash of citrus.
Thank you deR Elisa. The OJ sounds really nice. I may need a sample.
FAT Fingers… Dear Elisa…
Flowerhead oil from a ???? fabulous NSTer bestie. Omg so yummy. Then a spray of Kiss My Name. KMN is suuuuuper sweet at first then mellows out.
Fabulous NSTers are THE BEST!
I have let work pretty much ruin all of my social outlets and am on a mission to take back some of my life. Last week I took an unexpected trip to Paris to attend a funeral. Very glad that I went – it was cathartic on many levels. I did have one day completely free and managed to get to the Grand Musee de Parfume. It was almost completely empty, and I had such a great time I actually almost cried. There is the most amazing exhibit; these small copper balls suspended from the ceiling. You turn the globe in the holder to light up the language you want, then pick it up and it puffs a bit of a scent at you, then you listen to a description and details about it. Each one is a different perfume ingredient. Amazingly, each room isn’t overwhelmed with scent and you can smell each exhibit!
Managed to get to Gallerie Lafayette and Jovoy. Sadly, GL no longer carries Mugler. I did get to smell the new Chanel trio. It’s been more than a week and the scent strip I brought home of Paris – Venice still smells lovely. Toured the new Diors but nothing really caught my interest. I did not buy anything for myself but got Enabler Husband Guerlain Ideal Homme Intense for Father’s Day and a sample of Lubin Jarden Rouge that I am obsessing over.
Happy weekend, everyone!
It is so easy to let work and other obligations push personal needs like connecting with friends aside! I’m glad you got to spend a day with yourself and rejuvinate a bit–and all the best with finding your balance again!
The Grand Musee de Parfume exhibit sounds like, well – heaven.
Remember how GOOD taking that time for yourself felt, and perhaps that will help you to make it more of a priority.
Snagged a sample of La Pausa* the other day, and, though I drenched myself–best part of 1ml, it was gone, just gone within 30 minutes. I know it’s notoriously fleeting but that was just silly. I put something else on and carried on with my day, trying to sort out some chaos by sorting and cleaning (I am not the world’s tidiest person, and things… accumulate in tangles.)
In the evening, I was completely smitten by how I smelled, and could not for the life of my remember what I was wearing. Woke up this morning and was “oh, yes! Superstitious!” I’d never worn it through–I usually test samples in the evening, and had clearly slept through every drydown and didn’t recognise it from the fizz and bite of its earlier hours.
*I may have had a little voucher-and-discount triggered Bel Respiro-shaped accident at the Chanel counter on my way home from work.
Voucher-and-discount sounds like fate, not an accident. ????
That’s just the reason I never bought La Pausa. It’s a fleeting beauty.
8 sprays of 28 La Pausa EDT over 8 hours of wear. I am working through my 75 mL bottle and I have the humongo back-up bottle.
SOT Morning- Daphne Flower
After shower will test Twilly
Is that Antica Farmacista’s Daphne Flower? And how do you like it? I’m curious how much of a true daphne scent it has. It’s so cheap, that I considered a blind buy when it was first released.
Yes! that is the one! I will tell you that it is lovely but I also don’t have any discriminatory tastes as in I like just about everything…and also, I don’t know what a true daphne scent smells like
It’s a gorgeous Sunday morning, and I’m lazing in bed with coffee and all you guys. Worked my behind off in the yard yesterday, and went through several scents – started off in Dior Escale a Portofino, sweated that off doing yardwork (aside: I cut back two thirds of a grapevine we have against a trellis and discovered that the tea rose underneath is blooming again), showered and put on Chanel Eau de Cologne for the evening, and added a bit of Jardin Sur le Nile at bedtime. Am scentless right now, but Crikey mentioned a Bel Respiro-shaped incident above and that sounds awfully nice.
I’m still in remnants of last night’s Tonka Imperiale. I haven’t worn it in so long, but it’s really enjoyable. My SOTD yesterday was Durga, which I loved but will not pay $350 for once my decant is gone. It’s a gorgeous tropical white floral with a sweet fruity aspect like banana. Yesterday was kinda low key after doing lots on Friday, my boyfriend’s birthday. Highlights were getting a scoop of perfect Peanut Butter Chocolate ice cream at Cupcake Royale (yes, they make cupcakes AND ice cream), walking through the park and watching a little of a quidditch match (pretty hard to follow), and finally watching LadyBird.
I had planned to finally give my Bracken Woman decant a full wearing, but I may end up reapplying Tonka Imperiale if it continues to linger. This is my second to last weekend going in to my part-time job. I’m ready to just have my full time job and reclaim my whole weekend with the exception of some occasional Sat work that my ft job requires later this summer.
How did you like Ladybird?
I liked it a lot!
Wearing Hermes Rose Ikebana today, after swimming in the pool with the two kids, who are both learning to swim. The touch of chlorine leftover after shower makes RI even better, which is hard to do. Such a great, refreshing tea+rose scent.
Wearing the discontinued Fresh Mint Leaf Cologne by Jo Malone & spending today at the gym and then the pool. Miami is hot and humid at the moment. After the gym I’ll smooth on some of that Bronze Goddess Cooling Body Gelee by Estee Lauder – love that especially post-sun and on a weekend afternoon.
Tonight I might make a greek salad with salmon.
Nothing beats a good greek salad.
You smell great and salmon and a Greek salad is delicious!
Hey folks, the watermelon gazpacho turned out great! Here is a picture of it. I followed a recipe I’ll also post a link to. I used about 2/3 watermelon and 1/3 tomatoes to make it. You need a lot of vinegar to make it nice and tangy.
Thanks for sharing the picture and the recipe! It looks great!
I made watermelon margaritas again…probably not nearly as healthy as your gazpacho ha! It looks amazing, thanks for sharing!
Mostly Aloha Tiare yesterday with some OJ Frangipani thrown in. Had a nice visit over raspberry lemonade with a friend and a nice time sitting outside in Bryant Park. (Before we met, I might have indulged in a peach milkshake…it was lunch!)
Wearing Kenzo Amour today from a little decant freebie….someone mentioned its cherry notes, so I pulled it out. Never been a fruity fan but this is nice.
Aloha Tiara smells amazing on my middle Marzipan who stole the bottle from me It is potent but smells so good….
then this morning I gave myself a spray of Vanille Apricot and she said “what smells so good?”…guess what…another bottle found it’s way into her room-LOL! I know where it is so if I need it I can “borrow”.
Happy Sunday everyone. Since my hubs is now officially on his golf trip (he just left this morning, not yesterday as I was previously told), I pulled out L’Heure Bleue edp. Its going to be warm today, so I think LB will be glorious this afternoon during the drydown phase, although the bees may be attracted to me.
Tonight I may pull out Aromatics Elixir!
Lol, do it!
Spray with abandon!
In the nineties today, but it’s not snowing, so no weather complaints from me for a few months ???? I am giving No. 5 L’eau a proper work day wearing . It’s been about 3 hours and hanging on. I did about 6 sprays. Enjoy the day everyone!
How are you liking this one? I have the No. 5 body crème, so just curious about the differences between the L’eau and No 5 in your opinion.
And yay for warm weather!
I like it a lot. I find it more casual and easier to wear than No. 5, the longevity isn’t great, i think about 4 hours, but it is very humid. I also don’t mind reapplying. I think It would be really good layered with the body cream.
Thank you! I may have to try this then!
I’ve been trying to be a good girl today. I’ve put numerous things in virtual shopping carts but abandoned them all so far.
I agree with lillyjo, it’s more casual and easier to wear! To me is super nice in the heat. Also, I have layered it wth the No. 5 lotion (not the body creme, though) and its really fantastic.
Hot and humid here, going for another round of Blanche Immortelle. Cold sparkling cider and bruschetta out on the patio this evening.
How is that scent in the heat?
I love it, it smells like warm skin after a day on the beach to me.
Interesting. I’ll have to try it. Because of the maple syrup aspect, I generally think of it for cool weather.
Sounds like a wonderful evening!
My boyfriend is out of town for a week so I’m wearing all the perfume he wrinkles his nose at.
First up – Etat Libre d’Orange – Rien, which seems to be on a lot of perfume people’s wishlist over at Fragrantica. The incense is fine even if it’s a super hot day… but the pepper note is a bit annoying though on me, so I’ll side with the man on this one…
Ha! Me too, home alone.. Isn’t it fun to wear what WE like.
It is! what’s on your list?
Mine has Diptique – Volutes ( his comment is that it smells like a guy), Etat Libre – Incense and Bubblegum, Aether – Carboneum ( same manly comment), Frederic Malle – Eau de Magnolia ( smells like grandma comment).
Although I’m still training him..lol.. everything is usually either powdery or spicy.
Today I have L’Heure Bleue (old lady). Tonite Aromatics Elixir (pine trees) ..lol!
I may try Mitsouko tomorrow. I also have Cabochard (smoky) Girl (Pharell Williams) – “don’t ever put that on again”; and Violet Angel to name a few.
Great line-up !
What’s your non perfume guilty pleasure when you’re home alone? Mine is eating in bed Yes I can get crumbs everywhere !!!
You have Violet Angel? Nice!????
Yes, I found a mini of Violet Angel at a perfume shop I usually go to when we are in Orlando. It was a complete fluke and I’m a sucker for anything violet.
I’ve never seen it before or ever again.
I ALWAYS indulge in extra sprays when my fiancé is gone!
Wishing you a great week of grandma / manly smells and orange snackies!