Monday, and the start of International Week of Happiness at Work. Birthdays today: Jim Henson, F Scott Fitzgerald. What fragrance are you wearing?
I went with the elephants: Berdoues Assam of India.
Reminder: on 9/28, wear a fragrance by Byredo, Berdoues or Bruno Fazzolari, if you have one. Partial credit for any other small-ish brand that starts with the letter B.
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 In Miniature [cropped] by Gopal Vijayaraghavan at flickr; some rights reserved.
Boy, will my coworkers be glad it’s the start of International Week of Happiness at Work. SOTD for me is FM Eau de Magnolia, in the hope that it will bring out the sun.
You smell wonderful!
Thanks Coin-op — you do too!
Love this one – probably my favorite Malle.
I’m needing some cheeriness this Monday morning, so it’s Bruno Fazzolari Monserrat. Bright and beautiful! Let’s do this Monday up right, y’all! ????????????????????????
Yay! Hope it carries you through the day.
Bright and beautiful is absolutely right! You smell great!
Thanks, Elisa P. ???? Geez, glad this busy day is over!
I love that photo! Baby elephants are the cutest !!
I am wearing Lanvin Rumeur and drinking a cup of Shalimar tea.
I am wearing the last of a decant of Dame New Musk Man. I felt fine about finishing the decant, because I have a full bottle. Yea!
Best kind of thunk!
Congrats! I bought a bottle of Timbuktu, to replace the Almost Empty Bottle I already have. I’m pretty excited to finish it!
Timbuktu is so good!! ???? I can understand why you wouldn’t want to run out of it.
wearing Samsara. I’m finding it a good comfort scent. It’s powerful but not overpowering on me, but it sounds like it is on many people. I don’t get an overdose of sandalwood, it’s more rosy-woody-powder on me.
I sort of reminds me of tresor in it’s strength and rosiness, but maybe swap out the peach with woodsiness?
the reviews make me think of Samsara like a legitimate royal cousin who is invited to all the royal gatherings – she has the pedigree and you can’t deny she has certain charms, but everyone really loves cinderella, or something like that, ha. In the opposite vein it also reminds me of Pretty in Pink – you like a perfume, but are a little embarrassed to bring her to the party. I like it in the same way I like Classique.
I do see how the name could be seen as ridiculous in that it apparently refers to the cycle of human suffering from worldly attachments (i think), but maybe not more ridiculous than many other perfumes and perfume copy. Since it is a religious term it makes me wonder what I would think of a perfume named “purgatory”, “penance”, “venial sin”, ha ha
You smell wonderful and blissful
Thank you ????
Love Samsara, which I don’t find at all overpowering.
Me neither. I can wear Samsara year round.
Sotd = Myrrh Eglantine
Such a pretty rose, and I adore resinous scents.
Cute elephant, squeeeee! I would have worn Assam today too if I saw that photo earlier.
Have a marvelous manic Monday!
You smell great
thank you, yasmina!
and I adore your name.
woot woot! hi, house twin
I’m in a weird one for me, vintage Heritage by Guerlain. Something about it is so 90’s business man that it’s a weird fit for my strangely patterned shirts and colored jeans. But that dissonance is pretty fun, too. I’m enjoying it but it fades a bit quickly on me. Oh well.
I love dissonance
Me too! I never wear “cologne” but have recently gotten into some older ones from my trips to discount shops. I wore Insensé yesterday and it is a good time.
I love unexpected perfume choices and that is a great one!
Me too! Though since I usually wear perfume, wearing “cologne” feels more subversive.
In the spirit of the weekend poll, I’m wearing Vetyverio, which is perfect for the transition to Fall.
That’s a good one
You smell great !
Monday Monday. Ready to hopefully get stuff done this week after a totally lazy weekend. Wearing Bulgari Omnia.
Pretty lazy here too! Hope we are both productive today.
You smell great! Omnia is so beautiful and comforting! Enjoy your botlle!
I know, I know, I haven’t been around for ages – work, life, blog, etc… But I’ve been missing NST so bad recently and writing about perfume over the weekend only made it worse. I’m so glad Scent of the Day is still going strong!
I’m wearing my newest perfume, Old Money by Teresa Helbig. It is mostly a transparent fig-and-vetiver scent on me, but I also get cardamom, sweet plums and leather. I think it’s fantastic: understated, classy and easy to like. I sprayed all my colleagues with it last week and everybody loved it. I had never heard about the brand until I saw it in one of the Brussels boutiques – Teresa Helbig is a Spanish fashion house that has a small line of perfumes (four altogether) as well. If you see the fragrances somewhere, I highly recommend giving them a sniff. Also, how good is that name?
welcome back and waving hello to you!
Thank you and waving back!
Great name! makes me wonder how it would translate in Spanish, probably dinero de Familia but not sure
Yes, I guess that’s the meaning, but my Spanish is very rudimentary…
I would buy a bottle blind , just for the name!
Nice to see you Annikky!
Thank you! It’s good to be back…
Hi, Annikky! I’ve missed you! I’ve enjoyed following your blog while you’ve been away from NST Also, I went to Brussels this spring (just a day trip from Paris) and toured the Parlamentarium and thought of you!
Oh, thank you! And next time you’re in Brussels you should let me know…
I really did think about contacting you and seeing if you were free to meet up, even just for a coffee! But we were only there for ~12 hours, so I thought it might get complicated :-/ Also, I wasn’t sure if you had intentionally withdrawn from the NST community, and therefore if contact would have been undesirable!
Oh, no! It never even occurred to me that it might be seen like this: I just got extremely busy and then lost the habit… I completely understand the short trip argument, of course, so no pressure next time, but I’d be happy to meet.
Welcome home, cousin, we missed you
Oh, and those perfume notes sound fabulous. Fig, vetiver, plum, leather… ooooo a lemming is born!
Thank you☺️! And I really do like that scent, would recommend to anyone who has some overlap with my taste.
Nice to see you here again!Often read Life In a cold climate!
This is so lovely to hear, thank you!
Oh, nice to see you! I wondered where life had taken you…
Thank you! Nowhere that special: I had a temporary job that was wonderful, but insane even by my standards (working 36 hours straight, negotiating through the night, then having a 7am press conference, that sort of thing). So I had to give up many nice things for a while. No regrets, but I do enjoy having a little bit more time for myself.
So glad to see you here again. ????????????
It is very good to see you, too!
Welcome back, so nice to see you!
Thank you! Should have done it sooner…
Seems like a good day to try Lampblack! I have a feeling my happiest day this workweek will be Friday, since I’m taking it off.
Do report back! I’m very curious about this one.
You know, some of BF’s fragrances end up really quiet on me, like I’m not smelling the whole fragrance, which makes me wonder if he uses some material I’m anosmic too, but I’m getting a quiet citrusy musky vetiver, and vetivers are probably the only fragrance category I totally don’t care about. I defer to Robin on this one!
Thank you! I do care about vetivers, although I didn’t use to for a long time.
I don’t really love vetiver, but I do love Lampblack! I think it smells more like grapefruit leather than typical vetiver, which is why I like it.
Elisa – boy that one has a strange opening to my nose. I wonder what you’ll think of it…. He has great stuff. Enjoy.
Twins with Robin in Assam! I like this one a lot, though my true love from this line is Selva do Brazil.
I spent the weekend ignoring the news cycle and reading the beauty blog Into the Gloss. The photos of their interview subjects’ perfume collections often obscure the labels a bit (grrr) but hip young people seem to love Byredo, Chanel, Jo Malone, and Tom Ford the most. And they alllll have Diptyque candles . . .
My closest friend spends her time watching videos of people showing off their high end handbags and wallets. I’ll have to tell her about Into the Gloss….
Oh, she’d love it. They have posts about makeup/hair/skincare (I’ve actually gotten some good tips) but their mainstay is interviews that include lots of photos of everyone’s vanity, book shelves, fancy bathroom, etc.
And the Glossier perfume.
TRIPS! Hey Girls!!
I read that blog. – it’s very good imho and my daughter who is a MUA does as well!
You are so right Nicolasix that’s exactly their lane!
Wearing Kai today, and it is good, although now that I’ve experienced SIP’s Epic Gardenia, Kai is only “good enough”…
But saves a bag of money
I know … maybe I need to stash my epic gardenia and then find it again few years later (like what I did with my black rosette). It will feel like finding half a mil again.
I need to try Assam of India since it gets so much love here – I see that Sephora has a handy travel spray (no affiliation) so that, coupled with their return policy if I don’t like it, could be the way to go…
In Gallivant Istanbul again today – it got lots of compliments at the baby bday bash yesterday and I got requests for samples – yay
To be clear, my love is 75% elephants, 25% juice. That is, the juice is just fine, indeed a very enjoyable summer citrus tea, but it is nothing I would buy in a plain glass bottle, and in fact I would not even buy the travel spray because it lacks elephants.
Possibly many people here like it better than I do.
I’m glad to see that I’m not only one who factors bottle appeal into potential fragrance buys!
A travel spray!!! How long has Berdoues been making travel sprays? How did I not know about these until right now?!
I have a decant of Assam of India, so I don’t get to see the lovely little elephants, but I still love it So it might be worth it for you even without the bottle appeal!
I just looked and they only do travel sprays of three scents (including Assam). Boo – was hoping for a mini of Selva do Brazil.
Does anyone have much familiarity with Olfactive Studio? I do not but have been tempted to try. I’m interested in their new release Woody Mood and their frags are 20% off at lucky scent with free shipping.
I’ve had two samples, Panorama and Close Up. Both are good, Panorama with a wasabi note and Close Up green coffee. I personally liked Panorama better and it is on my wishlist of sorts. It is quirky and wears easily and I didn’t get bored with it either. Close Up is also good, just not as interesting (for me). I tried Lumiere Blanche in store and though that is the one getting the most love on the blogs, it smelled exactly like coconut milk on me.
I love both Panorama and Lumiere Blanche, the latter is my comfort scent (I get almond and cardamom rather than coconut from it). I think everything they do is good quality, although the pace of releases has sped up a bit too much recently for my liking. I have tried Woody Mood as well, but I must admit I don’t remember much. So I’d say that the entire line is worth a sniff, but not necessarily a blind buy…
Thank you both!
I love Still Life in Rio, one of my most favorite summer scents. Smells like the perfect cocktail on the beach.
I bought Lumiere Blanche at first sniff,and Close Up is beautiful as well.Chambre Noir is on my radar since forever.Beautifully done fragrances.The included photographs in the packaging is part of my “perfumed apartment”-project.
I love Woody Mood, go for it! I also have Close Up, Chambre Noire and Ombre Indigo.
Wearing Atelier de Ors Iris Fauve, a boring but perfectly pleasant if a little too sweet for me iris-vanilla-amber scent. What I wish I had a sample of is Auphorie Iris Macchiato — anyone here tried it?
I have not, sorry!
I am making the best lentil salad ever thanks to the weekend lazy thread, thank you to a generous NSTer for sharing this recipe.
I am in Infusion d’Iris by Prada…
Love this weather…
Happy Monday y’all!
Smelling good :)!
Thank you! I had a great swap. I wanted no 19 Poudre but this fits my iris bill…
I’m glad you are enjoying it :)))
Oh Good CM8- I copied that recipe and sent it to my daughter as well – I just can’t wait to see how the maple syrup affects the flavor.
Please lmk when u try it will you?
Opps! Sorry L2SG I confused you with CM8! A compliment at any rate, right?
I hope so LOL ???? ????
I am going to add some arugula and fresh herbs…
???? perfect!!! You are making me hungriiER!
Oh you do smell wonderful.I have an enormous 200ml bottle that I need to start wearing!
Well, the REAL workout is cleaning and organizing the house ! ????????
Vetiver Oriental Serge Lutens
Vetiver, amber, chocolate, musk. Sounds like a disparate list, but it is beautifully composed. Christopher Sheldrake ????????????????
That’s a real beauty, and you smell AMAZING!!
Thank you Deva ! ????????????
I’m pretty sure you smell great too in Taklamakan. I have not sampled it, but I have sampled Qom Chilom Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 and it was really nice. But I need another perfume like I need a hole in the head. When did I become so sensible ?!?!? Medic ! The patient is acting out of sorts !!! ????????????????????????????
If the patient recovers and would like to smell Taklamakan, let me know and I can mail him a sample ???? I can be reached at arzeznik in the great land of comcast plus net
I will email you tonight and we can exchange. ????????????????????
Bear, you have no idea how many times a week I say that line! Lol!????❤
I wonder if vetiver is edible. A dark chocolate bar with vetiver sounds like something I want to try!
I haven’t smelled Vetiver Oriental yet Bear, but it sounds gorgeous! I’ll put it on the “To Sample” list ASAP.
Going back to work after 9 days off. I wish I won the lottery so I wouldn’t have to go back to work. Missed out on that vintage bottle of Diorling but my Amouage Epic soap is coming today along with my Tazo Chai latte concentrate.
were you bidding on the Diorling?
I was but I do have a small bottle I only use once in a while since it’s so expensive when trying to get a vintage bottle. I am wearing the current version today.
You smell elegant and understated in modern Diorling, it’s one of my loves and I rarely see it mentioned. I get a bit of incense in the drydown and I think it’s a lovely twist. Is the vintage very different?
The modern version is spicy and boatloads of pepper with a little bit of pepper. The vintage isn’t as spicy, loads of leather and definitely smells like a chypre, the modern mostly doesn’t smell a whole lot like a chypre.
That soap sounds great, though.
Exciting day for your mailbox! Epic soap sounds wonderful – where did you order it from?
I ordered it from Amazon. I had a gift card to use. You can get the Amouage stuff cheaper elsewhere than Amazon. The body lotion will be purchased later.
Sampling YO6-S from Blackbird which starts off as a metallic, skanky banana but seems to be mellowing slightly
I love that one. I get Laughy Taffy banana which segues into the smell of steam coming out of an iron
I had to laugh at how bizarre that description is
I really like Y06-S. Very metallic in the opening, but the drydown is very enjoyable!
What a great photo! Adorable!
Most of the people I work with are NOT happy with their workplace. In fact, just the opposite, which is sad for them. For me, it’s job security. And it’s temporary! ????????
I’m in some generous sprays of Taklamakan, provided by a very generous NSTer. You know who you are, and every time I wear it, I thank you all over again in my head✌????
Yes, I think more workers are unhappy than happy!
In Rose Poivree by TDC. Not at work, so I don’t have to keep the co-workers happy!
Yay for not being at work!
BOIS 1920 Oltremare. Partial credit, I hope.
Cold and rainy monday in this part of the world. Time to take warm scents out. In Prada Infusion d’Oeillet today.
I tried that one a few months ago, and I like it a lot.
I’m a big fan of Prada Infusions
Oooh…. you smell really good.
I went with the soft and relaxing Vetiver Tonka to get me through Monday.
I hear a lot about Assam of India, maybe I’ll try the sampler set of Berdoues scents from Sephora. I see it’s only $22 for tiny vials of 8 scents. Do people have other favorites from this line?
Following this conversation…
Vanira Moorea is quite nice. I really like their labdanum which is Maasai Mara, and their osmanthus – Peng Lai. But these are not in this discovery set I think.
My favorite is Russkaya Kozha. It’s a spectacular leather! It’s the perfect fall scent, and I especially love it sprayed on a scarf. I like Vanira Moorea, too, and find Selva do Brazil and Oud al Sahraa to be interesting (though not fbw).
Selva do Brazil! It’s a pleasant, easy-to-wear green scent and I love the packaging.
Seconded! If I didn’t find Selva do Brazil so similar to Mugler Cologne (which I already have and love), I would be considering a fb.
When I received those samples I was as delighted by the packaging design as anything else. What a gem of a package, 8 samples in individually designed little boxes.
Sold! Sounds like it’s worth the $22
If I like them I’ll try the other recommendations individually. Plus if I go today I’ll be able to chime in on the project for the rest of the week!
Fitzgerald!!!!!! He was my favorite author growing up. He might still be. He’s the beautiful epitome of form over function–deep down, I’m a superficial girl. His grave in Rockville, MD is near my parents’ house, and for several years in high school and even into college, a friend and I would lay flowers on his grave on his birthday and stand above him reading particularly beautiful passages of poetry or prose.
Robin, I’m joining you in the elephants! I gave myself a thorough dousing in Assam of India this morning (no joke, at least eight sprays), but of course it’s already died down to a whisper about 1.5 h after I put it on. Ah well, beauty can be so ephemeral.
I know that graveyard! So unhappy for poor Mr. Fitzgerald that the surroundings got so ugly.
And we are triplets, at least
I adored Fitzgerald in my teens and still like him a lot. I read Olivia Laing’s The Trip to Echo Spring recently and that made me so nostalgic for him (and Hemingway and Williams).
I should be wearing Assam given that it earned me about 10 enabler pins when I wore it seven weeks straight. But I am not. Instead in Santal Massoia. Lasts a nano second…same with Ambre Nargille which I wore last night. Thunk to both. Santal on my skin and my two samples of Ambre will be going to a dear friend of mine.
You smell wonderful! I will wear Assam sometime this week. Glad that the thunk keeps going strong for you. I feel I will start thunking my samples again soon.
I look forward to reading about your autumn thunks.
you smell great! it’s amazing how scent chemistry varies, Ambre Narguile lasts a whole day on me! 8)
The Hermessences are no match for my scent devouring skin-LOL!
I think that your enabler pin count is a little low for Assam of India, CM8. ????
ha! you are probably right!
I thought I knew where my Bal d’Afrique was, but it wasn’t where I went looking this morning. But I did find my Seven Veils (Byredo) decant, so I’m happily wearing that. It doesn’t get much love, but it’s actually in my top 3 from Byredo of what I’ve smelled from them. My other two faves are BdA and Pulp.
Oh, and it’s definitely Monday. I woke up with a very dry eye and then was cranky with all the other cars on my way to work. I had a very nice, relaxing weekend, so I seem to be rejecting this Monday business. Over the weekend I wore my beloved L’air de Rien, a fall transitional favorite, and tried Eris Mx, Grandiflora Boronia, and Slumberhouse New Sibet. Boronia was the one that didn’t really do anything for me, and I also gave Zoologist Camel another try. I love the opening, but it really bores me as it gets into the dry down. So it will get passed on to someone else in hopes it excites them more than me.
I got you covered on the Bal d’Afrique today. Found a sample as I was tossing some empties over the weekend. I’ll keep dabbing all day long… I have a fair number of Byredo samples, so I could probably cover the week. BdA is my favorite I think.
Well I’m glad one of us could wear it today! I’ll have to look for the decant tonight because I’m always too rushed in the mornings to look very hard for things.
From Sylvaine Delacourte, trying Helicriss and Virgile today.
Liking Virgile. I’ve enjoyed all the vanillas so far. They offer a mix and match coffret with .25 sprays on the website which is tempting me. No affiliation. I think you can pick 7 different ones between the musks and vanillas for around $100 which is calling my name. *faintly hears…She-ra…She-ra…* we all hear what we want to hear I suppose. ????
I have been wearing the vanilla set to bed every night – love Virgile as well and Vangelis. Are you getting the body lotion vibe that I’m getting?
Yes, Virgile is very smooth and creamy almost…I really am enjoying these.
I wore Montale’s Vanille Absolu today, and thought of you!
Aww…Vanille Absolu is wonderful!
It has been so dark and gloomy since this morning I had to switch the lights on in my place. Leaves on the trees are slowly turning yellow and the air smells like fall.
I went with Amouage Interlude today- a great transitional scent, IMHO. Other scents I will be wearing a lot this fall are: Marni Marni, L’Ambre des Merveilles, Eau Claire des Merveilles, Tom Ford Sahara Noir, Ann Gerard Cuir de Nacre and Rose Cut, SL Bas de Soie and many more
I stopped at Macys over weekend and ordered Chanel No 5 L’Eau with 15% off discount (they didn’t have 1.2 oz. bottles in the store, so SA had to order one for me). Waiting for my new bottle in the mail IMPATIENTLY!
So glad you were able to get it on sale!
I’m sampling Donna Karan Signature today. I swapped away my Gold a long time ago and Black Cashmere has never impressed me. This one is a lot sweeter than I expected from the notes and is quite powdery. I’m getting the message that DK is not ever going to be a favorite house.
Nor mine, although I do love BC and “really like” Gold, and would buy some of her older men’s if they were still on the market. But none of the other modern stuff, or the DKNY stuff, has been appealing.
I agree with you on Signature having a lot of powder, foxbins. Sometimes Black Cashmere works for me, but there are a lot of wonderful incense scents available, so no need for me to chase it.
As mentioned earlier, I’m in Bal d’Afrique from a sample. Will keep dabbing, but I’m sneezing like mad today for some reason. I’ve been struggling with allergies the past few days….
And…I’m struggling with the new keyboard outline from my iPhone update. They flipped the “123” key with the “world” key that switches me to different language or emoji keyboards. I keep hitting the world one and ending up in France instead of just finding the @ sign or “”. Between that and the update to my bus app that eliminated clicking to find connecting lines, I am grrrring… Does everything have to be improved??? And do the cats have to throw up hairballs in the exact spot where they know I will be stepping in my bare feet?
Rewinding back to Friday. Peace and Gratitude. ????????????????????
2funny on the fur balls! I feel ya! Hope ur day improves. Just Shake it off!
And do they have to throw up on the carpet, mere inches away from the tile floor which is so much easier to clean???
This is why I have no rugs or carpet…
When we lived in an apartment that was almost all hardwood except for two rugs (one in the bathroom, one in front of the patio), the cats invariably RAN to the rugs SPECIFICALLY to throw up on the harder-to-clean surfaces. Ugh. Just once, I wish they’d throw up on a surface that only requires a thorough wiping/disinfecting.
I am having the same issue with the location of those symbols on my iPhone and iPad post update. In the beginning I thought I was having a mild stroke as I was repeatedly hitting “the correct button” but getting different results until it finally clicked. I am still hoping that was an unintentional switch and the next update will bring back the old keyboard arrangement (I am not cranky about at all ????)
I am sorry but your post made me laugh. Agreed on the iphone keyboard update. And stepping in hairballs is the worst! You smell good though. Also, fall allergies are so sucky. Hang in there.
Glad to know I’m not the only one. Oh…and the worst hairball episode was last Friday at 5:20 am as I was getting dressed in the dark and trying to not wake my husband. That was in front of the clothes hamper. Today was right by the bed on my husband’s side…as I was making the bed. Maybe they were targeting him, and I was just the innocent bystepper….
Oh my! I *so* totally hear you on the hairballs part of your post! The worst ones for me are the ones that a cat has placed behind the couch. Means I have to move furniture to clean up the mess. ????????
I’m in Habit Rouge. Trying to THUNK! my bottle, though I don’t see it happening soon.
I have about half left, so I will probably offer it up this weekend as a freebie. I enjoy it but not nearly as much as I used to. I figure might as well make room for stuff I like more. I’m pretty minimalist in every day life- trying to be more like that with my perfume life as well ha!
My first thought: “Hmmmm I’d better get my trigger finger ready to try to call dibs on that.”
My second thought: “Huh, she has a great point about minimalism and prioritization. Ugh, I hate it when the rational thing to do is NOT to acquire more perfume.”
Oh I’m definitely acquiring more perfume haha! I’m just trying to clear out stuff that I like so-so to make room for those higher on the “love” list ha!
I agree with your second thought.
KellyC, I think you sent me a decant from that bottle awhile ago. Thanks again for sharing the perfume love
Such a lovely, cute picture!
I really doubt there is a single moment of happiness at work. Everybody is cranky most of the time, especially on Mondays!
Wearing Calvin Klein Euphoria. A forgotten friend that does not get much love these days from anyone, but I always enjoy wearing it in fall.
Beautiful day today! Sunny, cool and the trees started turning yellow already. What a sense of comfort!
I am loving this weather!
Isn’t it nice?
Your day and perfume sounds perfect!✌????
Thank you! ????
I am so glad that you are getting to enjoy your full bottles!!!
It is always so good to go back to them!
Isn’t it wonderful when you can actually start to feel the arrival of Autumn? You smell great in Euphoria.
Thank you! Autumn is so beautiful and I always enjoy all the changes of the season.
You smell great! Euphoria was the first perfume I fell in love with – but before I got into perfumes as a hobby. My parents got me a set of Calvin Klein mini bottles for christmas when I was a teenager. (I wore Euphoria to prom!) I remember being so amazed by how much the scent changed between the time I first sprayed it on, to the next day when I could still smell it on my wrists.
Thank you! Euphoria was one of my perfume loves long time ago. I still enjoy it, but many others are priority these days. I remember the mini set with Euphoria, Obsession, Eternity, CK2 and Escape. I treasured and loved those minis for many years, especially Obsession which is still one of my big favorite perfumes! So many memories!
it was my first “real” perfume love as well (avon doesn’t count, does it? )
Oh yes it does!!! My first bottle almost 50 years ago was an Avon. Back in those days they had some glorious fragrances that would definitely stand up or even surpass the niche that is being churned out today …and they were a fraction of the cost!
I love CK Euphoria, too! I will bring it out soon when I put some of my summer bottles into storage. Trying to keep the number of bottles out at a manageable number, rather than have them take over my closet!
Enjoy Euphoria! It is such a great scent! I also started rotating my summer/ fall bottles in the perfume cabinet already!
I hope this darling little elephant has a watchful mother somewhere.
Chilly this morning but much better now, mild and sunny, I am trying to enjoy the impredictability of fall.
Wanted something cheerful so I am in Cacharel Amor Amor, works every time.
Hmm, yum. That is a goodie! And I am sure that elephant has a very attentive Mom looking on!
I’m in Etro Sandalo today.. the perfect cashmere sweater scent for a lazy autumn day of laying in bed drinking coffee and reading perfume blogs. On that note does anyone know what’s up with boisdejasmin? Did it get hacked or something?
I can’t get in either ????
You smell cuddly and perfect!
I know she is in Malaysia at the moment,but yeah the site looks funky and offline
If think she is now in Taiwan…via Instagram.
It’s down or hacked.
She said on FB that there’s a temporary outage due to maintenance.
Yes, saw that on Twitter too. I am sure she’ll be back.
Monday. Happiness at Work week? Are they kidding?
It took an hour and a half to drop of my car this morning to get its windshield replaced.
I forgot about ‘B’ week.
I ran out of unscented body lotion.
Had insomnia last night.
Heat wave scheduled for this week.
SOTD is Un Jardin en Mediterranae body lotion, which is pretty scenty. At least I smell good.
Oh goodness, what a day! Hope it gets better!
You do smell good.
You do indeed! Sorry about the rest.
Hope you get great sleep tonight!
Hope tomorrow is a better day!
Yuck! Sorry to hear that you had the Monday of all Mondays today.
Late to this!
1) Am in Fresh Cream Warm Cashmere, over Frankincense and Myrrh soap by Nubian Naturals. Very fresh and light yet warm and grounding. Perfect for a chilly morning with a warm afternoon.
2) I am at heart a rather sanguine person. It’s great to have a International Week of Happiness. I think that we focus so much on our difficulties that many people do not realize the good things they have. Not to be a Pollyanna, of course, but we should realize the good in life and how we can, despite our troubles, try to enjoy a bit of life. We should take care of each other.
I agree. It’s always so easy to focus on difficulties but I know I have it good. Thanks for the reminder!!
I have not smelled the things you wear, but this sounds amazing.
Hey lady! You look so beautiful on your blog!
The soap is a ethnic founded brand here in the US, and they use high quality natural oils and really fragrant essences. The soap is well milled SO it makes a beautiful snowy white lather, lasts a long time and smells great. I think this brand is owned by Sundial now and may be available in Sweden.
I think that Fresh Cream Warm Cashmere is just available in the US for NOW but let me know if you want a sample in Belgium.
Thank you for the compliment and the info, too!????
Happy Heritage Day South African Perfumistas!(where are you all,by the way!)
Checking in after a blissful long weekend,spent with good company,good food,and lovely sunny days.Bestie was here for a long overdue sleepover,and we had so much fun.
SOTD Gaultier Le Beau Male.Another Thunk contender before end of week!
My love for Byredo is huuuuuge,I shall definitely wear something on Friday.Maybe Seven Veils or Pulp.
Happy Monday NST!
I am not a south african but will say happy heritage day to you!
I second this
Thank you guys!❤️❤️✌????????
You are the Thunk King!!!
I try my best,my Thunk Queen!????????
I am glad to hear you had a terrific weekend.
Even though I have never tried Le Beau Male, I am sure you smell great. Looking forward to that thunk by the end of the week! ????
Thank you M!Yes the Thunk will happen before Thursday,challenge to myself!Lol!✌????❤️
I’m so happy you had a great weekend! Good company, good food, and sunny days are some of the best things in life!
Thanks KellyC.The best part is two of them are totally free,mostly always available and brings so much joy to my life.✌????????❤️
Happy Heritage Day to you (I had to Google it – are you having a braai?).
Your weekend sounds like it was a wonderful time! Hope that your Heritage Day was a good one, Sir THUNKS-A-Lot!
I’m in Chergui today after seeing it mentioned so much recently. It’s been a comfort during the 4 hour drive to my husband’s infusion center at UCSF. Now we’ll sit for 5 hours listening to IVs beep and click. Big shout out to all of my fellow nurses on NST (the staff here at UCSF has been kind and responsive)–when you’re having a tough day please remember how much good you do and how much your kindness is appreciated by both patients and family members!
Hope your husband’s treatment goes well. And hope your day goes well too; being the caregiver is tough work.
That sounds really rough. Also, wishing you both well.
Sending positive healing thoughts to your husband and you.
Chergui is very comforting. Sending healing thoughts to your husband and to you extra strength to deal with a tough situation.
Thank you all for your good wishes! It was a long day but he only had some mild infusion reactions and is doing well.
Glad to hear that both you and your husband are doing well at the end of the day.
Apparently I thought it was world chocolate day, because I had some for breakfast and lunch! This does,however, make work a happier place ???? I also am in a C today instead of a B. Sotd is Cristalle. I will be thunking a decant today. I still have half of another one, but they are starting to evaporate. Enjoying them before it’s to late!
Use them up????????????
And pass me some chocolate ????
Every day is World Chocolate Day!
It is at my house. ????
You smell perfect.
Chocolate twins! That was how I started my lunch. “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first!” ????
Byredo Gypsy Water perfume oil.
I bought sandalwood and tangerine essential oils yesterday, to complement the gorgeous Virginia cedar oil I already have (I’m going for something approximating a DIY Tam Dao). They smell heavenly in my little oil burner.
That does sound lovely!
Prada Infusion d’Iris. Happy Monday. Coffee always helps my happiness levels
Started knitting my first shawl last night. Then restarted it 6 times, with 2 different yarns. Can’t get past the 8th row without messing up my stitch count! Somehow ending up with extra stitches. Gonna try again tonight. If i don’t get it, I’ll bring it in to a local yarn shop and ask for help. They are always lovely and helpful only problem is I’ll probably leave with a few new balls of yarn, lol!
Oh, also, i got another sample of Gypsy Water over the weekend. A definite favorite bedtime scent. You know, Top 25 ????
My morning got off to a chaotic start since I either unconscious shut off my alarm or set it for 5:45 PM! I have to leave by 7am to get to my Bronx office for a 9am meeting, but I woke up at 7:30 so I used a Lyft and arrived on time, but $75 poorer ???? Donatella will be very disappointed in my having to divert perfume funds ????
Anyway, I grabbed Bottega Veneta which I find calming.
You smell great! I hope the rest of your day has not been as chaotic as yor morning was.
I am sure Donatella will not be happy! ????
Thanks! No, it was pleasant after that, and at least there were bagels ????
Oh ugh. You smell really good though. But that’s an ugly way to start the week.
It is nice going by car which takes 40 min vs almost 2 hours on public transit, though not $75 nice.
Have you looked at splitting the difference a bit? Using Lyft and transit to cut travel time but still make it affordable?
Twins! Sorry about your chaotic and expensive morning.
Hey twin! We do smell superb!
Ouch! At least you had that option so just think of it as having a nice ride into the office and treat yourself to it once in a while.
So true! It only occurred to me in my panic that I had that option since I rarely use Lyft. And at least I was able to have coffee…
Yikes! What a crazy, stressful way to start your week off! Glad to hear that things calmed down for you later on in the day.
Sorry you had a rough start to your day but you smelled lovely!
Sotd is Liquorice Vetiver, by Sven Pritzkoleit
From a sample.
Its available in travel size as well. Tempting…
I wish that more scents came in travel sizes. There is no way I could ever use up 100mL of anything.
I’m wearing ELDO Noel au Balcon today. I wear this one quite a bit. It might be the first Scentbird thing I use up.
What else have you gtten from Scent Bird that you like a lot?
Another grey and gloomy day. ☁ The oh-so-brief smell of fall is no longer in the air where I am at. Probably because it’s supposed to warm up later on this week back to summer-ish temps. ????
SOTD = Tempo, from the sample stash and a very generous NSTer. This make me happy, pure and simple. It also fits rather well into the vibe that Gold Knight and Woman in Gold have. So, win-win!
Boo hiss about the return of summer temps. You smell wonderful. I am hopefully finally going to be sending out some long overdue packages to spread the love.
To clarify, the expected mid-week temps are in the low to mid 80’s and not anything crazy like 90’s. But it has happened in the past… I remember one October that had a long string of mid 90+ degree temps a few years back. ????
We’re on our way home from DC. It was a very quick 4 days 3 nights getaway.
SOTD = Mugler Aura EDP
Anyone who likes vanilla should really try this one. I have not seen the EDT yet and would be curious as to a comparison.
The last museum we went to before leaving DC was the Smithsonian American History Museum. When you’re there, one of the highlights is the hall of First Ladies’ gowns. It is sobering that many of them were worn during my lifetime which means I’m old (and hopefully aging gracefully). Melania Trump’s dress was GORGEOUS. I overheard someone saying that the material used to make the dress (and I’m too lazy to look it up) is a very unforgiving material that every piece had to be precisely cut and sewn. She looked really good in it.
We also went to the newest museum in the Smithsonian family – the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) where we had a curator-led tour. We were able to get in about an hour before the general public and it felt extra special because once those doors opened, the crowds were overwhelming. Anyway, there are SO MANY things I DID NOT KNOW at all about African American history that I need to do something about it. I’ll start with reading more about the incidents that blew my mind from both a negative and positive standpoint to balance things out.
Working backwards, yesterday, we visited the Smithsonian American Art Museum, including the Portrait Gallery. I’ll just repeat some of my comments yesterday that I saw Barack Obama’s portrait and it looked like him but with an unexpected background (greenery with flowers but each flower represented his heritage, where he lives, where he became active in the community and politically). Michelle Obama’s portrait did not look like her at all, with a gray skin tone and almost a tight-lipped almost scowling face, although I could picture her wearing a dress that looked like what was on the painting. Bill Clinton’s portrait by Chuck Close was probably the least realistic as it was pretty much made up of colored bubbles, although, somehow, put together, it was both art and passable likeness, specially if you stood far away.
Yesterday morning was a private tour of the Newseum…for a rainy day, it’s a perfect place to spend a full day and still not get done perusing everything that is there. We also got to see the Green Room which was actually red. Besides the empty tissue box at the 9-11 exhibit, there was also an exhibit of all the journalists murdered, whether it be as a result of an act of war or because of intolerance.
On Saturday, it was the National Gallery and a visit to Hillwood, Marjorie Merriweather Post’s estate. The mansion was so elegant and her collections were magnificent. We also got to see a Faberge exhibit; she had 2 of her own and another one was loaned for the exhibit. There were other Faberge artifacts. Let’s just say St. Petersburg still houses the ultimate collection for obvious reasons.
We visited the MLK and FDR monuments and the White House (just the outside). Our guide was so bad the tour director fired her and told her not to come back (she was supposed to do another tour with us). Finally, in the evening, we watched a performance of “Born Yesterday” at the Ford Theater.
On the day we arrived (Friday), we had an evening tour of Mount Vernon with no crowds as they kept the place open just for us!
We were of course fed until we were on the verge of bursting!
After all these, I need to recover so I am taking Tuesday off as well.
If you get the chance, please visit Washington DC! It is a treasure trove of treasures.
I missed going to Arielle Shoshana on this trip and will try to make up for it the next time!
Just to clarify, I brought up the tissue box and the journalists to say these were the most poignant exhibits out of what I saw at the Newseum. Also, the painting of Climton looked like him but was the most abstract of all the portraits.
I’m sorry we didn’t provide you with better weather, but I’m glad you enjoyed your whirlwind visit nonetheless!
I’m heading upstate to Hyde Park this weekend — very excited about it!
Perchance, are you going to the CIA? Even if you’re not, it is still a treat!
Oh yes, indeed! The other CIA
What? you’ll be somewhat in my neck of the woods Do go to the CIA if you can!
Are you guys talking about the real CIA?
Culinary Institute of America ????????????✌????????
Lol! Oh good ????
Oh! Waving hello to you in advance of my trip —
Sounds like you had a great time! You smell great in Aura. I’m so curious about the edt too. Mugler is starting there sale Oct 5th, I think. I’m hoping to get the limited edition Alien, and then I can ask for a sample of the edt, since they let you get 5 samples. Smart of you taking tomorrow off. ????
Yep, I need it. I had to tell my mom that I am taking the day off for me and not for her because she was already giving me a list of frivolous errands (that can be done during the weekend) and I had to say no.
Wow, that was a lot of stuff to pack in such a short amount of time! I’m glad to hear that you are taking tomorrow off to relax for a bit. ????
I need to go back for a more in-depth view of, at the very least, Newseum and NMAAHC.
My husband and I went to DC a long time ago but I still remember that trip. We went to many of the places that you visited. It was fabulous and there is so much to see and do. Glad you had a nice time. You’re probably going to need that extra day to recover.
I do need the extra day. A lot of things have changed and I think it is worth a trip there!
Good to know about the Mugler and sounds like you had an amazing trip
WOW! Seriously I am impressed with your trip! It would have taken me a MONTH to cover the ground that you did!
SOTD was a Aroma M Vanilla Hinoki. I had a long work day but now I’ll be reading from the bottom up.
LOOONG day for me too…I literally just got home and left my house before seven this morning….good to be home, right?
I’ll say CM8. So good to be home. I worked almost 11 hours today with a sinus infection. Getting ready to flop into bed. I hope you have a relaxing evening.
ICK!!! on the sinus infection. What a bummer. ????????
oh lordie! I hope you feel better today!!!!
Wow, that’s awful. I left work early yesterday due to sinuses. I hope you feel better soon.
Same here, go Team Reading Up!
and I think we also need a team read the next day
???? good morning cm8!
LOL, I think you’re right. Good morning, glory! ????