Friday, plus World Freedom Day and Chaos Never Dies Day. Our community project for today: wear a fragrance by Carthusia, CB I Hate Perfume, Comptoir Sud Pacifique or Czech & Speake, if you have one. Partial credit for any other small-ish brand that starts with the letter C.
What fragrance did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.
I'm doing spice, in Comptoir Sud Pacifique L'Eau du Gouverneur. I could wear this for next Friday's project too, and maybe I will.
Reminder: on 11/16, wear a savory perfume (something spicy, herbal, salty, or otherwise foody but not sweet). Suggested by Jalapeno.
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 Spices [cropped] by Richard Ha at flickr; some rights reserved.
SOTD is Crown Perfumery’s Sarcanthus. I’d describe this perfume as a yellow floral with an amber and musk dry down.
Happy Friday all, we made it!
woot woot! for Friday. Sometimes the only way out is through, and it’s been a loooooong week!
Absolutely! And it’s a three-day weekend! *happy dance*
Yay for Crown Perfumery. I still have a few wearings of Eau de Russe left and I am hoarding.
Hey Robin! I think I may know where you can get a bottle (if you’re interested) without losing a body part. Just let me know.
Sorry I’m late to get back here…I am torn between wanting more and thinking I would be happier with fewer bottles of perfume, and with letting go of what is gone.
If I can’t get it out of my head I will get in touch!
CBIHP Russian Caravan Tea.
This one is disappointing. It smells like lemon and powdered iced tea mix. Luckily, it doesn’t last either.
Well, that’s a good thing! What would you layer with it?
A better quality tea scent, I think.
Bulgari Vert if I had my druthers.
CBIHP makes some great things – this one just isn’t one of them.
Excellent choice! I love Bulgari’s Vert, I need to replace my nearly empty bottle.
Robin, I had the same idea about Comptoir Sud Pacifique L’Eau du Gouverneur. It’s definitely a spicy/savory perfume.
I am wearing Cathusia Mediterraneo, as planned. My favorite Cathusia so far.
I’m happily in Mediterraneo today, and expect Glannys and I will be two among many. Happy Friday everyone!
And it will keep everyone cheerful, I hope.
In CBIHP Gathering Apples. So much fun wearing it.
Once it fades I will spray on some Kenzo Flower Oriental, a beautiful, comfy fall scent that I really love! Happy Friday everyone!
Isn’t that a great scent ??
It is! And I thought about layering it with Fresh Cream as you recently did, but Kenzo came on my way this morning, so I will try that combo tomorrow.
I’ve always wanted to try Gathering Apples (or even just blind buy), but it’s difficult to get when one is in Europe…
As mentioned to Kanuka, Gathering Apples is just the smell of fresh apples. It has a decent sillage and poor longevity, so reapplying during the day is a most. Hopefully you will have the chance to try it in the future.
Hey there, twin!
I have always wanted to smell this one but (like Annikky ) can’t get it. Here is my substitute instead, a poem
Such a beautiful poem Kanuka! Thank you for sharing. I hope you have the opportunity to try Gathering Apples down the road. It smells of plain, crispy, fresh apples. Nothing else, but it is fun to wear it.
SotD = CdG Avignon, so good on a cold morning, love it.
I’m enjoying my mini perfume collection situation. I have 12 full bottles, 6 travel bottles, a few minis, and a handful of samples within reach. (Last Saturday I boxed up everything else in a tidying frenzy. So far I have resisted opening the box!)
I feel very scatter-brained lately. Reducing the number of perfume choices allows me greater joy.
A confidante suggested to me that I lean into, rather than fight against, my racing thoughts and overly busy mind. It has been interesting to look for a postitive angle, to take time to wander my physical and mental landscape, to think in different directions, to do surprising things. Yesterday I was out for my daily walk when suddenly I felt an urge to run! So I did, full out, for a few blocks, until my legs said stop. It was exhilarating.
Something is on the horizon. It’s strange to not know what it is. I am not afraid. I am ready.
Have a fantastic weekend, perfume peeps!. If you or someone you love is active or retired military, please know you are thought of with affection today and many other days. xoxoxo
That’s such interesting advice! I like your friend. I too have a racing mind sometimes (I have to listen to podcasts to fall asleep; otherwise it’s just churn, churn, churn) and sort of love this idea. I do think fighting our own natures is often a losing battle.
It is a losing battle, I like the way you put that!
I sometimes have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. In the past I would get frustrated, now I just lay awake for a while, read, wander the house, or find something quiet to do until I get sleep again. The extra quiet hours in my day can feel like a gift.
Spontaneous anything is often the best anything. ????????????✌
YES! Bear, that’s exactly the thing I needed to hear this morning!
Bear… So true
I tend to be overly anxious, and I’ve thought of it as a problem to be solved for most of my life. About a year ago I also decided to just lean into it – and one of my main takeaways is that there are GOOD things about it too. I’m very organized, I’m rarely caught unawares, I always have a plan if something goes wrong, etc. I’m still working on strategies for when it gets a little too much, but I’m so much happier accepting that this is just me.
same same same and same! I am in good company here.
Ditto for me.
Have you ever looked into cognitive behavioral therapy? It has really helped my anxiety, after just a four-day group class. You know that sick feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you have to deal with a difficult person (like, say, a relative with vehement political views diametrically opposed to both your own views and reality)? I can make that feeling go away in seconds, and after a few years, it became almost automatic.
You might want to do with your perfumes what they say to do with clothing and books and other things that tend to accumulate: put them in a box somewhere in your home that’s slightly out of the way and label that box with the date, and if they’re still there at the end of a year, then you haven’t used them, you don’t need them, and you can get rid of them with a clear conscience.
I really should do that with my scents. I have some that I just never, ever wear, and someone could get pleasure out of them that I won’t. Next swap meet or freebie meet, maybe.
Excellent idea! I have done that with clothes, but not perfume. I definitely have samples an decants I should pass along if I don’t touch them within a few months since they evaporate or go off quickly.
I think you’re on the right track. I decided a few years ago to just accept my natural inclinations and go with them. I’m introverted, anxious, maximalist, compulsive and that’s okay.
I’m coming up on possibly a big change next year, but I’m just letting that percolate in the background and not actively worrying about it. Go with the flow, and if you want to run, run!
thank you, cazaubon, your words mean a lot to me. Maybe my new go with the flow is to run?lol
Anxious introverts of the world unite!
I really enjoy reading your thoughtful posts.
(I didn’t learn how to bike until I was 24. After about 30 minutes of falling, I was taking a break, and my then-boyfriend got on the bike just to move around a little. He casually said, “You know, it’s almost more like you lean into the fall instead of correcting for it,” and within a couple minutes of getting back on the bike, I was able to ride it.)
Well, good for you! I’m wondering if I hadn’t ridden a bike by 24 if I would have learned at all.
Koyel, that’s awesome! Lean into the fall!
It’s always a good time to learn something new.
Have you ever tried meditation?
I wish I’d started long before I did.
Me too, but better late than never!
I love meditation. I go to yoga twice a week. I finally found a teacher who is very peaceful in her presence. We get a good stretch and sweat but there is always a feeling of calm. I also listen to EMDR every night, it’s very relaxing, allows my mind to open and slow down. Here is one of my favorite sources:
I go to yoga 5 times a week, including one Yoga Nidra class. That is a super relaxing deep meditation class.
amazing! I need that.
I love this entire thread. I deeply believe that self acceptance is the most important step in living our best lives. One of the many things I love about perfume people is that they so often are looking for perfumes that express who they really are and how they really feel. I’ll take interesting and authentic over conforming to whatever is fashionable any day.
Agree! interesting and authentic is in abundance here.
great advice, great attitude. Great GREAT perfume choice. See already you are on your WAY!
thank you AngelaB! it is good to be on my way!
Run, Forest, run! That’s awesome ????. The 1st meditation I learned with my meditation teacher is called “handshaking”- which is basically being present with whatever is happening, good, bad, neutral- without resistance or judgement, but without actively engaging it or trying to cling to it (more likely with good feelings) either. Just noticing and being open and compassionate about whatever it is. I’ve made some subtle progress, especially with subway rage ????
Subway rage, LOL! THAT is hard to be present for. I looked up handshaking, it’s fascinating, I will learn more.
It’s sometimes too much work to fight our natural gifts. If you can recognize and embrace them, it makes life sweeter. I am extremely organized and linear – I am always jealous of creative people with many radiating ideas and plans. But when I started working closely with someone who could jump all over the place, I realized how good I am at making something happen once I’ve heard the vision. If you ever need someone to figure out how to get from point A to B to C all the way to Z, I’m your lady.
ha! I’m linear too, most of the time, so it is liberating to work with creative types and to try it myself.
My only candidates for the CP are Christian Lacroix Tumulte Pour Homme and Cacharel Lou Lou and neither one appeals to me this morning so wearing Angel Muse instead.
I know there are many tea aficionados here, does anyone collect vintage teacups and saucers? There are some beauties on goodwill.com right now – also a good place to check for perfumes.
I did start a collection years ago, but gave it up — too much stuff already — but adore looking at vintage china patterns on the internet.
Cheating because it’s a bigger fashion brand, but wearing Cardin by Pierre Cardin, vintage parfum. This stuff is a knock-out, a big aldehydic floral with a slightly dirty drydown. Lasts for ages and smells incredible.
Have a great day, everyone!
You smell gorgeous! I’m so happy to know I’m not the last person to still wear this.
It’s great! I found an old eau de toilette bottle at an antique store, so I tracked down the parfum. It was surprisingly inexpensive, and came with the original acrylic display box. So cool, and such a great perfume.
You smell fabulous! I have a mini of this and love it too, I wore it back in the day.
Oh, how cool! I really like it, and even the Vintage isn’t too outrageously priced!
I too own and wear Cardin de Cardin, I have a mini bottle of extrait, it’s one big perfume, you smell great.
Lovely! Mine is the 30 ml parfum, and came with the original acrylic display box, and the outer cardboard box. I swear, I didn’t pay more than $50 shipped. What a bargain!
I’m in Carthusia Fiori di Capri; it is reminding me pleasantly of 24 Faubourg, but carnationy-er.
I thought about draining the last of my sample of Comptoir Sud Pacifique Coeur de Raisin, which is so old they’ve had time to rename it Princesse Muscat, but there’s so little left it would never last me all day. Anybody else remember this one? It’s a weird dry grapey thing I always thought was kind of interesting but never loved quite enough to buy, even though it can be had cheap.
I remember Coeur de Raisin! I always meant to buy it but I bought Mora Bella instead (probably the wrong choice, since I swapped it away a few years later), and then they renamed both of them (MB was rechristened Fruits Sauvages), and then both were discontinued, so that was that. Princesse Muscat was a terrible name for CdR, anyway: it made it sound super girly when it was actually kind of dark and strange.
Exactly! I just saw one for $20 on a certain online auction site if you still want some…
Twins! We smell great!
Partial credit in Cire Trudon’s Olim. I bought a decant of this last spring, thinking it was a lavender scent (must have mixed it up with a different CT) and was taken aback when I sniffed it. I remember it as a smoke monster, but it’s more of dry, spicy scent with some incense-y smoke notes.
Hope anyone in the area of the CA fires is safe – the footage looks absolutely awful.
Olim was not an early favorite of mine in that set, but it really grew on me.
I’m liking it much better this time around – I think it’s definitely a cool weather scent.
Also: I scrolled all the way down looking for someone in a Czech & Speake scent! Anyone tried them? I’ve been curious for a while, but they’re hard to find in the US.
They used to have a bit more distribution here. I think the overall growth in niche left them behind.
They did have a few really good scents, but I have not tried them in so long that I could not say if they were still good.
You smell great! Didn’t think of that one for some reason.
I had been sick since Monday (much better now, no worries), so wasn’t aware of the community project and am wearing Bandit. I don’t wear it often, as it’s quite a statement, but it felt completely right today.
In other news, I was in Lebanon last week, which I highly recommend as a holiday destination. I’m probably a bit biased as I love Lebanese food and am obsessed with the Phoenicians, but still. It’s a fascinating and diverse place and turns out the wine is excellent as well. I wore mostly Philosykos for its Mediterranean vibe and because it was still very sunny and warm.
Also, have just bought Chanel No 5 L’Eau in the red bottle, because it’s gorgeous.
I also love the Levant (the clue is in my name) and esp love the food. The best lentil and carrot stew I ever ate was a recipe featured on Anissa Helou’s blog. And I have too many cookbooks by Claudia Rodin, Diana Henry’s forays into Middle Eastern food, the list can go on and on… Either way, plse give more details regarding your trip, if you feel like it. Our family adored Turkey, but we’ve never been to Lebanon.
PS Chanced upon your blog when researching a good serum to buy. You have a very distinctive voice!
I just bought Helou’s latest book, Feast (about food in the Islamic world). It is rather magnificent. I think I’m going to make the lamb meatballs in sour cherry sauce tomorrow, for the second time. I also absolutely love Diana Henry. And Greg and Lucy Malouf. Please do not feel obliged, but if you are interested, you can go to my blog and search for cookbooks – I have talked about quite a few and there’s a separate post on the Middle-Eastern ones.
Coming back to Lebanon, I really liked Beirut that is on one hand very modern and on the other of course ancient, with many layers. The national museum is very good, the Saturday market is wonderful and Liza is potentially the most beautiful restaurant I’ve ever dined in. We were also lucky with the weather, it was still 26-27 degrees and sunny. The country is very compact, so I made a day-trip to the south (Tyre and Sidon) and another to Byblos and the stunning Jeita grotto with the family. And the history of the place is of course simply fascinating, as is the whole set-up of modern Lebanon – diverse, unique and somewhat dangerous.
Thank you for your answer! And I’ve never heard of the Maloufs – so something learned. Have a good weekend!
Hi Annikky, you may have read it already but I enjoyed this book a couple of year’s ago , a memoir ‘built’ around the author’s attempt to reconstruct his family home in Lebanon. There are some nice passages in it , food related and the history of the area.
Hi Kanuka, thanks for the link. I read the Post’s review just now and so sad the writer did not live to see his book published. I’ll see if I can find it. (I’m interloping on your recommendation for Anniky :))
I liked the book, especially the personal history and the tiles. I found some of the ‘quirky’ characters associated with the building itself a little bit predictable (in the way that books dealing with ‘locals’ can sometimes be) but it’s very readable and the overall tone is good.
Thank you for the recommendation! I have not read it and it sounds wonderful.
Costume National Scent
A low-key friendly aroma of vegetal musk, jasmine tea, sandalwood, pale amber. Quite beautiful! ????????????
If it keeps on raining levee going to break ????????????
Haven’t smelled this one in years, should revisit. Must be a LZ kind of day, mine today is “leaves are falling all around, it’s time I was on my way…”
And some for you too! ????????????
I am so proud of myself for excavating my decants drawer and finding my “c” today from a small house. Is this their only fragrance? SOTD is Fifi Chachnil edp. I haven’t thought of or worn this in about 3+ years. It is so gorgeous – now I remember why I wanted it so much.
Wow, that’s a long time no hear name! It used to be a big hit on MakeupAlley. I don’t think there was ever another fragrance from the brand.
Chanel Chance eau Fraiche
Not a small house and I was going to write a haiku but I have no time this morning so I will just share another another quote from Ondaatje’s English Patient:
We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes,
tastes we have swallowed,
bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees,
fears we have hidden in as if caves.
Last night a saw a film at Colombia University for their “Blackness in French and Francophone Film”. The name was Black Girl (La Noire de…) and it was an old black and white film. It was very moving.. Thought I would share if any other NYers are interested since it free.
I am running to Sotheby’s to look at some beautiful art…have a great day everyone.
I remember that movie! I saw it 20 years ago but I remember liking it a lot. All your English Patient quotes make me both want to read it and not read it – they’re so intense, I’m not sure I could sustain so much emotion for a whole book.
Maybe start with Warlight that just came out this year, which is a lighter easier read.
I read this book 20 years ago, and reading it again now, its different for me
Also the movie doesn’t do the book justice, no matter how many oscars nominations it won..
That is already on my library waitlist! It will be my first Ondaatje, I’m excited
Or Running in the Family…I read that one first (the others weren’t out yet IIRC) and adored it.
I recently read an interesting bit about the real Count Laszlo Almasy, who had a very interesting life as an adventurer and really did discover the Cave of Swimmers. The heterosexual love affair seems to have been Michael Ondaatje’s conjecture as apparently the count’s preferences leaned otherwise. Apparently he also was first a very brave German spy, then did a quick about turn towards the end of the war while in Turkey and became a British spy.
Interesting..would you mind sharing what you read/or where you read it so I can take a look also?
I read it as an article in a series about influential gay men. Just checked on Wikipedia (where there are lots of book references should you be interested) and the major points of this article seem to be accurate according to Wikipedia.
I need to go out today and get a copy of The English Patient. Thanks for the quotes, they are just what I need lately.
I’m in vintage CSP Vanille Amande*, which sounds like it should be one-note marzipan sweetness but it has a little pinprick of almond bitterness and a dark not-quite-burnt note, like sugar that’s been caramelized just a few seconds too long**. I don’t know what the relaunch smells like, but this stuff is fantastic.
* I can’t find the launch year, but I think it was the mid to late 1970s: it’s in an aluminum canister, but it has the old printed-on-the-can-in-turquoise label, the sprayer screws on, and it’s 160 mL, which they haven’t made in eons.
** Older Vanille Abricot has the same note. It gives it so much depth.
I have Lait Sucre which contains that burnt/but not really, sugar aroma. ????????????✌
I went through a real CSP phase — at one point I think I had an even dozen of them, though I’ve swapped almost half of those away — but never got past a couple of samples of Lait Sucré. I think even with the almost-burnt note it just didn’t grab me the way many of the other ones did. But I can see the appeal.
I could not think of a “C” sent to wear and it was snowing when I woke up today, so I am in Byredo Encens Chembur. I love this one because it is incense with a slightly sour note. I was thinking, does that even make sense? A sour smell? I will have to test enabler husband later to see if he agrees.
I definitely think there are sour smells! For me it usually comes from vetiver.
Interesting- going to go back and sample some vetivers now and see if I notice it
Yes, and I think quite a few incense fragrances have sour undertones.
I have definitely noticed it specifically in incense scents.
Most fruity floral scents smell sour to me – it seems to be the combo of rose and citrus that does it, at least to my nose . . .
A lot of rose scents smell sour to me, and I generally avoid even sampling rose/citrus combos.
Very interesting. We need better language to define and describe these things!
I thought the new Dior Joy was surprisingly sour, especially for a major mainstream scent.
Wearing Comptoir Sud Pacifique’s Vanille Banane. I smell like a banana cream pie. As it wears down, the rum note will come out more, and I will smell like a tiki bar. It’s a wacky fragrance, but I kinda love it. A bit of the tropics for our first day of snow.
Vanille Banane is one of three scents (the other two were Demeter Gingerale and Angel) that made me laugh out loud the first time I smelled them. VB is so audacious and ridiculous: for what it is, it’s absolutely perfect.
lol’d first time I sniffed Gingerale too! And that’s one of the things I love about Avignon, the first few minutes smell like fizzy gingerale to me.
oh gosh that sounds fantastic and now I want to smell like a banana cream pie!
I really need to buy that one.
Opium edt, vintage bottle I got yesterday. Perfection on a blustery cold day. Happy Friday.
You smell fantastic!!
You smell gorgeous! Enjoy your new bottle!
Great find! You smell fabulous ????
Thank you all!! Ebay (no affiliation) – the price was right and I took a chance ????
Wow! You smell amazing! Congrats on your bottle..????
You smell wonderful! Opium was all I wore for twenty years. I’m hoarding the last of my last bottle.
Coco edp (vtg!) today bc I adore it and I can get partial participation credit ????
Woke up to snow on the ground. Not sure what to think of this early snow ????????
You smell great; I don’t know how I feel about our first snowfall, either. I do know there’s nothing we can do about it ????
Thank you! Stay warm ????
Snow!! It is too soon for snow. I know what I would think.
You should the early snow stinks!????⛄
And you smell fantastic!
I am wearing Voleur de Roses, after showering with Rose Jam. I smell great. Obviosly, I’m not participating in the CP. I don’t have any scents from fragrance housed that fit the description. I used up my sample of Mediterraneo a few months ago. Oh, well.
You smell fantastic! VdR was the first patchouli rose I fell for, thanks to a sample from kpaint!
Voleur! I love this one in cold weather, but we don’t get enough cold weather in my area for me to justify owning it, alas.
Oh, also. I maybe panic-bought a decant of Slumberhouse Ore last night because I noticed that Slumberhouse products seem to be all out at the online retailers. Anybody know anything? I think Slumberhouse is Great Art and so I’m always worrying it will disappear.
I snagged a bottle of their Pear and Olive when they had a Black Friday sale a few years ago, and have been eternally grateful.
Ooh, good get – Slumberhouse on SALE is more than I hope to dream; I’m just hoping they stay at their current (painful) prices and not at the even-more-ridiculous-jacked-up-by-scarcity prices you see for the discontinued stuff.
I think they just go out of stock periodically because it’s a small indie outfit and they’re between batches.
Thanks for the common sense I’m sure that’s it.
Josh is a great guy, and when I politely inquired about a delay shipping Sova via his website he was very apologetic.
When I received my package, he had included a gratis full size Pear and Olive. This was the packaging with glass beads in the bottle.
Bear – that was a heck of an apology.
I hope you enjoyed the heck out of every last drop.
Kiste is one I regret selling the most.
Kiste is gorgeous.
SOTD- CBIHP Burning Leaves.
Chase away the rain!!
Perfect scent. When this house gets it right, they really get it right
Love that one! Wore it the other day and can’t wait for it to cool down so I can wear it some more.
Good morning and Happy FriYAY!
No little c’s in my perfume collection….I do have a sample of Comptoir Sud’s Vanilla Abricot, but no way I’d find it this morning….
So I went with a big C! Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere, because it’s always perfect!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Jada, your FriYAY always makes me smile big!
You smell fantastic.
Need to find my decant if L’Eau Premiere. It’s really good.
I also Wear Chanel, but only have No19 EdT, but a Vintage from the 90ies. Smells good, but disappears too fast for my liking.
CBIHP Gathering Apples today, from a decant from a lovely NSTer at the last swapmeet I smell like fall. But also, I’d like to eat an apple. Honeycrisp, I think.
TGIF! I have a concert on Sunday that I need to spend tomorrow making sure I’m prepared for, even though I’ve had almost no time to practice all week
Hello twin! Good luck with that concert!
Honeycrisps are the best apples.
Aren’t they?? Just the right balance of sweet and tart, and the right crispy texture. I’ve got a few waiting for me at home right now.
Here here to my favorite fruit!!
Apples in general, or honeycrisps in particular?
You have tried Hermes Ambre Narguile, I hope? It is the yummiest caramelized apple pie.
What do you play?
I have a clarinet performance at the cenotaph on Sunday, and a cello performance on 12/01
I sing and I play piano! This Sunday’s show will mostly be group singing, but I will be doing a bit of solo stuff, accompanying myself on the piano. I have a lot of confidence in my voice, but much less confidence in my hands, especially because I’m currently experiencing wrist tendon issues, and playing piano aggravates them
Have a wonderful clarinet show this weekend, and cello performance in a few weeks I look forward to hearing more about them!
Good luck to our talented musicians! I know your performances will go wonderfully.
I’m wearing the decant of CBIHP Leather I found in my stash when cleaning out last week. Happy Friday!
No C’s -big or little -in my collection. So sprayed from the only C in the house, my husband’s CdG Black Pepper. I must say I think it smells better on me than on him, but I may be delusional! Plans for the weekend include watching two movies at an Adventure Film Festival, one of which is Free Solo with Alex Honnold. Be strong, my heart!
I think I would be peeking through my fingers
Happy Friday, fragrant folks!
I’m wearing Tempo and Coromandel EDT today. They are not similar but I wanted all the patchouli today. ????
It has been a rough couple weeks and I am looking forward to the weekend. I am very grateful for this kind community.
I hope you have a great weekend
Thank you…you too!
Hoping things improve for you. I too am thankful for this group – one of my favorite parts of the day is checking in on what everyone is up to. Friendly like-minded people discussing perfume and everything else! I’m a vanilla fan like you, so always look forward to seeing what you are wearing for ideas! Enjoy your weekend.
Hope things get smoother for you now.
You must smell incredible. Hope the next weeks are calm and smooth.
Wow, you smell amazing!! Is one projecting over the other? I’ll have to compare them side by side. I have a feeling Tempo will be my fav.
They are both stunners and neck in neck in terms of projection to my nose.
Even last night as I was getting in bed…I thought…wow, I can still smell them both…and then…damn, I smell I good. I am not a light sprayer eaheheh but they are both great.
I really noticed the chocolate in Coromandel and the sage in Tempo yesterday.
And I am contemplating buying a FB of Kismet as I type this. It’s very good and interesting…lots going on and even better with subsequent wearings. And Beautyhabit has 20% off…Satan, get thee behind! Have a great weekend.
Carthusia Mediterraneo for me. I think this would be a signature scent for me if it actually lasted longer than 15 minutes. But I love it anyway.
Shame it disappears so quickly on you.
Carthusia Fiori di Capri EDP. I had a splash bottle of the EDT courtesy of swapmeet. When that was gone I bought this and was slightly disappointed, but now that the weather is chillier, this is mellower and more dense and is a comfort scent suitable for the season.
Not the perfect carnation replacement for Malmaison, though. I am still on the search for that. DSH’s Oiellet Rouge is in a completely different class of course.
I’m wearing Carner Barcelona D600 today. Might bake something later, I found a recipe for Golden Syrup Cake that sounds really good. I was watching the Great British Bake Off and found myself wondering why anyone would bake a cake so dry it needs to be brushed with syrup to make it moist. Why not bake a moist cake from the start? Or is there some arcane bit of baking history I don’t know?
Maybe because of rationing, or just salvaging a baking mistake?
One of my favorite cakes to bake as a child, and the one my sister requests for her Birthday, is Tomato Soup Cake. A moist spice cake born during WWII because of rationing of eggs and butter.
Wow – that is a cool story Bear. Is it something along the lines of zucchini cake where the moisture texturizes the cake without imparting much of the flavor?
So icing or icing free? Would it matter what type of icing you choose?
I usually frost with My Mother’s Chocolate Icing (butter, espresso,confectioners sugar,cocoa powder) .
You can make the cake for guests and make them guess the secret ingredient. No one has ever been correct, you cannot discern tomatoes.
Enjoy AngelaB !
Do you bake your own Christmas Cakes? I always leave it too late and end up just making mince pies but my mum starts about now so she can drench them in whisky for 6 weeks or so.
No Christmas cakes here, at least not the alcohol-soaked kind. I have been known to whip up a Buche de Noel some years.
We love the baking show! We’ve watched all the episodes and I don’t remember that episode particularly, but my guess is that it is a light cake and may not rise properly if weighed down with too much oil or butter? Or like Bear says, certain ingredients weren’t available for rationing or it’s a very old recipe and there weren’t around yet! It doesn’t seem to make sense though, I agree.
I think a syrup does two things 1)keeps it moister for longer and 2) allows for some concentrated flavor that isn’t affected by the long heat of baking
#2 is my thought. My mom makes a cake that you drench in tart lemon syrup at the end. The cake needs to be on the dry side not to collapse when soaked with syrup. She also makes fruit cakes like Kanuka’s mom does.
I dug around and found an oldie, Crazy Libellule and the Poppies, 26 Juin ile d’Yeu. It’s a roll-on, mild and pleasant, with orange, peach, and rose–but all pretty faint and restrained. Wearing it to my check-up with my hip surgeon. So far things look good, and I’m just waiting for him to look at my new x-rays.
I’m glad to hear your hip is mending well. Good on you, too, for getting back into travelling and setting off the metal detectors !
How is Alex doing by the way? Back on the bike?
Back on the bike (up to 2 hours) but unable to run anymore (too painful) . Thanks.
Wow, that’s quite a remarkable recovery.
Happy to hear about the good check-up!
I’m wearing CBIHP 7 Billion Hearts, an ethereal and uplifting veil of smoke and non-sweet vanilla.
I am usually immune to perfume marketing copy, my fairly reliable rule of thumb being the more striking the prose the worse the perfume. Nonetheless, Christopher Brosius’ writing gets me every time. In this case, “There are now or will shortly be seven billion people on this planet. Seven billion souls hoping and dreaming. Seven billion hearts beating. One of them inevitably beats for you. ” I remember this every time I wear this perfume. It’s one of my favorite thoughts and one of my favorite perfumes.
Twins! We smell great!
Y’all are creating quite a lot of items for my CB sampling cart
Would you like more suggestions?
I have a LOT of CBIHP decants.
If I were to recommend one scent from this brand, it would be In The Library :
Book smell + wood fire+ wool carpet+shaggy dog+pipe+ brandy.
I like his darker scents best… Ambrosius, 2nd Cumming, Wild Hunt. Oh and of course Black March. And Lavender Tea. And I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few others…
Mid-sized C for me in Le 3eme Homme, but honestly the only smell around here is smoke.
Here too. Can’t even see across the valley this morning. ????
I am looking for my aluminum canister of CSP Vanille Cannelle, but it is hiding somewhere in my collection – odd because I almost always have it right where I can find it. I love all of the cinnamon and I wish they would bring this one back.
Your ghost must have hidden my vintage No 5 EDP too. ????????????
I have searched multiple times, and still cannot locate it!
Have you tried Demeter Eggnog? It smells a LOT like CSP Vanille Cannelle, but in my opinion even better — warm vanilla cinnamon but much plusher and creamier. If you like that slightly dry, dusty cinnamon of VC, then you won’t get it in Eggnog, but otherwise I really think the Demeter is the better scent.
SOTD Carthusia Fiori di Capri. Since my return from Italy and visiting the Carthusia stores while there, I have been wearing it a lot.
You smell wonderful
Wearing CBIHP’s White Soap accord. Thanks for inspiring me to dig out this oldie but goodie!
Ivory or Dove?
Ivory. It has aged intriguingly, though, and smells spicier (in a sweet, clove-y way) to me than it did when new.
Ooooh – I haven’t tried this one.
Didn’t think I had any smallish brand “C”s for at least partial credit but than saw an announcement on my IG about an upcoming artisan holiday flea in Manhattan and was reminded of my Cavern NY Atrium perfume oil, so at least partial credit for me. Phew! And it’s a cozy, Fall scent so works with the cold, grey, drearies today. I do want to go and check out all their candles, eventhough I’m thoroughly candle-saturated, but might make nice gifts, too.
This has been an especially intense work week so very glad it’s Friday!
CBIHP 7 Billion Hearts for me today.
How’s your day going, Pixel? Awesome as usual! Smoked in from the fires up north! Now the other cat is sick, gotta go to the vet soon! Power just went out, had to haul out the generator and hook it up!
I’d like to be in a coma for a while. A nice quiet coma. They can wake me up when my life gets back to normal.
Oh my! Hope your day gets better! At least you are smelling great!
So sorry that you’ve hit a rough patch the last month or so! Crossed fingers that things ease up soon.
Oh my gosh, you are really having a time!! I can’t help but giggle at how well you document your travails!!!You haven’t lost your sense of humor yet clearly.
Good luck girl! You got this!
My sympathies to you, hope you get a break soon!
Very Smokey here too. That fire has just come from nowhere and it seems to be in steroids. People barely escaped with their lives, so I guess I can’t complain about a bit of smoke. These fire are terrifying.
Oh, dear! Hope the 7 Billion Hearts is helping to transcend the actual smoke that’s coming your way. I know that feeling of just wake me when it’s over. The best perfume I can think of for that is another CBIHP, Where We Are There Is No Here.
Ack. This has been quite a week for you. I hope there is some calm coming your way in the immediate future. You certainly deserve it.
A nice quiet coma????? Sounds kind of nice, actually. ????
Saturday and CBIHP AT the Beach . There’s a Russian in town who is setting off in a few days to row a 9m boat around the world keeping to the southern oceans, so from NZ he will touch land in Chile, the right around to western Australia ( going south of south africa) and back here. Those are mighty big oceans. I am so glad there are people like him in the world ( and I don’t know why I feel that exactly but I think I admire the grandeur of the vision and the grit of determination). So, I am going to go to the harbour and take a look . He is a priest and has already rowed across the at,antic and ballooned around the world several times. One of my dreams is to do a trip along 45 south …there are very few spots of land just us, southern chile and Argentina (I would miss the oceans). A couple of year’s ago I was asked to write the text for a photographic book on the NZ section and it sparked my curiosity. Dream big, eh.
I’m following the Golden globe race (around the world in 1968 vintage boats, in honour of the original Golden Globe race won by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, using 1968 technology. A few of the boats have been rolled in the Southern Ocean, dangerous place to sail.
Oh, I know who you are talking about! His name is Fedor Konyuhov ( not sure if I spelled it right). I actually bought his book this summer, but haven’t started reading it yet.
Yes, that’s him. Fantastic.
Thank you for the link! I wish him God’s help in his difficult journey. I also didn’t realized he is 66 y.o. (thought he is in his mid 50th).
The line “Surprizingly for a Russian he doesn’t like vodka” made me chuckle.
Happy Friday everyone! Didn’t have time to comment yesterday, but I was on theme in CBIHP 7 Billion Hearts. Smoky smoky vanilla! It’s a warm one here today so didn’t have anything to fit the weather for the project. Wearing Atelier Cologne Clementine California, so plenty of Cs in there, perhaps partial credit!
I was planning on wearing Fiori di Capri but Costume National 21 seemed more appropriate for this blustery fall day
Fiori di Capri for me. Don’t usually wear this in cooler weather, but it’s nice today. I have a sinus headache going on…just took one Excedrin and hope that’ll get rid of it.
Finishing some homework and was hoping to do some baking. That will all depend on headache, I guess. It’s making me want to just lay down.
Hope you feel better soon!
I hope the headache has fled.
I’m claiming partial credit – or perhaps 3 partial credits for small ‘c’s – for my. scent today: My fragrance was released in 2005 and is the only perfume created by this German purveyor of fine European chocolates. From the little info I was able to find, its fragrance family is listed as oriental/vanilla-fruity; with top notes of rum and fruits; heart notes include jasmine, sandalwood, and chocolate; with base notes of praline chocolates, tonka bean, vanilla, and peru balsam. Yum! Its name: Eau de cacao by coppeneur. I’d never heard of this one until I discovered it in my sample bin, but it’s a great choice for a cold day here in the Chicago area with the first snowfall of the season!
Little Bear survived her home-away-from-home for the week we spent in the Boston area (with a couple of days spent in the Berkshires where the beautiful fall colors defied the dismal weather we had). This weekend we will finally let Little Bear officially ‘meet’ her big sisters. Although they’ve been able to see each other we’ve kept them separate until now. I hope that when Her Brave and Fearless Smallness is introduced to her two older, very large Maine Coon sisters, she realizes They Were Here First!
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!
Hope the meeting goes well with minimal hissing and spitting????
Thanks, me, too!
I have an instant lemming for your perfume. It sounds perfect for the holidays.
I bet your coon cats will get along just fine. My three do. They’re all from the local shelter, the indigenous hybrid coon cats you find here in Maine, not the fancy purebred ones. All three have the typical laid back Maine coon disposition, even the old tuxedo tomcat who was feral until about the age of three. The smallest, a gray female, is the fiercest but her ferocity is focussed much more on catnip mice than the other cats. They’re a lot of fun to have around.
Thanks for the encouraging words. Mine are ‘indigenous,’ too, nothing fancy or purebred about them except their luxurious coats. Not sure where they’re from as their mom was a pregnant rescue adopted by a friend, who fostered them all until they could be adopted. One is sweet and kind and shy, the other is extremely loving but also requires a lot of attention. We shall see how it goes . . .
I’m in CdG Jaisalmer today and smelling fine! So, sort of participating…
There are some great county parks outside of town which I’ve been visiting on days off and doing quite a bit of hiking. Saw some wild turkeys, turkey buzzards, and a coyote as well.
The hills (hills? Are you kidding me? I feel like Sir Edmund Hillary!) are killing me and my legs and behind are so sore today. Was going down a steep downhill yesterday and my feet just flew out from under me and I rollypollied down the hill like Humpty Dumpty. Luckily, I didn’t break! T-Rex was also acting very skittish, kept sniffing and looking behind us, so I’m wondering if she scented something following us? I heard some stealthy crackling in woods right behind us but didn’t see anything. And don’t you know, it’s the day I forgot my bear/cougar/coyote/bad people spray in the van!
In other scented news, I did buy a travel spray of Moscow Mule, which starts off really nice but ends up smelling very generic in the drydown. Oh well.
Maybe you can carry the Moscow Mule to use in lieu of the bad-people/bear spray next time!
I planned to carry it in my work bag as an emergency backup, but I like your idea better! ????
So glad you didn’t hurt yourself, Deva and sorry Moscow Mule turned out to be disappointing.
Thank you! Not too disappointing, just a bit blah in the dry down. A good reason to keep refreshing!
Glad to hear you and T-Rex are fine!
T-Rex is always fine. She was sitting at the top of hill looking down on me with an amused expression in her face. She’s part cat- she can twist and leap her way out of anything.
Unlike real Moscow Mules which never disappoint me.
Be careful out there by yourself! So glad you didn’t hurt yourself.
Mmm yeah. My favorite hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii makes a variation that they call the ‘Mauna Lani Mule’. It includes a huge slab of crystallized ginger. Tasty!
Thank you! I’ve never had the real thing, so I’ll take your word for it. Maybe I need to imbibe in a few Moscow Mules before I hike? That should make me nice and loose if I happen to plummet off one of these trails…????
Well, now you’re making me worry. Be just careful enough, please.
I’m glad you and T-Rex are o.k. I love reading about your travels and greatly admire your adventurous spirit. But I don’t get a chance to read everyday so I lose track of where you’re at. Where are you now?
I’m in San Jose now. I’m very worried about all these fires. I feel a bit guilty because yesterday I was hiking and was so thankful for the stiff breeze that was blowing. I didn’t hear about the Camp Fire until yesterday evening. That same stiff wind is what helped burn down thousands of acres ????
I’ve been admiring your photos on Instagram. San Jose looks gorgeous. Please be careful!
Oh, thank you! The county parks outside of the city are beautiful. So happy these areas were spared development. ????????????????
When I saw your new gravatar it immediately made me smile. ????
For some reason you didn’t strike me as a mascara wearing woman.
My bad, Deva ! Rock on !
That’s not mascara. Those are lash extensions which are slowly but surely disappearing. Don’t know if I will continue, but they sure make me feel “done.” A bit of lipgloss and I’m done. In the spirit of transparency, that avatar is my current chunked up self ????
We always criticize ourselves the harshest.
You ROCK !!!!
Deva, I’m so glad you weren’t hurt! Your using the word rollipollied, made me smile though, made me flashback to childhood. Love your new picture. Stay safe!
No, I’m fine, thank you! Believe it or not, I’m pretty careful and conservative when I’m out and about. (I have turned around a couple of times while hiking because people have made me uncomfortable, lighting up all my spidey senses.) As long as no one is hurt, I believe these things are good fodder for laughter???? I TOTALLY rollipollied in the most ridiculous fashion, landed in a heap, looked up to see T-Rex smiling down at me with her tail wagging like crazy. She thought it was a fun new game ????
Be safe! T-Rex knows what’s up????
Jaisalmer is great! I always wonder why it doesn’t get the attention that Avignon and Kyoto do.
I saw a coyote cross my suburban street earlier this week, and it gave me another reason to miss having a (large) dog. And your lash extensions look amazing. As a tiny-lashed person myself, I have wondered about them. Did you have any problems?
No problems at all. I just hate the process of making an appointment, going to the appointment, and waiting in a chair until completed. But, I’m very impatient with that kind of stuff. One of the reasons I stopped coloring my hair- hated sitting in a salon and waiting, waiting, waiting…
Like a few others, I am wearing Carthusia Fiori di Capri and enjoying its carnation.
For American friends, have a lovely 3 day weekend.
Comme des Garcon Black for me today. One of the few C’s I even have.
I love this one. Even my fiance commented when I was leaving this AM and asked what it was! Happy weekend, all!
I unearthed my bottle of Chantecaille Frangipane this morning, the original square bottle, so that’s what I’m wearing for partial credit. Frangipani, vanilla, and ylang ylang yum. I sprayed my hand with a sample of CSP Vanille Ambre this morning but it and my other CSPs are too strong to wear to work.
I’m SO GLAD it’s Friday. Work has been kinda annoying this week with deadlines and such. Even better is having Veteran’s Day off and coming in late next Tuesday due to staying out late for a concert Monday night.
I’ll have to check out Frangipani. Enjoy your long weekend!
The only scent I have from the CP list is a travel spray of CSP Amour de Cacao, and it just isn’t a love for me. So, I went with Chopard Casmir, for which I’m giving myself double points. It’s such a dependably enjoyable scent.
I approve of giving oneself double points????
I thought for a second we were twins, but no. Unfortunately, Casmir, like Tocade, smells like burning plastic to me. You smell great to normal people, I’m sure.
I’ve realised I’m completely lacking in niche houses starting with C, Chanel and Caron aren’t quite niche, although Caron isn’t quite the powerhouse it once was. So I will be doing the Saturday housework in Parfum Sacre.
Have to come back and read later! Wearing CBIHP Violet Empire. Probably more green than violet, and pretty fleeting, but it’s been growing on me over the day. With little resprays here and there!
I love the name, though.
No CP for me today. Delta, Metro North and taxi finds us in New Haven for tomorrow’s Yale-Princeton football game. Probably our last year to do this until my son graduates from HS (he plays football and the playoffs are still in progress, so no guarantees of a free weekend for the next 3 fall seasons.). Due to return in May for my 30th reunion (yikes, feeling old) but who knows if that will work out, so we are considering this a first college visit for him. Wearing SJP Stash because it’s easy!
I don’t even have a sample of any of the full point houses today, so went with CdG Kyoto. Turns out it is a perfect choice for me today after a gruelling physio appointment that involved, among other things, having my kneecaps pushed back into place. A little zen is just what I need.
Ouch! Glad you found some zen. I was almost going to wear Kyoto today, a good one for a prematurely wintry day.
Holy Cannoli, Gi, that sounds beyond grueling.
???? What? Getting your “knee caps pushed back into place”….!
Reading backwards so woot, what a pretty gravatar!
Eek! At least you smell peaceful and painless.
I can’t even imagine.
OMG! What the what? Hope you’re now properly aligned!
D’oh! I forgot about this. But I did wear Maria *C*andida Gentile’s *C*inabre, so I’m hoping for partial credit.
Posting before reading everyone else…super busy day today.
Wearing CBIHP Winter 1972 to play along!
Not even 10% partial credit. I’m wearing Passage d’Enfer today. I just woke up and needed it. And it’s perfect on this gloomy, dreary, melancholy day.
Wearing some CB At the Beach 1966 (small c) with a couple sprays of Chanel No 5 oil (big C) – as I picked it up after work and HAD to try it.
It snowed today off and on so I’m very grateful to be home. Having a pork tenderloin and Caesar salad with home-made dressing for dinner. And it’s a long weekend!! Woohoo!
Happy Friday everyone!
Oh, I didn’t realize that oil was a spray. Neat! I wish I had your dinner. I ate chili cheese fries, which was not satisfying at all, surprisingly.
It’s a really nice spray; if you get a chance do try it.
I can see myself reaching for it quite frequently as it’s a ‘light’ version of No 5 (at least to my nose as I compare it to the body creme). I may even try to wear it to work to see if anyone comments.
And it’s a humungo bottle at 200ml!
If it makes you feel any better, I envy you your chili cheese fries.
And I will have to check out the No. 5 oil, too. Still looking for a version I’m comfortable in.
Jeeze Louise, I’m finally home. I started out in a pretty good mood, despite the snow. My hair looked pretty dang good????work just went down hill after lunch. My sotd was Angel Muse. Tonight I dabbed on Carthusia Corallium, from a generous Nster. This is the only thing I’ve tried from this company. I get a Gucci Envy vibe from it. I looked it up, and they really have nothing in common, so idk… guess it’s just me. Oh, and Bear, here’s my Zep song for the night…. In the Evening..????????????????????????????
Glad you’re home safe, lillyjo !
Relax in whichever manner you enjoy the most, and Rock ON !
Thanks for the Led Zep !
A radio station in Philly plays 3 LZ songs every night @ 8PM, so I’m rocking Dancin’ Days, Trampled Under Foot, and Black Country Woman.
Glad you had a good hair day! And are back home.
I’m with you on the snow situation. Just hate it!! If anyone wants some on a regular basis, let me know⛄????❄
Wow, snow already! Glad you’re home and safe.
I’n Inadvertently doing next week’s spicy theme with today’s SOTD + Carner Barcelona D600. Every time I wear this, I ask myself why I don’t wear it often. It is gorgeous. gvillecreative — if you are reading this, please take note because this ticks all the checkboxes of your ideal perfume! Iris ✅. Vetiver ✅ Cardamon / Spice ✅ . You do have to like vanilla!
The craziest work email I got today, edited slightly to protect the innocent:
Do we have a Lost & Found? I lost a necklace. I may have lost it during my commute or I could have lost it in the office. It’s a circle of diamonds, with a larger one at the bottom. You can’t imagine how upset I am because this is the 2nd one I lost.
My PC response – I’ll let the admins know to get the word out.
What I really wanted to say – You (fill in the blanks). What possessed you to wear a diamond choker to work knowing fully well you 1) don’t work a front office job, 2) you are taking mass transit and 3) you’ve previously lost a similar necklace? It sounds like insanity to me.
Message to fellow commuters – if you missed your train or got on the wrong train because you were so engrossed in using your mobile device, you only have yourself to blame. There’s no need to curse the conductor or the train line or subject your fellow commuters to your foul language.
So, do you recall CM8 mentioning that the Diptyque Tempo decant turned green? Yep, I had decanted some to a sample atomizer and the juice turned green. I called the boutique today to ask about that and got the answer that it’s the patchouli oil. Ok, sounds good to me!
I’d like to add: if anyone is shopping on a friday afternoon and have to be somewhere in ten minutes, don’t yell at the cashier because the line is long. Also- necklace lady… not real bright ☉
Lol on necklace lady..And how great does D600 sound?
Partial credit please. Comme de Garçon, Girl. Haven’t worn this in a while and I am now wondering, why not? Not to keen on the lavender in the opening stages, but the woods and dry down are lovely. Just right for this grey and miserable Friday. ????????
Still technically Friday here, for one more minute. I went with CSP Amour de Cacao, the most wearable chocolate I’ve found—clearly chocolate, but still light and a little floral. (Olympic Orchids California Chocolate is wonderful, but if I get a little warm, it’s too much.) My other choice was Carthusia Ligea (La Sirena). I’m on my second decant of both, and both are on my FB list.
Okay, I just looked up the notes for AdC, and they’re orange, cocoa, star fruit, and vanilla. Apparently, I can’t tell fruity from floral. It’s still a great substitute for a actually eating chocolate, which my stupid stomach will no longer let me do. I decided to defy said stomach and have a little semisweet chocolate on Halloween, and regretted it. I don’t think I’ve ever regretted wearing AdC.
Next week’s CP is going to require some thought. There are a few things I can think of with non-sweet food notes, but none that are really gourmands.