Hump Day, and World Radio Day. What fragrance are you wearing?
Me: on vacation, day 6. I am commando again, but I am slathered in Andalou Naturals Kukui Cocoa Body Butter, so I smell like dessert anyway.
Reminder: on 2/15, wear a natural perfume, if you have one. Suggested by chocolatemarzipan8.
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2019, where I'll try to always have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance.
Note: shown is the Braun T3 radio designed by Dieter Rams in 1958.
Vintage Houbigant From the freebiemeet
I get Shalimar from this beauty
I obviously need to try that then!
Speaking of Shalimar..
I was breezing through Bloomingdales and they have a Guerlain pop up where you can pick a fragrance and they have the vats of perfume to pour your own into these gorgeous bee like bottles. They decorate it with ribbons and engraving..
Ooo la la! How big are the bottles?
Radio is important, yay for NPR! I’m old enough to remember the days before FM. Best Christmas present I ever received was one of those Panasonic ball radios with the chain, I carried it everywhere to listen to WLS Chicago.
Nostalgia Wearing Organza today and it smells wonderful,I’d forgotten how much I like it.
Yay for NPR! I miss Robert Siegel.
Thirding the cheers for NPR!
Me four…public radio and public tv make life so much more tolerable.
I am wearing Sycomore edt. What a brilliant fragrance.
I regret not buying a back up bottle a few years ago.
Has anyone compared it to the edp and has it changed a lot?
I haven’t compared Sycomore but generally enjoy the old edt formulations better than the current EDP. I also find them longer-lasting.
From the edps I only tried 31 rue cambon so far and it seemed less sparkly and less fun than the edt. Though I havent tried them side by side….
You smell great.
You smell fabulous. I have the family sized bottle of Sycomore edt. I tried the Cuir de Russie edp and didn’t like it. Smelled like the point was missed. I wonder what Cormandel and no 22 in edp smells like.
I’ve only tried the EDP once, and it felt warmer. Not a good thing, as far as I am concerned with Sycomore. I love the EDT… though some people do seem to prefer the softer Vetiver version in the EDP.
Sycomore edt is just perfect. It feels to me like a bunch of fireflies, if that makes any sense. So joyful!
makes *perfect* sense to me! That’s a very evocative description of the sensation of wearing it.
but… do try it if you can. You might love it, even though it’s a different creature.
Yep, the EDP is a bit rounder and more polished/refined, while the EDT has rougher edges. I have a bottle of the EDP, and it certainly lasts a lot longer than the EDT, but the roughness of the EDT has its own fabulous beauty.
I just love that choice of image!
Wearing Moon Bloom and dreaming of summer, or at least spring. Shouldn’t complain really; it’s not raining and it’s not that cold.
Tea is MF Parzifal, which is not quite as I had imagined it. It’s nice but far more delicate than I thought.
Scent twins! You smell wonderful!
You smell awesome!
I wore it this monday…it is not the most complex scent, but it never bores me
Sounds like we are weather twins today. I appreciate the break that Mother Nature has given me!
We had sleet today around 3:40 pm and then it was done before 4. The skyline was purty!
It clouded up this afternoon in my area, and that was about it. LOTS of wind, though! ?
I’m going for a spring vibe with Smell Bent Florist’s Fridge. The weather here in my part of Texas is sunny and going up to the 60s.
A perfect choice for your springlike weather. Enjoy! I’m heading to a conference in Austin in a few weeks and am *so excited* for a break from winter.
Have fun in Austin. I love that city. Unfortunately, I had to opt out of a conference being held there in April because I just can’t handle the convention center. Otherwise Austin is great. A city with a great nightlife, restaurant and music scene.
I’ve never been and am hoping to catch a little slice of the nightlife!
So jealous of your temps in the 60s. We are getting up to the 50s for a few days though, so I’ll settle for that!
Our Houston weather is just gorgeous right now! Clear, sunny, 60’s, perfect, with many spring flowers! This is the time of the year that helps (only partly) make up for those dog days of summer.
Hermes 24 Faubourg for me today.
I’m wearing Tommi Sooni II and admitting to myself I basically never feel like wearing all-natural perfume….
I don’t own many all naturals, and I’m with you for the most part. Still I would hate not to have my beloved Vamp.
I didn’t know Tommi Sooni II is all natural! I actually love it. I need to pull it out!
Snowstorm yesterday and more snow today. I’m cozy and warm inside. My place has two mammoth radiators that really pump out the heat. The view out the window is the Connecticut river, partly frozen over, and the snowy forested hill on the other side.
I’m retesting Nicolaï Ambre Cashmere Intense today. It reminds me a lot of Hermès Ambre des Marveilles. That luscious citrus amber is present minus the play doh that I was smelling before. I’m wondering if the lotion I was wearing before might have amped up or even created the play doh note? No lotion today and ACI smells very different. I may need to retest all of the PdN with this in mind.
Happy Wednesday all!
Stay cozy! Your view sounds amazing. Being able to view any body of water is so calming g
Your view sounds so lovely!
That view sounds gorgeous! Even better that you are snug and warm while enjoying it. ?
SotD = Tauer Vanilla Flash
You’re going to make Hermes jealous pretty soon?
ha! I will say 20 “yes to Hermes” and 20 “Yay for Merveilles” tonight as penance.
oooh noooo! Hermes is my forever love.
You are on a Tauer roll this week!?
yah, got a five pack of samples, it’s been a nice ride so far.
You smell wonderful.
aw, thank you, KellyC.
Vanilla Flash is wondrous, a little sweet, a little spicy. I’m very pleased by how much I like it.
This is on my growing “to smell” list
oh, please do! Andy Tauer has never disappointed me. And his samples are beautifully done.
Wearing Lush Big body spray. Neroli, sea notes and a little vanilla. A holiday at the beach.
Big snowstorm day today, I think I am the only one who did make it to work.
Une Rose again …
I don’t have much in the way of natural scents. But…this made me pull out my sample box from Jolie Laide to play with the rest of the week. This morning is La Peau Douce. Described as a spicy sandlewood with patchouli. I also get the clove. Very, very nice. After I get some cleaning done, I’ll shower and use a different sample for the evening. Happily.
Will admit a bit of disappointment over dog show winner. My sentimental favorite is always boxers, since we had one growing up. Wonderful pets. But…I was cheering for the dachshund. What a personality! And because the handler wore, hands down, the best shoes over the two days. He toned it down for Best in Show.
I love boxers as well. Our good friends have a boxer puppy and he is adorable!
They are incredibly good with children.
Are they really? Im thinking of getting a dog for my daughter, and am at a loss to where to begin.
Just do a lot of research in reading about exercise needs, training needs and temperament, health issues. If you are thinking purebred instead of rescue, you’ll find lots of info. For rescue, the staff would be helpful I’m sure in knowing the dogs they have. But…no matter what kind of dog, I happen to think obedience training is essential. Makes for a much happier experience both for the dog and the owner.
Seconding what LizzieB says about doing your research. Some dog breeds are adorable, but very high energy. They NEED lots of exercise to stay happy.
I second what LizzieB is saying about doing research, good idea to be honest about energy needs and such.
If you are thinking of purebred, also consider a purebred rescue agency. That’s where we found our two Maine Coons, we’re very happy that we went that route.
Thanks everyone! I am still in the we will see stage. I have alot to look into.
Temperment. Pick you breed for that first, then activity level demands and your lifestyle, then all else as you like.
Spend some time
W/the breeder determining how she/he bred her lines. Make sure temperment was foremost, some trend to conformation of the breed, others health, still others for working line of animal (herding vs hunting vs guarding etc). See how litters are socialized. This is the most crucial aspect. And check temperment of both sides of litter. You will be amazed at how dedicated the best breeders are to the education of their pups!!! Everthing has a trade off although the best breeders truly strive for total balance and very high standards. Stay away from popular lines unless you know what you are dealing with, as temperment is often the first thing sacrificed.
SOTD Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Cordial, from the Holiday Collection I got last year and never used!
It’s got that cozy musky cocoa-butter vibe I get from this collection, as well as a few of her other scents.
I also smell wafts of cinnamon and maybe incense.
I would consider getting a roller ball of this next holiday season, it is quite cozy – I think I like this and Hanukkah Candle the best from the pack.
Happy World Radio Day! I was raised on episodes of This American Life, then I discovered my local college radio station as a middle schooler, then I got hooked on Diane Rehm’s show during a boring grad school internship. Now I listen to NPR every morning while I get ready for work.
SOTD: Jo Malone Basil & Neroli body creme (not natural) + Sarabecca neroli oil (natural)
So I finally splurged on the Jo Malone body creme I’ve had on my mind for almost a year. It was a worthy purchase! Very strongly fragranced, so a little bit goes a long way. I put it on my arms and threw a sweater on top, and I still got a compliment from my coworker this morning
Thanks for the mini review on the Jo Malone body creme. I’ve been wondering if it was worth the $$$$. Is it moisturizing, too?
I’ll have to try it a couple more times to judge how moisturizing it is, but it does absorb quickly and has a nice, silky texture. I’ll be surprised if it can stand up to winter-level dry skin, but it seems perfect for summer.
Got my hands on a sample of Ummagumma so in that today. It’s a saber, though – I think this needs to be sprayed. Might decant it into a little sprayer for a better effect.
Wearing April Aromatics Irisistible. I applied a dab with caution considering that reviews are not as good as I was expecting. I love the very carroty opening. It reminds me of “I Iove les Carottes”. After it is a mix of flowers, fruits, veggies. Very unusual. I think I might eventually like it a lot, but too expensive to think about a full bottle. I might look for more samples or a decant later on.
Thanks for spelling out April Aromatics!, all week I’ve been trying to figure out what AA was, lol! I know nothing about natural perfumes. Glad you are enjoying your sotd?????
Mystery solved! ???
Copied Elisa P from yesterday with Gris Montaigne. Thunk!
For world radio day
Excellent. I’ve got that one on vinyl.?
Happy to inspire ? Smelling pretty!
Oh, man. That song. Reminds me of a childhood friend- we would play that and sing and perform, but she was a controlling, big personality and I was relegated to being her back-up singer. She also stole the good stickers (the puffy, googly eyed ones) from our joint sticker collection album and denied it, lol.
Too funny with the joint sticker collection. I don’t recall ever being chummy with any kid to share ownership of anything.
Funny now, but I wasn’t amused at the time, lol.
The shared ownership: I was an easily persuaded kid. Maybe that’s why I’m now a skeptical adult?
I also grew up as a very naive kid. We were church going folk and my mom always preached “turn the other cheek” and “be the better person”.
As a young adult and an independent contractor I got ripped off a LOT of times. I learned. And am now also a skeptiacal adult. I give easily, but to people that I want to give to and always what I can afford. Business, though, is business.
Olivine Atelier Full Regalia perfume oil.
The sun is finally out today. ? I am feeling a little grumpy, hopefully a little vitamin D will help.
Hope the grumpies go away soon!?
Hope the sun perks you up! Hang in there!
Hurray for the sun! ???
Forgot I had that sample at some point. Jasmine with a deep, musky base? I think that was my favorite of my Olivine samples.
Aftelier Discovery Week, Day 3: Vanilla Smoke
This one I finally like. It’s basically what it sounds like, with the same sliiiightly sour-metallic background that I keep getting from all of these. I wonder if it’s the base she uses to make these, or if my skin is just opposed to it. It’s barely there in Vanilla Smoke though, so it’s more fun to wear as opposed to morbidly interesting.
Vanilla Smoke sounds great.
I love Vanilla Smoke and prefer the parfum over the EDP.
I’m all natural in PPC Hindu Honeysuckle. And luxuriating in a new winter coat! I’ve spend the last few years in a warm but feather-shedding hand-me-down puffer, but it finally gave up the ghost zipperwise, so I treated myself to a brand new Lands End 600 fill coat (on sale though, it’s February!) It arrived last night and fits perfectly and handled the Minnesota weather very well.
Lands End has the best winter coats!
Warm and well constructed. Stay warm out there!
Yay thank you for chiming in! Big Purchases make me nervous and even though I did my research it’s nice to hear it confirmed
Congratulations on your new coat! Inquiring minds want to know: What color is it?
They call it “harbor blue”; it’s somewhere between royal blue and teal.
Your SOTD will be my SOTD Friday!
I love Hindu Honeysuckle. Another great one from PPC.
SOTD is Dior’s Dune.
I love Dune. You smell great.
Me too! I’ve been wearing it quite a bit lately.
After mentioning PPC Vientiane yesterday as one of my favorites from the line, I couldn’t stop thinking about it so am wearing it today. I gave myself more sprays than usual since my sensitive coworker will be working from home the rest of the week due to the snow.
I’ve never been so happy to be at work in the office! I was getting cabin fever in my apartment, and my shoulders can’t take another day of cramped working conditions.
As much as I complain about work sometimes, I really don’t know if I could stay home. I love my house, but I’m a social butterfly lol. Glad your cabin fever is over!
I’m just the opposite. As long as I had food I would be ok with not seeing anyone or going anywhere for several days. On Saturdays I have trouble motivating myself to leave the house to run errands. I really just want to stay home and not have to talk to anyone except my husband and my cats.
+1 for team stay at home?
I tend to completely agree with you, however, my work space at home is tiny and uncomfortable. If it didn’t put me in physical pain to work an 8 hour day, I think I’d love to still be at home.
I love that one! I went through a mini very fast and will probably buy a big bottle
Well, if you buy a big bottle and want to split some off, let me know. I’ve got about 3ml left in a decant that will likely last me a little while. But I’d buy 5ml off you to support your purchase. ?
Glad to hear that you beat your cabin fever today!
It felt the best it will probably ever feel to be driving to work in the morning!
Fighting the cold, wet deluge with Le Labo’s cheerful Fleur d’Oranger.
Stay warm and dry! Hugs!
Feel better soon!
I have an online meeting in 3 minutes, just managed to fix a cup of coffee beforehand, and am sadly commando at the moment. A nice scent would have helped me get through another of these darn meetings…….
Happy Hump Day, all!
Hope the coffee helps you get through your meeting!
DSH Musc Eau Naturale is my natural sample of the day. It’s a botanical perfume and seems slightly woody and very smooth on me at the moment
That sounds so nice.
That was a scrubber on me sadly — but what was left after I scrubbed smelled good!
I’ve had that happen –some scents are better washed down. Of course, if I hated the beginning so much that I scrubbed itthen I’m never going to buy that scent
Moon Bloom for me today. I keep sniffing myself. It’s so pretty. I must be on a tuberose kick though because I wore a dab of Fracas to bed last night.
I’ve been attempting to be healthier the past month or two since the holidays, get back to exercising more and eating healthier and it’s paying off. I feel like I have so much more energy in the past few weeks. It’s nice to feel the progress of trying to be healthy haha.
I need to get myself back there as well. I was doing so well with exercise before this cold knocked me out for a week!
The cold is such a bummer and makes it hard for me to be motivated for sure!
I am trying to stay healthy too..as I am drinking a cappuccino and eating some chocolate..
Yay you for getting back into the healthier swing of things!
Spent last night in Zoologist Civet and most of this morning. I really didn’t like it. Spending the rest of the day in Shalimar.
At least Shamilar makes up for disliking the Civet!
Today I’m trying out Demeter Dirt from a generous NST-er and the freebiemeet. This is my favorite one! It truly does smell like dirt, but somehow it’s pretty too. I looked at their website, and Demeter does offer some all-natural perfumes, but also claims that all (I think it does say that) of their scents are 95% natural. I wonder if that’s really true? But at any rate, the “vibe” of the line is definitely to conjure up many aspects of Nature herself! I also tried New Zealand (too ozonic I think for me) and Thunderstorm–ok but didn’t shake the earth, ha ha.
I liked Dirt a lot, as well. Seemed like a nice balance between smelling like dirt (which, as only y’all would understand, is a good thing) and something like sawdust.
That sounds like something I’d definitely like!
Continuing my April Aromatics theme with Nectar of Love. A bit sweet and heavy but very well crafted.
It sounds like you haven’t found any klunkers yet with your April Aromatics samples.
Only one. I have tried everything except Irissistible (I am not a fan of iris fragrances), and the only one I absolutely hated was Agartha. I couldn’t scrub it off fast enough. I didn’t like Purple Reign, either, but I generally find lilac a difficult note–too cloying. It seems I am not having too much luck with her recent releases, although Pink Wood was nice, and not as oud-y as I had feared.
Of the earlier releases, the biggest disappointment has been Ray of Light. I absolutely love the top note, but after it wears off, there doesn’t seem to be much else, so that 15 minutes after applying it it fades to near nothing on my skin. If it were much cheaper–say $50 per bottle instead of $170–I would buy it for that 15 minutes. If it had enough heart and drydown to keep my attention for at least 3 or 4 hours, I would buy at its actual price.
The rest have been good, and I have not felt the urge to scrub any of them off. Even the ones I haven’t totally loved I have liked well enough to wear for one day. Nectar of Love and Tempted Muse are perhaps too jasmine-y and indolic for my tastes, but they didn’t give me a raging headache as some indolic scents can do. I don’t know if I will spring for a FM of any of them (except Liquid Dreams, which I already sprang for), but I will happily use up my samples.
Ew, sorry to hear that one of your samples was a “Get It Off Me NOW!” type of scrubber!
I adore Calling All Angels and bought the FB of it despite the price.
SL Sa Majeste la Rose for a dose of optimism today. It also goes well with my red sweater, more importantly!?
Oh, and I watched the movie Leave No Trace last night. How did I miss this one? Heavy watch, but I really loved it. Was this not nominated for anything?
I loved Leave No Trace. It won several critics awards, and Thomasin Mckenzie got a few in the ceremonies that have a breakout star category, but the Oscars overlooked it. Shame, it’s better than almost all the actual nominees IMO.
I haven’t seen a lot of the Oscar nominees, but I think it definitely competes with the ones I did see, if it doesn’t surpass them. I wasn’t nearly as moved by the others, Roma included (which I also loved). So many important and relevant issues, too. And a shame it was neglected, also because it’s a female director, which is rare(er). Thomasin Mckenzie was great!
I want to read the book on which it was based now.
Out of all the Best Picture nominees, I’d only keep The Favourite, BlacKkKlansman, and A Star Is Born. I respect Roma more than I really like it, you know what I mean? Kind of a bummer, the lineup last year was so good.
Just looked it up. Sounds really good. Thanks for the rec.
Be prepared to be sad ? The good thing about home viewing is being able to take a break!
Yeah, I saw that a few weeks ago and mentioned it. I was surprised there was no hubbub about it as well.
I don’t remember you mentioning it, but I did think of you when I watched it! PNW and alternate living-wise. Don’t know where it was actually filmed, but pretty beautiful, lush terrain.
Oh, I wasn’t owning it or anything! But I’m curious as to why you thought it sad? Was it the situation he was in, the ending, or the entire movie?
The living with PTSD, crappy veteran care, etc. I felt for the kid, too. He wasn’t psychologically capable of considering her needs even when she voiced them. Some of it might also be some personal identification…
Don’t know if you saw Captain Fantastic which had some overlap. Same alternative living in WA state, but the motivation was philosophical (anarchy as a lifestyle choice) rather than motivated by a mental illness. And Viggo Mortensen ?
My husband loved that movie. Saw it when I was in CA last summer and just raves about it.
Chiming in that I watched it a couple weekends ago and really liked it. The ending made me cry. Acting was on point. They had good father daughter chemistry.
That’s a pretty one, and yes, very optimistic! So dewy.
Very dewy. And still going strong! But it’s more honeyed now.
I love that one. You smell great.
Roses are a fantastic choice right now for scent.
Rose’s make me happy ??
I used Lyric shower gel this morning. It was so lovely that I had no choice but to use the perfume.
Do you have the body lotion or butter? They are fabulous and well worth the price.
I don’t but would buy either if I could find it discounted.
The body cream is nice-very scented. Don’t really need the perfume with it. You smell lovely!
You can find it at either Beauty Encounter or FragranceNet (no affiliation) for around half off. Finding it discounted on Amazon is questionable at best.
Wow! A double shot of Lyric! ??
In the 98% natural Liz Earle No 1, uplifting a like a long-lasting Eau Dynamisante which I also love.
FM’s Noir Épices for me today – that suddenly leapt into my head as I ate my morning toast.
You smell fab!
I am wearing Lanvin Arpege and drinking a cup of jasmine green tea.
Combining the glam with the grind: wearing Bogue MAAI and doing a very intense competition-prep bench press training session. Because nothing says glamour like a singlet, wrist wraps, and chalky shoulders, right?
The most glam bench press ever
Felanilla today, and my decant will be done soon.
Now a small spray of Theo Fennel before bed
You smelled fantastic today!?
PSA that a lot of Andy Tauer perfumes and some of his soaps are marked down at at Twisted Lily, including the crowd favorite PHI.
Ruh roh! A little knowledge is a dangerous thing…
Commando, waiting to get my SB package from the post office. It was delivered Monday…?
First day without rain in 6 straight days! Took a little hike and ran across a chain gang doing trail maintenance with a lot of dangerous power tools! Luckily, they didn’t take T-Rex hostage in a bid for freedom. The guard was intensely focused… on his phone while sitting in the sheriffs van. Hmmm. T-Rex, who is always delighted to meet anyone and everyone (probably even Ted Bundy!), got a lot of pets and smiles as she wagged her way by them.
Lots of good songs about rain. This is a gem from the 90’s that I love:
Good luck at the PO!
I also LOVE that Blind Melon song and video. I’ve been known to listen to it on repeat, and I love singing along to his voice. Such a shame he died so young.
A huge shame. The video (and the song!) is genius. Who hasn’t ever identified with the bee girl? ?
Oh, I’d completely forgotten that video and song.
Here’s to all of you bee girls out there – keep sporting black and yellow, and dancing til the day is done!
Love the bee girl!
What an awesome coincidence! One of the local NPR stations I listen to does a “90s at Nine” segment every Wednesday where they play a block of 90s songs. I still enjoy a lot of them! That Blind Melon song is a favorite.
Ahh, the 90’s! I have some great and terrible memories of that decade! 90’s at 9 sounds grand. I hardly listen to anything anymore, and I’m not quite sure why. I guess I have grown to love the quiet.
LOVE today’s radio picture. It reminds me of the little transistor radios that were around when I was in kindergarten. Also, Godspeed to NASA’s Opportunity Rover. Its mission has been declared over.
My turn for some tunes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2zwBRa0YhA&index=1&list=RD-2zwBRa0YhA
SOTD = Ballets Rouges EdP again. I enjoyed the drydown so much yesterday that I decided I wanted a do-over.
Awesome. I love Tesla????
Since that video mentions Edison, Marconi, and Tesla, I figured that it was perfect for World Radio Day! ???
I’m embarrassed to admit at first glance, I thought it was a thermostat…! ?
Hey, I can see that. Or maybe an iPod?
Late to the party!
SOTD = Pacifica Mexican Chocolate
This was a freebie gift from a generous NSTer. Nice spicy chocolate and I dirtied it up with Hiram Green Hyde.
This met the Red Package Challenge with a good chunk of red on the box! I posted a picture on Instagram @hajusuuri.
Commuting Woes. Woes Commuting.
– On the way home Monday, the train was VERY crowded for no apparent reason. I had pole real estate for which I could only use my left hand to hold onto with my arm extended. A Class A A$$hole decided it was appropriate to slouch and lean against my arm. OK. So, as the train moved, my body and arm swayed along. A$$hole thought I was deliberately bumping into him (really? He was LEANING AGAINST MY ARM). He turnec to turn to me and started saying “Excuse me” 3x. I basically just held my head high and ignored him. Had he said something else, I would have shouted at the top of my lungs – You A$$hole, stand up straight and stop leaning against my arm.
– This morning, a guy huffed and puffed into the train and sat across from me still breathing hard. I was able to cover my nose with one of my scarves so fine. Little did I know that wasn’t the worst of it! He took out a container of pungent chicken and pasta, opened the lid to cool it down and then started to eat it. Seriously? Thank God it was a local so the doors opened every few minutes or my hair would have smelled of his food all day! Of course the conductor saw this but did not say anything — there are signs saying no food or drink!
Anyway, onwards! At least I left the office earlier than usual today and managed to avoid a delay due to a disabled Amtrak train!
Oh my! Humans are truly the worst.
Wearing a combo of Tauer’s Rose Insensee from a sample (I had stashed away) and Wowilla oil tonight. Thanks again Jalapeno for the suggestion of rose or insense with the oil.
You’re welcome! ?