A very LATE (so sorry! something came up!) lazy weekend open thread poll. Talk about anything you like — the fragrance you’re wearing today, the last fragrance you fell in love with at first sniff, whatever.
Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…
Note: top image is detail from Flower Piece with Iris, Laburnum, and Geranium, 1880 by Édouard Manet via Wikimedia Commons.
Another glorious sunny day! Wearing ELdO Amourette.
Lucky you, it is grey & cold here! But could be way worse.
Cazaubon, were you impacted by all the rain in the last couple of weeks in that region?
Impacted, I don’t know, but we sure got a lot of rain and even some hail.
I hadn’t read anything regarding mudslides due to so much rain, but I guess this would be more problematic where last years fires destroyed trees and ground cover. Glad you haven’t had any problems.
It’s my birthday weekend and I’m turning 29 tomorrow. Another year when my birthday coincides with Oscara. Not going to have any big celebration: just me, my parents and a bit of cake with wine. I’m also planning to take some sweet treats to share at work on Monday.
I’m going to treat myself to a perfume but I still didn’t decide what will it be. For the celebration I’ll wear Prada Amber Pour Homme, while today I’m in La Parfumerie Moderne Belles Rives.
A very happy birthday to you Lucasai!
Happy Birthday Lucasai! Enjoy the day! ???
Happy birthday! ?
Happy birthday! I firmly believe in birthday perfume, too.
Happy Birthday! You are at a fantastic age! Enjoy! ??
Wishing you a very happy birthday!
Happy Birthday, Lucas!!
Age 29 was a couple of great decades for me. ?
Happy Birthday Lucas! The low-key celebration sounds nice. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Happy birthday to you!
Happy Birthday, Lucas!
Happy birthday! Cake and wine sounds lovely.
Happy birthday sweetie. You smell elegant!
Happy happy birthday, Lucas! My mom has been “29” for, oh, about my entire life, so it must be a good age
Happy birthday! Have fun deciding on your perfume treat!
I am singing the Happy Birthday song to you right now!
Many happy returns.
Happy Birthday, Lucas! May you have a wonderful year and remember to ENJOY your life. Somehow we tend to be very serious and career driven in our late twenties and thirties, and end up worrying unnecessarily, in stead of enjoying all the wonderful blessings of youth. Enjoy being 29!!
Thank you all for lovely wishes
Have a nice birthday weekend
Lucasai, I hope that you have had a very happy birthday weekend! ?
Happy birthday, Lucasai, and enjoy your day!
you’ve had a birthday,
We had a sunny day too.
I am in Encre Noire.
And you smell great!
You smell fantastic!
It’s grey but dry today, nice and breezy. Hope everything is well with you, Robin!
I woke up early and before I even showered, an antique dealer friend of mine asked me if I’d seen an estate sale with lots of perfume. So I went. I found a sealed bottle of Colony extrait (a reissue Patou did in 1994) and… another bottle of Yohji Homme! I’m deliberating on its fate, since I already have one.
Today I’m wearing Perle de Mousse. I heard here that Ann Gerard went out of business and I just happened to find a great (great!) deal on eBay. It smells phenomenal. Very sad there won’t be more.
Oh nice, congrats on your finds!
And thank you, everything is ok just my usual poor planning
I always go in with low expectations.
You’re more planned than I am, that’s for sure! I don’t even know what the next week’s poll is!
I hope you have some sort of menicle laugh for every time you find something great!???
Actually, I play it pretty calm. Excitement gives it away, especially if you have to ask for a price. When I found my Feu d’Issey, though, I’m pretty sure I broke into a sweat.
(Also, you taught me a new word! ⭐)
I never go to estate sales, but I start thinking I should whenever I read about your finds and those of others. I definitely enjoy the thrill of the hunt.
I also think it’s sad that Ann Gerard went out of business. I don’t love any of the scents, but I’d say have a solid like for Perle de Mousse and Ciel d’Opale.
Wearing and not much liking Casablanca today on my second trip to see HAMILTON!!!!!!!! It was amazing the first time and it will be amazing the second time.
Anyway, boyfriend’s evaluation of Casablanca is “Smells like mothballs.” I’m inclined to agree.
Hope it is a great performance Koyel!
Our Hamilton was EXCELLENT! Best I’ve ever seen, including LMM (he’s an amazing writer and rapper, but not a singer; today’s Hamilton could both rap AND sing wonderfully!). Our Burr was meh, though, and Eliza was…well. Hm.
But in all, it was a highly enjoyable show, thanks for your wishes! The boyfriend says he has now seen it enough times. I don’t think that’s true for me.
Next time you go, you can take me instead, LOL…
I like mothball-y perfumes, so your uh-oh could be fortuitous for me.
I’m glad you had a great time!
Perfect! Heaven knows this one has tons of followers, so clearly others love the mothball scent
Working weekend for me. Besides, it is cold and cloudy. But nothing that a good amount of Donna Karan Black Cashmere cannot solved. Feeling warm and cozy in it.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
You smell fabulous!
Thank you Jiji! ?
Sorry you have to work. Are you going back to no days off, crazy schedule?
Unfortunately. No days off and working until late, I don’t know until when. It is overwhelming and exhausting, but I am still in good spirits.
I’m over at my friend’s helping her take apart and take to the garbage some furniture she’s not moving with her. She is outside while AAA fills her flat tire for her.
I’m in Guerlain Cologne du 68, trying to finish off my decant today. I stopped at Goodwill before getting to my friend’s place and found a bottle of vintage Ivoire for $20! Thinking of offering it in splitmeet…
Nice find! I cherish my bottle.
Every time I pass a Goodwill store, I think of the perfume gems some of you have found. Congrats!
Very cool that you found the perfume. I’ve been looking when I go into Goodwill stores in my area, but haven’t found vintage perfumes. One Goodwill near me had low rectangular boxes that said “Angel.” I think they were Angel-scented candles? It was hard to see through the glass in the case, but I thought a box had the word “bougie” on it, also. (Sorry if I mangled the French spelling.) It was $12 for a box. This was a couple of weeks ago. I can check to see if they have any left if anyone is interested.
NST folks, remind me for the next freebiemeet — I want to pass along my sample of Angel. For me, it was one spray and then lots of scrubbing. I don’t plan to try to learn to love it. But I know many other people do like it a lot.
Congratulations on your vintage Ivoire. It’s such a complex scent, I studied it with Victoria at BdJ.
I adore Cologne du 68 and AAA.
Both have made me happy many times.
We had tons of sunshine today. So happy with it ☀️☀️☀️???
This morning I sampled Feu secret. And now I am wearing Lampblack on my right arm and Vetiverissimo on my left arm. Its from the small Bruno Fazzolari ‘Woody Palette’ sample pack that I ordered along with a bottle of Au delà Narcisse.
They are all great. I would not be surprised if more than one of these ended up on my fb wish list.
Vetiverissimo smells a bit like wet clay/plaster and its strangely alluring. I think Lampblack is wonderfully smoky and fresh at the same time, but Feu secret may be my favourite so far.
Nah, smoky may not be the right description for Lampblack….i think ‘tarry’ is a better fit.
I really like Feu Secret and Lampblack. Definitely decant worthy at the very least!
Beautiful photo! I especially love bearded iris because they’re just so dang fancy.
SOTD is Tauer’s PHI, which went well with cloudy, cool weather and a three and half mile walk in the woods. My winter scarf smells so good, I hate to wash it, bursting with a melange of scents and wafting the very definition of wonderfullness!
Spent much of the day hunting contracts that are fairly close to the three main routes to Alaska. There are a ton available in Washington state, but most are in Seattle and I really am not feeling big city with high crime rate life these days. There are also a few in Spokane, which seems more my speed. Also looking in ID, ND, MT, WY, and CO. Keep your fingers crossed for me NSTers! I see the split-meet is on ?
You smell fantastic! How is T-Rex feeling?
Thanks! She’s eating and drinking like a champ, but I got the “tap, tap, tap” paw to my forehead (the only part that sticks out from under the covers) four times during the night. ? Apparently, I wasn’t responding fast enough, because the last “tap” was more like a SLAP!, which certainly woke me right up. Today, all is calm! Thanks for asking?
All is calm is good news! ?
I love it that TRex taps on your forehead to tell you that she needs to go out. My Dachshund had this special sound to let me know the same thing. However soundly I might be sleeping it never failed to wake me up instantly.
She’s very polite about it in general, and is very cat-like in the use of her front paws. I think one of the best things about inter-species friendship is that both animal and human find a new language that is meaningful and unique, bridging a gulf of ignorance. Too bad we can’t do this with everything and everyone.
Good luck on the contract-hunting! Glad to hear T-Rex is feeling better.
Thanks and thanks! And don’t you know, today she caught a dang field mouse!! Luckily, I got her to drop it before she ate it. On leash, trotting right beside me, then one quick hop into the bush, and she had it. She’s like The Flash…!
Did you figure out if you can utilize COBRA to bridge you to the next contract?
I haven’t asked about it yet because it depends on which company I partner with for my next contract. I’m currently juggling 3 different travel companies because not all have the same listings. By establishing with more than one company, I can increase the odds of finding a contract in my specialty in the area I want to be for access to Alaska routes.
When I sign my next contract, I will discuss COBRA with that particular company. I also looked into short term (catastrophic) health insurance, which may be doable. Too soon yet to look at cost/benefit of either, but I’ll known within the next 4-6 weeks.
This might have been mentioned previously, but a friend of mine tapped a state program (Virginia) when his premium under the ACA went up last year. Worth checking where you are, perhaps, if other options don’t work out.
Hey, thanks, I will look into that. My state of residency is Florida, so I’m a bit skeptical, but definitely worth checking into.
I hope you find a great series of contracts and T-Rex keeps recovering quickly so you can sleep through the night.
My dog tried to chase a rabbit last week. I was horrified of the possibilities if she caught it. Thank goodness the rabbit was highly motivated and ran away super fast!
Thanks! I’m not a fan of seeing anything kill anything, although I know that’s the reality in the wild. T-Rex has a very strong prey drive, but thankfully, anything she has caught has died a quick death because she’s an expert neck snapper.?
We had dachshunds when I was a kid and they caught rabbits on the regular. I’ll never un-hear a rabbit screaming. Horrible! I hope your little doggo is a complete failure as a rabbit killer. Long live the bunnies! ?
When I was a girl, we had a golden retriever mix that liked to chase rabbits. Rabbits were very plentiful in our yard. Dad had a low fence around his vegetable garden, and one day Goldie stuck her head in the garden and picked up a little rabbit. I had forgotten the noise it made, but now that you mention it, it definitely made a squealing noise. We got her to drop it, and it was unharmed. Though she never did any official retrieving or had training in such, she apparently had a soft mouth. She liked to chase squirrels, too, but no success there, either. I’m not a fan of the animals that eat our garden plants, but I don’t like to personally see the creatures being killed, either. We lack smallish to medium-sized predators, though I hear that coyotes are moving farther and farther east.
I’m pretty sure coyotes are already there. They’re very adaptable to urban environments. As human populations increase and spread, coyotes are doing a bang up job of living off cats/small dogs/trash. I’m from the Tampa/St Pete area of Florida, which is extensively developed and we had confirmed coyote spottings pretty regularly. I’ve never worried personally because I’ve always had big dogs (two Rottweilers and a good sized pit bull mix). When I got T-Rex, I almost always went outside with her, especially when she was a pup.
On your recommendation from the other day I bought some Kodiak Cakes pancake mix and whipped up a batch this morning. They came out delicious!
Oh, yay! I love pancake success stories! What kind did you end up getting?!
There were only 2 kinds to choose from at the grocery store, so I picked Oat & Honey. Surprisingly tasty for a whole wheat mix!
Oh, I haven’t seen that one yet. The only one I’ve tried is cinnamon oat, which was delicious. I was at Fred Meyer the other day and saw chocolate, peanut butter, as well as buttermilk and one other kind I can’t recall. So many choices…?
Fingers crossed for you Deva and I have the same experience with my scarves.
Thank you! I love the moment you wrap the scarf around your neck and the scent wafts up. It’s like a warm fragrant hug. ?
Fingers crossed for the contract hunting!!
Wearing Ormonde Jayne Woman. I have a travel spray which is going down rapidly and feeling like I might need a bottle. I am a total failure at the no-buy.
House twin! You smell great.
Today I am in Pacifica Mediterranean Fig perfume. This is a sample from my most recent order to Surrender to Chance. I had thought it had been discontinued, but perhaps that was just at Whole Foods. I like it.
My caffeine this morning was green tea mochi. The other day I had the Earl Grey plus Jasmine Green tea that Barqs sent as a little bonus with the freebiemeet samples I requested. I like all those flavors. That was excellent. Thanks, Barqs! I collect various kinds of tea, but had never tried that one.
Gray day today here, and not warm, but not freezing. (Much like the weather where Robin lives, I’ll bet. ) It’s supposed to rain tonight.
I’m doing okay. I’m putting up pieces of white metal fencing — about a foot high, with a curlicue sort of design — around the places I see daffodil leaves coming up. Some of them are coming up outside the garden, but that’s okay. I just want to have some kind of visible marker so I don’t run over them. (And so others don’t run over them!)
Yes, we are having exactly the same weather…cold rain now!
Cold and rainy here but clearing up today! I think Pacifica may be my favorite inexpensive line. I wish they had not discontinued their shower gels and soaps. They were fantastic. I simply love Waikiki Pikake, Island Vanilla, Tibetan Mountain Temple, Mediterranean Fig and Spanish Amber. The body lotions are pretty heavenly too. I once had a bar of Tunisian Jasmine soap that made my entire bathroom smell like jasmine heaven. My husband even liked this soap. And the candles. Why Pacifica? Why?
We just got a Whole Foods store in our area about a year or so ago, so I learned about Pacifica then. I tried a tester of Persian Rose, and liked that, too. I’ll have to try some of the others. I think I may have smelled a coconut one?
I have a large collection of scented soaps. I don’t even remember where I got some of them, but some were from Ten Thousand Villages before they went out of business. Some I got at the COPA soap booth at the Philadelphia Flower Show. They’ve got very nice herbal, fruity, and spice-scented soaps. I’ve gotten a number of floral soaps from an Indian grocery in the area, plus, of course, sandalwood. I’m pretty sure that’s where I got frangipani and jasmine soaps. (Plus, of course, rose.)
I guess I learned about Pacifica too late to realize that they had had soaps. I do miss Ten Thousand Villages, though.
Have a good week!
I’m in Thé Pour un Été this morning for chores. Mr. G and I are rounding up the kids and going out for a fancy-ish dinner tonight to celebrate birthdays (his and mine are both this month), Valentine’s Day, and whatever else we decide to bundle in. Need to decide on a scent for this evening’s festivities – the restaurant specializes in seafood, so I’m leaning toward something elegant and citrus-y … maybe Cristalle?
Enjoy your festive dinner!
Have a wonderful night! Cristalle sounds like a great choice.
Enjoy your dinner. You smell great!
Enjoy your evening, Cristalle seems very appropriate.
Hope your dinner was great!
It’s unseasonably cold here today, and my beloved and I are thawing out in a café, after being determined to go for a walk regardless of the weather. I’m perfume-free as yet, I plan to sample something on the way home.
I tried Dyptique’s Tempo again, it seems patchouli is not a favourite note for me.
Good for you for not letting the cold weather keep you inside!
Commando here. I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve been barely surviving on granola bars and bottled water. I just don’t have the time or energy to choose a scent. Now that my activities are over and today is winding down, I am enjoying hanging out in what Mr. Lucy calls my “bed sweater.” I do enjoy reading about what everyone else is wearing though!
I hope things calm down soon! Granola bars are great, but so are sandwiches and salads and spaghetti…
Ditto this! ?
I agree too! My body already feels better after one day of homemade food.
Thank you! I’m happy to say I made it to the grocery store today and I’m making pasta tonight.
It’s a drizzly, dreary day here. I’m revisiting my sample of Ormonde Jayne’s Champaca – all the talk about it for the splitmeet brought it to my mind. It’s just lovely. I can see why everyone is into it!
There have been so many people recently who have posted sad or worrying news that I read too late to respond to. But please know you have been in my heart and thoughts. I hope everyone has at least one peaceful moment and at least one small piece of joy this weekend. Hugs to all.
Ha! I saw that OJ listing over in the split-meet and for a bit excited! Champaca is on my list of “to try” scents. I had a hard time convincing myself a blind buy is NOT equivalent to “trying” a sample!
Your second paragraph is so true! I often wonder about all the NSTers that don’t comment, or those who do comment but are more reserved… A lot more people struggling than we know. I heartily second your kind sentiment.
Champaca is so wonderful. I have a teeny bit in my sample let from my OJ sample set and I hoard it because I’ll be so sad when it’s gone.
Your sentiment to those hurting or struggling was so kind. Hugs.
Strange day today. I was working on a pastel all morning and after eating lunch the apartment got very cold so I crawled under a blanket on the couch and fell asleep for an hour. When I woke up I was exhausted but still made it out the door to get errands done before 5. Now the apartment is warm and I’m back on the couch. Really weird.
Sotd: Cap Neroli
Sote: Au pays neroli blanc Intense. Beauty habit sent me a hefty dabber sample and it only takes a tiny touch of it to totally perfume me. The sample is going to last me a long time at this rate?❤️
Sounds nice and relaxing to me. I bought that Neroli Blanc Intense a couple of months ago, it’s lovely. I’m saving it for spring though, as I think it will be perfect then.
Neroli Blanc intense is such a lovely orange blossom.
Chiming in that I also think Neroli Blanc Intense is really good stuff.
Went shopping with a perfumista friend today and picked up a tin of the L’Occitane Solidarity Balm from yesterday’s Daily Lemming. The scent is slightly floral, but mostly makes me think of candied orange peels. My dry winter skin is soaking it right up.
SOTE: Eau de Givenchy. Haven’t worn this since last summer, but I had an oddly specific craving for it today.
Eau de Givenchy is so great. It smells happy to me ?
Oh, a candied orange peel balm is just as appealing to me…thanks!
I need to get Eau de Givenchy. It sounds great in descriptions!
It’s really nice! I have the pre-reformulated version and it’s potent.
Currently sitting next to a blooming blue hyacinth in a pot — one bulb, and the fragrance is almost palpable. I love it! Our weather has been cold and damp, but spring has sprung and there are daffodils blooming everywhere. They are my favorite flowers. I’ve pre-ordered a bottle of a new 4160 Tuesday scent, Clouds’ Illusion, which Sarah McCartney is creating in collaboration with Eau My Soul and which features daffodils.
Packing for a 90 degree heat vacation! I’m torn between bringing enough clothes to last 10 days or doing laundry midway through the trip, but in any case I am looking forward to being warm. From Twisted Lily’s sale I got a travel size of Tiger’s Nest and I’m wearing it now. It was a blind buy and I’m slightly disappointed. All I get is incense.
Enjoy your vacation!
How do you like your new hairdo? I would opt for bringing less clothes, I hate lugging too much stuff, plus I never end up wearing it all.
I love my new cut! It looks a little like a longer Jamie Lee Curtis cut unless I put some product in it and make it textured. It looks feminine either way, which was what I wanted. Come to the Chicago meetup in May and see it!
I agree with cazaubon about the clothing situation. Is it mostly casual? If you don’t need anything fancy, you can probably get by with a backpack and/or carry-on, especially since you’ll be mostly in shorts and cool sleeveless tops, I would imagine. A small 20ml bottle of dr bronners or the equivalent and you can probably wash and rinse everything in the sink. Sorry about the blind buy fail. That’s a bummer!
I never wear more than half of what I take on a trip, but I can never predict which half will work! So I’m incapable of traveling light.
It also depends on how easy to wash and dry your clothes are. The thing about 90-degree heat, if it’s at all humid, is sweat and needing to change more often.
I always err in the side of bringing more. I have been better though since I’ve been planning for day, evening and traveling home, deciding which pieces I can wear again and making sure I have one extra change of top and underwear. I always like to wear fresh clothes going home.
Whenever I go on a trip of more than a week, I try to plan to do laundry halfway through, particularly if I am flying. If I am driving, I figure if I can cram it in the car, it is OK (if it fits, it ships!). That said, I have more often been burned by having too few clothes than too many. On one particular vacation of 12 day’s, there was simply no laundromat to be found when it would have been useful. The hotel rooms we had were simply not designed to accommodate washing clothes–sinks with no stoppers, no hangers (or only those come-apart hangers that can only be used in one specific location in the room), no place to hang up the wet clothes except over a towel rod, where they dripped and made a mess all over the bathroom. I intensely dislike synthetic fabrics, and cotton can take 2 days to dry–not convenient when you are staying no more than 2 or 3 nights in each place. I desperately wished I had packed at least one more change of clothes in my suitcase. I usually do end up wearing at least 3/4 of what I bring, sometimes more. I figure if I have one unworn set of clothes at the end of the trip, I hit it about right. Those are the clothes I would have worn if we got delayed on our return and ended up spending another day.
Hey all! At home waiting for the wind storm. I’m trying really hard not to worry outloud. I haven’t been able to read all the comments latley, so not sure if this was mentioned, RIP Peter Tork. I grew up on reruns of The Monkees. I still listen to them sometimes to cheer myself up, and am the proud owner of Monkee trading cards with gum intact!
Sotd was the last of my Bottega Veneta. I stopped at Ulta the other day and tried the Nest body mist in jasmine bamboo, it was lovely. The price is a little high for a body mist though. I might think about the lotion if I get a good coupon.
I grew up with The Monkees, too. I was just thinking to myself yesterday: you know you’re getting old when all your prepubescent crushes start dropping like flies. It’s demoralizing. I was just watching some videos of Robert Palmer, who I loved! Such style, great voice, and a real gentleman! So I had to go google his birthday and age at death: 54! That’s the EXACT age I’ll be in about a week and a half. ?
Also, hope the wind gives you a big fat miss! The anticipation of an event is always worse than the actual event. I tell myself this every time I go to the dentist ?
I’ve probably wasted years of my life in anticipation! I can’t help it though. People say I’m just like my grandmother in this way. I really would have been better off, if she had taught me to cook instead of worry, LOL
I don’t know about that. The root canal I had was even worse than I had feared. Not the actual event, as I was pretty well numbed, but the aftermath. Had I known how bad it would be, I would have begged the dentist to pull the tooth rather than doing the root canal.
Everytime I hear Robert Palmer, I think what a shame he is gone.
Oh! I never heard about Robert Palmer. That makes me very sad.
Another Robert Palmer fan here. I saw him live in a small arena while in college, and he was wonderful.
Good luck with the wind storm, I hope it passes you by!
Keep safe and you smell lovely. Are you going to replace the BV? I have Eau de Velours which I like very much.
I am going to sample the Velours and I think there is a new flanker out id like to try before replacing it.
I’ve been tempted to blind buy BV Eau de Velours …. I like BV in theory but there is an edge to it that lasts all day on me. (I wish I was better at describing scents.) I was hoping the EdV might be a softer version.
The last fragrance I fell in love with at first sniff was DS by DS&Durga, their latest, I believe.
I liked Amber Kiso, too. I would note, though, that the base notes are very durable on paper or fabric, so aim carefully.
I so wanted to come to the event at Arielle’s but had some volunteer work at our local Botanical Garden that could not be put off. I will order a sample of this……
That sounds great, too, though!
Late in here today, hello all! I had a friend in town on a conference for the weekend so we met up for lunch. I wanted unobtrusive but fun, so I wore Angel Eau Sucree. By now, it’s just a light wisp of marshmallow, not sure what to replace it with yet.
Mmm wisp of marshmallow sounds great!
Roja Reckless. The sprayer on this bottle is divine. Such a satisfying psssssssshhhh. For a parfum, it doesn’t last very long but it’s a joy to spray more.
Interesting, I wonder if all the Roja spray mechanisms are better than other brands’?
Coeur de Vétiver Sacré For me today thanks to a sample from a generous NSTer. I’m loving it sooo much. I can’t stop sniffing myself.
Looking forward to some great things in the splitmeet! Thankful for this fragrant community!
I am very happy with my splitmeet purchases this time
Yesterday, I retrieved my Floris from the summer chest and realized that I could last the week with them. So in honor of the exceptional weather we’re having for February I am wearing Lily of the Valley, it’s deceptively light but the musky drydown lasts a very long time indeed.
Jealous that you have LOTV-worthy weather! We sure don’t.
It’s been a really exceptional second half of February weatherwise. Wishing this weather to come your way.
Wearing the almost gone (maybe one good spritz left) Decant of my beloved Malsmaison. But, it was evaporating and decided to get on the thunk it bandwagon. Not sure what will every replace it, tho. Any recommendations for clove rich carnationy powerdery perfumes? Other than DSH Oeilettes Rouges, which I have and like, but it is a little oily to my nose. Malmaison is a wonderful amalgam of rich spicey and light bright floral componenets. Nothing else like it I have found…my nose is always suprised and offended when I encounter the pepper that they try to offer as a substitute for clove. So odd, I am allergic to so many things, but clove? Really, is anyone allergic to it?
Have you tried Caron Bellodgia? It ticks all your boxes!
Well, life has seen fit to deal me another blow. Less than 24 hours after we had to let our sweet puppygirl go last Wednesday, my father passed away. Blessedly, he was at home at the time, which was where he wanted to be.
My sisters and I are holding it together and making the plans that need to be made like the good women he raised us to be. But I am stunned. It is a strange feeling indeed when both of your parents are gone.
I never said thank you for all of your kind words last week for our Lucy pup, so thank you. This Fragrant Bunch means so much to me.
Oh my gosh, I am so sorry. I just want to cry for you. I’m glad you have your sisters there for you.
Oh, Nancyleandros, how tremendously sad! That stunned, gut-punched feeling can leave you gasping for air… But you are indeed honoring your father — big comforting hugs to you and your sisters.
I wish I knew what to say that could offer some comfort. What a blow. I’m gald your father passed where he wanted to, and that you have sisters to support you. Sending love and hugs to you and your family.
Oh my. I am so sorry for both of your losses. Wow. Losing one’s pet is bad enough but to lose a parent at the same time…that’s a lot of grief. I’m glad you have your sisters to help you through this time.
My thoughts are with you and your sisters and I’m so sorry this has been such a difficult time for you.
That is tough! My best wishes.
It must have been such a shock, I’m sure being with your sisters is the only thing that helps at this time.
I just cried reading your post. My heart goes out to you. I am sure your father would be so proud of you and your sisters. Hugs.
Condolences, nancyleandros. My thoughts are with you and your sisters during this very difficult time.
Oh Nancyleandros, I am so so so sorry. My condolences and hugs.
Oh my, this is hard. I hope you can cope with all that!
I’m incredibly sorry for all the loss you’re experiencing right now.
I’m so very sorry Nancy, your post brought tears to my eyes. Sending you and your sisters hugs.
My condolences, and hugs.
My heartfelt condolences to you and your sisters.
Oh Nancy! I feel terribly sad for the loss of your dad and doggy. You, your sister and the rest of the family are in my prayers. Sending you big comforting hugs.
Oh my gosh! I’m so sorry! Sending good thoughts your way.
I am incredibly sorry, Nancy. Sending hugs.
I am sorry I missed seeing the post about your sweet puppygirl, my condolences to you for her, as well as the loss of your beloved father. So much grief. Sending you big hugs and warm thoughts.
I also was one of the people who cried while reading your post Nancyleandros. What a terrible blow to lose your father after what you went thru with your puppygirl. My deepest condolences to you and your sisters. Peace and strength.
Adding my condolences…that is so much grief at once.
perfumed hugs to you, Nancyleandros
Ahhh, Nancyleandros, I am so sorry for your loss.
My mom gone two years this week and still my sister and I are amazed at how profound when both are gone. Especially if you had them both a long time.
I hope he was at peace. I’m glad he was where he wanted to be. Your sisters and you will do indeed what you need to do. Just as my sister and I were raised to do.
I will keep you in my thoughts as you get through what will be a long week. Hugs to you and your family,
I’m so sorry Nancy!
Gardener’s Glove today, on my boyfriend’s birthday! I like it MUCH better than Casablanca, which is funny because the very kind NSTer who sent me the samples said she thought Casablanca was the sureshot and GG was more iffy.
Enviously watching that splitmeet. I can only hope someone who gets their decant of Tiger’s Nest isn’t a fan, so they swap it to me at the next swapmeet. Sigh. There’s some good stuff on the swapmeet—though my no-buy feels less and less oppressive with each passing week.
It’s a good thing that perfumes are so subjective, so there are plenty of people who can prefer or fall in love with different scents. How boring would it be if we all liked the same things.
I’m on a much less strict no buy than you. Mine is more of a low buy and trying to be more thoughtful about each purchase and not give in to impulse buying. My exception on bottles, of course, is finding deals at Goodwill that I would regret passing up. But I’ve found it does get easier over time to get used to saying no to purchasing. I find the same thing happens when I try to better control my eating. If I tell myself going in to the day or week that I will only eat the foods I bring from home, it is easier to say no to the donuts and cookies, etc. that can pop up at work. If I say no always to extra food, then it becomes and habit and a feeling that yes isn’t an option, that it’s always no.
That was a bit rambling. Hopefully I made sense!
It makes total sense! Your low-buy also seems like the most rational approach to perfume buying in general I still don’t have the self control not to eat a free doughnut or cookie at work, but I have developed enough self control to not PAY for a doughnut or a cookie at work. That’s something, right??
Had a nice long weekend with not very much to do, so had time to cook and watch outlander. Boyfriend installed a TRX-sports kit, so we can do a bit of training at home. I am sure i will have sore muscles tomorrow.
Tested some Amo Ferragamo today, but after a nice campari and rhubarb opening it degrades to a too sweet and fruity-berry nondescript scent. Had to scrub it off. Wore some Jardin en Mediterranée afterwards, much nicer in the sun, if just a little bit too minty for my taste.
Spent some of the morning at our local fire department’s pancake breakfast. Two minutes after I get home, my power goes out. It’s back on but the only internet is on my phone and the power is back on. I am charging my Kindle and heating up some food. The Eau Premier that I applied has just about faded.
After some discussion with Rayleighblue about grapefruit scents and grapefruit relatives, I tried Atelier Pomelo Paradis cologne this morning, and then also put on some of the lotion. I liked it. The body lotion seemed like a softer scent to me, not the “whoosh of tartness” (paraphrasing) that the cologne has, but definitely a pleasant citrus.
Next time Dad will be out of the house for a while, I’ll try the Vanille Insensee. Several NST folks have commented about that being one of their favorite vanilla scents.
That Atelier “Advent Calendar” box provides a good number of samples. Although I’m going through them slowly, someday I’ll have tried them all.
My favorite grapefruit perfume is Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune. So juicy and lifelike. A little masterpiece, really. I like to layer this with Body Shop Pink Grapefruit shower gel and body butter.
You must smell yummy! I’ve heard of that one, and I think it’s gotten very good reviews. Rayleighblue also recommended Hermes Pamplemousse Rose. I had heard of that one, as well, and wondered back then what a grapefruit and rose combo would smell like. Now that I think about it, though, it must mean “pink grapefruit.” lol Sometimes I’ll pick up on what a French word would translate to, sometimes not so much. lol
For some reason, I thought that “Baiser Vole” would mean “flying kisses,” and I wondered what the heck that would be. The actual translation of “Stolen Kisses” makes much more sense, of course. I need to go consult my French-English dictionary if my idea of what the translation would be sounds odd. lol
Pomelo Paradis is the best grapefruit scent I’ve ever smelled
It is very nice. Yummy indeed.
I tried DS & Durga’s Rose Atlantic for the first time today. I liked it upon first spritz and when I walked into the living room my husband said “Wow! You smell great! What is that?” Three hours later and I’m really digging the drydown. This one may be a winner!
It sure sounds like a winner!
The Coeur De Vetiver Sacre was so good yesterday I’m back in it today.
Having an Oscar party with some girlfriends. Pretty excited about my menu- baked brie with buttery shallots, pistachios, and apricot jam, flank steak with chimichurri, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, and dark chocolate fondue. And wine of course!
Wow. Can I come next year? I’ll be your bartender and make fabulous cocktails.
I love a fabulous cocktail so yes, absolutely!
Your menu sounds lovely! I just menu planned for a lunch party for next weekend. There will be children at it, so the theme is food balls so no wine and no steak, but your baked brie toppings sound great!
I wish I could get a job just entertaining….is there such a thing? I love it so much!
Catering? Event planning? It’s not the same when it’s not for your friends! I know what you mean; I love planning menus and cooking for people
Inspired by yesterday’s split meet offering of Esprit d’Oscar, I’ve doused myself post-shower with my humungo bottle.
Just being very lazy today as we’ve pre-cooked for the upcoming week yesterday afternoon with lentil soup for suppers and quinoa salad for lunches. Looking forward to watching the Oscar red carpet arrivals.
Is there a noticeable difference between Esprit de Oscar and regular Oscar?
The Esprit is a bit softer but more reminiscent of the vintage Oscar. It wore fairly lightly today but could definitely smell the tuberose and orange blossom; I sprayed about 10 times. I’m getting little wafts of spice now, about 7 hours in.
I have a current edt as well, and I find it really perfumey, if that makes sense.
Thanks! I have a sample of the current original, and find it perfumey as well. I like to wear it from time to time.
SOTD is SSS Equestrian again. Got TWO compliments at work! One from a patient and one from a coworker. Woot woot! ?
?for perfume compliments!
Feeling soothed and lovely in Une Rose Vermeille. Andy makes the best rose scents. More needed sunshine here today, so thankful.
Glad you got the sun with you?
I’m late to the party this weekend. It’s already time to gawk at the fashion parade for the Oscars. Lots of pink! I’ve barely seen any of the nominees due to my messed-up year. Wonder if they all smell good too? I don’t like to brag but our weather today was just glorious. Took the opportunity to go visit the garden section of Home Depot and spent all afternoon with the great smells of dirt, geraniums, and herbs, as I cleaned, swept, re-potted, and organized my two porch gardens. Mmmm. I’m not a great planner but things seem to have worked out all right and they look colorful. As for scents, I’ve tried Ariose from my new sample pack from Fum, and am eager to give the others a whirl soon too. Ariose is lovely but just not quite to my taste. Wow, is it potent too, especially for an all-natural! I’ll report in soon on the other two.
I saw Black Panther once it got to on-demand, but I think that’s it.
I’m glad for you that your weather was nice. We can’t control the weather, but we can enjoy it when it’s what we want.
I like the scent of the more fruity and floral types of scented-leaf geraniums. Rober’s Lemon Rose is a favorite of mine. With zonal geraniums, I just appreciate the cheerfulness of the flowers, especially the red ones. I wouldn’t grow an herb that I didn’t like the scent of, but fortunately I like most of the annuals and tender perennials that will grow here.
Have a good week!
Oops — forgot to add hardy perennials. Which in our case is mostly in the mint family. I have several kinds of mints, plus lemon balm and bee balm. And I’m trying to get anise hyssop established. The flowers of that one smell like root beer. I happen to like the smell of root beer. lol
Glad you got to enjoy some nice weather! And play with some plants. There’s something so therapeutic about the scent of plants and and soil.