Tell us about a summer vacation, any summer vacation: one you took, one you plan to take, one you'd like to take. And tell us about the perfume that best matches that vacation.
Or, as always, just talk about something else.
Note: top image is Tyson Lake Marina, Killarney Ontario [cropped] by David J Laporte at flickr; some rights reserved.
Sycomore Chanel EDT
Oh, that is wonderful stuff.
Smoky beauty. I pulled this out again recently. A gorgeous vetiver!
Last september I went to Sicily for my summer vacation. Even though it was past the top season it was still way above 30*C so I was glad I only took light, airy colognes with me to wear. I particularly enjoyed Clementine California from Atelier Cologne while being there.
For this year I don’t plan any trip yet but we shall see what coming months will bring.
SotD is Jul et Mad Aqua Sextius.
I also went to Sicily last September. And also sadly have no big trip planned thus year, either. There might be a couple long weekends here and there, but nothing to rival last year… I miss the food. Grilled octopus! Tomatoes that actually taste ripe!
Mr L wants to go to Canada for Canada Day this year so that is something that is in the works. In preparation I bought a vintage Canadian t-shirt with a big maple leaf
The perfume I would wear in ?? would be anything that would attract Mr. Trudeau so I can get a selfie with him
SOTD is Frangipani by Lili Bermuda ??
SipOTD Pleine Lune
OOTD a thrift store polka dot dress, inspired by the movie and this article in the WSJ with beautiful Sophia Loren https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wsj.com/amp/articles/steal-sophia-lorens-simmering-summer-dress-look-11559244452
I don’t look like that, but I am channeling that va va voom that she has
I heart everything in your post.
He’ll be campaigning this summer, so you will probably have a better chance of running into him outside of the Gatineau Hills.
I won’t be there..
I’m sticking with Silences for today. No vacation in sight, but I am going to take a few days off work next, for a low-key birthday present to myself, and also for some much-needed work around the house.
Happy birthday in advance, FearsMice, and good luck on the around-the-house stuff! We are doing lots of that this year too.
Thank you, Robin.
Happy Birthday. ?
Thank you, H.!
Happy Birthday in advance!
Thank you! We’ll sigh over Mr. Trudeau together…
Currently headed east on 20 wearing MFK Grand Soir. It’s been a while since we hung out together! ?
Loving your insta posts! Hope you and T are having a blast. ?
Thank you! We’re moving briskly right now (well, as quick as winding mountain roads allow), and hoping to go through GNP tomorrow. I didn’t want to risk it on a summer weekend due to crowds. So happy you’re enjoying the photos! I love documenting my travel that way. ✌?
Oh, you’ve left that lake already? That must have been hard.
It WAS beautiful, but easily accessible in the future should I want to revisit. I’m trying to focus the majority of my time in Canada and Alaska, as those are the less accessible areas for me.
Hope you have another beautiful scenery day!
Thanks! It astounding beautiful up here. We will overnight in Kalispell tonight to get laundry, grocery run, shower, dog bath, and oil change done before heading to the border tomorrow. Cheers! ??
You smell great! Bonne route!
Thank you! I’m leaving a vapor trail of Queen today (Sunday).
A grand perfume for a grand adventure!
Indeed! Lucky I stopped at one spritz, forgot how powerful Grand Soir was! ?
Both my parents were teachers. Every summer we took a week vacation at a small Minnesota “resort”. I put that in quotes because it consisted of 8 small self cater cabins along the shore of a nice fishing lake. That’s it. No pool. No restaurant or bar. No scheduled activities.
We swam. We fished. We played with the other kids. We got ice cream every night after dinner. We loved it.
I often like to burn a Thymes Frasier Fir candle and it reminds me of that week.
That sounds lovely
When I was a kid (in the seventies!), all our vacations were like that. I was an adult before I stayed in a hotel. Same thing for booking a flight. But I honestly wouldn’t have had it any other way! Fragrance reminding me of those childhood beach vacations would be Musc Nomade. Salty skin.
We didn’t do many vacations away when I was growing up, but quite a few years Mr. SP and I took our kids to a lake in Upper Michigan near grandma and grandpa where we camped and swam, fished, etc.,got ice cream cones in the small town. I think those are wonderful vacations – we all loved the unscheduled fun!
I hate to say it but now all the kids I know (mainly cousins) would just be on their phones or laptops full-time complaining about poor Internet connections. Sad.
Yep. It is sad.☹️ My kids still go to summer camp where cell phones and laptops are not allowed. Two weeks in the wilderness. They love it!
We went to a very similar place every summer in the Shenandoah area of Virginia with our cousins. There was a rickety zip line and a rickety water slide in the lake, and very basic cabins plus a bunch of campsites. There was a game room — can’t remember what was in it, maybe ping pong? foos ball? That’s about it. We adored it.
This post warms my heart. My parents were teachers too and we lived year round in a resort heavy area of northern Wisconsin. I now realize just how lucky I was as a kid to spend summers there. What part of Minnesota?
The resort was called Joy Land and it was on Big Cormorant Lake in NW Minnesota. Run by Dwayne and Opal Henderickson.
Besides the 8 cabins, they had a small bait shop which also sold candy and ice cream. After dinner each night we got cones and a treat for fishing. It was the one week a year where my mom didn’t seem to care that we ate too much sugar, something that also made the vacation special. LOL
The resort was sold years ago and is no longer there. Many many happy memories.
How sweet! Reminds me of the summers at my uncle’s cabin at Candle Lake in northern Saskatchewan. Nothing to do but read in the hammock, fish and ride bikes.
We were big campers too. Tents up in the Sierras in a campground near a lake until we bought land and built a cabin. My dad’s idea of vacation seemed to be clearing the plot of trees and building. I did a lot of staining and floor work. And a lot of wandering, swimming and climbing the waterfall in the summer after the water stopped running. To this day, the Sierras are my happy place. You’ve reminded me to pull out my Sierra Granite room spray. It’s very realistic.
Perfect vacation! And what great memories of family and childhood. ✌?
Just thunked the last drops of my small Micallef Gaiac bottle. Thinking about repurchasing, but haven’t decided.
I’ve almost never had a vacation I didn’t like in some way (sometimes you have to go with the flow when things don’t go according to plan). My favorites were almost always with our three sons and one that stands out was a trip through parts of Spain and France from Basque country to to the beaches of Normandy (this was the first time my sons stayed in a museum longer than I did – all three being history buffs) to a few days in Provence when the boys were in middle school and upper grade school. We plan to go back to Provence and spend a couple of weeks with friends just enjoying that area. I think something fresh and herbal like L’eau de L’Artisan would match up well or even lemon and cedar, like Profumum Acqua Viva.
I would agree — never had a vacation I hated! But some have definitely been better than others.
The last time I was in England I only wanted to wear Elixer des Merveilles, which seemed perfect for the often cool and grey weather. Should make up a decant of it to take with me this summer. Hmm, will put some on, since it is cool and grey over here today…
When I was a kid, we stayed in my grandmother’s beach cottage near the Balboa Bay.
There was a life guard and we could walk to the beach when we wanted. There were no waves (it was the bay, not the ocean), so we felt safe in the water. The library was a few blocks away and we could bring back all the books we wanted! The Fun Zone was still there and we could play pinball games and skee ball. And, there were bumper cars!! And, you were still allowed to ram into your brother in another bumper car!! As hard as you could!! The ice cream truck would drive down the street and play a tune, and we would beg my mother for money. Please, please, please.
I am wearing YSL In Love Again, from a little bottle that I bought many years ago from EBay. It’s lovely for a nice Northern California day.
That sounds so lovely! Bumper cars are the best.
No summer vacation other than a few days in Toronto to spend time with some of my grandkids, but next winter, when this cancer is only a bad memory, we will spend some time in Maui. Today I am sampling Aenotus by Puredistance. It has to be one of the most short-lived perfumes I have ever tried.
I have been thinking about you a lot and hope you are on the road to recovery ????
Thank you, CM8, I am getting more tired with every cycle of chemotherapy, but I only have 1 more after this one, so even if the road to recovery is getting bumpier, it is also getting shorter.
Best wishes for the last round of chemo <3
Time with grandkids, Maui and cancer as only a bad memory…this is my wish for you ScentSpirit.☺️
Thank you so much, madtown and cazaubon, I really appreciate your kind wishes.
Good things to look forward to! — hope they help to keep your spirits up through the last of of your chemo.
I appreciated hearing this update from you Scent Spirit.
Congratulations on getting close to the end of your chemo!
That sounds like a great goal. Best wishes for your recovery!
I always think of pine trees when I think of holidays. I’m sure I’ve written about this several times before, but the smell of pine on a hot day always makes me think of summer holidays as a child in Central Otago. Now I can add orange blossom as a memory of my trip to Seville a few months ago.
My most recent holiday purchase was Oaurzazate, which I bought when perfume sniffing with Kanuka. That is what I’ll wear today.
I think that’s why I like SL Fille en Aiguilles so much, it reminds me of hot summer days in the pine forests of the Landes in southwest France.
I’m just back from a very full day of going to estate sales and thrift stores with a colleague’s husband. He collects silver and I just wanted to look for fun. I found four things, glass and china, that I love and got for real steals. I’m so exhausted now though. Time for wine and a nap.
My vacation this summer will be time spent in Michigan, somewhat bittersweet because I will be working with my brother to close out my mother’s house, re-home or sell all her stuff, etc. I don’t look forward to that part, but at least it’s usually cooler up there and he has a swimming pool for hot weather. Either after that gets done or on a separate trip I will visit old college friends at their beautiful home in the apple orchards on the shores of Lake Michigan. They are wonderful hosts and cooks and will treat me like a queen. It’s my favourite place to be. I will wear Yosh Ginger Ciao because my one friend there just really likes to smell it on me, and I save it for him only.
Enjoy your time in Michigan Calypso! The Midwest is a great place to be in the summer. I’m sure closing out your mother’s house will indeed be bittersweet, but I hope you find some treasures that will bring you joyful memories too.☺️
You will be doing some difficult work but Michigan is so beautiful. We just went for a drive among the orchards and vineyards yesterday instead of the beach, it was lovely and the smaller wineries are always fun to visit.
Not planning a vacation anywhere, but smelling good in M Micallef Gardenia. It’s warm and humid where I am and the gardenia feels right.
You smell great! I wore my favourite gardenia yesterday, SL Une Voix Noire.
SotW is JM Wood Sage and Sea Salt.
My favorite vacation is always the same. Up north, on the beach somewhere with my 3 favorite people in the whole wide world- my kiddos. Now that my two oldest children are off to college, time together as a family is becoming more and more precious to me. ☺️ We will be headed up July 1 and I already have a short mental list of perfumes to take along…EdM, Eau Premiere, a couple of beachy smelling perfumes, Tom Ford Eau de soleil blanc and a perfume oil, either Child or Olivine Atelier.
enjoy this precious time!
I’ll be going to Curitiba, Brazil in a few weeks since my husband will be attending a conference. Not planning on bringing anything other than whatever random samples are in my purse. Am hoping that the mall across the street from our hotel will yield a fragrant souvenir or two….
They have lots of interesting inexpensive local brands, I’m sure you’ll have fun sniffing.
No vacations for me this year, but I do love going to Hawaii when I can. I always bring Kai and Monyette Paris.
Oh, and I’m wearing Hiram Green Arbole Arbole.
PSA: Zoologist Bat is being discontinued and likely reformulated when it is relaunched, due to a change in manufacturing. More details here: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/466690-Looks-like-bat-from-zoologist-perfumes-is-being-discontinued?p=4652751#post4652751
If you like it, buy it now!
Thanks for the PSA. Full bottles are already sold out on Zoologist site, but they still have travel sprays. Thankfully that’s probably enough for me.
We’re back from vacationing last week in Washington’s San Juan islands, and since our time there technically lapped into summer (by one day) I’ll say it was a summer vacation. The house we stayed in was right on the water, looking southward across a small strait at the northern tip of Whidbey Island, and it was heaven. The only blot on paradise was the local naval base’s ramped-up schedule of new-Navy-pilot practice flights right over where we were. They don’t call those planes Growlers for nuthin’ – oh man, are they LOUD. Other than noise, it was a lovely and restful week or so, and I was very sad to leave.
That sounds beautiful.
That sounds great, glad you had fun
I met up with Jalapeno at the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania, and tried many, many things. The LUSH store there has their “black label” perfumes. I ended up getting a solid perfume of Cardamom Coffee and a couple of washcards of other perfumes that are more widely available. But I was able to sniff the “black label” (mostly available through mail order) perfumes that I’d been wanting to. Also I saw dozens of sorts of bath bombs. Probably not actually 50+, but *a lot*.
Also I sniffed various sorts of perfumes at Neiman Marcus and Nordstroms. Thanks for putting up with me, Jalapeno!
Fun! I always visit Hermes and Perfumeology for sniffing when I do my annual visit to King of Prussia
The Sephora near me has a pretty good selection of Hermes fragrances, and so do other stores near where I live, plus I’ve acquired various samples through the mail. But I enjoyed the Le Labo and Diptyque counters at Nordstroms, and the big selection of brands at Neiman Marcus. Neiman Marcus didn’t have AERIN travel sprays, but I know Sephora does. I really liked Lilac Path. Much to think about.
Update: I ordered travel sprays of AERIN Lilac Path and Linen Rose. I later realized that they were proportionately probably as much or more per milliliter than a big bottle. However, the small amounts seem much more affordable to me.
Oh, and as for vacations, one of my grandmothers (Mom’s mother) lived in Ocean County, New Jersey, so we’d visit her a lot in the summer and get to Point Pleasant Beach now and then. We’ve also gone on family vacations to Bethany Beach, in Delaware. We’ve been other places on vacations, but my favorite sort of vacation is the “down (at) the shore” variety. I don’t know what sort of perfume would go with that, but perhaps something that’s a salty (but not fishy) ocean breeze sort of scent. Or one of those perfumes that has a pleasant sun tan lotion sort of fragrance.
How fun to shop with a fellow perfumista. Enjoy your new perfumes!
Thank you! It was very nice to be able to smell so many of the perfumes I’d heard a lot about live and in person. I could make mental notes like, “Don’t need a full bottle of that.” (Like I could afford full bottles of most of those. LOL) “That’s popular, but it’s not my kind of thing,” was actually a good number of the famous — or perfume blog famous — fragrances. That was a mercy. There were a few “I want a travel spray of this, or an ounce,” mental notes, but I was pretty good at the time.
Oh, and there was Jalapeno asking serious questions about when a certain perfume would be available in the U.S. or about certain notes in a particular fragrance, and being aware what went well with her skin or not, and me metaphorically skipping along and throwing in little factoids from things I’d read and trying to pronounce words in French.
Oh how fun! I had also met up with jalapeño at a mall near me … must have been 2 years ago, I think! That said, I visited a LUSH store yesterday and I smelled every single perfume (the SA kindly sprayed for me)…nothing grabbed me enough to buy; however, I got 2 bottles of toothy tabs which will be my vacation “toothpaste” if I only do a carry on bag (heh, who am I kidding – that only happened once).
Sounds like you had fun, too!
Glad you made it to LUSH for sniffing, hajusuuri! I’d be up for another meet-up with you… had loads of fun then.
It’s always fun to hang out with someone else who understands and appreciates the scented things of life. Not a problem at all!
We are currently on vacation – San Francisco – but my all time favorite vacation was Maui. My perfume story for today is purchase #1 of the trip – Chanel Les Eaux Paris-Deauville – 50ml – also snagged a sample of the new Riviera and several others from the lovely SA at the boutique. And going through Neiman Marcus to catch up with my family I came away with several VCA samples. So far a productive perfume trip!
The best kind of trip
I love Maui, too!
Nice sample haul in SFO – let us know what you think of those! I am esp curious about Riviera.
Nice! I love SF and haven’t been there in a very long time! Congrats on the Paris-Deauville bottle!
Do report back!
We’re heading to Vermont for a week in August. We vacationed there often as a young couple and also with my husband’s family after we were married for several years. Lots of outdoor fun! I’m looking forward to visiting all the places we used to go. I haven’t thought about perfume for the trip. Probably none at all to avoid mosquito bites.
Today I tested DSH Fire Opal. It reminds me somewhat of Shangri la but more ethereal. It’s a pretty veil of spiced, woody orange. I kept thinking that something smelled nice and realizing it was me. I also tried Au Pays Violette Sacre and really like it. It makes me think of Mitsouko but done with candied violets rather than peach. It’s a modern, musty violet chypre. Quite interesting.
Shout out to Holly for the generous box of samples! I’m having some fun!
“pretty veil of woody orange” is very lemmable!
I would love decanrs of both. We’ll see how it goes.
SOTD = Atelier Cologne Cedrat Enivrant
It was a beautiful day today and Cedrat Enivrant made it brighter!
I am going to Savannah, GA in August for a friend’s son’s wedding and will be spending a few extra days. Cedrat Enivrant would be perfect!
In other news, I got very annoyed at the woman behind me at the Wegmans checkout line. I was still unloading my stuff and she puffed in, took a grocery separator, places it right behind my stuff and dumps her stuff. I had a small cart but it was still half full so I pushed back the bar so I can place more of my items and also told her she shouldn’t have done that and she said don’t be a b-tch. Anyway, I should have said you want to see me being b-tchy? I would have taken 3 more separators to split my order into 4, then on the last order, question a price and/or take my sweet time getting another credit card. Were it not for the person behind her with 2 kids, I would have done it. Why are people so rude?
Some people are clueless. That would have bothered.me too.
How rude! I would have responded the same way and given her some serious stink eye.
Savannah will make a charming setting for a wedding! Good plan to take along an AC or two; you’ll probably need the refreshment in the heat and humidity.
Public civility just seems scarcer all the time…
When I visited Savannah a few years ago the first week of June was pretty steamy! Maybe fit in a day trip to the beach at Tybee Island?
As for the grocery store d00$#-bag, my first response would have been “WHAT the hell are you doing??? ? ?
My fantasy response would have been to remove the separator, quickly mix her order in with mine and say to the cashier “This lady will be paying for my items as well!” ?? ?? ?? ??
Savannah is beautiful, but wow, was it ever humid when I visited there! I’ve heard that the restaurants there are amazing.
Re: Wegman’s. WTH? What an obnoxious jerk!
I think the Grand Canyon would be nice to see. With a nice, cool vanilla mist of some kind on me.
Grand Canyon is fabulous, especially if you can get down to the river! And that sounds like a perfect scent.
Highly recommend the Grand Canyon. Photos and films just can’t impart the scope of it. But don’t go in summer- Unless you love arid 100F heat and massive crowds. Useless factoid: Less than 1% of visitors actually descend below the rim. Do it if you can.
And will add…try the north rim! So much less crowded than the south. I was at the south rim in summer, and agree – hot, massive crowds.
I’ve only seen the Grand Canyon from the air. I had a perfect view of it the last time I flew out of Las Vegas. The sights on the ground must be incredible.
Wearing HG Shangri-La on another glorious sunny day. Will be making chocolate cupcakes later.
You smell wonderful!
You smell fabulous! I may swing by to grab a cupcake?
No vacations planned. I spent last summer in Nor Cal dealing with my parents’ house and hanging with my sisters, which, in some ways, felt like a long vacation. I do miss going to Tahoe…been a few years. Maybe this fall….
Wandered Prospect Park in a Brooklyn yesterday with visiting friends. Lovely day. I wore Sous le Tois which bloomed beautifully in the warm weather. Likely to cross the pond and wear California Rêverie today. Got up early and finished two loads of laundry before my husband emerged.
If you go to Tahoe..hit me up if you wish…I am very close to there.:) You can reach at kalliela11 at that hotmail:). I am so used to Tahoe I don’t seem to appreciate it. What’s cool about Tahoe though..is seeing the 4th of July fireworks there, I recommend it. Very beautiful:). They have fireworks on north shore on the 3rd and south shore on the 4th. Gorgeous seeing them over the water.
Absolutely! Our cabin wasn’t at Tahoe, so my love for the lake developed later. My husband and I talk about retiring in Reno. So far it’s just talk….
Cost of living/rent/homes..have gone up quite a bit since Tesla..Google..Microsoft and Panasonic moved in a couple yrs ago :/. Crazy how much an apartment here is now. I miss older Reno/Tahoe area some.
Scent of the morning: a bit from a sample of Le Labo Rose 31. My sense of smell is not great this morning, so I’ll try it again. My impression is that it’s a nice rose fragrance, but I don’t need a whole bottle of it.
Revenge of the Perfumes, maybe?
I think it was more that I’d run out of one of my OTC allergy pills. Also, the church Mom and Dad attends starts services at 9:00 a.m. in the summer, so I couldn’t splash it on. By the time I was ready to try perfumes, they were back home.
I had been mildly curious about Le Labo fragrances, but wasn’t planning to buy full bottles at those prices. I appreciated our talk with the brand manager, though.
I was very happy to be able to try some of those limited distribution “black label” LUSH perfumes. The spray perfume version of Imogen Rose is much stronger (and projects more, I think?) than the solid that a generous NST person gave me. (Thank you, 50_Roses!) I was and remain happy with the solid perfume. There were other “black label” perfumes that I was very curious about, too.
For much of my sniffing adventures through that part of the mall, I was glad to be able to try perfumes without buying a full bottle, or even getting a mail-order sample.
There were just so many perfumes I’d heard of, but had never seen in person. So it was very educational for me.
What kind of rose is it? I’ve never sniffed it but love all kinds of roses.
Here’s the NST review: https://nstperfume.com/2006/04/01/le-labo-rose-31-fragrance-review/
Now that I’ve read that, I understand why I was getting more of a spicy, woody scent than a rose scent.
In the afternoon, I went to Walmart and got a very big bag of potting soil. I had Walmart associates lift it for me, because I’d done bad things to my back when I lifted a bag of garden soil a few weeks ago. Dad put the bag into a wheelbarrow when I got home, and I planted various herbs and flowers that I’d gotten in April or May, and hadn’t transplanted from their flats or little pots yet. I had gotten some transplanted in May, but there were a lot left.
The “Attar of Roses” geranium is quite nice. I had remembered not liking it as well as I liked P. graveolens, but maybe my tastes have changed a bit. And the lemon-scented sports of P. crispum smelled delicious. I never did get around to putting on perfume after my shower, but I certainly got to smell some nice fragrances as I planted the scented geraniums and pineapple sage and such.
I complemented a lady on her perfume yesterday.. I appreciated the scent..even though I didn’t care for the notes lol. A massive gardenia and tuberose..but i thought a well done floral nonetheless. She was happy about the compliment and said it was Saks Fifth Ave for Her. I am not huge into that line but one to check out maybe if ya like BWF.
Oh interesting! I don’t think I ever smelled that one.
I love smelling perfume “in the wild” lol!
No vacations planned this year, too broke to really plan anything right now. My last big vacation was 10 days in Hawaii almost 10 years ago. I felt like the biggest idiot going there and coming back. It was early December and it was cold when I left Cleveland and hot when I got to Hawaii. When I got back, I was in shorts and a tshirt. But so ready to get off that plane both times. Spending the day in Ubar
I been wanting Ubar for several years..very nice one:)
You can get pretty some pretty good prices for Ubar on Fragrance Net (not affiliated). I am happy that I got a bottle in March.
I bet Hawaii was great.
On vacation now in Quebec City! My first trip to Canada—this city is beautiful. I brought only easy-to-pack samples, but today is Le Labo Lys 41.
What fun, and you smell great!
Quebec City is so beautiful! Enjoy your visit!
Have fun! I’ve heard that several of the cities in Quebec are very beautiful.
We used to go camping in Provence with my parents. Now I go every year to my brother’s house and one of the things I like the most is the market where I find olives, fruits, tomatoes, noougat, wonderful soap and lavender.
Yesterday I was working at the library and wore Emporio Armani Diamonds Violet, today I went for Guerlain Nahema.
That sounds so idyllic!
Yes, Robin, it’s pretty much my idea of paradise.
Wearing La Myrrhe today and yesterday was spent mostly in Traversee du Bosphore. Last night I sampled Mont de Narcisse, Mure et Musc Extreme, and Moonlight in Heaven. Only Mont de Narcisse was a success, but I think it’s similar enough to their 2006-2008ish limited edition Fleur de Narcisse that I have a bottle of that I don’t need MdN too. Yesterday we went out for lunch and then went to see The Dead Don’t Die. I liked but didn’t love it. Today has been pretty low key too with getting brunch out and going to the grocery. It’s been a lot cooler than usual for June. This weekend it was low-mid 60s and cloudy, so it’s been rough on the sinuses. However, it has been nice to be able to wear some perfumes that do well in mild temps.
I’m still recovering from yesterday’s sniffa-thon with neyronrose at K of P. I was able to smell some perfumes I’d been curious about for a while, including Diptyque Vetyverio EdP (great peppery vetiver!), LUSH Tank Battle (liked this one the best of the black label scents I smelled) and LUSH The Smell of Weather Turning (ozone, epoxy glue, and circuit boards), and FM Portrait of a Lady (gorgeous gothic rose).
I was rather amazed at neyronrose’s sniffing stamina, as I got overwhelmed after 12 – 15 perfumes or so. Not even sniffing coffee beans helped towards the end. I did try some heavy hitters, and I suspect a couple of things I smelled were rather diffusive and kind of formed a scent cloud around me.
Happy to see Le Labo at the K of P Nordie’s, and talked for a while with the brand manager there. He confirmed that the City Exclusives will be there in September, and mentioned the names/notes of the latest 2.
Also noteworthy: the Hermes boutique has moved since the last time I was at K of P. According to the mall map, it’s in the new expansion.
Neiman Marcus had the VC&A’s, the Armani Prive Collection, the FM’s, and Byredo. Sadly, they no longer had Chanel No. 19 or No. 19 Poudre available.
Lots of fun was had! ?
Oh, no vacations planned for this year. Mr. Jalapeno and I both went to visit our respective mothers in May, but that was more serious then what I would consider a vacation.
I wasn’t sure how well my sense of smell would be working at all, to start with. I wasn’t really trying to analyze fragrance notes per se. It was more of a quick “yes” or “no” on my part, then a “Do I have one at home that’s like this?” question if it was a “yes.”
“Can I afford a big bottle of this?” was a blanket “no.” Then there was, “Is it different enough from what I already have to rationalize getting it, in addition to being very appealing to me?”
A lot of what you saw me do were those quick “yes” or “no” decisions. I didn’t need to be able to concentrate on a fragrance the way you were concentrating. I got several kinds of perfume on my hands when I sprayed them onto cards, so I did wash my hands along the line. I was surprised myself that I remained able to smell the perfumes throughout, at least enough so I knew if I liked it.
No vacations planned this year although in the fall we will probably drive up to the Sleeping Bear Dunes along the Lake Michigan shore for a night or two. My favorite vacations are visiting friends and family along the Gulf Coast and spending time in New Orleans but that’s a trip for the winter if we can manage it, waaaay too hot now. Plus a longer trip requires that my sister travels here to take care of our mother, which takes a lot of coordination of schedules.