Tuesday and Cow Appreciation Day. Tom Hanks is 63 today. What fragrance are you wearing?
I'm wearing Parfums de Nicolaï Balle de Match aka Eau de Sport. Tea at the moment is an organic Colombian black, which will be followed shortly by a bit of iced coffee and then a cup of the Juniper Ridge Douglas Fir & Rosehips tea (thank you, Regina, for tipping me over the edge with your review).
Reminder: 7/12 will be Henry David Thoreau's birthday, aka Simplicity Day. Do absolutely whatever you like with the theme. (My favorite piece about Thoreau and Walden: Pond Scum: Henry David Thoreau’s moral myopia, from The New Yorker back in 2015. The other side: In Defense of Thoreau: He may have been a jerk, but he still matters at The Atlantic. Also, from a couple years after the original kerfluffle: A Radical for All Seasons: The surprising persistence of Henry David Thoreau in The Nation.)
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: top image is the Dianthus teapot by The London Pottery Co & Kaffe Fassett, about $50 at Amazon.
Can’t believe that I am the 1st or 2nd one posting. Used my Amouage Epic body stuff today. Going out on errands today.
That is sort of what my day turned into as well
Hope running errands was enjoyable for ya!
Used up the last in a sample rollerball this morning: Hermes Jour d’Hermes Absolu. Love this one in summer. Always feel so virtuous using anything up. Drinking Tazo China Green Tips hot tea, which is my usual morning sip.
I almost wore that today. You smell lovely!
You smelled great today.
I’m wearing Drole de Rose, after the medicinal dose that was yesterday’ Granville. What a relief. Love the teapot.
You smell lovely!
2nd that! I should wear that this week.
Ooh looking forward to hearing whether you like the tea!
I had a very grumpy perfume morning. Last night while inventorying my samples, I came across the yet-untried Bruno Acampora Prima T, which based on a sniff of the cap is a GLORIOUS narcissus. I was so excited to try it on today… but couldn’t find it! Y’all I JUST reorganized everything, and it wasn’t in the B drawer or the P drawer or even the A drawer. I think I must have put it “somewhere safe” to wear for today, which we all know is a terrible idea. I’m wearing Musc Monoi instead which is like fine I guess.
Tonight I turn the house upside down! And also check the T drawer.
I sympathize with your grump; if I ever find the “somewhere safe” in my house, I’m sure it will contain hundreds of items… do hope your Prima T turns up this evening!
Haha – you’ve reminded me of a children’s book, I can’t remember much about it except I saw it dramatized on Reading Rainbow or something, about some children who visit the place where lost socks, etc go… a fairyland indeed!
Let me know if you find your somewhere safe. Maybe mine is in the same spot. Wrapped in tissue probably…
My husband is the master of misplacing. Puts things “somewhere safe” instead of where they belong. (I have found Christmas ornaments in drawers…which basically means they don’t end up on the tree.) Hope you find it!
Oh gosh. I hide things from myself all the time. I hope you find it and report back. I love narcissus.
Oh i feel for you, I have done that myself (in fact over the weekend!)It will turn up and I can’t wait to hear what you think! I have never tried his line but love Narcissus.
I am commando today until home again. Feelin’ green though!!
I’m just impressed that you have all of your perfumes (mostly) alphabetised and in drawers! What kind of set-up do you use, if you don’t mind asking?
OF COURSE I am delighted that you asked. When else can I talk about this? I got a thing of tiny drawers at the Container Store, similar to the link below but mine’s a little smaller and white. I keep minis and large decants in the outside larger drawers, and samples in alphabetical order by house in the smaller drawers.
Oh my gosh I have that same one! And I do the same with the decant and alphabetized samples! ??
Regina I hope it turned up by now? My day went a bit haywire but still hoping to get to that cup of tea before dinner.
Ah, have had the tea now and love it, your description was perfect! I will definitely reorder this, and might try the “plain” douglas fir too, although this blend is so nice that I might not.
So glad you like it! If you ever feel like trying the yerba santa, PLEASE TAKE MINE
Oh, I know that feeling of putting something “somewhere safe” and then searching for it for days. Or finding it months later. I hope you find the perfume you’re looking for soon!
I recently found some bracelets that I had misplaced about 4 years ago. It drove me nuts that I couldn’t find them.
Ugh so frustrating! Hope you found it!
Today is the first day in 6 weeks that my husband has gone back to work after his hernia surgery. I am mistress of my domaine again. Wearing Selva do Brazil and smelling very green.
Hurray for both of you!
Love “mistress of my domaine”
Enjoy having your domain to yourself again.
You smell good! Selva do Brasil reminds me of Mugler Cologne.
Enjoy your domain! My husband is retired and I love it when he gets deeply involved in projects that keep him out of the house.
That’s a good scent.
Congrats to both of you!
Hope it’s a great day for you both!
This sounds horrible, but when my ex-husband would go back to Saudi Arabia to work after being “home” for six weeks, I would clean from top to bottom and wrap myself in silence. And eat take out Chinese food like in the scene from Diary of a Mad Housewife.
Glad to hear that your husband has healed!
Yay for both of you!
Robin, I always enjoy re-reading your original post about Balle de Match; you smell so perfectly summery.
Myself, I’m in Youth Dew. Can’t wait for the first fool-hardy youth to utter the fateful words “Old Lady.” It’s Tuesday, and I’m not taking anything off anybody.
That is my MIL signature scent
…wondering if this counts as utterance #1
As Ltsg did not reference the age of said MIL in her comment, she is safe. And she smells good today.
Why thank you, but nothing in my review is as good as your comment!
Feu Secret for me today. Tea later on will be Tea Forte Spiced Ginger Plum, a canister of which I found way back on a shelf in the pantry last night. How did that happen?!
Your tea must be taking notes from my tea — that happens to me all the time
You smell great Robin, Balle de Match is one of the most uplifting and bracing perfumes out there.
I’m wearing Jean Patou’s Deux Amours from a sample. I love it, and would enjoy having a bottle of it. It is rather similar to some other fragrances I already own, so I’ll just have to enjoy this sample and be done with it.
It is so great. It was my first niche scent and I sometimes think I should have just said well great, that’s covered, and moved on to something else
It is a shame Patou did not do the Heritage Collection in smaller sizes.
It is, the only one I really fell hard for and subsequently got a bottle of is Vacances. There is nothing else (that I’ve tried) like it.
Mind you, if someone gave me a bottle of Deux Amours I would probably wear it a lot. I’m very fond of this sort of fragrance.
Nicolaï is just wonderful, I have so many favourites in that line. My first niche purchase was Le Chèvrefeuille, my first and nowhere near my last Goutal.
That was also a great first purchase!
Having some post-Canadian blues. We are back stateside. Didn’t see the handsome Trudeau while I was there, doesn’t he know who I am? I hope to get a selfie next time. Fell in love with the Yorkville area in downtown Toronto. Ate at an amazing restaurant and did some major shopping. Took the kids to Canada’s wonderland..so much fun to see my oldest go on her first real ride, she loved it.
SOTD is Songes (anyone surprised?)
SipOTD is from David’s Tea Cream of Earl Grey
“Post-Canadian blues” sounds like the makings of a country song??
yes..the words can go something like:
“Got the Blues..Got the Blues
Got the post-canadian Blues
I am sad you see
Didn’t get my Trudeau selfie
Got the blues..Got the post-canadian blues”
LOL! Perfect ?
Your trip sounds so good and you smell great!
Bottega Veneta for me today.
I’ve been using this new hair spray called Cake and I love the smell (smells like vanilla cake) and how it works, but it’s also made it really hard to enjoy scent I’m wearing.
Any good recs for hairspray with little or no scent and good, soft hold, not stiff?
BV, such a great scent. Good old Elnett is my long time unscented hairspray, you can brush through it and it retains the same hold.
White Rain makes a decent, unscented hairspray that you can find at the drugstore.
Lately I’ve been using an AG Hair brand hairspray called Bloom. It does have added fragrance, but it’s natural (or so they say) and a pleasant herbal-spicy scent that doesn’t linger in my hair like a more synthetic scent likely would.
Agree. Elnett is good. I’ve been using OGX Body + bamboo Fiber-full , which I like a lot. (I have the kind of hair where hair spray kind of slides right off, so worry less about stiffness) They have other formulas for different hair types, including the kind supposed to help block humidity. I haven’t noticed a scent to mine.
Hey twin! We smell great today ?
I don’t really use hairspray much, so have no recs, though the A/G Sea Spray I use functions pretty much like a light hairspray would and I can’t smell it.
Hi, hi! Love how I’m smelling today, still..
I’ve used Sebastian Shaper since college and love it. Definitely a soft hold and I don’t notice it interfering with my perfumes even though it does have it’s own scent.
Me too, Sebastian Shaper is great. I’m using Elnett right now because it’s easily available at the drugstore in Canada, but they’re both good.
Loving these hairspray recs. Thanks for asking, floragal.
Another glorious summer day. I’m in Cèdre Sambac.
Perfect! I suspect your glorious summer day is cooler than mine….it is quite nice here but bit too warm for CS.
It was 36C… but now it’s dropped down to a balmy 26C.
You smelled wonderful today.
Another day working outdoors. Wearing Arielle Shoshana Saturday. It always makes me smile!
It is a very fun scent??
It is! ?
After last night’s shower, I spritzed on Bulgari Au The Blanc and sadly the bottle seems to have turned? Not that it smells bad, it just doesn’t smell like anything, just a very watery version of itself if I press my nose against my wrist immediately after spraying. Boo. The bottle is older and almost empty, maybe that’s the issue. Wearing Allure today, the cat and I are enjoying open windows this morning.
Occasionally I have days where I’m anosmic to pretty much everything. Could it be that?
That is what i was wondering, unless it is in a dry oil / silicone format, in which case yes, the scent can basically disappear.
You smelled super good today. I wore Allure last Friday.
I’m in Tauer Wowilla oil with MCG Hanbury. It’s a nice honey-vanilla-mimosa combo. Looks lovely outside! Hoping to get out for a lunchtime walk.
Today’s tea is Rishi Turmeric Ginger.
Your combo sounds delicious.
love that oil!
Would you believe I still do not have that oil???
Would you split some off when you buy it?
That sounds really nice! I love Hanbury, but have yet to try Wowilla.
I keep working on finishing my samples, and I thunked three today. All are minty: Officine del Profumo Mojito (has a weird unpleasant synthetic note), Atkinson’s Mint & Tonic (great name, would be a nice ‘white shirt’ scent, but I am not sure if I like the musk note here) and Heeley Menthe Fraiche (lovely fresh mint – lives up to its name).
Ah, you are making me think of digging out my vintage Herba Fresca!
Love the teapot! And seriously tempted by that tea, but simply must drink up some of my stash first.
Sur la Lagune again today. I’m really enjoying it.
My tea stash is hopeless!
Did you buy Sur la Lagune or do you have a sample?
TOTM (that’s tea of the moment, not the other meaning) is iced jasmine, a mix of David’s butterfly and some pearls from Upton. Why you so expensive, jasmine tea? I can’t quit you!
Just re-upped some Angel Innocent which I sprayed this morning and absolutely hit the spot. I bought it this winter and wasn’t crazy about it. Turns out I needed to wear it in warm weather, apparently.
So last fall after my 2nd microsoft Surface died I asked here for recommendations for a super lightweight portable laptop, as my track record with Surfaces past was not great, though I loved them while they lasted. Of course I ended up buying a new one (the Pro 6) because I love how lightweight and portable the Surface is, and being able to take the keyboard off when I want to. And of course – like the first 2 – problems. I bought it in March and just had my 2nd (proprietary super annoying) power cord fail. *kicks self*
I loved my Surface Pro 3, and used it for years until it experienced a fatal flaw last year (being unable to recognize my wireless network) that I just could not get fixed. I subsequently bought a super-cheap Fusion tablet, which is barely functional. I kinda hate it, and wish I had splurged on a Surface Pro.
Sorry for your computer troubles!
Last time I took it in they replaced the cord, but if this keeps happening, the warranty only lasts a year, so… This time I’m going to press them for a new machine.
Another thing I’ve loved about all 3 is being able to take it into a microsoft store and get immediate service. I had the first iteration (with the RT operating system) and that one was replaced about 4 times without question. Eventually they stopped servicing them at all, which was fine since I needed a real PC and was ready to move on. But that first one got me hooked. *sigh*
Lol, I had to google the “other” meaning. Thank god for urban dictionary.
I did not know it either!
BV for me as it’s been a while…
In the same “It’s been a while” category, I went with SL Vetiver Oriental. It’s been a LONG while. I don’t wear this a lot, because it sometimes evokes a “dusty and old” vibe on me, but this morning it is quite nice.
That’s good stuff. I forgot I had it and ran across it yesterday. I’ll wear it soon.
I decided to give L’ambre de merveille a go this morning after not liking it this winter. I used to love this one and finally bought a 100 ml bottle after going through several Sephora samples. Sadly I just don’t like it anymore. I tried but I think life’s too short to try with perfume. So I am going to put the bottle up at the next swapmeet and hopefully it will find a more loving new owner.
In other news, I recently sniffed California Reverie on a blotter but didn’t have any arm real estate left to spray on skin. I am hoping I can do a swap here of a couple ml of CR to test it properly. I am trying to figure out how close it is to Gucci Bloom, i.e. do I need another easy-wear white floral?
I can offer in exchange samples from my bottles of Lubin Kismet, Rose Flash, Incense Flash, Guerlain l’instant, Arbole Arbole and Slow Dive. If you are interested email me at yasminazsquared in gemail land.
OOH OOH! I have some I can send you and really want some Rose Flash! Click my SN to contact.
It bears almost no similarity to Gucci Bloom to my nose, btw.
That’s good – then I can justify the purchase if I like it
I agree, they are very different.
Great! I will email you!
Thanks to JadainGA I am testing samples from Rogue perfumes by Manuel Cross, purchased off Etsy. I had very low expectations–I have had mixed results ordering items off Etsy.
Well, I am so excited now. I began with a new fragrance that Cross just launched called Flos Mortis. It is a tuberose for goths. I get a thumping dose of moth ball and tuberose and other dark and powerful forces upon first applying. The mid-term experience is incredibly indolic jasmine and some tuberose. The final skin dregs (I am talking still apparent the next morning!) are almost tea-like–jasmine tea to be precise. Powerful, chewy jasmine tea. This one is not an easy fragrance to love, but it is really interesting and I am now debating whether to wear it again today, or to try one of the other samples I purchased. Cross’s tagline is “Non IFRA-Compliant Fragrance Art”, which seems extremely apt!
Tuberose for Goths! Anything like SL Tubereuse Criminelle? The mention of mothballs triggered that particular scent memory.
I’m not sure whether I have tried SL’s TC, but this perfume is similar to the older SL scents in that it is a real ride, challenging but worth it. (Some of the newer SL’s I’ve tried were challenging but totally NOT worth it.) If you hate anything that is remotely menthol or moth ball-like, you won’t like this perfume. But truthfully, if you asked me, I’d say I do not like menthol or moth ball, but I am so glad I got to try this fragrance… ! And I will definitely wear it again. (Decided to try another of his perfumes today, 40, which is supposed to be a resurrection of 40 Love by Jean Desprez. Never tried the original, but this is one hell of a perfume. )
Just got my samples in yesterday! Have not sniffed Flos Mortis yet. No time this morning to share thoughts of the few I did test last night. Will later!
In Mitsouko today, as I was reminded of it from someone else’s review of one of the Rogue scents.
Looking forward to your thoughts on these.
Flos Mortis will probably kill me. My experience with Tubereuse Criminelle is as if someone shoved an ice pick through my nose and up to my brain then rooted the ice pick around. ?
Yep. This one could definitely slay. If you sample anything from Rogue, the FM should probably be avoided! No point in dallying with ice picks.
It’s so great when you sniff something that makes you excited. Looking forward to hearing what you think of the others.
Chypre Siam is a great scent! A tropical chypre
Congrats on your success! Love the reference name.
Manuel’s stuff is awesome. There has been quite a lot of discussion about his perfumes on Basenotes. His Chypre-Siam is TDF if you like the old-style, deep, rich, oakmoss-based chypres.
Crumbs. I am not sure if that is among the samples I ordered.
1) Tom Hanks is 63! *blinks*
2) Am in Cap Neroli!
3) Vacation review: Hood River was lovely, windy and mild in temp with none of the weird stagnant humidity currently in Portland. Did paddleboarding, which is just a high end way to make you go splash in the water! But by the second day I did get some balance. Did some hiking around Cascade Locks- the understory after the previous fires is truly lovely. Ate well, but kept it kinda low key for drinking- Hood River has so many breweries, vineryards and distilleries that it became overwhelming to choose, so I did what I usually do and choose none of the above and stuck to green iced tea and lofi kombucha.
If you come to Portland, I highly recommend Multnomah Falls/Hood River and the Hood River loop for a couple of days. I love the coast but this was a nice mini vacation!
Were you thinking younger or older? At first I was like, “he’s only 63??” Then I was like, “wait, how did Tom Hanks get to be 63?” LOL
I remember watching him back in the Bosom Buddies days. So now *I* feel old.
I definitely thought he was older! Tom Hanks has been my dad forever
Then I remembered watching Bosom Buddies AS A KID.
I remember seeing the reruns and thinking my goodness this is a very CRAZY show!
I was thinking YOUNGER, which is so dumb! I grew up watching him!
You’re ready for paddleboard yoga. I think an outfit in Lake Oswego offers classes. They practice on the lake by my brother’s house.
Talk about balance! I think I would want to a few more sessions of paddle boarding BEFORE adding Yoga into the mix!
I tried Abel fragrances at Plenty in Hood River. My faves? The White Vetiver, Golden Neroli and Pink Iris. Glorious BUUUUUT because it is made with natural fragrance oil, the sillage and projection is low. These are VERY personal scents, like SIP scents, and they are not cheap($150). But it is wonderful, and this sort of low projection, nuzzly sort of fragrance kinda fits the vibe of the sort of people who come to visit Hood River and buy the $1M homes there.
Good to know! I’ve had Abel on my radar for a while now but haven’t pursued trying them yet.
I do see that they have a sampler set, if that is something you want to do. I will say to try and buy this in person if you can, to support local business.
I will have a sample set up for grabs at the next swap meet or freebiemeet
So glad you enjoyed your mini vacation!
I got up late and rushed out the door to catch the bus this morning. I found a sample of LL Jasmin 17 in my bag so that’s my SOTD, but I wish I were wearing Songes with LovesToSmellGood.
I’m paaaainfully tired today. Wearing Nicolai pour Homme. I like to wear men’s scents when my husband is out of town, not because he doesn’t like me to wear them, just to create some yin/yang I guess.
The funny thing, when I wear “men’s” scents my hubs never comments one way or the other. But heaven forbid he try a “woman’s” scent.
Does anyone remember Tom Hanks on SNL doing a skit called Mr. Short term memory? One of the funniest imo. I love funny Tom Hanks more than serious Tom Hanks. Anyway… sotd is Hermes Galop. I really like this. It’s like leather boots after you’ve cleaned them.
You smell divine!
I tried to come up with some kind of short-term memory joke to answer your question but failed. Because I do remember that character.
The funniest was when he was eating a sandwich and forgot he was eating and spit it out! Lol
I love funny Tom more than serious Tom too, but Forrest Gump will always be my favorite movie of his.
Great movie, for sure?
I love that movie. I love Forrest and Jenny, like peas and carrots. I love Lt. Dan.
Sometimes I actually weep from the soundtrack since I am a few years older than Tom Hanks and those songs are woven into the fabric of my life.
SOTD is Indochine.
SOTD = Guerlain 190 Ans de Creations 1828-2018 Parfum Absolu
And my eyes rolled into the back of my head. Sweet softly floral gourmand guerlainade. Why oh why do I end up loving a limited edition fragrance? I now have a Guerlain SA tracking one down all over the world in the slight chance that it is still available somewhere!
PL67 mentioned it last week and I chanced upon my sample today and abandoned my plan to wear something natural or has the name of something natural or something that reminds me of nature.
In other news, I may be going back to work in NYC again. My boss just called and wanted to get my opinion on it and I said sure, if the opportunity comes up. I’m the only one at my current work location (Jersey City) doing the type of work I do and the location in the city has people doing different but related work. Yes, it is more expensive and I have to do 3 tax returns again but the commute will be so much better (one long ride and a walk) and the perfume counters will be within spitting distance again!
Glad you finally found your sample. I hope your are able to get your hands on some 190. Gosh! that perfume is absolutely gorgeous!
I’m glad you mentioned it. Were it not for that, Inprobably would have just put it back inside the envelope to save for another day.
Come back to the island of Manhattan
Let’s see what happens. It will be very different as the place will be a beehive of activity that won’t feel “normal” as compared to what I am used to!
I hope you get that bottle!
Heh, me too but if I don’t, no regrets!
That’s wonderful you can move to NYC! I would move back in a heartbeat if I could. I ❤️ New York
It will be for work, same job, different location.
I hope the job and the perfume come through for you! They both sound great.
Thank you. It’s the same job just co-locating with a group that is upstream to what I do. It will feel different but I will be closer to the action and my presence will provide a different perspective.
Exciting times for you with both work and perfume!
I’ll have to look up that Guerlain. I love a lot of Guerlain but haven’t heard about that one.
Hope your work location works out the way you want it!
That tea pot is to die for!
I am wearing the last of my current sample of Jovoy La Litugie des Heures (spp??). I love this but I have recently acquired both a travel size Tiger’s Nest and an almost full bottle of Barkhane (which my husband loves, suprising me greatly) – I had planned on getting a FB of LLDH when the sample was gone, but – do I really need another incense perfume?
Mmm Barkhane is good stuff.
Isn’t it though? I am always puzzled as to why it didn’t make more of a splash when it came out.
I love LLDH. I have a sample
I use sparingly because I love it so much haha. So my answer is yes, yes you do need another incense perfume.
I’m in Tam Dao from my new bottle that just arrived from Neimans this morning. The 30 ml bottle is so cute.? Enabler pin to Robin for posting these colored bottles as a daily lemming.
In non perfume news: for the second summer in a row a mother cardinal has built her nest in the creeping vines that cover one side of our screened in porch off the kitchen/back of the house. Some time while we were gone last week, the eggs hatched and now there are 4 peeping baby birds in the nest. We can see them from our kitchen window and have watched the mother feeding them, with their necks outstretched and open little beaks. My daughter felt that they should have names, and so they are: Shiny, Tiny, Don and Buddy. Viewers of pbs kids may recognize these names.?
How fun! I love seeing cardinals here! Those and fireflies, since you can’t see ’em on the west coast.
Oh yes, we love fireflies too. We’ve just started seeing them in the last couple of weeks as it’s gotten so hot. Plus they fly so slowly that they are easily caught, which is always exciting as a kid.
Fireflies are one of the things I miss about Alabama summers. Not much else haha. I’ll take 10% humidity over 60% any day!
Enjoy your FB purchase!
Thanks! My first fb purchase since last October, so I am keeping on my low buy this year. 30 mls is a perfect size.
I got that little bottle this weekend at Nordies! So cute! enjoy:)
Baby cardinals and fireflies? OMG… so much awesome there!
Jour d’Hermes Absolut that I’ve had in a non-spray mini that I finally decanted to a 5 ml spray. Nice grapefruit on a warm day.
Pondering a trip to Ikea tomorrow. Don’t really need anything, but it’s been awhile….
Finally decanting dabbers is always satisfying. Even if it makes me feel dumb for not doing it sooner. You smell lovely!
Exactly. This is going in my purse with my OJ Frangipani travel spray.
Wearing Fève Délicieuse from a decant at work. The thing is, I have also have decant at home, the one I handed money over for – however did I get two? Not complaining, mind you.
I’m still commando because I’m planning to do some perfume shopping (or browsing, really) at the Galleria this afternoon. By the way, I love that teapot! I’d buy it but I already own two or three teapots and never even make or drink tea. And I’m trying to downsize. It’s another heat warning day and now we have a big storm threatening in the Gulf to bring 5-10 inches of rain here this weekend–yes you read that right–that’s a lot of rain! Eek. It reminded me I’d better assemble my hurricane kit, and I’ve got to get one ready for Mom to have in her place too.
Let us know what smells good!
Ok, here’s my report. I didn’t smell too much because I had spent awhile in the good clothing sale at Saks. Didn’t buy much except a ridiculously expensive but nice French cotton t-shirt (the brand is Maje) and admired clothes by Etro and Dries van Noten (sigh). In perfumes a really nice SA asked if she could help me and I said I was looking to try new fragrances. She showed me the fancy new Diptyque, and is that bottle ever beautiful! It’s the one with tiare and I thought it was really gorgeous. I had her spray some on me and do like it a lot. It’s very pretty and the dry-down has some kind of gourmet element I can’t pin down, but I haven’t looked at the notes. It’s very expensive though, at $250. With the amazing bottle, it may still be worth it! I next tried their new banana scent, which just made me gag at first! I hate bananas. She promised the dry-down would be nicer and it is, but still not for me. I then wandered around a bit and found the EB Florals display. Their bottles are also very striking with the round glass stoppers. Again the SA was nice and not pushy. I smelled a few. The one that wowed me is Regal Tuberose. So fresh, green, and pure-smelling! I put some of this on skin too and she kindly offered to make me a sample. I’m loving this one on me quite a lot. Still, not cheap at $170. We’ll see. Saks has been expanded and seriously re-designed since the olden days when I used to shop there. I guess that was sort of pre-hip problems and pre-Internet. I now find it really more glamorous than Newman-Marcus (where of course you can still see some show-stoppers in terms of both fashion and people). The trip was good in that it made me think I should get out more, if only to sight-see.
I recently got a complimentary sample of the tiare perfume when I got a bottle of perfume from LuckyScent. I should try the sample.
Thanks for the sniffing report!
Keeping my fingers crossed for you that the weather doesn’t get too bad this weekend.
P.S. Here’s another interesting article about Thoreau and his legacy for American national parks and conservation. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/books/review/douglas-brinkley-thoreaus-wilderness-legacy-walden-pond.html
Thank you Calypso!
cool! thank you for the link, Calypso!
L’Ombre dans L’Eau. I still don’t know how I feel about this one. I revisit it from time to time, and struggle with the sharpness for several hours and then love it. Now I’m wondering if I would like the edp more, or would end up with another dumb sample that I’d be on the fence about. Best to not go there, right?
I think so! There are enough things to wholeheartedly love without spending time/$ on things you’re iffy about.
Thank you for the excellent reminder, Regina! You took it from complicated to simple.
Not. Going. There.
I had the EdP and there were things I loved about it – I love green, and I love rose, and it’s also very visual for me. I could smell green, then smell it do the full transition to pink. But I didn’t wear it very often and finally realized that I found it rather somber so I swapped it off.
Thanks, kpaint! I love green and very rarely love rose so when I find one that works even nominally I give it more attention than I usually would with something that doesn’t wow me. Moving on!
I’ve come to the conclusion that if a perfume makes me go thru a difficult or uncomfortable stretch to get to what I like, it just isn’t worth it, no matter what.
I love that one but can definitely understand why others may not.
Trying samples, of course. This afternoon’s is “Balmy Days.”
This morning’s tea was Numi green tea with toasted rice. Yummy.
Scent this evening: 4711 Lime & Nutmeg body spray. This didn’t last super-long, but I didn’t expect it to. It was very refreshing while it lasted, and the spray is over 2 oz., so I can reapply easily enough. I just couldn’t see getting those 5.7 oz. bottles.
How did you like Balmy Days?
I looked at Basenotes for the expert opinions, and found there was a perfume named “Balmy Days & Sundays.” I think that’s the match for what I perceived. I also thought it was a “green” sort of scent. I think after that, it depends on whether the wearer is a fan of freesia or not. I very much like the smell of the flower, though the perfume note called “freesia” isn’t exactly like the flower. I liked it all right. It wasn’t a great day for my sinuses, so I don’t think I got the full effect.
I appreciate Luna Grrl’s generosity in passing along so many interesting niche fragrances. I really don’t know where I would have found a number of them otherwise.
Thank you also to Janice, for the assortment of samples she sent me. I’ve noted here in the past couple of weeks how much fun I’ve been having trying those samples.
I still appreciate those who sent me samples in the first couple of freebiemeets in which I made requests. Thank you for helping my trip down the rabbit hole. But seriously, I am grateful for what you sent.
I’ve got to start passing along more of the samples I’ve gotten from LuckyScent over the last year or two. I’m happy to have tried them, but some were not my kind of thing.
I got a Mr. Burberry sample with a Sephora online order recently. Speak up if you’re interested. I’ll go through more of the samples that I’ve gotten from mail order to see what else I want to pass along to a better home.
Have a good night!
Sampled some Chanel L’Huile Vanille acquired from evilBay and Wowilla acquired from a lovely NSTer this morning.
This is the first Chanel oil from the 4 that were released last year I think that I have tried and it is a sweet, floral vanilla to my nose. I wasn’t expecting so many flowers…was thinking it would be more vanilla focused.
The Wowilla is a sweet but spicy vanilla with some wood and patchouli.
Both are very nice and felt luxurious. The Wowilla is $25 for 50 ml and the Chanel is $230 for 250 ml. So 50 cents vs. 92 cents per ml. I like to calculate and think about cost per ml…and then often ignore it. ?
You make them both sound great!
I’ve got a busy day at work today – I generally think of 31 Rue Cambon for that sort of day.
SotD = Assam of India
hey, I could wear this one of Friday. It’s got simplicity, it makes me feel calm. I think an oddball like Thoreau might have enjoyed it.
Love that dianthus teapot. And thank you for the Thoreau links, Robin!
Smelling so good today.
Thanks, KellyC! Assam of India is easy to enjoy
Glad you enjoyed the links!
Showered this morning with Orange Sanguine and then sprayed some on. Smelling very citrussy.
Smelling citrussy awesome!
Continuing my chypre week with Aromatics Elixir.
SOTE is Jicky.
Today we had the first training on the new linear accelerator in our newly build practise. My room there is as big as my living room at home. I was impressed. This is a good working place.
I’m glad to hear this job is turning out to be a good one for you!
Le Temps d’une Fête for me today. Just because it was calling my name when I saw it this AM. I’ve enjoyed it all day!
Time to get back to working out this evening. I didn’t work out at all when the kids were here and ate whatever I wanted. I know I’m going to be so sore tomorrow!
Isn’t it lovely when a perfume calls to you? Makes me so happy when it happens to me.
Enjoy your exercise. I always feel better when I just do it!
I recently started working out with a partner after a few weeks off. Last night was “upper body and abs night”, then I went to yoga class this morning. My arms are tired!
After my workout tonight, my arms were so tired I could barely lift cases of sparkling water at the store haha. I was struggling holding them in line. But I do feel so good after a workout!
I regretted not buying a bottle of Bas de Soie when it was still available at the discounters, but I found it for a decent price on eBay this morning (yay, eBay alerts!). I thought I should wear it today just to be sure I really wanted a bottle. The decision was made, and I secured the bottle! My decant from just two swap meets ago is already rapidly evaporating, so that also nudged me in the direction of a bottle.
Having one of those times at work where everybody needs something oon a deadline and everything is happening in the next few weeks. Sigh.
Is there a way to make decants not evaporate?
Parafilm and the like helps. But nothing fully prevents it IME.
i can send you some Parafilm with your decant. I have scads. Remind me about it or I might forget.
I agree. Parafilm can help, but I’ve found certain bottle types to evaporate no matter if they’re wrapped in parafilm. My apartment runs pretty humid too so that doesn’t help. I think I need to get a dehumidifier soon.
Hurray on finding and getting that bottle of Bas de Soie!
Sunny and warm today… a rather nice summer day! ?
SOTD = Dior Poison Girl EdT. Keeping it simple by grabbing the closest perfume sample I saw. I could swear that there is a suntan lotion note in the very beginning of this, which fits summer perfectly.
Enjoy your summer day, Jalapeno.
Thank you Aurora! I did! I’m hoping that there are more days like this for the rest of the week.
I’m a sucker for a good suntan note lol. I know not many people are but it always reminds me of going to the beach or laying out with friends when I was a teenager.
A lovely white clouds, blue sky sort of day. In Trussardi Donna first version.
Chanel Chance Eau Tendre
Keeping it simple in Love’s Fresh Lemon tonight.