Happy Holidays! We'll be back on Thursday.
In the meantime, feel free to talk about whatever you like: what perfume you’re wearing today, what you're cooking (or eating) over the holidays, anything at all.
Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…
Note: top image is Close-up of two Christmas Nutcrackers [cropped] by Cindy Shebley at flickr; some rights reserved.
For NYCers the small perfume shop near grand central is going out of business, all there perfumes are really really discounted. Even the Guerlains
I bought my MIL her signature scent for 30 bucks
Eek!!! I will pretend that I did not read this!! LOL ? ?
Is it the shop on 42 across from GCT? Or another one?
Yes the one across the street, next to Sephora , it’s like part of hair salon
She told me that they couldn’t keep open any longer and retail wasn’t what it use to be
I bought my MIL Youth Dew , and she kindly wrapped it for me. How sweet..
I almost bought Boucheron for myself and they also had Dune which I am loving today but I refrained
Yes I bet the rent is extraordinaryly expensive. If I make it into the city I will take a peek at the offerings . Thanks for the PSA!
Oh, no! That was an interesting little place. I never actually bought anything there, but it was a great place to sniff a lot of classic stuff. They had a pretty great collection of oldies. Sad ?
Love Dune, you smell great!
Dune is great!
SOTD is SmellBent Gypsy. Only working until 1pm today, then off till Thursday.
I have prepped myself for Christmas by watching one of my favorite holiday movies last night. Circa 1995, there are no cell phones in evidence, prodigious smoking of all kinds, great 90’s hair, makeup, and clothing. Starring Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Ann Bancroft, Charles Durning, and a host of others, it’s a gut busting movie that makes me feel warm, cozy, and at home.
Can you name it?! ?
Smell Well, Y’all and have a great pre-Chriatmas Eve Day!
Home for the Holidays! Didn’t cheat.
Happy to hear you have the time off.
I KNEW you would guess it! Wish I had a prize to give you!?
Yes, I could have guessed also. Interesting about the smoking though. I don’t think of the 90s as still having lots of smoking not in my memories. I will have to watch the movie again.
Once you have figured out about how to donate fat cells, could you just let me know? I’m more than willing to chip in.
This was meant to go somewhere else!
Yes I knew it was meant for me ??
Any misplaced message is meant for you
Because I am the queen of that lol ?
I was just thinking about Robert Downey Jr and how much I loved him in Ally McBeal.The holiday episode with him singing River just touched my heart I will look for Home For the Holidays.
He sings in this one too! This was filmed at the height of his addiction issues, and he stated that Jodie Foster, who produced and directed the film, and was fully aware of this, wrote him a gentle letter asking him to get help.
River. Yes, beautiful, painful.
This is a new-to-me movie, so I’m going to watch it. Funny how the mom had a spare coat for her daughter at the airport!
Happy Holidays, y’all!
I am on my second piece of pecan pie and ice cream desperately trying to gain back the weight that I lost due to life stress over the past few months. Maybe that should be my resolution for next year? Also enjoying Tazo Earl grey… good and affordable.
Wrappings lotion on my ✋✋ but also testing the Lover’s Tale. I plan on making January a big testing month.
I’d like to donate some fat cells to you- just trying to figure out how to do that!
I went to try wrappings the other day because of all the talk about it here, and the miserly SA said “we don’t have testers,” with her nose up in the air. However, I’m quite sure you smell wonderful, and happy ? eating ?
LOL ? ?
Do you remember that commercial years ago with Kelly LeBrock where she says ” Don’t hate me because I am beautiful” ?? My mantra has always been ” don’t hate me because I am skinny”. It’s a struggle keeping weight on when I am stressed. I think the anxiety revs up my metabolism.
I think Wrappings can only be bought online and only during the holidays. Also, it only comes in that gift pack of 25 oz fragrance and tube of lotion. When it first debuted in 1990 I bought a large bottle. Back then it was sold in various sizes and I want to say year round. It was my holiday signature scent for many years. The original had oakmoss….the real deal…so it was denser. But I still love the current formulation and am happy to be reaquainted with it
I totally remember that commercial, but I forgot what it was for….?
I want to say Pantene??
L’oreal hair color, I believe.
Nope, I’m wrong and chocolatemarzipan8 is correct – Pantene! Thank God for google!
Yes Google is amazing! I bet YouTube has the original commercial too!
Wait what?? I wrote 25 oz!!! I meant 25 ml lol ?? ?
You really scared me!!!!
I, too, could happily give you some of my extra lbs, but sadly they have grown used to my thighs. Enjoy some extra pie for me–pecan is a favorite.
Isn’t pecan pie the best? I don’t think it gets the love it deserves.
I have loved a pecan pie or two in my lifetime.
Hey cm8, do you plan on sampling Peter from Fragranceview, perfumes?
Is his line up and running??? I have been so crazy these past few months that I kind of shut down all my perfume blog readings and YouTube watching. I will have to see now if his line is done!
Yes, I am curious about them. But I think they will be pricey ?. Maybe he will offer a sample set.
It was up starting Sunday. He has a video about it, and is selling with Luckyscent! There is a sample packet, but it’s sold out at the moment. It’s worth watching his video, very interesting and his bottles are beautiful.
Eek!! Lillyjo two days in a row of bad influence lol ?? ?
I am heading to Luckyscent right now to peek!!!!
The entire stock is sold out. Not just the samples but the full bottles too.
Sorry! I wasn’t trying to enable this time! Lol, I just know we have a shared interest in the channel. It looks like the stock will be back in February. Hoping to see some reviews before that, before I decide to sample.
I know ?
Yes same here! Would like to see some reviews first! Looking at his website for the fragrances there is a whole backstory too. But I would still want the fragrance to smell good!
Tazo Earl Grey works really well for making a London Fog drink.I really like it also.
I will have to try that !!!
Just had a cup….with two tea bags and ?…. delicious ?
Thanks for the suggestion ?
Well I did it and ordered Wrappings, considering it’s availability. On sale! Blind buy!
I hope you like it as much as I do!!! ??
Good luck and please report back! I thought I had read that you were done buying…?
Yep. Made an exception for Wrappings. Now I’m for reals done.
Hahahaha right, of course I hope it’s worthy of the exception!
Happy Hanukkah, happy Festivus, merry Christmas, whatever is your fancy!
A touch of Dzing post shower, get to work from home today.
And to you Apsara!
And thank you for reminding me, today is festivus! So I have not missed the airing of the grievances
Today it’s definitely Festivus ?
Festivus for the rest of us!!
I have to get a bone density scan this morning and then I have to brave the grocery store crowds. I’m wearing Origins Ginger Essence and trying to talk myself out of buying Ginger Piccante because how many ginger fragrances does a person need? (This is a rhetorical question.)
You smell spicy!! I haven’t thought about Ginger Essence is a long time, but when it first debuted I wore it a lot!! Beautiful.
They are very similar – I went for the Ginger Piccante in the summer. I couldn’t resist it and I only had a rollerball of Origins. Roger et Gallet Gingembre is also much like the two, but that line is getting more difficult to find in North America.
Rhetorical indeed! I’ve wondered variously how many leather or iris or amber scents one “needs” in one’s collection, to no avail. There will always come another.
I have a bit of a fragrance conundrum I could use help with — I have an Arpege (new, not vintage) bottle on which the sprayer is totally stuck. I tried cleaning it with rubbing alcohol and running it under warm water, but it won’t depress no matter how hard I press on it. The bottle still has plenty of perfume in it, so that’s a bummer. Any tips?
Maybe try to warm it up a bit, or try to somehow oil it? Maybe it will slide up then?
Does it twist at all? I would try twisting a couple of revolutions and then try pulling UP to see if that jogs it loose.
I’ve tried twisting it around, taking it apart and cleaning it… no dice. It seems to be the part of the sprayer that’s permanently attached to the bottle that’s stuck. I may have to get someone stronger than me to just force it. Maybe that would clear out the clogging perfume, or whatever the issue is.
Oh dear. Someone needs to invent an un-crimper to allow us to transfer scents from bottles with balky sprayers without risking broken glass all over our bathrooms.
Merry Christmas! My dad is working his last day at his place of work before he retired. After 43 years, he deserves it. I got all my stocking stuffer from Harry and David and spent $63 and $25 more than I should have while waiting for my dogs’ gifts to arrive today. Just waiting for the holiday to be over due to the fact that I am tired. Wearing a dab of Amouage Lyric while I head to work in a little bit.
Lyric always makes the day better….don’t let your exhausted state keep you from enjoying the moments of the day. It all goes very quickly, so savor while you can.
Congrats to your Dad, lillyjo, that must be a wonderful feeling!
But sorry you are exhausted.
Merry Christmas and a big woohoo! For your dad!
Merry Christmas Dawn, and congratulations to your dad on his retirement! ?
Monday scent: various samples. By Killian’s Bamboo Harmony is firmly in Jo Malone territory, pleasant, fleeting, and pricey.
We agree about Bamboo Harmony
Hi all, SOTD is Opium extrait, the old stuff. Deep dark rust/orange. I am wafting some serious spices and resins.
I spent a few hours baking cookies (50 dozen) for my coworkers and am about to distribute them. Time to spread a little holiday cheer!
50 dozen?!? omg, you really are spreading some holiday cheer!
I have a production routine that seems to work. I hate the oven in my apartment (the previous had a professional-sized convection oven) but it’ll do for now….
You smell divine!
Vtg Opium, gorgeous
It’s baking on an industrial scale sorry about the oven, lucky co-workers.
Wearing Lustre from Hiram Green. It’s a really nice rose. Quite dark, but not as gothic as say, Eau de Protection.
Wow, I thought Lustre is very bright and summery. Arbole is way darker for me.
Well it is lot lighter than a lot of other roses that I know. I’d qualify Un Zest, Ecume, Sa Majesté and Rose Ikebana as light roses
Currently sampling Frojd which is so far a zippy little cherry scent
Happy holidays to all fragrant friends! Retail life dictates that my family and I are in different states come Christmas (although we got Chanukah together this year, thanks to the lunar calendar!) So I will be celebrating with my cat, “Nightmare Before Christmas” on Netflix, and the last precious drops of a Guerlain Attrape-Coeurs decant. A little lonelier than a traditional Christmas Day, but much less stressful! ?
Have a wonderful Holiday season Ari.
Ari, I was just in my favorite little local boutique (buying a nice little chenille infinity scarf for myself, that I need like a hole in the head) and the owner said the same…she will have her Christmas in a couple weeks, can’t be with family til then.
So happy shopkeeper’s holiday!
Have yourself a merry little Christmas Ari.
I’m in the work appropriate Vanille Insensee. My son will be home this afternoon, so this day can literally not go fast enough. Looking forward to the kids opening their gifts tomorrow, I think I did pretty good this year.
Happy Holidays everyone!?
Whenever I read Vanille Insensee I think of you and middle Marzipan…she loves it too.
Enjoy having your bigs home!!!!!!
I was just thinking, one of the benefits of being retired is not having to think about “work-appropriate.” Although there might be people wishing I’d be more “bus-appropriate.” Apparently there is no safe dose of Portrait of a Lady.
It’s one potent scent
What! I’d never have thought of that one as being an offensive scent.
I’m wearing Voleur de Roses, one of my favorite L’Artisan scents.
You smell great.
Love VdR, you smell wonderful!
I got overwhelmed by Wrappings this weekend. I love it, but I abused it and I have to take a break from it now. Wearing Yardley Iris to give my nose some rest. Very simple, comfy and fleeting scent. Just what I need today.
The Yardleys are perfect for a reset.
Agree, but too fleeting!
I’ve never seen Yardley perfume here, just the soaps. I just bought a shea and buttermilk one.
Their soaps are pretty nice. I usually have the oatmeal & almond ones because they work as very soft exfoliators. My skin is very sensitive to regular exfoliators so I can’t use them.
The lavender soap is great too.everyone in the house loves it
I have Yardley Iris (I bet you’re surprised)..lol. It is a great re-set scent. I’ve even layered it C&E Iris lotion and it seems to amp it up a bit.
Hope you can get back to Wrappings soon. I think it will be my Christmas Day scent.
Not surprised at all! We all iris lovers love to try/have any iris scents! ?.
Right now I have Wrappings as an option for Christmas Eve. Not sure yet! However, an incense perfume like Avignon might win over.
You will smell terrific in Wrappings!
I am currently making croissants from scratch with my 15 yr old nephew!! Both butter and chocolate. It’s an all day process but we’re having a blast. We’ll have them Christmas morning. He loves to cook and bake so it’s a fun time with him and he is thrilled to learn how to make something “hard” LOL
I didn’t put on any scent today but we accidentally broke a bottle of almond extract (fell out of the cupboard reaching for the yeast) and now we BOTH smell like a cookie and the kitchen is scented too.
Oh well, it could have been worse! We could have broken the bottle of onion juice!
Wow, have never made croissants from scratch, good for you both!
Bravo, I’ve never baked croissants. I’m making bread and scones right now. Not nearly as ambitious.
Ha, if you can make bread you can make croissants. They’re not hard, just putzy. You need to make the dough, the butter block and do the folding &rolling, cutting and forming one day. Bake the day you want to enjoy. It’s a lot of steps that each take a few minutes and then time in the refrigerator. You can do it!
SOTD is Memo Paris Italian leather. Leather, vanilla and tomato leaf to make it light and fresh. But still great longevity. A new love….
In the mean time struggling to help my dear cat recover from a severe urinary infection. Today he seemed to realize he just had to be put in his basket to go see the vet. Resistance was futile.
Also work is taking over my days off. Pffff.
To all of you best wishes for the holidays and lots of guilt free bottles of delight X
Hope the kitty feels better soon
Thank you!! He’s been very brave, cats don’t tend to show their pain. We’re definitely not related….
Sending healing vibes to your cat!
Thank you!! Hope the peeing around the house stops soon too
Sending healing vibes for your cat.
I love Italian Leather, great scent.
Thank you! Do you like any of their other scents?
Yup. Winter Palace is ? and Moroccan Leather is nice as well. Also liked Eau de Memo.
Get well wishes for kitty and happy holidays to you!
Thanks and best wishes for you too!!
Healing vibes to your kitty! The Italian Leather travel spray is on back-order at Bergdorfs…patiently waiting for the next gift card event or higher cash back event to purchase one.
Thank you!! Oh….patience….. aaarrrgghhhhh!!
I hope your cat gets better!
Thank you! He’s on meds and special food so I have high hopes for his recovery.
UTI’s can be dangerous for male cats. I hope he’s better soon!
Wishing prompt recovery to your cat, cleaning after him must be such a chore.
I hope your fur-baby is feeling better soon!
I hope your kitty recovers soon!
Best wishes for your kitty’s recovery!
So, so nice out today. Nice break from the freeze we had. I’m wearing Goldfield and Banks Southern Bloom from a dwindling sample.
We’ll be headed to my in-laws on Long Island Wednesday and relieved we’re not celebrating at the BIL in Rochester, as the 7 hour drive is a drag to go for only 1 day.
What to make… I’m thinking about trying a recipe for spiced Mexican wedding cookies- cinnamon and cayenne pepper, yum.
Yes thank goodness the weather has warmed up!!!
I don’t need a white Christmas. Another nice day today!
I am right there with you!! No White Christmas needed for me! I am enjoying the sunshine ???
Beautiful day today! Enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed it, too. Have a great holiday!
Happy Holidays to you too, ElisaP!
Yay for not driving 7 hours!
I know, right?
Whew! You could not pay me enough to make a 7 hour drive for a 1 day visit.
It’s a real drag, especially coming back. Google maps always says ~5 hours, but with traffic, a snow storm somewhere, and bathroom stops, it always takes us that long.
Hurray for nice weather and a decent drive to relatives for you!
I am testing out Lalique Nilang today, which was a blind buy that came with my recent travel sprays. Look at that sentence structure, people. I write “came with,” as if some Fragrancenet elf just stuck an extra bottle of perfume in with my sample order, unbeknownst to lucky little me.
It’s a fruity patchouli, for those interested in such things. It goes on sweet and juicy, with a little bit of an exotic flower vibe. I’ve had good luck with Lalique – they have a couple of scents that are quite good, and some that don’t get much attention (Perles, for example). Melon-haters, run in the other direction. Anybody who likes fruit, heady flowers and a patchouli anchor might want to check out this cheap thrill.
You got a good elf…speaking of which, Wegmans had St. Patrick’s Day decors out already (in a low key way but still…ummm maybe Valentine’s Day first?)
I have already seen Valentine’s day ads from Costco!! Sheesh.
What the what??? That is so messed up on so many levels, I. Can’t. Even.
Happy Christmas celebration to all our NST family in the days to come!
May your days be merry and bright… and fragrant!
Happy Christmas to you right back !
What perfume are you wearing?
For tomorrow I plan to be elegant in Prada Amber Pour Homme.
Great choice! Enjoy the holidays!
Right back at you :-*
Have a wonderful holiday season!
Merry Christmas too, Lucasai.
Happy Holidays Aurora!
One more late night, then I’m off for two days. I’m wearing No.5 L’eau, because I meant to grab No.19, and missed. Lol, I still smell great ?
Yesterday we had alot of customer theft of other customers property. Remember, when you are out and about, to not leave your purse, phone, even walking canes out of your site for a second.
Here’s some more funny holiday music that goes through my head.
Yay for two days off!!!!!
You know it!
How sad. Canes?! This seems like a high theft year. Our mail/packages are delivered inside our building which is locked, and this year multiple packages of mine, and other neighbors, have arrived ripped open, which leads me to conclude it’s happening within the USPS and UPS systems. Fortunately for me, I had nothing of value, so they just opened packages and didn’t take anything (I guess they don’t want vitamins and cat food!). This is the 1st year in this building I remember having this happen ?
Enjoy your days off!
I felt so bad for the people yesterday.
You are almost there!?♀️
Enjoy your days off! You truly deserve them!?
Even walking canes?! People actually steal other people’s canes? That’s terrible! And really bad karma, I hope whoever took it goes straight to you-know-where!?
You smell great in L’ea, that was my sotd yesterday. ?
I love L’eau. It’s so easy to wear. I like Eau Premiere too, but sometimes I get a headache once it dries down. Not sure why.
Enjoy your days off!
So glad you’ll be having a break. I am on a break too, I’m bracing myself for cooking though. I like l’Eau very much. What will you be wearing on Christmas Eve?
Not sure yet, I have a few perfumes in mind for the next 2 days, but something else might call my name.
People can be pretty jerky! Wow! I’m a huge believer in karma.
Enjoy your few days off lillyjo. Merry Christmas to you. I hope Santa Claus is good to you!
Thanks Gail! I think Santa was too busy being good to my kids!
My SIL, sent over some zucchini bread, for which I’m very grateful, since I don’t bake.
Any baking is gratefully accepted. How nice of her!
My co-worker made butter tarts for me. They are like pecan pie (without the pecans): sinfully sweet and awesome! I can’t make pie-crust to save my life so I really appreciate it.
I make a delicious all butter pie crust with my grandmother’s butter tart recipe, except I add some pecans because my husband loves them so much.
It’s taking serious effort to have a productive work day. I’m working from home tomorrow since we close at 2, and I’m counting down the hours until I’m back home.
Today I’m in a favorite of 2019, L’Artisan Le Chant de Camargue. It smells like rice powder and the soft musk of face cream. It actually reminds me of the old B&BW Rice Flower & Shea.
I made a list of what I recall trying of 2019 releases, and it’s a pretty short list! I just take my time smelling the new releases.
Also, after losing an eBay auction this morning, I still have the urge to make a perfume purchase. Can I make it through the day?!
I really like Chant de Camargue as well, but I’m waiting until it gets discounted.
I’m trying out Tauer 01 La Maroc Pour Femme and it’s beautiful. What a stunning scent. It’s giving me the oddest perfume deja vu—I feel like I smelled this long ago in my childhood somewhere although that’s impossible. I’m feeling the Christmas stress today so I’m glad I ended up sampling something so stunning, it’s helping calm me down every time I stop to sniff my wrist
That is a beautiful perfume – you smell amazing.
I love Le Maroc. It was my first Tauer. I hope it will help you get through the day.
If you decide you like it enough to purchase, do it in 2020, as jasmine will be further restricted by IFRA in 2021 and it will no doubt have to be reformulated, it has a ton of jasmine (the max currently allowed I believe). It already had to be reformulated once several years ago when they restricted jasmine.
Thank you for that tip! I will definitely consider that and may end up purchasing sooner rather than later.
Uh oh. That means the clock is ticking for me, too. ⏰
Get it ???
Lost in Heaven= cumin bomb
Yep. That whole line didn’t work for me.
I am glad I got to try it though?
Good to know!
The one note I truly hate but don’t mind smelling it on others sometimes.
I used to run away from cumin but now have built up a tolerance. Still not a note I gravitate towards.
It’s good in Rose 31. Not too much, and very well blended.
My go-to of late, Kiss Me Intense. Something very easy-going and cozy in this one.
Ordered the husband a new phone for Christmas. He had pretty much destroyed his over the past five years, so we will go pick it up at some point tonight or tomorrow.
We agreed to foster a female kitty over the holidays to see how it works out with our little old lady. Haven’t heard back, but figuring they might bring her by tomorrow.
Gonna make my favorite chocolate wafer cookies. Very, very dark and flaky. I think I might melt some white chocolate to drizzle on top and throw on some pieces of candy cane to make them more festive.
Just got word they are bringing her by tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
Exciting! I hope they get along.
Yay! Hope all goes well.
Actually came tonight. She’s here and she’s tucked back in a corner under our table and chairs. Hallie, our cat, finally spotted her and just stood at a distance hissing until she finally backed away and went back in the bedroom. I’ve out food down and will leave her be, other than to visit and chat now and then.
The cat drama begins…
I do hope she adjusts. Was she a street cat or did she have a home once?
I believe she was a street rescue, since she has the clipped ear. I know she was with the adoption place a number of months. Fosters loved her. She loves scritches on the face and chin and leaned into my hand. She’s definitely shy. She will take patience. But she’ll eventually realize she’s safe and comfortable.
I hope she settles in nicely and enjoys your company and care ?
So far, so good?
Peaceful end of the year/decade and entry to the new one. Wearing a protective measure of Santo Incienso.
You smell lovely.
I’m running errands dressed like a lumberjack today (seriously, I’m in wolverines, paint-stained dovetail carpenter pants, filson jacket and a carhartt t-shirt, I’m like a poster child for American workwear brands) so obviously I’m wearing SL La Fille de Berlin. To coordinate.
I think it’s a great combo, I love it when perfume clash with clothes.
You smell wonderful. La Fille is such a great rose, especially this time of year.
Feeling festive in a big dose of PdE Wazamba. It’s cold and rainy here, baking bread and have lit several candles. Curled up with the puppy. Ahhhhh…..
Wazamba is great and a good match with a puppy and baking bread
What a perfect evening ?
SOTD = Puredistance Gold
I was very restrained with 2 spritzes before lunch with a neighbor. At 36% perfume oil, it packs a punch but it is so well blended you don’t know what hit you ?. I like it quite a bit; however, it is not perfume-phobic family safe so I will wear it when I know I won’t be near them.
I am bringing the ultimate lazy person’s dish to a Christmas Eve party – my couscous dish (boil water, throw in the couscous, remove from heat, cover the pot for 5 minutes, then fluff the grains). Flavoring is diner’s choice – olive, dried cranberry, goat cheese crumble with sun dried tomato, bite size dry salami and crispy onions (from a can).
Hey, your dish sounds like something I couldn’t screw up! What is your favorite flavoring?
Have a great time at the party!
I’ve screwed up boiling water …
Favorite topping would really be crisp bacon but I dare not make any here because the smell will stick to the walls. Of what I’m bringing, I would say the olives are my favorite.
Lazy cooking is the best! It sounds darn good and will seem like you slaved for hours.
Have fun at the party!
Couscous can be so tasty, and it is really easy to make! It’s been too long since I’ve made a couple of my favorite couscous dishes.
Posting late today! I made it over into Philadelphia and the Christmas Village in Love Park. Gorgeous weather for it, too… sunny and in the low 50’s. ? It seems that distilleries are a thing now in PA; at least two of them were present in the Philly Makers Marketplace in Dilworth Plaza. Then did a TON of walking with Mr. Jalapeno to get a bit more shopping done. We came home a little sore and a lot hungry, so ordered pizza. Life is pretty good today.
SOTD = Soivohle Incense & Myrrh perfume oil.
Your day sounds wonderful! Glad you had fun!
Thank you Petunia! Even better is that there is no rain in the forecast for a couple more days, so I am enjoying this run of beautiful sunny weather!
Glad you enjoyed your day, Merry Christmas Jalapeno, I bet you smell great.
Thanks Aurora! ?
Yay! I was hoping you would make it to Christmas Village. Sounds like a great day!
Thank you lillyjo, it was! I picked up some Magenbrot at the Christmas Village, which is kind of like a spicy, chocolately gingerbread. I look forward to it as a special treat.
Pizza! Yum! A good pie is hard to beat.
Hope your hubby gave you a foot massage!
No foot massage from Mr. Jalapeno… he was hurting more than I was!
What a perfect day ❤️
Thanks! It was pretty darn nice!
Rodin olio lusso, from eBay. Gorgeous stuff.
I’ve never heard of it but I bet it is amazing!
Thank you! I love jasmine, and it sometimes goes weird on my skin. This one thankfully works!
That Rosin is so beautiful. Good find!
Thank you! I was doing more research, and see it’s an Estée Lauder brand now. My bottle I’m sure is pre-EL. It’s a nice amber color.
My day wasn’t as planned but was ok. Last night a nice former student wrote me that he was in town and did I want to have brunch today. I said yes and he came over and met my cats. He also has cats and mine loved him. Interesting guy who has now earned his M.A. in History and works both as a journalist in San Antonio and a community college lecturer. That was fun, then I had a follow-up about my hearing aids, which had to be toned down a little, then took my cat for an emergency vet visit because he’s been listless and not eating. This is the same cat who had dental surgery recently. He got more meds and fluids and should be ok. My SOTD was Santal Nobile. (Spellcheck wants that to be Santa!) I’m feeling guilty about not visiting Mom for a few days, but I’ll definitely go tomorrow. I have to wrap some gifts and make my annual cookies!
It must feel great to see a former student do so well. I hope your kitty feels better soon.
Yes it does! He is a South Asian Muslim, and his thesis was a study of Black Muslims in Houston. Apparently there is some friction there and he hopes to be able to make inroads and build bridges. It’s fascinating work, really.
Don’t feel guilty Calypso, a carer sometimes needs respite. All best wishes for your cat recovering.
Healing vibes for kitty and no guilt for taking a small break!
Aw, I hope your poor kitty feels better soon! And please don’t feel guilty about taking a caregiver break… you need to take care of yourself, too.
SOTD: Amouage Library Collection Opus IX. Encouraged to blind buy from a YouTube review by ‘ouch110 Fragrance Reviews’. I have absolutely no regrets and am currently cocooned in a complex haze of animalic white florals with resinous depths.
Favourite Christmas food – roasted brussels sprouts with toasted hazelnuts and maple syrup.
Has anyone got a favourite Sultan Pasha Attar and why?
xx Be kind, I’m new here.
Happy holidays and welcome, alas I can’t help with Sultan Pasha having not smelled anything from that house.
Thank you Aurora – you also! I’m excited to try (hopefully!) one of his attars in the New Year.
Hello there! Ouch110 is one I watch too! Sorry, I can’t answer your question, I’m not familiar with any attars.
Ouch110 is officially my favourite fragrance reviewer!!
I’ll share with you guys if I get to try any attars in the New Year.
I used to love watching Ouch 101!
Your brussel sprouts sound delicious!
I just sampled 14 Sultan Pasha Attars and loved them all . I enjoy blending essential oils and his attars smell like the most sublime e.o.blends out there. They are polished and last a long time. I know I didn’t quite answer your question but I couldn’t say which was my favorite ?
I feel like I am in safe hands with Ouch 110!
Wowwww! I am so envious you got to try and enjoy those samples. Was Irisoir included as one of your samples by any chance? The notes leapt out at me as very appealing. I’d love to hear your thoughts. x
Here is what I tried- Aurum D’Ankor, Nectare, Jardin D’Borneo Gardenia, Arne Sombre, Reve Narcotique, Claire de Lune, Ocean of Flowers, Pure Incense, Nancun Kodo, Incense Royale, Inferno, Cafe Ambre Noire, Carnival de Havana and Encens Chypre.
They were all great in my opinion so I think whatever you order you will probably enjoy if you enjoy naturals and attars
Thank you chocolatemarzipan8 – Encens Chypre has seriously caught my attention! Enjoy your sniff fest!!
Welcome An Cailin Cumhraithe!
Thank you Robin, looking forward to joining in.
I tried his attars oh gosh probably 2 years ago from the sample set, and I really liked Resine Precieuse. He’s a very nice person, received a lovely note with my order.
Fantastic – I have never encountered such an array of unusual fragrance notes!
I am totally going to copy your Brussels sprouts recipe! Yum yum!
Thank you Calypso – I hope you had a chance to make them. The sprouts were well received at our table – some yummy yum yum sounds from everyone! x
Welcome ACC! I’m pretty sure hajusuuri has irisoir, hopefully she’ll chime in. She obviously liked it enough to buy it and I’ve heard many positive reviews.
Hello there An Cailin Cumhraithe!
Thank you Jalapeno – looking forward to chatting with you all.
My boyfriend has been doing maple syrup brussels sprouts for years but never with hazelnuts. I’ll have to mention it to him.
Thank you therabbitsflower – so glad your boyfriend makes these for you! The crunch is a good addition. Alternatively, a fine julienne of tart apple for freshness is nice also. I usually shooo my husband out of the kitchen as he cooks like a student.
SOTD was Fleur de Peau.
You smell wonderful, Petunia, it was instant love when I tested it in the summer and I promptly got a bottle.
Thanks Aurora! It was instant love for me too! I didn’t have a chance to read comments until just now.
Bedtime last night: I was trying for soothing. I put Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender hand cream on my hands, then dabbed some SL Encens et Lavande on my wrists. That is a big scent, or so I thought last night. Also it was smokier than I remembered, but that was okay. It was soothing enough that I didn’t have trouble going to sleep.
Perfect! We stayed up too late last night so anything soothing sounds good to me.
Merry Christmas everyone. I was wearing Trussardi My Name a soft purple flowers scent with vanilla, uncomplicated for a day of errands.
Merry Christmas Aurora! Have a wonderful holiday with your brother!?⛄?
Thank you Lillyjo, the grocery shopping is almost done.
Merry Christmas Aurora!
I planned on wearing Oscar de la Renta (from my recent vintage Ebay purchase). Instead I put on Reglisse Noir as my travel spray arrived today.
CM8, if you see this, I owe you an enabler pin. You had mentioned a discount awhile back. Thank you!
Merry Christmas Gail! I bet your vintage Oscar is gorgeous!
Thank you lillyjo! Vintage Oscar is pretty great.
Yay! You got Reglisse Noire and even better with discount!
The original Oscar was a staple in my wardrobe in the late 70s/early 80s. Will be curious as to what you think about it.
I vaguely remember Oscar de la Renta being something wonderful back in the day.
Almost too late to check in today. We’ve been lazing about after 2 1/2 days with step kids and toddler/infant grands. I’m exhausted, and understand on a cellular level the concept that young people are the ones who have babies, not old people!
I’m in AdP Profumo today, and have been in Organza Indecence, SDV, Theorema and Ambre Loup over the past few days. We’re heading into some unseasonably warm weather, so will be reviewing my list of transitional fragrances for inspiration.
You smell wonderful! Hang in there with all the young ‘uns!
You’re smelling sophisticated, I love Profumo so so much.
Hope you can get some rest! Kids are definitely exhausting ?
Happy holidays / Merry Christmas for everyone!!! ?
I am still working today, from home. Its not very busy though.
I am sooo looking forward to my little staycation, beginning this afternoon.
Tonight we will be celebrating christmas with my family, tomorrow lunch with the in-laws.
And then….my calendar is totally empty for more than a week…wooohooo
In our busy times that is probably the best gift ever ????
Yay, enjoy your staycation Jiji!
Merry Christmas jiji! Enjoy your time off!
Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas to you too Jiji!
Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! ????❄?
I took the day off today. Getting some rest in the morning and running errands in the afternoon.
SOTM SSS Incense Pure.
SOTE Comme des Garcons Avignon, which always makes me feel relaxed and peaceful during the holidays!
Tomorrow Christmas day I will wear Donna Karan Black Cashmere to attend church and relax for the rest of the day.
Wish you all love, peace and happiness today and always!?❤
Merry Christmas to you also! And everyone! You’ll smell amazing! ??☃️❣️?? ?
Thank you, Flopper!
Happy Holidays, my friend!!! You are smelling amazing!!! Some of my favorite incense fragrances!!!!
Happy Holidays to you too my friend. I will be wrapped in a cloud of beautiful incense perfumes! I might have a tiny, mini spritz of Wrappings tomorrow to be twins with you!
Don’t overdo the Wrappings lol ?
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Thanks Lillyjo! The same to you and yours!
Wow, that’s a great trifecta of incense perfumes! Merry Christmas!
Thank you! Happy Holidays to you too, Jalapeno!
Happy holidays everyone!
Today’s SOTD will be Dark Passage.
Oh, you smell great GateGirl.
Rodin again. I could bathe in it. ??
I haven’t tried it but it sounds like a great perfume. Good in summer too?
Happy holidays to you all!!!
I am wearing Eau Sacree, eating cookies and drinking some tea punch my mother makes ever, year.
Hey, what is in tea punch?
Black tea, red wine, orange juice and spices… Cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise and a bit of sugar
Yum! Best holiday wishes to you and yours!
That sounds delicious!
What kind of black tea do you use?
A stronger black tea like Assam, but you can get creative and use roiboos
Thank you! That sounds really delicious, I will have to try it.
The tea punch sounds interesting. You smell great!
Day after Christmas vintage 22 EDT for the beautiful Incense and white flowers
Vintage Emeraude is so amazing!
It’s gorgeous ❤️❣️
Color me quite impressed that you know what perfume you will be wearing thru Thursday!
Actually I messed up
I will be wearing vintage Shalimar EDC on Thursday and vintage Chanel 22 EDT on new year’s Eve. I am doing ” fragrances from my distant past”
Hey, Robin, have we ever done this as a CP?
Hey. I like that idea. ??
Hopefully Robin does too ?
I’m off work until Thursday, and currently still in bed with a latte and NST to help greet the day “gently and by degrees” a la Miss Fisher. Browsing through people’s comments, I’m reminded by Hilde that I haven’t worn Italian Leather in a while, and by lucasai that I have a bottle of Prada L’Eau Ambree somewhere in serious need of some love. Will prolly go with my latest obsession, though (Nanadebary Bronze), since I seem to have become thoroughly addicted. I’m sure it’s a temporary condition and I’ll be back to my usual fickle self soon.
Perfect start to the day. Enjoy your short break.
Nice break! Enjoy!
Happy Holidays, NSTers! Scent of Christmas Eve Day is Casmir from a decant sent to me by a generous NSTer.
It’s been raining cats and dogs all night and predicted to continue through Thursday. Our Christmas hike has been scrapped until better weather, and I’m very thankful it’s not the 12” of snow originally predicted.
I hope everyone has a wonderful day with family, friends, and beloved pets! If you’re solo this holiday season, I wish you rest and peace! ✌?
Casmir is gorgeous ?❤️? ? You smell perfect!
And yes, better rain than snow!!!
Merry Christmas to you and T-rex!
You smell perfect for the holidays.
Our dogs went for a 10k mountain bike ride yesterday and this morning they are both happily snuggled up rather than waiting by the door for more action. Have a happy day ! And a scratch behind the ears to T Rex
Deva, Merry Christmas to you and T-Rex! You smell wonderful!
Wishing you and the goodest girl a happy (and warm) holiday!
Merry Christmas to you and T-Rex
Merry Christmas to you and T-Rex Deva!
Have a wonderful day Deva, and give T-Rex a pat pat from all of us.
Merry Christmas to you and your sweet puppygirl, Deva! Enjoy your holiday. ???
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! I’m in Tonka Impériale this morning. Will switch to Nuit de Noël extrait this evening.
Extrait!!!! Tres chic?
Happy Christmas to you! I hope you have a wonderful day.
Thanks, you too! The dog has cabin fever after all the rain, we will have a long walk today.
Have a great Christmas, Cazaubon!
Many thanks, you too lillyjo!
I’m wearing Nuit de Noël right now, but not the extrait! would love to try it some day.
I’d be happy to send you a sample, cazaubon at me dot com.
Merry Christmas cazaubon!
Working from home until 2, but I’ve got a lot of sinus pressure so am dragging a bit. Hopefully lots of coffee will help.
Continuing my favorites of 2019, I’m wearing Hendley Bloodline, which was a limited release for American Perfumer. I think this is actually my favorite of the year’s releases that I’ve tried, but I’m wearing it today and not Frisay because it is NSFW. It’s a woodsmoke bomb!
I’m really sorry I missed out on that one, it sounds great. Maybe someday he’ll release it again.
I missed it too. Thought really hard about buying it the day it was released, but it sold out within hours. I’m just not that quick to act on a blind buy. A generous fellow NSTer sent me her spray sample recently. I will try to make it last as long as I can.
I hope that your sinuses are feeling better now.
Thanks, Jalapeno. I’ve been feeling like I’m fighting back a sinus infection all day. I felt similar on Saturday, so hopefully I feel better tomorrow like I did on Sunday. I’ve had some tea this evening (caffeine free) and plan to go to bed early.
Christmas morning here and it is gloomy and drizzly and very quiet, except for the birds calling from the trees. I am not sure what our plans for the day are …. Sometimes on christmas we walk up on the hill where I take the dogs but then wriggle through a fence into the restricted area where there is a big quarry and we stand on the edge of the earthworks and gaze into the huge crater. There is something kind of mesmerising about a big cavity cut into a hill (and on Christmas there are no workers around )….the abyss and all that. There is a turkey that I will roast at some point, and then strawberries and cream.
Happy Christmas Robin and everyone! have a happy, peaceful day!
CDG Radish vetiver from yesterday ….quite good!
Merry Christmas, Kanuka! If I were standing at the edge of a big crater, I would make a big wish.
We had buckets of rain yesterday, more rain due for Christmas day. Your walk to the crater sounds like fun. We got to stare into the smoking crater of Kilauea several years ago, it’s quite impressive. Happy Christmas!
We had a weirdly warm and sunny Christmas Eve, and we’ve finished our big holiday meal and cleaned everything up. I am happily full of pumpkin flan
Tomorrow will be lazy although we will do a long walk.
My daughter woke me up 3 times in the middle of the night to tell me that it’s Christmas Eve, and she gets one present. By noon, she had wore me down. I hadn’t even wrapped anything yet. I told her no more presents till 9 tomorrow morning. I ran to the insane grocery store, and now I’m home, wrapping. Sotd is Rose &Cuir. I will wear something else tonight, maybe mirror des Joyaux. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!
Merry Christmas lillyjo ????
To you too cm8!
Have a great day! My son is a teenager and I am the one waiting for him to wake up for opening presents….I bought myself CDG Copper and it is under the tree. He probably won’t emerge until 10 am
I haven’t smelled Copper, but I love that bottle. Nice gift!
Do tell us your thoughts on Copper after a full wearing, I’m interested in that one. Nice bottle.
Yes, please let us know how Copper is!!
Merry Christmas lillyjo! Enjoy your time off, and I hope that your daughter will be able to sleep tonight.
Jalapeno, it’s the same every year, she is just too excited to sleep! I can’t put out the presents until 2 minutes before they are to be opened. Then she’s like the tazmanian devil opening them?
Believe it or not lillyjo, you will miss that when she gets older!
Merry Christmas, NST!
Love that one, thanks Galbanumgal!
Cute video of Christmas music playing while squirrels and birds feast:
That’s darling! Thank you for posting this! ? ?
oh my heart! that’s the cutest
So beautiful! Thank you!
Yesterday, Stephanie wore Le Maroc pour Elle, and I was reminded that I hadn’t worn it in a while–two years! So I have it on now. One of the most beautiful perfumes in my collection, but I am a jasmine nut.
It’s cloudy and cold here and I am looking forward to stuffing myself with shrimp this evening. I lit the Fraser Fir candle and will put some Christmas music on shortly. Does anyone know Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity? It’s one of my favorites.
You smell gorgeous. A really great scent, and a platter of shrimp in your near future. Life is good.
I adore Respighi! Enjoy
Your evening plans sound wonderful.
Merry Christmas everyone!
We were let out of work a couple extra hours early. Usually it’s 2 hours early; we were just finishing lunch when one of the supervisors came to let us know we could go home! Woo hoo! You never seen us move so quick to get back upstairs to shut down the computers! So we got 1/2 the day off. Bonus..
Wearing a couple sprays of Wrappings now.
yay for going home early!
Oooh, that’s a great scent. I’ve set aside Wrappings to wear tomorrow. You smell fantastic
W00t w00t for a half day of work!
SotD = l’air du desert marocain
Smells like winter to me!
laddm smells wonderful in warm weather, but I adore it at this time of year. I’ve got Vanille Galante on deck for later, it makes me think of dessert. Tonight I will indulge in apple pie, pumpkin pie, and whipped cream.
Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season in whatever ways make you happy.
LadDM is so gorgeous!
LADDM is so wonderful. I think I will wear that today!
I wore Tolu this morning, and this afternoon I was going to go with Brin Reglisse, but the Reglisse sample made me think of my recent 1000 Flowers order (a couple of weeks ago), and it occurred to me that I had not yet checked the mail today. Reader, you know my heart leapt when I opened the mailbox and saw the package bearing international labeling. I am now awash in Reglisse Noire. I smell marvelous, and feel good.
Smelling fabulous! Isn’t Reglisse Noire wonderful? Mine arrived yesterday so I was as thrilled as you are.
I will be taking my travel spray with me tomorrow when we head out of town for Christmas Day dinner. Sounds like a good Boxing Day scent!
Indeed it is good. Congrats on the arrival of your own package. You must have had the same thought I did, at just about the same time!
You will be the best smelling person at dinner.
Yay for package arriving! Especially one that has Reglisse Noire!
Right? The timing was terrific.
You will see that Reglisse Noire grows on you! I’ve been wearing it for seven years and have thunked about seven or more bottles!!
Congrats on getting your parcel just at the right time!
Merry Christmas, and Happy Hanukkah! Also greetings to those who celebrate the Winter Solstice. I’m late again today, for good reason. I’ve spent a decent chunk of the afternoon boxing up Christmas gifts. Fortunately for me, Mr. Jalapeno enjoys the wrapping of said gifts… he even has a workstation that allows him to quickly and accurately wrap packages. ?? A lot of those gifts will be dropped off on December 26.
SOTD = Soivohle Lizzie Ann Eau Fraiche EdT, from the sample stash. I’m testing a few new perfume releases this week, but am seriously considering wearing an old favorite for Christmas Day.
Merry Christmas to you and Mr. Jalapeno! If you decide to go with a new release, I hope you like it!
Thank you lillyjo! I suspect that my perfume will be a case of sniffing things and seeing if they fit my mood.
Merry Christmas Jalapeno! I hope Santa is good to you.?
I will be taking a few scents with me tomorrow since we will be away for a few days, and like you, it’s definitely a mood thing. In my mind I will wear Wrappings lotion and perfume. Boxing Day will be Reglisse Noire.
Safe travels and enjoy your trip!
Thank you Gail! I hope that the perfumes you brought for your trip turned out to be exactly what you wanted to wear.
I hope you find something lovely and comforting to wear today!
Thank you CM8! Feliz Navidad!
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all NST’ers! I’m relaxing in Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue, warm, spicy/sweet -I love the cardamom and creme brûlée notes – and listening to a delightful Christmas Eve folk music special from a local college radio station. Actually, a combo of folk and some jazz, songs I’ve never heard before, and different takes on traditional carols – a wonderful change from the usual Christmas playlist. One of the best musical programs I’ve heard in a long time.
Earlier tonight we had a wonderful modern take on a traditional Polish Christmas Eve supper (my heritage). I made mushroom barley soup with various fresh mushrooms as well as dried Polish mushrooms, lots of pierogi, several kinds of smoked fish, and other foods and ended with my favorite dessert, Cioci Flo’s kolaczki, that I bake every year. Before the meal we always begin with the traditional Christmas wafer, opłatki, one of the most beloved traditions dating back to the 10th century https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_wafer.
Tomorrow I’ll enjoy the orange peel goodness of Elixir des Merveilles and whatever my dear son and his family prepare for dinner – it’s their turn and I get to relax and just enjoy everyone’s company!
Peace and joy to all!
Your meal sounds wonderful, Laila!
That scent sounds delicious…
That all sounds marvelous! I hope you had a great day.
Preshower testing….four Indomenables, two Etro and three Jovoy….hating none, really liking one ( smells like Pure eVe) but not busting out the wallet because I feel as though I have smelled these all before.
Post ? WRAPPINGS!!!! Wish the current bottle came in the same large size it was when I bought it in 1990
Yay for no stinkers today!
Yes I guess it was a good testing session lol ?
Merry Christmas! You smell great!
Hope you had a wonderful time with your family ♥️
Happy Holy days to all of you wonderful folks of NST. I hope your celebrations are filled with fun and all of your favorite people!
We will be having very quiet day here. The big family get together was this weekend, so we’ll be walking the dog and watching a movie or two. I’ll be making applesauce bread for some of the neighbors, my trainer and probably the letter carrier, so it’ll be a laid back day. ? ❤️?
I hope you enjoy your laid back day. Sounds pretty darn perfect to me
It was just lovely, and my batteries are officially recharged. Merry Christmas, cm8!
Laid back holidays are great. We had a formal mid afternoon dinner with the best china, in the dining room, with candles etc., but because it was just us and our kids, they sat down to dinner in the PJs they wore all day! It was fun. I hope you had a great day!
It was a wonderful day, Old Herbaceous! Sounds like you and your family had a great day as well. ?
Well, good grief. I’m in the last of a sample of Shalimar, the Route du Mexique, which is beyond lovely, and also thunked.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! Sitting here enjoying the quiet with a cup of strong coffee. Just sprayed on Mitsouko because I felt the need for something old school. Had a lovely evening with friends last night at beautiful lessons and carols services and then back home for ham, scalloped potatoes and green bean casserole. I think my husband thought he was making food for a small army…tons of leftovers. We had also bought a beautiful Buche de Noël, which was delicious. We all settled in and watched Meet Me in St. Louis together. I was wearing a layering of Gourmand Coquin and Ta’if.
The new girl is tucked up under the table atop a plastic container box. I have discovered she purrs when I give her head and chin scratches. My guess is she’d be more willing to explore if it weren’t for our other cat. We will let her take it as slow as she likes…. I need to move a chair so that I can more easily sit on the floor and chat with her while giving her skritches.
Love this ??
Keep scritching ??
I spent A LOT of time on the floor when my furry granddaughter visited us.
Aw, that’s sweet about the new kitty! ?
Merry Christmas, happy holidays! Wore Inoui last night and now POTL – for some reason it’s a Christmas Day fragrance for me.
All 3 sons safely home + one girlfriend – another friend coming. Happily making cinnamon rolls and breakfast casserole.
May the world have a peaceful day.
Sounds like a great start to a nice day. I made French toast for my kids, including one batch made with store-bought eggnog. It was yummy! I bet your cinnamon rolls made your kitchen smell wonderful. Merry Christmas!
Cold clear morning, perfect for LADDM. Peace to the world.
Hello there scent cousin!
Cooking the Christmas ham. The weather here is partly sunny and dry, pretty perfect. I’m wearing vintage Cabochard, so good!
Glad your weather is good. Enjoy your day!
Hey, you have nice weather too! That’s awesome!
Ooh, you smell great! Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays to all! We had a wonderful time with old friends last night; today will be a quiet day, gray foggy and serene. Husband and I both have colds, so all in all, it’s a perfect day to light a fire in the wood stove and watch movies. Wishing everyone a peaceful day.
Hope those colds depart will all due haste!
Ack! “With” not “will”. ?
That does sound perfect, and very peaceful.
❄️Sending Lyric-scented wishes for a merry Christmas/happy Hanukkah/happy Kwanzaa your way, all you lovely NSTers!!! Have a wonderful day, wherever you are!❄️
Have a happy day, Creosote!
You too! You smell great!
Thank you! I really couldn’t decide on a scent *at all* for a while, so I’m glad inspiration finally struck and I chose Lyric because it worked its magic very well.
Wearing Copper again. It seems to be a perfume in two parts. Part one brings to mind a woman in Chanel 19 blowing smoke rings…galbanum with enough cigarette smoke added to actually make you think you have entered a room where someone is smoking.this lasts for about 20 minutes and then the perfume begins to remind me of SL Bapteme de Feu ( a bit) but with more tobacco ( pipe tobacco in a pouch) than gunpowder. Sweet and a tad spicy but close to the skin. The galbanum remains but also sweetens a littel, almost a hint or iris. Apart from the initial 20 minutes it doesn’t really project but is lovely on the skin. Iwoukd be interested to see if it is different in the heat…but our weather is kind of cool (15 degrees). I don’t notice anything I would describe as “metallic” but the opening definitely has a spark of energy…a zap.
Contemplating 4 days of ( overcooked and dry) turkey leftovers….Happy Christmas!
Happy Christmas, Kanuka! I empathize with the prospect of dry turkey leftovers. Even the juiciest of turkeys is not my favorite – it’s like 20 pounds of boiled chicken breast.
Over here, I’m trying out a new recipe (a bit of a risk, to be sure) for myself and a couple of friends – Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani (made with thighs, because dark meat).
Turkey leftovers at Thanksgiving convinced me that we would be doing something different for Xmas. Too much for too long.
Copper sounds fascinating. Re the turkey leftovers — we often make paninis with them, layering turkey, the cranberry chutney I make, and stuffing, between slices of rosemary bread brushed with olive oil. Or my daughter makes a layered meat pie with the same innards, having learned how to make one from the Great British Baking Show. Yum!
I hope your Christmas and Boxing Day were both excellent, Kanuka!
I don’t know if I could face 4 days of turkey leftovers—moist or dry. I need copious amounts of gravy by Day 2 alone, so…. Good luck!?
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and may all of you enjoy good health and peace for the holidays and beyond!
Wearing Mohur extrait for a low key, at home Christmas Day.
Lovely holiday wishes!
Same to you, and you smell great!
Merry Christmas, adanst! I hope you enjoyed your peaceful day. ?
Merry Christmas NSTers! We left the wintery woods and found some sunshine for a nice combo hike/bike today. Pretty chilly and windy, just enough to be invigorating but not uncomfortable.
Short 3 mile hike and then a 4.5 mile bike ride to tire out T-Rex. Felt good to be back on the bike again even though my hands were frozen a la Jack London’s To Build Fire.
I’m in SSS Winter Woods today, T-Rex is passed out, and I’m about to make some delish pancakes. Hope everyone has a great day today! ??
Merry Christmas to you and T-Rex Deva! Enjoy those pancakes! ?
That sounds so beautiful. I was in SSS yesterday, Amber Incense, for church. Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas Deva!
Merry Christmas, NST! ?⭐
Another gorgeous early winter day here, with bright sunshine and temps right around 50 degrees F. It’s just me and Mr. Jalapeno today… our families live in other parts of the US. I’ve texted my brother and talked with my mom on the phone.
Still waiting for the pulled pork to finish cooking. Luckily, we have some tasty side dishes to enjoy while we wait.
SOTD = Andy Tauer’s Au Coeur du Desert, from the sample stash. I went with what moved me today and have enjoyed the little wafts of scent that have drifted up.
Jalapeno, the weather was gorgeous here too! I even opened the windows for a bit.
The nice weather definitely made cooking the pulled pork easier… Mr. Jalapeno was in a T-shirt most of the time.
Merry Christmas to you too!
Thanks Old Herbaceous!
Merry Christmas Jalapeno
Thank you Petunia!
Scent of Christmas day is the new DSH for Scent Trunk, December 2019. I bought the 5ml travel spray, and it arrived a couple nights ago. It’s a gorgeous animalic, wintery, dark, boozy rose. It’s gorgeous and is a last minute entry into faves of 2019.
Happy holidays NST!
Sounds gorgeous. Happy holidays to you too!
How did you find out about that particular DSH?
She posted about it on Instagram. When I saw there was a 5ml option, I snapped it up immediately. I think it’s just as lovely as the description makes it out to be.
It comes in 5ml? Okay, I’m sold!
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, NSTers who celebrate those! Family and I spent a lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas Day together. SOCE (scent of Christmas Eve) for church was SSS’ Amber Incense — lots of frankincense, but I applied lightly. Nuit de Noel came out later in the evening. Today I wore ELDO’s Like This, with its cozy gingerbread note. Feeling quite proud of the Madeira sauce with truffles that I made to go with a ribeye roast for mid afternoon dinner.
Happy Holidays OH! Your dinner spunds wonderful!
Wow, that Madiera sauce sounds fantastic! Happy Holidays back atcha!
Beautiful scent choices!!
Boring me, I just drank my wine alongside my Christmas roast. Your Madeira sauce sounds divine! And I bet Like This was a great accompaniment.
It’s late afternoon here and I’m sitting in my favorite chair, in a cloud of TF Violet Blonde, waiting for the holiday food coma to pass. Ahhh.
You smell great! Merry Christmas!
I hear you on the food coma. ?
Popping in late to wish NSTRS a very Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a great day or at least a peaceful day.
I wore Ganymede as my SOTD.
Merry Christmas to you too, Petunia!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Petunia.