It's Blue Monday, the International Day of Acceptance, and Penguin Awareness Day (yes, there are penguins).
I'm in good old Diptyque Philosykos.
Reminder: on 1/24, you're Among Friends...wear a fragrance someone else wore in the scent of the day polls this week. Suggested by Regina.
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2020, where I'll try to always have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance.
Note: top image is King Penguin [cropped] by laikolosse at flickr; some rights reserved.
Cold morning out there. I’m repeating with Bengale Rouge.
New kitty actually jumped up on the couch last night within reach so I could pet her. I ended up spooking her at some point so she ran, but it was a nice interlude. Hope she remembers the pets not the spooking…
CP is easy for me…that’s often how I choose scents.
Cold morning twin here! ? It is so sweet that the new kitty is opening up so much in such a short time.
You smell so good!
Good job with kitty!!!!! Tiny adorable jellybean toe steps.
I’m in Diptyque as well, Tam Dao. Yummy.
BK Moonlight in Heaven, a lovely mango scent!
I should try that, love mango.
It’s a good interpretation!
CSP Amour de Cacao today. Love the photo! ?
That’s an idea I’ll be taking this week! You smell yummy!
You smell wonderful!
Penguins are just cute.
I am wearing Satori, by Satori!
So beautiful….it almost feels disrespectful wearing this to a boring office. But if course I just wear it because it makes this grey day so much brighter. ☺️
You smell great!!
Having coffee in bed. A rarity these days. No SOTD yet but I am sampling Bee post shower.
Jealous of your coffee in bed
How are you liking Bee?
I found it a bit too sweet at the opening. And it only lasted a few hours.
How does it compare to Bee Bliss?
Chanel La Pausa EdP.
Busy day visiting the hospice where my dad spent his last days. I am bringing some samples, decants an a full bottle, besides some other goodies to some of the residents. They always enjoy when I bring scented items. It is really comforting for the soul to visit that place. I will be running some errands also and taking mom to a doctor’s appointment. I need plenty of coffee and a good lunch to survive! ?
It’s really sweet that you go back to the hospice. Hope it’s a good day out with your mom.
Thank you, Lillyjo! It was a nice day, indeed.
What a lovely thing to do!
Nice of you to visit the hospice and for accompanying your mom to her appointment. I do the same with the loving nursing home where my mom passed.
It is always nice to put a smile on some of the residents’ faces. Hope dad was smiling too!
I’m sure he was! Today would have been my dad’s 88th birthday and he had been gone 6 years – time really flew!
Time flies, indeed. I can’t believe that soon it is going to be 3 years since my dad left. Special occasions like birthdays are always a bit tough for me, but they are also a good time to remember and honor them. Hugs to you today!
Adding a hug for both of you ?
Three years soon for my mom too. They are tough.
This is a sweet and caring community when it comes to baby buddhas, chubby monkeys, furry ones of any species and loss of any kind.
So much more than fragrance for me.
Such a thoughful thing to do. How lovely for the residents to receive scented gifts.
Thanks Aurora. I try my best to go there a couple of times a year. It makes me feel closer to my dad.
So sweet of you to gift them some scented treats. Hoping you get good coffee and a good lunch to make it through the day!
Coffee and lunch were good! I am resting at home now.
Glad to hear you are relaxing at home after a busy day. It’s very fitting that you did the hospice visit on the MLK Day of Service. Hugs.
Thank you, Jalapeno! Hugs back!
Maison de la Vanille Vanille Absolue on a dull grey day.
We are cold but nice and sunny.
Hermes Poivre Samarcande. Because Robin posted about the special Terre d’Hermes bottle, which reminded me of Hermes, which made me think of my new favorite (which also makes me think of the very kind NST poster who sent it to me)!
Poivre Samarcande is still the one that least inspired me from the Hermessences, but I haven’t tried it in at least 5 years. Maybe next time I’m out and about I’ll give it a worthwhile try!
Coumarin, it’s definitely a quiet fragrance – a soft woodsy skin scent on me. I usually prefer subtle and I think this one is beautiful.
I often think that I get away with perfume at work because I wear it very softly AND because I wear a lot of fragrances that we perfumistas may love, but that aren’t equated with traditional perfume by the ‘civilians’ (as pixel cleverly named those who have not joined us yet in the rabbit hole).
I first heard the term civilian via Undina who heard it from Tara of A Bottles Rose. The term makes sense!
Ah! a good term get passed on, right? Sometimes I say “gen pop” as in general population = non-perfumistas.
I like gen pop, too. And I misspelled Tara’s site — it’s A Bottled Rose.
I really like it your SOTD! I have a sample that I adore
Quiet in here this morning. Hope everyone is doing well!
I worked at an estate sale this previous weekend and though I didn’t get any perfume (thank God!) I barely had any rest. Taking it slowly this morning.
I chose Eclix today, one of those rarified discontinued gems. I love the weird bottle and its dissonance with the woody lemon custard scent inside. Very comforting on this chilly day.
Lol’d at “thank God” ?
I’m open to more opportunities but happy for a reprieve.
Yep, you smell great!
A slow and quiet Monday is not necessarily a bad thing…
Chinatown is my SOTD
My first niche! I love it still.
me too! and I still love it also.
That is a good one
Smelling so good today!
Finally got my hands on a sample of Aedes Copal Azur, one of Robin’s faves. It’s not floating my boat, so $200 saved! (Whew.)
Never hurts to save $200!!!
Fueguia Bibioteca de Babel – a fabulous cedary sweet herbal flowery thingie – the description on the website says that Cabreuva oil is a major ingredient, dry, woody, spicy, floral. This stuff is like a slightly less dry LADDM, as if you have left the deep desert and are traveling through juniper scrub land, approaching an oasis of irrigated fields, but are not there yet. This company has a rather extensive range of interesting sounding scents. I am going to see if I can round up some samples from Luckyscent or somewhere. I am at work and don’t know where the sample I am dabbing from came from…demerits for grammar, but I smell very nice indeed.
I had a sample of that one that I adored. Was sad when I drained it and would love some more for sure. You smell so good!
Happy MLKJr Day, friends! This is a good time to reflect on the unity and equality that he fought for.
I’m in Rose Ikebana today! I’m hobbling around the house in agony because I did a bunch of strength training yesterday for the first time in a month. All of my muscles are very annoyed at me for not having stuck with my good exercise habits. Ouch.
Also I got two very delicate little rings yesterday. I never buy any jewelry anymore, so it’s really fun to look down at my hand repeatedly. They look so pretty! I like new things.
Yay for getting back into that routine! And also yay for new pretties!
Good for you getting some exercise! It will get easier, since you do have a bit of muscle memory from when you were doing it before.
I hope the hurts go away quickly! Congrats on the rings!
Oh no! Sorry you are in agony. I’ve also had pain like that. Like a fool, I did a yoga workout which was waaay too advanced for me. I could barely move for 4 days, let alone climb up and down the stairs at work. Magnesium may help your muscles relax.
Glad you got some new shiny objects!
SOTD = Papillon Perfume Bengale Rouge
LizzieB mentioned it and it fits my Indie Week where I am trying not to repeat an indie perfume / perfumery for as long as I can. Plus, it is so good!
I have lots to do today including unboxing my laptop (not too exciting because it’s replacing my work laptop), laundry (because I was lazy yesterday) and a few odds and ends.
And the Freebiemeet seems to be sluggish and due to what I feared would happen (and sure enough…), I will be posting them through regular channels with my qualifying rules.
I’m a day late and a dollar short being your lazy twin!
Are you doing Indie every day until you have to repeat?
I had planned on doing 1 Indie Week a month where I will wear indie perfumes (only the one I like as I don’t want to denigrate indie unless they were unscrupulous) at least 5 out of 7 days. I realized I have a lot of indie ( I am counting sample sizes) that I can keep going. I do want to mix it up so I will declare a personal Indie Week whenever I feel like it although I am sure I will be repeating the brand, the perfumer and/or the actual perfume itself.
What is wrong with the freebiemeet? Where do you post?
People who only show up during the meet to get free stuff – no can do in my book because I want regulars to get my freebies. I post my freebies on SOTD or Lazy Weekend Poll threads and do it anytime.
I have some freebies to give away..I just need to get myself together
Freebiemeet has gotten slimmer per episode since we started doing 3 a year instead of 2, but yes, this is the slimmest yet. I know there was some bad feeling after the last episode, so that probably contributes too.
Yes, it is very unfortunate. I posted one thing, and did not say specifically people I know on NST, only, please, so the dibber is some name I have never heard of, and I admit to feeling slightly taken advantage of.
Sorry, meredifay yours was an awesome one, too! If it helps, you’ve sent me freebies/swaps in the past and I appreciated them a lot!
I know, Koyel, we have traded lovely things. Mostly I have had great experiences with Freebie meet, both giving and getting. It’s odd.
If it makes you feel any better, I recognized the name from other regular threads.
There are certainly usernames that only ever surface during the freebiemeet and then pounce, without ever giving back. I was thinking about this yesterday when I half listened to something on NPR about bartering.
I think many people didn’t post because they were not aware of it, but I might be totally wrong. At least, it took me by surprise. Probably I did not pay attention to the times you mentioned the freebiemeet date. But I agree that last episode was pretty “unusual” and that might have prevented some from participating.
It seems I had a bit of a derp last night talking about Mr. Jalapeno’s new computer build. He isn’t doing a laptop, but a desktop computer. He was working on installing an OS the last I heard.
Ah, maybe he was forced to upgrade too. My unboxing and setting up took no time at all. The computer talked me through it. I even logged into work to send an email but it was very slow although I don’t think it was the computer…it was my DSL.
I’m not quite sure why he did the computer at this time. His computer doesn’t run Windows… it’s a Linux machine.
I finally have the last round for that job interview I’ve been freaking out about all week today, so I’m in Guerlain Vetiver, the least potentially-objectionable fragrance in my collection.
Wish me luck!
Wishing you lots and lots of luck!
Good luck! It sounds like a long drawn out process.
Go tracy.o, I wish you all the luck in the world!
Break a leg!
Super good luck!
Good luck! ?
Good luck! ☘
I hope it went well for you, tracy!
Thank heavens it’s nice & sunny today, so the mood’s not so blue, even though we won’t hit freezing today.
Day-appropriate ’80’s flashback for ya:
Wearing Champs Lunaires again.
Totally awesome music link, thank you!!!
Ha! I was just about to link this under BobH post.?
Ha! This is what I get for reading comments from the bottom. Great minds think alike!?
Timbuktu. Take that blue Monday. Ha!
Yep, Blue Monday cannot stand up to Timbuktu.
I’m wearing Ballerina No.5 from Les Parfums de Rosine.
It’s a wearable fruited rose that veers more feminine.
Hello! I’m wearing Lonesome Rider from a sample the nice folks at Scent Bar LA made me from their tucked-away tester. I begged them to sell it to me but they couldn’t but were very kind and generous with samples. What a lovely store, I got to try so many things on my list! If anyone out there has too much Lonesome Rider and would be willing to decant for swap, please email me at my user name + doublemint at gmail…. I stupidly fell in love with it RIGHT after it was discontinued.
Wow, I did not know that Lonesome Rider was d/c’ed. Thanks for the heads up.
I didn’t either!
Did you buy anything??
I wasn’t aware that it was discontinued. I never heard back about if Une Rose Vermeille was discontinued, I hope not.
Omg it was discontinued?? Oh no!!
Coty Muguet de Bois this morning, thanks to a lovely NST swapmeet person. It’s very lovely.
Okay, my brain isn’t great today. It should be Muguet des Bois. Also, I meant: thanks to a lovely swapmeet person, and it’s a lovely perfume.
I didn’t have it together enough to have a list for the freebiemeet. Last week was a week of much running around for me. I would need help with postage anyway, though. I may do a list on a regular SOTD poll day.
I liked Koyel’s comments above about MLK day.
You can still post it there but beware the freeloaders.
Muguet des Bois is the absolute most favorite scent of a friend of mine.
That is the first perfume I bought for myself .
Tea for Two for me today. It’s a favourite.
Brunch this morning at a friends place, and my FIL came over early this morning to show me how to make chai and I filled two thermos and brought them to our friends to try. It was a hit.
SOTD is Shalimar body powder
SipOTD chai tea
Of course it was a hit!
My FIL ego is swelling
He’s going to have to give up the goods on that recipe sometime!
I wanted something warm and cosy and I went with L’Occitane Labdanum de Seville.
Just reporting in to say that the talking-off-the-edge thing didn’t work. I bought a 4 ml sample of Cuir Mauresque in a travel spray yesterday from a store called The Perfume Shoppe. Have not bought from them previously, so we’ll see how this goes.
Calypso, I must have missed your weekend post. I have a couple of samples of Cuir Mauresque I can send you. I’m in the land of yahoo gm raz oog (no spaces)
Didn’t work for me either! I ordered a decant from ScentSplit. We are over the edge twins!?
Fortunately not feeling blue today, maybe because I wore my red boots?
SOTD is Memo Lalibela. Love this soft mix of a lot of things.
Already inspired for the CP, with La pausa! For me the edt-version.
Red boots always helps!
I am not feeling blue either! Had a lovely lunch out with my mom (roasted sumac cauliflower and a lovely beet & grapefruit salad) and snagged 2 small bottles of my favorite hardish-to-find vermouth at the liquor store. Not a bad day so far.
Sounds like a good day indeed!!
I though you were going to say you have snagged 2 small bottles of perfume, but hardish to find vermouth sounds more exciting!
Ha! Well, liquor is less guilt-inducing since I do finish it off — same with chocolate and tea.
Do tell more about that vermouth, Robin!
Cocchi Dopo Teatro, and you can actually get it in PA by special order, but sometimes it’s a long wait, plus it’s cheaper in other states. It’s delicious with soda & grapefruit peel, and at Christmas everyone drank all I had on hand and so have been without
And got some Cocchi Vermouth di Torino (which is the base of Dopo Teatro — you could call Dopo Teatro the flanker maybe), which you can only get in PA in the larger bottle — I prefer the smaller bottles because I don’t drink it quickly enough.
Oh, another Lalibela lover! Yay! I sprayed that on last evening after a shower. I had spent most of the day physically rearranging books, shelves, chairs, and boxes, and felt disgusting. The shower and Memo were so soothing!
It is soothing. A perfect sleep scent!
Lalibela is a favorite of mine too. You smell lovely!
Because it is powdery, I like to wear it at night. So I think that I’ll join you post bubble bath!
What’s better than sleeping in? Waking up and remembering that you have nothing to do, and going back to sleep?
Decided to copy Robin in Philosykos. My first time trying it. Another Diptyque that had me scared all these years. Turns out it’s nice and not at all what I imagined. That’s what I get for worrying about nothin, LOL!
Nothing is better than that! When I was in high school I used to have to get up at an ungodly hour because we lived in the middle of nowhere and the bus ride was long for me. Anyway…on the weekends I would set my alarm just so that I could have the satisfaction of turning it off and going back to bed. My husband tells me I’m weird, lol.?
It’s totally the best, it’s like getting a surprise!
I’m weird too because I understand the pleasure in that,
Jealous of your morning. 5:10 hurt me this morning! I love Philosykos and think you smell fab!
Here’s to your morning of rest, Lillyjo. I like fig scents, probably a bit more when they are mixed with almond rather than coconut.
Diptyque Philosykos scared you, huh. I did not know it was scary!
It was the fig. Which I only ever knowingly smelled in Womanity, and one by Atelier cologne, both of which are not pleasant at all to me. I blamed fig in both cases.
Ah, that makes sense then.
Lucky you! I still need to push through a load of laundry and iron clothes for tomorrow.
Well… I did have laundry to do, but I didn’t have to go anywhere.
It’s nice to be snug and cozy this time of year. I could live without the laundry. My husband makes enough for two people. ?
Ha! Mr, Jalapeno does the same thing re: laundry.
Ugh, that should be “Mr.” Can’t type tonight.
I absolutely get how good it feels to ignore an alarm clock. Sometimes the day starts too freaking early. ⏰
Reminiscence Musk for an inoffensive office scent. Its nothing special, but not too bad.
I like that one, you smell nice!
I’m in Diptyque Eau Duelle. Thunked my sample and ordered a decant.? I was up early to help teach a class for new employees and apparently my alarm clock is broken because it GAINED 30 minutes overnight. I got up, showered and came downstairs to find it was really the time I originally set the alarm to get up at. Granted it’s the same alarm clock my husband took to college with him 30 some years ago, but still! I really liked it. Better early than late I guess.
And, since it’s Blue Monday:
Like you said, better early than late! And yay for a new decant.
Yay for the new decant!
OJ Woman for a busy Monday. It’s my bday week (plus my hub’s bday AND our 1 year anniversary) so I’m just going to wear some of my favorites this week!
You smell great, Robin!
Happy double Birthday and Anniversary!!??
Enjoy the week of celebrations and many happy returns.
Why thank you, and happy birthday / anniversary to you!
Happy celebrations! ?
And you smell beautiful!
Smelling wonderful and happy birthday and anniversary!
Happy birthdays/ anniversary! Enjoy! ?
Happy birthversary KellyC!
Happy Scented Birthdays to you and your hubby KellyC! Also, congratulations on your anniversary! ✨???
You smell great and happy birtday!
Happy birthday and anniversary!
Happy celebration week, Kelly!
Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!
Has it been a year already since the wedding?? Goodness. Happy anniversary and happy birthday to both of you!
I had planned to wear Sahara Noir as the temperature finally dropped a bit but at the last moment I chose Cafe Rose instead, a less demanding woody incensy scent.
I could only wear Sahara Noir in the super cold, but I’m an insence wimp.
I feel the same, I love it but sometimes it wears me down.
I love Cafe Rose! You smell great.
Thank you Irisjasmine, it’s a good one for sure.
Both of those choices sound wonderful.
Thank you Jalapeno, I love incense, Sahara Noir can be a bit much so I follow Victoria’s advice to wear it on my scarf.
I am trying to finish up a lot of things so I can actually relax. It’s going to be a very tense week the rest of the week. I am a little annoyed with TPC right now. I placed an order with them on 1/2/20 and still haven’t gotten my order. They texted me a few days ago about my order. I ordered a dirt cheap large decant and they said they only had only 1.5ml left and could either refund me for that decant or send me that 1.5ml and refund the difference. It shouldn’t have taken this long. I think that I shall wear Shalimar Ode a la Vanille (Mexican one) and make some chicken enchiladas tonight.
It seems like they’ve messed up quite a few of your orders. I hope you get to relax soon.
So for the first time ever, my store is paying us for MLK day. Is your store doing the same?
I am off work today but ordered a decant from STC. It’s very rare that they mess up but they are incredibly quick to catch it and let me know. I just finished what I needed to do today. My retail job doesn’t give out extra pay for working MLK day so why work it?
Hope the OalVM and the delicious enchiladas will make up for the aggravation.
TPC lost my business for their lack of customer service, assumption that you’re lying unless you can prove to them that you’re not and for running out of atomizers as their excuse for slow shipping. As I may have commented once or twice or thrice, a decant business running out of atomizers is like a pizza place running out of dough – bad for business and a sign that the business is badly run.
I don’t know what happened to TPC when the break up happened. I think that this was one of the reasons why the other ladies created STC.
Hermessence Cedre Sambac
You smell lovely!
I’m working the CP today by following Robin in wearing Philosykos.
Minor chaos here today. Some guys came to blow a bunch of cellulose insulation into the attic. They also sealed some leaks up there. Fortunately, it only took a half day. But there were a couple of chilly hours when they had to have a window open for their equipment… ??
Another update: my friend in hospital had her “closing up” surgery postponed twice. First to yesterday, and now to today. I haven’t heard any further updates to her situation yet.
SOTD = back in Relique d’Amour EdP. I am giving serious thought to getting another sample of this and Reve d’Ossian. I wouldn’t mind bottles of these, but I also have Le Maroc pour Elle on my wishlist, and have heard rumors about its impending reformulation.
I feel you on the chaos! I hope the work is done!
I’m going to have to get an inspection done on some of the things, but I am waiting on paperwork before I make that phone call to the township.
My husband is a contractor so my life is an endless reno.
Relique d’Amour is so special, you smell lovely.
Thank you Aurora! Still no word yet on my friend’s condition.
Hope your friend’s surgery will have gone well.
It was brrrrrr today and glad they got done in half a day. Wishing your friend the best. And quick healing.
Thanks! It’s supposed to warm up a little bit this week, and that will be a good thing.
Today I wore Diptyque Oud Pulao, because Lucasi posted a lovely photo of it on Instagram over the weekend, reminding me of how much I like it. Sprayed it on about six hours ago and it still smells rich and lovely.
It was finally cold enough for Lyric so it was my SOTD.
I had similar day to Jalapeno with worker’s coming through my house. They were super nice but couldn’t help but it put a crimp in my day. I’m so gkad they’re done!
Ah, we were “having work done on the house” twins! Glad that your guys are finished.
Almost finished. Just the electrician, who is my brother, so he doesn’t count. ?
My SOTD is vanishing Iris. Seriously – put on “tears of Iris” (I think that’s the name?) by Gucci and poof – two hours later, gone. Happy Monday!
I ordered this from a Saks but I got a call because they thought my order was fraudulent. Anyway, was it good for the two hours it stayed present?
Had a nice day off just hanging around home other than walking to pick up lunch. Put some PoaL hair and body oil on my upper right arm after shower to see if I like it more than the EDP. I do, but it still doesn’t feel like me. I’ll probably put it up on the next swap meet. It’s just a 15ml decant. Also tried a spray of Noir Epices on the other upper arm and verdict is still out on that one.
After committing two strong scents to my upper arms, I needed a scent of the day that could stand up so I chose Tauer Une Rose Chypre.
Sounds like you had a highly scented day.
Wore EldO Vierges et Toreros today. Was in need of a little pep for week two of managing a creation residency for a contemporary circus show where we would be down 2/5 artists for a nice, frigid, -23 with wind chill Monday.
I arrived pepped. The artistic team was limp and testy all day, bleh.
But I got back (finally) at least a little good news from my accounting firm towards the end of the day about them fixing one of my tax returns they screwed up (very badly) for 2018.
I do not owe $9000CAD to the federal government for 2018, but am in fact entitled to a combined $5000 refund. That’s right, a ***$14,000*** error in magnitude on their part.
So that’s a HUGE relief although they have another year of shoddy/unfinished work to correct still. Once that’s all done I need to press them for a refund of all the fees I paid to them previously for these past two years, as the work done was obviously substandard and still risks to cost me a significant amount in late fees and penalties on any taxes owing. *Sigh*
Oh boy…that’s pretty major. I hope all gets straightened out.
And the circus! I don’t mention publicly what I do although those whom I’ve met in person knows where I work…but it is nowhere near as exciting as the circus!
Wowsers on the tax thing, that’s crazy.
Wearing Coco Noir edp from a sample. It’s sitting pretty close to my skin, so I’m not sure if this sample is older or if I just can’t pick out some of the notes. Maybe I need to spray on the whole sample?
Probably…it is not a noir powerhouse ?.
SotD = Apres L’ondee
I was feeling calm and quiet today, so Apres L’ondee was right for me.
True confession: I had today off from work and didn’t tell anyone. My college age kids are away, so I slept until 10:30 am, read in bed until 11:30, then went back to sleep until 2:30 pm. I hope I can sleep tonight, LOL, though I should be fine as I’ve been chronically sleep-deprived for a few weeks.
Excellent!! Hope you do indeed have a great night’s sleep.
Glad you rested up; sleep is pretty important!
Super late check in. Wore Memo Marfa today, sample courtesy of Calypso (thank you!).
There’s a lot of tuberose in this one, bit it settles down after a couple of hours. Very pretty!