We're celebrating the first weekend in June with our customary open thread poll. Talk about anything you like — the fragrance you’re wearing today, the best thing you smelled in the wild lately, whatever.
Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…
Note: top image is Peony Summer [background extended] by TIGER500 at flickr; some rights reserved.
Happy Saturday, love those peonies!!
No scent of the day yet, but I am feeling lucky today as I won an ebay auction for a dress that I have been watching forever….and at a really good price!! Sometimes patience pays.
I am hoping to check out the splitmeet later to see if anyone has a bottle of Aqua Allegoria Ginger Piccante.
Congratulations on your dress!
Oh congrats on the ebay purchase! I have something I’m watching and hoping it’ll trend downward…
Hi jepster! I have some Ginger Piccante I could share with you. Ping me at emc dawt 7 1 1 7 at gmail dot com.
Dresses (for great prices), peonies, and Ginger Picante – what’s not to love? Congrats on the ebay win!
Wishing everyone a happy and calm weekend.
After a nice week the weather has gotten worse on Friday and it’s gloomy and cold outside. So I’m weating Memo Italian Leather to feel better.
I’m in a good mood though because I finally had my hair cut (1st time since March) and it feels much better to have my hair at a good length again.
I think I will be the last to get a haircut! Sorry for your gloomy weather. We are hot & humid…
You smell good! It’s rainy and cold here too. I must not forget to wear that one soon!
Nice all week and rain for the whole weekend – just like last week. Unfair!
I’m in AG Le Chevrefeuille again, loving it. So interesting how tastes change, no? I couldn’t have been much less interested in it a year ago…
My latest “want to try” obsession: Perris Monte Carlo’s Arancia di Sicilia. Notes from LuckyScent: Blood orange (brown extraction & sfuma torchio extraction), almond, cinnamon, labdanum, coffee, iris, musk, amber. Wow – could be wonderful, could be awful. Has anyone tried this?
I tried it last year and reviewed it too:
Thank you – I had not seen your review. It sounds just as wonderful as I had hoped!
I love Le Chevrefeuille now, but didn’t a few years ago. It’s amazing how tastes change as we age. I haven’t tried Arancia di Sicilia, but it sure sounds like an interesting mix of notes. I’m testing the Jasmin de Pays and Ylang Ylang Nosy Be this week.
I love Ylang-ylang Nose be! Have fun testing!
I somehow missed this brand (Perris Monte Carlo) before – they have lots of interesting fragrances!
I got samples of those PMCs and they’re both beautiful. I wish they did single travel sprays!
I love AG’s Le Chevrefeuille too. It’s my go-to spring perfume. Light and cheerful
Wearing Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio.
Gorgeous hot, sunny day in NY?? ?.
I overslept today, which I am not complaining about. It was so much needed. I am on my first cup of coffee and almost ready to go outside to run some errands and take advantage of the beautiful weather. Roses are in full bloom everywhere now. What a delight!
I am planning to make some sangria later and relax for the rest of the day.
Happy weekend, everyone!
Hi PL67 – sounds like a great day! How is your pup doing?
Hi Springpansy! Thanks for asking. My doggie is doing much better. He has shown great improvement for the past 4 days. He is on a very strict diet and will be taking a pain killer from now on. I think he has overcome the pancreas crisis for now. It will be definitely a more relaxing weekend! ?. Enjoy yours also! ?
I am so glad to hear that! Thanks – I will be enjoying my time off this weekend! Already went for a nice long walk.
Yay!! So happy to hear this.
Thanks, Cazaubon! ?
That’s fabulous news!!
I’m so happy for you, pl67! I was worried.
Thank you, Foxbins! The last couple of weeks have been very difficult. How is your kitty doing?
Such good news about your dog, it’s so sad to witness when they are poorly.
Very sad indeed, Aurora. I hope he stays stable.
How is your back pain?
So glad the pup is on the mend!
And I may just copycat you and grab Ninfeo Mio, post-shower. Haven’t worn it yet this spring!
Thank you, Skalolazka ?!
Ninfeo Mio is so refreshing and cheerful! Perfect for the hot and humid day we are having here today.
I’m so glad to hear the news of improvement!
Thank you, SmokeyToes! ?
My back is much better, thank you very much, but I had a bit of a rough first week, in spite of pain killers.
Glad to hear you are doing better!
Well done with your pup!
Thank you! Trying my best.
Glad it’s a good day and that your doggy is improving!
Thank you, Lillyjo! A break in the middle of so many tough situations is always welcome. It is a good day, thanks God! ?
Ninfeo Mio is so good! And it’s so good to hear your dog is doing better.
Thank you! ?
I think I did not reach for Ninfeo Mio last year. I am so glad I sprayed lavishly this morning.
I love NM on a hot day! You smell great!
Thank you! Good to see you back!
Did my cleaning thing this morning. I had to tell a friend no when he wanted to get together. He works in a nursing home and there are 4 cases of Covid 19. I feel a little guilty but not too guilty, I just don’t want to take that chance. I am about to get in the shower and wash Sarrasins off and maybe wear Courtesan today.
I would not feel guilty for a second!
His autism is a factor in all of this. He thinks just because he feels fine, he doesn’t have/carry Covid.
Not the same of course but this reminds me of an admin’s son who thought that when he closes his eyes and doesn’t see anyone, no one is there.
Ah, yeah. Well, I would feel a little bad but I still wouldn’t meet him.
That’s actually really selfish of your friend to even suggest it and putting it on you to turn it down.
What hajusuuri said.
Technically, you are also helping to protect patients by reducing his exposure to people outside the nursing home. I’m sorry, though, as it must be difficult for both of you.
Glorious sunny day after a night of thunderstorms. Wearing Amouage Fate.
Yay for glorious sunny weather!
I went for a 7km walk this morning and THEN exercised at the outdoor fitness area! Just couldn’t say no to this weather. You smell lovely.
I am wearing Hermes Eau d’Orange Verte, a scent I truly love. I bought this bottle a few years ago while shopping on vacation with my husband, with the intention of sharing it with my him. Nope, its on my perfume tray and it is MINE Don’t feel bad for him, he has plenty of fragrances, and I just bought him a bottle of Hermes Rocabar for Father’s Day. It will be a surprise for him.
I recently watched Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and there is an ad for a perfume called Heaven Sent . I had never heard of it and was wondering if it is any good. It is online for very cheap, and I almost want to order it out of curiosity. The bottle is very pretty.
That was one of the (very old) Helena Rubinstein scents that changed hands a couple times, then ended up with Dana IIRC? Doubt it is much like the original — it was probably not much like the original even when I first came across it — but to be honest I can’t remember what it smelled like anyway.
Hope someone else will remember more!
I vaguely recall it being powdery, and that I didn’t care for it. I think cm8 wore it and liked it though.
If it gets warm enough, later I may apply some Hermes Pamplemousse Rose.
I love Heaven Sent. To my nose, on my skin, older versions have more spicy carnation, distinctive green notes from the ylang ylang/oak moss, and the dry down is richer, powdery, and a tad sweeter.
In newer versions, no one particular note is distinctive, they all kind of blend together in a cozy/fuzzy vibe.
I LOVED Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, thoroughly enjoyed it!
I love Pamplemousse Rose. Great choice for today.
I also enjoyed Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Great movie !
I remember Heaven Scent! No memory of the scent itself, but I sure remember wearing it. I bought a vintage bottle of Etro Sandalo for my husband last year. I found it at an estate sale for a steal and was so excited about it. I practically sat him down with a book and read him the story of Mysore Sandalwood and why it matters…hee. I kinda want it back. But I know where he keeps it.
Good thing you explained about sandalwood. The scent was probably appreciated even more ☺.
I may see if I can order a small decant of Heaven Sent.
RE: Heaven Sent, I agree with SmokeyToes. I think the best version is the Helena Rubinstein in the tall bottle with the nipped waist. Don’t get the one by MEM – it is 95% flowers and powder. I suspect the Dana version is not so complex either. I originally had it in a gift set with mini bottles like a star and a moon. That set and the nipped waist bottle are resinous, rosy and sandalwood based, with ylang and carnations and moss….you might get the idea that I love it!
Ahhh, it’s the weekend! And cool! We have been having rollercoaster weather here the past few weeks… a few days of super hot weather followed by unusually cool weather. I prefer the cool, for sure.
Finally got a sample of AA Coconut Fizz off evilbay, I’ll be testing that later. Not that I will ever be able to bring myself to pay department store prices for an AA…! Those fall in the category of ‘will only buy from a discounter’, lol.
And now I have to go outside and flag all the plants I don’t want my husband to weed whack into oblivion.
Sounds like your husband gardens similarly to mine.
“Collateral damage” is his usual method, is all I’ll say.
Hey is anybody else having trouble with PayPal today?
Not earlier as I was preparing the shipping labels.
Please report back on the AACFizz!
Lovely early summer day over here!
It’s been at least two months since I wore anything, since babies and perfume don’t mix well. I am enjoying the occasional shower gel, and more recently the handful of peonies that are blooming in my yard. I have one in a vase on my desk, which has been beautifully fragrant for days. The slowly fading pink is also a pleasure to observe.
Ooh, babies and peonies!
SOTD =Hanbury, another summery staple. Too hot to garden, too hot to cook, so I am hauling a load of trash to the dump, and then taking a nap.
YUM. Too hot here to paint, so I am doing chores that are even more boring than painting
Oh yah! Wonder where I’ve stashed my decant. Hmmmm… that one is lovely on a summer’s day.
I’m in Andree Putman L’Original today. It just seems perfect for a hot day.
I saw this yesterday and was super excited – I love cheese. Make sure you’re getting vitamin K somehow – it seems to decrease the severity of COVID-19 symptoms if you are unlucky enough to catch it.
Thanks for the article. I’m also glad it included a caution to people on anti-coagulants. I had been adding organic spinach to my diet more frequently because it’s easy to just include it on top of whatever carbs I’m having and microwaving them together.
That’s so intriguing!
Vitamin K is also important for bone health, another reason to eat good sources of vitamin K, especially for women.
I wonder why they emphasize Dutch and French cheese? Is there something about the processing of cheese elsewhere that makes it contain less vitamin K? Or are they referring to particular varieties such as blue cheeses that have visible mold?
Perhaps just national pride of Dutch scientist, and then remembering that other countries do cheese as well? And then being like „and … ah… France!“
Wouldn’t it be hilarious if it were only Dutch and French cheese?
I’m proud enough of my country to love some of the cheeses we produce, but cheese wise, France is so much more interesting, and all my favourite cheeses are French.
There are some really fantastic cheeses in the US now. They’re pretty much all copies of French cheeses, made by little artisanal producers. It’s a good thing, because the FDA is a pita when it comes to importing decent cheese.
HA, as soon as I hit post, I wondered if my last statement was in keeping with the comment policy.
If anyone is bothered by my criticizing the FDA for taking away my Morbier, please comment and I will delete my statement.
(We do get Morbier in the US again, btw, but it is not the GOOD Morbier.)
Yes! Vit K depends on the cows eating grass rather than grain. Also raw milk cheese has more Vit K, and longer fermentation cheeses have more K.
So if you can find raw milk, only-grass-fed cheese here (and you can, but it’s not most cheese) you are covered.
Your comments above made me chuckle. And, for the record, I have absolutely no complaints about you criticizing the FDA for their policies on importing french cheese ?
I would agree that there are some good cheeses nowadays made by local artisanal producers.
Thank you. I will never get over the Morbier. What’s a little bacteria for heaven’s sakes. They are still rolling their eyes in France.
Wow, I had no idea! This justifies time spent searching out some properly made American artisanal cheeses. Thanks!
I admire your knowledge of cheese and vitamin K. I wasn’t aware of this myself. Interesting and thanks!
I spent a week in the Jura I think in 2018, and there were these fruitières everywhere. They were small dairy cooperatives where you could sample and buy local cheeses. Needless to say they were a highlight of my stay there. Morbier is probably my favourite Jura cheese. Although I love me some Comté as well. Cheese made from raw milk has a far richer taste.
It’s on its way out in the Netherlands unfortunately. The dairy farm where I buy my cheese uses thermised milk which is not as good as raw milk but a lot better than pasteurised milk.
We get some crap Morbier that probably nobody in France will eat, and we also get some weird orange cheese that they call Mimolette, but clearly is not real Mimolette with the rind made by cheese mites.
We still get decent Comte though, and decent Saint Nectaire (my second favorite after Morbier).
My top favourite is Roquefort, with Beaufortain a close second. It’s one of the delights of visiting France. Visit the local cheesemakers. (This reminds me of Life of Brian!)
Raw milk cheese is the bees knees. And now I have even more excuses to be selective about my cheeses ?
I might take cheese more seriously than perfume
Cheese information. And perfume talk. What is not to love about NST???
But I’m confused about your use of “pita”!
Really? It’s a polite way of saying pain in the you know what. I thought it was in general usage, sorry!
I had a French sheep’s milk cheese I adored and can no longer find it anywhere because the Canadian market is potentially even more strict with cheese imports. I share your suffering!!!
I had no idea — I thought we were particularly unreasonable. Well, I share your pain
Natto! Something to put on my ‘to try’ list. Sounds like an acquired taste–but I’m willing to give it a whirl.
Wearing La Fin d’un Été again. I can’t help myself. It’s simply gorgeous ?
Robin, thank you so much for cleaning up my Splitmeet posting errors!
Wishing you all a sunny, peaceful weekend!
I will wear that tomorrow, and you are right it is gorgeous. You are giving it a lot more wear than I do mine.
I think I’d be happy to wear it daily for a long, long time (or until I’ll finish it ?).
No worries at all! I only clean up to keep the threads easy to read — not meant as commentary on anyone’s mistakes! We all make mistakes.
Thunderstorms last night and again this afternoon, I love them as long as they don’t do any damage. I’m wearing Cologne pour le Soir today.
I like them better when they don’t make the next day humid!
Oregon thunderstorms aren’t yet like those the Eastern and Midwestern states get, with all that super-hot, oppressive humidity, but they’re definitely more the norm now for summers than they used to be.
Yeah, our weather is changing too…long lovely springs seem to be a thing of the past.
I was wearing CplS last night. It’s so nice in the evening!
I ran across this article I thought you might enjoy. Say hello to Bertie Wooster and give him a smooch from me and T-Rex ?
Thank you~! Shall strategically deploy: “It is never difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine!”
SOTD = Lush American Cream
I just finished up the remaining 8 swap packages and will be dropping them off at the post office later today. Altogether, I prepared 14 packages…there was one mishap and that will be corrected along with the Splitmeet packaging (splits not posted yet as of 2pm Eastern…I will do it later).
I had a work call this morning and will need to send an email before I leave for the post office. It could have been much worse is all I’m saying…but the weekend is still young. I hope the protests remain peaceful. I am concerned about pulling back curfews, but time will tell.
In other news, whomever mentioned Jeni’s ice cream gets an enabler pin. I saw them at Wegmans and bought a pint of salted peanut butter with chocolate flecks. I haven’t had any yet but was surprised at the amount of ice cream a serving is — 2/3 cup (or 1/3 of the pint container)…I have never consciously ate 1/3 of a pint container of ice cream in one sitting! I usually savor a pint over at least 5 or 6 sessions. I may have to rethink my discipline and go with the servings flow ??.
Jeni’s is SO good. I remember first trying her flavors at her original store in Columbus, OH. Interesting on the serving size. I too tend to do a scoop or two in a sitting and have it last for at least 5 days.
I’d like to see the curfew extended for another 2 weeks at least.
It may be dessert tonight!
That one is my favorite Jeni’s. I have never consciously eaten a third of a container at a time, but I have indeed unconsciously eaten a third of a container. I don’t buy it very often for that reason
Ha! I was thinking… “Hmmm. Definitely have eaten a pint at one sitting, but was I conscious of my gluttony? Probably.”
Oh, back in the day I could eat a pint, and then eat less the next day and it would all come out in the wash. Those days are long gone!
Good to know. I don’t think I’ve ever tried this brand but I’ve seen it at WF.
I am going to guess that some of you have a stash of unfinished shower gels. I rotate frequently and match my gels to the fragrance I wear. So I have a closet shelf that has quite a few half full and less containers. I have been using these for the soap dispenser in the kitchen that is dedicated to hand washing. These are far less drying to my skin and seem such a luxury in this time when most of us are sequestered at home. My husband and I are finishing gels up at a brisk pace. I may have to order some new ones?
Ha, great tip!
I wish I had more closet space! I have 5 in the shower and am not allowed to buy more until I use one up.
I give my excess shower gels to my husband to finish, he uses such an enormous amount at a time he can finish a bottle in two weeks.
I’ve been doing the same thing! We’ve been going through them quickly, too. I will say that the ones relegated to soap dispensers are not my most favorite.
Another way I burn through them is to have only two in my shower at a time. It’s nice to thunk a shower gel. Or is it a plonk?
Early this morning I tried Demeter Jasmine (thank you, Koyel!). It didn’t strike me as indolic, but I found it very sweet — I figure that’s accurate enough. There are so many different kinds of jasmines with different kinds of fragrances, and that’s before you include plants in different families that have “jasmine” in the common name.
Not “in the wild,” but my Old Garden Roses smell wonderful. The Bourbon rose ‘Mme. Isaac Pereire’ I have by the front porch has a wonderful fragrance. A pot of dianthus near it turned out to have exactly the same color of raspberry-pink flowers. The Centifolia hybrid(?) ‘Fantin-Latour’ has a lovely scent. Another favorite of mine is ‘Mme. Zoetmans’ (should have an umlaut), with lemony notes among the true Summer Damask rose fragrance. The not-so-old David Austin English rose ‘Teasing Georgia’ is covered with double yellow flowers that have a very pleasant cool fragrance, more of a Tea rose scent.
As we head into winter, I’m very much enjoying reading about your garden.
Oh those roses sound amazing! I admire your gardening. I seem to have filled my patio with vegetables instead of flowers. The seed catalogs come out in January and I lose my head.
Wow, those are gorgeous!! I think I will do rose images next week.
I did not realize how many different rose scents there are. Clearly, I have not spent enough time stopping to smell the roses!
I thought of you as soon as I Saw the LWP picture!
SOTM is Ummagumma, for a rainy day of laundry and finishing painting the bedroom. I feel cooped-up and antsy and want to move nearly every piece of furniture in the house – painting one room is going to have to be my nervous-energy outlet today.
Hope it took away the antsy, SheriG!
It did, and a bonus was that this morning, when the blue tape came off, I got to move some furniture around too! No more antsy – this morning I’m lazing around, wearing AG Eau de Hadrien and waiting for Mr. G to go get donut holes. ?
So glad! Hope it looks great. Jealous of the donut holes!
Rearranging all the furniture seems like a rational response to being stuck indoors for so long!
Absolutely! Hey there, long time no see – how are you these bizarre days?
Teaching middle school science online is ridiculous. I miss 90% of my kids, but I’m glad the year is nearly over. It’s been pretty stressful to see their needs and not be there to support them IRL.
How’s things with you?
Just relaxing on the couch but heading out in a bit to get some ingredients to make bolognese sause for tonight. Just in the mood for a good meat ragu.
Hot and humid here too but rain has just started so perhaps it will cut down the humidity.
SOTD: Drole de Rose
Bolognese – yum! Enjoy your lovely rage ?
Ragu. Not rage. Autocorrect and all that.
lol — good one
Has not rained here yet but my plan for a walk may be derailed ?.
It’s a beautiful day so I feel the need to get outside and enjoy it; instead I’ve been sitting around inside all day so far. I’m not even wearing perfume yet.
But first I gotta go check out what Hajusuuri’s posting on the splitmeet…
I also want to thank you, Robin, for fixing my split meet and swapmeet posts so I look like I have it together.
SsotD = Iris Celadon (right wrist) and Tears of Iris (left wrist)
In love with iris today, many thank yous to the swap friends who shared these samples with me.
Tears of Iris reminds me of Prada Purple Rain. It would be hard to choose a favorite between the two. I think PR might win out.
Iris Celadon is like nothing I’ve smelled before, the chocolate makes it delicious. Oddly there’s a whiff of something like chlorine. Maybe the aldehydes need time to settle down, or there might be a musk that is a wee bit prickly to my nose.
My goal for this lazy weekend was to get as many chores done by noon as I could without breaking a sweat, then sit down and enjoy a few quiet moments. Done, except sweeping the floor and folding clean towels.
Now it’s time to decide: head to the trails for a bike-n-hike session or stay home with Adriene (yoga) and Chloe Ting (wow!).
Splitmeet looks fun, hope lots of you will head over!
Glad you mentioned Chloe Ting. Have a ball of foot injury from pounding the pavement too much during quarantine. Switching to mat work for a while–I do enjoy Adriene’s offerings. The Chloe routine I just tried was a bit fast, but hopefully I can become more coordinated over time!
Must try Purple Rain. Have all the windows open on this glorious upper 60s day, and haven’t put on perfume because the outdoors smells so good.
Feel free to hit me up because FB.
we can both thank Koyel! I didn’t know about Chloe until she mentioned her yesterday. Today I spent time outside, but will definitely hit the mat on Sunday. Hope you get a chance to sniff Purple Rain, it’s a wonderful straight up iris perfume.
Light posting today as I contemplate my new kitchen sink faucet, a Moen Camerist that resembles a Brancusi sculpture.
(No affiliation other than the faucet is now a beloved household member.)
I was without a kitchen sink faucet for two days between when the plumbers replaced the old cutoff valves (angle joints) and when UPS finally delivered the new one. There are women around the world who walk miles to water sources and carry the heavy buckets on their heads, but I was ready to commit desperate acts after two days of toting 1.5 quarts at a time from the bathroom and trying to avoid dirtying any dishes.
What a relief!
Retrying Pd’E Osmanthus Interdite, which I did not care for when I first got it. It’s smelling better today. We’ll see how it goes.
Pretty faucet! And congrats for making it for 2 days…if it weren’t for Covid I’d probably just leave town
The whole thing would have been less nerve-wracking had I not procrastinated into the After Times.
My SOTD is vintage Shiseido’s Zen. I was looking in my shed and discovered I had a gift set of Zen (in a black lacquered box) from around 1980 or so. It had a red silk drawstring evening bag, body powder, EDP (2 oz) and Cologne (5 oz) , and a solid perfume. I wish gift sets came like this nowadays.
Busy making a brisket for this week’s lunches – just put the spice rub on and placing it in the fridge overnight before I pop it in the oven. Mr. SmokeyToes will make Spanish rice tomorrow along with re-fried beans.
And I forgot, something smelled in the wild was sea salt – the wind was blowing our direction on this morning’s walk and it was glorious.
That sounds glorious indeed. I love the smell of sea salt.
What a great find, I have the vintage EdC, must wear it again
I really enjoy it! I like to use the powder on bed sheets for evening.
It didn’t come from the old boyfriend, did it? ?
And Hajusurri for the ZING!! That’s too good! ? ? ?
Nope, not an old boyfriend….
When Mr. SmokeyToes and I were first dating, my birthday came around and I was busted carrying three bouquets of flowers home from different admirers.
Mr. SmokeyToes was on the fence until he saw he had a little competition…
My grandmother had one of those lacquer-boxed gift sets with Zen, Inoui, & Murasaki back in the early 80’s. I often wonder what happened to her mirror tray of fragrances when she passed. I agree that gift sets aren’t as lovely as they used to be!
Oh, Inoui is so beautiful! And Murasaki as well.
I think I had that same gift set! Lovely stuff, vintage Zen…
I love the old Zen, the newer version smelled great on a friend of mine and not so great on me. I guess that’s good news, $$ saved.
As for smelling something good in the wild recently, I am going to count this. I was sitting outside one day last week by a lot of the things I’ve planted this season as annuals and for some reason, the pansies and petunias smelled really good, plus there just seemed to be some nice green smells out there, too. Not too much else is blooming yet, but what was there right now sure smelled good.
For Barqs, I watched Once Upon a Time in Hollywood recently, too and also caught the mention of Heaven Sent perfume, and I do remember it. I agree with lillyjo that it is very powdery, even a bit too much so for me and I like powder in a scent. I don’t think it had amber as a note, but it almost seems like there was something similar in it.
Today I have on Heeley Menthe Fraiche.
You smell very refreshing!
I am in Cologne of the Missions which I received in the Swapmeet from a generous NSTer. It really is an excellent dupe for SDV.
Too bad that one’s not around anymore. I swapped my bottle long ago and kind of miss it. ?
When they re-launched I really thought they’d bring this one back. It gets so much love!
I also heard this is a SDV dupe – but I am so happy SDV was offered in the split meet! It’s such a luxurious winter scent.
It was cold an rainy, so I pulled out Dzing!, later I topped it with vintage Cabochard. A nice leathery mix. Made svabian lentils with homemade spaetzle today to make the boyfriend happy. He will not get good food in the next weeks, when he is in hospital.
Oh dear, hope your boyfriend is ok. Home made Spätzle are a special treat for sure!
Best wished to the BF on his surgery / procedure.
I googled svabian lentils and found a whole blog in English on the food of this region!
Hoping all goes well. It sounds like your cooking will be a powerful incentive to get well and back home soonest!
Now I’m obsessed with this aromatic strawberry rhubarb salad:
I wonder if I could manage to get all the ingredients at once with online grocery shopping…
Hope the BF has a very quick recovery! Those lentils looked de-LISH!
Your delicious dish sent me down a rabbit hole of learning about Swabia, then the different Germanic “duchies” in existence during that time, and then all of Europe in the first century. I read a biography of Rommel and wanted to know why people looked down on him for being Swabian.
I love that about this site! I learn so much, both about perfume, and about completely unrelated things.
I hope your boyfriend’s surgery goes without incident.
I hope your boyfriend does well with his surgery and is back home ASAP.
I have some green lentils on hand plus most of the ingredients, so I’ll be making your lentil dish. Yum! ?
Let me know how you liked it. I do a soffrito first, then put in the lentils and finish it with a medium brown roux. It has to have a creamy consistency and a bit and the lentils should have a tiny bit of a bite.
Started the day in Chanel Paris Venise (shower gel, body lotion and scent forms tester set). I enjoyed it while it lasted, which wasn’t long, which don’t mind.
Then moved on to Chanel Coco, because I watched a Persolaise review of Paris Venise and he mentioned it might be an interpretation of Coco. I can vaguely see what he’s saying. But whether similar or no, that got my mind fixed on Coco.
Ahhh Coco – what a gorgeous scent you are.
No. 5 is deservedly the classic, but I feel Coco is the true queen of all Chanel fragrances. ?
She certainly makes me feel regal when I wear her: in my view she also goes really well with red lipstick.
Totally agree with you.
I’m thirding it.
I’ve just returned from a visit to my parent. I seem to have been driving my car all day but it was worth it. They are ok. Not too bothered by the current situation. Their area has not been too badly affected and they have nice garden so can spend plenty of time outside.
Wearing the lovely Un cœur en Mai.
A garden or even a balcony is a great blessing now! It must have been wonderful to see each other.
It was good. I was getting concerned about them, especially my mother, but she seems ok. No worse than 4 months ago, at least.
So glad your parents are well! I am thinking of going to see my mother this month. Have not seen her since February since she was traveling right before this all began.
The most amusing part was that I had been so worried about them, what with the social isolation, but the fact is: it had not bothered them that much. I think they don’t quite stick to the regulations as they should. Still, they don’t see many people so they should still be ok. Their area has not been hit very hard.
Well good then, that’s still a relief.
I am surprised by how much my mom is going by the rules…she is having everything delivered, and keeping herself occupied with all sorts of zoom classes — yoga, tai chi, meditation. She is in the city so it is well that she is behaving.
I’m sitting in the sun in my mother’s house, having talked for ages over breakfast. It’s cold outside, winter has really arrived, but the sky is blue, and the sunshine makes everything look better – yesterday was wet and horrible, this is a big improvement.
I’m wearing several sprays of Guerlain’s Myrrhe et Délires and thoroughly enjoying it. It’s one of my favourites.
And given the current cool weather, I bet the Guerlain smells glorious.
It sounds wonderful Gaynor. Was this the first time you 2 were able to meet again?
Peonies! What a beautiful, saturated color. I’m started off today with Aftelier Wild Roses, and it proved to be a wee bit heavy for the hot day. I think I’ll save it for cooler times. After showering, I sprayed on vats of PdN’s L’eau Chic. That house sure knows how to do “fresh”!
Have a good weekend, everyone.
Ah, you’ve convinced me to do Sunday Evening in Eau Exotique
Re the poll, I’m not sure if “smelled in the wild” refers to great perfumes on actual people out and about (I guess that’s unlikely these days), or scents in nature.
Here are a few scents my nose has led me to recently.
On a walk around my neighborhood after dark recently, I suddenly smelled a wonderful carnation scent. I looked around, and discovered a ring of dianthus planted at the base of a large tree. I was five or six feet away from them, but they filled the air.
Similarly, I caught a scent and tracked down two elderberry bushes in bloom. They have the most wonderful tart-floral scent, and it would have made a fantastic JCE Hermessence.
I’ve read that Italians dip the umbrels in a light batter and fry them like tempura. I would LOVE to taste that someday.
Out on my balcony last week, I started wondering, who is burning a scented candle? Then I happened to look up and see that my upstairs neighbor has a petunias along the edge of his balcony.
I smelled linden for the first time this year on my way back from the shops. And elderflower on my walks in the morning. I also make an effort to smell the grapefruits I eat for breakfast for those fleeting moments. Catching those scents in the air always gives me jolt of joy.
But the most heartening experience was smelling some Chanel No 5 in the air from someone who had passed. It was shocking in a way because it’s been such a long time I’d smelled someone else’s perfume trail! And not something I would have give much thought about just a few months back…
I’m not sure I’ve ever smelled Chanel No. 5 in the wild! I’m vowing to wear it the first time I attend a nice event post-Covid.
My fringe tree is done blooming, it made my front porch smell great for 3 weeks.
It took me a while to remember what those are — they do smell lovely!
Here in Germany fried elderberry flowers are also a tradition. And sprinkled with powdered sugar. But you cannot eat much of them, too perfumey and very greasy too.
Interesting, I was wondering if they retained their fragrance after cooking.
Unfortunately, the best thing I smell in the wild most days is the smoked meats at the very popular bbq place across the street from where I live. I try not to eat meat so I’m not that thrilled with it, though on some afternoons it does smell good. We’re having ridiculously hot weather now and hit a high of 96 today. Disgusting. I wore Datura Noir again because I’m having a temporary infatuation with it.
Temporary infatuations are so fun! I had a Vietnamese friend and we were talking about her first experiences in the US. She said one of the first things she noticed is that Americans smell like meat. I thought that was so interesting and after all these years I still remember our conversation about this. 96 is equal to hell. I’m heading into the furnace soon enough and I feel your pain. ?
The smoked meats made me LOL! Our place is across the street from a pizza restaurant–the air smells like bacon in the morning and garlicky pizza every afternoon.
BBQ at 96 might not please me, but the rest of the time…
Holy Krakatoa Batman! What a few crazy days it’s been. A co-worker summed it up best the other night when she said: “This shift is making my sphincter spasm!”
She was not exaggerating.
Off now for several days and resetting my equilibrium with AG Ninfeo Mio. Are they no longer selling this little hot weather beauty? I was just over on the AG website and couldn’t find it…it’s so much creamy, limey wonderfulness I can’t imagine them discontinuing it! I want key lime pie every time I wear this one.
Hope everyone is having a safe and happy weekend! Smell well, y’all!
Hi Deva, it is still on the French website. So my guess is, this is not discontinued.
I love it a lot as well. I wear it whenever I’m feeling off colour. It’s one of the few fragrances I can tolerate then.
Found it. Also found it much cheaper in the older (and lovelier, IMO) packaging on Amazon. I guess I really don’t 3.4 oz, though ?
There are a TON of her fragrances there, in the old packaging, for a great price. It makes one itchy to blind but a few bottles. Which are your favorite?
Songes, Heure Exquise and MPCPC for the womens, and Eau du Fier and Duel for the mens.
Ninfeo Mio was one of my first niche full bottle purchases and it’s still my favorite summer scent.
I never don’t want Key Lime pie. I hope you get some good recuperation in!
I’ve been looking for Heure Exquise for a while now and didn’t see it for sale at the usual suspects, but I see it on Amazon. Don’t need more perfume. No. Not going to buy it. I’m gonna buy it, aren’t I. Please talk me out of it.
Hi AD. I have a partial bottle of Heure Exquise EdP that I don’t reach for that much. If you are interested in a swap, you can email me at email@example.com
Ninfeo is really good, I am still debating a bottle. Never thought to search on amazon
Woke up in Ubar this morning. I had forgotten how wonderful Ubar is. Currently in No 5 body lotion. The body lotion has really grown on me. The bar soap doesn’t really smell like no 5 but that’s ok. In a couple hours, I might do a tiny bit of the edt. Will be taking the dogs to the park for a walk and they will be so excited. Too many cold, wet days made it all but impossible to go.
uuuuuuubaaaaarrrr. I might have to wear that today now that temperatures are a bit less dog-days like in my neck of the woods.
Enjoy the walk!
Oh, I love Ubar. . . maybe that has to go on my short list for my SOTD as well. . . You smell great!
Hi all! Long time no sniff, etc.
I’m going to go out for a run in a minute, so no fragrance of the moment, but after my shower I’m deciding which BWF to reach for–it’s been thunderstormy and humid, and I’ve been rotating through a few different BEEG scents–Dune, Montale Jasmine Full, or maybe a little daub of Bruno Acamporo’s Jasmine perfume oil? I will go out for a walk later, but otherwise, it’s only Mr. Spicebomb (and the cats, I suppose) who has to smell me, so I can go as big as I want.
And long time no see. Hope you’re doing well but judging by your going out for a run, you must be doing well!
Hiya! Yeah, I’m doing fine. One advantage to the stay-home-save-lives lifestyle for folks like me with immune disorders is that we get sick a lot less often! It was kinda nice to go through the spring without a single cold.
Running has become a supplement to my at-home “lifting” since gyms have been closed. I miss picking up heavy stuff, but it’s good to push my cardiorespiratory system for a while.
You doing well, too, I hope?
SOTD = Guerlain Edition 190eme Anniversaire EDP
My church is still doing online services and may be doing so for the foreseeable future. Plans are being made to re-open for onsite services with all the necessary precautions but the online service will continue even with the re-opening. Vacation Bible School will be online – should be very interesting!
In other news, the SplitMeet! I just added a second bottle of Hiram Green Vivacious, splitting an additional 40mLs. Also, I have a note on the splits other than HG Vivacious. I will donate 100% of the proceeds from these splits to a not-for-profit organization benefitting Minneapolis. I still have to tally the results of the SwapMeet (where the swappee donated independently) but I know it was definitely over the $500 goal.
That’s great news about the swapmeet fundraising goal being met!!
Glad to hear the goal was met and exceeded!
The splitmeet is so fun! I love this community.
Sitting in the car about to join a car caravan protest. The good news is it’s a huge turnout; the bad news is that it’s a bit of a car jam mess. We need someone to take charge and direct us!
In other news Im wafting pretty in Iris Poudre from the swapmeet. This may be the iris that makes me like iris.
Hope the caravan straightened itself out yasmina!
Iris Poudre! My favorite. I hope the caravan is moving along safely!
The caravan got sorted out and proceeded in a very orderly fashion for 10 miles. It was pretty awesome and uplifting while also being socially-distanced. I know that is not an option available/desirable for everyone, but I am glad the organizers thought of it.
The Iris Poudre settled nicely and have been busy testing other things this evening. La Religieuse by SL was also nice.
SOTD Eau de Mandarine Ambree by Hermes for the first hot day of the year. I really like this one – it’s so cheery! I bought it unsniffed (the horror!) but it was dirt cheap plus it’s JC Ellena, so I couldn’t pass it up. No regrets!
Best thing I smelled outside was the smell of early morning air after a nigh of heavy rain.
I love that smell!
it’s always nice when blind buys work out.
Another lovely day, wearing an old friend, Rochas Byzance. Still love it after all these years.
Baking apple pie and banana bread.
How many lovely smells can your house contain at one time? At least three….
Oh good for you. I thought I would do more baking during the pandemic. Didn’t really happen.
I have a Shalimar question. I loved Parfum Initial, which has been sadly discontinued. I have the vintage EDC, a small bottle and I wear this every Easter Sunday. Which of the currently available incarnations is most like Parfum Initial?
I’d be tempted to suggest you try another of the flanker versions, like Shalimar Ode de la Vanille sur la route de Madagascar. I believe I remember it being lighter and less dirty than the original.
Scent of the Day is vintage Je Reviens, a life-long favorite. But now I am dabbing on some vintage Heaven Sent, thanks to Barqs.
I’m wearing Bois d’Iris by The Different Company today. It took me until 4 pm to get myself out of sloth mode and actually put on perfume. This may be my favorite bottle ever – I love the Devo hat cap and the sprayer is just the best. So happy I finally bought it!
Off to roast a chicken.
They really do nice packaging.
Enjoy the roast chicken!
Smelling lots of roses everywhere, a salmon pink rose is like Nahema.
Wearing Eau de Gaga and some rain has been falling again, such good news for nature.
I love Eau de Gaga! So refreshing! You smell great! I need to bring my bottle to the front of my cabinet!
I am so late to the party! Went out yesterday AM for exercise +7km walk in glorious weather, and did some light work/social educational stuff over the rest of the weekend.
I put on some Timbuktu before bed last night from a small decant I’d only tried once before in cooler weather – it’s lovely as a summer frag but I was not crazy – it vanishes in literally 10 minutes on my skin! Booooo. My skin usually grabs on to scents fairly well, too.
Just tried on some EldO Fat Electrician for today. I have no idea why, as there are absolutely zero notes in common, but something about it reminds me of Le Labo Santal 33. I don’t know how I feel about that yet…
That is weird, Timbuktu is not that short lived! I would suspect you are anosmic to something in the mix.
I am thinking so too! It is very unusual for me to experience so little longevity.