And October rolls around again, as it usually does. Donatella, Our Lady of Fragranced Forgiveness,1 having completed her beaching and kayaking holiday, and taking some time to think about sustainability, has a free moment to attend to her flock. She is wondering just how many bottles you might have acquired in the 3rd quarter (July, August and September) of 2020. She forgives all, so long as you confess.
After spending nada for the first half of the year, I spent $57 on the Green Spell Indiegogo, and then Jessica made me spend $35 on Maya Njie Vanilj. That brings my total so far for 2020 to $92.
As always, report your purchases in the comments if you dare! And as always, we don't include samples or gifts, and you can count miniatures, decants and bottle-splits howsoever you like (I usually count them as half bottles). Samples don't generally count at all, even though some of us spend considerable sums obtaining them.
1. Why does Donatella host (against her will, mind you) the damage polls? There is no real reason other than the picture of her perfume collection, which shows that she indulges regularly at the perfume counter. The image, by the way, is originally from Allure magazine and appears here courtesy of Blogdorf Goodman.
I didn’t buy anything – three months into a yearlong no-buy have gone well!
Congrats! I am doing a yearlong no buy as well this coming year, which I will endeavor to make permanent as I have far too much perfume already.
Ever since my seven-month no-buy, which ended 1.5 years ago, I have been on a permanent low-buy, and really haven’t minded it much!
I hope this happens to me too!
I have calmed down considerably but I still like a treat or two a month!
Congratulations on the No-buy!
I didn’t buy anything this quarter. Moving house comes expensive plus it made me realise once again how perfume I actually own.
This is what I am facing as I pack! :-0
It was a helpful reminder. I still have a few fragrances that I really would like to own a full bottle of, but to be honest I’m never even going to use up half of what I already own.
Shalimar EDC, 75ml, Guerlain
Citrus Blossom, 100ml, Aldi
Scarlet Rose, 100ml, Aldi
Panorama, 100ml, Olfactive Studio
Guimauve de Noel, 100ml, Parle Moi de Parfum
Orange Blossom, 100ml, Penhaligons
The Lost Cherry, 50ml, Eden Perfumes
Oud & Wood, 30ml, Eden Perfumes
Pineapple Musk, 30ml, Eden Perfumes
Portobello, 30ml, Eden Perfumes
More than I intended!
But less than you deserve, I am sure
Shalimar EDC is great.
And I still have a sample of Panorama and I get compliments whenever I wear it.
Your list is remarkably short this time
I purchased a few bottles, some for super cheap but more than I thought! Damage is below.
Total spent is $107.66
Skin Musk $11.96
Bill Blass Nude $.42
Tatiana by DVF $7.55
Shalimar Souffle Intense $33.79
Rem by Reminiscence $53.94
I loved Tatiana when I was younger. Loved it.
Thanks! I love the big tuberose in this. The body oil is fantastic, both in the bath and dabbed as a perfume oil.
I purchased mine at Fragrancenet.
I got Omnia Crystalline in .85 for 17.00. Mistake ordered 2, so the second one we call free. Got Fuji green tea for 12.00, then got another half price so it is free. Then Elizabeth Arden green tea deodorant for 5.00, mistake ordered 2 again so the second is free. Some small bottles coming about 40 for them.
Please help. I need something that smells like tea, incense, and Iris but not niche. Poor man special only.
I’m stumped as to a fragrance with all three notes. A few that immediately come to mind with iris and incense are Midnight Couture Black Eau de Minuit by Lolita Lempicka, Dzongkha, and Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Silver Factory but those definitely are not poor man special.
Thanks. I like the original LL, but the midnight one sounds stronger than I’m looking for.
I bought only a 5ml decant of SL Vitriol d’Oeillet. I am happy how my almost no-buy has gone this year. I am more aware of my collection now and I am enjoying it lot!
Congrats! I am hoping the same happens for me in my upcoming hiatus!
I think working from home has helped because I reach my collection several times a day and the variety to enjoy is so huge that I don’t feel the same urge to get new things like before.
Thank you! Let’s see for how long….
So I went off the rails a bit this quarter:
SL Fils de Joie
Dior Rouge Trafalgar
Guerlain Iris Torrefie
Maria Candida Gentile Sideris, Exultat, Noir Tropical and Lankaran Forest
I also scored a 30ml extrait de parfum tester of Guerlain Bois d’Armenie. I never knew an extrait version existed, so I’m intrigued to smell it when I get back to my house in San Diego. It was effectively a gift with purchase, as Bois d’Armenie is discontinued, so the SA threw it in since she knew I loved BdA.
Oh, and not received yet, but I ordered the new patchouli scent from Gallagher perfumes.
I’ve been eyeing the MCG Sideris. Do you like/love it? Or buyer’s remorse?
I do love it, it is a natural perfume and quiet, but that’s what I’m enjoying lately as I can’t tolerate big loud scents when I’m anxious. It is soothing.
Thanks for the feedback!
Tell us what you think of the Dior…
It’s a bit fruity on the opening, but I like the drydown a lot and have gotten compliments. It is not possible for me to describe what it smells like though – I can’t pick out any notes, it’s just a nice smell.
Ok, fragrantica says it’s fruit over a patchouli & musk base.
Oh no, an extrait of Bois d’Armenie?? I didn’t want to know that Do report back once you’ve gotten to wear it. (And what a great relationship you must have with the SA! Fantastic gift! Is it being discontinued in all formulations, though??)
I never saw or heard of them selling an extrait, I was dumbfounded when she sent me a pic of the bottle. It is indeed discontinued in all formulations.
Oh how sad I will miss it so much when my little travel spray is empty.
I love all three of those MCG perfumes! What is the Guerlain Iris like?
It’s a dry iris and coffee scent. Also a bit of tea and leather. It says it has vanilla but it is not at all sweet.
I second your description. And, for me, the tea and coffee parts are challenging, but the lack of sweetness draws me in.
I always LOL at the introductory paragraph, so had to chime in this time with my acquisitions, more precisely lack thereof.
I wonder if Donatella would be as financially forthcoming as she is forgiving and surprise me with a bottle of Un Jardin en Méditerranée. ?
Ha, she really ought to dispense some largesse around here, right?
Abbondanza! What would life be without it?? I am certain Donatella would agree!
I was a busy busy perfumista this quarter, it seems.
July was interesting, with an overseas order that went wrong, but I Persisted and reaped the rewards:
– Ormonde Jayne White Gold
– Teo Cabanel Lace Garden
– Armani Prive The Yulong
– Jo Malone Yuja
– Jo Malone Osmanthus Blossom
– Guerlain Royal Extract II
– MMM Coffee Break (just a mini tho)
– Parfums de Nicolai Eau de Yuzu
August was, well, even more interesting as I was evacuated from home for 10 days due to wildfire, and retired from a 35 year career in the middle of that, so, apologies to D, my mind was not on perfume. I did manage one Aedes binge at the beginning of the month before everything went sideways:
– Aedes de Venustas Pelargonium
– Aedes de Venustas Cierge de Lune
– Mini’s of Aedes de Venustas Palissandre d’Or, Copal Azur, Oiellet Bengale (ahem, this list will look familiar at the next splitmeet…)
September! Back on form! (There would be more but for a Saks order that went wrong… is the universe trying to tell me something about my perfume ordering? If so, la la la la la, I am not listening)
– Chanel Le Lion
– Guerlain AA Coconut Fizz
– Guerlain AA Granada Salvia
– SP Parfums Lemon Sorbet & Orange
– Le Labo Cuir 28 (mini)
– Atelier Cologne Clementine California (that limited edition bottle!)
– Guerlain AA Orange Soleia
I got rid of a few FBs… and surely the Teo Cabanel doesn’t count since I bought that because my husband likes it on me (more than I do)… and, well, now that I am retired, I am on strike from spreadsheets etc so if I need more than my fingers to count it up, I shall just wave said fingers around and declare the count to be “10”.
Good job on the Aedes, where did you find that Pelargonium? It seems to have been the first one that disappeared.
I swore off Excel when I retired too.
BeautyEncounter. I can send you a decant if you want, once you’re back in CA. I have 100ml which I will never use up…
Wow, I didn’t know BeautyEncounter had Aedes, great score! We’ll talk when I get back to CA.
Ha, you sure deserve some nice scents after all this….
Not clear if Donatella can count past 10 anyway, so I’m sure you’re right.
I always look so forward to reading your posts. You did not disappoint.
How do you like Coffee Break? It sounds fabulous!
I like it! Nice coffee note, nice lavender, and nice small size too.
I bow. ?
Thank goodness you and BobH are around to provide some needed perfume perspective!
So true! ?
That Atelier special bottle is a lemming for sure!
I had to go back to the second quarter poll to see where I left off.
Again a very spendthrift quarter.
Three more SL unboxed testers, original packaging
1. Serge Noire
2. A la Nuit
3. Vitriol d’Oeillet
4. Datura Noir: new black packaging, boxy letters bought from a discounter
5. Chanel No 5 body oil – my first ever Chanel
6. Shalimar EDP
Damage for this quarter: $345
But that’s a good price for all of that!
That Serge Noire is going to be fabulous in cool weather. There’s some haters out there, but I think it dries down to an absolutely gorgeous incense!
Clinks bottles of SN! It’s one of the rare perfumes that earned me a compliment in the wild.
Three bottles (Carthusia 1681, Aftelier Ancient Resins body oil, Chanel Eau de Cologne) plus one discovery set (Eight and Bob) for me this quarter – that seems to be just about my general quarterly average.
Let me help out if I may. The body oil is skincare, right? Doesn’t count.
The discovery set is exploration, for science, right? Also, it consists of samples, and they don’t count, right? Off the list.
Hmm, maybe pixel can help out with the other two. ?
Eau de cologne, actual cologne, never counts because it’s medicine.
I mean, it used to be! It was herbs and citrus peels and things macerated in beverage alcohol which you’d drink as a tonic and to ward off the plague. Ergo EdC is medication and doesn’t count any more than a bottle of ibuprofen does.
Can’t help you with the Carthusia.
Medicinal – yes! I guess another reason the Chanel might not count is that it lasts under half an hour on me – the decant I had previously lasted a bit longer, but maybe it had become more concentrated through vapor loss? Anyway, thanks for the valiant effort.
Thanks Nancy! Leaves me in the same 2-4 purchases box, but I do feel better about it now.
This is fantastic
I can never decide whether Donatella forgives us buying things or forgives us for no buys – personally, I think she prefers that we buy and collect. And so I have humored her.
SL 5 o’clock Au Gingembre $70
and my big COVID panic-related purchase:
Chanel No. 5 L’eau in the gorgeous white twist and spray bottle (with 2 refills) for $121 (including tax)
This is over half my yearly budget goal…let’s see how well I handle the 4th quarter. About the No. 5 L’eau: I love the fragrance (and it lasts all day on me, although I hear not for others) and I LOVE the little twist bottle. I don’t splurge like that very often and I am basking in the sunshine of Donatella’s full approval.
I also love those twist bottles and was lucky to find a set on ebay of eau premiere a while back. It was a good deal but became a slightly less good deal when I discovered that one of the refill bottles was empty (even though this was in cellophane)….
Nice purchase, bummer about the empty one!
It was but it was still a really really good price.
I bought many samples from Dame, Solstice Scents (also some whipped soaps), Indiescents (some 4160 Tuesdays samples), Krystal Fragrances (more 4160 Tuesdays and BDK samples), Gallagher Fragrance samples, decants of the new Guerlain Iris and BDK Rouge Smoking and, last but not least, a full bottle of Pacifica Island Vanilla which I paid less $15 for. But the total damage is just over $300 for the quarter…it all adds up. A bit like when you leave Target and can’t fathom how it came to over $100.
I know that Target story! But sounds like you got a lot for your money.
A familiar Target story for me, too! Also applies to Costco.
I went to Costco once. One time, with my sister. I now know, I cannot afford Costco. ?
SO many temptations there for a foodie!
YES. That’s where I have that problem, too.
Did anyone else watch the how-to-say-Versace video? It went so fast that I couldn’t pick up how Donatella actually pronounced it but apparently most if not all of us have apparently been getting it wrong as ver-SAWTCH-ay. Can anyone tell me what is correct?
I think Donatella’s point is that the “e” at the end is pronounced as “e” in “pen”, not as “e” in “see”.
Here is the same video but with some explaining –
aaah! much better, thank you!
It’s “ver-sayse”. Everybody knows that.
Like Guerlain is Gwer-lane!
An SA at Macy’s corrected my pronunciation once: it’s “Gerrrrr-lane”, dontcha know! AND she corrected my inquiry about a new perfume… she informed me that Gerrr-lane only makes one perfume: Shalimar.
Oh, geez! ?
I’m having a hard time figuring this out – the pandemic has removed so many seasonal markers that I don’t have a good memory what happened in which month, but I’ll try:
1. Le Lion decant from Hajusuuri’s split.
2. Bruno Fazzolari triple sampler organized by Hajusuuri.
3. vintage bottle of Shalimar edc, rebottled, ebay.
4. vintage bottle of Shalimar pdt, ebay.
5. Shalimar Cologne and Eau de Fleurs de Cedrat via Fragrancenet.
6. For the husband: Cologne du Parfumeur (fragrancenet), vintage Obsession (ebay), trio of terre d’hermes minis (ebay).
this comes to roughly $200 or a bit under, I think. But I probably forgot something! Seeing that I have 3-4 likes I wouldn’t mind fulfilling, the last quarter won’t be zero either!
That’s a nice Guerlain heavy mix. I should be watching ebay for Hermes minis, I need a few!
To be honest, I bought these only after I noticed how my husband didn’t really dig the Guerlains (I also bought Eau Boise, which I forgot to list) and felt guilty because he often mentions that he likes Terre and feels nostalgic for Obsession…
The poll does not work for me, but if I could I would choose option “1”. I was quite restrained and only bought several decants (around 30 ml in total).
Profumum Roma Acqua Viva 6 ml
Keiko Mecheri Attar de Roses 8 ml
Annick Goutal Eau du Sud 10 ml
Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum 8 ml
Around 40-45$ of damage.
But also, it is just for fun so does not matter.
Oh, that might be right, I vaguely remember that from last time. I suppose I should figure it out but my list of things I should do about this blog is already crazy long.
It’s ok. As you siad, the poll is just for fun. I can always use another browser when I really want to vote.
Yes, I think it’s a browser problem. It also doesn’t work with Apple Safari.
Sadly i was not like my usual self, so i dont have much to confess to Donatella..
Chypre Mousse for a split and kept 40ml, so around 45€
Used bottle of Nuit Etoilee EdP, i like the EDT better, maybe resell it, payed 30€
Vintage Bottle of Royale Secret by Monteil for 15€
But i sold perfume decants for 40€,_so in all i did not spend much. .Maybe i can do better next time….
Donatella has faith in you tannina!
That’s a shame about the Nuit Etoilee.
St Claire Pharoahs Potion 90
St Clarie Eve 90
Noteology Vanilla and Vetiver 48 – they are replacing my leaky bottle
Glad to hear they are doing the right thing.
2nd that, good!
I bought way too much last quarter, and most of them were impulse buys due to sales, limited edition release, and my greatest enabler, eBay.
Hendley Perfumes for American Perfumer Bloodline 30ml $150
Amouage Journey Woman 25ml press “sample” $40
L’Artisan Safran Troublant (vintage) 50ml $67
Bath and Body Works Coconut Lime Verbena 140ml partial body splash $17
Ormonde Jayne Orris Noir 50ml $75
D.S. & Durga Poppy Rouge 50ml $50
D.S. & Durga Isle Ryder 50ml $50
Serge Lutens Vitriol d’Oeillet 50ml $59
Monsillage Eau de Celeri 50ml $50
So lucky you got Bloodline! I missed out Dave did send me a nice sample though. Good stuff.
I was extremely lucky! I don’t think I’ve ever checked out so fast. I used Shop Pay, I believe, so all my info was already stored. A generous NSTer sent me a sample of the first release, so I knew how good it is when I bought it.
Wow, I should look for some vintage Coconut Lime Verbena!
EBay! I really wanted the shower gel, but the body splash was more cost effective. I started using a coconut shaving gel that reminded me of it, so that’s what inspired the purchase.
Not a drop. I did some extremely dangerous browsing on eBay and Maison Kurkdjian and Ormonde Jayne and the like but never actually committed. I’m trying to use up the completely insane number of samples I have before buying anything new, and then we’ll see.
It’s not as if I’m being virtuous. In the last quarter I bought a new phone, which I technically did not need but got a good deal (plus the old one was 3 years old and the battery was not what it should be), and a set of Airpods Pro, because my old Bluetooth earphones were rubbish. I regret nothing!
I got a new phone too. My old one worked fine but was even older than yours, and I was told they were going to stop updating it, so I feel just fine with the purchase.
But, also quite a bit of furniture / decorating things / etc, so I am not being virtuous either. There must be some goddess or celebrity icon that I should confess all of that to, but I do not know who it is.
LOL — yes!
Sistine, you’re a genius! Of course household decorating project spending should be confessed to Martha Stewart.
Not going out to sniff bottles in the flesh (as it were) has definitely made me cut way back on perfume spending. I went in on a split and ordered a few samples from Luckyscent but the only actual bottle I recall getting was the small travel bottle of Zoologist Dragonfly. I figure all together these count as just one FB.
That seems quite reasonable!
Haven’t bought much this year, but this quarter had a couple purchases.
Parfums de Marly Athalia small bottle – $40ish on mercari
Balmaine Ivoire (the new, discontinued one) 3.4oz – $125ish from ebay.
The no buy went well in July and August, but September looked a little different.
1. Shalimar cologne, 90mls
2. Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights, 50mls
3. Moschino Funny!, .8oz
Evil bay: Indochine, 50mls (the preciousssss)
In a fit of boredom and foolishness: Love’s Baby Soft. Yes, I actually bought it and it was predictably nasty. Eeedgit. ?
You’re just optimistic, which is a good thing!
Fancy Nights is one of my favorites in the winter
Lucky you, finding Fancy Nights in a 50mL!
I do hope Donatella forgives all:
Red Apple, Peony & Cashmere Woods (Beauty Pie)
Le Lion (decant)
I really did focus on enjoying and using everything I have, especially giving these times.
Of course she does!
A moderate confession for me. I bought Etat Libre d’Orange Spice Must Flow, it’s a spicy fragrance, not unique, but very nice and I couldn’t resist the tie-in with the Dune novels. I got it from a place in Australia, so almost local.
I then made a leap into the unknown with my first blind buy – Chaldée by Jean Patou. I read a great review and also read that the heritage collection was being discontinued, then saw it at a New Zealand discounter. I nearly fell off my chair to find it locally. And I like it
I have a small sample of Chaldee that I’ve been trying to parse since I got it.
The Heritage Collection is very nice. I own Vacances but have been tempted to get some more.
All I bought were a few small (5mL) decants, which I have decided to count as a single bottle. I have been doing a better job of shopping my closet, though, so I don’t really feel sad about this paltry acquisition
You were well behaved Koyel!
5 bottles this time around. This is trending in the wrong direction…
1. Dior Pure Poison EdP, 30mL
2. Jean Patou 1000 EdP, 10mL travel spray
3. Jean Patou 1000 EdT, 30mL
4. Niki de Saint Phalle EdT, 50 mL
5. Dior Poison Girl EdP, 30mL… this one hasn’t arrived yet, but I did pay for it in September.
Total = $217.71 this quarter. Eeeeek! Time to rein in the stress buying.
Pure Poison is getting hard to find. I keep thinking of picking it up myself.
I had been kicking myself for not getting a bottle when it first came out. Then I noticed that Pure Poison was getting scarce. Time to make a move.
…and now I have that poison song stuck in my mind…
The Alice Cooper one? ?
I have been stress/boredom buying like mad. And not just perfume, but anything that catches my fancy. This has been a dangerous time for my wallet.
Maybe it’s time for me to start stress vacuuming? My cats are starting to shed their summer coats. Plenty of furballs around.
Oh yeah, stress vacuuming is a thing in our house. Smokey is shedding like mad! Four brushes worth daily.
Ohhh, but what a great list!
But Niki de Saint Phalle is a gem, so your purchase is justified
July was a no buy month, I was hit by a why bother attitude but made some purchases in August and September, mostly BUBS:
Small bottle of Yves Rocher Petit Beurre limited ed 20ml £3.20
Yves Rocher Rose Ispahan 60ml £10.50 favorite buy
Jean Patou Que sais-je? 100ml £29.99 BUB
Cacharel vintage Anaïs-Anaïs 50ml £9.20 BUB
Cartier vintage Must 100ml £11.50 BUB
Weil Suki Essence 100ml £12 BUB
Antonia’s Flowers 50ml £21 second favorite buy
Paco Rabanne vintage Calandre edt 50ml, 30ml + parfum 7.5 £32.99
You’ve mentioned some of these as your SOTDs lately.
What a good memory you have, yes, I’ve been using them.
What is the Suki essence like?
It’s a sweet incense with plum and dates, but recognizable as an incense nonetheless, close to the skin but long lasting.
I bought lots of decants, and resubscribed to Scentbird, and I also purchased three full bottles – Safran Troublant, Lancome Climat, and Bill Blass Nude. The last two were cheap as chips from ebay.
Cheap as chips is always good!
Nothing this quarter! Like a few others, I came dangerously close to several purchases with alot of time spent perusing websites and adding things to cart but ultimately abandoning them. I am also trying to be on a ‘no-buy’ or at least a ‘low buy’ while enjoying and using up what I have.
I did get a few samples from Etiket and have added a few things to the list from those.
Sometimes putting it in the cart is enough
Ooh, which samples did you enjoy the most?
Just one purchase for me: a 30ml BUB of the original Anna Sui.
While I didn’t buy them, I did also inherit 8 vintage bottles, of various sizes, of some classic scents including Arpège, Anaïs Anaïs, Coty Muguet de Bois, and White Linen.
Nice set of classics! I never hear about Muguet de Bois anymore.
It was discontinued back in the ‘90s, I think. But you’re right: no one seems to mention it. I don’t know if it’s because it’s a fairly straightforward soliflore, or because it was a ‘cheap’/drugstore buy in later years, or what. In any case, this was a brand new ‘70s or ‘80s bottle which my grandmother had stored away for some reason. We both have May birthdays, and I love LOTV, so yay!
After a three-year no-buy (and accompanying vacation from NST), I roared back into action this July.
1. Le Lion decant from H. and Naomi Goodsir Sample Set
2. Premier Figuier Extreme by L’Artisan
3. Kerosene, Unknown Pleasures
4.Diptyque, Eau Capitale
5. Guerlain, Shalimar Souffle Intense edp. (A regretted blind buy)
6. Jovoy, L’Arbre de la Connaissance
I’m enjoying being back with you all, even if my wallet is suffering!
Glad to see you back farouche!
Welcome back to the perfume jungle!
Very jealous of your new Kerosene, I really like that one.
Thank you! I’m having a lot of fun. (And learning some new perfume terms, ie “thunking.” ?
Give the Souffle Intense a little time. It is not the Shalimar I love, but I am trying to appreciate how current trends in perfume exist not just for the benefit of the perfumer, but because tastes vary. I think of it in the Mon Guerlain sort of line, and can enjoy it that way.
P.S. This from another blind buyer.
Bought a second-hand, back-up bottle of Douceur de Siam, since I have been wearing it on an almost daily basis. I had wanted Mimosa Pour Moi and I Miss Violet, so substitute-bought, cheaply, Jenny Glow Mimosa and Cardamom and HdP 1876. The latter was an adorable 15 ml bottle, but not the violet I’d hoped for, and the former was super-sweet at the beginning, but has a lovely drydown.
I Miss Violet has been at fragrancenet, I think it is, for a better still pricey amount. I bought a bottle as I have finished one and had a good start on a second. Eek.
I found one on FragranceX.com, but it was the last one, for $114.
All my purchases were SAMPLES, obviously for science (thank you nancyleandros), so not a one counts. For full disclosure, I picked the it’s between me and my credit card. I’m enjoying reading about everyone’s purchases.
For SCIENCE! Huzzah!
Hehehe. I’m sad you didn’t post a list because I would have loved to see it, but I’m glad none of your purchases count!
Oh, they’re *hajusuuri* samples.? Noice!?
High five for samples!
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and Nirvana Bourbon, bringing my total bottle count to 3. I also got 3 5ml that I didn’t count as I voted before actually reading the post-Whoops. I didn’t really have a plan as I kind of forgot fragrance existed until recently.
I was doing so well this year until the last two months, being indoors and constantly seduced by the frag groups led me to finally give in to my habit. I do want to get my bottle count back down to 100, a line that I held for many years and one I feel reasonable for my life. This quarter, I picked up Acorelle Terre de Cedre, Verveine Agrumes, and Jardin des Thes; Regime des Fleurs Vines; and Bastide Verveine du Sud–all thanks to enablers on this site! Also Atelier des Ors Cheur des Anges and Blanc Polychrome, Ligne St. Barth Eau de St. Barth, and Profumum Roma Confetto. And five or so decants. Seeing it all in writing makes me feel ashamed and irresponsible, although in all fairness, I got most of them at quite reasonable prices and using discounts, and also swapped for the decants. I promise to TRY to do better for the remainder of the year and attempt to reach my shelf goal.
This quarter I was so restrained I think I might have blurred months together instead of just days. I bought:
Travel size TF Lost Cherry
50mls Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue (before the prices go crazy)
A decant that I don’t have yet but paid for in September
Total outlay about $170. I will come in under budget this year big time because I had lots of cash set aside for my canceled trip to Paris.
Where did you buy the TF Lost Cherry travel size? I’m contemplating that one.
It was available at Nordstrom.
Excellent, hoping to snag one with my Nordy notes.
Gulp. Ok this quarter I have purchased:
PdE Corsica Furoua
PdE Cuir Ottoman
Chanel No.19 EdP
Guerlain Ginger Piccante
4711 Mandarin & Cardamom
There are many decants which thankfully I don’t have to count.
I also want Ginger Piccante
Thank you cazaubon, I am honored that you approve.
I have seen some great deals too!
oops sorry wrong spot!
L2sg – I can save you some❣️
Great choices on the Parfums d’Empire, love those two.
Thank you cazaubon, I am honored that you approve.
I am hovering over No. 19 like baby Yoda in his cradle – love it do you?
Hi MossyBerry, Yes! It took me awhile to (I don’t know why) commit to a full bottle and I really don’t know why. It is such a beautifully constructed classy and classic perfume. I think you should just wear it ‘because’ it makes you feel good, not only for when you feel the need to dress up or go out.
Especially this year, why go without it?
Is it even possible that there is someone out there who wouldn’t smell glorious in this one?
I don’t actually know, but I have felt it was my personal duty to keep small perfume stores in business with my mail orders, so there’s definitely been a few. Atelier Materi Cuir d’Iris I can see from where I am sitting. Hmmm. Oh and Sticky Fingers. Also I am was worried IUNX was going to disappear so got the giant bottle of L’Ether and a whole bunch of Eau Sento. A variety of sample sets. And I know more that I am forgetting!
I heard IUNX shut down so good call on those two!
I did something similar with IUNX. I think it was a humanitarian gesture so I don’t think they count ?
drat! I was curious about Iunx….
The only thing I bought was the Bath and Body Works Country Apple body mist. Sprayed it once and it didn’t wow me. It was only $5 and it’s now going to be a gift for Christmas. I might have something more to report next quarter.
I did finally cave this quarter and buy a bottle of Corsica Furiosa. And there may have also been a bottle of Jicky that I purchased online late at night when I’d been reading a lot of Colette and was seized by a sudden fear that it would be discontinued. I’ve bought so little perfume over the past few years that I think Donatella will give me a pass, plus both were a sort of last-hurrah before single parenthood and reduced income set in.
I’m glad you got yourself a couple of goodies to keep you well scented and morally supported through the challenges to come.
I almost got through three months without buying anything, but I went to Whole Foods on Wednesday, and found that Pacifica fragrances were on sale. I got a bottle of Island Vanilla for $17.59. I just felt like getting something fun.
One purchase: Memo Paris Winter Palace, with points at S5A.
That’s another one on my list. The bottle! (and the scent, obviously).
Shalimar limited edition bottle !!!!!
Decant of Le Lion, and the new Iris one from Guerlain
That bottle is so fabulous! Congrats!
How lovely, enjoy!
No-buying for all of 2020, although my SIL did give me a bottle of Paris-Riviera in August for my birthday: not counting that even though I sent her the link.
DSH Giardini Segreti
Chantecaille Le Wild
Grand total $363
Chinchilla is the only one I have from your list but it’s a beauty, enjoy!
I got busy yesterday while reading the comments so here’s my damage: after months of general ennui, I bought a partial bottle of SJP Lovely on eBay bcs I read a good review. Then Coco Mademoiselle Intense with my Ulta points, then the beautyhabit sale happened and I replaced my recently thunked bottle of Vanille Tonka and treated myself to Patchouli Intense, which I have really wanted for ages, and I just love it. That’s more perfume than I buy some years! I love them all though.
My first time to report: I blind bought lots and lots of full bottles. I broke an Ebay no buy. And that is all have to say about that. Except I loved them all.