It's Hump Day and Veterans Day. What fragrance are you wearing?
I'm sticking with what works (plus, too tired this morning to choose something else) so Hermès Eau de Néroli Doré, day 2.
Reminder: 11/13 will be Chanel No. 5 Friday! Wear Chanel No. 5, or a No. 5 flanker, or a fragrance that is related to No. 5 in some way — it does not have to be by Chanel!
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2020, where I'll try (but frequently fail) to always have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance.
Note: top image is Iced Delight [cropped] by Anne Worner at flickr; some rights reserved.
I am in Guerlain Liu (EDP, modern version), which is often compared to Chanel No. 5. There are several stories of Liu’s origin, but my favorite one is when Jacques Guerlain creates Liu for his wife so that she could wear it instead of her beloved No. 5.
Liu is really nice.
I love that story too. I’ve been told that from a Guerlain rep (granted, in a Saks). I remember Margaret Atwood referring to it in one of her books but it wasn’t necessarily a praising one….
I haven’t spent much time with it myself to be honest.
Oo, what did she say about it?
She says something about how it was Guerlain’s copy of No 5. Not very flattering haha.
Sticking with what works is a good idea these days.
For me: Sycomore EDT with extra sprays
Count down to our 3-day virtual event next week. Can’t wait to get off the crazy train.
Wow – a 3 day virtual event is tough to prepare and tough to get through. best of luck!
Sycomore is fabulous and don’t wear this often enough.
You smell amazing! Sycomore always brightens my day ?
Oh, it really does! Love it.
I’ve got one starting tomorrow, and the issue of time zones s driving me crazy!
crazy! I’m pre-recording a Sydney interview right now!
I’m wearing l’Ether de IUNX today, dry woods and incense galore. And with an incredible tenacity. I’m having a work meeting this morning that I’m not at all excited for, but such is the circle or work, right?
Yes – the circle of work. I also have a one of those this week.
My meeting went well, but I’m exhausted!! Good luck with your work.
You smell great!
I’m wearing “Chill Out, You’ve Got This” which is the name I chose for my custom perfume when I tried Waft. It’s a nice rose/ sandalwood/ vanilla combo and it gets so many compliments it’s kind of funny. My husband and our neighbor both complimented it this morning. It also has good reach, because our neighbor was at least 6 feet away (of course).
I hope everyone has a great day.
That smells wonderful! You do smell marvelous.
How did Waft work out for you? How was the process and did they get pretty close to what you were looking for?
The process was fun – it wasn’t a “sit down and have a discussion with a perfumer” process, but for the price I wasn’t expecting it. I wanted something with sandalwood. I think that as long as you’re flexible, it can be really rewarding. (My friend also tried it and didn’t like it because she didn’t get exactly what she was hoping for. ??♀️)
I also really like one of the two accent scents that were included. Overall, their customer service was great, I had fun navigating the questionnaire, and I’ll reorder a bottle when this one is finished.
Thank you for the information Sistine, this looks like fun! Much appreciated! I’ll take a look. ?
Great name and also curious about the process same as smokeytoea.
I just replied to SmokeyToes- the long version is above but the short version is “It’s great if you don’t have a really rigid vision for what you get”. I really liked it.
Excellent name! And sandalwood/rose/vanilla must be a great combination.
It’s really a fabulous combo. And the name is like a little mantra for me.
Sounds great! And I love the name.
I wonder how many of us will be checking this out today? ?
I hear the pitter patter of tiny lemming feet…..my own…..
That is a FANTASTIC name for your perfume. And it sounds like a great combo
In a tiny bit of my sample of Zoologist Musk Deer today.
I am not an aldehyde or iris fan so I’ve got relatively little in my arsenal this week to channel Chanel No 5, but am enjoying reading everyone else’s associations, memories and perfumes!
Happy hump day to everyone!
Oh i am curious to try Musk Deer. Do you like it?
Teebear, I am in trouble on Friday too, although I may just wear the 5 itself.
Yeah I may just try layering a few bits and bobs with some of the other notable no 5 notes and see what that achieves…
Probably a scrub and regret, but you never know! ?
I’m wearing Smell Bent Prairie Nymph, which is one of my favorite honey fragrances.
That one is carnation too? It sounds nice.
Hello all! My SOTD is Chanel’s Coromandel, probably one of my favorite Chanel’s.
Enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee, I’m off today so I’ll put shoes on in a moment for my walk. I had a great workout yesterday and feel a tad sore, which is good.
have a great walk! i’m missing the long days is summer now. I only manage to go for a short-ish walk in the morning and don’t finish work before it gets dark. while walking in the dark has its charms, I do prefer a little light
Coromandel is a great Chanel offering. I would never peg Coromandel as a Chanel.
True! I never would have pegged it as a Chanel. Like Guerlain, I wonder if they have a base accord that is in all of their perfumes. I know many of their perfumes contain aldehydes…
Oops, hit send too soon. I don’t mind aldehydes but that seems to be a common thread in many of their perfumes.
Coromandel is more voluptuous than most Chanels, for sure.
Yes, it has a lot more body to it. I’m glad to have the large industrial-sized bottle, I won’t run out in my lifetime that’s for sure!
I’m not sure I’m a fan of the newer EDP versions of the Exclusifs, I prefer the original release of this perfume and No. 5 & 22 in EDC.
sotd: Box of Eels
I think I’ll wear that tomorrow.
Eau de Velours, plucked at random from the shelf of current rotation.
Continuing my Chanel week with La Pausa today.
Having a somewhat craptacular week. I am rereading When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön and she reminds me to embrace the crap. ?
Enjoying Side Effect this morning from the lovely Hajusuuri in all its boozy, cinnamon glory. ?
Also for those still wanting to sell used perfume on evilBay, people are using the following category to sell used/pre-owned perfume which gives you the used option to list items:
eBay>Collectibles>Vanity, Perfume & Shaving>Perfumes>Other Perfume Collectibles
She-ra, this seems useful, but please fill me in on why this is coming up now. I feel like I must have missed an earlier conversation that would interest me.
My understanding is a few weeks ago eBay changed the policy so perfume is considered cosmetics and you can’t sell it as used anymore…and they took away used under the fragrance/perfume category there’s only new. They have done this before and reverted I guess but maybe not this time. The above category is a way to circumvent and list as used.
Got it, thanks!
That is good to know; I have been wanting to try selling there.
I’m sorry you’re having a crappy week. I hope it turns around soon.
I hope the craptacular week gets less stinky!
That sounds like a good book to be reading just now. I may go look for that at the library…after announcements at work last week, I could use to learn to embrace it, rather than have anxiety attacks.
I am reading Pema Chodron too, Becoming Bodhisattvas. Hope your week improves!
Boo on the craptacular week! ?
I’ve smelled nothing like No. 5 for days – I’ve been wearing Gucci EDP and PdE Cuir Ottoman almost exclusively lately. Work suddenly exploded yesterday so I didn’t even get a lunch break, let alone time to visit NST (and I’m sneaking this visit in during a momentary lull in the firehose of emails). Happy Veterans Day / Remembrance Day, everyone.
You smell fantastic! I sympathize with the work hours. I’m “only” working 55-65 hours a week now. ??
Oh dear – my sympathies. It’s hard to count my actual hours – I work pretty much normal office hours from home, but have to go in to the “real” office periodically to do certain things and I don’t keep track or offset that time by shortening my hours at home. But it won’t go on forever – I’m retiring at the end of this year. Very weird time and way to end a career.
Is that the Gucci in the clear bottle, with the dark colored juice?
Yes, that’s the one! I’m on my third or fourth FB. ?
Going CP adjacent in another aldehydic floral today in FM Superstitious. I like it more each time I wear it, but it’s not a love.
This first week with students simultaneously onsite and on zoom is wearing me out! Hoping my stamina improves.
We haven’t made that transition yet but I’ll need to deal with it soon. What’s the biggest challenge for you?
The biggest improvement is that I actually get to make eye contact with the kids and better gauge their understanding. I can make jokes again!
But it’s also demoralizing to have some of them there but not be able to walk around and help or let them exchange ideas in groups. And it’s doable but tiring to keep addressing the needs of both groups at once. The kids at hone can’t hear the muffled comments of the kids on-site, so I have to repeat everything.
Good luck in your transition! And come on, safe and effective vaccine!
That does sound hard.
FM Superstitious is a good one!
Œillet Bengale for a wet and misty day of working from home. We had a department meeting today over Skype. I was so tempted this morning to add sunglasses and a false moustache to add a bit of pizzaz to such a dull event. In the end of course I did not.
LOL! You smell great.
This one was a blind buy, no regrets at all.
You smell great!
A moustache wouldve been a nice touch ?..but Id be hesitant to do it as well. Maybe in a small team when you know each other quite good?
There is that, plus I have only one colleague who would appreciate it. A sombrero would have been nice as well.
I was tempted to go get the Four Seasons Total Landscaping Zoom background, but then thought better of it.
Wearing a tiny bit of vintage Caron Fleurs de Rocaille which was certainly an attempt to ride on No. 5’s coattails. My little decant is almost empty. It is certainly plush and lovely and in a world where the vintage was plentiful, I might keep some around for reference, but it is not my favorite of the old floral aldehydes.
Oooh! Scent twins! I really enjoyed the dry down today. It’s not a favorite (nor a dislike) but I’ve managed to acquire a few vintage bottles. I should wear it more.
I am randomly wearing DSH Eau de Cerise from her Fruits Defendu series, just because I happened to see it and hadn’t yet worn my new rollerball.
Here’s what Dawn says about it:
“Truly forbidden: for this perfume I crossed the line. (Well, my own line).
“When I first began designing perfume I came to conclusion very early on that there was one perfume I would not make, and that was a cherry perfume. To me it was not perfume… it was completely too sweet and syrupy in the worst way, and I refused. But things change, and materials arrive that can change your mind, too.
“Then I began delving into the concept of “Les Fruits Defendus”, and exploring the idea of ‘cherry’ came right to the fore in terms of inspiration. From the Garden of Eden onward, it seems, cherries have been associated with youth (and virginity), and the loss of innocence. Sex and indulgence came up again and again while I was researching the lore and mythology of cherries. Oh what symbolism: this I had to create. (And I have to admit, that I just love fresh, ripe cherries! There’s nothing quite like the sensation and scent of black cherries in summer).
“What developed was a wonderfully rich and sensual, but not at all childish, true cherry floriental. I have to admit it that its just so pretty. I never dreamed that I could love a cherry perfume this much!”
It doesn’t smell at all like the cherry flavorings and scents that I also dislike. Part of the reason is the ambrette, I think, as well as her vintage-style base.
I’d like to get similar small bottles of the medjool date and the fig from this series.
Of course, if Santa really existed, he would bring me an antique Louis Vuitton travel-wardrobe-style trunk fitted out with the one-third or half of the DSH line that I would totally love. He and Mrs. Santa and the Elves would just know which ones. ?
I hope Santa does exist and hears your wish! I’m sure you’ve been good this year.
SOOOOOOO GOOD, lol!
(It’s challenging to get into mischief while self-isolating!)
You could be the very helpful elf ?
Honestly, I am defeated by that website! I can barely muster up the decision power to order a few samples every couple of years. ?
I’m right there with you. Immediate decision paralysis followed by running away.
That DSH website is something else, although I have to admit that it has been quite a while since I have looked at it.
I really like the date. I said above I would wear Box of Eels tomorrow but now you’ve tempted me to dig through the DSH box instead.
I’m in Amouage Beloved Man.
Happy Independence Day to Poland, but it hurts to see what’s happening on the streets of Warsaw on this important day in our history.
Happy Independence day to you! I’m sorry about the troubled streets. I had to look up the news. Stay safe!
Happy Independence day!
Happy Independence day Lucasai!
Happy Independence Day Lucasai!
Hope you can still find enjoyment in it Lucasai…wishing us all better times ahead.
About to get into the shower and wash off no 19 edp. The warm weather has ended and I finished another candle. I think that I will start a Fresh Balsam later on today or start it tomorrow. I think that Feminite du Bois will be a great selection for today. Now let’s hope I can successfully sit on my hands and not take advantage of the candle sale happening at Bath and Body Works. Candle Day is coming up in 3 and a half weeks and want to finish 3 more candles before I get more.
Dawn, the wait will be worth it! You’ve been there and done that! Good luck!
I have also been sitting on my hands with the last candle sales. But I will definitely wait until Candle day to stock up on my favorites. We can do it!
In Chanel Cuir de Russie EdT.
I overslept since I am off today, so I am feeling more rested. I am almost on my way out for a walk before the rain arrives. It is a dark and cloudy day, but still warm. Planning to spend the rest of the day going thru my clothes and start putting away what I don’t wear anymore. Big task, but so much needed.
Happy Wednesday! ?
Cuir de Russie is great!
It is! And one of the very few leather scents I can wear.
I overslept too and belatedly discovered my phone was on mute and no, I did not feel or hear the vibration. I had an unexpected work call this morning and I finished what I had to so back to regular day off programming!
Good your phone vibration did not interrupt your sleep! Enjoy the day off!
I have a standing 5:30 AM meeting that I run, with 15+ attendees, and I am NOT a morning person. I’m constantly terrified I’m going to oversleep. Have to check my alarm multiple times before I go to bed.
I need to go through my clothes again too. Hope you enjoyed your walk!?
Thank you! It was a nice and relaxing walk! Going thru my clothes has been more painful that expected ?. I didn’t finish today, but I will this weekend.
Glad to hear that you got some much needed rest today! ?
Thank you! ?
PSA for Passage d’Enfer fans: L’Artisan USA is offering a free 10 ml spray of it with purchases of $100 or more. The code is SURPRISE20US. (I remember someone wanting some not too long ago, but can’t remember who.)
I think that was a few of us. Thank you for the information. Mom will still feel the need to kill me if I get a box that’s from a perfume company, but I think you’ll have a couple of other people here who will make you an enabler.
In Chronic this AM–which is appropriate in so many ways. Plus, I smell amazing.
And thank you to anyone here who is a veteran, or to your family members who are veterans. We cannot always choose our wars, and for that reason the sacrifice is all the more profound.
SOTD is MM Replica By The Fireplace.Has the candle in this scent been discontinued?It is out of stock on all the sites I looked at other than Selfridges.Happy Veterans Day! I will miss the local parade that will not happen this year that honors our veterans.
I finally got a travel spray if this from the Sephora sale. You smell nice!
Following Robin with “sticking with what works”…West Indian Lime Cologne on a hot humid day.Maybe we should do a community project with this idea?
This week can just be over already,I’ve had too many what the hell moments so far already…from incompetence from my internet service provider to unusual ridiculous drama at work.2020:you suck.
2020 sucks but you have smelled good all year thus far..
Passing you a virtual cup of vanilla tea and maybe a back rub if your not opposed
I am dying for someone other than Mr L to hug me. I miss hugging and touching other people
Sending you a virtual hug and a “cheers!” cup of Twinings Vanilla(still a favorite tea!)
I can actually do with a backrub!Haha!
Our President just spoke on tv,updating on our covid plan.Everyone was expecting us going back to a harder level of lockdown,but luckily not!Things are looking up,and I must say South Africa is doing a damn fine job in containing the spread,and keeping us all mostly out of harms’ way!
Happy Wednesday my friend!
Woo! Go South Africa. Glad things are going well somewhere.
It is one of those weeks, isn’t it? 2020’s almost over — it can only get better from here, right?
I just got an e-mail with a subject line about how this had been a “trash year.” 2020 has been a bad year for so many people…
*Hugs* and hang in there, folks!
It really was a tough year,but I have to also acknowledge the fact that my personal experiences with covid and “life” in general has not been all negative.Many valuable lessons learned as well,about myself,my journey forward…so yeah!
Not all bad.This particular week though…haha.
I had some very annoying work related issues as well this week. Grrr.
It seems that quite a few of us NSTers have decided to stick with what works, perfume-wise.
Testing out 4160 Tuesdays Waft from the Loft perfume. Nice and incensey!
That’s a great name for a perfume.
Exactly what I was going to say!?
I read about this. Is it good?
I am enjoying it a lot, if you like incense it’s worth a sniff.
Not something I own, but sprayed at the Chanel counter just now
The kids and I sat today and looked over my fathers training “yearbook” from the Navy and showed them a letter he wrote during Vietnam to his cousin. This is how we are remembering the veterans today.
It’s a lovely perfume!
Good to remember your father and to make sure the kids know their ancestry,I love it.
Not my favorite but it goes with the rainy day…
What is your favorite exclusif?
What a lovely way to remember veterans, ltsg. I know how much you miss your dad. Hugs.
Hugs on this somber day of remembrance, LTSG.
SOTD is Body Shop Smoky Poppy for Remembrance Day.
Just trying to relax today and breathe deeply after a week of a lot of anxiety.
That will all go out the window, though, when I take the kid shoe shopping, which is long overdue. She’s at that difficult in-between age where she’s too big for the kid shoe section but really not old enough to be walking around in heels, even short ones, all day, and there always seems to be nothing but heels in the adult section. Also, she’s not a good judge of practicality — last year she insisted on these (very cool-looking) black Doc Marten boots with a rainbow patent leather finish. I warned her they’d have to be broken in, and of course she never wore them enough to do that because they hurt her feet the second time she wore them (the first time, wearing them out of the store, of course they didn’t hurt!). It’s going to be a struggle…ah, tweens.
Ah, tweens indeed, but at least she’s a cool tween!? I didn’t have doc martens until I was in my twenties.?
Excellent thematic link!
Perfect perfume pick for today.
Eau Première, I had forgotten how it radiates so much, it is the lemony version.
It’s so lovely. I have the original version too, got a 5 oz bottle on eBay, set for life!
Yai for the original version + the tall bottle takes less space.
Not sure which version my little sample is.
Maybe you will have a chance to sample the current version and compare with your sample when the covid situation improves.
Still no CP, but Café Tuberosa. Still not sure if I like it enough. Wine for dinner, because I had a legal counseling and it seems I cannot do anything against the owner of our third apartment in the our house….
I like that one but I get a blast of ashtray right at the beginning. I thought I was crazy but I see others on fragrantica got it too.
No bedtime scent last night after all. I just crashed hard. Something in the very wide range of food I ate yesterday didn’t interact well with my GI system, and I’m still not feeling good today. Fortunately, I was able to switch a live appointment to a video appointment instead. I really don’t have any desire to leave the house today.
Mom and I got to a local park at least three times during the stretch of good weather days we had. Mom likes the flat, paved walking path loop in that part of the park. I go here and there in the park to bird-watch. It was also nice to just sit and soak in the sun for a little while. I’ve been wearing a sunhat consistently so as not to burn the top of my head, but aside from that precaution I’m good.
Hope you are feeling better soon neyronrose.
Feeling better, thanks.
It’s so wonderful to be outdoors and lovely fall days! I hope you and your mom get more warm days before winter.
I don’t know if we’ll have warmer days again, but I’m glad we got out to really enjoy the warm November days while they lasted.
Aw, what a drag about your GI upset. Hope that you are feeling better tomorrow.
Feeling better, thanks. In retrospect, it might have been this headache-and-stomachache thing we seem to get every so often. My video appointment person said, “I appreciate you *not* sharing that sickness with me.”
Safran Troublant today. I’ve had to change my walk time from late morning to early afternoon because it’s too cold to walk in the am. In the winter, I have a much heavier jacket but it’s too warm to wear now, and my fall jacket is too tight to wear layers under. These are first world problems…
My dad was in the Navy during WWII. Thank you veterans and those currently serving.
Thank you to your dad and all veterans.
A really warm hat and gloves can help almost as much as layers, if you haven’t already tried that.
Seems like only yesterday I was walking after dark because of the heat and humidity!
Seconding gloves! They can make a world of difference.
Eau des Merveilles was my SotD
Jasmin rouge is my SotEvening
I binged The Queen’s Gambit sunday and monday evening because some of you mentioned it last week.
It was a lovely series (though i must admit I never once in my life mastered even the basics of this game ?).
The clothing department did an amazing job. Loved all the references to the checkered board in the fabric patterns. And her outfit in the the final scene..❤️ (Dont want to spoil it but ppl who have seen it know what I mean)
Yes that final scene was delightful!
I am going to watch that when I am done with Mystery Road.
Rain, rain and more rain today. It’s supposed to last until sometime Friday, so I’m in for a good soaking. ☔
Mr. Jalapeno goes in for his surgery tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed that everything works out. ???
SOTD = more Cristalle EdT. My little sample is hanging on, but it is getting close to the end. I’ve enjoyed wearing it.
Best wishes for his surgery!
I hope everything goes smoothly tomorrow! ??
Me too! Thanks! ?
Good luck for Mr. Jalapeno!
Very much appreciated lillyjo!
Hope all goes well for Mr. Jalapeño!!
Wishing Mr. Jalapeno a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!
Thank you perfumelover67!
Sending good thoughts for your hubby’s surgery tomorrow. I’ve had shoulder surgery myself years ago (dislocated 4x), so I will be thinking of you both!
My hubby had to help me with my meals and showers. I did drag out the dishwashing routine, as I just didn’t feel like facing it at the time??.
Thanks Gail! This is to deal with a bone spur and some damage to the rotator cuff.
Do let us know how it goes!
Holding my thumbs for your spouse — hope all goes well!
Hi NSTers! I hope everyone has made the best of their day. I started out in Chanel No. 5 Elixir Sensuel, which was my gateway No. 5. I still remember purchasing it and feeling so fancy. I topped it up a couple of times today with Eau Premiere. ?
I’ve never tried the Elixir but I love EP, I bet you smelled great today!
Lots of cleaning for me today, so it was productive!
Started the day in Chanel Biarritz. It’s lovely but doesn’t last long. My cellphone is bluetoothed to my car stereo and so I never know what I’m gonna get when I get in. This morning it was Ramble On and I have to say that Led Zeppelin is a great way to start the day.? The new job is going well but it’s really getting in the way of my nst time, lol.
With Led Zepp and Chanel, no one can stop you, madtowngirl!
Wow, that sounds like a great start to the day! ??
That’d be a great start to the day. I miss my commute for things like that! Congrats on the new job and hope it’s going well!
It’s late and I’m awaiting the sunset in gorgeous weather out on my kitchen porch with wine and a cat in my lap. Can you believe I forgot perfume today? I’ve been consumed by writing my paper for a panel at our annual conference which starts online tomorrow bright and early. So many changes with Covid. My best friend will give the Presidential Address, which usually has a lot of hoopla and a fancy dinner. Some us will give virtual toasts and we have an online Happy Hour planned for her. Another close friend will join us from 13 hours ahead in China. Crazy times. I think I’ll dab on some Zoologist Squid, which I am quite undecided about. It’s definitely off the beaten path. Indeed, it’s not on earth, haha!
Enjoy your conference.
Calypso, I just finished reading Sun Storm and am started on the second book in the series. Thanks for recommending it in the book poll.
You know it’s a crazy day when you forget perfume!
Hello! Wore lots of Guerlain Vetiver today with one squirt of Chanel No.19 at the throat. It was in the low 80’s today in Southeastern Virginia and I find these fragrances cooling.
I should pay attention next summer to see if I notice any cooling with vetiver.
Stupid storm will.not.go.away. Six days into this. I have Omnia Crystalline sprayed on my gloves. The dry down reminds me of light blue, but not as sharp. I noticed the omnia coral had a similar light blue vibe in the dry down on cloths. I do like it. If I can ever stop being a prisoner in my flooded estate, I will venture out to see if I can find other omnias. I guess they’re boring, but I like them a lot.
Sending you dry weather wishes, Baby Dumpling!