It's Friday and National Absinthe Day! Our community project for today: wear a fragrance with an absinthe-related note (wormwood, fennel, anise, etc). If you don't have one, maybe wear something green and herbal?
What fragrance did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.
Points for me, in Guerlain Anisia Bella.
Reminder: on 3/12, for plant a flower day, name a favorite flower that you grow in your garden (or in a pot?) or that grows locally, and wear a fragrance with that floral note.
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, see Scent of the day ~ Friday community projects 2021, where I'll try to always have the next five or six weeks mapped out in advance.
Note: top image is absinthe [cropped] by jb at flickr; some rights reserved.
Lempicka Homme today for the project, the updated Au Masculin. It’s a lot lighter than the original but, to be honest, I prefer this more transparent version.
Ooh, that is a good one!
Joining you in my original Au Masculin, love the tree stump bottle and the juice is great!
I gave away my Au Masculin to a friend because I was kind of tired of it, and every now and then I regret it a little bit. It’s really something.
I have those regrets once in a while, but then I open up the cupboard and look at the hundreds of other choices I have, and that always makes me feel better.
Yeah, that puts it into perspective, doesn’t it? I have enough! More than enough!
Both kids are home today. We are having a pajama day and I am making crepes. Lots of coffee for me today as my oldest woke up at 3am having a nightmare.
Still doing a week of Chanel. Today for a cozy day, Le Lion
Outfit of the Day-pjs!
Oh no! Sorry your oldest had a nightmare. How awful. A day of crepes, snuggles and PJs seems like a fantastic idea!
Crêpes are always a good idea, we like ours with lemon and sugar
That sounds delicious! I’ve not tried lemon and sugar, I wonder how it would be with mixed berries and lemon curd?
I make them gluten-free, filled with fruit and a dalop of Crème fraîche.
Only one way to find out ?
You are reminding me that I have lemons from a neighbor’s tree! I need to make some lemon curd. Thanks for the reminder! ?
Agreed! There is only one way to find out
Found this recipe for lemon cream cheese pie…
Lemon and sugar is also an excellent topping for a Dutch Baby, as long as you’re making batter……
Oh, I haven’t made a Dutch baby in ages! Somehow I always feel a bit guilty cranking up the oven to 500 degrees first thing in the morning, but they’re so good…
Enjoy your pajama day, sounds like cozy fun!
PJs and crepes day should be a new national holiday! You are rocking it!
Seriously. I need that day.
I think I could almost do only Chanel and be pretty happy, overall.
Which Chanel is your desert island pick
that’s a tough one!! As an all rounder, it would be eau premiere. But I really like Le Lion. And the bois des iles is so plush… and Cuir de Russie…I can’t pick.
Friday! I made it!
Some sycamore to pick up my tax papers after work. Alas, I have to pay taxes so I’ll ignore that Beautyhabit coupon in my email this morning. .
You smell great, even in the face of yucky taxes.
Sorry about the tax bill apsara!
Me too, on the taxes….I am waiting to the last minute to pay up!
Joining the CP with Eau de Gloire by Parfum d’Empire. Not only is it almost as green in color as absinth is but it also features a prominent anisic note.
Think I’ve earned my points today.
I hadn’t thought of Eau de Gloire, but an excellent choice!
I might have a sample of that, and if I can find it I’ll join you!
Haha! I’ll take it ?
Happy FriYAY! My SOTD (and partial CP credit, it has fennel) is Guerlain’s Coriolan cologne, in the old bottle with the bronze cap and silver band. Wafting loads of woody/chypre/spicy-goodness. And I have fond memories of the model in the Coriolan ads, goodness was he ever beautiful.
Doing well with the new healthy living plan. After four days, I’m consuming within my allowed calorie intake and walking every day. I logged six miles yesterday. If I break it up, three miles in the morning and afternoon, it’s easier to accomplish.
I just finished the Ivy Tree (it was excellent, just the right amount of suspense, romance, tension, although I did find the heroine of the story maddening for her stubbornness) and I’m about to begin Airs Above Ground. I wish I could find her Merlin trilogy for Kindle.
Sneakers on and I’m out the door!
See everyone later!
Going to look up Ivy Tree ?
I am 100 pages into Klara & the Sun by Ishiguro and I am wondering where he is going with this…
Oh, I need to look into that book, I’ve heard bits and pieces and it sounds intriguing. At this point, I have 35 books on my 2021 “Books to Read” list! Always happy to add more…
As a reader, do you enjoy the discovery process if the author takes their time with direction the book is taking? Shadow of The Wind meandered a bit but the ending was very much worth the journey.
Or at some point is it more frustrating than intriguing?
My answer would probably be long and boring to that question
I had Coriolan once upon a time (bought it when it was just released, at first sniff — I instantly knew). It’s great, isn’t it?
It’s glorious stuff, not for every day but I always have this “ahhhhhh” moment when I do. Thankfully, my bottle is 3/4 full. Probably a lifetime supply.
I loved Stewart’s Merlin trilogy when I was a kid. Have not revisited them in a long time. Worth digging up the hard copies at the library if you can’t get them electronically.
I have the Merlin trilogy in a monster-sized book, but I need a Kindle for back-lighting, it’s easier for me to read otherwise I get an awful headache.
I loved the Merlin trilogy! We had to read them for English class in 10th grade.
Oh, The Ivy Tree!
I had a battered paperback of that, back when I was young(my mom must have bought it used). I would reread it every now and then.
I think that I liked The Moonspinners the best. I could not wait to visit Crete!
You have inspired me to reread her wonderful books!
Looked up the Coriolan ad, and holy moly that guy IS beautiful. Kind of reminds me of the young Robert Pattinson at his moody best.
Yes, he is so beautiful, like a Greek statue. And he’s aged quite well.
I have to confess that I’m not sure what absinthe smells like. Luckily I have a bottle of A Taste of Heaven by By Kilian which has the ‘tagline’ Absinthe Verte.
I always consider it to be a extreme version of Caron pour un Homme.
I don’t really know what it smells like either.
Lillyjo, I have had absinthe, and I think it smells just like the green Cloraseptic spray for when you have a sore throat. I was recovering from a cold at the time, though, so take my assessment with a grain of salt.
I have never had absinthe! I did used to drink ouzo and/or pastis, which is similar but without the wormwood.
Failing CP, went with alternate green scent, sort of, with Vivacious, for spring!
Currently obsessing about my garden although we still have too much snow on the ground to do anything but look at seed catalogs and update my planting schedule. Weeds defeated me last year. I think I am going to do some containers thus year.
Same here on last year’s weeds! What was going on with them?? I went outside a couple of days ago to see how things had (or hadn’t) survived our recent winter storm, and discovered a huge crop of one of my usual weed types, just coming into flower. Yanked them promptly. Last year I had a bumper crop of some sort of enormous thistle that I’d never seen before – really hoping those don’t recur.
Ugh. Thistles are EVIL.
The weeds were awful last year! And so were the fleas, come to think of it…
I’m concerned about our plants and yard too. Most of the hedges didn’t survive the freeze, and other than the bay bush, my herb bed didn’t make it. And really, I’m not sure about the bay.
A friend of mine in Austin said his St. Augustine grass didn’t make it. Aaack! I do not want to re-sod my yard. ?
Oh, gosh. *Hugs* What kinds of herbs did you have? I’ve started all over again with herb gardens and herbs in pots many a Spring here. And in a fair amount of summers, too. I grow some annuals, and some tender perennials that don’t survive in our house in the winter, and some plants that are hardy here in USDA Climate Zone 6.
Bay is kind of tricky, I think, in that the evergreen leaves can be more burned by frost than a gardener may originally realize. But I’ll hope for the best for you.
And NST folks may have discussed even here, I believe, about how rosemary can look fine, and turn out to have died. Mostly for me, that’s been from a lack of water that I didn’t notice soon enough. This fall, I put my little pot of rosemary in a sheltered spot by the west side of the house, near the corner of the south side. I think that being covered in snow insulated it pretty well from the bitter and drying winds of the Arctic air that swept down here. I think it’s actually still alive. I’ll see what happens in March and April when the weather gets bitter again.
I hope your lawn can recover. Putting in new sod is a much more difficult undertaking than restarting a herb garden, from what I gather from Dad.
I’m thinking of you. Take care!
Hi neyronrose, thank you for the sweet comment! From year to year, I start a good portion of the herb bed over again, so I’m trying not to stress about it. Last year I had basil, mint, rosemary, chives, flat leaf parsley, sage, oregano and thyme. I may whittle it down to basil, parsley, rosemary and thyme. Those are the ones I use the most.
We’re in zone 9a, and definitely got down below that temperature range. You may be right about the bay bush; it looks a bit discolored. I might prune it and see if I can find green down in the main branches.
The good news is that I now know what herbs grow well, and where, in my yard. Also, leaving some spots to lie fallow this year wouldn’t be a bad thing. We’ll have to see what the HOA requires of us. I’m sure we’ll be hearing from them sometime soon. My main concern is the grass, to be honest, and also actually finding things to stick in the ground. The nurseries that supply the plants are probably hurting badly right now.
We shall see! I hope your rosemary bush is indeed alive after the cold. It’s pretty resilient actually, as it grows like a weed in the arid Texas hill country. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for it!
I tried growing all those herbs you mentioned last year, except for the bay laurel. I kept failing with the basil, but the other herbs did pretty well. Now that some of the snow is melting where I had my containers of herbs near the front porch, I’ve discovered that the chives and parsley had fresh green leaves under the snow.
A stalk of green leaves that was poking up out of over a foot of snow turned out to be from a pot of oregano. I grew both Greek and Italian oregano last year. I’ll have to find the original labels in the containers to see which one this ridiculously hardy one is. The English thyme, lemon thyme and the sage seem to have come through all right. I hope this is encouraging.
A good bit of my time this past couple of weeks (months) has been spent looking at garden catalogs. Arguably too much time, because I’ve ordered a number of plants. (Oops…) Good thing I don’t have to confess to Donatella about flower bulbs and other flowering plants. lol
We had weeds, but I had plants that were vigorous enough to grow through them, in several cases. Also I had native plants like the red bee balm, and plants that have happily naturalized in spots around the yard. And I did a lot of container planting. There were times that I didn’t remember to water the plants that were in containers often enough. They dry out fast.
Good luck with your gardening!
In AdP Iris Nobile for its star anise note–so pretty.
Not particularly warm, but the sun’s out & all the ice has disappeared from the roof/eaves–woo hoo!
I love this fragrance and am so glad you mentioned the star anise note – it wasn’t on my radar since I’m mostly enamored by the iris but now I’ll enjoy it in more of its glory. Thank you!
I wore that yesterday, such a glorious scent.
Even though licorice is not listed in the notes, SL Fourreau Noir smells very much like black licorice to me. It’s SO beautiful.
If you google “serge lutens licorice” you get Un Bois Vanille, which does have a *bit* of licorice in it, but not nearly as much as Fourreau Noir.
I agree with your licorice assessment!
You smell great!
Commando so far – had a restless night and overslept, and Mr. G just woke me with a nice latte. Mmmm. Will hunt for the sample of Eau de Gloire that I think is somewhere in Mt. Sample. Failing that, I may go with Soivohle Cuir Beurre for its fennel note. Happy Friday everyone!
At least you were able to sleep in!
True! Retirement has its perks.
Well, no Gloire to be found in the sample stash so Cuir Beurre it is. The fennel in it reads as a cola/root beer note in the early stages, but the overall impression goes into not-quite-sweet, spicy-smoky leather pretty quickly.
Oh yeah, and do I remember someone mentioning wearing Sous Le Vent the other day? Or am I mixing it up with Vent Verte (my brain …)? I spent an hour or so this morning trying to find vintage Sous Le Vent anywhere online, and failed. It seems to be as unfindable as vintage Tabac Blond. Sigh.
Got more goodies from Soivohle recently. I’ll post as I test them.
Oh yay! Looking forward to your testing notes.
I’m still commando in my jammies, but plan to wear Cartier L’Envol after my shower. CP points because it has artemisia listed among its notes.
I am very late today so you are probably out of your jammies now
Wearing L’Artisan Fou D’Absinthe. It had been a long time since I wore it and it is energizing to wear it again!
Super cold and windy day. I am so glad it is Friday. It has been a very long, stressful and busy week so I just need to relax with a glass of wine and pasta tonight.
Happy Friday, everyone! ?
Now why didn’t I think of that one – I SHOULD have a sample knocking about somewhere, if memory serves me right
I hope you find it and wear it soon! ?
Same here. I managed a 2 mile walk yesterday because it got too cold to go on for longer. I had my puffy coat on but had I known it was going to be that cold, I would have added a down vest layer.
You and PL67 both smell great!
Today is worse than yesterday. I am on my way out to take a walk now and I am wearing 3 layers. The wind is so strong and miserable! ?
Happy Friday, scent twin! I’m so glad this week is coming to an end as well.
Hi twin! We smell great! ?
Oh man wine and pasta… I’ve been having a lot of meal indecision/indifference recently but that sounds like exactly what I need tonight. Thanks for the inspiration!
Dinner twins, then! ?Enjoy! ??
Hope your week ends on a less stressful note. Wine + pasta on a Friday night is what we often have but tonight it will be wine + pizza, just as good! ?
Wine and pizza is also one of our favorite options on Fridays! Enjoy! ??
I had red wine and pasta! It’s the perfect “Friday night at the end of a long week” meal.
Dinner twins! I enjoyed mine too!
Oooooh, scent triplet!
Yay! We smell great!
Sotd is Absinth by Nasomatto (“wormwood, green notes and vetiver”).
It’s beautiful and if I hadn’t had the CP to inspire me, I wouldn’t have sampled it.
SOTD is Nasomatto Absinth, of course! Which is mainly a vetiver scent on me.
Happy FriYAY! We have rain coming tonight, and next week, which is a real YAY for us, we need it.
My ‘job’ of cleaning out my house continues. Working on the clothes closet now, ugh. Yesterday I went thru my belt collection. So many belts! Why?? When was the last time I wore a belt, even in the before times? (When was the the last time I had a waist???)
LOL and you and allo are totally in sync today, down to the posting time!
LOL on the belts. I recently discovered several in the back of the closet that were many inches from even going around me, let alone buckle-able. ?
So for a long time my belt has either needed to be on the 3rd hole (yay!) or the 2nd hole (aw?) Today I put on my jeans and thought – the belt isn’t really necessary ?
Seriously. I need to throw away all the belts. I have not worn one in years.
?Absinthe Day Freebie (US only): ?
L’Artisan Fou D’Absinthe 5ml decant, from my own bottle.
Anyone who got freebies from me recently can also claim this, if interested!
Please, place dibs here and email me at monica67 at aol dot com
Ooh, can I claim this?
It’s yours! ?
Woohoo! emailed you. Thanks.
I’m in Fou d’Absinthe sample for CP. Not sure I know the wormwood note well enough to pick it out. I’m getting more pine and other spices.
I might put on something else after my trip to the grocery store this morning.
Happy Friday tulipani!
Hiya scent twin!
Memoir Woman has a listed absinthe note on the parfumo website, so I am claiming my points. I have no idea what absinthe smells like. But I think I will drink a glass of Ricard to get double points.
Almost twins, and for the same reason – I opted for Memoir Man!
We sure smell fabulous!
Twins in Memoir woman!
I have a sample of Memoire Man and it’s one of the few Amouages I really like. Been meaning to wear it all week but it seems to be in hiding – maybe from my Plebeian nose!
Wearing Romanza for the CP. Didn’t think I could participate, but yesterday received a package of decants from the generous SarahN with this included. Fragrantica says there is anise in the top notes. I am not advanced enough to tease that out. I can smell the narcissus and hyacinth blooms and greens, like the plants were just pulverized top to bottom, and what I assume is a civet note. I have been sniff my wrist for the last hour trying to figure this one out. Its so compelling!
Drinking Adagio’s Thai Tea and looking forward to making pizza and watching a movie tonight. I am trilled about the J&J vaccine speeding up the vaccination rates, but it has turned what was a marathon work project into a marathon-length sprint for me.
Ooh thanks for mentioning this! I’d forgotten the aniseed in Romanza – I also don’t detect it, this one to me is narcissus and hyacinth and greens and, of all things, aromatic grape. But now I’ve got something for CP!
You smell wonderful.
I am in my most absinthey absinthe fragrance from long ago: Ava Luxe Sweet Absinthe. It’s a cool minty absinthe, perhaps a bit medicinal, that I generally save for very hot weather, but wearing today for the cp. Happy FriYAY!!
Oh wow, I didn’t think I would have a twin today! I’m actually wearing Sweet Absinthe on my right arm and neck and her Absinthe on my left arm. I sprayed Absinthe first so in comparison Sweet Absinthe was very mild in the absinthe department at first and was mainly sweet musk. An hour plus in, I’m getting more of that herbal medicinal character from it.
I think it has sweetened up now for me. But interesting comparison!
Still in Theorema right now. Still debating in going with either Memoir or vintage L’heure Bleue. Memoir has wormwood/absinthe and L’heure Bleue has anise in it. Or I could go with the more mellow L’Heure de Nuit. But need to take a shower first.
Or, you could stay in Theorema, which always wins everything
Meeting a friend for a cautious lunch, to celebrate her birthday. Wearing some discreetly-applied VCA Bois d’Iris
Have a great lunch!
Hope that you enjoyed your lunch out!
I am wearing Estee Lauder Beautiful Magnolia and currently drinking my third cup of Assam blend tea.
Pass me a cup of tea, I am needing some caffeine
How is the EL??
Declining absinth this morning and instead tucking into a wee whiskey–Angel’s Share of course. This one has very little staying power so I may order a double soon.
Lovely! I had a wee whiskey the other night, myself. (actually, it was Bourbon, which I prefer – feel free to be outraged
You smell so good, interesting this one is strong and long-lasting on me.
At this point, I just want a wee dram of real whiskey. Long week.
I’m wearing Memoir Woman by Amouage and I got my Jai Ose and Choc de Cardin and tried both last night and am impressed with both. The Choc is an interesting combo of clean and dirty, as described in the NST review: soapy aldehydes and citrus that smells more like bitter peel than sweetened fruit, oakmoss, civet and slightly sweaty musk. The overall effect is dry, slightly mineral and very unique and I think I’m going to love this one come summer.
Jai Ose is a great leather for that price, sweetened a touch with woods and herbs. The oakmoss here reminds me slightly of tobacco. I’ve seen it compared to Cuir de Lancome on Fragrantica but C de L is more face powder and florals. I think this one resembles the original Azuree by Estee Lauder (as opposed to the Tom Ford Azuree that became Bronze Goddess). I didn’t quite get to the oriental drydown because I fell asleep on the couch and that always makes my perfume disappear.
Compliant in Memo Tiger’s Nest today.
Alaska opened vaccinations to all essential workers, so I have an appointment on Monday, very excited about that! I think the first thing I’ll do after I get the 2nd one is go to a movie theater. I don’t even care what’s playing.
Congrats! I was never super into going to the movies but now I also feel the need for some big screen time!
It used to be a weekly thing back in the Before Times. It’s so much nicer than at home, with my phone buzzing and roommate cooking in the background, ect.
That’s wonderful you have a vaccine appointment soon! It does give a bit of mental peace to have that. I’ll feel more secure when I get my second shot. I never thought of Tiger’s Nest for this CP. Hmmm.
Anise/absinthe is a supporting player in Tiger’s Nest but it works ?
Good news about your Monday appointment! I know how you feel.
Oh! I could have worn Tiger’s Nest!
I was planning to wear Baiser Vole for the green notes, but the weather is cool and drizzly, so I’m snuggling up with Santal Kardamon.
Made a pot of steel cut oatmeal this morning and trashed it up with carrots, raisins, apples and warming spices. So good. Would have added walnuts, but I’m out!
I hope everyone has a great Friday! ?
Oh, that sounds yummy! I had shredded wheat (bite-size) with blueberries. Only rarely do I have cereal for breakfast (I’m a daily egg person!) but this was what sounded good today.
Well, another ten degrees higher on the thermometer and I’ll be eating crunchy cold cereal, too!
You smell great! And your “trashy” steel cut oatmeal sounds divine!
It was really good, but your cheese danish sounds just as good or better!
Mmm, that sounds good! I made pumpkin oatmeal recently, with the standard complement of pumpkin pie spices, maple syrup, and a 1:1 mixture of oats and pumpkin purée, with milk for the remaining cooking liquid, and it turned out lovely.
Hey, I have canned pumpkin left over from the holidays, and now I know how to use it. Your oatmeal sounds delicious! Thanks for the tip. ?
Your oatmeal sounded great, not trashy!
I’ve never heard of putting carrots in oatmeal. Interesting!
I absolutely loathe eating licorice (although fennel is fine…), but somehow smelling it can’t be too bad, since I have drained samples of Fou d’Absinthe and Artemisia. Can’t participate today, but happy reading about what everyone else is wearing. I’m in Caleche, the old standby.
Same here — I do not like to eat licorice, but I quite like the note in perfume.
Off topic, in the Tabac from on Parfum d’Empire (is it Tabac Tabou? Too lazy to look at the sample). Tabac has a bitter note….
Husband and I started watching Mr. Mayor – I recommend it if you liked Parks & Rec and 30 Rock, or Holly Hunter and Ted Danson or Bobby Moynihan. It’s a sitcom, quite funny. It’s been poorly advertised, I think.
Wearing Douce Amère one of the first Lutens fragrances I purchased. It is very anisic and altogether rather wonderful. I hardly ever wear it these days, but I do still love it. Did another walk today, around 13 km. Luxemburg is just great for walking, the number of trails is amazing. Have great weekend, everyone!
Oh, I love Douce Amère – you smell marvelous!
I wore that earlier in the week. You smell great! I’m the same with it. I rarely wear it anymore, but I still love it.
I’m wearing Mechant Loup because BobH mentioned it the other day and gave me the idea. It’s definitely an old bottle, I would say from around 2008, in the clear glass. I remember buying it when a French professor friend was visiting, and we went to buy me a perfume together. I tried and liked this one and almost bought the small bottle but he said “No, no, you must buy the BEEG one!” ha ha. So I did. It’s a strange scent and I don’t know if I ever even looked up its notes until today. It’s got a lot of hazelnut, some cedar, and licorice, which is something I had never noticed before. But now I’m wondering how I could not have noticed it! I’m like Missionista above: I hate licorice in every form. (Maybe ouzo is an exception if it’s well-iced.) But somehow in this rather sweet mix it’s a nice ensemble player.
You smell great, I too love Méchant Loup and it’s the older bottle too, I wonder about the newer one, hope it’s unchanged.
From reading many reviews on Fragrantica, it’s a mere shadow of its former self. Sadly.
I love Mechant Loup! It very nearly got ruined for me during a bad breakup a long time ago, but I managed to forge new scent memories with it, thank goodness.
I’m with you and missionista, not a fan of licorice, anise, fennel or caraway. I’m glad you got the “beeeeg” bottle!
In Caron Aimez-moi, with anis, I always refer to it in my head as the pastis scent.
Bought plenty of appkes today to make applesauce.
I’m in Prada Infusion d’Amande, which is said to have “anise essence”, but I don’t really smell it. Just a powdery almond puffball on me! Not my favorite infusion, so I may layer something on top of it later.
Sometimes “powdery puffball” just hits the spot!
I’m in an ancestress, of anise fragrances, Apres L’Ondee.
And the empress of my fragrance collection, as far as I’m concerned. You smell like heaven!
After a divine rain.
Love Apres l’Ondee but I never smell any anise in it. Plenty of violets, though.
Happy Friday, all! I’m in Vert des Bois but may switch to Douce Amer a bit later. It’s clouding up and I’m in the mood for a cuddly, comfort scent.
Started off today in Zoologist Sloth since I only have samples/travel perfumes with me and thought I didn’t have anything CP compliant – but now am copying Vee with a little dab of Masque Milano Romanza overtop, for the anise top note.
I smell like a lot of different and wonderful green things now!
I also got a marvelous cheese danish from a bakery I just discovered 5 minute’s walk from where I’m staying, and inhaled that for lunch. Friyay, indeed!
I have to visit zoologist page to see what they came up with for the last couple of years =)
I loved Civet, but it is too hard to wear it for me
You’ll be overwhelmed, as they’ve put out a LOT of new scents. Among the more popular ones are Camel and Bee. I like Camel and have also recently bought Musk Deer, which also seems pretty popular. Bee was a little much for me. Snowy Owl sounded very appealing but is just blah on me.
Musk Deer sounds interesting to me too. I also want to try T.Rex and Squid))
I am waiting for some sort of wild cat like a pallas cat for them to release =)
Oh, a Pallas Cat label would be too adorable! That little grumpy face! ?
Late to the party, but have to join in squee for Pallas Cats. I never heard of them until a few years ago when one was followed on a documentary about snow leopards. And I would certainly get a sample of any perfume featuring one.
I am completely off-project in Kyse Oui Plus! (that exclamation point is in the name). It’s about as far away from green as one can get with fragrance, but I smell delicious, so I don’t care.
I was going to hunt down my little decant of Biche Dans L’Absinthe from Gobin Daudé, which would have been perfect for today, but after pulling out several vials (I’m housing decants in various high-sided boxes so that they don’t tip over), I got lazy and quit looking.
Happy Friday, everybody. Y’all smell fantastic!
1) SOTD: No anise based scent! But I am in Cap Neroli, which has a herbally, minty undertones. Perfect pick me up for this rainy grey day!
2) So- I am doing a trial of The Class online, a boutique exercise offering. It’s a combo of HIT cardio and Power Yoga. The setting is bare bones, and the leaders are very good in cueing and guiding through the session. Great music selection!
However, there is a component of well meaning woo- which honestly goes with yoga based routines- and transitions are difficult (for me). It relies on burpees, which I F******* detest. And after FINALLY having my knee and shoulders healed from injury last summer, the last thing I need is something so stressful on joints. Gonna give it a couple of more sessions, then going to cancel ( but I will do their online retreat, which seems awesome)
Pros: Great combo of cardio & power yoga, extremely nice and focus teachers, great music selection, emphasis on movement and emotional catharsis, not diet culture.
Cons: Burpees, not for those with mobility issues, not for those who need more structure or who have specific body function goals, yoga woo, cost ($40/month)
Have you tried this exercise routine?
No, but in the before times, when I still had a gym membership, I used to do my own thing anyway. Never any burpees and I almost always do a standing push-up. $40 is a pretty good price though.
Standing push ups are severely underrated in my opinion!
Agreed…it’s better for the heart as well!
No no no no. Iv SEEN burpees and carefully choose workouts WITHOUT! ?
Burpees are pure evil. (My autocorrect turned burpees into burgers).?
it has become a THING! Back in college, only the football/soccer/track team did it. And when we did them, it was like 5 and done, because they are really hard compound body weight exercise. Now these trainers want you do burpees for a frigging hour I swear to God!
I haven’t tried that routine. But I am 100% convinced that burpees are a cosmic joke that no one should actually attempt.
Ha ha ha OUCH!
Until just now, I thought burpees was a brand of baby products… like a burp cloth! Lol! Ok, truth is I still don’t know, and I’m ok with it?
FYI: Burpees are a compound exercise consists of a squat thrust into plank position then back to standing. It’s good to do SLOWLY and in about a dozen reps max. But in many routines these days it done in multiple sets of a dozen each.
I hate it.
SotD = L’Heure Bleue EdT
and the EdP is on deck, waiting for a turn later today. I woke up thinking of L’HB, so satisfying when that happens.
I also thought of wearing Eau de Guerlain today. It’s one of my favorite colognes, and it feels green and herbal to me.
In honor of absinthe day I’ll watch Moulin Rouge! tonight. I loves me some over the top dramatic spectacle.
Happy FriYAY, fragrance friends.
Oh I need to watch Moulin Rouge again! FUN!
yes, do watch it when you can can can!
Moulin Rouge! is my favorite film from Baz Lurhman. I used to listen to the soundtrack albums (there were two) on repeat for days on end.
Love Moulin Rouge!
As I said in my comment to springpansy, I’m wearing two Ava Luxe perfumes – Absinthe on the left arm and Sweet Absinthe on the right arm and neck. Absinthe was actually in my “get rid of box” and has been for a while, but I thought I’d give it another chance today for the CP. I do still like it and since no one was interested in swapping with me the last time or two I had it on my swap list, I might see if my boyfriend wants to wear it.
I’m planning to post some freebies in the weekend poll, just a head’s up. ?
Maybe keep it even if your boyfriend doesn’t want to wear it?
I’m really trying to pare down my collection, so I’m trying to be discerning. It was nice enough today but I know I won’t choose to wear it again over any of my other perfumes.
I am still infatuated with Parfum de Therese =)
I live to read reviews of some users on basenotes and one guy wrote
“I’m at a loss for words on this one. (And if you’ve seen any of my past reviews, you know how serious that is!)
More than Diorissimo, or even Eau d’Hermes, Le Parfum de Thérèse demonstrates why Roudnitska was a giant among perfumers. Ladies, if some mysterious dark haired guy is stalking you while you wear this, it’s probably me. Just call my wife and she’ll drag me on home. Utter glory!”
Where are you people?
In my whole life only one person ever told me that I smelled fantastic and I was wearing Armani Mania that day.
whenever I wear something interesting people stay polite and just keep silent =)
The only people who ever compliment me on perfume are women. Not that I don’t like that, but so far, no handsome dark (male) stranger has stalked me!
? me neither
I wanted to stalk some women though and ask them about their perfume for sure
Did you ever read this review of Les parfum de Thérèse? http://graindemusc.blogspot.com/2010/04/edmond-roudnitskas-le-parfum-de-therese.html?m=1
No, I haven’t
Over a certain period I was staying with my boyfriend in an apartment in a high rise building and every now and then we would get off on our floor ( or we would finally be alone in the lift ) and I would say – “wow, someone smelled REALLY good – and he would say – “I think you were the only one wearing perfume.”
Interesting you could still smell you own perfume, I get used to mine very quickly
Not to mention that my own perfume suddenly smelled so different to me – if it was in fact my own that I WAS smelling…
Hi fragrant friends. I had Kerosene Black Vines lined up for today, or Lorenzo Villaresi Spezie, both of which I love, but I woke up craving Imaginary Authors Slow Explosions instead. It is chilly and windy here but so clear and sunny that I went for a drive in the country and ended up at my favorite thrift store. So fun! And tomorrow we are going to visit our daughter and her husband, who we haven’t seen in over a year. Crazy. I can’t wait!
That’s so great – have a wonderful visit!
Did you find anything of note at the thrift store?
My SOTD for today’s cp is Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue – an interesting blend of aromatic (fennel and other spices) and gourmand (crème brûleé, which I enhance by layering over LM Crème Brûlée Soufflé). Although Bond No. 9 doesn’t get much love from perfumistas, I spent a delightful afternoon at their shop on a visit to NYC a number of years ago. The SA was knowledgeable, friendly and very patient as I tried everything in the store and came away with many samples and the fun ‘shoe’-themed bottle. And I love this unusual scent at this time of year.
I was very fortunate to receive the first dose of the Covid vaccine this week with the second dose scheduled for the end of the month, for which I am extremely grateful as it was a nightmare to schedule. I would’ve taken whichever vaccine was available, but I was doubly pleased when I came home and saw the video of Dolly Parton getting her shot and the story of the million dollars she donated to Vanderbilt University resulting in the Moderna vaccine, which is the one she got, and the one I got, too.
And I am also extremely grateful to see the ground again! We’ve had a week of sunshine and slowly warming temps and melting snow. It will all be gone soon as temps rise early next week to the 60’s. And my favorite cardinals are already celebrating by singing their little red ♥️ out this week!
Wishing everyone a good weekend ahead. Stay strong, stay well, stay hopeful!
I too have that bottle of Andy Warhol with the shoes and like it. Must get it out to revisit some day soon. Congratulations on getting the vaccine! I hope you won’t have any side effects that are too bothersome. Some do, and some don’t. I got the Pfizer first one and was extremely tired for three days, so am kind of dreading the second one.
Luckily, I’ve not had any side effects thus far, thank you for asking.. Sorry you had several uncomfortable days with yours, hope that the second one goes better ? At least you know your immune system is working!
My favorite Bond no. 9 is Bryant Park, which also gets very little love, but I love it! I first bought the small spray that comes in a cardboard tube, then a few years later bought a full bottle when I saw it on sale at my favorite, now sadly departed, perfume store. Bond no. 9 used to send me sample sprays in the mail every now and then.
I have a sample of Bryant Park, that’s a nice one! I’m curious, what was your favorite but now-departed perfume store? Was it in Chicago?
No, it was outside the Twin Cities, where I grew up. La Petite Perfumerie. The owner retired, then opened up shop again, then retired again! Do you have a favorite store in Chicago? I haven’t been anywhere except the department stores and the Aroma Workshop. There used to be a l’Artisan Parfumeur store in the Bloomingdale’s building on Michigan Ave., but that’s gone too. I miss it!
No favorite store, except for Merz Apothecary in Lincoln Square, awesome shop for anything fragrance-related. I think they have a thousand varieties of scented bar soap!
Hooray for your vaccine! I was thrilled to get the Pfizer vaccine because, yay vaccine! But a tiny bit of me was sad because I would have loved the Moderna vaccine for the Dolly connection. Her Imagination Library! ❤️❤️
Yay vaccine is right! I didn’t care which one I got; it was just an extra bonus for me when I came home and saw her delightful video!
Congrats on getting your first shot!
Yes, whew is all I can say!
Congrats on the first dose!
Yay for sunshine and vaccines!
Sunshine, vaccines AND reappearing-earth/disappearing snow! ?
SOTD = Kilian Gold Knight
Full credit for wearing a perfume with anise! This is a sweet and spicy gourmand, to my nose. I like Woman in Gold better but this one is also pretty good!
In other news, I strolled by the daily lemming and saw that it was for a “hibiscus” scented hand cream. The funny story I have is that someone who used to work on my team years ago mentioned that she just chatted with her former manager who just had surgery on her “hibiscus” and I was scratching my head because I knew that’s a flower and I asked her what part and she said the knee to repair a torn hibiscus. Got it ?!
Well, I just hope that gal doesn’t have a bouquet of meniscus on her kitchen table.
Now THAT is a truly disturbing and yet glorious image…
I had to laugh at that funny yet horribly squick-inducing mental picture.
Just a touch of nightmare fuel there…or in the faintly macabre (“But you can call me Aunt Faintly”) category.
That would be horrifying ??
Lol! Laughing in the grocery store parking lot ?
Glad I can make you laugh!
Looks like you have the beginning of “Owlhenge” there on Insta!
Lol! You’re right!
Owlhenge is a perfect description!
That’s a good description!
Oh my gosh, that is hilarious…torn hibiscus haha.
Went with Reglisse Noire today. I really enjoy this one, but I do like licorice (in all forms). Happy Friday everyone!
Do you like it in food as well?
I at least got the colour right with Caron’s Pour un Homme! It was a hot day so I had it layered with Kumquat&Myrrh which gives everything a fresh bright effervescence. Tonight it’s cooler though and I’m enjoying it in all its original vanilla-powder bomb splendour.
Points then? Of course!
Find myself in the midst of a pity party/sulky soiree today and trying to scare off my bad mood with some Jovoy Psychedelique which is a big, bold patchouli monster.
That’s me helping you to scare off your bad mood ??
I hope you scared it off, but if not I’ll shout “GO AWAY!”
Bye bye funk!
Definitely going to be using “sulky soirée” from now on! Hope things perk up soon.
Enjoying the latest in a string of sunny days, even if today is windy and cold.
SOTD = L’Artisan Fou d’Absinthe EdP, from a L’Artisan sample set. Someone here said that it was a weird one earlier in the week, and I have to agree.
The wind today really made it feel colder than it was supposed to be, even with the sun.
Yeah, I had nasty raw wind here, too. I won’t be upset when that leaves!
ha! lol’d at “weird one” Sometimes it’s the weird perfumes that are the best.
I mentioned kumquats a few days ago, and you asked what I do with them. I eat them like candy mostly.
Sometimes I chop one up and drop it in a glass then fill it with ice and club soda or ginger ale. And sliced kumquats are delish in a green salad. Looks pretty, too. If I had a tree full of kumquats I’d make marmalade. It’s divine.
I should remember Fou d’Absinthe as a possible Halloween perfume. There’s something about it that fits the “scaring season” vibe.
Thanks for the answer on kumquats! I see them every so often at either Whole Foods or Wegman’s, but have passed them by. Maybe it’s time a gave them an exploratory nibble.
Argh! “I gave them”… How did I miss that typo?
I don’t remember what it smells like but I bet you smell great. Despite it being colder than yesterday, I dressed better and managed a 2.25 mile walk today!
I got my first vaccination today. My arm hurts (he stuck the needle in all the way to the hub) but otherwise I feel fine. I’m wearing Lolita Lempica for the anise note. This is such a beautiful fragrance.
Twins! I’m also in LL for the anise. I got a mini of it not too long ago. It smells different from my very old sample, but not in a bad way.
Hope that your arm feels better tomorrow.
LL is so very beautiful. I have a large-ish manufacturer’s sample I’m hoarding.
Congrats on your 1st shot! I had mine on Monday. My arm was SORE, and I’ve been fatigued all week, but I’ll take it all as a fair trade off in the battle to rid us of the pestilence.
I totally agree on your ‘fair trade off’ comments!
Congrats on your first dose, mine was on Wednesday. Hope your arm feels better tomorrow!
Congrats on shot #1!
Yay for vaccination! Hope your arm doesn’t hurt too badly!
I’m in no way CP compliant in Mojave Ghost. It’s odd – I really like absinthe and other extremely bitter drinks, but it’s not a set of notes I’m drawn to in perfume.
LONG week. One of our students committed suicide and it hit everybody extremely hard. I have no words. I just desperately want everything to go back to normal because I’m so worried about the kids.
Sorry for the heavy post.
I’m so sorry Sistine, just so very sorry.
I’m so very sorry, Sistine. Sending you hugs.
Oh no, I am so sorry. Always terrible to lose a kid that way.
I am so sorry sistine. Suicide leaves an indelible mark on everyone left behind.
I am so sorry, Sistine. Sending hugs.
I’m so sorry.
I work with little learners, and even they are having a hard time.
Sistine, I’m so sorry for your loss and for the hole this leaves in so many hearts.
I’m so sorry for your loss, sending you a big hug. ?My son is a HS teacher and has experienced this first-hand; I understand how hard it hits.
I’m so sorry, Sistine.
Oh, Sistine. Sending soooo much love to you and your community. So crushing.
Btw, I think you smell great in Mojave Ghost.
Oh Sistine, so sorry to hear your heartbreaking news. Do take care of yourself! Sending you my condolences.
So terribly sorry. Great big hugs to you.
Terrible news: sending hugs
Oh sistine, how terribly heartbreaking. I am so sorry.
I have no words either, but I feel for you and your students.
Finally sitting down to post my cp failure. I wore Nest Sunkissed Hibiscus today. I’m still not feeling a hundred percent, and wanted something light and close to the skin. If you are looking for something beachy, this is great.
But you are feeling a little better today?
Better than yesterday. I am going to bed early again tonight. I think that helped, along with vitamins.
Sending you a virtual bowl of chicken soup! ??
Hope you’re feeling much better soon. Be kind to yourself – it’s not a ‘cp failure.’ You just chose something else, because that’s what your body told you to do. Take care. ?
Slightly better is still better! You do you with the CP!
“Beachy”, you say? You know I love beachy lol!
Hope you feel better soon, lillyjo.
I missed that you were unwell, hope you will be 100% soon. Yes, vitamins do help imo.
I hope you are feeling better today lillyjo!??
Not participating today. Wore No. 18 on Wednesday and yesterday both and then today Dune. Smell good even though I don’t get any points! Happy Friday, friends!
Smelling good indeed!
I don’t like the smell or taste of absinthe, licorice, oizo or other derivates. So I don’t have anything to participate. I went with a sample of Eternal Oud by Kilian. It was ok…nothing special (reminds me of something Montale) and it’s way overpriced.