Happy Almost Friday, happy World Art Day, happy National Anime Day and happy Universal Day of Culture! It's also Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, and if you're in the US, it's kinda/ sorta Tax Day (the tax filing date has been postponed to May 17, but if you pay estimated taxes, they're still due today). What fragrance are you wearing?
So I can think of three basic ways to approach the right scent for a spring clean: wear something über sophisticated (and maybe a tiara) to elevate the task, wear something motivational to get you going, or wear something incredibly cheerful to keep your spirits up. Today, I'm taking the third path, in Diptyque Oyédo (although I also considered Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus).
Reminder: 4/16 will be Spring clean! Wear the perfect fragrance for doing household chores. Suggested by LisaD.
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: the image shows items from Ikea's limited edition Borstad collection from early 2020, including the rattan carpet beater (I wanted one of those, just because they're pretty) and rattan laundry baskets. All of the items are long gone in the US, but some countries still have a few.
SOTD Iris Torréfié because I wore it out last night and I can smell it in my hair.
I initially wasn’t a fan of this scent but its growing on me. I find it doesn’t last but maybe its my nose not smelling the Guerlainade dry down? Thoughts?
Last night I met girlfriend out in SoHo, my first time going out in over a year. I wore the jacket I bough yesterday and a pair of heels.
Tea is Jet Black
Notes from the site are:
Indian black assam tea, brazilian roasted maté, barley malt, Coffee Manufactory coffee, natural flavoring.
Tastes like: espresso beans, hazelnut, sugar cane, steamed milk
Feels like: breakfast in a roman café
Regarding Iris Torréfié: I find that it does not last on my skin all that well either, although it is possible that I am not able to smell some components in the base. However when I apply it on clothes I can smell it easily for 12+ hours (albeit unchanged, but still pretty).
Loved your jacket and it’s so nice that we can slowly begin going out again.
Thanks for your thoughts. Your clothing comment made me think I should spray more on my clothing than on my body. I really enjoy that initial opening, it is so beautiful.
I enjoyed wearing the jacket too, I think pink will be my color for spring.
Oh, pink is fantastic! Light pink or a darker pink?
I can’t wear any version of pink whatsoever.
Orange (Hermès orange) is my signature color.
I like both light and dark pink, and a nice dusty rose color.
I love love Hermes orange
Ohhh, a nice dusty rose must look gorgeous on you!
Yep, Mr. SmokeyToes tells me my signature color resembles a traffic cone but I’m okay with that!
Who produces your Jet Black tea?
for my birthday I got 10 samples from a tea company called August uncommon. So far so good, some are better iced than hot. Its ok, not jumping on a tin just yet!
I really loved that one, it lasted maybe 4 hours or so? Not enough to buy it but I blew through the sample.
Ha, Robin, we are on the same wavelength today. I decided on OJ Osmanthus when I woke up today. We have sunshine and I have a list of Things To Accomplish. It feels like it’s going to be a good day!
I may join you after the Oyedo wears off!
But boo, no sunshine here to carry me through my list of Things To Accomplish. (I think that means you have to add my things to YOUR list?)
Haha–no thanks on more things for the List. Already did my workout and first set of work email. Next on the list: Make banana bread!
Sunshine *and* banana bread…that is a good day.
Lalique Encre Noire, not really a spring scent! But it’s cool and rainy today, so it seemed right.
I think vetiver is always in season.
Morning all! Wearing Toy 2 a fruity, clean soapy scent to get the cleaning mood going. I think I am one of those that will choose the motivational scent because I need that extra push! ?
Whatever it takes!
Good morning Y’all,
Wearing Simply Jil Sander Eau de Parfum Poudrée today and loving that soft baby powder vibe. Reminds me of snuggling with my 3 babies after bath time (that’s been quite a while back now, LOL)! Good stuff….
I’m wearing a Smell Bent prototype called April. I got a few full bottles (unsniffed) when Smell Bent was selling prototypes for half off. I have no idea of the notes, but maybe carnation? It’s pretty, but even though I sprayed a lot, its turned into a skin scent.
Another chilly morning and I am in a healthy dose of Vanille Sauvage de Madagascar by La Maison de la Vanille, probably my favourite of their original five scents. No, wait: definitely my favourite. It’s just so cozy and welcoming.
I just went to their website and discovered they have a rose vanilla, and the only thing I have to say about that is: uh-oh.
Oh, that is tempting.
Amouage Memoir Woman. I read through your CP description, Robin, and decided I’d go the glamour route today. I will clean exactly nothing today (though I do give the espresso machine and little wipe every time I use it ) – a day full of teaching and taking classes.
Memoir is lovely!
Perfect glamorous cleaning scent
Wearing the glamorous cleaning option and then doing no cleaning is even more glamorous
Made my Sephora order today. Just got an eye shadow and a travel spray of Lady Vengeance. Nothing else really grabbed me at Sephora. Spent some time in no 5 this morning and since I have showered, I am in Happy. I can’t wait until Saturday because it’s a day off. It took me by surprise that Sephora wouldn’t let me use that $10 credit because I was using the spring sale code.
That seems crazy that you can’t use a credit whenever.
Well, this is a first for me: wearing a Shalimar.
Not the OG Shalimar (which has a pronounced note of petrol on me) but rather the Philtre de Parfum and about 8 sprays at that.
I’m not a Shalimar connoisseur by any means but the Philtre seems to bear a resemblance to original except everything is toned down (especially the gasoline note, which is my nemesis). I find it very pleasant, cozy and easy to wear. I can see buying a FB in the future.
Thank you, Hajusuuri, for introducing me to this lovely fragrance!
I am dying to try this!
How are you liking after the initial spray?
I like it in all of its stages: the citrus opening is very nice (no harsh, detergent or cleaning/polishing product associations). I don’t really get any lavender. I then smell something vaguely floral and slightly powdery but cannot discern a specific flower. A slight smokiness with just a touch of gasoline (not enough to put me off) follows and then it’s mostly balsamic vanilla.
Not a gourmand fragrance at all. Just a well balanced if light weight Shalimar. Which is just fine for me but others, especially big fans of the real thing, may find it too toned down.
I also think it could work well in all seasons.
It’s really cozy. A nice sweater scent. Do you get Opoponax in the dry down or is it just me?
I can’t say that I do, Petunia. I will pay more attention with future wearings.
I guess folks who are interested should sample then. I’m not an expert by any means.
Ohhh, now you’re making me want to try this one out. I am a huge fan of Opoponax…
I wore it to bed a few nights ago. One spray on my wrist. It was very present and I could still smell it really well, when I woke. It lasted until I showered.
Wow, that’s some serious staying power!
You smell wonderful and you inspired me to wear Shalimar EdP today. Thank you!
I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets petrol from Shalimar! I also get that from vanilla pods if I sniff closely. I don’t get any hint of petrol when I’m using them, but definitely there in close-up.
Glad you like it!
It’s raining all day and it feels more like September instead of April.
I’m wearing Diptyque Eau Capitale for a lonely day in the lab.
Raining here too..
Scent of the moment is just some Mrs. Meyers Clean Day hand lotion in the honeysuckle scent, and it’s not bad, scent-wise (it’s a bit sticky, lotion-wise). But I have to tell you about a perfume-related moment on tv last night. Mr. G and I have just started Longmire, and there was a scene where Sheriff Longmire goes to give a woman some bad news. Later he tells her that he recognized her perfume as soon as she opened the door. “Jo Malone?” he says wistfully. She nods. “My wife always wore that” he replies. I burst out laughing, and had to explain to Mr. G that there are dozens of JM scents, and none of them is referred to just as “Jo Malone”. Sheez.
Not to mention that I would have expected more of a classic or unusual one–Jo Malone seems sort of mall-ish to mention and think of wistfully. It would have been much more interesting if she had been wearing Stetson or Sauvage or something like that!
Exactly! Writers, do some research!
That’s so funny. If they had said Chanel or Geurlain or someplace with a “house vibe” it would have at least made sense not to specifiy. Jo Malone though?
I was reading a book last night where the narrator complained that a bougie brunch reeked like Santal 33, which was specific enough to make sense.
Yes, exactly – Guerlainade is so recognizable, or if they’d said “Chanel”, one would assume they meant No. 5. So many better choices than what they chose!
And now, post-shower, I’m enjoying Soivohle’s geranium oil layered over TDC Kashan Rose. Really a very nice combination – I’ll be doing this one again!
Trying Dusita Splendiris today, which I did a quick sampling of last week, and it’s really lovely.
I get violets, citrus, musk and powder in the opening but do not fear…there is vanilla in the drydown too.
Oh, I like that one! You smell great!
Also I am four episodes into Beforeigners on HBO which a friend recommended and it has been a real delight…comedy, drama and fantasy…a perfect diversion…curious if anyone has watched it as I had not heard of it…it was filmed in Norway and has subtitles…don’t google though just start w/ episode 1…
I bingewatched this last week, hope there will be more soon
Yes, not sure when S2 will come out but it’s in production I believe…so good!
I love my bottle of Splendiris. Gorgeous perfume and the color of the juice is so pretty!
You smell divine! I love Splendiris.
I have a travel spray of it and it is nice!
I’m enjoying a little cloud of Rose Flash today! It always seems too sweet at first, but then it calms down nicely.
I’m also discovering that I’m mildly allergic to titanium dioxide. I bought some mineral makeup and was thrilled with the natural look and feel…but my skin is itching. Maybe not the best idea to test on a work day…
Thinking of getting a bottle of Rose Flash but have to pay a couple pesky bills first.
Ugh, hope your skin is better tonight!
Borrowing from irisjasmine, I too am in a cloud–but of vintage Coco. This was an eBay purchase, about a year ago. It was a splash bottle, which made me nervous. But never mind, the perfume is fabby. Anyone ever lay their hands on Coco parfum/extrait? Where would one buy such a thing if it exists?
I have some Coco from the Chanel fragrance wardrobe from the 1990’s. The Coco is still ah-mazing..
Ditto that. Totally swoon-worthy, desert island scent. I have some EDP from the 1990’s that is so decadent.
I think you can buy Coco parfum on the Chanel site. But maybe you mean vintage or in a brick-and-mortar? My vintage Coco EDP samples are dwindling but still ah-mazing as LTSG says! (Soon will have a bit more thanks to a lovely NST-er.)
You can get the parfum for $210 half ounce off the Chanel website. Right now it’s on back order. I would keep checking back to see if it’s in stock.
Weird. I’ve looked on the site before and missed it. Just joined the queue to be notified when it is back in stock. At that price, patience suddenly manifests!
you can find coco parfum on both ebay and etsy. a generous nster sent me some but i never reached for it so i passed it on to another lovely nster.
I am wearing Gris Montaigne today, currently known as Gris Dior. I have worn this scent to clean in the past but I usually forget to wear scent on housework day.
You smell fabulous!
Thunking my sample of DSH Cimabue today. Gonna get some mileage out of these spicy wintery scents before I move somewhere with an actual spring.
That’s such a nice one too.
I’ve been saving Oyedo for tomorow’s CP! Today testing more CBIHP, this time Fir Tree, which delivers exactly what the name promises. I’m wondering if my samples are old though, because again I needed to put on half the sample vial to smell anything, and it was all but gone in an hour.
Last night I did wrist to wrist comparison of In Love Again to a sample of Rose Ikebana and while I find RI more tart and less sweet, I’m happy that I’ll have a close enough replacement once my FB of ILA is done.
Drinking golden monkey tea from Clippership and trying to get work done despite a fidgety old cat who insists on being held when there are no sunny spots in the house for her to nap in.
I always think of RI as the (upscale) Hermes version of ILA: more tart, less sweet, maybe a little less fun, maybe a little more sophisticated. Definitely more expensive!
If ILA came in a 15 ml bottle I’d buy that too, it would be nice to have both.
I am wearing Covet, which is great for spring, but I am still not cleaning.
Got me a nail stamping set and had some fun with my nails today.
That does sound like more fun than cleaning!
Wearing Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic – this scent hits all the right notes Clementine, Orange Blossom, Green Tea and Ivy. It manages to be refreshing and soft at the same time. It reminds me a little of Annick Goutal’s Eau de Camille. I might spritz that later this afternoon. My bottle is beginning to turn so it’s use it or lose it!
Had a great workout at the gym yesterday. I am beginning to feel a little stronger each day. I was able to increase the weights and am doing three full sets of 10, using heavier weights.
Had a Zoom work meeting yesterday and someone mentioned I look tired and worn out. ?
I don’t normally get annoyed but jeez, how about just refraining from saying anything if it can’t be kind and supportive.
Ugh to that comment. How do people not understand that it is the opposite of helpful to hear things like that.
Also, you smell great today, and yay for feeling stronger!
True, not helpful. In my head, I was imagining myself being brave and saying “wow, that hurt my feelings” but I never do. It’s work, and people aren’t at their best. Nothing good comes of saying anything anyway.
I also took a look in the mirror, I am looking a bit ‘wooley-booger’ lately. I definitely need a hair cut.
congrats on feeling stronger smokeytoes!
i would be bothered by that comment too. that’s pretty forward- and rude! it would be one thing for a close friend to say that privately, but in a zoom call is just uncalled for.
I think I will hit the gym and get a workout, hopefully good vibes will follow!
That was definitely rude. If they said it because they were worried about you, they should have waited until you were alone to mention it.
Show me one person who doesn’t look tired and worn out over zoom!
I totally agree, saying something on the side would have been better received. In front of 15 people? Not so much.
I am looking at ordering Bobbi Brown concealers though, I her they are magical for covering up dark circles. Now if I can just get through the allergy season, I’m all good. Taking Flonase and Claritin isn’t helping very much.
That was just plain rude!
Popping in real quick to say hi! Just haven’t made time to comment the last five days or so, but I’ve been smelling good. Yesterday I wore the lovely Tom Ford Ombre de Hyacinth, and I wanted something in the green floral family again today so I’ve finished off an old sample of vintage No. 19. No concentration is listed since it was just an extra sample that came with a swap on MUA, but I’m pretty sure it’s EDT. Luckily, I’ve got a bottle of vintage EDT, so no biggie on finishing the sample. On my birthday on Sunday I wore Dilettante during the day and Lost Cherry at night. Both felt perfect. ?
Happy Birthday – you smell (and have been smelling) great!
Thank you! And I owe you an email – I haven’t forgotten!
I’m in Dame Citrus Man. Which frankly is a little too manly for me, lol. I do like it though so maybe i’ll give it to my other half. I would like to smell it on him.?
I had one of my stress dreams last night. It’s always a variation on the same theme. I forget to show up for a final, I forget to study for a final, I forget to go to class for the whole semester (i know right?) or I forget to drop a class officially but stop going…You get the idea. Last night I dreamt I slept through the exam I have coming up on Monday. I know that’s never gonna happen because of the time it is, but clearly it’s in the back of my brain. My dad is 76 and tells me he still occasionally has these dreams. Ugh. Stress! I hate it.
I still get those, twenty years after graduating from college. I think I even had a forgot-my-junior-high-locker-combo dream a while back…
Mine is usually that I have a solo in the high school band but haven’t practiced and don’t remember how to play my instrument.
I have those dreams. And I am waaayyyy out of college..
I’m wearing Angels Share again because I am not home and it’s the only thing I found in my handbag. This fragrance makes me think that whoever wears it shouldn’t clean at all, they should have someone do it for them while they recline on a chaise and drink cognac. Wish I could teach the pets to clean, they are the ones who cause the messes.
Would give a whole new meaning to the term “service dog”. ?
Golden Acacia for me today as I gradually clean out and pack up my possessions. Looks like we’re going to have a May 14th pickup but not get our stuff until June 26th! Moving is just so stressful.
It truly is. I hope your move goes as smoothly as possible.
That’s a long time! Good luck with your packing.
A classic perfume for Friday – Miss Dior.
Wearing vintage Patou 1000 EDT and loving it. Looking forward to the Swap Meet where I will be trading away Tauer PHI, some discontinued Pacifica perfumes, amongst other goodies. Some of my favorite bottles have been obtained in blind trades during this event including Womanity Taste of Flavor and Papillon Anubis.
You smell wonderful! That was my mother’s signature scent, and I can’t wear it because it makes me feel like a little kid dressing up in her clothes, but I love it dearly.
Thank you. I have really been enjoying my vintage fragrances recently and I wear this one to sleep in frequently.
Found! A box of vintage perfumes that were in a box from my move a while ago. My husband found it, actually. Nothing screams anything the NST community is longing for, which probably explains it.
My friend who did estate sales moved. I know the place she trained and when the restrictions are lifted, I’m there! Hit or miss with perfume, but that’s half the fun.
Off to PT, shortly, but will wear a VS Vanilla Lace.
Lucky find! What was in the box? Inquiring minds are dying to know!
Will report back, Sapphire. This wasn’t a collection of Shalimars or different Chanel’s, ? It will probably be a disappointment.
You are late!?
I only just got around to deciding to smell like something today, after waking from hideous dreams and feeling rather bleak all morning. Thankfully, now the sun is out and the day’s Zoom meetings are done and I’m in Cuir de Russie since it’s both comforting and spine-straightening for me.
I hope the day got better! I hate nightmares. They really throw off your equilibrium. Take care.
I hope you’re feeling better now. That sounds like a terrible night.
Wearing Iris Torrefie on one hand and Hiris on the other after reading what others are wearing. IT is much warmer and kind of golden, not typical. Hiris is a little soapy, actually. Trying to figure out what I own that is similar to IUNX Talc that was mentioned yesterday. I have a little sample from the ever-generous Hajusuuri. Bummed that it’s discontinued.
You smell fabulous and have the iris bases beautifully covered. I share your bummed-outness about Talc
I have not tried to look for it but I have a hugh bottle. I’ll put up some in the swapmeet!
I found a 20 ml bottle on a French website called Rendez-vous. Said a little prayer and went ahead and order it since the price was fair and no VAT. Shipping still a bit ridiculous, but I’ll just be happy if all is legit and it arrives.
I’m wearing my new bottle of Chant d’Aromes today. I didn’t plan it, but I think it suits spring cleaning very well! It’s bright and soapy, a little bit citrus-y.
Spring allergies have really struck me hard this year, so I’m not in any mood to actually spring clean at this moment!
I don’t even know what to wear tomorrow! Sorry you have worse than usual allergies.
SOTD = Le Labo Iris 39
Craziness abound at work, not the least of which involve people who think their sorry excuse for not doing something will not be fact-checked. SMH.
I won’t mention the name because it is a small business. I recently ordered a set of travel sprays, absolutely the perfect size as I wasn’t ready to commit to a FB. The price point was also reasonable, about $35 per travel spray. I was all ready to wear one of them this morning and I kept pressing the atomizer and nothing came out. Hmmm, odd, because usually by the time I’ve pressed it 10x, something would come out. I tipped the atomizer to look at the clear glass bottom and ?, it was empty! I checked the others and 3 out the 5 altogether looked like they weren’t filled to begin with: no residue, nothing on the outside, no leakage into the box. I contacted the company and now I have replacements coming plus a bonus one for the inconvenience. So, as a math nerd, I am trying to figure out the cost of this mistake (excluding my time) and I came up with ~ $100. I don’t know what kind of quality control takes place there but if this is typical of a transaction (but I hope not), this business would run out of $s just in an effort to make things right. Off my soapbox.
I’m in love with Spicy Owl
Heh, he is cute!
You smell wonderful. One of my top favorite Iris scents!
Isn’t it? It took me a few trips to Barneys to finally decide on it. And I had no clue at that time about the City Exclusives!
Wow, that’s really careless. I’m really surprised no one caught that mistake!
I was scratching my head as to how that could have happened. At the very least, just check each one since they are adding some perfume description cards and a sample of another perfume.
And Iris 39!
I wore Las Flores by Provision today. I refuse to participate in the CP because since our students have been back full time, I’ve been cleaning and sanitizing non-stop. My house isn’t going to be touched until at least July. I am so done with cleaning. 80 minutes today (I set a timer because I was curious).
I love having them back. But this cleaning is bananas.
I would do an anti-cleaning scent ?. 80 minutes is a lot of cleaning and sanitizing.