We're marking the first weekend of 2023 with our usual open thread poll. Talk about anything you like — the fragrance you’re wearing today, the 2023 fragrance release you're itching to try, whatever.
Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…
Note: top image shows Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year for 2023, Raspberry Blush ("a vivacious shade of coral tinged with pink").
Haven’t spent a lot of time with Andy Tauer offerings recently and wearing Une Rose de Kandahar today. Luckyscent sent me an email with $25 off $75 or more last night. Naturally, I took advantage. Got a backup of the Gris Charnel travel spray and the Indult sample set. Code is Thanks25.
PSA twins! 😂
Haha, triplets!😆 Great minds really do think alike!
Box of Eels for me today.
PSA: $25 off $75 at Luckyscent with code thanks25. Worked for me this morning, unsure of how long it will be active.
You smell great! What’d ya get? Inquiring minds want to know.🤩
I didn’t actually use it. I just tested it with what’s in my cart (and has been there since 2020!😄) to make sure it was an accurate code, because I found out about via word of mouth. I guess you could say I “almost” purchased the stuff in my cart. I won’t buy anything from Luckyscent because of our past “relationship” but I know most people WILL, especially with a discount code. Would have made more sense to me if it was 25% off, encouraging “the more you purchase, the more you save…” mentality- aka “Perfume Math” 😃
I used it to get a free Tauer soap. 😇
I’ll be in Casmir today, because I haven’t worn it yet this season.
I’m reeeaaalllly hoping the sun will come out today. It’s officially been 14 days since we’ve seen it here. The forecast says sun, so fingers crossed.🤞🌞
No big plans for today. Maybe a target run and then a movie on Netflix tonight. Exciting stuff, I know. Lol
I got an email from Luckyscent yesterday offering $25 off with the code THANKS25 (no affiliation) and I’m wondering if they sent it because I’ve had Byredo De los Santos sitting in my cart all week. Now I’m totally tempted, and it is my birthday month after all. Whaddayathink?
I think yes! Get yourself a present!
They promised sun for me too. So far nothing. 🤞🌞
We are forecast to get sunshine today too, but the permacloud is firmly in place 😭
You are smelling great today.
I didn’t even get a peek of today’s promised sun. Maybe it’s a day late..
Cašmir is so great, the very definition of too-muchness (in the best possible way). Enjoy smelling so good!
I say go for the byredo!
No sun up here. ☹️
Sun? What’s that..? 🤔
It’s been very gray in Chicago too. No sun today. Boo.
Absolutely get a little something-something for your birthday!
Yesterday was a lighter shade of grey for me, but still grey. At least I was able to take down the Christmas lights this weekend in decent weather. Today was a darker shade of grey. Phooey!
It’s supposed to rain most of today and tomorrow so I am looking for indoor projects this weekend. I’m wearing Tubereuse Criminelle. I need to wrap the sprayer, it is evaporating quickly.
You smell great! And we’re rainy PNW twins☔️
I couldn’t make up my mind what to wear today so I finally chose Gris Clair since it smelled so good when I wore it the other day. My perfumeista-in-training friend loved it at our sniff fest. I had her try some classics: Chanel No 5 (she said it felt like something was biting her nose lol), Shalimar (she liked the dry down), Coco (loved), Chanel 19 (she discovered that galbanum is a note she likes), etc. She learned how different leather can smell and how you don’t know what something smells like just from reading the notes. Her favorite perfume is Baccarat Rouge 540 which just smells terrible on me. It was really fun! Next time we are going to concentrate on some indies like Zoologist and Imaginary Lovers.
Imaginary Lovers?I’m aware of Imaginary Authors,is there a Lovers version as well?
Enquiring minds wants to know…🤣😉✌🏻
Hahaha there’s an old song called Imaginary Lovers that automatically starts playing in my head when I type Imaginary….of course I meant Authors 😂😂
I remember that song! One of my favorites when I was younger.
I also remember that song!
I think she and I might have some similar taste!
Standby weekend for January,so I’m just lazying around home.Plus scheduled powercuts(as seen on TV probably) still in full force,2,5 hours at a time,3 times a day.The distant hummmm of generator for the country club woke me up from my afternoon snooze.Cloudy and cool.
Byredo Mixed Emotions,thunked the sample.Not on my fb list,it’s nice but yeah,it truly does evoke mixed emotions.
On my try list is Byredo’s Eyes Closed.
FB list so far….
3.Dusita Splendiris(on its way as we speak,any day now!)
Congratulations on your new bottle. Dusita is a house I haven’t tried.
I’m also slowly dipping my toes in the Dusita-waters
I feel bad you have to go through the power cuts. Are they ever going to fix the problem?
Doesn’t it affect the refrigerated food?
I should hope they fix the damn problem soon!But yeah,part of the ongoing global energy crisis,it’s always us in the so-called 3rd world countries that get hit first though.My food is fine,stuff does not defrost that quickly luckily.Plus pretty efficient fridge-brand that does help too.✌🏻
Yay for your new bottle! But believe it or not, I haven’t heard a peep on US media about your power situation. They’ve been preoccupied with happenings in Washington DC this week…
Just got back from running a bunch of errands: we kept almost deciding to take the bus, but the weather was so congenial — -1C, no wind, sun peeking through the clouds — that we ended up walking walking walking everywhere. Eight kilometres! Got everything done, too, including groceries. I put on Yves Rocher Orange & Chocolat edt after showering, and I think I’ll top it up — it’s so pleasant, like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange you can wear.
You smell delicious. I adore Terry’s Chocolate Oranges, get them every December and hoard them for months.
I am in Shalimar Tonka layered over Mon Guerlain lotion, don’t ask me, it’s just working for now
Plant experts?! Question: my orchid seems to have a small branch shoot coming out- do I let it shoot out or curve it up and attach it to my bamboo rod in the plant?
Curious to know what everyone is hoping to try for perfume releases this year? I am also into book releases…
You smell wonderful. Plants in my care (mine and someone else’s) die in my care 🤷🏻♀️.
I’m contemplating my return to work tomorrow after a two week break – that’s long enough to get really used to being on holiday. On the plus side, I am looking forward to catching up with colleagues.
I also got the email from Luckyscent, and am thinking about using it for some samples, I’m trying very hard not to spend much before my trip, which is now less than three months away.
Meanwhile, I’m wearing a dab of Ormond Jayne Osmanthus from a previous sample order.
Many apologies, this was supposed to be a separate comment!
Where are your traveling to if you don’t mind me asking?
I love luckyscent so it’s hard to resist
I don’t mind you asking at all
I’m going to Cairo, Paris and Athens. The trip has been a long time in the planning, and now that it’s so close, it’s starting to seem real.
This is the 2nd time I had an orchid re-bloom and I can’t remember what I did it’s been that long
Orchid? Do you mean an arial root? Sort of a pale white or gray thingy? See this video for info.
If it’s green and looks like a true stem, then yes, you can gently start to bend it towards your stake. Don’t force it. Do a little at a time as it grows. Depending on variety this could be a future flowering stem so be gentle.
It has small buds about 3 or 4 buds- future flowers
Going to second Kelly Red on your plant pokey-outey thing being a future flower stem. I used to keep orchids back in the early 2000’s.
SOTD = Jo Malone Vetiver and Golden Vanilla
I’m trying to start favorite color CP week and we all know what I chose. Anyway, I don’t recall the color of this juice but Vetiver always gives me the green-yellow vibe so I will make it count!
In other news, I went ahead and opened another CD at a good rate. It was actually for 12 months and not 13 months; however, there is not much of a difference. Also, contrary to what I thought, the rate quoted is actually lower than the Annual Percentage Rate due to compounding of interest rate accruals. If you have $s that you don’t need to tap into over the next 12 or 13 months, you should think about converting to a CD as long as the rate is at or above 4%. Unless you are taking advantage of a deal, you should be able to convert to a CD with your existing balance. I would keep some $s in your checking or savings as that gives you the best flexibility once the CD matures. Your CD balance should count towards your overall relationship balance as it doesn’t make sense to switch if you will be charged fees to have checking or savings at the same institution. Finally, as financial institutions want to attract deposits, you may want to ship around and see which one gives you the best offer – be careful to make sure you can meet the requirements and be prepared to wait 90 days after you fulfill the requirements to get your bonus reward.
Since I finally have enough money in my savings account to start accruing some real $ in interest, I’m also glad that interest rates are up a bit! You can get rates over 4% right now if you feel comfortable with an online bank. I recently opened a new savings account with my credit card company and am getting 3.3%, which is fine by me. It’s so fun to see those dollars that I’m earning without doing anything be deposited into my account each month ;). I’ve never done CDs, but I know some people stagger them (or make a “ladder”) so that there’s always some money being liberated soon and it’s not all tied up on the same schedule. I’m too lazy to try that though.
This is what I have been doing. Stashing money in an on-line high interest savings account. The increasing interest rates have absolutely delighted me! 😃
There are some policies that seem financially draconian for balances left over time and the only way around it is to withdraw / convert. As to laddering, I’ve done that but these days, the best rates are for the ones with shorter maturity.
I’m comfortable with online banks but have not used any.
My Mom used to have several CDs.
In Guerlain Rose Cherie. I always fall in love with Guerlain rose scents, and this one is no exception. It will go, as usual, to my very long “buy list”. For now, I will enjoy the sample that a very generous NSTer sent me.
Happy weekend, everyone! 🌹
Guerlain House twins
Yay! We smell great! 🌹
Rose Cherie is so good!
So, so beautiful! 😍
FYI-I heard through ShopF that prices for this line are going up in Feb, so I would jump on Rose Cherie if you really want a FB
Oh! Thanks for the info! I’ll check right away.
I finally found my sample of Rose Cherie yesterday. It only took me a week to find it! 🤣🤣🤣
Now, I hope you like it! Lol!
The movie yesterday was great, I don’t mind telling you. My friend was a bit more ambivalent as she prefers more scary horror, but The Eternal Daughter was much more psychological and eerie than outright scary. It was beautifully shot as well.
I went with a little spritz of FM x Dries van Noten. I have a big bottle but I’m always so scared to use up discontinued perfumes. Luckily this one has a lovely intimate sillage on my collar.
Have a great weekend everyone!
I cannot wait to see this movie-thank you for sharing your thoughts. I watched I Am Love last weekend-still a pretty special movie.
I have two of the 10 ml sprays of DRV and I tend to save them, too, which is wrong-what if we get hit by an asteroid tomorrow and never wore our favourites lol. It’s a beautiful scent with really good sillage.
I’m taking down the tree today-it’s beautiful but dry. Smell amazing. It’s been here since first week of Dec. It occupies space in the living room window-my cat will be glad to get living room back in order, so she can sit and hiss at the birds outside.
Hope the weekend is relaxed and happy for everyone-I’m scentless but used a sample of Sisley Saffron Body Cream-I really like it.
Good, I am no longer capable of watching outright scary.
I’m wearing Cierge de Lune today.
Day late, but waving to lucasai!
sotd = Arquiste No. 57 from a sample
I love boozy perfumes! Which is a contradiction given my teetotalling upbringing and non-interest in alcohol as an adult.
Today No. 57 reminds me a bit of vintage Shalimar. I should do a side by side sniff test.
Wishing all NSTers a peaceful weekend.
Wow I never thought of sniffing next to Shalimar but can definitely see a connection now! I received a 10ml roller ball with the ScentXplore gift bag this year. I love dark boozy scents so at first was diappointed, as this has a lighter feel, but it has definitely grown on me and am about half way through my mini now.
Have a peacefull weekend yourself!
yay for scent explorations and making connections I’m so glad you like No. 57 too.
Delurking to say thank you for hearing about all the great perfumes everyone is wearing. And also thank you for enabling with the luckyscent code. Pulled the trigger on my cart full of samples and a 30ml of Shay & Blue Salt Caramel. I dont often wear straight up gourmounds but occassionall
Oops. Lol Occassionlly like one. In Les Indemodables Cuir de Chine which is lovely. Hope everyone is having a great weekend and resting up after the holidays!
Glad you joined.
Thank you all! looking forward to joining the conversation. I love hearing about everyones perfumed life and going ons!
Welcome, and you smell wonderful!
Hi, thanks for delurking! 😊
Hi, howdy, and do join in so we can learn the great perfumes you are wearing😸
Hiya! Always happy to see someone de-lurk!
I’m in MFK Grand Soir from a sample today. Wow, this one lasts and lasts! It’s kinda too warm for it, but I’m getting concerned about not having enough cold weather runway to wear my winter appropriate perfumes, so here we are.
Treated myself to an afternoon at the bookstore, just wandering around browsing. Haven’t done that in months. Picked up a crossword puzzle notebook to share with my peeps! Had a very late lunch and I’m off to work out. Happy Saturday everybody!
It’s too warm altogether here! I’m sort of complaining, sort of not, only in my case I’m more frustrated by not getting to wear any of my nice sweaters. I suppose I should bite the bullet and sell or donate them! It now seems we get only about 2-3 days of sweater weather in any given year.
Yeah, I have a heavy coat that hasn’t been worn in a good while. When it gets really cold here, most people just stay home…
Thanks to the always kind PL6, I got to enjoy wearing Portrait of a Lady today as I ran errands. Gorgeous! Drove down to Titletown to visit Costco and Target. Life is exciting. But gray skies, gray skies.
I get a kick seeing how bundled up folks are or aren’t…. It was about 27 degrees. Some just in sweatshirts or flannel. Some in full jackets. One woman in flip flops…I presume she was coming from a pedicure. I was in my down vest.
Eyes on constant swivel watching for deer as I drove home.
So glad you like PoaL! It is a beautiful perfume!
27 degrees…no way am I in a down vest, I’m in full winter regalia. Down vest is for 48 or 49, maybe
Flip flops and 27 degree temps? ACK! Not unless that is 27 Celsius!
Happy weekend, all! Just chiming in with my sote, Guerlain My Insolence. This is from a most lovely and generous NST’er in a recent swap! Yesterday I wore Comme de Garcons Kyoto from a decant from another wonderful NST’er, also in a swap. It’s sure been nice to wear a few fragrances the last couple days as it’s been cooler in the mornings and evenings.
I’ve been catching up on posts either late nights or early mornings, so it feels like I’m very much behind.
Hey Gail! Jealous of your Kyoto, one of these days I will break down and buy a bottle.
Sunny warm summers’ day,like it’s supposed to be!
Ex Nihilo Santal Calling.Nutmeg,Iris,Sandalwood,something boozy….
If you like things like JM Blackberry and Bay or the drydown of Iris Poudre,this is for you.Lovely stuff,although the actual sandalwood is a bit short-lived.
Holy cow-you smell ah maze ing
Me like a lot!7,5ml travel spray,I’ll need to upgrade to a 50ml at least.🤣🤣👍🏻
Yay for sunny and warm! And not at work!
It’s Sunday morning and I’m in Mojave Ghost. First time I’ve worn it since cold weather settled in, and I might like it even better now than I did in summer. Just lovely.
It’s nice to find something works in more seasons than you thought!
Currently dealing with some family drama and trying to put away Christmas decorations. Wearing L’heure de Nuit and trying to power through the day.
I hope that the family drama resolves itself quickly; you certainly do smell fabulous and that will definitely help💕
Ugh. Cannot help with either, sorry Dawn!
Boys are taking our ornaments down tonight, I will pack them and get the lights off the tree tomorrow.
SOTD = Diptyque Tempo
Why you may ask? The bottle is a dark translucent glass so how can one tell? Just ask someone who got a decant from me – the juice turned a neon green kind of like the Lush Lord of Misrule shower creme. It smells excellent so no complaints here 🤣.
Here’s my Caturday post:
You smell great and have inspired me to wear it today. I love it, Mr. Allo loves it, and I’m curious to see whether the juice in my bottle turned neon green😊
This was love at first sniff for me. Too hard to tell if the juice is green unless you decant it give it a few days or weeks.
Oooo..this week’s cp will be fun!
It will be 🤣
What, is this week going to be green juice week?
Your fav color-perfume pairings!!
Tempo was the only Diptyque I have tried that really caught my attention. Too bad they don’t do travels sprays.
And that should be “TRAVEL sprays”! Stupid typo.
Off this weekend after 12 day stint, which means I am tired and also behind on household tasks. I made good progress. Lots of cleaning done. We got the Christmas tree down and all the inside decorations put away.
I got hubby to put up a small shelf unit in the bathroom, since my most-worn perfume bottles had taken up an increasing amount of real estate on the vanity. The shelf looks great and I am so happy to have the bottles up out of the way but still on display. Eventually, when we ultimately remodel our master bath, I would like to have built-in illuminated shelves to keep perfumes, kind of like a lot of bars have, with LED lights. One nice aspect of perfume collecting is how pretty the bottles are. The unit I bought is plain metal and open but it has an LED twinkle light that changes color.
Anyway, back to work for another 12 days tomorrow. Beautiful weather and I have to make room for a walk today.
Commando today. I wore Liis Floating sample yesterday. I am scouting out for 2023 purchases. I ordered the Liis discovery set last week. Floating is quite nice, understated. I am interested in Rose Struck. I am craving a rose that is light and green. Maybe something that is rose-ish and not all rose. I also ordered sample of Byredo Rose of No Man’s Land. I tried DS &Durga Rose Atlantic and I could smell some rose initially bur it totally faded out in the dry down and wasn’t particularly inspiring.
Hope everyone is staying warm and healthy.
Gosh your work schedule sounds very hard! I hope you can find a perfect rose of that sort. Please let us know, I’m sure others would be interested too.
So glad you got that shelf up.
Love the name Rose Struck.
I’m wearing dabs from my sample of Nuit Andalouse from MDCI. It’s the one I almost bought at Fumerie during my Portland visit (I am glad I bought La Ravissante instead). Since I liked this so much I’m now trying to decide if I should take advantage of that Luckyscent $25 off deal–it ends this weekend. Is it bad to feel that I simply cannot let a deal like this go, un-exploited, un-spent?
As a fellow “simply cannot let a deal like this go” (and didn’t!) person, I say, there’s safety in numbers!
Ah, thank you! The encouragement/enabling that I needed!
SotD a bit of vintage Samsara. Busy shopping the Luckyscent site to see their $25 off fit any of my wishlist…
Not sure there is anything at Luckyscent that competes with vintage Samsara!
Busy day today. Laundry, cooking, vacuuming and taking down the outside Xmas lights. Still have the cats’ litterboxes to clean.
SOTD = back in Rose Anonyme.
Busy weekend for me, but it felt good to put away the Christmas tree and decorations. Seems to take me forever to “recover” from the mess of the holidays.
This weekend, I mostly wore Egoist from the very generous pfsh – it’s so good!
I caved on the Luckyscent deal. I purchased the Jovoy discovery set and a bunch of samples that have been in my cart for awhile. Can’t wait to get sniffing.