Part 4- All you ever need to know about fragrance continues

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shoeprincess2 Mon 18-Mar-13 18:55:37
pocketandsweet Mon 18-Mar-13 19:05:31

I am an avid reader of this thread. It has been so interesting.... I'm still trying to find a decent sized decant of Premier Figiuer Extreme.... If anyone has any ideas I would be grateful. I'm looking for at least 10ml. Ideally I would have a Fb but I think I'm too poor.

kiwigirl42 Tue 19-Mar-13 06:25:28

I have some Prada Infusion d'Iris - I find it an interesting scent, but not something I can describe easily, apart from an earthy powderiness but not as carrotty and mercurially cold as Iris Silver Mist.
I didn't like it really at first but have kept sampling it over the months and enjoy it now. I really must get a sample of Hermes Hiris to compare as that keeps coming up in comparisons with I d'I.

pocketandsweet how about starting a thread on forum and asking? someone may just come through for you

florascotia Tue 19-Mar-13 11:28:52

Have been clearing out a drawer (copying fashion frugals, moi?) and came across almost forgotten bottle of Caron's 'Nocturnes'. Arrgh! I know I liked it last year, but this year, very, very definitely NOT. Starts off light and elegant floral-citrus but the middle tuberose element now seems overpowering. The hint of powder and sweet woods underneath still rather pleasant, however.

As well as a couple of scarves from said drawer going to charity-shop bag, this scent is going out, too. Any takers? Free to a good home....

Am off to bathroom to scrub Nocturnes-scented wrist... then will clear scent memory with a blast of Guerlain's Eau de Cologne Imperiale.

FrugalFashionista Tue 19-Mar-13 13:05:43

Shoe thanks for the new thread!

Pocket no PF on Crystal Flacon. L'A have good sales once or twice a year, worth following, many of their offerings are ridiculously cheap at sales time.

SOTD Défilé New York by HdP. A green gourmand, springlike with a slight bitter tinge. Have some cherry flowers in a vase, their scent is green too with a lot of honey.

pocketandsweet Tue 19-Mar-13 13:07:17

If no one else is interested in the Nocturnes I would be. I used to wear it waaaaay back and would love to smell it again. I'm afraid I have nothing to offer except for large sample size of Eau Dynamisme ( which my husband refers to as smelling like a "barbershop")!

pocketandsweet Tue 19-Mar-13 13:09:36

Thanks for the PF info by the way... I shall continue to stalk their website and also ebay and base notes. Just how good are their sales? I am having a small infatuation with Traversee as well, although again my husband hates it.... he really is starting to get in the way. ;).

kiwigirl42 Tue 19-Mar-13 13:12:50

florascotia I've got a bottle of Lolita Lempicka Fleur Defendue I could swap you for the Nocturnes if you are interested?

CointreauVersial Tue 19-Mar-13 13:30:03

Well helloooo new thread!

Part 4, and still going strong - who'd have thunk it? smile

SOTD is Caron Secret Oud. Woody, slightly civet-y......I'm so-so about it.

Ladame Tue 19-Mar-13 13:32:07

Someone take my Coromandel and love it like it should be loved? I've had three sprays from a 15ml bottle (that'll learn me!) Just let me know and I'll send it to you. sad. SOTD is Shalimar. Used to be one of my absolute favourites, but after experiencing the clean Tom Ford Oud's, it's too cloying. Only one or two sprays left and it's going in the linen cupboard. I've got lots of old bottles in the linen cupboard - a bit like the old vampire lovers in the attic in The Hunger.

florascotia Tue 19-Mar-13 13:38:21

Hi Pocket, Hi Kiwi (hope you're getting on well). How would it be if I divided the Nocturnes bottle between you??? It was originally 100 ml; there's probably about 80 ml left. I have another perfume bottle which is very nearly empty (it originally had traditional old JeanMarie Farina Eau de Cologne in it - that is very light and faint in comparison with Nocturnes). If I rinse it out with boiling water, that should remove all traces of the former scent. If this plan sounds OK with you, please kindly PM me with addresses to send.

No swaps needed - I am trying to de-clutter!! - but thank you very much indeed for your kind offers.

garlicbrunch Tue 19-Mar-13 13:42:15

This morning brought a little bundle of joy - perfume samples! - from florascotia. My first opportunity to practise being a perfumista grin

Having read lots of posts about Bal à Versailles in the last thread, I've started with that one. I didn't realise it was a classic! Apparently Liz Taylor wore it while filming Anthony & Cleopatra. The image that popped into my mind on first sniff, however, has little to do with power & seduction - well, not that kind of power, anyway: I thought of a fairground!

I'm pretty sure the fragrance isn't all about diesel, engine oil and sugar?! Maybe I've associated it with a childhood fairground visit somehow ... but I keep getting that image! Anyway, I found it heavy - in a good way - to begin with; lots of rose, neroli and perhaps patchouli over leather and resin. Well, I thought of pine trees but not 'pine' scent, so I assume that's resin <flounders>

After about half an hour I went off it a bit, as it seemed to be all about oranges and little else but, two hours on, I'm liking it. It's settled to quite a strong neroli mix (this might be me - I make most perfumes smell of orange), very sweet and a bit mouldy, like honeysuckle or pot pourri - on a sturdy background of something spicy and woody. It feels robust, which I like in a fragrance, and could also be worn by a man if he's masculine enough to carry it.

... I've just gone slightly weak at the knees thinking of a man with the sexual confidence to wear this slightly rotting, spicy, subtly challenging perfume!

florascotia Tue 19-Mar-13 14:59:55

Am delighted that you like the samples, Garlic, but they weren't from me.
I sent some Coriandre last week, but not Bal a Versailles. If the Coriandre hasn't arrived, let me know and I'll chase the post office.

I really liked your description of Bal a Versailles. It's a scent I admire, but it's the favourite of an old friend so I don't wear it myself. I feel it's 'hers', not mine.

I'm still being braced by brisk and crisp Eau de Cologne today. By that and by the bitterly cold strong wind outside....

pocketandsweet Tue 19-Mar-13 16:12:30

That would be brilliant florascotia.... I will pm you my address. I am so curious to smell it again after not wearing it for so many years.

Meanwhile if anyone wants the 15ml Eau Dynamisante I would be happy to send that to anyone who wants to try it ( or would be useful for travelling if you already wear it). I also have a tiny (maybe 2-3 ml) sample of Coco Mademoiselle ( in an adorable miniature bottle) if that would be appealing to anyone. Ladame I would love to try your Coromandel BUT don't want to appear greedy ;)

I also have a full bottle of Korres White Tea, Bergamot and Freesia which my husband bought me when he was in Greece. It's a J-C Ellena and so light and transparent that it could be someone's perfect scent for such circumstances. I like it but not love and therefore it will not get worn ...... It was not terribly expensive but I &#373;ould love to swap it for something green or citrus or well I'm open to ideas.

I would love to take the Coco Mademoiselle sample and the Eau Dynamisante if you still have them pocketandsweet. I love the Coco stuff, I just can't afford any right now sad

garlicbrunch Tue 19-Mar-13 16:42:10

Oh nooo, I've been a twit, flora!

Thank you for the Coriandre; that must be what the postman has left a card about grin And - erm, thank you ProFumo for today's samples.

The perfume must have gone to my head blush

Ladame Tue 19-Mar-13 16:46:25

Pocketandsweet grin Of course, PM me your address and I'll send it to you.

pocketandsweet Tue 19-Mar-13 17:06:45

thanks florascotia and ladame.... This is my lucky day.
Send me your address onelittlelady and the coco mademoiselle and ED will be coming your way. Also remembered I have a bottle of the famous/infamous Lidl Madame Suddenly ( which I think is a CM dupe). I can send this too ( but won't be insulted if you say no thank you).

I will decline that one and leave it for someone else to claim. Don't want to be greedy! Will pm you now thanks

florascotia Tue 19-Mar-13 18:40:27

No problem, garlic - enjoy! And thanks for pm, pocket - safely received.

MrsSchadenfreude Tue 19-Mar-13 22:03:24

I am wearing Eau d'Ivoire today. For an "eau" it is incredibly long lasting - when DD came home at 6, she immediately asked me what it was, and I hadn't touched up since I put it on this morning. It's nice, quite light, but not as good as the old Ivoire. There is none of the sweatiness about it; it's sweeter - do I get lily of the valley? It starts off quite floral, but ends up almost woody.

I have finished my bottle of Mona di Orio's "Lux". I liked it when I first got it, but it just smells like sherbet lemons or lemon cheesecake to me now.

FrugalFashionista Wed 20-Mar-13 17:01:28

Have worn Rose Etoile d'Hollande by Mona di Orio today. Too ladylike on me - but if anyone loves vintagey makeup/ face powder fragrances, this might be just the thing.

kiwigirl42 Wed 20-Mar-13 17:21:06

thanks so much florascotia and pocketandsweet for sharing. Looking forward to trying the Nocturne

I have Montaigne on today, first time I've been well enough since operation so its a real step forward in recovery. DH noticed too and passed comment about me getting back to normal!
I'm doing remarkably well - thank goodness for modern medicine and keyhole operations!

I'm on the hunt for someting but I'm not sure what. I love florals, they are the scents that smell best on my skin but I want something a little more....grown up. My usual go to scent for special occasions is Chanel Chance Eau Tendre. I love it but I want something a little more sophisticated I suppose. I love the following: Flowerbomb, Paul Smith Rose, the Chanel as mentioned and Armani Code. Can any one suggest something for me to try along those lines? No particular price range as I'll be getting whatever I choose as a gift.

Fuzzybirds Wed 20-Mar-13 19:58:46

Evening ladies!

MrsSchadenfreude I've seen what looks like the old style bottle of Ivoire going on ebay for about £21 if you're still looking for it smile

Frugal Etoile d'Hollande sounds like my kind of thing, will add it my sample list!

Kiwi glad to hear you're on the mend.

I have managed to get my hands on some Les Exclusifs samples and have been wearing Coromandel today....Definitely a 'wow' perfume. It's ended up blending very beautifully with my skin, subtle now but still very distinctive. Also have Sycomore and Bel Respiro to look forward to. After this I really must resist buying any more new samples and use up what I have as the box I keep them in is full <steps away from ebay>

coffeeinbed Wed 20-Mar-13 20:13:52

I had Gelsomino Nobile, Aqua di Parma.
Found a sample when clearing out dressing table.
Very pretty soft jasmine, sweet and green, not at all indolic, cut with some honeysuckle.
Pretty but boring.
Lasts and lasts - sprayed some in the morning, can still smell it.

coffeeinbed Wed 20-Mar-13 20:16:15

OneLittleLady have you tried AP Petale Noire?
Not noire, I'm afraid, but a lovely flower scent with a bit of a bite.

Will have a look at it, thanks smile

hettie Wed 20-Mar-13 21:14:25

hello all...
would love to become a perfuminista.... fear my budget might not stretch to it.
Am currently on the look out for a new 'day perfume' . Am just about to fisnish a bottle of 'ckin2u' which I've quite liked but it doesn't last. I like the 'leather' element to it. Am contemplating the Philosophy Pure Grace (or one of the other grace's). In the past I have liked calyx by prescriptives (and eternity blush should I admit that) and in the summer Ô de Lancôme...
With these choices, what else might I like?

FrugalFashionista Wed 20-Mar-13 21:38:48

Fuzzy let me know if you want my mini. It's lovely but after wearing it twice not my thing.

Hettie and OneLittleLady welcome! Easy to find mainstream leather perfumes: Bottega Veneta (strong leather) and Kelly Caleche by Hermes (almost not there suede). Green perfumes and citruses (hesperides) might be your thing too. If you browse some of the previous 3 perfumista threads you'll find lots of suggestions. Many of us love ordering samples. Les Senteurs and Scent and Sensibility are good places to start and there are two wonderful perfume books that list some really good choices (Perfumes -The Guide by Turin and Sanchez and Le Snob - Perfume).

Fuzzybirds Wed 20-Mar-13 21:59:43

Frugal that's really lovely of you to offer, thank you! Will pm you smile

I doubt I have anything you won't have smelt already but if you or anyone else is interested in any of the following samples, let me know and I'll post them to you:
L'Artisan's Mure et Musc
Robert Piguet Calypso
Robert Piguet Visa

hettie Wed 20-Mar-13 22:29:11

thanks frugal, loving the look of the book....
mmme..... sample perfumes... could be addictive!

CointreauVersial Wed 20-Mar-13 22:45:00

Fuzzy - I like the sound of all three of your samples.blush I'll PM you with a list of ones I have surplus to requirements, and maybe we can do a swap.....

kiwigirl42 Thu 21-Mar-13 05:53:33

coffeeinbed Gelsomino Nobile, Aqua di Parma sounds like a nice spring perfume but has it got the trademark woody Aqua di Parma undernote? I really like the Mandorlo version but its just a bit too cedary/ sandlewoody for me

FrugalFashionista Thu 21-Mar-13 07:26:46

SOTD Miriam by Tauer. This always feels über sophisticated - a fantastic version of vintage perfumes, traditional theme but smells very modern.

Ladame Thu 21-Mar-13 08:50:26

Pocketandsweet sent you Coramandel yesterday, waved it bye bye and said 'sorry' to it sad. SoTD Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani - gorgeous green and fresh - faintest hint of lime and grapefruit, very 'navy blazer' male cologne, sadly doesn't last more than a couple of hours. Wearing it in celebration of the sun appearing today here in the bottom of France after yay amounts of wind and rain. Also to cover up the aroma of Fox Terrier, who is sadly poorly sick after digging up and eating something he must have buried about a year ago - Oh the glamour!

pocketandsweet Thu 21-Mar-13 11:28:53

Thanks so much ladame I shall squeak with delight when it arrives. I haven't forgotten onelittleday and was on the way to post office this morning when my littlest daughter managed to fall off her scooter and push her tooth back into her head at a 45degree angle. Back home now and everything sorted ( need to wait and see if it will fall out, turn black (!) or be fine).... She is fine now as she has a Peppa Pig magazine and a bravery certificate from the hospital nurse.

pocketandsweet Thu 21-Mar-13 11:30:11

Sorry that was very in perfume-y post. Wearing Chanel no.19 which was good because it was what my mum wore and probably helped me channel calm mummy vibes whilst the blood flowed all around.

IsabelleRinging Thu 21-Mar-13 12:51:48

Hi everyone, been too busy lately to think much about perfume, but last night dug out my box of samples and spent the evening with Petit fracas, Fleur Nocturne, Ambre Sultan and Nuit Etoile in patches on my arms. The Petit Fracas was my favourite of the bunch, definitely some resembalance to fracas original but at the same time a completely different perfume, would be lovely for wild party in the summer, very flirty. Nuit Etoile is interesting and I want to like it but I can't say it is anything I would want to smell of, I enjoying smelling it though and the development is quite complex so it stays interesting. Still not keen on Ambre Sultan, it's just too spicy for me. Fleur Nocturne is lovely, just wish it was stronger.

CointreauVersial Thu 21-Mar-13 12:53:19

Ouch, pocket, your poor DD. My youngest had a black front babytooth for a couple of years after doing something similar; luckily the adult tooth underneath wasn't affected.

SOTD is good old Coromandel. I did put on rather a lot by mistake. grin I had a visitor at work first thing, and had to lean close to help him on the PC; the poor guy was probably choking.

coffeeinbed Thu 21-Mar-13 12:54:15

Kiwi I could not smell any cedar in Gelsomino Nobile and absolutely love cedar, so I hope I would have smelt it!
It's very soft summery jasmine/honeysuckle.

coffeeinbed Thu 21-Mar-13 12:58:01

Oh, I see cedar is listed in the dry-down.
I do have a cold so my nose might be broken.

Haberdashery Thu 21-Mar-13 14:53:17

Testing Norne today. Absolutely gorgeous. I smell of a very sexy Christmas tree. It's very dark (I mean smell but the actual liquid is, too) and very resinous. Lovely. I will see if anyone backs away from me on the school run in a mo. It's quite heady.

Don't worry pocketandsweet, I can wait smile Hope your DD has recovered and is smiling again soon

FrugalFashionista Thu 21-Mar-13 17:12:06

Ooh Haber so glad you like them! grin sexy Christmas tree... It is quite glögg-y. Miriam still going strong - but would like to dab on some Slumberhouse later...

FrugalFashionista Thu 21-Mar-13 17:13:16

Ooh and sympathies Pocket sounds horrific, hope she's feeling better now!

Ladame Thu 21-Mar-13 18:54:06

pocketandsweet I hope her tooth is ok, my dd did the same thing on a babies fairground ride. Had to come out in the end, didn't affect her adult teeth. She's at Uni now, with lovely teefies (after a brace, but that's a whole different story). x

kiwigirl42 Thu 21-Mar-13 19:45:23

coffeeinbed grin

I love the Nuit Etoille name and bottle but the idea of smelling like pine needles does not appeal to me - I grew up in the middle of a big pine tree producing region in NZ. There was also a big thing for pine toiletries in the '70's. Yuk! smells like toilet cleaner to me, that pine note.

I didn't sleep at all last night hmm so have been tucked up in bed with a touch of Tubereuse Criminelle today with 2 cats on bed and one under. Lovely!

garlicbrunch Thu 21-Mar-13 19:56:37

I haven't been to the Moroccan desert (yet) but, when I do, I'll be a little bit surprised if it smells like L'Air du Desert Marocain! I found this fragrance ever so familiar but it's taken ages to figure out what it reminds me of ... it's the underground fashion labyrinths at the Birmingham Oasis and Kensington Market, circa 1975. Incense - lots of incense! There was also damp concrete, tobacco, herbal cigarettes (both sorts), leather and candle wax. I used to love those places: they were seething with creativity. We used to buy little brown phials of perfume oil - they were cheap in those days, can you believe it! - and I was fond of ambergris, which I recognised in this scent.

Apart from some flowery notes (jasmine) that evaporated after my skin had made them smell of orange peel, and a bit of spice, the scent has stayed the same but got deeper somehow. I smell like joss sticks in a mouldy cellar. I love it grin

Wish I could remember whether this is like Poison or Opium - it's similarly bold, but I think Poison was much sweeter. LDDM will probably be just as annoying if you're jammed next to it on a crowded train! Recommended to everyone who used to do their eyes with kohl powder on a stick, has ever had their hands hennaed, and anyone who wouldn't mind trying wink

garlicbrunch Thu 21-Mar-13 19:59:38

Sorry you're not feeling too good, kiwi, but your self-care today sounds excellent!

Fuzzybirds Thu 21-Mar-13 20:35:08

Cointreau I've pm'd you grin

Been trying out Sycomore today, very interesting but I don't think it's really opened with cigarette smoke, then on closer sniffing a rooty earthiness (vetiver?) then my favourite bit, a caramelised almost burnt sugar note, which then faded and finally a citrusy pine peeking through. I wonder if I would like it more in warmer weather, it's been so cold and wet today.

Kiwi cats are very good at keeping your feet warm in bed, although mine also like to sit on my head.

Garlic I haven't tried LDDM yet but really want to now, love your description!

garlicbrunch Thu 21-Mar-13 21:27:38

Thanks, Fuzzy!

I've finally got around to looking up "indolic" on Wikipedia. "Indole is a solid at room temperature ... It occurs naturally in human feces and has an intense fecal odor. At very low concentrations, however, it has a flowery smell, and is a constituent of many flower scents (such as orange blossoms) and perfumes. It also occurs in coal tar."

OK - flowery coal-tar poo! It's all clear now hmm

CointreauVersial Thu 21-Mar-13 22:45:30

L'Air du Desert Marocain is utterly divine, one of my faves. I only have a few drops of my sample left and it's on my "must buy a decant" list.

Sycomore sounds interesting, Fuzzy!

CointreauVersial Thu 21-Mar-13 22:46:01

PM back atcha, Fuzzy....wink

florascotia Fri 22-Mar-13 10:46:49

It's soooo cold, with grey skies, howling wind and flakes of snow. I feel the need of warmth and sunshine and so the sample of the day is Azemour les Oranges by Parfum d'Empire. Warm orange peel, fresh orange juice, orange blossom and leaves (lovely, lovely green), plus moss and dark bitter cypress and something with the effect of fresh air or a really posh after-shave. Spices there, too (especially pepper) but not overpowering. However, as time progresses, the aftershave note seems to dominate; it's less rounded, more mossy and 'clean'. But I still like it a lot.

Hope that comforting cats helped you have a restful day in bed, Kiwi and that you're feeling a bit better now.

Garlic you have a real gift for description. Have not been to either market you mention, but thanks to you I can now picture them both very clearly.

Haberdashery Fri 22-Mar-13 12:21:01

I'm testing Jeke today. It is definitely one for the smoke and tar lovers and very satisfying on a horrible cold windy day like today. Massive blast of tar, roadworks and something almost stony as well as strongly woody at the start which settles down to feeling like you are in a luxurious velvet-lined shed burning incense while someone creosotes the outside of it. Most peculiar but genuinely lovely.

IsabelleRinging Sat 23-Mar-13 15:31:36

Well, there is about a foot of snow outside this morning, couldn't even open the back door as it had drifted up so far in the wind, so staying inside today, baking pizzas and wearing Coudray Vanille et Coco. This is so warm and cosy smelling, it is sweet but there is a vintage feel to it too so it is not sickly. I like it but not sure if it is worthy of a full bottle.

Kiwi, I too love the Nuit Etoilee bottle and wanted to love it, it would look fab in my bedroom as we are in the process of redecorating in blue. I wouldn't say the pine in it is of the toilet cleaner variety though as it is a woody sort of pine smell, still not keen on it though.

FrugalFashionista Sat 23-Mar-13 16:17:54

Also really loving Garlic's descriptions! Keep them coming!
Decided to not go to the big perfume fair this weekend.
(Main reason: I have a small perfume fair in my bedroom wink ).
It's a warm spring day and I'm wearing a perfume to match - Aedes de Venustas EdP, rhubarby goodness. Fading fast though so will get to pick something different for the evening!

Fuzzybirds Sat 23-Mar-13 21:29:11

Frugal I'm so jealous of your warm spring day, we woke up to snow this morning and it's freeeeeezing. I started off the day with a spring-like perfume though- Bel Respiro. Green, fresh and a bit too light for my taste. I like my greens to pack more of a punch! I imagine it would be a good option for those days when you need to consider other people's noses- a good office perfume.

Couldn't walk past Boots without popping in for a few sniffs. I tried-
La Petite Robe Noire- zingy, sweet fruit with a musky undertone, quite strong but felt a bit too young for me.
Prada Candy- light, sweet caramel. Nice enough and I do like gourmandes but this felt a bit linear and simple.
Insolence EDT- trying to decide if I want the EDP or EDT, think I prefer the powderiness of the EDT.
Youth Dew- what a surprise! Spicy but sweet, really love it. Luckily no one I know wears it so I don't have any previous associations. I actually think this will have to go on my FB list (and it's not pricey, an added bonus!)

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 23-Mar-13 22:38:40

Today I have been wearing Swiss Army for Her (bought for me by a male friend who likes buying me "odd" gifts - eg he will turn up for dinner with a bouquet of ornamental cabbages, but did once come up trumps with a La Prairie lip salve). I found it very "meh" and mainstream. Quite frankly, it could have been any generic perfume you picked up and squirted yourself with in Boots or Debenhams.

I wanted to love Nuit Etoilee too. The name! The bottle! But it was dull and uninspiring. I do like Eau du Sud and Eau d'Hadrien by Annick Goutal, and quite like Grand Amour and Duel as well, but this was disappointing.

clb Sat 23-Mar-13 23:17:49

I write en route to the bathroom to wash - just put on Miller Harris's Fleur Oriental, which I thought I quite liked on my first try last week, and all I can smell is one of those horrible scented nappy bag bins. Oh, the horror.

FrugalFashionista Sun 24-Mar-13 15:29:02

Need a comfort scent, so Pear + Olive it is.

isabellafan Sun 24-Mar-13 16:14:23
pocketandsweet Mon 25-Mar-13 13:12:13

thanks to ladame and florascotia. The Nocturnes and the Coromandel arrived today smile. It completely made my day. I'm the middle of what is hopefully to turn into a medical non-event but until the test results come back everything is very stressful. To come back from a morning of blood tests to find not one but two lovely surprises from you both was a real lift. Now to get testing ....

Wearing Kenneth Cole Black today. I'm not very good at describing scents so bear with me while I find my 'nose'!. It's light, sweet and floral with what I would describe as a powdery dry down. Not old lady powder IMO, soft and slightly sparkly if that makes any sense?

Ladame Mon 25-Mar-13 16:08:45

pocketandsweet You're welcome wink - I'll wait to hear what you think about the Coromandel. Sorry to hear about your tests, hope everything is ok, no googling like I do it can drive you nuts sad. OneLittleLady that sounds niiice. I like a bit of powdery sparkling.

pocketandsweet Mon 25-Mar-13 16:50:04

Too late ladame already googled sad. They are looking for ovarian cancer but fingers crossed that is not what we will find. To either celebrate good news / or commiserate over rotten luck I am planning a little trip to London to Les Scenteurs. (Excuse if spelt wrong... Looks funny but on phone). Do they really do free samples?

Hope things turn out well pocketandsweet, I'm being tested for cervical cancer right now, I'm just waiting for the results of a biopsy and it's awful. sad

clb Mon 25-Mar-13 17:43:40

I really hope your results are vastly reassuring and very quick, pocketandsweet and OneLittleLady.

pocketandsweet - they will give you samples at Les Senteurs and I've also had good luck at Miller Harris in Notting Hill (v v nice SA), Diptyque in Notting Hill (I bought a candle though, which might have made a difference) and Selfridges (really close to the Marble Arch Les Senteurs).

SotD is Heeley's Cardinal which I'm enjoying hugely, having had it sitting around untested for ages. It's an incense which starts off very churchy, although with a sharp citrus note, too. But a few hours on there's a warm amber glow which I'm loving.

FrugalFashionista Mon 25-Mar-13 17:51:10

OneLittleLady and Pocket so sorry to hear about that, hoping for the very best. Les Senteurs have traditionally given free samples to instore visitors (mail order samples not free) and you can sniff there too, lots of choice to distract you!

Cologne du 68 by Guerlain smelled like dryer sheets for some reason so switched to Chanel No. 19 EDP.

FrugalFashionista Mon 25-Mar-13 17:52:53

Oh and remember the Haute Parfumerie at Harrods too, it's a perfume heaven and a great distraction!

clb Mon 25-Mar-13 18:06:49

Oh, yes, I forgot to say that the chaps in Les Senteurs were so helpful and funny and informative. I had a lovely time in there a few weeks ago sniffing orange blossoms.

CointreauVersial Mon 25-Mar-13 23:12:29

Sorry to hear about the medical woes, pocket and mylittlelady. sad

Ambre Russe today - it was the first thing to hand this morning, but very warming in this chilly weather. It starts off almost fruity, like mulled wine and has the most gorgeous drydown. I can still smell it, 15 hours after applying.

CointreauVersial Mon 25-Mar-13 23:13:02

I mean

my littlelady is kinda sweet, almost Polly Pocket like grin

Haberdashery Mon 25-Mar-13 23:34:02

Very best of luck to those with medical woes. Thinking of you. This is the worst bit, according to my MIL who was recently successfully treated for breast cancer. It is horrible waiting to find out. Apparently she felt much better once she actually knew what she was dealing with, even though it wasn't good news for her - I do hope it is good news all the way for both of you.

Tried Pear and Olive today. It is OK. And that is high praise from the original hater of all things foody and fruity. I don't think I'll wear it much, though so if anyone wants a sample, shout. I also have Sova to swap/give away, which is so caramelly on initial whiff that I don't know what happens after that because I had to have an actual shower to wash it off. If anyone fancies it, let me know.

Haberdashery Mon 25-Mar-13 23:34:39

Also, I am still trying to give away Cioco Rosissimo. PLEASE, someone much like chocolate. Take it away. I hate it.

Haberdashery Mon 25-Mar-13 23:34:48

MUST like chocolate, I mean.

just how chocolatey is it?

Haberdashery Mon 25-Mar-13 23:52:29

It's pretty damn chocolatey! I believe it has rose in there too but I've never got that far because I'm the original gourmand hater and it makes me feel ill. If you want it, or even think you might like to try a single spray, please PM me your address because I will never wear it again! You can always pass it on if you don't like it.

I shall Pm you if you don't mind, I quite like the sound of it and I LOVE trying new scents even though I don't have much descriptive powers! I don't think I have anything to swap otherwise I would offer sad

Haberdashery Mon 25-Mar-13 23:57:58

I don't mind at all! And I'd be delighted to pass it on to someone who might like it. Hope it cheers you up a bit. I don't need a swap so don't feel bad. I'm happy to pass it on (it was a freebie from Scents and Sensibility when I ordered some other stuff so I didn't pay for it or anything). Also, all the scents you like are things I don't like so this may be a good fit for you! grin

Haberdashery Mon 25-Mar-13 23:58:30

However, I will warn you now, I have a sick kid in bed upstairs so it may be a few days before I can get to the post office!

I don't mind waiting and having something nice in the post instead of bills will be very nice indeed. I hope your poorly DD/DS recovers soon smile

Haberdashery Tue 26-Mar-13 00:03:07

Thanks, she's fine, just got a temperature and a sore throat. Unfortunately she's too big to pop in the buggy and take off to wherever I need to go!

thanks Haberdashery

Ladame Tue 26-Mar-13 08:34:55

pocket and onelittlelady - Sorry to hear that you both have something so sad to worry about. Hope you both don't have to wait too long for your results and that it all works out ok for you.

Meeting best friend for lunch today, we both love NR for her and so will be in a little cloud of our own making.

Thank you Ladame in fact, thank all of you, you've all been very kind smile

shoeprincess2 Tue 26-Mar-13 09:36:25

Hi ladies! Sorry I have been quiet of late. I have been keeping up to date with the thread, but haven't got round to posting. OneLittleLady and pocketandsweet- hope your results come through quickly and that all is ok. Big virtual hugs to you both.

2 weeks left of maternity leave, so been busy getting things ready. Finally got round to getting my eyes tested (and some v nice tortoiseshell glasses), new haircut (it had been a loooooooooooong time since it was last done), plus weaning Oliver and making sure that he is in some kind of routine for nursery.

Perfume wise, I have been using samples that I already have. Today's scent is Eau D'Epices. A veritable basket of dried fruits and spices- perfect for a cold spring day. I am trying to limit myself to just ordering a handful each month. I still find ebay quite good for decants. I am in love with Chergui at the moment, so will probably purchase a 5 or 10ml decant from there. Then I may ask for a fb for my birthday, if I am still in love with it (bearing in mind that I am fickle).

clb Tue 26-Mar-13 10:10:42

Inspired by CointreauVersial, and by a package of samples from Parfum d'Empire which arrived yesterday, trying Ambre Russe today. First impression: how like SL Arabia it is - need to try one on each wrist though; this is from v fallible memory.

I have some samples I don't want - anyone up for a swap? Some of them have v little left, though, I warn you:

Miller Harris - Fleur Oriental

Caron - Farnesiana

Annick Goutal - Ninfeo Mio

Diptyque - Volutes

Frédéric Malle - Lipstick Rose

Frédéric Malle - Une Fleur de Cassie

Vero Profumo - Rubj

Tauer - Orange Star

Neela Vermeire - Bombay Bling!, Trayee and Mohur (v little left of Mohur)

CointreauVersial Tue 26-Mar-13 13:12:26

clb - Oooh, I like the sound of a couple of those: the Miller Harris Fleur Oriental and the Diptyque Volutes. I'll PM you a list of what I have, if any of them take your fancy.

Hope you are still enjoying the Ambre Russe - personally, I found it got better and better as the day wore on.

clb Tue 26-Mar-13 13:27:48

It's lovely, isn't it? I get contrasting wafts of something raspy and woody and then a syrupy spiciness.

The Volutes and Fleur Oriental are yours!

Fuzzybirds Tue 26-Mar-13 14:26:16

SOTD is Orange Star, thanks to Cointreau thanks

This is a funny one as the opening has a bit of Mr Muscle kitchen cleaner about it, yet once that goes, the drydown is gorgeous. I could imagine this being a great Christmas scent, with it's orangey spicyness.

I made a discovery on Sunday in M&S, which may interest Teint de Neige lovers- Osez Moi by Chantal Thomass. It has a very similar feel, perhaps a bit more floral. Worth a sniff if you're looking for a slightly more affordable/ available alternative to TdN.

I also found my first scrubber- Mugler's Womanity! Something a bit over ripe or almost rotting about it, it just seemed like a very strong peachy/ figgy note. Maybe I don't like fig?!

It's funny how I started off this 'hobby' thinking I liked everything and am now discovering that I do have certain preferences after all. Thank goodness as I really need to narrow my wishlist down grin

auldspinster Tue 26-Mar-13 17:34:19

SOTD Cuir de Lancome - a lovely warm chypre for a cold day.

FrugalFashionista Tue 26-Mar-13 17:47:31

A dull gray day, DD2 has earache. Loretta packs a punch - must have antibiotic properties!

pocketandsweet Tue 26-Mar-13 17:53:21

SOTD Nocturnes thanks to florascotia. The start isn't as I remember but it mellows into something I recognise from my memory. More than a hint of "old books" which is a good thing in my opinion. I wonder what the "old book" element is? Tomorrow Coromandel ( thanks to ladame). I am a bit afraid of the patchouli though smile

kiwigirl42 Tue 26-Mar-13 18:13:38

pocketandsweet and OneLittleLady- hope things work out well for you both

Like the sound of osez moi in M&S - I often wear Lipstick Rose with Teint de Neige as feels it could do with being just a bit more floral - they are lovely together

Tried out some of my sisters Ange ou Demon and honestly, I wish I hadn't. It smells like toilet duck on me. It's vile. sad It smelt so promising in the bottle, nice and bright. I thought it might be nice for spring but no, it's one I must pass on buying.

CointreauVersial Wed 27-Mar-13 13:09:59

Well, the sun is shining today (even though it is colder than Siberia), so SOTD is Eau D'Hadrien in an effort to conjure up some Mediterranean warmth. It's very pretty, but the sharp citrus opening disappeared very quickly and it is already quite faint. Lovely soft mandarin wafts every now and then.

Pocket, how's your Coromandel? I always thought I hated patchouli until I tried that. grin

FrugalFashionista Wed 27-Mar-13 13:19:42

Trying to coax the sun out by wearing Lys Mediterranée.

clb Wed 27-Mar-13 15:07:44

SotD was Diptyque Philosykos but it doesn't last long, does it? Off to try something else now...

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 27-Mar-13 17:38:25

I have been sniffin' grin

Mitsouko - loathed this, old lady's handbag filled with crumpled tissues and spilled face powder.

Chergui - loved this, just the thing for a cold day, with the smell on your scarf.

Ladame Wed 27-Mar-13 18:44:12

Having felt a bit poorly sick all day sad had a bath and used my Body Shop Coconut Scrub and Body Butter. Thought as was doing it that it might be a mistake, yes, oh FGS yes - now smell like a giant Bounty bar crossed with a Rafaello and it's making me feel sick, stupidly have scrubbed the smell into me and can't get it off sad. Am stupid and coconutty in the worst possible way boak.

CointreauVersial Wed 27-Mar-13 22:51:26

I love a bit of coconut, Ladame, especially in the summer, as it reminds me of tropical suncream and pina coladas. Perhaps not if you are feeling icky, though.

Fuzzy, your samples were waiting on the doormat when I got home from work; looking forward to trying them tomorrow. I immediately recycled the packaging, using it to post a couple of vials on to clb - hope you enjoy them! Ooh, I love all this

FrugalFashionista Thu 28-Mar-13 09:33:13

SOTD Le temps d'une fete by Nicolai. Hate the first hit of it - something queasy lurking in the background but love the contrast of sharp narcissus against a soft, sweet base.

Coconut is really divisive. It's often paired with tuberose or fig - the former I usually like and the latter I generally do not. Pear+Olive is very coconutty so avoid that! (Mmmm, olive oil... Went to a tasting last night and it's nuanced like perfume - fantastic grassy aromas!)

Ladame Thu 28-Mar-13 09:59:41

SotD is Tom Ford Oud Wood!!!! It came this morning oh joy of joys, it's gorgeous!!! Little 8ml sample from STC, I'll have to be careful with it. After last night's coconutgate, had long shower this morning and was sans coconut, sprayed this on and now have nose-stuck-to-wrist syndrome. Haber you would love this I think. It has everything I - (and I suspect, you grin) - love in a scent. It's a green, clean laundry, cool sparkling spice - with that faint sweet oud-y note. No flowers at all that I can detect. I know that if I smelt it on someone, I would have to know what it is. Not aftershave-y, a real unisexy, sexy, smell. ((sigh)). Just wish it wasn't so eyewateringly expensive. Pocket how are you getting on with Coromandel?

Ladame Thu 28-Mar-13 10:03:18

Frugal I know what you mean about Olive Oil. I live down in the South West of France and they take it very seriously, love the peppery EVOO. Mr Ladame and I have our own walnut oil made from our trees. I use it in everything!! (Wonders if contacted Tom Ford, we could do a swap wink grin

Haberdashery Thu 28-Mar-13 10:55:09

Oooh, Ladame, I'm coming to your neck of the woods next week. Near Eauze.

CointreauVersial Thu 28-Mar-13 12:50:14

<adds Oud Wood to list of must-trys>

SOTD is Mure et Musc, thanks to Fuzzy. the words of a well-known advertising campaign, "it does exactly what it says on the tin". Soft berries and musk, lovely for daytime but possibly a bit too fruity-sweet. I thought at first it was quite soft and faint, but I am getting plenty of little wafts as I type. Wearable, but not "wow".

pocketandsweet Thu 28-Mar-13 13:11:03

Hi everyone. I'm distracted in a great way today by the fact that I found out today that I probably DO NOT have Ovarian Cancer. I'm sick and starting a whole new sets of tests etc BUT dammit the world is a better place today. SOTD was Biotherm Eau'd Energie. I have a weakness for Eau Vitaminee (also Biotherm). It is more of a fragranced body water than a perfume but I love being able to spritz on a whole load of citrus and not kill everyone around me.

hi ladame <waves>. I feel awful I have tried the Coromandel and while it comes close I just can't overcome my patchouli aversion. I can smell the skill and I like the dry down very much but the patchouli means that I know I just won't wear it. I am going to pass it along to an impoverished student friend who I know will appreciate it. Thanks so much though. It was so lovely to get your package and to get to try my first Les Exclusifs! At least I have saved some money from not falling in love with another expensive perfume. Still planning a little trip to London and Les Scenteurs! Thanks also for all the lovely good wishes thanks

Ladame Thu 28-Mar-13 13:14:13

Haber - You'll be a bit further down than me. Eauze is in the Midi-Pyrenees and I am at the bottom of the Dordogne. Just to say that we've had lovely weather this week (sorry UK ladies blush have tried to keep that to myself ahem). So you might be lucky enough for it to continue - I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Cointreau - you must try it, it's sooo gorgeous. As it's so pricey am trying the old trick of layering it on a thin smear of vaseline to make it last longer, my skin is terrible for hoovering up scent too quickly. So far it's working well, but you don't lose the first note for a while - not a problem smile. I am being naughty and being on MN when I should be working - right, that's it - back to the kitchen.

Haberdashery Thu 28-Mar-13 14:36:32

Thanks. I think any weather would be an improvement on what we currently have here so I will be easily pleased! If I see the sun, I will count that as a victory!

Pocket, that is wonderful news. I should make it to the post office tomorrow so will send your sample.

Fuzzybirds Thu 28-Mar-13 15:24:10

Pocket good to hear things are looking up!

Cointreau glad the samples have arrived, I felt much the same about Mure et Musc. Thank you too for the Orange Star and the infamous Knize Ten! I'm trying out Knize today and it's not as scary as I'd imagined, I wasn't sure about the rubbery opening but once it settled into my skin I found it rather lovely- deep, smokey and leathery with florals peeking through. I didn't use much but I found a few dabs was plenty. Think I will have to explore some more leathery and smokey fumes!

That's great news pocket smile. Hope they find what's causing your illness soon though, it sucks being ill and having no answers as to why.

CointreauVersial Thu 28-Mar-13 17:19:27

Pocket - that's a relief, you must have been so worried. Hope it all gets sorted soon.

Fuzzy - well done on the Knize Ten - I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn't get past the whiff of bicycle repair shop!

More samples arrived today from clb - I feel like a kid in a sweet shop - which to try next? grin

Ladame Thu 28-Mar-13 17:52:19

Pocket (waves back) Fantastic news! I know you still don't know what is wrong, but at least it's not that. OneLittleLady I hope you get equally brilliant news as well, horrible not knowing, I know. Pocket I know what you mean about the Coromandel, I really really wanted to like it, but I just couldn't. The patchouli was too much even for an old ex-hippy like me. I hope your friend likes it. Someone will. Still loving the Oud Wood, it has a sort of mouthwatering deliciousness, even in dry down.

I was meant to have had my results by now but I haven't heard anything. tried to get through to the clinic this afternoon but no one answered. Will have to wait until after the bank holiday and chase them up.

Today I'm wearing Kenzo madly. It's a lovely slightly musky floral scent. Smells a bit muskier in the bottle than it does on my skin though. The dry down is nice, I smell jasmine in there. Very happy with it, I think it ill be a nice scent for slightly warmer nights.

pocketandsweet Thu 28-Mar-13 18:11:23

onelittleday. sad to waiting the whole weekend. I did finally get to the post office this morning so a little package is on its way. fingers crossed for you and good news

florascotia Thu 28-Mar-13 18:43:58

Brilliant news pocket. I'm so pleased for you.

Very best wishes to One Little Lady. Tough to have to wait for so long.

Like Ladame we have sunshine here, though it's still freezing (literally). I saw two skylarks yesterday, but they have not yet started to sing. SOTD = sample of very springlike Ajaccio Violets by gents barber GF Trumper. If you like violets - and I do - then it's lovely. Simple and soothing, but, alas, not very long lasting - on me, anyway. Very refined, but perhaps just too polite...

Oooh, I love violets, have been looking for something based on them. I shall have to look that up and perhaps try to get a sample if I can. Thank you all for the good wishes, fingers crossed everything is alright.

pocketandsweet Thu 28-Mar-13 19:19:52

Ooh the Ajaccio Violets sounds interesting. I also love Violet scents ( and its my second daughters first name). Any other Violet recommendations out there?

florascotia Thu 28-Mar-13 20:26:41

Fellow Violet-lovers

You can buy (small) samples of Ajaccio Violets from Hungary:
Acording to them,the scent is for men (!!) and is made from the real extract of the flower.
Relatively speaking, the scent itself is not that expensive (from Hungary), compared with many others.
Although I said that it's faint, it has lasted about 4 hours and I can still (just) smell it on my wrists.

Haberdashery Thu 28-Mar-13 22:31:46

OneLittleLady, I really hope you get good news soon. Hope your Easter weekend is not spoilt by the horrible waiting.

Fuzzy, yay for another Knize Ten lover! Have you tried Cabochard? I want someone knowledgeable to tell me what that identical smell is in the two perfumes. It's the floral part with a kind of woody edge. I like it a lot, whatever it is.

Off to France next week. We are flying from Heathrow Terminal 5. I am hoping there will be some sampling to be done at the airport if they have a reasonable range.

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 28-Mar-13 22:51:23

They have Les Exclusifs in the Chanel shop at Terminal 5 Duty Free, Habs.

Haberdashery Thu 28-Mar-13 22:57:31

Oh good. There are a few of those I want to try. Thanks!

Ladame Fri 29-Mar-13 08:36:50

Haber Be sure to check out La Roche Posay in the French Pharmacies. It's brilliant very famous skincare used by dermatologists and make-up artists worldwide. Have a google as they have several ranges for different skin types. No nasties in it and my skin has improved so much since I started using it. You may of course already know about it, but if you didn't, it's really worth getting some. Have a great trip and today (sorry ladies in the UK), is still sunny grin. SotD still Oud Wood, I just can't help it.

FrugalFashionista Fri 29-Mar-13 10:22:24

I absolutely love LRP. The Effaclar line has really helped and I love their foundation (have not touched my Chanel foundation after discovering it). Worth reading Makeupalley before purchasing as they have gazillion products and every skin is different. Three to four of their products are Holy Grail status for me.

SOTD Oud Wood here as well. Isn't it absolutely stunning? wink Slightly smokey woody goodness, instant comfort and relaxation.

Fuzzybirds Fri 29-Mar-13 11:59:28

Haber No, I've not tried Cabochard yet but may get a small bottle at some point, I'm not very good at recognising individual florals to be honest. Strangely I found the florals in Knize Ten reminded me a bit of Bal a Versailles confused
Have a lovely time in France and enjoy the sunshine!

Oud Wood is on the to try list now, haven't yet ventured into Oud territory...

SOTD is a mixture of Teint De Neige and Guerlain Meteorites (inspired by Kiwi's TdN/ Lipstick Rose combo) powdery, make-up, violet heaven grin

Haberdashery Fri 29-Mar-13 15:42:17

I will definitely check out LRP! Thanks! I saw some today in Boots and then thought I would wait until next week as it will probably be cheaper in France.

I will look up the notes in Bal a Versailles I think, Fuzzy, and see if I can work out what it is. It's really bugging me.

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 29-Mar-13 16:10:48

LRP is cheaper in Boots than it is in France! (And Bourjois make up is about half the price in UK.) But you won't get the full range of stuff that you get in France. It is great stuff - and I would also recommend the Bioderma Eau Micellaire cleansing water - the holy grail of cleansers, which is coming to UK soon. Also Filorga skin care, which is $$$ but works, and which you can now get in M & S.

Haberdashery Fri 29-Mar-13 17:19:59

Seriously? I haven't noticed that before (but I rarely buy things I can get in the UK in France). I usually confine myself to Le Petit Marseillais and nice deodorant that smells of eau de cologne. And food. I have Bioderma stuff and love it but am on the lookout for a new moisturiser so was thinking of trying LRP. I am having a lot of trouble with my skin at the mo (suspect approaching menopause or perimenopause, as am 44).

Haberdashery Fri 29-Mar-13 17:22:39

Also Mixa hand cream (like Kiehls but a quarter of the price).

Dawndonna Fri 29-Mar-13 19:12:57

I'm wearing Laura Ashley Green Meadow today and have just bought Caudalie Zeste.
I do wish though, that somebody could work out why I turn most scents into something similar to cat spray. Most people think I'm exagerrating. I go into department stores and the women behind the counters listen, then tell me their scent won't do it. It does. The woman at the Jo Malone counter in Harrods last year, asked me to leave!

I don't turn scents into cat spray, I turn them into something very Toilet Duck like. I always test before I buy for that very reason. Sales assistants don't believe me either until the smell it on my skin for themselves.

CointreauVersial Fri 29-Mar-13 21:22:27

SOTD is Calypso by Robert Piguet, thanks to a kind swapper.wink thanks It started off very like Estee Lauder Pleasures, which is one of my mainstream faves, soft spicy florals, but it didn't really project or last long. I think I'll put more on next time.

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 29-Mar-13 21:37:18

Isn't Mixa handcream the same as Atrixo? Or am I thinking of something else?!

What is your eau de cologne scented deodorant, Habs? I tend to stick to dull old Dove. I can really recommend Filorga for more, ahem, mature skin. blush

FrugalFashionista Fri 29-Mar-13 21:42:40

Reposting this Bois de Jasmin parapharmacie blog post just in case!

My brother is in Paris right now and I gave him standard perfumista instructions where to shop <should I start organizing tours> wink

SOTD is an unnamed mystery sample that I found hiding in the bottom of my drawer. The lettering has rubbed off the side of the sample so I have no idea what it is. Quite a delicate scent whatever it is, hints of green tea, some kind of white flower and something that smells a little like bay leaves hmm

coffeeinbed Fri 29-Mar-13 22:59:46

Nose still broken/stuffy.
Such a waste.

pocketandsweet Sat 30-Mar-13 06:56:31

I have been wondering something (and being a perfume thread this seems to be the perfect place to ask). Do any of you LRP lovers notice a funny smell in some of their products? I use the Antihelios with no problem but I was given a sample of the Lipikar body cream and I couldn't bear it. To me it had a funny burnt off sort of smell. I thought maybe it was my sample and so I went into Boots to try and although it was a bit weaker it was still definitely there. The girl working in Boots couldn't smell it though. It was a shame because I have very dry legs and thought it might be perfect. So can anyone else smell it?

FrugalFashionista Sat 30-Mar-13 07:20:58

Pocket cosmetics and many household products are perfumed because their base/active ingredients usually smell a bit funky on their own.
Ever wondered why suncreens are often perfumed with coconut or dishwashing liquids tend to be lemony? These particular scents cover typical base key ingredients well (synthetic tensides tend to smell greasy on their own - dinnerware that smells greasy after being washed is not ideal).

I do not have Lipicar but comparable Eucerin products smell a bit off and I have a great LRP makeup base that smells a bit like corn oil (the used/stale kind) after application. The whiff dissipates quickly but not my favorite product.

Perfumes in cosmetics are common sensitizers - I'm personally allergic to something (think it the ingredient has been phased out now because I've worn hundreds of perfumes without reaction, but used to get an awful itchy rash from Stella by Stella McCartney and L'Eau parfumee au the rouge by Bulgari and am still allergic to many cosmetics - Dior makeup contains something really evil). So more and more people avoid perfume in their everyday cosmetics and household products. I prefer unscented cosmetics, creams and laundry products (fabric softener is banned in our house), mostly because I don't want to smell of shrill laundry musks and as a daily perfume wearer I do not like clashing smells. Hair products can smell particularly vile (loud fruity-sweet) and the smell of L'Occitane hand creams is really queasy (rose and lemon-vanilla from hell).

Ladame Sat 30-Mar-13 08:40:51

I know what you mean Pocket, I like LRP Toleriane range and it does smell a little bit musty, but I don’t really mind because it dissipates very quickly. I have an Estee Lauder moisturizer and it smells so great but sooo perfumed, I can feel it irritating my skin as soon as I put it on. The Toleriane facial cleansing milk is brilliant as a hot cloth cleanser, I massage it in and take if off with a hot flannel, then you have an exfoliation at the same time. I have to be careful with my skin because I have Lupus (I would be very boring on an episode of House – you know the script ... “test for lupus, sarcoidosis and amyloidosis” ... Cameron : “it’s lupus” ... cue end music after five mins grin) Anyway, getting side-tracked, LRP never ever upsets my skin and I love it. They do a fantastic lip care called Ceralip which softens and plumps up, a quick buff with a toothbrush and some of that and you’ll be like Anjelina Jolie. I’m glad they now have LRP in the UK, although perhaps not all of it (it’s such a huge range) because when my sis comes over, we have to weigh her cabin luggage about five times as she buys so much and paranoid about being over the allowance. I always end up having to send her stuff she has left here. SotD is last night’s Oud Wood with a little bit of Fox Terrier (up for a cuddle on my lap at the mo – strangely nice combo) won’t last, off for shower and a rummage in my drawers smile for something citrussy.

florascotia Sat 30-Mar-13 10:08:30

SOTD = sample of Creed's Irisia. In spite of its name, not very floral - apart from delicious green beginning. But that fades in a few minutes (sigh) and now I'm getting a very posh and rather glamorous but extraordinarily old-fashioned smell. By the minute it's getting richer, woodier, mossier, more powdery, more powerful. A bit like an expensively-dressed grand old lady, with full make-up, elaborate hair, impressive real jewellery... Imposing!

Just NOT my style - am about to go outside and get to grips with compost heap - though on the right person it could smell good for a very formal occasion. If any one would like the sample, please let me know. I'd be happy to pass it on - no swap needed.

FrugalFashionista Sat 30-Mar-13 10:20:29

wink Flora!

SOTD: Cardinal by Heeley. This is an almost exact dupe of Avignon by CdG, one of my all-time favorite perfumes (have a backup bottle just in case). A perfect rendition of Easter midnight mass. Love! (But if you have one of these, you don't need the other - wouldn't be able to tell them apart.)

Oh, and in the spirit of Easter, the holiest-smelling perfume I know if Oud by Mona di Orio. I'm sure they use a candle/ room spray version of it in Heaven...

clb Sat 30-Mar-13 11:44:18

Ooh, v interested to hear that Cardinal=Avignon, thank you Frugal. I tried Cardinal the other day and loved it but it comes only in an expensive and too big 100ml bottle.

Thank you so much pocketandsweet my parcel arrived this morning and totally brightened my day. Such lovely packaging inside as well, it was a very nice touch. More importantly, thank you for the good wishes. thanks

Haberdashery Sat 30-Mar-13 15:26:52

MrsSchadenfreude Nooooo, Mixa is ace and Atrixo is barely moisturising at all. The orange Mixa handcream is seriously just like Kiehl's Ultimate Hand Salve only much much cheaper (and it doesn't smell the same, which is a shame as I quite like the Kiehl's slightly eucalyptusy smell). The cologne deodorant I like is Narta. It's a pale green translucent stick that doesn't leave any white marks and smells just like plain classic eau de cologne. Lovely stuff.

I am wearing Eau Dynamisante as sent to me by pocketandsweet. I really like it, on my skin it smells fresh and clean.Slightly soapy and a little masculine but I like it.

pocketandsweet Sat 30-Mar-13 20:28:04

Glad I could provide you with a little diversion onelittlelady smile

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 30-Mar-13 21:11:19

Today I have been sniffing Serge Lutens' Vitriol d'Oeillet. First sniff, thought it was revolting - mothballs, camphor, old ladies' damp fur coats. Then it settled down to quite a peppery carnation, and I really quite liked it. But don't love it. Although the name is great!

Re hand cream, Haberdashery, I will give the Mixa one a go. I alternate between whatever's on offer at the parapharmacy and Flexitol. I have eczema on my hands (for the first time in 20 years) and have to be careful what I put on them at the moment, so am using LRP Lipikar.

Haberdashery Sat 30-Mar-13 22:13:47

I am pretty sensitive to a lot of skin stuff, MrsSchadenfreude, and haven't had any problems with Mixa. Their baby stuff was also great for hyper-sensitive DD. Will look out for Lipikar. I have very dry skin on my hands and body so the Mixa orange allantoine range works really well for me. My face is a different matter, oddly, and I spend most of my time looking like a spotty wrinkly oil slick, which is not a great look and one I'd like to leave behind. Hence searching for a more convenable moisturiser. Anyone with tips, feel free to recommend!

I really need to do some Serge Lutens sniffing. I am very attracted by a lot of the odder notes that people smell in his stuff. Camphor and mothballs is olfactory heaven for me. I'm probably going to end up as a crazy old perfume lady smelling of weird with people backing away from me in Sainsburys.

Haberdashery Sat 30-Mar-13 22:21:00

Just read the parapharmacie blog post, Frugal, and think it is spot on. I own a few of those things, and will look out for the others. We are, however, visiting the original Back of Beyond so the selection may be limited!

CointreauVersial Sun 31-Mar-13 02:03:40

Went to the theatre this evening to watch DD1 perform, so I treated myself to a little drop of Dior Oud Ispahan kindly shared by FF. Beautiful, rich, deep roses and oud, perfect for evening. A little goes a long way, especially in the close confines of a theatre!

kiwigirl42 Sun 31-Mar-13 06:35:27

I really rate Aveeno handcream. its the only thing that really worked when I was washing my hands 100 x a day as a chemo nurse. Really excellent and non greasy.
I've been using LRP efflacor K for the last few weeks and the pores/ blackheads on my nose are reducing and my face is looking smoother. I have lots of freckles/ sun spots so are interesting in trying the Mela range next

FrugalFashionista Sun 31-Mar-13 08:00:49

Haber try some of the LRP Effaclar products. I like their foaming face wash and Effaclar AI is fantastic for breakouts (K similar). Effaclar H has that chip-shop smell but it's a great makeup base. Just the face wash and AI have really changed my skin.

Am interested in anti-hyperpigmentation products. Could go without makeup altogether if I could fade a fairly noticeable melasma patch. Have been too lazy to try prescription retinoids but may give them a go. At the moment I am just covering it up with LRP foundation (fantastic coverage) and using Anthelios to prevent further damage. Anthelios tinted moisturizer mixed 50-50 with untinted Anthelios is a perfect match for my pale skin (recommend the tinted sunscreen because the untinted one gives a gothy corpse-like pallor that is too much even for me). I get breakouts from many moisturizers and sunscreen but these have been very skin-friendly. Like them a lot more than some high-end products I used previously - no frills, they just work.

Sorry about the long advertorial grin Happy Easter everyone! Trying to pick a great Easter scent but still undecided - what did you ladies choose?

Ladame Sun 31-Mar-13 09:54:42

Frugal Just popping in to say that Sali Hughes' column in the Guardian today is on hyperpigmentation smile. SotD O de Lancome, one of my all time favourites, only a little left so I ration myself. Happy Easter everyone!

florascotia Sun 31-Mar-13 11:09:53

SOTD = rest of my Ajaccio Violets sample. Still bitterly cold but bright, and so (at least when seen from inside a nice warm house) it's springtime! Violets fit the mood.

After gardening yesterday my hands are a mess, so am smearing on lots of unscented Neutrogena, as allegedly used by Norwegian fishermen. I usually find it very good, but does anyone have an even better hand cream suggestion?

Happy Easter, Perfumistas!

FrugalFashionista Sun 31-Mar-13 14:30:54

Easter theme color = yellow
The most yellow scent I know = Ylang ylang
SOTD: Santa Maria Novella Ylang-ylang

Flora I like that hand-cream too - I like everything that absorbs quickly and leaves no sticky residue/film.

Thanks Ladame will read!

Haberdashery Sun 31-Mar-13 18:06:53

I love the Kiehl's one I mentioned before. It's very thick and very expensive, but you don't need much at once so it does last a good long time.

shoeprincess2 Sun 31-Mar-13 18:40:23

SOTD- What we do in Paris is Secret. Lovely turkish delight scent. There is a lot of love for LRP products at the moment. I used to use the Effaclar range many moons ago, when I used to buy it from an independent pharmacy near my office. I don't know why I stopped using it... I am hearing good things about the Hydraphase mask- anyone use it?

Kiwi- Aveeno you say? Another Boots purchase methinks. Really struggling with dry hand at the mo- umpteen nappy changes with the boys so umpteen hand washes!!

CointreauVersial Sun 31-Mar-13 18:43:29

Turkish Delight here too, shoe - Traversee du Bosphore. I'm not enjoying it very much.

FrugalFashionista Mon 01-Apr-13 10:36:19

SOTD Tubereuse Virginale by HdP. Tuberose + cherry = slightly irritating metallic opening, straying into hairspray territory. I prefer my tuberose more dirty and visceral.

chartreuse Mon 01-Apr-13 10:54:50

frugal I got rid of melasma on my hands using the LRP Active C cream, excellent stuff.

I came across these perfumes and candles the other day Cloon Keen The candles are gorgeous, I got the Limoncello. I usually only buy Diptyque, but these are comparable I think. I'm going back to try the perfumes, which were pretty sophisticated for my uneducated nose. The bottles are really beautiful.

I bagged a 50ml bottle of Ralph Lauren Notorious today for £4.99! Never tried it before but I thought, for that price, what the hell! Just tried it out and it's lovely. I smell vanilla and blackcurrant, a hint of some kind of musk and I think something like carnation. I do like it though, it's a little more grown up than my usual all floral scents. Might see if I can get another bottle while it's cheap!

FrugalFashionista Tue 02-Apr-13 18:51:56

Great to hear Chartreuse - will give that a try <mine looks like a prison tattoo - tears streaming down my cheek> Have all the risk factors - pregnancy + hypothyreosis + tropical/Mediterranean sun. Will use sunscreen religiously this year...

Perfume free so far today.

Great bargain OneLittleLady. Actually might dab on some Safari by Lauren or possibly Antaeus by Chanel later on...

Fuzzybirds Tue 02-Apr-13 21:02:55

OneLittleLady that's a bargain! I saw Notorious got a good review in the guide and have wanted to give it a try. Where did you get it from if you don't mind my asking?

I popped into Debenhams today and had a few sniffs-
Kenzo Amour- nice soft powdery scent, quite nutty and milky but not a 'wow' for me.
Prada Amber- second try for this one, love the opening as it reminds me of Coromandel but fades rather quickly.
24 Faubourg- WOW, this is divine. Reminds me of J'Adore but better, more elegant and refined. Onto the wishlist you go!

I had a package arrive today with a mini of Le Feu d'Issey Light- by rights it should have cost a fair bit but I managed to bag it for £1 from ebay shock

Looking forward to trying that one tomorrow!

I got it in the local Savers. Don't know if you have one nearby but they have an up to 90% sale on fragrances at the minute. Going to pop back later in the week and see what else they've got for me to try. On that note, I'm sure they had the Prada Amber 80ml bottles for £29.99 in there as well.

IsabelleRinging Wed 03-Apr-13 09:27:25

Hi, has anyone else used Paula's Choice products? They are all fragrance free and I use swear by them for my sensitive rosaeca skin, she also does serums with retinol in them which might help with pigmentation. The fragrance free body lotion is fab for not interfering with my perfume too!

I had a nice surprise this morning. As it is our wedding anniversary today, and we had agreed not to buy gifts as usual, I wasn't expecting anything, but DH gave me (us) a bottle of Tuscan Leather, (it is to share apparently grin). So wafting round in a lovely soft leathery cloud right now! (Looking forward to smelling it on DH too.)

babraham Wed 03-Apr-13 11:07:48

Morning all. I'm finally introducing myself as I've been lurking for a while- I've really enjoyed reading your perfume recommendations and some beautiful descriptions.

I am desperate to find my 'perfect' fragrance. I've got quite a few full bottles that I've either received as presents or grabbed from duty free after a brief sniff- none of them are 'me' though.

Inspired by this thread (and the previous ones) I have been on a sample spending spree in the hope of narrowing down the type of perfume I love.

Today's SOTD is Moulin Rouge and it's beautiful- from the name I thought it would be brash and loud but it's a really soft scent and reminds me of expensive make up.. a definite winner!

Ladame Thu 04-Apr-13 19:23:45

Well, waiting for a client today, found a small spray sample of Chanel No 5 in my handbag. It was gorgeous, sooo long since I have worn it, it is beautiful. Sprayed it at 9am and can still smell it. Vair sophisticated and smart. Mr Ladame asked me what it was!! A little aniseed-y on me, but so fresh. I know it's an old soldier, but deserves its place in the most iconic fragrances. Now, the Tom Ford Oud Wood, beautiful, I love it beyond, but it has absolutely no staying power. If I am going to spend 180euros on a 50ml perfume, I expect a little more. Very close to the skin, practically no sillage (didn't know that information a month ago-thanks fragranistas smile). Will have to try and 'forget' it sad.

CointreauVersial Thu 04-Apr-13 22:58:09

SOTD was Diptyque Volutes. Lovely; starts quite fresh and floral, but evolves into a beautiful warm amber. Right up my street.

I had a rush of blood to the head last night; I swore I wouldn't order samples from Surrender to Chance again, due to the high postage, but I was lured by a 20% off order code. I concluded I might as well get my money's worth from the carriage cost, so I have rather a big package on its way.blush

Ladame Fri 05-Apr-13 10:53:56

SotD, Aria Di Capri thanks to the lovely Flora flowers. Liked it at first, quite citrussy, but has settled to a Laydees sanitary products type of smell on me (I do that to a fair few fragrances), plus there's a fruity peachy note that I'm not loving. So will see how it goes, trying not to wash it off. Still, got other samples (hurrah!) to try over the next few days.

Liking Ralph Lauren Notorious more and more. Starts off quite 'old ladyish' when it's first sprayed but then settles into something altogether much nicer. Last well on my skin as well.

Still no test results, rang the clinic to chase them up and they've told me it could be an additional 4 weeks before they come back as the lab is extremely back logged. She basically said no news is good news but I can't help but worry sad

IsabelleRinging Fri 05-Apr-13 23:51:27

Managed to grab a couple of hours to go a sniffing!

Chergui- like this a lot, sweet tobacco and woods scent, like Feminite du Bois more though.

Noir Noir by Tom ford- lovely! smokey, woody, sultry.

I sprayed Fracas on one wrist and Petit Fracas on the other, the original is slightly sharp at first but dries down into a smooth tuberose, heady and slightly nauseating, but softer on skin than paper. Petit is more fruity in the top notes, smoother, but definitely tuberose, it is modern but not smelled anything else quite like this, it is quite unique. Both strong.

Also quick smell of Nuit de Cellophane- not keen on this, sweet floral to me.

Bronze Goddess 2013, not too different to previous years, I have the 2011 version which is gorgeous and just a bottled beach holiday!

CointreauVersial Sat 06-Apr-13 00:00:14

Lucky you, Isabelle, I was in Birmingham earlier in the week, and never actually made it into Selfridges. A golden sniffing opportunity lost, methinks!

SOTD was coincidently Robert Piguet here too, but in my case, Visa. Smelled very similar to Ambre de Cabochard, a slightly thin, synthetic amber, but it faded quickly. I will give it another try but I wasn't bowled over.

I have just ordered the Olfactive Studio sample set, which was a rather bargainous €6 for four samples including postage, direct from their website. I've read some interesting descriptions of their fragrances, so I thought it was worth a try.

Fuzzybirds Sat 06-Apr-13 10:14:08

OneLittleLady hope you get your results soon, it's horrible being in limbo.

Frugal a massive thank you for the Rose Etoile d'Hollande, which arrived this morning. Its not been a good week so it was lovely to get such a nice package thanks

What a beautiful scent! It does have that vintage make-up feel I love but it's quite complex, Im getting a lovely warm fuzzy peach skin smell at the moment.

florascotia Sat 06-Apr-13 18:33:23

Yesterday was in big city, so took the chance to sample (again) another one of my favourite golden oldies: Vol de Nuit. Even in it's diminished modern form, they don't make them like this any more. In spite of its name, I find it to be a daytime perfume. Cool at first, a bit aloof and complex, but then slowly developing something warm and comforting. Definitely on my list to save up for.

Puddlelane Sat 06-Apr-13 21:17:29

Hi, I was wondering if you experts can help me?
I'm getting married this winter and I need a wedding smell! I want a new one so when I smell that smell it should will bring back nice memories and I love a good perfume!

I'll give you some perfume history-
Eternity Moment
Green Apple DKNY
Orange Blossom by Jo Malone
Paradise by Estée Lauder
Lola by Marc Jacobs
Romance- Ralph Lauren- not strong enough but a nice smell.

I don't suit Chanel's Chance or Clinique Happy.

Would anyone mind helping me? Sorry I feel a bit of a pain!

Puddlelane Sat 06-Apr-13 21:20:00

Oh and musky isn't good on me either sad

IsabelleRinging Sun 07-Apr-13 10:06:18

Hi Puddle, from the ones you have listed it looks like you like quite light florals, but not musky or citrussy. I am no expert and I am sure someone more experienced ill be along to help soon, but you could try:

Chloe, this is a nice floral and Chloe Love is a little bit heavier and even more floral.

The new Jour d'Hermes is a sort of sparking fruity floral and would be nice for a wedding. Very subtle.

You might like Ellie Saab, this always strikes me as quite bridal and it is heavy on orange blossom.

I wore Estee lauder Pleasures on my wedding day (many moons ago). Congratulations. Happy sniffing.

FrugalFashionista Sun 07-Apr-13 16:20:34

Sorry about not posting, have been out in the mountains taking a short break. Only wore Chanel No. 19 EdP and as a treat, L'Air du Desert Marocain. (It smelled stunning up there - dry and woody and wonderfully resinous). Fuzzy happy that L'Etoile finally arrived - like many of Mona's perfumes, it's really quite unique. (Will wear her tuberose later.)

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 08-Apr-13 09:14:45

I can't believe we're on our fourth thread! (I was here under a previous name).

I am wearing Balmain de Balmain today and I am totally in love with it. Sod's Law, of course, since it's been discontinued.

flora- Vol de Nuit is superb. I wish more people wore it today. I wore it last week and it just smells so classy and vintage-y.

Puddle- Congratulations! I agree with Isabelle that Pleasures is a lovely wedding day perfume. Also you could try Chanel Cristalle or Cristalle Eau Vert. The latter smells like fresh tulips and is divine. They are not like the other Chanels, which leave me a bit meh (apart from no19)

MrsSchadenfreude Mon 08-Apr-13 09:54:19

I adore Vol de Nuit and agree re it being a daytime fragrance. It is one of my "work" perfumes. Several people have commented on it, and asked what it was - one said "It smells expensive!"

Chocs - there is an odd little shop near me that sells discontinued perfumes - do you want me to see if they have the Balmain de Balmain for you at a reasonable price? (You may have more luck on ebay, of course.)

I am still enjoying my love-in with Cabochard. Had another go of Chergui at the weekend, and do like it, but not enough to get a full bottle.

MrsSchadenfreude Mon 08-Apr-13 09:57:05

Puddle - if you have a big M & S near you, see what you think of the Fragonard perfumes. They do some lovely florals. Would also recommend Chanel No 22.

VenusRising Mon 08-Apr-13 09:59:58

Onelittlelady the lidl own brand Suddenly Woman is a dead ringer for Chanel eau de mademoiselle. It's aout three quid. My DH and dd say its nicer than edm.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 08-Apr-13 10:17:26

Here's a review of Lidl Suddenly Madame Glamour. It smells very similar to Chanel Coco Madamemoiselle.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 08-Apr-13 10:17:47
ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 08-Apr-13 10:21:35

Mrs Schadenfreude, if you can find it for less than £25, that would be great. I have found a 30ml bottle on eBay for that price. Rumour has it that Balmain may bring them back if there is enough interest to merit a relaunch. I think they may test the water with pushing Vent Vert first.

I tried No 22 the other day and found it very cold and frosty. I think it was the Iris, which I love in a garden but dislike in a scent.

VenusRising Mon 08-Apr-13 12:05:47

Yes it would help if I got the name right.
That's it, suddenly madame glamour, in a white pearlescent box with a gold end. Just like the Chanel one. Great longevity and slightly less silage than the Chanel one, but chanel's one is a nukebomb.
I love it especially as its only 3 quid, body wash and lotion also sold in a pack for a fiver.

pocketandsweet Mon 08-Apr-13 12:30:24

I have a bottle of the Lidl Suddenly. And will happily send it to anyone who might like it... Only tried it twice. ;)

Might have a look at that then if I ever get round to going to Lidl. No scent today, feeling rather down in the dumps and nothing seems to be lifting my spirits. sad

Fuzzybirds Mon 08-Apr-13 14:31:54

Puddle have you tried Guerlain's Chamade or Hermes 24 Faubourg? If I were to have my wedding day all over again I would choose one of these.

OneLittleLady sending you a virtual hug and a brew

Trying a little dab of Amouage's Jubilation 25 today, a gorgeous classic floral with some ambery, musky undertones. I like it lots but don't love, which is probably a good job considering the price!

Ah, I love a good brew. I even whispers like a brew more than I like wine....... thanks fuzzybirds

FrugalFashionista Tue 09-Apr-13 09:34:46

Again sorry about sporadic postings. Nose fatigue, perfume free days, busy with other things. In general, perfume is all about 'cocooning' for me, ie a fall/winter thing. When it gets warm I return to a limited repertoire of citrus colognes, irises and other light, cooling and refreshing perfumes.

coffeeinbed Tue 09-Apr-13 10:31:17

Puddle, congratulations.
Try Diorissimo. Lilly of the valley, very much a bridal theme.

I tried Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel this weekend, salty leather, bitter flowers. Lovely.
Also Serge La Fille de Berlin - big rose. I wasn't paying much attention - got distracted by the new Nars Lipstics, so will have to re-try.

Puddlelane Tue 09-Apr-13 10:31:41

Hi everyone, thank you for your answers. I will go with my list and have a smell.
My beloved Granny wore Pleasures, she now wears Jo Malone!

ChocsAwayInMyGob Tue 09-Apr-13 14:32:47

coffee- I couldn't bear la Fille de Berlin. I was testing it yesterday. Have you seen the video on the Serge website? So depressing and stark. I found the rose in La Fille overpowering and nightmarish.

Puddle- have you tried the lastest range from Jo malone the eprson 9not the brand) sicne leaving the brand she has set up another perfume house called Jo Loves. There are only 8 fragrances but one of the, Gardenia, is a soliflore that is very bridal. I'm pretty sure they will send you a little sample if you ask nicely, since they only have a website and a Chelsea showroom so far.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Tue 09-Apr-13 14:33:10

sorry about typos- forgot to proof read before posting.

IsabelleRinging Tue 09-Apr-13 23:24:54

I gave Estee's Private Collection another test spray today, think I will have to get this one, it has the most gorgeous dry down and lasts for hours, it smells stronger and more beautiful after 8 hours than some of my other perfumes do after just spraying. Not as keen on the initial hour or two but it's worth the wait.

FrugalFashionista Wed 10-Apr-13 07:08:31

SOTD Terre d'Hermes, gorgeous scent, don't understand why I don't wear this more often...

ChocsAwayInMyGob Wed 10-Apr-13 08:32:34

I think Estee Lauder is very underrated. They make excellent fragrances.

Today I am wearing Serge Lutens Clair de Musc. It's pleasant but nothing new in the world of Musks. Smells a bit like Malle's Musc Ravageur and bit like Impulse Hint of Musk.

IsabelleRinging Wed 10-Apr-13 09:22:34

OOOhhhh Frugal, Terre d'Hermes is gorgeous on my DH, never thought of trying it myself, maybe I will give it a try! We have shared a couple of fragrances and I am always surprised how different they smell on him, he turns everything really earthy!

ChocsAwayInMyGob Wed 10-Apr-13 10:04:02

I tried Lonestar Memories on me and it was creosote. On DH it smelt like Lush Karma!

FrugalFashionista Wed 10-Apr-13 11:10:01

Isabelle Terre smells very citrussy and ethereal on me (DH confirms this) <and swoonworthy and supersexy in an understated, confident way on any man> The perfect thing for a warm spring day! Will need to wear more JC Ellena scents (Jardins, Hermessences), they are perfect for warmer days!

Ladame Wed 10-Apr-13 11:59:25

Puddle - I'll second Coffeeinbed's suggestion of Diorissimo, such a beautiful fragrance for a spring wedding. I wore Estee Lauder Private Collection and although I love it, I felt it was a little too distinctive for a wedding where all the aspects need to be in balance iykwim. Have now tried all of Flora's samples. Fracas was too much AAAHHH!! for me and out of all of them I like Carthusia Caprissimo, reminds me of Madame Rochas, a really grown up, matching crocodile shoes and bag perfume.

In the ongoing saga of the TF Oud Wood - I went to a birthday party on Sunday evening in the local village bar (had liberally sprayed it) and someone told me it was the best perfume they had ever smelled and raved about it. I told them the - ahem - price of a FB and she said she'd order it. I AGREE, I really really do, but I know I'm repeating myself, it. just. does. not. last sad. On the other hand (or two), had sprays of supermarket fragrances in Intermarche last Saturday - after washing up, a shower, two scrubs with a nailbrush and soap, a night's sleep and wash in the morning, I still smelt like Toilet Duck, who'd overindulged on cooking chocolate and fallen in a vat of fake patchouli. Live and learn ... Live and learn. Onelittlepocket, sending you an unmumsnetty (((hug))).

Haber Did you have a nice time?

IsabelleRinging Wed 10-Apr-13 14:06:08

Frugal, have you tried the new Jour d'Hermes? It is very elegant and light but I can't decide if it is special enough.

FrugalFashionista Wed 10-Apr-13 17:19:50

Ladame the TF oud is fantastic but because oud is so widely used these days you might try an oud sampler - some of my faves are Mona di Orio's Oud, Dior M7 Oud Absolu and Leather Oud, and Oud by Maison Kurkdjian. (These are personal faves and I'm surprised that a popular blogger came up with an almost identical list - I find the Montales too Middle Eastern and strong - Aoud Lime hurts ).

Still haven't tried Jour d'Hermes - will do! That's the problem with many launches now - too samey.

Would have another perfume launch party tonight but can't go (DH has to be somewhere else) - would have been more motivated to find a babysitter if the 'fumes were more special.

CointreauVersial Wed 10-Apr-13 22:37:14

SOTD is Miller Harris Fleur Oriental. The name suggests something rather cloying and pungent, but it is absolutely gorgeous - velvety carnation, with warm amber and musk undertones. Not too sweet and powdery, and it has lasted all day.

Where is the best kind of place to get more unusual/less common scents? I don't live in a very big town and pretty much all that's on offer here in terms of places to buy fragrances are Boots, Superdrug and Debenhams. I'm really wanting to expand my scent collection but don't want to keep buying the same type of things over and over again

FrugalFashionista Thu 11-Apr-13 08:29:42

OneLittleLady order samples online from Les Senteurs and Scent and Sensibility (or, if feeling very adventurous, from Surrender to Chance in the US). Both have a great selection of niche fragrances (unusual, "artistic" perfumes - often there is no going back after getting to know them) and I find them real treats. On the high street, Chanel and Hermes and Estee Lauder still do quality perfumes, and in bigger dept stores you can find niche lines such as Serge Lutens, Annick Goutal, Diptyque, Tom Ford and L'Artisan Parfumeur - many others can be very hit &miss.

A great guide to this new territory is the Turin&Sanchez perfume guide or the small book 'Le Snob - Perfumes' (mistitled, not snobbish).
I prefer 1ml of unique quality perfume (often frugally sourced from Crystal Flacon) to 100ml of schlock but that is a very personal preference wink

A couple of budget operators - Yves Rocher, L'Occitane - are quite quality conscious and the Lidl juices are not bad (they do copies of Coco Mademoiselle, Chanel No. 5, Tresor and Boss) - but don't expect tremendous lasting power.

SOTD Eau du Sud - the opening is a burst of tart citrus, the drydown smells like a warm, summery meadow in Tuscany grin

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 11-Apr-13 11:52:40

You see this is why I think we need Sephora over here. I was in a branch last week and the range of testers was amazing. They had Guerlain, ALL the Serge Lutens, Givenchy, Rochas, Lanvin, the Chanel Extraits... hundreds of testers too! Over here you get JLo, Beyonce, Beckham...

Sephora proves that High Street chains can give you much better choice and introduce a few classics, and maybe they could stop every High Street smelling like a fruity floral mish mash.

You can buy good fragrance on the UK High Street, but you have to turn over a lot of stones to find the right ones.

FrugalFashionista Thu 11-Apr-13 12:04:04

We have a limited selection Sephora - the usual mainstream s** - and every time I visit the variety and quality of perfumes offered has gone down sad

coffeeinbed Thu 11-Apr-13 12:18:39

But we had Sephora.
They shut down their UK operation.

florascotia Thu 11-Apr-13 12:23:23

OneLittleLady If you are feeling even more adventurous, you can also order samples from in France, and in Hungary. (Both originally suggested here by Frugal, to whom many thanks thanks).
Their websites are quite straightforward, and payment is temptingly easy! I have ordered samples from both and been very pleased with their service. Even if you don't want to order, browsing their selections can be informative and fun.

If you ever do visit a big provincial city, I find that branches of John Lewis and House of Fraser usually both have decent perfumery departments, if you'd like to sample a range of 'good' classics, such as Guerlain, Dior or Chanel (their mainstream scents only, alas, but - to my mind - that includes a few lovely ones).

When you know what you want, it's also worth looking at websites that sometimes sell interesting scents at a discount, such as Though they sell a lot of High Street scents, too...

Forgive me, because I expect you already know about websites that discuss and compare different scents. But just in case you have not yet come across them, you might perhaps find it interesting to look at:
There are many others!

auldspinster Thu 11-Apr-13 12:48:11

SOTD is Chamade, trying a bit of green to encourage the spring.

FrugalFashionista Thu 11-Apr-13 13:41:39

Loving your contributions to the rose perfume thread (and generally impressed how selective S&B wearers have become).
The cologne has faded, so wearing Une Rose Chypree now. Sumptuous!

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 11-Apr-13 13:50:43

I went to the Poitiers Sephora and it had an amazing selection. I got quite emotional! It was refreshing to see all the Serge's out on display and ready to spray. I feel in love with A La Nuit, pointedly ignored Ambre Sultan, and even got a couple of Serge free samples!

You don't get that in Boots...

Mind you it was VERY expensive. I mean eye wateringly so.

flora- Yes Cheap Smells is excellent value and free postage too. They might not always have what you want but if they do, it'll be the cheapest anywhere.

pocketandsweet Thu 11-Apr-13 14:10:20

SOTD Nahema..... Wish I could afford a full bottle of this again. Husband away ( he complains about this one ). smile

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 11-Apr-13 14:21:48

pocket- is that anything like Mahora?

coffeeinbed Thu 11-Apr-13 14:51:44

Not Pocket, but used to wear Nahema quite a lot.
It's a big honey rose, it's similar to Mahora it the way it's big and bold, the notes have no similarity at all.
Mahora is heady white flowers, very tropical.

pocketandsweet Thu 11-Apr-13 15:01:53

I would say it is the olfactory equivalent of a sonic boom. I love it ( on occasion - not everyday ) and today I'm just hanging out with my daughters ( who like it)

FrugalFashionista Thu 11-Apr-13 15:24:54

Chocs A la nuit is terrific! There is a good Sephora in Rome too with SL etc but the one near me is no good sad
Nahema is your man-repeller Pocket - mine is Coco. wink
Need to add that DH is extremely tolerant though and keeps stealing my most pricey bottles...

Ladame Thu 11-Apr-13 17:16:42

Frugal The two nearest Sephoras to me are also very 'high street' with all the same olds. You are right, I will move on to oud exploration, thank you for your recommendations.

Thanks ladies , will check out all your suggestions. It's really unfortunate living in a small town when you want things like this as the availability is just not there. most of what's on offer here is J.Lo and Beckham and similar things. I can get Chanel (the big sellers), Dior (again only the big sellers), Lancome and Estee Lauder though so that's somewhere to start I suppose smile

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 11-Apr-13 17:52:27

OneLittleLady- I'm in a similar position. Lots of mainstream, but no niche.

eBay is good for samples, I get a lot from there.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 11-Apr-13 17:55:18

Ideally, I'd have a massive branch of Sephora on my doorstep just so I could use all the testers, then i'd come home and order the ones I liked from cheaper suppliers. Or maybe that's why they left the UK...

I have heard a rumour Sephora are thinking of returning to the UK but they would have to drop their prices. In some cases, they were over 100% more expensive than identical bottles in the UK.

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 11-Apr-13 17:59:21

When was Sephora in UK?

I don't mind some of the more mainstream perfumes, I just wish I could get a bit more variety. It's such a shame when everyone you meet smells identical in fruity florals because there's so many other options out there, it's just getting hold of them.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 11-Apr-13 18:06:38

OneLittellady- I agree, don't get me started on fruity florals. When on earth will that dreadful trend pass us by? It feels like it's been going on for years. I recently had a Discovery Box from the Fragrance Shop here they send you five samples and five vouchers for a fiver every quarter. I'm not kidding, I could barely tell them apart, they were so ludicrously similar.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 11-Apr-13 18:07:55

I would say the best High Street mainstreams are Estee Lauder. Very Estee and Private Collection are very good and Luca Turin raves about Beyond Paradise.

I love a good fruity floral but everything smells so similar at the minute that it's put me right off buying anything new. Once i can get my mitts on some more unique stuff, i'll be happy smile

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 11-Apr-13 18:11:31

Soleil Rochas is a good fruity floral. It's gorgeously summery with pear and Orange blossom, so I agree that good ones can be found. Apart from that, all the new releases are identikit smells, almost like government issue!

The standard scents where I am are Beckham or Joop for men and pretty much any celebrity perfume or Jean Paul Gaultier (sp?) for women. Everyone smells identical

Haberdashery Thu 11-Apr-13 19:46:55

Ladame, we had a fab time, thank you! Many aperitifs, small bars, markets, cows, goats, fields and trees. Plus lots of nice food, a cheery little woodburning stove and a lot of marshmallows to be toasted. Lovely. Just got back today.

coffeeinbed Thu 11-Apr-13 19:48:36

Don't remember, but they definitely had shops here.
Wasn't there one in Bentalls?

Fuzzybirds Thu 11-Apr-13 20:56:54

I completely sympathise with the lack of decent outlets- I live in a rural area and the selections in towns near me is dire. We go to an indoor shopping centre most weekends, which has a better selection but not really anything niche...really need a trip into Bristol to have a browse round Harvey Nichols but I don't go often as parking is £££ (plus a stupidly expensive bridge toll)

I get most of my samples second hand off ebay at the moment but it's a bit of a waiting game, so as I'm impatient and had some amazon vouchers lingering I ordered a bottle of Theo Fennell Scent, which arrived yesterday. A complete blind buy based on reviews and was a bit worried at first as it has 'dirty knickers' all over it! It settled down into a very seductive, womanly, spicy oriental floral with a subtle undercurrent of skank. Definitely one for date night, the school run not so much grin

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 11-Apr-13 21:18:52

Fuzzybirds- have you tried Cardiff? There's a good John Lewis, Howells perfume hall is good and there's a branch of Jo Malone. Go by train- the station is right in the centre.

Haberdashery Thu 11-Apr-13 21:40:18

My perfume news from my holiday is that I have a FB of Ninfeo Mio, courtesy of duty free and a husband who wanted to treat me, DD is in love with Eau d'Hadrien (she's six so I didn't get her a bottle) and Berdoues Violet eau de cologne rocks so I got a bottle to tip into my bath in the summer (also some lavender eau de cologne but I've never seen the violet one before).

Haberdashery Thu 11-Apr-13 21:40:37

And unpacking is really rubbish, isn't it?

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 11-Apr-13 21:46:31

Haberdashery, yes unpacking takes me longer than the holiday. I often find it helps to wear something outrageously glamorous for mundane jobs though.

I wore Jolie Madame to change the cat litter last week. It really helped.

FrugalFashionista Thu 11-Apr-13 21:48:10

Haber Ninfeo is such a beautiful scent and bottle! Did you pick the feminine (oval) or masculine (square) bottle?

(Oh and unpacking really sucks.)

OneLittleLady for very cheap but stylish samples I recommend HdP. George Sand is an interesting fruity-floral and Moulin Rouge is purr-purr face-powdery.

Fuzzybirds Thu 11-Apr-13 21:50:30

Chocs Why have I not thought of Cardiff before? Train is perfect too as the DCs will love it, I didn't realise there's a Jo Malone there too. Thank you!

Haber I hate unpacking too, especially the resulting huge pile in the laundry bin! Love the sound of the Berdoues colognes, especially the violet one.

Haberdashery Thu 11-Apr-13 22:00:23

I am not very good at glamorous clothing! I'm strictly a converse and jeans sort of woman. But I do smell gorgeous so that helps a little.

I got the feminine bottle, Frugal. I actually really preferred the other one because the label was nicer (I liked both the bottles) but it was more expensive (could not work out why and is this discriminatory?!) so I picked the oval one. I totally LOVE the scent. Sharp and fruity and summery and a bit cold all in one. Really fantastic. I think it might smell of somewhere like Brittany where it's almost always just a bit colder than you hoped it would be (but still summery).

Most of my unpacking is still in the suitcases. Genuinely cannot be arsed tonight! Am eating French crisps and drinking armagnac.

pocketandsweet Fri 12-Apr-13 07:45:20

fuzzybirds. The Berdoues violet is available online from M&S .... I went slightly mental during their recent 20% off deal ( with gifts !) and ordered a lot of things from Berdoues, Fragonard, Roger et Gallet and Nuxe. I think sadly the offer is over now but the Violet Eau de cologne is very nice and cheap even at full price.

pocketandsweet Fri 12-Apr-13 07:50:42

Haber I love that your daughter at 6 loves Eau d Hadrien! It's important to train the next generation. I am definitely going to order a sample of Ninfeo Mio. it sounds divine. I have a sample of PF Extreme and I think I need to smell both Ninfeo Mio and regular PF to decide which will be the one I buy a full bottle of for my fig days.

FrugalFashionista Fri 12-Apr-13 08:07:49

Wearing Ninfeo Mio to celebrate Haber's new botttle!
If you need a non-cloying green fig, this is it. Exhilarating!

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 12-Apr-13 14:36:05

Fuzzy- so glad to help. They've really done a number on Cardiff in the last six years or so. Your kids might love the free Museum there too. (National Museum of Wales)

MrsMaryCooper Fri 12-Apr-13 19:23:08

Has anyone here tried Breath of God from Lush Gorilla Perfumes. It gets a rave review from Luca Turin but to me it smells of tar and cigarettes.

Is it just to sophisticated for me?

IsabelleRinging Fri 12-Apr-13 19:42:59

I bought a bottle of Estee Private Collection from Cheap Smells. On the box it says Eau de Private Collection. On the Estee website it says they only do it in Pure Fragrance Spray which is stronger than an EDP. Does anyone know if there is a difference? I swear mine is weaker than the one I tried in the department store, but it could just be my imagination.

That violet eau de cologne sounds very tempting pocketandsweet. Do they sell it in store or is it just online?

pocketandsweet Fri 12-Apr-13 19:51:04

Yes. I've tried Breath of God. It was interesting. I kind if liked it- I couldn't really imagine wearing it often BUT I did find myself smelling my wrist over and over again. It had major tenacity and changed over time. I think it would be a marmite love it or hate it type thing. Definitely worth smelling. I wore a lot of perfumes when I was in my twenties that I really liked but potentially must have been pretty strong for those around me. I don't think it even crossed mind that everyone wouldn't think they smelled great. As ive gotten older I have become more conscious of how other people might feel about my perfume. Breath of God for me would be one of those I would probably think twice before wearing. Definitely give it a smell though.

Haberdashery Fri 12-Apr-13 21:33:39

Breath of God sounds right up my street (and maybe Frugal's too)!

I tried one of the Lush solid perfumes, I think it was called Lust. Was nice but very full on. Wasn't at all wishy washy and delicate, it was strong and ever so slightly masculine. Very musky and deep. I'll have to dig it out and see if it's as nice as I remember it being.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 12-Apr-13 23:28:22

I've tried some of the Lush gorilla perfumes. They all smell very trademark Lush but they are very good. I especially liked The Smell of the Weather Turning and Icon.

SueFawley Sat 13-Apr-13 09:44:45

Can anyone help me with suggestions for spring/summer appropriate fragrances?
I tend to love things like Coromandel, SL Chergui, a couple of the Andy Tauers, Tom Ford Bois Marocain, Tabac Blond, so I guess they are spicy orientals? Anyway, those are the ones I love but they feel like autumn/winter type fragrances to me. The only summery perfume I've ever loved is D&G Light Blue. I confess to still liking it but want to try something different! Any recommendations to try please?

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sat 13-Apr-13 09:52:59

Chanel Cristalle is very green and summery, and the Cristalle Eau Verte version is divine and smells like really fresh tulips.

I also recommend Eau de Cartier for summer- it's very light and refreshing (and addictive).

I love green notes and citrus for summer. I tend to avoid anything vanilla or gourmand in hot weather. it smells sticky.

Also I recently tried Jo Loves Green Orange and Coriander and that would be lovely in summer (It's Jo Malone's new range since she left the brand)

MrsMaryCooper Sat 13-Apr-13 10:01:01


Well I have a spritzer of Breath of God (10ml £16), after the intial blast of tar & cigarettes, it dries down to a nice sort of mossy/dusty scent. When I'm a bit warmer some citrus comes through.

I'm starting to really like it.

I can see why Lush have so many sales people and why they are so keen for you to try things on though, because I would have never bought it on the initial sniff!

FrugalFashionista Sat 13-Apr-13 10:31:02

It's summer and very warm here. Cinema by YSL is a great light warm-weather amber and smelled gorgeous on a passer-by yesterday. I wear heavy orientals and ambers and masculines in the winter but when it's really hot I revert to citruses and irises (La Pausa, Le Labo, Prelude To Love By Kilian).

Today wearing Especially Escada. A laundry-detergent rose in the style of Ralph Lauren's Romance (do you know RL completely lost his sense of smell in a brain op circa 1987 - this may explain why some of his recent 'fumes are so trashy). Smells brisk, efficient and virtuous (deeply unsexy). Planning on doing a lot of decluttering/organizing today...

pocketandsweet Sat 13-Apr-13 10:40:25

Off to a wedding today. Cristalle Eau Verte I think will be perfect for me. Dds are going to be flower girls so they will probably get a little dab of perfume too if they like. I would bet on the 3 year old going for something massive and 7 year old going restrained. The sun is actually shining !

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sat 13-Apr-13 10:51:02

pocket- Eau Verte sounds so right for weddings and flower girls! Lovely!

FrugalFashionista Sat 13-Apr-13 13:05:29

This weekend I'm transitioning from winter to summer - out go the orientals, leathers and ambers. In: mostly light and refreshing scents, but a couple of ambre-lites and herby masculines too:

Bergamote by The Different Company
De Bachmakov by The Different Company
Eau de Tarocco by Diptyque
Eau Sauvage by Dior
Miriam by Tauer
Aedes de Venustas EdP
Tubereuse by Mona di Orio
Terre d'Hermes
Un Jardin sur le Nil by Hermes
Iris Ukioye by Hermes
London by Guerlain
Defile New York by Histoires des Parfums
1725 Casanova by Histoires des Parfums
Chanel No. 19 EdT (vintage)
Chanel No. 19 EdP
Cinema by YSL
Spanish Leather by Geo F Trumper
Antaues by Chanel
Yatagan by Caron
Zagorsk by Comme des Garcons

Very excited about my summer perfume wardrobe grin
Ladies, which perfumes are your summer favorites?

FrugalFashionista Sat 13-Apr-13 13:22:30

SueFawley this article in Elle - Perfume for a Rainy Day is written by one of the savvies perfumistas around. Some great suggestions there!

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sat 13-Apr-13 13:38:13

She is Boid de Jasmin isn't she? her site is second to none.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sat 13-Apr-13 13:39:11

Sorry Bois de Jasmin

FrugalFashionista Sat 13-Apr-13 16:40:36

Yes Chocs, Victoria Frolova (the author of the article) is Bois de Jasmin. Her blog is fantastic - well worth reading if someone here wants to learn more about perfumes.

Made a long walk and finally tried Jour d'Hermes at a local department store. I absolutely loved the first 5 seconds (radiant freshness, smelled a bit rhubarb-y to me) but then it morphed into a tame and muted shampoo smell on my skin. I much prefer Aedes de Venustas EdP and Un Jardin sur les Toits by Hermes.

I found a purse spray bottle of Valentino Vendetta today for £1.99. Never heard of it before but I like it. Very strong opening with some green notes, not sure what they are though. florals ofin the shape of rose and jasmine a little later. Lots of musk in the dry down. Definitely a scent for night time wear, it would be eye wateringly over the top for daytime

Hmmm, can you ladies help me identify something? I've tried googling but have got nowhere. Anyway, I found, in the depths of some old bags, a bottle of Eau de Toilette. There's no lid and the only identifying mark on the bottle is a raised, whitish/opaque bow. There's no name anywhere on the bottle, the only thing I know is that it was apparently made in france. That's according to the sticker on the bottom anyway. It smells very strong, woody and a little soapy. Very clean. Anyone have any idea what this mystery bottle could be? TIA

As extra info, the mystery scent I mentioned above now has a fair amount of leather notes coming through. Not sure if that's by design or just the way it smells on my skin. If it wasn't for the bow on the bottle, I would have pegged it as a male scent if I was just blind testing it. Still no clue as to what it actually is though.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sat 13-Apr-13 19:30:06

It's Cabochard. Lucky you!

Is that good? I can't remember where it came from you see.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sat 13-Apr-13 19:32:38

Does it look like this? It was made by Parfums Gres in 1953 although has been reformulated. It's a very good leather chypre and I love my bottle with the opaque bow!

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sat 13-Apr-13 19:33:20

It's been around for years but it's very good. I layer mine with musk for extra ooomph.

Yes! It looks exactly like that except I have no lid for it. I have absolutely no idea where I picked it up or how long I've had it. I was clearing out old bags and stumbled across it in the bottom of a tesco carrier! A full bottle no less grin

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sat 13-Apr-13 19:43:40

Lucky you. I didn't "get" Cabochard straight away but when I tried Balmain de Balmain and Balmain Jolie Madame I couldn't get hold of Cabochard fast enough. The Balmains converted me to chypres and leathers. It's a real gem and not very expensive.

Madame Gres was a Paris couturier who entered the world of perfume with her first perfume Cabochard. After she dies, Parfume Gres carried on. They also makes the lovely Cabotine and Gres Cabaret. I can't speak for all the numerous Cabotine flankers though, they are hit and miss...

Seems to have been my lucky day today. Makes a change I can tell you. I'm very curious as to where I got it from though, it's very very different to everything else I own scent wise.

auldspinster Sat 13-Apr-13 19:54:43

Sounds like Cabouchard

auldspinster Sat 13-Apr-13 19:59:49

Oops x-post

CointreauVersial Sat 13-Apr-13 21:42:13

Wow, that was a lucky find.

Cabochard is lovely; I also have a bottle of Ambre de Cabochard, which is nothing like it.

Maybe my luck is changing smile I need to have a proper sort through my perfumes and work out what it is about them I like so I can work on finding others that will work for me and not end up smelling like toilet duck as soon as they hit my skin

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sat 13-Apr-13 23:11:04

I love Ambre de Cabochard Cointreau, but yes, it's nothing like Cabochard. Luca Turin hates it and calls it "thin and waxy". I agree with his description but I still like it. And the price.

CointreauVersial Sat 13-Apr-13 23:31:55

Chocs - tis true, there is something slightly artificial about Ambre de Cabochard, but a FB is £9, and it does a good job as an everyday fragrance.

I popped into John Lewis earlier, and am still very fragrant after a good session at the fragrance counter:

Dyptiche Phylosikos and Vetyverio - both very wearable, particularly the first, but haven't lasted.

Serge Lutens Sa Majeste La Rose - I was inspired to try this by the Rose fragrance thread, but it isn't as nice as Malle Une Rose; it's too sweet, and smells more like "rose-scented" household cleaner, or similar. Not unpleasant, but....meh.

Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial - interesting, softer and sweeter than the usual Shalimar, but still has that familiar Guerlain base. The drydown is gorgeous.

All this discussion about summer is still raining here - not cold exactly, but I'm not ready to put away my warm winter perfumes just yet. If I only I were in Rome....envy

FrugalFashionista Sun 14-Apr-13 07:38:10

SOTD Tubereuse by Mona di Orio. Honeyed and light and green... loving this!

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sun 14-Apr-13 10:18:48

SOTD Hypnotic Poison. Hmm, still deciding. Very Almondy!

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 14-Apr-13 10:55:01

Today I am wearing a "Bien Etre" eau de cologne that I picked up in Monoprix. It is an eau de cologne "de l'herboriste" and is "Bourgeons de Figuier." So a very nice, light, fig fragrance, which lasts longer than the usual "Bien Etres" and seems quite suitable for the first warm and sunny day of the year!

florascotia Sun 14-Apr-13 11:11:57

Today, thanks to the generosity of a Mumsnetter flowers, I'm wearing a sample of Maison Martin Margiela: 'Untitled L'eau'. Very springlike - light, citrussy, woody, mossy, very faintly smoky/tarry and perhaps with the tiniest touch of violet. Because I'm so keen on green smells, I'm hoping to try the same company's 'Untitled' next. Has anyone else sniffed that?

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 14-Apr-13 11:18:52

I've tried "Untitled" - was given a sample in Sephora a few months back. I liked it very much, and dithered a bit about buying a FB. It was very much a daytime scent, very wearable - sorry, that doesn't tell you much about it, but green, yes, definitely!

YoniliaHoax Sun 14-Apr-13 11:33:27

I remember Untitled. Lovely one.
Didn't know there was an Eau as well.

YoniliaHoax Sun 14-Apr-13 11:34:43

I'm just finishing the last drops of Eau des Merveilles.
Will definitely buy another one.

CointreauVersial Sun 14-Apr-13 16:33:03

I'm working my way through my bargain pack of samples from Olfactive Studio here, (they also included a sample of their new one, Flash Back, so 5 samples for 6 Euro, including postage from France).

So far, I've tried Lumiere Blanche (milky spicy), Still Life (warm citrus and wood), and today, Flash Back (crisp rhubarb). All lovely and wearable, and well worth a try.

FrugalFashionista Sun 14-Apr-13 17:29:27

Cointreau I think they are fantastic and subtle 'work' perfumes - if you like to have an aura of something without really reeking to high heaven...
I have a thing for rhubarb in perfumes... Don't have Flash Back as my sample set is older but would probably enjoy it.

I've enjoyed Guerlain's London yesterday and today (have at some point received a generous 4ml sample from Place Vendome in Belgium). It is also very soft and delicate with a combination of rhubarb and tea (and perhaps a hint of suede). Really lovely.

Haberdashery Sun 14-Apr-13 18:03:20

Rhubarb sounds very appealing.

I am wearing Gucci Envy today, thanks to a very kind Cointreau. Absolutely lovely. They were utterly mad to discontinue this.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sun 14-Apr-13 18:25:24

I am v v jealous that you are wearing Envy. There is nothing remotely similar around. It's like they don't want our money. The fools. I occasionally see some on ebay and it always goes for £££

ToysRLuv Sun 14-Apr-13 18:52:45


Can I join in your musings? I'm a perfume addict, but in a tight financial situation right now, so have to rein it in as much as possible. I'm hoping that chatting about perfumes would fill the void smile

My favourites at the moment are incense perfumes (Jaisalmer and Zagorsk by Comme des Garcons), and spicy oriental or gourmands (Traversee du Bosphore, Tobacco Vanille, 5.40 pm in Madagascar), although I have a soft spot for water/green smells in the style of Hermes' Jardins (esp. Sur Le Toit and Apres La Mousson. I've got my last batch of samples (18!) arriving next week. I'm particularly looking forward to trying Malle's Lipstick Rose, Portrait of a Lady and Carnal Flower, Tauer's Auburn and White, HidP's Moulin Rouge, and Comme des Garcons Kyoto, Quarzazate, Avignon.

Some time in the future (if and when I've got more money) would love to sample CB I hate Perfume stuff (particularly On the Beach 1966.. I love the idea of perfume smelling of sun cream, sand and sea), Keiko Mecheri's gourmands (Loukhoum, etc.), Montale's Chocolate Greedy grin and L'Artisan's Saffran Troublant.

I have always loved perfumes, but only properly got into them a few years ago when I found that my then favourite Clinique's Simply was discontinued and I was trying to find something similar through Fragrantica, then stumbling into lots of other interesting perfumes.. It's a slippery slope! grin

Anyone here as bad as me? blush

FrugalFashionista Sun 14-Apr-13 19:36:41

Toys welcome! I'd definitely even worse off... <addict>

Great to have another Zagorsk fan onboard. It's one of my favorite perfumes ever. Don't be afraid to be a gourmand lover, I own FBs of some of your lusts (Safran Troublant and Chocolate Greedy blush ) <would make samples right away but getting the juice out is really hard>

After yesterdays discovery of the mysterious Cabochard, I have gotten quite fond of the leathery notes. I think I may look for some others in a similar vein. They are a bit less gentle and polite than my usual florals which is a refreshing change for me.

Fuzzybirds Sun 14-Apr-13 19:52:29

Haber thanks to a very generous Cointreau, I've also been wearing Envy today and it's just as gorgeous as I remember. So perfect for this time of year too!

I've been off sniffing around John Lewis and Lush today. I was surprised to see a tester of Vol de Nuit, loved the opening but found it a bit soapy on me after a while. However hours later, I could still smell a beautiful powdery violet / iris so I think it needs another try. Also tried Idylle, very nice light floral but not a wow.

Then tried Jour d'Hermes, I'd quite like this for summer as it's citrussy and fresh but don't think I want to spend £££ on a FB. Also Kelly Caleche, which on me was quite rosey/ light leather but again just a like.

In Lush I bit the bullet and tried Breath of God. It is one of the oddest perfumes I've ever smelled. Overall, it reminded me of smoky, toasted curry spices, especially fenugreek. At one point I caught a whiff of smoked ham! Then after an hour or so, it became sweeter, still smoky a bit spicy but rather lovely. Also tried The Voice of Reason, this is smoky too but on me turned into pine sap. Very interesting scents, I'll have to try them again I think!

ToysRLuv I've always loved perfume and had at least five or six bottles on the go, but this thread has introduced me to another level...I've become quite obsessed but I just love how easy it is to inject glamour into mundane everyday life with a beautiful scent (much easier than actually looking glamourous, which I fail at terribly!)

ToysRLuv Sun 14-Apr-13 20:17:02

Frugal: No worries! I know how it is.. I wonder how exactly people do decants? I'd probably just end up wrecking the bottles.. blush And, yes, Zagorsk is really nice. I grew up going in the Orthodox church (atheist now) and Zagorsk definitely smells of (church) serenity/spirituality to me.

I find that I'm quite fickle with my tastes. I buy FBs and then need more and stronger (would it be very wrong to compare perfume to drugs?)! Tehee.. It's church incense now fgs! grin

Fuzzy: Totally agree. I love wearing perfume every day. Different every day, according to what mood I'm in and what I'm doing. I'm a SAHM, so it's mainly for my own benefit, although DS hasn't complained yet, either (DS loves nice smelling shampoo, picking out and buying scented candles, etc. so it's clearly genetic).

ToysRLuv Sun 14-Apr-13 20:33:20

I also have a weird liking of waxy/plastic synthetic notes and powdery cheap parma violet type notes, such as in Rock and Rose (which I like but am bored of). Hoping to find them in Lipstick Rose and the Tauer Pentachords.. I'm a bit funny, me..

I recently liked Chloe's Love, TM Womanity, and Kenzo Indigo, but got a sick feeling/headachiness from them. Now gathering courage to try them again, as got a mini bottle of Womanity and FB of Indigo (was on sale).. Boo... sad Anyone else got stuff that makes them feel sick, although they like the smell (sort of)?

Haberdashery Sun 14-Apr-13 21:33:25

I think it might be genetic, Toys! DD is 6 and has very clear ideas about what perfumes she likes and doesn't like. We tried a bunch of Annick Goutals at the airport a week or so ago and she was very much in favour of Eau du Sud, Eau d'Hadrien and Ninfeo Mio but loathed Nuit Etoilée and Matin d'Orage. I have a photo of her deep in Le Snob: Perfume which I may put on my profile at some point (she's read nearly all of it, the tiny weirdo).

Envy was lovely today in the unaccustomed sunshine.

I remember once wearing my mum's Clinque Aromatics and my son telling me I smelled like an unwashed sock sad He does however like me to wear Chanel of any kind, especially No 19, he says it smells like the park after the grass men have been cutting things (ASD so simpler descriptions work for him)

ToysRLuv Sun 14-Apr-13 21:44:49

Haberdashery: Your DD had good tastes! smile My DS is clearly a gourmand, preferring yankee candle fragrances based on cakes and sweets grin

DH will wear just about any male fragrance, "as long as it doesn't smell like chemical toilets at a camping site" (like Dzing and Traversee du Bosphore apparently do) hmm confused

Haberdashery Sun 14-Apr-13 21:51:18

LOL at unwashed sock!

DD is keen on cakes and sweets in the edible format, but like me not so keen on the perfume kind apart from spicy cinnamony things.

DH is a scent philistine. He does admit to liking Tauers on me, particularly Lonestar Memories, and he once told me that he loved the perfume I used to wear all the time when I met him 'because it didn't smell like perfume'. That was Premier Figuier and I sort of know what he meant.

ToysRLuv Sun 14-Apr-13 21:51:27

OneLittleLady: That's a good description - ASD or not.. I have to say that I dislike Aromatics Elixir, as well. My mum used to have it in the 80s. She now wears my reject perfumes and Impulse body sprays grin She's a pragmatic, bless her! I've got the same fragrance loving genes as my aunt, who wouldn't even buy shoes if they didn't smell right/nice..

ToysRLuv Sun 14-Apr-13 21:58:33

DH probably likes flowery, sweet, fresh/light stuff on me, but is pretty open minded apart from chemical toilet smells and burning wood (Zagorsk). He would probably faint if he knew the total sum of money I've spent on perfume in the last couple of years.. "We should try not to spend money on stuff we already have". But I HAVEN'T GOT Lipstick Rose and Chocolate Greedy and Carnal Flower and On the Beach 1966...... confused

CointreauVersial Sun 14-Apr-13 22:11:58

My DCs are my harshest critics perfume-wise. They usually get a whiff of what I'm wearing in the car on the way to school, and they're not afraid to say exactly what they think.

DH remains fairly oblivious to most fragrances I wear, but has definitely noticed that my tastes have changed. He wishes I still wore L'Eau D'Issy, which is what I wore when I met him.

garlicyoni Mon 15-Apr-13 00:32:09

Spritzing a little Coriandre (thank you, Flora smile) on the thread to mark my place. I like it! I've been beleaguered this last few weeks but will catch up soon, oh fragrant ones.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 15-Apr-13 08:37:24

OneLittleLady- I love Chanel No 19, and I love your son's description of it too!

pocketandsweet Mon 15-Apr-13 10:43:43

Well I just wrote a long message which seems to have been eaten by the ether. Grr. I was wondering whether anyone might know if L'A P are likely to have a sale anytime soon? I can't remember who mentioned it way back but I have decided based on my Christmas sampler that I need a bottle of PFiguier Extreme. I can't really justify the spend BUT sitting here surrounded by all this figgy gorse fumes is just so lovely. I am hoping someone is going to come on here and say "oh yes they nearly always have a sale in April".... Clutching at straws basically before I dust off my credit card. Also has anyone smelt PF Extreme and original PF? how different/similar are they? And how do they compare to the much-mentioned Ninfeo Mio ( which I have yet to smell).... Wondering if I need to smell all three before I make my mind up about a full bottle purchase.

ToysRLuv Mon 15-Apr-13 10:52:19

pocket: Sorry, no idea about sale, but have you tried Diptyque Philosykos? That's meant to be a very good fig leaf, similar to PF..

pocketandsweet Mon 15-Apr-13 10:54:26

no. I forgot that is my other fig I need to try.

SueFawley Mon 15-Apr-13 10:59:12

Well after yesterday's test session I know that I don't freesia notes in a fragrance.
I sampled 'Reflection Woman' by Amouage and it was awful on me.

In my quest for a nice spring/summer fragrance, I did remember I used to like one of the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria range, Pamplelune. May need to track some more of that down and try it again.

FrugalFashionista Mon 15-Apr-13 11:08:04

Pocket last year the L'A sale started on June 30th or thereabouts. There is another after Christmas.

SOTD Miriam by Tauer.

ToysRLuv Mon 15-Apr-13 11:11:12

Hermes' Un Jardin En Mediterranee is actually also a fig leaf fragrance. Have sampled all of the other Jardins (which are great, esp. for summer), but no idea about that one..

pocketandsweet Mon 15-Apr-13 11:11:33

Thanks frugal... I may hold off and order samples of all the other figs in the meantime smile

SueFawley Mon 15-Apr-13 11:21:48

I've just rummaged through my samples and I've got a couple of figs to try. The first is Premier Figuier Extreme by L'aP and the other is Fig Tea which I think is PdN.
I'm not sure I've ever tried a fig fragrance on me but I used to buy the Diptyque Figuier candle years ago, and loved it.

pocketandsweet Mon 15-Apr-13 11:31:25

Um thanks guys. More figs! Enablers! They are on the list then too. I really love the Premier Figuier Extreme ... I can't imagine liking another more BUT I may as well smell them all before I buy a Fb. Can I just say how much I LOVE THIS THREAD. It is a total high point of my day to read what everyone else is up to ( and to think of habers little daughter reading Le Snob). My two girls are becoming quite discriminating little noses. It is important work we do here.

ToysRLuv Mon 15-Apr-13 11:44:36

pocket: Enablers grin Then I WON'T mention Coco Figue by Comptoir Sud Pacifique (which is now on my list to try). However it's meant to be a tiny bit sweeter than then aforementioned ones, so might not be your cup of fig (or something) smile

I forgot that I absolutely MUST have a coconutty/sun creamy summer fragrance like Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess (original or this years, which is meant to be similar) or Bobbi Brown Beach. Coco Figue might just fill that hole.. but, hey, maybe next summer. I'll stick to enabling in the mean time..

pocketandsweet Mon 15-Apr-13 11:54:28

thanks toys. I need to MAKE money not SPEND money . The bronze Goddess was on my list to try as well. AND because of you I spent too much time finding out about Zagorsk....

Financially speaking things would be better if I just went back to my bottle of No.19. grin

SueFawley Mon 15-Apr-13 11:56:10

I love this thread too. I've lurked on all 4 of them. Actually I think I may have posted on the first, but otherwise I've been here by stealth, making notes and reviving my love for fragrance.

I didn't try one of the figs this morning. I tried 1873 by histoires de parfums, which on paper should be lovely. However I hate it. It's got a very harsh grapefruit note to my nose, that hasn't softened at all since I put it on almost half an hour ago. Nothing else has developed just this grapefruit. It does remind me a tad of the Guerlain Pamplelune one but this one just isn't nice at all on me.
I'm going to scrub it off and try Premier Figuier Extreme although I fear I will adore it and my credit card is going to take another hit grin

pocketandsweet Mon 15-Apr-13 12:01:25

My turn to enable. If you like Grapefruit.. Eau Vitaminee by Biotherm. it is more of an Eau de Cologne than perfume. Very light and can be sprayed with great abandon. It is (sadly) the only perfume my husband actually LIKES. I also like it ( but hundreds of others as well). Eau d'energie also Biotherm... This one is oranges. Both are very inexpensive and lovely when it is hot. Sorry about erratic capitalisation.... iPad.

ToysRLuv Mon 15-Apr-13 12:07:55

Oh dear, pocket.. No. 19 is fab! grin

Sue: I can't do citrus in perfumes.. it really smells harsh on me. And I'm sick to death of lemon, because of the huge bottles of colognes (which are probably good quality, but nevertheless) used for refreshing yourself in the Mediterranean throughout the day esp. on public transport (my mum is Greek).

pocketandsweet Mon 15-Apr-13 12:11:17

kalimera toys. I'm not Greek but spent 10 years excavating there and hence my love of figs, citrus and anything that might smell like a beach near heat soaked pine forest and olive groves.

ToysRLuv Mon 15-Apr-13 12:13:13

On the budget front: I'm sat here smothered in some solid Breath of God. It's relatively cheap and the packet fell in the toilet a couple of weeks ago (it was closed, and the water was clean, but nevertheless). It's really nice and bubblegummy. I think I should have invested in the liquid version of this rather than Icon, although I like both. See, I'm even using eau (or solids grin ) de toilette (literally). DH can't complain.

ToysRLuv Mon 15-Apr-13 12:13:50

Oh, kalimeraaa! Whereabouts were you working?

pocketandsweet Mon 15-Apr-13 12:27:49

Mostly Peloponnesus ( several places) but also Mytilini.

ToysRLuv Mon 15-Apr-13 12:39:58

Ah.. My family's from the north (Edessa, Thessaloniki), so the smells are somewhat different. More greenery and rivers up there..

I got Traversee du Bosphore because of the Loukoumi and spice notes that remind me of Greece. It's definitely also about finding a feel good mood, evoking memories with a fragrance for me now, instead of just finding fragrances that "smell good", but mean nothing to me.

Trying out my surprise bottle of Cabochard again today. I'm struck by how quickly the leather note come through on my skin. Far stronger than sniffing it out of the bottle. There's a warm spiciness to it as well, it's very deep, I can smell a hint of green and smoke in there as well. quite masculine and strong. Not at all cheap smelling like my sister claimed it was. Then again, if her bottle doesn't say prada or gucci, she immediately classes it as cheap no matter what the perfume actually smells like.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 15-Apr-13 14:47:21

OneLittelLady. I didn't "get" Cabochard until I tried Balmain de Balmain and then I LOVED Cabochard.

Your sister is missing out massively if she judges perfume by its price tag!

FrugalFashionista Mon 15-Apr-13 16:42:25

OneLittleLady many Gucci perfumes are quite trashy these days (with Tom Ford long gone) - your sister may be snooty but she clearly doesn't know a lot about perfumes wink Cabochard is a stylish choice and love how you are getting the nuances!

Toys we share the Orthodox connection. Zagorsk gets it exactly right!

I'm enjoying a warm summery day and the buttery golden glow of Safari by Ralph Lauren. I love this.

I always try to judge a perfume on how it actually smells rather than its price tag. I'm not sure if I have developed my 'nose' fully yet though but I'm working on it. My sister is generally a little label obsessed to be quite honest. I think she's under the impression that because it's designer it's nice.

IsabelleRinging Mon 15-Apr-13 17:03:42

Azuree by Estee is also meant to smell like Cabochard, it is on my to try list next time I am in Selfridges.

IsabelleRinging Mon 15-Apr-13 17:04:29

Azuree is not bad value either at £42 for 60ml.

ToysRLuv Mon 15-Apr-13 17:31:24

Frugal: Yes, I agree about Zagorsk. Just right. Also, I have a small bottle (3 or 5 ml) of Safari and it's quite nice. Maybe a touch too sharp with flowers (daffodil?) to be one of my favourites..

ToysRLuv Mon 15-Apr-13 17:39:21

OneLittleLady: I try not to judge by lable either, but I know I'm not quite there yet, as the thought of wearing Britney Spears, Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton, or the likes, makes me shudder..

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 15-Apr-13 19:45:42

ToysRLuv: I can understand your point of view about those! However, SJP's Lovely is excellent, and to my nose smells like Lanvin Rumeur, which was created by the divine Francis Kurkdjian,

I also really like JLo Deseo. Not bad at all.

Fuzzybirds Mon 15-Apr-13 20:37:53

Toys I've been debating Bobbi Brown Beach too as I also NEED a summer holiday scent. I'm considering ordering the perfume parlour version of that and Bronze Goddess as I can't justify a FB when our summer is so short, but some of the pp oils I've tried have been quite far off the real thing. Another summery one I'm pondering is Dali's Laguna as it's a bit cheaper but that would be a blind buy as I can only find it online...

I think I need to get me some Cabochard too! There are some really bargainous ones out there that smell great. I really want to try Jessica Simpson's Fancy Nights- love the colour of the bottle <shallow> and it sounds quite different to other sleb scents.

I've been wearing my very cheap Yardley Iris today, it works much better now it's a bit warmer but does require re spraying a few times. It's so cheap though that I can drench myself in it with abandon grin

hettie Mon 15-Apr-13 20:47:10

frugal...... I fear you have started me on a new obsession... read Perfumes -The Guide book- fascinating.... then got sniffing (and ordering blush).
Have decided that I need would like something fresh/green citrusy, something a bit more sophisticated (maybe with more in the floral range, but nothing too sweet and am considering here something floral with woody musky undertones...) and a unique knock them dead scent which will be ....who knows what
In the fresh/citrus green area have tried versace versense (which I loved, but didn't seem to last) and creeds vetevier (which was so fresh and amazing but a bit too much). Am thinking of trying Eau de Rochas next...
For my more sophisticated scent I've sniffed (but not tried) guerlain l'instant (which I loved but can't figure out why) and tried Bvlgari Jasmin Noir (which i quite liked, but am not blown away by). Would like to try chanel 31 rue cambon.
For my unique scent am wearing (today) Molecule 01, which is just the weirdest (in a lovely way) thing ever, you get wafts of it all day and it's really hard to palce. I have also ordered a sample of L`Air de Rien by Miller Harris.... just because the reviews make it sound so different.....
Mean while I am using up some DKNY for women and wondering why on earth I chucked out an old bottle of Gucci Envy!

ToysRLuv Mon 15-Apr-13 20:59:18

Fuzzy: I've never tried PP. So, is it a bit hit and miss? It's cheap, though! Might be worth the punt..

I've never tried any cleb perfumes. I just can't get over the images associated with the people themselves. I'm sure some of them are nice but I just have visions of them all being identikit fruity florals just with different bottles.

FrugalFashionista Mon 15-Apr-13 21:52:23

Toys I love the sharp part in Safari - narcissus-hyacinth not sure what (am tone-deaf wink ). If you want to trade it at some point I will probably be able to think of dozens of things something to tempt you...

Hettie sounds great wink The Turin/Sanchez guide is an eye-opener. I'd be really amazed if it didn't help you figure out your style and favorites. (But it's a gradual process - so many great alternatives out there.)

Ladies hats off to your expertise! A couple of threads worth of sampling and most of you can already out-Sanchez Sanchez! Loving the Le Snob- reading teen - my DDs will get their first FBs whenever they ask for it but I'll do some censoring A perfumista friend gave them a FB of Aquolina Pink Sugar as a punishment for my gourmand leanings.

Oh and I'm a closet J Lo Deseo lover. It's a great hot summer evening perfume. The drydown can become a bit acrid but it's not bad.

Oh and ladies, keep trading samples! That's a way to keep this hobby affordable. I may check for duplicates / unwanted extras in my drawers at some point. Wish decants were less stinky easier to make... Crystal Flacon is a great source too, most of my summer frags are decants, gifts or swaps from friends or minis.

Reading Diana Vreeland's biography and wearing something to match - Schiaparelli's Shocking.

CointreauVersial Mon 15-Apr-13 22:30:43

A citrus day today in honour of the Spring (ish) weather.

Malle Bigarade Concentree is absolutely gorgeous, juicy, mouthwatering orange, but I was less enamoured of this evening's Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune - the top notes reminded me of sweat, for some reason, and not in a good way. It dwindled to nothing pretty quickly too. I'll stick with Herba Fresca, thanks.

Celebrity fragrances - does ELdO Tilda Swinton Like This count? That's a lovely one.

I need to get myself some samples I think. Going to see if any of my local shops have any that I can try and perhaps think about ordering some online when I work out exactly what kind of thing I'm looking for. Hoping to develop my 'nose' a bit over the summer and find something really good for winter wear this year.

ToysRLuv Mon 15-Apr-13 22:51:47

Tilda Swinton one def. doesn't count. It sounds good.

I tried a JLo scent once. It was nice, but I forgot the name (helpful!). Still, I don't particularly like JLo herself, so wouldn't buy it. SJP would possibly be more acceptable, although still a no-go at the moment. And I do realise this is totally irrational, but can't help it. grin

I will check my samples box some time soon for any spares and will list them on here. Safari's at my mum's house atm, but will be going there in a few weeks. Will give it one more try, and if I still don't love it, it's yours Frugal (I'm sure we can come to some arrangement wink ).

coffeeinbed Tue 16-Apr-13 06:54:04

It's the grapefruit, Cointreau.
Grapefriit = sweat on some people.

FrugalFashionista Tue 16-Apr-13 09:12:42

SOTD Vega by Guerlain. I always feel incredibly glamorous when I wear this. Perfect for a Tuesday morning wink

coffeeinbed Tue 16-Apr-13 10:22:01

That particular Tuesday morning glitz and glamour!
I'm gllamming it on the bus with La Chasse aux Papillons.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Tue 16-Apr-13 12:26:08

Toys, SJP is highly respected in the perfume world. She was Creative Director on Lovely and was heavily involved on every level. Luca Turin rates it highly, as does Tania Sanchez. Luca Turin is known to the perfume industry as The Emperor of Scent. Actually they review a lot of celebrity scebts in Perfumes The Guide, and some come out favourably.

I don't always like what he likes, but I always take him very seriously.

He compares Lovely to Narcisco Rodriguez for Her but says Lovely has the edge over it.

It is a Magnolia and Peony floral that beds down into an edgy, patchouli and musk base that truly lives up to its name.

If you ignore the rest, don't overlook this one. I smelt it on a friend, then myself, and the next day bought a 100ml bottle.

kiwigirl42 Tue 16-Apr-13 13:01:34

I'm wearing Kelly Caleche today - definitely leathery and very slightly floral but for some reason it mostly smells of pencil lead to me. I was expecting it to be a lot more rosy also.

However, I've worn so much Montaigne over the last few weeks I've probably burnt out my olfactory bulb!

Wearing Kenneth Cole Black today. Love the soft floral notes in it. It's very suitable for spring, good projection but still soft and not overwhelming. Lots of white flowers, I'm sure I smell a hint of lily of the valley and iris in there.Nice powdery dry down with a touch of musk. A bargain at £11.99 for the full bottle.

pocketandsweet Tue 16-Apr-13 13:15:55

Today I'm wearing Gorse from Laboratory Perfumes. Tried it on in shop and I might need to try again. Gorse and apparently cardamom. Very summery.

ToysRLuv Tue 16-Apr-13 13:26:14

Chocs: I've read Perfumes The Guide. I think they also liked one of the Britneys (or something). But still.. Ok. I will give Lovely a try next time I see it. However, I think I've tried Her by Narcisco Rodriguez and didn't particularly like that one, so I probably won't like Lovely either. But tastes change, and I'm willing to give it a go, definitely, as it should be easy to get hold of.

It's funny how I've always judged a book by it's cover (literally as well as figuratively), but "SJP" and "Lovely" are not people/concepts/adjectives that I feel are really anything right for ME (but like I said, will try to be more open minded with that one.. it might be wrongly named and not be "Lovely" after all, but "Fierce" grin or something like that). Might be very right for someone else (like LT/TS) who absolutely dislikes McQueen's Kingdom (for example), which I love.

Today wearing Tauer's L'Air du Desert Marocain. It was enormous, and sneeze inducing, when I first put it on. Now, about an hour later it's quite pleasant. Yet undecided on that one. It's got a nice citrus/creamy soap note to it, which is quite unexpected, and good. Will have to keep smelling it periodically to see whether it's a keeper (anyone else have to think about how to sniff their arm on the street without looking like a lunatic, all the time?).

ToysRLuv Tue 16-Apr-13 13:28:32

Kiwigirl: I really wanted to love Kelly Caleche from the listed notes, but I don't. I keep trying it again and again, and it's just a bit strange - not right. Ok, but not great. Boo...

ChocsAwayInMyGob Tue 16-Apr-13 18:43:03

Toys, sorry, I hope I wasn't teaching my grandmother to suck eggs! smile

Seriously, I used to be very dismissive of sleb scents, and still am when they all smell the same (fruity floral, synthetic vanilla etc). However, it's worth looking out for a few gems in that genre since they are not usually all that expensive. Madonna Truth or Dare is a true homage to Fracas and I was not expecting that from her!

Fuzzybirds Tue 16-Apr-13 20:02:14

Today, I did the pre-school run in Fracas grin

I like to have a range of cheap/expensive and both niche/mainstream in my collection- if I fall in love with a costly perfume I either save up, put it on the birthday list or look for a decant. But I do find I only REALLY love quite strong 'special occasion' type scents, so generally any lighter day scents I have are cheaper ones as I'm less prepared to shell out for a day to day scent (I have no idea if that makes any sense!) Lovely is one of my 'go to' day perfumes if I don't know what else to wear.

I am very drawn to bargains though, even when I know it might end up a terrible mistake. My watch list on ebay includes several body shop perfumes, Britney, Mariah Carey and Hilary Duff blush I can't help myself!

OneLittleLady I love hearing about your perfume bargains, I'll have to look out for Kenneth Cole now!

I'm always tempted by bargains, if I don't like them, I pass them on to someone else to avoid them festering. I'll have to check out SJP Lovely by the sounds of it, the description sounds very good.

ToysRLuv Tue 16-Apr-13 20:27:20

Chocs: No worries, really, I'm no expert. Very much still learning.. And a massive, ridiculous snob from the looks of it grin Although I've got some Demeters in my collection as well (Fig Leaf, Holy Water, Snow).

Turns out I like l'AdDM a lot. It's very long lasting. Tomorrow maybe try another Tauer.

ToysRLuv Tue 16-Apr-13 20:37:38

did like Truth or Dare, but not enough to get all excited about it. The bottle was nice as well (here we go with judging the book by its cover again smile . I think I' not just very into floral scents or cheap/generic smelling gourmands (unless they're especially weird), so that automatically rules out most of the cleb scents. If Britney's next perfume is an incense/herbal based one, I'll definitely try it..

ChocsAwayInMyGob Wed 17-Apr-13 08:36:45

Oh britney's are awful. Totally designed for 14 year old girls!

But Hilary Duff With Love is surprisingly good. I was really surprised. It's not fruity floral (which I loathe) but Tropical and woody, like good pipe smoke.

Fuzzybirds- I think I'm a bit like you. I have a good handful of to die for good ones that I only wear occasionally and loads of cheaper daytime scents that I chop and change. I am increasingly buying so many samples off eBay that they all live together in a big box.

The quest in unending with perfume. No matter how much I love the ones I've got, I'm always on the lookout for more, or something different, or that thunderbolt moment.

Thank you habadashery smile my package arrived this morning. You are right it's VERY chocolatey but I am catching roses underneath, it's very interesting. I think it might be a grower rather than a shower IYKWIM.

ToysRLuv Wed 17-Apr-13 13:02:31

I'm still wearing what I put on last night. Tauer White is ok after the first hour, but not good. Auburn is nauseatingly awful, but okish now, 12 hours later. Vetiver Dance is quite good, if only it had less vetiver.. Not got much faith in Tauer at the moment. confused

Talking about scents for 14 year olds: What did you guys wear in you teens? I was bought my first perfumes by dad (who went on lots of business trips abroad, so could buy from duty free) from when I was somethibg like 11 or 12 onwards. First was L'Air Du Temps (meh), then (not sure about order) Champs Elysees (hated it even then), Sergio Tacchini- Donna, Escada Sport Country Weekend, Nina Ricci Deci Dela, Ricci Belle de Minuit, Calvin Klein Truth, Tommy Hilfiger- Tommy Girl, L'eau de Issey, Rochas Tocade and A Body Shop scent called Tobacco Flower (bizarrely not on fragrantica) and their vanilla perfume oil, all of which I still like.

ToysRLuv Wed 17-Apr-13 13:34:08

Trying Quarzazate on now. I like it, but it's a bit boring.. will wait and see.

Also, have to add to my previous post that I didn't order the Vetiver Dance- it was a freebie (I wouldn't order something with vetiver in its name).

My first perfume as a teen was exclamation. I loved the stuff and it was the only one my mum would allow me to wear!

ChocsAwayInMyGob Wed 17-Apr-13 14:10:05

My first expensive perfume was bought for me by my Dad and was Estee Lauder Beautiful. I was so pleased! I don't like it at all now, but it holds pleasant memories.

Earlier than that I bought a beautiful Boots one called Bluebells and an Avon one called Eau Givree, which was lovely.

Fuzzybirds Wed 17-Apr-13 16:17:14

Exclamation was one of my first ones too, also So...? which I remember as being really sweet. When I was about 16, I received a gift set of minis of Chloe, Chloe Narcisse, White Diamonds, Sun Moon Stars and a Jean-Louis Scherrer, Nuits Indiennes maybe? I thought I was soooo cool wearing those! I still love and wear the original Chloe (not the same bottle mind, that really would be vintage!) might have to hunt out some Sun Moon Stars too...

Oh yes and Body Shop's Fuzzy Peach. How we all used to love collecting the lip balms, school used to stink of them. You were nobody unless you had a ready pot of TBS morello cherry or kiwi lip balm grin

Wearing Chanel Sycomore today, I really like it as a