Part 5- And the perfumes just keep on coming...

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shoeprincess2 Sun 26-May-13 20:55:45

www.mumsnet.com/Talk/style_and_beauty/1711275-Part-4-All-you-ever-need-to-know-about-fragrance-continues

Shiny new thread for some shiny new perfumes (and classics and niche brands)

Haberdashery Sun 26-May-13 21:11:32

SOTD - Zeta which was lovely on a sunny day with ice lollies at the park.

coffeeinbed Sun 26-May-13 21:15:08

Oh Haber!
Must get some Zeta.

FrugalFashionista Sun 26-May-13 21:24:46

Thanks Shoe and cannot believe we are in Vol 5! Collective upgrade - the level of expertise here is pretty incredible too... grin

ToysRLuv Sun 26-May-13 21:59:43

Wow, new thread!

SOTD: Venezia.

CointreauVersial Sun 26-May-13 22:23:13

Helloooo new thread! Blimey.

SOTD was Premier Figuier, but I drowned it out this afternoon with a big spray of Eau des Baux during a swift browse in L'Occitane (before I was dragged out by DS, who wanted to get to Hollister before closing timeangry ). I really love it, and think I need a decant.

Haberdashery Sun 26-May-13 22:45:12

Do get some Zeta, coffee, it's so very lovely. I think Frugal described it as egg yolk yellow and it really is. All the lovely honey.

coffeeinbed Sun 26-May-13 22:48:18

Will do this Saturday.
Honest.

hootiemcboob Sun 26-May-13 22:52:11

SOTD is L'Ete En Douce. I got a tiny sample from Surrender to Chance, think it's going to be this summer's fragrance.

coffeeinbed Sun 26-May-13 22:54:02

Boob, I do love it.
Perfect summer smell.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 27-May-13 11:48:31

Wow, I'm feeling old. I remember the very first thread by show princess saying that Tubereuse Criminelle was the worst perfume ever!

ToysRLuv Mon 27-May-13 12:57:15

SOTD: Traversee du Bosphore.

Off to the post office now to finally post all the samples. Sorry it took so long, guys.

Successful preschool drop-off with ds. Hardly glanced in my direction and waved me goodbye with his back already turned to me. Hope it'll be the norm soon. Now if I could tackle potty training and fussy eating before he starts school, and we'll be laughing! confused

CointreauVersial Mon 27-May-13 13:16:22

<lightbulb> Of course, Toys, you're in Scotland..... (enjoying lazy Bank Holiday here....wink ).

shoeprincess2 Mon 27-May-13 13:45:18

It was anniewoo who started it all. I cannot take credit for it. Plus, I actually like Tubureuse Criminelle wink

ToysRLuv Mon 27-May-13 14:24:34

Well, just traipsed to the jeffing post office and lo and behold. Shut. So I guess it's a bank holiday here as well. Only the schools are open. confused

And apparently tomorrow they have planned strike action in the post office. hmm

So, now I think it only fair that I chuck some freebie samples in there. Fuzzy and Cointreau would you fancy any others from my list?

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Up to date availables list below (please check and tell me if I left any of your bagsied ones here - although I think I've got them all):

Samples:

Acqua di Parma : Magnolia Nobile, approx. 1.6 ml
Etat Libre D'Orange : Putain des Palaces, approx 1.2 ml
Encens & Bubblegum, approx 1.2 ml
Lush/Gorilla Perfumes : Ginger, approx 1.3 ml
Tauer : Pentachord White, approx 1.7 ml
CB I Hate Perfume : At the Beach 1966, approx 0.9 ml
Keiko Mecheri : Peau de Peche, approx 0.7 ml
L'Artisan Perfumeur : Voleur de Roses, approx 0.7 ml
Al Oudh, approx 0.7 ml
Fou d'Absinthe, approx 0.6 ml
Passage D'Enfer, approx 0.9 ml
Comme des Garcons : Incense Series - Kyoto, approx 0.9 ml
X Undercover - Holygrace
Juliette Has A Gun : Citizen Queen, approx 1.0 ml
Jimmy Choo : Jimmy Choo, Eau de Parfum, approx 1.7 ml
Hermes: Un Jardin Sur Le Nil, approx 0.8 ml
Histoires de Parfums : Tubereuse 1 (Capricieuse), approx 1.7 ml
Tubereuse 2 (Virginale), approx 1.7 ml
Burberry : Body, approx 1.4 ml
Calvin Klein : CK One Shock, approx 0.6 ml
IN2YOU Her, approx 1.1 ml
Emporio Armani : Remix, approx 0.7 ml

Mini Perfumes:

Kenzo: Kenzo Eau de Toilette, approx 3.8 ml
L'Eau Par Kenzo, approx 4.8 ml

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Fuckit : Have PMd you - please send me your address so I can send you the goodies!

PeaceandFUCKINGLove Mon 27-May-13 14:53:22

Where can I buy a sample set of the Chanel exclusifs? I am scared to order from Surrender to Chance because I am worried that customs will destroy the parcel.

Thanks smile

CointreauVersial Mon 27-May-13 15:59:24

Toys, if you are sure.....would love to try the CB I Hate Perfume At The Beach.......

CointreauVersial Mon 27-May-13 16:00:16

And sorry to hear about your wasted trip to the PO, what a pain.

ToysRLuv Mon 27-May-13 16:06:22

Cointreau: Sure! Any others you fancy?

Peace: Is Surrender to Chance in the US? I got my Luckyscent stuff from there fine. They put "gift" on the packet to avoid customs costs/problems.

CointreauVersial Mon 27-May-13 16:33:14

Peace, I've had several sample sets from StC recently, with no problems. There's no way to tell from the outside that there's perfume inside (unless you are buying full-sized bottles).

PeaceandFUCKINGLove Mon 27-May-13 16:39:15

Thanks for the replies. I might go for it then. Are there any customs costs involved (I am in the UK)?

CointreauVersial Mon 27-May-13 16:43:04

Nope, it just turns up in the post.

FrugalFashionista Mon 27-May-13 16:53:49

SOTD Le Labo Labdanum.
DD2 refused to eat because 'mommy stinks' confused

PeaceandFUCKINGLove Mon 27-May-13 16:54:04

I have just ordered! <fingers crossed>

ToysRLuv Mon 27-May-13 17:40:35

Frugal: grin

While in Finland, df went shopping for a new car. First was the audi showroom, and he took me and ds along. Ds wanted to see inside one of the cars and sat there for a minute or two while df talked with the salesman. Ds then spotted a red car he wanted to get into. I dutifully opened the door and ds peered in. Instantly, he made a face and declared very loudly, so that everyone could hear: “NO! I will not get inside this car. It smells DISGUSTING!“

It was just a particularly pungent new car smell. And it was the most expensive car in the showroom. But obviously no good at all.. grin Df got a Merc in the end.

ToysRLuv Mon 27-May-13 17:42:58

Hang on, hopefully I haven't told you that anecdote already! I have a very limited amount of anecdotes these days..

Fuzzybirds Mon 27-May-13 20:15:23

Hello all and thanks to Shoe for the new thread!

Toys if no-one else has bagsied it, I would love to try Kyoto but you really don't have to send anything else smile

Got back from a lovely, sunny weekend away a few hours ago and it started raining as soon as we arrived home, grrrr. Yesterday's sunshine was perfect for Premier Figuier and today I've been wearing Mon Numero 7, which is very nice but not really grabbing me.

I do think I'll be keeping my eye out for the L'Artisan sale and any offers on PF or Timbuktu....

ToysRLuv Mon 27-May-13 21:12:58

Fuzzy: No worries, will put Kyoto in the packet for you, because you've had to wait so long. smile

Fuzzybirds Mon 27-May-13 21:21:35

There's no hurry Toys! I'm very lucky in that our post office is very close (right by DS's pre-school) so sending stuff is easy. In fact, most of my perfume money comes from ebaying and sending out our old clutter grin

FrugalFashionista Mon 27-May-13 21:33:14

grin Toys iirc the new car smell is in many cases added on purpose. Here in Italy, many places sell perfume meant for the car dashboard.

A guy I know borrowed his mother's car and forgot a pint of ice cream in the back - for a week in the summer confused He bought four Wunderbaums trying to cover up <eyeroll>

ToysRLuv Mon 27-May-13 21:44:26

Uuuuhh, wunderbaums... <sudders>

ToysRLuv Mon 27-May-13 21:45:05

<shudders> even.. hmm

Haberdashery Mon 27-May-13 23:24:52

It will surprise none of you that I adore New Car Smell, synthetic as it is. I love that plastic petrol thing.

ToysRLuv Tue 28-May-13 11:02:23

Thanks Fuzzy and Cointreau! Your parcels just came, so I assume there isn't a strike after all.. Will try the post office today.

Haber: Some aspects of the new car smell, if it's stuffy, make me a bit gaggy and give me a headache. Some aspects are fine. I couldn't really tell you which are and which aren't, though..

ToysRLuv Tue 28-May-13 16:00:15

Ok. Have now posted the parcels. Daylight robbery at the post office, because the darned things did not fit through their slot thing (should have remembered that). angry

Oh well.. SOTD: Parisienne (Thanks Fuzzy!). Pleasant enough, but quite light. Would have lliked the vinyl note x 100 (but realise it wouldn't be a very mainstream perfume then).

Also briefly sniffed other things.. Ambre des Merveilles, Bendelirious and Une Rose Vermeille are promising (thanks again, guys!).

FrugalFashionista Tue 28-May-13 17:23:39

Toys I love Une Rose Vermeille, but that's the only perfume that I've ever been able to match to a car air freshener. I took a cab to go to a party, all decked out in the jammy jelly-roll goodness biscuit, to realize that the little magic tree hanging from the rearview mirror exactly matched the my rare niche scent...

Today, safe and conservative in Chanel No. 19 EdP.

CointreauVersial Tue 28-May-13 18:42:24

SOTD is Tom Ford Grey Vetiver. I was wearing trousers and a tailored Austin Reed shirt to work, and it seemed to suit. It's quite a crisp and austere fragrance.

Fuzzybirds Tue 28-May-13 19:06:51

Toys glad you got the samples! I have come a cropper with postal charges many times and now take great pains to pack things as thinly as I can (not always easy!)

SOTD was Estée Lauder Beautiful, then when it faded I tried Zara Black, which was a car boot find. It's a nice cosy, vanillary cinnamon but didn't last very long.

CointreauVersial Wed 29-May-13 12:43:46

Did anyone see The Apprentice last night? Chasing round Dubai looking for the elusive "Oud".

It turned out to be a musical instrument - who knew??!

As a tribute, SOTD is Tom Ford Oud Wood. I can't remember which one of you loves it, but I'm enjoying it very much.

ToysRLuv Wed 29-May-13 13:10:43

I saw it!!! I was trying to tell DH that "standard" "mahogany" oud just doesn't make sense and it's probably something else.. Weird to see so many shops dedicated to selling oud, though!

Felt sorry for Zee, although I don't like him. That blonde doctor woman is horrible..

ToysRLuv Wed 29-May-13 13:11:29

SOTD: Dzing, because me and oud just don't really get along.

HarumScarum Wed 29-May-13 15:31:43

SOTD Pear and Olive. I think I need something a bit punchier this evening, though. The rain is making me feel extremely miserable.

Oh, this is Haber here, btw. Felt like a name change.

Fuzzybirds Wed 29-May-13 15:31:53

Sadly I don't have power over the remote in our house, I would have liked to have watched the Apprentice!

SOTD is Cabochard, reminds me of Knize Ten but less 'in yer face' and more wearable.

Trying to decide on what perfume to wear for a wedding on Saturday- what would you ladies choose? At the moment I think L'Artisan's Nuit de Tubereuse- distinctive without being overbearing and unlikely anyone else will be wearing it.

ToysRLuv Wed 29-May-13 16:40:20

Fuzzy, BBCiplayer is your friend.

For a wedding I would wear something light (not to overshadow the bride or draw too much attention to myself) and flowery (feels appropriate in spring). Amarige? grin

FrugalFashionista Wed 29-May-13 17:03:49

Harum sending sunshine and yummy petroleum and new car and CdG Black fumes your way. My mood is weather-dependent too... But woody, tarry and ambery perfumes smell really nice when it's cold and dark. Would the glögg-y Rume match your mood?

I go easy on perfume at parties and family gatherings (there is bound to be someone very allergic or astmatic there). A citrus is usually inoffensive, or a rose or iris with little sillage.

No 'fume yet. It has been a busy day, with the usual tantrums (DD2 has decided that she hates me). Going out to dinner, thank god, so will pick something.

coffeeinbed Wed 29-May-13 18:58:37

No SOTD.
Been working out, and used Weleda Buckthorne Oil and it smells so lovely so decided I didn't want anything on top.

HarumScarum Wed 29-May-13 20:55:09

Thanks, Frugal. I am happily ensconced with Jeke now.

I love Weleda stuff, coffee.

Fuzzybirds Thu 30-May-13 11:36:21

Toys thank you so much, the package arrived this morning! Have had a try of L'air du desert marocain... Wow is all I can say. For a bit I was thinking it might be too masculine for me but I'm changing my mind...

I think Nuit de Tubereuse should be wedding friendly- it's quite light and radiant as far as tuberose goes (plus it will have faded a fair bit by the afternoon.) Amarige is definitely out, as is my little sample of vintage Poison grin

HarumScarum Thu 30-May-13 12:42:04

I meant to say, Fuzzy, so glad that someone else finally agrees with me that Cabochard is like Knize Ten!

ToysRLuv Thu 30-May-13 12:43:28

No worries Fuzzy! Yes, LADDM is a bit of a grower isn't it. Love the middle and drydown with the herbs. The beginning is very sharp/masculine.

SOTD: Cacharel Eden

ToysRLuv Thu 30-May-13 12:50:48

Ooh, I just remebered something I've been meaning to ask you lot: Any fragranced non-perfume products (not food) that you love the smell of? I thought of this when I used my James Brown Photo Fabulous hair conditioner. I really like the smell. It's quite unusual as far as hair products go, quite incensey..

Also like the standard blue Comfort fabric softener smell.

Fuzzybirds Thu 30-May-13 13:55:26

Toys ooh yes, loads! I love the smell of Nivea products, although I have to limit my use so as not to interfere with perfume. Also, ever since I can remember, I've loved the smell of the little sandpaper strip on matchboxes. I could just sniff it all day <weirdo>

ToysRLuv Thu 30-May-13 14:10:03

Nivea smells nice, and I'd probably use it if I didn't hate moisturising (horrible greasy feeling even if it's a non-greasy product). Only ever moisturise my face if it starts flaking and goes red (happens once or twice during winter) and then I need something hypoallergenic, oil free totally awful smelling or my skin gets worse.. confused

That strip on the matchbox is quite nice, now that you mention it.. That smell when you snuff out a candle is nice as well <weirdo>

And the smell of plastic dolls and their hair (sort of powdery bubblegummy).

Ooh nearly forgot, I love the smell of naphtalene (used on moth balls) and (foreign) supermarket cleaning product isles - those to me are the smells that remind me of Greece grin

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 30-May-13 16:22:48

I adore the smell of Elnett hairspray. I reckon my little bottle of Noa smells very similar.

kiwigirl42 Thu 30-May-13 17:17:11

I wore Tubereuse Criminelle down dogs last night. It was lovely. Kept on getting warm wafts of it.
Today its Shalimar parfum. Really bergamotty today for some reason but as usual has dried down deliciously.

CointreauVersial Thu 30-May-13 20:39:36

SOTD is ELdO Like This, which is gorgeous. I'm getting quite a lot of immortelle and ginger this time.

Toys, your parcel has arrived. I can't wait to try Portrait of a Lady - it's been on my must-try list for ages.

FrugalFashionista Thu 30-May-13 20:44:06

A day with Encre Noire.
Love the vetiver, less thrilled with the Iso E Super base.

HarumScarum Thu 30-May-13 22:29:52

Love both the matchbox strip thing and the snuffed candles. Moth balls are wonderful (but carcinogenic so sniff with care).

My favourite smell when I was a child was that almondy Gripfix glue. Absolute heaven.

Fuckitthatlldo Fri 31-May-13 11:20:29

Am back from my trip away! Went to Selfridges in London and bought myself a smaller size FB of Coromandel.

Was a bit of a blind buy and at first I have to say I was disappointed. It seemed to me to have a similar furniture polish note to Calvin Klein's Obsession, which I think is naaarsty.

BUT how wrong I was. Coromandel is a million times more complex than that. Any initial sharp furniture polishyness in the top notes very soon settles down into something smooth and almost creamy smelling. It is sweet and comforting and anchored by a real earthy, walk in the woodsyness. A beautiful scent. Perfect to spray on after a hot bath at the end of a hard day when you want to curl up on the sofa with a good dvd and a cup of cocoa.

The Bois des Iles was gorgeous too.

I went to Les Senteurs as well and have fallen in love with Tauers Incense Rose. It is wonderful - the rose is so bright over the smoky incense, and I think this will be my next FB purchase.

Also sampled Tom Fords new Sahara Noir for the umpteenth time. Can't decide if I like it or not. I do love incense, but think perhaps this is a bit linear and 'flat'. If anyone can give me some examples of good niche incenses to try that would be great. I've heard good things about Zagorsk?

Also sampled LUSH Breath of God on the recommendation of Tania Sanchez. It was utterly utterly vile. Made me nauseous. Disgusting. Couldn't scrub it off quick enough.

Spent the entire time away draped in my beloved L'air du desert marocain. It is, without a doubt, my 'one'. I could be wearing a bin bag and I would feel a million dollars in that stuff. It's a compliment getter too - people notice it because it is so unique I think, and because it smells sooo exotic.

Anyway, I now want to get my hands on some Montale samples. Want to try the musks and the ouds. Does anyone know where the best place to order from is? Has anyone tried The Perfumed Court?

Toys I will be posting your parcel first class tomorrow when I go into town on the bus ok? Sorry it's been ages.

CointreauVersial Fri 31-May-13 12:52:09

Ooh, Fuckit, what a lovely fragrant trip! Yes, I agree with you about Coromandel; it takes a while to get into its stride, but when it does it is heavenly. I have a sample of Sahara Noir, but haven't tried it yet; I'm looking forward to it.

Today I'm trying Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile, kindly passed on by Toys. Not a good start, as the intial note I picked up was my nemesis tuberose! It has definitely developed and improved in the five hours since I applied it, with the cool crisp iris finally fighting through the white florals.

FrugalFashionista Fri 31-May-13 16:31:34

Fuckit the entire Comme des Garcons Incense series is worth sampling. Amouage Jubilation 25 and XXV might be worth trying as well. More ideas here. And Messe de Minuit by Etro is a cult classic.

I love Incense Rose too - the perfume has a built in dialogue going on, I love that.

I'd like to have a sample (or FB?) of the new Tauer, an aldehyde rose. Tried it once, really liked it...

SOTD Yatagan.

FrugalFashionista Fri 31-May-13 16:46:52

The best source of Amouage and Montale samples in Europe is Parfümeria Neroli here; 2 GBP per sample.

ToysRLuv Fri 31-May-13 19:42:33

SOTD: Kenzo Madagascar. Feels quite synthetic now that I'm a bit more refined in my tastes.. I still like it, though.

My favourite incenses are Zagorsk, Jaisalmer and Breath of God (Fuckit, it's a bit of an odd one, but the bubblegummy aspect with the melon really works for me together with the smoky incense).

Fuckitthatlldo Fri 31-May-13 20:12:37

Thanks for the links Frugal. I didn't think anyone was doing any proper musk perfumes anymore so was excited when I read about the Montale collection.

My mother wore musk when I was a child - Coty's Wild Musk, and Musk by Alyssa Ashley. I still think those perfumes smell beautiful, even though they are cheap. Such fond memories. And of course there's the obligatory White Musk by the Body Shop which I wore a lot during my early teens. I just love the idea of having a really beautiful musk perfume to wear.

Toys maybe Breath of God just smelt horrid on me. Or maybe I don't get it. I really didn't like it at all though sad Would like to try Zagorsk though I think.

Fuzzybirds Fri 31-May-13 20:12:58

I've been trying out the violets today- thank you Frugal and Toys! My favourite by far is Bois de Violette, love the dark duskiness of it. Eau du Ciel is also lovely. Unicorn Spell is odd but interesting- very green but a bit plasticky also.

Fuckit Breath of God is a weird one- I didn't hate it but this smoked ham note pops up which spoils it for me. Voice of Reason is worth a try as it's also smoky (although more cigarette-like)

I'm having a dilemma at the moment- £15 worth of Amazon vouchers burning a hole in my pocket. I'm thinking of buying a) Handbag size Badgley Mishka b) Lolita Lempicka EDP or c) Perfumer's Workshop Tea Rose. Which one? Or should I wait for more funds...

ToysRLuv Fri 31-May-13 20:19:47

Fuzzy: Lolita Lempicka is very strong and a bit cloying and medicinal. I like it, but it gives me a headache. It's in a similar vein as Angel and Flowerbomb, if you like those (or not!)..

Fuckit: Zagorsk is totally different to Breath of God. Incense with pine needles and wood.

Fuzzybirds Fri 31-May-13 20:33:16

Ooh Toys, I love cloying and medicinal (also love Angel and have a soft spot for Flowerbomb.) Loud perfumes are my thing! Lolita now at the No.1 spot grin

ToysRLuv Fri 31-May-13 20:35:29

Cool grin

HarumScarum Fri 31-May-13 21:10:59

I was in Lush the other day and there was no Breath of God to be had at all. I did try Voice of Reason, though, which I rather liked. I also thought Furze was very wearable.

Incense-lovers may like Bois d'Ascese which is a gorgeous woody dry incense scent, quite spicy but sort of cool.

ToysRLuv Fri 31-May-13 21:14:01

You know what Furze is in German, right? <stifled giggle>

I dislike all of the new perfume oils in Lush. Apart from maybe Sikkim Girls. Hadn't tried Furze, though, just because of the name.. (petty I know)

CointreauVersial Fri 31-May-13 21:33:30

I have Sun from Lush, but it a pretty innocuous orange-citrus. Some of their range is a bit challenging!

Iris Nobile is still going strong; the drydown is lovely.

HarumScarum Fri 31-May-13 23:15:19

No, what is Furze in German?

I liked Sun, Cointreau, but thought it probably wouldn't last long.

ToysRLuv Fri 31-May-13 23:20:39

Farts. <cackles> They sell it in Germany with that name, as well (a bit of a hard sell, probably).

ToysRLuv Fri 31-May-13 23:50:59

Oh, and sorry about that - I'm always lowering the tone here, aren't I!

HarumScarum Fri 31-May-13 23:52:41

Haha! That's made me snigger. Not a happy perfume association...

ToysRLuv Sat 01-Jun-13 00:01:16

I wouldn't think so either. confused grin

I looked it up and the notes appear to be coconut, vanilla, neroli and flowers. Fairy farts? I think I will have to try it next time I'm near a Lush..

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sat 01-Jun-13 09:37:59

SOTD Carillon Pour Un Ange from Tauer. Lily of The Valley to the power of 10! Gorgeous (unless you hate Lily of The Valley). I love how Tauers last about 14 hours.

FrugalFashionista Sat 01-Jun-13 10:06:16

Not sure whether you perceive it the same way but some masculine perfumes somehow always smell really farty to me - Pasha by Cartier and the supermarket cheapie classic Pino Silvestre. Pino Silvestre has one of the ugliest bottles I've ever seen - it's so ugly it's almost touching...

pocketandsweet Sat 01-Jun-13 10:10:48

Haber pm me your address so I can send you the violets! SorryIve been away.

pocketandsweet Sat 01-Jun-13 10:11:10

Frugal that bottle is awful

FrugalFashionista Sat 01-Jun-13 10:14:56

Trust me it looks even worse IRL grin

FrugalFashionista Sat 01-Jun-13 11:35:06

It's so cold and wet that SOTD is Coromandel shock

ToysRLuv Sat 01-Jun-13 12:19:32

Frugal, I nearly laughed out loud looking at that bottle..

Don't know about the fartiness.. But that bottle really does spell out doom. confused it looks like a green body part of some kind
SOTD: Missoni Molto. Hmmm. Ok. Cinnamony with some stuffy white flowers. DH declared that he didn't much like it.

Fuckitthatlldo Sat 01-Jun-13 15:54:54

Hahaha! Phallic much?

Toys thank you so much! Your parcel arrived today. I love them all - am beginning, in fact, to think that Tauer is something of an olfactory genius.

Have been wearing the Vetiver Dance today. It's not really my kind of perfume and I probably won't wear it again, but I still think it's beautifully done.

The Incense Extreme I love. It's not completely dissimilar to Sahara Noir infact, which I couldn't decide whether I liked or not. Incense Extreme is much smoother, better rounded, and more complex, and is lovely.

Will try the Pentachord Auburn after tonights bath.

Also, I sent your parcel with the Ambre Sultan, Arabie, and Shem el Nessim first class this morning so hopefully, it should arrive Monday morning, all being well smile

ToysRLuv Sat 01-Jun-13 17:35:27

Fuckit: Cool! Looking forward to your parcel too.. Glad the Incense Extreme found a loving home! Lots of people really think he is a genius, but think Tauer might not be my favourite, much as I have respect for him, because of something solvent-like in most of his perfumes that makes them go "bam - on!" from the first second. It reminds me a bit of the orange coloured (meant to be orange fragranced, as well, I guess) builders' soap liquid that designed to wash all sorts of gunk off your hands (DF likes a bit of DIY, so always has some of this in the house). confused

I think Frugal once mentioned that he uses his own base called Tauerade for his perfumes, and I think that might be the thing I dislike. It's not quite so noticeable in (the drydown of) LADDM, Maroc or Une Rose Vermeille, which is why I quite like them, although I prefer more more "transparent smells". The Tauers, in my mind, feel like a heavy thick lick paint. Sorry for synesthesia talk there, but I really do get an image in my head of almost painting myself when I put a Tauer on. I really don't get that with anything else, however heavy it might be (think Angel strength). Odd.. hmm

Molto has worn off so shall put something else now. Maybe L by Lolita.

Fuckitthatlldo Sat 01-Jun-13 18:05:30

Oh christ, somebody stop me! Have just been on a sample ordering frenzy. I am beyond excited though - will be mugging the poor postman every morning until I get my parcels!

I have ordered:

Les Senteurs

Tauer - Incense Rose (again as I gave my last sample to my mum)
Amouage - Jubilation XXV
Juliette has a gun - Midnight Oud
Maitre Parfeumer et Gantier - Ambre Precieux

Neroli

Montale:
Black Aoud
Red Aoud
White Aoud
Chocolate Greedy
Full Incense
Musk to Musk
Black Musk
White Musk

Surrender to Chance

Serge Lutens:
Chergui
Fumerie Turque
Muscs Koublai Khan
Clair de Musc
Bois Oriental

And that is it now until at least my birthday! Am particularly excited about the Montale's. Will no doubt be up for some swapping too, once I've tried them. Can't wait to try Muscs Koublai Khan - I want to see what all the fuss is about!

ToysRLuv Sat 01-Jun-13 18:26:45

Wow, Fuckit! But it'll be a massive treat when it comes through, though! smile

I'll be willing to try some of those, definitely, once you're done and know which ones you want to keep.. Muscs Koublai Khan is scary (for some reason I'm worried it'll smell like a hairy unwashed man who has been riding a yak for too long, dressed in furs and leather, drinking yak milk blush).

I just got my package from Cheap Smells, which was delivered next door.. I mainly did an order for a reduced price Bedhead Small Talk, but chucked small bottles of Pink Sugar and CdSP Coco Figue. I like Coco Figue, which is now on my right arm. Nice, natural coconut with a touch of fig. It's a bit light on the sillage, though.. Pink Sugar, however, not sure about that one.. it's just synthetic blackcurrant jam at the moment. Hopefully I'll get some burned sugar at some point.. Otherwise will send it to DN (which one, though? The one that is 4 or the one that is nearly 11? hmm ).

FrugalFashionista Sat 01-Jun-13 19:17:11

Toys my DDs (3 & 5) love Pink Sugar (they have a FB, and another of Bulgari's Petits et mamans) DH secretly too so your nieces probably too.

Wow great sample order Fuckit - hope you'll find some great experiences in it.

Tauer uses ambrox a lot - wonder if it bothers you Toys!

ToysRLuv Sat 01-Jun-13 19:38:20

Quite possibly it is the Ambrox, Frugal! The description of it makes sense..

I think I will send Pink Sugar to the 4 year old, since I already gave the 10 year old another perfume (with the same name as hers! I wish there was a perfume with my name..) for her last birthday.

Fuckitthatlldo Sat 01-Jun-13 19:41:03

Yes Toys, from reviews I've read of MKK, I'm kind of expecting 'brothel owners armpit'.

I do find though, that the more I get into niche scents, the more adventurous I feel. Smelling of fruit and flowers is definitely not for me. Aquatic notes be damned. I like darker scents I think, with spices and smoke and incense and leather and woods and musk. Definitely musk.

So we'll see. In my head I am wafting around smelling like a Moroccan souq/slightly unwashed sultans harem. But probably everyone around me is just thinking, 'christ that woman stinks' grin

Fuckitthatlldo Sat 01-Jun-13 19:43:07

And what an absolutely lovely present for a little girl Toys - a perfume whose name is the same as hers!

I bet she was absolutely thrilled - I definitely would have been at that age smile

Fuckitthatlldo Sat 01-Jun-13 19:43:19

Still would actually.

ToysRLuv Sat 01-Jun-13 19:46:08

Thanks to the Philosophy range (which is not very ambitious, but good one to start with when you're 10).. wink

ToysRLuv Sat 01-Jun-13 19:49:08

Lots of perfumes for people called Donna (let's forget about the fact that it's "woman" in italian wink )..

FrugalFashionista Sat 01-Jun-13 19:54:39

MKK is surprisingly soft-spoken and tame...

Fuckitthatlldo Sat 01-Jun-13 20:13:59

Really Frugal? Would be interested to hear how you describe it. What notes are predominant do you think? Reviews I have read have described it variously as 'vile', 'fecal', and 'disgusting'. Which made me think, ooh I must try that grin I like a bit of dirt.

CointreauVersial Sat 01-Jun-13 20:16:24

Blimey, Fuckit, your credit card must be melting. grin

Toys, interesting what you say about the Tauers, because I don't get on with quite a few; Reverie au Jardin and Orange Star have a particular choking note which I really don't like.

But I'll forgive Andy because of Vetiver Dance, Rose Chypree and Lonestar Memories (love all these), and, of course the amazing LADDM....

Anyway, I have been wafting about today in a fabulous fragrant cloud of Portrait of a Lady (thanks Toys). Wow. Quite a big sillage, so I probably won't wear this one in the office, but it smelled rich and feminine, and evolved all day.

CointreauVersial Sat 01-Jun-13 22:42:27

Still getting divine wafts from POAL....rose, then incense, now patchouli. Beautiful.

ToysRLuv Sat 01-Jun-13 22:57:08

Glad POAL got a loving home, too! Really wasn't for me. smile

I want to go on a tropical holiday now that I've got my beach scents sorted, but will probably have to settle for the family house in mainland Greece. All the better. Would have to worry about looking good in a swimsuit, otherwise..

Fuckitthatlldo Sun 02-Jun-13 00:10:28

Right. Have tried Tauer's Pentachord Auburn and it is... weird.

I smell like a strange sweetie.

Not keen.

FrugalFashionista Sun 02-Jun-13 18:44:24

Fuckit I don't get Pentachord Auburn. The notes sounded very promising, but it's a scrubber on me. Perhaps you all knew this already, but the pentachords are perfumes composed using just five notes/ingredients. That makes them ultraminimalist and kind of daunting, but I started to appreciate them more when I learned about this. Verdant is okay (but not a great love) on me, but Pentachord White is the only one that I really like. Challenging yes, but stimulating and rewarding.

It's been a warm day and I spent the morning part in a bikini!!! (Quite something - it's been extremely cold and rainy lately.) What perfume really works in the sun? You'd guess some citrus, but today I went full-out on LADDM and yes, it really worked!!! (Delicious very faint afterglow still left after a shower.)

ToysRLuv Sun 02-Jun-13 18:52:49

Yes, Pentachord Auburn is a scrubber for me too, and the white is not much better either.. wonder if any of us like Auburn on the thread?

SOTD: Coco Figue.

Barbeque food tonight on the new barbeque! Something good to look forward to having been super stressed about DS (on antibiotics with suspected whooping cough, despite being vaccinated)..

Fuckitthatlldo Sun 02-Jun-13 19:37:22

Yes I woke this morning with the smell of Pentachord Auburn still faintly on my skin and I didn't like it at all. The first Tauer I've actively disliked.

Sorry to hear about your boy Toys - hope he gets better soon.

SOTD: Coromandel plus a little bit of Coty's Wild Musk spritzed on a few hours after. Because I'm flighty like that. I always want to wear everything all at once grin

CointreauVersial Mon 03-Jun-13 00:17:45

I've not tried Auburn, but I'm not rushing to order a sample. grin

I like the sound of Coco Figue! Sounds perfect for the summer.

SOTD was Diptyque Volutes.

ToysRLuv Mon 03-Jun-13 19:13:28

Fuckit: Thanks for your packet! It came today. I was so excited that I'm wearing all three samples now..

Ambre Sultan: It's pleasant enough, although that oregano note seems out of place, and slightly jarring. The rest of it is beautiful, though.

Shem-El-Nessim: Really soapy clean. Ok, but not great. Reminds me of something else, but not sure what.. Maybe Byzance?

Arabie: Lamb and apricot tagine. Straight up. confused

Fuzzybirds Mon 03-Jun-13 21:00:47

Chocs I have the violets ready to pass on to you, pm your address and I'll pop them in the post smile

I've really enjoyed the Tauers I've tried so far but haven't felt interested in trying the Pentachords...definitely will stay away from Auburn!

Toys Arabie is on my 'to try' list, not so sure now! Speaking of Byzance, I received another bargainous ebay lot of minis this morning, including half a tiny bottle of Byzance. Tried a little dab and tis lovely. Also have tried Pure White Linen and Roger & Gallet Eau de Gingembre, both very fresh summer scents (perfect for a beautiful day like today.)

No more ebaying for me for a while, I'm running out of room! (Searches ebay for bigger dressing table grin )

MrsSchadenfreude Mon 03-Jun-13 21:12:53

I was wafting round the office in a cloud of Coromandel today, and three people told me it smelled wonderful. Chanel No 22 also has this effect on people.

FrugalFashionista Tue 04-Jun-13 09:14:13

SOTD yesterday: Miriam. Today, Nerolia Bianca.
Will probably wear Ch 22 later today, love it.

pocketandsweet Tue 04-Jun-13 09:25:03

SOTD Cabotine. There are some serious moth balls up front but I like it.

CointreauVersial Tue 04-Jun-13 12:52:51

I'm wearing orange today (well, skirt, bracelet and toenails!) so SOTD just had to be Bigarade Concentree. Gorgeous.

ToysRLuv Tue 04-Jun-13 13:21:30

pocket: Mothballs you say... grin Maybe I'll have to get hold of some Cabotine..

Cointreau: I've heard BC is lovely. Is it just oranges or something else as well?

SOTD: I've actually forgotten what I'm supposedly wearing. Can't smell it anymore.. hmm Going to sell a lot of perfumes on e-bay and have been photographing the bottles today. Tried Ralph Lauren Blue, so I guess that's my SOTD. I like it more than I remember, but not enough to keep it rather than sell (it's quite rare now). I decided to sell the vintage Diorella, as well, if I can get enough money for it.

Lovely weather again. Wish I could take the laptop there, but wouldn't able to see the screen in the sunshine.

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Tue 04-Jun-13 14:04:54

Hello perfumistas! I've been a longtime lurker on your threads, and while just bunging some stuff on ebay (am in Italy) came across this if you fancy a few more samples!!! grin

www.ebay.it/itm/COLLEZIONE-TERRIFICANTE-DI-CAMPIONCINI-DI-PROFUMI-TUTTE-LE-MARCHE-PIU-FAMOSE-/271177670237?pt=Profumi&hash=item3f2372de5d

You might need to hire a van! (it's not me selling them by the way, no such luck!) grin

FrugalFashionista Tue 04-Jun-13 14:19:12

Wow!!! That's amazing, the price too. Just to clarify, it's not me and my collection grin

pocketandsweet Tue 04-Jun-13 14:20:54

Off to buy lottery ticket!

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Tue 04-Jun-13 14:22:17

I wonder if you get the cupboard as well?

ToysRLuv Tue 04-Jun-13 17:05:14

OMG. My Italian doesn't stretch to understanding why they are selling it. They are listing the dimensions of the cupboard, so probably selling the whole thing with everything inside it. Literally light years out of my price range, but if I were an eccentric millionaire..

ToysRLuv Tue 04-Jun-13 17:06:15

You can play "spot the perfume" with those images. smile

FrugalFashionista Tue 04-Jun-13 17:10:48

Yep, the mahogany cupboard is part of the "deal" grin I'd love to inherit something like this instead of the junk that I will be getting.

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Tue 04-Jun-13 17:10:56

That's exactly what I've just been doing! And spotted something I wore briefly in Feb-March 87 and have never seen since- Creation by Ted Lapidus. Which made me go looking for it, and it's on German ebay.

See! I pop on here to give you a fun half hour with a cupboard and end up buying perfume myself!!

(the cupboard is mahogany....doesn't say on the insertion if it's part of the auction though)

FrugalFashionista Tue 04-Jun-13 18:31:08

Hi London-based perfumistas, here is an invitation for you!

Dear citizens of Etat Libre d'Orange,
For the opening of our embassy in London,
Release your inner slut and join us for the celebration!
We invite you to the opening of the Etat Libre d'Orange boutique designed by Shed @ 61 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London
Wednesday 19th June, 7pm to 11pm

Special Guests DJs Princess Julia and Dan Beaumont

I cannot make it wink but please go and enjoy!

ToysRLuv Wed 05-Jun-13 10:53:20

I was idly browsing ending fragrances on e-bay and came across this. It has an interesting choice of a background! I wonder if it's trying to make a statement like: "I know it's a Britney Spears perfume, but it was given to me as a gift and I DEFINITELY didn't want it. That's why I'm selling it. And I'm really brainy, you know!" grin

That makes the back groud I chose for my e-bay fragrance photos (a mere "rustic" wall of a shed) look a bit boring.. wink

ToysRLuv Wed 05-Jun-13 10:53:48
FrugalFashionista Wed 05-Jun-13 11:07:26

I'd be concerned that the bottle contains some unmentionable body fluids or perhaps a tooth or two... grin

ToysRLuv Wed 05-Jun-13 11:34:40

I'd actually prefer that to the perfume, Frugal!

Well.. no, not really.. grin

Fuzzybirds Wed 05-Jun-13 21:01:36

Loving the perfume cabinet and the brainy Britney fan grin

A few weeks ago I came across an auction for some perfume with the person's cat sat next to it looking cute. Might try that with my cats if they'll sit still long enough...

SOTD is Organza- knew I would love it and I do. Will most definitely be buying a FB when my mini runs out.

ToysRLuv Wed 05-Jun-13 21:07:24

Fuzzy: Did it say "cat not included" or "serving suggestion"? grin

I like Organza. It's very warm and smooth.

SOTD: Omnia, but it's gone now.

HarumScarum Wed 05-Jun-13 21:51:58

Jeux de Peau test today. Amazing stuff. There is a sweet slightly popcorny note at the start and I thought I had made a terrible mistake, but it settles fast to the exact smell of the inside of my elbows on a warm day when I was little. A bit like malted milk biscuits and sun and butter and hot dry fields all mixed up together.

I'm also eagerly awaiting my go on the violet package!

Fuzzybirds Thu 06-Jun-13 12:03:39

Toys I actually had a look at the listing to see if there was a disclaimer, even though I wasn't interested in the perfume. So the cat tactic is pretty good at standing out against all the other ads!

Harum what a gorgeous description. I would love to bottle the smell of the nape of my DS's neck after a warm day playing in the garden, when they've been rolling around on the grass and in the sandpit. (Sometimes wonder if I have given birth to puppies rather than children, they do like a good roll)

SOTD is Mure et Musc- it's really growing on me now. The opening has a planty green-ness, like the smell of a whole blackberry bush.

pocketandsweet Thu 06-Jun-13 12:14:09

SOTD. Bronze Goddess ( courtesy of Boots counter tester). I really really like it even though I am about as far away from a Bronze Goddess as possible.

pocketandsweet Thu 06-Jun-13 12:21:07

Im flying next week does anyone know if BG is likely to be found in duty free?

ToysRLuv Thu 06-Jun-13 13:34:07

SOTD: Both Queen Latifah Scents. The other one smells like artificial boozy sweets and the other one smells of sweat covered with flowery deodorant. sad I should have known really. Thought it was a massive bargain, and lots of people seem to like them..

Harum: I love Jeux de Peau. I didn't like it first time I wore it (in fact I thought it was revolting), but it's really grow on me.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 06-Jun-13 13:56:21

I recently bought a bottle of Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights purely because of a rave review on Australian Perfume Junkies. Prior to that I had given it a very wide berth! However, it's not fruity floral and the main note is Papyrus. It smells a bit like new books and, (as per the review) a sort of new car smell.

It was a real surprise, not bad at all.

CointreauVersial Thu 06-Jun-13 23:03:47

SOTD was Tom Ford Noir de Noir. Really wasn't hugely keen on this one; it reminded me a little of Angel, with a slightly choking chocolatey smell behind the floral. Fortunately it wasn't too "in yer face" but it didn't really improve as the day wore on. Ah well, you win some, you lose some.

ToysRLuv Thu 06-Jun-13 23:06:52

Just bought a mixed bag of perfume samples for a good price and have tried to play "spot the perfume". A few Angels there and Pradas, a Ralph Lauren of some kind, and an Allure.. smile

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/A-BAG-OF-SMALL-PERFUMES-/121117640202?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEWNX%3AIT&nma=true&si=ikUX4irBL5D7CzQrL%252BVM1rkZMdA%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

Fuzzybirds Fri 07-Jun-13 10:14:44

Toys mystery perfume auctions are my favourite- often end up with bargains that way (and a few surprise perfumes!)

This one is like a perfumed 'Where's Wally?'-

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Massive-Collection-of-1159-Miniature-Perfume-Bottles-Wholesale-Job-Lot-/330922342160?pt=UK_WSJL_Wholesale_GL&hash=item4d0c823710

If only I had a spare few grand kicking around grin

SOTD is L'Air du Temps, very nostalgic for me as Mum had a bottle in the late 80s that she would let me use occasionally. Back then, I used to find it very strong and powdery and even one spray was too much. Today I've had a few dabs from a mini (seems vintage) and it's lovely in small doses, very strong on the carnations though.

ToysRLuv Fri 07-Jun-13 12:58:12

Wow. Now that's a collection, Fuzzy!

I'm hoping that there are a few niches in my bargain as well, but happy enough with what I can see anyway..

I'm always a bit confused at the listings that say something really vague like "used women's perfume" and then the bottle is something expensive. Doesn't happen often enough, though wink

ToysRLuv Fri 07-Jun-13 12:59:17

Oh, and SOTD is Loulou smile Incense with "plastic" cinnamon. Yum!

CointreauVersial Fri 07-Jun-13 17:56:31

SOTD is Acorelle Verveine Agrumes. Lovely citrus and herbs, but too faint and fleeting.

HarumScarum Fri 07-Jun-13 21:15:29

That sounds worth a try if not for the faint and fleeting thing!

SOTD, Quelques Fleurs Violettes (Houbigant). I really like this. A very pretty sedate violet with a hint of powder and something a bit cedary (?) lurking. It basically smells like your grandma's wardrobe, in a good way!

There is something in it that reminds me of the sparkly glitter stuff my redheaded grandma used to spritz on her hair before she went out. It smelt almost exactly like this. It's very fifties, I think!

Fuzzybirds Sat 08-Jun-13 21:51:58

I've been meaning to try some of the Acorelles, must do next time I'm in M&S!

Harum sparkly hairspray is a must for us at Christmas/ New Year (my Mum always puts some in my stocking- is it bad to still have a stocking at 36?)

SOTD is Chloe Innocence- this is very clean and fresh smelling. In fact, it reminds me of deodorant, too clean really. This evening I was craving something smoky and sweet and am now wearing the Perfume Parlour version of Tobacco Vanille. I love this so much, can't stop sniffing myself!

SOTD is Alexander McQueen MyQueen. It smelled really spicy on me today. Don't know if it was because of the heat but there was a real kick to it.

HarumScarum Sat 08-Jun-13 23:15:36

I wish I still had a stocking!

CointreauVersial Sun 09-Jun-13 17:01:12

MrsS, I know you couldn't make MI's party last night, but I wore your fave Coromandel, so you were there in spirit, so to speak.grin

FrugalFashionista Sun 09-Jun-13 17:10:40

Have worn and enjoyed Tubereuse by Mona di Orio all day. Very honeyed and light. The weather is very hot and humid - very few perfumes work on days like this.

Lots of European airports seem to have a good collection of EL perfumes, but it really depends where you are going (duty frees vary a lot by country - those in the US tend to be really poorly stocked).

I also really like Mure et Musc. Toys may remember the Fazer blueberry pies that seem to use the same aromachemical - very comforting. I actually tried to buy a jar of blueberry jam at IKEA today, but my DC raided the candy shelves and a very angry SA chased us away confused

Harum you should try Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights wink

ToysRLuv Sun 09-Jun-13 17:24:26

Mmm Fazer jam tarts... mmmm... Funny that about Mure at Musc! Never tried it, though.

DH's birthday today, so made a cake with grumpy DS (he didn't want any jam in it). Feel a bit sick now after 3 slices. Took some to the neighbours so that we didn't have quite so much left.

SOTD Hdp 1826. Feel a bit funny, like I'm smelling past history. It really smells old (in a good way).

Fuzzybirds Mon 10-Jun-13 10:49:17

Morning all!

Mure et Musc has me confused. I like the green parts in the opening but then it gets a bit soapy and I lose interest. Then I get the odd waft of planty green and I like it again....

SOTD is a random obscure one that came with an ebay bundle- Tristiano Onofri Femme. Very classic and vintage smelling, now has quite a strong honey note (verging on urine if I'm honest!)

Hope folk won't think I've had an accident confused

ToysRLuv Mon 10-Jun-13 14:04:14

SOTD: Kenzo Parfum D'Ete. Very green with lily of the valley. Nice.

That mystery bag of samples I bought from e-bay has turned out to be quite good: An Eau de Hadrien there, as well as a couple of Keiko Mecheris (although unmarked, so will have to guess the scent), and a lot of other stuff. smile

BelleDameSansMerci Mon 10-Jun-13 14:14:54

May I join you rather than lurking? My only qualification is a loathing of tuberose... I have "standard" perfumes for day/night but am always on the look out (sniff out?) for something wonderful.

Tend to go for vanilla-y ones so wear Etro Heliotrope for work and Tom Ford Vanilla Tabac for showing off but have loads of others lurking around. Love your SOTD idea.

And would you tell me where I can order samples please?

ToysRLuv Mon 10-Jun-13 14:31:37

Welcome Belle!

Lots of us like Tobacco Vanille too.

You can get samples, for example, from:

shop.lessenteurs.com/ (in UK)

www.scent-and-sensibility.co.uk/ (in UK)

www.histoiresdeparfums.com/intl/e-boutique/e-boutique-samples.php (in Europe)

www.luckyscent.com/samples.asp (in US)

and ebay, of course (often they are called "decants").

Also Frugal mentioned a website in Hungary that does for example Montale samples at a very good price.. Frugal, help me out here?

ToysRLuv Mon 10-Jun-13 14:33:31

Never mind, Frugal, I found it!

www.parfumneroli.hu/?lang%5Blang%5D=en

BelleDameSansMerci Mon 10-Jun-13 16:26:45

Thank you. Can't believe I got the name of the wretched stuff wrong... blush

BelleDameSansMerci Mon 10-Jun-13 16:28:36

Apologies if you've done this one but has anyone tried Spicebomb? I saw Flowerbomb mentioned earlier. I did have a phase of that and it still glowers from my dressing table...

kittykarate Mon 10-Jun-13 16:56:24

Brandalley have some L'artisan Parfumeur on offer at the minute

http://www.brandalley.co.uk/FSMarque/Id-20474-Produit-257252

So tempted by the 6 x 15ml box..

FrugalFashionista Mon 10-Jun-13 17:46:04

Belle welcome and Kitty go for it!
Oh, and I started out as a tuberose hater (Tubereuse by Mona di Orio might be a gateway drug for someone who likes heliotrope) but now I wear Beyond Love and Loretta grin

In the morning, I used a hairspray that my mother forgot here: a burst of aldehydes.
On the tram, a middle aged lady entered in a golden, honeyed cloud of aldehydes.
At home, I dabbed on some Chanel 5 EDP.
I can't get enough of this; honeyed, golden, warm, sensual, but with clearly defined sharp aldehydic outlines. A sister perfume to Vega by Guerlain. Really loving this atm! <and bargainous compared to Vega - have 2 freebie samples!>

FrugalFashionista Mon 10-Jun-13 17:54:53

I've worn Spicebomb. It's okay but I was not bowled over - lots of spicy oriental masculines are fairly similar, so it was a bit 'deja senti' for me. But it's quite well done for a mass market 'fume so if you like it, do wear it - very subversive on a woman. I love the kitschy hand grenade bottle!

Belle random picks for you (based on your vanilla/heliotrope/spicy/woody leanings):
LADDM, Miriam, Vanille Intense by Nicolai, L'Eau d'Hiver, Farnesiana, Une Fleur de Cassie, Habit Rouge, Cinema, Dries van Noten.

I'd love to try Spicebomb, being a big fan of Flowerbomb but alas, no spare money as I'm trying to save for music lessons and desperately needed new clothes and shoes

BelleDameSansMerci Mon 10-Jun-13 18:38:35

Itching to try all those now Frugal

I have this desire for the perfect scent; something that is "unique" enough that not everyone has it but must suit my rather acidic skin. Can't wear many mainstream scents - they all end up smelling like talc or some kind of scummy pond.

"OneLittle" could you try department stores for a sample? I'll see if I can get you one next time I'm on the prowl around a big enough House of Fraser or Selfridges or somewhere.

BelleDameSansMerci Mon 10-Jun-13 18:39:12

Sorry, that should have been OneLittle. You can tell I've not been MNing as much as usual lately!

There's nowhere to get samples where I live, I've tried so if you wouldn't mind trying belle that'd be really nice of you smile

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 10-Jun-13 19:27:29

OneLittleLady. I have a perfume blog and will send you some samples. PM your address. You've come to the right place!

pocketandsweet Mon 10-Jun-13 19:36:01

Does anyone have an recommendations for niche perfume houses to try in North America? We are relocating to Canada in the next couple of months.

Thanks choc that's very kind of you, pm'ing now thanks

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 10-Jun-13 20:34:25

pocket- try Ava Luxe. I think she is based on long Island and does some delightful scents that she makes herself.

www.ava-luxe.com/

CointreauVersial Mon 10-Jun-13 22:11:53

Hello newbies. Another tuberose-hater here....wink

SOTD was Chanel Sycomore. I was majorly tired this morning after a very early start to see DS off on a school trip, so I needed something brisk and bright.

I'm now trying another of my Acorelle samples, R de Rose. It's pretty, quite a sweet rose, and is lasting a little longer than some of their other stuff. I bought the sample set from M&S and they are all lovely, but some of them have fizzled out before I even get into the car in the morning. I can't be doing with short-lived fragrances.

FrugalFashionista Tue 11-Jun-13 07:21:35

Pocket
Slumberhouse
Sonoma Scent Studio
Aftelier
Antonia's Flowers
possibly also Tocca
And these are lovely sample stores for you:
Surrender to Chance, Luckyscent, The Posh Peasant

Good luck with the big move! I've relocated there several times... (and always eventually returned - but love it there and will probably be there again sooner or later)

Going to have another day with Ch 5 EDP...

FrugalFashionista Tue 11-Jun-13 07:23:24

Oh and Chocs please share a link to your perfume blog!

FrugalFashionista Tue 11-Jun-13 08:32:31

Change of plans: have just received a lovely DHL package today from First in Fragrance
* A FB of Tauer's Noontide Petals (the aldehydic rose) (if you are in the UK, samples and FBs here).
* 3 samples (Bois d'Ascese and Cuir Velours by Naomi Goodsir; Blanc Violette by HdP - I found I really missed this violet grin )
Basking in a glorious cloud of fizzy aldehydes and smoldering curls of incense. Yay!!! If someone likes Incense Rose, this is worth trying!

No more FBs and samples for me in quite a while... But purchasing the occasional FB is a good thing - I recently heard that Suendhaft, the German online perfume store that had some exquisite indie scents (I got some lovely things from them earlier this year), is no more sad So while niche perfumes can be expensive, it is a good idea to support your favorite perfumers and shops once in a while...

I also suddenly remembered how much I like some Byredos - Pulp and Rose Noir in particular. Going to revisit them later.

pocketandsweet Tue 11-Jun-13 10:49:34

thanks Frugal. I will check them out after the dust clears from moving! I'm west coast so let me know if you are headed that way.

CointreauVersial Tue 11-Jun-13 13:17:36

I'm trying Tom Ford Sahara Noir today. The DDs recoiled in horror.

It is hugely incense-y, there's no other way of describing it. It has softened up now, and some of the sweeter amber notes are coming through.

BelleDameSansMerci Tue 11-Jun-13 15:15:42

My SOTD is Flowerbomb... Thought I'd give it another go. Not sure if my red eyes are my contact lenses, a bit of hayfever or the perfume.

I'm intrigued by violet perfumes. Like the idea of a dark violet scent, if that makes sense?

ToysRLuv Tue 11-Jun-13 20:53:07

SOTD: Tangeri by Keiko Mecheri. Cardamom with powdered, smooth wood in the background. It was in my mixed bag of samples. Wasn't marked, but fairly easy to pin down by the prominent cardamom note. I'm still a bit proud of my detective work grin

Have you got your samples yet, Fuckit? I'm curious to hear about all those musks smile

ToysRLuv Tue 11-Jun-13 20:58:52

Belle: have you tried Tom Ford's Black Violet or Serge Lutens' De Profundis? I've never tried either, but they sound like they could be what you're looking for. I'm sure someone more in the know will come along soon..

HarumScarum Tue 11-Jun-13 21:22:25

SOTD Blanc Violette (Histoires de Parfums). I like it but it's a bit powdery for me. It doesn't have the charm of the Houbigant violet. Nice but nothing special.

OneLittleLady, you are next on the round of violet perfumes so I will post next week some time and let you know when I have done so (and not be as rubbish as I was last time I was posting you something).

I am quite interested by how similar many of these violets are. I wonder if it's such a distinctive note that it is hard to do something different with it. Interested in Toys' recommendations for a darker violet scent and will investigate.

HarumScarum Tue 11-Jun-13 21:23:25

Also, sorry it is taking me such an age to test them all. I have been having a massive allergic reaction to a change of washing powder so had to steer clear of perfume for a while as I have been covered in ITCH.

MrsSchadenfreude Tue 11-Jun-13 22:12:53

I had another squirt of Chergui in Sephora on Saturday, which I do quite like, but not enough to buy. Also tried Fille en Aiguilles, which lasted all of about 30 minutes.

I cannot bear Tuberose either.

BelleDameSansMerci Tue 11-Jun-13 22:32:21

I think I'll try to find a tester of the Black Violet. I do like Tom Ford perfumes but they are cripplingly expensive for "trying". I am a nightmare for buying perfume based on what I've read about it rather than actually trying it...

Fuzzybirds Wed 12-Jun-13 11:02:08

Cointreau I love the sound of Sahara Noir, must keep an eye out for it. I've really enjoyed the incense perfumes I've tried (CdG Avignon today, which is just gorgeous. Never thought I would want to smell like the inside of a church!)

Belle Tuca Tuca by Lush is supposed to be a good dark violet perfume, but I haven't been able to find it so far. Also Creed's Love in Black or even Insolence EDP (probably the only violet I've tried that has decent staying power)

Am I the only tuberose lover here then? <hides the Fracas>

I like tuberose too fuzzy

ToysRLuv Wed 12-Jun-13 11:28:47

Fuzzy: I like tuberose. Tuca Tuca has been discontinued, so is hard to find.. You're right about Insolence's staying power. I wouldn't think of it as dark, though.. Although.. maybe. Well, it's worth a sniff anyway, Belle, since most department stores will stock it.

SOTD: Juicy Couture. A heavyish watermelon tuberose, a lot better than you'd think (was in my mixed samples bag).

Fuzzybirds Wed 12-Jun-13 13:05:06

Toys just my luck again! Will keep a lookout on ebay but I suppose it's fairly pricey now. You're probably right about Insolence, maybe I think of the EDP as darker because of the bottle colour (and the monster sillage!)

Glad to see you also both like tuberose, although so many people seem to dislike it, I think I'll avoid wearing it in enclosed spaces!

BelleDameSansMerci Wed 12-Jun-13 16:37:10

Insolence sounds like the perfect scent for me...

SOTD back to my faithful Heliotrope. More like a SOMF (scent of my 40s although have been wearing it for longer than that).

ChocsAwayInMyGob Wed 12-Jun-13 16:55:25

I have the violets in my possession! Thanks Fuzzy.

I love Bois de Violette- you can tell it's related to Feminite de Bois, but without the slight knickery smell I get from FdeB. Bois de Violette is gorgeous.

I think you're next Cointreau? can you PM your address. Thank you.

FrugalFashionista Wed 12-Jun-13 17:57:35

I also really enjoyed Bois de Violette.
No one has used actual violet petals (€€€€) in perfumery for the past 100+ years. Methylionone was one of the very first synthetics and there is a reason why violets smell 'samey'. (You can approximate most flowers with 1-4 molecules, but natural absolutes are melanges of dozens or hundreds of molecules - that's why they smell so rich!)

I smelled violet on two separate people in the supermarket - bracing leaves on a man who was filling the shelves and dainty, powdery petals on an old lady.

Sprayed Bois des Iles in the morning (accidentally, Chanel samples look really alike) but now basking in the golden glow of No 5 EDP.

Harum what a terrible allergic reaction! I don't like functional fragrances <particularly hate cleaning and laundry products> - there are lots of unscented alternatives, hope you'll find good new products!

wiltingfast Thu 13-Jun-13 08:40:32

Would you all mind if I join you? I warn you all, I'm a complete beginner until recently owning exactly one perfume (sexy 212 which I only have cos dh keeps buying it for me even though I am sick todeath of it).

Have been reading these threadsand blagging samples from hof but it is v hard to get samples of stuff you really want to try. Chanel don't seem to do them? Nearly made myself sick yesterday in hof smelling their serge lutens collection!

Sotd is elizabeth arden green tea. A 15ml sample I got online. Am loving it's zingy lemony sweetness smile not getting much musk but there is a nice depth to it.

HarumScarum Thu 13-Jun-13 09:39:59

Welcome, wilting! Be warned, this thread can get expensive! I now have a perfume wishlist that runs into hundreds of pounds...

V interesting about methylionone, Frugal. I would love to smell something with real violet to see what the difference is.

SOTD Yatagan - LOVE this. Amazing, bracing, pine freshness with a darker warmer heart. Superb stuff. And pleasingly, it looks like a FB could be quite cheap.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 13-Jun-13 09:56:24

wiltingfast- welcome!

I get samples from many sources, but one of them is a good seller on eBay who sells multiples of the same for very few pounds. I often find that ordering 6 of the same off them means I have some little mixed collections I can give to friends or sell.

It's a curious fact but if you buy some mixed samples on eBay it seems to cost a lot more. I've seen four mixed samples go for nearly ten quid, but you can buy say, 12 Cartier samples for around 7.99. (You can always sell them on with other samples once you have them).

So you can, in theory buy six, use one, sell five.

I also find that if you take out a points card in the Perfume Shop, they seem to be more generous with samples, but usually only if you buy something.(I even got a Chanel 2ml sample!)

Also, its worth remembering that half used, ancient bottle of perfume will usually sell on eBay! Lots of perfumistas I know are often swooping down on their prey this way. Something dusty from Nan's wardrobe could be vintage Diorella. You get the picture.

ToysRLuv Thu 13-Jun-13 10:48:27

Welcome wiltingfast! What did you think of the Lutenses?

Chocs: My nan's dusty Diorella is on e-bay as we speak, should someone want to "swoop" down in it.. wink

SOTD: Let it Rock from my treasure trove of a bargain sample bag. Sweet, ambery, inoffensive patchouli.

BelleDameSansMerci Thu 13-Jun-13 11:17:30

Good morning...

SOTD is O de Lancôme. Retro today. wink

I blame all of you for this, btw, I normally only vary when I feel a specific need. You have created the need!

ToysRLuv Thu 13-Jun-13 12:53:11

Oh dear, just read what I'd written.. you might want to" swoop down" ON my Diorella - there is not enough to actually go for a swim IN it grin

Just received my samples for Fille en Aiguilles and Seville a L'Aube, so are trying them on the backs of my hands. Really like Fille, but it's quite similar to Zagorsks (pine needles and incense), although a bit sweeter. Seville I'm not that sure about. Too much wax - like smelling a candle.

ToysRLuv Thu 13-Jun-13 12:56:34

And that is ZAGORSK. Right.. time to get off the computer before I write any more rubbish confused

The garden needs attention (a dead hydrangea needs removing, as well as a dead azalea sad - but they were already very old and previously uncared for, so it's not my fault!)

CointreauVersial Thu 13-Jun-13 13:03:44

Ooh, BelleDame, O de Lancome is on my wish list. I reckon it will be perfect for summer. When it arrives......hmm

I have finally managed to score a small bottle of Herba Fresca, but that is another one I'm saving, waiting in vain for a sunny day.

SOTD is SL Chergui. I really do love it; just the right combination of warm, fresh and spicy.

Chocs - I'll PM you my address for the violets. Who's after me??

Fuzzybirds Thu 13-Jun-13 13:39:40

Wilting I tend to stalk ebay for samples, partial bottles and minis. It does require some patience and luck but if you keep looking you can find some bargains.

I would love to find a treasure trove of perfume in the attic. Still gutted to find out my Mum chucked away her bottle of 1970s chanel No.5 when she moved house!

Cointreau I've been doing the same- I have a sample of Eau d'Hadrien and minis of Eau de Guerlain and Eau de Cartier, waiting for the sun to come out. 3 yr old DS1 has a 'spell' he does to make the sun shine, he waves his hands around and does some Tree Fu Tom style moves. It actually worked on Tuesday for a short while!

SOTD is Carven Ma Griffe, not sure how to describe this one. A very vintage feel, starts off fizzy, green and a bit citrussy and then becomes quite creamy and floral. Reminds me of something else but can't quite work out what.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 13-Jun-13 16:59:08

Cointreau- you're last- does that mean you get to keep them? oooh!

ToysRLuv- your Nan's Diorella is on eBay! I'm on it swoops

Fuzzy- I've been wanting to try Ma Griffe for a while. Your description has made up my mind. It's next on my list.

SOTD Euphoria- a sample I had from LUSH. It's horrible.

CointreauVersial Thu 13-Jun-13 17:18:44

Ma Griffe is one my mum used to wear. Not one of my faves.....

FrugalFashionista Thu 13-Jun-13 17:55:04

Yay Harum for Yatagan! It's one of my all-time favorites and very inexpensive.

I'm dying to wear Bois d'Ascese but at 29C I don't think so.
Have been smelling of a bizarre mixture of Chanel 5 and garlic all day (don't ask), now relaxing in Jabu by Mona di Orio.

My parcel arrived chocs thank you once again thanks. Don't worry, you're top secret superhero identity is safe with me wink

your even hmm

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 13-Jun-13 18:09:30

You are very welcome! Can't bear to think of anyone sample-less.

FrugalFashionista Thu 13-Jun-13 18:20:41

A great article for violet nerds wink

wiltingfast Thu 13-Jun-13 19:12:23

O my o my, I popped into the perfume shop on the way home and asked to try no 19 and cristalle, the cristalle is on offer! Must be 40% or so, a 50ml EdP bottle was €58 whereas the no 19 EdP was €81!!!! I might have to purchase as soon as get paid a FB smile

toys I can't tell you a thing about the lutenses! I smelled about 8 really quickly and nearly keeled over grin. It's a great hof though for perfume, I must go up with a clean nose and have a <more careful> sniff!

Chocs that's a really good idea. I'm in Ireland though and I find the postage makes ebay very expensive. There's some perfume activity on adverts.ie but it's v slow moving. I did get my green tea there though dropped to my door for €5 and a fb of sunflowers for €10. There was an unwanted bottle of no 19 but can't rise the seller. Must be gone.

belle I've sprayed the violet blonde several times (no samples alas except of neroli portofino which I do not like). I really like it but it is more interesting at the start and dries down nice but fairly ordinary. Sorry I can't be more descriptive I'd need to be wearing to remember more. Wouldn't be crying if someone gave me a fb though smile

I'm toying with getting some samples from an online site from the us, luckyscent or something? Think it would work out cheaper than ebay for me. Wish the high st would do more samples, like to wear a perfume all day before I buy...

BelleDameSansMerci Thu 13-Jun-13 21:45:16

Love that violet article Frugal - very interesting. Also, had forgotten all about the truly sickly sweet YSL Paris that I used to wear in about 1987!

Thanks wilting. I've ordered a sample of Black Violet and White Patchouli both from the divine Mr Ford. We shall see!

I chucked out loads of old bottles of perfume earlier this year. I should have put them on ebay. I bet there are some more in the one final box still awaiting unpacking from when I moved into this house. Nine years ago...

BelleDameSansMerci Thu 13-Jun-13 21:49:53

Cointreau O de Lancôme is lovely and lasts all day. I've worn it on and off since about 1982. It's very citrus-y to start with but there's an underlying warmth that I am too inexperienced to describe. It's a warm, lemony scent - verbena? No real idea. Anyway, it is lovely.

Everyone thank you for the lovely list of suggestions. I am now trawling for samples!

BelleDameSansMerci Thu 13-Jun-13 21:58:09

Sorry, that should have been 1992. In 1982, I was obsessed by Marilyn Monroe so wore Chanel No 5 constantly.

wiltingfast Thu 13-Jun-13 23:40:15

You were better dressed than me so, I was obsessed with body shop mostly musk in the 90s grin

I'm v tempted to try O de lancome but it always seems v citrussy in the shop.

wiltingfast Fri 14-Jun-13 09:29:20

Hmm, my chanel no 19 seller has re-surfaced and is offered me a FB of EdP for €35 (£30). Would I me able to sell it again if I decide it's not for me? I'm v torn between it and Cristalle, don't see much Chanel no 19 on ebay or anywhere else so not sure if it's all that popular?

My DH wasn't keen when he took a sniff of my wrist last night sad

thoughts?

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 14-Jun-13 10:04:15

I adore Cristalle and have had a bottle since 1992 (not the same bottle!). Sometimes when you don't see much of a perfume on eBay it means you can chnarge a bit more. The ones you see lots of are usually mass market perfumes that people don't like.

£30 for Chanel 19? Go for it! How many mls in the bottle? That's a good price even for 50ml.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 14-Jun-13 10:11:39

wilting- try Scent and Sensibility or Les Senteurs. Both are good for samples, many of which are hard to get otherwise i.e Andy Tauer samples, Lutens etc. Both are UK based.

www.scent-and-sensibility.co.uk/

and www.lessenteurs.com

florascotia Fri 14-Jun-13 12:09:27

Wilting, if you're in Ireland, you might also like to look at European companies that sell samples. They have English versions of their online sales pages and are priced in Euros. And, if you're ever tempted to buy a FB, then, to the best of my knowledge, there are no customs charges for sales/purchases within the EU. There are several good websites - below, are three that I can remember. I've used others (especially a lovely French one) but I'll need to look them up. Neroli in Hungary has some fantastic scents, and was quick and efficient when I last ordered from them:

www.ausliebezumduft.de/
www.allaviolettaboutique.com/‎
www.parfumneroli.hu/

kittykarate Fri 14-Jun-13 12:41:27

I've just sampled Tauer's Lonestar Memories. Oh gods, it's totally wrong but so right. I love the smokey leather and herby smell. The very end of it is like caramel and tarmac.

My husband is less than impressed with it though sad

wiltingfast Fri 14-Jun-13 13:13:40

A FB (50ml) apparently Chocs, says his gf didn't like it silly girl grin

Thanks for the sample source recommendations, I'm off to check them out!

SOTD was Florabotanica by Balenciaga. It's very ummmm, floral. Apparently it has vetiver, amber, caladium leaf, rose, carnation, mint but what I mainly got was rose and what I thought was iris but must be one of the above. It's longevity was shocking poor, put in on around 7.30 can only barely ever smell it now. It was mostly gone by 9.30. Got a bewUtiful tester though, looks like a little test tube. Larger than normal too. Shame I don't like the perfume more.

ToysRLuv Fri 14-Jun-13 13:53:01

SOTD: Eau d'Iparie. Soapy woody incense. Reminds me of something my Greek grandpa would wear, or maybe a soap he used for shaving.. Not bad at all, but will have to see whether I can get over the masculine association.

I was wondering whether your DPs/DHs are into perfume at all? Mine really isn't, but liked my Bvlgari Black so much that he nicked it from me. The other thing he uses now is Boss Orange, which is ok, albeit a bit boring..

ToysRLuv Fri 14-Jun-13 13:55:24

Kittykarate: DH doesn't like my "stranger" perfumes either. I think most men who are not into fragrances, just like you to wear something light and flowery with a bit of vanilla.. Which of course is veeeryy boring.

wiltingfast Fri 14-Jun-13 14:01:29

My DH is clueless, wears whatever is to hand. Had to throw out his Hugo Boss as I could not STAND it and he was ignoring lovely Acqua di Parma in favour of it - no more! heh heh heh.

wiltingfast Fri 14-Jun-13 14:02:31

Can I ask, how on earth do you start picking through all the totally unknown to me perfumes on the above sites? I'm just overwhelmed by them tbh.

ToysRLuv Fri 14-Jun-13 14:08:37

What I have done is go to e.g. fragrantica:

http://www.fragrantica.com/

And search there according to what notes or type of perfume I like (links above the fragrantica search bar) and look at what it gives me. Also, you could search for a perfume, you know you like, by name, and sometimes it will give you the perfumes most like that one below the notes list.

Here is the Chanel no 19 EDP entry (for example):

http://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Chanel/Chanel-No-19-EDP-12345.html

ToysRLuv Fri 14-Jun-13 14:11:28

Proper links here (sorry!):

www.fragrantica.com/

search by notes:

www.fragrantica.com/notes/

search by type:

www.fragrantica.com/search/

www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Chanel/Chanel-No-19-EDP-12345.html

You might also want to look into the "bible" that is "Perfumes" by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. That will give you some pointers on where to start and what could be good.

florascotia Fri 14-Jun-13 14:18:25

There are also a great many perfume blogs, good, bad and indifferent. IMHO, Bois de Jasmin is sometimes quite interesting:
boisdejasmin.com/
The site has a section called 'perfume 101' which suggests some possible ways to start exploring.

ToysRLuv Fri 14-Jun-13 14:53:35

Oh, yes, blogs are good if you can find a blogger who's roughly into the same stuff than you..

wiltingfast Fri 14-Jun-13 18:59:52

Thanks a million. Have sealed the deal with Mr chanel man though am a bit wistful after the Cristalle...

Fuzzybirds Fri 14-Jun-13 21:17:00

I've recently discovered my favourite perfume blog, just so happens to be a regular on this thread wink

Chocs if you happen to be down this way, you are welcome to pop by and borrow my Ma Griffe. It was a 99p ebay bargain- although I've now read the 90s version is not as good and I'm not sure if this is it. I like it, although it does remind me of a late great auntie who wore fur coats and hats to family do's (dressed up like a dog's dinner, was my Nan's put down of choice!)

My DH is quite into his fragrances, he doesn't read anything about them but just likes what he likes. He quite likes testing various ones out so is always willing to go into shops with me and try various scents (although refuses to try any celeb ones.)

SOTD is Dior Poison- not as full on as I remember (although a few dabs from a sample is just right) applied sparingly I find it gorgeous, deep, dark and sweet. One of my primary school teachers used to live in a cloud of it, in fact I remember steeling myself to go up and get my work marked as my eyes would water the closer I got to her!

florascotia Fri 14-Jun-13 21:22:32

I have been given 125 ml botttle of EDT Yatagan - and I cannot STAND it. I could not wait to scrub it off, but it turns out to be horribly long-lasting, at least on me. I say this as a lover of many masculine smells and of Caron's perfumes for women - SOTD for most of past week has been Caron's 'Miss Rocaille' (really weird and a ghastly bottle, but I like it).

So, a bottle - or half/third of a bottle if two/three fellow-perfumistas would like to share - is going free to good home(s) (though small donation to a charity would be a nice idea). Please kindly PM me if interested. I feel a bit bad about saying this, but first come first served. Cannot think of a fairer way of arranging... But perhaps there are not many Yatagan-lovers out there?!

Will Pm you in a minute flora I'd be quite willing to share, Yatagen is something I've never tried

CointreauVersial Fri 14-Jun-13 23:03:47

Harum was enjoying Yatagan recently.....

SOTD was L'Artisan Tea for Two. I can still smell it 15 hours after applying....mmmmm....

CointreauVersial Fri 14-Jun-13 23:10:18

Wilting - my starting point for hunting out all these lovely fragrances was this very thread (or, to be precise, one of its predecessors). I researched anything that was being raved about, then started ordering samples, building up a list of fragrance notes I liked (or disliked). The Turin/Sanchez book helped, and I love Fragrantica.

And Chocs's excellent blog!

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sat 15-Jun-13 12:14:56

Oh shucks Cointreau blush

wiltingfast Sat 15-Jun-13 13:08:15

aw shucks chocs, you'll have to pm me your blog! God knows I need the help, I don't know my vetivers (omg can't even spell it!) from my aldehydes ;)

It's not iscentyouaday is it? I know that is written by an mnner. She has total credit for pricking my new found interest in perfume grin

cointrea I've heard of the luca turin book I must just buy it on amazon. Frangrantica is vg, I look at basenotes too.

Do people have a favourite perfume?

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sat 15-Jun-13 13:10:32

Hooray! yes it is IScentYouADay! ooh I feel famous.

I'm trying a perfume a day for a year.

(Apart from the occasional day when the kids have worn me out and I'm hoping nobody notices that there is a day missing now and then)

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sat 15-Jun-13 13:14:08

Do people have a favourite perfume?

At the start of my blog, I had one favourite, and now I have about fifteen. It changes every week though!

Balmain Jolie Madame, Lanvin Arpege, Eau de Cartier, JLo Deseo, SJP Lovely, Chanel Cristalle, Tauer Incense Rose, A Scent by Issey Miyake, Apres L'Ondee (took me a few months, but I love it now). I could go on...

Fuzzybirds Sat 15-Jun-13 21:31:23

My absolute favourite is Chanel Coco. Nothing else quite hits the spot. Chamade nearly did but I still come back to Coco, I think it's the love of my life grin

SOTD is L'Air du Desert Marocain- it's more wearable than I first thought. Once the more masculine opening has worn off and the sweetness comes through, I don't think it would offend anyone but is in a league of its own. Even wore it to soft play today! And I still catch the odd waft some 12 hours after first applying, hmmm wondering if I should get a decant...

florascotia Sat 15-Jun-13 21:40:58

It's now 24 hours since I sent my message about Yatagan
(appears on p 9 of this thread)

Have had just one PM, so will send bottle to that messager. Offer now closed!

ToysRLuv Sun 16-Jun-13 13:34:44

OLL: you're braver than me.. You will probably either love it or hate Yatagan! I know Frugal loves hers..

SOTD: Carnal Flower. Big tuberose. DH recoiled at the smell (what's not to like?! confused grin )- Happy fathers' day DH! Well, I'll bake a banana cake later. A card from Waitrose will have to suffice - DS doesn't really like crafts beyond making a mess.

CointreauVersial Mon 17-Jun-13 13:46:51

I tried Bronze Goddess at the weekend - lovely! It reminded me of something else in my sample collection, but I couldnt think what. I tried CB I Hate Perfumes At the Beach 1966 this morning to see if that was it, but I don't think so (not over-keen on that one; it reminds me of cheap body lotion, or hotel soap).

I stopped off on my way home this morning at the local lavender farm, and bought a little bottle of their essential oil, so I'm in lavender heaven at the moment.

FrugalFashionista Mon 17-Jun-13 13:49:52

I don't have a favorite perfume - I enjoy too many.
Over the past days it has been Pulp by Byredo. Figs, strawberries, bananas, God knows what - Carmen Miranda's hat full of overripe fruit and happiness, and so refreshing on a sweltering day.

Enjoying the new blog Chocs - a great way to organize one's thoughts on perfume. Let us know if you need more material to blog about wink

OLL if you don't like Yatagan, send it to Harum!

The dog days of summer are challenging for a perfumista. 33C today, cologne weather.

ToysRLuv Mon 17-Jun-13 15:50:29

SOTD: L'Artisan Mon Numero 7. Nice, soapy spicy scent, but probably a better masculine..

wiltingfast Mon 17-Jun-13 18:54:40

Sotd my bargain chanel 19 smile I enjoyed it but not sure this the weather for it, it's warm and sticky here. It was gone off my skin in no time. Makes me feel v sophisticated tho!

HarumScarum Mon 17-Jun-13 19:06:48

I love Yatagan but didn't want to be greedy about the FB as I can afford to buy one. But yes, if OLL hates it and there are no other takers, I would be happy to give it a good home.

SOTD Chergui. Lovely lovely lovely. Very comforting and friendly, somehow. My allergies are abating.

OLL, I will send the violets by the end of the week and let you know when they are on their way. I have your address.

BelleDameSansMerci Mon 17-Jun-13 19:38:01

Well, I got my Tom Ford Black Violet sample. I like it. Ex likes it - very sexy apparently. BUT I don't think I like it enough to shell out the £140 price tag. I'm disappointed really. It seemed a bit "thin" and, although it lasted, it was just a bit "meh".

Violet Blonde on its way (along with a load of others). We shall see.

SOTD was the Black Violet.

wiltingfast Mon 17-Jun-13 21:39:30

ooo violet blonde, I def want a sample of that... Can't wait to hear how you get on.

I would have shared harum ! I didn't want to be greedy either blush I shall await the violets eagerly grin

HarumScarum Mon 17-Jun-13 21:47:19

No no, you're not being greedy! Don't give it another thought. I didn't mean it like that!

Hope you enjoy the violets. They were a lovely gentle way to spend my time while I was being itchy.

I really really like Violet Blonde. It edges a bit far into musky territory for me but there's something very charming and playful about it. Haven't tried Black Violet but I think I probably should.

ToysRLuv Tue 18-Jun-13 14:12:43

OH MY SH*T. It has been pointed out to me by the wonderful post office that you're not supposed to send perfumes abroad, because they are flammable. Even to Europe! Jeez. What about all those duty-free bottles of whisky people carry on board? Have to cancel two e-bay sales and will no doubt get negative feedback sad . Ridiculous!

Looked at the post office website and from what I can gather, you're not meant to be sending perfume in the mail AT ALL. NOT EVEN INSIDE THE UK! WTF..

angry sad

ToysRLuv Tue 18-Jun-13 14:14:04

SOTD: A sample of Louve I just got in the post (EVEN THOUGH IT's SOOOO DANGEROUS!). Love the Louve (bakewell tarts), but still pissed off.

HarumScarum Tue 18-Jun-13 14:39:29

Toys, everyone in the world is still doing it! Just don't say it's perfume. I have had about six samples delivered in the past week or so and none of them said they were perfume on the outside and they all got here fine.

ToysRLuv Tue 18-Jun-13 14:46:16

I know, I know. But I still don't want to rink sending abroad.. Within UK, fair enough, they probably won't scan it, but going abroad they will! The Diorella is not full, so makes a sort of sploshy noise, so they will definitely suspect foul play..

Also, I read some weird thing about rules changing this summer so you are allowed to send perfume officially within the UK? It's all so confusing, and I don't want to ask in the post office.. that will make me even more suspicious looking that I am now. I just kind of stormed out with a huff, with all my parcels. If I go back there now, they will pull me up on it. Will have to take a bus to the post-office in town now. angry

ToysRLuv Tue 18-Jun-13 16:43:27

Ahem, glass ornament, anyone? blush

FrugalFashionista Tue 18-Jun-13 16:45:52

Toys the new euphemisms are 'cosmetics samples' and 'beauty samples'. I only send the tiniest vials and minis that can be sent without visiting the nosey post office as regular letters.

There are a lot of small, stupid things that frustrate perfumistas - UK mail restrictions, Italian customs and sneaky reformulations being the main ones <eyeroll> Toys, in some countries (you know what I'm talking about) the only chance to get just about any decent perfumes is by mail sad I'm stocking up for the rest of my life grin while still in perfume heaven (=Italy) wink

SOTD Eau Sauvage.

ToysRLuv Tue 18-Jun-13 16:49:43

Never realised the extend of the restrictions.. thought it was just US, Australia, etc. that were a problem. sad angry

That's it after I've sold my current fbs, I'll only ever buy and sell small things. Less suspicious.

BelleDameSansMerci Tue 18-Jun-13 18:30:56

Heavens! I had no idea...

So, ex and DP both like Black Violet. I'm still undecided. Tried White Patchouli today (which arrived courtesy of Royal Mail grin ). Not sure about it. Will give it another go tomorrow.

SOTD White Patchouli.

I've ordered samples from the US... Wonder if they will arrive?

ToysRLuv Tue 18-Jun-13 18:44:43

Belle: My samples have always come from the US alright - latest ones came today from luckyscent. I think you'd struggle to get a fb through, though..

ChocsAwayInMyGob Tue 18-Jun-13 18:57:55

Is that true about not sending perfumes WITHIN the UK? Surely that's going to mean that firms like Cheap Smells can no longer operate? I've been selling loads on ebay with no trouble.

ToysRLuv Tue 18-Jun-13 19:00:19

I think it doesn't apply to companies.

www.postoffice.co.uk/prohibited-items

It is all very confusing.

ToysRLuv Tue 18-Jun-13 19:07:19

Come to think of it, a year ago, I had package sent to friend abroad returned to me with a letter telling me it couldn't be shipped because of the "dangerous goods" inside it. They were referring to the tiny bottle of dry shampoo.

At least I got my stuff back, but I have read about people who have had their perfumes (posted abroad from UK) confiscated and only the empty boxes sent back to them together with a telling off letter. I would be pissed off if that happened to my Diorella..

ToysRLuv Tue 18-Jun-13 19:10:43

I reckon there might be a market for vintage Diorella decants? The whole bottle is just too suspiciously sploshy to be sent by mail..

It's madness I tell you!!!

OK, rant over. grin

Fuzzybirds Tue 18-Jun-13 21:42:47

As far as I know it's ok to send perfume within UK...I've always kept my auctions restricted to UK bidders (less faff but less money)

Cheapsmells are located in the Channel Isles I think and last time I ordered from them, the envelope had a customs sticker on the front stating the contents.

I suppose you could say it's toiletries like facial toner, but then you still run the risk of someone in customs opening it confused

SOTD has been Incense Rose, smoky, rosey gorgeousness. I really have to thank you Toys for these swaps, they are all fantastic!

HarumScarum Tue 18-Jun-13 22:18:37

I'm sure there would be a market for any vintage decants, Toys!

SOTD Bond No 9 So New York. Freebie from an eBay seller when I got my Yatagan sample. Meh, blah, whatever. It reminds me of Obsession which I have always thought vastly overrated. It's OK. I wouldn't buy even a sample of this but it's not offensive. Probably a nice non-challenging scent for a teenage boy, I think.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Wed 19-Jun-13 08:26:36

Fuzzy- Incense Rose is my favourite Tauer. I adore it and it's really long lasting, like all his scents.

Also Fuzzy- you sound like me! Parcels from Cheap Smells, selling perfumes in eBay...

ChocsAwayInMyGob Wed 19-Jun-13 08:27:30

Harum I tried Bond No 9 Chinatown and felt similarly meh about it.

ToysRLuv Wed 19-Jun-13 12:59:38

My "merchandise" arrived today from US. A decant of Ambre Precieux. Yummy amber. Bordering on gourmand..

BTW, here is a Guardian article which confirms what I read on the Post Office website about sending perfumes, even inside the UK, being forbidden (if you're not a commercial operation with proper declarations on the box, etc.):

www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/may/03/vintage-perfumes-hold-allure

We horrid criminals.. confused grin

wiltingfast Wed 19-Jun-13 13:44:21

God I was in M&S yesterday checking out their new Lyn Harris perfumes and they had a selection Les Senteurs Gourmande! All a bit foody for me but I was impressed they had them at all!

Tried La Sauvage and La Noir from Lyn Harris, didn't like la noir at all, too much patchouli I think maybe? Just not keen, tried to scrub it off and put Violet Blonde on top which actually made the whole concoction worse blush!

I did like La Sauvage, reminded me of Acqua di Gioia. V fresh and sparkling. Probably more like a cologne than a perfume tbh.

SOTD Green Tea smile I do like zingy in hot weather!

Vibbe Wed 19-Jun-13 14:20:05

SOTD: Hermes Hermessence Iris Ukiyoe

I'm not good at determining what a perfume smells of (unless it's very obvious), so this is a very interesting thread - I absolutely love perfumes.

garlicnutty Wed 19-Jun-13 16:19:37

I am light years behind on the threads, due to suddenly losing my sense of smell. Confusingly, I've lost the ability to smell things as presented to my nose, but continue to 'hallucinate' whiffs that aren't there! A bit like people "seeing" things after losing their sight, perhaps? Since the most frequent non-existent smell has been frying kippers confused it's more than a little annoying. I have CFS/ME; weird shit happens.

Anyhoo ... my olfactory capacity reappeared for a few days recently, so I had a go with the Seville à l'aube sample donated by ProFumo. Now, I have been carousing 'til dawn in Seville a few times, but it smells like a lovely old Spanish town whereas I imagine the perfume's creator was thinking more of the fruit. Very strong oranges when first applied, with a sweetly spicy undertow. It brought back something from childhood. I couldn't quite put my finger on it! Frustrating, and can I trust my sense of smell, anyway? So I took my forearm out for a vox pop grin

First stop - the corner shop. Still fruity-spicy, my wrist reminded the lady behind the counter of her childhood too. We debated whether it might be orange jelly, fizzy pop or boiled sweets. I felt perhaps the pop; for her it was boiled sweets. She had a point - the orange note is more like orange flavouring than a real orange, unless you were lucky enough to get an incredibly sweet fruit - and sweets often contain cumin, which would explain the spice. Round one to the Spar woman!

By the time I'd made it to town, the fragrance had dried off to a much vaguer fruity, spicy, sort of thing with a lot of fresh herbs. Sure enough, the couple I accosted in the car park went for cough sweets: a citrusy sweetie again, but now with overtones of medicinal herbs. They did stress "Nicer than cough sweets, though, it's a pretty fragrance" wink

I did my shopping, then went in search of more feedback. My own nose was still giving me a bit of orange, now with a lot of herbs and a musty undercurrent. One woman said, without hesitation, "Lemongrass!" Yup, I could get that. Lemongrass = citrus, herb and spice all together, yes? Amazingly, the next TWO people I forced to sniff my arm discussed Thai food (fragrant rice, they thought) and the one after that said those hot towels they give you after a Thai meal. These are also flavoured, I believe, with lemongrass.

So: sod Seville at dawn, the people of Nowheresville have spoken and the word is lemongrass! If you like those little hand towels, you may well like this perfume grin

After unpacking my shopping, there was nothing left on my arm but a kind of musty memory - not unpleasant, but neither very identifiable. The herby, fruity scents had stuck to my clothes but not to me.

I've been having trouble naming the fragrance I get from the Coriandre florascotia kindly sent me. It's lovely and fresh, I think, and also a bit generic in a herby-spicy sort of way. I decided to try layering it over the remnants of my Seville à l'aube ... and, you know what? Success! The Coriandre revitalised the fresher overtones from the Seville, while gaining depth from the leftover musk/spice.

My nose has gone haywire again, so I'll have to content myself with reading old posts and imagining nice whiffs ... maybe if I try hard, I can replace the phantom kippers with something nicer hmm

BelleDameSansMerci Wed 19-Jun-13 17:29:37

Garlicnutty, I was going to ask if it was Aqua Manda but you may not be old enough to remember it!

The Tom Ford Violet Blonde sample arrived today. It's not for me. It dries down to a really warm fragrance and I know it would be lovely on someone else but it's too "round" a fragrance for me (not complete lack of technical language). It's warm and embracing but in a different way from my vanillas. I don't like it much but I think I should because it is lovely. Does that even make sense?

Anyway, if anyone would like the sample with one tiny squirt missing, PM me and I'll send it to you (ner, ner to you Royal Mail). First come, etc.

SOTD: Tobacco Vanille or whatever it's called.

garlicnutty Wed 19-Jun-13 17:33:03

Oooh, BDSM, I actually asked the Spar woman if it reminded her of Aqua Manda! We both said yes, but that's not it ... it's something edible.

I love the sound of Tobacco Vanille. No idea what it smells like but, going by the name, it should be my signature scent blush and smile

I can't wear any perfume right now as my hayfever has gone into overdrive. The pollen count must be huge this summer as I've never suffered this badly before. Isn't helping the asthma either so i am fragrance free until I can get it under control sad

wiltingfast Wed 19-Jun-13 18:06:09

ooo, I'd love it belle but not sure you want to chance sending it to ireland? <hopeful>

wiltingfast Wed 19-Jun-13 18:13:16

Be happy to swap something belle but may not have anything you'd be interested in since they are all v mainstream.

Have some

Tom ford neroli portofino
Acqua di parma iris nobile
Balenciaga florabotanica
Balenciaga l'eau rose
Cartier declalation

Emmm would have to re-examine my stash after that! None of those are full btw.

littleomar Wed 19-Jun-13 18:16:03

Hey experts. I'm pregnant and craving grapefruit in all forms. Any perfume recs gratefully received.

The only contribution I can make is that I tried neal's yard frankincense earlier and it is disappointingly unfrankincensy.

OneSickOctonaut Wed 19-Jun-13 18:38:57

littleomar: Try Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune. I think it's supposed to be the best for grapefruit..

Still loving the Ambre Precieux. It has amazing longevity and pretty good sillage as well!

ChocsAwayInMyGob Wed 19-Jun-13 18:39:07

Hi littleomar. If you like Grapefruit, try Guerlain Pamplelune or Jo Loves Pomelo. Congratulations on your pregnancy!

OneSickOctonaut Wed 19-Jun-13 18:39:52

Sorry, name chance fail! grin It's Toys here..

OneSickOctonaut Wed 19-Jun-13 18:40:09

blush

OneSickOctonaut Wed 19-Jun-13 18:40:35

Great minds think alike!

ToysRLuv Wed 19-Jun-13 18:44:59

Forgot to say: Wilting: I think a small sample will be fine getting through.. It's full bottles you might have trouble with.

Fuzzybirds Wed 19-Jun-13 21:10:47

Chocs gotta love ebay both for buying and selling. At least you know you can make some money back if you end up hating a new purchase.

Toys that's surprising they limit UK sending too, luckily my post office only seems interested in the value of packages so I think I will keep schtum!

Garlic and OLL hope your noses gets back to normal soon, it must be very frustrating.

Littleomar Vanille Pamplemousse from Les Senteurs Gourmandes at M&S is worth a try, and very reasonably priced.

SOTD is Lacoste Dream of Pink- my guilty pleasure grin

littleomar Thu 20-Jun-13 07:34:30

Thanks ladies

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 20-Jun-13 08:21:09

Fuzzy, yes, I keep a little eBay trading pot. I buy a bottle, get bored of it, sell it, use the money to buy another, sell an old one etc... and my sample collection is bordering on the obsessive now!

I firmly maintain that being perfume obsessed needn't be expensive.

wiltingfast Thu 20-Jun-13 09:40:09

ok, did some more checking of my sample stash and I also have:

Hermes pamplemousse rose (actually littleomar I could send you one of these if you like? I have three! Nice fragrance, v fresh at the start, quite rosy and sweet in the end though and fades v quickly)

Mont Blanc Legend for women (?!) (full)
Just Cavalli (1/3 left)
See by Chloe (1/2 left)

florascotia Thu 20-Jun-13 10:55:31

Can any perfumista please very kindly remind me of tips previously mentioned to make scents last a bit longer? I think one was to put a dab of oil on skin before spraying perfume from bottle??

I love Lostmarc'h: L'eau de l'Hermine, but it fades so quickly. And I like the sound of L'eau de Dimanche from the same perfume company; the description of it on www.ausliebezumduft.de/lostmarc-h-l-eau-du-dimanche.html is SO enticing....
However, the review of it on Lucky Scent says that it fades even faster.

flora the Yatagan arrived not five minutes ago. thanks for you. I've had a good sniff but I can't pick anything specific out in it right now due to hayfever induced bungedupness!! Will sniff again later when, fingers crossed, the pollen count will have dropped

ToysRLuv Thu 20-Jun-13 11:20:54

Chocs and Fuzzy: I've joined your ranks with the selling, and am planning to sell decants once this current FB lot has reached its destination safely.

Just received some more samples from ebay with a complimentary one thrown in.. only it doesn't say what it is! grin I'll try a bit of detective work and then ask the seller..

SOTD: Musc Ravageur. Smells of a creamy saffron, cinnamon and nutmeg dessert. Nice enough. Thought it was going to blow my mind from all the favourable reviews.

ToysRLuv Thu 20-Jun-13 11:30:21

Ok, so, no nutmeg in Musc Ravageur. Must be the cloves, then..

ToysRLuv Thu 20-Jun-13 11:32:33

florascotia: I think a perfume will often last a lot longer if sprayed on clothes or hair, but you risk staining with some stuff if it's coloured.

Also, you can "layer" the scent by using the body lotion plus the perfume on top.

CointreauVersial Thu 20-Jun-13 13:01:00

Wilting - I have a sample set of Les Senteurs Gourmandes, purchased from M&S. All rather lovely, vanilla-based but not over-sweet.

Littleomar - grapefruit was my pregnancy drug too! I drank pink grapefruit squash by the gallon (and haven't touched it since).The Vanille Pampelune recommended by Fuzzy is gorgeous, but not particularly grapefruity.

Garlicnutty - what a lovely description of Seville A L'Aube. It was on my list to buy, but I resisted for cost-saving reasons. I may have to reconsider..... I can also recommend Tobacco Vanilla, and, guess what? It smells of tobacco and vanilla. grin

Fuzzybirds Thu 20-Jun-13 15:51:32

Chocs I totally agree, I haven't really spent much 'real money' on perfume. It's nearly all been from selling bits and bobs on ebay or vouchers from online surveys. I haven't got into making my own samples and decants yet though...

Flora I read somewhere that you can make your own perfumed body lotion from any perfume just by adding a few sprays to a dollop of unscented lotion like Aveeno or similar, and then layering again with the perfume might work?

SOTD is Pure White Linen, has a bit of a 'shower fresh' 90s vibe to it but more floral. Nice enough but doesn't last very long.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 20-Jun-13 15:56:33

flora- one tip to make scent last longer is to spray clothes and hair. It might fade on skin, but it seems to last longer on fabric and hair.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 20-Jun-13 15:58:08

Toys- I can't believe you mentioned Musc Ravageur- I have been wearing that today as well. What a coincidence.

To be honest, I was a little underwhelmed, but I will give it a few chances.

Vibbe Thu 20-Jun-13 16:45:21

I always put perfume in my hair - lasts all day.

Sotd: Guerlain Terracotta Eau Sous Le Vent. It's a hydrating tan enhancer, but smells divine and I just use it as a perfume (and I've read somewhere that it can also be used like that).

ToysRLuv Thu 20-Jun-13 17:08:27

Chocs: That's funny! MR is a bit underwhelming, isn't it? It's nice and comfortable, but you wonder what the fuss was all about.. It reminds me of Safran Troublant and L by Lolita Lempicka (L being a lot stronger and more gourmand).

Received my bargain En Passant from Germany. Thank goodness! It was couriered by DHL. They must have different rules in Germany..

wiltingfast Thu 20-Jun-13 17:14:36

What about the Hermes Jardins? Do any of you like those?

ToysRLuv Thu 20-Jun-13 17:21:20

I like them and am always going on about them. My favourite is Apres La Mousson, but the melon note in it smells different on different people.. My second favourite is Sur Le Toit. It's light, fresh and green, but lovely fruity/flowery at the same time.

florascotia Thu 20-Jun-13 17:33:45

thanks thanks to Toys, Fuzzy, Vibbe, Chocs for helpful suggestions.

Lady hope your hayfever is better soon. Then beware! I could smell the Yatagan (faintly) through the packaging. But presumably the Post Office could not...

Have just ordered some minty, lemony Lostmarc'h: DinDan - in the hope that we get some more summer weather. It's been raining hard here today.

BelleDameSansMerci Thu 20-Jun-13 21:31:27

wiltingfast PM me your address and it's yours! Hope it gets to you ok.

SOTD was Heliotrope.

CointreauVersial Fri 21-Jun-13 12:51:12

SOTD - Le Labo Iris 39. Ohhhh, I love this. My favourite Iris.

ToysRLuv Fri 21-Jun-13 12:56:25

SOTD: Armani Code Luna from mixed samples lot. It reminds me a lot of Hypnotic Poison with it's sort of sweet, artificial, medicinal notes, but it's not as toothpastey..

Cointreau: I like Iris scents too, but yesterday smelled a real living iris in a flower show and it didn't smell of anything at all! I know the root will probably have a smell, but the actual flower - nada! Or was it a funny batch? confused

ToysRLuv Fri 21-Jun-13 12:57:32

that was meant to be "flower shop" and not "show" grin Although would probably not decline a free invite to one, either!

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 21-Jun-13 16:15:18

Do any of you subscribe to the Fragrance Shop Discovery Club? For five pounds a quarter, they send you samples and vouchers off the FBs of those samples. It's great idea and I'm on my third box, but sadly, I have yet to find one sample that I have actually liked.(Still addicted to getting boxes of samples in the post though)

Is it the modern disease of only making fruity florals because that's all the public buy? But the public only buy fruity florals because that's all they make.

Which came first? The chicken or the egg?

Fuzzybirds Fri 21-Jun-13 20:39:10

Toys it's funny isn't it, I've always loved the green, planty smell of tulips but some think they don't smell of anything.

Chocs I had a look at the discovery club but decided against it. I do have a search now and again for freebies but these tend to be fruity florals too- tried Boss Nuit recently and failed to see what was so 'nuit' about it!

I am a bit disappointed with my SOTD- supposed to be Eau de Cartier but it doesn't seem to bear any resemblance to the notes listed on Fragrantica. I was wondering if it had turned but when I looked at my little bottle more closely, the spray bit unscrews really easily. Now wondering if it's been refilled with something else...will have to look out for a tester in the shops and compare. One of the downsides of buying partial bottles from ebay!

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 21-Jun-13 23:17:27

Fuzzy, Eau de Cartier is one of my favourites and I wear it all the time. It should be Lavendar and Bergamot. It's total heaven. I can send you a sample if you like.

Fuzzybirds Sat 22-Jun-13 11:36:51

Chocs that's really kind of you, yes please and thank you! What I've got smells like a thin and synthetic citrus and disappears within half an hour. Doesn't seem right at all...

SOTD is Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin as I was in a mood for roses this morning. Really beautiful, with a hint of pepper.

ToysRLuv Sat 22-Jun-13 12:49:14

SOTD: Organza Indecence. Really wonderful smooth spicy ambery vanilla. I would go as far as saying that this is as good as Ambre Precieux (only a lot cheaper - despite being discontinued)!

Fuzzy: I find LFB doesn't really work for me. It just smells weirdly medicinal. The drydown is nicer and more of a sweet rose smell, but I think I will get rid of my 5ml mini.. Oh well..

florascotia Sat 22-Jun-13 13:52:37

Afternoon, all. SOTD = Une Rose Chypree, which I've now decided is the ONLY Tauer that I like. The first few sniffs have something of a real rose in the rain. The pefume gets gets heavier and spicier as it develops, and a little goes a very long way. But, thank goodness, it lacks that cloying 'posh hairdressing establishment smell' that I associate (no doubt incorrectly) with several other Tauer concoctions.

If anyone would like, I have small samples (from Scent and Sensibility) of Tauer's Miriam and L'Air du Desert Marocain. I've tried both once, but never again! Free to first takers, or would happily swap for samples of something fresh and green...

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sat 22-Jun-13 14:52:28

flora, can I have your Tauers? I'll send you some mixed samples in return. The only Tauer I don't love is Reverie au Jardin and I'm going to persevere as I do like a nice Green.

Vibbe Sat 22-Jun-13 15:10:36

SOTD: Hermes Hermessence Ambre Narguile.
It's a funny one, as I don't really like this type of sweet perfume. But it reminds me of childhood candies that tasted of star anise. But apparently I'm the only one who can smell star anise when looking at reviews of the perfume online.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sat 22-Jun-13 15:15:41

Vibbe, I like Ambre Narguile, but it reminds me of Christmas. I don't normally like gourmands, but I make an exception for this one. It's delicious.

ToysRLuv Sat 22-Jun-13 15:32:23

Sound like something I should try next time I'm in town..

florascotia Sat 22-Jun-13 15:37:33

Of course, Chocs. Just kindly PM me with an address to post them to.

FrugalFashionista Sat 22-Jun-13 16:59:37

Away on a short trip on the beach. The hotel toiletries have a delectable fig-coconut vibe that makes me miss Ninfeo Mio and even CSP Coco Figue! Travelling with just two choices at hand, so Neroli Portofino it is!

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sat 22-Jun-13 17:50:17

Fuzzy, can you PM your address? I will send it on Tuesday as we are away until then.

ToysRLuv Sat 22-Jun-13 18:52:09

Frugal that sounds lovely! Enjoy your break!

ToysRLuv Sat 22-Jun-13 18:52:33

And happy you know what wink !

CointreauVersial Sun 23-Jun-13 15:57:27

It's a rotten day weatherwise, and I'm hungover, so I'm wearing the very comforting Figue Sauvage by Les Senteurs Gourmands; fig and creme brulee.

So, on me Yatagan smells strongly of soap and pine. One DP, it smells of spices. Am yet to decide if it's a keeper or not, will give it a few more gos before I decide one way or another

CointreauVersial Sun 23-Jun-13 16:19:29

Who's next for the violets? The majority of the vials are pretty empty, but there are a couple worth testing.

ToysRLuv Sun 23-Jun-13 17:44:09

Don't know, Cointreau.. But Frugal did say that everyone could keep a vial should they like to do so, so I guess you can keep the emptyish ones? I don't know.. what does everyone else think? Frugal, would you like them back? It was a wonderful gesture!

SOTD: My precioussssss En Passant. Lovely pale watery wheaty Lilacs. Such a bargain that was! Was stalking a bottle of Lipstick Rose as well, but that went for very nearly RRP, so gave up.

I was wondering if anyone would like a little baggie of some mystery decants to sample (and circulate) if I do some (I would let you know what it is in the package and it wouldn't be anything terrible, I promise!)?

FrugalFashionista Sun 23-Jun-13 18:11:24

Finders keepers! No, I don't want the violets back (you haven't seen my dresser ladies but, ahem, I don't need more perfume) wink So the last person can either keep them, send them off to someone who didn't yelp on time, or just trade them!

Back at home, classy and safe in Chanel No. 5 EDP.

Fuzzybirds Sun 23-Jun-13 20:02:54

Chocs thanks again, there's no rush smile

Toys I would definitely be interested in trying out some mystery perfumes, what a fab idea!

Frugal I would actually love to see your dresser, other people's perfume collections fascinate me. Has anyone else seen the 'perfume collection show off' thread on Fragrantica? It's amazing (and makes me feel not so bad about my now rather extended collection.)

SOTD is Avon Starring, which came along with an ebay joblot of minis. It's not bad, but not very interesting either. White florals and citrus, which fades to a powdery vanilla.

ToysRLuv Sun 23-Jun-13 20:14:47

You're on, Fuzzy! Anyone else interested in trying some decants?

CointreauVersial Sun 23-Jun-13 21:27:32

Me too, Toys!

ToysRLuv Sun 23-Jun-13 21:41:39

Cool! Any other takers? smile

ToysRLuv Sun 23-Jun-13 21:44:43

I'll put in some of my old and new favourites - hopefully stuff that you'll not have tried before.

FrugalFashionista Mon 24-Jun-13 10:14:05

Ooh great idea Toys - go for it ladies, it's fun! Will be travelling this summer so won't be able to do it but will definitely be reading with interest!

SOTD AA Nerolia Bianca, and time to start working!

wiltingfast Mon 24-Jun-13 10:24:42

Many thanks Belle! Have pm'd you my address grin.

Toys I'd definitely be game for mystery perfume!

SOTD, I'm back in Chanel 19, Mmmmmm smile

florascotia Mon 24-Jun-13 13:08:32

SOTD = sample of Lostmarc'h 'DinDan'. Very fresh and clean and lemony - a bit like those Bronnley lemon-shaped soaps (anyone remember them?). Would be lovely and refreshing on a really hot day. However, and perhaps it's just me, I don't get any alluring complexity so far ...

ToysRLuv Mon 24-Jun-13 13:18:36

SOTD: Vivienne Westwood: Let it Rock. Sweet, amber patchouli. Very nice!

Ok, wilting, you're on the list as well, I will do the decants some time this week. If anyone else is interested, let me know!

CointreauVersial Mon 24-Jun-13 22:19:53

I remember those Bronley soaps!

SOTD was Dueto Golden Boy. Mmmmm, leather.

FrugalFashionista Tue 25-Jun-13 07:56:34

SOTD Iris Ukioye by Hermes. Feels like air-conditioning on a hot morning...

ToysRLuv Tue 25-Jun-13 10:28:28

Ok, I'm letting you guys choose what I'll wear today, if you'vre got a fragrantica account (easy to do and no bother at all). Have a look at what I have and tell me to wear it! You've got a few hours to submit your suggestion (first one goes!). After that I will juts go and do a blind grab! grin

Here is my fragrance wardrobe link of fragrantica (you will probably need to log in):

www.fragrantica.com/member/188224/

ToysRLuv Tue 25-Jun-13 10:30:24

Frugal: That sounds like something my DM could use. She's in Thessaloniki right now - 39 degrees and no air con in the apartment. confused

ChocsAwayInMyGob Tue 25-Jun-13 11:33:12

ToysRLuv- great collection! wear Vent Vert and tell me what it's like. It's on my wish list.

ToysRLuv Tue 25-Jun-13 11:43:14

Cool! Will do, Chocs!

Thanks - however, they're not all FBs - minis and samples included (there should be a way to differentiate) - so it's not THAT impressive smile ..

ToysRLuv Tue 25-Jun-13 12:02:07

Ok, back from the bathroom now. Had to look for my mini for a bit , and found it behind everything else.

Then I had a little accident with the splash bottle, so I now reek of Vent Vert grin I sort of don't mind, as it's a nice smooth leafy, balmy citrus fragrance with a slight bitterness/zing provided by a green tomato stem. I'm not sure, but I think this bottle is a 90s vintage. i bought it from the same German collector as my Missoni Molto and Venezia (both discontinued perfumes from the 90s).

ToysRLuv Tue 25-Jun-13 12:37:59

Now the bitterness has gone a bit and the floral aspects are coming out, as well as the oakmoss. Still very green, though.

wiltingfast Tue 25-Jun-13 17:39:38

Wow Toys that is some shelf you have! I only recently realised I could put perfumes on a shelf on Frangrantica blush so there's only 3 or 4! I probably only have obout 10 and that's including a small pile of samples I don't like!!

Do you buy on German ebay? I have seen that recommended.

I actually wanted to ask if anyone's purchased from the posh peasant?

www.theposhpeasant.com/

The sample sets are VERY tempting... emailed Les Senteurs about some Tauers and posting outside UK but no response yet. Scents&Sensibility don't post outside UK sigh.

am feeling terribly in love with green citrussiness at the moment so smelling of green tea again. Amazing longevity today, can still smell it though I put it on at 8 this morning (kids got some too!). REally now want to try other more sophisticated greens grin

Put on some noa noa last night going to bed, not sure if I now hate it or I'm just not feeling it at mo...

wiltingfast Tue 25-Jun-13 18:03:53

God am I going crazy? I cannot find the like/love/dislike buttons on fragrantica! Someone tell me where they are???!!!!

florascotia Tue 25-Jun-13 18:05:06

Wilting - do you have French? If so, this site has some lovelies:
www.parfumeriedesfontaines.com/index.php?main_page=index

Alas, they don't have Tauers, but I am NOT a Tauer fan.

But you can buy samples of Tauers (in Euros) from the Tauer website:

https://www.tauerperfumes.com/samples.html

HarumScarum Tue 25-Jun-13 18:38:14

Gosh, Vent Vert sounds lovely. One for the list, I think...

ToysRLuv Tue 25-Jun-13 18:45:56

wilting: Re: fragrantica, you go on the fragrance's own page and there before the notes you can press "love", "like" or "dislike" (where the little faces are).

I have heard of posh peasant, but never ordered from them. I'm sure someone here will have done it, though!

Vent Vert has pretty much gone now. It was very nice!

florascotia Tue 25-Jun-13 18:55:06

The original Vent Vert (see www.basenotes.net/products/vent-vert-original) was my very, very much loved teenage first scent.
IMHO it's been sadly diminished since then. But, if you have got hold of some of the original, then gosh I am so envious ...

ToysRLuv Tue 25-Jun-13 19:08:52

flora: No, the bottle is different than in the picture, so it's probably not the original.. Didn't realise it was that old (1947)! I think the version I have got is very pretty damn good (I would say it's from the 90s), so the original must have been mind blowing! smile

florascotia Tue 25-Jun-13 19:54:11

It really was; one of the greenest and loveliest smells ever. I believe - though I am no expert - that there have been several reformulations, some much nicer than the others. Looks like you've got one of the good ones. Congratulations! Am sure that it's much better than a great many modern offerings.

It's totally understandable from a health/allergies/humanitarian perspective that many past perfumes have been banned but, from an indulgent, simply sensory point of view, it's a great loss also. However, if I'd known what we know now about smells such as civet etc (I used also to love the old Antilope by Weil (humanitarian horrors!)), then I would not have purchased them long ago .... One lives and learns. The EC is often held up to ridicule; here, I think they are on the side of the angels.

ToysRLuv Tue 25-Jun-13 20:23:51

flora: I can send you a little bit in a vial to try if you fancy. smile

I agree about it being a shame about the reformulations due to material bans - I've not got any allergies, neither have I ever heard of anyone being allergic to oakmoss, but I'm sure they have their reasons.. hmm

ToysRLuv Tue 25-Jun-13 20:25:13

Oh, and totally agree about ethical materials as well.

FrugalFashionista Tue 25-Jun-13 20:33:41

Flora civet has been a synthetic for a long time (naturals very, very expensive.

I get an itchy rash from some perfumes - oakmoss/Evernyl is a superallergen (it eventually sensitizes at least 2% of people in contact with it) but iirc Lyral /lily scent is the 2nd most comm

FrugalFashionista Tue 25-Jun-13 20:58:41

Sorry, touchscreen fail, Lyral is the 2nd most common offender. We are not necessarily sensitized via fine fragrances - these molecules are used in functional fragrances too (shampoos, conditioners, detergents, cleaning products, baby wipes...)

I can't decide what I feel about the IFRA changes. On one hand, it's a shame that many 'naturals' are regulated. Did you know that many really innocuous-sounding kitchen spices, such as cinnamon oil and citrus oils are quite common allergens and skin sensitizers that are strictly regulated? On the other hand, nothing is more miserable than the red itchy rash and red eyes that I get from Stella and Bulgari's The Rouge and Dior cosmetics. I'd prefer either thorough ingredient lists (INCIs are very perfunctory on fragrance chemicals) or warning labels (like what they have on hair dye) to these all-encompassing bans.

But I don't know, I'm not that pessimistic. Creative people can overcome restrictions and the new niche has produced so many mind-blowing new experiences. I'm more worried about the cheapening of the mainstream and sickly celeb juices.

About to go and douse myself with 1/4 spray of Loretta, rich and redolent and oozy with tuberose absolute. Politically incorrect and stinks to high heaven...

HarumScarum Tue 25-Jun-13 21:01:42

I would LOVE proper ingredients lists. I am still suffering with my horrible itchy rash and I cannot for the life of me work out what's causing the bugger. It seems to be several products (various creams and one washing powder). If I could just work out what the common ingredients are, it would save me a lot of trouble.

wiltingfast Tue 25-Jun-13 22:40:33

thank you flora and toys, can't believe I didn't realise the faces were buttons!

Have you tried emailing or phoning the companies involved harum? You never know, they might tell you!

Tobacco flower anyone?

Was sold in the body shop. Discontinued.

Anywhere else it can be purchased, or something smelling the same? .

ToysRLuv Tue 25-Jun-13 23:01:19

Hashtag: I used to have it and really liked it. Sorry, but am still to find anything similar. It was very good.. sad

ToysRLuv Tue 25-Jun-13 23:04:36

However, there happens to be some on sale just now on e-bay. I'm thinking about buying it..

HarumScarum Wed 26-Jun-13 09:07:12

That is a good idea, wilting, thanks!

ToysRLuv Wed 26-Jun-13 11:38:10

I only get irritation from my Mitchum bomb proof deodorant every once in a while. I'm really bad with being careful with chemicals - use bleach without gloves etc. so probably just been lucky so far.

I do agree on the ingredients list, but I think the companies resist, because there might be more counterfeiting and copying then? Also, it kind of takes away from the mystery and romance about how a fragrance comes together (made by fairy magic with unicorn tusk?). That is all the same to me, though! grin

There is an ingredients list on my philosophy perfume, but, granted, that's the only one I've ever seen one in.

wiltingfast Wed 26-Jun-13 13:23:30

People! www.cheapsmells.co.uk are having a MASSIVE sale! Just picked up ambre de cobochard for €10...

ToysRLuv Wed 26-Jun-13 13:39:48

Thanks for the tip, wilting. Will take a look.. smile

ChocsAwayInMyGob Wed 26-Jun-13 17:12:09

I love Ambre de Cabochard, it's one of my Under-A-Tenner-faves.

I'm a big fan of Cheap Snells, although I wish they'd change their name to something lovely like Budget Beauty or Scented Savers.

florascotia Wed 26-Jun-13 18:45:59

flowers Toys, that's very kind of you. So sorry not have replied before but it's been a very busy work day. I'll say 'no' to your thoughtful offer, however, because - thanks also to Wilting- I've just been tempted in the Cheap Smells sale by another 'green' Balmain, Jolie Madame.

ToysRLuv Wed 26-Jun-13 20:07:07

flora: That's all right! Let me know if you change your mind..

Fuzzybirds Wed 26-Jun-13 21:01:50

Ooh Fancy Nights is only £5.99 in the cheapsmells sale, very tempted...

Also L'Artisan Sale has started today, am gutted I didn't check my emails earlier as Mimosa Pour Moi is down to £18 but already it's out of stock.

Coincidentally, I received a little bottle of vintage Vent Vert Parfum this morning (ebay steal) not sure how old it is, it's the square bottle with a B on the lid. It is indeed wonderful, a very green cut grass opening with a floral, soapy drydown.

wiltingfast Wed 26-Jun-13 21:07:06

Glad to help! Picked up ma griffe too. Don't know either but happy to take a chance at that price!

Tried tobacco vanille on the way home. Omg. It was certainly something new! On me it is overpoweringly sweet, I mean crazy jammy raspberry jelly sweet. For some reason I was just not expecting that. I could just get a hint of a fab perfume but it was lost under the sweetness. Dh said it was like a sweetshop. It took about an hour to settle into something I might like but now (about 3h) it is just sweet again though nothing as bright as initially.

It was quite a ride tho! V much outside my comfort zone.

florascotia Wed 26-Jun-13 21:16:21

That's the real vintage stuff, Fuzzy! The bottles with the green and white dotty ribbon and/or the strange yellowish 'quiff' on top are more modern.

Various images for comparison here:
www.ebay.com/bhp/vintage-vent-vert?_trksid=p2045573.m2388

I still remember receiving a bottle of the vintage parfum for my 21st birthday. It felt SO luxurious and grown up!

CointreauVersial Wed 26-Jun-13 22:23:11

I received a freebie sample today, along with some make-up I ordered on line - La Perla EDT. I didn't have high hopes, especially as it was described as a chypre, with rose/patchouli notes, but wow, it was lovely. Really classic, balmy, sweet and warm.

Thanks for the Cheap Smells tip. I already have a cheapo Ambre de Cabochard (which I like, but can't get past the slightly plasticy note), but I'll see what else they have.....

BelleDameSansMerci Thu 27-Jun-13 06:34:25

Wow, wilting that's quite different from how it smells on me. I hope. grin

SOY: Tabacco Vanille again, coincidentally.

SOTD: Visa - Roberto Piagget

wiltingfast Thu 27-Jun-13 10:23:09

I think it was a bit mad on me alright belle. About 4h in it finally seemed to integrate and I quite enjoyed it after that. I have quite dry skin, maybe that had an impact? It was quite a warm evening here also, maybe it would be better in cold weather? Or maybe it was just too big a contrast to all the greens I've been wearing.

Sotd, sunflowers again. Smells a bit artifical today for some reason.

ToysRLuv Thu 27-Jun-13 11:32:30

SOTD: Samples of Apres L'Ondee and Eau d'Hiver. They're both nice, but particularly EdH is very faint, and now they're both just about gone and it's only been around an hour! confused

Wilting: I forgot to answer about German e-bay. It's good. Got my a few bargains from there (not all the sellers will ship to Britain, though)..

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 27-Jun-13 11:59:46

Toys- I didn't really "get" Eau d'Hiver OR Apres L'Ondee until I smelled one after the other. Amazing. Eau d'Hiver was OKish before, but once I smelled Apres L'Ondee and THEN EdH- Wow!

Apres L'Ondee really brings it out, not that I'm advising that you wear them together.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 27-Jun-13 12:01:17

flora- I scored my Jolie Madame off Cheap Smells too! Buy it up before it runs out. They're not making it anymore.

ToysRLuv Thu 27-Jun-13 12:34:21

Chocs: How did you find their longevity? I've got each on the back of one hand and keep sniffing back and forward, wondering if my nose is broken..

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 27-Jun-13 17:09:36

Toys- not great. Apres L'Ondee slightly longer than Eau D'Hiver, which I like but don't love.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 27-Jun-13 17:10:27

On second thoughts, maybe you should wear them together for double the longevity? :-)

FrugalFashionista Thu 27-Jun-13 17:42:41

L'Artisan Parfumeur sale is on if someone is interested!

pocketandsweet Thu 27-Jun-13 17:47:07

No Premier Figuier thoughsad

FrugalFashionista Thu 27-Jun-13 17:53:06

Pocket look at the ladies gift sets, I think one of them has 15ml of PF!

HarumScarum Thu 27-Jun-13 18:50:07
HarumScarum Thu 27-Jun-13 18:51:03
pocketandsweet Thu 27-Jun-13 18:52:54

You are right it does. I hmmd a bit and decided since it is P. F. Extreme that I have sampled and loved ( haven't smelt original PF yet). So I thought I would wait til I get to London and buy a full bottle.

pocketandsweet Thu 27-Jun-13 18:54:55

Can anyone tell me how different/same PF and PF Extreme are? That dry oil sounds like a bargain.

ToysRLuv Thu 27-Jun-13 20:49:36

pocket: No idea, sorry. Never tried either!

Now sampling my bargain bottle of Tea for Two (seller on e-bay turned out to be a RL acquaintance, so gave a massive discount grin ). Really like it! Honeyed black tea.

wiltingfast Thu 27-Jun-13 21:32:03

flora can I ask why you don't like Tauers? Thanks for pointing me to his site btw, the little sample set looks v nice. Dying to try rose chypree and l'air du desert marocain.

CointreauVersial Thu 27-Jun-13 22:14:25

Wilting, where are you? The Tauer site won't ship to the UK. angry

wiltingfast Thu 27-Jun-13 23:18:54

Ah no, I'm in Ireland sad, prob the same. <Goes to look>

Hmm, he may be lumping Ireland in with "Great Britain" or "UK", or he may be more discerning, I'll have to try ordering and see. Will let you know how I get on. Fingers crossed!

Stb Florabotanica. I like this though it just smells like pure flowers to me, but such nice well balanced ones! V clean.

CointreauVersial Thu 27-Jun-13 23:54:05

Where in Ireland are you, Wilting? <nosy> DH is a Roscommon man.

SOTD was Olfactive Studio Lumiere Blanche. Soft, milky, musky - I smell coconut, but that's not one of the ingredients. Ah well....

florascotia Fri 28-Jun-13 09:22:05

Wilting, what follows needs a 'pseuds corner' pretentiousness warning, but here goes: I think the Tauer element I dislike is something that I smell as 'heavy burnt sweet rottenness', a bit like wet ashes after a bonfire or synthetic rubber combined with decaying fruit or fungi in a wood warm, damp wood. There is also an element of sweet green tea plus a pinch of cumin and a suspicion of raw egg, all sprinkled with old-fashioned face-powder. There is also some soft suede... To me, the whole mixture is too heavy, sweet and cloying; rightly or wrongly, I sense it lurking as an undertone in many Tauer scents. It's possibly some kind of amber or labdanum - I am not a great fan of other strongly amber scents, either. I love the fresh /sharp/crisp openings of many Tauer perfumes, and I do like Une Rose Chypree in small doses (though I would not wear it in the daytime).

None of this is a criticism of the perfumes. It's just a statement of my tastes.

ToysRLuv Fri 28-Jun-13 09:58:38

flora: I feel exactly the same (I remember telling someone that when I put a Tauer on I felt like I was painting myself with opaque paint rather than spraying myself with perfume). The only Tauers I like are L'Air Du Desert Marocain, and Maroc (I can appreciate Lonestar, as well, but like.. not sure). With those I dislike nearly everything else but the last phases, which last for ages, so are worth keeping my samples for.

Fuzzybirds Fri 28-Jun-13 10:37:13

Chocs thank you for the samples! My Eau de Cartier definitely smells different but I think it's gone off, rather than been refilled. Mine seems to have lost a lot of the opening notes but they smell similar after 15 mins or so. The opening of the one you've sent is lovely and fresh, whereas mine is very sour and synthetic.

SOTD is Lipstick Rose, very nice but wish it was stronger and lasted longer.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 28-Jun-13 12:21:00

Flora- that is a beautifully articulate description. I personally love Tauers, but I totally agree with your description. I love how he makes Bergamot kind of chalky: it's almost thirst quenching.

Fuzzy- you are welcome! I love Eau de Cartier so I'm glad to meet an fellow fan of it.

Flora- your samples arrived today. Many, many thanks. I shall blog away. (I am an official Mumsnet Blogger Network blogger now, I've got a badge on my site and everything!)

Ladame Fri 28-Jun-13 15:33:36

Frugal I've read the Turin and Sanchez book and couldn't believe that the mainstream perfumes can be changed (and not admitted that changes had taken place). I read upthread where you mentioned the possible 'cheapening' of some mainstream perfumes. OMG! It is true unfortunately. My Brother treated me to a FB of Diorissimo (I used to wear it a lot when I was younger). Smelt almost the same in the beginning hmm but the big shock was the drydown - horrible synthetic nauseous jarring note of fake Lily of the Valley. Such a shame. I actually washed it off and can't wear it again and it's a Dior - is nothing sacred? sad

FrugalFashionista Sat 29-Jun-13 09:19:28

Ladame Dior have not treated their classics well - I think the consensus it that they have been ruined. I still like Eau Sauvage, but am using an older version that still has some oakmoss. New mainstream Diors are so empty-headed that I'm not bothering with them at all - their boutique line is much more interesting, but very uneven. But just as a tip, La collection privee by Dior is worth seeking out - there are some gems there.

If someone gave me a giftcard to Sephora, I would have a hard time deciding what to buy. I'd probably eventually pick a dusty masculine classic or something by Hermes or a FB of Chanel 5 EDP. The mainstream feminines atm are having some sort of a race to the bottom - shampoo, candy and cupcake smells: not the stimulating, intriguing, alluring, and soothing olfactory journeys that my personal perfume collection always allows.

Re: Tauer, I love orientals, and Tauer makes them really well. (As a teen, I poisoned the world with a trail of Obsession.) But for people who have different olfactory preferences, his 'fumes can be a nightmare. I love Tauers because I can take almost unlimited sweetness, and vanilla works well on my skin. And I like most woods and incenses (though pure myrrh makes me heave). I also like the contrast - I'm a slim blonde, and apparently people expect me to like translucent watery things (in fact, my nightmare perfume is Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche). I'm not overly fond of fruity smells (with a handful of exceptions), and most sweet gourmands (Angel lookalikes) miss the darker and more burn, bitter and smoldering aspects of perfumery that I really enjoy. Although I'm currently having a fling with aldehydics, I'm uncomfortable with many vintage feminine classics (they smell too formal to me), and most of modern feminine fragrances are a pass for me, but I do love wearing many 1970s and 1980s type masculines. So it's modern niche perfumes for me all the way. And when you smell a lot of them, they can get a bit samey. Tauers have a distinct style, and that makes them special for me.

SOTD: Sweet Dreams by A Lab on Fire. This is the proto-Acqua Allegorica Nerolia Bianca - same perfumer circa ten years earlier. His excellent interview here. There is also a rare Chris Sheldrake (the father of many Lutens classics, currently at Chanel) interview on Basenotes. The two are some of my favorite perfumers - too bad that a lot of it seems to be corporate copy.

I'm leaving for a very long trip - trying to decide which perfumes to pack grin

ToysRLuv Sat 29-Jun-13 13:14:54

Frugal: Have a good holiday! I tend to just choose one thing whe I go on holiday, so that when I come back that perfume will remind me of it. Also will be a happy reunion after missing all my other stuff..

SOTD: Habanita EDP. It's really wonderful. Dark resiny, spicy, sweet. hard to describe..

Sorted out the mystery fume samples now. Will send to Fuzzy (as seh's the first on the list) today. Sorry about the crap looking packaging! Did it in a hurry just now while being harassed by DS..

wiltingfast Sat 29-Jun-13 17:17:37

Very interesting views on the Tauers. I'm quite wary of sweet, my skin always seems to heighten it but I do like oriental I think. I might go for some samples from StC first as it would be a terrible pity to spend my month's budget on all Tauers if it turns out they are too sweet for me or I don't like the base.

When buying, do you tend to go for 2ml sprays or the 1ml capped samples?

Have just finished reading thread 1! What a read! Really enjoyed it. Going to try some of the green recommendations on it I think. Never read 40 pages of thread before... Spent week with my nose stuck in the phone.

Sotd, chanel 19 edp, love it but it disappears so quickly on me. I might invest in the body lotion to see if I can improve the longevity.

Wore balenciaga paris to bed last night but I just don't like it. Can't really put my finger on why. Too formal maybe?

FrugalFashionista Sat 29-Jun-13 17:32:03

Wilting well done - 1 thread down, 3 more to go wink - there are such enormous differences in how we wear and react to perfumes - Chanel No. 19 EDP is a 12+ hour perfume on me, if I wear it evening I can still enjoy a delicious drydown...

Iirc Balenciaga reminded me of swimming pool chemicals for some reason.
I tried to make a decant of Dior Leather Oud for a friend. Wasn't successful, just didn't get enough juice out of the bottle even with a syringe... In any case, I'm swathed in earthy leather. I love this perfume, it can be daunting, but it simply feels great on me.

I'll be away for a couple of months, so it's really almost like a move. (I have homes in two different countries and tend to spend the summers up North - waves to Toys or did you n/c?) So took three (small) FBs and a sachet of my current favorite samples. Traveling light? wink That's for amateurs...

florascotia Sat 29-Jun-13 18:57:10

Have a really good summer Frugal! And many thanks - over the past 4 threads, you have shared so much useful info and thoughtful insights with us.

What you said in today's previous post is interesting, and made me think about WHY we wear scent. Obviously, there are many reasons; two of the most obvious are 'seeking another dimension' and 'to escape from, or otherwise provoke contrast to, everyday reality'. You say you are a slim blonde and yet you like sweet, rich, smouldering scents. I am tall and hourglass and the sort of brunette whose v dark hair goes white early. Physically, I might perhaps be expected to favour the kind of big bold voluptuous earthy scent that we can imagine Boudicca daubing herself with, but in fact I like clear dry fresh 20th cent green scents (though I HATE the current Chanel 19 and Chanel Crystalle).

Does this 'opposites attract' experience mean anything? Or is - as I strongly suspect - a sample of two statistically ludicrous?

ToysRLuv Sat 29-Jun-13 19:34:16

Frugal: No, I'm still Toys. We might be heading up north at some point too.. Maybe bump into you at the airport duty free wink

I'm a sort of robustly built (slightly tree trunky legs), but in proportion, tallish brunette with a bob shaved short on one side (greying rapidly, but thinking about shaving it all very very short soon, anyway). I like spicy, smoky, leathery and gourmand perfumes the best. I've not got much love for citrus or fruity florals. So, it seems your graph is getting a bit messed up now, flora! Or I'm an outlier.. grin

FrugalFashionista Sat 29-Jun-13 20:35:39

Flora, that's fascinating! I often look for contrast both in dressing and in perfumes; adornments are an added dimension, and they allow me to experiment with things that are normally not a part of me. Like today's hypermasculine trail of oud, or the retro old man perfumes I love. Reminds me of a friend during my arty student days - we were painting portraits and she chose to use green to shade and contour the side of face that remains in shadow. I can do harmony too - I actually think the cool-warm pulled-together but slightly smouldering aldehydics (Miriam, Vega, Ch 5 EDP, Ch 19 EDP, Noontide) are my 'this is me' perfumes.

Who did get to travel with me? I don't remember all the 'fumes I packed, but here are a few essentials grin (just in case someone thinks I've lost it, all except two are samples or minis, and everything fits inside one of those plastic airline pouches):
AA Nerolia Bianca
Tauer's Noontide Petals
Sweet Dreams by A Lab on Fire
RL Safari (thanks Toys!)
Mona di Orio Tubereuse
Chanel 5 EDP
Chanel 22
Bois d'Ascese
Cuir Velours
HdP Blanc Violette
LADDM
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud
Pulp by Byredo
Rose Noir by Byredo
Antaeus
Guerlain Vega
Guerlain Encens Mythique d'Orient
Aedes de Venustas EDP
Le Labo Iris
Le Labo Labdanum

Looking forward to duty free spritzing... Chris Sheldrake said that he likes Amor Amor shock I've always thought it's going to be the room spray in hell (to go with guestofaguest.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/diana3.jpgthis decor) - or maybe he was joking. Anyway looking forward to the obligatory duty free spritzes - maybe I'll try another of his recommendations, Chanel 5 Eau Premiere.

wiltingfast Sat 29-Jun-13 21:19:12

Ha Frugal! I was astonished too then the cynical side of me thought maybe he wanted to show a common touch?

Am a smallish plumpish blonde btw and atm I like greens, does that fit the theory floral grin?

hootiemcboob Sat 29-Jun-13 22:35:33

SOTD is Tom Ford White Patchouli - I got a sample from Sephora, and I'm kinda loving it- another to add to my long list of future purchases!

FrugalFashionista Sun 30-Jun-13 09:22:46

At the duty free, no Ch 5 Eau Premiere, so Coco Noir it is. Not unpleasant, and quite refined, but one of those timid 'Sorry, I'm wearing perfume, hope you don't mind me' things. What made me smile was sniffing Giorgio on a strip. I actually put the strip in my bag - I've never worn it but it's associated with a lot of good memories...

wiltingfast Sun 30-Jun-13 21:48:46

O my, o my, tried annick goutal's ninfeo mio in HoF today, have been researching galbanum perfumes and saw this recommended, it is wonderful. Love it. So much going on am actually a bit lost if I try to describe it. Green but warm, made me think of crushed nettles for some bizarre reason. Will have to procure a large sample to further my research, heh heh grin.

Also tried chergui, was hoping to try iris silver mist but HoF didin't have it. .ain thing I noticed was the same sweet note that sent me reeling from tobacco vanille. Not sure what it is, maybe a mix of honey and vanilla? It wasn't as out of control as the TV, much more wearable for me, warm spicy, sweetness below rather than on top. Get some musk too I think?

CointreauVersial Sun 30-Jun-13 22:00:30

I was department-store-sniffing as well today. I tried Annick Goutal Eau de Ciel (meh) and SL Femininite du Bois, which is absolutely gorgeous (reminded me of something..... Diptyque Volutes, perhaps?). Lovely.

FrugalFashionista Mon 01-Jul-13 14:21:00

Iris Silver Mist is a Lutens Paris exclusive, you can order a free wax sample from Lutens or a sample/decant from Gerald at Crystal Flacon.

Found Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere at the 3rd store, quite pleasant.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 01-Jul-13 16:23:35

SOTD Din Dan by Lostmarch- thanks flora! It smells like Lemon Sherbets. Very good in hot weather.

wiltingfast Mon 01-Jul-13 21:05:37

ah, thanks frugal. Will look into that. Buy anything in the airport?

I spent the afternoon wafting about in Valentino Vendetta. For some reason it reminds me of old 80's lipsticks. Not sure what it is that makes it smell like that but that's what i get from it

CointreauVersial Wed 03-Jul-13 00:19:41

All quiet on the fragrance thread today......

I have aquired a sample of L'Occitane Eau des Baux (which I adore on myself), and landed a squirt on DH. He wasn't sure (philistine). He has run short of supplies, so I might have to let him test some of my precious stash to find something he wants a FB of.

I don't want to share some of them, though. grin

SOTD was La Perla.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Wed 03-Jul-13 10:00:06

SOTD Tauer Lys Du Desert. So far so good.

Fuzzybirds Wed 03-Jul-13 10:40:24

I've received the mystery samples today, thank you Toys!

I'm wearing sample No.1 and it's utterly gorgeous. I won't try and describe it as don't want to spoil it for the others, but I love it and can't wait to find out what it is. Has made my day somewhat more bearable after the DC behaved hideously in Tesco this morning!

Cointreau I love Eau Des Baux, it's on my birthday list. I've also had a mini of Immortelle de Corse arrive this morning, which I've wanted to try for ages. Had a little sniff and it's very sweet and honey-like but lovely.

ToysRLuv Wed 03-Jul-13 12:31:22

Fuzzy: It is lovely isn't it? smile Let me know when you want me to tell you, and I'll PM you wink.

SOTD: Tried on LB Mistero di Roma on one hand and Molinard Violette on the other. Mistero is grapefuit with vanilla and woods. Violette is straight up Parma Violets. Nice, but nothing to rave about.

CointreauVersial Wed 03-Jul-13 12:51:27

SOTD is Guerlain Apres L'Ondee. I just felt in that kind of mood.

fridgepants Wed 03-Jul-13 16:07:43

#Ordered a bottle of Miller Harris Fleur Oriental from the SpaceNK sale, thinking it would suit me. Tried a tester - it smells more like Old Spice on me, and it has to go back. Sigh.

CointreauVersial Wed 03-Jul-13 19:24:13

Ooh, I love Fleur Oriental (and have a soft spot for Old Spice too). I wore it at a garden party a couple of weeks ago, and it was perfect. The only thing I don't like is the name - it sounds a bit "cheap and nasty" and doesn't really sell the fragrance imho.

LinusDKD Wed 03-Jul-13 20:51:18

Hi!

I was hoping you could help me find a new perfume to wear in summer.

I don't know much about perfume, I just know what I like when I smell a scent, and I seem to veer towards floral scents.

In winter I wear Serge Lutens 'Fleurs d'Oranger' and in summer Serge Lutens 'A la Nuit' and Chanel 'Cristalle'.

I recently bought Tom Ford 'Neroli Portofino' but as DH pinched it I am looking for a new perfume. Frugalfashionista suggested some similar perfumes on another thread (Guerlain and Dior) but neither grabbed me like the Tom Ford one.

I have tried Serge Lutens 'La Fille de Berlin' (I see a trend here wink ) and I love it but it is more of a wintry scent to me so I might buy it later on in the year.

I have also tried Dior 'Diorissimo' and I love the Lily of the Valley, but it feels a bit one dimensional to me, if that makes sense.

TF has some other nice perfumes (Jonquille de Nuit, Jasmin Rouge) but so far they have not completely bowled me over, and at that price they really should.

Jo Malone perfumes don't seem to last on me and are usually a bit too fruity, but maybe she has brought out some new ones recently that I don't know of.

I hope I don't sound too fussy and thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Fuzzybirds Thu 04-Jul-13 10:56:16

Linus I haven't tried many Lutens scents so not sure if I can be of any help, I'm sure someone with more knowledge than me will be along soon though!

Trying mystery sample no.2 today, I don't love this one as much as yesterday's (which I guessed totally wrong, but it was a very nice surprise!) today's is very nice but not one of my favourite types of perfume.

ToysRLuv Thu 04-Jul-13 21:05:32

Linus: I'm no expert in florals, but I assume you have tried Chanel no 19? Also, have you tried Alien by Thierry Mugler? 24 Faubourg by Hermes? L'Instant de Guerlain? Bvlgari Jasmin Noir? Narciso Rodriguez For Her?

SOTD: Molinard Violette. Feel very girly - like I've been given a glittery powder sugar coating grin

Just back from a trip to France, where I treated myself to a bottle of annick goutal s ninfeo mio. Wow I love this, smokey and woody, very distinctive.

CointreauVersial Thu 04-Jul-13 21:35:48

envy Melanie, lucky you. I adore Ninfeo Mio, gotta love those sun-drenched figs.

LinusDKD Fri 05-Jul-13 06:15:38

Thanks Toys! I will try those today.

Fuzzybirds Fri 05-Jul-13 10:05:50

Sample No.3 today, I love this one Toys! Perfect for a day when it feels like summer has finally arrived.

Haven't tried Ninfeo Mio yet, but it sounds wonderful!

ToysRLuv Fri 05-Jul-13 11:34:02

Fuzzy: Glad to hear you like it!

Linus: Hopefully you'll find something you like!

SOTD: Kiss me tender and Battito d'Ali from batch of samples which arrived from Neroli today. Yay! Kiss me Tender is very similar to my Comptoir stuff - pleasant, and Battito is a cross between Incense Avignon and Holygrace - not so pleasant.

thecatfromjapan Fri 05-Jul-13 13:22:22

Linus, have you tried the Hermes "Jardins ..." series? They are florals but with a little complexity.

thecatfromjapan Fri 05-Jul-13 13:24:04

You might also want to try the Chanel "Exclusifs". I can't quite remember but I think "Jersey", or "Beige" or even both might be interesting.

wiltingfast Fri 05-Jul-13 14:17:52

So excited, finally made a selection on Surrender to Chance:-

Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio EDT

Frederic Malle L'Eau d'Hiver

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune

Guerlain Chamade EDT

Guerlain Vol de Nuit EDT - Vintage

Parfums de Nicolai Le Temps D'Une Fete

Can't WAIT for my parcel!

That aside I unfortunately let a man spray me yesterday with Sundance, a Memo perfume. It is vile. Flat tuberose on my wrist all night and all day today, cannot gt the damn thing off, grrr. Why o why did I let him do it?

Linus, I'm not that familar with Lutens I'm afraid (have only tried chergui so far) so no help. Have you tried looking at www.fragrantica.com? You can type in the name of your perfume and it will give you a list of other perfumes other people have liked that like your perfume. It is quite useful.

LinusDKD Fri 05-Jul-13 18:39:23

Thanks thecat and wilting! You have given me loads of ideas of new perfumes to try.

FrugalFashionista Sat 06-Jul-13 12:59:17

Wilting I've tried Lalibela by Memo (loved the name, would love to travel there one day), it was disgusting.

Traveling, working, busy: wearing perfumes as an afterthought, sticking mostly to easy-to-wear favorites (AA Nerolia Bianca, Dries van Noten, Ch 5 EDP).

But inspired by y'all, will spritz on some Ninfeo Mio - am contemplating a full bottle, really love it.

No new purchases. I have so many perfumes already - I actually keep a few perfume bottles in my 2nd home: Eau Noire by Dior, Zagorsk and Avignon by CdG, and a few others <mental emoticon>

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 07-Jul-13 09:58:44

Linus, have you tried Lutens' L'Eau Froide? I love it, but unfortunately so do my cats hmm, who get overly affectionate, yowly and licky when I wear it.

LinusDKD Sun 07-Jul-13 14:59:21

Ooh, I will try that! Thanks Mrs

I tried Gris Clair yesterday and I liked it but I need to go back and try it on my skin to see how it evolves.

CointreauVersial Sun 07-Jul-13 22:35:42

A perfect day for Herba Fresca. I really didn't want anything heavier today.

Fuzzybirds Mon 08-Jul-13 11:07:02

Been away for the weekend but took my mystery samples along- No.4 and No.5 both gorgeous. Thanks again, Toys- I'll send them along to Cointreau ASAP!

Also got the chance for a fair bit of sniffing on Saturday- tried this year's Bronze Goddess and Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia, which is beautiful. Also Un Jardin sur le Mediteranee, as I was interested in the tomato stem element and a few Miller Harris ones- Fleur du Sel, which I found quite peppery and masculine and L'Air de Rien, which I found quite surprising and liked a lot.

A bit later on tried a few L'Occitane ones- Vanille & Narcisse and Jasmin & Bergamote, both very nice but I prefer their older ones. I tried Eau d'Iparie and Ambre on paper and am after FBs now... Oh and picked up a bottle of The Body Shop's Amber Oud in the sale for £6, very good for the price and will make a good day to day scent come Autumn. I think my nose needs a rest now!

SOTD is Eau de Cartier, light and refreshing smile

wiltingfast Mon 08-Jul-13 13:05:37

Ah, smothered myself in Ninfeo Mio yesterday in HoF and wafted about in it all day. So looking forward to the 5ml sample grin.

Anyone ever try Sel de Vetiver by The Different Company?

ToysRLuv Mon 08-Jul-13 13:16:23

SOTD: Tocadilly. Very nice and refreshing in this weather. Lilacs, cucumber..

Fuzzy: What was L'Air de Rien like? I'm curious, but I'm scared that It's going to be too knickery IYSWIM..

Fuzzybirds Mon 08-Jul-13 14:26:14

Toys It is knickery, but it also has a gorgeous sweet hay/ ambery quality which I love. It reminded me of habanita (with added knickers [ grin] )

CointreauVersial Mon 08-Jul-13 22:43:58

Snap, Fuzzy, I was wearing Eau de Cartier today too! Perfect for this weather, beautiful.

Looking forward to my mystery samples.....smile

Fuzzybirds Tue 09-Jul-13 10:07:56

Cointreau I owe you an apology- I was packing up the samples this morning and can't find no.5- I think I've left it at the in-laws so I've sent 1-4 and will send along the fifth as soon as I get it. Typical me, I always leave something behind!

Eau de Cartier is great in sunny weather, I find it quite cooling. SOTD is Tea Rose by the Perfumer's Workshop, rose, rose, rose! Great sillage and longevity and bargainous to boot smile

coffeeinbed Tue 09-Jul-13 10:16:57

I managed to lose this thread in my I'm on folder.

Linus, L'Artisan La Chasse Aux Papillons or La Chasse Extreme would be a lovely summer floral for you.
Also L'Eté en douce.

Annick Goutal Eau de Ciel is close as well.

wiltingfast Tue 09-Jul-13 13:01:39

Aargh, I'm still in tuberose recovery, the mere mention of it makes me fell a bit ill confused (tea rose has tuberose in list of notes)

I've retreated to EAs green tea for now.

My StC samples have shipped but the site says it could be 2 weeks before I get them <impatient> Don't they know I need my Ninfeo Mio sharpish?!

wiltingfast Tue 09-Jul-13 13:02:31

To make matters worse my cheapsmells purchases haven't turned up yet either sad I ordered them WEEKS ago...

CointreauVersial Tue 09-Jul-13 13:07:27

Wilting - my SOTD is Ninfeo Mio; I'm also contemplating a bigger sample than the titchy one I have.

I don't go near tuberose (eugh.....)

The StC order will be worth waiting for - it's all packaged up so beautifully it feels like such a treat to receive.

LinusDKD Tue 09-Jul-13 19:40:05

Thanks coffee! Will try and see if I can find those scents and try them.

coffeeinbed Tue 09-Jul-13 20:32:22

They are along the Fleurs d'Oranger, A La Nuit, Diorissimo lines, except more wearable in the heat.
You can also try the new Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Nerolia Bianca - it has a high pitched note in the middle, but if that doesn't bother you it's worth a try.
Widely available too.

ToysRLuv Wed 10-Jul-13 12:12:09

SOTD: Amouage - Lyric Woman. Very oakmossy/gingery sharp beginning, but a lot better now. Getting the gorgeous spices and flowers. Surprisingly light - I thought it would be a sillage monster!

wiltingfast Wed 10-Jul-13 12:49:36

How do you guage sillage? Ask the dh? Mine's nose isn't great!

CointreauVersial Wed 10-Jul-13 12:59:42

I suppose I just judge sillage by how much I can smell my fragrance wafting around me as I go about my day. Sometimes (Dior Oud Isphahan) I