Part 5- And the perfumes just keep on coming...(999 Posts)
Shiny new thread for some shiny new perfumes (and classics and niche brands)
SOTD - Zeta which was lovely on a sunny day with ice lollies at the park.
Must get some Zeta.
Thanks Shoe and cannot believe we are in Vol 5! Collective upgrade - the level of expertise here is pretty incredible too...
Wow, new thread!
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 time ). I really love it, and think I need a decant.
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.
Will do this Saturday.
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.
Boob, I do love it.
Perfect summer smell.
Wow, I'm feeling old. I remember the very first thread by show princess saying that Tubereuse Criminelle was the worst perfume ever!
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!
<lightbulb> Of course, Toys, you're in Scotland..... (enjoying lazy Bank Holiday here.... ).
It was anniewoo who started it all. I cannot take credit for it. Plus, I actually like Tubureuse Criminelle
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.
And apparently tomorrow they have planned strike action in the post office.
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?
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):
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
Kenzo: Kenzo Eau de Toilette, approx 3.8 ml
L'Eau Par Kenzo, approx 4.8 ml
Fuckit : Have PMd you - please send me your address so I can send you the goodies!
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.
Toys, if you are sure.....would love to try the CB I Hate Perfume At The Beach.......
And sorry to hear about your wasted trip to the PO, what a pain.
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.
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).
Thanks for the replies. I might go for it then. Are there any customs costs involved (I am in the UK)?
Nope, it just turns up in the post.
SOTD Le Labo Labdanum.
DD2 refused to eat because 'mommy stinks'
I have just ordered! <fingers crossed>
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.. Df got a Merc in the end.
Hang on, hopefully I haven't told you that anecdote already! I have a very limited amount of anecdotes these days..
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
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....
Fuzzy: No worries, will put Kyoto in the packet for you, because you've had to wait so long.
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
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 He bought four Wunderbaums trying to cover up <eyeroll>
Uuuuhh, wunderbaums... <sudders>
It will surprise none of you that I adore New Car Smell, synthetic as it is. I love that plastic petrol thing.
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..
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).
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!).
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 , 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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
SOTD: Dzing, because me and oud just don't really get along.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Been working out, and used Weleda Buckthorne Oil and it smells so lovely so decided I didn't want anything on top.
Thanks, Frugal. I am happily ensconced with Jeke now.
I love Weleda stuff, coffee.
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
I meant to say, Fuzzy, so glad that someone else finally agrees with me that Cabochard is like Knize Ten!
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
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.
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>
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..
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
I adore the smell of Elnett hairspray. I reckon my little bottle of Noa smells very similar.
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.
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.
A day with Encre Noire.
Love the vetiver, less thrilled with the Iso E Super base.
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.
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.
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.
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...
The best source of Amouage and Montale samples in Europe is Parfümeria Neroli here; 2 GBP per sample.
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).
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 Would like to try Zagorsk though I think.
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...
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
No, what is Furze in German?
I liked Sun, Cointreau, but thought it probably wouldn't last long.
Farts. <cackles> They sell it in Germany with that name, as well (a bit of a hard sell, probably).
Oh, and sorry about that - I'm always lowering the tone here, aren't I!
Haha! That's made me snigger. Not a happy perfume association...
I wouldn't think so either.
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..
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.
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...
Haber pm me your address so I can send you the violets! SorryIve been away.
Frugal that bottle is awful
Trust me it looks even worse IRL
It's so cold and wet that SOTD is Coromandel
Frugal, I nearly laughed out loud looking at that bottle..
Don't know about the fartiness.. But that bottle really does spell out doom.
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.
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
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).
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..
Molto has worn off so shall put something else now. Maybe L by Lolita.
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:
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
Musk to Musk
Surrender to Chance
Muscs Koublai Khan
Clair de Musc
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!
Wow, Fuckit! But it'll be a massive treat when it comes through, though!
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 ).
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? ).
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!
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.
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'
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
Thanks to the Philosophy range (which is not very ambitious, but good one to start with when you're 10)..
Lots of perfumes for people called Donna (let's forget about the fact that it's "woman" in italian )..
MKK is surprisingly soft-spoken and tame...
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 I like a bit of dirt.
Blimey, Fuckit, your credit card must be melting.
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.
Still getting divine wafts from POAL....rose, then incense, now patchouli. Beautiful.
Glad POAL got a loving home, too! Really wasn't for me.
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..
Right. Have tried Tauer's Pentachord Auburn and it is... weird.
I smell like a strange sweetie.
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.)
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)..
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
I've not tried Auburn, but I'm not rushing to order a sample.
I like the sound of Coco Figue! Sounds perfect for the summer.
SOTD was Diptyque Volutes.
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.
Chocs I have the violets ready to pass on to you, pm your address and I'll pop them in the post
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 )
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.
SOTD yesterday: Miriam. Today, Nerolia Bianca.
Will probably wear Ch 22 later today, love it.
SOTD Cabotine. There are some serious moth balls up front but I like it.
I'm wearing orange today (well, skirt, bracelet and toenails!) so SOTD just had to be Bigarade Concentree. Gorgeous.
pocket: Mothballs you say... 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.. 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.
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!!!
You might need to hire a van! (it's not me selling them by the way, no such luck!)
Wow!!! That's amazing, the price too. Just to clarify, it's not me and my collection
Off to buy lottery ticket!
I wonder if you get the cupboard as well?
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..
You can play "spot the perfume" with those images.
Yep, the mahogany cupboard is part of the "deal" I'd love to inherit something like this
instead of the junk that I will be getting.
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)
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 but please go and enjoy!
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!"
That makes the back groud I chose for my e-bay fragrance photos (a mere "rustic" wall of a shed) look a bit boring..
I'd be concerned that the bottle contains some unmentionable body fluids or perhaps a tooth or two...
I'd actually prefer that to the perfume, Frugal!
Well.. no, not really..
Loving the perfume cabinet and the brainy Britney fan
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.
Fuzzy: Did it say "cat not included" or "serving suggestion"?
I like Organza. It's very warm and smooth.
SOTD: Omnia, but it's gone now.
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!
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.
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.
Im flying next week does anyone know if BG is likely to be found in duty free?
SOTD: Both Queen Latifah Scents. The other one smells like artificial boozy sweets and the other one smells of sweat covered with flowery deodorant. 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.
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.
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.
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..
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?'-
If only I had a spare few grand kicking around
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.
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 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
Oh, and SOTD is Loulou Incense with "plastic" cinnamon. Yum!
SOTD is Acorelle Verveine Agrumes. Lovely citrus and herbs, but too faint and fleeting.
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!
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.
I wish I still had a stocking!
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.
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
Harum you should try Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights
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).
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
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.
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?
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?
Never mind, Frugal, I found it!
Thank you. Can't believe I got the name of the wretched stuff wrong...
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...
Brandalley have some L'artisan Parfumeur on offer at the minute
So tempted by the 6 x 15ml box..
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
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!>
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
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.
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
OneLittleLady. I have a perfume blog and will send you some samples. PM your address. You've come to the right place!
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
pocket- try Ava Luxe. I think she is based on long Island and does some delightful scents that she makes herself.
Hello newbies. Another tuberose-hater here....
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.
Sonoma Scent Studio
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...
Oh and Chocs please share a link to your perfume blog!
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 )
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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
Have you got your samples yet, Fuckit? I'm curious to hear about all those musks
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..
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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).
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!
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).
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.
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!
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 not getting much musk but there is a nice depth to it.
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.
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.
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..
SOTD: Let it Rock from my treasure trove of a bargain sample bag. Sweet, ambery, inoffensive patchouli.
SOTD is O de Lancôme. Retro today.
I blame all of you for this, btw, I normally only vary when I feel a specific need. You have created the need!
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
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.
And that is ZAGORSK. Right.. time to get off the computer before I write any more rubbish
The garden needs attention (a dead hydrangea needs removing, as well as a dead azalea - but they were already very old and previously uncared for, so it's not my fault!)
Ooh, BelleDame, O de Lancome is on my wish list. I reckon it will be perfect for summer. When it arrives......
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??
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.
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.
Ma Griffe is one my mum used to wear. Not one of my faves.....
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 . Don't worry, you're top secret superhero identity is safe with me
You are very welcome! Can't bear to think of anyone sample-less.
A great article for violet nerds
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
toys I can't tell you a thing about the lutenses! I smelled about 8 really quickly and nearly keeled over . 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
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...
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...
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!
Sorry, that should have been 1992. In 1982, I was obsessed by Marilyn Monroe so wore Chanel No 5 constantly.
You were better dressed than me so, I was obsessed with body shop mostly musk in the 90s
I'm v tempted to try O de lancome but it always seems v citrussy in the shop.
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
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.
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:
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
A FB (50ml) apparently Chocs, says his gf didn't like it
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
What I have done is go to e.g. fragrantica:
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):
Proper links here (sorry!):
search by notes:
search by type:
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.
There are also a great many perfume blogs, good, bad and indifferent. IMHO, Bois de Jasmin is sometimes quite interesting:
The site has a section called 'perfume 101' which suggests some possible ways to start exploring.
Oh, yes, blogs are good if you can find a blogger who's roughly into the same stuff than you..
Thanks a million. Have sealed the deal with Mr chanel man though am a bit wistful after the Cristalle...
I've recently discovered my favourite perfume blog, just so happens to be a regular on this thread
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!
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
Harum was enjoying Yatagan recently.....
SOTD was L'Artisan Tea for Two. I can still smell it 15 hours after applying....mmmmm....
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!
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
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?
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)
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...
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
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...
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!
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?! )- 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.
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.
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
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.
SOTD: L'Artisan Mon Numero 7. Nice, soapy spicy scent, but probably a better masculine..
Sotd my bargain chanel 19 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!
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.
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.
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 I shall await the violets eagerly
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.
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 . 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..
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.
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.
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.
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 I'm stocking up for the rest of my life while still in perfume heaven (=Italy)
SOTD Eau Sauvage.
Never realised the extend of the restrictions.. thought it was just US, Australia, etc. that were a problem.
That's it after I've sold my current fbs, I'll only ever buy and sell small things. Less suspicious.
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 ). 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?
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..
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.
I think it doesn't apply to companies.
It is all very confusing.
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..
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.
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
SOTD has been Incense Rose, smoky, rosey gorgeousness. I really have to thank you Toys for these swaps, they are all fantastic!
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.
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...
Harum I tried Bond No 9 Chinatown and felt similarly meh about it.
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.):
We horrid criminals..
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 !
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 I do like zingy in hot weather!
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.
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 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
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"
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
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
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.
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 and
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
ooo, I'd love it belle but not sure you want to chance sending it to ireland? <hopeful>
Be happy to swap something belle but may not have anything you'd be interested in since they are all v mainstream.
Tom ford neroli portofino
Acqua di parma iris nobile
Balenciaga l'eau rose
Emmm would have to re-examine my stash after that! None of those are full btw.
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.
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!
Hi littleomar. If you like Grapefruit, try Guerlain Pamplelune or Jo Loves Pomelo. Congratulations on your pregnancy!
Sorry, name chance fail! It's Toys here..
Great minds think alike!
Forgot to say: Wilting: I think a small sample will be fine getting through.. It's full bottles you might have trouble with.
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
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.
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)
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. 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
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! 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.
Ok, so, no nutmeg in Musc Ravageur. Must be the cloves, then..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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..
What about the Hermes Jardins? Do any of you like those?
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.
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.
wiltingfast PM me your address and it's yours! Hope it gets to you ok.
SOTD was Heliotrope.
SOTD - Le Labo Iris 39. Ohhhh, I love this. My favourite Iris.
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?
that was meant to be "flower shop" and not "show" Although would probably not decline a free invite to one, either!
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?
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!
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.
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.
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..
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...
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.
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.
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.
Sound like something I should try next time I'm in town..
Of course, Chocs. Just kindly PM me with an address to post them to.
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!
Fuzzy, can you PM your address? I will send it on Tuesday as we are away until then.
Frugal that sounds lovely! Enjoy your break!
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
Who's next for the violets? The majority of the vials are pretty empty, but there are a couple worth testing.
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!)?
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) 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.
Chocs thanks again, there's no rush
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.
You're on, Fuzzy! Anyone else interested in trying some decants?
I'll put in some of my old and new favourites - hopefully stuff that you'll not have tried before.
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!
Many thanks Belle! Have pm'd you my address .
Toys I'd definitely be game for mystery perfume!
SOTD, I'm back in Chanel 19, Mmmmmm
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 ...
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!
I remember those Bronley soaps!
SOTD was Dueto Golden Boy. Mmmmm, leather.
SOTD Iris Ukioye by Hermes. Feels like air-conditioning on a hot morning...
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!
Here is my fragrance wardrobe link of fragrantica (you will probably need to log in):
Frugal: That sounds like something my DM could use. She's in Thessaloniki right now - 39 degrees and no air con in the apartment.
ToysRLuv- great collection! wear Vent Vert and tell me what it's like. It's on my wish list.
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 ..
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 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).
Now the bitterness has gone a bit and the floral aspects are coming out, as well as the oakmoss. Still very green, though.
Wow Toys that is some shelf you have! I only recently realised I could put perfumes on a shelf on Frangrantica 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?
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
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...
God am I going crazy? I cannot find the like/love/dislike buttons on fragrantica! Someone tell me where they are???!!!!
Wilting - do you have French? If so, this site has some lovelies:
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:
Gosh, Vent Vert sounds lovely. One for the list, I think...
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!
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 ...
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!
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.
flora: I can send you a little bit in a vial to try if you fancy.
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..
Oh, and totally agree about ethical materials as well.
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
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...
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.
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? .
Hashtag: I used to have it and really liked it. Sorry, but am still to find anything similar. It was very good..
However, there happens to be some on sale just now on e-bay. I'm thinking about buying it..
That is a good idea, wilting, thanks!
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!
There is an ingredients list on my philosophy perfume, but, granted, that's the only one I've ever seen one in.
People! www.cheapsmells.co.uk are having a MASSIVE sale! Just picked up ambre de cobochard for 10...
Thanks for the tip, wilting. Will take a look..
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.
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 - also to Wilting- I've just been tempted in the Cheap Smells sale by another 'green' Balmain, Jolie Madame.
flora: That's all right! Let me know if you change your mind..
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.
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.
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:
I still remember receiving a bottle of the vintage parfum for my 21st birthday. It felt SO luxurious and grown up!
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.....
Wow, wilting that's quite different from how it smells on me. I hope.
SOY: Tabacco Vanille again, coincidentally.
SOTD: Visa - Roberto Piagget
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.
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!
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)..
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.
flora- I scored my Jolie Madame off Cheap Smells too! Buy it up before it runs out. They're not making it anymore.
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..
Toys- not great. Apres L'Ondee slightly longer than Eau D'Hiver, which I like but don't love.
On second thoughts, maybe you should wear them together for double the longevity? :-)
L'Artisan Parfumeur sale is on if someone is interested!
No Premier Figuier though
Pocket look at the ladies gift sets, I think one of them has 15ml of PF!
Pocket, look at this:
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.
Can anyone tell me how different/same PF and PF Extreme are? That dry oil sounds like a bargain.
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 ). Really like it! Honeyed black tea.
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.
Wilting, where are you? The Tauer site won't ship to the UK.
Ah no, I'm in Ireland , 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.
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....
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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 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?
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
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..
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?
Wilting well done - 1 thread down, 3 more to go - 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? That's for amateurs...
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?
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
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..
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 (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
HdP Blanc Violette
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud
Pulp by Byredo
Rose Noir by Byredo
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 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.
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 ?
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!
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...
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 .
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?
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.
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.
SOTD Din Dan by Lostmarch- thanks flora! It smells like Lemon Sherbets. Very good in hot weather.
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
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.
SOTD was La Perla.
SOTD Tauer Lys Du Desert. So far so good.
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.
Fuzzy: It is lovely isn't it? Let me know when you want me to tell you, and I'll PM you .
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.
SOTD is Guerlain Apres L'Ondee. I just felt in that kind of mood.
#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.
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.
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 ) 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.
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.
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
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.
Melanie, lucky you. I adore Ninfeo Mio, gotta love those sun-drenched figs.
Thanks Toys! I will try those today.
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!
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.
Linus, have you tried the Hermes "Jardins ..." series? They are florals but with a little complexity.
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.
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.
Thanks thecat and wilting! You have given me loads of ideas of new perfumes to try.
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>
Linus, have you tried Lutens' L'Eau Froide? I love it, but unfortunately so do my cats , who get overly affectionate, yowly and licky when I wear it.
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.
A perfect day for Herba Fresca. I really didn't want anything heavier today.
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
Ah, smothered myself in Ninfeo Mio yesterday in HoF and wafted about in it all day. So looking forward to the 5ml sample .
Anyone ever try Sel de Vetiver by The Different Company?
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..
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] )
Snap, Fuzzy, I was wearing Eau de Cartier today too! Perfect for this weather, beautiful.
Looking forward to my mystery samples.....
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
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.
Aargh, I'm still in tuberose recovery, the mere mention of it makes me fell a bit ill (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?!
To make matters worse my cheapsmells purchases haven't turned up yet either I ordered them WEEKS ago...
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.
Thanks coffee! Will try and see if I can find those scents and try them.
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.
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!
How do you guage sillage? Ask the dh? Mine's nose isn't great!
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 can almost see a cloud of it, but with others I forget what I'm wearing.
My DCs are my harshest critics, especially when I get into the car, and will always point out if I'm a little "overpowering".
Wilting: I do what Cointreau does. With some perfumes you can smell it all the time. With others you have to take a deep sniff of your skin before you get anything. DH doesn't really comment. Maybe I'm quite shy in spraying stuff. I really stank of Vent Vert when I last put it on, because I poured (accidentally) a quarter of a mini bottle on myself. I felt a bit self-conscious picking DS up from pre-school..
Ah ok, was eondering if you went around asking people! Lady at the chanel counter told me it's a sign the perfume really suits your skin if you can't smell it!?! (Was complaining that no 19 doesn't last on me).
Hello - can you help? I do not know how to pick a fragrance! I need to find a nice smell.
In the past the only 2 fragrances that have ever worked on me are Hugo Boss Woman and Bulgari. But I have worn them rarely and not at all for the past year really.
Any ideas on where I start?
I think lady at Chanel counter was talking utter rubbish.
I'm usually careful when I spray, but some things just carry.
Fleurs d'Oranger is a really sllage monster.
Evertomint - best way is just go and try a lot. Take a willing child so you have two more wrists to spray on.
Don't buy a thing, write down what you like.
Repeat as necessary.
I agree with you Coffee, I've heard this before but think it's a perfume myth. It seems kind of pointless, seeing as I wear fragrance pretty much only for my own pleasure (so if it's true then I'd prefer to wear perfume that doesn't suit my skin so I can smell it for longer!)
Wilting did you try the EDT or EDP? I generally find with Chanel that I prefer their EDPs as they last a lot longer on me.
Evertonmint yes go sniffing! It's so much fun (and free.) I think the ones you've mentioned are light-ish florals so maybe avoid the Thierry Muglers to start off with
I had a freebie sample come today of Escada's Cherry In The Air. It's like cherry flavour sweets, with a bit of creamy marshmallow and a light muskiness. It sounds awful, but I kind of like it, although it didn't last very long.
Hello everyone. Have been away for a bit so have a lot of catching up to do!
Have received quite a lot of samples recently - was a little disappointed by the Montale musks and ouds. I'd be interested to know if they have a base they use for all their perfumes as they all seem to have a similar whiff in the beginning. Liked Black Aoud once it settled down and you could smell the rose. And the Chocolate Greedy is fun, but a little sickly sweet to really wear much in real life.
I enjoyed Ambre Precieux by Maitre de Gantier very much - a really deep, expensive smelling amber. Better than Ambre Sultan in my subjective opinion. Well worth a full bottle purchase.
But the sample I loved the most was Musc Koublai Khan by Serge Lutens. After reading various reviews describing it as 'vile', 'fecal', and smelling of 'ball sweat', of course I had to try it And I think it smells fantastic. A really sexy, animalic, slightly dirty smelling musk. Which is what musk should smell like as far as I'm concerned. Clean white musks always seem a kind of contradiction in terms I reckon, although they can be lovely in their way. But Musc Koublai Khan is definitely a perfume that separates the women from the girls. I've got a full bottle on my birthday list.
Fuzzy I have the EdP. My skin must have v expensive taste ;)
Am a bit worried about my cheapsmells order. Just sent an email there to them now and then I thought I'd look and see if they had any interesting offers and there were no perfumes on its site whatsoever EEEK!
Now am in Ireland so may be running afoul of some EU laws or whatnot I don't know. I just hope my order turns up soon.
Am intruiged by the MKK fuckit but a bit nervous too! Where would you wear it? To bed?
I received the mystery sample package this morning (from Toys via Fuzzy). Eeek, very exciting!
I tested No.1 today, but I am not mad keen - is it a Guerlain? It reminds me of L'Heure Bleue, but has too much white flower/powder for me.
Cointreau: It's not.. will PM you, so I don't reveal to wilting (who is next)..
I never thought of it as a floral - It really isn't floral at all, on me! But it does have flower notes.
SOTD: Fille en Berlin. I like the rose in it, but find it borderline nauseating. Weird. Hmm..
Fuckit: I sampled some Montales as well, and they are a bit samey. On me they are Windolene to start with.. I only like Chocolate Greedy, White Aoud and Aoud Greedy, so far..
Also, I luuurrrve Ambre Precieux, but I only have a 5 ml decant so far.
I have said it before, but Musc Koublai Khan is a bit scary. Haven't tried it yet, but you and Frugal are really selling it to me! Will sample soon
and hope it doesn't smell of sweaty balls
Hi Wilting Am sorry to hear that you've been having trouble with Cheapsmells. I ordered something from them at the end of June and it arrived safely here in Scotland, last week. So - at least from my experience - they do still exist and are functioning really rather efficiently. I wonder whether your particular package has got lost on its way from Guernsey? As you say, it might have disappeared into some customs black hole.
This is a link that - about 10 mins ago - showed perfumes in stock on their site: www.cheapsmells.com/productListing.php?category=1
It seems promising at first sight....
All this sounds as if I am somehow on Cheapsmells's side. I'm not; I have absolutely no connection with them. I'm just reporting my good experience of dealing with them recently, in the hope that it might be encouraging!
SOTD Guerlain Eau de Cologne Imperiale. Not subtle, but certainly refreshing. Probably heresy to say so - it's been around a vv long time, and in exalted company - but, for my taste, considerably too much Vetiver.
Oooh! Blind sampling what a treat! Looking forward to it toys!
I'm sure you're right flora, I had an almost instant reply from cheapsmells and they said if I don't have the package this time next week, they will send it again. Bet customs have their hands on it, grrr >
May have to do a raid on the local chanel boutique, my sister tells me they offered her samples!!! And she only took one the wagon.
Wilting I'd personally wear it anywhere - but one definitely needs to be feeling confident to pull it off I think. It's a head turner for sure and I can imagine collecting a following of stray, salivating dogs before the day was out
It does smell dirty. Some really base human odours going on underneath that sweet muskyness. Wholesome it isn't. If perfumes came with age classifications, this one would be an x-rated 18 for sure. Definitely a try before you buy - lots of people seem to find it obscene.
Would be really interested to hear what Frugal thinks of it.
Hello, I haven't been for a while. Great to catch up. I also heart CheapSmells. They are brilliant. The free postage usually takes about 6 days from their Channel Islands base to the UK and they use a courier rather than Royal Mail.
They feed my habit something terrible. All these sales!
Great start to the day, not only did an old bid on gucci envy come through for me but my cheapsmells purchases turned up! Yay!
Love the Ma Griffe box, both it and the cabochard ambre smell gorgeous out of the bottle, am currently smothered in Sunflowers (lotion AND perfume) so better leave it awhile before testing on skin... Thank crunchie it's the weekend
I'll have to try fuckit <feeling brave after great start to day><goes off to add it to the wishlit>
Ah Wilting, you should have said you liked Gucci Envy. I have a secret supply.
Today I'm trying Mystery Sample No. 2. Ohhhhh, it's lovely. Quite an ethereal thing, but I keep getting little wafts. Haven't a scooby what it is, though.
Glad you like it, Cointreau!
Sotd: PdR- Twill Rose and Rose d'Homme (thanks Fuzzy!). I really like them both. Especially the latter, which, funnily enough, is not really rosy at all!
Ah Cointreau, it was a bit of an impulse buy, my mother used to have it and I liked it, so i put in a bid aaaages ago. Thought it was a dead listing. A 3/4 full bottle I just hope it's ok. Seller says it is so fingers crossed.
Have tried out the ma griffe, really like it, v woody floral on me. Then turns fresh, then ah disappears. I can just about smell it if I stick my nose in the crook of my arm. Lovely bottle though. I'm a bit of a sucker for nice bottles
On my perfume blog (which is now on the Mumsnet Bloggers Network) I have a dashboard of search terms that have led people to my site. Every single day someone somewhere in the world is asking about Gucci Envy. I genuinely don't understand why they won't bring it back.
I wrote to Gucci and they said they are making lots of fragrances in the hope that customers will find one they like.
I have found one I like. I want to buy it, but they won't make it any more! Crazy.
Chocs: They might, eventually. Rochas and YSL have brought back oldies as specials - albeit reformulated.
Speaking of idiots, cheapsmells doesn't deliver perfume to Ireland any more why o why <wailing & gnashing teeth>
I probably got the last delivery out of there!
That's why I couldn't see any perfume the other day...
Toys- yes Balmain are rumoured to be doing similar stuff. They will relaunch classics if there is enough interest. They are sensible nice people. Not like Gucci.
Ok, so lady in chanel boutique was extremely nice to me! She gave me a sample of:-
Cuir de russie
2 of coromandel
28 la pausa
Eau do cologne, both for <cough> dh
2ml each, fantastic!
Wore cuir de russie yesterday evening to go out and it was wonderful, so sexy and sophisticated yet with a subtle skin sweetness underneath, I felt amazing wearing it. Dh thought it was gorgeous too.
Wow - that is extremely generous!
I wonder if we have a Chanel boutique here.. Have never even stepped inside the Harvey Nicks, because I think I always look too scruffy (and have a grumpy, occasionally destructive, DS attached to me).
SOTD: Womanity. One spray and I can stun small animals..
Oooh Wilting how lovely.
I can recommend the Coromandel, it's gorgeous.
Have never tried the Cuir de Russie. Is that the leather one?
Yes it is, but the leather is very soft on me, I'd say if you sniffed it unknown you might not notice it was leather, (unless you were a perfumista obv!). Dh certainly didn't twig it. Very VERY wearable, liked it much more than I expected.
Can't wait to try the rest
Lucky you, Wilting - some lovely ones there.
Cuir de Russie is the one I don't like, however. It's not the worst, but it smelled just like Imperial Leather soap on me.
But I adore Coromandel, Sycomore and Bel Respiro.
Cointreau sending my apologies again for the delay on mystery sample No.5- the PIL have now gone away for a week and despite my asking three times for them to send it, they clearly haven't! Rather annoyed as if the shoe were on the other foot, they would expect me to do them a similar favour ASAP. Anyway, they will be back by the weekend so I will ask them again!
I'm finding this heat rather difficult for perfume. It seems to slide off in the same way as make-up. Today I wore Badgley Mischka, which reminds me of a fruitier, less full on Coco Mademoiselle. I don't think it's as amazing as Tania Sanchez makes out but still works really well as a casual day scent.
All gone very quiet on the perfume thread! Hope everyone is out enjoying the sunshine
I'm having a v pleasant day with sycomore. Didn't like it at first, felt incredibly dry and austere, all I could really smell was vetiver though there was a sort of lifting sense at the outset which then faded.
It's a very elusive scent on me, if I try to smell it on my arm, I'd swear it was gone but when i move around I constantly get very pleasant refreshing wafts of something really rather nice. There's something v sweet and faint underneath the dryness now. I guess it must be the violet but it is so subtle on me I can't really tell. Mostly, it just doesn't seem so dry anymore.
Plain and understated and elusive, that gentle sweetness keeps it from being too severe, it's a nice change from all those perfumes that mercilessly dry down to something floral!
SOTD is Signor Ricci by Nina Ricci. I know it's meant to be for men but it's so light and refreshing. Lots of big citrus notes, lovely on a hot day
I'm wearing my Signoricci too. I love it. Thanks again. I haven't been around much as Im swamped trying to get house sorted to move country in less than a month.
You're very welcome pocket I'm glad you're enjoying it
onelittlelady Would you be interested in a fb of Y by Yves St Laurent, a fb of Korres white tea, bergamot, freesia and a small sample of Caldey Island Gorse? Any or all of above? I'm trying to be realistic and edit out the things in my perfume stash that I don't really wear.
I would love them if you are sure?
Yes. Definitely. if you don't like them pass them along. I had a memory of Y and it didn't match the reality ( I bought it off ebay). The Korres was a present from husband and is pretty enough but a bit meh so I never wear it. The gorse was just a wild hunch but too honey-ish. I will get them packaged up and out to you in the next few days.
I really love the Signoricci. it is like a gin and tonic to me. So fresh. I really appreciate that you made the effort to get me some.
Whatever I don't like, I will pass on I'm happy that you like it, it really was no bother but it's nice to know you appreciate it
Can anyone recommend an alternative to cheapsmells.co.uk in Europe that might deliver to Ireland?
Wiltingfast- a way to get around the cheap smells no delivery to Ireland is to use Parcelmotel- sure to be at a garage/ shop near you. They can get your delivery to Belfast and is then brought to the Republic. Check it out on t'internet. Cost about 3.50 euro but free delivery from uk companies to belfast i think.
Oooooooo! You are a star holly will rush off to check that out, what a good idea! Thank you, that deserves a
So. I have been sampling Montales Black Aoud further.
And oh my word, this stuff is stunning!
I haven't really enjoyed any of the other Montale oud or musk perfumes, but Black Aoud is something really special.
There is an initial blast of sharp, pharmaceutical smelling oud to be got through. Not entirely pleasant, I must say. But it only lasts a few minutes and then, oh my gosh, it gives way to the most beautiful dark rose you can imagine. Forget any smell memories you may have of sweet, fruity, synthetic, department store rose. This rose is deep, intense, and gothic. I imagine it to be dark purple in colour, ripe almost to the point of rotting.
This isn't a rose for little girls. Grown ups only need apply. And I'm usually not a rose/floral perfume lover in the slightest. But this perfume is something else. It's really really dark and sumptuous.
Dammit. That's another full bottle on my birthday list.
Escentual has a 20% off sale, by the way.....
SOTD was Gucci Envy. The sharp, crisp green-ness is perfect for the hot weather.
wow fuckit, that sounds like one to try definitely.
I'm trying 28 la pausa today, not loving it so far. Can barely smell it to be honest. V hot here this morning though. So far prefer sycomore from yesterday. Need to give it more time though, only wearing 30m or so yet.
Aw, checked out the parcel motel idea but it costs 14 to deliver to an alternative address boo hoo.
Ah noooo. Parcelmotel rep on John Murray or Pat Kenny show or Newstalk snd I was led to believe it would be 3.50 euro
Hello. Looks like everyone's on holiday . I'm visiting back home and not thinking very much about perfume (plus the internet connection's not great at times). Tomorrow I will, however, try and find the Mugler leather fragrances in the local department stores. Anything with leather is worth trying. Particularly intrigued by the Alien variety.
SOTD: Bobbi Brown Beach, which, today, for some reason was really quite horrible and cloying. I like it normally ..
I am stil in possession of the "mystery samples" and have tried them all (with the exception of No. 5 which is lagging behind). All very interesting, and I really liked two of them. Who's next? PM me an address.....
It's Wilting next.. Wilting if you still want them, PM Cointreau!
Cointreau, hope you get no 5 soon. It's lush
SOTD: Mum's Impulse "Hint of Musk" body spray. Can you tell I just couldn't be arsed today.. And I miss my collection. The 5 things I brought with me just don't feel right today. Will attempt aforementioned department store trip soon.
I do I do! But only have access on phone today and can't pm, will pm you tomorrow cointreau
News on sample no.5- We'll be going to the in-laws tomorrow so will pick it up and post it to Cointreau ASAP. Really sorry for the delay!
O dear, my sample of vol de nuit arrived yesterday from surr to ch and have been trying it out yesterday and this morning and it disappears to nothing on me! I have it on now about an hour and all I can smell is powdery vanilla which is fading as I type. V disappointing. Was hoping I just hadn't been paying enough attention yesterday.
Maybe it's the weather? Warm and close here. Thunder forecast.
I'm sampling Creed Jardin d'Amalfi today. On paper I should love it. On my wrist I dont.
So hard to find a summer appropriate fragrance that I love.
CVS have you tried Creed's Virgin Island Water. Smells of summer, sun tan lotion and pina colada. Lovely
Ahh, don't you love the day your credit card flips over?! Mr Tauer, here I come! 5 samples, yum yum yum
Cointreau isn't Chris O' Dowd married to Dawn O' Porter from Roscommon?
Received a sample of Mona di Orio's Vanille from the Les Nombres d'Or line yesterday.
It's absolutely gorgeous. Don't be fooled by the name - this is not your average synthetically cloying sweetie body lotion type vanilla. It's not even particularly gourmand as such. This scent is rich, and opens with an orangey, petitgrainy, boozy accord, soon developing into something woody, spicy, and anchored by the darkest, smokiest, purest vanilla you've ever had the pleasure of sniffing. Both my sons (aged 14 and 10) smelt it on me and went, "Mmmm!!" Which is high praise indeed coming from them. It's sweet, but always interesting and never too much.
I also received a sample of Musc Maori by Parfumerie Generale. Tis horrid in my opinion. Plasticky, overly sweet, synthetic smelling gourmand. Something you'd expect a little girl to like.
Also tried Ambre Russe by Parfums d'Empire. Wow. Not for the faint hearted. It's a rich, deep, spicy, leathery amber, with such a lot of booze in the top, I swear you could get pissed off the initial fumes! Very unisex - would smell equally good on a man IMO. I do like it very much, and consider it most definitely full bottle worthy, but see it more as an odd occasion scent really. A bit much for every day wear perhaps. And it's not often you'll hear me say that!
Vanille and Ambre Russe sound amazing, fuckit!
I'm still abroad, holidaying, and not wearing any perfume at the moment, because I've had a weird, angry acne flare-up on my neck and bits of my face. I feel and look like shit. I reckon I need to go and get that sorted, so I can apply some perfume again without feeling like I'm gilding a turd (pardon my french )...
I love Ambre Russe, and that vanilla one sounds right up my street too.
I've now received Mystery Sample 5, which has caught up with its friends.....hmmm, not mad on this one, although it improved as the jasminey notes wore off. It evolved constantly throughout the day. I'd be very interested to know what it is.
Anyway, Wilting, they will be posted to you tomorrow. Sorry for the delay - I have been flat out this last week.
Holly, yes Chris O'D is from Roscommon; my DH was at school with his brother, in fact. Did it come up on this thread? <amnesia>
Thanks Holly, not tried that one. Will add it to my list
Ah fuckit I've heard that mona di orio's vanilla is a must try for vanilla lovers. Sounds gorgeous enough to tempt me off my current green and galbanum obsession!
Still reading through the old threads and there's a www.parfumeriedesfontaines.com recommended where if you order 10 of samples delivery is free. Haven't ordered yet but hopeful it includes ireland. Good enough selection, they definitely have mona di orio to try.
All in french but seems easy enough to navigate. "Enchantillon" seems to be "sample".
Thanks all of you for all the perfume suggestions you made.
I wasn't able to try them all but in the end I bought two new perfumes.
S. Lutens Nuit de Cellophane and yesterday I bought Tom Ford Rive d'Ambre. That last one is a bit out of my comfort zone but I loved it the moment I smelled it.
It was a toss-up between that one and TF Shanghai Lily but the Rive d'Ambre won.
Well done, Linus. Not tried either of those, but sounds like you made a good choice.
Wilting, the samples are now en route. I added the last remaining sample from the "violets" sample pack which was doing the rounds - it's quite an unusual one!
SOTD was a sneaky dab of Sample 3 of the mystery pack before it went into the envelope; definitely my fave in this lovely weather.
Excellent! Thanks a million Cointreau, I'm really looking forward to it
onelittlelady. The fbs of Y, Korres and the gorse sample are finally on their way to you. I hope you like them.
O god, my Tauer discovery set arrived today and I don't quite know what to make of it! I got:-
Carillon pur un ange
Reverie au jardin and
L'air du desert marocain
Carillon is crazy stuff, cannot BEAR it. Rose? Rose? ROSE you say? Oh and lilac? With some lily and leather? Well it's vile. I'm sorry. It's like a weird air freshner over something medicinal and a relentless CLEAN note under it all just to up the headache stakes a bit.
Sometimes I get a whiff of lily. Just a whiff.
In most of them I am getting a strange background smell that actually makes my tongue tingle. All weirdly clean. I thought he was supposed to be an orientalist at heart? I thought these might be too sweet for me but they are possibly too industrial.
Now I haven't tried the Lddm yet. My nose is spent for tonight... Am also a wee bit poorly (recovering from nasty nasty gallstone attack) so am possibly bu.
So aibu? Come tell me what I am missing! ;)
I have a love-hate thing with Tauer. I adore LADDM, and also like Vetiver Dance and Rose Chypree, but found Reverie au Jardin and Orange Star utterly choking.
SOTD was SL Un Bois Vanille; not the obvious summer choice, but it wasn't exactly summery today.
I absolutely adore L'air du desert Marocain. If I had to re-locate to Mars and could only choose one perfume to take with me, it would be that one. I was in rapture the first time I smelt it. It was the perfume I had been waiting for all my life. Tauer is an indisputable talent - no doubt about that.
I also really enjoy his Incense Rose. The rose is really radiant and beautiful over the smoky incense.
But I don't like them all, not by a long shot. His Pentachord Auburn was just plain nasty IMHO, and the Incense Extreme didn't do a huge amount for me either.
I'd be curious to try Lonestar Memories on skin. I smelt it on a paper strip in Les Senteurs once, and found it... interesting. Loads of birch tar. Very challenging.
I ordered a full bottle of Mona di Orio's Vanille. Couldn't wait. My friend is picking it up from the sorting office today for me. Am so excited and happy to have it as part of my collection. The bottle is really gorgeous too. I try not to be swayed by packaging but...
SOTD: Coromandel. Very beautiful it is too.
So, it turns out I've got rosacea. I thought I left shite skin behind in my 20s.
I got a gift card to a Boots type chain here, so bought Opium Vapeurs from the rather limited selection. I am happy, though. It's very nice. Incensey, but fresh.
Aw crap Toys that is the pits they thought I had that at one point and put me on some drugs for it but no, seems I just have v red cheeks! Hope they can manage it for you.
I'm toying with a purchase of Le Temps d'une fete myself, especially as word is it is possibly being discontinued. It's only 35 online....
Couldn't face more Tauer adventures this morning so am wearing peaceful calming 28 La Pausa...
I've "fortunately" got the pimply type, it seems, so it can be treated with antibiotics. They are going to wait for autumn to give me any, though, as they make your skin sensitive to the sun, so you could end up going from the frying pan into the fire..
I love LADDM (dry down) and like Maroc, Une Rose Vermeille and (on some days when I am feeling adventurous) Lonestar. Hate pretty much everything else by Tauer. And I sooo wanted to love Incense Rose, but I HATE it. Ditto Incense Extreme. I had to scrub Auburn off after half an hour of trying to get into it and feeling increasingly nauseous. Pentachord White is a bit better, but still unwearable.
ok, inspired by fuckit have ordered a sample of Mona di Orios vanilla from that parfumeries des fontaines website! Can only be better than the carillon nightmare I endured yesterday!!
9 for a sample? Am a bit worried what a fb might cost!!
Ooh, I forgot Lonestar Memories. Weird, but utterly wonderful, although I always wonder whether those around me are enjoying the scent as much as I am.
SOTD was Guerlain Apres L'Ondee. My favourite Guerlain.
Just seen your post pocket thank you I shall wait excitedly for the postman
Am actually relieved to see Tauer is a bit divisive, really wanted to like them but couldn't even look at the box this morning think I'll put them away for awhile once I"ve tried laddm. Happy to pass them around if anyone fancies them? Let me know.
And oooooo, mystery samples arrived today! Had to try no 3 first since cointreau seemed so enamoured!
Mmm, def v pleasant from bottle get vanilla maybe? Warm scent with a light sparkle to me. On skin gosh, v light, much lighter than I expected <makes mental note to buy some vaseline fgs> ok dabbed on some more, still seems v light and floaty, fresh too, but a hint of warmth. Not the faintest idea what it is... Reminds me of issey perfumes fwiw!
Wilting: Since you're the last one (and I reckon you can keep the samples, as well- have got other deals with Fuzzy and Cointreau to make it fair), I can reveal here what number 3 is: Comptoir Sud Pacifique-Coco Figue. It's light, creamy and figgy. I quite like it, especially in hot weather..
In honour of the Tauer chat (and because I'm wearing green today), SOTD is Vetiver Dance.
I always get a gingerbread note from vetiver, and find it very moreish.
I've been complaining about being unable to find a summer fragrance that I adore.
Well - right under my nose - and has been since 1974 - I've found it.
Purchased the EDP today and can't stop sniffing myself. Love it.
I love LADDM and am enjoying reading the Tauer chat.
Thank you pocket my package arrived this morning
My, Y is a foxy one isn't she? I had one tiny squirt this morning and I can still smell it
Oh Cristalle IS gorgeous! Enjoy
Now you've told us what it is I can't believe I didn't identify the coconut!
Ok no 2 tonight, hmmm, v ladylike this one, think I get some citrus, am going cautiously say maybe lime? Mmm I really like this one, and there's a bit of depth to it too, not sure what though. I think some light fruit too, maybe apple?
Lovely! Tell us what it is Toys please!
Btw anyone tried carthusia Via Camarelle? There's a fb on my local second hand website for 25... Notes look good to me on fragrantica.
No 2 is gone v sweet now, a bit like apple drops on me.
Wilting: Number 2 is The Body Shop Tobacco Flower. No idea what the notes are, but would guess magnolia, tobacco and caramel? your guess is as good as mine! The best thing to ever come from th Body shop and therefore discontinued I've got two bottles to keep me going..
SOTD: Opium Vapeurs, again. It's very nice. Lovely in fact. Just right and nothing like Opium, which to me is a bit stuffy and old-fashioned.
Wilting: You're probably right about some fruit in it, as well.. Who knows!
Haven't been around much as I've been to busy getting my head around moving... This morning I put on Mure et Musc Extreme from my L'A P sample set ( which I have been trying to use up because those adorable but ridiculous sample bottles won't survive a transatlantic shipping container). I had previously completely written it off as not me at all and now I surprised to find I keep sniffing at it with increasing affection.