31 Days of Perfume Challenge

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Do you have a box full of perfume vials and/or a vanity covered in perfume bottles? Are you the Goldilocks of perfume, just looking for the perfect signature scent? Do you want an opportunity to post daily about how your perfume of the day smells oaky and smoky with hints of blackberry and currant, like a cigar in a whisky barrel rolling through a Mediterranean orchard on a breezy summer morning?

 

If you answered yes to any of the above, or you just want to hop on board for the ride, join us for a 31 days of perfume challenge starting January 1st! Some of us from the 25 days of lipstick challenge wanted to continue the fun and exploration, and since many of us have so many perfume samples, we thought this challenge would be perfect. If you don't have 31 perfumes or hate everything that doesn't smell like Meyer lemons and fresh goat cream, that's fine--we're just aiming to use the neglected perfumes we have laying around and incorporate them into our perfume rotations.

 

And if you want more perfume vials, there's no better time than now to take a peek at Sephora's samples section.

 

Edit: Anyone can join in at anytime! We're here to support, live vicariously through, and encourage everyone in their olfactory adventures!

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Lol at that GIF! @Samtian

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@Beadshopgirl That's about how I feel about the scent lol. Looking at the notes I have no idea why it was even in my wishlist. But it had been there since I started Sephora pretty much. 

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I am wearing my Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey sample today.

 

Oh this is beautiful. I added it to my list. 

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I have and love that one! 

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I bought the Pinrose rollerball wardrobe, and I was so hoping I would love it. Unfortunately every last one of these fragrances give me a headache. Smiley Sad  It's weird, because I can tell some of them smell quite nice, but they hurt, so they're going back.  Definitely A+ on the presentation though; most adorable mini rollerball packaging ever!

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That's a bummer. Their fragrances are lovely.

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Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Sucre

 

Key notes: mandarin, jasmine flower, whipped cream

 

I rarely purchase perfume without sampling it first, but I got this one solely because of the bottle design, and being limited edition lol. My risk payed off, because it smells amazing! If you like Pinrose Secret Genius and Viktor & Rolf Bonbon, this one is similar.

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@angel7594 I was curious and thought because of the design/ advertising it would be way too sweet and teen-like. But I really love BonBon so I'll give this a chance too.

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Perfume no. 41: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino. This smells like company soap on me. You know, those little soaps that may or may not be shaped like seashells that people sometimes put out in their bathrooms when guests come over.

 

These are notes I would normally love, but I'm relieved I don't like this one enough to spend $150 on a bottle.

 

Notes:
Tunisian Neroli, Italian Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon, Winter Yellow Mandarin, Orange Flower, Lavender.

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Comme des Garcons Play Red

Notes:
Red Mandarin, Pink Peppercorn, Safraleine, Red Cherry Accord, Geranium, Cinnamon, Osmanthus, Myrrh, Balsam of Tolu.

 

I like this one, its different. I don't even know what a few of the notes are, but they work together very well. Now if only they would make travel sizes. 

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Ooooh - is the cherry prominent in this one? Or is it more floral? The mix with the pink peppercorn, cinnamon, myrrh, and balsam sounds intriguing @Samtian

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@Libellules I don't detect cherry at all. Definitely not floral scented. 

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I'm wearing B. Skin by Balenciaga again today. I wore it during the original challenge and really liked it then but didn't feel it was super strong. This time, I put more on and it has lasted a solid 6 hours so far. My sample vial is still about half full, so once I use that up, I plan on getting a bottle. Since my collection has been expanding, it's getting expensive... So I'm really trying to add fragrances that are quite different from each other. This one feels very feminine and soft, and perfect for everyday wear. It has green tea, peony, edamame, cedarwood, and vetiver. 

 

 

A couple random fragrance related notes. First, I had a chance to try Angel Muse in store (I was curious about it a couple of days ago when @lyravega wore it)... And it reminded me of cherry Chapstick! Hahaha. I don't know why! I don't think there is anything in the notes that would make it smell like cherry Chapstick. So that one is going to be pass for me, because I just can't get passed the memory of middle school.

 

 

Second, I got a sample of Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey at Nordstrom today. I am very nervous I will be adding another entire line to my wishlist. I wanted to take samples of like 6 but didn't want the SA to judge me hahahaha. 

 

 

Finally, I gave some cologne samples to my dad and he wore one today! Neither of my parents are really fragrance wearers, but I think he really liked a couple of the samples. It was MM Replica At The Barbers. I do not like the Replica female scents, but the male ones are quite nice, and I think something like that is perfect for someone like my dad who isn't much of a fragrance wearer. Still working on my mom to wear some. I forced her to take a sample of Elizabeth and James Nirvana White, and she liked it a lot and was quite curious about the whole line, but she won't wear it! Ugh. She'll come around. 

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Oh, what the what... Hahahaha, cherry chapstick of all things!  @alexasteph you crack me up! Smiley Very Happy

 

No, definitely nothing in it that would even make it smell that way...

 

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@lyravega I can't explain it either! Hahaha. But that's what I got. Weird, I know! 

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I totally get it, @alexasteph . Funny how our brains work. I can't remember the notes in TF Orchid Soleil, but I am sure there is no "burnt tire" among them ( yet, that is all I can smell )! Smiley Very Happy Soooo... Smiley Very Happy

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I went to Nordstrom the other day, and the Jo Malone SA was rude. It took her 5 minutes to leave her friend next door she was talking with to come over. Asked what kind of scents I like, I said Spicy. So she starts spraying all the spicy ones on the little test strips. I asked to try the Bluebell one and she very snottly said how that isn't a spicy scent. After she sprayed that she said  if you want anything let me know, and walked off back to her friend. 

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@Samtian Oh dear, that isn't a good experience! The SA was very nice and showed me some of her favorite blends, and they were right up my alley. Which is why I'm afraid I'm diving deep in to another expensive fragrance pool. 

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@alexasteph @Samtian - I wish there was a Jo Malone counter near me, snotty SA or not (not to dismiss your bad experience).  The nearest one is like 4 hrs away!  There are a couple of scents I would like to get samples of (or at least sniff) based on this perfume challenge.

 

Hope things go better next time!

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@Titian06 Haha mine is 4 hours away too!

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@Samtian - Wow!  It's too bad you had to have such an unpleasant experience for samples you were excited (I'm assuming) to get from a store 4 hrs away.  I hope the "real" reason for your trip (I can't image it was for the samples) went much more pleasantly!