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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Etat Libre d'Orange's Remarkable People vs. Byredo's Bal d'Afrique

 

Two remarkably similar takes on Josephine Baker. They don't share many notes - only citrus and jasmine - but they both have a bright, citrusy opening, followed by a tropical sweetness paired with wood. BA is more juicy while RP is more powdery/fizzy. I actually think BA is a fair consideration for a dupe given its much lower cost.

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Oh, these sound wonderful. Must get to the Byredo counter soon...

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Tried Juliette Has a Gun's Into the Void on paper. This was far too tonka heavy for my taste. There aren’t any white florals listed in the notes, but the scent gave me that impression. It lists “black orchid” in the notes, which isn’t a real flower; perhaps that was the floral I was detecting? It does not smell like TF’s Black Orchid for those wondering. The bottle looks a lot like a cheaper version of By Kilian's but I see it’s just coincidence as the other frags in the luxury line are different colours.

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Dolce & Gabbana Dolce today. I really love this one. I just have a purse spray right now, but once I use it up I'm going full size for sure. 

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Giorgio Armani- Sun di Gioia 

Notes:
Bergamot, Freesia, Marine Accord, Sambac Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Frangipani, Coconut Milk, Ambrox, Iris.

 

I received sample of this instead of one of the lipstick samplers. It smells pleasant. I'm still on the fence about it. 

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@Samtian @txcatx - I've sampled this one several times in store.  I was fortunate the last time to put it on at lunch and wear it the rest of the day (rather than try it and 10,000 other scents!).

 

Like you @Samtian, It's nice, but I'm undecided.  I was concerned about the coconut milk, but could not smell anything coconut at all.  I was also very concerned about the ambrox because I find that absolutely nauseating!  I couldn't even smell that!

 

I'll probably end up getting a sample made.

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The notes had me until the coconut milk. I'm curious about this one, though!

 

I have a Sephora order coming in tomorrow. I'm actually hoping to get a new perfume or two instead of some of the lipstick samples! 

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@txcatx I cant' really smell the coconut milk. I'm anti-coconut. 

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Oh, cool. I'll have to check this one out.

 

Sadly, Sephora substituted the lipstick samples with foundation samples once again. 

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Bvlgari-Omnia Paraiba

Notes:
Bigarade Orange, Passion Fruit, Passion Flower, Brazilian Gardenia, Cocoa Beans, Vetiver Essence.

 

I think someone has posted this one before. I enjoy this one. 

 

My order I placed from the perfumed court has shipped. I will finally be able to smell some Diptyque!!

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@Samtian - This one sounds nice!  An interesting mix of scents.

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Is this the blue one? If it is, I may have posted about it. I liked it, but it wasn't very long lasting on me. The notes are really nice though. 

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Yep! That's the one. 

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Tried Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb yesterday to see what is all the rave about... Ay...

 

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@lyravega Haha! Oh no!

 

You know, I used to hate it as well. I had a sample of it maybe a couple of years ago and was like HARD PASS, and that aversion stuck until about 4 or 5 months ago when a rollerball was in TSB. I was able to detect a bit off the ball and it was totally different than I remember. Now, it's one of my favorites! My tastes must have just changed over the years. 

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Eau de Italie- Jardin Du Poete

Notes-

Green orange, sweet orange, bitter orange, grapefruit, blackcurrant, petitgrain, buchu leaf, basil, angelica, cardamom, pink bay, cyclamen, lily of the valley, rose, moss, immortelle, cypress, hay, musk.

 

I like the smell of this. I'd consider buying it. I layered it with Lady Gaga's Fame. Notes-The fragrance is built on three main accords: dark accord, sensual accord and light accord. The dark accord includes poisonous flower Belladonna and incense, which evolve into the sensual and opulent wave of honey drops, saffron and apricot. A floral veil of Sambac jasmine and tiger orchid embody light and beauty.

 

It was a good combo.

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@Samtian Thanks for continuing to post the last couple of days! I've been sick so I have nothing to post on, but I recieved some new fragrences in orders and from the RAK Exchange so I have some things to try!

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@alexasteph No problem! I can't wait to see what you got!

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Yes, thanks, @Samtian!

 

I'm so in love with Byredo Inflorescence and Commodity Mimosa that I haven't been trying any other perfumes right now. 

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@txcatx (That's because Mimosa is the GOAT)

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My Burberry. 

Notes:
Sweet Pea, Bergamot, Geranium, Golden Quince, Freesia, Patchouli, Rain-Tipped Damask and Centifolia Roses.

 

I love the sound of the notes, but they didn't work on me.