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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@RoseCharlie - Thank you for this great review and the background!  My mom loves 4711!  She discovered it on a trip to Germany many years ago.  As you say, it's very hard to find.  I know she's found it at Disney World, in Las Vegas, and on trips to Europe.  I've reached out to the BT community asking for alternatives, but no one replied.  Your post has provided me with two options for mom--JHAG Gentlewoman and TF Neroli Portofino.  I will see if I can get samples of these.

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@RoseCharlie I love your reviews and and I'm dying to try this perfume now!

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Thank you so much @txcatx! : ) I love this thread it's such a great idea thank you so much for starting it! I love your reviews as well (and your amazing taste in lipstick)!

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@RoseCharlie  No need to apologize for such a thoughtful and in-depth review of the fragrance! Smiley Very Happy

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Oh thank you @ghrelin! : ) That is really kind of you to say.  I'm pretty new here so I sometimes worry my posts might breach etiquette or just generally worried that I sound like a pompous behind (I think this won't let me insert crude words). Smiley Very Happy I just love perfume though... I love reading about, how it is made, the history of perfume and I especially love smelling it. 

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@RoseCharlie  I understand your worry!  I tend to be very 'verbose' when I review items (or, let's be honest, about everything Smiley Very Happy ).  I think there will always be some people who may judge or be 'grouchy' about people who write a lot about a subject; however, at the same time, I think there's going to be just as many people who enjoy reading a long 'opinion piece' about things.  

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@ghrelinSmiley Very HappyI do too! I also enjoy reading people's longer takes on things because I find it fascinating to see how everyone interacts differently with beauty, products, scents - scents especially since they are so intimately linked to memory and individual experience and I always find it so interesting to see how a person might experience a perfume completely differently from the way I experience it.

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I got all perfume samples in my last Sephora order (yay!)! I tried Giorgio Armani Si today, and it's really nice. I love Jo Malone's English Pear and Freesia, and it's interesting how the addition of amber wood makes the fragrance completely different. This one smells sweet and spicy in a lovely way on me.

 

Notes:
Pear, Freesia, Amber Wood.

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Ooh Jo Malone lucky you! 

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@txcatxYay! Perfume samples! : ) sometimes I see people on BT complaining about there being too many pefume samples in the samples section and i am dumbfounded because the perfume samples are my absolute absolute favourite! : ) English Pear and Freesia sounds amazing I will have to try it - I wonder if Canadian Sephoras will also get the Jo Malone?

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@RoseCharlie I know! We're definitely the minority who love perfume samples. For awhile, my perfume samples kept getting replaced with foundation samples, which was oh, so sad.

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@txcatxOh no I would hate that! lol,I'm a one foundation woman - so foundation samples pffft.  It's Guerlain Lingerie de Peau for me, but perfume? I'll NEVER have enough! lol

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DAY 3: Today I decided to try wearing Maison Margiela (Replica)'s "Funfair Evening" - I actually quite like this and I think it's actually quite an original scent in the Caramel Gourmand category.

 

I remember reading a review of this perfume (before trying it) that focused on the caramel/candy aspect and dismissed it as a being inferior to other fragrances in the genre, notably Prada Candy.  I could not disagree more with that review and in fact it leaves me wondering if the reviewer had a nose on their head because love it or hate it - this fragrance is very different from Prada Candy - though both have a dominant caramel note - and it is also very different from Therry Mugler "Angel" (another perfume I have seen a reviewer compare it too).  Terry Mugler Angel is - to my nose - more defined by the excessive patchouli than it is by the sweet gourmand notes.  In Funfair Evening there is no patchouli and there are a variety of notes that I have not seen in any other Caramel dominant gourmand scents...

 

Maybe FUNFAIR EVENING leaves a good impression on me because there is a star anise note that is quite pronounced and that prevents the fragrance from veering into overly sweet territory.  To some people, the star anise might smell like black licorice, it is indeed similar or it might be reminiscent of Sambuca... But because I am French and I have spent many lazy Sunday afternoon drinking the aperitif called Pastis (Pastis - if you are unfamiliar is a green liqueur to which we add a little water and a cube of sugar.  Pastis tastes almost exactly like Absinthe (a little milder) and it looks like Absinthe but it does not have the active ingredient that produces the special level of intoxication that made absinthe infamous (wormwood).  In any case - I smell Star Anise, Pastis, Caramel and Sweet Taffy, a little vanilla, undercut by a green sort of leafiness, crisp Neroli (orange blossom) and a hint - A HINT - of rosewater and I do mean rose water, certainly not full blown rose.  For my own taste I could wish that the floral elements and the vanilla were more pronounced but the inclusion of star anise  makes this - to my nose - quite interesting with the gourmand notes. 

 

I think it is most likely a love it or hate it fragrance and while I don't think I like it quite enough to buy a full bottle I would definitely purchase it if it came in roller ball size or if it was included in a roller ball set that also contained "Flower Market", also by Replica. 

 

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Oh, this one sounds so interesting! Your review was lovely, and I totally need a sample of this perfume now.

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Thank you! : ) I think it is definitely worth asking for a sample next time you hit the store because I find it hard to really get a good read when I'm sniffing so many other things and other perfumes are in the air but I do think this one is quite fun - not an every day perfume but a very interesting one nevertheless! : )

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Awesome review @RoseCharlie! I want to try a sample of this, it sounds amazing. Smiley Happy

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@angel7594Thank you so much! : )  I was worried I had blabbed a little too much and that no one would read it so I'm really happy to see you liked it! : ) I think it's definitely worth trying - even if you don't end up liking it for regular use I find it is a bit of a scent experience! : )

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Today I decided to wear Tokyo Milk Tainted Love because it was recently in the samples section and I received a little sample with my last order.  I like it even though I'm not usually drawn to fragrances described as "dark".  I wouldn't really describe this as "dark" per say since it is balanced by a bit of sweetness and a hint of floral but it does have quite a smokey character to it. I love the smell of vanilla and it is prominent in this perfume, the description states that one of the main notes is "dark vanilla bean" but I feel like the "darkness" comes from the smokey tea notes.  To me this smells of vanilla, smokey tea, a hint of wood, a hint of floral (I can't say it smells like any one particular flower and though the notes lists orchid and I often see orchid as a note in fragrance descriptions, orchids, to my knowledge, mostly do not possess any scent so I can't say I know what orchid smells like though if it is meant to convey the notion of a sort of clean floral then yes, there is a hint/peekaboo of clean floral hear).  There is also very small hint of sandalwood and these notes are all framed by what I would describe as a sweet (not overly sweet) "hug", as if the sweetness of dried black cherries hung faintly around the composition and around the dominant notes.  I quite like it even though it's not the sort of thing I would have thought to try on my own.  I remember reading somewhere that Kat Von D carries a hand cream scented with Tainted Love everywhere she goes.  In conclusion I should say - I quite like this and I would wear it but it is not extremely rich or complex if that makes any sense.  I get an immediate sense of the fragrance and the notes and that stays very consistently linear as time goes on.  Great value though this perfume is a steal!

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I love Tainted Love! Combining it with Alien is my go to combo. 

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@SamtianOooh nice, I have not tried layering it yet but you're making me think I should give it a go!  : )

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@RoseCharlie I just picked this sample from a little pile of free samples someone was giving away. I smelled Tokyo Milk once a loooong time ago in some Japanese stationary store at Santana Row. Now I can't wait to try it. Smiley Very Happy

XOXO,
Marieke