31 Days of Perfume Challenge

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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@Madeline7 That doesn't sound right at all! Blackberry Bay is one of my favorite scents from any maker. It's got a very soft fruity sweetness, but the spicy/herbal notes tone that sweetness down to keep it from being too cloying or too heavy or too juvenile.

 

As a counterpoint to @LCResz, Blackberry Bay was my very first JM experience, and I'm glad I found it first. I have since gotten samples of Peony Blush & Suede (gag, too floral) and Wood Sage & Sea Salt (ok, but it doesn't speak to me like BB). I'd love to try some others, but it'll have to be as I get my hands on more samples since I'm so picky about scents. 

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So I went in to a Jo Malone boutique and smelled the Blackberry there...still nothing!  I've heard about people who can't smell apples, maybe I have that for blackberries! lol

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This is me with Armani Si. I can't smell anything at all nada

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I am not a fan of JM Blackberry and Bay at all. On me it smells like B.O.; thank goodness it was not my first JM experience or else I would never fallen down the rabbit hole so utterly.

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Today I am wearing "Mon Guerlain" so Angelina and I are basically the same person today LOL

 

Yesterday I tried LUSH Rose Jam solid perfume (not, unfortunately, part of the collection but occasionally made by the LUSH kitchen in the UK which charges exorbitant fees for delivery across the pond and sell out quickly so I've purchased this off E-bay at a significant premium from the original sell price).

 

My impression of LUSH Rose Jam

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I love the fresh, sweet rosy and gourmand smell of the shower gel that smells like rich rose absolute, vanilla, fresh lemon and goji and a sort of candied sugary quality and I was hoping for the same in the solid perfume.  The LUSH solid perfumes are a great deal if you like the scents, they are actually good for your hair, they last forever and they are all under $16CAD.  And when I say they last - they last, I still have some I purchased years ago and have worn pretty often.

Anyhoo - the LUSH rose jam solid perfume is nice and I can tell is it the same scent family but unfortunately in the solid form I am not quite getting the same freshness and rosy-sugar i get in the shower gel.  The lemon is more prominent and there is a slight hint of spice.  Still - I can tell it is the rose jam scent and I still like it but it's just that for some reason - maybe deliberate or maybe a reason that has to do with the different ingredients involved in both formulation that are not perfume related - in any case it is like the same scent with different facets of it highlighted if that makes any sense.

Today, I am trying "Mon Guerlain" I enjoy smelling the heavier Guerlain mainstream scents and I think they are always well-made but I haven't fallen in love with perfumes like "la petite robe noire" etc.  I am VERY impressed with "Mon Guerlain" though - I really like this and I'm surprised that this is something i would definitely buy and wear because it is a little heavier than the kind of scents I am usually drawn to.  It is just so darn well-made and sexy though.

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I can really smell the fresh lavender in the opening and it's picked up by what I can tell is a fresh citrus, bergamot the notes say and that sounds about right.  I think the lavender and Iris are dominant in the floral category with the jasmine and another unamed light floral being less distinguishable but nevertheless present.  Iris gives it that powdery quality and  it works well here there is also, I think, a nice radiant floral note in there I can't quite identify though it is nice.  Anyhoo - I quite like this because I always think that a nice lavender that is more floral than herbaceous blends beautifully with sweet tonka/coumarin notes and the Thierry Wasser version of the famous "Guerlinade" perfume-base is one that I really like - tonka, coumarin, almondy marzipan,  sweet rich vanilla and Sandalwood, in "Mon Guerlain" the Guerlinade base works really well with the lavender, bergamot, jasmine and iris in this composition.  Anyhoo, I really like this I think it's quite sexy and it has great lasting power and some considerable though not excessive sillage.  I feel like the dry-down leaves me smelling sweet in a sinful kind of way that I quite like and keep sniffing again and again lol.

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Stopped into the new downtown DC Sephora last night and was sniffing the testers in the rollerball section and ended up randomly buying the mini bottle of Derek Lam Drunk on Youth.  I've been on a floral kick lately, just bought Pinrose's L'il Dipper and Tambourine Dreamer last weekend, and this fit in with those nicely.

 

So far I really like it, it has a very nostalgic feel about it, definitely reminds me of perfumes I wore as a teen in the 90s with its fresh fruitiness, but in a less juvenile and more sophisticated way.

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Yesterday I wore Atelier Cologne Blanche Immortelle. The staying power of this one is quite good because I could still smell it on my skin this morning.

 

This one reminds me of all the good things about Rose Anonyme, but it's less bright and more buttery. There is a bit of that sandalwood that's in Santal Carmin, but it's less strong. There is something smokey I can't explain. Having a hard time describing this scent other than to say that I really love it. 

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I forgot to post it last night, but I wore Atelier Cologne Gold Leather yesterday and I was *really* impressed.

 

To me, it smelled like extremely high quality bourbon or whiskey, except without the alcohol flavor. You know: that wooden barrel, a bit of plum. Very warm and comfortable. I would almost call it manly, but because of the plum it was definitely unisex. I love it!

 

Today I'm wearing Silver Iris, which I had hoped would be similar to Gold Leather, but is not. It smells a lot like Rendezvous: like hippy incense. I'm probably going to try spraying vanilla on top to see if it fixes it, but I suspect it won't.

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More Pinrose layering today. I've been going through the little booklet that came with the rollerball set. I went with Treehouse Royal and Garden Gangster. These two work way better together than separately, and when I looked them up to check out the notes etc., I saw Sephora is no longer carrying them and needed to go to Pinrose direct. I'm not too surprised by this... TR is really, really earthy... almost dirty. It totally reminds me of how you'd smell after a day in the woods! It's probably wayyyyy too much for most. GG is very limey, it is tart and bright. Just like TR, a bit much on it's own. 

 

However, when the two are blended they mellow each other out quite a bit. I wouldn't say it's a feminine blend. What lingers is lime and musk. I think it could be appropriate for a man or a woman. It might remind me a bit of Irish Springs? I do think it's nice, I don't dislike this blend in the slightest, but it may not be for everyone.  

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I received my Ebates gift card so I picked up:

Comptoir Sud PacifiqueCoco Figue

 

I honestly can't say why it is in my wishlist. But it was one of the cheaper ones I want so I got the travel size, yes I picked up the last one Smiley Very Happy Anyways looking at the notes: Fig Fruit and Leaves, Vanilla, Coconut, Almond, Vanilla. I figured my chances of the coconut being strong were slim...I was wrong, I hate hate hate coconut and it is naturally the strongest scent. It lasts quite a long time. Over 6 hours right now, at least I can still smell it on my jacket. 

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@SamtianI hear ya I was very disappointed with this fragrance - I have learned that I need to avoid anything that lists any kind, way, shape or form of coconut though it's weird because i love the smell of coconut milk or cream... Anyhoo, this one is nauseating to me but their Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Extreme is one of my top 5 fragrances - I wear it a few times a week alone or layered over other fragrances.  I just tried a little sun saint (Pinrose) and oddly enough I don't mind the coconut here nearly as much as in other fragrances but I still wouldn't want to wear it often.

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Today I wore Commodity Wool.

 

  • TOP NOTES:  Mandarin, Grapefruit, Apple
  • MID NOTES:  Basil, Fresh Ozone, Cedarwood, Lavandin, Armoise
  • BASE NOTES:  Amber, Haitian Vetiver, Gray Musk, Bourbon Vanilla

I was disappointed with this scent.  As a crocheter, I had secretly hoped it would smell like sheep or wool yarn, but I knew it wouldn't.  The description says it's supposed to remind you of your favorite sweater or wool blanket.  It didn't remind me of either.  It was a rather unpleasant smell, but I can't quite put my finger on what I didn't like about it.  The only "note" that I know I don't really care for is apple.  Oh, well, everyone's nose is different!

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I put on Atelier Cologne Rendezvous this morning and right now I smell like hippy incense. That flowery musky patchouli scent is *overwhelming*. The floral in it reminds me of a car air freshener my parents once had.

This one is a pass for me.

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Today I wore Histoires de Parfum 1826.

 

Notes:  Bergamot, Tangerine, White Flowers, Violet, Cinnamon, Ginger, Patchouli, Amber, Incense, Blond Woods, White Musk, Vanilla

 

There was something "sharp" smelling when initially sprayed on, but it went away quickly.  After that, it was a subtle warm--not wintry warm, but comfortable warm--scent.  Unfortunately, it didn't last very long.

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Today I layered Pinrose Wildchild over Tambourine Dreamer. This is such a lovely blend!! I am always impressed with Pinrose when I wear it, and I haven't found a blend I didn't like. Together, these two are fresh, feminine, and floral, and at the end of the day, what's left is a really nice, subtle musk. It's the sort of scent that's comforting, if a boy let you borrow his sweater and your scent lingered after returning it (yeah right... that sweater is yours now), he wouldn't want to wash it because he'd be reminded of you. 

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Today I wore Etat Libre d'Orange Jasmin Et Cigarette.

 

Notes:  Jasmine absolute, tobacco notes, apricot, tonka bean, curcuma, cedarwood, amber, musk

 

Wow!  This one smells great!  When I first put it on, I was hit in the face by Eau d'Bowling Alley.  After it dried down, it left behind a lovely scent of warm jasmine with a hint of smoky vanilla.  I could inhale this scent all day!

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@Titian06 Lol, Eau d'Bowling Alley! But this scent does sound nice. I have yet to get my hands on anything from Etat Libre d'Orange, but I'm reminded of that every time someone posts about their scents on this thread.

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I'm wearing Elizabeth and James Nirvana White today. This one is unique, but familiar. It's quite nice, I need to wear it more often! 

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Today I wore Atelier Cologne Ambre Nue. I'm not really sure what amber is supposed to smell like exactly since it's a gem and I don't typically think gems have a scent to them. I keep seeing amber listed as an "note" in fragrances and I always find that really puzzling. I guess it's sort of like tree sap without the scent of the tree? 

 

Anyway what I get from this fragrance mostly is patchouli. I'm super sensitive to the scent of patchouli and usually when someone is wearing it that's all I can smell. I think that's why stoners favor the stuff. But alongside the patchouli I smell something I would describe as spicey. I can't explain it exactly. It's very masculine. It does smell a bit less masculine as the scent dies down, but at the end of the day I still smell patchouli.

 

It's funny I don't like this because Atelier actually makes the only fragrance with patchouli in it that I actually like: Rose Anonyme.

 

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@purly - Ambre is an aromatic resin also referred to as an organic gemstone that's the hardened resin of the now extinct Pinus succinifera, and other trees.

 

Odor profile: sweet, resinous, cozy and warm, often rather powdery notes recreated from a mix of balsams, usually labdanum, benzoin, vanilla, styrax and fir or a combination of some of these. The default oriental note.  (Fragrantica)

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So, I would describe the scent as warm, although I can't explain why. I would not describe it as vanilla or pine though.