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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Today, I am wearing Jo Malone Nectarine and Honey Blossom. OMG! I avoided it for years thinking it would be too sweet but it is amazing. Happy, fruity, not sickly sweet and summary. JM never stays on me but this one did. All day, I got little reminders of it from my tshirt and wrists. 

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Nectarine Honey Blossom was my very first JM purchase, 8 years ago to be exact! Such an awesome mood booster. Glad to hear that you are enjoying it, @aydasu! Smiley Very Happy 

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8 years Smiley Very Happy Wow! I did not even know about JM back then let alone afford it. I guess time heals everything Smiley Very Happy 

 

Any other favs I should look into. I have Sea salt, blackberry & bay and wild fig (discontinued Smiley Sad ) I tried blush & suede, pomegranate and basil & neroli ( not my cup of teas).

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Haha it was a total impulse buy, @aydasu! I can't believe it's been that long since I bought that $55 fragrance (which is now $65!).

 

 My other personal favorites from JM are Blue Agava & Cacao (which seems to have been discontinued Smiley Sad) and White Jasmine & Mint-- Sephora doesn't carry this specific scent for some reason but other retailers do. I also like Wild Bluebell-- such an easy to wear floral. Smiley Happy 

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I saw the White Jasmine one at a CCO last weekend. I regret not buying it! 

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@aydasuOoooh I love scents that have recognizable honey notes I would love to try this it sounds lovely!

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I love honey notes too! Original Chloe is also a fav. But this one is more fresh and young.

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I recently purchased the Nectarine and Honey Blossom too. Just love it! 

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Awesome! Any other JM favs?

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I also like Peony and Blush Suede. I'm new to JM, so there are still several that I haven't tried.  How about you?  Any other favorites? 

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Yes! I love love love wood sage & sea salt, blackberry & bay and wild fig & cassis (discontinued). Also I remember trying a sample of Oud and bergamot (or smth like that - the black bottle) and loving it!

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Hey y'all... I thought I would do a little two-fer by trying a "dupe" i was trying out for one of my favourite perfumes.  Here is my pic of both! I had heard that Pacifica's "French Lilac" is not a bad Duper for AERIN's "Lilac Path"... I have reviewed Lilac Path rather enthusiastically before and suffice it to say it is a freaking dream of a perfume - beautiful sophisticated etc.  It is, however, a tad pricey and Pacifica's perfumes are well... Not pricey. I bought the solid perfume version for $13.75CAD and it just arrived and I have Lilac path on one wrist and French Lilac on the other.  Here is my impression of how they compare out of the container Pacifica's French Lilac is suprisingly pleasant though I saw "suprising" because I had very low expectations.  It smells very fresh and I can definitely pick up the Lilac scent though I would say it is not as "true" or as nuanced and sophisticated as the AERIN perfume my initial impression was that given the price this is actually a pretty good option for someone looking to pick up something sort of similar on the cheap.  10 minutes after application however, on my own wrist and reacting to my own chemistry it smells different.  My body's chemistry is bringing out a much soapier and cloying note in the Pacifica fragrance... At this stage I decide that while the Pacifica does smell like a light spring floral lilac the quality difference between this and the AERIN perfume is rather glaring.  However, about 1 hour after initial application things improve and the cloying/soapy synthetic note in the Pacifica perfume is less prominent than it was at first.  I would note that while the Pacifica website says that they use natural compenents in their perfumes they don't claim to use ONLY natural components for the fragrance itself and by the smell of this I probably wouldn't believe it if they said they did.

 

The VERDICT: Pacifica's French Lilac is very inexpensive, in the US the full fized 30ml version is only $22USD via the Pacifica website.  For the price point I think it's worth checking out if you love Lilac and can't shell out the $115 USD to get the small version of AERIN Lilac Path.  HOWEVER - to me there is no contest, Lilac Path is much more "true", sophisticated and luminous scent and spring floral.  It manages to smell excactly like Lilac, beautiful, clean and bright like liquid sunshine without adding any of the unpleasant scents that sometimes come with this territory like soapiness or a cloying saccharine quality.  If you don't mind a soapy quality then give it a try but for me after a couple hours of wear I am sick of the Pacifica and off to wash it off... I would invite anyone who would like this French Lilac by Pacifica solid perfume to let me know because if someone wants it I would be happy to send it.  Swatched once.

Poor man's lilac path.jpg

 

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Thank you so much for this review!  I bought Lilac Path a while back (I think after seeing your review!) and absolutely love it...but now that I'm only buying cruelty-free this looks like a good alternative Smiley Happy

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@Madeline7Oh wow that's so nice thank you! Smiley HappyOooh nooo though I didn't know that AERIN did animal testing 😢 that is good to know though I would rather know than not know... I think it might be worth a try if you don't mind a little soapiness (I'm getting some notes I think of as soapy in the French Lilac but I think it's also not reacting very well with my personal chemistry and it might be very different on someone else)  because of the price point it's not too much of an investment to see if you like it the solid perfume is the cheapest ($9USD) but it's also available in rollerball ($12USD) and 1 oz format so if it works well that would be a nice dupe... Smiley Happy If anyone tries some of their other scents I would be curious to hear what they think!

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@RoseCharlie yeah I was really sad to learn that they test on animals (along with my other favorite Jo Malone Smiley Sad ).  I've actually never tried solid perfume before so maybe I'll give that a try!

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@Madeline7That's awful WTH? Whyyyyy??? I don't even see why companies even do that anymore when they could just pay humans who agree a little bit of money to try cosmetics and have better tests?!? Rubbish Smiley Sad Ooooh oooh you know what you know what - I really like LUSH's "Death and Decay" solid perfume which has a very weird name because it smells nothing like its name it's all beautiful light florals with a bit of Tonka sweetness.  It has a comparable price point to the Pacifica solid perfume and LUSH is SUPER ethical and all and I like that for a few extra bucks you get some real plant and essential oils in it! To me it smells quite rich and complex and more on the "expensive" side if that makes any sense? I like to use solid perfume because it really fits nicely in the purse AND because there's no alcohol you can use it in your hair and because they usually use a sort of oil base that is good for hair and skin you can kind of even add a bit of moisture and shine to your hair.  I think hair is a great diffuser of perfume I love getting a whiff of nice smelling hair lol.  Ok this is dragging on a little but I just wanted to say although "death and decay" has no Lilac it is a nice light fresh spring floral so I feel like if you like Lilac Path you there is at the very least no way you would hate Death and Decay (which I have to believe they named that way as a joke I'm not sure?)

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I think the main problem is that animal testing is required by law in mainland China (even though its unnecessary).  So any brand that wants to sell there needs to do it Smiley Sad  Hopefully that requirement will change in the future

 

 

Interesting!  I didn't even read the notes of "Death and Decay" because that is such a disturbing name lol.  I'll have to check it out since I love Lush's products!

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@Madeline7Whhaaaaat?! That's seriously messed up - they need to revise those laws it's so unnecessary : ( I understand it's a huge market though so now that I know that I guess it makes more sense to me though that doesn't make it right... Just seems so needlessly cruel.

 

Ha - re: death and decay I kind of skipped over it too assuming I wouldn't like it and my favourite salesperson at the store showed it to me last time I was there and i was surprised to see I loved it - kind of like pure lillies with a hint of sweetness.  The solid perfume is like $15.

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Today I'm sampling Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay....I have to say, this is my first total Jo Malone bust!

 

I'm not sure if they sent me a bad sample, or what, but even right after spray I can't smell anything?  I get the tiniest hint of spice...but besides that.  No blackberry at all.  To be fair, now that I think about it, I've never noticed blackberries having a particularly strong/distinctive scent.  But this is the first time I've sprayed a perfume and wondered if its just water D:

 

Has anyone else experienced this?

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My husband thinks this one smells like plastic while I truly am in love with it Smiley Very Happy Such a polarizing scent.