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The Perfume Challenge

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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I recently used my NEST New York Perfume Oil Discovery Set and I am loving the Indian Jasmin fragrance. I put a dab on my wrist to put on my neck and then one more dab on my wrists. It last all day and is not overwhelming. I sometimes catch a scent when I am moving and it catches me off guard because it smells so nice. I will be buying the full size of NEST New York Indian Jasmine Perfume Oil 1 oz/ 30 mL Perfume Oil . 

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Great to hear, @Mellmars1185 ! 💖💖💖


I picked up the NEST New York Seville Orange Perfume Oil 1 oz Perfume Oil that was available in the rewards bazaar a couple of months ago.  Is that on the set?  It has a warm orange scent that was, as you said, not overwhelming, and it lasted most of the day.  I doubt I'll get a full size, but I'll enjoy using the sample. 🙂

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@Titian06 The Orange Seville is in the sampler pack. I enjoyed that one the most before I discovered the Indian Jasmine scent. They are both really nice ☺

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I’ve fallen hard for scents, both in candle and perfume/cologne forms. In the past couple months, I’ve purchased a number of sample sets and individual samples from: #Ellis Brooklyn Library Discovery Set 8 x 0.067 oz/ 2 mL Set , Le Labo, Diptyque, and upon seeing a post from @makeitup305 , a sample set from Maison Francis Kurkdjian, from which I’ve found a scent I love and had purchased a full size bottle. 

My thoughts of the MFK set:

Aqua Universalis Cologne Forte Opens with a soapy scent. Over time developed herbal smell like cilantro and then later on more of a floral smell. Interesting scent

Aqua Celestial Cologne Forte Initially a blast of lime and cleaning products. But most “fresh” scents smell like cleaning products to me. Do not like

Aqua Vitae Cologne Forte Smells like cleaning products mixed with kumquat. Also smells sweet.

Amyris Femme A somewhat generic floral scent but slightly sweet. MFK website hints at pear and lemon tree flower with amber.

I don’t know my notes but just a floral fruity scent. It’s okay 

Gentle Fluidity Gold I like this one. It’s a vanilla and tonka scent, reminds me of Jo Malone London’s Myrrh and Tonka but maybe lighter? I’m not a huge fan on vanilla scents but this is nice

Oud Satin Mood Is Oud incense? It has a heavy incense smell to me, along with a heavy heavy floral smell. This lasts a LONG time. It’s much too strong for me.

Baccarat Rouge 540 This is my love! Went and purchased the full size bottle right away. There’s a hint of medicinal/hospital/antiseptic smell, maybe like bandages? Is it latex? But also a sweet smell. I’ve read it’s like Ariana Grande’s Cloud but I’ve sampled that and while both are sweet, I like BR540, but not Cloud. 

Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait To me, there was very little difference in the extrait vs original. A bit stronger? It’s a bit different but I can’t put my finger on what and so I purchased the original. This one also very nice. 

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Today I am trying KILIAN Paris Rolling in Love 1.7 oz/ 50 mL . I wasn't sure what to expect but at first spray I was wowed by this fragrance. I am not a big lover of white floral/whitemusk perfumes but this is one I do like. I did have to reapply a couple times but in fairness I was out in the heat for quite a bit today and had applied directly to my skin so tomorrow I will probably wear this again. Rolling in Love is a blast of bright floral right off and softens in about half an hour on skin. It does become a skin scent somewhat quickly and lasted about 3-4 hours on me. It is possible I was " nose blind" after three hours but I did reapply a couple times. It does have this strange golden? tone to it that Twilly has for me. I also notice a trail of pepperiness left at the very last which I like. This perfume would be great for a date night. By the time you got home it's down to a spicy skin scent. Great for snuggling with the S.O. I did apply partially to clothing the last time I applied this perfume and it does seem to be lasting much longer in the top notes but it is also evening. I did notice that if you have a sensitive nose this one is easier on the nose when applied to skin than on the clothing. So far I am pleased with this one.

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sounds really nice @Margalee !

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Thanks for the review, @Margalee ! 💖💖💖

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@Titian06 Turns out if you spray it on your clothes it will last all day. And under your clothes in mild temps. I'm glad b/c I like the fragrance very much.

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Full disclosure: I am by no means a fragrance expert. But I came across a stash of samplers, and gave decided to create a spreadsheet tracking each of them. It’ll have name, cost, type (EDT/EDP etc), scent/most notable notes, projection and how long lasting it is. I think I’ll wear each for a couple days to get a better analysis. Wish me luck LOL

for reference, my spring daily scent is the Ralph Lauren Beyond Romance Eau De Parfum 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Eau de Parfum Spray . My partner bought it for me and loves it, and I like it for spring! My nighttime/date night go to us GUERLAIN Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum or KILIAN Paris Angels Share Eau De Parfum 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Eau de Parfum Spray for a really special occasion!

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@cianni - That's a great idea!  I've been keeping a spreadsheet for years so I can keep track of what I like/don't like, tried/want to try, have/want to buy, and the notes (I copy them from Fragrantica).  I started my spreadsheet to watch for trends in the notes for the scents I like/don't like.  Now I keep it for the other reasons I mentioned.  Of course, everything is color coded! 🤣

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For the past few weeks, I've been trying out some of the perfume sampler sets I got from the VIB Haul (in store). Unfortunately, these weren't available online when I looked but I basically bought four of them at my local Sephora for the free travel size coupon that came within the sampler kit and I've already used it to pick up two of the Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk travel sprays (and one from NEST). But, I like this so much I'll probably be getting a full size in the future. 


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My Thoughts: Honestly, love at first spritz. Most people on here know that I'm a sucker for gourmand and floral scents but something about this perfume is just intoxicating to me. Although this perfume does have some floral notes (and even a touch of coconut) honestly, I don't really pick up those notes as much and to me it smells more: airy, light, breezy with a touch of woodsiness and water(?). I've noticed a theme in my scent preferences that I truly like when many different notes are involved in almost making "a marriage" or a perfect blend in order to create a unique fragrance and this one smashes it out of the park. The name is perfect, it truly gives me "walking on the beach" vibes and I know that's the whole point of their perfume line but I'm truly impressed at how much nostalgia is packed in this perfume and it makes me want to try their other scents as well. I feel like this is the perfect summer scent for you guessed it, going to the beach yet at the same time I feel like it's a beautiful perfume to wear year round as well which is another factor of uniqueness that is added to Beach Walk. I've been rocking it to work because it's not so "in your face" like my other perfume digs and I've received a ton of compliments. Furthermore, I almost feel bad because a few months ago I suggested to @Mellmars1185 that the perfect "Zodiac themed Pisces" scent for her would be the D&G Light Blue but in all honesty... Beach Walk smashes that perfume out of the park and then some. I truly believe this is the perfume water-y perfume fit for a Pisces Queen so Mellmars, if you have a chance to sample this baby I would highly recommend it 🙂 I give this one 4.7/5 stars. 

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Oh my gosh I have been eyeing this one for a while, its hard to shoulder the heavy price point, but you convinced me! 

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@QueenMarceline Don't feel bad! I actually purchased Maison Margiela 'REPLICA' Memory Box Perfume Set and it has Beach Walk in it! I am excited to try it! I also got the DOLCE&GABBANA Light Blue Mini Set  so it is a small set dont feel bad! I am excited to buy both. I like trying new things. Maybe I will find a new favourite 😊

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@Mellmars1185 - DOLCE&GABBANA Light Blue Eau de Toilette Travel Spray has been one of my favorites for years! 💖💖💖

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@Mellmars1185 Definitely give it a shot and let me know what you think 🙂

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I'm glad you like this one, @QueenMarceline !  I'm not a fan...I can't smell anything! 🤣  I highly recommend trying more scents.  There are a lot of really nice ones in this line.

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@Titian06 I will say it is quite light compared to what I am used to. 🤣 I'll have to check out more of their finds because I'm truly impressed. Any recommendations?

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@QueenMarceline - I definitely recommend the Maison Margiela 'REPLICA' Memory Box Perfume Set .  It's the best way to try a variety of their scents.

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I'm going to start working my way through my Commodity Fragrance Exploration Kit. I've already sampled many of the fragrances in this kit but wanted to make a concerted effort to analyze and note down my experiences. The exploration kit comes with their 6 fragrances with 3 iterations each- personal, expressive, and bold (their version of toilette, perfume, and cologne I think). The kit comes with a little book breaking down each fragrance and expression, which it though was nice. Today I'm trying Milk (personal).

According to the website "Milk's warm notes of Skin Musk, Tonka Bean and Mahogany Wood are made lustrous with Skin Musk and White Cedar. Light as a feather, this sweet and caressing scent lays close like a second skin." I notice all of those scents on me. It's woody, lightly creamy and sweet, and a little musky. I don't find it overpowering at all and it's overall a nice, warm scent perfect for everyday though maybe a little more winter-y for me. Longevity I will update, as I applied it really late today.

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I'm glad you're reviewing these, @makeitup305 !  I'm curious how the three levels of intensity for each scent compare to each other.

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