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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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Jan 1: Acqua Di Parma Rose Noble EDP sample vial. I quite like it. First time I tried this brand.

Jan 2: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle EDP. Love it! I first tried it when it first launched in 2001(?). I love it so much that I finished the whole 100ml bottle within 5 yrs (I think). This is my 2nd 100ml bottle and I think it will last until I'm old and gray 😉

Jan 3: Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme EDP sample vial. It is interesting. A bit too strong for me but the scent is wearable for me during fall/winter.

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Day 3:  YSL - Black Opium

 

Notes:
Coffee Accord, Orange Blossom, Cedarwood Essence, Patchouli Essence.

 

Compilation:

 

 

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Day 2:  Pacifica - Tunisian Jasmine Lime

Day 1:  Juliette Has a Gun - Not a Perfume

 

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Day 3: Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia EDT. I love gardenia, so I took a chance buying this without being able to test it first. It smells amazing, and lasted on my skin for almost 8 hours. I will be reaching for this one often! 🙂

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Day 3: gucci Guilty

 

Notes:
Geranium, Pink Pepper, Lilac, Peach, Amber, Patchouli.

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I'm late in posting....

 

Day 1: Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon - This was interesting, but not for me.  I don't think it mixed with my skin chemistry very well because when I went back to smell it to see how it settled in I didn't get much of anything.

 

Day 2: Elizabeth and James Nirvana White - Decided to try again with another Elizabeth and James fragrance since I have so many samples between Sephora Play and orders.  Definitely liked this one better, but still not for me.

 

Day 3: Tocca Isabel - I love florals so this was much more my speed.  It's soft and pleasant, though I think I like the description of the notes in this fragrance more than how it actually smells.

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Day 3: Miu Miu. At first, it smelled like cleaning spray, like Windex or 409. Now it just smells like jasmine or honeysuckle or another one of those really fragrant flowering vines. Pretty sure I'm just smelling jasmine. 

 

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31 Days of Perfume
1. Derek Lam 10 Crosby Ellipsis
2. Maison Margiela Replica, Lipstick On

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Day 3: atelier pomelo paradis!

 

 

I love citrus scents, especially in the winter. This one if light and fresh and a strong enough that I can barely smell it. I like the vetiver note too, it adds complexity.

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Day two: BVLGARI Jasmin Noir 

Day three: Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin

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Day 2: Nest Citrine

 

Ok this one is a winner. It's so light and sweet, not one of those where you smell it all day long but instead occasionally get a nice whiff of sweetness.

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Day 2: Derek Lam 10 Crosby 2am Kiss (sample vial)

 

I really like the opening caramel note but I wish the caramel lasted a little longer. It's a very straight forward amber scent on the dry down and has lasted 10+ hours.

 

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Day 1: Philosophy Fresh Cream (body spray)

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Day 2 Givenchy Dahlia Divin

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Day 2: 

#1 Neela Vermeire Bombay Bling: The opening is sharp and fruity (mango, blackcurrant), the heart is an indolic/tropical mix of white flowers with lots of ylang ylang. Over time it turns into buttery, sandalwoodsy vanilla.

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Notes listed:

TOP NOTES

MANGO, LYCHEE, BLACKCURRANT,
CARDAMOM, CUMIN, CISTUS

  

HEART NOTES

ROSE ACCORD, TURKISH ROSE,  JASMINE SAMBAC ABSOLUTE, MADAGASCAR YLANG-YLANG,

WHITE FLORAL ACCORD OF TUBEROSE, FRANGIPANI, GARDENIA

 

BASE NOTES

PATCHOULI, TOBACCO, WHITE WOODS, SANDALWOOD, CEDAR, VANILLA

 

#2 Neela Vermeire Pichola: a radiant white flower perfume that has a spicy opening. The heart is a pretty & clean mix of white flowers centered on orange blossoms. It's not a dirty indolic white flower bomb, but it's not a pale soapy one either.

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Notes Listed:

TOP NOTES

CARDAMOM, CINNAMON, SAFFRON, JUNIPER, MAGNOLIA, NEROLI OIL, CLEMENTINE, BERGAMOT

 

HEART NOTES

ORANGE BLOSSOM ABSOLUTE, ROSE ABSOLUTE, TUBEROSE ABSOLUTE, JASMINE SAMBAC,

YLANG-YLANG 

 

BASE NOTES

BENZOIN ABSOLUTE, SANDALWOOD, DRIFTWOOD, VETIVER FROM HAITI

 

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Day 1: Neela Vermeire Trayee

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Day 2: Jour d'Hermes

 

I am not sure of the exact notes. Floral with some creamy wood in the background. Elegant and pleasant but not all that unusual. Thanks to this thread I finally got around to trying a deluxe size dabber I have had for ages! I am interested in trying the absolu version now. 

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Day 2: Coconut Milk by Sarah Horowitz

 

I got this one in a Scent Trunk when I was still subscribed. It's exactly what it says on the tin. I smell like coconut.

 

However, I am constantly falling a teeny tiny bit in love with cute girls who walk by me smelling like coconut (to my boyfriend's amusement). Today I got to be one of those cute girls and it was awesome.

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Day 2:  Pacifica - Tunisian Jasmine Lime

 

A warm spicy scent with a subtle background of lime.  It is a little on the sweet side (for my taste), so it kinda smells like cookies baking; but not overpowering.

 

Compilation:

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Day 1:  Juliette Has a Gun - Not a Perfume

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Testing to see if this shows up in the feed!

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Day 2: Bvlgari Omnia Paraiba

 

Cute packaging but I'm not crazy about the scent. It doesn't last long at all.

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Day 2:  Today is Angel by Thierry Mugler.  I honestly hadn't planned on wearing this today, but when I looked out the window and saw that we'd gotten 5 inches of snow and it was still coming, I knew that this would be a good day for this old gourmand.  

The delicious blends of sweet caramel and patchouli is perfect for snowy weather, in my opinion, since .  I paired it with a shimmery- frosted blue eye look and Buxom's Sugar lipgloss.  

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Day 2: Maison Margiela Replica Dancing on the Moon. I ordered samples of 3 of the newest releases, and this was one of them. I'm picky about florals, but I do tend to like white florals (which, this one is - lots of jasmine! At least on my skin). They can lean soapy, but Dancing on the Moon definitely has a subtle sweetness - could be the woody base balancing things out 😄

 

I like it! Hopefully there will be a rollerball released. The packaging/label is fun too.

 

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Keeping running tally so that I won't repeat!
Day 1: Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford 

 

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Day 2: Estee Lauder Modern Muse Chic.

 

 

This one is lightly floral but kind of warm at the same time. It's really nice, super relaxing. 

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Day Two: Slumberhouse's New Sibet

I read somewhere that "sibet" is a reinterpretation of "civet." If it is, it's a relatively quiet one, especially in relation to other Slumberhouses I've tried. The civet-ness (or "goat fur" note) isn't nearly as difficult to wear because any rankness is offset by the creaminess of the fragrance. Although this is a unisex scent, I would much prefer to smell this on a man.

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