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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 got the 10 pack deluxe sample they offered a while back. I think there was one I liked when I had another sample of one...can't remember which. 

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Day 5: MCMC Love


i ordered some samples from MCMC when I replenished my beloved Noble perfume, and I'm just now getting around to trying them (yay for this challenge!)  I hated this at first because all I smelled was mint and anise, but after I wore it a bit the yuzu and woody notes came through and it's quite nice! Not a must have, but pleasant Smiley Happy

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Day 5:  Tocca Florence


Key Notes:
Bergamot, Gardenia, Blonde Wood.


I kinda like it!  I put it on 4 hours ago and can easily still smell it.  I'd say heavy on the Gardenia.

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Day 5: E&J Nirvana Rose (rollerball)

Day 4: Derek Lam 10 Crosby Ellipsis (sample vial)


I lost a day due to travel, so both of these were technically on the 5th. Ellipsis opens with Jasmine and dries down to sandalwood. It isn't very complex. For me to identify both notes without looking them up first says something!  It is still nice.


Nirvana rose is nice if you like slightly spicy rose scents. It reminds me a lot of balenciaga Rosabotanica which I was really into a few years ago.


Day 3: Marc Jacobs Decadence (rollerball)
Day 2: Derek Lam 10 Crosby 2am Kiss (sample vial)
Day 1: Philosophy Fresh Cream (body spray)

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Day 5: Christian Louboutin Trouble in Heaven. This fragrance smells amazing, though it is very potent. A little went a long way! The patchouli note is strong on my skin. I will likely wear this only for special occasions.

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guys i want to say, i LOVE this challenge. i really could and should participate, too. but i got a few lovely smellums for and around christmas and they're getting all my attention right now. 


if this becomes an ongoing thing (when people just start whenever they feel like it) i will likely participate a little bit down the road, with MUCH enthusiasm.



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Yes! I was just thinking I'd like to join in with all my hoarded samples, too! Otherwise, the possibility is they are just gonna continue to sit pretty useless on my dresser...

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Definitely a good idea! After the month is up, I'll update the post to adjust the format of the challenge.

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I would like that too @txcatx. I have tons of scents to try but like @Jemly I received some scents for Christmas that I'm just loving right now. Maybe a 'What are You Wearing Today: Perfume Edition'? (If @jemly doesn't mind)

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Thanks @txcatx. Shows how much I enter the world outside the main board. 


Hey, that can be one of my goals for this year! To search more threads on BT and see what I've been missing! Smiley Happy

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Today I have an important meeting that I want to go well so I went for a favorite.


Day 5 - Tokyo Milk Dark Bulletproof from the Femme Fatale Collection.  It's warm and spicy and I love everything about it.


Rest of my lineup thus far:



Day 4: Etat Libre d' Orange Like This

Day 3: Tocca Isabel 

Day 2: Elizabeth and James Nirvana White

Day 1: Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon


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Day 5: Bapteme du Feu by Serge Lutens. Another one that challenges my nose, but differently - Borneo is more subtle scents, whereas Bapteme du Feu has stronger notes all fighting with and playing off of each other. You definitely have to like this scent to wear it (and I do)!



Burnt orange peel, gunpowder, gingerbread, fresh ginger, cedar, incense, cinnamon, osmanthus, castoreum


When I originally picked up a sample from my local counter, I was told that this was created with memories of festivals/fairs SL attended during his childhood. So assorted sweet treats, woods, and a little bit of smoke, really fire.




Keeping running tally so that I won't repeat!
Day 4: Fir Balsam by L'Antichambre
Day 3: Borneo 1834 by Serge Lutens
Day 2
: Maison Margiela Replica Dancing on the Moon
Day 1: Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford 


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I enjoyed this one, especially for Christmas. It reminds me of the older SL style: dark, rich and spicy mmm.

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@pocketvenus what are some of your favorite SLs?

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This sounds so good! I've passed this counter at Saks but never stopped by.

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@Geminichilde SL is definitely a slippery slope - both the fragrances and makeup are beautiful, so go prepared lol. Thankfully, the makeup line is really small, so the slope is a BIT limited there Smiley Wink

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Sounds like one I would like to try!!

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This sounds lovely, to me. I wish I had a counter nearby!

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@greenporchlights It really is! It is potent though, so you just have to want to smell it that day Smiley Tongue


The SL counter was definitely one of my favorite "discoveries," this year! But I'm thankful that his actual makeup line is very small O.O

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Sounds like a challenge I'd like to sign up for!


Yeah, his cosmetics are... indulgent, to say the least. Holy mackerel.