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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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Yesterday was not the best day for fragrance testing. I tried a lot of duds.

 

  • Byredo’s Elevator Music. I didn’t even spray on paper. This smells like a perfume equivalent of nice wallpaper. You could just get JULIETTE HAS A GUN - Not A Perfume for the same effect.
  • Byredo’s Sundazed on paper. At least this isn’t your stereotypical gooey coconut suntan scent. Instead, the opening has a tinge of salty beach vibe with mandarin and what smelled to me like petitgrain which is not included in the notes pyramid. The dry down gets awfully basic awfully fast – imagine a super harsh/cheap mandarin that’s headache inducing. I didn’t get any cotton candy. Now that I’m thinking about it, I haven’t smelled a release from Byredo I’d wear in years. What happened to the house that released creative weirdos like Pulp and Seven Veils?
  • Guerlain’s Muguet Millésime on paper which smells like straight up lily of the valley soap. Depressing. At least the bottle is pretty.
  • Atkinsons’ 24 Old Bond Triple Extract on paper. This faired better than the others. It was described to me as a “black tea” but it’s more of an aromatic boozy masculine scent. Pleasant opening growing more generic in the dry down.
  • Amouage’s Journey Woman on skin. Well executed fruity floral. The thing I didn’t realize until now about fruity florals is that a decade of designer fruity florals have kind of cheapened this genre. It’s like wearing a really expensive bandage body-con dress. It may have been made in Italy using a fine silk blend but it’s still dated and common. I totally regret spraying this on my skin.

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Tried Diptyque's Eau de Minthé today. It sounded very unique but overall, it's a pretty generic fougere. I don't get much rose. It's also pretty masculine leaning for the house, with a bracing opening. The dry down is warm with a touch of vanilla.

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Testing MAISON LOUIS MARIE - No.04 Bois de Balincourt Eau de Parfum today on my skin. It's a decent, easy opening, woody up top with a soft, mellow base. The projection and tenacity is impressive for a naturals scent. However, the dry down is not great, it smells pretty cheap. Having said that, it's not terribly pricey.

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I've had a chance to work my way through all my Libertine fragrance samples and found almost all of the wearable. My favorite one is Smoked Bloom the osmanthus is so decadent and long wearing I will be ordering a full size bottle eventually. Sweet grass was a most enjoyable oddball fragrance for me the notes of cinnamon later in wear were comforting. Soft Woods and Troubled Spirits were enjoyable and had good wear time. Eros fig was also nice but shorter lived. Sex and jasmine was wearable but not really my style. Witch Doctor was a disappoint the menthol mouthwash ruined it for me, it was a bit nauseating.

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@moxiepancakes, thank you for sharing your thoughts!! I'm so glad you found one that was full bottle worthy <3 I love the smell of osmanthus, though it reminds me of food more than flowers since it's used in a number of Chinese desserts Smiley Happy

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Before I forget, I also smelled, but didn't swatch, a couple Kilian lipsticks. They smell sweet, but not gourmand-like even though the notes are marshmallow and orange blossom. They smell like perfume. Maybe the strength is a little less than say, a Burt's Bees scented lip balm. The glossy formula smelled stronger than the matte which was very, very matte, almost like velvet. I can't say I liked it to be honest. The packaging is really gorgeous looking though.

 

@lachaton 

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Tried the new Jo Malone Cade & Cedarwood. The opening is relatively aggressive for a JM and the smoke from the cade lasts for longer than I thought it would. However, the dry down is also pretty sweet with the sweetness projecting further than the smoke. Or at least, too sweet for me! But if you like the idea of a smoky-sweet scent, this JM lasted longer than the others on my skin so do give it a try.

 

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I can't get over how beautiful this bottle is.

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Finally, for the last of my Lagerfeld orders:

 

KL Homme by Karl Lagerfeld

 

This is a spicy-oriental that was released in 1986 and is now discontinued. I purchased the 2 oz (60 ml) bottle on ebay for $93.17 US.

 

This fragrance opens to a bittersweet orange (due to the lemon), amber, aldehyde, sharp lavender with some rosewood in the background. In the heart, the carnation, rose and geranium are the most prominent. The rosewood and amber are still noticeable in this stage, while the spiciness (cinnamon) comes into play and the orange begins to fade. As the floral begins to dissipate at the dry-down, I begin to notice the strong notes of castoreum and civet come into play, along with a lightly powdered vanilla.

 

The sharp lavender in the opening slightly messes with my sinuses but after that dissipates the fragrance is really enjoyable. A little will go a long way as it is a potent '80s fragrance but it is not a projection beast that will fill a room, which is a good thing because I wear my fragrances at work.

 

KL Homme is a classic that would be best worn  during the cooler months of the year.

 

Top: Lemon, Bergamot, Rosewood, Lavender, Orange, Aldehyde.
Middle: Carnation, Jasmine, Geranium, Fern, Cinnamon, Rose, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedarwood.
Base: Vanilla, Benzoin, Olibanum, Musk, Amber, Civet.

 

 

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@Vmaster, which one was your favourite?

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@pocketvenus 

 

1. KL Homme

2. Private Klub

3. Lagerfeld Classic

 

Though I enjoy Lagerfeld Classic, I find myself going back to the other two more often. The Vintage version of Lagerfeld Classic, Lagerfeld Cologne, was the very first Lagerfeld fragrance which was released back in 1978. I will eventually buy one as I read that it is a lot better than the reformulated version.

 

 

Modern version

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Original version

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@Vmasterthe Homme sounds pretty fantastic! Hope you get a great deal on the vintage Smiley Happy

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@pocketvenus

After quite a few more wearings of each fragrance, there is a slight change in my favorites:

1. KL Homme

2. Lagerfeld Classic

3. Private Klub

 

 

 

 

 

 

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@Vmaster, funny how things can change with repeated wears! Was there something different in subsequent wearings that made you change your mind?

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@pocketvenus  That musk note combined with the orange is just too nice.

I'm going to buy another bottle tomorrow (just in case).

Smiley Happy

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@Vmastergood luck with scoring another vintage Smiley Happy

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My bottle of Private Klub for Men by Lagerfeld arrived yesterday. If you can imagine Aventus by Creed without the smoky birch, you'll have Private Klub for Men. A really nice pineapple-centered fragrance. Not bad at all considering it was only $30 US on ebay for a 100 ml bottle, while a 100 ml bottle of Aventus retails for $435 US. A pity that it was discontinued.

 

Fragrance Notes:
Top Notes: Basil, Grapefruit, Lavender
Heart Notes: Pineapple, Clove, Cinnamon
Base Notes: Coumarin, Vetiver, Cedar

 

As usual, this is marketed towards men, but the ladies will enjoy it as well.

 

There was a Private Klub for Women that focused on magnolia, almond and kashmir notes but it did not rate very well.

 

Notice the profile of Karl Lagerfeld on the K's?

 

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@Vmasterwow, $30 Smiley Surprised You could try layering it with something smokey and there's your Aventus ha ha

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@pocketvenus  Hyde by Hiram Green Smiley Happy

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@Vmasterthis one is definitely on my to test list. It sounds amazing

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@pocketvenus  I have a sample of this. It is Very smoky and Very nice.