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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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@howconnieI like this one too, Diptyque does spicy woody very well Smiley Happy

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Nice to know that, I’m a woods lover. When they discontinued Commodity I bought 3 bottles of Velvet.

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@howconniethe house that's most solid for woody-spicy for me is Comme des Garcons. If I was forced to blind buy from a house it would probably be CdG. They're also reasonably priced.

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I tested Revolution by Cuir Trudon on my skin today. Its notes are cedar, patchouli and cade.

 

Revolution opens up with a distinct bonfire accord that’s unmistakably cade with a hint of Patchouli 24's BBQ patch. While the projection is excellent, it is not challenging. There’s a tactile softness right from the opening that makes Revolution very wearable. The dry down enters into more woody and tanned leather territory though the smoke is still there at the skin level. It’s a broken-in butch leather made even more approachable by what smells like amber to me.

 

I can’t say there’s much about this fragrance that seems revolutionary to me now that every niche house and their uncle is releasing a smoky fragrance. Its charms lie not in asserting radical changes but in taking a pugnacious genre into a more wearable, comforting direction.

 

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@pocketvenus cool!!!! I kept reading about their candles but I’ve never had the chance to so much as catch a whiff of either their candles or their fragrances so it’s very cool to read a review!! The candles are a bit out of reach for me at the moment but Fingers crossed for the future....

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@pocketvenus Do you order samples to try all the fragrances or are you a Parfumeur?  You always review obscurities that I’m not familiar with! 

 

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@modernwarpaintI sample as widely as I can. For every full bottle I buy, I probably go through about 50-100 tests/samples. I'm very picky!!! 😂

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I love the smell of Cade fragrances,  I used to get one at L’Occitane 

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@howconnieHave you tried/enjoyed Le Labo Patchouli? You might like this one too. It's more wearable though there's a stronger suggestion of BBQ meat. A nice cade one I tried recently is Hyde by Hiram Green but it's pricier.

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I have yet to try the house of La Labo but I am always searching for Cade scents.

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l’Occitone Eau Des Baux Funny most people smell a herbal scent but on me this is a sweet balsamic vanilla. It’s even powdery. It’s very pretty. Balsam or cypress goes to a very moody calming perfume on me in the summer. In fact I’m prefer men’s fragrances during the summer for that reason. This is even a bit powdery and soft. 

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This sounds very lovely @howconnie

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I did a very weird thing and I can’t even explain it to myself - I actually bought pink sugar by Aquolina (it was on sale at the pharmacy and I had never smelled it). I kept reading that it was actually a decent perfume for the price all things considered and surprisingly I think it’s not bad for what it is - it’s a sweet fruit-chouli i am not a fan of patchouli but I find it wearable for a colder day. I am going to give it away but I just wanted to try it because it’s such a perfumery basic and I had never smelled it lol. I have a few Alkemia sample sets coming in the mail and I’ve never tried anything by them so I’m eagerly awaiting those! Drooling over the new Poesie Perfumes Marie Antoinette collection too - if anyone has tried anything by Poesie i would love to hear your thoughts!

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@RoseCharlie  I haven't smelled Pink Sugar in a long while, but by Killian makes a perfume (Love, don't be Shy) that reminds me of that fragrance - a grown up and terribly expensive version of it of course.

(Allegedly Rihanna is a fan.)

 

 

 

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@Cyncynn ooooooh i loved the look of the notes for Love Dont be Shy but I’ve never had the chance to smell it! : )cool!!! Thanks for the comment I always wondered what it would smell like!

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I love Pink Sugar, haven’t found a bottle in awhile, but it’s amazing 😉 

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: ) Thanks @howconnie I don't know if you are in Canada or the US but in Canada they have quite a few 30ml bottles at Rexall stores at the moment for $9.99!! : )

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I'm testing out my third sample from Sixteen92's Poison Garden collection today, and the one I chose is Conium Maculatum. On first whiff, I distinctly got iris. As the scent mellowed, it started smelling like how a lot of tea scents turn out on me--maybe it's bergamot and tobacco leaf, but to me, this one reminds me of a more floral version of both Commodity Tea and Maison Margiela Replica Tea Escape. And as the scent continues to dry down, the oak and tobacco leaf really pull through, contrasting with the powdery floral, and I'm reminded of the smokiness of Le Labo's tea fragrance. I like this one. It's mysterious and exotic, and it was inspired by the plant that was used to kill Socrates. 

 

Notes: hemlock flower, citrus blossom, coumarin, lavender spike, tobacco leaf, castoreum, oak, bergamot, dried iris

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This one sounds nice, @txcatx !

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Sounds nice, is it long lasting?

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@howconnie I could still smell this one on my wrist about three hours after I applied the perfume, which I think is pretty good!

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