Your Basket is Empty
Sign in to see items you may have added previously.
See samples, rewards and promotions in .

Item Added to Basket

Free Shipping!

You're only $50.00 away from Free Shipping.

Post in Fragrance Fans

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!

Re: The Perfume Challenge

Today I wore Tocca Maya.  The notes are wild iris, black currant, and patchouli heart.  Once I put it on, I could smell something was there, but I couldn't tell what it was.  I kept putting more on, but that didn't increase the scent.  I'm going to give this one to a friend.

Re: The Perfume Challenge

Yesterday I wore Mazzolari Vaniglia.  It is a linear, smooth, straightforward vanilla fragrance consisting of 3 notes - Vanilla, Caramel, and Orchid.  The caramel note provides a glazed sweetness and both the caramel and vanilla never become to cloying,  plasticky or harsh.  It smells in the same vein as Outremer Vanila (sold at Anthropologie), but this is much more refined and potent.  For reference, this gets compared to Indolt Tihota, which I have not tried.  Honestly, it smells like one of those vanilla tree car air fresheners, but with creamy caramel.  My boyfriend said, “it smells like vape juice” but take that with a grain of salt.  This is a gourmand, but not too literal that you smell edible (I realize I do not like these type of scents, ie. Solani Buonissimo, which I’ll review next).  This does NOT lean in any way powdery, boozy, smoky, dusty, floral, herbal, or spicy.  This is pure vanilla and creamy caramel done in simple, yet beautiful, grown up way.  It does not smell cheap or juvenile.


On the skin, I can see it has more oil than most EDP concentrations; you see the oil on the skin when applied which may contribute to its outstanding longevity (8-10 hrs).  Sillage is moderate at first, and then becomes a comforting, skin scent.  I have gotten compliments already.  


It could be an all seasons wear, but I would wear this in the autumn/winter months.  If you like an unobstructed vanilla, I would def. try this.  Simple, versatile, and great performance.  



The Perfume Challenge

I've been stalking the Commodity Colognes when they came back in stock at Sephora. I was a so happy when Rain came back in stock. Then Mimosa came in stock and had great reviews. Someone advised to mix those to together. Love the mixture! Thanks for whomever posted that under the Mimosa review 🙂

Re: The Perfume Challenge

@Luvstravel - I'm glad you were able to get one of the Commodity scents!  I picked up Vetiver.  I tried it out, but got a little carried away with the sprayer--oops!  Today I tried it with Juliette Has a Gun Moscow Mule.  I think they cancelled each other out.  Smiley Very Happy

@Titian06, I picked up Rain and Mimosa in the 3.4 oz. Alr...

@Titian06, I picked up Rain and Mimosa in the 3.4 oz. Already purchased Bergamot in 3.4 oz last sale then I also purchased the variety pack of the scents that was on sale for $14. So I've purchased a pretty good assortment of the scents now. I might try to layer some more with my sample set.

Re: The Perfume Challenge

Well ladies and gents, my samples came in and I’ve been testing them on my skin the past few days.  After testing them on paper, I had a general idea of a top 4 & bottom 4.  On skin that idea was confirmed:

1. Baccarat Rouge 540

2. Vaniglia 

3. Bal d’Afrique

4. Naxos

5. Love Don’t be Shy

6. Ristretto Cafe Intense

7. Buonissimo 

8. Paris LA


I will have separate posts for one or two at a time to report a concise review each day this week. 👍🏽



Re: The Perfume Challenge

@modernwarpaintvery curious to hear what you think Smiley Happy

Re: The Perfume Challenge

@modernwarpaint - Looking forward to your reviews!

Re: The Perfume Challenge

That’s how I imagined I would prioritize them, even though I have never smelled them. Looking forward to your reviews.

Re: The Perfume Challenge

Today I tried Byredo Rose of No Man It’s a woodsy fragrance with a true sweet rose in the background. Like a winter forest of leafless trees that has managed to keep one rose bush warm and she blooming her heart out. It’s a dark take on rose. At first I thought the scent was underwhelming by the silage increase in the dry down. 

Re: The Perfume Challenge


I placed a sample order on Luckyscent.  I’m excited to try these and report my thoughts. Have you guys tried any of these?  Thoughts?

Re: The Perfume Challenge

That’s an exciting sample haul

Re: The Perfume Challenge

@modernwarpaintnice sample haul! The Byredo is very easygoing. A little sweet and spicy, overall quite clean. The MFK is by contrast, very sweet and heavy wearing.


Also looking forward to hearing your thoughts!! Smiley Happy

Re: The Perfume Challenge

@modernwarpaint - I live a sheltered life when it comes to perfumes.  I've never heard of any of these.  Looking forward to your reviews!  💖💖💖

Re: The Perfume Challenge

@Titian06  That makes two of us! 😁

Re: The Perfume Challenge

Tested Tuscan Leather Intense and Métallique by Tom Ford today. TLI features a wonderfully pronounced juicy, jammy raspberry note. M smells great on paper with aldehydes and creamy heliotrope but on my skin it’s a gummy vanilla nougat with no edges that just grows drier.

Re: The Perfume Challenge

I like dramatic intensity of the Tom Ford house.

Re: The Perfume Challenge

@pocketvenus I smelled Metallique on paper and wasn’t intrigued enough to try it on.  It had a weird note that I couldn’t place that came off powdery and aldehydic.

Re: The Perfume Challenge

Tried Dusita's Fleur de Lalita and L'Artisan Parfumeur's Dzing! on the skin for the first time. I liked them both Smiley Happy




Lalita is an achingly beautiful fragrance pairing seemingly innocent, pretty, milky florals with smoky galbanum and salty-skin like ambergris. If only it lasted longer! Dries down to a skin scent within 1.5 hours. Alas!



Dzing! is a circus-inspired fragrance that's kind of legendary. I can't believe it took me this long to do a skin test. It has a briefly dirty opening that gives way to a smooth, horsey leather and soft caramel just as promised. But other than the opening, it's a bit too well behaved to me. I was expecting something more, I don't know, tacky or grotesque. Maybe because I had circuses of yore in mind. A spectacle to distract, carny acts swindling viewers, freak shows. Oh, and animal performances that border on cruelty. Dzing! is a little weird but largely benign and innocent. So much so, it makes me wonder if it's been badly reformulated.

Re: The Perfume Challenge

Dzing sounds interesting I enjoy a good leather note 

Re: The Perfume Challenge

Today I sprayed Ariana Grande Cloud 😂  on me at Ulta.  It smells sweet, fluffy, fruity.  The sillage gets compared to Francis Kurkdijan Baccarat Rouge 540.  I don’t care for this at all.  It smells too childish on me.  I sprayed it about 5 times including my hair as the scent wasn’t very apparent at first.  Then at home, my fiancé said the scent was overwhelmingly strong.  Even when I woke up and showered the scent was still lingering in my hair.  So in terms of projection and longevity it’s a beast.  If you like sweet, lactonic, fruity perfumes... it’s worth a try.  It’s received high reviews... Just not for me.  Notes:  lavender, pear, bergamot, coconut, praline, vanilla orchid, cashmere