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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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Tried the new L'Artisan Le Chant de Camargue today. It's interesting, but not really my style at all. It doesn't evoke rice or earth for me, although it's quite milky. Rather, I get citrus, a milky texture that's gently salinated and white musk. Which I'm guessing is the "sandalwood." I really loathe white musk. It's not for me.



In a better trial, I also tried Ella by Arquiste. Wow!!! It's everything I wish Tom Ford's Vert de Fleur and Vert Boheme could have been. A gorgeous green floral chypre that's very easy to wear. Edgy galbanum is played off warm florals, amber,  a whorl of smoke and a touch of animalism. Wonderful!



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@pocketvenus - Ella sounds really nice!

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@Titian06I really like it! It's funny, noticing more 70s/retro styled fragrances lately. Especially in Tom Ford with the verts and fougeres. I guess fragrance cycles through retro trends much more slowly than fashion?

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Interesting thought, @pocketvenus!  Speaking of Tom Ford and fougere, today I tried Costa Azzurra Acqua.  The notes are juniper berry, lemon, and oakwood extract.  What I smelled  Is warm a scent?  It was barely noticeable.  Before leaving for work, I sprayed Commodity Leather.

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@Titian06temperature is definitely a great way to describe scents Smiley Happy

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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.

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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.  



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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 🙂

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@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.

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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. 👍🏽



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@modernwarpaintvery curious to hear what you think Smiley Happy

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@modernwarpaint - Looking forward to your reviews!

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

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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. 

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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?

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That’s an exciting sample haul

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@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

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

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@Titian06  That makes two of us! 😁

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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.

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