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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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Arg, the board just ate all my thoughts about Malle's The Moon and Lutens' La Couche du Diable Smiley Sad

 

In short, The Moon is a barnyard oud that's got a blue cheese pungency going on enhanced by tart-sweet berries that's too loud for my taste. Diable is very similar to earlier oriental Lutens with a stewed fruit sweetness paired with smoky incense and I find it to be a nice evening wear.

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I wore Vanille Galante Hermessence today. This probably fall on the category of fragrances I find really interesting, but probably will never own a full size bottle of it. Thankfully the Hermessence samples are generously sized.

 

For me this is a sunny salt water fragrance with banana (possibly the ylang ylang) and vanilla - not dessert like at all. It's an uplifting sheer veil of fragrance.

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@Cyncynnthere are definitely a number of those I find interesting as you say, but I don't feel compelled to own any. The new ones by Nagel are definitely worth trying though. There's one I remember felt like wearing a cashmere scarf. I think it was the myrrh one.

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@modernwarpaint @Amakened 

Tried Kilian's After Sunset today. It's a fairly generic fruity floral. The opening lychee note is fairly realistic and gives way to berries. You can buy a nice fruity floral designer fragrance and save your $$. My favourite of this line is still Princess, the marshmallow one.

 

 

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@pocketvenus 

Glad you got to try this one!

I did find it a bit overpriced for a 'fruity floral' (but then again I find most BK fragrances overpriced, I do love Straight to Heaven and really like Moonlight in Heaven though ). 

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@CyncynnYes, I agree. The Kilians can be great but do get really up there in price! The refills are more reasonable but still quite expensive.

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@pocketvenus  thanks for the follow up and review. 👍🏽 I ended up with FB of Princess, and the more I wear it the more I can discern the green tea note. Currently I’ve been really into Montale Ristretto Intense Cafe (surprisingly, it was one of my least favorite at first) and Parfums de Marly Herod.  

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@modernwarpaintyou're very welcome! Smiley Happy I should give more fragrances from those houses a try!

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Tried Malle's Rose and Cuir and I think it's fantastic but will not be a best seller for the house. The rose is very much like rose geranium. It's fresh and bright with a touch of berry that gives way to a spicy pepper. This is paired with a leather that is assertive, sharp, shadowy, smoky, and bitter. It's not an easy note to pull off. They play off each other as the scent dries down but the leather is in the spotlight for the majority of the scent. I would not have taken it for an Ellena scent but it does bear the simplicity and tension of his earlier fragrances. His Hermessences, which similarly pair two contrasting notes or qualities like Epice Marine or Vetiver Tonka, have been described as a haiku and I can see that logic at play here, but there's no limpid, quiet contemplation with Rose and Cuir, it is a tenebrous, noire-ish drama.

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@pocketvenus I just wrote a lengthy response to your post, but it didn't go through *loud sigh*. I will keep it short.

 

Thanks for sharing this, love JC Ellena fragrances and even when I don't love them enough to own I truly appreciate his work and approach to scents. I totally get the haiku  reference when it comes to vetiver tonka too.

 

I love scents with leather (really like cuir d'Ange) and can't wait to sample this one !

 

 

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@Cyncynnoh no!! This one is definitely going in the opposite direction of Cuir d'Ange but it is worth testing for sure.

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@pocketvenus 

I am looking for something 'leather meets flower', so hoping this might be it.

Kelly caleche and Memo French leather were good, but too "clean"

(If that makes sense!)

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@CyncynnHermes' Gallop is also a rose-leather and it's really unique and lighter wearing than the Malle. But not too clean?

 

Chanel's Cuir de Russie is definitely horsey but it has that floral-aldehydic chic edge that is classic Chanel.

 

If you want something more difficult and foreboding there is always Bandit! It's a really b*tchy wear in a good way.

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Today I tried a couple vintage Hermes scents I bought off eBay, Bel Ami and Caleche. Both seemed like the citrus notes had gone off but the dry down for Bel Ami was still gorgeous. Fuller and richer than the present formulation. Really good. Both reminded me of perfumes I smelled when I was very young.

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I’m layering perfume today and wearing Miss Dior with V&R Liquid diamonds.  Between the bergamot pink pepper and roses in the Dior and  the rose, pink pepper, ylang ylang and jasmine in the liquid diamonds it makes a gorgeous combo.  2EAE90A5-34B3-400E-81DE-0BF85875A0FB.jpeg

 

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Sounds great, @heartsmyface !

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Tried the new Ambrosia flanker for Gucci Bloom today. It's a denser, sweeter, creamier version. I much prefer the original.

 

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Tried Lancome's Idole and Prada Candy Night today on paper.

 

Idole smells like drugstore shampoo. I mean, shampoo smells nice too but you can save your money and just buy shampoo.

 

Was really surprized by Candy Night, it's just like a chewy dark chocolate toffee. But not suffocatingly sweet. If that's your thing, give it a shot!

 

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@pocketvenus   Idole smells to me like grandmothers.  I used up the whole vial trying to like it but I don’t think it’s for me.  It’s somewhat comforting in small doses. 

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Trying Byredo's Slow Dance today. It's a sweet ambery scent, pretty tame and nondescript. By Jerome Epinette, the same nose behind Byredo's Eleventh Hour, Bal d'Afrique and others, as well as the houses Floral Street and Ellis Brooklyn.