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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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Picked up a bottle of Crassna Royale by Ameenah Oudh which is an lovely oudh scent. It is ridiculously cheap at CA$55 for 50ml. The quality of the perfume is stunning. For real oud lovers, this one is rich and fruity with a hint of blue cheese. No sharp synthetic edges. I couldn't find any information on it or a notes pyramid. The smell of the oudh suggests to me that it's from SE Asia as opposed to India or China? Regardless of origin, this easily surpasses the Kilian and Kurkdjian ouds in quality. Holds its own with the Malles except 50ml of Dawn will set you back CA$1,265. There was also a jasmine one that was chock full of what smelled to me like jasmine sambac. Utterly gorgeous. Right up there with Lutens Sarassins or way more expensive scents. My mind was blown. My mind is still blown!! The fluted bottles are very pretty too <3

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I have tried many fragrances while I was away. I'll try to keep things brief

 

  • Diptyque Eau Capital. This is a rose chypre but it doesn't have all the edges of a chypre. If you are thinking this will be very traditional, it's actually quite modern in sensibility. A little disappointing for someone hoping for an old school scent
  • Bulgari Thé Noir. Luca Turin gave this 5 stars in his last review. I don't know if that just pushed my expectations impossibly sky high but I was underwhelmed. It's quite pleasant but far wispier and less smoky than I'd wanted. Very glad I didn't blind buy
  • Parfums de Nicolai New York Intense. Another Turin recommendation but this one I fully agreed with. Although his description of it as a "biscuit" made me think it's a gourmand. It's not, but it's well balanced, citrusy and spicy with a base that's just rich enough.
  • PdN Fig Tea. Very pleasant fig perfume, soft and rounded, fruity suede.
  • Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla. Typical of the house, accurate name and easy to wear. I still much prefer Etat Libre's Fat Electrician for my vetiver vanilla fix.
  • Serge Lutens' Sarassins. Beautiful night jasmine with leathery facets on the dry down. This one is really fantastic though I have read a lot about reformulations at SL. If this was even better in the past, I'm really impressed!
  • Vintage Rochas Femme. I bought this from Surrender to Chance which didn't give a year but I know this is a post-1989/Olivier Cresp reformulation because the cumin is undeniably in your face. God, how to describe this stunning fruity chypre?? It was swoon worthy. Eyes rolling into the back of your head good. I could bathe in it. I need more of this in my life.
  • Vintage YSL Opium. STC gave me the year for this but not on the sample itself and I've forgotten how old it is. It smells like the 80s is all I can say. It's HUGE. I was hoping to truly love this but it just smells very good to me. The notes shift in the dry down and the sandalwood is wonderfully rich. It's a good perfume! But ultimately, it's like looking at a gorgeous dress that will never suit nor flatter you.

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@pocketvenus My GWP Eau Capital will arrive tomorrow. I’m kinda excited to try it out but I get scared at the same time. So many reviewers comparing it with Portrait of a lady. I hate that one lol 😂 I have a feeling this will be another Diptyque that will go to mr blackkitty stash 😂🤣

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@blackkitty2014  I've read that too! It's been so long since I smelled POAL, I don't remember what it smells like beyond rosy... It's so popular, but like you, I wasn't moved by it. Hopefully you'll find someone to enjoy the gwp, maybe it'll surprize you Smiley Happy

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@pocketvenus - I love your description, "it's like looking at a gorgeous dress that will never suit nor flatter you."  I can identify with that!

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@Titian06 <3

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I tried some of the new LUSH scents on paper including

 

  • Rose Jam, exactly what the name says, a very jammy rose
  • American Cream, smells like the other products of the same name. Not a true strawberry scent, more like a creamy, abstractly candied strawberry.
  • Lord of Misrule, patchouli spice, very earthy

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I'm wearing my latest addition to my perfume collection quite often.  I quite like it.  I got compliment right away after testing it in store.  It's a bit strong at first spray.  Longevity is quite decent (about 4 hrs for me) Smiley Wink  I like this Chanel collection.  I think i will get the Paris-Venise next.

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That's great, @blackkitty2014 !  I'm glad you found something you like so well!  💖💖💖

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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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@pocketvenus Thanks for sharing - I'll definitely give it a try! 

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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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