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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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@RavenR Wow, thanks for sharing! I'm glad this worked out so well for you! I'm not a big fan of powder either. I've had to become pickier about which fragrances to try since the lockdown made it impossible for me to try out testers in stores. I'll have to add this to the testing list 🙂

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Same here, @pocketvenus . I've only ordered a few samples here and there ever since the apocalypse has started. I am mostly just going through my already existing sample stash again, and for the most parts don't even want to know what new is going on. It's easier that way. Kind of. 😄 


I am really enjoying this one. I did not expect to love it as much as I do. Wanted to give it some more wear to see how I really feel about it, and if it warrants a bottle... but I've been stricken with a darn migraine, so that's out of the question for now. Soon, hopefully. I just wish they made smaller sizes. I really don't need another large one. I am not a collector. And I hate being wasteful. But... 😫

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@RavenR I hear you, I always try to buy travel size for the same reason. ELdO makes 10ml and 30ml bottles, but it's only for their most popular scents.

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Same here. I know. I wish they did that for all their frags. But I kind of doubt they will ever do even 50 ml for these... I am not even sure if these are permanent, or LE? I asked ELDO directly, and they gave me some no-answer answer, we don't know at this point. Maybe they are. Maybe they are not. We are being mysterious and secretive. Blah blah. Wow. Whatever. 



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@RavenR Thanks for the update! Hard to tell what's going on with this line

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Burrow is the easier, straightforward scent of the Proportion series by Libertine. It's a smouldering fragrance with a rich sweetness that's quite gentle and comforting. Like Chlorophyllia, it's also photorealistic.




The opening begins on a rich, burnished mid-tone. It's very nutty and is quickly joined by smoky, spicy embers. Before long, the sticky pulp of fresh, dried dates burst onto the scene. I know fresh and dried sounds like an oxymoron, but if you have ever tasted fresh, high quality dried Mazafati dates, you will know what I'm talking about. At this point, it's mainly a date fragrance on my skin, smoky and sweet. I was expecting the vetiver to be more assertive, more green and grassy, but no, it mainly provides its smoky character which is an easier match to the other notes. Grounded, pleasant, and linear into the dry down.

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@pocketvenus - You're making me hungry!  Actually, this one sounds nice for when you want something different or you just don't know what you want to wear.  🤷‍♀️

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@Titian06 It is really nice and gives a real warm and comforting vibe. It might be a little rich for the summer but totally fine if you spritz lightly I think! Definitely more versatile than some of the more aggressively spicy smoky scents I've tried.

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I realize this was posted quite a long time ago but it's SUCH a great idea. I have a ton of neglected perfume, both full sized bottles and sample sizes. I adore fragrance. I just need to make myself switch it up a bit. Who knows, I may just find a new favorite!

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Testing one of the newest releases by Libertine, Chlorophyllia. From the house's LE Proportion series. I got samples for both scents and will be reviewing Burrow later.




Chlorophyllia captures the first melt of spring with startling accuracy. The scent is truly aquatic, not in that awful 90s calone, "sea breeze" sense, but in a visceral, photorealistic sense. Everything is damp, the icicles are dripping, the snow banks are melting.


The opening is bright and striking. It's a Vent Vert level of green that manages to be higher pitched yet gentler. I'd say it's a neon green except that suggests a kind of harsh, artificial brightness when in fact, it recalls to mind the kind of warm, neon green you see when foliage is backlit by the sun. It lacks the harsh edges of more traditional green perfumes, instead imparting an approachable vibe I associate with this house. The opening is further mellowed out with a rooty orris. Orris can become overly candied or brutally dust-dry on my skin, but mercifully, with Chlorophyllia, the orris retains a balanced, earthy character.


As we enter the heart of the fragrance, the ylang ylang asserts itself and the fragrance reaches its most difficult phase. White florals can be challenging because of their indoles, chemicals involved in the scents of decomposition, halitosis, excrement and other unsavory smells. I've found that Libertine really shies away from anything skanky but here, when I draw my nose close there is an unexpected pissy quality to the ylang ylang. If I take my nose further away, there is more of an impression of waterlogged flowers, delicate soggy petals that are breaking down in fresh water, almost like fresh cut blooms that have been macerated and are decaying in water. It's not exactly pretty and this stage lasts for some time.


The scent becomes truly lovely in the dry down as the ylang ylang becomes less assertive and the complexity of the vetiver starts to come through. It blends seamlessly with the other notes, such that I would not call this a vetiver scent like the ad copy suggests. I would describe it as the male lead in a pas de deux with the orris. The vetiver here is a rich and variegated jade green that carries all the pungency and complexity of vetiver essential oil. Dries down to wet earth, a touch of smoke, jade vetiver and the memory of water-logged florals.


A fantastic effort, creative and honest, one of the best fragrances I have smelled in a very long time.

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Anyone had a chance to try ELDO Soul Of My Soul? What is it like? How do you like it?

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@RavenR I'd love to hear other people's thoughts too, the notes sound great

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@pocketvenus I ordered a sample yesterday. Hopefully it'll be here asap! Can't wait! The powdery aspect of it is worrying me a bit ( some reviews say it's pretty powdery ), but I am hoping it won't be overwhelming on me. I hope it's subtle and well blended with other stuff. I really dislike dominant powder scents. Usually. Oh, well. I guess we'll see soon. In any case, I agree; the notes sound great, and worth giving it a shot!

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I've tried Amouage's Ashore a couple more times and there's something in it that tweaks me the wrong way. I had better luck with Meander, which is more sweet and less aromatic than I expected from the notes pyramid.




I suppose because this is marketed as a masculine scent, I was expecting something completely different, especially with its emphasis on frankincense. This is a soft scent with an almost gummy like or creamy texture, rather than something resinous. The carrot in the notes pyramid made me think of earthy iris but the sweetness of it really comes out in Meander to the point where it's almost candied.


It's nice which is not a word I'd associate with Amouage. It does not at all impart the kind of vegetal earthiness referenced in the ad copy. Those words make me think of scents like French Lover, Coven, actually earthy scents. When I let go of expectations, it's a pleasant wear.

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I think I started posting new scents in the wearing today thread. Wow, I can't believe this hasn't been updated since 2018??


I'm testing Amouage's Ashore today. It's a jasmine soliflore and lacks of kaleidoscopic depth of former Amouages. It's quite bright yet still indolic. Starts off sheer and easy, notions of jasmine tea come to mind. However the intoxicating vibe grows heavier and more imposing with wear. So I'm surprized the reviews I've read describe it as simple or happy. On my skin, Ashore is more domineering than that. In addition, I don't find it beachy. There isn't that sun-tan lotion or coconut cream character to it.


I'll have to try it again and think more about how to describe this one. So far, it's not my favourite jasmine. Those honours go to Serge Lutens' leathery Sarrasins and Libertine's warm and approachable Sex & Jasmine.



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@pocketvenus  Wow gorgeous bottle!

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How do I find the Sephora sample section would love to get some samples I am a sample lover.

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@Tina30219 A lot of the brands have sample sets you can order! I love getting the sample sets. Just check out gift sets or scroll through the various brands. 

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@Tina30219  So, I stopped by my Sephora today after I haven't been there in forever, and asked about fragrance samples. They are not making them anymore because of the virus... But they still have testers and you can try them on yourself or on paper. 


I guess your best bet is to stalk Rewards Bazaar or GWPs, as @pocketvenus mentioned. Or you can order samples on some of many fragrance samples web sites. But those are not free. 

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@Tina30219 You go to any Sephora store that carries fragrances, and ask SA to make you sample/s. It used to be up to 3 samples in my store before the apocalypse. I don't know if that is still the case now. Haven't stopped by in forever. It also depends on stores, SAs, this, that... But it won't hurt to ask. 🙂

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Thank you was not sure if it was something that was online or not.