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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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I found a new scent I really like. It's actually a combo of Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter 13.5 oz/ 400 mL Vanilla Apricot # and Nest Midnight Fleur roll on perfume. It was like sitting outdoors in a flower garden that had fruit trees in it. It was wonderful.It smelled very natural.

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I like the sound of that @Margalee delicious! 🌳🥭🌷

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@Margalee Vanilla Apricot sounds like a lovely convo. Surprisingly, I have yet to try out much from Josie Maran despite hearing amazing things about them for years. 

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Sacred Scarab surprized me by resurrecting the old school chypre! Opens with a veil of aldehydes shimmering atop a classic, bitter, mossy green base with some galbanum for bite. Though it's gentle, maybe more of a nibble. I was expecting something more sweet and fruity, more along the lines of Chergui due to notes in the pyramid like raisins and wine. Instead I get florals first, which I'm guessing is the blue lotus, something I've never smelled, and the wine provides a smooth, rich, full-bodied depth. The civet goes down equally smooth and easy, just enough to add a touch of animalism. Wears like being draped in a lustrous, vintage velvet cloak. Recommended for vintage lovers. Those who prefer more modern compositions might not find this to their taste.

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@pocketvenus  Ah, very interesting to hear another take on Sacred Scarab. I can see how old school fans would love this fragrance once the moss kicks in. (I'm sure several people get an immediate moss note, instead of a delayed note like I did.) I was a bit surprised by the lack of smoke, at least on me. But when I think of this as moss + aldehydes + amber forward, the smokeless incense makes sense. 

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@WinglessOne Love hearing your thoughts and like you, I did not find this to be smoky.

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@pocketvenus Wow, the advertisement alone makes me want to try this. Looks mysterious, yet unique. Based on your description, this sounds like something I definitely could enjoy. 

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@pocketvenus Scarab sounds like I would like it very much. I will have to find where I can get a sample. I've been waiting for 19-69 to get their sampler in stock so went to their website and didn't see US dollars etc anywhere so I guess I'll be waiting on Sephora.

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@Margalee same! I'm smelled a few and was not blown away but the bottles are truly gorgeous. I also wish they'd bring Heretic to Canada as I think I tried them under sub-optimal conditions, mostly during a very hot and humid day, and want to give them another chance. The only one I really liked is Dirty Ginger, which I tried in a normal, temperature controlled room and I love it. I don't think they stock that one though.

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I'm glad you liked this, @pocketvenus ! 💖💖💖

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@Titian06 Same 🙂 I really enjoy Sloth too!

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Testing Zoologist's Sloth. I liked the idea of a sleepy lavender-chamomile scent but given that it's a Zoologist, I wasn't sure what to expect. It's definitely unique. Rich, aromatic, spicy but gentle. It suggests bruised green foliage with sun-warmed hay contrasting with a cool thread of medicinal aromatics. There's a touch of sweet berries and texture from warm spices like cumin but nothing about this is aggressive or fleshy. This is all shaded in with loamy earth and moist vegetation.


I really enjoy smelling Sloth but I'm not sure I want to smell like it, if that makes sense. There's definitely a warmth to it that makes it very much a perfume to be worn on the skin so it's not one of those perfumes that would work better as a room spray or a candle. It's kind of a solo wear, something you wear to please your own senses, not something to wear to match an outfit or go out.

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Tried more scents from Grange. Overall, they are casual wears with pleasant openings and gentle dry downs. They do not last very long or project very far. Nothing to write home about but decent. They kind of remind me of loungewear. Not at all fancy or tailored, a bit fuzzy and cozy, appropriate for a lazy day indoors.


Also, I'm going to take back a couple impressions I had earlier. First, I don't smell super doses of naturals - just the orange blossom one seemed pretty indolic and complex. Second, I don't find them like the Jo Malones afterall even though both houses make fragrances designed to be layered. The JMs have more structure and they do not have that super cozy vibe for me.




Valse Bleu

Pleasantly surprized by this one as I was expecting it to be sharper due to the reference to ozone and I thought it would be more like a generic citrus freshie. Opens with a bristling lemon with just the right amount of spice and lavender. Refreshing yet soft.


Ecorce Vert

Pleasing herbaceous opening that's sweet rather than fresh. The green apple and green tea are very abstract. The suggestion of tartness, the lightness of tea. The dry down is a little unfortunate though, it's reminiscent of citrus household cleanser on my skin.


Sous L'abricotier

Opens with an apricot that's tart and chewy with a gentle sweetness that develops into a pleasant, generic dry down.


Reve a Paris

I thought this would be your typical feminine, girly rose. The dry down has too much cream and vanilla for that, it's almost gourmand like. More oomph than the others, not just because of the stronger concentration but the creaminess. I'm having trouble trying to imagine who this would suit as it's not loud enough for a teenager or young adult, not sophisticated or sexy enough for someone older. It's very domestic to me, an indoor scent.



Opens more like mandarin to me than smoke with a sweet dry down. Like the others, it's all soft around the edges, an easy wear. I don't get really get oud or agarwood. Maybe some of that sort of medicinal vibe but it's too tame for me to consider it oud-like. Compared to most smoky niche fragrances out there, this is more of a wispy suggestion of smoke.


Anyway, happy to discover this Quebecois house! They're not to my personal taste but it's very cool to try independent perfumers in Canada.

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@pocketvenus, the notes on these sound nice. Too bad they don’t last very long. I love that it’s a local / local-ish house for you. That’s cool. Snacks, coffee, teas, fragrances - I love discovering the local ones when I visit places … and even in my own backyard. 😊 

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@pocketvenus Love these reviews ❤️ I think Reve a Paris sounds like the most "up my alley" out of these scents. I love a girly rose so much, it's actually quite embarrassing. 😂 Matter of fact, put "rose" anywhere in the notes and I want to try it. 🤣

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@QueenMarceline Not embarrassing at all! Reve to me is maybe an introverted, quiet, eating dessert by myself in a cottage kind of girly, if that makes sense?

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@pocketvenus Hahha, that kind of sounds like me 🙂

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@QueenMarceline ❤️

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Today I broke out a sample I’ve had for several months of KILIAN Paris Good Girl Gone Bad Travel Essentials 😍 I’d forgotten I had this one, but Kilian Hennessy had a pretty impromptu livestream today, which I attended. He talked a lot about his newest creation, Kologne, but I haven’t put my hands on that yet, so I decided to put on Good Girl. It is sooo much nicer and softer than I remember! The osmanthus is the note that stays with me the longest, hours after the white flowers have faded away, and it’s a yummy, gourmandy peach-tinged osmanthus, much to my delight! I think I must’ve had Omicron last winter and didn’t know it (several family members had it) as everything smelled too bad or too good for a couple of months there, and I received this sample right in the middle of it! I’m going to have to purchase a bottle of this, as it’s quite delicious!! Also, I’m probably going to kick myself (because there are limited spots each month) but I belong to a perfume club that Emma Vernon of PerfumeRoomPod (her podcast on Spotify, iTunes, etc) curates. It’s wonderful, and I’ve discovered so many new fragrances since listening to her podcasts!! She interviews master perfumers to niche fragrances creators, and it is utterly fascinating 🧐 

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@clemsongirl Glad you recovered your sense of smell 🙂

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@clemsongirl - Welcome!  So excited to hear your thoughts on whatever you care to share! 😍  The podcast sounds really interesting.  Enjoy! 💖💖💖