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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 recently purchased the Maison Louis Marie Discovery Eau de Parfum Sampler Set .  It's on sale for $11.00--half off, so I couldn't resist.  However, it's only a five-piece set, not the six-piece set as described.  No. 13 Nouvelle Vague is the fragrance not included in the set I received.  Here are my thoughts.


No. 02 Le Long Fong

Top:  Hinoki Wood

Middle:  Cedar, Patchouli 

Base:  White Musk, Amber

Comment:  For the most part, I could not smell this one.  I could tell something was there, but I couldn't tell what it was.


No. 04 Bois de Balincourt

Top:  Sandalwood, Cedar

Middle:  Vetiver, Nutmeg, Cinnamon

Base:  Woody, Amber

Comment:  Although I could only smell this one for about two minutes, I absolutely love it.  All these notes are right up my alley. 🙂


No. 09 Vallee de Farney

Top:  Grapefruit, Black Pepper, Orange 

Middle:  Geranium, Cedar, Patchouli 

Base:  Vetiver, Musk, Amber

Comment:  I could not smell this one.


No. 12 Bousval

Top:  Sicilian Bergamot, White Cardamom, Italian Orange

Middle:  Eucalyptus, White Ginger Lily, Oakmoss, Petigrain, Heliotrope 

Base:  Cedar, Myrrh, Musk, Amber

Comments:  I could not smell this one either.  I have this issue with many scents. 😄


Antidris Cassis

Top:  Black Current, Bergamot, Black Pepper 

Middle:  White Rose

Base:  Oakmoss, Musk, Tonka Bean

Comment:  For the brief moment I could smell this when spritzing it on, I caught a whiff of citrus and sweetness.  The two didn't really seem to go together, but it was so fleeting, it was hard to tell.


For the sale price, it was worth trying these.  Overall, though, how disappointing!

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@Titian06 I didn't buy Nest oils for a long time because I couldn't smell them. Maybe let them macerate for awhile and revisit them in a few months. Hopefully that's not why they were on sale for bad batching but definitely put them in a dark cool place for quite awhile. I can smell Nest oils now. I feel like they are much softer than parfum form but I nearly over applied once because they seem so soft. I think the heat of the body amplifies the oils. Maybe do a workout and see then. Hahah.

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Thanks for the suggestion, @Margalee ! 💖💖💖

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I have found a couple Few, hahah) new favorites lately. One is Guerlain's Shalimar Millèsime Iris. I think it retains about a quarter of the Shalimar DNA and then steps out as a warm, dusty scent with some golden smelling vanilla. I find it comforting. I could smell this on myself throughout the day. I sprayed about four or so sprays and I didn't find it overwhelming at all. It lasted all day but it definitely was midway between skin scent and powerhouse for me. I didn't find it overly sweet. I don't think it's as sweet as Burberry Goddess or Kilian's Princess. There is a less sweet quality that pulls it back from that level for me but it I definitely wouldn't rate it as sugarless, so to speak. Millèsime Iris is so appealing to me that I am tempted to get a backup bottle because it is a flanker to the OG Shalimar and those are usually limited edition and once it's gone out of production it will be hard to get. 


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I have been wearing two new samples this week:


Valentino Donna Born in Roma Green Stravaganza Eau de Parfum 

Top:  Lapsang Souchong Tea

Mid:  Jasmine

Base:  Vanilla

Comments:  This is a lovely soft, fresh scent.  I didn't smell the three notes individually.  Just a nice consistent mix for the entire six or so hours.  I've never had a perfume last so long on me!


Berdoues Peng Lai

Top:  Chinese osmanthus, Mandarin orange, lemon, bergamot 

Mid:  Peach, rose, orange blossom, benzoin

Base:  Tonka bean, white musk, violet, Iso E Super, vanilla

Comments:  This opened with a wonderful light manderin orange/citrus scent, not overpowering.  It dried down into a gorgeous soft orange/peach/rose mix.  The scent lasted a couple of hours, which is longer than most fragrances.


I definitely recommend giving both a try!

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I thought today would be a good day to review a perfume sample. Part of The Maker Maker Perfume Discovery Kit The Maker Paradiso Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz / 50 mL eau de parfum spray  Oh gosh this is the most disgusting thing I've smelled in a long while. Thankfully the sample was mostly evaporated but I sprayed as much as I could...before the smell hit me. Wet patchouli. Horrible 0/5. I still smell it 7 hours later.

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@Samtian Best part of Maker Paradiso is the mangosteen. When I smell it, the perfume does give off that weird burnt, dusty, car shop smell that papayas do but I like it for the juicy mangosteen. It must have evaporated.

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These are so cute 🥰 @kittycatgirl 

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I was gifted the The Maker Maker Perfume Discovery Kit and granted most of them have arrived mostly evaporated. I was able to get three sprays from The Maker Stag Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz / 50 mL eau de parfum spray I didn't think I would like it at all based on the notes. But it's a winner, big winner.


5/5- Stag opens with a bold declaration of smoky leather, immediately drawing you into its enchanting realm. As the journey progresses, a mesmerizing blend of woods emerges, captivating the senses with its hypnotic allure. What truly sets Stag apart is its intoxicating agarwood note, lingering gracefully into the dry down, leaving a lasting impression that defies time itself. Remarkably, its wear time extends well beyond 14 hours, a testament to its enduring quality. Surprisingly, despite initial skepticism based on its notes, Stag emerges as a perfect 10, a fragrance I would wholeheartedly gift to a significant other. In every essence, Stag is not just a scent, but an unforgettable experience.

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@Samtian I'll have to revisit Stag. I think it was a bit masculine for me but since I'm playing around with mixes I'll have to add it to the rotation.

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@Margalee It's definitely masculine but mmm I love it. 

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This sounds great, @Samtian !  I'll have to give it a try. 🙂

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@Titian06 Definitely! 

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That’s a great review, @Samtian! Stag sounds amazing!

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@curlychiquita It is, I'm blown away. I sprayed it at noon yesterday and I can still faintly detect it. 

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A couple of perfumes for this month-


Maison Margiela 'REPLICA' Under the Lemon Trees 

4/5- Under the Lemon Trees opens with a sharp, chemical lemon and rosy scent that fades into a refreshing citrus musk with subtle tea undertones. Eventually, it settles into a delicate powdery citrus aroma. I really loved this one, unfortunately it was very faded after 4 hours.


GUERLAIN Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic Eau de Toilette 2.5 oz / 75 mL 

3/5- This fragrance opens with an intense burst of sharp green and powdery citrus notes, which gradually soften as it dries down. Emerging next are hints of green tea, orange blossoms, and cedarwood, adding depth and complexity. Finally, it settles into predominantly basil notes with a subtle hint of cedar, lasting an impressive nine hours.

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My mini of the month is the Jo Malone Oak + Hazelnut.

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3/5- At first I didn't like this at all. I would spray it and go to work. So what I initially smelled was the first part and it was bad. The Oak and Hazelnut perfume opens with an intense very intense blend of nut, oak, and alcohol.  The alcohol note fades quickly, giving way to the emergence of vetiver and another intriguing element I can't place. As time progresses, a delightful smoky woodiness, later identified as roasted oak, and elemisurface. While the fragrance evolves beautifully, the wear time is moderate, lasting less than 5 hours. Had I not tested this out and just went off the initial smell I would have tossed this. It's still a really strong scent. 

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I’ve been doing the capsule makeup challenge, and have decided to incorporate a fragrance as well for each week. I’m trying to shop my stash, but also go through some testers. This week, i decided to use The Good Scent - Manifest Your Future, it was a random blind buy at Marshalls (a set with a mini perfume and a travel spray was only $14.99). To be honest, im not that impressed. It smells like apple juice to me, with a slightly gourmand caramel note in the dry down. I would honestly like it more if there was any lasting power to it.. i only get the caramel note for 15 mins before it dissipates. Ill try to finish the mini 10ml bottle ive been using, probably more as a body spray before the gym than an actual perfume, but I probably will pass the travel spray to a younger relative who may use it more.


has anyone had any luck with The Good Scent? I’ve been seeing it all over my local Winners/Marshalls, but this one doesn’t make me really interested in trying any others from the line, unless one comes recommended. The bottle ad the price point are very good though, so i will give it that!

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@cianni I haven't heard of it before. The bottle is pretty! I like most of the notes but the sage and coconut milk would stop me from trying it. 

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