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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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@pocketvenus maybe it's this stupid dabber sample. I hate those! And so often it is just not the same like when you can spray what's meant to be sprayed in the first place. I am sure it would last longer if I could spray some on my clothes and/or hair... But it is very nice. Maybe on some good sale I'd make it mine. 😛

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@lyravega, I totally agree, the dab vs spray method changes how the scent diffuses. One trick I've used is to apply oil like argan oil in my hair and then run a sample wand through the strands but it's not comparable to a straight up spray to my locks!

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Tried Libertine Fragrance's Sweet Grass yesterday and really liked it. A unique scent that opens with a brightening lift from hay, a feat normally achieved with hespiridic notes, paired with a heart composed of the cinnamon-honey warmth of the mimosa flower which is filled out nicely by mellow tobacco and a delicious lick of vanillic tonka, all grounded in oakmoss. Compelling in its ability to evoke a sense of space and a certain quality of sunlight.



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@pocketvenus - This sounds nice.  I certainly would have avoided this scent based on the name alone.  Whenever I hear "grass" I think of a yard/lawn.  That is not a pleasant scent to me.  On the other hand I love the smell of hay.  I never think about the other forms of grass (I live in my own little world).

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@pocketvenus It really sounds so nice!


I am the same, @Titian06 . Or similar. I don't like the scent of fresh-cut grass or crushed greenery. It's anything but pleasant to me. They say plants "communicate" when attacked, and this scent is their distress signal. Maybe I am a plant whisperer and can smell their distress, so that's why I don't like the scent. 😉 ( Speaking about our own little worlds... 😉 )

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@Titian06, I didn't think I would like it from the notes pyramid as I'm not a huge fan of tobacco but it's really well done! Not grassy at all 🙂

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@pocketvenus - Thanks, I'm glad to hear that.

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I'm wearing Malle's new oud scent today called Dawn. It's not an easy oud, but more "typical" than The Night, which I recall as having a photoshopped pungency, like veil of that blue cheese note oud can have. Dawn is creamier and for lack of a better word, more beastly. It's never truly animalic but definitely flirts with going there.




I was expecting Dawn to be more of a rose oud, but the oud, with its complexity takes the fore. It is at turns fragrant, inky, woody, leathery. I feel as though rose adds more of a velvet texture than a floral cast. There's also a little bitterness that comes out in the dry down which pairs fantastically with the oud.


The thing about Dawn is... it reminds me of Kilian's Pure Oud. Don't get me wrong, they are very easy to tell apart. Dawn is much deeper, richer, more filled out and smoother where the Kilian is more raspy, high pitched, and opens differently with a whiff of burning rubber. But Dawn is retailing at $1,185 at Holts whereas Pure Oud is $260. Dawn is the better scent to me but as much as I love Malle, I can't say it's $925 better.

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Out of curiosity, I just Googled the most expensive perfume in the world. And if we thought $1000+ was expensive for a perfume, there's a CNN article about Morreale Paris' Le Monde sur Mesur, which comes in a bespoke, gold-encrusted bottle and runs for $1.5 million?! If any of you ever get to try that scent, please report back.


Oh, and the perfume gets delivered by private jet.

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@txcatx, ha ha ha, that actually sounds like more of a colossal waste, or at least environmental waste, than just taking a lighter to your cash and burning it.





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@pocketvenus - I about dropped my laptop when I read the price!  I have a hard enough time with perfumes that are approaching $200, but over $1K?!  Wow!


Thank you so much for your love of perfume AND being able to put your thoughts into words!  As you can tell, this is not my strong point, but trying scents is something I enjoy.


Happy new (perfume) year!

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Thank you @Titian06 <3<3<3 It's a pleasure to be able to chat perfumes here at BIC and I love helping people find something they enjoy!


Yes, the price is outrageously high. I should add, those are Canadian dollars, but still. I think if you had to buy one of the Malles at that price, you are better off with The Night.

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Do I have 31 perfumes... 😂😄😆

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I bought the 7 Virtues box set and have tried them all 🙂 I think they're better blended than alone. Listed in order from best to worst imo.

Vetiver Elemi
The most creative of the line. Crisp vetiver warmed up with spicy cumin. Unisex and easy to wear.


Orange Blossom

Pretty pleasant, like orange blossom water which I use often in my beauty routine.


Grapefruit Lime
Bittersweet grapefruit peel paired with the depth of petitgrain. Hesperidic, sweet, light and a little soapy.


Patchouli Citrus
More of a rosy floral than citrus or patchouli. The rose geranium is sweet, fresh and light. The patchouli kicks in at around the 20-30 minute mark, darkening the fragrance a touch, but it doesn't add much depth.

Rose Amber
A sweet, straightforward candied rose that is softened with vanilla until its powdery amber dry down.


Jasmine Neroli
Opens up with a thin, candied neroli. Jasmine peaks out into the forefront but recedes quickly. No structure, just flattens into an amorphous cloud of synthetic smelling fluff that becomes unpleasantly dense. Not remotely sensual.

Vanilla Woods
This is literally vanilla planifolia in water and organic sugar cane alcohol denat. It smells a little like burnt popcorn to me but eventually softens up. This and the jasmine one are the weakest ones of the house in my view. You might use them for layering.


Honestly, they really aren't my cup of tea - except for the vetiver, they are very simple and generically pretty. Decent projection and longevity. I like how the company has a social mission. I also have a friend sensitive to perfume and can wear these with them.

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Thanks, @pocketvenus!  This is a line I've had on my list to try for a while now.  I'm still going to try vetiver.  I think I'll still try the rest, just further down the list.

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@Titian06you're welcome! I tend not to be into minimalist scents so that's my bias 🙂

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Today I'm wearing Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum.

Bergamot, amber, vanilla.

This smells very nice and is not overpowering.  I don't know how long it lasted because once I got going on my errands, I forget to pay attention to my perfume.

FYI, the Eau de Toilette is not the same; it has different notes. 

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Trying Serge Luten's Participe Passe today. I was looking forward to it as many reviewers wrote that it's one of SL's best in awhile.


PP is a sweet, smoky and bristling oriental that dries down to a leather. It's also a total immortelle beast on my skin. Immortelle is a flower that kind of smells like burning sugar. At first this burning scent matches well with an equally powerful citrus, and you get some nice boozy, resinous notes, but slowly, inexorably, the immortelle TAKES OVER!! This might be great if you enjoy the note, otherwise, it's too overpowering for me. PP eventually dries down into a warm leather but the smoldering immortelle never really goes away. Not my cup of tea.

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Wearing Serge Luten's Muscs Koublaï Khän. Wow, this is really difficult to pull off, even harder than stinkers like Papillon's Salome which offsets its musk with giant floral notes, or MFK's Absolue Pour Le Soir which is more about a dense embalming honey vibe dusted with spice.


MKK on the other hand, is just the full force of musk. A dirty, dirty musk right up in your face. The civet and castoreum in the opening are very aggressive. They provide an edginess that helps keep the fragrance balanced so I get why they're there but OMG. The dry down gets tamer and becomes more powdery but still, not a fragrance to be trifled with!!! 😮

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@pocketvenus - Wow!  Thank you for your bravery!   This is definitely one I won't be trying!

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@Titian06, glad my experience was helpful 😛 I'd read a lot about MKK which is infamous for being dirty, but my favourite reviewers said it was great, mild even, so I was not expecting this!

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