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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 tried Jo Malone Bluebell. I was surprised to find the first note was watermelon. It was a very juicy fresh cooling natural watermelon. Actually the best watermelon note I’ve ever tried but it only lasted a half hour. Then the bluebell note comes through, it’s very vintage and smells like the inside of a Mrs Crabtree. I actually smell sweet peas not bluebells. It’s a bit cloying for summer, but it last for four hours.


JO MALONE LONDON - Wild Bluebell Cologne

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Oooh i received a sample of blue bell but I think it had turned so I did wonder what it really smelled like! Thanks for posting this review! : )

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@howconnie - I wore it last summer and the director walked past my office and said, “something smells like a trout slick.”  I didn’t know what it was at the time, but apparently it smells like watermelon.  😆 

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Hahaha well watermelon sounds nice but I feel like a trout slick sounds a bit alarming until someone tells you it smells like watermelon

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Skin-tested Goop's 02: Shiso today. 02 is stronger than 03: Incense and the name Shiso is misleading. To my nose, it pairs fresh, peppery and cool coniferous notes with warming spices and smoky-sweet birch and patchouli smoothed out with labdanum. Herbaceousness gives way to dark woods with a dash of cumin. Again, this really reminds me of the Aesops.




04: Orchard is not as good as the first three scents. It's a regrettable apricot that becomes increasingly muddled and musty on my skin in the dry down.

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Tried a few new fragrances today, all by Douglas Little of Heretic Perfumes, an all-naturals line.


I’m a fan of HP’s Dirty Ginger so I had high hopes. Unfortunately, none were as interesting.


Dirty Lemon is described as follows: cold-pressed lemon, Italian bergamot, lime and bitter citrus leaves are sullied with ylang-ylang, sexy patchouli, Australian sandalwood, juniper and feisty black pepper Sounds great but I took one sniff of the tester and immediately recoiled. I have no idea how an all-natural fragrance could end up smelling like industrial cleaner but there it is.


I sprayed Dirty Rose on paper. It’s a nice sweet rose, darker than Hiram Green’s dewy Lustre, but it’s not remotely dirty.


I tested Florgasm on my skin. It has a milky appearance but I’m afraid the fragrance doesn’t live up to its appearance and promise of tuberose milk. I get a wan jasmine that shifts between indolic to candied, and nothing at all suggesting milk or cream. Weak performance but this might also be because of the humidity I walked out into right after spraying it.



Finally, I tried Goop 03, which is a peppery, woody incense for which Little is the nose. I’m reminded of one of the Aesop fragrances, Hwyl. It has the same sort of vibe and weak lasting power, but again, maybe it would've done better if it wasn't so humid outside.




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Oh WoW interesting an all natural line! Although I have to say that reading this review as well as the notes I think I probably wouldn’t be that much of a fan either... thanks for reviewing this though - really interesting to read!

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Today I am wearing Bal D'Afrique by Byredo, which was a sample on my "would not purchase" pile. 


  • Top: African Marigold, Bergamot, Bucchu, Lemon, Neroli
  • Heart: Cyclamen, Jasmine Petals, Violet
  • Base: Black Amber, Moroccan Cedarwood, Musk, Vetiver

My opinion:

Lots of Cedar and Vetiver. Lemon and a hint of jasmine. After one hour or so the scent kind of disappears on my skin. I'm not a huge fan of the scent, but it's wearable. It's "gender neutral" and both my husband and I would rate it 5/10.


It reminds be of Vetiver Tonka by Hermes, but I prefer the Hermes one.

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@Cyncynn  Sounds interesting though. I like the notes.

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 @howconnie  @Samtian It's very nice and I will definitely finish the sample.


I love the name too. In general I like how Byredo names their perfumes and the thought process/story behind it. So far, Eleventh Hour was the only one that made its way to my collection!

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The notes on this one sounds really interesting and I like the name.

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I haven't posted here in a while, I need to stop being lazy! I just finished my sample of Candy by Prada. I was really surprised by this, I loved it. On me it smelled like a spicy floral. 

Fragrance Family:
Warm and Spicy
Scent Type:
Warm and Sweet Gourmands
Key Notes:
White Musks, Benzoin, Caramel Accord


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Love this fragrance 

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@Samtian I love this fragrance too! So unique!



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I loved the bottle, the description and the ads for that perfume, so I was very surprised I didn't like the scent. 

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I am so glad I found this thread lol - I am drowning in perfume samples Smiley Very Happy


Today I am wearing Palermo by Byredo, which was a sample on my "would not purchase" pile. 



  • Top: Bigarade, Sicilian Bergamot
  • Heart: Fresh Musk, Rose Absolute
  • Base: Ambrette Flower, Skin Musks

My "expert" opinion:

Grapefruit(juice and peel) and grass. Fresh, but bitter. Reminds me of Atelier Cologne Pomelo Paradis.

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Grass scents are so pleasant but I am curious how the grapefruit plays out with that.

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@howconnie I thought it was a very odd combination, but not in a good way. I like grassy scents and love citrus, but the combination just didn't sit well with me. I don't even want to finish that sample to be honest Smiley Sad

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Today’s sample was Tam Dao By Diptyque it’s a woodsy incense type with a green accord. It is calming and reminds me of sauna woods and sandlewood incense. The opening is green cypress leaves and a sweet fig. The two combined come across as a creamy cypress note. A sweet rose envelopes them and This triad dances in the woods till the symphony is over. Very relaxing, silage reaches my elbow, and last 2 to 4 hours before I don’t notice it.

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I tried Juliette Has a Gun ‘Sunny Side Up’ and it kind of gave me similar vibes... but it’s not as complex.

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