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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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@Titian06 Got it! If I can get my butt in gear today I will ship them out. 

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@Samtian - I look forward to receiving these whether it's next week or in six months! You are too kind! 😘

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@Titian06 I sent it today! Should be there Wednesday...and this one may or may not have been in there uh oh. I had had them all set aside for my empties post...and it might have accidently ended up in the bag. 

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@Samtian - I received your package!  Thank you so much! 😘  None of the samples are ones I've tried before.  I'm very excited to give these a try! 😁  I'll post my thoughts.

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@Titian06 I am excited, I can't wait to hear your thoughts! And I'm glad you haven't tried any of them before.

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Thanks, @Samtian !  That will make receiving the package more intriguing. 😄

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@Titian06 🙂 I'm so glad. Thank you, because I did not in fact get my act together lol. 

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This one sounds interesting, sorry it was a flop for you @Samtian!


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@bakeamuffin Thank you! I was probably hoping the lavender wouldn't be so prevalent. 

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It can be so strong when it’s not well balanced @Samtian, that’s for sure 

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Fragrance no. 1 

Today I’m reaching for Juliette Has a Gun Not A Perfume 

This is actually a favourite of mine with a scent that’s almost hard to describe, especially because it’s a little different on everyone depending on how it responds to your chemistry. 
I know a lot of people say it smells

musky which is fair upon first smell since there’s almost a nothingness to it, but for me it can be described as an almost spiced,  extremely light citrus fruit, with a hazy warmth to it that carries a quiet sweet creaminess, making it a beautifully rounded fragrance that I love for any season. Nothing is quite obvious about it and yet it is entirely captivating. 
After using up a sample I had gotten in a Sephora order I added this scent to my wish list and got it for Christmas in the travel spray which I love because I can bring it with me everywhere! 

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@bakeamuffin Great choice! That one is definitely something special. 

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@Samtian you’re right, it really is!

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I'm glad you like this perfume, @bakeamuffin ! 💖💖💖

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Thanks @Samtian, it’s a nice feeling to find fragrances that evoke the feelings you want them to! 

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Since I've been on my "skin but better" fragrance kick, I picked up the CLEAN RESERVE Reserve - Sparkling Sugar Travel Spray 0.33 oz / 10 mL . It is very sweet, with a kick of berries and pear right at the start. It definitely mellows out to a more musky skin scent after like 30 minutes but it you don't like sugary scents (it's in the name, but they mean it!) stay away. I wish it was more musky at the dry down tbh but I'll still keep it, maybe layer it with something else to mellow it out. 3.5/5


On a side note, I tried to compare it to Radiant Nectar and now I'm annoyed. I remember Radiant Nectar having that sweet pear scent with a kind of flowery twist but when I sprayed it, I actually had to go back to my bathroom to make sure I sprayed the right one. It has completely turned on me. It is unrecognizable. The expiration for it is 24 months and I checked to see when I bought it and it was October 2020. I'm glad it was only a travel size but I'm kind of aggravated since I still have half of it left. Instead of pear I get a tobacco or coffee scent, but not in a good way. My CLEAN RESERVE Reserve - Skin 3.4 oz/ 100 mL I had for a lot longer than 2 years and it didn't start to smell off until recently (it was more alcohol-y) but I'm finishing it up as a pillow spray. Unfortunately, Radiant Nectar is going in the trash.

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@makeitup305  I love radiant nectar but just have a tiny 100 pt one. I thought the whole line didnt give me a headache cuz its "clean", but the last time I tried it I got a headache, so idk if it was that or just a coincidence. But I really loved that scent and wasnt aware it goes bad. :'( I got the full sized lush fleur on a good sale but havent opened it yet. now im concerned. 😬 lol

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@makeitup305 I'm sorry about the nectar. That sparkling sugar sounds good!

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If you like sweet and fruity, this one is worth a try @Samtian 

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@makeitup305 Ooh I do!

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Neo-Animism by Mami Wata

I remember getting an email from Luckyscent about some new ones they got in, and this one was a newly released scent. I read the description, no idea what green bar soap smells like, and placed an order for this sample, and the other ones I've been trying. So this one was the whole reason I have the others haha. 

Luckyscent description-

The Scoop

Neo-Animism is a fragrance that is alive. Alive with meaning and African oceans. Our fine fragrance has been created with two dominant notes.: African ocean minerals. These capture our relationship and experience in the water. The minerals in the ocean are understood by our bodies and minds in almost imperceptible ways. Our nose can identify them.

The scent of ‘green bar soap’ captures the daily lived experience of African surfers growing up in Southern Africa. Green bar soap is a common household soap found throughout the region, that has the power to conjure memories for many people, summoning up the idea of home, or mother, fresh linen, or the beginning of a new day.

The signature fragrance was developed in partnership with South African-born Etienne de Swardt, founder of niche fragrance house Etat Libre D’Orange.


I really like the bottle.

2/5- 4 hour wear time.  Very unique start. Ocean minerals is a perfect way to describe it. I really liked this start. Dries down to a harsh green note I can't describe. One reviewer said it reminded them of something similar to marijuana but more like seaweed, and I think that is kind of fitting. Very strong. Eventually fades to a very faint clean laundry scent. If this had stayed like the start I would have been in love, but it didn't and I'm not a fan of it. 

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