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31 Days of 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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Based on two words (cherry and almond) in a post by @Libellules in this challenge for Serge Lutens, Rahat Loukoum, I had to find a sample!  I just got my little vial yesterday, and of course,  I'm in love with a $300 perfume now.  Sigh....  Darn you!! :-)

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Sorry (or sorry not sorry? Smiley Wink) to have enabled @AMHWKI! Smiley Very Happy

 

Perhaps keep an eye on eBay? I snapped up a NIB, still sealed bell jar for $200 last week :x.

 

Or maybe Barney's will have a higher rebates + GWP soon enough Smiley Wink

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If I may ask... Where did you find a sample of it, @AMHWKI ? I'd very much like to try that one, as well! And, yes. It is all @Libellules fault! Smiley Wink ( Childhood memories of yummy cherry ( and/or rose ) almond rahat loukoum plays significant part in it, too. I guess it has this nostalgic note to it for me, as well. )

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Sorry @lyravega Smiley Wink

 

I'm not @AMHWKI, but Surrender to Chance has this, as does The Perfumed Court!

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@lyravega I used The Perfumed Court.  It was easy but I will warn you, it does take awhile.  I guess I'm spoiled with flash shipping :-).  @Libellules is really in trouble now!

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Thank you, @AMHWKI and @Libellules !

 

I've never used The Perfumed Court... Who are they, what are they? And... Why wouldn't it be easy? So many questions! Smiley Very Happy

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@lyravega , To be honest, I was so excited to find a sample and I was just wanting someone who looked legit on the internet.  They are a decanting service for the most part.  Pick your scent and they will take it out of an original bottle and pour it into a size of your choosing.  For people like me that are not that close to major retailers in major markets, it worked out great!  Go check them out - lots of goodies!

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Atelier Clementine California-

Notes:
Clementine, Mandarin, Juniper Berries, Star Anise, Sichuan Pepper, Basilica, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Cypress.

 

Thankfully I can't smell the Juniper Berries. I love this one! Yep yep yep!

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I liked this one when I sniffed it in a store! Does it fade quickly like most of the other Atelier scents?

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An hour later and I can still smell it. Faintly. 

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@txcatx I can smell it for a few hours, and then nothing ( on my skin ). But, Hubbz says he can smell it long after I can't anymore. ( My scarves and shirts smell of it forever, though. So, that's nice. )

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I sooooo love love love this one, @Samtian !!! Can't get enough of it! This is my bday gift to myself, actually. Smiley Very Happy I am just waiting for the sale ( hopefully? ) to get it. But, sale no sale, I am getting it. It is very special to me as it evokes so many beautiful memories from my childhood...

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Ooh lucky find for you! I wish I could find something that reminds me of my childhood. Here's to hoping for a sale!

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This one sounds delicious!

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Hey y'all... I thought I would do a little two-fer by trying a "dupe" i was trying out for one of my favourite perfumes.  Here is my pic of both! I had heard that Pacifica's "French Lilac" is not a bad Duper for AERIN's "Lilac Path"... I have reviewed Lilac Path rather enthusiastically before and suffice it to say it is a freaking dream of a perfume - beautiful sophisticated etc.  It is, however, a tad pricey and Pacifica's perfumes are well... Not pricey. I bought the solid perfume version for $13.75CAD and it just arrived and I have Lilac path on one wrist and French Lilac on the other.  Here is my impression of how they compare out of the container Pacifica's French Lilac is suprisingly pleasant though I saw "suprising" because I had very low expectations.  It smells very fresh and I can definitely pick up the Lilac scent though I would say it is not as "true" or as nuanced and sophisticated as the AERIN perfume my initial impression was that given the price this is actually a pretty good option for someone looking to pick up something sort of similar on the cheap.  10 minutes after application however, on my own wrist and reacting to my own chemistry it smells different.  My body's chemistry is bringing out a much soapier and cloying note in the Pacifica fragrance... At this stage I decide that while the Pacifica does smell like a light spring floral lilac the quality difference between this and the AERIN perfume is rather glaring.  However, about 1 hour after initial application things improve and the cloying/soapy synthetic note in the Pacifica perfume is less prominent than it was at first.  I would note that while the Pacifica website says that they use natural compenents in their perfumes they don't claim to use ONLY natural components for the fragrance itself and by the smell of this I probably wouldn't believe it if they said they did.

 

The VERDICT: Pacifica's French Lilac is very inexpensive, in the US the full fized 30ml version is only $22USD via the Pacifica website.  For the price point I think it's worth checking out if you love Lilac and can't shell out the $115 USD to get the small version of AERIN Lilac Path.  HOWEVER - to me there is no contest, Lilac Path is much more "true", sophisticated and luminous scent and spring floral.  It manages to smell excactly like Lilac, beautiful, clean and bright like liquid sunshine without adding any of the unpleasant scents that sometimes come with this territory like soapiness or a cloying saccharine quality.  If you don't mind a soapy quality then give it a try but for me after a couple hours of wear I am sick of the Pacifica and off to wash it off... I would invite anyone who would like this French Lilac by Pacifica solid perfume to let me know because if someone wants it I would be happy to send it.  Swatched once.

 

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Thank you so much for this review!  I bought Lilac Path a while back (I think after seeing your review!) and absolutely love it...but now that I'm only buying cruelty-free this looks like a good alternative Smiley Happy

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@Madeline7Oh wow that's so nice thank you! Smiley HappyOooh nooo though I didn't know that AERIN did animal testing 😢 that is good to know though I would rather know than not know... I think it might be worth a try if you don't mind a little soapiness (I'm getting some notes I think of as soapy in the French Lilac but I think it's also not reacting very well with my personal chemistry and it might be very different on someone else)  because of the price point it's not too much of an investment to see if you like it the solid perfume is the cheapest ($9USD) but it's also available in rollerball ($12USD) and 1 oz format so if it works well that would be a nice dupe... Smiley Happy If anyone tries some of their other scents I would be curious to hear what they think!

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@RoseCharlie yeah I was really sad to learn that they test on animals (along with my other favorite Jo Malone Smiley Sad ).  I've actually never tried solid perfume before so maybe I'll give that a try!

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@Madeline7That's awful WTH? Whyyyyy??? I don't even see why companies even do that anymore when they could just pay humans who agree a little bit of money to try cosmetics and have better tests?!? Rubbish Smiley Sad Ooooh oooh you know what you know what - I really like LUSH's "Death and Decay" solid perfume which has a very weird name because it smells nothing like its name it's all beautiful light florals with a bit of Tonka sweetness.  It has a comparable price point to the Pacifica solid perfume and LUSH is SUPER ethical and all and I like that for a few extra bucks you get some real plant and essential oils in it! To me it smells quite rich and complex and more on the "expensive" side if that makes any sense? I like to use solid perfume because it really fits nicely in the purse AND because there's no alcohol you can use it in your hair and because they usually use a sort of oil base that is good for hair and skin you can kind of even add a bit of moisture and shine to your hair.  I think hair is a great diffuser of perfume I love getting a whiff of nice smelling hair lol.  Ok this is dragging on a little but I just wanted to say although "death and decay" has no Lilac it is a nice light fresh spring floral so I feel like if you like Lilac Path you there is at the very least no way you would hate Death and Decay (which I have to believe they named that way as a joke I'm not sure?)

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I think the main problem is that animal testing is required by law in mainland China (even though its unnecessary).  So any brand that wants to sell there needs to do it Smiley Sad  Hopefully that requirement will change in the future

 

 

Interesting!  I didn't even read the notes of "Death and Decay" because that is such a disturbing name lol.  I'll have to check it out since I love Lush's products!

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@Madeline7Whhaaaaat?! That's seriously messed up - they need to revise those laws it's so unnecessary : ( I understand it's a huge market though so now that I know that I guess it makes more sense to me though that doesn't make it right... Just seems so needlessly cruel.

 

Ha - re: death and decay I kind of skipped over it too assuming I wouldn't like it and my favourite salesperson at the store showed it to me last time I was there and i was surprised to see I loved it - kind of like pure lillies with a hint of sweetness.  The solid perfume is like $15.

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Oh man, so today was totally about trial and error :x. Before I got in the shower, I decided to test a Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanilla sample I had (cannot remember which one), and it smelled like strong tropical fruit...so it was a no go. Then, quickly tested Tom Ford Lavender Palm and decided that was a go. Well... I applied that fresh post shower, and after a couple of minutes quickly realized that it REALLY reminded me of the Voluspa French Cade & Lavender candle. That candle smells really great, but I then remembered that I had tossed it out because it was a dead ringer for whatever scent my ex wore :x.

 

So - if you like that candle, Tom Ford Lavender Palm is for you. I, instead, washed off my wrists and went for...

 

 

Day 2: Borneo 1834 by Serge Lutens. I only have a generous decant of this that I received from a very kind BTer, and so have only worn it a few times. This scent challenges me on my best day, so I'm going to try my best to describe it, given that I'm congested today.

 

At the opening, I get a strong honeyed whiskey cocoa scent. It's really lovely, but then upon drydown...I can still detect the honey and cocoa, but really REALLY faded. What comes through is a slight chypre scent that reminds me of pencil shavings. I mean that in the best way possible, honestly. There is a candle called Tarot Deck by a store in NYC, Catbird...it has an incensy scent, as well as pencil shavings. Borneo 1834 reminds me of this.

 

BUT, Borneo 1834 has the gourmand note (while Tarot Deck has Turkish Rose Smiley Happy), and it is honestly alot of fun to layer with L'Antichambre's Le Chocolat. I'd love to buy it, but I will likely have to wait a while as it is only available in the bell jar size in the U.S. Smiley Happy

 

Spoiler
Keeping running tally so that I won't repeat!
Day 2: Maison Margiela Replica Dancing on the Moon
Day 1: Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford 

 

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The SL sounds amazing <3 Maybe Borneo and Tarot Deck have cedarwood? It can sometimes smell like pencil shavings.

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@pocketvenus Interesting! The candle actually lists "waxen pencil shavings" - don't know if that is a note, or what lol.

 

Basenotes.net and Fragrantica don't list cedar for Borneo 1834. Could be combo of patchouli and French Labdanum? And/or Galbanum (that one is new to me)?

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Waxy shavings - so specific! I think you're right, it's probably a combination of notes, perhaps partly from the earthiness of patchouli?

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