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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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Hope you feel better! 

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Thanks @Alicehoopz !

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So... As little as I managed to go through my samples and participate during this challenge... Made me get me my first ( I think ) truly feminine and effortlessly elegant fragrance - Miss Dior. I am totally in love with it! It makes this "used to be tomboy" feel like a bona fide lady ( Smiley Wink ), without being "too much", or over the top...  And I am so enjoying it! Smiley Happy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I'm debating between AC Clementine California ( even though it doesn't last as long as I'd want it to... But I just love it so bleeping much!!! ), and Hermes Le Jardin de Monsieur Li. Decisions, decisions...

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I have that problem with many Atelier fragrances, too. Love them, but most do not last. 

 

And yay for new fragrances!

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@lyravega AC Clementine California FS bottle is available now in rewards bazaar!

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Saw your summons in the other thread, @Libellules.... Smiley Tongue ( And, explained the situation ). All I can say right now...

 

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Gah, I'm sorry @lyravega! I figured it was worth summoning you in case you had the points!

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Of course it was worth it! And, I thank you for thinking of me, @Libellules ! That was so sweet of you. You couldn't know. This is the first time I sorta kinda regret not collecting points. This is the first time I am actually liking one of them big rewards. So far, I've never seen anything even remotely interesting to me. But, this... Gah! Hahahaha! Oh, well... It is what it is. Smiley Tongue

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I completely understand @lyravega! I've largely been unimpressed with the rewards (and I miss the days where 10K points could get me a trip to Paris lol). But after months of waiting, I was happy to grab up the Armani brush set last month. I still have a chunk of points left and will be waiting for an opportunity to use them lol.

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These gifs explain me right now

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Viktor & Rolf BonBon

 

Notes: Caramel, Mandarin, Orange Blossom

 

This smells ahhhmazing! Sweet, but in a very grown up way. This one has excellent staying power on my skin, but is not overwhelming. Smiley Happy

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I have a sample of this and will be wearing it tomorrow! It does sound quite sweet, and I'm not in love with super sweet fragrances, but I've been surprised before. 

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@alexasteph, I like it almost as much as the Secret Genius. It is a comforting, lovely scent! I cannot stop smelling my wrists, lol!

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@angel7594 Ooh I'm super excited to try it then!! 

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@angel7594 - I added this to my list to try.  I think the combination of caramel and mandarin and orange sounds interesting.

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@Titian06 I just did a quick little spray on the testing paper and got more giddy over a fragrance than I'd like to admit. It is very nice. Very nice. 

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It really is worth trying in my opinion. The notes are well balanced. I have to be cautious with many sweet fragrances because of migraines, but this one does not overwhelm me at all. I hope you like it too @Titian06! Smiley Happy

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@angel7594 - That's good to know.  Sweet fragrances are a migraine trigger for me too.

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I apologize ladies, because I am about to be long-winded again... Day 4 and today i am wearing JULIETTE HAS A GUN GENTLEWOMAN. I don't know why the brand decided to represent this pefume by sticking a lovely scowling 16-year-old in a tuxedo but I don't pretend to understand the marketing side of the perfume industry. I find it interesting that the concept for this perfume is that it is meant to be somewhat androgynous and to this end it combines many of the elements of traditional "eau de cologne".  From my first sniff of Gentlewoman I can see that this is not just a nod to traditional eau de cologne, it is a love letter...

 

The original eau de cologne was launched in 1792 in, you guessed it, Cologne, Germany (hence the name "Eau de Cologne").  It is called 4711 by Maurer & Wirtz.  It is still available today and comes in a lovely vintage looking bottle adorned with a turquoise and gold filigree label.  It is also quite inexpensive but the ingredients are of excellent quality and they smell like the natural ingredients their notes boast.  Incidentally, this cologne is very familiar to me since it was the only scent/perfume that my severely allergic to anything chemical or synthetic grandmother could ever wear and so it smells of my grandmother who always smelled fresh and lovely and I always admired the beautiful bottle on her vanity as a child.

 

I have a love for perfumes that smell like the actual notes they list on the bottle - I like to smell the real things and then pick them up in a fragrance.  Traditional eau de cologne should smell of real natural things and it combines the elements of citrus, mint or basil with neroli and lavender and other notes but these are some of the most important.  At the risk of annoying everyone by constantly referring to my french roots I will say that the smell of neroli/orange blossom is one I am familiar with because many french cosmetics traditionally included Neroli essential oil which many people (myself included) believe that it has many benefits for the skin.  I am therefore fond of the smell and to be it smells beautiful and clean and airy but since it is also an element in many traditional eau de cologne fragrances I can see how many people would perceive it as a masculine scent even though it is a clean crisp floral scent to me.  In fact I think I can remember that someone recently reviewed Atelier Grand Neroli in this thread and disliked it and I don't want to misquote anyone but I believe that they felt it was a masculine scent.  I've smelled Grand Neroli and it is very close to natural Neroli - most of Aterlier's fragrances are close to the real thing they because compared to other modern perfumers they use a higher proportion of naturals.  I am not trying to contradict the notion - perfume and how we perceive it is personal there are no right or wrong answers and the fact that Gentlewoman is marketed as androgynous scent suggests that many people regard the note this way.

 

MY IMPRESSION OF GENTLEWOMAN: Despite the fact that I said that this reads like a love letter to traditional old world eau de cologne, this is not, by any means a straight up interpretation (and neither is it masculine to my nose). Gentlewoman features a clever twist that leaves me wanting to smell my wrist again and again so that I can smell something that is part familiar and part surprising... It is worth noting that the first eau de cologne was for both men and women this to my nose doesn't smell androgynous at all - it's not "dark" in any way.  What I smell first is a fresh citrus burst of Bergamot, firmly supported by a radiant and natural smelling Neroli flower and supported by the perfect amount of Lavender... I also feel like there is perhaps a little sage in the mix.  Where it gets interesting is that as i inhale a little deeper i get a kick of almond and tonka bean and with the coumarin sweetness that the tonka bean brings to almond the note is marzipan-like and it is quite a realistic marzipan.  This perfume, to me, smells natural and expensive - expensive in the sense that the ingredients smell of the real things, not of cheaper aromachemical imitations.  Of course, the perfume will still be predominantly put together by aromachemicals but it is well done and the overall effect is one of fresh natural ingredients, complexity and quality.  This perfume is like a strange little chameleon, I almost feel like it is playing a sort of olfactory trick on me because it smells different from one moment to the next - one moment I am picking up the crisp, fresh but soft neroli, citrus and lavender blend and a moment later I am getting a potent nose full of marzipan sweetness and musk.  This almond/tonka bean coupling is definitely not a component of traditional eau de cologne and so it is interesting to smell something that retains some of the character of the traditional EDC while being, at the same time, very distinctive.  As time wear on, the more volatile citrus notes evaporate more quickly than the almond middle notes and tonka base notes  - citrus notes are naturally volatile in all fragrances that is one of their defining characteristics.  Though the neroli and lavender stay without being punched up by the bergamot the almond/tonka combo becomes more prominent.

 

The verdict: I really like this and I think it's interesting - I have the Juliette sample set and i wish I could buy a set with bigger versions that doesn't include any of the Oud fragrances which I personally can't stand.  I also don't need "Not a Perfume" - I find it gimmicky and have no idea why I would want to wear one barely there note that is very "meh" on its own.  Still - I think Juliette has a Gun has some very talented perfumers and they have some AMAZING hidden gems and it never fails to surprise me that these gems are not among their bestsellers - the perfumes that Sephora offers in rollerball version are my least favourite from JHAG though I like Lady Vengence I wish wish wish they made a smaller bottle set from the other scents that are not available in rollerball.  I would LOVE to buy a set with Miss Charming (my absolute fave from this collection) and Gentlewoman (my second favourite).   Please PLEASE Sephora - can you guys make more rollerballs for this line esp. Miss Charming?

 

I would def. buy this in a smaller size.  It is classical and new at the same time.  Familiar and startling all at once and it smells of wild natural and real things.  If anyone likes this scent but can't cop the full amount for the full bottle i would recommend snagging a bottle of 4711 Eau De Cologne if you can because it is SO CHEAP and it is very very well made.  If you like Tom Ford, Neroli Portofino, you will definitely like 4711.  It's very uplifting.  It doesn't pack the suprise marzipan punch that Gentlewoman does but if you like the Neroli, Citrus and Lavender combo (and you think you would like it tempered by a little peach and rosewater) then you would likely like 4711 - only downside is that it is difficult to find.

 

Sorry for being so long-winded but when my scent-memory is triggered I can go on and on. : )

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@RoseCharlie  No need to apologize for such a thoughtful and in-depth review of the fragrance! Smiley Very Happy

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Oh thank you @ghrelin! : ) That is really kind of you to say.  I'm pretty new here so I sometimes worry my posts might breach etiquette or just generally worried that I sound like a pompous behind (I think this won't let me insert crude words). Smiley Very Happy I just love perfume though... I love reading about, how it is made, the history of perfume and I especially love smelling it. 

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@RoseCharlie  I understand your worry!  I tend to be very 'verbose' when I review items (or, let's be honest, about everything Smiley Very Happy ).  I think there will always be some people who may judge or be 'grouchy' about people who write a lot about a subject; however, at the same time, I think there's going to be just as many people who enjoy reading a long 'opinion piece' about things.  

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@ghrelinSmiley Very HappyI do too! I also enjoy reading people's longer takes on things because I find it fascinating to see how everyone interacts differently with beauty, products, scents - scents especially since they are so intimately linked to memory and individual experience and I always find it so interesting to see how a person might experience a perfume completely differently from the way I experience it.

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@RoseCharlie I love your reviews and and I'm dying to try this perfume now!

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Thank you so much @txcatx! : ) I love this thread it's such a great idea thank you so much for starting it! I love your reviews as well (and your amazing taste in lipstick)!

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