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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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This is so cute! @Haley4356 Great idea!

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Thank you! @ZakiyaBT 😊

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This is pretty 

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Thank you 😊 @howconnie

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Tried a couple of Gucci's Alchemist Garden line today. I've smelled them before but was busy and not very excited by them but thought I'd give them another try.


Voice of the Snake is basically like a Kilian oud. Nice, polished, soft, and not very lost lasting. Nothing that hasn't been done before.


Tears of Iris is a pure and creamy iris devoid of any shades of musty closet, earth, root beer, carrots, cardboard, or bread that you can sometimes find with iris. It's rather plain and lacking in depth, but I believe this line is made to be layered.



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So I blind bought this perfume and I didn’t think I could possibly go wrong with it... I love almost every single Guerlain aqua allegoria I’ve tried and I was teetering between Rosa Rossa and Pera Granita and I feel like these are some of the best summer fragrances. I had tried Pera Granita and it’s divine like a fresh fruit ice in the summer but roses are my first love so I went with this even though I had never sampled it and I was bummed when it arrived because it’s just... well it’s not BAD but it’s just kind of boring... it doesn’t have pronounced rose notes - it’s kind of a super fresh very clean floral - peony more than rose IMO and a little fruit but it’s more astringent than sweet - some currants and a little lychee but without the sweetness you would usually get with lychee and I get some clean white tea notes as well even though they are not listed. It reminds me of the cheaper Paul Smith Rose. This kind of makes me reflect on the fact that I love Guerlain but I’ve never found a Guerlain Rose that I love - they don’t really « do » Rose in the way that i like it to be done like either as a beautiful soliflore or as the star in a juicy sweet bursting composition. I bought a devant of Nahema because it’s kind of legendary and I thought maybe this would be my Guerlain rose but I didn’t love that either. I think Rose Barbare may be my favourite Guerlain rose but honestly at that price point I would have to be head over heels for it and I just think it’s a beautiful execution but for my own tastes I would like less Chypre aspect. All in all I think this is a nice and perfectly wearable fragrance but it doesn’t have that bursting juicy-ness that makes me love Pera granita and it doesn’t have the unique qualities that make the citrus fragrances excellent in their own unique ways (my favourite of the citrus would be bergamot Calabria - the cardamom notes really lend it points of interest). It’s a lovely perfume but I just wish that it was a bit rosier and that the fruit was a little more lively and sweet but for anyone looking for a summer fragrance that is extremely fresh and clean - soap/fresh linen/shampoo clean clean with white tea astringency - this would be good. I Quite like a lot of clean scents and this is maybe a bit too clean for me lol.

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Yes, you make a good point, the Guerlain DNA is more about herb and wood. There are other houses that specialize in rose. Hopefully you can develop an affinity for it. Sounds like it’s a great summer fragrance but just different than you expected.

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@RoseCharliesorry this didn't work out for you! If you bought through Sephora, I think you can make a return.


Now that you mention it, I can't think of a rosy Guerlain I really like.

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I tried out a few men’s fragrances for summer use. Since I like citrus and woods, many modern men’s fragrances appeal to me. 


Dior Homme is a zesty citrus that kinda smells like a gin and tonic. The top note is lime zest spraying into the air. It’s not sweet but very refreshing. Silage and performance are great. I could smell it all day. That’s exceptional for a citrus, in fact for any modern fragrance and the reach in arms length. Don’t expect I’d get a lot of compliments on such a unique choice for a girl, but it greatly improved my productivity.


Next I tried Channel Allure Homme: The first note was too macho for me and in fact I smelled like bug repellent spray for half an hour. Then the magic happened the top note receded into the background leaving this sexy man scent. This is the sexiest man scent I’ve ever encountered, it’s a rich Tonka domination that’s creamy from a red rose and blended spices. The man that wears this fragrance is precise, he wears a red rose in his lapel, a crisp white shirt adorns his designer suit, and you can tell he works out. He’s confident and life has been good. 




DIOR - Dior Homme

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@howconnieThis time of year, I definitely like stuff like


HERMÈS - Terre d’Hermès Pure Perfume but I enjoy men's fragrances all year. My all time favourite crisp white shirt fragrance to wear is Malle's French Lover Smiley Happy

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Oh, I’ll have to look into that one, I love earthy scents 

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Interesting @howconnie! I know almost nothing about men’s fragrances but now I definitely want to smell that one! Hey - if you like the fresh aspect of traditional cologne there’s a perfume I would really recommend and it’s a fragrance I find so so interesting! It’s « Gentlewoman » by Juliette has a Gun and if you see the ad it’s a woman in a tux/suit I think and gentlewoman is meant to be a play on the word gentleman because the scent is meant to evoke the classic notes of men’s cologne but it’s done in an awfully interesting and pretty way I think. I actually love the scent! It opens with a blend of neroli and lavender and that’s a traditional cologne accord but they add a lovely marzipan almond note in equal measure and that makes it really interesting - gives it an interesting twist I think.

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Those notes sound great. I discovered lavender from the house of Guerlain and love both Neroli and almond. My favorite almond is the soliloquy note almond at L’Occitane, my second favorite is Velvet from Commodity- which is discontinued so I’d like another. I like Not a Perfume by JHAG




JULIETTE HAS A GUN - Gentlewoman

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I am wearing AERIN - Tangier Vanilletoday. I own this one and felt like I needed something comforting today.



Madagascar Vanilla, Bergamot, Bulgarian Rose, Amber, Sandalwood, Musk



I don't tend to be a vanilla person, but this one is an exception. It's very creamy, spicy and mildly smokey. Some people can detect a Play-doh scent and I can see where they're coming from, but I enjoy it! 


Not the most memorable or exciting fragrance, but very wearable and comforting. 

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Wow, and the notes sounded pretty special, that’s why it’s best to try a fragrance 

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@CyncynnI find the Aerins are like this - not daring and exciting but solid, like wearing an easy fashion basic and sometimes that's just what you want!

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@pocketvenus Yes, I could not agree more. I haven't sampled the whole line (I want to!), but that was my impression too. 


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@Cyncynn - i really like Tangier Vanille - the entire line really but I’ve been craving vanilla lately. If you like Tangier Vanille have you tried Vanilla Woods by 7virtues? The « woods » part is a bit misleading I think to me it’s a beautifully balanced marshmallow vanilla

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@RoseCharlie I have not tried anything from that brand, but I'll definitely look into it. Thank you SO SO much for the recommendation <3

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Today I'm testing Amouage's Beach Hut Woman. Because of the name, I expected some kind of coconutty thing along the lines of Soleil Blanc. The opening is not at all suntan lotion creamy. Instead I'm getting salty melon contrasting with beachy skin. There's some woody, smoky patchouli warmth. The notes clash at first but meld together more as the scent dries down. Unusual and suitable for the summer so I'm glad I tried it, but it's not really my thing.



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@pocketvenus OH I will be sure to check out Jubiliation25 and Myths thank you! : ) you are totally right it’s hugely difficult to tell what the fragrance will be like based on the huge pyramids - I haven’t had the chance to try many of them but the ones that I have tried like Lyric and Journey and even Blossom Love to a smaller extent - they all seemed... Well it’s hard to describe but they all seemed so layered and complex in a way that I don’t usually experience elsewhere. Almost as if there was a « fullness » to the scent or a sort of tremendous complexity. I found lyric very beautiful but it wasn’t something I would normally choose just because my personal preference when it comes to perfume is for things that are unmistakably very feminine and to my nose lyric is a bit masculine but I did end up wearing my sample several times because even though it wasn’t « my thing » it was still so beautiful and well made that I wanted to give it a go! At the same time I hate to say masculine/feminine because I feel like it’s a bit of a silly distinction but what I mean by that is just that there are certain elements I associate with fragrances usually sold to men and I don’t like them as much as airier or sweeter elements usually associated with fragrances marketed as women’s perfumes.
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