Thread: SotD Thursday 9 July
Woke up at six because of a thunderstorm, and it's still raining and pouring. One more day in sunny and bright TDC Bergamote for me.
Have a good one!
Last edited by tigrushka; 9th July 2009 at 05:15 AM. Reason: fatal error aka the sotd bug
"Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."
Have I told you about the scent of jasmine? Have I spoken about the smell of the sea? The earth is scented. And I perfume myself to enhance what I am. That's why I can not wear a perfume that bothers me. Perfuming is an instinctive wisdom. And like all art, it requires some knowledge of yourself..."
Clarice Lispector ( 1920-1977) - Perfumes da Terra / Earth Perfumes
A generous dose of a pick-me -up - Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
Hello All! I have missed you! Have been away on holiday to Spain, and am now returned to the daily grind and nitty-gritty of everyday life!
Charmingly, on my doormat I found a package from none other than the fabulous TAO, who sent me a gorgeous selection of curiosities that will be carefully sampled over the next few days. Taking pride of place, however, were two monster scents: the glorious Habanita and Paco Rabanne's La Nuit, which is my SotD.
La Nuit is truly first-rate, and I am staggered as to why this was discontinued. I find PR's current offerings 'unremarkable' at best, but this juice is wonderful, and smells of quality, if in a very monied 80s way. It is generally categorised as a leather, but on me it is more of a sweet and sumptuous chypre, with the honeyed woods and oakmoss especially prominent. It's certainly forthright, and could be unisex to my mind, and is an audacious, Dynasty-era reworking of something far more stately and classic. It's a fabulous, glamorous scent with great staying power and evolution.
Thank you, Tao, darling!
Hope everyone is happy and well,
Armani Privé Bois d'Encens
next to a drop of the the lovely Myrrh oil from the "Legendary woods & resins" box.
Thank you G, I love the Myrhh most of all the samples
A warm welcome to all the new posters on the SotD thread!!
The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp
Happy Birthday to lizzie_j!! I hope you see this and I hope things are getting better for you.
I heard on the local news last night the most depressing stat. In weather terms a sunny day is considered to be a day when the sun is shining for greater than 70% of the day. In Boston since May 3rd we've had THREE of those days. The Florida Boy is not amused.
Since Mother Nature is not cooperating I'm going to start spraying things on that make me feel like its sunny anyway.
Hermes Terre D'Hermes
Popular. When did a term that should be considered a positive gain a negative connotation? It goes something like this; I love Stephen King books but, you know, his books are just popular. Doesn't it take a great deal of skill to be popular? It isn't like it is something everybody can do. The truly popular seem to be rare things. When we downgrade popular to make it a criticism are we speaking of ourselves? Yes there is a fragrance review in here. Terre D'Hermes is probably the most popular fragrance produced in the last few years. It was created in 2006 by Jean-Claude Ellena and was initially received to a chorus of great reviews. More recently I've seen more criticism of it which seems to boil down to "I like Terre D'Hermes but, you know, its popular." I am going to speak in defense of popularity today using Terre D'Hermes as my example. Jean-Claude Ellena is one of the current star perfumers out there and he is one of the few who regularly works the non-niche side of things. Ever since he became the head nose at Hermes he has skillfully divided his creations between the niche-like Hermessence line and the the designer side of things. Terre D'Hermes shows all of Ellena's skills as a composer of scents and does it in a non-niche way. Thus making it, you know, popular. The top of Terre D'Hermes comes in on a citrus breeze of grapefruit and orange. M. Ellena has become more skilled with the use of citrus and this is an extension of the themes begun in the Un Jardin series composed earlier for Hermes. The citrus is so realistic it smells like the grove is just out of sight around the next corner. The absolute stunning aspect of Terre D'Hermes takes place in the presence of this flint note in the heart. This is an unusual choice and a telling one. The mineral character that this gives to this scent indeed calls up the titular "Terre" or Earth and makes one feel the ground that those citrus trees are growing in and creates a unique scent experience. The base of this is almost the trademark of M. Ellena as he takes the usually strong notes of vetiver, cedar, and patchouli and instead creates an airy mix of these three which does not overwhelm and instead complements and accentuates the composition as a whole. M. Ellena has become a master of allowing every phase of his scents to be allowed to expand and breathe and in Terre D'Hermes I think he has created a singular masculine masterpiece. If, you know, its too popular for you to wear well then, you know, you're missing out on a great scent. Which, you know, is too bad.
Have a Transcendent Thursday everyone.
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Good morning everybody and welcome to all the newcomers on BN! Today is FINALLY some sunshine! The rainy and cold weather has kind of affected my mood lately...So these sunny days are precious! Today I'm wearing a scent that feels very sunny and happpy to me, Feminite du bois. Last but not least: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to LIZZIE!!!! Hope it's a great one
My SOTD is Christian Dior - Eau Sauvage Frachieur Cuir (Leather Freshness). Good stuff!
Top notes: Sicilian Lemon
Middel notes: Hedione, Aromatic Herbs, Cedar
Base notes: Chypre Accord, Ambry Leather
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I agree SMM, about 'popular' being a very peculiar negative. I was once accused of being 'resolutely middlebrow' and while it was meant as a barb, I took it as a complement. Yes, it's good to stretch yourself sometimes and get out of your 'comfort zone', but popularity, like longevity, often recognises quality.
Happy birthday LizzieJ. May the White Stripes serenade you today.
Seeing Joe's Eau Sauvage above reminded me that I tried Diorella last week. It's as good as you all say it is, and yes, it's incredibly like Eau Sauvage. Very good in hot weather.
Last night a new member joined our family. He is wee and ginger and white and Small has named him JJ. I did say that's utter laziness - you haven't named him you've just initialed him. But Small doesn't get my Terry Pratchett jokes and just looked witheringly at me and said "That's his name, Mummy."
He is outstandingly cute and weeny and very cuddlable. Today he has spent a lot of time under the sofa. And he's just weed in his bed. Better there than under the sofa. Thanks for all the suggestions for names - they're great. We did try to suggest some to Small, but she was having none of it. I wanted to call him Bernie Bernstein, because that's the German for Amber, but nope. Big suggested Kurbis, which is German for Pumpkin. Again, nope. Gio would be perfect, especially since he's just made Acqua But JJ he is.
So in honour of our little ginger boy, today I shall spend the day in The Gingerbread Whorehouse. Gosh I hope someone asks what I'm wearing!
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"A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future." Coco Chanel
I'm streamlining my collection http://community.basenotes.net/showt...29#post1219729
Troopics quiet--no big storm development in sight so what better time to make Gendarme SotD
we have seen the enemy...and he is us.-Pogo
Happy Birthday to LIzzie!
Cake for breakfast...
I'm wearing Estee Lauder Pleasures Delight this morning, but I may have to shower this off if the patchouli doesn't sit down and behave soon. I don't remember it being quite this potent!
Have a good day, all!
By Kilian Straight to Heaven
Happy B-Day to Lizzie J. Champers all around...and cake and prezzies and lotsa yer favert smellies!!
And congrats to the Wordies on JJ...their new ginger/marmalade addition from MY marmalade Alzee!!
(And thanx to Quarry for these WONderful Smilies!!)
And Kate, I'm with YOU on La Nuit!! SUCH a Big Girl fume...shall we see if we can find a bottle and split it?
And where woud we be without each other? Petrucijjc sent me an Histoire de Parfums sample which led me down the HdP trail and I've been exploring the line and loving it.
Today it's gonna be 1804....George Sand...a lovely floriental. Outta the vial came what smelt like coffee but is probably something from the bottom notes of santal and musk. anyway the top of tiare and peach came together almost immediately with the beautiful heart of clove and jasmine and muguet and rose with the vanilla musk still present.
On my bod, many frags are present all at once from the very start...must be the age and the climate.
Out of the five I've sampled...all have been winners. OH to be fabulously wealthy.
"The world is ruled by letting things take their course. It cannot be ruled by interfering." Lao Tze
Happy Birthday, Lizzie, any others I might have missed...
Love to JJ, Wordie, Small, Big
I agree, SMM- it's unfortunate when popularity diminishes one's pleasure !
I think that the 'wording' can make a HUGE difference...
For example, I might choose to say that a certain fragrance 'is well- loved' or 'often appreciated on a grand scale'.
[There,now. Doesn't THAT feel better, LOL ? !]
SMM knows that if there is a gentler way of saying something, I will CONTORT myself until I've found it.
[He also gives me the freedom to say things unvarnished, without guilt- entre nous-
Yet one more reeason to love him- besides his soft lips ]
My sotd represents my household: CHAOS.
I'm absent because we are tearing our flat APART, no lie.
The mice have made mincemeat out of our only closet...so I am turning myself into a pretzel in there.
The bath is almost done- new sink went in.
I love you all MORE THAN CHEESE.
Yup, I DO.
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Breathing green with Les Nez The Unicorn Spell
Villoresi ALAMUT - Delicious full oriental with spices, amber and musk
"Perfume is the dream that carries me."
There is always the sky to look at
Here's one you hardly ever see: Samsara Shine.
Samsara itself doesn't get much play on the boards, or with me personally. The aggressive amounts of ylang-ylang and sandalwood in the original become harsh on me, making it seem as if Samsara is trying too hard. Samsara was released in 1989, which put it at the end of the "serious Oriental" phase that had its apex 11 or 12 years prior with Opium and Cinnabar. It tries so hard to be a statement fragrance in that genre that, rather than being progressive, it is a recidivist scent totally preoccupied with being the ne plus ultra of that category. And it fails, I think, by bombast.
The Shine variant came along some years later, thinning out the original and adding sharp, tangy fruit notes and musk. This is an easier way to wear Samsara and, overall, not an embarrassment to the original.
Shine begins by being recognizably Samsara. The signature of Samsara (the rubbery, pliable ylang-ylang and the sandalwood) is intact, just less intense. A bittersweet, bracing pomegranate note is squeezed on the top and remains nearly throughout, adding sharpness that starts, on me, to go slightly sour over time. This is not a disagreeable feature.
I hadn't noticed that the original Samsara had a rosy heart, but Shine does, and it smells like a Guerlain lipstick. This effect is heightened by a musky base that reads as a bit waxy. As opposed to original Samsara, Shine is more decipherable. Whatever became obscure in the original because of the overwhelming emphasis on thick-lidded Orientalism is easier to read in Shine. One doesn't get the sense that Shine is one of those gumbo flankers that has been concocted merely by tossing in random, au courant materials. It seems well thought out and offers an excellent take on fruity/floral theme. Bonus: dirt cheap.
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Orion: you are a brilliant writer.
Tao: YES! Let's do it! Let's split!!!
Happy birthday Lizzie!
Today I wear Hypnôse
I think I could wear this every day!
Autumn treasures: Magnetism, Midnight Orchid, Tea for Two,
Aimez-Moi, Chinatown, Dzongkha, Five O'Clock Au Gingembre,
Cittá di Kyoto, Jasmin de Nuit, Jasmin Full, Kelly Calèche, Venezia,
Douce Amère, Eau de Charlotte, Falling In Love, Chergui, Prada,
Rose Alexandrie, Hypnôse, Omnia, Flowerbomb, Poivre Piquant,
Cuir Beluga, 7:15am in Bali, Lolita Lempicka, Fumerie Turque,
Datura Noir, Songes, Gaultier², L'Ombre Fauve, Kors, My Couture,
Ligea "La Sirena", Red Aoud, Rose Absolu, Cèdre, Milk, No. 23
Bending backwards is like falling in love, come bend with me
The mind is like a drunken monkey, it constantly jumps here and there.
"Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think."
Happy birthday, Lizzie!
Thanks to lovely BlackCat, I am testing Parfums DelRae Amoureuse today. Boy, is it ever pretty! Voluptuous, feminine and utterly beguiling.
Notes: tangerine, cardamom, French tuberose, French jasmine, Tahitian ginger lily, cedar, moss, sandalwood, honey
Best to all!
"I felt something so intense, I could only express it in a perfume." - Jacques Guerlain
Happy Birthday, Lizzie J!
Taoladay: I get HUGe pineapple in 1804, especially the first /2 hour or so. Your bottle sounds more subtle. I like yours better!
Putain des Palaces today:
Naughty name, naughty picture, nice scent.
I've been a bad girl: I bought the Etat Libre collector's coffret.
Here's what it looks like:
Happy Birthday Lizzie ! Have a very good year ahead !
Good morning all ! It's Vol De Nuit extrait for me this morning- I'm in a Vol De Nuit kinda mood.
I also just added my Vol De Nuit EDT to my sales thread ( yes, shameless plug, I guess ) The EDt is gorgeous but I much prefer the extrait.
Petty small minded people have no place in my life.
Heritage (After Shave) by Guerlain on the chest and face and Heritage (Eau de Parfum) by Guerlain on the wrists.
Insprred by shermanirving's layering thread yesterday, I thought I'd test out this combo. My EdP is from a sample - I think it's vintage juice. Gosh, I really must invest in a bottle of this stuff sooner or later.
Happy birthday to lizzie_j, have not seen her here on BN for loooooooong time!
Rem_dreams, I like SL Santal Blanc very much, so congratulations on your fabulous find.
Joining Brielle in Guy Laroche Clandestine, because I can!
Happy birthday, Lizzie! I'm wearing eau de saltfish....spent most of the morning boning salted cod.... need something refreshing. I think CSP Ecume de The is what I'll go for today :-)
Nostalgie, that coffret is simply lovely. Enjoy it!
Comme l'amour, le parfum doit captiver la femme dès le premier contact---André Fraysse
Sabi. Carry me to the moon, Sabi. Oh, my stars, Sabi.
Cheery tidings and good blessings to all whose eyeballs travel here.
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