Jean-Paul Guerlain's HABIT ROUGE
Eau de Toilette
Thread: S o t D Thursday 20 August
Hot, humid and cloudy....not the best combination
Staying cool and happy in
Delicious fresh grapefruit without *any* BO note on me
Hug to Dora and Arwen Elf.
Last edited by Riannon; 20th August 2009 at 12:56 PM. Reason: Wrong day of the week :)
The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp
Jean-Paul Guerlain's HABIT ROUGE
Eau de Toilette
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
My SOTD is Prada Infusion d'Homme.
Notes include neroli from Tunisia, iris palida, vetiver, cedar, incense and benzoin.
Please feel free to check out my Swap Thread - Patou pour Homme, L'Instant de Guerlain PH Extreme, Dior Homme Intense, Pure Malt, Pure Coffee and many more! Click Here For My Swap Thread
Green Irish Tweed (Creed)
How are our dear hearts this am ?
I hope healing...
Off to work, in YR Neonatura Cocoon.
I went to bed in L'Air de Rien- but realized that perhaps my patients might not appreciate it ;-)-
Hence, the Change.
Saw Julie and Julia yesterday, w/ J...
He trhinks that Julia and I share " a certain voluptuous joie de vivre ", LOL...
[This is my SON ?]
May your day go well.
What a lovely way to be described Chaya!!
I'm all for a bit of joie de vivre.
Decided on Ivoire again today - it seems to lift me out of the ordinary,
run-of-the mill feeling.
Good morning all and a big hug to those having a hard time lately! Today is a really cloudy and rather Autumn-like day.Well...,I'm happy it doesn't rain Sotd is L'ombre dans l'eau.
Sorry Chaya I'm with J on this one you and Julia do share a joie de vivre that is infectious to those around you. As one of those who has been around you and always walk away with a smile.
Loved Julie & Julia too from a foodie perspective and the subtler subtext of how things haven't changed all that much in 50 years. Great movie!
Still wearing scents that didn't put the wind in my sails first time around
Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Route du Vetiver
Its always interesting to me when I go to a party that as you approach the crowd of people there is always one voice that drifts above the crowd. As one who has a loud voice and speaks loudly, sometime this is myself I am describing. This would be in Seinfeld terms "The Loud Talker". People tend to shy away from The Loud Talker. When it comes to vetiver and the veritable party of scents out there one scent comes off as the unquestioned Loud Talker of vetiver and that is Jean Laporte's 1988 release for his Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier line, Route du Vetiver. One of the problems with the Loud Talker is the sheer volume has a habit of keeping people at arm's length and that is true of this scented Loud Talker. Route du Vetiver is the strongest vetiver I have come across. Many think of Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire to be the strongest but Route du Vetiver is a quantum leap stronger. This strength tends to make the opening overly medicinal and harsh. It has taken multiple wearings of Route du Vetiver for me to see beyond the harsh opening and appreciate the rest of what is on display.
Right out of the atomizer you are hit with an intense vetiver smell. It is so strong that it comes off harsh to my nose making the first moments of Route du Vetiver a trial to be endured, for me. The first time I wore this I couldn't get past the raw intensely root-laden beginning and just didn't give it a chance. It took the second and third time for me to realize that after the harsh notes dissipate there is a drydown worth listening to. This starts with one of the best black currant accords I've come across. I don't know whether I think that because I'm so relieved to get away from the harsh beginning but it is paired with a lighter green accord and the dark fruit plus green is just beautiful. The vetiver seems to come back but at a third of the volume along with a mix of woods in the base with sandalwood the most prominent of the woods, although there are at least three other woods in here. Route du Vetiver has above average longevity and above average sillage. Because the vetiver is so strong at the beginning I think this is a scent one would have to be careful wearing out in public for the first 30 minutes or so as the beginning is so strong. After that, once it mellows, Route du Vetiver really does become a joy to behold. Like The Loud Talker I can understand not wanting to subject oneself to the volume, but if you do choose to get close enough you might find there is something under all the volume to be discovered.
Have a Translucent Thursday everyone.
More writing on fragrance by me to be found at http://www.cafleurebon.com/
The supreme refreshment of Goutal's Eau d'Hadrien on this very hot day.
Enjoy your day!
"Perfume is the dream that carries me."
There is always the sky to look at
A sample that Andre sent with the DIVINE Kolnisch Juchten....one of the few Amouages (I've tried) that blows my skirts (if I wore them) up....the (in)famous... UBAR Woman....."Romancing the mystery of Ubar's splendour, Paradise is regained with echoes of Bergamot and Lily of the Valley complementing the majestic Damascene Rose with the eternal presence of Sandalwood".....(from the card copy)
"Voluptuous joi de vivre" is what I'd call it!!!
"The world is ruled by letting things take their course. It cannot be ruled by interfering." Lao Tze
Today it's Calvin (re-issue) from a sample.
"Are you a god?"
"Are you a wizard?"
"Are you a man?"
"Then what are you?"
"I am awake.."
Hot and humid (again!). Estee Lauder's Pure White Linen for me this morning.
Have a good day everyone!
L'Heure Bleu this morning, which I think I perspired off during my walk through Georgetown.
I am now in my air conditioned cube hoping that the sweat stains disappear from my clothes before a big presentation this morning.
BTW Riannon - puhlEEZE don't tell me it's Tuesday again.
Last edited by sakecat22; 20th August 2009 at 12:21 PM. Reason: I repeat myself when under stress I repeat myself when under stress
Sakecat's Scent Project
"Wardrobe" and Reviews of everything I've tried to date. Please come visit and let me know what you think.
Dear Riannon, it´s Thursday today LOL!...I know...it´s the heat. (I posted my sotd at the Wednesday thread)
Geranium Pour Monsieur for me on this hot day.
See, how you guys are without me? Chaya knew it was someone's birthday yesterday but could not put her finger on it although Asha and Jasper did -- it was M-lle Coco's. I wore -- like Asha -- #19 too, despite my swears to do some Patou -- they share the birthday, for those who missed it! -- earlier this year. Ah shucks....
Anyhoooo, we moved again: same town, two blocks up north, Internet-less for a couple of days -- that's how I missed the Blind Summer Fun sniff -- and dogless for now. She is in a better place, over the rainbow.
Terre d'Hermes for me today.
I will try to answer all PMs in the next couple of days.
Amour de Cacao for this rainy day.
Last edited by Riannon; 20th August 2009 at 01:08 PM. Reason: As I said....too hot!!
The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp
Rocky start today. A tornado hit our town last night. We just regained power at about 6:10 this morning. Earliest reports I've heard/read say that the middle school's roof was ripped off, along with the destruction of many houses and apartments nearby. My own little family dwelling is spared, and we are all just fine - thanking my lucky stars! Yesterday was the first day back to school for the kids, but school has been cancelled today. We'll just have to see what tomorrow brings.
Stay safe everyone.
SOTD - Fleur des Comores by MPG
Last edited by Jane Daly; 20th August 2009 at 01:06 PM.
beauty guru & perfume whisperer
Diorella today along with an earache. Waiting for the doctor to call back as I soldier along at work.
Oh dear, Ubu, that must have been scary - stay safe!
And poor Therese with earache - that can be so distracting - anything in the head is hard to detach yourself from.
Well, I am having a pretty gross day testing and just today I do not care that the Ava Luxe shop is shut, even though I love Gardenia Musk and am keen to try the iconic LTBL. No, today the shop can stay closed, for I am sampling some rather disagreeable things:
AL Kretek (clove cigarettes - neatly combining a habit I do not have and memories of the dentist's chair - not a winning combo)
AL Madeleine (dental anaesthetic, that is how piquant the spices were)
AL The Noir (I don't drink coffee, but this could drive me into the arms of Starbucks)
AL Tokion (strange little herbal incense number)
To leaven the lump (with little success), I also applied:
AG Eau du Ciel (like L'Ete en Douce - "laundry soap on steroids")
Dior Midnight Poison (this is so insipid - like a weak fruity floral - I am wondering if it has been mislabelled - I was expecting something a bit woody, a bit darker.)
Il Profumo Acqua e Sale (this makes me crave sugar pronto, though the one with Zucchero in it I know I find too sweet!)
Armani Gio (the original one with carnation or clove, though with some headier notes in there - hyacinth? Lilac? The clovey carnation note is dominant - seems I cannot escape the dentist theme today.)
Last edited by VM I hate civet; 20th August 2009 at 01:22 PM.
"So many scents, so little skin"...
Angel. I'm appreciating its creamy sweetness while battling a sinus infection on a rainy morning. I feel blanketed in something comforting. I can't believe I loathed this fragrance on first sniff.
Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
Welcome back Twolf, I had wondered where you went! Missed you on the blind sniff.
Started the day in L'Occitane Eau des Vanilliers, went to bf's work and let him give me a healthy spritzing of Armani Code (his choice, I think I like this!)
Have a great day everyone!
Ubu, I'm so glad you and your family are safe.
Therese, I hope you get to see your doc very soon and get that ear organized.
Thinking of arwen_elf and dora and wishing them strength.
VM, your morning does sound gross. Mine's been varied; here's the low-down:
AL Forbidden Fruits is a very clove-heavy, powdery fruity number that isn't bad but not really me.
YSL Opium Fleur de Shanghai is the epitome of the floriental with a creamy drydown. Like this a lot.
Lilly Pulitzer (thank you for introducing this to me, Taolady)
Beachy: fun, tropically beachy scent that I prefer to the likes of Azuree Soleil
Squeeze: another fun one, sweet and bright citrus
Wink: opens a little too teeny-bopper for me with a healthy dallop of cotton candy (healthy?!), but then there's some lovely pink grapefruit in there that livens it up
SIP Moon Garden: wonderfully dark iris and lilac
DSH Tamarind Paprika: dusty fruity oily yawn
AL Sweet Patchouli : syrupy sweet
i Profumi di Firenze's Tulipano Negro is dark, dusty, animalic tulips; can't handle that much animal
i Profumi's Melone is floor varnish
Going to a friend's for lunch but am afraid to wear fragrance (gasp!)...yesterday the wasps were everywhere and I even got stung!
Comme l'amour, le parfum doit captiver la femme dès le premier contact---André Fraysse
Ubu: that sounds awful! Glad you are okay.
VM: what a pongy hotch-potch!
3xasif: I love AA Gentiana, and surprised that it doesn't get more love. It's fresh and so pretty.
Started my day very successfully in Penhaligon's Douro, which is one of my best colognes for cutting through humidity. Then, like a stupe, I saw fit to spray myself with Chance Eau Fraiche in my local department store at lunchtime. It's just horrendous on me: like a cheap and nasty aftershave. Bleugh!
This week, 'Chanel Cuir de Russie: Skin Scent' at http://thescentimentalist.blogspot.com/
(((((Twolf))))) I'm so sorry!
Therese and Sirena, feel better soon.
Ubu, how scary! Very glad to hear you and yours are ok.
Christian Dior Dolce Vita. Mmm-mm-good.
Take care, everyone!
"I felt something so intense, I could only express it in a perfume." - Jacques Guerlain
"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which can not fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation." HERBERT SPENCER
Ubu, glad you and your family are safe and sound... May everyone else in your town fare as well.
(((Twolf))) !!! Maybe your poor doggie is chasing our dear giant bunny who hopped to the great hereafter this spring, leaving his two brothers briefly confused and growing even more enormous.
My SoTD is Montale Sandflowers from a wonderful BNer! A lovely summer scent (I also use this in the dark of winter when I need to remember the sun and sea).
Sandflowers notes: Marine notes, juniper berries, sandalwood and oakmoss.
It’s thought that people who hope too much will just waste their life away and never get down to doing any real work. They’re confusing Hope with Wish, its lazy cousin... When Wish whispers, “Something is just around the corner,” what comes or not is never what was wished for. When Hope whispers “Something is just around the corner,” something always is. -- Charlie Elberson
My sale thread has some of my underappreciated fragrances looking for a good, new home...