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    AromaOfTacoma, I was just talking about how much I now want to try this Boudoir. Shadesofbleu, you are creating a lemming here. I live in an area where there is no access to anything other than what you'd find in Macy's or Sephora. We don't have a Saks, NM, nothing. Macy's is as high falutin as it gets.

    So now I'm going to need to place another order at STC. Gah!

    So my Betsey Johnson got better as the day progressed, until the drydown now... when it smells kinda sour, like I have been to the gym and back home. Yep, this one is going to my little niece. My sister will LOVE me for that

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    I am really enjoying all of your stories.

    shadesofbleu, your post is indeed dangerous. Now I am also carving some Boudoire. I did love my decant while it lasted but I found it difficult to find an occasion to wear it. Nonetheless, I would love to have some now...

    cello, CdG White sounds right up my alley, another scent to add to my "to sample" list.

    Day 3

    And we have arrived at the third day of our journey. I am wearing my other most neglected scent (just as forgotten as Habanita was): Rochas Alchimie. The same story again: partially because I enjoyed my sample and partially due to the attraction of the beautiful bottle of the fact that is was discontinued and a decent price I purchased a bottle. In about three years I did not wear it on a single occasion.

    I am enjoying Alchimie a lot today: it's slightly spicy with just the right amount of sweetness and the pumpkin-like note gives me a cozy feeling on this cold day. I'm really happy that I started this challenge, I have more great scents in my wardrobe than I realised.

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    Wore MDCI Promesse de L'Aube yesterday -- formerly known as FK1 -- and it went from 3*** down to only 2**. I simply fail to notice the fresh flowers and Provencal breezes many reviewers are talking about. And again, for the price the longevity could be amped up, several notches

    Today in Guerlain Apres L'Ondee, modern EdT, a violet fragrance that was my penultimate to go violet scent before ionones were so widely exploited by every niche house in existence. Somehow today it smells more like Meteorites so sadly discontinued several years back,

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    Today l've worn Sun Moon Stars by Karl Lagerfeld. l've had this bottle for over ten years, & there's only a couple of mls left, but l haven't worn it since January 2012. This one takes me back immediately to a bygone era of my life, when l was married to my ex-husband, & in particular to a winter holiday in Greece, when l wore it every evening. Very much a mixed bag of memories...

    The top notes may have turned *very* slightly, but it still has that big burst of freesia, orange blossom & some other unidentifiable notes that l remember. l find it a bit cloying, rather like Loulou, & it no longer feels like "me", although the ambery drydown is quite nice, & it doesn't last anything like as long as it used to.

    There is no way l could have worn this one to work, but luckily l've had a day off at home today for this trip down memory lane. l will keep these last few drops for old times' sake, but it's no longer something l would wear very often.
    "What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Today l've worn Sun Moon Stars by Karl Lagerfeld. l've had this bottle for over ten years, & there's only a couple of mls left, but l haven't worn it since January 2012. This one takes me back immediately to a bygone era of my life, when l was married to my ex-husband, & in particular to a winter holiday in Greece, when l wore it every evening. Very much a mixed bag of memories...

    The top notes may have turned *very* slightly, but it still has that big burst of freesia, orange blossom & some other unidentifiable notes that l remember. l find it a bit cloying, rather like Loulou, & it no longer feels like "me", although the ambery drydown is quite nice, & it doesn't last anything like as long as it used to.

    There is no way l could have worn this one to work, but luckily l've had a day off at home today for this trip down memory lane. l will keep these last few drops for old times' sake, but it's no longer something l would wear very often.
    I have two bottles of the Sun Moon Stars and it's a very nice soft oriental scent ...yes the dry down is warm and cozy amberish but i do not find an obvious similarity to my signature perfume LouLou by Cacharel.

    For me yesterday: Le Dix by Balenciaga from a precious miniature ...a classic romantic flowery(rose, violet,lilac) scent with a nice citric opening and a soft drydown ' i like it too much that i wish i had a full bottle!

    Today: Oh my "dreamy" Neblina by Yves Rocher ...s sweet fresh green grassy opening with a flowery/ fruity heart with velvet wildflowers and wild berries , it gives me the feeling of being in a tropical forest ...delicious and up-lifting scent ...i usually enjoy it in the early spring days!
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    This thread inspired me to rummage - my perfumes are genuinely buried in the depths of my wardrobe! - and I unearthed a solid Lush "American Cream" perfume. I wondered if the scent had survived but it has come good as it has warmed up on my wrists - gentle vanilla sweetness.

    I also unearthed a "Flying Fox" temple balm, as they called it, and that really has plenty of jasmine oomph! Much better than the later "Lust", in my opinion, because "Lust" can be too cloying and headache-inducing but "Flying Fox" had appeal without becoming appalling.

    Great idea, bonsai:-)

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    Sophi, YR Neblina is fantastic! Does it sometimes manifest that sour milk note on your skin? Does on mine -- and it is plus for me.

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    Day 3 for me took me back to a blind buy about 3 or 4 years ago. I bought it soley on the name, and thought it might be a nice little summer fragrance, which I sometimes can't seem to find. It is OK, and just OK, but I think I will hold on to it.

    Salvatore Ferragamo Tuscan Soul - a big blast of lemon freshness followed by a hint of fig, a bit of soft wood and a little clean musk to keep it boring

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    My pick for today is Balenciaga Talisman, sadly discontinued with all of the other great Balenciaga fragrances. It a gourmand, fruity chypre with notes of rum, davana, plum and chocolate. It's delicious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    Sophi, YR Neblina is fantastic! Does it sometimes manifest that sour milk note on your skin? Does on mine -- and it is plus for me.
    Oh yes,now you mention it , the sour milk note is there .....it gives the same sense as the fig fruit milk.
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    I didn't pick this thread up until I'd already applied my Givenchy III on Monday (and there was no way that I was having a shower to remove that!), but in the spirit of the thread:

    Tuesday I wore Mariella Burani. This was bought as a part used bottle blind buy for very little, bought entirely because of the BN reviews for it. They are all outstanding, and I have to agree. Citrus, violets, fruit, patchouli and bergamot, amongst other things, and a more citrussy cousin of Chanel No 5, I was still burying my nose into my wrist to inhale the fabulous smell 12 hours after application. I really should wear this one more frequently.

    Wednesday I wore Tabu. Bought because I was on a Jean Carles kick and since I love Miss Dior and Ma Griffe so I thought I'd explore him a little more. Ambery warmth that would seem really appropriate for my very slinky black cat to wear and be gorgeous in too, I genuinely can't understand why this has become a down market scent. If Creed had made something similar it would be thought of as daring and challenging.

    I'm going out to lunch tomorrow, so I shall have to think hard about what is appropriate to wear in a restaurant. Thank you for the challenge of this thread

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    Today's choice has fallen on the beautiful Meharees from L'Erbolario. I bought it two years ago in a tiny shop hidden in a sleepy little street in Frascati. The lady only spoke Italian but I managed to explain it to her that I wanted to smell ALL of the L'Erbolario scents. To my suprise she did take all the testers off the shelves and let me sniff them at leisure. I was slowly becoming an attraction for the neighbourhood with customers sometimes sniffing with me and sometimes just staring at the wierd foreigner.

    I finally left the shop with four scents: Iris, Tiare, Ambraliquida and Meharees. They are all very much worth the money, but Meharees is the one which really stands out. It is a kind of a more transparant version of Musc Ravageur. Less dense amber and musc and more obvious spices. It's great value for the money and I am really enjoying it today.

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    It's funny to stumble on this thread because I was just thinking I had far too many frags... well if that is possible. I was looking at them all with a view to a slight cull and just couldn't decide where to even begin. I have just dug out some samples and am wearing one on each hand of
    Acqua Di Genova and on the other SMN Acqua di Sicilia

    A delightful pair. I shall not be getting rid of these.
    Currently wearing: Montecristo by Masque

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    bonsai, I just discovered Meharees last year and I was wondering how it comes that I didn't hear anything about it before. It's remarkable.

    For me Lancaster Concentrée today. I have both, the vintage and the current version and was using the latter more often in the past. I don't know why. Maybe because I thought they are basically the same, maybe because I had a „please, be tame and pretty” phase.
    The crisp opening of the vintage version can be tough, but today it's just superb to me.

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    Today l'm wearing Carolina Herrera by Carolina Herrera. This purse-size roll-on was a blind buy around three years ago, when l was still researching tuberose fragrances. l've only worn it a few times, & not since May last year.

    lt's a linear blend of tuberose & jasmine, strangely loud & yet airy at the same time. l actually find it quite an elegant scent; l just don't find enough occasions to wear it. l don't recall ever wearing it in cold weather before, so today will be an interesting experiment. l'm off into town to do a little shopping before meeting my bf for a bite to eat, so we'll see how this works...
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    I reached for my very first niche scent today, Citizen Queen. I really enjoy this one, but rarely wear it. It's perfect for today, when it's still got a chill in the air, but the sun is out, and you can feel Spring trying to give winter a beat down.

    I'm really loving reading all your posts, but I'm starting to get a long sample list here.

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    My pick today is Tan Giudicelli Annam, I have the habit of picking out scents that get discontinued. This one is a blend of incense, lily, milk and rice. I love that it's interesting and unlike any other scent.

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    The universe must have us all on a similar wavelength. I found this thread today, but had already rummaged through my fragrance cabinet to wear several "forgotten" favorites.
    Jean Louis Scherrer Sherrer original edt, a green chypre extraordinaire
    Gorgio Armani's Armani Prive Pierre De Lune, soft as a kiss and just as comforting
    Parfumes de Nicolai, Maharadjah edp, spicy top with a warm, cuddly dry down
    Montale Golden Aoude, I'd forgotten I even had this....
    and Edouard Flechier"s iconic Une Rose for Frederick Malle. I hadn't forgotten this one, so much as I just hadn't worn it in a long time.
    and lastly, Bond No 9's Andy Warhol's Lexington Avenue body cream & edp. Another one I hadn't worn in a very long time.
    Thanks for the jump start, Bonsai!
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    Last worn in April 2011 per my wardrobe I remember wearing this to work and getting a sharp, irritating note, and I think that is why I went off of it for a while. Then I just forgot about it. From the back of the wardrobe, it came back out today. And now I am enjoying this citric, soft floral.

    Acqua di Parma Magnolia Nobile

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    cello.....my choice today was Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile.......lol

    Havent worn this since the year it launched!
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    cello.....my choice today was Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile.......lol

    Havent worn this since the year it launched!
    I almost went with that one too, but I'm going to do an iris thing next month, so saving it

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    Using up some of a much-neglected bottle of Fendi.
    This comes off very STRONG on my skin - a spicy,
    medicinal note that is quite nose itching!
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    From the back of my cupboard I've gone with the original Lolita Lempicka today.

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    Reporting back on Carolina Herrera; hmmm, not sure how l feel about this one. The jasmine is a little too much of the "fruity" variety for me, but l think this one works better on warm spring days than in cold weather like we had today. Bundling it up in thick coats & scarves just feels wrong, somehow. l think it needs a little more room to breathe!
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    I realised I was wearing the same perfume's over and over & that some scents had not been worn in 12 months! So, I've been making myself use my neglected scents & am "trying" not to wear something more than once in a month. It's hard!
    It's been a long hot Summer in Sydney, looking forward to Winter & wearing vanilla fragrances.

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    From the back of my bookcase I pulled out Baiser Du Dragon. Guess it doesn't have much longevity on my skin because by the time I got to work (40 minutes later) I forgot I was wearing it and sprayed on Hermes Un Jardin eM. Or maybe I'm just undercaffeinated and can't remember what I've done 10 minutes after doing it. Anyway, the Hermes has completely overwhelmed the vestiges of BdD that might have been lingering.

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    Day 5 of the challenge (and this may be my last day due to a sample pass package that should come in the mail today).

    Gres Cabaret - a TJMaxx blind buy on my rose quest that I have not worn in 2 years. As I recall, this is a summery soft rose with a hit of citrus up front and a sprinkle of patch in the drydown. But I really can't remember I'll spray today and give it a wear.

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    On day 5 I've dug out Isabella Rosselini, Isa Bella, and it has become clear to me why it's at the back of the cupboard.

    It's a nice enough fragrance, mostly floral, but even with it sprayed with gay abandon, it's very understated and is fading to nothing after only 3 hours.

    Maybe I'll use it as air freshener.

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    I've chosen „Perles de Lalique” today. I remember last time using it I was spraying my laundry with it (unscented washing agent).
    It hit me somehow fruity, unexpectedly. When I bought this a few years back I wasn't into reading scent pyramids, I preferred being in happy unconsciousness about what I am wearing. And obviously I was not very responsive to rose scents. But I smelled it today, clearly in the top notes, slowly melting down with the pepper notes that I find to be very close to my experience grounding pink pepper in the mortar. Nice, but not my cup of tea anymore.
    So, a rose fragrance. What a surprise.

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    I went for 1873 Colette today. It was a second-hand blind buy about a year ago and guess what... I have never given it a full wear. I have a cold today so I refrain from making a judgement on it. I could only smell a sharp lemon (which, btw does have some nose-declogging properties) and powder. Not really good and not really bad...

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