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    Default The "back of the wardrobe" challenge

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    I keep a fragrance diary and update it daily. Today, while perusing my "wear" list, it struck me that I own plenty of fragrances which I haven't used in quite a while in spite of loving them. Some of them haven't been used for more than a year! This, of course can't continue like this so here's the challenge:

    During next week, I plan to only wear scents from the back of my wardrobe, scents which I have wrongly neglected during the past months, even years.

    I thought it would be more fun if a few people joined this noble quest and we could share our thoughts about our long-neglected treasures. I am only going to wear scents which I own bottles of, but of course you can decide for yourself which scents of yours would deserve to be re-discovered.

    We start on Monday, 25 March.
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    This is a very nice idea Bonsai
    I will try to follow this thread !
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    I like this idea even though I only have about 20 scents. I've actually been trying to use a different one from my full bottle wardrobe once a week. I'll happily participate!

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    Bonsai, I'll join you in this endeavor. I had already started a special "neglected samples" project, but I can always procrastinate on that one some more

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    I've been doing that lately, I'll try to remember to pick something neglected everyday next week. I also have a ton of neglected samples and decants as well.

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    I will join in this one! I have far too many neglected scents and samples.

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    What a great idea!

    l will be following this thread with interest; l can't promise to participate every day as my fragrance choices are very dependent on my mood, but l'll try to at least once or twice!
    "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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    Count me in, dear! That's what we all should do from time -- shop in your own wardrobe instead of shelling out megabucks on something that only suit one every once in a while. Good timing, too.

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    I had every intent of reaching for the most neglected perfume, the very first one I bought before I started down the primrose perfume path. The one that made me say "surely there are scents that are better out there". But I just couldn't do it! Betsey Johnson will have to wait for another day.

    So I moved on to a neglected perfume, that I really shouldn't neglect. Dioressence, vintage I think the 60s. It opens with a blast, and I always am irritated that I sprayed it. So I avoid it, forgetting that as it warms up on my skin, after the initial 30minutes, I start to love it. You'd think I'd learn.

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    I have been doing something similar in that I started a randomised perfume selection project back in January in order to ensure that some of the neglected corners of my wardrobe received greater attention. I entered my wardrobe, including any spray samples, into an app called 'Hat' (it was designed for teachers to use to pull names out of a virtual hat) - you shake your device in order to make a selection. I wear the Hat's random selection from Monday to Friday and chose my own scent for the evenings and weekends.

    It's been really good fun and has had me getting reacquainted with old loves and finding a new enthusiasm for some under-appreciated acquisitions.

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    Oooh. I wish I had a big enough collection to call it a wardrobe. I think this sounds like fun. This may be how I choose samples from now on.
    I use cloth diapers. I deserve something that smells amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamia13 View Post
    Oooh. I wish I had a big enough collection to call it a wardrobe. I think this sounds like fun. This may be how I choose samples from now on.
    Your signature is funny. I own a cloth diaper store so I know from where you come.

    Can we do this challenge if we end up having to scrub fairly quickly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galatea8 View Post
    Can we do this challenge if we end up having to scrub fairly quickly?
    Sure, it's entirely up to you. But it wasn't meant as a torture... ;-)

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    Day 1

    I am kicking off the week with one of my two most neglected scents: Molinard's gorgeous Habanita.

    About three years ago I received a sample and loved it so much that I swapped for a bottle. My bottle has arrived, received a nice place on my shelf and it stayed there, unused until today. I had the idea that it would simply be too much and never felt like reaching for it (just sniffed the nozzle once in a while). I was wrong. It isn't overwhelming in the slightest and it's a perfect match for the cold weather and my mostly black outfit. It is gorgeous but it does have some seriousness about it which might prevent me from reaching for it often. But I am surely keeping the bottle.
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    Here we go Bonsai!

    I also am starting the week with a fragrance that I enjoy very much, but just never seem to wear. Laura Biagiotti's Roma

    Wardrobe says I last wore this one April of 2011! Wow. I had not realized it had been that long. This one is a citrus and herbal blast, that smooths out to a non cloying light amber with a small dose of vanilla I would say. It's zingy and zesty, but for some reason I do not reach for it in winter. I think it might be best in cool rather than cold weather, if you differentiate your frags that way, and I tend to do that often. So far I am enjoying it.

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    My pick for today is Angelitos Angel's Love. At some point many years ago someone on MUA was on the hunt for this one and Angel's Breath and the intrigue stayed in my mind. I saw both on ebay and got both purely out of curiosity.

    It's a blend of rose, lemon, and lots of cedar. It can go on a little like furniture polish, but once it dries down, it is really lovely and reminds me a bit of something else I've smelled, but I can never quite put my finger on it.
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    l took the plunge today with Black XS by Paco Rabanne; the men's version. This bottle belonged to an ex of mine, (& it smelled great on him!) & l could never part with it. l finally tried it on myself a while back, & really quite enjoyed it, but haven't reached for it much since.

    Today l wore it to work, being careful to go light on the trigger, & found the woodsy patchouli drydown rather satisfying on this icy cold day. The fruitiness is very subtle to my nose, & l swear l detected a creamy sandalwood in the base that l hadn't noticed before. l can see myself wearing this one more often on colder days, but l think l'd find it too much once the weather warms up.

    This is the only male-marketed fragrance that l own, & l kind of get a kick out of wearing a "masculine" scent. l don't think a traditional fougere or "sport" cologne would suit me, but this one is quite female-friendly l think. (Thankfully the ex & l parted on good terms, so this doesn't conjure up any painful memories for me. l probably won't wear it around Mr teardrop, though! )
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    Decided this week to give a go to many Guerlains that I say I do not like. LOL

    Les Secrets de Sophie -- musky concoction of violet leaf and tonka bean. As a violet lover, it is all right, fuzzy and very dark green. Tonka with vanillic undertones is comfortable. Musk -- oh musk, so what? We'll see.

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    I missed it this morning and was wearing, well, doesn't matter.

    Because now, inspired by the patch-lover-thread I am wearing „1826 Eugénie de Montijo”.
    The good thing about long phases of abstinence is recognizing how much more differentiated the perception has become.
    But unfortunately my recent musk sensitivity makes me smell musk where no musk is supposed to be.
    Though I really enjoy to wear it and I am looking forward to other forgotten gems!

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    sotd is lucky#6 so that sums it up. also might go back to cool water later in the week!!!

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    Day 2

    Today's re-visited scent is Iris Taizo from Parfumerie Generale. I picked up a bottle for 20 EUR in a little shop two years ago (and still kicking myself for not buying Musc Maori as well for the same price). The last time I wore it was in February, 2012. It's more creamy than I remembered and I enjoy its spicyness a lot.

    That's the only positive side of the overstaying winter: I still got some time to re-discover my more or less forgotten winter scents.

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    Going to the absolute back I will have to give Kenneth Cole Signature an outing.
    I don't have a signature fragrance. My signature changes a little bit every day, why shouldn't my fragrance?
    Currently wearing: H.M. by Hanae Mori

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    l'm wearing Monyette Paris today. This was one of the first fragrances l bought after discovering basenotes & niche about five years ago. l loved its creamy gardenia-coconut-vanilla vibe at first, but although it's a very tropical fragrance, l came to find it a bit screechy & cloying in hot weather, & l haven't reached for it often.

    Wearing it for work on an icy-cold day seems totally inappropriate, but l'm up for the challenge, & who knows, it just might work! l'll report back later...
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    Well I dug to the absolute back, and picked out my Betsey Johnson Perfume. This is the first scent I bought before I started my perfume journey, and I have a whole 3.4oz of it. I gotta say, 30 minutes in, I'm wishing I was wearing something else. I'm interested in seeing how my perceptions of it have changed tho, now that I've been so enthralled with other scents.

    A good option for this may be to give it to my niece who is 10, and deeply into sweet scents. She begged for Taylor Swift's perfume for Christmas, and I got it for her. She adores it, so I'm thinking she'd adore this one. Good thing she also adores sampling my perfumes, and I think she'll eventually grow to love a variety.

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    Another seldom worn fragrance that I really like and wonder why I don't wear it more often:

    CDG White - a spicy, somewhat fruity oriental with just a bit of the CDG incense. Interesting spiced rose that does not dominate the fragrance (just the way I like my roses ), and a lovely woody drydown. Nice!

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    My pick for today Giò de Giorgio Armani. A lovely floral, on me it smells like tuberose,honey, orange blossom with a hint of sandalwood and vanilla in the base.

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    I love this idea!! After reading this post yesterday, I decided to give some attention to my dusty bottle of Adrienne Vittadini (original) I had forgotten how intoxicating this fragrance is!!! I'm in love all over again...

    Tomorrow I am going to wear my (too-long ignored) bottle of Ralph Lauren Safari I love that scent, but I have so many others that I tend to reach for others first. *On another note, this summer I plan on using an oldie but goodie (and super inexpensive!) Coty's classic Sand & Sable....it smells divine for being a drug store staple!
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    I reached in and pulled out Aficionado by Cigar Aficionado. It's supposed to be a tobacco scent, but I find it very herbal
    and dry.

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    I'm joining you guys today by reaching in the back of the perfume cabinet and pulling out Boudoir. According to a quick search on BN, I wore this last on October 10, 2010. Boudoir is not a scent I wear to work, it's a little too sexy, a little too "big" for my workplace. It was mentioned on the SOTD thread a few days ago and I've been thinking about it ever since. It's almost campy and fun to wear and I adore the bottle! It's so stinking cute.

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    As a Newbie Perfumista, Boudoir is one of the TOP scents I am dying to try!!! grrrr I get so envious because I don't have a mall nearby that carries it /cry. (I live in a rural area - gorgeous, but the STICKS I tell ya! LOL). Same goes with the Serge Lutens and Malle scents. */shakes fist
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    l'm loving this thread!

    Reporting back on Monyette Paris; worn lightly for work on this cold day, it worked better than l expected, turning creamy rather than screechy. Not very exciting, but a comforting scent. l probably wouldn't wear it for work again, but l imagine that it might be nicer worn at home on cooler days when dreaming of summer, rather than during summer itself.

    lt really is interesting how one's perceptions change. When l first tried this fragrance, l thought it one of the sexiest l'd ever smelled. Now, l still like it, but it's just nice, rather than amazing.
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