Scent Challenge and Mini-Review

There’s a review down there.  But first  – it’s been awhile since we had one of our little Posse reindeer games, isn’t it?

Well, here’s one I’m proposing – we’re going to call it the Signature Scent Challenge.  The challenge is:  I want you to pick one fragrance – yes, that’s one fragrance – and try to wear only that fragrance and no other for a week.  You know … a signature scent.  We’ll all meet back on the blog Monday, November 8 and report in.

Now you are thinking, why, March, why?  Why would you suggest such a terrible thing?  Well, I’m curious.  At one time in my life I only wore one scent (Paris … then Poison … then Coco.)  I either put it on or I didn’t, but it was the only scent I owned.  No hand-wringing, no decisions, no “does this scent make my butt look big?” or “does it go with green?” or “can I wear this to yoga?”

Let’s all time-travel back to those simpler days, shall we?  Because I theorize that after a week, we each might have some interesting observations about a) the perfume we selected, having spent so much one-on-one time with it, and b) our relationship with perfume.

Questions we will answer then include: who among you managed to last a full week?  How did you choose your scent?  Did you find your feelings about the scent changing over the week?  Did you learn anything new about it, its behavior, or yourself?  Play along if you want to (no hard feelings if you don’t) and let’s meet back here for your results week after next. on Monday, November 8 — that should give you some time to prepare yourself mentally…

Okay, today’s post, a quickie based on a revisit – Annick Goutal Songes.

Our Top 10 of Fall post is on Friday, and Songes won’t be on there, but it could be.  I love wearing big white floral scents in the fall.  It seems counter-intuitive, I want them mostly in spring – and they really, truly bloom in humid summer, if you can stand it – but smelling them mixed in with woodsmoke, damp earth and drifts of fallen leaves is also quite lovely.

I’ve outed myself as an Annick Goutal fangirl on here before, but I never loved Songes.  I tried it several times and found it terribly off-putting, I still am not sure why.  It’s possible the formula’s changed, of course, but I don’t think that’s it.  I think I’ve changed, more open to heady white florals (Songes is certainly that) and perhaps more comfortable with the sweet/bitter duality of the scent.  Notes for Songes include frangipani, tiare flower, Sambac jasmine, frankincense, vanilla, copahu balm, ylang-ylang, vetiver, sandalwood, amber, and styrax.  My review today is of the EdP, which I find richer and more complex than the EdT.

For many people, Songes is more of a Tahitian-white-flower bouquet up top, with plenty of focus on the frangipani, although the jasmine comes into play pretty quickly.  On me, though, it’s mostly about the jasmine, and what a glorious jasmine it is, managing to be a bit jammy, green and indolic all at once.   Eventually the jasmine is joined by vanilla and sandalwood and the balsamy drydown suggested by those notes – and it has the same sort of dry, resiny jolie-laide bitterness at its heart as the oddball Vanille Exquise.

Songes manages to project an aura of expensive naturalness – it smells both sophisticated and “pure” (although I’m not suggesting it’s in any way more or less synthetic than any other fragrance.)  It’s an interesting, other-end-of-the-spectrum contrast to the smell of Donna Karan’s Pure, which manages to smell mostly and annoyingly of laundry musks.  Songes isn’t as aggressively in-your-face as, say, Montale’s Jasmin Full, although it’s a heady scent, particularly sprayed on, and a light hand might be called for depending on one’s surroundings.  I certainly wouldn’t trespass on other people’s noses by wearing this to a medical building, for instance, or the gym; the sillage on me reaches Fracas levels.

Songes manages to do for jasmine what L’Artisan’s Nuit de Tubereuse does for tuberose – displays it in a setting of other notes that are carefully selected and placed to allow for maximum jewel-like effect.  It literally made my jaw drop; how had I misjudged this so badly?  While Songes is more straightforwardly jasmine than NdT is tuberose, it’s still a complex thing designed to make me reconsider entirely what it is I look for in jasmine.  It also serves as a happy reminder that trying – and retrying – and retrying again a scent that I strongly disliked is often rewarding in the long term.  Another sign you know you’re a perfumista, right?

sample: private source

224 Comments
ChickenFreak November 3, 2010

Drat drat drat. I forgot this on Monday! And just last week I was thinking that Oriental Lounge (new bottle!) is the kind of scent that I might be able to wear day after day. But now I'm traveling away from my core collection, I didn't pack Oriental Lounge and, worse, I wore Fou d'Absinthe on Monday and didn't pack _it_, so I can't make seven days of the same scent by the eighth. Hmph. Just hmph. But I've decided that I'm going to (try to) wear Osmanthe Yunnan for five days, so as to kinda partly participate.

Rowanhill November 3, 2010

Songes, EdP in particular is one of my favourites as it reminds me of wonderful visits to Bali and the frangipani fragrance which is part and parcel of the memories. For the challenge however I will go down another memory lane, namely an old signature scent, which I wore several years, so how bad could a week be. It is rather nostalgic really and brings back memories. A week of 80's memories sounds actually quite inviting.

cathleen56 November 1, 2010

Just saw this, and by coincidence today I'm wearing.....bwahahahaha ....... FRACAS! does that mean I have to stick to it all week?

Ninara Poll October 31, 2010

Is it ok if we wear our scent only part of the day every day? At my new job, we were basically told no perfume ("If you can smell it on yourself, it's too much"), so I actually can't wear anything until I'm out of work.

hongkongmom October 29, 2010

yestereday i wore fleur de oranges and swooned the whole day...today songes...hope to be swooning and happy all day again...sat and sun i will choose something else and monday..phew????

Claudia October 28, 2010

Oh goody, a challenge! I'm going to chose something 1)I already like (goes without saying, I guess) 2)that I have a lot of and 3)I didn't pay a fortune for, in case I hate it by the end of the week and never wear it again. I'm going to wear..........Let me thing about this.

florentina October 28, 2010

Hi March! Brilliant idea! It is a comment on this era of plenty and too many choices that what used to be something we wouldn't have thought twice about: wearing the identical perfume everyday (well it was a signature scent right?) has now taken the epic proportions of a challenge.... and not an easy one at that... and that you've probably got many hesitating to join and that the job of actually choosing a signature scent, even for 7 days, seems daunting... I need to go look at my perfume bottles... this is going to be HARD! though how exciting... Thankyou for thinking of this...

Ruanne October 28, 2010

Late to this, but I want to add- you know how I know I'm an addict? From the slew of excuses I started immediately formulating. It's funny, too, because I'm in the middle of a "six items or fewer" wardrobe challenge. It's been enlightening in ways I didn't expect. Once I decided that accessories didn't count, I realized that I have a lot of accessories that didn't get much play until they were the only interesting thing I was putting on. I think I'm gonna do it, and I think I'm going with Shalimar. I usually wear it as a treat, so I'm going to see what happens if I live in it.

gator grad October 28, 2010

Loooove this Perfume Challenge idea. I think PP should post a perfume challenge once every few months. I even have some ideas for other potential challenges. Am I this brave? I'm already over thinking it. At first I thought you meant one scent for one time of the day all week (ie: either one daytime scent or one night time scent) and I thought it'd be hard but could be done. But basically, it means throwing out the entire idea of daytime/nighttime switches! Gah! I'm just not sure that I can do that. I need my nighttime comfort. There are certainly a few scents that might be possible: * UBV * Ta'if * CdR * OJ Tiare * Juste un Reve * Week-end a Deauville * Tea for Two But I'm worried that I'll overdo it after a week and they'll be less special. All except UBV I wear frequently already. I reach for them sometimes 2 or 3 times in a single week. That's love, in my book. But one week straight?? And I have a few things in the mail: the new PdN arrives Monday with any luck, a bottle split of Eau Claire, a sample of Boxeuses. The eau claire would actually be a good choice for a week but I don't think it'll be here in time. I'm just not sure about this.

zeezee October 28, 2010

Oh, a challenge! As it happens, I've sorta-kinda been living this challenge for the past three-four months already. Financial & familial circumstances have taken my attention way away from perfume (the acquiring and sampling part of it, anyway) and I found I've been very content with wearing the same scent 2, 3 or even 4 days in a row. Have done so lately with AL No 23, Jil Sander Sun, Vanille Galante, Kiehl's Musk, Ambre Narguilé and Chergui. For this challenge I'll scout out a neglected little perfume to dedicate a week to. Bois d'Iris, mayhaps? *Ponders*

kim October 28, 2010

question here - can you wear the edt, edp, and parfum versions of the same scent in rotation during the week? or one strength only? Great challenge!!

Millicent October 28, 2010

Yikes! I'm intrigued but also a little afraid -- I have a problem with getting tired of scents I loved initially. Will wearing a favorite for seven days wreck it for me? Or is this a great opportunity to push through that scent-fatigue and get back on good terms again? Or should I choose something I *don't* love and see if appreciation blooms? Clearly overthinking here... 8-|

Ms. Christian October 28, 2010

Oh, hell, this is easy. L'Heure Bleue. Vintage. I have always found that when I wear it once, I want to keep wearing it. Maybe I should "challenge" myself instead and wear something crappily repellent to myself like Chergui or Sarrasins or Pink Sugar or Boxeuses. No, I know-some towering, roaring musk monster (mmmm, don't own any, come to think of it) like Balenciaga Paris. Nah. L'Heure Bleue. 11/1-11/8.

FragrantWitch October 28, 2010

Pretty much de-lurking here to say 'I am in!'. Before I wear myself out and overthink it, I will choose Czech & Speake #88 and I will start this scary challenge on Halloween...bwahhahaha... I can only guess what I will think of it at the end of the week!

Sally October 28, 2010

Maybe a Molinard? Maybe Feminite du Bois? Maybe Rose Oud? Ack....I need to get out more because this is really exciting March!

nozknoz October 28, 2010

Wow, March, you are really earning your pointy red horns with this challenge! Of course I did have signature scents back in the day, but I basically only wore them on dates and the like, not every day. I really doubt that I've EVER worn the same scent every day for a week - heck, I'm not even sure that I've ever worn the same scent all day (i.e., in the morning to go to work, after I get home and just want to smell something delicious, and as a relaxing scent to sleep with). Perhaps the closest I came recently was when Denyse organized the samples of Vamp a NY for a group test, and I needed to wear it repeatedly in order to be ready to submit my mini-review. It was an interesting experience, too, so I'm going to give this a try. AG was actually the first niche line I ever tried, thanks to an article about her in the long-defunct Connoisseur magazine. I think Heure Exquise is the most beautiful, and her Vetiver is probably my fav vetiver, which is saying a lot. I had the same experience as you with Songes, actually, and also see that as a lesson to give scents a chance.

Rappleyea October 27, 2010

Interesting challenge. I love the idea of not having to think about what to wear for a week, although I'll probably wear myself out trying to figure out which scent to go with.

Geordan1244 October 27, 2010

Really not sure I could even go to 2, but I'll think about it... :)

jenh October 27, 2010

Not to get too political, but only in a rich, industrialized country would this much debate take place regarding which luxury scent you plan to wear. As for me--I've built up a stash of Casaque so I'm not afraid of running out and will wear that daily.

odonata9 October 27, 2010

Hmm, not sure if I could do it. Will study my collection and see what looks good for a whole week of wear. Maybe Osmanthe Yunnan? And I too was a perfume monogamist back in the day, going through bottles one at a time: CK Escape, ck one, Chloe Narcisse, Diamonds & Sapphires, L'Eau D'Issey, Hugo Boss Woman, Versace Red Jeans, Azzura Azzara, Angel Innocent, and Acqua di Gio. Don't have any FB of Annick Goutal, but love Le Chevrefeuille. It was an LE, I believe, so haven't stumbled across a cheap bottle of that yet. Ninfeo Mio was nice, but a decant of that is doing me just fine.

Austenfan October 27, 2010

And forgot to add; I bought the Songes moon bottle discounted this summer. It's such a beauty!

Austenfan October 27, 2010

Glad that you have come to like Songes. It's my 2nd favourite of the " Femme" Goutals. What GraindeMusc described as the Mama scents. My favourite being Heure Exquise. Songes to me is pure happiness in a bottle. Wearing only one perfume for a week does seem quite a challenge; I'll probably opt for a safe option of wearing something that isn't too demanding, like Merveilles or Eau d' Eté. I might just go back to wearing Paris, YSL for a week, it was my signature scent for quite a while, and I still Love it.

Carla October 27, 2010

I believe I won't smell my perfume as much after one week, but we'll see. I have absolutely no idea what I'll choose. Maybe Bulgari Black; the awful weather day after day makes it just right. (I'm in Hamburg, Germany. It's rainy, cold, and the days are short. But what do I do if we suddenly have a gorgeous sunny day?)

AnnieA October 27, 2010

When I went on vacation in August I only brought a little spray bottle of Vetiver Pour Elle. Two weeks of wearing only one perfume, despite being a lovely summer perfume, left me feeling quite deprived.:(|)

Robin October 27, 2010

"Aura of expensive naturalness" -- so true, and also so true about DK "Pure", which has an aura of inexpensive detergent.

Teri October 27, 2010

Hmmmm.....those scents I can imagine wearing for a solid week seem to be things I have in short supply. I'll do some burrowing over the weekend. I'll bet there are some forgotten scents in my inventory that would be thrilled to be the star of my olfactory show for an entire week. I'm a lover of big white florals, and Songes spoke to me right from the start. In fact, all the AGs I've tried have done, with the exception of Camille which smells like olives on me for some reason. Heure Exquise remains my favorite.

Gretchen October 27, 2010

I'll probably decline your challenge, especially with my local weather so changeable now, but on the other hand I've been loving Fidji so much recently that I know it would be my signature scent if I were to have one. Back in the day, my sig scent for years was Chloe, and before that, Aliage. White flowers have always appealed to me (obviously, with my Chloe credits!), so I need to try Songes someday.

Disteza October 27, 2010

Songes is a little too busom-heaving for me to really like it, but I'm in on the challenge. Can't decide whether I'd prefer to go light and easy with something like Tea for 2 or Vetiver Tonka, or something more challenging. I'll have to really think this one over--thanks for giving us the time to decide.

sweetlife October 27, 2010

Yay! So glad you came around to this one! Songes is how I learned I loved Big White Flowers, too. I really only like it in the EDP, though, so maybe that's part of what made the difference for you? Lots more vanilla and sandalwood, less of the coconutty frangipani part. I don't know if I'll take you up on your challenge or not, M. I've done it many times before, but never deliberately. I made a kind of vow to myself, early on, that I would avoid the kind of rule-setting and restriction with perfume that I have too much of in the rest of my life. Of course, that itself is a kind of rule, but...I don't know. We'll see how if it feels right (peace finger emoticon, for that very New Agey statement).

jirish October 27, 2010

Funny that this challenge comes now that I'm finishing up a month of, almost exclusively, Chergui. I started when I started fostering a kitten that was so young he needed to be handfeed, thinking that it would be better for him if I didn't smell different everyday. I bring him back to the adoption center tomorrow, and I don't think I'll ever be able to wear Chergui again without thinking of the darling orange tabby who still tries to nurse on my neck!

Meliscents October 27, 2010

The challenge might actually make the mornings less stressful! I'm not sure how much time I waste staring at the mass quantity of bottles just trying to decide what will work for the day. I will have to ponder this evening what I can be happy with for a whole week. WOW! And I thought math was hard. He/He!!

Aparatchick October 27, 2010

I'm in, but I don't think I can be master of my perfume domain, so I'll probably be out by day 2. What to try? Many of my favorites are fine for a day or maybe two, but after that would be Just Too Much. My wallpaper scents would be boring for a week. Some possibilities: Ava Luxe No. 23, Coromandel, Philosykos, or 31 Rue Cambon. Theorema might work, but all I have left is a small decant which I'm hoarding.

Bee October 27, 2010

31 rue Cambon for a week should be possible, an ideal autumn scent, the bottle is enormous, it's versatile enough for work and social events in the evening (but really, not even a whiff of a sample?)

Tiara October 27, 2010

I'm with tania -- thankful you didn't make it a "come as you are" event since I'm testing several different things today. Songes is in my top 5 and this summer I wore it in hot weather after reading a post by Angela at NST. Songes was wonderful in the heat and I kicked myself for missing out for not trying it sooner. The EDP wears much closer to my skin than the EDT. The temps have been so up and down here that we've used the A/C and furnace within the same week. Had quite the storm blow through here yesterday with much needed rain. I need to think my way through the weather issue as well when deciding.

Malena October 27, 2010

You should have come with this challenge a few months ago :-D Back in summer I wore Carnal Flower for about 4 weeks (or even more) straight *gasps* I really couldn't get enough of it! Sometimes I'd even mix it with a few sprays of Jardin des Bagatelles. Now my bottle's more than half empty! When I bought it about 2 years ago, I regretted the purchase almost immediately & never wore it. Back then I wasn't into white florals at all, but at the end of last year this began to change ( no idea why) & now I love tuberose, jasmine, gardenia - the stronger the better. Songes (EdP) is a favourite of mine, too, & I see a FB purchase in my near future... At the moment I'm a little undecided what to wear for a whole week, but I think it'll be something from Guerlain. Even though I'm not entirely sure which one. But there's still enough time to figure it out!

Mals86 October 27, 2010

I'M IN! The first thing that sprang to mind was my sweetie Mariella Burani - seasonless and weightless, not too big, not too weird, very comforting to me personally without being one of those jammies-and-bunny-slippers sort of things I never wear out of the house. If I had a bigger sample, I could wear Iris Poudre every day. If the weather were colder, I could wear Champagne de Bois for a week. If my Vega and La Myrrhe decants weren't so darn pricey and special, I could wear either one of those for a week. I could also happily wear Le Temps d'une Fete every day for a week in this weather. (Insert chin-in-hand emoticon here... I'm seeing an AldeHo pattern here, except for LTdF.) If it wouldn't put me so far behind on my sample testing, I'd do the One Perfume Every Day for a Week challenge all though November. It might free up perfume decision time for NaNoWriMo!

donanicola October 27, 2010

I second Joe's query - is sampling in the evening allowed? Goodness only knows what I'd pick but Bulgari Black springs to mind as a strong contender. I love Songes. Was wary of its power until I discovered the EDP wears closer to the skin so I'm not self conscious when I wear it. The EDT is RADIANT. I'm in love with a particular type of jasmine which I sniffed alot in Turkey this year and want to find out what variety it is (it had bigger more fleshy petals than the pretty English version I'm used to) and Songes is the closest to that type I've found. I agree with you about its setting though, that lovely frangipani and smokey vanilla base. This was the year of the white flowers for sure :d

kathleen October 27, 2010

I love Songes edp, as well. Sillage monster! I spritzed, came downstairs and said to Don, come have a whiff. He said, from the other side of the room, I don't have to, I can smell you from here. There is some vintage Shalimar, coming to my house, this week. It's possible that I can rise to the challenge, with this little gem.

Abyss October 27, 2010

Fun challenge! I'm not averse to wearing the same scent on consecutive days but I find that by day 4 or so I can't smell it on any more past the initial hour so I have no choice but to rotate (that's my excuse and sticking to it) Still, count me in. I'm going with Bandit! :d 7 whole days of heavenly bitter green leather with a hint of dirty hair.

Bev October 27, 2010

Much to my surprise I've worn Le Maroc Pour Elle for three days running. I've never worn only one fragrance, even when I first started wearing perfume. But I do like Andy Tauer scents.

Melissa October 27, 2010

Looking anxiously around my bottle and decant collection... Yes, there are a few that I could easily love for a week, but they are the ones that are either ridiculously expensive or increasingly hard to find. Like my beloved Quand Vient La Pluie or my little bit of vintage Apres L'Ondee parfum. Gulp. Not happening. If the weather would cooperate (as in, get a bit colder) I'd just spritz on some easy-to-wear amber-laden or gourmand fall scent. Like a Profumum. Ambre Aurea or Dulcis in Fundo come to mind. But it's been nearly 80 degrees here! I can't believe that I'm begging for cold weather.

DinaC October 27, 2010

I haven't sniffed many AGs, but my favorite is Heure Exquise. Love it. In fact, I think I'll wear it today. I liked Ninfeo Mio, but not enough to buy a bottle. I used to do the signature scent for many, many years. Starting back in junior high school, the progression went like this: Jontue, Flora Danica, Lauren, Arpege, and Chanel No. 19. So, sticking to one scent for a week shouldn't be too bad. I think I'll pick Bois des Iles, 'cause I love it in fall/winter, and I've got the monster 200 ml bottle, so there's no danger of running out! My plan is to start my week on Monday, Nov. 1.

tania October 27, 2010

Frak! What would I choose??? I'm such a perfume tart, I can't even be true to one for an entire day.:o I'm so glad you didn't make it more 'interesting' by saying 'You have to start now, and it has to be what you're wearing today!' Because Soap & Glory #2, though a pleasant enough thing, is not week-worthy....

jen October 27, 2010

What a challenge. I guess I will not pick secretions magnifiques as a dare or something. I can't say I have ever worn only one for more than 2 days in a row. In any case, I am in for the challenge. When do we start?

Winifreida October 27, 2010

I went --whaaart tf, no way etc....then I saw someone write 'criminy', and just maybe I can wear the swoon-inducing death defying wonderful Tubereuse Criminelle...BUT ...I can only get decants...I Could Not Bear to ever run out of this other-worldly wonder...like Mitsouko, as I trawl 'bay worrying about my vintage bottle of extrait...I've been holding off putting another few mls into a sprayer.What if another vintage bottle never shows up!!! I've had to have a big heart to heart with myself regarding my love affair for three decades with the Big M - she was like my twilight self, only came out at night on wild hunts, stargazing, and galaxy cruising battles, I've had to admit...light little things like Fidji, Ysatis, Paris, Caleche, Diorissimo, Bal a Versailles, Tabu, O d lancome were my quiet daytime frags back in the day (!?!)

Louise October 27, 2010

Nononononono! I cannot do this...but will, for you, darling March, and the Advancement of Science. I think my best choice would be Un Bois Vanille-so easy to wear, always pleases, no torture to it. But-I'll be in the mountains for 3 days, scentless to keep the bugs away, and must include those days in my week of monogamy. I wore Opium for "occasions" into college, then some Lapidus for a couple of years, then Guess in the twisty bottle, then baby spit-up, then Datura Noir. I am thinking I had a few "scents on the side" during those steady years... Songes is lovely-on anyone but me ; (

sara October 27, 2010

okay I'm in! All Chergui, all the time. well 7 days worth of all the time :d not a fan of big white florals but you've got me wanting to retry Songes. You persuader you!

Fiordiligi October 27, 2010

I wore Shalimar for YEARS - never mind a week! OK, I'll do Ode a la Vanille to really get to know it. It has to be a Guerlain for me to wear it all week (even though this is a "modern" one). Not a Goutal fan at all I'm afraid. I so wanted to like the scents but they really do nothing for me.

hongkongmom October 27, 2010

What a fun challange...I accept, when do we start? I have no idea what to choose...champagne de bois, boise de isle, eau premiere,christian lacroix tumulte homme or something challenging...borneo, jubilation 25, mitsy????

Francesca October 27, 2010

wow, how to choose? I've been getting raves at work from both men and women for the Noir Epices I've worn a few times recently; but I don't think it'll be that. I think I have a candidate, though-- something I can wear to the office and then sex up a bit by a slightly heavier application if I go out at night. It'll be a fave, but not one of my weak in the knees faves-- where I sit at my computer with my wrist to my nose, or my nose down my sweater going ilovethisilovethisilovethis. Fun challenge, March. I look forward to reading the reports.

Wordbird October 27, 2010

I'm in for the challenge too - actually I seem to have been reaching for one scent over and over again in the last month - Andy Tauer's Un Rose Chypree. And a tiny bottle of Ava Luxe's Mousse de Chene is always in my handbag. I'll have to choose between them, but I don't think it will actually be that hard to take a break from all the decision-making. Oh - but no way can I start until Saturday because I"mm meeting a pair of perfumistas on Friday for a sniffa. That's kind of like breaking your diet for a birthday, right? :)

sariah October 27, 2010

All scents make my butt look big. I accept your challenge. I will wear only Chergui this week. I heart Songes, wear it often in the summer. Will have to give it a spin in cooler weather.

Joe October 27, 2010

Uhhhhhm. (((GULP))) We're still allowed to sample little dabs of this and that, like, after we get home at night and stuff... right?! Actually, it's funny you posted this, because just today I was thinking about trying to wear a new love for a few days straight because it is sooooooooooooooo yummy. I'm keeping it a secret for now. I might try it for a week, but when my Ode a la Vanille is delivered, all bets are off!!!! As for Songes, I have a vial somewhere (what don't I have a vial of somewhere?) but I don't have any read on it in my memory so I'll have to try it sometime. I do love Jasmine Full though. And speaking of white flowers, a little while ago I put on a spritz of Carnal Flower -- the first time in several months -- and damn have I forgotten just how good this is.

Elizabeth October 27, 2010

Gosh, that sounds hard. I'll try, but no guarantees. I think I'll try something I have a lot of and haven't worn enough lately...maybe Eau Première, though something more fall-like (Fumerie Turque?) might be more satisfying. I'll tell you what it was at the end of the week!

audreylicious October 27, 2010

De-lurking to say 'You're on' although this is probably going to be one of the hardest decisions EVER. Almost as hard (or maybe harder?) than picking out my children's names. A whole week? Criminy. OK, what shall it be? Think.....think......what could span every emotion for a whole week. Hmm. I'm leaning towards Vanille Galante or Daim Blonde (I'm moving next week and the moving company won't pack my perfume for me so it's already packed.....limited available bottles to choose from so it'll make it easier to pick). Will verify tomorrow and am curious to see the outcome of this fiendish experiment.

tmp00 October 27, 2010

I'm always happy to read AG getting some love since I am also a fan-boy. But asking me to wear the same scent for a week is almost like asking me to wear the same underwear. Which I guess makes me a perfumisto..

violetnoir October 27, 2010

Oh geez! I used to believe in perfume monogamy. I wore the heck out of Caleche for over a year, then Apres L'Ondee (when you could still buy it at NM or Saks), L'eau d'Issey, Calyx, Angel, Lolita Lempicka. All one at a time, then we would break up, and I would go to the next best fragrance. How did I do that??? I think I could commit for a week, but I am feeling too much anxiety to decide exactly which fragrance to choose. When do we have to decide which fragrance to wear for a week? Oh yeah, you were posting about Songes. I love Songes, especially in the EdP. I love AG fragrances. Maybe I will pick an AG fragrance, because they are so seamless and easy to wear. Even Eau du Fier is easy for me to wear. Hugs!

Mary October 27, 2010

Funny-- I just had a week where I wore an old favorite every day, morning and night, and loved it more every day. I'm taking a couple days off from it due to traveling, and not having a suitable bottle for the suitcase. But now, I'm eager to go back to it, and I'll play next week after two (count 'em) weeks of one pretty much exclusive scent. I play with samples sort of compulsively--I hope that doesn't count as a rule violation. Songes-- I haven't smelled it, but I like your description of it as being constructed like the Nuit de Tubereuse-- which I loved all summer. I have a sample vial of the Montale Jasmine, which is a pretty incredible and rich fragrance, a little too big and scary for me so far. Maybe someday I will have the noive. I generally love jasmine in perfumes best when it is blended with other notes, so that it only peaks out and breathes "jasmine" every now and then. I have an old bottle of Crepe de Chine which is sort of like that-- a delicate hit of jasmine. That Montale hollers "JAZZMAN!":)>-

Daniela October 27, 2010

Ayyy.. one scent for a whole week? How will I choose one that goes with work, after work play, and Halloween!? :(( Alright. I commit to wearing Eau des Merveilles for one week. I recently purchased a generous decant of it, and it's time to see whether this Merveilles obsession is true love or just a crush. Are we starting as of tomorrow? Can we start Thursday? I want to rock my Chergui tomorrow, it goes with my outfit... :">

helenviolette October 27, 2010

Ack! This is a tough challenge. I don't think I have worn the same thing two days in a row since Nuit de Tubereuse this summer (we were hot steamy lovers for weeks it seems- and you are right- there was a time when I went years spraying the same thing daily- seems odd...As for Songes- I must revisit- the only memory I have is testing it a long time ago and thinking "very WEIRD and kinda good"

Occhineri October 27, 2010

I used to be a serial monogamist: No.5, Coco, Rush, Hanae Mori (shudders) & Gucci Eau Parfum. After that, all bets were off. I'm not sure if I can stick with one for a week, but I'll think about it. When Songes first came out, I got a sample; I liked it, but my DH deemed it "churchy," as in something his aunts would wear to church. I haven't tried it since.

Furriner October 27, 2010

I guess it's cheating if I choose one that I wore every day in the olden days, huh?

taffynfontana October 27, 2010

Im in for a full week I will have to choose wisely. When do we start?

Erin T October 27, 2010

Interesting - I've had this exact same sequence of events occur with Songes. I really disliked it when it came out and figured I was a Philistine, since everybody else seemed to love it. I kept the sample around, trying it every year or so, waiting for the lightning to strike. I tried it again just a few weeks ago and suddenly thought it smelled pretty darn good. I was sampling a bunch of stuff at the time, and haven't gone back yet to do a skin test, but I wouldn't be surprised if I really liked it now. I've done a similar trajectory to you on white florals, so I guess it's not too surprising. Really? A whole week? Would this be a full seven days or just the work week? (Says the current stay-at-home mom...) I'll give it a shot, I guess. What do you plan to wear?

Musette October 27, 2010

Quit beating up on Fracas! She is a delicate, fairylike little thing and her feelings are easily bruised. In fact, I'm wearing Her right now and it's a very retiring scent, only wafting into the next county, rather than the next state! I admit to not having done much with the Goutals, which I always confused with ....with what? :-? - this is just weird. Somehow this whole line just drifted in and out of my consciousness! Looking on the website, it seems I've tried 70% of them...and don't remember any except Hadrien (and that's because I remember it as a summer-citrus thingy) huh. must revisit. xo >-)