Monday, Monday: Favorite holiday / cookout scents

holiday 1Happy Monday, everyone, and if you’re in the U.S., happy Labor Day to you! Since it’s a holiday here and many folks are in and out, traveling, etc., let’s keep this short and sweet. What are your plans for today, and what are your favorite holiday or weekend cookout scents?

What’s your choice to wear to your neighbor’s backyard barbecue, to that picnic in the park, or to a friend’s pool party? Or around the firepit or fireplace, for those of you who are chilling in the Southern Hemisphere?

holiday 2 As for my holiday today, it will not quite be labor-free. I’ll be cleaning for a while, working at the office for a bit and then picking up my son from his weekend at the beach, but it’ll still be a pretty low-key day. It looks to be warm and on the muggy side, so I’m thinking something soft, yet refreshing that won’t overpower, such as PdN’s Eau Soleil, Dior’s Escale a Portofino, or a recently rediscovered favorite, Guerlain’s Cologne du Parfumeur.

An added bonus: They’re instant mood-lifters for me; I can’t help but be happy when wearing them. (Add to that the luxury of having some time to myself, and I will be blissful indeed!) And they’re the kind of scents unlikely to interfere with anyone’s holiday cookout or activities. Heaven knows, you don’t want your hostess (or host) giving you the stink-eye and mentally crossing you off his or her invitation list for the foreseeable future. Or maybe you do … In that case, apply favorite heavy-hitter with abandon and let ‘er rip. 😉

Anyway, on the subject of holidays and cookouts, I do hope that March will stop by and mention that unusual (sausage? smoky/barbecued meat?) scent she used to talk about. Can’t for the life of me remember what it was.

  • Musette says:

    Happy Labor Day! I spent all day yesterday and today ripping out weeds and prepping a bed for Autumn planting. I’ve been sneezing like a shark for 2 days so I could be awash in Heaven Sent and not know it! Then….then the wind shifted as I was running some marking paint for fencing, so my scent is Eau du Krylon.


    • Ann says:

      Hey, darling M! You always wear the most interesting scents, dear. 😉 Good for you, though, for getting all that done. I’ve been cleaning (and tossing stuff ) like a banshee until I went to pick up No. 1 son. Hope you’ve had a good Labor Day and also that you’re getting a little rest, too.

  • Portia says:

    Hey there Ann,
    We just hit Spring today Down Under. I have been wearing a few scents because I spent most of today reviewing. I won’t tell you what they are and spoil the surprise but Amoureuse by Parfums DelRae was what I wanted to wear, that slightly outrageous lily gone mad. I love its rocking green-ness and slightly spoiled vase water smell, sounds terrible but wears magnificently.
    Happy Labor Day,
    Portia xx

    • Ann says:

      Howdy, Portia! Big congrats to making it to spring down there! But you’ll probably still have some chilly temps now and again, won’t you? I love that Amoureuse — it reminds me of my fave city — San Francisco.

  • FeralJasmine says:

    For any occasion involving an outdoor fire, I like SSS Incense Pure. The smoke tends to add to the incense in a really pretty way, without becoming too smoky. On the other hand, if the fire is in our own room and intended only for the two of us, I tend to wear DK Black Cashmere or one of my growing collection of exquisite BWFs.

    • Ann says:

      Hi, lady! I’ve never tried the Incense Pure, but it sounds nice. And I sure do love me some Black Cashmere as well. Yum!

  • Mals86 says:

    I’m sick. No family cookout. Muggy out. Bleargh.

    So I’m luxuriating in L’Arte di Gucci. 🙂

    (I think that sausagey thing was Kolnisch Juchten. With, possibly, an umlaut or two in there somewhere, but I don’t how to add them unless I’m typing in Word…)

    • FeralJasmine says:

      Mals, I’m so sorry that you’re ill, but so glad that you can treat your own symptoms with L’Arte di Gucci. That one is like a bouquet of the most gorgeous dark roses. I will never know why it was d/c’d, when it’s the best thing Gucci ever did. I finally bit the bullet for a bottle on Ebay, and am anxiously waiting for it.

    • Ann says:

      Oh, Mals,poor baby! Hope you’re feeling better now. When it comes to L’Arte di Gucci, FeralJasmine summed it up perfectly. Glad you both have some of this tragically discontinued gem. Gucci — are you listening?

  • Caroline says:

    Even though I’m not a Guerlain girl, I’m a bit envious of your Cologne du Parfumeur score! Is it pretty fleeting, or more like an edt? How about Soleil? Will have to try that one, and hope it doesn’t skew too men’s cologne-ish on me. Portofino’s perfect for this weekend.

    • Ann says:

      Howdy, Caroline! So glad you stopped by on this holiday. The CdP seems to last a bit more like an EDT (on my skin, at least), but it’s still fairly short-lived — all the better to re-apply often. I only have a decant but one of these days, FB here I come. The Soleil doesn’t seem to me to skew masculine much at all. And glad you like Portofino, too.

  • poodle says:

    It’s been a gloomy weekend. My high hopes of doing stuff in the yard were ruined by rain and bugs. We had no other plans. If anyone was having a cookout, we weren’t invited. Yesterday might have been one of the laziest days I’ve had in a while but I had an allergy headache so I don’t feel bad about doing nothing. Since I’m not doing anything where I need to worry about how I smell, I’m just sampling things this weekend. I don’t have any standby scents for cook-outs or things like that. I just wear whatever I think seems like a good idea at the time. Those occasions are rare for me.

    • Ann says:

      Hi, Poodle! I feel your pain as yesterday afternoon and today have been nothing but clouds and showers. I was cleaning in the house, so it was OK, but i did feel badly for folks who wanted to be outside doing stuff or just relaxing in the backyard or by the pool. The nearby pools close today so it’s sort of the last gasp of summer here. Hope you’re feeling better today!

  • Sherri says:

    Well, we are still hoping to have a BBQ here, though our guests are dropping off like flies. Our high schoolers just got back from a retreat and apparently quite a few of them came home sick. Only one family is a definite “yes” for today, and I am pretty tired myself, to be honest. I need something green and brisk to get my going!

    Byredo La Tulipe is my happy scent, also L’artisan Mure et Musc is great for a barbecue. Hope you all have a safe and happy Labor Day and get some time to relax! xo

    • Ann says:

      Oh, no, poor Sherri (and poor sick teens)! Hope you can slow down and have a pleasant, low-key get-together. Maybe some Calyx to invigorate? Then when everyone goes home, leave the dishes and go crash for the rest of the night. You know I love La Tulipe as well (thanks!), and the L’Artisan is nice, too.

  • solanace says:

    Beach: Eau d’Hadrien
    Cookout: Shalimar
    Firepit: Amouage Dia Man
    Have a nice weekend!

    • Ann says:

      Mmmm … nice choice of scents there! Thanks for stopping by and hope your weekend is lovely as well.

      • Ann says:

        BTW, how would you describe Dia Man? I’ve only tried the women’s, but now you have me curious about the men’s. Thanks!

        • solanace says:

          Hi Ann,
          Dia Man is complex and changes over time. It does not smell masculine to me at all, but somewhat akin in spirit to the old black Armani (even if totally different, it has that elegant, tailored feel). There are quite a few notes listed, but what I pick up is a vetiver opening that becomes increasingly warmed up by labdanum, and after a while the vetiver goes to the backgound and a delicious iris appears, always flanked by the labdanum. Loads of labdanum. I gotta get an Amouage masculine sampler set, if this one is any indication! (BTW, we spent the entire day at a perfect beach, so yes, it’s been lovely! :-))