Craving Monday: A little Guerlain, a little Amouage

cravingWe perfumistas have so much to love and enjoy, oftentimes so much so that we could go for weeks, months (and for a few of you maybe even longer) and never wear the same scent twice. And I’m the worst, mostly fickle and tend to switch it up on a daily (if not twice daily) basis. But once in a while, a real craving takes hold, like a bulldog with a bone, and it just won’t let go; you want to wear the same scent(s) day after day after day. That rarely happens to me, but lately it’s hit me hard.

I’ve taken to wearing Amouage Ubar on one wrist and Guerlain’s Encens Mythique d’Orient on the other, the Mythique sometimes topped with just a dab of Couvent des Minimes Eau des Mission Cologne, because it is just so darned yummy. (Please don’t shoot me all you EM purists -– I still love it solo.) I have worn these scents for three or four nights in a row –- probably close to a record for me –- and now they are delicoiusly imprinted on the sleeve of my jacket. Ahhhh …

And I’ve discovered a nice side effect, a real silver lining to my craving. Although we can no longer wear fragrance in my perfume-free office, now I am working the scented sleeve angle like nobody’s business. Hanging on the coat hook on the wall of my cubicle, I only have to lean my head over a few inches to drink in some divine scent. My own private sniff session, indulging my craving and not disturbing anyone else. Might sound a little goofy, but hey, it works for me and I get my scent fix without raising a stink (pardon the pun).

What have you found yourself craving lately and wearing day after day? Or what’s your favorite scent to have “up your sleeve”?

Lynley March 28, 2015

My fickle perfumista heart doesnt allow for many repeat wearings, only a couple of frags a season maybe. Over the course of this summer there has been 3: Wit- because it's just so bright and happy, AdP Acqua Colonia Oud on endless hot sultry nights, and Mito VdE. Galbanum and Tuberose. This one kept me coming back over and over.

carole March 23, 2015

Oh my-I thought this province was the only scent free zone! My trick : I put a dab between the knuckles of my ring finger, and the middle finger, of my left hand. My secret scented spot :) Today it's Fille en Berlin.

Tara C March 23, 2015

No specific scent cravings, although I have been enjoying my usual orientals. Today is Ambre Russe.

Tiara March 23, 2015

I almost wish something would grab me again that I want to wear for days. Boredom has set in and nothing sounds great for a repeat. I wonder if it's because I have too much perfume, there are too many choices. Or am I so used to trying something new that the old stuff has become ho-hum. Dunno, but glad you're in a happy place perfume-wise!

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March March 23, 2015

A perfume-free office makes me sad, although I understand the reasoning.... it's that complete wack time of year when I've had to get umpty-leventy things out, trying to find the right thing *grumble grumble* I think I have a decant of that Couvent in a box, now I'll have to dig it up! LOVE leftover scents on clothing, one of the major benefits of perfume fandom.

Neva March 23, 2015

Ever since I joined the perfumistas club, I have a problem...I secretly long for the quiet days when I had my perfume bottle and I used it up in 2-3 months to buy another one for the next period. Now it's become a constant search for THE PERFECT SCENT. I've discoverd a lot of gems meanwhile, but not a single one which would become THE ONE. Nevertheless there are periods when I wear the same perfume for days and right now it's Wrappings by Clinique, the ultimate Spring scent for me ever since my college days. Luckily the scent has not suffered from reformulations and it is still fantastic.

Julie L March 23, 2015

I don't really have one right now, but the Guerlain incense mythique sounds like it's heartbreakingly beautiful!

Jackie b March 23, 2015

Too much choice, too litle time! No, I could not possibly stick to one fragrance only...too much of a flibbertigibbet!

Tiffanie March 22, 2015

I'm stuck on Vanille Galante all day every day. I really like the way it feels - calm and relaxed. My favorite up the sleeve scent combo is the accidental layering I get when I wear Eau des Merveilles one day and something floral, especially rose, the next day. There is something in the EdM which amps up flowers and makes them extra delicious.

eldarwen22 March 22, 2015

I have been craving vintage Bal a Versailles. I was a little dissapointed that the PdT bottle was was advertised as new in box, full, wasn't because since the bottle is that white canister, I held it up to the light and it was only half full. Thought to myself, no wonder it doesn't feel like a full 2 ounce bottle. Vintage Bal in PdT is hard enough to come by and rarer still that you find one reasonably priced. I'm happy that I was able to get two other bottles (one half full and the other three quarters full) for something reasonable. But still, sinking $150 on what is advertised as full but not is not something I like to do.

Eloquaint March 22, 2015

Lately, and for reasons I don't understand, as it's not like my usual favorites, I want to wear Frederic Malle's Musc Ravageur all the time. The other one that's got me right now is Amouage Gold-the men's version. I have a sneaky trick I use when going into scent-free situations. I have all of my favorite perfumes decanted into small rollerball bottles, and when I know I can't wear perfume, I put a couple of swipes on my wrist. I've yet to offend anyone or even be caught at it, no matter what kind of migraineur I've sat next to. The scent is so close to my skin and discreet that I can smell it by sniffing my wrist, but apparently no one else gets that close. Resting my chin on my hand is a particularly useful way to get a hit.

Artist March 22, 2015

With the endless cold here in the Northeastern US I suddenly find myself only wearing original Chantecaille Frangipane....I wore it one sunny, warm September in Umbria....and it smells better than ever, and warms my heart ( and bones!!!)

Victoria March 22, 2015

I find myself craving Givenchy Ambre Velours. I don't think I could ever get tired of it, because it always transports me back to sunny days in California. :)