High Rotation Perfumes: Portia July 2018

Hey Posse. Let’s have a little squiz at my current wears. High Rotation Perfumes are usually five or six fragrances that are on High Rotation at any one point. Things I grab because right now they seem to fit my mood, state of mind, yearnings, work and life. It is winter here but all of these have managed to remain cross seasonal loves.

High Rotation Perfumes: Portia July 2018

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Anna Sui Live Your Dreams:

Yes, I know. Live Your Dreams is hardly a niche offering. Doesn’t matter, I love it. Mainly a plastic, soft, wet lily of the valley and jasmine with a very light base of amorphous, woodsy nothings. Don’t come here if you’re looking for the best of everything, it’s not here. As a refreshing, bright and fun lily spritz though it works a treat. I’ve had this bottle for a few years now and every so often it comes out for a month or so and gets some wear then, like right now.

Etat Libre d’Orange Fat Electrician:

Originally bought for Jin. He liked the name but not the scent so I reappropriated it. Using the oily and dark facets of vetiver and burnished with a few other notes ELdO managed to make a scent that smells like the zing of a fuse switch blowing. Metallic, smoky, warm and dusty all at once with a hint of grease.

Penhaligon’s Belgravia Chypre:

Patchouli, rose and labdanum with a slight pink pepper zing to open. Belgravia Chypre is not particularly chypre-ish to me but it is bloody wonderful. I was given this bottle at a Press Launch a couple of weekls ago and you can see how much is already gone. Wears beautifully in the cool but I think it will do a great job in the summer months too.

Parfumerie Generale Querelle:

Another vetiver, this time wearing with a smoky incense and woodsiness that warms through the base. Querelle becomes a skin overlay for me. Potent and sharp to begin it becomes a soft focus manly scent full of light and shade. Only in my collection for a short while it has been getting a lot of wear lately.
Lee, March & Patty tried it too.

Tom Ford Ombre de Hyacinth:

Imagine a desiccated jungle, dry and parched, that is also cold to touch. I don’t understand how this fragrance ever got released by a group as sales focused as Estee Lauder. Here Tom Ford opens with a green scent that sucks all the moisture and warmth from the room and doesn’t relent till it’s almost gone and warm amber whispers under.
Sadly Tom hated it, well was disappointed.

Yves Rocher Rose Oud:

A cheapy buy in Paris 2017 while shopping with Jin. Rose Oud is a very polite oudh with only a slightly sweaty armpit feel that is also met by the warmth of resins and a cool, jammy rose. Oudh haters, I think you will be able to wear this amiable scent. I also love how long it lasts, humming away softly. Rose Oud has been my Monday night scent lately as I write Trivia Q&A for the week.

Surrender To Chance has some of these to try

So what are your current High Rotation Perfumes?
Portia xx

29 Comments
John Parodi July 15, 2018

I'm obssesed with Twilly, also in heavy rotation Osmanthe Yunnan, Boy, Neroli36, and Cedre Sambac.

Neva July 13, 2018

I like Fat Electrician very much. The name was so intriguing when I first heard of it so I had to order a sample a few years ago. I've finally bought Bronze Goddess and it's the Eau Fraiche version so it's light and I spray it all over my body, hair and clothes during the day. Amazing! I feel so comfortable wearing it in the heat. In the evenings I wear my favourite dry chypre - Christopher Street from Charenton Macerations and Jo Malone's fresh Blackberry & Bay.

Monika Goodrich July 13, 2018

Love the rotations noted above! Here in hot and humid South Florida, I'm wearing rotating Chanel's L'Eau, Diptyque Do Son, Kai, Byredo Blanche and in the evenings when its a little cooler, Byredo Flowerhead. If I'm feeling particularly vampy and have a special evening, my all time favorite, FM Carnal Flower!

Musette July 12, 2018

this was such a fun read, Portia! I am particularly intrigued by the Tom Ford, based on your description - will have to check that out! My rotation is a bust. No5. More No5. Amouage Gold. Even MORE Amouage Gold. Body products for all of them. Jean Nate. Avon Skin So Soft because of the squickton of mosquitoes. Vodka. Because of the heat. xoxoxo

Marie July 12, 2018

So glad to see APJ back alive! :) I like to wear Sycomore in the heat, it is nice and crisp and just a dream! Also, Un Zest de Rose works well, I only wish it would last longer

Cara July 12, 2018

For some reason I've been reaching for Lancome's Mille et Une Roses over and over this summer - and I never thought of it as a summer fragrance before.

grizzlesnort July 12, 2018

Santa Maria Novella EVA because it finally hit the high 80s here. I must say I am not a fan of citrus scents but this one is a big exception. Citrus with all the edges taken off. De Profundis-- put it on and crank up the air-conditioning. Oh, yeah. Nice! Put on your sunglasses to look out the window. Stay inside until October. CDG Kyoto because it inspires cool calm calm when I do have to go outside and I'm otherwise a sweaty mess.

hczerwiec July 12, 2018

I've been on a kick of wearing Rive Gauche, vintage Dioressence, and Sisley's Eau de Soir lately.

Rosemary July 12, 2018

Etat Libre d'Orange You Or Someone Like You is fitting my summer like a dream! Also lots of Jardins d'Ecrivain LA Dame aux Camelias, and SL Rose de Nuit.

March July 12, 2018

Oooh, what a great list! Your description of the Anna Sui made me laugh out loud.... I love Fat Electrician (the scent and the name) and Querelle has really grown on me.

Ingeborg July 12, 2018

My current rotation includes Kurkdjian Amyris Femme, L’Occitane Pamplemousse-Rhubarbe ( even have used this as a room spray, because unsure if it will keep much longer), Korres White Tea, Bergamot and Freesia and an absolute love for warm weather: Dior Escale à Pondichéry. I have also used some refreshing Guerlain samples sent to me by Sandra, so usually no more than two days in a row with any one scent.

brionyhey July 12, 2018

It's so hot here in London at the moment, my current rotation is: Eau du Sud, Ormonde Jayne's Tiare, Chanel 1932, Honour Woman, Penhalligon's lovely but discontinued Ostara and Seville a l'Aube.

M July 12, 2018

My current high rotations are: Malle Une Rose HdP Tubereuse 3 Animale SL Jeux de Peau (perfect for the coldest, most bleak days) And Bracken Woman whenever I wander past a tester in the wild. ;)