Boxing Day! and Xmas Fragrances

Hi Posse! For those that haven’t been celebrating Christmas and don’t know the traditions Boxing Day is the relaxed, fun, cruisy day after. Traditionally in Britain, it was a custom for tradesmen to collect “Christmas boxes” of money or presents on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year. Australia has the name but not the policy. We have a Boxing Day Cricket Test Match here and though I don’t follow cricket it was on the TV today at my BFF Kath’s family home where we all congregated for leftover food and swimming.

Boxing Day! and Xmas Fragrances

I hope everyone who celebrated had a good time. Here are Jin and I on Xmas morning after opening our big presents to each other. I might have scored from Jin a coffee mug from Tiffany & Co. and some sneakers in my favourite style and the original colour way from 2013 when I discovered them! Good shopping eh? My BFF Kath saw my Holiday Giving 2018 post and bought me the Tiffany & Co. china paper cup set!! AMAZING!! Spoiled rotten.

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So back to fragrances. What got skin time around here?

Christmas Eve: Nuit de Noel by Caron

We had quite a cool evening and I was grateful because Nuit de Noel can be a bit over the top in muggy heat. As it was its spicy florals, smoky incense and animalics were a perfect fit. I was wrapped in a VERY glamorous cocoon and dreamed I was a 1950s movie star wrapping the presents.

Christmas Day: CHANEL No 19 EdT and Extrait

A perfect hot Christmas Day fit. All day I was given lovely gusts of galbanum, iris with bouquet and oak moss. I am so glad I saw someone else SOTD and decided to follow suit. Excellent choice.

Christmas Night: Cristalle by CHANEL

I wanted something still fresh but a bit sweeter for the night. It was a dry heat and very comfortable in our bed under the ceiling fan. Cristalle rarely gets a wear around her but it was perfect for Christmas night 2018.

Boxing Day: Pluie de Soleil by Phaedon

if you like ripe fruit and want to smell like it then you’ll adore Pluie de Soleil. It’s so different from most of Pierre Guillaume’s work but retains his deft hand at overdosing. I love it in the heat and smile when I wear it.

Boxing Day Night: Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker

It’s evening here now and I wanted something pretty but not overwhelming. I’m lightly sunburned from hours in the pool today and my body is feeling quite warm. Lovely is like a cool glass bottle pressed against my cheek. Rosy white musk, YUM!


So what did you all wear over the Christmas break. Even if you didn’t partake, what are you wearing today?
Portia xx





Musette December 27, 2018

A little late to the party but I must say, babydoll: thank you for sharing (so much of your wonderful life) and caring (the knowledge that not everyone may enjoy the holidays as much as you - and your willingness to acknowledge that and ALSO provide some links to give folks a helping hand. You are a wonderful person. And I adore you. Christmas perfume - I wore (wait for it) - ha! You thought I was going to say No5. Well. You. Wuz. Wrong. I wore a vintage (as in almost-treacle) Liz Zorn, Historical Chypre. A most amazing perfume. Longevity goes to 11. Beyond perfection. It was reincarnated as Centennial, for those who might not know the original. Some time down the road I'll tell you all about it. Love to you, Jin, Kath and all your kith and kin. xoxoxo

Dina C. December 27, 2018

Love your gifts, Portia, especially the No 19 flacons! I have that edt one from back in the day and used to buy the refills for it all the time. :-) I wore Eau d'Italie Paestum Rose on Christmas Eve, SL Fille en Aiguilles on Christmas Day, Gucci Envy extrait on Boxing Day, and Dame Narcissus today. Hope your holidays continue to be joyful ones!! :-D

Maya December 27, 2018

I spent the last several days testing perfumes. This is one of those rare and wonderful times where I found some terrific ones. Areej Le Dore Indolis is the best night-blooming jasmine I have ever smelled!!! On the negative side, Areej Le Dore Malik Al Taif smells exactly like cow manure. Yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck. I've also fallen for Jacques Fath's Fath de Fath, 1993 version. It's a fruity perfume that actually works for me. And then there's Guerlain Metallica. Several hours after putting it on I was wondering what smelled so good. It was me. LOL.

Tara C December 27, 2018

I’ve been wearing Nuit de Noël vintage extrait, Chopard Wish, And the World is Yours, and L’Heure de Nuit. Today is Mad Madame by JHAG. My holiday fragrant gifts were the new Wowilla body oil and LADDM & Rose Delight candles by Andy Tauer. You had an awesome Tiffany haul!

Maggiecat December 26, 2018

I'm wearing Chanel 's Paris-Venise, a gift from my husband .I wore it yesterday too .Probably tomorrow as well .Love this scent, love that he, a non-perfume person, bought it for me.

MMKinPA December 26, 2018

My shirt sleeve smells like Casablanca from testing several days ago - I think a bottle of that would last forever, it’s strong and persistent. Also beautiful. Today wearing 4160 Tuesdays Eau My Soul which was crowd sourced by the Facebook group- I found a small bottle at Perfumology at the King of Prussia mall and decided it could be a gift from my husband. A nice addition to my amber perfume lineup and of course I love the 30ml bottles.

SamanthaL December 26, 2018

I'm wearing Heeley Cardinal and wishing I wasn't at work!! I got a Diptyque Opoponax candle for Xmas and I want to go home and snuggle up with!

Kathleen December 26, 2018

Christmas Day I wore Blocki This Grand Affair, very Shalimar-esque to my nose. Gorgeous and vintage-like. Boxing Day I'm giving Fort & Manle Charlatan sample a whirl!

Eldarwen22 December 26, 2018

Yesterday, I gave Le Maroc pour Elle by Andy Tauer a whirl for the first time. Didn't really like it. Good thing it was a sample and not a full bottle. I haven't gotten around to picking out something for today though.

matty December 26, 2018

I received a bottle of Guerlain Jardins de Bagatelle as a pressie, so wore that yesterday. Can't make my mind up for today.

cookie queen December 26, 2018

Shalimar Parfum.

Brigitte December 26, 2018

What beautiful fragrances you have picked for your Christmas break , P! What I have been wearing and will continue to wear all week is St. Clair's Scent Casablanca which for me is the epitome of chic and glam in its 50 percent concentration of extrait- an unctuous honeyed orange blossom with citrus kisses on a base of the risk of sounding like a broken record, I LOVE THIS STUFF.....but I am also working my way through some of my neglected decants so I will mix it up a bit at bedtime and the early hours of the this morning preshower I am in Chanel Cuir de shower back to Casablanca. Happy Boxing Day!