Me? Nah, I haven’t bought anything.

The Maison Lancome travel set. They have another one with the ouds.

For someone who can barely smell her perfume, I seem to have bought a lot of perfume recently.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m filling in the few gaps in my Annick Goutal collection.  I’ve bought Camille (love), Charlotte (jury’s out), Mandragore Pourpre… that’s the stronger one.  Y’all know how much I love Mandragore, right?  It’s probably the closest thing I have to a signature; my third bottle is almost empty.  And guess what!  I can’t smell it.  So, I figured I’d try Pourpre.  It doesn’t smell the same, but at least I can smell it, and it’s nice.  Apologies to all of you who’ve blind-bought Mandragore after I raved about it and wound up hating it.  At perfume meet-ups, folks chuck them at me occasionally, saying, here, since you like this so much!  Because they don’t like it, not one bit.

I also finally bought Annick Goutal Mon Parfum Cherie, Par Camille, which I think I am going to adore, and good thing, because it was a blind buy and not cheap.  I’m going to test-drive it in cooler weather, and I will report back.  Rounding out my AG purchases was a bottle of L’Ile au Thé, which is summery and which I like well enough, but it lasts about ten minutes on me (bummer), so I’ve been layering it over Duel.

I also bought this set pictured above.  The Maison Lancomes aren’t getting the love they deserve IMO, probably because Lancome is kind of been-there, done-that as a brand, and also some people (like me) don’t really love any of their stable of department store fragrances.  But these.  Goodness, they are lovely, the first set they released (the Roses, the Ouds, the Jasmine, Iris, Tubereuse, even the lavender one!), with various gourmand aspects without being too foofy.  The newer spring/summer bottles they just released are very light and thus for me a big ol’ disappointment, and I don’t think I’m alone, based on online reviews.  Have I mentioned how beautiful the Maison bottles are?  I won’t be wearing any of mine until it’s cooler out, except maybe the lavender, which startled me with its milky-sugar vibe; I am not a fan of lavender but this I loved, like a lavender shortbread.  Also I hope they decide to release some more of the scents in 1 oz. bottles (or a coffret!) because I still “need” the sandalwood and that rose parfait one, which is jammy deliciousness.

Whenever I feel like a spendthrift I remind myself what I didn’t buy (not yet, anyway!) – the Cuir Intense in Guerlain Les Absolus, which smells fantastic, and I’m not generally wild for leathers…. and the Guerlain Joyeuse Tubéreuse, which is green and lovely, but I’m sticking with the Maison one.  Look, I just saved myself $500!

What have you bought (or not bought) recently?

*Also on the Maison Lancomes — Lancome is having a big bonus deal on Macy’s right now, you get a ton of makeup/skincare freebies with your Maison Lancome purchase, if you’re into that sort of thing…

hczerwiec August 9, 2019

I love Mon Parfum Cherie par Camille, and the Jasmins Marzipane -- haven't tried the others! It's my birthday month, and I'm currently waffling between a bottle of Chanel Cuir de Russie parfum and a bottle of Cuir Beluga, because I can't find decants of the latter on STC anymore and it makes me antsy. I did find a small half-full bottle of Arpège and a mostly full bottle of Safari at an antique store for a total of $55, so I'm pretty pleased with myself. The Safari is as big a smell as I remember!

Millicent Bogert August 8, 2019

My big purchase this year was a bottle of Idole, from the old Lubin-Olivia Giacobetti days. I have loved it forever, and it became hard enough to find while idly browsing that I broke my rule about buying only 50ml or less. So happy with that! And, March, your writing delights me, and I'm sure I'd like you in person, but...thanks to you, I blind-swapped for a nearly-full bottle of Alahine. Compared to that, Mandragore is an easy-wearing pleasure!

Julie N DeMelo August 7, 2019

A friend of mine tried the Lancome Jasmins Marzipane and said I would probably like it...It sounds really pretty. I hope to try it soon. Over the weekend I ordered something from Jeffrey Dame! The JD Mimosa Mixte Eau de Parfum Spray, what a coincidence I noticed someone else mentioned JD Duality ? I have Mate, Heliotrope & Patchouli from Dame Perfumery and love it. His New Musk (the oil) is also very nice.

Dina C. August 7, 2019

I found some vintage scents at an antique mall last Friday: Guerlain Parure, Guerlain L'Instant, Gerlain Samsara (for a relative whose signature scent it is), and Laura Ashley No. 1. Grand total: less than $ 50. Bottles were open and partially used, but for those prices I didn't mind. March I also love that AG tea scent, but it doesn't last on me either.

shylotus August 7, 2019

I love the Lancome Jasmins Marzipane, and really liked the fig when sniffing it at Tysons. After putting my nose on that sample of Bengal Rouge I went in on a partial bottle. Oh and finally, finally got myself a long coveted bottle of Vetiver Tonka (oh my the price...but it was a very good deal!) I hope your sense of smell comes back more and more, March. I also LOVE Mandragore.

Eldarwen22 August 7, 2019

I broke down a week ago and had to buy Keihl's Original Musk Blend from Ulta. With a coupon, gift card and free shipping, I only paid about $20 for it. Now I have to gear up and save some pennies and replace my empty bottle of Chanel no 5 extrait. My mom decided to be cute and spill the bottle of extrait while I was at work and not tell me. She did this when she decided to rearrange my clothes.

Kathleen August 7, 2019

I've recently purchased Vanille Farfelue and Black Flower Mexican Vanilla from JD and Dame (perfumer Jeffrey Dame). And today I ordered Duality from JD!

Musette August 7, 2019

Moi? I bought a backup bottle of AdP Iris Nobile - for TWENTY SIX DOLLARS! Nearly plotzed. I also bought a bottle of Beloved...because it is my beloved. You? You are a nut !!!!(said in my best Barney FIfe voice). But that Lancôme set looks deeeevine! xoxoxo

Rina (NOT in CAN) August 7, 2019

Caved, bought the Lancôme Fig. Sounds super pretty! If you get it on Macy’s website, they throw in a TON of freebies!

Tara C August 6, 2019

I love the Lancome Maison line, have lots of the first and second series (but not the oud ones). Desperate to try the sandalwood and patchouli ones. Need to smell that Cuir Intense. I got a bottle of Nasomatto Pardon at the Salvation Army for $15, how crazy is that?

Ruth Kaminski August 6, 2019

I fully support getting Mandragore favorite Goutal... well, I also love Rose Splendide and Neroli....anyhow: MP is excellent. As for Lancome....the Maison EdP line is very nice. I've just realized there are new ones I need to try! So when I spend a pile of $$ ....I'm going to blame you. (just a heads up).

MMKinPA August 6, 2019

Now I’m lemming the Maison Lancôme set. I’m a sucker for smaller bottles.... part of me feels like it’s my birthday month so it’s ok- except I already used that justification.