SOTD 15.5.2020

A SOTD (Scent Of The Day) thread is a really good conversation generator. The idea is you’ll chime in through the week with whatever scent you are wearing. You don’t need to be super knowledgable, have high faluting tastes or be a published author to comment. Just tell us what fragrance you’re wearing, smelling, buying etc. and how it makes you feel and/or anything else about it that tickles your fancy.

You can also comment on everyone else SOTD choices too. It’s great to tell someone how much you love their choice, ask for more info about it, the house or perfumer. There’s someone here from around the world 24/7 and Perfume Posse people love to chat. We like to keep it fragrant but there’s always room for life events and adventures too. This is our place to share how we smell, live, love, eat, work, raise kids and pets and get on with the business of living.

Perfume Posse SOTD

SOTD 15.5.2020

You probably won’t have time to write every scent, every spritz. Whenever you feel the mood take you, share your current spritz and a few things about it. Maybe you love/loathe it, want it, are excited by the notes/bottle/SA who sold it: WHATEVER! As always here at Perfume Posse, taking sides never means taking offence and everyone keeps it respectful and light, even though we can sometimes trawl the depths.

Hopefully you will come back and see if anyone has responded to your SOTD comment. Then you can reply to them, and so on.

Go To It Crew.
Portia xxx

Here is a happy memory that came up in my FB memories. 7 years ago this week Perfume Posse did the ScentSation Bus Tour of LA. Here are Musette, myself, Jeffrey Dame (Dame Perfumery) and Franco (LuckyScent). One of my life highlights.

  • Jyotsna says:

    SL Five O’clock au gingembre. Perfect except it made me hungry all day.

  • Portia says:

    Spent this morning in the last of a bottle of vintage Shalimar EdT. Perfect! Jin and I went to IKEA where the thing I want turns out MUCH easier to order online than buy. Jin got some stuff but I was a bit bummed to get nothing.
    This afternoon I’m wearing SOIVOHLE Rosa sur Reuse again. WOWSERS! What a fabulous fragrance.
    Portia xx

    • Jyotsna says:

      Vintage Shalimar! Gorgeous. You are brave- I disliked IKEA visits even before the crazy.

  • Melanie says:

    Elizabeth & James Nirvana Rose de Mai for me today.
    It’s a little dark rose number which is fitting for this foggy, overcast view from the office window.

  • SonomaVelvet says:

    Cold and rainy day here so am cuddling up in a big dose of Fate Woman.

  • Portia says:

    Rosa sur Reuse by SOIVOHLE. Found a forgotten bottle hiding in a box. YAY! One of my all time fave roses.
    Portia xx

  • Carolyn says:

    I’m wondering if Deconstructing Eden created this perfume as a sneaky homage to the film LaLa Land though that’s not mentioned in website description. Notes according to DE are: Orange flowers and raspberries floating in champagne, on a table of sandalwood, bamboo, and amber, wrapped in tonka bean and cashmere with a squeeze of citron peel.

    Bright sparkling opening (champagne) moves to cashmere/musky smoothness within 30 minutes. I get some very gentle weaving of orange blossom, but this definitely doesn’t scream floral. It’s really quite pretty and DE is very affordable. 2.5 ml sample is $3.50 and 30ml is $45. (I should never buy more than 30ml of anything anymore as I’ll never get through it in this lifetime.)

    • Portia says:

      I wanted to love LaLa Land but it just didn’t grab me. Maybe the hype was roo enormous?
      The frag sounds wonderful Carolyn.
      Portia xx

      • Carolyn says:

        I actually haven’t watched Lala Land yet but now my interest has been peaked. The fume is nice…I just wish that sparkling champagne note lasted a bit longer and the orange blossom was a bit more present. But I suppose it’s true of actual champagne…the fizz is there and gone because who sips champagne? 🙂

      • SonomaVelvet says:

        sh shhhhh, me too. But afraid to say that too loudly. I mean it was fine, perfectly pleasant but really? That much hype and buzz?

  • Brigitte says:

    Noir de Noir ( a dupe from Oil Perfumery….on a tight budget now….I cannot be a snob LOL)

  • Cassieflower says:

    Heading off for my big visit to Aldi in a cloud of Bombay Bling.

    • Portia says:

      WOO HOO! All dressed up with SOMEWHERE to go Cassieflower!
      BB is amazing!
      Portia xx

    • Brigitte says:

      Nice!!! Love Aldi’s. Buy some chocolate covered marzipan for me 😉

      • Cassieflower says:

        That’s a seasonal thing here. Only in store from about November. Thank all the gods! Imagine, I only had my very first chocolate marzipan log last year. I will allow myself two of them this year.

  • Carolyn says:

    Tonight I’m wearing Nui Cobalt Designs Hummingbird. Fragrance notes according to NCD’s website: Darting from oleander to orange blossom with ripe nectarine, hibiscus tea, and traces of tuberose.

    Another really well blended oil. Love the florals and the nectarine isn’t turning it fruity.

  • Melanie says:

    Washington Square by Bond No9 again. It’s really suiting this cold day.

  • SonomaVelvet says:

    I woke up this morning with a feeling, or a memory of a feeling that lead me straight to Annick Goutal’s Un Matin d’Orage. This perfume really smells like a summer garden after rain but it sparks a feeling in me of hope, longing, peace hard to explain. There is something so evocative about it that seems to go so far beyond mere fragrance. I actually don’t wear it that often but today it’s been perfect.

  • Cassieflower says:

    For no other reason than my eye falling on the box this morning, Kenzo Amour. Gorgeous.

  • Brigitte says:

    Dame Perfumery Dark Horse perfume oil. I brought up lots of my oils from the basement and will be wearing those for a while.

  • Jyotsna says:

    SOTD Chergui -celebrating finding my adored fragrant family here. Hello, Everyone!

    (Thanks, Mel, for reminding me.)

  • Carolyn says:

    Had someone told me I’d want to smell like a lemon meringue pie, I would have told them “Poppycock!” Which happens to be the name of the Nui Cobalt Designs perfume oil that smells like…you guessed it…lemon meringue pie. Perfume Fragrance Notes are: frothy citrus sweetness in a toasted almond crust, with white vanilla peaks gently browned under a blowtorch.

    Turns out, yes, I do want to smell like a lemon meringue pie. I know, I’m as surprised as you are!

  • Portia Turbo says:

    Last night I wore Trayee by Neela Vermeire Creations to bed. This morning I awake to its soft spicy incense. MMMMM
    Today I’m wearing HUGE amounts of Divine EdP to clean the house. Having a couple of friends over for afternoon tea. It feels like a whole new world as we come out of lockdown in Oz.
    Portia xx

    • Ariel says:

      Congratulations! I hope the end of lockdown goes smoothly. And Neela Vermeire- I love everything of hers that I have tried so far. I just got Trayee in the mail this week, so I’ll know what you are talking about soon.

      • Portia Turbo says:

        Hey Ariel,
        Trayee is rarely my first pick to spritz because I really prefer Mohur, Rahele and Ashoka but when the mood takes me it’s ALL I want to wear.
        Trayee is the only fragrance from another house that Amouage’s ex creative director Christopher Chongsays he wishes had been part of the Amouage oeuvre. He called it a modern masterpiece.
        Portia xx

    • Brigitte says:

      Hooray for ending lockdown!!!!!!!!!

  • Melanie says:

    Bond No9 Chinatown for me today. I’m going with spicy musk. Other days it’s sweeter and a bit powdery. Beautiful bottle too.

    • Jyotsna says:

      You smell freakin’ AHmazing. I love this one sooo much (thanks for sending me my sample)

    • Brigitte says:

      Love that one. It reminds me of my eldest who wore it in high school. The bottle is stunning. I get a bit of an incense vibe from it.

  • SonomaVelvet says:

    Pre bath time today threw on some 7 virtues Jasmine Neroli before going outside to work in the garden for a bit. Not Jasmine or Neroli to my nose, I get more of a violet kind of feel, weird, olfactive illusion? I don’t know, musk, and powder which I love. Reminds me a little of the dry down to Taur’s Miriam without all the sandalwood, and a little of Tom Ford’s Violet Blonde without the iris. It doesn’t smell like them but reminds me. I wasn’t too crazy about this one at first because I was expecting well, Jasmine and/or Neroli but I’ve grown to really enjoy it. That will probably curse it I’m afraid because if I really like something it will probably be discontinued like Miriam and Violet Blonde. haha, maybe I better get some more while I can.

    • Portia Turbo says:

      LOVE the 7 Virtues. Did you ever get the book about their first fragrance SV? It was so interesting and informative. One year I ordered 20 of them and gave them all to my friends for Xmas.
      Portia xx

      • SonomaVelvet says:

        Hey Portia. I think I bought their first fragrance but I didn’t know they had a book out about them. Thanks for letting me know about it, I’ll check it out.

  • Brigitte says:

    Fresh Scents by Terri ‘s Zoe perfume oil. Sweet gentle musk. Love it.

  • Carolyn says:

    Wearing Nui Cobalt Design’s Spring Peeper. I don’t how the magic works with what I think of as cold weather notes (warm ginger with saffron, cardamom, coriander, and nutmeg sprinkled over unripe fig and yellow mandarin with a base of mossy mahogany) but the perfume at its outset (in bottle and at first touch on my skin) just sings Green and Spring to me. Wish that lasted a little longer on my skin. Instead my skin begins amping the spices pretty quickly. I’m not mad about that because I could happily wear this scent in the dead of winter as well as this time of year. I’ll let this rest a bit more and see how it morphs with some time.

    • Carolyn says:

      What is this witchery? After being heavily spiced for a time, I starting getting small wafts of green again. I think that’s the coriander weaving in and out? Spices soften significantly during full dry down. This is just lovely!

  • Cassieflower says:

    Testing Sammarco Alter today. A jasmine that falls on the pretty, rather than skanky side. Longevity isn’t great though.

  • Jyotsna says:

    SOTD 1828 Jules Verne. Bright, cheery, and surprisingly long lasting,

  • Portia Turbo says:

    SORRY all, I’ve been a bit lost in transit with internet connection troubles. Australia has the shittest internet in the world and we are having to change our provider. All very dramatic.
    I’ve been going through some old vintage boxes and am going to sell off the extras. Sadly I can’t send them overseas but hopefully they’ll find happy new homes in Oz. Four bottles of YSL Opium already up and two sold last night.
    I’m wearing Lolita Lempicka EdP today.
    Portia xx

    • Jyotsna says:

      Good luck with the telco. They are ALL terrible here 🙁
      Yay for the sale!
      Lovely to be here & see so many of our APJ gang!

  • Carolyn says:

    Excited to start testing the Critters collection from the maker of my fave perfume oils…Nui Cobalt Designs. First up is Gray Wolf.

    Fragrance notes: White sandalwood, black amber, icy sage, cashmere, stone musk, lichen, softly smoked birchwood, grey suede, mountain springwater, and white peppercorn.

    This scent is a great juxtaposition of “soft” with “steely.” Plush fur with a bit of a growl. Stately wood and flowing water (without being at all aquatic). Like all of NCD’s perfume oils, it is blended to perfection.

    I have a feeling a full 5ml bottle is about to fall into my cart.

    • Portia Turbo says:

      You love these guys Carolyn,
      How’s the projection? I often find oils a bit close wearing.
      Portia xx

      • Carolyn says:

        I do love Forest’s NUi Cobalt Design creations so much! I have 20 bottles of her scents and another…ummm…too many in my shopping cart right now. Projection and longevity vary. Some have quite a bit of throw, many are pretty tenacious on the skin. Agree that oils tend to wear very close to the skin. While I love a big cloud of perfume, sometimes I crave something more intimate. And I never get complaints from those in my personal space about NCD oils so these work really well for office environment.

  • Melanie says:

    Bond No9 Eau de Noho for me today – a lovely, green floral. I think its the Mimosa I enjoy.

  • Carolyn says:

    Now wearingRogue Jasmin Antique. Wow, this is a powerful sensual soliflore Jasmine perfume. Absolutely stunning if you are a big fan of Jasmine. Notes: Jasmine Grandiflorum blossoms, musk, clove, vanilla.

    • Portia Turbo says:

      Is it like standing within a flowering jasmine bush? That heady, cool wash of high octane jasmine intensity that’s almost petrol?
      Portia xx

      • Carolyn says:

        Portia, it’s a little bit like having that whole Jasmine bush shoved up your nose. In a good way! 🙂

  • SonomaVelvet says:

    hmmm, what did I wear Yesterday??? oh yes, Malle’s Eau de Magnolia. How I love that scent, gloriously refreshing and gorgeous.
    Today I’m in Parfums de Marlys Delina because it’s a bit of a cooler day and I felt like wearing something BIG and that will be big all day.

    • Portia Turbo says:

      You are smelling ALL the fines SonomaVelvet (I’m going to abbreviate that to SV if you don’t mind?)
      Eau de Magnolia is sparkly beautiful. Did you ever wear the Grandiflora Sandrine or Michel?
      Portia xx

      • SonomaVelvet says:

        SV is a great idea Portia, go ahead. I haven’t tried either Grandiflora but hope to some day. I’ve never smelled a real Magnolia either and don’t know if that’s what I love so much. I think I smell vetiver wafting on the tail end. It reminds me a little of the way vetiver is used in Malle’s Vetiver extraodinare. It’s not the earthy nutty aspect but more the slightly astringent quality of it that seems to work with the citrus and the floral. I love a luscious white floral but this is different, never too floral, never too citrus. Just, haha, as you said sparkling and refreshing, and beautiful.

    • lee says:

      Does Eau de Magnolia last on your skin, Sonoma Velvet? I just love it, but it’s completely disappeared within 30 minutes on me- I only have a 5ml from a discovery box, maybe a lavish spray from a FB would do the trick..

      • SonomaVelvet says:

        Hi Lee I do have to be careful with it, and only use it every few weeks or so but I try to do that with all my perfumes so my nose doesn’t get used to them. I find that it does last but sometimes seems like it fades and then comes back. I have noticed it on clothing a day later so it seems it’s my nose and not the scent. I’m on my second bottle but console myself by thinking it’s really my favourite summer refresher and with only a couple of others don’t really need to keep pursuing other ‘cologne’ types.

        • lee says:

          Thanks,SonomaVelvet- I think a FB is in order once the warm weather returns down here in Tasmania x

  • Carolyn says:

    Trying out two niche scents tagged as animalic by Lucky Scent. L’Animal Sauvage by Marlou is so pillowy soft that I can barely smell it once on skin. This is definitely a kitten not a tiger. Meant for perfume lovers that are afraid of animalics perhaps? Hard pass for me. Parfumerie Generale‘s Arabian Horse on the other hand? Now that’s a gentle animalic that I can get into. Fragrance notes are: Green notes, wildflowers, narcissus, musk, cypriol, woods, amber. Really does feel like a slow paced ride on a wonderful smelling horse through a field of wildflowers. Going to need a decant of this one once I’ve finished my sample. Horse and hay always tweak my nose and make me pay attention.

    • SonomaVelvet says:

      You know Carolyn, I don’t think I would ever feel like wanting of smell of ‘horse’ actually but you have a way of describing that… makes me feel like if there was ever a bottle of that sitting in front of me maybe I just might give it a go. Thanks

      • Carolyn says:

        It’s not a lathered up horse at all. So not “horsey flesh.” More like it’s sweet smelling mane. 🙂

    • Portia Turbo says:

      OOOH! Arabian Horse! Why did I think it had been DCd? What a stunner.
      Portia x

  • Cassieflower says:

    Got my mitts on some FB Sex and the Sea Neroli last week and had a good wear on Saturday. Holy cow, just when I thought you couldn’t improve on perfection I’ve been proved wrong.

  • Cassieflower says:

    Tauer double-dipping today in Amber Flush oil and Amber Flash perfume. Very fragrant indeed here.

  • Melanie says:

    Shout out to Cassieflower – I just saw a new Narciso Rodriguez scent – Ambree. Have you sniffed it yet? xx

    • Cassieflower says:

      I have seen info online about the launch. Unfortunately there’s nowhere for me to have a sniff yet. But just reading about it makes me think I’d have to own it. I’m such a sucker for NR, as you know. Thanks so much for your heads-up.

  • Melanie says:

    I’m continuing with my ‘house’ theme so this week is Bond No9. Today is Washington Square. It seems to help my decision making in the morning easier if the choices are smaller.

  • Carolyn says:

    Testing 2 Hexannacht atmospheric scents today. The first is Hexanhaus, which smells like a creepy gothic house…all dusty books on rosewood shelves with tons of incense in the air. I’m sure Yorick’s skull can be found on a table somewhere. The other is Eulogy, which makes me feel like a French woman on the Rive Gauche smoking clove cigarettes while wrapped in a cape made of a huge vanilla marshmallow.

  • Maya says:

    Creed Tubereuse Indiana this morning. For some reason, the Creeds ultimately end up not working for me, so no more sampling there. Put on sample of Amouage Portrayal Woman. It’s strong enough to cover the Creed. I like it but don’t want it.

    • Portia Turbo says:

      Hey there Maya,
      I think Creed either works for you or not. There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground. Of them all I only have two bottles.
      Portia xx

  • SonomaVelvet says:

    Working in the yard today covered in lots of PdN’s cap neroli. This is just so luscious. It’s fascinating how many different ways neroli and orange blossom can smell so good.

  • Brigitte says:

    Wearing 1000 Flowers Ode for Him to bed

  • Ariel says:

    I’m a day late, but yesterday was all about Naomi Goodsir’s Cuir Velours. Rich, soft, leathery incense. I’m on my second sample of it 🙂

  • Carolyn says:

    Wanted something that isn’t too challenging this morning so went with Bill Blass Nude. Love the sparkling aldehydes (made my housemate sneeze), the soft florals (rose, ylang ylang, narcissus and jasmine) and the musk/moss/sandalwood, which quickly come to the fore. Like most 80/90s perfumes this has a pretty powerful opening (hence the sneeze) but then settles into a lovely skin scent on me. Feel like I’m wrapped in a big (but not smothering) fragrant hug. Gosh, why don’t I wear this more often?

  • Millie says:

    This is my first time to send a comment but I’ve been loving perfumeposse for a couple of years! What a great forum for those with a passion for scents — whip-smart and knowledgeable and also wicked funny and kind! Thank you.

    So for my SOTD, my friend gave me a brand new bottle of Izia by Sisley Paris shower gel she got for Mother’s Day because it made her sneeze. At first I thought it was too loud for me, but over a couple of days using it for my constant covid-handwashing I’ve fallen in love and ordered a bottle of the perfume and body lotion. Wow! Intoxicatingly loud and subtle simultaneously.

    • Portia says:

      WELCOME Millie,
      So glad you could join us.
      WOO HOO! What a great way to meet and fall in love with a fragrance.
      Portia xx

  • Brigitte says:

    Up at the buttcrack of dawn (a/k/a 2 am) with a cup of coffee wearing Bond no 9 Bryant Park. My high school (Performing Arts featured in the movie Fame) was very close to Bryant Park. Back in those days it was sadly not a safe place. Now it’s beautiful with flora, food, sunshine and places to sit. One of my favorite free spots to visit in the city.

    • Portia says:

      Brigitte, isn’t 2am BEFORE Dawn’s buttcrack? Bloody hell. You are working hard.
      FAME was the catalyst that had me go to performing arts school for a very short moment.
      Portia xx

      • Brigitte says:

        Ha!! Yes you are right!! I did manage to squeeze in a nap. I think that movie triggered a lot of interest in the performing arts.

  • Portia says:

    Santal Noir by DIOR again. Sandalwood (opening is quite sharp like the Aussie version), rose and some booziness. No boundaries were pushed in its creation but they have done a beautiful, mellow job.

  • SonomaVelvet says:

    I’m building a trellis for my garden box today and feeling glamorous in lots of Carnal Flower while I’m measuring and sawing away haha

  • Tourmaline says:

    Hi there,

    I just thought I’d let you know that, today, Bois de Jasmin turns 15.

    Victoria might not tell anyone herself, so I thought I’d contact a few people (at blogs that she recommends on her website), in case you want to send her a congratulatory message or anything.

    Thank you, and have a great day.

    With kind regards,
    Tourmaline

  • AnnieA says:

    Scentrique, a local perfume online shop, was having a sale, and I bought a bottle of PN Baikal Leather Intense, which was delivered to my door. It has a top note of yuzu, so it’s more springlike than I usually consider a leather perfume.

    • Portia says:

      OOOOH AnnieA,
      I love Parfums de Nicolai. How have I never heard of Baikal Leather? I’m going to find some and buy it for Jin as he took me to Baikal on our honeymoon.
      Portia xx

      • AnnieA says:

        Baikal Leather Intense is from fall 2019, so it’s pretty new. Oh, you two saw Lake Baikal? It is supposed to be stunning…

  • MMKinPA says:

    Summer has hit here today – 79 degrees F and sunny. Wearing Paris-Deauville. It will be hard not to wear this every day. One of my favorite purchases of last year and a great memory of actual travel. Not sure when we’ll get that again…

    • Portia says:

      Woo Hoo! So glad it’s warming up for you MMKinPA,
      CHANEL really got it right with the eaux, especially Paris-Deauville. So wearable.
      Portia xx

  • Cassieflower says:

    Shalimar Souffle today. Lemon bon bons. That’s a fantastic pic. Living the life.

  • Carolyn says:

    Fabulous picture. I miss the Sniffapalooza events in NYC when I was just discovering perfume!

    Today I’m wearing Beaver by Zoologist. Notes are
    Linden blossom, fresh outdoor air, wood shavings, wild vegetation, damp air, dry wood, water, musk, dark woods, vanilla, amber, castoreum, leather.

    It’s like drifting down a river with your nose being tickled by flowers along the banks and waterlogged and fresh green vegetation and finally encountering the makings of a beaver dam along with its furry industrious resident. This is so well done. I got LEATHER upon first application, which is a good thing for me. Every time I take a sniff, I get another one of the notes. Definitely not a linear perfume…it’s a bit of a shapeshifter, which I also love.

    • Portia says:

      Hey Carolyn,
      Any excuse for a group of perfumistas is a win in my eyes. I bet those NYC events were special.
      I think I’ve said it before, you should write perfume. You have skills.
      Portia xx

      • Carolyn says:

        You are too kind! I’m busily decanting vintage and niche perfumes for a new perfume buddy who has only experienced indie perfume oils so I’m discovering some gems on my shelves.

  • Portia says:

    We just had a couple of friends around and made over 300 dumplings. We fried and ate a fair few but everyone got loads to freeze and eat later. It was heaps of fun, and delicious.
    Then I had a midnight bath and am now drenched in DIOR Santal Noire.
    Portia xx

  • rosarita313 says:

    Oh I love this picture! ? Wearing Gris Clair on a rainy spring day.

  • matty1649 says:

    Jardins de Bagatelle for me today

  • matty1649 says:

    I am going to wear Jardins de Bagatelle.

  • Brigitte says:

    Oh
    My
    God

    Jeffrey Dame? Never knew you met him.

    P, you need to do one of these tours in NYC. And no excuse about current govt. It will always be wacky one way or another.

    I have insomnia so I am wearing Mon Guerlain EDP from a mini splash at 230am

    And look at how gorgeous Musette looks 🙂

    Happy Friday everyone.

    • Portia says:

      Hey Brigitte,
      Yeah, Jeffrey dame is a very sweet, engaging man who is totally passionate about fragrance. He was releasing Dame perfumery at the time and did a Cuir. It was huge and dark.
      Hope you got to sleep in a cloud of lavender cookies.
      Portia xx

  • Gina T. says:

    fabulous pic!!! epic.

  • Erica says:

    Desnuda here for me today – just starting to feel the cold weather (yuk!) and I find it a snuggly scent.

  • Tanja says:

    Oh, am I the first? Okay, I now wear L’ Air de Rien, because I need a cuddly scent for a grey Friday. Have a nice weekend, you all