Scent Challenge and Mini-Review

There’s a review down there.  But first  – it’s been awhile since we had one of our little Posse reindeer games, isn’t it?

Well, here’s one I’m proposing – we’re going to call it the Signature Scent Challenge.  The challenge is:  I want you to pick one fragrance – yes, that’s one fragrance – and try to wear only that fragrance and no other for a week.  You know … a signature scent.  We’ll all meet back on the blog Monday, November 8 and report in.

Now you are thinking, why, March, why?  Why would you suggest such a terrible thing?  Well, I’m curious.  At one time in my life I only wore one scent (Paris … then Poison … then Coco.)  I either put it on or I didn’t, but it was the only scent I owned.  No hand-wringing, no decisions, no “does this scent make my butt look big?” or “does it go with green?” or “can I wear this to yoga?”

Let’s all time-travel back to those simpler days, shall we?  Because I theorize that after a week, we each might have some interesting observations about a) the perfume we selected, having spent so much one-on-one time with it, and b) our relationship with perfume.

Questions we will answer then include: who among you managed to last a full week?  How did you choose your scent?  Did you find your feelings about the scent changing over the week?  Did you learn anything new about it, its behavior, or yourself?  Play along if you want to (no hard feelings if you don’t) and let’s meet back here for your results week after next. on Monday, November 8 — that should give you some time to prepare yourself mentally…

Okay, today’s post, a quickie based on a revisit – Annick Goutal Songes.

Our Top 10 of Fall post is on Friday, and Songes won’t be on there, but it could be.  I love wearing big white floral scents in the fall.  It seems counter-intuitive, I want them mostly in spring – and they really, truly bloom in humid summer, if you can stand it – but smelling them mixed in with woodsmoke, damp earth and drifts of fallen leaves is also quite lovely.

I’ve outed myself as an Annick Goutal fangirl on here before, but I never loved Songes.  I tried it several times and found it terribly off-putting, I still am not sure why.  It’s possible the formula’s changed, of course, but I don’t think that’s it.  I think I’ve changed, more open to heady white florals (Songes is certainly that) and perhaps more comfortable with the sweet/bitter duality of the scent.  Notes for Songes include frangipani, tiare flower, Sambac jasmine, frankincense, vanilla, copahu balm, ylang-ylang, vetiver, sandalwood, amber, and styrax.  My review today is of the EdP, which I find richer and more complex than the EdT.

For many people, Songes is more of a Tahitian-white-flower bouquet up top, with plenty of focus on the frangipani, although the jasmine comes into play pretty quickly.  On me, though, it’s mostly about the jasmine, and what a glorious jasmine it is, managing to be a bit jammy, green and indolic all at once.   Eventually the jasmine is joined by vanilla and sandalwood and the balsamy drydown suggested by those notes – and it has the same sort of dry, resiny jolie-laide bitterness at its heart as the oddball Vanille Exquise.

Songes manages to project an aura of expensive naturalness – it smells both sophisticated and “pure” (although I’m not suggesting it’s in any way more or less synthetic than any other fragrance.)  It’s an interesting, other-end-of-the-spectrum contrast to the smell of Donna Karan’s Pure, which manages to smell mostly and annoyingly of laundry musks.  Songes isn’t as aggressively in-your-face as, say, Montale’s Jasmin Full, although it’s a heady scent, particularly sprayed on, and a light hand might be called for depending on one’s surroundings.  I certainly wouldn’t trespass on other people’s noses by wearing this to a medical building, for instance, or the gym; the sillage on me reaches Fracas levels.

Songes manages to do for jasmine what L’Artisan’s Nuit de Tubereuse does for tuberose – displays it in a setting of other notes that are carefully selected and placed to allow for maximum jewel-like effect.  It literally made my jaw drop; how had I misjudged this so badly?  While Songes is more straightforwardly jasmine than NdT is tuberose, it’s still a complex thing designed to make me reconsider entirely what it is I look for in jasmine.  It also serves as a happy reminder that trying – and retrying – and retrying again a scent that I strongly disliked is often rewarding in the long term.  Another sign you know you’re a perfumista, right?

sample: private source

  • ChickenFreak says:

    Drat drat drat. I forgot this on Monday! And just last week I was thinking that Oriental Lounge (new bottle!) is the kind of scent that I might be able to wear day after day.

    But now I’m traveling away from my core collection, I didn’t pack Oriental Lounge and, worse, I wore Fou d’Absinthe on Monday and didn’t pack _it_, so I can’t make seven days of the same scent by the eighth.

    Hmph. Just hmph.

    But I’ve decided that I’m going to (try to) wear Osmanthe Yunnan for five days, so as to kinda partly participate.

  • Rowanhill says:

    Songes, EdP in particular is one of my favourites as it reminds me of wonderful visits to Bali and the frangipani fragrance which is part and parcel of the memories. For the challenge however I will go down another memory lane, namely an old signature scent, which I wore several years, so how bad could a week be. It is rather nostalgic really and brings back memories. A week of 80’s memories sounds actually quite inviting.

  • cathleen56 says:

    Just saw this, and by coincidence today I’m wearing…..bwahahahaha ……. FRACAS! does that mean I have to stick to it all week?

  • Ninara Poll says:

    Is it ok if we wear our scent only part of the day every day? At my new job, we were basically told no perfume (“If you can smell it on yourself, it’s too much”), so I actually can’t wear anything until I’m out of work.

    • March says:

      Yep, that’s fine! Or you can even skip a day. You just can’t wear something else. (ps congrats on the job but bummer on the no-scent policy)

      • Ninara Poll says:

        Thanks :D Right now jobwise I’m in training, in about 5 or 6 weeks I’ll be in the actual work environment, and from what I’ve learned it looks like once there I’ll be able to indulge my scent cravings occasionally, I just need to apply lightly and not go with anything like Poison esprit de parfum (darn it…. ). For the challenge I decided to go with a bottle of Demeter Baby Powder I picked up for $1.50 at CVS a couple of weeks back. (I also scored two bottles of Demeter Patchouli for $0.99 cents each a few days later, and was acutally hoping to get Pure Soap and Laundromat to use as work-safe scents, as well as the various Demeter soliflores I’d seen earlier in the year there at CVS, but they were all gone :( ) And I’ve actually managed to make it through the challenge… just one more day :D

  • hongkongmom says:

    yestereday i wore fleur de oranges and swooned the whole day…today songes…hope to be swooning and happy all day again…sat and sun i will choose something else and monday..phew????

    • March says:

      Funny, I wear FdO a lot right now but am afraid to pick it for the challenge. Don’t want to wear it out!

      • Ann N. says:

        Hi March, I really envy you and Hongkongmom for being able to enjoy FdO. I wanted to love it so BADLY, but that stinky (on me) bit o’ cumin just did me in and stuck around waaay too long. And I know just what you mean about not wanting to wear out a beloved scent. Ahh, decisions, decisions …

  • Claudia says:

    Oh goody, a challenge! I’m going to chose something 1)I already like (goes without saying, I guess) 2)that I have a lot of and 3)I didn’t pay a fortune for, in case I hate it by the end of the week and never wear it again. I’m going to wear……….Let me thing about this.

    • Claudia says:

      I mean, THINK about this.

    • Ann N. says:

      Hi Claudia, I’m liking your criteria. I’m a bit stumped myself as I have tons of decants and samples but not sure there’s enough of any one to last a whole week (especially if it needs re-applying throughout the day and night). That could narrow ’em down pretty fast! ;)

      • Claudia says:

        My first thought was Ta’if, but I only have a decant and I don’t want to use it all up. I think I’m going to use something that’s non-niche. It will probably be Valentino “V”, which I love and have a big bottle of.

        • Ann N. says:

          Sounds perfect! Now I need to go rustle through my perfume drawers (oops, that came out wrong) …

  • florentina says:

    Hi March!

    Brilliant idea!

    It is a comment on this era of plenty and too many choices that what used to be something we wouldn’t have thought twice about: wearing the identical perfume everyday (well it was a signature scent right?) has now taken the epic proportions of a challenge…. and not an easy one at that… and that you’ve probably got many hesitating to join and that the job of actually choosing a signature scent, even for 7 days, seems daunting…

    I need to go look at my perfume bottles… this is going to be HARD! though how exciting…

    Thankyou for thinking of this…

  • Ruanne says:

    Late to this, but I want to add- you know how I know I’m an addict? From the slew of excuses I started immediately formulating.

    It’s funny, too, because I’m in the middle of a “six items or fewer” wardrobe challenge. It’s been enlightening in ways I didn’t expect. Once I decided that accessories didn’t count, I realized that I have a lot of accessories that didn’t get much play until they were the only interesting thing I was putting on.

    I think I’m gonna do it, and I think I’m going with Shalimar. I usually wear it as a treat, so I’m going to see what happens if I live in it.

    • zeezee says:

      Ooh, I did that challenge in September. Was hard for the first two weeks, then I got into it and it was, as you say, enlightening. How are you faring?

      • Ruanne says:

        Pretty well, thanks. I realized when I was picking my 6 things, that all I really wanted was a white shirt and jeans, so I’m wearing one of three white button downs and one of two pairs if jeans every day (allowing a skip day if I have something for which I can’t get away with dark jeans & a big scarf. The funny thing is, no one in my family has noticed.

  • gator grad says:

    Loooove this Perfume Challenge idea. I think PP should post a perfume challenge once every few months. I even have some ideas for other potential challenges.

    Am I this brave? I’m already over thinking it. At first I thought you meant one scent for one time of the day all week (ie: either one daytime scent or one night time scent) and I thought it’d be hard but could be done. But basically, it means throwing out the entire idea of daytime/nighttime switches! Gah! I’m just not sure that I can do that. I need my nighttime comfort.

    There are certainly a few scents that might be possible:
    * UBV
    * Ta’if
    * CdR
    * OJ Tiare
    * Juste un Reve
    * Week-end a Deauville
    * Tea for Two

    But I’m worried that I’ll overdo it after a week and they’ll be less special. All except UBV I wear frequently already. I reach for them sometimes 2 or 3 times in a single week. That’s love, in my book. But one week straight??

    And I have a few things in the mail: the new PdN arrives Monday with any luck, a bottle split of Eau Claire, a sample of Boxeuses. The eau claire would actually be a good choice for a week but I don’t think it’ll be here in time.

    I’m just not sure about this.

  • zeezee says:

    Oh, a challenge! As it happens, I’ve sorta-kinda been living this challenge for the past three-four months already. Financial & familial circumstances have taken my attention way away from perfume (the acquiring and sampling part of it, anyway) and I found I’ve been very content with wearing the same scent 2, 3 or even 4 days in a row. Have done so lately with AL No 23, Jil Sander Sun, Vanille Galante, Kiehl’s Musk, Ambre Narguilé and Chergui.
    For this challenge I’ll scout out a neglected little perfume to dedicate a week to. Bois d’Iris, mayhaps? *Ponders*

  • kim says:

    question here – can you wear the edt, edp, and parfum versions of the same scent in rotation during the week? or one strength only?
    Great challenge!!

    • March says:

      …. what happens if I say no?

      Different concentrations of perfume can vary in their smell (which is why we do it). Picking one bottle/decant and sticking to it is part of the challenge, in my opinion. :)>-

  • Millicent says:

    Yikes! I’m intrigued but also a little afraid — I have a problem with getting tired of scents I loved initially. Will wearing a favorite for seven days wreck it for me? Or is this a great opportunity to push through that scent-fatigue and get back on good terms again? Or should I choose something I *don’t* love and see if appreciation blooms?

    Clearly overthinking here… 8-|

    • March says:

      AND THIS IS THE QUESTION. Srsly, I wonder the same thing — am I going to be darned sick of (whatever) by day 6? Will I have noticed some note I hate?

      I may, however, pick something I underappreciate (as you said) and see if my feelings change.

    • nozknoz says:

      That’s my big concern, too. I don’t want to ruin something I really love through overfamiliarity or by association with the fairly stressful work week coming up. It will be tricky to find something arguably worth wearing for a week but that I won’t regret losing if it doesn’t work out.

      • March says:

        The struggles! I feel like I can’t pick one of my wallflower musks, something unobtrusive enough to carry me through … where’s the fun in that? But I don’t want to ruin anything for myself either. Fortunately the weather’s finally turned “normal” — that is, not upper 70s. Going to make my decision today!

  • Ms. Christian says:

    Oh, hell, this is easy.

    L’Heure Bleue.

    I have always found that when I wear it once, I want to keep wearing it. Maybe I should “challenge” myself instead and wear something crappily repellent to myself like Chergui or Sarrasins or Pink Sugar or Boxeuses. No, I know-some towering, roaring musk monster (mmmm, don’t own any, come to think of it) like Balenciaga Paris.

    Nah. L’Heure Bleue. 11/1-11/8.

    • March says:

      LHB vintage seems like a marvelous way to reward yourself for the challenge. :x I was eyeballing the bottle last night but am now leaning in another direction. I do agree that picking something you dislike doesn’t seem fair — you wouldn’t have chosen it as a signature scent.

    • hongkongmom says:

      u r one lucky dude…no agony for u in choosing!

  • FragrantWitch says:

    Pretty much de-lurking here to say ‘I am in!’. Before I wear myself out and overthink it, I will choose Czech & Speake #88 and I will start this scary challenge on Halloween…bwahhahaha…

    I can only guess what I will think of it at the end of the week!

  • Sally says:

    Maybe a Molinard? Maybe Feminite du Bois? Maybe Rose Oud? Ack….I need to get out more because this is really exciting March!

  • nozknoz says:

    Wow, March, you are really earning your pointy red horns with this challenge!

    Of course I did have signature scents back in the day, but I basically only wore them on dates and the like, not every day. I really doubt that I’ve EVER worn the same scent every day for a week – heck, I’m not even sure that I’ve ever worn the same scent all day (i.e., in the morning to go to work, after I get home and just want to smell something delicious, and as a relaxing scent to sleep with).

    Perhaps the closest I came recently was when Denyse organized the samples of Vamp a NY for a group test, and I needed to wear it repeatedly in order to be ready to submit my mini-review. It was an interesting experience, too, so I’m going to give this a try.

    AG was actually the first niche line I ever tried, thanks to an article about her in the long-defunct Connoisseur magazine. I think Heure Exquise is the most beautiful, and her Vetiver is probably my fav vetiver, which is saying a lot. I had the same experience as you with Songes, actually, and also see that as a lesson to give scents a chance.

    • March says:

      I’m glad to hear you’re going to play … it’s a struggle for me as well. My “signature scent” years were when I worked in an office and putting the perfume on was part of my morning routine. I look back and can’t believe I wore Poison and Coco to the office — put them on at 7:30 or 8 am, ya know? The idea makes me cringe now.

      Heure Exquise is getting tons of love on here today.

      • nozknoz says:

        Wow, Poison or Coco at 7:30 am. I hope that was before offices were replaced by cubicals and everyone stopped smoking. Really, they’ve just taken all the fun out of work! :D

        • March says:

          lol my summer internship years were spent at the old HHS building (formerly HEW) — the “health” arm of the govt, I worked down the hall from the Surgeon General’s office, etc. And tons of people smoked inside in that non-ventilated giant cube with non-opening windows. And it seemed perfectly normal.

  • Rappleyea says:

    Interesting challenge. I love the idea of not having to think about what to wear for a week, although I’ll probably wear myself out trying to figure out which scent to go with.

  • Geordan1244 says:

    Really not sure I could even go to 2, but I’ll think about it… :)

  • jenh says:

    Not to get too political, but only in a rich, industrialized country would this much debate take place regarding which luxury scent you plan to wear. As for me–I’ve built up a stash of Casaque so I’m not afraid of running out and will wear that daily.

  • odonata9 says:

    Hmm, not sure if I could do it. Will study my collection and see what looks good for a whole week of wear. Maybe Osmanthe Yunnan?

    And I too was a perfume monogamist back in the day, going through bottles one at a time: CK Escape, ck one, Chloe Narcisse, Diamonds & Sapphires, L’Eau D’Issey, Hugo Boss Woman, Versace Red Jeans, Azzura Azzara, Angel Innocent, and Acqua di Gio.

    Don’t have any FB of Annick Goutal, but love Le Chevrefeuille. It was an LE, I believe, so haven’t stumbled across a cheap bottle of that yet. Ninfeo Mio was nice, but a decant of that is doing me just fine.

  • Austenfan says:

    And forgot to add; I bought the Songes moon bottle discounted this summer. It’s such a beauty!

  • Austenfan says:

    Glad that you have come to like Songes. It’s my 2nd favourite of the ” Femme” Goutals. What GraindeMusc described as the Mama scents. My favourite being Heure Exquise. Songes to me is pure happiness in a bottle.

    Wearing only one perfume for a week does seem quite a challenge; I’ll probably opt for a safe option of wearing something that isn’t too demanding, like Merveilles or Eau d’ Eté.
    I might just go back to wearing Paris, YSL for a week, it was my signature scent for quite a while, and I still Love it.

    • March says:

      Boy, tons of Exquise fans on here, I didn’t know.

      Paris. Make me smile. I heart Paris, there are winter days when nothing else will do.

    • gator grad says:

      OOh. I love eau d’ete. And I just smelled the non-flanker eau de merveilles for the first time and found them remarkably similar.

      I think the new eau claire des merveilles would also be good for a week.

  • Carla says:

    I believe I won’t smell my perfume as much after one week, but we’ll see. I have absolutely no idea what I’ll choose. Maybe Bulgari Black; the awful weather day after day makes it just right. (I’m in Hamburg, Germany. It’s rainy, cold, and the days are short. But what do I do if we suddenly have a gorgeous sunny day?)

    • March says:

      Yes! That’s the weather challenge, we have the same problem here. But 20 years ago I had the same problem and coped somehow. I don’t know what we’ll do!

  • AnnieA says:

    When I went on vacation in August I only brought a little spray bottle of Vetiver Pour Elle. Two weeks of wearing only one perfume, despite being a lovely summer perfume, left me feeling quite deprived.:(|)

  • Robin says:

    “Aura of expensive naturalness” — so true, and also so true about DK “Pure”, which has an aura of inexpensive detergent.

  • Teri says:

    Hmmmm…..those scents I can imagine wearing for a solid week seem to be things I have in short supply. I’ll do some burrowing over the weekend. I’ll bet there are some forgotten scents in my inventory that would be thrilled to be the star of my olfactory show for an entire week.

    I’m a lover of big white florals, and Songes spoke to me right from the start. In fact, all the AGs I’ve tried have done, with the exception of Camille which smells like olives on me for some reason. Heure Exquise remains my favorite.

    • March says:

      You’re taking the angle I see as possible — some forgotten scent I loved early on and almost never wear now. I am sure I have plenty of those. :”>

      Only one or two of the AGs don’t work too well on me. Exquise is indeed exquisite.

    • DinaC says:

      Yeah, another vote for Heure Exquise! I wore it all day today and loved it. Funny, the last time I wore it, it was pouring rain, too. Now I’m going to think of it as my rainy day scent. That and Apres l’Ondee. :-)

  • Gretchen says:

    I’ll probably decline your challenge, especially with my local weather so changeable now, but on the other hand I’ve been loving Fidji so much recently that I know it would be my signature scent if I were to have one. Back in the day, my sig scent for years was Chloe, and before that, Aliage. White flowers have always appealed to me (obviously, with my Chloe credits!), so I need to try Songes someday.

  • Disteza says:

    Songes is a little too busom-heaving for me to really like it, but I’m in on the challenge. Can’t decide whether I’d prefer to go light and easy with something like Tea for 2 or Vetiver Tonka, or something more challenging. I’ll have to really think this one over–thanks for giving us the time to decide.

    • March says:

      Yes, I thought springing it on you with no prep time would force too many people to say, forget it. I hear you on the difficulty of deciding and FWIW have no idea at all what I’m going to do.

  • sweetlife says:

    Yay! So glad you came around to this one! Songes is how I learned I loved Big White Flowers, too. I really only like it in the EDP, though, so maybe that’s part of what made the difference for you? Lots more vanilla and sandalwood, less of the coconutty frangipani part.

    I don’t know if I’ll take you up on your challenge or not, M. I’ve done it many times before, but never deliberately. I made a kind of vow to myself, early on, that I would avoid the kind of rule-setting and restriction with perfume that I have too much of in the rest of my life. Of course, that itself is a kind of rule, but…I don’t know. We’ll see how if it feels right (peace finger emoticon, for that very New Agey statement).

    • Ann N. says:

      I just got back from Saks, which had pretty much the whole Annick Goutal line (Neiman’s here carries only 4 AG scents now), where I sprayed on the Songes EDT. It’s nice and I do like it, but didn’t get much in the way of big white flowers at all, mostly sandalwood, vanilla and amber. Maybe I need to sniff the EDP, but getting my mitts on that to try seems unlikely. I’ve always liked AG (specifically Les Nuits d’Hadrien, Eau de Camille and Encens Flamboyant) and felt that it was often an under-appreciated line, although I have been guilty of overlooking it myself sometimes.

      • March says:

        Our Saks has them all but Nordie is now down to Hadrien, Matin and Petite Cherie. Sad.

        • Ann N. says:

          Hi March, yep, it is sad. It looks like Saks may have the widest selection, although there were a good many available on the Bergdorf Goodman site as well. I chatted with a couple of the SAs at Saks about the situation (and you may know more about this). From what I could gather, the AG U.S. distributor had financial woes or went bankrupt or something, so there was a void for awhile, but one SA said she thought that Hermes had taken over the distributorship. They did have the Ninfeo Mio there at Saks, which they never even got at Neiman’s as far as I could tell, so am thinking that things must be somewhat back on track now.

    • March says:

      Maybe that’s what it is then, less coconutty tropical. Even at its finest it makes me think of BBW.

      Hey, do NOT feel pressure. It was more a thing I was going to do to myself to see what, if anything, interesting happened. Then I thought I would look for partners in crime. Feel free to stick to your usual routine and come laugh at us!

      • sweetlife says:

        I feel free! Actually, It’s been fun just to ponder what I would pick. My mind goes straight to all my spicy wood/incense frags: Fem du Bois (can totally imagine that for a week, and have done it before I think), Black Cashmere, Bois des Iles. Vintage Misty also a contender, in parfum. The first time I put it on, my exact thought was “Oh. Now I get it. I could wear this every day for the rest of my life…”

        What kills me is not the thought of choosing, but the idea of missing out on one of those great perfume/weather combos I love–a thick sweet thing like Attrape Couer in the first cold snap (due soon, here), or conversely, a white flower on one of our last humid days, or a green scent on a rainy fall day…etc. etc. I’m all about context.

  • jirish says:

    Funny that this challenge comes now that I’m finishing up a month of, almost exclusively, Chergui. I started when I started fostering a kitten that was so young he needed to be handfeed, thinking that it would be better for him if I didn’t smell different everyday. I bring him back to the adoption center tomorrow, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to wear Chergui again without thinking of the darling orange tabby who still tries to nurse on my neck!

  • Meliscents says:

    The challenge might actually make the mornings less stressful! I’m not sure how much time I waste staring at the mass quantity of bottles just trying to decide what will work for the day. I will have to ponder this evening what I can be happy with for a whole week. WOW! And I thought math was hard.

  • Aparatchick says:

    I’m in, but I don’t think I can be master of my perfume domain, so I’ll probably be out by day 2.

    What to try? Many of my favorites are fine for a day or maybe two, but after that would be Just Too Much. My wallpaper scents would be boring for a week. Some possibilities: Ava Luxe No. 23, Coromandel, Philosykos, or 31 Rue Cambon. Theorema might work, but all I have left is a small decant which I’m hoarding.

  • Bee says:

    31 rue Cambon for a week should be possible, an ideal autumn scent, the bottle is enormous, it’s versatile enough for work and social events in the evening (but really, not even a whiff of a sample?)

  • Tiara says:

    I’m with tania — thankful you didn’t make it a “come as you are” event since I’m testing several different things today.

    Songes is in my top 5 and this summer I wore it in hot weather after reading a post by Angela at NST. Songes was wonderful in the heat and I kicked myself for missing out for not trying it sooner. The EDP wears much closer to my skin than the EDT.

    The temps have been so up and down here that we’ve used the A/C and furnace within the same week. Had quite the storm blow through here yesterday with much needed rain. I need to think my way through the weather issue as well when deciding.

    • March says:

      Maybe I got some Songes EdP up my nose? You’re the second person who finds it wearing much closer than the EdT.

      We did the heat/AC here too! Now I just have it off. It was almost 80 today, which is absurd for this area in late October.

  • Malena says:

    You should have come with this challenge a few months ago :-D Back in summer I wore Carnal Flower for about 4 weeks (or even more) straight *gasps* I really couldn’t get enough of it! Sometimes I’d even mix it with a few sprays of Jardin des Bagatelles.
    Now my bottle’s more than half empty!

    When I bought it about 2 years ago, I regretted the purchase almost immediately & never wore it. Back then I wasn’t into white florals at all, but at the end of last year this began to change ( no idea why) & now I love tuberose, jasmine, gardenia – the stronger the better. Songes (EdP) is a favourite of mine, too, & I see a FB purchase in my near future…

    At the moment I’m a little undecided what to wear for a whole week, but I think it’ll be something from Guerlain. Even though I’m not entirely sure which one. But there’s still enough time to figure it out!

    • March says:

      Isn’t that great about your change of heart on the CF? You just had to let it hang around. Can’t wait to see what everyone picks.

  • Mals86 says:

    I’M IN! The first thing that sprang to mind was my sweetie Mariella Burani – seasonless and weightless, not too big, not too weird, very comforting to me personally without being one of those jammies-and-bunny-slippers sort of things I never wear out of the house.

    If I had a bigger sample, I could wear Iris Poudre every day. If the weather were colder, I could wear Champagne de Bois for a week. If my Vega and La Myrrhe decants weren’t so darn pricey and special, I could wear either one of those for a week. I could also happily wear Le Temps d’une Fete every day for a week in this weather. (Insert chin-in-hand emoticon here… I’m seeing an AldeHo pattern here, except for LTdF.)

    If it wouldn’t put me so far behind on my sample testing, I’d do the One Perfume Every Day for a Week challenge all though November. It might free up perfume decision time for NaNoWriMo!

    • Mals86 says:

      Cuir de Lancome, I could wear THAT every day for a week too. Need another bottle before they all go away – even with all the scents I own, I notice that Cuir and LTdF are starting to get low in the bottle.

      Man, now I am feeling lucky that I have access to stuff that I love enough to wear for a week straight. (Or think I love enough. I realize the goal is to find out what happens when I actually do wear something for a week…)

      • March says:

        Oooh, I vote for the Cuir. That seems like an excellent choice, I was considering it as well as BdI… but I haven’t browsed the shelves yet.

  • donanicola says:

    I second Joe’s query – is sampling in the evening allowed? Goodness only knows what I’d pick but Bulgari Black springs to mind as a strong contender. I love Songes. Was wary of its power until I discovered the EDP wears closer to the skin so I’m not self conscious when I wear it. The EDT is RADIANT. I’m in love with a particular type of jasmine which I sniffed alot in Turkey this year and want to find out what variety it is (it had bigger more fleshy petals than the pretty English version I’m used to) and Songes is the closest to that type I’ve found. I agree with you about its setting though, that lovely frangipani and smokey vanilla base. This was the year of the white flowers for sure :d

    • March says:

      Nope! No sampling in the evening! LMAO you guys and what part of ONE SCENT did I make unclear! It’s just freaking inconceivable, isn’t it? I’m not sure how I’ll do it either.

  • kathleen says:

    I love Songes edp, as well. Sillage monster! I spritzed, came downstairs and said to Don, come have a whiff. He said, from the other side of the room, I don’t have to, I can smell you from here.

    There is some vintage Shalimar, coming to my house, this week. It’s possible that I can rise to the challenge, with this little gem.

  • Abyss says:

    Fun challenge! I’m not averse to wearing the same scent on consecutive days but I find that by day 4 or so I can’t smell it on any more past the initial hour so I have no choice but to rotate (that’s my excuse and sticking to it)

    Still, count me in. I’m going with Bandit! :d 7 whole days of heavenly bitter green leather with a hint of dirty hair.

  • Bev says:

    Much to my surprise I’ve worn Le Maroc Pour Elle for three days running. I’ve never worn only one fragrance, even when I first started wearing perfume. But I do like Andy Tauer scents.

  • Melissa says:

    Looking anxiously around my bottle and decant collection… Yes, there are a few that I could easily love for a week, but they are the ones that are either ridiculously expensive or increasingly hard to find. Like my beloved Quand Vient La Pluie or my little bit of vintage Apres L’Ondee parfum. Gulp. Not happening. If the weather would cooperate (as in, get a bit colder) I’d just spritz on some easy-to-wear amber-laden or gourmand fall scent. Like a Profumum. Ambre Aurea or Dulcis in Fundo come to mind. But it’s been nearly 80 degrees here! I can’t believe that I’m begging for cold weather.

  • DinaC says:

    I haven’t sniffed many AGs, but my favorite is Heure Exquise. Love it. In fact, I think I’ll wear it today. I liked Ninfeo Mio, but not enough to buy a bottle.

    I used to do the signature scent for many, many years. Starting back in junior high school, the progression went like this: Jontue, Flora Danica, Lauren, Arpege, and Chanel No. 19. So, sticking to one scent for a week shouldn’t be too bad.

    I think I’ll pick Bois des Iles, ’cause I love it in fall/winter, and I’ve got the monster 200 ml bottle, so there’s no danger of running out! My plan is to start my week on Monday, Nov. 1.

    • Tara says:

      That’s a great idea. I have a 200 ml bottle of Beige and Sycomore. Maybe I’ll pick one of those just to make a dent in that big honker of a bottle!

    • March says:

      Dang. I was considering BdI but now wonder if I should pick something else? It seems like such a good choice. Actually, any of the Exclusifs I like would work.

      • DinaC says:

        March, I think it would be great to have more than one person wear BdI for a week, kind of like in a science experiment. We could see if one of us got sick of it, or if we both still loved it, if we found it always felt “right” and suited the weather, etc. Do it! Do it! Do it! (nothing like peer pressure!?!) Do it! Do it! Do it!:-)

        • March says:

          Well, it’s on my list… five things. I think I’ll testdrive them to see which one seems most promising for a week!

  • tania says:

    Frak! What would I choose???
    I’m such a perfume tart, I can’t even be true to one for an entire day.:o

    I’m so glad you didn’t make it more ‘interesting’ by saying ‘You have to start now, and it has to be what you’re wearing today!’ Because Soap & Glory #2, though a pleasant enough thing, is not week-worthy….

    • Masha says:

      Well, I have to wear a new one with every outfit, and what works in the morning won’t work in the evening, right? And what works with blue silk doesn’t go with black wool, does it?

    • March says:

      Lord, I couldn’t have done it. I was already wearing something unfortunate when I wrote the post! And I wanted to give people time to ease into the idea, work around planned sniffage etc.

      • tania says:

        That’s good. :)

        Well, one thing’s for sure, sticking to a single ‘fume for a week will speed up my morning routine! I might even catch that elusive 8.28 train.

        I’m thinking a Guerlain. Not Shalimar or Mitsy, too much for work (it’s a small office). Maybe Attrape Coeur…… though I have an urge to hoard it since it’s discontinued…

  • jen says:

    What a challenge. I guess I will not pick secretions magnifiques as a dare or something.

    I can’t say I have ever worn only one for more than 2 days in a row.

    In any case, I am in for the challenge. When do we start?

  • Winifreida says:

    I went –whaaart tf, no way etc….then I saw someone write ‘criminy’, and just maybe I can wear the swoon-inducing death defying wonderful Tubereuse Criminelle…BUT …I can only get decants…I Could Not Bear to ever run out of this other-worldly wonder…like Mitsouko, as I trawl ‘bay worrying about my vintage bottle of extrait…I’ve been holding off putting another few mls into a sprayer.What if another vintage bottle never shows up!!!
    I’ve had to have a big heart to heart with myself regarding my love affair for three decades with the Big M – she was like my twilight self, only came out at night on wild hunts, stargazing, and galaxy cruising battles, I’ve had to admit…light little things like Fidji, Ysatis, Paris, Caleche, Diorissimo, Bal a Versailles, Tabu, O d lancome were my quiet daytime frags back in the day (!?!)

    • Ann N. says:

      Hi March, great but challenging post! You are SOOO tough on us :)
      Not sure what I will wear, but as it’s still hot here in ATL but turning cooler this weekend, I had better choose with care. My new love is Amouage Memoir for women but temps are so warm now that I fear it will do me in.
      And a big hello to Winifreida and thanks for the mention of Ysatis. Man, did I love her back in the day; definitely a rich, plush scent. Will have to revisit soon although I’m pretty sure there’s been some reformulation.

      • Dante's Bra says:

        I’ve been sooooo into Ysatis the past few months– it’s the poor girl’s Carnal Flower. Best if you just doot it on your wrists rather than spray, she ain’t shy. There was a reformulation, it’s boring, but you can still find the older one on the ‘bay.

      • March says:

        Ysatis. All these Ysatis lovers, I had no idea.

    • audreylicious says:

      Ha! That was another decided factor for the this week: No decants or samples lest I run out! Had to be a bottle…..a full bottle, no less.

  • Louise says:

    Nononononono! I cannot do this…but will, for you, darling March, and the Advancement of Science.

    I think my best choice would be Un Bois Vanille-so easy to wear, always pleases, no torture to it. But-I’ll be in the mountains for 3 days, scentless to keep the bugs away, and must include those days in my week of monogamy.

    I wore Opium for “occasions” into college, then some Lapidus for a couple of years, then Guess in the twisty bottle, then baby spit-up, then Datura Noir. I am thinking I had a few “scents on the side” during those steady years…

    Songes is lovely-on anyone but me ; (

    • March says:

      Muwahahahaha. Bois Vanille seems like an excellent choice, doesn’t it? And I hope to see you soon!

    • gator grad says:

      Too funny. I was thinking of UBV as a potential too (it’s comfy, work safe, decent sillage and not annoying after multiple wears).

      I think that this is one of the better potential choices for a sig scent, too.

  • sara says:

    okay I’m in! All Chergui, all the time. well 7 days worth of all the time :d

    not a fan of big white florals but you’ve got me wanting to retry Songes. You persuader you!

    • March says:

      You know, Chergui is mentioned several times in this thread. I think, more than any other scent (at least as an option.) Had no idea it was so beloved.

  • Fiordiligi says:

    I wore Shalimar for YEARS – never mind a week!

    OK, I’ll do Ode a la Vanille to really get to know it. It has to be a Guerlain for me to wear it all week (even though this is a “modern” one).

    Not a Goutal fan at all I’m afraid. I so wanted to like the scents but they really do nothing for me.

    • Winifreida says:

      OOOh I’m on the hunt for the Ode V Shalimar, may be a chance this weekend as daughter is off to a city where they might have it, unsniffed but what the heck…
      Goutal, hmmm, Songes is the only one so far that really floats my boat, although I am considering Ninfeo Mio as FB as I think its a lovely version of the fig-green-water-garden idea.It does not hit anything jarring in the genre to my nose, although I also adore the E d Italie Au Lac too.

    • March says:

      Is this the first time vanilla popped up? I’m surprised.

  • hongkongmom says:

    What a fun challange…I accept, when do we start? I have no idea what to choose…champagne de bois, boise de isle, eau premiere,christian lacroix tumulte homme or something challenging…borneo, jubilation 25, mitsy????

  • Francesca says:

    wow, how to choose? I’ve been getting raves at work from both men and women for the Noir Epices I’ve worn a few times recently; but I don’t think it’ll be that. I think I have a candidate, though– something I can wear to the office and then sex up a bit by a slightly heavier application if I go out at night. It’ll be a fave, but not one of my weak in the knees faves– where I sit at my computer with my wrist to my nose, or my nose down my sweater going ilovethisilovethisilovethis.
    Fun challenge, March. I look forward to reading the reports.

    • March says:

      The office challenge is always tricky — limits your choices … although you were wearing PIM to the office, so never mind. 😉

  • Wordbird says:

    I’m in for the challenge too – actually I seem to have been reaching for one scent over and over again in the last month – Andy Tauer’s Un Rose Chypree. And a tiny bottle of Ava Luxe’s Mousse de Chene is always in my handbag. I’ll have to choose between them, but I don’t think it will actually be that hard to take a break from all the decision-making.

    Oh – but no way can I start until Saturday because I”mm meeting a pair of perfumistas on Friday for a sniffa.
    That’s kind of like breaking your diet for a birthday, right? :)

  • sariah says:

    All scents make my butt look big.

    I accept your challenge. I will wear only Chergui this week.

    I heart Songes, wear it often in the summer. Will have to give it a spin in cooler weather.

    • March says:

      Hey there! Call me if you’re back! I’ll meet you wherever. Chergui seems like a good choice. And Songes in summer? Sigh, I want a bottle.

  • Joe says:

    Uhhhhhm. (((GULP))) We’re still allowed to sample little dabs of this and that, like, after we get home at night and stuff… right?!

    Actually, it’s funny you posted this, because just today I was thinking about trying to wear a new love for a few days straight because it is sooooooooooooooo yummy. I’m keeping it a secret for now.

    I might try it for a week, but when my Ode a la Vanille is delivered, all bets are off!!!!

    As for Songes, I have a vial somewhere (what don’t I have a vial of somewhere?) but I don’t have any read on it in my memory so I’ll have to try it sometime. I do love Jasmine Full though. And speaking of white flowers, a little while ago I put on a spritz of Carnal Flower — the first time in several months — and damn have I forgotten just how good this is.

    • Joe says:

      By the way, I was probably a signature scent wearer from high school up until about 4-5 years ago, though for several years (94-97 and 2001-2006) I only occasionally wore fragrance. My chronological lineup included:
      – Original RL Polo
      – YSL Jazz (I’ve been dying to smell this again for years)
      – Kouros (love this but seriously can’t believe I wore it daily… even to the office!)
      – Armani (Eau pour Homme)
      – Grey Flannel
      – Aramis Tuscany
      – Tommy
      – Acqua di Gio (I still have half a 100ml bottle)

    • March says:


      [-x [-( 8-x (~~)

      Wait … what’s that pumpkin doing there?

      You can do it. And if you can’t it will still be funny. BTW I feel the same way about Carnal Flower. I wear it so seldom and when I do, I think, why do I not wear this more often? Stunning. Probably my favorite white flower frag.

      • Joe says:

        “No Sampling” is pushing this further and further into theoretical territory. :D

        • March says:

          Hehe c’mon Joe you can do it!

        • gator grad says:

          For real!

          No sampling?! My bottle of the new PdN arrives late on Monday. It’s an blind unsniffed FB purchase. That means I either have to take the plunge, wear nothing on Monday morning to work, hope the bottle arrives and wear that unsniffed blind purchase for a week! What if it’s a dud!?

    • Mals86 says:

      “What don’t I have a vial of somewhere?” LOL.

      Carnal Flower is stunning. My decant is languishing, probably because white florals are off the current rotation – I won’t want them again until December or so.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Gosh, that sounds hard. I’ll try, but no guarantees. I think I’ll try something I have a lot of and haven’t worn enough lately…maybe Eau Première, though something more fall-like (Fumerie Turque?) might be more satisfying. I’ll tell you what it was at the end of the week!

  • audreylicious says:

    De-lurking to say ‘You’re on’ although this is probably going to be one of the hardest decisions EVER. Almost as hard (or maybe harder?) than picking out my children’s names. A whole week? Criminy.
    OK, what shall it be? Think…..think……what could span every emotion for a whole week. Hmm. I’m leaning towards Vanille Galante or Daim Blonde (I’m moving next week and the moving company won’t pack my perfume for me so it’s already packed… available bottles to choose from so it’ll make it easier to pick). Will verify tomorrow and am curious to see the outcome of this fiendish experiment.

    • Winifreida says:

      hey speaking of Criminy….

    • March says:

      Hey, thanks for delurking! See, this is what I love about these weird challenges already — you delurked, AND you’ve given a great insight into your choice — something not yet packed! Which is just as good a way of choosing as any other, IMO.

    • audreylicious says:

      Thanks! Well, after rummaging through the non-sealed box (containing 40 decants, a bottle of Eclat D’Arpege, Hermessences, and Morgane Le Fay Blue, Daim Blonde, and Fille en Aiguilles plus the ‘winner’) I decided to go for *drumroll*
      Balmain Ivoire.
      Why? Because I have a cold and am afraid that I’ll go too heavy handed on many. Ivoire always just gets a single spray. Ivoire is one that I like but don’t love, it’ll be interesting to see how I feel about it by the end of the week.

      • Musette says:

        Can’t wait to hear how that plays out!

        Here’s a question: how much space in your car/suv/truck will your entire perfume collection take up? I am afraid to consider mine own…

        xo >-)

        • audreylicious says:

          Well, I have five large priority mail boxes completely filled, plus 3 small priority mail boxes, plus one priority mail box filled with decants, and three large craft boxes filled with samples. I’m good at purging what I don’t want anymore so the stash grows and shrinks. Right now it’s in an upward trend.

      • March says:

        See, I wish my decision were that easy! Maybe I’ll just stick my hand in the closet with my eyes closed.

  • tmp00 says:

    I’m always happy to read AG getting some love since I am also a fan-boy.

    But asking me to wear the same scent for a week is almost like asking me to wear the same underwear.

    Which I guess makes me a perfumisto..

    • Masha says:

      That’s exactly what I thought! “Like wearing the same underwear for a week, no can do!” Too funny.
      Love the Songes! But my favorite white floral is that Vamp NY thingy- I’m long out of my sample, and I can’t find a bottle anywhere, seems to have disappeared to an alternate universe….

    • March says:

      Whose stupid idea was this, anyway? I am considering it in the sober light of day and feeling like an idiot. How will I choose? The underwear might be easier, actually.

      • Masha says:

        You can always amp it up by making it, “Wear the skankiest perfume in your collection for a week!” Then people can tell their stories a week later….bwahhaha

        • March says:

          Urk. I can’t decide whether to go with a “classic” or something safe. Something safe feels like cheating. Hm.

          • Musette says:

            yes, it is. So don’t. You have huevos aplenty. Hoist ’em up and pick something interesting – not TOO interesting, tho. We don’t want you afraid to go to the grocery store. But I chose Diorella. It’s gorgeous…but it’s not ‘safe’.

            xo >-)

  • violetnoir says:

    Oh geez! I used to believe in perfume monogamy. I wore the heck out of Caleche for over a year, then Apres L’Ondee (when you could still buy it at NM or Saks), L’eau d’Issey, Calyx, Angel, Lolita Lempicka. All one at a time, then we would break up, and I would go to the next best fragrance.

    How did I do that??? I think I could commit for a week, but I am feeling too much anxiety to decide exactly which fragrance to choose. When do we have to decide which fragrance to wear for a week?

    Oh yeah, you were posting about Songes. I love Songes, especially in the EdP. I love AG fragrances. Maybe I will pick an AG fragrance, because they are so seamless and easy to wear. Even Eau du Fier is easy for me to wear.


    • March says:

      You have until next Monday to get started, we’ll meet up on Monday November 8. I have no idea what to pick!

      Songes, I thought of you, I remember you saying how much you liked it. I can’t quite believe I didn’t, for so long … the Annick Goutals would be an easy choice, wouldn’t they? And I have several. Perhaps I’ll pick something I haven’t worn in awhile.

  • Mary says:

    Funny– I just had a week where I wore an old favorite every day, morning and night, and loved it more every day. I’m taking a couple days off from it due to traveling, and not having a suitable bottle for the suitcase. But now, I’m eager to go back to it, and I’ll play next week after two (count ’em) weeks of one pretty much exclusive scent. I play with samples sort of compulsively–I hope that doesn’t count as a rule violation. Songes– I haven’t smelled it, but I like your description of it as being constructed like the Nuit de Tubereuse– which I loved all summer. I have a sample vial of the Montale Jasmine, which is a pretty incredible and rich fragrance, a little too big and scary for me so far. Maybe someday I will have the noive. I generally love jasmine in perfumes best when it is blended with other notes, so that it only peaks out and breathes “jasmine” every now and then. I have an old bottle of Crepe de Chine which is sort of like that– a delicate hit of jasmine.
    That Montale hollers “JAZZMAN!”:)>-

    • March says:

      I think the Montale has jasmine and orange blossom for that extra-ripe kick in the teeth. I love it, but I am careful when and where I choose to wear it. And that’s a good point about Songes — it made me appreciate the jasmine more in concert with other notes.

      If you can do two weeks of one scent you win my admiration.

  • Daniela says:

    Ayyy.. one scent for a whole week? How will I choose one that goes with work, after work play, and Halloween!? :((

    Alright. I commit to wearing Eau des Merveilles for one week. I recently purchased a generous decant of it, and it’s time to see whether this Merveilles obsession is true love or just a crush. Are we starting as of tomorrow? Can we start Thursday? I want to rock my Chergui tomorrow, it goes with my outfit… :”>

    • March says:

      MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8 is the day we will discuss.

      That gives everyone until NEXT Monday to make up their minds.

      Merveilles seems like a winning choice, I could wear that for a week.

  • helenviolette says:

    Ack! This is a tough challenge. I don’t think I have worn the same thing two days in a row since Nuit de Tubereuse this summer (we were hot steamy lovers for weeks it seems- and you are right- there was a time when I went years spraying the same thing daily- seems odd…As for Songes- I must revisit- the only memory I have is testing it a long time ago and thinking “very WEIRD and kinda good”

    • March says:

      It is kinda weird, but I would say that (in a stealthy way) about several AGs. They are weirder than they seem at first. They often have herbal, vegetal or some sort of bitter undernote.

      I thought about NdT for the challenge but don’t think I can pull it off for a week. Although the decant is sitting right here and boy, it smells great.

      • helenviolette says:

        I am sure I had trysts with others during the NdT affair. I could not do NdT for a week at the moment. I chose Le Labo Iris this morning- bc I wanted to wear a decant that hasn’t gotten enough love- we will see. I may stray :)

        • Musette says:

          That is my only Le Labo love – Iris 39. Not sure I could hack a week of it, though.. if you do, you absolutely MUST report back, pleeeease?

          xo >-)

          • DinaC says:

            I love this one, too. I’ve got through a couple of generous samples of it and need to order more. It’s good stuff. Love that rooty, carroty iris. :-)

          • sharyl says:

            LL Iris 39 — a major love of mine. And strange, it is my ONLY iris scent love. I do not like any other iris scents that I have tried.

          • Musette says:

            Shelley and I have had this discussion several times – seems I am largely anosmic to iris scents that are actually ‘iris’ – but Iris 39, according to LT/TS is “not iris” (I forget what he said it was). Ditto Bas des Soie, which is similar, though a bit chillier. So far, those are the only two iris scents I love – and the easiest for me to actually smell.

            xo >-)

  • Occhineri says:

    I used to be a serial monogamist: No.5, Coco, Rush, Hanae Mori (shudders) & Gucci Eau Parfum. After that, all bets were off. I’m not sure if I can stick with one for a week, but I’ll think about it.

    When Songes first came out, I got a sample; I liked it, but my DH deemed it “churchy,” as in something his aunts would wear to church. I haven’t tried it since.

  • Furriner says:

    I guess it’s cheating if I choose one that I wore every day in the olden days, huh?

  • taffynfontana says:

    Im in for a full week I will have to choose wisely. When do we start?

    • March says:

      MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8. I just updated the post. This should give everyone a chance to psych themselves up and pick something … seemed too cruel to demand everyone start today.

      • Tara says:

        I’ll need all that time to decide!!! I won’t be easy. Should I do a difficult perfume and see where it takes me or an easy one and enjoy the ride for a week? Now that I think about it, a weeks is a long, long time in perfume-world!

        • March says:

          Well, yes. These are the sorts of heavy questions weighing on us, I need more coffee … and a thoughtful scent … 😕

        • Musette says:


          Clarifying here – we start 1 November. We meet back here to discuss on Monday 8 November. Right, March?

          xo >-)

          • March says:

            You can start any time you want, but you have to start BY next Monday at the LATEST if you’re going to get in 7 days before 11/8.

      • Erin T says:

        I’m going to start next Monday, Nov. 1 instead, if that’s okay. I have a testing/ coffee date the following week and need a post for the third week of November.

        • March says:

          Of course! I tried to build in some extra time so people could have some flexibility, should have made that clearer. As long as you start by next Monday you can fit a week in.

  • Erin T says:

    Interesting – I’ve had this exact same sequence of events occur with Songes. I really disliked it when it came out and figured I was a Philistine, since everybody else seemed to love it. I kept the sample around, trying it every year or so, waiting for the lightning to strike. I tried it again just a few weeks ago and suddenly thought it smelled pretty darn good. I was sampling a bunch of stuff at the time, and haven’t gone back yet to do a skin test, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I really liked it now. I’ve done a similar trajectory to you on white florals, so I guess it’s not too surprising.

    Really? A whole week? Would this be a full seven days or just the work week? (Says the current stay-at-home mom…) I’ll give it a shot, I guess. What do you plan to wear?

    • March says:

      Oh! You too, eh? It must be the white florals thing. It’s hard to believe now, but I couldn’t really understand the love at all… Carnal Flower was my gateway drug.

      Seven Days, Baby. Seven Days. And I don’t know what I plan to wear! No doubt I will overthink it…

      • Erin T says:

        Last time I checked I was still afraid of Carnal Flower – it was that weird juicy half-green, half-floral note at the beginning that seemed simultaneously prim and hysterical/shrill. But I haven’t tried it recently – the top note would likely appeal to me more now – and I never gave the drydown a chance.

        I have already overthought it. I’m see-sawing wildly between something seasonal that I already love and wear all the time (Nicolai Pour Homme, Etro Shaal Nur, Chanel 31 Rue Cambon, Donna Karan Fuel For Men, Rochas Byzance, Caron Pour Un Homme) and something I don’t wear often enough (Kenzo Ca Sent Beau, Bulgari Black, L’Artisan Timbuktu, AG Passion). I’m also scaring myself with challenging potential choices: Arabie! Kouros! Ubar! Enlevement au Serail! It’ll probably be one of those first ten. *sigh*

        • Musette says:

          Erin, I know what you mean about CF – but that top note leaps off fast and becomes this sultry, spicy-green note, with no hint of shrillness. At least that’s how it’s playing to me.

          I gave the 7 Days concept some 😕 and, as Alexander says to his father, Worf “I accept your challenge”. I’ll even go one better – it won’t be Mitsouko. How’s that for challenging! I will have to come up with something…. I’m thinking Miss Dior (vintage) or Diorella (contemporary).

          your thoughts?

          xo >-)

          • Erin T says:

            Diorella would be great for you, and oh so challenging for me. I don’t have the bearing to properly pull off Diorella, I’ve always thought. You don’t mess around with a woman in Diorella.

          • Musette says:

            oh, I dunno….:-? you are slight in stature but you have a charming-fierce thing going that I like a lot! (that’s a compliment, btw 😀 But I do think you’re right – Diorella requires some heft. And baby, I gots da heft!

            I think I will go with your recommendation and accept the challeng – I shall wear nothing but Diorella, starting Monday. I will be wearing Cuir de Lancome this weekend for the Percheron Congress – I don’t think they’d be up for Diorella and that’s a whole lotta horse snot if they’re upset, y’know?

            xo >-)

        • March says:

          Hee hee! I’m really enjoying reading people’s tortured thought processes. Of course I won’t be laughing when it’s time for *me* to decide.

  • Musette says:

    Quit beating up on Fracas! She is a delicate, fairylike little thing and her feelings are easily bruised. In fact, I’m wearing Her right now and it’s a very retiring scent, only wafting into the next county, rather than the next state!

    I admit to not having done much with the Goutals, which I always confused with ….with what? 😕 – this is just weird. Somehow this whole line just drifted in and out of my consciousness! Looking on the website, it seems I’ve tried 70% of them…and don’t remember any except Hadrien (and that’s because I remember it as a summer-citrus thingy)

    huh. must revisit.

    xo >-)

    • rosarita says:

      I hear ya on the Goutals – nothing memorable for me, either. But darling Musette, I had to let you know that I found your brownie recipe the other day (the ChiChocolate Sensation one) and realized I’d not tried them. ATM I’m obsessed w/dark chocolate & sea salt, so that’s the version I made. They were perfection, so much so that I had to take the pan to work to avoid late night brownie gorging and ebay shopping; a deadly combination (not that I’d know…..) Thanks!

      • March says:

        Gah. Those brownies. I keep resisting the urge to make them, just thinking about it brings on a migraine — I had no restraint whatsoever, they are amazing.

      • kate says:

        My food antennae are quivering madly – dark chocolate and sea salt brownies?! May I beg a re-post of the recipe?

    • March says:

      Wow, it’s 80 degrees here this morning, my dad says it’s the remnants of a terrible midwest storm. Did you get hit?

      Fracas HAS no feelings. She is Quing.

      Annick Goutal (Passion) I loved even before I loved perfume.

      • Tara says:

        Annick Goutal Passion was my first perfume love. I still adore it! The Goutals are very special in a personal kind of way.

      • Musette says:

        Rosarita – I’m so glad you made (and enjoyed) those. They are incredible, aren’t they?

        March – I told Fracas what you said….:-w

        she’s on her way over to your house. I’d hide if I were you!

        We got our lunches et with that storm. We still have the wind gusts – 45mph+! what a howl. Luckily a – hang on, Must Stalk Tractor

        ok, I’m back. heck! I forgot what I was going to say.


        xo >-)