Scent Diary, Feb. 13-19, 2012

Perfume Collection

Monday, Feb. 13: Grocery shopping today. Wrote some on the novel. SOTD: Vintage (1980s) Coty La Rose Jacqueminot on one wrist, Teo Cabanel Early Roses on the other. I was thinking that I needed some more Early Roses because my decant is getting low, but honestly, I just love Parfums de Rosine Rose d’Ete so much for a quiet girly soft rose – I don’t really need anything else in that line. I really need to pare down my collection, pass the stuff I don’t wear on to people who would love it. La Rose Jacqueminot, of which I have a mini, is one of those things. I think it’s terrific, but I never wear it.

Tuesday, Feb. 14: SOTM: a smidge of SSS Velvet Rose on one thumb. Man, that’s some powerful stuff. SOTAfternoon & Evening: By Kilian Rose Oud. I had planned on wearing Liaisons Dangereuses and then Lumiere Noire pour femme, but I picked up Rose Oud thinking it was LD, and Rose Oud is just so darn nice that I couldn’t be bothered switching at that point. We had a nice family meal, baked chicken with ham and provolone and basil, and roast potatoes and green beans, and Chocolate Truffle Pie with strawberries. Yum. The kids watched an edited-for-TV showing of Star Trek (the 2009 movie with Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine, Karl Urban and Zoe Saldana) with us. Gave The CEO a large decant of Gres Cabaret, which is awesome on him, all spicy-musky.

Wednesday, Feb. 15: Testing more Top 20 Bestselling US scents today: Angel, Sensuous Nude, Wonderstruck. I want to shake Taylor Swift – Wonderstruck is awful, sweet and fruity and floral-musky, all adding up to really Boring. Honestly, why did she bother with this? She has such sound fashion sense (or at least sound taste in stylists).

Hey, have you seen that newest video of hers, “Safe & Sound”? It’s connected to The Hunger Games film, and the both the video and the music are eerie, haunting, sad, and lovely. It’s all very Appalachian, and I should know. Also, have you seen the trailer for The Hunger Games itself? I’ve seen that several times now on TV, and every time I sigh a little: that blue-green mountain scenery, it looks so much like home. I have no idea where it was filmed, but I’d be surprised if it wasn’t somewhere in western NC. I know it wasn’t in Virginia, because I’d have heard, but it wasn’t far from here. ** Note: I just went and Googled it, and yep, filmed in North Carolina, just south of Charlotte.

Angel will NOT leave me alone. Gah. Monster headache.

Thursday, Feb. 16: Tried Dior Addict on skin, and wow, is that ugly: you combine soapy orange blossom and chocolate-vanilla-patchouli, and I am almost guaranteed to hate it. It was even uglier than the notes suggest, I’m afraid. People buy this? Really awful community chorus rehearsal tonight, too. SOTEvening, post-rehearsal: Black Orchid Voile de Fleur. Watched the first three episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” – what a hilarious show this is, and how glad I am that it’s in reruns now. I swear, I went to college with all these guys, or at least with guys just like them. They were my friends. Geeks rock.

Friday, Feb. 17: SOTM: various samply things. SOTD: Chamade, vintage eau de toilette. My bottle’s bit wonky up top and smells like nail polish remover. After ten minutes, it’s all good. Worked on the practice dress, did some straightening up, etc. Boring day. Watched “Gnomeo and Juliet” with the boys, and then “The Help” with The CEO after they went to bed.

Saturday, Feb. 18: SOTMorning: By Kilian Love, which got thumbs down from everybody in the house. “Chocolate!” said The CEO. “I don’t like that much,” said Gaze. “That is awful,” said Bookworm. Hmm. I didn’t think it was all that bad, but it was boring. Thing is about these By Kilians, they don’t morph. I hesitate to call them linear, but they do smell somewhat consistent throughout. Love smells mostly to me of marshmallow and jasmine, and I didn’t enjoy it much either.

The CEO’s sister E came for a visit with her kids, and we enjoyed seeing them. We had planned to go to my parents’ house for a birthday dinner for my brother and his wife, whose birthdays were the 14th and 16th respectively, but they’re supposed to get snow and were worried about getting home in time for S to get to work on Monday, so the plans were put off a week. I’m sure E is here because The CEO’s father’s birthday would have been on the 15th, and she’s been thinking about him. This was the first birthday since he died last spring, and my mother-in-law is missing him.

SOTAfternoon: By Kilian Amber Oud, which just showed up today in the mailbox (I “liked” By Kilian on Facebook, and they sent out samples to all FB friends, how nice). I’ll probably give this one a full review, or perhaps do mini-reviews for all the By Kilians I’ve tried.

Snow SceneSunday, Feb. 19: Snow! Finally, it looks like we’re going to get some that sticks. We did go to early church and get home before the roads got bad. SOTD: By Kilian Incense Oud, which is a little austere for my personal taste, so I put a drop of SSS Velvet Rose on top, hoping for something a little like Rose Oud. It’s not quite right, but not bad either. Built a lovely fire and watched videos with the fam this afternoon. SOTEvening: Alahine.

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8 Responses to Scent Diary, Feb. 13-19, 2012

  1. Zazie says:

    It looks like you had a rose-scented week! How nice!
    I am usually not very fond of rose perfumes (while I’m in awe of the scented flowers), but a few days ago I received a sample of Lady Vengeance and I liked the combination of rose+vanilla. I’m not sure if I love LV (there is something “icky” in the top notes, and probably too much patchouli), but I immediately thought about your love for rose fragrances and wanted to ask your advice on soft rose-vanilla perfumes à la LV to try. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • mals86 says:

      I have not tried Lady Vengeance! So sorry, I can’t suggest fragrances LIKE LV. However, for rose-vanilla in general I do have some suggestions: Tocade. Or Montale White Aoud – lots of rose, a bit of saffron, smidgen of (the classic band-aid Montale) oud, lots of fluffy vanilla. I’ve heard people rave about Hilde Soliani CioccoRossissimo, too – though I do not like chocolate in perfume. PdR Rose Kashmirie? Or PG Brulure de Rose? Clarins Par Amour is nice, though I think it’s more rose-sandalwood than rose-vanilla. The sandalwood’s pretty sweet (my daughter has a bottle I found at TJ Maxx for $15). I would say Une Rose Vermeille, but I seem to remember that you did not like that at all… I forget, do you like Parfum Sacre? It’s not just rose-vanilla, but those are in there.

      Hmm. I just went to Fragrantica, and looks like Lady Vengeance has a strong patchouli note. So I did a search over there for rose+vanilla+patchouli, and a couple of things came up: Yves Rocher Rose Ispahan, Tom Ford Noir de Noir, Vivienne WEstwood Boudoir.

      • mals86 says:

        Comments on Lady Vengeance suggest similarities with Agent Provocateur, Cabaret, Aoud Queen Roses, and Midnight Poison, as well as one I’d not heard of – Robert Piguet Calypso.

      • Zazie says:

        Oh, Thank you!
        Most of your suggestions are new to me as I seldom approach rose fragrances.
        Indeed Tocade (I hope I can find it!) and PdR Rose Kashmirie seem perfect (just checked up the list of notes on fragrantica)! In any case I’ll give a shot to all the fragrance listed.
        I have a sample of White Oud and I sort of like it, but the oud+wood doesn’t make me feel comfortable. I was intrigued by AT’s une rose vermeille – loved the smell on the blotter, with that woderful rose+vanilla plushness, but it seemed so fruity and “dense” that I never gave it a proper skin test…I should remedy that.
        Thank you so much for all your suggestions!

  2. Tiara says:

    Alahine is perfect for a snowy evening. The By Kilian line is one of those where I wonder if I missed the day the secret was explained to everyone else. Some get such love but I’ve yet to find one I love.

    Just noticed the “Here on Earth” comment you have. I enjoyed that book too!

    • mals86 says:

      Alahiiiiiine! I wonder if I could get through a winter without it now?

      I’ve been testing a number of By Kilians recently – look for mini-reviews soon – and there are only a few in the line that I love. Well, okay, just one that I really love and three that I really, really like. To be honest with you, I’ve probably had better luck with By Kilian than I have had with the Serge Lutens fragrances! More details to come.

  3. Natalie says:

    Is that your own photo? That’s gorgeous! Alas, snow around here quickly turns to mud, but I try to get out and enjoy how pretty it is when it’s pristine.

    • mals86 says:

      Oh, sadly, no – it’s not my photo. Looked like that this morning out the back door, though. Gaze took pictures, but I didn’t have time to hook up the camera to the computer.

      It’ll all be melted by tomorrow, anyway. This has been a really warm winter, no snow at all up until now.

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