Scent Diary, May 3-9, 2010

Monday, May 3: Weather is warm, with a lot of humidity in the air from last night’s rain (which we really needed). SOTMorning: Coty Paris, vintage but of unknown concentration. This is what I was expecting from Soivohle’ Lilacs and Roses: rose, jasmine, and lilac, with a lightly powdery, sweet aura. Would smell wonderful on a handkerchief. SOTEvening: Coty Emeraude, vintage pdt. I love it.

Tuesday, May 4: Hot. Laundry drying on the clothesline. SOTD: Dior J’Adore L’Absolu again, which is the way the original J’Adore should have smelled.

Wednesday, May 5: Warm again. SOTD: Rochas Tocadilly. I can’t figure this thing out, and I’m going to have to wear it again to decide what I think of it. It’s pleasant, but… weird. So is That Slut Tocade, for that matter, although the two don’t smell alike.

SOTE: Parfums DelRae Amoureuse, because the black locust trees are blooming. Gorgeous.

Thursday, May 6: SOTD: Amoureuse again. I’m thinking I need a decant of this. A small one, because it’s amazingly potent. One drop from the sample vial, and I’m good for four hours. Two drops, and you can smell me from three yards away. Sprayed? Ahahaha. Not going there.

SOTE: Penhaligon’s Amaranthine, because I had only worn it previously in chilly wet December weather, and now it’s warm – 85 F today and no breeze. On the blogs everyone’s going on about how it “blooms in the heat” and “does a lap dance” and gets all “tantric.” Well, not on me, apparently. No smut at all, no sweatiness, just warm skin and green banana peel and tropical flowers and milk. It’s not even anywhere near the level of Victoria’s Secret tap pants and bustier, much less anything that would earn it an X rating. I might give it a PG-13, maybe. On the other hand, it’s not very humid today and that might make a difference.

 Friday, May 7: Warm, again. SOTD: Amoureuse, again. 🙂

Saturday, May 8: Morning was fairly warm, and I put on Labyrinthe Libertin – nice fresh green cologney thing. We bought veggies to set out in the garden, although we’ll be waiting for the traditional Tenth-of-May Cold Spell to pass before planting them. Went to a birthday party for my cousin’s little boys today; the twins turned four.

It was nice to see my parents and the nephew I call Doodlebug. I have three, and one niece: The CEO’s sister has a boy (Curiosity) and a girl (Primrose), my sister has a boy (Doodlebug), and my brother now has a little boy (Chopper D, because of his baby teeth coming in early) as well. Which means that Bookworm is the only granddaughter on my side… poor thing.

Sunday, May 9: Been married to The CEO for 18 years now. And it’s Mother’s Day. (I suppose you could say that the one led to the other, couldn’t you?) SOTD: Cuir de Lancome, because The CEO likes it. I wear a shocking number of different fragrances, some of which he notices and some of which he doesn’t. Of the ones he does notice, some of them he likes and some he takes an immediate, ineradicable dislike to. Cuir he notices. “Is that the one I gave you for Valentine’s Day?” is what he always asks. “I have good taste.” That’s a pretty clear indication that he does, indeed, like it.

My children cooked me breakfast – Bookworm made French toast, Gaze made microwave bacon and cut up strawberries, and Taz set the table after turning on the coffeemaker. Sweet of them.

And we are getting the tenth-of-May cold spell: it frosted Sunday night.  We brought the tomato plants in.  Should be warmer soon.

Image is Sammlerstucke parfum by parfumgott at flickr. This flickr user always has the most amazing images – check out the humongous Dune factice and the little set of classic Guerlain extraits in a white box near the front: Shalimar, either L’Heure Bleue or Mitsouko, and Chamade.  There’s a partially-hidden boxed set of Chanel parfums, too.  I’m going to pretend I don’t even see that huge “Black XS” bottle.  And since I don’t know who Betty Barclay is, I’ll pretend I don’t see that factice either while I lust over that little bottle of Sortilege (it’s there, trust me).


20 thoughts on “Scent Diary, May 3-9, 2010”

  1. I really love Amoureuse too. What surprises me is that you haven’t loved une rose chyprée: to my stupid nose it reads as the rose centered sister of the white floral Amoureuse!!! I really cherish the heart and dry down of both; still I find their green clementine openings a bit too prominent…

    1. Z, it is odd that I enjoy and admire URC without loving it. I still don’t know why. I see some congruence with Amoureuse in the topnotes, but I’m finding their drydowns very different – URC has that deep sweet amber and seems almost edible, and I usually don’t even notice the mossy stuff under all that amber. Amoureuse’s base seems more classically chypre-like (more moss, less amber).

      I think the reason I like Amoureuse so much – see, this is weird, I don’t even want to say I love it – is that it smells so much like this lovely tree blossom smell I associate with my childhood.

  2. At first I thought that photo was of your perfume collection and I was very envious!

    I just tried Amaranthine the other day, but need a full day test to see if I really like it or not.

    Happy (belated) Mother’s Day!!

    1. BF – I usually snag photos of people’s collections from flickr or from fragrantica, although there are a couple of photos of my own stuff on here somewhere. I just like running the photos of bottles with the Scent Diary posts. 🙂

      Amaranthine reminds me a little bit of Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur. Except with more ylang and less veiled threat. That’s not a criticism – I really love VdF, complete with its little black thread of danger coiled up under the white florals. Amaranthine is a little cosier, and a little fresher/greener up top.

      And Happy Mother’s Day back atcha!

  3. Regarding the picture, I see the Chanel boxed set, along with a few other mini-flacons about. I’m surprised you didn’t mention the trio of Guerlain minis…for there rests a tiny version of Chamade, in parfum. () Also, I believe I’m seeing a Balenciaga…oh, I’m seeing a lot. 🙂

    Spouse likes the Cuir, eh? Mine is fond of Magie Noire…which works out well for both of us.

    Congratulations on the anniversary, and happy belated Mother’s Day. Breakfast sounds…perfect.

    1. Oh, but I did mention the Guerlains! They were the first to grab my attention, of course… Balenciaga? Dang, I think my eyes are going, I’m going to have to blow the thing up bigger and hunt for it. I see a Midnight Poison, too, I believe. And a L’air du Temps.

      Cuir is good. He didn’t like MN, though. And thanks for the good wishes. (Breakfast was really delicious.)

      1. Zoiks, you did. I must have been distracted by the “Where’s Waldo” game…(surely it’s not fading brain cells…) My bet would be on Mitsouko. I see that in the miniature collections a lot; have never seen a L’HB.

        L’Air du Temps! *That’s* that stopper…

        Aw, that’s okay about the Magie Noire. You can have your own quiet relationship. And bust out the Cuir for him. 🙂

  4. Happy Mother’s Day / Anniversary. That’s a good innings, as they say, and a suitably festive breakfast.

    Betty Barclay is a clothes designer – fairly conventional styles if I am not mistaken. She may be British, even.

    Glad you like Amaranthine, even if it fails to twirl its tassels for you! I know what you mean about the resemblance to VdF, though that lacks the creaminess of Amaranthine. It does have that “veiled threat” factor though, haha!

    1. Hi, FS – breakfast tastes especially good when I don’t have to make it myself. 🙂

      I am more than ignorant of most designers’ existence. Which is okay, really. Clothes just don’t interest me much. And I did go look up Betty Barclay’s scents on Fragrantica – there are several of them, and they seem to be mostly sweet fruity florals, i.e., Trendy, therefore Boring.

      Twirl tassels! Now you’ve got me thinking of that scene in The Graduate where Dustin Hoffman takes his date, the daughter of his boinking partner Mrs. Robinson, to a strip club, in order to humiliate her.

  5. OK…I just caved and ordered a bottle of Lancome Cuir unsniffed. 😉 Only $19.95 at FragranceX! How could I not? Thanks for the push, Mals! Had read so many good reviews over the past few months, then read your post, then hopped around on the web, and found the deal.

    How very strange, though! I just went to their site and checked the price again to make sure it was $19.95 and not $19.99 or something, and guess what? The price is now $37.50!? Wow! Yet, I really did get it for $19.95 on Monday…hmmm…I wonder if they realized a typo and fixed it, or if they purposely dropped the price?

    1. CUIR FOR LESS THAN $20!!!! I’d bet they screwed up. But lucky, lucky you. I do hope you enjoy it (if it turns out you think it’s awful, let me know, and I’ll take it off your hands 🙂 ).

      1. I don’t think I’ve ordered from fragranceX before… but parfum1 gets the same warnings, and I’ve been happy with what I’ve bought from them (two separate orders, I think, both delivered safely, promptly, and with juice in good condition). Maybe it’s all a crapshoot.

      2. Hi Ari,

        I’ve ordered from both FragranceX and Parfum1 in the past and have been 100% happy with them. I know ordering from discounters is risky at times, but haven’t had a bad experience yet…

        The Cuir is definitely authentic. Wondering if it’s a “second” cause of the bottle top. I’ve read that the bottle tops were problematic, and this one is as well. Cheaply made, and doesn’t “snap” on. Rest of the packaging is perfectly fine.

        Sprayed it on a card, but haven’t worn it yet! If I don’t care for it, Mals, I’ll send you a note. 🙂

      3. I did have to play with the collar for the sprayer for my bottle of Cuir, too – it was stuck inside the cap – but got it fixed without too much effort, in less than five minutes.

  6. DYING over the picture! Is J’adore L’absolu really all that?? I’ll have to give it a try… didn’t think much of original J’adore. Happy belated mother’s day!

    1. Ari, I did really like L’Absolu; I thought the original was a soulless chemical mess. Ugh.

      Oh, you need to go to flickr and look up username parfumgott (my German is extremely spotty and mostly limited to lyrics of classical music, but I think that means Perfume God!) – there are tons of stunning photos posted there, some labeled “perfume convention”. Wouldn’t a convention be fun?

      And thanks for the MD wishes.

  7. Just popping in to say, what a gorgeous piece of perfume porn that picture is! And sorry to say: that 14ml Climat parfum in your pic is one of the fakes, unfortunately. Those Climat fakes, which are so ubiquitous, just smell awful. blech. nothing like the real 80s Climat, which was exquisite.

    1. Isn’t it lovely? I feel positively acquisitive, looking at it. I want that stuff!

      Thanks for the info on the Climat. I actually had to go back and look hard to find it, but of course it’s there on the bottom left. The only Climat I’ve worn is from the La Collection revival, and that is lovely. Don’t know if it’s as good as the 80s stuff.

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