The One-Scent, One-Week Challenge

I have decided, as suggested in a recent post at Perfume Posse, to try wearing one fragrance – and ONLY one fragrance – for the week of Nov. 1-7, as a perfumista experiment.  Will the experience be the same from day to day?  Will I still love whatever I picked as much on Day 7 as on Day1?  What new aspects will appear with multiple-day wearings?  The idea of not picking a new scent every morning (and sometimes yet another in the afternoon or evening) is appealing, since I’ll be spending all my spare November moments working on this year’s novel.   I do tend to pick fragrances for my characters as part of the background material, and wear those fragrances while writing.  For example, last year during NaNoWriMo, I spent much of the month in Chamade, Le Temps d’une Fete, Coty Exclamation! and YSL Paris, because those were the scents my main female character had worn at different points in her life.  I think it might be quite difficult to write scenes for a particular character if I’m wearing something that is all wrong for her (funny, my male character’s fragrance choices never figure into this…)

I’ve narrowed my choices down to four, all fairly quiet scents that have the advantage of being right in many different situations and weathers, and all of which I love: Le Temps d’une Fete, Mariella Burani, Smell Bent One, and Cuir de Lancome.    (Chanel Eau Premiere is another that would work just fine, but I tend to save that one for times when I want to smell elegant and not too individual.) Not sure which I’ll pick, but I’ll announce it in the Scent Diary installment of Nov. 7 okay, fine, I’ll tell you Nov. 1, down in the comments.

Feel free to guess which you think I will pick, or should pick.

Image is of a rare complete collection of miniatures in the book presentation of Jean Patou’s Ma Collection, from seller perfumedepot.123 at eBay.  (If you have an extra $700 lying around the house, it can be yours!)   Ma Collection includes:  Amour Amour, Adieu Sagesse, Caline,  Chaldee, Cocktail, Colony, Divine Folie, L’Heure Attendue, Moment Supreme, Normandie, Que Sais-Je, and Vacances.

I have actually tried several of these (Adieu Sagesse, Chaldee, Normandie, and Vacances) and have samples of Amour Amour and Colony yet to test (thanks, Donna!).  Vacances is one of the most beautiful fragrances I have ever smelled, and while I have not made a decision to sell my firstborn or an internal organ in order to obtain a bottle of it, I seriously considered it.  It’s lovely.  The other three did not suit me at all, although Adieu Sagesse came closest.  There are reviews of several of the Ma Collection scents at Now Smell This, Perfume-Smellin’ Things, and The Non-Blonde, if you visit those sites and search for “patou ma collection.”  I didn’t mean to go into detail about this set of fragrances, but was inspired by that gorgeous photo…


11 thoughts on “The One-Scent, One-Week Challenge”

  1. I think you are very brave to take part in the Perfume Posse challenge – I decided that I just can’t do it. Maybe if it goes well for you, I’ll think about it next time. Maybe…

    But, if I were going with your choices, I’m thinking either Le Temps d’une Fete or Cuir de Lancome.

  2. I’m also taking part in the challenge, and I think I’ll pick Chanel Bois des Iles… But I guess I won’t make up my mind completely until tomorrow morning 🙂

    I think you should pick Le Temps d’une Fete, because it’s such a gorgeous fragrance!

  3. I’m skipping the challenge, since my birthday is this week and I want to be able to wear something relatively extravagant that day without having to wear it all week. But I might try it sometime. If I do, I could see picking Cuir de Lancome — but maybe not until I finally get around to buying a back-up bottle!

  4. I actually tried this challenge months ago, but didn’t make it too far. Three days and I caved to needing a change. All of the perfumes you list sound beautiful, but my guess is you will choose Cuir de Lancome or Mariella Burani.

    Please let us know how it goes!

  5. Dude. That Patou set is waaaaaaaay overpriced. I got mine for $50 on an antiques sales site. That was a couple years ago, but still.

    Go with Cuir! Temps is gorgeous, but you never know when you’re going to need a little more backbone. And it’s fall!

  6. I have been wearing Temps any chance I got (when not wearing violets!) so I am biased…

    BUT if I needed to get down to the nitty-gritty and work on a novel, I’d wear a fragrance that gives me an edge. Temps just makes me want to lounge in the sunshine (serious lack of that these days…) and swing in a hammock.

    So, maybe Cuir de Lancome?

    Looking forward to Violet Week!

  7. I would guess Cuir de Lancome. It just seems a little more serious and focused. I take it you may need a litle of that to overcome daily life plus the added challenge of your writing project. Anyway, I am sure whatever you choose, it will be a fun experiment.

  8. Okay, all – thanks for weighing in!

    I now admit that I, um, cheated. Sort of. When it came right down to the final choice, none of the above seemed right. I went through several alternatives before finally deciding.

    Cuir was too smoky. Mariella was too soft. Le Temps was too… I dunno, springlike. Smell Bent One was too spicy. I tried DK Gold, No. 19, Jolie Madame edt (oh gosh, no), Shalimar Light, Tabac Aurea, Ta’if, Voile de Fleur… I was drawn, again, to the sample of Iris Poudre, but I don’t have enough of that on hand. I considered No. 5 parfum but then thought that would be too cliche’. I dismissed That Slut Tocade without even thinking twice. Aimez-Moi was too powdery, Alahine too weighty, Citizen Queen too X-rated.

    Then I dug further into the cabinet and came up with My Darling Emeraude. Ahhh. I felt like Goldilocks – it was Just Right. If I ever go to a signature scent again, it would be this, because of the way it settles into the skin and feels like me.

  9. Too late for me to guess – I would have thought Mariella maybe. But you love your Emeraude and I think it will be fitting for all kinds of weather and situations.

    I don’t think I’ll do the challenge – I wasn’t thinking about it this morning and am wearing Smell Bent One. Only got a 4ml spray, so doubt that would last the week! I am enjoying it and toying with the idea of buying some more since I see it is still on the site today. It’s a not overly sweet vanilla, which is hard to find – I don’t know if I get the “old books” but I like the spices.

    Also got Blimey Limey, Sunshine, and St. Tropez dispenser, with free samples of Incensed and Hungry Hungry Hippies. Sniffed them all on paper and love Blimey Limey and Sunshine, and like Incensed so I may place another small order. Just what I need!

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