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[Women's] SOTD Monday 5th of June 2023

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Oct 25, 2007
Dioriviera by Dior



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Basenotes Plus
Sep 3, 2022
Hang in there @RHM - please take care of yourself.

Prada Paradoxe this morning. Part of my "use up the pink samples" mission.

I've struggled with this one.
Encounter 1: Smell at the Macy's perfume counter on a strip. Can't smell it. Walk away.
Encounter 2: Receive a sample. Spray it on the way I normally do - 1 spray on each arm + 1 on chest. Can't smell it.
Encounter 3: Take the rest of the sample (about 8 sprays worth) and douse it all over me. NOW I smell something.

Pear + Neroli > Neroli + Jasmine + artificial sweetener > vanilla woody amber drydown with a hint of balsam, spices, and powder.
The pear and neroli combo goes in and out focus for the first 30 minutes.
The drydown smells pleasant enough.
Those who don't like the current aromachemical "woody amber" bases shouldn't bother.

I find it very strange that this thing seems to be designed to be worn like a body spray. At least with my nose.
If I'm going to spend this much on a perfume, I'd rather get something I can smell without having to spray it like an air freshener.


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Basenotes Plus
Sep 3, 2022
@CeeTee - Inspired by your Zara + Jo Malone recommendation, I decided to wear Parfums de Marly Delina last night - the only scent in my collection with a rhubarb note.

I'll admit, the first time I wore this, the notes went sour on my skin. Wasn't a fan and could understand why Delina is so polarizing.
This second time, now that I've had the bottle a few months, I didn't get the sourness - just an interesting deconstructed "pink pepper" accord.
Like Delina was a thought experiment in creating a pink pepper note using excellent ingredients and without cheating with the usual aromachemicals to create that note.
My skin definitely pulled the nutmeg and more celery aspects of rhubarb.
The drydown on Delina is lovely - a fruity-leaning vanilla musk with a hint of the "peppery" spice.

My next mall trip - I'm going to have to go to the Zara and see whether they have the Jo Malone collab you mentioned.
Will keep you posted :)


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Sep 1, 2010
Morning all!

(((((@RHM))))) wishing all the best to your mum.

Today would have been my mum's 85th birthday, so l'm feeling a little pensive. l have the day off though, & it's a beautiful day, so l'll be out in the garden again.

@CookBot, we do indeed suffer droughts here in the UK & hosepipe bans have become much more common in recent years. Although a lot of that is due to mismanagement by the water companies, who allow leaks to go unrepaired & don't take good care of the reservoirs. We did have some rain here a couple of weeks ago including one big downpour, but already everything has dried out again in the sun. Luckily we have a water butt which is useful for watering my new plants, but l will have to use the hosepipe to water the lawn again today. l used it to wash all the windows & doors the other day, too! :)

l dug out my decant of Une Rose, which l kept when l sold my bottle & haven't worn for over four years! There's not much left & the top notes have turned a bit, so l plan to finish it off today.

Hugs to all who need them!


Basenotes Plus
Jan 6, 2012
Another miraculously cool, grey day here. What an exceptional spring we're having; it's June 5th and I still haven't turned on my air conditioning! I've lived in the South 20+ years now and this the first time that's ever happened to me.

Cool enough to sneak in another day of spicy leather: vintage Halston Z-14.

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