Weekend Perfume Sync June 2022 through June 2023

CuddleCat

It smells so good in here
Moderator
Basenotes Plus
Aug 20, 2009
I was thinking elegant smelling florals. If I still had any Idylle by Guerlain left, I would of worn that, especially the discontinued EDT version which was both elegant and ethereal smelling. I am instead wearing Eau Rose by Diptyque as I've attend rose garden parties in the past. This is the second time I've thought of Idylle this week so it might be time to get some EDP which is still being produced.
 

yellowtone

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Aug 27, 2016
Ah yes, garden party glamour!

Story time: As a child, my mother would not buy me any barbies, so of course I was obsessed with them. I received a knock off version at one point from the daughter of a family friend who had grown out of them, and it came with A Garden Party Dress (it said so on the package); a gauzy, off the shoulder, peach and spring green flowy, layered number and I loved it so much. To my 8 year old self, it was everything I wanted to be when I grew up,; sophisticated, glamorous, romantic, and I imagined wearing something like this to all the fancy garden parties I would go to when I grew up.

Fast forward 30 years later, and I have never, NOT ONCE, been to a garden party. Granted, I live in The Netherlands, where it rains more often than not, the gardens are tiny, and the people mostly too down to earth to be hosting anything as over the top as a garden party, but still, I feel cheated.

So, what would I pick if ever I was to go to a long awaited garden party? As it happens, I just received a sample set form Diane St Clair, and Eve seems just the ticket for this week's theme; romantic flowers with a vintage vibe, lilac, freesia, sweet red apple and powdery orris. It feels very chique, even when I'm not dressed in a gauzy floral gown.

Has anyone here ever been to an actual garden party? Do they exist, outside the realm of movies and vintage barbie dolls?
 

ClockworkAlice

Cakesniffer
Basenotes Plus
Jan 3, 2019
I must admit I am not entirely sure what a garden party even is. I'm a peasant: when I hear of garden party, I think of barbecue, cold beer, maybe some cheap wine, and maybe some stronger drinks or badminton or some ball game for the whole family on the grass afterwards. You know, the thing you do on weekends in the countryside together with your relatives after the day's work in the fields is done and you all have already dipped in the lake. Everyone is wearing either slightly muddy sportswear or their most tattered jeans and sneakers. Flipflops or bare feet are a good option too. Fragrance is unnecessary and you might even get strange looks for trying too hard, hehe.

So I guess a normal garden party is a bit similar in spirit, but the food and drink and tables and clothes are much fancier, everyone is tidy, dressed pretty and behaving neatly and feeling festive. I believe some badminton might be cool too.

I'm laying on the grass in the metal festival in a band tank top and with bare feet, reading Good Omens, and just having eaten a vegetable samosa while smelling way too fancy for this, but fancy enough for a posh garden party: California Reverie by Van Cleef and Arpels (from a sample, of course). Jasmine, a little bit of citrus, a little bit of honey/waxy notes. Freshly floral, with a little bit of sweetness, and quite elegant. It feels kind of idyllic. The devil is fine.

Edit:
Oh, that was before a dip in the lake. Now I'm in another, yet equally fitting Van Cleef and Arpels sample - Neroli Amara. Assorted citrus, sweetish neroli and some cypress. The devil smells good.
 

grayspoole

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Basenotes Plus
Feb 4, 2014
Perfume for garden parties...I’ve attended a few but I can‘t seem to recall what I wore to any of them. The most recent and one of the nicest was a family wedding held at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens last year. Vows were exchanged under the trees, hors d'oeuvres on the Lily Pond Patio, with the big hootenanny in the Palm House. A borrowed photo...

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If you visit Brooklyn, the Gardens and the adjacent Brooklyn Museum, with some of the most intelligently curated contemporary art exhibitions I’ve seen anywhere lately, would be great places to visit.

I think the 2011 reissued Diorissimo extrait would be a good choice for this event. Perhaps I wore it.
 

grayspoole

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Basenotes Plus
Feb 4, 2014
I'm laying on the grass in the metal festival in a band tank top and with bare feet, reading Good Omens, and just having eaten a vegetable samosa

If festivals qualify as garden parties, then I’ll sign on for this as well. My favorite festival is the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. A cherished memory from a late 80’s/90’s Fest was sprawling in the grass with (one of several) beers and a cochon de lait po-boy, listening to Toots and the Maytals.

What scent was I wearing besides Tabasco and sweat? Probably none. I think the best choice would be one of my favorite summer splashes, the grapefruity Fresh Life, after using the shower gel of same.
 

incense+heliotrope

Basenotes Dependent
Nov 20, 2017
Interpreting 'glamour' in the sense of 'glamourie', a Scots word meaning 'a charmed condition in which everything is invested with magical properties and possibilities'. I'm joining the Synch with Etro Palais Jamais as my SOTD, with its mysterious liquid green smokiness and rubbery vetiver, suitable for outdoor enchantments (think 'Midsummer Night's Dream'). Later (or tomorrow), I might wear Papillon Spell 125, in the same spirit.

In my limited experience, garden parties are not particularly glamorous or formal. The last one I went to was an afternoon tea, sandwiches and cakes affair for a regional charity's anniversary, held in the gardens of the local agricultural college. I probably wore shirt, chinos and summer jacket, and as it was more than 20 years ago, I will doubtless have worn Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet.
 

Cook.bot

Flâneuse
Basenotes Plus
Jan 6, 2012
Has anyone here ever been to an actual garden party? Do they exist, outside the realm of movies and vintage barbie dolls?

Yes, they do still exist in the American south, gauze dresses and straw cartwheel hats and all, but they seem to be morphing into the barbeque variety, with shorts and flipflops mixed in among the linen and seersucker suits. I used to get a few calls to cater the formal types, but now the preferred mode seems to be either crab or shrimp boils or barbequed meats -- both of which are too messy to wear your fancy pastel clothing.

At the formal variety, I'd expect to smell things like Penhaligon's Ostara (pure narcissus) or the Diorissimo that Grayspoole mentions (pure lily of the valley), but almost any airy green floral would be appropriate. Since I detest both of those scents, I'd probably wear Hermes Hiris to the former, and for the barbeque-style yard party, anything goes (apart from a loud oriental or animalic), so I'd feel appropriate in my airy SOTD today, Dior Dune.

I believe some badminton might be cool too.

And don't forget croquet. I had some friends in Seattle who threw a huge croquet party every summer and all-white clothing was mandatory. Iced wine cocktails and champagne. No beer.

Edit:
Oh, that was before a dip in the lake. Now I'm in another, yet equally fitting Van Cleef and Arpels sample - Neroli Amara. Assorted citrus, sweetish neroli and some cypress. The devil smells good.

You make that sound so good that I feel a little sorry I'm not still young -- which I never feel these days, considering what they have to look forward to.
 

N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

Retired
Basenotes Plus
Jul 1, 2011
Creed Aubepine Acacia

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ClockworkAlice

Cakesniffer
Basenotes Plus
Jan 3, 2019
And don't forget croquet. I had some friends in Seattle who threw a huge croquet party every summer and all-white clothing was mandatory. Iced wine cocktails and champagne. No beer.
That feels very British I guess? I know nothing of croquet except for what I have read in Carroll's books on Alice. I guess they don't use flamingos for the sticks in normal garden parties although that might be amusing (and probably cruel).😀
You make that sound so good that I feel a little sorry I'm not still young -- which I never feel these days, considering what they have to look forward to.
💙

(I know it's not the same but I look at 19 somethings with envy sometimes, too. I think I'm starting to understand why eternal life might not be so great - but still)
 

camel-lips

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Nov 9, 2013
The last Garden Party I attended was held at a Wedding, set on the grounds of what had been a A Stately Mansion and now a venue for varying events. I wore that day, Monsieur Lanvin which blends quite well with the Carnation on my Lapel.
Today I will scent with that glorious Masculine.
Tomorrow I will scent with a favourite Early 80's Miss Dior EDT gas propelled.
 

camel-lips

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Nov 9, 2013
As if vintage Miss Dior needed any more Vrooooommm.
LOL
Indeed!
Both of my choices for this weekend carry heavy, though elegantly blended, doses of Animalic basing extraordinary Floral bouquets.
If I can't necessarily stand out as the handsomest, at a Garden Party, I can possibly compete with scenting the most beautiful.
 

Redneck Perfumisto

League of Cycloöctadiene Isomer Aestheticists
Basenotes Plus
Feb 27, 2008
I've only been to one authentic garden party in the last 15 years - and I don't remember what I wore. But I had the most amazing home-brew beer there, so I would probably wear Valentino Uomo in reminiscence of a good dark beer, were I to take that approach.

Instead, I'll go with Jean-Claude Ellena and his secret rooftop garden party of one. This stuff is magical, IMO.

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Cook.bot

Flâneuse
Basenotes Plus
Jan 6, 2012
Instead, I'll go with Jean-Claude Ellena and his secret rooftop garden party of one. This stuff is magical, IMO.

A perfect modern choice. Sur La Toit really does smell exactly like a rooftop garden. There's something urban and yet still botanical about it. If it lasted more than 5 minutes on me, I'd own a FB. I have one of those Hermes coffrets of the Jardin series, and I think I'll go sniff it right now for that 5 minutes of magic.
 

ClockworkAlice

Cakesniffer
Basenotes Plus
Jan 3, 2019
I’m going to need some help with this one. I’m probably overthinking it. What counts as a wildflower? What counts as a weed?
I think anything that you can find on a field or a meadow counts! I'm not the best for English names for plants, but some from the top of my head:

Clover, dandelion, poppy, grassy notes, daisies, bluebells, daffodils, parsley, thistle....
 

LauraH

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Feb 24, 2021
I think anything that you can find on a field or a meadow counts! I'm not the best for English names for plants, but some from the top of my head:

Clover, dandelion, poppy, grassy notes, daisies, bluebells, daffodils, parsley, thistle....
This reminded me of quite a few options - thank you!

I’ll start with Masque Milano’s Romanza, which reminds me of a field of daffodils and wet hay. Unfortunately it turns rather pissy on my skin after a while and I always end up scrubbing it, but I do enjoy it for those first couple hours. (Incidentally I feel like an inordinately large number of fragrances turn a bit pissy on me. I don’t know what that says about my skin chemistry 😳).
 

ClockworkAlice

Cakesniffer
Basenotes Plus
Jan 3, 2019
This reminded me of quite a few options - thank you!

I’ll start with Masque Milano’s Romanza, which reminds me of a field of daffodils and wet hay. Unfortunately it turns rather pissy on my skin after a while and I always end up scrubbing it, but I do enjoy it for those first couple hours. (Incidentally I feel like an inordinately large number of fragrances turn a bit pissy on me. I don’t know what that says about my skin chemistry 😳).
I think it might be something with skin acidity maybe? Or maybe it's just that your nose might be extra sensitive for these kind of notes.
 

yellowtone

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Aug 27, 2016
Ah, but pissy is just the thing for this weekend's theme, @LauraH ! At least where I live I often encounter various flowering bushes and other blooming things that I cannot name that have this sweet honeyed floral pissy smell, which combined with green notes represents the scent of wildflowers and weeds to me. I guess the overarching criterium for this theme is that the smell is botanical in a not-so-cultivated way. Or you can go with weed weed, Le Sillage Blanc is also great in that department.

I don't have many fragrances that really have this wildflower/weeds feel, but Nuit de Bakèlite comes close. It pairs astringent, almost poisonous green stuff with sweet flowers with a distinctly pissy edge. Granted, the flowers are clearly cultivated tuberose, but it's as close as I

I believe Jo Malone had a wildflower themed mini collection a while back, has anyone ever tried those?
 
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Cook.bot

Flâneuse
Basenotes Plus
Jan 6, 2012
Oh, damn! I am kicking myself for not getting a sample yet of Mal-Aimé, the weed-based scent that Marc-Antoine Corticchiato created for his Parfum d'Empire house. I've been meaning to try it for months, and it was absolutely meant for this sync.

Here's a short video he did about it (English subtitles):


And here's the lengthy description and its website page:


Since I don't yet have Mal-Aimé, I'll have to be content with Corticchiato's other weedy scent, his ode to the maquis landscape of Corsica, my beloved bitter green, breezy Corsica Furiosa.

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ClockworkAlice

Cakesniffer
Basenotes Plus
Jan 3, 2019
Today I'm synching with a sample of Herbae L'eau by L'Occitane - clover, angelica and some more wildflowers and wildgrasses on a white musk base. It's nice and summery - although I probably still prefer original Herbae which has a lovely citrusy opening, rosy heart and grassy drydown. Here grasses are everywhere!
 

Redneck Perfumisto

League of Cycloöctadiene Isomer Aestheticists
Basenotes Plus
Feb 27, 2008
Oh, damn! I am kicking myself for not getting a sample yet of Mal-Aimé, the weed-based scent that Marc-Antoine Corticchiato created for his Parfum d'Empire house. I've been meaning to try it for months, and it was absolutely meant for this sync.

Here's a short video he did about it (English subtitles):


And here's the lengthy description and its website page:


Since I don't yet have Mal-Aimé, I'll have to be content with Corticchiato's other weedy scent, his ode to the maquis landscape of Corsica, my beloved bitter green, breezy Corsica Furiosa.

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They seem to have a generous sample program, too! Did you get your samples from France?
 

Cook.bot

Flâneuse
Basenotes Plus
Jan 6, 2012
They seem to have a generous sample program, too! Did you get your samples from France?

No. In fact, Parfum d'Empire only recently started selling samples. But now that they do, I'm pretty sure I'm going buy that complete discovery set of 21 samples for $70. The price doesn't seem so stiff if you consider that it's an entire ounce of perfume. Before now I've had to scrounge samples off eBay and buy decants here on BN.
 

grayspoole

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Feb 4, 2014
Adding some belated notes on scents to fit the “wildflower and weeds” prompt.

‘I decided to bypass my standard ideas for this (Eau de Campagne, Fleeting Moment) and rooted around in my samples for something else.

Maria Candida Gentile’s Hanbury (2010) was inspired by a cultivated garden, not a wildflower meadow, but somehow the Mediterranean qualities of the floral accords in this scent make me me think of wildflowers and weeds in the summer heat. In my first trials of this, I found it too warm and sweet, but I have become more accepting of sweetness in perfumes, especially when allied with naturalistic floral notes rather than gourmand notes. I’m going to try wearing this again. MCG’s artistry continues to impress me. She never seems to opt for the expected and pursues rather original accords.
 

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