Weekend Perfume Sync June through June

N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

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Basenotes Plus
Jul 1, 2011
I threw on some Diorissimo EDT, I tend to neglect this one in favor of Diorella and Miss Dior. For me it's a bit challenging to wear, I'm not one to enjoy Lily of the Valley.
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Redneck Perfumisto

League of Cycloöctadiene Isomer Aestheticists
Basenotes Plus
Feb 27, 2008
I threw on some Diorissimo EDT, I tend to neglect this one in favor of Diorella and Miss Dior. For me it's a bit challenging to wear, I'm not one to enjoy Lily of the Valley.
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Diorissimo EDT is the Sauvage EDT of LOTV. The muguet is just out there. Diorissimo Parfum has much more interesting complexity, IMO. I can deal with it much more easily.
 

Blue_Eyez

Basenotes Dependent
Oct 23, 2007
Diorissimo EDT is the Sauvage EDT of LOTV. The muguet is just out there. Diorissimo Parfum has much more interesting complexity, IMO. I can deal with it much more easily.
Agree about parfum being more complex and multidimensional. The density of the Parfum makes it more wearable and less "feminine" if you like. There is an element of creaminess and almost animal warmth
 
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ClockworkAlice

Cakesniffer
Basenotes Plus
Jan 3, 2019
I'm also not the biggest fan of lily of the valley - it has that soapy, greenish, high pitched squeaky floral cleanliness that I'm not too fond of. It's not that I dislike it - I just find it less relatable, not truly "mine". But when a scent has only some of it, it can be good.

Wore Gardenia Petale by Van Cleef and Arpels yesterday evening - it's all about white flowers, but in a more delicate, fresher way, not too creamy nor too sweet or bubblegummy; and some lily of the valley helps to achieve that clean brightness.

This morning I put on some Luminous by Ghost from a sample - it's a fresh, crisp, slightly watery fruity floral scent on a less interesting side that also has lily of the valley mentioned in the pyramid. But it's still good as a temporary spring morning before shower scent!
 

yellowtone

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Aug 27, 2016
Regular
‘I’ve been following the scent trail of narcissus and daffodils too. I grow a few different varieties in my garden, with my favorite probably being the Narcissus “Thalia” which has multiple flowers per stem and is fragrant. But here’s what I have noticed—the fragrance is noticeable only just after the narcissus bloom. The flowers remain pretty for a long time after the fragrance dissipates so I have no complaints!
I noticed this as well recently. There's a narcissus patch close to where I currently live and one day I passed by it and it smelled so heavenly (well, not for Cook.bot) that I stopped and sniffed the air like a lunatic for a few minutes, but the next day the scent was gone!


I'm also not the biggest fan of lily of the valley - it has that soapy, greenish, high pitched squeaky floral cleanliness that I'm not too fond of. It's not that I dislike it - I just find it less relatable, not truly "mine". But when a scent has only some of it, it can be good.

Wore Gardenia Petale by Van Cleef and Arpels yesterday evening - it's all about white flowers, but in a more delicate, fresher way, not too creamy nor too sweet or bubblegummy; and some lily of the valley helps to achieve that clean brightness.

This morning I put on some Luminous by Ghost from a sample - it's a fresh, crisp, slightly watery fruity floral scent on a less interesting side that also has lily of the valley mentioned in the pyramid. But it's still good as a temporary spring morning before shower scent!
I'm with you on the muguet front. I love most flowers, but I'm not a big lotv enthusiast; too high pitched to feel comfortable. It shows up as a note in many of my floral perfumes but the only ones I own that feature it prominently are Amouage Gold and Madame Rochas. I'm going with the latter today.
 

N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

Retired
Basenotes Plus
Jul 1, 2011
I'm also not the biggest fan of lily of the valley - it has that soapy, greenish, high pitched squeaky floral cleanliness that I'm not too fond of. It's not that I dislike it - I just find it less relatable, not truly "mine". But when a scent has only some of it, it can be good.
Nailed it. For me the Lily of the Valley florals are a bit sharp, it doesn't come off smooth at all.
 

Redneck Perfumisto

League of Cycloöctadiene Isomer Aestheticists
Basenotes Plus
Feb 27, 2008
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I am not sure where my Diorrismo is, and it may be in my other home, so I’ve been meaning to wear Synthetic Jungle, a blind buy, and today’s the day. I love it so far as I knew I would. I love green fragrances and I enjoy LOTV.

I need to sniff this one! Love Anne Flipo’s work!
 

yellowtone

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Aug 27, 2016
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I am not sure where my Diorrismo is, and it may be in my other home, so I’ve been meaning to wear Synthetic Jungle, a blind buy, and today’s the day. I love it so far as I knew I would. I love green fragrances and I enjoy LOTV.
I have smelled this recently, it's fabulously, poisonously green! I did not detect that much lotv though, but that may have been because I was testing 4 things at once.
 

grayspoole

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Feb 4, 2014
I am not sure where my Diorrismo is, and it may be in my other home, so I’ve been meaning to wear Synthetic Jungle, a blind buy, and today’s the day. I love it so far as I knew I would. I love green fragrances and I enjoy LOTV.

I’m curious to try this one. I‘d like to experience Flipo’s take on a modern green floral with galbanum.
 

thrilledchilled

All Is Beautiful
Basenotes Plus
Nov 17, 2018
I’m curious to try this one. I‘d like to experience Flipo’s take on a modern green floral with galbanum.

My first wearing but it opens with a lot of galbanum green…an hour or so later I get mostly LotV and lots of it. It is a striking example of two perfumes in one, for me. Green and citric, then extremely floral.
 

grayspoole

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Feb 4, 2014
I'm also not the biggest fan of lily of the valley - it has that soapy, greenish, high pitched squeaky floral cleanliness that I'm not too fond of. It's not that I dislike it - I just find it less relatable, not truly "mine". But when a scent has only some of it, it can be good.

I agree with this characterization of the classic LOTV accord, but for me, the “soapy, greenish, high pitched squeaky floral cleanliness” can be a feature, not a bug. I do like LOTV best when it is used as an accent note in a more complex composition.

I put on some of this OG muguet for the last day of the sync.

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My vintage PdT of Muguet de Bois is very dry and fresh, a soapy floral with an almost lemony astringency. It is very transparent for a PdT and feels more like a refreshing cologne splash. It’s pleasant enough but not especially memorable.

Supposedly, Coty’s Muguet de Bois (1936) by Henri Robert inspired Roudnitska’s Diorissimo (1956). Barbara Herman quotes Roudnitska saying:

"I remembered that Coty had a lily that was called Muguet des Bois. No better lily note was ever made. It pushed the green note of the flower. As a lily note, it was magnificent. It was much better than the one I had made myself. I wondered how they had managed to create such a masterpiece in the Thirties, with so little means. But it never became very successful, because it wasn’t a perfume one could wear." (Michael Edwards' Perfume Legends, 113.)

I love the backhanded compliments here “magnificent...with so little means...a perfume no one could wear.“ Hydroxycitronellal was first synthesized in 1905, and I doubt that Roudnitska needed to smell Muguet de Bois to become familiar with it. So what is so interesting about Muguet de Bois? I think it might be the uncompromising greenness and sharpness, which weren’t very common in a feminine perfume in 1936. Vintage Diorissimo has a similar green streak but it is considerably softened by the jasmine (IMHO, Diorissimo is as much as jasmine perfume as it is a LOTV).
 

ClockworkAlice

Cakesniffer
Basenotes Plus
Jan 3, 2019
As for upcoming "May 7 & 8: Senioritis", I think I need your help as I believe I don't understand the assignment.
Unless it's really about people in retirement?!
You're allowed to laugh at me if it's not. D:
Oh, I googled that.
I really should have googled before posting!

"Senioritis is the decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their high school, college, and graduate school careers, or the end of the school year in general. Senioritis is not a professional medical condition but a colloquial term (mainly used in the United States and Canada) that combines the word senior with the suffix -itis, which technically denotes inflammation but refers to a general illness in colloquial speech."

I definitely know what senioritis is, then.
Now you can laugh at me. :D
 
Jan 26, 2016
Well, dang, I didn't realize Synthetic Jungle had LOTV in it. I sat last weekend out because I actually don't have anything in my wardrobe with LOTV. I was hoping to have some Caswell-Massey or Guerlain LOTV when I made this up, but never got ahold of either.

For those of you not familiar with the term "senioritis," it is characterized by lethargy towards (school)work, combined with a sort of general frenzy to be out of doors, out of school, and generally fucking off. Think squirrely teenagers, and you have it.

I plan to spend some time SMELLING ALL THE THINGS in San Francisco that I can get to in one afternoon, which can be quite a lot. So honestly, I will probably display my own version of senioritis toward this assignment, and not abide by it at all. However, if I were to wear something, it would be Paco Rabanne Pure XS for her, as it has an immature, youthful, cotton candy, buttered popcorn vibe that I can see a kiddo wearing this last decade. Also on that list would be Shay & Blue Salt Caramel.

Alternatively or additionally to the feeling of senioritis, what scents were popular in your last year of formal secondary school? In 2001, I was one year away from becoming, well, obsessed, with Sheer Obsession, as well as Truth for women by Calvin Klein, but I can't really think of any perfume I wore in high school. Probably hippy oils from the drugstore or the local bath shop, to be quite frank. Actually, I also remember some The Body Shop eau de toilettes with horribly poor longevity and very fanciful names. The catalog descriptions of the scents didn't match my very high expectations whatsoever. Utter disappointment. I don't think my first proper perfumes came till I was in college, and then it was in this order: Truth, Sheer Obsession, Dior Addict, and Armani Mania. Damn I smelled great. Oh, and there was also that flirtation with Jessica McClintock... god I feel sorry for whoever I sat next to those days. But then again, we used to be made of sterner stuff 20 years ago, not so much complaining about perfume. It was before Facebook and social media and the internet was like, as much of a thing as it is now. We didn't have smartphones to bitch about everything on, at every second of the day. No twitter. Oh for a world without twitter...
 

Blue_Eyez

Basenotes Dependent
Oct 23, 2007
Oh @SmokeAndSky, loved your post reminiscing about early 2000s - the times before FB, Twitter and "at all" social media.

While I don't have anything "youthfully trashy" from those times, that phase of fragrances, thankfully, surged past me, I got introduced to fragrances like 24 Faubourg in late 90s, and Les Belles by Nina Ricci, and Armani Mania, and Madness Chopard. Damn, senior uni students smelled pretty damn good back then using just luxury houses stuff! It was the time full of promise - could not wait to get out of uni and get on with life in general.

For the good times sake I will wear 24 Faubourg and Armani Mania this weekend.
 

N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

Retired
Basenotes Plus
Jul 1, 2011
Oh, I googled that.
I really should have googled before posting!

"Senioritis is the decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their high school, college, and graduate school careers, or the end of the school year in general. Senioritis is not a professional medical condition but a colloquial term (mainly used in the United States and Canada) that combines the word senior with the suffix -itis, which technically denotes inflammation but refers to a general illness in colloquial speech."

I definitely know what senioritis is, then.
Now you can laugh at me. :D
If we can find the fragrance C-, I think we'll pass.
 

N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

Retired
Basenotes Plus
Jul 1, 2011
If I could travel back in time to my second semester of senior year in high school, I would reach for something light hearted and easy going. Creed Millesime Imperial would be something I'd recommend to my 18 year old former self to try. It would skew expensive at that age, a designer scent would better but I think I could pull that off at that age. Probably would have hoarded a bunch of Creed samples instead of plugging for the bottle.
 

yellowtone

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Aug 27, 2016
I did not know the term senioritis either, but I am certainly familiar with the feeling. I am currently experiencing the opposite of it: the end of my holiday is upon me and I am not in the mood for going back to work yet! For this weekend I chose a scent I bought during my last year in high school: Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll, a bright rose-grenadine-grapefruit scent that now feels a bit too youthful to wear regularly, but boy is it fun to smell every now and again!
 

ClockworkAlice

Cakesniffer
Basenotes Plus
Jan 3, 2019
My prom night smelled of either Escada Ibiza Hippie or Escada Pacific Paradise - I had bottles of these in high school and wore them on occasions (I didn't wear any perfumes on normal days until my late 20s).
My prom night also smelled of alcohol because I got really drunk that night, too. 😀 (The legal drinking age was 18 back then, so everyone in the prom was old enough to drink. Now the idiots upped it to 20)

I do not have these fragrances anymore as after my tastes changed and I felt these are a bit too girly-fruity-sweet to me the remains of one bottle went to my younger cousin and another to my colleague who still loves summery Escadas (and they fit her bubbly personality so well!).

I'm wearing something else fruity right now - Fico di Amalfi by Acqua di Parma from a sample.
But I am sure I can find alcohol everywhere. 😀
 
Jan 26, 2016
If I could travel back in time to my second semester of senior year in high school, I would reach for something light hearted and easy going. Creed Millesime Imperial would be something I'd recommend to my 18 year old former self to try. It would skew expensive at that age, a designer scent would better but I think I could pull that off at that age. Probably would have hoarded a bunch of Creed samples instead of plugging for the bottle.
Oh, you know it! I was hoarding Armani Mania samples like crazy in college till I could finally spring for a bottle.
 
Jan 26, 2016
Hmmm, so it was truly a senioritis weekend for me last weekend. Sunday I went to Tigerlily Perfumery, now Ministry of Scent, and went to sniff things, but honestly didn't find anything new to try except the Scent of Wood line, which smelled much better on paper than on me. Other than that, I wore Or du Serail by Naomi Goodsir and Sultan by Royal Crown. My most senioritis thing was that I just didn't feel like picking anything.

Thinking back to prom night, I have no idea what, if anything I would have worn. I have a hunch it was a really great smelling roses perfume oil, or it would have been Bath & Body Shop Waves perfume oil, or Moonflower... none of which I have or feel like wearing Jo Malone Red Roses today! I've worn the latter quite a bit this year already. I have a graduation party to attend as a plus one, it's sunny and warm outside, shockingly! It's been overcast and cold and gray and raining and miserable for all of May in my part of the world. Maybe AMARIGE!!! Feels like celebration to me!!!
 
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