We all smell here
- Jan 3, 2019
Wearing Noir Exquis by L'Artisan Parfumeur for the late evening - hazelnut spread, coffee and pencil shavings do take me back in time quite a bit!
I'm with Alice in thinking autumn scents should be calm and introspective. Time for a break from all those invigorating citrus eaux I've been in all summer.
And I'm with Yellowtone in finding Mitsouko beautiful but not suited to me, like most Guerlains. I do own a bottle of it, but mostly because it seems to be a legal requirement if you want to call yourself a perfume fancier.
Can I join the serious perfumista's club already?
Due to unforeseen circumstances the remodelling of the house has been delayed with a few weeks/months, so today I will spend unpacking part of my carefully packaged belongings. The fragrance box is up first!
I’m not sure if it evokes falling leaves exactly but I’m sticking with Coromandel for my autumn scent.
Oh, you were definitely there already. You're just in a different wing of it than I am.
I picked apples and ate a bunch and thought about some sparkling apple fragrance samples I’d like to try.
Many times I've thought that a crisp apple accord would be just the ticket to replace the citrus notes in many fragrances. But I've yet to smell an apple scent that fulfilled the brief in my head, and most of them are ruined by oversweetening.
Our nights aren't yet what I'd really call chilly -- they're still around 60F/16C -- but there's a definite difference from the worst of summer, and a palpable lack of humidity. So even though I'm wearing a summer scent for daytime today, tonight I plan to sync in something that can at least remind me that flannel pajama weather is within sight:
Tea For Two (L'Artisan Parfumeur) -- the warm spices keep it cozy, but the smoky lapsang souchong tea makes it kind of intimate and sexy to me.
(I'm still very curious about why our sync thread host disappeared, and wondering if that anticipated baby appeared.)
I like Orchidee Vanille although to my nose it becomes a bit flat at the end - it becomes a little powdery and floral, looses some of the oriental/gourmand feel.Like I said, I'm going with cozy and autumnal scents.
On Saturday I wore a sweet, powdery and incensy John Galliano. I admire the scent. The bottle is a little bit gaudy gothic dress, and the scent really fits it.
Today I wore one of the coziest vanillas imaginable (well, to my nose) - Orchidee Vanille by Van Cleef and Arpels. It's a chocolate-y vanilla that's sweet yet not overly sweet, but just super mega cozy. It stayed with me during the lazy morning and noon, and then a loooong walk in the woods. Back and showered, I am synching with La Petite Robe Noire Black Perfecto EDP by Guerlain - quite an understated and introverted gourmand to my nose, the cherry, almond, dusty rose and Guerlinade are tamed and darkened a bit by leathery notes.
I like Orchidee Vanille although to my nose it becomes a bit flat at the end - it becomes a little powdery and floral, looses some of the oriental/gourmand feel.
Have you tried Indult Tihota or Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille?
Tihota is significantly cheaper than SDV at $220. It's a must sniff for any vanilla lovers. I consider it the holy grail.I haven't tried Tihota, unfortunately. I have sniffed SDV and it is gorgeous boozy vanilla. I haven't tried it on my skin though - I postponed it and postponed it partly on purpose - as I felt I do not want to fall in love with it as it's way above the budget that is comfortable to me. Now after Guerlain changed the bottles and raised the price even more it became even more unobtainable to me.
I really love Orchidee Vanille (drydown, too) and Diptyque's Eau Duelle (only have a sample yet, but it will become a bottle eventually) and I think these will be my best vanillas
Tihota is significantly cheaper than SDV at $220. It's a must sniff for any vanilla lovers. I consider it the holy grail.
Eau Duelle is a good choice. It's more on the lighter side for a vanilla but still really nice.
I won't miss out trying Tihota when I have a chance! It's still over my budget but sniffing a holy grail vanilla is probably a must anyway
I get a lot of cardamom in Eau Duelle and really enjoy it.
If you like cardamon with vanilla another one to look at would be Carner Barcelona D600. Personally I wasn't too thrilled by it but you might think differently.
Pumpkin pie spice often has ginger, nutmeg, clove, and allspice as well.What spices are usually used in pumpkin spice stuff? Vanilla and cinnamon?
Thank you, Earlyn!Pumpkin pie spice often has ginger, nutmeg, clove, and allspice as well.
I don’t have anything that smells like straight pumpkin spice, but Vintage Coty L’Origan is very much like chai or spice cake.
Your recent exchanges with N.Cal are getting me thinking about a vanilla. If it were coupled with a smooth and creamy sandalwood then that would be fitting.
How interesting, Alice! I love allspice, and am dimly remembering that it's actually a member of the pepper family (as in peppercorns, not chile peppers). I need to go read up on that.(Oh, I have just googled some more and found out I know very well what an allspice is, and I have some in my cupboard, too. We call them fragrant peppers...)
Holy moley, if that smells half as good as it sounds, CuddleCat, I need to give that a sniff. I've had an occasional cup of chai that made me think "this should be a perfume" (but I've had many bad ones too).Went for just spices, no pumpkin with a sample of Chai by Baruti. Notes: Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Cardamom, Pepper, Black Tea, Steamed Milk, Cocoa, Roses, Vanilla, Musk, Leather.