The Beauty of Scent, Scrutinized for Pleasure

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Weekend Poll just for fun: 3 Scents in Heavy Rotation

Which three perfumes have you been wearing a lot lately? They can be new to you, old stand-bys, or maybe something you've given several chances to capture your heart, but it hasn't quite managed the task. Do your choices correspond with the weather in your region?

Mine:

1.Odin 02 Owari has been one of my daytime staples lately. It's got a delicious, juicy and slightly bitter mandarin and grapefruit gorgeousness with a pepperiness that is hard to resist. Owari goes from top straight to bottom, skipping the heart stage, but that's fine with me. Owari is perfect as is- no-nonsense refreshment for 100 degree weather.

2. Aftelier Perfumes Tango. I cracked open my mini bottle last weekend, and I could swear that it's even more potent and rich than the sample vial that I recently drained, but I'm not sure if it's my imagination. As the level in the bottle drops steadily from using it every night, I have begun plotting for more, along with some Fig (which I've not tried yet, but everyone is telling me I HAVE to- and I believe them!). Aftelier creations are the perfumes I live in every day, like my favorite cashmere sweater or leather jacket- indispensable and timeless. Tango, in particular, has become part of me. No other perfume inspires in me so much nose-to-wrist action.

3. Soivohle Transcendental Musc is the most recent addition to my sample collection. It's being re-launched this Fall as part of Liz Zorn's new Pour Homme collection, and I predict it's going to be a smash. It smells amazing on me and my husband, who is also impressed by it. It carries that bewitching quality that seems to be unique to Liz; so many of her perfumes feel like living things to me, Mercurial in nature and unpredictable until you get to know them. Review to come during the launch.

So, spill it, guys (the beans, not your perfume)! What have you been wearing lately?

the owari satsuma mandarin- photo from davisgardenshow.com

30 comments:

  1. Tango has been in heavy rotation for me too and I am plotting an order for a mini. But I also want Cepes and Shiso..lol.
    You must try Fig - I tried it today - it was woody and lovely and sophisticated. I layered it with Shiso as recommended on Mandy's website and I loved the combo. The sweetness from the Fig is perfect with the dry spicy Shiso.

    I haven't been tempted to wear any perfumes other than Mandy's the last week or so- but today wore Carnal Flower (which had been in heavy rotation for a while) and I think it will be back in rotation- so lovely in this weather..

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  2. It's been so cold here that all the perfumes I'd been looking forward to wear for summer don't seem right. Sixty degrees and rain is not exactly conducive to happy-go-lucky citrus...

    So I've been nosediving into fall already...with Amouage Memoir (in either combination), which is so incredibly haunting in a good way. What's bad is that those sample bottles won't last forever - and then what do I do?

    One killer combo that works great for rainy days (yes, go ahead and shoot me!) is Guerlain's Iris Ganache layered with Odin NY-04 Petrana. Petrana nibbles a bit at IG's sweet edges and tones them down a notch, and at the same time, it amps up the iris. In my world, there's no such thing as too much iris...Lasts all day and well into evening. Each of them are so stunning on their own, too.

    Caron's Tabac Blond extrait is viciously addictive. I'm an addict!

    Somewhere on my person you will be able to locate a dab or two of Aftelier's Cepes and Tuberose, no matter what I'm wearing. I do it for luck...hoping I'll get lucky enough to get myself a mini of Fig. Gotta have it. Gotta.

    If it were hotter, I'd hotfoot straight to First in Frangrance and invest in any Atelier Cologne Absolute. Orange Sanguine is so luscious, it's edible, Grand Neroli is neroli with a touch of vanilla and my decant is disappearing at an astonishing rate, but I'll likely invest in a bottle of Trefle Pur. It's green. It's lucky. It's me!

    Last, but not least, there's another one - but that's my next review! I'll cry when my sample goes...

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  3. I looked through my scent diary for the last two months and realize that with the testing frenzy I was going through recently I had almost no repetitive visits to any of the perfumes. Almost. I managed to find two which I wore again and again. Chanel No.19 EdT and No.19 Poudre. I wore the latter to figure out how wrong I was with my unsniffed purchase (and to write a review) and I wore the former ... to prove my loyalty to my favorite perfume.
    Since summer hasn't started here yet I didn't need to take it into the account.

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  4. Hmm, I don't really use 3 relatively regularly to call them in rotation, but the ones I went for more than once in the last 2 weeks were Cologne du 68, Charmes et Feuilles and Odalisque (that one is growing more and more on me, I feel so good wearing it).

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  5. Well , everyone may be getting tired of my saying so , but I've been wearing Roja Dove Diaghilev 99% of the time for three months !
    Wowzah , that breaks all records for me !!
    ( I wear patchouli at night , usually DSH Vintage Patchouly , or the Summer of Patchouli Love samples .)
    I also love Bruno Acampora Seplasia - the body cream layered with the parfum is deliciously summey !
    My third favorite daytime scent is vintage Guerlain Chant d'Aromes , gorgeous chypre that's deep yet summery .

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  6. I have to try Tango, I've read so many great reviews. And Odin O2 Owari sounds delicious!

    I only have two decants for now, no full bottles, and I can hardly use my samples for more than a few wears, so no sample has been on such a heavy rotation as my decants, Un Jardin sur le Nil (I like its freshness, although sometimes the grapefruit feels too much) and Un Jardin en Méditerranée. And the latest sample I've emptied: Frédéric Malle En Passant. I ordered a decant last week, and I'm sure that a full bottle is in my near future! I'm looking forward to the time when I'll have a ton of decants and a few bottles... :)

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  7. I must really order some Aftelier samples. I have no excuse.

    My three 'in rotation' fragrances are kind of boring, because I'm admittedly in doing a "Use it up!" challenge with some of my larger bottles.

    1) L'Eay d'Issey Summer 2010 - I cannot stand this, which is why I'm trying desperately to finish my bottle. It was a gift from someone who had zero knowledge of my perfume preferences. Way too light, way too floral. I have to douse myself in it to even smell it - it's been four hours, and I can't even smell it on me anymore. Just some sort of watery residue, like the water of a vase.

    2) Kenzo Jungle l'Elephant - I adore this, absolutely adore this. I need to re-review it at some point. Now that I'm able to more accurately pinpoint notes, there's a bizarre fruitiness to this scent that I've only just realized exists...possibly to amplify the gorgeous incense and wood notes. This has to be one of the best Summer scents because it just blooms in the heat and humidity, and really cuts through the air.

    3) Bond No.9 Riverside Drive - One, I actually live on Riverside Drive, and two, it's a lovely masculine that reminds me of my dearest guy friends yet is, at the same time, very summery to me. I wear it and imagine myself taking a waterside stroll with a cold drink while watching people jog and bike. The funny thing is that I can actually do that...while walking along Riverside. It's so meta! Ha!

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  8. Lavanya: I hear you. Sometimes I find it hard to think about any perfumes other than Aftelier's, depending on my mood.

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  9. Sheila: I'm SO jealous with the weather you're having, I wish I was there with you so we could go prancing and cavorting all over the place, smelling delicious as we do so. :) The heat here is still awful.

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  10. Undina: I have to admit that I like Poudre more than the original, but my experience with the original had been nonexistent until recently, so I probably need to give it more time. I really am a sucker for powderiness.

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  11. Ines: I can see you're enjoying lighter perfumes lately, it's so easy to love a beautiful cologne-style perfume in the summer!

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  12. Carol: I do believe I have a sample of Diaghilev on the way, I can't wait to see what all the fuss is about! It will be my first Roja Dove.

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  13. Alnysie: I predict that in the not-too-distant future, you will have more perfume than you know what to do with, like the rest of us. But too much is never enough!

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  14. Joey- you couldn't pay me enough to wear L'eau d'Issey. You should just give away your bottle, maybe there is a friend who loves it? Jungle L'Elephant has been on my want list for quite some time, glad to hear it's got another big fan!

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  15. Carrie, my bottle is so emptied out that I may as well just finish it. It has maybe less than a week left. I have a FS bottle of the original L'eau as well, unopened, just because.

    As for Jungle L'Elephant, I wish I had an empty bottle to decant some for you! Where does one even get those little spray bottles at, anyway?

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  16. OK, finally, I can contribute to the conversation ;)

    1. Cartier L'heure Fougueuse - smells like summer to me. Not the smells of a day at the beach, but the smells of wildflowers and grasses carried on a warm breeze.
    2. Aftelier Candide - The lovliest jasmine note I have ever smelled and bright as the sun citrus. A total pleasure.
    3. Diorella - Tangy, ripe, happy! I crave it.

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  17. Hi Carrie, so nice that you have found Afetlier's perfumes are such a perfect fit for you. I haven't found a house that does that for me yet. I have just got a sample of Tango thanks to your and Birgit's reviews so I will be taking some time to get to know it. Lately I've mostly been wearing Sarrasins, Bois d'Argent and L'Artisan's Fleur d'Oranger. The first works best in the cloudy, mild weather we've had lately and the last two are my two most recent full bottle purchases. Fun to read everyone's answers!

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  18. Hmm... I've been wearing TONS of new stuff in the name of research, but as far as personal, non-blog-related choices are concered, lately, I seem to have been drawn to:

    Leather Oud, Santal 33 and Epic Man.

    In other words, fairly light, simple, unobtrusive stuff.

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  19. In (relatively) heavy rotation lately: Chinatown, EL Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia and Oyedo. It helps that I have them all in decants, so I've been able to take them with me on summer weekend trips.

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  20. Joanne: I'm almost embarrassed to say I haven't tried Candide yet, but I will get to it soon. I keep hearing wonderful things about it! I haven't tried the other two you mentioned, either, but the name Diorella has been whispered with reverence on every corner of the blogosphere.

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  21. Tara: I'm lucky indeed to have connected so deeply with Aftelier, and also Liz Zorn's perfumes. I find it more challenging and fulfilling to write about these perfumes, too.

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  22. Persolaise: I love your choices, you are a man after my own heart. I still love Leather Oud as much as I did when it first came out. It's gorgeous.

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  23. Elisa: Decants are wonderful for carrying around every day, and when companies that have perfumes I love come out with travel sprays, that's also exciting.

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  24. I really liked reading what everyone has been wearing, probably for vicarious experience because it's not hot here and because I haven't really been wearing many of my favorite scents because I've been on a testing binge. I'm looking forward to reconnecting with old favorites next week.

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  25. Synchronicity at work again! My Monday question is very similar (has been scheduled for a week though). What is hilarious (or sad, depending on the perspective) is that I have to think really hard what I answered on my own question, since blog related perfume wearing interferes a lot with my personal choices. But the three I use mostly these days are CdG Kyoto, Chanel N°19 and Tango, and yes, those are different ones from my post, what can I say??? I am fickle...

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  26. I'm a few days behind :( Sorry!

    In heavy rotation, at the moment (to differentiate from my answer over at Bee's place!), are heavy orientals! I love dense fragrances in the heat, and I've been wearing Amouage (Epic, Lyric, and Opus IV) a lot over the past couple weeks, and I just broke out Ambre Fetiche for the first time this summer... it's working so well in the heat, I plan to wear a lot more of it.

    That's four, but I know you'll forgive me! :)

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  27. Birgit: I SO wanted CdG Kyoto to work for me, especially since I have a fascination with Kyoto- but it wasn't meant to be. I'm giving Kyoto (the place) another try, though, I've just gotten the book KyotEau: Bottled Memories by Della Chuang. It comes with a sample of her bespoke perfume nestled in the back of the book (created by Christophe Laudamiel), and it's gorgeous!

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  28. Dee: Mmmm, I just love heavy Orientals in the summer! All year round, bring it on. I'm loving Opus Oils Heavy Sugar to satisfy that itch at the moment.

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  29. Sorry I'm late to the party, but it's so much fun reading what everyone else has been wearing. Reading what Joey wrote makes me want to put on the last of my Jungle l'Elephant. (The name just kills me, but makes me laugh at the same time when people ask me what I have on. It is a gorgeous fragrance with a wonderful dose of cardamom, my favorite spice note.)

    I'm going to write down the fragrances I've been wearing to sleep in, as during the day I've been busy testing. Those three are: Annick Goutal Ambre Fetiche, Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan, and Frapin 1697. Never thought I was an amber girl until this year!

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  30. Suzanne- I LOVE Ambre Fetiche, it's one of my favorite cold weather scents. MKK is one I have not gotten around to trying yet, but I'm rocking Fumerie Turque today. :)

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