Perfume Chat Room, May 1

Welcome to the weekly Perfume Chat Room, perfumistas! I envision this chat room as a weekly drop-in spot online, where readers may ask questions, suggest fragrances, tell others their SOTD, comment on new releases or old favorites, and respond to each other. The perennial theme is fragrance, but we can interpret that broadly. This is meant to be a kind space, so please try not to give or take offense, and let’s all agree to disagree when opinions differ. In fragrance as in life, your mileage may vary! YMMV.

Today is May 1, and it’s May Day! In past years, I have written a “May Muguet Marathon” series of posts about muguet-based fragrances, which are among my favorites (if you want to read those, search for the tag “May Muguet Marathon”). I love lilies-of-the-valley as flowers and as a scent, and I own many muguet fragrances. I don’t think I have enough additional LOTV scents to post daily about a different one this month, though! It is rare these days to find a release of a new muguet fragrance, sadly; that note fell somewhat out of favor for a while when it was overused in “functional fragrances”. Also, it was very popular in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, so some people associate the note with an older generation and thus avoid it (their loss, if you ask me!). I did pick up I Profumi di Firenze’s Caterina de Medici while in Florence last summer, which combines lily of the valley with rose, so I look forward to testing and reviewing that this month. I have a few new samples of muguet-centered fragrances from the wonderful Dawn Spencer Hurwitz.

Any suggestions? I’m also thinking of switching this month to a rose fragrance marathon, since I also have many of those and I’ve been favoring them lately. I’ll have to think of a different name for the series if I do that though! Happy Friday, and Happy May Day!


11 thoughts on “Perfume Chat Room, May 1

  1. Happy Friday! I was wishing I had your knack for understanding and describing fragrances earlier today when I was trying to compare the fragrances of an English and a Spanish bluebell. I’ve heard it said that the Spanish ones have no scent, but mine do. The English ones were sweeter and more complex with some kind of lightness about the scent, and the Spanish ones were more floral, but I’d have loved to be able to go deeper.

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  2. Hey there OH and crew,
    We are deep into autumn here in Sydney. The leaves are turning and the winds have arrived. Walking the dogs at night in top, jumper and hoodie until I get acclimatised to the cool again.
    LOVE the idea of a Rose de Mai month. Though every month is quite rosy around here.
    In honour of it I’ll wear my Viktoria Minya Hedonist Rose Absolute. Turkish Delight and dr=arkest woods. Fabulous fragrance.
    Portia xx

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  3. “In the previous life” May Day used to be a big deal: it was not one- but two-days national holiday, and though it was politically colored, it was a beginning of spring after a long winter, promise of summer break (for children) or vacation (for adults) – so, it was a good holiday. I don’t think it preserved its appeal over the changes that happened in my native country, but for me, after moving to the US, it became just a day – until perfume blogs introduced a new meaning to it 🙂 So, in celebration, I wore Diorissimo yesterday.
    While I like LotV as a note (I remember your marathon and was impressed by your perseverance 🙂 ), since it’s a synthetic one, I can’t help feeling cheated if an expensive perfume has it easily detectable.

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  4. Ha! Didn’t know that you are doing a rose marathon! I brought up my travel spray of EB Florals Virgin Lily of the Valley that Kathleen graciously gifted me and was planning on wearing it all week. (brought up from my basement where I store all my perfumes)

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