Perfume Chat Room, May 15

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. As regular readers know, I am in the middle of a “Roses de Mai Marathon” during which I am trying to post a daily review of a different rose scent. That will continue today (post will come later), but in the meantime, please feel free to chat! At an appropriate social distance, of course.

Today is May 15, and I have Southern magnolias (Magnolia grandiflora) blooming in my garden! Huge, fragrant white flowers against dark green leaves. What’s blooming where you are? My SOTD is Balenciaga’s Rosabotanica. Yours?

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14 thoughts on “Perfume Chat Room, May 15

  1. We have magnolia trees outside our apartment building as well. My other half has been growing some herbs indoors, and the basil has started producing some tiny flowers, which are fascinating to look at with tiny fuzz on the stems, petals, and stamen. Also mildly sweet and aromatic to taste.
    SOTD is Le Labo Santal 33, simply because I haven’t worn it in a while.
    Have a great weekend!

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  2. I love the idea of a Rose de Mai marathon! I really like this note. It’s in my absolute favourite Chanel N5 L’Eau, and I thought it was the high point of Lancôme Idôle (although I wasn’t a fan of the composition as a whole). I wish Rose de Mai was used more often, even if I’m also a fan of Damask and Bulgarian Rose…

    My SOTD is (also rosy!) Chance Eau Tendre EdP.

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  3. We have some flowering trees still, and lots of pollen. (Achoo!) I am wearing Chanel Paris-Deauville for this first really warm and sunny day this spring. I could wear it every day!

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  4. Mon Guerlain EDP. It’s quite lovely.
    I thought about doing a Jo Malone fragrance combining for next week but then changed my mind. I might see if I can wear the same perfume for one week.

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  5. Hey there OH and crew,
    We have some of our gum trees flowering at the moment. The parrots are loving them in the daytime and fruit bats at night. It’s like a 24 hour squark and screech party.
    I’ve just opened up a bottle of DIOR Santal Noir that;’s been here for a couple of years, forgotten and lonesome. I have a box of the empty packagings of the DIOR Privé range that I was dusting and noticed its perfect shrinkwrap. It’s so good. Not groundbreaking but smooth after the first very Australian sandalwood opening, it gets a bit boozy and has some roses floating around too. So still fits into your Roses de Mai month, YAY!
    Hope everyone is staying well,
    Portia xx


    • Ooh, that sounds pretty! And fun to come across it like that, as if it were a surprise gift. I hope you and Jin are well. Are you venturing out much? Australia and NZ seem to be handling this epidemic very well, I’m envious.


      • HA! Yes it felt exactly like a surprise gift.
        We are both very well. Jin still working. We go to the supermarket and various specialty food stores. The rules here have relaxed to 5 visitors in your house, 10 guests in restaurants, weddings, funerals etc and we are now allowed to be outdoors for the joy of it not just exercise. We have been incredibly lucky down here, still only 98 deaths and less than 600 current cases. All up so far across Australia 7,038 cases and 6,362 recovered. Last week the average number of new cases was well under 20/day.
        Interestingly there are very few people in the street or stores wearing masks and gloves, maybe 5-10%.
        Stay well OH,
        Portia xx

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