Perfume Chat Room, October 30

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 Friday, October 30, the day before Halloween. I’m taking part in the weekly Friday community project at the blog “Now Smell This“, which today is to wear a scent that generates emotion in you. Mine is Anne Klein II, which brings back happy memories of being a young adult in Manhattan. However, since tomorrow is Halloween, I may have to switch later to something slightly more sinister. Cabochard, perhaps? I’m currently very intrigued by that scent and am comparing the two most recent versions of both the EDT and EDP (they were reformulated in 2019).

Tomorrow I will probably wear something by Papillon’s Liz Moores, who is an actual modern witch as well as a tremendously gifted perfumer. Maybe Bengale Rouge? But I do love Dryad … decisions, decisions. Will you do anything special for Halloween? Or wear any special fragrance?

13 thoughts on “Perfume Chat Room, October 30

  1. It’s our first snow where I live in MA, and I’m not ready for winter! Wearing a sample of Diptyque L’Ombre dans L’Eau, still trying to decide if I want a full bottle or not. What makes a perfume “sinister”?
    Happy Halloween!


    • lol, I was going with “sinister” because Cabochard is leathery and smoky to many people, and it has a central note of asafoetida, an ancient herb traditionally used In magic and mythology “to gain insight and to banish all negative energy, evil spirits and demons.”

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  2. I pulled out the Jungle l’Elephant for this cold and damp day. Resigned from my job yesterday, rough day, so I wanted to reach into the all-time favorites. There’s not much use for a preschool music teacher in the COVID era (singing not allowed) and the part time office assistant work I was doing in place of teaching was not bringing any joy. I’m going to focus on my photography for a little while until I figure out my next move.


  3. Good thinking on the Papillon line OH, but I’d go for Anubis over Dryad. Much earthier and witchier, and all about the underworld. 👻 💀🧙🏻
    Finally got my mitts on Angels Share, really lovely. The booze isn’t overwhelming at all, quite a juicy opening.

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  4. Hey OH,
    I didn’t do the NST this week because I completely forgot. It’s saturday here by the time it drops and if I’m off doing other stuff it slips my mind. BUM!
    Last night for Halloween I wore Vendetta by Valentino. It’s not spooky or dark but the name seemed to fit the mood.
    Today I’m doing some running around meeting friends and stuff. Wearing Halfeti Leather by Penhaligon’s. Still can’t really work out why I love it so much. It’s fairly standard woody rose synth oud combo just seems to fit me mood a lot lately. Maybe the gorgeous label in burgundy and gold also catches my eye.
    Portia xx

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  5. For Halloween I wore Le Baiser du Dragon– dragons, witches, spells, etc. It’s a good one for spooky cool evenings. Today I’m wearing Shalimar Initial. I discovered on Undina’s Blog that lots of people dislike Shalimar so it’s become my ‘witchy’ scent. I’ll wear it when I want to cast some spells… Not all my spells are nice, hence the Shalimar. LOL

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