Perfume Chat Room, February 11

Welcome back 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, February 11, and it’s almost Valentine’s Day! Since perfume and other fragrance gifts are often given for Valentine’s Day, do you expect to give or get any? Anything you are secretly hoping to receive? I don’t yearn for these chocolates myself, but I certainly wouldn’t turn my nose up at them! Pun intended. And don’t miss the full review of the chocolates by Nose Prose!

Box of Valentine's heart-shaped chocolates
Neuhaus “perfume” chocolates; image from Neuhaus.

Like many perfumistas, I’ve already chosen and bought the fragrance I’d like to receive from my husband, lol. I haven’t opened it yet, though!! For any new readers: I am blessed, like many of you, with a partner who indulges my hobby/obsession. He has even picked out some of my favorites completely on his own, and when we travel (at least, when we did travel, in the before times), he will go with me to perfumeries and encourage me to buy fragrances.

The perfume I chose for myself was Lancome’s Peut-Etre, which I had been eyeing for some time. When I got an email offer in January for 40% off one item on their website, plus gifts with purchase, I caved. Considering that the gifts with purchase (full sizes of several skincare and cosmetics items) were said to have a combined retail value well above $200, the perfume was perfume-math free! Or so I tell myself.

Peut-Etre is said to be a musky, powdery rose, and it was created by Nathalie Lorson, so it was definitely calling my name. Plus I love the bottles in the Maison Lancome line, they’re so pretty! I’ll let you all know what it’s like, once I open it! And if I do another “Roses de Mai Marathon“, I’ll review it there.

If you haven’t yet browsed this month’s Scent Semantics posts, please do! You’ll find links to all six blogs here. This month’s word is “taste”, and it has been so much fun to read my fellow bloggers’ thoughts!

Scent Semantics blog list

15 thoughts on “Perfume Chat Room, February 11

  1. We don’t really bother with Valentine’s Day. Maybe when we’re empty nesters? With Presidents Day right after we have often been on a trip that weekend – skiing, college visits, etc. We may use it as an excuse to go out to dinner somewhere we haven’t been in ages.

    Today I’m following the NST project of two different perfumes. I have Nest Cocoa Woods on one arm and Nicolaï Vanille Tonka on the other for a little chocolate/vanilla vibe.

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    • Ooh, that duet sounds really nice! I wore two Chanel Eaux the other day; kind of underwhelming, tbh. Yesterday I tried it with two Zara fragrances from their collab with Jo Malone. Perfectly nice as a combo, but nothing special. I may try another of their recommended combinations. Haven’t decided on a duet for today!


  2. 40% off plus gifts with purchase is a gift horse, especially if you have your eye on something. Wear it lavishly, regardless of what you’re doing on the evening. We don’t plan on doing anything in particular due to work commitments, but such is life. I will wear red, though.

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  3. You are on top of the V-day game! We have already eaten all the chocolates in the box… If the past is a predictor of the future, I would anticipate roses in some form. Your Peut-Etre sounds like a good buy. I found out late about Atelier Cologne withdrawing from the US, but managed to order a bottle of Clementine California from their website, which is offering 40% off sitewide with code THANKYOU40 (I believe until they close up in mid-March).

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  4. Hey OH,
    We don’t really do Valentine’s here either. Every day is V day here pretty much.
    I did happen to go to the brand newly renovated DIOR Flagship store this week and bought Eden-Roc. When I got home gave Jin the bag and told him it is the perfect V Day gift. He looked grateful but kind of bemused.
    He’s getting some UniQlo Keith Haring socks and a T Shirt. Haring’s bold, beautiful, colourful art really speaks to him, also that he was a gay man in the midst of the AIDS crisis who used art as a voice.
    Very excited to read how your Lancome’s Peut-Etre gift goes.
    Portia xx

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  5. Speaking of discount codes (thank you, Nose Prose!), Saks Off Fifth is having a “buy one, get one at 50% off” sale on fragrance and beauty, off prices that are already reduced. The code is BOGO. Some good buys on Memo Paris, if you’ve been yearning for one, and on a few Rojas. They’re still not cheap (!) but a lot less than full retail; and I never see those at the usual online discounters. Also, they’re selling Vogue 125 by Comme Des Garcons for $39.99 on their Clearance page, which is a steal.


  6. We usually do fun food things for Valentine’s day. This year it was MIchelle’s Maccs, macaroons (the coconut kind) made in Brooklyn by a woman owned business. They come in many delicious flavors so that was our mutual treat for V day at our house. My hubby also bought some nice roses at Walmart. They’re pretty and they’ve lasted for almost a week already. We both love flowers so we usually get some each week at Trader Joe’s. I look forward to hearing about Peut-Etre. I’ve been tempted to buy that one also.. I have a few of Nathalie Lorson’s creations and I love them all.

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    • Those macaroons sound wonderful! I’ve just returned to Trader Joe’s recently, having limited my in-store shopping during the pandemic. It was nice to be back, and I expect I’ll indulge in some of their flowers, too. I love their potted orchids — great value, and gorgeous flowers. They last for such a long time, too.


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