Perfume Chat Room, April 21

Welcome to the Friday 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, April 21, and my roses continue to explode in bloom (’tis the season here in the Southeast, I know some of you haven’t even gotten all your spring blossoms yet). I’ve been enjoying sniffing each one and smelling the subtle differences in their scents. Some are more fruity, some are more musky, some are so strongly “rosy” that it’s all I smell.

David Austin English Rose "Fighting Temeraire"; image from
David Austin English Rose “Fighting Temeraire”; image from

This past Monday, I posted another “Counterpoint“, the collaboration between me and Portia of Australian Perfume Junkies. The mystery perfume we analyzed is Jean Patou’s Joy — the original, the one and only Joy. If you haven’t read it yet, please check it out! I really love these projects.

In other news, the community project at another favorite blog, “Now Smell This“, is to wear a spring floral fragrance or other fragrance that reminds you of spring. I’m ready, bring it! I have so many spring florals, it’s not even funny. Now I just have to decide which of many to wear today. I think I’ll go with a newer acquisition, 4160 Tuesdays’ Both Sides of Clouds in extrait strength, the one that earned me compliments from a checkout cashier last week!

What is your favorite spring floral fragrance if you have one?

25 thoughts on “Perfume Chat Room, April 21

  1. My favorite spring floral is Van Cleef & Arpels’ “California Reverie.” It’s the perfect orange blossom fragrance, not too sweet, not too musky, not too indolic, balanced by some soft citruses, Just right! I forget how beautiful it is over the fall and winter. Then when I break out the summer and spring perfumes and spray it on, California Reverie always elicits a sigh of joy and a “Wow, that’s gorgeous! from me.

    On a side note, an article in The Atlantic today claims that enthusiasm for everyday life is the secret to lasting happiness. I think we all have that covered! I always feel enthusiastic about a lovely fragrance.

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  2. I have a number of perfumes that come out in spring, mostly. Goutal La Violette, Grand Amour, Eau de Charlotte, Aqua Allegoria Rosa Pop, Apres l’Ondee, Tendre Poison, anything Iris. Not sure what I’ll wear today – almost tempted to pull out my SJP Stash as it will be thunked with one or two more wears. I haven’t ever thunked a bottle – before I was into perfume, I had a few bottles that got old and weird smelling (stored on the dresser). This will be my first real thunk. Mostly due to it being my lucky perfume last fall! Most of my spring bulbs are done, just waiting for the next set of flowers.

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  3. Hmm… Masque Milano L’Attesa (iris), Givenchy Rêve d’Escapade (rosy and white floral), Le Labo Ylang 49, Essential Parfums Rose Magnetic… I’d also include Parfum d’Empire Osmanthus Interdite but it seems osmanthus is a fall floral.

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  4. I’ve started cracking out the spring scents just this week. Sisley Eau de Campagne, Floris Madonna of the Almonds, 4160Tuesdays Urara’s Tokyo Cafe (now Tokyo Spring Blossom), Aerin Lilac Path, Chanel Beige, Bottega Veneta & Diam Blond are now getting some love on warmer days. Cooler days are met with vintage Anais Anais

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  5. This week I had to go hunting in the packed away perfume boxes for Iris Rebelle. Thankfully it was in the second one. I just needed it! Had some sprays of others in the box while I was in there, it was very fragrant round here. I tried Both Sides if Clouds when it was released but I prefer Clouds Illusion, and have just purchased another bottle – the buying mania still hasn’t abated. I’m looking forward to Sarah’s new perfume which is just going into production.

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