New Year Resolutions: October

I loved our October this year: it was a summer we didn’t have! I did experience some cognitive dissonance reading everybody’s Top N Fall Fragrances lists but I consider it a small cost for the most beautiful weather we had.

I still manage to wear my favorite perfumes more often than targeted “twice a week” but some of those wears were done in parallel with something new being tested (and compared).

In October I tested much less new perfumes. It means that the amount of untested samples in my collection keeps growing. In the attempt to stay in control of those multiplying samples I imposed a rule: no testing is done unless a sample is entered into the database. What can I say? I had 12 of those as of this morning… and now there are 17. I swear they procreate!

There are several reasons why I test less new perfumes. First, during this month I wore several favorite perfumes that required the commitment: they just kept going and going on my skin. Luckily for me I love them. But they do not leave any room for a meaningful testing of new scents.

Quick October stats:

Perfumes by the type of bottle* Different perfumes worn/tested: 64 (0) from 30 brands on 85 (+7) occasions;

* Favorite perfumes worn: 14 on 19 occasions (-9);

* Perfumes I tried for the first time: 25 (-5);

* Perfume house I wore/tested most often: Tom Ford for the WTD, Chanel and Amouage – just because I like them;

* Most popular notes (only from perfumes I chose to wear, not those that I tested for the first time): top – (not counting bergamot) mandarin, and rose; middle – (since rose and jasmine keep that position unchallenged I include the next notes in the list) iris and ylang ylang; base – musk, sandalwood and vanilla;

* Total number of unique notes in all perfumes I wore/tested this month:  225 (-4);

* Perfumes longevity of which prevented other perfumes testing: Ormonde Jayne Ta’if , Thierry Mugler Angel, Le Labo Rose 31 and Teo Cabanel Alahine.

Did you wear recently any perfumes that claimed your undivided attention for the whole day?

Image: my own


9 thoughts on “New Year Resolutions: October

  1. I was surprised to find how long Bottega Veneta lasted, and the SSS scents last quite a long time on me, too.

    (You got your stats done! :) )


    • Yep, I did it! :)

      On Friday I wore SSS’s Rose Musk… I applied it around 9 a.m. and 12 hours later I still couldn’t test anything else on one of the wrists. Amazing.


  2. Iris, ylang ylang, sandalwood, vanila and musk. Those are some of my favourite notes too!

    In terms of longevity it was probably Ginestet Botrytis lately, which has all the tenacity one would expect of “noble rot”.

    : – )


  3. You know I’ve been consistantly wearing my full bottles lately and it really is a satisfying experience. It makes me feel a lot better about my collection! I can definitely see why it was your New Year’s Resolution, I hope to keep it up.

    I used up the last of my sample of Annick Goutal’s Ambre Fetiche this morning and it lasted all day, just getting better and better. I am definitely considering at least a decant – wonderful stuff!


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