Pandemic Perfume Diaries (Week 2)


Greetings from my chamber of self-isolation! I did venture out to the pharmacy earlier in the week, and I may be plotting a bakery run soon. Otherwise, I’m staying home and trying to get some work done while avoiding too many news updates.

At least I’ve smelled pretty darn good over the past fortnight, thanks to another handful of office-inappropriate perfumes. Here’s the latest round-up:

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Memo Siwa

Siwa is my favorite fragrance from Memo but it’s so expensive that I’ll probably never purchase a full bottle. Maybe they’ll offer a Siwa travel spray someday? In the meantime, I’m enjoying the remainder of the sample vial that a kind sales associate at Bloomingdale’s gave me. Siwa smells like a fancy spiced-vanilla pudding; it’s upscale yet comforting.

You read my Now Smell This review of Siwa here.

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Bond no. 9 Broadway Nite

This one’s an old favorite! I pulled the bottle from the back of my “perfume cupboard,” took a whiff, and was instantly transported back to the year when my Ohio friends came to visit and we made a pilgrimage to the Bond no. 9 flagship. This glam aldehydic rose-violet bouquet was the fragrance I was wearing the day my husband and I got engaged, so it has multiple happy associations.

Marina reviewed Broadway Nite on Perfume Smellin’ Things back in 2005.

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Neela Vermeire Creations Mohur

Another rosy bombshell! In 2012, I wrote, “The idea of a rose-based fragrance combining western and eastern influences appealed instantly to me. Having tried Mohur, I can now imagine it being worn by either a Mughal Empress or the elegantly gowned wife of a British Viceroy.”

Note: the extrait is even richer and more tempting than the Eau de Parfum.

Here’s my review on Now Smell This.

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Cacharel LouLou

I posted a photo of my LouLou bottle on Instagram and was surprised by all the nostalgic and enthusiastic comments it received. Apparently I’m not the only one who has a soft spot for this 1980s-does-1920s “oriental” with its creamy white florals and its overdose of powdery vanilla. And that bottle!

I’d almost forgotten that I raved about this neo-classic on Now Smell This a while back.

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Guerlain Terracotta

If it’s a rainy day and I’m headed to work, I might spritz on a fragrance that matches the weather, like Frédéric Malle Editions de Parfums L’eau d’Hiver. But if I’m going to be home all day, I’ll counter the drizzle and gloom with a big tropical garden of a perfume instead. This week, I revisited Terracotta for this purpose.

Here’s my review on NST.

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Some other good-smelling products I’ve used lately: LUSH Therapy Massage Bar, Desert Essence Bulgarian Lavender Hand & Body Lotion, and AuraCacia Chill Pill Essential Oil Blend (burned in a tealight diffuser). You can probably spot the “soothing” theme there.

I hope you’re finding some scented solace in your days right now. Let me know what you’ve been smelling!


  1. I went heavy on the Tocadilly before leaving to sit at work in our locked-down lobby, where we are still greeting a few clients a week. Still on an Insolence kick at home. And thanks to the previous post, I ordered a tester of Nahema edp from “Fragran*(the 37%popped up)*cenet.” I’ve passed up the high-priced vintages many times so here’s hoping there will be a whiff of glory in the bee bottle.

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  2. Congratulations on your nominations! I have been leaning heavily on my bath-as-medicine approach to life: Badedas shower gel as bubble bath for tension headaches, Olbas herbal bath for sinus discomfort, a mixture of Dr. Teal’s Green Tea Epsom and a rose geranium bubble bath for everyday, and simple sniffs from the bottle of my precious Fenjal Crème Bath. Strangely enough, the scents I’ve been wearing are very office-friendly: C.O. Bigelow’s Lemon cologne and Nivea EDT (a Christmas present from my husband).

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