Monday, July 16, 2012

Monkey Monday: The Joys of Smelly Commutes

Monkey Bizness

Last week (and all summer thereof), I had to use the car co-op to drive my daughter to and from summer camp. I'm certainly learning to appreciate the no commuting required the rest of the year, and mourn the 2 hours lost to traffic each day. Certainly does not make for a very productive work day (in contrary to what I remember commuting to be...).
Anyway, as I was using the same car every day for the entire week, and as I was trying different perfume samples from those given to me at the Artisan Fragrance Salon, I was alarmed to sense a scent of a certain unlikeable perfume around me, and kept wondering where it came from: is it from my wristwatch? My ring? My hair?

It took me a couple of days to locate the source of the undesireable perfume emanate from the seat belt. Some car-sharing gal went all perfume-spray-happy for her car co-op errands (which I'm rather thrilled about - Vancouverites wearing scent are a thing of rarity), and completely contaminated it with her scent. If it wasn't that particular one, I wouldn't be complaining about it (and booking a different car for the following week).

But, my loss is your gain: If you guess correctly which scent it is, you will win your very own free sample of it (just kidding! just kidding!). No, no, you will win a bunch of samples from the SF Sniff, plus a couple more that I've added by perfumers who presented at the salon last weekend, including Sonoma Scent Studio's new and beautiful Forest Walk.

Here are your hints:
1) Released in the 2000's
2) Not a celebrity perfume
3) Was never reviewed on SmellyBlog
4) It's a flanker for a rather popular scent from the 90's. It was released exactly 10 years before the "original".
5) Last but not least: It's not a niche, hard to find fragrance. You should be able to find it in most if not all department stores and run of the mill parfumeries and drug stores.

As usual, the contest will close by Friday at noon, by which I will do a lucky draw via

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At July 17, 2012 2:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a complete guess since I haven't actually tried either of these, but I'll give it a try.
What you smelled in the co-op car was Chanel Allure Sensuelle (released 2006) which is a flanker to Chanel Allure released 10 years earlier (1996).

I commute mostly by public transit and to recover from nasty smells have taken to carrying a small bottle of Samsara EdT. Not to spray on, but just to take a sniff of the nozzle for the gorgeous glow of its (nostril-cleansing) uplifting jasmine.

-- Lindaloo

At July 17, 2012 8:18 AM, Blogger solace said...

i am guessing it's some sort of JOOP! flanker. i only say that beacuse when people talk of perfumes making them actually rebook cars, hotels, husbands, and from time to time office buildings... i always assume JOOP! is somehow involved.

At July 17, 2012 6:24 PM, Blogger mous said...

This is fun.

Guessing here Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Exotic, released 10 years after Green Tea.

My regard to your nose. ddrdac 35

At July 17, 2012 8:09 PM, Blogger nekosan said...

Ah, ll graham got one of my guesses. =) So i'll go with my other: CK Summer, released in 2004, a flanker to CK one, released in 1994.

I was also looking for some Angel flanker that would fit the bill, but came up empty.

At July 17, 2012 10:20 PM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

Good guesses, everyone! Keep 'em coming :-)

At July 18, 2012 10:16 PM, Blogger Princess Ellie said...

My guess is Alien.

At July 20, 2012 1:17 AM, Blogger yash said...

I am guessing Hugo woman as a flanker to Boss femme...even though I was going for ck one summer for ck game !!

At July 20, 2012 10:00 AM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

Thank you to everyone who participated!
Your comments were right on the money, and thanks to you I'm now aware of more obnixious flankers too ;-)
Yash - I'm not a fan of either of BOSS's but this is not it...
Princess Ellie - Alien is not my cup of tea, but it's not a flanker, is it?
And speaking of teas - ll graham - how many greens teas did Elizabeth Arden make?
nekosan - pretty much everything CK is a flanker...! LOL!

At July 20, 2012 10:00 AM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

solace, you're so right about JOOP! - it can never go unnoticed. I as thrilled that when I met a certain x boyfriend, he was at the very end of his JOOP! which an x girlfriend of his picked for him. He now has the 3rd Man (my gift to him) and it's kinda funny how all of his girlfriends (he run through a few since we broke up some 6 years ago) keep thanking me for my choice LOL.

At July 20, 2012 10:02 AM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

And, last but not least - I got to respond to Lindaloo:
You were the first to comment, and you were right on the money!
You won!!!

It's not nearly as godawful as Coco Mademoiselle, but it's quite an obnixious marriage between the two - Allure & Coco Mademoiselle. I like the raspy, throaty patchouli and vanilla underneath, which is why it was not nearly as bad by the 3rd ride in that car... But those first notes that are watery fruitchouli nose attack are hard to go through!


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