Monday Question – How Was Your Weekend?

Since you seemed to enjoy this question last month (as did I), Tara suggested I make it a once-a-month fixture to ask about your weekend and what perfume accompanied you.

So please tell me, what did you do this weekend?

Which perfume did you wear?


My Answer:

The last week was a bit strange, as it was almost summery and warm, but I mainly felt the need to stay in and keep to myself, people are just too much for me sometimes. Am I becoming a recluse…?

This weekend the weather was sunny (cold wind though).  We went to the park to ride our bikes with the boys, painted a huge picture (2x2m) for Paul’s class’s First Communion in May and visited with the grandparents.


I wore Hermès Hiris on Saturday, which is not only Tara’s iris but my favourite too and Diptyque L’Eau de Neroli on Sunday which never fails to make me smile. Orange blossom is so good for the mood.

How was your weekend? How are you today?


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56 Responses to Monday Question – How Was Your Weekend?

  1. Monika says:

    I wore Dama Bianca and spent my weekend reading your lovely reviews 🙂

  2. Lady Jane Grey says:

    Had a rather lively weekend : Friday afternoon my husband and me went to Hamburg, just for fun. Had lovely weather both, Sat and Sun, some awesome food (loads of fish). We had tickets for a gig in a club for Sat evening, which we enjoyed very much – so the conclusion is : we need such weekends more often ! I had no parfum on because wanted to stay “free” for a testing session at the Parfumery Lubner (no, I wasn’t in a buying mood)

  3. marjo56 says:

    Good morning Birgit. I’m happy to read that I’m not the only one who feels the need to keep to herself (myself, oneself😅. Grammar on Monday morning….) sometimes. So don’t feel bad about it. It happens to many people, only when the weather is great, it is more obvious. In spring and summer, I always feel obliged to be happy and outgoing, etc. It can really make me feel depressed. But, don’t get me wrong, I like the sun and it’s warmth, I just can’t explain it (sorry, if I’m talking nonsense😁, it’s Monday). I had a good weekend. My son is getting married in october and my daughter in law invited me to go shopping (?) for her wedding dress on saturday. Very stressful, but very nice😊. Oh, and I wore Armani Figuier Eden on both Saturday and Sunday. Have a great Monday!
    P.S. What a great picture you made. You are quite the artist. Do you have a background in art?

  4. Vanessa says:

    Oh, I say, LJG, you weren’t far behind me in Hamburg! What club/gig was that, may I ask? This weekend I took an inquisitive friend from Stafford to a gig in Manchester (no prizes for guessing which band!). He enjoyed it very much and could see the appeal of the music, and general dynamism and charisma of the band, even after 37 years…;)

    I wore Boxeuses that night (courtesy of Val), and Neroli Blanc Intense much of the rest of the weekend (also courtesy of Val!) Back from Manchester I mowed the lawn, caught up on epic amounts of sleep, visited an elderly friend, and got a bit drunk on an amazing bottle of Pinot Noir with my friend Gillie last night, that she was given for her 60th birthday the other day.

    • Vanessa says:

      Ooh, parallel orange blossom scents! PS How do I feel today? A bit delicate…:)

    • Lady Jane Grey says:

      My most delicate V., it was the Mojo club, and an amazing English band called The Staves (before them a Scottish lady, Rachel Sermanni, who was so good I’m going to see her in Vienna this very Wednesday 😀).
      As of The Staves I recommand pretty much everything, but especially “No me, No you, No more” – almost a-capella

  5. Sabine says:

    I am visiting my mum at the moment, and the weekend was spent with catching up and eating. And because I had ordered a lot of samples to be delivered to my mum’s place I wore about a dozen different things on various parts of my arms. My favourites so far are Geste by Humiecki and Graef, and Oxygen by Nu_be.

  6. Ines says:

    I spent the weekend having fun with friends. ON Saturday several came over for pizza and cupcakes (yes, I spent half the day in kitchen and wore Shalimar Initial) and then yesterday there was a birthday barbecue to which I wore Jo Malone Nutmeg and Ginger (it feels like a light perfume for leisure events and this was in the country).
    Now I need another weekend to get rested from this one. 🙂

  7. Weekend means workdays for me. While the whole village was celebrating a fiesta with their lovely kids’ musical band, I locked myself in my office working. I was wearing vintage Tendre Poison to cheer myself up. 🙂 After work, I visited friends in the next village to fix their satellite TV system and enjoyed nice meal and wine. No too bad. 🙂

  8. Tara says:

    I took my parents to the big Elvis exhibition at the O2 on Saturday. They loved it. I wore my leather jacket and Cuir d’Ange – perfection.
    On Sunday I spent the day alone. I find it’s necessary sometimes and it absolutely doesn’t mean you’re recluse. It just means you just need time to re-charge. People can be draining for introverts.
    Must try L’Eau de Neroli asap. Sounds fab.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Elvis and leather jackets and Cuir d’Ange – what a divine combination.
      I bet the exhibition was great.
      I visited Graceland once and cried my little heart out… 🙂

      Thanks for your kind words, introverts unite! xxx

  9. Hamamelis says:

    I had a spring cleaning urge! Besides that we enjoyed the sun and the busy creatures in our garden, nest building all around, and watch the magnolia in full blossom. A pair of mandarin ducks came by and snacked on the heaps of frog eggs in our pond…they are the most stunningly beautiful ducks, escaped decades ago from private gardens and now part of our wildlife.
    I wore Hiris (thank you again Tara), love it very much, as a matter of fact I am wearing it again today! I also wore Heure Exquise, I alternate them at the moment. Such gorgeous scents.
    I see the Hiris blue back in that fantastic picture you made Birgit.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Ah, I wish that urge would strike me, the apartment could definitely use it. 😉
      The ducks must be wonderful to watch.

      Hiris blue indeed, but as I said above, it’s my husband the credit belongs to.

  10. Sandra says:

    Your painting is great. It must have been fun to paint that big. We dabbled with some artwork over the weekend but mainly we enjoyed the sunshine with scootering in the parks. The perfume that made it perfect was Jacques Zolty Van-ile. Xo

    • Olfactoria says:

      Ah, a new vanilla for you. Glad you like it.
      I had never attempted such large scale painting either, and it is fabulous. Although without a proper space to work in, it is hard to do often.

  11. Saturday I went to Odette Toilette’s 1970’s Vintage Scent Session at Les Senteurs, and I spent the rest of the day wearing Mona di Orio’s Lux. Sunday I met a friend for brunch before checking out the Marlene Dumas exhibition at the Tate Modern. I didn’t wear perfume on Sunday. :O

  12. Iuliana says:

    The weather in London was much as you describe it, plus lots of clouds on Sunday – perhaps this is why I felt like wearing Kenzo Jungle (l’Elephant) carefully dosed, to compensate for the blandness outside. On Saturday, completely unexpected news that good friends of ours are moving back home made me sad and pensive, so I wore Les Nez’s Manoumalia to cheer up (as the punchy opening always makes me smile). Have a great week (and please do continue with the Hermes scarves Friday posts, I love them)!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Isn’t it great that we have a perfume for every occasion? Glad you found the right ones to cheer you up.

      There will be a post on Friday, I just couldn’t bring myself to post last Friday, since I let a particularly nasty comment get to me (I know I shouldn’t!). 😦

      • Hamamelis says:

        I don’t know if the nasty comment pertained to your scarf posts, but if it did, please know that not only are they a joy to read (and look at, especially the monkey your son found!), but it has inspired me to add some art and beauty to my daily appearance (through some very affordable second hand carres, among them from Madras to Zakynthos, one of my favourites!).

        • Olfactoria says:

          Yes, it was regarding the scarf posts, but your lovely feedback makes me forget it.
          De Madras a Zakynthos is so beautiful!!! I have been looking for that for years, sadly without success. So happy for you!!! Which cw do you have? I love the beige and white one especially.

          • Hamamelis says:

            It is a piece of art IMO (and turtles happen to be one of my favourite creatures, such world travellers). I think I just got very lucky on Ebay to stumble across it. The beige and white one is also the cw I love most, but mine is the light turquoise/light green one, which fits my (strawberry red) colouring also very much.

          • Olfactoria says:

            That is a very beautiful colourway too, enjoy your find!

      • Iuliana says:

        I think I know which one you refer to – in my view (and I speak from the heart), the joy and beauty you bring to us all with your posts, this whole blog and your kindness cannot be shadowed by anyone or anything that (intentionnaly or otherwise) may try to distort your message. I have learned so much about perfume from this blog (through the posts and by winning the mother of all sample collections from Antje a couple of years ago) and other things of beauty (you do have impecable tastes) that I cannot thank you enough, and I know that I am far from being the only one.

        • Olfactoria says:

          Dear Iuliana,
          thank you so much, you are too kind and you are right, your words mean so much more and should be the ones I take to heart, not the petty ones (that particular awful comment never saw the light of the blog, I deleted it straight away).

  13. Marzipan says:

    the question is what did I not wear? Perfume sampling at SFA, NYC with my daughters and lunch at the Shake Shack.

  14. Lila says:

    I just got back from visiting my family in SC so for the 10 hr. car ride yesterday I just dabbed a tiny bit of Kurkdjian’s new Satin Oud. Saturday we took a drive around a beautiful lake in SC, visiting the tiny towns around it. The azaleas were in full bloom so one town had an Azalea festival going on. Then we headed up into the mountains of NC and had some barbeque at one of our favorites, Hubba Hubba – it’s outdoor so you get the combination of clean mtn. air with wafts of smoking meat. Chickens and one slightly obnoxious rooster (is there any other kind?) mingle with the diners and then for dessert there happens to be a wood fired bakery next door where they make delicious cookies, tarts, cakes, pizza…..we had a strawberry tart made with some of the first strawberries of the season. Then I took a bouquet of sunflowers over to my niece for her birthday and spent some time with my sister’s family. I wore Dhajala that day. It was a perfect day!

  15. Holly says:

    It was a beautiful spring weekend here in Washington, DC. The cherry blossoms are now wafting off the trees and I feel a bit melancholy at their quick passing. The crowds in the area can be quite overwhelming during this season when people from all over the world come to visit, so I stayed home and enjoyed the weather and the views around the neighborhood. Another introvert here! I find the spring season to be so brief and as it’s my favorite time of year the fleeting nature creates a bit of anxiety that I might miss something. I have also noticed that as I get older, the crankiness factor increases, much to my dismay. In fact, I have one-upped the “Hey kids! Get off my lawn!” to “Hey kids! Get off your lawn!” as some of the tykes in the neighborhood insist on screaming shrilly at every opportunity. I would also like a mowing moratorium for one day a week. 😉

    • Olfactoria says:

      I’m totally with you on both the sensation of time fleeting and the crankiness. I am tempted to tell my own kids to get off the lawn from time to time. 😉

  16. Annette says:

    After a busy week that included meeting up with a cousin I hadn’t seen in years and which was amazing, we got on as if we were always together, beforehand, I popped into Fortnum and Mason’ perfume department and got a SHOCK! It has been redecorated and looks quite different!! More sleek and modern for sure. I like it well enough, but there is something about the old world glamour about Fortnum’s that I so love, so I hope they don’t go too modern. It was the first day that it was unveiled, so I must be one of the first people to see it thus. I put several squirts of Creed Jardin D’Amalfi on which was lovely, but honestly the price – £470ish??? Anyway, a quiet weekend followed wearing Diptyque L’Ombre Dans L’Eau which, in my daughter’s words is ‘lovely – smells like trees!’ Enjoy the Spring, Birgit, and keep your scarf posts coming!

  17. Azar says:

    One day spent rehearsing, one day gardening. For the rehearsals, Sympathy for the Sun – for the gardening, the scents of the greenhouse, the garden and the new top soil were mixed with Micallef Jewel for Her. It was a great weekend.

  18. Weekend excellent, spent in Singapore with Jin and some of my mates, also made a few new ones and it was all about food and sightseeing. Fabulous weather and so much to do. Wore mainly La Chasse aux Papillons L`Artisan Parfumeur from the new RollerBall application and some Manto di Rugiada Melograno Selvatico by I Profumi di Firenze.
    Portia xx

  19. snobbycactus says:

    On Sunday my biggest achievement was to sell a half of the bee bottle of Metallica through an announcement online and get a nice price for it. Still have the spray version of 93 ml bottle so it is not a loss given that I am not fond of it at all.
    Other than that I mostly spent it on my balcony enjoying the view over the Bodensee though with the computer and preparing my lectures for this week.
    I was wearing Oud Assam of Rania J perfumes — brought just a week ago from Paris and trying to accustom myself. One of the best true to reality ouds but definitely not to wear to my students…
    More and more often I think that I should improve my collection of wearable perfumes, as of now except of all fig scents and a couple of iris (though do not have Hiris, still contemplating..) and Jour de Hermes the rest are just not safe for the external world… Orange blossoms might do the job, I will try the dyptique next time. (Another option is Misia of Chanel — did you try it and if yes any opinion?)

    • Olfactoria says:

      Congratulations on your sale, I’m sure you made someone very happy with Metallica (and that gorgeous bee bottle!).
      I have not yet tried Misia, but Tara has and her review will be up this week.
      Let me know what you think of the Diptyque, shoild you try it, it is simple and straightforward, but high quality, beautiful and very wearable.

  20. Eva S says:

    I spent a relaxing weekend, doing nothing special just reading,taking walks in the sun and the like. And I became an Aunt!! 🙂
    I had just recieved a package from Place Vendome and tried out the new samples of Misia and no 22.

  21. stina says:

    I tried to get a head start on this year’s yard work – weeding and clearing brush in between spring rain showers. I’m trying to create a moss garden on the north side of the house; the moss is willing, but so are the weeds! Still, there’s something relaxing and meditative about working with mosses (even if they aren’t the perfumery moss Evernia prunastri, which is actually a lichen). And there are some lovely clumps of daffodils in my moss proto-garden (garden-to-be?).

    Had to take all the hoses and clay pots in again, because it’s supposed to snow (!) the day after tomorrow. The joys of living in the Upper Midwest!

    I wore Black Gemstone most of the weekend; hope the moss liked it!

    And I second Hamamelis – your scarf posts are a joy to read and view, and have inspired me to poke around on the Hermès website with an eye to owning one of these beautiful pieces of wearable art at some point in the not-too-distant future! Am looking forward to the next post.

    A quick question about L’Eau de Neroli (which sounds lovely) – how’s the longevity? I tried Penhaligon’s Orange Blossom and liked it (a first for me with that house), but it disappears on me in less than an hour.

    • Olfactoria says:

      A moss garden sounds so melancholic, wistful and absolutely beautiful, hope it goes well.

      Thanks for your kindness re scarf posts. If you find your “one”, please let me know!

      Diptyque L’Eau de Neroli lasts a good five to six hours on me, so not too bad for this type of scent (and it is only EdT strength!).

      • stina says:

        Sounds great longevity-wise! Will hunt around for a sample this week; if it works with my skin, it’d be a lovely hot-weather option. Thanks for the info!

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