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I was excited to see that DS & Durga had a sampler set available that included I Don’t Know What — I’ve heard amazing things about that scent as an “amplifier,” something you can spray with another scent you love and it blooms into something even better.

I’m thrilled to say that I like almost all of the scents so far (I may still have one or two to try), AND I have a new favorite: the fig-heavy scent Debaser, which is a really unusual fragrance profile for me. (I particularly love it after it wears off a bit, so it’s definitely the middle notes of “fig, coconut milk, and iris” that I prefer, or perhaps the base notes of “blond woods, tonka bean, and moss.”)

The scents all have unusual “fragrance stories” — and a Spotify playlist to match each scent. (Debaser’s is: “The wild shrill of Black Francis coming through the radio in the August heat. Ripe fig, iris, coconut milk, tonka and dry blond woods.”)

The collection comes in a cute little black and white box that, yes, is reminiscent of a box of cigarettes — it’s $60 at Amazon. Individually, the perfumes are $75 for 10ml “pocket” vials, $210 for 50ml bottles, or $300 for 100ml bottles; you can find them at spots like Nordstrom, Revolve and others.

As an aside, I see that Neiman Marcus has one of my absolute favorite purchases from the past 5 years or so, the Portraits Scent Library from Penhaligon’s… I really like almost all of the scents in this one.

(As a reminder, I tend to like more masculine scents like vetiver, sandalwood, jasmine — I’ve really enjoyed discovery sets from brands like Penhaligon’s, Juliette has a Gun, DS & Durga, and Kilian Paris in recent years. Last fall I wore a lot of this Replica scent as well as some vetiver-forward scents like the ones from Le Labo and Creed. In springtime I like Debaser, as well as this really powdery special edition Jo Malone scent (surprising for me!). Year-round, I seem to always reach for Yasmine by Penhaligon.)

Psst: in the past, readers have had strong opinions that there is no office-appropriate perfume because they can cause migraines and worse in many people, so I’d suggest going without during the workday, or at least applying it very lightly. I like perfume and I’m always dying when I see influencers on IG or TikTok applying multiple perfumes to multiple spots directly on their body… I tend to either pick one pulse point to spray it directly, like my wrist, and then use that single spray to dab elsewhere — or I just spray the perfume and walk into it.

Workwear sales of note for 2.29.24

Our favorites are in bold!

Ann Taylor – Friends of Ann Event: 30% off your purchase

Banana Republic – Up to 40% off sale styles

Banana Republic Factory – Up to 50% off everything & extra 20% off purchase

Boden – 15% off all new season styles

Design Within Reach – Semi-Annual Sale: 20% off furniture & accessories (readers love the Herman Miller Aeron and Sayl!)

Eloquii – $25 and up select styles; extra 60% off sale

J.Crew – Up to 50% off women’s swim; extra 30% off sale styles

J.Crew Factory – Extra 15% off $100+; extra 20% off $125+; extra 50% off clearance; up to 60% off everything; readers love the schoolboy sweater blazer

M.M.LaFleur – 20% off pants

Nordstrom – 1000s of markdowns just added

Talbots – Leap Year Flash Sale: 29% off everything plus 40% off 1 item; 30% off all markdowns (here are all the reader favorites at Talbots)

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