It's time for the weekend poll — Aunt Violet: "What's a weekend?" — and this weekend, we're scenting the cast of Downton Abbey. Scent as many or as few as you like, and please, there is no need for historical accuracy — Julian Fellowes has not been stifled by such considerations, so neither...

But as always, you can also just tell us your scent of the day!

A few scented things for nieces, by request, from Lush and Victoria's Secret. Note: top image is christmas cactus by Chris Erwin at flickr; some rights reserved.

When I can't take a weekend off and am working late, I sometimes splurge in lieu of the fun (or at least rest) I should be having. (I am at work as I write, putting off drafting yet another dreary letter). My worst purchase was a "my first perfume" package of Lulu Guiness bought at a flash...

One of the kinder examples: used flip-flop and a Boca Burger for Phish. We're going to do our own list. Any celebrity you like, just name what you think their fragrance should smell like. If you want to assign that celebrity a real perfume too, do go right on ahead. Your host today is...

Hope everyone is having a relaxing long weekend. I'm looking for a rose scent that dances between the rose and something spicy, smokey, woody and/or with incense. My daughter and I both tried FM Portrait of a Lady. On her the rose was tempered by this lovely spicey, woody base. On me it was...

Related poll: Lazy Friday poll ~ shaken, not stirred. Note: top image is televisión lado A by angelrravelor at flickr; some rights reserved.

Today's poll is about scented functional products: please tell us about a few of your favorite scented products for skin, hair, or house cleaning. Before I list my own favorites, I wanted to mention that Now Smell This has been having some performance issues this week — apologies to anyone...

While my grapefruit blossoms bloom in spring, that is the scent that indicates the big change that is coming. In the early evening it mixes with the smell of someone on the next street cooking burgers on the grill. Heavenly! And not the first shout out to red meat this weekend! Dusty screens...

Today's poll was suggested by reader KateReed, who was thinking about "perfumes inspired by the crueler side of nature", like L'Artisan Voleur de Roses (marketed as "a rose garden shattered by a thunderstorm") or Lush Hellstone ("The scent of newly turned earth and roots ripped from deep...

 

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