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  1. Top 10 tasting article

    Bon et Copieux linked me to Top Ten Niche Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sample in a thread where I asked about figuring out my taste. It seems a useful backbone to make notes on.

    1: L’Air du Desert Marocain: dry, resinous amber.

    I already know I like amber *and* that I like it to be moist and rich rather than dry. Tom Ford Amber Absolute is a favourite of mine and pops up in the "if you like it richer" section of this. However, I'm coming to understand ...

    Updated 11th August 2016 at 09:31 PM by philistine

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  2. Notes on my taste

    Something I'm trying to do as I learn about fragrance is to figure out the shape of the gaps in my ideal perfume wardrobe. What are the perfumes I desperately want, but haven't figured out I want them yet?

    So far, I seem to have a love of:

    Something I will call Wardrobe Fresco. Things that smell "wet", fresh, alive. I don't mean marine; this one seems to be fruity-florals for the most part. Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche (and Chance itself) are good ones. Michael ...

    Updated 15th August 2016 at 05:27 PM by philistine

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  3. High street raid

    Went out for an afternoon in town and sniffed everything I could get my hands on. My education continues...

    Things I did NOT like:

    Ghost Deep Night – Something I don't like in the top end of this. An acrid fruit of some sort. Remains present into the midstage as well. BN reviews describe it as “Deep but cool & smooth woody vanilla with touch of apricot & peach” and “The peach and apricot combine with something else, perhaps vanilla, to make an almost grape-like ...
  4. Re-examining Pleasures for Men

    Rereading the reviews, I agree with Darvant that it's unabashedly plastic and artificial. It gives me the same feel as some very dirt-cheap things my mother occasionally used to "treat" herself to, although past that nasty opening it's a far better quality offering. Something a little reminiscent of cleaning products, too. In terms of its tone as a fragrance it'd be daywear if I wanted to wear it, but I think I'd only want to wear it to places I wished I didn't have to be...
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  5. Day trip sniffs

    Treated myself to a day out in town, sniffing all the delicious things I could find a card to test on



    Terre d'Hermes - OMFG. Heavyweight. A good reference scent for the sort of dry/spice/wood scent I *don't* enjoy. My scrawled comment on the test card was "!!"

    Armani Acqua di Gio Profumo - not unlike a lighter Terre d'Hermes. Rated a "??" on the test strip. I found it reminiscent of a lighter Terre d'Hermes, with an aquatic note ...
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