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  1. Not-on-Basenotes notes

    Michael Kors Midnight Shimmer

    Dusty floral and a hint of dark fruit - plum, I think? Very modern. Starts out with a dose of some ultra-trendy 80s-esque top note that I don't like but this pretty quickly vanishes to leave a relatively sweet mid. 3*
  2. On genderf*cking with fragrance

    Miss Dior

    On paper this is a scent I adore and which has days of longevity - I was still getting wafts of my test strip nearly a week after I sprayed it. But on me, it seems to have trouble battling through my skin chemistry. Same thing happened to Chanel Chance and Chance Eau Fraiche, which disappeared in short order. I begin to wonder whether florals fundamentally don't play well with masculine skin - or at least, not as well as woods, citrus and so on do.

    I'm coming ...
  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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 ...
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