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New Member Fragrance Trials continued

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Posted 15 March 2011
Re: New Member Continuation
Well I see it is March 9th since I've written in. Thought this post that I've also put in the conifers group is noteworthy as a milestone in my development as a nascent perfumisto:

I bought my very first fragrance in decades, last week. This was a big deal for me. After discovering completely by chance Turin and Sanchez' book, and reading it and other works pretty much with unabashed fascination, I finally got around to taking the plunge and buying my own cologne. It is called Arboretum by Le Prince Jardinier.

This was what is called a "blind" buy, in that I had never smelled it prior to purchase. It just sounded like what I was after according to some folks on this and other forums, who had tried it. I bought an unopened product still with the cellophane on the box; got it off of eBay. It's a 3.3 oz. bottle. And only $8.00 postage paid.

It arrived yesterday and I immediately tried it out on a paper card (two puffs). My first impression was not particularly favorable. It wasn't quite as "crisp" as I had hoped it would be - much darker. (Keep in mind that I do not know all of the notes yet so my descriptions are very poor). There I let the matter rest until today when I decided to test the claim that scents smell differently on the skin. So I sprayed one little puff on my arm this a.m. It is now mid p.m.

I believe that I have given this perfume a fair chance to delight me. It does not. In fact after several hours, and having been in a dry-down for a good part of that time, I really am beginning to not like it at all. To my nose, in dry-down it bears a distinct comparison to White Linen, a scent that I have long detested! I don't know what the accords are in W.L. but they seem to be present in this Arboretum.

I will say this for it - it definitely has staying power! You will certainly get your money's worth of it! Hahaha! One puff on one arm and you're set for the day (and night too!

Anyone want to buy some, real cheap?

Posted 3 April 2011
Just thought I'd update on what this new member has been doing since last I wrote. After more research and study I finally decided upon an order to "The Perfumed Court". This was based, in part, upon recommendations by a friend on some male fragrances that are good for beginners (e.g Jean-Marie Farina). The other choices were based upon my curiosity in wanting to know what they smelled like (e.g. Timbuktu). So here's my first order for samples to learn scents:

Acqua di Parma Colonia - original (AdP)
Cedre Blanc (Heeley)
Cuir de Russie (Chanel)
Eau Sauvage (Dior)
Eau de Guerlain EdT (Guerlain)
Jean-Marie Farina (Roger & Gallet)
Lavender (Caldey Island)
Mitsouko (Guerlain)
Poison (Dior)
Rive Gauche pour Homme (YSL)
Timbuktu (LíArtisan)
Vetiver (Guerlain)

Comments or reactions welcome!

Posted 4 April 2011 in reply to someone who wondered how I'd like Poison
I first smelled Poison in April 1987 in Frankfort-am-Main at the Palmengarten. I understand it had just come out a year or so earlier and was all the rage. I had NO IDEA what I kept smelling! I thought it might be the smell of Germany! Hahaha! For years I had that smell in my mind and didn't know what it was. Then one day I found out. Don't remember how.

Fast forward to this year. As I've said elsewhere's on this forum I got into fragrances a few weeks ago by chance after reading a book on Chanel No. 5, then Luca Turin, and the first thing I did was to go to Macy's and ask them for a sniff card with Poison on it to re-familiarize myself with it. Same stuff.

I then wound up trying alot of different perfumes, both male and female, and after all was said and done I still like Poison the best (not including what's coming in the mail of course!). That's my history with Poison.

Posted 9 April 2011
Yesterday, 2 of the 3 parts of my order from The Perfumed Court arrived. (As some of you may not know, TPC is actually three gals in different cities in the USA, so when you order from them, you may get your order in 3 different shipments).

I have yet to try any other than the Vetiver by Guerlain, and that only on paper, not yet skin.

What has arrived:
Acqua di Parma Colonia - original (AdP)
Cedre Blanc (Heeley)
Cuir de Russie (Chanel)
Eau Sauvage (Dior)
Eau de Guerlain EdT (Guerlain)
Jean-Marie Farina (Roger & Gallet)
Mitsouko (Guerlain)
Vetiver (Guerlain)

Yet to come (prob. today):
Dior's Poison
L'Artisan Timbuktu
and Caldey Island Lavender.
(I am particularly looking forward to smelling the Lavender and Timbuktu!)


  1. NDN-01's Avatar

    I've been reading your work here and am very much impressed with the methodology you are approaching this hobby with. I look forward to reading more.

    If you still want to get rid of the Arboretum send me a message. I'd be glad to take it off you hands.

    As a side note, I found a complete full set of the Colton's Nine Flags that you mentioned in your first blog post. They want to start bidding at $999.00. Akkk!!!


  2. Saintpaulia's Avatar
    Sorry NDN you are way behind the times! The Arboretum I sold at least 2 months ago. I've decided that Colton's Nine Flags are ridiculously priced when I find them, so that too is old news. But catch my newest weblogs on Guides to Buying for Newcomers. And thanks for the kind remarks.


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