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Posted 16 May 2011
I do go slow. But as I've said before on this same thread, I have a low tolerance for perfumes, which is kind of odd for someone who is focusing so on them! But that said, I don't have the mental-emotional state necessary to "process" a scent the way I want to - everyday. I may even go a whole week without trying a new one. As you pointed out Nevermore, one can work with a given scent every day, but the same one. For instance, I have been wearing small amounts of Jo Malone's Orange Blossom fairly regularly. I haven't felt ready to review it. And today, I tried L'Artisan Parfumier's Fleur d'Oranger again after a 2 week hiatus. And indeed it does smell differently from the first time I tried it. I like it alot more now! ALOT!

Posted 27 May 2011
New Member Continuation - autres pays, autre senteur
Ah, I see it has been 10 days since my last post on this continuing introduction - my introduction to new scents. In the intervening days I have followed two paths, 1) my love affair with orange blossom, and 2) a quick detour for two polar opposites.

The orange blossom fragrances, as I've mentioned above, are Jo Malone's Orange Blossom and L'Artisan du Parfumeur's Fleur d'Oranger (2007 vintage). Both are very true to the orange floral accord. Jo's is a bit more "outre" w/ more projection and a bit more bite, but not overly so. Whereas L'Artisan's orange flower is refined, sophisticated, wears closer to the skin, more rounded and soft. I believe that one can definitely detect the difference betw. the two fragrances on the grounds of their cost. L'Artisan is expensive and the money they spent on this orange is on display. (I would be remiss if I did not thank my patroness for the gift of these samples! Merci Madame Rosa!)

The 'quick detour for polar opposites' involved Guerlain's Apres L'Ondee and Yves St. Laurent's Rive Gauche pour Homme. I can not imagine two fragrances that typify the feminine and masculine like these two. Apres L'Ondee (AL'O) is all sweetness and light - delicate. It wears very close, with almost zero projection and absolutely no sillage in the amounts I used. It lasts about 3-4 hours on skin. One of the classics of Luca Turin with 5 stars. Rive Gauche pour Homme (RGpH) is all earth, manly, darkish, robust - strong. It projects like the javelin throw, and I got an minute amount on my left hand's two fingers from opening the vial in order to put a bit on a paper card w/ the vial applicator. This stayed with me after washing my hands. It stayed with me until I washed my hands with vinegar! A typical fougere that will not leave.

I have a story to tell on myself. I've posted this elsewhere's but it really does belong here too:
I had a strange case of serendipity today. I had been trying on some Bourbon Vanilla extract from Eden Botanicals and didn't really have enough of it (tiny sample) to smell it, and it had also dried out. Then a while later I got out my sample of Apres L'Ondee that I had been given earlier this month and put a very, very small amount on the same wrist as the vanilla. Having forgotten about the vanilla because it was so faint, I at first thought that AL'O had a strong vanilla note! Which I found delicious!! Then I realized that somehow the AL'O might have been working synergistically with the vanilla. So I put some Apres L'Ondee on the other wrist and sure enough, it was not nearly as delicious. Consequently, I think I just stumbled upon a way of wearing AL'O that for me actually enhances it. Odd eh?
This also is beginning to tell me that I like florals. Which I certainly did not know. I think I could wear AL'O with no problem, although I still might lay it over a very small amount of vanilla. LOL. Whereas, I will not even open that vial of RGpH again! Good Lord! These fougeres are serious stuff!

Posted 28 May 2011
Hello again. Well, I have been saving this one for a day when the decks are clear. A day to try the famous Mitsouko (1919) by Guerlain.

I had read the Luca Turin essay on it - i.e. his favorite fragrance, 'the one he'd take to Mars if he ever had to move there for tax reasons', one of his best feminines for men, etc. Note: this was before I ordered a good sized sample of it from "The Perfumed". I now have lots more than I'll ever need LOL.

This stuff is just S-T-R-A-N-G-E. No other word comes to mind as readily. So this is a chypre eh? Well, what I get when the heart arrives is "bitter". Just plain bitter. The top notes were so active that I sneezed, so I don't know what they were like. Obviously this fragrance is not going to be on my list of all time favorites.

Yes, yes, I know. Educated noses agree, it's a classic. OK. I won't argue, Lord knows I'm ignorant. Hmmm...bergamot, labdanum and oak moss...Oh-Kaaay. Moving



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