Am I the hunter or the hunted? (Thinking about EDCs of some of my favorites.)

    Am I the hunter or the hunted? (Thinking about EDCs of some of my favorites.)

    post #1 of 2
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    Summer can be an odd time for me fragrance-wise. Sure, there are some fragrances in my wardrobe that only show their best in the heat of summer. While they are certainly nice and enjoyable - Creed Original Vetiver, Monsieur Balmain, and Paco Rabanne XS come to mind - there's something I miss from the stronger "cold weather" fragrances. I want something animalic at times. I want something musky on some days. I want something spicy for some occasions.

    I think if I wore any Bal a Versailles parfum in the heat of summer, I might be justifiably accused of manslaughter as passers-by drop like flies around me. But I still want that animalic kick in my summer fragrances! I think if I dabbed Shalimar extrait on me or unwisely go with a third spritz of the EDP, I'd visibly paint the walls at work with the heady richness of it all. But I still want some of that Shalimar spiciness! I think if I applied Habit Rouge EDT and the air conditioning at work goes on the fritz again, I might cause my colleagues to rush out of our infamously-stuffy boardroom faster than thoroughbred horses out of the starting gate. But I still want some of that Guerlain goodness!

    While I exaggerate slightly, the bottom line is that the heat of summer makes some of my favorite fragrances somewhat difficult to use. I have thus begun hunting for vintage EDC versions of Bal a Versailles, Shalimar and Habit Rouge.

    What draws me to the BaV EDC are statements from some BaV fans that the vintage EDC gives a nice animalic hit without being strong enough to kill. It also helps that many people find it has decent longevity. I like BaV in its parfum form enough that I've gone ahead and blind-bought the EDC version. It was quite economical, and is the vintage formulation, so I figure that's a pretty safe gamble. I eagerly await its arrival!

    Perhaps not surprisingly, what draws me to Shalimar EDC are similar comments that it retains the ability to give a rich, spicy experience with respectable longevity. I have not taken a blind leap yet with this one, though. I read conflicting reports about the EDC, even in its vintage form. Some have reported that it is as enjoyable as its EDP and even extrait cousins, but then others say the EDC gives a sharp experience like the usually-recommended-against EDT version. Perhaps someone here can shed some light on this from their own experience?

    With the Habit Rouge EDC, Scentemental's near-canonical review of the different versions of this fragrance and others' comments in the archives pique my interest. Yet, at the same time, I wonder if I really want Habit Rouge with less of an animalic approach to it. I remain undecided with HR, but perhaps in a few days my curiosity will get the better of me and lead me to start hunting down some vintage EDC.

    If only I could be happy with the light, fresh fare that one finds so very easily at regular fragrance retailers, then... well, I'd be a happy camper. Alas, that is not the way I am, and I still crave an animalic kick and some real richness to my summer fragrances.

    Bal is already on its way to me, so I have fallen prey to it already. Shalimar prowls dangerously in my mind - I may yet find myself giving in. Habit Rouge flits into my mind now and then, but the hunter in red seems not to have found my trail yet...
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    Thread Starter 
    As a bit of an update, I decided to test Habit Rouge EDT with yesterday's sweltering heat and humidity. As luck would have it, the Bal aVersailles EDC arrived yesterday and I am testing the BaV EDC today.

    The HR EDT was a bit much yesterday, not so much in terms of causing anyone around me any distress, but simply in terms of my own enjoyment. It simply felt too heavy for the heat and almost palpably weighed me down. The hunter in red that is the EDC seems to be close to picking up my trail now...

    The BaV EDC today has been very interesting. I will say more about it after a few more wearings, but right now 5 hours into the wearing I've already gone through 3 phases with it. Right on application, I loved the familiar but controlled notes that I found very enjoyable but not in the least "heavy". About an hour into the wearing, the EDC seemed almost to disappear on me. I chalked it up to a simple matter of EDCs having less longevity.

    At the fourth hour into the wearing, I walked into a meeting at work and lo and behold, the BaV EDC was still very much present! It had become a little spicy, maybe even peppery, but with a gentle but still confident presence. Even now, as I approach the 6th hour of wearing, I am enjoying the EDC's continued resurgence.

    Earlier today, I had thought I might end up writing a blog posting titled The Unbearable Being of LIghtness because the EDC had seemingly disappeared on me. As the day has worn on now, I see how premature that would have been - I am very much impressed with the longevity of the EDC, how well it works with the summer weather, and quite simply how much I am enjoying it!
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    7/6/08 at 7:53pm

    echerub said:



    Summer can be an odd time for me fragrance-wise. Sure, there are some fragrances in my wardrobe that only show their best in the heat of summer. While they are certainly nice and enjoyable - Creed Original Vetiver, Monsieur Balmain, and Paco Rabanne XS come to mind - there's something I miss from the stronger "cold weather" fragrances. I want something animalic at times. I want something musky on some days. I want something spicy for some occasions.

    I think if I wore any Bal a Versailles parfum in the heat of summer, I might be justifiably accused of manslaughter as passers-by drop like flies around me. But I still want that animalic kick in my summer fragrances! I think if I dabbed Shalimar extrait on me or unwisely go with a third spritz of the EDP, I'd visibly paint the walls at work with the heady richness of it all. But I still want some of that Shalimar spiciness! I think if I applied Habit Rouge EDT and the air conditioning at work goes on the fritz again, I might cause my colleagues to rush out of our infamously-stuffy boardroom faster than thoroughbred horses out of the starting gate. But I still want some of that Guerlain goodness!

    While I exaggerate slightly, the bottom line is that the heat of summer makes some of my favorite fragrances somewhat difficult to use. I have thus begun hunting for vintage EDC versions of Bal a Versailles, Shalimar and Habit Rouge.

    What draws me to the BaV EDC are statements from some BaV fans that the vintage EDC gives a nice animalic hit without being strong enough to kill. It also helps that many people find it has decent longevity. I like BaV in its parfum form enough that I've gone ahead and blind-bought the EDC version. It was quite economical, and is the vintage formulation, so I figure that's a pretty safe gamble. I eagerly await its arrival!

    Perhaps not surprisingly, what draws me to Shalimar EDC are similar comments that it retains the ability to give a rich, spicy experience with respectable longevity. I have not taken a blind leap yet with this one, though. I read conflicting reports about the EDC, even in its vintage form. Some have reported that it is as enjoyable as its EDP and even extrait cousins, but then others say the EDC gives a sharp experience like the usually-recommended-against EDT version. Perhaps someone here can shed some light on this from their own experience?

    With the Habit Rouge EDC, Scentemental's near-canonical review of the different versions of this fragrance and others' comments in the archives pique my interest. Yet, at the same time, I wonder if I really want Habit Rouge with less of an animalic approach to it. I remain undecided with HR, but perhaps in a few days my curiosity will get the better of me and lead me to start hunting down some vintage EDC.

    If only I could be happy with the light, fresh fare that one finds so very easily at regular fragrance retailers, then... well, I'd be a happy camper. Alas, that is not the way I am, and I still crave an animalic kick and some real richness to my summer fragrances.

    Bal is already on its way to me, so I have fallen prey to it already. Shalimar prowls dangerously in my mind - I may yet find myself giving in. Habit Rouge flits into my mind now and then, but the hunter in red seems not to have found my trail yet...

    7/8/08 at 10:54am

    echerub said:



    As a bit of an update, I decided to test Habit Rouge EDT with yesterday's sweltering heat and humidity. As luck would have it, the Bal aVersailles EDC arrived yesterday and I am testing the BaV EDC today.

    The HR EDT was a bit much yesterday, not so much in terms of causing anyone around me any distress, but simply in terms of my own enjoyment. It simply felt too heavy for the heat and almost palpably weighed me down. The hunter in red that is the EDC seems to be close to picking up my trail now...

    The BaV EDC today has been very interesting. I will say more about it after a few more wearings, but right now 5 hours into the wearing I've already gone through 3 phases with it. Right on application, I loved the familiar but controlled notes that I found very enjoyable but not in the least "heavy". About an hour into the wearing, the EDC seemed almost to disappear on me. I chalked it up to a simple matter of EDCs having less longevity.

    At the fourth hour into the wearing, I walked into a meeting at work and lo and behold, the BaV EDC was still very much present! It had become a little spicy, maybe even peppery, but with a gentle but still confident presence. Even now, as I approach the 6th hour of wearing, I am enjoying the EDC's continued resurgence.

    Earlier today, I had thought I might end up writing a blog posting titled The Unbearable Being of LIghtness because the EDC had seemingly disappeared on me. As the day has worn on now, I see how premature that would have been - I am very much impressed with the longevity of the EDC, how well it works with the summer weather, and quite simply how much I am enjoying it!





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