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"You've heard of Toulouse-Lautrec? Well, I'm Three Bogs Watson." - Russ Abbot, some time in the 1980s.

Not a finely trained nose (and will never have the budget to be one). Just here to pick the brains of the professionals!
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Yet more samples

by philistine on 19th December 2014 at 02:45 PM
Imaginary Authors - Cape Heartache

Reminds me strongly of BPAL Talvikuu when wet (good thing - moody, chilly pine), but rapidly warms into pine-tinged woods with a hint of vanilla. THe strawberry is evanescent but present. I smell like a Christmas tree beside a log fire. Very apt for December Think this one could stand generous application to bring out the pine resin. Definite win.

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by philistine on 8th December 2014 at 06:14 PM
And now my upcoming birthday brings the presents... yet more Scentsamples minis!

Musc Ravageur - currently testing. I see what the reviewers mean about the sly references to classic heavy orientals, but so far this is wearing more lightly on me. I like that about it - I love the classics but I can't wear the heavy stuff. I'm not revolted by the opening, it's assertive but not overwhelming; but I'm looking forward to the drydown everyone seems to enjoy so much.

Tom Ford

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Scentsamples first order!

by philistine on 4th December 2014 at 12:32 PM
Woohoo - took advantage of the recent discounts. Today we have:

Fahrenheit 32 - currently testing. I can see why reviewers are complaining about the drydown but we'll see where it goes on me. So far I'm liking it and really enjoying the freshness, especially after several days of orientals!

Jubilation XXV Man

Jaipur Homme

Tom Ford Amber Absolute - I love amber and must start testing some of the classic amber frags, at least one of which

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Penhaligon's again

by philistine on 3rd December 2014 at 02:58 PM

Finally a classic oriental that doesn't knock me over backwards! It's a little *too* classic, by which I mean bitter and woody, for me to want to wear it every day, but I may some day acquire a decant of this simply for the sake of having a tolerable "true" oriental in my collection.


Tested on the advice of the assistant in the Penhaligons shop, and I'm unexpectedly loving it. The opening blast of whisky and saffron blindsided

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Penhaligon's: Malabah

by philistine on 2nd December 2014 at 09:26 PM
First on: Delicious. Rose, a hint of the earl grey, amazingly fresh. Midstage: still remarkably fresh above some well-blended spices. The midstage of more traditional oprientals is often the part I like least, but here the Penhaligons house style mutes it just enough to be pleasant. Drydown remains sweet and sharp. It is on the sweet side, although not unwearably so for this male; summer evenings perhaps. Definitely the keeper of the bunch I've sampled. I am however now planning to go back and test

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