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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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Halloween samplers

by philistine on 24th November 2015 at 06:12 PM
A few from Scentsamples' Halloween offering:

Papillon - Anubis

This I'm either going to love or hate. Awaiting test...

Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan

This is what I would like to smell like when I've just finished a workout. It's skin. Musky, *real*, sweaty skin. No uptight cleanliness and prurient scented toiletries here. It's that leather jacket he's worn for years, which has become a part of his body over time. It's the scent he leaves

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Anglia Perfumery - sample pack

by philistine on 3rd November 2015 at 07:06 PM
Featuring:

Patchouli
Amber
Fear Not
Somerset
Crown of Gold


Patchouli

Yes, it's patchouli. No, I don't like it. Smells bizarrely headshop-ish. I suspect I'd be a bigger fan of patchouli used in a "darker" fragrance. And that I'm not a fan of patchouli as an in-yer-face note.

Fear Not

I think I need to get some spray vials for these. This started out as a lovely rich woody mix but

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Updated 24th November 2015 at 06:14 PM by philistine

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Artisan Parfumeur - Tea for Two

by philistine on 18th September 2015 at 03:08 PM
Reviewers rave about this being like drinking chai by a fire with ginger cake. On me it's nothing but jasmine and faint soap and it disappears after half an hour. Fail.

In self-education terms, if there actually is jasmine in it then I know it will probably be turned up to 11 because my skin seems to do that to jasmine. It may also be the spice notes interacting badly with each other, it's one thing I tend to dislike about spices. Can't explain the near-instant fadeout at all though.

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Mancera - The Aoud

by philistine on 15th September 2015 at 05:44 PM
Freshly on, WOW, what a rose. Syrupy and just a hint tannic. Gives me a mental image of a huge, blowsy, thousand-petalled damask rose in full bloom, saturating the air with fragrance on a hot still summer day. I can tell there's a whole structure of other, more bitter notes underneath it, but they're holding up the rose, not cutting through it. This is a glorious fragrance experience.

For once I'm actually pleased when a hint of wood comes out to temper the sheer bombast of the opening.

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CK Euphoria Men

by philistine on 15th September 2015 at 03:53 PM
Damn, and I so wanted to like this one.

Just for a minute it went through a phase of smelling exactly like a gorgeous BPAL I sampled years ago, one of the Zorya fragrances I think, probably a spicy-floral; at that point I was completely convinced I needed a full bottle. An hour on it's drying down into yet another tedious For Men base blend; I'm on the point of washing off, but CK's restraint and the fact it's on the sweeter and more unisex end of masculine is saving it for me. It's

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Updated 15th September 2015 at 04:36 PM by philistine

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