and haha I wrote this msg on my own page at first
That's The Perfumed Court. Much cheaper than buying bottles, and it's a good idea to go through full wearings before buying.
Who said I follow my own advice though? I'm almost buying blind again, this time L'instant pour Homme and Allure Blanche. I've just found a 125ml LPH tester for a song, about U$ 78,00 shipping included, but don't let that price deceive you; it's pretty steep for the US/EU but cheap compared to its normal price in Brazil, U$ 200,00 in retail and U$ 100,00 on Ebay/smuggled goods.
No, I don't own many frags but at this rate, that could come earlier than I expected. I prefer woody/leathery bases with a touch of fresh and/or sweet but not too sharp or dated. I'm not a fan of excesses on any notes, the worst for men's frags are certainly loud gourmands/fruits. I saw your thread about Havana and it sounds like a pretty crazy scent that's not very wearable, Antaeus is also extremely lacking in versatility so bear that in mind.
What about your favourites?
"Copout" is just a word and certainly not offensive in this case. But I am existentialist and Zen enough to think that what a person "believes" is not "truth"... rather it is primarily a collection of egotistical experiences created by personal interprtations of positive and negative happenings. The "belief" is THE falsehood, THE lie. If I see myself as "clear" and "transparent" then whatever I do will necessarily be clear and transparent whether it "actually" is or not, assuming that there is such a thing as "actual." How could I hope to move toward an understanding of an ideal if I assume that I already know it? With a fragrance, I have to first remove my prejudices from the clarity of senses in order to understand them, and of course, it is impossible to remove all prejudices, but when I can't avoid a prejudice, I try to confess it.
Your PM basket is full and won't take my response, so I'll send it here I hope the whole message fits:
Thanks for the compliment. I thoroughly appreciate it because "clarity" is one of my prime values. I see so little of it in the systems that surround me and try to make myself study and question as much as possible.
Hey, thanks. I'm new to the hobby and I do believe frags, like music, food, clothing, literature, should evoke feelings.
The "real world" point of view is probably related to the fact the average consumer and "basenoters" are opposed just like public and critics. While some scents are quite a statement and a piece of art, they can't really be worn at work, to attract girls, or simply to smell nice at a formal setting. The last thing you want sometimes is to be recalled as "that weird smelling guy". That said, I do believe it's our duty to find the great ones that please both sides and to layer scents.
I'm certainly reviewing more in the future, I've just found TPC.
I think I meant (it was a long time ago and I haven't smelled Declaration in years) that I didn't like the citrus opening of Declaration - it smelled artificial / cleaning product-ish. In the middle and drydown, Essence didn't have the cardamom note that I didn't like in declaration. I never did like most of Ellena's citrus accords - always smell to me Pledge
Hilarious but true, alas.
I didn't buy it: I have three vetivers that I like much better - MPG's Route du Vetiver, Lalique's Encre Noire, and Floris Vetiver. I don't have so much money that I will buy a vetiver I'm not that fond of even if it's a good one. It apparently is a highly controlled distribution; if it's successful, maybe it will be distributed through other channels, too. I bought my sample from The Perfumed Court.
For some reason I am still really drawn towards the original DH as I really love the iris in it. Furthermore, my skin is very dry, and I have better results with sillage on the original, but the intense is definitely longer lasting. I really enjoy the intensified chocolaty sweetness with the Intense, but I still find that I miss the iris, which is why I was originally drawn so much to DH. I'm still happy with my purchase of Intense as I got a good deal, but I'm still going to buy a larger bottle of the original because it's just THAT good. I'm glad to hear you are enjoying DH Intense and that it's your favourite fragrance. You should remember to update your wardrobe eh! Anyways checkout my swap thread and let me know if there are a couple samples you'd like to try and I may send you them as freebies.
Hi, there! I am flattered you like the name Leesee -- sadly, there is no story behind it; I basically chose it for this site because it is my nickname. Take care!