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  1. Re: Perfume Party Notes: Les Exclusifs edt vs edp, Sycomore, 31 Rue Cambon, Bois des Iles, Coromande

    To answer your first question: yes, yes I do have multiple backups. It's ridiculous, I know, but I love that scent so much. I'm normally a 10ml decant kind of person, but 31 Rue Cambon triggers a...
  2. Re: Perfume Party Notes: Les Exclusifs edt vs edp, Sycomore, 31 Rue Cambon, Bois des Iles, Coromande

    Excellent thread idea, and excellent dog!



    I have the same experience with 31 Rue Cambon EdT; it has always been very strong and long lasting on me. I tried the EdP once in store and really...
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    Re: Velvety suede with animalic undertone

    I'd add Ormonde Jayne's Tsarina to the suggestions. It's a beautiful, velvety suede oriental with a warm skin like undertone. Not outright animalic but very subtle and rich.
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    Re: A need for Back Up

    Haha, I COMPLETELY agree with this! Love the visual.
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    Re: Hilde Soliani Discussion Thread

    It's not as long lasting as Crema di Latte, which I could still smell the next day. If you ever come across hopjes, try them, I bet you'll like them.

    Last but not least Orgasmo:
    Again a blast...
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    Re: Hilde Soliani Discussion Thread

    Chocochic Chocolate and sugar. To be more precise; it smells like the chocolate syrup that's poured on a Dame Blanche. I prefer my chocolate dryer and less sweet.

    Buonissimo: This was a...
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    Re: Hilde Soliani Discussion Thread

    I've smelled Lost Cherry on paper, not on skin, but I believe that to be more a more complex fragrance, more boozy and woody than Una Tira, which focuses solely on the cherries.
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    Re: Hilde Soliani Discussion Thread

    Bell'antonio: Hmm, I really expected to like this, but I find this tobacco a bit too dry and unsweetened to be pleasant. There's a bitterness that on my skin almost reads as ashy, which gives it a...
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    Re: Hilde Soliani Discussion Thread

    I received my samples, plus four additional samples Hilde kindly added to the package.

    Here we go:

    Crema di Latte: This opened with a sweet surprise; the smell of my lilac My Little Pony! I...
  10. Re: Which Fragrance Product Names Do You Think Are Great?

    I recently ventured into indie perfume oils, and while many of the names of those are a bit cringe worthy, I really liked the name of an Alkemia oil called As Dark Things are Meant to be Loved, a...
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    Re: Dark by Akro

    I tried these fragrances as well, here are my notes if anyone's interested:

    Dark: Rich and deep scent. I get more woods and boozy dried fruits from it than chocolate. It does have a warm, glowing...
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    Re: Hilde Soliani Discussion Thread

    I just ordered a bunch of samples from Hilde as a direct (well I waited about a year to pull the trigger, but who's counting) result from this thread, and I just wanted to let you know that Hilde...
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    Re: NEW Hiram Green Lustre

    I just got my sample and will give you my first impressions:

    It is definitely a rose soliflore, but unlike most rose centric fragrances I've smelled (I've been on a rose bender lately, trying One...
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    Re: NEW Hiram Green Lustre

    ooh, I can kind of imagine that people will get that association with Hyde; that smoke is very intense for the first 30 minutes or so. It does soften drastically afterwards though. It's the one Hiram...
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    Re: Cutting way back on perfume purchases

    I don't think I can be considered a big spender perfume wise compared to some here, but I do set myself some rules to keep myself in check. I need to finish a full sample of something before I can...
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    Re: The 10 Best Fragrances You've Ever Smelled

    Hmmm, I'd say looking at my wardrobe and most worn should tell you something, but I guess I don't always wear what I think smells the best.

    Vintage Madame Rochas - The flowers perfectly combine...
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    Re: How long would your collection last?

    Interesting question, the nerd in me wants to know, so here we go. I own mostly decants, as I don't like the idea of having a lake of perfume sitting in my closet. In all, I own about 1044 ml of...
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    Re: NEW Hiram Green Lustre

    Will do. I pre ordered a sample that will ship May 6th, I can't wait!
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    Re: NEW Hiram Green Lustre

    Wohooo! I've been waiting for Hiram to do a rose. Now excuse me while I'm off ordering a sample...
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    Re: I never notice fragrances on other people

    Here in the Netherlands I would wager that about half the peopleI come across in my urban area are wearing scent, women a bit more than men. I never really took notice of it before I became a...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Haha, it's always a bit of a gamble with the postal services but in my experience packages usually do arrive in the end!
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I am so enjoying reading your experiences with these fragrances in anticipation of the samples! I have tried not to read them for a while in order to be able to sample them uninfluenced by others'...
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    Re: Best Saffron Scent

    Safran Troublant is indeed gorgeous. It combines a strongand realistic, dusty saffron note with light vanilla custard and a gently tart rose.
  24. Re: I like Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere; should I try the EDT and L'eau?

    I am a long time No. 5 wearer, so I say try them all! There really is not much in the way of civet in any current concentration, so don't be scared of that. The original formulas (both EdT and EdP)...
  25. Re: Take your SotD, now layer it with whatever is adjacent to that bottle...what combo did you roll?

    I'm wearing Mona Di Orio's Vanille and next to it I have a sample of Indult's Tihota; I'd smell like I was sugar dipped and belonged in a baker's window.
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    Re: Hire that copywriter!

    Hahaha, I was thinking EXACTLY that reading this after the previous word vomit examples: this almost makes sense, no?!
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    Re: Hire that copywriter!

    Safran Troublant is a recent discovery, and a big bottle of it is now standing on my dresser, decant on hand because it doesn't last at all, but who cares if it's that gorgeous!
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    Re: Hire that copywriter!

    Wut?! :grin::grin:
  29. Re: your favorite and least favorite fragrance catagory

    There's a lot I like:

    Florals of almost any description, aldehyde bombs, chypres, leathers, woods, orientals, complex gourmands, complex citruses

    Dislikes:

    Aquatics, fougères (I like them on...
  30. Re: What does acquatic smell like and what does ozone smell like?

    I always think of the way my skin smells when I've been in the sun as ozonic. It's a slightly metallic, almost fizzy smell, very distinctive. My cat's fur also smells of it when he's been outside in...
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    Re: Your Life In 5 Fragrances

    My mother never wore any fragrances. Or any make up, for that matter. She did have a small makeup bag with some bits and bobs (like a purple lipstick), which fascinated me to no end. Whenever...
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    Poll: Re: BEST OF: Hermes Jardin line

    Ha, finally, fellow Monsieur Li lovers, let's shake hands! I find it a weird fragrance; there's something slightly chemical in there indeed, yet it is so evocative of a particular situation and...
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    Fragrance you share with your SO?

    I seem to have converted my husband to a budding fraghead by giving him lots of samples to try. He knows exactly what he likes and dislikes, and his likes are usually very different from the things I...
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Best Tuberose

    I fully agree! The tuberose that totally converted my tuberose averse nose!
  35. Re: Perfumes you own that go AGAINST your usual sensibilities or scruples.

    I had to check my wardrobe, but I seem to have few that would fit the bill (no guilty pleasures, or rather, I tend not to feel guilty about my pleasures!).

    Le Jardin de Monsieur Li is a bit of an...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I'm very much enjoying all of your perspectives on these fragrances, it fills me with anticipation! Champs Lunaires sounds like an interesting animal. I've only recently taken to tuberose fragrances;...
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    Poll: Re: (Poll) Best Of: One-Star Review

    Hmm, I kind of want to try Amarige now. As for this list, Do son has my vote, I think it's beautiful.
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    Poll: Re: Best of: Les Exclusifs de Chanel (Poll)

    This would be my pick for the EdT versions as well, my very favorite scent ever! However, the EdP version leaves a lot to be desired for people who have experienced the EdT, so for this poll I went...
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    Re: Luca Turin Chic

    Diorella would definitely apply, especially because it seems like a fragrance for someone who is all that but doesn't take him/herself too seriously. Prima T by Bruno Acampora and vintage Madame...
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    Re: L' Artisan Parfumeur

    The more I try from this brand the more I like it. So far Seville a l'aube and Safran Troublant are my favorites
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    Re: Outfit-Fragrance-Occasion SOTD

    Fluffy cream colored cashmere crew neck sweater + high waisted black faded jeans with raw hem + black patent leather boots, wearing Tom Ford Tobacco Oud. I sometimes deliberately (mis)match my...
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    Re: Today I Finished...

    Not today, but this week I finished a 10 ml travel size of Dilettante by Hiram Green. It's definitely one of my most worn fragrances of last year, and I have a full bottle ready and waiting!
  43. Re: Fragrance that got the ball rolling, triggered the Mayhem!

    No. 5, actually.

    I read a book about the history of the house Chanel and No. 5 in particular, and fell in love with the story, so I asked my parents for a bottle of No. 5 for my 15th birthday,...
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    Re: What are your most feared scrubbers?

    For me it was Sex and the Sea by Francesca Bianchi, god it was BAD! A claggy. thick, oily horror, very intrusive. I've experienced scentsI did not like before, but never to the extent that I actually...
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    Re: NEW: Hiram Green - Slowdive!

    I do find it sweet, but in an unusual way. It’s an animalic honey if there ever was one; furry, angry bees!
  46. Re: For fragrances,does a designer name and the image they try to create impress or matter to you?

    Ha, this thread has turned out to be a good read!

    As for the question: yes I suppose it matters to me somewhat, but it mainly affects whether or not I feel curious about or start sampling certain...
  47. Re: Fragrances that your significant other surprisingly...likes/dislikes

    My man does not like sweet orientals and gourmands, although he does make some exceptions for things I wear. On himself, however, any hint of sweetness has been a big no, until he suddenly took to...
  48. Re: Should mens fragrances go back to all being called Colognes?

    The term cologne seems like such an American male thing to use. I must admit that coming from a country where any kind of smelly water, whether marketed to men or women, is referred to simply as...
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    Re: Amouage For Women

    Oh please do and report back! I have tried vintage extrait and vintage Parfum de Toilette but not vintage Eau de Parfum, so I am curious to hear about your experiences.
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    Re: Amouage For Women

    Oriane, I tried to send you a private message but I get a message that your storage is full so I can't send you anything? I would be more than happy to send you a sample of both Amouage Gold (current...
  51. Re: What perfumes seem hot, passionate or fiery to you?

    I agree with Darjeeling's statement above! Areej le Doree's Russian Oud smells like sitting almost too close by a crackling fireplace feels to me.
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    Re: Amouage For Women

    My 2 cts on Gold: a) it is glorious, and B) it does not smell like No. 5 at all (I have and wear both regularly). Instead, it smells a LOT like vintage Madame Rochas, which is no surprise given that...
  53. Re: Build yourself two wardrobes: One only economy scents, one only pricier ones

    Ooooh fun! And HARD!

    I picked 1 fragrance from each of the categories I enjoy the most, although it was sometimes hard to find a fragrance for a certain category within each wardrobe, so I...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Yay, thanks for including me N.CAL.Fragrance Reviewer! I didn't have this house on my radar, but reading up on it makes me very excited to participate here. I don't have much experience yet with pre...
  55. Re: Bar soap regaining in popularity according to Treehugger

    I have, and I tend to like oils when they are unscented, but I've gotten so used to using nothing that I forget buying things. Which, considering the waste they produce is probably for the best.
  56. Re: Experiment: Take 10 your favourite fragrances and...

    me too Shycat, me too! In fact, I think this experiment has already happened, it is called my scarf.

    That being said, I love these kinds of exercises! I had half an hour to kill and went into full...
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    Re: What Delighted you in 2018?

    I'm thinking about this, but I'm having trouble remembering when I've discovered fragrances... Looking at my wardrobe I see a few favorites that I may have discovered this year but it may also have...
  58. Re: Bar soap regaining in popularity according to Treehugger

    Ohhh I'm with you on this one, moist soap bars are gross! I also never use bar soap because it's far too drying, so I won't be part of this trend any time soon. That being said, I also don't use...
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    Re: Sample Pass: THE ZOO

    I'd love to participate, if it's not too much trouble for the samples to make a European detour...
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    Re: Organising my 'wardrobe'

    Ah, good to see you revive this thread! Safran Troublant is one I've never smelled before, but I'll put it on my list. I believe the first TKMaxx just opened around here, probably dangerous...
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    Re: Resolutions 2019

    I am stil enjoying trying new things, but I don't want to end up with a massive fragrance collection, so my main aim is to try to find mostly decants of things I enjoy enough to add to my collection,...
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    Re: Most Worn This Year - 2018 Totals

    I thought I kept track of what I wear via the sold function, but when I look at my totals I don't think I have, so I'll have a guess based on the depletion rates:

    31 Rue Cambon EdT - I've burned...
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    Re: A different kind of "Top 5" (maybe?)

    Thanks for the tip! I had a feeling the current day version wouldn't be up to scratch, and was looking at some pretty affordable vintage bottles online, but I will now limit my search to sealed...
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    Re: In 2019, I expect to finish...

    It is quite satisfying to finish things, even draining samples these days gives me a sense of accomplishment!

    This year it's decants only for me, I'm afraid. I expect to finish the following:
    ...
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    Re: Finished in 2018

    haha Hednic, I think we may have found the only downside to your fragrance collecting ways!

    I am also afraid that I will never again finish another full bottle of anything, which is why I feel...
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2019

    Last year's attempts proved that I am incapable of sticking to a perfume rotation, but I do have some things to finish and some projects to start:

    I expect to finish a few decants, most notably:...
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    Re: A different kind of "Top 5" (maybe?)

    Damn, this is hard! Ok, I really tried to round out a selection of 5 fragrances that should work for me as a mini wardrobe, but I'm getting distracted by the florientals at the moment...here we go!
    ...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 31st December, 2018

    Wohoo, the new year is almost upon us! I wish you all a glorious one, and may all your resolutions work out! (Miss Hesta Jones, if it was up to me we'd have you back already, enough with that...
  69. Re: What are your plans for New Year's Eve, and what fragrance will you wear?

    ahhh, I detest new year's eve parties for some reason. I will be vegging out at home, dodging the neighbors in, well I don't know yet. The 1st of January, however, I will be out dancing my ass off at...
  70. Thread: baby powder

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    Re: baby powder

    I have only ever tried the EdT version of TdN and I fully agree that it is a proper powder explosion! The first time I felt overwhelmed 94148 but it grew on me. I do like powdery notes, I've always...
  71. Re: are there notes you find smell "cheap" or "synthetic"?

    All of the above. To me, Dior's Sauvage is the clearest example of the type of fragrance that overdoes it on one of the popular aromachemicals, and ends up smelling overwhelmingly like alcohol. I...
  72. Re: Fragrances you enjoy but won’t be replacing...

    Hm, quite a few, I think. I find my tastes are still changing and many things I've acquired earlier on in my fragrance hobby do not move me as much as they did. I am still enjoying them, but I won't...
  73. Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    I've had similar problems with Virgin Island Water. I loved the fun piñacolada opening, but then it went cheap, super sweet coconut body wash on me, a shame!

    However, there are many great...
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    Re: what is your preferred fragrance "style"?

    Interestingly, I was asked by a friend what my perfume style was, and I had to think about that for a minute. I came to the following 2 conclusions:

    1 - Classical: many fragrances I have are...
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    Re: Article: State of the Fragrance Industry

    As someone who has studied the impact of visuals on consumer behavior, specifically online, I agree with the above posters' point on the differences in market changes between between make up, skin...
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    Re: Where are you now?

    owww, but how nice would it be if he found her here? It's a dreary day and I'm a romantic.
  77. Re: Understanding the 'Le Soir' scents of Maison Francis Kurkdjian

    Good question, this line confuses me too, especially in terms of availability:

    Grand Soir (sweet and dense and a bit dull), is usually available
    Cologne Pour le Soir is a smooth, benzoin rich,...
  78. Poll: Re: Thumbs Up, Neutral, or Thumbs Down? Your Overall Success with Testing

    My working definitions of a "like" "neutral" and "dislike" have changed somewhat, but at the moment, a "like" is given to a sample that falls in the range of I enjoy using up this sample but will not...
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    Re: Are cats naturally attracted to perfumes?

    I know! I've asked my vet and she says more cats do it. It may be that he associates plastic bags with food, or that it's a textural thing, or a fetish of sorts. He really is unstoppable when he...
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    Re: Are cats naturally attracted to perfumes?

    My cat tries to lick me every chance he gets, which must mean he thinks 'm pretty filthy I guess? He especially has a thing for my sunscreens and body lotions, but he'll lick perfumed areas as well....
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    Re: This one sounds GORGEOUS!

    That is one epically long post indeed, but reading the first few paragraphs was enough to order samples... Just when I was thinking my urge to sample new stuff was subsiding.
  82. Re: Has anyone bought a fragrance just because they loved the bottle?

    Not so far, though I am sorely tempted by the red Chanel no. 5 bottle that has come out for christmas! I do know and love the fragrance, and I currently still own too much of the EdP to justify a new...
  83. Sticky: Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split? 2017-2018 thread

    Would anyone consider a split of Parfums MDCI Promesse de L'Aube? I'd be interested!
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    Re: Sixes & Sevens

    Damn this thread makes me want to finally order all the Slumberhouse samples. And take my clothes off.
  85. Re: Love it AND hate it. Are there notes that you dislike and like simultaneously?

    I have an odd relationship with immortelle, it's the one note that makes 1740 Marquis de Sade almost unwearable for me, yet I keep smelling my arm at the same time. Similarly there is something about...
  86. Re: Watson may replace Nagel and Wasser (Welcome to Machine)

    Hear hear!
  87. Re: Recognition: Basenoters Who've Made the Best Personal Recommendations

    Great thread! On the whole, so many people here have been helpful pointing out good fragrances to me in threads and via reviews. A few that stand out are:

    Ebenas - Turned me on to so many things,...
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    L'interdit version 4, 5, or whatever?

    Hi all

    I can't find anything on the latest iteration of Givenchy's L'interdit on basenotes, it's not in the database yet and there's no thread that I can find.

    I just tried the sample they...
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotation: Post Stuff Here!

    :grin: for me as well! Unless you count samples.
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotation: Post Stuff Here!

    Your lists look scrumptious! I too am moving into autumn scent wise, and so far I've been enjoying:

    31 Rue Cambon (edt)
    Samsara
    Chamade
    Bois des Iles
    Tsarina
    Orris Noir
    Cuir de Russie...
  91. Re: QUEST: Turin/Sanchez top 100 (ish!) - Week 48 Or Black (Pascal Morabito) and Derby (Guerlain)

    Ah, completely missed the applause rounds, thanks Ebenas! And a very special thanks for organising this quest so smoothly, it must have been quite a bit of work for you!

    Thanks also to the other...
  92. Re: QUEST: Turin/Sanchez top 100 (ish!) - Week 48 Or Black (Pascal Morabito) and Derby (Guerlain)

    The very last week, I can't believe it! What will I be doing with myself after this?

    Anyway, on to the final fragrances:

    Derby The opening gets me excited; leather! With the promise of an...
  93. Re: Lush, true GREEN scent with development, what do you recommend?

    I second this list, and add Le Sillage Blanc by Dusita, it's gloriously green and beautiful.
  94. Re: QUEST: Turin/Sanchez top 100 (ish!) - Week 47: Yohji Homme (Yohji Yamamoto) and Scent(Theo Fenne

    Scent is a beautiful dusty, complex rose, with plenty of saffron and spices. It doesn't go as full on oriental as some in this genre, or as predictably woody-rose-saffron as others. I think this is...
  95. Re: QUEST: Turin/Sanchez top 100 (ish!) - Week 47: Yohji Homme (Yohji Yamamoto) and Scent(Theo Fenne

    Yohji Homme is nice for a fougère. Very soft and non scratchy, which I appreciate. The anise seed/licorice combined with something messy and dark green has me thinking of Lolita Lempicka, though this...
  96. Re: QUEST: Turin/Sanchez top 100 (ish!) - Week 44 : Kouros (YSL) and Sécrétions Magnifiques (ELDO)

    definitely the current version cacio, which is probably why it's not as full on as I remember.
  97. Re: QUEST: Turin/Sanchez top 100 (ish!) - Week 46: 100% Love (S-Perfume) and S-eX (S-Perfume)

    Between S-ex and Love, I think I'd choose S-ex.

    100% love smells like a certain type of chewy candy I ate as a child: sweet and sour creamy bonbons with very artificial fruity flavors, the kind...
  98. Re: QUEST: Turin/Sanchez top 100 (ish!) - Week 44 : Kouros (YSL) and Sécrétions Magnifiques (ELDO)

    Kouros is not at all as jockstrappy as I remember it! I have a clear memory of this smelling like a locker room laundry basket full of dirty underthings left behind after a football match, but what I...
  99. Re: QUEST: Turin/Sanchez top 100 (ish!) - Week 45: Breath of God (LUSH) and Unifaith (Elternhaus)

    I am so behind with my quest smelling! But today I finally made it to the Lush store and tried Breath of God. Wow this is funky! A very unusual, hippie-esque scent that reminds me of patchouli...
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    Re: Turin/Sanchez QUEST Purchases

    Good thread idea!

    The quest has seriously expanded both my tastes and my collection.

    Prior to the quest I owned:

    Chanel No. 5 parfum
    Chanel No. 5 EdT
    Bois des Iles
    Cuir de Russie
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