+2 on this one as well. I also recommend Le Labo Iris 39.
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+2 on this one as well. I also recommend Le Labo Iris 39.
Yeah I figured that. If you're familiar with KenM, he's a notorious poster on Yahoo! and Facebook who makes similar comments to get people riled up.
I'm so flattered you have decided to come and discuss fragrances with us, EdnaBaron (ohmygodI'mactuallytalkingtoamaster!!!).
I highly recommend Neela Vermeire Mohur, which I think is one that's been overlooked in this thread. The extrait version of this is a masterpiece.
Kimonanthe may be a blind buy for me.
I love the name.
I don't see why solids are more widely available - it seems as if there's someone asking about it every four months or so.
Fougere? I don't know.
I'm a sucker for Russian leather, though.
Luca, the latest post of your cat screwing up your laptop speaks to me because I've been very patiently waiting for the latest MacBook Pro to come out so I can replace my old one. First it was...
I highly recommend the fragrances of Parfums Satori, who only sells her stuff in Japan. Her entire aesthetic is richly Japanese and includes some of the aromas you guys have mentioned. Her Sakura and...
Now, to me, those two things sound the same. I always thought that a concentrate was defined by the method of extraction (steam versus solvent) and that the orris root went through both to end up...
Now, what exactly is Iris Concentrate and Iris Absolute?
I have to recommend Amouage Fate Woman.
There's also this one . . .
. . . which can easily fit into your Russian leather boots.
My ex wife HATED Portrait of a Lady - it would flip some switch in her brain any time I wore it or wore clothing again that had it on there. She's a sommelier and wine importer, so her sense of smell...
That bottle looks like it was placed in a box right after it was made and never touched again for over two thousand years.
It's just all so silly - do these people who are claiming the naturalness of these compounds forgetting the reason why we as perfume lovers desire natural in the first place (for me it's the...
Luca, that is some very interesting insight in the EU Natural post. The mental gymnastics one makes to make a compound be "natural" reminds me of what people have done throughout history to justify...
I've always been very intrigued by this fragrance and its crazy narrow bottle. If memory serves me correct, our member the_good_life had a very detailed article on Farina and the company's long...
Awesome. Great article!
Do you mean Olene instead of Opone?
Bruno Fazzolari does a fantastic job with his customer service - much like Andy Tauer. He will send samples and have a small print of the lithograph he makes for the particular fragrance, all with a...
I've ready opinions that Dzing! is more of a novelty fragrance, however I disagree with that sentiment. Comme des Garcons Odeur 71 is definitely weird but is wearable.
Lampblack is a fantastic fragrance. It now holds the honored spot of being my travel fragrance - one that I will not just carry with me on trips but one that I will spray onto myself before I get on...
I really need to revisit Konig.
Luca, your carrots look like those mummified bog people.
I should have caught that. And thanks, pluran, also for making it clear.
Excellent post on MDCI - dense with information and insight. Though I own Vetiver and Granville, I love Luca's jab at Dior's La Collection Privee. Our thoughts, opinions, and perspectives should...
Hey Luca, my question is this: If you could bring back a couple of ingredients that have been banned, or disappeared for one reason or another, to come back into use, what would you choose? My...
And crappy beer still has a utility.
Yeah, it makes me happy that Luca appreciates Anubis because I certainly do. The Morocco imagery is consistent with what I've always felt when I wear it.
Speaking of bats and olfaction, I have always liked the sweet odor of bat guano.
Vintage Irish Spring? Make sure you get the bars who have 83 ingredients listed - those run from 1986 to 1991. Definitely the best years for this soap. I have such good memories of standing outside...
I just came across this thread. So happy! Now we'll get a consistent dose of Luca's insight and wit.
Aren't you paying a ton of money before you smell the product?
I don't know why people would put themselves through that kind of experience while testing and buying fragrances. Those vendors bring the teeth-grinding hassle of a Marrakech bazaar while not...
I find the original story hilarious, and still would if it happened to me.
This is one of the reasons I love his reviews - I would never know about this compound unless he brought it up, and this insight is one of the ways that separates him from all other reviewers.
That was an excellent discussion. Thanks for sharing.
I'm a big fan of Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui.
Bummer - I would think the opportunity wave to sell this fragrance is pretty high right now after your review.
Cuir de Lancome is an excellent bitter-sweet fragrance, with styrax and birch contributing bitterness while there's what seems to be vanilla and some tonka to create the sweetness.
My default travel fragrance has been Geranium Pour Monsieur because I feel comfortable spraying a lot of it on me before I get into a closed-up airplane. I also discovered that Bruno Fazzolari's...
Whenever these tobacco threads pop up I always have to throw in Sombre Negre by Yosh. Almost all the other fragrances mentioned lean on the sweet side, but Sombre Negra smells like fresh loose...
Thank you for the link!
I looked up Beaufort and East Indies is sold out.
Learned two words: rictus and kawaii.
Thanks for letting us know on this. When these reviews first started, I tried and tried again to weasel through the paywall to read these reviews. I agree that the objectivity of blind testing is...
Speaking of Diptyque, the fig stem and leaf in Philosykos is bitter in my mind - I don't know if others get that or if it's an association I have since the milky sap from fig trees is bitter tasting.
Oh yeah, oak moss is certainly bitter.
So, from what you guys have mentioned, with oak moss, vetiver, and galbanum, Chanel No. 19 should be a great example.
To me, bitterness is associated with "grownup" tastes, whether it be flavor or smell, and strangely has been something I have always liked in an almost perverse way (when I first tasted tonic water...
That would be hilarious.
This was mentioned on the La Via del Profumo thread, but I thought I'd mention it here.
Thank you for the link. Very interesting.
May I ask why?
Thank you for the reply. I certainly will try to be more evident next time, even though I thought I did so the last two. Anyway, I'm wearing the Sharif right now for the first time and it is a lovely...
I received the Il Giglio di Firenzeand Sharif on Wednesday. The shipping speed is amazing.
I sprayed Il Giglio di Firenzei on my wrist and was hit with a vapory dirty carrot that then mellows out...
Yeah, I'm getting the Il Giglio di Firinzi. Dominique uses such high-quality ingredients and lets them speak for themselves. Interestingly enough, his style is similar to Italian cuisine in general -...
Overuse of ambroxan.
Anat Fritz Classical is my go-to lavender.
Wow, I wasn't expecting this so soon! Thanks for the link! And thank you, Luca!
Unless I missed it, I'm surprised no one has mentioned Tuscan Leather.
I went ahead and got the book, which is en route. I don't really like the way I have to navigate through my Kindle, and if it's going to be a reference book this is a deal-breaker for me.
Alright, I'll try that. Thanks.
Aww, man, it's not available to me.
Speaking of music, Luca does use music often as a metaphor in his reviews, and I wish I knew more about music (I can not play an instrument nor read music) to better understand these reviews and also...
Dunning Kruger Effect?
This resonates with me because of my appreciation for what Bruno Fazzolari is doing and the context in which he works, as a professional artist and the perfumes he creates. The perfumes ARE grounded...
Oh my God! I have to find some of his stuff so I can see what you're talking about. Hilarious!
I'm happy he reviewed a Papillon creation. I...
Oh yeah, how did I forget that (too much weeeeed).
I so agree with your visualization of this. It is a strongly-conceptualized modern perfume to the point where it is almost alien to me. The metallic nature is very powerful, like blue tempered steel,...
Does Tom Ford have a vetiver-heavy fragrance?
I'm really impressed with Diptyque's Oud Palao. To me, it definitely has a place among the plethora of oud fragrances, especially rose-oud, with the skill of composition. What I really like about it...
I'm not a big fan of aldehyde bombs, but this line has a disproportionate amount of masterpieces. I own Cuir de Russie, Sycomore, and Bois des Iles and they're, to me, the pinnacle of perfumery. It's...
All these are associated with great memories:
Giorgio for Men
Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui
Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree
This is all very enlightening. Thanks, everyone, for y'all's comments and insight.
I have been thinking about this since the question has been raised (great subject, OP!) and really can't come up with a "masterpiece", but one product that I think is a classic is Murphy Oil Soap -...
In my experience, the Chanel Les Exclusifs EdT bottles have amazing sprayers - not only the cap-sprayer magnetic interface, but notably the sprayer itself will put out a full blast even though the...
Very cool! Thanks for sharing this. Those are beautiful bottles, with the porcelain and the glass one. Do you pull the bottle out of the porcelain before you spray?
Vero Onda extrait
Yeah, but how was her sperm count?
These are good suggestions. I'd like to strongly suggest Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree. This stuff is wonderful, assertive, extremely classy, and definitely lasts all day.
Final results for me:
You own 89 fragrances in the list (44 are samples)
You have previously owned no fragrances in the list
You have tried 213 fragrances in the list
You have no fragrances in...
Yeah, this has been very fun! I am very relieved that Portrait of a Lady is so high - to me, it would be in the number 1 spot. And, honestly, I thought Sycomore would not have been included since I...
Oh my God, whew! The King of Kings is not #1!
It's great to see Lampblack getting the recognition on this list that it deserves.
There's so many intriguing ones that I'd like to try! I never tried Gucci Eau de Parfum, but is it truly still available? I would also like to try the Bombay Infusion and the Paradox Green. I have a...
Very surprising indeed. The data that resulted in this list is quite powerful.
These are all interesting to see. I think it's good data, but I always like to hear what the statistics-minded have to say about how the list was compiled.
If the virtue of the older formulation is that it is stronger than the current, then I don't really want it - the newer is strong enough.
Thanks for sharing this. I've watched maybe two episodes of this show but can't wait to check this out once I get home.
Yeah, they're souvenirs that come packaged in this hollowed-out wooden container with burnt wood art on it.
As in, "Welcome to Vetiver! Claude will take your coat for you."
I love Anubis and own it and Angelique, with the latter using a light touch and freshness with orris. Tobacco Rose is excellent but I feel this niche in my wardrobe to be filled by Portrait of a...
You should REALLY try every one of the Bruno Fazzolari line. They are so well grounded in classic perfumery while being very modern, yet it must be clear that this modern aspect does not mean...
Serenity - Crispin Glover
There's this perfume called "Jicky" that uses (get this!) synthetics.
Great review, Mick_Trick. The tonka scares me, but I will definitely try it in the hope that I will again have my prejudices delightfully destroyed.