Yo yo brutha!
Hm I never got any tobacco out of U1. Honey, patchouli, vetiver yes but no tobacco...
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Yo yo brutha!
Hm I never got any tobacco out of U1. Honey, patchouli, vetiver yes but no tobacco...
More citrus / less leather sounds nice.
Highly recommend trying A&L. It's great for when you want that herbal woody blast of Esencia without the long, creamy, dense, semisweet musky drydown.
I get a solid 5 hours plus 3 hrs skin scent from Amber & Lavender.
Wearing Amber & Lavender today, and it strikes me that it's basically Esencia Loewe with only a bit of amber & musk sweetness (despite the name...) and the addition of myrrh.
Amber & Lavender...
Wow, you got an email from Richard E Grant? One of my favorite actors of all time! The pyramid sounds great, can't wait to try it.
Heavy Sugar by Opus Oils is a superb aromatic dark amber & patchouli with a strong real ambergris presence. No bullshit ambroxan.
Thought so. Both of the pyramids could apply to my vintage bottle's juice:
Top notes: bergamot, lemon, Juniper berries, Spearmint, Thyme, rosemary, lime
Heart notes: nutmeg, galbanum, Pine...
Thanks hednic. Can you point us to a description of how the La Collection differs from the other two?
Wore my vintage bottle today! Love when that happens. I'm curious to try the new formula too.
Jumping back in to say that Axe Peace really delivers. You know it's a good frag when you start craving it. Fahrenheit is usually just too much for me to wear: huge musk, longlasting "leather" (an...
Come on people, I know there are a lot of Tobacco Vanille fans here...
I find OA's longevity quite good, solid 8 hours. No vanilla, so longevity is shorter than in the M7 original.
I smelled several other Axe body sprays at the store and was actually impressed that they didn't smell terrible, but certainly nothing I'd ever buy. Until I smelled Peace, however. It kind of falls...
I find this a superb knockoff of Fahrenheit, with a lighter, leatherless drydown and much less longevity, but a solid 6 hours nonetheless. Like an EdC version of Fahrenheit. I prefer it to newer...
Just wore my sample of vintage Vol de Nuit parfum recently, amazing stuff!
Ha another obscure hednic gem! I'll have to try it someday.
Nope, I find LADDM much richer and sweeter in the drydown, vanillic, while EdR is crisp, woody, and aromatic. Nose broken ;)
Picked up a bottle of this and was quite disappointed. My wife likes it but to me, it's a very cheap and flat variation on Creed's pleasant Selection Verte, significantly harmed by that supposed...
Boss Sport is excellent, and much more unique than PR Sport. I find the original PRpH much more soapy than the Sport, I like the latter better for sure.
Good to see you here btw!! Nice old thread.
Pretty sure that's just the classic Dunhill for Men. ("London" is on the box because that's where the company is from.)
Thanks. Copying here:
"In terms of the original London..to start off I get just the faintest hint of citrus (not nearly as much as original for men), I am not sure if that was intentional or just...
Nope I don't get any galbanum from it. The drydown of mine was patchouli and musk dominated, possible slight amber warmth there to cut the sharpness. Not particularly smoky. Definitely reminiscent of...
I've got some Sport de PR (or PR Eau de Sport?) on right now, just finished my little sample vial I got from a BNer :). The top is a more citrusy variation on Eau de Rochas Homme, now it's getting a...
Thanks for your research and input Daniel.
Apparently the atropine or something is an allergen for some tiny segment of the population.
What a coincidence that you replied today, Chuck. I haven't worn Z-14 in many months and wore it today!
Was going to mention Eau des Iles. Try to find the vintage, but the new is good too. However, might have some old attic in it too from the moss.
NY All is definitely a sweet gourmande, very...
My dirtiest are
Heavy Sugar (by Opus Oils)
Baie de Genievre
Bond Harrods Oud
I found it too sweet. The Axe was a bit drier.
Hey Bigs, BS is a leathery fougere, this Axe and Jaipur are way more oriental...
Today the moving guy was wearing what I thought was Jaipur Homme, though it did smell a bit more dry and woody (vanilla turned down), very benzoin but not too sweet. But he said it was an...
Grant has fixed this. Thanks dude :)
Was talking to Grant about this and he fixed it! Works great for me now.
I don't get much smoke from Norne. In fact I don't think there is any cade or birch tar in it. I'm quite sensitive to smoke and dislike it, but I like Norne.
Definitely no fruit!
Eau des Iles -- not as stunning as vintage now it's missing the oakmoss, but still delightful
Grain de Plaisir -- beautiful green semisweet herbal anise scent. I turned Luca Turin onto this one...
Agreed. EdP is classic, dense, and smooth. Terrific juice. 10 sprays in Canada of all places? You must work in a giant warehouse . . .
Yeah Al Rehab doens't hold back on the animalic oud accords or musks.
Here are some more of my animalic favs that haven't gotten enough love on this thread yet.
It's an aromatic woody scent dominated by a cedar-angelica theme.
Therefore, definitively not a chypre.
I wouldn't call it a chypre -- not much labdanum if any.
Longevity perception in this one all depends on how well you can detect the musk. Some may be anosmic.
Thanks for your reviews rum
Press release mentions it's got a dollop of moonlight, wonder how they got it in the formula. #alchemy
You are so welcome! That's what this forum is all about. Wow, what a feeling huh? Sounds like some holy grail material!
I would love a candle that smells like the opening. All those lovely herb...
Fantastic, glad you took the plunge!
I find it's a naturalistic scent, very outdoorsy, but with a distinct musky drydown. I can imagine some might find that drydown difficult to perceive as it's...
Yep there's some amber to my nose here.
Loewe should do a flanker "Esencia Dry" with a more aromatic woody drydown instead of the sweetish amber musk!
Agree with you guys that Esencia's musk accord is clean, sweet and crisp rather than animalic.
Two and a half years later and I'm still wearing it. It's the most "me" juice out there. Simple and easy to wear, but with exquisite balance.
I like it much, much better than Polo. You have to...
Black Afghano has a huge musk presence, which some register as BO.
Nothing to do with FA's BO which is all nauseating cumin. Its violet leaf - cumin - vanilla accord has to be one of the most vile...
No thanks WG.
In future, PM me those interested!
There's quite a big dose of 80s musk in this . . . the drydown is actually powerful imo. Some may be anosmic.
Congrats on the writeup guys
I'd be interested to try both of these again. I only got a tiny drop of Prive and it was quite sublime.
Good comparison and accurate thoughts all around
it's what's in cool water, GIT and zillions of other frags. it smells metallic, with floral and citric aspects, and is very easily detected once you know what to look for. i also can't stand the...
The new Lubins are quite excellent vetivers with some good oomph but light enough for Summer
Unfortunately I only own about 50 years' worth of frags! I plan to live well into my second century so it's a concern. That's why I'm always on the lookout for the new and the interesting to add to...
nope . . . Kouros is waaaay sweeter, and no cumin to my nose
I like their traditional Middle Eastern formulae with oud, rose, amber etc. like Saat Safa, Shaikhah, Al Sheriga, and Dehn Al-Oud. Lord is full of dihydromyrcenol, not sure why you'd think it's...
I got some too, which makes no sense, since I actually don't like Kouros. But I like Horus better, since it skips Kouros' searingly sweet top notes entirely. It does smell cheap, but it does also...
Dig my vintage bottle, good stuff. Considerably different from Quorum, Azzaro (no leather), Rive Gauche (no sweet powder / barbershop thing), and Z-14 (no cinnamon, much less woody).
That Oud Bergamot is pleasant, but it came off rather light to my nose. Good to hear it projects.
I own Amber & Lavender which is quite dry, hardly any amber or lavender.
Nah don't worry about that . . . they take out certain constituents of some natural ingredients to make it safer etc.
Dynamisante is very pleasant. But I did find it had very poor longevity. Short...
Cuba Red is nice stuff. The longevity is not that great though. And anyways, spray volume differs a lot, by at least 5x. 20 sprays of Cuba Red could be equal to 4 sprays of something else (Creed...
Isn't there a body spray too
I don't really get spending 6x more than vintage Halston Z-14 for this when it's a blatant copy, but ok
I find Aquolina's Blue Sugar quite similar to ILNYFA, minus the coffee. Ultra cheap, too.
Thanks for the coupon code!
I dislike almost everything I try. Unless I'm in research mode, I only buy after I've given a sample at least one full wearing.
Um, Hedonist dude, I know your hands are a little crude, after all you're not able to do less than 15 sprays at a time, but if you press down just a little, you can get a half spray. It is certainly...
Thanks for the tip dude
This has happened to me with grey market bottles. I think the juice in the plastic tube degrades over time.
Just got my bottle of Sissinghurst. I just put a dab of Sandringham on one arm and the Anglia Sissinghurst on the other. They are very unlike each other, to the point that I think there is virtually...
I think this parchingly dry note might be it for the OP.
Perhaps it's something chemically like adoxal. IMO, the use of the overdose of this interesting, though harsh and abrasive, synthetic in...
Yes, very ordinary
I don't find Leather Oud is in the ballpark of Harrods Oud at all. Whereas Tom Ford Oud Wood is quite close to the Bond although much more boring.
I haven't found any other fragrance that is a...
Revisited this one a year later and while the opening is quite pleasing, the drydown is unacceptably synthetic, blaring sandalwood. If there's any real Mysore in this, it can't be much.
Yeah they have gutted Monsieur Givenchy.
Still wearable though. 15-25 sprays will give you decent longevity. It's basically body spray concentration (lower than EdC).
I find lavender is fresh and wakes me up. Despite what all the aromatherapy people say.
I like sweet mild scents for sleeping. I often reach for 1 spray of Bond No 9 I <3 NY for All.
Actually I think it's about average for an EdT, maybe slightly under. Its sprayer is very light however....
The variance in sprayers across brands and bottles adds a random factor when determining the subjective potency of a given fragrance.
I just filled 3 x 1ml sample vials for a friend.
Okay I'll give it a shot . . . though it's daunting as that stuff suuuuure stinks
Agree that it's important for natural perfumery . . . rare to find a plant ingredient with this much animalic character and intensity.
But getting the anxiolytic effect from just...
Eau des 4 Voleurs
Eau de Lierre
Carven Vetiver Dry
I own a couple Al Rehabs and really dig em. I just ordered 9 more on eBay. Should have em in like a month. Haven't tried anything Choco because I'm not into gourmands, and I've tried a few that...
Opus Oils Heavy Sugar -- not particularly sweet despite the name. Excellent dry amber with a slug of patchouli and a hint of nicely animalic real ambergris. Resembles the drydown of Balenciaga pH...
Other than the crap brands like Lacoste, Boss (their 80s stuff is fine tho), and Abercrombie etc, the Italian designers seem to be especially crappier in recent years -- Gucci & Versace being at the...
Voyage definitely rubbed me the wrong way. Perhaps it's one of those synthetic green molecules. I found Tauer Verdant had one or more of these in it too. Highly unpleasant and synthetic.
Amouage attars tend to have the highest quality sandalwood I've come across
Agree. Dirt cheap, and cool bottle too with the magnetic cap. I think the sprayer is on the light side, which makes the juice seem less potent though it's probably average for an EdT.
I was down at the Sephora and checked out the big I <3 NY display. I hadn't tried the Marriage Equality one so I spritzed some on a card and was immediately struck with a cinnamon-wood-musk accord I...
I like the Etro. Vettiveru has a tonkaish quality that annoys me. I don't care for coumarin and vetiver in combination.
Parallels can be drawn and family resemblance perceived, but these are far from clones or even cousins of each other.
Beranium Chotato left a sample at my house and I wore it yesterday. I found it quite similar to Declaration, another Ellena creation.
I got about 5 hours too, but after 1 hour it's mostly skin...
Good point, things have gotten insane. How many actual dangers have arisen from perfume shipments, I wonder?
Thanks for the tip! Just ordered a bottle from Anglia. Hopefully it's close to as good. Came with free samples, which is cool too. Seems like it's only available through their website.