Search:

Type: Posts; User: saminlondon; Keyword(s):

Page 1 of 5 1 2 3 4

Search: Search took 0.07 seconds.

  1. Re: New Shalimar flanker: Shalimar Cologne

    ^^ Couldn't agree more :)

    First thoughts of a bitter vintage Guerlain-lover:
    - Yet another Shalimar flanker. Please stop already - you're only cheapening the brand and confusing people.
    -...
  2. Replies
    26
    Views
    840

    Re: Guerlain Homme discontinuation

    Worse even than L'Homme Ideal? Wow! Takes some doing.
  3. Re: Favorite Sping Florals- what are yours?

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned Chamade, with its pollen-like notes of hyacinth, galbanum and blackcurrant bud.
  4. Re: What's the most expensive fragrance in your collection?

    And at no point did you seriously consider giving up, I bet. That, my friend, is dedication! Congratulations on a wonderful acquisition.

    (I'd have done the same, by the way.)
  5. Re: Question For Guerlain Experts ? (500ml Chamade Flacon)

    That sounds very old-style. In the 1970s Guerlain began to introduce the longer, more complicated batch codes, so it must at least 1970s. Does the bottle have a black paper label with a gold border?
  6. Re: Which scents do you consider "grungy" ?

    :lolk: (You were joking, right?)
  7. Replies
    9
    Views
    414

    Re: EDT or EDP?

    It's common practice for Guerlain, Chanel and others to tweak the recipes of EdTs, EdPs and extraits since they have different functions to fulfil. For example, the EdT is all about fast-evaporating...
  8. Thread: Jicky Age

    by saminlondon
    Replies
    2
    Views
    317

    Re: Jicky Age

    These gold boxes were used right up until 2008. Going by the way the name is printed on the bottle, I'd say 1990s.
  9. Re: Question For Guerlain Experts ? (500ml Chamade Flacon)

    Sounds like a nice bottle! The black-and-white zigzag box was in use from 1967 into the 1980s. Is there a batch code on the bottle or box that could help narrow it down?
  10. Replies
    26
    Views
    830

    Re: I Finally 'Get' Chanel Egoiste

    I used to wear Egoiste when it first came out, and I've recently begun to sample it once more. It's wonderful stuff and has really stood the test of time.
  11. Re: Basenotes Reader Awards 2015 : Finalists Announced

    Cuir d'Ange is in the women's category but Cuir Cannage in the men's. Perhaps it's time for a unisex category too?
  12. Re: Ten Greatest Extraits Of All Time. Which Would You Choose ?

    So many have vanished and must remain unsmelled (and therefore unquantifiable). From those still sniffable today, Guerlain would feature heavily, of course:

    Jicky
    Mitsouko
    L'Heure Bleue...
  13. Replies
    45
    Views
    1,163

    Re: a Modernist scent....

    I think the thread might be heading in the wrong direction. Francolino doesn't mean 'modern': he means 'Modernist', as in related to the international movement that revolutionized art, architecture...
  14. Replies
    77
    Views
    2,580

    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    I've just gathered up the four samples and posted them on to the next happy recipient :) Many thanks to cacio once again for this rare treat.

    I'm not sure what I was expecting from JAR, having...
  15. Re: New From The Different Company - I Miss Violet!!

    Sounds interesting (except for the worrying mention of an 'ozonic note'). It's going on my to-try list.
  16. Replies
    77
    Views
    2,580

    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    I'm currently on sample no. 3, and will give a full update after the last one has received proper consideration :)
  17. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    14 April 2015 - Jarling, from a sample pass kindly organized by cacio.
    Smells like mentholated Play-Doh. The JAR perfumes are fascinating, but this is not one I could wear ...
  18. Replies
    3
    Views
    330

    Re: Guerlain Bottle Age

    I have one like this from the early 1990s. Is there a batch code that would help with dating?

    In any case, it's the style of tester that was around before they adopted the current square bottles.
  19. Re: Guerlain's Muguet 2015 available as limited edition of 1,659

    I agree, but this takes it to a whole other level!
  20. Replies
    77
    Views
    2,580

    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    Nothing has arrived here yet, but I'll be sure to let you know when it does.

    Update: It's just arrived! A very fragrant little parcel (not that anything seems to have linked). Will post...
  21. Re: Guerlain's Muguet 2015 available as limited edition of 1,659

    Exclusively in Harrods in the UK. Presumably several other places worldwide!

    By the way, what's up with the pricing? Last year's Muguet edition was €400 for 125ml; this year for €430 you get just...
  22. Re: Cicatrices - Latest Release by LM Parfums - My new found Licorice Love

    Why on earth did they decide to call it 'Scars'? Bizarre.
  23. Replies
    15
    Views
    811

    Re: Shalimar Concentrations?

    ^^ The gold caps were used in the 1970s. Nice bottle!
  24. Replies
    15
    Views
    811

    Re: Shalimar Concentrations?

    That's funny - I have all vintage concentrations of Shalimar and the PdT is the only one I don't get on with. Maybe it's just my bottle, but I find it too plush and rounded. I prefer a bit of smoke...
  25. Replies
    10
    Views
    721

    Re: Opening new bottle of Guerlain extrait

    Have you tried opening the metal seal to release the two ends of the cord? That might make it easier to untie and - if you're careful - put the seal back on afterwards. There's no way to keep the...
  26. Re: Please describe what Kouros really smells like

    Absolutely. I'd never heard the phrase 'urinal cake' until I came across all these hysterical Kouros threads. The power of suggestion is undeniable but that doesn't make the connection true. If...
  27. Replies
    15
    Views
    811

    Re: Shalimar Concentrations?

    I agree about the EdP, which I think is very good. No point getting the modern extrait.

    I've never smelled 'new' EdC since it's available only in the US (I believe). But there's plenty of vintage...
  28. Replies
    9
    Views
    521

    Re: Vintage l'Heure Bleue

    He also cites two other years for batch codes beginning with V: 1988 and 1998.
  29. Replies
    77
    Views
    2,580

    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    A rare opportunity! Thank you so much for organizing this.
  30. Replies
    78
    Views
    3,752

    Re: anyone else getting a weird site when trying the home page?

    Hehe! Very good. I loved the Creed comment and the suggestion that companies should release more flankers. 122 hits, too!
  31. Re: What scent to choose for a 99 year old lady?

    Some great suggestions above. As for Eau d'Orange Verte, it's absolutely classic and would suit all ages. Like most colognes it is not long lasting. Be warned that Eau d'Hermes is a somewhat dirty,...
  32. Replies
    55
    Views
    1,996

    Re: Hiding purchases

    Me too!

    When found out: 'That old thing? I've had it for months! Can't think why I put it at the back of the sock drawer ...'
  33. Replies
    9
    Views
    588

    Re: Shopping in Paris

    You'll have to narrow it down a bit! Lots of perfumes in Paris ... What do you like?

    We had a similar thread last week:...
  34. Re: What scent to choose for a 99 year old lady?

    If she likes the classic colognes, perhaps try either Eau d'Orange Verte or one of the others from the Hermes range?
  35. Re: Dior Homme bottle variation (black or gold tube)

    Just might find this link of interest:

    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2013/11/dior-homme-9-batches-blind-test.html
  36. Re: A question about very old formulation of Eau d'Hermes

    You are probably right about Ellena, and I haven't looked into exactly when the reformulation hit the shelves.

    I know those big bottles, and they're very appealing :) I suppose it all comes down...
  37. Re: Dior Miss Dior (Originale) parfum going away?

    Well, I just called Dior. The extraits are indeed hidden on a different page, as chypre discovered above. The extrait is out of stock at the moment but there are (I was told) no plans to stop making...
  38. Re: A question about very old formulation of Eau d'Hermes

    There seem to have been four versions of this classic:
    - Black cap and round paper label (2nd photo above)
    - Copper cap with name printed directly on the bottle (1st photo)
    - As above, but with a...
  39. Re: Dior Miss Dior (Originale) parfum going away?

    That's interesting. It's not on the French website as far as I can see.

    No word from Dior yet.
  40. Re: Dior Miss Dior (Originale) parfum going away?

    I've written them an email and will let you know if/when I get a reply.
  41. Re: Dior Miss Dior (Originale) parfum going away?

    You're right - it's not there. That does look ominous ...
  42. Replies
    21
    Views
    885

    Re: Parfums de cuir - Osmotheque lecture

    A very interesting write-up - thank you. I must get myself down there sometime.

    They're not always the easiest of wears, but there's something about leather scents that is endlessly fascinating.
  43. Re: What's definitely masculine is.. grossness?

    There are have been plenty of classic perfumes marketed to women that have barnyard, faecal, animalic or urinous notes (Shocking, My Sin, Femme, Cuir de Russie vintage, etc etc.) So no, not 'solely...
  44. Re: Any recommendations for a vanilla based frag?

    It would be hard to beat Shalimar, if you ask me.

    Another dry vanilla in the Guerlain mould - though much more accessible price-wise - is Vanilla Tonka by Parfums de Nicolai: deliciously smoky and...
  45. Re: Your going to Paris from America for one day....

    I see! I thought Scent of Oger was a joke (sorry).

    By the way, Guerlain's outlet in the big Sephora was only temporary, while the Maison was being refitted - or so I was told by one of the SAs.
  46. Re: Your going to Paris from America for one day....

    I tried it in a Guerlain boutique here in Paris only a couple of weeks ago, so it's definitely around. I love Guerlain, but this isn't one I'd scour the streets for.
  47. Re: Your going to Paris from America for one day....

    Do you want something for its rarity value or 'just' to wear? Most things can be found or ordered all over the world these days, so don't worry about it too much. Perhaps a bell jar from Serge Lutens...
  48. Replies
    23
    Views
    1,099

    Re: Splash Bottles

    I like splash bottles. There's something very liberating about dousing yourself with top-quality juice. (I'm talking about colognes and EdTs here, not extrait!)
  49. Replies
    24
    Views
    1,317

    Re: Advice on fragrance for a female friend.

    Shalimar is certainly warm. I'd agree that Samsara is bit loud and 1980s shoulder pads (if you get what I mean), and Mitsouko is famously tricksy.

    If she likes green florals, Chamade is a...
  50. Replies
    55
    Views
    2,096

    Re: Shalimar - can a man get away with it?

    There's a whole lot of bunkum surrounding Shalimar as somehow the quintessential feminine scent, but it's such rubbish.

    What's feminine about bergamot, leather, incense and smoky vanilla? If it...
  51. Replies
    68
    Views
    2,485

    Re: 'Goth' fragrance

    Clearly a job for Messe de Minuit! In the same vein as Avignon, but much dustier and danker (or it was).
  52. Replies
    10
    Views
    782

    Re: Help with Shalimar

    I still enjoy the modern, and think EdP is fine. However, there's also lots on eBay if you want to dip your toe into the world of vintage-chasing. The good old smoky stuff is hard to beat, in any...
  53. Replies
    33
    Views
    1,371

    Re: Shipping Fragrances overseas

    The OP is in the UK, where it's well nigh impossible to send anything out. It's not a question of labelling: packages are scanned as a matter of course and destroyed if they're found to contain...
  54. Re: Ebayer Quelestuchesameredbrulerenenfer Aka JP Grosvenor legit? Anyone have experience with this

    UPDATE:
    Just read the following post on Fragrantica, which seems to confirm suspicions (especially the Grosvenor name):

    "I have had first hand entanglements with this CREEP...he tried to buy a...
  55. Replies
    33
    Views
    1,371

    Re: Shipping Fragrances overseas

    By sea, I assume?
  56. Re: Ebayer Quelestuchesameredbrulerenenfer Aka JP Grosvenor legit? Anyone have experience with this

    The name also reminded me of that notorious eBayer. It could well be the same person, but it might not be - you'll have to tread carefully. For anyone who doesn't know about him, here's a post from a...
  57. Replies
    16
    Views
    1,047

    Re: Dior Homme parfum or Dior Homme Intense

    For me, the parfum is relentlessly, honkingly synthetic. I vote for the Intense.
  58. Re: Saw a message about "helping" with something when I signed on.....

    Yes, same thing happened to me. It was bizarre to be described as 'lovely' and then turned down almost immediately ... :smiley:
  59. Re: Vintage Loewe 2 ??? - No Info On This One At All !

    It looks like I was barking up the wrong tree with Pour Homme/Para Hombre - apologies.
  60. Re: Vintage Loewe 2 ??? - No Info On This One At All !

    Is it the brown juice in a two-tone brown box? If so, I believe it's the one listed as Loewe para Hombre in the fragrance directory (though the juice has changed colour).

    I haven't smelt it for...
  61. Replies
    39
    Views
    1,711

    Re: Searching for a dry, powdery leather

    Perhaps try Miss Balmain (again, ignore the name), Cabochard or Arsene Lupin? All are powdery leathers.
  62. Replies
    6
    Views
    538

    Re: Guerlain Royal Extrait ???

    Hello David. As far as I am aware, Royal Extract is the same juice as the old Guet-Apens (though presumably reformulated for IFRA- and cost-related reasons).
  63. Re: Chanel Les Exclusifs - What are your favorites?

    A quick note to say that I tried out Misia yesterday. Not sure what would happen on skin, but on a card it came across as a soft, powdery, somewhat retro combination of iris and Parma violets. It was...
  64. Replies
    179
    Views
    17,252

    Re: New Bogue Profumo: MAAI

    I'm on the fence about MAAI. I applaud any return to vintage-style blends with quality ingredients, but somehow I found the composition itself lacking in savoir faire. The ingredients are excellent...
  65. Replies
    3
    Views
    551

    Re: Not EDT/EDP/EDC, just says Cont.

    Interesting. I wonder why they produced an EdC of an 'eau'.
  66. Replies
    3
    Views
    551

    Re: Not EDT/EDP/EDC, just says Cont.

    It's the classic eau de toilette. I've never heard of an EdC, and the EdP is a recent invention. 'Cont'. ('contenance') just refers to the size of the bottle.
  67. Replies
    17
    Views
    1,206

    Re: Muscs Koublaï Khän - discontinued???

    No, it's not discontinued, but it is a Paris exclusive.
  68. Re: Fragrances or fragrance lines with bad names

    Bit late off the block, but how about Guerlain's Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau Si Sensuelle for a pile-up of meaningless pseudo-seductive perfume verbiage?
  69. Re: Advice On International/US Shipping ? Updates Please !

    In my experience no one pays much attention here, but best to err on the side of caution when describing contents.
  70. Re: Advice On International/US Shipping ? Updates Please !

    I use Colissimo a lot. It works very well, and is much faster than standard airmail / petit paquet recommandé. Chronopost is prohibitively expensive imo.
  71. Re: Is it just me or not many people wear fragrances?

    There's definitely more of a perfume-wearing culture here in Europe compared to the US.
  72. Replies
    49
    Views
    3,104

    Re: What famous people wear

    I'd heard about Thatcher wearing Bluebell, but never the Queen. Someone on here a few years ago confirmed that she wore L'Heure Bleue, though how they knew for certain is a mystery!
  73. Re: What's your favourite version of Jicky?

    They're all good, as far as I'm concerned. But I have a special affection for vintage EdT, which has a gorgeous creaminess to it. I splash it on with abandon. PdT and extrait are also spectacular,...
  74. Re: Critically acclaimed but a commercial failure?

    But does that make it a commercial failure? If it's still producing fragrances, I presume it's still in profit (or breaking even).
  75. Re: Critically acclaimed but a commercial failure?

    The point, as noted above, is that Egoiste flopped in the US (someone at the time described it as 'too sophisticated' for the US market), which is why Egoiste Platinum was launched. Otherwise the...
  76. Replies
    9
    Views
    763

    Re: Heliotrope : Encyclopædia of

    L'Heure Bleue, of course!

    Parfums de Nicolai (also in the Guerlain style) have featured it in a couple of scents ... will have to look up which ones.
  77. Replies
    60
    Views
    3,109

    Re: For Fans Of Guerlain L'Homme Ideal...

    For myself, I realize that Guerlain are reaching out to a younger audience with this one. That isn't in question. What is in question is the quality and originality of L'Homme Ideal. I don't mean to...
  78. Replies
    34
    Views
    1,732

    Re: my first Guerlain

    Have a look on Crystal Flacon. Lots of nice samples available there.

    I do wonder whether Derby is the right place to start, though. It's a classic but might not be love at first sniff. Heritage is...
  79. Replies
    35
    Views
    1,513

    Re: A staple from Dior?

    Sample before buying. Always.
  80. Re: advice on buying vintage egoiste cologne concentree

    I agree that there's no guarantee. But a respectable seller with decent feedback ought to give you an honest answer.
  81. Re: advice on buying vintage egoiste cologne concentree

    If you are worried about it having turned, you could always message the seller and ask if it still smells good. There's always still a little risk - but at least you have something to go on.
  82. Replies
    60
    Views
    3,109

    Re: For Fans Of Guerlain L'Homme Ideal...

    This was the first men's release for Guerlain for years, and therefore a Big Deal.

    Nothing wrong with members saying whatever they like about it, as many times as they like.
  83. Re: MITSOUKO year 2013: 5-batches blind-test review.

    Welcome to Basenotes! And don't worry - it's always a pleasure to talk about Mitsouko :)

    The point about Mitsouko is that it went through a bad patch in the 2000s - the fault of IFRA-led...
  84. Re: Help! Hate Shalimar until the very end, but LOVE the finish

    Do persevere! And try different versions (pref vintage), as Mike suggests. It may take a while, but boy is it worth it.

    I haven't heard any rumours about VdN being discontinued and would be very...
  85. Re: Help! Hate Shalimar until the very end, but LOVE the finish

    Hmmm, if the OP finds Shalimar challenging, I can only imagine what she'll make of Jicky!
  86. Re: New! New! New! — Unprecedented Vintages and the Avant-Garde

    A lot of niche has taken a vintage turn in recent years (Roja Dove, MAAI), which would suggest that vintage fragrances (even slightly tidied up) have something to say to modern audiences.

    For me,...
  87. Replies
    43
    Views
    2,189

    Re: Best civet?

    I would not describe any of these as civet-heavy. Certainly not in the same mould as Jicky, Mouchoir de Monsieur, Kouros etc.

    If you look towards unisex and the distaff side, I'd recommend My Sin,...
  88. Replies
    73
    Views
    2,441

    Re: Which note ruins a fragrance for you?

    White musk, sweet berry notes, caramel and chocolate. Bleurrrgh!
  89. Replies
    75
    Views
    4,842

    Re: The very worst of 2014

    The major disappointment has to be L'Homme Idéal. What a mess! And for Guerlain, too.
  90. Re: Vtg Mitsouko extrait: is older always better?

    Please let us know how it smells!

    Personally I find that Mitsouko ages better than some others (Vol de Nuit in particular), though avoid any juice that looks too dark or poorly stored.

    One...
  91. Replies
    17
    Views
    1,085

    Re: Still on a Chypre kick.

    But not chypres!
  92. Re: Help! Hate Shalimar until the very end, but LOVE the finish

    I've just remembered PG's Felanilla. It has Shalimar's smoky vanilla but not the bergamot topnotes that some find challenging. You might find it just up your street.
  93. Re: Help? A Xmas suggestion for a girl that likes Dior Leather Oud...

    Some good choices above. Have you tried Dior's Oud Ispahan? It's in the same range as the Leather Oud and shares that slightly smoky oud note - so you'd complement each other beautifully :)
  94. Re: Help! Hate Shalimar until the very end, but LOVE the finish

    Hi Donna. Are you sure you meant heliotrope? There's no heliotrope in Shalimar as far as I am aware.

    Vol de Nuit is can be powdery, but in terms of 'feel' (especially the drydown) the OP might...
  95. Re: Help! Hate Shalimar until the very end, but LOVE the finish

    Keep persevering with Shalimar. Despite its formidable reputation and popularity, I don't think it's an easy one to like straight off, and I struggled with the opening for a long time (most of the...
  96. Replies
    64
    Views
    4,503

    Re: best tobacco scent?

    Slumberhouse Jeke gives you a potent tobacco hit, but it's a nicer as a smell than something you'd actually want to wear.

    The late, lamented Sous le Vent is a crackling good dry tobacco chypre....
  97. Replies
    31
    Views
    1,462

    Poll: Re: Fear of Vintage

    I always choose the best, be it vintage or current.

    People moan about the price of vintage but it all depends what you're looking for. Some marvellous things are unjustly neglected, and some can...
  98. Replies
    49
    Views
    2,409

    Re: IFRA Bootlicking

    This is a very complex issue, and there's a lot of misinformation out there (oakmoss is NOT being banned, for instance, and IFRA is NOT the same as the EU). If you are seriously concerned, you would...
  99. Poll: Re: Interested in knowing everybodys AGE and SEXUAL ORIENTATION

    The statistics will be skewed, for all the usual reasons, I suspect.
  100. Re: Top 40 Most Reviewed Fragrances on Basenotes with Overall Ratings

    Perhaps you could produce a table of fragrances listed by rating BUT ignoring the gender marketing? That would be interesting. Or perhaps there's another way to even out the playing field so that the...
Results 1 to 100 of 500
Page 1 of 5 1 2 3 4



Loving perfume on the Internet since 2000