I just read the entire thread - and what fun to read all about the samples and you girls/guys have really done a wonderful job in your comments and descriptions/reviews. BIG thumbs up!
My personal experience with aldehydes has been very black and white. When I joined Basenotes I was very sure I hated aldehydic scents and powdery scents, so many of the Chanel's were a no-go for me. I mean just bringing the cap to my nose and the smallest hint of sparkly aldehyde was enough to turn me off. I researched which scents were being described as aldehydic by other BN members and I avoided these like the plague. Silly, but true.
Then, when I was thrift-store shopping in Puerto Rico (on summer vacation) I scored a tiny mini bottle of White Linen
Parfum by Estee Lauder. I remember loving the smell of WL on my aunt, who wore Lauder scents and makeup for years. I always associated the scent with her: loving, generous, glamorous but in a very athletic-down-to-earth
way. I got it for a steal ($2!) and when I got back home I decanted it into a plastic atomizer (yep, I get mine from Accessories for Fragrances also, the 2 and 2.5 ml plastic ones are the best) and I absolutely loved it. It just smelled so...CLEAN and like the air around me was vibrating slightly when I wore it. Of course I did what any Basenoter does when this happens - I jumped onto BN and started reading all kinds of threads on WL. And what did I quickly learn? ((cough, cough)). That WL is LOADED with aldehydes. I remember thinking, 'No way!!'. But, yes...I had to admit that I finally had fallen for an aldehyde-prominent fragrance. The nose doesn't lie, as they say.
After this, I started to become less judgmental about trying scents that were aldehydic and fast-forward to now, I have come to love and appreciate many aldehydic fragrances.
Some, that I would include in this list are:2 Man
by Comme des Garcons (campfire, white smoke, cedar - sort of like the smell of an extinguished candle)La Myrrhe
by Serge Lutens (OMG, Root Beer Nirvana...one of the first aldehydic scents that I really fell in love with. Hard to describe because it's such a unique combination of the rich, woody soft myrrh and the razor sharp buttery aldehydes)Stephen Jones
by Comme des Garcons (forfreddie's correct - this alien-violet-hairspray-volcanic-rock
smelling creation is genius)
From the scents that you are trying in the Sample Pass, I have a bottle of Chant d'Aromes
80's-era Eau de Toilette. I love it, but honestly I find I only wear it in hot Summer climates since it's incredibly refreshing in this environment. The peach note in it is slightly different than the one in Mitsouko
(which I also love). The only other scent that I've smelled that has such a wonderful peach skin note is Un Matin d'Orage
by Annick Goutal (which is more of a gardenia-scent, per se). The Guerlain is very
sparkly and on my skin and what I really love is the base notes give off a whiff of iodine-rich vetiver. I have always wanted to own some vintage Chant d'Aromes
extrait (the bottle is so pretty
, isn't it?) I have heard it is even more vetiver prominent in the base notes. Still - this was one of the first scents that was aldehydic that I bought a full bottle of. So, of course, it will always hold a special place in my heart.
I also own some vintage No. 19
Eau de Cologne by Chanel, and I happen to find this aldehydic also - although, I don't think its classified as an aldehydic fragrance
Same for Cinnabar
by Estee Lauder - I think that one is rich with aldehydes, too much for me to actually enjoy. I started a thread about this, asking if people had smelled/worn Cinnabar
parfum, which is much more limited and harder to find. Someone recommended I retry the re-issue 'new' version of JHL
the Lauder masculine by Aramis (which I found super-boring when I tested it years ago) since it was less waxy/aldehydic. I haven't done this yet, but I will.
One more thing: I still have not sufficiently sampled/worn No. 5
by Chanel yet. I know, I know...what am I waiting for, you might ask? Well...I'm taking my time getting to the Mother Ship. Give me a couple more years - I'll get around to it. LOL. Seriously, when I wrote reviews for Perfume Shrine the woman who runs the blog (she's helg here on BN) sent me a blind decant as a 'thank you' and dared me to figure out what it was - it was vintage No. 5
Eau de Cologne, the one formulation that you didn't include in this sample pass. So, actually this is the ONLY version of No. 5
that I've given significant skin time to. And I must say, I disliked it when I wore it years ago. Didn't enjoy it AT ALL. Nonetheless, I'm dying
to try vintage or new Parfum. I will one day.
You all have kept me smiling and giggling reading your comments, especially you Schilling you have a wonderful sense of humor. I look forward to reading more of your reviews/comments here on BN.
Oh and southerngardens, I am pretty sure this
is the tape that Perfumed Lady and Schilling are talking about: