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    I recently received some Montale samples from "maisonstinky" here at Basenotes. Since there aren't many reviews in the Directory yet, I figured I'd take a shot at reviewing some frags here in a thread. As the subject line mentions, I'm pretty inexperienced at doing reviews like this, and my nose can only work with the notes it knows. So, feel free to add your comments, corrections, or additions. (BTW, I think "maisonstinky" may still be selling these samples for anyone who might be interested.)

    Attar: A very interesting scent. It's intense and yet streamlined, not chaotic. To me it feels like there are only a few notes in the mix, but what is there is concentrated yet pleasant. I would say it is a dry sandalwood and spice fragrance, with oud richness. (To me, oud seems to add an "aura" to fragrances, like a wet cloud that gives them weight and density.) The rose in this scent doesn't strike me as strong or as being the same as the rose I’m used to in men’s scents. It adds a dry and almost herbal floral note to the mix, not the sweet rose that I am used to. I don't know I would have even guessed there is rose in this scent if it wasn't in the notes. Attar is a dry, smooth, focused, and intense sandalwood and spices scent with a floral touch. These few notes blend to create a scent that really is unlike anything else I can think of at the moment. Very good longevity and projection.

    Black Aoud: I find this to be almost a leather scent, which I don't think Montale lists it as. Dark, moist, leather and deep rose. Very good longevity. A truly manly rose. I like it better than most of the others I've tried including: Voleur de Roses, Iquitos, Malle's Une Rose, and Ungaro III. The only other men’s “rose” scents I've liked as much were C&S no. 88 and Villoresi Musk. Good company to be in!

    Fougeres Marine: This smells very familiar. I was thinking GIT, so I compared them side-by-side, and it's similar but different enough that it can't be what I am thinking of. I am beginning to think it's Cool Water that I am remembering as being similar, but I no longer have that to compare with this. Nevertheless, it's rich with mossy and marine notes (maybe lichen or something similar). It lasts a very long time and projects a lot. If someone likes GIT or Cool Water and wants a new alternative to those, this would be a great option. It’s classy and masculine, yet could be worn in many situations. BTW, my gf likes this one a lot, so it may be a lady-pleaser, for those who worry about that kind of thing!

    Woods-Spices: Surprisingly sweet. For some reason I was expecting dry woods and spices. I do get maybe a touch of incense in this one, and the cardamom - a friendly spiciness. I also get lot of vanilla or tonka or possibly benzoin (I can never tell those apart). If someone were looking for a high quality, niche version of something like Pi, Opium, Le Male, or maybe Body Kouros, this would be a good option. Very nice, but a bit sweet for my tastes. Projects a lot for a while, then calms down. Good longevity.

    Sandflowers: Reminds me of a beach. It's a marine scent, but in a beachier sense. It's not got the usual salty air note, but more of a kelp or seawater quality to it, with some light floral notes. It really does remind me of the beaches in So. California. An interesting take on an oceanic scent. Wears close to the skin and longevity is good, especially for a “marine” scent.

    Greyland: I also revisited my sample of Greyland a few times over the past month. How it smells really depends on where I apply it. On the underside of my wrist, I get very little - a very light incense scent without much else going on. When I wear it on the topside of my arm, it's much richer, more complex, longer lasting, with incense, floral notes, and musk. In that case it seems to be somewhat reminiscent of Villoresi Musk. I find this wears pretty close to the skin and lasts well.

    Oud Cuir d'Arabie: Once the medicinal quality of the aoud burns off, I get a wet, musky, animalic dark leather. Very rich and deep, long lasting, with decent sillage. I consider it my second leather "holy grail," the polar opposite of my other "holy grail" of leathers, Cuir Mauresque. While CM is bright, somewhat sweet, and brings to mind sunny days in an open-top convertible sports car, the Montale scent brings to mind dark dive bars, hanging out with bikers and getting into fights.

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    Good reviews robyogi. Do your thing. I have to agree 100 percent about fougeres marine attracting attention. When I first tried fm it didn't impress me at all so I tried it again a few days later, very impressive. That salty marine scent makes a statement. A smell I cannot forget, to me, fougeres marine can be worn just about anytime, good sillage, and already women askin what is that smell, they're eyes roll to the back of their heads. An Impression that is unforgettable........... I have to have bottle of this! Fougeres marine

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    CHEERS ROBYOGI! They're great reviews!

    I only tried three of those you've tried...Greyland is similar to Gucci PH, Fougeres Marine is CK Escape to me, and Woods-Spices was like a Chanel Allure to me. I think all Montales seem to have a richness and great lasting power. Since they're pricey I have to choose my picks carefully, and probably can only afford the 50 ml bottles directly from Montale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iMaverick
    CHEERS ROBYOGI! *They're great reviews!

    I only tried three of those you've tried...Greyland is similar to Gucci PH, Fougeres Marine is CK Escape to me, and Woods-Spices was like a Chanel Allure to me. *I think all Montales seem to have a richness and great lasting power. *Since they're pricey I have to choose my picks carefully, and probably can only afford the 50 ml bottles directly from Montale.
    All i can say iMaverick is try the samples first, as far as the prices, I take care of my basenote friends . Pm me or call me at (813) 657-6773

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    I can't wait until I get my Montale samples from Vijay!!!

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    Excellent reviews, robyogi. You're a natural.

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    I received mine from Vijay last week and there are definitely gems among them.
    A few remind very strongly of other things out there.

    For instance Sandflowers is a dead ringer for Aqua Motu by Comptoir Sud Pacifique, since I dislike that one to begin with, the price here seems way too high. The tin-can packaging further indicates a little too much plagiarism in this case.

    Greyland is very similar to Declaration by Cartier but even stronger on the cumin which inevitably means strong BO-associations for many people - including me.

    Orient Extréme is a VERY feminine floral, vital, fresh and insane longevity. Nice, but definitely not for guys.

    Aoud Ambre - Albeit oud-based this one failed to impress me. Mainly beacuse the amber part seems a bit rushed, not the creamy, sweet, resinous character that one has come to expect from other brands in this price range - Lutens, L' Artisan etc. Pass on this one.

    Now for some great ones: Patchouli Leaves is an earthy but not too dry take on this note with a very plesant slightly sweet base. Lasts forever but doesn´t project much, just like many other patchoulies. Definitely uni-sex if not masculine.

    Ginger Musc - This one reminds me of a little of the Latest Gaultier (2), probably some cardamom in there. Not as strong and cloying as G2 though, and none of the amber bubble-gum stuff is present here, still reminiscent somehow. *I really like it, however I feel it might be a tad to feminine for long term wearing. Fresh, fizzy & clean but with a strong character, not so much ginger though funnily enough.

    Aoud Lime - This was the second agarwood-based one I received, and it is IMO much better made than many of the company´s "regular" offerings, after all this is mainly an Oud-brand. It´s kind of hard to describe this one, but for people not very familiar with purer agarwoods the note is a woody, smokey but smooth one, found in for instance YSL´s M7. I think it smells a little of black cherry pulp in that one, and this is the case here also. It is however contrasted against a fresh citrus accord that lingers a very long time, creating a great balance. Wore this at a party friday night and was complimented many times - this leaves a killer sillage! Somewhat powdery & with strong and lasting fresh lime zest - very original overall impression - good stuff.

    The general feeling of the brand is consistently high quality, a nice aesthetic & a well thought trough concept. Looking forward to hearing more about 'em, especially the oud-based ones. Take my word for one thing though, the ones labelled feminine here really ARE! Don´t be lured into the lovely descriptions of notes like I was, some of the female ones are truly & exclusively meant for the ladieees.

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    Congratulations, and thank you!
    Reviews of scents I know nothing about - written in a way that I get a good idea about most of them. Your comments certainly got me interested in some, and spare me the hunt for others.
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    Nice reviews robyogi,
    specially the one on Oud cuir d'arabie, one of my fav Montale. I look forward like to see from you reviews on two other favs of mine: Oud damascus (imho pretty wearable by a man) and Oud queen roses (absolutely intoxicating but very feminine too)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robyogi
    Sandflowers: Reminds me of a beach. *It's a marine scent, but in a beachier sense. *It's not got the usual salty air note, but more of a kelp or seawater quality to it, with some light floral notes. *It really does remind me of the beaches in So. California. *An interesting take on an oceanic scent. *Wears close to the skin and longevity is good, especially for a “marine” scent. *
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    I agree 100%, my sample of Sandflowers is the most quickly disappearing of Vijay's treasures. The "qualitiest" smelling marine scent I have ever encountered, and one which I think will become a mainstay of replies to newbie's threads requesting something fresh and summery but distinctive.

    Greyland was one I was excited to try, and Im happy I did. I like it better than the cedar/inceses with which it is often compared. I guess its kinda like a creed in that sense, generic perhaps, but excells in its class.

    I also quite liked Amandes Orientales. With the almondness and the yumminess, I picture a mixture of Dior Homme Eau Noire (described by Indie as a big dessert) and Dior Homme Bois d'Argent (With the almond element), though i have yet to give a full-wearing to my samples of either (thanks scentemental , btw). I found Amandes Orientales less "hectic" than quasi-gourmand orientals (Brit, Dior Homme) tend to be, very smooth and rich. I quite liked it, but then again, I'm big into orientals. After a couple wearings, I sent it off to my fellow orientalist Gray_Swan to share the wealth. Should be a big seller 3 or 4 months from now.

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    Two so far not mentioned in this thread:

    Oud Pur Oriental: Yemeni oud, frankincense, Egyptian balsam, labdanum (aka rockrose, aka gum cistus). Beautiful, smooth floral oriental suitable for men. I wish I could get this one now, but it's currently unavailable, because they're waiting on a flower harvest to get one of the necessary ingredients!

    Royal Oud: Oud and citrus (grapefruit and kumquat), with andira wood and Indian spices.The citrus predominates at first, making the oud a little rough around the edges, but soon dries down to a beuatiful, smooth, fresh-yet-earthy scent. Heaven for the nose!

    You guys have to try these too!

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    I received a whole slew of Montale samples from Vijay. They were all intriquing and I wanted them all but my nose focused in on Greyland's intoxicating blend of sharp, resinous cedar, smokey incense and almost ethereal, very light citrus and cumin notes. Best of all, this stuff lasts all day (at least on my fair, dry skin). The drydown smooths out the sharp cedar and exposes a soft, semi-sweet aquatic note. Very surprising. I ordered a bottle which I received last week and am quickly working my way through it towards a second bottle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel_Cairo
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    I also quite liked Amandes Orientales. With the almondness and the yumminess, I picture a mixture of Dior Homme Eau Noire (described by Indie as a big dessert) and Dior Homme Bois d'Argent (With the almond element), though i have yet to give a full-wearing to my samples of either (thanks scentemental , btw). I found Amandes Orientales less "hectic" than quasi-gourmand orientals (Brit, Dior Homme) tend to be, very smooth and rich. I quite liked it, but then again, I'm big into orientals. After a couple wearings, I sent it off to my fellow orientalist Gray_Swan to share the wealth. Should be a big seller 3 or 4 months from now.
    And, I want to thank you again for introducing me to such a wonderfully unusual fragrance, Joel(and thanks to Vijay from whom the sample originated!) *Of all the samples you sent *Amandes Orientales was by far my favorite. *At first smell it was not something I would imagine a fragrance to smell like. *But somehow it worked, and in a most amazing way I might add. *I'm not a huge lover of Gourmands. *But the smooth, full bodied aroma of this one is just intoxicating. *The almond yumminess is done with such finesse...it is not too sweet which is what keeps it from becoming cloying as so many fragrances with Almond can be, IMO. I don't usually enjoy almond in perfumes, but in this one I adore it! *I keep going back to the sample to dab a little on my wrist. *Amandes Orientales is such an addictive scent and my first exposure to Montale fragrances. *It has certainly wet my appetite for this House. *I fear a full bottle of AO is in my not too distant future as well as a sampling of all thier other offerings!

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    Yesterday arrived the bunch of samples that Vijay sent me,thank you again Vijay I am impressed with this line because i did not care for Montale until now
    At first i tried the Greyland,Griff has right,is pure class,very manly and longlasting,i plan to buy it.
    FougereMarines what suprise,is perfect for the Greece climate,very wearable for my work,is the second that check.
    Wood & Spices also is the third i am impressed,is sweet but i like it very much.
    Aoud Lime starts very strong,i detect safron at first,similar with CSP Safranier but if you can wait the drydown is amazing,i think the Aoud line is too heavy for my climate but i want to try the Oud cuir d Arabie.
    Anyone here must try this line guys,all are high quality,unique and very long lasting!

    Thank you so much Vijay to help me to discover this line!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaimeB
    Two so far not mentioned in this thread:

    Oud Pur Oriental: Yemeni oud, frankincense, Egyptian balsam, labdanum (aka rockrose, aka gum cistus). Beautiful, smooth floral oriental suitable for men. I wish I could get this one now, but it's currently unavailable, because they're waiting on a flower harvest to get one of the necessary ingredients!

    They are waiting on a flower harvest? Did the Montale people actually said that to you? :-?
    Well if that is the case, there won't be Oud Pur Oriental in stock for quite a long time. When the essence is taken from a flower it needs to macerate for several months to several years. There is no way the essence can be include straight after harvest into a perfume formula.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cedriceccentric
    [quote author=JaimeB link=1147060226/0#11 date=1147114541]Two so far not mentioned in this thread:

    Oud Pur Oriental: Yemeni oud, frankincense, Egyptian balsam, labdanum (aka rockrose, aka gum cistus). Beautiful, smooth floral oriental suitable for men. I wish I could get this one now, but it's currently unavailable, because they're waiting on a flower harvest to get one of the necessary ingredients!

    They are waiting on a flower harvest? Did the Montale people actually said that to you? :-?
    Well if that is the case, there won't be Oud Pur Oriental in stock for quite a long time. When the essence is taken from a flower it needs to macerate for several months to several years. There is no way the essence can be include straight after harvest into a perfume formula.
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    Yes, that is what I was told by the distributor. It may be months * :-/. This is what he was told by Montale people, so he just conveyed that to me. And I was the one that told JaimeB about that. *It could be that they are waiting for the next batch of Essence, who knows *:-/.

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    Hi All,

    Thank you so much Vijay for the Montale samples. I love sandalwood and am always pleased when I find an excellant one. I tried Sandalsliver from montale and WoWser. This stuff imo was heavenly. Sweet but not too sweet. It was as if someone had just brewed some tea with sandalwood and put sugar and fresh cream in it. It is almost buttery in its richness to my nose. Great sillage. Lasted all day and into the next on me. I love trumpers sandalwood but I think this one may have it beat. It is not as confusing to my nose.

    Patchouli leaves was very similar in charictar to sandalsliver in that it has a rich buttery creamyness for a patchouli. A sweetness but not to sweet. Manly but not in your face. It also has a nice gentle earthyness under everything else like the smell of just freshly turned dark loamy earth. You know the really dark stuff on the forest floor. Its the kind of smell that makes you want to bend down and run your hands through the soil just for the sheer pleasure of the feel and texture and rich smell. It almost " pings or tweeks" some of those ancient memories down deep in the primative brain stem.

    Uncle Griff has summed up my thoughts on Greyland pretty succinctly so I shant attempt an improvement there as my efforts will surely fall way short of the mark. I will let wiser heads than mine prevail.

    My intention is to reward Vijay by putting his children through college by depleting his stockroom as often as I can afford.

    Thank you Vijay for the great samples and the great conversations we have had. Our lives on this site are richer for having known you sir. An absolute delight.

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    I just finished talking to our friend Vijay. Some Montale samples will be on their way soon as well as a bottle of Soleil de Capri which I just smelled from an earlier sample he had sent me. He's also getting me a small bottle of Amouage's Dia for Men !


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    Quote Originally Posted by maisonstinky
    [quote author=cedriceccentric link=1147060226/15#15 date=1147262245][quote author=JaimeB link=1147060226/0#11 date=1147114541]Two so far not mentioned in this thread:

    Oud Pur Oriental: Yemeni oud, frankincense, Egyptian balsam, labdanum (aka rockrose, aka gum cistus). Beautiful, smooth floral oriental suitable for men. I wish I could get this one now, but it's currently unavailable, because they're waiting on a flower harvest to get one of the necessary ingredients!

    They are waiting on a flower harvest? Did the Montale people actually said that to you? :-?
    Well if that is the case, there won't be Oud Pur Oriental in stock for quite a long time. When the essence is taken from a flower it needs to macerate for several months to several years. There is no way the essence can be include straight after harvest into a perfume formula.
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    Yes, that is what I was told by the distributor. It may be months * :-/. This is what he was told by Montale people, so he just conveyed that to me. And I was the one that told JaimeB about that. *It could be that they are waiting for the next batch of Essence, who knows *:-/.

    Vijay"Maisonstinky"[/quote]
    Guys, I also called Aedes de Venustas on this, because they carry the Montale line as well, and they were out-of-stock, too. They also told me that the scent would not be back in stock very soon because of Montale's needing to wait for "an ingredient" that wasn't available yet. I suspect they're waiting for some exotic supplier of Cistus ladaniferus to come through. I hope it's quietly macerating even as we post... and I hope it's the absolute and not the flower that's getting ready!
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    I tested two out last night. I have to say that I was quite impressed with how they smelled. I was not expecting so much to come out of those little vials but it was amazing!

    Greyland: smells like a smokey inscense/tea heaven for about a half and hour and then fades into a more spicey mixture. It ends up smelling like the spices of Angeliques sous la Plouie but warmer. It is very good and I highly recomend this one as a starter to people getting into Montale like me.

    Patchouli Leaves: Beautiful fragrance wrapped in vanilla, amber, muskyness, and those dry leaves. It smelled like a chocolate kingdom right off the bat with a spice of patchouli leaves in the backdrop. Then there was a warm blast of sweet aroma from the vanilla and amber combination. This one will give you a toothache if you are not careful. It is very sweet but sentual and warm. It is very good and I was totally suprised to smell what I did based on the title of this frag. Great, great stuff!!

    I have 3 more to try and new reviews to come even though I'm terrible at it.

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    Greyland is a favorite of mine right now--it seems to be very versatile, though I'm wondering if I'm the only one who picks out some leather on the drydown? I don't think I've read of any other comments regarding this.

    I bought Sandalsliver last fall, and find it to be quite a potent scent, lasting well into the next day (just a spray or two will do it). It gets sort of creamy in the end, but not like say, Santal from Floris... they're very different fragrances.

    Patchouli Leaves is probably one of the best patchouli scents I've smelled, and I'm not that big of a fan of the note in general. This one has be contemplating a purchase in the fall.

    Blue Amber is one that I've sampled quite a bit lately. In some regards, it's not unlike other well crafted amber scents, but there's a fresh quality about it that keeps me sniffing away.
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    Vijay's Montale samples have just arrived and I am sampling
    Jasmin Full today.

    What a gorgeous, creamy floral this one is!

    It is quite intoxicating and makes me feel euphoric when I inhale
    it. (I will probably wear this on a hot summer's evening whilst
    sipping a glass of Pimms under a Linden tree. )

    After the initial blast of jasmin -perhaps ten minutes or so later -
    orange blossom seems to creep in to soften the mix. That part is really
    magical. I can also detect the sweetness of the honeysuckle and feel
    like a soporific bee.

    This perfume really is a sensual delight.
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    It's me again. Can't believe it but about half and hour into
    Jasmine Full and I am smelling Casaque (Jean d'Albret) - a
    perfume I have and love. Who knows what will happen next?
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    my reviews coming tonight....stay tuned

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    Stop everyone! STOP! You're breaking me here! Fine, I'll order some damn Montale samples. Btw, are there any BAD Montale fragrances? Seems like everyone is happy as can be with the offerings, almost sounds too good to be true.

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    Here's my humble attempt at reviewing....

    GREYLAND - This is what initially attracted me to the Montale line. *The opening note is very citrusy with a burst of black pepper, spices and musky woods. *There is a note at the top that I wish wasn't there. *I don't know what it is but it really bothers me. *As soon as that note disappears, which is about a couple of hours for me, I find it perfectly balanced and almost sensual.

    FOUGERES MARINES - Sea freshness, combined with fern, lavender, geranium, patchouli and oakmoss on a base of cool musk, says the description for this perfume. *Unfortunately, to my untrained nose, this smells very similar to Creed's Green Irish Tweed (which I already own) and Cool Water. *As much as possible, I like the fragrances in my collection to be distinctly different.

    SOLEIL DE CAPRI - Now this is the crown jewel, at least of the samples I ordered from Vijay (Big Thanks! by the way). *Not being very savy, I will compare the opening notes as very similar to when you open a pack of Juicy Fruit gum. *Lucky for me, I like Juicy Fruit Gum. *:P *It is like just-out-of-the-shower fresh and clean. *For those of you who like your juice to be hot-and-heavy, I won't consider this as a sexy fragrance at all, but I really like it. *Stays close to skin and probably universally inoffensive. *Definitely bottle-worthy.

    I still have three samples from Montale that I haven't tried. *I am looking forward to try them all.

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    Just wanted to add that the longevity of Patchouli Leaves is spectacular! Still lingering on my wrist after two showers etc....
    Maybe a niche fragrance for Renato to check out?

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    SOLEIL DE CAPRI - Now this is the crown jewel, at least of the samples I ordered from Vijay (Big Thanks! by the way). Not being very savy, I will compare the opening notes as very similar to when you open a pack of Juicy Fruit gum. Lucky for me, I like Juicy Fruit Gum. It is like just-out-of-the-shower fresh and clean. For those of you who like your juice to be hot-and-heavy, I won't consider this as a sexy fragrance at all, but I really like it. Stays close to skin and probably universally inoffensive. Definitely bottle-worthy.


    I have that one on order right now.

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    Please excuse my tardiness.

    Here are my impressions of the samples I received from Maisonstinky:

    Firstly, I like how potent and long lasting the frags are. Just a few drops and you can smell it from a few feet away.

    Full Jasmin: Very sweet and pleasant. Smells just like the flower itself, if you know what Jasmin smells like, and you love the scent, then this is the exact replica of the flower in a bottle. And it should be so, when the source of the scent is the flower itself. Naturally wonderful. I would definitely get this for my GF (when I have one). Jasmin is my favorite of all flowers due to its texture, softness and scent.

    Oud Queen Roses: Same comments as above, but smells like the rose.

    Fougeres Marine: I have smelled nothing quite like it, but I would be bold to say that it smells like a very mild version of Jean Pascal (it smelled great but didn't appeal to me). I definitely like this one. Great for summer evenings. You can smell the musky base topped with the greens. A very elegant frag.

    Black Oud: I don't know what to make of this. It reminds me a lot of Ithir (a non-alcoholic all natural, perfume they sell in Egypt, Saudi Arabia). Black Oud has a middle eastern touch. I can definitely pick out the rose in it (as that's one of the main compositions of middle eastern scents). And the combination with musk makes it reminiscent of Ithir.

    Vetiver Des Sables: I would probably be biased about this one as Vetiver seems to be my official note lately. Spicy yet fresh. That's how I can put it.

    Surprisingly none of these had any citrusy notes that I could pick out. Which is a very welcome change from all the commercial frags that are loaded with citrus top notes.

    Need to start saving up now.


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