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    Default Got some samples today...

    Popped into my favorite frag shop this afternoon and got a few samples - Floris Santal (which I have been wanting to try), Penhaligon's Opus 1870 and Terre D'Hermès. First impressions:

    Floris Santal - wow, this is interesting stuff! It's too early for me to say whether I'll want to wear this, but it is certainly quite an impressive creation. Struck me initially as flowery but has developed over the past four hours into an amazing creamy, highly distinctive frag with vanilla and a contrasting mix of modest warmth and mysterious cheekiness. And VERY potent. Puts my beloved Gucci pH to shame in that regard. I'm fascinated by Santal but find it a tad feminine, anyone agree? I think it'll be gorgeous on my wife, will get her to test it...

    Opus 1870 is lovely... but disappeared as soon as I put it on. A new dimension in subtlety. A very comforting smell, reminds me of warm clothes fresh out of the drier. Pure innocence, angelic. But just too ephemeral for me, what a shame.

    Terre D'Hermès - orange, grapefruit & other citrus notes initially. Then I get a touch of cinnamon. Then the forest elements hit me. Quite pleasing. Fresh but hearty. A bit of soap, too. Although I'm not a citrus fan, I could end up liking this one. Just not sure whether it'll captivate me enough. Let's see how the drydown turns out.

    Anyone care to chime in?


    For swap/sale: NIB: Pure Malt, Floris Vetiver, Vintage Tiffany, Charriol Royal Leather, Dior Homme; Dior Homme Intense, Chanel PMC, M7 gel, Roma (women's), LIDGE, Spicebomb, Trussardi Uomo, Obsession, others...
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    Default Re: Got some samples today...

    Grrr... You guys make me so jealous with your "I just popped into my local perfume shop..."



    If I want samples, I have to get them shipped to me. On the other hand, it does make a person spend more time deciding on exactly what they want to smell (which I guess defeats the purpose of samples).


    ebear- what's your take on the Terre controversy? Is it new and exciting, or just the same old from Hermes? People seem pretty polarized about this frag.

    -ben
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    Default Re: Got some samples today...

    Quote Originally Posted by greyhueofdoubt
    ebear- what's your take on the Terre controversy? Is it new and exciting, or just the same old from Hermes? People seem pretty polarized about this frag.
    Hi Ben, WOW! I had no idea that there was a controversy. I just went back and read all the posts - polarized indeed! This is my first Hermès scent, so I can't compare it to the others. I do see the "dish detergent" comparison, but I can also understand that this might be right for those looking for a spicy citrus 'feel good' kind of frag. I've only had it on for about an hour, though, so I'll hold off on a final judgement. I'll have to try this one again solo - the Floris Santal on my other arm is very dominant.
    For swap/sale: NIB: Pure Malt, Floris Vetiver, Vintage Tiffany, Charriol Royal Leather, Dior Homme; Dior Homme Intense, Chanel PMC, M7 gel, Roma (women's), LIDGE, Spicebomb, Trussardi Uomo, Obsession, others...
    http://tiny.cc/rd8ptw
    (swaps)
    http://tinyurl.com/a7qoley
    (sales)

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