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    Default Teaser # 43 (solved)

    Been missing them? Me too! :-)

    Riddle # 35.

    Ruffled leafy greens backlit in gold,
    Raisins, prunes, apricots plumped in rum,
    Let the sweet cornucopia unfold,
    Smell its music and even succumb
    To the luminous, whimsical rose,
    To the feisty and insency clove,
    Let that sandal keep you on your toes,
    Let that beeswax smooth up this bold trove.
    This scent inspires ahhs and oohs,
    Gives refuge and, instead,
    Elates with rich and heavy hues...
    It all started with a thread!

    Good luck and please stay in good spirits!


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    Default Re: Teaser # 35.

    Hmmm, at first I thought it must be spirits-inspired Ginestet Botrytis, given some of the notes and an inference to a leafy green backlit in gold (per the gilded leaf atop the cap). The "thread," I thought, could relate to the drawstring pouch that holds the rounded flacon. However, the notes don't all fit. They're a closer match to Ysatis. Nope. I'm adrift. Gonna need other basenoters' help here.
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    Default Re: Teaser # 35.

    Frapin 1270?

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    Default Re: Teaser # 35.

    I thought of Botrytis as I first read it too. Hmmm. Poussiere by Les Parfums
    de Rosine has a tassel, and several of the notes, but not all. I think I'll sleep on this one.

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    Default Re: Teaser # 35.

    Quarry and Socalwoman,

    You are both thinking in the right direction. I have never thought of it before, but this is the fragrance you get when you try to blend Botrytis and Ysatis together. :-) A boozy chypre! :-)

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    Default Re: Teaser # 35.

    Need another clue? No problemo!
    No leaves on the simple purple cap.
    And its name brings good luck. A dilemma?
    Walter Scott had one too, old chap. ;D


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    Default Re: Teaser # 35 (more clues).

    "in the beginning were the needle and thread..."

    I think Talisman Balenciaga brings me luck!
    http://www.osmoz.com/images_up/encyclo/talisman_107.jpg

    Top note : Lychee, Dried Fruits, Osmanthus, Rum

    Middle note : Rose, Jasmine, Freesia, Cyclamen

    Base note : Patchouli, Sandal, Beeswax, Vanilla
    There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.

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    Default Re: Teaser # 35 (more clues).

    I'm thinking Rumba by Balenciaga, but the notes for Talisman sure looks right.

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    Hmmm I would be guessing Talisman too... only no purple cap on that one... Hmmmm Hmmm Hmmm

    Could it be Passion?
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    Default Re: Teaser # 35 (more clues).

    I don't reaqlly know if it can match exactly the described notes, but
    "leafy greens backlit in gold"
    remind me of L'or de Torrente

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    Default Re: Teaser # 35 (more clues).

    Quote Originally Posted by Goddess Dreams
    Hmmm I would be guessing Talisman too... only no purple cap on that one... Hmmmm Hmmm Hmmm

    Could it be Passion?
    er.... my little mini of Talisman has a purple lid and isn't Balenciaga a designer fashion house first and foremost?

    Also in publicity there is a golden thread wrapped around the (full size) bottle and the 'model'.

    I also sense the similarities between Talisman & Ysatis - especially the ylang ylang over honeyed *animalistic notes of civet, castoreum etc. .... :-/

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    Default Re: Teaser # 35 (more clues).

    Nothing is impossible for you, guys! Bravo! The winner is Audrey, congratulations, and the fragrance in question is Balenciaga Talisman (1994). Special mention goes to Quarry who deduced the formula for Botritys (a fairly new fragrance, but having its fans already) without realizing it herself: Botritys=Talisman minus Ysatis.

    Other clues would be:
    -- No problemo (Spanish);
    -- Sir Walter Scott's "The Talisman" (less known novel about Richard the Lion Heart), also Alexander Pushkin "Talisman"(s) -- the two different poems about the semi-precious stone in his ring, also Stephen King's in collaboration with another author whose name I can't remember "The Talisman" due as a movie in 2007;
    -- "gives refuge", "brings good luck" -- all talisman's properties, together with "safeguards" and "repels evil".

    The nose behind the fragrance is Dominique Pierre Preyssas.

    Thanks for your attention and please stay tuned for more.

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    Default Re: Teaser # 35 (solved)

    Thank you if you are still reading this! Here comes an easy one,
    Riddle # 36.

    When light is dim and courage fails
    Start making notice of details.
    Smell nutty flowers of hope
    Reminding of a milk-based soap.

    The ones that bloom in early spring
    With weather changes in full swing,
    Whose fruit is last one to get ripe
    And found in Christmas piggies' hype.

    Another road to success:
    Clean, sunlit, pure, no mess,
    Complete and truthful. Got my hint?
    Identify it with your thumbprint!

    Good luck and please stay in good spirits!


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    Default Re: Teaser # 36 (new)

    Premier Figuier?

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    Default Re: Teaser # 36 (new)

    DKNY Be Delicious? (Could at least be identified with the tip of your thumb on the cap... ;D)
    Everything passes. Everything changes. Just do what you think you should do.
    --Bob Dylan

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    Default Re: Teaser # 36 (new)

    "When light is dim and courage fails,
    When heart against adversity rails...." comes from Conquests of Camelot.

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    Default Re: Teaser # 36 (clue)

    Wolfie, dear!

    I don`t think you and I define the word "easy" in the same way...

    Of course I replied to this just to get more clues, rude as I am... ;D
    Everything passes. Everything changes. Just do what you think you should do.
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    Default Re: Teaser # 36 (clue)

    You got it, Musse! ;D

    Christmas piggies are traditionally made of marzipan, the main ingredient in them is _______, the fruit of the _______ tree. Not a very juicy fruit, though.

    "Another Road to Success" has to do with this designer too.


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    I've got the tree with early flowers and late riped fruits...
    Could it be Poison? :-?

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    Default Re: Teaser # 36 (clue)

    There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.

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    Default Re: Teaser # 36 (clue)

    Magnifiscent is the closest so far: one of the Poisons has the same fruit, but done totally different than this one.


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    "Another road to success" could be referred to another of their "glorious scents" named from a road downtown in Milan? :
    If yes, it can be Etro Heliotrope... :

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    Chloe. :-*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pigeon Murderer
    Chloe. :-*
    No?? Okey, then it`s Initial by Boucheron. :-*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pigeon Murderer
    [quote author=Pigeon Murderer link=1143173894/15#22 date=1143408974]Chloe. :-*
    No?? Okey, then it`s Initial by Boucheron. :-*[/quote]

    Give me just one more try: Chene by SL. :-*

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    Default Re: Teaser # 36 (clue)

    Gabriele Strehle - Strenesse?

    The bottle has a thumbprint, and almond flower (or almond blossom?) is one of the notes...

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    Default Re: Teaser # 36 (clue)

    Hypnotic Poison?

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    Default Re: Teaser # 36 (clue)

    Champs-Elysees?

    There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.

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    Default Re: Teaser # 36 (clue)

    Vinterdroppe got it, congratulations!

    Yes, it is Gabriele Strehle Strenesse (2001), the almond scent that I adore, although I am not much of a fan of almond in perfumery. Hypnotic Poison does remind me of almond cookies, too. Peter Schmidt designed the transparent cylindrical bottle with the frosted cap echoing the color of the contents -- milky white opalescent liquid -- and put the ultimate seal of authenticity, designer's thumbprint, on it. The nose behind the scent is Maurice Roucel of Dragoco (Magnifiscent should know him FM Musk Ravageur ), the ad campaign is done by Craig McDean, photographer and Amy Wesson, model.

    The designer, born Gabriele Hecke, with the motto "completion within incompleteness", is famous for her pure, clean designs, mainly business suits in darker colors paired with demure pastels. She wanted to follow the same concept in her scent: a tough business lady can have a very soft and sweet core, just like an almond nut, therefore white flowers, including almond blossom, jasmine, heliotrope, lily of the valley, hints of white peach are juxtaposed with dark vanilla and rough tree bark in Strenesse.

    She wrote a book about her life "Ob ich das schaffe (Der andere Weg zum Erfolg)" -- whose title I took liberty translating into English as "Another Road to Success".

    Thanks for participating again, I have just returned from our Marshall's with a handful of impressions, and a new love: Tommy Bahama for men, but the next Riddle will not be about this!


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    Default Re: Teaser # 36 (solved)

    April is coming, with the best holiday of them all --- April Fool's Day!

    ;D Riddle # 37. ;D

    A Lettre

    Mon cher monsieur! I tried worldwide
    To find a sample of this scent
    To no avail, let me confide.
    And, please, read on this lame lament.

    I bought the coveted bottle, cheap,
    At Marshall's store, by chance, last night.
    It wouldn't spray, I wouldn't sleep,
    Instructions gave me the biggest fright!

    I dreamt of grapefruit, pink and green,
    Red berries spiced with pepper coats,
    Osmanthus -- all to ease my spleen,
    Its floral heart, its woody notes.

    The bottle's brand new, yet no cap,
    And I'm a huge risk-taker here,
    And through the clear plastic wrap
    I saw your address. Wow, shoemaker? Where?

    Mon cher monsieur! Give me some time,
    I'll find you wherever you are!
    We'll paint 'em walls, sort mess, clean grime,
    In Paris, France, at Metro FDR.

    Good luck and please stay in good spirits!


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