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  1. #1
    MJH
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    Default A different kind of 'Desert Island scent'

    No, this isn't one of those painful exercises asking you to limit yourself to the one or two scents
    you'd choose if you were cast away on desert island. It's more complicated..... [smiley=wink.gif]

    You've just accepted a lucrative, prestigious position working for a luxury spa-resort on a private island
    in a temperate climate. The owner of the island and resort is a benevolent despot, who has made the decision
    to contract with a perfume company to open a full-service boutique on your island. The choice of perfume company is....YOURS!
    There's one hitch, though. You will be leaving your current collection of perfumes behind, as you will be expected to wear, exclusively, only scents produced by the 'house' you select. Since this is an exclusive boutique, the terms of the contract
    suggest that the company you select may be willing to resurrect some of their discontinued formulas as exclusives.

    Which company would you choose? Why?
    Are there any categories or classes of scents that you'd have to forget while you're working on your island?
    Would the company you select have to resurrect any discontinued scents?

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    Default Re: A different kind of 'Desert Island scent'

    Oh, boy! This would NOT be my dream job. (sob!)

    Resurrection: White Shoulders as I have never sampled it the way it was 20+ years ago? ;-) People say it has been reformulated significantly, but I do not have the first-sniff experience.

    Total ban: heavy orientals.




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    Default Re: A different kind of 'Desert Island scent'

    I would have said Guerlain, but they don't suit a hot tropical climat.

    So, I say Jo Malone. Simple, sigular, often fresh fragrances. Thought I like complex fragrances for the winter, I prefer simple notes in the summer. Lime Basil and Madarin, Orange Blossom, Fig & Cassis, Grapefruit and the new one with nectarin will sell particulary well. They are all great vacationing scents. When you need something with more of an edge, all you need to do is mix them together (Vetiver + Tuberose is very sexy). The possiblities are almost endless, so you can't get tired of them. And I haven't even spoken of the great bath&body products...
    Also the decoration of the Jo Malone boutiques (white painted wood) is perfect for the island lifestyle. You don't want a baroque decor over there, but rather something plain and clean...fresh.

    Oh! And the Jo Malone is a very famous facialist too. Customers will love her products at the spa.

    Yet another + point is that Jo Malone is becoming a wellknown name without having a counter in every mall. So there is the exclusive factor about the brand aswell.

  4. #4
    MJH
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    Default Re: A different kind of 'Desert Island scent'

    Oh, Timberwolf! So you would choose Evyan (the original maker of White Shoulders?)
    Remember, you have full access to all the scents of the House you choose: you don't have to
    wear all of them, but which House do you think would best suit your needs?

    My choice (and it's a hard one): Guerlain.
    I originally thought I'd have to have my Carons: Tabac Blond, Yatagan, Pour un Homme, L'Anarchiste, Narcisse Noir...... or maybe Chanel? I'd be thrilled with Egoiste, Pour Monsieur Concentree, Allure, Antaeus, Cristallle.
    But then I remembered something that DustB pointed out a few months back on the Boy's Board: Chanel doesn't make a vetiver! And I realized I had to have a vetiver! Oh, and a couple of orientals, too.

    So, with Guerlain, I'd have my Vetiver, along with several orientals (Habit Rouge, Shalimar), then there's Jicky, L'Heure Bleue, Pamplelune, Mouchoir de Monsieur, even old-fashioned colognes like Imperiale and du Coq.
    I'd be sure they'd resurrect Derby (which they just did for their boutique on the Champs Elysees), so that I could have a good leather chypre. The class I'd worry most about leaving behind would be my beloved Chypres: Mitsouko is a classic chypre, but I've never gotten it to work for me. I think Guerlain once had it's own version of Chypre....maybe I'd have to have that one resurrected too.

    Thinking about my need for a good vetiver put Goutal and Malle in the running right away, but I can't think of any Goutal scents that would 'scratch my Oriental itch'. Malle actually comes close, with Vetiver Extraordinaire, Noir Epices and Musc Ravageur.

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    Default Re: A different kind of 'Desert Island scent'

    Oh my goodness! I thought this would be difficult, but when one house came to mind it was easy - Acqua Di Parma.
    Reason: Profumo, Colonia Assoluta, and Blu Mediterraneo Cipresso Di Toscana.
    It has much to recommend it - a style and image that could merge with the island resort concept, colors that click, and three fragrances I could exist on for *quite* a while.
    I could endlessly sample their entire line, and... wear Profumo every evening.

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    Default Re: A different kind of 'Desert Island scent'

    Guerlain me thinks!

    With all those scents both old, new and long gone it would keep me going for a long while!

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    Default Re: A different kind of 'Desert Island scent'

    I concur with Guerlain!

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    Ladylonestar
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    Default Re: A different kind of 'Desert Island scent'

    Faberge, and they'd have to resurrect Flambeau, Aphrodisia, Tigress, Woodhue, Straw Hat, Babe and whatever else has been discontinued. I could swear they had made a men's fragrance many years ago called Figaro, but I can't find info on it. I loved it madly (and the young man who wore it) so if they made it, they'd have to resurrect it. I know I should say Estee Lauder so I'll always have Estee, Private Collection, Cinnabar, White Linen, Youth Dew... but it's really a tough question, Mark! I miss the thick, rich Aphrodisia bath oil and the green, whipped body creme; not to mention Flambeau and Tigress!

    The only thing about Faberge as my choice is that I'd miss so many favorite men's fragrances. Hmm... I may have to change my answer. Or not. [smiley=undecided.gif]

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    Well....I'd have to go with GUERLAIN and I must tell you that "THE BREAKERS" in Palm Beach has a Guerlain Boutique joined with Aqua de Parma which is QUITE wonderful. Any of you would LOVE to visit there. I had the pleasure and it's just what you're talking about. I had a facial at the Breakers and that made my day and broke my pocketbook!

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    Default Re: A different kind of 'Desert Island scent'

    Great topic, Mark!

    My first thought was Annick Goutal but like you said there aren't really any Orientals. But hey, not so fast - there's Sables! That one is almost Lutenesque in its richness. [smiley=cheesy.gif]

    I think I could survive one year wearing Goutal scents exclusively; I would have my Vétiver, my Rose Absolue, Eau de Charlotte, Folavril, Heure Exquise, Eau de Ciel, Passion, Grand Amour, Sables... They have wonderful bath & body products, too. [smiley=happy.gif]

    Yes, I'll go for Annick Goutal. [smiley=smiley.gif]
    "Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."

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    Default Re: A different kind of 'Desert Island scent'

    My first choice was Serge Lutens.. because they are all unique.. and different.. but I changed my mind.. from the same reason. They are SO unique that you can´t wear them everyday.. you need sometimes to "relax" and wear a non-complicated scent.. and I can´t think of any from that perfume house.
    I think I would go for I Profumi di Firenze.. I don´t have a lot from them.. but they seem to have a great diversity.
    Or Guerlain.... I love Guerlain... boy this is tough..
    no.. IPdF it is....

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    Default Re: A different kind of 'Desert Island scent'

    Quote Originally Posted by LoneFish
    I concur with Guerlain!
    & me too, it would be rude not to...
    Let your nose be your pilot

  13. #13
    MJH
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    Default Re: A different kind of 'Desert Island scent'

    Wow! Some of your responses are real surprises! [smiley=shocked.gif]

    I actually fantasized about Serge Lutens' scents for a bit, but, as Lille_my says, they don't seem to lend themselves to daily, casual wear. I'm still waiting for someone to suggest BPAL: after all, you'd never have to wear the same scent twice as you explore their dozens (or is it hundreds? thousands?) of different scents.
    I just shuddered to think of what our boutique would look like. [smiley=rolleyes.gif]

    Oh, by the way, I made sure my imaginary island had dinosaurs, too. [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif]

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    Ladylonestar
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    Default Re: A different kind of 'Desert Island scent'

    Quote Originally Posted by MJH
    Oh, by the way, I made sure my imaginary island had dinosaurs, too. *[smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif]
    This imaginary "lucrative" position on this imaginary island better be enormously lucrative and to hell with the dinosaurs, and I'll tell ya why, Mark. In the short time since I answered this question, I've suffered imaginary anxiety and panic attacks over the thought of doing without Estee Lauder fragrances and cosmetics. Just thinking about not wearing Angelique Encens brought on great big ol' imaginary hives. The imaginary eye-twitching started with my imaginary withdrawal from Must de Cartier and about 50 other fragrances. The imaginary nightmare was the result of my fear of not having Messe de Minuit at bedtime. I've decided this imaginary island better have a psychiatrist and a well-stocked pharmacy. Yep. Those dinosaurs better watch out for ME or they'll suffer extinction yet again. Ah, to heck with it. I imaginary quit! [smiley=sad.gif]

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    Default Re: A different kind of 'Desert Island scent'

    Yours is the BEST answer LLS.....our faves are not in JUST ONE HOUSE!

  16. #16
    MJH
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    Default Re: A different kind of 'Desert Island scent'

    Quote Originally Posted by Ladylonestar
    [quote author=MJH link=1122761379/0#12 date=1122829251]Oh, by the way, I made sure my imaginary island had dinosaurs, too. [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif]
    This imaginary "lucrative" position on this imaginary island better be enormously lucrative and to hell with the dinosaurs, and I'll tell ya why, Mark. In the short time since I answered this question, I've suffered imaginary anxiety and panic attacks over the thought of doing without Estee Lauder fragrances and cosmetics. Just thinking about not wearing Angelique Encens brought on great big ol' imaginary hives. The imaginary eye-twitching started with my imaginary withdrawal from Must de Cartier and about 50 other fragrances. The imaginary nightmare was the result of my fear of not having Messe de Minuit at bedtime. I've decided this imaginary island better have a psychiatrist and a well-stocked pharmacy. Yep. Those dinosaurs better watch out for ME or they'll suffer extinction yet again. Ah, to heck with it. I imaginary quit! [smiley=sad.gif]
    [/quote]
    [smiley=grin.gif] [smiley=grin.gif] [smiley=grin.gif]
    Don't worry Loney!
    I just heard Tattoo shouting, "Ze plane, ze plane!", so I'm sure Mr Roarke will have a few sage words for you before you board the aquaplane.
    [smiley=kiss.gif] [smiley=kiss.gif] [smiley=kiss.gif]

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