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    Default 26 June SotDD #1 1880's

    On Sunday 26 June will be the first Scent of the Decade Day and the decade will be 1880's.
    The idea is not to pick one scent that every participant will wear but any scent from the decade in question.

    This list is from the Basenotes Directory:
    Acqua Classica Borsari (Borsari)
    Buckingham (Crown Perfumery)
    Crown Fougère (Crown Perfumery)
    Lilac Vegetal (Pinaud)
    Violette De Parme (Roger & Gallet)
    Clubman (Truefitt & Hill)
    Crown Court Bouquet (Crown Perfumery)
    Fougère Royale (Houbigant)
    Fleurs d'Italie (Guerlain)
    Skine ( Guerlain)
    Crab Apple Blossom (Crown Perfumery)
    Excellence (Guerlain)
    Gallia (Roger & Gallet)
    Jicky (Guerlain)
    Rêve d'Or (Piver)
    Newport (original) (Caswell-Massey)
    Fleurs de Thé Rose Bulgare (Creed)
    Eau de Quinine (Crown Perfumery)

    Every Basenoter is welcome to join!

    We will continue on 17 July with 1890's and so on, every third Sunday of the month, the last HSSD will be on 16 July 2006 with 2000's scents.

    Big thanks, FufuLaRue for this wonderful idea, Mark for digging the archives and Grant for great search tips! [smiley=smiley.gif]

    For more info and stuff, check out this thread that started it all:

    See you on next Sunday! [smiley=smiley.gif]
    "Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."

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    Oh I actually have a couple of the list!!!!! Two of the Crowns.

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    Crowns in samples and JICKY in EDT and PDT.
    Hope it will be Jicky!!!
    Vetiver The Great!!!

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    Moon_fish, it's up to you what you wear on SotDD, there won't be any polls this time.

    Jicky is the only one I have from 1880's so that's what I'm going to wear!
    "Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."

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    Jicky is my only choice too - but I love it, and I have never been in any situation where it was out of place, so that's allright.

    I'll get a problem next month though, as I have absolutely no fragrances from the 1890's... [smiley=shocked.gif]

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    Dot, I have the same problem but there's a month to sort it out.
    "Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."

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    It has to be Jicky for me too [smiley=smiley.gif]

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    Looks like there's gonna be a cloud of Jicky hanging in the air! [smiley=vrolijk_1.gif]


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    Quote Originally Posted by dorthea
    I'll get a problem next month though, as I have absolutely no fragrances from the 1890's... [smiley=shocked.gif]
    I've already started looking at the scents of the 1890's, and it looks like we'll all be in the same boat: we'll sort it out then (and I'll get out my bottle of Roger & Gallet Lavande Royale, since I can't find my sample of Eau du Coq. [smiley=wink.gif])

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    Jicky for me too, being the only one I have from the list.
    'I am not difficult, I am definite!' - Hedy Lamarr

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    Good morning, fellow Basenoters! [smiley=smiley.gif]

    I've been wearing Jicky since last night, spritzed some more on this morning and feel fabulous! Jicky always does it for me: it's relaxed and relaxing but elegant, fresh but animalic, unisex but sexy... I could go on endlessly. Jicky is never out of place, no matter when and where you wear it. No wonder this scent from the late 19th century still lives on, a true Classic.

    Can't resist adding this quote from Jacques Brel's Jacky:

    Etre une heure, une heure seulement
    Etre une heure, une heure quelquefois
    Etre une heure, rien qu'une heure durant
    Beau, beau, beau et con à la fois

    in English:
    If I could be for only an hour
    If I could be for an hour every day
    If I could be for just one little hour
    Cute, cute in a stupid ass way

    Enjoy your day in your 1880's scent, whatever it will be! [smiley=smiley.gif]
    "Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."

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    I believe I may have a Crown sample whose beginning falls within our first Scents of the Decade Day timeframe; however, one spritz of Jicky and I knew I'd wear it today.

    My first brief sampling of Jicky over two years ago was unremarkable -- I simply thought it soapy and very synthetic or artificial smelling, and very fleeting. I also thought it a little "too fougere" for me at the time. Curiosity got the best of me over time and I ordered a bottle. As it turns out, Jicky is quite amazing to me. For me it opens very citrusy, lemon and lavender being the first notes I notice; then there is a hint of some spicy-ness and finally a powdery sweetness. That's a simplification of a most unsimple fragrance. I find it elegant and refined and I find it sporty and fun; like Tig said, "... never out of place, no matter when and where you wear it."

    Like moonlight and love songs, Jicky is never out of date, though someone sampling it for the very first time today may think it so. For those new to the world of fragrance, if you don't care for Jicky on first sampling, I suggest you put it away for a few months and try it again. I love Jicky. More importantly I love me for loving Jicky. I'm so proud of myself for not dismissing this fabulous creation. I'm so grateful to Tig and others who would continually list Jicky on their favorites or greatest fragrances lists -- a puzzlement to me, of course, but it kept my curiosity aroused.

    Aime Guerlain rocked the perfume world with this historical creation. Jicky rocked mine.

    Many thanks to Fufu for her fabulous idea of historical scents day, and many thanks to Tig for putting it all together! [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

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    Crown Perfumery’s Eau de Quinine

    An initial, intense blast of what indeed reminds me of Quinine water. *Then add some citrus and I’m thinking of a souped-up 4711 at opening. *It gets refreshing right away and I’m already congratulating myself on my choice for this hot and sticky day in the Northeast. *It has simplicity to it- not overly fussy or complex. *A lemon/lavender, nearly Mediterranean composition without the astringency I often associate with Mediterranean-type fragrances. *

    While I can see the masculine appeal of this one, if I had been around in the 1880’s, I would have been reaching right over my husband to get at his stash. *This one is easily unisex by today’s standards. *It’s sweeter than Eau d’Hadrien and Eau de Patou, yet falls short of moving into Baby Doll territory. *There is mostly only what I perceive to be opening and dryout as the heart and dryout are much intermarried in this one. *Here, it takes a softly powdery turn- I’m thinking oakmoss probably with just a pinch of vetiver to ground the composition as the opening lemony notes move quietly into the background.

    I find myself unable to wax exceedingly poetic about this one. *This scent is straightforward and doesn’t have any airs or pretense about itself. *It knows who it is and presents itself plainly. *It’s fresh, clean, gentle and simple. *A perfect scent for the dog-days of summer, although like many of these cologne-types the lasting power is weak. *I like it far better than 4711 as the dryout doesn’t go Chypre on me. *

    A hearty “thank you” goes out to Mark, who made this olfactory experience possible for me!
    Scent is such a lovely, simple pleasure!

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    Mark kindly sent me 4 generous samples from his 1880’s stash. *Here are my impressions of them.

    At first whiff, all seem like very well behaved, male grooming products.

    1. Reve d’Or being perhaps the most flamboyant of the bunch with its powdered carnation/clove notes. *It reminds me of a stronger Malmaison Carnation. *While I didn’t find this one overly garish or stinky, I tend to think of clove perfumes as being more suited to winter time. *I don’t think this one would behave kindly on me in hot weather.

    2. The Crown Buckingham is gorgeous, strongly astringent and the most well-bred of the foursome. *I notice it has quite the masculine touch. *Into the heart it gets strongly soapy and even the dryout still reminds me of a soap and water type of fragrance. *It has a coolness and roundness, despite its non-sweet nature. *I think of that cliché phrase, “Just stepped out of the shower freshness.”

    3. Crown Fougere is perhaps the most masculine of the group with green, sappy and light, gingery notes. *The contrast between cool and warm notes makes for an intriguing juxtaposition. *The dryout has a plastic smell that I usually associate with tuberose, although I don’t think I smelled much earlier in here that would make me think this fragrance has tuberose in it. *I think I would ultimately prefer smelling this one in cooler weather. *

    4. Eau de Quinine is the surprise of the group (and the one I chose for the 1880’s SS Day.) *I found myself quite taken with this one. *This is how I wanted Jicky to smell on me- soft lemon/lavender with gentle powdery dryout notes. *From Quinine I do get lemons and lavender. *This is a very familiar smell to me. *I find it clean, fresh, soothing but also invigorating. *It is the most casual and relaxed fragrance of the bunch. *I think I must have smelled this on an older, well groomed gentleman sometime during my youth- it is so familiar to me. *I’m not sure I love it enough to seek out my own bottle, but there is something memory-worthy about this one. *I really like it.
    Scent is such a lovely, simple pleasure!

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    First I wanted to put Cerutti 1881 on ;-), since I did not have anything else from the list, but thought better of it and used a couple of drops of Jicky from the bottle found at an estate sale for the whooping 3 dollars! If I try real hard and do all the squeezing and shaking, I will end up with just enough to wear it one more time!

    It is different from other Guerlains, yet not in an unpleasant way, just different, I guess. For my nose it is a fragrance for a lady who knows what she is and what she wants from this life. Julia Lambert from Somerset Maugham's "Theatre" would wear it with pride as her everyday signature scent. And yes, I agree that you have to grow into loving it due to its very intricate, although seemingly simple, structure.

    On a funny note, I thought I was smelling Jicky on somebody else today, in a store. Well, I mustered up whatever there was to muster, came up to the lady and asked, and no, it was not Jicky. She could not remember the exact name, but said that she got that one as a gift. When she was about to leave, its name "dawned" on her, and she said it is French and the name is Poison. Go figure! :-)

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    I'm wearing Jicky today for the first time. This has been one that I have wanted to sample for a while but just hadn't run across it yet. The very generous Mark sent me decants of both the PDT and the EDT, with a note explaining the differences. He said the PDT might be a "bit scary" with it's distinctive civet note. Jumping right in, I sprayed the PDT on.

    Smelling Jicky is like thinking of a past lover. It's wistful and full of longing, but also it's familar and comforting. It's so achingly beautiful but yet full of hope. Can you tell I'm quite smitten with it?

    I am so glad to have the opportunity to find such a timeless gem such as Jicky.
    I've trademarked the color bleu

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    Wow! I can't tell you how gratifying it is to read all your comments!

    I'm so impressed with your reviews! I'm a big fan of Crown's men's line, but I always struggle trying to describe them for others. Borrowing your words: "fresh, clean, gentle and simple": perfect! I love the formal, unpretentious simplicity of many of the older English scents. I've posted several times on the Men's Board that I sometimes feel my "scent appetitite" behaves almost like my "food appetite": a day or two exploring one taste seems to whet my appetite for a contrasting flavor. A scent like Eau de Quinine almost seems to 'cleanse the palate' when I've been wearing too many heavy orientals.

    In the past several days, I've sampled several different scents from the 1880's: I wore Crown Fougere as my SOTD yesterday, oversprayed it with Acqua Classica Borsari last night, and wore Jicky today. As much as I love Jicky, it was a little "too much" for me when I was running around this afternoon, and I took a shower when I got home. Of course, that didn't stop me from testing my new bottle of Shalimar Light. [smiley=wink.gif]

    And that's what I wanted to write about: not one particular scent, but about the wonderful interconnectedness ([smiley=rolleyes.gif]) of these scents. Acqua Classica Borsari fits right into the great tradition of classic Eaux de Colognes like 4711 and Extra Vieille (except that it's an EdT and really does last longer.) The emphasis is still on lemon, bergamot and neroli, and there are other very old scents from Italy, Spain, France and other parts of the Mediterranean that are very similar. I thought that Houbigant's Fougere Royale was considered the first fougere, but I noticed that the Crown Fougere predates it by one year. If it really is the first fougere, it's the progenitor of all those 'aromatics' that have been such a staple of men's scents for so long. What I think Jicky manages to do is to take these two branches of perfumery and 'hybridize' them to produce something unique. It has the bergamot and rosemary that are hallmarks of an old-fashioned cologne, the lavender and herbal and woody notes that distinguish a fougere, then it adds a bit of tonka bean and even a little vanilla.....but it's not yet an oriental, either. And not only is it an outrageously attractive hybrid, unlike many hybrids, it's sired a dynasty of it's own: for example, Mouchoir de Monsieur is its less flamboyant younger brother. A big dose of vanillin produced the sexy and voluptuous younger (Oriental) sister, Shalimar. Shalimar has recently gotten a baby sister in Shalimar Light: a wonderful new introduction that deserves its own spot in the family gallery (and returns the emphasis to the citrusy notes). And Habit Rouge kicked away the few remaining vestiges of 'fougere' and became the first men's Oriental.

    I'm really fortunate that I love the whole family, even the great-uncles and aunts.

    I loved all the posts, but I especially want to thank Artisankey for her knock-out reviews of some 'fragrance antiques' and to FufuLarue for getting the ball rolling.

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    Many thanks for sharing your thoughts about the scents of your choice! [smiley=smiley.gif]

    Key, loved your reviews, like always they are an absolute delight to read!

    Next SotDD will take place on Sunday 17 July and the decade will be 1890's.
    A BIG [smiley=kiss.gif] for Blue for getting this brilliant idea!
    "Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."

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    Hey- Thanks Mark and Tigs. It's always a pleasure to review something for the folks on this board.

    Wish I could wear Jicky as it seems you all had an enjoyable time wearing it.

    Will be interesting to see what the next SSDay will bring. [smiley=happy.gif]
    Scent is such a lovely, simple pleasure!

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    For some reason Jicky has not yet rocked my world. Far be it for me to say what will happen.... Mitsouko was one that didn't do a thing for me until recently. You just NEVER know about those Guerlain's......I have come to greatly appreciate this house and the quality of their perfumes.

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