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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    Besides being lots of fun this thread/experience has been SUCH a welcome education!

    I am thinking of starting a thread for the Over 55 Crowd BECAUSE...
    (MOCHI)Tabu is a big teased out hairdo...
    ... this is exactly how I felt and smelt when I first tried Tabu about sixty years ago in my late teens. Today it is a rich, sumptuous beauty on me - and I check it out with my best, highly critical friends ages 32, 37, 50 and 52 respectively for reaction. They love it on me too. (The 52 year-old's favorite is Love's Fresh Lemon so that will show you where she's coming from!)

    Mochi obviously has a good nose and (to me) excellent sensibilities and hers is not the only "jump back in horror" reaction to Tabu and I'm wondering if it is not an age thing? Less estrogen? Less stress? Drier skin?

    (Moondeva)I have not had the pleasure of experiencing the perfume you have mentioned but I am thinking that the same beauty may be possible to create using other fig dominated perfumes. How do these combo's sound to you:
    Dana Tabu + Calvin Klein Dune
    Dana Tabu + Davidoff Goodlife Woman
    Dana Tabu + Calvin Klein Dune For Men
    Dana Tabu + Ava Luxe Fig
    Dana Tabu + Jo Malone Wild Cassis & Fig
    Dana Tabu + Hermes Un Jardin en Mediterrannee

    You also mentioned specifically, the sea breeze / aquatic elements. Do any of the following crazy combos inspire you to follow that aspect / nuance a little further? :
    Dana Tabu + Calvin Klein Escape
    Dana Tabu + Calvin Klein Truth
    Dana Tabu + Laura Biagiotti Laura
    Dana Tabu + Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey
    Dana Tabu + Bond No.9 Hamptons
    Dana Tabu + Lanvin Oxygène
    Dana Tabu + Sonia Rykiel L'Eau de Sonia Rykiel (blue shirt)

    Do let me know...
    They sound terrif'kick and I'd love to try - for example - Tabu together with one from each column! A menage a trois!! (Or quatre, if you inlcude me.)The only one out of the whole bunch I've got is L'Eau d'Issey and not much of that, but I'm making notes!!

    But for today it's one of my long time Best Friends Mitsuoko (she has languished neglected for many months now) and New Best Friend Tabu.
    As I mentioned in today's SotD The Cold is lingering on and so my smeller is not fully functional until I've been up for a half hour - so either I spritz/dab/roll on right away and awaken to the fully developed scents, or I wait and then spritz.

    Today I did the former and slowly awoke to THE most heavenly blend of roses and fruits and honeyed woods! Thanks for this suggestion Moondeva this is another winner.

    Until now I've secretly felt that layering was somehow - impertinent. After all - these great noses have labored long to create perfectly balanced compositions, so who am I...etc. etc. etc. But now I see it more as an hommage - and for SURE a great fragrance experience.

    I'm going to do this one over and over and over....:bounce:
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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    Taolady, with greatest respects to you (love your posts and depth of knowledge, not to mention passion for the subject!), I did not "jump back in horror" at Tabu. I thought that "big teased out hairdo" might have too many negative connotations and might not get my message across correctly. On second thought, how would "big hot-roller set voluptuous 'do" sound? That may be closer to what I sought to express: that Tabu is big and dramatic (nothing necessarily wrong with a teased-out 'do, just a different aesthetic!) and the "razor cut" I'm going for is modern and minimalist. That's really the juxtaposition I was seeking.

    I do like Tabu. I'm not in horror at it, however, since it's my first time with it, I'm learning her. I love big orientals. I am NOT afraid!

    I will report back on today's combo which was FAR more successful: Tabu + Jicky!

    Also, thank you for the compliment. I feel like a total newbie here and I know I have tons to learn. I'm happy to be in the presence of people with so much knowledge. I am soaking it up like a spongue. So nice to be in the presence of smart people on the internet...I'm sure we can all speak to the other side of the internet message board experience. Quel horror!
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    What did you try?
    Dana Tabu + Guerlain Jicky. Tabu sprayed copiously on belly, crook of elbow. Jicky 2x behind each ear and on wrists (inner and outer). 1x Tabu + 1x Jicky sprayed over one another on heart.

    Did you like it?
    Yes! "The Lady and the Stable Hand" is wild but discrete, rapturous yet hemmed in by invisible boundaries, pulsing with tension.

    Do you think it ‘works’?
    Absolutely. Walking to work, I was trying to find the mental picture for this. "The Lady & the Stable Hand." I get a hay/dry grass thing from Jicky. It has something green, minimalist, and dry in it, a total contrast to Tabu's big voluptous, overspilling-breasts-in-a-corset thing. So I'm picturing Tabu as "Miss Hot Roller Waves" in a corset-tied gown, colors of red and black, porcelin skin. Of course her fantasy is the rough, course, dirty, and ragged stable hand, with his sinewy muscles and dry rough skin (and dry, rough ways), his muslin peasant shirt greyed with the animalic stench of horse hair and lanolin, buttons missing so his chisled chest is all out for her to see.

    The tension and potential disaster if discovered colors their every interaction. Subterfuge, danger, scurrying to hidden locations, sudden silencing if they even suspect someone near: this is the subtext they live in. When they roll around in the hay, so to speak, Tabu + Jicky is the scent they produce.

    Did it illicit compliments / comments?
    Not yet, but I'm not expecting it. I don't get many comments unless I'm really pumping out sillage or apply a TON.

    Which notes dominated in the blend?
    Jicky tames Tabu! It reads like a headline LOL. I know it's not listed in the notes, but I get dry green grass/hay from Jicky. The high pitch of Jicky mellows Tabu beautifully, settles her down (like Miss Uppity Hot Rollers after her visit to the stables. Hysteria cured! LOL). The civet bases of Jicky and Tabu wrap around each other in the most sinuous and natural ways, like lovers' limbs.

    Did it work out the way you imagined it would?
    Better

    Would you wear it again?
    Yes

    ps: obviously inspired by rtamara's wonderful novelistic posts! my imagination is going wild reading your stories!
    Last edited by mochi227; 11th January 2007 at 03:52 PM.
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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    Mochi the Jicky/Tabu combo sounds great (LOVE the visual) and is a good excuse for me to re-invest in Jicky which I haven't had for a while.

    Grazie!! :bounce:
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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    Just in case you are wondering if I have abandoned you, my dear Moondeva, the answer is: clogged up nose!
    So this is not the right moment for serious layering (that experiment of Vicks, Samsara and nosedrops does not really count, eh?)

    And on Saturday Lady_in_Black and I will start a Lutens diet for seven days. Lord knows how I must recognise those.
    From memory, I suppose

    So, goodbye for the moment, but....I'll be back!!
    You have a mighty good thing going on here, dear!!!
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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    Last day before The Lutens-In!!

    From the back of my collections: Coeur de Parfum/Parfum Rare

    * Top Notes
    * Bergamot, Rosewood, Jasmine,
    *
    Middle Notes
    * Cardamom, Geranium, Carnation, Coriander, Orris,
    *
    Base Notes
    * Vetiver, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Labdanum
    on titties, legs and ears. Tabu on arms and wrists.

    (Thank you BN Directory) Almost an encore of Tabu - just worked differently! In PR the bergamot and Vetiver and Labdanum are more pronounced. Each settles into an alto and mezzo version of amber hued luxury. The Forbidden Heart!! :bounce: Perfect!!

    Did it work as I had anticipated. BIG Yes!!
    Did I like it? BIG DITTO.
    Did it elicit compliments? Don't know yet - going out into the world shortly.
    What notes dominated? None really dominated - smooth blend
    Would I do it again: Absolutely! Great fall/winter/sexy combo for this dry-skinned blonde-ish lady "d'une age certaine" living a casual life at the beach.

    I'll be absent on this thread for the next two weeks - first the Lutens-In and then a computerless week in the mountains - but I'll have my eye on you and hope to sign in again at the end of the month!

    Many thanks Moondeva for introducing me to the world of confident layering!!
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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    Quote Originally Posted by gala
    ...I've decided to participate further....with Tabu-Amarige de Givenchy. I like Amarige, but find it a bit "high-pitched", as you said about Cabotine. I may not try it too soon (I'm on a Tabu-Opium kick at the moment) but will report back with the verdict when it's in...
    Before you go ahead and try this potentially fabulous combination, gala, may I suggest something first?

    In regards to the Givenchy Amarige I think the sheer potency maybe a problem here.

    I find Givenchy Amarige way too potent to wear spritzed straight from the bottle, no matter how lightly I apply. I find that the EDT is the equivalent of parfum strength for me.

    Recently, I diluted 2ml of the EDT in 8ml oil (I'll use alcohol next time) and now I find it very easy / wonderful to wear. I wore it layered with my beloved Gres Cabochard the other day and received a few spontaneous compliments!

    I know you probably don't want to mess around with fiddly decanting into little bottles but this is worth a try:

    Decant 0.5 - 1ml of your Amarige into a 5ml decant bottle (1-2ml in a 8 or 10ml) and top it up with jojoba oil / fractionated coconut oil / Everclear / 90% proof vodka or whatever else you use as a base for your home made perfumes. Let it settle for a day or so but see if that makes it easier to wear for you.

    At that strength it is less likely to completely overwhelm the Tabu, creating a more balanced blend, and you may find it inspires a few other crazy combos for you.


    HTH

    Good Luck!
    Last edited by moondeva; 12th January 2007 at 09:18 PM.
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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    Quote Originally Posted by Riannon
    Just in case you are wondering if I have abandoned you, my dear Moondeva, the answer is: clogged up nose!
    So this is not the right moment for serious layering (that experiment of Vicks, Samsara and nosedrops does not really count, eh?)

    And on Saturday Lady_in_Black and I will start a Lutens diet for seven days. Lord knows how I must recognise those.
    From memory, I suppose

    So, goodbye for the moment, but....I'll be back!!
    You have a mighty good thing going on here, dear!!!
    Awww, so sorry to hear that you have a blocked nose Riannon! {{{HUGZ}}} Isn't it the worst! Especially for fragrance devotees like ourselves...

    Get plenty of zinc & vitamin C into you and get better quickly!

    I am going to miss you lovely ladies who are doing the Lutens Week! I hope that you will return eager and ready to take on the challenge of exploring crazy combos for two more orientals!

    This thread will stay valid and I do hope that people will continue to share their layering experiences and personal combinations using Dana Tabu & Guerlain Samsara...

    Taolady - "she shoots, she SCORES!" Wow! Yet another one for the A-list. 'The Forbidden Heart' makes me think that:

    Dana Tabu + Giorgio Beverly Hills Red
    Dana Tabu + Balenciaga Rumba
    Dana Tabu + Jil Sander no.4
    Dana Tabu + Serge Lutens Cedre

    are all destined to be winners.

    You will be sorely missed over the next two weeks, though I do wish you a refreshing and happy holiday. Although this thread will still be valid we should be changing to two other orientals to explore in the last two weeks of the month. Do you have any particular requests / ideas?

    I am considering YSL Nu EDP (woody oriental), Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant EDP (spicy oriental) or DK Black Cashmere (woody vanillic) and CK Obsession (ambery vanillic oriental) at the moment, but am open to other suggestions.

    Oh well, looks like it's up to me to keep the GLC fires burning... I do hope I won't be the only one...

    See you all when you get back!
    Last edited by moondeva; 12th January 2007 at 03:45 PM.
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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    Funny you should mention Rumba ' cause I wuz gonna try that next!

    But en route to lunch stopped in at Marshall's and they've got Cabotine gift sets for a PITTANCE....(credit cards scream and run for cover...)
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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    I feel remiss in not trying more layerings this week, but every cedar tree in my area has decided that now is the time to reproduce, and I can't smell a thing.

    Enjoying reading about it and taking some notes, though.

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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    Chanel No. 19 edt and Tabu -- 19's leather note cut the syrupyness of the vanilla/amber notes in Tabu and the chypre notes brought Tabu's spiciness into better focus. I'm not sure Tabu did much to improve Chanel No. 19, though. But Tabu + leather has definite possibilities.

    With that in mind I tried Tabac Blond edc with Tabu. This was a better blend overall. The mix of spice, woods and leather reminded me of Christmas. It doesn't beat Tabac Blond alone, though (what does )

    Disclaimer: The Layering Challenge was a great opportunity for me to try Tabu, glad I did, but the top notes give me a flash back to some department store ladies room every time (which probably says more about air freshener trends than it does about Tabu). It's a shame, because the Tabu drydown reminds me of the spicy vanilla finish of some of the classic Carons, but it's too long in coming.
    Last edited by coumarin; 12th January 2007 at 11:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moondeva
    Before you go ahead and try this potentially fabulous combination, gala, may I suggest something first?

    In regards to the Givenchy Amarige I think the sheer potency maybe a problem here.

    I find Givenchy Amarige way too potent to wear spritzed straight from the bottle, no matter how lightly I apply. I find that the EDT is the equivalent of parfum strength for me.

    Recently, I diluted 2ml of the EDT in 8ml oil (I'll use alcohol next time) and now I find it very easy / wonderful to wear. I wore it layered with my beloved Gres Cabochard the other day and received a few spontaneous compliments!

    I know you probably don't want to mess around with fiddly decanting into little bottles but this is worth a try:

    Decant 0.5 - 1ml of your Amarige into a 5ml decant bottle (1-2ml in a 8 or 10ml) and top it up with jojoba oil / fractionated coconut oil / Everclear / 90% proof vodka or whatever else you use as a base for your home made perfumes. Let it settle for a day or so but see if that makes it easier to wear for you.

    At that strength it is less likely to completely overwhelm the Tabu, creating a more balanced blend, and you may find it inspires a few other crazy combos for you.


    HTH

    Good Luck!
    Amarige certainly is potent, but on me it doesn't have the power you described. As long as I stick to a judicious 1/2 spray of the EDT it stays civilized. But when I first discovered Amarige (around the time of it's launch) I was wild about it, and customarily sprayed 3-4 full hits! In retrospect, I must have been guilty of olfactory assault on an almost daily basis.

    So I went ahead w/ the experiment on Sunday.....Tabu on the wrists, Amarige in elbow crooks. I don't feel it was a success, nor was it a disaster. It was pleasant enough, but the scents never melded. Sometimes I'd catch the sillage of unadulterated Amarige, sometimes of pure Tabu. Neither was altered in any way, even when I directly inhaled from the anointed skin. And going from one to the other was not a smooth enough transition. I guess I'd have to say that Amarige dominated, only because I seemed to catch more of it's sillage...but it certainly didn't devour the Tabu. So, all in all, it wasn't what I'd hoped (for the Tabu to be brightened and the Amarige to be darkened) and I won't wear it again. I guess I'll continue layering Amarige (until the bottle's empty, I won't buy again) with neroli essential oil to cut it's artificiality, though that doesn't really lower it's pitch.

    I didn't get any direct compliments on the scent, but I was stalked by a guy at the grocery store, and recieved mpre than my usual quota of amorous looks from assorted men. This sort of thing has often happened with straight Tabu...I'm not sure if they find the scent itself that stirring, or if they just think that it smells ...uh..."willing". Perhaps a bit of both. So I usually reserve Tabu for someone that I am willing with...not the general public.
    Last edited by gala; 16th January 2007 at 07:43 AM.

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    What did you try?
    Dana Tabu + Montale Greyland

    Did you like it?
    Nay!

    Do you think it ‘works’?
    It "works" in the sense that the notes definitely blend into something cohesive, but this is "hamster cage" on me all the way!

    Did it illicit compliments / comments?
    No, but then again, I was trying to blend into the walls on this morning's subway ride, hoping no one would notice me. The elevator to work was even more nerve-inducing.

    Which notes dominated in the blend?
    Cedar, cedar, cedar. And Greyland's infamous B.O. accord (must be that powerful cumin opening) mimicking the sweet/sweaty animalic syurp of the little bitty rodent, and this conconction had me back in 3rd grade, my nose pressed to the hamster cage, inhaling the funk of the hamsters' idle little lives.

    Did it work out the way you imagined it would?
    Not at all. I would never wear anything named "Chez Hamster." I thought the Greyland would lighten up Tabu. I would never imagine that Tabu would magnify Greyland and project it through a megaphone!

    Would you wear it again?
    Never!

    I am a good sport and I will smell like a hamster hut today with pride. But ugh...what a combo! The civet of Tabu amplified Greyland's cumin and cedar and makes them both cling with the strength of an enraged rodent! Gnashing sharp tiny teeth and beady eyes!
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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    What did you try?
    Guerlain Samsara + Calvin Klein Obsession

    Did you like it?
    Yes!

    Do you think it ‘works’?
    Yes. Calvin Klein Obsession melds with Guerlain Samsara making a wonderfully moriesh golden amber woods delight with just a touch of spice.

    Did it illicit compliments / comments?
    N/A.

    Which notes dominated in the blend?
    Soft citrus, jasmine and orange blossom followed by sandalwood, amber, musk and vanilla. sounds overwhelming but actually this duo only brought out the best in each other.

    Did it work out the way you imagined it would?
    I didn't really have any preconceptions but had feared that the Obsession would overwhelm the Samsara. Instead a wonderful sexy synergy occurred. The harsh jasmine outset of Samsara was tempered / softly enveloped in Obsession's golden embrace and the passionate union just got better & better as it continued.

    Would you wear it again?
    Absolutely! Sexy, smooth, sensuous. Warm ambery woods with smooth skin-but-better dry down. Seductive sillage without being overwhelming. The scent of afterglow...


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    Tabu and Kiehl's musk...not very adventurous, but a very good combination.
    The combination adds more dimension to both scents and tones down the Tabu sillage. It has a nice retro 60s modern feel and DH liked it!

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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    Quote Originally Posted by Zibeline
    Tabu and Kiehl's musk...not very adventurous, but a very good combination.
    The combination adds more dimension to both scents and tones down the Tabu sillage. It has a nice retro 60s modern feel and DH liked it!
    Oooh, thanks Zibeline! Another winner me thinks, and one I can do for myself at home. I can definitely see this combo bringing out the best in each other! Think I may have to try this at the next SnS Saturday or during next month's Great Layering Challenge.

    Remember ladies (and gentlemen) that today is the last 'official' day of the GLC featuring Dana Tabu & Guerlain Samsara! I do hope that all you luscious layerers will continue to experiment and update this thread as the mood & fancy takes you, even if it isn't the main topic.

    For the next two orientals, I am considering YSL Nu EDP (woody oriental), Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant EDP (spicy oriental) or DK Black Cashmere (woody vanillic) and CK Obsession (ambery vanillic oriental), but am open to other suggestions.

    I am inclined towards Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant EDP (spicy oriental) and CK Obsession (ambery vanillic oriental). As I think they will be a good compliment & contrast to the Dana Tabu (classic oriental) and Guerlain Samsara (woody floriental). Let me know, as soon as possible please so that I can get the creative juices flowing and get the next thread ready for tomorrow...Thank you!
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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    Quote Originally Posted by moondeva
    For the next two orientals, I am considering YSL Nu EDP (woody oriental), Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant EDP (spicy oriental) or DK Black Cashmere (woody vanillic) and CK Obsession (ambery vanillic oriental), but am open to other suggestions.

    [SIZE=4]I am inclined towards Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant EDP (spicy oriental) and CK Obsession (ambery vanillic oriental). As I think they will be a good compliment & contrast to the Dana Tabu (classic oriental) and Guerlain Samsara (woody floriental). Let me know, as soon as possible please so that I can get the creative juices flowing and get the next thread ready for tomorrow...Thank you!
    Be looking forward to this challenge when I get back on the 29th! :bounce:

    Don't have any of the above and would ask you to take a look at my wardrobe and see what you could suggest as the basic Oriental for me. Haven't got any more room for new frags right now!!

    Thanks, Darlin'!!! :wave:
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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    Nu would make a great layering scent!

    I can imagine it with zesty florals or with something spicy...

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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    Quote Originally Posted by moondeva
    For the next two orientals, I am considering YSL Nu EDP (woody oriental), Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant EDP (spicy oriental) or DK Black Cashmere (woody vanillic) and CK Obsession (ambery vanillic oriental), but am open to other suggestions.

    [SIZE=4]I am inclined towards Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant EDP (spicy oriental) and CK Obsession (ambery vanillic oriental). As I think they will be a good compliment & contrast to the Dana Tabu (classic oriental) and Guerlain Samsara (woody floriental). Let me know, as soon as possible please so that I can get the creative juices flowing and get the next thread ready for tomorrow...Thank you!
    Of the four that are mentioned first, I only have Black Cashmere.
    But, like Taolady said: please rummage through my wardrobe to see if there is anything that would be suitable.
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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    After SL week, I'm definitely in the mood to experiment, but I'm afraid I don't have any of the suggested scents on hand either. If if substitution is allowed, I could probably come close once you settle on a fragrance family. Maybe L'Instant if you go with amber/florientals?

    Tabu was a great choice because it is so cheap and available just about anywhere, but I suppose we can't be that lucky every time.
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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    Ladies - you are not making this easy for me...!

    I was hoping that those of you who do not own the chosen scents would be inspired to acquire samples / decants of the scents so that you can participate. I am happy to send out some but fear they may not reach the US in time.

    However, it is how it is - so there are three main options available.

    1. We can choose not to pick a further two orientals and continue on with the Dana Tabu or Guerlain Samsara combo's for the rest of the month.
    2. Those who wish to explore two new oriental inspired crazy orientals will obtain samples / decants of either YSL Nu EDP / Donna Karan Black Cashmere and / or Calvin Klein Obsession; and add their results and views to the new thread.
    3. Throw most structure out of the window and just have any oriental inspired crazy combo's included.
    I would prefer option #1 or #2 personally but we are a democratic board so I shall give you a wee while to vote for your preference before I go ahead and tell you what we will do...
    Favourite (Winter) Crazy Combos

    Tabu + Orange Blossom * Hermes Rouge + Bellodgia* Voleur du Roses+ Rose Ispahan * Rasa Extreme + Paris * Wood Coffee + Cafe Noir *

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    Quote Originally Posted by moondeva
    Ladies - you are not making this easy for me...!

    I was hoping that those of you who do not own the chosen scents would be inspired to acquire samples / decants of the scents so that you can participate. I am happy to send out some but fear they may not reach the US in time.

    However, it is how it is - so there are three main options available.

    1. We can choose not to pick a further two orientals and continue on with the Dana Tabu or Guerlain Samsara combo's for the rest of the month.
    2. Those who wish to explore two new oriental inspired crazy orientals will obtain samples / decants of either YSL Nu EDP / Donna Karan Black Cashmere and / or Calvin Klein Obsession; and add their results and views to the new thread.
    3. Throw most structure out of the window and just have any oriental inspired crazy combo's included.
    I would prefer option #1 or #2 personally but we are a democratic board so I shall give you a wee while to vote for your preference before I go ahead and tell you what we will do...
    I would prefer to go for option #2 with Black Cashmere. I have that scent so, no problem.
    Option #1: runner up. I could go on experimenting with my Samsara. No problem either.

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    It will take a good week after the decision is made for me to get a decant from eBay, so I'd best sit this round out and enjoy from the sidelines.

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    I tried the scents mentioned and will stick with my Samsara or something entirely different. I saw the news last night, with the storms and power outages and I hope Moondeva is ok. Will be waiting to hear from you.

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    personally I'd like to play with Nu

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    the only fragrance I have out of the ones mentioned is Obsession - so, I could try this challenge (my first layering challenge!!!)...don't know what I'll layer it with, but i'll figure something out...or someone may wish to help me with suggestions (please?) lol

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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    Quote Originally Posted by gloomy_liv
    the only fragrance I have out of the ones mentioned is Obsession - so, I could try this challenge (my first layering challenge!!!)...don't know what I'll layer it with, but i'll figure something out...or someone may wish to help me with suggestions (please?) lol
    Please check out the new GLC thread which includes many possible combos. See you there!
    Favourite (Winter) Crazy Combos

    Tabu + Orange Blossom * Hermes Rouge + Bellodgia* Voleur du Roses+ Rose Ispahan * Rasa Extreme + Paris * Wood Coffee + Cafe Noir *

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    I'm a little behind, here. I plan on playing a bit with Dana this week. I bought some partly for this challenge, but then I joined the Lutens week...
    Today I'm doing Tabu/Amarige. I expected a battle royale between these two sillage monsters, but they are playing nicely together on my skin. In fact, they've joined forces, are now on the same team, and will fiercely face any other odour brought before them. This is definitely a heavy blend, but quite nice. I'll try to post more about my impressions once I've had it on for a bit.
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    I guess I just HAVE to get a bottle of Tabu I like the idea of Tabu with Amarige. Sounds nice!

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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1 - Dana Tabu / Guerlain Samsara

    ok, moondeva, here goes....

    What did you try?
    combo #1: dana tabu + jo malone black vetyver
    Did you like it?
    tabu is a little on the sweet side, so the black vetyver adds a non-sweet element that tames the tabu a bit, while adding earthiness. the black vetyver maybe too "weak" for the tabu.
    Do you think it ‘works’?

    well, not for me, but i think it's the tabu's fault. it's a little on the sickly side.
    Did it elicit compliments / comments?
    my boyfriend said, with no prompting, as i walked in the room "dana tabu" and i thought for a second that he actually KNEW what i was wearing. (the most i've gotten out of him was a compliment about bois farine smelling like woodshop.) but he was READING over my shoulder on the list of combinations for tabu that you listed, moondeva! then after i "caught" him he goes, "well, it smells strong."
    Which notes dominated in the blend?
    the clove or coriander i think.
    Did it work out the way you imagined it would?

    i honestly didn't have much in the way of "knowing how it would smell" but it wasn't as scary as i thought it would be.
    Would you wear it again?

    no. i think tabu is not for me, though the notes tell me it is. it's just too sweet in the wrong way. maybe this bottle is just old?

    What did you try?
    part ii: guerlain's samsara with ava luxe film noir.
    Did you like it?
    when i first put on the samsara, it didn't smell like it usually does. it smelled almost cherry-ish, a note i really dislike. but then it calmed into its usual yumminess. then i put on film noir, which i hadn't tried yet. it smells so much like bulgari black, i was surprised! i thought it was supposed to smell like coffee? oops - got it confused with cafe noir. here are the notes, according to the ava luxe website: Black Leather, Suede, Hemlock Spruce, Ambergris, Mousse de Chine, Morrocan Rose, Black Amber, Green Grass, Civet, Olibanum, Bergamot, Coumarin, Tobacco, Tonka Bean
    Do you think it ‘works’?

    yes and no. bulgari black and its ilk seem like perfect layering scents (e.g. rtamara's lolita noir). the leather is a really interesting and funky thing to add to something so feminine. this one might work better with a smaller amount of the leather.
    Did it elicit compliments / comments?
    no. boyfriend playing video games and ignoring me now.
    Which notes dominated in the blend?
    the black leather really jumped out. it did not obscure the more sparkly notes of the samsara, but it sort of stole samsara's thunder and prettiness.
    Did it work out the way you imagined it would?

    no, because i thought i was layering the samsara with coffee notes, not leather.
    Would you wear it again?
    probably not. my next experiment with samsara, i will go for something really woody, maybe like riannon's tam dao.

    this is fun! thanks for the encouragement, moondeva. i will play again soon.
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