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    Default Teaser # 99

    Teaser # 89.

    No winter this year, no frost,
    Elegant snowdrifts, where are you?
    Theorema sits here forgotten --
    Velvet spices don't even riposte,
    It is true!


    Vengeful winds, it is time to pull out
    (I miss smoothness of blackberry wine!)
    Endless rose, vanilla and sandal,
    Tantalizing, unique, full of clout
    Number _____, divine!

    Good luck and please stay in good spirits!
    Last edited by Twolf; 19th February 2007 at 06:57 PM. Reason: # 98 solved

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    Default Re: Teaser # 89.

    Ooooh, a new one!

    Nine, Azzaro 9?

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    Default Re: Teaser # 89.

    No, a different number, from a designer known for his straight lines and minimalist approach for about 30 years. Also, try playing with the capital letters.

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    Default Re: Teaser # 89.

    No. 19, Chanel...?....no, I guess not, after all. It has rose and sandal, but no vanilla (??)
    Everything passes. Everything changes. Just do what you think you should do.
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    Givenchy III I guess, full of clout for sure

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    2020, Courreges?--but then it should say vingt, vingt--and I have vient, vient (comes, comes?) or vinet, vinet? what am i missing??

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    Default Re: Teaser # 89.

    Good guesses so far and lilybp is the closest to finding out the correct answer. It is a virtually unknown fragrance, athough it is in the Directory and many online discounters carry it too.

    The name is NOT French ( and there is certain similarity between Theorema and this one in the mood), the sillage is beautiful, and may I repeat, the designer will soon celebrate his 30th anniversary on the market!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilybp
    2020, Courreges?--but then it should say vingt, vingt--and I have vient, vient (comes, comes?) or vinet, vinet? what am i missing??
    Lilybp, that is the one I thought of myself, because of the cassis in the top ('missing blackberry wine') and because Courreges is minimalist in my eyes.

    But that advise to 'play with the Capital letters' was a disaster. So I thought, well, who am I to solve something like this.

    So glad you had the same brainwave!! Even if we are totally, completely wrong.
    The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp

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    Default Re: Teaser # 89.

    Veni, vidi, venti!

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    Hi wolfie, I was thinking about your teasers tonight and ... you heard my prayers
    This must be Ferrè 20. 20 = venti (in Italian), and venti means also winds....
    Notes are right too and GFF must have been on the scene for even more than 30 years now!
    It completely diasappeared from Italian counters.
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    Well, if this is not spot on, I will drink every drop of Lutens I have!!

    And I will remember next time not to search for Ferre in the Directory, but for Christian name *banging already aching head on table*

    Wondered why I could not find him (hey, I have a fever, you know!!!) Thoughts are not very clear at this moment
    The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp

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    Think my fellow Lady in Black is totally right!
    Ferré 20 matches all the tips.
    And obviously is right also when she says it's gone with the wind far away from the italian shelves... long time ago!
    I guess last time it was on the shelves here, you too read Wolfy were still on the milanese scene too...

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    Yay for Lady in Black, who can think in Italian!

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    Seems like Riannon's Lutens are safe! Lady_in_Black got it: Gianfranco Ferre 20 was the fragrance in question. Congratulations to Lady_in_Black and big thanks to everybody else for your participation! :wave:

    Saying that it is a fantastic fragrance combining the best of the both worlds -- East meets West -- and that it was released in 1998 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of GFF's designing career equals to not saying much. Notes:
    Top: bergamot, mandarin, blackberry;
    Heart: rose, jasmine, iris;
    Base: vanilla, sandalwood, cedarwood, musk.

    Forget clouds of calabrian and sicilian citruces found in many other GFF's scents, and please do not wear it to the office, not only it is NOT clean and soapy, it will just disrupt the smooth office activities for days! You will be out of it, for sure, with your imagination flying like a wind. I was, but I do not work in a cubicle. :bounce: It is floriental, luxurious and expensive, blackberry in it can easily be taken for blackcurrant, but it is more aromatic and woody, like a good vintage wine that has absorbed the vapors of the wood. Citrus is definitely present, but it is spiced with coriander and cardamom, just a pinch, with nothing of "too much" or "a slap on your nose", found in many spicy Orientals. Jasmine is it is not very pronounced per se, "white flowers" would be a better description, but the centerstage, for sure belongs to rose -- huge, "endless", no traces of withering, lush and velvety. I have said on a couple of occasions that I do not like very perfumy roses, greasy and dripping with oil, like in Tea Rose, here it is voluptious yet pedigreed, and, nothing is dripping! Iris is of a powdery character, not the roots or stems, it is represented by silky petals. Woods are polished, vanilla is sweet and suave. The whole effect is intoxicating, and I had one of these "I cannot believe it is happening with me" moments while wearing it. The whole impression is that while some perfumes can be worn everywhere and become your buddies, 20 is demanding distance, glamour, manners and "Sie" instead of "du" no matter how close you and 20 may get.

    The fragrance can be purchased online, about 30 USD for 50 ml EdT, there are bath and body products available too. This is a steal, and please get it when you can! No information about the nose behind this scent, but there are instances of productive collaborations between GFF and Pierre Bourdon (FM Iris Poudre). Just a guess...

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    Default Re: Teaser # 89.

    Congrats (again ) Lady in Black!

    BTW: FragranceX was (of course, as usual) out of stock, but one could read:
    "Recommended for office wear that dries down nicely"
    Everything passes. Everything changes. Just do what you think you should do.
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    Congratulations to our wonderful Lady, saving my Lutens

    And this way saving the Lutens Week as well
    The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riannon
    Congratulations to our wonderful Lady, saving my Lutens

    And this way saving the Lutens Week as well
    Riannon, you risked! But I just could not let our Lutens week go like this. On second thought, it would have been a rather innovative way to sample frags
    Thank you all but especiallyTwolf, beautiful teaser as usual
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    Default Re: Teaser # 90.

    Thanks to everybody for your comments.

    Teaser # 90. (one can sing it in a shower to Michel Legran's theme song from "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", if you wish so! )

    Tuileries, so vivid, so colorful,
    Mourns the dreadful weather in a lonely pull.
    Semolina handfuls, breath of frosts and fog
    Fall on a gardener and his old dog.

    His great great grandfather would remember days
    Of Madamme Ilaria and her flowers blaze,
    Leaves and stems of violets, so many rare
    Essences with elegance and flair.

    Sticks, back then in baskets, hand-picked, wet and lush,
    Now stand all covered in a wintry mush,
    They need honey, loving buzz, activity
    To wake up and bloom, to give us all festivity!

    Good luck and please stay in good spirits!

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    Just a try: good old Tosca?
    "Semolina", Italian again, I think. The great great grandfather, Madame Ilaria. Somehow I thought 'opera' and ended up with Tosca.
    But it is only a try, I have not figured it all out.
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    Opera...hmm...don't like so much . I prefer ... a ballet???
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    Another beautiful, colorful riddle Twolf.

    Jolie Madame?
    "Of the five senses, the sense of smell is incontestably the one that best conveys a sense of immortality."

    Salvador Dali

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    Default Re: Teaser # 90.

    Thank you ladies for trying so hard and sorry I could not get any earlier to it, I was working all day today! Anyway, Lady_in_Black is in the lead so far with her "ballet" guess.

    More clues: not only violets, there are many other flowers (in baskets) , including jasmine, orange blossom, lilacs, tuberose, the latter one gave splitting headaches to the lady who was rumored to have inspired this beautiful and often neglected fragrance (no, not Ilaria from the ballet!). There is also this "wet dog" note in it (combination of heliotrope, musk and civet, I suppose).
    Last edited by Twolf; 18th January 2007 at 01:59 PM.

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    Houbigant's Quelques Fleurs (1912)
    The ballet was about Contessa Ilaria del Caretto.

    From http://listserv.ucsb.edu/lsv-cgi-bin...v-l&T=0&P=2064

    "In 1948, the Houbigant Perfume Company commissioned a ballet to be named Quelques Fleurs, from choreographer Ruthanna Boris and composer Francois Auber. They allowed the creators free rein in the libretto and all artistic decisions, simply requesting the ballet have something to do with perfume"

    The "Quelques Fleurs Ballet" concerns the events at a garden party: that would explain "the old gardener".
    And there is certainly tuberose in the fragrance.

    Yes?
    Last edited by Riannon; 15th January 2007 at 06:46 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riannon
    Houbigant's Quelques Fleurs (1912)
    The ballet was about Contessa Ilaria del Caretto.

    From http://listserv.ucsb.edu/lsv-cgi-bin...v-l&T=0&P=2064

    "In 1948, the Houbigant Perfume Company commissioned a ballet to be named Quelques Fleurs, from choreographer Ruthanna Boris and composer Francois Auber. They allowed the creators free rein in the libretto and all artistic decisions, simply requesting the ballet have something to do with perfume"

    The "Quelques Fleurs Ballet" concerns the events at a garden party: that would explain "the old gardener".
    And there is certainly tuberose in the fragrance.

    Yes?
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    Well, actually Ilaria del Carretto died in dec, 8th 1405, so I challenge "his great great grandfather" to remember her times...
    Btw, her tomb from Jacopo della quercia is so moving and beautiful and features a dog close to her feet as a symbol of her fidelity to her husband

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    Default Re: Teaser # 90.

    You guys got it! Thanks to all for your responses and observations, and congratulations to Riannon for naming the fragrance correctly! Mag is right, the old dog's "great great grandfather" would probably not remember, but for sure the legend of real Ilaria (not from the ballet!) was cherished through the generations of them dogs! I saw a picture of her tomb too and was touched.

    Houbigant emerged on the perfumery scene back in the 18th century as Amouage today with elitist perfumes created for the royalty and their courts. Their symbol -- a flower basket -- was adorning the bottles and the boxes, although the scents were mostly soliflores without intensity and complexity of Amouages'. Most of them are all long gone, although Quelques Fleurs (1912) blended by Robert Bienaime and bottled by Alain de Morgues, the first commercially sold scent with multiple floral notes (I have different figures, some say 313 essences and others say 365 like the days of a year) was relaunched in the 1980s with the notes of
    Top: Citrus oil, orange blossom, leafy greens, tarragon;
    Heart: rose de Mai, jasmine, tuberose, lilac, ylang-ylang, orchid, carnation, violet, orris;
    Base: sandal, musk, civet, heliotrope, vanilla, honey.

    I have only tried the 80s version. Quelques Fleurs is green during the whole duration, and it is one of them "basket cases" -- a capricious scent, unpredictable how it will behave on your skin today. In mood for Ivoire/ J'Adore/ Cabotine/ Mahora? It got it all! As a comparison, I was totally not moved by the recent Houbigant Quelques Fleurs Royale inspired by Adelaide d'Orleans, but the original Quelques Fleurs got me thinking of buying the full bottle.

    Thanks again and please stay tuned.

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    Congrats dear Riannon aka Lady of Shallot! Here's to your first success and to wolfie for figuring them teasers out
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    I am rather speechless
    Me, solving one of Twolfs Teasers!! But, LIB, I could not have done it if you had not said "ballet".

    So, we will share the honour

    Thank you again, wonderful Twolf with your amazing Teasers and the great stories behind them
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    Default Re: Teaser # 90.

    Well, thank YOU! There are so many fascinating stories connected with the realm of fragrances, they never seize to amaze me, however some scents just leave me cold. With Quelques Fleurs, the scent itself and its history just struck the right chord, I guess, and I had to share. So glad that you all have managed to figure it out!

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    Default Re: Teaser # 91.

    We stopped by our Perfumania today. I was swept off my feet (literally, I slipped on ice on the way out and fell ) and I am going back to buy this EdP! Hopefully, the snow and ice accumulation will melt in the few days.

    Teaser # 91.

    In the middle of winter frazzle
    This perfume will bedazzle.

    What if it were a flower?
    It would be a bouquet!
    So calm in its indulgence,
    So fit for a soiree.

    What if it were a gemstone?
    It would be a sapphire!
    Mysterious, ambitious
    And setting ice on fire.

    What if it were a garden?
    It would be moist with rain
    And aftertaste of raspberry
    And splash of milky feign.

    It's au courant and radiant,
    It melts our disbelief,
    It's shameless, meek, voluptuous,
    What else? It is ___________ !

    Good luck and please stay in good spirits! I am, although I feel a bruise ripening on my touche.
    Last edited by Twolf; 18th January 2007 at 06:09 AM.

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