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    Default The Great Layering Challenge #1b - DK Black Cashmere / CK Obsession

    For details of how to participate check out this thread first:
    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=191212

    Donna Karan Black Cashmere

    Major notes / accord:
    saffron, clove, rose, white pepper, Ethiopian incense, vanilla, amber, patchouli, African wenge wood, cinnamon, (cedarwood)

    Crazy Combos for Donna Karan Black Cashmere include:

    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Givenchy Ange ou Démon
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Cartier So Pretty
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Balmain Ivoire de Balmain
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + TBS White Musk
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Nemat Vanilla Musk
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Rochas Femme
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Givenchy Ysatis
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + YSL Nu EDP
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Balmain Jolie Madame
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Etro Etra
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Frederick Malle Carnal Flower
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Estee Lauder Cinnabar
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Serge Lutens Douce Amere

    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Jo Malone Black Vetyver Café
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Rochas Lumiere
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + TBS Neroli Jasmine

    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Cacharel LouLou
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Molinard Habanita
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Guerlain AA Winter Delice
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Serge Lutens Arabie

    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + D&G Feminine
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Joop Joop! Femme
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + TBS Cosy Cashmere
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Guerlain Samsara
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Ava Luxe Wild Black Fig
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Nemat Narcissus
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Serge Lutens A La Nuit
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + LUSH Fever massage bar (used as solid perfume)
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Kenzo Jungle L’Elephant
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Caron Tabac Blond
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + CDG Wood Coffee
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + LUSH Soft Coeur massage bar
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Davidoff Goodlife Woman
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Dior Homme

    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Givenchy Organza Indecence
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Guerlain Shalimar Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Yves Rocher Vanille Bourbon (or any other rich vanilla)
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + CSP Amour de Cacao
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + LUSH Black Magic massage bar
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Kiehls Musk Original #1
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + YSL Opium pour elle
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + D&G Feminine
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere + Givenchy Amarige


    NB: Those who are interested in exploring YSL Nu EDP are very welcome to eplore the above or personal crazy combos substituting the YSL Nu for the listed Black Cashmere.


    Calvin Klein Obsession

    Major notes / accord:
    Vanilla, Amber, Orange Blossom, Sandalwood.


    Top:
    Mandarin, Bergamot, Peach, Rosewood

    Heart:
    Jasmine, Orange Blossoms, Rose, Ylang-Ylang

    Base:
    Vanilla, Amber, Civet, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Musk, Oakmoss, Frankincense


    Crazy Combos for Calvin Klein Obsession include:

    Calvin Klein Obsession + Diptyque Tam Dao
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Vivienne Westwood Boudoir
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Chanel Allure Sensuelle
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Diptyque Philosykos
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Creed Ambre Canelle
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Givenchy Organza Indecence
    Calvin Klein Obsession + TBS Amorito
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Serge Lutens Arabie

    Calvin Klein Obsession + JPG Classique
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Yardley Sandalwood
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Givenchy Ysatis

    Calvin Klein Obsession + Creed Royal English Leather
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Chanel Chance
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Ava Luxe Wild Black Fig
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Guerlain Shalimar Light
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Dior Homme
    Calvin Klein Obsession + TBS Pink Pepper
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Hermes Hiris
    Calvin Klein Obsession + TBS Fuzzy Peach
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Estee Lauder Cinnabar
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Guerlain Shalimar
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Annick Goutal Songes
    Calvin Klein Obsession + TBS Woody Sandalwood
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Guerlain Terracotta Voile D'Ete
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Dior Eau Sauvage
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Serge Lutens Santal Blanc
    Calvin Klein Obsession + TBS Cinnamon Spice
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Ava Luxe Film Noir
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Hermes Bel Ami
    Calvin Klein Obsession + Jo Malone Orange Blossom
    Calvin Klein Obsession+ TBS Neroli Jasmine
    Calvin Klein Obsession + LV Piper Nigrum


    I will update the lists with suggestions from participants as I see them. Please remember to make a note of which combinations you tried when reporting back and to make sure to answer the core questions:

    What did you try?
    Did you like it?
    Do you think it ‘works’?
    Did it illicit compliments / comments?
    Which notes dominated in the blend?
    Did it work out the way you imagined it would?
    Would you wear it again?
    But most importantly

    HAVE FUN!!!












    Last edited by moondeva; 20th January 2007 at 10:58 PM.
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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1b - DK Black Cashmere / CK Obsession

    i think i'll be taking part in this one!! although, the only fragrances I own out of all the above (including possible layer partners) are Obsession & Classique - plus, these are both samples, so I only have a couple of mls of each! (oh, and I have LouLou but my mum has asked me not to use it, because it's almost finished!) have you got any suggestions, from looking through my wardrobe (if you have time) and seeing what i have? if you don't have time, not to worry, i'll figure something out!!

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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1b - DK Black Cashmere / CK Obsession

    Ah, I have enough bottles and samples to give Black Cashmere a good layering.

    I am in again!
    The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp

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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1b - DK Black Cashmere / CK Obsession

    Today, for my first layering challange, I've decided to layer Calvin Klein's Obsession and Jean Paul Gaultier's Classique (edt)

    Obsession notes (from OsMoz)
    Top note : Bergamot, Green note, Basil, Mandarin
    Middle note : Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Coriander, Sandal
    Base note : Vanilla, Amber, Incense, Vetiver

    Classique notes (from BN)
    Top Notes: Rose, Star Aniseed, Orange, Mandarin, Pear Liqueur ,
    Middle Notes: Iris, Orchid, Plum, Ginger, Orange Blossom, Ylang-Ylang,
    Base Notes: Musk, Vanilla, Woody Amber

    What did you try?
    CK's Obsession + JPG's Classique EDT = The Classique Obsession (I decided I'm going to give every layering I do a name!! lol)

    Did you like it?
    It's not bad. IMO, it doesn't really suit me.

    Do you think it ‘works’?
    (see above answer) - I think it may work better on others..would like to hear if anyone else tries it!

    Did it illicit compliments / comments?
    I'm at home, and nobody's around, so N/A!

    Which notes dominated in the blend?
    At first, both fragrances worked really well together - the citrus notes in both blended, and the rose (from Classique) & jasmine (from Obsession) notes combined, and it was a gorgeous smell!! After about 10 minutes, Obsession's 'spice' (for lack of a better word) pretty much took over, and there was only a very slight floral offering from the Classique. Now, it's pretty much the vanilla & musk that are dominating - can't smell anything from Classique, although there is a vanilla note in it, so it may be blended in!

    Did it work out the way you imagined it would?
    I was hoping the Classique would tame the Obsession a bit (wearing Obsession by itself doesn't work with my skin at all!!) - and it did!

    Would you wear it again?
    Not really sure. It probably depends on the mood I'm in...I'm not really an oriental kinda gal (not yet anyway), but, so far, this is the only way Obsession works on my skin...so, I think I'll have to say...maybe!

    Thanks for this challenge!! I had fun with The Classique Obsession...now I just have to figure out whether or not I'm brave enough to try any other layering combinations in the future!!
    Last edited by gloomy_liv; 22nd January 2007 at 12:01 AM.

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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1b - DK Black Cashmere / CK Obsession

    I layered CK Obsession parfum with Les Nereides Imperial Opoponax.
    The notes for Obsession are already listed, so I'll list the notes for Imperial Opoponax: opoponax(sweet myrrh), amber, vanilla,sandalwood, benzoin & citrus

    DID I LIKE IT? Yes! very much. I enjoy each scent alone and layered.

    DO I THINK THE LAYERING "WORKS"? Yes and no! It didn't blend seemlessly, the Imperial Opoponax is a yummy skin scent after it dries down so there wasn't much to compete with Obsession's sillage. The first hour was pure pleasure, the Imperial Opoponax helped cut the dusty/musty powder that I always get with Obsession but once Imperial started to dry down the powdery soft notes crept in.

    DID IT ILLICIT COMMENTS OR COMPLIMENTS? Mr.Tinker & Little Miss Tinker did not notice, but I average 4-5 different scents a day so they stopped noticing what I smell like LONG ago... unless I smell like Eau d'Pizza .

    WHICH NOTES DOMINATE IN THE BLEND? The first hour Imperial's sweet myrrh, vanilla & citrus where the dominate notes but going foward the Obsession's mandarin, coriander, amber & oakmoss where the notes I was picking up.

    DID IT WORK AS EXPECTED? Honestly, it did. I went into the layering with the understanding that the Imperial Opoponax is not a high sillage scent. I expected Imperial to be a strong presence in the opening and the Obsession to take center stage. No surprises here !

    WOULD I WEAR IT AGAIN? No. I loved the opening but wearing the combo would truly be a waste of Imperial Opoponax because it becomes SO overshadowed I do not detect it at all.

    So, that is Stinkerbell's report in the Great Layering Challenge

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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1b - DK Black Cashmere / CK Obsession

    What did you try?
    CK Obsession + Gucci Eau de Parfum

    Did you like it?
    Ooh, yeah, baby!

    Do you think it ‘works’?
    Yes!

    Did it illicit compliments / comments?
    None as yet - will see if hubby notices when he returns home.

    Which notes dominated in the blend?
    Soft Citrus (mandarin), Orange Blossom, Iris, Heliotrope and the yummiest ambery vanilla woods... This definitely falls under the umbrella term of 'woody' perfume.

    Did it work out the way you imagined it would?
    Even better! I had hoped that the rich amberiness of the CK Obsession would provide an opulent background from which the usually very discreet Gucci EDP would shine. I was a little afraid that the Obsession would overwhelm the seemingly subtler Gucci but they have turned into the match made in heaven. The Obsession gives the Gucci much needed sillage, depth and presence whilst the Gucci infuses the Obsession with much elegance and class.

    Would you wear it again?
    Absolutely. I am loving it. Gucci Eau de Parfum has many of my favourite notes but tends to be very muted on my skin with little sillage. It seems to need heat in order to project from the skin with any strength and it tends to appear fleeting due to it's muted nature.This combo provides the 'heat' needed to ground and softly amplify the beauty that was only hinted at before, without compromising the scent.

    CK Obsession
    Top: Mandarin, Bergamot, Peach, Rosewood
    Heart: Jasmine, Orange Blossoms, Rose, Ylang-Ylang
    Base: Vanilla, Amber, Civet, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Musk, Oakmoss, Frankincense

    Gucci Eau de Parfum

    Top: Citrus, Orange Blossom, Thyme, Cumin

    Heart:
    Iris, Heliotrope, Cedar, Orris

    Base: Cistus (labdanum), Vanilla Absolute, Musk

    UPDATE: SO spontaneously complimented my 'subtle but really nice' perfume tonight. He assumed that it was the remnants of the morning application - but I had reapplied CK Obsession parfum + Gucci Eau de parfum less than an hour before. Sadly, even using parfum my skin seems to eat this scent. I was quite cold also and I think that had an impact as well. Gucci Eau de Parfum definitely rides best on warm skin. Still I do enjoy this combo and will definitely wear again. It has confirmed for me that I need a big, big bottle of this scent. Or a deeper, longer lasting alternative for cold skin / weather.
    Last edited by moondeva; 23rd January 2007 at 12:15 AM.
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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1b - DK Black Cashmere / CK Obsession

    OK, so I did it...

    What did you try?
    CK Obsession + Hermès Hiris

    Did you like it?
    No!!!

    Did it illicit compliments/comments?
    Daughter (soon 16) smelled it and said: "Yikes! Is that one of your L´ArtINSANE samples again?!?" L ´ArtINSANE is her name for all random niche...

    Which notes dominated in the blend?
    The only one I could identify was the vanilla...

    Did it work out the way you imagined it would?
    No, much worse. To me they didn´t match at all. The opening was very sticky/boozy (like in alcohol) /aldehydic (?!?), with an enormous sillage, but it soon mellowed down to just a strange, somewhat spicy vanillic blend. The dry down was similar to that of Obsession on it´s own.

    Would you wear it again?
    No, never, unless I get paid for it!

    It was fun, though, but next time I´ll see me out another of your combos, dear moondeva! I promise not to give up.

    Everything passes. Everything changes. Just do what you think you should do.
    --Bob Dylan

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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1b - DK Black Cashmere / CK Obsession

    What did you try?

    DK Black Cashmere + SL Arabie

    Notes for Arabie: cedar, sandalwood resin, candied mandarin peel, dried fig, date, nutmeg, cumin, clove, Ceylon cardamom, bayleaf, balsamic resins, tonka bean, Siamese benzoin, myrrhe, cistus labdanum, rockrose, light tobacco note.


    Did you like it?
    Tricky. First application: spray of BC and a dab of Arabie. Same arm, different spots. Arabie completely vanished in the BC cloud. After half an hour I dabbed Arabie again, but now on the same spot as BC. At last a good result! Two hours later I am gasping for fresh air. This is almost too much to handle.

    Do you think it 'works'?
    Good Lord, yes, it works. But you need a nose of stainless steel. Although I can see me wearing this when I have a severe cold. This will wriggle its way through clogged up noses. Should come with a warning.

    Did it ellicit compliments/comments?
    DH left home long before I applied this and I am not waiting for his comments in the evening.

    Which notes dominated in the blend?
    Spices, spices and spices.
    Have mercy on me, I have to prepare an Indonesian dish tonight with...eh....spices

    Did it work out the way you imagined it would?
    Ehm, let's be nice. Not really.

    Would you wear it again?
    I don't think so. Those two beauties are too much of heavyweights to play nicely with each other.
    The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp

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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1b - DK Black Cashmere / CK Obsession

    Wow! Riannon that was one potent combo...
    Favourite (Winter) Crazy Combos

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    Default Re: The Great Layering Challenge #1b - DK Black Cashmere / CK Obsession

    Quote Originally Posted by moondeva
    Wow! Riannon that was one potent combo...
    Potent?? Dear Lord, two showers later and it was still there, driving me insane

    I must have overdone this Big Time!!
    The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp

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