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    Yay! moonlight_flower, I'm glad they got there safely (and quicker than I expected too!). I loved Sahara and Autumn as well. Those are on my 'to buy' list.
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    Here's some more reviews. I've had to dilute some of these oils by applying jojoba oil over the fragrance application point on my skin. I use a nightly body cream that contains jojoba oil, coconut oil, mango butter, shea nut butter & cocoa butter as I used to suffer from extremely dry skin. Since using this cream, fragrance seems to be released to it's full power & I wasn't getting correct assessments of these oils when sampling at full strength.

    SANTAL BLANC:- Extremely dry, sharp sandalwood. Didn't like this oil, I prefer the less dry, slightly creamy Sandalwood E.O. that I own. Would love to know where they source their sandalwood (curious).

    OLIVE FLOWERS:- Tried this one full strength. Too medicinal, think it was the frankicense & opoponax combo, then after 5 hours I finally smelt the slightly creamy ambery vanilla note. This oil may smell nicer diluted on my skin???

    ALMA DE ALMA:- First this one was a very musty citrus, then I diluted with jojoba oil on skin. Got more citrus, the strong musty smell turned into a more musky smell - much more pleasant! Might get a sample of this one for myself so I can experiment with different strengths.

    HENNA:- Extremely strong, very soapy, powdery fizz. Diluting didn't work with this oil, ended up scrubbing off. After scrubbing twice, it became a soft soapy floral scent with a hint of powder (dusty). Very strong oil but not for me.

    Will report back later with the next round. Totally amazed with the concentrated strength of this brand. As others have said, excellent value for money!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natural_Juice View Post
    Their ambergris is not ambergris at all. It's mostly choya nakh (toasted seashells, distilled) and some softer EOs. True ambergris is a modifier, has a soft scent, and if it was in this, would be overwhelmed. In other words, there's no room for true ambergris in this perfume. I have some of the Madini Ambergris I got in '85 or so and it's still as potent as the day I got it. Haven't worn it in years, but my memory is it lasts forever on me. YMMV, of course.
    Wow! Thanks for the info Anya - and welcome to our little group!! :bounce: (But YMMV?? Wha' dat??)

    It's great to have the reviews continue to come in (and such diversity!) - hope you've been posting in the Directory as well.

    We gotta keep this going so it will be here for Purplebird7 (who started the whole thing!!) when she gets back!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taolady View Post
    Wow! Thanks for the info Anya - and welcome to our little group!! :bounce: (But YMMV?? Wha' dat??)

    It's great to have the reviews continue to come in (and such diversity!) - hope you've been posting in the Directory as well.

    We gotta keep this going so it will be here for Purplebird7 (who started the whole thing!!) when she gets back!!

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    Didn't have much sampling success yesterday but still enjoying the sampling experience.

    I also worked out what ALMA DE ALMA (diluted) reminded me of, the drydown stage of Malle's Musc Ravaguer, after all the very strong spices wear off. Not heaps of vanilla like some get in the drydown, but a gorgeous skin scent. Very full bottle worthy!

    MOKALATE MALAKI:- Agarwood & my skin don't work, result stench - unable to review!

    HANANE:- Dusky rose dominated spicey floral. Nice but not for me.

    CHIPRE:- Extremely strong even diluted it's very strong. Pungent for a couple of hours then I got a musky floral type scent. Would love to sniff this on someone who wears chypres well!

    SOULIMANE:- Reacted to the huge amount of spices in this one, immediate burning on skin, washed off. Got it off quickly & smothered my arm in cold cream, then later on applied aloe vera gel - no harm done, it's back to normal this morning. Just won't apply scent anywhere near that area today. Way too concentrated for my skin. Not much of a review...sorry.

    Three more samples to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonlight_flower View Post
    Didn't have much sampling success yesterday but still enjoying the sampling experience.

    I also worked out what ALMA DE ALMA (diluted) reminded me of, the drydown stage of Malle's Musc Ravaguer, after all the very strong spices wear off. Not heaps of vanilla like some get in the drydown, but a gorgeous skin scent. Very full bottle worthy!

    MOKALATE MALAKI:- Agarwood & my skin don't work, result stench - unable to review!

    HANANE:- Dusky rose dominated spicey floral. Nice but not for me.

    CHIPRE:- Extremely strong even diluted it's very strong. Pungent for a couple of hours then I got a musky floral type scent. Would love to sniff this on someone who wears chypres well!

    SOULIMANE:- Reacted to the huge amount of spices in this one, immediate burning on skin, washed off. Got it off quickly & smothered my arm in cold cream, then later on applied aloe vera gel - no harm done, it's back to normal this morning. Just won't apply scent anywhere near that area today. Way too concentrated for my skin. Not much of a review...sorry.

    Three more samples to go!
    It seems that apart from Henna (which I loved), we agree on all of these so far. I absolutely hated Mokalate Malaki. Horrible, it was. I'm interested to know what you think of the others...
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    Here's the last 3 reviews, the oils are now being sent on to Squeezeweasel:

    MADERAS DE ORIENTE:- A beautiful woody oriental with moroccan floral blooms. The cedar in this is the best I've smelt, no pencil shavings here that's for sure. The cedar is supported by other woody aromas & is offsetted beautifully by the exotic floral notes.

    SALMA:- This fragrance is quite sweet, unusual & spicey. Citrus- mainly orange, amber, spices & a hint of musk combine to create a sweeter, slighty dirty version of Alma de Alma. It's very strong so I did dilute it with jojoba oil.

    AZAHAR:- Undiluted this smells like strong bergamot & neroli combined together. Diluted it smells all neroli, just like neroli essential oil. If you want just orange blossom & nothing else in the blend to offset it, this would be perfect. I prefer orange blossom blended with other florals to sweeten & add extra depth to the scent, but I don't like a lot of sharp tang in my fragrances.

    Well, that's the last of my reviews on the travelling Madini oil samples. A big thanks to Purplebird for her generosity in sending her samples on to other basenoters & to Taolady who kindly invited me to join in this experience. Hoping Purplebird will be back on the forums soon so she can read all these wonderful reviews!

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    Resurrecting this thread because last week I wandered into a little bookstore and they had wicker basket with a few Madinin oils in them. I sniffed and dabbed a few until they gave me a headache, but I chose the one that I thought was the one I liked. I wasn't sure because they were so strong I gave myself a headache.

    It was Oud and I didn't put it on until tonight.

    But OH MY GOODNESS THIS IS WONDERFUL!!!! :bounce:

    I have no idea what "oud" is supposed to smell like, but on me it's soapy, clean, sweet, musky, ambery, spicy, natural, smooth, and slightly animal all at the same time! It's everything I've ever liked in perfumes all thrown together and it works!!!

    I can't stop sniffing myself! I'm going crazy with how amazing it smells!!!

    I can't wait to go back there on Monday to see if they have any left!!!

  9. #39

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    Just glanced up the thread, and realise I'd completely forgotten about this. There's bad news - unfortunately, I think the oils got lost somewhere between Purplebird and me; they never got here. I suspect there's a very good-smelling postman out there somewhere.

    Grr.

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    My apologies to you, Squeezeweasel.
    I went off-line last spring/summer for three months and did not realize that I was to send the samples on to you next.
    I just revived this Madini thread to begin some new reviews, when I saw your post.

    I will make it up to you. I have a shipment of new samples coming in this week.
    I will send a portion of each one to you as soon as I can.
    Please send me your address.

  11. #41

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    Here's a recent December 2007 update to this thread:

    I never heard back from Squeezeweasel, so I sent the Madinis on to Chayaruchama. (Did you get them yet?)

    I also shared them with another trusted Basenotes member who stated some doubt as to their claim of being all-natural. Although they make use of lots of natural ingredients, some of them probably contain synthetics. I wish they would openly admit this or back up their claim on their label.

    Therefore, it is with disappointment that I can no longer recommend them without any reservation (as I did at the beginning of this thread) in terms of health concerns, environmental and economic issues.

    In terms of fragrance, yes, they are top-notch. In terms of price and longevity, absolutely, they're a bargain. The key is to try alot of samples. Some will appeal to you, some won't.
    My own favorites include:
    Musk Gazelle - A dark, delicious, sexy, "cruelty-free" musk, with notes of masala incense.
    Ambargris - A deep, all-encompasing, sensual, spicy, slightly smoky labdanum.
    Kamary - A delicate, pure, enchanting, long-lasting woody rose.
    Azahar - A bright, clean, lively orange blossom with a haunting Middle Eastern flavor.
    Ambre, Alma di Alma, Sahara, Olive Flowers - Excellent amber fragrances with dominant vanilla scent. Some are plain, some have citrus, incense, or florals.
    Hanane - Mysterious, unique floral, not too sweet, and so different from Western florals.
    Shadow - Nice, deep, basic fougere fragrance.
    Four Seasons, Tulipe and Narciso - Springlike, spicy, somewhat soapy or powdery florals with an "old-fashioned" but classic feel.
    Sun and Soulimane - Masculine combos of citrus/lavendar/herbs. One is light and natural, the other clean and soapy.
    Tajali, Salma, Henna, Autumn, Mango - Fruity floral fragrances, but different from the kind found in department stores.
    Maderas de Orient, Santal Blanc, Chipre - Woody, unusual. Can't explain.
    Anyway, that concludes my Madini testing for now. Of course, I probably won't be able to stop trying samples until I have covered the whole line... such is my perfume obsession.

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    Are these still going around? How do I get my name on the list?

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    Thank you for that update, Purp. I think your Madini exploration is akin to my The Fragrance Shop experience. Others have chartered Nantucket Oils similarly.

    I recommend our fellow sniffers investigate similar sidebars in their journey through sampling. Pick one source and get to know the company's style. As you indicated, P, some oils will absolutely sing, while others will exhibit dubious artistry. Especially valuable are the simplest blends which help me, at least, better understand individual notes and how they pair with other ones.

    It should take a long time to grow bored with fragrance sampling.

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    Can't wait till Christmas Eve - when DH will open his gift of Madini oils. I have had an unscented spouse for so long - it will be interesting to see how he likes them, and it will be fun not being the only one under the sheets who smells delicious.
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    Purplebird, I loved to read of your quest. The scents, the adventures, the glorious words--so much the olfactory saga. I must try. Excuse me, I am off to the Madini website!

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    Yesterday, I received an unsolicited love package from the Bird...
    She sent a variety of samples, and I wrote back before she saw it...
    Here's what I wrote:

    You scented seraph, you...
    Just came.
    I never needed anything quite so much.
    Too excessive- for that, I bless you...

    Jolie Madame- I love it. Started wearing it in 1972- and I still do.
    [It was a triumvirate- Mitsouko, Femme, JM]

    ARP- smells SO much better than my Aedes sample. FBW, no ? [Aoud Roses Petals]
    Etro Sandalo- glorious.
    SMN Patch- nicely stinky. Me likey.
    MdM- so subtle; again, smells better than the other samples I've had...[Messe de Minuit]
    I'd passed it up for Palais Jamais- but maybe- if it's marked down.....must reconsider.

    OOH- Ambargris- reminds me of Kuumba Made- but a bit different. Awesome !
    [ and I abhor that word- so hackneyed !]
    Musk Gazelle- you mean, Eau de Harvard Square, circa 1970's ? Makes me laugh with pleasure.
    Vetyvert- for me and my boys, no lie.
    Soliflores- I like 'em.
    Maderes di Orient- yum.
    Ambre- by now, you've discerned that I love the stuff, no ?
    It must be a survival strategy...where's Karl Jung when you REALLY need him?

    Hanane is the name of a sweet young thing from Maroc that I gave Miel de Bois to...[ it was lovely, after crawling out from under a rock for 4 hours... no one would go near me, LOL.]

    Chris, this was a major mitzvah you did.
    After spying on JUST this years' craphaul, you can probably divine what I've got, SOOOOOOOO...
    Don't be shy.

    May you and yours be blessed and healthy this year, and have real holidays without the unnecessary folderol that makes us meshuggah !

    [That reminds me : packages and letters tomorrow to Lievje and Dee]

    Kisses, from one who's a PROFESSIONAL busser !...]

    [If this sounded nuts, it WAS. I'm still on day # 10 of migraine, so I had to correct every spelling- and I never lost a spelling bee in my life.]

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    Chloefpuff and Therese, you are too kind. I am much like everyone else here on Basenotes.

    I regret to say this but, by the time I sent the samples to Chayaruchama, there was hardly any left, so I doubt they will make it past her. My previous round of Madini sampling (last March) was planned better.

    Fear not, I will undoubtedly start a round-robin on another line. When I do, please jump right in and send me a PM, and I will compile a list of addresses for the next caravan of samples. It is my favorite way to sample things. When a bunch of us review the same things, we are as apt to agree as to disagree on whether they are good!

    So far, I've done Madini, Montale, and Ayala Moriel on my own. I've done Guerlain and L'Artisan Perfumeur because of Twolf's generousity, and Tinkerbell gave me many lovely Caron samples. (Many thanks, my friends.)

    Quarry, I hope people take you up on your suggestion. A great reason to test an entire line (besides the satisfaction that we obsessive/compulsive perfumistas receive) is that perfumers re-use the same ingredients in different ways. By testing a large number of samples, we learn to identify the "Guerlain" signature or the "Caron" signature. My daughter commented, "You smell like the stuff you've been wearing lately," and correctly identified the fact that I was testing the same line of fragrance--even though the individual scents, themselves, varied greatly from florals to woods to spices to ambers.

    A good way way to determine if something is Full Bottle Worthy is to contrast it with perfumes from the same house. For example: If one applies six different samples from six different houses, it's easy to get carried away and think the "best" one should have a five-star rating. However, that same fragrance may pale in comparison if contrasted with others from the same house. For example, Chamade will stand out and wave at me compared to most other fragrances. However, Chamade vs Guerlinade is more of a level playing field. Indeed, it is startling to find that a number of fragrances seem to be relatives of one another.

    For those of you who haven't been posting long, we at Basenotes often host an entire week of feasting on one fragrance line. Those are always fun and informative. Stick around. The fun has just begun.

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    Ooooh, I can't wait!

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    Well DH loved the Madini oils - all three musks - Pierre, Gazelle and White, and spent time after dinner sniffing the paper strips Tiger Flag sent and is making a list of what he wants. My goddaughters husband got involved and now he wants some as well, and then his dad, who is 78 started sniffing too. Everyone at dinner got gifts of scent. My dining room smelled luverly - oils and coffee scents along with the apple pie. A great time was had by all.
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    Dee, that sounds marvellous.
    Really, a dream come true.
    Therese and Chloefpuff, please PM me your street addresses with the heading "Round-Robin Sample Testing"
    and I will notify you when I get another batch of samples from somewhere.
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    I thought I would bump this thread. Madinis are great fun & on sale now (%20 off). I noticed how beautiful Summer is. It is a dead-ringer for Quelques Fleurs. Creamy floral -- lovely!
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    Oh wow! I am swooning over these descriptions! I first heard of these on Make Up Alley and then just forgot to order some. The prices are so reasonable but there are so many I just didn't know where to start. Now I do! Summer sounds divine, as does Ambre Gris, Musc Gazelle, Santal Blanc, Henna and Sahara.

    Thanks for bumping Kumquat! 20% is a great discount
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    This all sounds so fantastic! It's been a while since anyone has posted on this thread, but have any of you tried their other fragrances? I'm especially curious about Fez and Honeysuckle.

    Can't wait until I can consider myself acquainted with all of you. I am so new to this.

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