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    Default The Ava Luxe Experience!!!

    Hi Y'all!

    Time for another fun, funky, frustrating and yet fascinating week of immersion in an amazing perfume house / range.

    We are hoping to run this initially for one week, commencing the 21st of April, with the post remaining a sticky until the following month (please, Tigrushka?!).

    We thought we could make it a kind of hybrid week where people can either stay the course for the entire week and / or we could develop the thread as the Ultimate Ava Luxe Info thread and people can drop in throughout the month with reviews of all the Ava Luxe perfumes they own or have tried (just like Purplebird7's Montale thread).

    Using most of the headings that Serena herself has used on her main fragrance page - the one you are taken to when you click on the fragrance subheading at the top of the front page:

    http://www.ava-luxe.com/2005/fragrance.html

    Schedule for Ava Luxe Week:
    Saturday: Oriental / Amber
    Sunday: Fruit / Citrus or Gourmand
    Monday: Chypre or Vintage
    Tuesday: Fresh / Clean or (Light) Musk
    Wednesday: Green / Herbal or (Intense) Musk
    Thursday: Spice or Woods / Resins / Incense
    Friday: Floral or Tropical


    I have doubled up some of the headings so that we can all experience, and share, at least one from each of the scent families / groups that Serena has listed, during the initial seven day intensive period. I have omitted the Luxe category as many of the Luxe beauties are represented in the other categories.

    I have chosen a list of 60 - 70 ‘Best’ of Ava Luxe samples that people can chose those that appeal to them the most and then join in during the main seven days. Below is the list of 'recommended samples' along with the categories each scent fits into:

    (Please moomail me for list and I will send it as an attachment)

    NB: Of course, participants are free to choose which ever scent they prefer. The above table is to help simplify things for those completely new to the Ava Luxe range of perfumes.

    Serena at Ava Luxe has been an absolute darling and is offering Basenoters a 10% discount on sample orders made between now and the 21/04/07!!

    Just add the code BASENOTES to your request when placing your order and receive a cool 10% off you complete order (excluding S&H). What a great deal! :toppie:

    Get your order placed as soon as possible, to ensure you have your samples in time for the event, as orders can be delayed due to demand.

    So now is the perfect time to discover and explore this amazing niche range.

    If you are still unsure which samples to try or which may work for you, feel free to PM either myself or my co-host (fellow Ava Luxe addict) Taolady and we will do our best to help…:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
    Last edited by moondeva; 4th April 2007 at 05:26 AM.
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    Woohoo! Just ordered mine. Let's hope the make it past customs in one piece! And in time for the week!

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    If I weren't already full-up on samples to review, I would order some, too.
    Please excuse my regrettable absence from this event.
    I will be here, reading this thread and making notes.
    Ava Luxe is a must-try house for me.

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    YAY....! (dancing around my computer now)

    Can't wait

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    Thanks for the notification, moondeva. I have taken this opportunity to order several samples. I've been meaning to do that for ages. I may not join in the testing every day because I'm very mood-driven when choosing the daily scent, but I will be reading and learning even if I'm wearing something else.

    I'm really looking forward to those samples.

    Oh, throw caution to the wind - I'll try Ava Luxe samples for the whole week. I hope they arrive in time.
    Last edited by Sestra; 4th April 2007 at 02:10 PM.

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    Please count me in... I have just ordered 8 samples from them and looking forward in testing them. I do have high expectation on a few in particular: TUBEROSE DIABOLIQUE luxe, Royal Parvati and Oude!

    Thanks Fabulous Moondeva and Lovely Taolady for arranging this! I hope there is something that I enjoy so that I can order a full bottle. I won't disclose what I have ordered until the parcel arrive
    Currently wearing: Maharanih by Nicolaï

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    I have a full bottle of Madame X and Vamp at the ready, plus loads of recently acquired samples .... count me IN
    "Like a lobster with a pearl in its claw, the beet held the jasmine firmly without crushing or obscuring it. Beet lifted jasmine, the way a bullnecked partner lifts a ballerina, and the pair came on stage on citron's fluty cue. As if jasmine were a collection of beautiful paintings, beet hung it in the galleries of the nose, insured it against fire or theft, threw a party to celebrate it. Citron mailed the invitations." Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins p. 189

    What I am loving right now: Shalimar vintage extrait, Chanel Bois des Iles, Chanel no. 22, Le Labo Iris 39, Guerlain Iris Ganache

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    Oh, exciting. By a nice bit of serendipity, a friend gave me samples of Night Violet, Chypre and Kretek yesterday, so I'll be able to join in. Hurray!

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    I'm really excited now! I just hope they arrive on time. I'm going to try Rasa, despite my aversion to some musks, so let's see how it goes.

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    Oh, god, another good reason to abandon everything else I could be doing.

    I swear I'm going to evolve into nothing but a nose pushing a computer mouse.
    In a world where 6 million people are added each month, every landscape matters.

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    I'm overloaded and I've purchased way too much recently, but I love Ava Luxe and I'll be following this thread! I ordered Love's True Bluish Light a couple of days ago, and I cannot wait until it arrives. Love this one. There aren't many Ava Luxe's I haven't liked, for that matter.

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    Default Re: The Ava Luxe Experience!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    Oh, god, another good reason to abandon everything else I could be doing.

    I swear I'm going to evolve into nothing but a nose pushing a computer mouse.
    LOL!

    I see "10% off your entire order" and I know I'm in trouble. Yes, it's getting darker and darker in here....OMG! I'm buyin' blind!
    Please, spritz responsibly.

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    Oh Yaaaay! We're launched!:bounce:


    Many thanks to the formidable Moondeva for doing the research, drawing up the lists and getting Serena on board with the generous discount!!

    PurpleBird - am sending you two samples - White Carnation and Firewood - so you don't have to have your nose pressed up against the window! They're small samples - but they're samples!!

    Sestra and MikePerez - welcome, welcome. Look forward to your reviews!!

    Coconut - so glad to have HK represented! :wave: Am confident you're not going to be disappointed!

    RTamara - jealous of your full bottle of the glorious Madame X - may just have to join you!

    Squeezeweasel - "serendipitous" indeed! Your gourmet's nose is going to be thrilled.

    Quarry - love the picture of your nose pushing around the mouse! So glad to have that knowing nose joining in!!

    Tovah - will send you some small samples - the wonderful Rasa Xtreme and Midnight Violet - if you will PM your address to me.

    Isn't this exciting!! :bounce:
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    Tao, thanks for the invite! I hadn't seen this!

    I think I will be joining in. This sounds exciting. Would anyone take a look at my wardrobe for me and make a few recommendations? I've never smelled anything Ava Luxe...

    I'm thinking that Forbidden Fruits and Film Noir sound fun.
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    Welcome Kotori!! Really think you'll enjoy this ride!! :bounce:

    Besides the ones you mention - and having checked your wardrobe - think you might enjoy Black Tea, Kretek (Turkish cigarettes!!) White Tea and Vamp. - which will also fill in the suggested categories Moondeva has outlined.

    Look forward to reading your experiences!!
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    I have White Tea ordered for the fresh/clean day...and Cafe Noir for the gourmands (wish I'd also ordered Loukhoum now as it sounds wonderful).

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    Here are some scents I will definitely be wearing from samples, in no particular order

    Madame X
    Vamp
    Viva
    Rasa
    Midnight Violet
    Olbanum
    Queen Bess
    White Tea
    Shisha
    Red Tara
    "Like a lobster with a pearl in its claw, the beet held the jasmine firmly without crushing or obscuring it. Beet lifted jasmine, the way a bullnecked partner lifts a ballerina, and the pair came on stage on citron's fluty cue. As if jasmine were a collection of beautiful paintings, beet hung it in the galleries of the nose, insured it against fire or theft, threw a party to celebrate it. Citron mailed the invitations." Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins p. 189

    What I am loving right now: Shalimar vintage extrait, Chanel Bois des Iles, Chanel no. 22, Le Labo Iris 39, Guerlain Iris Ganache

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    I'm on board!
    I own Kretek and Heliotrope (the latter is similar to, but mellower than, POTL), and I have plenty of samples, including:
    Tokion
    Biba
    Queen Bess
    Shisha
    Royal Parvati
    Indian Summer
    Absinthe
    Silk
    Sounds like a great week!

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    Default Re: The Ava Luxe Experience!!!

    For those interested, listed below is the list of Ava Luxe recommended samples.

    Ava Luxe Scent List

    Moksha - Woods / Resins / Incense, Luxe,
    Palisander - Woods / Resins / Incense
    Fumari - Woods / Resins / Incense, Luxe
    Firewood - Woods / Resins / Incense, Luxe
    Red Tara - Woods / Resins / Incense, Luxe
    Royal Parvati - Woods / Resins / Incense, Luxe
    Sweet Amber Wood - Woods / Resins / Incense, Oriental / Amber
    Tao - Woods / Resins / Incense
    Ambre Antique - Vintage, Oriental / Amber
    Green Grass of Summer - Vintage, Green / Herbal,
    Ingenue - Chypre, Vintage
    Chaos - Vintage
    Biba - Chypre
    Dark Chypre - Chypre
    Film Noir - Chypre
    Moss - Chypre
    Midnight Violet - Chypre, Floral
    Silk - Chypre, Woods / Resins / Incense
    Angel Face - Light Musk, Floral
    Gardenia Musk - Light Musk, Floral, Tropical
    Roses - Floral
    Orange Flowers - Floral
    Lily - Floral
    White Lilac - Floral
    Queen Bess - Floral, Spice
    Nude Musk - Fresh / Clean, Light Musk
    Egyptian Musk - Fresh / Clean, Light Musk
    China Rain - Fresh / Clean, Light Musk, Oriental / Amber
    China Pearl - Fresh / Clean, Light Musk
    Lotus - Fresh / Clean, Floral
    Clementine - Fruit / Citrus
    Citrine - Fruit / Citrus, Gourmand
    Wild Blackberry Musk - Fruit / Citrus, Intense Musk
    Wild Black Fig - Fruit / Citrus, Gourmand, Green / Herbal, Wood / Resin / Incense
    Forbidden Fruits - Fruit / Citrus, Wood / Resin / Incense
    Bergamot - Fruit / Citrus, Fresh / Clean
    Café Noir - Gourmand, Wood / Resin / Incense
    Luxe Chocolate - Gourmand
    Loukhoum - Gourmand
    Milk - Gourmand
    Royal Vanilla - Gourmand
    Turkish Vanilla - Gourmand
    White (formerly Noel Blanc) - Gourmand, Oriental / Amber
    Absinthe - Green / Herbal
    Sweet Absinthe - Green / Herbal
    Fig Leaf - Fruit / Citrus, Green / Herbal
    Johri - Green / Herbal, Wood / Resin / Incense
    Fig Wood - Woods / Resins / Incense, Fruit / Citrus
    Kama / Kama Xtreme - Intense Musk, Luxe
    Rasa / Rasa Xtreme - Intense Musk, Luxe
    Incense Musk - Woods / Resins / Incense, Intense Musk
    Incense - Woods / Resins / Incense, Luxe
    Love’s Truish Blue Light - Light Musk, Oriental / Amber
    Ambra Tibet - Woods / Resins / Incense, Oriental / Amber
    Amber Essence - Woods / Resins / Incense, Oriental / Amber
    Dark Amber - Woods / Resins / Incense, Oriental / Amber
    Madame X - Woods / Resins / Incense, Oriental / Amber, Luxe
    Opoponax / Opoponax Intense - Oriental Amber, Wood / Resins / Incense
    Shisha - Oriental / Amber, Wood / Resin / Incense, Spice, Luxe
    Sweet Patchouli - Oriental / Amber
    Tokion - Woods / Resins / Incense, Oriental / Amber
    Kretek - Spice, Woods / Resins / Incense
    Indian Summer - Spice, Woods / Resins / Incense
    Kashmir Spice - Spice, Woods / Resins / Incense
    Red Carnation - Spice, Floral
    Venus Sands - Tropical, Floral
    Tubereuse Diabolique - Floral, Tropical
    Vanille Coconut - Fruit / Citrus, Tropical, Gourmand
    Tiare - Floral, Tropical
    Pikake Lei - Floral, Tropical
    Teakwood - Woods / Resins / Incense, Oriental / Amber
    Cashmere Musk - Light Musk, Fresh / Clean
    Camisole - Fresh / Clean, Floral

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    Last edited by moondeva; 14th April 2007 at 04:21 PM.
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    Default Re: The Ava Luxe Experience!!!

    Moondeva and Taolady - will you be announcing this on the Mens Discussion board? If you'd like I can announce it over there? Either way, I think there's a few Ava Luxe fans who primarily post/read the Mens boards, who might want to join us in the 'experience'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Moondeva and Taolady - will you be announcing this on the Mens Discussion board? If you'd like I can announce it over there? Either way, I think there's a few Ava Luxe fans who primarily post/read the Mens boards, who might want to join us in the 'experience'?
    Wonderful idea!! :bounceSpeak for myself - don't know if Fearless Leader has made other plans.) The more the merrier - and thanks for thinking of it, Mike!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taolady View Post
    Wonderful idea!! :bounceSpeak for myself - don't know if Fearless Leader has made other plans.) The more the merrier - and thanks for thinking of it, Mike!!
    Great - I saw Moondeva's post on the Mens group, so let's see if any guyz are interested in joining us in our journey...

    Just bought my scents to try - got:

    Absinthe
    Indian Summer
    Bohemian Rose
    Kretek
    The Beach
    Shisha
    Film Noir

    Ones I wanted to order, but ran out of days/money: Cafe Noir and Clementine

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    Default Re: The Ava Luxe Experience!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    ...Ones I wanted to order, but ran out of days/money: Cafe Noir and Clementine
    Well, since it is the 'experience' that is important....and the fact that we are looking to make this a great resource thread for those seeking reviews and news of Ava luxe scents you could always do a second order and begin reviewing them ahead of time. ::whistles innocently:: I'm just saying you could...





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    Count me in! I've got a truckload of Serena's samples...only thing that blocked me is that I like too many and couldn't make up my mind
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    Default Re: The Ava Luxe Experience!!!

    There are so many Ava Luxe frags to choose from and very few reviews in our directory. I think it would be really helpful if there were more reviews to read ( hint hint) I get overwhelmed when I go to the website to order samples because the all sound great to me! I have gotten some great recommendations but it is so helpful to be able to read a review.

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    Default Re: The Ava Luxe Experience!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by tdi View Post
    There are so many Ava Luxe frags to choose from and very few reviews in our directory. I think it would be really helpful if there were more reviews to read (hint hint) I get overwhelmed when I go to the website to order samples because the all sound great to me! I have gotten some great recommendations but it is so helpful to be able to read a review.
    I am hoping that this event / thread will inspire some great reviews which the writers will then modify and add to the Basenotes directory.

    There is an added problem in the fact that at least 20 - 30 'popular' Ava Luxe blends are still not listed in the directory. I have been discouraged from requesting many of them as other missing perfumes I have submitted (both through the 'missing perfumes' forum and the missing scent directory form) have still not appeared - and this is after a few months. :sigh:

    So hopefully, by this time next month, you will have many more tantalising reviews to help seduce you... Don't wait for the reviews though! Take advantage of the great 10% discount available until the 21st and order some of those listed below so that you don't miss the fun and can also be a part of the Ava Luxe Experience!!

    Look forward to seeing you there!! :toppie:
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    Mine have been dispatched - not sure how long they will take to reach the UK as they have to go through customs.
    I'm just a bit concerned my rash won't clear up in time.

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    I'm new to write reviews & may not be very good at descriptions, but would love to join in the fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonlight_flower View Post
    I'm new to write reviews & may not be very good at descriptions, but would love to join in the fun!
    Welcome moonlight_flower!

    You are very welcome to join in the festivities (the more the merrier) and we are not looking for perfection - just to share our thoughts and feelings about this line of scents.

    I don't think any of us profess to be experts here!

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    Ok, count me in. I ordered quite a few samples and just got the package a few days ago. I didn't know about this thread when I was ordering them, but it was good timing apparently.

    I've already tried a few of them and posted at thread about it in the Men's Discussion, but now that I've read this thread I won't try any more until the start date.

    I got:
    Kretek
    Oude
    Palisander
    Black Tea
    Fig Wood
    Incense Rose
    Kashmir Spice
    Shisha
    Cafe Noir
    Fire Wood
    Tokion
    Opoponax
    Nag Champa

    Ava Luxe was very generous and included several extra sample vials for free, which was a nice surprise.

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