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    Here are some short reviews for Thursday's theme - some were written recently and other last summer.

    Ava-Luxe Incense Tibet: This is an incense blend of traditional nag champa and amber. It has great sillage and does truly remind me of Tibet. The scent manages to be both comforting and exotic. At first, the incense and amber are dominant but then upon drydown, there is a sweet coconut note on top and a musky base on bottom. I smell no rose notes from this one although it is listed in the notes on Serena’s site. The dirty undertone of the fragrance reminds me of the smell of wet, musky yak hair that lines the coats of Tibetan traders (but in a good way). This scent may, in the end, make me too nostalgic for my time spent traveling but from time to time I’ll dab on Incense Tibet and recollect some very happy memories.

    Ava-Luxe Red Tara: Although I was skeptical at first dab, I came to love Red Tara. On me, this is a pure sandalwood scent (I don't get any chocolate like other reviewers have noticed). It is dry (although not as dry as Tam Dao), long lasting, and pure wood - it reminds me of classical paintings of women in the Chinese Imperial Court during the Qing Dynasty with their flowing silk sleeves lounging in the courtyard garden fanning themselves with an ornate sandalwood fan in the summer sun. I found this scent a bit overwhelming in the excessive heat and humidity of Washington, D.C., in August when I first tested it but I’m going to try again come autumn.

    Ava-Luxe Kashmir Spice: This is pure cinnamon on me. The initial spice blast was extremely strong and actually made me sneeze. After many hours, I noticed a decent, soft drydown but I'm just not impressed with this one.

    Ava-Luxe Shambhala Tibet : Sadly Shambhala Tibet smelled exactly like a Chinese Traditional Medicine cure for colds that I use. It is very strong, syrupy, with an herbal bent. My BF thought that the medicinal smell was kind of nice but I just don't want to smell like this - maybe because it makes me think of being sick. However, if you like medicinal scents like Dzongkha you might want to try this one.

    Today I'm wearing Palisander, which may tie with Incense Tibet for my favorites of this category but I'm waiting for the drydown to decide.
    Currently Wearing for Spring:
    La Chasse aux Papillons, Do Son, Eau de Lierre, Premier Figuer, No. 5 Sensual Elixir, No. 19, En Passant, Hiris, With Love, Vent Vert, and Citta di Kyoto

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    Deep down inside there’s a place where your inner goddess dwells. Close your eyes, get in touch with her in that dark, warm place that is strangely comforting. A quiet, earthy, rooty iris and golden myrrh evoking the sweet flesh of fresh mushrooms pervade the air. Experience the tactile sensation of running your fingers over a statue carved in fragrant sandalwood, its surface smoothed and polished by hundreds of hands that caressed it before you. Share the ancient wisdom, renew your ties with Mother Earth and emerge soothed and focused. I am wearing Red Tara.
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    Kashmir Spice - cinnamon and cinnamon - and well, cinnamon. Not sure about this one at all. We'll see as it dries down more. Might be the first one I have to scrub off.

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    Forbidden Fruits

    This starts off with a fruity blast that reminds me of the flavour of a fizzy red grape juice drink I had as a child, Shloer. It might remind Americans of grape jelly, which we don't get here in the UK, but which I've encountered on breakfast buffets at hotels in the States. Or perhaps grape bubblegum. It's nice though - sweet but not sugary. There's an undercurrant of woods an incense which is now starting to shine through, six hours after initial application. The fruitiness has softened slightly, but it's still very much in evidence. I like this very much. Another FBW? Oh so tempting!

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    Can someone tell me what Japanese Hiba wood is? I have never heard of until until this week...but two of the "must-haves" I sampled this week contain it...the lovely BIBA and my wood sample for today:

    Palisander
    (Brazilian Rosewood)

    This plush wood fragrance is a blend of luscious Palisander wood from Brazil and Japanese Hiba wood. The woods are softened slightly with a light musk and warm amber. Pink pepper and cinnamon add a delicious warmth to this aromatic potion.

    Notes:
    Palisander wood (from renewable sources)
    Japanese Hiba wood
    Amber
    Incense
    Musk
    Pink Pepper
    Cinnamon
    Vetiver

    This is utterly gorgeous....I hope I can do it justice with my description...it opens with a something that's a bit spicy and tingly to my nose and then warms into a luscious warm, dry and woody fragrance that's cuddly and serene at the same time...the woodiness gets stronger as I wear it....it's the soft and elegant wood of an carved rosewood box filled with incense...it's got nice sillage and staying power also and it's going of my list for bottles, a winner !!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_in_Black View Post
    Deep down inside there’s a place where your inner goddess dwells. Close your eyes, get in touch with her in that dark, warm place that is strangely comforting. A quiet, earthy, rooty iris and golden myrrh evoking the sweet flesh of fresh mushrooms pervade the air. Experience the tactile sensation of running your fingers over a statue carved in fragrant sandalwood, its surface smoothed and polished by hundreds of hands that caressed it before you. Share the ancient wisdom, renew your ties with Mother Earth and emerge soothed and focused. I am wearing Red Tara.
    Wow!! If I wasn't already wearing it I'd want to wear it!! Quelle review!! :bounce:
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    Forbidden Fruits

    This starts off with a fruity blast that reminds me of the flavour of a fizzy red grape juice drink I had as a child, Shloer. It might remind Americans of grape jelly, which we don't get here in the UK, but which I've encountered on breakfast buffets at hotels in the States. Or perhaps grape bubblegum. It's nice though - sweet but not sugary. There's an undercurrant of woods an incense which is now starting to shine through, six hours after initial application. The fruitiness has softened slightly, but it's still very much in evidence. I like this very much. Another FBW? Oh so tempting!
    I think that Gaultier 2 smells like grape bubble gum - would you compare Forbidden Fruits to G2 ?

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    Sampling Shisha today, and actually last night and the night before!

    It started out very nondescript and a bit bitter but developed into a lovely, true to notes fragrance...lots of tobacco, dried fruit and a nice honey base. I did not chocolate or powder at all from this. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it developed and how long it lasted.

    On the other hand, Tiare, was expected to be a gardenia but started with a gigantic blast of cinnamon and added fruits and more spice...I'm thinking the sample was mislabeled. I thought the scent was fascinating and sultry but was expecting a floral!

    Three cheers for Shisha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edain33 View Post
    Can someone tell me what Japanese Hiba wood is? I have never heard of until until this week...
    Well, I found out (I Google'd it) that Hiba wood is cypress tree wood (hiba is the Japanese word for this particular genus of cypress - here in the US it is called thujopsis). Kind of like an evergreen tree (it's got those coniferous leaves) but smaller, the kind that you see planted around temples or in botanical gardens.

    Sounds like it smells great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I think that Gaultier 2 smells like grape bubble gum - would you compare Forbidden Fruits to G2 ?
    PBI: JPG Gaultier2 and Ava Luxe Forbidden Fruits. I loathe the first and adore the second....

    OK, may be not so extreme but there is a world of difference and quality between the two. I find Gaultier2 to be rather bland, cloying and soulless (all that is left after you rip the interesting guts out of JPG Classique EDP.

    A very linear, sweet, non descript powdery amber vanilla. I would probably reach for this in cold, grey winter when I crave a sweet, gourmand scent. It is all honey, vanilla, amber and powder to me.

    Forbidden Fruits is original to say the least, it opens like an oil meant for pot-pourri or an oil burner but I believe that is due to the rich exotic berryish combo of red fruit and spices. But something wonderful occurs as the scent warms and settles on the skin. The scent 'dries out' and the wonderful dark, smoky yet smooth, creamy woods along with the spices (cardamom) and resins / incense emerge and develop in the most amazing ways. I often find myself being intrigued by a delicious spicy, smoky red fruit tinged scent only to find it is me (about 1-3 hours after applying). Longevity is amazing and the sillage is gorgeous.

    Think of it on a par with Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir, but juicier / fruitier and with more complex, smoother incense and spice. I adore them layered together. I also wear Forbidden Fruits layered with Dior Poison for a seductive blend which always gets compliments...
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    I'm not sure, Mike, I've not smelled G2! It's not a synthetic smell - it's just what it reminds me of. It's actually pretty nice and the bit I sprayed on my shoulders is still going strong (my wrists always lose their scent first as they're resting on a hot laptop all day).

    Edit: What Moondeva said.
    In a way it reminds me of a fruity Ambre Sultan. It must be the woody/incense base.

    I'll have to try it with Poison one day! Of course I will have to buy some first...once I have got my first order back...um...
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    Today I'm sampling Vamp. I can't say I'm wearing it, because this one definitely wears me. Vamp is a drop-dead gorgeous, rich Oriental that reminds me so much of another fragrance... What am I thinking of? Can anyone help?

    The notes are: Oriental spices, Amber, Sandalwood, Labdanum, Vanilla, and Cashmere Musk. I categorize this in the family of Bois des Iles and Samsara.

    I love it and it's going to be purchased in a full bottle.

    Last night, my husband said I smelled really good. I was coated in sparkling and silky Ava Luxe Stardust Body Lotion scented with Love's True Bluish Light and I had just a little bit of LTBL rolled onto my pulsepoints.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Well, I found out (I Google'd it) that Hiba wood is cypress tree wood (hiba is the Japanese word for this particular genus of cypress - here in the US it is called thujopsis). Kind of like an evergreen tree (it's got those coniferous leaves) but smaller, the kind that you see planted around temples or in botanical gardens.

    Sounds like it smells great.

    Thanks, Mike! Palisander really is a wonderful "woody" fragrance, and even now in the drydown stage, there's no "pencil shavings" that I often get with woods....


    ANOTHER REVIEW::

    Also tried FIGWOOD....it was a juicy, spicey and woody scent that I would say is unisex and quite nice!

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    Today, my Ava Luxe scents were: KRETEK and ROYAL PARVATI.

    Kretek:

    Yes it smells like those oranges studded with cloves. Yes it's smoky. And yes it smells like the Moroccan cigarettes from where it gets its name from. I actually used to smoke kretek cigarettes (when I was a smoker) so I'm familiar with the smell. The cigarettes (when you put them to your lips) leave a lingering sweetness on your lips that you can taste when you lick your lips. Kretek smells JUST LIKE this sweetness, but mixed with orange peel.

    Surprised when about 1.5 hours after I applied it, it faded and then kind of resurfaced later on.

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5

    Overall review: Perhaps if I wanted another spicy fragrance (I don't) I'd go for Kretek - and I really love the orange peel note (it smells nothing like Hermes' orange peel - this is much more warm). But I somehow feel like this is a scent I'd love to smell in a candle in my home, not on my body. Sad, because I REALLY WANTED to like this.

    Royal Parvati:

    Can I just say, I hate the name! OK, now that's out of the way...

    When I sniffed it at first, from the vial, I got a strong connection to the smell of Almond Joy candy bars (sweetened coconut, and dark liquor chocolate?) that immediately faded in a few seconds. The top notes then kind of trigerred like dominoes: silky powder (which scared me 'cause I hate powder), somthing 'dirty' maybe civet, sandalwood (not your momma's sandalwood either...very exotic sandalwood) and...how do I say this...the smell of women's intimate wear. I'm serious! Didn't we just have a thread about Agent Provacateur and undies, etc...well for me, RP conjures up this image.

    Funny because I applied RP at lunchtime, so right now at the end of my day at the office, the 'feminine' formula is in FULL BLOSSOM on me. A little embarassing. Mind you, not the sour note I get from Kingdom (A. McQueen) but a soft sultry note. Almost the scent of woman's skin.

    Rating: 2 of 5

    Overall review: One of the AL scents that is so NOT me. In addition, I think the exoticism of it is kind of confusing: Is it powder? Wood sap? Lingerie? It's a little too schizophrenic. Almost reminds me (in spirit) of one of a Comme de Garcon scent (love most CdG, but some are scrubbers!). Finally, I think the headache I have now, is from this scent. Headache inducing scents are not cool.

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    Turkish Vanilla
    Turkish Vanilla is deep and woody with hints of amber and cinnamon. Ambrette seed lends a slightly musky drydown.

    Notes: Vanilla bean, Vanilla, Cinnamon, ambrette seed, sandalwood, amber.

    Fragrance family
    GOURMAND / SPICE / WOOD (from Axa Luxe website)

    I was really looking forward to trying this scent but after 5 - 10 minutes my body chemistry turn it into marzipan, really strong marzipan - unfortunately I don't like marzipan as I got really sick from overdosing on the sweet stuff at a party when I was very young!



    Sweet Amber Wood
    An exotic amber-woody fragrance with notes of sandalwood, patchouli, warm spices, and Siam benzoin. Trés luxurious!

    Fragrance Family
    Wood Resin / Oriental Amber (from Ava Luxe website)

    First I get sweet spice, then the sandalwood, benzoin & patchouli. A beautifully balanced scent with all the notes complimenting & supporting each other. I really like it but at this stage I don't love it like some of the other Ava Luxe fragrances I've bought or tried!

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    Green / Herbal or Intense Musk day

    Kama / Kama Xtreme

    Wow! I have a sample of both of these and have tried them a number of times. But I am still trying to decide whether I hate them or love them and whether I ‘need’ a full bottle of one or both of them!

    The short answer is yes! Yes - I love them both, and Yes! I need a huge bottle of both of them – especially the Xtreme

    This is exactly as described – a full, exotic animalic musk in the same school as the notorious Serge Lutens Musc Koublai Khan. Opens very mossy and woody due to the very natural smelling cedarwood EO but soon the resins, musks and raw animalic notes meld with the skin creating a palpable aura of such sensuality and erotic tension that you cannot help but be seduced. And yet this is not sleazy or barn yard like SL MKK is often cited as being. Somehow, even in the Xtreme version, Kama manages to convey class and elegance the whole time that it is out to seduce.

    My initial preference is for Kama Xtreme but I like my musks extra woody and dir-rty! I may have to reserve it for cold winter months as it can be pretty potent due to the more pronounced ‘fecal’ civet note (at least in the opening).

    A great ‘anyone, anytime, anywhere’ scent that is perfect dressed up or down.


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    Rasa / Rasa Xtreme

    Rasa or Rasa Xtreme is another honest, ‘exactly what it says on the tin’ scent that is much, much more than the sum of its parts – a truly superior blend. I tried Rasa this past winter, and though I found it lovely, it left me rather cold – nothing to write home about.
    Well I had secured a bunch of old samples in a swap and they happened to contain a sample of old formulation Rasa (now Rasa Xtreme) and the rest is history. I never knew what hit me! That wonderfully raw animalic waft of civet and ambergris that melds with your skin and turns to pure (sexy) ambrosia, the four amazing musks and the deep velvety slightly spicy roses that enveloped and surrounds the wearer in a sensual aura impossible to resist….
    And for me – an instant Holy Grail scent. I contacted Serena and begged her to find a bottle of this formulation for me and asked whether she would consider launching a limited edition of it (so I could stock up) as I was sure there were others, like myself who would adore this blend - especially with the acceptance and popularity of SL MKK. Luckily for me, Serena agreed and I bought my bottle of Rasa X-rated soon after.
    I would recommend the regular, more civilised blend for those who are more sensitive to the assertive nature of strong animalic accords. This, like Caron Parfum Sacre,is very much a winter / cooler weather perfume which is unlikely to behave well in warmer conditions and is way too sensual / sexual for work. I think I may need to get the softer, tamer Rasa to wear this summer or restrict myself to the body lotion only in order to avoid annoying others.

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    Absinthe / Sweet Absinthe

    Amazing original unique perfumes – just like the infamous beverage they are based upon.
    Oddly enough, this scent screams mint to me. I know it is devoted to Artemisia / wormwood - but to my nose the menthol / mint note comes to the fore on my skin and is truly delicious. I find it quite addictive - the more I sniff it, the more I want to...!
    It opens very sharp, green, herbal – almost living! It must also be quite bitter but I do not notice that when wearing it. My SO finds it very pungent and bitter and prefers not to be around when I wear it.
    This is a great shame as I was looking forward to making it a summer signature this year. The mint / menthol accord is so rich and ‘fresh’ it creates a wonderful cooling sensation where applied and in the nostrils as you sniff it. You immediately feel cooler and the effect / scent goes on and on.
    Sweet Absinthe is a much softer, passive take on the same theme. There is no bitterness here just a softly minty, citrus floral scent that is unique and perfect for wearing in the summer heat. I heartily recommend both this scent and the more uncompromising Absinthe for those going on holiday or living / working in warmer climes.

    Two great winners!

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    On Tropical/Floral Day, I am wearing Venus Sands in perfume oil: exotic flowers, expensive suntan lotion, hot sand, tanned skin and a whiff of salty breeze in the opening. The spices, incense and woods, although played extremely softly, give it body and personality.
    I picture myself sipping a Pina Colada in a palm bar overlooking a tropical lagoon, in the glow of a pink and orange sunset, toes in the warm water. My dream vacation in a bottle. I think I need it...and while I'm at it, why not the body lotion as well?

    Notes from Serena’s site:
    Gardenia, Jasmine Sambac, Waterlily, Island Orchid, Comoro Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Nutmeg, Clove, Thai Coconut Milk, Vanilla, Amber, Incense, Sandalwood.
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    For Floral/Tropical day (and the last - SOB - for this edition! Am already anticipating Fall/Winter!! :bounce: it's a double header: the silken Lily and the slumberous Lotus.

    Lily was one of my first full bottle Avas (a small bottle but a full bottle nonetheless!) because I just love lilies of any kind and they love me. This one is a delicate pale green coming out of the bottle - it is one of those Avas that really develop character over time. The lily deepens and rounds and is heavier without there being traces of musk or amber.

    Lotus is a bit more complex: Notes: Greens, white lotus , white gardenia, tuberose, plumeria, Egyptian musk - and is a bit reminiscent of Un Jardin sur le Nil but is weightier. I have a feeling that as the day progresses it's going to develop into another must-have. It's already showing a hint of ...spice!! (think it's actually the gardenia) ...and a light heady muskiness.

    Will do a re-cap tomorrow on this whole experience. But so far I've racked up five "must haves" and seven "must tries" from the reviews you wonderful BNers have written!!!!!

    Manymanymany thanks to Moondeva for organizing, and submitting such comprehensive reviews for us. We just gotta do this again!! :bounce:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_in_Black View Post
    On Tropical/Floral Day, I am wearing Venus Sands in perfume oil: exotic flowers, expensive suntan lotion, hot sand, tanned skin and a whiff of salty breeze in the opening. The spices, incense and woods, although played extremely softly, give it body and personality.
    I picture myself sipping a Pina Colada in a palm bar overlooking a tropical lagoon, in the glow of a pink and orange sunset, toes in the warm water. My dream vacation in a bottle. I think I need it...and while I'm at it, why not the body lotion as well?

    Notes from Serena’s site:
    Gardenia, Jasmine Sambac, Waterlily, Island Orchid, Comoro Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Nutmeg, Clove, Thai Coconut Milk, Vanilla, Amber, Incense, Sandalwood.
    Make that eight!!.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I came THIS CLOSE to getting the Lotus sample, instead of my SOTD 'The Beach' - would you compare it to any other fragrance you've smelled before?

    I don't think I know what lotus smells like??
    I see you've got Un Jardin sur le Nil in your wardrobe. Does this help any? (Ackshully - given what seem to be your tastes - it's probably worth your trying a sample. I'd send you mine but it's almost gone and wouldn't be sufficient). Let us know!!) :bounce:
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    Spice or Wood / Resin / Incense day

    Royal Parvati
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    Parvati is the Hindu Goddess of Love and Beauty. The wife of Lord Shiva and mother of Ganesha, she is adored by Hindus everywhere. Parvati gives her love and blessings freely to all. She is known for her great felicity, nurturing and fertility. Parvati employed the help of Kama, the love god, to enchant Lord Shiva and make him her husband.
    On their honeymoon, Shiva and Parvati scaled the great Mount Kailasha where they spent many years in sacred union.This fragrance, inspired by Parvati, is composed of rare and precious woods - Creamy Sandalwood from Caledonia, Exotic Cabrueva wood from the South Pacific, and Sweet Parvati Sandalwood. The fragrance is enhanced with a touch of Rosewood and Ambergris.
    Notes: Cypress Leaf, Rosewood, Caledonian Sandalwood, Parvati Sandalwood, Cabrueva Wood, Peruvian Balsam, Orris Root, Ambergris
    Inspired by the divine, this scent is itself divine! Smooth creamy exotic white woods all arranged in homage to the central spiritual beauty of sandalwood.

    A must for pure sandalwood lovers! Not dry or cool but warm and creamy texture provided by an excellently balanced orris note. The long lasting, delicious dry down is a sensual delight due to the dreamy ambergris note which anchors the whole.

    Sadly, one of the most expensive blends on the site (and not available in body products) but worth every nickel and dime!

    Another ‘must buy’ full bottle purchase for me…

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    Kretek
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    Kreteks, or clove cigarettes as they are known in the USA, were first created by a man named Haji Jamahri from Java, Indonesia. Kreteks are a mixture of tobacco, cloves and a special flavoring sauce . Kreteks were initially created for medicinal purposes to numb the pain of asthma - the eugenol in the cloves provided a painkilling effect for the lungs. Now kreteks are the national cigarette in Indonesia, and smoked more than any other kind. In America and other parts of the world, kreteks have a sort of bohemian connotation, frequently smoked by people in the underground scenes.This Kretek fragrance is the scent of fine tobacco, woods and amber with clove buds. Very evocative and yet totally wearable and delicious!Notes: Clove bud, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Tobacco leaf, Amber, Sandalwood, Incense
    Picture a good quality cigarette, specialist made with blond tobacco – fresh off the production line (so the leaf is still fresh and moist). Now dip or sprinkle that cigarette in a sample of Etro Etra (minus the vanilla in the dry down. Then sniff – et voila, Kretek!

    The opening of this is pure unadulterated smooth tobacco leaves, with a thwack of spice (cinnamon, clove). The cardamom kicks in to and dominates until the very end. It may seem off kilter at this point but be patient. As the amber and woods mellow on your skin something wonderful happens. Kretek morphs into a very wearable spicy smoky amber woods scent that is a surprise and delight every time.

    Eventually Kretek dries down to a much lighter cardamom enriched amber woods scent with the tobacco now nothing more than a whisper of its former self. Depending on my mood I sometimes find that it seems to open very rough and ready like my beloved Chanel Egoiste before settling down to the dreamiest cardamom spiced, tobacco tinged white woods.

    Nice!

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    Today I tried a few:

    Orange Flowers:
    This is beautiful, but sadly faded quickly away on me leaving the barest glimmer of vanilla...

    Tuberose Diabolique: This is my first try at a Tuberose fragrance, not sure what actual Tuberose smells like, but this is FANTASTIC!!! It's creamy and tropical smelling while green and fresh at the same time...

    And finally I have a scent called #23 which I was told will be available in a few weeks, it was a freebie in my sample order and described as a soft floral incense type....I can't pick out any notes, but I can tell you it's more on the incense side for me, very nice and warm....worth looking into!!

    Thanks for organizing this AVA LUXE week, it's been great fun and I look forward to another:-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taolady View Post
    I see you've got Un Jardin sur le Nil in your wardrobe. Does this help any? (Ackshully - given what seem to be your tastes - it's probably worth your trying a sample. I'd send you mine but it's almost gone and wouldn't be sufficient). Let us know!!) :bounce:[/SIZE][/FONT]
    Yeah - love me some Un Jardin...a JC Ellena masterpiece in my opinion. If you're comparing Lotus to this, now I'm intrigued. Will definitely sample it soon, along with the other recommendations you all shared about: Loves Trueish Blue Light, Cafe Noir and Vamp.

    At this rate, I'll never get to my other samples!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tovah View Post
    Today I'm sampling Vamp. I can't say I'm wearing it, because this one definitely wears me. Vamp is a drop-dead gorgeous, rich Oriental that reminds me so much of another fragrance... What am I thinking of? Can anyone help?

    The notes are: Oriental spices, Amber, Sandalwood, Labdanum, Vanilla, and Cashmere Musk. I categorize this in the family of Bois des Iles and Samsara.

    I love it and it's going to be purchased in a full bottle.
    Oh, my gosh! Your description got me drooling. This sounds similar to Chanel Egoiste, TBS Woody Sandalwood, Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles and / or (and this is the most exciting possibility) Givenchy Organza Indecence!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

    Arrggghhhh! I need to sample this! All of the above are HG / true love perfumes for me and it would be great if Vamp fell within the same camp...
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    As I may have mentioned, whatever was in my sample vial of Tiare, had nothing to do with florals. It was a big doughy cinnamon and fruit scent.

    But one of my freebies fills the floral gap.

    Today I am sampling Venus Sands. It's a lovely tropical floral (gardenia, jasmine, orchid, waterlily and Ylang) that is studded with spice and was given a pinch of incense in the base.

    This is one of the more complex scents I've tried this week, an evening tropical fragrance.

    I am enjoying his one.

    Thanks Moondeva for this great sampling week.I had a great time and am wanting more!
    On my next sampling list, I must include more chypres, white lilac, and some of the vintage scents..

    I fear I will be placing orders for Shisha and Moss bottles any day now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indiscreet View Post
    ...In a way it reminds me of a fruity Ambre Sultan. It must be the woody/incense base....
    Wow! I can see how you get that. I think Forbidden Fruits + Ambre Sultan would make an awesome combination!!!

    note to self: must try this combination some time...!
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    Frangipani for me today. I really am not sure how to describe it except it smells of summer holidays and warm nights. Not beachy but beautiful tropical florals. I love it. Dries down to a very pretty spice.
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    Mmm, I think Venus Sands would layer very nicely with Hypnotic Poison too.
    I'll pop a review of Venus Sands up later. It's deliciously coconutty!

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    Short on time this week. [Remind self: More work means more money means more perfume buying power.] Wearing White Lilac, but not feeling it. These flowers have been in the vase a little too long (it could be my chemistry). Highland is still the gold standard for lilac soliflores.
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    Gardenia Musk for me today! It's almost as good as Kai and it's another I'm sure I'll purchase. This is a nice, clear, heady gardenia with good sillage and lasting power.
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    [quote=moondeva;1017899]Oh, my gosh! Your description got me drooling. This sounds similar to Chanel Egoiste, TBS Woody Sandalwood, Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles and / or (and this is the most exciting possibility) Givenchy Organza Indecence!!! [quote]

    It's not as sweet as Indecence but I can definitely see it "related" to Bal a Versailles. It reminds me of a vintage Chanel, too, not that it smells exactly like Cuir de Russie or Bois des Iles, but it connotes their type of elegance and sophistication (as does Bal a Versailles). I think this Vamp is one of the finest scents in the Ava Luxe line...(yes, I am shamelessly enabling).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tovah View Post
    It's not as sweet as Indecence but I can definitely see it "related" to Bal a Versailles. It reminds me of a vintage Chanel, too, not that it smells exactly like Cuir de Russie or Bois des Iles, but it connotes their type of elegance and sophistication (as does Bal a Versailles). I think this Vamp is one of the finest scents in the Ava Luxe line...(yes, I am shamelessly enabling).
    I am done for! I find Givenchy Organza Indecence too sweet most of the time except in cooler autumn / winter weather. And I adore the smooth elegance and sophistication of Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles. It is one of the most underrated amber sandalwoods out there. I always wonder why I don't wear it more each time I do wear it but I know I 'ration' myself otherwise many of my other perfumes would never get worn! LOL!

    ::adds Vamp to very long sample list::
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    Gardenia Musk is quite nice, and it brought kai to my mind as well. It's a lighter fresher greener take on gardenia than usual, but not so bursting as kai.

    Today I bravely dumped Tuberose Diabolique on one arm. It's not a buttery, cloying tuberose at all. It reminds me more of a deeper gardenia musk, in fact, with a coconut. It reminds me of the tropical floral note in Chinatown by Bond #9 somehow, though sweeter in a mildly bubblegum kinda way and I seem to get a little mint and a touch of pungent green. I think I like it better than Gardenia Musk.
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