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    Default Neil Morris Fragrances

    Okay, folks -- After being a lurker regarding Neil Morris Fragrances (I've known of him as a Boston-area custom perfumer for years, but couldn't find his stuff commercially nor justify a custom-frag for myself.... Yet...) I recently discovered that he's got a retail line started. So, I'm posting a separate thread for his stuff. Personally, I am hooked!

    Anyone else: www.neilmorrisfragrances.com Sample program is part of the deal. hurrah!


    Below (over the next several days), I'll review each of the scents from his retail line, including the two 'new ones' they're apparently releasing later this spring (one of which is a definite full-bottle for me!). Please, anyone else who's tested Neil Morris' stuff, weigh in here, and let us all know your thoughts!

    Starting with yesterday's SoTD, "Quest," which I've described as one of my newly acquired "comfort scents."

    According to the NMF web site:" Quest is a deep blend that begins with Top Notes of Calabrian Bergamot and fresh Ozone Notes followed by Heart Notes that include Cut Grass and Heliotrope, leading to warm Base Notes of Myrrh, Patchouli and Precious Woods." WOW!!! I love this one. Warm, easy to wear and delicious, IMO. NEED a bottle of this stuff.

    I get lots of frankincense and sandalwood, with subtle grass and lovely woody notes. One very astute BNer described NMF as having a bit of a "sweet tooth," which I agree with (fine with me!), though not entirely, since "Aegean" (which I wore today) is almost completely green and sand notes, though there's still a bit of sweetness. Okay, I'm getting ahead of myself.

    Who else wants to weigh in? Maybe we can get Neil Morris to chat with Grant and do a bigger sample-fest for all of us!!
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    Thank you for the link! Mr. Tinker's credit card just jumped out of his wallet & made a mad dash under the fridge.

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    Thank goodness my eye caught the name Neil Morris over here or I would have continued serenely posting my NM reviews on Female SotD.threads!!

    I will now heroically transfer them to here. (Back of hand to forehead) :bounce:

    Manymany thanks to Comdiva - not only for introducing me to this line but for starting the thread! Maybe we can get him listed in the directory, too - like Purplebird did with Mandini oils???!!!

    Thursday, May3
    : Today, it's another notable Neil Morris - Clear. Linden lovers take note - this may be for you!!

    "Clear is a sparkling, and “Clear” Scent with Top Notes of Pink Grapefruit and Linden Blossom, bracing Heart Notes of Balsam and Mint, and a warm dry down of Cedar and Clean Musk."

    So far, on me, it's pure linden. Not a hint of the grapefruit nor the cedar. But these Morris' have a strange way of developing on me - they'll suddenly turn a corner after a couple of hours and transform into something completely different. Will let you know.

    Meanwhile - it's all seashore to me - slight reminiscence of suntan lotion and damp beach towels and linden-scented ocean breezes. Go figure!!
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    Two days of NMF to update here:

    First, Aegean. Described on the Neil Morris web site as a "sun-drenched Mediterranean fragrance" based on Morris' fantasy of traveling to Greece, the notes listed are: Top notes of mandarin and basil blossom; middle notes: lavender and luscious quince; and base notes that include: sandalwood, benzoin and pearl musk. This is another one I think I need to own -- simultaneously light and intense, with breezy herbal/woody and marine notes on me.

    Aegean starts with a light citrus note on me, though I initially thought it was lime rather than mandarin, must've been the "green" of the basil kicking in (clearly the blossoms, not only the leaves - cool!), then I get cinnamon/peppery note from the lavender and sandalwood --the combination somehow smells like clean, wet sand, and driftwood!

    Yesterday I gave a full wearing to Clear. Initially I couldn't understand why anyone would want to wear a scent that didn't smell like anything. But yesterday was warmer than it's been all spring, and while Clear is very subtle (and hence probably not something I would wear frequently ), it's definitely there, and refreshing, too. Top notes: pink grapefruit and linden blossom; heart notes of balsam and mint; base notes of cedar and clean musk.

    On me, I don't get linden (and don't know exactly what linden smells like) Clear was mostly mint, ozone, and a tiny touch of citrus on a very light sandy base. I'm hoping to wear it again on an even warmer day and see how that goes.
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    For today's Fruity Sniff & Speak I wore Neil Morris Fragrances Coral, which was sent with my sample pack of all six currently available NMF scents (the folks at NMF say Coral will be released on the web site later this spring). No description currently available, but for me it is a tropical fruit bonanza, and while I don't like tropical fruit, this is still a nicely constructed scent, IMO.

    I am flying blind here, but here's what I smelled: an orange/other citrus opening, that almost immediately was accompanied and then overtaken by something that might or might not be passionfruit, then mango/papaya, and coconut! Like suntan oil coconut. I also get some vanilla, palm fronds, possibly sandalwood, and at one point, I swear I smelled lime jello (fleeting).

    To me, Coral is sheer tropics, with lots of palm trees, tropical fruits and suntan oil. Summer vacation (for some) in a bottle!
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    Okay, I seem to be the only person posting here for now, but as promised, here's my take on Afire:

    As expected from the description, Afire is an extremely sweet, elegant gourmand. I found the orange at the opening a little overpowering, but can see how it's needed to balance the caramel/ berries and vanilla to keep them from becoming cloying. As it dries down, the blend is delicious (as with some other intense gourmands, wearing this makes me feel a bit like a dessert - would probably only wear this for a specific occasion, like Valentine's day). No surprise, I prefer Afire once the "foody" sweetness tones down just a bit and the frankincense note comes up.

    Wonderful, but not a "must own" for me.

    Today was my beloved Storm, which I reviewed for the floral Sniff & Speak last month. Storm really blew me away.

    At first I got what I can only describe as watery notes. Then... there are flowers! Everywhere. It's late May or early June, and my skin has transformed into the middle of somebody's flower garden immediately after it's rained, and you can tell that those flowers are wet.

    I would describe it as 'antique flower garden' flowers -- hyacinth and delphinium, maybe some mimosa. Also, a particularly delicious cinnamony patchouli that ends up bringing in a very subtle wet soil base with the occasional civet note. Definitely full-bottle worthy. David (the NMF principal, whom I have been hounding and who is being very gracious about my increasingly demanding questions, even if I *am* getting samples) says "Storm" will be released sometime later this spring. Wonder if we all beg _en masse_ if we can get them to release it sooner rather than later!

    Tomorrow is the last of my sample batch, "Midnight Flower," by which time I hope some others will have tried the scents (or start to) and let me (and others) know their thoughts. Feeling a bit lonely out here!
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    Cath, I discovered this thread by chance! I received my Neil Morris samples eventually and am wearing Coral today. Neil was so nice and sent a description of it also. I hope he does not mind if I write down a citation here: "Top notes of bergamot and pomegranate leading to heart notes of fig and sweet pea lightly touched with Bulgarian rose. The Dry Down involves sandalwood and an incense note (to conjure images of driftwood) and a fresh oceanic musk!"
    A couple of hours into it, the fruit notes still hold, but are less sweet than in the opening and the incense kicked in - almost peppery on my skin - and everything is backed by a saltiness that reminds of sea shores, indeed!

    My suggestion is you start a new thread on the main gals - or guys -fragrance discussion page in a short time. Riannon will also be joining in as soon as she rids herself of that nasty rash
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_in_Black View Post
    My suggestion is you start a new thread on the main gals - or guys -fragrance discussion page in a short time. Riannon will also be joining in as soon as she rids herself of that nasty rash
    Oh baby, you can bet I will join!! Those samples are shouting, crying........
    It is so difficult to wait.
    In the meantime I am enjoying these reviews. So, please, when you start a new thread, transfer these reviews to the new thread?
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    I'm lurking here, sweetie, and reading your thoughts.
    Very interesting.
    So far, I've tried 2, and need to sample more thoroughly.

    The gentlemen are so lovely, it makes you want to adore their scents...
    I find that he loves aquatic and fruit, which are usually not on my favorites list [but I'm in the minority, I'm certain !]
    More sniffing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_in_Black View Post
    .... am wearing Coral today. Neil was so nice and sent a description of it also. I hope he does not mind if I write down a citation here: "Top notes of bergamot and pomegranate leading to heart notes of fig and sweet pea lightly touched with Bulgarian rose. The Dry Down involves sandalwood and an incense note (to conjure images of driftwood) and a fresh oceanic musk!"
    Many thanks for passing along these notes. Coral is one of my favorite NM's - knew there was bergamot in it (bergamot loves me a lot!) and so glad to see the thread got moved over here.

    (Am wondering if we will do for Neil what we did for Serena - she had to close down for a few days to deal with BN orders!!!)
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    So ComDiva and Taolady, when are we planning Neil Morris Week at Basenotes?

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    As promised, I am taking a break from my leather craziness, and am testing Clear today.

    My nose was fooled into smelling a crisp, just-picked-from-the-tree red apple in the opening, so fresh I almost felt the juice run down my chin.
    Then, grapefruit and crushed mint leaves. Neil's fragrance strangely translated into a strong image: a couple of minutes into it, I imagined myself burying my face into my DH's neck and inhaling the cleanliness of skin and a freshly washed and ironed shirt.
    Clear is summery and fresh and happy as can be, conjuring up sunshine, laughter and green lanes.
    Will report later about further development and longevity! :wave:
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    Staying power was not bad at all, at 5-6 hours. All in all, a beautifully fresh scent for hot days!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    So ComDiva and Taolady, when are we planning Neil Morris Week at Basenotes?
    Kinda looks like it already started!!

    Um - you wanna check out his site and see if you want to join in?? Love your reviews (you really livened up Ava Luxe experience) - maybe the guys on the men's side would be interested too??

    You're in charge!
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    I wanted to let everyone know what happened when I ordered my samples. The shopping cart said the shipping (overseas, to Australia) would be $30 (yikes!) and the samples $15, but since I had been celebrating getting my permanent residency with cherry vodka all evening, I apparently didn't see that, so I placed the order.
    This morning I awoke to a mild hangover and an email from someone at Neil Morris' company saying their shopping cart was having conniption fits, the shipping for overseas was all wrong and they would correct it. So don't be afraid to order because of the amount of shipping if you are overseas. (Oh, alright, THEY didn't say conniption fit, cause their mum isn't from Arkansas, probably, but the same general thing,)
    Just to let you all know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lannansidhe View Post
    So don't be afraid to order because of the amount of shipping if you are overseas. (Oh, alright, THEY didn't say conniption fit, cause their mum isn't from Arkansas, probably, but the same general thing,)
    Just to let you all know.
    Lannansidhe, the exact same thing happened to me also but I got the correction and very reasonable shipping charges in the end.

    Today I tested the new Storm, which is not yet released, but David and Neil kindly added it and the equally new Coral to my sample pack.
    Initially I got a similar note to the opening in their Quest and reached the conclusion that this must be Neil's ozone accord. Unlike ComDiva, I didn't get the whole flower experience. Yes, I was smelling a Victorian flower garden - minus the antique roses - but it was like being banned outside its stone walls . The initial ozonic/aquatic note pervaded the scent to the end, and I can't say it is a favourite note of mine. On to another one!
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    Got my samples today.
    I tried a couple and they seemed sort of strange at first, but that could be because my allergies are playing up. I am going to take some Sudafed and then I might actually try to write a genuine review, which I have never done before.
    Be back later.

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    Neil is a sweetheart!

    My sister bought Afire & loves it. I have After the Rain, a clean, fresh but lasting beaute of a fragrance.

    Ask Neil about his India series.......OMG!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RHM View Post
    Neil is a sweetheart!

    My sister bought Afire & loves it. I have After the Rain, a clean, fresh but lasting beaute of a fragrance.

    Ask Neil about his India series.......OMG!!!
    Well, hello, Mamasan !
    He is an angel, and you are right about the India.
    Also, he's working on a lovely new one as well.

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    Do they ship abroad? (Not that I need any more fragrance samples but, well, ya know...

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    I am in Australia and they shipped to me, np. Got here in less than 10 days, too.

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    Hi All!

    I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to review our perfumes. We're overwhelmed by your kind words and look forward to a great relationship with the Basenotes community!

    Fragrant Dreams!

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    Welcome to BN, Mr. Big Man!

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    I read this thread just today--Storm, After the Rain, Midnight Flower--how irresistable! I'll be followeing all the reviews for sure, and my samples are ordered.
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    Enjoy, Shycat !
    Besides talent, Mr. M. is definitely soulful + eyecandy.

    Yes, smooches to you, you lovely Whiffman, you...

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    Someone slap me for taking so long to post here. ComDiva has been so thoughtful in a multitude of ways, and how do I repay her? By dragging my heels for a month.

    I liked Aegean the best amongst the three samples I ordered (I didn't order a wider breadth of frags because my affection for notes has such a limited range) for its clean and uplifting citrus and lavender, which, in tandem with the basil, I suppose, gave me a piney impression. It didn't quite trip my trigger though, and neither did Midnight Flower or Storm. I found someone at MUA who was very excited to swap for them, so I hope all good things work out for everyone. In general, I think I can say Neil has a sweet tooth. If he should conjure a fragrance incorporating strawberry leaves or lemon blossoms and cream, I'd sample again.

    As a graphic designer, I love NM's visual online personality -- the spritzy-looking polka-dots, the clean photos and layout, and Mr. M has a certain charismatic twinkle in his photo, does he not?
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    My samples just arrived! Going to have fun testing these. They came quickly, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chayaruchama View Post
    Enjoy, Shycat !
    Besides talent, Mr. M. is definitely soulful + eyecandy.

    Yes, smooches to you, you lovely Whiffman, you...
    Soulful and eyecandy And making perfumes like this? Since I spent Wednesday in a Neil Morris Frenzy of Sampling (and enjoying every minute of it), this is a most dangerous thing to say

    Shall we share him. Chaya?

    BTW, I hauled BrothaG in as well. I expect him to chime in next week.
    BN is all about sharing :bounce:

    :: oh dear, I feel so much Afire in the Storm::
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riannon View Post
    BTW, I hauled BrothaG in as well. I expect him to chime in next week.
    Yes, yes, yes!! They've hit my mailbox and I'll start test-running straight away Thanks once again, my dear Murdock
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riannon View Post
    Soulful and eyecandy And making perfumes like this? Since I spent Wednesday in a Neil Morris Frenzy of Sampling (and enjoying every minute of it), this is a most dangerous thing to say

    Shall we share him. Chaya?

    BTW, I hauled BrothaG in as well. I expect him to chime in next week.
    BN is all about sharing :bounce:

    :: oh dear, I feel so much Afire in the Storm::
    Absolutely [all puns intended] !
    He is a real beauty, deep-dish apple pie dimples notwithstanding...
    Plenty to go around, BrothaG.

    My personal favorite is a retro module that he's been working on, very sultry.
    Right up my alley [oops !], so to speak.
    Me loves skanky class in my frags....

    Liefs, kindjes !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_in_Black View Post
    My nose was fooled into smelling a crisp, just-picked-from-the-tree red apple in the opening, so fresh I almost felt the juice run down my chin.
    I've just tried this for the first time and I get the same thing! Actually, it reminds me of the green apple soap I used to buy from the Body Shop when I was in my teens. Maybe that's what Linden smells like?

    Got Aegean on the other wrist - getting a lot of citrus with a touch of something marine. Both fragrances seem good quality so far. *thumbs up*

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    I tested a bit of Storm last night--very nice! I was all moving about and didn't give it much attention except when I'd catch a wiff of something good, and then I'd sniff my arm and think, no...it's not Storm...but after a while I realized it was Storm because it followed me everywhere. It was interesting, in that too close up it seemed I lost it, but would then catch it ten minutes later. A floral, cinnamon, patchouli, musk. Too close to my arm the cinnamon ? hides the florals perhaps.
    Please, spritz responsibly.

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    Couple of hours in, Aegean has dried down to a fragrant, slightly musky wood, while Clear is a less appley, more like clean laundry. Nice.

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