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    Hi Indiscreet, Shycat, Riannon and dearest Chaya!! Thanks for all the thoughtful words! I am humbled by your appreciation of our perfumes.The apple note you're picking up in CLEAR, Indiscreet, could be the combination of Pink Grapefruit and Linden Blossom on your skin. Linden Blossom is a wonderful, fresh scent. It's also called Tilya or tilia.

    Your description of STORM, Shycat, is PERFECT! I love the fact that if you got too close you lost the impact. It's only when you move away that the STORM is upon you!!

    Riannon, I'm happy to share the hugs with you and Chaya. Hugs are lacking in this world and I like to think of my fragrances as "HUG-SCENTS!" MMMM... what's that scent you're wearing? Come closer and give me a hug!

    And Chaya, I adore you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiffman View Post
    Riannon, I'm happy to share the hugs with you and Chaya. Hugs are lacking in this world and I like to think of my fragrances as "HUG-SCENTS!" MMMM... what's that scent you're wearing? Come closer and give me a hug!
    That is Storm, my dear Mr. Morris :: oh, this is tempting::

    My dears, I am, again, bewildered by the thing called bodychemistry.
    ComDiva and LIB, you both mentioned ozonic and/or aquatic in Storm. If there is one note I shy away from, it is ozonic, aquatic, whatever.

    I have tested Storm now four times and....no ozon on me! Absolutely nowhere to be found and believe me, I can smell that one at a distance of ten paces
    The three times I tested before I really got some flowers but at the moment, without a proper sleep for some days, Storm suddenly changed into something I love most: spices, spices and some amber. Yes, maybe deep down hidden there are some flowers as well.
    An almost 'ancient' scent in the very best meaning of the word.

    I think this must be an extreme reaction on my own natural scent. And it is beautiful and comforting.
    Hugging scent? Yes, but in another way at this moment than Neil described. Storm is hugging me, restoring peace.
    This could become one of my favourite 'safety blankets'.

    So remarkable: Storm I wear and storm was in my mind. And suddenly the storm lifts the ship and brings it to a safe haven.
    Shakespeare's 'Tempest' all over again.

    Thank you so much for this gem
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    What an eye-opening experience I've had with Neil Morris' fragrances so far!

    I tested Clear, Quest, Afire and Storm yesterday and especially the first two I found rather appealing. Clear opens with a note of 'bath foam' to me, a very clean and refreshing, slightly floral scent. The drydown is, as Indiscreet mentioned, a lot like clean laundry. I think this makes for a great pick-me-up fragrance or whenever you need to 'recover' from spicy, oriental fragrances.

    The initial spray of Quest gave me a lot of cinnamon for some reason, a spicy burst that settled down into sensual flowers and a warm, dry base. Definitely something I'd like to wear often.

    Afire really had an extraordinary opening to me. It reminded me a lot of this 'fireball' candy I used to have, I can't really explain it. Later on it turns rather sweet, a little too much for my liking, but still a good gourmand fragrance.

    I've not had the chance to give Storm a really good try, but my first impression was that it's very multi-faceted, floral but slightly dark, maybe even a little powdery. It must have many faces given Riannon's experience.

    And last but not least, I gave Coral a try today. I'm afraid this isn't really my cup of tea. As ComDiva mentioned, it's certainly heavy on the fruit and sweetiness, giving you the whole tropical island experience. Not something I'd want to wear but despite that, you can tell it's a decent composition.

    Will try more in the following days .
    Keep up the good work, Neil! It's been a pleasure to meet with your scented offerings.

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    Big update, I just sprayed on Aegan, citrus galore!! Absolutely wonderful. I was lusting for a little refreshment with the hot weather we're in here and this is just what I needed. Reminds me of the time when I fell for Eau d'Hadrien. Neil may have not been to Greece yet, but he has evoked the cool mediterranean vibe with great accuracy. Definitely subject to a full wearing soon!
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  4. #34

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    I'm trying Storm now and, like Riannon, I don't get any ozone, which is good because, also like Riannon, I don't care for it. What I get instead is a lush floral - it reminds me a little of a scent called Rainflower my best friend used to wear when we were kids (12-13 years or so). I have no idea who made it and it's not in the directory but it had a similar wet flower vibe going on. I'm not actually sure what flowers I'm smelling - my nose isn't that good yet. There's something in the top - hyacinth or narcissus maybe? Maybe iris. *scratches head* And there's definitely something "dirty" underneath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indiscreet View Post
    - it reminds me a little of a scent called Rainflower my best friend used to wear when we were kids (12-13 years or so). I have no idea who made it and it's not in the directory but it had a similar wet flower vibe going on.
    I did a little search on your Rainflower and I am almost certain it was a scent from Boots.
    Fitted perfectly with your age and country
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    Ah yes, might well have been! I remember it being nice. She graduated to Anais Anais and L'Air de Temps, while I went for Diorissimo and then Mitsouko. I still have the Mitsouko, of course!

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    Okay, gang, we have an Ava Luxe week going on in October, and the guys are considering a "scent synchronization day" also in October.

    I would like to suggest a "Neil Morris Day" for ALL Basenoters in early November... Your choice of any one of the 6 (plus Storm and Coral) NMF now in production, and/or perhaps Mr. Morris would offer a couple of samples of his "vault" scents if we ask nicely.

    Please, Neil?!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ComDiva View Post
    Okay, gang, we have an Ava Luxe week going on in October, and the guys are considering a "scent synchronization day" also in October.

    I would like to suggest a "Neil Morris Day" for ALL Basenoters in early November... Your choice of any one of the 6 (plus Storm and Coral) NMF now in production, and/or perhaps Mr. Morris would offer a couple of samples of his "vault" scents if we ask nicely.

    Please, Neil?!?
    Great idea sis! I've been eyeing my Aegean and Quest samples and saving them for a special occassion!!

    Let's do it! How about the second Saturday in November??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Great idea sis! I've been eyeing my Aegean and Quest samples and saving them for a special occassion!!

    Let's do it! How about the second Saturday in November??
    Works for me!

    Mike, can you post this on the Men's board, and Moderator, can we please have a sticky? Either board, whichever makes the most sense, or is easiest!

    I'd love to see participation from all interested!
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    Works for me. I still have mine, though some are almost empty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComDiva View Post
    Works for me!

    Mike, can you post this on the Men's board, and Moderator, can we please have a sticky? Either board, whichever makes the most sense, or is easiest!

    I'd love to see participation from all interested!
    Will do (post on the mens board). HEY! Sticky needed here!!! :wave:

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    I am also in, dear BearSis Wonderful idea!

    After all it was you who drove me in the welcoming arms of Neil Morris

    There is still enough in the samples and I now will guard them like a hawk.
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    I got my samples last month and have put Afire and Midnight Flower into my current rotation. I LOVE the way these scents have 3 distinct phases. And the dry downs are super-yummy. For a newbie nose - these scents are very educational.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComDiva View Post
    Okay, gang, we have an Ava Luxe week going on in October, and the guys are considering a "scent synchronization day" also in October.

    I would like to suggest a "Neil Morris Day" for ALL Basenoters in early November... Your choice of any one of the 6 (plus Storm and Coral) NMF now in production, and/or perhaps Mr. Morris would offer a couple of samples of his "vault" scents if we ask nicely.

    Please, Neil?!?
    Awesome idea! I'm in
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    ok mike recruited me, and i'm definitely game here... but i haven't had a chance to do any investigation on Neil's site.

    any suggestions for little ol' hot weather me? tend to shy away from too sweet/gourmand or too (white) flowery, tend to really be into quailty citrus, vetiver, (lately) rose, olibanum, older barbershop-type frags

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    Quote Originally Posted by rentboy View Post
    ok mike recruited me, and i'm definitely game here... but i haven't had a chance to do any investigation on Neil's site.

    any suggestions for little ol' hot weather me? tend to shy away from too sweet/gourmand or too (white) flowery, tend to really be into quailty citrus, vetiver, (lately) rose, olibanum, older barbershop-type frags
    I'd say go for Aegean, Quest and/or Coral, and if you get a chance, get onto Neil's site and e-mail the man himself about whether he could recommend one or two from his "vault" for you to try. I'm willing to bet he'll find something for you in time for the NMF Day!

    I do find the frags to run on the sweet side, but especially if you specify non-sweet, I bet you'll get something that fits the bill.
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    Will do, thanks ComDiva!

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    I hope no one gets mad at me, but I am feeling ready to order some Neil Morris samples. This thread is pretty old, and I'm thinking that a lot of you have likely tried some of these fragrances within the last year.

    What are your favorite Neil Morris fragrances? Which ones would be "must try" for a newbie to the line?

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    I just got some samples, too. My two favorites so far are Gotham and Le Parfum d'Odette. I must admit, though, I have not spent nearly enough time with them.

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    Haunani - that is tough to answer. His scents are SO wide-ranging. But I've got to tell you - I just sampled 5 new ones that aren't on his website yet, and I'm about to put the reviews out on my blog in my next post. Maybe I'll go ahead and do it tonight.

    I'll tell you - I can't pick one out for you, because they're just so different. You'll see. The one I'm ordering next is called Midnight Forest. It's really nice.

    The two Asha mentions are among his most popular. But I REALLY want to try the one he did for Takashimaya.

    What are a couple of rough types of scents that you're into right at this moment? That might help me narrow it down.
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    Burnt Amber, Gotham, Gandhara, Rose Kali and Cafe for me.
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    Thanks Asha, RP and Mudassir. I was just reading the reviews and lists of notes for the ones in the BN directory, and the following ones sound possibly interesting to me:

    Spirit of Water?
    Burnt Amber?
    Dark Season?
    Dark Earth
    North Woods?
    Gotham
    Hologram?
    Hula (on principle, LOL)
    Intimate Vanilla?
    Midnight Moon?
    Midnight Sea?
    Moulin Rouge?
    October
    Quest?

    I like fragrances that smell like the ocean, salt, the earth, amber, some incense, green plants, "watery" flowers, spices, and woods.

    I do NOT like fragrances with certain aldehydes, really indolic florals, sweet fruits, chocolate, or that smell "old-fashioned".

    Any Neil Morris recs based on those preferences?

    Thank you - there are so many on the website, I'm a bit overwhelmed!

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    His scents are truly magnificent;
    Gandhara is gorgeous
    Afire is a treasure
    Prowl is one of my all time favorite scents, (and if you know my wardrobe, this is saying a lot for it!)
    Fetish is exotically delish
    Zephyr is not a scent for me to wear, but I am so enamored of it I just adore it. I could just smell the bottle all day.
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    Thanks, Brielle. I just read RP's blog reviews, and these sound interesting, too:

    Vanille Rose?
    City Rain?
    Rumi?
    Midnight Forest
    Vapor?
    Red Sky

    And I just realized that I already have a sample of Prowl to try, thanks to Aiona!

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    I just found this thread and I don't care if anyone gets mad at me for bumping it up, lol-I have to know! My question is this, and I've asked Red as well: I am into tempestuous, heavy-breathing scents, no light and airy ones for me. Which Neil Morris scents would evoke the "vixen" to you all? I'm looking to buy a few samples (for women) from his line and don't know where to start. I read the notes and all I get is blah blah blah because I'm not good at putting fragrance notes into action in my brain. I can read it, but still not get what it actually would smell like, if you know what I mean. I need a very literal description. Someone help! I want to know which of them to order a sample of.

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    Burnt Amber is a great one. It is total truth in advertising. Strong, strong, strong. But you must REALLY love amber to handle it. I use a dark beer analogy for many of Neil's scents, and I think that's especially true here.

    North Woods is just amazing pine, but again, very, very strong. I think it's great.

    Hula is actually damn good. I almost bottled on that one, but went with Flowers for Men: Rose instead. It was a tough decision. My 3-word description is pineapple sport cologne, but that's not really fair, because it's what a sport cologne SHOULD be, not what they are. It's a strange mango/papaya/something scent that lasts and lasts.

    I think you might like Red Sky or City Rain, too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Haunani View Post
    Thanks Asha, RP and Mudassir. I was just reading the reviews and lists of notes for the ones in the BN directory, and the following ones sound possibly interesting to me:

    Spirit of Water?
    Burnt Amber?
    Dark Season?
    Dark Earth
    North Woods?
    Gotham
    Hologram?
    Hula (on principle, LOL)
    Intimate Vanilla?
    Midnight Moon?
    Midnight Sea?
    Moulin Rouge?
    October
    Quest?

    I like fragrances that smell like the ocean, salt, the earth, amber, some incense, green plants, "watery" flowers, spices, and woods.

    I do NOT like fragrances with certain aldehydes, really indolic florals, sweet fruits, chocolate, or that smell "old-fashioned".

    Any Neil Morris recs based on those preferences?

    Thank you - there are so many on the website, I'm a bit overwhelmed!
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    Thanks, RP. This will help me narrow down my sample order!

    Interesting about HULA. Is it really pineapple-y, or more mango and papaya? I ask because I spent three of my teen-aged summers working in a pineapple cannery. Not one of my favorite smells!

    P.S. I do like dark beer, so that's encouraging. And amber is good. Wearing Blue Amber to bed tonight. Delish!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TaraYvonne View Post
    I just found this thread and I don't care if anyone gets mad at me for bumping it up, lol-I have to know! My question is this, and I've asked Red as well: I am into tempestuous, heavy-breathing scents, no light and airy ones for me. Which Neil Morris scents would evoke the "vixen" to you all? I'm looking to buy a few samples (for women) from his line and don't know where to start. I read the notes and all I get is blah blah blah because I'm not good at putting fragrance notes into action in my brain. I can read it, but still not get what it actually would smell like, if you know what I mean. I need a very literal description. Someone help! I want to know which of them to order a sample of.
    My darling, you naughty vixen you. I like your style, it is the same for me. I would suggest either; Fetish or Gandhara as a great starting point. Prowl is also a great one I just tried.

    Gandhara is a lovely exotic scent. When I wear this I feel like I am an Indian princess, veiled and discreetly weaving my way through the markets, and the bazaars. I am surrounded with exotic spices, incenses, exotic fruits, and those earthy smells that are in the faraway places of the world. At the same time, someone has just given me a small bunch of exotic flowers that smell ever so luscious, but the spicy earthiness keeps the flowers from lifting me too far away from my adventure; they lighten my spirit yet I am firmly ensconced in my exotic surroundings.

    Fetish is a fabulous scent which makes me think of being in a harem, whether in Arabia or somewhere else there is a sense of forbidden pleasure I associate with it. It makes me think of a time and a place far away in time where a fragrance was meant to evoke the aroma of passion and excitement. It is as if someone gave you free reign with some of the most aromatic exotic ingredients and you could use them with abandon. It makes me think of Marguerite de Navarre, Mata Hari, women who had the power to seduce, and made no qualms about it. If I wear this I feel lusty.

    Prowl is another scent I just adore, I find it is done in the grand tradition, with a lot of body, a lot of personality and a lot of excitement. It makes me feel like I am in a different time, when women would put on a beautifully fitted dress, gloves, and a fabulous jacket; hair would of course be perfectly coiffed and fetching. Men at a party could not help but to want you, and envy your husband; who would expect less. It is a femme fatale fragrance.
    Hope this helped, good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TaraYvonne View Post
    I just found this thread and I don't care if anyone gets mad at me for bumping it up, lol-I have to know! My question is this, and I've asked Red as well: I am into tempestuous, heavy-breathing scents, no light and airy ones for me. Which Neil Morris scents would evoke the "vixen" to you all? I'm looking to buy a few samples (for women) from his line and don't know where to start. I read the notes and all I get is blah blah blah because I'm not good at putting fragrance notes into action in my brain. I can read it, but still not get what it actually would smell like, if you know what I mean. I need a very literal description. Someone help! I want to know which of them to order a sample of.
    I think you're in good hands with Brielle.

    Neil has lots of power scents - you've come to the right place. Not every person can or will wear Black Orchid, and not every person can or will wear Neil Morris. I like Tom Ford Extreme and Yatagan - you can see why I'm here. But even then, I'm not made of the stuff to wear his stronger scents.

    If you ever channel Morticia of the Addams Family, or wear all black, or all purple, or like to be mysterious, then Spectral Violet is worth checking out. It's like violets and limestone. Not lime - limestone. It's very, very strong. My wife was horrified by it, but I thought it was extremely interesting. My two favorite violet scents at the moment are probably Les Météorites and Spectral Violet.

    Good luck in your hunt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haunani View Post
    Thanks, RP. This will help me narrow down my sample order!

    Interesting about HULA. Is it really pineapple-y, or more mango and papaya? I ask because I spent three of my teen-aged summers working in a pineapple cannery. Not one of my favorite smells!

    P.S. I do like dark beer, so that's encouraging. And amber is good. Wearing Blue Amber to bed tonight. Delish!!!
    Great question about Hula. Personally, I think it's more like pineapples. But nobody else seems to think that. Everybody says something else. So I would say choose this one at your own risk, if you don't love pineapple. I would say in your case, that sampling is a must.
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