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    Default 3x3 Blind Sniff; Round 2 "Mean'n'Green"

    Now that the identities of samples A, B and C for Round One are revealed, our Round Two sniffers -- Sudsy, smelly dolly and purplebird7 -- can start .... sniffing and post their impressions about the samples in "Mean'n'Green" category. The rest of the community is cordially invited to participate as well, making their guesses as well as posting their questions/hints about the fragrances so that we all can figure out WHAT is inside the vials.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff; Round 2 "Mean'n'Green"

    Mean N'Green - time to slip into a more appropriate avatar!! :brolly:
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    Okkkkk... now that I'm in comfortable attire ... I will start my thoughts on "A" scent.
    (Some of these thoughts are from about a week or so ago, and some are current.)

    - The juice is watery not oily, and out of the 3, is the only one that actually is green. A very pale minty coloured green.
    The juice colour is very similar to the juice in my vial of Roseberry de Rosine, but not as dark as the juice in my DH's bottle of Guerlain Vetiver.
    The juice in "A" doesn't smell like either of those scents.

    - In the bottle (vial) it smells a sweet green but not overly sweet.

    - First application to my inner arm gives a mini blast of delicate tangy lime, perhaps a little vetiver. It's a little soapy, a bit tea scented. There is a distinct scent that reminds me of something, but I just can't put my finger on it.

    - I like it, it's fresh & clean smelling.

    - DH just put some of "A" on. The whole office smells lovely! Citrusy; limey on a Limey!!
    To my nose it smells more male oriented than female. I'd buy it; for HIM!
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff; Round 2 "Mean'n'Green"

    Believe it or not, I get the same set of notes from sample A, including tea!

    Herbal?
    Optimistic or sad?
    Leaves? Stems?
    Flowers?

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    I first applied "A" at 11 a.m.

    At 11:15 a.m. it seemed more soapy than the initial scent implied.

    12:45 p.m. the scent on my arms was fading a bit but the scent I'd applied to my upper chest was still pungent & starting to give me a scratchy throat.
    What this tells me is that I would have to wear this scent from afar.
    This has happened to me with a few other 'fumes. I specifically remember FLOWERBOMB & Chanel's ALLURE doing this to me.
    What ingredient specific to all three of these frags is giving me this reaction

    4:30 p.m. and "A" is still with me on my chest and I'm toughing it out for science sake. LOL! Not really that bad, but I wouldn't put it there again.
    The longer I have it on, the more I get the limey greeny smell, the tea, soap, etc. is all gone.
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    Woah sudsy, interesting...though I am even more a flop with green scents than I am with white florals .
    Looking forward to other impressions
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff; Round 2 "Mean'n'Green"

    There was one other thing I wanted to do on this thread just to show you all the work & planning our Wolfie goes to for our enjoyment.

    The darling little SCENT bag that my Mean N'Greens came in:

    I just love it Mlle Twolf!!
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    That is SO great - thanks to YOU Suds for taking the time to shoot and share....we really have got to erect some sort of statue for Wolfie. She is the BEST.

    Meantime - I haven't a clue as to what you're wearing but it sure sounds interesting!! Was gonna check the notes for FlowerBomb and Allure and then got lazy(ier).....

    THEN I started to think and went scampering upstairs to check my Royall Lyme....which is Bay Rhum (and great too) but I'm thinking they also do a Lyme......
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    You may be on to something Tao!
    Wish some of the guys would help us out too.
    Wasn't rentboy going to order some of the ROYALL collection?
    Seems to me he was talking about it on the EM board.
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff; Round 2 "Mean'n'Green"

    Quote Originally Posted by Sudsy View Post
    Wasn't rentboy going to order some of the ROYALL collection?
    Seems to me he was talking about it on the EM board.
    He was - that's how come I got the Bay Rhum. Le's's hound him!
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    Careful with that gun ... we don't want to hurt him, just get info out of him!!
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    This is terrible: Over the Labor Day holiday, we unplugged the computer and pulled the carpet out of the computer room to tile the floor. I plugged it back in this morning, and the hard drive promptly crashed.

    I am at my son's school, in the library, on the computer.
    Fortunately, I printed my analysis on hard copy.
    I am typing it into this computer.

    Sample A: Pretty, pale emerald color
    Sample B: Pale pink-yellow
    Sample C: Pale green-yellow
    No oils. All low viscosity.

    O.K. I thought this was going to be easier, but there are no "gimmies" here.
    I would recognize some green perfumes: No. 19, Private Collection, Aliage, Chamade, AA Mentafollia, maybe even Virgilio. I go through my mental list of "nots" as in "not this, and not that," and I come up short on names, because I have limited experience with green fragrances.

    A has fruity topnotes. Apple? Sweet but sharp. Pepper? Herbs? I don't believe I have smelled this fragrance before. Any floral note eludes me. Lotus, maybe? Green tea? I'm guessing that this is a newer fragrance. Smells clean, wet, spare, Zenlike. I bet this is a modern, niche fragrance. In the end, the fruitiness exits completely, leaving the peppery green note. This is not something that you would normally find in my collection. I am at first tempted to guess Bulgare The Vert because it is minimalist, but this sample lacks those jasmine plus lemon notes, so I dismiss my first guess. Side-by-side comparison with Miller Et Bertaux Green, Green, and Green reveals similarities but fails to be an exact match--Sample A is even less sweet. Based on the pretty blue-green color and the unusual, sharp, possibly herbal notes, I will guess Nanadebery Green, which I have never smelled. This fails to account for the "apple" opening, but maybe it is supposed to be their idea of basil. It does not smell natural to me.

    B is woody, floral, rich, sweet. Spices are in this one. Leafy topnotes. Linden? Cilantro? Very pretty. Emerging floral now. Jasmine? Orange blossom? Strong spiciness. Clove? Coriander? Base finally opens up, and it is woody. This perfume is gorgeous. This fragrance smells particularly good on me, so I bet there is patchouli and/or sandalwood in it. This formula smells like it comes from a bigger house with money and staff for research and development. It seems to be too sophisticated to be mainstream. I'm going to make a guess based on the spiciness alone. Although I have never smelled it before, is it Coriandre? Lovely fragrance altogether--my favorite of the bunch.

    C is lemon, orange, and amber--citrus and sweetness at first. Vintage feel. Contrasting but integrated notes. I am tempted to call this a chypre. As the citrus fades, a flower becomes more pronounced. Hyacinth? Honeysuckle? This fragrance makes me look for Chamade, but it lacks the sweet powderiness. It is drier. Vetiver? Dispite the sweet citrus beginning, it ends up unsweet and extremely herbal. Rosemary? Based on that charactertistic and the nostalgic feeling, I'm going to guess O de Lancome, which technically makes it a department store fragrance. However, it does not imply that this is mundane. This fragrance is a departure from the usual offerings, which is why I think it is an old formula. If it is a new perfume, it certainly is retro.

    Now, dear people, I bid you adieu.
    I have to come back tomorrow and check your response, Twolf.
    And I cannot keep using this computer daily.
    Please excuse me for not being able to communicate properly.

    I have bought four computers for a total of $11,000 in my lifetime.
    Here I am, loath to buy another one when they cost $3,000 and last five or six years. With monthly Internet fees, the cost comes to $1,100 per year for the privilege of owning one.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff; Round 2 "Mean'n'Green"

    LOL! All three sniffers in "Mean'n'Green" round got the same packaging for their smellies -- a little linen bag with herbal print and the name of the round stitched on it, and a plastic sprig of rosemary attached to the draw string. Thanks for going through the trouble of posting it here, Suds.

    The name of the scent/house have not been mentioned yet. Leave rentboy be please, there are more limes and tea and no rum in it, neither was any of the Royall line of fragrances used for Round 2. Might the scratch have been caused by cheap ingredients, esp. alcohol?

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    The response above was posted before I saw purplebird7's post. Sorry darling and thank you for going through the trouble and posting your impressions outside of the comfort of your own PC! I appreciate it very very much!

    Of course all of your descriptions are accurate! To crown it all, you got the identity of O de Lancome figured out -- it is an older version, a bottle comes from my southren friend (again, from the South of Norway, that is!). So, C was a department store chypre, Lancome O (with the roof "crown" over it).
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff; Round 2 "Mean'n'Green"

    CONGRATULATIONS to PURPLEBIRD7

    Great sleuthing - and smashing descriptions/reviews!! Way to go, girl!! (scuttles back to ponder other descriptions/reviews.....)
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    Ah, beautiful bird, did I tell you that I likelikelike (:wave: Taolady!) your style. All three samples reviewed, straight to the point and...wham - there she goes and sniffs out one correctly . Congrats!

    Purplebird seems to place both A and B in the traditional ladies' scents realm - do the other blind sniffers agree?
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    Salutations everyone!
    Here goes - sample 'A' - I definitely agree with Sudsy and Lady in Black, that this scent has 'tea notes', though it is not my 'cup of tea' (haha) because I found it's evaporation rate on my wrist to be alcoholicy/aldehydee (poor grammar), though it did warm to a 'peppery' note. I am wondering if it is a masculine scent? It reminds me of a softer version of Gucci pour homme and is a little tobaccoish and animalic?
    Look forward to responses
    Smelly dolly xxxx

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff; Round 2 "Mean'n'Green"

    :wave: Congratulations purplebird7 ... very good!

    So then we don't even have to smell our green "C"s now!
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    CLEVER LITTLE BIRDIE PURPLE BIRD - CONGRATS! Sample 'B' - gardenia, tuberose, petitgrain, pine, warming later to cloves, carnation or hyacinth?? A little like 4711 Muhlens?
    Love smelly dolly

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff; Round 2 "Mean'n'Green"

    Thanks for your reviews, dear sniffers!

    OK, back to sample A. No, it is not masculine and not Nanadebary Green; it is in the Directory, although under its old name. It has been relaunched in 2003 in new packaging and with a slightly different name, but there is not a single word about the relaunch in the Directory (personally I have never had a chance to test the old version!), neither are the notes listed, and I would suspect it is for men and women both.

    What about A's drydown? Musky? Woody? Musty? Mossy? Perceptable at all?
    What gives it a green feel: green citrus, stems, roots, leaves, sweet grass, combination of them?
    How is the longevity?
    Does it produce any sillage ot sits close to skin?
    If you were to buy it, what would be your absolute max to pay for, say, 100 ml of EdT?
    Would you buy it at all (we all know there are some scents out there that we do not need even free)?
    Do you think you would enjoy the whole line of A, including shower gel and a lotion (they DO exist, I have seen them)?
    What are the situations where A seems appropriate: outdoors, office, romantic dinner, etc?

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    Some responses to your probing questions Twolf - I wouldn't wear 'A' for night myself, but can almost smell the hay in a Goldfields paddock on a pre-storm Autumnal day with the sweet after - smell of dry grass after rain.
    Longevity not great.
    Makes me feel a bit 'wild' like a humid windy day.

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    You certainly have a great nose, Purplebird. I fear I have a lot to live up to when it's my turn to do the sniffing!

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff; Round 2 "Mean'n'Green"

    "B" Mean N'Green thoughts:

    Very pale golden yellow juice, not oily.
    Initially astringent, medicinal smell. I don't like it!
    There is something underneath the green, something like cloves that initially takes my breath away.
    Dry down is a bit soapy. It smells more male than female to my nose.
    I will insert a few guesses:
    L'Insolent by C.Jourdan
    Mania (original) by G.Armani
    Hugo by H.Boss
    As it dries it gets more and more creamy. It eventually mellows down into a delicate creamy lotion smell, but I'm still not that thrilled with it.
    There seems to be something interesting and complicated about it, even a smell I know but can't identify on the dry down.
    It's just not for me.
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    Thanks, everybody!
    Oh goody! At least my scent-memory has passed the test.
    O de Lancome is the only one of the three samples that I have smelled before.

    Sorry, many sorries, that I revealed the identity of Sample C so quickly and ruined the guessing for the rest of you. I would have held off until everyone got to it, but (as you know) I don't know when I will get to use a PC next. I can't keep using the school PC.

    Indiscreet: You are my only Chypre sniffer so far. (Where are my other volunteers?) You should get your samples in the mail this week (maybe next week due to Labor Day.) Don't worry--you probably will guess them. I title it: Three Chypres You Should Know. And by that, I mean everybody who loves perfume should make themselves familiar with these, because they represent what is good about the entire genre--since the genre is now being gutted by IFRA regulations.

    Now, before I sign off for the day until ???, I will try to answer Twolf's questions:
    Sample A
    Drydown: I get an almost incensy drydown. It is airy, almost smoky. So I will guess it is cedar.
    Longevity: topnotes gone, entire fragrance shifts from fruity to woody, airy, possibly some type of chemical musk, but papery, not warm and animalic.
    Sillage: Light, airy
    Cost: Don't like it, wouldn't buy it.
    Situation: Home, outdoors, casual not romantic.

    But what about that "apple" topnote?
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff; Round 2 "Mean'n'Green"

    Thanks to everybofy for sniffing and putting your thoughts on the screen. More hints: there is a word "Tea" in the name of fragrance A.

    Personally I do not feel apple or lotus, but there is some chemical sweetness to it in the beginning, and we all know that these two notes are very hard to implement without making the fragrance too synthetic or too watery, and these two last qualities are obvious in A. Also not my favorite, but I use it in the summertime when I can't think of anything else lighter and airier for running errands and working in the garden. Seems like it is one of the House's bestseller, since their tangerine-based or juniper-based fragrances did not get re-launched.

    Any wild guesses? Thoughts? Comments?

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    Aromatic morning to all,

    Is it one of Elizabeth Arden's 'Tea' ranges? Possibly Spiced Green Tea?

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff; Round 2 "Mean'n'Green"

    Well, I got all excited because WolfLady has allowed her 'drobe to be viewed again, and I snooped and saw Lily Prune Fizzy Tea (gotta love the name) and figured I was home free - 'til I read the reviews.

    Oh well.
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff; Round 2 "Mean'n'Green"

    Quote Originally Posted by Taolady View Post
    Well, I got all excited because WolfLady has allowed her 'drobe to be viewed again, and I snooped and saw Lily Prune Fizzy Tea (gotta love the name) and figured I was home free - 'til I read the reviews.

    Oh well.
    She was just taunting us

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff; Round 2 "Mean'n'Green"

    No correct guesses yet.

    OK, guys, A, as you have possibly thought, is a mass market fragrance and is sold as a bodyspray in big 8oz. plastic bottles for around $7.00, available in the USA at every Kroger, Walgreen's and Walmart. Please pay attention next time you go grocery shopping!
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff; Round 2 "Mean'n'Green"

    Well.... "in the USA at every Kroger, Walgreen's and Walmart."
    Hmmm....that sort of didn't help me Wolfie dear.
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    OT: What? There is no Walmart where you live?

    Just kiddin', sorry. We do not shop at Wally World either! Anyhow, it is produced under Coty's umbrella, however the House exists in the Directory all by itself.

    That leaves us with sample B as niche!

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    Is it the Green Tea line from the Healing Garden?

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