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    Default 3x3 Sniff- LEATHER ROUND!

    BACKROUND:

    I sent out packages to Elf, Lady In Black & Abigail around the time the site shut down. The Italian customs took LIB's package so I had to re-send...unfortunately her Scent B is not the same as Elf & Abigail.

    SCENT A - is the niche scent, long discontinued in this particular concentration.


    SCENT(s) B - easily found on discount sites for under $20.


    SCENT C - is the department store scent.

    :wave: Happy sniffing!
    A.
    Last edited by tinker424; 23rd September 2007 at 02:26 PM.

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    Leather A is far and away my favorite. It reminds me of a hearth in Old Mexico- sitting by the fire in leather furniture, chili, spices, terracotta, bright colors. The first 15 minutes of this is just swooningly gorgeous. I pick up florals (maybe carnation but that doesn't quite fit), a little powder, a lot of spice like cloves and cinnamon, some resins, warm leather. I think a guy could wear this, too.
    Now the down side- it's utterly gone in 30 minutes!!
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    B is much sharper, smells like a men's shaving room, super clean, soapy, Old Spice aftershave. For some reason it reminds me of camping, probably because my father used to use something like this when we went backpacking many years ago! I want to take this scent on a camping trip. Smells kind of military and squeaky clean. Not feminine at all.
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    Leather C has both spices and fruit, and some synthetic components I can't place. It's rather sweet. Clove and cinnamon again, but much sharper and more pungent than the warm, muted spices of A. Stronger florals, even rose perhaps. Some powder in the base. This one's for the ladies. The leather note is extremely light on me.
    Last edited by Elf; 23rd September 2007 at 03:19 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Tinks, thank you for making it a bit less hard for us

    I received my samples recently, so I still have to experience them in depth. I just sniffed a couple of times from the vials...

    I'll take my time and start with

    Sample A
    Colour: very light, pale yellow
    Texture: absolutely no oily residues, in fact it dries so quickly I am led to think it is an EdT or an EdC.
    First impression: a vintage, very chic, and it smells familiar !

    Testing it on the back of my hand. I'll try it again tomorrow morning on a scent-free wrist, cause I fell there's a difference in how scents smell on those two patches of skin
    If there are any fresh topnotes, they are completely lost to me. I smell something dry and green and some spice: galbanum, clary sage, cardamom? The spice segues into the heart, where it is married to maybe jasmine and rose, but ancient and papery smelling, as if they had been dehydrated. A smoked, dry, dark leather appears. The scent warms somewhat in the drydown and becomes more animalic, with a touch of powder (amber?). My general feeling is that of a moderately spicy, unsweet, dry, unisex (I agree, elf!) leather.
    Can't tell about the staying power yet....
    I see a determined, bossy woman in tweeds wearing this scent. But she also wears high heels and red lipstick
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    On A, a very dry jasmine, yes, that's it! I don't pick up the rose, but orris, maybe....

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    Yes, orris could be a possibility, elf! That would account also for the powdery notes. Do you smell the animalic side - is it castoreum, civet, a mix of the two or synthetics in your opinion?

    Sample A is gone now, leaving not even her ghost behind
    From double application to nothing: much less than one hour.
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    Orris it is! Fantastic guess!!
    I'm shocked to read it is not lasting...on me it will last all day & into the next. As a matter of fact I was thinking maybe I should sell it because I find it too clinging
    It was intended to be splashed liberally since it is an EDC.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Sniff- LEATHER ROUND!

    What type of leather does A employ, if any? I know, Elf said it reminds her of furniture leather, and Lady_in_Black smells something animalic. Dry? Boots or gloves?

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    Well jeez! That was fast.

    I have an Orris sample that I haven't worn yet...now reading the descriptions I think I might wear it tomorrow as my sotd.

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    Leather (castoreum), carnation are in the top notes

    Amber & orris are also some listed notes.


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    So, do we send guesses by PM to Tinks? I didn't play in the other rounds ...
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    Applied this morning on wrists, it showed a softer version of itself. However, it still remains rather edgy....
    Is it time to start guessing wildly? I'll go with Tabac Blond...I rummaged through my vintages in the fridge this morning because I wanted to compare with a bottle of TB in its French lotion incarnation. It is remarkably similar!
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    I wanna know, I wanna know! I don't have any leathers at all in my collection (incense gal here), so I haven't a clue!

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    Default Re: 3x3 Sniff- LEATHER ROUND!

    The anticipation is killing me :bounce:

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    You guys haven't been guessing but half of 2 minutes!
    Surely the guessing goes on for longer than this Tink!
    Wolfie made us work our ***** of to guess the Greens!
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    LIB is the winner! It's Tabac Blond EDC

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    Congratulations to the winner and thanks to everyone playing along.

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    That's amazing, I'd decided it was NOT TB because I found a 15ml vial of vintage TB parfum in a little perfumery here, tried it, and they didn't seem at all related. Of course, the vintage vial has gone through at least 2 major heatwaves and it was old then. Ah, well, I may have to go back and try it again....

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    Hey Tinker, you said in your hint that Scent A (which we now know is Tabac Blond) is discontinued in 'this concentration'. What concentration did everyone smell? EdT?

    I have a vial of Tabac Blond (from Renee) and I was almost thinking about this being the Scent A, but then elf's description (Old Mexico, chili, spices) totally threw me. Isn't it funny how everyone's nose smells different. To me (like LadyInBlack) it smells like a badass woman in leather I love it.

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    Congrats Lady in Black!
    I'll do one of my wild stabs in the dark and guess "B" frag is English Leather by Dana. Why? Just because my ex used to wear it.
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    I second that guess, it was on my short list of possibilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    . What concentration did everyone smell? EdT?

    I have a vial of Tabac Blond (from Renee) and I was almost thinking about this being the Scent A, but then elf's description (Old Mexico, chili, spices) totally threw me. Isn't it funny how everyone's nose smells different. To me (like LadyInBlack) it smells like a badass woman in leather I love it.
    It is the old Eau de Cologne in the large 5oz splash bottle that I bought from the ebay seller European Imports (before he was booted for selling decants of vintage scents).

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    Ooops, my spoiling the fun so early was completely unintentional...
    It was a matter of sheer luck and coincidence: Tinks' vial with Tabac Blond EdC and me having a small old bottle of "lotion"!
    Mike and Elf, I tried the present formulation of Tabac Blond and I can say that the EdC and lotion don't smell anywhere similar to it. They are both drier and lack the deeper, "butch-ier" tones of the TB concentrations everyone raves about.
    Very well selected, tinks!

    I took a (bad) picture of my bottle, but at least it should be visible:



    Since elf and I have a different sample "B", I will be describing mine as soon as elf's scent has been guessed!
    Last edited by Lady_in_Black; 24th September 2007 at 06:33 PM. Reason: resized image
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    Default Re: 3x3 Sniff- LEATHER ROUND!

    B: soapy, clean, masculine, Old Spice smell alike, and there was a guess of Dana English Leather.

    Please describe the leather note in this one, Elf: very noticeable or not? dry? when does it emerge: beginning or dry out? Need more impressions of B!

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    A dark, animalic leather leaps out immediately, it is the dominant note. But then that soapy clean note comes through within a few minutes, and the leather fades within about 15 minutes to the background. Then it's mostly soap with a little pungent spice in the. It's not complicated at all, completely masculine, and quite nice, actually, though it's not for my DH because it's such a "grandpa" scent to me.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Sniff- LEATHER ROUND!

    Would you call B an oriental or a chypre?
    Any sweetness at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    B: soapy, clean, masculine, Old Spice smell alike, and there was a guess of Dana English Leather.
    Sounds a good description for what I recall to be SMN Marescialla.

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    Well, it's not like any chypres around currently, so I'd have to say with its slightly sweet, leather spice, it's an oriental. However, the opening is chyprish in a vintage Mitsouko way, but that impression is over in 30 seconds.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Sniff- LEATHER ROUND!

    Post #86 of the Sticky thread revealed that either B "can be found for under $15". It leaves SMN out, I suppose?
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    Just checked it in the Directory, and there are two other Guerlains suggested there in "Members who liked B, also like ....... Shalimar and Vol de Nuit".

    So now we got an Oriental part! But with the Chypre feel! Any greens? Flowers?
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    Default Re: 3x3 Sniff- LEATHER ROUND!

    Were our guesses wrong? Should we keep guessing what Elf's "B" frag is?
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    It's ROYAL SECRET by 5 Star

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