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    Jolie Madame??
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    No, sorry.

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    I haven't yet learned to identify castoreum, but I guess that was the "something dirty" I smelled initially.
    As I said, I'm still very much a novice - I wouldn't recognise a lot of the big fragrances (as I demonstrated by failing to recognise Miss Dior - I did smell this once, long ago when I was working on the perfume counter in Boots. I didn't like it, so exiled it from my memory. The ones I bought were Diorissimo and Mitsouko).
    So I guess I got white flowers, sorta.
    I find this one more pleasant than Miss Dior but still nothing I would want to wear.

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    Sonia Rykiel Le Parfum????
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    No, not Sonia Rykiel which is reddish yellow in color, fruitier and has rubbery-dusty smelling moss which brings it into the same family with Femme de Rochas!

    While Miss Dior is dry, cool (no wonder some thought it was Chanel or Lancome O!) and powdery with gentle and soft "retro" feel in the drydown, B is sweet and feels more contemporary, on a good day I get marvellous rose and honeyed tobacco from it! :brolly:

    Please try to answer some of the questions in my post # 30.
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    I guess, I should add that B is a favorite with me, has always been in my top 20 and one of the few fragrances that I have been owning in EdT, EdP and pure perfume. (Taolady, you sent me a bottle of perfume last fall, and please pm me your guess or post your comment here without giving out the identity of B!)

    As a clue, here is the answer to one of the questions I asked last night: purplebird7 has chosen it because it is a very popular chypre and many people have heard of it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post

    Does it smell modern at all? A new chypre like, perhaps, Agent Provocateur? Or, does it smell classy? Or, rather, does it belong to the powerhouse 80's category?
    What images do you get while wearing B?
    Is it possible to be worn by a man?
    Does it smell like anything you had worn before? What is different in B as comapred to the chypres you know?
    If A was selected by purplebird7 as the one closest to the original Chypre de Coty, what do you think was the reason behind B's selection?

    No, neither Balenciaga, nor Rive Gauche.
    It does NOT smell modern (or as they say pink chypre) - no I don't get this...I get more floral chypre. It smells contemporary, not luxury or 80's powerhouse.
    Images: My mom (smile) I mean this in a good way...the nectar of a flower...the color yellow...
    I think B is for a woman - I feel extremely in touch with my feminine side wearing B.
    The difference in B (compared to the chypres I know) is perhaps...an absence of aldehydes to my nose...and maybe a touch of sweetness at the top notes
    I think purplebird chose B because it is a good example of a floral chypre, no?

    I can reapply more TONITE, if Indiscreet doesn't guess it by then. I am at work now and I can't smell like a floral chypre at this very moment.

    Is it Caleche by Hermes?

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    Not Caleche.

    The rose in B is similar to that in L'Arte de Gucci or Coty Rose Jaqueminot, red, lush and opulent.

    Do you guys get any spices? Amber?

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    I just looked at your posts above and realized that you confirmed it does have mimosa...so that asumption I had that to MY nose mimosa smells like heliotrope also goes for Indiscreet's nose too. Glad to see I'm not the only one.

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    Could it be Guerlain's Champs-Elysées?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lievje View Post
    Could it be Guerlain's Champs-Elysées?
    It can't be CE, can it? I thought CE had a little melon in the top notes, and B ain't got no melon.

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    Obviously, I didn't sniff it, I was just trying. But if there's no melon, it's wrong.
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    I just realized that it can't be Knowing, because you already said B was from a French line...my bad.

    Is it Coriandre by Jean Couturier (is that the correct spelling?)?

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    Here's my wild guess: Paloma Picasso?

    It sort of fits with the mimosa and rose, and I maybe could get some tobacco from it if I tried hard ... It sometimes comes off very butch to me, not the softer floral that Mike describes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shadesofbleu View Post
    Here's my wild guess: Paloma Picasso?

    It sort of fits with the mimosa and rose, and I maybe could get some tobacco from it if I tried hard ... It sometimes comes off very butch to me, not the softer floral that Mike describes.
    I doubt it - PP doesn't have orange blossom or mimosa in its 'official notes' - and I think the juice of PP is more goldish - not the pale yellow 'champagne' color of B. Yes PP is a floral chypre, but I don't think its B.

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    We got a winner! Finally! I thought we never will and I did not want to give unnecessary clues, because purplebird7 asked me to concentrate on the notes!

    Congratulations to Shadesofbleu with the correct guess of Paloma Picasso also known as Mon Parfum. Here is what purplebird7 has to say about it:

    Sample B - Paloma Picasso
    Official notes by Paloma Picasso: rose, tuberose, pittosporum, mimosa, plum, melon, marigold, jasmine, clove, bay, orris, lily of the valley, patchouli, orange flower, ylang-ylang, oakmoss, vetiver, sandalwood, amber, musk, vanilla.
    This fragrance was selected because it is the only chypre that most people have ever smelled. Ask most department stores to produce a Chypre, and this is what they offer. Ironically, it is from the 80s and is on its way out, replaced by the new "pink" chypres, which stray far from the intent of the original Chypre de Coty formula. Paloma Picasso insisted upon keeping the formula true to her intent, without relenting to marketing pressure.
    Unofficial notes include bergamot, coriander, hyacinth, angelica, cilantro, citrus, neroli, rosewood, geranium, civit, and castoreum.
    I think this is strongly animalic and would agree that there is civit and castoreum.


    It was my SotD for our Chypre S'n'S and it is the one that only 50 per cent MUAers will buy again, which, technically, means that half people love it and the other half hate it. As for the color, it is different for EdT, EdP and perfume and I am not sure which concentration is B. Personally, I am not too fond of EdP and my choice would be a drop of perfume with a few spritzes of EdT.

    Somehow it is not very cheap with e-discounters, but the good news is that the EdT version could be bought at Marshall's for 19.99 for 30 ml and it often goes on sale there even cheaper than that. Which is not very good news by itself -- are they selling the leftover stock to never replenish it? I do not know, tell us if you do!

    We got C left. If we cannot guess it fairly fast, Taolady will be my backup because I am leaving on vacation early Friday morning to be back in about one week.

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    well done shadesofbleu

    i hope you have a wonderful vacation twolf!

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    Paloma Picasso? That's interesting - I smelled that recently in a department store but it didn't leave much of an impression. I'd heard it was quite full on and dirty, which it wasn't on the paper strip I sniffed. On me I got that initial sense of something not quite nice lurking beneath the surface, but that faded quickly and it was just a fairly tame floral with a greenish dry down. Hmm.

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    Yay for shades! Thanks girl, for proving me wrong.

    Ironically - my mom had a bottle of Paloma Picasso that she hardly ever wore (I think someone gifted it to her) and remember I said that B reminded me of my mom...duh.

    Yeah - and the color was throwing me too...the gold must've been the parfum, and perhaps we're testing the EdT.

    Onto C!

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    The vials are also the reason that the colors DO seem lighter. Those who decant a lot have probably noticed that any particular fragrance appears much darker in the regular bottle than in a sample vial.

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    I guess you're right, Twolf!
    I'll be cracking open C tonight.

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    C -

    Juice is slightly paler yellow than B (not more than a hair...) and top notes are green and floral (both in equal measures).

    Again, a feeling like I've smelled this scent before. Of course, my first scent that came to mind was a non-chypre: that Elizabeth Taylor scent...is it Diamonds or Emerald & Diamonds...but that can't be it. I remember smelling Cabotine and it reminding me of that instantly also...so it must be the florals that are alike.

    The moss in this smells JUST like Cabochard. The top notes smelled like an 'American' scent but the drydown smells very French. I'm confused.

    I don't want to guess yet...until Indiscreet posts her thoughts.

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    If you want my opinion, you are doing very good, Mike! Definitely close to Cabochard, and not by moss only.

    Probably my last post before vacation, I will check in the morning and then try to log on from the library. You are in good hands, Taolady's!

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    I must admit I was a bit rushed last night so only dabbed some on before I got to bed. There was a little "green" at first but it faded quickly. What I got then was overwhelmingly leather. Not saddles or cavalry officer's boots, but posh handbags. I got a little violet too. Violet is something I usually detest because it's often too sweet and reminds me of those horrible parma violet candies you could get in the 70s and 80s. However, it's not sickly in this - it blends into the leather note. (Then again, the fact it doesn't repulse me could mean I'm wrong about the violet - it could be something else giving a violetty impression!)
    Is there mandarin in this?

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    No mandarin, hon', but the rest is all there: non sweet violets and nicely done high quality leather. Way to go, dear Indiscreet, you can do it girl!

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    I wasn't sure on the mandarin - it didn't jump out at me but then I can't smell it in REL either, so it was more a question to rule it out than anything.
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    Edit: Blind stab in the dark - Jolie Madame?
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    Is it Ma Griffe by Carven?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indiscreet View Post
    I wasn't sure on the mandarin - it didn't jump out at me but then I can't smell it in REL either, so it was more a question to rule it out than anything.
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    Edit: Blind stab in the dark - Jolie Madame?
    Some stab!! WE GOT A WINNAH!!! You guys are good!!

    Here's the notes from The Bird:

    Sample C - Jolie Madame

    Official notes by Pierre Balmain: petitgrain, clove, neroli, jasmine, orange flower, violet, tuberose, lilac, oakmoss, patchouli, tobacco, and cedar.

    This fragrance was selected because it is another classic, but one which hardly anyone has ever smelled. More than any other perfume, I think this one deserves a re-launch.

    Everyone, male and female, young and old, reacts positively to it. All that is left is the EDT concentration.

    Unofficial notes include artemesia, gardenia, corriander, jonquil, orris, leather, vetiver, castoreum, and civit.

    I agree that this fragrance has strong leather or tobacco notes.


    Congrats to The Bird (hope she'll be back with us soon - this sucks!) for some great choices - to you sniffers who must have established some kind of record for guessing and especially to Indiscreet who brought down the prey!!!

    I am now going out and get me some Jolie Madame!!
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    Yay! I thought it was by far the nicest of the three. Even though I'm not wild about violet, I love leather, and this was especially leathery. Maybe one for me to investigate further!

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    OMG I logged in for the first time since the Mean n' Green Round, and you guys just guessed the Chypres!
    You guys are AWESOME. You sniffed out the notes and the identies so well.
    BRAVO! I am impressed.
    I hope you enjoyed the samples. Like I said in the beginning, they are "Three You Should Know" meaning, everyone should know these three for their impact on the genre.
    I even missed a thread on the Revenge of Chypres by Magnifiscent.
    (Don't even get me started on the subject of reformulation.)
    Holy moly, you people are teriffic.
    BIG THANKS to Twolf for moderating that for me.
    By the way, I need to buy a whole new computer.
    Bummer.
    That will put a dent in my perfume budget.
    Tried a new motherboard, a new power source, different hard drive, and the Dell is still dead. What has it been? A month now?
    Anyway, great job, everybody.
    Gotta go run to the Chypre thread before I log off.
    Hello to everyone, again.
    Last edited by purplebird7; 6th October 2007 at 02:00 PM.

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    NIce to see you Chris! You did a good job with the three samples. Best of luck with a new computor ...
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