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    Default 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    All three sniffers - Niemand, Squeezeweasel and Thrax have received their samples and are rarin' to go! You rose lovers/wearers keep a close eye and join in the fun.
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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    First of all, Thanks to the person that gave me the rose bud....

    First testing......of Sample A.

    - Color: Looks Clear but it's actually a very faint pink.
    - Very oily, believe it's an EDP but the sillage and longevity is more like an EDT.
    - I think it's Unisex, that's because I think most scents can be wearable by either sex, but it leans more on the feminine side.
    - It's not complex at all, I get 5-6 different notes with one really overpowering note, probably a simple note pyramid.
    - Topnotes: smells really sharp and very similar to nail polish.
    - Middlenotes: Gets slightly sweeter, but this is no where near a sweet scent I get the rose in this phase and then it vanishes. Possibly violet here as well (don't know).
    - Notes that I can detect (probably entirely wrong, not good at this): Anise seed, lavender, jasmine, flower notes, violets, maybe some blossom note. *confused*
    - Not soapy at all, but very close smelling to Ivory soap IMO or some sort of bath and body soap stuff.

    Hard to describe, might have to test it out a bit more, but its no where near sweet (no vanilla), woody (no sandalwood, wood notes, etc..) or spicy...possibly slightly floral + sweet, some flower notes ?????

    Very sharp...reminds me of some sort of scented nail polish...very airy transparent slightly sweet floral smell to me.

    BTW, if I didn't know this was a niche, I would have thought it was a designer or drugstore scent...Sorry!
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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    What a great beginning Niemand! :bounce: (Love a guy who jumps right in!!) And I apologize one more time for revealing the categories of A, B and C. Niemand is of course reviewing A. (Kinda hoped the silk roses would protect the vials!! Glad you liked.)

    Interesting that the rose note(s) didn't last for you. Light rose? Or deeper, do you think. (A sort of hint - this is a relatively new house that got quite a bit of play on the ladies boards when it debuted.. It is NOT in the Directory but like I said - several of the women and at least one guy have reviewed the line and this scent.) You say that you think it's unisexy - does it seem modern or does it have "classic" hint. Does it remind you of any rose that you like or have worn. (You're right on with the violets!)

    Darn! It's time to go to bed!!
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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    Quote Originally Posted by Taolady View Post
    Interesting that the rose note(s) didn't last for you. Light rose? Or deeper, do you think. (A sort of hint - this is a relatively new house that got quite a bit of play on the ladies boards when it debuted.. It is NOT in the Directory but like I said - several of the women and at least one guy have reviewed the line and this scent.) You say that you think it's unisexy - does it seem modern or does it have "classic" hint. Does it remind you of any rose that you like or have worn. (You're right on with the violets!)
    I honestly don't think it's mostly composed of roses, but I may be wrong, I don't get too much rose in this one...Top and then Middle, but it's almost completely gone when you get to the base after a couple of hours.

    When I smell it, I think a man or a women can pull off wearing it, that's because I'm very open, so that's why I think it's Unisex, but on the other hand I wouldn't be surprised if it was just marketed to women, because it smells more feminine to me.

    Definitely has a classic character to it, at first I thought it was one of the older Guerlain scents, but at the same time, it smells a bit modern..but not so such....possibly a split between.

    It reminds me mostly of Montale's Aoud Damascus...because they are both very simple rose scents. They aren't complex in composition. Sample "A" opens up with a brief sharp note, but it stays very similar to the end.

    LOL at only get the violets right, after listing all those notes, I know I have a bad nose.

    EDIT: tested this out again, the topnotes aren't as sharp as before, mostly rose..and maybe some light citrus notes in there as well (???).
    Last edited by Niemand; 10th October 2007 at 04:40 AM.

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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    Thoughts on A as I sniff, my silk rose behind my ear:

    Pale yellow juice - perhaps a little pink to it, and I suspect a full bottle might look a very pale pink.

    I'm getting lots of rose and some violet. The opening's quite sharp, but not exactly citrusy, and reminds me of Paris. The Paris feeling's gone by the time it hits the middle, where I'm getting apple blossom and a little powder.

    I'm waiting for some musk in the base, which would deepen the scent and round it out - its top continues to be very loud. No musk is appearing - the rose continues to sing right at the top of its frequency (if that makes any sense). A plummy note? That may be the apple blossom. This is turning out quite linear and completely floral - not a sniff of any woods or musks or spices, and I think the plum I'm getting is just a facet of the rose.

    As it dries down I'm finding some muguet in there too, and the rose is backing off a bit, with the apple blossomy note coming forward.

    I bet this is marketed for women, like most linear florals. Having said that, I think a man could wear it without any trouble. It's a straightforward perfume which would be very easy to wear.

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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    ::choking and laughing::

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    Sadly, it's gone a little soapy in the drydown.

    I'd love to know what Riannon's killing herself laughing about...
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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    Quote Originally Posted by Squeezeweasel View Post
    I'd love to know what Rhiannon's killing herself laughing about...
    ....me too.

    The reports from you and Niemand are so interesting in their samenesses and differences. This is one of those scents that takes a couple of wearings to really suss out. It it aimed at women but I agree that a man cold wear it too. Wonder what Thrax thinks?

    There's no apple blossom or plum but other flowers with a contralto note. And at it's heart it is a rose - is a rose is a - rose....
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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    Is there a small amount of very creamy sandalwood in the base? (If there isn't, there must be some sandalwood on my cardigan...)

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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    When you said "nail polish" I thought it might be an oud note, but the Montales are in the Directory.
    Is the harsh note veitver?

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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    Sandalwood's in Squeeze's cardigan - and The Bird is on to the right basenote....
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    Definitely no oudh or vetiver to my nose, although this earthy thing may be vetiver, but if it is, it's very subtle. I didn't really get nail polish, but I can see how a very lemony rose could mimic it (and there's definitely a lemony rose here - I think the composition uses several different roses).

    I have removed my cardigan.
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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    good the cardigan's gone...and you're right about the "several roses"....

    Remember, this is a relatively new house - you might try poking around in the threads....and articles here on BN...
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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    Lemony roses... Un Zest de Rose by Les Parfums de Rosine? Just a guess.

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    To be honest, it was a bit better with the cardigan.

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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    I think Riannon and I are giggling on the same frequency.

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    I'm somewhere else right now, so when I get home, I'll test it out for the 3rd time. As said before, you probably need to test this out a few times. The 2nd time I tested this, I didn't get nail polish.

    Overall, very linear scent, floral, viloets and some flower notes with several rose notes (I think they overlap or fairly faint). I don't get vetiver or aoud either, the vetiver might be faint, don't know. Just this very harsh sharp opening I can't explain.

    Topnotes I get a very light citurs with rose....hopefully I'll catch some new things when I retest it...hopefully Thrax jumps in as well.
    Last edited by Niemand; 10th October 2007 at 05:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyra View Post
    I think Riannon and I are giggling on the same frequency.
    Oh yes!

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    This giggling is making me nervous.

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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    Quote Originally Posted by Squeezeweasel View Post
    This giggling is making me nervous.
    Ignore them I'm going to put them in a corner!!!....and concentrate on your nose. You're doing great.... .
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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    Questions smellers (mind you, I don't know the identity of A):

    Does the rose smell sweet and candied? Or wet?
    Is the vetiver (or harsh, earthy, nailpolishremoveresque note) only at the top or does it stay in the middle or basenotes drydown?
    Does this smell like something that is American made or European?

    Where the hell is Thrax!? [[yelling...Jesse!!!!!!]]
    Last edited by mikeperez23; 10th October 2007 at 09:39 PM.
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    Testing it for the 3rd time. I really don't have much to add, I guess we should try guessing now or figuring it out with the information we know but I have no idea where to start.

    The rose is fairly light, slightly sweet and a bit wet IMO fades away after the middle notes, and Squeezeweasel was talking about plum, I actually do get that a bit now, but maybe it's Bulgarian Rose or some Plum rose note instead.

    I still don't think there's vetiver is this one, but I may be wrong, perhaps a fresh cut grass note instead (?). The nail polish note IMO is sharp in the topnotes and fades slightly after wards, but still over powers into the middle notes, then eventually fades away when you get into the base. Base is floral but I still need to test it out some more. Maybe even a softer wood note.

    Probably produced by an American nose, it's very simple, straight forward, and linear. I'd be surprised if this was made by a European perfumer. It has this drugstore store scent vibe with a designer quality about it...Surprised it's niche, honestly still think it smells like scented soap or nail polish.
    Last edited by Niemand; 10th October 2007 at 10:02 PM.

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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    Let's recap for a minute - Niemand was right on about the violet note - and Squeezeweasel was right about there being more than one rose and Purple Bird was right about the vetiver bottom note. (The parfumeur has created several well-known and Basenotes-beloved male frags [as well as others] and is not American.)

    Sent a pm to the missing Thrax - hoping he'll chime in soon.

    Not Une Zeste de Rose, Indiscreet although that was a good guess based on some of the clues so far. But the Zeste is brighter, infused with a tea note not present in A, and opens with a definite citrus top note. There's no "citrus" in A.

    Riannon and Kyra are giggling together in the corner because they have correctly identified A. Sheeesh.
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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    EDIT: I placed a reasonable guess, and was told I was correct by someone who knew the answer (in the absence of Taolady) but I forgot and didn't know if it would be okay to move on without at least hearing Thrax's impressions on Sample "A", so I edited my post, and we'll wait for him..hopefully he didn't see my answer.
    Last edited by Niemand; 11th October 2007 at 06:15 AM.

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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    I will be posting my full reviews on thursday. I wanted to wait for my day off to give a complete review on longevity. I hope your ready!!
    --------------------------------------
    Alright alright alright...I know I'm holdin things up a bit. So I decided to post my review of sample A tonight, instead of tomorrow.

    Sample A: Whoa! Damn feminine I'd say. But hey I have been known to have opinions that everyone didnt agree with. This one isnt suitable for a man I dont think. This seems more like a smell that would come out of an 20-30 year old bottle that came from a 90 year old woman's top dresser drawer. Also I see where sqeezeweazel is getting the apple blossom. This one is too girly for me. Sharp florals that just wont give up. Reminds me very much of a women's Chanel that I tried in a department store once. No 5? Hmmm... I cant remember. To me this one smells like a potpouri (spelling?).


    20 minutes pass......


    Lily? Is there lily in this one? I'd nearly swear it. Far to linear on me and seems to be fading pretty fast. Much more of a "sour" rose note.

    It reminds me of an extremely less complex No.88.....or maybe that is giving this one too much credit..
    Last edited by Thrax; 11th October 2007 at 03:21 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    I'll take a shot in the dark on this one...Rose de Siwa?
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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    I've still got no idea what it is, but I should clarify what I meant about a citric rose. I don't mean I smell lemons, rather one of those roses which tends towards the lemony in its own scent (in the way that some roses tend towards pepper, cloves or rubber).

    A blind guess - Scent Systems rose?

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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    Niemand you are such a gentleman - holding off on posting your answer until Thrax had the opportunity to post his impressions. And thanks to whoever alerted you that you were correct in identifying MDCI's Rose De Siwa as the niche rose scent in this sniff off!! http://parfumsmdci.free.fr/

    This is the work of Francis Kurkdjian who also brought you "" Le Mâle " , " Fragile ", for Jean-Paul Gaultier, " Armani Mania " for Armani, " Miracle Homme " for Lancôme, " For Her " for Narcisso Rodriguez, " L'Eté et l'Automne " for Van Cleef & Arpels, " Kouros Eau D'Eté " for Yves Saint Laurent….Many more, with unusual works such as the re-creation for the Museum of Versailles of Queen Marie-Antoinette's favorite fragrance."

    The official notes are: Headnotes of litchee, peone and hawthorn are followed by irresistible, intoxicating notes of Moroccan and Turkish roses, which, interlaced with violet play on a backdrop of precious cedar, musc and vetyver. Squeeze, I think it is the lichee that gives the citrus impression, and of course the vetiver - as PurpleBird correctly guessed - the "nailpolish" note. MDCI has a very generous sample program and if you're at all curious you should check it out.

    Personally I was fascinated by the facts that neither of our TWO guy sniffers (a first!!) particularly cared for this "girly" frag, and although Niemand thought it could be considered unisex Thrax firmly did not and compared it unfavorably to C&S 88 (which - again - personally, does nothing for me although I am charmed if unmoved by RdeS.)!! I love roses, and both 88 and LeLabo Rose 31are highly rated by many guys and are absolutely harmless on me.

    Never mind pheromones - hormones!!

    The first correct guess was by Kyra, then Riannon (who, after pm-ing the answers, giggled naughtily, had to be separated and banished to separate corners) then Niemand and then Zibeline. Great going since this is not a much discussed frag and is not in the directory.

    So. On to B!!!
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    Default Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    Hmm, I'd have a stab at Creed Fleur de Thé Rose Bulgare, but not sure if it has violet. I know it has a lot of roses and a touch of green...

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    First impressions here - I'll pop back into the thread when I've got used to it, because boy, there's a lot to get used to. This is pretty fierce.

    B - pretty pink juice. Opens with a blast of fruit and sweeties - there's violet in there, a very sweet (and rather synthetic) rose, vanilla...good lord, this is sweet. This is far more synthetic than A.

    I'm overwhelmed by the sugaryness, so much so that it's proving very hard to isolate individual notes. There's some powder as it dries down, and some wood in the base (although given the sandalwood/cardigan incident, I am nervous about identifying woods...)

    Redcurrant? No - raspberries? Something red and juicy and sweet, anyway. There's also a galbanum-type green note in the top, but it's not galbanum.

    I don't like this very much at the moment. If this fragrance was an outfit it'd be fuchsia pink, frilly, sparkly and made out of polyester.

    **Edit a couple of hours later**

    It's dried down to a fruity, slightly musky mush. No discernible rose any more, but the vanilla's still hanging on in there. Brits who had Angel Delight (a frothy, appallingly sweet, blancmangey packet dessert which was meant to taste of strawberries but actually just tasted of pink) forced on them as kids will be transported back to their childhoods. The base is less offensive than the opening, because the sweetness has stepped back a bit. It's still hurting my teeth just smelling it, though!
    Last edited by Squeezeweasel; 11th October 2007 at 03:21 PM.

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