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    Quote Originally Posted by pellen View Post
    shadesofbleu, can you give chocolate to a dog? I thought it was poisonous to them. I only want to know so that I might share a little chocolate lovin' with my boxer.
    I have read that chocolate can be poisonous to dogs. I don't usually give it to her, but she has learned that chocolate is yummy by stealing some chocolate no-bake cookies that were cooling on the kitchen counter.

    BTW, grapes can also be deadly to dogs ... there was a story in our local paper recently where a dog ate some grapes and died. Evidently, even very small amounts can be deadly to some dogs.
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    When my dad was courting my mum, he brought her a big box of chocolates, which they left in the kitchen. They came back to find an empty box of chocolates and a very sick looking dog.
    He certainly didn't die but probably felt as bad as one of us if we'd scoffed an entire box!
    Still, chocolate (and indeed, sugar) is not the best thing for a carnivore so stick to doggy chocs such as Good Boys (if they still make them - it's been a long time since I had a dog).
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    What did you try? Turkish Vanilla
    Scent Family? gourmand?
    Notes? Vanilla & smoke - just a guess
    Formulation? don't know
    Did you like it? Yes!
    Is it a good autumn / winter scent? Yes
    Did it elicit compliments / comments? No
    Which notes dominated in the blend? vanilla
    Did it smell the way you imagined it would? Yes
    Would you wear it again? Yes
    Score / Rating? (?? / 5) 4 out of 5

    This is just a rich and warm vanilla with a touch of the smoky goodness of Fumerie Turque - simple but effective... The smoke balances out the sweetness quite well. Longevity is good for a vanilla dominant scent, 4-5 hours on me. I think this is unisex, but it leans masculine to my nose.

    This reminded me of Molinard Homme II, with smoke instead of spice. I don't know what kind of smoke it is (or supposed to be). It's a very comforting scent, but not in the "foody-vanilla" sense... Bottle-worthy? Yes!
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    What did you try? (name of sample / perfume)
    2nd scent - Turkish vanilla

    Scent Family? (incense, chypre, gourmand, floral, etc)
    Gourmand

    Notes? (available on www.ava-luxe.com)
    From ava-luxe.com - Vanilla Bean, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Ambrette Seed, Sandalwood, Amber

    Formulation? (EDP, parfum or body lotion)
    EdP

    Did you like it?
    One of my faves. I have this in rotation in my desk at work. It makes me happy.

    Is it a good autumn / winter scent?
    Yup. Much better in colder temps (I work in a world that is always 65 degrees F and fluorescent). It fades too fast in warmer temps

    Did it elicit compliments / comments?
    Boyfriend likes this one. And I find people at work tend to be much mellower around me when I wear it. Haven't thought too hard about causes....

    Which notes dominated in the blend?
    Vanilla. Happy, spicy, mellow vanilla. Like sniffing the beans from a jar.

    Did it smell the way you imagined it would?
    Smells like vanilla. What more would you expect?

    Would you wear it again?
    Yup. And I think next time I'm getting a bigger bottle.

    Score / Rating /5

    Taolady - I have Cafe Noir on my list for my next Ava Luxe order. I'm hearing such fabulous things about it - and smelling like a foofy coffee drink is oddly appealing...
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    My selection for fruit citrus/ gourmand day was Cafe Noir. I used about 0.5 ml of an EDP sample. I was expecting a rich coffee scent and Cafe Noir delivered. I have no idea what the note pyramid is according to Ava Luxe but I smelled cinnamon, hazelnut, coffee (full-bodied medium roast) patchouli, vetiver, vanilla and tonka. Similar to Tao's experience, my overall impression is an earthier version of Bond No. 9 New Haarlem with a more prominent coffee note. The drydown brought an unexpected surprise of what smells like an earthy patchouli mixed with a touch of vanilla and-or tonka. I think I also detected a hint of vetiver bridging the base and the heart. Cafe Noir starts as an gourmet coffee beverage then takes an unexpected turn down a more earthy path. I can easily see this scent growing on me over the course of additional wearings. As soon as my bottle of New Haarlem is gone, I am replacing it with Cafe Noir. Definitely a cold weather scent and I plan on using the remainder of the sample if it ever cools off here (highs near 80 again today.)

    Specs
    Amount: 0.5 ml
    Longevity: about 12 hours or more
    Sillage: high, like a mushroom cloud
    Season: Fall/Winter, likely better below 16C/60F
    Rating: 4 out of 5
    RIYL: Bond's New Haarlem, Rochas Man, Jo Malone Black Vetyver Cafe, the coffee note in MPG Santal Noble, the scent of overpriced gourmet coffee beverages.

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    As per plan, I'm testing a second gourmand scent tonight, Turkish Vanilla. This starts off on my skin as thick, rich vanilla. It's sweet, but not too foody IMO. I get a fairly hefty dose of cinnamon in the middle notes, and I get that smoky feeling that Scentsibility mentions. This is cuddly nice.
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    I tested two today:

    Wild Blackberry Musk - Since the last Ava Luxe week in Spring, I've been wanting to try WBM. You ladies were raving about it. Then a while ago, a thread on the mens board came up about Mure Et Musc and Mure et Musc Extreme from L'Artisan Parfumeur and it's similarities to WBM. Lot's of people chimed in that WBM was better, lasted longer and was more masculine than MEM and MEME. So I was looking forward to giving WBM a test.

    The blackberry note in WBM is really amazing. It's not very sweet but it is very fruity. Blackberries the fruit itself (which I eat a lot) can sometimes tend to be tart and sour when you bite into them - WBM recreates this sour tangy blackberry note perfectly. It was positively giggle-worthy. I shared some with my boyfriend and it was an instant hit with him too. Lasted all day in the hot weather here (it was in the 80's in Miami today) and we were out and about in the sunshine, sweating slightly too.

    My only gripe: I wish it was slightly more complex - it's very linear and stays pretty much at that fruity tangy note forever. The linear nature of this, might keep me from buying a full bottle of this. But any lover of blackberry should test this scent out atleast once, for the blackberry note done so well.

    Now as for it's similarities to MUM and MUME - let me test this later...

    Rating: 3/5

    Madeline - smoky egg nog.

    The smoke in Madeline is a little jarring at first - perhaps its a little too smoky. But the effect that the smoke has on the milky, eggy, sugar note is comforting and instantly transports me to fall and well...the holidays.

    I put this on rigt before bed and it smells wonderful under the sheets. In my opinion, Serena really shines with her gourmands. And Madeline delivers. This is limited edition, I think...I will be ordering a small bottle of this for sure - before Xmas gets here.

    Nice stuff.

    Rating: 4/5
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    the effect that the smoke has on the milky, eggy, sugar note is comforting and instantly transports me to fall and well...the holidays.
    Wow! Another lemming. Thanks Mike!

    What did you try? Sunday Girl

    Scent Family? Fruity

    Notes? (available on www.ava-luxe.com)
    Pomegranate and Champagne!

    Formulation? (EDP, parfum or body lotion)
    EdP

    Did you like it?
    I'm torn. Sometimes I adore it and sometimes... well I guess I'll get into that a little later in the review.

    Is it a good autumn / winter scent?
    It's not bad, partly as a result of pomegranate being somewhat of a fall/winter fruit, and partly because of a certain note/accord common to Ava Luxe fragrances. I do think of it as more of a spring/summer scent.

    Did it elicit compliments / comments?
    The only person who smelled me was DH2B, and he said he could smell "perfume". He's so specific, no? No one else smelled me except the dogs at the park and apparently the liver treats were much more interesting to them. Sparky, my own dog, wasn't interested at all and he has quite a nose for perfumes. (He likes leathers and some gourmands.)

    Which notes dominated in the blend?
    Pomegranate throughout, something tingly like champagne in the very beginnning and, unfortunately, this weird soapy smell that I find in a lot of Ava Luxe perfumes. Mostly a sheer, light fruity (pomegranate) scent.

    Did it smell the way you imagined it would?
    I honestly can't remember. I ordered this more than half a year ago and just began revisiting these samples a couple of weeks ago. I don't recall what my expectations were. If you want champagne and pomegranate it's certainly here, but with a lot of soap.

    Would you wear it again?
    Funny thing is that this was initially one of my favourite ALs, but today it annoyed me. That soapy note/accord really got in the way of the champagne opening. The longevity was awful and sillage was minimal, which, IMO is unusual for an AL frag. However I love this scent for those times when it worked on me because it showed me that I could love a fruity fragrance. This may not be the one for me (I doubt that I'll end up ordering a bottle), but I'm now on a search for a champagneandpomegranate frag that suits me.

    Score / Rating 3/5 - great take on pomegranate when you can smell it; that is after the soap has burned away and before the whole thing fades to a memory.

    BTW where is our fearless leader, moondeva?
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    Testing some Wild Blackberry Musk this evening. Mure et Musc Extreme is one of my favorites, so I was eager to try this one. Maybe it's too early, but at this stage, I don't get a lot of similarity between the two.

    WBM is definitely tart & tangy, but here's the thing with me and blackberries: I grew up eating enormous, juicy, fat blackberries right off the wild bramble bushes in northwest Washington. Those blackberries would be sun-warm and so ripe they just burst in your mouth, completely sweet without any hint of sour. I don't really get that blackberry note in WBM... right now it smells synthetic and reminiscent of hairspray! It's as disappointing as the hard, small, sour blackberries being passed off as the real thing at the grocery stores around here.

    • What did you try? Wild Blackberry Musk
    • Scent Family? Fruity
    • Notes? Blackberry, not sure of the rest
    • Formulation? EDP
    • Did you like it? Found it disappointing on my skin, but could imagine it coming off much more appealing on a man
    • Is it a good autumn / winter scent? I think it would be better suited for spring/summer temps.
    • Did it elicit compliments / comments? Internal commentary: "Hmmm, smells like hairspray."
    • Which notes dominated in the blend? My untrained nose can't pick out anything specific, except something like SweetTarts candy.
    • Did it smell the way you imagined it would? No.
    • Would you wear it again? Nope.
    • Score / Rating: **
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    I have a few AL Chypres! And I'll be retrying them today, first Moss, then MV, then maybe Biba

    What did you try? Moss
    Scent Family? Chypre
    Notes? Grrrr...no website, but BN says:Bergamot, Lime, Fern, Lavender, Amber, Spanish moss, Oakmoss, Labdanum, Musk, Ambergris,
    Formulation? EDP
    Did you like it? Very Much!

    Is it a good autumn / winter scent? Yes. I loved it in Spring, but looked elsewhere when the weather got hot

    Did it elicit compliments / comments? This is a scent that women seem to like and give compliments about. My colleagues loved it!

    Which notes dominated in the blend? Oak Moss and maybe Spanish Moss, lavender and a nice musk in the base. A hint of lime in the opening, the bergamot is blended down well enough to not really dominate.

    Did it smell the way you imagined it would? Yes and No, I expected something slightly sharper and Moss has a sweetness to it (lavender?). Otherwise, it was as expected.

    Would you wear it again? Yes! As my store of Coty Chypre dwindles to nothing, I need another chic chypre that lacks the TKO punch of Paloma Picasso. Moss is it. Admittedly I have not tried the Hove Spanish Moss, but this AL version is lovely.

    Score / Rating? (?? / 5) 4.2/5. If I could choose which floral to add to the mix I'd have picked a rose not lavender, but that said it's still great on me! Moss was the first AL sample that I used up and longed for.

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    Today wearing Film Noir.

    Film Noir is my second favorite AL scent (right after Midnight Violet). I'll post my review of it from the Spring/Summer thread below - since nothings really changed in my opinion of it.

    I will say this - there are only two (2) other leather scents that come close to being as good for me, as FN. Eau d'Hermes is one, but EdH is slightly 'dirty' in the top notes because of the cumin I believe. And Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford which is wonderful but scary expensive. FN fills the void between these two nicely.

    _________________________________

    Is that leather I smell? Another strange note, similar to the inside of a automotive repair shop (industrial lubricant?) Did I grab the wrong sample bottle and apply a Comme de Garcons Synthetic cologne?? No, it's Film Noir.

    I luv strange scents - this is strange but also sultry. A little something else too (mint?) to give it some sharpness and not make it too, too dark. I'm liking this.

    I feel like this is the first Ava Luxe I've sampled that is very appropriately named - It's dramatic and dark.

    Off to work...will update my post later.

    Update:

    OK, this scent LASTS! I smelled it all afternoon. Very nice longvity and the industrial / rubber and/or latex notes faded in the drydown. Yes, I think the mint smell I got earlier WAS the spruce (surprised me, since I guess I thought I knew what spruce smelled like...?) Interesting mix. Of all of the Ava Luxe's I've tried, this one stands out. Really nice and cutting edge smell.

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5

    Overall review: Film Noir is everything the Comme de Garcons Synthetic Series WANTED to be: unique, strange and modern. The sweet notes in this scent play backstage to the odd notes - and I like that. Really nice longevity too. Think I would wear this to an art gallery opening or even on the dancefloor, I'd like to see how heat/sweating might transform this into a beast of a scent. I see Film Noir in my Wardrobe very soon.
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    What did you try? (name of sample / perfume)
    Palisander

    Scent Family? (incense, chypre, gourmand, floral, etc)
    Woody

    Notes? (available on www.ava-luxe.com)
    From ava-luxe.com -Palisander Wood, Japanses Hiba Wood, Amber, Incense, Musk, Pink Pepper, Cinnamon, Vetiver

    If I have notes from Ava-Luxe it's because I had tried these samples before this week and had copied the notes into my perfume notebook.

    Miss Serena - please come back soon!!!!!!!

    Formulation? (EDP, parfum or body lotion)
    EdP

    Did you like it?
    Yes - I've been using this as my "golf scent". I'm about out and need a larger bottle.

    Is it a good autumn / winter scent?
    I find this to be more of a spring / summer scent with its clean, light woodiness. In cooler weather - it has more complexity. But then, maybe that's because I'm paying more attention to it today rather than "dab n go" like I usually do with this scent.

    Weather in DC today - Currently 69 degrees F and sunny. I wish I could go play outside

    Did it elicit compliments / comments?
    I've worn this one on the golf course with the boys. No comments. But then, the boys I play with are a bit dense.

    Which notes dominated in the blend?
    Green wood, almost piney. Picked up a hint of cumin, smoke, and some pepper.

    About 10 minutes later, picks up some cinnamon and amber within the wod. The cumin note disappears.

    20 minutes in - the scent becomes a musky green wood.

    After 2 hours, almost smells like a greenish floral. Becomes very close wearing.

    Within 3 hours, I can't smell it unless I put my wrist right up against my nose and I'm really concentrating.

    During the summer - this stuff tends to last a bit longer and it is more linear. It is green, woody, and clean. I think the sweat from being outside makes this particular scent last a bit longer in the summer.

    Oh - and it seems to repel bugs too... (this is a compliment!!!!)

    Did it smell the way you imagined it would?
    I am not particularly familiar with Palisander as a note so I wasn't really expecting anything. I may need to try other brands as a point of comparison.

    To those with more experienced noses - is Ava Luxe a good benchmark?

    Would you wear it again?
    Yup - I think a larger bottle will be in order for springtime.

    Score / Rating /5

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    Next Chypre is Biba

    Scent family: Chypre

    Notes:Bergamot,Elemi,Pepper, Incense, Hiba wood, Himalayan Cedar, Cedar of Lebanon, Patchouli, Night queen, Sandalwood, Tunisian Amber, Musk

    Do I like it? Hmmm, it is a nice peppery wood scent, but not the kind of chypre that I am looking for, which leads me to the "did it smell the way you imagined it would?" Nope. Biba is a much more masculine scent, but looking at the notes, I should have expected this.

    It is dominated by the Elemi, pepper, cedar and patchouli. Once again, I have no idea of what to look for to find that mysterious"Night Queen" note.

    Will I buy a bottle of this one? I doubt it. I have no doubt it's well crafted but I like my woods sweeter and warmer, and am more taken with some of AL's other wood scents, especially Oude.

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    Not a chypre but Ambra Tibet.

    This is an incense-amber. It's dry and rather dusty, with hints of wood. As it settles down, it also warms up: the amber comes through with a touch of sweetness, but this could easily be unisex. It reminds me very much of Ambre Sultan, but without the herbs. If I didn't already own Ambre Sultan, I'd be very tempted, but it makes no sense for me to have two such similar fragrances in my collection. Nonetheless, this is good stuff.

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    What did you try? (name of sample / perfume)
    2nd scent - Madame X

    Scent Family? (incense, chypre, gourmand, floral, etc)
    Oriental

    Notes? (available on www.ava-luxe.com)
    From ava-luxe.com - Coriander, Acacia Farnesiana(no idea what this might smell like), Fresh hay, Jasmine, Rose, Labdanum, Leather, Incense, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Civet, Ambergris, Castorium, Sandalwood Mysore, Musks, Vanilla

    Formulation? (EDP, parfum or body lotion)
    EdP

    Did you like it?
    Yes - But I have to be in the right frame of mind to wear it.

    Is it a good autumn / winter scent?
    I see this as the perfect scent for holiday parties where you spend lots of time on your appearance , feel unusually sexy (especially having just kicked back 2 glasses of champagne while dressing), and know that you are going home with the hottest man in the room.

    Maybe I'll just have to use this perfume as an excuse to play dress-up at home

    Weather in DC today - currently 75 degrees in my house (at least it feels that way).

    Did it elicit compliments / comments?
    I am living in my own little universe....

    Which notes dominated in the blend?
    First impression - spices, patchouli, and a little bit of sweet funk (maybe the civet or ambergris making an early appearance? not educated enough to know)

    Evolves quickly into a floral / labdanum scent. Incense, patchouli and spices make an appearance, then dominate.

    As the scent ages on the skin, there is more spices (especially cinnamon, amber, and incense). The drydown on this thing is seriously yummy. Vanilla makes an appearance about 2 hours in, then some sweet musk - which adds a very subtle powdery note. At the end - turns musky. There's still some lingering as I write this.

    Did it smell the way you imagined it would?
    Didn't really have any expectations for this fragrance since I wasn't sure how the listed notes were going to behave. It sounded like something that would either be fantastic or horrible. Thankfully, this stuff is fantastic.

    Would you wear it again?
    Yes - maybe for that game of dress-up.... I can't see myself wearing this to work

    Score / Rating /5
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    Second scent for me today is Green Grass of Summer.

    Supposed to be her version of Grass by GAP. The top notes replicate the smell of Grass near perfectly with perhaps just a slight hint of lemon juice mixed in. However the longevity of this particular 'cut grass' top note fades way too quickly and instead of the Grass (GAP) hay drydown, this went slightly sour on my skin.

    I am sorely disappointed - I had high hopes for this working for me, since Grass is impossible for me to find anymore. But this is just a really bad interpretation of the scent IMO.

    Rating: 1/5
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    Mike, I had the exact same thing when I tried it. At the start, it was lawn in a bottle. Heaven! Then lemon...and more lemon...and just mouldy old lemon. *sigh*

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    Right, here are my first two reviews, but I have no idea of Ava's actual notes since her site is down, so please forgive my dreadful analysis:

    Saturday
    What did you try? Shambhala Tibet
    Scent Family? incense
    Notes? no idea - a lot of smoke, quite dry, a little clovey, on me very like her Fumari
    Formulation? EDP sample
    Did you like it? Not really but it wasn't a scrubber
    Is it a good autumn / winter scent? Yes - smokiness feels like autumn to me
    Did it elicit compliments / comments? Didn't see anyone to get comments
    Which notes dominated in the blend? strongly smoky
    Did it smell the way you imagined it would? No - I expected amber
    Would you wear it again? No, though it's a nice perfume, just not my cup of tea
    Score / Rating? (1 / 5)

    Sunday - lunch with family, wore Madame Rochas (didn't think they'd appreciate Madame X!)

    Monday
    What did you try? No.23
    Scent Family? don't know
    Notes? scented geranium leaves in top note, cedar top note, warming into a sweetish warm heart, slightly woody but I think there are some flowers in there too, smelled 'white', very nice, basenotes a sweetish, light, warm musk - good longevity
    Formulation? EDP sample
    Did you like it? Yes, very wearable
    Is it a good autumn / winter scent? Yes, and good for office too; very ladylike but warm
    Did it elicit compliments / comments? Saw no-one to get any comments
    Which notes dominated in the blend? cedar in the topnote but otherwise a very harmonious blend - not linear though, there was movement and development through the day
    Did it smell the way you imagined it would? No - expected something more sparkling and hesperidic - "Eau de Cologney"
    Would you wear it again? Certainly
    Score / Rating? (4 / 5)
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    I've been wearing Carnet de Bal for the past few hours to fit into the vintage category.

    I can't write very much about it because I'm so unfamiliar with this type of fagrance. What I do know is that it is appropriate for autumn, I find it very pleasant, and it reminds me strongly of my Mum. I'm not sure which exact product she uses that smells like this but there must be one, and she doesn't use anything expensive or hard to find, yet it does smell classy and elegant. I feel a little too young to wear this as I'm 21 but it's not wildly innappropriate, I could pull it off on confident days. The association with my Mum is comforting too. I only got this as I didn't know what vintage fragrances generally were like, but I'd be happy to finish the vial and maybe buy a 5ml bottle when it runs out.

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    Thank you SO MUCH everyone for keeping going and making the Ava Luxe Experience great even though our 'subject' site is missing in action!!

    "Life is what happens when you're making plans..." has been the caption for my life at the moment but I have not been neglecting my Ava Luxe sampling and reviewing!

    Here, all in one go, are my reviews for the last few days. Hopefully I can now add one (or two) a day like everyone else but there's alot of things still going on for me so I cannot promise. Anyway, here are my reviews and I hope you find them helpful:


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    Name of Scent: Sweet Absinthe
    Fragrance Family: Oriental
    Formulation: Parfum
    Notes: wormwood (Artemisia), vanilla, musk
    Did you like it? It is OK but did not wow me.
    Did it smell like you expected? Not quite. I had hoped that this blend would be a slightly softened version of the wonderfully unique Absinthe but this is definitely a different scent.
    Is it good for autumn / winter wear? Definitely, especially if you like soft, cosy, almost gourmand scents.
    Did it elicit any compliments / comments? Not really. It sits rather close on me and only when shoved under S.O.’s nose for comment did it elicit an appreciative ‘mmm……nice. Musky’.
    Which notes dominated in the blend? The vanilla / amber / musk base dominates this scent and I found it very reminiscent of the much more popular Love’s Truish Blue Light, an almost gourmand musk. The wonderful wormwood / Artemisia adds a cooling, mint laced nuance to the scent making it very wearable all year round. In fact it is a similar scent impression to that left on the fingers or in your mouth after eating a few wafer thin after dinner chocolate mints (After Eight). The wormwood dominates in the beginning tempered greatly by the vanilla and musk as time goes on the vanilla musk grows and continues to dominate until the fade away 3 - 4hours later. The musk in this is actually quite ‘clean’ so the deep dry down is actually quite a fresh, clean aroma.
    Would you wear it again? I will definitely finish my sample vial but I doubt I will be buying a full bottle. I much prefer the straight, uncompromising Absinthe. If I crave Sweet Absinthe I may just layer Absinthe with Love’s Truish Blue Light for a similar effect.
    Score: 3 /5

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    Name of Scent: Amber Essence
    Fragrance Family: Oriental / Amber
    Formulation: Parfum
    Notes: 3 x Amber, labdanum
    Did you like it? I adore this!
    Did it smell like you expected? Yes, as I have sampled it previously.
    Is it good for autumn / winter wear? Absolutely!
    Did it elicit any compliments / comments? No, but I don’t care! This scent loves me and the feeling is entirely mutual.
    Which notes dominated in the blend? This is smooth, elegant, true amber but the dominant note on me is the leathery smoke tinged labdanum. This is very, very similar to Le Labo Labdanum #18 on me (which I also adore but don’t love the price nor the exclusivity ) and is just perfect to me.
    Would you wear it again? Absolutely! There is definitely a full bottle in my future. In fact this is one that I can see myself wanting in the shower gel and body lotion formulations as well as the parfum.
    Score: 5 /5

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    Name of Scent: Vanilla Coconut
    Fragrance Family: Gourmand
    Formulation: Parfum
    Notes: vanilla, coconut, musk
    Did you like it? Not sure
    Did it smell like you expected? Yes and no
    Is it good for autumn / winter wear? The coconut is more appropriate for summer but the vanilla warms it enough to be wearable all year round.
    Did it elicit any compliments / comments? No, but I wore this to bed so didn’t expect much feedback
    Which notes dominated in the blend? This is a perfect balance between vanilla and coconut. On me this played out in a distinct three part play. First the coconut is up, fresh and juicy. Unfortunately, as yet there is not a perfume that truly replicates coconut authentically, but (second to the Body Shop Coconut perfume oil and body range) this is pretty close. It is at the very least pleasant. This is coconut without smelling too much like suntan lotion. Sadly, the second act is unpleasant as the blend develops an annoying synthetic pall that persists for over half an hour. It may just be my chemistry but I thought I should mention it anyway. Luckily, this note does dissipate and the scent ends as a delicious light coconut laced vanilla musk that lasts and lasts - A sexy, subtle skin-but-better scent.
    Would you wear it again? I need to try it again at least once, especially in warm weather) just to see whether the synthetic horror heart note reoccurs. It is a pleasant enough scent but I doubt I will be buying a full bottle anytime soon. I already have a full, long neglected bottle of TBS Coconut that is very similar and will probably layer that with a yummy vanilla musk like Love’s Truish Blue Light or Nemat’s Vanilla Musk for a workable dupe. Gourmand tropical / suntan lotion are not my kind of scents so this may rate higher for someone else who favours these kinds of scent.
    Score: 2.5 /5

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    Name of Scent: Wild Black Fig
    Fragrance Family: Incense / Woods
    Formulation: Parfum
    Notes: Fig Leaves, Black Fig, Sandalwood, Coconut, Patchouli, Vanilla absolute, Hawthorn blossoms, Gaiacwood, Cedar, Galbanum, Black Pepper, Cypress, Amber.
    Did you like it? Yes! I already have a full bottle of parfum in this scent and plan to add matching body products to my collection.
    Did it smell like you expected? Kind of - but different aspects of this scent come to the fore according to temperature / weather.
    Is it good for autumn / winter wear? Yes.
    Did it elicit any compliments / comments? I have received very positive compliments and comments previously. When I first discovered this scent last summer my SO was completely enamoured and encouraged me to buy a full bottle. I wore it to bed alone so there was no one to comment but I enjoyed the wearing of it anyway.
    Which notes dominated in the blend? As I mentioned above my experience of this scent has been noticeably affected by the season / temperature. In the summer the black fig, hawthorn blossom, patchouli, amber and gaiacwood dominate in a sweet, dark, sexy, sultry, resinous character that just gets yummier as it goes on. This time it was a chilly night and the scent was much fresher and greener. There were less incense notes and the entire scent was cleaner / woodier due to the cedar and sandalwood with the fig smelling fresh and green. For those of you craving a fresh fig in cooler weather and find, like myself, Diptyque Philosykos / Jo Malone Wild Fig & Cassis too sharp / sheer / green for winter.
    Would you wear it again? Absolutely! I already own a full bottle of the parfum and I will definitely repurchase.
    Score: 4.5 /5

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    Name of Scent: Chypre Noir / Dark Chypre
    Fragrance Family: Chypre
    Formulation: Parfum
    Notes: Aldehydes, bergamot, grass, ylang ylang, jasmine, rose, muguet, civet, castoreum, tree moss, cedar, sandalwood, musk.
    Did you like it? Yes, but I do not love it.
    Did it smell like you expected? Mostly as I have tried it before.
    Is it good for autumn / winter wear? Yes, especially for those with a classic, sophisticated style.
    Did it elicit any compliments / comments? No, as I am home alone today.
    Which notes dominated in the blend? For the most partthe aldehydes dominated in conjunction with the ylang ylang, jasmine, muguet and rose heart of the blend. Chypre Noir / Dark Chypre is a chypre in the old 70’s rosy chypre style evocative of scents like Ungaro Diva, Paloma Picasso EDT, Parlux Animale and Armani by Armani. Dark Chypre has all the elements and the superficial character of these other beauties but a full wearing reveals the lie. This develops more as a floral than as a chypre with the tree moss, animal notes never really making an appearance. Maybe it is the lack of true oakmoss or the aldehydes but Dark Chypre starts high pitched and stays there. Unlike the aforementioned chypres it never softens or mellows on the skin, just remains at the one high pitch until it eventually fades away. And for better or worse this is a very long lasting scent. I wanted to love this as I love chypres but sadly this does not work for me. All the notes, which are very similar to her other dark chypre Film Noir, point to instant HG status for me but the aldehydes kill that for me. These aldehydes are the type that really hurt – literally. I realised it must be the aldehydes I developed a migraine (which I very rarely suffer from these days). I have been in contact with nothing else nor done anything differently apart from wear this scent. My migraine only began to dissipate once I washed the offending scent off. It doesn't wash off easily and I ended up spritzing on Prada to quieten down the remnants. Oh how I hate those aldehydes!!
    Would you wear it again? Not in its current formulation. If Serena were to reformulate this scent by completely removing the aldehydes (and maybe added a wee bit of oakmoss) I could see this becoming another Ava Luxe HG for me…
    Score: 1/5

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    Zibeline: just to let you know, Biba should actually be listed under woods / resins / etc not chypre. I wore Biba during this summer's Ava Luxe Experience and suffered with the same confusion. I love Biba as a incensy wood but it fails miserably as a chypre. I actually asked Serena whether it was a chypre and she confirmed that it had been listed in the wrong category. She also said that she would correct it next time she updated the site but that didn't happen. May be it will this time.
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    What did you try? (name of sample / perfume)
    Moss

    Scent Family? (incense, chypre, gourmand, floral, etc)
    Chypre

    Notes? (available on www.ava-luxe.com)
    Bergamot, lime, fern, lavender, amber, spanish moss, oakmoss, labdanum, musk, ambergris

    Formulation? (EDP, parfum or body lotion)
    EdP

    Did you like it?
    Surprisingly I did enjoy it today, and I've been trying to like this one for awhile and it just wasn't working.

    Is it a good autumn / winter scent?
    It's not bad. It's certainly not a chilly scent, it has sufficient toasty warmth to be passable on a cool day. I believe it would be better in spring, though. I don't think (despite the warmth of the notes) that it would overpower or become cloying in moderate heat. It was 22 C and sunny today and Moss seemed just right for that temperature.

    Did it elicit compliments / comments?
    DH2B really likes this one. I made a friend sniff me as well, and she thought it was very nice as well.

    Which notes dominated in the blend?
    I would say the mosses: there is something warm and hay-like and a little musty that seems to be the theme. I also smell a lot of amber throughout the scent's evolution. I'm not sure about the labdanum, and I'm not recognizing too much musk. I get no lavender and don't know what fern should smell like, but I suppose fresh and green. I don't get much of that. I do get a brief citrus burst in the beginning with the lime (one of my favourite notes) and bergamot. It is unfortunately short-lived and almost drowned in a weird, soapy note that I get from a lot of Ava Luxe fragrances.

    Did it smell the way you imagined it would?
    Yes, in a way, because I've been sampling it for some time, but I quite liked it today and it previously actually made me feel sick to my stomach. I got much less of the "soapy" note today than before.

    Would you wear it again?
    I will certainly continue sampling it; though I do feel it's better suited to springtime so I might wait until then. Even though I'm not crazy about it it represents a style that I don't have much of in my wardrobe, so I find it interesting.

    Score / Rating 3.5/5

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    What did you try? (name of sample / perfume)
    Film Noir

    Scent Family? (incense, chypre, gourmand, floral, etc)
    Chypre

    Notes? (available on www.ava-luxe.com)
    Black leather, suede, hemlock spruce, ambergris, mousse de chine, morrocan rose, black amber, green grass, civet, olibanum, bergamot, coumarin, tobacco, tonka bean

    Formulation? (EDP, parfum or body lotion)
    EdP

    Did you like it?
    I am sitting here in front of my computer lovin' it!

    Is it a good autumn / winter scent?
    Absolutely. Too heavy for a spring, summer fragrance, IMO. I also think of this as a night fragrance. A going out on the town scent, but whereas Madame X was going out the opera Film Noir is going to a rock show.

    Did it elicit compliments / comments?
    Nobody's smelled me except DH2B and he's too sleepy to comment.

    Which notes dominated in the blend?
    Certainly leather, and there is a rubbery, gasoline-y smell that others have mentioned as well. I get quite a bit of rose in the mid notes, and something sweet and light, almost like a soft, fruity vanilla toward the dry down. Really not sure what that could be. It's sort of tough and dirty on the outside but somehow sweet and pretty on the inside.

    Did it smell the way you imagined it would?
    This is another that I've sampled before, so yes, but it keeps evolving everytime I try it. I didn't initially expect that rubbery note and that is what really makes this fragrance for me, so that's a pleasant surprise.

    Would you wear it again?
    I have a feeling that I'll be getting a bottle of this one. I just like it more and more every time I try it. I have a sample of the EdP. Has anyone tried it in parfum and can anyone tell me how they compare?

    Score / Rating 4/5
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    Decided to table the Chypres for this evening and move straight to the Musks. I may never find the notes for these but here goes:

    White Musk is the closest thing I've found to the bohemian ubiquitous 70s musk that so very many of us wore and associate with the very word musk. It is light but earthy (animalic?) at the same time. It brought back "my golden youth" quite nicely and never fails to illicit praise from the initiated, who are amazed to smell it again! Bo Derek would have smelled like this in "10". I wore my musk with Indian cottons and hung out listening to folk music in the park. This musk would layer with anything.

    Nude Musk is another matter, a creamier less vanilla take on LTBL (my musk of all musks) with something else that renders it sexy as "heck". It's a woody musk, I'm betting sandal and just a hint of bergamot in the opening. Utterly dreamy and definitely something I would buy as a parfum, an EDP...whatever 5/5.

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    First, reeling from yesterday's catastrophic encounter with Ava Luxe Lily, and today this news:

    Ava Luxe is taking a much needed extended break. I'm not sure when I'll be re-opening but I will continue to sell a small selection of perfumes in my Etsy shop http://avaluxe.etsy.com.
    If you've run out of something you really need send me a message and I'll reserve it for you in the etsy shop..
    Sorry, no sample orders.
    I deeply appreciate everyones support and love over these past years.
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    xoxoxo

    Staggered upstairs to embrace my small collection and spray on some White Lily for today's Fresh/Clean/Light Musk (thanks Tinks!!) Still lovin' it - very Casablanca cum Freesia with high green notes and a whispery soft drydown- fresh indeed.

    What do you think she means "not sure".....???? How dare she have a life!!!
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    What did you try? (name of sample / perfume)
    Pearl Musk

    Scent Family? (incense, chypre, gourmand, floral, etc)
    Musks

    Notes?
    No clue - the only definite, Musk.

    Miss Serena - please come back soon!!!!!!! (2nd public grovel on this thread )

    Formulation? (EDP, parfum or body lotion)
    EdP

    Did you like it?
    Yes - though not as much as some of her other scents. Not a huge clean skin scent person.

    Is it a good autumn / winter scent?
    This one may be better for Spring / Summer. Even though it's warm in DC, I'm just not feeling it. Of course, I think I'm slightly anosmic today.

    Weather in DC today - This morning (around 4:00am DC time - it was 70 degrees F, clear, and a cool breeze coming though the window. As a result, it felt cooler (maybe 60 degrees F)

    Did it elicit compliments / comments?
    No comments, but when I went back to bed, the SO hugged me and groaned. I guess I'll take that as a good sign. Then again, he always does that......

    Which notes dominated in the blend?
    Again, feeling a bit anosmic today, but I picked up musk and a bit of vanilla. Then a "dryer sheet" note appeared (for those in the US/Canada - it reminded me of Bounce Original.) This stayed with the musk through 3-4 hours. 5 hours in it became musk laced with light floral. It wears very close throughout and it is also pretty tenacious. Around 11:00am DC time, I dabbed my sample of Sage Machiado Pearl EDT over it.


    Did it smell the way you imagined it would?
    Yes. It smelled like a clean musk. I will admit, I think I prefer the Sage Pearl - if only because it has a stronger vanilla note.

    Would you wear it again?
    Yes - I'll finish the sample. But I think I'll save the rest for spring.

    Score / Rating /5

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    Day Four of the Ava Luxe Experience and I was looking forward to finally giving Love's True Bluish Light a test drive. I had heard so much about it, the notes sounded wonderful, and the name made me smile. I was not disappointed, I'm smitten. This is definitely FBW, and I will have to buy this if the store re-opens ...
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    Normally I'd be wearing Rasa on the stinky musks day but I'm giving Sin another whirl, now my nose is slightly better. I'll report back later.

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    Carnet de bal has grown on me so much that I had to wear it again today. It has excellent longevity, which is something I didn't have a chance to discover when I was writing the last post about it - when i woke up the next morning it was the first thing to hit my senses, but very gentley. It wears quite close to the skin but I'm only dabbing it on, spraying it might be a whole different story. It does seem very appropriate to the time of year.

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    Name of Scent: Gardenia Musk
    Fragrance Family: Light Musk
    Formulation: Parfum
    Notes: Gardenia,vanilla, musk
    Did you like it? Sadly, no.
    Did it smell like you expected? Yes and no
    Is it good for autumn / winter wear? On me, no.
    Did it elicit any compliments / comments? No, but I wore this home alone so didn’t expect much feedback
    Which notes dominated in the blend? This is all gardenia and musk. But unfortunately the base of this turned crazy sweet on me and all the notes became a generic expensive smelling soapy mish mash on me. I understand that this may be a HG / signature scent for many but for me it was hellish, just boardering on anger inducing, failure. I do not like smelling like expensive laundry powder and do not find it remotely feminine or enticing to do so... I am thinking that maybe this would fare better in warmer summer weather. However I already have a few beautiful gardenia soliflores that I would eagerly reach for before even considering this. Dana Classic Gardenia, TBS Indian Gardenia (original formulation), and Floris Gardenia are those that quickly come to mind. I even prefer the current formulation of TBS Indian Gardenia to this blend. The scent ends as a safe light gardenia laced musk that lasts and lasts - a skin-but-better scent.
    Would you wear it again? I need to try it again at least once, especially in warm weather) just to see whether the synthetic floral / generic wash soap horror happens.
    Score: 2.5 /5

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    Blues - you are making me lust after Carnet de Bal even more now... I am a real vintage lover and have been meaning to get a sample of this for ages but your descriptions are tempting me to buy a full bottle blind!!
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    Wearing Opoponax Intense today. Don't know the notes, but I "recognize" a certain feel to this one. When I first wore Oscar back in the 70s, I loved that glorious drydown and sillage, it's not listed in the official notes, but it had to be opoponax. This startes out intense indeed, but becomes warm and dreamy.

    A glorious scent.


    You know me, when the threat of a fragrance being lost forever appears, I fall into an almost agitated state. That's what I'm feeling about my ALs now. They were easy to wear when I could take them for granted and replenish my stock, but now they have a more bittersweet feel.

    Sigh

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    Blues - you are making me lust after Carnet de Bal even more now... I am a real vintage lover and have been meaning to get a sample of this for ages but your descriptions are tempting me to buy a full bottle blind!!
    Do you happen to remember any of the notes in it? Is it a chypre? If you managed to get your hands on a bottle and didn't like it I'd be happy to take it off your hands!

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