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    Default Cinnamon - The lists, the scents and the recommendations - 2008 edition

    Welcome to the annual mikeperez23 Cinnamon thread. This is Part 2 to a thread I started last year (http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=198828) about cinnamon prominent scents. I took the list from last year, updated it from the suggestions in the thread, edited the scents I have sampled/bought since – and here we have the 2008 Cinnamon Thread.

    I own:

    Baie de Genievre by Creed
    Ambre Narguile by Hermes
    Sherbet: Cinnamon by Comme des Garcons
    Spezie by Lorenzo Villoresi
    Noir Epices by Frederic Malle
    Obsession by Calvin Klein
    Santalum by Profumum
    Comme des Garcons EDP
    Arabie by Serge Lutens
    Calvin by Calvin Klein
    White by Comme des Garcons
    Witness by Bogart (which I own)
    Chergui by Serge Lutens
    Egoiste by Chanel

    I have tried and love (and will own soon):

    Mouchoir de Monsieur by Guerlain
    Un Crime Exotique by Parfumerie Generale
    LP No.9 for Men by Penhaligons
    Opium EDT by YSL
    London by Burberry
    Tea for Two by L’Artisan Parfumeur

    I have tried and DO NOT LIKE:

    Must Pour Homme by Cartier
    Pour Monsieur Concentree by Chanel
    Envy by Gucci
    Dunhill Edition
    Brit by Burberry
    Corduroy by Zirh
    Spirit by Antonio Banderas
    Cypress by Acqua di Parma
    Joop Homme
    360 Red by Perry Ellis
    L by Lolita Lempicka
    Feminite de Bois by Shiseido
    Black Cashmere by Donna Karan
    Cinnabar EdT by Estee Lauder
    Musc Ravageur by Frederic Malle
    Incensi by Lorenzo Villoresi
    Amber Canelle by Creed
    Maharadjah by PdN
    Carlos Santana Pour Homme
    Original Santal by Creed
    Zero Plus by Diesel
    Cimabue by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz
    Querelle by Parfumerie Generale
    Rousse by Serge Lutens
    Patchouli Pure by Fresh Index
    Organza Indecence by Givenchy
    Maharanhi by PdN (I have a sample)
    JHL by Aramis
    Catalyst by Halston
    Costes by Hotel Costes

    I have ‘heard’ have cinnamon and want to sample:

    Eau Lente by Diptyque (I have a sample)
    Nikos by Nikos
    Jaipur Homme by Boucheron
    L’Eau by Diptyque (I have a sample)
    Vanille Cannelle by Comptoir Sud Pacifique
    Solo Loewe by Loewe
    Woods of Windsor for Gentleman by Woods of Windsor
    Fresh by Trussardi
    Uomo by Fendi
    Kashmir Spice by Ava Luxe (I think I have a sample..?)
    Epice Sauvage from Ayala Moriel
    Bengal by BPAL
    Basi Homme by Armand Basi

    I have tried and I’m 'on the fence' about:

    Sushi Imperiale by Bois 1920
    Bois de Paradis by Parfums Delrae
    H.O.T. Always by Bond No. 9
    Carven Homme

    So, here’s my questions that I posed from the last thread:

    Which of the above list (those I want to sample or those I am on the fence about) would you recommend?
    What scents (men or women’s scents) am I missing?


    Feel free to suggest fragrances marketed to men or women – I’ll try anything as long as it smells good!
    Last edited by mikeperez23; 10th December 2008 at 12:05 AM. Reason: UPDATED 12-08
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    Well, I was about to recommend Santana but realized you don't like it. Hmm, just curious what you didn't like about that one?

    I get a noticeable amount of cinnamon and nutmeg sweetened a hint with vanilla and further rounded with a touch of powder from guaiacwood in the heart and majority of the drydown in Viktor and Rolf's Antidote.

    Other than that, you've listed all the cinnamon scents I've tried (Santana, Obsession, London (don't get much cinnamon there)). I guess I need to sample more .

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    Carven and Sushi!
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    Mike, out of those listed, can you tell me which are the most cinnamon prominent. I love cinnamon as a note and would love to check out more of these frags.

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    Creed Ambre Canelle is awesome IMO but you did not like it.
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    Mike, I'd say not to bother with Woods of Windsor. I got a bottle at TJMaxx for $10 and gave it away. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one "on the fence" about Costes and Tea for Two! I love Olivia G., but these two have never quite grabbed me. Costes is a bit neutral for me and Tea for Two a bit too literal. (It just smells like nice Chai to me.)

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    I like Eau Lente a lot, but although it has cinnamon, to me it's much more about cloves. I don't really get much cinnamon (if any) from Tea for Two.

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    Creed Orange Spice is warm, fruity and spicy with orange, cinnamon and clove notes.
    I get as much cinnamon as I get orange and clove.

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    I dislike Original Santal, Joop, Envy, the majority of your dislikes are mine.
    I do dislike the balmy Equipage note in L'Artisan Tea for Two, but the rest is ok.
    The dark green Must de Cartier I do like, and it's understated cinnamon, but not enough to buy.
    I only have three more scents I knowingly liked the Cinnamon in:

    The drydown of Vintage Tabarome has a pleasant cinnamon note, and that's the stage of it I like.
    Bowling Green is one of my favorites, the cinnamon is overwhelmed by the rest, but does compliment it.
    Also, the middle of Eax des Bavx has a more prominent Cinnamon note, it's more subtle initially, and fades nicely into the incense/vanilla drydown. Eax des Bavx sweet drydown reminds me of a Lebanese strain of herb (yes, that kind of herb) whose name transalates to "Marshmallows". I haven't smoked that strain since I was 17, and still remember it smelling of funk, spice, and cereal marshmallows. LOL
    As far as the use of both prominent Cinnamon & Incense in Eax des Bavx, it's shockingly similar to THIS and THIS
    Both very prominent and pleasant blend of Cinnamon in a stickless resin Frankincense.
    Good luck finding the perfect Cinnamon.
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    My experience is rather limitid in this arena but I love the cinnamon in JHL. Was not actually aware of there being a cinnamon note in Carven Homme. That said, I like that fragrance a lot as well.

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    L'Instant PH I comes off as having a cinnamon note, or a combination of notes that provide the same effect.

    Agree with you on Must de Cartier - great if one is pushing 80.

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    I just got a sample of Terra di Siena by i Profumi di Firenze from Beauty Habits. Though my nose may not be as trained as most, I do detect the hint of cinnamon they mention on their site.

    "This unisex fragrance captures the magic of Sienna with top notes of bergamot and mint; heart notes of Florentine lavender, cumin, cinnamon, orange blossom and a seductive woody finale of sandalwood, cedar, tonka bean and vanilla."

    After wearing the sample, I'm getting a bottle for sure. It works so well with me and this cold weather. I still have some of the sample left.
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    Rousse by SL, the summer cinnamon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Mike, out of those listed, can you tell me which are the most cinnamon prominent. I love cinnamon as a note and would love to check out more of these frags.
    Gucci II - 45 seconds into it it becomes pure cinnamon....and stayes that way....strong as well
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    Aramis Devin definitely has cinammon.
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    i just get nasty synthetic from gucci II.

    for the real cinnamon business, go Un Crime Exotique... frontrunner for my favorite gourmand of all time.
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    Default Re: Cinnamon - The lists, the scents and the recommendations - 2008 edition

    though its not cinnamon...i would reccomend royall bay rhum or trumpers bay rhum which are both clove laden which to many smells very similar. Funny enough my dad insisted my girlfriend smell his Royall bay Rhum and her first reaction was ....you guessed it...."that smells like cinnamon". Royall Spyce smells kinda cinnamony too(i like it better than their bay rhum)....also these frags can be had in small sizes for very cheap...so if you dont like em you wont really have buyers remorse because you got them for so cheap.
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    Gucci II - 45 seconds into it it becomes pure cinnamon....and stayes that way....strong as well
    i thought that was the pimento i was smelling?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Mike, out of those listed, can you tell me which are the most cinnamon prominent. I love cinnamon as a note and would love to check out more of these frags.
    That's a hard question to answer. Prominent to my nose might not be prominent to your nose. But, if I had to name 3 I'd say:

    Rousse by Serge Lutens
    Cinnamon (Sherbet Series) by CdG
    Witness by Bogart or Catalyst by Halston [a tie].
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    You missed 'SWING' by Fragonard. I like the Spicy headiness with the Cinnamon.

    A definite try before you buy scent.
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    Default Re: Cinnamon - The lists, the scents and the recommendations - 2008 edition

    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    As far as the use of both prominent Cinnamon & Incense in Eax des Bavx, it's shockingly similar to THIS and THIS
    Both very prominent and pleasant blend of Cinnamon in a stickless resin Frankincense.
    I'm familiar with Shoyeido incense - great stuff, isn't it. The frankincense is the best of the line. And not too 'smoky' either. That reminds me I need to buy some more of that soon...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post

    I have ‘heard’ have cinnamon and want to sample:

    Epice Sauvage from Ayala Moriel
    If you are looking for cinnamon the perfume with the most pronounced note of it in my collection is Immortelle l'Amour, which features notes of cinnamon CO2 - a distillation that is very fresh and true to the real spice.

    There are a few more in my collection with cinnamon, I personally love this note (Finjan, Palas Atena, Bois d'Hiver and Ayala) but Immortelle l'Amour is the only one where it has such a pronounced presence. It helps to create waffles scent - with cinnamon and maple syrup...
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    In conjunction with my last post about Terra di Siena there is another fragrance made by the same perfumer (i Profumi di Firenze) called Spezie de Medici (not to be confused with Spezie by Lorenzo Villoresi which you already have on your list). It's notes are Cinnamon, Cayenne, Cardamom, Clove and Ginger.
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    Default Re: Cinnamon - The lists, the scents and the recommendations - 2008 edition

    Thanks for all of the great recommendations everyone. So, I've got:

    Antidote by Viktor & Rolf, Gucci Pour Homme II, Bowling Green, Orange Spice, Vintage Tabarome (I smelled all of these once before and I don't remember cinnamon in them at all. I'll resniff again)
    Eau des Baux by L'Occitane (I've been hearing good things about this one recently)
    L'Instant PH (I thought this had chocolate in it?)
    Terra di Siena and Spezie de Medici by I Profumi di Firenze (both sound great)
    Devin (I know this fragrance very well and love it - but I didn't list it above because I don't think of it as a cinnamon scent..?)
    Royal Bay Rhum and Trumpers Bay Rum (I love bay rum fragrances, so I'll try these two...a good bay rum in my wardrobe for my upcoming summer vacation in Europe would be nice)
    Swing by Fragonard (I've never even heard of this - thanks!)
    Immortelle l'Amour (thanks alaya - honestly, I would have never known that IA had prominent cinnamon from the name...I love immortelle, but Eau Noire is my immortelle go-to scent - however immortelle and cinnamon sounds fantastic)

    Also - has anyone smelled Isabelle Capeto. It's marketed to women, and it comes in the most impossibly girly bottles I've ever seen (pic below) - but the cinnamon/woods base sounds yummy.
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    I noted Cinnamon in Caron's L'Anarchiste ... pretty prominently... at least to my nose ...
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    Two blockbusters in which cinnamon plays an important role (even if these are not cinnamon fragrances proper) are Patou pour homme and Jil Sander Man Pure. I personally find the cinnamon decisively contributes to their über-brilliance.
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    Default Re: Cinnamon - The lists, the scents and the recommendations - 2008 edition

    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life View Post
    Two blockbusters in which cinnamon plays an important role (even if these are not cinnamon fragrances proper) are Patou pour homme and Jil Sander Man Pure. I personally find the cinnamon decisively contributes to their über-brilliance.
    Thanks t_g_l - I've not smelled both, although the Jil Sander line is so friggin confusing Man, Man Pure, Man Eater, Half Man....

    Which brings up a good question: How does cinnamon contribute to these scents? Does it spice up the woods? I've never really thought of cinnamon as something that played in the background of a scent, I always look for it on the surface. But your post brings up a good point - cinnamon is most likely there in the background of a lot of scents, undetected to my nose.
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    My limited edition fragrance Temple has Chinese Cinnamon and other warm spices anchored by true Oud. The opening note of distilled orange juice of course is a fun accompaniment to the cinnamon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Thanks t_g_l - I've not smelled both, although the Jil Sander line is so friggin confusing Man, Man Pure, Man Eater, Half Man....

    Which brings up a good question: How does cinnamon contribute to these scents? Does it spice up the woods? I've never really thought of cinnamon as something that played in the background of a scent, I always look for it on the surface. But your post brings up a good point - cinnamon is most likely there in the background of a lot of scents, undetected to my nose.
    It essentially orientalizes them. What Patou ph, Versailles ph, JHL and Man Pure share is a clove-cinnamon axis in the middle notes that adds spicy sweetness. Not surprisingly three are categorized as orientals by H&R, while Sander is grouped with the leathery chypres, its distinctiveness within that group however derives from that oriental inflection
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    Witness is one you should retry IMO. On me it doesn't last very long, but what a nice ride for a short one! I just keep a 5ml roll-on of Witness with me when I wear it so I can re-intensify it whenever the mood strikes.
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    Default Re: Cinnamon - The lists, the scents and the recommendations - 2008 edition

    Quote Originally Posted by kbe View Post
    Witness is one you should retry IMO. On me it doesn't last very long, but what a nice ride for a short one! I just keep a 5ml roll-on of Witness with me when I wear it so I can re-intensify it whenever the mood strikes.
    I have about 1/3 of a bottle - I have retried it about 10 times already. Each time, the harsh/synthetic top notes are what turn me off to it (same thing happened with Catalyst by Halston). After about 10 minutes is when it really starts to smell nice and toned down spicy. Having to endure the difficult top notes is not enjoyable to me, though. I'm not getting rid of my bottle, but it is not something I feel like wearing regularly.
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