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    Default From the following houses, which MUST be tried??

    Lorenzo Villoresi
    Prada Exclusives
    Tom Ford Exclusives
    Jo Malone
    Etat Libre dOrange
    Parfums d'Empire
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
    Serge Leutens (besides Chergui and Ambre Sultan)

    If I were to sniff only the best 1 or 2 scents from these lines, which would you suggest?

    I leave for London tomorrow and have a LOT to smell on our walking scent tour on Thursday.
    In an effort to "cut to the chase", which are the must-tries here???

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    A few suggestions (pardon my spelling):

    LV - Vetiver & Uomo
    JM - P. Noir, Amber & Lavendar, Lime Basil & Manadrin
    P d'Empire - Cuir Ottoman, Fougere Bengal
    MPG - Santal Noble, Route du Vetiver
    SL - Fumerie Turque, MKK

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    Lorenzo Villoresi: Musk, Garofano, Vetiver

    Etat Libre d'Orange: Jasmin et Cigarette, Putain des Palaces

    Serge Lutens: Miel de Bois, Fumerie Turque

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    Tom Ford Exclusives: Oud Wood, Black Violet
    Jo Malone: Orange Blossom, Tuberose
    Etat Libre d'Orange: Tom of Finland, Putain des Palaces
    Serge Lutens: MKK, À la Nuit

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    Lorenzo Villoresi: Uomo and Vetiver
    Jo Malone: Black Vetyver Café
    MPG: Route du Vetiver, Secret Melange
    Serge Lutens: Chene, Arabie and Five O'Clock Au Gingembre (well, maybe MKK too, just to get a good laugh about all the silly hype it has been getting)
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    LV - Vetiver is the must, Piper Nigrum to see what everyone is on about, and Sandolo (except that the one time I had it on, people asked me why I was wearing a woman's scent)

    Jo Malone - The Black Pepper is really interesting.

    MPG - Santal Noble or Ambre Preceiux (they're kind of similar) and Iris Bleu Gris.

    Enjoy your trip.
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    Have a wonderful time in London Dimitri - I'm jealous!

    Lorenzo Villoresi - Spezie and Vetiver
    Prada Exclusives - I have NO idea...
    Tom Ford Exclusives - Tuscan Leather and Tobacco Vanille
    Jo Malone - the new Amber Lily (if they have it) and Lime, Basil & Mandarin
    Etat Libre dOrange - The new Tom of Finland (wink) and Jasmin et Cigarette
    Parfums d'Empire - Fougere Bengale
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier - Route du Vetiver and Jardin du Nil
    Serge Leutens (besides Chergui and Ambre Sultan) - Douce Amere and Arabie
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    You begin to awaken"

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    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier - Racine

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    SL: Borneo 1834

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri View Post
    Serge Leutens (besides Chergui and Ambre Sultan)
    I think it would be interesting to compare SL's Bois series with his original design Femininite du Bois for Shiseido. All together they make a great combination and a real fun time.

    But if you weren't up to that:

    Daim Blonde & Borneo 1834

    (I think MKK is a good scent, but its too much like Keihl's Musk with an added slug of Cumin to make it bottle worthy for me.)
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    SL Gris Clair

    Bon Voyage!
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    Default Re: From the following houses, which MUST be tried??

    LV
    Uomo's the only one with lasting interest

    Prada
    Nada

    Tom Ford
    See above

    Jo Malone
    Lime, Basil and Mandarin
    Wild Fig & Cassis

    Etat Libre
    Secretions
    Eloge du Traitre

    Parfums d'Empire
    Turin says Exhale is good. I haven't cared for the others. Haven't tried Fougère Bengale. Turin gave it four stars.

    MPG
    Parfum d'Habit
    Racine
    Iris Bleu Gris
    Baïme
    Route du Vetiver
    Eau des Iles
    Santal Noble and Ambre Precieux are good, but neither have had sex in years.

    "Lutens" (There's no eu in Lutens)
    Chene
    Rose de Nuit
    Cuir Mauresque
    Muscs Koublaï Khän
    Iris Silver Mist
    Sarrasins
    Tubereuse Criminelle
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    Default Re: From the following houses, which MUST be tried??

    Quote Originally Posted by Bromo33333 View Post
    ...(I think MKK is a good scent, but its too much like Keihl's Musk with an added slug of Cumin to make it bottle worthy for me.)
    MKK is only vaquely reminiscent of Kiehl's Musk once you really spend time with it. It's not a loud fragrance, but rather an exquisite and very sensual skin scent: an initimate fragrance that's at its best in close quarters and with the rise in body heat.

    A few animalic ingredients MKK contains that Kiehl's doesn't:

    Four different kinds of musk
    Civet
    Castoreum
    Costus
    Ambrette seeds
    Ambergris
    Last edited by pluran; 13th May 2008 at 05:47 PM.

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    Thanks very much for the suggestions gents - am attempting to "average" the answers and put together a (kind-of) definitive list! I will let you know how I get on!

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    Default Re: From the following houses, which MUST be tried??

    Lorenzo Villoresi - Musk, Vetiver, Yebrmate
    Prada Exclusives - Cuir Ambre (or along the lines), Benjoin
    Tom Ford Exclusives - Moss Breeches, Noir de Noir, Amber Absolute
    Jo Malone - Blue Agva & Cacao, 154 Cologne & Kodho Wood Night
    Etat Libre dOrange - Rien, Eloge du Traitre & Jasmin et Cigarettes
    Parfums d'Empire - Fougere Bengale
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier - Santal Something, Iris Bleu Gris & Route du Vetiver
    Serge Leutens (besides Chergui and Ambre Sultan) - Borneo 1934, Fumerie Turque and Iris Silver Mist along with MKK if you don't mind 'dirty'

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    Default Re: From the following houses, which MUST be tried??

    Lorenzo Villoresi - Uomo, Piper Nigrum and Yerbamate
    Tom Ford Exclusives - Tuscan Leather, Moss Breeches and Tobacco Vanille
    Jo Malone - Pomegranate Noir and Amber & Lavender
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier - Parfum d'Habit and Santal Noble
    Serge Leutens - Cuir Mauresque and Gris Clair
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    Default Re: From the following houses, which MUST be tried??

    Lorenzo Villoresi -Uomo
    Prada Exclusives=?
    Tom Ford Exclusives- Japan Noir
    Jo Malone - vetiver, mandarin lime basil
    Etat Libre dOrange=?
    Parfums d'Empire- FB
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier - Santal Noble
    Serge Leutens (besides Chergui and Ambre Sultan)- Encens et Lavende is a Necessity!

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    Jo Malone - Nutmeg and Ginger, Black Vetyver Cafe
    Etat Libre dOrange - Charogne, Rien, Jasmin et Cigarette
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier - Santal Noble, Ambre Précieux
    Serge Lutens - Vétiver Oriental, Cuir Mauresque, Un Bois Sépia
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    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    MKK is only vaquely reminiscent of Kiehl's Musk once you really spend time with it. It's not a loud fragrance, but rather an exquisite and very sensual skin scent: an initimate fragrance that's at its best in close quarters and with the rise in body heat.

    A few animalic ingredients MKK contains that Kiehl's doesn't:

    Four different kinds of musk
    Civet
    Castoreum
    Costus
    Ambrette seeds
    Ambergris
    Interesting. I'll have to do more comparison, I suppose - drat!

    How were you able to compare, BTW?
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    Etat Libre d'Orange
    I'm surprised that there have been so many mentions of Jasmin et Cigarette - not because I think it's a bad scent [I don't - it's a very likeable jasmine], but because it offers little in the way of mystery or complexity. The name, in this instance, is absolutely spot on: you want to smell of jasmine and cigarette smoke? Buy Jasmin et Cigarette!

    For this reason, I'd also eliminate Encens et Bubblegum from the list; again, if you think you can imagine the clash of those seemingly disparate smells, then you're probably not far off experiencing it. It's another one that does exactly what it says on the, erm, tin. Sweet yet dry, heavy to the point of cloying/nauseating, linear and lasts for years.

    I had written a long paragraph of reasons why the first must-try has to be Secretions Magnifiques, but luckily I re-read your post and realised that you're going to be spraying and walking around in public. In that case: DO NOT TRY SECRETIONS MAGNIFIQUES. By all means get a sample vial to take away with you to experience later in the comfort of your own bathroom - in fact, I urge you to do this, as I think every fan of fragrance needs to experience this - but for chrissakes don't spray it on in-store! Seriously, it could ruin an otherwise delightful day - this is a fragrance that will alter your perceived notions of perfume boundaries [and almost certainly not in a good way!]

    One ELd'O that I would recommend, however, is Charogne. It's such a complex beasty - a gorgeous sweet floral to start [it's like a soliflore of the juicius fruitii blossom ] with an indolic/leather progression. It's the indole accord that elevates the fragrance and makes it fascinating, yet it's actually very wearable; I've worn it to work and not had a single quizzical expression or recoil of disgust from colleagues. Definitely one to try.

    Well, I was also going to add my MPG and SL recommendations [The Lutens range isn't easy to narrow down to one or two], but frankly I'm drained after all that
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    Default Re: From the following houses, which MUST be tried??

    Lorenzo Villoresi - Vetiver
    Prada Exclusives - never tried any
    Tom Ford Exclusives - Tobacco Vanille - wasn't too happy with Tuscan.
    Jo Malone - Grapefruit is a great citrus! Lime Basil & Mandarin is also good!
    Etat Libre dOrange - never tried
    Parfums d'Empire - Equistrius is great, and I liked a lot Amber Russe. Cuir was tooooooo rubber smelling
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier - Route du Vetiver! Amber Sultan (better than Amber Russe imo), Iris Blu Gris
    Serge Leutens (besides Chergui and Ambre Sultan) - Un Bois Vanille, Gris Clair

    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri View Post
    Lorenzo Villoresi
    Prada Exclusives
    Tom Ford Exclusives
    Jo Malone
    Etat Libre dOrange
    Parfums d'Empire
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
    Serge Leutens (besides Chergui and Ambre Sultan)

    If I were to sniff only the best 1 or 2 scents from these lines, which would you suggest?

    I leave for London tomorrow and have a LOT to smell on our walking scent tour on Thursday.
    In an effort to "cut to the chase", which are the must-tries here???
    "Faites des bêtises, mais faites les avec enthousiasme !" Colette

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    Default Re: From the following houses, which MUST be tried??

    Lorenzo Villoresi: Yerbamate, Uomo
    Prada Exclusives: no clue
    Tom Ford Exclusives: Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather, Japon noir, Noir de Noir
    Jo Malone: Pommegranate Noir, Wild Fig&Cassis
    Etat Libre dOrange: Rien
    Parfums d'Empire: no clue
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier: Iris Bleu Gris, Grain de Plaisir
    Serge Leutens: Fumerie Turque, Borneo, Bois de Violette

    Have lots of fun Dimi!

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    Prada Exclusives Cuir
    Tom Ford Exclusives~ Amber Absolute Oud Wood
    Jo Malone~ Lime & Basil
    Etat Libre dOrange Haven't had anything from this house
    Parfums d'Empire~ Ambre Russe, Cuir Ottoman
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier~ Ambre Percious
    Serge Leutens (besides Chergui and Ambre Sultan)~ Musc Kubula Khan, Arabie

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    Villoresi. The entire blue bottle line is worth exploring, and finding your favorite. They are all exceptional.

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    Default Re: From the following houses, which MUST be tried??

    Lorenzo Villoresi: Vetiver
    Tom Ford Exclusives: Oud Wood & Moss Breches
    Etat Libre dOrange: (I have some samples on the way: the "leathers" and Jasmin et Cigarette sound interesting)
    Parfums d'Empire: Fougere Bengale
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier: Parfum d'Habit & Route du Vetiver
    Serge Lutens: Fumerie Turque, Chene, Iris Silver Mist (has an edge over Dior Homme IMO), Santal de Mysore, Borneo 1834

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    Dimi,

    I suggest you visit Geo F Trumper and sample their Sandalwood Cologne, my holy grail .

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    If you're visiting London, then you'll only get to see the export range from Serge Lutens, right? In that case I'd recommend Douce Amere, Daim Blond and Five o'Clock au Gingembre, if you can fit three in.

    From MPG, Iris Bleu Gris & Route du Vetiver
    From Parfums d'Empire, Fougere Bengale & Cuir Ottoman

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    Quote Originally Posted by knightowl View Post
    Dimi,

    I suggest you visit Geo F Trumper and sample their Sandalwood Cologne, my holy grail .
    Hi Knightowl,

    I have sampled a good deal of Trumpers fragrances, including the Sandalwood. Good that you liked it, but it didn't speak volumes to me unfortunately *shrug*

    Again, thanks everyone for your suggestions. Im off for the airport in a few minutes.

    See you on the flipside!

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    I'm a big fan of Etat Libre d'Orange - even though I feel theri sense of humour is a bit childish. Still - their Divin Enfant is the first perfume I've ever tried that actually made me laugh!

    Their description on the website says:
    "under the angel, the faked innocense of a demon...What a sweet little monster!"

    I tried it on the first time on my way to work one morning, and I got the sweet, innocent opening of orange blossom and marshmallows. I was going to give a guided tour to a group of small children, and I thought this scent could be appropriate.

    When I arrived at work I smelled like the devil himself, spice, coffee, leather and tobacco, and I could almost see a little baby demon with angel wings giggling at my suprise!

    I think the angelic opening coud be a bit too sweet for most men, but you should definitely try it out.

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    Default Re: From the following houses, which MUST be tried??

    Lorenzo Villoresi - Piper Nigrum, Vetiver, Yerbamate.
    Parfum D'Empire - Eau de Gloire (I love this one and NOBODY ever talks about it!)
    MPG - Eau de Isles, Santal Noble
    Serge Lutens - Gris Clair

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