I've just bought Rochas Lui by Rochas (2003) after reading many great reviews!
It's my first blind buy ever and I hope I will like it! But then again, can I go wrong on this frangrance for 24 Euro (inc. shipping and everything)?
So, what has been your latest blind buy and have you had any buyers remorse?
thebeck's words are wise. I've been mostly lucky.
But after blind buys of Michael for Men and two bottles of Creed: samples samples samples.
I won't even blind buy from houses I know and like.
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I've been wearing it for two days and I enjoy it quite a bit. A very nice departure from the typical synthetic summer scents widely available these days. Not the strongest, nor does it have the greatest sillage, just a very comfortable, versatile scent...
Thank you to scentemental. Without his help, I surely would have gotten the reformulated version!
Coco parfum ... the price was right and its absolutely amazing. Usually not a sweet fan, but this gorgeous blend of florals and candied fruit is divine. Its also really lit my parfum fire, what a wonderful idea, potency in a small package!
But don't get me wrong, I've had plenty of blinds go badly. Swapped recently for a bottle of Un Lys and it just didn't sit well with me, good thing I swapped it away almost as quickly!
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I'd have to say that I'm glad I did a lot of blind buying. Now keep in mind that these were generally quite inexpensive, and I did a lot of research first. Why? Because I've found that my tastes have changed (more than once) over the course of several months. I've got a bunch of large bottles (at least 50 ml in almost all cases), so I can experiment as much as I want (which I do, including layering effects). However, I'd advise not buying a bunch at one time, unless you get such a great deal that it doesn't matter (or you are rich, and it doesn't matter - same thing). Get to know the frag very well, then try to determine what you like and don't like about it, so that it will help you with your next purchase. Also, consider trying different types of frags, so that you give yourself a "break" from your most liked kind. Otherwise, you might get bored with frags in general. For me, this is especially the case with sweet frags. I have a few I really like, but I don't like them all the time, and I think I'd get to the point that I'd have to stop using them, if all I had to choose from were the sweet ones.
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Heh, I've bought more blind than sampled. But for the most part they've been relatively inexpensive and sane choices. More good than bad
Chanel Antaeus (big win)
Chanel Egoiste (boo!)
Caron Yatagan (big win)
Ungaro III (okay)
Bel Ami (win)
Bay Rum (wins - three versions)
But for most of these I wasn't dropping tons of cash. Under $50 in each case, but that's where I draw the line.
I've been pondering whether I should buy Dior's Eau Fraiche for awhile. It has all the things I'm interested in, vintage women's scent that's become, over time, unisex; a great nose, Edmond Roudnitska; and the notes: lemons over moss. I couldn't find a tester anywhere, so I threw caution to the wind and started my web search.
I thought to myself, Turin loves it, bront82 loves it, that's two good noses, I should love it, right? Blind buys are only fun when it's a bargain that I can't resist. Unfortunately, Dior's fragrances are rarely found with much of a discount. I found a decent price from imaginationperfumery.com (one of the online stores that I trust) and I had a 10% off certificate from them, so I took the plunge.
It arrived today, and it's just amazing. A cross between Chanel pour Monsieur and Eau Savuage.
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This weeks blind buys
Unforgivable Black-mmmmmmmmmmmmm COCONUT, i love coconut. smells like MI with coconut.
A*Men Pure Coffee- better than the original
I took a big risk in buying L'Artisan Dzing! and L'Artisan Mechant Loup blind.. both from a fellow basenoter... and I LOVE them both... they've become 2 of my best purchases ever, blind or otherwise
PVC and Leather. A Chain and a feather
I got Dzing! and Chypre Rouge. Dzing! was ok but just didn't make it. Chypre Rouge was nasty. Too sweet and strange and no longevity. To heck with blind buys. I like the sense of adventure but its just too expensive for me.
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Designer Frags: Test them out at the department store, but if the price is ultra-compelling and the notes "seem" perfect -- then give it a shot, it's fun.
Niche Frags: Too expensive to blind buy. So get a sample before committing.
Buying blind is like agreeing to marry a mail-order bride before you've even met her. You're going to be committing to something you've only read about and seen pictures of. As for the question, my last good blind buys were Kyoto, Vettiveru, and Very Male.
Jean Desprez Versailles Pour Homme Didn´t like very much in the beginning as I found the top notes to be too much in your face and to much of and elderly gentleman´s frag. But lately I´ve really become to appreciate the "dirty" dry down. This one has also opened my eyes for this kind of fragrances and I bought a sample of Derby and then a bottle...
Donna Karan Chaos Good but nothing special. But I found it little money.
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Well it's because of a comment from Trebor that I found this gem and I can only say: WOW!
It’s hard to believe that this is a modern designer fragrance. But then, there are elements of Lui that remind me somewhat of A*Men — rich, sweet patchouli and vanilla sans chocolate. What a beauty. Get it while it is still available.
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Claiborne Sport. Got it for 35$ Aus for a big bottle on the recommendation that it smells similar to Nightflight. I probably picked the wrong time of the year to buy it (the weather is getting alot cooler at the moment) but its nice, if not overly spectacular. It smells alot like CK Eternity layered with Cool Water. One thing I dont like is about 8 hours after applying it an odd plastic-y note starts to come out... Its not horrible, but it smells completely different to the rest of the fragrance!
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And at the moment I agree with Vibert:
,,I recently tried Black again, just for kicks, and now I have a different impression. I hardly notice the notorious burnt rubber note. I can't even smell the tea. All I pick up now is the most cloying - even choking - powdery vanilla I've experienced in years."
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