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    Default The Micallef line, extra exclusive, extra good?

    I recently had an opportunity to get my hands on Micallef Black Sea and I must say i'm pretty impressed with this scent. It's a spicy scent with healthy doses of Clove, Saffron, Cedar, Incense and Sandalwood, could be more, but these notes are all my nose can identify.

    Fans of Clove take notice, this is HOLY GRAIL material! The Clove here is done so wonderfully that it stays at the same levels with the Saffron, Cedar and Incense in the mix as much as to create a soothing "cooling" effect in the noistrils.. the same kind of "cooling" effect you get in your nasal cavity if you were to chew on a clove flavoured chewing gum. A scent that smells deliciously hot and cool at the same time, how wonderful!

    The lasting is incredible too with one full spray lasting almost 12 hours on my skin, which is a feat given my dry skin. The drydown is PURE BLISS with the subtle spicyness of the Clove laced with Saffron while the Sandalwood holds it to the skin. This is an all weather scent IMO and can be worn to all occassions, casual or Formal... I know I would. I'm now wanting to try their Red Sea which is a Cinnamon prominent scent with added Rose, Iris etc.

    Now, I haven't worn any clove prominent scent before so based on my first impression, I'd give this a 5 out of 5 star rating, the high quality and longevity/sillage of the scent only adds to the pleasure of wearing it.

    I will write more about it incase I get to wear it again, until then I'd like to know the thoughts of others who have tried this.


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    Default Re: The Micallef line, extra exclusive, extra good?

    Quote Originally Posted by javagreen View Post
    I recently had an opportunity to get my hands on Micallef Black Sea and I must say i'm pretty impressed with this scent. It's a spicy scent with healthy doses of Clove, Saffron, Cedar, Incense and Sandalwood, could be more, but these notes are all my nose can identify.

    Fans of Clove take notice, this is HOLY GRAIL material! The Clove here is done so wonderfully that it stays at the same levels with the Saffron, Cedar and Incense in the mix as much as to create a soothing "cooling" effect in the noistrils.. the same kind of "cooling" effect you get in your nasal cavity if you were to chew on a clove flavoured chewing gum. A scent that smells deliciously hot and cool at the same time, how wonderful!

    The lasting is incredible too with one full spray lasting almost 12 hours on my skin, which is a feat given my dry skin. The drydown is PURE BLISS with the subtle spicyness of the Clove laced with Saffron while the Sandalwood holds it to the skin. This is an all weather scent IMO and can be worn to all occassions, casual or Formal... I know I would. I'm now wanting to try their Red Sea which is a Cinnamon prominent scent with added Rose, Iris etc.

    Now, I haven't worn any clove prominent scent before so based on my first impression, I'd give this a 5 out of 5 star rating, the high quality and longevity/sillage of the scent only adds to the pleasure of wearing it.

    I will write more about it incase I get to wear it again, until then I'd like to know the thoughts of others who have tried this.

    Nice to see a post about Micallef. I think this line deserves more basenoters attention. It's only avaiable at fourseasons in the USA (samples too) except a couple of them available at The Perfumed Court. The whole Saisons Collection for Men - Black Sea, Red Sea, & White Sea were all nice scents but didn't have the punch and staying power I desire. For many they'll work like Black Sea did for you. M. Micallef uses quality ingredients.

    I know you enjoy Musc Maori on the ladies. Can I tell you about the most heavenly vanilla, cognac, rum womens scent? Simply the best vanilla I've encountered. Note Vanille from Les Notes Collection for Women by M. Micallef. This is a must sample for any woman vanilla lover.

    The Les Exclusifs Collection for Men is the line that floats my boat. The ingredients are top notch, and all three are worthy of sampling.

    Gaiac -
    Gaiac
    Gaiac, Vetyver
    Cedar, Vanilla, & Pepper

    Avant Garde -
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    Cocoa, Tobacco, Incens
    Tonka bean, Tolu

    Aoud -
    Spring Rose
    Aoud Essance, Nutmeg, Santal
    Wood Aoud, Grey Amber

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    Default Re: The Micallef line, extra exclusive, extra good?

    Thanks a lot for the information thebeck, we've been agreeing a lot on the scent front lately, haven't we?


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    Quote Originally Posted by javagreen View Post
    Thanks a lot for the information thebeck, we've been agreeing a lot on the scent front lately, haven't we?

    My Un Parfum des Sens et Bois sample should be arriving nnext day or two. I'll report back. As you can see from my signature I'm excited about Sliver Aoud by Montale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebeck View Post
    My Un Parfum des Sens et Bois sample should be arriving nnext day or two. I'll report back. As you can see from my signature I'm excited about Sliver Aoud by Montale.
    Neat! Waiting to hear your take on Des Sens et Bois. Lemme see how soon I can get my hands on some Silver Aoud.


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    Default Re: The Micallef line, extra exclusive, extra good?

    I have heard good things about the Note Vanillee, here and off Basenotes. The combo of tobacco (cigarette inspired) and indolic flowers with vanilla sounds like something I'd love. Of course the price ($192 at FIF) is a little daunting.

    Rumour has it Luckyscent should be getting this line very soon.
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    Default Re: The Micallef line, extra exclusive, extra good?

    This line is now available at luckyscent.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock_With_Scents View Post
    This line is now available at luckyscent.com
    Thanks for the tip! I will order the whole line.

    Well, as samples, that is.
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    Bam! just when I'm away AND broke this had to show up..... oh well, Luckyscent doesn't ship to India anyway


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    Default Re: The Micallef line, extra exclusive, extra good?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jock_With_Scents View Post
    This line is now available at luckyscent.com
    I just can't keep up with those folks at LuckyScent. Blink for a moment and there's something new in stock. Anyway looking forward to trying some more from this line (originally tried a few via Perfume Court).

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebeck View Post
    The Les Exclusifs Collection for Men is the line that floats my boat. The ingredients are top notch, and all three are worthy of sampling.

    Gaiac -
    Gaiac
    Gaiac, Vetyver
    Cedar, Vanilla, & Pepper

    Avant Garde -
    Citrus, Iris
    Cocoa, Tobacco, Incens
    Tonka bean, Tolu

    Aoud -
    Spring Rose
    Aoud Essance, Nutmeg, Santal
    Wood Aoud, Grey Amber
    These three are very nice! Gaiac reminds me of an niche version of Gucci Envy. (am I crazy for thinking this?) Aoud smells like... aoud. Avant Garde I still have to wrap my nose around. More complex than the previous two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domingo View Post
    Thanks for the tip! I will order the whole line.

    Well, as samples, that is.
    The better-stocked Douglas-chain perfumeries have them in Germany. I just tried a few very briefly and wasn't overly impressed. May revisit.
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    Default Re: The Micallef line, extra exclusive, extra good?

    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life View Post
    I just tried a few very briefly and wasn't overly impressed.
    Ditto!
    Solid package, nice bottles but the juices are someway uninspired. Exclusivness without class!
    I´ll pass.

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    Has anyone tried M. Micallef Sashka? It seems to be discontinued.
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    I tried over a dozen fragrances from this house and was largely underwhelmed. Most of them lacked any staying power after a couple of hours. A few of them even turned on my skin. One thing I noticed about them all was that the openings were very promising and then it was pretty much downhill from there.

    The ones I remember trying included:

    Avant Garde - a high quality acquatic that smelt like a Creed
    Floral - an intriguing florals and aldehydes combo that became a faint skin scent within a couple of hours
    Patchouli - a run of the mill patchouli fragrance that didn't agree with my skin chemistry
    Aoud - Aoud Lime but with 20-25% of the strength
    Night Aoud - an inoffensive floral oud that lacked any punch
    Note Ambre - misleading name, as it's more a floral with very little amber
    Black Sea - a so-so woody-spicy scent with a soapy drydown
    Note Vanille - pleasant but flat and lacking the magical performance of SDV (and with no tobacco)
    Vanille Aoud - creamy, thin and lacking any oud whatsoever
    Gaiac - a largely forgettable woody scent
    Automne - simply bland and generic

    IMHO, the bottles are the only interesting thing about these fragrances.
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    Default Re: The Micallef line, extra exclusive, extra good?

    Black Sea reminded me of DK Black Casmere and I liked it quite a lot - actually even so much that I'm now considering to purchase a bottle!

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    dosed on White Sea from a sample today and whoa! *enter the dragon pose* ooooooo...its a milder softer, muskier version of Narcisco Rodriguez for him! SoS do give this one a shot. ..i wud still prefer the much stronger NR, but this one aint bad. the very same "concrete note" and it paints the very same grey picture...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGA View Post
    Black Sea reminded me of DK Black Casmere and I liked it quite a lot - actually even so much that I'm now considering to purchase a bottle!
    GCA, i havent got a chance to test Black Sea...but, if you like Black Cashmere, then pls do give Costes by Hotel Costes a try. only difference would be the top notes..which is powdery in BC..however, after 10 minutes, i cudnt tell a difference...costes turns on the heat by some Incense too. lovely rendition.

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    Default Re: The Micallef line, extra exclusive, extra good?

    I've tried several samples, inc. Red and Black Seas and have not been impressed. The descriptions sounded like they might be things I'd go for, but nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post
    GCA, i havent got a chance to test Black Sea...but, if you like Black Cashmere, then pls do give Costes by Hotel Costes a try. only difference would be the top notes..which is powdery in BC..however, after 10 minutes, i cudnt tell a difference...costes turns on the heat by some Incense too. lovely rendition.
    A little off topic but REALLY??? Black Cashmere smells NOTHING like Hotel Costes to me. I mean not even in the same zip code. I get dark incense with woods and smoke in BC and a light fresh almost aquatic berry from Costes.

    Micallef I need to try. I have not encountered this house yet.

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    Default Re: The Micallef line, extra exclusive, extra good?

    I just got a sample of Black Sea yesterday, and I'm enjoying it (despite the vanilla!). I'm a bit late to the party thread, but here's my 2 cents, my review which I've just posted.

    Pink pepper, clove, saffron
    Muguet, carnation
    Cypress, gaiac wood, sandalwood, cedarwood
    Incense and ciste (labdanum)
    Vanilla
    This is luxury. The scent opens in a distinctive way. Most scents have a bright and crisp opening. Black Sea starts as very rich, dense, soft and cushiony. It is like encountering the base of the pyramid at the beginning. Then the clouds thin somewhat, and interesting notes emerge: clove from the spice and carnation; and resinous wood tones. The scent becomes a bit soapy and like a barbershop (the clove-y spice). And then it gets rich again, quite beautiful. The vanilla brings out a sweet note. Finally that burns off and some deep cedar notes remain. I’m not a fan of vanilla, but I can say that this is a lovely scent.
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    Ahhhhh. I remember this thread! It was back in my "lurking" days before I started to post. I thank this thread for my bottle of Black Sea and samples of many of the others in the line. Red Sea, is very interesting and for those that like their fragrances animalic should definitely give it a go.

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    I was unaware of this thread... I've just started sampling this line and will have to check out the 'Sea' fragrances as well as the 'seasons'.

    For now I've sampled four:

    Black Sashka - don't remember how to describe, but it wasn't my thing.

    Avant Garde - aquatic with the volume up loud. TERRIBLE.

    Vanille Oud - a remarkably great balance between these notes. There isn't much oud on paper, but on skin it comes out. Very, very long lasting.

    Gaiac - almost has a Parfumerie Generale quality to it by mixing woody with gourmand notes. Also very long lasting (10-12 hours). This is the one of the four I'd want to buy for now.

    I've got more samples coming and will report back. Overall the quality, construction, longevity were all very good. The price is a tad excessive, though.

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    Default Re: The Micallef line, extra exclusive, extra good?

    Quote Originally Posted by bbBD View Post
    Vanille Oud - a remarkably great balance between these notes. There isn't much oud on paper, but on skin it comes out. Very, very long lasting..
    You should try Aoud (Homme) which is actually targeted at men. Beautiful honeyed oud, with saffron and rose. Over 12 hours longevity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perfaddict
    You should try Aoud (Homme) which is actually targeted at men. Beautiful honeyed oud, with saffron and rose. Over 12 hours longevity.
    Thanks for the suggestion! It will be on my next sample order, along with Patchouli, Note Ambre, and perhaps the 'four seasons' line.

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    Default Re: The Micallef line, extra exclusive, extra good?

    Quote Originally Posted by bbBD View Post
    I was unaware of this thread... I've just started sampling this line and will have to check out the 'Sea' fragrances as well as the 'seasons'.

    For now I've sampled four:

    Black Sashka - don't remember how to describe, but it wasn't my thing.

    Avant Garde - aquatic with the volume up loud. TERRIBLE.

    Vanille Oud - a remarkably great balance between these notes. There isn't much oud on paper, but on skin it comes out. Very, very long lasting.

    Gaiac - almost has a Parfumerie Generale quality to it by mixing woody with gourmand notes. Also very long lasting (10-12 hours). This is the one of the four I'd want to buy for now.

    I've got more samples coming and will report back. Overall the quality, construction, longevity were all very good. The price is a tad excessive, though.
    The only one of the above I have tried is Avante Garde, and I unfortunately have to agree with your assesment. It seems like it was a weird experiment that just didn't work out right. I mean, it mixes common aquatic notes with gourmand notes!? I really, really wanted to like it, but jsut could not for the life of me wrap my head around it. I'm sure others will like it though.

    You should definitely give a go with the "Sea" series, they are all, IMO, rather unique. Most feature a very nice sandalwood note. I found Yellow Sea to be slightly to feminine for my taste, and Red Sea to be to "animalic", but Black Sea was perfect.
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    Default Re: The Micallef line, extra exclusive, extra good?

    Quote Originally Posted by mtgprox05 View Post
    The only one of the above I have tried is Avante Garde, and I unfortunately have to agree with your assesment. It seems like it was a weird experiment that just didn't work out right. I mean, it mixes common aquatic notes with gourmand notes!? I really, really wanted to like it, but jsut could not for the life of me wrap my head around it. I'm sure others will like it though.
    I had the same disappointing experience with Avant Garde. Was actually prepared to buy because of its rare availability here in Nigeria. No way could i justify the price for the underwhelming scent
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    Would reallylike to try Gaiac and Aoud. Fortnum & Mason has the smaller 30ml bottles for £45 which is very reasonable for a quality fragrance. Perhaps they can spray a card and send it to me if obtaining a sample is not possible.

    They feminine fragrances are also on my to sample list. Hopefully will get the chance to try all these in the summer on a trip to London.

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    I've tried many of these Micallef fragrances and own a couple of them.

    My favorites are:

    Patchouli - fantastic blend of patchouli with iris, violet, vanilla and vetiver. My favorite patch fragrance right now!


    Gaiac - very unusual clove gaiac wood blend. The combination gives an unusual raw wood scent. Smells a bit like fresh cut Mahogany wood. test it! but I like it.

    Avante Garde - a disctinctive oriental that is softened by leather and cocoa. I like it. Don't love it, but like.

    I was disappointed in:

    Aoud - way to industrial smelling on the oud note. This one was not a smoothe blend at all.

    Black Sea - just ok. Nothing special for me.

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    Default Re: The Micallef line, extra exclusive, extra good?

    I ordered a sample of gaiac today. Gaiac ( the note ) has been on my radar lately.

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