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    Default All hail Pamplemousse...erm, Grapefruit!

    Grapefruit kind of crept up on me. When I was growing up, my mother always ate a grapefruit for breakfast, and its tart aroma and taste always used to turn me off. I haven't pondered the mysteries, if there are any, of grapefruit until I started to become interested in frags. Even then, I never really noticed it much until I started to dissect some of my favorite frags. Citrus top notes generally make me run for the exit, especially lemon & orange, because they can be too bright for my liking. But there's something slightly melancholy in grapefruit along with a muted lightness. Ethereal may be the word I'm looking for. So, with that in mind, I decided last week to wear only scents with grapefruit in them.

    Started the week off with Live Jazz. Recently bought this, and I got a compliment for the first time in ages. Note to self, wear this more often! On Tuesday, I put on L'Essence Must PH and it still continues to thrill me to no ends. That combination of Grapefruit and Anise is stunningly beautiful. Which led me to my Wednesday frag, Badian. It's a lot like LEMPH in the top notes but mossier on the base rather than the woody/vanilla drydown. Not quite as remarkable as LEMPH but a real pleasure to wear. Thursday, I donned Opium PH Eau D'Orient '06 version. Again, the grapefruit/anise accord is present but it's star anise which gives it a darker and sexier, "let's go out tonight" vibe which is not found in LEMPH and Badian. Rounding out my week, I went with Oscar for Men. Here grapefruit mixes with pepper and nutmeg to give it a real edge. Puts a spring in your step but without the citric cliches.

    Anybody else out there with a grapefruit frag they'd recommend?
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    Default Re: All hail Pamplemousse...erm, Grapefruit!

    Though not nearly of the same quality as the ones you mention, the new Boss Pure is nearly all grapefruit.

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    Balle de Match---although it is definitely on the citrussy, bright side. Great in hot weather.

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    Did you try Zeste Mandarine Pamplemousse from Creed? It smells really good but it's too close to the skin and doesn't last long enough in my opinion, especially at that price. It's really good though.

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    Default Re: All hail Pamplemousse...erm, Grapefruit!

    Quote Originally Posted by beltz View Post
    Did you try Zeste Mandarine Pamplemousse from Creed? It smells really good but it's too close to the skin and doesn't last long enough in my opinion, especially at that price. It's really good though.
    First thing that came to mind here as well. I didn't have projection issues with the test I gave it but it did not last very long here either.
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    Hugo Boss Selection
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    All of the above contain Grapefruit accords in varying concentrations, with some with pretty prominent Grapefruit (like the Micallef Pomelos, Floris Cefiro, Boss Selection).


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    All time grapefruit fave: Citrus Paradisi - Czech & SpeakeREAD HERE.
    and O'Pomelo / Pamplemousse by Comptoir Sud Pacifique is also true to its name!
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    Citrus Paradisi is extra dirty citrus fragrance. I'm not sure if it will ever garner any compliments. Unlike any fragrance I know, it actually smells like body odour, not just figuratively speaking. I love it!

    About Balle de Match; I have been thinking about buying this one blind, would that be a good idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Ludlow View Post
    Unlike any fragrance I know, it actually smells like body odour, not just figuratively speaking.
    I can't imagine what's in the Finnish diet if Citrus Paradisi reminds you of the smell of body odour!
    Perhaps you should bottle it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by manicboy View Post
    On Tuesday, I put on L'Essence Must PH and it still continues to thrill me to no ends. That combination of Grapefruit and Anise is stunningly beautiful.
    Quote Originally Posted by manicboy View Post
    Thursday, I donned Opium PH Eau D'Orient '06 version. Again, the grapefruit/anise accord is present but it's star anise which gives it a darker and sexier, "let's go out tonight" vibe
    Quote Originally Posted by manicboy View Post
    Rounding out my week, I went with Oscar for Men. Here grapefruit mixes with pepper and nutmeg to give it a real edge. Puts a spring in your step but without the citric cliches.

    Anybody else out there with a grapefruit frag they'd recommend?
    A very kind Basenoter (thanks, BlackCat!) sent me Jo Malone's Grapefruit, which I tried yesterday.

    It's pretty much straight grapefruit, maybe a little vetiver and some aromatic herbs like sage/rosemary -- a pleasant smell which has lasted about 10 hours or more on me. Others have commented it doesn't last long, and truly the grapefruit doesn't last long, but the aromatic stuff does.

    I think anise and grapefruit would be yummy. And maybe nutmeg/pepper too!

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    I don't much like grapefruit notes but Citrus Paradisi is the clearest, longest lasting one I have come across.

    Citrus Paradisi is the botanical name for grapefruit by the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fool View Post
    Balle de Match---although it is definitely on the citrussy, bright side. Great in hot weather.
    Just picked up a sample of this. Will try soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by beltz View Post
    Did you try Zeste Mandarine Pamplemousse from Creed? It smells really good but it's too close to the skin and doesn't last long enough in my opinion, especially at that price. It's really good though.
    Didn't like it for the reasons you mentioned.
    "I exist for myself, and for those to whom my unquenchable thirst for freedom gives everything, but also for everyone, since insofar as I am able to love - I love everyone. Of noble hearts, I am the noblest - and the most generous of those that yearn to give love in return. - I am a human being, I love death and I love life."

    Egon Schiele - Self-Potrait


    My classics: Dior Homme EdT, YSL Rive Gauche PH, Helmut Lang Cuiron, L'Occitane Neroli (vintage), Davidoff Zino, L'Occitane Eau des Baux

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aiona View Post
    A very kind Basenoter (thanks, BlackCat!) sent me Jo Malone's Grapefruit, which I tried yesterday.

    It's pretty much straight grapefruit, maybe a little vetiver and some aromatic herbs like sage/rosemary -- a pleasant smell which has lasted about 10 hours or more on me. Others have commented it doesn't last long, and truly the grapefruit doesn't last long, but the aromatic stuff does.
    Did not care for Jo's version at all. Too boring and safe for my tastes.
    "I exist for myself, and for those to whom my unquenchable thirst for freedom gives everything, but also for everyone, since insofar as I am able to love - I love everyone. Of noble hearts, I am the noblest - and the most generous of those that yearn to give love in return. - I am a human being, I love death and I love life."

    Egon Schiele - Self-Potrait


    My classics: Dior Homme EdT, YSL Rive Gauche PH, Helmut Lang Cuiron, L'Occitane Neroli (vintage), Davidoff Zino, L'Occitane Eau des Baux

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri View Post
    All time grapefruit fave: Citrus Paradisi - Czech & SpeakeREAD HERE.
    and O'Pomelo / Pamplemousse by Comptoir Sud Pacifique is also true to its name!
    Never heard of Citrus Paradisi prolly because #88 gets so much press, but it does sound wonderful.
    "I exist for myself, and for those to whom my unquenchable thirst for freedom gives everything, but also for everyone, since insofar as I am able to love - I love everyone. Of noble hearts, I am the noblest - and the most generous of those that yearn to give love in return. - I am a human being, I love death and I love life."

    Egon Schiele - Self-Potrait


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri View Post
    I can't imagine what's in the Finnish diet if Citrus Paradisi reminds you of the smell of body odour!
    Perhaps you should bottle it...
    I actually understand what he is talking about. May family has commented on it as well. I think it has that accord because it's so true to real grapefruit. Doesn't grapefruit contain a high amount of indoles? That would explain the initial, off putting blast from Citrus Paradisi.
    Thankfully, it burns off fairly quickly for me and what's left is the most amazing, "warm" citrus scent around. It lasts longer than any citrus scent has a right to. Aside from being the best grapefruit scent around, I think it's the best citrus fragrance out there.

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    Pamplemousse has to be my favorite French word.

    Quote Originally Posted by bbBD View Post
    Though not nearly of the same quality as the ones you mention, the new Boss Pure is nearly all grapefruit.
    I agree. And it's really fizzy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune
    Please try this one, I love it. However, you must like that 'Guerlain-ade' base, because it is definitely present in this scent. It's also one of the most long lasting of the AA scents. I have been wanting a full bottle for a while now.

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    Terre d'Hermes has a pronounced flinty grapefruit top note.

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