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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Today I'm wearing La Prairie's Silver Rain - a hardcore women's gourmand (in a similar strain to Mugler's Angel). I wore it to the local fleamarket and to grab some groceries, and strangely the "tropical fruits" in the mix receeded, and a peppery note emerged on my skin. Its almost as if all the notes shifted a few notches, to bring the more masculine notes to the fore. Theres a nice burnt sugar feel to it, but its a nice mix of spice, patchouli and fruits here. Much like Valentino V for Him.
    Overall Im enjoying the experience.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Oh, I didn't even know that La Prairie had launched fragrances ...
    These should be really good. Am I wrong ?
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    My problem is that I owe much more male frags than he has !
    L'amour fait songer, vivre et croire. Il a, pour rchauffer le coeur, un rayon de plus que la gloire; et ce rayon, c'est le bonheur. (Victor HUGO)

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Quote Originally Posted by Night View Post
    Oh, I didn't even know that La Prairie had launched fragrances ...
    These should be really good. Am I wrong ?
    Absolutely.
    At the time of its launch, it was sensational... and, for a short time, one of the most expensive "mainstream" releases.

    Here is what the gorgeous bottle looks like...

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri View Post
    ...Here is what the gorgeous bottle looks like...
    Oh geeze. That IS gorgeous! Does the frag live up to it??

    For me, a grand excuse to slip into the glorious...

    ...that Mario sicced us on. Five stars in The Guide. "...affable, slightly vulgar, completely unpretentious, and overall just delicious." and "the finest aromatic ever"...this quickly became my near-favoritest fougere. (Fougere Bengale has top spot - am saving it for tonight!)
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    I've had to tear myself away from sampling some new stuff that I received recently, but today I will do what I've been meaning to do for a while -- comparing Caron Yatagan and Romeo Gigli Sud Est. I like them both, and find them similar, but haven't compared them side by side before.

    At first spray, side by side, they seem less similar than I thought. Yatagan is uncompromisingly aromatic. I know it's artemisia, but to me it's rosemary. Sud Est, when compared directly side by side, is really quite FLORAL. A little metallic-y. (Metallic-y in the way that deer meat is kind of gamey.) And still aromatic, but not nearly as much as Yatagan. I still like them both.

    Update: 5 hours later, yeah, they are totally the same. The metallic-y smell of Sud Est is gone, leaving just a trace of floral -- jasmine -- but still predominantly AROMATIC ROSEMARY. The biggest difference is that Yatagan is still going strong, and Sud Est is quite a bit fainter. I gotta hand it to Yatagan to have much more longevity.

    Note: Thank you to the generous Basenotes members who supplied me with samples and a full bottle. . . . I can't thank you enough. My perfume bottle overfloweth.
    Last edited by Aiona; 6th September 2008 at 08:30 PM. Reason: drydown comparison

  7. #37

    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Today's choice - Carthusia Uomo
    Thanks SMM!
    Top is a definite orange blast. After a couple of minutes, a lavender note appears. 2 minutes later, wood and citrus. 10 minutes after that - the citrus morphs to a green aquatic note. There is still some wood. The whole is obviously high quality and if I liked citrusy / aquatic / fresh scents more I'd be all over this. 30 minutes later - a pleasant woody scent with a hint of citrus.

    Sorry ScentBro - this one just don't sing to me, as beautifully crafted as it is. I may try this on the unsuspecting SO (maybe I can spritz him as he sleeps) to see what he thinks and to see whether it smells better on him than on me.

    Dimitri has a fantastic review of this one on his blog.
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Grs Cabochard for me.

    Leather and greens. Dark, 'tight', intense and powerful. I couldn't wear this to work and feel comfortable, but for leisure time it is most interesting.
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    For today's SnS I chose Guerlain Heritage.

    I own and regularly enjoy lots of masculine frags, so my challenge today was to pick something I haven't worn in a while. When I thought of Heritage, I realized I hadn't worn it in months! What a pleasure to revisit this gem.

    I've seen Habit Rouge often compared and linked to Shalimar, but Heritage has always struck me as more similar, almost like a spicy Shalimar. Warm, rich, spicy, woody, and smooth. Released in the early 1990s, its character is that of a scent belonging to another, earlier era; timeless and classic, elegant and classy.

    Thanks for yet another enjoyable SnS! So much fun.
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    I must try that Azzarro - anything that gets a 'vulgar' HAS to be good!
    And I did love the Fougere Bengale when I tried it. I think that if I smelled that on a bloke I'd fin it very sexy. The tarry note with the rough leather and balsamic green just shout 'sexy gardener' or 'Mellors!' to me (Sean Bean played Mellors the gamekeeper in a famous BBC version of Lady Chatterly's Lover and by jingo was he well cast! Sorry. It's my hormones. Or something. Can I take that fifth amendment thing?)(And we won't mention Alan Titchmarsh and my strange crush on him.)(British readers just sniggered at that, I bet.)

    Mouchoir de Monsieur is supposed to be a close relative of Jicky - how do you think it compares, Chaya?
    And Terry - now I MUST try both Heritage and Habit Rouge!

    I think the Lolita Lempicka au Masculin was very similar to the ladies' version (which I don't wear) and had a salty licorice note I liked and felt was like L. It had a good dollop of 'butching' though - I think through some judicious addition of patchouli and subtraction of sweetness. I'd certainly recommend trying it to any ladies who like LL fragrances but find them a bit sweet or girly. It was very nice. If it was in a blind test I'd say it was unisex and niche.

    I'm going out tonight and have showered and changed into Bulgari Black - a more 'trad' gender bender choice. As I was spritzing myself I thought about how far my ideas of perfumery have changed, that I now see rubber/vanilla/leather as a nice cuddly 'regular' fragrance for wearing out to dinner.
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  11. #41

    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    I sniffed around my husband's collection of fragrances and finally decided on...



    Obsession for Men (1986)
    top notes - Mandarin, Grapefruit, Lavender, Coriander
    heart notes - Carnation, Jasmine, Rosewood, Pine Needle
    base notes - Patchouli, Vetiver, Vanilla, Amber

    This is a bottle that my husband has had since before I knew him (over ten years old). I suppose Obsession is rather a clich and a joke by now, but Im really enjoying this fragrance on this rainy morning (Ive also been interested in the womens version of Obsession again lately). I think it must be so old that the top notes have gone off, because I dont get much grapefruit or coriander in it. It's warm and sweet and boozy, a bit like rum cake, or bourbon sauce for bread pudding, a nice fragrance for sitting by the fire. As a florals-loving woman, I find it quite wearable and smooth, unlike several others in my husbands collection that are just too stridently manly for me. Also, the amber is not overwhelming. This is still a great scent.

  12. #42

    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    I looked on my husband's perfume cabinet and I'm between these two:

    Eau Savage
    Egoiste Platinum

    I think maybe I'll do the first during the day and the second one tonight.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Wearing Tom Ford Black Orchid

    This is just an incredibly complex and evolving scent on me.
    Starts with a big blast of numerous notes I get citrus, floral and something more basic that might be the infamous truffle note.
    Then it turns into creamy vanilla under the flowers before settling into the woody base There is a sweet sugar that runs throughout and the basic note that is there in the beginning returns more subtly in the base.
    This goes through by turns floral/citrus to a light gourmand to a floral wood base.
    It works really well on me.
    I am a little confused why this isn't marketed more as a unisex scent.
    Based on the stats i know there are some guys who wear it a lot but it seems like it can be easily worn by a guy, in my opinion.
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Well, a rummage through my samples turned up a number of surprises I'd forgotten about! For today's SnS:

    Penhaligon's Artemisia
    Head Notes: Nectarine and Green Foliage
    Heart Notes: Green Apple, Lily of the Valley, Jasmine Tea, Violet and Vanilla
    Base Notes: Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Musk, Amber and Vanilla

    While it has vanilla in the notes, it's not detectable to my nose. For which I'm grateful. Artemisia is a really nice, ethereal scent (reminds me of an Ellena frag). The nectarine and green are very evident, with a dash of dry powder.
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville Metro Man View Post
    Wearing Tom Ford Black Orchid
    ...Based on the stats i know there are some guys who wear it a lot but it seems like it can be easily worn by a guy, in my opinion.
    When I first wore my sample of Black Orchid, my husband told me he thought it smelled like a man's fragrance. I agree with you - it's easily unisex.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Creed's ROYAL ENGLISH LEATHER for me this S&S. Kind of speaks for itself. Warm, comforting and leather, leather, leather! Yum!
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Dolce & Gabanna By Man
    Three Hediones Elixir, Pepper, Nutmeg Leaves
    Living Lavender, Living Artemisia
    Sandalwood, Leather, Guaiacwood, Ambrox, Amber


    Now that I look this up in BN directory, I see this is a very popular but discontinued scent. Received a mini as an extra and like it on DH. At moments I wanted to scrub because it felt so male. But persevered.

    Why can one feel so foreign and unsettled when smelling like the opposite sex?
    Seems one should be able to experiment with the sensation without challenging one's comfort level.
    It's not that I'm a girlie-girl. Huh. Stuff to ponder.
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Dior Homme is my selection for today's SnS.
    My sister & I spent the summer really getting to know more of the traditionally masculine scents. It was a huge sacrifice for her, as she is a major fan of big white florals. I, on the other hand, am not.
    I enjoyed every single moment of our quest.
    As a result, she fell in love with Gucci Pour Homme II & I with Dior Homme.
    Dior Homme is the complete package, as far as I'm concerned. It's the perfect balance of yin & yang on my skin: iris & tobacco. Heavenly!
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Today's SotD for Sniff 'n Speak is:

    Divine L'Homme Sage

    Notes: saffron, mandarin, cardamom, lychee, aromatic woods, immortelle (or everlasting flower), patchouli, oak moss, amber, incense (from luckyscent)

    When I wear it, I smell licorice in the top notes, even though it is not listed. It develops much as a typical fougere, and is quite pleasant. However, I do not see it as all that unusual except for the amazing top notes which are dry, herbal, rooty, and a little bit of incense.

    Last night for my SotE I wore Jicky EDP, and probably will do so again tonight.

    Notes (from the BN directory):
    Top Notes--Lemon, Mandarin, Bergamot, Rosewood
    Middle Notes--Orris, Jasmin, Patchouli, Rose, Vetiver
    Base Notes--Leather, Amber, Civet, Tonka, Incense, Benzoin

    It is a beautiful fragrance with sweet, bitter, herbal, citrus and animal notes. It is like one of those old-fashioned "tonics" that is good for you AND tastes great

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    JICKY! JICKY! JICKY! I imagine the chanting of the passionate get louder and louder as a wonderful jickyesque haze rises from the earth and heads out to seduce other planets.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    So I've tried to revive Wordbird's thread on the guy's side with a question about male fougeres. See, I'm trying to choose both a "male" fragrance that's also a fougere. Not sure why I'm being so stinkin strict with this thing! Time's a tickin, though. Also, I am going out to a schmancy dinner tonight and can't smell toooooo manly, if that makes sense(?). Otherwise I'd proudly sport my DH's Grey Flannel.

    I've asked the guys to help i.d. if any of these are fougeres: Gris Clair, Dior Homme, and Fahrenheit. I own and easily wear Jicky and Bulgari Black. The thing is I'm comfortable wearing any of those, and I thought this exercise was to push the envelope a little.

    Yes, Quarry, I understand the dilemma!

    Should I just go full bore and wear that Grey Flannel, damn the torpedoes?


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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    I completely forgot to post here as well. Thank you, my dear Quarry.

    For Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, the 'Opposite Gender Frag'

    When I was young, I 'borrowed' my fathers fragrance. Somehow that scent became something wonderful on the skin of a sixteen year old girl.
    It was his signature scent.

    When he died, I took the last bottle I gave him with me and there it stayed in a drawer, untouched.
    Maybe I should have chosen something different today but I followed my instinct.

    Habit Rouge

    Back in time, where I was his young daughter
    The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp

  23. #53

    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Wearing TERRE D'HERMES, one of my favorites of the few "serious" fragrances I've talked my husband into wearing. I've worn it a couple of times, and like it, but I'm deciding it's better on him. The strong grapefruit at the beginning is a bit much for me; I like it much better when it settles down. It's funny, I wear Sel de Vetiver from time to time, and it has strong similarities to TdH. The SdV is airier and more interesting, I think, and IMO the superior fragrance.

    Tonight we are going to a party, and I'm going to switch to a feminine fragrance - not sure which.

    Wishing all a great weekend!

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Riannon, just read your touching story! Thank you for sharing it.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    L'Artisan's Fou d'Absinthe for SnS. I'd sniffed this a while ago when I got the sample and hadn't thought much of it.

    Something has changed, maybe me. I like this. Anise and green definitely seems like cologne or barbershop but I can actually wear this one. It might actually be a really nice summer addition to my wardrobe.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Yes, lushsoup, sport the Grey Flannel with me!
    I'm wearing two frags today:

    Grey Flannel on the left wrist - ohhh, nice. I bought a mini a while back just for novelty because I loved it as a teenager when I smelled it on men. But I'm definitely enjoying this on myself. It just went from that bright green beginning, straight to a soft, violet-powdery center. This will be great and very cozy and comforting in the cooler months.

    Royals Heroes (by Washington Tremlett) on the right wrist - The notes according to Lucky Scent: mandarin, bergamot, clove, anise, cedar, patchouli, tonka. Hm. Not so sure about this one on me. I mostly get the spices but, strangely, behind it and quite prominent to my nose in the beginning, a very funky, almost fecal thing. Luckily this is fading away while the spices remain. Funny there are no herbs as I thought; when bf puts it on I immediately smell thyme and rosemary but I guess they're not there!

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    When the Perfumista of the Prairie calls, the townsfolk come a-runnin'!



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    L'eau de Kasaneka

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville Metro Man View Post
    Wearing Tom Ford Black Orchid

    This is just an incredibly complex and evolving scent on me.
    ...
    I am a little confused why this isn't marketed more as a unisex scent.
    Based on the stats i know there are some guys who wear it a lot but it seems like it can be easily worn by a guy, in my opinion.
    Absolutely! I don't own this yet, but it's just a matter of time. I was blown away by this one when I smelled it in Saks. I was wondering what all the fuss was about. No question now. I think L'eau de Kasaneka may win on the bottle, but Black Orchid wins on the juice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lushsoup View Post
    Should I just go full bore and wear that Grey Flannel, damn the torpedoes?
    I think you should.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Quote Originally Posted by Riannon View Post
    When I was young, I 'borrowed' my fathers fragrance. Somehow that scent became something wonderful on the skin of a sixteen year old girl.
    It was his signature scent.

    When he died, I took the last bottle I gave him with me and there it stayed in a drawer, untouched.
    Maybe I should have chosen something different today but I followed my instinct.

    Habit Rouge

    Back in time, where I was his young daughter
    I just found a bottle of vintage Royal Copenhagen on eBay, which is the scent my late husband wore every day. Right after he died, it was too painful to smell it, but recently I've wanted to have a bottle to smell to remind me of him. But I wasn't sure I wanted to wear it and smell it all day, so I went with Egoiste instead. I don't have any masculine associations with this - I bought it for myself because it reminded me of Feminite du Bois.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 6, 2008 ★★★ OPPOSITE-GENDER FR

    Round 2 SnS - The SOs Fahrenheit.

    On him - a peppery ambery thing.

    On me - pure saddle leather.

    I think this may have to do with application. He puts on his clothes and sprays his shirt.
    I put it directly on skin.

    Interesting.
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