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    Default Full Bottles you regret buying...

    As a newbie perfumista, the conventional wisdom is never to buy a full bottle of a perfume you think you like during this most formative period of your training. Wait a year, sniff a zillion samples, and then and only then, dip your credit card in the water and buy a FB or two.

    But instead of heeding this good advice, within a week of the onset of perfume mania I was frenziedly bidding on Ebay and cruising the aisles of Boots etc looking for my next FB hit.

    So I thought it might be cathartic and instructional for us to open those drawers, let out a deep sigh, and admit to our bad buys. None of these will be scrubbers - or at least one would hope our judgement is not quite so off kilter! - but these FB mistakes will just somehow be wrong...

    So here then is my list of FBs I regret buying this year:

    L'Artisan L'Ete en Douce (Luca Turin, you were absolutely spot on with this one, or rather "spot off", for this truly is "laundry-soap-on-steroids"!)

    Jasper Conran Mistress (terminally tacky)

    Jo Malone Vintage Gardenia (the 153 wasps clinging to the spray nozzle in a state of drunken euphoria should have been a clue)

    Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey (canned peachs in syrup - wasps' dessert)

    CK Euphoria (sexy but sickly - the wasps might get quite high on this one as well, actually)

    Hugo Boss Femme (just too pink - it was only £15 in Asda but still.)

    Tesco Fig, Almond and Cassis EDT (bit synthetic, and only £3.99 in Tesco! But hey, that is two reams of copier paper.)


    And ones I am wobbling over slightly...

    SJP Lovely (twee musk fest)

    EL Private Collection (galbanum pain barrier, but I am working on it!)
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    I detested L'Ete en Douce in the sample vial, so that one never made my wishlist. I have purchased or swapped for bottles that I ended up reswapping (Rosine Rose d'Ete for one, and Kenzo Parfum d'Ete. Hmm, do I spot a trend here?) I don't really regret having full bottles of them and then offloading however. Sometimes you can't really get to know a fragrance until you spray it from the bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VM I hate civet View Post
    Jo Malone Vintage Gardenia (the 153 wasps clinging to the spray nozzle in a state of drunken euphoria should have been a clue)
    LOL!


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    I'm surprised you hate Jo Malone's nectarine blossom! I bought it not realizing it was for women, ended up loving it, and spray it on my pillows and short daily. I bought it about two weeks ago and it's missing about 15% already.

    My regrets:
    -Original Vetiver from Perfumebay.com (120$)
    -Original Vetiver from Neiman Marcus (255$)
    -Original Vetiver from Ogilvi (300$)
    DON'T ASK WHY I BOUGHT IT THREE TIMES. And yes, I regretted it as soon as I received it, each time.

    -Hanae Mori for men, EDP
    -Ambre Canelle from Creed

    And finally...

    Drum rolll...

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    Issey Miyake. After a few days of wearing it, it made me very nauseous. It seriously made me want to throw up every time I wore it. I quickly gave it away to a family member. What's funny is when my family member wore it, it smelled really good on him. Go figure!

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    Default Re: Full Bottles you regret buying...

    I regret getting Vanilia the L´Artisan one. I mostly bought it because vanilla scents do so well on me, and it does..it´s just a bit boring. Good but dull.
    But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

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    Clinique Aromatics Elixir. Which, thankfully, was only $18.

    Fortunately, I found a better use for it - Litter-box area deodorizer.

    The cats loved it. And it smells much nicer (relatively) as a room spray than on me.
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    Before we had a computer, before Basenotes:

    I bought Dior Lily at Saks after wearing it for an hour. I thought I'd worn it long enough to judge it, but I hadn't. Not the kind of muguet note I'm partial to; it was too earthy for me. That bottle went in the trash.

    At Marshall's I saw Un Amour de Patou and thought, How can I go wrong with Patou? Well, that one was all wrong for me! I hung onto it a long time (nice looking bottle) but in the end, the trash claimed it.

    Clinique Wrappings smelled great-- but it was 1993 or so, and it was only available in full strength perfume form in a spray bottle. (What brilliant person decided a spray was the way to go with such a concentrated scent?) Longevity? That monster lasted 17 hours on me. Very linear. A 17 hour headache. In the trash.

    There have been several since then that aren't great but aren't awful either. All bought unsniffed-- not a good idea for me, but occasionally when I can't find a sample locally I buy online. I wear these occasionally and reason that maybe I'll come to like them more....maybe.

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    I adore my bottle of L'Ete en Douce !!!
    and simply love your alias VM I hate civet

    but the full bottles that I somewhat regret,
    those I have too

    Serge Lutens Five O'Clock au Gingember
    I will wear it here and there, but I'm still trying to make it me.
    Somehow I doubt it will happen, and a decant would
    have sufficed.
    Autumn treasures: Magnetism, Midnight Orchid, Tea for Two,
    Aimez-Moi, Chinatown, Dzongkha, Five O'Clock Au Gingembre,
    Cittá di Kyoto, Jasmin de Nuit, Jasmin Full, Kelly Calèche, Venezia,
    Douce Amère, Eau de Charlotte, Falling In Love, Chergui, Prada,
    Rose Alexandrie, Hypnôse, Omnia, Flowerbomb, Poivre Piquant,
    Cuir Beluga, 7:15am in Bali, Lolita Lempicka, Fumerie Turque,
    Datura Noir, Songes, Gaultier², L'Ombre Fauve, Kors, My Couture,
    Ligea "La Sirena", Red Aoud, Rose Absolu, Cèdre, Milk, No. 23

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    Default Re: Full Bottles you regret buying...

    Well, if you manage to get through your L'Ete en Douce by Xmas, I have an Irish friend who lives in Toronto coming over for a visit, who could take my bottle back with her - I only just bought it and it could do with a loving home!

    PS Glad you like my alias - I must say I find it most cathartic - and it helps to orient fellow members in discussions of taste!
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    Vent Vert - out and out BAD!

    Beyond Paradise - Turin's raving made me do it...never again.

    L'Artisan's Mandarin Tout Simplement - love this frag, but strangely enough - never wanted to wear it!

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    Flower by Kenzo - smells like mayonaise to me.
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    You guys have me cracking up. "Galbanum pain barrier," "mayonaise." Now those are new descriptions.
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    A 4 oz. bottle of Kus Kus cologne by Bourbon French Perfumery in New Orleans.

    Osmanthus by The Different Company. I quite like it, but I never reach for it.

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    Charlie White.

    Smells like a freshly mown lawn at first, but the drydown is. . . weird.

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    L'Eau de L'Artisan - bought too quickly after reading a review on NST, now I think it's too harsh, just exactly as LT described it.

    SL Miel de Bois - loved the sample, bought it, and quickly realized I would never be comfortable wearing it in public.

    L'Artisan Premier Figuier Extreme- A very early purchase that was made on impulse. I like it okay and still wear it occasionally, but I don't think it was really FBW. I much prefer Jo Malone's Dark Amber and Ginger Lily, but didn't buy a bottle of it, and now I can't find it for sale anywhere.

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    I am with you on the L'Eau d'Artisan...now L'Eau de Jatamansi I would dearly love a bottle of.

    I have the JM Kohdo Day and Night (100ml and 30ml respectively), both bought on Ebay for the very reason you describe, and only after many failed attempts, such is their popularity!
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    Bulgari Voile de Jasmin - I bought it with the Eau Parfumee Au The Blanc (which I still love), because the salesperson said that she wore the two together sometimes. It's fine - I do like it with the The Blanc - but I'm now sure that I could have found a much better jasmine soliflore if I had waited.

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    Most of the FB mistakes were bought unsniffed, or I got in trades unsniffed based on descriptions.

    I didn't need White Shoulders. I use plenty of 50+ sunscreen and have my own, thank you very much.


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    Only one so far, and luckily it's a small bottle... I'm 'thirding' L'Eau de L'Artisan. One time I wore it and something in the scent reminded me of pickle juice! I have no idea where that came from, but I haven't been able to wear it since.

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    Only 1 true regret this year...Luten's Fleurs d'Oranger I can't understand why this one becomes a shrieking banshee on my skin when most white florals suit me very well.

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    Shalimar parfum- at retail. I'm an idiot.
    I accept now that Shalimar is a fragrance to be admired from afar. I cannot wear it in any formulation. I give up.
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    Default Re: Full Bottles you regret buying...

    I regret purchasing:

    *Ineke Balmy Days and Sundays. I like it, but its not really FB worthy.
    *212 Sexy. Nice but no 'wow' factor and I never reach for it.
    *TM Innocent. I like Innocent Illusion soooo much better
    *John Varvatos Woman. Its gathering dust
    *Burberry Summer. Nice but I have so many that are similar so this one is gathering dust too.

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    this is why I have made a firm and steadfast rule to never buy unless I have tired three times....

    Boucheron pour homme drove home that decision..

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    Default Re: Full Bottles you regret buying...

    My new rule (which I haven't been entirely successful in sticking to) is that I not only must try the perfume, but I must use the entire sample before considering a full bottle purchase. Too many times I've sampled something and thought that I really liked it, but only been 1/4 - 1/2 through the sample. Shortly after buying a bottle I realized I'd have done better to save my money.

    Currently I'm working my way through a sample of Ormonde Jayne's Ta'If and it's a contender for FBW status....

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    I need to be swept off my feet before buying a FB or it is something where I think ' not bad' and then somehow finish a sample within a week..or better be scared I might finish a sample. And I have to be sure there isn't a perfume out there that is very close to the one I want, cheaper and still good and charming. ( For the bond numbers that last criteria is usually the final blow)

    If some of you ladies want to swap any disasters for mine, let me know
    But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

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    Lauder 'Pleasures' light-weight and boring.
    'Grey Flannel' curiousity got the best of me. What's all the hype for? Light soap.
    'Amirage' before BN. At first sniff it's intriguing. After 20 min you want to scrub your skin off. I know now the pitfalls of mimosa.
    Guerlain 'Insolence' Why they make stuff like this is beyond me. Bought un-sniffed. Serves me right. Scared me off purple juice forever.
    Oscar de la Renta 'Voluptuous' Also unsniffed. Yikes!
    Gres 'Cabaret' You had better like it sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VM I hate civet View Post
    SJP Lovely (twee musk fest)
    I agree...

    At first I thought I bought way too much (~4oz each) of the Grey Flannel and Kenzoair...

    Grey Flannel is a BEAUTIFUL drydown and has become a comfort scent for me but I have been discovering so many perfumes lately that I don't think I'll be wearing this at all in the next few months/years . Luckily I think the grey flannel juice will last long enough if kept in the dark.

    Same with Kenzoair, I loved this scent at first but it's grown boring now... I have discovered a ton more anise/licorice type scents that have done it better and excite me more when I wear it... plus whenever I wear it it does weird things to my stomach... making me think I'm hungry in a non-appealing way.

    I would totally offload or decant these but it seems they're too accessible at retail price to garner any demand from me.
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    Definitely Helmut Lang EDC...oh god, it smells like baby puke. Actually, it smells like something that makes me want to puke babies. I thought it would be right up my alley...subliminal musk sorta deal. Eek!

    2nd would be Caron's Violette Precieuse. Do you ever buy things just because they're rare? Why do I feel the need to do that? It's SO not me.

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    I regret buying a number of bottles because they were rated highly by The Guide. Those bottles are: Rive Gauche & Calandre. To a lesser degree Y by YSL, although I didn't purchase a large bottle of that one.
    Bottles I purchased all by myself & regretted are Kenzo Summer, CL's Tumulte Pour Femme (I love the Pour Homme) & Chanel #5 in parfum. The parfum just doesn't last on me, oddly enough, whereas the edt does just fine.
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    I'm not happy with Vanilia either, but I'm hoping I'll like it more this winter.

    I almost like Calandre, but it smells burnt and I don't wear it. I'm glad I only bought a 1 oz. bottle.

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    I wore both RG & Calandre in the late 70's, early 80's. It's just not a flashback I enjoy both smell quite "dated" to me. That's just my opinion & I'm sure has to do with my own experience with the fragrances.
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    Kashaya by Kenzo
    Gorgeous chrysalis-like bottle, boring juice

    Eau de Rochas - recent production
    Reformulated. Weak. Should have bought the last of the old enormous splash bottles.

    Calandre - recent production
    Reformulated. Oakmoss has been amputated. Messy mixed-up shadow of its former self.

    Suzanne Lang Sandalwood
    Strong medicinal woody scent it might be - but mysore sandalwood it ain't. Since I find it repellent, I saturate cotton balls with this and place in my closets to repel my six-legged visitors. The spiders seem to thrive on it though.
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    Parfum Sacre EDP. I bought it unsniffed (big mistake).
    That is the closes approximation to "scrubber" tempted to throw in the trash scent I own.

    I have not been thrilled about others, but they are bearable. I bought Tocade partially influenced by "The Guide" It is nice in a very sweet way, but nothing that really impresses me. I got a bottle of Paco Rabanne's Metal and I think it has been badly reformulated because it is not what I remember it was, I was so disappointed!
    YSL In Love Again - I don't know what I was thinking at the time...but it is not totally bad, I don't wear it very often.

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    Default Re: Full Bottles you regret buying...

    Quote Originally Posted by RHM View Post
    I regret buying a number of bottles because they were rated highly by The Guide. Those bottles are: Rive Gauche & Calandre. To a lesser degree Y by YSL, although I didn't purchase a large bottle of that one.
    Bottles I purchased all by myself & regretted are Kenzo Summer, CL's Tumulte Pour Femme (I love the Pour Homme) & Chanel #5 in parfum. The parfum just doesn't last on me, oddly enough, whereas the edt does just fine.
    Ooh! *grabs Rive Gauche, Kenzo Summer and Y off your hands*

    Well, my only full bottle regret so far is Paul Smith London. I thought I liked it one winter, bought it after what I THOUGHT was adequate sampling, wore it for a bit, but the dry-down always made me queasy (boiled down jam). Finally gave up looking at the old bottle gathering dust on my shelf and threw it in the bin. I've never thrown perfume in the bin before.

    P.S. I LOVE everyone's funny descriptions in this thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by arwen_elf View Post
    Parfum Sacre EDP. I bought it unsniffed (big mistake).
    That is the closes approximation to "scrubber" tempted to throw in the trash scent I own.
    No way! Really?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nukapai View Post
    ... Finally gave up looking at the old bottle gathering dust on my shelf and threw it in the bin. I've never thrown perfume in the bin before.


    A brave lady saying something like that here.

    Speaking of which, are you up for cross-continental personal organizing? I've got a bit of clutter...

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    Great question, and please forgive spelling errors (I have a massive headache today):

    SJP Lovely (a bit like Lysol)
    Laura Ashley Dilys (death by melon)
    Rance 1795 Eugenie (death by the zombified remains of Dilys)
    Debutante by ??? (like a rancid Glade plug-in)
    ST Dupont Orazuli ($10.00 at TJ Maxx -- now I know why)

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    Chanel Allure
    Vera Wang Princess (I like it, but then I got home and found out that it's meant for someone 30 years younger and it also gives me a headache. But I like the scent.)
    Gucci Accenti
    Sonia Rykiel
    Escada Into the Blue
    Bulgari The Blanc (I loved it for the first half a bottle, woke up one day and realized it smells like hamsters )

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    Good thread, VM!

    I've been discovering that my sweet tooth ain't as sweet as I'd thought. These two are simply too much sugar for me. Bought the first blind, and the second in a weak (deranged?!) moment at Sephora.

    Jo Malone VINTAGE GARDENIA, 30 ml.

    Hanae Mori BUTTERFLY, 30 ml.

    Both virtually full. Lovely fragrances, but just not me. I'd welcome any trade proposals from any sweeter-than-Haunani fragrance sisters!

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    What did I do today? I must have gone off my nut!

    I was running errands and they took me next door to a little perfume shop I haven't visited in a long time. I went in. Mistake #1.

    My eyes fell on a solitary bottle of Aqua Allegoria Rosa Magnifica, which I've never smelled and I know is discontinued, and in a moment of weakness, I bought the darn thing unsniffed (they don't have testers.) Mistake #2.

    I love roses and thought I'd read good reviews. *sigh* My memory was wrong. Mistake #3.

    After spraying it on, I spent the rest of the afternoon with a raging headache. From the perfume? Not sure. I rarely get headaches. There is some weird note in this that really turns me off. Not the top notes-- it's some note that arises later and is very persistent and soapy and does not wash off easily at all. I don't know what notes are in this perfume.

    So now I have a 4.2 oz. bottle that I'm a little afraid to spray on again. I'll try again tomorrow with my Tylenol handy. And a bottle of alcohol to help scrub it off, or maybe some perfume to layer over it.

    And hope that won't end up being Mistake #4!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haunani View Post
    Hanae Mori BUTTERFLY, 30 ml.

    Both virtually full. Lovely fragrances, but just not me. I'd welcome any trade proposals from any sweeter-than-Haunani fragrance sisters!
    There's a member over on the CK Euphoria thread looking to try Butterfly at the moment, so if that works out, you could have a taker on your hands for that! Meanwhile, with VG, let's just keep one another posted on successful layering/subjugation experiments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lushsoup View Post
    Speaking of which, are you up for cross-continental personal organizing? I've got a bit of clutter....
    I do feel heartened that so many of us have made silly purchases - even as recently as yesterday, LOL! Nobody else appears to have made as many mistakes as me in such a short space of time, and I will try to heed Lian's advice in future about making sure you finish your sample first and are literally champing at the bit to have a supply again!

    By bringing up the idea of "cross-continental personal organizing" (I love that!) Lushsoup may have hit on a happy spin off from this thread...
    "So many scents, so little skin"...

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    Beltz, you are so funny. Original Vetiver three times. And Vulva?
    I am LOL.
    This is a great thread. I hope some of your "orphans" get adopted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkdreams View Post
    No way! Really?
    Unfortunately yes. I wanted to like this so much after I read so many good review. Too sweet, too powdery.
    Maybe the juice is bad, but if it were, it would only affect the top notes, right?
    However, as I wrote yesterday, I sprayed a little bit on me. The drydown is not too bad, it is the beginning. I wish I could smell the incense...Oh well, I will give it another try in colder weather

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    Quote Originally Posted by VM I hate civet View Post
    I do feel heartened that so many of us have made silly purchases - even as recently as yesterday, LOL! Nobody else appears to have made as many mistakes as me in such a short space of time, and I will try to heed Lian's advice in future about making sure you finish your sample first and are literally champing at the bit to have a supply again!

    By bringing up the idea of "cross-continental personal organizing" (I love that!) Lushsoup may have hit on a happy spin off from this thread...
    Actually, I thought of several more silly purchases after I posted mine yesterday but I didn't have the energy to post again. I cannot even remember the names(!) of some that I took home only to toss out, but some more that come to mind: I currently have two unopened boxes of GAP Crushed Peony, several unused bottles of body sprays from BBW (Cherry Blossom, Rice Flour and Shea, Night Blooming Jasmine), Yardley of London Lily of the Valley, Capucci Yendi . . . argh!

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    Hey Leesee,

    Open up the Yendi by Capucci. Is it in the yellow and green box or a dark blue/silver one?
    Edt, edp or parfum?

    Yendi is a very classy scent. It manages to be warm and green at the same time. It really evokes the aura of the late sixties and early seventies - there's something very bold and boundary-breaking about it. I love it, and wear it year-round, but cooler weather inspires me to reach for it more.

    J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplebird7 View Post
    Beltz, you are so funny. Original Vetiver three times. And Vulva?
    I am LOL.
    This is a great thread. I hope some of your "orphans" get adopted.
    What (I am afraid to ask) is 'Vulva' ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lushsoup View Post


    A brave lady saying something like that here.

    Speaking of which, are you up for cross-continental personal organizing? I've got a bit of clutter...

    .
    You know, if it hadn't had a slightly leaky cap, I'd have offered to send it for free to a good Basenoter home... but it really needed to be thrown in the bin. I feel terrible!

    Cross-continental personal organising sounds awesome - I'm sure we could do something!

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    I forgot to say, I just tried some Creed in a dept store. plain 'Vetiver' smelled superior to 'Original V' by a long-shot IMO. Did you know 'Vetiver' came years before 'OV'? It was news to me.
    BTW I googled for 'Vulva' perfume. You really shouldn't encourage those hucksters by giving them your money! If you want some of that scent I have a sample of Diptique L'Autre you can have!
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    Oh, how interesting and chronologically perverse! I didn't know Creed had a "regular Vetiver" - I tried the "Original", didn't care for it, and went back to Guerlain.
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    There's no better situation to end up with unloved FBs than a delayed International flight... cue several hours in the Duty Free trying to pass time with olfactory overload. As a result, two impulse purchases because they were discounted (yippee 50% off) and I was bored.

    The first is CK Truth. I used to wear this as an undergraduate and somehow a whiff of this at Duty Free transported me back to carefree goodtimes. The second is a YSL Opium flanker "Eau de Chine". My mother wears Opium (which I find way too strong) and this comfortingly reminded me of her, in a lighter, more-wearable version. I bought both in very-discounted 100ML and am completely bored with them after 2 wears. Neither are bad or obnoxious, just rather dull. In the yawning doldrums of Heathrow they both seemed rather exciting and nostaglic. Back in the more interesting real world they just seem tuneless and uninspiring... or remind me of waiting for a delayed flight! What was I thinking!?! For a little bit more I could have bought a small bottle of one of the L'Artisans and could be having much more fun with that right now... >sigh<

    Also.... sorry to the people sitting next to me on the 10-hour flight. This always happens during travel. I race for the Duty Free and spray each finger with something-or-other new release. It's such fun but I generally reek by the time i get on the plane. Maybe another thread - what to wear (or not to wear) for travel?! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jardanel View Post
    Hey Leesee,

    Open up the Yendi by Capucci. Is it in the yellow and green box or a dark blue/silver one?
    Edt, edp or parfum?

    Yendi is a very classy scent. It manages to be warm and green at the same time. It really evokes the aura of the late sixties and early seventies - there's something very bold and boundary-breaking about it. I love it, and wear it year-round, but cooler weather inspires me to reach for it more.

    J.
    Hi there. It is in a black and silver box, the bottle is black and silver, and it is parfum. I once bought Yendi in NY in 1980 and adored it, but this one does not remind me of the Yendi I knew from years ago. Was it reformulated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VM I hate civet View Post
    I do feel heartened that so many of us have made silly purchases - even as recently as yesterday, LOL! Nobody else appears to have made as many mistakes as me in such a short space of time.
    That's because I hadn't weighed in yet.

    I went to a fragrance wholesaler and bought four bottles unsniffed (it's that "good deal" trap: Cabotine, Molinard Muguet, Isabella Rossellini Manifesto, and Dana Lutece. While none was bad (although Lutece was verrrry powdery on me), the only one worth keeping for me has been Cabotine.

    I hate to include the following two because I do really like both, but I've realized that I'll likely never make much of a dent in them, so dec*ants would have been better:

    1) JM Nectarine Blossom & Honey - actually a nice acidic peach on me (and I don't usually like fruit frags), but it has sillage that is stronger than I'd prefer with these notes. I don't regret buying it in one respect--it because it was my first fragrance purchase in years and indirectly and eventually got me here.

    2) Un Jardin en Mediterranee. Again, I really enjoy this, but don't find myself reaching for it often.
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    2) Un Jardin en Mediterranee. Again, I really enjoy this, but don't find myself reaching for it often.

    WOW and you live in Southern Cali. I reached out for this everytime I went on vacation to a beach. I was just about to wear it during Sunday masses when my sample ran out... it was fortunate too because I found like 2 older women who wore it way better than I could... scrap that off my bottle list.
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    Hi Leesee,

    The parfum in Yendi is quite a bit spicier than the edt or edp - the lighter forms of Yendi also have a metallic/soapy edge (which I always associate with the green color of the juice) which is missing in the parfum. It's one of those fragrances that smell almost like a different entity altogether when you amp up to the pure parfum. Antilope by Weil was like that too. I'd say the black and silver bottle you have is similar to what is being sold at imaginationperfumery.com right now. It looks like the older packaging - I remember it as being dark blue and silver but it could have been black. The yellow and green box is from right before Capucci went briefly out of business and then sold its perfume rights to another company. Unless they reformulated Yendi and decided to put it in something identical to the older packaging, I'd say you have the real thing there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jardanel View Post
    Hi Leesee,

    The parfum in Yendi is quite a bit spicier than the edt or edp - the lighter forms of Yendi also have a metallic/soapy edge (which I always associate with the green color of the juice) which is missing in the parfum. It's one of those fragrances that smell almost like a different entity altogether when you amp up to the pure parfum. Antilope by Weil was like that too. I'd say the black and silver bottle you have is similar to what is being sold at imaginationperfumery.com right now. It looks like the older packaging - I remember it as being dark blue and silver but it could have been black. The yellow and green box is from right before Capucci went briefly out of business and then sold its perfume rights to another company. Unless they reformulated Yendi and decided to put it in something identical to the older packaging, I'd say you have the real thing there.
    Jardanel, thank you! I did not know that there was such a difference among the various scent strengths for Yendi. Because of your reasoned discussion of the scent I am going to give the parfum another chance. Have a great weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by masuerte View Post
    WOW and you live in Southern Cali. I reached out for this everytime I went on vacation to a beach. I was just about to wear it during Sunday masses when my sample ran out... it was fortunate too because I found like 2 older women who wore it way better than I could... scrap that off my bottle list.
    Interesting--I've never associated it with the beach or warm weather. I think it's because it comes out heavier on the honeyed-fig and cedar notes on me. It might smell more transparent on you, or other, lighter notes might prevail. I'm curious: what notes did you get from it?

    Who knows, maybe I'll wear it more when the weather gets colder here. Not that it gets really cold, but. . . .
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    I make many blind purchases, as I live in a small-ish country town without anywhere decent to buy frags from...my limit is normally $40, so its not a huge loss if I don't like it, and I have a sister who is a single mum, and is very pleased with my hand ons !
    However, I broke my moula limit and purchased Agent Provocateur unsniffed. Not sure if I got a bad bottle, as I can't compare, but this is a scrubber on me
    Look out Sis, here it comes !!!

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    What a great thread.... Nosemolester - Kenzo Flower and mayonnaise, that's so funny... I love this so I would be willing to take it off your hands. Leesee, I won a bottle of Orazuli in a contest here at Basenotes and like it so much, I bought a backup bottle at Marshall's. Debborra - Bulgari The Blanc and hamster, that's a visual I won't forget.

    I guess, unsniffed, recent regret:

    Orange Tonic by Azzaro - it's OK for a sunny Saturday morning working in the yard or going to the beach but that is it!

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