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    Alright, I know I just posted a similar thread on dry resins and vanilla, but I'm a fickle thing, ok?

    Now I'm in the mood to sample sumptuous, rich, dark, tangy, syrupy berry-flavoured fragrances. I'm thinking of fragrances similar to Crystal Noir, Paco Rabanne XS Black, Diesel Fuel for Life, BBW Blackcurrant Vanilla* even... only a more refined rendition of those. All three mentioned have the tendency of getting very cloying and outstaying their welcome - but they also have in common that they don't just focus on the sweetness of the fruit they use. No artificial flavouring lollipop candies, here; they keep some tanginess to counter the syrup. They also have proper, wintery, dark foundations rich in woods, musk and vanilla.
    Of course, I've run blackcurrant, cranberry and even passion fruit through the Directory, but the results I get veer into the way sweet (Ralph Lauren Hot, anything Escada) or watery tropical fruit punch (something Green Tea was among the results).

    Things I have tried: Byredo Pulp - Woah. Sweet. Unwearable to me. Tom Ford Black Orchid- Very heady. May need to retry and suffer through the opening stages.
    Things in this category (I think) I should l try: SL Arabie, Jo Malone PomNoir (have a sample coming to me)

    Anyone willing to give me a push in the right direction?

    *Keep in mind that I have no access to BBW generally. I took some Blackcurrant Vanilla lotion from the US last time I was there.
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    Trish McAvoy Sexy 9 ~ "Infused with Amazon lilies, the intoxicating scent of patchouli and the added warmth of amber, the #9 fragrance becomes sensually rich and sweet. A sexier, more sultry way to wear #9 Blackberry and Vanilla Musk."

    Yves Rocher Iris Noir ~ Ignore the official notes and feel the vibe. Dark, sweet, but veering clear of cloying. I could be made to believe blackberry lurks, although that's not in the notes: bergamot, coriander; iris, rosy notes, floral notes; patchouli, tonka bean, ambrette seed.

    Serge Lutens Bois et Fruits ~ Cedarwood, plum, fig, peach, apricot.

    And, to some extent, SL Bois de Violette, because it still has that "purple" quality. I find it sweet. Some call it dry.

    Indult Isvaraya ~ Patchouli, Indian plum tree, jasmine.

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    P.S.
    Black Orchid almost won me over. I like to smell the vial, but I don't want to wear that scent all day.

    The Pom Noir is really neat, but DH disliked it. It has a prominent spice presence.
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    Hermessence Ambre Narguile is rich and fruity for me...also Badgley Mischka.

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    Maybe Lalique Amethyst
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post

    :bounce: Of all of the above, my fave is the Yves Rocher, which makes my head spin with delight, because it happens to be the least expensive!
    Lucky you! I confess, I *did* try Iris Noir at some point - just can't recall for the life of me what it smelled like. I'll have to rediscover now.

    Thanks all! Any other ideas?
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    The Body Shop has cranberry scent around for christmas, it's a very warm fruity scent, it reminds me a lot of XS Black but TBS has some spices in there I think because of the season. Ofcourse you can wear it when it's not in the season
    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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    Badgley Mischka

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    Elle YSL has a dark fruit note on me that is quite dry, combined with the cedar.

    DelRae Bois de Paradis has a blackberry note that is somewhat sweet but very rich and beautiful. It might be worth a try.

    I'm also thirding Badgley Mischka. While I didn't like the fruit in this as much as in the other two, it's still very nice.
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    I don't normally go in for berry/syrup scents.
    But the following is a dry, brooding, Byronesque take on dark fruit.
    Pomegranate Noir by Jo Malone. I like it. The incense notes give it a heady, other-worldly aura.
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    DKNY Delicious Night
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    L'Artisan - Mure Et Musc Extreme
    Try it ASAP
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    I must be a sucker for punishment in asking for berry recs, since many fruit-heavy frragrances give me an instant headache. YSL Elle and Delicious Night are examples. (For that matter, so is Black XS and Crystal Noir is definitely toeing the line)

    Mûre et Musc: D'oh. I should have come up with that myself. Will try.
    Badgley Mishka: Never heard of, will pursue now.
    I tried TBS Cranberry products, but wasn't blown away. Nice enough, but no instant love.
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    Hmmm...Le Parfum de Therese? Or Fleur de Cassie? (I think both are made by Frederick Malle.) Samples or decants first though...these are not beloved by everybody!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCat View Post
    DelRae Bois de Paradis has a blackberry note that is somewhat sweet but very rich and beautiful. It might be worth a try.
    BlackCat beat me to it, but I still have to second this choice. It's the one fragrance I though of when I saw the title of the thread. It's intoxicating, one of the nicest fragrances I've smelled in the past 3 months of testing. The fruit notes in it are just beautifully done, especially the blackberry and fig. I gave it a try at Barneys only when the SA told me it was done by Michel Roudnitska, since I loved Noir Epices so much. He's a genius, and Bois de Paradis is yet more proof. As a man, I certainly wouldn't wear this to a tractor pull, but women can wear it anywhere.

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    As a man, I certainly wouldn't wear this to a tractor pull ...
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    Alright, time for a recap


    Badgley Mishka
    ByRedo Pulp
    DelRae Bois de Paradis
    Hermessènce Ambre Narguilé (anyone else always think of Nazgul when reading that..?)
    Indult Isvaraya
    Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir
    Malle Fleur de Cassie
    Malle Parfum de Thérèse
    Lalique Amethyste
    L'Artisan Mûre et Musc (Extr)
    SL Bois et Fruits
    SL Bois Violette
    SL Arabie
    Trish McAvoy Sexy 9
    Tom Ford Black Orchid
    Yves Rocher Iris Noir
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    How about Poison?

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    Fleur de Cassie? I found that very-powdery-floral with indoles, some lily-vanilla and even a little plastic. Not a bit berried or even fruity. Do other people smell berries?

    Bois de Paradis, yes. Berries and woods.

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    I get Blackberries, fresh green ivy, & wet garden soil in Diptyque's L'Ombre dans L'Eau.

    And my favorite dark fruit is the animalic/boozy orange liqueur I get from Mona di Orio's Nuit Noir.
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    Rumba?

    Bois de Paradis is lovely, and very cedary on me; it's one of the more refined fruity frags.

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    Guerlain Insolence - raspberries
    CK Euphoria - pomegranate
    Dior Cherie - strawberries

    are examples I can think of.
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    How about Femenite du Bois and Dolce Vita?

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    By Killian Liaisons Dangereuses has notes of : coconut flesh, prune absolute, plum, blackcurrant buds absolute, crystallized peach, cinnamon bark oil, ambrette seed absolute, rose Damascus, geranium bourbon, sandalwood Australian oil, oakmoss extract, vetiver java oil, clear woods, vanilla extract, white musks.
    I've never tried this one and I'm curious about it. Are the fruit/berries predominant or is it the rose?

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    I don't know of any non-sweet berry fragrances other than Pomegranate Noir, which I fell in love with over the Thanksgiving holiday. Just adding my recommendation for that one to the others. I think you'll really like it.

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    The Different Company - Sublime Balkiss

    Notes - Patchouli, Violet, Blueberries, Blackberries, Blackcurrants, Damascus Rose from Bulgaria, Clusters of Lilac...

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    Madenss by Chopard

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    Poison and all its spawn give me awful headaches, sadly.
    Feminité du Bois is lovely, but not quite what I mean. On me, it's quite "thin" and mostly cedarwood - I get very little berries at all and definitely not the lush darkness I'm after. In fact, my SotD today (Secret Obsession) is very clearly related to FdB, but lusher.
    Sublime Balkiss I have tried, and in my (albeit foggy) memory that was much brighter, again, than what I'm looking for now. Admittedly, that was a long time ago and I probably need to retry.

    Others I have not heard of and will be added to the list! Thanks all.
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    I see you are considering SL Arabie. To me, it is all leather, very male. You might try SL Ambre Sultan. It is lush golden spices, fruit & amber & a smidgen of incense. It reminds me of a Christmas rum punch - the kind you light on fire and then drink. Another spice - cider type with more of a fermented plum note is Frapin 1270. Very gourmand. (LuckyScent and Aedes have it).
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