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    Default Re: Dark berries/fruit

    I found TDC Sublime Balkiss dry and fairly subtle for a berry scent, but everything depends on your own tastes and perspective, of course.

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    Lulu Guinness - Cast a Spell

    Notes: Dark Berries, Frosted Blackberry Pulp, Mulberry, Red Currant, Iced Lavender, Lilac Petals, Davana Blossoms, Black Velvet Fig, Amber, Bourbon, White Patchouli
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    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    L'Artisan - Mure Et Musc Extreme
    Try it ASAP
    Seconded.

    Or Ava Luxe Blackberry Musk.
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    I agree with the Bois de Paradis by Parfums Del Rae recommendation. However, you have to also like rose and cinnamon. But this one is also, very berry/fruity.

    Also try Bahiana by MPG.

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    Ambre Sultan doesn't go fruity at all on me! Funny. I love it, but I would never have put it in the berry/fruit category from how it performs on my skin. 1270 had already ended up on my to test list for some reason, thanks!
    Another Ava Luxe to try, then

    Mûre et Musc is a must, I see. I'll probably make time to go to some brick & mortar stores next week, I'll be sure to take the list of results from this thread!
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    I would say Poison, but the vintage version, the one from the 80's. A nice plum smell, very sensual and quite deep.
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    I can maybe cross a berry frag off your list - Keiko Mecheri Wild Berries. It fits what you want initially, smells of dark purple berries (soft, not sharp, which I liked) but it dries down (quickly, imo) to nothingy sweetness. I find this with a lot of the KM frags actually.
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    Divine L'Homme Sage had a delicious lychee fruit note.
    Now, before you go thinking, "But that's not berries," please note that I also love Crystal Noir and I also registered "deep-fruity" with Black Orchid. And, I require woodiness with my fruits. So, there ya go.
    Last edited by purplebird7; 1st January 2009 at 09:48 PM.

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    Another berries perfume is Donna Karan's Delicious Night

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    Let me add Parfums de Nicolai's Sacrebleu with its candied fruit opening that is anchored by a dark incense base.
    "Like a lobster with a pearl in its claw, the beet held the jasmine firmly without crushing or obscuring it. Beet lifted jasmine, the way a bullnecked partner lifts a ballerina, and the pair came on stage on citron's fluty cue. As if jasmine were a collection of beautiful paintings, beet hung it in the galleries of the nose, insured it against fire or theft, threw a party to celebrate it. Citron mailed the invitations." Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins p. 189

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtamara41 View Post
    Let me add Parfums de Nicolai's Sacrebleu with its candied fruit opening that is anchored by a dark incense base.
    Good one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtamara41 View Post
    Let me add Parfums de Nicolai's Sacrebleu with its candied fruit opening that is anchored by a dark incense base.
    Good! A sample of that one is making its way across the ocean as we speak.

    Purplebird, I love how you defended L'Homme Sage - on the list it goes. Great name, by the way.

    Too bad about the KM, Led. I've only tried 2 of hers: Loukhoum and Patchoulissime, neither of which fully sit right with me. Loukhoum is just too sweet and I suspect I'm anosmic to parts of Patchoulissime. It's there for 5 minutes and then *poof* gone - only white noise. Smells rather like a sour Molecule 01, actually. KM's frags are wildly expensive on this side of the ocean anyway, so it's all good.
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    We await your verdict.
    Please return with advice for the rest of us who would like to try more dark berry fragrances.

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    Definately you should try DK Delicious Night.
    It completely surprised me. Highly underrated scent, i find.
    "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."
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    Alright, after having tried a few of your recs, I have something constructive to add again.
    The full list of recs, including the ones I initially mentioned:

    Ava Luxe Blackberry Musk
    Badgley Mischka (2 votes)
    Balenciaga Rumba
    By Kilian Liaisons Dangereuses
    Byredo Pulp
    CK Euphoria
    Chopard Mira-Baï
    Chopard Madness
    DelRae Bois de Paradis (5 votes)
    Dior Poison (2 votes)
    Dior Chèrie
    Dior Dolce Vita
    Diptyque L'Ombre dans L'Eau
    Divine L'Homme Sage
    DKNY Delicious Night (3 votes)
    Indult Isvaraya
    Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir (5 votes)
    Frapin 1270
    Frédéric Malle Fleur de Cassie
    Frédéric Malle Parfum de Thérèse
    Givenchy Hot Couture
    Guerlain Insolence
    Hermes Ambre Narguilé
    Hugo Boss Deep Red
    Lalique Amethyst
    L'Artisan Mûre et Musc Extreme (2 votes)
    Lulu Guiness Cast a Spell
    MPG Bahiana
    Mona di Orio Nuit Noire
    Parfums de Nicolai Sacrebleu (2 votes)
    Serge Lutens Arabie
    Serge Lutens Bois et Fruits
    Serge Lutens Bois Violette
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Shiseiso Feminité du Bois
    The Different Company Supreme Balkiss
    Tom Ford Black Orchid
    Trish McAvoy Sexy No 9
    Yves Rocher Iris Noir
    YSL Elle



    Here are the ones I've (re)tried on skin since, and my thoughts on them. I'll try to locate most of the above recs, only Miss Dior Chèrie I refuse to try on skin. That one gives me a headache just being in the same room where it's being sprayed, let alone taking that piercingly sweet cotton candy with me.
    Pulp - Sweetness overload. Yes, there's berries in there, but the whole gives the impression of bathing in the most potent fruity, syrupy jam imagineable. Not bearable for me.
    Delicious Night - Initial blast of grape juice followed by something sharp; I suppose that's the berry part. I get why this gets a better rep than the original Delicious, but it gives me a headache. Piercing sweet-sour is the impression it gave me before scrubbing it off.
    Pomegranate Noir - Opens on something interesting, a bit sweet but not too much - could well be pomegranate. There's a weird urinous note running through it, though. The fruit is soon replaced by something bitter-herbal-mentholated. Not very pleasant to my nose.
    Ambre Narguilé - wonderful, but I get no berries. Cinnamon-apple pie-liquor-raisins, yes, berries or darkness, no.
    Mûre et Musc Extrême - Very nice! Tangy, medium sweet, but I would not have pegged the fruit as berries if I had sampled blind. Something citrusy, perhaps. Further in the drydown it goes a bit cinnamon-apple pie, like Ambre Nrguilé, only brighter, less dense and syrupy. Very refreshing, not dark.
    Mona di Orio Nuit Noire - On the blotter, barnyard. On the skin, it opens on decaying flower and progresses into live flower with a hint of indolics. Jasmine, maybe. I get no berries, and little noir after the opening.
    Sacrebleu - reminds me of Parfum Sacré a lot: roses but done in a way I can tolerate. Tinged with soap, expertly blended. Well-behaved and very much not me. Overall impression: old-fashioned classiness, tea parties, pink doilies.
    Arabie - Yikes. Extremely dense, way too much so. Like a sauce that has been over-reduced; thick, tarry, strongly scented but not positively so. Definitely dark, though. It calms down a bit later, but starts smelling of Indian restaurant. Not wearable to me.
    Bois Violette
    Feminité du Bois
    YSL Elle -
    I should just write one comment for the last three, because they seem very much related. They all are heavy on the cedar, and give a thin, tinny impression to me. I get very little fruit or berries, just a sweetish tinge to the woods. They're easy to wear and I can see why they're popular, but they don't sit right on me, nor are they dark. In addition, Elle gives me a headache.
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    Now that I think about it, Cast a Spell may be a little too jammy-sweet as well. Sorry you're not having much luck so far (but, oh, won't it be delicious when you find one that hits all the right notes?).
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    You knew this mission was going to be grueling when you took it on, but see it through. Your fellow perfumistas are depending on you. Carry on, lieutenant!

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    Ma'am, thank you Ma'am!
    That comment made my day.

    I was a bit hasty on Mûre et Musc and Sacrebleu, by the way: I'm not as fond of the drydown on MeM as I was of the opening, and Sacrebleu is getting prettier and prettier. Less doilies, soap and powder, more hard-to-describe warm doughy vanillic residue. Still, not sure if I would deal with the opening for that reward.
    It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely products of a deranged imagination.

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    I love Quarry's comment...
    I'll add my thanks for doing this, and I'm referencing this thread next time I make the Sniffing trek into San Francisco.
    ^_^

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    Another one you could try is Gucci II EDP. Pink square bottle. Not very dark, but good berries.

    Or Falling in Love by Philosophy. Also more on the refreshing side, though.

    On the cheap side, BBW Midnight Pomegranate is very nice. However, if Delicious Night gives you a headache (it does me), then the Midnight Pomegranate might, as well. (I get a headache from it sometimes.)

    L'Artisan also has a Parfum Extrait version of the Mure et Musc. Very pricey, but my favorite of the bunch. Very juicy.
    Last edited by Kotori; 10th January 2009 at 11:45 PM. Reason: add
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