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    Default 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    So, it's almost the end of the year and I think it's time to reflect a bit. So, what scents in your wardrobe do you love much more than you did at the beginning of the year, and which scents do you love much less - perhaps even falling out of love completely - and why?

    Also, what new loves have you acquired this last year?

    For me:

    New Loves:
    TDC Un Parfum des Sens et Bois - never would have guessed that this frag would be the best match to my search for a scent that smells "ethereal and sheer like a veil." Amazing and transcendent.
    Versace PH - my go to frag. Clean and fresh and evocative of the mediterranean with a great woody drydown, and with more depth than most fresh frags. Always invigorates me and leaves me happy.
    Caron Yatagan - A masterpiece. If you've smelled it, you know that's true. If you haven't.. you need to!
    MPG Grain de Plaisir - fields of dry grain in the summer. And lemons. A great summer scent.


    Fallen deeper in love with:
    Prada Amber - My ultimate comfort scent. Seemingly simple soapy scent (ah, alliteration! ) but with hidden depth. I also happened to be wearing this as my SoTD when me and my g/f got back together after taking a month apart, and so it holds sentimental value, too.
    Caron L'Anarchiste - I'm still discovering new facets of this fragrance. This autumn was the first autumn of mine since I've had the scent and it is simply the best, and damn near the only frag I'll wear while the leaves are changing colors.
    Ungaro II - I used to write this off as stuffy. I was going to swap it for something like Le Roy Soleil (a good frag, but.. c'mon!). I didn't wear it for a good 3 or 4 months and then randomly sampled it one day and the magic hit me. Possibly the most interestingly blended complex scent I've ever come across. A true masterpiece.


    Not so sure about anymore:
    V&R Antidote - There's something in the base that I find a bit grating, and the jasmine in the heart can be a bit much too. It smells far more synthetic to me than it used to. I just wish I could enjoy it like I once did!
    Ungaro III - This too smells far more synthetic to my nose than it used to, and I now detect a strange petrol-like note on some wearings. This has led to me wearing this far less this year.
    Santana - nothing wrong with the scent, but it's so closely linked to an old relationship that I find I can't wear it without those memories surfacing. They're not bad memories, but still, I don't feel entirely comfortable invoking the past like that.


    Fallen completely out of love with:
    Passion for Men by Elizabeth Taylor - I think my bottle went off, it smells funky now. But even when it smelled good to me, it always reminded me of visiting my father's as a child. I think this is the scent he wore, and his whole apartment would reek of the stuff as he oversprayed while preparing to go out on a date, which he always seemed to do on the weekends he had me. What a way to spend every other weekend.. some real quality father son time.
    Last edited by SculptureOfSoul; 16th December 2008 at 07:32 AM.
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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    I only began my exploration last year, but...

    New Loves

    Dyptique L'Eau Trois
    Eau D'Italie Paestum Rose
    Ava Luxe Kretek and Midnight Violet
    Parfumerie Generale Bois Blond and Iris Taizo
    Comme Des Garcons Original
    Parfum D'Empire Ambre Russe and Fougere Bengale
    Ayala Moriel Razala and Immortelle L'Amour

    The notes tobacco, cardamom, clove and immortelle...

    Deeper in love with...

    Patou pour Homme
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower and En Passant - the latter is so delicately beautiful it almost hurts! ( In a good way. )

    Not so sure about..

    Cuir D'Iris - I wish I could say it was coincidental, but every time I've worn this in the past month I've gotten a headache.

    Leather fragrances as a category - they're just so hit and miss with me, and after a year of searching I haven't found anything near a leather "holy grail"...

    No longer love...

    Tauer L'Air Du Desert Marocain
    Knize Ten

    A notable event this year is my no longer hating vanilla. It's still not my favorite note, I just don't hate it the way I used to ( I'd like to thank Shalimar in particular for helping me overcome this ).

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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    It is almost exactly one year since I discovered Basenotes, and it was this year I found out there is a fragrance world outside the department stores... So I have found a lot of new loves (thank you basenoters)!

    Some of my new darlings that I bought during the year are:
    Guerlain Derby
    Czech & Speake Dark Rose
    Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant
    CdG Monocle Scent One: Hinoki
    Caron Poivre
    Thierry Mugler A*Men Pure Coffee
    Chanel Coromandel


    The only "old" bottle that I still really like is Viktor & Rolf Antidote.

    Because of my growing experience of fragrances (and hopefully a refined nose) none of my pre Basenotes bottles has grown on me, but there are a couple that I have sampled during the year that didn´t work initially but more or less suddenly "clicked" with me and I will end up buying:
    SMN Nostalgia
    L´Artisan Parfumeur Voleur de Roses
    Chanel Cuir de Russie


    Not so sure about anymore:
    Vera Wang for men
    Chanel Allure
    Zino Davidoff


    Fallen completely out of love with:
    Lanvin Arpège pour Homme
    Armani City Glam for Him
    Armani White He
    Guerlain L'Instant d'un Eté pour Homme

    Chanel Platinum Égoïste
    Different Company Rose Poivrée
    (the only new purchase, loved the sample but I can´t stand the bottle...)
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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    Quote Originally Posted by Galamb_Borong View Post

    No longer love...

    Tauer L'Air Du Desert Marocain
    Knize Ten
    Wow.. fallen out of love with two of the most praised scents around here. Mind if I ask what caused your change of mind?
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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    New Love:

    XS
    BdP
    Yatagan
    Vetiver Guerlain
    Havana

    Divorce:

    Allure Chanel
    Armani pour homme
    Issey Miyake
    Narciso for Him

    Hate:

    XS Black

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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Wow.. fallen out of love with two of the most praised scents around here. Mind if I ask what caused your change of mind?
    My nose and only my nose. Though I liked both at first, after several wearings of both I decided that though I appreciated them, I had ceased to like them, and wearing them had ceased being enjoyable. Knize Ten was just too sweet and too heavy after a while; L'Air was nicely crafted, but just didn't work for me.

    I owned a bottle of the former and nearly bought a bottle of the latter. I think I realized it was time to trade in my Knize when I was trying to find other uses for it, like scenting postcards.

    They're both massively popular around here, but then so is Domenico Caraceni, and I've never been big on that.

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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    Sculpture, if you enjoy Versace PH, try Chanel Allure Homme Sport. Smells nearly identical to VPH, but has superior longevity, a nice sparkle in the top notes from the aldehydes, and a pepper note that balances it more completely IMO. I wore one on each wrist and the Chanel was a clear winner, to my nose at least.

    Don't be afraid because it's called Sport, if it was Fraiche I think people would feel differently about it :-p
    Last edited by Sokkou; 16th December 2008 at 02:23 PM.

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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    Thanks Sokkou. I've heard the comparison made before and it seems pretty split on the preference. I'm going to try and sample Allure Homme sport when I can, perhaps when I go to my mother's for Christmas as there is a Macy's nearby.
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    New Loves:

    Eau d' Hermes
    Richard James
    Pomegranate Noir by Jo Malone
    Iskander
    Tiffany for Men
    L'essence de Declaration


    Fallen deeper in love with:

    Dunhill for Men (1934), Antaeus, Nicole Miller, Havana, MKK, Guerlian Vetiiver, Himalaya, Vintage Tabarome, Cuba by C & S, Cuir d'Oranger by Miller Harris, Habit Rouge, Patou Pour Homme, Versailles Pour Homme, Bulgari Black, Montana Parfum d'Homme (original) Erolfa, Le Roy Soleil Homme, Egoiste.


    Not sure about anymore :

    REL,
    Roma
    Pascal Morabito Or Black
    Rocabar
    Santal Noble


    Fallen completely out of love with:

    Minotaure-----Superb until drydown, whereupon it really does smell like bug spray.
    Francesco Smalto
    Azzaro pour Homme
    Jaipur Homme
    Rochas Man
    L'Occitane Vetiver
    Heritage
    Zino
    Jacomo de Jacomo
    Balenciaga pour Homme


    Pax,

    Mario
    Last edited by Mario Justiniani; 16th December 2008 at 10:07 AM.
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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    New Loves:
    Vetiver Tonka
    Ambre Sultan
    Ambre Precieux
    Ambre Narguile
    Tam Dao
    AdP Colonia Assoluta
    Mugler Cologne
    Prada Infusion d' Homme
    L'Instant
    Caron 3rd Man

    Couldn't care much about these days:
    LAdDM
    C&S No 88
    Rive Gauche pou Homme

    Divorce:
    Virgin Island Water
    L'eau de L'Artisan

    Will always love but see much less off:
    Paco Rabanne Pour Homme
    Eau Sauvage
    Fahrenheit
    Last edited by jathanas; 16th December 2008 at 10:38 AM.

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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    New Loves:
    By Kilian Straight to Heaven (it truly is)
    By Kilian Prelude to Love (absolutely amazing citrus/iris/woods)
    Dsquared2 He Wood (worth the wait)
    Prada Infusion d'Homme (great everyday scent)
    John Varvatos Vintage (can't believe I overlooked this for so long)

    Fallen deeper in love with:
    Parfunerie Generale Cuir Venenum (Luca Turin's review reminded me: why haven't I been wearing this as much?)
    YSL M7 (great stuff)

    Not so sure about anymore:
    Mugler Cologne (Prelude to Love is Mugler Cologne + 1)

    Fallen completely out of love with:
    Body Kouros (never could like it)
    Bvlgari Black (I can't find a single fragrance in the house that I like)
    Cool Water (like it, but I've ran into too many people who OD in it)
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    1) Straight to Heaven - By Kilian
    2) Aventus - Creed
    3) Flower of Immortality - By Kilian
    4) L'Humaniste - Frapin
    5) Millesime Imperial - Creed

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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mario Justiniani View Post

    Fallen completely out of love with:

    Minotaure-----Superb until drydown, whereupon it really does smell like bug spray.
    Mario WOW! I remember a few years ago, when I always read the reviews on perfumeemporium.com I noticed you were, one of the "go to" guys on that site, and Minotaure was on of you favorite fragrances. I'm really surprised how you've had a falling out, but the old leaves and the new come in.

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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    New Loves:
    Straight to Heaven
    Green Valley
    Millesime Imperial
    Silver Mountain Water
    Bleecker Street
    Himalaya
    Castile


    Fallen Out of Love:

    Bulgari Pour Homme
    L'Eau de Issey
    Black Orchid

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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    New loves:
    Kenzo Power
    Rive Gauche Intense
    Domenico Caraceni
    Hugh Parsons Blue (hopefully)

    Fallen Deeper in Love:
    Havana Reverva
    Havana

    Rekindling old flames:
    Tiffany For Men

    Not sure anymore:
    Gai Mattiolo Uomo
    Burberry London
    L'Air du Desert Marocain
    Verino Pour Homme

    Fallen out of love:
    Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta
    Michael For Men (Michael Kors)
    Montana Parfum D'Homme (red box)
    Original Vetiver
    Bvlgari BLV Notte


    Drunken Sex (aka blind buys gone bad)
    Giorgio For Men
    Agua de Loewe
    Rochas Lui
    Francesco Smalto PH

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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    New loves:

    Dior Homme
    L'Instant de Guerlain

    New likes:

    California
    Witness

    New appreciation:
    New West, initially didn't like it but have come to appreciate it. Not a love, though.

    Fallen out of love:

    Unbound

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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    New Loves:
    Amouage Jubilation XXV
    Spirituese Double Vanille
    Patou Pour Homme
    Polo Modern Reserve
    Dunhill for Men

    Deeper in Love:
    Tiffany for Men
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Derby
    Egoiste
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Egoiste

    New Likes:
    Third Man
    Gucci Pour Homme 2
    Domenico Caraceni

    The Romance is gone:
    Heritage
    Opium Pour Homme
    Prada Amber Pour Homme

    Restraining Order:
    Unforgivable
    Last edited by dmarino67; 20th December 2008 at 11:51 PM.

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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    New Loves :
    Guerlain Spirituese Double Vanille - possibly the love of my life !
    Guerlain Cologne Du 68
    Guerlain Jicky
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Kenzo Power
    Comme Des Garcons 888
    YSL Opium PH EDP

    Deeper in Love :

    Thierry Mugler A*Men

    Fallen out of love :

    Clinique Happy
    Calvin Klein Truth

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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    New Holy Grail:
    Amouage Lyric Man

    New love:
    JPG La Cologne Fleur du Male
    Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta

    Deeper in love:
    Guerlain L'Instant EdT
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    New loves: Balmain Amber Gris, Jicky
    Old loves: Mitsouko

    Mitsouko is still my main squeeze.

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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    New Loves:
    Fou d'Absinthe
    MPG Eau des Isles
    Eau De Gloire
    Salvatore Ferragamo PH
    LV Garofano
    Dominico Caraceni
    Black Tourmaline

    Increased Love:
    L'Anarchiste
    Rive Gauche
    LV Spezie

    Sustained Love:
    Yatagan
    Passage d'Enfer
    Dzing!
    Kouros
    Ambre Precieux
    Route de Vetiver
    Gris Clair
    LV Vetiver
    Piper Nigrum
    C.O. Bigelow Bay Rum
    Green Irish Tweed

    Fading Love:
    Fendi Uomo
    Royal English Leather
    Antaeus

    Lost Love:
    Van Cleef and Arpels

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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    Last year's big accords were about vetiver and leather, and I still enjoy a lot of what I wore frequently last year but this year I've been loving and learning a lot about rose and tobacco. Domenico Caraceni, C&S No.88, and Nicolai Pour Homme have given me tremendous pleasure. The bottle of L'Artisan Vetiver that I broke boundaries of all sorts to get last year has mostly just sat there. I would say that generally my respect for traditional men's perfumery has increased this year, particularly for stuff in the EdC tradition of citrus flanked by animalic or leathery notes: Jules, Monsieur Givenchy, etc.
    Now that I can smell more clearly what's going on in an accord, I'd like to go back through the important traditional feminines and see what I might like to wear.

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    Default Re: 2008: A year in retrospect. Love and love lost.

    A surprise new love at the end of the year - Czech & Speake #88. I've sampled this a few times before and felt so-so... but I tried it again yesterday and it's a new love. Go figure.

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