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  1. #31

    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    Riannon--that bottle is absolutely gorgeous!

    I'm trying Histoires de Parfums 1804 George Sand today for SnS and I love it. Here are the notes:

    Top note : Tahitian gardenia, Corsica peach, Hawaiian Pineapple,
    Heart Note : clove, Indian jasmine, lily of the valley, rose of Morocco,
    Base Note : Sandalwood, patchouli, Benzoin, vanilla, white musk

    I swear there is amber and chocolate in here. Just gorgeous so far. Sweet (which I love), not too heavy on the floral, and firmly grounded in patchouli, sandalwood and vanilla. Yummmmmmm. It is yummy, but I don't THINK it's a gourmand. Yummy but not edible. ?? Hugs!

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    Lizzie_J didn't wear the Madame X after all, but I did.
    My AL samples arrived yesterday. Just in time.

    There's a note or a general quality here that I usually shy away from. I guess probably the Jasmine or the civet or the combination of the two. And I'm not sure if I like this or not because of it. But I am definitely intrigued.
    This is like opening a dusty box and taking from it a dress with a beaded fringe worn by a girl with too short hair too red lips who drank too much bathtub gin and did dances that made her momma cry. A dress worn forty years later to a costume party by a girl with hennad hair who had to shout over the loud music though air filled mary jane smoke. A box that's been locked away for forty years and opened again today.
    I've only had it on for about a half hour, but the cardamom is becoming more evident. I'm looking forward to seeing how it dries down.

    After an hour and a half it's like spicy flowery tea. Really pretty.
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    Started off the morning post-shower in KL edt for women by Karl Lagerfeld, with notes of orange, spices, cinnamon, orchid, amber, vanilla, and clove. It starts off soapy-clean and fresh, then dries down spicy, orangy, and remains clean and light throughout its development. One of my favorite notes is orange, so I'm very happy in this today. Later this evening, I'll go for something else - not sure what yet - but this is a lovely fragrance for daytime wear. Sample from Musse.
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    I am wearing Fumerie Turque, which, despite its name, is really a rich oriental hiding in a utilitarian SL glass slab.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    Oooh, Lizzie, I just received a sample of George Sand. I can't wait to try it, especially after reading your notes on it!

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    Goinig to Mom and Dads for the last of holiday fun. Going to start the day in Salvador Dali. This scent reminds me of a female version of Old Spice. I really like it. May be FBW.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    Fleurs Oriental by Miller Harris from a decant. I compared it to shalimar at last and it doesn't have the strong bergamot opening that I dislike. I'm not a citrus girl and this includes bergamot. I think Fleurs Oriental is very pretty but I will probably try Shalimar again because it's so much cheaper and I'm not sure how FB worthy Fleurs Oriental is, sometimes I feel I already have so many bottles..only sometimes mind you.

    Shalimar, after putting it on I rubbed my wrists a lot hoping the warmth would get rid of the bergamot quick. I think it worked, or maybe the previous shalimar I tried was shalimark au legere?

    This smells a lot better than previous shalimar and I can see the resemblance with fleurs oriental. It smells a bit incensy like the incense of angelique encens from creed, which is not a bad thing imo. BF said it was potpourrie ish.
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  8. #38

    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    Organza Indcence by Givenchy for Oriental S'n'S
    It is described as an Oriental Woody by Osmoz, here is the notes:
    Top Notes:
    Jacaranda wood, Patchouli
    Middle Notes:
    Cinnamon, Plum
    Base Notes:
    Musk, Amber

    I discovered OI (1999 version) by accident a few months ago in a small shop. It is warm and cosy for winter and it is very similar to Arabie but minus the sweetness and the dried fruit peels. It is definately bottle worthy.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    I have a lot of orientals to choose from, it's my favorite category by far. I decided to reach waaay back in the back of the perfume cabinet for Gucci Eau de Parfum today.

    I'm not exactly sure why I don't wear this more often (a quick search on BN shows I wore it last in November of 2007), although I do think it's too heavy and sultry for work.

    notes include:
    topnotes: orris, heliotrope, orange blossom
    heartnotes: cictus, cumin, thyme
    basenotes: patchouli, vanilla, deep musk

    This is not as floral as the notes would lead you to believe. The floral notes are more dusky and dark rather than sweet and heady to me. It is more herbal than spicy, almost just a touch masculine. Don't be afraid of the cumin, it's just a light touch, so no BO notes here. Although cumin usually plays very nicely on my skin and doesn't leave that dreaded BO note that some get. There is something slightly medicinal here too, is it the patchouli? Whatever it is, it keeps the vanilla from getting too sweet. The undercurrent of musk keeps everything grounded and close to the skin. I would say the sillage is low, the lasting power is moderate.

    I love the bottle, it's SO serious! It doesn't really hint at the sexiness inside.
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    OMG - my ancient bottle of Obsession for Men is clamoring for attention it has NOT been getting. Do I dare to go madly retro?
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    Yes! You do dare!
    I did it! And I'm loving every minute. I'm getting all sorts of notes I'd forgotten about. Good call, Aiona!
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  11. #41

    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    MM, I love a bit of Obsession for Men. Prefer it to the female variety in fact. I bought a bottle for my husband a couple of years ago, but he doesn't wear it that often. Must get him to put some on today in honour of S&S

  12. #42

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    I just sniffed the Opium again and I have had a revelation: incense. I never noticed it before, even though Oppoponax and Benzoin are in the notes... yum. I might swipe Mum's bottle.

  13. #43

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    Decided on Gucci Eau de Parfum today. Notes from the review at The Scented Salamander:
    Top - orris, heliotrope, orange blossom, vanilla absolute
    Middle - cistus, cumin, thyme
    Base - patchouli, vanilla, deep musk

    The opening is truly gorgeous. Orange blossom deepened by vanilla; orris and heliotrope definitely present. I love heliotrope, and cistus (labdanum) is one of my favorite notes so I'm not surprised I loved this scent at first sniff. The thyme keeps things from getting too sweet. This fragrance is so luxurious and sensuous it makes me think of what it must feel like to wear the softest of furs against the warmest of skin.
    The Scented Salamander gives a perfect description of Gucci Eau de Parfum if you care to trek over there. This isn't a cop-out or lazines, I just don't want to copy someones writing - it really is my exact take on it! I would attach a link if I knew how.

    I'm SO glad I've held onto this bottle. I don't wear it often, as I haven't quite been ready for it, but this is definitely going to get more wear from now on.

    Edit: Hey, shadesofbleu, scent twin! When I finally saved my post (distractions) I was so glad to see your notes on this.
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  14. #44

    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    Hmmm ... I don't have a whole load of orientals. But I was ready to rise to the occasion today!

    So, I began the day in a smidgin of Le Labo's Patchouli 24 (thanks, Ubu! ), which LT and TS list as one of their top 10 orientals. Well, this little beauty was right up my street -- though, personally, I'd have this down as *one hell of a* leather, with a touch of clove. So, I'd sooner have worn this for a Spicy S'n'S.

    A little while later, I found myself mooching through Debenhams, where I siezed on a bottle of Cinnabar, and promptly proceeded to cover myself in it ... mucho mistake.

    I now smell like a kind of fusty Opium-cum-Cola-Cola confection. YUCKERS!
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    Cartier Le Basir du Dragon for today's SnS.

    My nose is kinda wonky today (no idea WHAT is going on with the sinuses). Still - here's what I'm picking up:

    - Top - a lovely orange tinged amber.
    - Heart - the amber turns herbal
    - Base - flowers, vanilla and amber

    Understand, I am wearing this as sparingly as the little sprayer would let me. (1/4 spritz on 1 arm, 1/4 spritz on the chest). This is a scent where discretion is the better part of valor. Big mistake to do full sprays of this thing. Worn sparingly, this is quite lovely.
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  16. #46

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    For Sniff ‘n’ Speak Oriental, I am wearing Frankincense & Myrrh by Czech & Speake.

    I have very few full blown orientals and this is one of the best.

    Top notes: Lemon, Orange, Basil, Clary Sage
    Middle notes: Chamomile, Myrrh, Pimento Leaf
    Base notes: Sandalwood, Incense, Lavender, Cedar
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  17. #47

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    After Celebuscent Saturday and my wearing of Elizabeth Taylor Passion for Men and being reminded how much I still liked it I made a resolution about SnS Saturdays for 2009. I'm going to use these days as an excuse to re-visit the original staples of my much smaller wardrobe pre-Basenotes. I'm going to see how much my tastes and nose have changed, or not, in my exposure to all the new scents I've tried in this last year or so.
    For SnS Saturday-Oriental I start with a double-header as I wore two orientals a lot pre-BN.
    My SotM was Yves St. Laurent Opium pour Homme.
    I used to love wearing this out to bars and clubs in the 90's and it was very often my preferred scent for those nights.
    What I loved about it was the spicy and sweet mix that was like nothing else I owned at the time. The pepper note in the heart was always a favorite and once it would settle into the vanilla and cedar at the base it would be the olfactory soundtrack to the end of a fun-filled evening.
    This morning when I sprayed it on what Basenotes has helped with is my appreciation of the top of this fragrance. I don't remeber ever noticing the currant, at the top, cut ever so slightly by the anise. Now as when I've worn this earlier in the year these notes blossom right away and then fade into the spicy, hot heart of this that I still enjoy. I remember the base being more vanilla laden in my younger days but lately it is the cedar that dominates with the vanilla playing a supporting role and thus making it less sweet than I remembered or am I becoming a more sophisticated wearer? Either way this scent is still a favorite and while I have come to discover others with this spicy heart I like more (Ormonde Jayne Man, Patour pour Homme) this will be a baseline scent for me.

    SotE Calvin Klein Obsession for Men
    If Opium was my party scent Obsession was my date scent. When this came out in the mid 80's I had become bored with both of my staples to that point Aramis and Ralph Lauren Polo. I remember going into my local Macy's to buy clothes and getting a whiff of this amazingly different scent coming from the nearby fragrance counter. When I walked over and the SA sprayed some on me although I didn't know what to call it at the time I had my first bout of the Basenotes Salute as my wrist kept returning to my nose over the entire rest of the day. I was back the next day buying the whole darn line: soap, body wash, deodorant, A/S, and EDT. I couldn't get enough of it for the next six months. What attracted me then was it was so different from the powerhouses of the 70's. The much softer spices in the middle of this which led to the amber/musk/sandalwood base which was what I thought smelled amazing on me and I thought was so nice on date night.
    Today, as with Opium PH, I once again took more notice of the top notes as the bergamot and citrus top, which has become so prevalent in today's fragrances, leads perfectly into the softer spicy heart which makes this scent so enjoyable for me. The combination of nutmeg, sage, and coriander combine with lavender to give this a satiny soft heart. The base is the nicely balanced mix of musk, amber and sandalwood I recall. I think I notice the amber more these days because this is one of the notes I have grown to truly enjoy this last year. I am almost surprised to be reminded how nicely it fits in with the other notes in the base without dominating.

    I have to say that I am quite pleasantly surprised at how well both of these scents still hold up for me. I may constantly be searching the horizon for the next great thing but the old stand-bys still have the power to remind me why I liked them in the first place.

  18. #48

    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    Hello all! Saffron James PUNONO is the only oriental-style fragrance I packed for vacation, so I am wearing it again today. It's an unusual warm and spicy floral blend that was designed to approximate the smell of the Puakenikeni flower, a favorite choice for lei-making in the islands. Here's a photo:

    The listed notes are Ylang Ylang, Pikake, Carnation, Vanilla, and Tunisian Opium. It is heady and sexy, and not my everyday style at all. I do love it, though!

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    The first fragrance of the day was SMN's Tobacco Toscano ( this also happens to be my first time wearing it, too ).

    Interestingly I don't get a lot of tobacco from this. What I smelled was vanilla paired with a note that reminded me of rubber more than anything else, though the fragrance was far more pleasant than that combination sounds!

    The effect is quite synthetic and linear, but not in a bad way ( Nostalgia did the same thing, albeit in a more interesting and Avante Garde fashion ). If this is tobacco, this is smelling a box of vanilla-flavored cigarettes with the cellophane wrapper still on.

    Comparing it to the tobacco fragrances I know, it's a totally different from the tinned tobacco note in Fougere Bengale and Kretek, and fortunately not at all the chlorinated smell that develops in Vintage Tabarome.

    Sillage is good; longevity is moderate to low - it lasts about six hours on me.

    Now onto Idole...

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    Samsara edp for me, one of the last of the eighties 'big hitters'. I usually try to avoid scents when they are really popular so maybe that's why it has taken me so long to try Samsara properly. Then there's the fact that I was always frightened off by the topnotes before! Samsara smells expensive and totally luxe while still having a bit of an attitude and an 'edge' to it. Maybe doesn't seem as exotic now as it would have done in '89 but it is still a knockout perfume and I can't wait to get myself a bottle! In hindsight I guess it was the perfect scent to see out the decadent, OTT, but ultimately fun (for me anyway) eighties. Notes according to Ozmoz are: Top - Bergamot, Lemon, Green Tea, Tarragon. Heart - Jasmine, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Carnation. Base - Sandal, Vanilla, Benzoin, Tonka. Is it the carnation which gives Samsara its spicy warmth?

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    Must de Cartier by Cartier

    (women's version)

    Lemon cream. Vanilla musk. Love.

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    After gym, I reverted to Alahine and Tann Rokka'a Aki- which,, despite The Guide's slur, is an unctuous amber- very honeyed with patchouli.

    It's best worn WITHOUT the sprayer- just dab it alone, or over the Alahine, and you smell like the 1001 Nights, no lie.
    NOT for the shy.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    After wearing a non-oriental from the orient in the morning (Amouage Dia), I shifted to an Italian oriental tonight - Mazzolari Lui. With Musc Ravageur it is the "sexiest" perfume in my 'drobe - rich patchouli, leathery spice, a bit of stable and massive musk, though without any obvious civety dirt. They really should be selling it in 15ml bottles rather than those 100ml canisters - three lifetime supplies considering 1 spray is all you need.

    The notes:
    Indonesian patchouli
    Texas cedar

    And here's the review I just posted:
    This is one elegant werewolf of a scent. I can only add my praise to what vibert, foetidus, and joe_frances have described in such vivid detail - and even the ad copy gets it right on this one, when it speaks of savagery robed in refinement. There is that rich purple brocade of mature patchouli on the verge of decaying decadence, the smell of polished leather saddle with sweet stable aromas in the back and there is a musky sledgehammer which I find could have been toned down just a bit, as its syntheticness can overwhelm the bountiful naturals here, which have been so ably amplified, and which rudely pushes aside the spicy and floral complements that round this composition off so well. Thankfully this effect is more noticeable on paper than on skin, where the musk blends in better and Lui works true wonders. Slip into your bespoke tuxedo, lead the pack, howl at the moon and fascinate the ladies.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    Wore a touch of Ferre 20 in the morning. More of a floriental than a straight oriental, but the sandalwood and vanilla in the base definitely give it an oriental feel. Switched over to TF Amber Absolute later in the day. Cheating perhaps, since we have an amber month at some point, but it counts doesn't it? Think I'll do something different for the evening. All of this Shalimar talk is tempting me. I have a ml of vintage parfum around here somewhere, if I can only find it.
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    Sorry, this won't add anything to the conversation - but I must say: SMM, what a great post!

    I've been thinking about some of my pre-Basenotes, pre-collecting scents too (I can't say pre-perfume obsession because I think that started as soon as I discovered perfumes, period, although it has reached new levels in the last couple of years).

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    Well, about to go off to bed and time to post my conclusions on Pink Pepper. I still love it.
    It has little complexity/development, and the longevity is quite poor, worse than I remembered. (It was actually outlived by yesterday's Profvmvm Dambrosia, which admittedly has become quite obnoxious with its monstruous longevity) The flacon says it's an EDP, but I would have pegged it an EDT if I had to guess.
    Syrupy ginger is very apparent in the top, lending the fragrance a slightly sharp edge along with the pepper. The promised sandalwood and amber aren't prominent for me, but the sharpish ginger does fade into a more mellow spicy concoction that nevertheless stays bright throughout. A sunny yellow oriental without a discernable floral element.

    Notes found: Top - Mandarin Flower, Nutmeg, Ginger, and Freesia. Heart -Pink Pepper, Cardamom, Pimento, and Jasmine Petal. Base -Amber, Vanilla Bean, Cedar, and Tonka Bean. (Different from the notes mentioned on my bottle: pink pepper, ginger, cardamom, amber, sandalwood, tonka)
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    Switched to Chanel goste as SotE and still keeping in the Oriental SnS mode. Wearing this can be compared to the endorphin inducing embrace of someone very special.

    Top Notes
    Sicilian Tangerine, Brazilian Rosewood..

    Middle Notes
    Coriander, Damask Rose.

    Base Notes
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    Must de Cartier. The opening is much greener than I recall from the last time I wore it. It is really lovely!

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    I'm anm amberslut today.
    Just fished out my Anne Pliska parfum....AH.

    You, know, it feels as if there's immortelle in here- really.
    Just a dab.
    A gorgeous thing- with bergamot, a bit of geranium, lots of musk, resins, patchouli.
    I need to wear it much more often.

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    I am wearing Cinema by Yves Saint Laurent today.
    Ahhh, too many perfumes to choose from. But I bought this one yesterday (a Marshall's bargain impulse buy)
    According to ozMoz it is an Oriental-Floral and the notes are:
    Top notes: Clementine, Almond Blossom, Cyclamen
    Heart notes: Amaryllis, Sambac Jasmine, Peony
    Base notes: Amber, White Musks, French Vanilla, Benzoin

    It starts very sweet, but it calms down after a while. It is very femenine and I would not have guessed it is an Oriental, because the Almond Blossom and the Jasmine dominate. The base is very soft, unlike other perfumes with similar notes on the base.

    Originally I was going to wear Serge Noire, one of the most controversial issues of 2008. Maybe I will make that my SotE.

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