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    Re - Laura Tonatto (A loving tribute to Vol de Nuit.)
    Maharadjah - Parfums de Nicolaï (Lavender over patchouli.)
    Amber Gris - Balmain (At first a meh, now it's growing on me.)
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    Victorious (Semi)Blind Buys:

    Bois Farine - Doughy, nutty, and slightly flowery. Hard to explain, best described as "peanut butter," but much better than it sounds.
    Costes - Spicy soap

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    Out of all the "blind buys" the truest and most interesting blind buy was Mont Blanc Homme Exceptionnel.

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    Blind:
    Rive Gauche Intense

    Semi-blind:
    Czech & Speake - Cuba (Sprayed it on my hand and bought it 15 minutes later)
    Kenzo Power (Sprayed it on my hand, walked around for an hour, then bought)


    Hopefully I'll be able to add L'Instant Extreme EdP to this list this year!
    Last edited by KMF; 5th January 2009 at 05:58 PM.

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    Dior - Cologne Blanche (powdery sweet almonds, far more interesting and mesmerizing than Pi)

    Lalique - Encre Noire (as complex as the root systems in dark and foggy wetlands and the most unique vetiver I've ever tried)

    Both of these were succesful blind buys!
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    Triumphant 2008 Blind Buys:
    Yatagan
    Encre Noire
    Third Man

    Just-Short-of-Triumphant 2008 Blind Buys:
    Witness
    Moustache
    Grey Flannel

    2008 Blind Buys I Regret:
    None

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    I VERY rarely buy blind. But, I bought Habit Rouge blind because I got a great deal on it & I knew that I could easily unload it in the BN marketplace if I didn't like it. Luckily I loved it.
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    L'Anarchiste

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    Blue Jeans.
    Just went for it and didnt regret it. However I'm hesitating to do some real hardcore blind buys, I think I wont go for niche blind-ever..

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    I only 2 bought a full bottles blind once last year, Ava Luxe's Ambra Tibet and the "Energizing Perfume" from L'erbolario. Ambra Tibet turned out to be a good buy, and the L'erbolario hasn't arrived yet.
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    I pretested a surprising amount of fumes in 2008 - among them my best buys like Washington Tremlett Black Tie, BOIS 1920 Sandalo e Thé, Borneo 1834, TDC Bois d'Iris...

    A great blind swap was MPG Fraiche Badiane.

    Alt-Innsbruck was a gift.

    And great blind buys? Czech & Speake: Cuba, Neroli and Citrus Paradisi (the latter was outgrapefruited by Guerlains AA Pamplelune, however) were clearly the highlight.

    Also very good: Eau de Rochas pour homme (vintage), biehl eo02, Borsari Acqua Classica and Té Verde.

    Bought blind 2008 but still untried: TDC Rose Poivrée
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    cdg parfum and 3. i ordered them last year and they just got here - i'm enamoured right now.

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    Default Re: Your 2008, Victorious Blind Buys?

    BbP
    XS
    Havana
    Yatagan
    L´Instant Extreme
    ........
    L Anarchiste
    and Knize Ten , both I have bought but did not have the chance to try yet ( I am sure two winners)

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    None. Zero. Zip. Nada.

    (Well, I did buy Cool Water, at a discount of course, and later regretted it.)
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    Top 5 for Winter:
    1) Straight to Heaven - By Kilian
    2) Back to Black - By Kilian
    3) M7 (vintage or Oud Absolu) - YSL
    4) Aventus - Creed
    5) John Varvatos Vintage

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    Many but the most recent is Chanel's Sycomore. Wonderful.

    ps Oh shoot, one more. Yatagan
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    Brooks Brothers 1818 cologne
    Floris Malmaison

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    Sadly, I found all my blind buys in 2008 to be unwearable. I even blind bought Mitsouko for my wife and neither of us like it.

    I would like to say I will never blind buy again but I probably will anyway,

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    Rive Gauche pour Homme

    Burberry London ( semi-blind as I smelled the base of it on a card. I did not know about the great tobacco smell that inspires me) :toppie:

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    KNIZE FOREST.

    paid alot of money for this as a blind buy (around $150) and it was WELL worth it. A totally unique green fresh scent? Well that's hard to come by......VERY hard to come by.

    ENCRE NOIRE.

    this scent is a superstar. so different.....so brilliantly made. completely unique and a definite future classic.

    EAU SAUVAGE FRAICHEUR CUIR.

    a must for any true leather fan....one of the classiest and elegant fragrances i own. bought 3 bottles....BLIND!

    PORSCHE DESIGN THE ESSENCE.

    the best NEW scent of 2008....superbly made, adds a much needed fresh scent into my wardrobe, without smelling generic. beautiful bottle....and elegant fragrance all round.
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    Default Re: Your 2008, Victorious Blind Buys?

    Blind buys that turned out to be good buys: Arpege Pour Homme, Un Jardin Apres La Mousson, Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune, Amber Gris, Hiris, Cabochard and L'anarchiste.
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    Several interesting but unsuccessful stinkers that make nasty faces at me when I peruse my collection. But it doesn't take a huge success rate to confirm me in my blind-buying, rough riding ways. Laura Tonatto's Re and PdN Balle de Match have both been a great pleasure to own and wear. I may prefer Re to Mazzolari Lui and MKK for regular wear, in fact. Marvelous stuff, and discontinued in the US with a few bottles, last I heard, still collecting dust at Luscious Cargo. Still avaible in Europe, I believe.
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    Default Re: Your 2008, Victorious Blind Buys?

    Well, probably all of my blind Guerlain's I bought were 'victorious': Chant D'Aromes EdT, vintage Mitsouko parfum, Vetiver EdT (well, just a mini bottle), L'Heure Bleue EdC, Jicky EdC, L' Instant Pour Homme Extreme, Shalimar Light and Winter Delice

    Others are: Booster by Lancome and Nostalgia by Santa Maria Novella
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    Unsniffed triumphs:
    Balmain - Ambre Gris
    YSL - Nu
    Guerlain - Shalimar Eau Legere
    Rochas - Absolu

    OK for the price, but not extraordinary
    Rochas - Tocade
    Clarins - Par amour

    Regrets
    Caron - Parfum Sacre EDP

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    Default Re: Your 2008, Victorious Blind Buys?

    I bought this one based on my love of Tubereuse Criminelle by Serge Lutens, which is beautiful but I was looking for a tuberose without the petrol note. Besides this, Fracas and EL were other contenders, but those were too diva. Contrary to what members on this site say, this does not smell definitively female. Carnal Flower must be sprayed sparingly, though. Besides this I blind-bought a bottle of Gaiac 10 at it's price, but this may become my signature scent, so it's OK. And I cannot forget Guerlain Sous le Vent, CdG Man 2, and Penhaligons Elixir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEoTY26 View Post
    I bought this one based on my love of Tubereuse Criminelle by Serge Lutens, which is beautiful but I was looking for a tuberose without the petrol note. Besides this, Fracas and EL were other contenders, but those were too diva. Contrary to what members on this site say, this does not smell definitively female. Carnal Flower must be sprayed sparingly, though. Besides this I blind-bought a bottle of Gaiac 10 at it's price, but this may become my signature scent, so it's OK. And I cannot forget Guerlain Sous le Vent, CdG Man 2, and Penhaligons Elixir.
    wow!! it takes a lot of, a lot of...(how do you say), ah yes, physical fortitude to spend so much money in blind buys. At least you went for some gorgeous ones like Sous le Vent.

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    Musc Ravageur
    Habit Rouge EDC
    L'Instant Extreme EDP

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    B*Men by Thierry Mugler - bought it blind and didn't like it due to overspraying. Decided to give it another chance less than a month later and bought the one with the rubber flask and loved it.

    Terre d'Hermes - I tested it in a store and liked it but was not too impressed. Then I decided to should just get a bottle for myself and maybe I can see what the hype is about. The bottle that I received was much more vibrant than the tester I tried at the store which is exposed to heat and light. My bottle was so much better. I consider this to be somewhat of a blind buy since what I got was more potent and vibrant than the store's version and I was not expecting it. It was almost as if I bought a totally different fragrance from what I was expecting to receive.

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    Musc Khoublai Khan - Serge Lutens
    Musc Ravageur - Editions Frederic Malle
    Ambre Extreme - L'Artisan Parfumeur
    ointments and perfume delight the heart....

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    Cypres Musc
    Cuiron
    Kouros
    Kiehl's Original Musk

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