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    Miller Et Bertaux Spiritus Land #2: #2 embraces skin with sparkling notes of tender juicy herbs and a deft hand of spices. it's almost like Franceso Smalto Ph to an extent. only with #2, the quality and smell takes it 30 levels further interms of quality. The tranparency with which this scent exudes it's shimmering quality is purely remarkable. The way spices have been handled in this one is not a step shy from being a masterpiece. i dont detect any prominent notes of thyme or ginger..well, call it a unique blend. However, the image that it evokes for me is " light green" especially betel leaf blended with lovely notes of woods...the scent progresses to harmonize and blend with the skin in a way i have never (and i mean never) experienced before...the soothing quality, the serene nature...and the unique set of progressions makes it 3 different perfume in one. The Top Notes smells nothing like it's mids and the mids nothing like the base notes. just to give a hint, the basenote smells like a refined version of Costes by Hotel Costes. smooth notes of sandalwood treats you with deft touch of incense by mids to basenotes (the quality of incense? non parellel). i'm overwhelmed to say the least. This ones a must have or at least, must test.

    Mazzolari Lui: wow! this ones a cracking slap for someone looking for animalic scents with leather/patchouli/cedar(pencil shavings) combination. Lui smells like a dusty fur coat scented with aged patchouli, notes of cedar (pencil shavings) and was probably left near a campfire. extremely classy and would really shine thru during winters. the smell is something that could be distantly related to Gucci Ph(for reference...ohh but this is wayyyy mor than that). The treatment of patchouli is quite tempered, never taking the front stage so is the way the smoked cedar has been treated. the basenotes exude earthy notes of vetiver and sandalwood with hints of patch. it's smoky, dusty(in a very attic kind of way), animalic and mysterious to say the least.

    The Different Company Un Parfum des Sens et Bois: my fourth TDC, and im thinkin..wow, this house is indeed doing something very differently
    DSeB lands on skin with very controlled(never too loud), smooth and rich notes of florals (violets) and bergamote with ginger lurking not very far behind, the key to this scent is the way violets have been treated (think of it as a refined, super light version of Boss Selections for reference). There is indeed a watery quality to it, which makes you think wheather it's getting lighter and would disappear in 15 minutes, but, thats when this scent takes shapes and adds a soft cotton like aura of woody notes embracing the floral beauty of violets. by mid notes, pepper/ginger combo adds to the bite of the scent and gives it a dark shade of what was until now very tranparent, almost aquatic note. this accord (pepper and ginger) is quite familiar and is used in various other scents like for eg. Rochas Aquaman. the "difference" is the treatment in this one. the way it balances between clear, almost tranparent notes of woods and violets and on the other hand the spicy nature of pepper and ginger...the mids are truly enjoyable as this accords shifts to a more airy accord...as if what we sniffed until now was dream, lovely notes on (light, mild)incense creeps in and almost gives every note a airy accord. The scent changes it approach in the most seemingly smooth fashion. lovely scent to the last note. the quality is there and the scent, beautiful serene..

    Serge Lutens Chypre Rouge: hey now, it's not as bad as the reviews make it sound i was totally prepared for a ultra sweet concoction, but it surprised me in that department at first. it's no way as sweet as say cedre (i enjoy my cedre btw). it's very resinous to say the least, the openin accords are muted , fruity & smoky with a vegetal accord. the honey/vanilla combo kick it up by mids with the fruity gum accord still present. i think it's this fruit gum accord which didnt stick with many. patchouli though listed is not a prominent note..if anything, just a whisper. it's definitely ambery sweet with hints honey and moss towards the base with the "fruity accord"

    its no ambre sultan, gris clair, daim blond or cedre, yet, it's a "fun" fragrance. and my first (fun frag) with serge lutens i must say. it's a beautiful concoction by every means but, i would not recommend this as one of the top 5 scents from this line to anyone.. wear it over to a barbeque, or summer outings..im sure it'll fun.

    Creed Original Vetiver: opens with a controlled and refined freshness. it didnt remind me of Mugler cologne for a second but, it did remind me of Adolfo Dominiguez Vetiver Hombre. only this one being much smoother and refined. where one would hesitate to over apply Vetiver Hombre in the fear of gasping, this one serves you just right.

    OV has tremendous longevity on my skin, 8-10 hours plus. The midnotes are quite controlled and has that trademark soapy note which makes Mugler cologne the scent it is, however, i would strongly prefer this over mugler for all the extra creed has packed in. something about this one is (dare is say) natural. The surprise element for me was it's drydown. the basenotes evokes smell of dry vetiver leaves (crumbling), not like the soapy fresh one i encounterd from opening to mids. it's quite intense in the base too and adds to the soapy nature of vetiver in a very unique (dry) way. this scent has a very distinct phase , right from the opening notes to mid to the base. thumbs up! summer, here i come!!!

    Creed Baie de Genievere: intense note of juniper berry greets the wearer with sheer intensity. intial thoughts would be..hmm, dated? well, subsequent wearing shrugs of any such thoughts and you simply get addicted to this one. dark, broodingly intense notes of berry seemingly flows in to delicate and lovely accord of cinnamon leaves which just opens up the midnotes with hints of spices. the accord is definitely dated and has that trademark barbershop colognes smell to it, only this ones mighty potent with raw amber embracing the accords with hint of musk and loads of vetiver. lovely scent which may not impress rightaway, but will slowly work into your olfactory appetite. Bon apetite! (perfect for winters and spring)
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    Jenson, the first time I smelled OV, the dry down is just like what you described. But my bottle does not smell the same. Do you mind telling your batch number? Im craving for that drydownnnnn

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    Haha I love this post.

    Just want to clarify, you purchased all those scents without ever smelling them first (blind)?

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    djobeat: i can't locate any serial number in my bottle(although my guess would be 2005). on the flipside, im very happy with all my creed purchases so far...i guess im lucky.

    SirSlarty: Haha - very funny isnt it.

    yes, all the purchases are blind. why, do you doubt? i'm lucky to have many bners sharing samples with me but, unfortunately, never got a chance with any of these. i took help (by means of PM) from some bners in taking final decision on these frags though...also, i go thru the reviews (of specific members) on BN "very" closely.

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    I always enjoy your reviews, keep up the good work!

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

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    Very interesting (and risk-loving) blind buy choices. Glad you enjoy them.

    If I had blind-bought the TDC, Spiritus/land, and the Creeds prior to sampling -- I would probably be crying right now. But yea, the Chypre Rouge is pretty nice on me.

    Now, let's wait for the 'post-purchase dissonance.' Looking forward to see you post about your next blind-buy bonanza.
    Last edited by moltening; 16th January 2009 at 08:47 PM.

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    Jen...........you may be just a hair crazy, but I gotta love a guy with stones enough to buy all this juice blind.

    Outstanding review on Mazzolari. That is info I was looking for. Thanks. Also, congrats on having good taste in your scents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoRoads View Post
    I always enjoy your reviews, keep up the good work!

    Quote Originally Posted by moltening View Post
    Very interesting (and risk-loving) blind buy choices. Glad you enjoy them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AromiErotici View Post
    Jen...........you may be just a hair crazy, but I gotta love a guy with stones enough to buy all this juice blind.
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    thnx for sparing your time folks !

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    Nice haul, and nice reviews! I am sure you will fall out of love with Mazzolari soon, and sell it to me ;-)
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    Thank you for your mindful reflections. You bought some really nice ones there (except Chypre rouge ). I adore Lui and OV is easily my favorite of the recent Creeds (I also love to overapply Vetiver hombre though ). I'll have to try the TDC, it doesn't sound like me, but I've been enjoying Bois d'Iris and now Rose Poivrée so much - and way more than other Ellena creations - I need to get to know the whole line. I prefer your enthusiasm for Spiritus/Land to Turin's (well-meaning) "Dad's soap on the rope" review and will try to reimagine it in that light. Oh: does Mazzolari Lui work well in your climate (warmer and moister than Germany, I assume)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudassir View Post
    Nice haul, and nice reviews! I am sure you will fall out of love with Mazzolari soon, and sell it to me ;-)
    man..i dont even wanna repeat my story on Lui...

    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life View Post
    Thank you for your mindful reflections. You bought some really nice ones there (except Chypre rouge ). I adore Lui and OV is easily my favorite of the recent Creeds (I also love to overapply Vetiver hombre though ). I'll have to try the TDC, it doesn't sound like me, but I've been enjoying Bois d'Iris and now Rose Poivrée so much - and way more than other Ellena creations - I need to get to know the whole line. I prefer your enthusiasm for Spiritus/Land to Turin's (well-meaning) "Dad's soap on the rope" review and will try to reimagine it in that light. Oh: does Mazzolari Lui work well in your climate (warmer and moister than Germany, I assume)?

    Chypre rouge..i knw i knw
    on TDC DSeB, it's not a JCE creation...i wudnt compare it with Rose Poivree and Bois D'Iris.... but then again, it's a wonderful creation neverthless. tdc or not, i would love to have it in reach.

    Turin on #2...well....wht can i say... this ones a masterpiece for me..

    Lui: it "has" to work in our climate i'll make it work
    i knw wht you mean T_G_L, on the humidity part...evenings are pleasant most part of the year...(except for summers maybe..)
    Last edited by jenson; 18th January 2009 at 06:49 PM.

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    Wow those are definitely some high ticket items to be buying blind.

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    I recently retried Lui and it's fabulous. I'm still deciding if I want to buy it and own a bottle. I don't think I'd wear it to often or if I could pull off wearing it. So, it might be a big decant scent for me.

    None the less, it's an amazing scent.

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    C.Rouge by S.Lutens.... I am sure one drop will carry you all through the day. I sprayed it on my wrist and it stayed with me for the entire day, it survived a shower and went still through the night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leor_77 View Post
    Wow those are definitely some high ticket items to be buying blind.
    u bet

    Quote Originally Posted by nsamadi View Post
    I recently retried Lui and it's fabulous. I'm still deciding if I want to buy it and own a bottle. I don't think I'd wear it to often or if I could pull off wearing it. So, it might be a big decant scent for me.

    None the less, it's an amazing scent.
    i totalyl understand what you mean. i guess they shud have had the option of 50 ml to...

    Quote Originally Posted by Basteri View Post
    C.Rouge by S.Lutens.... I am sure one drop will carry you all through the day. I sprayed it on my wrist and it stayed with me for the entire day, it survived a shower and went still through the night.
    u bet enjoy ur scent!

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