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    What a wonderful thread, I love heliotrope, and many of the frags mentioned here are among my favourites! One of the best soliflore heliotropes I've tried was Crown Perfumery's Heliotrope, but I don't know if that's available anywhere anymore.

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    Thanks to all of you enablers, I've been checking out TJ Maxx lately. Just bought, very cheap, unsniffed and unheard of, Volupté by Oscar de la Renta.

    It definitely has a heliotrope note. Very interesting, though,there is a lot of violet, which takes it out of the soft melancholy heliotrope genre into something almost unisex, a bit earthy, a bit dry and spicy. Not at all sweet.

    It is growing on me,. I think it must have been ahead of its time.
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    Oh, Nostalgie! I have been lurking on the same bottle at my Marshalls. It's $12, but I have been passing on blind buys. How much do you like it? Does it smell like any other perfume you can think of?

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    Chantilly, that's the one!
    And I NEVER buy blind and I NEVER buy at TJMaxx. So maybe it was fate.

    I wish I could help more...I'm sure someone will step in and lend me a hand...a nose...

    I smell the heliotrope and violet right away. Then more violet than heliotrope. It goes earthy-violet. Then patchouli takes over--which you will love or hate. I kind of love it. It is that almost brunt-rubber patchouli base.

    I find it interesting because heliotrope is usually used in sweeter or gentelr mixes.

    The deep dry down is very faint,but just delicious--a fresh violet against a dry patchouli. Very close to the skin It doesn't last long.


    I think it is well worth $12.oo.
    P.S. Check out the reviews here on Basenotes. I seem to not be detecting a rose note. The reviews are quite positive.
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    All right you enabler you. And she's off, out the door, down the road, and to the finish line! We have a winner! I'll report back later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChantillyLace View Post
    All right you enabler you. And she's off, out the door, down the road, and to the finish line! We have a winner! I'll report back later.
    Glad to contribute to the cause!

    Please also let me know if you have trouble opening the cap. I do. Well, it is open. i can't close it properly.
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    I have some Oscar Volupte to sell, if anyone's interested. Very cheap!

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    Loving this thread and all the suggestions for another heliotrope-lover. My 'to smell' list lengthens daily!
    I can add only two, probably contentious, fragrances to the list: L'Heure Bleue from Guerlain and Teint de Neige by Lorenzo Villoresi. I feel that both contain heliotrope but my nose is notoriously blunt.

    Ah! just checked the database and Teint de Neige does have it listed as a note. L'Heure Blue however doesn't seem to. Hmm.
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    Ugh. That's the third time I've tried an failed (due to computer crash, firefox crash and stupidity of my own...) to compose a list of all your recommendations. I guess it's not meant to be!

    Quote Originally Posted by chaeleran
    What is your impression of Datura Noir? Is it light and airy or dense and sultry - I can never quite tell from the reviews.
    To me, it's quite dense and sultry. The thing with heliotrope, though, is that is sort of sings in harmony with itself; it's high-pitched and deep & reverberating at the same time. Compared to D&G Feminine, Datura Noir is definitely more full-bodied and lush. More of a contralto to the D&G soprano. (I wonder where my musical thing is coming from all of a sudden...)
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    Well, I got my bottle. The first time I sprayed it I didn't like it. Very old school late 60's early 70's. The second time I sprayed it, liked it better. Very Zen like with the incense note. A llittle drier than I was ready for but it is getting better. I layered it with AL heliotrope and it was a really nice mix. I think it is FBW. DD said she would go in on one so........ It's funny how your nose takes time to get used to a scent sometimes. I saw a SotD post that Taolady loves Volupte'. Maybe we can get her to give us her take on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChantillyLace View Post
    Well, I got my bottle. The first time I sprayed it I didn't like it. Very old school late 60's early 70's. The second time I sprayed it, liked it better. Very Zen like with the incense note. A llittle drier than I was ready for but it is getting better. I layered it with AL heliotrope and it was a really nice mix. I think it is FBW. DD said she would go in on one so........ It's funny how your nose takes time to get used to a scent sometimes. I saw a SotD post that Taolady loves Volupte'. Maybe we can get her to give us her take on this?
    Layering with more heliotrope sounds like a great idea,b/c the heliotrope dissipates so quickly --can't hold up to the heavier notes.

    It is a retro scent--in a good way I think!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I forgot to mention that supposedly (since I personally have never smelled it) vintage Farnesiana by Caron is a wonderful heliotrope scent.

    Anyone smell it and care to comment?
    I adore heliotrope and grow both the deep purple and pale white/lavender color. Both have different scents. Farnesiana is one of my favorite fragrances, but for a different note: Acacia farnensiana. The Caron perfume is absolutely exquisite in its rendition of this lovely flower. Some might think there is a heliotrope component in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merbert View Post
    I adore heliotrope and grow both the deep purple and pale white/lavender color. Both have different scents. Farnesiana is one of my favorite fragrances, but for a different note: Acacia farnensiana. The Caron perfume is absolutely exquisite in its rendition of this lovely flower. Some might think there is a heliotrope component in it.
    I've never heard of that flower, nor have I smelled it. Very interesting.

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    Le Parfum by Barbara Bui is a good choice for heliortope if you can find it.

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    Oh I love my heliotrope. Lots of classic Guerlains of course have it.

    LT Piver do one Heliotrope Blanc, Etro, I own and love and if you can get it Crown Perfumery Heliotrope another I own.

    Farnesiana in extract is gorgeous. MPG Secrete Datura has it big time.
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