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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgie View Post
    Blossom Green, on first spray, reminds me of a more traditional fresh, clean,spring scent, in the men's cologne genre: a little citrus a little floral. It becomes more floral, much softer in short time. In addition to fabulous neroli. i'm smelling another flower. At first I thought it was a very small dose of lavender, but later, no...I'm not sure what it is.... The texture has developed, too, from sort of sparkly, even fizzy, to more powdery to creamy. Lovely. I can't stop smelling my arm. WAIT--is that rose? My husband loves it on me and suggests I wear it often.
    You are right, Nostalgie, there is a hint of Lavender into Morning blossom, there is no Rose in it,but there is Rosewood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgie View Post
    I'm just trying Le Fablier today. AIona, my initial impression is like yours: I find the top note to be lots of cinnamon, and a slightly sweet cinnamon at that: it reminds me of the candies called "Red Hots," Over time the cinnamon calms down and I can smell rose, and the entire blend softens. I am not good at detecting notes, but there is something I would describe as creamy and warm in the base. I would like to smell more of that base and less of the lingering cinnamon.
    There is indeed Cinnamon as a key ingredient of the accord. This is because the perfume has been designed to evocate the security of home and family. The rose is for the woman who is the femminile presence of the house and the woods for the furnitures of Le Fablier.
    The idea was to represent the woman of Le Fablier, as a romantic jewel (the rose) set in a her natural homely ambient, with the cinnamon evocating her motherly sweetness (cooking sweets), and the woods for the natural wood furnitures of Le Fablier.
    The mistery creamy ingredient could be the vanilla, who is smelled only in the drydown, being used here as a subliminal bottom note to reinforse the motherly feeling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aiona View Post
    and the civet-lavender combo you recommended ...???
    Do you mean the civet Lavender blend that I recommended to spray into the bed (without telling the husband), to arouse his interest? always as a scientific experiment of course.
    This blend is not supposed to work on your hand but into your bed.

    If you want to arouse interest of men with a body perfume, civet is to be blended with Tuberose. But this is an other story, it is a pefume in the next batch of samples that Asha should recieve tomorrow, Let us see if you will recognize it.
    I would like to invite all those who have not done it yet to write their impressions on these first samples, because in a few days we shall go a step further and pass to the new perfumes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Profumo View Post
    Do you mean the civet Lavender blend that I recommended to spray into the bed (without telling the husband), to arise his interest? always as a scientific experiment of course.
    This blend is not supposed to work on your hand but into your bed.
    Ah well! It does smell interesting on skin. Different from the single notes alone. We have a king-sized bed (so that it is large enough to hold 3 cats and a dog as well as the humans), and so a focal spraying of civet-lavender might not work well for me. 'May have to reserve this experiment for a time when the boudoir is empty of four-footed mammals.

    Quote Originally Posted by Profumo View Post
    If you want to arise interest of men with a body perfume, civet is to be blended with Tuberose. But this is an other story, it is a pefume in the next batch of samples that Asha should recieve tomorrow, Let us see if you will recognize it.
    Thank you, Profumo. I really can't express how grateful I am to be able to sample these. The single notes are very enlightening, and even though the others are enjoying Holy Water, I've found another sweet scent in Rose des Bois. I thought I liked incense scents, but I'm finding I only like certain kinds. I'm not sure what the difference between them is. I enjoy the opening of Holy Water, but once the citrus that resembles Morning Blossom dies away, I really mostly only smell incense. As I mentioned, my dog (the German shorthair) is enchanted by it. I should try it again.

    Today is a slow(er) day at work, and I am wearing African Queen Pink Panther again. I'm saddened that I cannot get the Karo Karounde in it! Parsley. And yes, I smell the mandarin now, after being clued in to it. Parsley again. And . . . that strange mushroomy smell. So strange!
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    Tried Karo Karounde yesterday... a very interesting dirty floral. It almost smells like rotting orange blossoms smeared with honey mustard. Very long lasting on me; twenty-four hours with good sillage.

    I've noticed some tropical flowers - even some tropical fruits - tend to have this over-ripe quality about them. Champaca comes to mind, to a lesser extent. Heavy, rich, honeyed, but also slightly putrid - a muddied but colorful oil painting rather than the watercolor of a note like violet.

    I'll be interested to try the fragrance that uses this. On its own, it's something I'd wear only very occasionally.

    The Bergamot was simple, lovely and short-lived, as citrus often is. Very Earl Grey tea-like compared to some of the more orangey bergamots I've known.

    Tomorrow I'll give some of the fragrances a try.

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    I am smelling on coffee filters today...the fragrance compositions from profumo's first batch. I have been reading about others' responses, but also tried to keep those out of my mind as I smelled these.

    Holy Water--Strong frankincense right away. The frankincense is resinous and slightly sweet with an almost-but-not-quite lemon quality to it. It definitely smells watery in an abstract way, and after the frankincense settles, I smell orange and a subtle woody base. The orange fades leaving faint wood, but it also has that edge that faded citrus oils get. Thankfully, it is well masked by the woody note.

    Rose de Bois--A very archetypal rose blossom scent at the very beginning, and this faded almost immediately. The fragrance moved into a more green-rose scent, like the smell of blossom and foliage at the same time. Soon after, spices and wood come forward, and the spice is predominantly cinnamon. The spice fades but is still present in the drydown, along with a faint creamy wood.

    Morning Blossom--Gorgeous bergamot to start, then joined by subtle blended citruses. There is a lemony quality that reminds me of rosewood essential oil, but eventually it fades, as does the bergamot. As the citrus notes fade, neroli emerges, and it is absolutely stunning--intoxicating, penetrating, sweet and slightly indolic. The neroli lasts a very long time and is of beautiful quality.

    African Queen Pink Panther--To my nose, it smells like gasoline at first. When the fragrance dries, the gasoline quality becomes more subdued, but is still recognizable as such. There is an indolic floral note and some citrus, perhaps a blend of grapefruit and orange. Later, the gasoline note wears off, but I still smell citrus, so it may be part of that earlier floral note I smelled. It is almost like a combination of grapefruit and nectarine as it has the same bite as grapefruit but with a ripe, peachy fruityness to it.
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    More sampling--this time of the individual notes.

    Bergamot EO--much more fruity and green than other bergamot oils I have smelled. It is bitter, sharp and juicy, like a cross between grapefruit, lime and rosewood. It does not smell as much like Earl Gray tea as I expected, so the aromatic herbal quality I normally associate with bergamot is not as prominent here. As it dries down, it gets sharper and a tiny bit like lemony peppercorns (I think it is white pepper which has the lemon note). It also takes on a woody tone as some citruses seem to do in their drydown.

    Civet--swings between smelling fecal and smelling like mothballs. I do not get any urine smell here as I do with the synthetic civet. I think natural civet is much more pleasing, however, I am really impressed that synthetic civet comes as close as it does to the natural scent. I recognize this scent very well from Jicky, and of the concentrations I've tried, the civet in Jicky extrait comes closest to smelling like this natural civet. In the drydown, it has a sweetness that is unexpected, but helps me see how this can blend so well in oriental bases that include sweet balsamic notes.

    Karo Karounde--very, very overripe fruit at first, then it transitions into the smell of damp and slightly mildewed paper or cloth. It stays very sweet, even in the drydown and becomes more fruity in time. The fruit is mostly like stone fruits--peach, nectarine or apricot. I'd say it is very indolic, although it does not smell particularly floral to me, so I hesitate to compare it to other indolic florals such as jasmine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Profumo View Post
    You are right, Nostalgie, there is a hint of Lavender into Morning blossom, there is no Rose in it,but there is Rosewood.
    Thank you, Profumo. So I wasn't imagining the lavender.
    I don't think I've ever smelled rosewood. I'm going to track it down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Profumo View Post
    There is indeed Cinnamon as a key ingredient of the accord. This is because the perfume has been designed to evocate the security of home and family. The rose is for the woman who is the femminile presence of the house and the woods for the furnitures of Le Fablier.
    The idea was to represent the woman of Le Fablier, as a romantic jewel (the rose) set in a her natural homely ambient, with the cinnamon evocating her motherly sweetness (cooking sweets), and the woods for the natural wood furnitures of Le Fablier.
    The mistery creamy ingredient could be the vanilla, who is smelled only in the drydown, being used here as a subliminal bottom note to reinforse the motherly feeling.
    Profumo, you have succeeded in creating this mood and this portrait.
    And yes, it must be the vanilla. I like that the vanilla "is not in your face."
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    (This is cross posted from the SotD thread, so there is a little bit of repetition.)

    SotD is Profumo's Rose de Bois, which is a bespoke fragrance for Le Fablier.

    It has an immediate burst of rose blossom which quickly morphs into a sort of green rose, ie, foliage, stems and blossom all together. It is fresh and bracing, a little bit spicy due to the cinnamon which emerges soon after. The cinnamon is actually quite dry and sticks in my throat a bit, but as this fragrance develops quickly, it does not stay there very long. Soon after, the cinnamon mellows into a creamy wood base which actually reminds me very much of Roger and Gallet's Blue Carnation. I love the drydown in Rose de Bois--it is soft, sweet, spicy and woody with a hint of powder. At the same time, it is crisp and dewy, as I imagine a living carnation would smell.
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    I am wearing Rose de Bois today. The first accord I get is the cinammon. I don't get the rose until much later. This is very beautiful.

    Profumo, without asking you to reveal any special techniques you use, how do you make your fragrances so long lasting? I was expecting them to fade in a couple of hours, or maximum four hours. With the exception of Morning Blossom, the other perfumes are very long lasting. I am thinking that I have only dabbed Morning Blossom. Perhaps it would last more if I spray it on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arwen_elf View Post
    I am wearing Rose de Bois today. The first accord I get is the cinammon. I don't get the rose until much later. This is very beautiful.

    Profumo, without asking you to reveal any special techniques you use, how do you make your fragrances so long lasting? I was expecting them to fade in a couple of hours, or maximum four hours. With the exception of Morning Blossom, the other perfumes are very long lasting. I am thinking that I have only dabbed Morning Blossom. Perhaps it would last more if I spray it on.
    I shall quote one who knows better than me, in order to make you understand the secret of longevity, I am quoting Guy Robert in his legendary lecture at the British Society of Perfumers.
    “Lasting power is not easy to reach, nobody knows how and why this is happening.
    I hate and find stupid that theory of "fixateurs".
    We all know these many little songs we are hearing anywhere and forgetting almost immediately, but, from time to time, one of these songs sticks to our ear and we go on whistling it the whole day ... I can assure you the author of these successful songs do not use any "fixatives ingredients" to get that result ... “ http://www.bsp.org.uk/newsarc/biogenesis.html

    There is a mystery in the alchemy of blending. Sometimes one reaches to a scent that has a strong identity, you may try to perfect it but whatever you add or whatever change of proportions you try. The perfume does not change.
    An other mysterious aspect of blending is that sometimes a single essence in a very minor proportions gives cohesion and length to a whole blend.
    I am never taking into account the longevity parameter when I compose a fragrance, but I am taking it into account certainly when I chose my raw materials.
    Natural essences can be of many qualities, the best one are the most expensive ones. Incidentally they are also the most difficult to find (very few have them) and the most limited in quantity over the planet.
    Longevity of the essences comes very much into account for their quality, specially for the steam extraction ones. For instance 80% of the essence may be extracted in 2 hours, but for the remaining 20%, composed of the heavier molecules (the ones having longevity), an other six hours may be necessary. In this case it makes little sense distilling the last 20%, because nobody will pay 4 times this price of the “partial” essence. Except very few people, of which I am.
    With these facts I want to express a very simple concept which is at the base of my teaching perfumery, your perfume will be good only in the measure of the quality of your ingredients.
    Every perfumer has a style of his which depends from his character, from the story of his olfactory experiences and also from his public.
    I never use top notes because top notes have to be in a perfume, I am rather like the Japanese people who tend to make perfumes of only basenotes which are very long lasting, and this is an other reason why my compositions tend to last; long lasting mayerials of a long lasting quality.
    On the other hand I have to accommodate my public, as a bespoke perfume composer, and they often love fresh head notes.
    A perfume is an artistic product only in the sense that it comes into being through your hands as if by a will of his own and by the power of destiny, of which you see yourself being only the instrument. I say "only", because in other forms of art, there is a lot of work, let us say 99% of work, and inspiration accounts for the remaining 1%.
    In perfumery it is exactly the opposite, it is very easy to make a perfume, there is very little work, one must only be carried by inspiration, going straight to the point, stopping and starting again when it is time. Giving time to the Time is essential in blending. Not always a perfume comes straight away. Not all perfumes are simple as children, some are very ancient persons with a lot of experience and wisdom in themselves.
    I rarely spend more than a few hours on a perfume, on each of my calligraphies I spend hundreds of hours.
    Dear Arwen, I hope that this gives you some answer to your demand.
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    So I woke up this morning like a child on Christmas morning, desperately hoping that the samples would be in my mailbox… and (drumroll please) they were there ! Like a starving wolf on the hunt for new experiences, I immediately ran up my steps, cut open the package and proceeded to dab and spray some of each on separate blotters. My room soon exploded into a nuclear blast of the most heavenly and touching fragrances…

    Now, before I write my initial impressions, I would just like to first of all, thank Profumo once again for such a kind and generous gesture. This experience has been more than I ever expected – these natural fragrances are so full-flavoured and touching that they really affect me in a strong emotional manner. Also, thank you Aiona for getting this thing started – I truly appreciate the coordination you and Profumo have put into this.

    Although I’ve only tried African Pink Panther on my skin so far, here are my initial impressions. These impressions cover the top notes, mid notes and the dry-downs of most of the fragrances.



    Sample session 1:

    nota bene: The accords I write for each fragrance are probably not accurate, but represent what I think that I’m smelling.


    Le Fablier/Rose des Bois:

    Cinnamon, Coriander, Rose, Wood (not sure which kind), Vanilla. I got very thrown off by this one. Not only is the rose hard to smell, but the accords in this (besides the cinnamon) seem to rotate one by one in the spotlight. The rose in the title threw me off, since I was expecting it but only getting a touch of it. What I do get the most is something very much like cinnamon, and perhaps coriander, just like Aiona said in her description. The impression overall is sweet (but not candy-like) and gourmand-y, and quite frankly, it’s making me salivate. It has a very rounded spice quality, without smelling peppery or sharp. Very strong, very good longevity. There is a texture to this that none of the other samples had – a creamy, comforting feeling that is hard to put into words. Makes me think of a nice curry, very mild on the spice, with a touch of something like coconut milk. Extremely comforting fragrance, like a hug from your wife or husband.

    African Pink Panther:

    Mint, grapefruit?/citrus, cat pee?, karo karounde. I’m surprised to be smelling this pee accord, since after trying the real Civet, I’ve noticed that it doesn’t smell like pee at all (even though I find synthetic Civet to smell a lot like cat pee). Surprisingly though, I like this a lot! There’s a very nice contrast here – it’s fresh and crisp but slightly dirty at the same time. The only downside is that this doesn’t last long on me or a blotter.

    While on a blotter, this smelled mostly of mint and cat pee. Now that I’m trying it on my skin, I’m still getting the same notes, but now I also smell a small amount of the Karo Karounde flower. I still like it very much, but I feel that it’s an acquired taste that not everyone will enjoy. This has a very “ethnic” vibe to it.

    Civet Tincture:

    Definitely fecal, (and surprise surprise) smells like poop! But underneath the fecal overtones, there is something very intriguing, and somehow comforting. I am very surprised this doesn’t smell like cat pee, since that’s what I’ve smelled in most fragrances with synthetic Civet.

    I let my dog (a miniature Schnauzer) take a whiff of this. She scrunched up her nose, and then turned away from it in rejection, as though she was saying “You know I don’t like cats.” I should have filmed it.

    Karo Karounde:

    First thing I got was something vetiver-like (smells very similar to Vetiver from Java). There is also a floral undertone I’ve never smelled before. This is very sensual stuff, I can see how this is used in mating rituals. Also, there is something in there that smells human-like - the best way I can describe it is like the smell of the top of one’s head, hair and scalp. Also worth noting that this is reminiscent of bamboo, leather and slightly stinky feet. Interesting!

    Blossom Green/morning blossom:

    Lots of what smells to me like (lemon/petit grain?) and neroli. As it dries down, I’m getting some lavender. I’m really enjoying this one too. It’s reminiscent of Holy Water, but softer and more introverted.


    Bergamot:

    Kind of like a cross between a grapefruit, lemon and orange. Very refreshing and incredibly uplifting. This is so nice I would love to wear it on on days when I’m feeling down. I almost immediately got kind of peppy and happy after smelling this.

    Holy Water:

    I’ve fallen deeply in love with this one. So crisp, refreshing, uplifting, and yet grounding. I feel as though my thoughts become crystal clear at every whiff of this. I get notes of citrus (I’m guessing bergamot?), Neroli and a touch of frankincense/sandalwood which grounds everything. I wish I had a bigger bottle of this!



    *********************



    Overall, I’m very impressed. Although I wouldn’t wear all of these, there are a few I am deeply in love with. Either way, I very much appreciate all of them for what they are.

    As a male in his early 20s, here are my favorites so far (that I would like to wear):


    • Holy Water
    • Morning Blossom
    • Bergamot


    I think that African Pink Panther would be great on a woman who is bohemian or somewhat eccentric. I would love to smell Rose des Bois on a woman as well, especially a woman who is confident and comforting. The Civet on the other hand, I wouldn’t want to smell on anyone but then again I feel that in the right amounts, Civet could make some truly intriguing fragrances in combination with other notes. Finally, the Karo Karounde is to me, an acquired taste, and although I’m not fond of it in isolation, it compliments the African Pink Panther quite well.





    More reviews to come as I try each fragrance in isolation on my skin….
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    That package looks sooo amazing, and I'm sooo freakin jealous, haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arwen_elf View Post
    I am wearing Rose de Bois today. The first accord I get is the cinammon. I don't get the rose until much later. This is very beautiful.

    Profumo, without asking you to reveal any special techniques you use, how do you make your fragrances so long lasting? I was expecting them to fade in a couple of hours, or maximum four hours. With the exception of Morning Blossom, the other perfumes are very long lasting. I am thinking that I have only dabbed Morning Blossom. Perhaps it would last more if I spray it on.
    I do not mean to overstep profumo's answer to this one, but I would like to add, there are some natural materials that have incredible tenacity. I have some vetiver essential oil, and I got some of the pure essence on my hands. I scrubbed several times with soap and water, and it would not come off. The scent lasted into the next day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    I scrubbed several times with soap and water, and it would not come off. The scent lasted into the next day.
    Oh, how awful! I'd be happy to take that vetiver off your hands, Asha! Its punishment for being so stubborn shall be 50 dabs to the neck and torso!
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'aventurier View Post
    African Pink Panther:

    Mint, grapefruit?/citrus, cat pee?, karo karounde. I’m surprised to be smelling this pee accord, since after trying the real Civet, I’ve noticed that it doesn’t smell like pee at all (even though I find synthetic Civet to smell a lot like cat pee). Surprisingly though, I like this a lot! There’s a very nice contrast here – it’s fresh and crisp but slightly dirty at the same time. The only downside is that this doesn’t last long on me or a blotter.

    While on a blotter, this smelled mostly of mint and cat pee. Now that I’m trying it on my skin, I’m still getting the same notes, but now I also smell a small amount of the Karo Karounde flower. I still like it very much, but I feel that it’s an acquired taste that not everyone will enjoy. This has a very “ethnic” vibe to it.

    I think that African Pink Panther would be great on a woman who is bohemian or somewhat eccentric.
    Finally, the Karo Karounde is to me, an acquired taste, and although I’m not fond of it in isolation, it compliments the African Pink Panther quite well.
    You are right. This is what is so exiting about the Buchu essence. You should know that some botanical essences mimic animal pheromones. This is the case with Sandalwood which has a molecule similar to androstene, but also with Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cumin ecc...
    There are 2 of them that have definitely the "cat pee" note, it is Buchu and blackcurrant absolute. What makes the cat or mouse pee so characteristic in smell is the pheromones they carry. Most animals, humans included, expel pheromones in the urine. Buchu can also remind of human sweat to someone, and mostly human pheromones are in human sweat, processed into their typical smell trough the bacterial fauna of the armpits. Anybody interested in this aspect of our biology (and psychology) can read my report on human pheromones.
    However, not everyone smells what you and me smell in Buchu, l’Aventurier, specially women. Some of them find it irresistible, fruity, sexy, emotional…
    The theme of African Queen is Buchu, and I have set it into an ambient of exclusively African smells (including Civet) in order to obtain an intensely sensual pheromonal feminine perfume exuding human basic smells and animalic nature.
    The image I had in me was that of an idealistic young African queen of the cinema, but the smells I blended came from my records of 3 years travelling in Africa.
    You will now receive in the second batch the original fragrance African Queen, which I called “Black Panther”, there in no citrus in it to soften it (in Pink Panther it is Mandarin), and you will smell better the African smells and spices that compose it. I am very interested to see the reaction of Basenoters to this perfume.
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    Very interesting Profumo, thanks for the info. Now that you mention it, the African Queen Pink Panther did have somewhat of a "sweat" smell too. My reference to cat pee is the only way I could really explain it; it really must be pheromonal like you say. I forgot to mention that I have never smelled anything quite like it, it really is quite a compelling creation. I can definitely imagine it on an African Queen, or a woman with an air of "je ne sais quoi."

    I'm in the process of reading your report on human pheromones (http://profumo.it/ospiti/pheromone_p...pheromones.asp), it really is quite interesting. I am currently studying psychology in university and have read a few papers in line with what you describe. Isn't it interesting how many musks and pheromonal fragrances are both sexually and spiritually arousing?

    In your article, you mention that men are often anosmic to musks, while women are more anosmic to ambergris. Would this mean that the pheromone that suits you best is the one you can't smell (since, afterall, anosmia could mean it simply already resembles your own signature set of pheromones)?
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    I just applied some more AQPP on just now... It smells more like female sweat than anything, but in a good way. I'm going to ask a close girl friend to try to this and see what the result is as soon as I get a chance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'aventurier View Post
    In your article, you mention that men are often anosmic to musks, while women are more anosmic to ambergris. Would this mean that the pheromone that suits you best is the one you can't smell (since, afterall, anosmia could mean it simply already resembles your own signature set of pheromones)?
    Not exactly so, because your signature pheromone is a compound which contains much more than sexual pheromones (see the other parts of the report on “identification pheromones”).
    Our perception of smell in great part conditioned by our brain, so that we could say that the humans smell more with their brain than with their nose, or rather that they do not smell a lot of things that are just filtered by their brain.
    Our nose could smell much more with a specific training of the brain.
    The specific anosmies and hyperosmies are only a question of threshold perception, the brain just sets it up or down just like we can set the audio equalizers.
    The reasons that are behind this phenomenon are both biological and psychological. It is said that specific anosmy to musks is present to some degree in a third of the male population. It can be theorized that this anosmy has the function to avoid being physiologically influenced by other males (the function of pheromnes is to influence physiological processes in other individuals).
    For instance the “dominant male” olfactory badge, in some deer species, can inhibit the sexuality of the other males.
    Although one of the primary functions of smell has to do with the reproductive process (from the choice of mate to the fecundation), the connexion between the "olfactory" (sense of smell) and sexual orientation has so far not been explored, but may bring to light some unexpected revelations. For instance I could throw the provocatory hypothesis that the overuse of macrolitic musks by the perfume industry has caused an epochal confusion in the human population about their sexual identity. Hypothesis that will never be researched by the industry.
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    L'Aventurier, Pink Panther smelled like gasoline to me...but karo karounde smelled like fruit, albeit overripe, nearly rotting fruit! I actually love overripe fruit notes, but the gasoline I could do without. I suspect I have a strange perception of one of the other notes in the blend, similar to how I smell ammonia in many modern men's fougeres.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    L'Aventurier, Pink Panther smelled like gasoline to me....
    Asha, this made me smile, it reminded me of an Arab perfumer from Saudia Arabia who came to my office. I made him smell Bergamot and he said "it smells like petrol".
    You should try again to smell it again and see if you recognize the cat pee note. I think that we shall seem very queer to other basenoters wo read this thread.
    Yes, ammonia is a typical pheromonal smell. It is very possible that your perception of such smells (and also of Pink Panther) changes with your hormonal state during the month.
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    Profumo, thank you very much for the explanation on longevity. I am still amazed that Holy Water with only four notes lasted as long as it did.

    Asha, thanks for adding to Profumo's exposition about essence.

    I can't wait for the next series of samples. These have been so interesting and so unique and beautiful.
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    Playing catch-up again, backtracking and tying in to earlier events ...

    Correction: Essence of Jerusalem I mentioned earlier is not a Profumo product.

    Bambini ~ A tart, bitter, light-hearted citrus scent. Having recently become enamored with FM's Bigarade Concentree, which has a fractional floral component to balance the sour, I can't say Bambini is my favorite of this genre, but it is very good and surprisingly durable.

    Tea of the Isles ~ I'm flinching because there is spice, so I feel heat and aggression. I'm a spice wimp; it has to be cut with lots of sweetness for me to be able to handle it. Sorry, just not my category.

    Yesterday I wore Tasnim (which is spelled Tasneem on the website) and enjoyed it right through the evening when it spoke softly of sweet amber (tonka and vanilla, according to the notes). When I first applied it, I was reminded of one of the Neil Morris frags (sorry, can't remember which one). Tasnim struck me as a semi-sweet woody, and it felt languid and tawny. According to the Profumo website notes, a second distillation of ylang-ylang produces an almond quality. A very comfortable and comforting fragrance, if not a little ambiguous and forgettable.

    To reiterate my attitudes: I thought nothing would top Hindu Kush, until I met Scents of the Soul Oak Moss. And either I'll get a bottle of Oak Moss all for myself or Whisper and I can split one. My husband continues to love Hindu Kush, calling it his morning scent. I was corresponding with Twolf about HK (sent her a sample) and she found it "demure."

    I have still to comment about three samples on hand: Angelica Water, African Night and Frutti Paradisi. I'm quite aware of FP's black currant/cat urine note (as Salaam himself describes it) from having sniffed the vial--in fact I can say precisely it smells like heavy cat pee in a cow barn. It will be an adventure to put that on my skin.

    And I understand from Salaam, that a mystery fragrance is on its way to me, and I'll mail that out to my team asap. I'm curious about the Morning Blossom (Blossom Green) you all have been describing, and if some hasn't found its way to me in Salaam's package, I'll take up Aiona on her offer to send some.

    I think I'm back up to speed now and am resolved to attend this thread more consistently. Repeating "thank you" to Salaam for gifting us with opportunities and education.
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    This civet info is new to me. I hope it's not too much off topic, but to clarify; you are more sensitive to the smell if you are involved with a male & you are older, menopause age?

    I wonder because I just got Jicky in parfum & was overwhelmed by the civet. I had previously only had the EDT & thought it had too much lavendar. I really wanted the EDP. Actually, I found some but it's not here yet.

    So, I tried it along with my perfumista friend who is the same age (50). We are both married & we both had the same reaction, this is smooth, high quality stuff. But the civit was so loud & animalic, It seemed appropriate only to wear to an orgy.

    Also, about the cypress. I am really drawn to the cypress in Eau D'Hadrien. At first I was really put off by it. I was self conscious when wearing it & thought it was too masculine. Now I like it so much I don't care if I do get the fish-eye from some people. Especially women, it seems, think this is a weird frag on a female.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Profumo View Post
    Dear Arwen, so far you got the best nose. Most acurate, the Karo Karoundè is indeed in Pink Panther, the minty note is Buchu Betulina (see http://www.profumo.it/blog/?p=12 ), and the essence pleasing to children that I used to water down The original African Queen (Black Panther) is indeed Mandarine.
    The accord for this fragrance is Buchu, ylang Ylang and Karo Karoundé.
    When you got used to it, you may love it.
    Black Panther is in the next batch of samples.
    I am still very curious about African Queen Pink Panther. As I noted in my post a few days ago, I thought that I smelled Karo Karounde, which makes me think of slightly rotting flowers and leather. I definitely got that in AQPP. But I don't get a minty note. I thought that it was hesperidic/citric. I'm not sure that I'm getting the Ylang Ylang either. I read the link above for Buchu, which doesn't mention mint, but does discuss clary sage, tobacco and cat pee! Maybe the Karo Karounde is just overwhelming my nose.
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    Gasoline? I'm so jealous. I love the smell of gasoline, and would love to smell it in a fragrance. And fruit in karo karounde? Man! I got stinky feet hahaha. Lucky you Asha. I think Profumo has hit onto some very controversial notes here.. perhaps a perfect situation of love/hate, fresh/dirty?

    I love how smells are so subjective/biological. Can't wait to read your next impressions Asha.

    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    L'Aventurier, Pink Panther smelled like gasoline to me...but karo karounde smelled like fruit, albeit overripe, nearly rotting fruit! I actually love overripe fruit notes, but the gasoline I could do without. I suspect I have a strange perception of one of the other notes in the blend, similar to how I smell ammonia in many modern men's fougeres.
    ps. I'm perfectly happy with my cat pee notes, as weird as that sounds
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    Quote Originally Posted by Profumo View Post
    For instance I could throw the provocatory hypothesis that the overuse of macrolitic musks by the perfume industry has caused an epochal confusion in the human population about their sexual identity. Hypothesis that will never be researched by the industry.
    I agree! Great theory Profumo. I think the long half life and accumulation of these musks is definitely altering something in some of us. Only time will tell.

    What if perhaps, this musk asnomia isn't really genetic or evolutionary, but instead mostly environmental, due to a simple "bleaching" or "over-saturation" of our noses to these musks everyday.

    So much research to do, so little time.
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    Oh by the way, I wore Holy Water today, here is my full impression, on skin, after a day.

    For some strange reason, I keep smelling slightly tart lemon/bergamot in this. I can almost taste the citrus in my mouth... I must be imagining though, since Profumo only listed 4 ingredients, with Neroli being the only one coming close to "citrus," if by a long shot. I’m also noticing the frankincense more, giving the neroli here a prickly attitude. The sandalwood only becomes noticeable for me into the drydown. Sadly, still not getting much rose. Reminiscent of Neroli Sauvage by Creed, however has more of an orange-y and "prickly" texture.

    A little bit to sharp for me, but so refreshing and happy that it makes up for my own picky taste.


    I sampled a little bit of Morning Blossom again tonight, and now I think I like it even more than I originally liked Holy Water.
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    L'Aventurier, some varieties of frankincense have a lemony smell with soft touches of evergreen. Most of the very commonly available ones I have tried have this, but BN member DULLAH has written of several other types which have different qualities.

    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=220397

    Also something which may be of interest about frankincense here:

    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=221727

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