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    l love a story with a happy ending! Well done Beebee for your persistence, & thanks for letting us know of your wonderful find!
    "What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.
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    Woohoo! Thank you so much for sharing this experience Beebee!
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    What a fantastic story. Do you like it as much now as you did then?

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    Foustie:"What a fantastic story. Do you like it as much now as you did then?"

    YES! I recall being a little sad when Perfume_Addict pointed out the real possibility that my "50-something" nose wouldn't smell this fragrance the same as I remembered. Or, I thought, what if ends up smelling like, bubble gum or something?!! Egad! But, it smells as lovely as I recall. I have been wearing it 24/7...

    Congratulations to Mumsy, too, for finally finding Houbigant Amber Gris after 20 years!

    We are a tenacious bunch, aren't we?!
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    Wow. Here's an occasion when the word "amazing" gets trotted out with legitimacy. What a happy ending and new beginning all at the same time.
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    Squeal of DELIGHT for your happy ending, Beebee! What a nose, what tenacity!
    ENJOY and thanks for updating the thread.
    I say you need to post more often, too.
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    That's great! How did you figure out it was Brindille? Just search of the particular notes and sniffing a thousand of possible candidates?

    Editing after checking it in the Directory: what type of jasmine does it use? How does it compare with other better known jasmine fragrances? What does it dry down to, on you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    That's great! How did you figure out it was Brindille? Just search of the particular notes and sniffing a thousand of possible candidates?

    Editing after checking it in the Directory: what type of jasmine does it use? How does it compare with other better known jasmine fragrances? What does it dry down to, on you?
    I literally must have tried 100's of fragrances. Thank God for TPC... Not an endorsement, just the truth. As I tried more and more I realized it had to have jasmine. I was even willing to live with a good jasmine fragrance, even grew it for awhile!. But I really couldn't find a great jasmine perfume and I knew there had to be more to what I was looking for. After someone here suggested Diorissimo and I tried it, it was about as close as I could get... but it still wasn't it. I even tried Vintage Diroissmo. That's where I started to learn about lilies and that lily of the valley is different than lily... and narrowed my search down even more.

    In the directory, which kind of mirrored my search, I tried, "jasmine" first... way TOO many results. Then I tried "jasmine, lily"... over 150 options. Then, probably years later I tried "jasmine, lily of the valley" (once I realized there were different "lilies"!). That cut it down to around 80, which read like a list of my wardrobe, in many ways! LOL! I am not sure what made me add "hyacinth"?? Maybe it was that I saw it as a note in Brindille and wondered if that was the elusive one I couldn't quite nail down. That knocked it down to 7 choices. Wow, I thought... Brindille keeps showing up... I have to try it. That's when I decided that there was no way I was going to get it... and the rest is now history.

    You know, it's not a fragrance of great depth. It opens a little sharp and then immediately calms into this jasmine, lily of the valley and the hyacinth. The combination to me is what I think of as the perfect floral. I am sure that is very subjective but I judge all florals against this one I had smelled so many years ago and never did I find one that had this lasting freshness about it. Never heady, not really creamy, just that gorgeous smell you get sometimes, walking along and getting a whiff of something wonderful and you wonder what it is.

    Now, I am reporting only on the Parfum Creme. The juice is on its way so I may have a second report after that but for now I can say... I am utterly content. This little fragrance took me on a very long road and I met the most delightful people along the way. I can say this with all honesty, I would never have found my Brindille without Basenotes. Both its incredible directory and community of fragrance lovers combined to solve my mystery... LOL... I'm getting a little teary. Really, thank you all!
    Bel Respiro, I adore you... but my heart belongs to another.

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    Like knit said, please post more! You are writing from your heart and it very well shows: honestly and with passion. Thumbs up and hats off to you.

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    Thanks Twolf. You know, I almost gave up... or maybe I should say, gave in. I actually tracked the sister down. (Gotta love the internet!) I had an email typed up and ready to send to her. But I couldn't get over the fact that the only reason that I was really contacting her was to ask her about the fragrance she wore in high school!!! It seemed so petty. The Fragrance Gods must have agreed with me and took pity! Bless them!
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    Thanks for sharing the step-by-step scenes from the unriddling of your riddle. All of us have benefited by the encyclopedia of knowledge amassed by Basenoters. Your tale demonstrates the most sparkling example of resolution, and you've recounted the story eloquently. Thanks, too, for putting the name Galimard before us. You've inspired this smeller to embark on new direction of exploration.
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    Thanks Quarry! The samples I received from Galimard are pretty nice samples. Ample samples! I have been so stuck on the Brindille I ordered from them (not included in the sample pack) I haven't been able to give the others their due. All in good time I am sure. I will happily report my findings.
    Bel Respiro, I adore you... but my heart belongs to another.

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    Love this thread- amazing how a scent can grab us, to the extent that we spend years tracking it down! And there is nothing like the rush of emotion when you find it. I unpacked my wedding dress today- I can't get it cleaned because it still smells of the perfume I wore that day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs H View Post
    I unpacked my wedding dress today- I can't get it cleaned because it still smells of the perfume I wore that day
    Awww... this is just the lovliest thing ever. I am beaming for you.
    Bel Respiro, I adore you... but my heart belongs to another.

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    Thanks Beebee- I'm normally not a 'mushy' person which shows the power of scent! Congrats on finding your fragrance at last

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    BeeBee, reading this thread made my day, thank you, and I'm so happy for you.

    Memory smells are such important touch stones. My dad smoked a pipe and he died when I was little. Every now and then I get a whiff of it by someone passing by. I don't remember him much anymore, but when I get that smell its 1975 all over again and its like I get a hello from my dad.

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    What a journey beebee. Delighted for you! Thank you for sharing :-)

    The whole area of 'memory scents' is interesting. The first perfume I really loved and still love (cacharel loulou blue, the loulou flanker long discontinued) is nothing special to others, and if I smelled it for the first time now I probably would not like it!
    My current favourites Chanel Bois des Iles & Frederic Malle Iris Poudre

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    Wow! Amazing! What a thread...*off to investigate Brindille*

    Last edited by Fleurine; 8th September 2011 at 12:46 AM.

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    I'm so happy for you beebee! I remembered this thread from years back and was hoping for a happy ending when I saw it had been revived. How wonderful!!! I love the picture of the bottle Fleurine has posted. Enjoy!
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    Firehorse said: My dad smoked a pipe and he died when I was little. Every now and then I get a whiff of it by someone passing by. I don't remember him much anymore, but when I get that smell its 1975 all over again and its like I get a hello from my dad.

    Oh my. It is like a "Hello", isn't it? Like he's saying "Hi." to you in a way he knows you will respond. My Mom sends me feathers, especially when I clean my house. Nice clean house and then I start finding white feathers, everywhere... I get such a kick out of it!
    Bel Respiro, I adore you... but my heart belongs to another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleurine View Post
    Wow! Amazing! What a thread...*off to investigate Brindille*

    Seriously... I am drooling... thank you!
    Bel Respiro, I adore you... but my heart belongs to another.

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    Is Galinard one of those French 'ard' houses like Molinard etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs H View Post
    Is Galinard one of those French 'ard' houses like Molinard etc?
    I don't know. I just did a quick search of Molinard, Galimard and Fragronard and they are all Houses named for people. So the "ard" may be used like, for example, "field" is here in the States, i.e. Richfield, Whitefield, Chesterfield etc...

    That, of course, is JUST a guess!

    Another little factoid is: I just ran "Brindille" through Google Translate and it means "twig"!
    Last edited by Beebee; 10th September 2011 at 02:52 AM.
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    You did so well helping Beebee I am hoping you can help me - I'm sure it's discontinued but at least I want to know what it was and if anyone remembers the scent. I accidently discovered a woman's sport fragrance, I'm almost sure was by Fila in the late 70's or 80's. It was a glass bottle inside of the red plastic exterior. I had to go to Bal Harbour shops (FL) to buy it at the Fila store. I vaguely remember such a wonderful scent. I have not purchased many fragrances because it's too overwhelming to select something new. I have purchased others since Fila but I remember being so disappointed when the sales person told me it was discontinued. I remember calling Fila to order it also. Anything familiar?

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    Hi Lenalcs and welcome! I wish I had some answers for you but I can't find anything about the fragrance you're looking for. To reach the most people here I would start a new thread. Also, if you can be more descriptive regarding what you liked about the scent it may help other members remember something about it. Good luck with your search!
    Bel Respiro, I adore you... but my heart belongs to another.

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    This is an incredible basenotes story! One of the most amazing characteristics of this community is that special combination of knowledge, willingness to help, and the ability to rise to a challenge.

    Beebee, your detective work and tenacity on this issue are beyond description. If I ran basenotes, this thread would be placed on a "greatest reads" list!

    Congratulations on your find! I'm so happy for you!

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    Thanks Seattlelight. You're a swee' pea! I am pretty sure this mystery wouldn't have been solved or been near as much fun, both in the search and most definitely in the discovery, without all of you along on the ride with me! I am truly grateful.
    Bel Respiro, I adore you... but my heart belongs to another.

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    This is such a cool story! Congrats on finding your happy ending to it.

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    Look who knocked on my door today!!! I immediately took her out to the deck, for a drink of course... and a little small talk. I am pleased to report that we got along quite well. She was everything I remembered... and then some.

    Don't you just love her dress?!!!

    Bel Respiro, I adore you... but my heart belongs to another.

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    Congratulations on a happy re-union with "la belle" Brindille!!
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