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    Default Part 2: La Via del Profumo's samples -- Impressions (Aiona's Group, Pkg 2)

    Aiona's package: (see separate thread)
    Single notes: karo karounde, bergamot essential oil, civet tincture
    Scents of the Soul: Morning Blossom, Holy Water, Rose des Bois, African Queen Pink Panther

    Asha's package:
    Single notes: castoreum
    Scents of the Soul: Bazaar, African Night, Mona Lisa, Persona, African Queen Black Panther

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    This past Monday I picked up profumo's second sample package from the post office. I sent out the US packages, and some have already received them. I will be sending the international packages tomorrow. I have not yet sampled this latest batch, but since three of us now have the samples, I think we can get started!
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    HI,e veryone, I sent a few PMs about this but just want to let everyone know NOT to have be in charge of a package in the month of March. I'm in the 8-person list, so put me toward the end. I am travelloing and will be out of the country so would slow down the testing.

    Do continue to send me samples. My husband will get the the mail so they will not sit out in the heat or cold.


    More on the new samples soon. I love this set--but have tested them all at once in my impatience so I need to think and sort things out.

    Initial impressions: who knew I loved castoreum? Now I know it. Adore it. Want it in all my scents. I had never smelled it before and was braced to smell urine or feces or skunk. Delicious. DOes this mean I am strange?

    I would wear Mona Lisa anywhere, any time. It fades quickly on me, though. A rare case where tuberose doesn't knock me over. Lovely, soft.

    Persona; Gorgeous. I love vetiver but often I find vetiver scents are too masculine or too strong to wear for anyone but. Delicious balance here.

    African Nigh Starts out just a little sour and green then goes floral and a tad soapy.

    African Queen Very dark, almost burnt. A rich, animal scent. I get a cat pee odor, that nonetheless, makes me keep smelling it.

    BazaarSpicy in a sweet way--in there cinnamon here? It isn't the kind of spice I like best--a bit too foody and happy for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgie View Post
    BazaarSpicy in a sweet way--in there cinnamon here? It isn't the kind of spice I like best--a bit too foody and happy for me.
    Bazaar: Definitely cinnamon. Definitely foody! That must be why I like it so!! There's also lots of incense, I think.

    Tonight I'm sampling African Queen Black Panther. It kind of accidentally exploded into my hand. I didn't realize there was a lot of liquid just under the cap, so a lot just squished out when I opened it, and then mixed with the scent of the Bath and Body Works Midnight Pomegranate soap (a gift from my former landlady) scent of my hands. So, I *STILL* can't smell the karo karounde in this. I can pretend I do, but my nose just isn't good enough to tease it away from everything else.

    I did however decide to re-sample African Queen Pink Panther on the other arm, and *NOW* I *can* smell the mandarin! It smells like Smarties -- not the UK chocolate candy like M&M's but the US-Canadian Smarties that are little pastel-coloured fruity-flavored sour things. The mandarin though, when mixed with everything else, is what makes it smell like fish to me!

    Both of these versions of African Queen are very weird. I still can't say I like them. African Queen Black Panther is unadulterated strangeness. Along the lines of Muscs Kublai Khan, but see, MKK dries down to something very soft and yummy. African Queen Black Panther does not. It stays weird. Almost like a certain type of body odor. Everyone smells different, but this one smells like certain people I've encountered, but not me! It doesn't smell like nether parts though; it smells like upper parts, if that makes any sense! It's not cumin-y. It's just. . . strange.
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    Testing on coffee filters tonight...

    Bazaar:
    First smelled non-descript spice with citrus. Then the spice developed into a rather overt cardamom, one of my favorite spices. In this fragrance, the cardamom takes on a slight menthol/camphor quality, similar to how some evergreens smell. Further on, I start to smell some cinnamon, but it is very subtle and blends well with the cardamom. I am not sure I am drawn to this one--the spices turn bitter at one point toward the end, with a slight off-note that is almost like the late drydown of grapefruit. However, there is a pleasant dry woody note that I like very much, and it really mellows the spices in the late drydown.

    African Night:
    On first spray, I smelled jasmine, the kind I used to have growing outside my house in northern California. I think it is actually Night Jasmine, and the scent was always stronger after twilight. The jasmine fades to reveal ylang ylang, and it has the typical lemon-woody on the verge of furniture polish smell that I associate with this essence. The floral combination is rather intoxicating and also gives a sense of calm. I am not sure if there is actually spice in this fragrance, but I do smell a little bit of clove. Some flower essences such as carnation give this effect. Very pretty, and the floral accord seems to last a long time. I really love the softly spicy drydown.

    African Queen Black Panther:
    Ok, I get gasoline again! At first, I thought I recognized karo karounde from the last round of samples. But within minutes, the gasoline note emerged and I must say, it smells like a combination of the fumes I smell at the gas pump with some really ripe fruit and body odor. Really severe body odor, I might add. Once this fades, I get the lovely overripe fruit note of the drydown stages of karo karounde.

    Mona Lisa:
    Beautiful citrus accord on top that reminds me very much of petitgrain which is woody, fruity and fresh. It becomes creamy almost right away, not like the sweet orange-cream of ice cream, candy or soda, but creamy like a soft, inedible vanilla with a faint tinge of orange. The label says it has tuberose. I am not sure I would recognize tuberose since I have never smelled it as a single note, but ML does start to develop a sort of chewy, almond-like note which is simultaneously sweet and bitter. This is something I can take very deep inhalations of--I sure wish it were a bit stronger and longer lasting! I think of all the almond-like fragrances on the market, and this blows them all away.

    Persona:
    Bergamot and lemon at first, green aromatic citrus turning to juicy citrus. The label says it contains frankincense, so I am sure that is where most of the lemon is coming from. There is a woody, watery smell, and although the label says it has vetiver, so far this is not a vetiver I recognize. There are so many varieties, so it could be this is one I have not smelled before. The scent moves into a sort of "fresh" accord without being aquatic or ozonic. The pine-like side of the frankincense makes it seem very cool, also. This one gives me a tickle in my throat--could be a sensitivity for me.

    Castoreum:
    Urine, wet cardboard, feces at first. When it dries, it turns more sweet but has a slightly dry, astringent edge--gorgeous. Surprisingly, it has a similar antiseptic note to the synthetic castoreum I have smelled. Real castoreum smells much more floral to my nose, and the antiseptic note seems more herbal rather than like "band-aid". Later, it takes on more of the familiar leather quality I expected from the start, but at the same time has a sort of tropical flower quality to it. I wonder if Shalimar ever had real castoreum and civet in it?

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    Another quick impression:

    I tried Mona Lisa on skin, and the civet note really blossoms more than on paper. I recognize the tuberose now--I have smelled this same note in Fracas, Carnal Flower, etc. It is so subtle in Mona Lisa, and I agree with Nostagie, it is not overpowering at all. It is a close to the skin scent, very personal. I love how the civet turns creamy and how it carries the tuberose and citrus into the drydown. Later, I get the almond-like scent that I smelled on the paper.

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    More on African Queen Black Panther:

    It faded quickly on me. Could it be because of the soap I used? I dunno. But it was pretty much gone in about 3 hours. Maybe it's because it was from a dabber, versus a spray, cuz Rose des Bois lasted For*EVER* on me.

    There are certain types of people who I think could and would wear this perfume. And the one word I could use to describe them is kiasu. For those that know this word, I know that might seem like an insult. But it's not. I never felt that kiasu is a bad word. I've been called kiasu before. To me, this is a perfume for someone who doesn't give a *bleeping* *bleep* what anyone thinks about what they do. They do things because they know it's gotta be done. It's not a fear of losing out, or being greedy. No, it's a drive for success (whatever their ideas of success are). Anyway. That's how I feel about African Queen Black Panther. It's a scent for someone who just doesn't give a *bleep*.

    And though I used to be quite kiasu in my day, since moving to the countryside, I've mellowed out a lot. And so, this perfume totally doesn't fit me anymore. And I had to go and liberally spray "something else" on me after I realized it had faded away.
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    Thanks, Aiona, for the apt descriptions. Enjoyed reading them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgie View Post
    I would wear Mona Lisa anywhere, any time. It fades quickly on me, though. A rare case where tuberose doesn't knock me over. Lovely, soft.
    Aiona, just try it on your hair about a quarter of a vial which is like 5 or 6 sprayings. Then let us know what hapens. As a scientific curiosity of course.
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    Mona Lisa is the first fragrance from this new batch that I am giving a full wearing. I can smell the mandarine, but not the tuberose. I think the purpose of the tuberose is to soften the civet. I am surprised that this perfume does not last long. I would think that the civet anchors the fragrance, but I have applied twice and it is there, but very close to the skin. It is very beautiful, I put some on my hair but I can barely smell it.
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    (cross posted from SotD)

    Mona Lisa

    Notes: Mandarine, Tuberose, Civet

    On first application (dabber sample), Mona Lisa smells of citrus and cream. The citrus is listed as mandarine in the notes, and indeed it does have an "orange with and edge" quality about it. It is not as sweet as orange, and is slightly more woody and bitter. The creamyness comes form the civet which is mostly in the base at the start of the development. Soon after the fragrance dries, the mandarine becomes quite a bit more green, and this is facilitated by the emergence of the tuberose note. I have never smelled tuberose in isolation, nor have I smelled the actual plant. My only other exposure to this note has been in other fragrances such as Piguet Fracas and Malle's Carnal Flower. Mona Lisa's tuberose seems more dirty in comparison, and it is almost smoky, with hints of slightly musty wet cardboard and bitter almond. The natural civet seems to play an important role, giving the tuberose and mandarine some hefty substance without weighing down the delicate top and mid notes.

    Mona Lisa develops very rapidly and wears close to the body. It is mostly a skin scent after about two hours. It is amazing how minimal natural ingredients of high quality can have such complexity. In a way, I am at a loss for how to describe such fragrances--I smell mandarine, I smell civet, I smell tuberose. However, there is a synergy that occurs in this and most of the other perfumes I have tried from this house. I smell all the ingredients, but I also smell the whole composition which shifts to emphasize one or two of the component ingredients. Surprisingly, the mandarine stays strong for most of the development. The tuberose comes and goes, and moves from indolic floral to a bitter and sweet nuttyness. The civet, of course, remains to the end, and is a beautiful finish, soft, creamy and musky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    (cross posted from SotD)

    Mona Lisa

    Notes: Mandarine, Tuberose, Civet
    . It is amazing how minimal natural ingredients of high quality can have such complexity. In a way,
    Asha, the 3 ingredients in the notes are only the accord, there is more to it, for instance the almond scent in the bottom comes from Tonka. I am just thinking to add something to make it last longer, because longevity has been an issue also for the person for whom it was made. In that case, someday, I shall present it to the apreciated valutation of this expert board, especially to you who seem to like it a lot.
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    Mona Lisa
    I totally agree with you guys. The mandarin is so inviting. I put a dab on a lock of hair, and was entranced. I'm not so sure I like the rest of it as much. At first, the civet is pretty overwhelming to me. And then later, mixed with the mandarin, it becomes that strange fishy-smell again, that I get from African Queen Pink Panther. It's amazing though, to me, how the civet blends into it, and becomes less stanky. Smoother. Changes in the drydown. I can't say I'm fond of it on skin. It's that opening note I like the most. And that doesn't last very long. The civet really does anchor the mandarin and make it last though, doesn't it!

    Edit: Make me eat my words. The drydown is very vegetal. I'm liking it more. But, I am an impatient person. I like my smells yummy and I like them now.
    Edit: Three hours later, I can still smell it. It's close to the skin, really. But the vanilla comes out more, then. I'm amazed how changeable this is. I like it. I don't like it. I like it. Maybe *I* am the one that is changeable.

    Castoreum
    Another "challenging" scent for me. Again, stuff squished out of the vial, accidentally getting all over my fingers. But then, I managed to dab some of it on my arm. Woo-ee!!! To be quite frank, this smells like the mink we dissected in high school, dipped in butterscotch ice cream topping. Both vomitous and delicious at the same time. This is in Bandit, isn't it.
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    Aiona, regarding that fishy smell in Mona Lisa--I was thinking about how the fragrance develops after I posted. It does have a stage when it is weird and funky--late middle drydown. I don't smell fish, but I do smell rotting flowers and overripe fruit. It has a quality similar to mushy nectarines which are a combination of mandarine and peach to my nose. I also can imagine some exotic fruit which does not exist but somehow is created in my mind by this scent.

    Salaam, to answer your questions, so far, Mona Lisa is my favorite of this batch, although I have yet to try all of the fragrances on skin. However, I am completely blown away by Morning Blossom from the first batch. Morning Blossom has set the standard for me, so far.

    Also, thank you for the clarification about the notes--it makes sense that there are other ingredients, although I know that some of your scents are indeed very minimal. I am actually not very good at identifying more than a few key ingredients, anyway. Often the ingredients combine to give effects which are so seamless, they can't be attributed to a single source when I smell them. It would be similar to me identifying a particular paint pigment that was mixed to give a desired color in a painting--not likely
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    Yes, you are right.
    Even the synthetic castoreum I smelled last summer reminded me of when I was a child and we used to visit my father's friend, a furrier.
    The factory and all the coats had an aroma of castoreum.
    The first time I sniffed that substance straight, I saw a pelt in my mind.

    Also, since the Note Identification Project, I realize how difficult the task of the natural perfumer is. Like you say, each note, by itself, is complex. It takes a good nose to choose just the right few ingredients for the composition. Without self-control (and good measuring devices) the entire perfume could be ruined by adding one more component in too great an amount.

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    Profumo Persona

    I applied this from a dabber sample. At first I smell bergamot, the same gorgeous bergamot I have smelled in Morning Blossom--sharp, juicy, green, woody and peppery. Persona has a touch of smoky tar beneath the surface, and it will be interesting to see how that develops. As with Holy Water, there is an watery quality to Persona as well--this is something I am having trouble putting my finger on. The wateryness eventually fades as the bergamot dissipates, and Persona becomes much more woody. The smokyness is also more prominent, and it smells like myrrh to my nose. The woody note smells vaguely of cedar. The cedar note is lovely and smells of old cedar chests rather than pencil shavings. There is a lemony quality that accompanies the cedar. It could be a separate wood note such as rosewood, but cedar itself also can have a slight lemony scent. Also, a faint floral note comes forward at this time, but I can't distinguish what it is. As the fragrance develops, the cedar becomes more strong, and starts to take on a creamy, sweet quality in the drydown. I think Persona must also have some sandalwood in it, mellowing the cedar note. Very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    Profumo Persona
    I think Persona must also have some sandalwood in it, mellowing the cedar note. Very nice!
    Dear Asha, in these times of crisis, again the heavenly aroma of Neroli has won your heart. There is also Sandalwood, because I use it in my oakmoss compound. There is no Bergamot but instead Petit grain from lemon tree, which is much more long lasting. You can seebelow the brief that I received for this bespoke perfume, it will enlighten you about the structure of the fragrance:

    " 3 principal essences:
    Vetiver, frankincence, Neroli

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    Clove buds
    Oak Moss

    Name of the perfume: Persona

    Hello, I love Vetiver Fragrances (my favourites being: Guerlain, Givenchy, Encre Noir and many more).
    I imagine a rather masculine fragrance moving around vetiver but without vetiver overpowering.
    A memory I love: Smelling the skin on my hand and forearms after two days of hiking in nature on a sunny summer day... salt, sun, hay, wet earth, dry rocks, dew, and lots of green smells... Please be careful with the Neroli. Maybe the Jasmine could play a similar part.
    I don't mind at all if you add notes or leave some out.
    Thank you very much! Tobias."
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    Adding some thoughts--I am finally smelling vetiver in Persona. I should have looked at the notes: Vetiver, Frankincense, Neroli! Vetiver definitely can account for that lemony scent that I started smelling with the woody note.

    And, I just saw your post, Salaam--here I was coming to write as soon as I noticed the vetiver in the drydown
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    However, I am completely blown away by Morning Blossom from the first batch. Morning Blossom has set the standard for me, so far.
    I'm there with you Asha. After a full wearing, Morning Blossom was also my favorite from the 1st set of samples. There is a calming quality to Morning Blossom, almost like looking at a blue sky with patches of white clouds. I even associate the smell with the color blue. So clean, calm and fresh. I'm guessing it's the lavender and neroli that make it so relaxing. I almost feel that the name Morning Blossom doesn't do it descriptive justice. Profumo, are you planning to add this to your Scents of the Soul?
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    I **liberally** applied profumo's civet tincture and castoreum to parts of one arm...and on the other have applied vintage Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles parfum. BaV and vintage Shalimar extrait are the most skanky animalic fragrances I have come across (even more than Jicky with its huge dose of civet). There is a small chance that the vintage fragrances can have real animalics, so I wanted to try it out.

    So far, the overdose of civet still smells very much like mothballs--it is the same mothball note I smell with synthetic civet in Jicky. As I have noticed in Mona Lisa and also when I tested civet on paper, the civet eventually settles down into a lovely soft and sweet scent. I was thinking this is what I would also smell in BaV...but I think this is not the whole story.

    The spot of castoreum likewise has a rough beginning, but rather quickly mellows to be sweet, slightly tarry and antiseptic. Again, I have smelled something similar in castoreum-heavy scents such as Dzing!, but the natural castoreum is much smoother. I think it is a combination of civet and castoreum I smell in BaV. Of course, there are other notes such as aldehydes and florals, but the animalics in this vintage juice are far more smooth than the newer EdC I own, and in which I also recognize castoreum and civet (synthetic).

    Interesting exercise so far!

    Side note, I smell root beer in castoreum if I waft it from further away.
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    Due to illness over the last few days, I have had to be very careful with scents, as they either smell altered or make me nauseous. Interestingly, two of these have not had this effect on me. Bazaar, with its slightly resinous spiciness and Persona, which could not be more different than the former!

    I think that the mild cinnamon/cardamom aspect of Bazaar is soothing to my very upset stomach, but not so sweet that it makes me feel ill again. I do not find it foody per se, just spicy and comforting. I'm not at my best, so picking out notes is beyond me today!

    Persona had a cleansing effect when I dabbed it on. The combination of vetiver and neroli created a slightly warm woody, grassy, green blend that I found refreshing and calming. Again, I wish that I could say more, but I'm having trouble with descriptions in my current state!
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'aventurier View Post
    I'm there with you Asha. After a full wearing, Morning Blossom was also my favorite from the 1st set of samples. There is a calming quality to Morning Blossom, almost like looking at a blue sky with patches of white clouds. I even associate the smell with the color blue. So clean, calm and fresh. I'm guessing it's the lavender and neroli that make it so relaxing. I almost feel that the name Morning Blossom doesn't do it descriptive justice. Profumo, are you planning to add this to your Scents of the Soul?
    "Peace Blossom" would be better for you, l'Aventurier?
    It is already a scent of the soul, how could I not add it to the collection when this expert board has given to it such a warm welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    Testing on coffee filters tonight...


    African Night:
    On first spray, I smelled jasmine, the kind I used to have growing outside my house in northern California. I think it is actually Night Jasmine, and the scent was always stronger after twilight. The jasmine fades to reveal ylang ylang, and it has the typical lemon-woody on the verge of furniture polish smell that I associate with this essence. The floral combination is rather intoxicating and also gives a sense of calm. I am not sure if there is actually spice in this fragrance, but I do smell a little bit of clove. Some flower essences such as carnation give this effect. Very pretty, and the floral accord seems to last a long time. I really love the softly spicy drydown.
    Testing African Night and I appreciate having Asha's impressions. I keep smelling a citrus, wood, floral accord and only when I read the above did I get the association to furniture polish. It's not quite that strong of course! I don't know whether it is the ylang ylang or whether it is a combination of wood and citrus notes. Curious to find out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'aventurier View Post
    After a full wearing, Morning Blossom was also my favorite from the 1st set of samples. There is a calming quality to Morning Blossom, almost like looking at a blue sky with patches of white clouds. I even associate the smell with the color blue. So clean, calm and fresh. I'm guessing it's the lavender and neroli that make it so relaxing.
    Yes, lavender! That's what I'm smelling!

    I tried Persona tonight, and the neroli in it made me think of Morning Blossom, so I had to try them both side by side. It's like yin and yang.

    Morning Blossom has the lavender and neroli.
    Persona has the frankincense and neroli.
    I like neroli. . . . but I prefer the lavender over the frankincense, as it is brighter. Persona makes me feel like a evening blossom, as opposed to a morning blossom. As for Tobias' wishes. . . the frankincense + neroli almost smells like pine. So, I hope he agrees this smells like post-hike pine resin on one's clothes.
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    Hello everybody,

    I am the one who gave the brief for Persona. I am very happy to read you discussing the fragrance! I do not have samples of the other new fragrances and so cannot say anything about them. Even though I am very curious about them.
    I have spent some time with Persona now and like it very much. My special thanks go to Profumo!

    For me Persona is indeed a very personal fragrance. But rather in a sense of reflection than identification. It already has become good company like other things in life that give us a sense of continuity: Places, things we collect, memories and dreams that return. And smells of course. But Persona does not remind me of a certain smell I know but rather it is like evoking all the places and smells I would like to go back to. In this sense the brief has not exactly been met but the Persona that came out is more true so.

    For me the incense is the most prominent note in Persona. It reminds me of Russia and a number of films be Andrei Tarkovski. I think of two spiritual and at the same time adventurous characters: The medieval painter Andrei Rublov and the smuggler and guide in the science fiction film Stalker (please see the image I have attached).

    Persona is a very unique scent but at certain stages in its development it reminds me of Guerlain Vetiver (the citrus and vetiver) and then later CdG Zagorsk. I made some test runs and it is interesting how they move around each other without touching. I would really like to see now how Persona relates to Morning Blossom!
    So a lot of thanks again to all of you, I am curious to see how the thread develops!
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    Quote Originally Posted by t-box View Post
    For me the incense is the most prominent note in Persona. It reminds me of Russia and a number of films be Andrei Tarkovski. I think of two spiritual and at the same time adventurous characters: The medieval painter Andrei Rublov and the smuggler and guide in the science fiction film Stalker (please see the image I have attached).

    Persona is a very unique scent but at certain stages in its development it reminds me of Guerlain Vetiver (the citrus and vetiver) and then later CdG Zagorsk. I made some test runs and it is interesting how they move around each other without touching. I would really like to see now how Persona relates to Morning Blossom!
    Hi, Tobias! Thanks for chiming in! I really like seeing how a fragrance was developed, as it is always such an interesting story. I think I tried CdG Zagorsk once, but I don't remember getting neroli out of it. I definitely enjoy Persona more, and like you, I also feel that the incense is the most prominent note. And I have a better handle on what is frankincense from this scent. Frankincense makes me pensive, which is perhaps why I say this more "evening blossom" than morning blossom to me. Lavender definitely wakes me up. (although I've seen aromatherapy stuffs that say to use lavender for sleeping. . . that doesn't work for me.)
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    Hello t-box!
    Thank you for sharing with us your relationshio and impressions about Persona. I wore it to work today and I enjoyed it very much. I could not discern the neroli note, it added sweetness to the composition, which otherwise would have been dry and smoky. At first I thought it was.mandarin or petit grain. To me this fragrance is equally dominated by Vetiver and the incense, which I could smell from start to finish. It lasted for about 7 hours. Although I think there are other supporting notes, I am not able to figure out what they are.

    I tried Bazaar yesterday. It starts very green and spicy. Asha mentioned that one of the top notes is cardamon. Sadly, I don't know what cardamon smells like. I can distinctly smell cinammon from top tp base and something very green.I could have sworn it was vetyver, but it may be something else. Does it have oak moss in the base? Either that or a bit of patchouli makes this a very green chypre.

    So far my favorite of this batch is Persona, but I still have two more to try: African Night and the unsweetened African Queen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Profumo View Post
    I am just thinking to add something to make it last longer, because longevity has been an issue also for the person for whom it was made. In that case, someday, I shall present it to the apreciated valutation of this expert board, especially to you who seem to like it a lot.
    I wanted to add to my initial comments that both Persona and Bazaar lasted a long time on my skin.

    A longer lasting version of Mona Lisa would be wonderful. It disappeared very quickly (in about 45 mn), but i do love it.

    I also love persona, and enjoyed catching whiffs of it all day on my skin.

    I was surpised that African Queen Black Panther did not last longer, since it was SO pungent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgie View Post
    A longer lasting version of Mona Lisa would be wonderful. It disappeared very quickly (in about 45 mn), but i do love it.
    Longevity is not easy to achieve in a perfume because it has to do with skin chemistry. It is difficult to find essences that last longer than those used in Mona Lisa; Civet Tuberose, Ambrette, Tonka. It seems that your skin loves to drink the cocktel.
    The fact is also that you have only a small vial to dab, a spray makes things very different.
    I wear Mona Lisa with pleasure, I find it comforting, sensual and reassuring. I spray it on my neck and I smell it for 3 or 4 hours, but my cloth remains perfumed for several days after application. Surprisingly, the Mandarin which is by itself very short lived, is clearly distinguishable even after days.
    I shall make a mini spray version available online.
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    For those who want to join the trip, I have made the samples discussed available at: http://www.profumo.it/perfume/prodotti_outsiders.asp
    The new fragrances that I shall send to the samling groups will be regularly uploaded at this page with a timing that will allow new members to participate in the discussions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Profumo View Post
    "Peace Blossom" would be better for you, l'Aventurier?
    Peace Blossom sounds nice
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