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    I think I may have found my Holy Grail at last! I really am loving Dulcis in Fundo It is simply Orange Essence & Mexican Vanilla but I find myself enjoying this scent so much it just sends me to a higher place. I tend to avoid sweet frags & this one didn't appeal to me the 1st time, or the 2nd, but the 3rd time I wore it it just grew on me and by the end of the day I was hooked.

    http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/secti...in_Fundo_.html

    The other scents I love from this line are Aqua Viva & Neroli. AV is known by many of you as the most intense lemon available. It is only slightly sweet, somewhat linear, but refreshing and sunny. And puzzling in view of the supposed new regulations on citrus. How do they do it? It is lovely.

    But the one that knocked my socks off was Neroli. Also a scent that I usually avoid because it is often some sort of inferior type that sticks out in the composition & interferes with everything. Not so here. This high quality juice is sweetly floral, but still tart, not at all cloying. Just so intense and gorgeous. I could go on but you just have to try it.

    What about anyone else, do you know it & love it?
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    Oddly, I've never smelled these three Profumum's. They sound lovely.

    Dulcis in Fundo sounds like an orange creamsicle. Is it?

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    That's what the descriptions say on LS. It does have a cream-like quality & someone in the men's side said it had an apricot note underneath the orange. I think I can get that. It is the creamy, very slightly sour note that keeps it from being too sweet that was questionable to me at first. It reminds me of the note in CoCo. It doesn't have the overtly synthetic quality of CoCo though, and that's what is so charming about it.
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    I am very tempted by Profumum though my love affair with Confetto was extremely short ! I was disappointed with it. Dulcis in Fundo is one I am dying to get my hands on ( - bring me orange creamy vanilla goodness ! ) and also , Amber Aurea , Fiore D'Ambre and Santalum are the three I also desire so much !
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    Dulcis in Fundo is way up high on my wishlist. It's just so darned expensive though the bottle is big (wish they sold 30-50 ml sizes). I have Acqua e Zucchero and love it. And Acqua di Sale is beautiful (IMHO...some hate it!). Confetto is great, but I'm not a big fan of licorice/anise. I also really love Alba, and own a large d*cant, and the new Vanitas is a lovely take on vanilla. I like Dambrosia, but not enough for a full bottle.

    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    I think I may have found my Holy Grail at last! I really am loving Dulcis in Fundo It is simply Orange Essence & Mexican Vanilla but I find myself enjoying this scent so much it just sends me to a higher place. I tend to avoid sweet frags & this one didn't appeal to me the 1st time, or the 2nd, but the 3rd time I wore it it just grew on me and by the end of the day I was hooked.

    http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/secti...in_Fundo_.html

    The other scents I love from this line are Aqua Viva & Neroli. AV is known by many of you as the most intense lemon available. It is only slightly sweet, somewhat linear, but refreshing and sunny. And puzzling in view of the supposed new regulations on citrus. How do they do it? It is lovely.

    But the one that knocked my socks off was Neroli. Also a scent that I usually avoid because it is often some sort of inferior type that sticks out in the composition & interferes with everything. Not so here. This high quality juice is sweetly floral, but still tart, not at all cloying. Just so intense and gorgeous. I could go on but you just have to try it.

    What about anyone else, do you know it & love it?
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    This line was expensive to begin with and then they had a hike and marched themselves into impossibility. I love Dulcis in Fundo, Confetto, Alba, Zucchero..and the Sale is the best marine I've smelled.

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    Their Tuberosa is growing on me and I'm on the verge of splashing out on a FB. Although expensive, I can smell the quality of fragrance.

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    Love Olibanum and Antico Caruso, Dambrosia grew on me, Confetto is well done but too costly for what it does, and the rest I've yet to try. Your description of Neroli is tempting - neroli generally leaves me cold, but this sounds like a must try. I also need-need to try Santalum. And Acqua di Sale. And Acqua e Zucchero. Tutti. Pronto.
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    I know they're expensive, but they smell like real ingredients. High percentage of naturals.
    For example, the Dulcis in Fundo was like orange pulp essence that came on really strong and yummy, and then it faded out completely, like a genuine top note should. Meanwhile, the vanilla snuck up through the orange, and it smelled like cake batter. I use to get Mexican vanilla that had almost no alcohol in it. It came in huge bottles, like wine bottles. Now all I can find is tiny bottles that have as much alcohol as the American brands. And boy, was Mexican vanilla special. I'm telling you, it was fabulously rich with no unwanted aftertaste. And that's how Dulcis in Fundo smells; the vanilla goes on for awhile, and then even that fades away without leaving residue. So, there's a reason why it's expensive. If a perfume is only as good as its ingredients, than this one is worth it. If you want an edible orange and vanilla, this is definitely the one to buy.
    Their Neroli is similar in its purity. I love neroli, and the opening of that fragrance was heavenly. I also love orange blossom, but it's a beastly little absolute--hard to work with, overpowering almost--sweet and somehow animalic. That note ended up making the fragrance a bit weird in last of the drydown. I only had a spritz of it. If I owned a bottle, I would keep re-applying to maintain the neroli notes.
    And Aqua Viva is a must-try for any fans of Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien. Pure lemon juice and wood. No lemon custard or powder.
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    Oh yes, I second this sentiment. I have written off Volo AZ as an aberration (I found it intensely foul, but the person I swapped it with loved it - and even though I didn't like it, it was still unique and different and like nothing I've ever sniffed before - seems to be one of those love it or hate it frags) for me, but other than that have yet to smell a Profumum that isn't, to my nose, just extremely well done. Acqua di Sale is my favourite marine as well, and Acqua a Zucchero is probably the best 'sugar' frag I've come across - it actually smells like pure sugar, it's light and wonderful, not syrupy or heavy. Also love Dulcis in Fundo - exactly how it's been described here. I remember describing it as a high-end creamsicle when I sampled it a few months ago.

    Also have to agree with Purplebird on the Mexican vanilla - both points. Friends often come back from Mexico with a huge bottle of pure extract and it is a beautiful (and cheap!) thing.
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    I'd love to praise Profumum.. but I'm not really willing to pay $5 per sample, plus postage to Canada through Luckyscent. I wonder if I sent them an e-mail through their website if they'd send free samples?

    I don't quite understand the philosophy of not making samples available, especially for something like fragrances - even in small quantities, to potential buyers.

    Any ideas?

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    TPC has a sampler: http://theperfumedcourt.com/Products...20SAMPLER.aspx I don't have any affiliation.
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    Excellent - I've added this to my list. Quite a variety of reviews on the Profumum fragrances on the Reviews.. I enjoy the idea of a "long lasting" and pure, Sicilian lemon.

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    TPC has a sampler: http://theperfumedcourt.com/Products...20SAMPLER.aspx I don't have any affiliation.

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    These are cheaper here http://www.ausliebezumduft.de/index.php?cPath=23_453 but the shipping is tricky. It might be something you could share the cost of a large order with another person & save that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonydg View Post
    Excellent - I've added this to my list. Quite a variety of reviews on the Profumum fragrances on the Reviews.. I enjoy the idea of a "long lasting" and pure, Sicilian lemon.
    Then definitely try Acqua Viva. There really is, I've found, nothing quite like it. The lemon is so long lasting it's incredible and it manages NOT to smell synthetic or like furniture polish. My favorite lemon fragrance. One of these days, I'll own a bottle.
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    Would you say it outperforms Colonia Assoluta? Perhaps I'm comparing apples to oranges.. or lemons to..

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    Then definitely try Acqua Viva. There really is, I've found, nothing quite like it. The lemon is so long lasting it's incredible and it manages NOT to smell synthetic or like furniture polish. My favorite lemon fragrance. One of these days, I'll own a bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LedByMyNose View Post
    Oh yes, I second this sentiment. I have written off Volo AZ as an aberration (I found it intensely foul, but the person I swapped it with loved it - and even though I didn't like it, it was still unique and different and like nothing I've ever sniffed before - seems to be one of those love it or hate it frags)
    Oh yes, that would have been me. I forgot I sampled that one. I didn't *love* it, but I had braced myself for something uncommonly objectionable based on your description - which it wasn't.

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    Dulcis et Fundo is one of my true loves. The next time I have $240 burning a whole in my pocket I will calling Luckyscent. I once got a drop on my finger, which I dabbed on my hand - I could still smell it nearly 24 hours later.

    The second time I have $240 burning a whole in my pocket, Profumum's Volo AZ 686 will be my purchase.

    BTW - if you order just samples from ALZD, they only charge 5 Euros shipping to he US ($7).

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonydg View Post
    Would you say it outperforms Colonia Assoluta? Perhaps I'm comparing apples to oranges.. or lemons to..
    Yes.

    CA is very nice but the overall accord of AV is much more brighter and lemon rind prominent, whereas CA is a softer, almost cold sorbet of citrus accords. CA is very 'gentlemanly' and slightly flatter. AV is fun, bright, zingy!

    I think they're very different. I used up a whole bottle of CA. But if I had the choice (and the funds) to buy either one, I'd buy AV for sure.

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    My bottle of CA is almost totally gone now and I'll need a replacement for something in that genre. Sounds like this is one I have to add to my list!! Cheers Mike

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    Yes.

    CA is very nice but the overall accord of AV is much more brighter and lemon rind prominent, whereas CA is a softer, almost cold sorbet of citrus accords. CA is very 'gentlemanly' and slightly flatter. AV is fun, bright, zingy!

    I think they're very different. I used up a whole bottle of CA. But if I had the choice (and the funds) to buy either one, I'd buy AV for sure.

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    If you want pure lemon, this is the one. It's as if you are inside a golden lemon and you have to drink your way out. ( But in a good way.)
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    What a refreshing image! AV is now on my "Test" list!

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    If you want pure lemon, this is the one. It's as if you are inside a golden lemon and you have to drink your way out. ( But in a good way.)

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    I am having a Profumum Neroli day. I want to know if there is anyone who has tried this & loves it as much as I do. Anyone? It has the most amazing resemblance to vintage Caron Narcisse Noir & I'm wondering if any of you have been able to sample it since this thread first started.

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    No, still haven't tried it! But re-reading your description of it has awakened a fresh desire to.
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    I positively adore Thundra and Fiore d'Ambra. The former is a stunning blend invoking vivid olfactory images of a damp forest floor after rainfall on a gloomy cloudy day, the aroma of rotting leaves and mushrooms mingling with the smells of the very soil it all seats upon and the latter is an addictive blend of ambergris, muscs and vanille. Simply intoxicating, both of them.


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    I have tested Profumum Neroli and think is an outstanding fragrance. However, I keep vacillating on whether to purchase a bottle. I truly like it, but it seems to be on the feminine side of the spectrum. Do you guys think a man can pull this one off? Would you like to smell this on a guy? Kumquat; in your opinion, is it appropriate for a guy?




    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    I am having a Profumum Neroli day. I want to know if there is anyone who has tried this & loves it as much as I do. Anyone? It has the most amazing resemblance to vintage Caron Narcisse Noir & I'm wondering if any of you have been able to sample it since this thread first started.


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    I am on the fence about this. It does have a smokiness due to the myrrh I believe. It isn't particularly sweet. It has more of the "suntan oil" vibe to it. That is pretty unisex, IMO. I don't want to steer you the wrong way. This is a big purchase. Ask some of the guys if you are concerned about smelling too girly. I personally don't think it would be a problem, especially since this has such a deep rich quality & men's skin tends to deepen the floral frags. At least, that's what I have been hearing from lots of men who like to wear tuberose & similar florals.

    I will say that once I was on a walk in a city with my brother and he thought every other little group we passed on the street was smoking pot. I think he was getting whiffs of my "Neroli" perfume. I said so but he didn't believe it could be my perfume. That doesn't seem to be too sweet to me. I think the myrrh is the most significant factor of this fragrance.
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    kumquat,

    Thanks for your thoughtful response. The myrrh does help indeed. In fact, if it was not for the myrrh I would not even consider this fragrance.

    I do; however, enjoy citrus, lighter scents as I live in a very humid hot climate (Dallas, Texas). It is my understanding that perfume gurus claim that there is "no such thing as feminine or masculine fragrances there are simply fragrances". I do not know how that can be.

    For some reason I happen to be fond of the neroli note in fragrance compositions, but I am always faced with the same question: is this too feminine? What is your take on the following 'gender neutral' fragrances? Can they be worn by a man?:

    Neroli by by Czech and Speake
    L’eau de Neroli by Diptyque
    Neroli 36 by Le Labo
    Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford
    Neroli Sauvage by Creed (one of my favorites)
    Neroli by Annick Goutal

    Any ideas from other female or male basenotes members?

    This might be a good question to post on the Mens fragrance forum. I might as well do that


    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    I am on the fence about this. It does have a smokiness due to the myrrh I believe. It isn't particularly sweet. It has more of the "suntan oil" vibe to it. That is pretty unisex, IMO. I don't want to steer you the wrong way. This is a big purchase. Ask some of the guys if you are concerned about smelling too girly. I personally don't think it would be a problem, especially since this has such a deep rich quality & men's skin tends to deepen the floral frags. At least, that's what I have been hearing from lots of men who like to wear tuberose & similar florals.

    I will say that once I was on a walk in a city with my brother and he thought every other little group we passed on the street was smoking pot. I think he was getting whiffs of my "Neroli" perfume. I said so but he didn't believe it could be my perfume. That doesn't seem to be too sweet to me. I think the myrrh is the most significant factor of this fragrance.

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    You might like to read this thread on Neroli. http://community.basenotes.net/showt...55#post1658355 The only other nerolis I've tried are C & S, & Creed. Both quite good & very diff. from Profumum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    I am having a Profumum Neroli day. I want to know if there is anyone who has tried this & loves it as much as I do. Anyone? It has the most amazing resemblance to vintage Caron Narcisse Noir & I'm wondering if any of you have been able to sample it since this thread first started.

    Kumquat- I have never tried the Neroli but I bet it is beautiful ! The color of the juice is vivid and beautiful . Looking at taht bottle is an instant 'pick me up' on its own !
    I loved Tuberosa by Profumum too - an excellent Tuberose !
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