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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    Sorry, I left you all hanging. Right now I am posting from our village library and hoping I do have enough time reserved.

    We are between the Internet providers, so I hope to be online soon. From home. At 3 am in the morning or any time as I d*** please. Sorry about that again!

    Thanks to tang and Miss Tao, I will give you telephone call (you Miss Tao) as soon as I get home.

    Thanks to everybody for chiming in with your thoughts and suggestions. I really appreciate them all.

    Not TDC.

    Not every single cedar note equals dill pickles on my skin. Sometimes it is vetiver that does. Kudos for purplebird7's detective work. Sometimes it is other woods (still trying to figure out mastic wood, sycomore and many many more).

    Connection with Coco -- OK, guys, since there is no chocolate, coconuts, spicy oriental notes, or other phantoms here, let's go straight and clear: could it be a Chanel? Could it be Polge for Chanel? We sort of all figured it out: high(er) end, but I have never said that some designers can't pose as niche (Donna Karan, Armani, etc).

    Could it be L'Artisan?

    In general: French or Italian? Japanese or American?

    One question still remains: how dry is this scent in your opinion?

    Very nice tip from Miss Tao: LIB's insights have sort of penetrated into this fragrance's heart.

    Gotta run to SotD.

    Love you all.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    LIB mentioned a connection to Poivre Piquant and Santal Blanc (which, I completely do not smell at all!) and this made me think the sample was a L'Artisan - which is why I posed the question last night, 'TWolf, is the bottle clear?' To me PP smelled like milk and pepper, and it kind of grossed me out. Same for Santal Blanc - the fenugreek smelled like sour vegetables. Blech. Is it a L'Artisan TWolf?

    I don't smell rose in B purplebird. Like I said before it's more of a unique floral note, I thought it was narcissus (which BTW, I generally don't like).

    It smells European to my nose (not American).

    Dry? Well, it's semi-dry...I guess. (?)

    TWolf - was this scent released in 2002?

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    Let's see... Jacques Polge for Chanel? Smells like pickles?
    Is it No. 18? Ambrette, rose, and iris.
    kumquat, please check your sample.
    But wait, that goes against the decision that this is a "niche" sample.
    Okay, here's a thought. What Chanel perfumer has worked for a niche perfumery? I don't know of any.
    Last edited by purplebird7; 17th March 2009 at 10:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplebird7 View Post
    Let's see... Jacques Polge for Chanel? Smells like pickles?
    Is it No. 18? ..
    I thought No. 18 had noticeable aldehydes? I don't smell any aldehydes in B.

    Is it Chance Eau Fraiche (thus my question above to TWolf about the scent being released in 2002, when CEF was)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplebird7 View Post
    Let's see... Jacques Polge for Chanel? Smells like pickles?
    Is it No. 18? Ambrette, rose, and iris.
    kumquat, please check your sample.
    But wait, that goes against the decision that this is a "niche" sample.
    Okay, here's a thought. What Chanel perfumer has worked for a niche perfumery? I don't know of any.
    I guess Les Exclusifs could be considered "niche" because of the tight distribution. Also the perfumers would be Jacques Polge and Christopher Sheldrake, right?
    I don't know if sample B is No. 18, but the opening of No. 18 smells like pickles to me (albeit very soft and nice pickles), the perfume has iris and rose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arwen_elf View Post
    ...I don't know if sample B is No. 18, but the opening of No. 18 smells like pickles to me (albeit very soft and nice pickles), the perfume has iris and rose.
    No. 18 smells like pickles to me, too, but not in a good way. I didn't like it. FWIW, it didn't seem very aldehydic to me.

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    Isn't Bel Respiro woody and green? It has been so long since I last tried it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    Isn't Bel Respiro woody and green? It has been so long since I last tried it....
    I know it's not Bel Respiro. B is not as 'milky green' as the Chanel is.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    There were two other "pickle" fragrances in the Smells Like Vegetables thread...

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    The ones mentioned in the Smells Like Vegetables thread were Chanel No. 18 (which I guessed) Nahema (which it is not) and The Unicorn Spell (which it is not). But thanks for your suggestion. This is a tough one, and we guessers need all the help we can get.
    And it isn't Bel Respiro, I can vouch for that.
    No responses from Tao Lady on the latest guesses yet...
    Last edited by purplebird7; 18th March 2009 at 12:25 PM.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    I apologize for throwing everyone off track, but I'm still getting a soft almond or heliotrope note. Vanilla & soft wood, too could be in there. Because this is so light, I thought L'artisan is a possibility. So here's a guess. Again - I've never smelled this and it's new, Jour de Fete

    Almond. pink laurel, wheat, bourbon vanilla, orris, cedarwood
    Last edited by kumquat; 18th March 2009 at 03:37 PM.

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    Ach, kumquat, my friend. I don't think we discussed this latest guess last night, or I would have told you that I smelled Jour de Fete in Kansas City on my ill-fated trip to that snobby Hall's department store where the SAs kept bidding me "good evening" in an attempt to dislodge me from the L'Artisan counter. Or, wait, maybe it was a sample from Perfumed Court. Regardless, it's not Jour de Fete because I definitely could smell the almond/PlayDoh in that one. I liked it. It was yummy. Sample B is far more tart. What about those Japanese fragrances you were considering?
    kumquat and I thought Sample B is closer to having Japanese sensibilities than Italian, or even French. She is experienced with the offerings of many Italian houses, and we both agreed that they are much heavier than this sample.
    Tao Lady? The guesses are piling up here. I'm hoping you will tune in.
    We're self-moderating, suggesting and turning down each other's guesses.
    I'd hate to assume that I'm correct and then be wrong.
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    I looked again at the Keiko Mecheri, they all look too sweet to me.

    Have you tried Drole de Rose? I haven't:
    http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/detai...ection=1&rv=on

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    Dang.
    P.S. Drole de Rose is very rosy and fruity. Markedly floral.
    Last edited by purplebird7; 19th March 2009 at 11:52 AM.

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    Double dang!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    ...Have you tried Drole de Rose? I haven't:
    http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/detai...ection=1&rv=on
    I've tried Drole de Rose. My notes say that I found it to be a rather dull, soft floral. And medium-sweet, if I'm remembering correctly. Here are the notes:

    Rose Buds, Aniseed, Orange Blossom, Rose Petals, White Iris, Violet, Almond, Honey, Rose Powder, Leather

    Some of this fits, but I don't know what could cause a pickle, wood, or pepper impression here. Or fruit, for that matter, unless the honey gives that sense.

    Ya sure y'all have the same vial here??? This game is tricky, and I'm getting nervous about trying it in July.

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    P.S. Some of you were looking at Keiko Mecheri. I own a bottle of her Ume. It is not ultra-sweet - there is a sweet & sour thing going on. The fragrance is actually meant to evoke a plum that is used in Japanese cuisine. This plum salted/pickled. Hmm...

    Here are the notes for Ume: Persimmon, Peach Leaves, Citrus, Wisteria, Peony, Jasmine, Osmanthus, Hinoki, Mahogany, Moss

    I have the old formulation in a clear bottle. It is a light golden/straw color.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    Until twolf or Taolady tune in I feel like a dog chasing its tail.
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    I finally got caught up, after coming back from vacation. I see that things have kind of stalled!

    But here's my guess for Sample B:

    citrus opening, "white chocolate" (which I just don't smell, but it's supposed to be in there), cedar, wimpy longevity and sillage

    translates to Bulgari Omnia to me (which I love, by the way)

    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    Connection with Coco -- OK, guys, since there is no chocolate, coconuts, spicy oriental notes, or other phantoms here, let's go straight and clear: could it be a Chanel?
    But if as Twolf says, there is "no chocolate" then it can't be Bulgari Omnia. I have no other guesses. I have smelled Haunani's Ume, and I don't remember any cedar in it. Peachy fruity goodness, but no cedar.
    Last edited by Aiona; 19th March 2009 at 01:53 AM.
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    Aiona, do you also have a Sample B or are you guessing from our comments?

    Guys, the last scents mentioned all seem much too sweet or too floral to me to be the misterious Sample B!
    I have been sniffing it so long and so intensely that I'm hallucinating and smelling phantom notes everywhere and also a very slight leathery facet.
    My last additions are violet leaves and oakmoss.
    To me it smells French, avantguarde.

    Grapefruit, pepper, mint, violet leaves, a honeyed flower (I said linden blossom, but mimosa could also be a choice...not powdery) or honey, orris, oakmoss, sandalwood. That's what I smell at the moment.
    And according to Tao and TWolf, I was supposed to be circling around it and piercing through the heart of it. Huh?

    Gosh, we need a hint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_in_Black View Post
    Aiona, do you also have a Sample B or are you guessing from our comments?
    No no! I don't have a sample of B. I'm guessing from your comments. "cedar" "citrus" "longevity"

    I was trying to tie "chocolate" in with B, and the only thing I could think of was "white chocolate"-Bulgari Omnia (and again, I don't smell white chocolate in Bulgari Omnia unless I pretend really hard).
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    Yes, we need hints. I'm following along as best as I can (and taking copious notes..I'll be doing this soon..ACK!!) and frankly I'm thoroughly confused. Not just slightly puzzled. Delirious. Help, moderators!

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    Sorry guys....drama at the shop...(we got caught trying to sneak out in the dead of night ahead of the sheriff!!!)

    Y'all were getting so close and then veered off in a different direction....one "problem" is that, in our directory, there is no pyramid for this frag. And although (in my opinion) she has the refined feel of a classic, she is actually relatively new.

    Interestingly, the heart note of this beauty has been the eponymous feature of other 'fumes with the same note these past few days!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_in_Black View Post
    Grapefruit, pepper, mint, violet leaves, a honeyed flower (I said linden blossom, but mimosa could also be a choice...not powdery) or honey, orris, oakmoss, sandalwood. That's what I smell at the moment.
    It sounds like something I've never sniffed before. Grapefruit and pepper? Violet leaves? I don't think I've ever smelled linden blossom. Orris? Strange combination.
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    Is it one of Chanel´s Les Exclusifs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by musse View Post
    Is it one of Chanel´s Les Exclusifs?
    Yup!

    And PurpleBird has even reviewed this one!!
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    Okay. I already guessed No. 18, but I didn't review that one.
    I just re-applied the wrong sample. Wait.
    Out of the Les Exclusifs, if it's not No. 18, I will have to guess either Sycomore (but my sample was much smokier) or 28, La Pausa (but my sample was sweeter.)
    Let the other members vote and make the final guess.
    Last edited by purplebird7; 19th March 2009 at 12:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplebird7 View Post
    Okay. I already guessed No. 18.
    Wait, could it be Beige--which I forgot was Les Exclusifs because it was released later?
    That one I thought had "tangy spring flowers."
    I've read several reviews of that fragrance, and people smell different things. Most people agreed that it was abstract. Indeed we cited notes such as honey, wood, pepper, pickle, or almond. And all of us had trouble identifying the fruit, which might be influenced by the frangippani.
    Final answer. If I'm wrong, let others make the correct guess.
    Not Beige.
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    Sorry Tao Lady.
    I had to go back and edit.
    I put the wrong sample on, which I had out because I was testing one thing against another. My fault.
    I will not claim the answer even if I get it. Don't say, and let everyone guess today.
    Last edited by purplebird7; 19th March 2009 at 12:25 PM.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    Quote Originally Posted by purplebird7 View Post
    Sorry Tao Lady.
    I had to go back and edit.
    I put the wrong sample on, which I had out because I was testing one thing against another. My fault.
    I will not claim the answer even if I get it. Don't say, and let everyone guess today.
    You can pm your guess to me with a cc to Wolfie, who will prolly be checking in today.

    Carry on all y'all!!
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