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    Default All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    For newcomers, here's the lowdown on this monthly online event:
    Every member, any gender, novice or veteran sniffer, is invited to apply a fragrance related to the theme of the month (listed below) and share your thoughts on the first Saturday of the month. This isn't a mandatory assignment; it's just for fun. Because not everyone logs in on weekends, you're encouraged to continue to add comments within this themed thread on subsequent days. If you don't join us for this month's discussion, please look ahead at the tentative lineup and join in at a later date.
    JANUARY ~ Oriental
    (warmth, flowers, spices, woods & vanilla)
    FEBRUARY ~ Animalic
    (civet-, castoreum-, leather-, or musk-influenced scents)

    MARCH ~ Chypre
    (used to be defined by oakmoss presence, but ...?)
    APRIL ~ Floral
    (single solifore or full bouquet of flowers)
    MAY~ Fruity
    (single sweet fruits or a bowl of fruity-florals)
    JUNE ~ Citrus
    (hesperidic: bergamot, lemon, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, etc.)
    JULY ~ Green
    (fresh leaves & grasses)
    AUGUST ~ Fresh or aquatic
    (cool, dewy notes and seaside scents)
    SEPTEMBER ~ Opposite-Gender Fragrance -or- Fougere
    ("fern like;" lavender + woods + coumarin + geranium + oakmoss)

    OCTOBER ~ Ambery
    (dark, light or blond amber as feature note)
    NOVEMBER ~ Spicy
    (warm notes associated with cooking)
    DECEMBER ~ Gourmand
    (fragrances with a foody note, but not usually fruity--save for May)
    Looking for suggestions?
    See previous SnS discussions:
    Jan. 2007~Orientals Feb. 2007~Animalics March 2007~Chypre April 2007~ Florals May 2007~Fruity June 2007~ Citrus Sept. 2007~Fougere Oct. 2007~ Amber Nov. 2007~Spicy Dec. 2007~ Gourmand Jan. 2008~Orientals Feb. 2008~Animalics March 2008~Chypre April 2008~Floral May 2008~Fruity June 2008~Citrus July 2008~Green Aug. 2008~Fresh/Aquatic Sept. 2008~Opposite Gender or Fougere Oct. 2008 ~ Amber Nov. 2008 ~ Spicy Dec. 2008 ~ Gourmand Jan. 2009 ~ Oriental Feb. 2009 ~ Animalic March 2009 ~ Chypre

    For the months of July and August 2007, regular BN was offline and supporters had access to an abbreviated site. We discussed aquatics and greens, but those posts are no longer accessible.
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    Thanks for the reminder, Q.!

    What are we doing this year to make it different? Any specific flower/group of flowers (white, yellow, red or spring/green) to concentrate upon? Olivia G. fragrances (whose birthday will be on April 9th)? Or, everything goes?
    Last edited by Twolf; 7th April 2009 at 05:04 AM. Reason: It is the 9th, not the 7th as I wrote back in March.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    Thanks for the reminder, Q.!

    What are we doing this year to make it different? Any specific flower/group of flowers (white, yellow, red or spring/green) to concentrate upon? Olivia G. fragrances (whose birthday will be on April 7th)? Or, everything goes?
    Yes, this IS a big category! Would a narrower focus be a good idea?

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    I have a few samples I can try out for SnS Saturday. I love having an 'excuse' to try them all out at once hehe

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    There are two suggestions:

    1) Tuberose-gardenia (not an easy one, but who said it has to be easy?!);
    2) Spring blooms (daffodils, tulips, lily of the valley, irises, orange blossom, fruit tree blossoms, violets, etc.).

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    Twolf's got her thinking cap on.

    Shall we say, go for tuberose or gardenia then?

    And, if you don't have one of those, then go for a spring bloom or whatever you've got, cuz we just love to have lots of input.
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    I'll be able to go for tuberose but not gardenia, since that's one note I purposefully do not own, so tuberose gets my vote... Thanks for getting us thinking about this in advance, Ms. Twolf and Ms. Q!
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    So we could do tuberose AND/OR gardenia. Or if we want to broaden the category, we could add jasmine. A white tropical floral extravaganza!

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    Florals.. my *favouritest* category [insert irony] - this one will be a challenge for me. Will I stick to my "safe" florals, the ones I know I love? Hiris, Bois d'Iris, Blush, Datura Noir, Ava Luxe Madonna Lily... that's about it, innit? Well, Safran Troublant may count as a rose. Or should I go way out there with something flowery and un-me? Any recs for florals for someone who has a hard time with them?
    Depending on the weather I'll be honouring Ms. Giacobetti with her glorious Hiris anyway on the 7th.
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    I love florals and I go for tuberose. If I'm not going to test Goutal Gardenia passion again? But that's mostly tuberose I have heard,

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    Veuve, you are set with MJ Blush -- jasmine, gardenia, light fruity notes, fun.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    I like the Spring blooms suggestion myself.
    I feel that if we opt for the tuberose &/or gardenia most everyone will wear FRACAS or EL Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia for availability sake. (That may just be a nightmare of mine own, so forgive me please.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RHM View Post
    I like the Spring blooms suggestion myself.
    I feel that if we opt for the tuberose &/or gardenia most everyone will wear FRACAS or EL Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia for availability sake. (That may just be a nightmare of mine own, so forgive me please.)
    Good point. I'm actually more in the mood for springlike florals right now. We need someone to decide! Maybe you, Twolf, or Quarry???

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    "How about jasmine?", said the jasmine lover. But it could give people a fair number of available choices (Joy, Alien, A La Nuit, etc., etc.)

    Florals is one category where I don't have to scramble. If it's decided soon whether it will be one subset of floral and if so what type, I may be able to mail some samples in time to those who are interested or in need (I've got tuberose, gardenia, jasmine, white flowers, and roses covered).
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    I would say if you can find a flower blooming somewhere in the world not necessarily under your back porch (CBIHP I Am Dandelion, get it! ) and there is a scent for it, go with it. I am sure jasmine, gardenia and many more are blooming somewhere this coming weekend. So are dogwood, plumeria, even roses!

    Personally I will go with lily of the valley, although historically it is the flower of May. Not an easiest flower for me (artificial, metallic, sharp, excessively green or overly sweet) but I have accumulated three or four lily of the valley samples I would like to wear.
    Last edited by Twolf; 31st March 2009 at 03:11 PM.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    I'm a terrible decision-maker. One of my many faults--want to please everyone, not make a mistake or incure others' wrath, believe in democratic rule and freedom for all, allow others to learn by their own mistakes. Ya-da-ya-da-ya-da. But in an effort to "grow a pair," I will make a declaration:
    SPRING BLOOMS!
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    Sounds great, Quarry!

    If anyone wants a sample of Molinard Muguet or Delrae Amoureuse, PM me.
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    Spring Blooms sounds good to me!


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    Sprimg Blooms !
    Like Chamade, Grand Amour, so many others...
    Irises, violets, daffodils, narcissus,pansies ...
    I'll be in NYC- away from computer-
    But I think- probably Rainwater and Violets-I'm such a soppy fool.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    OH BOY!!

    Like BlackCat I'm a fleuriste and the only problem will be eenymeeenymineymoe-ing....maybe I'll Astaroth....

    Got company coming and may be late in posting but BOY am I IN.......
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    Decisions, decisions.
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    Another vote for Spring Blooms, and my pick will be Annick Goutal Eau de Charlotte with its mimosa and lily of the valley notes.
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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    I'm happy with spring blooms - sign me up! Wonder if AL's "Midnight Violet" is spring-y enough. It's one of the few violet-based scents I can pull off. (Love the smell of fresh violets, but somehow most violet fragrances end up unappealingly powdery and 'fake' smelling on me). I may break out the Diptyque Jardin Clos and/or L'Artisan's Jacinthe de Bois... Maybe I'll just throw all of them on and attend the S&S as a wild-flower-spring-garden bordello.
    Its thought that people who hope too much will just waste their life away and never get down to doing any real work. Theyre confusing Hope with Wish, its lazy cousin... When Wish whispers, Something is just around the corner, what comes or not is never what was wished for. When Hope whispers Something is just around the corner, something always is. -- Charlie Elberson

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    Quarry, I picture you saying "Spring Blooms" like the guy on Iron Chef.
    I might have to have a scent of the morning, the afternoon, the evening...

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    Quote Originally Posted by chayaruchama View Post
    Sprimg Blooms !
    Like Chamade, Grand Amour, so many others...
    Irises, violets, daffodils, narcissus,pansies ...
    I'll be in NYC- away from computer-
    But I think- probably Rainwater and Violets-I'm such a soppy fool.
    Sweeet. I was thinking that I couldn't identify a spring bloom if I wanted to. But I have a sample of Chamade, not yet tried, courtesy of Twolf. Great! I'm all set.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    I can't wait! I am a fool for florals, though not a big fan of tuberose or gardenia. So I will go with the "spring flowers" suggestion, since I have many that will happily fit that bill.

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    Good morning Sniff'n'Speakers.

    My floral choice is Narcissus Poeticus from the Opulentals range by Annette Neuffer (BN's jazztweety). This is a gorgeously smooth and sensuous fragrance that would probably be suited to evening wear, but I had a yen for it today. I will go about my ordinary business today smelling extraordinarilly glorious, and knowing that no one else in my vicinity could possibly smell quite like me today. It is one of those great fragrances that triggers the imagination as well as the nose. What more could you ask from a perfume?

    From the Opulentals site, the notes include:

    Head:
    Bergamot, Clementine, Tunisian Neroli, Violet Leaf, Galbanum

    Heart:

    French Narcissus Absolute, Tunisian Orange Flower Absolute, Indian Tuberose, Egyptian Jasmine*, Bulgarian Rose Otto*
    Base:

    Vanilla Absolute*, Mysore Sandalwood, Musk

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    I have MANY florals in my wardrobe and admire a ton of others. And even in the chypres, orientals and colognes, it's often the floral notes that sing out at me. Having said that, herbs, spices, resins, and abstract aromachemicals get me excited too. It's just that there is something that specifically speaks to my nature about certain florals. Jasmine is so sensual, warm, feminine, complex - and if properly done, a little bit skanky; how could you not be mesmerised by it? And the wonderful, milk-honey and sunshine scent of yellow - mimosa - there aren't many other scents that really make you think of optimism and light in the same way.

    So, it would have been easy for me to default to a whole bunch of scents! I decided to pick something a little different: one from a sample I've not tried at all yet (so it'll be a new experience) and one from my wardrobe (something I bought in Chicago and have treasured and admired, but rarely worn; partly because it was so expensive that I'm almost scared to use it!).

    The sample
    Un Matin d'Orage by Annick Goutal
    Meant to be: "stormy gardenia in a Japanese garden"

    Official notes: Sicilian lemon, shiso leaves, ginger, gardenia, magnolia, jasmine sambac, (frangipani) champaca.
    Official blurb: "Un Matin D'Orage evokes the idea of delicate white flowers in Japanese garden, with strong notes of gardenia, Jasmine Sambac and Indonesian Champaca."
    My impressions: There's a very sharp ethanol-alcoholic-chemical note (seems more than just the alcohol evaporating) in the opening. It smells industrial in an unpleasant way; a real chemical-spill note. Not a good start. I almost can't get anything past it, it sits there in front of the somewhat blousy, but sweet and delicate floral that's trying to get through. If this "floral chemical spill" impression doesn't go away my lovely new blurb for this might be "not only a scrubber, but something you could probably scrub with."

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    From my wardrobe
    Un Parfum de Charmes et Feuilles by The Different Company
    Meant to be: "enchanted forest with fauns and fairies"

    Official notes: Marjoram, peppermint, sage, serpolet, jasmine sambac, grapefruit, clementine and patchouli.
    Official blurb: "Enchantment of a land of endless charm... Imagine yourself stepping into a garden where charmers, shamans and fairies grow miraculous plants and wild aromatic herbs. Granted with exceptional powers, these peoples of unknown and magic lands have gathered to invent a mesmerizing scent for your skin gently caressed by the magic scent of aromatic herbs: sage nowadays still used in the shaman rituals of Indian American tribes; garden Marjoram with its small white and mauve flowers and Serpolet's delicate aroma. In the middle of this mysterious garden, a magnificent rich bed of Indian Jasmine - known for its heady voluptuousness - is prepared in which Pepper Mint leaves are calmly resting, gently woken up by the fresh and zesty notes of Grape-fruit and Clementine followed by the warm and sensual accords of Patchouli. "Un Parfum de Charmes et Feuilles" conjures up images of mysterious and legendary gardens revealing marvelous olfactory treasures to the eye of the bewitched."
    My impressions: I love the opening; mint and herbs and citrus; just one of the most accomplished and sophisticated openings I've come across and here's the thing I appreciate most - it does not smell of "yet another cologne". With a herbal citrus, you'd usually be heading in that direction straight away (which is not bad; I love a good cologne, but it's just delightful when there's a surprise like this). It might be the mint or some clever synthetic element that's taking it away from the cologne territory.

    Jasmine starts to come through pretty early; the smell of it here is almost a texture to me - where the opening was jagged green and yellow lines, here comes jasmine, all brown and fuzzy. It doesn't sit there separately from the earlier notes at all; which is great, but one comical thing happens - the addition of jasmine suddenly makes the citrus-herb concoction smell soapy and the skanky undertone of jasmine is (either on its own or together with some added animalics like synthetic civet) creates a bit of a bad-breath and/or bathroom smell that just lingers at the edge of your perception.

    For the rest of the development, the scent flip-flops between a herbal floral and old-fashioned bathroom soap.

    It manages to be very sophisticated, very moorish, but a little bit unsettling.

    I'd change the description to "An enchanted bathroom".

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    Serge Lutens' Gris Clair for me:

    "a rich floral fragrance with notes of lavender, amber,
    tonka bean, iris, dry wood and incense"
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

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    Default Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    Wearing a few Czech and Speake soliflores:
    Mimosa: more jasmine on me. Only got mimosa in the beginning - was like Champs Elysees mixed with A la Nuit. A few minutes later the jasmine got rather stinky/indolic and now it's very much like soap.
    Neroli: started out harsh and bitter but dried down beautifully. Smooth, sweet neroli/orange blossom (not sure which is which by smelling).
    Rose: smelled like these bath products I used to have. Now smells a bit aldehydic. My nose is starting to itch again.
    Dark Rose: tea rose and patchouli? Not bad I spose.

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