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    Default 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 2...."The Spice of Life"

    On to Round 2 of our the great blind sniff experience!

    The theme of this round sounds rather simple: "The Spice of Life" .... but the title could be deceptive as well, who knows?
    My blind sniffers are about to find out

    I am honoured to host this round with this wonderful trio

    Lian
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    The rules are easy : the sniffers
    have received 3 vials each, marked A, B, and C - the vials each hold a scent falling into three categories: niche, designer and mass market fragrance, in no particular order.

    Sniffers do their best to identify the fragrance category and the scent itself and I'm quite sure my lovely ladies will do it in no time

    They don't have any other clue or hint! Those will be given along the way, whenever it will be necessary or useful to shed some light on the fragrant path our sniffers are following.

    My backup is my Dragonfriend Riannon - she'll receive the list of the scents and will lead the way in the event I'm prevented by something unexpected

    Non-blind sniffers are very welcome to ask questions and guess along with us!...only thing I ask is to please PM me their guesses during the first day and a half so that the players might be able to sniff to their nose's delight

    Girls, nothing to be shy about: tell us what your nose smells, tell us your impressions, the imagery you see in your mind, tell us everything you wish to! The more you say, the more hints you'll get ....

    Did I forget anything???

    Oh yes....
    as I always say:

    let the fun begin!!
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 2...."The Spice of Life"

    Hello

    Thanks to Lady in Black for hosting this, she gave us all a wonderful bag of the raw spices. Which is good for me because spices aren't an area of perfume I'm well versed in ( check my wardrobe..yeah 1 spicy scent I think). So after sniffing the bag of raw spices containing dried star anise, a little red pepper ( so cute) ginger, nutmeg,cinnamon and cloves ( my arch enemy note in perfumes, but apparantly scandal has cloves in it too and I love that one) I'm more familiar with all the spices and yes cloves is the one I don't like when its very present. The others are ok

    Sample A: Bright orange liquid ( if needed I can take some pics and post them)

    First impression: oh this is soft, a lot softer than I expected. At the start I get a citrus note at the start. Reminds me of the citrus and vitamin c drinks you get when you have a cold.I was worried spice might be as heavy and rich as lutens or the real spicyness of some of the l' artisan offerings ( they tickle my nose). This is softer but I can do get some spices in there, could be star anise but it's so so soft. I do get the feeling it is almost watered down and I think there might be some amber in the dry down. It's very light and I think I'd have to re apply several times to get more out of it.

    The softness and watered down aspect make me think it's a mainstream cheapie scent, even L' artisan makes very light and transparant scents but I think their spice perfumes had a more pronounced raw aspect to them.
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    Okay ladies (and gents) here we go:

    I've been wearing sample A for a few hours now. It begins with a burst of lemony citrus, bright and cheerful. It is sheer, and beautifully blended. After a short while, there is a creaminess and depth that comes forth. I would say the 'spice' element here is quite subtle...maybe petitgrain and a possible longshot on some tonka or herbs. This comes across to me as either 1.) A better quality Eau de Cologne or 2.) A cheaper citrus frag. I kind of favor the better quality Cologne option, because the drydown is not speedy, and it still has some staying power after 3-4 hours. The juice itself is very honey golden in color. It is med. to light bodied. It may also have some musk in the base. I think this because my nose doesn't get musk very well and there is an absence of strong woodiness - so I presume there is musk.

    This also comes to me as a cologne because it doesn't seem dated whatsoever. Timeless. Also, I don't get an impression of feminine or masculine - completely unisex.

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    After re-reading Lians' post, I might agree about a bit of amber in the base. It is very subtle, and this particular fragrance is gentle. Very wearable! Depending upon what it ends up to be, I might have to make a purchase!

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    Yay! Another heartfelt *thanks* to our host for the wonderful package.
    (Can't resist, here's the picture again)


    Sample A is pictured left, the violently orange one. I sprayed 3-4 times to the wrists some 5 hours ago. It's not very oily on the skin, so I doubt it's an EdP concentration. Sillage seems pretty dominant at first, but it settles quickly. Like I said, it's been 5 hours, but it's still noticeable. Subtle, but there - even if I have been washing dishes and folding laundry.

    Initial impression: citrus. Oh dear. I'm really bad at distinguishing citrus notes. Very quickly it changes, though, and I get freshly grated ginger. Zesty, sparkly, *nice*. Medium sweet, nothing saccharine. I'm really second guessing myself, though - am I smelling fresh ginger because this is a spice round? There's an almost-bitter petitgrain/orange peel/mandarin thing going on too, which I could easily mistake for ginger given the suggestion.
    It reminds me of the Eau-deCologne-with-a-twist type of scent that I've tried in the past (do I get to throw out those names or better to PM those?) - one in particular although I *know* it can't be that due to the colour.

    As it dries down, it loses the bitter-zesty edges and mellows out. I can *almost* smell some vanilla-sandalwood, but I'm not so sure that's actually this fragrance. Might be something older that's resparked.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 2...."The Spice of Life"

    It's good for summer no doubt about that. I think that the spices are in the middle stage, because the opening is citrus, the drydown is just soft and warm and only in between do I get any sensation of spice, it warms up slowly . I did re apply it again today. You can clearly identify different stages in it which is nice. I think all the notes aside from the citrus are very soft, nothing really jumps out at you.

    It could be a niche EdC too, I think it's light enough for that. It reminds me of eau d'hadrien by annick goual but even lighter with a bit of warmth to it.
    But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
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    Yes Lian, I'm totally with you on the Goutal edH opening! Frankly, I'm not smelling "spices" in this one, which makes me wonder...is the 'spice' association from somewhere else...like ~ is this one of The Spice Girls favorite frags?

    Help! This IS hard!

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 2...."The Spice of Life"

    Veuve & Lian ~ are you getting any vanilla?

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 2...."The Spice of Life"

    Seriously, to my nose this is predominantly citrus. I say lemon, but can it be other citrus too...citrus ZEST....'zest for life' = 'spice of life'??? Just a thought.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 2...."The Spice of Life"

    Since the juice is orange...maybe it's more of an orange citrus. (even though it's lemony to me!)

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    Yes, I vote mainly citrus as well. It seems to do a sort of balancing act between orange rind/petitgrain and fresh ginger for my nose. Both those aromas share that tingly sensation bordering on bitter. I do get a mellowed out vanilla after a bit, by the way. (Resprayed to make sure)
    Nothing musky to my nose, at least nothing like Anthousa's Citrus Sorbet, which is very clearly citrus + musk. This is much fresher - not in the aquatic sense, but as in "refreshing". It almost smells like I could drink it.
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 2...."The Spice of Life"

    Okay girls, going out on a limb here...

    Seriously, I ONLY smell citrus. If I have to find other notes, I'm straining to find them. I also think it is not a cheapie and not a niche....which leaves designer frag. So I'm going to make a guess of:

    Missoni Color Collection ARANCIO

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    Don't know it and I'm drawing a blank on any guesses. So how would that tie back to the theme? Missoni = colourful prints = spice of life?
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 2...."The Spice of Life"

    Notes listed for Missoni Color Collection ARANCIO are:

    mandarin
    zesty-bitter orange
    juicy kaki (don't really know what the heck this one is)

    But, the color of the juice, and the "zesty" bitter orange = spice of life/zest for life
    And the fact I'm not readily detecting other spicy notes.

    If it's not right, it's a start !

    (plus, Missoni is Italian )
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 2...."The Spice of Life"

    just looked up 'kaki' for fragrance notes and came up with persimmon.

    Agree with Veuve - this one is drinkable!
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    Seriously, ladies, it's a joy to read you! Of course you can guess names right from the start.
    However, nope, it's not Missoni Color Collection Arancio...nice guess though ubu. Did the colour of the juice contribute to your guess ?

    Ok, so you girls all tried to disguise your true job....working as noses for one of the big five, isn't it???

    You all guessed the main opening note right. Lemon! (although some sites do state lime) I agree that the opening is very very citrusy...but there's more, according to the notes. Yes, it could bring to mind petitgrain, but in fact, it's a ... flower

    Lian got the amber in the base! But there's no sandalwood in there!

    And only one of you identified the spice (yes, ubu, it's all about the spice - no word games...although I loved your zest for life=spice of life!)

    You're still not agreeing on the category....please state one and explain why you think it's in that category

    Does this scent remind you of some place? Some scenery popping out? Besides summer, I mean?
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    There's a fruit in the heart of this fragrance, but it's not persimmon....a very peculiar fruit, I actually never saw it in a scent pyramid before
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 2...."The Spice of Life"

    Alrighty then!

    Lemon and Amber are in it for sure! The spices mentioned have been petitgrain, star anise, tonka, ginger, vanilla...

    As for the category, I say it's no cheapie. Leaving designer or niche in my mind. L & V?
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    A little help ....not petitgrain (technically not a spice) and not vanilla. Well, I believe a smidge of vanilla might be in the base, though.
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 2...."The Spice of Life"

    Oh yeah, and a peculiar fruit...

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 2...."The Spice of Life"

    You know, I can't help but think back to my sniff-a-thon with tang in Chicago...at Barney's the SA was flipping so many scented strips at us, I confused alot of them. I do remember him saying this one frag was reminiscent of an 'indian spice market' - yet I recall it smelling like a lemony citrus cologne...

    Dang, wish I could remember for sure! At that time we were sampling frags by TDC and Byredo and Lutens. I know it's not a Lutens, but I'm wondering if it's one of the others...they are niche brands.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 2...."The Spice of Life"

    Does it smell like an American fragrance? French? European?

    What's the sillage like ladies?

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    I find it close wearing - not much sillage, but has decent longevity, esp. considering the lemony topnotes...remember too, the juice is pigmented, pretty orange in color. The only thing I'd put my money on is: it is not a cheapie. I would also say it's not likely American...I keep leaning toward Italian - but that's LiB's influence on me!!!

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    Thanks mike for coming up with those questions! And I'll add...is it more on the masculine side or feminine side to your nose?

    Ubu, maybe your nose just picks up the citrus notes and kind of "holds" them. However, are you able to smell a "piquant" facet in that lemony cloud?

    Let's hear what the other ladies have to say before I give any more tiny hints

    Edited to say: you would have won the bet, ubu! It's not a cheapie...
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 2...."The Spice of Life"

    Well I'm cheating and got the bf involved with smelling and sniffing, we say it's more feminine and after smelling the spice bags he says there is a hint of pepper in there and I'm still not sure, I got a bit of pepperness in there but not much I keep thinking star anise but maybe not dried. Isn't star anise a fruit anyway?

    I can't believe it is not a cheapie either, maybe I just associate niche with rather heavy or pronounced fragrances.

    Sillage is not present, it's very close wearing and very light. It does last for a good few hours but it doesn't project all around you if that makes sense.

    I'd say the fragrance is european because the perfumes I tried from europe can be on the lighter side (penhaligons, l' artisan, floris, annick g, acqua di parma if they count).
    But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
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    After smelling this frag for the better part of 12 hours, I'm going to say there's ginger in it...because both Lian & Veuve mentioned 'fizzy' & 'tingly' in their descriptions - which I attribute to ginger. Still a maybe on the tonka.

    Still curious about that mystery fruit...

    edited - adding again that I find this fragrance to be completely unisex. (and, yes LiB - that Missoni guess was also inspired by the color of the juice!)
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    My head hurts...I'm going to bed...will sniff more tomorrow...

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    Thank you for participation! I am really really enjoying reading your fragrant experiences, let me tell you after the difficult day at work it is the best therapy and a form of relaxation.

    So, A is citrucy, colgney and somewhat unisex?

    Drinkable? Like in juice? Or, tea (with lemon and ginger)?

    Sweet? Speaking of this mystery fruit, is it pulpy or tangy? Crisp or mellow?

    My understanding is that there is some amber and knowing LIB, I must notice this amber should be smooooooooooooth in order for her to pick the scent up and include it into the sniffing round. How pronounced is this amber?

    Modern? Very modern? Ahead of its time?

    Any other spices? Like, nutmeg, for example?

    Creed? Dior?


    What about longevity? 3-4 hours? On the clothes?

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    Ah, progress!
    Since I wasn't sure if I was allowed, I didn't mention which other fragrances sample A reminds me of. They are Dior Escale Portofino and Eau de Sisley 3 - but I know it can be neither as both have clear juice.
    I wouldn't have pegged it as a cheapie, either. My guess is it's either a unisex designer Eau de Cologne, or a unisex niche launch.

    Mike: I would guess it's a Mediterranean scent. I have no real basis for thinking so, except that it's really zingy and refreshing - it would work excellently in Mediterranean heat. South of France, Italy, Cyprus... British houses have done classic citruses as well, but I tend to think of them as more soapy-clean citrus. This is zesty-fresh.

    Twolf
    : yes, I find this very drinkable. A cold citrus drink, maybe an orange-lime cocktail with a happy little umbrella sitting in it. Tea is an interesting angle, but I think the citrus is too dominant for that.
    The fruit... I'll get back to you on that. It has to be a yellow fruit, I think. It stays sorta tangy all the way through, but it does lose its citrus edge and mellows out nicely. Maybe something semi-tropical as carambola fruit? I know that's the type of fruit you only ever find in saccharine fruity florals, but the actual fruit is not that sweet at all, and quite tangy.
    I hadn't noticed the amber at all, so it's subtle alright. It's more noticeable now that I know it's there, but it's really just a soft backdrop for the other notes to shine on.

    Now, LiB mentioned flowers... any guesses? I'm thinking not rose or orange flower - those tend to get soapy on me, and there's no soap here. OTOH, Escale a Portofino does have orange flower, and I saw some similarity there.

    I'm with Lian by the way, it's slightly more feminine than masculine in the dry-down, and it sweetens a bit. Only veeeeeery slightly, though.
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    Yes, the spice is ginger! Lemony, piquant, effervescent, refreshing ginger! Kudos to veuve who did identify it at once, although her sniffer isn't up to par at the moment.

    However, not carambola fruit, not Dior and not Sisley. It is an even more weird fruit, which is used as food where it mainly comes from and used all over the world for other purposes! I have no idea about its taste....

    The fact that you're all undecided between niche and designer would please her very much. It's a designer scent, actually, marketed for women.

    And yes, TWolf, the amber in there is very mellow, BTW, I think every note in this fragrance is worked in a way as to compliment the star notes, lemon/lime and ginger. That's why they are so hard to identify

    Ubu is right about my influence on her!

    I wonder if the feeling you get that the scent has a Mediterranean vibe to it is due to the overload of "citrusy" notes. That's strange, also because this fragrance should be reminiscent not only of another country, but of another continent ...

    Be understanding, my dears, I can't give it away all at once...
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