Ambre Sultan - Serge Lutens
SotE : Arabie - Serge Lutens
ointments and perfume delight the heart....
Wow, did I miss birthdays again??? Happy Birthday to CologneJunkie and NEoTY26!
Czech & Speake Neroli
Neroli is an Eau de Cologne, and as such is light and uplifting. On first application (from a dabber sample), it smells of bitter orange, neroli blossom and orange flower water. There is a sharpness to the blend that is vaguely powdery and bitter, and something here reminds me of leather. The neroli is quite indolic for a very short time, and the orange flower water gives the fragrance a very classic feel. The opening accord gives way to a synthetic mandarine orange accord which I have smelled in Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic. The synthetic note has a bit of an edge that gives modernity to what first seemed like a very classic composition. Traditional colognes typically fade quickly and are valued most for their refreshing "burst" on warm days or after bathing. With this in mind, C&S Neroli seems almost a hybrid--the opening citrus and floral components blossom wildly in the first ten minutes, and then the rest of the fragrance rides out on a lingering citrus note, light florals and a sweet musk base, soft but much stronger than I would expect from a cologne. The sharp edge I sensed earlier continues as a subtle mid note, and has a quality about it that reminds me of the leathery tea accord which is used in Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The Vert. In the drydown, I occasionally catch whiffs of the neroli which is a tad soapy but mostly floral. I really love the quality of the neroli note--it is very similar to the gorgeous neroli in Abdes Salaam Attar Profumo Morning Blossom, but not featured nearly so well as it is in Profumo's composition. C&S Neroli can easily be worn by men or women, although the leathery tea-like quality and the musk base tilt it a bit toward the masculine.
Institut Tres Bien Cologne a L'Italienne
This Eau de Cologne is light and refreshing. It starts with a burst of sweet orange fruit and aromatic bergamot. The fragrance develops quickly, and this was expected considering it is very much rooted in the traditional cologne genre. The juicy orange note is the first to fade, and the bergamot carries on into the mid notes, joined by petitgrain and soapy neroli. I don't smell much in the way of herbal components such as rosemary or lavender, although these notes tend to meld with petitgrain's woodyness. The soapyness of the neroli gives this composition a very clean feel. I much prefer a more floral neroli, and thankfully I do smell the floral aspect along with the soapyness. The drydown is a lovely soft and slightly powdery vanilla amber. Despite that this fragrance seems to be extremely straightforward, hitting all the traditional cologne benchmarks as it develops, I find it to be very satisfying. As is expected with colognes, it is short lived with low sillage. This seems much more unisex than other cologne-type fragrances I have tried. Any herbal content it may have does not overwhelm, become "sweaty" or overly masculine. The sweet amber base is not cloying or overly feminine. As Goldilocks said of baby-bear's porridge, it is Just Right.
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L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme Eau Extreme EDP
Continuing a sampling day with Knize 10 on one wrist and Histoires de Parfums 1740 on the other!
Happy Birthday CologneJunkie and NEoTY26! Hope you have a fragrant week!
I am wearing Bond No. 9 Lexington Ave. from a sample.
Tiffany for Menfrom a sample
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with most likley Chrome for the evening
Off-Site Decants =) (updated 05/16/12)
I can still smell yesterday's Oyedo. After I take a shower, I'm going to put on Christopher Sheldrake's El Attarine (Serge Lutens).
Puig Quorum (vintage)
I love cologne.
Today i wanted to smell like a "rich" classy elegant man...my sotD was the luxurious
Boucheron Pour Homme eau de Perfume.
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Jo Malone - Lime Basil & Mandarin. It's 90 degrees outside.
Hermessence Poivre Samarcande by Hermes
My I'm-going-to-a-nice-dress-up-lunch-on-Sunday-and-I-need-a-scent-that-fits-this choice for the afternoon.
"Seize opportunity by the beard for it is bald behind"
Guerlain Vetiver for the blazing heat today.
Czech & Speake, Frankincense & Myrrh (vintage)
II est de forts parfums pour qui toute matière/Est poreuse. On dirait qu'ils pénètrent le verre.
SOTD: John Varvatos
SotD : Hermes Bel Ami
SotE : Parfumerie Generale Louanges
PVC and Leather. A Chain and a feather
Guerlain Vetiver on hands, Straight to Heaven on upper arms... i couldn't decide
SOTD: Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta
Everyone is entitled to his own opinions, but not his own facts. Daniel Moynihan
Kiehl's Original Musk
Miller Harris Citron Citron
SOTD was Tam Dao
SOTE is Laura Tonatto - Iss
UK Swap Thread: 30+ Bottles & 30+ samples and body washes
Current Top 10: V&R Antidote, Hugo Boss Bottled Night, Lanvin Avant Garde, Chanel Platinum Egoiste, Davidoff Silver Shadow Pure Blend, Creed Original Santal, Cerruti L'Essence, Guerlain L'Instant Extreme, Comme De Garcons Amazingreen, Allure Homme Blanche Edition.
The One for men
Wishlist: Tom Ford Extreme, The One by D&G, 1 Million, Dirty English
If I'm not mistaken, I'm #3 in Mugler Cologne today!
ROBE d'UN SOIR
Thank you, Brielle87!
Comme des Garçons Sequoia... I've had this for a while and this is the first time I've been excited about how it's developing on me. Another wear like this and it'll move to 5 stars.
Saks 5th Avenue Pour Homme by Bond No.9
Montana Parfum d'Homme tonight
I close my eyes, only for a moment and the moment's gone
All my dreams pass before my eyes a curiosity
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind--Kansas
Déclaration : Cartier
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I love Jasmine.
Diptyque Tam Dao
Nothing! I felt weird all day long.
Serge Noire by Serge Lutens
"Seize opportunity by the beard for it is bald behind"
I haven't worn this for ages and had forgotten how good it is.
In a world where people smell bad, it is the personal responsibility of every Basenoter to improve the world one SotD at a time...
Don't Smell the Flowers,
They're an Evil Drug to Make You Lose Your Mind --- Dio