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    Thumbs up Sonoma Scent Studio

    I've recently been exploring SSS, and I have been very impressed with many:
    I have small bottles of:
    Lieu de Reves
    Fireside
    Champagne de Bois
    Tabac Aurea
    Voile de Violette
    Winter Woods
    Woody Violet

    also loved Opal, and will probably add that one to the collection.
    I am curious to know which of Laurie's scents you have tried, and what you think of them.
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    I have small bottles of the following fragrances from SSS:

    Encens Tranquille
    Fireside Intense
    Velvet Rose
    Vintage Rose

    I have had samples from Ambre Noir, Champagne de Bois, and Tabac Aurea.

    I am very impressed with Laurie Erickson's fragrances. Her fragrances are all parfum extrait strength and very reasonably priced. She is very friendly and answers all emails quickly. Soon I will order bottles of Tabac Aurea and Rose Musc. My favorites are Vintage Rose and Tabac Aurea.

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    I have sampled most of the offerings at Sonoma Scent Studio and think that ALL of them are full-bottle-worthy. SSS excells with wonderful customer service and thoughtful communication. Laurie is a talented perfumer.She's a gem!

    I have bottles of:
    Femme Jolie (sadly, discontinued; reminiscent of Feminite du Bois, but more gingery and "bright")
    Sienna Musk
    Winter Woods
    Wood Violet
    Vintage Rose
    Tabac Aurea
    Ambre Noir

    If you like creative uses of fragrant woods - this is the perfumery for you.

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    Procratus, I do like the Fireside Intense sample I have. It seems to have a bit of leather notes as well as the woods.
    Lorien, I received a Femme Jolie sample last time I ordered from her. I hate getting excited about a perfume only to find out that it's discontinued! Rats. Tabac Aurea is wonderful with the creamy cherry tobacco. Also very happy with the Winter Woods and Woody Violet. The WV reminds me a bit of Bois de Violette, except sweeter.
    It's good to know that SSS is appreciated here! I hope that in the future, LT/TS will discover her and the Ava Luxe line. I am curious as to what their reviews would be like. It seems that the future of great perfumery may rest on these Artisan/Niche houses. The personal service is outstanding, and it is obvious that the owners CARE.
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    Hi Lessa! I have bottles of Velvet Rose and Wood Violet. I also love her Opal, Rose Musc, and Cameo. I need to try samples of Tabac Aurea and the Fireside ones, because I'm pretty sure I'll like them a lot!

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    Haunani, I sample Opal over the weekend at bedtime, and just loved the soft vanilla-sandalwood-muskiness. This may become a regular comfort fragrance. I plan on a bottle ASAP. If you like tobacco when it is unsmoked, fresh out of the pouch, Tabac Aurea will make you swoon. I had a grandfather that smoked a pipe, and this reminds me of him.
    Last edited by Lessa; 5th May 2009 at 08:35 PM. Reason: Booboo I can't blame on the cat
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lessa View Post
    Haunani, I sample Opal over the weekend at bedtime, and just loved the soft vanilla-sandalwood-muskiness. This may become a regular comfort fragrance. I plan on a bottle ASAP. If you like tobacco when it is unsmoked, fresh out of the pouch, Tabac Aurea will make you swoon. I had a grandfather that smoked a pipe, and this reminds me of him.
    You are right about Opal being a perfect comfort scent. And if I wasn't already convinced that I would like Tabac Aurea, you would have me with your description! I'm pretty sure I will love it as long as it doesn't have too much cherry.
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    Oh, oh, another lemming.

    I've been meaning to try this line, but this thread just got me to order a number of samples, including the Tabac Aurea (I too am hoping for minimal cherry), Velvet Rose, and Vintage Rose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorien View Post

    If you like creative uses of fragrant woods - this is the perfumery for you.
    Oh, that *does* it. I really don't need another transatlantic indie perfumer to fall for, but creative use of woods.... sign me up.
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    Count me as interested! Vintage Rose sounds delightful.

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    I hate to enable , but when you find a perfumer who does superb work for cheap, how can you not love that? I don't think SSS is capable of making a bad scent.
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    I love her Fireside!

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    I have samples of:

    Vintage Rose (skanky note spoils it for me)
    Velvet Rose (smooth and velvety, just like it says on the tin, but not the most true rose I have smelt. More akin to FM Lipstick Rose, say.)
    Rose Musc (similar to Velvet Rose, but with musk! I got more of a body lotion scent with this one, but it is pleasant).
    Champagne de Bois (apparently I had a discontinued sample, so my verdict that it was too "planky" should be disregarded - it has been reformulated since to tone down the woody note.)
    Jour Ensoleillee (not quite indolic floral number - nice but no mad love!)
    Sienna Musk (more like a spicy pot pourri or candle than something I would wear)

    I am interested in trying Gardenia Musk when it comes out, and may give Opal a go, or one with violets.
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    Narguile, Fireside is one of my favorites. I would love to sample the Fireside Intense.

    VMIHateCivet,
    Velvet Rose does have some skank, but I like that. I can see how it would be an issue if didn't care for a bit of dirtiness.
    Sienna Musk - Not my top fav on the list, but nice. Definitely tend to agree with you on this one.
    Champagne - I have the reformulated version, and I like it alot. I don't know what the old stuff smells like.
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    I have sampled most of the SSS line and don't dislike any of them. My only FB purchase so far has been Fireside. I absolutely adore it in the fall and winter, and Fireside Intense is nice too. Jour Ensoleillee is another favorite, but it is currently being reformulated with a new/different oakmoss so I'll have to see if it's still love before I buy a FB. Tabac Aurea is gorgeous and I'll likely be purchasing that one in the fall. Laurie is great, the fragrances are inexpensive and very longlasting. Sample this line!!

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    Hello Everyone posting above...

    I am a huge SSS convert. Laurie is very talented. Her fragrances are interesting, unique, and she is great at customer service. It is real quality artisan work. I've sampled most of her line and have a few favorites. Please also note, and you can read this on Laurie's SSS blog, that you can order Femme Jolie and she will mix it up for you. You can email her or read about it on her blog. I obtained my bottle last fall after asking her to do it for me!

    My favorite SSS are Velvet Rose - a great rose soliflore. I don't get skanky from it, but I am anosmic to most musks, so others are probably getting something I don't. Rose Musc - which is just gorgeous rose and ladbanum. I had no idea how much I loved labdanum until I smelled this one! Femme Jolie, which is a very soft and pretty woody orange blossom. I actually think it smells like the extreme drydown of DK's Chaos ... Lieu de Reves which is a gorgeous, soft, powdery violet fragrance, like a rusticated version of Apres L'Ondee with some raspy powder. It smells like the fresh spring when the air is still cool. Voile de Violette which is an excellent violet soliflore - a wee bit green, a wee bit sweet, but just fresh enough to be different from all the rest. And my fav of her line - the new Tabac Aurea, which just about knocked my socks off! I wasn't expecting to like it, but sampled it just because I could. It is just amazing, gorgeous, and warm. Whoever above mentioned it smells like tabacco out of the pouch is right - it is very much like rich piple tobacco, and there is no smoke at all. It is extremely well blended.

    Many of her other woods and incense fragrances are also very well done. I think the Champage de Bois would rival Chanel 22 for beauty, and the incense and ambers are all very dark, rich, and woody. I agree that anyone who loves woods and incense frags should test her fragrances.

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    Default Re: Sonoma Scent Studio

    I've tried 3 so far:

    Encens Tranquille -- it seemed pretty harsh to me (too much tar?)
    Winter Woods - better, but not 'the one'
    Wood Violet - ta-da! We have a winner -- I'm thinking of buying that one.

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    This thread deserves a BUMP. Count me in as the latest acolyte of this temple. I have sampled 8 and already love 5 of them. It's unreal how often Laurie Erickson hits the bulls eye with her compositions. To think her educational background lies in geomechanics and environmental earth sciences...

    Ambre Noir
    More incense than amber but its a dark ambery incense with mossy leathery undertones, worthy of the word 'noir'. 4.5 Stars

    Encens Tranquille
    First impressions: rather sedate for an incense fragrance, then I realise it's just living up to its name "quiet incense". 3.5 Stars

    Tabac Aurea
    Unsmoked cherry pipe tobacco over soft leather, in the classic style of Tabac Blond. Suave. 5 Stars.

    Champagne de Bois
    Superbly executed soft aldehydes over vetiver + florals, in the style of Chanel classics. Stunning. 5 Stars.

    Fireside
    Wood coals with little smoke, rather chemical to me. Probably my least favorite of the line. 2 Stars.

    Fireside Intense
    What Fireside should have been. Woodsmoke over woods and leather, edged with little tar-like notes. Rather masculine. 4.5 Stars.

    Winter Woods
    Like sitting around a campfire in the warm company of close friends. Cozy and comforting winter scent, one of the finest. 5 Stars.

    Lieu de Reves
    A wistful blend of heliotrope, violet and rose over cedar, vetiver and amber. Softly woodsy in the drydown. 3.5 Stars.

    The journey down the scented trail continues...
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    I am starting to explore this line, thanks to Diamondflame above and the recommendation for Tabac Aurea. (I am too poor to afford By Kilian's Back to Black, so why not look at other good tobacco scents?)

    I just ordered a sample of Tabac Aurea...and hope for wonderful things!
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    Default Re: Sonoma Scent Studio

    The two ones I've tried were excellent. I need to explore this line more.

    Wood Violet

    Not particularly violety, but rather like Feminite du Bois made richer and creamier. It's odd to say it, given that Feminite du Bois is a Lutens, but it's Feminite du Blois made more Lutenesque. Less transparency, much more richness.

    Velvet Rose

    Pure, loud, true-to-life rose. Totally linear but also extremely realistic.

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    I got my ten samples this past Friday, and have made my way through 4 of them. I wrote in one review that these wear on me like my Caron urn fragrances. My taste runs more conservative and classical (between Caron and Guerlain I have 9 fragrances), and SSS is a house that has definitely caught my attention.

    too soon to tell yet what I"ll end up buying!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galamb_Borong View Post
    The two ones I've tried were excellent. I need to explore this line more.

    Wood Violet

    Not particularly violety, but rather like Feminite du Bois made richer and creamier. It's odd to say it, given that Feminite du Bois is a Lutens, but it's Feminite du Blois made more Lutenesque. Less transparency, much more richness.

    Velvet Rose

    Pure, loud, true-to-life rose. Totally linear but also extremely realistic.
    I agree with you on Wood Violet. It has always reminded me of Bois de Violette or FdB. If you've tried Winter Woods, it brings to mind Bois des Iles. Femme Jolie is reminiscent to me of FdB, and one of her best scents, IMO.
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    Alright, I'm enticed. I'll be ordering soon and will report. Love that there is a 5ml "purse" spray option!

    Ambre Noir, Tabac Aurea, Winter Woods, Champagne de Bois, Sienna Musk, Opal, and Vintage Rose are ringing my bells... but I'll surely pair down the list for now.
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    I'm a new fan of this line, also! I was going to place an order a couple of weeks ago, but her shopping cart was down so I had time to wait and ponder my decision, which I had never really made in the first place (I usually just dump everything I want into the cart then whittle down from there.)

    I'm completely with you regarding the small sizes, Antaeusintheair, as I want bottles of almost everything I've sampled so far -
    Cameo, Voile de Violette, Vintage Rose, Velvet Rose, Rose Musc, Lieu de Reves, Champaigne de Bois....actually, that is everything I sampled!

    I really need to narrow it down a bit and place the order so I can get samples of a few more (although Opal is out of stock right now and that's the one that I most wanted to try next - hmph!) but I just can't seem to rule any out, and I don't need to be adding more to the list just yet (although I suppose if I were a reasonable person I'd realize that I don't need all three roses at once....that would be good start.)

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    I think Femme Jolie (I have only smelled the re-formulation) is more wearable then FdB, which I love but tend to tire of after a few hours. It is also reminiscent of Rochas Femme. More than anything though, it smells like a richer, sweeter, better Ineke's Evening Edged in Gold - the way I wanted that scent to smell.

    Opal is one of the few comfort scents that I can imagine wearing in very hot weather, as the bergamot prevents it from becoming too cloying.

    Wood Violet smells nothing at all like Bois de Violette to me - far too much cumin. Voile de Violette does though !

    I have only a few of the line left to smell but those I have tested have seemed extremely good to me, even if they are not 'me'. I am also very impressed by Laurie's reasonable prices, friendly and efficient customer service and the speed of shipping to the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antaeusintheair View Post
    Alright, I'm enticed. I'll be ordering soon and will report. Love that there is a 5ml "purse" spray option!

    Ambre Noir, Tabac Aurea, Winter Woods, Champagne de Bois, Sienna Musk, Opal, and Vintage Rose are ringing my bells... but I'll surely pair down the list for now.
    I am VERY much excited to sample!

    I also like the option to sample in the 5ml size. The parfumeuse personally responded to my query. I am really looking forward to sampling and I think small niche houses like this can certainly be competition not only for quality but also price. (Some niche houses command premium for exclusivity and also for fancy packaging/advertising.)

    I understand she will next release a white floral, so it seems she is hitting all the bases of fragrance groups--from the florals to the deeper scents.

    The shopping cart is now up again:

    http://www.sonomascentstudio.com/FragranceShop.shtml
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    I would love to see her do a leather or something with skank! I think that's the only hole in her collection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lessa View Post
    I would love to see her to a leather or something with skank! I think that's the only hole in her collection.
    Eau de armpit, as with a strong cumin note?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    Eau de armpit, as with a strong cumin note?
    That would work! Something with civet, too....
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    Laurie's a sweetheart, isn't she? Glad to see a few more explorers in SSS. Do post back with your thoughts. I have included here the rest of the brief takes after sampling 15 from her line:

    Velvet Rose
    Reference rose, rich but dewy fresh.

    Voile de Violette
    Lush, fresh yet earthy violet.

    Vintage Rose
    Drier and a touch musty, smells more like some cask-aged wine - full bodied and plummy, with hints of dusky woods and light spices.

    Rose Musc
    Deeply heady rose derivative, but a little 'perfumey' for my taste.

    Wood Violet
    Violet subdued by plum and cinnamon, over warm cedar and cloves. Rather comforting.

    Egyptian Musk
    A skin scent that is far too subtle to matter. Strictly for sillage haters.

    Sienna Musk
    Dry warm spices over dusty woods, rounded by balsamic nutmeg and white musk. Airy masculine.

    Opal
    Elegantly feminine, natural smelling musk with hints of creamy vanilla and sandalwood.

    Cameo
    Vintage-musty roses and violet juxtaposed against dry woods and musk. Classical.

    Jour Ensoleillé
    A joyous floral chypre. Think wild flowers under an oak, basking in Nature’s own sunny embrace.

    Femme Jolie
    Cedar-tinged cinnamon with faintly fruity undertones over light musk and sandalwood. A Lutens-beating act.

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