I've always been curious about the Penhalions #9
Here's what I just got in. I plan on making an "initial impressions" thread as I usually do for anything that really moves me positively or negatively, but some of these aren't talked about much or haven't been discussed in some time so I thought I'd offer to take requests - if you'd really like me to do a full breakdown of a scent just lemme know.
Here's what I got (thanks SirSlarty!)
Davidoff Adventure Amazonia
Penhaligon's Love Potion #9
YSL Rive Gauche
Caron Third Man
Gucci PH II
Paul Smith Story
Paul Smith London
others I have that aren't talked about much that I'm willing to review
Grain De Plaisir
Paloma Picasso Minotaure
Salvador Dali Le Roy Soleil
Happy testing days ahead!
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I've always been curious about the Penhalions #9
Alright, I was planning to give that one a real thorough testing as I do tend to love cinnamon/clovey scents and I know it is Dimitri's holy grail and he seems like a guy with good taste (but he does like Citrus Paradisi, so I don't know jk!).
Any requested reviews should be done within 2 weeks. I'd wear them in order but sometimes I'm not in the mood for a certain style of a scent on a given day and I know better than to wear a scent I'm not in the mood for as it'll get judged unfairly simply because of my mood.
I know most of them already, but I'd like to hear what you think of Adventure Amazonia and Lacoste Booster.
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I'll give a more thorough breakdown after a full wearing but it's definitely greener in the topnotes - less pepper perhaps, less citrus and more greens, but still is indentifiably Adventure. Not a flanker in name only, no, this definitely contains the core of the original. It seems like the sesame note is toned down and doesn't appear as soon or as strongly. It also seems somehow "cooler" - SirSlarty said it really well when he said this is like a 'cool spice' to the originals 'warm spice.'
The above was primarily gleaned from a paper test. I'm curious to see how they'll fare alongside each other on skin. Even on paper they are smelling quite similar an hour later, so I'm guessing the primary difference between them is in the top and early stage middle notes.
Bijan nude is interesting. I've got it on one wrist.. it's light, kind of like the smell of fresh skin, but creamy, too. Almost buttery. Smoooooth.
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Caron Third Man, please!
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Added some more scents I own that aren't talked about much to the initial list.
I'll definitely be writing up something for Bijan Nude. This may be the best match yet to my old quest of finding a perfume that is "light, ethereal, and sheer like a veil."
Caron Third Man & Gucci Pour Homme 2.
The Bijan Nude, please - it's the men's version, I'm assuming. Thanks!
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All of them.
Awesome idea. I'm with Jardanel regarding Bijan Nude. I'd like to hear about something that I might (wrongly) dismiss instinctively.
Thanks for this great idea.
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I'd love to hear what you think of LP #9. Most of what we hear here is just Dimitri heaping monumental praise upon it and hording the world's supply for himself.
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I'll feel bad cutting it down if it comes to that.. *thinks* well, then again Turin and many others agree that Versace Pour Homme is a one star scent. Ok, I won't be bothered in the slightest.
Of course I'm hoping I love it. I love clovey scents (Secret Melange is great, and will be sort of the benchmark I'll be comparing this to).
Bijan Nude only has a handful of reviews, I would recommend doing a review for that one. Of course, I am being somewhat selfish here, just because I personally want to read a review for it
Sure, let's hear your thoughts on Avon's Mesmerize (presumably, the men's version).
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I posted my initial impressions of Davidoff Adventure Amazonia here
I would be interested in reading how you break down Lacoste Booster ..
Well, I'll try to give a few thoughts about all of the scents but I know myself - I can't/won't give a thorough breakdown for a scent that isn't inspiring to me if I don't have some other incentive do so (ie: the pressure of requests ).
Well, nobody asked for this specifically but here it is, Escada Magnetism: http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=230116
The rest are coming!
I d like to try Creed - Green Irish Tweed, Mugler Cologne, Gucci - Nobile.
Its very difficult to find them in my country. Could you help me with these,please ?(f.e. recommend some reliable web site )
My vote is for Love Potion #9, which I frankly found anticlimactic - I'd love a second opinion there. Gucci PH II, too: I thought it smelled like pickled jalapeños or olives. Could have been my cold, but still: second opinion alert.
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I don't think I can fairly review Gucci II as I find a particular note/chemical/accord in it to be piercing/abrasive in a very unpleasant manner. I mean, I can smell the frag 'underneath that' so to speak, but I don't know if I'm getting an accurate representation as I have a feeling I'm hyperosmic to something in it.
From what I could decipher I got a moment of violet and then a strong tea accord with a harsh/piercing cedar like note (but existing more in the treble register than any other cedar I've encountered, if that makes any sense). A watery note was floating around there, too, and may well be what is contributing to the abrasive quality as it's a watery note I've never come across in any other scent. Later I get a bit of cinnamon and myrrh and it becomes a bit sour. Pickled jalapenos? Not on me. Might be a hint of olives in there but I mostly got tea, cedar and myrrh.
I might give it one more wearing as I've had similar reactions in the past to a scent that subsided with continued wearing (Prada Amber originally left me feeling drugged , now I love it and wear it without any ill side-effects). It'll have to be on a day where I'm just staying home though as if that abrasive quality hits me again, it's getting showered off.
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