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    Question CADJMERE 18 vs. all other vanilla-orientals

    Yesterday, after feeding the mosquitoes, I was looking for a scent that was as opposite Cutter Fresh Scent Insect Repellent as possible. I was drawn to a collection of samples I think of as tawny, soothing, and sweet: vanilla orientals.

    (Lilybelle recently mentioned applying Boucheron Trouble but running out of patience for the desirable drydown and washing it off, and I related that the desk drawer I've spilled Trouble in smells wonderful because it radiates Trouble's basenotes.)

    I tried to zero in which of my samples best represent Trouble's basenotes, and I guess Parfumerie Generale's Cadjmere 18 travels to the best notes fastest, but at great financial cost. Maybe I'll feel like getting a decant of C18, but can't help but wonder why there is nearly a $100 cost differential between it and similar-smelling products. (Admittedly, some of the VOs listed below bear some unpleasant synthetic notes during some phases.)

    C18: myrtle branch, sap, red tangerine, rosewood, Kenyan cypress resin, coconut milk, sandalwood bark, ambrette seed, vanilla.

    Trouble: citron, foxglove, jasmine and vanilla.
    Spark: honey, caramel, rose, warm cinnamon, enticing vanilla, musk and cedar.
    Addict: mandarin leaf, silk tree flower; queen of the night, rose, jasmine, orange blossom; vanilla, sandalwood, tonka bean
    Tocade: bergamot, freesia, green note, geranium; rose, jasmine, magnolia, lily-of-the-valley; vanilla, cedar, amber, musk
    Casmir: peach, apricot, raspberry, black currant; rosewood, mandarin, carnation, cinnamon; vanilla, benzoin, tonka, opoponax
    Obsession: bergamot, green note, basil, mandarin; jasmine, orange blossom, coriander, sandal; vanilla, amber, incense, vetiver.
    Must de Cartier: galbanum, pineapple, peach, aldehydes; jasmine, rose, narcissus, neroli; sandal, tonka, amber, vanilla
    Roma: pink grapefruit, black currant, mint, hyacinth; jasmine, rose, lily-of-the-valley, sandal; vanilla, amber, musk, civet.

    Are there notables from this category you care to opine about?
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    Default Re: CADJMERE 18 vs. all other vanilla-orientals

    To my nose Serge Lutens Douce Amere registers a similar smelling sillage to Cadjmere, by sillage I specifically mean -- when smelled from a distance. Up close they smell distinctively different. Cadjmere employs milky rosewood [with a sandalwoody undertone] whereas Douce Amere is all about the Caramel and Licorice. Both are quite "heady" compositions to me.

    I know Douce Amere isn't listed in your post, I'm just givin a heads up.


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    Default Re: CADJMERE 18 vs. all other vanilla-orientals

    Why not try Avon Skin so Soft? Works like a charm. Get it from their website. I love it to death!!

    PS. The most vanilla Oriental I know is Samsara.
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    Default Re: CADJMERE 18 vs. all other vanilla-orientals

    Good ideas, Amit, kumquat.

    Just found some bargains at http://scentsplits.wikidot.com, so I will end up with a decant of Cadjmere after all.
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    Default Re: CADJMERE 18 vs. all other vanilla-orientals

    ^ Good choice -- Cadjmere is one of the PG's I shall never be without


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    Default Re: CADJMERE 18 vs. all other vanilla-orientals

    Cadjmere is one of my favorite PGs and it typifies their woody/creamy gourmand style. I agree PGs are pricey and thus hard to pull the trigger on, but the quality is A++. I only have a handful of PGs but I treasure them.

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    Default Re: CADJMERE 18 vs. all other vanilla-orientals

    You boys are making be feel so good about my investment. Thanks.
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