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    Compiled from the Note Identification Project Thread:

    Galbanum, Iran, Eden Botanicals – The Queen of Green. Earthy, pungent, and incredibly strong. Smells like a live plant yanked from the ground—leaves, stem, roots, dirt, and all. This is one of my favorite notes of all time, featured prominently in the Chypre Green genre, which I love.

    Galbanum, Iran: the same as mine = resinous dark green pine sour bitter astringent. Other sample, fresh floral lily violet

    Galbanum: GREEN!!! Green like grass, fresh herbs in the garden, limes, maybe a faint bit of eucalytpus in the background.

    Galbanum: medicinal, aromatic, bitter, sour

    Galbanum – The heavy-hitter of green fragrances. This sample is pretty harsh. I still love this note, though. Always smells like a living plant yanked from the ground and crushed. Reminds me of weeding a garden.

    Galbanum, origin Turkey, 2% dilution in carrier oil: aha, this is a note I know. Like P-bird said, it is quite distinctive in the top of green chypres. A green smell, but not like tender leaves, unsweet, it reminds me a bit of raw white asparagus, with hints of bark and dry stalks.

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    Thank you Asha- highly informative- I went to Eden Botanicals' website but it seems they no longer have it . I looked under essential oils. Is there a good alternative source to explore ? Incidentally I stumbled upon this http://www.biblefragrances.net/galbanum.html when researching galbanum . Tempting !
    I am now definitely interested in this note led here by Bluebell by Penhaligon !
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    Some DIYers like Liberty Natural but I have heard mixed things about them. Also, did you check Perfumer's Apprentice? I think that is where the original kit came from.

    I love galbanum--since this project started, it has become one of my favorite green notes. Chanel No.19 is high in Galbanum as is Sisely's Eau de Campagne.
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    Thank you Asha- yes I loved Chanel No.19 and Eau de Campagne-beautiful. I'll check Perfumer's Apprentice.
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    Vintage Balmain Vent Vert has the most intense galbanum I have ever had the pleasure to sniff.

    Like a laser beam- brilliant! Vintage VV is available at pretty decent prices on the 'bay as well.

    Gorgeous stuffs

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    My nose picks up more Galbanum than anything else in Givenchy III.

    What I find interesting, is that this note doesn't evoke in me a color (green) the way it does for most people, but a texture. When I smell it, I immediately think of reediness, that stringy feel of a tough flower stem that is difficult to cut, like Queen Anns Lace....
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    Galbanum to the 10th power = Private Collection (parfum) by Estee Lauder.

    Another fragrance with a healthy dose of this, quite surprising actually, is Roadster by Cartier - right before the mint kicks in it's all about the green!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Galbanum to the 10th power = Private Collection (parfum) by Estee Lauder.

    Another fragrance with a healthy dose of this, quite surprising actually, is Roadster by Cartier - right before the mint kicks in it's all about the green!
    Making a note of Private Collection, Mike.
    No wonder I love Roadster !
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    In another thread, somebody mentioned Givenchy III...I had forgotten about that one. Another is Miller Harris Fleurs de Bois which combines galbanum with aromatic herbs.

    O de Lancome has a nice galbanum stage at the start, also. Sadly, it is extremely short lived.
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    Cabochard also has galbanum as part of it's wonderful top note blend.

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    [QUOTE=Asha;O de Lancome has a nice galbanum stage at the start, also. Sadly, it is extremely short lived.[/QUOTE]

    Another perfume I love and I didn't know why .3xasif also mentioned Futur just re released By Robert Pigeut which has galbanum in it.
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    Laura Ashley No. 1 has galbanum listed as one of its top notes. I don't think I could pick it out though.

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    Galbanum essential oil, Absolute Aromas: Intensively green, pungent and earthy – reminiscent of how hands smell after hours spent weeding and tidying an unkempt garden. Although it’s devoid of much sweetness, it’s more sour than bitter – with a prominent vinegary underscore and perhaps a touch of lime. The sour greenness soon makes way for a very soft and woody aromatic aroma. Within an hour, there’s hardly anything left but a faint whisper.

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    The most prominent galbanum infused scent I have ever smelled was Cobra Pour Homme (vintage) by Jeanne Arthes.

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    Weil de Weil is another great galbanum. Private Collection being the greatest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    Galbanum essential oil, Absolute Aromas: Intensively green, pungent and earthy – reminiscent of how hands smell after hours spent weeding and tidying an unkempt garden. .
    thats how it smells to me too, like i smashed ivy with my hands and it gives that raw green plant smell, bitter, not soar ...dark green.... the opposite of a flower smell

    i am not sure where i smell galbanum in perfumes....i associated it with something spicy, but its only green bitter to me

    Givenchy 3 is so mossy, like Caleche vintage

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    I have galbanum from White Lotus. It reminds me of radishes.

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