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    Default Re: Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire

    Yes, I would agree with the assessment that Bois d'Iris is "less sticky" than Dior Homme. My thought is that it is clearer or less dense, and without the sweatiness. It is definitely very pretty. If you haven't already, you should also try Mark Buxton's Hot Leather--it is really more of an iris scent than a leather scent. Well done, although it made me appreciate Dior Homme even more
    Last edited by Asha; 16th December 2009 at 01:41 PM.

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    Hi everybody--I'm new here-but I thought that I'd share my thoughts also. You can get samples of all of them from lucky scent.
    I liked and bought Lys Carmin and Muguet Blanc. They're all lovely--except for Gardenia Petal--it smells like a greenhouse or a very old lady on medication and bad perfume or Fleurissimo. I do agree-they are too expensive.
    Last edited by Eleanore; 14th March 2010 at 02:05 AM.

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    ALAS!

    A little patience finally got me a bottle of Bois d'Iris for half price on CheapBay, still a rare find online. I still cringe at the price! I felt the same way about the priciness of La Prairie's Life Threads--btw, if you're searching for a good chypre that smells chypre in these modern times, you gotta try Platinum.

    Back to VCACE--I think Bois d'Iris is the only one with some niche quality attached to it. Wish I could wrap my head around the rest but they smell so ho-hum to me, rather flat without dimension, no surprises.

    Oh, and hello, Eleanore! Welcome to the forum, and I wasn't too impressed with Gardenia Petale either--nice in the beginning, it smelled alive and fresh, but it did get rather stuffy and indolic as it progressed. I can imagine it being overapplied by a relative and myself being trapped in a cloud of it in a crowded family party on a hot humid day. *Gasp!*
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  4. #34

    Default Re: Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire

    why aren't these listed in the reviews database, anyone?

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    Default Re: Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire

    Bois d'Iris is very similar to Bois d'Argent by Christian Dior.....

    Would like to hear more about Orchidee Vanille? I heard it smells good but sits very close to skin. =(

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    Default Re: Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire

    Although I like a few of these, I think my preferred is Cologne Noire

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    Default Re: Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire

    Two years later and still not in the database.....
    anyway, I love and own Bois d'Iris, hate gardenia petale and would love to have the Lys Carmin and Orchidee vanille. They are hard to find and still on the expensive side

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