Yay--Hot Fun in the Summer Sun
Welcome to the 2009 3x3 Blind Sniff
Round 5 August - Summer Fun
After a vacation in July the 3x3 Blind Sniff is back.
The theme is Summer Fun. A scent might evoke a wonderful vacation destination or a fun summer activity.
Asha, Haunani and jillsy will be the sniffers this round and will attempt to identify 3 fragrances ( A, B and C ) Quarry is my backup. She is also getting the same fragrances. There are two extra decants in the package but more on that later.
Hopefully the packages will arrive this week, if so, we might start on Friday.
We’ll go through the scents one at a time and the sniffers will post their impressions so everyone can play along. Everyone is welcome to ask questions and make comments in the thread. I will try to respond, especially when the comments and guesses are on target. Quarry will have the answers and will help me keep things rolling.
You are welcome to PM me with guesses or post them here.
Yay--Hot Fun in the Summer Sun
Summer fun. I'm thinking everyone should wear their bikini's and I'll bring the suntan lotion - allright?
Are they all summer flankers? :P
But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
My package arrived early, I'm so excited! Itching to start sniffing.
Hahaha nice idea Mike but I'll be sitting here in a thick coat and ugg boots (yes they are ugly but so comfy!), whilst craving summer. Too scared to pull out my 'kini anyway, I believe I require my excess pudge to keep warm in the winter
Last edited by jillsy; 11th August 2009 at 01:23 AM.
Oh, this is hilarious--I did not receive mine yet, lol. Love those LA postal sorting centers...hopefully the package won't get re-routed to someplace back east.
Hello, troops ~ I'm looking forward to bearing witness, singing back-up, or serving virtual hors d'oeuvres for the 3x3.
The very special package has arrived. Kudos to Whisper for composing a thoughtful lot--it's all sooo adorable.
I've been so busy I haven't sniffed anything in days, so "going deep" with you fine folks is just the sort of immersion therapy I need to get back in true BN form.
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My box arrived today, and it has lots of treats!
I am still laughing about how jillsy got her package half way around the world before ours got to us in California
Haunani, perhaps they cart the mail by mule train up there in the gold country
I'm now feeling very shocked given I've often had to wait a month for parcels to arrive from the US! Haunani I'm sure you'll get yours soon and it'll be very worth the wait!
It's taking me a fair amount of willpower to refrain from spritzing a little bit of everything on my arms. Can't wait to have a sniff!
Well Haunani's package has gotten as far as a sorting facility so hopefully soon.
Jillsy's had some extra help from UPS to get there quickly so it wasn't exactly a fair contest.
It's here!!! It's here!!! I'm told that our Gold Country Mule Train got held up by a masked perfumista -- a Bandit aficionado, I'm guessing. Anyway, they chased that bad girl down and rescued my box. Whew! Everything looks intact...Wow, FIVE little sprayers! I have already fallen hard for the cute little PINK Minnie Mouse bag. Thank you, WL!!! :bounce:
Gather round everyone. The fun is about to get underway.
First up is A.
Asha, Jillsy and Haunani, Please post your impressions: color, notes, anything you can think of
Details will help those playing along at home (in bikinis or not as they choose). They in turn, can assist with questions and comments.
I'll try to let all 3 of my sniffers comment before giving too much away.
Yay! Time for summer fun, and right on cue for the weekend
Feminine floral fragrance, EDT
Jasmine (or other white floral)
My thoughts as I do my initial sniffing on paper is that this is a feminine floral EDT in the style of a classic such as Chanel No.5. However, it smells cleaned up, so it is either a contemporary fragrance, or a classic that has been reformulated. The top is soapy aldehydic and peachy, with some faint indoles and white florals. The heart is a creamy rose. The base is a soapy, white musk.
Edit to add: I think "A" is a designer or mass-market fragrance.
Last edited by Asha; 15th August 2009 at 12:18 AM.
Okay, been taking notes like crazy. Will post those, then look at them in light of Asha's impressions..
Color: Clear (even held up to white paper)
Sprayed on back of hand: Lots of alcohol, took maybe three seconds to burn off. Seems definitely alcohol based; however, there is a *very slightly* oily residue on my hand.
First impression is substantial cologne or EDT. Not too sweet, in fact first impression is that it could be a male or unisex targeted product.
First impression of notes: Sweet almond or possibly heliotrope? Maybe even a not-too-successful attempt at lilacs. After a couple of minutes, there's something green like mowed grass perhaps? And a soapiness, I think. It's sheer and clean. It's a bit sweeter than it was at first. Pretty, so maybe I'm wrong about the target not being women. I do not detect any citrus, nor other fruit. Could be a citrus blossom or maybe verbena in there!
Good quality drugstore or niche, I think. Doesn't seem designer. But my experience with designer fragrances is pretty limited.
About ten minutes in... no real changes yet. Too early to say that it's completely linear. I'm also guessing that it will last a while on me. Perhaps some light ("white"?) musk for the base? No wood, spice, animalic or amber that I can smell.
Thinking about the summer theme. This one does not remind me of the ocean or the beach. It's more like bliss in the back yard. Light flowers, grass, fragrant sheets blowing in the light breeze.
I see that Asha and I overlap on EDT, soapy, florals (OK maybe a touch of the indolic - I see what you mean, Asha), and white musk. I do not get peach or rose yet, but I know that Asha has done a lot of study with individual notes, so I sure wouldn't rule them out!
Contemporary fragrance, I think, and I think I would now rule out masculine. Unisex still possible, to my nose.
Still getting almonds...
Looking forward to Jillsy's impressions!
The white musk base makes it seem so modern, but everything that comes before the white musk seems classic.
I am not usually 100% when I try to identify notes, lol! Sample "A", though, has that sort of "face cream" smell that I associate with roses in classic women's floral fragrances. I agree it is light and sheer. The soapyness is quite strong, though.
If I were to try to rush to an answer right away, I'd say it is a reformulated low-cost classic, perhaps something from Avon or Coty. It does not remind me of a Bath and Body Works or Body Shop fragrance, even though the white musk base reminds me of TBS white musk.
Last edited by Asha; 15th August 2009 at 12:53 AM.
Well, it doesn't smell like lilacs to me, but that doesn't mean much! There are very few fragrances that can mimic a true lilac scent. But, lilac soap...sure, I can get that connection. I think Crabtree and Evelyn had a Lilac line at one time, or maybe it was Caswell Massey. Persian Lilac was the name. I agree it has that piercing "pee-like" note that some spring flowers get.
I agree that lilac is hard to nail in fragrances. Several I've tried dry down to sort of a white rice smell on me. And I'm getting a bit of that now, after some time. But it's mostly that nice light musk, isn't it?
Asha, are you still thinking peach? I'm still not getting any fruit.
I only get peach at the very beginning--it fades pretty fast. There are peachy aldehydes, so perhaps it is just an aldehyde blend that is giving that effect.
I just resprayed it, and I do get the lilac (or spring flower) impression at the start. It is pretty, kind of green and floral at the same time. Could be some muguet...
BTW, Caswell Massey makes Persian Lilac EDC and Crabtree and Evelyn has a Wisteria EDP that has lilac in it.
Last edited by Asha; 15th August 2009 at 01:26 AM.
Maybe we should try to think about how this fragrance fits the theme too...if it is spring flowers, that is not summer fun, in my mind
But, if whisperingleaves is very tricky, maybe sample "A" is a fragrance she wore one summer when she had fun!
Last edited by Asha; 15th August 2009 at 01:27 AM.
oh my, so many comments in so little time. I'll hold off a while longer till jillsy can play too. But at least some of your impressions are on target.
I am not sure I would recognize Honeysuckle, and I would not rule out Linden--Linden has a sharp spring floral fragrance also.
I really get caught on the aldehydes. But you know, so many pyramids are not complete. Aldehydes are in many, many fragrances, and not necessarily listed as notes.
OK, I put a Canberra clock on my computer dashboard. It is now jillsy's lunch time