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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff - Summer Fun - August

    Just one more comment for now. This is not as long-lasting as I thought it might be, and there COULD be a light wood (sandalwood or cedar?) in the base.

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    Oh no, sorry to hold up the party! Sorry Asha, didn't notice my inbox fill so quickly! Continue with your impressions. Here are mine:

    Clear, colourless. Lot of alcohol, guessing EdT. Upon first sniff I get musky fruity floral, unlike most of the immature smelling fruity florals launched these days, with a Nirmala kind of vibe. It settles down to a soapy, musky floral. The musk is very clean, I think I detect rose, vanilla, a white floral (maybe jasmine but I don't smell much skank) and subtle leather (leather + florals make me think soap). The leather isn't very strong, quite similar to the leathery undertones of Kelly Caleche.

    Hmmm I'm getting some kind of berry smell to it also. Not very strong but kind of a (L'Artisan) Mure et Musc berry. Maybe my sniffer is going haywire.

    I'm guessing if this was released in the last 10 years it'd be niche, otherwise I'd think it a designer classic.

    Edits: Just reading the previous impressions, I do think it smells like face cream too! What a good way to describe it!

    I have trouble detecting some aldehydes but now you mention it, I think this does have some. Not the Mitsouko/nose itch kind of aldehydes but the softer ones.
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    Maybe it is Caleche, rather than Kelly Caleche...? I understand what you mean, jillsy. Soap plus leather = Hermes.

    Edit: It is not Kelly Caleche or Caleche Eau Delicate (I have samples here). I should add--the Hermes scents smell more complex than sample "A".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    Maybe it is Caleche, rather than Kelly Caleche...? I understand what you mean, jillsy. Soap plus leather = Hermes.

    Edit: It is not Kelly Caleche or Caleche Eau Delicate (I have samples here). I should add--the Hermes scents smell more complex than sample "A".
    I agree that it's probably not a Hermes. However the Caleche idea was interesting, and some of the review comments overlap with some of ours!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haunani View Post
    I agree that it's probably not a Hermes. However the Caleche idea was interesting, and some of the review comments overlap with some of ours!
    Yes, and Caleche is primarily an aldehydic floral!

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    Yes I don't think it's KC, this one isn't as bright and youthful. I can't remember Caleche.

    I'm starting to lose some of the topnotes and all I got left is vanilla and soap (floral/leather). Maybe a tiny bit of sandalwood? I'm not sure. I'm trying to figure out the white floral. It does feel a bit watery like lilac. I think. En Passant is very lilac based right? Sample A is not EP but if it's lilac I smell in EP then my money is also on lilac for sample A. Maybe something else as well.. gardenia? LOTV? Watered down tuberose?

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff - Summer Fun - August

    It could have some "fake wood" in the base--like iso E super or something like that. I do not think it has natural sandalwood--the base is predominantly white musk to my nose.

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    Yes it could be Iso E Super. Done well though, not too overpowering.

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    Sprayed a little more on and couldn't help but smell fig for a second. Odd.

    Wondering about the florals still. Mimosa, iris? I can't help but feel like I've smelled this before. Hazarding a guess to Whisperingleaves by PM.

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    I agree that it could be fake wood, done well. It's subtle. Maybe fig is the fruitiness you get, jillsy! One of the fragrances I ran across had fig -- need to go back.

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    Fig can be very green, also, and I agree there are some green notes at the very start. If it is fig, it would be one of the more woody and green variety, with lots of stems and leaves.

    As I spray my coffee filter "blotter" over and over, sample "A" starts to smell slightly more complex...still not in the niche range for me, though. Or should I say--it is not what I would EXPECT of a niche
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    Though I had trouble getting any fruit at first, now I'm wondering about green fig and also blackberries. What do you think about blackberries?

    I think I have a guess or two to e-mail to whisperingleaves, but I'm not quite sure yet!

    Edit: Here's another question for you, Asha and Jillsy... Do you think there is bergamot in the top notes? I think there might be, which makes me technically wrong when I said "no citrus".
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    I don't smell bergamot or blackberry. However, bergamot can be easily masked if it is used in a small proportion. I am starting to think the green note might be something along the lines of violet leaf. I smelled the greenest fig sample I have (Heely Figuier), and it was much more figgy than sample "A". That doesn't mean there is no fig, but "A" is probably not a Fig "soliflore". Besides, the figgy side of the green note fades VERY quickly.

    I'm still in the ladies' classic floral camp...hehe.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff - Summer Fun - August

    I'll add to my list:

    Feminine floral fragrance, EDT
    Aldehydes
    Violet Leaf
    Peach
    Jasmine (or other white floral)
    Rose
    Light Amber (I smell something sweet along with the musk)
    White Musk
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    Asha, I don't get violet, though I do buy the idea of violet leaves. I also wonder if we shouldn't consider lime leaf or lemon leaf. I don't smell bergamot either, but it's hard to isolate, I think (and this from a woman who owns a bottle of Divine Bergamote!).

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    I'm fading now...I don't have any new ideas. Hopefully whisperingelaves can put us on the right track in the morning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    I'm fading now...I don't have any new ideas. Hopefully whisperingelaves can put us on the right track in the morning!
    Same here. It's been fun. Good night!

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    The figgy note I smelled was akin to Philosykos. It disappeared in a few seconds though.

    I thought I detected orange but it could well be bergamot.

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    What a wonderful team of sniffers!

    I may have missed some things mentioned (it is early and I am on my first cup of tea) but here are at least some comments and clues to help you along.

    On target: (in no particular order)
    rose
    jasmine
    green
    musk
    mimosa
    sandalwood
    EDT
    contemporary (at least relatively so )
    feminine floral
    designer

    Off target: (at least not in any pyramid I could find)
    Lilac
    Peach

    Hint: the notes are more spring than summer but it is meant to conjure a specific location, one worthy of a special summer vacation trip.

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    No lilac hey? Feels like there is some kind of watery accord that smells like lilac.

    Hmmm I think I smell orange blossom/neroli in this too.

    Edit: there's something in it that simultaneously reminds me of a few Guerlains (powdery floral from Insolence/L'Heure Bleu and Samsara style sandalwood) and Drole de Rose. Is there violet? Violet + rose would explain the Insolence/LHB/DdR.

    Every time I smell this a new facet appears!!
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    Now that everyone has their package and I won't be spoiling any surprises, can I gush about how fun the Minnie-themed collection is? What is it about little things that makes grown women go ooooooouuuu? You ARE delightful and clever, Whisperingleaves.

    I'm keeping my lips zipped about "A" except to say it is a summer-suitable scent for the muggy day we're having, and I'm enjoying it, although I'm perceiving it as sweeter than most of you. This is the first 3x3 I've dropped in on, and reading your comments is like watching a thriller movie where I can see the villain sneaking up behind the victim. I'm on the edge of my seat. (BTW there honestly are no hints in that analogy. Wouldn't want to influence you ... yet.)
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    Hmm...I have been searching this morning, and nothing yet...

    I have ruled these houses out because they do not have an EDT that matches the description:
    Clean
    Jo Malone
    Mistral
    Occitane (no colorless EDT's that come close)

    However...if the frag is discontinued then I am out of luck!
    Last edited by Asha; 15th August 2009 at 03:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    I have ruled these houses ...
    I'd say ruling out houses would be a good way to go here. Is that right, Whisper?

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    Quarry or whisperingleaves--is there violet, violet leaves or lily of the valley / muguet in this fragrance?

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    Oh, and one other question--when you say it is a designer frag, does that mean a house that also offers other products such as cosmetics or clothing, and typically is found in a department store?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    Oh, and one other question--when you say it is a designer frag, does that mean a house that also offers other products such as cosmetics or clothing, and typically is found in a department store?
    Good morning! That is one of my questions, too. Also, does the fragrance contain any listed citrus notes? Oh, and is there any amber in the base?
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    So exciting!! :bounce: Now that it's my day off, I'm with you Quarry, hanging on every word.

    Sample A sounds intriguing... does it have a certain feel or mood to it? WL mentioned its supposed to conjure a vacation worthy spot... is it bringing any places to mind?
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    From the notes I have, the green could be violet leaves, but violet is not mentioned. No LotV. A designer of clothing first and foremost as I understand it.

    ... whoops just got a PM/email -- Haunani's got it narrowed to two. And one of them's right!

    Yes to the citrus.
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    I have to go out for a while--I'll think about it some more and come back refreshed

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    Sorry to be off line for a while. Fortunately Quarry has everything well in hand.

    Haunani's most recent PM has the correct scent!!! :bounce:

    But perhaps we'll let Asha and jillsy and everyone else play for a little while longer. At least until later this evening when jillsy might be back online before revealing the answer and starting on B.

    In the meantime yes you can rule out these houses:
    Clean
    Jo Malone
    Mistral
    Occitane (no colorless EDT's that come close)
    YSL

    The house does primarily produce clothing and other products. The perfume is available in some online outlets. I haven't seen it in my local department stores but I didn't go looking for it so that may not be definitive.

    No lily of the valley in the note pyramids I have found.
    Last edited by whisperingleaves; 15th August 2009 at 05:48 PM. Reason: edit to rule out another house in the thread (not just in a reply to a PM)

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