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

    I'll hint a little more in that, if you're a saint, you might be rewarded with the sensorial pleasures to be experienced at a vacation spot like this:
    In a world where 6 million people are added each month, every landscape matters.

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    Tee-hee, must paddle Asha toward the right isle with melody and drink.
    In a world where 6 million people are added each month, every landscape matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    Tee-hee, must paddle Asha toward the right isle with melody and drink.
    Absolutely.

    It isn't a Tommy Bahama scent but...

    ... along those lines...

    ... there might be another house...

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    A is CALYPSO MIMOSA - Calypso St Barth - Christiane Celle

    The exotic destination as described on her website: “soft fragrance that reminds the perfumed breeze of the French Riviera when the hills are covered with yellow Mimosas.”

    A team effort with Haunani guessing the answer. Thanks to Somerville Metro Man for playing along at home.

    I hope you all enjoyed the trip.

    Next up B

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    Oh, geez, I was even thinking of Bobby McFarrin Still, I never heard of this house, so I am sure I'd still be shooting in the dark with my guesses!

    Well done Hanauni!
    Last edited by Asha; 16th August 2009 at 01:14 AM.

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    I hadn't heard of it either. It was a blind buy based on the description. I like it! This was her first fragrance she has others some of which I may have to buy or at least sample.

    Nothing like hosting a 3x3 to give one excuses to buy smellies.

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

    My initial impressions on Sample B...

    Notes:
    Bergamot
    conifer such as pine, cypress or juniper
    cumin
    cardamom
    sandalwood
    agarwood
    frankincense
    vetiver
    amber/labdanum/cistus
    vanilla
    benzoin
    patchouli
    Unisex or masculine oriental
    EDP
    Niche house
    Contemporary release
    Golden colored juice

    I am doing the Homer Simpson donut drool....mmmmmmm

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

    Quarry, I totally agree! The packages were so adorable! I'm loving your analogy!

    Wow nice work Haunani!! I would never have guessed that. Should look out for it, I'm loving Sample A!!

    Just spritzing Sample B now. Impressions in just a second....

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    The Calypso Mimosa was lovely - what a good blind buy, whisperingleaves! I enjoyed it very much, and absolutely would consider buying it. And as I told Asha and Jillsy in a PM, they did a superior job of picking out notes, which greatly helped with the solving!

    On to B, which I'm sniffing at as we speak...

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    The honey-colored Sample B started out powerful on the back of my hand. I think I agree with Asha that it is an EDP. I get exotic spices (cardamom for sure, and probably pepper), a mellow citrus like mandarin or orange (or Asha's bergamot). There is wood; I would hazard cedar/cypress and perhaps sandalwood. There is also a toasted or burnt smell to it. And yes to a base that contains amber and vetiver.

    For me, this smells like Aomassai meets Theorema! I wasn't sure at first, but now I like it quite a bit. It's gourmand-y.

    I agree with Asha that it is likely a men's or unisex fragrance, and that it's probably niche and contemporary.

    The summer connection? I don't know. It kind of reminds me of certain smells one might encounter at a fair or a beach boardwalk in an interesting locale. Or something yummy cooking over a campfire? Hmmm...

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    Whoa! Hefty dose of incense. I smell a bit of myrrh but the majority of the incense is from what I think is frankincense. It's very sweet too with lots of vanilla and maybe benzoin? I think I detect a fair bit of sandalwood, maybe cedar too. Something floral? Rosy maybe.

    This one is much harder for me to identify notes! Feels more complex. It was slightly more viscous than A so I'm guessing it's an EdP - also from the yellow colour of the juice. I'm guessing it's niche, rarely ever smell frankincense and myrrh in anything mainstream.

    Edit: wow I smell the Aomassai association. The incense is starting to settle down and it's becoming more gourmand.
    Last edited by jillsy; 16th August 2009 at 02:32 AM.

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    Since there is agreement on it, I will confirm niche and edp.

    I'll hold off on commenting on notes for a bit.

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    I disagree that this fragrance is gourmand--I think classic oriental, a form in which vanilla is quite comfortable

    It reminds me of a cross between Habit Rouge EDP and Organza Indecence.

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

    I'll also say, this does NOT seem like Serge Lutens or L'Artisan.

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

    Yes, I don't think it's SL or L'A either. I'm getting a bit of a caramelly gourmand note here. But my skin tends to turn everything sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    I'll also say, this does NOT seem like Serge Lutens or L'Artisan.
    I agree with this. Also think we could rule out Goutal and Jo Malone. I still get gourmand, but perhaps it's because I haven't yet had dinner!

    I just got a waft of some other spices - possibly a touch of cinnamon and/or nutmeg. So far, I don't get cumin. There may be an exotic wood in this?

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    Oh, lol, jillsy I am so opposite--my skin dries things out! But I have 2 papers and my skin going here--in various stages of development. This fragrance is beautiful and complex. Classic sensibility, but with what seems like modern ingredients.

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

    Hanauni, yes, it could have some cinnamon, I agree. Cumin was perhaps hasty on my part, but this frag does have a "sweaty" smell in the top notes.

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

    Oooh, I think I'm getting cardamom now too. Some other spices too but can't place them. Maybe it's cumin. And a very light touch of nutmeg?

    I'm stumped.
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    Admit there was something in the top notes that put me off a bit, too. Kinda like something meaty under the spices? So is that maybe cumin? I thought I liked cumin. Hmmm...

    I think I'm between the two of you on the sweetening-drying spectrum. I smell the *idea* of burnt sugar, perhaps, but it's not sweet on me.

    Asha, what does the paper test tell you that is different from skin? I haven't tried that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jillsy View Post
    Oooh, I think I'm getting cardamom now too. Some other spices too but can't place them. Maybe it's cumin. And a very light touch of nutmeg?

    I'm stumped.
    I'm almost sure of cardamom, jillsy. One of my favorite spices in perfumes. I'm having trouble with the other spices, though. Do you think there's pepper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    Oh, lol, jillsy I am so opposite--my skin dries things out! But I have 2 papers and my skin going here--in various stages of development. This fragrance is beautiful and complex. Classic sensibility, but with what seems like modern ingredients.
    Hehehe even extremely sweet fruity florals? I'm curious how they smell on your skin!

    This is beautiful. Strikes me as quite austere despite it's sweetness. It could be a CdG Incense for all I know. Tis rather heavy incense, I can't imagine wearing this in summer.
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff - Summer Fun - August

    My skin really likes this frag, and the scent on paper is pretty close to what I smell on my arm. This did not really happen with Sample A, though...so I think it depends on the composition.

    Earlier today, I sprayed Sample B on a tissue and left it in the bathroom. When I came back hours later, I smelled a beautiful woody, incense smell.

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

    Yup. I'm starting to get an appreciation for cardamom in perfume too.

    Pepper! That's what I was missing. I'm still thinking along the lines of nutmeg/cinnamon too.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Haunani View Post
    I'm almost sure of cardamom, jillsy. One of my favorite spices in perfumes. I'm having trouble with the other spices, though. Do you think there's pepper?
    Cardamom, to me, is kind of like a composite of pepper, cinnamon, clove (or allspice) and nutmeg...

    edit, and something more "off" such as cumin, but only in a small dose.
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff - Summer Fun - August

    Just sprayed it on a tissue and it's much drier! I'm suddenly getting a new green facet, maybe galbanum? Vetiver?

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    Asha, you are right that cardamom is rather complex. Interesting observation!

    Jillsy, I think there's vetiver in there, too.

    P.S. Being called to dinner, which includes aioli. I hope the garlic doesn't knock my sniffer out! I will check back 30-60 minutes!
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff - Summer Fun - August

    I wonder if that weird note I smelled at the start could be imortelle? It is sweet and weird, but didn't smell like maple syrup or curry, as I expect imortelle to smell...

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

    Sounds delicious, you're making me hungry!!

    On the tissue I'm starting to smell lavender and clove also. Anyone else get these?

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

    Well, I do smell something that is bracing and herbal in the top notes. I was thinking it was pine or some other conifer, but lavender or rosemary could also have a similar effect.


    Regarding spices...yes, there is a clove-like note. The active ingredient of clove is in alot of things, so it could also be some other spices. Allspice, for example, is like a combo of cinnamon clove and nutmeg, and is also a little peppery. Allspice is also called pimento berry.
    Last edited by Asha; 16th August 2009 at 03:30 AM.

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