Thread: S o t D, Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Top Notes: Galbanum, Petitgrain, Neroli, Bergamot, Lemon
Middle Notes: Violet, Rose, Narcissus, Mimosa, Iris, Sage, Geranium
Base Notes: Cedarwood, Vetiver, Oakmoss, Tonka Bean, Almond
Dredged this up out of the distant past because I saw the review in Turin's book. It really is an extraordinary scent, and I remember that when it was introduced it was very controversial. (Am I revealing my age here?) It was a novel use of green notes in the top to overwhelm the citrus, and the sweet floral notes and almondy, slightly powdery drydown seemed out of character with the rest of the scent. I guess we would now say that Grey Flannel's nose, André Fromentin, was a visionary. A leap of the olfactory imagination, for sure. This is technically a fougère, I guess, because of the oakmoss and tonka bean in the base (yet without the usual lavender), but it comes across as a wacky green floral, with the bitterness of petitgrain and galbanum playing against the sweeter middle and woody-oriental base notes. I rarely wear it, probably (to be honest) because even after all these years, it still shocks me a bit. But I've come to love the progression and the puzzling change to that soft drydown. Hooray for cognitive dissonance!
Last edited by JaimeB; 18th August 2009 at 05:41 AM.
Yr good bud,
"Why spend life seeking that which does not satisfy? Why remain a slave, when freedom waits? Let your life shine; illumine the world with your truth!"
Fiat justitia ruat cælum.
Let justice be done, even if the sky should fall.
— Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus
Qui nihil potest sperare, desperet nihil.
Let him who can hope for nothing despair of nothing.
Male irato ferrum committitur.
It is an evil thing to arm an angry man.
"You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality." - Ayn Rand
"I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical...It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government." - Thomas Jefferson
Geo F Trumper
Top: bergamot, lemon and mandarin
Heart: tarragon, lavender and cypress
Base: musk, cedar and moss
Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good.
YSL L'Homme, while I go to sleep.
It is 1:18 a.m. here in NY. Lets see if I can still smell it when I wake up.
Last edited by Zeppelindays; 18th August 2009 at 06:19 AM.
MPG Santal Noble
Montana - Montana parfum d'homme
by SERGE LUTENS
Caron 3rd Man.
Guerlain Habit Rouge vintage EDC
Looking to swap/buy/receive for free () the following samples/decants:
Indult Tihota & Rêve en Cuir
Chant d'Aromes extrait
Vetiver pour Elle (5ml decant)
Versace The Dreamer 50ml (1.7oz) BNIB
"The Sunshine bores the daylights outta me!"
Cravache (1963)by Robert Piguet
Top Notes: Mandarin, Lemon, Petitgrain..
Middle Notes: Clary sage, Lavender, Nutmeg.
Base Notes: Vetiver, Patchouli
Asprey - Purple Water
Adolfo Dominguez Agua Fresca
EAU DES BAUX
Eau Noire by Christian Dior
I love immortelle sillage!
Vetiver The Great!!!
Have I told you about the scent of jasmine? Have I spoken about the smell of the sea? The earth is scented. And I perfume myself to enhance what I am. That's why I can not wear a perfume that bothers me. Perfuming is an instinctive wisdom. And like all art, it requires some knowledge of yourself..."
Clarice Lispector ( 1920-1977) - Perfumes da Terra / Earth Perfumes
CZECH & SPEAKE
from a sample
Top Notes: Lime, Bergamot, Peppermint, Rum.
Middle Notes: Rose, Clove, Bay, Tonka.
Base Notes: Tobacco, Frankincense, Cedarwood, Vetiver.
Lovely woody tobacco (or tobacco-infused woods?)
ointments and perfume delight the heart....
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Guerlain - Vol de Nuit vintage parfum
The Candy Perfume Boy:One boy's obsession with perfume and all things smelly.
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Cuiron Pour Homme
by Helmut Lang
Top notes: Bergamot, Mandarin
Middle notes: Cinnamon, Pepper
Base notes: Labdanum, Suede, Tobacco
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost
Second day of Tommy Bahama Set Sail South Seas for Men.
My SOTD is Caron The Third Man/Le 3eme Homme.
Please feel free to check out my Swap Thread - Patou pour Homme, L'Instant de Guerlain PH Extreme, Dior Homme Intense, Pure Malt, Pure Coffee and many more! Click Here For My Swap Thread
Prada Infusion d'Homme.
A classic from another time but still ever as appropriate: vintage Eau de Guerlain
"Perfume is the dream that carries me."
There is always the sky to look at
My latest review at Fragrantica is up on sonoma Scent Studio Tabac aurea
Give it a read and if you like it leave me a comment over there.
Trying another scent that didn't zing my strings the first time around.
Parfumerie Generale Intrigant Patchouli
For those of us who grew up in the 70's our first exposure to exotic oils probably took place in a "head shop". That store of illicit smoking paraphenalia and along with that went incense and essential oils. The most pungent of those oils was patchouli but there were hints of others underneath the smell of patchouli which created a signature "head shop" fragrance. Pierre Guillaume in 2005's Intrigant Patchouli has faithfully recreated the smell of a "head shop" circa 1975. The only question is do you want to smell like that? Intrigant Patchouli gets right down to business form the first spritz as patchouli comes right to the front and for most of the development of this scent stays right there, center stage. There are supporting notes of sandalwood, cinnamon, and vanilla; which is appropriate becasue these were also common essential oils available in any "head shop". Intrigant Patchouli never really evolves from that strong accord from beginning to end, on me. Which makes it the only linear scent I've experienced from Parfumerie Generale. Like most of the Parfumerie Generale line this has above average longevity and average sillage. The funny thing I've learned is that while I like the smell of the "head shop" I realize I don't want to smell like a "head shop"
Have a Tranquil Tuesday everyone.
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Eau de Grey Flannel
I love cologne.
Gucci Envy for Men
Rochas Man for the 2nd day in a row.
John Varvatos Vintage
CZECH & SPEAKE NEROLI
its feels like Florida here today 95 degrees!
Virgin Island Water today
'Those who grow too big for their pants will be exposed in the end'--anon
Vintage... Paco Rabanne pour Homme
Don't panic. Just stay calm, and reload....
Happy for Men by Clinique
“As if everyone, all over the world, had his daily visually artistic task; the task of being an image for others.” Peter Handke
Romeo Gigli per Uomo
Current Top 5
1. Creed Aventus
2. A*Men Pure Malt
3. L'instant Extreme
4. Nasomatto Duro
5. CDG - Kyoto
Again- drop dead heat & humidity. Calls for the cool airy softly scented breeze that is Il Profumo Musc Bleu.
Just when I though I was bored of this, I now think I need a back up bottle
beauty guru & perfume whisperer
It's gonna be a hectic day. I'm looking forward to dinner.
Serge Lutens Chergui today... my favorite from the line.
I'm a colognosaurus. Rawr!
My SoTD today is sampling Mark Buxton's Black Angel. I love most of Buxton's creations, and it looks like Black Angel is another to add to the wish list...
Black Angel notes: TOP: Citruses, bergamot, orange, mandarin, rosemary, ginger, cardamom and coriander. MID: Nutmeg, jasmine, lily of the valley and iris root. BASE: Styrax, Guaiac wood and patchouli.
It’s thought that people who hope too much will just waste their life away and never get down to doing any real work. They’re confusing Hope with Wish, its lazy cousin... When Wish whispers, “Something is just around the corner,” what comes or not is never what was wished for. When Hope whispers “Something is just around the corner,” something always is. -- Charlie Elberson
My sale thread has some of my underappreciated fragrances looking for a good, new home...
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter. (Keats)
Don't Smell the Flowers,
They're an Evil Drug to Make You Lose Your Mind --- Dio
Pour Monsieur (vintage juice) by Chanel (from a sample)
Very nice. I want!
Pour Lui by Oscar de la Renta (1981)
Bois du Portugal
Bogart pour Homme
L´Instant Pour Homme edt (Guerlain)
Castle Forbe's Gentlemen
YSL Opium PH EDP