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    Seems like Mr.R is not particularly keen on A either. Somehow, A is niche that smells all synthetic and, overall, cheap on me, that is the reason -- together with the limited amounts! -- why I do not wear it very often.

  2. #122

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    I am suspecting that this might be our "Designer" entry. If it is "Drugstore," than this is one of those "inexpensive secrets" that people look for. I don't know that it's a fabulous favorite, but it's interesting and complex with good longevity for a lower-priced scent, if that is what it is.

    I think that some of the notes are in common with the first...but there is a definite different feel to this blend of notes. No mint to me, which seemed strong in A. Of course, A didn't end up having mint, so B is probably all mint, just to screw with me.

    I do get some faint orange. A fair amount of spice...more cinnamon? The clove is less carnation-y and more like one of those sharp-smelling orange and clove pomader balls. No amber for me. Could the drydown actually be cedar/almond/vanilla? Would someone actually do that?

    ETA: Oh, is our "British" clue carrying over?
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  3. #123

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    Hmmm...hazelnut?

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    sharp-smelling orange and clove pomader balls
    This is EXACTLY the image I had in my head during the first few moments of sniffing this. I forget what thosr things are called but we used to make them when I was a kid to hang around the house at Christmas.

    The apple-y note I'm getting is a sort of alcoholic/cider note, too - it's not fresh, cheery apple. Maybe it's the peach??

    Is there jamminess here? The aforemention plum? Raisins? Booze-soaked raisins?

    CallMeMo - do you get booziness from this one?
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  4. #124

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    Somehow, A is niche that smells all synthetic and, overall, cheap on me
    Twolf, I was convinced A was a mass-market scent. That drydown, especially, was Meh with a capital 'M'.

    The reason I'm associating Sample B with niche is because it's reminding me slightly of Botrytis (which sample A did as well, in some ways) and I have never smelled a mass market scent that is like this. Which isn't really that meaningful as most of my experience is with niche frags.
    "It's now very common to hear people say "I'm rather offended by that." As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well so fucking what." - Stephen Fry

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    It sounds like a Frapin.

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    I'm now drinking the peach tea. HA! Yum. My teabag tag advises, "Reward Yourself." I trust you will all respond accordingly.

    I am terrible at "boozy." Maybe because I like a nice cocktail now and again? Hee. No gin or scotch. But, maybe that little nose-burn I get is from a bourbon or brandy, and not eucalyptus after all?

    I'm not getting any apple or peach, I don't think. More like...dates? That cedary smell is strong on me. Not pencil shaving cedar or hamster cage cedar...more synthetic and almost aquatic. Camphor-like, without the minty touch.
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    Brandy and bourbon are great guesses - cognac popped into my mind but it could just as easily be either one of those now that I actually think about it. Brandy especially. Apple brandy. Heh.

    And dates, CallMeMo - that could be the jamminess I'm getting? Do you like this? I'd like this on a be-sweatered man, but not on me.

    EDIT: This could be a Frapin - 1270 or Caravelle Epicee?

    EDIT EDIT: But Twolf is hinting it's mass market-ier? Or is she toying with us? Gah.
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    More rapid than eagles we've figured A out,
    The Mouse got mad, he thought he could do without.
    "Here's your bottle, I don't want this clatter",
    He said, and Nutcracker knew it would be the matter.
    A wink in his eye and a twist of his head,
    He is so determined, we are moving ahead.
    Let's see while we are on it, the Snowflake Dance
    And fall in love with B -- to a wonderful romance!

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  9. #129

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    I have always been crap at cryptic crosswords.

    Are you giving us a snowflake-y hint, Twolf?
    "It's now very common to hear people say "I'm rather offended by that." As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well so fucking what." - Stephen Fry

  10. #130

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    I like it well enough. I actually didn't even consider the masculine option until you said it! That crisp aquaticish cedar (watch there be no cedar in there, now that I've said it 800 times!) seems to young and "metro" for a be-sweatered gentleman, but, then, I'm old -- half the stuff at the men's counter these days smells more girly than my old "pour femme" stuff!

    The more I huff at my wrist, the more my nose itches. It hasn't made me sneeze yet, but it does have a certain harshness. My first sampling had me saying niche, but now I'm suspecting otherwise. It could very well be a mass-market masculine.

    I agree with the other assessments of Scent A. Definitely linear and synthetic for a niche offering, with disappointing longevity. Kind of boring.

    There is some floral note lurking in the middle range of B...any idea what that is, LBMN?


    ETA: You people keep posting while I'm typing! Snowflakes...and Romance? Hmmmmmmm..........
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    Did Tchaikovsky do a celebuscent?

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    Ok, ladies, Mr.R PMed me his guess and it is correct -- he sniffed B briefly in the morning before he had applied A to wear it to work again. So he will be suffering until the end of the day when he can come home and enjoy B as much (or even more!) as you are all enjoying it.

    All you descriptions are correct! Especially, boozey and "fabulous favorite" (Mo in #122). There are plnty of reviews of B in the BN Directory for this, but (aha!) there is no pyramid. That said, all the pyramids for B that I have seen are very close, including that on NowSmellThis and OsMoz.

    Here are the notes -- out of what you were able to identify -- that actually are present in B:
    -- benzoin,
    -- vanilla,
    -- honey,
    -- cinnamon,
    -- booze of sorts,
    -- seeds of sorts (you were both talking about nutty and nuts).

    Other that I smell in B as well as you do, but are NOT in the official pyramid are:
    -- amber,
    -- tobacco,
    -- dry cedar.


    So, how much do you think is the fair price for 100ml of B? Depending on this, we can, perhaps, classify it as designer, mass market or niche again?


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    I don't know, kumquat. There are some frags out there that hit you like the 1812 Overture, though.
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    LOL at my neighbor kumquat! Guys, I have just received a fabulous news -- my package to Italy I thought was lost for ever -- has arrived, after about 5 months on the road! Yeeppee!
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    Again, with the typing at the same time! Hooray for Twolf finally getting her goodies!

    Oh, lord. I guessed scent A by basically guessing EVERY FRAGRANCE EVER and eventually hitting on one, and Mr. R goes by memory and guesses B right out of the gate. Sigh.

    I'm not ready to say that this is an expensive frag. It's actually pretty synthetic, and there is something suspiciously nose-tickly going on here. My bet is that it is an older designer scent or a drugstore option, but that it is actually a great buy for the money. Does anyone remember Fila's scent that they had out in the 1970s? (It isn't even in the BN directory) It reminds me of that a bit. I always think of it as a "dry aquatic" which makes no sense, I know. I think it's the cedar. Which isn't officially there. But, I say it is.


    If LBMN agrees to very slight hints, these would be two questions I'd ask:

    Is this fragrance still in production? Is it a flanker of any sort, or is it the "main" scent?
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    It is still in production. It is one of the main scents in the series.

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    The name of the scent or the house has not been mentioned on this thread so far.

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    Giorgio for men?


    (STOP LAUGHING. It keeps coming up when I search!)
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    What great fun! Poems and teas and videos. . . .

    I don't know what B is, but I want me some given the (unlisted) pipe tobacco note.

    I tried Femme de Dandy early on in my fragrance journey. I didn't like it then, but I didn't much like cinnamon or powder then. Good to know there's no rush to try it again.
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    Twolf and DD are doing a great job with the clues and treats for the senses along the way, aren't they?
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    I hope you guys are enjoying Sample B!

    It's funny - knowing this one, Twolf is giving plenty of hints - they're just very sly. She doesn't give a whole clue, just the essence of a clue...
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    >Narrows eyes< I'm starting to think that perhaps the package to Italy was metaphorical?

    Cimabue by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz also comes up every time I search....but, we already had our niche, and it's one of each, right? Cimabue was a great Italian artist, if I'm remembering right.

    How about Aimez-Moi by Caron? How do we classify the big old houses? Kumquat is the queen of Caron, so the "kumquat, my neighbor" could be....

    Now I'm just grasping.
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    Sorry, Italy and "my neighbor" things were just in the spurr of the moment and have nothing to so with B, I promise.

    OK, since you would not give me the price range (and I promise, B is not one of the Axes), how about the country -- does B evoke any images? Could you say that it is French, American, Japanese in style, and we have decided that it is not Italian -- see the very first line of this post?

    Does it remind you of something you have smelled before?

    Who could be the nose behind that "aquatic cedar" (which, in its turn is "dry cedar" to me)one of you has mentioned, or could it be attributed to one of the existing noses that we know of, again, in style?

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    It is dry...but there is a crispness to the dry cedar that I associate with scents like Ava Luxe's Tao...'

    Anyhoo, my go-to guy for cedar is Serge Lutens. Is it from him?
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    No, it is not from Serge Lutens or Christopher Sheldrake.

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    BTW, in #141 Mr.R is trying to help out and giving us another clue as to B's identity. His word choice could not be any better. Right, Mr.R?
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    Hey - clues aren't in my job description either!

    I'm just quietly enjoying my evening at home with some delicious spiced tea (thanks Twolf!).

    (no clue here - just being friendly!)
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    Based on the word "essence" and veuve amiot's review (nose tickling!) I'll guess Essence by Narciso Rodrigues?

    And, now I need LBMN to heeeeeelp meeeeeee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    It is still in production. It is one of the main scents in the series.
    This clue sounds extra-helpful. Also, Twolf mentions that there is a booze and a seed among the ingredients. I'm thinking of seeds: anise? cardamom? coriander? cumin? sesame?

    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
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    Ha!

    I just sent in a guess, but don't have much confidence in it.

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    Mo, "essence" is the right choice, keep on moving in this same direction.

    Had to edit here, Ms.H:
    Ms.H -- thanks for participating! We need more participants like you. *kiss* All seeds that you have mentioned are not found in the official pyramid for B, sorry, except for one -- sesame, I also heard the description of them as "grilled" or "roasted' sesame seeds.
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