Laura Tonatto - Albi
To me it was MASAKI MATSUSHIMA-Aqua Mat .
Laura Tonatto - Albi
I see how it is very different yet very similar to Unforgivable.
LF: CAP/LID for Creed Original vetiver and Creed Millesime Imperiale, 75ml. Please pm me.. Thanks!
Parfums de Nicolaï's Patchouli Homme/Intense.
"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
Guerlain L'Heure Bleue.
I don't know why I had stayed away fromthe house of Guerlain for so long
PVC and Leather. A Chain and a feather
Vintage Dukes of Pall Mall Cotswold
Dukes of Pall Mall Belgravia
Dominique Dubrana's amazing natural perfumes, particularly Tabac and Grezzo.
Etro's Shaal Nur, a perfect go-to-oriental
Loewe pour homme
In terms of "finds," Victoria's Secret Vertical was a completely unhyped release that just about no one here has tried that works very very well on me. It's almost like a dry, chocolaty gourmand with a pronounced vetiver note.
I refuse to sink.
My favourite discovery of 2009 has been Vero Profumo, and Onda in particular. Vero Kern proves that you can make fragrances with modern materials that smell as wonderful and are as rich as vintage Guerlains or Carons. Big thumbs up!
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!"
These two did it for me:
Philtre d'Amour by Guerlain. I fell in love with sample(s). Lusted after a bee bottle. Procrastinated. Bid (unsucessfully) on two bottles of Ebay. And then, in a lucky auction, managed to snag a vintage bottle of it, online. Now...of course, it's been officially discontinued. Nonetheless, 2009 was the year I finally came full circle to owning this elusive and wonderful juice.
Fille en Aiguilles by Serge Lutens. I didn't buy a bottle, but a generous Basenoter gifted me a large decant and this totally rocked my 2009 holidays. It soothed me, made me feel like I was walking around wearing pajamas on Christmas morning. I also wore it to the funeral of my grandmother, and it calmed me wonderfully. I can't wait til next holiday season, when I will most likely get a full bottle.
Most likely my number 1 Dior Homme Cologne. Followed closely by a late entry, Josef Statkus.
Obsessions of the Moment- Kristiansand EDC, Green Irish Tweed, Zizan
Granted, we've known each other for some time. It don't take a whole day to recognize sunshine. ~ Common Sense
The Signature Scent from Bond No.9
Wow, so many fascinating responses. I didn't think anyone was posting any replies: I'd set the forum to automatically send me an email as soon as someone posted something, but no email ever came. I just logged on to Basenotes and was shocked to discover forty posts!
Thanks very much indeed for taking the time to write. I confess I haven't heard of most of the fragrances people have mentioned here. There's still so much more to discover! I also think it's especially exciting if one is unfamiliar with an entire perfume range, like, in my case, all of Creed's output: it means there are so many potential treats in store.
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I think my "finds" were a discovery of my favourite leather notes in Cuir de Lancome and Parfum d'Empire's Cuir Ottoman.
I like heavier scents and these have stayed with me for months.
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"...her fragrance all in my keeping; softly she comes in the night." Lyrics, Gordon Lightfoot, "Softly."
Becoming re-aquainted with original Aramis. Delicious fragrance still.
Petty small minded people have no place in my life.
Everything. Before 2009 I occasionally wore Adidas and Banana Republic colognes. Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin (found at a yard sale) started my interest and BN, perfumed court, and sampling/buying ensued. Eternally grateful to have found Antaeus, Mitsouko, Sublime, Third Man, Zino, M7, Encre Noire, No. 5, Shalimar, Arpege, Baghari, Opium, etc. and added them to my wardrobe. Also happy to have tried out many others, both niche and vintage, especially Tauers, Lutens, Guerlains, and Chanels. It's a pricey, but rewarding obsession.
I offer you perfume,
More for its pleasure than for yours;
You perfume perfume.
--Anonymous Ancient Greek Love Lyric
hmm.. It`s difficult to pick out one, but there was one fragrance that gave me that "wow" experience and opened my eyes to Italian niche-perfumery. So unique, so original. A high quality attention-grabber. -Sienne I`Hiver by Eau d`Italie.
Amouage gold, homage, gold ladies, xxv.
Honore des Pres Sexy Angelic (if this lasted longer there's a good chance it would be tied for my overall #1 frag ever) - as close as I have come to my HG unsweet, soft gourmand.
Serge Lutens La Myrrhe
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"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
followed by Body Kouros...
... on the same day
That was a great day!
Profumum Olibanum, only I didn't like it at first, later, enormous 'wow'.
If I have to pick just one, it would be Eau Illuminée (Parfums DelRae) - I was instantly seduced by the haunting beauty of this scent and the impeccable quality of the perfumer's work. It restored my faith in contemporary perfumery!
Another favourite, and a surprising find was Dior's Eau Sauvage Fraîcheur Cuir, for the simple reason that I didn't expect to it to be better than the original...but my nose respectfully disagreed.
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Like Tedster, dacha, markb, and Antaeusintheair 2009 was the year fragrances turned from an occasional spritz of my 1-2 frags into a hobby, and began becoming an all out obsession. So nearly everything in my wardrobe was discovered in 2009 (except Polo and Cool Water).
If I had to pick my favorite though, it is no doubt Bvlgari Aqva. Love at first sniff. It is immediately followed by Gendarme (thanks adonis), Versace Pour Homme, and a late entry L'eau par Kenzo (thanks awayalonealong).
Finding Basenotes certainly enriched my life and lightened my wallet in 2009.
Dior Homme Cologne was a very pleasant surprise for me. I bought it blind (which I never do) based on Indie Guy's posts about it (thanks Indie Guy!). I always found the original to be a unwearable masterpiece, so it was a no-brainer to buy a version of it that's fresher and more wearable.
Sales thread here
2009 has been a bountiful year in terms of 'love at first whiff experience'...some of my notable favorite finds of 2009:-
Caron Tabac Blond (vintage)
I think my best "wear it often" additions for 2009 were:
Parfums de Nicolai New York
Tiffany for Men and
For me, it would definitely have to be Carven Homme (lots of positive feedback) and F pour Homme Black by Ferragamo. This latter of the two is sold exclusively through Nordstroms and Ferragamo boutiques right now, but it is well worth the sniff.
I've worn fragrance since I was a teen and have always been interested, but this year I quit smoking and decided to focus on fragrance as part of my strategy.
My biggest "finds" are all the classic Guerlains and Chanels. I've been aware of them, but have unfortunately been ignoring them for most of my life (except for Habit Rouge, which I've worn on and off since the 80's).
Miller Harris Terre d'Bois. Just a real good match for my personal skin chemistry. It's weird...it's how I imagine I'd like my skin to smell if there was no such thing as cologne and we had to have a permanent "signature scent". It's a light smell, but delicious and natural. A bottle of Bois du Portual from years ago was the same way for me.
Finding out Maitre and L'Artisan room sprays were better than than other niche houses best scents' was a nice "find" also.