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    I have always said Jacomo with the second syllable accented, just like you used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillaire View Post
    Tonight, I'd like to sing the praises of a totally overlooked dark, dry chypre. Falling somewhere on the spectrum between Soir de Lune and Eau du Soir is:

    La Perla La Perla
    Aha - it finally gets some attention! I've been singing the praises of La Perla for ages! It was actually my sotd last Wednesday when I did a week of rosey chypres. I can see the connection to the Sisleys, but La Perla also reminds me a bit of Rose Cardin and Donna Trussardi - another mutual favorite. I just seem to adore this whole category and everything in it!

    La Perla's vibrant younger sister, Parfum Prive should also get a lot more attention. It's a gorgeous, radiant, chypre-y green floral that recalls 1000 de Patou (due to the osmanthus, I think) and also a bit of Donna Trussardi (I've actually had the idea that Donna Trussardi is the love-child of La Perla and Parfum Prive!) But Parfum Prive seems more cheerful and lighthearted, somehow...it's very beautiful, but maybe a bit less elegant than some of the others, and more casual. It's readily available and extremely inexpensive - I bought a few bottles from an eBay vendor for $15 each!

    Those are the only two from LaPerla that I know, but I've been very curious about Blue and Io, and now I have especially high hopes for them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillaire View Post
    Don't let the fact that it's from an underwear company throw you off, I think it's a total must have for lovers of the dark chypre. Especially if you are already a fan of Sisley scents, L'Arte, Knowing, Diva... and the lot.
    Yes, yes, and yes! I just wanted to add my agreement to this assesment of La Perla, too. I love all of these rich and opulent beauties, and La Perla is really one of the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 30 Roses View Post
    An inglorious offering to this lofty thread: vintage Ambush by Dana. I wore this as a teenager and still love it; it can be found for not too much money on eBay.

    I told my husband that when he wears Canoe, I'll wear Ambush and we can be scent twins.

    Who knows why, but when they reformulated, they made no attempt to make the new one anything like the old scent. The notes are completely different now. They might as well have given it a new name.
    I bought a vintage Ambush from ebay about five years ago as it was my favorite scent wehn I was like TINY. To me there is something VERRRY like Bandit in it. Anyway, it was the really old, PINK melamine bottle, and it was pretty good. Not like the freshest, but So nostalgic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bookshop88 View Post
    Well, Hillaire, you being an addict to the "Y" by YSL, try "Io" by La Perla....it is a sister to your signature!!!
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    Oh, boy!! I cannot wait!!

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    I have contemplated not adding this perfect chypre for some time. Because I wanted to personally acquire all bottles of this discontinued beauty for myself.

    But it's time... IMO, the finest scent I have praised on this thread (save Sabi). A perfect leather chypre and a true Italian classic.


    Luciano Soprani by Luciano Soprani




    The original women's fragrance from the amazing house of Soprani. This one reminds me of the fist version of Cabochard, but has the sexiness, perfumey-ness and headiness of Diva. Unlike Diva, though, it is very dry and unsweetened.

    I cannot describe this any better. It's pretty easy to find on Amazon and ebay -- and I have enough now -- so, if you love old leather chypres of the classic, stately variety, like the original Cabochard (if you only know the new Cabochard, don't use this a gauge!) and Parure, you would be well-advised to invest in this one!

    This one would great on a man, too!
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    Ladies and Gentlemen....

    I am seriously so impressed with house of Soprani, I am dizzy with delight. It's like discovering a secret, inexpensive old-school YSL or Dior. Such quality and character to these scents!!

    So, this one Strass, I bought blind, convinced that it would at least be good. And knowing it was a leather chypre, and how well they have made that work in the past (see above)...

    But it arrived today, and I was absolutely floored!

    It's a heady, character-driven perfume-lovers perfume, along the lines of L'Arte di Gucci:
    Dark, mysterious, rosy, sylphine, and glossy.
    But this one has a rich, modern-esque sweetness to it as well. One of those chypres that borders the Oriental. I think of Natori (Yes, that's a fairly decent comparison).

    I personally love that perfumey 'sharpness' some mistakenly refer to as "hairspray" ("hairspray" is a different accord to my way of thinking; think Norell.), and this one has that in spades.


    I would think If you like Diva, Natori, or the new beauty form La Prairie Life Threads Gold, a you will LOVE Strass by Luciano Soprani.

    Loads of these available on ebay, and ever-so-affordable. A perfect, vintage-inspired, yet-wholly-modern vamp scent!

    And I love the bottle and box!


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    Please note, I cannot undo the bigness above and did not want to re-write. Apologies for the DRAMA~

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    A Travers le Miroir by Thierry Mugler is most definitely an unsung treasures. It's a wonderfully bitter and herbaceous Tuberose. It works as a great masculine too.
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    I'm glad you're talking about Luciano Soprani. Strass is the only Soprani I know besides Soprani 2, which I found disagreeable at the time. I sort of wrote Soprani off without trying anything else, but I gave Strass a go when it came out and it gave me new hope for the house, but I still haven't tried anything else since then. And now I want to see if I can find the other one you recommend...that's the original Luciano Soprani from 1987, right?

    Are you familiar with any of the others? I noticed that D Luciano Soprani was created by Pierre Bourdon, so that got my attention. DSoir also looks interesting.

    eta - I just saw a brand new one from 2010 - Solo Soprani Rose. Sounds nice!
    Last edited by Evangeline; 27th June 2010 at 06:07 PM.

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    Thank you Candy Perfume Boy, (Libertine, is that you?), for your recommendation!!

    Evangeline, it's the one from 87, yeah. And these are the only three I know yet, I am learning the house. The DSoir looks gorgeous. I hear this house is the big S&%$ in Italy but rarely gets exported.
    I have heard Flirtissimo is great and the Solo Rosa one, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillaire View Post
    Thank you Candy Perfume Boy, (Libertine, is that you?), for your recommendation!!

    Evangeline, it's the one from 87, yeah. And these are the only three I know yet, I am learning the house. The DSoir looks gorgeous. I hear this house is the big S&%$ in Italy but rarely gets exported.
    I have heard Flirtissimo is great and the Solo Rosa one, too.
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    Thread bump to report on more juice I've acquired due to this thread ......Miss Arpels is absolutely lovely...see Hillaire's spot -on description.

    I've got Lilith by Callaghan and Parfum Prive by La Perla on order now.
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    I've ordered blind the D by Soprani... by Pierre Bourdon and a Soprani, how could I not like it? (I'll report back when I get it...)


    EDIT: How could I not like it? WELL, I'LL TELL YA HOW!
    Sadly, just a pleasant, but diluted, pale, ordinary fruity floral.... :-(
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    I would like to nominate Hillaire as Basenotes' Number One Perfume Pusher!
    (and of course I mean that in a good way.)

    LOLS... It is so dangerous reading your posts about perfumes, I want every one you rave about!
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    The Parfum Prive by La Perla EDP (Originally mentioned by Evangeline) arrived today- It's opulent, sweet, happy, and rich! Hmmm...... all attributes i am not, well maybe the happy And it was only $15 on Evil Bay- such a bargain for such quality!
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    My Jacomo love affair continues. My bottle of Parfum Rare arrived today. Swoon! So gorgeous!

    (For the record, I've always pronounced it with the accent on the first syllable, but who knows?)

    I keep hoping the Jacomo Art Collection series will make it to the U.S. but no luck so far, not even on Evil Bay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by actiasluna View Post
    I would like to nominate Hillaire as Basenotes' Number One Perfume Pusher!
    (and of course I mean that in a good way.)

    LOLS... It is so dangerous reading your posts about perfumes, I want every one you rave about!
    Thank you, thank you very much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by C Rose View Post
    I've ordered blind the D by Soprani... by Pierre Bourdon and a Soprani, how could I not like it? (I'll report back when I get it...)
    I really cannot wait for a report on this one! The notes look really nice. The DSoir is enticing, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knit_at_nite View Post
    Thread bump to report on more juice I've acquired due to this thread ......Miss Arpels is absolutely lovely...see Hillaire's spot -on description.

    I've got Lilith by Callaghan and Parfum Prive by La Perla on order now.
    I am so glad you like it. It's such a just-right achievement to have slipped away from us like that.

    I am also getting some Parfum Prive soon; and I am excited.

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    Just curious, as anyone tried Bertrand Duchafor's 'Leonara' for Leonard?


    Speaking of Duchafor. ..

    If you want a great deal, look on evilbay for Flora Bella. It's one of my favorite 'youth' perfumes. A sweet floriental. With a creaminess. I like this one more than Love In Paris, actually. The famed metallic edge is not in the league of say No.19, but it does make it interesting.

    And it's like 15USD??


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    Can't believe I haven't found this thread sooner! Great initiative, Hillarie!

    I'm also a fan of Ysatis, which I wore religiously in my twenties.

    My favourite rose along with Agent Provocateur is the discontinued Baroque from Fragonard. I got a bottle last summer, and when I visited their website this year it was gone. It's a luscious red rose teamed with ginger, very sexy indeed.

    I also think Galimard fragrances aren't discussed that often. My fave is Gelsomino which is a fantastic tuberose/vanilla with fresh citrus top notes.

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    I don't know if it is mentioned before but today i wear Shafali fleur rare by Yves Rocher(discontinued):

    Fragrance Notes:
    top notes
    Citruses/Floral Notes
    middle notes
    White Flowers/jasmine
    base notes
    Vanille/Resin
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    Quote Originally Posted by sophi View Post
    I don't know if it is mentioned before but today i wear Shafali fleur rare by Yves Rocher(discontinued):

    Fragrance Notes:
    top notes
    Citruses/Floral Notes
    middle notes
    White Flowers/jasmine
    base notes
    Vanille/Resin
    Quite nice !I have a mini of it .
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    Quote Originally Posted by sophi View Post
    I don't know if it is mentioned before but today i wear Shafali fleur rare by Yves Rocher(discontinued):

    Fragrance Notes:
    top notes
    Citruses/Floral Notes
    middle notes
    White Flowers/jasmine
    base notes
    Vanille/Resin
    That's a great addition! I do not know how easy it is to come by .

    But, I'd like to add that it's a dead-ringer (but better) of Mandarine Mandarin from Lutens.
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    Well, i was lucky enough to have two bottles of Shafali fleur rare ...now, i have left only one ..
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    Do you like juicy, thick and slightly gourmand rose scents like Noir de Noir? If so, have you tried J. del Pozo's In Black? Ridiculously cheap on line, $15 for 1oz at Scentmonkey.com - beautiful black globe bottle, too.



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    Agree! IN BLACK is a dynamite sleeper scent. IN WHITE is also a good deal.
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    In White by Del Pozo is very close smell to Dior Pure Poison
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    Haven't tried any Pozos, but looking at the line on eBay, I'm loving the bottles!

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