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    Question Best blind/unsniffed purchases?

    Like many perfume lovers, I always advise others to "try before you buy." I generally follow my own advice and sample through minis, swaps, trying a store tester or decants/samples. Yet now and again I've bought something completely unsniffed. Hypocritical? Um, yeah. But sometimes the results are a big yay.

    What have been your best blind/unsniffed purchases?

    My all time best blind purchase has been Calandre.

    Runners up include

    Houbigant Apercu

    Jacomo Silences

    Patou Colony

    Ivoire de Balmain

    Guerlain Mitsouko

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    I confess I do it quite a bit. Oddly, my blind buys are almost as likely to become loved as my sampled fragrances -- sometimes I get excited too quickly about a sample and buy without retesting, then don't care for it after all (Mythtique...).

    Whereas my blind buys are more considered -- I read all I can about it, note who else likes it on basenotes, see where and if I can get a deal on it, etc. Occasionally it's just the price that temps me, of course!

    (& you'll see the influence of some recent threads in my blind buys!)

    Perhaps my favorite is SABI
    Other successes are
    Luciano Soprani by Luciano Soprani
    Aqua Allegoria Angellique Lilas
    Barbara Bui

    Chantilly (original Houbigant)
    Encre Noire
    Sa Majeste la Rose, Lutens
    Fleurs de Citronnier, Lutens
    Gold Donna Karan
    Jolie Madame
    Miyako by Annayaké
    Annayake pour Elle by Annayaké
    Moschino by Moschino
    Murasaki vintage version
    Ma Griffe
    Y by YSL

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    I buy a fair number of minis unsniffed -- if it's $10 or under, I figure it's just like buying a sample ...

    Biggest successes:

    Vent Vert (LOVE THIS!)
    Theorema
    Yves Rocher Rose Absolue and Iris Noir

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    Minis are a great way to go. I also buy the 30 ml size for blinds if they ar offered.

    For me:

    Trouble by Boucheron
    Balmain de Balmain
    Jolie Madame by Balmain
    Back to Black by By Killian
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    Best was definitely Yohji. Other greats were SL Arabie, AG Folavril, KM A Fleur de Peau, CdG White, Calamus, Tea, Carnation, Sequoia, Zagorsk (when I started to collect CdG scents no samples were available).
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    My SOTD today, L'eau Cheap and Chic, was an unsniffed buy. I bought it soley based on the review Tania Sanchez wrote of it in Perfumes: The Guide. It was a little different from the typical aldehyde in my collection, more herbal and resinous, and I like that. But I've stayed away from blind buys other than this one for quite some time, since they can be very disappointing.

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    Theorema, Theorema Espris d'ete, Ambre Gris, Barbara Bui, Turbulences, Cologne du 68.

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    Barbara Bui
    Let it Rock - Vivienne Westwood
    Gris Clair - Serge Lutens

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    Grès Cabaret. It gets a lot of love on Basenotes, but I wasn't sure what to expect for the patchouli part. No problem, though. The pathchouli is subtle and I really love the fragrance.

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    I don't blind buy unless I'm on a vintage tear. That said, my best bb's are Mitsouko edt (bought from the BN marketplace) and Molinard de Molinard.

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    EnPassant
    Tilleul d'Orsay
    Le parfum de Thérèse
    A, quales ego mane rosas procedere vidi!
    Nascebantur adhuc neque erat par omnibus aetas.

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    Encre Noire
    Annick Goutal Vétiver
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    Since I live in a fairly out-of-the way place in the Western US, I don't have many available shopping choices. Therefore, most of my perfume collection has been carefully researched blind buys. Because I read, read, read, and because I've been lucky - My success rate is probably close to 90%!

    Recently, I was reading the wonderful thread begun by Hilaire ---> titled as "Unsung Treasures" -- and boy-oh-boy were there some winners listed there!!
    Opera III by Roberto Capucci
    Silences Purple by Jacomo
    Léonard by Léonard
    Vendetta by Valentino
    Last edited by Lorien; 11th June 2010 at 03:48 PM.

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    Eau de Shalimar
    Cologne du 68

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    Default Re: Best blind/unsniffed purchases?

    Best blind buy by a mile: Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Nerolia The more I wear this, the more I love it.

    Runner-up: Annick Goutal Rose Absolue


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    Merveille - Johan B

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    I used to do a lot of blind buying when I got into perfume because I couldn't wait to buy samples, test them, and then deliberate over my favorites. You know how it is - you want to smell and own absolutely everything! Well, I couldn't afford to keep randomly buying bottles, so I've shifted to buying samples instead. Now I think testing is half the fun of being a perfume fan. Anyway, my favorite blind buy is Anne Pliska. I'm also really happy to have found Ambre Russe, Amber Sultan, and L'Air du Desert Marocain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorien View Post
    Since I live in a fairly out-of-the way place in the Western US, I don't have many available shopping choices. Therefore, most of my perfume collection has been carefully researched blind buys. Because I read, read, read, and because I've been lucky - My success rate is probably close to 90%!

    Recently, I was reading the wonderful thread begun by Hilaire ---> titled as "Unsung Treasures" -- and boy-oh-boy were there some winners listed there!!
    Opera III by Roberto Capucci
    Silences Purple by Jacomo
    Léonard by Léonard
    Vendetta by Valentino
    Oh, My!! This warms my heart! I was just writing up some new stuff to add to that, and I am glad you love those faves of mine!!

    Can't believe I have not seen this thread before!

    Like out hostess here, I got awful lucky with Apercu. I mean, it was not cheap, but WOW was it rewarding.

    I also tend to be a staunch sampler, but I have been known to ounce on enticing auctions.

    other great wins were:
    Ruffles by Oscar de la Renta
    Nocturnes by Caron

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    Mariella Burani
    Annick Goutal's Rose Absolue
    Ava Luxe Cafe Noir

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    I recently bought zino davidoff based on the reviews here, and I was pretty sure I would like it.
    While I liked it a lot, it was still quite a bit different than what I imagined it to be.

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    Oh gee, a fair percentage of my wardrobe are are successful blind buys. For someone who s not much of a risk-taker in other areas, I really enjoy blind-buying and have managed some excellent deals, as well.

    Regrets? Sings I've.. had... a few......
    Seriously, PM me if you are in the US and you would like either a bottle of BabyDoll or Can Can (sorry M Le Duc, I tried)

    But 99% success rate is pretty good. In fact, how did I live without these scents before????

    Balmain de Balmain
    Barbara Bui
    Cabaret
    Coriolan
    vintage Diorrissimo
    Egoiste
    Habanita
    Ivoire
    L'Arte di Gucci
    La Mome
    Le 3emme Homme
    Mahora
    Mariella Burani
    Mauboussin
    Montaigne
    Chanel No 22
    YSL Nu
    Quartz
    Roma
    Silences Purple
    Trussardi Skin
    Theorema & Theorema Esprit D'ete, and leggero
    Tuscan Soul
    Tuxedo
    vintage Y
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    I love to buy blind (impulsive much? nah....) but I'm the first to admit that I rarely have successes. But there have been some:

    Cadolle no. 9
    Fleurs Poudree et Musc
    Feminite du Bois Eau Legere
    Coeur Joie

    are a few.
    Last edited by Altodiva; 12th June 2010 at 11:54 AM.

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    All blind buys, all successful:

    Hermes Hiris
    Schiaparelli Zut
    Guerlain Habit Rouge, Heritage
    Cadolle No. 9
    Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The Rouge
    "I felt something so intense, I could only express it in a perfume." - Jacques Guerlain

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    My favorite blind buys are PG Felanilla and Chergui.

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    My favorite blind buy has got to be Love's True Bluish Light from Ava Luxe, which I'm also wearing today. Comfort in a bottle, for me. I have also bought the Yves Rocher Absolu series blindly, and loved it. Also, how could I forget, Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The Vert Extreme? Wonderful. I'm enjoying the other responses to this question.
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    Thanks to all of you who have participated. I'm enjoying the responses and see some frags I have yet to try.

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    Two that come to my mind are:

    Bvlgari Black
    Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely

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    Lolita Lempicka and Shaal Nur.

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    I very rarely blind buy but my favourite unsniffed purchase up to now has to be Caron 3rd Man.

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    Youth Dew Amber Nude, Feminite de Bois, 28 La Pausa, Parure

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    I'd say that I buy blind in periods. Mostly I'm very successful, I've sniffed out some good bargains as well as actually liking what I've bought. Some I sold after a while (Patou Sublime), some I didn't care for but kept and started loving (Bandit), but most I've kept and adore:
    Hanae Mori Magical Moon
    McQueen Kingdom
    Gaultier Fleur de Male
    Molinard Habanita
    Donna Karan Gold
    vintage Caron Ma Griffe
    are a few. I always read loads of reviews, lists of notes and descriptions from all over the place.

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    Opium
    Aramis New West
    Organza
    Sculpture

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    I think about 2/3 of what I have was bought unsniffed and I've had pretty good luck. I've only swapped away 4-6 scents in all these years.

    All my Caron scents were bought unsniffed & I love them:
    Parfum Sacre
    Nuit de Noel
    Farnesiana
    Yatagan
    Le 3e Homme
    Nocturnes
    Pour Une Femme
    Montaigne
    Aimez Moi
    Royal Bain

    Mira-bai
    Moschino
    Fleur de Figuier
    Nirmala

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    As of today, Dune! Yum, this smells gooooood.
    This scent is great, but ... MORE KITTENS!

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    Best blind buys -

    Silences
    Christian Lacroix Christian Lacroix
    Donna Karan Gold
    Josef Statkus

    reine

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