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    I received a parcel from Rogalal with several samples of perfumes. The main theme here is incense. I am very happy of course to be the first one writing here and very excited about the samples Rogalal sent, since I don't own any of them, and I had not even tried most of them.

    The first one that caught my attention was L'Artisan for Aedes de Venustas EdP. I have been trying to smell this before, but it is an Aedes exclusive. Once I ordered samples from Aedes, but they did not have any samples of this one and instead I got a Serge Lutens.

    Aedes the Venustas is an EdP. From their website the top notes are "bright orange oil, spicy pink pepper, aromatic cardamom and luxurious incense essential oil". The heart notes are "piquant black pepper, rose, iris, verdant cedarwood and incense resinoid", finishing with base notes of "patchouli, coffee, opoponax, benzoin and treemoss. Everlasting flower, white musk and a hint of vanilla provide a soft and comforting touch".

    Bertrand Duchaufour is the nose. This is very L'Artisan, not heavy, transparent and very wearable. I have read this being compared to Jubilation XXV. I think the Amouage is "thicker". I am liking this one very, very much. It starts very masculine, I can't really smell the orange at first. On me the prominent notes for the first hour are pepper and incense. Once I reached the heart I can smell some sweetness, it is almost like a fruit, may that be the orange? I perceive this as a very light Wazamba without the pine. I can't wait to get to the base notes and see if I can find the coffee, everlasting flower and vanilla.

    Rogalal also sent samples of CdG Jaisalmer and Quarzazate, Jo Malone Pomgranate Noir, Eau d'Italie Bois d'Ombrie, and two essential oils: Himalayhan Cedarwood and Virginia Cedar.

    I tried Pomgranate Noir tonight since I had a bad experience before, but now I am thinking that maybe I had a bad tester at the store because this sample smells so much better. The notes (courtesy of NST) are: pomegranate, pink pepper, raspberry, plum, opopanax, frankincense, patchouli, musk, and spicy woods. This is very peppery, but the strong pomgranate smell is always in the background. It is probably one of the strongest Jo Malones I have ever smelled. I need to spend more time with this one to see if I really like it.

    I suspect I will be sending this package along to ronni by the middle of next week, and I am thinking about adding CdG Tokyo and Zagorsk (smaller samples courtesy of generous Basenoters) and a sample of Avignon from my collection in order to have the complete CdG Incense series.
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    Hello "Pass the Parcels" friends:

    I have just finished testing the samples that Doc Elly sent as "my" contribution to the circle. I very much enjoyed these fragrances, and I'm anxious to read your reviews on them. There are 5 Orchid scents, 4 "Scents of Place", and 5 "Perfumer's Perfumes". I have tested two at a time, usually in the evenings, one on each wrist using a small dab of each. Doc Elly kindly provided a description of each scent, and since I am still training my nose to recognize the notes in fragrances, I read each description as I tested. I am only going to mention the notes that I could identify, though - most of you, if not all, will be better than I am at this. The longevity was fairly good on me - almost every scent lasted 3+ hours with only a small amount. I'm pretty sure I would have to apply sparingly with a spray. While each scent was pleasant (no scrubbers for me!), there were several that drew my particular attention, and so I will summarize those here.

    Most liked:
    Red Cattleya - a fruity floral fragrance whose notes of melon and peach really appeared on my skin. Sweet and tasty, this was a lovely floral scent for me.
    Golden Cattleya - Oh my. This was gorgeous. Very warm and sunny, I could smell a faint-but-long-lasting orange note, and I'm pretty sure it was the narcissus that dominated the floral. I really enjoyed this scent, sweet but as golden as its name.
    Siam Proun - I love greens and florals, particularly roses, and this was a delicious mix of both. Very fresh-smelling herbs (rosemary and basil, I think) over the rose note, each of which lasted all the way through the life of the scent. This is a very intriguing and delicious scent, in my humble opinion.

    Least liked:
    Fleurs de Glace - not because it doesn't smell good, but because it disappeared almost immediately. There was a very sharp note for a few moments and then nothing but a pleasant, faint watery vanilla scent.

    Scent that made me go "hmmmmm....":
    Little Stars - Okay, I'm a girly girl. I (almost) always have my toes painted, I love shoes with heels and sparkly flip flops and dangle-y earrings. You will never catch me with out my mascara. You get the idea. So when I smelled this fragrance, totally woods with a hint of spice on my skin, I really paid attention. This was a thoroughly masculine fragrance to me - I didn't get a single floral note, just woods. LOTS of woods. But it was interesting and intriguing. Opened my eyes, you might say. I'm not saying that Doc Elly intends this as a "guy" fragance, but that's how it came across to me. I have not yet intentionally sampled a fragrance marketed to males, but now I will be looking forward to seeing how the samples that come my way work on my skin. Huh. Who'd have guessed?

    Most likely to be a Full Bottle buy (or at least a sample for more testing):
    I am really torn between Golden Cattleya and Siam Proun, but if I had to choose, I think it would be Siam Proun. This is the one that I kept smelling every minute or two until I went to bed. With only a single small test, this is the one that is most interesting to me, because it has those prominent greens with a recognizable rose.

    A note about the "Scents of Place" - to me, each of these really evokes the location that it is intended to represent. See what you think!

    I will be sending this packet on to Hillaire, and will be anticipating each participant's reviews to compare to mine. Doc Elly, a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Thank you!
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    Mmmm, the "Scents of Place" sound very interesting. I can't wait to try them!

    Today I wore CdG Jaisalmer. I was a bit scared of wearing a big incense in this heat. This is a lot tamer than Avignon, which I can't imagine wearing during summer, actually, I can't imagine wearing Avignon anywhere even if it is my favorite incense ever. It belongs at home, before sleeping. Back to Jaisalmer. All I could smell was wood (I thought cedar) and herbs. It is linear and in the heat did not last too long, but it is wearable, and seems like some ceremonial incense, when the ceremony is done outdoors, with dry cruhed leaves and near dry tree bark. I was very surprised when the list of notes did not show any cedar, and no herbs. I guess my nose needs some adjustment, or I can blame the perfumer for doing such a great job of mixing spices and woods. Jaisalmer is probably one of the most wearable CdG from the Incense series and wearing it in summer did not detract from the nice experience. I was glad that it was dry and not cloying. The notes as listed at Luckyscent are: cardamom, incense, cinnamon, amber, benzoin, pimento, berries, guaiac wood (aka gaiac wood or saint wood), ebony. The nose is Evelyne Boulanger, who also created Zagorsk and Carnation, from the CdG red series.

    This evening I am trying Eau d'Italie Bois d'Ombrie. This is a spicy one!! The top notes feature a non-spicy powdery iris that does not last long, but the heart notes smell to me like pickled jalapeno peppers. This becomes spicier and hotter as time goes on. It is interesting as a smell, it is not a scrubber, but I don't see me wearing this for any occassion. The nose is Bertrand Duchaufour . The notes according to Luckyscent are: Whiskey, cognac, Korean calamus, wild carrot, leather, iris, Brazilian copahu, vetiver, tobacco, opoponax, myrrh, patchouli. The only note that I can recognize is the iris at the top. I could have sworn this had a note of pepper or pimento. Funny, Jaisalmer has a pimento note, go figure!
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    He he...

    To me, Bois d'Ombrie basically smells like Avignon with a bottle of expensive Tuscan wine vinegar poured over it. I love it, but I included it more as a novelty than anything I expected people to actually like...

    Today I wore Warum's vintage Houbigant Quelques Fleurs L'Original.

    It was really nice, with aldehydic fruits over soapy musk. The heart had a sparkly grape note that smelled a lot like dry white wine, which I really liked.

    I wrote a bunch more details in the Today I Sampled thread on the men's board, which is where I usually indulge my wordy side...

    I'll add in a sample of (non-vintage) Quelques Fleurs Royale and get this mailed on soon...
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    I used to have a bottle of Quelques Fleurs in the late 80s. I wonder how it compares to QF L'Original and Royale. Can't wait to find out!

    I continue working on Rogalal's package. Tonight I tried Quarzazate. The nose is Mark Buxton, who is one of my favorites. Quarzazate starts with a very strong labdanum note, then incense comes in and never leaves, but it has a green note that I like very much, could it be the sage? The notes according to Luckyscent are: incense, pepper, nutmeg, clary sage, wenge, musk, vanilla, labdanum absolute, Kashmir wood. I definitely would like to have some of this, it has become my second favorite of the CdG Incense series after Avignon, although I really like all of them.
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    Oh, you got it! Great!
    I think our chemistries are very different -- I got a huge bouquet of flowers from this one for a couple of minutes and then a naughty tobacco leaf smell. Makes me think about those women back in the days who were women of the world, wore perfume and smoked cigarettes and that's the only way their children remembered them -- as completely adored and inaccessible mothers. That's why I don't feel like I can pull that one off very easily, having a caring/nurturing personality. Got very little aldehydes, by the way.

    Feel free to review in lengths, I truly enjoyed your longer post on the sample male thread and am really happy that you got a compliment!

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    I received Doc Elly’s perfume sampler from Coopmom a couple of days ago.
    (Thank you both.) And I have had a chance to smell them.

    I’d like to mention how much I appreciate Doc Elly’s getting herself “out there” (brass ones ) and offering us all the opportunity to smell the perfumes she actually makes! It’s my hope that these scent vials (since they are generous) will continue to circulate among basenoters after our little circulation is complete.

    She calls her fragrance line Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes. She has broken down her line into three separate categories: ‘Orchid Scents’, ‘The Perfumer’s Perfumes’, and ‘Scents of Place’.

    On the whole, these have a sort of earth-wise, fantastical-realm, ‘naturalistic’ feel to them – if that makes sense – not unlike BPAL, or even aspects of SSS.

    I need to qualify my lack of reviews for the Orchid series. But I felt that my inability to appreciate orchid-type florals made my considerations worthless. I do, however look forward to reading the impressions of the others in line to receive these, after me.


    Scents of Place:

    Arizona – IMO this was the stand-out best of the line. A somewhat-traditional, yet artisinal, spicy-woody scent, with a strong cinnamon and almost-animalic drydown. Shades of Halston’s classic Z-14 .

    Carolina – A bit of a shape-shifter; I liked the direction I started off heading, which was into a breathy meadow of tulips and greenery. It quickly dissipated though, and I was very suddenly overtaken by a lamp-bergery ‘thick’ coconut and cinnamon and ultimately left with a coco-nutty caramel gourmand-ish scent. This one strikes me as two distinct scents sitting one on top of the other. One I like, one I don’t exactly care for. I’d be interested to smell that curiously un-citric and transparent green note developed further and ultimately be supported by something more intuitive, like fig leaves (Goutal’s Ninfeo Mio), peonies and musk (HdP’s Vert Pivoine) or even benzoins and woods ala PG’s Querelle.

    Kingston Ferry – Another spicy woody, but this one was quite too camphorous and medicinal for me to “wear”. However, in theory, I am quite drawn to the liniment effect in perfumery, as in Cartier’s Baiser du Dragon… and I could imagine the bright woods of this one supporting something sweeter and more effervescent, like aldehydes and jasmine. I also registered a too-harsh hit of either pepper of freesia, which could have been toned down. I also thought the aquatic green (cucumber? melon?) element was superfluous.




    Olympic Rainforest – I was immediately drawn to this notion, a lover of the whole rainforest concept as well as some rather “hippie” rain-inspired concoctions I have purchased for my bath and home. And it pretty much delivered. This one recalled my deeper past as a child of hippies, health-food-store aromatic oils and more-natural (pre-ozonic) notions of “water” as rendered by scent. I rather liked the sharp silvery accord in this (cinquefoil?), and would have liked it “cranked-up”. I wished cinnamon had played less of a role in this one, but I was not actually upset about it. I picked up on the successful integration of elements in this one and considered the overall effect very nice. My second favorite of the line. If I encountered a room scent that smelled like this, I’d likely buy it.


    The Perfumer’s Perfumes

    Olympic Amber – This reminded me of a compact of solid perfumes I had as a girl. It was by Coty and represented the “woods”. There were four little sections inside: sandalwood, patchouli, teak, and amber. (I have no idea how they determined what ‘teak’ smelled like, but it was the 70s and teak was big!) Anyway, that was quite a nice association, and this powdery, vaguely ‘dark’ amber really hit close to the Coty 70's-era-notion-of-amber mark.


    Siam Proun – This one stared out very sudsy-soapy for me, like the smell of Joy dishsoap, actually. The very dominant orange and lemon notes underscored by more-‘sanitizing’ herbal smells, like thyme and rosemary, just did not allow me to get past the citrus-cleanser experience. I felt it wanting to stretch toward a quirky garden-inspired herbal chypre, like Eau du Soir, but it will need some genre re-working.

    A Midsummer’s Day’s Dream – I was excited to experience another great, ultra-green start, ala Carolina, and hoped for a thoroughly green ride. I chuckled to smell the figginess and tart berries appear, as I clearly smelled its similarity to Ninfeo Mio, and enjoyed it. I very much appreciated its careful portioning of berry to fig, as a sort of unique ‘figberry’note appeared, which neither leaned on way nor the other, and evoked something unique, association-wise. (And if that isn’t what perfume should do, I don’t know what is.) I lamented the vanillic-amber siege that occurred after a spell, though; my 'green dream 'had come to an end. A well-blended, if fickle scent. I do now realise I’d like to have candles burning that smell like under-ripe, green figs and tart blackberries. Yum!


    Fleurs de Glace – This one was described in the accompanying brochure as being ‘sharp and icy’, and it was. Sadly, I lack the aroma-chemical vocabulary to name the harsh, bitter green note that it introduces itself with, but it’s present in both Cristalle and the new Escale Dior series. I don’t dislike this note at all, but it was a hard thing to palate (I felt) totally-unobfuscated by artful top notes, like bergamot, or galbanum or neroli, which might have dissipated ‘just in time’ for it’s 'rough edges' to have softened. As soon as the caustic affront did ebb, though, sadly, I was once again overwhelmed by an onslaught of artificial vanillas. This one I bluntly did not ‘get’.
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    I tried the last two scents from Rogalal's package. The Virginia Cedar and Himalayan Cedarwood essential oils. The Virginia Cedar is more consistent with the Cedar notes I am used to smell in perfumes. The Himalayan Cedarwood is creamier and more resinous. Very lovely. It is nice to have an opportunity to try essential oils, it helps with recognition and appreciation of perfumes.

    I also received yesterday another package with Houbigant's Quelques Fleurs the Original and Quelques Fleurs Royale. I had a bottle of Quelques Fleurs in the late 80s. I don't think it was called "the Original" then. This samples seemed a little greener and sharper in the top notes than what I remembered, but it could be that I dabbed this one instead of spraying. It is also likely that it has been reformulated since. It is still very nice and the heart and drydown are definitely what I rememberd. The Royale version is very different and I was not familiar with it. It is nice, but it did not impressed me enough to run for a FB or even a decant.
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    Hillaire's Amouage package arrived yesterday! I'll be reviewing these one at a time, as I go through them.

    Amouage - Gold ( Men's )

    This one has quite the reputation, and I can see why, though with all the Amouages I've tried up till now, I've found it balanced and not excessive.

    Gold goes on slightly soapy and astringent on me, but not excessively so. I find it hard to tease apart the individual notes, but civet, rose, jasmine, and some other white floral touches lurk in the background in a very traditional, powdery treatment of the notes. I believe there may also be some frankincense in here, but it's not as prominent as what I smelled in Ubar or Gold for women.

    As it dries down the soap fades and I'm in comfortable and oddly familiar territory. Things are skanky indeed down here, but not in the vein I've smelled in things like MKK, but rather like what I've smelled in some discontinued classics like Lanvin's My Sin parfum and La Nuit by Paco Rabanne. In fact I'd say the drydown is an almost exact midpoint between those two fragrances.

    All in all Gold is quite wearable for me once the drydown is reached, but not FBW, as I'd rather just spring for a bottle of La Nuit, which while discontinued, is still readily available.

    I've worn the woman's Gold and I can definitely see these as being closely related fragrances, but I'm kind of at a loss as to what makes them his and hers. Gold for women's overall accord can be best described as "skanky baby power" to my nose, and Gold for men's, "skanky floral soap". None of the usual "for men" additions like lavender, citrus, or woods.

    All in all, another modern vintage fragrance from Amouage.

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    Glad to read your thoughts, Sugandaraja! I totally agree about the Gold men's and women's 'difference' being very vague. I wear the Man just as easily and comfortably as Woman. Gold Woman further has a metallic edge I find sort of 'manly'.
    But don't forget.. that the Gold duo are actually vintage 'vintage' fragrances. They go 'way back' .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillaire View Post
    Glad to read your thoughts, Sugandaraja! I totally agree about the Gold men's and women's 'difference' being very vague. I wear the Man just as easily and comfortably as Woman. Gold Woman further has a metallic edge I find sort of 'manly'.
    But don't forget.. that the Gold duo are actually vintage 'vintage' fragrances. They go 'way back' .
    Wow. It actually predates La Nuit!

    What did western guys in 1983 make of Gold for men, I wonder? That's long before the ambiguous unisex freshies of the '90s and the "it's all just scent" attitude that prevails on places like Basenotes.

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    Well, I'm sorry to report that the next one? Not so hot.

    Amouage - Lyric Man

    The top notes are decently pleasant - sort of a creamy-fresh rose, neither too overt or too subtle, nor interrupted by other entities.

    The drydown is, well, disaster, at least on my skin. I can't muster one nice thing to say about it. It's like the entire fragrance just keels over and drowns itself in the smell of cheap, nasty laundry detergent.

    It's a total scrubber for me - if only it would come off! This stuff is tenacious!

    Amouage - Dia For Men

    Now this, this I can really warm to.

    The opening is a pleasant incense. I've grown accustomed to the "Amouage" incense note, and it's much subtler, lighter, and more "high pitched" than I generally run across. It's a clarinet to the trumpet of the more typical incense interpretations, and that note is highlighted here with an extremely subtle woody-floral back drop.

    In the drydown with powdery woods, somewhat akin to those in the drydown of Clive Christian X For Men, but much smoother, softer, and accented with a touch of civet. There's something I really about the texture, the "feel" of the drydown I find hard to describe. "Silken" comes close.

    As a "men's" companion to Gold it makes more sense to me than the men's Gold. Though woody-incense is an overpopulated field these days, Ciel is definitely a classy edition, and one of my favorite interpretations of this theme.
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    My parcel contains loads to try. I shall name and review as I go along. Bear in mind I'm not that expert on notes and may have them wrong, but I shall say what I think they smell like to me.

    1- Heavenly Peach Banquet by Nukapai - Nice peach almond first notes. My skin rapidly turned this into a sweetie that I am very familiar with but couldn't identify. Something akin to those candy necklaces as a child. Then there was quite a harsh note like bitter almonds which persisted for a bit, but when this subsided it turned to something all soft and peachy and gentle. It is a playful perfume for a young girl. I would have liked it more with less of the harsh middle if it is work in progress.

    2 - Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford - Creamy suede with a hint of tobacco appearing in a seamless gentle way. A real manly smell. I see a charming handsome mediterranean man in a dapper casual suit. He walks past you and you catch a whiff. It makes you want more, maybe a little snuffle behind his ears. The tobacco element develops further but never too strong. It fades gently like the memory of a good evening. The man goes to bed, all bathed, clean and smelling faintly of vanilla with some incense burning in a far away room..... Absolute winner for me. I would like my man to smell of this.

    3 - Orange Blossom by Gorilla perfumes - Oooph. A powerful blast of spicy blossom. No shy entrance from this one. It's like a shotgun up the nose. The spicy part keeps it from being overtly floral. This is dangerously close to the love/hate line but just about stays on the good side. It then turned tuberosy on me and fades out gently that way. Quite pretty at the very end.

    4 - Encens Flamboyant by Anick Goutal - A fast blast of frankincense spice like pink pepper and grapefruit together. It's fresh and zingy like lemon sherbet. A nice subtle strength too. I can imagine someone very fresh and sporty wearing this pleasant and light perfume. After a while a musky note appears underneath very softly. The whole thing is gentle and shortlived.

    5 - Jasmin et cigarette by Etat Libre d'orange - A quiet blossom, soft and pure then goes muskyish. I quite liked this one but it didn't last long enough. Not much after just half an hour. I would have liked this to be more forceful than it is. I wanted more of it, but I would wear this on a hot day.

    6 - Sweet lime and cedar by Jo Malone - A sharp blast of lime at first. It smells like a mans cologne. A clean washing powder sort of smell. I wouldn't mind it for washing powder but not as a scent. It may smell nicer on a man. Half an hour later it turned to fly spray on me. Sorry Jo, if I wasn't testing this it would be a scrubber. I actually hated this one.
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    7 - Gold by Donna Karen - Very rich, deep, creamy floral. A sort of enormous perfume not for the faint hearted. I'm picking up so many smells at once that I think it is a big muddle of a smell. It's like smelling the massive bouquets at weddings with gigantic lilies in the middle with a tiny hint of old vase water. I think the silage on this one would be too much for me. I only put such a tiny bit on, so I hate to think how smelly I would be with a normal amount on. I'm thinking big hats, flowery dresses and Ascot with this one. It becomes quite pleasant after a considerable time. It would need to be put on two hours before going out. Definitely not for the office.
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    8 - Roses et Chocolat by Ayala Moriel - This does exactly what it says on the box but really nicely done. A lovely bitter chocolate with such a lovely rose in the perfect combination. The proof of the nice art of perfume.

    9 - Song of Songs by Ayala Moriel - Very familiar, like a liqueur that I could not name. It morphs to a gentle churchy smell with a warmth behind it. The ingredients belie its smell. I like this perfumers work in these two and it makes me want to try more of hers.
    Currently wearing: Gilda by Pierre Wulff

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    I have been testing the Vintage "greens" package from Mumsy the last few days. I love green scents, and the ones I have tested have been very enjoyable so far.

    Ma Griffe by Carven - both vintage and reformulated - I tried these side by side, one on each wrist. The reformulated version was softer and a little sweeter on me, but disappeared in less than 30 minutes. The vintage version, on the other hand was very sharp at first, kind of disappeared in the middle, and then the cinnamon in the base note lasted for a
    l-o-o-o-o-ng time. I love cinnamon in a perfume, too, so I liked that a lot. Maybe I'm immune to whatever is in the mid-notes?

    Scherrer by Jean-Louis Scherrer - This was a cool, shady green to me. Longevity was very nice - I don't know about the sillage, but I could smell it wherever I went. Made me think of being deep in a forest. Not piney exactly, but cool and fresh smelling.

    Chantilly by Houbigant - I don't get so much green from this one. Is it meant to be? It is a quiet scent on me, but very very pleasant. I get more of a floral mix, a faint orange whiff and a soft, powdery kind of vanilla dry down. I think I might like to find this, at least another sample, to see how it wears on me. If I didn't have to pass it on and allow others to try it, I would use the regular 5-6 sprays to wear to work tomorrow...

    Mumsy, I liked your review of Tuscan Leather - particularly the part about
    a little snuffle behind his ears
    . I don't know you but I can picture it all the same....
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    The Chantilly wasn't meant to be a green. My package was greens and Houbigants. I'm sniffing as hard as I can with mine too.

    10 - Gold by Donna Karen - Very rich, deep and creamy floral. A fulsome smell of all flowers together to me. I actually think this is a great big muddle of a smell, and far too strong.

    11 - The scent of Peace by Bond no9 - A bit like one of those air fresheners in a car. Sharp and flowery at the same time with a metal twang. Smells cheap and nasty.
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    12 - Lust by Gorilla Perfumes - Blimey mate....It does what it says says on the packet. My husbands comment without knowing the name was 'bottom'. No further comment needed really. It took two washes to get it off too.

    13 - The smell of Freedom by gorilla Perfumes - This is very strong. This is a quite nice citrusy, sandalwood, indian soap sort of smell in a perfume.

    14 - Imogen Rose by Gorilla Perfumes - Another very strong one. The nicest of the four. An extremely powerful Rose Absolute with musky, slightly spicy notes.

    All four Gorilla/Lush perfumes are incredibly strong. I think I would prefer them all watered down a bit. It's like smelling 100% essential oils. Maybe I am?
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    15 - Vanilla and Anise - Jo Malone - A powerful first blast of anise, settling down to an unexpected liquorice sweetie smell. A bit wierd but quite fresh. Both hers I have tested get turned a bit fly sprayish on my skin at first. I feel sure this is meant to be delicate. It gets softer at drydown.

    I saw that a pomegranate is coming from Rogalal. Do you guys want me to hang on to these two Malones till that catches up?
    Currently wearing: Gilda by Pierre Wulff

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    16 - Insolence by Guerlain - A soft and pretty fruit/raspberries/flowers/cream with a hint of spices in a soft vanilla. Clear, understated elegance whilst remaining delicate. A wonderful first perfume for a young feminine girl. I would actually buy this for my daughter.
    Currently wearing: Gilda by Pierre Wulff

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    Quote Originally Posted by mumsy View Post
    I saw that a pomegranate is coming from Rogalal. Do you guys want me to hang on to these two Malones till that catches up?
    Do whatever you like, but I had intended it stylistically as part of the incense group. I've always found it makes more sense as woody incense with fruit than it does as a proper fruity scent.
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    Parfumerie Generale - Corps Et Ames

    Wow, I must add to Hillaire's call of "Where's the talk?" on this one. Of course, it's part of one of my favorite sub-genres: rose chypres.

    To my nose, Corps Et Ames forms a bridge between big, nocturnal voluptuaries like Knowing and Soir de Lune and clean, green, forest roses like Domeneco Caraceni and L'Ombre Dans L'Eau, melding the dense complexity of the former with the sharp intensity of the latter, the final result being something sophisticated, fierce, and mysterious.

    To my nose it's geranium, galbanum, bergamot, moss, and I'm almost sure some cypress, all suspended in an intriguing transparent woodiness, like an opaque chypre heart inside a glass tree. It stays fresh, yet lasts seemingly forever, an unusual quality in a classically styled chypre.

    I can't say my feelings are as simple as "I like it", but I feel I've experienced something innovative, beautiful, and artistic.

    Grossmith Classics - Shem el Nessim

    Powder assault! It's kind of like someone stole the almond note from the modern Farnesiana and presented it almost unadorned in an aridly sweet powder accord.

    Sorry. Another scrubber!

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    Keep it up folks! This is so entertaining!

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    More in the green/Houbigant parcel from Mumsy:

    Musk - Alyssa Ashley by Houbigant - This takes me back to junior high, when we all wanted to smell "sexy". Apparently, I have a different definition of sexy now, and it doesn't involve unwashed body parts. Although there are several light musks that I like (Mure et Musc most notably), sadly this is not one of them. This is all musk, all the time, with a little greasy metal thrown in. Ick.

    On the other hand....

    Yendi by Roberto Capucci - Yum. Yum, yum, yum. This, in contrast to the Scherrer I tested earlier, is a warm, soft green scent on my skin. It seems kind of salty somehow. I can't really pick up any specific note, and that might be because it's very well put together - or that I am totally incapable of defining something this good. Or both. I would buy this today, but I read in the directory that it's discontinued. Wa-a-a-h. Surely the rest of you wouldn't miss this when you receive Mumsy's parcel???
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    For Yendi, look on German e-bay. There are often little affordable minis to be had there, and occasionally a big bottle on American e-bay. Very pricy though for the big ones. It is my favourite smell of all time above all others..... so far.....
    Currently wearing: Gilda by Pierre Wulff

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    17 - Lavender & Italian Lemon by Potter & Moore - A lovely and uncomplicated cologne. Made with good quality ingredients and it shows. A beautiful blend for a summer day.

    18 - Ormonde Woman by Ormonde Jayne - I'm getting a citrusy note like bergamot or green lemons with black pepper. Sophisticated and fresh for a hot day. Mid notes turn more spicy with something like oregano and lemon balm. It then softens to a creamier sandalwoody note with just a hint of the spices left. I love this and would consider buying it as a holiday fragrance.
    Currently wearing: Gilda by Pierre Wulff

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    19 - So New York by Bond no9 - Initially smells a bit sharp and plummy but settles down a bit to a soapy, fruity floral. It reminds me of Avon Treselle but not so fruity. It doesn't quite get unpleasant but isn't exactly terribly lovely either. Rather dull on me. It may smell lovely on someone else.
    Currently wearing: Gilda by Pierre Wulff

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    20 - Chinatown by Bond no9 - Something like lemongrass then tuberose with cedar or vetiver? It struck me that it was trying to be like a sweet and sour chinese dish. The mid notes come over all incense/fruity on me. Wierd, but not unpleasant.
    Currently wearing: Gilda by Pierre Wulff

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    21 - Fashion Avenue by Bond no9 - Floral? A Hyacinth with a tiny hint of spice? I'm not a floral wearer but I was surprised to like the impression of a single natural flower settling to a light floral musk on me. Never was I more amazed to read the ingredients bore no resemblance to what I thought I had smelt. Don't look this up before you smell it. Maybe my nose had just got really confused.

    22 - Bleecker Street by Bond no9 - I was picking up citrus with green notes. This would be nice on an older man. It reminds me of my grandfathers era. It then turns a bit spicy. This one is just a nice smell rather than special.

    23 - Saks Fifth Avenue for her by Bond no9 - Tuberose and sweetness. I just cannot abide this sort of smell. It rivals Versaces Blond for the worst tuberose in my humble opinion. A hideous scrubber for me. Sorry no 9 creators.

    Thank you to all those who put in these perfumes. I've been having such fun with this box. That's me all done. My nose needs a rest. That was quite a sniffing marathon. All coming to you now coopmom....
    Currently wearing: Gilda by Pierre Wulff

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    Bah. I reviewed Gold twice and forgot this. (10 should have been)

    10 - Noix de Tuberose by Miller Harris - With my personal hatred of tuberose, I very nearly didn't even try this on. What a good job I did. This is delightful. This presents all the good parts of tuberose and leaves all the brash parts out. This is gentle and nutty, drying to a gentle sweet amber. The only nice tuberose I have smelt so far.
    Currently wearing: Gilda by Pierre Wulff

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