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    Parfumerie Generale - Cologne Grand Siecle

    Very pleasant, fresh, cologne-style fragrance with a lemon and neroli tilt. Like most colognes, very poor lengevity - a couple hours at most. Good for what it is, but I'm not sure I'd pay PG prices for a momentary refreshment.

    Grosmith Classics - Phul-nana

    Me and this line do not get along. Another intense powder-bomb, but this time shifted in a potpourri floral direction. Perhaps a hint of jasmine and tuberose, but emersed in an odd waxy floral powderiness I find off-putting.

    Scrubber the third.

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    The last two scents from Mumsy's package that I tried:

    Emeraude by Coty- I know this a classic. But on my weird skin it started off with a very sour, musty smell. Eventually, it dried down to a sweet vanilla that lasted quite a while, but I don't think it was worth the wait.

    First by Van Cleef & Arpels- this scent was just okay for me. I didn't really get much past the first green blast, and while it calmed down pretty quickly, after that it was not very exciting. At least to me...

    I didn't sample the Ivoire that Mumsy included, because I already know that I love it, nor the Cabotine, because I have already tried it as well. The winnersin this package for me was the Yendi and after that, the Chantilly. Thanks, Mumsy for the chance to try these, and they're off to Haunanil as soon as I get back from vacation with my family next week.
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    Parfumerie Generale - Cologne Grand Siecle

    Very pleasant, fresh, cologne-style fragrance with a lemon and neroli tilt. Like most colognes, very poor lengevity - a couple hours at most. Good for what it is, but I'm not sure I'd pay PG prices for a momentary refreshment.

    Grosmith Classics - Phul-nana

    Me and this line do not get along. Another intense powder-bomb, but this time shifted in a potpourri floral direction. Perhaps a hint of jasmine and tuberose, but emersed in an odd waxy floral powderiness I find off-putting.

    Scrubber the third.
    I am so thrilled you love C&A! And the Grand Siecle is prob my second fave PG.

    And I am also happy to know I have a fellow Grossmith dis-liker out there. That stuff is 'GROSS'.

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    I've been a bit busy with the simian scent launch so I'll write up my reviews later. I did absolutely love Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford and I've also fallen for Cuir Beluga by Guerlain - but the former seems somehow more worth the investment, given that Guerlain's scent is mostly an ambery vanilla and those can be had for less than $250. Doesn't stop me liking it of course.

    Mumsy - the Gorilla samples are at 15% of perfume in alcohol. That's the strength for some Eau De Parfums (they vary a fair amount; tend to be on the more diluted side these days though). Pure perfumes are sold at 20-40%. The full bottles from that range are actually at 20%.

    I'd love to smell what you're smelling with the Heavenly Orange Blossom in the middle. It's not turned that way on the other people I've experimented on. Hmmm!

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    Have you ever breathed on your clean skin after being in the sun for a little while? Try huffing humid breath on the crook of your arm then quickly sniff your own body scent. My natural skin smell is like musky black pepper. That is what I add to all perfumes, so I don't enhance the pretty, delicate floral sides of a perfume, only the spices and resins and greens.

    I am surprised the gorilla range aren't stronger than that. Maybe I was trying EDT's all around them and they just seemed that way. Or I may have been trying all the scents on too fast and had a very confused nose. That is highly possible. I wouldn't take my opinion too seriously. I am no expert at describing smells.
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    Mumsy, I love how you describe your own scent! I wish more people did that I smell kind of like cream, which means that many gourmands, vanillas and fruity florals go OTT on me. I really like chypres in particular on me, in terms of how they suit my skin. I turn everything soft and/or sweet. The Gorilla Lust (haha) smells very skin-scent-y on me after 2 hours. It's my favourite by far from the range. You smell the amber-ylang more than the jasmine for most of the time on me.

    The other reason those samples seem so pokey is that Mark and Si like to use a lot of quite heady natural materials!

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    The gorilla lust went like nothing I can describe politely on me. My sister and I were rolling around in complete hysterics with tears rolling down our cheeks. (After a glass or two of wine I might add). We didn't consider that I should wear it out in public unless I wanted big trouble. It didn't smell quite like that on her. She turns all perfumes to soap in seconds. Funnily enough the Vivien Westwood boudoir which is supposedly skanky smells delicious and floral on her, and actually lasts.

    I just loved the way the applicator worked though. Is there a technical term for it or is it a Gorilla secret?
    Currently wearing: Gilda by Pierre Wulff

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    I wish I'd been there! Sounds like a great evening! Funnily enough, Boudoir does not suit me. Goes a bit 'dead flower vase' on me.

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    Guerlains are with me. Here is the list:-
    180 ans
    Philtre d'amour
    Attrape Coeur
    Cuir Belugo
    Gourmand Coquin
    Bois Torride
    Purple fantasy
    Angelique Noire

    Gorillas:-
    The smell of weather turning
    Icon
    Ladyboy
    Exhale
    Superworldunknown
    Bscent
    Love
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    I really didn't want to let the Guerlains go anywhere! It seems that even the 'meh' offerings from that house captivate me somehow. My absolute favourite from that bunch is Cuir Beluga (the simple ambery vanilla that it is), but I also really liked 180 ans and even Gourmand Coquin, the latter of which surprised me as I wasn't expecting to find that pleasant.

    I don't like Attrape Coeur (philistine! I know). And Bois Torride felt like some new celebrity scent slotted in there by mistake. Purple Fantasy was bit more of a Nightmare too.

    None of them scrubbers, like I said, but there were definite likes and dislikes.

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    MDCI - Peche Cardinal

    I love the peach note here. It's one I'm familiar with in the background of Estee Lauder's PC Tuberose Gardenia, but here brought much further forward and made somewhat fresher and softer ( no gardenia "cheese" despite a distinct lactonic quality ). It doesn't smell like fruits and flowers mixed, but rather, the fruitiness inherent in some flowers brought to prominence. It's a peach made of petals, and quite beautiful.

    When the peach fades, it becomes something of a gourmand tuberose, but a very soft and somewhat delicate one.

    I really love the first three, maybe four hours but there is a curious transparent candy note in the base that reminds me of Jungle Elephant; I'm not sure what it is, but it doesn't agree with me. ( I think this is quite possibly a dream fragrance for lovers of Jungle Elephant wanting a classy fruity-floral ).

    Highly recommended, despite the fact that I'm not shelling over hundreds to own it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hillaire View Post
    And I am also happy to know I have a fellow Grossmith dis-liker out there. That stuff is 'GROSS'.
    Grossmith was a complete surprise to me. Turn-of-the-century revivals sound right up my alley, but these? A big "I'll pass" here.

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    Parfumerie Generale - Mio Bjao

    I really enjoyed this, and surprised myself in loving a fairly simple fruity-floral. I used to think I hated this genre, but when it smells as lovely as this and a few others I've smelled recently, I realize it's all about how it's done.

    The top notes are a sweet, soft, rounded, and "perfumey" pineapple note, curiously honeyed ( hawthorn? ) and fading into a pillowy white-floral base. I don't find it complex, but there's an extremely naturalistic beauty to it I love. It's very comforting.

    Now, if only I could find out where this comes from...? Parfumerie Generale makes no mention of it, and I can't find it sold anywhere. Help!

    Parfums MDCI - Enlevement Au Serail

    I figured I'd be all set to adore this one after reading a few reviews, but I'm afraid it's another soap-monster on me. For the first hour or so there's that soap note, plus some intriguing background skank. I'll admit the dirty-clean aspect is interesting, I just don't find it enjoyable.

    In the base the soap retreats a little and a nice dark jasmine and castoreum come discernably forward, in a very "vintage" style, but all in all it's not enough to shift this to something I like.

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    Guerlain - 180 Ans - This on me is something like almonds, possibly vanilla, lemony turning to orange flower with a touch of rum and spice. It reminds me of the smell of the Christmas pudding mixture but as a gentle perfume. Also a bit like baby powder with almonds in. Not what I was expecting but very well blended and it presents itself gracefully. After 30 minutes on my skin it gets a bit peachy for me, but I cannot wear Mitsouko either and I turn Shalimar to powder.... It dried down rather softly and wasn't my sort of smell, but is obviously well blended and I can see it will be lovely on the right skin. This voyage of Guerlain will be very interesting for me.

    Gorilla perfumes - Love - Rose floral with cardomon or some spice like cinnamon plus a citrus note... green lemon or bergamot with a hint of green? Settles to a citrus cologne with a floral spice undertone - almost edible. Quite nice for a warm day actually. Rather fresh with a soft creamy undertone and a spicy tint. After a while an almost detergent clean smell, ok, but dangerously close to a chemical smell for a 'natural' perfume. I could still smell this one the next day.

    Gorilla perfume - Superworldunknown - Good name for this one. Something like sweeties, lemons, oranges, flowers and chocolate, all at once. Quite nose confusing at the beginning. It smells rather like one of those green lime eclairs with chocolate in the middle after you have just undone the wrapper. This gets a bit better as it goes along, some woody and spicy vanilla type undertones arrive, reminding me of the smell of the white paper bag with just the remains of the green eclairs at the bottom.

    Gorilla perfume - Ladyboy - A wierd beginning here. Pear drops and amyle nitrate with a gentle spicy floral note I don't recognise. It then smells slightly musty like sex on very wet lemongrass and straw. There is then something like wet hay with an earthy smell like the ground of an exotic garden at night. it then lifts to a hint of the still night air within that, the air loaded with slightly strange flowers. I'm not sure I liked this very much but it was an interesting journey.
    Currently wearing: Gilda by Pierre Wulff

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    Great reviews, mumsy! The "weird stuff" in Ladyboy is probably seaweed absolute.

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    I received the parcel from Mumsy today. There's so many samples, I think it's going to take me a while to try them all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugandaraja View Post
    Parfumerie Generale - Mio Bjao



    Now, if only I could find out where this comes from...? Parfumerie Generale makes no mention of it, and I can't find it sold anywhere. Help!
    I got my bottle as a gift, from a friend after he went to see Pierre Guillaume give a talk at Les Senteurs in London. I received it along with two other PG bottles that were signed by PG, but it was not signed. I wrote to the friend asking him about the origins, release info, etc. So, I shall get back to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillaire View Post
    I got my bottle as a gift, from a friend after he went to see Pierre Guillaume give a talk at Les Senteurs in London. I received it along with two other PG bottles that were signed by PG, but it was not signed. I wrote to the friend asking him about the origins, release info, etc. So, I shall get back to you.
    Thanks sooo much! ( And wow, can I borrow your friends? )

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    Thanks sooo much! ( And wow, can I borrow your friends? )
    Ok, here is the scoop. He got it as a free gift-y thing the night PG spoke at Les Senteurs last Fall. So he assumed it was an upcoming scent, a preview (It's just an ounce.), though I have not seen that happen, and that talk was last October! I saw a woman on MUA had a bottle, too. So I guess I am not the only one.

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    Amouage - Opus II

    I find something very compelling about Opus II's top notes - dry, dusty, yet intensely herbal without being sharp, tart, or green. A spice cupboard blend suspended in a dessicated, powdery, fougere accord, it distinctly reminds me of some herbalists' shops I've been in, realized in a pleasing, refined way rather than in the style of so many aromatherapy blends you often find in such places.

    One of my favorites of the line, though I'd never personally own it. Kind of a grown-up version of LV's Spezie.

    Amouage - Silver Cologne

    Amouage doing fresh? Well, I hope that doesn't last long - oh wait, it doesn't.

    Almost as soon as a somewhat airy citrus is out of the gate it morphs into familiar Amouage territory of incense, powdery florals, and skank. It's nice, but I'm not wowed by it, and I like the more bold and intriguing variant of this found in the women's Gold. Given the Golds, and also Ubar, and quite possibly the Silvers ( wouldn't know, I've yet to try them - but I'm assuming this is a flanker? ), I'm not sure Amouage is saying anything new with another fragrance on this theme.

    Worth trying if "Women's Gold Light" sounds good to you.

    Well, this is it for me and the Amouages. All in all I'm very happy to try this but find Amouage to be a hit-and-miss line for me, and their distinctive style is a sometime-thing. I think there are a number of great Amouages out there ( Ubar still tops the list for me ), but I'll never be an Amouage fan the way I'm a Serge Lutens fan.

    Just for fun, a star rating for those I did and didn't write a full review for...

    Ubar - 5 ( Perfection.. )
    Opus II - 4.5
    Jubiliation 25 - 4
    Gold For Men - 3.5
    Dia For Men - 3.5
    Ciel For Men - 2.5
    Silver Cologne - 2.5
    Lyric Man - 1.5
    Reflection Man - 0.5 ( I have no words... )

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    Back from hols...

    Gorilla Perfumes - Icon - Smoky, lavendery, camphorous, wood with incense. I quite liked this one of all I have tried so far. It was more gentle on the nose than the others. It reminded me of entering an old unopened manor house, full of mothballs and old lovingly polished mysore Indian wood furniture. It dries down to a sort of dusty gentle myrrh incense.

    Gorilla Perfumes - The smell of weather turning - Well, if the above was the house, then this is it's garden. You are by a musty shed smelling damp bay trees, and the gardeners cigar is wafting in the distance. The sun has come out, the bees are buzzing and the trees are drying. Very evocative and true to the strange name. Dries down to a woodsy, earthy talc. I quite liked this too. Again more gentle than the first batch I tried.

    Gorilla Perfumes - Bscent - I didn't know what to make of this one. Furniture polish came to mind. Not unpleasant but not like perfume. Odd, but nice in its way.

    Gorilla Perfumes - Exhale - This had a citrus fruity note which quickly merged into deep green woods. Like an older mans aftershave. It lifts in the drydown to a gentle spicy, very slightly smoky woods. Comforting and safe like a lovely big bearhug from someone you love. I could see this one as a classic.
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    Amouage - Opus II

    I find something very compelling about Opus II's top notes - dry, dusty, yet intensely herbal without being sharp, tart, or green. A spice cupboard blend suspended in a dessicated, powdery, fougere accord, it distinctly reminds me of some herbalists' shops I've been in, realized in a pleasing, refined way rather than in the style of so many aromatherapy blends you often find in such places.

    One of my favorites of the line, though I'd never personally own it. Kind of a grown-up version of LV's Spezie.

    Amouage - Silver Cologne

    Amouage doing fresh? Well, I hope that doesn't last long - oh wait, it doesn't.

    Almost as soon as a somewhat airy citrus is out of the gate it morphs into familiar Amouage territory of incense, powdery florals, and skank. It's nice, but I'm not wowed by it, and I like the more bold and intriguing variant of this found in the women's Gold. Given the Golds, and also Ubar, and quite possibly the Silvers ( wouldn't know, I've yet to try them - but I'm assuming this is a flanker? ), I'm not sure Amouage is saying anything new with another fragrance on this theme.

    Worth trying if "Women's Gold Light" sounds good to you.

    Well, this is it for me and the Amouages. All in all I'm very happy to try this but find Amouage to be a hit-and-miss line for me, and their distinctive style is a sometime-thing. I think there are a number of great Amouages out there ( Ubar still tops the list for me ), but I'll never be an Amouage fan the way I'm a Serge Lutens fan.

    Just for fun, a star rating for those I did and didn't write a full review for...

    Ubar - 5 ( Perfection.. )
    Opus II - 4.5
    Jubiliation 25 - 4
    Gold For Men - 3.5
    Dia For Men - 3.5
    Ciel For Men - 2.5
    Silver Cologne - 2.5
    Lyric Man - 1.5
    Reflection Man - 0.5 ( I have no words... )
    You forgot Ciel Woman . And did you forget Dia Woman, too? Or did I miss it?
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    Cuir Beluga - Guerlain - I'm getting spices and powder. It smells like a very subtle Moroccan market stall. Hot vanilla and something like cardomon with a hint of nuts and fruit skins, maybe apricots. There are new leather jackets hanging in the distance giving a sharp newly cured note, like an almondy note, almost like a chocolate vanilla with a tiny lifting top note similar to a menthol lift without the mint. Not a young persons smell. It dries down to a sophisticated velvety, spicy, vanilla powder and remains there for ages. I'm not sure I would like to wear this. The sharp note on the vanilla reminds me too much of baby sick, albeit not unpleasant.
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    Attrape Coeur - Guerlain - Exactly as a perfume should be in my textbook version in my head. Opening slightly spicy, heady, heavy floral creamy heliotrope with the changes morphing very gently and imperceptably. It reminds me of a dark violet flower opening slowly up on my hand, gently allowing me to smell deeper and deeper to a creamy centre. There is a fruity note lifting it away from the cloying zone, but not dominating. It melts gently into a soft bed of ambery, spicy, flower petals but doesn't ever get too floral or too vanilla. This is my favourite Guerlain so far and I think my favourite of all the pass the parcel frags so far. I may have to buy this one. It feels classy, womanly and sophisticated.
    Currently wearing: Gilda by Pierre Wulff

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    Quote Originally Posted by mumsy View Post
    Cuir Beluga - Guerlain - I'm getting spices and powder. It smells like a very subtle Moroccan market stall. Hot vanilla and something like cardomon with a hint of nuts and fruit skins, maybe apricots. There are new leather jackets hanging in the distance giving a sharp newly cured note, like an almondy note, almost like a chocolate vanilla with a tiny lifting top note similar to a menthol lift without the mint. Not a young persons smell. It dries down to a sophisticated velvety, spicy, vanilla powder and remains there for ages. I'm not sure I would like to wear this. The sharp note on the vanilla reminds me too much of baby sick, albeit not unpleasant.
    What a fun review! Baby sick? Eeeek! This was the sample I enjoyed the most (but just can't justify $250 for the full bottle - so much of that price tag is 'luxury extra' rather than the perfume).

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    Angelique Noire - Guerlaine - This gave a sharp greenish blast initially but settled down quickly to a gentle sweetie-esque green powder. It has a slight sharp edge that I do like along with a faint peppery note, although that could be me. This one reminds me of just bathed babies covered in Johnsons baby powder. Too sweet for me but a pleasant enough smell. I like the green note of it and would like to use it in my perfumes. I would be curious to know it's full ingredients list.
    Currently wearing: Gilda by Pierre Wulff

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    Gourmand Coquin - Guerlain - Across between a fluffy cat and pudding. Then on comes the vanilla talc again with cafe au lait and an underlying musky, dusty smell. Wierd at first, but gets nicer as it goes along. I definitely wouldn't wear this one, I would rather drink it before I went to bed. It has a Ovaltine type comforting smell, almost malty.
    Currently wearing: Gilda by Pierre Wulff

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    Philtre d'Amour - Guerlain - At last a let up from talc...A bright and cheerful citrus and spice beginning. Very fresh and with a twist of a barley sugar. This would be a lovely aftershave on a man. Lovely and fresh for a hot sunny day.

    Boise Torride - Guerlain - I like the opening of this. Spicy sweeties with woody oranges. It reminds me of Christmas and wood polish. I see this on a man too. I love orientals so I like this one. It is very gentle and lovely on the spicy notes.

    Purple Fantasy - Guerlain - This reminds me of jasmine rice with a delicate lemongrass flavoured thai meal. There is a tiny hint of something like caramel there too. I didn't mind it but it isn't a classic.

    My Guerlain summary is that I am delighted to have had the opportunity to try these lovely fragrances, so thank you very much. The quality of Guerlain sings out loud and clear, even if I didn't like the blend.

    They are coming to you now Coopmom.
    Currently wearing: Gilda by Pierre Wulff

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    So, here I am with my first shipment. I completely spaced this thread, sorry folks! By the way, I remembered about the thread because I was talking to my husband who wanted me to record my impressions from a wine we were having with dinner into our wine book. As a response, I complained that these days (is it Fall? Is it the Moon phase?) I can smell and taste perfectly well, I can tell whether I like it or not, and sometimes I can get a basic idea of what that is. Not much more. So, sorry folks, I am not at all at my best and not that good to start with.

    But I am testing Carons, many of which I dreamed of trying, and I am enjoying them. Right now I am in a stage of taking a tiny dab or a tiny squirt on my arm and recording initial impressions, "yay, nay or maybe".

    Acaciosa - I thought I would really like this one based on the notes but I don't. It is too loud and too sweet and just a little bit too strange on me. It's a really fine perfume, and I can tell that, but it is just not my style. Everything about it is not quite me. I could not discern any individual notes, it's a very smooth blend, but I can definitely see some fruity vibe going on. I will have to try another little squirt again to understand it better, but I doubt I would like it.

    Or et Noir - this one I do like. This is a wonderful floral that I can definitely imagine myself wearing.

    Farnesiana - when I saw hay in the description of the notes, I had my suspicions. I am told to stay away from grassy notes, since my skin will amplify those to unpleasantness. This is essentially what happened. The drydown felt sweet and I didn't like it. I guess it's a chemistry incompatibility issue.

    Montaigne - again, not me thing. I liked the narcissus (smells like real flowers I tried to breathe in during the long Spring), but I found it too green (again, my skin would amplify) at first and too sweet at the drydown. Not me.

    Aimez-Moi - for a while I thought I can't do violet. It's the violet leaf I can't do. The violet itself is fine and I can do it... but do I like it? I received a pleasant sweet smell of violet candy with a fleeting lasting power. I find it pleasant but not very memorable.

    If I sounded like I was unexcited, true enough, I was a bit disappointed by not being blown away by the things I had on my list forever. But today's testing was super enjoyable! For some reason, I didn't have these on my test list and they're very cool!

    Tabac Blonde - wow! the first impression was not favorable. I felt that I got a leather saddle along with horse sweat. Now, please excuse me if I am wrong since I've never actually smelled it. It was a weird association, but I felt a very strong, almost assaulting leather smell. Nothing pleasant or nice. When my husband smelled this part of it he didn't say anything but gave me a look that said, "are you out of your mind?!". Then a sweet note came in, and I started enjoying it more. He still didn't. Afterward, it started smelling like a floral perfume drop on a nice old leather glove. I loved it in this stage, and what about my husband? He asked what it was. He thought I washed off the offender and applied something else, while I have just waited. I loved the roller coaster of the interaction of leather and flowers. I am surprised to not find any tobacco (am I missing something in the name??) but I loved the middle stage and drydown which is still going strong and is vanillic, still leathery, and slightly powdery. A surprising and unexpected like.

    Narcisse Noir - this was a rendition of a daffodil which I liked a lot better. I enjoyed it all the time I had it on. I couldn't detect any other notes, but I enjoyed the harmonious scent coming from my arm. A like.

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    Posted in wrong thread.

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    The Greens from Mumsy. This package was such a treat! I usually try to stay away from vintage perfume (too much shopping on ebay and possible disappointment), but this package weakened my resolve to the point of "resistance is futile".

    Ma Griffe circa 1960s I adored! The later reformulated version I have in my collection, as well as some other versions of EDP and PDT. But there's nothing better than the version from the 1960s with the tender aldehydes at start, the beautiful milky greenness and powder in the drydown... this stuff is absolutely adorable, and I will be asking Mumsy to tell me what bottles/batch numbers/boxes etc. to look for. I am completely smitten by Ma Griffe the second time (the first time was when I tried another version of PDT, also the one that keeps eluding me). Notice that me and coopmom went opposite on this one -- I love the 1960s version -- this pattern will continue, as we are officially Opposite Scent Twins.
    Yendi -- nope. Dislike. Won't wear.
    Jean-Louis Scherrer -- absolutely adorable. I think it's even better than Chamade, but in the same line of aldehydes and hyacinths. Hyacinth is such a pretty green note. I truly loved this one and would love to get some, but I see that it can be pretty steep in price and rare as well...
    Cabotine it smelled too much like big white florals to me, and this is just not my genre. But by the drydown I smelled some lovely civet. I experience it as a very nice and comforting scent. Kitty fur, not kitty butt, as Evangeline put it. So no skunk, or at least no skunk for my nose. Pure comfort. I did not have a chance to find out whether others will run away from me or try to stick me in the shower since I usually sample privately.
    Chantilly turned on me mean and green. I used to say that I love me some green, but when I looked closer I realized that my "greens" are florals with a green streak. I cannot handle a true green, which this one was, with a strong blast of peppery neroli at first.
    Emeraude I dared not to have more than one tiny spritz since the decant was low, but I would not mind exploring this one further. It's another one of those that I experience as a strong green, but it is classified as a floral oriental.
    First I absolutely adored, another hyacinths based aldehydic floral that I would be very interested in wearing more. I called it "tenderness in the bottle".
    Alyssa Ashley was nice and comforting, as many animalics are on me (civet for one). I found it warm and tender, slightly sweet, no unwashed body parts at all! But, as often happens with me and animalics, they are not super exciting for me either unless they are blended with something else that gives them character.

    My winners from the pack are, obviously, Ma Griffe 1960s, First, and Jean-Louis Scherrer.
    I disliked Yendi.

    Thanks for an amazing opportunity to smell these vintage scents!

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