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    What lavenders are similar to Santa Maria Novella Imperial Lavender? Anything closest to it

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    Default Re: Santa Maria Novella Imperial Lavender

    Quote Originally Posted by Orgoglio italianO View Post
    What lavenders are similar to Santa Maria Novella Imperial Lavender? Anything closest to it
    I just got a sample of this today from the SMN boutique (Bal harbour) and I'm going to wear it tomorrow - I will post back at the end of the day. On a test strip it smelled very 'simple', which I am okay with.
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    I look forward to your review, Mikeperez. Lavender fragrances interest me as well.

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    I wore it this morning, I was careful not to douse myself with it and because of this (and the hot weather today) the scent faded rather quickly, so that I didn't have the opportunity to give it my full attention. Here's a few quick impressions:

    It's not medicinal or bracing at all, however it does smell very natural. I had lavender growing in my front yard and when the smell is caught in a hot breeze the smell is unmistakable. This is the smell you get on your skin. There is no sweetness, nothing synthetic - a pleasant surprise. Will post more when I wear it again...
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    Thanks for your impressions, Mike - this one's been on my radar for a while. How would you compare it with Caldey Island Lavender? Is it worth having both in the same wardrobe?
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    I just saw your question now WillC.

    I have to wear the SMN again (maybe I'll wear it tomorrow when I fly to NY - lavender scents are perfect for airplane travel) but from what I can remember it is NOT musky in the base notes at all. I usually am not sensitive to musks (some I can't smell at all) but the musk that Caldey Island uses in their lavender water is VERY strong to my nose. So I smell it immediately upon application and then it just gets stronger and stronger as it dries down. The SMN is much more herbal/fresh and I think honestly there are no base notes...it's just lavender. Thus, the short longevity I experienced.
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    Interesting. When you say short longevity, how long do you mean? Half an hour or so?

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