My samples have arrived. Please bear in mind that I am still new to the perfume world. =)
Musc Ravageur - this to me smells like MKK + Shalimar. The top note is similar to MKK but MR
is cleaner which makes it more wearable. The dry down has similarities with Shalimar.
Almost got this blind buy but good thing I tried a sample first. It's nice but
I wouldn't get a full bottle.
Vetiver Oriental by Serge Lutens - vetiver + tobacco + leather with a touch of candy on top
(maybe that's the chocolate i'm smelling). Slightly medicinal vetiver on top.
But really nice!
Jicky EDC - I laughed (not in a judging way) when I first smelled Jicky.
The top note smells poo or bad breath or something. I guess that's the civet talking.
After 15 minutes the funny top note disappears in to a mellow lavender. The dry down
is actually very good. Ironic enough, it starts off dirty but ends very clean like a hotel soap.
Borneo 1834 - bitter cocoa at the beginning. This one shares that smell of dirth from the earth of patchouli
like with Coromandel. The camphor is there but just very little. A lot of people compare this
with Coromandel because of the chocolate and patchouli aspect of both frags but I would
still go for Coromandel. Borneo is like a very woody version of Coromandel. By the way
in terms of smell, they are not the same.
Furmerie Turque - has a similar opening with Shalimar, that burnt vanillic quality. The honey here is
quite stong. This smells very exotic. Very oriental. Interesting!
Bois de Violette - this one smells so gorgeous! It's very complex that all notes are well balanced. The longer
it cooks on my skin, the stronger it smells. I love it!
Gris Clair - this is a very interesting lavender scent. It's not the lavender that you smell when you go to a
spa. It's like smelling the lavender plant itself . I can't stop sniffing my hand! A winner for me.
Idole by Lubin - very boosy! it's very hard to describe this one. rum, smoke, leather, sugar cane are quite
predominant. It sounds odd but it smells really good! I really like this one. Very interesting!
Apres L'ondee - top not is very floral. And then it dries down to a powdery floral. Really pleasant and
gorgeous. As Turin said in his book, one of the 20 greatest perfume of all time.
Out of all these samples, I enjoyed very much Vetiver Oriental, Bois De Violette, Gris Clair, Idole and Apres L'ondee. Where can I get these 5? hahahaha. Someday they will be part of my wardrobe.