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    Default Blind Sniffs in 2011

    Is there any interest in doing Blind Sniffs again starting in 2011?

    Is the previous 3x3 format convenient?

    Once a month -- around the 15th -- however long it might take, up to 7 days, with a break in July?

    If you were to change anything, what would it be?

    Please post your thoughts. For the new people, go to Advanced Search, type in my screen name and look for "Blind sniff" or "3x3".

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    (typed in, hit search, dove out) OMG, what fun!
    I'd love to sniff. I am way too new to be able to contribute, but maybe some day down the road?.. (dove right in to finish reading)

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    Oh Wolfie, your Blind Sniffs are awesome - fun and dynamic and educational, and one of the things that I relished when I was just lurking way back when. By all means, please bring them back and count me in! Also, please let me know if I can contribute anything to the challenges, which I'm sure I'd be better at than the actual sniffing...although I'd love that too!

    And Warum, don't be shy! Your nose works just as well as anyone else's, and even if you don't guess any of the actual notes correctly, it's always very enlightening to realize how others perceive certain notes and accords.
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    Thank you.

    You know what I enjoyed most? Besides sniffing and reading people's impressions? Working with Miss Tao and later DarkDreams as a team, when one springs in when another one is away/asleep. It was a gut feeling, choosing partners, and I think all our other people can attest to that. I can't recall any team that did not pull through. All fragrances have been successfully guessed, BTW.

    Here is a list of fragrances that have been sniffed so far (last updated in June, 2011):

    -- Agent Provocateur Strip;
    -- Annick Goutal Eau de Camille;
    -- Auguste Esprit de Chine;
    -- Balmain Jolie Madame;
    -- Bath & Body Works Java Bloom;
    -- Bellodgio Uomo;
    -- Body Shop Amorito;
    -- Bvlgari Blu Note pour Femme;
    -- Carlos Santana Men;
    -- Carlos Santana Women;
    -- Caron Tabac Blond;
    -- Chanel 28, La Pausa;
    -- Chanel Coco;
    -- Christian Dior Miss Dior;
    -- Christianne Celle Calypso Mimosa;
    -- Coty Emeraude (vintage);
    -- Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Veridian;
    -- Estee Lauder Dazzling Silver;
    -- Etat Libre d'Orange Tilda Swinton Like This;
    -- Five Star Fragrances Royal Secret;
    -- Frapin Terre de Sarment;
    -- Genki Wear Pon Farr;
    -- Ginestet Botrytis;
    -- Guerlain Habit Rouge;
    -- Gwen Stefani Harajuku Lovers Li'l Angel;
    -- Halston Catalyst;
    -- Hermes Hermessences Ambre Narguile;
    -- Hermes Un Jardin sur le Nil;
    -- Jean Patou Cocktail;
    -- Jean Patou Divine Folie;
    -- Joubert Blue Waltz;
    -- Keiko Mecheri Ume;
    -- Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant;
    -- Korres Vanilla Cinnamon;
    -- Krizia My Africa;
    -- L'Artisan Parfumeur Fleurs d'Oranger 2005;
    -- Lancome O de Lancome;
    -- Lanvin Mon Peche;
    -- La Perla Blue;
    -- La Perla Dark Extacy;
    -- Le Labo Bergamote 22;
    -- La Prairie Silver Rain;
    -- Lorenzo Villoresi Alamut;
    -- Madeleine Mono Madeleine;
    -- Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Georges Sand;
    -- MDCI Rose de Siwa;
    -- Miller et Bertaux Green, Green, Green and Green;
    -- Molinard de Molinard;
    -- Neil Morris Parfums Midnight Tryst;
    -- Nelly Rodi Scent Factory #3 Cardamom;
    -- Paloma Picasso Paloma Picasso;
    -- Parfums d'Orsay Femme de Dandy;
    -- Parfums de Coeur Fireworks;
    -- Parfumerie Generale L'Ombre Fauve;
    -- Prada Prada Women;
    -- Priscilla Presley Roses and More;
    -- Proctor & Gamble Old Spice;
    -- Revlon Moon Drops;
    -- Salvador Dali Salvador Dali Women;
    -- Scents of Time Night Star;
    -- Silvestre Pino Silvestre;
    -- Sonia Rykiel for Women, Not for Men;
    -- Strange Invisible Perfumes Magazine Street;
    -- The Healing Garden Green Tea Therapy;
    -- Tom Ford White Patchouli;
    -- Yves Rocher Rose Absolue;
    -- Yves Rocher Voile d'Ambre.
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    Default Re: Blind Sniffs in 2011

    I know now, I read the threads!
    So yes, please count me in as a sniffer

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    I tried being a guesser last year and it was ridiculously hard!

    But fun...

    I'd be willing to be a "host" this year, though I fear that it may be next to impossible with the search by notes function on the fritz...
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    Twolf, I loved everything about these, and would like to be considered as a host/contributor.

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    Bumping because these are fun and they need more support!
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    Thank you, E.!

    At the moment we have three sniffers (Warum, Evangeline and Twolf) and one hosting team (Rogalal and Haunani) or two independent hosts if they choose so, thus January and part of Februrary (?) is taken care of.

    We need about 20-25 more people, both sniffing and hosting.

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    I may regret this (probably not) but I'll volunteer (to sniff anyway) ! (I love the idea, it will be interesting how our noses "get" the scents.)
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    Thank you!

    For those interested in what is in there for me -- nothing much material, just a set of samples, like everyone else sniffing, friends and fun are the most important part. Not like I am doing it for a research or anything.

    I would also like to host one of them sniffs down the line.

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    Twolf, I have PMed Rogalal about how he'd like to proceed. This will be fun! I encourage others to sign up as sniffers. I was nervous about it when I tried it, because I'm not experienced at identifying notes, but I had fun and learned a lot. I also enjoyed the process of playing with the clues and being a sleuth, both as a sniffer and unofficially as an observer.

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    Once again, thanks for your responses.

    H., could not agree with you more: a playing observer part is the best -- you are sitting in front of your screen, putting two and two together, PMing the host your guesses -- and again, the more -- the better are your chances of naming a correct one! -- and having all the fun.

    More volunteers?

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    I"ll play!
    I was timid about this at first as I"m not a good blind sniffer. But would love to hone my skill and this seems like a fun way to do it.
    So in whatever role you need people (including samples--I could supply some)--I'm in!
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    Seems like another sniffer will be joining us -- DavidBond007 for February-March.

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    <----- Nose for hire!

    I'd love to be a sniffer / guesser though I know I'll probably not get a one of them correct.
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    Oh goodness, Ms.A! By all means, of course.

    I knew you were around -- read your BN blog entries yesterday -- and please post! You know we have been all collectively missing you!

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    If it hasn't been set in stone, I'd rather do February while Haunani does January. It doesn't work that well for us to be pair, because we're both in the same time zone.

    If you're a sniffer, please have your wardrobes updated. We can't be sending you things to guess that you already know!

    Anyone in Europe or Asia want to be my backup?

    I'm almost embarassed to admit it, but I've already been imagining themes for my 3 mystery samples...
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    Ooh... this means I have to inventory and check my wardrobe list! Maybe this is the excuse (scratch that... REASON) to get a scent cabinet to better arrange 'em! :grins:

    But I think I have everything accounted for in my 'drobe, except for some samples and decants that I need to inventory. Even so, double-checking the 'drobe inventory list would make a fun autumn evening activity!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogalal View Post
    If it hasn't been set in stone, I'd rather do February while Haunani does January. It doesn't work that well for us to be pair, because we're both in the same time zone.

    If you're a sniffer, please have your wardrobes updated. We can't be sending you things to guess that you already know!

    Anyone in Europe or Asia want to be my backup?

    I'm almost embarassed to admit it, but I've already been imagining themes for my 3 mystery samples...
    Rogalal, I'm thinking of themes for January. When I settle on one, I'll let you know or you let me know if you decide first! That way we won't pick things too similar. This will be fun. Good advice for sniffers to update their 'drobes! :-)

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    We have got 7 people to be sniffers:
    1) Warum;
    2) Evangeline;
    3) actiasluna;
    4) Twolf;
    5) Nostalgie;
    6) DavidBond007;
    7) moondeva.

    We got three people to be hosts:
    1) Haunani;
    2) Rogalal;
    3) Twolf.

    Need two more people to sniff to make three complete 3x3s, please?

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    Can I be a sniffer?

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    Sure, anyone can! Especially the fine ones like you! *wink wink*

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    Great! But I will be really bad at it...
    I hope to be able to learn a lot from this.

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    Default Re: Blind Sniffs in 2011

    OK, here we go:

    January 2011 -- Haunani -- Warum, Evangeline and actiasluna.

    February 2011 -- Rogalal -- Twolf, Nostalgie, DavidBond007.

    March 2011 -- Twolf -- moondeva (UK), FrouFrou (Netherlands), hilaryjane (UK).

    If there are other suggestions, please let us all know. Nostalgie is standing by for January if there are last minute cancellations and moondeva is standing by for February.

    Still need more sniffers.
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    I'd love to be a sniffer please - April ?

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    Oh wow! I got Twolf! Have you guys seen her "tried" list?? Seriously, there are almost no perfumes on the planet she doesn't know... My job just got a lot harder...
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    Well, Rogalal, I got Evangeline! And Warum and Actiasluna have tried a lot of fragrances, too. Scary for sure. ;-)

    Our good friend kbe has agreed to be my backup for January. As Twolf has suggested, all sniffers please update your wardrobes, especially your "Tested" lists! We will plan to begin the January round on about the 15th of the month, if that works for my sniffers.

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    Oh, well that's very generous of you Haunani, but my sniffing experience (as well as my sniffer!) is no match for Twolf's! Besides, you've got nothing to worry about - we're the ones in the hotseat! I've already accepted the fact that I'm going to utterly embarrass myself...really, I'm okay with it.

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    R., I can do in April, but somebody will have to host me for sure. "snort" Will you be willing and able to send the samples to the UK to moondeva then?

    And I am not that brilliant of a player, I just spend a lot of time reading and posting. I am also fickle -- not so well-versed on men's scents, do not like many niche scents (to be a ***** a fragrance has to be either exceptional or affordable, or both!) and if I do not like something I put a wall behind me and a thing I do not like, to never look back. So, do not be intimidated.
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