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    Personally I bought two bottles of Elizabethan Rose .The first was a older bottle and the topnotes had pretty much gone leaving a dried rosepetal and fresh rose leaves kind of scent.My second win was a newer standard ER.
    I plan to buy most of the men's ones (Castile,Verveine,Douros,Blenhiem Bouquet,English Fern) as well as Ameranthine,Bluebell and maybe Victorian Posy maybe possibly Lily of the Valley .The other feminines didn't really speak to me.

    I will probably do some sample passes in the near future,1.Classic Chypres; 2.Chanels,3.? . But it will probably be in February .

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    Blenheim Bouquet bought!!!! $3.99 on ebay seller listed it as a aftershave (which it is) under Health & Beauty -shaving supplies-balms,lotions,sprays -which it isn't exactly.
    Seller is from Vegas -I hope the citrus hasn't turned! Unsure as to what size it is the picture wasn't very clear.It could be a 1/4 filled 5ml or a 2/3 full 30ml.
    At least with all the snow and cold weather I don't have to be concerned about extreme heat damaging the lemon notes!
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    I received Force of One's package of Group #4 samples on Thursday. I have yet to open it as I have had a terrible head cold for the past week and I do not want to contaminate the sample vials with anything catchable. I am still partially anosmic. I was able to get a few notes out of my SOTD R de Capucci but I am not ready to evaluate any samples yet. Hopefully by next week I will be recovered and will be able to fully sniff with some recognition!
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    I am trying to get a hold of jdnba, but his PM box is full. Does anyone know how to get in touch with him? I don't want to send a box if he is not at home.
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    Primrose,

    Jdnba has not been on BN for over a week. I left him a visitor message at the end of December asking him to contact you and assumed he had.

    I think at this point it makes sense to skip him (at least temporarily) and go on to KDM who would have been next. I have asked KDM to message you with a mailing address.

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    See, 30R., your example is inspiring -- now J. bookwyrmsmith is having a sample pass around on her agenda. Sounds good with both Chanels and Chypres, doesn't it?

    Great news.

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    Default Re: Official Penhaligon's Samples Swap Discussion Thread

    It's not all that much work setting up a group, if the number of members isn't huge (well, this one was big! But usually they aren't.)

    And then once you mail the package out, you don't have to do much of anything-- just sit back and enjoy reading the reviews. I think anyone who has a few samples to share should by all means "go for it"-- it's actually fun!

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    Default Re: Official Penhaligon's Samples Swap Discussion Thread

    I'm giving the thread a bump in the hope that someone will post whatever thoughts they may have about the samples. Our thread has gone quiet.

    I had an inquiry today from a member and it caused me to review the location of the boxes.

    Group 1: Suz894 should ship her box to weegee in the coming week (has had it since 1/3/11)
    Group 2: KDM should either have the box now or be receiving it very shortly
    Group 3: I think warum has the box?
    Group 4: I believe kbe has the box?

    Just a polite reminder to everyone to please observe the 20 day limit so other members can test them too.

    Thanks!



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    Nope, I actually don't have the box, I believe N_Tesla does.

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    Default Re: Official Penhaligon's Samples Swap Discussion Thread

    Group #4--Penhaligon Eau de Verveine

    Top Notes:Lime, Lemon, Petitgrain, Bergamot, Coriander, Clary Sage, Armoise
    Middle Notes:Clove, Lavender
    Base Notes: Musk, Vanilla, Cedarwood



    Placement: Back of left hand

    Amount: 5 dips/swipes from sample vial via applicator

    Time worn: 2hr 20min

    After an initial blast of sharp green accord that sillages nicely but lasts just a few minutes until a much more subtle sage phase arises, the green virtually disappears. This phase is also reminiscent of the wood of a freshly shaved pencil (cedar wood) and almost reticent it is so laid back.

    Within 45 minutes of application a hint of vanilla and cedar wood is all that is left. Not exactly a stellar performer. If you are into explosive green then Bowling Green would be a longer lasting and far less expensive choice.

    Assessment: Blah. I give it an overall neutral that borders on a negative. The initial green blast is nice enough but is like watching lightning--gone in the olfactory equivalent of a flash. The rest of the trip is ho-hum. Not one I would buy or even keep if gifted.

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    Group #4--Penhaligon Elixir


    Top Notes: Eucalyptus, Cardamom, Orange Blossom Absolute and White Cedar
    Middle Notes: Red Turkish Rose Absolute, Egyptian Jasmine Absolute, Cinnamon Leaves, Mace and Rosewood
    Base Notes: Benzoin, Tonka beans, Vanilla, Incense, Red Sandalwood and Guaicum Wood

    Placement: Back of right hand

    Amount: 2 half spritzes from a small decant


    Time worn: 2hr 10min

    The opening eucalyptus/mint reminds me of the nose of a particular wine I once tasted. It was a bottle of 1974 Heitz Martha's Vineyard Cabernet, but without the fruit the wine displayed. I detected a bit of mace also. The overall opening effect is one of a well crafted fragrance in the Penhaligon tradition, not totally unlike their Hammam Bouquet, and invites continuous sniffing..it is that good!.

    Middle notes continue the eucalyptus/mint framework adding a rose floral note with a muted cinnamon present as if braided skillfully throughout.

    Basenotes include a gentle slide into Tonka, Sandalwood and an intriguing background of incense. Again, all notes are carried along by the opening Eucalyptus/mint. Strangely now the captivating Eucalyptus/mint radiance that carries all the other notes is experienced as much in memory as in the fragrance itself and I have to re-sniff closely to distinguish it.

    Assessment: Beautiful. Enchanting. Mesmerizing. I fell in love with this scent a few seconds after I spritzed it for the first time this morning. The love story is continuing as I continue to sniff its development. Definitely Bottle Worthy. This is one Penhaligon fragrance I will add to my wardrobe in the future.
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    KDM, if you read this and you have the box for Group #2, please don't forget me!!

    I am still patiently waiting.....
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    Primrose PMed and said they would be mailed this week. Hang in there Mary you're not forgotten

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    Primrose mailed the package today, KDM. After you, please send to MsMaryO.

    This is the revised order for your group:

    Group 2-- 28 samples

    1. Twolf
    2. Primrose (* was unable to test at this time, passed it along but will get the samples again later)
    3. KDM
    4. MsMaryO
    5. cbstarker
    6. jdnba
    7. *back to Primrose via 30 Roses; if samples are insufficient by this time I will augment them from other boxes that will have been sent back to me by then.



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    I received the box today and will forward promptly......wearing Douro now, the citrus was quite fleeting, 30 mins. in the sandalwood really takes over.....nice, warm, woody, not too dry, some might say old school...I say gentlemans fragrance. I could see myself wearing this to the office....as a matter of fact tomorrow I will.

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    Box #1 (I think that's what number we were) is on it's way to Weegee.

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    I would like to join 30R's post #68 -- please observe the three week limit.

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    Default Re: Official Penhaligon's Samples Swap Discussion Thread

    Weegee got the box!



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    I'm dazzled by the variety! After doing a "greedy little monkey" dab from at least 10 vials -- my cats avoided me for a couple of hours -- there's something that's puzzling me....

    Having discovering the Demeter Fragrance Library a couple of years ago and been delighted by so many "reference" fragrance moments (Salt Air, Paperback, Bonfire, Christmas in New York) I can't help but compare some of these Penhaligons to Demeters. Elizabethan Rose, for example, although undeniably lovely, could be Demeter's Wet Garden oversprayed with any of a dozen rose fragrances I already own. And Bluebell, which might have been a stunner in 1978, seems an accurate soliflore jazzed up with just enough clove to make it a tame precursor of Jungle Elephant. Castille is a barbershop my father took me to fifty years ago...a warm trip down memory lane yes, but a room scent, not a skin scent.

    My question is: Would the Penhaligons seem more interesting to me (or anyone else) if I were just beginning to "sniff around"?

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    Default Re: Official Penhaligon's Samples Swap Discussion Thread

    N_Tesla tell me he will be mailing the box to warum about Feb.1st.

    weegee, interesting observations! I've only tried a few of the Demeters but now I am curious.



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    Default Re: Official Penhaligon's Samples Swap Discussion Thread

    I will be mailing Sample Pack #4 to archelon on Monday or Tuesday. (I bought a vintage bottle of Douro based on the teriffic notes of the Douro sample I wore this week--its already on the way from Great Britain to south Florida! ::rubs hands greedily:.
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    Default Re: Official Penhaligon's Samples Swap Discussion Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by weegee View Post
    My question is: Would the Penhaligons seem more interesting to me (or anyone else) if I were just beginning to "sniff around"?
    This is a funny way to word that question... I'm a fair newbie to sniffin' around, and I found the sample pack to be ridiculously interesting. Not having experienced any Demeter scents to this point, I don't have a reference for the similarity of them with the Penhaligon's. When I got the box I had been mainly focused on quite masculine scents, so just the variety of fragrances in the sampler box was quite enlightening to me! Also, my foray into the niche world was still beginning, and compared to most of the designer frags I'd tried, the quality of the Penhaligon's was also surprising; both in terms of longevity and accuracy of notes.

    As I've continued my foray into the fragrant world, I've continued exploring Penhaligon's, and still I find most of them interesting and just plain good, IMO. Enjoy the rest of your sampling!

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    Default Re: Official Penhaligon's Samples Swap Discussion Thread

    N_Tesla informs me the package is on its way to warum!



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    mailed samples to MsMaryO this A.M.

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    Got the package, it arrived in perfect shape, everything's intact!

    Unfortnately, I was darting out the door when I got the mail, so I only have time to open the box -- happy to report everything's fine -- but the testing will start on Wednesday when I am back home.

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    I received the box for Group #2 today! Woohoo...

    I won't be sampling today but probably over the weekend. Does anyone have any tips on how they would go about sampling so many different scents? I was thinking I would just do 2 at a time, one on each wrist. I don't think I can give a scent a fair shake if I try to really load them up like on the inside of the elbow and the back of the hand AND inside the wrist.

    I will obey the 3 week rule and anticipate a much quicker turn around than that. Be on the lookout, cbstarker...
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    Default Re: Official Penhaligon's Samples Swap Discussion Thread

    MsMaryO,

    Your box has 15 different fragrances (some have 16); really you could just wear one per day, wherever you normally apply fragrance (for me, that's chest)

    But if you prefer wrists, I probably wouldn't exceed 2 at a time; the way you described would work. However I find that I don't get a true sense of how a fragrance would wear if I don't apply it to chest, under clothing; usually it lasts longer and develops a little differently that way.



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    Yes, 30R, I agree that the warmth helps my scents develop when I wear under my clothing. I also catch myself lifting my shirt and sniffing through out the day and I fear I will get caught and taken for some wierd sniffer...ala Molly Shannon's Mary Catherine Gallagher character from SNL.

    here's my quick review of Ellenisia...it's so beautiful!

    Ellenisia

    ELLENISIA is like a clear morning in spring still clinging to winter’s chill. (LOTR fans should get that reference.) Sometimes violet can make me sad, as in Apres L'Ondee, but not Ellenisia. It stays green and upbeat, all the way through. It's slightly green opening is surprisingly similar to AL'O but without the anise. Although I love AL’O, I think I would prefer Ellenisia as it must be the anise in the opening that seems to pull my mood down.

    I can close my eyes and see the first green shoots poking through the gray cold earth - one of my most beloved harbingers of spring. The jasmine, gardenia and tuberose all play so nicely together that no one stands out in a harsh or headache-inducing way, making it a white floral that some white floral-haters might be able to wear. Dry down is a pretty violet and plum, although it could be a little woodier. Vanilla is around just to give a little depth, not noticeable as vanilla.

    Moderate sillage and excellent longevity, going on 6 hours and it is still going strong. Perfect spring scent!!
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    Default Re: Official Penhaligon's Samples Swap Discussion Thread

    I forgot to mention it but box 4 is with Archelon as of Feb. 3.



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    MsMaryO, (or anyone who knows), what is LOTR?

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    Default Re: Official Penhaligon's Samples Swap Discussion Thread

    Lord of the Rings perhaps:

    A line from LOTR: The Two Towers (film)

    Gríma: [To Éowyn] Oh, but you are alone. Who knows what you've spoken to the darkness, in the bitter watches of the night... when all your life seems to shrink, the walls of your bower closing in about you... a hutch to trammel some wild thing in. So fair. So cold. Like a morning of pale spring still clinging to winter's chill.
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