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    Default Fragrances with Absinthe/Wormwood?

    Hi all,

    I'm a big fan of By Kilian's A Taste of Heaven and Amouage's Memoir Man but would rather not spend in excess of $200 a bottle on either (though frankly, with Memoir, it might come to that), so I'm looking for this beautiful note in other, less expensive perfumes. Something where, if I like it, I could ultimately get a bottle for <$120.

    Thanks!

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    AdP Intensa

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    Fou d'Absinthe
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off-Scenter View Post
    Fou d'Absinthe
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    Those. Off-Scenter nailed this one.

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    Yatagan, Yatagan, Yatagan, Yatagan. Brilliant and cheap.
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    Xeryus, by Givenchy. Isn't artemisia also part of the crushed pine needle note in Kouros?

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    Cool, Hob Dobson, you're sending me scurrying for my Kouros for the first time in a while. Will sniff and consider.
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    Absolument Absinthe.
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    Personally I love Fou d' Absinthe....also I believe there is a Cd Garcons wormwood fragrance that might be worth checking out

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    Default Re: Fragrances with Absinthe/Wormwood?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hob Dobson View Post
    Isn't artemisia also part of the crushed pine needle note in Kouros?
    Is artemisia the same as or similar to wormwood or absinthe?

    I also, from my limited experience with actual absinthe, I remember (very little...) thinking it tasted like licorice. Does wormwood/whatever else is there taste like licorice, or is licorice also an ingredient in absinthe?
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    Serge Lutens Douce Amere

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    +1 for Douce Amere. Fou d'Absinthe ain't nuthin compared to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    Is artemisia the same as or similar to wormwood or absinthe?

    I also, from my limited experience with actual absinthe, I remember (very little...) thinking it tasted like licorice. Does wormwood/whatever else is there taste like licorice, or is licorice also an ingredient in absinthe?
    The spirit Absinthe contains anise. Anise and licorice do taste kind of similiar. The spirit Absinthe also contains wormwood, a plant who's latin name is Artemisia absinthium. That's probably where the confusion comes from.
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    I get a very similar vibe of Yatagan from Musk Kublai Khan (Lutens), so......
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    Keiko Mecheri Paname. It's not a complicated scent but it stays interesting by hitting the midground of bitter/sweet and feminine/masculine and has a heaping helping of creamy anise. It smells like absinthe looks.
    Out here we are running for the wide open spaces, the road-smell after the rain.

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    +1 try SL douce amère

    Paname is a copy of this ...

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    If you wouldn't mind go a bit further, how about Nasomatto- Absinth? i was looking a fragrance that captured the scent of absinthe couple months ago and did try some of the offerings on the market, Memoir, Fou d' Absinthe and even the Christian Lacroix one that made by Avon (didnt sample By Kilian...not much of a goth person myself) and i found the Nasomatto one was actually quite enjoyable. Smooth but manage to keep it interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    Is artemisia the same as or similar to wormwood or absinthe?
    I have said this in a previous thread about this topic, but I'll repeat it:

    Absinthe, the alcoholic beverage takes its name from Wormwood (scientific name Artemisia Absinthium) because it is one of the components, but the main taste is of anise, another component.

    Wormwood gives absinthe the bitter aftertaste that contrasts nicely against anise. When people speaks of the taste (and smell) of absinthe they are refering to the anise flavor component, not the bitter aftertaste.

    Artemisia does not smell like licorice or anise at all, it is a dry, bitter, kinda pungent smell and actually is one of my favorite notes.

    Artemisia can be found in almost all the "powerhouse" fragrances of the 80's like Drakkar Noir, Lapidus pH, Sung Homme, Quorum, Tsar, Giorgio, Polo (green), Witness, Kouros, Aramis, Gucci pH, Jazz, etc, etc..., but in some modern perfumes too like Le Male.

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    Amouage Memoir Man

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    Is artemisia the same as or similar to wormwood or absinthe?
    Genus Artemisia includes wormwood, sagebrush, and mugwort. (I found the ref. to sagebrush when rechecking the genus' spelling - no wonder Yatagan reviews periodically mention it)

    Absinthe, depending on the recipe, can contain many medicinal herbs in addition to wormwood. Anything palatable in that liquor is coming from something other than the horribly bitter wormwood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfumeCollector View Post
    I have said this in a previous thread about this topic, but I'll repeat it:

    Absinthe, the alcoholic beverage takes its name from Wormwood (scientific name Artemisia Absinthium) because it is one of the components, but the main taste is of anise, another component.

    Wormwood gives absinthe the bitter aftertaste that contrasts nicely against anise. When people speaks of the taste (and smell) of absinthe they are refering to the anise flavor component, not the bitter aftertaste.

    Artemisia does not smell like licorice or anise at all, it is a dry, bitter, kinda pungent smell and actually is one of my favorite notes.

    Artemisia can be found in almost all the "powerhouse" fragrances of the 80's like Drakkar Noir, Lapidus pH, Sung Homme, Quorum, Tsar, Giorgio, Polo (green), Witness, Kouros, Aramis, Gucci pH, Jazz, etc, etc..., but in some modern perfumes too like Le Male.
    Brilliant - yes, it's the artemisia note I love, not anise! Thanks for clearing that up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benj View Post
    Brilliant - yes, it's the artemisia note I love, not anise! Thanks for clearing that up
    You are very welcome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strollyourlobster View Post
    Yatagan, Yatagan, Yatagan, Yatagan. Brilliant and cheap.
    Thats an amazing one, in my wish list

    Anise is almost always ruins wormwood(artemisia) on my opinion

    I would add here L'Erbolario Absinthium(Azzencio), Jean-Louis Scherrer, Pierre Balmain(Jolie), Hermes Eau de Gentiane Blanche,
    Profumum Roma, Estee Lauder Private collection, avon absynthe
    Also heard that Thierry Mugler in collection Mirror mirror have done "something like that" in green bottle(forgot exatly which one and never tried)

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    Artemis by Pell Wall is a nice one, launched after this thread was active.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    Artemis by Pell Wall is a nice one, launched after this thread was active.
    Thanks for the link! THats what i love - to know WHERE to get))

    Forgot to mention Bois 1920 Come de Luna

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    Artemis by Pell Wall is a nice one, launched after this thread was active.
    Beat me to it - Artemis is fantastic.

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    For me, the best dose of absinthe is in Histoires de Parfums 1889 Moulin Rouge:

    Tangerine, Prune, Cinnamon, Absinthe, Rose of Damas, Iris, Patchouli, Musk, Fur (the "fur" note is a leather note.)
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    Since my earlier post in 2011, I have discovered Spice Absinth by Durance which IMO is an excellent absinthe prominent scent.

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    Default Re: Fragrances with Absinthe/Wormwood?

    What do those 2 notes smell like?

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    I do believe Hot Water by Davidoff has an wormwood note, but I really don't get it at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    I do believe Hot Water by Davidoff has an wormwood note, but I really don't get it at all.
    It does but I don't pick it up at all in it.

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    FdA, Memior Man, and Tsar are my favorites that include absinthe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    I do believe Hot Water by Davidoff has an wormwood note, but I really don't get it at all.
    Terrible frag IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony T View Post
    Terrible frag IMO
    Ya I ended up swapping my bottle. It has a weird alcohol smell that doesn't go away. I really wanna try the flanker though, Hot Water Night. I saw a 2.5 oz bottle of it @ Maxx for 19.99, but when I went back for it the next day, it was to no avail.
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    Default Re: Fragrances with Absinthe/Wormwood?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    Ya I ended up swapping my bottle. It has a weird alcohol smell that doesn't go away. I really wanna try the flanker though, Hot Water Night. I saw a 2.5 oz bottle of it @ Maxx for 19.99, but when I went back for it the next day, it was to no avail.
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    Lumière Noire pour Homme has wormwood (artemisia),
    an exquisite blend with roses, cumin, patchouli and cinnamon.
    Retails at $170 for 70 ml. so under $200 but not in the super-affordable category.
    It doesn't have great longevity on my skin, unfortunately, but I love it while it lasts.


    I want to like Yatagan but it sort of reminds me of turkey dressing so there's a quease factor.
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    Paname by Keiko Mecheri

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    Default Re: Fragrances with Absinthe/Wormwood?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony T View Post
    What do those 2 notes smell like?

    Bitter herbal, or bracing herbal, slightly astringent.
    It's used in Absinthe & Vermouth.

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