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    Well I guess it's my turn for a sample pass!

    Brecourt Paris accidentally doubled my samples, then sent some more I didn't even order, so I'd like to share this wealth with 2 people...

    I can send these to someone to try, who can hold on to them for a few weeks and then pass them on to someone else.

    The scents are (in no particular order):
    Ambre Noir
    Eau Blanche
    Eau Libre
    L'Amoureuse
    Contre Pouvoir
    Avenue Montaigne
    Esprit Mondain
    Agaressence
    Eau Trouble
    Haram
    Mauvais Garcon

    There is only one of each, but all are unused so I think enough for two to try.

    Post a message if you'd like to try these - first two in will be the lucky ones to sample 'em.

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    Me, please!

    I'll keep track of impressions and post on this thread. Very nice of you to offer, Robin.
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    Great! Room for one more!

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    Please sign me up! I am accurate.

    Thanks bunches.

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    Twolf, I'll be shipping to you. I'll have to think of something else to tuck in.



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    Yessssss! This is what I was hoping for. I was about to send you a PM about this, TW!

    (disclaimer: I am not asking to split the samples, the reason I posted was just being happy that you got in)

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    Thanks, Warum. On the days that I work (hahahaha) I come home almost at 1 am London time (6 pm your time) -- remember one day I joined your January Sniff in progress?, so I barely caught this thread.

    30Roses, you have sent me plenty already, do not have second thoughts, please?

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    I almost jumped in and nominated you, but was not sure if it was presumptuous. I checked your wardrobe's test list and started crafting you a PM

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    Great! I will send to 30Roses this weekend, and she will pass them on to Twolf after she has a chance to check them all out. I am very happy to be able to share these with y'all and will be looking forward to reading your impressions.

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    Oh, AWESOME. I'm with Warum... you two sampling is like testing it myself. lol
    Looking forward to hearing about it.

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    Remember Baldufita was testing them all back in January?

    So, my understanding is that the company itself is fairly new, they do not produce anything ground-breaking but they are all nice scents in their portfolio. According to the girls on MUA, the sample pack was available FREE of charge in the countries of EU, now it can be oredered from indiescents.com (11 fragrances x 1ml each = $40.00), and in case there are favorites one can order the whole 50 ml bottles for $48.00 each from the same source.

    Meantime, I went to brecourt.fr site and did a personality profile test, they recommend me three: Agaressence (light aoud inspired by Dubai souk), Ambre Noir (sweet amber with sandalwood, resins and ciste labdanum) and L'Amoureuse (blackcurrant-rose top and musky-woody drydown). We will see how right they are.

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    I have samples, too, which I have already arranged to pass on to another member. Would love to share impressions here. Would you prefer to keep the group smaller (just those who actively participated in the sample pass)?
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    Default Re: Sample pass-Brecourt

    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgie View Post
    I have samples, too, which I have already arranged to pass on to another member. Would love to share impressions here!
    Please do!

    Twolf, I'm going to take that test too.

    Edit: That was a quick test!
    I was recommended: Eau Blanche, Eau Trouble, and Ambre Noir
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    Thanks! Will do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgie View Post
    Would you prefer to keep the group smaller (just those who actively participated in the sample pass)?
    The more impressions -- the better, I would think.

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    Bigger is better, please do send them and put your reviews here, that would be great! This is definitely not a closed thread or anything like that.

    As for me, I really liked the Haram (but not sure I like it enough to Buy It), and the Avenue Montaigne (of which I bought FB for my sister). Do agree that none of the scents are groundbreaking, none are offensive or really spectacular I Have To Have This Right Now Right Now Right Now scents, but they are very lovely and not overpriced, well worth trying!

    Looking forward to seeing everyone's reviews!

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    Robin, if you do not mind, I would suggest your changing the thread title to include the word "reviews" in it, so that it pops up in the search.

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    Done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    Meantime, I went to brecourt.fr site and did a personality profile test, they recommend me three: Agaressence (light aoud inspired by Dubai souk), Ambre Noir (sweet amber with sandalwood, resins and ciste labdanum) and L'Amoureuse (blackcurrant-rose top and musky-woody drydown). We will see how right they are.
    Cannot pass a personal olfactory profile test, so I did the same... and got the same results! Now, that sounds interesting, since we know that TWolf and I like some of the same perfumes, but also vary widely on some other ones... and even more interesting, since I know that 30 Roses and I like many of the same ones as well! but now I know which reviews to read with utmost attention, even though I do not plan to sample Brecourts any time soon.

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    I reviewed them all shortly in that Baldufita's thread. There are also some other opinions.

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/268...-Br%C3%A9court


    In my opinion, very much failed collection of fragrances.

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    I'm very new here. but when I saw the offer for free samples on another site I decided to give it a try. I haven't yet tested any of them, but I just have to say that the owner/perfumer, Emilie, was extremely helpful and generous. Apparently, paypal couldn't be used from the US in ordering samples from the site, so she sent me samples free of charge.

    Unfortunately, she sent me the whole womens line when I was looking for the men's line. After a quick email, she apologized and is sending me the 4 mens samples. I was very surprised and touched by her kindness, so much that I'm hoping to really enjoy one so that I could have the pleasure of purchasing

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    CT_Gem, welcome to Basenotes! It is a wonderful place. I remember the time when I was new, but I feel very much at home now and wish you the same!

    Yes, there are some lines and some perfumers who are just like that - wonderful and generous, and they inspire you to make a purchase from them and stay loyal.

    If you please allow me to offer some unsolicited advise, please be sure to try men's line as well since you ended up having the samples anyway. Fragrances and our perceptions of them cross gender lines all the time. There's several fragrances I tested through sample passes like this, and some my favorite ones turned out to be the ones marketed for men. I wouldn't have guessed that in a blind test because I'm a woman and they fitted ME just right! So of course I included them in my dangerously increasing wardrobe of decants and am wearing them.

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    Thank you for the welcome. Lol, I guess I really should take the time to fill out my profile completely like 30_Rose suggested. I am a man so I'll definitely be trying the men's line Luckily, with my sister and mother around frequently, I should be able to get a good sniff of the women's too. Have a great weekend!

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    I meant to say "try both lines", Gosh, sometimes I make no sense at all because I am mistyping! My post will make much more sense if you read it with "try both lines, men's and women's".

    Anyway, whichever ones you try, please post your impressions, it would be great to hear them!

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    The samples have landed!

    Will begin testing tomorrow when I am scent-free. Thanks, Robin-in-FL!



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    Default Re: Sample pass & Reviews-Brecourt

    This post is just to state the notes of the Brecourt samples as they are listed on the Brecourt website, for reference.


    Feminine:
    http://www.brecourt.fr/nos-parfums.h...5bf1c49f67779b

    Eau Blanche:

    T: bergamot, lemon, mandarin
    H: jasmine, tea leaves, ginger
    B: cedarwood, musks

    Eau Trouble:

    T : tangerine, carrot, incense
    H: tea leaves, heliotrope, orange flower
    B : vetyver, orris, cedarwood, musks

    Ambre Noir: (There was not a sample of this for me to test.)

    T: bergamot, magnolia, myrrh
    H: sandalwood, orris, amber, cistus-labdanum
    B: amber, vanilla absolute, musks

    Avenue Montaigne

    T: freesia, raspberry, dewberry, grapefruit
    H: rose, jasmine, tuberose, gardenia, water lily
    B: patchouli, peach, musks

    Agaressence:

    T: saffron, rose bay, cassis, plum, oud
    H: tuberose, rose, ylang ylang
    B: oudh, gurjan, cipriol, jatamansi, Amyris sandalwood, civet

    L'Amouereuse:

    T: bergamot, lemon, tangerine, blackcurrant
    H: rose, jasmine, violet, raspberry
    B: peach, lily, musks

    Harâm:

    T: bergamot, cinammon, styrax
    H: date, cedarwood, leather, honey
    B: tonka bean, patchouly, labdanum, benzoin, musks

    Masculine:
    http://www.brecourt.fr/nos-parfums-m...5bf1c49f67779b

    Esprit Mondain: (there was not a sample if this for me to test.)

    T : lemon, galbanum, black pepper
    H : lavender, tarragon, elemi, Cabernet-Sauvignon
    B : cedarwood, Ambroxan, myrrh, musks

    Mauvais Garçon:

    T : bergamot, cinnamon, elemi, nutmeg, basil
    H : lavender, artemisia, white flower
    B : sandalwood, cedarwood, patchouly, yonka bean, vanilla

    Contre Pouvoir:

    T : bergamot, grapefruit, cardamom
    H : wood of liquorice, mate, elemi
    B : vetyver, tobacco, melilot, Ambroxan


    Eau Libre:

    T : bergamot, grapefruit, pink peppercorn, pepper, rosemary
    H : mint, geranium, marine accord, transparent jasmine
    B : sandalwood, Ambroxan, musks
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    This morning I tested the first of the Brecourt samples, Eau Blanche.

    I applied it to my left arm (for close-up sniffing) and to my chest (to see how it behaves as I would normally wear it.) It gets into the clothing a bit this way as well.

    Impressions:

    On application, I immediately had a sense of mixed citrus notes similar to the opening of Fico di Amalfi, and a sense of clean laundry and fresh soap. It was quite pleasant.

    25 minutes in, it was still soapy in a nice way, and I began to get the ginger and tea leaves. The ginger was subtle (for a really nice ginger, try Cartier Declaration Cologne edt). The scent was turning a bit warm/sultry.

    35 minutes in, I was starting not to like it so much. Although not listed as a note, I got the impression of lavender. I usually like lavender but I didn't want it today, I guess.

    40 minutes in, it was now just a skin scent on my arm, but on chest/clothing it was still wafting up and the tangerine was more isolated.

    50 minutes in it smelled more masculine on me; I could have sworn there was a strong lavender. The ginger is a bit spicier and I smell light woods, but not cedar specifically. I liked it less at this point.

    1 hr 10 minutes: it toned down, impression of lavender was gone!

    1 hr 20 minutes: Scent has settled down a lot. Gone from arm; resides mostly in clothing. Tired of it; went to shower off and change.

    Conclusion: A fresh/soapy clean smell that evolves a little but runs its course rather fast and then become tiresome. I did not get the jasmine at any point.

    I will try the next one later in the day.



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    Default Re: Sample pass & Reviews-Brecourt

    I tested Eau Trouble next.

    On application (same method as earlier) I found it somewhat sweet with a very light, appealing orangey note, and very slightly powdery. It smelled very innocent, suitable for a young girl or teen. I liked it right away but wished for more of an impact. It smelled like a light fruit juice, very transparent.

    5 minutes in, the orange blossom became more noticeable but never developed any strong presence.
    10 minutes in, a hyacinth-like sweet note emerged. There was a bit of clash between the orange juice and the powder-- I wasn't sure where it was headed.
    20 minutes in, it was already a skin scent. It was *okay* but not particularly appealing.
    30 minutes in, it was gone. Within less than an hour, it was practically undetectable even on my clothing.

    Conclusion: Best for a young girl-- or if you want a scent that has no more substance than a body spray. Be prepared to apply liberally and respray often.



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    [Thanks for the notes, 30R]
    T : tangerine, carrot, incense
    H: tea leaves, heliotrope, orange flower
    B : vetyver, orris, cedarwood, musks

    Here are my Wrist Ramblings:
    People have been comparing this to Prada Infusion d'Iris --so I"m trying them together.

    The tangerine top note is prominent in Eau trouble, and it sets it apart from Infusion d'Iris. But here is a moment a few minutes in when they both become iris-dominant, and I definitely get the connection.

    The Eau trouble fruit notes wear off pretty quickly. The drydown is quite subtle and close to the skin. They make Infusion d'Iris seem downright loud. And it suddenly goes masculine next to Eau Trouble. There's much more cedar and vetiver coming through in the Prada. In comparison. Eau trouble is much more of a skin scent.

    The tea and heliotrope sweeten (not *too* much--and it isn't almondy) and soften Eau trouble quite nicely. I love the light-handed use of heliotrope here.

    It's very nice close to the skin. But I'm wondering if it has any sillage at all.

    EDIT: As I fell asleep with this scent on my arm last night I thought of Eau d'Hiver.
    Eau Trouble and Eau D'Hiver share a vibe [not an official perfumery term. Cough.] Eau d'Hiver's heliotrope is sweeter. The tangerine, carrot, incense in Eau Trouble keep that sweetness in check and even sour it a bit.
    There is a lot of similarity in the two during the drydown. Eau d'Hiver is stronger, longer lasting, BTW.

    In the interest of procrastination, cough, science, I compared Iris poudre.
    Not much similarity to me. On my skin it is all about the heliotrope blend.

    All in all, Eau trouble is a good fragrance, at a good price.
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    Today i'm wearing Harâm. Still wearing it, though I applied it over 6 hours ago.

    It comes on strong at first-- medicinal and pungent, yet also ambery, powdery. It is not gourmand despite the cinnamon and is a bit weird, yet interesting. I got the leather right off. The medicinal quality tones down within about 15 minutes and it become sweeter and more cinnamon-y. The sweetness is less noticeable and the scent as a whole tones down and feels more united as time goes on. The leather is a suede--smooth, nice. At no point have I felt like going to scrub it off, but for amber I still prefer Ambre Soie. I'm going to see this one through until it's gone, so no other scent today.

    Conclusion: It would be considerably nicer without the early medicinal quality, but later on it's a pleasant spicy amber/leather perfume.



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