I am going to be receiving the following samples from The Perfumed Court.
Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore
Creed Sampler ~ Pick your own 1 ml Samples
Samples Selection List Virgin Island Water Millesime Imperial Silver Mountain Water Erolfa Himalayavan Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris EDT
Histoires de Parfums 1725 (Casanova)
Histoires de Parfums 1740 (Marquis de Sade)
By Kilian Love and Tears, Surrender EDP
Histoires de Parfums 1828 (Jules Verne)
Guerlain L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Parfum
Amouage Epic Man
Amouage Jubilation XXV for Men
Amouage Reflection Man
Amouage Lyric Man
MDCI Invasion Barbare (formerly SB1)
Thierry Mugler A*Men Pure Malt
Chanel No. 5 EDP
What do you think of the selections and should I drop some or pick up others?
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Excellent selection, and all need to be sampled.
I personally wouldn't put in chanel no5 edp (or pure malt), simply because they're so easy to find in most dept stores, not because they are not worthy. In the Amouage group, I am no fan of Reflection, and would rather put in Amouage Gold man or Ubar (which are quite different, Reflection is a hypergourmand, Gold and Ubar are gigantic incense-florals).
I am also no fan of Creed, but that's just me. Perversely, I would almost suggest you put in Creed Love in white, which perfume critic Luca Turin consider the paradigm of bad perfumery (I agree, it's atrocious, though I suspect that hypersensitivity to certain molecules may be at play here).
They aren't in any dept stores around me. I live in no-where's-ville.
I cannot figure out a theme that ties up these fragrances other than 'popularity by house'. If you tell us what you had in mind when you decided on these picks, perhaps we could offer you better advice. However, if these are mostly fragrances you've always wanted to try, then I think you're in for a real treat!
I would add:
one or 2 from Tom Ford private blend (maybe Tobacco Vanille and Amber Absolute)
and some from Serge Lutens, like Chergui, Arabie, Ambre Sultan, Gris Clair, etc
Also, BOis du Portugal
I'm always interested in seeing newbies selects for a big sample batch. Like Diamondflame, it makes me curious as to what inspired those choices, especially since it is an interesting list you have there.
I'll assume you've been doing some research here and have reasons for choosing those. It's a good list. I would only point out that sampling Pure Malt could be kind of a frustrating experience. Personally, I think it's much ado about nothing. It is not all that imo. Plus, if you love it, it's hard to obtain or inordinately expensive. But if you want to smell it to see what all the fuss is about, great.
I know MI is the most oft noted melon scent, but on me it has pretty poor longevity. I also don't know how long that melon note lasts even with a "good" batch.
The only Histoires de Parfums that worked for me was 1826 Montijo. I found the rest of the line too feminine, even Casanova. Regarding Histoires de Parfums 1740, wow - total dirty-ness, somewhere between MFK APLS and SL MKK, and in other words unwearable.
Anyways if you're gonna add one, I would add 1826, it's a great autumn scent IMO.
Great Selection. I thought to order some Amouage samples as well. Waiting for your feedback on them.
Right now I think that I have all the fragrances that I want.
Okay on the Malt. It certainly has it's fans and now you can either love it or go "meh."
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If I were you, I'd think twice about By Kilian Love and Tears. It's a very feminine fragrance that's dominated by a big, loud jasmine note. If you love jasmine, then you'll probably like it. If not, probably not. I think Back to Black and Taste of Heaven are much better from that line.
Also, if you're sampling the Chanel Exclusifs, you definitely owe it to yourself to try Bois des Iles.
That's a varied list.... I bet you're already preparing your next list of samples to order!!
Its a great list. I enjoy the HdP line. The 1740 and 1725 might take a bit to get used but its definitely worth your time. In later orders may I suggest Amber 114 and 1969 Parfums de Revolte. Have a great time sniffing.
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