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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    My husband(K),found a mystery parfum in his bathroom drawer. It was silver, say's only Boucheron on the bottom. There's a 'B' on the top. So he sprayed it on. It turns out to be a glorious chypre, probably more of a femme nature. If anyone knows anything about this one, I'd love to know more. I don't even know where I got it!

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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    teardrop- Congrats on your first Mitsouko wearing!

    I am joining you in vintage EDC.
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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    Chypre is not always my favorite scent category. The classic chypres just do not sit well on my skin and while I respect the genre, I feel chypres are simply not for me (as a very general statement, there are always exceptions, of course!) ... but as I've said before, sniff n speak days are a great excuse to stretch a little and get out of my comfort zone. I'm wearing Jour Ensoleillé by Sonoma Scent Studio, which I believe will count as a chypre. I say believe, because sometimes I still get a little confused over what is and what isn't considered chypre ... but I digress.

    Notes: Orange blossom, neroli, tuberose, jasmine, beeswax absolute, labdanum absolute , myrrh, sandalwood, ambergris, vetiver, green leaves, oakmoss absolute.

    Jour Ensoleillé means "sunny day" according to the SSS website and the topnotes do provide a happy blast of sunny-ness. It becomes very floral after that with a sour-ish green note that is a little too brash for me. I have to be honest, I'm not loving the Jour Ensoleillé. It's a little too green or too sour or too something ... or maybe it's just too chypre-ish
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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    Brave Bleu, wearing a chypre when chypres are out of your comfort zone. I agree, Sniff 'n Speak gives us a good opportunity to stretch ourselves (or to reaffirm our lack of love).

    My SotE is vintage Y parfum. I love this scent so much. I love the white florals, the green springtime uplift, the animalic center of this swirling kaleidescope of notes. It is the kind of fragrance that makes me wonder why I bother with anything else. But of course there is always the next thing to try.

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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle View Post
    My SotE is vintage Y parfum. I love this scent so much. I love the white florals, the green springtime uplift, the animalic center of this swirling kaleidescope of notes. It is the kind of fragrance that makes me wonder why I bother with anything else. But of course there is always the next thing to try.
    The vintage parfum is heavenly! I wear this from time to time myself, even though it's quite feminine. It's just too good not to wear. It's my favorite feminine chypre.
    Current Top Five:
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    2. George Sand--Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    post shower still have a trace of Mitsouko on my arms. Added a smidge of my precious sample of Sous Le Vent to the wrists.
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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    Gosh, I love Sous le Vent. . . . Precious, indeed. I can still smell my Deneuve, which I also love.

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    I wore Chinatown for my Body Flow class this am, and Deneuve to a baby shower this afternoon. I was going to go with Givenchy III instead of Deneuve, so I may put some of that on later tonight. Sous le Vent is so wonderful, knit!

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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    I ended up wearing Profumo because I have a sample of it, and recalled really liking this fragrance when I first smelled it. Well, this is so beautiful. Sweet, earthy, creamy, tangy, just gorgeous. Thank you Quarry for SNS, for it made me stretch and find a new love.
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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    My husband(K),found a mystery parfum in his bathroom drawer. It was silver, say's only Boucheron on the bottom. There's a 'B' on the top. So he sprayed it on. It turns out to be a glorious chypre, probably more of a femme nature. If anyone knows anything about this one, I'd love to know more. I don't even know where I got it!
    http://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/B...on/B-4171.html

    ???

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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    Thanks, Lovingthealien. This could very well be the one. I have a plain silver sprayer in a purse size. It doesn't look like these bottles but must be from this series.

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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    Hello everyone!

    I'm in Sisley's Eau du Soir this morning. This is another chypre of great beauty and sophistication, displaying smoothly blended notes of mandarin, bergamot, rose, jasmine, lily of the valley, carnation, ylang-ylang, patchouli, violet, pepper, juniper, labdanum, oak moss and ambergris. EdS was originally released in 1970, discontinued around '89 then re-launched soon after in 1990, which is I believe when it got its gaudy sculptural cap (my mother has an older bottle - the fragrance is pretty much the same and the bottle looks similar but it doesn't have that cap.) Gaudy cap or not, I love this deeply mossy, elegant fragrance. I like their ads, too.


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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    Mmm, this thread smells awesome! I'm in 31 Rue Cambon, also. The chypre that isn't. But it sure does wear like one and it is the reason that I want to marry Jacques Polge when I grow up. Unlike L'Incandescent, I get excellent longevity from this, stays on me until I wash it off. Pretty much all the Chanels do that for me though. This scent is very special to me; have worn it enough that now it has seen lots of happy times as well as some rough times with me. One of those scents I can't imagine ever being without.
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    Cannot understand why TS pans this so much in The Guide. I love it too. Yes, harsh at times, especially in the warm, but a stunning cooler weather citric chypre in all it's boney glory. A true "Grande Dame" of the genre.

    Nothing sweet or rosy to detract from it's elegance

    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    Hello everyone!

    I'm in Sisley's Eau du Soir this morning. This is another chypre of great beauty and sophistication, displaying smoothly blended notes of mandarin, bergamot, rose, jasmine, lily of the valley, carnation, ylang-ylang, patchouli, violet, pepper, juniper, labdanum, oak moss and ambergris. EdS was originally released in 1970, discontinued around '89 then re-launched soon after in 1990, which is I believe when it got its gaudy sculptural cap (my mother has an older bottle - the fragrance is pretty much the same and the bottle looks similar but it doesn't have that cap.) Gaudy cap or not, I love this deeply mossy, elegant fragrance. I like their ads, too.



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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    Quote Originally Posted by PerfumedLady View Post
    Mmm, this thread smells awesome! I'm in 31 Rue Cambon, also. The chypre that isn't. But it sure does wear like one and it is the reason that I want to marry Jacques Polge when I grow up. Unlike L'Incandescent, I get excellent longevity from this, stays on me until I wash it off.
    I'm glad to hear that. Yesterday was my first time wearing it; I have a sample without a spray, so that might account for some of the longevity issues I had. For me it was literally gone within two hours. I'll give it another try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post
    The vintage parfum is heavenly! I wear this from time to time myself, even though it's quite feminine. It's just too good not to wear. It's my favorite feminine chypre.
    It's my favorite, too.

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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    L'Incandescent, I'm not surprised to hear of poor longevity with 31RC. You aren't the first I've heard wishing it had more longevity and/or projection. My skin tends to be extra generous when it comes to longevity with most scents, esp. Chanels. Glad you got to smell it long enough to get a good impression; it really is something! Would be interested to hear if you do get more longevity upon further testing; won't be terribly shocked if you don't, though.
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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    After going through my closet, I decided to go with something that is still available, so I chose
    Miss Dior. It still has spunk and pizzaz, even in the current EDT form. I love the quirky, citrus/woody aspect in this scent. It has the chutspah required of the 'new' woman it was created for in the 1950's. (1947, actually)
    It is still relevant today.



    Created by Paul Vacher in collaboration with Jean Carles and Serge Heftler-Louiche, a fresh green mossy woods chypre parfum with top notes of galbanum and bergamot over heart notes of jasmine, rose and gardenia, on base notes of oak moss, ambergris, sandalwood and patchouli
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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    I wore Mitsouko yesterday and went to see "The Artist" - a nice combination. I like the "old school" feel to it.



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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    Yesterday morning I put Givenchy III on, thinking I would switch to something else after lunch. I was busy so didn't get a chance to notice much about it, so after lunch I applied it a bit more - as I tend to apply most fragrance lightly. With that heavier application I got the aldehydes pretty significantly, unfortunately not my favorite thing. Later it unfolded a bit into a more floral heart, and I think I got some rose, but it would also tend to dip to that aldehyde scent throughout. Since the weather was cold and crisp it wasn't a good fit me, not that I don't like it, but I think I will put it on the shelf and give it another try on a warm day where that crispness will feel refreshing.

    Today the Aromatics Elixir - much warmer, woodier and earthy.

    Thank you Quarry for such a great experience - although I am a novice this has been fun!

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    Kumquat, Miss Dior is another one of my all time favorite chypres. I suppose I have a preference for the jasmine/gardenia/white floral mix with chypre'ness. Y is fruitier, Miss Dior is slightly earthier (patch?). I love them both. I have not tried the current version of Miss Dior. I 'm glad to hear it is still nice!

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    Don't give up on the vintage GIII. I agree she is a warmer weather fragrance. Rather austere and stand offish when the weather is cool or wet.

    If you really find she isn't for you, please remember me.... I love and adore those high cheekbones and disdainfully raised eyebrows.

    AE is stunning, much more warming and giving on a changeable and cool spring weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by rin_nd View Post
    Yesterday morning I put Givenchy III on, thinking I would switch to something else after lunch. I was busy so didn't get a chance to notice much about it, so after lunch I applied it a bit more - as I tend to apply most fragrance lightly. With that heavier application I got the aldehydes pretty significantly, unfortunately not my favorite thing. Later it unfolded a bit into a more floral heart, and I think I got some rose, but it would also tend to dip to that aldehyde scent throughout. Since the weather was cold and crisp it wasn't a good fit me, not that I don't like it, but I think I will put it on the shelf and give it another try on a warm day where that crispness will feel refreshing.

    Today the Aromatics Elixir - much warmer, woodier and earthy.

    Thank you Quarry for such a great experience - although I am a novice this has been fun!

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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle View Post
    Kumquat, Miss Dior is another one of my all time favorite chypres. I suppose I have a preference for the jasmine/gardenia/white floral mix with chypre'ness. Y is fruitier, Miss Dior is slightly earthier (patch?). I love them both. I have not tried the current version of Miss Dior. I 'm glad to hear it is still nice!
    Yes, the bottle I have is about 3 years old. I think it was old stock. TJMax, probably. I hope the recent stuff is as good!

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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    Quote Originally Posted by Alityke View Post
    Cannot understand why TS pans this so much in The Guide.
    She was probably influenced by her husband, lol - he hates Eau du Soir, too. But you don't have to go out of your way to find "his" opinion - there are plenty of similarly-worded bad reviews right here, so it's clear that his influence goes well beyond his own household. But really, who cares? Their opinions are no more valid than yours or mine, so let's just enjoy it and be happy we don't all smell alike.

    And now I'm going to cross-post what I wrote in the sotd thread again, so please pardon my laziness. I'm in Estee Lauder's Knowing for the evening, and what can I say that we all haven't been saying about the array of magnificent chypres we've been enjoying this weekend? It's gorgeous. And there's apparently pittosporum in it, so it's unique, too. Knowing was created by Jean Kerleo in 1988, and has notes of bergamot, pittosporum, rose, tuberose, plum, patchouli, iris, clove, bay laurel, sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli, oakmoss and civet ...among others, lol. It's a big one!


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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    I put a magnifying glass to my sprayer & discovered it is an EDT pour Homme after all, plus I think since the femme one didn't come about until 2008, it probably isn't right, so this is the likely suspect. That explains why I put it in with hubby's things.
    http://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/B...heron-132.html

    It really is quite a nice feminine chypre. I didn't like it on him though. A bit too flowery.

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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    continued the Chypre theme today in Dioressence..... yum
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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    Welcome, RingER!

    Rin nd
    , exposure to Cabochard produced my first chypre craving. Then I discovered Miss Balmain--such a powerhouse. I have to spray her on fabric and wait for the drydown, but what a beauty.

    I wore Jacomo Silences on Saturday for the first time. Funny how, despite my chronologically short perspective on perfumes, this scent smells like it's more than 50 years old. It's pleasing to me because there is such a forward floral presence, and there's nothing disharmonious about it. Still, it doesn't trip my trigger so well as did the green Molinard de Molinard or JL Scherrer -- both of whom eventually wore out there welcome except for an occasional revisit for a momentary craving.

    I applied vintage Mitsouko extract on Sunday. Perhaps once you've smelled the best (even though my bottle is bordering on going bad due to age), nothing else is quite as good. Also, my skin tends to make scents more bitter, so while I normally prefer green florals, once we're in chypre territory, the combo can't stay sweet enough to be appealing on me. (What's my skin's issue -- the consumption of too much pickled herring and sauerkraut?)

    Wearing modern Mitsouko edp today, but spraying and smelling only the INSIDE of my arm, I'm finding more of the sweet notes my skin needs. I think there really is a difference between the skin on the inside and outside of my arm. Cleavage skin is sweeter, too.

    Teardrop, Mitsouko was hardly an instant love for me. I think part of the whole fragrance journey includes spells of boredom, and Mitsy stands there waiting for us to recognize her unique entertainment.

    Klute, I haven't seen the movie, but Mitsouko and "The Artist" sounds like virtual time travel.
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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    Great report Q!

    I'm still in Chypre land - I enjoyed Dioressence so much yesterday, I'm back in it today. Very rare for me to repeat.
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    Default Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3, 2012 *** CHYPRES

    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Yes, the bottle I have is about 3 years old. I think it was old stock. TJMGax, probably. I hope the recent stuff is as good!
    Quote Originally Posted by knit at nite View Post
    Great report Q!

    I'm still in Chypre land - I enjoyed Dioressence so much yesterday, I'm back in it today. Very rare for me to repeat.
    I'm so glad you are liking this one. It has been one of my favorites since the moment I first tried it. It is such an extraordinary green scent. There is nothing quite like it.

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