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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    Methinks i shall spray some B onto cloth. Report tomorrow. Buona notte, tutti!
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    Ju guesses A, which is the niche offering representing the beginning point of the journey -- the Istanbul. One of the smelly shops or market stands sold you some Turkish delight for the road -- rahat loukhoum.

    So, A is Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum Parfum du Soir.

    This will help y'all narrow down the guesses.

    I won't reveal anything about C yet, but will proceed with B before going to bed.

    I understand that B needs to be guessed by notes unless you go with location clue. But even then, notes would be helpful, even though these particular notes make me go reread the NST blog piece on "why sometimes notes have nothing to do with reality".
    So fwiw, yes to rose, but no to jasmine, tuberose, and white flowers (there's one floral listed there that I generally don't consider a white floral but some people do).
    No peach in B, but definitely fruit notes are there.
    Not Hungary, another stop along the way, which cacio mentioned in his last post, and yes, it is a clue to -- but not pointing to Knize Ten.
    BN was down when I was free and near the computer, so I am sorry for coming in late. Till tomorrow, gang!

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    Good morning, dear fellow sniffers. Congratualtions on figuring out the Japanese version of loukoum from Constantinopole, although Saripatates will not pay more than $20 for it. LOL Do not let it upset you, I will NOT either.

    Will agree with W. -- B will have to be guessed by the notes, and you have been doing better than a tween crowd -- pink (or red? LOL) rose-peony-freesia territory with some citrus and a base of light woody musk-- and cacio (again!) even mentions the locale, intuitively placing the events where they should be along the Red Line. "Young skateboarders" is one of the clues, there are several more in the intro text as well. Sorry J., not Hungary.

    So, what do you think: is B a designer scent or a mass-market offering? (I know, they often overlap, I have heard). Again, what is the price point?

    The beginnings of each week are jobs-heavy for me, my checking in will be sporadic. I will try to answer all PMs, so your best bet will be to address them to us both if you want to hear what I think.

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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

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    It's probably germany then? Is it a german designer brand or something broader. Maybe it's a "cologne" But what does skateboarders have to do with it. Is it perhaps extreme

    I'm quite clueless about B.

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    S., it is quite like you -- to narrow down the locale from the names introduced by cacio and then to say that you are clueless. In fact, you are not clue-less, you have just brought in another clue. "German brand", yes.

    I am the same as Wolfie work-wise, so I will be checking in often but won't be able to stay for long.
    In #63 Wolfie summed up many things, but in #62 I did something similar and confirmed/disconfirmed the notes.
    Have a great day!

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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    A quick smell to the cloth this morning before heading off to work. Usual pink. If the artificial flower is not jasmine, then it could be listed as gardenia, another of these fantasy names unrelated to the actual thing. I also detect now a slight milkiness, nothing big, but a touch.

    Skateboarding and Germany leave me a little puzzled, but I am not familiar with the skateboarding aesthetic. Not that I can think of many German brands either. Adidas is (was?) German, it could be reasonably worn by skateboarders. I haven't smelled anything from it, but I'd expect their frags to be more "sporty", ie sharper and with more woody ambers. Other German brands I can think of are Jil Sander (cannot believe this is from the brand), Boss and Escada (again, unknown territory) Escada (uninspiring inferior clothes) could fit the perfume, but I doubt it has anything to do with skateboarding. And do Porsche and BMW have perfumes? Panamera Red Eau de cologne!

    cacio

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    Cacio,
    yay for mentioning the right brand both in your post ^^ and in your PM!

    You are circling it in, sniffers! No need to know the skateboarders aesthetic -- in fact, I don't know it either. You are doing exactly what Wolfie and I were hoping you would do.

    I am cheering you on!

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    I had already considered the brand being from germany and have looked into escada, joop and müelhens. I thought escada sexy graffiti could be appropriate, considering the clues in the intro and while the notes looked promising, the reviews and the prominence of the fruits made me think that's not it. Then I checked fragrantica for german designers. That's when I caved and thought I must be missing a subtler hint :P

    Adidas is a good idea and makes sense with the clues. A certain adidas has been reviewed as "Boring. Detergent + fabric softener + undefinable flowers." which is quite similar to my experience with B. Although the fragrance doesn't have notes listed, so maybe that's not it. We'll get there in the end, one way or another.

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    Adidas is a good idea and makes sense with the clues. A certain adidas has been reviewed as "Boring. Detergent + fabric softener + undefinable flowers." which is quite similar to my experience with B. Although the fragrance doesn't have notes listed, so maybe that's not it. We'll get there in the end, one way or another.
    LOL! I followed exactly your logic! Adidas for skateboarding: all their frags seemed to be chemical harsh things except this one. But it is not it, apparently. So back to Escada (whose stores I have never visited).

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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    Heh! I had just PMed before warum noted that cacio had mentioned the brand. I based my guess on its simplistic (to me) construction, and prior experience with a "gimmick" fragrance, the Not a Perfume from Juliette has a Gun. Also kept in mind a German company. Now that the brand has been narrowed down I must look again (can't sniff, ran clear out of this weak s♄!♈).
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    Yeah, the brand headquarters are located in a large German city where the central skateboarding rink is right next door to the Central Rail Station --> "old kraut" smell in the air.

    Please also stick to the Red Line theme.

    Agree once again about Realities by Liz Claiborne similarity -- pink juice with aspiring to be a somewhat grown-up woody musk dryout, but not quite.

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    And cacio sends me the correct guess in a PM!

    I got other guesses from sniffers, and now I have another piece of advise: you have used the clues to narrow down the location and the brand. Ask me on board or in the PMs to be sure that you know these are narrowed down for you.

    And once you're have that down, keep reading the piece of the journey for the clues. There are more clues to the name of the fragrance.

    S., I cannot respond to you -- you have exceeded your PM quota.

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    cacio is on a roll!
    I take it I've made wrong guesses. The inbox is now emptied warum, sorry for that.

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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    Quote Originally Posted by sarıpatates View Post
    cacio is on a roll!
    I take it I've made wrong guesses. The inbox is now emptied warum, sorry for that.
    Yep. PMed you back.

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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    Congratulations to cacio, he has got it.

    Are there any questions for the sniffers from our spectators?

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    let's concentrate now.
    it's by escada. it doesn't have peach in it, but it does have fruit. it doesn't have jasmine in it but some flower, that can sometimes be listed as white flowers. at this point I'm practically going to check every feminine escada fragrance.

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    Oh, sari I did that and started tearing my hair out.
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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    Saripatates, thanks for getting the clue on the name, I was afraid it was useless! And congratulations on getting the sample B! You got it, whoo hoo!

    Interestingly, cacio got the name of the fragrance based on one clue, and Saripatates got the other one, the one I originally intended. Ju, look closely for those words and see if something connects with the Excada Frags names!

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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    Hi, warum, considering I love word games these clues ought to be up my alley. I'm a little tired from work today, but will take another look. If you care to give me the post #s I'll be a little less crabby
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    I'll just paste the relevant part here:

    "So, free and safe from the world’s harm, the Red Line train meanders around and snakes into the noisy station with the thick smell of bratwurst and old kraut in the heavy air. We can hop off and disappear in the crowd of skateboarding youngsters at the station. Maybe…"

    coincidentally one of the reviews of the fragrance in basenotes strikes a chord with our theme as well.
    hope it's ok to give the extra hint =)

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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    Aha! Missed that my first go-around, and if it was a snake it would have bitten me. Count me as guessed! Thank you Sari.
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    Onto C, apparently for chypre, but 1st i have to wash off a day of high school + Shalimar, worn as armor.
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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    Julie, Julie, Julie, YES!! Congratulations!

    I reveal the B -- despite the fact that it doesn't smell like the official notes, you all guessed it and made it to Munich, the head office of Escada, the femme fragrance called S!

    Just in case you wanted to know, here's the list of the official notes:
    Escada S
    Fragrantica
    plum
    blackcurrant
    rose
    almond blossom,
    rose
    muguet
    red pepper (pimento)
    mahogany,
    sandalwood,
    musks
    hazelnut.


    Basenotes
    • Top Notes
    • Plum, Blackcurrant, Eglantine Rose

    Middle Notes
    • Almond Blossom, Rose, Muguet, Red Pepper

    Base Notes
    • Mahogany, Hazelnut, Musk, Sandawood

    Smells like all of that, right?

    And now on to C!

    Sari, can I ask you please to repost your review of C? And cacio and Julie, can I ask you to submit your reviews of C? Thanks!! You are the best sniffers and sleuths!

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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    See, Warum, it is possible to guess the fragrances without discussing their individual constituent parts, one by one. Feathers in your hats and hats off to you, dear sniffers.

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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    Just sprayed C onto some cotton,then onto me. Oh, come to mama! Smoke and leather, on top no less—OK, that was either so wrong or so right

    A few minutes later, huffing the cotton ball sequestered in a Ziploc®, I get fruit, jammy fruit. Are we in Paris? Are we at a sidewalk café? And, since we are on the Red Line, will the color scheme continue?

    Oh, one more question: is Escada mass market? God knows I see it at Walgreens and CVS. If so, C should be designer.

    ps - "A" (Loukhoum Parfum du Soir) still zaps me when I walk in my room, and this from a nearly week old cotton ball in a closed Ziploc bag. It is take no prisoners powerful, except for having taken one captive: my attention. I want more of this scary confection!
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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    Sent a guess.
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    Whoa, you guys are pretty fast, lol. Congraties!
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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    Whoa, you guys are pretty fast, lol. Congraties!
    Nobody said I'm right! An early guess helps me narrow things down.
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