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    Red face March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    Orient Express: The Red Line



    Ready for the delights of travel? How do seven countries, different customs, fascinating adventures sound right now? Board the train in Istanbul, a living boundary between Europe and Asia. What an incredible city: noisy squares, smelly little shops sending all your senses abuzz! Breathe in the air of the streets and market, pick a souvenir and get ready to board on the Orient Express...

    Getting into a comfortable luxurious train compartment, relaxing, striking a conversation with other passengers, and enjoying the scenery already? But oh… why do I keep returning to the story of The Murder on the Orient Express? A man had died from multiple knife wounds… clues, too many clues: a pipe accoutrement, an elegant handkerchief of Princess Natalia, a stain of grease on a woman’s first initial in her passport… had her bag been tampered with as well?!

    But it could not have happened on the red line because it does not go through Belgrade where the Murder on the Orient Express happened. 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…

    But maybe it will take us all the way to Paris?!.. Who among us can have a thought of Paris without skipping a heartbeat? Paris, oh Paris, the capital of luxury, the land of perfumes, the place where life goes on but the time can stop.

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    Instructions for the Sniffers:
    Sniffers, please spend as much time as you need with the vials to get an idea of what are you smelling, understand the perfume's development on you skin and on paper, appearance the liquid, the general feel of the fragrance and, if applicable, some similarities with other fragrances.

    After that we are asking you to post a review of this fragrance here. Please, do as full of a review as possible -- we are looking for a review which can be posted on the Basenotes review page and will help the BNers get a really good idea of a fragrance and decide whether this fragrance can be right for them. Ideally, after you identify the samples, you should be able to post your review with minor changes.

    Please start with the sample A and I will respond when I get all three reviews in place. Feel free to discuss among yourselves before posting the reviews if you prefer and if the timing allows!
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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    Thanks! Looking forward to start sniffing. I'm busy today, but will smell and sniff asap.

    cacio

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

    Cacio, Jujy54 and Saripatates are our three sniffers, Warum is hosting and I am a togogirl.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    ... I am a togogirl.
    -- So much more than that!

    but for now I shall say no more

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    Just wanted to say this Orient Express thing quite interests me!
    Currently wearing: Sahara Noir by Tom Ford

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

    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    Just wanted to say this Orient Express thing quite interests me!
    Please stick around and watch the journey!

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

    Didn't have time for a proper wearing yet, but cannot help posting some immediate impressions. I sprayed it on a wrist yesterday night before going out, and the first impression was an almondy heliotropin galore that would immediately summon the IFRA police. Then I forgot about it. I just resprayed this morning on a piece of cloth - the impression is more complex (perhaps it was the first spritz?).

    Yes, still almondy heliotropin, and almond milk. But it is more complex than that. There's citrus (lemon, mandarin?), fruits (sweet jammy, berry-apricot), and some rosy flowers. Definitely edible, but not in tooth decay territory. More one of those french pastry constructions that are as beautiful to look at as to eat. But weren't we supposed to be in Istanbul? Perhaps a flowery loukoum, but without the sugary heaviness of said concoctions.

    Off to the gym, will think more about this later. I should also try to smell the almost centenarian reference for the heliotropin style - as a comparison point (though I don't own it).

    cacio

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    I plan to! Hehehe, good luck everyone!
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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    Some absolutely on target impressions, cacio! Like abso-freaking-lutely.

    Shades, thanks for making us sticky.

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    OK, I hurried to the bottom of this thread so as not to be influenced by any reviews so far. We'll see how my relatively novice nose does, tho thanks to recent swaps with Twolf and cacio, my nose is becoming more educated!

    I sniffed, I sprayed, I slept, and sniffed again.

    A pale, yellowish juice, sprayed onto a wad of cotton smelled immediately and powerfully of baby powder, specificaly of the smell I grew up with when my younger sibs were themselves babies. I'm sure those ingredients have been IFRAed in the intervening years.

    Applied an hour after bath and an hour before bed, to avoid competition with the Yatagan (courtesy cacio) of the earlier part of the day. Yes, still baby powder, as well as a nearly toxic rush of—something. Again, I'm at childhood. What does this remind me of? Maybe the woody nightshade berries we squeezed and sniffed as kids (we were somehow smart enough not to ingest them), or bitter almond, at any rate a smell that says both "come hither" and "beware." That first minute, even lightly applied, is almost unbearable. An hour later, as that venomous smell recedes, I detect galbanum (yes, bitter, but not so intensely repellent/alluring as the earlier sniff), heliotrope, something anisic (tarragon?), and orris.

    I awake to Scent A, dried down to its essence, stable and most assuredly present, tho mostly as a skin scent. Heliotrope, orris, musk, and something mossy persist. It reminds me of Chanel N 19 EdP (courtesy of yet another BNer, Twolf), tho I am less aware of green notes. There is a reminder of L'Heure Bleue, minus the pastry shoppe, tho they have in common a "remembrance of things past", to borrow a phrase. Overall, I would guess this to be more likely Chanel than Guerlain, and therefore we are in Paris.

    How did I do?
    Last edited by jujy54; 31st March 2012 at 08:43 PM.
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    Wow, interesting theme and approach. Have fun, all!

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

    We have to start the journey somewhere -- so right now our two sniffers disagree, one thinks we are in Istanbul and another one thinks we are in Paris flirting with Chanels and Guerlains. .

    How about a Turkey native weighing in? Saripatates -- we need a majority of sorts? Please?

    Jujy -- some good stuff in your impressions, especially about them poisonous berries.

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

    Just waving to sniffers Cacio, Jujy54 and Saripatates and conductors Twolf and Warum as the coaches pass by! It is not an easy task, I know from experience.

    Have a wonderful scent journey.
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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    Great job, sniffers! You made some very good observations.

    Enough to enable one of the spectator, Kalli, to submit a guess which shows me that her thoughts are running in the right direction! So you're not alone on this train.

    We're waiting for Saripatates when he has a chance to post.

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

    duplicate post

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

    Back from a day out (gym, mall for some smelling). Smelling old references (Heure bleue, Apres l'ondee) recalibrated my nose. By chance, I had sprayed a piece of pink ribbon, which, in retrospect, was very appropriate. The little ribbon, after a day, probably is now showing the heart of the perfume, which is not perhaps as intense as the top, but still shows, more clearly, the marzipan and the berries. And I'm being influenced by the other reviews. So I'd update my review as follows.

    The overall impression is a (not quite pleasant) pink marzipan confection. Upon spraying, I smell a blast of almondy cream, an intense heliotrope, plus something pink, a berry-cherry syrup. Over time, the blast subsides a bit, but the fragrance remains resolutely pink and sweet. The confection is edible, but not satisfyingly so - the overall feel curiously recalls a fruity baby powder.

    As said, comparing to other reference almondy gourmands is instructive. L'Heure bleue has sweet almonds, but then goes into a more flowery and spicy direction - and doesn't register nearly as sweet. AO has heliotropin, but balanced by violets, iris, and especially a bouquet of herbs. So I disagree with jujy about being in classic Paris. But certainly the current brand owners catering to modern youngsters are a possibility.

    Anyhow, putting together some of the impressions in the two reviews (almond, berries, cherry syrup, baby powder, sweet), plus a geographical-culinary guess could point to two fragrances, which I do not have and thus cannot compare. They are supposed to be very close to each other; they are also supposed to have nuclear sillage, which this one doesn't seem to have, at least to my nose. But I'll have to start with a guess - so I'll go with that for now.

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

    Got cacio's guess and my feedback to it is close, very close, hot, very HOT!

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

    I PMed you both too, red-hot, I might add.

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

    We have got a correct guess now, cacio starts and wins!

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

    We have a correct guess from cacio in a PM! Congratulations, cacio, to be the first to guess the sample A!

    But we are still on board and playing.

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    PMed my guess. Agree with cacio that this might be pitched to a younger crowd, so I rethought houses. Can I stand the suspense????
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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    PMed you back.
    Suspense is a big part of it, and we will need the third sniffer to come in. There's always wait though -- PMs, other's responses, etc.
    You were the one who said about reality show!

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

    PMed you back.
    Suspense is a big part of it, and we will need the third sniffer to come in. There's always wait though -- PMs, other's responses, etc.
    You were the one who said about reality show!

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

    I did? Anyway, I'm going to bed—with Scent A, wonder if I'll gain new insights, or insmells as the case may be
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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    Jujy, while we are waiting for S. to post his impressions, please dwell more on the poisonous berry+almond combo. I also have not received your guess, so I can't comment on the younger crowd houses.


    Does it smell expensive altogether? Does A appeal (or not) to you on a personal level? And yes, please post what it dries down to.

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    I must immediately depart to see my father, but I'll spray some of the vial A on me and a card. I'll probably write a review this night. Sorry for being late. You guys can skip to the next if I become an obstruction

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    Wow, this is a wonderful sniff. I love the format and the sniffers' impressions. These descriptions of sample A made me so curious!

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    Ok, so I got one and a half hour to burn.

    I've sprayed some on hand and on paper half an hour ago. The notes I've taken are: toffee, nutty, lactonic, amber, dry & sweet, floral. It is gourmandic, edible. Candy. There is a citrus or bright rose note apparent on the paper. On my skin it's nonexistent to my nose affixed on telling me that it's sweet. Wife says it smells like spiced dates to her.

    This is the kind of fragrance I usually shy away from and I don't do well in deconstructing them. It is sweet, and gourmandic to my nose. This is probably an orientalist's istanbul then.
    Last edited by sarıpatates; 1st April 2012 at 03:24 PM.

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

    Will continue to sniff and ponder. About to run errands will be back in a few hours.
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    Default Re: March Blind Sniff -- Orient Express: The Red Line

    reading the previous reviews gives a better perspective and helps in deconstructing it. my guesses have been sent.

    Although I'd be surprised if either one is correct I guess I'm putting more stock on hints and whatnot, and not my nose.

    I wouldn't buy this fragrance, but then again I'm probably not the intended consumer for it.
    Last edited by sarıpatates; 1st April 2012 at 04:02 PM.

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