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    Default Question about Purple Label vs. Bleecker Street

    Hey Guys:

    I'm giving my sample of Bond no. 9 Bleecker St. it's first wearing today. Like others have mentioned, there is a strong similarity to Ralph Lauren's Purple Label. However, I always felt that the tobacco flower note in Purple Label was it's most distinguished note. Nobody ever seems to say that they get tobacco from Bleecker St, even as they say they both smell similar. I'm wondering if I'm the only one that gets a tobacco or tobacco flower smell from Bleecker St.? Tobacco flower, with some kind of peppery spicyness, and perhaps a bit of fruit, but not much, from berries.

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    Default Re: Question about Purple Label vs. Bleecker Street

    When I tried Bleecker Street, I personally don't remember getting a tobacco smell.

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    Default Re: Question about Purple Label vs. Bleecker Street

    I haven't smelled Purple Label, but the flower of a tobacco plant (as opposed to the leaf) is sweet and very like jasmine, which is a heart note in Bleecker St.

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    Default Re: Question about Purple Label vs. Bleecker Street

    I think it comes from a combination of green notes and leather, but if you look at the notes for each, you'll see a lot of similarities:

    (thyme, sage, coriander, green leaves / mahogany representing wood / suede representing leather / blackberry representing berry / oakmoss) vs. (violet leaf, thyme / cassis representing berry (it's a type of currant) / cedarwood representing wood / suede representing leather / oakmoss).

    Once you get into distinguishing notes, the smell will be different - but a wood is a wood and therefore retains a woody smell, regardless what type of wood it is which probably explains why they have a very similar feel overall.

    Bleecker St.

    Top Notes
    Violet Leaf, Cassis, Thyme

    Middle Notes
    Jasmine, Cedarwood, Cinnamon

    Base Notes
    Oakmoss, Suede, Patchouli, Amber, Vanilla

    Purple Label

    Top Notes
    Blackberry, Green Coriander, Dewy Green Leaves, Crisp Mandarin

    Middle Notes
    Tobacco Flower, Fresh sage, Fluid Hedione, Garden Thyme

    Base Notes
    Mahogany wood, Suede, Warm Musk and Oakmoss
    The Bark Bites Back.

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    Default Re: Question about Purple Label vs. Bleecker Street

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    When I tried Bleecker Street, I personally don't remember getting a tobacco smell.
    No tobacco for me either.....The next time I wear this I'll pay close attention to see if I can detect this note!!!
    Gary

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