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    Default Sample Pass: Into the (Sandal)Wood meets All That Jas(mine)

    I am the lucky owner of a huge (195 ml) bottle of Myrurgia Maderas de Oriente in locion strength, made in Mexico. I last owned this in the early 1980s in the more familiar "perfume de tocador" concentration, made in Spain. Both bottles have two twigs tied together floating in the juice.

    I find MdO to have the definitive sandalwood drydown. After a alluringly dirty start, it softens to a creamy sweet wood that lasts on my skin for hours. At least that's what I think I'm smelling. What I am smelling is a component of my Most Favored Drydown, as I experience it in several vintage frags: Antilope, My Sine, Ma Griffe, and Miss Dior most notably.

    I'd like to share MdO with noses experiences (cacio, TWolf, you are being most respectfully summoned!)and new. My plan is to circulate three 2 ml samples so that many noses can sample without it taking forever. I'd like each sniffer to feel free to sample over a three day period and then contribute your insights.

    Additionally, if anyone has another representative sandalwood to contribute, let me know.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

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    "I'd like to share MdO with noses experiences" should read experienced not experiences. Basenotes is not letting me edit since it came back on line [sigh].
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    Default Re: Sample Pass: Into the (Sandal)Wood

    I feel like I am monopolizing pass the samples. Unfortunately, I cannot be of great help here, because I am a recent aficionado, having started a few years ago in an era when Mysore sandalwood was already off limits. So I wouldn't really be able to comment on true sandalwood. That said, I'd like to smell the vial, for my curiosity.
    I have a few vintage perfumes, but cannot think of any where sandalwood is really prominent. though, again, I may not be able to say even if it's there, mistaking it for woods or what else.

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    Not interested but thanks. I have tried it at some point in the past and it did not impress me at all. Seems like we are sharing some different values, fragrance-wise. (Not judging here and not saying whose are better, with all due respect). Do not want the same experience as with your favorite MP and a few others.

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    Default Re: Sample Pass: Into the (Sandal)Wood

    'Tis true, TWolf, there's not much overlap in our wardrobes, much as one person loves Brahms and another Mahler. I invited you because of your aptitude for note identification, and above all I wanted to be sure it's sandalwood I'm smelling. MdO is a very simple fragrance, blunt even, and, of all things, I sometimes combine it with another of the loud and linear, Perfumer's Workshop Tea Rose (I hope this doesn't have you running for a gas mask!). Thanks for responding. I respect all thoughtful opinions, not just those that jibe with mine, but I certainly won't ask you to sniff something you find unappealing.


    cacio, sure I'll send you some—actually I thought I had, but that may have been someone else.
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    Default Re: Sample Pass: Into the (Sandal)Wood

    My Wardrobe with 20 fragrances is not very indicative of what I have -- I have said before that most of my fragrances are decants. When the fragrance goes down to about 15 ml or 4 ml for a pure extrait, I remove it from the Wardrobe and keep in Tested.

    Tea Rose is all right. I have a bottle on hand just for the references.

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    Default Re: Sample Pass: Into the (Sandal)Wood

    TWolf and cacio, do you recommend anyone else for note identification? I am remiss to not mention my other astute Weil samplers (besides cacio), Whitefluffy, PerfumedLady, CivetLady, and cestrum nocturnum, whom I would love to include. MdO was a dirt cheap fragrance back when I was in my 20s, so—the little immersed twigs notwithstanding—I do wonder if the wood I'm smelling is a) sandalwood, and b) natural, not synthetic.

    Lastly, if I've never met you or you've never done a sample pass, please feel free to jump in.

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    TWolf, I will have to revisit your wardrobe. I still have some of the lovely samples you sent me. If I had but one word to describe your taste in fragrance it would be refined. I especially appreciate being introduced to Coriandre, which I must scout on eBay.

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    TWolf, I will have to revisit your wardrobe. I still have some of the lovely samples you sent me. If I had but one word to describe your taste in fragrance it would be refined. I especially appreciate being introduced to Coriandre, which I must scout on eBay.
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    Default Re: Sample Pass: Into the (Sandal)Wood

    Quote Originally Posted by jujy54 View Post
    TWolf and cacio, do you recommend anyone else for note identification? I am remiss to not mention my other astute Weil samplers (besides cacio), Whitefluffy, PerfumedLady, CivetLady, and cestrum nocturnum, whom I would love to include. MdO was a dirt cheap fragrance back when I was in my 20s, so—the little immersed twigs notwithstanding—I do wonder if the wood I'm smelling is a) sandalwood, and b) natural, not synthetic.
    Hi Jujy! That is very kind of you to think of me. I am very interested! Thank you! My Dad loved sandalwood, so I suspect I smelled a good amount of the real stuff during my childhood. He was also fond of imported soaps and such, and I recall a fantastic sandalwood soap that made his hands and face smell wonderful. I'm not sure how helpful this will be, but sandalwood is always nostalgic and sweet to me.

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    Default Re: Sample Pass: Into the (Sandal)Wood

    jujy:

    indeed, you had! I had forgotten. I remembered Mollie Parnis, but when you mentioned, I remembered there was something else as well, and there it was, Madera de Oriente. So there's no need to include me in the pass the sample, I have it already.

    I'll be testing it. For now, I just put it on (but it's late so I won't get to the drydown). - so far it's a powdery, flowery heliotrope, but it's too early for the drydown.

    cacio

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    Wow, Jujy, how super kind and generous of you. I didn't want to sigh up initially either as I shared cacio's sentiment that I have been signing up for way too many passes lately and must leave room for others, especially those gifted with superior olfactory perceptions. But thank you from the bottom of my heart for invitation, I could never dream to rival cacio, CN, PerfumedLady, or Civet Lady in their skill of recognizing the components and scope of education.

    But as far as sandalwood, I was very fortunate to enjoy undiluted Mysore sandalwood essential oil, and it was one the most beautiful things I have ever smelled. I barely remember it now, so I am not sure that I will be a great help. I do have a sandalwood fragrance made by GAP. Yes, the youthful if a bit cheesy clothes brand. And I understand that it does not sound particularly enticing, but it is the closest synthetic smell to real sandalwood oil I smelled to date. I don't wear it, only spray my pillows sparingly before I go to bed, but I enjoy it immensely. I will be happy to contribute it to this pass for comparison sake.

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    Default Re: Sample Pass: Into the (Sandal)Wood

    cacio, heliotrope? I always associate heliotrope with a bitter almond scent—am I mistaken? I do think the woods come out much, much later.

    cn & WF, glad to have you on board. Both of you have been great contributors to the Weil thread. WF, wow, the real thing! I do remember putting bars of sandalwood soap in my scarf drawer, sandalwood being much more available decades ago.

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    cacio, heliotrope? I always associate heliotrope with a bitter almond scent—am I mistaken? I do think the woods come out much, much later.

    cn & WF, glad to have you on board. Both of you have been great contributors to the Weil thread. WF, wow, the real thing! I do remember putting bars of sandalwood soap in my scarf drawer, sandalwood being much more available decades ago.

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    another update (can't edit for some reason): cacio, I find the opening of MdO to be "stinky" of all things, sort of dryly fetid. Do you?
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    Default Re: Sample Pass: Into the (Sandal)Wood

    Heliotrope as in almond-mimosa - but I seem to smell it pretty widely now that it has been banned and I have developed a liking for vintage Apres l'Ondee and heure bleue. Perhaps my nose is attuned. But the note was gone in 10 minutes, so it was a top note. Unfortunately, my skin has now eaten the perfume and I cannot smell anything. I must wear more next time.

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    Default Re: Sample Pass: Into the (Sandal)Wood

    MdO lasts forever on me. The best of it doesn't even show up until about 4 hours in. I prefer it on the back portion of my forearm, as the hair seems to hold it. re: heliotrope, I just received a sample of modern Habanita which I find to be a great big heliotrope, verging into loukhoum territory. Very fetching.

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    I'm honored, jujy, count me in!
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    I would love to join if possible but I'll understand if there's no place for me

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    Default Re: Sample Pass: Into the (Sandal)Wood

    lucasai, yes, you're in! I'll wait a few more days before announcing a pass sequence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jujy54 View Post
    lucasai, yes, you're in! I'll wait a few more days before announcing a pass sequence.
    Thank you jujy! ♥ I see that you're all in the USA so my suggestion is that I take the last spot in the passing sequence

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    I look forward to reading everyone's impressions of the scent. How nice of you jujy54!

    I hope you've read my (re-do) thread on Sandalwood I posted to the Men's board here:http://www.basenotes.net/threads/284...-re-formatted)

    Also, I started a thread last year when I went through a 'sweet sandalwood' phase (that I'm still in) here: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/282...t-sandalwoods?
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    Default Re: Sample Pass: Into the (Sandal)Wood

    Wow, mp23, and thank you! Those are definitive threads. You must let me send you some since I'd like to read your impressions.
    So far would be five of you. I think I will send out individual decants so as to keep the thread lively and not dragging into 2012.
    So, WF, cn, mp23, and lucasai, pm me with addresses, and I will prepare packages.

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    fwiw, and be advised: I remember MdO as a bargain fragrance in my youth. It was neither department store nor chain drugstore, more something you bought at a neighborhood sole-proprietor type drugstore or some small accessory boutique. In Cleveland it was probably from some little storefront in the Old Arcade.
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    Default Re: Sample Pass: Into the (Sandal)Wood

    sorry I'm late....my bizness has been bizi --ooo boy!

    but never too bizi for some sniffs!

    I have both vintage Samsara EDP & PP if interested - is that in the ballpark or is it too well known?
    have never tried the MDO but I do remember seeing a bottle on my mothers dresser, next to the My sin and C5....
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    Default Re: Sample Pass: Into the (Sandal)Wood

    not late at all, CivetLady. Samsara EDP would be a wonderful pairing, passing the PP seems extravagant. Do you want to send me a ml or two? This makes six participants—so far... (:
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    I'm looking forward to reading this thread as it develops. I was fortunate enough to sample a Sandalwood attar in Barcelona last week. Obviously not Mysore but the closest to the Sandalwood soap and Maja soap I was gifted many years ago and still scent my knicker drawer beautifully.

    My work friend was born and raised in Mysore, she swears the nearest thing to her memories of real sandalwood oil is the dry down of Aromatics Elixir on me. Boy was I happy with that comment! My poor snozzle doesn't register any woods in AE, probably fatigues from the patch and top to registered such subtlety

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    May I join? I've been wanting to sniff Samsara for a while. Thanks.
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    Just a quick one! Jujy, there is no need to share Samsara with me, I used to have PP and still remember how it smells like .

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    Sure, kalli, pm me an address. I think I'll close the pass here.
    WF—noted! Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitefluffy View Post
    Just a quick one! Jujy, there is no need to share Samsara with me, I used to have PP and still remember how it smells like .
    And I now have that bottle! I could save CivetLady the trouble of making a parfum sample; I still have the 1.5 ml vial sample that Whitefluffy originally sent me. Would be easy to top it off with more juice and pop it in the mail! Let me know, I'll get right on it if you'd all like to try it!
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    Default Re: Sample Pass: Into the (Sandal)Wood

    Hi, everyone. Just wanted to let you know that with Civet Lady's generous addition of Samsara,I am inspired to add some jasmine sniffing to the mix, and am waiting on Donna Karan Essence Jasmine which I just got on ebay. I went with the DK because it is the most straight-ahead jasmine of which I know, in that it smells exactly like the jasmine tea I like. I also landed some MdO in the "perfume tocador" concentration which is what I wore many years ago. If it is different from the locion I may have to include both, in which case I'd best double check my decant supplies...
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    Looking forward to smelling them jujy54!
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    Yay, jasmine. This pass gets better all the time
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    hi, darlings,

    family issues are looming big. Time-consuming and stressful. I have a wonderful son who is a young adult, hitting a rough patch. We will get through it, and I'm looking forward to assembling this sample pass. Cyberhugs most welcome. XXXOOO
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    Young adult patches can be tough. Very big hugs to you xoxo
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