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    Default Best gardenia scent

    Gardenia is a note which doesn't quite enjoy the cachet or the popularity of, say, rose or tuberose or jasmine. But with the release of Serge Lutens's Une Voix Noire, gardenia is in the spotlight again.

    What are the other gardenia scents worth sampling? Do you have a favourite gardenia scent, or one with a prominent gardenia note?
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    Well, I have a sample pass going for Hothouse Flower by Ineke, a gardenia soliflore, the link is in my signature below if you would like to sign up to try it! (if you haven't already).

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    I'm also a big fan of Gardenia Passion. I know it's as much Tuberose as Gardenia, but it's still a great fragrance and I'm a bit of a tuberose fetishist so the more the merrier.

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    Default Re: Best Gardenia Scent

    Gardenia- Isabey (probably my favorite)
    Gardenia Petale- Van Cleef & Arpels (2nd runner up)
    Cruel Gardenia- Guerlain
    Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia- Estee Lauder
    Gardenia- Chanel
    Velvet Gardenia- Tom Ford
    Une Voix Noire- Serge Lutens
    Un Matin d'Orage- Annick Goutal

    I've tried all of these except the last two and I've heard good things about them too.
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    Default Re: Best Gardenia Scent

    True gardenia, with all its dirty glory, is almost unknown in perfumery. It doesn't mean that perfumes with gardenia in the name aren't good, they are just not true gardenias, of focus only on one aspect of the flower. An exception is $$$$$ JAR Jardenia, with an intense mushroom note. (Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia had a touch of it, but it has been discontinued). I have high hopes for Une Voix Noire, but I haven't smelled it yet.


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    Default Re: Best gardenia scent

    My favourite; Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia.
    Runner up; Van Cleef & Arpels Gardenia Petale.

    l adore Un Matin d'Orage, but it doesn't strike me as gardenia exactly.

    l have great respect & admiration for Jardenia & Velvet Gardenia, but find them both almost unwearable.

    l have tried many others, but these are the standouts for me.
    "What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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    Default Re: Best gardenia scent

    Best is very subjective and may not mean "most realistic".
    Jardenia is hyper-realistic, but I don't wish to wear it.

    My daughter likes Pétales by Chantecaille. "Gardenia lite."
    I have a sample of Stephanie by Michael Storer, also very good. Hmm, I'll have to test that again; it's been a while.

    But nothing I've smelled matches the scent of the actual flower.

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    What about Ajne Fleur Blanche? Haven't tried it myself but it sounds like a lovely gardenia.

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    I won the recent gardenia sample prize from PP and posted the first I sampled on the sample of the day thread. When I get over this vile cold I shall be writing the others up on sample of the day too

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    My Favs:
    Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia: very realistic gardenia and tuberose
    Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia: a very realistic gardenia lingered among earthy and sweet notes
    Isabey Gardenia: sweet gardenia face cream
    Van Cleef & Arpels Gardenia Petale: realistic gardenia in the first 30 minutes but its drydown is very vanila-like (still good)
    Kai by Kai: green gardenia and stem

    Good but not that good:
    Jar Jardenia: complex, spicy gardenia
    Annick Goutal Un Matin d'Orage: very realistic gardenia in the openning, turned metalic
    Marc Jocobs Woman: watery gardenia, not as realistic as Kai or TM Velvet Gardenia.

    I don't like:
    EA Gardenia: not gardenia, sythetic floral
    Annick Goutal Gardenia Passion: vegetal tuberose, not gardenia
    Chanel Gardenia (current version): white floral,not gardenia

    I am so wanting to try Houseflower by Ineke, Guerlain Cruel Gardenia.

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