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    Default October blind sniff: Unpresentables

    Unpresentables: this blind sniff includes three scents that, in one way or another, were deemed socially unpresentable. Whether the supposed unpresentability was part of the marketing, whether it is there in the actual smell, whether the perfumes have acquired such a reputation among the aficionados, or whether some people are hypersensitive to a particular note. I expect opinions on these perfumes to differ quite a bit, which will be part of the fun.

    Some information about the scents (not necessarily in the order in which they will be smelled):
    - one of them is perhaps the doyenne of the genre.
    - one of them suggested the name for the blind sniff
    - there's at least one vintage perfume
    - at least one of them has been discontinued
    - two were marketed to women and one was marketed to men
    - two of them have reviews in Turin-Sanchez and one does not.
    - while they are all in the basenotes directory, none of the three has a note pyramid there, regrettably. It's on fragrantica, as usual, though I must say that it doesn't help too much.

    For your fun, I also included a fourth perfume, not part of the blind sniff. Feel free to discuss or guess this extra one at any time.

    Please start with sample A. It is a low concentration, so you should mentally amplify sillage and longevity. Minor word of caution, it can mildly stain.

    cacio

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    Oh, my ok, how to proceed. With fragrance A impressions? Notes I find?

    NOTES on Scent A:

    From first sniff:
    Marketed to women I would think.

    Here are my notes as I wrote them: will write next after a bit more development:

    licorice?
    vanilla?
    something animal
    a bitter herbaceous hit of something
    a bit of skank
    something indolent?
    baby powder hit at first sniff for me and a friend
    heliotrope?
    a hit of synthetic 30 minutes in--floral?
    sandalwood coming out?
    vanilla dry down lasts forever on me
    seems vintage, rich, deep

    A grand dame/vamp of a fragrance to my nose

    More to come.
    Last edited by KarmaLee; 16th October 2012 at 02:40 AM.
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    Default Re: October blind sniff: Unpresentables

    Yes, your impressions - sort of like writing a review of the scent. Then we'll go from there - Irina and I will give hints, and sniffers continue with their impressions etc.

    cacio

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    Default Re: October blind sniff: Unpresentables

    HI, lurking with relish—what fun! Great theme, cacio!
    What do insomniac perfumers do to fall asleep? They count chypres!

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    First, quick impressions are up.
    Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
    W. Somerset Maugham

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    KarmaLee:

    spot on description! But why did I think you'd zoom in on this quickly?

    I'll wait at least for another sniffer before entering more into the details (mumsy is in Europe, and I haven't heard from cestrum yet, though she should have been back from her vacation yesterday). But you are definitely on the right track!

    cacio

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    I have more to say, but will wait for others to chime in.

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    Is almost 12:30 am here and time for me and the bed to have a thing....

    I assume continue tomorrow?

    Good night and happy sniffing all.
    Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
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    It's 8.20 in the morning here. I have a slight cold I think, so don't lean heavily on my opinions. I've taken a cold cure and an antihistamine for this sniff.... so here goes:-

    Juice is dark orange/amber

    First sniff, huge orris powder blast with a citrus side. A sharper civetty floral rising as i sniff with something darker alongside it, like aniseed or seaweed or liquorice. A really lovely perfume actually.

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    There is a violetty floral powder like perfumes of old here. I'd be surprised if this wasn't an old classic structure of frag. It's big and fat and proper.

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    I'm getting a lemon sherbet nuance, like there is a herbal sweetie note rising above the powdery rest A bit like a cough pastille.

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    It isn't coming over as a truly floral perfume in the garden sense. The florals are well blended in a seamless and traditional way. This is a grande dame style perfume. Spicy too, there is a very gentle spice in here like tolu balsam, benzoin and a soft sandalwood base possibly with iris as one of the flowers maybe. I think I would say there were violets here.

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    There is a big fat bottom to this lady. I think propolis or castoreum. There is a honeyed note that grounds and sweetens the whole thing. Poo bear would like this one on his teddy lady. It has fur and richness about it.
    Last edited by mumsy; 16th October 2012 at 07:33 AM.
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    Default Re: October blind sniff: Unpresentables

    I'm excited the October Blind sniff is underway. Enjoying the first impressions. Hope your nose improves soon mumsy


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    Back to the questions in order from post 1

    Unpresentables.... I bet this is old and considered raunchy. It is not polite, but not obviously mucky at first, but drying down over in the rumpled bedsheets zone.

    I would say towards women and vintage.

    (I just got a huge blast of civet and indole arriving and its 20 minutes in)

    If this is low concentration, then it must be a big mamma at the perfume end.

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    There is a nutty element arriving with the vanillic woodsy, it is a floral almond like a heliotrope type of thing.

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    There could possibly be a tiny element of tobacco in here or leathery notes coming.

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    It's fading a bit into a vanillic, honey, leather bad girl frag. Definitely a nuzzler.

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    I must do some work too, I will be in and out. I will reapply and check.

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    I think the indolic floral may be a heavy Jasmine sambac perhaps.

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    The dry down is suggesting a patchouli. There is a greener herbal hint to the sweet honeyed base.

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    I've sprayed some on paper now and these are just the jotted, fast, unvetted notes as they popped into my head:-
    Boozy neroli, spicy citrus but blunt not sharp, powdery violets, creamy, rosemary, tonka/tolu, resin, vanilla, sandal, cedar, patchouli, vetiver, green orange/herbal/spice honey, comfy, old roses with filthy jasmine, a cleaner flower in here somewhere, like a lily clean, sweaty salty urinous civet, iris/orris, fat and bad leather, lovely blending/all muddled/hard to separate notes. Sandalwood/vanilla/amber/honey/castoreum.

    Right off for a while. I need to give the schnozz a rest and do some real work.
    Currently wearing: Civet by Houbigant

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    Good morning everyone, glad to be joining again, as a co-host this time. I must say I am truly impressed by the descriptions written so far, really well done, both @KarmaLee and @mumsy

    Thank you to Cacio for a wonderful theme and the really remarkable gems! I really did not think I would enjoy them but the picks are really really awesome!
    @SomethingSmelly

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    Ok, I suppose it is our turn to ask the questions...

    Can we have any confirmation of notes now that two sniffers are agreeing on some?

    Vanilla, sandalwood, liquorice and heliotrope perhaps.

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    What country is our third sniffer in? I've realised it probably isn't even morning yet .... no, it's only 4.11am there....

    I'll be off to do more of what I should be if I wasn't messing here. Naughty.

    Skin. Very dried down now and subdued creamy honey lightly spiced like nutmeg almost but not so strong as that, maybe old spent cloves. Like a very whisper of the creamy toffee pudding left over on the sideboard after the naughty night before. The fur wrap not far away.

    The paper is more floral like dried violets with tolu. Much more polite on paper. It has an old lady sweetie vibe like parma violets long been in the bottom of a soft leather handbag.

    I loooove these mysteries.
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    Default Re: October blind sniff: Unpresentables

    this is such a lovely game!!
    i am trying to visualise what that is and maybe make a guess from descriptions , from all you ve said habanita comes to my mind although i never smelled it but wish to do so .....but i am sure this is not the scent you have cause dont mention too much of leather

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    You are allowed to ask any questions online here, but any guesses must be PMs to the host Cacio or co-host Irena. There are three sniffers who will sniff for you. One has yet to wake, so we are waiting for her to rise and play.
    Currently wearing: Civet by Houbigant

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    Default Re: October blind sniff: Unpresentables

    aaa cool ok so i think this vintage is doyenne of genre ...so the game is we as guest guess the scent or you sniffers must guess what it is? thank you!!

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    This is a cracker cacio! I hope to keep checking in to this one!

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    @mumsy, I'll await the input of 3rd sniffer before confirming any notes. I guess you mean 'marketing' notes like those listed in the BN & fragrantica directories, making it easier to guess? Cos some that you describe I smell too, but they are not listed in the directories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iivanita View Post
    so the game is we as guest guess the scent or you sniffers must guess what it is? thank you!!
    Indeed. And the sniffers can also write about their impressions of the scents by describing how the scent makes them feel, what story it tells, if it reminds them of something like a piece of art or music.
    @SomethingSmelly

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    Lol... never going to make it too easy......

    I've ruled a few obvious ones out because I have them, but Cacio would be more sneaky than that. I'll Pm them to you.

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    I will go again... it's only half past five in the morning over there... much too early for sniffing unless your name begins with T..... lol.
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    @mumsy got A right! OMG you're fast!!! Well done!!!
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    Congratulations to mumsy for guessing so quickly!

    And as for Karmalee, the description is spot on. This is clearly a doyenne, and not a shy one.

    cacio

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    Your inbox is full Irena...

    I shall keep quiet and only answer direct questions about the smell.
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    Default Re: October blind sniff: Unpresentables

    ok question to mumsy now that she knows which scent it is can you describe 3 majore notes ? 1 top 1 middle 1 bottom

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    Hi mumsy, my name begins with a T and I am a sniffoholoc. Congratulations on your guess -- I know you have been doing/acing your homework, consistently!

    Nice to see new faces joining in the fun. Welcome, iivanita.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mumsy View Post
    Your inbox is full Irena...
    Sorry guys, my inbox is now cleared, I missed the last pm's from
    mumsy
    iivanita
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    cacio

    So please re-send those? Many thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by mumsy View Post
    There is a big fat bottom to this lady. I think propolis or castoreum. There is a honeyed note that grounds and sweetens the whole thing. Poo bear would like this one on his teddy lady. It has fur and richness about it.
    Some descriptions are priceless! LOLed at all this above.

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    I there a way we can get this thread stuck to the top like usual?
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    Default Re: October blind sniff: Unpresentables

    PM shadesofbleu. She is a mod and supporter of Blind Sniffs. She is working full-time and checks late at night. You might also want to PM socalwoman, whoever gets to doing it first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iivanita View Post
    ok question to mumsy now that she knows which scent it is can you describe 3 majore notes ? 1 top 1 middle 1 bottom
    I'm not allowed to confirm notes as a sniffer, only the hosts can. But look at both sniffers note lists and see which overlap. Not all are correct, but there are a few major ones that won't be wrong if you take the description of the smell into account. Then go to the directories on BN or fragrantica and start narrowing down the search by notes. Then a process of elimination.


    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    my name begins with a T and I am a sniffoholoc.
    I knew that wouldn't get by you


    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    Nice to see new faces joining in the fun. Welcome, iivanita.
    Second that. Welcome for some fun.


    Just a note that we were also sent another vial of D with some matching body oil in this parcel just for some smelly fun. Smelly fun it was, because the oil leaked through the package and the postmen were subjected to an interesting smelling experience. The title of this sniff gives you a clue and we hoped they didn't get into trouble from their wives.
    Currently wearing: Civet by Houbigant

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    Ok, back to A.

    That bitter note: carnation or vetiver?

    Maybe iris in the middle? Others are getting almost a bit of peppery, cloves? One said cinnamon, but that all may be carnation?

    A hint of leather, but dries down sweet, vanillic on me. Dirtied up a bit with patchouli?

    I have a guess sent to cacio!

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    How the scent made me feel: Sorry for double post!

    This makes me feel in the presence of a powerful woman, but a woman of another time. But it still has relevance for today. It has a note/soul that makes me react with a bit of "ick," then "yum." It is smooth, but has a bite. Then dries down sweet and lasts forever on my skin.
    Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
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    Mumsy, that was super fast! Good job! Whoa!
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