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    Default Re: What female scents are even deadlier on the male?

    I can't wear most "female" scents at all, but whoa, I am loving this thread! Your reviews and impressions are just brilliant, Assiduosity.

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    Default Re: What female scents are even deadlier on the male?

    Loving this thread!

    Oh please test Black Orchid tomorrow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by farang View Post
    I am also a Serge Lutens fan, and find his florals among the very best.
    You could try:

    Fleurs d'Oranger - orange blossoms
    Tubereuse Criminelle - tuberose
    Sarrasins + A La Nuit - jasmines
    I am sure there are others, but I haven't been able to sample all yet.

    And all the wonderful rose fragrances available from several companies! Check out some of the other threads on rose fragrances.
    I had the most amazing oolong and orange blossom tea just the other day so I'm very disposed to this scent at the moment. Likewise I have a faithful bottle of Potter and Moore Tuberose and Orchid that's reaching a conclusion so I'll be looking for a replacement in the near future.

    I'll look up the rose threads - the use of this beautiful flower has been a revelation to me and I can't believe it's not used more widely in conventional 'male' perfumery. But hell if it's out there does it matter who it's marketed at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CompassRose View Post
    I can't wear most "female" scents at all, but whoa, I am loving this thread! Your reviews and impressions are just brilliant, Assiduosity.
    Thanks for the feedback - I'm sure I'm going to come up against some stuff I really can't stand or that can't stand me, but that's going to be part of the... er... fun.

    Ever thought that a female fragrance might be possible if not on you then for another guy? If so feel free to suggest away at your leisure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Loving this thread!

    Oh please test Black Orchid tomorrow!
    Thanks for the compliment... Black Orchid will have its day, fear not - along with a few of my favourites it's waiting in the wings!!

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    Today I have been wearing Chanel No5.

    I will report back on my experiences within 24 hours.

    Tomorrow I'll be wearing Cuir de Russie by Chanel.

    Decide what I'll wear the day after by posting your suggestions...

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    Hermes' Calache is an extremely sophisticated (rose-ylang ylang-iris), soapy-velvety-leathery smell with a woodsy nature and a floral and nutty undetones. In the same vein of Madame Rochas and First V&A, this complex, masterfully balanced, evocative and restrained concoction is a floral chypre with its jasmine-rose-iris sophistication, its musky base of sandalwood, cedarwood and oakmoss and the leathery, nutty, velvety composition that exude that sort of Hermes feel. I consider this fragrance as a sort of Equipage's sister because both the fragrances share the Hermes's kind of classic-retro' feel. The fragrance has a moderate sillage and a great longevity.
    I think Calche would be a great frag to test out! I find it sublime.

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Assiduosity View Post

    Ever thought that a female fragrance might be possible if not on you then for another guy? If so feel free to suggest away at your leisure.
    Hee! I am female, 100% woman-born woman, but I don't particularly like sweet fragrances, or floral fragrances, or fruity fragrances, or "old-fashioned perfume" fragrances, or musks, or ambers... and my skin rots and/or changes many scents in the sweeter range anyway. Hence I tend to wander more around the more dry and quiet male-marketed scents, or in the Androgynous Zone.

    However, I used to know a man who wore Anais Anais, and it actually smelled very good on him. I don't know if Anais Anais is still available, or if it's been reformulated, but there is a suggestion for you. I thought of it as a quintessentially feminine fragrance then (and awful on me; I tried his) but was surprised by how well it worked for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CompassRose View Post
    Hee! I am female, 100% woman-born woman, but I don't particularly like sweet fragrances, or floral fragrances, or fruity fragrances, or "old-fashioned perfume" fragrances, or musks, or ambers... and my skin rots and/or changes many scents in the sweeter range anyway. Hence I tend to wander more around the more dry and quiet male-marketed scents, or in the Androgynous Zone.

    However, I used to know a man who wore Anais Anais, and it actually smelled very good on him. I don't know if Anais Anais is still available, or if it's been reformulated, but there is a suggestion for you. I thought of it as a quintessentially feminine fragrance then (and awful on me; I tried his) but was surprised by how well it worked for him.
    Oooops. No offence intended!

    I know this is wondering off the point but what would you regard as being the 'dry and quiet male-marketed scents'? It would be good to get a perspective from the other side as to what in the 'male world' feels comfortable and wearable.

    Anais Anais - that is totally from left field!! I've never even thought of that being worn by a man let alone heard of a guy sporting it... It's still widely available here in the UK so I'm totally fascinated, I will definitely give it a go - on a blotter!! Hehehe.

    Thank you so much for your contribution and if any other suggestions come to mind just drop them on the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southerngardens View Post
    Hermes' Calache is an extremely sophisticated (rose-ylang ylang-iris), soapy-velvety-leathery smell with a woodsy nature and a floral and nutty undetones. In the same vein of Madame Rochas and First V&A, this complex, masterfully balanced, evocative and restrained concoction is a floral chypre with its jasmine-rose-iris sophistication, its musky base of sandalwood, cedarwood and oakmoss and the leathery, nutty, velvety composition that exude that sort of Hermes feel. I consider this fragrance as a sort of Equipage's sister because both the fragrances share the Hermes's kind of classic-retro' feel. The fragrance has a moderate sillage and a great longevity.
    I think Calche would be a great frag to test out! I find it sublime.

    Cheers!
    The first nomination for Caleche, though Kelly Caleche has had a number of mentions. Interesting, I wonder if the parent is more masculine than the flanker - have you tried them both? I like all the horsey associations with these older Hermes perfumes, so in keeping with the house's origins as saddlemakers.

    Madam Rochas and First are also catching my eye - thanks for these new additions to the list.
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    Yes I have tried both. I would recommend trying vintage Madam Rochas and First by Van Cleef & Arpels. Vintage Madam Rochas is wonderful if you can try it! It is a shame she has been reformulated to a shadow of her former self.
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    Yesterday I went face to face, or should that be spray to skin, with Coco's most famous creation: Chanel No5.

    Here's my report from the front line:

    Approaching Chanel No5 is like nearing the Eiffel Tower.

    It's a monument, an icon, a piece of history.

    Just as Gustave's construction - only in it's thirties when Coco unleashed No5 on the world - occupies every vista in Paris, so this scent glowers over the world of perfume.

    It is ever-present, in the background, watching as the city beneath takes shape.

    And as surely as Monsieur Eiffel's wonder is male so Madam Chanel's is female. To women of a certain generation and perhaps more to men of a certain age Chanel No5 is perfume. Chanel No5 is woman.

    But what kind of woman is she?

    Some will say that she is a Dowager in an ancient moth eaten tweed two piece: ear rings too large and lipstick too rouge, a relic of another age.

    No.

    But neither is she, anymore at least, a little low cut black dress, all barely concealed cleavage and scarcely restrained sexuality.

    No5 is alive, still stylish in a navy trouser suit, cut razor sharp by Saint Laurent. She is intellectual, forceful, political, opinionated, passionate. She is her own woman.

    Every encounter starts with that legendary fizz, not bone dry champagne like Ma Griffe or Miss Dior. This is the alkaline effervescence, the plink plink fizz of of two tablets thrown into soda water to stave off the effects of another night before.

    The heart is floral, but no bridesmaid's corsage. These are flowers, wrapped in paper, bought on an impulse by No5, or, more likely, an helpless admirer.

    There's fur too. Something decided and animal skirting round her ankles, ready to bite. But not as much as there once was: still fur but no claw now.

    As the day wears on (after an argumentative debate with old friends over lunch: fingers snapped, voices raised, old battles re-fought) so the mood softens. The suit is readjusted,the hair put back in place, powder reapplied.

    But fear not if Ms Chanel needs to re-establish her authority at any moment, the plink, plink fizz can be called upon. No No5 woman ever leaves home without a vial in her her handbag.

    No5 is admirable, admired and respected.

    Is she loved?

    Yes, though most especially by men, and women, who remember her in her prime.

    But even for those with no liking for her she is necessary: an example in elegance, an exercise on growing old and gaining power gracefully.

    And as for me, I adore her.

    But of course, here's the rub: I am a mere man, so can I ever hope to spray and go on my way with any confidence?

    To a degree: there's no earthly reason why the soft rich fragrance that No5 melts into shouldn't sit confidently on my skin. But No5 was never of this Earth.

    I can only be at ease if I appreciate and accept that to wear No5 as a man is not merely to put on perfume, it is to take make a statement in scent. Others will recognise No5, others will know what I am doing, my number will be up.

    I'll take my chances. Spin the wheel croupier. Number five. Black.

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    Well said! Chanel no 5 is still alive and kicking and by statistics a bottle is sold every 3 seconds! A male friend that hasn't graced the board in a while wears chanel no 5 in all of it's formulations with abandoned.
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    Default Re: What female scents are even deadlier on the male?

    Quote Originally Posted by southerngardens View Post
    by statistics a bottle is sold every 3 seconds!
    I did not know that.

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    Default Re: What female scents are even deadlier on the male?

    Very interesting thread. I am reading the posts with much enthusiasm. Keep em coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senore01 View Post
    Very interesting thread. I am reading the posts with much enthusiasm. Keep em coming.
    Thank you senore01 - another post from the House of Chanel coming up...

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    Another masterpiece from the Rue Cambon. But if Chanel No5 was unmistakenly feminine, then I'm not so sure about yesterday's fragrance...

    Cuir de Russie is an angular officer of the Tsar's cavalry mounted on the back of a black thoroughbred horse.

    It is worldy, sensual, rough and exotic. Yet at once has vulnerability: it offers glimpses of tenderness and hints at a melancholy as vast and unending as the Russian Steppes themselves.

    This is hide: black, burnished, animal and unclean.

    This is not the polite, precise, bridled up leather of a Hermes saddle or bag: fit for French fops on manicured ponies.

    This is military leather, hardened by battle and burned birch. Impervious to the elements and sentiment , at first unyielding and unconscious of compromise.

    But wait, something resides beneath the apparently impenetrable surface.

    For at once with the St Petersburg splendour of Empire so comes its underbelly. The Caucuses, the conquered kingdoms of Mohammedans, Cossacks and Stans.

    There is something of the souk: cardamon perhaps, the charcoal burner of the water pipe and its sweet and flavoured tobacco, a slow cooking stew of meats and fruits and spices.

    Yet, through the bazzar of boots and belts and bags, specially cured to disguise from whence they came. Beyond the army supplier's oleaginous smiles and eternal deals, without the Medina's walls: here resides the truth.

    The tannery. It's filth, it's excretia, it's putrefaction. The inevitable and unbearable pain that brings forth such beauty.

    And it is all too much amongst the stink of the skins.

    Our officer raises a pomade of flowers and bergamot to the nose, hoping hopelessly to ward off the evil and the smells. Spinning on sculpted heal, turning a back on reality. An old pipe is lit with french tobacco and our soldier departs in search of sex, solace and forgetfulness.

    As with every aristocrat of a declining Empire, our officer is open to offers from either man or woman - at the right price.

    The mercenary promises to love no one. When present the presence is intense and enveloping as a lover's close embrace. Alas, it is gone too soon leaving only absence and the heart to yearn through the longeur to its return.

    Cuir de Russie is the angular officer of the Tsar's cavalry mounted on the back of a black thoroughbred horse that every man and every woman wants to be or be with.

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    In case you're wondering how I decide which new perfume to wear and comment on, well.... I don't.

    You decide for me.

    Every day I post a list of 10 options (the most popular from the 275+ recommendations I've received to date).

    Just post or personal message your vote and at the end of the day I announce what I'll be wearing tomorrow and writing about the next day.

    It's simple: I am your human perfume Guinea Pig...

    Today, 7th December 2012, I will be wearing:

    Caron Tabac Blond

    What will I wear tomorrow? Choose from the following 10...

    CoSTUME NATIONAL Scent Intense

    Hermes Kelly Caleche

    Dolce&Gabbana D&G Light Blue

    Chanel Cristalle

    Chanel Les Exclusifs de Chanel Coromandel

    Givenchy Absolutely Irresistible

    Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady

    Lanvin Arpege

    Prada Prada (Amber)

    or the new comer...

    Molinard Habanita

    Rule Change: All previous votes count towards a fragrance's running total and every participant gets a new vote every day!

    You have just under twenty four hours... starting now.
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    Default Re: What female scents are even deadlier on the male?

    I LOVE Chanel's Cuir de Russie! Glad you tried that one. I have not tried Chanel's Cristalle,so, I like to hear your review of it soon please. But, perhaps that's too many Chanel's too soon,so, I will vote for Molinard Habinata. I have not tried this one either.
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    Default Re: What female scents are even deadlier on the male?

    Quote Originally Posted by Assiduosity View Post
    What will I wear tomorrow? Choose from the following 10...

    CoSTUME NATIONAL Scent Intense

    Hermes Kelly Caleche

    Dolce&Gabbana D&G Light Blue

    Chanel Cristalle

    Chanel Les Exclusifs de Chanel Coromandel

    Givenchy Absolutely Irresistible

    Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady

    Lanvin Arpege

    Prada Prada (Amber)

    or the new comer...

    Molinard Habanita

    Rule Change: All previous votes count towards a fragrance's running total and every participant gets a new vote every day!

    You have just under twenty four hours... starting now.
    Who requested that? I requested Costume National 21 and that would get my vote if that's what you meant. If not, then Portrait of a Lady.
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    Default Re: What female scents are even deadlier on the male?

    I've not smelled Black Orchid yet, it has been on my radar for a while, anxious to hear your take on it.
    I love Angel and wear it quite a bit, eager to find out what you think of it.

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    I'll suggest Portrait of a Lady, since it is my favorite fragrance.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
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    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlsweeney View Post
    Who requested that? I requested Costume National 21 and that would get my vote if that's what you meant. If not, then Portrait of a Lady.
    Hey - I'm running this experiment in a couple of places - hence not all the suggestions are from here - I've had more check ins for Intense than 21 - but if a few more like 21 it will make it to the top 10 ultimately.

    Please be patient, there are over 275 suggestions and rising every day!!

    Thanks for the vote for Portrait of a Lady, the first since it reached the top 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crow View Post
    I've not smelled Black Orchid yet, it has been on my radar for a while, anxious to hear your take on it.
    I love Angel and wear it quite a bit, eager to find out what you think of it.
    Black Orchid has been an incredibly popular choice and is a perfume I was wearing for a long time before I even knew it was meant for women!!!

    It will get reviewed in a special holiday season set later in the month.

    In the meantime do keep voting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    I'll suggest Portrait of a Lady, since it is my favorite fragrance.
    Another POAL supporter!!

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    Thierry Muggler Angel

    This is the quintessence, the apogee, the very apotheosis of a certain kind of smell.

    This is the ultimate candy store cologne, A patisserie confiserie fragrance. A sweet shop scent through and through.

    Bubbling vats of caramel and chocolat await behind its pretty as a picture door. On shelves giant jars bathe honeycombs in more honey, next coconut cremes, backcurrant straws with sherbert, pear drops and melon bon bons.

    In the scarcely seen kitchen the hard pressed pastry chef whips Chantilly cream into concupiscent curls. The shop girl, whose heart crushes on him adds vanilla essence with a heavy love-wearied hand.

    Out front, beyond brass rails, acres of counter of marble and mahogany bares tartes of shortcrust and flaky bases and those bottomed with sponge that we Anglo Saxons incorrectly name flan.

    All are drowned in confectioners custard and surmounted with exotic and out of season fruit, here and there the odd marron glace.

    An indulged mouse, fat on unbaked batters and unwhipped creams, scampers confidently across the floor to a nest beside the hidden oven.

    The maitresse de maison catches your eye steps forward bobs a greeting and smiles a toothless smile, smearing chocolate hands against her straining stained apron.

    Will you stay in this palace of sugared pleasures, the atmosphere thickened with fudge flavours and nougat notes?

    Can you bear so much sweetness and heavy, heavy air?

    Some will take their seats and gorge an hour or three, gathering like-minded souls around them by the dozen.

    And others, like me, will flee. Something too cloying in this toffee finished fragrance to countenance too long.

    But is it because the madame's customers are mainly women of the court? Oh no, Monsieur Mugler's is just across the way and identical in everyway, except he sells coffee, and he's not for me any longer either, though as a youth you understand I went there now and again.

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    It's a little after midnight thirty. London. The lines are closed.

    Today, 8th December 2012, I will be wearing:


    Molinard Habanita Eau de Parfum

    I know it's not the EdT, but it's the nearest thing I can get my hands on at such short notice following the sudden surge! I may come back to the EdT another time depending on how this beast rides later today.

    What will I wear tomorrow? Choose from the following 10...

    CoSTUME NATIONAL Scent Intense

    Hermes Kelly Caleche

    Dolce&Gabbana D&G Light Blue

    Chanel Cristalle

    Chanel Les Exclusifs de Chanel Coromandel

    Givenchy Absolutely Irresistible

    Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady

    Lanvin Arpege

    Prada Prada (Amber)

    or the new comer...

    Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles

    Rule Change: All previous votes count towards a fragrance's running total and every participant gets a new vote every day!

    You have just under twenty three and a half hours... starting now.
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    Looking forward to hearing about Molinard Habanita!
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    Ahhh..mostly agree, but i get an astringent essence that cuts right down the middle and keeps Angel from being all candy and lollipops.
    Love your reviews, appreciate all the effort you've put into them.

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    Nice thread Assid. Some of my favorites are Parfums de Nicolai's Maharadjah, Elixir des Merveilles Hermes, and 31 Rue Cambon. When you have a chance, please sample and review.... Keep them coming.

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    Assid, I promised you my views on No 5 earlier this week. I'm sorry it took this long to post them here.

    I posted an initial reaction on the thread Can you get used to smelling "feminine"?.

    I'd worn it a few times sprayed on my wrist when I went to bed to get a feel for it, but until this last week I hadn't given it a "proper" wearing. Tuesday night before I ventured out I decided it was time to take on No 5 in public. Knowing the power of this one I applied one spray to either side of my neck and one to my right wrist.

    The top notes were exactly what I expected, a good burst of aldehydes and jasmine, with, to a lesser degree rose. This was the "classic" scent of No 5 I'd smelled on women for years. This phase lasted for about half an hour on my skin. Eventually the sandalwood started showing itself followed by just a little vetiver.

    What I hadn't expected was the dry down. After another half hour to forty five minutes I began getting more and more sandalwood tinged with just a bit of jasmine and vetiver. This was absolutely beautiful and accompanied by the fact that every now and then I'd get a whiff of a lightly earlier phase from the perfume that stayed in my beard and developed more slowly was even better than I was hoping. Near the end of the night, 5 or 6 hours in, my body chemistry even added just a touch of vanilla to the mix that came as a complete, though welcome surprise. I didn't really get enough social interaction, especially with the opposite sex to get a read on the reaction of others so I'm wearing it tonight and perhaps tomorrow night to get that reaction recorded.

    Thanks for all your observations on the variety of scents you've tried. I invite the opportunity to try as many of these as possible.
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    Default Re: What female scents are even deadlier on the male?

    Anyone else get cumin from Angel? There is some serious funk beneath the cotton candy, and it ain't just patchouli. It's certainly oppressive, though devastatingly effective on the right woman. Would be tough for even the most femme guy to pull off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crow View Post
    Ahhh..mostly agree, but i get an astringent essence that cuts right down the middle and keeps Angel from being all candy and lollipops.
    Love your reviews, appreciate all the effort you've put into them.

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    If Carnal Flower is beyond the scope of this thread....please consider a seperate thread reviewing it.
    I do know what you mean about Angel - there is something beneath, hence the mouse running across the floor and the toothless smile - just the merest hint that all this sugar and spice that can't be good for one. I just wish that there was more, because the patchouli, as much as I love that note just can't offset all the caramel.

    Of it's type though, as I hope I made clear, the absolute pinnacle an uncompromising work that inspires and deserves a certain respect.

    Ahhh, Carnal Flower. A wonderful fragrance but officially unisex so sadly off limits for my experiment. Potrait of a Lady is a truly enchanting scent so maybe you'd like to give it your vote.

    Thank you for your kind words and continued interest.

    Remember if you ever come across another gem that you'd like to add to the long (275+ perfumes) list just post it here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CapriDog View Post
    Nice thread Assid. Some of my favorites are Parfums de Nicolai's Maharadjah, Elixir des Merveilles Hermes, and 31 Rue Cambon. When you have a chance, please sample and review.... Keep them coming.
    Great suggestions CapriDog: Maharahjah is a new recommendations and so goes onto the list. Likewise Elixir - though others have mentioned Eau des Merveilles. 31 Rue Cambon has a few supporters and will make it onto the top 10 if a few more like it enough.

    Remember - please keep your recommendations for the long list coming and don't forget to pick from the daily top 10 as to what I will wear the next day!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Profumo Saggio View Post
    Assid, I promised you my views on No 5 earlier this week. I'm sorry it took this long to post them here.

    I posted an initial reaction on the thread Can you get used to smelling "feminine"?.

    I'd worn it a few times sprayed on my wrist when I went to bed to get a feel for it, but until this last week I hadn't given it a "proper" wearing. Tuesday night before I ventured out I decided it was time to take on No 5 in public. Knowing the power of this one I applied one spray to either side of my neck and one to my right wrist.

    The top notes were exactly what I expected, a good burst of aldehydes and jasmine, with, to a lesser degree rose. This was the "classic" scent of No 5 I'd smelled on women for years. This phase lasted for about half an hour on my skin. Eventually the sandalwood started showing itself followed by just a little vetiver.

    What I hadn't expected was the dry down. After another half hour to forty five minutes I began getting more and more sandalwood tinged with just a bit of jasmine and vetiver. This was absolutely beautiful and accompanied by the fact that every now and then I'd get a whiff of a lightly earlier phase from the perfume that stayed in my beard and developed more slowly was even better than I was hoping. Near the end of the night, 5 or 6 hours in, my body chemistry even added just a touch of vanilla to the mix that came as a complete, though welcome surprise. I didn't really get enough social interaction, especially with the opposite sex to get a read on the reaction of others so I'm wearing it tonight and perhaps tomorrow night to get that reaction recorded.

    Thanks for all your observations on the variety of scents you've tried. I invite the opportunity to try as many of these as possible.
    Thank you so much for sharing these thoughts Profumo, they are so well put.

    I really agree with you. I found that No5, after the initial hard-headed opinionated scent that we all know, really mellowed as the day went on - into a gentle post lunch haze that had sandalwood, vanilla and for me quite a lot of rose present throughout. I found it a rather comforting smell - and this is quite aside from associations as I don't believe any of the important women in my family or friends have ever worn the fragrance regularly.

    I would go as far to say that after a bristling sense of confidence that came with the initial aldehyde kick, the effect on me was a warm sense of reassurance.

    I don't think I'd have any problem wearing No5 out and about and if that sense of bonne dans sa peau could be replicated this could be a regular scent for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyBars View Post
    Anyone else get cumin from Angel? There is some serious funk beneath the cotton candy, and it ain't just patchouli. It's certainly oppressive, though devastatingly effective on the right woman. Would be tough for even the most femme guy to pull off.
    Good call MonkeyBars - something I probably left out of the review is that certain spice that sweetshops - especially in Germany and northern Europe have. Cumin, yes that could be it, I had thought that there was maybe a hint of aniseed, very, very slight, liquorice...

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    Better late than never. Technical problems overcome, here's yesterday's review of a truly incomparable perfume...

    Caron Tabac Blond

    The winter comes in early and hard to these northern ports where France ends suddenly and the blank-faced Atlantic begins.

    In storm surges sideways rain slams the little parade of quayside shops. At night all are battened down except for M. Caron's, the red cedar stained exterior lit by one lamp. It casts its beam across the familiar sign 'bar-tabac-bierres blondes' and Pelforth's pelican looking on.

    Inside, cutting a swathe through the thick sweet cloud to reach a table, the scent is not of acrid tobacco shavings smoked by sailors, stokers and stevedores but of the honeyed, clove-infused, golden hued stuff of the officers' mess.

    Defying the sign you order a bierre brune: dark amber in a glass, brewed from English yeast brought over to conjure comfort for soldiers on their return from the front.

    Long stemmed carnations in clear glass carafes have been commandeered by amorous sea captains eager for female attention.

    For their part, the women ranged against the creme Anglaise coloured walls, dresses polka dotted pinks, blues and violets smell sweetly of last summer's improvised flower water, iris and a citrus blossom, and of the musk of their profession, the oldest.

    Longing to kick off leather boots to the knee and settle down to true home comforts, you must settle instead for their simulacrum: a stodgy pudding in the English style laced with heavily vanilla-ed custard from Caron's kitchen and the conversation of a woman who is not and could never be your wife.

    The nights at the 'bar-tabac-bierre blondes' are long, and though perhaps not what they should be or once were, in a world turned upside down, on a weathered-beaten winter's night they are without doubt the best show in town.

    Year's later, a thumb worn photograph in hand, you will not recall the colours of Caron's, you may not even remember the girl's name, just the colour of her hair, the damp yielding of her flesh in the cheap room upstairs and that priceless smell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Assiduosity View Post
    Good call MonkeyBars - something I probably left out of the review is that certain spice that sweetshops - especially in Germany and northern Europe have. Cumin, yes that could be it, I had thought that there was maybe a hint of aniseed, very, very slight, liquorice...
    Perhaps caraway seed. But I definitely get a distinctly human-cuminy impression as well.
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    Hello All

    A double helping of reviews today due to yesterday's technical problems.

    It's time to leave the icy climes of a French sea port behind and head to a much more heady atmosphere, as we spray on the:

    Mollinard Habanita Eau de Parfum (2012)

    Reflecting, it's easy to see how Habanita became so habit forming.

    It seemed such fun at first to dive into its deep resinous pools of laughter, to smoke reefers with new friends in rooftop courtyards, potted geraniums lining up against terracotta walls.

    Then, someone introduced mystic philosophy and suggested it wasn't necessary to wash absolutely every day, healthier not to hose down each dawn.

    A spritz of an antique great uncle's vetiver here some patchouli oil behind an ear there. The musky smell really wasn't that bad, quite, well, sexual, really.

    Soon we were floating from room to room quoting Sufi texts in floor length embroidered Kaftans and debating Jung in Killim strewn salons.

    Someone said, I forget who now, we should take a six month trip to Tangiers, live on nutmeg flavoured creme brulee and trust funds.

    How we laughed and laughed until we cried.

    Then someone, oh, I really can't remember her name, a feminist, she was always reading de Beauvoir aloud to the group. She got very upset about the whole thing, accused someone of wearing leather, which was banned, so we abandoned our plans and made up bouquets of roses we stole from the botanical gardens.

    Happy times. Where are they now? Oh, I couldn't tell you. No idea.

    Habinita Eau de Parfum is the pre existential smell of 1920s bohemian Paris re-imagined by a well meaning West Coast new age commune. All the rough edges and intellectual vigour knocked off and replaced with a dose of sugared sentimentality and only slightly knowing sexuality.

    It's sophisticated in a long line skirt and short bob cut sort of a way and there's absolutely no reason why a man (metaphorically) an a smock shouldn't get away with it.

    A very long lasting oddity, sure to draw knowing glances, especially from the fully self-actualised.

    Please note, this review is for the new Eau de Parfum not the older Eau de Toilette that is more widely available especially in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyBars View Post
    Perhaps caraway seed. But I definitely get a distinctly human cuminy impression as well.
    I'm totally with cumin - I often find both this and cardamon in sweeter and vanilla perfumes though they are never listed on the pyramids. I find the label 'spices' very very frustrating and imprecise as though fenugreek and cinnamon or ginger and cayenne were in anyway the same. It's a bit like just saying 'flowers'.

    Anyway, you're right there is a spiciness to this perfume that saves it from being pure candy floss - just like a decent sweet shop (candy store) has stem gingers, apple sours, rhubarbs and custards and liquorice.

    Another fragrance I detect in some perfumes is cannabis smoke (god knows you smell it enough in the air in London), yet again it never makes its way onto the pyramids...

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    Assid, please do seek out the EDT! l think you'll find that the "rough edges & intellectual vigour" are still very much alive in this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Assid, please do seek out the EDT! l think you'll find that the "rough edges & intellectual vigour" are still very much alive in this one.
    Thanks teardrop - I fully intend to - the fragrance pyramids read quite differently for the two. At first I was comparing the listing for the EdT which has leather right at the front as a big gun, with the scent and I thought I was going mad as there was none coming from my wrist. Then I looked at the EdP listing and lo and behold - no leather. Likewise the benzoin is gone - I was really, really looking forward to this leather / benzoin combination it seems well - totally out there. I'm also a big, big fan of both notes.

    What the EdP does have is Mastic - another sweet resin - and nutmeg a-plenty, which does give it a slightly off kilter feel as I hope the review conveyed.

    This is not a bad perfume, it was just so much more restrained than I was hoping and expecting.

    I feel I have unfinished business with Habanita and am eyeing up some vintage EdT right now.

    Thanks for the comments.

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    A perfume that some associate with more mature women. Well, only in part I feel...

    Lanvin Arpege

    Arpege is an unnerving child.

    Arriving at the neat counterfeit of a country cottage that is her parents' - your dear friend Andre and his wife Jeanne - 'little piece of Laguedoc in the suburbs' - she comes across as willful, headstrong, almost unhinged.

    Asked to collect flowers for the house from the Fraysee's beautiful garden she (Margaret is her given name, used exclusively by her mother when upset with her, which is often) turns almost feral, a teen on a chemical kick she rushes around the manicured borders (themselves pretending after the style of rural meadows) pulling up plants careless of their complexion or the destruction she is reeking.

    Eventually she dumps them all: Jasmine, Rose, Iris, Lily, Lily of the Valley and even the precious camelias from the cloche in a series of unwashed carafes still sour with the stench of last night's rough white wine.

    In the music room, where she places three flower rammed vessels in a row atop an apparently out of tune upright piano the smell is approaching the unbearable.

    When Arpege starts to hammer out her chromatic scales, you notice that it is her playing and not the instrument that is off-key, and more to the point quite deliberately.

    You exchange a sly smile with the daughter of the house: she is affecting inability as accurately as only a truly useful musician can.

    What feels like a brief conversation follows and she excuses herself to change for dinner.

    Talking politics and the economy and the desperate state of things since the crash as the women prepare, Andre teaches you a new aperitif - vanilla Martinis - the latest American way of forgetting.

    Jeanne enters, elegant as ever.

    Then Arpege, her hair tied up and and held in place with? With a pencil, an artist's pencil. At dinner she grows with a glass of wine in hand into what you realise she now is: a young woman. Well read, she speaks eloquently of Eliot and that woman Woolf and fragrant. Is it her mother's sandalwood or father's vetiver that envelopes her?.

    After the meal you retire to sweet Amaretto's and sweeter Chopin, played by the same delicate hands that earlier tore up roots with such urgency and blundered through elementary piano exercises.

    And then she is gone, an early night, for after all she is merely on the cusp of womanhood. A promise of a future of greatness, or perhaps an echo of her mother's magnificent past.

    Arpege, even in its reigned in contemporary form, is a tough and strange perfume to get to know. Her behaviour in the opening notes is by most measures quite unsettling and to some noses rather upsetting.

    But forbearance and a little understanding sees the acidic aledhyde blossom into first a full-bodied floral and then a warm-hearted almost wooded amber scent, that never looses its edgy integrity. Arpege can give the best in this class - including the biggest names - a run for their money.

    I long to meet her mother - the true vintage.

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    I post the results at around midnight GMT and the options for the following day below, just post your favourites on this thread...

    It's a little after midnight. London. The lines are closed.

    Finally, a very clear winner.

    Today, 11th December 2012, I will be wearing:

    Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles

    What will I wear tomorrow? Choose from the following 10...

    CoSTUME NATIONAL Scent Intense

    Dolce&Gabbana D&G Light Blue

    Chanel Cristalle

    Chanel Les Exclusifs de Chanel Coromandel

    Givenchy Absolutely Irresistible

    Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady

    Prada Prada (Amber)

    Hermes Eau des Merveilles

    Guerlain L'Heure Bleue

    ... or the newcomer...

    Chanel Chanel N°19

    Rule Change: All previous votes count towards a fragrance's running total and every participant gets a new vote every day!

    You have just under twenty four hours... starting now.
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    Your evocative stories keep getting better! This one actually gave me chills. Hat's off to you old chum.

    L'Heure Bleue is a terror. . . so my vote is for Chanel's elegante No 19.

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    Sounds to me like Arpege hasn't changed all that much!

    My votes in order of preference;

    1. Cristalle
    2. No.19
    3. L'Heure Bleue
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    L'Heure Bleue (vintage)

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