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    Default Epic sample order: what else do I need for a fuller education?

    So I'm putting together an order from TPC. Since I live in a country with ridiculous import taxes, it's a rare opportunity for me to put together a sizable order and have a US-located relative who's coming home for Christmas bring the package over to me. Therefore I want to make this a proper order, grabbing all the most talked-about and intriguing things that I haven't tried before. So far I have:

    Chanel Coromandel
    Chanel Sycomore
    Eau de Guerlain
    L'Occitane Eau des Baux
    Tom Ford Noir de Noir
    A*Men Pure Malt
    Aramis Havana
    L'Air du Desert Marocain
    Guerlain Derby
    Knize Ten
    PdN New York

    My question to you is: What am I missing, here? I've already ordered several well-known and much-discussed fragrance samples from TPC (you can see them in my sample wardrobe), and this order is feeling pretty complete, but there have to be some that I'm forgetting.

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    Default Re: Epic sample order: what else do I need for a fuller education?

    Invasion Barbare
    CdG 2 man
    Lumiere Noir
    Amber Precieux
    Tobacco Vanille
    Amber 114
    Ormonde Man
    Uomo by Lorenzo villoresi
    Vetiver tonka
    Frapin 1270
    Chypre Palatin
    Reflection Man

    Btw it's ambre 114 and ambre Precieux....damn spellcheck!

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    Default Re: Epic sample order: what else do I need for a fuller education?

    You have a good list there for sure, but there are really way too many to mention others that you are missing (and a list is never complete, including my own). That said, no list is complete IMO without two of the greatest masculine marketed scents ever released in Patou pour Homme and Patou pour Homme Privé. I would start there...
    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)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    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) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    Default Re: Epic sample order: what else do I need for a fuller education?

    I believe your list is but a fraction of the tip of an iceberg. But hey, taking the time to discover new fragrance loves is what makes this hobby addictive...and expensive. Happy sniffing!
    Currently wearing: Panama 1924 by Boellis

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    Default Re: Epic sample order: what else do I need for a fuller education?

    Looks great so far.

    No Serge Lutens or Parfumerie Generale?
    for swap/sale:

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    Default Re: Epic sample order: what else do I need for a fuller education?

    Idole de Lubin

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    Default Re: Epic sample order: what else do I need for a fuller education?

    Thanks for the great suggestions so far, guys! Added a bunch of these

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    Hedonist, I'm kind of saving those for later. I've tried a few Serge Lutens already and it seems their house accord just doesn't quite agree with me. Just a little too heavy in general, though unmistakably top quality. Five O' Clock au Gingembre is probably my favorite of theirs so far.

    Parfumerie Generale I just simply haven't tried at all, or even looked at in any detail. Can you recommend anything in particular?

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    Default Re: Epic sample order: what else do I need for a fuller education?

    As others have recommended fragrances I will speak on something else which is your ordering from TPC.

    You stated that your relative will be home in your country for Christmas, Christmas is only 18 days away. I am not entirely sure that your package will be delivered within that time frame. It takes more than a week to receive confirmation that your order has been fulfilled and it takes even longer for them to ship.

    They are not a bad company by any means, they used to be remarkable with shipping orders no more than two days after the orders were placed, but after the ladies partied ways, they aren't near as efficient with processing orders.

    Just felt that this is information that you may want to take into consideration being as though your are on somewhat of a time constraint.

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    Default Re: Epic sample order: what else do I need for a fuller education?

    I agree with FrostyIcy - I place orders quite often with TPC. They are very professional, and have a very low shipping price, but you will usually wait at least 7 days before it ships out, and then several more days (depending on where they are going) to receive it.

    As far as where you should look for additional samples... That is a difficult question to answer, as it is all personal preference. However, you may want to continue looking into Bond No. 9 (I see you have some, but some of the best from that house (IMO) are missing). Also, the Armani Prive line is top notch, you may want to look at getting samples of those. You could also give some offerings from Keiko Mecheri a try - very underrated and mostly unnoticed, but very nice gems in there. There are so many others I would mention, but I see other people have already mentioned some of these.

    Enjoy the journey and good luck getting your samples in time!
    Current Winter Favorites:

    1. House of Matriarch - Blackbird
    2. Brückner - Aoud 1
    3. Creed - Royal Oud
    4. Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 - Generation Man
    5. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
    6. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    7. Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 - Mortal Skin
    8. Ormonde Jayne - Black Gold
    9. Creed - Royal English Leather
    10. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions

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