VOL D'HIRONDELLE - LM Parfums
This is especially for the veterans of this hobby. Im sure it takes a long time to smell everything you want to smell. But is there anything that you havent gotten the chance to smell that is otherwise highly praised or talked about? Ive only been in this hobby for a year so i still have some sniffing to do. I buy roughly $150-$200 in samples a month and yet it seems like a still have a lifetime to sample.
VOL D'HIRONDELLE - LM Parfums
I don't think I'm a veteran, but I did go on a pretty long sampling spree for the last couple years. I still have yet to try anything from Frederic Malle. I've only tried 3 from Amouage. A few more niche lines to peruse like Heeley and Etat Libre d’Orange (I really like Cardinal and Like This). I guess it depends on how far you want to take it. There's a ton of stuff I'd still like to try.
But I sort of reached a plateau, and I've realized a couple things.....I'm not going to find much better than my current favorites, and I can't try EVERYTHING (even though I'd like to). I did have to learn how to let things pass on by.
The holy grail (for Luca Turin) Iris gris comes to mind, as well as vintage Fougere Royale (as opposed to the current resurrection). Closer in time, the intriguing "eau de lingerie" (masculine lingerie, that is) vintage Rose Poivree. Many of the old classics remain unfortunately virgin territory for me (Diorling, Diorama, &tc)
Luckily, last year I was able to fill some of the gaps - I smelled, for instance, the also mythical (again for LT) Nombre Noir.
wow, you guys have mentioned a lot of scents that i have never even heard of. Looks like i have a long road ahead of me!
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My goal is to try EVERYTHING. At least everything that is half decent and above. Theres no such thing as running out of fragrances to sample. I will be sampling til the day i die, lol. But thats what makes this hobby so fun to me; the new experiences and first impressions.
I sample a lot because I enjoy trying new fragrances (or should I say new to me). I only end up loving a small percentage of what I try, though. It was a fun journey, finding out what I love.
We don't have a big range available here in Australia. Probably top of my list to try would be the By Kilian line, in particular Straight to Heaven.
Puredistance M, and in fact their whole line.
This thread perfectly illustrates why a hobby/addiction to fragrance is such a dangerous and beautiful thing. We are constantly chasing the dragon, sniffing, waiting, trying, hoping that the next one will be that one that rolls our eyes back and sends our senses into utter and complete Ecstasy!
Still too many to name, but I am hopeful to smell some of the more rare Guerlain's from the past. I know I will probably not like them, but it's fun to see what scents make people go all soft inside!
Guerlain Cuir De Russie is the first one that comes to mind...
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Black Afgano because it's very expensive just for a sample size
My Top 10
1. Amouage Homage Attar
2. Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan
3. YSL M7
4. Serge Lutens - Ambre Sultan
5. Chanel Egoiste
6. 24 Gold by Scentstory
7. Amouage Epic Man
8. Amouage Jubilation XXV
9. Bond No. 9 New York Oud
10. Serge Lutens - Chergui
"A beautiful fragrance to the nose is like good jazz music to the ears, great food to the mouth, and Megan Fox and Jessica Alba to the eyes..."
I totally understand spending a lot of money on samples and decants, I do it too. But don't forget you can walk into most department stores, or places like Ulta or Sephora and easily try testers for free, of some high quality mainstream scents, a lot of them discussed frequently here. Be polite and you can probably get at least a free sample offered to you or even ask for one.
Sometimes sales associates try to direct what I sample but usually if I'm friendly I can politely let them know that I have a collection, and probably know more than they do about what I'm looking for.
In my case, among others: Encre Noire, Bois d'Argent by Dior and most or all Dior Exclusives, Creed Original Tabarome (not the Millesime), Creed Millesime Imperial, Knize Ten Golden Edition, Hermes Equipage.
Both Amouage Homage and Tribute.
Just off the top of my head...
1861 (2011) - Xerjoff
34 Boulevard Saint Germain (2011) - Diptyque
A Taste of Heaven (2007) - By Kilian
Acqua di Colonia (1996) - Lorenzo Villoresi
Acqua di Cuba - Santa Maria Novella
Agar Musk - Ramon Monegal
Amber Absolute (2007) - Tom Ford
Ambre 114 (2001) - Histoire de Parfums
Attar - Montale
Aziyade (2008) - Parfum d'Empire
Azure Lime (2010) - Tom Ford
Black Jeans (1997) - Versace
Black Tourmaline (2007) - Olivier Durbano
Blend 30 (1978) - Alfred Dunhill
Bogart Citytower (2008) - Jacques Bogart
Bois d'Arménie (2006) - Guerlain
Bois de Santal - Creed
Bulgari pour Homme (1995) - Bulgari
C for Men (2010) - Clive Christian
Capucci pour Homme (1967) - Roberto Capucci
Caractère (1989) - Daniel Hechter
Carbone de Balmain (2010) - Pierre Balmain
Carlo Corinto Classic (1986) - Carlo Corinto
Caron Impact Pour un Homme (2005) - Caron
Chamade (1969) - Guerlain
Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentrée (1989) - Chanel
Chypre Palatin (2012) - MDCI
Cologne Bigarade (2001) - Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle
Comme des Garçons Parfum (1994) - Comme des Garçons
Cuba - Santa Maria Novella
Cuir d'Oranger (2005) - Miller Harris
Cuirelle (2011) - Ramon Monegal
Cuirs (2011) - Carner Barcelona
Cumming (2004) - Alan Cumming
Daim Blond (2004) - Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido
Domenico Caraceni 1913 - Domenico Caraceni
Dover Street Market (2009) - Comme des Garçons
Eau de Guerlain (1974) - Guerlain
Eau de Lierre (2006) - Diptyque
Eau de Paco Rabanne pour Homme (2002) - Paco Rabanne
Eau d'Elide (1988) - Diptyque
Eau du Coq (1894) - Guerlain
Eau Duelle (2010) - Diptyque
Epicéa (1965) - Creed
Extract of Limes (1963) - Penhaligon's
Extract of West Indian Limes (1880) - Geo F Trumper
Feuille Verte (2006) - Creed
Feuilles de Tabac (2000) - Miller Harris
Force Majeure (1998) - Jacques Bogart
Frapin 1270 - Frapin
Garrigue (1988) - Maître Parfumeur et Gantier
Gendarme V (2000) - Gendarme
Géranium pour Monsieur (2009) - Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle
GFT (2001) - Geo F Trumper
Globe (1990) - Rochas
Hermèssence Poivre Samarcande (2004) - Hermès
Hermèssence Vétiver Tonka (2004) - Hermès
Hiris (1999) - Hermès
Incensi (1997) - Lorenzo Villoresi
Indolice - Providence Perfume Co.
Iris Silver Mist (1994) - Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido
Isfarkand (2005) - Ormonde Jayne
Ivy League - Domenico Caraceni
Jeux de Peau (2011) - Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido
Kingdom (2003) - Alexander McQueen
L'Autre (1973) - Diptyque
L'Eau d'Hiver (2003) - Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle
L'Eau Trois (1975) - Diptyque
Les Déserts d'Orient - Songe d'un Bois d'Été (2012) - Guerlain
Lys Méditerranée (2000) - Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle
Mark Birley for Men (1996) - Mark Birley
Marlborough (1877) - Geo F Trumper
MCM Success (1986) - MCM
Miel de Bois (2005) - Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido
Mon Cuir (2011) - Ramon Monegal
Monk (2005) - Michael Storer
Monsieur Carven (1978) - Carven
Moschino pour Homme (1990) - Moschino
MoslBuddJewChristHinDao (Unifaith) (2005) - Elternhaus
Mugler Cologne (2001) - Thierry Mugler
Musk to Musk - Montale
Narciso Rodriguez for Him (2007) - Narciso Rodriguez
Nasomatto Duro (2007) - Nasomatto
Nasomatto Hindu Grass - Nasomatto
Neroli Portofino (2007) - Tom Ford
New West for Him (1988) - Aramis
Nicolaï pour Homme (2003) -Parfums de Nicolaï
Nobile (1988) - Gucci
Obsession for Men (1986) - Calvin Klein
Ocean Rain for Men (1990) - Mario Valentino
Ormonde Man (2004) - Ormonde Jayne
Oscar for Men (2000) - Oscar de la Renta
Palais Jamais (1989) - Etro
Parfum Sacré (1990) - Caron
parfums*PARFUMS Series 2 Red: Palisander (2001) - Comme des Garçons
Patchouli (1993) - Molinard
Patchouly (1989) - Etro
Persian Leather - Caswell-Massey
Portos (1980) - Balenciaga
Pour le Jeune Homme (1990) - Maître Parfumeur et Gantier
Rahät Loukoum (1998) - Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido
Rectoverso Man Absolute Musk (2001) - Ulric de Varens
Rectoverso Man Tea Tobacco (2001) - Ulric de Varens
Romeo Gigli (1991) - Romeo Gigli
Royal English Leather (1781) - Creed
Royal Scottish Lavender (1856) - Creed
Royall Mandarin (2002) - Royall Lyme of Bermuda
Saffron / Amber / Agar Wood / Cardamom (2011) - Korres
Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme (1999) - Salvatore Ferragamo
Sandalo (1989) - Etro
Sandalo (1995) - Lorenzo Villoresi
Sandalo e The (2005) - Bois 1920
Sandalwood - Caswell-Massey
Sandalwood Cologne (2002) - Geo F Trumper
Sélection Verte (1970) - Creed
Shaal Nur (1997) - Etro
Shams (2011) - Memo
Soir d'Orient - Maître Parfumeur et Gantier
Sous Le Vent (1933) - Guerlain
Sova (2012) - Slumberhouse
Spezie (1994) - Lorenzo Villoresi
Spice and Wood (2010) - Creed
Spicebomb (2012) - Viktor & Rolf
Story (2006) - Paul Smith
Sud Est (1995) - Romeo Gigli
Sultan - Swiss Arabian Perfumery
Tabac - AbdesSalaam Attar Profumo
Tabacco (2008) - Odori
Tonka Imperiale (2010) - Guerlain
Trussardi Inside Man (2006) - Trussardi
Vanille 44 (2007) - Le Labo
Vanille Mokha / Vanille Café (1987) - Comptoir Sud Pacifique
Versace l'Homme (1984) - Versace
Versailles pour Homme (1980) - Jean Desprez
Vetiver (1994) - Lorenzo Villoresi
Vetiver Hombre (1998) - Adolfo Dominguez
Vetiver Oriental (2002) - Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido
Vétiver Vert (2011) - Czech & Speake
Vol de Nuit (1933) - Guerlain
Wazamba (2009) - Parfum d'Empire
Wild Fern (1877) - Geo F Trumper
Wild Tobacco (2010) - Illuminum
Windsor (2009) - Creed
Yerbamate (2001) - Lorenzo Villoresi
Yohji Homme (1999) - Yohji Yamamoto
YSL pour Homme Haute Concentration (1983) - YSL
first of all, Creed Aventus. heard lot of appraisal and really wanna try, even I doubt if its that good
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^ nah, just visited/filtered my 'to test' list in the ole wardrobe. Don't know if I'll ever get to many of these as the hobby doldrums have set in... not to mention 2 in college.
Here are the ones I've yet to try:
Amouage Epic man
Amouage Interlude Man
Amouage Memoir Man
Andy Taur L'Air Du Desert Marocain
Creed Feuille Verte
Creed Selection Verte
MFK Absolue Pour Le Soir
MFK Lumiere Pour Homme
Mona di Orio Oud
Naomi Goodsir Bois d'Ascese
Naomi Goodsir Cuir Velours
Nasomatto Black Afgano
Nasomatto Hindu Grass
Nasomatto Silver Musk
Tom Ford Extreme
Last edited by CaliDude; 20th January 2013 at 10:52 PM.
Hmmm.....Or Black by Pascal Morabito. Every time this pops up for sale I never have the money to snag it. BUMMER cuz I see some bottles available right now.
Black Afgano. God, I'm dying to try that one! Then again, it's pricey, so, if I'd love it, maybe I'm better off not knowing.
Current Favorites (not in any particular order)
Hanae Mori HM EDT
Gucci Pour Homme II
These are on my list of ones to sample in the near future:
Strange Invisible Perfumes - Atlantic
Profumum Roma - Thundra
Dior - Granville
Floris - Mahon Leather
Coach - Leatherware
Loewe - 7 Natural
Tom Ford - White Suede
Michel Germain - Sexual Noir
Pierre Balmain - Carbone de Balmain
Pierre Balmain - Monsieur Balmain
Czech & Speake - Oxford & Cambridge
Czech & Speake - Frankensence & Myrrh
Patou Pour Homme
some of these are just not very easy to come by.
Current Spring Favorites:
1. Creed - Spice & Wood
2. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
3. Dior - Vetiver
4. Clive Christian - 1872 for Men
5. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
6. Ermenegildo Zegna - Haitian Vetiver
7. Les Nez - Turtle Vetiver Back
8. Tom Ford - Rive d’Ambre
9. Creed - Green Valley
10. Parfumerie Generale - Grand Siecle Intense 7.1
Guerlain Derby..come to think of it, most older Guerlains for that matter.
Edit: Recently tried Derby and Corolian, both great fragrances.
Last edited by JiveHippo; 16th April 2013 at 05:11 PM.
I should note that I do not own D&G The One, but I've smelled it. It's not the one. Rose 31 might be the one, but I haven't smelled it yet.
Current Favorites (not in any particular order)
Hanae Mori HM EDT
Gucci Pour Homme II
Gentle ribbing aside, I definitely want to try Knize 10, Bond No 9 NY Oud, and Egoiste Concentree.
I also second JiveHippo and say that I want to try Derby....also I wanna try Jicky EDP.
The O'Driu line
Want to trade - Chanel Platinum Egoiste for Dior Eau Sauvage...
Many many of them