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 11:52 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.
"Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam
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.
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 06:11 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.
"Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam
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
Many many of them
Mugler Havane & Malt
TF Tobacco Vanille
Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur
DIOR Homme Intense
Chanel Platinum Egoiste
Chanel Allure Edition Blanche
Jean-Paul Gaultier Le Male
Thierry Mugler Pure Malt
Last edited by Dernier_Cri; 20th January 2013 at 08:27 PM.
There are an awful lot for me, but I've been very lucky with my collection at such a young age (21), as I feel I have a great one brewing here.
Definitely interesting in trying:
A lot of the Montale line
Fou D'Absinthe (if this was cheaper, I would blind buy it)
Bergamote 22 (too expensive for what it is, but I wouldn't mind at least smelling it)
Jardin d'Amalfi (been close to blind buying a split for a while, but don't want to put that kind of money on the line)
And as I said, many, many more.
Far too many...however a few stand out for me:
Dior Homme & Dior Homme Intense (decant of homme on the way)
Creed Windsor & Selection Verte
Pure Malt & Pure Havane
Chanel Sycomore (although have a decant of this on the way)
...& a ton of other niche fragrances...
Too many, mostly the ones that are not easily available in department stores.... to name a few:
M by Puredistance
By Man by Dolce & Gabbana
Costume National Homme by Costume National
Tonka Imperiale by Guerlain
Cereus Pour Homme No. 7 by Cereus
.... and many more.
tobacco vanille - it's expensive.
Probably the ones that are either unavailable in the U.S. market, have limited distribution, or have been discontinued. I'm sure some of this is due to the whole scarcity principle----if something is harder to get, it becomes more desirable. The Thierry Mugler company employs this, smartly, it seems as their chief sales strategy.
Other companies like Chanel, have been just as wisely pulling all their products from re-sellers, making them only available through Chanel boutiques. Scarcity in branding makes a name more desirable, guaranteed.
Stuff like LIDGE, for instance. But honestly, I can't really be bothered with trying to source $150 bottles on the after market, when they likely once sold regular retail for a third of that.
I'm looking forward to some Slumberhouse samples in the mail. Never heard of them till this week.
Headed to Paris this weekend.. Hopefully, everything I have in the back of my head will be sniffed/sampled, making lists as i type this. I feel sorry for my sense of smell over that 2 day span.
So happy to see i have tried many you guys desperately want to try:-)
Black Afgano is such a simple scent, its smoky , radiating some peppers and patchouly, it reminded me of those frags i dont like Kokoricio...this is masculine patchoulii that opens up raw, strong, later it becomes nicer warmer...but its smoking! Radiating and i find it ggressive:-) so apply sparingly, its dense, quality but composition and idea did not impress, its just one patchouli, marketing is what does the trick i think:-)
31 Rose, pale rose scent with peppery note:-) nothing to die for:-) ....its not bad but too ordinary
Homage, puts things into perspective as someone said! I thought after buying it i will never buy another scent cause it must be better:-) i was wrong hehehe, the search and impulse for buying not even diamonds can stop:-)
Tribute i plan to order a sample!
But i have not tried as of yet Jicky:-) , Or Black, Knize 10, Musc Ravageur, Envy, MDCI none!, Slumberhouse, Missoni etc and many more:-)
Last edited by iivanita; 27th January 2013 at 04:54 PM.
Just about most things...
I will be in London on Friday and i will be headhunting these particular scents.
Frederic Malle - Vetvier Extroidaneree
Frederic Malle - Bigarade Concentree
Tom Ford PB - Neroli Portofini
Byredo - Sunday Cologne
And if i manage to find a stockist, then id also like to sample...
Christian Dior - Royale Cologne
Christian Dior - Vetvier
These have all caught my attention recentley and im looking for some grown up/casual/relaxed/sophisticated scents to build a little collection for the year.
I shant be buying anything immediatley though, far to expensive, but sampling will be fun im sure...
Invasion Barbare and Black Afgano for starters.
New Haarlem, Musc Rav, Pure Havane, Original Santal, LIDGE, probably many more. And this is only regarding the most popular in fragcomm.
I've been wanting to sniff Invasion Barbare but haven't. I have yet to smell anything from Amouage, only sniffed Chergui and Ambre Sultan from Serge Lutens, only sniffed Musc Ravageur from the Malle line, 2 or 3 Bonds, only Tea for Two from L'Artisan, nothing from Comme de Garcons line...and many many more that I haven't mentioned.
I HAVE ALOT OF EXPERIMENTING TO DO!!
CURRENT TOP 5
1. Dior Homme Intense
2. Creed Aventus
3. Tom Ford Extreme
4. Gucci Pour Homme II
5. Terre d'Hermes
Anything Ramon Monegal.
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I would like to try Tobacco Vanille, especially to see if it really is a higher quality version of Eau de Baux.
"When the milk,
tasted like perfume,
you had been drinking from the carton,
and I knew."
Only those unobtainable in the UK:
Lutens Borneo 1834
All Montale fragrances
The one thing I'd really like to sample which I might possibly actually like is the O'Driu line. Good luck with that though, and even if I did like it, how would I get myself any.
Tons of highly chatted-about scents I haven't tried yet, but let's be honest, most of the Classic Faves are likely to smell like hot soapy death on me, like every other classic scent I have tried.
ETA: right, I forgot about CB I Hate Perfume. That, I've got to check out just for the name, although I have such high hopes of it I'm almost sure to be disappointed. There's supposed to be a place in Toronto that stocks some of those, though. I'm planning a trip in to spray some stuff around in another couple months, when wandering round Queen West won't be such a miserable experience.
I'm usually more interested in the ones that aren't highly talked about.
My most favorite scent of all times that I can't be without:
Givenchy Xeryus Rouge...
Dior Homme Intense
Portrait of a Lady
But the ones I'm really interested to..
L'Air du Desert Marocain
Current favourite: Spiritueuse Double Vanille
Wayyyyy too many to name
My 3 Signature Scents:
Rive Gauche Light (2004)
Paul Smith Man (2009)
Current top 5:
1. Amouage Opus VII 2. Amouage Fate Man 3. Nasomatto Black Afgano 4. Creed Spice & Wood 5. Bond 9 Harrods Oud