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    Default Sample of the Day - February 2013

    Starting this month's sampling with another of freddie's goodies; Dark Aoud by Montale.

    The opening phase reads as "dark medicine cabinet" to my nose. This cabinet is rough-hewn from antique, precious woods like cedar & sandalwood, & contains ancient, arcane potions, unidentifiable from the illegible script on their worn, dusty labels. The wood has been singed in some long-ago house fire, & this slightly burnt note mingles with the fug of years of incense-burning, & some pepper spilled on the nearby worktop.

    l don't often get a "mental picture" from smelling a fragrance, but this is honestly what this one conjures up for me in the first couple of hours. After this it mellows somewhat into a softer, peppery incense, with an undercurrent of vetiver & ambergris; altogether friendlier. Five hours in it hasn't changed, & shows no signs of fading. The projection, as always for a Montale, is great.

    The reviews l've seen paint this one as almost frighteningly dark, & definitely masculine; l would not have gone out of my way to sample it if not for freddie's generosity. But l'm rather enjoying it, & loving the soothing, incensy drydown. Thanks again, freddie!
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    I'm not very fond of this one. It is ok, but I don't think I would ever own it.

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    OK. frag but NBW IMO.

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    Today l tried Petroleum by Histoires de Parfums.

    To my surprise, this does not smell remotely like petrol! ln fact, the opening is fresh & almost sweet, with touches of herbs & perhaps a little myrrh. As it develops, l get oudh, woods, an ozonic, "mineral" note, & a faint undercurrent of patchouli. The ozonic note rises above the rest & takes over, becoming bilge-like in the same way that Tirrenico did on me. Later on, ambergris & a dry leather join the mix, but the bilge-y note remains prominent to the end, making this one quite unwearable for me. l do not get any of the animalic/civet notes that others have mentioned. lt all lasts around six hours on me, & thankfully the projection is low to moderate.

    l am not sure what this fragrance is trying to achieve; the bilge note seems out of place in what might otherwise have been a perfectly nice fragrance. As an experiment, it may work for some, but l won't need a second wearing to know that it doesn't work for me.
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    Default Re: Sample of the Day - February 2013

    Hi teardrop
    Sorry for not chiming in sooner!
    Have loved reading your thoughts.
    Back to January for a minute - yes the Sepia is extremely animalic isn't it! Very fecal initially - I'm amazed to be honest it got such a warm welcoming in the community and such high praise in the blogging world when it was released, it's certainly not an easy wear. I've grown so fond of it though and bought a bottle, I get great comfort out of it. It's a melancholy fragrance to me, alongside the cliche Iris Silver Mist amongst others...
    As for Cepes and Tuberose, I found that one of the least interesting of her fragrances to be honest - I adore her work, this one was a bit of a let down for me though, I enjoy the perfume very much (although it's one of the few that is very shortlasting on me). I guess the main reason being I get virtually no tuberose, and no mushrooms :')

    As for Dark Aoud - your visions were almost identical to mine, to me it smells like an old abandoned building. Atmospheric, dank and ancient - I would love a little bottle of it

    Petroleum opens to me almost pure aldehydic civet/oud before it goes bilgey. A very fecal civet at that.
    At times I love it and think it's brilliant, at others I find the drydown boring and generic (well - in comparison to the opening). Yet again, I'd quite like a bottle, but I wouldn't wear it much. Sometimes the civet turns my stomach a touch (not sure why I don't get this with anything else civet heavy) - I guess it's the aldehyde and driftwood pairing :') It's a wierd one thats for sure.

    Look forward to reading more!

    As for me, today I sampled Portrait Of A Lady. I have had a sample for a while now and finally reviewed it in full here

    In short: I like the opening, but can instantly tell it's not "me". A great rose/geranium combo, the cool quality of the herbal geranium juxtaposed against some culinary spices (bay, clove, cinnamon, pepper, coriander?) adding heat.
    The rose is bone dry and almost potpourri-like, the incense is intense and peppery, the patchouli lovely and over the top. Blah blah.. basically I don't like the drydown. A disappointing woody/amber/musk that smells like "bulk" - it doesn't stay true to the glamorous opening and for me, gets boring very quickly I don't hate the perfume, but it grinds on me.

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    Default Re: Sample of the Day - February 2013

    Thanks so much for the feedback freddie, it's good to see you here!

    l too am surprised that Sepia got so much love from the bloggers, & although l saw the word "barnyard" used a lot, no-one mentioned that very distinct scent of manure that l got! lt is kind of comforting in a perverse sense though, as it does remind me of the place where l grew up.

    lnteresting that you got no mushrooms from Cepes either, l guess my brain wasn't misinterpreting it after all.

    l really liked Dark Aoud, that "eau de abandoned building" vibe is strangely appealing!

    Petroleum is definitely not for me.

    LOL'd at your description of woody/amber/musk smelling like "bulk"! Although l actually think l might like POAL...

    Testing Ladamo right now, impressions to follow later, but l warn you, they aren't good...
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    Default Re: Sample of the Day - February 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Thanks so much for the feedback freddie, it's good to see you here!

    l too am surprised that Sepia got so much love from the bloggers, & although l saw the word "barnyard" used a lot, no-one mentioned that very distinct scent of manure that l got! lt is kind of comforting in a perverse sense though, as it does remind me of the place where l grew up.

    lnteresting that you got no mushrooms from Cepes either, l guess my brain wasn't misinterpreting it after all.

    l really liked Dark Aoud, that "eau de abandoned building" vibe is strangely appealing!

    Petroleum is definitely not for me.

    LOL'd at your description of woody/amber/musk smelling like "bulk"! Although l actually think l might like POAL...

    Testing Ladamo right now, impressions to follow later, but l warn you, they aren't good...
    It is very literal barnyard isn't it. Although I have a lot of oud oils at home, they make Sepia smell like something department store fresh :') haha. So I don't find Sepia that dirty anymore - well, I do, but instead of fecal, I find it more "soiled", it just smells like dirty skin. Not the whole fragrance of course, but just an accord. I think it's a very clever perfume though, the strawberry note that's completely rotten, the non animalic animal notes (indole, mushroom, oud) - it is extremely complicated when properly explored. I love it!
    Yep you were right all along about the cepes, to me it's just a lactonic sandalwood heavy rose? Very subtle and at times reminded me of Jeux De Peau...
    It is strangely appealing ey! Much more gothic than say, Avignon - the more I talk about it the more I need it :P

    Yeh for me the drydown of PoaL was a huge letdown, felt bad saying so because it gets so much love but, there we go.

    LOL! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Ladamo :P It's definitly a strange little thing. An even more masculine, herbal Sables.

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    So today l've sampled Ladamo by O'Driu.

    "A more masculine, herbal Sables" describes it quite well, but... l get whacked in the head by an enormous stick of celery before this fragrance gets anywhere near my skin. Seriously, l have never experienced such huge projection just wafting from a vial! The noxious cloud is almost visible in the air. And just a couple of dabs is all that's needed, this is really potent stuff. The celery note reminds me of Molecule 03 by Escentric Molecules, & so l'm guessing there's a lot of vetiveryl acetate here, too. The overall impression at first is bitter, dark & green, with perhaps some woods, a little tobacco, & a very faint sour fruit which must be the juniper berries. A little later, l get cardamom & galbanum; two notes l am not a big fan of. Then over the next hour, the immortelle becomes more & more dominant. l get random whiffs of other, strange-but-familiar notes, but when l sniff up close, all l smell is immortelle. Five hours in, it hasn't changed, & is still going so strongly that l think it may last all night.

    l enjoy immortelle in other compositions, & Sables in particular, but this one has too many other notes that just don't agree with me. l respect it for being incredibly powerful, complex & tenacious, but l cannot imagine myself wanting to wear it.

    Thanks freddie for including such challenging fragrances in this goody bag, it's so much fun getting out of my comfort zone for a bit!
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    Default Re: Sample of the Day - February 2013

    Is Molecule 03 a synthetic? If so, Ladamo is a natural fragrance But I totally get the celery thing also - a bit like Yatagan.
    Most of the O'Driu's are shockingly potent. Did I include a sample of Leva? Sorry if not That's the only O'Driu I have a full bottle of so far - it is just as strong! But some of the newer releases are much tamer.
    You describe Ladamo perfectly - much better than I did when I first tried it
    Sounds like it wasn't your type of perfume at all! Haha. It's definitely an interesting sniff though ey! I wouldn't want to wear it either though, the fenugreek/immortelle is far too intense for me - not as sweet as Sables which itself is a difficult wear.

    No worries! All these are normal sniffings for me :P Haha - it's just - my taste. I can't guarentee all the samples are as interesting as what you've reviewed so far, I did throw in some randoms I think - but sounds like you've had fun picking out some good stuff so far! Loving your reviews

    Tonight I sampled Guerlain's Bois D'Armenie.
    A nice opening of peppery incense, myrrh, benzoin verges on an abstract gourmand - the vanilla quite typical for Guerlain. It subtly resembles other Guerlain vanilla heavy fragrances, Cuir Beluga, blah blah blah.
    Anything interesting disappears quite quickly as the top notes vanish in seconds and what is left is a benzoin, vanilla, amber with a touch of smoke that gets even more simplistic as the hours go by.
    Very subtle, but long lasting on the skin - nice enough, but far too simplistic. A good, straightforward, powdery vanilla/amber that I wouldn't want to wear.

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    Default Re: Sample of the Day - February 2013

    Thanks for the lovely comments, freddie! No, you didn't include Leva, although l was intrigued by your review of it. Notes of olive & lemon sound very mediterranean, which appeals to me.

    l agree with you about Bois d'Armenie; a very pleasant fragrance, but yes, a bit too simple & straightforward, as if it's all base notes & nothing else.
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    Default Re: Sample of the Day - February 2013

    A VERY good night of sampling my end.
    Monica Miller (Perfume Pharmer) sent me a HUGE box FULL of samples, including the entire Primordial Scents 2012 project. She got numerous perfumers to create fragrances to fit in either of the five categories: Spirit Earth Air Fire Water... I know it sounds a little cheesy, and I had no idea what to expect. I cracked out the Spirt box today and was hugely impressed!

    It consisted of 3 fragrances.

    Chyrsalis by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz

    The least interesting of the three for me. A blue lotus fragrance (an aquatic, gardenia style note) - very light, maybe with a touch of green tea. A hint of lavender up top. Dries down jasmine dominant with just a hint of indole, very subtle, with a bit of incense/amber/patchouli base I think. I couldn't find any notes list so it's all a guess). Very calm and meditative, enjoyable to wear but too light for my tastes.

    Sweet Naam by Flying Colours Natural Perfumes

    A bright herbal lavender runs top to bottom, a large citrus hit of bergamot up top, and an ice cold mint/eucalyptus. It warms up as it dries with cinnamon, carnation and a pimento heat. An ylang ylang and jasmine join in, and it dries down to a creamy vanilla and gauicwood. Fascinating development, great fun to wear - reminded me of Agonist's Arctic Jade which I also love

    Calling All Angels by April Aromatics

    Probably the best incense fragrance I've ever tried. A charred wood oud accord - piercingly intense and hot, is paired with a loud, peppery, sharp incense, so pungent it burns your nose. A thick layer of labdanum at the bottom, and a rose that smells bitter and stewed (rose concrete?) lacquers the incense throughout the fragrance. Simplistic, but oustanding.

    The most fun I've had sampling this year. I can't wait to get my nose through the other four categories!

    Full reviews here: http://smellythoughts.wordpress.com/...irit-perfumes/

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    Default Re: Sample of the Day - February 2013

    lnteresting, freddie! My nose is twitching at Calling All Angels. l remember these being talked about on the blogs, & l look forward to hearing more!

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    Today (Sunday 17th) l tried S-ex by S-Perfumes.

    This starts off fresh & slightly floral, with a large dose of the ozonic/salty marine note of calone. The impression is of a very "white" & clean fragrance, in a similar way to Eternity, but more translucent, & hovering weightlessly above the skin. lf this is sex, it is a futuristic, non-contact, cyber-sex version. ln the heart, l get a very faint strawberry note along with white musk. l get no leather at all until around three hours in, just as it's all beginning to fade, & then a little sweetness from the malt. Five hours in, it's completely gone.

    l don't hate this, but it lacks any kind of animalic warmth, & instead just leaves me cold. Not the kind of sex l'm into, thanks.
    Last edited by teardrop; 17th February 2013 at 04:21 PM.
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    Default Re: Sample of the Day - February 2013

    You're bang on with S-Ex... nothing sexy about it haha. I did get a slightly fecal leather after a couple wears, but, nothing worth shouting about. It's like a very very subtle animalic note, and a big plastic aquatic note, joined by plastic :')
    The novelty wore off quickly!

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    You guys need some company

    Last night I sampled L'Artisan Parfumeur Voleur de Roses .

    This one is all about patchouli! And there is a dark red rose. But this takes patchouli through the whole spectrum, first damp and earthy, then herbal and almost minty, to finally an almost incensy, drier, mentholated version. All the while, the red rose sits there keeping it company, but always in the background. I really did not find this too dark or goth, just patchouli done well. And a companion rose.

    Very nice fragrance, although I am not a hugh patchouli fan. Longevity was fairly short, maybe 5 hours on me.

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    Thanks for the contribution as always cello
    Voleur is an unusual one - I really really like it, but wouldn't wear it - I bought it for my ma a couple Christmas' ago. I think that's the big downside to it, it is so short lived and quiet. I get a pretty potent metallic note running throughout it as well - it is a fragrance with some pretty harsh edges and I think that's why it's so often stamped gothic!
    OoOOoo I have so much samplign to do I'm overwhelmed. I have the entire Primordial Scents collection to go through, and I just got the April Aromatics sample set <3 EEEEE

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    Default Re: Sample of the Day - February 2013

    Cello; always good to see you here!

    Freddie; looking forward to the next instalment!

    Today l tried Cuir from Mona di Orio's Les Nombres d'Or collection.

    This is a dark, dry, bitter, smoky leather, with a distinctly meaty note of burnt pepper steak in the opening phase. After an hour or so, it calms down a little, becoming more salty & animalic, but never sweetening up at all. From here it doesn't seem to develop, wearing close to the skin, & still going softly after five hours.

    l don't mind a rough, masculine opening in a leather fragrance, but l would prefer a little more sweetness & cuddliness in the drydown than l'm getting here, & so l haven't really warmed to this one. lf, on the other hand, you prefer your leathers dry & dark, you might want to give this a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Today l tried Cuir from Mona di Orio's Les Nombres d'Or collection.
    You describe it perfectly teardrop - it did little for me too. Little development, far too simplistic, just slightly decorated castoreum

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    I sampled Tindrer by Magnetic Scent again last night (I've tried this numerous times but only just decided to blog about it) - to sum up this house which I really really love, I thought I'd post a little video I did on the three fragrances in the collection here as I've been sampling these extensively for some time.


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    Lovely vid, freddie. And I quickly spun through your blog to catch up - good stuff there.

    Yesterday I sampled Ramon Monegal Impossible Iris. This is the first in the line that I have worn, but I have the two leathers yet to go. I adore iris, and was very much looking forward to this. But as luck would have it, I do not like this at all.

    The opening blast is very violet iris to me, sweet and sharp. It is headache inducing, like a shrill scream. There is little of the earthy or rooty aspect to be found here. It does subside a bit when the sweetness of the raspberry creeps in, but there is very little powder or softness during much of the duration of this scent. This perfume runs high on the treble, and grates on my nerves. Finally towards the end I sense a dose of powder or even some cooling vetiver maybe, and it calms.

    I have read comparisons to F. Malle Iris Poudre, which I adore and own. While they both capture the floral and slightly sweet aspects of iris, Iris Poudre integrates and balances all aspects of iris for a much more facinating ride. Impossible Iris seems to pick it's prettiness and stick with it. It is a somewhat linear perfume.

    Not an iris for me

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    So first up, big thanks to Freddie for hooking me up with this sample. Sample of the day = Lonestar Memories.
    I'll preface this, by saying I am a novice and only really started getting properly into fragrances about 5 months ago. My opinion here is completely blind and quite possibly completly wrong. All I know about this fragrance is the name and who it is by. I have tested it for 3 days now to geta good feel for it!

    Having had a sample of LDDM, I would almost certainly have known that this was a Tauer fragrance. I wouldn’t say it’s hugely similar, but it just has that ‘Tauer vibe’ Not sure if these is a male fragrance, but I definitely see it as Unisex.

    At the top I get Spices (maybe eastern spices if that makes sense?) lots of Leather, lots of smoke and some Woods. After 5 minutes I get a strong TCP antiseptic vibe from this not sure but TCP may only be an English antiseptic, so some of you may not know what I mean) This is the part of the fragrance I don’t like. After 20 minutes this antiseptic smell fades to the background somewhat and the good stuff, like the smoky leather come back. Overall, I really like this one, but probably not enough to buy.

    More observations on other samples, to follow soon.

    Thanks again to Freddie - what a top guy!!
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    Default Re: Sample of the Day - February 2013

    Thanks for joining us Dailey, l look forward to reading more of your impressions!

    And you're right, freddie sure is a top guy!
    "What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Thanks for joining us Dailey, l look forward to reading more of your impressions!

    And you're right, freddie sure is a top guy!
    Thanks for the welcome :-)
    Current Top 10:

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    Gucci Pour Homme II
    Rive Gauche
    Fahrenheit
    New Haarlem
    Jubilation XXV
    Neroli Portofino
    Virgin Island Water
    Green Irish Tweed
    Straight to Heaven

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    Quote Originally Posted by cello View Post
    Lovely vid, freddie. And I quickly spun through your blog to catch up - good stuff there.

    Yesterday I sampled Ramon Monegal Impossible Iris.
    Thank you cello <3

    I totally agree with you about the RM Iris - I was very unimpressed by it too unfortunately. Iris Poudre is definitely the superior of the two, although ISM is still "my" iris right now

    Quote Originally Posted by Dailey View Post
    So first up, big thanks to Freddie for hooking me up with this sample. Sample of the day = Lonestar Memories.
    I'll preface this, by saying I am a novice and only really started getting properly into fragrances about 5 months ago. My opinion here is completely blind and quite possibly completly wrong. All I know about this fragrance is the name and who it is by. I have tested it for 3 days now to geta good feel for it!

    Having had a sample of LDDM, I would almost certainly have known that this was a Tauer fragrance. I wouldn’t say it’s hugely similar, but it just has that ‘Tauer vibe’ Not sure if these is a male fragrance, but I definitely see it as Unisex.

    At the top I get Spices (maybe eastern spices if that makes sense?) lots of Leather, lots of smoke and some Woods. After 5 minutes I get a strong TCP antiseptic vibe from this not sure but TCP may only be an English antiseptic, so some of you may not know what I mean) This is the part of the fragrance I don’t like. After 20 minutes this antiseptic smell fades to the background somewhat and the good stuff, like the smoky leather come back. Overall, I really like this one, but probably not enough to buy.

    More observations on other samples, to follow soon.

    Thanks again to Freddie - what a top guy!!
    Hi Daley
    Lovely to see you here.
    Basically guys, I sent Daley some samples on ONE condition: He writes his thoughts here :P Oh and sniffs these blind (not to look them up)
    Great impressions - kudos on taking your time with this one and not dismissing it so quickly. Nice to read you've had a sample of LDDM for a while - at least you kind of understand the Tauer-ade and could recognize it. The TCP kind of antiseptic accord is my favourite part! Haha, I just wish it lasted longer.
    Your thoughts are pretty much bang on. What I love so much about Lonestar Memories is the transition from the heavy, birch tar (smoke), herbal-laden opening with cool notes of geranium (maybe what contributes to the TCP-vibe) and such, turns into a really warm, human, leathery amber/incense (Tauer-y). It's brilliant, and the base is almost unrecognizable from the opening. From a distance, or an another wearer, it smells like a rich, over the top 80's powerhouse of a perfume - almost classical, yet it's pretty much considered a challenging, modern composition. It's not my favourite Tauer, but it's one of the first ones I fell for. Just really great perfume It's also one of the few fragrances in my collection that I will wear out, knowing I'll get a comment on it! It's texture in the base is surprisingly light, but sweet, soiled and skin-like, never heard a bad word when wearing it.
    Look forward to hearing your thoughts on the rest of the samples. I chose them super carefully for you :P There's some fantastic stuff there.

    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Thanks for joining us Dailey, l look forward to reading more of your impressions!

    And you're right, freddie sure is a top guy!
    Aww thanks teardrop <3

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    Quote Originally Posted by forfreddie View Post
    Thank you cello <3

    I totally agree with you about the RM Iris - I was very unimpressed by it too unfortunately. Iris Poudre is definitely the superior of the two, although ISM is still "my" iris right now



    Hi Daley
    Lovely to see you here.
    Basically guys, I sent Daley some samples on ONE condition: He writes his thoughts here :P Oh and sniffs these blind (not to look them up)
    Great impressions - kudos on taking your time with this one and not dismissing it so quickly. Nice to read you've had a sample of LDDM for a while - at least you kind of understand the Tauer-ade and could recognize it. The TCP kind of antiseptic accord is my favourite part! Haha, I just wish it lasted longer.
    Your thoughts are pretty much bang on. What I love so much about Lonestar Memories is the transition from the heavy, birch tar (smoke), herbal-laden opening with cool notes of geranium (maybe what contributes to the TCP-vibe) and such, turns into a really warm, human, leathery amber/incense (Tauer-y). It's brilliant, and the base is almost unrecognizable from the opening. From a distance, or an another wearer, it smells like a rich, over the top 80's powerhouse of a perfume - almost classical, yet it's pretty much considered a challenging, modern composition. It's not my favourite Tauer, but it's one of the first ones I fell for. Just really great perfume It's also one of the few fragrances in my collection that I will wear out, knowing I'll get a comment on it! It's texture in the base is surprisingly light, but sweet, soiled and skin-like, never heard a bad word when wearing it.
    Look forward to hearing your thoughts on the rest of the samples. I chose them super carefully for you :P There's some fantastic stuff there.



    Aww thanks teardrop <3
    Hi mate - glad you understood the 'TCP' reference, I thought that may just be my nose playing tricks on me. Looking forward to sampling and recording my views on the others!!
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    Dailey, keep it coming! This is a great thread to just let thoughts and impressions flow. I wish more peeps would join. These are all first impressions, and certainly low key. Stuff is whatever it is to your nose. Fun to be had, sniffing and comparing

    Freddie, yea, Iris Poudre is the opposite extreme of what I love about iris. But it is so well done, and so darn beautiful, that I get my kicks from it. ISM is a whole nother ballgame, austere and lovely. Opposite extremes, but I love them both for what they are.

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    I have absolutely no knowledge of any import, but I'm enjoying reading all your thoughts.

    I like Bois d'armenie though, that's about my speed hah!

    I wanted to share samples with established UK basenoters but I don't know where to get decanting supplies and I'm not sure anyone would want anything from my wardrobe. If you want a bit of something from me, perhaps send me an atomiser that I'll post back to you? Is that allowed by Royal Mail? Well, my offer stands if anyone can help with the logistics.

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    Sample of the day is Un Bois Vanille by Serge Lutens

    I'm not one for vanilla soliflores so excuse my slight negativity.
    Boring. A coconut/orchid opening seems to vanish within a few minutes to leave behind a relatively straightforward cupcake vanilla, slightly woody aspects, and a subtle, bitter edge by the tamest liqourice note possible (on my skin at least).
    The vanilla sticks through to the end, made slightly multifaceted by tonka and benzoin (as expected) - and a butter-soft sandalwood and slightly drier cedar wood, oh and a touch of smoke, finish Un Bois Vanille.
    Too straightforward for me - I wish I had the materials to make fragrances, I'd love to make a vanilla like no other. This however, is a vanilla that has no interest to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scentsucker View Post
    I have absolutely no knowledge of any import, but I'm enjoying reading all your thoughts.

    I like Bois d'armenie though, that's about my speed hah!

    I wanted to share samples with established UK basenoters but I don't know where to get decanting supplies and I'm not sure anyone would want anything from my wardrobe. If you want a bit of something from me, perhaps send me an atomiser that I'll post back to you? Is that allowed by Royal Mail? Well, my offer stands if anyone can help with the logistics.
    Hi Scentsucker! l get my decanting supplies from accessoriesforfragrance, who trade on ebay under the name seattle_4. They're in the US, but they have the most comprehensive range that l've found & give an excellent service. As for the Royal Mail problems, l think we can possibly still get away with sending samples within the UK, but l haven't tried recently.

    Freddie, l'm just wondering, what would your ideal vanilla smell like?

    Today l tried Sarrasins by Serge Lutens.

    First, l have to force myself not to be distracted by the vivid purple colour of the juice. When l do, l get a surprisingly fresh, green & translucent jasmine, with hints of fruit; more apples, pears & peaches than osmanthus, to my nose. l do not detect any indoles or leather, & for the first couple of hours it seems like a completely linear fragrance. After this, it becomes softer & a little creamier, & now five hours in l'm getting a very faint animalic note, which l'm guessing is castoreum. After that first two hours, the projection is very low on me, & it's fading fast.

    l'm undecided about this one, so far. lt's a little too "fruity floral" for me, & l have other jasmines that l much prefer. But it's possible that in warmer weather l may get more of the animalic side l was hoping for, & so l will revisit it later in the year.
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    I sampled Parfumerie Generale Private Collection - Un Crime Exotique last night. Relaxing tea scent - NOT!

    Yet another PG that opens with a blast of spices that bowl you over, and sometimes I just don't recover from the initial shock. Big ginger and cinnamon bloom on the skin. It almost had a Christmas candle vibe, even including a waxy smell. But after this initial burst, it settled into a rich and, still, spicy tea fragrance. This is another composition that I find unbalanced, and even though the smell itself was pleasant, I would rather it be a room spray or candle I think. It is not necessarily a smell that I would want to wear as a perfume. Certainly worth a sniff if you are a fan of tea fragrances, or even spicy gourmandish fragrances, although this one is not sweet. I found it more of an experience rather than fragrance sampling, if that makes sense.

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    Sample of the day for me = Aftelier's Haute Claire (Thanks to Freddie for the sample)

    Not a fan of this one. It has a note that reminds me of A* Men, which I don't like! I get old flowers and urine from this one - sorry :-)
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    Last night I tried to relax with spiced tea, and that did not work out. Tonight, I have resorted to hemp! And it has totally worked!

    Tonight I sampled Perfumerie Generale Coze. Oh, goodness, I am all relaxed now!

    This one opens with, and continues with, patchouli. It is, in fact, a patch bomb. But there is an undercurrent of sweetness that is adorable. This never gets cloyingly sweet, but just adds something to keep the herbal patch from going dust bowl dry. Yum. It is fairly linear after the opening salvo, but in my opinion, that is not a fault. Smelling good should be just fine. This is the Ambre 114 of patch - dry, herbal and dusty, but never veering too far in that direction. If you are patch phobic, as I sometimes am, this one should be on your sniffing list. Oh, nice. I said that over and over. The hemp - well, let's just say it was a pleasant and relaxing experience Good stuff, this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Freddie, l'm just wondering, what would your ideal vanilla smell like?

    Today l tried Sarrasins by Serge Lutens.
    I've been thinking about this vanilla fragrance and I can't decide :P When I have pieced my ideal example together I'll post it here haha.
    I kindda agree with Sarrasins, it didn't do too much for me, but I did find it heavily indolic/fecal for a short while, I like the fruity notes up top - but it was very quiet and didn't evolve into anything worth while on my skin

    Quote Originally Posted by cello View Post
    I sampled Parfumerie Generale Private Collection - Un Crime Exotique last night. Relaxing tea scent - NOT!
    Cello I felt exactly the same about this one. Be sure to sniff Magnetic Scent's Untitled #2 for a far better example on this chai-tea spicy theme

    Quote Originally Posted by Dailey View Post
    Sample of the day for me = Aftelier's Haute Claire (Thanks to Freddie for the sample)

    Not a fan of this one. It has a note that reminds me of A* Men, which I don't like! I get old flowers and urine from this one - sorry :-)
    Aww no way! Haha. I do understand the urine thing - that's the honey. I love intense honey and the florals are outstanding in this one. Shame it's not to your taste but revisit it in a few months and your mind may be changed!

    Quote Originally Posted by cello View Post
    Last night I tried to relax with spiced tea, and that did not work out. Tonight, I have resorted to hemp! And it has totally worked!

    Tonight I sampled Perfumerie Generale Coze.
    Mmmm nice one! Have you tried PG's Intrigant Patchouli? It's not gourmand, but it's gloriously rich! An intense civet/patchouli/amber combi to die for.

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    Freddie, l look forward to hearing about your dream vanilla, when you've figured it out!

    Today l tried Shiso by Aftelier.

    The opening is a bittersweet accord of herbal notes, mainly mint, along with what l interpret as anise. This accord has a leafy, but not overly green feel to it. Shortly after, a light touch of cinnamon comes to the fore, joined a little later on by woods, incense & a smoky black tea of the lapsang souchong variety. lt then settles close to the skin, but just as l think this fragrance is going to turn all sweet & powdery, the herbal, leafy accord returns, & continues to weave in & out for almost the whole duration. There's a soft patchouli in the base, & it all lasts a very respectable eight hours on me before fading out.

    A very interesting fragrance with some surprising twists & turns, this definitely merits further wearings to explore it further. l am intrigued by its mix of warm & cool notes, & l found it the longest-lasting of the Afteliers that l've tried.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Freddie, l look forward to hearing about your dream vanilla, when you've figured it out!

    Today l tried Shiso by Aftelier.
    Fabulous take on this one teardrop!
    I found it very very difficult to wear becuase the clove not goes huge on me. The battle between heated spices and herbal, vegetal greenery was a bit too challenging for me, but one of the most fascinating, avant-garde compositions in Mandy's lineup
    Bit of Shiso trivia for you:
    Shiso was made by Mandy based on an old Geisha recipe - apparantely this is a similar scent to a powder that geisha's would scatter on their robes but the scent would be too unappetizing to our noses so she dressed it up a bit - still, not what you'd expect!
    And, when I went to Andy Tauer's, he has a bottle of this as it's his favourite in her line

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    Thanks freddie! lndeed it is not what l would expect a Geisha to smell like, but then l've never really thought about it before. And that's so cool that Andy has a bottle of this, somehow that makes it even more intriguing to me!
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    Sample of the day for me is Stephen Jones by CDG. I actually really liked this one (thanks Freddie) Very Floral opening and quite ‘chemically’. After about 15 minutes it gets kind of powdery, but nice powdery. I’m also getting a kind of clove note from it. All in all very nice and now 2 out of 3 that Freddie gave me that I really like :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dailey View Post
    Sample of the day for me is Stephen Jones by CDG. I actually really liked this one (thanks Freddie) Very Floral opening and quite ‘chemically’. After about 15 minutes it gets kind of powdery, but nice powdery. I’m also getting a kind of clove note from it. All in all very nice and now 2 out of 3 that Freddie gave me that I really like :-)
    Fantastic Dailey
    I gave you Stephen Jones becuase it's very simplistic, very modern and avant-garde, yet smells quite dated and classical in a way. It's also one way to identify aldehydes (that chemical smell you get up top that's quite soapy) - the florals are mainly violet with a bit of carnation (that clove note - with added clove hahah), and there's a strange mineralic note that weaves in and out of it. I really like it, and consider it an almost black-tie perfume, it's formal, cold, sharp and mysterious :P
    I think the clove note is very old-school gentlemen's cologne-y and I love that.
    Glad you enjoyed this one - two out of 3 is good going so far! I'm sure you'll warm up to Haute claire in the future

    As for me?
    Tonight I sampled Ambrarem by Histoires De Parfums
    Not really for me: a hit of pepper up top followed by a smoky, sweet syrupy accord that reminds me of a less birch tar heavy version of CB's Burning Leaves. It then goes a little powdery, stays sweet, an oud underneath just kind of sits quietly at the bottom not doing much, along with a pinch of saffron. The drydown turns very castoreum heavy and reminded me of a sweeter version of Mona's Cuir. It's light, almost translucent... nice enough and worth a sniff but - I need better

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    Nice one Freddie. Next up for me (hopefully tomorrow) is Bosque (Humiecki & Graef)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dailey View Post
    Nice one Freddie. Next up for me (hopefully tomorrow) is Bosque (Humiecki & Graef)
    FAB! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Bosque. Take your time with it.

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    Thought I'd chime in with a few reviews of my own since I've been doing much sampling as of late:

    Dior Oud Ispahan: I've eagerly been wanting to try this and finally received a sample of it. Have tried it a few times and this is what I have to say. It starts of with a beautiful rose note that is lush and almost jam like. Labdanum comes to join in almost immediately after and the two are just perfectly blended together, practically made for each other. A huge dose of smoke is added in a few minutes later and reveals this sort of dark element to the whole of the fragrance. Not to much oud so to say at the top, but lots of rose, labdanum and smoke which is fused to create an intoxicating smell. The dry-down is where some spice comes to help create a backbone and oud finally comes to fuse with the lush rose note that I love so much. The smoke dies down and I feel as though the rose note tones down to kind of blend in with the other notes, it's not so much at the for front any more, something that bothered me since that rose note was gorgeous. Mind you, this is about 6 hours into the fragrance. The oud and smoke combined with light spices is what is mostly detected at this point with the creamy element coming from the fused rose. This dry-down was very similar to that of Leather Oud's and that comparison of the two scents could not stop be. Overrall, love the top and mid, but the dry-down was to close to Leather oud's and I wish the rose was still more to the fore front; but it's still a gorgeous scent nonetheless. Lasts forever and is a sophisticated scent that I find would be hard to wear. Such a great fragrance would not fit in certain scenarios like in a classroom or anything like that, would shine in a formal event, at least I think so. This would work well primarily in the fall and winter, and maybe a spray in the spring would also be lovely. Its definitely not your typical rose/oud combo seen so often these days. A good addition to the La Collection Privee line for Dior.
    Overall: 8.5/10

    Tom Ford Cafe Rose: I had high expectations when I first heard about this one. But the disappointing reviews from many had me worried. Reading the notes had me thinking this would be a dark fragrance dominated by coffee specifically. First thing aI smelt was may rose that had hints of black pepper, quite linear and little going on, I had no detection of coffee or patchouli. It actually came off as quite feminine and this was kinda shocking. The mid consisted of a toned down rose with a coffee bean like note trying to support the rose. Slurpees on YouTube said it right when the supposed coffee note felt like a dry coffee bean extract. It tried to support the rose note but they did not seem to mix well. I love rose, one of my favourite smells and notes of all time but the rose in Cafe Rose felt uninspired and rather lacking. The entirety of the fragrance felt feminine just so everyone knows. This sandalwood comes in with the rose and creates a creamy element that is once again rather lacking. All in all, very disappointed. This one had so much potential and Tom Ford really screwed up. This could've been a big hit for them if they did this right and for that this fragrance will always aggravate me.

    Overall: 6/10

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    So nice to see new life being breathed into this thread, keep those thoughts coming, Dailey!

    Today l tried Geste by Humiecki & Graef.

    l get a quite lovely opening of fresh, lightly powdery, woody violets, quickly joined by a slightly salty note reminiscent of a softer Dans Tes Bras. Then ten minutes in, l get a note l can only describe as "lightly used ladies underthings". l'm guessing that this arises from whatever variety of musk is being used here, but l have smelled quite a few "dirty" fragrances, & never detected this note before. From here, this fragrance does not develop any further, & stays close to the skin, but lasts a respectable eight hours before fading.

    l really loved the opening of this one, but "that" note would prevent me from ever wearing it in public; way too embarrassing!
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    Thanks for chiming in with your thoughts canuck! Oud Ispahan is really nice as I remember, really need to try it again - I think I want a bottle anyway :P That pink juice! Hahaha.

    teardrop: Geste is fabulous isn't it, I don't get that dirty note really, but I get what you mean about underwear.... maybe that is the dirty note? :') I get it in Boudoir majorly - I wore Westwood's Boudoir for years and years as my signature. Do you get this in Putain Des Palaces?
    I just found Geste a perfect powdery florals atop musk combo - a real beauty

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    Freddie, l have not tried Boudoir or Putain des Palaces, & so l cannot compare them. lt wasn't a "dirty" note exactly, more the scent of underwear which has been worn for just an hour or two after bathing. Very lightly worn, & not exactly unpleasant, but an unmistakeable scent nonetheless!
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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Freddie, l have not tried Boudoir or Putain des Palaces, & so l cannot compare them. lt wasn't a "dirty" note exactly, more the scent of underwear which has been worn for just an hour or two after bathing. Very lightly worn, & not exactly unpleasant, but an unmistakeable scent nonetheless!
    Love it! :P

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    SOTD for me is Bosque - Humiecki & Graef

    Another good choice Freddie – like this one too (3 out of 4) ;-)

    Main things I get here are Grapefruit and Flowers/plants. I definitely get Vetiver from it too and I would say it’s very creamy (but that seems to float in and out). I happen to know (one of many normally useless facts I know) that Bosque means Woodland or Forest. Not sure if it’s Spanish? And this makes sense because there is a grassy/plant note in there.

    All in all very nice :-) Have only tried it for a day, so will spend some more time with it.

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    Dailey, bosque is indeed spanish, and refers to a wooded oasis generally found in the arid Southwestern part of the United States along the few waterways. I live in New Mexico, and we have an ecosystem (bosque) running along the Rio Grande river. From above, if you were to fly over the area, it looks like a green ribbon amongst the brown surrounding land. Migratory birds take advantage of this path, and we have areas that well known for bird watching during certain times of year.

    Now, certainly, I must smell this perfume In my head, it would smell dry, yet with a hint of lush green - of woods and wetland. Hmmm.

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    Thanks Dailey! We need to start the new March thread; l'm planning to do it later today if no-one gets there first!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cello View Post
    Dailey, bosque is indeed spanish, and refers to a wooded oasis generally found in the arid Southwestern part of the United States along the few waterways. I live in New Mexico, and we have an ecosystem (bosque) running along the Rio Grande river. From above, if you were to fly over the area, it looks like a green ribbon amongst the brown surrounding land. Migratory birds take advantage of this path, and we have areas that well known for bird watching during certain times of year.

    Now, certainly, I must smell this perfume In my head, it would smell dry, yet with a hint of lush green - of woods and wetland. Hmmm.
    Thanks for that - interesing stuff :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Thanks Dailey! We need to start the new March thread; l'm planning to do it later today if no-one gets there first!
    Cool - looking forward to it
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