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    Default Common Factor Between Derby and Bandit

    Do you know what I'm talking about? It's a kind of minty woodiness up top. What is this? Wormwood?

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    Default Re: Common Factor Between Derby and Bandit

    I personally don't smell anything in common between these two.

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    Default Re: Common Factor Between Derby and Bandit

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I personally don't smell anything in common between these two.
    Neither do I.

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    I don't either.

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    Default Re: Common Factor Between Derby and Bandit

    Leather?

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    treeman5823
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    Default Re: Common Factor Between Derby and Bandit

    You know what? You guys just suck.

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    Default Re: Common Factor Between Derby and Bandit

    They're both fragrances?

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    Default Re: Common Factor Between Derby and Bandit

    I'm wondering if recent reformulations could be to blame. I think u'd have better luck asking the guys @ Luckyscent.. They managed to find 2 bottles of vintage L'artisan Vetiver (circa 1978) just the other day. Since then, Bandit has been stripped of its masculinity & even the immaculate Derby seemed a bit off when I tried it @ Guerlain(bottle change is usually a BIG tipoff).
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    If someone can smell me at more than an arm's length away, I'm probably wearing too much of whatever I applied; if she can distinctly make out the top notes, then perhaps I left the house a bit too soon..

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    I tend to compliment people on their frags to make short talks rather than anything more meaningful.

    ¿Si o No?

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    Default Re: Common Factor Between Derby and Bandit

    So I just put on the most recent version of Bandit, and I was immediately struck by a similarity to the most recent formulation of Derby... It's crazy actually.

    I went to Basenotes to see if anyone had written anything and voila--Treeman you are totally right!! These two fragrances have quite a bit in common. Above all in the opening and ONLY in the recently reformulated versions.

    I think the similarities come from the combination of leather and carnation. They are both leather chypres, and the most recent version of Derby in particular has a hefty dose of carnation in the middle.

    Derby is "smoother" to my nose--the leather note is more well blended into the scent, whereas it sticks out more in Bandit and is slightly dustier in this incarnation--but Bandit could even be used as a cheaper alternative in my view. They are both excellent in their most recent formulations.

    Anyways, no Treeman you are not crazy!!

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    Default Re: Common Factor Between Derby and Bandit

    Oldschool-leather accord

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    Default Re: Common Factor Between Derby and Bandit

    I dont know which formulation I have, I normally dont care abt it either, as far as similarity betn Bandit & Derby, as Nasenmann mentioned, old school leather accord, with Derby being a bit more dirty / animalic...

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    Default Re: Common Factor Between Derby and Bandit

    Quote Originally Posted by treeman5823 View Post
    Do you know what I'm talking about?.......
    The bitter leather drydown.

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    Default Re: Common Factor Between Derby and Bandit

    Certainly the (rectified) birch tar. Birch smells of wintergreen, which doesn't all disappear when it's burnt and extracted. I mistook this for mint when I began my journey, but wintergreen/birch and mint are quite distinct if you smell them side by side, though they share a cooling aspect.

    I dislike that ingredient tremendously! Aggggghhhh

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