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    Quote Originally Posted by 30 Roses View Post
    I'm pretty leery of blind buys, unless they are very cheap.
    Same here, and even when they are cheap, I hesitate to buy because most blind buys for me have not turned out well.

    With that said, however, there is one fragrance that is the standout winner when it comes to my blind buy success stories, and that is Le Couvent des Minimes - Eau des Missions Botanical Cologne of the Missions. Truly unisex and smells so good, I wish it were edible.
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    Offsite sales: By Kilian Straight to Heaven, Heeley Coccobello, Vintage Tabarome, Selection Verte, Citrus Bigarrade), Tom Ford Noir de Noir, By Kilian Prelude to Love, Bond No. 9 Hamptons, Heeley Oranges & Lemons, L'Essence de Cerruti, Balenciaga Ho Hang Club, Reyane Insurrection, numerous popular SAMPLES! http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=260 and http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=626

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    Rundholz - total blind buy, had never even heard of it, but BF smelled it on a trip to Germany and just knew I would like it. He was right!

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    Luten's Sarrasins. A friend was in Paris and I asked for advice from basenotes friends as to the best exclusive to have brought back.
    That was a good blind buy!
    Currently wearing: Sahara Noir by Tom Ford

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    If we consider calling a purchase a blind buy after reading the reviews/notes, then half of my wardrobe will be in this category. Some of the notable blind buys:

    Most of my older Carons are blind buys: Fleurs de Rocaille, Infini, Narcisse Noir, Nuit de Noel, Violette Precieuse.

    Bal a Versaille (has a huge potential for a blind buy disaster ), Byzance by Rochas, Tocade by Rochas.

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    Datura Noir by SL - another potential blind buy disaster if the tuberose decides to disagree with you.

    Dzing! - this can turn into a circus for all the wrong reasons

    Encre Noir - I knew I would love this

    Grand Amour by Annick Goutal - turned out to become my personal grand amour floral.

    Rouge Eau Delicate by Hermes - an emotional blind buy linked to a loss of a dearest family member. One of my favourite fragrances with slightly bitter sweet memories.

    I will continue the practice of blind buys, but it can be equally nerve wrecking and tremendously rewarding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_Eyez View Post
    If we consider calling a purchase a blind buy after reading the reviews/notes, then half of my wardrobe will be in this category.
    That's what a blind buy is - buying a bottle without having smelled it. Reading reviews about it is what generally leads to blind buys, and you've got some great ones there so I'd say you're really good at it! You must have some reviewers you really trust, and also know your own preferences very well! Datura Noir was one of my recent impulse buys; I had only just barely sniffed it on the back of my hand when I decided to buy, but I had no doubt it would be beautiful from start to finish, and I was right - I just love it. Infini, Grand Amour and Rouge Eau Délicate are other favorites - I'm glad they all worked out for you so well!
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    My best blind buy: Diptyque Do Son. I was pretty sure I'd enjoy it based on my enjoyment of Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia, and based on Robin's NST review (I trust her nose completely) and some Basenotes reviews I decided to spring for a bottle during HauteLook's semi-recent sale. Plus, they were the Diptyque square bottles, and I didn't have one, and really wanted one. My expectations of Do Son as a beautiful, watery tuberose were met, and I absolutely love it!

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    Barbara Bui, definitely. Bought on a whim as it was only $10 (discontinued) liked it enough that I bought another $10 bottle. One is gone now, one has some left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    That's what a blind buy is - buying a bottle without having smelled it. Reading reviews about it is what generally leads to blind buys, and you've got some great ones there so I'd say you're really good at it! You must have some reviewers you really trust, and also know your own preferences very well! Datura Noir was one of my recent impulse buys; I had only just barely sniffed it on the back of my hand when I decided to buy, but I had no doubt it would be beautiful from start to finish, and I was right - I just love it. Infini, Grand Amour and Rouge Eau Délicate are other favorites - I'm glad they all worked out for you so well!
    Thank you, Evangeline.

    I've started my collection a number of years ago when New Zealand shops did not stock any SL or Annick Goutal scents (and they still don't as far as Annick Goutal is concerned according to my regular search expeditions). I had to rely on reviews and notes, plus essential oils for some notes, so I could train myself to recognise these notes in fragrances.

    Most of the niche perfumes are still a mystery to NZ consumers. Whatever is available is very highly priced (read " grossly overpriced"). And knowledgeable SAs are very hard to find. There are some perfume enthusiasts around NZ, but we don't really have a community or a split board. Although, numerous attempts have been made to establish a community and a split board.

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    200ml of each of these . Chanel 31 rue cambon, 28 la pausa , and bel Respiro. Grand total for all three . $150 shipped .
    Serious love for each.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willyb View Post
    200ml of each of these . Chanel 31 rue cambon, 28 la pausa , and bel Respiro. Grand total for all three . $150 shipped .
    Serious love for each.
    How and where on earth did you get all of those for 150 bucks?
    Currently wearing: Sahara Noir by Tom Ford

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    Right place, right time. Seller had no idea what they were selling.
    OFF SITE SALES, DECANTS ---Dior,Chanel MFK, MOLECULE 01* VINTAGE ANTAEUS*
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    Ambre 114. Delicious!
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    3. Perris Monte Carlo Oud Imperial Black
    4. Le Labo Patchouli 24
    5. Amouage Opus VII
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    Amouage Memoir! Was kinda nervous, but swooned at first spray
    Currently wearing: No. 23 by Ava Luxe

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    The old Mosque bottle Amouage Gold, the original 'Homage'.
    As others have mentioned - not entirely blind buys since their online reputations had preceded them.

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    Last year Murdock's Black tea & Patchouli Thanks to the glowing reviews by Jack Hunter.

    This year Marc de la Morandiere's Gengis Khan per Hednic's great input and research.

    Waiting on Bentley for men Intense which many on this thread have stated has been a Grand Slam for them.

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    In October-November 2013 for me, I'd say the new Arabian Series of four Parfums de Marly.
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    Oh, and I bought Bvlgari Au the Rouge blind and I fall more in love with it each time I wear it. Actually, I think I'll need to buy another bottle as it's been discontinued.

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    I've bought several TDC scents blind - Oriental Lounge and de Bachmakov were two excellent scores.
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    Only blind buy's I've ever made have been Pure Malt and Beloved Man, and Pure Malt is brilliant.

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    Montale Full Incense

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    I buy decants only, so my investments tend to be relatively small, which makes the fact that I have to buy most scents blind a bit easier for me to deal with. But the best one so far is definately Tauer's L'air de desert marocain. Amazing, fabulous, and I will buy that one again, no doubt.

    I always read online reviews before I buy a decant. Almost always. Well, always except once. I just bought a sampler of incense fragrances, all of which I've never smelled or heard of, but the price isn't high, and I like other incense fragrances so much that I figured, why not?

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    I have switched to the sample > decant > full bottle rule for my buying, but before then I did a bit of blind buying. My most successful was Parfum Sacre. I found an old black top bottle of it on ebay and immediately nabbed it. Score! I love this scent in the winter.

    However, I also blind bought Bandit and while I can appreciate it, it's just a bit too aggressive for me to wear often. That said, I'm glad it's in my wardrobe. I have to have a meeting with an ex-employee who stole clients, jobs and data from us before she walked out the door. You can bet I'm going to that meeting in Bandit.

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    Best blind buy: A bottle of Vintage Creed 'Angelique Encens'

    The most awful blind buy: Nu edp

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    Canyon Dreams by Keiko Mecheri
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    I think the worst blind buy I bought was Tommy Girl - not because it's a bad fragrance, but because it disappears on me as soon as I apply it. If I'd had the chance to try a sample first, I wouldn't have bought it. But luckily, it's not an expensive fragrance at all, so I didn't end up feeling bad about it.

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