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    Default Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    I came across this topic inside the Huddler Archive - a discussion about Oriza L. Legrand Parfums, Paris.

    http://www.basenotes.net/huddlerarchive/375910

    Furthermore, Kafkaesque praised the line inside her blog. Which prompted me to write a short blog article, today, mainly to direct the attention to the fact that a sample set can be ordered.

    http://www.basenotes.net/entries/10817-Chasing-the-past

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    The house produces a wonderful line of fragrances IMO. I am lucky to have many of theirs in my collection. Hope you get a chance to try them out. (290)
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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    Thanks Ursula, I read your blog and also the reviews Kafkaesque wrote. It sounds like a very respectful resurrection of the house and I am going to order a sample pack.
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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    Just a pity that my Oriza thread is still stuck in Huddler hell.
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    Been playing around with some samples from this line. Overall impression is that they're very natural, well made scents, but majority of them are just a bit too feminine and floral for me. Horizon (patchouli) and Deja Le Printemps (gorgeous fig) are the only two of the samples I've tried that I would wear. Perhaps Oeillet Louis XV could pass as unisex also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Barry View Post
    Just a pity that my Oriza thread is still stuck in Huddler hell.
    There were some very informative posts in that great thread you started. Hopefully it will be back soon.
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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    @ Hednic and Prince Barry -

    Well, you don't have to wait until the time is right for the BN software to comply and the thread will re-appear.

    Just start a new thread.
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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    Thanks for digging this up, and yes, do feel free to start a new discussion thread -- we can always merge the new with the old later. I'll be reading your thoughts on these later today.

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    I posted these comments on the previous thread, but I have changed my mind a bit since then. I had about three goes at sampling them and I think I have a better idea about what’s what.
    Horizon is probably my favourite at the moment. A lovely chocolate/cocoa and patchouli combo, reminding me of Serge Lutens’ Borneo. But much stronger and with an authentic period vibe.
    Chypre Mousse is aA very convincing, fresh, interesting fragrance. There is a strong resemblance to Terre de Bois by Miller Harris, which is one of my old favourites.
    Reve d’Ossian is probably one of the most original fragrances I’ve come across in a long time. One needs to work a bit on this one, but I did get it in the end.
    All three are very long lasting (especially Horizon) and with great sillage. There is a strong kinship between Reve d’Ossian and Horizon, especially in the middle development.
    Les Jardins d'Armide is a lovely floral powdery fragrance. I am not a huge fan of powdery perfumes, but this one is rather lovely. There is indeed a vague Guerlain-esque, L’Heure Bleu-ish accord somewhere, quite fleeting. Amazing projection and lasting power.
    Relique D’Amour is one I need to try again. After a first try, I am struggling with it and I seem to get a dominant turpentine smell, although there is a photorealistic recreation of a musty, moist and cold church or prayer book (or maybe of a reliquaire?) that transports me to a different place. The only thing is that I am not quite sure I want to be there – I’ve been to better smelling churches. Some of the reviewers mention lily, but I can’t detect it. Overall, an interesting exercise in perfumery, but I doubt that it will go on my wishlist.
    Deja Le Printemps is a more gentle green, organic fragrance. I need to give this one another try.
    Oillet Louis XV has somewhere a spicy carnation, but I also need to try this one again.
    I ordered one of their soaps with the set of samples (felt mean just ordering samples from a new company) and it smells great! I don’t think I am going to use it, it went into a drawer to fragrance cloths – my grandmother used to do that – and every time I open that drawer I get a lovely smell.
    I definitely want to buy one of them, but can’t quite make up my mind – hence the third round of sampling. Also, might want to wait to see how they smell in warmer weather.

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    Oillet Louis XV and Reve d’Ossian have recently become my preferred and the idea of using their soaps as a clothes scenter is excellent.
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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    I'm loving Oeillet Louis XV, that's on my FB Buy list; and am still working through the other samples.
    The sample pack is a great way to go!

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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    Tbh, there was too much work that people put into the previous Oriza thread, including excellent reviews from people. I won't be starting another thread on the subject.
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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    I called a Thanksgiving Day audible today and applied Oriza's Reve d'Ossian, from the sample package I received a few weeks ago. Wow is it good! I get incense, benzoin, sandalwood and myrrh. I'm sure there are other notes in here too that I'm not recognizing. Anyway, a wonderful scent for the holiday.

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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    I agree with hednic and james1051 above: Oeillet Louis XV is a stunning scent, and it is my favorite of the lot.

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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Barry View Post
    Tbh, there was too much work that people put into the previous Oriza thread, including excellent reviews from people. I won't be starting another thread on the subject.
    I understand your passion for not starting a duplicate on this because the original was epic and very well received by members. It was so informative. The wait to intricate the old format to this forum is hard to wait for I know. Hopefully, good news is forthcoming.

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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    The 7 samples from Oriza L. Legrand just came into my mailbox. Wow. These are generous samples. Not so tiny like those from LuckyScent. All in all, their sample pack is an excellent deal, almost too good to be true.

    So, I started with "Reve d'Ossian". Too much musk, although I had had high hopes for it.

    Yesterday, "Horizon". The formula from 1925 is allegedly unchanged (if that were possible? but maybe so if they say so). I was very pleased with "Horizon" ... it had an old-fashioned vintage vibe, pleasant as such as it seems typical, and at the same time it is modern. It has a cool vibe to it which menthol notes are disguised in a cloud of powder. Very wearable.

    Now, today, the great moment - let's get a little spray of the much written about "Chypre Mousse". Well, if one wants to fantasize about a walk through a great forest, with light filtered by tall trees coming down, a wet ground laden with mushrooms, and the whole stillness of nature, I think I can connect and dream like that. "Enchanted Forest" by Vagabond Prince tried that, but not to my nose. Not at all. "Chypre Mousse" is outstanding in quality. Whether you like chypres or not, you will have to admit that. I feel immersed in nature. Not an every day perfume, rather an experience.

    "Chypre Palatin" by MDCI Paris is somewhat similar in the muffled green notes with a steady companion of powder, and much more civilized. It is softer and rounder and could be worn elegantly anywhere.

    "Chypre Mousse" is raw, untamed, not really civilized. I would not know which clothing wardrobe to match to it.
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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    Today I received my sample set from Oriza L. Legrand. It came well packed and the inner envelope - closed with a nice monogrammed sticker - already smelled divine. I am really excited to test them.

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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    If you like vintage, all of the Oriza L. Legrand samples have that same Leitmotiv. I cannot quite put my finger on which note(s) exactly render that vintage feel. As far as wearing them everyday, only "Horizon" and "Deja Le Printemps" are modern. The other ones are more of a perfume experience ... to be part of. "Chypre Mousse" is especially demanding.
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    I felt extremely enthusiastic when I got my sample set and I thought that I was going to buy to or three bottles on the spot. I have had several rounds of testing since and I am a bit less certain now. To me, the most authentic vintage feel comes from Les Jardins d'Armide, which is also exceptionally strong and long lasting. However it is too feminine and too potent for me. Horizon is probably the one I like most at the moment, but it seems a bit more modern as a very pleasant gourmand and at the moment it is the only one that stayed on my wishlist for a whole bottle.
    I kept thinking about this vintage vibe - there is a very strong lead from the marketing, design and website in that direction, but I also feel that there is something authentic in all of the range and it is not easy to point out what that is. At the same time, there is also a modern treatment of Reve d'Ossian, Chypre Mousse, Deja le Printemps and Relique d'Amour as they are rather unconventional, experimental and bold.

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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    When I put on, "Horizon" and later on, "Deja le Printemps" ... I said to myself, "almost a Tauer". As if that hazy, muffled vibe (?powdery) - I lack the words here - describes the feeling.
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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    And not only that, another association just flashed through my scent memory mind. Vintage "Old Spice" ... yes, the type my father had on the bathroom shelf. That is this general "vintage feel" ... not modern and clean and brisk and bright. No, all of the Orizas are vintage struck.
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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    Oh dear, temptations abound. Now, on the website, they have a Limited Edition offer, about "Freshly Cut Hay". Only 100 bottles. Must I have one of those? Reason says, no. But take a look. (This User is not affiliated with Oriza L. Legrand.)

    http://www.orizaparfums.com/foin_en.html
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    I would buy instead a full bottle of any other you like enough and ask for a sample of Foin, which I hope doesn't have too much clary sage.
    We want a 'Niche' forum.

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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    Did anyone else sample these?

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    This house is now sold in NYC. One doesn't need to get them from their shop in Paris anymore.
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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    Where in NY, Hednic? It's good to know!

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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    Where in New York City? And besides, they may not have the complete line. The online purchase is really very easy, prompt and lovingly packaged.
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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian_Towers View Post
    I would buy instead a full bottle of any other you like enough and ask for a sample of Foin, which I hope doesn't have too much clary sage.

    Rest assured, clary sage is not prominent at all in Foin Fraîchement Coupé.

    This little gem had become my favorite from the line as soon as I had the good fortune to test it. Now I am the happy owner of a full bottle. I just cannot name any single green fragrance that I would cherish more than FFC. Some delightfully soapy echoes bring me back to my childhood. FFC is an instant feel-good scent. Every discerning lover of 'aromatic-realism' should better not miss it.

    Another great news: Oriza L. Legrand has just launched Muguet Fleuri in the same collection. I need to try it as a matter of urgency.

    Here is the olfactory score of Muguet Fleuri:

    Top Notes: Green Leaves, Wild Grass, Wild Muguet.
    Heart Notes: Galbanum, Angelica, Violet Leaves & Muguet des Bois.
    Base Notes: Lily of the Valley Bell Fresh, Oakmoss & Lys des Prés ... Comme Il Faut.

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    Default Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    Yeah, I tried FFC too, a soapy green accord from another era that lasts forever.

    Muguet Fleuri seems (more) interesting.
    We want a 'Niche' forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ursula View Post
    Where in New York City? And besides, they may not have the complete line. The online purchase is really very easy, prompt and lovingly packaged.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kagey View Post
    Where in NY, Hednic? It's good to know!
    Juju S'amuse - Their Lexington Avenue store. They have the entire line except for Foin (limited edition) & Muguet (newest one)
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