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    Scentfan, I am sampling a jasmine tonight that I'm finding quite intoxicating and thought I'd pass it along to you as a suggestion. Andy Tauer's Le Maroc Pour Elle. I wasn't expecting it to be so big on the jasmine and I couldn't say how it would compare to the others in your line-up but I can tell you that I keep catching the scent and having to bring my arm to my nose to drink it in more fully again and again. I'm finding it's taking me quite by surprise. I'll warn you that the opening notes are positively horrendous(someone described it as camel sweat!?). However, they evaporate within 5 minutes and the beauty begins to unfold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danieq View Post
    Scentfan, I am sampling a jasmine tonight that I'm finding quite intoxicating and thought I'd pass it along to you as a suggestion. Andy Tauer's Le Maroc Pour Elle. I wasn't expecting it to be so big on the jasmine and I couldn't say how it would compare to the others in your line-up but I can tell you that I keep catching the scent and having to bring my arm to my nose to drink it in more fully again and again. I'm finding it's taking me quite by surprise. I'll warn you that the opening notes are positively horrendous(someone described it as camel sweat!?). However, they evaporate within 5 minutes and the beauty begins to unfold.
    Thanks, danieq. Sounds intriguing. I'll put in a request for a sample with my Jasmin Full.

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    So good to see you got to my beloved Nuda. She really is for private moments, the scent of jasmine kissed slept in skin. Will have to buy a back up of this as it's been dis-bloody-continued. Really enjoying reading Yasmin's reactions
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    To your already impressive list, ScentFan, I would like to add Jasmin Kâma by Rania J. I have not sampled it yet but it reportedly is beautiful and centres on Egyptian jasmine.
    I tried to find a sample, but couldn't. If you can point me to one, I'll get it.
    It seems to be online-purchase only, except of some European countries.
    Check out Essenza Nobile, they do Rania J. and I can highly recommend their service. Apparently they dispatch samples to the US for 5€ shipping costs. http://shop.essenza-nobile.de/Shipping-Costs.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xscent View Post
    So good to see you got to my beloved Nuda. She really is for private moments, the scent of jasmine kissed slept in skin. Will have to buy a back up of this as it's been dis-bloody-continued. Really enjoying reading Yasmin's reactions
    Yes. I found both Nuda and Narcotic Venus great, especially Nuda. What an achievement. If you haven't tried Narcisso Rodriquez for her, you might like it. It's Nuda on steroids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mia von trost View Post
    It seems to be online-purchase only, except of some European countries.
    Check out Essenza Nobile, they do Rania J. and I can highly recommend their service. Apparently they dispatch samples to the US for 5€ shipping costs. http://shop.essenza-nobile.de/Shipping-Costs.html
    Thanks. I had to order all the Rani J samples to get it, but I'm interested in what this designer has done.

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    WOODS 2

    Jasmin Noir by Bvlgari (Oriental Floral, F; Woods, D) The Eunuch hands Yasmin a small papyrus scroll. She knows it's from the sultan. Yasmin unrolls it and catches her breath. "Beautiful one, I adore you. How I ache to make you mine, yet you spurn me. The eunuch will bring four more trays of rare perfumes. I send these glories for your pleasure. Sniff each one. On the night of the last tray, I bid you bathe in your favorite for I will come to you, my love. This time I will not go away." Yasmin drops the scroll and runs to her balcony, scanning the sky. Where is her true love? Where his magic carpet? Things are getting serious, so I'd better sniff for Yasmin in case her delay upsets the darned sultan. Okay, she's got to smell this. The Eunuch goes out to her and she takes the bottle from his hand and sniffs. "Ah, exquisite creation," she cries to the bottle. "Why enchant me so with your (uh, quick..looking it up)...with your green plants juice, your gardenia, Sambac Jasmine, almonds, precious woods, liquorice (liquorice?) and Tonka accords." A tear forms in her eye as she sniffs this dark beauty. I feel like crying, too. Am I going to have to buy a truckfull of perfumes? (Maybe I should make a perfume budget after all.) This scent is wonderful. Its ingredients blend in bliss

    Jasmin Impératrice Eugénie by Creed (Floral, D; Floral Woody Musk, F) "It's just no fair!" Yasmin announces when she samples this. I understand her. Years ago I stood in dismay before a Creed counter, knowing nothing about the contents of the shining bottles. Valiantly the staff handed me papers and squirted my arms. No effect. Finally, the senior clerk came and asked if there was a scent I particularly like. "Jasmine," I replied. "Aha!" he said, smiling, and brought me this. Instantly, I was a goner and so is Yasmin, seduced by this brilliant perfume. It has projection, longevity and sillage and what it's projecting is divine. My nose is in ecstasy. Wait, can I still be thinking of Jasmin Noir? I go back for a re-sniff and find it more delicate. Back to Creed and re-sniff. Ah, the empress reigns. One day I'll compare all my personal favorites. I'll be shocked if this Creed doesn't win. Anyone who interferes with its heavenly formulation needs to be jailed. What's in it? I don't care. [Okay: Bergamot, lemon, jasmine, rose, amber, sandalwood, vanilla). Yasmin has no defense. She takes it from the tray.

    Jasmin 17, EdP, Le Labo (Floral Woody Musk, F; U Floral D) Just weeks ago I walked into Saks and discovered Le Labo. Whatever I'd gone in to buy, didn't get bought. Instead, I sat at the counter a long time, sniffing and watching them mix my purchases, but I don't remember this. I'm afraid it means I didn't love Jasmine 17. Let's see. It begins with a burst of citrus which hangs around, making me want to go eat oranges. The jasmine's there and some other stuff, but this just makes me hungry. There's nothing wrong with it, nothing sneeze-worthy, but it's not a perfume. It's an appetizer. Yasmin smells it, puts it back and starts to order lunch, but the eunuch reminds here there's one more on the tray.

    Jasmin et Cigarette by Etat Libre d’Orange (Woody Floral Musk, F; Dry Woods, D) I encountered this lady on another sniff. Let's see what Yasmin thinks. This perfume reminds Yasmin of her golden water pipe (hookah), her ḡalyān, back home. Smoking is frowned upon here in the sultan's court, but she and her ladies were smoking theirs when the sultan's army invaded her kingdom. Unfortunately, her side lost. How terrifying when his eunuchs entered the harem and ordered the women to remove their veils. How undignified to be hoisted onto someone's stallion (fine though it was) and carried to the sultan as a prize of war. Princesses, even conquered ones, deserved better than that. Yasmin sniffs, thinking of home. I sniff, too, thinking of silk stockings and smoky jazz clubs. Ingredients: Jasmine absolute, tobacco, hay, apricot, tonka bean, turmeric, cedar, amber, musk. It's actually quite nice. I'd wear this to a sporting event.

    Until the next tray...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    Thank you for your informative post.

    Ones worth seeking samples of that aren't on the list:

    Donna Karan Jasmine

    Lust by Lush a *big* jasmine


    Good luck with your sniffs.
    Finally found Lust by Lush and someone's sending me a Donna Karan sample. Thanks for the suggestions, kalli.
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    I do have the Narisco Rodriguez for her in EdP, read your review and went to try it. So this one was completely your fault There is still something about Nuda though, just strikes a chord with me.
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    FLORALS 4

    Olène by Diptyque (U Floral, D; Floral, F) Oh, lovely! It's instantly bewitching, like a fresh breeze up my nostrils. Must get in the habit of searching for the notes instead of simply being seduced or repulsed. Okay, citrus and perhaps green, the indolic Jasmine and at least one other floral honeysuckle? I'm thinking patchouli in the base and amber? Let's see: Perfume Intelligence just says it's a crisp floral fragrance. Fragrantica says: top is narcissus and honeysuckle (score one, take off for the citrus). Mid: wisteria and Jasmine. Base: green notes (score one) and white flowers. Okay, C+. Yasmin almost collapses under the beauty. Forlornly she goes out to her balcony, scanning the sky, not caring that she's left the eunuch waiting. She sees something? Is it possible at long last? She's certain a magic carpet approaches in the sky. Then she realizes he won't come in daylight. Just in case, she runs in and orders the eunuch to leave the tray. She'll send for him when she's finished. As for me, this goes on my buy list.

    [Coffee Beans]

    Organza Jasmine Recolte Harvest 2005 by Givenchy (Floral, F) I added these out of curiosity. They must be special for Givenchy to have showcased the Jasmine from that year. Musical accompaniment is in order, I think. Ravel's Bolero again. A subtle masterpiece. Appealing. Why doesn't it make me close my eyes? My brain says it should by my heart isn't moved. What's in it? Plum, Peach, Orange Blossom, Violet, Ylang Ylang, Indian Jasmine 2005, Tuberose, Black Currant, Nutmeg, Cedar, Musk, Sandalwood, Vanilla. Maybe my nose is too new to appreciate it. You'd think something would stand out. Well, maybe it does. Floral smoothness does, understated beauty. I almost said a lovely cloud but to me there's not enough presence to form a cloud. Nice, though. Yasmin ignores it, impatiently scanning the skies, her anticipation rising like the Bolero.

    [Coffee Beans]

    Organza Jasmine Recolte Harvest 2007 by Givenchy (Floral, F) This cloud has something more. Orange, I think, makes itself known, along with florals like before. This time I smell the wood. What's in it? Why do the indvidual notes once again seem to vanish? Notes include: honeysuckle, rosewood, gardenia and iris, jasmine, and ylang-ylang. Yawn. I mean I think I mistook the honeysuckle for orange. Oh well. Perhaps these were limited editions because nobody wanted to buy them? I call Yasmin, but once again she doesn't come.

    [Coffee Beans]

    Sarrasins by Serge Lutens (Floral, F) Drum roll. I've been waiting for her. Wow, what an animalic top note, you naughty, racy thing. Let me spray you on a paper. All right, for anyone into the barnyard this is the one. It's not just any old barnyard It's situated between verdant flower fields and the palace. There's a magic forest near. Lords take their ladies there to gambol secretly about. It has enough projection to be the signal, ala when you smell this, meet me in the meadow. I take off my hat in tribute, but I'm not sure I'll buy. I like my barnyards carpeted and these woods (or is that spice) are awfully bright. Eventually, there could be some sneezing going on. What's in it? Total contradictions on the internet. I pick the description in Bois de Jasmine: "Initial burst of citrus and wintergreen notes to the dry, leathery base....The effect of warm leather saddles and animal breath is given mainly by castoreum, a material derived from the scent glands of male beavers." Add florals and you've got Sarrasins, but it doesn't slide up my nose. Can't sniff any more or I really will sneeze.

    {Coffee beans-water]

    Jasmine by Malak Perfumes (Floral, Green?) So fresh, so green, I sniff until I'm near hyperventilation. It reminds me of Demeter's Jasmine except, if I'm recalling correctly, this is more lush, more pretty. What a nice Jasmine. Nothing sneezeworthy. I smells altogether natural, whether it actually is or not. A potential buy.

    [Coffee beans]

    Magnetic Scent Untitled #1 (Floral) Yasmin servant runs in to warn of the eunuch's approach. However, Yasmin notices the servant won't meet her gaze. She has a guilty secret. Yasmin demands to know it, orders her to spill the beans. Blushing in anguish, the girl confesses Alladin has been seen on his magic carpet, all right, giving local girls a ride. Can this be true? Yasmin faints. The eunuch enters with a new golden tray, holding only this untitled scent. The sultan hastened his perfumers to create it just now. Has he heard the rumor about Alladin too? To revive Yasmin, the eunuch puts the new perfume to her nose. Her eyes open. She speaks. "Do I smell chocolate?" Slowly he raises the botlle and her nose greedily follows it. "What's in it? Tell me!" she demands. He answers, "Jasmine Sambac, absinth oil, ginger lily CO2 extract, cocoa absolut." Jasmine grabs the bottle, spills some on her hand and plasters the hand to her nose, talking, "Leave the bottle, send him my compliments, but tell him this doesn't change anything." Maybe not, but it goes on my buy list.

    Next installment...the final tray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xscent View Post
    I do have the Narisco Rodriguez for her in EdP, read your review and went to try it. So this one was completely your fault There is still something about Nuda though, just strikes a chord with me.
    Oops! Hope you like it then. Yes, Nuda is haunting. To me, Narciso doesn't haunt, it obsesses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    FLORALS 4

    Oops! Hope you like it then. Yes, Nuda is haunting. To me, Narciso doesn't haunt, it obsesses.
    NR is wonderful! I never regret a fragrance buy. I just enjoy or give to someone who will. I need to wear NR more often I'm in a Chanel rut at the moment.

    Is Rodin Olio Lusso on your list to try? I haven’t yet sniffed the perfume version but I do use the body oil and the scent is divine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xscent View Post
    NR is wonderful! I never regret a fragrance buy. I just enjoy or give to someone who will. I need to wear NR more often I'm in a Chanel rut at the moment.

    Is Rodin Olio Lusso on your list to try? I haven’t yet sniffed the perfume version but I do use the body oil and the scent is divine.
    Stick around baby......we'll sort that out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Roses View Post
    Stick around baby......we'll sort that out!

    Hope you and everyone is having a wonderful weekend!
    Hehe Sea Roses nursing my head at the moment from a very good Saturday night. ScentFan forgot to mention the entire Rodin Olio line is available at Luckyscent
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xscent View Post
    NR is wonderful! I never regret a fragrance buy. I just enjoy or give to someone who will. I need to wear NR more often I'm in a Chanel rut at the moment.

    Is Rodin Olio Lusso on your list to try? I haven’t yet sniffed the perfume version but I do use the body oil and the scent is divine.
    Never even heard of it! Thanks. So grateful that Basenotes exists. How else quickly and easily learn about the good stuff? Two months ago, I didn't really know the big names in perfume, much less any of the good niche houses. Now Guerlain, Tauer, Serge Lutens, etc., roll off my tongue. Most exciting is to identify and try so many good Jasmine perfumes all at once. S.O. says he loves to watch my expressions as I sniff new ones! Can't wait to complete the sniffing and compile a final buy list for my new Jasmine wardrobe. It's thrilling to have discovered perfumes of such beauty. Rodin Olio Lusso, you say? ...

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    Great jasmine research!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan;2999121[B
    Jasmin Impératrice Eugénie by Creed[/B] (Floral, D; Floral Woody Musk, F) "It's just no fair!" Yasmin announces when she samples this. I understand her. Years ago I stood in dismay before a Creed counter, knowing nothing about the contents of the shining bottles. Valiantly the staff handed me papers and squirted my arms. No effect. Finally, the senior clerk came and asked if there was a scent I particularly like. "Jasmine," I replied. "Aha!" he said, smiling, and brought me this. Instantly, I was a goner and so is Yasmin, seduced by this brilliant perfume. It has projection, longevity and sillage and what it's projecting is divine. My nose is in ecstasy. Wait, can I still be thinking of Jasmin Noir? I go back for a re-sniff and find it more delicate. Back to Creed and re-sniff. Ah, the empress reigns. One day I'll compare all my personal favorites. I'll be shocked if this Creed doesn't win. Anyone who interferes with its heavenly formulation needs to be jailed. What's in it? I don't care. [Okay: Bergamot, lemon, jasmine, rose, amber, sandalwood, vanilla). Yasmin has no defense. She takes it from the tray.
    This is a favorite of mine, too. SOOOO beautifully old-school. A lot of the guys here rave about the old Tabarôme as one of Creed's finest old-schoolers, but I think this one has even more gravitas!
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    I'm a huge Sarrasins fan, and am intrigued by the different experiences different noses have with this. For me, it is in no way sneeze inducing, and I wouldn't call any of its notes bright. I get more vegetal than animal stink from it, stemmy greenness and fruity osmanthus. In a word, velvety.
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    Thank you for the reviews. Now I got to try Creed Jasmin Imperatrice Eugenie. I bypassed Creed these days because I think their man's fragrance offerings are a lot stronger than woman's.

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    Great reviews! Fabulous reading.
    So many great jasmine scents. Your descriptions are vivid. Your comments are honest and fair.
    Even if you don't like something, you've described it so aptly that someone else might be enchanted by it and try it.
    Jasmine Imperatrice Eugenie has long been on my must-buy list, but I'm afraid because I don't know if it has been changed by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Great jasmine research!!!

    Thanks!

    This is a favorite of mine, too. SOOOO beautifully old-school. A lot of the guys here rave about the old Tabarôme as one of Creed's finest old-schoolers, but I think this one has even more gravitas!
    Another one I haven't heard of! Will check it out.

    Quote Originally Posted by jujy54 View Post
    I'm a huge Sarrasins fan, and am intrigued by the different experiences different noses have with this. For me, it is in no way sneeze inducing, and I wouldn't call any of its notes bright. I get more vegetal than animal stink from it, stemmy greenness and fruity osmanthus. In a word, velvety.
    Don't be the least distressed. You're right. So am I. That's the thing about perfumes. I see no substitute for trying it for oneself. Look at the folks who love broccoli and hate broccoli, etc. Our noses are as personal as our taste buds. In my case, there's definitely an ingredient in several popular perfumes that makes me want to sneeze. I must be allergic or super sensitive to whatever it is. Certainly not everyone's going to have that sensitivity, otherwise the perfume couldn't have succeeded so well. For me, Basenotes recommendations mean this may be a scent worth investigating. No way to tell if I'll love or hate it until I smell for myself. I just know it's worth the effort and time to sample and form an opinion. For me, that's plenty enough.

    Quote Originally Posted by sunflower77 View Post
    Thank you for the reviews. Now I got to try Creed Jasmin Imperatrice Eugenie. I bypassed Creed these days because I think their man's fragrance offerings are a lot stronger than woman's.
    IMO, it's definitely worth at least a sniff. No opinion on the line as a whole, yet, because Jasmin Imperatrice is the only Creed I know, except for Jasmal that I just tried.

    Quote Originally Posted by purplebird7 View Post
    Great reviews! Fabulous reading.
    So many great jasmine scents. Your descriptions are vivid. Your comments are honest and fair.
    Even if you don't like something, you've described it so aptly that someone else might be enchanted by it and try it.
    Jasmine Imperatrice Eugenie has long been on my must-buy list, but I'm afraid because I don't know if it has been changed by now.
    Thanks. i just bought a backup Jasmin which turns out to be fairly new. It smells just as terrific as my bottle that's years old. Wait, let me do a quick sniff comparison. Well, I don't know how they managed with all the new regulations, but their top and mid notes smell very close. The new one may even smell a tad better than the old. On the drydown, the old is stronger, more indolic, more longevity. The new is still quite nice, though I don't want to keep my nose in my arm as long. This makes me want to hunt down a pre-2009 bottle. However, if I smelled the new without knowing about the old, I'd certainly buy it.

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    Exactly, ScentFan! Agree, too w/purplebird; you are an adept reporter of your experience that leaves room for the readers judgment.
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    Glad to see you l liked Olene I was wondering what you'd think about it. A full properly indolic jasmine, in my opinion. Although it doesn't pull at my heartstrings like A La Nuit does.

    Now I want to sample the Montale. Sounds lovely.
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    CHYPRES

    Some of these are already in my Learning Chypres thread, but I'll re-sniff here because my nose is hopefully a bit more experienced now.

    Bottega Venetta, EdP, Bottega Veneta (Chypre Floral,F) The eunuch arrives with what was to be the final tray, but tells Jasmine to relax. The sultan is awaiting a few stragglers for her to try. Nice fragrance. I think I smell bergamot, wood, that tangy resin note that I think is labdanum? Not sure. I don't smell oakmoss, or at least not much. Maybe the wood is patchouli. The Jasmine's there. Nice, but it doesn't floor me. The house calls it a leathery floral chypre. It has: "bermagot, Brazilian pink pepper, Indian Sambac jasmine, oak moss, patchouli and Indian patchouli, with a distinct leather accord." The pepper bothers my nose a bit, but this is an otherwise pleasant fragrance that to me misses being distinctive because the ingredients seem to cancel each other out. Maybe it needs more than one floral to stand up to the earthy, woody, leather notes and the spice. I'm guessing some men might like it as well as women who don't prefer overly floral pretty perfumes. For me, I almost think the grandiflorum would have been better here because it would lend some lushness. Yasmin's still sniffing Magnetic Scent Untitled #1.

    [Coffee beans. Yasmin managed to get one up her nose. Mental note: best not to cry while sniffing, (or sniff hard close to the beans).]

    Cuir de Lancôme by Lancôme (Dry Woods,D; Chypre Floral, F) I can see why someone would wear this. It's a truly classy scent. I'm thinking black and white floor tiles, elevators in art deco buildings. It's not baldly sexy or alluring, doesn't draw you in, so much as announce its wearer's presence. Madam has arrived, look sharp. This would be a young madam, someone self-assured and rich. Not Marlene Dietrich, but Betty Davis. Yet this is a relatively new fragrance. Modeled on classic ideas? Per Fragrantica; "Top notes are mandarin orange, saffron and bergamot; middle notes are patchouli, hawthorn, jasmine and ylang-ylang; base notes are orris root, birch and styrax." It dries down very pleasantly but, again, for me, the florals are nearly overwhelmed by the rest. Ah, now I remember that cuir in the name means leather. So this perfume is exactly what it intends to be. Yasmin has reapplied Magnetic Scent Untitled #1, feeling a bit curious about why the sultan isn't wooing her with this tray's perfumes.

    Éclat de Jasmin by Armani Privé (Floral, D; Chypre Floral, F) Mmm, the one I like best so far in this group. Looking up its ingredients: "bergamot, plum, lemon, jasmine, osmanthus, Bulgarian rose, patchouli, amber, vetiver." I like six of them very much in perfumes. Need to get reality on osthmanthus (a floral described as apricot, black tea and leather here: http://www.nstperfume.com/2012/03/20...of-the-bottle/), and sniff vetiver again (ah, right, grassy green). Back to sniffing. This is actually an interesing fragrance, a cross between a floral and an earthy wood. The citrus top notes brighten it. The florals lend beauty (I'm thinking the osmanthus tones down the rose and jasmine), and the rest ground it. I admire it, but don't think I'd wear it. Whatever it is that makes my eyes close isn't here. But it's very nice. I stopped at the Armani counter at Neiman's and smelled this entire collection. The one that stood out for me was Pierre de Lune, which I think is more floral. Wish I had a sample. Oh, I do. It's just hiding somewhere. Yasmin sniffs Éclat and puts it back.

    Jasmine White Moss EdP by Estée Lauder Private Collection (Mossy Woods, D) Oh, nice. No eye closing, but I like this. It's a fragrance I'd expect to -- and perhaps did -- smell at an elegant ladies club, everyone chatting with this month's guest speaker. I smell Jasmine and moss, like it says in the name. There's also citrus and perhaps patchouli or sandalwood, maybe amber? Something green? Let's see: The house says it's a green floral chypre, white flowers surrounded by moss and fifteen 100% pure natural fragrance Absolutes. In short, no telling what's in here, but after a while there's that something that doesn't agree with me, either pepper or ...I just don't know. Interesting that Estée began its creation in the 80's and granddaughter completed it. This perfume has appeal that I hope to learn how to classify. Giving it a stab: it's for the kind of women found on the boards of charities (actually, such women might wear many of these Jasmines). Yasmin continues sniffing Magnetic Scent Untitled #1. S.O., seeing my rapture when I tried it has already ordered a bottle and reports that it costs less to get it overseas than here: http://www.magnetic-scent.com/product/untitled-1/. Guess I'm dropping blatant hints. Wouldn't want this heavenly creation to (gasp, faint) vanish for want of customers. Perhaps I should buy another bottle, just in case. Yasmin's trying to decide how to ask the sultan to have his perfumers mix more, without making him think she's interested.

    Lady Caron EdP by Caron (Mossy Woods, D; Chypre Floral F) Elegant name from a sophisticated house. Making sure she stores it carefully so nothing can possibly happen to it, Yasmin puts away the aforementioned MSU#1, closes her eyes on this one and starts going, "Mmm, mmm," as she sniffs. It has the distinctive features of chypre without giving up the lushness of indolic florals. Who'd wear this? The Valide Sultan, no doubt, or another queen, a diva on opening night. Yasmin can't explain why she likes it. Looking up its notes: "Top notes are magnolia, jasmine and neroli; middle notes are tuberose, raspberry, peach and rose; base notes are sandalwood and oakmoss." No wonder. It's the florals, and sandalwood, the fruit. Now when I re-sniff I smell the magnolia and neroli. Not familiar with tuberose yet so I can't pick it out. Guess I'd better get some in. The kit doesn't have it. I saw it described as dramatic, so maybe the lushest note is tuberose. This perfume is very appealing, but it doesn't seduce -- beneath its dignity. Yasmin, only 20, thinks she's too young for this. I agree.

    Sous le Vent Guerlain (Mossy Woods,D; Chypre Floral, F) I've also reviewed this somewhere, but since Yasmin hasn't tried it, here we go. Oh, yes, wind (how do they do that?), the green outdoors. This a fresh, mossy scent for an active woman, one on the way to climb a moutain, or..wait, can that be right? Guerlain formulated this for Josephine Baker, the hottest thing in Paris at the time. She was seen as an exotic, but she also was a very independent, enterprising, stand-on-your-own-two feet sort, who helped the French resistance during WWII. Guerlain must have known her well. No fainting violet her. She's just the type of woman this perfume seems designed for. Ingredients: "lavender, tarragon and bergamot; middle notes are green notes, jasmine and carnation; base notes are iris and woodsy notes." The drydown does remind me a bit of the Caribbean (the French call the Leeward Islands Sous le Vent). Josephine Baker wasn't from there, but that's how they pictured her, probably because of her famous banana dance. Yasmin, who's never been allowed to stand on her own two feet and whose heart yearns only for love, says she's not ready for this quite yet. Putting it to my nose once more, this is a work of art -- not for lover-of-things-ultra-beautiful me, but this is great.

    Yasmin's servant having confirmed Alladin's frolicks, questioned the eunuch at Yasmin's bidding. Does the sultan know? Yes, she's learned. Suddenly on a gust of wind, the sound of flapping. Thankfully, it is late and the eunuch has gone. Yasmin turns to see Aladdin's carpet land on her balcony. Off he steps, looking handsome and innocent as the dawn. "Yasmin," he calls, and rushes to embrace her. No softie she, though her heart breaks, Yasmin is impassive as he approaches. She stares at the carpet and seeing a long, brown hair (her hair is black and Aladdin's is short) sidesteps his arms and bends to pick it up. She places it in his hand and retires, as he wretchedly calls her name.

    Until the truly final tray ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    CHYPRES

    Yasmin continues sniffing Magnetic Scent Untitled #1. S.O., seeing my rapture when I tried it has already ordered a bottle and reports that it costs less to get it overseas than here: http://www.magnetic-scent.com/product/untitled-1/. Guess I'm dropping blatant hints. Wouldn't want this heavenly creation to (gasp, faint) vanish for want of customers. Perhaps I should buy another bottle, just in case. Yasmin's trying to decide how to ask the sultan to have his perfumers mix more, without making him think she's interested.
    Very concerning that such a thing might get discontinued like my beloved Nuda so I have ordered a bottle. Another Christmas present for me from me. I love Christmas.
    We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting. ~Kahlil Gibran
    Currently wearing: Sycomore (new) by Chanel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xscent View Post
    Very concerning that such a thing might get discontinued like my beloved Nuda so I have ordered a bottle. Another Christmas present for me from me. I love Christmas.
    LOL! Me, too. I'm having perfume Christmas all over the place. I cracked up at your "dis-bloody-continued." That was Nuda? OMG, you're right. It says so on Luckyscent. Went to buy. It's très expensive $/ml. I'm doing a final Jasmine Sniff-Off of my loves and likes. If it makes the finals, I'll just have to belly up.

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    Nuda is in extrait concentration and lasts a good while. A couple of sprays for bed last night I'm still getting some wafts of that wonderful jasmine this morning. Belly up! It's worth it, I'm in back up mode now.
    We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting. ~Kahlil Gibran
    Currently wearing: Sycomore (new) by Chanel

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    Hello, ScentFan and the other BN contributors - I am a little late to the table but would like to add one of my favorites. And it is a Jasmine scent. In a neighbor website discussion group, I was so enchanted that I wrote a blog article about it and that had replies of members equally convinced. The discussion group has a German site, and one of the girls was testing samples, and could not stop sniffing, and as she is engaged and now prepares her wedding with the perfect dress she is so happy that she thinks she found the perfect scent. I encouraged her to save for the full and expensive bottle.

    So this was the introduction of the scent which may be flying under the radar system. It was a vintage scent and is now reformulated and re-issued and that is what we are sniffing and experiencing. Without further ado, let me bring in

    ISABEY - La Route d'Emeraude

    One of the most gorgeous jasmine scents I have ever smelled. Jasmine is a difficult note to deal with and often the indolic nature spoils the effect, but here that note is masterfully dealt with.

    LuckyScent (the scoop) describes it better than I.
    http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/secti...2Emeraude.html
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    Yes that whole Isabey line went under my radar. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Thanks, Urusula. I have it right here. Someone mentioned it on BN (may have been you) and I acquired a sample. Can't wait for the rest to arrive so I can resume the sniff-fest.

    Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile (Decant shop sample)
    Donna Karen Jasmine (from july54)
    Drama Nuui -put (Luckyscent sample)
    *La Route d'Emeraude by Isabey
    Le Maroc Pour Elle by Tauer - (Lucky scent sample)
    Lust by Lush - ordered from Lush
    Psychotrope by PG - (Lucky scent sample)
    Rodin Olio Lusso - (Lucky scent sample)
    Jasmin Kama by Rani J - ordered from Essenza Nobile

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    I can't wait to see what you think of Psychotrope, that one has piqued my interest thanks to the wonderful sea roses. Might be another couple of Christmas present heading my way out of this batch. Btw Rodin Olio Lusso body oil and face oil is fab (skincare junkie too).
    We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting. ~Kahlil Gibran
    Currently wearing: Sycomore (new) by Chanel

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    Hearing that Yasmin is disconsolate, the sultan urges his perfumers to hasten their work, yet they only manage to produce three additional flasks. The sultan tells the eunuch not to wait. Take them to Yasmin The eunuch enters her rooms with his golden tray.

    "Honored Princess--" he begins.
    She interrupts. "You mean Captive Princess, a mere slave, like you."
    "Perhaps, but no one sends me rare perfumes to sample."
    Regretting her sharp tongue, Yasmin rises to sniff the first flask.

    Le Maroc Pour Elle by Tauer (Oriental Floral, F; Floral, D) Mmm, so, so pleasant. Not obvious. Nothing shouts. Something citrusy at the start. There's Jasmine and wood. Perhaps a tad of spice. A civilized oriental, but not an unforgettable one. Yasmin returns it to the tray while I look up the notes. Top: Moroccan petit-grain, red mandarin, French Lavendar. Mid: Moroccan rose absolute, Moroccan jasmine absolute. Base: Moroccan Cedar, Patchouli, Sandalwood. It's one of those perfumes I can find nothing wrong with, but nothing spectacularly right.

    Drama Nuui by Parfumerie Générale (Floral, D; Aromatic Spicy, F) Yasmin's eyes close as she sniffs. She hears someone play the stringed instrument called a Persian Tar and thinks of Alladin, whom she has refused to see. Yasmin is a purist in love and, as she's discovering, a purist in perfumes. The more it smells like blooming Jasmine, the better. Yes, this one has citrus. She thinks she smells a bit of rose. There's wood and perhaps amber. All support the narcotic flower as if to make it somehow more itself. She takes the flask, her broken heart consoled by ... looking it up ... Petit-grain, absinthe, jasmine, spices, gaiac wood, sandalwood, musk, all in perfect balance. I add Drama Nuui to my possible buy list.

    La Route d'Emeraude by Isabey (Oriental Floral, F) The sultan enters as Yasmin sniffs this bigger floral, holding back tears. Guessing at her sorrow, he sends the eunuch to tell the court musicians to stop playing. He points out that even if her kingdom had not been conquered, her parents would have arranged her marriage and it could easily have been with him, but certainly not with that rascal, Aladdin. Yasmin nods that this is true and asks what's in this last, beautiful scent of the day. He replies: Bergamot, Rose Cinnamon, sambac Jasmine, Maroc Jasmine Absolute, Orange Flower, Tuberose, Amber, Benzoin, Vanilla, Musk. "Then it's an Oriental," she says. "Yes," he replies, "a citrus, green, or fruity top note, amber, vanilla and musk added to the florals make it so (according to the Fragrance Wheel)."

    "I am hypnotized," she says. "So am I," he replies and holds out a rope of pearls. As for me, this goes on my possible buy list.

    Yasmin sniffs them all again. "Three such different scents you send, the first a warm, dry Moroccan; the second blooming jasmine and the third a flower garden." He replies, "Tthree similarly different things am I, a conqueror, a sultan, and a man in love."
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    ScentFan - you write so nice ... it is a pleasure to read.
    There are no answers, only choices. (Stanislav Lem)

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    Gelsomino by Galimard (Floral) Her balcony now guarded by high plants to prevent the landing of magic carpets, Yasmin is surprised to hear a male voice, "Try this, my love," followed by the sound of something dropping. She goes out, sees a heavily wrapped package, opens it and--without looking up--sniffs. "It's a simple oriental, I believe," she says. She has learned well from the sultan. "I smell a citrus opening, vanilla and musk in the base, perhaps some amber or other resin. However, the Jasmin is overwhelmed by the Tuberose. It is not a fine perfume." From above she hears, "What? It was one of Princess Grace's favorites!" Yasmin humphs. "Then I suggest you fly to Monaco." She hears a sigh, then, "It was my sister's hair!" Knowing the trickery of men, Yasmin goes inside. For me, this perfume is just a tad too sweet, but I really admire its lack of fuss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ursula View Post
    ScentFan - you write so nice ... it is a pleasure to read.
    Thanks! I do always find myself telling stories.

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    Ma Faute by Galimard. The next day, two more packages drop on Yasmin's balcony. She sniffs the first and nods. "Well, this is more like it, anyway, " she says without looking up."It's light, like a cologne, but the notes are exactly those I enjoy: bergamot, jasmine, rose, lily and patchouli, amber, musk and vanilla. I'll use it during my bath."

    Yavana by Galimard. "I don't know precisely why I like this, but I do," Yasmin says. "I recognize the base: musk, amber and vanilla, but not the florals though they're nice. I think there's bergamot but something else as well. It's also light, but sophisticated." Looking it up: bergamot, lemon, carnation, lily, spice, moss, amber, vanilla. "Where did you get these?" she calls. "Grasse," comes the reply. "You flew to France and didn't bring me a Caron?!" Yasmin humphs and goes inside, not wavering for a seducer by magic carpet.
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    ScentFan, l like Yasmin more & more each day.
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