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    Post Niche fragrance testing (samples) - pt2

    Ok, guys!

    As you know, my previous topic (http://www.basenotes.net/t/377921/ni...g#post_3121221) is not available yet. You can see all the fragrances tested here:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/371...=1#post3002759



    So, I decided to create another to let you know the results of the new package!

    Just to remind the fragrance list for this topic:


    Amouage:
    - Lyric Man
    - Reflection Man
    - Jubilation XXV Man
    - Gold Woman
    - Lyric Woman


    By Kilian:
    - A Taste of Heaven
    - Liaisons Dangereuses


    Chanel:
    - Sycomore (Les Exclusifs)


    Commes des Garcons:
    - Wonderwood
    - 2
    - 2 MAN
    - Original
    - Black


    Creed:
    - Bois du Portugal
    - Green Irish Tweed
    - Spring Flower
    - Love in Black
    - Acqua Fiorentina


    Diptyque:
    - Eau Duelle
    - Philosykos
    - Volutes


    Frapin:
    - 1270
    - L'humaniste


    Frederic Malle:
    - Carnal Flower
    - Le Parfum de Therese
    - L'Eau d'Hiver
    - Portrait of a Lady
    - Une Rose


    Heeley:
    - Sel Marin


    Hermes:
    - Hermessence Ambre Narguile


    L´Artisan Parfumeur:
    - Tea for Two
    - Timbuktu


    Le Labo:
    - Santal 33
    - Iris 39


    Parfumerie Generale:
    - Aomassai


    Puredistance:
    - M Extrait


    Maison Francis Kurkdjian:
    - Absolue Pour le Soir


    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier:
    - Ambre Precieux


    MDCI Parfums:
    - Invasion Barbare


    Montale:
    - Intense Cafe
    - Chocolate Greedy
    - Chypre Fruite
    - Black Aoud


    Serge Lutens:
    - Feminite du Bois
    - Arabie
    - Fille en Aiguilles
    - Five O'Clock au Gingembre


    Slumberhouse:
    - Ore Parfum Extrait


    Tauer Perfumes:
    - Lonestar Memories
    - Carillon pour un Ange


    Tom Ford Private Blend:
    - Noir de Noir




    Will let you know my results after this post.
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 3rd January 2014 at 07:52 PM.

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    Default Re: Niche fragrance testing (samples) - pt2

    Very good sample list--it's sort of a "who's who" list of niche fragrances. I'm a big fan of Sycomore, 1270, 2 Man, Aomassai, M extract, Invasion Barbare, Feminite du Bois. You're bound to stumble upon some real winders. Good luck!
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    Ok! Let the second package niche fragrance testing begin!!!


    So, the first house I began was Frapin!


    --------> Frapin L´Humaniste

    Let me tell you one thing: This fragrance was love at first sniff! This scent is awesome. Projects nicely for about 3-4 h, but after that it starts to fade slowly. Lasted on my skin for about 9h. A great masculine scent. Wish it was a bit stronger, though. That´s the only let down I find. Plus, I do find this one easy to wear and to be very versatile.

    This was the first one to be tested. I´m glad! Great way to start!

    Scent: 9.30
    Longevity: 8.15
    Sillage: 8
    Projection: 7.75
    Uniqueness: 8
    Versatiliy: 8.75
    Scent masculinity: 9.15
    --- Overall: 8.44

    Would I buy it? YES!!!

    - - - Updated - - -

    Thank you!


    Stay tuned!
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 27th November 2013 at 08:45 PM.

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    Yes! Thoroughly enjoyed your last run through and look forward to hearing your takes on these.

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    Hey, deadidol!

    Nice to see you here, again!

    See you!

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    Frapin makes quality scents but majority are missing that uumph..
    I have only one FB and will not make future purchases

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    Johnnyacl - very nice list. Especially like your Frapin and Montale choices.
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    I like your Montale and Serge Lutens picks. Interested to hear what you think of Aomassai.

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    thats a grt list JohnnyACL!!! Do add L'Ombre Fauve from Parfumerie Generale to your future testing...

    As for L'Humaniste - love it too, but it's terribly weak on my skin, gone in 2-3 hrs.
    Currently wearing: Kalemat by Arabian Oud

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    I also like your list and am always meaning to buy a bottle of L'Humaniste. It can't escape me for much longer.

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    Great choices to sample.

    Liaisons dangereuses: delicious plum!

    Ambre Precieux: magnificent sweet amber!

    Arabie: lovely mix of dried fruits!

    Enjoy sampling and I'm looking forward to your comments.

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    I'm impressed you went with Absolue pour le Soir after all as we'd discussed it before and it seemed like you'd shied away from it. It's a brilliant composition, but one that might catch you a little off guard.

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    Default Re: Niche fragrance testing (samples) - pt2

    Same here.
    Quote Originally Posted by Melvournis View Post
    I also like your list and am always meaning to buy a bottle of L'Humaniste. It can't escape me for much longer.

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    Thank you for all your post, guys!

    Today I´ll post Hermessence Ambrč Narguille!



    --------> Hermessence Ambrč Narguille

    Ok, guys, let me tell you this: what a great scent!!!!! So far, my favourite gourmand. Projects very well for 4-5h, good sillage and it lasted four about 14-15h on my skin! The “downside” – not the most masculine scent, but masculine enough, though.

    Scent: 9.65
    Longevity: 9
    Sillage: 8.5
    Projection: 8.5
    Uniqueness: 9
    Versatiliy: 7.75
    Scent masculinity: 7.25
    --- Overall: 8.52

    Would I buy it? YES!!!


    Next fragrance: Montale Black Aoud.
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 29th November 2013 at 11:40 PM.

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    Gah! I can't hang with Narguile at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Gah! I can't hang with Narguile at all
    LOL! To each his own, my friend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyacl View Post
    LOL! To each his own, my friend!
    Exactly! It's the one Hermessence that seems to completely upend the refined aesthetic of that line, instead aiming for straight up eau de pie. It's so sweet that it makes my teeth hurt

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    Well, time to start with the Overall Ranking!



    OVERALL RANKING:

    1- Hermessence Ambrč Narguille -------> 8.52
    2- Frapin L´Humaniste -------> 8.44



    Take care!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Exactly! It's the one Hermessence that seems to completely upend the refined aesthetic of that line, instead aiming for straight up eau de pie. It's so sweet that it makes my teeth hurt
    Lol!
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 27th November 2013 at 08:46 PM.

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    ambre narguile is a really good juice. one of my favorite gourmands

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    Default Re: Niche fragrance testing (samples) - pt2

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyacl View Post
    OVERALL RANKING:
    1- Hermessence Ambrč Narguille -------> 8.52
    2- Frapin L´Humaniste -------> 8.44
    My inner wannabe statistician loves this detailed ranking. Great thread so far!
    Currently wearing: Iris de Nuit by Heeley

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    Thank you for your words, guys!


    DaveStPaul, pity that I had to start another thread, because the main one ""Niche fragrance testing (samples) - pt1" (http://www.basenotes.net/t/377921/ni...g#post_3121221) is not available yet since Basenotes changed. I tested 23 fragrance and made several rankings (Overall, Scent, Longevity, etc).

    The first package testing included:


    Amouage:
    - Interlude Man


    By Kilian:
    - Back to Black
    - Incense Oud
    - Straight to Heaven


    Creed:
    - Aventus
    - Millesime Imperial
    - Silver Mountain Water
    - Virgin Island Water


    Frederic Malle:
    - Musc Ravageur
    - Vetiver Extraordinaire


    Le Labo:
    - Bergamote 22
    - Rose 31


    Maison Francis Kurkdjian:
    - Acqua Universalis Forte
    - Lumičre Noire


    Nasomatto:
    - Pardon


    Serge Lutens:
    - Chergui


    Tauer Perfumes:
    - L´Air du Desert Maroican


    Tom Ford Private Blend:
    - Tobacco Vanille
    - Tuscan Leather
    - Oud Wood



    Special/Limited Editions (Mainstream):
    - Thierry Mugler´s Pure Havane
    - Thierry Mugler´s Pure Malt
    - Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight In Paris



    Well, shamely I didn´t get a copy of the work I had with this testing, so I´ll have to wait until it will available again, in order to join testing pt2 results with testing pt1´s!

    I´ll post Montale Black Aoud results later.


    Stay tuned!

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    Johnny! Your previous thread will return soon enough and we'll find a way to link them for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Johnny! Your previous thread will return soon enough and we'll find a way to link them for you.
    Great news, my friend!

    Many thanks!

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    Good to see you back in action, Johnny!

    I look forward to following this thread.

    Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    Good to see you back in action, Johnny!

    I look forward to following this thread.

    Have fun!
    Thank you, buddy!

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    I'm looking forward to know what you think about the Montale.

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    Hi, guys!

    Time for the first Montale fragrance!


    --------> Montale Black Aoud

    First impression? A bomb and intrusive harsh disagreeable scent! However, about 10-15 min it started to turn agreeable. After that, at some point I simply couldn´t stop smelling my wrist. I really like this! It´s strange because there´s something about this scent and can´t explain. Don´t think it´s unique and it has thinks that would keep me way from it (oud, for example), but honestly, I really like it! And man, lasted for about 16h!

    Sillage is enormous, as projection is really good (about 6h). You really won´t go unnoticed wherever you are. Nevertheless, I can see this in another league (bellow) regarding quality, as I find it a bit synthetic (or maybe it´s my nose…). And no, this is not an unquestionable masculine scent, in my opinion. Poor versatility, also! I would NEVER use this at work, formal occasion, date, etc. However, overall, I think its a very good one as I really really like it!

    Scent: 8.5
    Longevity: 9.5
    Sillage: 9.45
    Projection: 9
    Uniqueness: 8
    Versatiliy: 6
    Scent masculinity: 6
    --- Overall: 8.04

    Would I buy it? Yes!


    Next fragrance: Tom Ford Noir de Noir.

    - - - Updated - - -

    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Hermes Hermessence Ambrč Narguille -------> 8.52
    2 - Frapin L´Humaniste -------> 8.44
    3 - Montale Black Aoud -------> 8.04
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 2nd December 2013 at 10:20 PM.

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    Default Re: Niche fragrance testing (samples) - pt2

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyacl View Post
    Hi, guys!

    Time for the first Montale fragrance!


    --------> Montale Black Aoud

    First impression? A bomb and intrusive harsh disagreeable scent! However, about 10-15 min it started to turn agreeable. After that, at some point I simply couldn´t stop smelling my wrist. I really like this! It´s strange because there´s something about this scent and can´t explain. Don´t think it´s unique and it has thinks that would keep me way from it (oud, for example), but honestly, I really like it! And man, lasted for about 16h!

    Sillage is enormous, as projection is really good (about 6h). You really won´t go unnoticed wherever you are. Nevertheless, I can see this in another league (bellow) regarding quality, as I find it a bit synthetic (or maybe it´s my nose…). And no, this is not an unquestionable masculine scent, in my opinion. Poor versatility, also! I would NEVER use this at work, formal occasion, date, etc. However, overall, I think its a very good one as I really really like it!

    Scent: 8.5
    Longevity: 9.5
    Sillage: 9.25
    Projection: 9
    Uniqueness: 8
    Versatiliy: 6
    Scent masculinity: 6
    Overall: 8.04

    Would I buy it? Yes!


    Next fragrance: Tom Ford Noir de Noir.

    - - - Updated - - -

    OVERALL RANKING:

    1 - Hermes Hermessence Ambrč Narguille -------> 8.52
    2 - Frapin L´Humaniste -------> 8.44
    3 - Montale Black Aoud -------> 8.04
    I wore this yesterday...have not worn it since last winter. Honestly, I was thinking that I liked other fragrances in the genera more but after wearing it I have reminded myself that I adore this fragrance! A bit harsh, maybe "medicinal" and in your face, but among the best in this style. My bottle is from the days of "haute concentration" and definately takes no prisoners! One spray to the chest and I am good to go. And yes, this one lasts a full 24 hours.
    Some Favorites
    1. Amouage Epic man
    2. Dior Leather Oud
    3. Perris Monte Carlo Oud Imperial Black
    4. Le Labo Patchouli 24
    5. Amouage Opus VII
    6. Byredo Bullion
    7. Masque Milano Russian Tea


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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    I wore this yesterday...have not worn it since last winter. Honestly, I was thinking that I liked other fragrances in the genera more but after wearing it I have reminded myself that I adore this fragrance! A bit harsh, maybe "medicinal" and in your face, but among the best in this style. My bottle is from the days of "haute concentration" and definately takes no prisoners! One spray to the chest and I am good to go. And yes, this one lasts a full 24 hours.
    Agreed! I like it a lot, also, but I think it´s a love/hate fragrance case. I can see people avoiding being close at work, for example. It can be really intrusive. However, it´s almost addictive, as I keep sniffing my wrist.

    In my opinion, this fragrance deserves to be in the lower 8 region of the Overall Ranking.


    Take care!
    Last edited by Johnnyacl; 30th November 2013 at 12:59 AM.

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    Well, I give you credit for trying AplS! It definitely requires some tolerance of the animalics!

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