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    Default Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    Dear all,

    Does anyone of You have experience of Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete?

    After checking out reviews and descriptions I have a feeling that it would suit me well but since I have no opportunity to try it, it will have to be a blind-buy.

    Comments? Is it similar to any other scent?

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    Default Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    I own this along with the other two in the desert series and I think it's a wonderful scent. I bought them blind after reading the reviews and have no regrets. For similarities with other scents I'll let more experienced Basernoters chime in about this. Good luck!

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    Default Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    Thanks Hednic! Considering the descriptions this seems to be right up my alley especially now during winter time. It definately leans towards a buy!

    /JRV

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    It's fantastic, but I'm not sure it's a safe blind buy. I'd do everything you can to get a sample first -- especially if you're not used to animalic and somewhat challenging scents. This one's very rich and opulent, but has a distinctly dirty side to it. I think it's one of Wasser's best works.

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    I sampled this one extensively along with Leather Oud leading up to purchase one of them in Paris. I ended up going with LO, which felt more robust and satisfying. Whilst SDBD is an excellent composition I found it a little too polished and mild mannered in comparison, plus the
    iso-super e hyper dose got a little grating on the senses after a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke Hunt View Post
    I sampled this one extensively along with Leather Oud leading up to purchase one of them in Paris. I ended up going with LO, which felt more robust and satisfying. Whilst SDBD is an excellent composition I found it a little too polished and mild mannered in comparison, plus the
    iso-super e hyper dose got a little grating on the senses after a while.
    I'd give LO the edge, too.

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    Default Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    Thanks for all your input!

    I did try a quick sniff of LO a few months ago and that was a nice experience. Never gave it a full wearing though...

    I'll do my best to get hold of a sample of Songe.

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    Default Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    I will push myself far and say Songe D'Un Bois D'Etè is a masterpiece. A safe blind buy? I never blind buy anything...


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    Default Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    If you like Incense/Oriental smells,

    The Desert D'Orient triology is really the best you can get in the market. Something really unique

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    Default Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    I don't know whether it is a safe blind buy, but I find it easier to wear than Leather Oud.

    Wonderful potent leather, patchouli and burnt agarwood scent. A little dirtiness to it, but nowhere near as barnyardy as LO.

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    Default Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    It's fantastic, but I'm not sure it's a safe blind buy. I'd do everything you can to get a sample first -- especially if you're not used to animalic and somewhat challenging scents. This one's very rich and opulent, but has a distinctly dirty side to it. I think it's one of Wasser's best works.
    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    I will push myself far and say Songe D'Un Bois D'Etè is a masterpiece. A safe blind buy? I never blind buy anything...
    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    I don't know whether it is a safe blind buy, but I find it easier to wear than Leather Oud.

    Wonderful potent leather, patchouli and burnt agarwood scent. A little dirtiness to it, but nowhere near as barnyardy as LO.
    I agree that this is great stuff. All of the really hardcore Guerlainistas seem to REALLY love it.

    I'm a Guerlain lover, but I tend to go for tamer stuff. When I smelled this, I hesitated, and then jumped for Shanghai, which is much more my style.

    I will say this - you would probably not have difficulty moving on a bottle if you didn't like it, and it would likely age rather well, too.
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    I like Songe d'un Bois. Leather Oud is similar but bolder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzlepuff View Post
    I like Songe d'un Bois. Leather Oud is similar but bolder.
    I agree, Songe is nice and smokey and shares similarities with Leather Oud but weaker and less "dirty"... I think it's the best from the deserts d'orient trio!

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    Default Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    Songe d'un Bois d'Ete is indeed a masterpiece. The simplest way I can describe it is by saying it's a 'cleaner' version of Dior Leather Oud. Both are 'modern stinkers', LO is just darker, more edgy, more difficult to like if you are not into this genre. The Guerlain Songe is much easier to pull off, though both share a fair amount of skank. The good kind. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    I'd give LO the edge, too.
    Me too. Although LO animalistic side is challenging.
    Songes can b a bit screechy in the drydown. Not a safe blind buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke Hunt View Post
    I sampled this one extensively along with Leather Oud leading up to purchase one of them in Paris. I ended up going with LO, which felt more robust and satisfying. Whilst SDBD is an excellent composition I found it a little too polished and mild mannered in comparison, plus the
    iso-super e hyper dose got a little grating on the senses after a while.
    If LO didn't exist , I'd be happy with the Guerlain.
    But I prefer LO out of the two.

    Also, thoroughly agree with the ISO E SUPER being a tad bit too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
    Songe d'un Bois d'Ete is indeed a masterpiece. The simplest way I can describe it is by saying it's a 'cleaner' version of Dior Leather Oud. Both are 'modern stinkers', LO is just darker, more edgy, more difficult to like if you are not into this genre. The Guerlain Songe is much easier to pull off, though both share a fair amount of skank. The good kind. :-)
    Agree, I'd be happy to own both

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    Default Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    Smells great, dark, dry, rich, resinous, serious but comfortable. Richness without heaviness, luxury without an iota of vulgarity. One of the most satisfying if not the most satisfying fragrance I own. Doesn't hurt that everyone I know and don't know loves it. Like to wear it a lot more than Leather Oud, which is excellent aside from the over reliance of in your face, in your space, other people's space, pervasive cloud of aromatic cardamom. Leather Oud blew me away from samples. Wearing it was a different story. Tired of it quickly. Still, another a great fragrance. Love the animalics.
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    It's an adventure, a complete breakthrough for Guerlain to drop something like this into our laps, probably nothing since Djedi has been so 'un Guerlain' - kudos to Thierry Wasser. More complex (and satisfying, to me) piece of work than Leather Oud and hence better for the longhaul IMO - LO is superb but a bit of a one-liner for me.

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    Default Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    It's an adventure, a complete breakthrough for Guerlain to drop something like this into our laps, probably nothing since Djedi has been so 'un Guerlain' - kudos to Thierry Wasser....
    Just hoping they drop a few more like it !

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    Default Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    Just hoping they drop a few more like it !
    Wasser is a young punk! He's got a few more to send into the grandstands!
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    Default Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    Of all the oud-based fragrances I've sampled (and there have been quite a few), Songe D'Un Bois D'Ete is the standout. I'll echo Alfarom and say that it is a masterpiece.

    It is dense and powerful, like the wake of an aircraft carrier But it somehow does not overpower the wearer or those around him. I consider it to be the setting star of the oud craze.

    That being said, it is absolutely NOT a safe blind buy, given its complexity and price.
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    Default Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    Not safe Blind Buy at all. Smells like B.O. to me

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    Safe blind buy: most likely not. Good, even great fragrance: in my opinion, yes. Heavy and almost heady, intoxicating yet without ever getting too loud or overpowering a moderate and subtle sweetness and spiciness, with such a variety of notes and developments that it's hard to pinpoint it within a single established fragrance category.

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    Default Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    I agree that it is not a safe blind buy. For a fumehead I think it is an amazing experience though. I purchased a decant of it blind and am very glad I did. Aside from complexity, the longevity and silage from this beauty is a beast. I have never had the pleasure of smelling Leather Oud but if it is anything like Songe, I will definitely have to sniff it out!
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    Default Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    It's an adventure, a complete breakthrough for Guerlain to drop something like this into our laps, probably nothing since Djedi has been so 'un Guerlain' - kudos to Thierry Wasser. More complex (and satisfying, to me) piece of work than Leather Oud and hence better for the longhaul IMO - LO is superb but a bit of a one-liner for me.
    I dont have a ton of experience with Guerlain though I have tried most of the classics. I will agree that this smells nothing like any of those that I have sniffed.
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    Dior Homme cologne 2013
    Currently wearing: L'Humaniste by Frapin

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    The samples I order seem randomly selected: today I am wearing Guerlain's Songe d'un Bois d'Ete (Dream of a Summer Forest), so I'm bumping a conversation that's had a few months pause.

    From other scents I've tried, it reminds me of Cartier Declaration. I haven't tried Dior's Leather Oud.

    I can understand the similarity some people get to body odor, but it's a nice odor. I want to hang out with people with body odor like this.

    My scent perceptions are still easy to influence, so if people around me started saying they liked this, it could sway me into trying to buy a 10 or 20-ml split to wear it 20 or 40 times. As I smell my wrist again, buying some of this eau de parfum seems like a good idea, but even splits of this might be too expensive.

    I think I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chanel1 View Post
    The samples I order seem randomly selected: today I am wearing Guerlain's Songe d'un Bois d'Ete (Dream of a Summer Forest), so I'm bumping a conversation that's had a few months pause.

    From other scents I've tried, it reminds me of Cartier Declaration. I haven't tried Dior's Leather Oud.

    I can understand the similarity some people get to body odor, but it's a nice odor. I want to hang out with people with body odor like this.

    My scent perceptions are still easy to influence, so if people around me started saying they liked this, it could sway me into trying to buy a 10 or 20-ml split to wear it 20 or 40 times. As I smell my wrist again, buying some of this eau de parfum seems like a good idea, but even splits of this might be too expensive.

    I think I like it.
    No one ever told me they liked it, so apparently I compromised by going with a 5 ml decant, which I spayed liberally this morning.

    I get sincerely excited by this scent, Songe d'un Bois d'Ete, but the longevity isn't actually all that beast mode on me, which Rose Nacree du Desert from this same series was.

    The spice in this is like something I would want from a brilliant mustard concoction, and I love good, spicy mustard.

    I just wear this home alone, though, because it feels scandalous. Or, I love it too much to share.

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    I like it and my wife enjoys it on me. However I do find I am aware of a large dose of Iso E Super occasionally which stops it being a 'great' fragrance for me.

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    I think its one of the best sandalwood fragrances if I recall. I can a sample that I do need to skin test.
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