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    Every time I sniff Winter Woods I get images of a cabin with a fireplace billowing pure white smoke in the dead of winter. The cabin albeit a place of comfort is surrounded by deep snow and an unforgiving barren forest...Winter Woods smells like a combination of the cozy, isolated cabin's wood structure, the clean smoke from the fireplace, a pile of split cedar that's ready for the wood burning stove and an old smokey leather saddle that lies in the corner along with a soft amber that drifts throughout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    Every time I sniff Winter Woods I get images of a cabin with a fireplace billowing pure white smoke in the dead of winter. The cabin albeit a place of comfort is surrounded by deep snow and an unforgiving barren forest...Winter Woods smells like a combination of the cozy, isolated cabin's wood structure, the clean smoke from the fireplace, a pile of split cedar that's ready for the wood burning stove and an old smokey leather saddle that lies in the corner along with a soft amber that drifts throughout.
    What a beautiful description, rynegne - it's definitely sounding like one to experience soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    SSS Sample Pass?

    I'm happy to share my samples with anyone interested in a sample pass. Given that these are extraits and a little dab will do ya, we can probably accommodate five on a 1 ml sample? Sound right? Let me know if you want in.
    I'm in too, was going to share my samples with people on this thread as well. ScentFan, if you like, I can send any to you that you haven't smelled yet that interest you, the ones I ordered are:Forest Walk, Tabac Aurea, Ambre Noir, Incense Pure, Winter Woods, Fireside Intense, Fig Tree. Though I think you've smelled them all.

    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Ambre Noir has a dominant rose note that comes across as quite bitter. Perhaps that's the sourness you're referring to?
    Could be DI, not sure though... I've smelled it in several of her fragrances, a little bitterness that I don't enjoy. And she also often uses amber which is nice.

  4. #64

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    Quote Originally Posted by rouj View Post
    I'm in too, was going to share my samples with people on this thread as well. ScentFan, if you like, I can send any to you that you haven't smelled yet that interest you, the ones I ordered are:Forest Walk, Tabac Aurea, Ambre Noir, Incense Pure, Winter Woods, Fireside Intense, Fig Tree. Though I think you've smelled them all.
    Great, rouj. Why don't I start the pass with you and then you can top off any that are low? I have them all except Cameo and Ambre Incense, which I've asked for with my last order. What did you think of those you tried?


    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    Every time I sniff Winter Woods I get images of a cabin with a fireplace billowing pure white smoke in the dead of winter. The cabin albeit a place of comfort is surrounded by deep snow and an unforgiving barren forest...Winter Woods smells like a combination of the cozy, isolated cabin's wood structure, the clean smoke from the fireplace, a pile of split cedar that's ready for the wood burning stove and an old smokey leather saddle that lies in the corner along with a soft amber that drifts throughout.
    Lovely decription, rynegne. Evokes the smell beautifully.
    Last edited by ScentFan; 6th February 2014 at 01:19 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    Great, rouj. Why don't I start the pass with you and then you can top off any that are low? I have them all except Cameo and Ambre Incense, which I've asked for with my last order. What did you think of those you tried?
    I liked them, but found they lacked something... and that sour/bitter note I was picking up turned me off to the overall esthetic. I'll pass on receiving, but would be happy to contribute!

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    SSS Sample Pass Order

    Since rouj might be contributing, let's start the Sonoma Scent Studio Sample Pass with him, then continue in the order of volunteering.

    rouj
    remik
    kswer
    danieq
    cytherian

    Did I miss anyone? Rouj, please PM me your address. Everyone else, PM your address to the person ahead of you in line. I should be able to get these in the mail tomorrow, Friday at the latest. Will let you know when they're on the way. Take the time you need to sample them, being mindful of those eagerly waiting.

    I love these perfumes and I hope you enjoy them. Share your own sniff impressions with us here. Looking forward to reading them.

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    AWESOME! Thank you, ScentFan and rouj, for starting this pass. I'm so looking forward to this line - all your descriptions have been just mouth watering. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rouj View Post
    I liked them, but found they lacked something... and that sour/bitter note I was picking up turned me off to the overall esthetic. I'll pass on receiving, but would be happy to contribute!
    Oh, our posts crossed. I thought you said you wanted in? Haven't had time to fully explore your comment. I did sniff a couple and may have detected what comes across to you as sour. Need to re-sniff and focus to be sure. To me, most of these are quite beautiful. However, we mustn't forget how unique we can be when it comes to scent. I've also not been pleased with scents many others enjoy. Often it just means what we already know -- people are different.

    Let me know if you want to stay in the pass, as described.

  9. #69

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    I admit that I am *highly* sensitive to any but the dirtiest of musks, but I do get a sour note in some of her more musk-heavy fragrances, especially Sienna Musk, which I cannot wear. I sometimes get it in Wood Violet, so even though I really like it and have a 17ml bottle, I'm bit leary of it and have to choose the days I wear it very carefully. Voile de Violette is stunning, though, and I can wear that with utter abandon.

    Interestingly, I got a similar sharp note -- but not the same sour note -- in Cocoa Sandalwood, but musk isn't a listed note. I sometimes wonder if one of the sandalwoods she uses produces it.

    Her amber-heavy fragrances are wonderful, although I struggle with Ambre Noir, for some reason.

    I seem to have no problem with her cedar-heavy fragrances, though. My absolute favorites for me are Winter Woods, Rose Volupte, and Voile de Violette, and Fig Tree, when I'm in the mood for fig. My favorites on my OH are Fireside Intense, Tabac Aurea (which I would steal in a heartbeat and make my own), and Forest Walk.

    rynegne, your description of Winter Woods is spot on! Wonderful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    Oh, our posts crossed. I thought you said you wanted in? Haven't had time to fully explore your comment. I did sniff a couple and may have detected what comes across to you as sour. Need to re-sniff and focus to be sure. To me, most of these are quite beautiful. However, we mustn't forget how unique we can be when it comes to scent. I've also not been pleased with scents many others enjoy. Often it just means what we already know -- people are different.

    Let me know if you want to stay in the pass, as described.
    Sorry about that, I meant I'll be a part as a contributor, however I think that likely won't work given how these things go. If they run out along the way, I can send what I have to whoever is next in line, I have samples all only dabbed once, with Forest Walk being a 3ml spray to give it a fair shake. As for the scent itself, they are all very nice. But I have ones that I prefer that are similar (Jeke over Tabac, Norne over Forest Walk), with maybe Amber Noir being one I'll pick up. That fragrance is smooth and oh so nice. Love to spread the love though, so if mine can be useful along the line please shoot me a PM

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    Quote Originally Posted by rouj View Post
    Sorry about that, I meant I'll be a part as a contributor, however I think that likely won't work given how these things go. If they run out along the way, I can send what I have to whoever is next in line, I have samples all only dabbed once, with Forest Walk being a 3ml spray to give it a fair shake. As for the scent itself, they are all very nice. But I have ones that I prefer that are similar (Jeke over Tabac, Norne over Forest Walk), with maybe Amber Noir being one I'll pick up. That fragrance is smooth and oh so nice. Love to spread the love though, so if mine can be useful along the line please shoot me a PM
    Well, when you put it like that, I prefer Jeke over everything but Bal à Versailles, prefer Norne over anything similar. To me, SSS is an equally excellent line to Slumberhouse, just ... different. Will keep plugging until I have the perfume vocabulary and awareness to describe the difference. For now, I swoon and buy.

  12. #72

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    It's to pricey for me.

  13. #73

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    Quote Originally Posted by fragrance123 View Post
    It's to pricey for me.
    I hear ya. Niche perfumes cost more because they tend to have better (sometimes unique) ingredients, but these houses can't produce the volume needed for a low price, especially when it's just one person. In this case, SSS costs about twice per ml what you can buy a Guerlain or Montale for. Good that they offer 5 ml purse sprays for about $15.

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    One more for the sample pass?

    And thanks, rouj, for the offer.
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    Yes, thanks to ScentFan for starting this pass. I got a whiff of Tabac Aurea and was impressed. I am looking forward to experiencing the others discussed here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kswer View Post
    Yes, thanks to ScentFan for starting this pass. I got a whiff of Tabac Aurea and was impressed. I am looking forward to experiencing the others discussed here.

    Very welcome. You're on the list, kswer. Hmm, since it's 1 ml, maybe we should stop at four.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    Very welcome. You're on the list, kswer. Hmm, since it's 1 ml, maybe we should stop at four.
    I'd stop at one. These scents are excellent and deserve full wearings to give them their deserved respect. I personally find sample passes better suited for trashy scents or things that don't have much complexity or depth. So perhaps keep in mind that a sniff from the vial, a dab onto a wrist, (or worse), a testing strip will be producing different results from what the perfumer intended and from scents such as these offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    I'd stop at one. These scents are excellent and deserve full wearings to give them their deserved respect. I personally find sample passes better suited for trashy scents or things that don't have much complexity or depth. So perhaps keep in mind that a sniff from the vial, a dab onto a wrist, (or worse), a testing strip will be producing different results from what the perfumer intended and from scents such as these offer.

    I don't wear more than a dab or two of these, they're so substantial. But, everyone keep deadidol's comment in mind. This is just to give you an impression of these scents.

    Remik, would you PM me your address? I'm going to wait to start the pass until my second order arrives so I can top off the vials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtremeK View Post
    I admit that I am *highly* sensitive to any but the dirtiest of musks, but I do get a sour note in some of her more musk-heavy fragrances, especially Sienna Musk, which I cannot wear. I sometimes get it in Wood Violet, so even though I really like it and have a 17ml bottle, I'm bit leary of it and have to choose the days I wear it very carefully. Voile de Violette is stunning, though, and I can wear that with utter abandon.

    Interestingly, I got a similar sharp note -- but not the same sour note -- in Cocoa Sandalwood, but musk isn't a listed note. I sometimes wonder if one of the sandalwoods she uses produces it.

    Her amber-heavy fragrances are wonderful, although I struggle with Ambre Noir, for some reason.

    I seem to have no problem with her cedar-heavy fragrances, though. My absolute favorites for me are Winter Woods, Rose Volupte, and Voile de Violette, and Fig Tree, when I'm in the mood for fig. My favorites on my OH are Fireside Intense, Tabac Aurea (which I would steal in a heartbeat and make my own), and Forest Walk.

    rynegne, your description of Winter Woods is spot on! Wonderful!
    Sounds like you're onto something because Sienna Musk, Wood Violet and Cocoa Sandalwood are among those I like less. Like you, I do love Rose Volupte and Voile de Violette (also Champagne de Bois, Jour Ensoleille, Lieu de Reves, Rose Musc, and Velvet Rose). Bought bottles of them all. As I continue my sniffs, I'll be surprised to find another house with so many fragrances I want to wear.

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    Start of Sample Pass

    In three plastic pouches, boxed and ready to ship are 1 ml vials of the following:

    Sonoma Boutique
    : Fig tree, Forest Walk, Incense Pure, Nostalgie, Rose Musc, Tabac Aurea, To Dream, Winter Woods
    Sonoma Exclusives: Ambre Noir, Champagne de Bois, Fireside Intense, Jour Ensoleillé, Lieu de Reves, Rose Volupté, Sienna Musk, Velvet Rose, Voile de Violette, Wood Violet.
    Sonoma Naturals: Spiced Citrus Vetiver, Cocoa Sandalwood
    By Request: Cameo

    We have five participants in the pass:

    remik
    kswer
    danieq
    cytherian
    OctaVariuM

    Remik, I'll get it off to you tomorrow. Everyone else, please PM your mailing address to the person ahead of you on the list. I hope you enjoy these remarkable scents. I've added several to my collection and look forward to your reviews.
    Last edited by ScentFan; 13th February 2014 at 04:00 AM.

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    Default Re: Incredible! - Sonoma Scent Studio

    Ive recently tried 3 from this house and liked them all very much.
    Incense Pure--a very natural, woodsy incense smell that lasts all day
    Tabac Aurea--a not so sweet (as the Tom Ford) tobacco + vanilla combo. I adored this one, but it doesn't last quite as long as the Incense; and
    Winter Woods--a lovely cedar with a delicious amber-y dry down and good length

    All three are office friendly, in the sense that they don't project loudly. All three are winners. The cool thing is, SSS offers smaller format bottles, so people like me can get a bottle of each and don't have to shoot the fragrance budget on just one bottle.

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    Just got my 7 samples today, I'm already wearing perfume though....but it's been 6-ish hours and I could use a shower. I should wash my hair and start over today with glorious newness.

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    Looking forward to this! Thanks again ScentFan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    Start of Sample Pass

    In three plastic pouches, boxed and ready to ship are 1 ml vials of the following:

    Sonoma Boutique
    : Fig tree, Forest Walk, Incense Pure, Nostalgie, Rose Musc, Tabac Aurea, To Dream, Winter Woods
    Sonoma Exclusives: Ambre Noir, Champagne de Bois, Fireside Intense, Jour Ensoleillé, Lieu de Reves, Rose Volupté, Sienna Musk, Velvet Rose, Voile de Violette, Wood Violet.
    Sonoma Naturals: Spiced Citrus Vetiver, Cocoa Sandalwood
    By Request: Cameo

    We have five participants in the pass:

    remik
    kswer
    danieq
    cytherian
    OctaVariuM

    Remik, I'll get it off to you tomorrow. Everyone else, please PM your mailing address to the person ahead of you on the list. I hope you enjoy these remarkable scents. I've added several to my collection and look forward to your reviews.
    How do I get in on this?

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    I have a sample of Incense Pure on today and let me tell you...if I hadn't bought Norma Kamali Incense this week I would be spending the $90 For a big bottle of this. I am trying to keep myself restrained still as I'd like to see if this and the NK would be redundant first before pulling the trigger too soon.

    Incense Pure seems to be more of a literal interpretation of incense resins. It's very sappy/resinous and slightly piney, the fragrance feels alive...as if you're literally at a tree in Somolia smelling the Frankincense oozy down the side of the tree. The ambergris adds a freshness that amplifies the resins and woods are the backbone (I think cedar mostly and slight sandalwood.) Resins weave in and out of the other notes making the fragrance feel both cold and warm at times...if that makes sense.

    If you enjoy incense but hate some of the "super churchy" stuff that's out there or find some incense fragrances too smokey, you need to try Incense Pure.

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    Thanks for that review rynegne. It may be an easier decision to make knowing Norma Kamali is next to impossible to buy anymore, I've seen a bottle (large) listed at $1200. This may push Incense Pure to the front line for many people as it's much easier on the wallet, and is readily available. If the "scent satisfaction quotient" is way up there with NK, this one may be an easy choice.

    Have you tried Winter Woods by chance?


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    I'm still waiting on the NK to arrive, although I read alfarom's review of Pure Incense and he said they share some similarities...so waiting to purchase. Hopefully, it's different. Because I'm really liking Incense Pure. And yes, I reviewed Winter Woods at the a few posts back (top of the page here.) I'm not sure which comes in 1st or 2nd here...Winter Woods or Pure Incense. Somewhat similar fragrances in terms of composition, yet completely opposite.

    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
    Thanks for that review rynegne. It may be an easier decision to make knowing Norma Kamali is next to impossible to buy anymore, I've seen a bottle (large) listed at $1200. This may push Incense Pure to the front line for many people as it's much easier on the wallet, and is readily available. If the "scent satisfaction quotient" is way up there with NK, this one may be an easy choice.

    Have you tried Winter Woods by chance?


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    Quote Originally Posted by noideawhatimsaying View Post
    How do I get in on this?

    There's no room on the sample pass since we're squeezing 5 on a 1 ml vial. However, I do have an extra vial of:

    Forest Walk
    Velvet Rose
    Winter Woods

    If you and someone else would like to smell just these, I'll start a second pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    I'm still waiting on the NK to arrive, although I read alfarom's review of Pure Incense and he said they share some similarities...so waiting to purchase. Hopefully, it's different. Because I'm really liking Incense Pure. And yes, I reviewed Winter Woods at the a few posts back (top of the page here.) I'm not sure which comes in 1st or 2nd here...Winter Woods or Pure Incense. Somewhat similar fragrances in terms of composition, yet completely opposite.
    I almost bought NK and may still. It has more tobacco, more brandy, more forest to my nose. It's a dryer beauty. Incense Pure is more lush, just like your description. I think they both settle into gorgeous incense notes. If you haven't smelled Winter Woods, do you want in on the mini-pass I'm starting?

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