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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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.
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.
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. ;-)
Let me know if you want to stay in the pass, as described.
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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It's to pricey for me.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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I've been reading reviews of these fragrances and can't wait to try them. Thank you for organizing this pass!
kswer - please PM me your address.
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.
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.
Looking forward to this! Thanks again ScentFan!
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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.
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.
Thanks ScentFan, but I actually own Winter Woods and have SSS several samples.
I'm a huge fan of labdanum which is really kicking in right now (5 hours in), Pure Incense is becoming a little more sweet and more of a syrupy and rich resin.
I do need to make some room in my wardrobe for Pure Incense based on what you guys are saying as far as NK and PI in terms of them being very different and the fact that this stuff is really doing it for me today.
I also love labdanum, if you mean the cistus labdanum that's in chypres? Re-smelling the essential oil in my kit. Yes, it's that note in NK I interpreted as tobacco and brandy! A really fabulous smell. I think there's more of it in NK. I bought 5 ml of Incense Pure just to experience it. To me, IP is a guy thing, but it's a masterpiece. Yet I was absolutely floored by NK, too, and lingered over it in my incense thread. NK is just powerful.
Based purely on reviews alone, I'm tempted to get Winter Woods, Incense Pure and possibly Forest Walk and/or Fig Tree. The sample pass will likely seal the deal on these, and quite possibly put couple more on the to-buy list.
I've been writing on the line for the last two weeks now (I'll post stuff soon, I swear), but Winter Woods is indeed fantastic. I actually get a similar dry down to that of Interlude Man, only not as psychotic and without the oregano. It's not that woody to me, but it's a great, cozy amber.
If you're a fan of warmer amber fragrances, like TF Amber Absolute, you'll be getting a bottle of Winter Woods. I'm not saying they're the same, because they're completely different. However, if you like that general type of fragrance, you're in for a treat. Likewise, if you're an incense fan, Incense Pure is just an incredible, resinous, raw interpretation of incense sappyness for a lack of better words. I'm glad more people are coming around to the line, it's good to see SSS getting recognition that it deserves.
The only one I wasn't too fond of was Fireside Intense, the birch tar and civet coupled with leather (I just can't stand leather when it's very forward...hidden...it's just ok.) It was not a terrible scent, just not something I would wear.
I'm so glad to see more love for this line. I think SSS is responsible for one of the most honest and enjoyable indie lines around. For anyone interested, here's my excursion into some of Erickson's most popular deliveries…
On a side note, I don't find neither Incense Pure nor NK Incense to be liturgical. IMO, the similarities between Incense Pure and NK are just during the opening and still very distant. They share the same sap / copal vibe in the top notes but while NK gets darker and sort of claustrophobic, Incense Pure gets all outdoorsy and airy. As a matter of fact, while still sharing some similarities, they are completely different fragrances.
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Just blind bought Winter Woods
Well, that sealed the deal. I just ordered a 15ml decant of Norma Kamali. ;-) (No luck trying to find a full bottle!)
15 ml will last you a lifetime, remik. You don't need to spray NK as it's so powerful that just dabbing will essentially have the same effect.
I've been wearing many of Laurie's creations for quite a while now and agree that SSS offers a lot of great scents.
As a lover of Incense frags, one of them is Laurie's 'Incense Pure', but I find that I love NK over that one. Once past the intital blast of syrupy labdanum, NK moves into the middle notes & drydown and is just beautiful. Laurie's 'Incense Pure' is slightly different in the approach and to me, isn't quite as 'mellow' as NK. Still very enjoyable though! Fireside Intense is just way too campfire smoky for me. SSS does offer lovely, quality, niche perfumes! Laurie Erickson is a very talented artist!
How is incense pure compared to Sahara noir?
I love Sahara noir but sometimes I wish the flowery aspect of it was a tiny more on the surface as opposed to being burried under the amber and beeswax....
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Edit I just went to uncap Velvet Rose for a whiff and (as usual) splashed it all over my hand. I really can't get over how true to rose this is. Exactly as if you were smelling a fragrant bloom. The scent texture of even the petals is there, which is the only "green" I get so far. For me this is a very true interpretation of a dainty, fragrant and slightly sweet rose, not a heady or spicy one. The opening is that, plus a bright bergamot. It's like having your nose in the bloom while a breeze wafts citrus your way in a sunny garden. Very true to life for anyone with a rose garden. I don't get any spice, carnation, or patchouli as of yet but it's only been about 15 minutes. The citrus is fading but still present close to the skin.
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Velvet Rose is just now starting to fade to almost nothing, so I put on Rose Volupte (free sample, wasn't listed on receipt when I c/p'd purchase) because I'm intrigued by her take on rose. This one struck me right away as a gourmand. Like fragrant sugared rose petals in a spice red berry coulis. It's now starting to smell like a spiced rose tinged red wine. It's not overly sweet, and the rose is there, but it's not a fresh from the garden rose like Velvet Rose. This is "I bring my garden to the kitchen" rose for me. A delicious rose.
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I'm about to write about these two over in my divine incense thread. Sarah Noir has virtually no top note that I detect, then it blooms into an inviting but fleeting woody/flowery/incense scent on the skin. Incense Pure has a definite top note and more presence at every stage. The incense is more powerful and elemi makes it exotic. To verify, I put Sahara Noir on my left hand and Incense Pure on my right. Five minutes, ten for sure, and SN is almost gone. IP hangs beautifully in there. It's an intoxicating smell: sandalwood and amber, undergirding incense, elemi and cedar, with oak moss thrown in for good measure. To me, there's no contest between the two. IP is a stunner. It doesn't have flowers, but smells like a bouquet.
p.s. By the way, I noted the same thing in a different context. I was layering Demeters and discovered amber instantly muted a mix of their quite strong Jasmine and Bulgarian Rose to the point that the result was barely detectable shortly afterwards.
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Thank you ScentFan for the reply and the thourough comparison. Now I am even more interested in incense pure.
Regarding Sahara noir, I actually like how unapologetic it is and it actually does last and project on my skin. I just feel that I have to create or specialize a certain mood to wear it.
Now on the other hand, I hear that incense pure is outdoorsy and airy and therefore could be more wearable and approachable lol.
Anyway, I'm gonna order some samples asap.
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Hypocrites will always be a thorn in my back....and my middle finger will always be the best remedy.....