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    Default Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    For anyone who was less than thrilled with POL, you might like to try this unlikely fume.
    A spicy rose by I Profumi di Firenze called- Tulipano Nero.
    Notes- Rose, Lily of the Valley, Ylang Ylang, Mandarine, Bitter Orange, Bergamot, Vanilla Orchid, Myrrh, Vetyver

    I hope some of you who've tried this will chime in. And maybe some of you will give it a try. I'm wearing it now and the silage is fantastic. Samples and bottles are at Luscious Cargo, I know.

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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    Thanks for the info Kumquat. This sounds like something my wife would be interested in.

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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    In which sense is this an alternative to PoaL? Is it an ambroxan powerhouse with similar nuclear radiance?

    The notes seem quite different (and I have no clue what tulips smell like), but then one wouldn't have guessed what PoaL smells like from the notes. I will keep an eye on it if I see it.

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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    Well, I mean it is a spicy rose. I don't want to offend anyone who is a fan of POAL. I noticed a thread on it and it made me think of a similar scent that I liked better. That's all.
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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    To me, Le Labo Rose 31 also has a similar vibe to POAL. I haven't smelled the one you reference Kumquat. But then I've ODed on Rose, so I'm done for a while. Maybe when the heat comes back.

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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    I'd like to mention that this is more spicy than rosy. It is meant to be about tulips. There are a very few scented tulips with a variety of scents.

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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    POAL isn't about tulips 'though - so a tulip inspired scent isn't an alternative in the usual sense - only in that anything is an alternative.

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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    Quote Originally Posted by danieq View Post
    To me, Le Labo Rose 31 also has a similar vibe to POAL.
    These two are not even close, IMO. The Le Labo is much more about spice than rose despite its name... A good one from the house, though...

    Back to the scent in question from the OP, I will certainly be on the lookout for it, though in my case I am quite happy with PoaL as is...
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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    Yes, it's true. Anything would be an alternative. It's just that this somehow triggered a similarity memory for me. Now I'm wishing I hadn't brought it up.

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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    Aw, never mind - we now know about the Tulip one, so thanks for that

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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    Sure thing.

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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    Interesting, I tried this today and the top reminded me a lot of Byzance, at least the later versions I smelled. There's this intensely soapy floral note that jumps out to me and prevents me from smelling anything else that may lie behind. But it must be a case of hypersensitivity. Curious to hear if anybody who has tried both TN and Byzance had similar feelings.

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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    I have a confession to make; I think I have been totally confused, so sorry! I think Le Maroc Pour Elle by Andy Tauer ​is the scent this reminds me of- Doh! Sorry to be such a blockhead! It is a spicy rose, too. I have caused a lot of trouble for nothing. All I wanted to do was fill you in on this pretty, old-fashioned rose chypre. A thousand apologies.
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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    I don't remember this particular Tauer, but it makes more sense, because Tauer uses potent woody ambers as well, so his scents are certainly powerful.

    Now however this Tulipano Nero has got my curiosity on what the offending (to my nose) substance in TN and Byzance is.

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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    http://www.lusciouscargo.com/Merchan...oduct_Count=28

    Here's the info on it. Maybe it's the orchid note? That can sometimes be harsh.

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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    Perhaps, I'm not sure what orchid smells like. It could also be some particular variety of orange blossomy things, I tend to find them soapy.

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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    Yes, it could be that. I think the 'orchid' note in perfumery is totally made up. I've smelled some orchids and I can't even recall their scent. The scent used in perfume tends to be sharp, floral and 'purple' if that's any help.

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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    Wearing this today for the 1st time - wow I love it.

    I can totally see what cacio means with the reference to Byzance. Me...I immediately thought it reminded me of those old Lauder feminines like Knowing...just strong chypres that mean business.

    I only put a tiny amount on & it's going and going.

    I am only slightly familiar with the I Profumi di Firenze line (I own Agrumi di Sicilia and love it) but I would never have guessed that they had a scent this gorgeous and retro-smelling.
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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    Mike, that's good to know! It really is a glorious, spicy thing, isn't it? People have compared it to 'Opium' and that is a little bit similar, too. This one deserves more attention.

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    Default Re: Alternative to 'Portrait of a Lady'- IPDF- Tulipano Nero

    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Mike, that's good to know! It really is a glorious, spicy thing, isn't it? People have compared it to 'Opium' and that is a little bit similar, too. This one deserves more attention.
    It's the myrrh. Both have a lot.

    Lovely stuff. I agree this scent needs more hype.
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