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    Default Here we go with rotten fruit again!

    Recently, the movie "American Hustle" caught the attention of the 'fume blogosphere over Jennifer Lawrence's character's perfume soliloquy, where she goes on about great perfumes smelling "flowers and garbage." The secret is out. We like some bad in our smells. There was speculation that some screenwriter cribbed a review of Diorella.

    So, today, I'm reading Amos Oz's novelette Rhyming Life & Death, and come across this:

    The old culture monger bursts out laughing, and his body odor is like the smell of fruit past its sell-by date.
    Of course I got up, put on some vintage Diorella and continued reading. The author didn't develop that remark; he let it waft by, like a smelly perfume.
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    Wonderful! Diorella, that is ... I haven't read the novel(or watched the movie).

    Btw, I have discovered another rotten fruit - actually, rotten grapefruit: Archives 69 by Etat Libre d'Orange. But it must be a personal hypersensitivity because nobody else seems to notice. In any case, it is now on my to buy list, and, unlike Diorella, this one seems to be still in production.

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    I have a mini of the vintage. Diorella is tenacious. I can open the bottle for a quick sniff and still smell it when I walk back into my room half an hour later. Clings to clothing, and stays sweetly rotten well into drydown.
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    I'll need to investigate Diorella. My only real rotten fruit scent is Mauboussin, and I'm not sure if it's rotten, or just a wee bit too ripe. Great stuff, but I can only stand it one wear at a time.
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    Mauboussin is fruit, it's ripe, but it's polite by comparison. I think the anise note cleans it up. Diorella has that "what the hell!" quality where initial repulsion is immediately followed by "I gotta smell that again!"
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    I recently found a bottle of Diorella, intact in box, with a batch number for 2001 at a store called Perfumes Plus for $50.00. It is glorious.

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    Thanks for the heads-up JDBIII. Was it the houndstooth printed label? New? Old?

    RedneckPerfumisto, I did a side-by-side of Mauboussin and Diorella. After about 20 minutes they are remarkably similar. I'll have to try again and pay attention to the drydown.
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    No. It is still the modern blue box but a 2001 batch number.

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    Ah, rotten fruit! I have one for you! Keiko Mecheri Grenats. Absolutely smells like rotten, slightly fermented fruit on my skin. And it's the kind that I have to keep smelling too!
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    I think I tried Grenats a long time ago, but I don't remember anything - meaning I didn't get the rotten fruit. But I must try again then.

    Btw, by chance I was walking by a Dior counter and sprayed Diorella. I had sprayed other stuff, and so I sprayed the shirt. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Deep, citrusy, but with the rotten fruit in evidence. I had smelled it a couple of years ago, and it was a bland citrus inferior to the vintage one. This is clearly different again. Unfortunately, it's hard to know how it would fare on skin. But still, something I have to try again.

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    Gucci Rush has rotten fruit note on me - rotten and plastic note

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    Default Re: Here we go with rotten fruit again!

    Quote Originally Posted by jujy54 View Post
    Mauboussin is fruit, it's ripe, but it's polite by comparison. I think the anise note cleans it up. Diorella has that "what the hell!" quality where initial repulsion is immediately followed by "I gotta smell that again!"
    I know the quality you're talking about!!! Yatagan was one with that exact thing - and of course I bought it immediately!

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    Thanks for the heads-up JDBIII. Was it the houndstooth printed label? New? Old?

    RedneckPerfumisto, I did a side-by-side of Mauboussin and Diorella. After about 20 minutes they are remarkably similar. I'll have to try again and pay attention to the drydown.
    Excellent - I'll try to sniff that one carefully a.s.a.p.
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    Default Re: Here we go with rotten fruit again!

    I love Yatagan. It is quite masculine, so I add a half-spritz of Perfumers Workshop Tea Rose to fem it up.
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    Default Re: Here we go with rotten fruit again!

    Quote Originally Posted by jujy54 View Post
    I love Yatagan. It is quite masculine, so I add a half-spritz of Perfumers Workshop Tea Rose to fem it up.
    Great idea! That could even be viewed as a great scent - woodiest rose ever!
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    Default Re: Here we go with rotten fruit again!

    Le Parfum de Therese immediately comes to mind. I love it, in all its "ya probably shoulda eaten that one a couple days ago" glory. From Robin's 2005 Now Smell This review of Le Parfum de Therese:

    Thérèse starts with sweet, over-ripe fruit, but the sweetness is perfectly tempered by the spice notes, and it demonstrates beautifully that a fragrance based on sweet, over-ripe fruit does not have to smell insipid, as it sadly does in so many recent fruity florals.
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    Default Re: Here we go with rotten fruit again!

    Grenats totally has the rotting fruit thing going on. It's subtle, but wonderful.

    Slumberhouse's Pear + Olive has something of that quality too, in the clash between the ripe pear and "preserved" (a la "rotting") olive notes. I liked Pear + Olive on me the first time, but not since then. I may have been hungover, but the second time I tried it effectively ruined it for me. A straightforward and relatively innocuous pear and olive at the beginning, it soon developed a nasty piquancy resembling Roquefort or even perhaps getting into Limburger territory. It was something I definitely didn't want to have on my skin. Back to the shower with me.

    It could be my chemistry, because I've seen a lot of praise for the scent, and I can't imagine most would want to smell like that, even if they were fragrance fans.
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    Angel smells like rotting melon on me ( shudder).

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    I think Byredo Pulp smells like overripe, maybe rotten fruit.

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