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    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    I checked the internet to learn that this refers to the Malay Confederacy.
    A trifle underwhelmed.
    I never knew that! A well-travelled plant, obviously.

    Quote Originally Posted by RoRo View Post
    Somehow I wasn't aware of them back then. Apparently the orange variety I mentioned is Osmanthus fragrans var. aurantiacus. The scent carries like crazy. I'll be walking along, and BAM! Then I have to look around and see where it's coming from.
    I wonder how the varieties differ.
    I always have that same reaction. Stops you in your tracks. I'm betting the smell is similar to our variety.

    It's been a few hours since I applied 1000. I don't think I'm getting any osmanthus! The sweetness I expect is nowhere to be found.
    Maybe the osmanthus was present in the opening, and I didn't realize what I was smelling. Oh well, could be time to reapply.
    Or maybe what I'm interpreting as osmanthus in the heart is some effect of the jasmine? So hard to say, with the blending of these florals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Since you're familiar with the American South, I can give you a corollary: you know those trees that grow all over the South called "Sweet Olive tree" (or sometimes "Tea Olive")? That is the true osmanthus, Osmanthus Fragrans. They were imported here from China at some point. They're very common in New Orleans. Their tiny white blooms smell so captivating, spicy and sweet, and really permeate the air on warm and humid evenings. The smell is similar to honeysuckle, or Confederate jasmine, but spicier. I'll bet you've smelled them.
    I love my sweet olive tree! So fragrant!


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    Dior Fahrenheit 1994 bottle - not a lot left, but I may not hang onto the bottle anyways (have a '96 that's divine). For some reason I prefer the 90's bottle(s) to the 88's I had - just smells better.

    Guerlain Vetiver - finally! Never owned it in the ribbed bottle. I read about avoiding from '08-'14 or something like that - this one is a 2003, woo!

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    Was lucky to find my holy grail fragrance: 60+ years old Sealed & Boxed Hammam Bouquet Extract. It has insane amounts of Ambergris in it. Like a vintage Extrait of Jicky where Lavender has been replaced by Rose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILikePeeps View Post
    Dior Fahrenheit 1994 bottle - not a lot left, but I may not hang onto the bottle anyways (have a '96 that's divine). For some reason I prefer the 90's bottle(s) to the 88's I had - just smells better.

    Guerlain Vetiver - finally! Never owned it in the ribbed bottle. I read about avoiding from '08-'14 or something like that - this one is a 2003, woo!

    Congrats on that ribbed Vetiver!!
    Absolutely love mine......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tradition View Post
    Was lucky to find my holy grail fragrance: 60+ years old Sealed & Boxed Hammam Bouquet Extract. It has insane amounts of Ambergris in it. Like a vintage Extrait of Jicky where Lavender has been replaced by Rose.
    Congrats! It must be an amazing journey.
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    Congrats! It must be an amazing journey.
    Thank you! Yes, it has been an amazing journey .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tradition View Post
    Was lucky to find my holy grail fragrance: 60+ years old Sealed & Boxed Hammam Bouquet Extract. It has insane amounts of Ambergris in it. Like a vintage Extrait of Jicky where Lavender has been replaced by Rose.
    Whoa. Grats! I need to check out Penhaligon's more..

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    Congrats on that ribbed Vetiver!!
    Absolutely love mine......
    Alan.
    Thanks! May have been pushed a little more to get this as I've been reading about the current stuff having pretty bad longevity.
    My older 90's (I think) EdC has quite the animalic/urinous aspect to it as well - curious how this ribbed stacks up to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ILikePeeps View Post
    Whoa. Grats! I need to check out Penhaligon's more..



    Thanks! May have been pushed a little more to get this as I've been reading about the current stuff having pretty bad longevity.
    My older 90's (I think) EdC has quite the animalic/urinous aspect to it as well - curious how this ribbed stacks up to it.
    Looking forward to your thoughts sir!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILikePeeps View Post
    Whoa. Grats! I need to check out Penhaligon's more.
    Thanks! Penhaligon’s vintage masculine offerings like Hammam Bouquet, Lords and English Fern are really good. I haven’t tried their newer formulations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tradition View Post
    Thanks! Penhaligon’s vintage masculine offerings like Hammam Bouquet, Lords and English Fern are really good. I haven’t tried their newer formulations.
    Man, I'm not sure I've tried any of those Penhaligon's mentioned. Douro / Lords looks intriguing..

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    Looking forward to your thoughts sir!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tradition View Post
    Was lucky to find my holy grail fragrance: 60+ years old Sealed & Boxed Hammam Bouquet Extract. It has insane amounts of Ambergris in it. Like a vintage Extrait of Jicky where Lavender has been replaced by Rose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tradition View Post
    Was lucky to find my holy grail fragrance: 60+ years old Sealed & Boxed Hammam Bouquet Extract. It has insane amounts of Ambergris in it. Like a vintage Extrait of Jicky where Lavender has been replaced by Rose.
    Very, very cool, Tradition. It's easy to visualize that great bottle sitting on the barbershop shelf 60 years ago. And it's big, too!

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    Or maybe what I'm interpreting as osmanthus in the heart is some effect of the jasmine? So hard to say, with the blending of these florals.
    You're certainly not alone in picking up an osmanthus note, and I trust your nose over mine. I did end up reapplying, but still wasn't able to find it.

    I'm still not completely taken with 1000. Next time I think I'll give it a proper wearing and see if that changes the experience.
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    A Backup bottle from 1993!

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    Congrats N Cal!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Very, very cool, Tradition. It's easy to visualize that great bottle sitting on the barbershop shelf 60 years ago. And it's big, too!
    Thank you, Cook.bot. You’re right, the bottle design and the fragrance smell are like a time capsule to a different era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    A Backup bottle from 1993!
    A big spray is so nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    Nice one! That's a serious fragrance.

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    Opium parfum

    The first digit in the batch code looks to be "9" (=1979).
    There's no EMB code or "e" sign, which is not all that surprising.

    The first time I smelled Opium (knowingly) as an adult, the scent triggered a memory of the church I attended as a child. I was transported not to the services, but to a rummage sale or one of the seasonal events they used to hold in the basement. Maybe someone wore Opium that night.




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    Quote Originally Posted by RoRo View Post
    Opium parfum

    The first digit in the batch code looks to be "9" (=1979).
    There's no EMB code or "e" sign, which is not all that surprising.

    The first time I smelled Opium (knowingly) as an adult, the scent triggered a memory of the church I attended as a child. I was transported not to the services, but to a rummage sale or one of the seasonal events they used to hold in the basement. Maybe someone wore Opium that night.




    Absolutely stunning RoRo. Congratulations!

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    Absolutely stunning RoRo. Congratulations!
    Thanks, Alan. I've had good luck with vintage Opium. It seems to hold up well.
    It just occurred to me -- this one's 40 years old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoRo View Post
    Thanks, Alan. I've had good luck with vintage Opium. It seems to hold up well.
    It just occurred to me -- this one's 40 years old.
    Good luck indeed, I'm amazed that this is still wrapped.
    I recently purchased a 50ml wrapped Opium EdT (spray) for my girlfriend, not quite as old as this one. She loves it (as do I), and it has held up very well as you say.
    I'd love to find a Parfum.

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    The stopper reminds me of the “lozenge” on a Grossmith bottle. I wonder if Penhaly’s got a name for their cap as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoRo View Post
    The first time I smelled Opium (knowingly) as an adult, the scent triggered a memory of the church I attended as a child. I was transported not to the services, but to a rummage sale or one of the seasonal events they used to hold in the basement. Maybe someone wore Opium that night.
    Wow, that is an awfully specific location memory.

    The first time I smelled Opium, it was on the current girlfriend of an ex of mine. I've never been able to judge it without rancor since then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanG View Post
    Good luck indeed, I'm amazed that this is still wrapped.
    I recently purchased a 50ml wrapped Opium EdT (spray) for my girlfriend, not quite as old as this one. She loves it (as do I), and it has held up very well as you say.
    I'd love to find a Parfum.
    It is kind of amazing.
    That's a lovely gift you got for your girlfriend. I'm not sure mine would appreciate it, although she does wear vintage COCO sometimes. Of the vintage perfumes I've given her, her favorite seems to be Loewe 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Wow, that is an awfully specific location memory.

    The first time I smelled Opium, it was on the current girlfriend of an ex of mine. I've never been able to judge it without rancor since then.
    Yes, I remember reading something about bad juju with you and Opium.

    Of course I'll never know if that church basement is where I first smelled Opium, but I really did flash back to that place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Wow, that is an awfully specific location memory.

    The first time I smelled Opium, it was on the current girlfriend of an ex of mine. I've never been able to judge it without rancor since then.
    This sounds like an interesting story. Pray tell more
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