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    So, I'm pretty excited for them to get here. My wife suggested I join a scent sampling service such as scentbird, but after looking at the choices, and specifics, I decided that if I wanted to spend money for monthly trials, I could pick them myself from other sites, and have a much bigger selection, albeit of much smaller quantities. I welcome any input or discussion on the forthcoming samples, and will definitely post my fledgling opinions on each scent as they come.


    This month:

    Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 EDP -

    Amouage Jubilation XXV -

    Tom Ford Private Blend Tuscan Leather -

    Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur

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    I think you're in for a treat with these two. Enjoy them!

    Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 EDP
    Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur
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    Good, diverse choices. Tuscan leather is a good straightforward leather; discussions abound on whether it is preferable or not to Ombre leather, which was recently released for wider distributin (eg Macys and Sephora). Jubilation XXV is an excellent incense. Musc Ravageur is nicely dirty up top, then it becomes smoother and spicier.

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    TL smells more like a smoking cigar's ashtray to me than leather.

    If you like it, check out "Rasasi La Yuqawam". It smells almost exactly the same. I actually prefer it over TL, regardless of price.

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    Jubilation XXV is great.
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    Arrived this morning. Initial impressions; all interesting. 3 beauties, and one that does not agree with me. I do not enjoy the Tuscan Leather smell right off the bat. I will not jump to conclusions, as this is just on the first smell of the top, but not optimistic.
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    I wasn't too fond of TL either when I first smelled but my opinion has changed after wearing it a couple of times. It's probably one of the most challenging fragrances I've worn (I tend to wear safer/mass-appealing fragrances). It was really nice in the cooler weather and I enjoyed watching the puzzled expressions of some people faces.

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    Those are fun picks to get a sampling of some much-discussed fragrances. They’re all really interesting, but I don’t love any of them.

    Jubilation XXV is probably my favorite of the group, but I like some other Amouages more (Memoir Man, Gold Man, Fate Woman).

    Music Ravageur has had buzz for years, but it’s not one of my favorite Malles. I prefer L’Eau d’Hiver, Portrait of a Lady, Dans tes Bras, Une Fleur de Cassie, and a few others.

    From MFK, Grand Soir has been my best sampling experience.

    I’m not into Tom Ford’s Private line, but Tuscan Leather is one of the more interesting ones. It’s too much for me, though. It feels like it’s trying too hard, too thick and heavy.

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    Alright. I'm about 15+ hours into Tuscan Leather. I was not a fan of the initial smell, but it did grow on me. I didn't know about the whole Drake song, and the pop culture references to it. I guess I somehow missed that. I'm not a hip hop guy. The drydown I didn't feel was super different. Becoming used to smelling it, it smells unique. It smells male. The rasberries are there, but it is not overly fruity. I can understand people liking this fragrance. I reapplied 8 hours in and it is still kicking. I know I can still get wafts of it without burying my nose. Good/great performance.

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    Jubilation XXV today. About 9 hours into the wear. It is a pretty scent. Not sensual, or attractive, but rich and opulent. My wife thought it smelled good when asked. Someone asked me if I smelled incense. That is what this smells like to me. Straight incense. But not dusty or dry. Smooth, mellow. Maybe a bit mysterious. Smells great, and there are a million notes, but I just almost feel like I wish there was something dirty in the base. Performance is good. I just keep getting a Kouros vibe. Like Kouros is the wild child, and this is the proper older sister, who is a much more traditional beauty.

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    Today was the one I was most excited for. Musc Ravageur. I put this on about 7 hours ago. I could smell it for a while, but it seems to have settled into a skin scent. I don't feel I'm beastly screaming the scent at everyone around, but it is very pleasant. I love the smell of musk, but I just worry that it feels a bit feminine to me. My mother wore Jovan Musk all her life, and when I smell musk, it seems to remind me of that. My wife said "Oh, vanilla." when she smelled it. I asked her if she read it as feminine, and she said she didn't. It does seem to be pretty straight forward vanilla clove cinnamon musk. It is a bit softer than I would have guessed. Less edges. Really really smooth. At this point it seems to be mainly the musk that I smell. So far this is the prettiest of the 3 to me, though the weakest performance.

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    So I'm getting ready for round 2 of my monthly scent trials. Where I'm at right now I feel like I'd like to try thing that are more masculine and less pretty. I'm feeling like the scents that have drawn me in have been the less unisex. I know that I did not like Kouros, but that was more to do with the incense in it and less the animalics. I might have to give it another try at some point, considering it seems my tastes are evolving the deeper I get.

    I've ordered:
    Leather Oud by Dior
    Caron Yatagan
    L'animal Sauvage
    Muscs Koublai Khan.
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    This is a great thread. I'm enjoying your smelling notes and seeing what you're ordering next.

    I've never tried L'Animal Sauvage or anything else by Marlou.

    I like Yatagan a lot.

    I think you might like Muscs Koublai Khan. I think it has the more masculine and less pretty smell you're looking for.

    Leather Oud, though, is a shocker. Maybe try that one when your wife isn't around.

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