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    Default Re: Your favorite high quality Abstracts: scents about nothing real

    I don't know enough about the hobby yet, to add anything of additional value but I see Dior Fahrenheit being mentioned in this thread. I just tried it on my skin yesterday after hearing much about it, and I thought it was great. I agree that there is a top layer coming off of it that smells like a fossil fuel of some sort (not American gasoline though IMO) but underneath that smell there is something really wonderful happening. I am not sure what it is, but I couldn't stop sniffing my hand. LOL!

    I found that if I just smelled the vapors emanating from my hand, I got that strong top note (I hope I'm using these terms correctly), but if I held my hand close to my nose and did a serious deep smell, there was another very pleasant note in the background. This is a fragrance I would really like to get a tester of. I find it to be interesting, to my nose.

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    Default Re: Your favorite high quality Abstracts: scents about nothing real

    Quote Originally Posted by painted_klown View Post
    I don't know enough about the hobby yet, to add anything of additional value but I see Dior Fahrenheit being mentioned in this thread. I just tried it on my skin yesterday after hearing much about it, and I thought it was great. I agree that there is a top layer coming off of it that smells like a fossil fuel of some sort (not American gasoline though IMO) but underneath that smell there is something really wonderful happening. I am not sure what it is, but I couldn't stop sniffing my hand. LOL!

    I found that if I just smelled the vapors emanating from my hand, I got that strong top note (I hope I'm using these terms correctly), but if I held my hand close to my nose and did a serious deep smell, there was another very pleasant note in the background. This is a fragrance I would really like to get a tester of. I find it to be interesting, to my nose.
    Welcome new person! You have a good appreciation of Fahrenheit. Stick around and expand your sense of smell. This is a great hobby.

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    Default Re: Your favorite high quality Abstracts: scents about nothing real

    Quote Originally Posted by tspencer View Post
    Welcome new person! You have a good appreciation of Fahrenheit. Stick around and expand your sense of smell. This is a great hobby.
    Thank you.

    Right now I have no idea of what I am talking about, or even what notes I am smelling in stuff, but I am having fun going to stores and smelling what I can get my nose on. My usual pattern is to spray on the test strips until I come across something I like enough for what I am calling a "skin test". Then I will put one spray on my skin to see how it smells after that initial burst, and throughout the dry down period. I always walk out of stores with four fragrances on (two on each arm) and sniffing at myself like a crazy person. HAHAHHAHA!

    Fahrenheit I found to be a very interesting smell that I kept wanting more of, especially on those deep inhales.

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    Basala is an abstract masterpiece imho in a way that it combines certain ideas (the cocoa/faux sandalwood/spices/warmth and a breezy/freshness/semi aquatic/coolness) to an overall oriental theme.
    Other greats are:
    Ombre Indigo (smoked tuberose vetiver rubber leather)
    Breath of God (Tanya Sanchez said: grape leather, bubblegum citrus, melon ham or something like that)
    Lonestar Memories (sweet space age tobaccoish radiant purple cistus smoky leather)
    Eau d'Ikar (resinous chalky rooty EdC)
    ... and of course the usual suspects such as Jungle Elephant, Paestum Rose (!) and Secretions Magnifiques ...

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    The idealized abstract has no recognizable notes.
    Yes and at the same time the idealized abstract is a monolith.
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    I'm going to add the appropriately-named O, Unknown! by Imaginary Authors.

    I don't know what the hell this stuff smells like! I can't name any note.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    The burden of proof per example then is asking each and every perfumer who has ever made a chypre (assuming the person in question is alive) whether they were trying to mimic a specific breed of tree or just going for the general "feel" of "chypre", the latter of which is like the fougère: all in the perfumer's head.
    Again, as I mentioned above, “chypre” translates to Cyprus, the island, and not a cypress, the tree. The bergamot-oakmoss-labdanum accord was named after Cyprus due to those notes being commonly used in the Mediterranean. Nothing to do with trees per se.
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    Tabac Tabou was pretty out there for me.

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    Default Re: Your favorite high quality Abstracts: scents about nothing real

    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    The burden of proof per example then is asking each and every perfumer who has ever made a chypre (assuming the person in question is alive) whether they were trying to mimic a specific breed of tree or just going for the general "feel" of "chypre", the latter of which is like the fougère: all in the perfumer's head.
    As another poster pointed out, I think you and I are just talking about two different things. You're referring to chypres, but I thought you were talking about fragrances with a listed cypress note.

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    What immediately comes to mind is Jour d’Hermes

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    Default Re: Your favorite high quality Abstracts: scents about nothing real

    Santa Maria Novella’s Nostalgia is fairly abstract without someone’s explanation that this is the odor of an Italian sportscar. Idling outside the abbey while the driver is restocking toiletries? Aren’t the enrobed silent men supoosed to be either praying or working instead of sniffing possibly semi priceless Ferraris, Bugatti’s, Alpha-Romeo’s. Only they know. And they’re nostalgic. If not explained some folk may think they’re sniffing an accident in Times Square, NYC which holds a bit of nostalgia for me.
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    Im taking this as it is all blended together so that I no longer smell individual notes, but almost a new smell altogether. The one thing that comes to mind for me when reading these is Baccarat Rouge EDP.
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