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    Default Re: A Short Guide to Coniferous Fragrances:

    Many thanks. I have a couple of these but will explore further.

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    Default Re: A Short Guide to Coniferous Fragrances:

    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    You should try Dasein Winter. The coniferous aspect is clear as a bell, but it's decidedly delicate and has a feminine edge with a softly sweet powdery backbone. My wife poaches my bottle all the time.
    Whoa! Soft, sweet, green AND with cardamom. That sounds very promising. Thank you, LiveJazz, for highlighting this one.
    Also, thanks, junior surgeon, for bringing attention to the coniferous theme and sharing your organized list.
    Currently wearing: Winter by Dasein

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    Thanks for the feedback and praise! I missed some replies while I was at work:

    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    Nice list!

    I'd add Granville / Dior and Fou d'Absinthe / L'Artisan Parfumeurs.
    Thanks for the sugestions, fou d'Absinthe is already there, but I have been meaning to sample Granville for quite some time.


    Quote Originally Posted by ClockworkAlice View Post
    Thank you for this huge work, it was a very interesting read - and a lot of things to try in the future! I do enjoy the calming scent of evergreen forests and it would be a pleasure to find and try more fragrances with this scent, and guides like this help a lot.
    I somehow get the impression that coniferous notes aren't very popular in female-marketed fragrances, am I right?
    Conifer notes aren't really popular in modern designer fragrances in general, but they do seem to lean a bit masculine in general on account of accompanying smoke/earth/moss notes. Many included in the guide are niche and listed as unisex though, and there are a few listed as feminine(such as Annick Goutal's Nuit Etoilee) or masculine that I feel are also unisex. I'd also echo the sentiment of LiveJazz about Dasein's Winter, it is a really wonderful conifer with a chilly hit of lavender and cardamom.


    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Thank you for sharing this very detailed, extensive and throughly well documented list - enjoyed reading this so much to the point of considering a few, including blind, future purchases.

    A few fragrances would perhaps nevertheless add to this very generous and very inspired list for some (re) testing would be most likely a few affordable ones, namely Pino Silvestre and Krizia Uomo and pricier a one, although only slightly costlier if compared to its quality, its performance and the overall creativity of its particular house, namely Knize Forest-albeit more of a mossy, herbal, green rather than 100% full fledged coniferous one.
    Is it sacrilegious to admit that I've never tried Pino? I'll get on these as soon as I can though, thanks for the suggestions and kind words.


    Quote Originally Posted by Juxtapozbliss View Post
    What a wonderful group of descriptions. Thanks for all your effort to put this together. I really appreciate the fact that you included so many lesser known niche brands. Euphorium Brooklyn is a great, little-known house. Also glad to see House of Matriarch and Imaginary Authors in there. Such a shame that Apoteker Tepe closed up shop. I have tiny decants of The Peradam and Karasu...I keep saving them for a special occasion because once their gone, their gone for good.
    You're welcome! I'm disappointed about Apoteker Tepe as well, though I can't say I've tried any aside from Holy Mountain and Anabasis, both of which are gorgeous. Luckily I managed to snag a couple bottles of Holy Mountain from the otherwild boutique last summer the company went under, which as far as I can tell were the very last ones to be sold-retail. Very precious bottles to me, I treasure them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Valier View Post
    Thanks for the guide! I'm also surprised to see alkemia up there as she doesn't get talked about alot on basenotes. She has a really good price to satisfaction ratio and a tremendous amount of reviews so thank you for mentioning her.
    I agree! There are a few others I like from Alkemia, especially Stag Moon and Among the Pines. Any favorites?

    Quote Originally Posted by schnozz View Post
    Well done!

    Off hand, I can think of a couple of oddball but good additions: (1) Colorado by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz for American Perfumer (unfortunately limited to 50 bottles) and (2) Voyager Spirit by Oriflame, strongly featuring the mastic evergreen from the Greek island of Chios.
    Thanks fir the suggestions, I'll look into getting ahold of these. Also as an aside, I was really disappointed to miss out on the last American Perfumer exclusive by Hans Hendley 'Bloodline', I have a sample and it is sooo good, a smokey vanilla and cedar affair. I got the timezones mixed up when it was released and missed it by an hour or so.


    Quote Originally Posted by schnozz View Post
    I don't want to hijack this thread but, if it is appropriate to ask junior_surgeon and the assembled brain trust, what if any coniferous fragrances are best suited to hot weather? I have a mental ideal of a more airy, transparent coniferous perfume that plays in the upper register of that scent profile, omitting the earthiness, but I do not know that it exists. Opinions appreciated.
    No worries, I'd echo the responses of Hinoki, Sugi, and Grev, I'd also add El Cosmico, Penhaligon's Juniper Sling, and maybe House of Matriarch's Bonsai. I wear the heavier ones most of the year though haha.
    Currently wearing: Usar by Euphorium Brooklyn

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    Nice list!

    I'd add Granville / Dior and Fou d'Absinthe / L'Artisan Parfumeurs.
    Love Granville.

    On the designer front Dunhill Icon reminded me a little of Granville, with its EdC style opening developing into a dry juniper and earthy base. People talk about Icon as a neroli scent, but to me it’s more about the juniper paired with that dry base. Granville uses herbs and moss for its dry base, while Icon goes in the patchouli/black agar direction.
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    Great post and guide! Of your list, I own full bottles of Nuit Etoilee (edt and edp), Encens Flamboyant, Bottega Veneta PH, Yatagan, Hinoki, Sugi, Zagorsk, Winter, Winter Nights, Eloge du Traitre, Blood Cedar, Future’s Past, Sacre Noir, Cape Heartache, Idyllwild, Vintage, Fou d’Absinthe, Olympic Rainforest, Woodcut, Reve d’Ossian, Juniper Sling, Arso, Polo Green, Fille en Aiguilles, Norne, Grev, En, Vert d’Encens, and Ecstasy.

    I would say that Cape Heartache, Norne, and Nuit Etoilee are probably at the top of my list. For the person asking about which of these scents are best for the summer, I would suggest Fou d’Absinthe, Juniper Sling, Idyllwild, and Nuit Etoilee EDT.

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    Default Re: A Short Guide to Coniferous Fragrances:

    Thanks for this great post! I own and love quite a few of them. I wear Filles en Aiguilles, Idyllwild, Nuit Étoilée and Cape Heartache in the summer.

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    Thanks for sharing.
    <div class="bnsotd"><b>Currently wearing:</b> <a href="ID26148387.html"><img src="http://www.basenotes.net/photos/products/33/26148387-7393.jpg"> Carven L'Eau Intense by Carven</a></div>

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    Magie Noir is often classed as a balsamic oriental, and frequently gets compared to Yatagan around here. It doesn’t feel piney to me, but the current version is fairly true to the 90s version my dog at the time loved. (I didn’t like it a ton at the time, but getting puppy snuggles from your perfume choice when most dogs hate perfume is kinda a great compliment. Also hilarious.)

    I’ve seen the purple version of YR So Elixir called balsamic as well, tho I haven’t tried it on skin yet. (I have a lot of allergies, test sprays on a strip are a lifesaver and this genre is particularly prone to notes that leave me non-functional)

    L’Occitaine’s Eau de Cade is another one in this kind of space.

    I often see champagne scents like Y, Yvresse, Cristalle and the like recommended if you like these kinds of green scents, but most of the champagne group seems to want my death. They’re sort of a very bubbly version of a chypre, and if you like foresty scents and want a feminine label, chypres are often where it’s at. (If you want deciduous forest, not so much but there’s very little that has a good deciduous vibe)

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    Default Re: A Short Guide to Coniferous Fragrances:

    Thank you so much for this listing of fragrances,

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    I love vintage Yatagan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrilledchilled View Post
    I love vintage Yatagan.
    Yeah, quite a different beast from what's currently sold. Everything seems amped up, and there's so much more body in vintage. I do like current though, and it's probably more wearable than vintage, but vintage is dense and uncompromising, and on another level entirely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarce View Post
    Yeah, quite a different beast from what's currently sold. Everything seems amped up, and there's so much more body in vintage. I do like current though, and it's probably more wearable than vintage, but vintage is dense and uncompromising, and on another level entirely.
    Exactly my thoughts but you present it so
    much better. Thank you.

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    Oh yeah, Norne is a must try for anyone into coniferous fragrances. Like the black metal cousin of Hwyl (although Norne was created well before Hwyl), all smokey conifer absolutes, moss and clove. Guaranteed to stain your skin and leave black sticky resin that is nigh impossible to scrub away.
    1. No, never blind buy (I do, but do as I say, not as I do. I'm taking no responsibility for your fragrance gambling).
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    Quote Originally Posted by schnozz View Post
    I don't want to hijack this thread but, if it is appropriate to ask junior_surgeon and the assembled brain trust, what if any coniferous fragrances are best suited to hot weather? I have a mental ideal of a more airy, transparent coniferous perfume that plays in the upper register of that scent profile, omitting the earthiness, but I do not know that it exists. Opinions appreciated.
    Juniper Sling - treat it like an EdC, although the base is quite long-lasting
    Zagorsk - surprisingly refreshing and cooling in hot weather
    Summer rotation : Guerlain Vetiver; Etro Palais Jamais and Shaal Nur; Penhaligon's Juniper Sling; Prada Infusion d'Iris EdP.
    Summer obsessions : Knize Knize Ten; Etro Gomma; Mona di Orio Cuir; Andy Tauer Lonestar Memories; Caron Yatagan




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