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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    I got a vintage mini of the EDC a few months back, and I had much the same reaction, along with old-book smell. I would really, really like to find a HR to fall in love with... I love everything about its whole aura and backstory. Alas, it does not seem to be in the stars for either you or me.
    I am in complete agreement.
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    Truth be told the TB rings the bell, however the Bel Ami will be with me in the Crypt.
    Now you’re speaking as the double humpback we know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diddy View Post
    Now you’re speaking as the double humpback we know!
    He was just hiding in camelflage.
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    This, I'm going to need more of. Leather chypre heaven.
    While you're at it give Gucci Pour Homme (the original) a try as well. Leather, patchouli, oak moss.

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    I couldn't decide which vintage mini to try today, so I turned to the expert for advice.

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    Mr. Gin says, "I don't always wear fragrance, but when I do, I prefer Krizia Uomo."

    Like an herb garden growing alongside a thatch of soap plants, deep in a coniferous forest. Not super distinctive, but very fine stuff nonetheless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purecaramel View Post
    Truth be told the TB rings the bell, however the Bel Ami will be with me in the Crypt.
    I'm cherishing my 1986 mini bottle, the bottle is a work of art.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    He was just hiding in camelflage.
    Brilliant!
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    I just discovered that I received a vintage sample of Habit Rouge Eau de Cologne in the mail today. Pass. Thankful that it doesn’t have the powdery stuff which makes the regular stuff a no-thanks for me. Instead I’m met with the top notes of HR combined with the smell of a dusty/moldy old book, which I’m assuming is from the balls of oakmoss. Unfortunately it reminds me too much of cleanup operations after local area flooding. Habit Rouge and I are simply not meant to be, I’ve decided. I feel like I need to Clorox my arm now but perhaps I’ll slap some Canoe over the affected area and pray for the best.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    I got a vintage mini of the EDC a few months back, and I had much the same reaction, along with old-book smell. I would really, really like to find a HR to fall in love with... I love everything about its whole aura and backstory. Alas, it does not seem to be in the stars for either you or me.
    I often secretly hope I will dislike samples because then I do not get obsessed and buy as many full bottles.
    Is it the old books smell that is off putting, or is it the combination with other notes? I actually like the smell of old books and papers - one of the reasons I like Timbuktu. Makes me feel like I am walking through a museum of antiquities, or sitting in an old library.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Earlyn View Post
    I often secretly hope I will dislike samples because then I do not get obsessed and buy as many full bottles.
    Is it the old books smell that is off putting, or is it the combination with other notes? I actually like the smell of old books and papers - one of the reasons I like Timbuktu. Makes me feel like I am walking through a museum of antiquities, or sitting in an old library.
    Vintage Habit Rouge is great. There's usually plenty of it around. The edc and edt are fairly different. The edc has more of an old books smell. It's great. The base is especially good, oak moss and old-school-smelling vanilla. The edt has more of the incense / sandalwood Guerlain signature smell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earlyn View Post
    I often secretly hope I will dislike samples because then I do not get obsessed and buy as many full bottles.
    Is it the old books smell that is off putting, or is it the combination with other notes? I actually like the smell of old books and papers - one of the reasons I like Timbuktu. Makes me feel like I am walking through a museum of antiquities, or sitting in an old library.
    It’s not old books. It’s moldy old books. It’s books that have been in a flood, then dried closed. I like the smell of old books without the mold. Timbuktu is a favorite fragrance of mine. I love the controlled use of vetiver in it. Habit Rouge in all tested forms except the edc, to my nose, are dated in a powdery bad way. Like someone sprayed a nice citrus in Dracula’s crypt. The edc takes you to the crypt prior to the attempt with citrus cleanup, 2 years after he was zapped to ash by sunlight. Which now connects the dots that I do not like the style/use of oakmoss (a note I enjoy) in Habit Rouge. I like some powders and I like citrus. HR is a solid no for me. I wish I got a connection to an old library etc. with the edc. Nope. My wife and I frequent estate sales, antique stores, libraries and many various places which present old smells. Ever antique shopped in the French Quarters? We love the smells of all of it (except the stinky sewage smells in the French Quarter streets). Habit Rouge doesn’t get it done. I wish it did. I was hoping for a final connection to such a historically significant fragrance. Just isn’t meant to be for me.
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    Don't know how old it is, but it's vaulted, so it's "vintage." Creed Baie de Genièvre is what it purports to be: an elegant juniper berry scent. But, I think juniper is not what I want for a dominant note in a fragrance, though I have enjoyed it in more of a supporting role. Ideal for someone more enamored of martinis than I. Fortunately, it does not contain too much vermouth.
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    Default Re: What vintage fragrances are you sampling right now?

    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
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    Don't know how old it is, but it's vaulted, so it's "vintage." Creed Baie de Genièvre is what it purports to be: an elegant juniper berry scent. But, I think juniper is not what I want for a dominant note in a fragrance, though I have enjoyed it in more of a supporting role. Ideal for someone more enamored of martinis than I. Fortunately, it does not contain too much vermouth.
    You know I wouldn't mind this sample (for collector's purposes), as I never got a chance to own one. My guess is that this sample is well beyond 10 years old.
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    Revisiting Cytherian's Deviline Woto. Amazing juice

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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    You know I wouldn't mind this sample (for collector's purposes), as I never got a chance to own one. My guess is that this sample is well beyond 10 years old.
    Well, mine's half gone, and Mrs. S. would like to smell the soapy dry down again (I like it more toward the end, as well), or I'd pass it on; but there's plenty where I got this for a mere $6/vial:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Creed-Baie-...oAAOSwoT1a6kIE
    It's not a bad deal if you don't think of it as $120/oz.!
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    Tiffany For Men. This stuff is suppose to smell like Chanel Egoiste so I'll see if this holds according to my nose.
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    Mrs. S. is wearing Scandal today, so I thought I'd try something scandalous myself. Also, I'm almost out of sample-sized vintage frags: by the middle of the week, we'll be back to untested vintage bottles.
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    Default Re: What vintage fragrances are you sampling right now?

    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    Tiffany For Men. This stuff is suppose to smell like Chanel Egoiste so I'll see if this holds according to my nose.
    Look forward to your update.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diddy View Post
    Like someone sprayed a nice citrus in Dracula’s crypt. The edc takes you to the crypt prior to the attempt with citrus cleanup, 2 years after he was zapped to ash by sunlight. Which now connects the dots that I do not like the style/use of oakmoss (a note I enjoy) in Habit Rouge.
    Thanks for these descriptive notes. Now you are just making me curiouser and curiouser and I believe I'd like to give this a test just because. Since the edc is pre-citrus I should probably sample the edt as I can see the citrus as a desirable addition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Earlyn View Post
    Thanks for these descriptive notes. Now you are just making me curiouser and curiouser and I believe I'd like to give this a test just because. Since the edc is pre-citrus I should probably sample the edt as I can see the citrus as a desirable addition.
    I can send you some vintage Habit Rouge edt and edc to try. Great perfumes. Top-shelf men's Guerlain, to my nose.

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    I can send you some vintage Habit Rouge edt and edc to try. Great perfumes. Top-shelf men's Guerlain, to my nose.
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    Default Re: What vintage fragrances are you sampling right now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Earlyn View Post
    Thanks for these descriptive notes. Now you are just making me curiouser and curiouser and I believe I'd like to give this a test just because. Since the edc is pre-citrus I should probably sample the edt as I can see the citrus as a desirable addition.
    There’s a good chance you may enjoy it. Thus far, the only vintage fragrance lovers that I’ve seen speak openly about not caring for Habit Rouge are Cook.bot, myself and my brother Mythrol (in other areas of the forum).

    Quote Originally Posted by Bavard View Post
    I can send you some vintage Habit Rouge edt and edc to try. Great perfumes. Top-shelf men's Guerlain, to my nose.
    That’s very generous of you Bavard, and will give the best impressions to Earlyn. This is why I love our small corner of the community. Awesome support to one another.
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    I believe this is the last of my vintage minis. The pineapple note isn't really my thing, though it sits nicely enough in context. It's still early, but I suspect this won't be a FB priority for me. I have lots of options for citrus/floral/sandalwood-patchouli; this one strikes me as a bit over-sweetened, still enjoyable, but non-essential.
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    Confusing - EDC, EDT, Extrait Sampling
    Day 1 - "This will be great, so easy to love Chamade, I hear." (Puts on Chamade EDC, bright! - and moments later, huh? Melted candle wax and flowers.)
    Day 2 - "Must be me, I'll put this on right after my shower." (Puts on Chamade EDC, bright! - and moments later, huh? Inside a melting beehive with flowers.)
    (Does not wear Chamade for several days, ponders possibility of different concentrations).
    Day 3 - "So glad that order of Chamade EDT and mini of Chamade Extrait arrived". (Puts on test areas of Chamade EDC, EDT, and Extrait.)
    EDC - greenish, then impenetrable wall of warm beehive with flowers poking out of honey combs - yellow
    EDT - less wax and more flower, dry pressed powder - dust/must - pollen - yellow
    Extrait - tour of grounds through hives and flowers - greenish yellow
    Not done testing.
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    Chamade

    EDT - less wax and more flower, dry pressed powder - dust/must - pollen - yellow
    I love a powdery floral note. I like how it's done in Chamade edt.

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    Look forward to your update.
    This one reminds me of Chanel Egoiste Cologne Concentree. It has a strong spicy accord which I detected both cardamom and cinnamon. The drydown consisted of a strong sandalwood note. The only thing absent is the vanilla which sweetens the overall composition. Not bad however I would prefer Egoiste Cologne Concentree over it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    This one reminds me of Chanel Egoiste Cologne Concentree. It has a strong spicy accord which I detected both cardamom and cinnamon. The drydown consisted of a strong sandalwood note. The only thing absent is the vanilla which sweetens the overall composition. Not bad however I would prefer Egoiste Cologne Concentree over it.
    Thanks NCFR! That lets me know that I would enjoy it but shouldn’t stress out of getting a bottle. I actually have a sample of it somewhere but it’s been probably over a year since I sniffed it, which is probably another clue not to stress over it. Thanks again.
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    Two minis came in this week:
    Shalimar PdT and Eau de Guerlain.
    Just as with Heritage my first impression was that current formulations of these hold up remarkably well. Especially with Eau de Guerlain I couldn't detect that much of a difference. I think current formulation is still as much a masterpiece as my vintage sample.
    The Shalimar I have to test some more (and do a proper comparison session), but my feeling was that it was just a bit more well balanced, more creamy and with more noticeable civet, whereas I detect a bit more smokiness in the current formulation. Vintage is surely the winner here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sisyphus View Post
    Two minis came in this week:
    Shalimar PdT and Eau de Guerlain.
    Just as with Heritage my first impression was that current formulations of these hold up remarkably well. Especially with Eau de Guerlain I couldn't detect that much of a difference. I think current formulation is still as much a masterpiece as my vintage sample.
    The Shalimar I have to test some more (and do a proper comparison session), but my feeling was that it was just a bit more well balanced, more creamy and with more noticeable civet, whereas I detect a bit more smokiness in the current formulation. Vintage is surely the winner here.

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    I have a small decant of Shalimar PDT and I got to say it's really good stuff. I also have Jicky and Mitsouko in PDT concentrations, the latter a 75ml bottle from 1987.

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    Better late than never, I'm finally getting around to sampling Gucci Envy thanks to Cytherian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sisyphus View Post
    Shalimar PdT .
    The Shalimar I have to test some more (and do a proper comparison session), but my feeling was that it was just a bit more well balanced, more creamy and with more noticeable civet, whereas I detect a bit more smokiness in the current formulation. Vintage is surely the winner here.
    I have this Shalimar mini PDT. I like the vintage EDT and extrait, but also experience this PDT as very balanced and creamy as you described. Currently this bottle is the one I'm most likely to reach for.

    Today I'm sampling a bit of Madame Rochas parfum courtesy of grayspoole. So far I'm finding it very feminine, classic, and restrained - everything carefully in its place.
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