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    A vintage mini straggler just came in.

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    The much-ballyhooed Gengis Khan gets a sort of rubbery sweetness from, I think, the mix of woody resin with amber and patchouli. Most of the top notes seem to be gone, not all that surprising for a vintage mini with a pop-off cap. As a consequence, I'm not even sure it's fair to say I've tried it. I like what's here, but I'm not getting what the hosannahs are all about. Given the exorbitant pricing, I remain tentative about buying a full bottle.

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    Today, I'm sampling VC&A Tsar c. 2002, and also checking to see if this page is working correctly now.

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    Chanel late 60's Russian Leather Cologne

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    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    I'm not getting what the hosannahs are all about. Given the exorbitant pricing, I remain tentative about buying a full bottle.
    Not that excited. Overpriced. Might get a bottle.

    I know the feeling, enjoying a deeper dive into the research.

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    I’m sampling this Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur.

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    I have some mixed feelings. It has great moments, but other times when I feel like I'm not smelling my best.

    The opening is fine, lavender. Then there's a rough patch, then it all smooths over and becomes the most typical Guerlain base you could imagine, but a little extra animalic compared to what I'm used to.

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    I'm sampling Houbigant Fougere Royale and Nobile 1942 Nobile Fougere. I've worn FR for two days and it grew on me in that short time. I really like it. I'm waiting on a decant of NF. I'm wondering if I'll need both .

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    Quote Originally Posted by allkindsofwatches1 View Post
    I'm sampling Houbigant Fougere Royale and Nobile 1942 Nobile Fougere. I've worn FR for two days and it grew on me in that short time. I really like it. I'm waiting on a decant of NF. I'm wondering if I'll need both .

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    FR is great. It wears really well at work and got complimented on it a few times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by epapsiou View Post
    FR is great. It wears really well at work and got complimented on it a few times.
    NF was a disappointment for me
    Yeah....I like FR. I'll see about NF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allkindsofwatches1 View Post
    Yeah....I like FR. I'll see about NF.

    Thanks.

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    Came across a guy last weekend who was getting rid of his mini collection and sold every he had between €1- and €2,50
    Had to take advantage of this, so acquired the following mini's from him for sampling:
    Sagamore Lancome, Santos de Cartier, Salvador Dali pour Homme, Capucci Punjab, Nina Ricci Phileas, Balenciaga Porto, Worth pour Homme, YSL pour Homme, Guerlain Vetiver, Jourdan Un Homme, Teatro Alla Scala, Ted Lapidus, Or Black, Chanel No19, Montana Homme, Luciano Pavarotti, Le 3e Homme de Caron, Krizia Uomo, Jacomo de Jacomo, Iquitos, Equipage AS, Boucheron pour Homme, Boss nr1 (5 and 10 ml), Azzaro pour Homme

    I'm most curious for Le 3e Homme de Caron, Guerlain Vetiver (already have and love the current formulation), Boss nr.1 and Charles Jourdan Un Homme as I can see those ending up on my FB want list.


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    Samplied for the first time Lapidus Pour Homme
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    Few quick first impression from my newly acquired mini's:

    Guerlain Vetiver: have and love the current formulation. This one is a bit more mossier, earthy and dark to my nose. It lacks the brightness of the current version. I think both formulations are fantastic for slightly different reasons.

    Charles Jourdan Un Homme: Very herbal and spicy and fantastically blended. I get associations to Azzaro pour Homme and Aramis Tuscany with this one. Really nice.

    Luciano Pavarotti: Maybe I wasn't in the right mood when sampling, but this one didn't work for me at all. The initial blast gave me a headache and I couldn't concentrate on what I was smelling anymore. Washed it off after an hour or so. Will try and test again in the future.

    Le 3e Homme de Caron: Smooth, elegant and undoubtedly French. I just love a good lavender fragrance, and this is certainly one of them. The creamy dry down is also something that I really love. For some reason this fragrance just feels effortless and comforting. A winner.

    Boss number one: I'm on the fence with this one. It is a very well blended spicy complex fragrance, that is at the very least intriguing but for now just doesn't really warms my heart. I can imagine growing into this with more wearings, but for now the click isn't really there.
    If I would compare it with literature I would say the Caron is Lost Illusions from Balzac (his writing style can come across as fairly simple, but his stories are so full of humanity and all the ups and downs and imperfections that come with it, it comes close to perfection) and the Boss number one is The Magic Mountain from Thomas Mann (technically and philosophically a perfectly executed novel, and therefore I consider it a masterpiece on an intellectual level. But at the same time it lacks the warmth and humanity Balzac has in his prose and therefore I would pick him over Thomas Mann in the end).

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    That's a very nice haul of minis, Sisyphus, and I enjoyed your first round of comments.

    I'll be looking forward to your thoughts on No.19 (one of my absolute favorites) Teatro alla Scala (a beautiful spced resinous blend) and Dali pour Homme (initially shocking but surprisingly wearable--smoky herbs and vetiver). I like Phileas too but find it too much of a classical masculine scent for me to wear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sisyphus View Post
    Few quick first impression from my newly acquired mini's:
    Wow -- instant collection! I'd have snapped those up in heartbeat too.

    Caron is Lost Illusions from Balzac
    Boss number one is The Magic Mountain from Thomas Mann
    Aha! We need more literary metaphors for our perfumes.

    Now I'm going to spend all day wondering which perfume would be Madame Bovary. Something impetuous and self-absorbed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sisyphus View Post
    Le 3e Homme de Caron: Smooth, elegant and undoubtedly French. I just love a good lavender fragrance, and this is certainly one of them. The creamy dry down is also something that I really love. For some reason this fragrance just feels effortless and comforting. A winner.

    Boss number one: I'm on the fence with this one. It is a very well blended spicy complex fragrance, that is at the very least intriguing but for now just doesn't really warms my heart. I can imagine growing into this with more wearings, but for now the click isn't really there.
    If I would compare it with literature I would say the Caron is Lost Illusions from Balzac (his writing style can come across as fairly simple, but his stories are so full of humanity and all the ups and downs and imperfections that come with it, it comes close to perfection) and the Boss number one is The Magic Mountain from Thomas Mann (technically and philosophically a perfectly executed novel, and therefore I consider it a masterpiece on an intellectual level. But at the same time it lacks the warmth and humanity Balzac has in his prose and therefore I would pick him over Thomas Mann in the end).
    I don't see Boss as technically flawless, but certainly ambitious. I find humor in how hard the fragrance is trying, and I'm a fan.

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    I can definitely see why people really love this fragrance. Like I said, I do find it intriguing and it wouldn't be the first time I will grow to like a scent like this. In that sense I'm glad I now have 15ml of this, so I can have quite some wearings before I have a final verdict on this.

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    Chanel A Gentlemen's Cologne
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    Quote Originally Posted by purecaramel View Post
    Mitsouko Parfum de Toilette 80's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sisyphus View Post
    You're off to a good start in vintage territory. There's quite a few here that I want to try myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purecaramel View Post
    Mitsouko Parfum de Toilette 80's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sisyphus View Post
    Few quick first impression from my newly acquired mini's:

    Guerlain Vetiver: have and love the current formulation. This one is a bit more mossier, earthy and dark to my nose. It lacks the brightness of the current version. I think both formulations are fantastic for slightly different reasons.

    Charles Jourdan Un Homme: Very herbal and spicy and fantastically blended. I get associations to Azzaro pour Homme and Aramis Tuscany with this one. Really nice.

    Luciano Pavarotti: Maybe I wasn't in the right mood when sampling, but this one didn't work for me at all. The initial blast gave me a headache and I couldn't concentrate on what I was smelling anymore. Washed it off after an hour or so. Will try and test again in the future.

    Le 3e Homme de Caron: Smooth, elegant and undoubtedly French. I just love a good lavender fragrance, and this is certainly one of them. The creamy dry down is also something that I really love. For some reason this fragrance just feels effortless and comforting. A winner.

    Boss number one: I'm on the fence with this one. It is a very well blended spicy complex fragrance, that is at the very least intriguing but for now just doesn't really warms my heart. I can imagine growing into this with more wearings, but for now the click isn't really there.
    If I would compare it with literature I would say the Caron is Lost Illusions from Balzac (his writing style can come across as fairly simple, but his stories are so full of humanity and all the ups and downs and imperfections that come with it, it comes close to perfection) and the Boss number one is The Magic Mountain from Thomas Mann (technically and philosophically a perfectly executed novel, and therefore I consider it a masterpiece on an intellectual level. But at the same time it lacks the warmth and humanity Balzac has in his prose and therefore I would pick him over Thomas Mann in the end).
    Love the literature connections!

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    Revisted Lapidus Pour Homme. Going at it a second time, I'm actually hating it now.
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    Did not sample anything of these so far (simply due the very immediate and prosaic logistics problem that respective fragrances did not arrive yet) but planning to sample asap as many vintage fragrances by the affordable, even bargain French house of Cofinluxe

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    Chanel For Men
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    Crown Perfumery Sandringham - I'm thinking it was a precursor to Clive Christian 1872
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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    Crown Perfumery Sandringham - I'm thinking it was a precursor to Clive Christian 1872
    Purportedly, yes, which is part of what piqued my interest in the whole Crown line. However, I wouldn't mistake one for the other.

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    Comparing two iterations of Worth pour Homme. So far, not noticing any significant differences beyond the packaging.

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    Gucci PH
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