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    Default Your fragrance wanderings this year

    Started out really into naturals, all natural’s. Then I got super interested in strong Orientals. And lately, I’ve been really into vintages especially strong patchouly’s.

    What were your fragrance wanderings this year?
    FYI: I spray all fragrances on clothing, never on skin.

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    First, it was a Replica: Jazz Club kick sparked by a hotel stay in Chicago where all the toiletries at the St. Jane had the scent. (The Ambassador in the same city features Jazz Club too.) Then, it was a oud kick, which thankfully stopped before I got into the deep stuff.

    After that, a kick for freshies due to a workplace change from retail to an office. This continues - for proof, my first Roja will be Elysium. Simply put, I don’t want visitors to be offended by my SOTD, so no more animalics and oakmoss bombs (pre- or post-EU Cosmetics Directive/IFRA) for me.


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    Default Re: Your fragrance wanderings this year

    In 2019 I fell in love with genuine ambergris (grey or white).

    Acquired a handful of ambergris-enhanced stuff:-
    Bortnikoff Bonheur - at a hefty premium
    Areej Le Doré Baikal Gris
    Areej Le Doré War & Peace
    Bortnikoff Sir Winston
    Sultan Pasha’s Aurum d’Angkhor

    Even contemplating commissioning a semi bespoke fragrance containing real ambergris.
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    Default Re: Your fragrance wanderings this year

    My wanderings led me to several new French niche houses
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    Went from exploring extraits and attar from a few houses, to buying vintage, to houses like Rogue, and just at the end of the year im winding down and enjoying more simpler but delightful eaux de colognes from PdN and Guerlain!

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    I’ve been obsessed with more obscure vintage fragrances and defunct houses, and also finding my best reference fragrances for favorite note focus - sandalwood, jasmine, vetiver, tuberose and some others.
    ”I want all the perfumes”
    Currently wearing: Cinnabar by Estée Lauder

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    No particular wanderings, as much as further delving into styles, brands, notes, houses etc. was pretty much constantly interested in the first place- organic takes on citrus, Mediterranean, floral notes, certain incenses, possible (neo) barbershops, but also more classic, straightforward traditional gentlemanly herbal mosses as well.
    What may have turned this into wanderings, musings, experiments may be the fact that this journey covered quite eclectically a quite diverse, abundant range of price categories, houses, complexities, nuances and so on.

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    Default Re: Your fragrance wanderings this year

    Quote Originally Posted by Earlyn View Post
    I’ve been obsessed with more obscure vintage fragrances and defunct houses, and also finding my best reference fragrances for favorite note focus - sandalwood, jasmine, vetiver, tuberose and some others.
    Interesting project. I like it!
    FYI: I spray all fragrances on clothing, never on skin.

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    While I have a pretty full collection, I still have a lot of curiosity about what's out there, so I still do a lot of sampling. My favorite notes (frangipani & juniper berry, I'm obsessed with) are hard to come by sometimes, so when I saw Plumeria de Orris, that caught my attention and I stepped out of my comfort zone to sample some Areej Le Doré, and also some Rogue Perfumery. I was also delighted to see the comeback of Sonoma Scent Studio, did some sampling and am contemplating a couple of bottles from them. I never seem to be able to resist a violet scent nor anything small and cheap at the local discounters. Beyond that, I am sampling some standard reference scents, chiefly by Serge Lutens, Dame Perfumery, and my first Frederic Malles, mostly just to further my general knowledge.
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    My primary journey this year was dedicated to my favorite note: tobacco. I wanted to pursue a relatively thorough survey of tobacco as a note in perfumery past and present.

    Secondarily, I started to explore vintage masculine perfumery a little more aggressively than I had previously. It didn't turn me into a vintage addict, but it was enlightening and I did discover a few favorites along the way.

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    Looking back, I wandered a lot among some of my favourites, Mon Guerlain, Cuir Impertinent, various versions of Angel, some Chanel, and Serge Lutens. There was a brief dalliance with Alien. Through thrift store finds I experienced two Lutens not likely purchased otherwise, Vétiver Oriental and Chergui edps. My favourite Lutens is Nuit de Cellophane, which may be on the agenda again soon.
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    Default Re: Your fragrance wanderings this year

    Similarly to the OP, I've moved away from the all/mostly naturals to older, mostly 70s/80s masculines, especially oakmoss heavy ones.
    Currently wearing: Endymion by Penhaligon's

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    Default Re: Your fragrance wanderings this year

    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Hound View Post
    Similarly to the OP, I've moved away from the all/mostly naturals to older, mostly 70s/80s masculines, especially oakmoss heavy ones.
    This is my current interest. I just can’t get enough of these. I think they were a high point of this type of perfumery that isn’t coming back.
    FYI: I spray all fragrances on clothing, never on skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Hound View Post
    Similarly to the OP, I've moved away from the all/mostly naturals to older, mostly 70s/80s masculines, especially oakmoss heavy ones.
    I started exploring vintage masculines this year, but found that I didn't really adore them as a category. Some were genuinely exceptional. Many were just average interpretations of what was then a commonplace style.

    I'll admit I don't really get the obsession over vintage oakmoss bombs. I'll readily acknowledge that sometimes its absence dramatically altered fragrances in reformulation, but I don't really have any particular attachment to oakmoss in and of itself and find its use as connective tissue in a lot of vintage perfumery kinda lazy.

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    mine lead me away from oud oils, they're just not for me. the ones that are, aren't that much better than extraits to go through the trouble of acquiring and testing them

    additionally, i stopped entertaining certain cheaper "niche" brands. Montale/Mancera and Parfums de Marly being the main culprits.
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    Default Re: Your fragrance wanderings this year

    Was all over the place years ago.
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    Default Re: Your fragrance wanderings this year

    Was into musks for a bit, went after some masculines, ran through some masculine rose frags, checked out Guerlain, went down the Areej/Bortnikoff lane, dug in to Tom Ford, which lead me back to animalics, more specifically castoreum and leather. Brings me current.
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    Tried (and, thus far, failed) to find the perfect clay/mineral fragrance. Neither of those notes seem to last or stand out very prominently.
    Also tried briefly (and haven’t found much success) to find a great bready fragrance that isn’t too sweet.
    Currently wearing: FUM by Bravanariz

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    Stuck with ALD as this is my favorite niche house. Wondered down the rabbit hole of vintage perfumes and damn I’m enjoying my adventure with a few old school houses and discovering more daily.

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    2019 brought along more consolidation of my collection. My find of the year was Guerlain Impériale Extra Dry, which is such a wonderful composition.

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    It's so interesting to look back! I've scrolled through my (admittedly spotty) sotd record keeping, and found the following:

    - I started out the year with jumping through my own collection, including several samples that I am revisiting right now. Apparently 1-2 ml samples last me a long time and `I seem to have the same cravings around the same time of the year.

    - I had a brief designer testing phase, most of those I did not enjoy (I'm looking at you La Vie Est Belle)

    - Then followed an unexpected vanilla craving, which led to a lot of testing and wearing Mona Di Orio and Safran Troublant. The latter became a full bottle main stay in my collection

    - On the back of my vanilla kick I explored my sweeter side and tried several Kerosene and Hilde Soliani fragrances

    - Around March the florals made a comeback, which led to a a white floral phase in summer. I particularly enjoyed Dior's New Look, although that is one of the few white flowers that does better in cold weather.

    - I explored some indie houses, such as Rogue (love) and The Zoo (not for me)

    - My love for Ormonde Jayne deepened in fall. I bought bottles of Orris Noir and Tsarina, gifted my husband Ormonde Man, and explored their candle line (the Ormonde candle is fantastic). This is one of my favourite houses.

    - Late fall/winter was dedicated to an iris phase, which led to my very first buying mishap: I ordered a decant of Dior's Bois D'Argent from a new website, but it turns out they either made a mistake filling the decant, or they tried to swindle me! I'm returning the decant today, but I doubt I'll get my money back.

    - Later this year I also experienced an urge to buy back up bottles of some of my favourite scents, spurred on by the mass discontinuation at L'Artisan Parfumeur. I think this will continue in the new year.

    - Right now, I'm feeling a sandalwood phase coming on. I've reordered a sample Dusita's La Douceur de Siam, which I remember as having a marvellous sandalwood dry down. I might go hunt down some more sandalwood fragrances soon.

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    Default Re: Your fragrance wanderings this year

    Aside from securing additional backups to stuff that I wear regularly, I placed more focus on vintage fragrances.
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    I started out with a couple of Clive Christian and Hermès fragrances, developed a fascination with Abdes Salaam/Via del Profumo, and then did a deep dive into vintage. That took me from a rotation of 3–4 frags to a still-progressing sample fest through over 200.

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    Focusing lately on niche and vintage frags that are 5 stars to my nose.
    Currently wearing: Pi by Givenchy

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    I moved away from accumulating a high quantity of mid-range designers and cheapies (my focus for most of 2018) in exchange for a smaller quantity of high quality, luxe houses like Xerjoff, Initio, Amouage, and Roja Dove. This turned out to be a great approach as I was able to significantly "de-clutter" my wardrobe and add some truly excellent fragrances in return (I also sold a ton of stuff off this year).

    As far as styles, I moved away from freshies a bit this year (a genre which dominated the past few years) and focused my attention on "spicy" fragrances and woods. I needed to do this as my wardrobe was becoming unbalanced, leaning heavily toward the "fresh" side. I think the only true fresh scents I bought this year were Virgin Mint and L'Homme Ideal Cool. I added about 15 fragrances from other genres.

    I also got back into Slumberhouse this year, really enjoying the re-issued classics like Sova, Jeke, and Ore. And I briefly explored Areej le Dore, a house I find extremely interesting but maybe not for me in the end. Russian Musk was truly something though.

    I was able to sample several scents in the Carolina Herrera Confidential line, which I found altogether a very good, well-composed group of fragrances. Virgin Mint was the stand out to me and I was able to get a bottle of it on eBay before it all but disappeared. Mystery Tobacco and Vetiver Paradise were also very nice.

    I took a long look at Amouage--a house I'd previously ignored for the most part with exception to a few releases. I found three fragrances I really enjoyed: Bracken Man, Overture, and Jubilation XXV. I'm on to sampling Dia Man next (which I owned briefly a year ago but probably didn't wear enough to get a really good sense of it).

    Finally, I found what I'd personally consider my closest to a 10/10 fragrance in Bleu de Chanel Parfum. I think it's spectacular, and although there may be other fragrances with higher quality ingredients and greater complexity, Bleu Parfum delivers everything I could possibly ask for in an active, daily-wear scent, and it's taken the Bleu formula and perfected it.

    This about sums up my 2019 wanderings and digressions.
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    I was part of Sixteen92's Circle membership so I got to try a lot of their creations. Thanks to HouseOfPhlegethon with sample swappings and introducing me to a whole slew of vintage and sadly discontinued scents.

    The rest of my sampling seems to kinda be all over the place. More 'atmospheric' and a number of them outside my comfort zone.

    For my next order I'm debating between a smaller sample haul of harder to find perfumes or a larger sample order of easier to find.
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    Mainly cheaper neroli scents, although now having explored fragrances that tend more towards being neroli soliflores I’m hankering for the perfect classic EdC. Unfortunately all the ones I’ve really liked so far are pretty expensive. Also lost a bit of passion for exploration of new scents so I’m just kind of wearing what I have until the bug hits me again.
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    Cheaper vetivers.

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    I’ve been on a gourmand binge for most of the year, with a few floral purchases too, but I feel the gourmand phase coming to a close. Circling back to my long-time favourites of ambers, resins and florals.

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    Vetiver and Mitsouko. Nothing more to add.




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