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    Default Sample of the Day - August 2020

    Thanks to all of you who contributed to last month's thread! l look forward to reading more of your impressions of whatever you're trying this month, folks. l'll be back here soon myself as well, of course...
    "What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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    So I’ve tried 2 Ormonde Jayne perfumes, today is White Gold and yesterday was Ormonde Woman. I prefer the Woman over the Gold but both seem too heavy and serious for my tastes. The Woman dried down nicely throughout the day and became lighter as long as you didn’t smell too close to the skin. The Gold is a heavy floral and I don’t smell anything particularly distinct about it. I think they’re both well made but they don’t uplift my mood or jazz me.
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    Sampled Xerjoff Uden Overdose today from the Shooting Stars collection, it was nice but I much prefer the original Uden over this one. Would not purchase this but ok for sampling purposes.

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    Default Re: Sample of the Day - August 2020

    Posted this in last month's thread incorrectly:

    Today I'm wearing an official carded sample of Winter Palace by Memo Paris and I'm deeply enjoying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lemonlimelady View Post
    So Iíve tried 2 Ormonde Jayne perfumes, today is White Gold and yesterday was Ormonde Woman. I prefer the Woman over the Gold but both seem too heavy and serious for my tastes. The Woman dried down nicely throughout the day and became lighter as long as you didnít smell too close to the skin. The Gold is a heavy floral and I donít smell anything particularly distinct about it. I think theyíre both well made but they donít uplift my mood or jazz me.
    Have you tried the Osmanthus by Ormonde Jayne? I agree about White Gold but their other floral Frangipani is really Something to write home about.

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    Zarkoperfume Molecule No. 8 Wooden Chips- enjoyed its complex qualities quite a bit, some of the fairly recent niche offerings do enjoy in its complexity and good rendition sweet wood notes

    finally tested TF Beau de Jour- without being a 1-on-1 plagiarism/carbon copy, found this to be very similar to vintage Givenchy Gentleman, maybe with less focus on the musky/leathery and more on the classic barbershop notes

    plus a few recent Atkinson's releases- His Majesty the Oud being well made yet mostly a decent yet not fully unique rendition capitalizing on the niche oud hype, while 41 Burlington Arcade and 44 Gerrard Street classic British niche at their finest, very conservative and formal at their best, with additional hints of woodiness and freshness
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamasin View Post
    Have you tried the Osmanthus by Ormonde Jayne? I agree about White Gold but their other floral Frangipani is really Something to write home about.
    I agree: Frangipani is gorgeous, and I really like Osmanthus, too - although I think I prefer the Elixir version of Osmanthus to the EDP. The EDP is really bright. I like the deeper treatment of the Elixir.

    I'm sampling Bortnikoff Musk Khabib today. Notes are bergamot, cardamom, nutmeg, ylang-ylang, cedarwood, tolu balsam, ambergris, deer musk, oakmoss, vetiver, tonka bean, vanilla. Application was via dabbing.

    This is a gorgeous modern take on a floral chypre. It's very well-blended. It's easily recognizable as a spicy ylang, but I can't say, "oh, yeah, this spicy thing is obviously cardamom and nutmeg." The musk is there, too, but the overall effect is to highlight the beachy-sweaty-skin aspects of a tropical ylang -- similar to the effect I get from Songes EDP. (Not saying they smell alike.) There's wisp of smoke in there, too, whether it's the vetiver or the ambergris is hard to tell. I'm betting it's the vetiver, with the ambergris feeding the warm sweaty skin feel of the musk.

    This is so beautiful, but it's eye-popping at $360/50ml. I may just order samples and dab until it runs out.

    ETA: I just saw that 9ml sizes of my 3 favorite Bortnikoff fragrances, Musk Khabib, Musk Cologne, and Amber Cologne, are available on Luckyscent for under $100. Still pricey on a per-ml basis but a nice option to have.
    Currently wearing: La Nuit by Paco Rabanne

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    Default Re: Sample of the Day - August 2020

    Quote Originally Posted by Tamasin View Post
    Have you tried the Osmanthus by Ormonde Jayne? I agree about White Gold but their other floral Frangipani is really Something to write home about.
    Noo, my other 2 Ormonde samples are Ta'if and Prive which I have not tried. I'll keep an eye out for the Osmanthus, the elixir, if I can find it. I have tried the Frangipani and I love that.

    Today is Luten La Vierge De Fer. Got complimented on it but I don't like it very much. It reminds me of the Chloe EDP I had years ago. Also a sort of hairspray sharp smell. It's very chemical smelling.

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    Currently sampling and deciding whether CdG Black will be a FB purchase, or whether I already have enough examples of this sort of 'dark' fragrance for there to be too much overlap in my collection.

    In its own right, I'm greatly enjoying Black. Longevity is 8-10hrs at least (some of that a skin scent), and sillage is surprisingly present. I doubt it projects much, but that's not the point. I'd wear this all year round, including summer. It's easy to wear, feels smooth, and light/not suffocating despite the name. It smells (dark) brown, dry and dusty, and I get most of the notes : incense, smoke, black pepper, licorice/vetiver, birch tar/leather, but also a sense of cumin/spice - an olfactory texture as much as anything. Like some other reviewers, I can't stop sniffing my arm.

    On my other arm today, I have one of my favourites : Etro Vetiver, a deep, dark, rooty vetiver that I experience as 'black', though side by side with Black it seems to have a dark greenish cast to its blackness, and a slight green/citric bite - probably from the sagebrush and the cypress. It is vetiver-focused; all the other notes play around it to support that. Back later to add comments on their respective drydowns.
    Summer 2020 : Guerlain Vetiver; Penhaligon's Juniper Sling; Etro Gomma; Palais Jamais and Dianthus; Hermes Equipage Geranium; Aramis Tuscany; Caron Yatagan and Third Man; Knize Ten ; Parfums d'Empire Eau de Gloire and Corsica Furiosa; Anatole Lebreton L'Eau de Merzhin; Bottega Veneta Bottega Veneta pour Homme

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    Default Re: Sample of the Day - August 2020

    I sampled PDM Sedley today.

    The opening is what I classify as "divine". Just a few scents I've smelled enter this category (Boadicea Intense, Naomi Goodsir Cuir Sacrť).
    The dry down is good, but not as good as the opening*

    really nice scent overall

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    Yves Rocher Monoi Vague d'Ete - while familiar with other Yves Rocher scents from the Monoi series, this one turned out to be a quite understated, simple, yet not generic nor overly sweet summery vanilla




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