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  1. 31 Days of Iris and Day Three: Après l’Ondée

    Après l’Ondée, is hands, down my most complemented perfume. It always makes women smile, ask me what I am wearing, where I got it, how to spell
    It, and if it’s at Macy’s or eUlta. Whenever I wear it, men actually follow me down the street and sometimes ask some of the same questions. It has the effect that, I suppose, many people (e.g., not crazy perfume addict connoisseur collector obsessives) look for when they imagine The Perfect Perfume. I don’t wear perfume to attract the attention ...
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  2. 31 Days of Iris: Day Two and Impossible Iris

    There are not a lot of perfumes from Ramon Monegal that strike me as indisputable classics, but there are a few that really stand out—Cuirelle, Entre Naranjos, their magnificent Amber, and Impossible Iris, an iris perfume so lovable and good natured that it almost disproves Iris’s reputation as the difficult Mean Girl of perfume ingredients.
    This despite its undeniable and perceptible high content of rich but delicate orris butter.

    Because orris is the first thing you smell ...
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  3. Essence de santal des Indes orientales de Macassar

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    Many years ago (20/25) I bought a can of Sandalwood Essence that said on the label. "Essence de santal des Indes orientales de Macassar" distilled in Holland, from the Naarden brand, does anyone know this product or can you tell me what type of sandalwood it is, is thick and has a honey color, but I don't know natural sandalwood from Mysore.
    I also have a Patchouly essence bought at that time but it is almost black, is that natural?
    I am a perfumery unknown, ...
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  4. 31 Days of Iris: Day One and Iris 39

    My spring rotation is not made up exclusively of iris perfumes, but between its large selection of iris options, and all the other irises I have in FB and samples, I think I can manage an iris a day. So I will use this space to post some sort impressions or thoughts, as best I can, from day to day.

    Today's choice is Le Labo Iris 39. It is a green iris, with a very attractive cold musk providing a base coat. Everything smells like "iris," the green iris queens like ...
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  5. Is Frédéric Malle going off the boil?

    There has been grumbling for a while now, niche houses sell out to corporations and the quality of the perfume goes down; both in the back catalogue and, most likely – but harder to gauge, in new releases.

    By comparing old and new samples you can often find out if a perfume has been tweaked, but the quality of new releases - compared to the back catalogue - is more difficult to judge. One approach is to look at the ratings a house gets, before and after being sold to a corporation. ...

    Updated 27th March 2021 at 05:11 PM by Wild Gardener

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