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post #10816 of 21076
http://www.ebay.de/itm/Hermessence-Rose-Ikebana-/180854366414?pt=DE_Beauty_Wellness_Parfum_Damenparfum&hash=item2a1bc2a0ce#ht_838wt_108

worth a try? Do you like the scent? Reviews on BN are rather mixed.
post #10817 of 21076
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http://www.ebay.de/itm/Hermessence-Rose-Ikebana-/180854366414?pt=DE_Beauty_Wellness_Parfum_Damenparfum&hash=item2a1bc2a0ce#ht_838wt_108
worth a try? Do you like the scent? Reviews on BN are rather mixed.

I enjoy Rose Ikebana, and I think it's definitely worth a try. (Looks like the auction you linked to has ended, but if you can get some at a good price I'd go for it.) It's a crisp, bright rose with a citrusy top. I'd describe the longevity and projection as moderate.

Le Labo Oud 27 for me today.
post #10818 of 21076
Yeah, I bid 13,50€. It's 25€ retail so I didn't want to pay more (esp. cause it's opened and shipping is a few €, too). I'll keep an eye out for it. Do you prefer the grapefruit-rose interplay in Eau de Pamplemousse Rose?

SotD1: TF - Tobacco Vanille. Vanilla and a little tabac in the very beginning. Vanilla became more prominent in the first two hours. After that, and until now (4 hours), it's mostly honey with a hint of tabacco and vanilla.
SotD2: TF - Lavender Palm. Very dry, sharp lavender scent. Not bad, but nothing I'd wear too often.
post #10819 of 21076
I prefer Rose Ikebana to Pamplemousse Rose, but they are very different scents. It's been about a year since I've worn Pamplemousse Rose, but I recall that the grapefruit note is definitely the most prominent. It's a very good grapefruit edc. Rose Ikebana is much more rose-centered, with the citrus playing a supporting role. Rose Ikebana would not be out of place in the Jardin series, as it's got a similar vibe.

Lavender Palm is one of those scents that I've come to like more and more over time. At first I liked it but wasn't nuts about it. Now it's become a regular in my rotation. There's a citrus note at the top--amalfi lemon, I think--that is really compelling with the lavender. The effect is sort of dirty, which is surprising.
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...where was I? Oh yes, I pulled my neglected bottle of Terre d'Hermes out of the drawer and applied thinking I'll just ignore it and it will go away soon. Well, as it turns out it never really develops any flesh or warmth, but I find it appealing all the same in a Wire Mother way.

That crystalline spicy transparency (aka, the "Wire Mother") is just what I like about Terre d'Hermes.

And then, today after a long break, I put back on L'air Marocain and realized that one of the things I love about it is its luscious cozy center ; that which TdH completely lacks. We'll just call that the "Sock Monkey".

Good Friday, black Saturday, Easter: Dzongkha, L'air Marocain, Dzongkha.
post #10821 of 21076
Anybody know why Turin and Sanchez hate Le Labo soooo much? The Bergamote is the only one I really love, but I think the Rose and Santal are okay as well... but those guys really seem to have a bug up their collective A$ses... any reason in particular?
post #10822 of 21076
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Anybody know why Turin and Sanchez hate Le Labo soooo much? The Bergamote is the only one I really love, but I think the Rose and Santal are okay as well... but those guys really seem to have a bug up their collective A$ses... any reason in particular?

They admit to being very subjective, and they ARE subjective. It's surprising to read their guide to see what they like and what they don't. I guess that's the point; like Bill O'reilly, Rush, or Rachel Maddow, they get debates/discussions going over topics that otherwise might be too esoteric to pin down, and get readers to take sides for or against.

While sometimes they are refreshingly iconoclastic (like, not fawning over "great" classics... IIRC they hated tabac blond), on the other hand they can sometimes drool over strange picks (Estee lauder beyond paradise?) and then be very nasty about others (like Le Labo).

So, you have to read it all with a grain of salt. I applaud them for having found a way to make a living off of something so ephemeral and subjective; you wouldn't think that people could actually give a RATING to a scent and be trusted for it.

Anyway, Ungaro II today! Finally the right weather for it.
post #10823 of 21076
He probably gives his reasons for disliking each scent on a case by case basis in the Guide, but I've found that most of their scents seem gimmicky to me, or rather the concept seems gimmicky and the scents are unmemorable. I haven't tried most of the newer ones, but Rose to me smelled like a synthetic black pepper with very little rose, and it also had no longevity. I was intrigued by Patchouli, but it's heavy rubbery smokey vibe got old fast and I found it unwearable. I haven't sampled their scents in a while now, but I'm also very suspicious of all the super expensive brands, especially considering how many brilliant forgotten designer scents are hiding in plain sight at the discount stores.
post #10824 of 21076
There's nothing from the Le Labo line that I really love, although there are a few that I think are good. What drives me nuts about Le Labo is the names they give their fragrances. You'd expect that the most prominent note is the one in the name, but in so many cases it's not true. Rose 31 is a good example. In addition, Jasmin 17 should really be called Orange Blossom 17. Bergamote 22 certainly features bergamot at the top, but to my nose it's very much a vetiver scent. And Santal 33 features a bunch of unpleasant notes, but the most prominent (and the most unpleasant) is the leather.
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He probably gives his reasons for disliking each scent on a case by case basis in the Guide, but I've found that most of their scents seem gimmicky to me, or rather the concept seems gimmicky and the scents are unmemorable. I haven't tried most of the newer ones, but Rose to me smelled like a synthetic black pepper with very little rose, and it also had no longevity. I was intrigued by Patchouli, but it's heavy rubbery smokey vibe got old fast and I found it unwearable. I haven't sampled their scents in a while now, but I'm also very suspicious of all the super expensive brands, especially considering how many brilliant forgotten designer scents are hiding in plain sight at the discount stores.

This is why we get along so well. smile.gif After doing niche and getting involved with the Basenotes hype-of-the-month long long ago, the past few years have seen me revisiting the classics, and it's been a wonderful journey. It's also been considerably more affordable. I think it's good for one to do both, and after having sampled "everything else" I think I can therefore appreciate those classics more now than I could have before.
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

There's nothing from the Le Labo line that I really love, although there are a few that I think are good. What drives me nuts about Le Labo is the names they give their fragrances. You'd expect that the most prominent note is the one in the name, but in so many cases it's not true. Rose 31 is a good example. In addition, Jasmin 17 should really be called Orange Blossom 17. Bergamote 22 certainly features bergamot at the top, but to my nose it's very much a vetiver scent. And Santal 33 features a bunch of unpleasant notes, but the most prominent (and the most unpleasant) is the leather.

I don't dislike LeLabo (or those that I've tried, which really are only a few), but I agree with your assessment. Patchouli and vetiver were mostly birchtar and something quite medicinal to my nose, though I liked them both well enough. My problem, as above, is the expense and the market saturation. I understand fragrance being an industry like any other, but it's more difficult to find the hits and misses than it is for a fashion brand or even a new novel being published. It takes so much time and becomes so overwhelming eventually you do (like me) and just focus on a small set and stop expanding. Aside from Malle Portrait of a Lady (which I tried by accident while going after La parfum de Therese), I don't think i've really sampled a new scent or release in 2-3 years.
post #10826 of 21076
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. Aside from Malle Portrait of a Lady (which I tried by accident while going after La parfum de Therese), I don't think i've really sampled a new scent or release in 2-3 years.

You should really try the Malle Geraniums ...
post #10827 of 21076
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You should really try the Malle Geraniums ...

I'm going to make a geranium that is similar to Geranium Pour Monsieur but with less mint. I've been collecting oils and diluting them.
post #10828 of 21076
I love the mint. Will you keep the anise?
post #10829 of 21076
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I'm going to make a geranium that is similar to Geranium Pour Monsieur but with less mint. I've been collecting oils and diluting them.

Very briefly I once tried playing with making my own juice. Basically, you'll end up spending $400 for something that smells like CK One (haha.) Just kidding, but unfortunately to do it "right" requires an operation a lot more than most can do. Nevertheless, it's still fun to "tinker" with. I just found that the oils I could afford didn't smell as good as the "real" thing... and I wasn't keen on scoring $9000 worth of Rose Absolu, santal de mysore, or agarwood.

Thanks for the rec, Ron. I'll give it a try! Geranium is sometimes a note that I don't like, but I'm curious to give it a sniff. smile.gif
post #10830 of 21076
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I love the mint. Will you keep the anise?
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Originally Posted by rach2jlc View Post

Very briefly I once tried playing with making my own juice. Basically, you'll end up spending $400 for something that smells like CK One (haha.) Just kidding, but unfortunately to do it "right" requires an operation a lot more than most can do. Nevertheless, it's still fun to "tinker" with. I just found that the oils I could afford didn't smell as good as the "real" thing... and I wasn't keen on scoring $9000 worth of Rose Absolu, santal de mysore, or agarwood.
Thanks for the rec, Ron. I'll give it a try! Geranium is sometimes a note that I don't like, but I'm curious to give it a sniff. smile.gif

I like the mint as well, but I want to titrate up from a smaller dose. Also, the spice I'm kind of obsessed with is black pepper and want to add that to the mix. We'll see! And it's fun just to tinker around with the limited number of ingredients I have, which is about 25 at this point. That, of course, is nothing compared to what even a devoted novice has in stock but my plan is to create something I haven't smelled before - that's the whole idea if there's already a scent out there that already exists and it would be the efforts of a fool to try to duplicate something of a master.
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