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post #12031 of 19030
YSL Y Parfum for me today. This definitely belongs in the chypre hall of fame.
post #12032 of 19030
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

YSL Y Parfum for me today. This definitely belongs in the chypre hall of fame.

+1. It also shows, when seen alongside Miss Dior or Givenchy III, how the same basic notes can be taken in so many interesting directions. It has a completely different "feel" from these other two (and other chypres). YSL really knew how to do unique scents, though many of them haven't aged well for many current noses. I love Y, the (original) RG, and even the original YSL Pour Homme, but they were very much parts of their era. They looked so far forward, while being tied so closely to their zeitgeist, that now 40-50 years later they feel a little dated.
post #12033 of 19030
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Originally Posted by rach2jlc View Post

+1. It also shows, when seen alongside Miss Dior or Givenchy III, how the same basic notes can be taken in so many interesting directions. It has a completely different "feel" from these other two (and other chypres).

So true. There's obviously a family resemblance--they're all recognizably chypres, after all--but the differences are remarkable as well. I find Y to be the softest, most delicate and most feminine of the classic chypres. (At least the ones I've tried.)
post #12034 of 19030
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I find Y to be the softest, most delicate and most feminine of the classic chypres. (At least the ones I've tried.)

I do as well. Miss Dior is quite sultry/animalic... and Givenchy III is less feminine, more woody/unisex. Y is classically feminine in a classy, non-"girly" way. Sort of Catherine Deneuve vs. Hillary Duff.
post #12035 of 19030
So I met up with a friend today and wound up with a partial bottle of Acqua di Parma, decants of TF Grey Vetiver and two scents I'd never ever heard of, and oodles of samples, so there will be New and Interesting SOTDS for this week and beyond!!!

Also: wearing today...Shaal Nur (I don't know why) and Lutens El Attarine (Because it disappears on me quickly and some friends are incredulous at my assertion). Not sure what to tell you about El Attarine other than it's this oleaginous lipstick floral that sits, blob-like on my skin and shuffles away from my nose when I'm trying to locate it. Unusual for Uncle Serge - I suspect I have faulty skin.

And, FWIW, I bought Tobacco Vanille blind as part of a split and do not regret for a moment. Actually, that's also how I came across Amber Absolute (also, blind, split), and I'm working to get more of the AA as we speak. It's such a lovely, jack-booted smoky-voiced amber.
post #12036 of 19030
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It's such a lovely, jack-booted smoky-voiced amber.
+1

Will likely wear it again tomorrow.
post #12037 of 19030
Hot and muggy today, so Chanel no. 19 edt
post #12038 of 19030
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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post

So I met up with a friend today and wound up with a partial bottle of Acqua di Parma, decants of TF Grey Vetiver and two scents I'd never ever heard of, and oodles of samples, so there will be New and Interesting SOTDS for this week and beyond!!!
Also: wearing today...Shaal Nur (I don't know why) and Lutens El Attarine (Because it disappears on me quickly and some friends are incredulous at my assertion). Not sure what to tell you about El Attarine other than it's this oleaginous lipstick floral that sits, blob-like on my skin and shuffles away from my nose when I'm trying to locate it. Unusual for Uncle Serge - I suspect I have faulty skin.
And, FWIW, I bought Tobacco Vanille blind as part of a split and do not regret for a moment. Actually, that's also how I came across Amber Absolute (also, blind, split), and I'm working to get more of the AA as we speak. It's such a lovely, jack-booted smoky-voiced amber.

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Originally Posted by b1os View Post

+1
Will likely wear it again tomorrow.

It is gorgeous. The only others that I felt were in the same range were Parfum d'empires Ambre Russe and Armani Prive Ambre Soie (misspelling?)

All three have their own attributes and I never had all three side-by-side, making my comparisons to each based on the memory of the others, but I remember really enjoying each of them in a way I didn't with many other ambres.

L'interdit today; the aldehydes quickly evaporate in this heat, leaving a lovely soft fruit/strawberry vibe with some white musk. Excellent for this weather, though not if it gets any more humid. Would be better in a very dusty, dry heat.
post #12039 of 19030
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I recall Master-Classter saying there was a gallon jug of Velvet Gardenia at his workplace.
an explanation... I work in the biz. Our TF counter has 250ml flacons which we use to display for sale and also to make samples from. But how do you refill a 250ml flacon? with gallon jugs of course! so our stock room has tens of gallon jugs of all the juice including all the discontinued ones like Gardenia, which will just sit there until they toss them out. Not worth it to send back to the manufacturer I figure.
post #12040 of 19030
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Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post

an explanation... I work in the biz. Our TF counter has 250ml flacons which we use to display for sale and also to make samples from. But how do you refill a 250ml flacon? with gallon jugs of course! so our stock room has tens of gallon jugs of all the juice including all the discontinued ones like Gardenia, which will just sit there until they toss them out. Not worth it to send back to the manufacturer I figure.

.... decants? Are they that closely monitored? devil.gif
post #12041 of 19030
New Bond #9 Sag Harbor. Ultimately unremarkable.
post #12042 of 19030
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

New Bond #9 Sag Harbor. Ultimately unremarkable.

After an initial fascination w/ the line, I think this is usually the case...
post #12043 of 19030
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Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post

an explanation... I work in the biz. Our TF counter has 250ml flacons which we use to display for sale and also to make samples from. But how do you refill a 250ml flacon? with gallon jugs of course! so our stock room has tens of gallon jugs of all the juice including all the discontinued ones like Gardenia, which will just sit there until they toss them out. Not worth it to send back to the manufacturer I figure.

Fascinating! Just goes to show the reality vs. fantasy of parfumery. All that talk of "sacred essential essences" and "premium quality ingredients" is countered by the fact that perfume costs, literally, pennies to produce in the huge (mostly synthetic) sums in which the big houses produce it. Whether Creed, TF, Guerlain, or anybody else... the best way to make easy $$$ is through perfume. Maybe at some point distillation of essential essences was very costly, but with a big operation, it costs them next to nothing these days (except for the cost of the bottle and the packaging.)

I'd love to know the REAL cost of that $260 bottle of Creed. Yes, they use a nice bottle and a lovely spray mechanism... but beyond that, I'd say the juice costs the same as Estee lauder or Avon.

Rambo, haven't tried that Bond, but I had that reaction to many. Riverside Drive I love, and a few others are quite unique (West Broadway a lovely sweet/sugary blend, Nuits de Noho, and Fire Island just for fun)... but many others were just, meh.

Did you try Acqua Fiorentina, by the way?
post #12044 of 19030
Spritzed it on a card. Too floraly/fruity for me. But I think it would go over well with a few of you guys. They said the dry down was very nice.

The Tom Ford refill bottles come in these amber moonshine-esque bottles. Its really very tempting, for a variety of reasons.
post #12045 of 19030
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

Spritzed it on a card. Too floraly/fruity for me. But I think it would go over well with a few of you guys. They said the dry down was very nice.
The Tom Ford refill bottles come in these amber moonshine-esque bottles. Its really very tempting, for a variety of reasons.

Interesting they called the dry down very nice. I find it a rather linear fragrance... it is fruity floral, then become fruity floral, then finishes fruity floral. What it starts with is about what it ends with (and I get the "woody" note from the start. Of course, my anti-Creed bias may be affecting my nose, but I really wanted a friendly summer scent to wear to meetings, because with the "setsu-den" power conservation still in place following the earthquake last year, Japanese businesses and meetings are cutting back on air conditioning. Declaration, Eau d'hermes, or Tabac blond just might give some of these old Japanese men an aneurism.
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