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post #17701 of 21073
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Working through something also from like 3 years ago... Van Cleef & Arpels sampler set of their 'new' Collection Extraordinaire from when it first launched: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Muguet Blanc - Well it's a green fresh floral. Not really my cup of tea. That being said it's quite pretty, maybe even elegant. It's simple, but classy. Could be young, could be old, from sundresses to daytime weddings. It's lily-of-the-valley and peony. Maybe a small wood base. One of the BN reviewers likened it to an old Dior and I'd say it could work there. Maybe it's too simple for my tastes as well... Overall, it's pretty and classy but otherwise boring. If you love Lilly/Peony, then I guess give it a spray but don't expect any adventure. It's not even a short story. Just a one hit wonder, and not even much of a wonder at that. Someone else compared it to En Passant. Nah. This is much crisper and doesn't have any of the dirt/earth/yeast. Although I did think of cucumber. Overally, booooring. PASS. I see greens and blues, fairly transparent. I don't think it smells cheap per se, but I could imagine a house making something this simple for a much lower cost. If this were the new GAP or Demeter, I'd be impressed, but for VC&A private line, it's a bit too simple methinks. And just remembered these are like $250/bottle. super PASS.

Bois D'Iris - There's florals in here but I'm getting a huge hit of chocolate and spices. Not what I was expecting! I'm so confused... All I'm smelling is heavy heady vanilla and spice. I had to double check if I put on the wrong one... OK I'm going to skip the review because this makes no sense to me. I don't get any Iris or floral to speak of. ????. Aha! now that I'm reading L'Incandescent's note above about the chocolate facet of Iris, which I had no idea existed, this may be making more sense. And after quite a while now I can smell more of the floral notes. Just surprised me, that's all. I will agree with one BN reviewer who said there's a somewhat overwhelming cheapish vanilla base that sort of just plows over everything else.

Lys Carmin - OK this one's interesting. The Muguet is crisp and fresh. This is sweet, in a way I've never smelled before. I'm struggling to describe this. There's Ylang ylang which to me almost has a red currant sort of fruity note. Shoot, maybe it's the caramel of Prada Candy? Plus shampoo or bubble bath. There's kind of a candied sweetness and then the ylangylang, which as far as I know is not a common floral used. Again, not particularly my cup of tea, although I think it's worth sniffing. TRY! (who knew?)

Gardenia Petale - Alright, let me start by saying I don't particularly care for Gardenia... GF beside me has a little splash of it on her arm. I'm no expert but I think it's accurate. Meaning white funky earthy floral. Bit of dirt, earth, and little funk. Eh, not much to say here I dunno. I guess if you love gardenia, give it a shot, otherwise. Oh, just read that it's got Jasmine and Tuberose, two other things I also rather dislike. Really not to my kind of thing but I'll give it some credit and say if you like things such as Chanel's Gardenia or Malle's gardenia candle, give it a TRY.

Cologne Noir - Mark Buxton huh. Interesting. Ok, well it's spicey incence black pepper, woods, etc. Actually reminds me exactly of some of the Penhaligons I reviewed earlier. Maybe a CdG vibe. Actually really nice! Some lemon, strong dry black pepper, and woods. Sharp, dry, fresh in a sense. BN is telling me there's also ginger in this one and I get that. It's the sharp throat burning spicey almost garlic sharp side of it. Actually I'm also reminded a lot of Hermessence Poivre Samarcade. Hmmm, on the one hand it's worth trying because it's nice. On the other hand, for a niche scent it's a pretty common combo, like you could just as easily get the Hermes one and be happy. It's well worth a sniff as the juice stands, just doesn't add much to the genre IMO. And yet, for me it's the closest to 'niche' that I think this line gets to. It's just not very interesting niche. So worth a sniff, ie a TRY but you've probably smelled this sort of thing before. Basically EdC DNA with less citrus and a big wallop of black pepper. Eh, I still have mixed feelings. Y'know what, for the $250 asking price, get the Hermes instead or Creed's Spice&Wood.

Orchidee Vanille - Well there's an almost sharp hot vanilla here, gonna give it a second to calm down. Little bit boozy, little bit nutty. GF says it's like custard buns. I won't say it's cheap vanilla, but it's not the kind we're used to smelling a la Guerlain (booze/spice) or L'Artisan (plastic) etc. After a few minutes, the florals are starting to come out. It's pleasant enough but hardly captivating.


So overall, the Cologne Noir was my favorite, though it's fairly safe for 'niche'. For you floral lovers, the Gardenia is nice since these are hard to find I think and then the Lys and Iris each have a somewhat unique angle there. All that being said, my thoughts on the line are that it's a bit random. Quite a few florals, mostly fresh and green or heavily overshadowed by oriental tones, and then one random spicey EdC. Not a very well thought out line, and the prices are pretty high, even for niche. Nothing really surprised or delighted me. The Cologne Noir was nice, and a couple of florals were pretty, or interesting, but just barely there. Worth a sniff if you see it, but don't bother going out to search for it, and as for ordering samples, hmmm, I'd really be hard pressed to encourage even that because the bottles aren't worth their asking price even if you decide you 'like' one, and I'd be surprised if you guys really love any of them. There's a couple of interesting ones, but I just don't see anything jumping out.

SOOOO over priced this line is!!!

Have you tried the Precious Oud yet?
post #17702 of 21073
Today: CdG Blue Santal.
post #17703 of 21073
Arabian Wood is the name of the fragrance I am wearing today. It is by Tom Ford.
post #17704 of 21073
Songe d'un Bois d'Ete today. Incensey oud. Good.
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Knize Ten today was outstanding. This is a must buy.

What is the difference between this and Knize Ten Gold?

post #17706 of 21073
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

Arabian Wood is the name of the fragrance I am wearing today. It is by Tom Ford.

Not a fan of this one - seems like Rose 31's ugly sister.

As far as Knize 10 is concerned, it is incredible - required sniffing for every one of you guys. The Mitsouko of men's fragrances, and no leather has come close to eclipsing it.
A few years ago I was in a shop which had two 30 mL bottles which I bought for 30 dollars each and then bought the 125 mL tester for the same price. I thought that it was being discontinued and all you could get was the Gold. Glad I was wrong.
post #17707 of 21073
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Not a fan of this one - seems like Rose 31's ugly sister.

Wow, I really love it. I prefer it to Rose 31 by a lot, largely because there's a lot more rose.
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A general question please...

 

Does Ralph Lauren make any decent fragrances?  I'm visiting a RL store tomorrow and might pick up something new.

 

I tend toward the citrus fragrances.

 

Thank you

post #17709 of 21073
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As far as Knize 10 is concerned, it is incredible - required sniffing for every one of you guys. The Mitsouko of men's fragrances, and no leather has come close to eclipsing it.
A few years ago I was in a shop which had two 30 mL bottles which I bought for 30 dollars each and then bought the 125 mL tester for the same price. I thought that it was being discontinued and all you could get was the Gold. Glad I was wrong.

I put 1 small spray on my arm about 7am. The fragrance smelled great to me and projection seemed  only moderate, if that. I thought it was pretty much unnoticeable to the folks I work with. Put one additional spray on my neck at the end of the day, just before getting on the train, where I met my wife. She said I was projecting like a mofo. Coughing, waiving her hand, the whole bit. A bit embarrassed, I was still loving the frag. 

 

Note to self:  be careful with the sprayer.

post #17710 of 21073
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Originally Posted by rossoz View Post
 

A general question please...

 

Does Ralph Lauren make any decent fragrances?  I'm visiting a RL store tomorrow and might pick up something new.

 

I tend toward the citrus fragrances.

 

Thank you


Hm, the two most people talk in favor of by RL tend to have "green" scent as their top notes, but then turns into a woody/leather scent for the rest of the day. Those would be Polo by RL and Polo Modern.

post #17711 of 21073
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Hm, the two most people talk in favor of by RL tend to have "green" scent as their top notes, but then turns into a woody/leather scent for the rest of the day. Those would be Polo by RL and Polo Modern.

MM,

 

Thanks.  I'll sample those.

 

:<)

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Tobacco Oud today. This is my first time wearing it, and I'm really impressed. This, along with the recent Plum Japonais, is a return to the aesthetic of the first batch of Private Blends. The name is quite accurate: there are prominent tobacco and oud notes. It's also sweetened by some labdanum, which is present right at the top, and tonka in the base. I think a lot of you guys would be interested in this.
post #17713 of 21073
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

Tobacco Oud today. This is my first time wearing it, and I'm really impressed. This, along with the recent Plum Japonais, is a return to the aesthetic of the first batch of Private Blends. The name is quite accurate: there are prominent tobacco and oud notes. It's also sweetened by some labdanum, which is present right at the top, and tonka in the base. I think a lot of you guys would be interested in this.

L,

 

Some time ago you recommended Armani's Acqua Di Gio for me.  My GF bought me the body spray for my birthday.

 

I love it for evening wear.  Got any similar recommendations?

 

Thank you

post #17714 of 21073
Just went to Bergdorf Goodman and smelled the whole JAR line. It's quite the presentation to sit down and smell all of them. They have a bottle of "vintage" Golconda as well as a current one that has apparently been altered an imperceptible way due to IFRA regulations. I'm wearing each on my wrists and they are beautiful - spicy carnation.
post #17715 of 21073
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Originally Posted by rossoz View Post

L,

Some time ago you recommended Armani's Acqua Di Gio for me.  My GF bought me the body spray for my birthday.

I love it for evening wear.  Got any similar recommendations?

Thank you

Keeping with things that are pretty easy to find and that should have wide appeal, I'd suggest trying Bleu de Chanel and YSL L'Homme.
Two that are a little bit less easily found that I'd recommend are Malaise of the 1970s by Etat Libre d'Orange and Colonia by Acqua di Parma.
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