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Amouage is a cultural appropriation of a fragrance heritage that is not yours. Check your privilege, professor.
post #24242 of 25683
Hey I may not have any Oman in my helixes of DNA but I definitely got some in my heart and that's what really counts after all.
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I was going to write something witty but inspiration was lacking.

 

Anyway.

 

Two Pashas today. Jardin Gardenia, which smells like gardenia with a hint of jasmine for now, and is as weak as the other Jardin. And...

 

I was curious about the Pure Incense and decided to use the cotton tip of the Q-tip to scrape a little bit off the lid and apply it to my other wrist. I mean, we're talking about 1/10th of a drop or something. It barely made a mark on the skin (you can usually "see" the colour change and the oil glistening when applying these attars). 

 

Then a few seconds later the smell hit me. Incense, pure, as on the label. And so damn strong. The projection on that thing is INSANE. That little Q-tip scrape is enough for at least a couple meters. 

 

I think I'm starting to understand Sultan's concentration/projection guide: it's colour coded. The darker and more opaque the attar is, the more powerful it will hit you. The Jardins are a light yellow-amber, and become skin scents very rapidly. Ame Sombre, Pure Incense, Carnival d'Havanas are beasts of projections and accordingly are a nice dark brown.

post #24244 of 25683

Jardin Gardenia has now turned into vintage Heure Bleue. Confusing. Their written notes have almost no overlap.

post #24245 of 25683
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Originally Posted by crdb View Post
 

I was going to write something witty but inspiration was lacking.

 

Anyway.

 

Two Pashas today. Jardin Gardenia, which smells like gardenia with a hint of jasmine for now, and is as weak as the other Jardin. And...

 

I was curious about the Pure Incense and decided to use the cotton tip of the Q-tip to scrape a little bit off the lid and apply it to my other wrist. I mean, we're talking about 1/10th of a drop or something. It barely made a mark on the skin (you can usually "see" the colour change and the oil glistening when applying these attars). 

 

Then a few seconds later the smell hit me. Incense, pure, as on the label. And so damn strong. The projection on that thing is INSANE. That little Q-tip scrape is enough for at least a couple meters. 

 

I think I'm starting to understand Sultan's concentration/projection guide: it's colour coded. The darker and more opaque the attar is, the more powerful it will hit you. The Jardins are a light yellow-amber, and become skin scents very rapidly. Ame Sombre, Pure Incense, Carnival d'Havanas are beasts of projections and accordingly are a nice dark brown.


Very interesting, thank you.

 

Mine still haven't arrived, but for the record I ordered:

 

1. Aurum D Angkhor 

4. Jardin D Borneo White Ginger Lily

13. Cites Des Ange

20. Ocean of flowers

22. Nankun Kodō

28. Tabac Grande

35. La Luna

+ one of Sultan's choice

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Ha, let me know if AA also smells like cowpat for you! Your choices are quite biased towards florals, which I think he does very well (perhaps the natural ingredients just have more complexity than replicating it with synthetics).

 

I really liked the idea of Cite des Anges but, having encountered the real thing here enough times was scared away by the durian. That stuff is noxious! Worse when you eat it - guaranteed nausea for 6 hours.

 

An accidental further wear of Tabac Grande (opened the wrong vial) led me to sample more of its gourmand side. I'd say it's actually sweeter than Carnival d'Havana. It felt different from the first wear. I wonder if they react to the air or evolve with time - Ellena mentions perfumes have to macerate for a few weeks after being manufactured to settle fully before being shipped.

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Originally Posted by crdb View Post
 

Ha, let me know if AA also smells like cowpat for you! Your choices are quite biased towards florals, which I think he does very well (perhaps the natural ingredients just have more complexity than replicating it with synthetics).

 

I really liked the idea of Cite des Anges but, having encountered the real thing here enough times was scared away by the durian. That stuff is noxious! Worse when you eat it - guaranteed nausea for 6 hours.

 

An accidental further wear of Tabac Grande (opened the wrong vial) led me to sample more of its gourmand side. I'd say it's actually sweeter than Carnival d'Havana. It felt different from the first wear. I wonder if they react to the air or evolve with time - Ellena mentions perfumes have to macerate for a few weeks after being manufactured to settle fully before being shipped.


About half of these were chosen for my partner, who loves robust florals. Shame about AA, it's the one I was most looking forward to!

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About half of these were chosen for my partner, who loves robust florals. Shame about AA, it's the one I was most looking forward to!

I really think it's just associative. I have been around a lot of cows, so I associate accordingly - same is true of whichever reviewer also noticed. She may not have in which case it will indeed be a "robust floral". My wife doesn't get the cow thing, and she grew up in Sydney where indeed there are no cows (that I have seen).

 

Well, anyway, the Jardin Gardenia is now full blown Heure Bleue. I would check my memory is correct by putting some next to it but no time alas, this experiment will have to be conducted some other day. Time to wash it off and spray an inoffensive cologne for an investor meeting...

 

edit: Ambrecuir on the arm. Opens exactly like Betadine. The association is helped by the color which is very similar. It does not diffuse yet after a couple of minutes - rather, there is a block of air that is imbibed with the scent and a line after which it is gone. Like pushing two magnets together and suddenly finding the magnetic resistance.

 

edit 2: open: Betadine. 30 min: smoky incense leather opponax. 6 hours: finally well blended, finally that stage where you can't tell the ingredients and it becomes "itself", but I'd say musky spices incense.

 

The thing with these attars is whilst they are clearly related in style and impact (and ingredients, certainly), they are completely different creations each standing individually from the family. Third cousins, rather than siblings. Prokoviev, Brahms and Messiaen: passionate Romantics, rooted a little in the past, unique.


Edited by crdb - 5/6/16 at 4:27am
post #24249 of 25683
Chanel No. 22. I'm wearing the Exclusifs version, which I like quite a bit better than the vintage.
post #24250 of 25683
Always loved that one. If I were into florals I'd wear it. Gave some to my mom hoping she'd like it but she seemed indifferent unfortunately.
post #24251 of 25683
Today I wore Dior Vetiver. Tonight I wore Tam Dao.
post #24252 of 25683
Sprayed on Tam Dao last night at home and liked it a lot.
Edited by DeSense - 5/6/16 at 10:33pm
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Please direct me elsewhere if this is the wrong thread for such a post:

 

Currently have DG Light Blue and YSL Homme.. I would like to add another fragrance to the mix. Had something versatile in mind, but am open to any and all suggestions!

 

The amount of info in this thread is overwhelming, so direction is appreciated!

 

AJ

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^^ Can you give us a rough sense of what you're willing to pay? Something similar in cost to Light Blue and YSL L'Homme?
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Originally Posted by AJ922015 View Post
 

Please direct me elsewhere if this is the wrong thread for such a post:

 

Currently have DG Light Blue and YSL Homme.. I would like to add another fragrance to the mix. Had something versatile in mind, but am open to any and all suggestions!

 

The amount of info in this thread is overwhelming, so direction is appreciated!

 

AJ

I'd really suggest getting a set of samples (representing a variety of styles) for the amount that you wanted to pay for a single bottle. You can then try each for a few days and decide what you like.

 

It's not like classic menswear or cars - perfume is extremely personal and dependent on your life experience and chemistry.

 

So what some people love - like aforementioned Aurum d'Angkhor by Sultan Pasha - will leave others stone cold, and vice versa, which is why it's important to try before you buy (by wearing it for 3-4 days).

 

If you're ordering the samples on TPC, they have various discount codes that are only sent to people signed up to the NL, happy to send you the ones I got last week by PM if you like. 

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