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post #24256 of 25673

Another day, another attar (I think only 2 left at this point). 

 

Delice Ameretti [sic] is the Delice attar with a top note of almond. Talk about the power of suggestion: upon application, what I smelt was exactly an amaretti (the Italian cake) fresh out of the oven, not the crispy plastic wrapped ones but the ones with a thick, chewy-crispy crust and the almost moist interior, a concentrate of almond. 

 

This receded within 30 seconds, the almond taking a backstage to a less gourmand leather-tonka-whatever is a base note usually like woods-musk mix, again very well blended so I am literally blind guessing. This one is not smoky and, so far, has no incense. It sort of smells like the shell of a fresh almond, the holed up wood that is so hard to break. Does not project very far either, but I like its subtlety-strength balance. It gets more gourmand as time passes.

 

One issue I've had with Carnival d'Havana is just how sweet it becomes, especially with the caramel-vanilla notes which end up dominating the thing (probably because I get used to the tobacco). Sometimes you just don't want to smell food. It's limiting my desire to wear it, and Tabac Grande which is getting more gourmand with every try. So far, Delice has avoided it.

 

edit: Incense Royale on the other arm. Opens again with that Coca Cola feel. But more resinous (cedar?). Rapidly heads to a resinous sweet space. Again, a very well blended smell which has a unique identity, but looking at the ingredients, I can sort of separate the bourbon vanilla absolute and ethyl vanillin as the cause for sweetness, although it's not as obviously dessert-like as CH. The cedar or whatever the resinous tree is is truly spectacular. Might wear it tonight.


Edited by crdb - 5/7/16 at 1:03am
post #24257 of 25673
Jo Malone 154 Cologne today. This is ore a spicy cologne than a fresh citrusy scent. Worked quite well on a sunny autumn day.
post #24258 of 25673
Hermes Concentre D Orange Verte
post #24259 of 25673
Went sniffing through a department store the other day and asked what's new/interesting and must have smelled 15-20 'new', mostly flankers and not to sound snobby but I've got to say that pretty much all of them smelled completely generic and weak. Once you smell niche and stuff from other countries it's amazing just how bland the mainstream stuff is and it's such a shame to think that's what most people are smelling and think this is what fragrance is all about.
post #24260 of 25673
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Today I wore Dior Vetiver. Tonight I wore Tam Dao.

 

 

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Sprayed on Tam Dao last night at home and liked it a lot.

 

I love Tam Dao. It'll definitely be one of my next pick-ups.

post #24261 of 25673
SOTD is TFPB Japon Noir. Nothing else smells like this, and I'm still figuring where and when to wear it.
post #24262 of 25673

Thank's for the reply!

 

Umm yes, I would say something that is comparable in price to the ones I mentioned, but I am willing to be flexible on that if I sample something that costs more, but is to my liking.

 

AJ

post #24263 of 25673
I am wearing Coromandel. It's one of my favorites and also a big compliment getter.
post #24264 of 25673
I went to the AIX Scent Fair at the Hammer Museum this afternoon. I really enjoyed it. I sampled dozens of fragrances, and I got a chance to meet and chat with several perfumers. Bruno Fazzolari, to mention one that's familiar to some of the people here, was a super nice guy. I ended up buying a sample set from him. Some other people I spoke with were the perfumers from Nobile 1842 - they have a scent called Fougere Nobile that I really liked. There was an Italian Line called Bouge, and he had some interesting scents, and also a gourmand "experimental collaboration" with Fazzolari called Cadavre Exquis. I had a nice conversation with Ellen Covey from Olympic Orchids perfumes, and she had a several interesting scents, including one called Bat. She also had several raw ingredients at her table. I always find it educational to sniff raw ingredients. I only realized when I got home and read more about her that Luca Turin blogged favorably about her scents a few weeks ago. I spoke with Jessica Hannah from J. Hannah & co - she had a fantastic smoky leather scent called Skive. I regret not buying that one, but I smelled it early on, then I made my rounds and forgot to return to her booth at the end (and I also was pressed for time).

There were many more, I wish I could have spent more time there. If anyone is nearby and has time tomorrow, I highly recommend you visit.
post #24265 of 25673

Al Hareem - the last sample left, avoided so far due to its notes when I opened the vial.

 

Some say oud can smell like blue cheese and for the first time, this is absolutely what hits me in the face having spread a half drop over my wrist. Blue cheese with rose. Specifically, gorgonzola, or at least the liquid that drips off it if you leave it at room temperature too long. There's a slight barnyard feel again, but it disappears if I think of blue cheese, so maybe the oud is what gives me this cowpat impression in AA as well. This one projects like Pure Incense - far and strong. Unwearable (IMO) in all but fragrance enthusiast circles.

 

Looking forward to see how it develops. 

 

edit: just a few minutes have past and the blue cheese has blended with the rose to create a really interesting, complex and rich rose. Unlike Ame Sombre this one is not curried. Might be a good one for @L'Incandescent ...

post #24266 of 25673
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I went to the AIX Scent Fair at the Hammer Museum this afternoon. I really enjoyed it. I sampled dozens of fragrances, and I got a chance to meet and chat with several perfumers. Bruno Fazzolari, to mention one that's familiar to some of the people here, was a super nice guy. I ended up buying a sample set from him. Some other people I spoke with were the perfumers from Nobile 1842 - they have a scent called Fougere Nobile that I really liked. There was an Italian Line called Bouge, and he had some interesting scents, and also a gourmand "experimental collaboration" with Fazzolari called Cadavre Exquis. I had a nice conversation with Ellen Covey from Olympic Orchids perfumes, and she had a several interesting scents, including one called Bat. She also had several raw ingredients at her table. I always find it educational to sniff raw ingredients. I only realized when I got home and read more about her that Luca Turin blogged favorably about her scents a few weeks ago. I spoke with Jessica Hannah from J. Hannah & co - she had a fantastic smoky leather scent called Skive. I regret not buying that one, but I smelled it early on, then I made my rounds and forgot to return to her booth at the end (and I also was pressed for time).

There were many more, I wish I could have spent more time there. If anyone is nearby and has time tomorrow, I highly recommend you visit.

That's fantastic. I have kept up with Bruno's part of Cadavre Exquis on Facebook and really wish I even partially liked gourmands so I could get a bottle, but I don't at all. The whole process was very artisanal.

Tonight I'm wearing Dolce & Gabana By Man.
post #24267 of 25673
Dries van Noten today, for a country drive in the rain. Creamy sandalwood, vanilla and tonka bean; was working very well, I thought, until the wife reached for her Ventolin. frown.gif
post #24268 of 25673

SOTD: Dior Homme Cologne both pre and post shower.

Today had me thinking about cocktails, mixology and perfumes. What cocktails could you see yourself wearing and what perfumes would you love to have a sip of?

post #24269 of 25673
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SOTD: Dior Homme Cologne both pre and post shower.

Today had me thinking about cocktails, mixology and perfumes. What cocktails could you see yourself wearing and what perfumes would you love to have a sip of?

Interesting idea.

 

The obvious for me would be the sazerac. Very hard cocktail to make properly and my standard test for a new bar that claims to have good bartenders. The cognac sazerac is slightly more subtle and harder to balance so it would be my choice, even if rye notes tie well with the Peychaud's bitters. I immediately draw a connection to Habit Rouge who has that kind of basil/aniseed top note and a complex but pleasant herbal profile as well. Best sazerac: London's Milk & Honey many years ago, in the basement like the plebs without membership that we were.

 

Any of the gourmand attars from Sultan might fit in there. Carnival d'Havana, which is basically caramel, vanilla, dark rum and tobacco, reminds me of a cocktail I had at the Bohemia Lounge in London something like a decade ago. They basically infused a cigar in an older Havana Club (if I recall well) which had been sweetened, perhaps with molasses. Tabac Grande might fit the profile better as it is less vanillic. 

 

MFK's Aquas remind me of a gin cocktail I had in a teacup at Hemingway's in Manly, a hipster bar on the beach a 45min ferry ride from Sydney CBD. The aromatic bitterness and persistence both fit. It did, if I recall well, have a floating rose bud in it. So could be tied to something else rosy with bitter notes. 

 

My standard order if I don't trust the bar is a negroni, which is virtually impossible to screw up (and conversely, doesn't really have a "great" version). Philosophically, this role is taken by Aramis in my collection, or perhaps one of the more boring MFKs (Amyris?). I usually have negronis at No. 5 Emerald Hill Road in Singapore, a great place to play pool but not quite a cocktail destination, and Gordon Ramsay's restaurant in Heathrow T5 (so I can have a good nap on my next leg).

 

A well made rum-and-lime drink is a thing of beauty and ephemerality. The first sip, before your nose and palate adapt, is what it's about. Either the usual dark rum daiquiri (with Plantation, at Ah Sam Drinks Stall) or a French ti punch (mostly agricole rum at room temperature, spoon of moscovado sugar, quarter lime barely squeezed). The same freshness, intensity and transitory nature can be found in... l'Occitane. Yes, that company almost never mentioned on this thread. Their verbena/citrus stuff is really fresh, and disappears just as fast.

post #24270 of 25673
This evening I'm wearing La Via del Profumo's Oakmoss.
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