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post #24451 of 25708
Venetian Bergamot for my first night of this year's opera season. This was love at first smell for me.
post #24452 of 25708
Costume National 21 today. Amber and vanilla, with a bit of milk; interesting combination. I liked the amber opening on a cold morning, and the drydown was quite pleasant through the day.
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Got Cuir Cannage in a duty free. Was't offered (distracted by how the SA couldn't manage to seal the duty free bag properly, I had to ask her to get another and do it again) and hence forgot to ask for samples. Kicking myself repeatedly since...
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Today I am wearing Rochas Lui.
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Montale Aoud Cuir d'Arabie. I thought I was all out of this, but I found my decant bottle with just about a drop left, so I finished it off. This is definitely one of my favorites.
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Demeter Banana Flambee today.

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Tonight I'm wearing Amouage Dia Man. A great scent to wear in the board room but not really appropriate to wear in the trading pits.
post #24458 of 25708
I'm also wearing Amouage today. For me it's Gold Woman, which is a bright, powdery aldehydic floral, very roughly in the style of Chanel No. 5.
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Creed Original Santal yesterday. Free sample. Not nice at all. Starts like soap, finishes like a discount fragrance section in a basement supermarket.

Anyway, ThePerfumedCourt is having a 17% sale all weekend. Does not seem to be a minimum order size...
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SOTD is Sultan Pasha's Ambrecuir (AC).

I've noted before that this exudes an insurmountable stench of Betadine. Mulling it over in my head, I decided it was because, on SP's wildly varying concentration/power scale, AC is right at the end in the "nuclear" range, with the likes of Pure Incense.

So I thought I'd give it another go. Grabbed a Q-tip, and scraped delicately the edge of the lid of the sample vial with the cotton bud end (imagine how little that is) then liberally spread whatever the cotton had picked up over my left wrist.

This time, I picked up three distinct notes - and they are still powerful, I can still detect the scent with my arm all the way down despite the minute quantity - which are animalics, leather and what I suspect is the amber (I'm not that well versed in the various ambers). There's also a slight almond note, but that could be just me making associations already...

Diluted like this, allowed to spread, the scent has a luxurious minimalist, modern quality to it; I'd say something like Mies' Barcelona Pavilion (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/The_Barcelona_Pavilion,_Barcelona,_2010.jpg). It's suddenly shot up my preference list, somewhere in the top 3 or 5, and its dryness (especially compared to the rest of the SP line) makes it, I think, appropriate for professional occasions.

Another reminder, too, to try lighter dosage before dismissing any SP attar.
post #24461 of 25708
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SOTD is Sultan Pasha's Ambrecuir (AC).

I've noted before that this exudes an insurmountable stench of Betadine. Mulling it over in my head, I decided it was because, on SP's wildly varying concentration/power scale, AC is right at the end in the "nuclear" range, with the likes of Pure Incense.

So I thought I'd give it another go. Grabbed a Q-tip, and scraped delicately the edge of the lid of the sample vial with the cotton bud end (imagine how little that is) then liberally spread whatever the cotton had picked up over my left wrist.

This time, I picked up three distinct notes - and they are still powerful, I can still detect the scent with my arm all the way down despite the minute quantity - which are animalics, leather and what I suspect is the amber (I'm not that well versed in the various ambers). There's also a slight almond note, but that could be just me making associations already...

Diluted like this, allowed to spread, the scent has a luxurious minimalist, modern quality to it; I'd say something like Mies' Barcelona Pavilion (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/The_Barcelona_Pavilion,_Barcelona,_2010.jpg). It's suddenly shot up my preference list, somewhere in the top 3 or 5, and its dryness (especially compared to the rest of the SP line) makes it, I think, appropriate for professional occasions.

Another reminder, too, to try lighter dosage before dismissing any SP attar.
Good advice - I've been applying a liberal drop and will scale back when I re-test
post #24462 of 25708
It's been a mere hour and "minimalist dose" Ambrecuir is now a resinous forest drydown similar to some of the other attars reviewed. Projection has attenuated quite a bit, it's almost a skin scent now. Either that or I got used to it. I have to try hard to find that Betadine accord through the pleasant resinous woods. As for the animalics, I cannot find them anymore.

I think he includes in this one some volatile top notes that are very powerful and complex and eventually fly off. Kafkaesque mentioned that "it starts with a very butch leather accord that bears a distinct whiff of smoky black rubber" - whilst that's not at all what I smelled (unless the black rubber is what I call almonds) we seem to share that experience of a power-opening.

I wonder the best strategy with this one. Maybe gradual application of a micro drop every 20 minutes to allow the power top notes to dim down without being overwhelmed, whilst building up sufficient application for decent projection? I know that a colder office environment (my current one is 26 Celsius, most are at 23) will result in more projection. To be experimented with.

edit: 3h40 into it. I thought I was smelling some gardenia, that my mind was playing tricks on me. Slowly, Ambrecuir morphs into the middle hours of Jardin de Borneo Gardenia. The kind of gardenia-lavender-smoky note. Well, that was unexpected.
Edited by crdb - 5/26/16 at 11:52pm
post #24463 of 25708
In the spirit of rediscovering Ambrecuir I thought I'd give Ame Sombre G1 another go.

This time, again with the micro dose, but the profile was the same as with a bigger drop. However, my interpretation is different.

I think what I used to think of as cumin is actually the oud, which is very blue cheese like and slightly spicy (I'm starting to tell the common notes where it is present). Combined with rose, and in part because I've been watching La Grande Belleza, I know exactly what the smell reminds me of: the streets of Rome in spring or Paris in early summer. Perhaps near a park (the flowers) but that underlying smell, can't really describe it, imagine a water pump and you're drinking from it and the background smell is that. Sewer, croissants and rose not necessarily in that order, and the metal of the water pump. Now I have the idea of a Paris street in my head, I can't get it off and this is what Ame Sombre is like for me right now. Funny thing is that Ambrecuir feels very austere when placed next to it: drier, more serious, less overwhelming.
post #24464 of 25708
Today I'm wearing Histoires de Parfums 1740.
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Creed Royal Water today.

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