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Une Fleur de Cassie. I absolutely love this one. Although I've worn it many times, I perceived a soft, powdery, violet-like facet that I'd never really noticed before. It actually reminded me just a little bit of Dans tes Bras.
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Today it was Annick Goutal Eau D'Hadrien, as I have worn a few times over the past few summer weeks. While I enjoy the fresh citrus and herbs, I find it all to short lived and end up forgetting I'm even wearing anything. I like the idea of this but I think I may end up selling it.
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Very nice reviews.I was wondering if you have tried Eau d'Hermes, Creed Baie de Genievre and Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur?


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And the TPC order arrives... literally 10 hours before I fly to Hong Kong. 

First four, first impressions:

Givenchy Gentleman original formula: this has a certain sourness to it, a drier version of (original) Habit Rouge. Reminds me a bit of the Four Seasons Singapore's corridor scent (it's not bad - just, quite rich and oriental). There's a bit of soapiness to it afterwards. 
Givenchy Vetyver, also original formula: this is a lemony, hazelnut-like vetiver, very smooth and easy. I think it will be great for formal events; I personally prefer the purity and intensity of Carven's Vetiver but this is much easier to wear. It costs an absolute fortune so I'm going to be sparse with it. By the way, anybody know when the industry switched from Montserrat vetiver to other sources?
Parfums de Nicolai New York: hesperides with depth from other ingredients I know but can't identify. Well balanced and wearable, although I don't find it exciting (yet). 
Hermes Equipage original formula (there's a theme to this order): throws me back to cafes in France before the smoking ban, cigarette, ashtrays and lemony floor cleaner (sacrilege to describe it this way, but it is what it is). There's an aniseed note in there somewhere. Something in the base notes is already emerging reminding me of artisanal (not supermarket) sucre d'orge (candy cane, but not mint flavored, maybe aniseed or just molasses). Overall though, it's dry and clean smelling without being soapy in any way.

Gentleman and Equipage are surprisingly close. LT calls the latter a countryside gentleman scent (but I disagree, this is definitely cigarette, not pipe), so I'm immediately thinking Equipage is the more intense, rougher weekend scent and Gentleman is for the office. Both of them sent me right back to France, they are quintessentially French although I can't say why. I think people I know there wear or wore this. 

Now, I'll look at basenotes and see what the notes are supposed to be. 

Givenchy Gentleman: tarragon, how could I miss it? I still miss it, as well as the cinammon. And the vetiver, and the patchouli, and the leather, and the civet. This is its own scent, like Habit Rouge.
Givenchy Vetyver: no notes. Some people call this punchy and pungent, they really should try some of the other vetivers.
New York: bergamot! How could I miss it! I have 2 in the fridge, this is what that soapy, dry and fragrant hesperide is. I can discern the pepper, sort of. The rest is well blended. It's actually drying down really well, and becoming more interesting.
Equipage: I refuse to believe there's any jasmine in this. Bergamot, yes. Pine, maybe - this might be the minty refreshing note (that or the base note patchouli), but it smells little like pine. 

Four very wearable, professional yet interesting fragrances. All old fashioned, I'm sure, by modern standards, perhaps more difficult for those used to gourmand notes and easy aquatics. I'm glad I got "full" sample sprays (2.5ml) for each. 

Edit: half an hour has passed. Gentleman has turned quite mossy, which makes it unsuitable for wear in the tropics. In a way I'm glad; it was expensive and I can keep it purely for collecting purposes. Equipage has diminished to a skin scent, the cigarette gone (supposedly, it was never there! LT's note was about Bel Ami... patchouli-pine suggestion?), replaced by patchouli and the rest of the blend I still can't isolate. New York is a spice mix; LT mentions orange, but I can only "detect" it by thinking really hard about it, it's the orange from a pot-pourri. Vetyver is a vetiver, a really nice vetiver, well behaved, with nothing else. I'm starting to understand why the origin of the vetiver is important. Of those, I'd happily wear Equipage and Vetyver, but am still on the fence about New York. We'll see in 5 wears.
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It's so sad - Pour Monsieur is a shell of its former self.

Based on this experience it's a no-buy for me. Same for the vintage if the heart note/vibe is even remotely similar. I have a 80s bottle of No. 19 which I much prefer.
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SOTE is TF Champaca Absolute. This is a bright, tangy, boozy floral. I've had this since it was first introduced, and I've always been a little put off by a note that seems prickly and sharp to me. Based on the list of notes I've read, I can't guess what I'm smelling. Other than that note, I do enjoy this a lot.

This is one of those TF scents that I hardly ever see anyone talking about. Honestly I assumed it had been discontinued, but I just checked the Tom Ford website and discovered that it's not. (I also assumed Azure Lime had been discontinued since it was received pretty badly and I never see anyone talking about it. But it's still in the lineup.)
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Today is a mystery scent. A while ago I acquired this vintage set of three Rochas fragrances. I'm certain that the one on the left is Macassar, which I compared to the maker's mini on the extreme left. I thought that the middle one might be Moustache, but the colour is all wrong. So today I wore the third one, with Moustache on the other wrist to compare.

They started out similarly, but Mystery started to diverge a bit during the day. It also faded quicker than Moustache, which is still perky after 13 hours. As it receded, I thought it might be a bit more woody, but not sure enough to say that it is Monsieur. So, still not sure what I have here. One thing I can say for sure is that Moustache is a really nice fragrance that lasts forever, even when it is decades old. Well worth seeking out.

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Originally Posted by Mr_Incognito View Post

Very nice reviews.I was wondering if you have tried Eau d'Hermes, Creed Baie de Genievre and Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur?

None yet. 

 

I've spent my sample budget on niche and vintage rather than modern Hermes, and wasn't convinced by any Hermes scents in malls (not that it matters - the only way to know is to wear it for 3 days). 

 

I avoid all Creeds as I dislike the drydown of every one I've tried (I think they use various synthetics to replicate sandalwood and it just feels soapy and cheap to me) and find the top notes similar. Not a fan of genever as a note. I think I've tried Baie de Genievre at Escentials in Singapore and couldn't tell it from the neighbouring Creeds, but again the paper strip means nothing. 

 

I've been meaning to try MDM for a while but never could get hold of a sample. It's a standard cologne though so relatively far down my list.

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Originally Posted by crdb View Post

None yet. 

I've spent my sample budget on niche and vintage rather than modern Hermes, and wasn't convinced by any Hermes scents in malls (not that it matters - the only way to know is to wear it for 3 days). 

I avoid all Creeds as I dislike the drydown of every one I've tried (I think they use various synthetics to replicate sandalwood and it just feels soapy and cheap to me) and find the top notes similar. Not a fan of genever as a note. I think I've tried Baie de Genievre at Escentials in Singapore and couldn't tell it from the neighbouring Creeds, but again the paper strip means nothing. 

I've been meaning to try MDM for a while but never could get hold of a sample. It's a standard cologne though so relatively far down my list.

I thought you might like them since you seem fond of the french style of perfumery. Both Eau d'Hermes and MdM are very french smelling. MdM is not a cologne as it has a fougere type structure with lavender, musk, ambergris,civet, patchouli etc. It won't be completely wrong to call it a more refined Givenchy Gentleman.

Eau d'Hermes also has a similar structure but smells different due to cumin and cardamom.
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Originally Posted by California Dreamer View Post

Today is a mystery scent. A while ago I acquired this vintage set of three Rochas fragrances. I'm certain that the one on the left is Macassar, which I compared to the maker's mini on the extreme left. I thought that the middle one might be Moustache, but the colour is all wrong. So today I wore the third one, with Moustache on the other wrist to compare.

They started out similarly, but Mystery started to diverge a bit during the day. It also faded quicker than Moustache, which is still perky after 13 hours. As it receded, I thought it might be a bit more woody, but not sure enough to say that it is Monsieur. So, still not sure what I have here. One thing I can say for sure is that Moustache is a really nice fragrance that lasts forever, even when it is decades old. Well worth seeking out.


That's a very cool box of samples. Is it some type of lagniappe that Air France gave out?
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Creed Royal Mayfair today. The scent is pleasant enough, but the projection and longevity are anemic, even for a Creed.
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Originally Posted by HORNS View Post

That's a very cool box of samples. Is it some type of lagniappe that Air France gave out?

I bought it off an eBay seller who sells airline memorabilia, so I think it was probably a 1st class or business class gift box. I have another one with a bottle of vintage Equipage in it.
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some type of lagniappe

Whoa, nice word use there. I had to look that one up. New word acquired, thanks!
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Acqua Di Parma COLONIA today.[IMG]
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So I sampled a few TF scents today, and was wondering if any of you could offer advice to steer me in the right direction:

Tobacco Vanille - Like this as a "daily driver" due to the mildness. Tobacco notes seem to die quickly after the drydown, but the vanilla is still going.

Tuscan Leather - Really liked this one, thought not as an everyday scent. I love dank, earthy scents (e.g. Gucci pour homme, may it rest in peace). However I was a little disappointed with how quickly the leather notes die out and it turns from earthy to sweet.

Oud Wood - Similar to TL, but I didn't love it as much. Seems to be on the sweeter side without the earthiness that I liked in TL.

Noir de Noir - Wasn't really into this. I didn't sample on my skin, but it struck me as kind of cloying.

I tend to like earthy/soapy masculine scents, but could definitely use something more mild as a daily driver.

I'm going to try to get my hands on CDG 2 Man since that was previously suggested, along with the list that L'Incandescent gave me, but I'm out to try as much as I can this summer.

Thanks for fielding my n00b questions.
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Are you looking for recommendations from within the Ford line to check out? Or just in general? (in which case which lines do you have access to?)
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