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Amouage Opus X. I've been really excited to try this ever since I first saw it discussed on the fragrance sites. It's supposed to be a rose-centric scent, but with lots of outside-the-box facets. The fragrance is inspired by the "Red Violin" movie, and so in keeping with the theme it's got a varnish-like note along with something that feels very old and dusty. Unfortunately, I don't really like this at all. It opens up with something super pungent and metallic. From there it develops into the smell of really old, dusty books with yellowed pages, and then after that you get the big varnish note. As it dries down, it becomes sweeter and rounder. But it's not worth the wait to get there. I've seen some very positive reviews from some highly regarded people in fragrance world, but I'm just not feeling this one at all.
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Hermes vintage Equipage again. Still love it. 

 

I think it's time to brave the eBay sharks and source a FB. I don't dare add another spray from my rapidly dwindling sample.

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Experimented with layering Carven vetiver and l'Occitane lavender. 

 

Aside from (re-)discovering that Carven's vetiver is considerably spicier and stronger than (but, not as creamy or pleasant as) Givenchy's original Vetyver, it didn't work initially. It's moderately better an hour later, with the vetiver giving depth and complexity to the clean sharp lavender.

 

Next experiment: iris (from Masque) + vetiver (from Carven again), iris + lavender. This one is inspired by Equipage, whose carnation-vetiver-woods accord I really really like. We shall see tomorrow. I wish Masque's Romanza wouldn't have so much violet leaf. Narcissus-vetiver would be interesting.

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Today I'm wearing L'Air du Desert Marocain.
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I'm wearing TF Oud Fleur. My sense is that Tobacco Oud was better received than this one, but I've always preferred Oud Fleur. I especially enjoy the later stages, when some of the pungency of the top wears off.
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Wearing Amouage Silver today.
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Do you find there's a similar musty floral cloth band-aid aspect to TF Oud Fleur and Diptyque Oud Paleo?

I also find quite a bit of overlap between TF Tobacco Oud and Diptyque Volutes, that damp tobacco leaf note. Anyone?
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I've actually never tried Oud Palao but I really should, based on what a lot of you guys have said. But I definitely do get what you're describing in Oud Fleur.
post #24759 of 25673
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Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post

Do you find there's a similar musty floral cloth band-aid aspect to TF Oud Fleur and Diptyque Oud Paleo?

I also find quite a bit of overlap between TF Tobacco Oud and Diptyque Volutes, that damp tobacco leaf note. Anyone?

You know, I haven't tried Tom Ford stuff in a while, namely Tobacco Oud.

Tonight I am wearing Bandit EdT. I would love to bury my face in some breasts that smelled like this.
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What does your bottle/packaging of Bandit look like? Mine is a splash bottle in a yellow two part slip case (a la Dior Privee).

As for the scent and breast, that is a pretty far out association there.
Like a Marlene Dietrich on testosterone treatment kind of connection. Smoky leather, the black kinky affair. Wonder what kind of experience spraying results in.
Edited by DeSense - 6/24/16 at 9:52pm
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Today was Frederique Malle day, after a generous application of Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur was gone in sixty seconds. 

 

Therese was dominated by a very rich and realistic jasmine. Obviously, this one is complex and floral but that's what it mostly was for me, up front and for several hours.

 

The Vetiver is not particularly "Extraordinaire", it reminds me of Encre Noire in its nutty power. I compared it to the modern Guerlain vetiver on strip and it is a bit smoother, but far from the creaminess of my favourite, Givenchy's vintage Vetyver. What IS extraordinary is the price, which at close to $500 is around 10 times what you can find the Lalique for.

 

Bigarade Concentree and Cologne Bigarade were both very blood orange for something supposed to be Seville orange. The latter was a bit spicier and halfway to the various Aquae by MFK. 

 

Time for a quick dash to the Hermes stand. Concentre d'Orange Verte was - to me - a much more successful "pure citrus" than either of the Malles. And Nil was indeed a fruity, carrot-like green mango as expected from reading Burr's book. 

 

Then it was my first encounter with Bel Ami. 

 

The lady did not realise she was spraying the parfum concentration and the two generous sprays completely covered my arm... well, it was a chance to explore a famous scent. No oakmoss, which I guess we can thank IFRA for. The musky, pleasant start was gradually overpowered by a cedar-vetiver-sandalwood-pink pepper (?) mix that reminded me of Montecristo's drydown, and, right now, was equally sickening. As for the Concentre, it was great, but short lived; within 10 minutes there was not even a trace of a skin scent.

 

FWIW the only mall that sold Frederique Malle (Hourglass, behind Abercrombie on Orchard Road) also sells Charvet and Rubinacci ties ("they're great value, sir; Hermes' are not even seven fold and retail for $600, but the Rubinaccis are only $250!"), and Corthay shoes, although they will probably discontinue the bespoke service. They've already discontinued the Charvet shirts due to lack of interest. I wish I had known they stocked them in the first place...

post #24762 of 25673
Ex Nihilo Venenum Kiss. Thanks M-C for the sample. I can't pick the dominant note in this; I'm guessing its the styrax. It projected well through the day, and is still there on skin late in the evening.
post #24763 of 25673
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Originally Posted by DeSense View Post

What does your bottle/packaging of Bandit look like? Mine is a splash bottle in a yellow two part slip case (a la Dior Privee).

As for the scent and breast, that is a pretty far out association there.
Like a Marlene Dietrich on testosterone treatment kind of connection. Smoky leather, the black kinky affair. Wonder what kind of experience spraying results in.

It's a decant I got from Surrender to Chance. And I like women who smoke.
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Any have experience with solid colognes such as this?

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/fulton-roark-solid-colognes
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SOTD Milano Caffe. Blue ish sky today, should be dry enough. Quite like this Dubrana stuff.

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