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Haaa Rach, I only own two Guerlain AA and they're Pamplelune and Herba Fresca. Either great minds think alike or you've influenced more than I realized!

SOTD is a Basenotes old darling. Czech & Speak No. 88. A sort of talcy violet scent. Quite fresh and creamy and pleasant. Unusual, and feels like a classic italian type thing. Mine's not the super original one but it's still like 7-8 years old. Not sure what the line looks like or smells like now but back in the day there were quite a few solid ones from it.

Probably more former than latter, but I'll claim the latter. lol8[1].gif

As for C&S, oh yeah. A Basenotes favorite. There were so many back in the fun days. Yohji PH, Chergui, PdN New York, even Bois du Portugal (speaking of, I need to revisit that one).

I finished up this evening with the old EdT of Chanel Cristalle. A wonderful, sharp, almost acrid scent that I still find fascinating. Not to be confused with the smoother EdP or "Eau Verte" blend.

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Going to wear Cristalle EdT again today. Enjoying a re-exploration of this one.
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Sultan Pasha Pure Incense. First try. It smells a lot like pine tree sap, and I love that.
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Today I'm wearing Silver Mountain Water, which never seemed like a great summer fragrance to me. It, with its apple component, is very much an Autumn fragrance.
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Today I'm wearing Silver Mountain Water, which never seemed like a great summer fragrance to me. It, with its apple component, is very much an Autumn fragrance.

This was the one general-audience/easily obtained Creed I liked with little hesitation (though some of the older, harder to find ones were nice). And then when I had to listen/read the awful advert copy that "David Bowie wears this!" I wanted to gag. I mean, maybe he spritzed it on once, back in the 1990's... but I doubt he's slathering it on each day. And even if he did... who the f$ cares. lol8[1].gif

You might give Diptyque Florabellio a try as well. It has an interesting apple/coffee note but is still quite light and fresh.

SOTD: Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi today. I like it, but I don't find it so superlatively distinctive in the oversaturated citrus market that it leaves too much of a mark, especially for $200. TF just puts out too much stuff at the ultra-premium level that I don't think there is enough development time to create real masterpieces. There are a few true hits in the "blends," but also a lot of "lovely bottle, nice scent, and a big pricetag." However, he's a smart enough marketer that he guarantees enough different scents that rich dilettantes can still pick one as a "signature" that their friends don't have... even if they are all wearing Tom Ford. SO, I get it.
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I find TF like Kilian. The original line was well thought out in terms of styles and range and the scents were pretty well crafted. Then they started releasing one or two at a time, and then suddenly is was collections of 3-5 at a time over and over and now instead of 15-20 scents with 10-15 solid ones, it's like 30-35 or more and when they release a group of 3-4 there's usually only one really good one and a few eh-I-guess-someone-will-buy-this ones
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These fragrance houses are about as exciting as pop music.
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SOT(yester)D was Pasha's Carnival d'Havana which I hadn't tried for months. 

 

What surprised me was how close the base notes were to Masque's Montechristo. In fact, I originally misread the ingredients list as "hyrax" instead of "styrax" due to the similarity. As with Montecristo it really gives it depth and staying power, but could be a bit strong for a weak stomach day.

 

As for the rest... as usual, very pleasant, sweet-ish top and middle notes that do exactly what's on the tin: rum, vanilla, sweet tobacco, tied together with a hint of frankincense. It's surprisingly dry, especially compared to the overdose of sweetness in Tabac Grande.

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Also, I think tobacco + tuberose is at the heart of tabac, no? Yet they have totally different personalities.

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Haven't gone through all the samples I ordered, but I have to say, Masque Milano Russian tea is very nice. I think this is going to be my first full bottle fragrance purchase. Raspberry is in the description, but to me, it also hints of lychee.
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Haven't gone through all the samples I ordered, but I have to say, Masque Milano Russian tea is very nice. I think this is going to be my first full bottle fragrance purchase. Raspberry is in the description, but to me, it also hints of lychee.

I agree that it is fantastic, and had the same reaction, but I would say finish the sample first. It's quite hard to wear often, in part because it is so distinctive, in part because you might get tired of it (which is linked to it being so distinctive). My sample is still more than half full.

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This evening I'm wearing Borneo 1834.
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I agree that it is fantastic, and had the same reaction, but I would say finish the sample first. It's quite hard to wear often, in part because it is so distinctive, in part because you might get tired of it (which is linked to it being so distinctive). My sample is still more than half full.

I find it's quite easy to work into a regular rotation, particularly in colder months.
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Tropical weather all year round here... the raspberry is a bit too much at 30 celsius and 100% humidity.

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Haven't gone through all the samples I ordered, but I have to say, Masque Milano Russian tea is very nice. I think this is going to be my first full bottle fragrance purchase. Raspberry is in the description, but to me, it also hints of lychee.
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I agree that it is fantastic, and had the same reaction, but I would say finish the sample first. It's quite hard to wear often, in part because it is so distinctive, in part because you might get tired of it (which is linked to it being so distinctive). My sample is still more than half full.
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Tropical weather all year round here... the raspberry is a bit too much at 30 celsius and 100% humidity.

I blind bought a 30ml decant based on all the positive reviews and I'm still loving this fragrance. But, that being said I've worn it 4-5 times and think about it all the time, but don't reach for it all that often. I really enjoy wearing it when I do, but I'm not sure I'd make it an every day scent. Come fall/winter it'll probably get more use from me. I do also find it slightly raw and unbalanced. So overall, great memorable scent that stands out and wears really well, but I would probably get tired of wearing it every day.
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This evening I'm wearing Borneo 1834.
Oh speaking of which, I've always had a little 10ml decant of this and regretted not getting the 50ml spray version when it was part of the export line. My girlfriend is a flight attendant and I ask her to pop into little boutiques wherever she flies too and recently she found a store with Lutens including a few Borneo and we just cleared the shelf in a second! So if you (or anyone) is looking for a new sealed 50ml of this fantastic stuff, message me!



Yesterday I went scentless. The reason I'm telling you all that (I mean who shows up in WAYW and says I was naked all day right?) is that sometimes I just forget, but sometimes I also like to take 2-3 days 'off' and I find I come back with a better sense of smell.
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I find TF like Kilian. The original line was well thought out in terms of styles and range and the scents were pretty well crafted. Then they started releasing one or two at a time, and then suddenly is was collections of 3-5 at a time over and over and now instead of 15-20 scents with 10-15 solid ones, it's like 30-35 or more and when they release a group of 3-4 there's usually only one really good one and a few eh-I-guess-someone-will-buy-this ones
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These fragrance houses are about as exciting as pop music.

Exactly.

I think it's a combination of over saturation of fragrance houses, a condensed (almost fashion-like) seasonal schedule, and a lack of general knowledge about scent on the part of the buying public (who nevertheless is willing to pay niche prices). It reminds me of the premium denim market in the early-mid 2000's... you couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting nineteen $300 denim makers. Many of them are no longer in existence, and rightly so.

These houses feel pressure to keep up buzz and stay relevant to stay afloat. They are also dealing with customers who haven't really been "trained" into what makes a superlative scent, or why. As such, there is very little reason, and even less time, to put massive development into the fragrances.

I feel like they carpet bomb the market with every kind of scent in hopes that somebody will like one enough to pay a lot, and then have it as their "signature" and post it on social media. I see this a lot with the TF scents. What scent do you wear? TOM FORD blagh blagh blagh. And everybody can have their own without wearing the same one as the other guy/gal at the Oyster Bar, because there are 89 different ones covering every scent family.

Speaking of, I'm going to wear RED ROSES by Jo Malone today. I love a big, heady rose... and this one is basically that. "NICE," but exactly what I'm talking about above. There is nothing superlative here, no journey. Nothing unexpected or surprising. Nothing that challenges me to wrap my nose around it by visiting it again and again. Just a big, heady rose at a premium pricepoint.
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