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post #3841 of 26129
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South Florida. I'll ask next time I'm in the mall and see if they can snag some for me. Neither the store nor the boutique inside Saks have anything other than the originals. How would you say the EdP improves on the original.

Dopey's referring to the full on, pure parfum. It's the take-no prisoners version. (haha) I'll let him speak to the differences/variations.

You can also get the non-parfum concentrations of the Les Exclusifs line (in the massive 200ml bottles) from the Chanel website.

For me, JHL today. I really like this one. Fans of Chanel Pour Monsieur, Guerlain Habit Rouge, and other "gentlemanly" classics would really enjoy this one, I think.
post #3842 of 26129
Yesterday Acqua di Parma Colonia, it was a sunny and nice autaumn day.
post #3843 of 26129
One one wrist: Etro Sandalo, a surprisingly interesting sandalwood. Normally sandalwood makes me bored and sleepy.
On the other: Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant - sharp and flinty incense.
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One one wrist: Etro Sandalo, a surprisingly interesting sandalwood. Normally sandalwood makes me bored and sleepy..

Agreed; this one had a sort of sweet, sugar&cinnamon toast sort of vibe for me (for lack of a better word).
post #3845 of 26129
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Agreed; this one had a sort of sweet, sugar&cinnamon toast sort of vibe for me (for lack of a better word).

hmmm, both Sandalo and Messe du Minuit seem to have a brown sugar/coconut vibe going on for me. At least for a little while.
post #3846 of 26129
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Dopey's referring to the full on, pure parfum. It's the take-no prisoners version. (haha) I'll let him speak to the differences/variations. You can also get the non-parfum concentrations of the Les Exclusifs line (in the massive 200ml bottles) from the Chanel website. For me, JHL today. I really like this one. Fans of Chanel Pour Monsieur, Guerlain Habit Rouge, and other "gentlemanly" classics would really enjoy this one, I think.
The Chanel boutiques sell the Les Exclusifs line and those are the ones I'm talking about. I put about 100 samples in the swap box back from when the stores were actually carrying samples. I have never seen them stock the pure parfums though. Did you end up buying both Havana and JHL?
post #3847 of 26129
Sandalwood/incense fragrances are delicious during winter days.
post #3848 of 26129
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Did you end up buying both Havana and JHL?

I did! And am really enjoying them.
post #3849 of 26129
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Originally Posted by Sesame Seed View Post
Recommendations

1. Something "˜green' with a lingering, sweet vanilla heart
2. Something minty

It's up to you now, Thomas.
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Tom Ford Grey Vetiver today. Got a sample with the JHL and Havana I got at Nordies the other day. Good, but not great. I'm glad the scent EXISTS, because it definitely gives homage to great older vetiver scents, like Guerlain Vetiver. In fact, it reminds me a little TOO much of the Guerlain, though it has more bite and is less smooth. All in all, a pretty full-on vetiver scent, though I don't know if I'd consider it bottle worthy.
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It's up to you now, Thomas.
Creed Green Valley. For winter, try LV Piper Nigrum. It's less mint than menthol, and not particularly green. It's a very odd, very nifty scent.
post #3851 of 26129
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Recommendations

1. Something ‘green’ with a lingering, sweet vanilla heart
2. Something minty

Please tell me you're not looking for all of these in one bottle. Well...wait a second.

I'd look at Pasha de Cartier. Pasha, iirc, may still be stocked at Sephora - at least it was the last time I went looking for it. It's a green minty scent, through the vanilla isn't especially prominent. The big reason I've not been blowing Pasha's horn is that I've bought it and lost interest rather quickly, so off it went. This happened twice, but I think I had moved on from fresh fougeres in general.

Today, for me: Guerlain Vetiver. Very green, not minty, and although being a Guerlain you'd expect vanilla...Not this one.
post #3852 of 26129
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
The Chanel boutiques sell the Les Exclusifs line and those are the ones I'm talking about. I put about 100 samples in the swap box back from when the stores were actually carrying samples. I have never seen them stock the pure parfums though.

Did you end up buying both Havana and JHL?

Ask at the boutiques if they carry the Pure Parfum line. It is usually something they have put away, not on the counter, and if they don't have it, they could probably order it for you.

As for the difference between the Pure Parfum and the EdT, it is like night and day. The problem is articulating the difference.
The best I can explain is that they don't smell terribly different, except that the Parfum holds its composition together better and longer before breaking apart into pieces. The biggest difference is power. In one sense, that means longevity (if you put the Parfum on before bed, it will still be on you in the morning). More importantly, though, is the projection. The best way to describe this is that the Parfum projects the scent in three dimensions without being loud, much the way you can hear a projected voice across a room without it seeming like the voice was raised. As opposed to someone who just screams, the projected voice is clear but not distorted. The Parfum is like that. When wearing it, I have been confused by thinking it was coming from somewhere else - it was so clear, yet appeared to be floating somewhere in the distance. Clear, not loud. In comparison, the EdT seems like a thin echo.
post #3853 of 26129
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Originally Posted by rach2jlc View Post
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver today. Got a sample with the JHL and Havana I got at Nordies the other day. Good, but not great. I'm glad the scent EXISTS, because it definitely gives homage to great older vetiver scents, like Guerlain Vetiver. In fact, it reminds me a little TOO much of the Guerlain, though it has more bite and is less smooth. All in all, a pretty full-on vetiver scent, though I don't know if I'd consider it bottle worthy.
Hit that right on the head. I went through 2 samples of it and, although I liked it, I just couldn't put my finger on something that would make me want to wear it consistently.
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Ask at the boutiques if they carry the Pure Parfum line. It is usually something they have put away, not on the counter, and if they don't have it, they could probably order it for you. As for the difference between the Pure Parfum and the EdT, it is like night and day. The problem is articulating the difference. The best I can explain is that they don't smell terribly different, except that the Parfum holds its composition together better and longer before breaking apart into pieces. The biggest difference is power. In one sense, that means longevity (if you put the Parfum on before bed, it will still be on you in the morning). More importantly, though, is the projection. The best way to describe this is that the Parfum projects the scent in three dimensions without being loud, much the way you can hear a projected voice across a room without it seeming like the voice was raised. As opposed to someone who just screams, the projected voice is clear but not distorted. The Parfum is like that. When wearing it, I have been confused by thinking it was coming from somewhere else - it was so clear, yet appeared to be floating somewhere in the distance. Clear, not loud. In comparison, the EdT seems like a thin echo.
Thanks for the advice and breakdown. I think you articulated it quite well.
post #3854 of 26129
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Hit that right on the head. I went through 2 samples of it and, although I liked it, I just couldn't put my finger on something that would make me want to wear it consistently. Thanks for the advice and breakdown. I think you articulated it quite well.
Yeah, given Tom Ford's clout and the mass-market distribution, I'm glad to see a full-on Vetiver widely available to interest non-hardcore fans, but for fragrance fans who know the Guerlain or some of the others, it's just "so-so." As for dopey's description, I agree completely. It's been more than a coupla years since I had any of the parfum, so I wanted to let him give his opinion, since he's got it right now. Nevertheless, it's the sort of thing that after you have it, you won't want to go back to anything else. Unfortunately, given current circumstances and a job change since then, I'm not in financial shape to be buying $300 parfums anymore. Same with Jicky, same with Shalimar, same with Tabac Blond.
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Re CdR Pure Parfum
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Thanks for the advice and breakdown. I think you articulated it quite well.

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Originally Posted by rach2jlc View Post
. . . As for dopey's description, I agree completely. It's been more than a coupla years since I had any of the parfum, so I wanted to let him give his opinion, since he's got it right now. Nevertheless, it's the sort of thing that after you have it, you won't want to go back to anything else. Unfortunately, given current circumstances and a job change since then, I'm not in financial shape to be buying $300 parfums anymore.

Same with Jicky, same with Shalimar, same with Tabac Blond.

This is exactly my thought, and it has led me to look for the Pure Parfum's where they are available. There is such a huge difference. I noticed it with L'Heure Bleue as well. Of course, given the price, I will only do it for the very few favorites.

I am pretty sure that only the big, real houses make them available anymore. For instance, my wife loves my Timbuktu, but l'Artisan doesn't cary it regularly - they only make one or two parfums at a time available (and now the NY shop I used is gone altogether).

I have taken a liking to Mitsuoko, so will likely try to get that in Parfum and would love Sel de Vetiver (TDC) as well. But my daily wears from Penhaligon, Habit Rouge Legere, etc. are not likely to get indulged that way.
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