Scent/Fragrance of the Day thread

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  1. rach2jlc

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    Fall? Let's see... my criteria for picking these is only that they aren't "light" or too citrusy, which is the best fare for summer. Likewise, since it isn't yet cold, they don't need to be too heavy or dark (So, no Eau Noire or Le Labo Patchouli 24). Also, I figured I'd list a number of different price ranges/brands (from mass market to niche) So, here's what I'm thinking:

    Creed Tabarome
    Lalique Pour Homme (EdT OR EdP)
    Guerlain Habit Rouge
    Guerlain Coriolan
    Guerlain L'instant PH (don't let Thomas dissuade you from this one!)
    Fresh Cannabis Santal
    Prada Amber PH
    Dior Bois D'argent
    Comptoir Sud Pacifique Bois de Filao
    Givenchy Gentleman
    L'artisan Parfumeur Mechant Loup
    YSL M7
    Richard James
    Serge Lutens Daim Blond
    TDC Jasmin de Nuit
    YSL Body Kouros
    Thierry Mugler B*Men
    Comme des Garcons 2 Man
    Frederic Malle Noir Epices

    If I can think of some more, I'll list them...
     


  2. dopey

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    Le Labo Vetiver 46.

    Having moved recently, all my ingrained habits are now out the window, including my fixation on sticking with one thing all summer.

    And, it was supposed to rain.

    BTW, I have been really enjoying Habit Rouge Legere and am now disappointed that it was a one time release. Anyone know how it differs from the regular Habit Rouge? Is it essential the same with a single difference that makes it "Legere" or is it an entirely different scent?
     


  3. Thomas

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    Le Labo Vetiver 46.

    Having moved recently, all my ingrained habits are now out the window, including my fixation on sticking with one thing all summer.

    And, it was supposed to rain.

    BTW, I have been really enjoying Habit Rouge Legere and am now disappointed that it was a one time release. Anyone know how it differs from the regular Habit Rouge? Is it essential the same with a single difference that makes it "Legere" or is it an entirely different scent?


    ...From the (now-defunct) blog of Luca Turin...

    Guerlain's gift for derivative brilliance, sometimes bordering on self-parody, has
    oddly given us some of their best fragrances in recent years. I've already had
    occasion to praise two: Vetiver Pour Femme initially made only for Paris airports, a
    distribution choice that handily combines obscurity with trashiness (this one is
    joining the normal Guerlain range next year); and Shalimar Light, which could
    have been a disaster and turned out to be Mathilde Laurent's masterstroke. Just in
    case someone at LVMH is listening, it may be useful to spell this out. There is
    nothing wrong with modernising a fragrance, as long as it is sold as a separate
    product with the words "new" or whatever in large type, and the "old" is left
    undisturbed.

    Now comes another neoclassical Guerlain, Habit Rouge Eau LÃ[​IMG]gère. The original
    Habit Rouge is such a masterpiece that, having loved it passionately from the day it
    came out, I sometimes wonder why I never wear it. The answer is twofold: first, it
    is dated. That word covers a mysterious and usually transient eclipse effect in exact
    proportion to the fragrance's initial success. Habit Rouge (1965), like Eau Sauvage
    (1966) was so perfect for its time that it comes with a shop-worn hologram of the
    sixties. And not just any sixties, but those of a certain petit monsieur, stripy-shirt,
    young conservative type whose affinity to that blessed period was with the
    swinging part. Second, it is a curiously static fragrance. Spray it on, and fifteen
    seconds later you're in the middle of the tune, that velvety, earthy, almost root-like
    suave accord that feels like the call of hunting horns. The lack of evolution endows
    Habit Rouge with some of the properties of immovable objects: we tune out to
    furniture and buildings after a while, because they're always in the same place.

    The Eau LÃ[​IMG]gère treatment is very similar to that given to Shalimar to make it Lite:
    add a fizzy, almost metallic lime and lemon accord up top, then stand back and let
    things take their course. But perfumery is never that simple, and the trick works far
    better than one would guess. The new, busy, exhilarating string section transposes
    the whole tune of Habit Rouge, as it were, a third higher. This is not so much a
    variation as what a musician would call a modulation, in this case to a bright key.
    Amusingly, the bottle includes a red plastic straw descending into the fluid from
    the atomizer pump. This Ferrari-red accent is a clue. The horseman of Habit Rouge
    (French for hunting pink), has left the saddle and eased himself into his blackleather-
    with-red-piping driver's seat. Buy this great fragrance before Guerlain
    decrees it to be Ã[​IMG]phÃ[​IMG]mère.


    So, yeah, it's substantially different.
     


  4. Thomas

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    To add to Rach2jlc's list of fall scents...

    Giorgio for Men
    Helmut Lang Cuiron (I hear this has been re-issued)
    Ava-Luxe Kama
    Yves Rocher Voile d'Ambre
    MPG Ambre Precieux
    Guerlain Heritage
    Caron Yatagan (but only older bottles!)
    Chanel Antaeus
    Burt's Bees Bay Rum Cologne
    Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain
    PdN New York
    PdN Baladin
    Ormonde Man
     


  5. rach2jlc

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    Good ones, Thomas.

    Giorgio is a good one, as is Giorgio Red.

    (BTW... I looked for a bottle of Giorgio for you last time I went shopping... but alas! came up empty handed. But, they've got tons of "Jennifer Lopez" if you want it ((haha))).

    And Cuiron... REISSUED? Don't even joke about such things, Thomas. It's bad for the soul. I'm now off to perform a search...
     


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    ...From the (now-defunct) blog of Luca Turin...

    Guerlain's gift for derivative brilliance, sometimes bordering on self-parody, has
    oddly given us some of their best fragrances in recent years. I've already had
    occasion to praise two: Vetiver Pour Femme initially made only for Paris airports, a
    distribution choice that handily combines obscurity with trashiness (this one is
    joining the normal Guerlain range next year); and Shalimar Light, which could
    have been a disaster and turned out to be Mathilde Laurent's masterstroke. Just in
    case someone at LVMH is listening, it may be useful to spell this out. There is
    nothing wrong with modernising a fragrance, as long as it is sold as a separate
    product with the words "new" or whatever in large type, and the "old" is left
    undisturbed.

    Now comes another neoclassical Guerlain, Habit Rouge Eau LÃ[​IMG]gère. The original
    Habit Rouge is such a masterpiece that, having loved it passionately from the day it
    came out, I sometimes wonder why I never wear it. The answer is twofold: first, it
    is dated. That word covers a mysterious and usually transient eclipse effect in exact
    proportion to the fragrance's initial success. Habit Rouge (1965), like Eau Sauvage
    (1966) was so perfect for its time that it comes with a shop-worn hologram of the
    sixties. And not just any sixties, but those of a certain petit monsieur, stripy-shirt,
    young conservative type whose affinity to that blessed period was with the
    swinging part. Second, it is a curiously static fragrance. Spray it on, and fifteen
    seconds later you're in the middle of the tune, that velvety, earthy, almost root-like
    suave accord that feels like the call of hunting horns. The lack of evolution endows
    Habit Rouge with some of the properties of immovable objects: we tune out to
    furniture and buildings after a while, because they're always in the same place.

    The Eau LÃ[​IMG]gère treatment is very similar to that given to Shalimar to make it Lite:
    add a fizzy, almost metallic lime and lemon accord up top, then stand back and let
    things take their course. But perfumery is never that simple, and the trick works far
    better than one would guess. The new, busy, exhilarating string section transposes
    the whole tune of Habit Rouge, as it were, a third higher. This is not so much a
    variation as what a musician would call a modulation, in this case to a bright key.
    Amusingly, the bottle includes a red plastic straw descending into the fluid from
    the atomizer pump. This Ferrari-red accent is a clue. The horseman of Habit Rouge
    (French for hunting pink), has left the saddle and eased himself into his blackleather-
    with-red-piping driver's seat. Buy this great fragrance before Guerlain
    decrees it to be Ã[​IMG]phÃ[​IMG]mère.


    So, yeah, it's substantially different.


    Thanks for the blog note - where can I find them? As for being different, it sounds like they are not different in the way I meant. It sounds like HR Legere is very much like Habit Rouge, only different in a specific respect. Meaning that it is still recognizable but the addition of the lemon/lime fizz makes the whole thing shift. In any case, these are just words and I suppose I will have to sniff the original to see for myself. I like the Legere enough that, so I will get another bottle for future use. I will also try the HR original to see if I can detect the family resemblance myself.
     


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    Good ones, Thomas.

    Giorgio is a good one, as is Giorgio Red.

    (BTW... I looked for a bottle of Giorgio for you last time I went shopping... but alas! came up empty handed. But, they've got tons of "Jennifer Lopez" if you want it ((haha))).

    And Cuiron... REISSUED? Don't even joke about such things, Thomas. It's bad for the soul. I'm now off to perform a search...


    I read that on Basenotes, where a posted mentioned that GFM, Nicole Miller for Men, and Cuiron were all slated for re-issue. When? I have no clue at all. But, for all the noise, you'd think someone somewhere would take the hint.

    And, gee, very kind of you to offer, but I have enough Jennifer Lopez. Thanx. [​IMG]

    Thanks for the blog note - where can I find them? As for being different, it sounds like they are not different in the way I meant. It sounds like HR Legere is very much like Habit Rouge, only different in a specific respect. Meaning that it is still recognizable but the addition of the lemon/lime fizz makes the whole thing shift. In any case, these are just words and I suppose I will have to sniff the original to see for myself. I like the Legere enough that, so I will get another bottle for future use. I will also try the HR original to see if I can detect the family resemblance myself.

    Google "Luca Turin blog", and you'll find a downloadable pdf of his blog, I think at nzz Folio. It's very educational and interesting to read, although it's a couple of years old. The bad news is that it's like 500+ pages but they read very quickly. The even worse news is that some natural perfumers get into the blog and get huffy about the benefits of naturals vs. mainstream, and that ignites a bit of a flamewar. Now, I enjoy a good flamewar when the posts are brief and not too serious., but sadly the participants got on their soapboxes and preached until the cows came home. That comes at the latter part. Until then it's great.
     


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    ^You were right, Thomas; I saw online they are planning a Cuiron re-launch this fall. I just hope that they don't get stupid and reforumlate/waterdown the funk in the original to make it more "inviting" to the mindless "Cool Water" herds. [​IMG] Personally, I hope they up the concentration to EdT... my only problem was the lack of sillage and that I had to reapply all the time because of the EdC. Anyway, I had a sneaking suspicion that they'd relaunch it; it's too good a scent, with too many fans calling for it, to stay off the market. That and HL doesn't have a better scent to relaunch (personally, I love the EdC, having three bottles plus 2 of the EdP, but it's much less "userfriendly" even than Cuiron). I still have a small, coveted bottle left of the old Cuiron, but in the interim I sold off my three other bottles some months ago to some hysterical fragrance-heads who paid a small fortune for it... or traded likewise. Now, I'll just wait until the fall and buy a new bottle... at retail. (mwahahahaha). [​IMG] P.s. In honor of the news... it's a Cuiron day for me.
     


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    Forgot about that...I still have a small bottle of Cuiron, but have yet to use up my decant.

    Last night I received a decant of Creed Bois du Portugal and I was warned that it was a lot like PdN New York. Boy, is it ever. Just a little heavier with a bit more amber, but a near clone of New York and Chanel Pour Monsieur, for that matter. But I'm wearing it today.
     


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    Forgot about that...I still have a small bottle of Cuiron, but have yet to use up my decant. Last night I received a decant of Creed Bois du Portugal and I was warned that it was a lot like PdN New York. Boy, is it ever. Just a little heavier with a bit more amber, but a near clone of New York and Chanel Pour Monsieur, for that matter. But I'm wearing it today.
    You are right, Thomas, BdP is very similar to PdN NY... though I like the BdP infinitely better because it doesn't have that dry, icky, heavy powdery feel during the drydown that NY has (or, at least it did for me!) As for the amber... Creed has to stick their ambergris and "housenotes" in there somewhere; without it, how else could they get us to fork over that huge premium??? (haha) [​IMG]
     


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    You are right, Thomas, BdP is very similar to PdN NY... though I like the BdP infinitely better because it doesn't have that dry, icky, heavy powdery feel during the drydown that NY has (or, at least it did for me!)

    As for the amber... Creed has to stick their ambergris and "housenotes" in there somewhere; without it, how else could they get us to fork over that huge premium??? (haha) [​IMG]


    I think Mrs. T likes this one better than New York as well. She hates New York (the scent, not the city).

    After my amber binge I now know amber better. Although there are better ambers than the one in this. Can't complain though - got this decant in a swap on bnotes - traded away a bottle of D&G which I couldn't give away, much less actually wear.
     


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    My favorite ambers are Parfum d'empire Ambre Russe (thick, boozy, but not as cloying as Lutens tends to be on me), L'artisan L'eau D'ambre (a light, but still very nice amber), and Creed's Ambre Canelle. The latter was a completely surprise for me; if you expect Creed to be nice, classy, and a little "safe," get ready for a change. It's rather dark, thick, and even a little smutty.

    By the way, Thomas, (total change of subject), but speaking of smutty... did you ever try Alexander McQueen Kingdom? If so... I'm curious to hear your thoughts. If not... well... try to get a decant. I'd be curious to hear your impression.
     


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    My favorite ambers are Parfum d'empire Ambre Russe (thick, boozy, but not as cloying as Lutens tends to be on me), L'artisan L'eau D'ambre (a light, but still very nice amber), and Creed's Ambre Canelle. The latter was a completely surprise for me; if you expect Creed to be nice, classy, and a little "safe," get ready for a change. It's rather dark, thick, and even a little smutty.

    By the way, Thomas, (total change of subject), but speaking of smutty... did you ever try Alexander McQueen Kingdom? If so... I'm curious to hear your thoughts. If not... well... try to get a decant. I'd be curious to hear your impression.


    As it turns out I like MPG Ambre Precieux, LOVE TF Amber Absolute, and will give Yves Rocher Voile d'Ambre another test spin when it gets cooler.

    As for Kingdom: I [​IMG] Kingdom. Mrs. Thomas has positive feelings about this one, too.
     


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    As it turns out I like MPG Ambre Precieux, LOVE TF Amber Absolute, and will give Yves Rocher Voile d'Ambre another test spin when it gets cooler.

    I haven't tried any of those, but definitely have the TF on my radar. I went through an MPG phase and had five or six, but Ambre Precieux wasn't one of them (Parfum d'habit was interesting, but weird ((like a sweet, sugary syrup poured on a wool jacket)), Racine, Fraiche Badiane, Centaur, and one or two others that I can't remember now). I didn't LOVE any of them enough to keep trying the line, though, so I moved on to some others.

    I thought you'd like Kingdom... call it a hunch.
     


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    I haven't tried any of those, but definitely have the TF on my radar. I went through an MPG phase and had five or six, but Ambre Precieux wasn't one of them (Parfum d'habit was interesting, but weird ((like a sweet, sugary syrup poured on a wool jacket)), Racine, Fraiche Badiane, Centaur, and one or two others that I can't remember now). I didn't LOVE any of them enough to keep trying the line, though, so I moved on to some others.

    I thought you'd like Kingdom... call it a hunch.


    The only reason I tried Ambre Precieux was - another member on this board asked for opinions, and I know an amber fiend on another board (well, Mando) who offered the remainder of his AP decant. He and another member really really liked it so I thought, why not. It took a few tries to come around (same with AA) but it's a winner.

    Re: Kingdom - I don't recall telling anyone I stopped wearing deodorant, but somehow it seems appropriate to mention here. After a few hours the rose unfolds and it's bee-utiful.
     


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