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Any thoughts on Une Rose De Kandahar by Tauer?
 

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Any thoughts on Une Rose De Kandahar by Tauer?
Very impressive scent. Big oriental rose with a tobacco, cinnamon and patchouli drydown. Big in both projection and longevity. Not easy to wear though. A bit too sweet for my taste.
 

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Very impressive scent. Big oriental rose with a tobacco, cinnamon and patchouli drydown. Big in both projection and longevity. Not easy to wear though. A bit too sweet for my taste.
Thanks for this. Have you sampled any of his other rose scents (think I saw a few)?
 

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Thanks for this. Have you sampled any of his other rose scents (think I saw a few)?
Yes, he has a bunch of rose fragrancies. Apart from Kandahar I have only sampled Rose Chypree which is a more traditional fragrance. I remember it as nice but not very special. The best floral I’ve tried from Tauer is Noontide Petals, which is just lovely. It also has rose but it’s not the star of that scent.
 

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Talking about Tauer I really like L’air des alpes Suisses, one of his latest creations. Described as a woody oriental I was first a little disappointed because it’s more, well, Swiss. Herbs, pine, fir, fresh greens and lilies. Amber in the drydown and possibly tonka. Not as unique as some of his stuff but very pleasant and wearable. Great office scent.
 

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Any thoughts on Une Rose De Kandahar by Tauer?
Not a big fan at all. First time I tried it, it dried down to a powder bomb that made me nauseous. I'm wearing it now because your post pushed me to rediscover my sample, and I'm still not a fan. It opens up nicely with the rose and sweet notes, but it's just way too sweet. One of the biggest notes that my nose just can't find is the tobacco, which is hugely disappointing. It's not as bad as the first time when I vowed to never smell it ever again, but it's not for me and remains a colossal mess of a scent. Au Coeur du Désert though is a marvelous perfume.
 

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I got a sample of vintage Yatagan that I am wearing today. I like it. It immediately reminded me of Papillon's Anubis and to a lesser extent Berceuse's Allegreto. I am kind of surprised it is polarizing. Maybe to the generic designer perfume world, but I was expecting more stank from this. I just get woody and green. What's not to like? Actually along with this sample I also got vintage Coty Chypre in a very small vial. Yesterday to get an initial impression I swabbed my left hand with the Coty and sprayed the Yatagn about 3 times on the back of my right hand. The little swabbing of the Coty overwhelmed the Yatagan at an arms length while on my computer. Couldn't smell the Yatagan at all unless I stuck my nose to my hand.

On the Coty, immediately after swabbing it reminded me of Mitsouko, which was unsurprising considering Mitsouko was the response to the Coty. On the dry down I get Rogue's Chypre-Siam, which was also unsurprising considering Manuel Cross modeled it after the Coty. All in all, it is an awesome Chypre, but not worth the high price of a vintage bottle, when you can get reaonsably priced vintage Mitsouko and great modern Chypres.
 

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I got a sample of vintage Yatagan that I am wearing today. I like it. It immediately reminded me of Papillon's Anubis and to a lesser extent Berceuse's Allegreto. I am kind of surprised it is polarizing. Maybe to the generic designer perfume world, but I was expecting more stank from this. I just get woody and green. What's not to like? Actually along with this sample I also got vintage Coty Chypre in a very small vial. Yesterday to get an initial impression I swabbed my left hand with the Coty and sprayed the Yatagn about 3 times on the back of my right hand. The little swabbing of the Coty overwhelmed the Yatagan at an arms length while on my computer. Couldn't smell the Yatagan at all unless I stuck my nose to my hand.
It's really not that unfriendly of a scent. Yeah, it's old fashioned and does have sour and bitter animalic qualities, but it's not vulgar whatsoever. It's undeserved reputation is simply a result of nonsense spread online by people.
 

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I mean Turin loves it, but I don't always agree with him. I don't get animalic at all. Just wood and green. It is nice, but there are other great similar modern scents. Then again vintage it is still cheaper than the modern similar ones.
 

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Yeah, there are even many other classic and vintage scents I'd go for instead of Yatagan. It just isn't my taste or style at all, but I appreciate it.

Lorenzo Villoresi Piper Nigrum today. It's such a weird scent, but it has some familiar nuances. It's suggestive of the Italians' use of herbs and citrus in fragrances, but the overall blend is a strange medicinal aroma that somehow manages to become very wearable. I really enjoy it, but I'm disappointed with its lack of black pepper. I can tell this is going to be fun to dissect, but I'm really excited to wearing it in the summer when we can finally go out again.
 

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I mean Turin loves it, but I don't always agree with him. I don't get animalic at all. Just wood and green. It is nice, but there are other great similar modern scents. Then again vintage it is still cheaper than the modern similar ones.
I just think the fact that it's very castoreum-forward makes it seem a bit...aggressive by modern standards. That's just not really the direction most men's fragrances go these days. But I don't find it unpleasant or unwearable at all. It just comes across as a bit of a throwback. I definitely think a lot of the online reviews way overstate its animalic properties.
 

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Meanwhile I'm wearing Aqua Celestia EDT today. I really like this, even if I probably should've gone with the Forte version instead. It's nothing special in terms of originality...a very citrus and mint-heavy freshie...but I just think it's a lovely warm-weather scent that puts me in a good mood.
 

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Has anybody smelled that shaving guy, Barrister & Mann's Fougere Gothique? Supposed to be nice.
 

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I have a sample of Vetiver, and I thought it was very difficult to handle. It starts off promising with heavy vetiver and tobacco. Very spicy. But, it becomes like a spicy salad type of scent with that strange celery note and what I pick up as a green bell pepper scent. I need more testing of it, but it's really not what I expected and not for me.
Wore the LV Vetiver again today, and I got the celery note you mentioned. Reminded me slightly of the smell of the spice blend they use at Grand Central Oyster Bar on the soup, as weird as that sounds. Although it did not seem to last very long, the dry down is more spice and vetiver to my nose.

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