Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Dmax, Aug 22, 2007.
Today is MIss Dior (NOT the recent "miss dior cherie.") Despite the name, this (the original/first Dior fragrance from the 1950's) is a really lovely chypre, green, mossy, just a hint of jasmine and patchouli. Very, very unisex and a unique vintage-y scent without feeling "old."
I like it on warm days, especially. I have the EdT, but I'd love to try the parfum.
Ungaro III for me today.
I just got back from a week in Tokyo myself. I thought I was going to die. Not only is it ultra hot and humid, this Cool Biz "we shut down all of the reactors after the tsunami so there is no electricity for air conditioning" initiative is a killer (little to no AC in subway's, trains, hotels, restaurants, office buildings, etc). I wore Ormand Man all week to be culturally sensitive, but I should have worn followed Rach's lead and worn Chergui (you shoud wear this during civet fest). Nice to be back in the fog in any case
Shaal Nur today.
Here's your chance to buy something that doesn't suck! The Pour Un Ete for me today.
Tom Ford Oud Wood today
Today: Mugler Pure Havane, a decant from Notreknip. It's pretty damn good, and I think I know where I can score a bottle. First, though, I kinda ought to review the other tobacco-based scents to make sure there's not a ton of overlap. Good God, I'm plotting to buy yet another bottle. WTF is wrong with me?
creed aventus - awesomeness
Back to Black. I agree with L'I that this is a tobacco/vanilla scent, not leather/vanilla. I also get a touch of powdery oriental like patchouli or amber as well as honey. I am usually pretty negatively sensitive to powdery accords, but this one seems to blend very well with with the honey/vanilla. I would be up for splitting this one.
just tested B2B yesterday and found it much more powdery than I remember. Only on a card though so that may have made a difference.
today Le Labo Neroli and Bergamot (seperately).
the neroli gets medium reviews but there's something I really like about. reminds me of a cottage trinkets store in a small town.
I only get a mild powdery note, but I am using a sample bottle I got at Saks. I looked up the price - $220 for 50ml. And I thought Duro was expensive!
Indeed. It's very pricey.
I expressed some interest in buying a split portion about 2 months ago and one poster put up a split (in the thread) soon after, but as I recall nobody ending up signing up. I think it's just not original enough to justify the cost.
...to be honest, I've never even sniffed it.
If I'm understanding your text correctly and you do indeed have a bottle I wouldn't mind a small decant for a fair price. Find me via PM if you wish.
^I'll sound curmudgeonly, I guess, but it seems to me that fragrances are quickly becoming the new "designer jeans" fad. Given work and changing tastes, I've not been buying or sampling new stuff in the past 3-5 years as much I used to, and it seems that in that time the number of $200+ bottles has just exploded to the point where nobody is really shocked by it anymore.
Reminds me of 1995 or so, when $150 for Helmut Lang jeans or Diesel's for $125 was considered insane. $150 these days is considered "cheap," and even outside the "main" designers (Gucci/Prada/etc.) are all those premium denim brands that come and go.
Historically, Creed for $150 or so was about as expensive as you'd get until fairly recently, and the ne plus ultra of scent would be a guerlain pure parfum for $300-ish. There were still expensive lines, but they were quite superb and rare... MPG, Malle, etc.
You can't even spit now without hitting a $200 50ml jobby and new ones pop up every fifteen minutes. Not saying that they aren't good, but at some point (like those $500 jean brands that you've never heard of), i think a lot of these brands and fragrances will disappear in market "olfactory fatigue."
At a certain stage, just throwing every expensive ingredient in high concentrations wont' make a beautiful scent. Pound for pound, I find it hard to believe that all of these other ones are going, at the end of the day, to be better than some of the Malle creations, the classic Guerlains, some caron founts, etc.
Curmudgeon steps off his soapbox. Although, I guess a part of me is probably just jealous of Killian... rich cognac heir who has nothing better to do than comission perfumes? Sure, I want his life.
mitsukou parfum for me today.
edit: by the above, I don't mean people shouldn't try these new scents, and enjoy their "exclusivity;" however, I think you should always keep a healthy focus on the absolute classics when trying new things, to see what was done and how it was handled. It's really a treat after trying a bunch of "rose absolu, oud wood, patchouli, and santal de mysore mixed with Unicorn semen" to try a simple, balanced, amazing creation like a Tabac Blond, a Vega, a Cuir de russie, a parfum de therese, a Diorissimo, a vintage Givenchy III.
Although, I must admit, Ropion's recent "Portrait of a Lady" for malle is perhaps the most amazing oriental I've tried in years and years.
Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere today. I wore pink pants today, and for some reason I associate this fragrance strongly with the color pink.
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