Scent/Fragrance of the Day thread

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Dmax, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Senior member

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    I think I bought mine at a Nordstrom's or something. It's really easy to find and it was relatively cheap -- I think around $40 bucks?
     


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    Just about anything from Amouage, although it won't be cheap. They're Frankincense guys. Incense Pure by Sonoma scent Studio is more affordable. http://networkedblogs.com/c2m6W http://www.sonomascentstudio.com/tranquille3.shtml Incensed is also one that gets good reviews http://www.indiescents.com/products/Incensed.html
     
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  3. rach2jlc

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    If you have the opportunity, definitely try it, T... especially since I know that you like Egoiste. If you like Egoiste, you'll love it. BUT, again, I think if you drove 500 miles, spent $500, or built a trip to paris around having the chance to sniff it, you'd say, "Oh, jeez... I went to all this trouble for some souped-up Egoiste?"

    I'm not a huge vanilla fan, and especially not a fan of sandalwood with vanilla. Throw Tonka in there and I start to run away. The sweetness gets to me... and those who know me here know I'm not a big fan of sweet. Sweat, okay. Eau d'hermes; cuir d'ottoman, okay. But, sweet stuff... no thanks. SO, I never loved Egoiste from the start.

    To be honest, given that the original inspiration of Bois Noir was the earlier Bois des Iles, a scent I like very much... I'd MUCH rather have a $300 bottle of pure parfum BdI. You'd never get a decent size anything of Bois Noir for that. ;)

    That being said, I do like (back to my SOTD today) what Guerlain did with the Samsara sandalwood. It's way too heavy/sweet for me ever to think of wearing as a "must have," but the way it balances and plays dry and sweet off of floral and deep is quite unique. It just sort of shows why Guerlain is Guerlain; it takes "dangerous" territory like a thick, syrupy oriental and keeps it very unique.

    Apparently, guerlain was looking in the 1980's for its own powerhouse oriental hit, building on the success of YSL Opium and Chanel Coco. This scent is NEITHER of those, and one reason why Guerlain isn't a house that does "big hits." They just aren't good at it, and when they try, I think they fail badly (mahora, champs elysees, etc.) This one is sort of a compromise scent, but still very guerlain (to my nose.)
     
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  4. sjmin209

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    KS: I second the Villoresi Incensi recommendation.
     


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    CdG Avignon? Tauer Orange Star today.
     


  6. rach2jlc

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    Good rec. In fact, several (if not all!) of the CdG Incense series might be a good choice, and more easily available/affordable than wither the L'aP or LV I suggested earlier. :)
     


  7. Notreknip

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    Derby (thanks Baron) this morning; I'm a chypre fan, so I pretty much knew what I was getting in this. However, like any good chypre, I find they have the ability to disappear and sneak back up on you. Derby did this a few times throughout the day for me. "What's that smell?" "Oh, it's me."

    TF Black Orchid this evening. I bought this for my lady this afternoon and stole a spray just an hour ago. I grabbed it for her with the notion that I'd take 10mL or so for myself as the men's Basenotes community has fought the "gender" of this perfume to no end. It's on my wrist now and it smells incredibly familiar - perhaps too familiar. I didn't think it'd be common around these parts, but I must be wrong. I'm in the heart of this now and it is indeed very floral at this point. I have to admit, it is borderline cloying on me. Maybe I'll leave the whole 29.9mL to remain as hers.
     
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  8. Parker

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    Comme des Garcons Kyoto today.

    rach, it's nice to read your posts in this thread. I still like to wear the Rancé I got from you a couple years ago.
     


  9. dopey

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    PSA: The Beauty Shop at the Plaza hotel is discounting their The Different Company scents, I think in anticipation of dropping the line. I picked up a huge, 250ml bottle, with leather case, for $253 (+ tax). I think the retail price is $375, and TDC scents are rarely, if ever discounted. Sel de Vetiver is one of my favorites and has often been in short supply, so I was glad to get the mega-size, which the online sellers don't even carry for not much more than the $175 that the 90ml sells for. If you like TDC scents and can, you should drop in.
     


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    Revisiting YSL M7 today
     


  11. rach2jlc

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    Always a treat when Dopey makes an appearance on the SOTD scene. My experience with SdV was that I used my bottle (back in 06 or 07, and haven't had one in a while!) when I used to do research visits to a group of Kindergartens in Japan, where the kids used foreigners like playground equipment and punched one in all the wrong areas. As such, SdV was like bug repellent. My favorite comment was a small child who got close, then ran away, crying to the teacher that "John sensei smells like a dentist's office." haha

    I had (not the leather bottles) but the 250 aluminum atomizers of Rose Poivree, Osmanthus, and Bois d'ris some years ago. They ARE harder to find these days then before, and that's a good price. I wonder if they stopped making the aluminum atomizers? 250ml of SdV, though, and I could keep dangerous kindergartners away from me until the year 2199.


    Always a good choice. That's another one that will enter the Patou Pour Homme category of lost classics, and that in 15 years time people on ebay will pay a fortune, and basenoters will comment and lament the sad state of men's parfumery these days because an M7 could be discontinued. Did you ever try the M7 Fresh? They were both neat, for mainstream scents.

    Diorissimo for me today... the decision to go with Samsara parfum yesterday was a bad one. 92 degrees and 95% humidity... I nearly choked myself. BUT, Diorissimo... the world's best lily (and made by Roudnitska, one of my faves), is light without being "fleeting," deep without being heavy. A wonderful floral that anybody can wear.
     
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    Never tried M7 Fresh. I've had such poor luck with sequels in the past, I tend to ignore them if I like the original.
     


  13. rach2jlc

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    It was one of the few worth trying... retained the "heart" of the original, but made it "fresh." I found M7 impossible to wear except in cool/cold weather, so I think they were smart to try a "summer" version.

    It kept the (synthetic) oud, but added citrus, cut out the heavier spice (and also whatever that soft sort of sweetish/lucky charms note was in the original... probably a heavy dose of synthetic amber), but still kept it interesting. I enjoyed it... and most all who liked M7 really liked M7 Fresh (IIRC from my older Bnoter days.)
     
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  14. MyTailorIsRich

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    Sorry, I seem to be permanently behind on SOTD lately. Too much travel. I just have a sample bottle (maybe 2ml) that I got from Saks, and that has maybe one squirt left. I agree it is not different enough to pursue a split. Next time I am by Saks though I will hit them up for another sample and send it to you. you just pay the postage.

    I meant to PM this to Notreknip. I am lame.
     
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  15. dopey

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    I think they wised up to the idea that the Estagons (their word) were eating into sales of their fancy (and beautifully crafted) regular bottles, so they replaced them with single use 90ml non-atomizer refills. I have never seen either version in person though. Edit: This is wrong - some fragrances still come in the large 250 ml Estagon size, Rose Poivree, for example, but not Sel de Vetiver, which comes only in the 90ml.

    The 90ml and 250 ml bottles are really beautiful though, with or without the leather cover, and they are refillable. For a fragrance I like, I don't mind paying up for a well-crafted bottle, but it has to be really well-made. TDC does it right, in my opinion - they don't cheap out on any part, even the cap. They use the same bottle design for all their scents, which is fine with me.
     
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