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Scent/Fragrance of the Day thread

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

  1. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

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    Testing out Byredo 1996... well I'll say it's not my style but I will still try and give it a fair review. Basically I smell a powdery candy sweet iris and violet scent. There's a bit of warm sued-y leather in here too. Now the official note list also includes things like pepper and juniper (a favorite of mine) but I don't get those. What I will say is this is somewhere along the lines of a warmer Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur, mixed with elements of Dior Homme and lastly some Malle Lipstick Rose too. it's a warm sweet powdery iris scent with some smooth honeyed leather undertones. Again, totally not my style but I know some of the above scents are favorites amongst y'all so I would actually highly recommend sampling this one. I've only had it on for about a half hour so I can't speak much to the longevity or projection but I suspect it'll stick around for a good 6+ hours and light but present sillage. Is it masculine? no... at least not in a hairy chested way, but could a dandy or guy who's ok with fem classic scents pull it off?, sure. There's a sort of violet+suede things happening here, which would take me in a barbershop direction but it's got a powdery soft pink creamy vanilla base too and some chocolately fluff that's pushing it into young flirty fem or classic old lady perfume territory IMO. Persoanlly it's a pass, but for you guys I'd say a try.
     
  2. L'Incandescent

    L'Incandescent Senior member

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    Byredo 1996 showed up on lots of Best of 2013 lists, which surprised me a bit, since Byredo hasn't been well received in the online fragrance community. When I first tried it, I really disliked it. It starts off with a really dry, grainy, chalky smell. I find it somewhat bitter, and I agree completely with M-C about the suedy leather. I'm getting to like it somewhat better after a few wears, especially as I pick up a little more vanilla sweetness in the dry down. Also, to my great surprise, I pick up something a little bit boozy in the dry down. I think my perception of this is going to continue to change, so I'm not sure whether I'll end up liking it or not. I'm trying to forget my initial feelings about it, but that's really hard to do.
     
  3. James1051

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    Rolling my own today with
    Yosh Sombre Negra
     
  4. L'Incandescent

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    La Fin du Monde today. This stuff is fantastic! All of you who are fans of iris have to give this a try.
     
  5. James1051

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    Thanks for the tip!
    On my list.

    For me tonight for dinner with the lady of the house, it will be Olfactive Studio Chambre Noir. Took a sneak pinch of this a few days ago. Minty patch, leather and incense. What's not to like?
     
  6. mkarim

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    What type of fragrance is it? I'm a relative newbie.
     
  7. L'Incandescent

    L'Incandescent Senior member

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    La Fin du Monde is the newest fragrance from Etat Libre d'Orange, which is a niche fragrance house that produces very quirky, interesting scents at good prices. This one in particular is a unisex scent (not marketed either as a feminine or as a masculine). The dominant note, to my nose, at least, is iris. But there's also a really interesting note that they call gunpowder; it's just a little bit smoky and metallic. I'd describe the overall effect of the scent as sharp, tangy, and somewhat high-pitched (that is, it's not the kind of fragrance that would ever be called "Noir" or "Black"). If you've ever smelled Dior Homme, it's in the ballpark of that, although frankly I like this better. It's also a cousin of Etat Libre's Tilda Swinton Like This.
     
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    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I wore Derby today to the race track.
     
  9. Osiris2012

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    gotta keep it fresh with this heat, Creed Erolfa
     
  10. James1051

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    Sounds like good stuff. This house does a nice job.

    Daim Blond for me today. Pretty nice, but as with some other Lutens scents, its right on the border-line of 'too sweet' for me.
     
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  12. HORNS

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    Today: Amouage Fate for Women - this shit is beautiful.
     
  13. L'Incandescent

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    Yup.

    Today I wore two fragrances that are named perfectly.

    Pre-shower: Puredistance Black. There are lots of fragrances called Black (Noir), but this one is more deserving of the name than any other I've smelled. Puredistance doesn't give the notes, but I'm pretty sure it's oud (quite medicinal, but also smooth), tobacco, incense, and some other spicy and woody notes. It's very loud at the opening, but develops quickly into a skin scent. The stuff lasts forever. It's one of those fragrances that I respect, but don't really enjoy a lot.

    SOTD: Lumiere Blanche. This is really bright and tart, with lots of spices, perfect for lifting my mood on a snowy, overcast day. I enjoy it a lot.
     
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    Thats disappointing, might save my money. Heard it was a sexily good inbetween PureDistance M and Black Afghano

    Not feeling adventurous today so rocking the suburbs with Aventus.
     
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  15. L'Incandescent

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    That's actually a pretty decent description. It's really rich, though not quite as rich as Black Afghano. It's definitely high-quality stuff; it's just not the kind of thing I particularly enjoy.
     
  16. Master-Classter

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    Speaking of Black Afgano, I've worn it for like 3 days straight as I was considering buying a bottle and I really don't get all the crazy reactions... To me it smells like a wonderful heavy spicey woody aromatic scent, maybe slightly mulchy, but that's it. It's got amazing longevity and decent projection and my GF says yep it's nice. And I'm 28 and strongly avoid anything old mannish, although I do really like wood/incense/musk and a little bit of the old funkyness. I'm just not seeing what makes people react so strongly to this, particularly the hate. Like I own Dior Leather Oud, and enjoy it, but I understand what people don't like about it...
     
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    I have become a big fan of this house. Last night I got a sample of La Fin du Monde after purchasing a bottle of Amouage Memoir Man and must say that La Fin is one of the most intriguing scents I've smelled in a long time. I have always loved the smell of gunpowder while shooting fireworks or guns, but this is the smell of unburnt gunpowder with a mineral/metallic smell to it. Nonetheless, the core is unmistakeable iris and the overall composition makes it one of the most interesting irises I've ever smelled.
     
  18. HORNS

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    Today: Jules - I wanted to smell like a sexual dynamo.
     
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  19. L'Incandescent

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    Bois Marocain. I wanted to smell like a marroquian.
     
  20. James1051

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    Gunpowder puts me immediately in mind of sulphur. Do you get a sulphuric note from La Fin du Monde? That would be a disqualifier for me. I sometimes get sulphur from vetiver compositions (Sycomore and Fat Electrician being two examples I recall) that spoil the frags for me.

    Oh, and…Eau des Iles today. Pleasantly surprised
     
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