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Unfortunately only second winner, the Extrait wins with me by a tiny margin
8 a.m.: I make my way to the home office (a very short walk) and decide to play Samsara Extrait against Samsara Eau de Parfum (the current version). I have the EdP since last year and I love it.
So I apply a spray of Samsara EdP to my right wrist - only one and probably rather carefully applied - and very briefly a pert cloud rises, a touch of nose-fresh lemon, paired with the matt-flowery and slightly dusty bergamot and the wonderful Guerlain peach (everyone always talks about the famous Guerlain vanilla, that's fine with me, they are indeed very good at it, but has anyone ever noticed how well Guerlain Peach can do - a fragrance that is almost notoriously in the synthetic-squeaky peach fruit gum (sour) direction in others?). The chord quickly becomes mid-dark - the fresher notes I only notice with my nose on my skin after a few minutes. By the way, this is different when I spray the clothes, the brighter notes stay noticeable much longer. But I want to test on the skin
On the left wrist I take a whiff of the closure of the samsara bottle. Just a touch, but it is a statement: The subjective scent impression of this almost homeopathic application is at least as present as with the sprayed EdP. Here I look for the fresher notes almost in vain, the extract starts (sprayed it probably looks a bit fresher) right away with the actual statement and that is: sandalwood. Strong, dark moldy, spicy sandalwood, the other notes are ornament and decoration and wonderful accessories, only the iris powder I can still capture as a single note.
9 o'clock in the morning: Both fragrances are on the same level and have also developed to a quite similar soft, darkly coloured scent impression. Chubby sandalwood dominates, the extract seems spicier to me now and maybe denser, softer, a bit more velvety, the EdP is a bit more floral, the jasmine has taken its chance well, I'd say. Both scents projection is quite audible - again and again sandaly-spicy clouds puff up and I can't tell if they are from the right or left wrist
10 am: There is not really anything new to report yet. I sit overjoyed in this matte flowery spicy sandalwood cloud, smell sometimes right, sometimes left and hardly notice any difference.
11 o'clock: Well, well, well. Extrait seems a little weak. The EdP is now clearly ahead in terms of scent intensity, a surprising turn of events in a competition where the winner seemed to be fixed in advance.
12:00 noon: all-clear. The EdP has ignited the final stage and is slowly descending back towards the base Note-Divan.
The Extrait, on the other hand, still looks very rested, the heart notes smell present and it seems to have picked up again: It's also more audible at a distance
And: I finally find an expression for what I have already felt with both of them throughout the entire fragrance process, namely security. Softly spiced vanilla, sandalwood embrace, powdery peace
1pm: The EdP is resting and will continue to do so for many hours and the technical winner has been determined. It's the Extrait, it has more endurance, even if the flower notes are slowly becoming quieter.
2 pm: The Extrait also begins to withdraw. A butter-soft glide into the base notes begins, which is about >br />
15 o'clock approximately nears completion.
At about 16 o'clock both versions are equal again. Both base notes smell wonderfully comforting and embracing and peaceful, warm and homely and I sniff sometimes left, sometimes right and know from experience that I will do this for a long time. And a small miracle: Completely unexpectedly, even now a sandal cloud still puffs up from time to time - even the base notes still have a certain external effect.
Conclusion: Both of them have done very well on my scent eater skin - many other perfume-tested scent monster performers have given up in many tests much earlier.
The Extrait scores with maximum fragrance development at minimum dosage - a tiny wiper is enough for the whole day and over a few hours it always smells a little bit softer, softer, more comforting and delicately darker than the Eau de Parfum, which is a little brighter and a touch more angular.
The EdP, however, costs only a fraction and is - in itself - a wonderful softwood and velvety fragrance of great beauty.
But perfume will always be the winner of my heart. Because - apart from this short 11 o'clock sag - it always had a nose advantage and because it is able to make the world a little bit more beautiful - and especially this horrible, twisted and rainy day before - a little bit more beautiful
At the very last: I have published this text identically in the Extrait, after all it concerns both versions equally. So don't be surprised. And: If this should contradict any rules, just say so, I will delete an article.