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DutchSniffer 8 years ago
8
Scent
5
Longevity
2.5
Sillage
2.5
Bottle

el cheapo Eau de Lingerie
Zwitsal edc is like a cheap version of Eau de Lingerie. Not that it smells the same but it can serve the same purpose: a soft soapy scent you will like most when going to bed . Either spray it on yourself or on your bed linen : happy dreams!
Zwitsal is by far the most popular baby soap/oil etc. product in the Netherlands, so the edc is a very popular product too and very affordable too.

DutchSniffer 8 years ago 1
9
Scent
7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage

Intoxicating coconut floriental.
Datura Noir doesn't contain datura , which is a plant from a genus that is known for its hallucinogenic and medicinal (atropine) properties. Apart from their poisonous nature, they apparently don't really have a smell of their own so the name is a word play and probably refers to the possibly hallucinogenic effect of wearing a tropical scent like this.

I will fess up to love both tuberose and osmanthus notes and also like the smell of coconut. Sofar, nearly every coconut fragrance I've tested, have been quite disappointing (e.g. YR Coconut, Creed Virgin Island Water), so I was a bit apprehensive. Besides, while tuberose smells great, it tends to dominate to the point of it being cloying.
But I was not disappointed: Datura Noir is an intoxicating sweet but not too sweet tropical oriental fragrance and I think to be able to detect tuberose, osmanthus, coconut, almond (faintly), vanilla and probably also heliotrope as this is the note responsible for the powdery accord.
So, if you enjoy tuberose and don't mind smelling coconut, but dislike overly dominant fragrances, you might enjoy Datura Noir as much as I do.
Some complain of short longevity but it has been 8 hours since application and it is still going strong albeit with a soft to moderate sillage.

DutchSniffer 8 years ago
9
Scent
10
Longevity
7.5
Sillage

A plum oriental
Wore this one for the first time on a grey gloomy December day , which matches the fragrance perfectly as it is a floral oriental.
Galimard doesn't list plum nor cedarwood and sandalwood, but I can believe those are present due to the sweetness of the smell and also a base that does remind me of sandalwood.

Somehow I'd swear to have smelled this particular perfume before but can't say which one. In any case it smells like a classic 80s oriental fragrance as sillage is large and it lasts like forever.. like many other Galimard perfumes.

DutchSniffer 8 years ago 3
8
Scent
7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage
5
Bottle

A voyage to India
When reading reviews on Voyage d'Hermès it surprised me, how few people commented on the prominent cardamom note, which to my nose, overpowered all other notes.
I may confuse other notes with cardamom, but when referring to Voyage d'Hermès in the future, it will always remain 'that cardamom fragrance'.
The woodsy notes come up much later. Quite surprisingly, the tea note finally becomes dominant in the drydown! Quite the interesting chameleonic scent.
Too bad today is a cold Jnauary day, while this supposedly is a terrific one for a sweltering hot summer day. I won't have that option again as it will be sent out to another young parfumista, who would love to test it.
I may try to get hold onto another sample of this, as I'm a fan of tea fragrances: Green Tea by Elizabeth Arden has long been a signature scent.
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DutchSniffer 8 years ago 5
7
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage

Herbal chicken soup or a brilliant master piece?
After testing Yatagan for the first time I start to wonder whether it is such a great idea for a relative newbie like me to test 'semi-blind', viz. without looking up notes.
First impressions often impact the entire perception and are hard to extinguish. For Yatagan, the first impression is to smell herbal chicken soup or some type of herbal pasta.
Mind you, it doesn't smell totally wrong (unlike some of the urn samples by Caron that turned me off), especially because I had high hopes after selecting Yatagan out of the list of master pieces according to Luca Turin's Perfume Guide.

After looking up the notes and reading reviews, it wasn't too hard to understand why I was thinking of soup: mentioned are basil, water cress and mint (not here), tarragon (Parfumo) and several others wrote about smelling celery (a note that is absent in every note declaration), while it is very well possible the castoreum-note caused the idea of smelling chicken soup.

As much as I tried, I couldn't really notice much of the woodsy notes in the drydown, quite likely caused to a malfunctioning nose (dairy-allergy!) as well as smells of real chicken in the kitchen. I feel like a betrayer not being able to appreciate this master piece due to wrong first impressions.

This is to be continued later in spring, when Yatagan gets another chance as a seasonal pick.

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