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<mark>Epimedes</mark>Epimedes   24.02.2015 | Perfumes & Brands

let's talk about Dior

...Triffid:Regardless, I hear good things about Dior's take on the idea and thought Cuir Cannage (why do I always read that as 'Pure Carnage') might be worth sampling, though I doubt it will trump Chanel Cuir de Russie or Cuir de Lancome, both of which I own and also cost less than the Dior option. I'm also curious about Cuir Cannage. The one that always wanted to sample though is "Diorling", which is all but impossible to find these days. I know it's been reformulated and reissued, but is the new reincarnation any good? Does it even resemble the original? Anyone know?
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<mark>Epimedes</mark>Epimedes   23.02.2015 | Perfumes & Brands

let's talk about Dior

...My favorites are vintage "Diorella" and "Fahrenheit". Both of them didn't fare well in reformulations...and I don't have Fahrenheit anymore :cry: I also like "Eau Sauvage Fraîcheur Cuir", a great variation on the classic theme, in my opinion.
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Suggestions: fragrances with berries for men?

..."Trayee" is a beautiful fragrance that has a prominent blackcurrant note.Regarding masculines with a blackcurrant vibe, "Silver Mountain Water" and "Mefisto" come to mind. Too bad raspberry is a no-go, otherwise I would suggest "Tuscan leather", which smells red-berryish to my nose.
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<mark>Epimedes</mark>Epimedes   10.02.2015 | Miscellaneous

What kind of fragrance wearer are you? (poll about fav.note)

..."you will smell my awesomeness before I arrive" :lol: :lol: :lol: haha, that's awesomeI am definitely a patchouli type. (Is this like a zodiac sign, perfume-wise, hmmmm...)
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Suggestions for a patchouli-centric fragrance

...What about "Coromandel" and "Bornéo 1834"? In my view, both represent a 'dusty' rather than 'oily' kind of patch. For a very light and dry patchouli, I would also suggest Keiko Mecheri's "Patchoulissime" (the name is really a misnomer, the patch here murmurs, not roars). "Nombril Immense" by ELdO is another patchouli-centric scent that I find pretty tame and short-lived, at least on my skin.
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<mark>Epimedes</mark>Epimedes   09.01.2015 | Miscellaneous

Which were your personal favorites this last year?

...Sleuth:Some interesting scents, Epimedes. Is Léonard p.H. similar to Van Cleef & Arpels p.H, or rather different? Blend 30 seems like quite a bitter one, at least when I look at the notes....I never thought about it before, but Blend 30 does carry some resemblance to aromatic bitters. Sleuth, that was a good hunch! I have an old mini of vintage VCA pH but somehow I never reach for it, so I decided to give it a wear today. So... it's pleasant enough for an old-school, but I found it too formulaic, not exciting in any way; longevity was also subpar. Léonard PH is long-lived on my skin, by comparison, though not loud. Some might say it's powerhouse, leather etc but it's not. There is a significant piney-resinous presence there, which gives it an interesting, almost oily feel that I find pretty unique. Also some good frankincense, so thoroughly folded in, it's hard to detect, but it's there. My final verdict: these two are different enough - and for the time being, VCA pH goes to the back of the shelf again.So, looking at the posts above, it doesn't seem like there was a whole lot of excitement over 2014 releases?
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<mark>Epimedes</mark>Epimedes   07.01.2015 | Miscellaneous

Which were your personal favorites this last year?

...Parfumo Assistant says that my top three in the last year were "Grand Cuir", "Interlude Man" and "Léonard pour Homme" / Dunhill "Blend 30" ( a tie). Nothing FBW among the latest releases for me so far (I tried only a few, admittedly). Maybe I should give DH Parfum a try, haven't smelled it yet, the leather in the base sounds intriguing.
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<mark>Epimedes</mark>Epimedes   04.01.2015 | Miscellaneous

Does incense draw attraction?

...Cryptic: I don't wear it to work lest I be thought of as a secret pyromaniac.So very true, I don't think that many people identify the more insencey stuff that I wear as a fragrance. I was told once, is something burning in your car?
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<mark>Epimedes</mark>Epimedes   04.01.2015 | Perfume Discussions

phthalate-free brands?

...In IFRA we trust (don't we?)http://www.ifrana.org/issues-policy/safety/phthalatesFor all we know, the very point for IFRA to exist is to protect big companies from being sued by consumers. If there was any evidence from scientific studies that the fixative in question (DEP) posed any risks to human health, they would have restricted it.There is a much higher chance to get exposed to phthalates known to be harmful from cosmetics such as hair sprays or gels, nail polish, and even some skin lotions. Not to mention chemicals leaching from plastic packaging, doesn't matter if the stuff inside is natural and organic. It all comes down to personal choice, I guess. One more reason for me not to use any make-up :lol:
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<mark>Epimedes</mark>Epimedes   03.01.2015 | Miscellaneous

Does incense draw attraction?

...I actually got complimented a few times when I was wearing scents that had a definite smoky element in them. Such as "Interlude Man", CBIHB "#305 Burning Leaves", Encre Noire (Eau de Toilette)Encre Noire Eau de Toilette, to give a few examples. Never for 'straight' incense. It's strange though that CdG 2 Man drew a very negative reaction from people around me. Can't explain it, but I didn't particularly care for that one either, so I happily gave it away.
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Looking for cypress scents

...Acqua di Parma "Blu Mediterraneo - Cipresso di Toscana ". Cypress, plus a bunch of other things. Somewhat chaotic, but could fit the bill.Even though not a truly coniferous scent, CdN "Monocle Scent Three: Sugi" has some cypressness in it (did I just make a new word?)
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<mark>Epimedes</mark>Epimedes   26.04.2014 | Miscellaneous

Tragedy. When perfumes turn

...Danieq:I will say though, that I bought a vintage Vol de Nuit EdC and I'm not certain that it has it's original character at all anymore. That was an expensive mistake.I got an older bottle of Vol de Nuit EdT and it was a bitter disappointment for me as well. If only the new extrait wasn't so damn expensive...
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Your favourite lavender fragrance

..."Eau Illuminée" is nice. A melange of herbs, lavender, orris and tonka. Not heavy and pretty unisex IMO.
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<mark>Epimedes</mark>Epimedes   25.03.2014 | Miscellaneous

New study of sense of smell: 1 triilion?!

...Their test was set up in a way that the subjects would only have to tell which vial out of three was different. Their vials contained blends of 10, 20 or 30 odorous molecules. Practically no one could tell apart 20- or 30-component mixtures that differed only by a single component. Some blends were trickier than others; the participants could only tell apart one half of their 20-component blends that were 50% similar. Not always easy it seems! There are many other results that are quite difficult to digest and the math they used to come up with these huge numbers is simply beyond my comprehension. But I kind of agree with their conclusion that humans can distinguish more olfactory combinations than colors or tones. One other interesting thing they mention is that the scent of a rose is produced by 275 components, much more than what their subjects were tested with. Must be very difficult to reproduce this in a perfume, if possible at all.
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Guerlain Coriolan: aged to perfection or vinegar?

...I'm not taken by the wood frame design either. I remember reading the official blurb from the company's English web site (www.guerlain.com), which goes like this:The fragrance is showcased in a bottle with clean lines, simply framed in wood for a terribly contemporary allure.It took me a few seconds to grasp the meaning, at first I thought it read 'terrible'.I'm really curious to hear about how L'Âme d'un Héros compares with old Coriolan. Fifteen years apart and surely some tweaking done in the meantime...
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<mark>Epimedes</mark>Epimedes   21.03.2014 | Miscellaneous

New study of sense of smell: 1 triilion?!

...One other curious thing, from the original article in Science, is how different individual participants were in their performances.From the initial group of 28 people, two were excluded because they failed to correctly identify the wrong vial in more than three out of four trials. From the remaining 26 (17 females, 9 males), the worst sniffer was calculated to be able to distinguish between some 78 million odorous mixtures. The best, a whopping 1.03 × 10^28 (ten octillion). Or, written out as decimal numbers:Worst: 78,400,000Best: 10,300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000Makes me wonder if the ability to tell scents apart is why some people are more likely to become perfumistas... :idea:
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Guerlain Coriolan: aged to perfection or vinegar?

...My bottle of Coriolan dates back to 1999, according to batch code. I don't detect any obvious off notes, even though I am generally very picky when it comes to old fragrances. To me, Coriolan projects modestly, not a sillage monster at all, and longevity has always been only average. I haven't tried L'Âme d'un Héros, so unfortunately can't say how the reissue would compare to the original, maybe they improved it using new technology. One reason I think 'old' Coriolan may be worth having is its unique flacon. Brass-plated strips holding the curvy bottle and the cap that you flick to open with your thumb, a very pleasing and beautiful design for a masculine perfume.
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Your favorite classic Eau de Cologne?

...For me, I would say five or six hours easily. Even more when sprayed on a fabric, less when it's very hot outside. It hovers close to the skin after the first half an hour, but never disappears, I can smell it distinctly.
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Your favorite classic Eau de Cologne?

...Sleuth, the drydown of EdJ is mostly neroli and clean musks, plus some other modern molecules probably. It feels soft and creamy, I also get a bit of a ginger aspect from it. The wonderful thing is that neroli lasts and lasts.I'm looking now at the list of notes in the database, and it says "burbon vanilla". Hmmm...that just doesn't make sense. There could be some vanilla deep inside, but I would never describe EdJ as a vanillic scent. I will need to revisit it again, but I stay by my description. Actually, Prada's Infusion de Fleur d'Oranger may be a good reference, though EdJ is built around neroli, not orange blossoms, and is more energetic and unisex/masculine in the beginning.
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