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Stinky
Which fragrance is a Hype-king or Overhyped?
Stinky 18.08.2017 | Miscellaneous
...overhyped:Every company that comes up with something original or gives old stuff a twist or masters established genreseg. L'Artisan for OriginalityAtelier Cologne for Mastery of Citrus scentsDiorGuerlainComme des GarconsFrederic Malleand many...
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8 years ago
ScentFan
Sniff Fest - Gardenias
ScentFan 31.05.2017 | Perfumes by Note, Accord, Genre
...ParfumsGardenia (2016) (Parfum)Another misstep by a master, IMO. Roja Dove created the greatest perfume I've smelled to date, a perfume called Roja and/or (Haute Luxe). $3,500 for 100 ml, if you please. I...
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6 years ago
ScentFan
Guerlain - Sniff Fest
ScentFan 07.06.2016 | Perfumes & Brands
...over and over, I saw the same question asked: did the best of Guerlain depart with the ultimately ill-starred Jean-Paul Guerlain, fourth generation master perfumer from this famous family?Then one day I found myself at Neiman's Guerlain counter, sniffing then buying like mad, not having actually smelled...
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7 years ago
ScentFan
Sniff Fest - Olympic Orchids
ScentFan 16.04.2016 | Perfumes & Brands
...of the industry now being controlled by enormous corporations…perfumery has often become more akin to the work of the chemist than the Master Perfumer.”Ellen Covey is a Master Perfumer. It was a joy to experience her unfettered creativity. Her every effort deserves sampling by those who treasure quality and...
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7 years ago
ScentFan
Sniff Fest - Olympic Orchids
ScentFan 08.04.2016 | Perfumes & Brands
...Blackbird, but for anyone who walks on the wild side, you might want to wear this dangerous beauty--rendered by what I'm beginning to realize is a master perfumer."Elektra / A Midsummer Day's Dream"This is aptly-named because it smells like a summer meadow, trees and bushes laden with fruit...
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7 years ago
ScentFan
Sniff Fest - House of Nicolaï
ScentFan 25.02.2016 | Perfumes & Brands
The Other Guerlain
...lavendar, and musk in the base with patchouli. What I like about de Nicolaï s fragrances is that none of the notes screech. They are blended by a master hand. What's lacking in some are projection, longevity, sillage. No complaints about the smell.As I take a break, I resniff the papers and all...
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8 years ago
ScentFan
Sniff Fest - Learning Chypre
ScentFan 10.07.2015 | Perfumes by Note, Accord, Genre
...dressed like priestesses.Yasmin has risen and watches from her balcony with Tiye the Nubian maid. “Do you know him?” Yasmin asks. “It is my master, Egypt’s Prince Nimlot,” Tiye says. “And who are those half-naked women with tattoos on their stomachs?” Tiye bristles. “They are the... body to the great earth’s herbs.” Tiye thinks this is wise of Yasmin.“Now, tell me,” Yasmin demands of Tiye as she settles. “Why has your master really come?” Tiye lowers her eyes so her expression cannot give her guilt away. Prince Nimlot has come because he seeks Yasmin’s hand, though... light, rather than heavy scent. I think I must keep this one, Tiye,” Yasmin says. Tiye is pleased that Yasmin is keeping something her master has sent.Parfum de Grasse “Without oakmoss or patchouli, this one isn’t a chypre, but it intoxicates as if it were. Late in the drydown it is...
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8 years ago
Insense
Sniff Fest - Dior Private Collection
Insense 28.03.2015 | Perfumes & Brands
My current signature
...and skankier, as leather needs to be for my taste!Dior's craftsmanship is a reference and many niche brands should take a lesson watching the masters....
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8 years ago
WildGardener
What is your "Holy Grail" of perfume?
WildGardener 09.02.2015 | Miscellaneous
Chypre at the Osmothèque
...of bittersweet powderyness built around orris root. This gives a sense of both top quality naturals and judiciously dosed synthetics. Coty evidently mastered the prospect of the grim dry down afforded by heavy doses of labdanum and moss with the brilliant and novel use of synthetic isolates as well as...
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8 years ago
ScentFan
Sniff Fest - Learning Chypre
ScentFan 08.02.2015 | Perfumes by Note, Accord, Genre
...secrets of her womb. “I, a queen, do not answer to servants she says,” then sighs, tells Tiye to rise, and asks her to read the scroll. “My master prince Nimlot begs that you reconsider, mistress. He bids you accept his…” Abruptly Yasmin snatches the scroll. “Yes, yes. Accept his gift... been taken prisoner by Walad after a war, Yasmin has sympathy for Tiye. “In my castle, your bondage is light. However, do tell your former master that I have no interest in a husband.” Yasmin whispers to Diba, “Especially a third royal husband who will impregnate me with a third royal...
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8 years ago
MichVaillant
How good is Le Male Terrible? Le Mâle Terrible - Jean Paul Gaultier
MichVaillant 25.01.2015 | Perfumes & Brands
...the overall Le Mâle concept quite superb despite the risky premise of having vanilla front-and-center is the excellent balance achieved by the masterful use of lavender and mint.And let me clarify the concept of "cheap knock-offs" a little bit. I have an extremely cheap, (bought from a dollar store...
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8 years ago
Omni
It's true, an alternative to Apres L'Ondee
Omni 25.09.2014 | Miscellaneous
...It is always fun to experiment and play.The perfumer's master piece can only be approximated, but no matter.There will only be one but it's hard to get. People who lose their favourites will go Dr Frankenstein...
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8 years ago
Pipette
It's true, an alternative to Apres L'Ondee
Pipette 25.09.2014 | Miscellaneous
...is always fun to experiment and play.The perfumer's master piece can only be approximated, but no matter...
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8 years ago
MasterLi
Tabac Blond Tabac Blond (Eau de Parfum) - Caron
MasterLi 16.09.2014 | Perfumes & Brands
...Larimar:The original Tabac Blond and the vintage Habanita Extrait were definitely linked. The opening blast of the original Tabac Blond also clearly reminded me of Knize Ten. However, it is soon obvious that the original is loaded with animalics. It does remind me of the great Lanvin classics from the 1930s. If you deducted the florals (sweetness) from them, they could all - Tabac Blond included - be variations on the same theme. I also found Patou's Normandie slightly reminiscent of the original Tabac Blond. I admit I was a bit underwhelmed by the old stuff, maybe also because I am well familiar with the great Lanvins. Today Tabac Blond is so unique and there is nothing like it in its composition and blend (extrait concentration!). I only have a small decant of the old jus and I bet there are people here who hoard a bottle or two... :)Actually as soon as I tried Tabac Blond I immediately thought of Habanita (and vice versa). I think Tabac Blond is a masterpiece! Habanita to me is like a dirtier, sexier version of Tabac Blond (and Shalimar). The three are linked in my opinion. People say that Shalimar is a bad girl, but to me Habanita must be a very very bad girl (compared to what Shalimar is!).
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11 years ago
ScentFan
Sniff Fest - Learning Chypre
ScentFan 14.08.2014 | Perfumes by Note, Accord, Genre
...Ahmed replies and leads Yasmin from the room.That evening, Yasmin sends a desperate message to Fizur by way of Diba. "Would you see your beloved master, Walad, die? Would you see him kill my husband? If not, help me."Fizur returns an answer. "I am at your command, my Sultana, for so you will ever...
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8 years ago
ScentFan
Sniff Fest: Orientals
ScentFan 30.07.2014 | Perfumes by Note, Accord, Genre
Part 9 - Orientals without Musk
...” He nods. “The Valide Sultan countermanded your order.” Walad looks at his mother in shock. She doesn’t meet his gaze. “But, Master,” Diba continues. “The women discussed who they should obey and voted. They chose to obey you, not your mother.” The Valide Sultan cries...
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9 years ago
ScentFan
Sniff Fest: Orientals
ScentFan 28.07.2014 | Perfumes by Note, Accord, Genre
Part 8 - Simpler Orientals with Oakmoss, 1
...drown her in the oasis. Ahmed promised to stay away, but he hasn’t. The Valide Sultan tells her caravan to make camp then she orders the caravan master to her side and gives him instructions. Perhaps Walad will kill Ahmed before he has a chance to speak, but she must stop this slaughter about to... he reaches his mother, they exchange greetings. “Good to see you, mother.” She replies, “Good to see you, son.” Walad sends the caravan master away and, grateful for what his mother has done, becomes her camel-puller and resumes his journey to Yasmin. It gives him time to think. Why did...
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9 years ago
ScentFan
Sniff Fest: Orientals
ScentFan 03.07.2014 | Perfumes by Note, Accord, Genre
Part 5 - Orientals with no Amber
...HaudajNO AMBERNow to explore the orientals without amber, but first the story.Servants the world over are of the opinion they know more than their masters. In this case, it is true. When Diba hears Fizur’s sad report of Yasmin's unhappiness, Diba unintentionally says out loud, “It’s all the...
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9 years ago
ScentFan
Sniff Fest: Orientals
ScentFan 02.07.2014 | Perfumes by Note, Accord, Genre
Part 4 - The Lighter Orientals
...war. Conquering enemies eases the suspicion that someone conquered his bride.Diba wants to go, too, but Fizur will not allow it. Faithful to his master, even when behaving badly, Fizur will stay to guard Walad at war and at home. He resolves not to drink from any more goblets while on duty, though...
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9 years ago
ScentFan
Sniff Fest: Orientals
ScentFan 06.06.2014 | Perfumes by Note, Accord, Genre
...utterly ribald, at least among the aristocracy. After the death of her beloved Albert, Queen Victoria was said to be sleeping with her riding master (I think he was), Brown. Churchill's mother slept with the king, and others, out in those grand country estates. Handkerchiefs were being dropped...
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9 years ago
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