They do a box set, if it isn't prohibitively expensive by the time in reaches America?
― djh, Monday, 7 January 2019 20:14 (one year ago) link
have been wearing:
azzaro chrome legend (soapy, ambroxan-heavy yet a polite work scent)cartier declaration (citrus and funky spices initial, transparent newsprint-like vetiver on the drydown)guerlain l'homme ideal edp (sweet cherry/amaretto and virgin leather) kinda like guerlain's answer to one million
― clouds, Friday, 11 January 2019 22:13 (one year ago) link
i got 50 ml bottles of ysl rive gauche pour homme and kenzo tokyo from one of those mall kiosk places. the rive gauche is the discontinued tin can version, not the current la collection glass bottle re-issue, which itself has been re-issued in a new version. i was somewhat afeared of purchasing from one of these establishments because there's always some review when i do a google internet query (search engine, like ask jeeves) that tells me these places sell fakes, but who in their right mind is counterfeiting animale animale or liz claiborne mambo? nobody, that's who, or if the answer is somebody, then a really dumb somebody. the price of each was good. i paid $48 for the tokyo and $58 for the rive gauche in u.s. of american currencies. the rive, i saw the same size for $77 at the least on ebay, so it's a good deal; the tokyo, i could get the 3.4 oz for the same price i paid for the 1.6 oz up until it was recently discontinued and unavailable on discounters, at which point the price for the 1.6 oz went up to as much as $329.99 from one particular dickweed amazon seller, hand to god, and other sellers still want crazy stupid prices. so you can see why i had to get it.
the rive gauche, the convention wisdom is that it smells like shaving cream. it do! it do smell like shaving cream, except it's a cologne, so it's better than if you just spread barbasol all over your neck and went out like that.
the kenzo is a pretty good woody spicy thing. similar to azzaro visit, which i have, except the visit has this dense, oily bergamot thing in the opening which i suspect is used to tamp down on the heavy pepper and incense. the kenzo just shows up all put together so it has that going for it, which is nice. anyway, i got the last one.
i also got some samples from a popular discount website. what about adam, from joop! and encre noire sport from lalique. i got a mini size of the wba, which is from like 1992. i get bitter green tomato leaf and i guess cassia and then there's florals and other stuff but i mostly get green and florals. it really feels like an in-between interzone type of thing the way three strange days or right here right now or groove is in the heart belong to that time period.
encre noire sport is encre noire with grapefruit and lavender. it's more accessible and populist but if you like encre noire but feel you can't really pull it off on a daily basis then this is the answer for that, so why are you upset that it went in that direction? you have so much stuff that is good but difficult, get the thing that is good and uncomplicated, is how i see it.
― slugbuggy, Sunday, 17 February 2019 13:53 (one year ago) link
I always get super excited when I see that this thread has new answers, and a slugbuggy post never disappoints. I will now have three strange days in my head for at least three days.
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 17 February 2019 14:35 (one year ago) link
I just discovered the Ormonde Jayne line, which I think is really outstanding. Fortunately in NYC we have shops like Aedes or Osswald where you can go and sample 100 different chi chi fragrances if you want. Ormonde Jayne is from London, and they have a collection called Four Corners of the Earth inspired by the world travels of their founder, each fragrance specifically inspired by the indigenous flora she's encountered (so says their ad copy). My favorite of the batch is Montabaco, the one inspired by South America, which has some tobacco and leather/suede notes but blended well so you don't immediately peg it as one thing or another. You could imagine this on either an Argentine polo player or a sophisticated lady of means. It's crazy expensive though - $375/100ml! Ormonde Jayne also has a standard men's fragrance that - sorry if I lack the language - is a lovely powdery, slightly spicy, with flinty note blend that I suppose is reminiscent of Rocabar, of ones I'm familiar with. It's $220/100ml or $150/50ml.
One thing I've learned from visiting these fragrance shops is that there are far more scents I don't like than ones I do, even among the expensive ones. Certain notes are automatic turn-offs (like the bubble gum note many fragrances have, not sure what it is technically) and other notes ruin the fragrance if they're slightly too present. And then there's the complication of one's own body chemistry which may not take to a certain scent. That's why I tend to remember the few fragrances that pass all the tests.
Another one I thought I liked enough when trying it out in the store, but after taking home a sample and wearing it decided it was ever-so-slightly too sweet for me, was Amber Room by Thameen. I do appreciate its relative elegance though.
― Josefa, Sunday, 17 February 2019 15:36 (one year ago) link
oddam, i wish i could just pop into a boutique and just smell all the things. on the other hand, where i live i can have the same house for 1/3 the price or whatever. life is a game of tradeoffs and percentages.
i ave the rive gauche a full wearing and it's gorgeous, but it still smells like barbasol thet dries down to azzaro ph with the anise and oakmoss and herbalness. it's like if the local diner shut down and in its stead was opened a hipster cusine experience that offered authentic diner fare for ten times the price, which is justified because the omelletes and hash browns are prepareded
― slugbuggy, Saturday, 23 February 2019 08:06 (one year ago) link
didn't mean to do that. here be the full post:
goddam, i wish i could just pop into a boutique and just smell all the things. however, housing where i live is cheap so there's that tradeoff.
i gave the rive gauche a full wearing and it's gorgeous, but it still smells like barbasol that dries down to azzaro ph with the anise and oakmoss and herbalness. it's like if the local diner shut down and in its stead was opened a hipster-foodie cuisine experience that offered authentic diner fare for ten times the price, which is justified because the omelettes and hash browns are prepended in authentic diner style, except there's tarragon and because presentation. it's like when paul simon or david byrne do world music or when picasso did his thing with the damoiselles d'avignon. it's problematic, because i'm from the 80's and i'm used to the idea of someone going out and finding something that was always there and re-contextualizing something for me, like were basquiat or especially haring deep-culture aspirants who broke through or emissaries from the liminal boundaries who prospered from their ability to sherpa content from culture to culture? long story short, i had a bottle of pinaud clubman, the aromatic fougere of fougeres, and i never wore it because it was too fougere. the rive gauche is derivative of barbershop, but it's not from a real barbershop. there's still another bottle of rive gbauche at the place i got it and my brother was pondering whether he should get it or just get a bottle of brut because he reads all the old-school powerehouse blogs and imho he should get the fucking bottle of rive gauche.
― slugbuggy, Saturday, 23 February 2019 08:58 (one year ago) link
what i could have just said, were it not for all the knob creek, is that the rive gauche feels very fancy for a barbershop fragrance. i felt like it references a different milieu than the one it inhabits. but then again, there are probably very fancy barbershops.
― slugbuggy, Saturday, 23 February 2019 21:57 (one year ago) link
Being on a budget, I got a subscription to Scentbird. I think it's a good value, but the selection is patchy. Still I've got enough 15 ml bottles of expensive fragrances that I enjoy. One that sounded promising but which I hated was Black Tulip by Atelier Bloem. It's $195 for a bottle! But I can try it for sixteen bucks a month. Just as well, because it smells like an older woman at church. It's very well composed, just certainly not worth $200. But thanks to Scentbird I have a massive collection of expensive scents. Molinard Figue was my favorite so far. I got Pinrose's Gilded Fox, which had been a favorite, but the caramel wears on me. And Etat Libre d'Orange Tilda Swinton Like This was pretty good.
I'm teaching myself perfuming, though, and am mostly enjoying my own concoctions more. Been doing this for a couple of years and have about a thousand dollars worth of essential oils, attars and aroma chems. But the stuff is coming along nice. Wearing a cherry scent today that also has oud, pink lotus and jasmine.
― Twee.TV (I M Losted), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 13:01 (one year ago) link
Where ilm meets ile ...
A Fetching Gentleman in Fragrance FormByron on May 10, 2018
Incurable exhumes those remote memories of that young, sophisticated uncle who was a professional illustrator and who smoked an English pipe and owned russet leather armchairs and a collection of antique mechanical coin banks. The one who knew how to properly wear a sport coat and who wielded a generous sense of erudite humor. The one who proved to be the only example of a debonair man to be found in the entire living family tree but who abandoned it once his wife died and he disappeared into someone else’s family never to be heard from again.
Incurable is warm and piquant, dreamy and urbane… like the ghost of someone you wanted to know but never got the chance to.
― djh, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 20:47 (one year ago) link
the bubblegum note can be strange -- a scent I like but never wear as often as I should is mirabella by dsh, which is a really-nice plum-oakmoss thing along the lines of femme/mitsouko/things trying to be either of those, but the beginning is straight-up unmistakable bubblicious
― theorizing your yells (katherine), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:52 (one year ago) link
I've bought some of those indie / alt perfumes, but TBH, the branding on many of them is too precious or humorless goth. I mean, if you want to sell, you should broaden your market. Like I don't identify with the rich uncle at all! And then there are all of the perfumers who use Eurocentric and / or Victorian imagery, as if we all relate to or have those values. It's the same problem that plagues the DIY world in general, with all of its apothecary / homesteading nostalgia. A woman's perfume should respect all women, and sometimes the "mysterious magical witchy woman" crap is just plain sexist.
I am working on a fragrance inspired by Italian women in my family - the smell of the purses, like powdery makeup, rose, tobacco and candy. I didn't think it would work (I had the concept first), but I wear it all of the time, it really smells like my memories!
― Twee.TV (I M Losted), Thursday, 7 March 2019 01:03 (one year ago) link
yeah, the branding slightly annoys me, but no more than, like, the porny tom ford/(k*l*an)-type branding does. but, like, deconstructing eden's melisande is a really pretty cinnamon-jasmine-amber thing that I could more or less live in a cloud of, and also is named after a character in a thoroughly embarrassing book series
― theorizing your yells (katherine), Thursday, 7 March 2019 20:22 (one year ago) link
damn no idea his stuff was that controversial
― theorizing your yells (katherine), Thursday, 7 March 2019 20:23 (one year ago) link
The fragrance I got this month was Caswell-Massey's Centuries Sandalwood. It's kind of a dud. It's unisex, and although it claims to have other ingredients, like cypriol, which I LUV, it just seems to be all overpowering Australian sandalwood, which given its gluey, synthetic aspect, I don't think is real. Or maybe it's a mixture of authentic Australian sandalwood and aromachemical. In any case, it's not very subtle. I'll keep looking for a decent sandalwood scent, but given the unsustainability of the stuff, I'm not hopeful.
I used to buy sandalwood oil in college, when real mysore was more affordable. I guess I have to leave those days behind me, because the Australian variant isn't getting it done.
Oh by the way, I got some amyris, which is supposed to be "west Indian sandalwood" and I like it a lot, although it smells nothing like sandalwood.
― Have you tried Night of Olay? (I M Losted), Saturday, 4 May 2019 21:55 (one year ago) link
There seems to be a Miller Harris offer that if you take an empty/full bottle of any Perfume/Cologne to one of their stores, you will get half price on any of their fragrances.
― djh, Sunday, 26 May 2019 20:42 (one year ago) link
Oh ... or use the code "RECYCLE" online.
― djh, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 18:09 (one year ago) link
Hey, I found a new way for people on a budget to get $$$ perfumes for cheap. Some people are buying big bottles of expensive or rare perfumes and bottling them in smaller bottles. I got my own personal holy grail - five ounces of CHANEL NO. 19. It has galbanum, and I usually can't afford it, because you usually have to get it from France and pay a jillion dollars for it because nobody in the US carries it anymore. So it came in the mail today, and it's the REAL DEAL. I got into perfume because I always wanted to make my own version of Chanel no. 19 but I can't get the galbanum right...so now I have my very own to study. So if you're looking for that expensive shit, try Ebay!
― Equal Time for Dingelschnitzen (I M Losted), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:10 (one year ago) link
I love Chanel No. 19
― Dan S, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:13 (one year ago) link
more astringent and modern than No. 5, but both are classics
― Dan S, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:19 (one year ago) link
looking at it in retrospect those really are the two classic Chanel fragrances
― Dan S, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:27 (one year ago) link
Yeah, it's a classic and a long time ago, it was my signature. I like the slightly masculine or astringent aspect, but it is just so well-done and original. The new formulation is nice, but not as good and the personality isn't as strong. I loved the old one. It was greener and maybe more masculine and assertive. I guess you can get no.19 straight from the Chanel website, but I don't feel like paying $125 the new formula - I don't think it's worth it.
So, this bottle made me want to buy a few vintage bottles of the stuff that are on Ebay, and they're not really expensive, but prohibitive enough on my budget that I'm not sure if I should spring for it. If I had my druthers, I'd have a whole cabinet full of the original stuff. This is why I tried to concoct my own version - which was nice but nothing like the original. I mean, every description of the formula has something different in it. Apparently it has rose and leather in it, whereas I smell greens, vetiver and iris. I just love galbanum, which is a weird thing to put in a "classic" major house fragrance.
I'm just wondering if anyone has sprung for vintage bottles of classic fragrances, and if they hold up well, or if they morph over time. The few vintage bottles I have of stuff are not that great. The bottles I want to buy are from the seventies and the eighties.
And Chanel - as weak as the reformulations are, Chanel is still my go-to as far as designer fragrances. Some of those other fashion houses just produce overrated shit. The Chanels never disappoint, at least, and are worth the money you pay for them.
― Equal Time for Dingelschnitzen (I M Losted), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 18:00 (one year ago) link
i got some samples! and then, opinions were had!
miller harris - fleurs de bois. what it says. citrus, florals, but then woods. it's got that miller harris thing going on.
ferrari - noble fig and bright neroli. ferrari is mostly not good except recently they're going for actually good and these aren't bad. the noble fig is mostly orange and fig leaf and assorted whatnot. i have ferragamo pour homme, which is grapefruit and fyg leef, and i forget what spices is supposed to be in there but it has eugenol which is cloves and then at the end there's what youtubist lanier smith describes as italian shoe leather, which is apt as ferragamo is an italian shoe company. that guy's a hoot, he makes himself a cocktail and goes on to relate a totally made up story about his travels and talks about fragrances almost as an afterthought. the bright neroli is a cheap alternative to neroli portofino but i got varvatos artisan pure at marshalls which is an orange blossom thing with citrus but also there's this herbal thing happening that smells like a hay note to me, so hey! don't need the bright neroli which is a cheaper neroli portofino because i have the varvatos which was pretty good for the summer.
got a vintage fahrenheit sample and it's better than the current but not but so much that i'd spring for a vintage bottle.
rochas eau de rochas smells like dior eau sauvage but for cheap.
i got davidoff good life, which is like joop! what about adam but not quite as good, amd escada magnetism, which is saffron and tolu balsalm. i have the versace man, which is saffron and tobacco and what i feel is too much amber, but the tolu in the magnetism has a soft touch to it. the joop! has a discernible tomato leaf note, while the good life has fig leaf, which isn't present as fig leaf as much as a general green note. alexandria fragrances, which is a clone house, has a good life clone but not and adam clone, so i got that. and they have a magnetism called called chic magnet but okay. as far as i can tell the clones ae spot on, as much as can be expected. getting vintage bottles of the originals on ebay and so forth is right out because price.
also at marshalls they had a varvatos signature so i got that. it's got this dates note and some leather or what passes as leather so it's not bad, for a designer. the dates i kind of compare to the dried fruit notes in timbuktu, not that they're on an even plane but the timbuktu is a bit more complicated and the varvatos was there.
― slugbuggy, Friday, 29 November 2019 12:08 (ten months ago) link
the good life clone is called the best life and i wouldn't go that far but it really has the early 90s interzone thing happening that was in the og davidoff which is what i want: transitional, neither heavy 80s oakmossy old skool but not full-on 90s calone aquatic unbearable lightness of being contrariness. i get sandlewood in the drydown which is always a plus because sandlewood, even if it's the cheap synthetic kind since no more sandlewood. also black currant, which i don't know how that plays nowadays, seems like an old-timey note. there's a good floral accord from the violet and a green accord pulling it in the other direction that's always in play so it has an intestesting tension going on, at least from my perspecyive/ experience level, i don't ask for too much. philosykos is still ahead in the green race but this isn't too far behind.
alexandria also has a givenchy insense clone in which i have an interest, but they also have dumb stuff like an hermes terre d'hermes clone, which, you can still get terre d'hermes for about the same price per ounce.
― slugbuggy, Friday, 29 November 2019 12:42 (ten months ago) link
the davidoff good life is actually from 1998 while the joop! what about adam is from 1992, so in between there were other fresh and green things like tommy and polo sport (1995 and 1994) that factor into the equation. and then there's gap grass (also 1994), which is green but i think leans floral so that might be closer to the good life than is the what about adam. so i was placing the good life into a 90210 slot in the timeline when it's really dawson's creek.
jo malone does green and that would be a good place to dick around in to find fragrance qua fragrance i actually dig apart from the fragrance as pop culture artifact thing i'm awkwardly bumping around in but also i'm cheap so there's that.
― slugbuggy, Sunday, 1 December 2019 09:27 (ten months ago) link
sluggbuggy, when you speak of Dior's Eau Sauvage do you mean the EDT or the EDP, and if the latter do you mean in the black box or the white box?
― Josefa, Sunday, 8 December 2019 00:31 (nine months ago) link
did not see this, sorry. i meant that the edt, imho, is is the one of which the eau de rochas homme points towards. not exactly a copy but i would say ballparkish. the eau sauvage edp is the resinous myrrh one, in the 2011 formulation. i had to look it up, there's a 2017 formulation that has elemi balsam instead, and i think it is the one in the white box. i haven't smelled that one. the 2011 was gaw-juss; i dunno what the newish one is like. from what i can tell, doir pulls that kind of shit, changing good things to where they're not even the same although they carry the same name, lie dior homme sport, which used to be iris and giger and citron but now is blood orange and sanndalwood.
acquisitions/ stuff i got, for crimbus and birfday presents:
a vintage splash bottle of versace versus uomo. either the top notes have burnt off or the sample i got from a sample shop online was not the versace. the sample had strong fruity top notes, i could discern apricot in particular, and the bottle doesn't have that. still, i get fir in spades and the trad lavender and whatnot, so it's all good more or less.
l'instant de guerlain pour homme edp. this is the latest formulation in their standard bottle they put all their oldies in. idk about different formulations, but goddam, i am one elegant mf wearing this.
kenzo jungle homme. it donut have ginger but it smell like ginger. plus sandalwood (which i tend to spell "sandlewood" usually}. i think this is just discontinued, so i got it right on time. typical woody spicy, but that's my jam. there's this thing where you disregard things that are pretty ok, even pretty ok plus, but you overlook because you're looking for that next level shit. i got my brother the alexandria fragrances clone of the iconic gucci envy and although i never smelled the original, the alexandria thing is pretty damn nice, also a ginger and sandalwood thing. the kenzo and gucci are both fromm 1998. i would say the alexandria, and presumably by extension, the gucci, is superior to the kenzo, but the kenzo gives me what i need so i'm happy with that. people want stupid prices for gucci envy on ebay and such and i'm not trying to hear that noise.
lalique encre noire sport. this is the mall version of encre noire. i like it! the grapefruit freshens it up and the lavender smooths it out and makes it more in line with stuff like gucci guilty and whatever you an get from macy's but it's encre noire so it smells good when you smell it. it's what the fragcom (fragrance community, which is a thing online) calls a "dumb reach." it's versatile season-wise and occasion-wise. also, you can get this online discounted to about 25 united states currencies even thought it retails for like hermes prices. if you dig encre noire but find it too fancy, this works for everyday.
l'eau bleue d'issey pour homme. i can't wait for spring, so i can rock this. it's weird; there's cypress and juniper berries and so much rosemary, which to me has a straight up funk to it. these are all stank notes to the contemporary snoot. it reminded me somewhat of paco rabanne pour homme and also joop! jump, which are both lousy with rosemary, but the comparison is only just so. before i knew what the notes were, i smelled this at the mall kiosk that has all the non-standard stuff in it, it's where i got the og ysl rive gauche and kenzo tokyo for their original retail prices even though they both go for way too much on ebay now. anyway, i thought it smelled of lichens or moss, not the soapy way oakmoss smells in perfumery but reminiscent of green moss you'd peel off a rotted tree trunk while doing hiking outdoorsey stuff and feeling all dark and woodsmany and full of nature and state-parkmanshipfullness. you know, when somebody passes you on the trail and they're like "how's it goin'" and you're like "straight up dank like a gangsta named hank" and you mean it. i think knowing what the notes are dispels this perception somewhat, in that i think of rosemary and musty coniferous shit qua rosemary and musty coniferous shit when i smell my wrist instead of when i bite into a york peppermint patty i get the sensation of trekking through virgin forest after a rain type of thing. anyway, for a mainstream designer it's a bit weird and not at all related to the og issey miyake yuzo citrus thing.
alexandria fragrances hysteria. a givenchy insense clone. the og insense is considered, by some youtube reviewers, a lost classic. i admit, i bit ecause of the rare thing categorization. this is my mission of burma, the thing i missed first time around but want to like now, because taste. straight up retconning my cv. this has all the florals, but it's butch because it has a fir backbone. also, insense is from 1993, which is in my intezone sweet spot, like versace versus uomo and laura biagiotti roma uomo and egoiste! (slams shutters!). of the florals i get mostly lily-of-the-valley, and also the aldehydes and fir. i expect this to bloom once the weather becomes more humid and warmer. spring and summer things tend to lie flat in cold and dry conditions so i can't really say tho it'e good now so whoa whoa whoa whoa, whoa whoa whoa, things can only get better, howard jones.
― slugbuggy, Saturday, 15 February 2020 09:33 (seven months ago) link
also i got myself aqua fahrenheit. for summer. 4.2 ounce bottle, so i'm all set. not mind-blowing, but i actually really kinda like it so i think i'll wear it.
― slugbuggy, Saturday, 15 February 2020 10:25 (seven months ago) link
Do you have a Guerlain counter where you shop and if so have you tried the top shelf things they have (at Saks they're pulled out of a drawer) like Chamade or the two versions of Arsène Lupin?
Btw you're right about the reformulated Eau Sauvage edp, it comes in a white box, but curiously I see the 2011 formulation in the black box more often in stores.
― Josefa, Saturday, 15 February 2020 15:58 (seven months ago) link
i love l'instant edp. never gets compliments but gets some interesting reactions, such as one lady telling me I smelled like someone she knew decades ago.
― clouds, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 17:56 (seven months ago) link
mostly i get guerlain online because i live nowhere good. there's a saks within driving distance but i haven't been yet so i don't know what they have. so far i only know the standard guerlain stuff: vetiver, habit rouge, heritage and modern things like l'instant and homme.
― slugbuggy, Thursday, 5 March 2020 12:41 (six months ago) link
Miller Harris are presenting an online discussion about some of their fragrances - they're flagging them in advance so you can order samples of the fragrances that are being talked about (3 for a tenner, I think). It's one of those things that I ought to do because I don't really have the language to talk about fragrance in a meaningful way but aren't likely to remember to do.
― djh, Saturday, 28 March 2020 15:20 (six months ago) link
I want to make a poll out of this incredible and exhaustive set of perfume reviews.
― k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Thursday, 4 June 2020 19:37 (three months ago) link
been wearing habit rouge and guerlain homme l'eau boisee a lot lately
― clouds, Monday, 22 June 2020 02:38 (three months ago) link
guerlain's mitsouko is still the perfume of all time I think
― Dan S, Monday, 22 June 2020 02:43 (three months ago) link
it is intense and nostalgic, with peach and mostly now forbidden oak moss
― Dan S, Monday, 22 June 2020 02:53 (three months ago) link
i have the edt -- my bottle's almost empty, need to get the edp
― clouds, Monday, 22 June 2020 03:24 (three months ago) link
I think vintage Mitsouko EdP is worth seeking out
― Dan S, Monday, 22 June 2020 04:25 (three months ago) link
Vintage Coco is the same way. I like it again but only the old formula.
― felicity, Monday, 22 June 2020 06:08 (three months ago) link
Recently scored some vintage Rive Gauche (in the blue atomizer) and really love it, it's transporting
― Josefa, Monday, 22 June 2020 14:22 (three months ago) link
for a while I had told people that if you can't track down vintage mitsouko then hiram green's shangri-la is a good substitute, but it's been discontinued
― like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 22 June 2020 15:06 (three months ago) link
have been exploring the Oriza L. Legrand scents:
Vétiver Royal Bourbon is almost too much, very sweet and heavy
Chypre-Mousse is like the bottom of a pile of damp leaves. from what I’ve read it is very much loved. it is intriguing
Relique d’Amour is a dank crypt with lilys laid on top, very extreme. I hated it so much at first, it seemed really harsh, but it has grown on me
Reve d’Ossian is a bone dry incense scent, my favorite of all
― Dan S, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 03:42 (two months ago) link
chypre mousse is one of the weirdest things i've ever worn -- can't say i really liked it but i'd try it again
― clouds, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 18:49 (two months ago) link
weirdly desperate for perfume these days - like, i crave SCENT as a response to pandemic bullshit. but then the frustration of being unable to go into a shop and sniff vials, not without feeling unsafe. so: ordering various decants in the mail! and trying to appreciate the scents i can find in this sunscorched summer hellscape.
― sean gramophone, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 19:04 (two months ago) link
I bought Clinique aromatics, will report back.
― scampos mentis (gyac), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 19:35 (two months ago) link
i'm fulla maker's mark; let's go.
i bought my brother dior homme cologne for birthday. it's one of those things you wouldn't get because it's way common and easily available but i'm a slave to love and it's actually lovely. one day it'll be gone and then you'll all be all like "that were pretty good" so i got it now. they say it's like a lemon ice and i think in this case i'll go with what they say. the sun: beautiful. the moon: beautiful. dior homme cologne: beautiful.
i also got myself cartier roadster sport. it's got the usual indistinct citrus upfront and the herbalness: rosemary, sage, and some patchouli. when i smelled it i thought it had rosemary and when i looked up the notes it did! i give myself points when i do that and in my head i hear the sound of mario getting a coin. it smell like spearmint but it ain't got no mint. i got both of these at the mall kiosk that sell perfume. the regular mall department store don't got no cartier and the didn't even have the dior. eff them because i really wanted to give retail my money because the economy. anyway, the roadster sport is a really good designer green thing. it' glossy and smooth in a designery way but there's a touch of old school. the only problem is performance. the doir also sucks, performance wise, which is why i also gifted my brother with the cartier. two badly performing fragrances equal one decent performing thing.
re: guerlain homme l'eau boisee. i like the regular homme because it got some barbershop to it i think because the booze note actually imparts an aftershavey alcoholness (like maybe jade east or whatnot?) to it but the boisee is way better. for a green thing it performs really well. people on thee internet say it's got a celery salt note to it and i don't disagree. it feels green and the vetiver feels salted. i have the og version with the clear cap before the current reformulation in the trad bottle guerlain puts everything old in so i don't know if there's a difference.
i also have been wearing the varvatos artisan pure a lot. it smells like a neroli frag but there's no orange blossom or anything like that in there, according to fragrantica. basenotes says it's got orange flower and coffee tree flower so i'll go with that. whatever, it smell soapy to me plus it's herbal as it wanna be. i said before it smell of hay; i stand by my declaration.
also, diptyque philosykos, banana republic vintage green 78,and lilique white. this s*** is republic, r-e-p-u-b-l-i-c, i told the salesguy at br that this could be a cousin to hermes jardin sur la nil and was a step above the usual eros stuff you find in sephora and he said he wears eros and i said i didn't mean anything by that; i'm not smart enough to be a genuine frag snob. but it's true. girl you know it's true, ooh, ooh ooh, i love vintage green. it's just a simple tea fragrance with some mango (hence the hermes comparison) but for a cheap chain store offering it's spectacular. i think they discontinued it.
the lalique is mostly an oily pettigrain with maybe too much laundy-muskiness and the pencil shavings note which is the cedar and pepper but that will do, pig. of all the quotidian clean and fresh summer options this is perhaps the most of the most? i dunno, i dig it in a reliable quality thing kind of way.
also. i'm wearing my brother's lapidus homme sport. i had a sample of diptyque eau de sens and this is pretty much the same thing for cheap. this is a for real orange blossom scent, but the dish soap aspect of orange blossom is way tolerable. if you love orange blossom but hate orange blossom, get this. it's a white floral citrus aquatic, mainstream niche. i don't really like it but i'm way into it.
― slugbuggy, Saturday, 29 August 2020 08:06 (one month ago) link
bbr vintage green sounds real nice
i splurged a bit and got ysl la nuit de l'homme edp - comes on like a pastry sweet shop but fades into a nice floral heart. i've probably gotten more comments on this frag than any.
have aromatics elixir and lalique encre noire sport coming in the mail soon
― orson around (clouds), Saturday, 29 August 2020 14:00 (one month ago) link
la nuit de l'homme is a great one, I concur
My star fragrance of the summer is Roma by Laura Biagiotti. It's sort of a spiced citrus creamsicle that seems to come alive and evolve interestingly in hot weather. What led me to this was I scored a bottle of vintage Minotaure by Paloma Picasso which is lovely and unusual and as it turns out often likened to Roma. To me the two only have a distant relation, and in a way the Roma is more versatile since it's less zingy and more subtle/soft.
― Josefa, Friday, 4 September 2020 14:59 (three weeks ago) link
roma uomo cedro has been one my favorites this summer, and the original is still so addictive
― orson around (clouds), Thursday, 24 September 2020 03:59 (one week ago) link
head over heels for Mona di Orio's cuir
― sean gramophone, Friday, 25 September 2020 14:30 (six days ago) link