A Monday Sync dedicated to Gourmand, Oriental, and Sweet fragrances - Everyone’s Invited

Earlyn

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Jun 14, 2019
I haven’t logged wears consistently so I’m continuing my goal of logging at least one wear of everything I had as of Jan 1, 2022.

I’m sampling Serge Lutens Louve. On paper (Almond, fruit, musk, rose, jasmine, vanilla, resin, amber), I’d think this a great choice for the gourmand sync, but I am struggling. The almond and fruit is reading as a little marzipan, but mostly the maraschino cherry scented bathroom cleaner used so frequently in public restrooms, and it is in cahoots with the functional musk in a big cover-up - of what I don’t know as this is pretty nuclear. Jergen’s Lotion Absolut Extreme. The rose and jasmine might have made this nice, but they have been asphyxiated and never stood a chance. I may not make it to the dry down as I’m concerned it will just add a spoonful of sugar (which likely will not make this cherry medicine go down).
 

Andy the frenchy

Well-known member
Sep 16, 2018
Joining in today (for the first time) with

Minotaure by Paloma Picasso
A very complex fragrance that starts with a blast of aldehydic sweet fruits and tonka, to then shift to an aromatic/floral amber, and finally close with a stunning dry sandalwood/cedar combo. And when I say stunning, I really mean that the sandalwood note is stunning.
There is no excuse not to own a bottle of this one, given that vintage Cosmair bottles retail for under $30 on ebay. A magnificent cheapie, that is defined as such only because of the price tag.

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grayspoole

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Basenotes Plus
Feb 4, 2014
Syncing with Francesca Bianchi’s Angel Dust (2016), a lush and potent extrait de parfum. I think this is the first time I’ve worn my sample, and I am quite smitten by this, thanks to the lovely rose note. It has many sweet things listed in the notes such as mimosa, benzoin, vanilla, and tolu balsam but it is not TOO sweet, nor is it gourmand.

It reminding me of Maria Candia Gentile’s Burlesque. Angel Dust seems to have more rose and less iris, but I would need to explore this further.
 

CuddleCat

It smells so good in here
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Basenotes Plus
Aug 20, 2009
I was in sync in the afternoon with Eau de Mandarine Ambrée by Hermès. This is only my second wearing, it was a Christmas gift. It's got some citrus zing from the mandarin, some sweetness from the passionfruit and a very nice base of amber. The passionfruit note seems to waft in and out which keeps the sweetness at a reasonable level. There's nothing serious or complex about this perfume, it is a bright, happy, zingy scent! I'm very happy with this gift as I like a mix of different types of contrasts in my perfume wardrobe. I also like having varying longevities with my perfumes, sometimes, I don't won't a super long lasting perfume, EdMA fits into the 4-5 hour range - perfect for times when I want to wear a few perfumes in one day or for a short morning wear because I want to wear a longer lasting perfume later on in the day.

My evening scent was Shalimar Cologne by Guerlain. Bought this a few months ago when I wanted a Shalimar version that I could wear in summer. More citrus in the top notes with a lighter base of vanilla and musk. I noticed the florals more during this wearing, too!
 

Ga.Peach

Well-known member
Jul 14, 2021
Joining in today (for the first time) with

Minotaure by Paloma Picasso
A very complex fragrance that starts with a blast of aldehydic sweet fruits and tonka, to then shift to an aromatic/floral amber, and finally close with a stunning dry sandalwood/cedar combo. And when I say stunning, I really mean that the sandalwood note is stunning.
There is no excuse not to own a bottle of this one, given that vintage Cosmair bottles retail for under $30 on ebay. A magnificent cheapie, that is defined as such only because of the price tag.

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Found some Cosmair (splash) 75ml. on eBay from 2015 by the batch code UM300. Would that be pre-reformulation juice?
They're asking $44 and change. Free shipping!
Sounds interesting to me.
 

N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

Retired
Basenotes Plus
Jul 1, 2011
I'll keep up with the good work, and close my oriental day with

Ambre Dore' by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
First wearing of a partial bottle I got in a swap. For now, I get clary sage, styrax oud and ambergris. Very pleased with that start!
My bottle is a 100ml EDP, original packaging from the first 2012 release:

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I got to try that one at some point.

I made a rare connection between gourmand and vetiver with Hermes Vetiver Tonka. I found a sample that I received a long time ago and decided to revisit it.
 

ClockworkAlice

Cakesniffer
Basenotes Plus
Jan 3, 2019
The night from Sunday to Monday I transitioned from the Weekend Synch (jasmine & lily) to Monday Synch with Givenchy Organza that has both jasmine and ambery, vanillic drydown. Lovely scent, especially in the cold season.

Today I'm starting Monday with two solids from Lush on different hands - American Cream (strawberry, vanilla, clary sage, lavender, benzoin) and Vanillary (vanilla, tonka, jasmine).

Vanillary is a thick, buttery vanilla that reminds me of Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille a lot - I really like both, but while I felt Lutens was a bit too pricy for me (or rather, I'd sooner get another Lutens or another vanilla for the price), Vanillary is super affordable and therefore, to me, superior. :D It's not a dupe though - but I personally wouldn't need both at the same time.

American Cream is supposed to be that pink fruity-vanillic desserty gourmand scent, but to me/on me it's all clary sage, very green and aromatic, almost no sweetness at all. Interesting. Am I anosmic to something?


Edit:
After lunch I changed into Terracotta by Guerlain - vanilla, coconut and tropical flowers.
 
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Earlyn

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Basenotes Plus
Jun 14, 2019
Today I tried a bottle of vintage Avon Persian Wood perfume oil. Evidently this bottle was a first release of the oil hence the little leaflet declaring this is a “new adventure”. This oil is quite thin and not as oily upon applications as the Avon oils in the genie bottles. I’m getting a mild but slightly sharp green start and then a fairly straightforward blend of exotic spice blend, the warmed cinnamon balancing the cooler (to me) carmdamon and a cumin note in transition but I think this is an early wave of civet rising up and then lapsing into the warm spiced heart. Overall it is plushy but not as woody as I would expect from the title. Base is a purring combo of animalic and soft woody, and slightly sweet facets. I‘ve reapplied three times throughout the day and each successive application has broad a little more detail to my nose. I’ll probably seek some other examples of this to try.
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grayspoole

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Basenotes Plus
Feb 4, 2014
Scanning my samples for a possible sync, I found Auphorie Mayura (2018). According to the perfumers’ website, this is not discontinued but it is also “vaulted.” They go on to describe it thus:

Mayura is one powerful animalic-floral-oriental chypre scent that would transport you to the mystical realm of the Orient. [sic]

I wouldn’t call Mayura a chypre but it definitely provided a rich, resinous, and animalic floral experience that is rarely found in a contemporary perfume. Mayura “performed” the way an extrait should, opening with a thick cloud of tropical. florals and drying down slowly to an ambered base. AND NO WAC OVERDOSE! To me, the animalic notes fell into the honeyed, warmed panties, slightly urinous spectrum, but I didn’t find Mayura at all unwearable in public. (I may not be the most reliable judge of this.)

I emptied my sample yesterday and no more Mayura will I have.:cry:
 

Earlyn

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Basenotes Plus
Jun 14, 2019
Appreciated your detailed notes, Earlyn. I’ve been curious about this one for a long time.
I think Persian Wood is definitely worth a try, but not sure it would impress you up against some of your other wardrobe choices. It is certainly budget friendly. I haven’t tried the cologne and I would like to find this in parfum.
Scanning my samples for a possible sync, I found Auphorie Mayura (2018). According to the perfumers’ website, this is not discontinued but it is also “vaulted.” They go on to describe it thus:

Mayura is one powerful animalic-floral-oriental chypre scent that would transport you to the mystical realm of the Orient. [sic]

I wouldn’t call Mayura a chypre but it definitely provided a rich, resinous, and animalic floral experience that is rarely found in a contemporary perfume. Mayura “performed” the way an extrait should, opening with a thick cloud of tropical. florals and drying down slowly to an ambered base. AND NO WAC OVERDOSE! To me, the animalic notes fell into the honeyed, warmed panties, slightly urinous spectrum, but I didn’t find Mayura at all unwearable in public. (I may not be the most reliable judge of this.)

I emptied my sample yesterday and no more Mayura will I have.:cry:
This sounds pretty amazing and I just have to copy and paste the notes list here. Oakmoss and amber are working as heart notes, perhaps to make way for the zoo of animalics? ;)
I’m sorry this came and went but maybe your paths will cross again sometime in the future 🤞
It looks like Auphorie has many pages of vaulted treasures. I respect that they do not make multiple batches due to centering their fragrances on specifically sourced ingredients but it is sad many are gone.

Top Notes​

indian tuberose, indian jasmine, ylang ylang

Heart Notes​

rose, davana, masala, oakmoss, amber

Base Notes​

mysore sandalwood, oud, incense, ruh khus, jatamansi, civet, castoreum
hyraceum, ambergris, musk
 

andym72

Well-known member
Dec 19, 2008
I’m pretty sure that on this Monday gone I wore Pure Havane without even knowing this sync was on…

But then I have a “dumb reach shortlist” of bottles out on the bedside that I rotate (the rest are under the bed), and right now, along with PH, theres TF Noir Extreme, Black XS, Must de Cartier PH, Dark Obsession, Brit for Men, Body Kouros, Roadster, Joop Thrill Man, Eau des Baux, Lempicka Homme and HR EDP.

I can Sync all week long 😁
 

N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

Retired
Basenotes Plus
Jul 1, 2011
I’m pretty sure that on this Monday gone I wore Pure Havane without even knowing this sync was on…

But then I have a “dumb reach shortlist” of bottles out on the bedside that I rotate (the rest are under the bed), and right now, along with PH, theres TF Noir Extreme, Black XS, Must de Cartier PH, Dark Obsession, Brit for Men, Body Kouros, Roadster, Joop Thrill Man, Eau des Baux, Lempicka Homme and HR EDP.

I can Sync all week long 😁
You're more than welcome to pre-sync and post-sync to your heart's desire.
 

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