- Jan 3, 2019
There are so many jasmine scents - or rather scents that has some jasmine in it - that I'll try to synch with lily. I do have something among my samples
How interesting, I've never noticed a trace of gardenia in Ma Griffe! I am reading this thread with fascination this weekend, noticing what other people do or don't smell in various perfumes I have and am familiar with.Just noticed that y'all were holding a BWF party over here. Love it!
I am an unapologetic, card carrying member of the BWF club. Since we are doing gardenia this weekend, I put on quite a lot of vintage Ma Griffe parfum on this cold and rainy winter Sunday (where I am).
Gardenia-forward scents always appeal to me, but perhaps I am even more intrigued by vintages that include gardenia within a complex blend. With some of these scents, the gardenia will mysteriously unfold itself at different points in the evolution. You can just catch it, and then it disappears. Vintage Miss Dior has just such a haunting gardenia note buried in its depths, one that always pleases me when I perceive it, as does its sister scent, vintage Ma Griffe, where the gardenia has even more of a presence.
So interesting that you smell florals in Samsara! I don't get much from Samsara at all, except a cool, clean-feeling sandalwood. It is notoriously difficult for me to smell this perfume though. It took a lot of testing before I could pick up anything at all. There must be something in it that I'm anosmic to and blocks out the rest for me.I'll kick off my weekend with a day of jasmine. The smell of jasmine flowers is my favourite scent in the world, and an analysis of my wardrobe reveals that at least half my scents contain this note. I love it the most as part of a larger ensemble of notes, especially in full on old school florals, such as Madame Rochas, Chanel No. 5, or Joy, plush, rich 'florientals' like Samsara or Tsarina, or in more bitter, green chypre settings, like in Azuree, Bruno Acampora's Prima T, or even the velvety 31 Rue Cambon. Jasmine soliflores usually dissapoint me because they can't quite measure up to the splendour of the real thing. There are 2 notable exceptions: N.Cal's pick Jasmine Antique, and Bruno Acampora's Jasmin T (Bruno knows his way around jasmine).
Today, I'll start with the magnificent Joy by Patou (rest in peace, dear Joy), in vintage extrait strength, of which I only have a tiny sample that I believe grayspoole sent me. Tonight I will experiment with layering Jasmin T and Jasmine Antique, that will be something!
New note suggestion: "soliplast."I'm wearing Lys Carmin by Van Cleef & Arpels from a sample. It's a lovely slightly spicy, slightly soapy lily that wears beautifully. There's some cinnamon that makes everything so good to me - I love cinnamon both in food and fragrances. I really do enjoy Van Cleef & Arpels Extraordinaire line - I like or love everything I have tried so far - except their Oud.
Tomorrow I'll try to wear Orchid Soleil by Tom Ford - the lily is not the main note here, it plays together with tuberose and orchid here. It's an interesting case of a fragrance - I should theoretically hate it, but I do enjoy it, especially the creamy-nutty-gourmand drydown. I wear it rarely though because I do have to suffer through a very plastic-smelling opening of this fragrance (it really smells like some plastic soliflore to me for the first 20 minutes or so...or should I say soliplastic?), but when I do, I arrive at this beautiful nutty-creamy gourmand with sunny florals that I really enjoy. I guess I hate and love it at the same time.
It's certainly an interesting note, I didn't think too much of it until now since you brought it up.@N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer - Thanks for chatting about the Jasmiralda. Sorry we were cut off by the nightly website maintenance. I’m now very curious about the bouvardia note and it’s use as sort of a jasmin multiplier in early century perfumes and I wonder why it is not used anymore.
Those little vials look so interesting, like a tiny science experiment! What brand are they? From the various descriptions of Donna Karan's Gold I gather that this is one I need to try. I did a whole lily binge last year, but this one escaped my notice.Lily day today, jasmine tomorrow!
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Starting my weekend with one of these vintage lily nips - sort of a nose primer like when they wave a fugitive’s shirt under a bloodhound’s nose and send it tracking. Getting a very clear fresh lily, weirdly damp and dry at the same time.
Hoping I’ll have a better chance of glimpsing the flower in one of these later today -
Donna Karan Gold
Purecaramel now I have the mental image of Burt-on-that-rug in my head... I gave my dad a sample of Bel Ami (not vintage) to try, as he's looking for a new scent, but now I kind of am conflicted about the idea of him wearing that1986 Vintage Hermes Bel Ami.
The earlier vintage has a dark oily petroleum note and it is Jasmine gasoline
that offers this up.
I love this scent.
I often think of the late JTD's
gem of a review.
Particularly his comment about running a hand through chest hair.
Definitive Review of this Leather legend!
For me, vintage Samsara (EdP) is a simple concoction of equal parts jasmine, vanilla, and sandalwood, all at unapologetic foghorn strength; loud, on the verge of obnoxious, and absolutely delicious!So interesting that you smell florals in Samsara! I don't get much from Samsara at all, except a cool, clean-feeling sandalwood. It is notoriously difficult for me to smell this perfume though. It took a lot of testing before I could pick up anything at all. There must be something in it that I'm anosmic to and blocks out the rest for me.
How wonderful! I bet you smell amazing. Wish I could be in the room with you! Good luck packing up!!!Another day, another BWF, yay! Today is lily day, arguably my favourite flower at the moment. I used to hate the scent of lilies and chucked them out of bouquets I received before they would open and fill the room with their scent. And then, one day, I did a 180 and loved the scent, that heady, sweet and slightly pissy odeur that is almost tangible in its heaviness; like how scents are visible in cartoons, or so I alway imagine. I now love nothing more than a vase full of those big, gnarly, white and pink blossoms that open one by one (even though I have to take great care that my cat does not touch them, as lilies are apparently quite toxic for cats, and my cat very much likes to munch on all the things he should not munch on).
This pivot made me interested in a lily scent, so I went on a lily perfume tear a year ago, trying everything I could find that featured the note prominently. I ended up with a top 3, consisting of:
Lys Mediterranee by Frederic Malle - a very realistic interpretation of freshly opened lilies, without any of the swampier, deadly aspects of the blooms. Head spinningly gorgeous, so much so that I bought 2 full bottles at retail price, something I never do. I have had moments during the summer where I thought I might be happy wearing nothing but this scent for the rest of my days.
Lys 41 by Le Labo - Leans in to the sweet, heady, creamy side of lilies, with just a hint of that room filling, there's-no-escape-from-this funeral home aspect of the flower. The base is a tad generic-sweet, but I find the oil version of the fragrance is better in that department.
Lily by Roja Dove - If you can get over the ridiculous branding and the even more ridiculous price, this is an excellent lily scent. A bit less distinctive than numbers 1 and 2, but a good full fledged lily nonetheless. As I own numbers 1 and 2, I find I don't desire this enough to get over my aversion to Roja Dove.
I have taken to layering Lys Mediterranee over the oil version of Lys 41, which results in a veritable mushroom cloud of lily that extends far around my person. I'm normally an under sprayer, but for this I make an exception. I will wear this today as I prepare my house for the big move that will finally happen next weekend. I do have a sample of RD's lily somewhere, if I can find it I will wear that tonight to compare and contrast.
Excellent choice ... though it doesn't quite work for me, I once purchased this one for a lady-friend who adored it. It's the first scent that usually comes to mind when I think of lily.Lily by Roja Dove - If you can get over the ridiculous branding and the even more ridiculous price, this is an excellent lily scent. A bit less distinctive than numbers 1 and 2, but a good full fledged lily nonetheless. As I own numbers 1 and 2, I find I don't desire this enough to get over my aversion to Roja Dove.