What did you try today? (2022)

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PStoller

I’m not old, I’m vintage.
Basenotes Plus
Aug 1, 2019
Folkwinds - Cloud Illusions

A day spent dreaming. A hike in the mountains. Blue wind.

I love that Jono doesn't lard his descriptions! The name, for anyone who's been under a rock for 50 years, is a "cloud allusion" to Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now," a song so precocious it took her a lifetime to grow into it. (Her original recording is lovely; the later performances, revelatory.) It's too much to hope for that Jono's—or anyone's—early perfumery would parallel the standard set by that song, so I have managed my expectations accordingly.

The good news is, this has surprising depth for a fragrance made with "Maine blueberry/Hubba-Bubba-bubblegum co-fermented absolute." For one thing, I suspect most of the sugars converted in the fermentation, with the gum helping to preserve the sweet character of the berries. For another, the other ingredients, from mint, musk, and woods to orris butter and tincture, are decidedly more grown-up. So, the hike in the mountains is here, if you're lucky enough to know a trail where the wild mountain blueberries haven't all been picked.

For my tastes, a little less "Bubba-berry" would still be preferable so I could get at more of the iris. But I dig the way the mint and cypress evoke mountain greenery, with wisps of cloudy musk floating by. It's quite unlike anything else I've sampled. If you're more enamored of fruit notes than I, you should check this out.
 

Tea_Lilly

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Basenotes Plus
Jun 4, 2022
The awesome @kosui no kaori and I synched samples of Guerlain Fol Arome. Mine was vintage extrait that was quite dark.

At the start I smelled carnation and anise. A few minutes in a lovely Guerlain vanilla joined in. If I concentrated hard, I thought I smelled sage and some mint - but definitely a pleasant, not bitter herbaceous scent. I think the top notes are gone - I smelled no bergamot, and didn't smell jasmine (which is a note I usually recognize quickly). Later on, it smells mostly of a lovely powdery vanilla. But this isn't the vanilla of Shalimar - to me it is more of a powdery book smell vanilla. Slightly less sweet but wonderful. Guerlain does a beautiful vanilla.

Fol Arome seemed to have quite a few similarities to my vintage L'Heure Bleue extrait - which I love very much.

Verdict: I enjoy it - it is really lovely - but it's a unicorn, and L'Heure Bleue extrait will scratch that itch for me.


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ChypreInBloom

Super Member
Jun 1, 2022
I haven't spent much time with YouTube fragrance reviewers, but amongst those I've checked out, Persolaise is in a class by himself, so much so that I hesitate to call him a "YouTube fragrance reviewer."
Indeed you are absolutely right. Actually, he is one of only three people I've ever heard review perfumes, so I wouldn't know, really. But he's the only one I keep watching and listening to. Fantastic interviews, great culture, wonderful English, good sense of humour etc. All his work is amazing.
 

cheapimitation

Basenotes Dependent
May 15, 2015
Gave a full wearing to Masque Milano Slight Of Fern yesterday. A veryyy interesting take on the fougere accord. I get a lot of lavender with a strong mentholated note. One frangrantica review said "Tiger Balm" and I can see the connection. It is like Serge's Tubereurse Criminelle except swap lavender for the tuberose. It is a mix of green/herbaceous/shaving foam/menthol/resins. I really like it although I'm not sure I want to smell like this. Sillage is close to the skin but I could still easily smell it this morning.
 

Schubertian

Basenotes Junkie
Apr 8, 2021
On one arm, a drop of FB Unspoken Musk. Nice, like a more wearable version of The Lover's Tale. Nothing new, if you know that style, but nice.
On the other arm, a drop of Bogue Douleur. I don't know what I'm smelling but it's really unpleasant. Just growing more unpleasant by the moment. It's also nuclear in strength and all I can smell now is this stuff. Just a drop did this.... I can't stand it anymore, need to wash it off. I hope it will come off.
 

chad34

Basenotes Junkie
Nov 3, 2022
@Schubertian I felt the same way about Bogue Douleur, I was frantic to get it off me. Quite possibly the worst perfume I’ve ever sampled.
I'm the odd man out here, I really love Douleur. I initially thought it was going to be a lot weirder, but it's quite tame to me. Lots of rose oxide flood this one.
 

PStoller

I’m not old, I’m vintage.
Basenotes Plus
Aug 1, 2019
Folkwinds - Santi Ana

Summer transitions to fall on the East Coast. Smell the flowers; grab a cider donut. A chypre in a minor key.

When a fragrance boasts apple cider and caramel notes and the perfumer references donuts, my gourmand-averse nose worries that I’m taking it to a carnival concession stand. Fortunately, the other notes provided a near camphorous counterbalance to the opening sweetness. Then we wandered off toward the beach, where the mint, hay, and ambergris called the dunes to mind, and the nose and I were happy to leave the candy apples well in the distance.

I can’t say I experienced this as a chypre, but it was the least linear of the initial Folkwinds trio, and intriguing enough to want to wear again. That’s a win in my book.

My favorite from Folkwinds remains American Pharaoh, but the other two scents show range and imagination. Here’s hoping Jono makes many more stops across America and shares his impressions one bottle at a time.
 

Jono@Folkwinds

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Jan 30, 2019
Folkwinds - Santi Ana

Summer transitions to fall on the East Coast. Smell the flowers; grab a cider donut. A chypre in a minor key.

When a fragrance boasts apple cider and caramel notes and the perfumer references donuts, my gourmand-averse nose worries that I’m taking it to a carnival concession stand. Fortunately, the other notes provided a near camphorous counterbalance to the opening sweetness. Then we wandered off toward the beach, where the mint, hay, and ambergris called the dunes to mind, and the nose and I were happy to leave the candy apples well in the distance.

I can’t say I experienced this as a chypre, but it was the least linear of the initial Folkwinds trio, and intriguing enough to want to wear again. That’s a win in my book.

My favorite from Folkwinds remains American Pharaoh, but the other two scents show range and imagination. Here’s hoping Jono makes many more stops across America and shares his impressions one bottle at a time.
Thank you so much for all of your impressions on these.
 

sakecat

Super Member
Sep 3, 2022
Last night I tried Unique'e Luxury SoScentific
The notes and the comments on Fragrantica lead me to believe this would be a sweet fruity floral.
What I got was a barely perceptible daffodil stem.
The only change in the drydown was that it turned into a skinscent musk.
I'm either missing something, or I have a bad sample (this is a manufacturer's sample), or people are forcing themselves to smell things that don't exist because they are on the notes list.

I'm going to try this again another day - just to double-check. It's been a long while since I've had such a big disconnect between what I smell and what I "think" I should smell.
 

kosui no kaori

Basenotes Dependent
Sep 14, 2022
Last night I spent hours by myself, sampling and swooning in the quiet stillness of the night.

As of late, I’ve been sampling and (syncing with the beautiful @Tea_Lilly) more than I’ve been writing or logging in my notes. I’ve been overwhelmed for various reasons, and the idea of putting my thoughts into text was more of a chore than enjoyable.

I’ve finally started to feel better, and some lovely, generous samples sent to me by the wonderful and thoughtful @N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer was the perfect greeting out of my rut.

I’ve tried (and loved) many samples, but today I will focus on the one I am wearing.

Guerlain’s Spiritueuse Double Vanille is the epitome of an autumnal golden hour. That magical slip of time where sunlight turns to liquid gold, bathing everything in a soft glow, and making even the brownest of eyes a shade of mischievous hazel.

A slightly peppery opening gives way to a rich, sweet, spicy, smoky rose. Bergamot rays peeking through the curtains. Muted florals, woods, a hint of booze. A creamy, tranquil vanilla.

This is a gorgeous, warm scent for the season, when leaves are swirling on the pavement, and the air is clean and crisp.

I love it.
 

ChypreInBloom

Super Member
Jun 1, 2022
Today I'm trying Bois d'Ascèse by Naomi Goodsir and I've fallen heads over heels in love with it. It's the scent my elder son took home with him from his pathfinders' camps. It overwhelms me with so many joyful associations, it's just unbelievable. Only scents can do this so powerfully. I'm half laughing half crying for the sheer intensity of the memory, and for the unexpectedness of it. In fact, I think that's precisely why I'm building a collection of perfumes: I'm looking for memories, as I suppose many of you do too. This one takes my breath away, it's instant love. That smoky scent, my 14-year-old coming home from forest camp and the house alive with his experience!

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ChypreInBloom

Super Member
Jun 1, 2022
Last night I spent hours by myself, sampling and swooning in the quiet stillness of the night.

As of late, I’ve been sampling and (syncing with the beautiful @Tea_Lilly) more than I’ve been writing or logging in my notes. I’ve been overwhelmed for various reasons, and the idea of putting my thoughts into text was more of a chore than enjoyable.

I’ve finally started to feel better, and some lovely, generous samples sent to me by the wonderful and thoughtful @N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer was the perfect greeting out of my rut.

I’ve tried (and loved) many samples, but today I will focus on the one I am wearing.

Guerlain’s Spiritueuse Double Vanille is the epitome of an autumnal golden hour. That magical slip of time where sunlight turns to liquid gold, bathing everything in a soft glow, and making even the brownest of eyes a shade of mischievous hazel.

A slightly peppery opening gives way to a rich, sweet, spicy, smoky rose. Bergamot rays peeking through the curtains. Muted florals, woods, a hint of booze. A creamy, tranquil vanilla.

This is a gorgeous, warm scent for the season, when leaves are swirling on the pavement, and the air is clean and crisp.

I love it.
Yes, this one is gorgeous! I think I'm going to get hold of it soon because I've kept thinking about it since I tried it a few weeks ago. You've written such a lovely description, well done @kosui no kaori! And I'm so glad you're feeling better 😊. Such a beauty as Spiritueuse Double Vanille can only help!
 

kosui no kaori

Basenotes Dependent
Sep 14, 2022
Today I'm trying Bois d'Ascèse by Naomi Goodsir and I've fallen heads over heels in love with it. It's the scent my elder son took home with him from his pathfinders' camps. It overwhelms me with so many joyful associations, it's just unbelievable. Only scents can do this so powerfully. I'm half laughing half crying for the sheer intensity of the memory, and for the unexpectedness of it. In fact, I think that's precisely why I'm building a collection of perfumes: I'm looking for memories, as I suppose many of you do too. This one takes my breath away, it's instant love. That smoky scent, my 14-year-old coming home from forest camp and the house alive with his experience!

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This is beautiful, @ChypreInBloom! One can’t help but smile when reading your description 🙂
 

kosui no kaori

Basenotes Dependent
Sep 14, 2022
Yes, this one is gorgeous! I think I'm going to get hold of it soon because I've kept thinking about it since I tried it a few weeks ago. You've written such a lovely description, well done @kosui no kaori! And I'm so glad you're feeling better 😊. Such a beauty as Spiritueuse Double Vanille can only help!

Thank you so very much, ChypreInBloom! 😊
 

Schubertian

Basenotes Junkie
Apr 8, 2021
ChypreInBloom and Kosui no kaori: you are so good at describing your impressions! It's a pleasure to read.
I tried, again, Arbolé (I believe it used to be called Arbolé Arbolé) by Hiram Green. It's gorgeous. Notes listed are patchouli, cedar, sandalwood, vanilla, tonka bean... for me it's a lovely, complex patchouli fragrance with just enough sweetness. I'm not a fan of tonka but it's not a problem here. I have to say it's very recognisably Hiram Green. I'd love a decant, if not quite a full bottle, of this.
 

Tea_Lilly

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Basenotes Plus
Jun 4, 2022
Last night I spent hours by myself, sampling and swooning in the quiet stillness of the night.

As of late, I’ve been sampling and (syncing with the beautiful @Tea_Lilly) more than I’ve been writing or logging in my notes. I’ve been overwhelmed for various reasons, and the idea of putting my thoughts into text was more of a chore than enjoyable.

I’ve finally started to feel better, and some lovely, generous samples sent to me by the wonderful and thoughtful @N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer was the perfect greeting out of my rut.

I’ve tried (and loved) many samples, but today I will focus on the one I am wearing.

Guerlain’s Spiritueuse Double Vanille is the epitome of an autumnal golden hour. That magical slip of time where sunlight turns to liquid gold, bathing everything in a soft glow, and making even the brownest of eyes a shade of mischievous hazel.

A slightly peppery opening gives way to a rich, sweet, spicy, smoky rose. Bergamot rays peeking through the curtains. Muted florals, woods, a hint of booze. A creamy, tranquil vanilla.

This is a gorgeous, warm scent for the season, when leaves are swirling on the pavement, and the air is clean and crisp.

I love it.
I've wanted to try this - I'm definitely gonna get a sample now after that. @N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer - thanks for helping us new folks learn more about perfume. I know you've made a lot of great suggestions to me.

Thanks for the post, @kosui no kaori ! A lovely description.
 

Tea_Lilly

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Jun 4, 2022
Today I'm trying Bois d'Ascèse by Naomi Goodsir and I've fallen heads over heels in love with it. It's the scent my elder son took home with him from his pathfinders' camps. It overwhelms me with so many joyful associations, it's just unbelievable. Only scents can do this so powerfully. I'm half laughing half crying for the sheer intensity of the memory, and for the unexpectedness of it. In fact, I think that's precisely why I'm building a collection of perfumes: I'm looking for memories, as I suppose many of you do too. This one takes my breath away, it's instant love. That smoky scent, my 14-year-old coming home from forest camp and the house alive with his experience!

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Well-written and very true, at least in my case too. :D
 

kosui no kaori

Basenotes Dependent
Sep 14, 2022
ChypreInBloom and Kosui no kaori: you are so good at describing your impressions! It's a pleasure to read.
I tried, again, Arbolé (I believe it used to be called Arbolé Arbolé) by Hiram Green. It's gorgeous. Notes listed are patchouli, cedar, sandalwood, vanilla, tonka bean... for me it's a lovely, complex patchouli fragrance with just enough sweetness. I'm not a fan of tonka but it's not a problem here. I have to say it's very recognisably Hiram Green. I'd love a decant, if not quite a full bottle, of this.

Thank you for such kind words, @Schubertian!

I always look forward to reading your posts and thoughts as well ❤️
 

PStoller

I’m not old, I’m vintage.
Basenotes Plus
Aug 1, 2019
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It’s Bernard Lalande week. I’ll go left to right, roughly in order of ascending expectations, starting with…

Bernard Lalande - Muguet

As I posted when I purchased these, "Like those Charles V fragrances, these were sold (perhaps exclusively) to tourists at airports as miniature collections from roughly the 1960s–1990s. Unlike Charles V, these are supposedly pretty good, as was his Bleu de France and a few others sold in full-sized bottles, again at airports and perhaps other sites dedicated to tourists. Beyond that, I can't find any info on who Lalande was."

There's a modestly informative thread here. It summarizes virtually all the web's knowledge of Bernard Lalande, which sadly isn't much. All I can add is that an Etablissements Bernard Lalande that appears to be the same company was based in Cherbourg and closed up shop in 1995.

I have noted two things about muguet in the past: 1) it's not my favorite note, and 2) it's a "fantasy note," as the real thing cannot be extracted. The principle muguet aromachemical has changed over the years due to successive ingredient bans, so it's not always easy to determine which foundational muguet you're going to get, even before an entire fragrance is based on it. I haven't got a date matrix to go by, and I don't know what year this was made, so I'll leave it to those better versed in such matters to work that out, if they care to.

To my memory, Bernard Lalande Muguet is one of the better muguets I've tried. It has that bright, sweet yellow-green aldehydic character that I can find off-putting in high doses, but there's also a lovely woody undertone and overall roundness that saves this from potential soliflore mundanity. Its freshness has held up admirably over the decades, so while it hasn't the earthiness of a Mary Chess, you'll still get a sense of the garden; just not of gardening.

If this is the least of the Lalandes, I will have a pleasant week indeed.
 
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showpony

Basenotes Member
Feb 6, 2022
Last night I spent hours by myself, sampling and swooning in the quiet stillness of the night.

As of late, I’ve been sampling and (syncing with the beautiful @Tea_Lilly) more than I’ve been writing or logging in my notes. I’ve been overwhelmed for various reasons, and the idea of putting my thoughts into text was more of a chore than enjoyable.

I’ve finally started to feel better, and some lovely, generous samples sent to me by the wonderful and thoughtful @N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer was the perfect greeting out of my rut.

I’ve tried (and loved) many samples, but today I will focus on the one I am wearing.

Guerlain’s Spiritueuse Double Vanille is the epitome of an autumnal golden hour. That magical slip of time where sunlight turns to liquid gold, bathing everything in a soft glow, and making even the brownest of eyes a shade of mischievous hazel.

A slightly peppery opening gives way to a rich, sweet, spicy, smoky rose. Bergamot rays peeking through the curtains. Muted florals, woods, a hint of booze. A creamy, tranquil vanilla.

This is a gorgeous, warm scent for the season, when leaves are swirling on the pavement, and the air is clean and crisp.

I love it.
This is so evocactive! I live for the golden hour. If only I enjoyed vanilla 😭😭
 

kosui no kaori

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Sep 14, 2022
This is so evocactive! I live for the golden hour. If only I enjoyed vanilla 😭😭

I thought I hated vanilla up until this year. I never liked it in candles, body sprays, air fresheners. So I figured vanilla-centric fragrances were in that category as well.

Who knows? Maybe you could give a good vanilla a shot one day in the future to see if you’re still adverse to it!
 

cheapimitation

Basenotes Dependent
May 15, 2015
Tried a bunch of Masque Milano at Scent Bar:
Russian Tea: I see why this is one of the more popular ones, I like how dark and resinous it feels without being gloopy or too much, my favorite of the bunch.

Tango: Amber is a tough genre for me, they often go too sweet or too animalic but this one might be just perfect. I was afraid of the cumin but it never went sweaty or animalic to me, really nice!

White Whale: An interesting fruity ambergris combo, reminds me a tiny bit of Parfum de Therese minus the jasmine plus some ambergris. I like it and think I'll revisit it in warmer weather.
 

Emanuel76

Basenotes Dependent
Jun 16, 2018
Tango: Amber is a tough genre for me, they often go too sweet or too animalic but this one might be just perfect. I was afraid of the cumin but it never went sweaty or animalic to me, really nice!
Yeah, it's somehow minty-aromatic.

White Whale: An interesting fruity ambergris combo, reminds me a tiny bit of Parfum de Therese minus the jasmine plus some ambergris. I like it and think I'll revisit it in warmer weather.
Very interesting!

Head Notes - Candles, Ropes, and the Vast Ocean
Olibanum LMR (Eastern Africa), Salty rope accords, Black Pepper Madagascar LMR

Heart notes
Ambergris accord, Osmanthus China LMR, Violet Flower, Orris Concrete Italy LMR

Base notes
Cedarwood Virginia, Patchouli Indonesia MD LMR, Vetiver Haiti MD LMR, Cistus Labdanum
LMR probably means LMR Naturals from IFF.

I know very well the ropes odor - fatty-waxy, salty, woody, hemp, with a warm muskiness.
The early stages of osmanthus are pronounced fatty-waxy.
So, you have candles (fatty-waxy from osmanthus), the Vast Ocean (salty ambergris), cedarwood/patchouli for wood and something close to hemp. Add some musk, and voila - ropes. :)
I think the vetiver perfectly fits here, too.

I don't like those fatty-waxy early stages of osmanthus at all. They are difficult to mix with something, so that the resulting accord is pleasant, or at least well tolerated by me. But here that might work really well, because I like the way the ropes smell.
Pretty ingenious! So, I have to test it.

Is it smooth and breezy?
Btw, white musk?

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ImaFedec

Basenotes Dependent
Sep 12, 2019
Bel Ami Vetiver by Hermes: Love it
Versace Oud Noir: Love it
Equipage Geranium by Hermes: Love it
Eau d'Hermes: Love it

Hermes might just have become my favourite house, ahead of Guerlain. So easy to wear, never boring, they just make so much sense - harmonious compositions.
Versace Oud Noir was also a nice surprise. Kind of reminds me of Coromandel, but less old school-ish
 
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