What did you try today? (2023)


I’m not old, I’m vintage.
Basenotes Plus
Aug 1, 2019
Soivohle - Misetu (2006)

Named after Liz's beloved feline friend, Miss Tu. An exotic floral, with a touch of animalic-inspired earthiness. White lotus, magnolia, orris, elemi, tobacco, moss, woods and balsams. Old world elegance with modern sensibilities.

Upon its opening, I thought Misetu was going to be a big nothing. Or rather, a not-so-big nothing. Then came the crescendo, suggesting top notes had long since fled my sample vial. The rest indicates Miss Tuesday was an overfed kitty, as this is a rather fatty concoction, big round notes competing for space and attention. A somewhat indolic jasmine wins, which is not my preference.

It could be this sample is simply too far past its prime. With no way to be sure, I’ll just pass on any Misetu bottles that might come my way.
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Basenotes Dependent
May 15, 2015
Yes it's really nice! Fairly subtle as oud goes, sits close to the skin but lasts forever and warms up nicely as I experienced with Strangelove. It is fairly simple but again the complexity comes from all the subtle facets of the star ingredient. Laurent has a very particular way with oud that becomes very recognizable throughout the line. The others I've tried have nearly the same basic oud accord to my nose plus the flourish of the added ingredient (ginger, mint, rose etc) so I personally would find it redundant to own more than one unless you just can't get enough of her oud accord. It's hard to describe but I would say her oud is first very smooth and emphasizes more the bright (almost sour but not in a bad way) and hay like aspects of oud rather than the smokey and dark side of oud. I do get wafts of smokey/incense from Oud and Oud as it warms up on skin, almost like whisps of a burning ember, but it never feels heavy.

I'm glad I got just plain Oud and Oud, but if I was to get one more I might go for Oud and Menthe. I haven't yet smelled Oud and Santal, Oud and Musk or Oud and Rose.
Had to come back to this because I'm wearing Oud and Oud today. Maybe it's the rainy damp weather but today the stink is really coming out. There is definitely a horse stable or driving past a cow pasture smell present in this. Laurent must love horses because I find a horse stable accord in a few of her fragrances for Cartier.


Basenotes Dependent
May 29, 2021
Parfum d'Empire - Mal-Aime. I've been doing the Wednesday Vetiver sync all day (first with L'Occitane Eau de Vetyver, then Cacharel pour l'Homme), but what can I say? I got restless to try my latest samples on skin. I gave this one a light application from the dabber bottle on the back of my hand... and this is fascinating. Green, fresh (in the sense of bursts of chlorophyll, rather than anything citric, ozonic, or aquatic), bitter, and really quite strange. This absolutely lives up to the marketing copy - it smells "natural" and evokes the weeds it is meant to evoke. Apparently this has nettle absolute, and I believe it. I still get some similarity to the nettle note (or a similar weedy aspect) in Naomi Goodsir's Nuit de Bakelite, but this is much quieter, a wearable take on weedy weirdness. As it dries down further, I'm getting the iris and something warmer rising up to meet me. Gorgeous and strange.
Sep 29, 2022
Had to come back to this because I'm wearing Oud and Oud today. Maybe it's the rainy damp weather but today the stink is really coming out. There is definitely a horse stable or driving past a cow pasture smell present in this. Laurent must love horses because I find a horse stable accord in a few of her fragrances for Cartier.
Ha! Is it a good stink?!
Sep 29, 2022
I have ~10 generous samples from Parfums Divine. Really excited to try this house. Tonight's SOTE is:

Divine - L'homme Infini
Coriander; Cedar, Black Pepper, Vetiver, elemi, Oak, Agarwood; Amber and Benzoin.

Lovely, lovely, LOVELY dry woods. Nothing novel here, in fact it's got an almost designer DNA. Imagine: "Tom Ford, but make it FRENCH."

I'd describe this as kind of an "ebony wood" but a little powdery, possibly with cinnamon, and yes, a generous serving of iso-e super. Not my favorite ingredient, but I can tell this thing would have beautiful sillage.

It's pretty sexy! And I rarely think that about men's fragrances!



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Basenotes Dependent
Dec 24, 2018
LMG Peachcello Petillant:

Smells like a peach champagne, pretty much what the name suggests. There's a gently bitter fizzy note that balances the sweet peach. Enough sweetness to satisfy a craving but doesn't seem to become sticky or syrupy.

After the opening fizziness wears down, it becomes more like if you could hyper smell peach skins, pretty photorealistic.

It smells good, nose feel is on point, surprisingly good projection, leans feminine but not overboard.


I’m not old, I’m vintage.
Basenotes Plus
Aug 1, 2019
Soivohle - Nightjar (2010)

Nightjar (named for the long-winged, short-legged bird) is a sensual gathering of flowers including mimosa, osmanthus and frangipani absolutes, a hint of freesia and fig leaf, grounded by earth, moss and leathery woods.

Nightjar's listed notes make it look like it's going to be a sweet, steamy tropical floral. In my wearing, I found it light and breezy—floral, yes, but with none of the Hawaiian Tropic coconut oil weight that I was frankly dreading. So, yeah, long-winged but short-legged. This still isn't really my bag, but if you're in the market for an easy-going take on this theme…um, good luck finding a bottle.
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Basenotes Junkie
Apr 8, 2021
Le cri (Le cri de la lumière) Parfum d'Empire. Sadly I didn't really get the beauteous rose and iris with aldehydes that everyone and their dog is raving about, but instead of lot of dusty musk. I think possibly ambrette seed doesn't suit me (I also did not love Chanel no. 18). I love iris with and without rose, but this one is a pass.

Iris Malikhan Maison Crivelli. Like, a bit surprisingly because of the vanilla. Vanilla not too prominent, very nicely balanced. Still, I'm not completely sure if it might not get annoying due to being quite sweet and powdery. I think I'd like a decant or travel spray, and compare to Ormonde Jayne's Vanille d'iris which I only tried once on my hand and quite enjoyed.

1889 (Moulin Rouge) Histoires de Parfums. Fruity iris, rose, delightful! Not too powdery, and the the hint of leather felt grounding. The vibe felt strongly vintage and very feminine, almost like I'd need a pair of cute heels and a vintage dress to carry it off. Still, I really liked it.


Basenotes Member
Jan 26, 2023
A continuation from Grant's 2022 thread:

Please use this thread to discuss which fragrance you tried for the first time, or that you sampled today.

Try and add a bit more context than just the name of the perfume - perhaps a few words about what you thought about it, or what led you to try it?

If you have a lot to say about the fragrance you've just tried, please consider starting a new thread about it as well

Link to old thread: https://basenotes.com/threads/what-did-you-try-today-2022.52244


Basenotes Member
Jan 26, 2023
ADG Dupe at Walmart I was curious to know if there'd be any difference in longevity as original ADG doesn't last for me and I must say the dupe was spot on but longevity was the same lol I love fragrances but something about my chemistry eats them up.


Basenotes Member
Jan 26, 2023
I am going down the rabbit hole of Kilian booze line over the past few days. It's been fun. I may be interested in a couple The only one with alco name I have not tried is vodka on the rocks.
Have you tried the cremo bourbon and oak ? It's a great warm boozy scent with a nice dry down and performs well without breaking bank.
Sep 29, 2022
Side by side comparison:
  • Pierre Guillaume - Swim/SX
    • Smells like it could be going somewhere interesting - aquatic/rosewood/ylang/musk. It's very subtle - I was ready to dismiss it, but it is blooming into a sort of ultra-minimalist version of one of my all time favorites: DUNE by Dior. May be worth a full wearing to figure it out.
  • Pierre Guillaume - Sunsuality
    • This one begins more charismatically. Kumquat, lemon, ginger, with sandalwood immediately detectable. Then it sort of gets muddled and very ho-hum smelling.
Meh! There are too many FABULOUS perfumes out there to spend time on things which are middle-of-the-road and expensive...



Super Member
Sep 3, 2022
Histoires de Parfums This is Not a Blue Bottle - from a Scentbird decant...which explains the following:

Bottle pictured: This is Not a Blue Bottle 1.4
From the Histoires de Parfumes site
Top notes: Davana, Lavander, Cardamom
Heart notes: Ylang-Ylang, Tonka Bean, Benzoin
Base notes: Patchouli, Labdanum, Opoponax

Description: This is Not a Blue Bottle 1.1
Histoires de Parfumes describes this as - Attractive Patchouli Ambery; Unisex
Top notes: Hypnotic Aldehyde, Electric Orange
Heart notes: Metallic Geranium, Polar Honey
Base notes: Magnetic Amber, Ethereal Musk, Attractive Patchouli
Scentbird's description tracks with this.

What I actually smell: I suspect it is This is Not a Blue Bottle 1.5.
I wound up with an ozonic "acquatic" ambroxabomb.
Not velvety amber.
Not an "Attractive patchouli."
My partner walked in soon after I sprayed it and exclaimed "It smells like potpourri in here."

Unfortunately, Histoires de Parfumes no longer has this linked on their US website.

Fragrantica has the notes forBlue Bottle 1.5 listed as:
Top notes: Ozonic notes, Aldehydes and Citruses
Middle note is Floral Notes
Base notes are Ambroxan, Musk and Mineral notes.
With what I am smelling on my arm- this description totally tracks.

Such is the risk - buying from decanters.


I’m not old, I’m vintage.
Basenotes Plus
Aug 1, 2019
Soivohle - Violets & Rainwater (2008)

Violets & Rainwater was inspired by the smell of flowers after the rain. It is composed of a fine Parma Violet accord with a hint of dirt and petrichor. It is based in a radiant musk with vanilla and a touch of moss.

Violets & Rainwater starts out smelling more or less as described, save that the Parma violet accord leans overly sweet and the petrichor more metallic than damp stone. The additional body of the base justifies the sweetness of the violet note to some degree, but it doesn't so much "fix" the petrichor as mute it. Of course, it doesn't really matter how closely the scent hews to the stated intent, so long as it smells good in the absence of the narrative. Alas, without the narrative and a convincing damp earth accord, it's just violets, musk, and vanilla. It's OK for that, but If I have a violet itch, I can scratch it better with either the classic (vintage) Berdoues Violettes de Toulouse or the modern TRNP Violet Firefly 22.
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Basenotes Plus
Jun 4, 2022
Vintage La Rose Jacqueminot, EDT. Synch sampled with my dear friend @kosui no kaori

Started with a sharp burst of what I thought was alcohol but was probably aldehydes. A strong, lovely fresh rose accompanied by a warm, pleasant animalic note.

A few minutes later the rose is more of a dry rose composite. This is less green and a more lush rose than Caron Rose.

An hour in, I get a bit of violet and powder along with the lovely rose – which is starting to fade. The animalic warmth also seemed to fade.

Another hour/few hours. The animalic warmth reappears. I smell a bit of rose but perhaps a little indole. I’ve been fascinated by how the notes of this perfume seem to take prominence and recede only to take prominence again. It could be based on just how warm my arm gets as to what oils release their scents.

This is a lovely, lush rose with warm, animalic depth – without being overblown or murky. I believe this smells like a high quality modern perfume. If this weren’t a diamond studded unicorn I would definitely want a full bottle.


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Basenotes Plus
Apr 25, 2007
Darren Alan Perfumes Vintage Novel

The last one¹ from the "6-piece Discovery Set" I purchased a month ago. What's "bad" about it? The sprayer on the sample is awful — I had to pump and pump and pump (and then pump some more!) before it sprayed any juice. Talk about ejectile dysfunction! But I'm sure the sprayer on the bottles is better. Now, what's "good"? Everything else. The rose-oud opening is beautiful... and it lasts (unlike the "15-minutes of fame" I get from too many other brands). The transition from head to heart notes is slow and smooth, and I only realized it had happened after it had happened. The rest? I'm only two hours-in, so we'll have to be patient. [hat-tip to @Varanis Ridari for his review]

Update: One of the reviewers wrote:
The dark rose elements mix with smoothing saffron and Indonesian oud to give a bit of a sour medicinal feel, but not barnyard at all.
I confess that right now, five hours-in, I'm sorely tempted to give a shpritz of Scatamalis... add just a bit of "barnyard".

¹ The others were: Bathory, Sacred Smoke, Devil’s Share, Hekate, and Sweet Repose
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Basenotes Junkie
Apr 8, 2021
I tried two VC&A samples, neither is my jam.

Bois doré. Mostly tonka, a little tobacco and vanilla. I'm really not a fan of tonka so it's a pass.
Orchidée vanille. Vanilla - and something else that makes this smell a bit like a shower gel I've used in the past... perhaps it's the almond? Anyway, supermarket showergel is not what I look for in a perfume. Pass.

Neither smells remotely worth the price they are asking.

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