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Fragrance Junkie Central

I know there are a few of us on BT that are fragrance addicts, so I thought it would be nice to have a dedicated place where we can share our thoughts.


This is not to take away from the lovely What Are You Wearing Today, Fragrance Edition thread, but more a place to post longer reviews, chat about new brands or releases, and just shoot the breeze on anything good and smelly Smiley Happy


For me, I recently acquired 2 new decants that I've been anxiously awaiting.  Ever since Lachaton mentioned that MMM was releasing a new scent called By The Fireplace I've been itching to get my hands on it.  My decant arrived yesterday, so I'm looking forward to marinating in it this weekend.  Secondly, I recently picked up a tiny sample of Shiseido Nombre Noir.  Supposedly it is one of the most expensive failures in perfume history - made by Serge Lutens for Shiseido back in the 80s.  Of course, with a backstory like that, I was dying to get a sniff Smiley Very Happy


What's new on your scent radar?  Do tell!



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Sandalwood is pretty tightly knit with a lot of religious carvings/sculptures and rituals. Saying soul and sandalwood together is very apt.

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sandalwood is one of the few scents that completely calms me and revs me up at the same time..definitely spiritually uplifting as well..

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Has anyone seen/heard/read anything about this Derek Lam 10 Crosby set?


I saw it when it popped up on the site (last week?) and I was debating buying one during the sale, but I can't find ANY information about any of the scents in it...


Why list something for sale without any accompanying description?

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i haven't been able to find any useful information about the scents from this collection and am curious to know more details as well.

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I was just coming here to ask about the new Derek Lam set as well. Any input on this would be welcome.

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I was wondering about this myself!

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So today I unearthed my tiny decant of Shiseido Nombre Noir to sample.


And it's been perplexing me all afternoon as I try to figure out what to say about it.  


For reference, this is the plethora of listed notes for this scent...


Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot, marjoram, coriander and rosewood.

Heart: osmanthus, Damascus rose, geranium, jasmine, ylang-ylang, orris root, carnation and lily of the valley.

Base: amber, musk, honey, sandalwood, vetiver, benzoin and tonka bean.


My first thoughts are that for something that has this many listed notes (assuming there are likely more that aren't listed) it is amazingly well blended.  


On me it leans pretty heavily floral (rose in particular) but every now and then I will get a whiff of the spice of coriander or the sweet nuttiness of tonka beans.  I definitely get carnation stem pepperiness, but it meshes so well with everything else that it isn't sharp or overbearing.  It contains a host of notes I can't stand (carnation, musk, vetiver, benzoin, bergamot) and yet it is so wearable.  At the beginning, it has a milky/powder scent, but that fades within about a half hour.


It's not terribly long lasting, nor does it have a large projection.  In this regard it is the type of scent I like to wear.  I much prefer scents that only I can smell, and I never like to be the woman you can detect a few steps before they arrive.  Smiley Frustrated  After about two hours I can still smell it, but it's literally a whisper on my skin.


After our first meeting, I'm glad I got to experience it, but it's no love at first sniff.  I don't think (luckily) it will be my perfume unicorn.  Which is good, since I was googling to see if bottles could still be found, and there's one on Ebay for $6,000 Smiley Surprised

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the notes all sound like my favorite things -- except lily of the valley which makes me nervous.

i don't understand the aldehydes either. pardon my ignorance. isn't aldehyde an alcohol compound ?? something ? i admit complete ignorance here.


where do you think the powderiness comes from ?

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Aldehydes commonly give the soapy/waxy/floral notes we pick up in perfumes.  


The powderiness could be coming from the aldehydes, or the lily of the valley.  I find I often pick up LOTV as a powdery note.

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i find lotv quite powdery too, though i was never sure if it was the actual lotv or what it is traditionally paired with. 


yay this thread is going to be like FRAGRANCE JUNKIE UNIVERSITY

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I have on the Nombre Noir. o_O

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Do you like it?

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I don't know... Smiley Very Happy


It has soooooo many things going on I feel like I can't get a read on it.  


I'll update once I've had it on for a few hours.


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I'm on pins and needles!

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Apparently I need a nap.


I read that as pine needles Smiley Frustrated

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Which would work if I was wearing FeA Smiley Tongue

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I can't tell you all how bummed I've been these past few weeks not being able to try all the perfumes I am waiting to try. 


I was waiting for my cold to pass and the congestion in my sinuses to clear, and I think I'm finally there, so tomorrow is PERFUME DAY!!!

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I feel for you, as much as I love makeup perfume is my first love and being sick sucks!!!!  Happy sniffing!!

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yay ! eager to hear about your discoveries. 

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Tomorrow has Nombre Noir written Smiley Very Happy

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yesssss. can you feel my envy through the screen ??! Smiley Happy

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