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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 🙂


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 😄


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



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I actually got email the other day to preorder this and I'm so tempted. Sounds like one you can actually wear and love the color and story behind it. So cute and the fragrance notes sound great!

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This sounds lovely! I haven't tried any zoologist scents yet - but I may have to give this one a shot!

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I love the coco chanel fragrance 

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Oh wow @pocketvenus, more new fragrances from Zoologist. 😍 This one sounds good. 

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@itsfi Yes! Many thanks to @ChristalM who tipped me off on this one, you can scroll down and read her impressions below ❤️

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Zoologist has a new one coming out, Sacred Scarab




Top Notes: Aldehydes, Lemon, Civet*
Heart Notes: Wine Accord, Plum Accord, Blue Lotus Accord
Kyphi Notes: Raisins, Olibanum, Myrrh, Galbanum, Cedar Wood, Juniper, Wine, Styrax, Benzoin, Oakmoss, Labdanum, Musk*, Amber


I ordered a sample, hope it arrives soon!

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@pocketvenus I am ordering a sample too! And maybe a travel spray of Cow. Love Cow!

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@ChristalM So glad you enjoyed cow 🙂 🐄

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@pocketvenus So I received my order and sadly Sacred Scarab is not for me. I am not sure what it is but it is sooo Sharp on  my skin, if you know what I mean. Not something I can wear sadly. But as always, Victor included a sample of an upcoming Cockatiel fragrance and OMG Instant love. Must have. It is like if Byredo Pulp and Slow Dance had a baby! Sharp tart opening dries down to something sweet.

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@ChristalM, the cockatiel sounds like a good one. How’s the longevity on it?

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@itsfi I would say it is pretty good. The sillage is nice and it last 4-5 hours on me, which is average for me.

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@ChristalM, thank you. That is good wear time. Adding the scent to my list. 😊 

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@ChristalM Wow thanks for the update - I should add Cockatiel to this Perfume news thread, I love mimosa!


I tried Sacred Scarab and will post more on it later. I'[m sorry it didn't work out! My guess is it's probably the green notes that are not sitting well with you. Galbanum in particular can be quite bitter and edgy. Oakmoss can also be dark and bitter. I have to say I'm quite impressed with it. It has a great vintage, chypre feel to it, much more traditional than the other Zoologists which, of the ones I've tried, have a super contemporary vibe. I was not expecting this at all. I think it's fantastic and very wearable if one is willing to read as vintage. It's like a look that distinctly of another time, like a corset or victory rolls for the hair.

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I found a couple fragrances I like.


One is Terre d'Hermes Eau Privee. I believe it is intended for men but I think it is very unisex. It makes me think of water rushing beneath the melting ice on a sunny day and winter is ending. I saw that they are calling it "the heart of ice" so it's a bit funny it reminds me of the spring thaw. I dislike fresh/clean fragrances but the style of fresh to this one is more iced citrus than soap or green fresh.  If they bring out a travel size I will probably purchase this for myself.


The other is Diptyque Eau de Sens. Another fresh fragrance that has the fresh green, soap and powder done to the right amount. I dislike most soapy and green fragrance so I was surprised I like this very much.

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@Margalee I looove the original Terre! Haven't smelled that flanker yet but would like to.

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New unisex fragrance for Givenchy, MMW named for its CD, Matthew M. Williams.




Top Notes: Guatemala Cardamom Essence
    Heart Notes: Palo Santo Accord
    Base Notes: USA Virginia and Morocco Atlas Cedar Wood, "Haïti*" Vetiver CO2 Extract, Iso E Super, Ambrox


I like the notes, spicy and super woody. If the ambrox isn't overkill this could be quite nice. The notes traditionally lean masculine but I don't put too much stock into that.

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@pocketvenus that sounds absolutely delicious. I look forward to smelling this one!

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More news on Malle's new scent. 


Uncut Gem includes an overdose of ambrocenide, a product by Symrise for which Maurice Roucel works. Ambrocenide is a very powerful and long-lasting amber-woody scent that amplifies top citrus notes, gives volume to florals, and boosts musks.


I don't know what to make of this. I will definitely try it but I'm kind of surprized. All the copy says this scent is bucking a trend of "feminized" masculine fragrances. I don't really see that at all. There have been a slew of aggressive, over the top woody ambers in recent years. Also, to be honest, the name Uncut Gem kind of sounds like a Tom Ford name to me. Seems like Estee Lauder may be really starting to apply pressure to Malle, maybe in response to the economy. I hope that's not the case.


spicy fresh top  –  ginger, bergamot, mandarin, angelica root and nutmeg

fiery heart  –  a leathery accord, vetiver, frankincense

sexy warm and clean base  –  generous amounts of amber and musk

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A couple more fragrances releases today


Malle is releasing a new fragrance by Maurice Roucel. I cannot wait to try it, Malle doesn't have a really leathery scent. I would love a leather from Malle and a jasmine.


There was something not only cool, technically – especially that mad overdose of ambrocenide – but completely irresistible,” says Malle. “With a lot of fresh naturals, and musk, it was not only magnetic, but chic.” Clear spicy top notes of ginger, bergamot, mandarin, angelica root and nutmeg lead you to the fire within: a leathery accord, vetiver, frankincense, generous amounts of amber, and a musk that vibrates with the skin. A muscular corollary, in a sense, to the classic Musc Ravageur.

The result is both straightforward and enigmatic: raw sex appeal gives way to a lingering subtlety. The result somehow renders the smell of skin deeper, warmer, cleaner. Uncut Gem is a study in contrasts. It’s rugged and sensitive, classic and fresh, first impression and haunting echo.




So Byredo is releasing perfumes as NFTs in Facebook's Metaverse? I honestly don't understand how this works but these will be “digital and physical scents,” a combination of 26 ingredients that represent different emotions, are packaged in bottles with near-field communication (NFC) tags that connect to NFTs. Each customized perfume will be launched as a digital collectible in limited quantities. I guess they don't smell like anything???

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@pocketvenus I read this week that DS & Durga is also doing NFT perfume and I was just like 🤨

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@Mochapj I just googled NFT perfumes and I still don't understand ha ha. I think for Byredo, a customer creates the formula, an actual real bottle of perfume is created but you only have digital ownership, it's not like they ship anything to you?? Are you just supposed to imagine it, so bizarre.