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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 was intrigued by Bon Parfumeur when I first saw the brand appear on the Sephora site and picked up Bon Parfumeur Perfume Sampler Set the moment I caught sight of the notification that it was available. All the scents in this set are soft and wear close to the skin. I thought this would translate to the scents wearing down and dissipating quickly, but I was wrong in that regard. I was able to pick up most of the scents in this set after 6-7 hours of wear, with one lasting just over 8 hours. With a couple of the scents, there's a slight difference in the description contained on the box and the one on the product page on both Sephora and the brand's site. I enjoyed all six fragrances, with three of them - 103, 402 and 801 - being added to my fragrance wish list. As far as discovery sets go, this was well curated in my mind. A wonderful intro to the house. I'm definitely interested in delving deeper into Bon Parfumeur.
 
001 CITRUS
* Notes: orange blossom, petitgrain, bergamot
Described as: A refreshing cologne (from product page: A sweet, floral cologne)
My Two Sense (Cents): I picked up neroli at the opening, not overwhelming, on the milder side. The more citrusy notes come forward next, in a very subtle, unassuming way. It's a general citrus scent, not overly fruity, more fresh and clean, but not in a Pledge or Pine Sol sort of way. The final dry down is pleasantly sweet and delicately floral. The notes on 001 are all lovely with each layer beautifully transitioning into the next. If I were to note an area or areas for improvement, there would be two - (1) amping up the intensity a smidge would be nice, and (2) having a more lingering scent.
 
103 FLORAL
Notes: tiare flower, jasmine, hibiscus
* Described asA sun-drenched flower
My Two Sense:  Ahhhh. This is love.
For me, every trip to Hawaii has included, at one point or another, being surrounded by a sea of distinctive white florals that is quintessentially Hawaii. It's a lovely scent, but I find it to be pretty strong and can oftentimes be a little overwhelming, intoxicating really, to the senses. After seeing the notes for this fragrance, I was a little concerned that 103 would be as well. That, fortunately, was not the case. In fact,  quite the opposite is true. 103 is definitely floral in nature and the fragrance reminds me of a bouquet of white florals from Hawaii, but in a soft, elegantly understated sort of way. Another fragrance just got added to my holiday wish list.
 
203 FRUITY
Notes: raspberry, vanilla, blackberry
* Described as: A red hot berry
My Two Sense: This one does not hold anything back on its opening, which to my nose, has a very raspberry undertone, with a hint of spice and floral. From there, the sillage of subsequent scents I pick up, from the light powder floral scent to the slightly woodsy smell, are more muted, faint, low-key.
 
402 VANILLA
Notes: vanilla, toffee, sandalwood
Described as: A caressing vanilla (from product page: An opulent vanilla)
My Two Sense: Soft, vanilla - not cloying nor artificial nor overly gourmand. This is a very soft, subtly sweet, almost airy vanilla and caramel scent. I was pleasantly surprised by this one; another favorite from the set.
 
501 GOURMAND
Notes: praline, licorice, patchouli
Described as: A delicious praline (from product page: An assertive praline)
My Two Sense: I got ... nothing. A second spritz on my arm brought out a very light nutty scent, followed by an even lighter musky and powdery scent, which I think may be the patchouli in it. I often associate patchouli with a stronger, more pronounced smell, that to me, can, at times, be very heavy; this is quite the opposite - each of the notes is actually very soft. This was the wildcard fragrance for me from the set. I typically love gourmand scents but the blend of notes in this one was unfamiliar to me. The combination turned out to be one I find unique and like, and I think that's attributable to the more intimate style of all the Bon Parfumeur's fragrances in this set.
 
801 AQUATIC
Notes: sea spray, cedar, grapefruit
Described as: A briny freshness 
My Two Sense: The "briny" description made me brace myself before spritzing this aquatic fragrance on my wrist. I see or hear the word "briny" to describe a fragrance and I think it's going to smell pungently of sea salt or seaweed. Not so with 801. The initial sea salt scent is very pronounced but it feels like the more herbal and woodsy notes help to give it both depth and freshness. The citrus that follows is beautiful, and reminds me of a very subtle version of Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine, one of my favorite citrus scents.
 

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I have this one on my wishlist. 103, 203, and 801 sound lovely @itsfi 

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Thanks for providing such detailed reviews, @itsfi! They sound very nice. I'm glad you like them.

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@itsfi Thanks for all these detailed impressions!

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Thanks, I was curious about this. Seems like it's not for me. 

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This is great, @itsfi !  I also bought the sample set as soon as it was available.  I haven't started trying them yet as I'm going through some other samples first. 💖💖💖

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Hermes is following Frederic Malle, Bvlgari and others in releasing a perfume for children

 

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Cabriole features orange blossom, osmanthus, honeysuckle and sandalwood. 

 

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Aesop is coming out with another scent for its Othertopias line and shockingly, this one also has aquatic properties. I guess the nose, Barnabe Fillion, has a thing for wet fragrances! The notes for Eidesis include petitgrain, black pepper, aquatic and floral notes, frankincense, cumin, cedar, sandalwood and vetiver. I didn't quite like this line for myself and was skeptical but I found them all interesting and boundary pushing. I am definitely going to try this one when I can. 

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Obsessed with Aesop scents! Can't wait to pick this one up! 

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@pocketvenus I realize they're marketing it to children, but the Hermes notes sound like something I'd really like. I'm not against getting it for myself 😉

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@curlychiquita It's mainly marketing at the end of the day 🙂

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Couple new releases

 

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New from Serge Lutens, Poivre Noire with pepper, nutmeg and cedar. The copy is typically pretty weird, like they just threw it in Google Translate ha ha. A sobriety all in black & white in the form of a manifesto. Bias, radicality, the perfume is not lukewarm. It is a Lutens!

 

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The Violette Volynka Eau de Toilette from the Hermessence collection is an elegant, unexpected encounter: between masculine and feminine, between two unique materials which mirror each other like two alter egos. "I opted for Volynka leather top notes. Its scent is so strong that I wanted to pull it in the opposite direction by pairing it with a delicate flower: violets." - Christine Nagel, Hermès perfumer.

 

Violets and leather are a pretty classic pairing. I'm interested in smelling how this delicate versus strong tension plays out and what Nagel does differently here.

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@pocketvenus - The second one sounds interesting.  I'm not even sure what to make of the first one! 🤣

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Boy Smells | Sephora coming soon to Sephora. Cross post from 2022 Product Release Thread.

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The fragrances included in the Boy Smells Fragrance Discovery Set consist of some of their newer scents as well as some from their original lineup

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@itsfi So happy to see Sephora pick up this brand 🙂

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Me too @pocketvenus! 😃 I wonder if it’ll be available in store or online only. 🤔 Guess we’ll find out at the end of the month. 

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Pineward Perfumes has bought the rights and formulas for the cult house Apoteker Tepe which are available for sale now. I just bought a sample set and am really looking forward to testing them all. I managed to get a sample of Holy Mountain after the house folded, which was a lovely spicy smoky affair, but not as unique as some of the others. Have heard really good things about After the Flood in particular.

 

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@pocketvenus Wow these look super interesting!

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@QueenMarceline This is the best sampler set I've tried in awhile. No duds!!

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@pocketvenus Such a rare but amazing feeling when that happens ❤️ 

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New Serge Lutens, Poivre Noir

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Upcoming fragrance from Arquiste, Indigo Smoke

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