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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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@tastelikewater I second @Titian06 recommendedation. In fact if you watch The Perfume Guy on YouTube, he recommended Good Girl as an alternative for Delina 😘

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@blackkitty2014 I've seen some of his videos before but not that one, thanks so much!

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@tastelikewater - You might want to sample Carolina Herrera Very Good Girl Eau de Parfum .  It has litchi and red current, but the dry down is rose and vanilla.  I haven't tried it; I just happened to look at it during the sale.

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@Titian06 I'll give it a go, thank you!

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Tauer has a new release, Golestan, named after a palace in Tehran.




A striking and sophisticated experience of gracefully blended flowers blooming in timeless manner in a colorful place. The garden greets you with first impressions of fresh citrus and rich ylang. Rose absolute from Bulgaria softens exuberant doses of white flower absolutes: sensual jasmine, lustful tuberose and erotic orange blossom. The exuberant complexion of these natural absolutes gives rise to an abundant and dynamic floral perfume. The base is rich, with creamy patchouli and amber notes blended into sweet and soft woods. Golestan refers the seductive classics, yet it is an uncompromising modern and original perfume.


I might try this one. There are some excellent Tauers that I love but his muguet one, I forgot the name, was truly awful on me.

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Has anyone tried any of the Henry Rose fragrances?  What are your thoughts on this line?  There seems to be  some good fragrance combos, but I hate to blind buy fragrances.

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Odd name for a perfume with some fairly benign notes but it is Etat afterall!

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Not sure if this is “new” news but Kilian has some LE release exclusive to Harris’s for the 15th anniversary. I think I saw an email that there will also be events at certain cities/ locations in celebration. Certain scents are featured with the special packaging, inspired by the Eiffel Tower. They are beautiful and I would love to add to my collection, but doesn’t really make sense since they already do refills.


… Except I have been wanting to add the new(ish) white Love Don’t be Shy packaging (I still have the original black). And I like this clutch better than the snake one!


Anyway, some screen shots from IG and Harrods website. 










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@sister13 These look lovely, and I love the sets! KILIAN Paris Apple Brandy on the Rocks Icon Set is still one of my favorite perfumes.

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I love the sets too! I moved in June and still haven’t unpacked all my fragrances but Angels Share happens to be out, so I’ve been wearing that a lot and I really love it more each time! And Apple Brandy is amazing! @curlychiquita 

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Diptyque's advent calendar is here.


From the Independent

We’ll be honest, our first reaction to the calendar was disappointment, especially considering the almost-£400 price tag. Diptyque is known for its candles, so to find 12 miniature (35g) candles – which the brand doesn’t actually sell separately – and one mini (70g) felt like a little bit of a let-down. We would have expected the last day to be a full-sized, 190g candle, but it isn’t.

However, after doing some more rooting around and properly considering the contents, that disappointment faded away. Not only is there an excellent selection of brand favourites (from baies to feu de bois, roses and ambre) but we also discovered that there’s around 12 hours of burn time in a 35g candle and 30 hours in a 70g, which then makes it seem like better value. Aside from the candles, there’s a selection of travel-size (10ml) fragrances (including philosykos, eau rose, doson and fleur de peau), a solid perfume, a body balm, a hand soap and a set of three Christmas decorations.


The candles this year are

  • Étincelles - coffee, chocolate and wood fire
  • Sapin - mountain pine and mimosa
  • Neige  - heliotrope flowers and white musks



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@pocketvenus, I always spend a good amount of time just gazing staring at their advent calendar every year. Ahhhh. 😍 It looks like a lovely collection of beauties! 

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Abu Dhabi from Gallivant. Have been meaning to try this house. At least it's not another cheap oud!!

cypress, pink pepper, peppermint, rosemary, labdanum
clary sage, saffron, geranium, orris,
cedarwood, patchouli, leather, musk.




Ego Stratis

Top notes: bergamot essence, lemon essence, mandarine essence

Heart: Calone (marine note), neroli essence, blueberry, peach

Base: musk, cedar essence, ambroxan


I don't know about this one as I'm not a fan of calone at all.

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I definitely need to smell ego stratis! I feel like it will be a love or hate for me.

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@elise222, would love to hear your thoughts on it when you have an opportunity to smell it. 

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Diptyque has an LE pumpkin spice candle out 🎃

The new scented candle from the vegetable garden, mingles the crisp, green accents of the fruit’s flesh with mouth-watering spicy notes, inspired by the pumpkin pies we all know and love and the delicate flavor of chestnuts.




New release from Cire Trudon, Felice: A combination of citrusy, spicy and fruity notes, Felice ties citrus and Christmas spices together: hints of vanilla and honey add sweetness to gourmet scents of candied fruits and nutmeg. A true Christmas gift, the Felice scented candle is festive at heart

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I'm intrigued by the notes on Felice, @pocketvenus

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@itsfi Same! I realized they have another addition to the Christmas line, Spella 🙂


A woody oriental perfume, Spella is a warm amber concentrate: woody and musky notes combined with touches of rose and geranium reveal amber’s many facets





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Decided to blind buy a couple of scents recently.


First up, based solely on the mission statement for the company, was Shocks of Love’s Woo Woo Me. Created by a clean beauty small business that focuses on creating aromatherapy-centered scents with skin care benefits, I was convinced Woo Woo Me would be a good addition to my collection. I am a sucker for sandalwood, palo santo, frankincense, and rose water, so why not support a company with an awesome POV? I wanted to love this scent, but sadly it didn’t live up to what I imagined in my head. I was hoping for something that would take me on a meditative journey, like a Clarins or Nue Company feel. Instead I got an incense kiosk at the mall, with no staying power. Is it unrealistic to expect decent staying power for an all-natural, clean perfume? I’ve had some luck with several Henry Rose fragrances, so I know it can be done, but maybe not at the price point of Shocks of Love. Still, if I’m going to try something new and not be blown away, I’m glad I at least supported a company whose mission speaks to me.


Next, I decided to give Lake & Skye’s Santal Gray a try. Now here’s a clean beauty company that delivers! I am a fan of Midnight 07, so I had high hopes for Santal Gray, and it stepped up to the plate! It truly smells like a gray perfume: it’s gloomy but not overly dark. If you like unisex-to-masculine-leaning scents, you’ll enjoy this sandalwood interpretation. Is it something I’d wear on date night? Nah. It’s what you wear when you’re home on a rainy day and want to wear a mood. 


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@LCResz That Santal Gray sounds intriguing. 

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@Samtian It’s fairly linear, delivering exactly what you’d expect, yet I find it interesting precisely because it’s not trying to be anything other than a sandalwood scent. So often I find sandalwood being “prettied up” with lots of other stuff to make it more palatable to the general population, but I like Santal Gray as is, and if I want to do something else with it, I can try layering it. So far Lake & Skye has made some really nice fragrances, so I may pick up their newest offering, Saffron Dusk, next!

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