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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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Soooo I finally tracked down a couple of vials of Aerin Rose de Grasse. 

 

Sadly, second time around, I can still barely smell this on my wrist. It's better than the last time when I smelled absolutely nothing, but it's been 30 minutes and it's basically faded from my wrist.

 

I'm going to wear it normally tomorrow and see how it goes. Smell-wise, I still very much prefer JM Red Roses!

 

Edited to add: 2 hours later, the scent is completely gone from my wrists 😞

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here is katie puckrik's review of etat libre d'orange's sécrétions magnifiques. i'm cry laughing. 

 

NOOOOOO WHHHHYYYYYY

 

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...crabs gone nuclear living in industrial waste that's gushing from sort of factory that's filled with disease. lol 

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That video just made my day.

You can't fake a reaction like that!!! LOL

 

Now i'm really curious...

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This is absolutely hilarious. Thank you for sharing.

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I adore Katie Puckrik's videos. I'm sad she hasn't uploaded in a long time too!

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I haven't even finished watching it yet, but OMG.

 

WHHHHHYYYYYYYYY?????

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i'm binging her videos right now before i go into work; incredibly enjoyable. bummed to see she hasn't uploaded in over a year. 

 

i seem to be drawn to similar things to her (but she's more refined and specific). 

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I'm wearing Jo Malone Red Roses with a bit of their English Pear & Freesia layered on top. I'm in rose heaven.

 

I love this rose scent so much I'm thinking about getting the bath oil. Thoughts about this product? How many drops do I put in and how long should I expect a little bottle to last?

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your layering of the two scents sounds absolutely heavenly indeed! i must try this in the future.

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Thanks! I can't take credit for what I layered it with, the SA gave me a couple of samples that she thought would work well with the rose. I got a sample of Blush Peony and Suede as well!

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I love Blush Peony and Suede! Fruity florals aren't usually my favourite, but I quite like this one. I like to layer it with Wood Sage and Sea Salt!

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I love both samples that the SA gave me! I'm tempted to go back to Holt Renfrew and smell ALL of the JM scents.

When I picked up Red Roses I only smelled the floral ones.

 

There was...Tuberose Angelica? or something like that? That one sounded pretty but it almost knocked me out (I think it was part of the intense line or something?)

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I loooove the bath oil. It doesn't have a dropper though, and I like mine heavily scented... nor do I use it regularly (it's a special occasion bath oil for me). 

 

I'd say you can make it last as long as you'd like, depending on how much you use. I tend to just pour a little in the water. I've had mine for a few months, and I'm only halfway through it. 

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Thanks! Do you have the full sized bottle, or the little one?

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Full size 🙂 

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I'm sooo tempted! Maybe I will buy the smaller size to do a trial, and get the larger if I love it (which I'm sure I would).

 

I rarely take baths which is where my hesitation comes from...maybe once a month 😞 I prefer quick showers!

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I'm a bath addict, so it was easy for me to cave 😄 

 

But yes, in that case - grab the mini! $35 is much easier to spend, I get that 🙂 Then you can see how you feel about it.

 

The other thing I like to do is actually spray perfume into a bath. You don't get the benefit of an oil, but you do get the scent 🙂

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Wearing Tauer 06 Incense Rose today. This was a blind buy, so I'm so glad that I adore it.

My skin usually magnifies citrus notes, and while I did get some of that Orange Tang smell on first spritz, it dissipated fairly quickly, and what I smelled was the most perfect blend of rose, incense and cardamom.

The cardamom is pretty prominent (on me at least), but it is probably my favourite spice note, so I am absolutely delighted to catch whiffs of it every so often. Projection is pretty solid too for the first 2ish hours, and slowly becomes less prominent, before it starts to hang pretty close to the skin. Still keep catching whispers of it, so that might just be my nose getting used to the smell.

 

Wore Arquiste Nanban on Friday evening, which was cold and just perfect for this scent.

Made sure not to overspray- Didn't pick up the coffee notes, but definitely smelled the leather, myrrh and the slightest hint of pepper. When I got back home about six hours later, all the leather and spiciness was gone- all that was left was sweet, woody base that lulled me to sleep.

Yesterday, I pretty much marinated in the stuff, and I actually caught the saffron note (it is gone after the first minute or so, though, and the pepper becomes more prominent), and tea, leather and myrrh. Still couldn't make out the coffee note, so not sure if I'm anosmic to it (at least in perfume), or if it's because there's so much going on that my brain can't tell the difference.

While Arquiste makes wonderful perfumes that are beautifully blended and last forever, I never loved any of their offerings enough to buy a FB (even Anima Dulcis, which is fairly unique, and a lot of perfume bloggers seem to love). I was honestly surprised that I loved my sample of Nanban as much as I did- and I'm even more glad that I love it just as much (if not more) now.

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Hmm, I think you've convinced me to pick up a sample of 06 next.  I was going to avoid it because orange is one of my least favorite scents, but cardamom sounds heavenly.

 

I had such high hopes for Anima Dulcis, but it made me smell like mole sauce :S  I too was surprised at how much I loved Nanban, but it completely overtook me.  

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Definitely sample 06 if you like cardamom. I'm about seven hours in, and the cardamom is still prominent in the dry down. I definitely got some of that orange tang that other reviewers complained about, but looks like my skin projects the cardamom even more, so that orange note disappeared quickly.

 

Re: Anima Dulcis- I totally remember thinking mole sauce when I smelled it too. And the drydown smelled like dark chocolate and cumin on me, and that cumin note especially is something that smells BO-ey to my nose and one that I don't particularly enjoy wearing. (I had the same problem with 12 Eau d'Epices- loved the cardamom and the cloves when I first wore it. And then cumin popped up, and that automatically became a nope.)

 

Nanban is easily the best thing I've tried from Arquisite, and I really hope they'll add more deeper, richer, warmer scents to their line. It is so perfect and cozy for colder weather 🙂

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