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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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Thank you! Here's me hoping they ship to Canada

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i only just now got my nose on YSL black opium and i'm surprised how much it smells of flowerbomb ?? anyone else find that ?

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black opium, to me, smells like flowerbomb layered over diesel's loverdose..but i prefer black opium to loverdose (which i love) and flowerbomb (which is "meh" on me). i'm w/ meganlisa -- i love coffee notes!

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What do you smell when you use flowerbomb? There are three shared elements though, patch, orange flower, and jasmine.

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it falls in that same "family" with Flowerbomb and La Vie Est Belle. But, I'm with Gwen, too... I don't care for flower bomb and I can't wear La Vie Est Belle anymore (because I already bought a full size bottle of course Smiley Tongue  )

 

Black Opium seems less overtly sweet and cloying - like Megan said- probably the coffee. Of course, I bought the holiday set so I'm sure I'll start having sensitivities to it soon LOL

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Maybe it's me...but I'm not sure I'll ever get tired of anything that has "coffee" in the scent notes....

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Conceptually yes but....

I'm with Gwen.  I really don't like flowerbomb (a little over the top for me) but I love black opium.  But when I wear BO I really get the coffee, perhaps because I drink so much coffee.  So it might smell much different on me than on you.

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Perfume juice junkie here...I do like Black Opium too. I don't get as much patch as I do with Flowerbomb. I actually can't do Flowerbomb because of the patchouli.

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I absolutely get Flowerbomb... spiked with a heavy dose of orange blossom. 

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the only common note listed is patchouli but that really doesn't mean much. interesting. 

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According to Fragrantica (just looked them up), they both contain jasmine, patchouli, and white florals. Interestingly, Flowerbomb lists a middle note as African orange flower, while Black Opium lists one as orange blossom.

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you did more research than i did ! haha. 

 

i'm doing that thing where i'm cleaning and every 5 minutes come to BT and then get back to cleaning. i found a sample of the black opium under a chair (?!). you know you need to clean more often when cleaning day is like christmas !

 

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I'm actually newly addicted to Black Opium after I wore it this weekend and got, um, great feedback. Contemplating a purchase. Smiley Wink

 

I'm doing the same thing, but with bookkeeping and data entry at work (kill me now). Except there'll be no Christmas for me.... unless I find that they skipped paying me sometime last month, or something.

 

You should let us know what else you find! Smiley Very Happy

 

 

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Hmmm. Not at all to me.... Can't stand Flowerbomb, but love Black Opium.

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haha well i'm still learning to refine my nose detective skills Smiley Wink

 

i find black opium smells 'dirtier', much to my liking.

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I wouldn't call myself a scent expert, but I am very sensitive to even subtle nuances. I'm not sure I could tell you what the nuances are, just that I do or do not like them. Smiley Wink

 

Yes, it's darker and less flowery-sweet, more vanilla and woodsy-sweet to me.

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I ordered several samples from Surrender to Chance.  The samples I ordered are:

 

 

  • By Kilian Straight to Heaven
  • By Kilian Amber Oud
  • By Kilian In the Garden of Good and Evil - Good Girl Gone Bad
  • Byredo Inflorescence
  • Patou Joy Pure Parfum
  • Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin
  • Serge Lutens Vitriol D'Oeillet
  • Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Wood
  • Tom Ford Private Blend Tuscan Leather

I mostly ordered the Patou Joy Pure Parfum because this is what my grandmother used to wear.  I remember not really liking he fragrance as a child, but my tastes have changed and I would like to see how I feel about it now.

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can't wait to hear your thoughts! I've only tried White Crystal by Kiloan (I think it has two names?), and I really liked it. I need to explore the brand more!

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Cloudburst, I LOVE Kilian fragrances.  Amber Oud is so wonderful, it's on my wish list, but I got TF Amber absolute since it's cheaper and limited.  If you decide on something, I'd be happy to send my favorite Kilian SA's details, she always sends a bunch of sample, even without purchase if there is something new I want to try.  I am waiting for my bottle of the new Voulez Vous Coucher Alec moi, signed by a kilian Hennessy but I don't live in the same city!! It's much softer than the name would suggest. 

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Thanks!  I'll keep that in mind.  A user on youtube convinced me to try some Kilian fragrances as well as Serge Lutens.  Another user said I should try out some Byredo scents (their name keeps making me think of a burrito though Smiley Very Happy )

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i got a sample of tom ford cafe rose and tried it an hour ago. what it smells like on my skin versus the intoxicating scent i first experienced on a paper strip are nothing alike. on me, it smells like the remnants of estee lauder's "beautiful" sprayed three days previous on a wool blazer w/ a fresh spritz of ysl paris on top of it -- it smells like my older sister back in 1987. bizarre. i don't want to smell like my sister even though i love her to death. had high hopes for this but it's definitely a pass

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