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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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Have you tried Etat Libre's Fils de Dieu? It's a very playful and unique fragrance with a lot of gourmand notes - lime, jasmine rice, corriander - and wears very light for the summer and is great for sultry weather. Some people say they smell curry but I don't find this to be the case at all.


Mona di Orio also makes a unique vanilla scent, Vanille. The opening is quite edgy with a little bitterness. It's heavier than FdD but it's not cloying in any way.

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The ones you listed are scents I typically wear during fall/winter, so perhaps take my advice with a grain of salt Smiley Happy 


how do you like coconut? That's common in summer fragrances, and might work for you (I'm thinking of something along the lines of EL Bronze Goddess but that may be too floral for you). TF Soleil Blanc? 


Honey? JM Nectarine Blossom and Honey? 


LPRN edt or couture

Guerlain Le Plus Beau Jour de Ma Vie

Lolita Lempicka

Mugler? Muse, Angel Eau Sucrée, Angel Étoile des Rêves


i'll keep thinking! 






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@lachatonI had a chance to try the Guerlain Le Plus Beau and I like it. The top notes are a bit cloying, but I love the drydown. I think I'll try Angel Étoile des Rêves next as that one sounds heavenly!

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Thank you for the suggestions! I do have Lolita Lempicka, which I love, but the bottles are really old so I haven't worn them in a while. Maybe time to try them again.


I do like coconut. I tried TF Orchid Soleil hoping it would be a nice beachy scent but it smelled like bug spray!


What is LPRN?

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@vchotia I believe she means Le Petite Robe Noir Smiley Wink

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@MochapjOh yes, thanks!

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I ended up purchasing the discovery sampler kit from Le Labo.  Rose 31 is one of the most evocative fragrances I've ever tried, so I'll probably just end up redeeming that one, but I'm excited to try the rest (particularly Lys 41 and Santal 31).  Does anyone have a favorite from Le Labo?  :3



As a side note, I LOVE when fragrance companies sell sample kits.  I have a very hard time sampling perfumes in store (I can't smell more than two or three before I start getting overwhelmed).  I wish more of them would do this!

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Can't believe how long I procrastinated with this but finally in the process of trying out my samples.  Today I am wearing Gypsy Water and really love it! Thank you @ChristalM for the recommendation!  Do you know the best place to buy in Canada? Thanks! Smiley Happy

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@veronika23 I think Saks has Byredo (or at last used to)

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Thanks @lachaton Smiley Happy

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@veronika23 I am glad you like it! It is def one of my faves.

Holt Renfrew and Want apothecary in Montreal is the only places I know that sells it in Canada sadly. I got mien online through Holts site.

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Thanks so much for the info @ChristalM Smiley Happy I'll check that out!

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Crossposting from TF thread; new TF oud scent coming:


In doing some more research it appears there is a second scent coming out with it called Oud Ocean... Smiley Surprised

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Interesting. Just read a redditor review on this who says it is very salty seaweed-y, which I think I might love. But that makes me wonder what Ocean will smell like it Minerale is ocean-y itself.

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@Mochapj uh oh this sounds like trouble. cha-ching

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LOL! Is this Estee Lauder cracking the whip? I don't remember the pace of new TF releases being this brisk in the past...

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Thanks @Mochapj... Oud Ocean.... I think I might wanna smell that Smiley Very Happy

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OK @lachaton  @RoseCharlie


So, due to a Sephora shipping mishap, I now have all 3 Aerin fragrances. I got Bamboo Rose (the one I wasn't interested in) by mistake when I ordered Garden Rose, but after smelling it, I didn't want to return it without smelling the other 2 first, so I ended up ordering Linen and another Garden Rose instead.


Here are my first impressions, described with my non-descriptive way of describing fragrances Smiley Very Happy


Bamboo Rose - it's not quite my fav, but I surprisingly like it a lot considering I wasn't even interested in it. It's a rose with a fresh, aquatic note. Like if I were to float rose buds in a pool with greenery. I think this would be like Light Blue, but more floral?


Garden Rose - this is very, very similar to Jo Malone Red Roses! The difference is, JM seems fresher. If JM is a vase of freshly cut red roses with freshly filled water, Garden Rose is a rose petal that was just broken apart and rubbed on skin. I don't know why, but that's how I imagine it when I smell it. It has a bit more warmth, and the dry down almost has a faint candy-floss note. The downside is it fades quickly BUT I have only used this on my wrist and I find that things fade much quicker on my wrist than on my neck. I don't think you need this one if you have JM Red Roses. I also think Red Roses will be longer lasting. 


Linen Rose - if JM Red Roses and Maison Margiela Beach Walk were to have a baby, this would be it. Beach Walk is more like freshly applied suntan lotion (in the best possible way, because it's not offensive like freshly applied sunscreen) then Linen Rose is the smell I'd get if I wore a rose perfume over Beach Walk, and tanned all day in the sun. It's a very interesting fragrance. The coconut is very noticeable, but more like a coconut milk to me rather than coconut water. Does that make sense? I really like this one too!


All in all, I'm happy with the 3 and I can see myself keeping all 3. Unless Garden Rose has NO lasting power whatsoever, I don't think I'll be returning it!


Hope this helps if you're still thinking of these fragrances Smiley Very Happy

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@k617Thank you thank you thank you! : ) that's really useful to know - I just ended up ordering Garden rose yesterday so I can't wait to try it - I was hoping for a "true rose" scent with a bit of warmth.  I quite like Chloe Roses - would you say it resembles Chloe Roses in any way? : )  I can't wait to try it now though that's a bit of a bummer about the lasting power.  I tried JM Red Roses but it was so many years ago now I wish I could try it again now that I've tried many many more perfumes so that I could have an idea of what it smells like.  Weirdly enough - because I know Beach Walk is very well liked - but I've never smelled it though I have been meaning to try it.   I definitely agree with you that the coconut note is quite noticeable and that I wouldn't really describe it as "coconut water" because that implies a lighter scent then what I'm getting here.  I think coconut milk is a good description! : )  I quite like the sound of Bamboo rose from your description - I just might end up with all 3 fragrances too! : ) These are pretty pricey fragrances so I'm very happy they were brought out in rollerball because there's no way I would have blind purchased a whole bottle but with the rollerballs it's a nice way to try different stuff...

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JM Red Roses is like huge bright fresh cut red roses in full bloom, with a base of warm honeycomb that develops over time. It's a gorgeous fragrance and one of the longest lasting JM frags I've tried. I can still smell the roses and honeycomb on me at the end of the day. Those two scent ingredients are quite true to real life (not a perfumey interpretation), which is what I appreciate with JM. 

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I happen to have Roses de Chloe and I wouldn't say it resembles it... the citrus note is very noticeable to me in Roses de Chloe, but Garden Rose is fairly true to just being plain ROSE. Smiley Happy It's simpler and more authentic. If you like Garden Rose, I think you will really like JM Red Roses.