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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.  Apparently 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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Yeah, very generally speaking eau de cologne is lower in strength than eau de toilette and eau de perfum.


I would also agree with @lachaton suggestion about spraying on clothes, with the caveat to be careful that some perfumes can stain, so I wouldn't spray on a fabric like satin or silk.  

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Thanks @Mochapj

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The simplest method is simply to moisturize beforehand - either by layering the fragrance with a matching dry oil or lotion/cream or with an unscented product. 


Not on skin, but you could also try spraying directly onto your clothes. 

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Thanks @lachaton

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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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Oh k617 thank you for this!  Linen Rose sounds amazing!  I'm adding it to my wish list ASAP!

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I hope my description doesn't fail you @michelleshops ! I tend to struggle with describing fragrances beyond "this smells great" or "blech"!


I'm wearing Linen Rose for real today, sadly the lasting power is not so good as I expect from eau de cologne...

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It's a great description @k617! I'm terrible at describing colors and scents so I appreciate that you used scents that are easy to recall.  I hate when brands tell me something "smells like the feeling of flying" or whatever.  It sounds cool but...<shrug>

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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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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.


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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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BT, please help me find a summer fragrance! Right now I use Diptyque Eau Duelle for summer and sometimes TF Black Orchid but I would like something new. My favorite fragrances are for the winter months (Santa Maria Novella Vaniglia and Tobacco Toscano, Diptyque Volutes, Guerlain Tonka Imperiale) but those are too heavy. Obviously, I love my gourmands! So, anyone have any light gourmand favorites or maybe something different altogether? I'd appreciate your suggestions. Thanks!

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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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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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@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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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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Fabulous idea!  I love the idea or concept of so many perfumes and love having a sniff, even if I would never wear them. That Shiseido sounds fascinating. I think the ones that I have been curious about are the JAR exclusives. I can't even remember what retailer carries them. 


I was was on an iris binge lately and got some interesting ones. Most recent one I tried that I thought was lovely was I Miss Violet by a Different Company. 


Any iris recommendations?

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Well, if you are talking about these jars, Barney's carries them in the US, or you can get them direct from SL.


I have 2 and am dying to get a vanity so I can display them prominently.  The bottles are SO PRETTY!



As for iris... let me page back through my fragrance notebook and see what pops out Smiley Wink

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Those are so gorgeous!  


I should have have been more specific since you were talking about Serge Lutens. JAR (Joel Allen Rosenthal) is a jeweler in Paris (of the echelon that if you know the right people you might get on a waiting list to buy a piece for millions) that did a line of fragrance. Apparently you go and sniff them blind and they tell you after what they are but don't publish the notes. It is both ludicrous and fascinating. This one is Bolt of Lightening. I think the picture of the salon is from kafkaesque (sp?) blog. 


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Wow!  That is both ludicrous and fascinating.


That bottle is stunning.  The whole packaging is, really.


I am so intrigued by this idea.  I will be in Paris next summer... I may have to search this out!


ETA: Ok, I googled - it is Bergdorfs Smiley Happy

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That is super ridiculous, but such a great idea and wow - so gorgeous! There is one parfumeur I came across recently who is apparently a pompous *ss and will not tell you the notes at all - so this is a vast improvement Smiley Tongue.


Wow, that bottle is beautiful!

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L4S, I'm not a huge iris girl myself, but I went through my fragrance journal and pulled out a few that have fairly prominent iris notes that I enjoy;

JHAG (Juliette has a gun) citizen queen (has that powdery iris but not overpowering characteristic)

JHAG oil fiction (this also has saffron and is positively lovely)

SL Gris Clair (would be in my top 3 favorite SL scents)

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Thank you!  I will have to check out oil fiction. I love Gris Clair as well. I am not a huge fan of powdery which usually goes hand and hand with iris.