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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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I am having such a crazy perfume buying moment right now and I’m picking up all kinds of different things - Sephora roller balls, indie perfumes and sample sets, niche decants and even BBW body sprays (I ordered some from the US site because they seemed to have some LE ones there and I couldn’t get down to the store but if they had the same thing for much cheaper in Canadian i am going to be annoyed + I hope to find a few of them wearable but my expectations are sort of low so we shall see). I was supposed to get Burberry Her yesterday but it’s late - still - it was described to me as an airy summer friendly strawberry milkshake scent so I had to have it! Anyways - one things I’m generally finding is that although price generally heightens the odds of a quality fragrance that’s not really always the case and there are some really interesting outliers. Some small batch perfumers who charge less than more popular indie perfumers use a lot more expensive quality ingredients. Without wanting to sound pretentious I would say that I can sometimes (not always) recognize natural essential oils and absolutes because that’s how I first got interested in perfumery - by making my own products with natural essences and there are certain EOs and absolutes that I’ve smelled in the raw from different parts of the world and different crops and years. All of that to say that I just received an order from Kyse perfumes and they are less expensive than other indie perfumers but unlike many other indie purchases I’ve made lately I can smell abundant amounts of expensive absolutes in these fragrances - vanilla absolute (insanely expensive at the moment), cocoa absolute, beeswax absolute and butter CO2, lavender essential oil... nom nom nom. I’ll post a more detailed review if anyone is interested but I just vial sniffed my order and I was impressed! $4.5 USD for 3ml sample vials and $6 flat fee shipping to Canada and I get real absolutes - I’m a fan! They specialize in ultra-gourmands btw but they have some heavier leather/fruity tobacco vanilla scents as well. Right now I’m wearing Velvet Vanille by Mancera - I have a decant that just came. It’s beautiful and I’m happy to report that the note that stabbed me in the brain with Roses Greedy is not present in this one. It’s a beautiful bubblegum tuberose scent with fresher while florals that is made smooth by vanilla but it’s not heavy, insanely indolic or narcotic or musky. I would say it’s one of the most “fresh” tuberose scents I’ve come across. Vanilla isn’t as prominent as I would have liked but it becomes more prominent with the drydown. Last night I wore the following combo to bed: Temptation by Alkemia (Parma violets and ganache), irresistible by Alkemia (French macaroons and sweet almond) and 2 sprays of Calgon marshmallow body spray (LOL) which I actually find not too bad for a cheap body spray. Temptation by Alkemia was a bit too straight up violet with very little sweetness for my liking so I felt the need to sweeten it up.

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@RoseCharlieI love it!!! I totally agree that smaller houses are worth looking into as they can use more expensive ingredients and charge less because their overhead is low. By the way, if you love fun gourmands, 4160 Tuesdays has some quirky and adorable ones.

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Tom Ford Private Blend Reserve Tuscan Leather Intense



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Heard this was less fruity and more smoky. Have not tried it yet! Thanks for the link @Mochapj !

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Looks like ELDO is coming out with some candles ABAD8966-D450-4D5B-ABD4-ABC91F5600DC.png


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New Serge Lutens La Couche du Diable - an oud with Smoke, cistus and rose

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I had to google cistus but this sounds really nice! too bad I'm poor @Mochapj  Smiley Very Happy

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@michelleshops  I'm definitely curious to give it a sniff once it hits the counter. I was surprised to read in one of the press releases that it will be the first true oud perfume the regular line has.


I'm also glad it's in one of the clear bottles instead of some of the other ranges which are even more ridiculously pricy. I've fallen in love with a few of the 'Section d'Or' range but the pricetag is so absurd I won't allow myself to buy them.

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@Mochapj I’m looking forward to trying this one as well. The market is saturated with rose-ouds but I can see Lutens having a very romantic, sultry take. Also agree about the d’Or line, it's like they just wanted to see how much they could get away with charging.

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New TF scent, Metallique: Vanilla, Amber, lily of the valley, aldehydes, Jasmine

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@MochapjThanks for posting! I wonder why the bottle is different? Maybe to match Ombre Leather? I love this trademark trick of yours and I see some other upcoming names might be ROSE PR*CK and YLANG ROUGE which I'm guessing is to compliment Jasmin Rouge. SOLEIL NEIGE and BLACK LACQUER both sound promising but I must admit I haven’t really enjoyed a release since the Vert series.

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@pocketvenusI saw! I shared those on the TF thread recently but I usually only bother posting them here once I can find info about the notes. I’m guessing Metallique is going to be part of the lower priced signature line based on that bottle although from the notes nothing about it jumps out as being metallic 🤷🏽‍♀️


As to Rose Prixk, my gut says it’s probably going to be this year’s ‘controversial’ release that they bring out during NYFW in September. Last year’s was Lost Cherry and the year before was F Fabulous, so it seems to be a trend to put out something with a contrived name in that time slot 🙄

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@Mochapjgood call, you're probably right about the timing! I also wondered the same for Metallique, if it indicated a different prince point.


I've rarely smelled realistic metallic notes in perfumes. Maybe the name is a reference to razor sharp and shiny aldehydes? But then again, I don't recall the new fougeres being very metallic despite being named after metals. I guess we'll have to wait and smell!

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Has anyone tried the Jo Malone solids? I'm thinking of shipping a couple to a friend overseas Smiley Happy

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I have their duo @pocketvenus !

They're great for on the go. The case for the duo is weighted and refillable. The solids have a creamy, balm-like texture that isn't tacky. They aren't as overpowering as their liquid ones, which I like since they're more for me and don't disturb the people next to me on the plane much. One swipe onto each of my inner elbows lasts for several hours…I should probably check again to see if they last throughout the day. Idk if this review is helpful, but if you’d like photos or measurements, let me know.


I have only tried the Blackberry Bay and Pear/Freesia solids.

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@RNGesusPls Thanks for the tips!!! <333 I appreciate it! These sound great for travel, I wish Sephora carried them. They’d make great stocking stuffers too.

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No problem @pocketvenus ! I wish Sephora carried them too. I could only find them at Neiman Marcus before my flight. Nordstrom has them in stock now


And an update on the longevity. Indoors, massaged one swipe onto each inner elbow, and I can still smell it on my skin at the end of the day, about 9 hours later after application.

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I just learned that Diptyque will be releasing an LE scent for 2019, sometime around July, with the name 34. It's a pretty floral, magnolia I think the SA said, with a bit of tonka sweetness and dries down on paper to something powdery. They will also be getting 30ml bottles in stock of their more popular fragrances.

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I was wrong! The name of this LE release is Essences Insensées 2019 and the main flower of this scent is gardenia!


Tiare/gardenia combines green notes, a lively presence and a wholly ethereal freshness akin to a gentle ocean breeze. A vanilla absolute has been added to bring out the sensual qualities of this exotic bloom.


I will say there was a touch of “salty breeze” but it took a good long while for it to show up on paper. The vanilla is not overpowering. I would describe it fresh over green though. It’s not an earthy galbanum green but the green of fresh flowers.

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Ooohhh, I'm almost tempted by this! I can't stand many florals, but my gardenia bushes just got done flowering for the year and I miss that scent already. I find gardenia perfumes to generally be too overwhelming though. I need to see if Diptyque is available anywhere around me. 

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