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Loading Comments A need to recalibrate Sanple yesterday's double-barreled Gucci pour Homme Budget-conscious restaurant meals also have skewed my Swapss. Cheap pantry staples someday but I really Discounted bakeware the Swap I have now! I gave Sampe on forum Perfume Sample Swaps because of that badgering-to-swap-for-something-crappy thing. Surrender to Chance is the favorite amongst NZ buyers; Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab was one of the originators of this practice. Not only do I have dozens of new niche scents to explore and the chance to share my own stash helpful to assuage the guilt that kind of major spending tends to attract!! This is fairly different from anything I've sampled recently.

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Jun 14, 1, Bavard said:. Chanel Sajple to do something like this, I Perfume Sample Swaps, with Peffume. This orris root and Perume of Sampple valley combination wSaps suggests fruit Samlle my nose. Click to expand This has the Cheap sports apparel deals flowers Cheap pantry staples I like.

I was caught off guard Pervume the opening, I think because Sam;le the lily of the valley. I thought Sajple myself that this is quite different from the Perfuke seven samples.

This is a really nice Sajple perfume. Very Seasonal Food Savings. I Sampe I'll wear this sample to Cheap meal packages last drop, maybe even for an occasion, something that calls for a boutonniere, for example.

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I Perfu,e Chanel Coco is a take Samle on My Sin. Now that I'm smelling that, it makes Swapa My Sin smell more modern, more of a clean laundry smell.

Also, getting to know My Sin might help me Sampe the floral notes in Coco. LiveJazz Funky fresh Basenotes Plus. Mar 16, 10, 5, Earlyn, your impression of My Sin sounds a lot Get Your Free Test my Swaos impression of Tailspin by Money-saving offers Lelong.

Have you smelled that one? Bavard Wearing Perfume Right Now Basenotes Plus. Jul 20, 5, 8, Earlyn said:. Could you comment a little more about the chalk? PerfumedLady said:. Nahema and Chamade share that "chalky" quality to my nose and are similar shades of green to me.

I also tend to think of this sort of floral as "pollen-y". Anyone who's ever had a nose full of pollen from getting too personal with Perfumme flower raises hand will know that is in fact a chalky feeling. LiveJazz said:. I imagine magnificent, colorful flowers cut from the stem in their prime, slowly dried without losing any of their smell, and ground.

The grinds can come out fine, like a powder, or sometimes, Perfumw the flowers are rugged or ground lessthey come out more as a coarse chalk. Great stuff, chalky flowers; rare in men's fragrances. The Guerlain Nahema that I've sampled is a chalky rose.

Here is PerfumedLady on my use Sammple "chalky" to describe floral notes:. Originally Posted by PerfumedLady View Samp,e Nahema and Chamade share that "chalky" quality to my nose and are similar shades of Perfuem to me.

Basenotes Plus. Aug 1, 13, 34, I love all these detailed, colorful impressions! Would that I could concoct something comparable. But, I haven't the frame of reference, nor Samplee I yet developed the acuity of note perception.

I haven't got the extrait, alas, Swals I do have Eau My Sin thanks to a fanciful vintage Lanvin feminines shopping spree Sampple undertook for Mrs. Arpège abounds in the marketplace, with My Sin not far behind. Pretexte and Rumeur are rarer, and Scandal tends to be especially rare and dear.

I get the "chalky floral" comparison to Dior Homme. As one might expect, My Sin has more "makeup powder" than DH, which has that dynamic, sparkling iris-y opening that really wowed me. OTOH, DH quickly collapsed into kiddie-Guerlainade ZC describes it as "the Habit Rouge of its generation," which makes total sense to me.

That's hardly a risk here, thank goodness. Eau My Sin stays on Perfumd during the dry down: a bouquet of flowers with dirt on the stems. I can see regarding Eau My Sin as too "old lady" for a gent or modern woman to wear, but while I'm not planning to add it to my wardrobe, I rather like it—and I like it more on Mrs.

I understand the chalky pollen-like aspect Pervume Chamade. It was alarming to me at one point. It can feel suffocating. PStoller said:. I do have Eau My Sin thanks to a fanciful vintage Lanvin feminines shopping spree I undertook for Mrs.

Our sample today is Balenciaga Ho Hang Club, from the bottle on the right. I don't know if the "Le Club" naming came before or after "Ho Hang Club.

I'm not normally a Balenciaga fan, especially, but this is a personal favorite, at times my favorite fragrance, Samle par with Givenchy Gentleman. It's a powdery, wSaps, animalic floral. It smells big. It creates an aura. I Sampld like I'm wearing one hell of a perfume with this.

Ho Hang Club makes me think of the power of the internet. It isn't something I would have known otherwise - like a lot of things Perrfume but it wasn't even expensive. Ho Hang Club has variable longevity for Samole.

With my normal application, it can last days. If none of it touches fabric, it Perdume be a less-than-full-day fragrance. For my tastes, the performance is perfect. jpg Ho Sa,ple Club- Smiling about this Ho Hang Club.

This is easy wearing — a tidy but not stuffy barbershop scent. At the top this is Swwps the smell that remains on a Perfime towel after mopping away the last bits of cream on a freshly shaved face. The damp fresh lavender and citrus give way to a bit of drier earth and incense that starts to go towards leather, but then turns more towards a dark woodsy spice with some sweet resinous undertones.

I have a patchouli sample that smells of potting soil and another one that smells Sam;le light flowers and dark green herbs. My only disappointment really is that this fragrance progresses rather quickly and I do wish that heart of light floral and dark kind of leathery Peffume stuck around a bit longer before the pleasing woods comes up also short-lived on me.

I only used two spritzes from the sample sprayer on one hand and this created a small sphere of scent that quickly went to skin, so perhaps a more liberal application would be warranted.

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It nearly gave me hives, partially because the local postal workers are Idiot Anal-Retentive Nitpickers, and I hate lying on official documents, but partially because I was stressed over the concept of making the split come out Exactly Right. You pays your money and you takes your chances, and sometimes things go awry and sometimes they are awesome.

I have had a few laughs with others when we email and go, so, WHAT does this say? I see an E, and then an X…. I did not get all worked up, as the host of the decant was not trying to cause problems.

I usually avoid swapping as I try to avoid my post office and its long lines as much as possible. I used to swap much more when I first joined MUA usually for make up. I was swap-napped once, but otherwise had generally good experiences. I like extras because you can try something you did not know you wanted.

So eventually, I will be decanting a bit. They always smelled different on me than on her. So, I assume it will be little different. Also, since I wear multiple perfumes, it seems little churlish to expect that no one will wear any of them. There is a big difference between being critical of a scent and being critical of a scent on someone.

I do like Angel on other people. Ditto Opium. I would feel insulted if they told me I smelled bad unless I had asked for an opinion. I feel the same way you do about sharing scents, as I said upstairs already.

These fall under the category of believing that the host is in this to make money! I wish that those folks would host splits just to see how much work it is and how much money you can lose if people misbehave.

Oh and the other one is begging for the bottle. They ask FOR THE BOTTLE!?! You just made my morning. HATE HATE HATE. I pay up right away! Okay, I understand, and still.

Does this reduce my perfumista cred? I have a buncha those from the olden days before ebay, when you could actually find things in thrift stores….

I admit it, I really LOVE to host splits… not sure what it is about figuring out totals, collecting payments, ordering the perfume, writing out all the labels, taping, decanting, wrapping and pacakging.. I must say that my experiences on MUA has been generally great and it got me from beginner to pro pretty quickly.

Sigh and I wish US would be friendlier about sending international packages.. but having moved from the US to Taiwan I must say those of you that ship to me, you rock and I love you for it! Well, thank goodness for you, otherwise how would the rest of us ever get in on a split!? bowing emoticon here.

I ship overseas sometimes, but not too often. Sometimes I enjoy hosting splits, but lately it feels like pressure. I reserve bottles 2 and 3 for people who have been generous with me in the past or have bought a large portion etc.

I usually send them as a surprise. And I have to trust the recipient. My domestic packages can be sent right from home. No long lines at the post office, forms etc. But not even that much, unless we were both wearing it on the same occasion.

Noire, Serge indeed! And it must have been especially funny for you, with your job — it IS nice to see a positive review of something you already know you like. Then you can get excited about it and rave about it with a group of folks.

I kind of liked the effect, though. We were like Guerlain Ninja Warriors. Individual skin and tastes vary so much. She does love Chanel Cuir de Russie, so I have to forgive her for not like CdG. At least she has SOME taste! But if I were wearing a perfume out, and someone I cared about hated it, that would smart.

That said, I over-compensate by getting all worked up and rushing to get things sent out, way before my swap partner has even thought to find the swap object.

I have begged for perfume on a few occasions um, broad, repetitive hints count, yes? and also been begged for perfume. It also slightly irks me that Black Cashmere smells so much better on my son than on me ;. Well … but, broad, repetitive hints are fine, yeah?

If I say, WOW, I sure would love to try that new Etat Libre sometime! Or vintage Jacques Fath, or whatever. And you have a bottle, you can offer up a taste. Or … not. I forgot that one! When something smells so much better on someone else — although see I appreciate my sister in law that way.

She rocks the Messe de Minuit. It irritates me, especially as I never look at swaps like that and always add extras that I think might be appreciated. Only once did it happen that I swapped for a bottle of something and it never arrived.

But as I swap a lot, one missing package is a good statistic. The first bottle swap I ever did, the half I sent which was vintage and not really replaceable disappeared, stolen by the USPS in the holiday rush, I assume.

It was a wobbly start. And I stopped swapping samples partly for the reason you gave — people wanted to know the exact ml.

I remember a huge parcel that took a month to get to the US and in a sorry state, full of vintage stuff which would have been irreplaceable. I remember though when you did the post on Manoumalia, March, and there was a collective exorcism session about it: that yielded quite a lot of material for my book, as you know.

Overseas parcels are the worst! The recipient needs to understand that there is some risk involved. What Melissa said. To sell something and then send it overseas …. Let me thank you again, then, for all your packing and posting of the great Vamp a New-York giveaway.

I HIGHLY appreciate the generous gift of your time and trouble. Gretchen, thank God I had Christian from Honoré des Prés packing away with me! We were side by side at two café tables at a terrace with our envelopes and samples… And he was the one who shipped, bless him. I get the principle, but…come on.

Bargaining down to the exact milliliter or vintage ruins the spirit of the thing. A best friend adopting one of my faves would both flatter me and make me enjoy seeing them more, because hey, I get to smell my favorite fragrance on another person! I gave up. This is what I tell myself, too.

Other is swappers who figure things to the penny. I realize that may appeal to lots of people, but trying to figure out the exact swap value to within a nickel is annoying.

This is when I quit swapping entirely. People who would read my wish list, want something on my list and had nothing on their list that was close.

I have a hard time saying no umpteen times a day, so I just shut it off then. I still miss your packages. For me, swapping has to be relatively pleasant — once we start measuring mls I lose all interest.

Seemed like it was better a few years ago. Now it seems like teenagers who want to swap used lipstick and the like for perfume. Reading your comment on labels, though — YES!!!!! Why would I want a Guerlain exclusive in a cheap bottle with a smeared label?

So, yes, take pride in your decanting supplies, and if you have to charge a bit more for it, by all means do so. Sad, sad, sad. Those Brother labelers are so cheap, no self-respecting perfumista that swaps should be without one.

PayPal takes care of all the payment headaches, it seems. I am a firm believer in payi………crap! I just sent out a package that was supposed to have money in it, too! Hoist on my own petard!!! The issue with paying someone with PayPal btw can I make you feel guilty? The fact that you hate the Jane Birkin scent has me flouncing and pouting and generally being peevish.

Plus ça change, right? I had a package that I sent to Lee go astray for 2 months, only to be returned to my doorstep, with the box mauled, label torn off, contents defiled. I blamed an unruly dog for that-no postal worker seemed capable of that level of aggression.

Also: UK post is weird. I order books occasionally and have gotten them in, like, two days. NYUSPS is weird, too. I get stuff from London in a couple of days, and stuff from the upper east side can take a couple of weeks.

Also — the local USPS main office lost a perfume package I had to sign for it for about a week, and they could not have been less interested in looking for it. They found it eventually. It made it all the way from Latvia to three miles away…. You and I love our skank, okay? But the Jane Birkin to me smells basically like partly-composted manure.

And of course when I got back there, no perfume. To make matters even worse, this was the saint who found the Estonian chocolate for the three little adopted girls. My horror knew no bounds, let me tell ya. She was an absolute angel about it, and I made good on the bottles, but I die of shame every time I think about it.

Hey, what did you end up doing? You just went out and bought replacements? Yea, I just bought her new bottles. Thank GOD they were still available! So it was not a big deal at all.

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Disteza says:. JavaScript is required to use GTranslate. It isn't required, but since most people do it, you'll look stingy if you don't, especially as a beginner. Ideally, you might have a few samples that are on the other person's wishlist that you could throw in, but if not, anything is acceptable.

I've received "extras" ranging from tea to skincare samples to little notepads. Many swappers "wrap" their items in fancy tissue or in little gift bags.

This is a nice touch, but not necessary. It is also considered polite to include a little card or note, and this is especially helpful when you're swapping with someone you don't know well, or someone who might be in the middle of 10 swaps and might not otherwise know who sent them this lovely package.

Personally, I used to always write a note when swapping with "strangers", but 9 times out of 10 I'd find it forgotten on my desk after I'd already wrapped and mailed everything.

Oh well. Bubble wrap is your friend. Use it lavishly. When I am sending samples, I usually place them in several layers of bubble wrap, then put the whole thing into a bubble mailer. It is also a good idea to mark the package "Fragile -- Glass".

If I'm sending a whole bottle, I'm more likely to put it in a box and use packing peanuts, but I know many people send bottles using bubble mailers.

Mail your swap ~ Mail your swap items promptly. If you agreed to mail by a certain date and something goes wrong and you can't, let the other party know right away. Do be aware that it is now illegal to send alcohol-based perfumes through the US mail as I understand it, perfume oils are ok.

All the same, most swapping is conducted through the US mail, and that is all I have to say on that subject.

Acknowledge receipt and leave a token ~ It is polite to let the other swapper know as soon as you've received their package.

You'll also want to leave them a feedback token. When I first started swapping, I was mostly swapping makeup. It was considered verboten to actually use any of the products you received in a swap until both parties had received everything and everyone was happy.

That way, if there was a dispute, both swappers could send back the items in their original condition. I find this "rule" is not practiced among fragrance swappers, but if you're swapping for something expensive that you couldn't easily replace, you might want to consider adhering to it.

It is easy, especially in the beginning, to let visions of sugar plums dance in your head: hmmm, I can't really afford this bottle of Clive Christian No. It doesn't always work that way. The pool of people dying to have whatever item you're willing to swap might not be as large as you anticipated, or, it may turn out that lots of people want your item but they don't have anything to swap that you want.

You'll find that people have radically different ideas about what constitutes a "fair swap". Some people are dollar-for-dollar swappers, and want to make sure they're getting an item of equal value. Others just want to get a perfume they'd like to try, and don't much care if the values are uneven.

Swapping with someone who has a radically different "swapping style" than yours isn't always fun. If you're mostly interested in mainstream department store fragrances , you may find you have a hard time finding people to swap with.

By necessity, many people are eager to swap for decants of fragrances they can't easily get their hands on otherwise. Conversely, if a fragrance is available at Macy's or Dillards, or whatever , many people would just as soon run over to their local store and use the tester.

Swapping is time consuming. I used to generally send out about swaps a week, and that consumed no small portion of time: time to negotiate the swap, time to decant whatever I was swapping, time to examine the other person's wishlist for suitable "extras", and time to package and mail.

It's lots easier just to buy samples. Swaps don't always turn out happy for both parties. One or both of you might find that the item isn't what you expected. Items can break or get lost in the mail. Worst case scenario: you get swaplifted. Do be aware that MakeupAlley does not get involved in swap disputes, so you might want to think twice before you agree to swap expensive or irreplaceable items, especially with swappers you don't know.

Most swappers on MakeupAlley are located in the United States. It can be hard to arrange international swaps — the postage is higher, there's customs to deal with, and it often takes longer for packages to arrive. You'll do best if you've items to offer that can't be found in the US.

Last but not least, you won't always know the condition or provenance of every item you receive. You might get a sample of Perfume Z and not care for it at all, then later try Perfume Z from a tester in a store and — surprise! What went wrong? The possibilities are endless: the perfume could have been old, stale or contaminated, the perfume could have been reformulated since the time your sample was made, it could have been mislabeled, etc.

I can attest to the fact that if you swap often enough, and over a long enough period of time, a little decanted sample that you threw in a package as an extra is bound to come back to you as an extra several years later.

For all you know, 10 people have now dabbed from that sample. It might have gone to Moscow and back, twice, first during a heat wave and later during a cold snap. The likelihood that said sample is still in pristine condition is not high.

There is an acronym on MakeupAlley, "RIS", which users are supposed to list in the description if an item was "received in swap", but I find it is used much more regularly among skincare and makeup swappers.

I almost never see it on fragrance listings. If you want to know where a sample or decant came from, you'll have to ask. I managed to list quite a few cons. The pro side is shorter, but sweeter: YOU GET FREE PERFUME IN THE MAIL. Ok, it isn't really free. There's the cost of whatever item you sent out, and the cost of postage and that can add up over time, especially if you do lots of overseas swaps and if you're decanting, the cost of those supplies.

Still, it feels free, and it's a great way to try lots of new fragrances that you might not otherwise have easy access to. At Basenotes , the swap system is forum-driven. You post the items you're willing to swap on the "Items for Swap" board.

Other people read the posts to find items they might want. In order to post to that board, you'll need to have either a have paid for "supporting member" status, b been a member for over a year or c have posted to other Basenotes boards at least times. Other key points: Basenotes does allow you to sell items, and there is a separate board for "Items For Sale".

To my knowledge, there isn't any formal feedback mechanism at Basenotes — someone please comment if I'm wrong! Update : see Denise's comment below, which explains Basenotes' feedback system. Perfume of Life's swapping is also done via forum, or at least, it used to be.

As I remember the old swap board, the system was essentially the same as that at Basenotes; you posted the items you had available and other people looked through the posts. Note: image of bubble wrap via Wikimedia. Leave a comment , or read more about commenting at Now Smell This.

Here's our privacy policy , and a handy emoticon chart. I remember my first swap very well. I had a full bottle of SL Vetiver Oriental that I listed on MUA. I certainly had people beating on my door for that one, even if I was a newbie!

I managed to get a bottle of La Chasse aux Papillons Extreme which had not yet been released in the US early in for it. That was a great swap! LOL — I'm not surprised you had no trouble, in fact, investing in a few bottles of exclusive SL scents is probably the best way to build up tokens quickly.

Excellent analysis, R. I think you got all the pros and cons in there very well. For me, the main fun of swapping is getting to know people and creating nice surprises for my friends old or new.

I swap very little now — it just got too time-consuming, and now that I've cut my collection down, I don't have as much to offer. Thank you! I agree that getting to know people is much of the fun. I just talked with my local PO about mailing perfume earlier this week.

Perfume cannot be sent by air, but can be sent by ground. What this means is that perfume usually can't be sent Priority Mail, since that method almost always uses air, but it can be mailed Parcel Post without a problem, it just takes a bit longer.

Great post, R, you thought of everything! Swapping perfume on MUA has opened up new worlds of scent to me. I've not been able to buy an expensive bottle to swap decants of, but my collection has still grown tremendously.

One thing that has made a difference is that I spend at least a few minutes a day on the MUA fragrance board, and comment several times weekly. Swapping can feel like a second job at times, but for me it's really been worth the work.

Being able to perform a RAOK random act of kindness is a wonderful feeling too! Sorry, I should have made it clearer that the perfume shipping info I have is for US domestic mail only. Also, being on the receiving end of a RAOK is awesome, too :. Rosarita, thanks, I'd forgotten that about ground mail.

All the same, almost every swap I receive is via air mail! When I was swapping heavily, I used to set aside Sunday afternoons just to put packages together. I found it fun searching for fun extras that might appeal to the other person.

But I can see someone finding the whole thing more trouble than it's worth. What an amazingly comprehensive guide! Little and not so little notepads are my absolute favorite swap extras to receive 🙂.

This is great, Robin. I prefer to keep my swapping intimate, i. I find MUA almost incomprehensible — but I'm not really a forum girl in general. Brilliant post, you reminded me of my swapping days! I used to do loads of swapping very long time ago though at MUA but for makeup and skincare only.

It was really exciting for me cos I have always been an international swapper, so usually everything I received including the extras were completely new to me. Haven't done that for long though cos as you've mentioned, it was really quite time consuming… I have nver swapped fragrance though.

Paper is always good. I've rec'd some VERY strange extras in my time, but paper is always good. Well, people use most anything, glass, plastic, roll-on, spray, you name it.

But I'm partial to glass splash bottles. And there really isn't any way to decant so as to preserve the scent: you're going to expose it to air no matter what.

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The login page will open in a new tab. After logging in you can close it and return to this page. Who We Are Drop us a Note! Best Perfumes — Comprehensive Guide by Perfume Note. What you need to make a perfume sample or perfume decant in general Containers — at least 1 ml size vials and 5 ml size bottles, though having 3 ml sprays are really helpful for a larger perfume sample swap or just taking a perfume sample or two on the road with you.

You can do different sizes, but these are the ones most common for swapping. If you are doing bottle splits, most splits have at least ml minimums, so you would need those size bottles to do splits.

Xanax is helpful all the time for most stress life hands you. Electrical tape. Labeler and labels. Favorite perfume sample and perfume decant suppliers Madinaonline. com is great for a sample vial, and you can order them in not huge quantities.

In defense of the suppliers, shipping glass gets expensive fast. Madina also has good 5 ml glass roll-on bottles for a large perfume sample as well as splash bottles. SKS Bottle has some great 3 ml, 5 ml, 10 ml glass bottles with sprayers.

If you think you want to keep that perfume sample around for a while, transfer it to glass. Accessories for Fragrances has great plastic atomizers, funnels and amazing customer service.

I am not a huge fan of the Madina bottles, they can be prone to leakage, at least some models of them. Funnels and syringes, again, go back to Accessories for Fragrance , who has all of that sort of thing and has little perfume sample and perfume decant kits, which are a great place to start for supplies for your first decanting experience.

How to make a perfume sample and perfume decant Labeling. Skimp somewhere else, but if you plan on doing any perfume sharing with friends, love them enough to provide them with a good label. grayspoole said:.

In my tests of Note, I get a fougere-like perfume, with lavender, rose, moss, and civet. It dries down warm and musky, with sweetness from tonka or vanilla. The long drydown is my favorite part. Earlyn said:. I'm trying Lentheric Shanghai Parfum , having tried the cologne earlier today. This is interesting.

I think I'm mostly smelling wood notes, and some white flowers maybe lilies - almost the smell of a plastic beach ball when you're blowing it up. Maybe a slight hint of a citronella candle.

In this case, I like the cologne more. I'm so impressed with the collecting approach of having multiple concentrations. I love variations on a theme, and how subtle differences engage the mind. Eventually the base turns to lavender. All the plastic is gone, and it's sweet and edible.

LiveJazz Funky fresh Basenotes Plus. Mar 16, 10, 5, Trying this again, I can see what I meant by a beach ball smell, and it's a useful reference, but I'm liking it more this time. I think it's a wood note that naturally has a slight beach ball smell, in a good way.

Last edited: Feb 12, LiveJazz said:. I would like to understand on a broad level why this era so distinctive. The best way I can describe the sensation right now is "humid floral living richness" but that doesn't really capture it and honestly doesn't sound as alluring as I would like.

When there's sweetness, like in the base of Lentheric Shanghai parfum, it's light and natural. How did they do it? Chloé Narcisse In my garden at least, narcissus blooms have a lovely but fleeting smell.

You have to catch them right after they open. Narcissus in perfumery can be a much more assertive floral note, balanced between green and sweet, with an oily almost leathery undertone.

I would like to believe that best narcissus notes in perfumes are created with the use of the natural absolute but who among us without GCMS really knows?

They harmonized but remained distinct, and I could really perceive the similar narcissus note in each. To me, Chloe Narcisse has much more to do with fruitiness, than flowers.

The fruit is almost boozy, like fruit pulp that is turning to alcohol. I also get a vivid apricot note with the accompaniment of the bitterness of the apricot pit, a taste and smell that I actively dislike, reinforced by the fact that the pits contain a chemical that converts to cyanide when ingested.

So while the perfume is very sweet and fruity, there is a sharp, bitter, evil undertone in CN. Worn side by side with Amarige , as I did the other day, Chloe Narcisse manages to make Amarige feel rather soft and muted, which certainly takes some doing!

I would say the floral accord is similar in Chloe Narcisse and Amarige, especially at the outset, and suggest that Chloe Narcisse leans more to tuberose than narcissus.

Perhaps the gourmand trend started with fruit before moving on to chocolate, candyfloss, and caramel? Concluding Thoughts and Random Topics for Further Investigation Gender Trouble Anyone can wear any perfume.

If it makes you happy, wear it. If I ever encounter a man radiating roses and violets, I will cheer but I never have, sadly. That said, I have to admit that my own perfume choices are influenced by gendered assumptions.

Sometimes I think I should challenge myself to do this, but I have so many perfumes that I love and rarely wear, it seems unnecessary. I do think the almost visceral horror inspired by Insolence, Chloe, and Chloe Narcisse was due to the fact that they are coded as powerfully feminine scents.

This seems to be a negative descriptor from the guys, and I think it may also be related to gendered perfume associations. Earlyn and I will continue our investigation of the issue. There is nothing better than chatting about perfumes with other knowledgeable perfume geeks, not even getting a perfume package in the mailbox!

Grayspoole - I look forward to your power of expression to characterize the stylistic differences between these and the PKiler samples. I'd love to do a round three. Basenotes is like a new and improved site with Earlyn and Pstoller posting. Any interested lurkers should speak up now. Givenchy L'Interdit edt, a Grayspoole follow-up sample, not to be confused with Givenchy Fleur d'Interdit.

The listed notes in the Basenotes directory are: Bergamot, Mandarin, Peach, Strawberry Rose , Jasmine , Lily of the valley, Ylang ylang, Orris, Jonquil, Narcissus Amber, Cistus, Benzoin , Musk I would add aldehydes as a note. I might scratch the entire top row, and just put aldehydes.

The middle and bottom rows seem fine. I like the mention of jasmine because this smells like Chanel No. I could believe rose. Benzoin is a bad word to my ears because I assume it means something will be too sweet, but there must only be a little, because this is good. Maybe used lightly, it makes the flowers smell naturally sweet.

A big thumbs up for this beauty. I would gladly take a bath in it. It's a great aldehydic floral, a No. VSSII was a blast. PStoller said:. Yes, but not too soon—I need to reconnect with my own wardrobe!

I'll also need to plunder it to supply VSS3. First, let me announce our giveaway winner, chosen at random — Hester! Thank you everyone! So what is it like to throw a fragrance and accessory swap? The swap came together naturally, with Made Marion Craft hosting us at their store and a local fragrance appreciator sharing her knowledge of how to sample perfumes.

These sample vials, ranging from 0. Surrender to Chance is the favorite amongst NZ buyers; Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab was one of the originators of this practice. These samples are now a kind of currency amongst fragrance fans, and they are swapped or sold on for modest sums. The more rare, artisanal, and complex the sample, the more the perfumistas are intrigued.

New sample swapping site, and checking in… – The Artisan Insider

I just thought it was interesting to see a new site dedicated to beauty product sample swaps. Edivv was inspired by the proliferation of subscription sample boxes with the idea that people can swap unwanted samples they receive via these services. Nothing new to report on my front. I took the 34 ml bottles of Ambre Noir down about two weeks ago because I was almost out again, but we made more so I can put it back up this weekend.

Our weather is still freakishly springlike, and I took advantage of that today to plant more lettuce in pots on the porch. We really need rain here in CA. I also received my Christopher Street sample and need to give that a sniff.

First prize will be a 17 ml bottle of your choice, and second prize will be a boxed set of 5 mini spray samples of your choice. Just leave a comment to enter.

Maybe tell us one of your favorite holiday traditions, or tell us…. Neil posted a review of Rose Volupté today on The Black Narcissus; he makes some interesting observations about the types of rose scents that are currently trendy in Japan. She has worked as a fragrance evaluator for major companies, has started her own indie perfume line, and currently also works for an outstanding natural ingredient supplier.

Swapping with someone who has a radically different "swapping style" than yours isn't always fun. If you're mostly interested in mainstream department store fragrances , you may find you have a hard time finding people to swap with.

By necessity, many people are eager to swap for decants of fragrances they can't easily get their hands on otherwise. Conversely, if a fragrance is available at Macy's or Dillards, or whatever , many people would just as soon run over to their local store and use the tester.

Swapping is time consuming. I used to generally send out about swaps a week, and that consumed no small portion of time: time to negotiate the swap, time to decant whatever I was swapping, time to examine the other person's wishlist for suitable "extras", and time to package and mail.

It's lots easier just to buy samples. Swaps don't always turn out happy for both parties. One or both of you might find that the item isn't what you expected. Items can break or get lost in the mail. Worst case scenario: you get swaplifted.

Do be aware that MakeupAlley does not get involved in swap disputes, so you might want to think twice before you agree to swap expensive or irreplaceable items, especially with swappers you don't know. Most swappers on MakeupAlley are located in the United States. It can be hard to arrange international swaps — the postage is higher, there's customs to deal with, and it often takes longer for packages to arrive.

You'll do best if you've items to offer that can't be found in the US. Last but not least, you won't always know the condition or provenance of every item you receive. You might get a sample of Perfume Z and not care for it at all, then later try Perfume Z from a tester in a store and — surprise!

What went wrong? The possibilities are endless: the perfume could have been old, stale or contaminated, the perfume could have been reformulated since the time your sample was made, it could have been mislabeled, etc.

I can attest to the fact that if you swap often enough, and over a long enough period of time, a little decanted sample that you threw in a package as an extra is bound to come back to you as an extra several years later.

For all you know, 10 people have now dabbed from that sample. It might have gone to Moscow and back, twice, first during a heat wave and later during a cold snap. The likelihood that said sample is still in pristine condition is not high.

There is an acronym on MakeupAlley, "RIS", which users are supposed to list in the description if an item was "received in swap", but I find it is used much more regularly among skincare and makeup swappers.

I almost never see it on fragrance listings. If you want to know where a sample or decant came from, you'll have to ask. I managed to list quite a few cons. The pro side is shorter, but sweeter: YOU GET FREE PERFUME IN THE MAIL.

Ok, it isn't really free. There's the cost of whatever item you sent out, and the cost of postage and that can add up over time, especially if you do lots of overseas swaps and if you're decanting, the cost of those supplies.

Still, it feels free, and it's a great way to try lots of new fragrances that you might not otherwise have easy access to. At Basenotes , the swap system is forum-driven. You post the items you're willing to swap on the "Items for Swap" board. Other people read the posts to find items they might want.

In order to post to that board, you'll need to have either a have paid for "supporting member" status, b been a member for over a year or c have posted to other Basenotes boards at least times.

Other key points: Basenotes does allow you to sell items, and there is a separate board for "Items For Sale". To my knowledge, there isn't any formal feedback mechanism at Basenotes — someone please comment if I'm wrong!

Update : see Denise's comment below, which explains Basenotes' feedback system. Perfume of Life's swapping is also done via forum, or at least, it used to be. As I remember the old swap board, the system was essentially the same as that at Basenotes; you posted the items you had available and other people looked through the posts.

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I remember my first swap very well. I had a full bottle of SL Vetiver Oriental that I listed on MUA. I certainly had people beating on my door for that one, even if I was a newbie! I managed to get a bottle of La Chasse aux Papillons Extreme which had not yet been released in the US early in for it.

That was a great swap! LOL — I'm not surprised you had no trouble, in fact, investing in a few bottles of exclusive SL scents is probably the best way to build up tokens quickly.

Excellent analysis, R. I think you got all the pros and cons in there very well. For me, the main fun of swapping is getting to know people and creating nice surprises for my friends old or new. I swap very little now — it just got too time-consuming, and now that I've cut my collection down, I don't have as much to offer.

Thank you! I agree that getting to know people is much of the fun. I just talked with my local PO about mailing perfume earlier this week. Perfume cannot be sent by air, but can be sent by ground. What this means is that perfume usually can't be sent Priority Mail, since that method almost always uses air, but it can be mailed Parcel Post without a problem, it just takes a bit longer.

Great post, R, you thought of everything! Swapping perfume on MUA has opened up new worlds of scent to me. I've not been able to buy an expensive bottle to swap decants of, but my collection has still grown tremendously.

One thing that has made a difference is that I spend at least a few minutes a day on the MUA fragrance board, and comment several times weekly. Swapping can feel like a second job at times, but for me it's really been worth the work.

Being able to perform a RAOK random act of kindness is a wonderful feeling too! Sorry, I should have made it clearer that the perfume shipping info I have is for US domestic mail only. Also, being on the receiving end of a RAOK is awesome, too :.

Rosarita, thanks, I'd forgotten that about ground mail. All the same, almost every swap I receive is via air mail! When I was swapping heavily, I used to set aside Sunday afternoons just to put packages together.

I found it fun searching for fun extras that might appeal to the other person. But I can see someone finding the whole thing more trouble than it's worth. What an amazingly comprehensive guide! Little and not so little notepads are my absolute favorite swap extras to receive 🙂.

This is great, Robin. I prefer to keep my swapping intimate, i. I find MUA almost incomprehensible — but I'm not really a forum girl in general.

Any particular brand of Dark Chocolate, Hajusuuri? Where are you located? I am impressed with your idea of giving to charity, so would consider swapping with you. The only decants I make are from big bottles, and from the ones I want to share with my sister.

Unloved samples are different, we have meetups within our frag group and I am willing to give or swap these away. Wasteful otherwise! I dont engage in swaps because over the years, the potential of fraud for swaps is much higher in the fragrance community than sellin your perfume and using the proceed to buy perfume you want.

I have engaged in swaps but only with those who had a lon history of dealing. As far as sharing is concerned, it happens more in face-to-face situations where I introduce novice to new smells or people who dont have interest in perfumes.

This is what I was talking about. I have seen too many episodes of fraud now that it makes me nervous now. Whatever swaps I have done, they were years ago. Jackie B, most probably the other parties never sent the perfume they had agreed to send.

Never would have thought someone would do that. On line is where I find people to share this with. Beautiful idea Lillibet, Those train toilets are usually pretty grim. That would certainly make my day.

a lady down on her luck ect. Shipskitty at the geemale will find me. Not nearly enough. I know what you mean. We have the same restrictions here in Croatia. It is so annoying because you feel like an outsider.

I want so much to share my samples and even decants but — no! I like your idea of leaving samples in random places. Work mates are usually the receivers. I just plonk a bag or box of it on the desk and say — knock yourselves out!

You have the luckiest work colleagues ever Melanie. I wonder if they even know how lucky they are. Portia, you are one of the most kindest and generous human beings I know. It never ceases to amaze me how you manage to send all of these packages out on a weekly basis all over the world!!!

I have been swapping fragrance with family members for the past 47 years…my parents are fragheads and now the three Marzipans so bottles, decants and samples go round and round and round.

my eldest has taken a rather large amount of samples with her to college to sample with friends on a regular basis. My childhood friend of 50 years has recently expressed an interest in perfume so whenever we get together I usually give her decants and samples.

My best friend who I met at NST is also a perfumista but has been massively downsizing her collection and has sent me numerous packages over the past year and half. My fragrant fairy godmother has sent packages of not only perfume but beauty products to my girls and in exchange I donate gently used clothes to local churches as there is very little in our collection that she does not have.

At work there are a few folks who prefer natural versus synthetics so I have gifted away several essential oil blends of my own making as birthday and Christmas gifts.

One of my co-workers returns to Ireland every summer during her vacation time and for the past three years she takes four to five bottles of my e. blends for gifts for her family. In exchange she has brought me back tea and a gorgeous Shetland wool shawl.

When I joined a few perfume blogs on the internet some years ago, I was so happy because there were so many beautiful generous people out there who offered to send samples of perfumes I wanted to try but had no opportunity to and many of my purchases were based on these samples.

Of course, I always offered them my samples in return. I even made a list of my samples so they could choose. Somoe time later I bought little spray vials and a funnel so I could make samples from my full bottles…and then Croatia joined the countries with restrictions for sending liquids.

They x-ray every package no matter what you write on it so you cannot trick them. This is mostly fun and I always end up with something new although I do not need it necessarily. It is a nonsense rule in that regard as it is so contradictory. No, I have no problems when receiving liquids.

Only I avoid shopping outside the EU because of the customs duties…and the shipping costs from the States are enormous. I ADORE swapping. Chocolate and Irish butter have been known to make there way into packets as well, and I almost always include a face mask or something fun I live in rural NE Canada, so swapping is sometimes my only way to try things.

If I hear someone mention a scent they love and I have lots or if I hate it I will often privately message them and offer to send them. I was gifted with some exceptionally generous packets, and enjoy spinning the karma wheel to pay it back.

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NST was my gateway to perfume swaps! Such fun. I met you guys and it was fun! Does EVERYONE know about NST swaps? Except Me?

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Send it forth to find its destiny! With this answered in the affirmative, the remaining jewelry was swiftly reduced by half. Was a fragrance swap a good idea?

The biggest challenge in throwing a real-time fragrance swap in a smaller metropolitan area was getting enough perfume aficionados informed, then in the same place, at the same time. In the springtime, another swap probably, and we are looking at a visit to Fragifert — I look forwards to trying their NZ botanical perfumes.

This is what perfume samples looks like. Tweet Pin It. Next Post ». Labeler and labels. Favorite perfume sample and perfume decant suppliers Madinaonline. com is great for a sample vial, and you can order them in not huge quantities. In defense of the suppliers, shipping glass gets expensive fast.

Madina also has good 5 ml glass roll-on bottles for a large perfume sample as well as splash bottles. SKS Bottle has some great 3 ml, 5 ml, 10 ml glass bottles with sprayers.

If you think you want to keep that perfume sample around for a while, transfer it to glass. Accessories for Fragrances has great plastic atomizers, funnels and amazing customer service.

I am not a huge fan of the Madina bottles, they can be prone to leakage, at least some models of them. Funnels and syringes, again, go back to Accessories for Fragrance , who has all of that sort of thing and has little perfume sample and perfume decant kits, which are a great place to start for supplies for your first decanting experience.

How to make a perfume sample and perfume decant Labeling. Skimp somewhere else, but if you plan on doing any perfume sharing with friends, love them enough to provide them with a good label.

This is Patty Pet Peeve territory, so just ignore the amount of peevish that permeates the post. Anything missing a label or that is smudged, I throw away immediately. Who needs that heartbreak?

It may be manual and take some time to make each label, but it is well worth it. Trust me, your labeler will wind up being one of your favorite ancillary tools that you never knew you needed.

So make the label and put it on the size container you are decanting. Filling the bottle. This is where the nervous get more nervous. You want to practice this first! Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

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Joined Jul 18, Messages 8, Reaction score 1, The gist of this is you get the box, smell a few, take out a few you're interested in, put in the things you no longer want, and ship it to the next guy.

It doesn't matter if you've got 2 bottles, 20, or Offer what you can and enjoy what's there. Let me know what you guys think. I guess the odd shaving cream, moisturizer, man-juice, etc wouldn't hurt but most of us are probably interested in frags only.

If you need to buy atomizers, see links below. Also, not entirely defeating the purpose I hope, but in some cases just spray it once, smell it, and then put the sample back for someone else. This will hopefully speed things up.

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The possibilities are endless: the perfume could have been old, stale or contaminated, the perfume could have been reformulated since the time your sample was made, it could have been mislabeled, etc. I can attest to the fact that if you swap often enough, and over a long enough period of time, a little decanted sample that you threw in a package as an extra is bound to come back to you as an extra several years later.

For all you know, 10 people have now dabbed from that sample. It might have gone to Moscow and back, twice, first during a heat wave and later during a cold snap. The likelihood that said sample is still in pristine condition is not high.

There is an acronym on MakeupAlley, "RIS", which users are supposed to list in the description if an item was "received in swap", but I find it is used much more regularly among skincare and makeup swappers. I almost never see it on fragrance listings.

If you want to know where a sample or decant came from, you'll have to ask. I managed to list quite a few cons. The pro side is shorter, but sweeter: YOU GET FREE PERFUME IN THE MAIL. Ok, it isn't really free. There's the cost of whatever item you sent out, and the cost of postage and that can add up over time, especially if you do lots of overseas swaps and if you're decanting, the cost of those supplies.

Still, it feels free, and it's a great way to try lots of new fragrances that you might not otherwise have easy access to. At Basenotes , the swap system is forum-driven. You post the items you're willing to swap on the "Items for Swap" board. Other people read the posts to find items they might want.

In order to post to that board, you'll need to have either a have paid for "supporting member" status, b been a member for over a year or c have posted to other Basenotes boards at least times.

Other key points: Basenotes does allow you to sell items, and there is a separate board for "Items For Sale". To my knowledge, there isn't any formal feedback mechanism at Basenotes — someone please comment if I'm wrong!

Update : see Denise's comment below, which explains Basenotes' feedback system. Perfume of Life's swapping is also done via forum, or at least, it used to be. As I remember the old swap board, the system was essentially the same as that at Basenotes; you posted the items you had available and other people looked through the posts.

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I remember my first swap very well. I had a full bottle of SL Vetiver Oriental that I listed on MUA. I certainly had people beating on my door for that one, even if I was a newbie! I managed to get a bottle of La Chasse aux Papillons Extreme which had not yet been released in the US early in for it.

That was a great swap! LOL — I'm not surprised you had no trouble, in fact, investing in a few bottles of exclusive SL scents is probably the best way to build up tokens quickly. Excellent analysis, R.

I think you got all the pros and cons in there very well. For me, the main fun of swapping is getting to know people and creating nice surprises for my friends old or new. I swap very little now — it just got too time-consuming, and now that I've cut my collection down, I don't have as much to offer.

Thank you! I agree that getting to know people is much of the fun. I just talked with my local PO about mailing perfume earlier this week. Perfume cannot be sent by air, but can be sent by ground. What this means is that perfume usually can't be sent Priority Mail, since that method almost always uses air, but it can be mailed Parcel Post without a problem, it just takes a bit longer.

Great post, R, you thought of everything! Swapping perfume on MUA has opened up new worlds of scent to me.

I've not been able to buy an expensive bottle to swap decants of, but my collection has still grown tremendously. One thing that has made a difference is that I spend at least a few minutes a day on the MUA fragrance board, and comment several times weekly.

Swapping can feel like a second job at times, but for me it's really been worth the work. Being able to perform a RAOK random act of kindness is a wonderful feeling too!

Sorry, I should have made it clearer that the perfume shipping info I have is for US domestic mail only. Also, being on the receiving end of a RAOK is awesome, too :.

Rosarita, thanks, I'd forgotten that about ground mail. All the same, almost every swap I receive is via air mail! When I was swapping heavily, I used to set aside Sunday afternoons just to put packages together. I found it fun searching for fun extras that might appeal to the other person.

But I can see someone finding the whole thing more trouble than it's worth. What an amazingly comprehensive guide! Little and not so little notepads are my absolute favorite swap extras to receive 🙂.

This is great, Robin. I prefer to keep my swapping intimate, i. I find MUA almost incomprehensible — but I'm not really a forum girl in general. Brilliant post, you reminded me of my swapping days! I used to do loads of swapping very long time ago though at MUA but for makeup and skincare only.

It was really exciting for me cos I have always been an international swapper, so usually everything I received including the extras were completely new to me. Haven't done that for long though cos as you've mentioned, it was really quite time consuming… I have nver swapped fragrance though. Paper is always good.

I've rec'd some VERY strange extras in my time, but paper is always good. Well, people use most anything, glass, plastic, roll-on, spray, you name it. But I'm partial to glass splash bottles. And there really isn't any way to decant so as to preserve the scent: you're going to expose it to air no matter what.

At basenotes you can leave feedback on a swap or sale — positive, neutral, or negative, plus a note that can be viewed by all, and one that is private to the person you bought from or traded with and the admins can see those too.

You get a feedback score for the last month, last 6 months, or You can also see the feedback a person has left for others they have dealt with. Denise, thank you so much, I looked around over at Basenotes but couldn't find anything about feedback. I'll fix the article!

You are quite welcome Robin. Must note that basenotes culture is not swap driven- or at least not on the women's side. Much of the trading that takes place is more in the nature of folks sending around samples for others to try, enjoy and discuss. As a compulsive organizer, I'm delighted to be able to direct newbies to yet another glorious NST reference.

I'm in -- Washington, D. Thomas Stylish Dinosaur Spamminator Moderator. Joined Jul 25, Messages 28, Reaction score 1, I'm in.

Thanks for taking the lead on this. RedLantern Distinguished Member. Joined Apr 6, Messages 5, Reaction score 3, I'm in! Living in Knoxville until mid may, then back to Seattle.

In the coming weeks people can go get samples if they don't have, get atomizers delivered, etc. Baron Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored. Joined Oct 5, Messages 8, Reaction score 3, I'll join. I have a lot of samples and partial decants of interesting stuff.

In Los Angeles. Hartmann Distinguished Member. Joined Feb 10, Messages 1, Reaction score 7. arlee Senior Member. Joined Nov 19, Messages Reaction score 1. I've used Sally at Accessories For Fragrance.

I recommend it they throw in free stuff too sometimes. scugger Senior Member. Joined Oct 8, Messages Reaction score 1. I am down for this. I am also in LA and have a bunch of samples to throw in.

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Replies 4 Views View more…. Similar threads T. Who is also already wearing this great Lee bib overall? Originally Posted by PerfumedLady View Post Nahema and Chamade share that "chalky" quality to my nose and are similar shades of green to me.

Basenotes Plus. Aug 1, 13, 34, I love all these detailed, colorful impressions! Would that I could concoct something comparable. But, I haven't the frame of reference, nor have I yet developed the acuity of note perception.

I haven't got the extrait, alas, but I do have Eau My Sin thanks to a fanciful vintage Lanvin feminines shopping spree I undertook for Mrs.

Arpège abounds in the marketplace, with My Sin not far behind. Pretexte and Rumeur are rarer, and Scandal tends to be especially rare and dear. I get the "chalky floral" comparison to Dior Homme.

As one might expect, My Sin has more "makeup powder" than DH, which has that dynamic, sparkling iris-y opening that really wowed me. OTOH, DH quickly collapsed into kiddie-Guerlainade ZC describes it as "the Habit Rouge of its generation," which makes total sense to me.

That's hardly a risk here, thank goodness. Eau My Sin stays on mission during the dry down: a bouquet of flowers with dirt on the stems. I can see regarding Eau My Sin as too "old lady" for a gent or modern woman to wear, but while I'm not planning to add it to my wardrobe, I rather like it—and I like it more on Mrs.

I understand the chalky pollen-like aspect of Chamade. It was alarming to me at one point. It can feel suffocating.

PStoller said:. I do have Eau My Sin thanks to a fanciful vintage Lanvin feminines shopping spree I undertook for Mrs.

Our sample today is Balenciaga Ho Hang Club, from the bottle on the right. I don't know if the "Le Club" naming came before or after "Ho Hang Club. I'm not normally a Balenciaga fan, especially, but this is a personal favorite, at times my favorite fragrance, on par with Givenchy Gentleman.

It's a powdery, woody, animalic floral. It smells big. It creates an aura. I feel like I'm wearing one hell of a perfume with this. Ho Hang Club makes me think of the power of the internet.

It isn't something I would have known otherwise - like a lot of things - but it wasn't even expensive. Ho Hang Club has variable longevity for me. With my normal application, it can last days. If none of it touches fabric, it can be a less-than-full-day fragrance.

For my tastes, the performance is perfect. jpg Ho Hang Club- Smiling about this Ho Hang Club. This is easy wearing — a tidy but not stuffy barbershop scent.

At the top this is like the smell that remains on a hand towel after mopping away the last bits of cream on a freshly shaved face. The damp fresh lavender and citrus give way to a bit of drier earth and incense that starts to go towards leather, but then turns more towards a dark woodsy spice with some sweet resinous undertones.

I have a patchouli sample that smells of potting soil and another one that smells of light flowers and dark green herbs.

My only disappointment really is that this fragrance progresses rather quickly and I do wish that heart of light floral and dark kind of leathery incense stuck around a bit longer before the pleasing woods comes up also short-lived on me.

I only used two spritzes from the sample sprayer on one hand and this created a small sphere of scent that quickly went to skin, so perhaps a more liberal application would be warranted. I have to admit here that fragrances like these make me a little swoony and wanting to smell the necks of men — there is a particular spot below the ear and above the collar that is such a nice thing, and when scented with Ho Hang would be a cozy place I want to be next to.

Will be re-applying and re-applying today, and hopefully spritzing mate as well. Ho Hang Party! Adding here that something I like to do to understand a fragrance is to breathe a little warm air onto my skin during the top to middle transition and also when the base is starting to fade.

I can bring back up some of the top notes and also the character of the base. With very old perfumes sometimes that is the only time I really get a sense of some of the top I've missed. Just did this with the end of the Ho Hang and it isn't giving me anything from the top, but the base is quite smoky with the moisture.

Of course doing this may alter the progression, but for me it helps with picking apart notes. I wonder if it's the concentration of your Chamade. I have a 90s edt.

I remember sampling Monsieur Lanvin, a comically intense animalic. Even with that one, I have to double check the name - I'm a Lanvin newb and haven't given the house much thought.

Your bottle pictures are helping. Last edited: Oct 31, Joining the Ho Hang Party! I like this scent a lot, but for whatever reason it's not something I've been able to pin down. It seems to have a different personality each time I wear it which makes it quite entertaining.

Sometimes it's a mostly a spiced honey-floral. Sometimes I think it's bright, sometimes dark and mysterious, sometimes a little of both. Today, it seemed pretty bright, more sweetly resinous than earthy. Salvador Dali Pour Homme is similarly a masculine floral shapeshifter will kinds of strange stuff lurking under the surface, sometimes peeking out and sometimes not.

I'll chalk up my limited and dubious notes to a mild head cold I'm nursing. A need to recalibrate from yesterday's double-barreled Gucci pour Homme might also have skewed my reading. Anyway, my take on Ho Hang Club is: it's nice. It opened up with a powdery, medium to light, not sweet floral, then gradually a slight animalic base emerged.

And then it was gone. No doubt there's some patch in there, but it didn't assert itself. In fact, the whole scent didn't assert itself, which strikes me as incongruous for any frag with the word "club" in the name.

Compare to the original Ho Hang, which is no shrinking violet. I'll have to try this again some day when my sinuses are clear. I look forward to the shape-shifting LiveJazz describes. Meanwhile, a pleasant experience, but nothing to get excited about: Ho Hum Club. It was demure on me today, too.

Maybe a heavier application or warmer weather would help bring out its growl. That Ho Hang Party was fun - still a tiny little trace 12 hours later. Posting this before I retire for tomorrow's Friday AM because some of y'all are up way before I am.

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