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March 30, 2010

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emma.sanders73@ntlworld.com

Hello!

I've only just discovered your blog, looking for reviews of Crepe de Chine by Millot. What a fantastic array of vintage perfumes you've sampled - am looking forward to delving into the archives and comparing notes. Thanks for sharing your impressions!

Best wishes
Emma

Kristy Victoria

Oh this sounds fabulous! I am a huge vetiver freak. I love to wear Encre Noire layered with Sycomore and some CdG Vettiveru for the maximum vetiver experience. Another new scent added to my "to sniff list!" :)

Perfumaniac

Welcome, Emma! Glad you found me. Do come back when you're moved to comment! Have you tried Amazone?

Perfumaniac

Kristy, If you like vetiver then you should definitely give Amazone a shot. Luca Turin damns it with faint praise in Perfumes: The Guide. (Hermès tends to be lauded for their high-quality ingredients but dismissed for their lack of creativity.) This is his withering assessment: "A beautifully done and deeply uninteresting woody floral, notable only for the fact that the competition is so bad these days that Amazone enables you to appreciate quality in its pure state..." Hmmm. I wouldn't go that far — Amazone is beautiful and understated.

Mals86

A significant number of the fragrances that Turin likes, I HATE. (Insolence springs to mind...) It's not a foolproof system - after all, he does give my much-adored Le Temps d'une Fete five stars - but quite a number of things he "damns with faint praise," saying something is quality but boring, I enjoy. Climat is one shining example.

That said, I'm not a big fan of vetiver unless it's quiet (No. 19), so I don't think Amazone is up my alley. On the other hand, I once thought Silences was shrieky, so I could be wrong.

Perfumaniac

Mals: Tocade is one of the lauded Turin/Sanchez fragrances I anticipated with bated breath — only to hate, and I mean, hate it. I thought it was chemical, obnoxious and unfortunately tenacious. I tried it again and again, only to return to my initial conclusion. Say what you will about objectivity in perfume sniffin' — you can't make yourself like something, and beauty is subjective.

emma.sanders73@ntlworld.com

Thank you :) I'd never even heard of Amazone until your review.... Vetiver's a note I'm learning to love: not as a star, but as a supporting act (e.g. Mahora. Yes, I actually like Mahora)! Combining it with blackcurrant and hyacinth sounds like a challenging combo to me - but SO Much more interesting than 90% of modern releases.

As expected, I'm really enjoying your reviews very much - your take on Colony, L'Heure Bleue, Ma Griffe, and on No. 19, which is fascinating. I really need to wrestle with No. 19 again - I find it has sharp thorns.

Happy sniffing! - Emma

Perfumaniac

Thanks, Emma. And I'm going to have to take notes on the contemporary perfumes you like — pretty sophisticated!

Limony

I've worn Amazone Light for many summers but I've outgrown it a little. It is beautiful. I'm ready to take on a more serious scent and I'm in the process of trying Amazone. So far, it smells much more sparkly on paper than on skin. I got a boozy/syrupy blast as if from an SL fragrance to start with, but it settled down to be... not particularly interesting but pleasant. Not as dry as I expected.
I've just had another sniff at the paper and it's doing Amazone Light! Perhaps someone pre-sprayed it before I picked it up?

Thank you for the Antilope reference, it is much more affordable and I might order that first before committing to Amazone.

Perfumaniac

Hi, Limony. I love vintage Antilope, and I don't think it's that hard to obtain in a mini. It's an unusual and wearable scent and smells like a warm savanna plus berries. Come back and tell me what you thought if you try it!

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