Having fun at Flores yesterday

You know, I really do believe I get drunk when I enter a niche perfumery and start smelling stuff and then times flies by when you’re drunk and having fun, and before you know it, it’s closing time and you’ve been there longer than you thought possible. 🙂

But it really isn’t my fault. 🙂
When I came, I was the only one, and then at one point, a guy walked in and we then proceeded through smelling his possible choices while I was debating with myself what do I want to walk out with.

He seemed very keen on By Kilians but couldn’t get the refill of his favourite White Cristal (which surprised me when I heard the name as I thought I knew all the By Kilians and it turned out to be the sub-title of Straight to Heaven). I have a hard time distinguishing them with all the love floating around, let alone with double names. Oh well…

Of all the perfumes he tried, in the end his two (and mine) favorites were Passion Boise by Frapin and Lumiere Noir by MFK.
Passion Boisée, which for some reason I read English Passion and French Boisée is a really good cold-weather choice for men, this one especially as his skin seems to eat all the sweetness out of every perfume.

Lumière Noire, fits the name (finally! a noir that works) as there is a dark rose in there.

Passion Boisée is a warm, rumy-fruity wood concoction that will probably make your guy smell very appealing to a lot of women.
Hmm, I might still decide against buying this one for my boyfriend then…

Of those that I smelled

Dyptique 34 almost made the cut. I really like it. It’s more full than the rest of the Dyptique perfumes I tried so far and has some fig in there which makes it instantly likeable for me, but it’s not sweet, it actually seems fitting for the fall weather we are having at the moment.
In the end, I decided against it because it’s just so perfectly fine.

Ombre Rose L’Original smelled much better on the blotter than on my skin. All I seemed to be getting, progressively at that, was powdery violety-irisy-rose (with accent on powdery). Not for me.

Jovoy Chypre has potential. It is a serious chypre, one you don’t want to mess with. Easier to wear than Bandit but almost giving away the same aura.

Velvet Aoud by Montale also almost made the cut. It would fit nicely with the mood I’m in as it seems to have a light fruity feel tinged with metallic (with the oudy background) and I like it a lot.
I checked the notes now and the only thing with any fruit connotation would be orange blossom. 🙂 But it seems whoever wrote the Luckyscent description also gets some fruitiness. 🙂  I’ll be going for some more testing.

The last thing that sticks in my mind from yesterday is Safran Troublant which I finally tested. I knew there was a reason I didn’t try it before. I’m a spice addict and ST fits my addiction very nicely. 🙂

And if you’re wondering what I took home with me – well, finally, I have my own stash of Ambre Russe and Fougere Bengale by Parfum d’Empire. 🙂

Huge thank you to the nice blonde lady (whose name I don’t know) for her smiling, easy-going  company yesterday. 🙂

The Flores facebook site from which I took the photo.

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10 thoughts on “Having fun at Flores yesterday

  1. Asali October 14, 2011 at 14:50 Reply

    Great choices:-)Wish we had a shop like that here, but the next best thing is reading about it from you. Thanks for sharing the experience 🙂

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  2. anotherperfumeblog October 14, 2011 at 17:22 Reply

    Welcome to the new additions to your collection! It sounds like you had a fun day, and it's nice that another customer shared the experience with you!

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  3. Ines October 14, 2011 at 20:38 Reply

    Thank you Asali! :)You know, that Fougere Bengale works wonders for my self-confidence.

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  4. Ines October 14, 2011 at 20:40 Reply

    anotherperfumeblog, yes, it's great sharing perfume experiences with people who are on a perfume quest of their own.Especially as I don't always have either time or the patience to follow my nose and just take my time in enjoyment (I sort of run through my life).

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  5. Undina October 14, 2011 at 22:53 Reply

    Ines, I enjoyed reading your shopping adventure story. I can't comment on your purchases other than to congratulate you with them (since I haven't tried these two yet). But I want to say that I unexpectedly liked 34 Boulevard Saint Germain (I got a travel spray as a GWP – otherwise I wouldn't have even tried it). But I think it's a Spring/Summer scent. So you'll be fine for now – and then maybe it will be just right to go into your collection.

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  6. ChickenFreak October 15, 2011 at 02:41 Reply

    Ooh. Now you've reminded me of the existence of Safran Troublant. I tried it very early in my perfume obsession, and it was a fraction too challenging for me then. But I suspect that the memory, now that you've refreshed it, is going to haunt me until I buy at least a sample….

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  7. Suzanne October 15, 2011 at 04:03 Reply

    Oh, it was fun to come along on your sniffing journey, Ines! I find that I enjoy those outings much more when there is someone to compare notes with (not fragrance notes, of course, but general impressions). I've not tried most of the fragrances you mentioned, except for the Jovoy Chypre (which JoanElaine sent me a sample of, and you're right — it's great) and the Safran Troublant (that one I wasn't crazy about because I remember it as being a bit thin and week on my skin, but it's been a long time since I tried it, so maybe I ought to give it another whirl).Now, let's see if I can post this comment … Blogger has made this impossible for me lately at certain sites.

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  8. Ines October 15, 2011 at 11:20 Reply

    Undina, I think you're right. 34 might just grab me next spring, it has all the necessary notes I like and is not too heavy for spring but isn't light enough in my mind for summer.It's really a lovely experience. 🙂

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  9. Ines October 15, 2011 at 11:21 Reply

    CF, from my experience, perfumes you try in the beginning of your perfume life and aren't really sure/happy with tend to come back years later and insinuate themselves into your collection. :)Be careful…

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  10. Ines October 15, 2011 at 11:24 Reply

    Suzanne, as blogger wouldn't let me comment on my own blog (only through some complicated workings), I decided to follow in Vanessa's footsteps and changed the commenting form.It seems to be working ok now.You know, I think that Jovoy Chypre is going to come back and haunt me sometime around spring. 🙂

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