Saturday, August 12, 2006

Blind Scent Reviewing & Guessing Contest!


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We played a game amongst us, Scentbloggers, where we sent each other unnamed samples of mystery scents. Each of us had at least 6 mystery scents to review, and the sender is suppose to reveal them on their blog after posting the reviews made by their blind bloggy-friends…

I sent three samples of mystery scents to Victoria and Patty, simple labeled as One, Two and Three. These were all oriental scents of different types: One was a dark (visually almost black in colour), oil based spicy oriental, in fact a vintage one; the second was a cheap drugstore ambery-spicy oriental that can be found anywhere on the planet for less than $20, and was amber in colour; The last one was the most transparent in colour, pale yellow, and is a limited edition oriental, a light interpretation of a very famous perfume, spicy still, but much lighter than the other two.

Here is what Victoria and Patty thought about the scents:

One

Victoria says:
"#1 is a nice amber oil. Maybe a hint of something else, like myrrh. Sweet and warm. My guess is maybe something by Kuumba Made. I like it".

Patty says:
"Wow! Deep and oudish, this is a great. Really strong and dark at the beginning, but the drydown is just spectacular. I'm really loving this, can I get some, please? I just wish it stuck around a little longer and -- oh, no, when it's almost gone, all the good stuff goes away and leaves a kind of musty rubber sheets note that I'm not liking at all".

Two:

Victoria says:
"#2 is a soft oriental. Vintage, with a nice sweet amber drydown. Powdery. I think I have smelled this before. It reminds me of Lou Lou, it has that feel, that era. It is light and soft with not much punch, I can't tell if that is because of age or composition. If it is composition, then it might be something like Windsong, or some older Avons come to mind, like Occur! or Topaz. If it has faded due to age, it may be a more classic house like Guerlain. Whatever it is, I like it. The vintage appeal, gives it a romantic, nostalgic feel".

Patty says:
"This went on a little meh, a note in there was bothering me. Vintage? It's drying down with a note in it that I personally don't care for. It just smells vintage to me, old fashioned, a little powdery".

Three:

Victoria says:
"#3 is modern, a fruity floral? I can't name the fruit, but it doesn't smell straight floral. I like this one very much too. Powdery with a coolness to it, maybe a touch of anice, do I smell tobacco, violets, ozone? A light medicinal note,benzene? Not a clue. Strangely compelling".

Patty says:
"Some white flower in this, a little sharp too, pretty, but not a smell that I'm going to keep in the memory banks as groundbreaking. Definitely pretty and wearable, though! It's just not lasting either".

I hope you could use Victoria and Patty’s blind reviews, and my clues above to reveal the scents yourself. I am just extending the game here, not really following the rules as we originally set, but I just thought it would be a fun summer game! Be the first to guess the scents, and win a sample pack of Ayala Moriel Parfums most spicy concoctions – Palas Atena, Fete d’Hiver, Epice Sauvage, Finjan and Rebellius!

You are also invited to visit the other participating blogs in the bling scent reviewing game:
Aromascope
Perfume Posse
Perfume-Smellin' Things
Victoria's Own
Perfume Critic.Com and Scentzilla! (my own blind reviews will be posted on there very soon)

The Big Reveal of both the names of the perfumes and the name of the winner for this blind contest will be announced on Tuesday night!

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9 Comments:

At August 12, 2006 9:01 PM, Blogger Victoria said...

Tuesday!! You're killin' me here! Maybe it's a blessing because it will be longer before anyone sees how poorly I did. :O)

 
At August 12, 2006 9:23 PM, Blogger Ayala Sender said...

You didn't do bad at at all! You described it very well! Otherwise I wouldn't be posting these as clues ;)

 
At August 14, 2006 3:34 AM, Blogger The Scented Salamander said...

Hmmmm, I'm thinking about these: 1) vintage Youth Dew oil 2) Vanderbilt b/c powderiness and a similarity w/ Loulou were mentioned otherwise I would have thought Tabu due to its global reach and vintage feeling
3) a summer version of Opium.

 
At August 14, 2006 4:52 AM, Blogger Anya said...

I'm not good at all at describing scents (except in my mind, but it rarely comes out of my mouth articulately.) Have fun with the contest!

 
At August 15, 2006 2:21 PM, Blogger Victoria said...

Ok, well with the additional clues, I'm pretty sure of the first one now. And maybe the Third.
:O)

 
At August 15, 2006 8:54 PM, Blogger Victoria said...

Well with the additional hints - here are my new guesses -

#1 - SECRET de VENUS ZIBELINE
#2 - Tabu
#3 - Opium Fleur Imperiale

Not trying to win the prize, just guessing!!! By the way I don't think I've smelled any of the above before. Except maybe Tabu, years agao.

 
At August 16, 2006 7:42 AM, Blogger Ayala Sender said...

Salamander:
You guessed no. 1 perfectly - it is Youth Dew bath oil (the vintage one). No. 3 is an Opium summer edition indeed.

Victoria:
You guessed no. 2 and no. 3 perfectly as well well! No. 2 is Tabu EDC, and No. 3 is Fleur Imeriale - the summer 2006 limited edition of Opium.

 
At August 16, 2006 7:46 AM, Blogger Ayala Sender said...

Never tried Secret de Venus Zibeline though - it goes on for quite a bit of money on eBay I noticed! Must be something really special.

 
At August 16, 2006 9:27 AM, Blogger Victoria said...

Yes, I've seen the prices it brings - Secret de Venus Zibeline - and I see the juice is very dark, I know it is ambery. Must be delish. I would have never guessed Youth Dew oil, because, it really doesn't have that "youth dew" smell to it. Maybe they left out the civet. :O)

This summer Opium version is much nicer than the other one I think. I bought the Shanghi one and ended up swapping it away. This one I think I'd really enjoy.

Thanks for the quiz and introducing me to these gems. I might even pick up a bottle of Tabu!

 

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