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Highly Evocative Fragrances

There are fragrances that leave a strong Impression on your imagination and memory in that they transport us to the past or remind us of something strongly when smelled. This can be abstract or something specific. Here are a few fragrances that have left a distinct impression on me more than most.

First up is Relique D'Amour by Oriza L. Legrand.

When I first smelled this I was knocked back as it strongly reminded me of churches as it had a haunting lily note like you are smelling the flower up close. Mixed in with incense and pine I could see a old Abbey I used to visit when I was younger on a family outing. Old churches must have lily flowers in the church as well as pine wooden pews as the impression is so strong. This scent to me is church in a bottle! lol

Serge Lutens Borneo 1834

Straight out of the gate you get a wonderful blend of Patchouli and rich dark cocoa mixed in with some warm spices.

There is a woody backdrop to this scent giving the scent a old world feeling. I get a image of oak barrels filled with cocoa and spices been brought onto ships from tropical lands.

1740 Marquis de Sade by Histoires de Parfums

This is another one with it's boozy leathery tobacco mahogany woodyness that reminds me of the old world a hundred years ago. It just has that old world vibe that you just do not smell in the modern age.

Eucris By Trumpers

It's been a long while since I smelled this but it has left a distinct impression on me that has echoed down the years. A dark Gothic scent that reminds you of crypts, old castles and cobbled stones under gaslight lamps with horse drawn carriages making there way through a dark City. They have actually made a Edp of this which I'm strongly tempted to purchase for that oakmoss bomb which you do not get in modern fragrances.

Anubis By Papillion Artisan Perfumes

A very smoky sweet floral leather scent wrapped up in lots of incense. You could imagine a temple in ancient Egypt where sweet incense is burning mixing with the animal skins that are on the floor and walls of the temple in a ceremonial fashion. Giddy stuff!

Penhaligon's Hammam Bouquet

Imagine a chest made out of cedar wood in a dark and stuffy room that has not been opened in a hundred years. Then see yourself opening that chest to be met with rose potpourri half filling the chest.

Now take a deep sniff inside the chest and be met with a stuffy overwhelming stale rose petals and cedar wood. And that's Hammam Bouquet. lol

Creed Royal Mayfair

This scent has been ruined for me by what I read online about it. Someone said it smelled like a funeral home and soon as I read that my memories came flooding back and they were right.

In the mid nineties I worked in a office that dealt with funeral homes. One day the powers that be decided that to show more empathy to the customers we had to visit funeral homes. On entering them we were shown around where the coffins were and then where the bodies were kept. For that part we had to put this eucalyptus stuff up by our nose so we did not have to smell the corpse's.

So with that and the wooden cedar and pine coffins and flowers they had in vase's coupled with the eucalyptus I cannot ever wear Royal Mayfair. It just reminds me of the funeral homes I had to go to, I just cannot separate the smell from the memory. Shame!

Anyway these are just my scent associations I have with these evocative fragrances. Please add your own impressions on fragrances that have left a distinct impression on you!


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