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Monday, October 1, 2012

Puredistance Opardu Perfume Giveaway

You have read about the upcoming (gets released in November 2012) new scent from Puredistance, Opardu on these pages. The kind people at Puredistance were excited about the feedback of readers on these pages and decided to give away 35 luxe extrait de parfum samples to them.

 via innerearthsoaps.blogspot.com

Since the scent is both delightful and light, I decided to group these into 10 lucky packages and a mega-package for one lucky reader (who will receive a pack of 5 samples, a sufficient quantity to last them a while!). All you need to enter is leave a comment under this post, saying what appeals to you in retro-like compositions of modern design (and if you have a favorite in this style, do mention that too). Draw is open internationally till Friday midnight.

91 comments:

  1. cheesegan17:49

    I like retro-like compositions in modern perfume design because there is a sense that the person who made it actually likes and cares about perfume and doesn't just want to unleash some more fruit scented air freshener into the world as that's what stupid people will buy.

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  2. I would like to try and win it. Just hoping that green notes are not very strong and cut grass note is mild - I like that note but in real life cut grass develops a migraine in me. Looking forward this delightful and light scent.:-)
    Lubka K.
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  3. Heather F19:00

    What a great giveaway. The comparative lightness of "retro-like" modern scents really appeals to me, and DSH's Pandora is at this point my ideal. Thanks again!

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  4. Lovely giveaway, thank you so much!I love retro modern scents beacuset hey are also fearless and very feminine and sensual at the same time and to me the Vero Kern range is emblematic from this point of view both as bottles' design and fragrances themselves.

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  5. solanace19:24

    I like the complexity of vintage perfumes, so my favorite modern releases tend to be somehow retro. These new takes on classical themes are usually more tranparent than real vintage, so they are appropriate for the theater or the restaurant, when you don't want to invade (too much of) other people's space but still want to smell fabulous. Thank's for the draw!

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  6. matildaben19:39

    I love retro-like perfumes like DSH Pandora, MDCI Chypre Palatin, and Sweet Anthem Caroline. Give me oakmoss and/or aldehydes any time! They just feel so glamorous.

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  7. As a collector of vintage perfumes, I am often attracted to a modern perfume with a vintage vibe--distinctive and complex. Although I prefer the vintage versions of, for example, Y and Jolie Madame, I find their modern versions quite wearable. Two of the relatively newer perfumes with this vibe that I like are: DSH Vert Pour Madame and Oscar de la Renta Esprit d’Oscar.

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  8. I do like the thought of retro-like perfumes as it allows me to get a feel for where modern parfumery stems from. I find Sonoma Scent Studios Nostalgie and ELdOs Rien very intriguing, but, to be honest, I think Opardu, in the light floralness you describe, will be much more my thing.

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  9. Compared to the modern perfume trends, vintage fragrances seem so complex, intense and glamorous (as do modern retro scents). I wonder what they would have thought of our era's fruit-choulis in the 1930's? Not much I imagine!

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  10. I enjoy the idea of mixing the old with the new. I think you can get the best of both worlds.

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  11. Hmm, "vintage but modern" is a rare concept nowadays. I would say the highest standard is Amouage Gold for Women. Nevertheless, it may be classified as vintage in its own right-laughs-. A newish perfume that could fill this category would be Odin 04, all dark iris in a candied sense.

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  12. hi would be delighted to try this set (if i win!). For retro-style fragrances, the only one that i fancy is chanel cuire roussie - and only because i adore leather notes!
    Thanks for the chance
    Radmila, rada76@mail.ru

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  13. MariaA21:21

    So lovely of the people of Puredistance to bring joy to so many people!! I want to try this very much! Well my opinion is that the world moves very fast nowadays and retro is a lovely reminiscent of slower and laid back times. Where perfume is concerned the same principle applies I think, it is more about quality than quantity and speed production of the new perfumes. Some time ago perfumers took their time and the result was something that wouldn't "go out of fashion" in a couple of months!

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  14. I am impressed by the respect that some modern perfumers have for the classic creations of the past. SSS Nostalgie is a perfect example. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  15. Joaquim22:42

    "retro-like" always makes me think in Vero's Onda, a wonderful masterpiece from the past made today.
    Revisit the past is a great thing when it's done with talent, people like Sonoma Scent Studio, Vero Kern and Puredistance are doing a great work.
    Thank you for the draw!

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  16. Nina Z22:51

    Retro fragrances usually reflect the quality of ingredients and complexity of old school perfume. I'm not a particular fan of the minimalist school of perfume, though I can understand why some others like it. I also can't abide super synthetic smelling fragrances, particularly the ones with certain synthetic musk or wood notes that a lot of modern fragrances contain.

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  17. Erda23:13

    Oh, gosh, everything appeals to me about this combination of retro and modern. I sometimes think that real retro compositions wear me--so the transformative modern dimension brings them back to more manageable proportions. And I often find that modern compositions are too bland and insipid. So a retro edge gives them some consequence.

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  18. Oh neat! Thank you for a great draw. I love retro fragrances because they feel like they are more about simply smelling good than about making an edgy statement or shocking with bizarre notes on the one hand - or pretending you aren't actually wearing perfume and you've just rolled in Ivory soap on the other.

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  19. Anne00:06

    I think in general retro-style things (not just perfume) appeal because they use enough elements of older fashion to make them different and therefore interesting, but they only use the pieces that appeal today and replace whatever is off-putting to modern tastes with modern elements. Take, for example, clothing stores that sell dresses that are obviously inspired by 1950s and 1960s fashion, but just as obviously aren't intended to be worn with mid-20th century foundation garments.
    I'm sufficiently new to perfume that my experience with retro-style perfumes is limited unless you consider the reformulated versions of various classics "retro-style". (I'm not sure if that was snide or not.) Also, Volutes, which Diptyque just released, is basically Shalimar with a tobacco rather than a vanilla basenote, and clear, which seems so far to be a characteristic of modern (or possibly niche) perfumes, as opposed to the versions of older ones that I've tried, which all seem fuzzy to me (if that makes any sense).

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  20. I love the idea of retro-like fragrances that bring back classic scents, with a modern edge.

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  21. Anonymous02:25

    I really love a chypre done in a modern way. And I mean a real chypre , not a rosy patchy sweetish boring liquid. The first example that comes to mind is Azemour. Fragrances like this make me feel perfumery is Art.
    I also love a good aldehydic accord done properly.


    Thank you!

    Ccc

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  22. Fernando02:25

    Well, part of what appeals in the retro style is that I'm a retro guy. I once had an argument with someone who exclaimed that "You can't turn back the clock to the seventeenth century!" My reply was "Seventeenth? I want to turn the clock back to the fourth century!"

    So: the retro-er the better. Them old guys knew what they were doing.

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  23. I'm just old enough to have enjoyed some of the older perfumes as a young adult, though my early entree into perfume was in the form of Love's Baby Soft and Heaven Sent! I love the retro movement in perfumery because, for the most part, I think it's heralding a resurgence of actual 'craft', rather than a focus group-determined scent. Liz Zorn hit the mark well and truly with Centennial, MDCI, with Enlevement au Serail, Frederic Malle entire line approaches perfumery thus. Not such dark days after all..
    xo

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  24. At the moment, my favorite vintage style I miss from modern perfumery is the animalic floriental by Jean Carles, Tabu, with its intense cola animalic, and especially Shocking, with its big rose under a dirty honey base. Unfortunately, the style likely scream "old lady" to modern noses, so my desire is likely to remain unfulfilled. Tolu by Ormonde Jayne went in that direction, but it is too close to the vanillic oriental to reproduce the style.

    cacio

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  25. I definitely love the complexity and the inspiration behind retro-like fragrances, so I'm super happy when I see that in modern fragrances - at least, something a little more complex than a linear fruit salad bomb. Plus, I just have a soft spot for big florals. :) Thank you for the giveaway!

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  26. Hi Elena! Went on vacation? Give us a warning, you got me worried. Every day looking for a new article, seeing that woman with the blood coming out her nose :)
    About your question now... I wouldn't know honestly. I guess curiosity would make me seek out a retro frag. I don't own anything I would call retro as retro masculine don't really appeal to me. I guess in feminine perfume I should expect something retro to be floral and pretty in a classical manner of composition? I would also expect something heavy so the light and airy part puzzles me. Anyway, nice to have you back!

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  27. It happens in all of the arts, design, music, dance- everything old is new again.

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  28. I love retro scents. I'm glad that we are seeing the comeback of traditional floral genres like the green floral and the spicy floral, both of which I love. And cosmetics scents! These types of scents give me hope for the future of perfumery.

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  29. I'm devoted to old Guerlains and couldn't begin to put into words why. I suppose they have an elegance often lacking from the too-loud or too-shy perfumes of today.

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  30. KarenB06:38

    Roxana Villa's Hedera Helix fragrance is a retro like composition of modern design that I love. It has the compelling oakmoss base of a chypre, with beautiful florals but the focus is Ivy which I think gives it a modern take on a classic.

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  31. Zazie08:23

    As a lover of symphonic compositions (my favorite juices are classic Guerlains and Chanels), I would say their appeal lies in the somptuous feeling, their interesting development, their complex and distinctive character.
    Among modern offerings with a classical-retro print, I think Patricia de Nicolai's New York is my absolute favorite, for it's timeless elegance, it's subtle nuances, it's bitter and sweet facets... I ADORE it.

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  32. I love retro fragrances because when modern perfumes seem dated - where else is there to go?

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  33. Retro is confirmation that classic style never goes out of fashion. Bring it on! choose classic and never go out of style...

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  34. retro-modern suggests high-quality ingredients for deep, luxurious leather, intense florals, etc. The 'modern' part could indicate a bit more wearability, flexibility. Thanks for the draw!

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  35. Anonymous10:33

    I crave the depth and richness of many vintage fragrances, especially having come of age in the 70s when perfumes were still assertive but not overwhelming.
    I liked Dawn Spencer Hurwitz's Pandora and am interested in her YSL Retrospective collection.
    But the vintage-inspired scent I love, for its aldehydic elegance, tender heart and gorgeous sandalwood drydown, is Miriam from Tableau de Parfums.

    -- Lindaloo

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  36. As a longtime lover of Vintage perfume, I lately find myself craving less of a wallop! I don,t know if it is age or just another phase, really the same thing it occurs to me now, but this scent seems like it may have some of the mystery and complexity of its forbears with a lighter touch. I am also more drawn to unusual florals and this sounds about right. I'd love to try some! Xxx

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  37. Retro-like is great. Everything old is new again! (with thanks to Peter Allen)

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  38. Merlin11:06

    I find retro styled perfumes to often be denser than modern ones, and I love the unapologetic presence that they give off!

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  39. I'm always drawn to perfumes that were released circa 1997 & below. So any perfume that has vintage vibe to it for sure will draw me in. I think having a retro-like composition in modern design is great, because maybe the technology in modern design can bring out certain effects in the creation of perfumes nowadays. Say perhaps bring out something that is perky yet having that nostalgic feel to perfume might be fun. I despise the idea of smelling like fruit shampoo and confectionery anyway, which is a trend in perfume nowadays. Few of my favorites that have that vintage charm to it is Chloe Love, JHaG Citizen Queen,& Fresh Citron de Vigne.

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  40. I love retro-like fragrances as vintage perfumes tend to be more complex and tend to grow on me :)


    quinieleong@yahoo.com

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  41. retro-like compositions in the modern perfume design are a throwback to a bygone era! i personally believe they are even more difficult to create than their more famous and venerable counterparts because of the current ifra restrictions. i also think there is still a sense of modernity and 'current' vibe in these creations which make them even more attractive.

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  42. Stephan12:04

    I really adore retro fragrances harking from a time when people had a different mind-set. I think for instance of the bitter chypre Bandit. But when you compare this to a modern chypre construction like Tauer's Miriam, then you find in there all the beautiful aspects of yesteryear as well as the hints to the present. Maybe in the case of Miriam most of what comes as modern, is in fact just timeless Tauer. They have the same sensibilities.

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  43. I love the retro feeling and complexity, lightened with a modern touch
    would be so glad to be able to try
    Opardu
    thanks a lot for the draw

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  44. Ann-Sofie12:28

    Retro-like done well is true bliss. I am a lover of the complexity, richness and depth of the good old days, and find too many modern fragrances to be a tad too linear and easy-going for my tastes. retro-like reinvents fragrance adventure.

    Thanks for this magnifient chance!

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  45. Too many modern compositions rely heavily on clean notes and overdoses of certain synthetics. Retro-like fragrances tend to be more complex and rich. When they do contain some of the notes that bother me (particularly, as Nina mentioned above, synthetic woods and white musks), the generally don't trumpet their presence too loudly. The two Puredistance fragrances that I've tried were beautifully done and I would love to try this one!

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  46. Anonymous13:34

    Oak moss Baby! It's really the state of mind I want to be in for fall. Nothing like it. Always on the lookout for a creator who is willing to take the jump with those retro elements.

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  47. I love retro fragrances. Nostalgia. Please enter me into the draw. Thank you.

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  48. Gisela14:12

    I love modern fragrances where you smell that the perfumer knows and honors the tradition while creating something utterly contemporary - Vero Kern's perfumes are my favorites!

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  49. Anonymous14:15

    What a lovely giveaway!Thank you so much!As a collector of vintages, I also love complexity and depht in modern fragrances,as well as the luscious elegance of many old classics like Piguet Fracas or Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant. I've never tried Puredistance's perfumes but I'd love to...

    Aglaia

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  50. Liisa W14:49

    I wouldn't call the old stuff retro, it's just old.

    The other day, I discovered that I actually have Cialenga somewhere in my stash, located it and I've been wearing it these days. Old-fashioned perfume at its best: nice chypre with something I identified as violets.

    I seem to be searching for something with the rich, sophisticated and somewhat understated quality of the chypres which don't exist anymore.

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  51. class flirt15:00

    i'm thinking 'Lipstick Rose', 'Jasmin et Cigaret'...along those lines. in the totally affordable range, my 'Tocade' always gives me a giggle. am i on the right track? either way, pls. enter me in the draw.

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  52. What i love about retro-like fragrances is their attempt to rescue the notion of timelessness and opulence reminiscent of the big classics. That's why some of my favorites fragrances are Serge Lutens Un Bois de Violette, Bvlgari Black or Fréderic Malle Carnal Flower.

    Thank's for the draw.

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  53. I love retro perfumes because they are not afraid of smelling like perfume! My favorite is probably Andy Tauer's Miriam.

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  54. Mandorla16:04

    It´s the contrast between facets and the depth of a note the thing that I miss the most in modern perfumes. I really adore a new perfume that captures that dramatic atmosphere in a light and more transparent context like Chanel Nº5 Eau Premiére or Une Fleur de Cassie.

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  55. retro as in back to the classics; a feminine perfume that conjures opulent bouquets; in a modern, timeless guise, this could be Sacrebleu by Nicolai and its spicy, fleshy flowers, all in the very simple in-house packaging.

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  56. Anonymous16:30

    In fact, I wear only retro perfumes, i.e. vintage older scents except for a few modern masterpieces, I would also mention Andy Tauer as an example. Would like to try Opardu as well. Many thanks. Alica - alica at cleis dot net

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  57. I find retro-like scents appealing because they evoke what was wonderful about the particular era they are harking back to, but with the modern edge are able to avoid smelling dated or "old-ladyish."

    Thank you for the draw!

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  58. I think Puredistance M would be a great example of classy modern perfume

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  59. Aster17:34

    Puredistance's Antonia. It was love at first sight. Already sniffed Opardu as well and it is glorious. November can't come fast enough.

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  60. Christian Dior's Dune encapsules a retro oriental in a modern softness that makes it accessible. Thank you for the contest

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  61. Retro-like fragrances of modern design represent a departure from convention; a return to the roots of perfumery. Fragrance as art. Beauty for beauty's sake. A place where marketability is of little concern--where focus groups are non-existent. One of my favorites: Cuir Fetiche by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier.

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  62. superfly20:17

    Count me in! As far as scents go, retro is OK, since it involves simpler recipes and themes, which done correctly, can be really good.

    cheers...

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  64. Anonymous22:39

    Retro modern scents, what I like about them is their ability to transform the wearer into an imaginary era, a different time or place. What and where it is, is in the wearers mind. My favourite is Cologne Pour Le Soir.
    Count me in, please!
    :Maltesia

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  65. I love the retro style and aesthetic of Andy Tauer.My favorite of this style in his line is Rose Chypree a throwback chypre if I've ever smelled one-beautiful!

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  66. Miss Heliotrope01:37

    What a generous give away. Most of the perfumes I love are old-style. I think because retro/vintage/classic style perfumes were & are, in the case of modern interpretations, more likely to offer a level of sophistication and womanliness (is that a word?) that much recent stuff overlooks in its race to appeal to 16 year old girls of all ages.

    Modern versions of retro scents seem to meld a more modern attitude with a retro aesthetic, so they may be less overtly decadent, yet reference - and reverence - the beauty of being a grown woman rather than the constant grasping at youth & pseudo-sexiness which dominates so much of our popular culture.

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  67. Anonymous02:56

    I think of it like a picture where tradition is the picture and modernity is the frame and because the frame is modern, it could be any shape or color or anything at all that reveals the essence of the picture, whether by contrasting it or harmoniously supporting it, but, because it's modern it will always reach beyond the tradition the picture represents, thereby creating something exciting, complex and deeply satisfying on all levels! Man I hope I get to try these! Many thanks. RAchelh

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  68. Kandice03:00

    One lovely thing about scent is that it can bring back some wonderful memories. Vintage perfumes definitely have this power as do some retro fragrances I've smelled. It's always nice to be reminded of something memorable from your past.

    I'd love to try Opardu. Please enter me in the draw, and thanks for your generosity!

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  69. Anonymous06:31

    Ooooh! It has a cut grass note! Something I don't get to smell properly often around here. Our yard has so much wild onion that cutting the "grass" usually smells more like french onion dip rather than that lovely grassy scent.
    I like a wide variety of scents and many in a retro or classic style.Dawn Spencer Hurwitz has done some great modern classics.

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  70. Anonymous06:34

    Oh sorry -forgot- Jennifer aka bookwyrmsmith at live dot com if I happen to be the lucky winner.

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  71. I like it because these perfumes are able to conjure vivid images of elegance past yet manage to be wearable and well-suited to modern tastes. timeless. my favorite is Chanel 31 Rue Cambon.

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  72. I am to new to speak intelligently to the topic of retro vs modern perfumes. when I shopper Nordstrom or another mainstream store the SA always tell me I have a preference for the older houses....I finally discovered a niche perfume while in Scottsdale that only sells artisan perfumes...perfumes with high concentration is like....I am in heaven and believe it is the modern use level much synthetide that turn me off. so in my ignorance I would say that retro evokes quality and pride in the final product and modern evokes cost effective efficiency and mass output. I would-be delighted to participate in the drawing and would reshare if I do not appreciate the scents!

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  73. Barbara C.14:53

    The main attraction in retro-style fragrances for me is they evoke a more glamorous era. Being rather young and not having lived through it, I imagine it through a rose-tinted glass. Which isn't a bad thing! My favorite in this category is Lipstick Rose.
    Thanks for the draw!

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  74. brie16:51

    No one does retro like Laurie Erickson of Sonoma scent studio- right now I am loving Vintage Rose but her entire line has a vintage vibe to it.
    thanks for this generous draw!

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  75. Anonymous21:28

    I associate retro with quality and complexity. In times past I think that perfumers were well trained and they had vision. They created perfume to their standard, and not to some focus group. I am not a nose: i don't think I could successfully combine two fragranced items to come up with one cohesive smell. Thast's why I trust Jean Claude Ellena, for example, to make some thing that I wwant to wear.I thnk they have vision and insight and an understanding of what each component of the fragrance will do over time.

    Thank you for the draw-it's very generous! And thank you for your blog, which brings such joy to your readers!
    Sincerely,
    Carole

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  76. Ariadne22:59

    I love Art Nouveau and woodsy and floral is ALL that!

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  77. I think the greater number of natural perfumers are bringing back visions of the past. There's nothing like non-synthetics to make a great fragrance become timeless !

    Thanks for the draw !

    Kate

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  78. I like retro type fragrances because they seem more interesting and usually have more depth to them. That doesn't mean that they're more garish--the kind of scent you smell before the person enters the room. Rather, they imprint their impression along with the wearer.

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  79. Isayah02:23

    For me, Retro often means a deeper search, trying to reach for hues and nuances that many perfume companies have lost sight of.

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  80. I think retro is so appealing because even the word evokes romantic feelings. It seems that everything retro has more soul in it. I think Lipstick Rose is very retro.

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  81. I like it because it creates something unique & interesting! :)

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  82. You definitely piqued my interest when you compared Opardu to Patou's Vacances. I would love to be entered in this most generous draw.

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  83. Maureen14:52

    I love the retro feeling in fragrances, but also like the lighter and more translucent feel of modern compositions. Although I do love some of the older classics, sometimes they feel too heavy and I feel like they are wearing me. I feel like that weight in fragrance also made the older classics last longer on the skin. That is my biggest dismay with the more modern compositions. I think Chanel did a good job updating #5 & #19, but they just do not last very long. I would love to win this. thanks for the draw.

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  84. Phanie20:49

    Given the numerous IFRA restrictions I doubt that any of the contemporary fragrances (even the retro-like ones)
    could possibly smell like a real vintage perfume.
    Chanel No5, old Guerlains and Diors, now reformulated, are beyond any recognition to their originals
    With regards to niche perfume industry :Amouage, DSH, MDCI probably represent modern retro
    Vero Profumo,Mona di Orio,Serge Lutens are also popular modern classics.In addition, Ormonde Jayne makes remarkable fragrant creations with retro allure
    No matter the quality -and the price of course-,not all these perfumes appeal to me
    Sometimes,on a special occasion I may reach for a MDCI Chypre Pallatin,wear it like an expensive gown.
    It's an interesting twist from the sweet fruit-chuli boredom
    Then again, I will go back to my t-shirts and jeans , my Estee Lauders and Thierry Muglers
    After all I am a woman of my own times

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  85. Great draw! I appreciate the chance to smell something that will take me back to another time. It is just interesting to think that I may smell the same as someone in the 20s, though we live such different lifestyles.

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  86. Amarie12107:32

    Such an interesting give-away! I prefer most vintage items, particularly from 1950s and earlier. As far as perfumery goes, those who made perfumes in the past were committed to an art and wanted to make a product which stood the test of time; I think of these perfumes as "perennials". This contrasts with the "annuals" which are flooding the market today; these modern perfumes are often made to tie in to a specific trend or tabloid star in order to get maximum exposure. They will not generally succeed the test of time, and will not likely do what perfume should do, which is to arouse a memory associated with the scent. How can a modern perfume remind a child of his mother if she changed her perfumes every 3 months and her selections were always discontinued?

    No, give me a "vintage" mentality but perhaps a modern sensibility. I think that Tocca is a line which does this well; their fragrances are simple and feminine without pandering to the trends (Candyfloss, anyone? And I do not think there is an oud to be found in the line!). I also enjoy Diptyque's marketing and packaging, which is so steeped in lore of the past; it may be a ploy, but I do like my fragrances to come with a backstory! (Did anyone else try Creed's Fleurissimo because it was made for Princess Grace? Anyone?):-)

    I'd love the opportunity to try Opardu; I have not yet had the pleasure of smelling this line. Thank you!

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  87. ariane07:39

    The retro/modern ones are the ones that pull at my heart strings(Antonia!!) because of their depth and richness,but at the same time anchor me in the 21st century,Thanks for this wonderful draw!

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  88. I have to say that no note feels more retro to me than leather, perhaps due to the connotations with vintage clothing and furniture. The modern touch could be in the form of a more abstract and light top and it is Cuir Pleine Fleur that comes to mind.

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  89. Desirae02:35

    In a retro-modern perfume I like creaminess,spice and little bit of something naughty to keep it from turning into a christmas pudding. I'm fond of a classical style floral composition as well. For the "modern" part I just ask that it be a little more wearable in casual situations than some vintage perfume bombs.

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  90. Being just past 30 and not having a real interest in fragrance until the past few years, the retro scents of modern design give me the opportunity to experience some of the history of perfumery that is rare and hard to come by otherwise. Thats their big appeal for me.

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  91. Anonymous08:10

    Hope I'm not too late on this [crossing fingers]
    My idea of a modern retro is Vintage Rose from SSS. It's delicate and a throw-back in concept, but it's also wearable right now. Does that make sense?

    Margaret D.

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