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Old 09-05-2017, 03:06 AM   #31
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You never picked up the spicey vanilla notes from Rustic? I may need to try this in a soap. Also, what's your damage with Donna Summer? Just curious.


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Old 09-05-2017, 03:52 AM   #32
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Drakkar was released in 1972, just about the peak of the Disco craze. Very popular with the "bigger than their britches" fraternity types and other wannabe fakers, at least in my part of the world. Too many guys who thought "if two drops is good, half the bottle of something expensive is much better, that way everyone knows I have tons of money to blow on things".

Too many memories of being gassed by people wearing too much at disco bars, I guess. And it's not really my type of scent.

I prefer the 80's, the music was better.


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Old 09-13-2017, 03:09 AM   #33
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As someone who strenuously avoids most scents marketed as "masculine" (because it usually means a musky herbal or chemically ocean top note and not much more) I was glad to read about your experience and the follow up. I may try one or two of these after all.

And, isn't Zany the Enabler a character on Game of Thrones?
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:33 AM   #34
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Drakkar was released in 1972, just about the peak of the Disco craze. Very popular with the "bigger than their britches" fraternity types and other wannabe fakers, at least in my part of the world. Too many guys who thought "if two drops is good, half the bottle of something expensive is much better, that way everyone knows I have tons of money to blow on things".

Too many memories of being gassed by people wearing too much at disco bars, I guess. And it's not really my type of scent.

I prefer the 80's, the music was better.
I grew up on Motown and later and a surprising variety of genres thanks to my mom. Disco is one of them but I also blame WKTU for being good for playing disco mixes in my tweens (90s). I'm still surprised by how many songs I can pick up on and remember hearing growing up.

Back to Drakkar, I guess I can see your point. I really get the Axe thing too (it's really not attractive to smell a stinky dude or a dude who likes to smell like Axe)
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:22 AM   #35
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Week four update:

Fierce: Has faded considerably, but not changed. Much less offensive to me at the current odor level, but I'm not looking forward to using this bar. Not my kind of scent. Reminds me of the locker room at the Y in Sault Ste. Marie for some reason today.

Drakkar: Also much tamer than before, has morphed a bit too. Sweeter, but still reminds me of pretentious frat boys for some reason. Bad memories from being a nerd in college, I think. At this strength should be a popular fragrance, just not for me.

Cold Water: Nice water scent, has faded some. Very pleasant, made a batch of soap dyed light blue with indigo with it last week.

Kentish Rain: Holding well, a little less fresh cut lawn and a little more generic floral, but quite nice.

Made to Measure: A little lighter now, but still smells of quality tobacco and tweed jacket. Great scent, just not sure it's meant for soap.

Spiced Mahogany: A little lighter, a little sweeter. Some sweet spice now, less wood, but light. I've used this in some HP soap, scent holds better there so far at two weeks.

Shave and a Haircut: Has faded some more, same scent. Would be a problem if you like strongly scented soaps, I think. It's fine for me, but I suspect it would be nearly unscented for quite a few people. Very pleasant.

Sensuous Sandalwood: Faded a bit, but less "powder" scent, so I like it better. Very nice scent alone, will make a very close copy of Old Spice with equal parts Allspice EO. Will eventually end up in bath and shaving soap, I think.

Salty Mariner: Has faded a bit, scent is unchanged. Very pleasant, may need a bit more to hold the scent for a full cure for some people. Will make some sea green soap this weekend with this, I think. Quite pleasant

Rustic Woods: Has faded some more, and morphed a bit. More cedar, less vanilla, but very nice. Will end up in soap at my house eventually (there really is a limit, I think, on how much soap I need to make this fall....).

I ran these past a couple friends, and their favorites were Kentish Rain, Cold Water, Salty Mariner, Spiced Mahogany, and Rustic Woods. One really liked the Sandalwood, too. I forgot to take the Fierce along, and they both recognized Drakkar, but don't want it in soap.

I will start using these samples in the shower after six weeks are up, and probably do a HP sampler as well of the ones I've not already used in HP soaps -- I suspect some of them will hold much better without the high lye activity at the beginning.
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Old 09-20-2017, 12:53 AM   #36
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Week five update:

Fierce: Faded a bit more, but still present. Still smells like arrogant adolescent at the mall to me, but other people will like it. Still slightly pink, too.

Drakkar: Faded some a mellowed, much nicer now that when fresh. Close to the original, but no my personal idea of what I want soap to smell like. Also still a bit pink.

Cold Water: A bit more faded, but no other change. Very pleasant.

Kentish Rain: A little change in the scent, no longer has that fresh cut grass smell, but it's very pleasant. I'm thinking a medium green for this soap color, still smells "green" to me.

Made to Measure: No change.

Sensuous Sandalwood: Less powdery smell, has faded a bit, but still there. Still different than Bulk Apothecary's version. Will definitely make some soap with this.

Shave and a Haircut: Starting to remind me of Made to Measure now, seems to be gaining in strength a bit. Very pleasant.

Spiced Mahogany: More spice, less vanilla? Or more vanilla and less spice, maybe. Has mellowed a bit, very nice. Already made soap with this one, HP, and it's stronger, but is also mellowing like this tester did.

Salty Mariner: Has faded a bit, but still plenty strong for me. A bit milder, too, somehow. Very nice scent, a bit less perfumy now.

Rustic Woods: Cedar and vanilla now, smells like fresh cut redwood, too. Very very nice, has mellowed and faded some. Probably changes more than any of this sampler.

Hope this is of some value, and I'll write up reviews for the spreadsheet, too.
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Week Six update:

I'll be starting to use these in the shower soon, will post updates as I use them.

Fierce: Has faded considerably, and is now the spicy scent I was expecting from the descriptions. Helped a bit by the fact my house is full of basil scent at the moment, harvested a big handful for drying. I'm curious as to what Fierce will be like in use.

Drakkar: Also much fainter, but not really changed much. Too cologne like for me in soap, but it would likely be popular for selling soap. Very powerful even when faded, at the rate most people scent their soaps I'd have had to put it outside.

Cold Water: a bit lighter but no change in scent. Is stronger so far in HP soap.

Kentish Rain: Muted a bit, has mellowed some as well, very pleasant. A bit of the fresh cut grass is back. My idea of soap scent, not like a cologne or aftershave, just a nice clean scent.

Made to Measure: No change.

Sensuous Sandalwood: No change except it has faded a bit. Will make a bigger batch with this one I think, and it's a possibility in shave soap as well.

Shave and a Haircut: Still a nice light scent, but it's changed a bit and seems stronger. Another very nice soap scent rather than cologne.

Spiced Mahogany: Has mellowed a bit, more vanilla, less spice. Very pleasant. This one is also much stronger so far in HP, will see if it morphs in the same way -- I like the current scent in CP better than the HP scent.

Salty Mariner: No change. Still a very pleasant scent for soap.

Rustic Woods: Cedar and vanilla, some spice, also very nice. Will make some soap with this one someday.

I've been collecting some more scents to try out, will do another set of testers when I get a chance (up to my eyeballs in grapes and winemaking at the moment, hopefully that will be done this week).
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Time for an update:

I tried the Fierce in the shower. It has faded to a nice, spicy scent, but is too persistent for me, it hangs around on my skin even at the very low rate I used. If you like the scent it's a good one, very strong though.

Drakkar is next, and sadly this batch of testers is getting DOS so I may not be able to work through them all before they go too far off to use. Must have been that Field lard I used, everything I put it in has gone "south", while my used doughnut fry oil (half soy, half canola) is perfectly fine....


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