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  1. Fragrance Review: Arquiste Anima Dulcis

    Genre: Woody Oriental

    They got the “dulcis” right; the “soul” I’m not so sure about.

    By all rights, I probably shouldn’t review Anima Dulcis. It’s simply not the kind of fragrance I’m liable to enjoy, even if done well. Nonetheless, I’ve sampled it, and I have some thoughts, so I will assume the dissenter’s position and share my experience.

    Anima Dulcis launches on lovely, sweet bergamot top notes, but these give way quickly to a syrupy vanillic
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    Updated 12th July 2014 at 03:58 AM by Way Off Scenter

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  2. Fragrance Review: Arquiste Aleksandr

    Genre: Leather

    Unlike some previous reviewers, I do not find this to be a quiet scent. Aleksandr’s huge violet top note is overwhelmingly potent – strong enough to stir memories of pre-reformulation Fahrenheit. The violets-that-ate-Tokyo are soon joined by a pungent, chilly balsam fir note and a smoky, birch tar-laden leather accord. The tripartite structure unfurls in linear fashion over the course of three or four hours, landing eventually upon a rugged woody-balsamic
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    Updated 10th July 2014 at 05:14 PM by Way Off Scenter

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  3. Fragrance Review: Diptyque 34 Boulevard St. Germain

    Genre: Oriental

    I can’t help but feel that the brief behind this anniversary release is misguided: attempting to capture the olfactory atmosphere inside the Diptyque flagship store almost guarantees a disorganized mish-mash of perfumes and scented candles. Indeed, the disparate elements thrown together here not only fail to cohere into a solid structure; they actually manage to cancel one another out. Reminders of older Diptyque scents flash by in the top notes - some
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    Updated 16th July 2014 at 11:29 AM by Way Off Scenter

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  4. BPAL of the day: Lines Written among the Euganean Hills

    This scent was a Yule 2008 limited edition and gets its inspiration, as well as its redolent moniker, from a poem by Shelley:

    Senseless is the breast and cold
    Which relenting love would fold;
    Bloodless are the veins and chill
    Which the pulse of pain did fill;
    Every little living nerve
    That from bitter words did swerve
    Round the tortur'd lips and brow,
    Are like sapless leaflets now
    Frozen upon December's bough.

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  5. Fragrance Review: Arquiste Boutonničre No. 7

    Genre: Floral

    The convincing gardenia top note alone is almost worth the price of admission; I only wish I enjoyed everything that follows half as much. The gardenia is evanescent and subsides within a few minutes on the skin. What remains is a loud, sour vetiver, citrus, and generic green floral accord, anchored by an especially abrasive woody aromachemical. This last is probably included to make the fragrance smell “masculine,” but instead grates on my sensibilities like
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