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  1. Tom Ford for Men Extreme by Tom Ford: Review

    by , 6th February 2013 at 03:12 PM (Riding the Thermals)
    Tom Ford Extreme begins with an oxblood leather couch in the study of a famous psychiatrist. The study is lined with books and the sprawling hardwood desk contains a silver letter opener, a meteorite paperweight, and other lavish clutter. Next to the desk is a pipe chest, where an extraordinary collection of pipes from all over the world, fine tobacco, and spiny brand new pipe cleaners all wait silently in the dark.

    This rich but reserved fragrance opens with a salty creamy leather ...
  2. Brooks Brothers New York Gentleman Review

    by , 5th February 2013 at 04:30 PM (Riding the Thermals)
    Brooks Brothers was generous enough to accommodate me with a small bottle of New York Gentleman, the masculine counterpart to New York for Ladies. NYG has the peppery opening of a 40 watt light bulb (powered by true to life verbena and bergamot), which gradually dims down to a comforting green glow stick, emitting a trace of warmth from spice and vetiver. At one point, it feels like it almost wants to turn aquatic, but veers away just in time. Whew...

    The citrus is front and center ...
  3. Serge Lutens Gris Clair Review

    by , 5th February 2013 at 04:27 PM (Riding the Thermals)
    Gris Clair opens with a natural lavender stripped of it's astringent properties and balanced perfectly with the sweet vibrating hum of incense softened and warmed with amber and vanilla. It is at once fresh and warm, a dichotomy of scents, and for what it's worth, the most interesting Lutens I have experienced so far.

    After the top notes start to relax their hold, cool florals start to penetrate this rich orange layer, suggesting a drop in temperature with the onset of evening. ...
  4. Is There Going to be a 2013 Basenotes Meetup This Year Like NOLA, Las Vegas, etc.? What city?

    Is anyone planning the b-i-g meetup this year? I know there are small get meetups in some cities but I'm talking about the big one that people from all over go to.

    I think there have been ones in NYC, San Francisco, Kansas City, New Orleans, and the last one was in Las Vegas.

    I haven't been able to go to the other meet-ups but they sounded like such fun and this seems to be my year. Is someone planning one for this year?

    I certainly would be interested. ...
  5. What is Oud?

    by , 3rd February 2013 at 12:01 PM (Possum-Pie's making sense of scents)
    Agarwood, also known as oud, Aoud, oodh or agar, is a dark resinous heartwood that forms in Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees. When the tree is infected by a mold, it's immune response produces this thick rich smelling oil. Like different wines grown in different locations, oud depends on where and when it was grown. It comes from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Phillip pines, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, and India. I believe most oud is produced in plantations of trees planted by suppliers.You ...

    Updated 3rd February 2013 at 12:06 PM by Possum-Pie

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