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Fragrance reviews. Self-explanatory.

  1. Dirty English: Me Versus The World

    It was fairly early into my exploration of fragrance that I realized I particularly enjoyed a few notes, more than others. At the top of the list was cedar, and I’ve come to enjoy it in all it’s shades and nuances. Perfumery mainly uses two species, the Virginia Cedar, which is the sharp, resinous, woody scent that most people associate with hamster bedding or pencil shavings. There’s also Atlas Cedar, which is a more distinguished, camphorous smell, beautiful in it’s own right for entirely ...
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  2. Thierry Mugler A*Men - The Ten Ton Pacifist

    Recently on Basenotes I ran the first-ever Basenotes March Madness, and one of the criteria for a fragrance being in the running was to have the most reviews. A*Men led the pack by a huge margin, but it’s also probably the most divisive fragrance mentioned on the boards. It’s very polarizing, you either love it or hate it. I’m firmly ensconced in the “love it” group.

    The bottle comes a few ways, either the black rubber bottle with blue star, or the metal bottle which is refillable at ...
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  3. L’air du Désert Marocain - A Tauering Accomplishment

    (Original post here.)

    First off I apologize to the readers for having to endure the terrible Andy Tauer pun. I couldn’t help it, and as reparation I will be wearing Acqua di Gio today. Okay, that’s actually a lie, I’m wearing Mechant Loup which will be reviewed tomorrow. ANYway, L’air du Désert Marocain was one of the fragrances I was most excited about sampling in this experiment, it’s consistently been a favorite among Basenoters and the composition has always sounded top-notch. It ...
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  4. Tea For Two - I made a mess.

    (Original post here.)

    L’Artisan Parfumeur has a reputation for being daring, innovative, and completely unique. I’d heard enough good about Tea For Two and Mechant Loup (review forthcoming) that I selected both of them for sampling from Luckyscent. In short, the scent lives up to the name. The opening is smoky and mildly sweet, like tea steeping. In this phase it’s rather interesting, and a somewhat rustic scent in an unusual use of the description. The scent is fairly linear, the base ...

    Updated 15th February 2009 at 10:39 PM by bluesoul

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  5. V&R Antidote - Sovereign Specific

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    One of the more ubiquitous sights on Basenotes is a thread to the effect of “Given what I already have, what else do you all recommend I get?” I just commented on one of them a few minutes ago, and I’m responsible for three or four of them myself. One of them had several people suggest Antidote by Viktor & Rolf, the same perfumers that make the ladies’ hit Flowerbomb. Now, these recommendations were from members whose opinions I value quite highly, so I ...
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