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  1. Re: 1st "scent" that grabbed your attention? natural smell, perfume, essential oil, attar, incense,

    Not a "wow" scent, but when soldering I enjoy the sweet incensy fragrance of rosin core solder.
    Of course I'm not huffing it or inhaling, but if I catch a whiff it doesn't repulse me.

    PSA:...
  2. Re: 1st "scent" that grabbed your attention? natural smell, perfume, essential oil, attar, incense,

    Very nice replies.
    I'll have to say that for natural scents, wild honeysuckle in bloom is also one of my favorites.
  3. 1st "scent" that grabbed your attention? natural smell, perfume, essential oil, attar, incense, etc

    Just curious about what "scent" 1st grabbed your attention, not merely smelled nice, but GRABBED you?
    "Scent" could be natural smell, perfume, essential oil, attar, incense, etc. Basically anything...
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    Re: Online fragrance shipping

    1. Go to local stores and try sample sprays.
    2. Purchase samples/decants to smell/wear fragrances before buying full bottles.
    3. When all else fails, read and evaluate fragrance reviews of others.
  5. Thread: Pipette setup

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    Re: Pipette setup

    I've pondered the issue of glass vs disposable pipettes. Eventually I settled on plastic, mainly because of size variability and convenience.
    But I do have to face how Mandy Aftel seems to use her...
  6. Thread: Pipette setup

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    Re: Pipette setup

    It's plastic. I wouldn't place used pipettes in it. The oils might eat into the plastic, depending on what type it is.
    If you're using plastic pipettes, why label them? I haven't had any that...
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    Re: Diluting my oils in 90% ISP/Ethanol

    So you want to turn your oils into "sprays"?
    Isopropyl alcohol = No
    Does your 98% have a grainy type after-smell? If so = No
    Perfumer's alcohol is really the way to go if you want to make...
  8. Re: Looking to use essential oils for scenting home - any help appreciated

    You might look into burning bakhoor.
    With so many bakhoor offerings out there, I'd suggest trying sample packs.
    Find what your nose is partial to.
    Living in the UK, you should have access to...
  9. Re: [$SPECIAL$]Aventus+aventus cologne, Creed (retail bottles), Kilian,tom ford,chanel,mfk,byredo!!

    Hit the deck... Incoming PM!
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    Re: What's your favourite shower gel?

    I go for the trifecta... Price/Performance/Scent = Suave Essentials
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    Re: Shave Sticks - Anybody Using Them Here?

    Palmolive and Arko shave sticks give me the best performance. I've also used Lea, LaToja and Wilkinson sticks. "Sticks" are just soap pucks in a different shape.
    Rubbing a hard shaving soap puck...
  12. Re: Any amazing Camphor-centric fragrances out there?

    Look for fragrances based on Palo Santo.
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    Re: Best aftershave for under $10 on Amazon?

    I don't care for the brief smell, but witch hazel is my go-to aftershave juice. Once it dries down I can choose nothing else or go with a balm or splash.
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    Re: Washing a syringe after decanting?

    If I'm in a hurry, I simply draw up hot water and expel a few times. After that I disassemble the plunger, tip and syringe and allow to air dry.
    If I'm picky about cross contamination I'll draw and...
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    Re: Which vetiver? Or both?

    I have smelled TdH edt & edp. I own Black Touch and just tried a sample of ENS.
    My nose tells me Black Touch is very close to TdH, but a little harsher. Which is to be expected given the price...
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    Re: How do I sell perfume over the internet?

    Your own creation or perfume by other manufacturers?
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    Re: Ebay now charging sales tax

    I've been charged sales tax on ebay purchases since last Oct.
    After Jan. the tax portion has been a separate ebay charge on my paypal account.
    Just the way it goes.
  18. Re: Anyone here ever wash shoes in the washing machine?

    What are the shoes worth to you, is the question. If they are worth the cost, I'd buy some silica gel beads. Seal the shoes in a large zip-lock bag with the silica gel beads and wait for the beads...
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    Re: Has anyone ordered bottles from Alibaba?

    What size bottles have you used? Are the atomizers better than the standard plastic "fine mist" sprayers?
    It seems hard to find that delicate balance... size/cost/quality.
  20. Re: I've stop using regular razors to double edge razors and never looked back again

    I prefer an alum block vs a styptic pencil/stick. I always pat dry my alum block and let it sit to dry completely before storing it away.
    The Gentleman Jon block has been a good one for me.
  21. Re: I've stop using regular razors to double edge razors and never looked back again

    I use double edge razors if I've got the time and in the mood. My favorites are Yaqi adjustable, Gillette Fatboy, Redtip and Old type. I use Feather blades most of the time. I've got brushes but...
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    Re: problems with scale - drops / drops - scale

    Are you calibrating the scale before use?
  23. Re: Can adding Iso-e-Super/Timberslik/Amborax to a perfume can make the perfume stronger?

    I've not found Iso-E Super to cause any notes to be punched up, except for the soft cedar of the Iso-E itself.
    It is fun to decant a little perfume and play around with how different chemicals &...
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    Re: Reverse engineering a perfume (cloning)

    "essence"

    The Perfumer's Apprentice offers a fragrance/flavor analysis service.
    I imagine clone houses would have their own lab equipment, if they are of any size. But I don't know, they may...
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    Re: Ordering online within the USA

    For delivery to a US address, the only extras should be the individual state's sales tax.
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    Re: Best affordable introduction to oud oils

    Great subject matter for a nose hungry for an oud experience.
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    Re: PICS: new storage compartments

    Are the drawers lined with anything?
  28. Thread: Aftershave balms

    by Blain
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    Re: Aftershave balms

    My aftershave daily driver has become Dickinson's Enhanced Witch Hazel Extra Strength Deep Cleansing Astringent with a dash of Invictus Aqua added to improve the scent.
    Adding the Invictus Aqua...
  29. Thread: Ambroxan

    by Blain
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    Re: Ambroxan

    * perfume composition matured then ethanol added vs * perfume composition + ethanol matured
    Does waiting to add ethanol change the development of the end fragrance?
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    Re: youtube video made by matt

    I hope there are more to come.
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    Re: Anyone use Z oils?

    Although I like the dryness of Virginia Cedar, Himalayan Cedar has my nose engaged lately.
    Right out of the bottle it has a medicinal quality to it. As it dries down, more of a menthol scent comes...
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    Re: Steps to making my first fragrance

    My most handy items are 2dram vials, scale to .001, .5ml pipettes and a note book for recording mixes.
    Always label your mixes and notes for them. I clean the outside of vials apply some scotch...
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    Re: using dab-on as spray-on

    Are the Amouage perfumes marked as "Attar"? If so, they may be too thick to properly spray out.
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    Re: New to home fragrance - Incense vs Candles?

    I like diffusing essential oils in my doTerra Petal Diffuser. I've never used tap water, only distilled water in it. A quick rinse with hot water and wiped out with paper towel is all the...
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    Re: Perfumers alcohol

    How does 200 proof food-grade ethanol factor into the picture?
    I've used 95% non-denatured ethanol, but gave up on it because of a slight grainy-type after smell.
    The only thing I'll use now is...
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    Re: Strength and longevity questions

    I would use perfumer's alcohol over any everclear type product.
    My nose detects a dirty/grainy after-smell when I've used 95% grain alcohol.
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