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    Re: The best of Xerjoff?

    I managed to obtain samples of the entire line, when the house was first launched. While some were pleasant, none of them wowed me enough to invest in any of them, although XJ Homme was the most...
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    Poll: Re: Original Vetiver vs Mugler Cologne

    It's been years since I sampled these.

    I recall Original Vetiver being sprightly, natural and delightfully green. I think it was one of the few Creeds that appealed to me at the time (but not the...
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    Re: Sycomore, Encre Noir, and...

    I recently bought over two ounces of some great Haitian vetiver EO for far less than a 75ml of bottle of Sycomore EDP.

    When it comes to vetiver fragrances, the fragrance industry is practically...
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    Make your way to the fragrance section of any department store and take your pick...
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    Re: Best Guerlain ever ....

    Vintage Heritage EDP

    It's the only Guerlain that satisfies me on all levels.
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    [UK] Re: Clearout Sale (Aqua Oleum Sandalwood & Agaraura Oud Oils)

    Updated
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Balance

    I’ve recently gone bankrupt and am currently living off the generosity of relatives, friends and my local perfumery… :grin:
  8. Re: There’s patchouli, and then there’s patchouli...

    Seriously, get yourself some Indian patchouli absolute and you'll no longer perceive Coromandel as a work of genius. Quality composing, yes, but certainly not at godlike genius level.
  9. Re: There’s patchouli, and then there’s patchouli...

    I’ve said it at least a couple of times here but obviously no-one has been paying attention…

    There are two main patchouli aromas, and they are distinguished more by their country of origin than...
  10. Re: Which is better? Montale full incense,Etro Messe de Minuit or Eau des baux

    Full incense gets my vote but only because it's more substantial to wear.

    Messe de Minuit is too fleeting and Eau des Baux isn't anything special.

    You should also investigate some decent...
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    Re: Latest Atelier Cologne - Rose Smoke!

    Cranking them out, as always...
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    Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    Only vintage. Artisanal is extremely hit and miss.
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    Poll: Re: A dilemma on what to do with fakes...

    Exactly. Every single thing we buy, accumulate and dispose of has or had an environmental impact. It's unavoidable. All we can do is remain aware, while refraining from being irresponsible, wasteful...
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    Poll: Re: A dilemma on what to do with fakes...

    And thank you for cherry-picking quotes from my posts to suit your own PC agenda. I asked a question, I didn't make a statement.

    No comments about the contradictions highlighted either. How very...
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    Re: Did Musc Ravageur change?

    I sincerely hope you're not being serious...
  16. Re: Fragrance Industry Secret Revealed.. is it true?

    Same thing.

    And it's taken you this long to realise that? After being on Basenotes for over eight years?! Wowzers!

    *smh*
  17. Re: Fragrance Industry Secret Revealed.. is it true?

    Hence why you started this thread. LOL!
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    Re: Did Musc Ravageur change?

    John, always trust your nose. If it doesn't smell right, take it back.

    When I was a newbie, I was advised to wait for the bottle to age. That's not always true.

    If the bottle is slightly...
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    Re: Did Musc Ravageur change?

    Come on! Any fragrance that's at least ten years old has undoubtedly been reformulated at least once.

    Let's not kid ourselves here.
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    Poll: Re: A dilemma on what to do with fakes...

    I'm sorry if you took offence to my posts but I'm just trying to be honest with you. I'm not going to tread on eggshells for anyone.

    If you've been 'eco-conscious' longer than most of us, you...
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    Re: Le Baiser Du Dragon...

    I also considered this one unisex and had many opportunities to buy a few bottles (in any of the concentrations available). However, like most modern designer fragrances, there was an olfactory...
  22. Re: When was the last time someone's perfume annoyed you and which perfume was it?

    I can't remember but, as always, it was a designer fragrance.
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    Poll: Re: A dilemma on what to do with fakes...

    But you're asking potentially less knowledgeable Basenoters to solve your environmental-related dilemma?

    I'm sorry but, with all the contradictions in your posts, you've completely lost me...
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    Poll: Re: A dilemma on what to do with fakes...

    Sometimes, it's better to address the issue head-on than tip-toeing to such an extent that the true message goes over the recipient's head.
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    Poll: Re: A dilemma on what to do with fakes...

    And what is disrespectful about asking such a question, when you have clearly exhibited such behaviour in this thread?

    You seem to forget that, even before owning this bottle, there were...
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    Poll: Re: A dilemma on what to do with fakes...

    Sorry, I don't know you but I have to ask. Are you neurotic or have OCD?

    I only ask because it doesn't matter what you decide there will be a consequence. You're not living in a vacuum.

    Only...
  27. Re: Guerlain Vetiver : looking for the most Woody, less mossy one.

    Save some money and buy the real stuff.

    Source some decent quality Haitian vetiver essential oil and you'll never go back to these overpriced, one-dimensional vetiver fragrances (and that...
  28. Re: Fragrance Industry Secret Revealed.. is it true?

    The fragrance industry has always been full of sh*t, more so since the '90s.

    Anyone's who's been in this hobby long enough should know that not all EDPs, for example, perform exactly the same way...
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    Re: back-ups , which and how many

    1) What was the first scent you bought back-up bottle(s) of?

    L'Air du Désert Marocain (100ml). Just one back-up bottle.

    2) What is the latest scent you have bought back-up bottle(s) of?

    I...
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    Re: What's happening with Parfum D'Empire???

    The reasoning or motive behind it is immaterial - it's still the same thing. In other words, for roughly the same price, you're getting half the amount.
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    Re: What's happening with Parfum D'Empire???

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/190962-L-Air-du-Desert-Marocain-100ml-discontinued
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    Re: What's happening with Parfum D'Empire???

    Thanks for the correction. That shows you how much I'm bothering to keep updated with the latest releases.
  33. Re: And it happened - asked not to wear perfume to work

    Sorry to hear that but I long stopped wearing my favourite fragrances to work for the following reasons:

    1) Time saved - no procrastinating about what to wear, in the morning, especially taking...
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    Re: What's happening with Parfum D'Empire???

    Sounds like PdE is doing an Andy Tauer...

    On their website, the 100ml bottles sell for 130 Euros. Their latest creation, Le Cri, is only available in 50ml and sells for... 108 Euros.
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    Re: How many fragrances do you own?

    Over the last few years, I’ve managed to reduce my collection to the bare essentials. Now, I only have eight bottles and six back-up bottles, in addition to eight oil-based perfumes and essential...
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    Re: Are any niche companies basically a scam?

    That’s why I stopped reviewing fragrances.

    I felt I was wasting my time analysing/criticising the same overpriced, pretentious swill over and over again. It also doesn’t help when most people...
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    Re: Are any niche companies basically a scam?

    I’m afraid there’s at least one con outfit in your list. I’m not going to go into any detail – I know what I know…
  38. Re: Muscs Koublai Khan - smell the same in new 100ml Gratte Ciel bottles VS bell jar in recent years

    A few weeks ago, I tried Fumerie Turque in the new expensive black bottle and swear that it’s significantly more potent than the older juice, which I found to be very weak. The juice from both the...
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    Re: Amouage Rose Incense (2019) *NEW*

    I have only one thing to say about the bottle and olfactory concept: Les Parfums de Rosine.
  40. Re: The fragrances you smell on others when out that always puts a smile on your face.

    Shalimar. It doesn't necessarily make me smile - more stops me in my tracks.
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    Re: Parfums De Marly Herod Performance.

    I've reached the conclusion that dilution is the new reformulation tactic, in the modern fragrance industry. A considerably cheaper approach too...
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    Re: Who here runs a fragrance business?

    The fragrance industry is shrouded in secrecy. If you're looking for specific answers, you probably won't get very far.
  43. Re: Tauer L'air du desert marocain - weak performance

    Most certainly. I completely agree. That's why I chuckle when people still go on about perfumery being a pure art form.
  44. Re: Tauer L'air du desert marocain - weak performance

    Word!

    To some degree, they're all a bunch of liars - whether such dishonesty applies to product descriptions, the quality of ingredients, note pyramids, price increases or sheath reformulations. ...
  45. Re: Tauer L'air du desert marocain - weak performance

    Well, Une Rose Chyprée certainly isn't the same juice that was in the original 15ml bottle. The original juice was darker, thicker and richer. The current version comes across as diluted.

    I once...
  46. Re: Tauer L'air du desert marocain - weak performance

    One thing I’ve learnt, since getting into fragrances, NEVER trust the word of a perfumer or house owner, who maintains that their fragrances haven’t been reformulated (or watered down). Chances are,...
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    Re: Help me to find a dark perfume from past

    So, why are you even bothering? Even if you could remember the smell, whatever the fragrance is has probably been reformulated beyond recognition.
  48. Re: Mellifluence thread (if you like Sultan Pasha you’ll love these)

    While I can’t vouch for his oil blends, please be aware that most of the natural materials he’s selling were acquired from either White Lotus Aromatics or Hermitage Oils. Hell, he even cribs (and...
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    Re: Aqua Oleum's Javanese Vetiver EO

    Hi Unkle Punkle,

    Thanks for the recommendation but Neal's Yard sells the Madagascan variety, which I'm not too fond of (unless it's a Bourbon).
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    Re: Aqua Oleum's Javanese Vetiver EO

    Thanks. :smiley:

    To be honest, I'm not expecting many responses from this thread but thought it wouldn't hurt to 'put the word out'.
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    Re: Aqua Oleum's Javanese Vetiver EO

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    Aqua Oleum's Javanese Vetiver EO

    I couldn't find a suitable place for this thread, so excuse me if this is the wrong place.

    Does anyone have, or know where to get, this essential oil but in the old packaging? Their current batch...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    *the sound of crickets*
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    Re: posting frags from UK to Australia

    Yep, if these fragrances are gifts, it'd be better to order the fragrances from an Australian website and use the Australian address for delivery. I did that once for a friend in the US.

    Problem...
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    Re: Biggest surprises in Perfumes The Guide 2018?

    Amen to that!
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    Re: Biggest surprises in Perfumes The Guide 2018?

    Word! The situation's been getting progressively worse, over the last ten or so years...
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    Re: New Perfume Guide

    My sentiments exactly...
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    [UK] Borneo Jewel by Agaraura - Aged Ten Years

    Price inclusive of postage.

    Originally purchased in 2010. Unused and stored in a cool, dark place.

    Borneo Jewel by Agaraura (1/4 tola / 3ml) - £300

    "Very different from every other species...
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    Re: Basenote Members who've come and and gone -

    To set the record straight, I didn't resign because of squabbles with other members. I decided not to bother posting, because I became sick and tired of being reprimanded for being too honest with my...
  60. Re: Has anyone tried "Peau d'Ailleurs" by Phillipe Starck perfumes?

    And I thought that looking at the bottles alone would have sufficiently indicated all of the above...
  61. Thread: FBs for 2017

    by Trebor
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    Re: FBs for 2017

    Apart from possibly the upcoming My Exclusive Collection, there currently aren't any other candidates.
  62. Re: NEW: Parle Moi De Parfum - New French Niche Line!

    Conceptually, a Le Labo copycat, from a long-established perfumer and fronted by his (playboy?) son. Whatever...

    But thanks for the info, even though NST is the homepage for my browser.
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    Re: Montale research info

    When has any fragrance house been consistently honest (especially from a long-term perspective)?
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    Re: What to do with awful perfume

    The cost was the equivalent to the price of a fragrance sample never smelt before. I'll say no more...
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    Re: Best Amouage Opus

    Oh, please! Now, you're reaching (and you don't even know her personally). Not everyone is so easily swayed by the opinions of others. Some people CAN think for themselves.

    For example, I don't...
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    Re: Best Amouage Opus

    Well, I'm glad it works for you. :smiley:

    A few months ago, I took a female friend on a fragrance tour, around London. She really likes amber fragrances.

    When we came across Opus VI, I told...
  67. Thread: Musc Tonkin

    by Trebor
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    Re: Musc Tonkin

    You're right to pass up on it. Musc Tonkin is a colossal joke.
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    Re: Best Amouage Opus

    For me, it's a toss up between I and IV.

    As for the worst, it's currently either II (dull and underwhelming) or VI (crude synthetic shite).
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    Poll: Re: List A or List B?

    Group A, as you can pull more chicks... :grin:
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    [UK] Re: Borneo Jewel by Agaraura

    Bump
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    Poll: Re: Does my co-worker have on too much fragrance?

    If a moderator is going to remove posts, they should at least have the decency and manners to inform the poster as to why. It's all about setting an example and being respectful.

    Until then, I'll...
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    Re: Vanilla for a Little Boy

    Agreed.

    Personally, I feel that prepubescents shouldn't wear commercial fragrances - appreciate them but not wear them.
  73. Poll: Re: Gentlemen, do you put Shower Gel before you spray perfume on yourself?

    I find Brillo Pads far more effective. Also, I absolutely love the burning sensation, after applying my SOTD on my red raw skin...
  74. Re: NEW: Au Coeur du Desert by Tauer Perfumes AND Tuberose Flash by Tauerville

    IMHO, Rose Flash is the only half-decent Tauerville release.
  75. Re: what does patchouli smell like and what should i try for reference?

    Anyone who really wants to know should get hold of the following:

    Patchouli essential oil (commonly available in the Indonesian variety)
    Indonesian patchouli absolute
    Indian patchouli absolute...
  76. Re: NEW: Au Coeur du Desert by Tauer Perfumes AND Tuberose Flash by Tauerville

    Oh, an important point that no-one's mentioned. While, in theory, the extrait should be more tenacious, it won't project as much as LADDM.
  77. Re: NEW: Au Coeur du Desert by Tauer Perfumes AND Tuberose Flash by Tauerville

    While I still believe that Andy's stuck in a rut, I'm very interested in trying Au Coeur du Desert.
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    Re: Histoires De Parfums - your favorites?

    Ambre 114 and nothing more.
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    And he's specifically using his looks as the basis for his YouTube video reviews, while preying on insecure males who foolishly aspire to a vapid lifestyle. That alone should put him under scrutiny,...
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    Going back to the thread, I'm sure his list serves as a helpful starting point for some, but there's so much out there that trumps many featured on that very list.

    But, hey, everyone's different.
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    And you tend to forget that my opinion was entirely subjective... just like yours.

    You've also forgotten that there's more to beauty or attractiveness than someone's physicality. The eyes are one...
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    Agreed.


    By Caucasian standards, he's actually an average-looking guy, with a charisma that indicates a narcissistic personality. Naturally, on the surface, he's going to appear like a really fun...
  83. Re: Alexandre J.? Never heard or read about this name.....

    Not another dubious line of Middle Eastern inspired dreck, sporting an 'exclusive' price tag...
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    Re: Le Male longevity and sillage issues 2016

    To be honest, there's a 50% chance that the bottle needs time to mature.

    Many years ago, I was in a similar position and later found out that my bottle had been reformulated. No amount of...
  85. Re: How many colognes do you have? And do you rotate between scents?

    Same here. Not including back-ups, only 16 bottles (no decants).

    Once, I owned around 25 bottles and started feeling uncomfortable and irritable about it. I'm much happier where I am now.

    As...
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    Re: Dior Privee Vetiver availability

    They'll just feed you some bullsh*t, but asking won't change a thing - £290 or nothing.
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    Re: The Perfumes that make you change your mind

    I can't think of a specific one but chypres took some time to really appreciate.
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    Re: 20 Years Ago I Was Wearing.

    Probably some remnants of an unknown feminine designer fragrance, transferred onto my skin during a lewd nocturnal adventure....
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    Re: Dior Privee Vetiver availability

    Just save yourselves the trouble (and some money) and purchase some vetiver EO.

    I know a modest aromatherapy bottle doesn't have the same 'stature' as a Dior branded bottle, but the end result is...
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    Re: Preferred and Panned houses?

    Watching: My Exclusive Collection

    Had enough of: everything else
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    Re: Jeremy Fragrance controversy or not.

    And that's more indicative of how f*cked-up the human race is...
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    Re: Jeremy Fragrance controversy or not.

    All this because of an ex-boy band singer... :grin:


    If what Dave claims is true, what's the crime in that? There's so much bullsh*t in the fragrance industry, it's refreshing when someone...
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    Re: Jeremy Fragrance controversy or not.

    I couldn't care less. But I do recall quickly previewing a couple of Jeremy Fragrance videos and found them too polished (a la MTV). I also found this Jeremy both vain and slimy, with an alpha-male...
  94. Re: Disappointing day with Givenchy Gentlemen Only Intense - reformulated?

    It's called the bait and switch epidemic.

    There have been reports of the new bottles of many current releases not smelling the same (or as strong) 12-18 months after the launch of the original...
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    Re: Phlur - New line featured in WSJ

    Who ever designed the website must have been brought up on Vogue and Elle...
  96. Re: I Will Probably Regret Asking This Question, But....

    Yeah, try stroking a lion or a crocodile...
  97. Re: Why are there so few houses which release Parfum versions of male fragrances?

    Agreed.

    Besides, most extraits being released, these days, perform disappointingly. Very few of them are noticeable on the skin after six hours.

    A pinch of salt...
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    Re: Surrender To Chance Guerlain Clearance Sale

    As mentioned before, it's all about control, with ethics and legalities ironically used as lame excuses that the ignorant masses will lap up.
  99. Re: Why are there so few houses which release Parfum versions of male fragrances?

    The two concentrations actually overlap, which is why stated concentrations should be taken with a pinch of salt.

    EDTs usually have a 5-15% concentration, while EDPs are usually 10-20%.

    I've...
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    Surrender To Chance Guerlain Clearance Sale

    Do you think Guerlain/LVMH could be doing a Chanel?
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