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    Re: A nice oud (not barnyard/fecal) for blending?

    As a very rough idea, my perfumer friend here in India blends 30% oud to another perfume blend so the mixture is 70% other perfume oil and 30% oud. This, for a 3ml bottle which is potent enough to...
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    Re: Perfumes of The East IV: Mitti Attar

    The old ones are hardly available these days. There are 'fake' sandalwood trinkets available, in the sense that shady dealers will soak the wood in sandalwood oil for some time (days, months?) and...
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    Re: Perfumes of The East IV: Mitti Attar

    Very nice review, LV, as always.
    Yep, you have painted an accurate depiction of what Mitti smells like. For me though, its pretty sweet in its variations. It is certainly elegant and masculine. This...
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    Re: The Trouble with Iquitos: Rose or Rubber

    Heheh, another great review, LV. The best rose I sniffed was a rose attar blend, which was amazing in its depth. I don't think it lost any of the rose fragrance tone.
    What does Iquitos's synthetic...
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    Re: Sweet and spicy suggestions please

    Agreed, it is very mildly sweet and spicy, and lasts a while as well. Very underrated, but classy fragrance.
  6. Re: Perfumes of The East III: Top Quality Agarwood Oil

    There is also a lot of saffron in the opening. I think that is what gives it the sweet 'rounded' aspect. If you get some on your clothes, its going to last even longer!


    Arfaat.. Hmm. It came...
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    Re: Paco Rabanne: one trick pony?

    Paco Rabanne is very beautiful in all its aspects. I also find that XS is well made. Nowhere near the class of the original PR anyway. Another scent that is similar to PR is Bogart PH (signature -...
  8. Re: What fragrances would Mythological guys would use??

    Julius Caesar would probably use something like Paco Rabanne!
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    Re: Do men use pure perfume?

    Lots of Indian attars etc are only available in perfume oil form (highly concentrated). They also last very long with just a little dab, compared to numerous sprays with an EDT.
  10. Re: Perfumes of The East III: Top Quality Agarwood Oil

    Glad to see you back, LV. We missed your inputs and reviews :) .
    As for the Oud - how different are the two - did you compare them on each hand? I would love to smell some horse stable smell...
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    Re: Perfumes of the East #1: Damra, aka Rehan

    When you apply - dab (just a little bit) it in the crook of your elbow, or anywhere on your skin, and then rub that spot a bit with your wrist/other hand so as to dilute the fragrance further. Nice...
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    Re: Happy Ramadan to our Muslim basenotes members

    Thank you,
    Happy Ramadan to you as well.
    Fasting is great fun :) . I was wearing a lovely sandalwood/saffron blend yesterday, and it seems more 'intense' when you're fasting.

    Btw, its 30 days of...
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    Re: East versus West: Overlooking Eastern Parfumerie

    Unfortunately - these are so (at times) different from the western model, that I can't really put them into classes such as aquatics/marine/fougeres etc. I could say .. mild.. heavy....headachy.......
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    Re: East versus West: Overlooking Eastern Parfumerie

    I've found that most sites just give a flowery description about the wonders of the fragrance, rather than a practical few notes about what it could smell like on a person.
    Though, there are so...
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    Re: Roger et Gallett Discontinuing Some Lines

    That is bad indeed. Open is a wonderful fragrance.
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    Re: My Own Sandalwood Scent

    Saw this just now. That was an interesting experiment you did. Sandalwood by itself has a sharp opening that very quickly tones down to a mild 'creamy' smoothness. I noticed you described the same...
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    Re: Fixatives and the Fleeting Scent

    Ruh Khus (Vetiver) will last well over 12 hours. Other oils more (like Ouds) or less (citruses), depending on their type. I haven't tried jasmine yet, but I aim to find out this week :)
  18. Re: Amatuer Help Needed For lighter Fahrenheit-type scent

    Hehe, I misread then.. I really like all of those fragrances. However, I have only one - Aramis. XS, I feel is not similar to cool water and eternity at all. They are both very 'fresh' smelling,...
  19. Re: Amatuer Help Needed For lighter Fahrenheit-type scent

    Sorry, I didn't notice :) . I was just rushing through the thread. I also live in a very hot environment! However these perfumes don't turn too cloying on me! Try Aramis (not Tuscany) - its darn good...
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    Re: Fixatives and the Fleeting Scent

    Lucius, unfortunately, citruses don't last too long :( . I like the hesperides as well, but its a quality of the note that it fades out rather quickly. Pure citrus oil won't last at all! (I've been...
  21. Re: Amatuer Help Needed For lighter Fahrenheit-type scent

    Quimbaya by Jean Pascal is a very good Fahrenheit-like scent (warmer and spicier I guess). If you like Paco Rabanne, you will also like Bogart (signature). It seems that you like fougeres a lot....
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    Re: Finding good Sandalwood...

    AFAIK the best smelling sandalwood incense sticks are these http://www.mysoresandal.co.in/incense-sticks.html .
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    Re: Finding good Sandalwood...

    Hello,

    I'm sorry I saw this thread too late. The prices have increased over here a lot from the time I posted. As you said rightly, it is all based on trust! There are a lot of gullible buyers who...
  24. Re: Re-introduction, Thanks and a few notes on Attars/perfume oils

    @Narcus : Thank you so much :) . I'm glad you liked the descriptions. Perhaps you could also share some reviews of the eastern fragrances you have! :) Xeryus is by Givenchy and I think it was...
  25. Re: Re-introduction, Thanks and a few notes on Attars/perfume oils

    Same here Vijay. Trust you're doing well my friend! Talk to you soon :) .
    Btw, the Jean Pascal is still one of my favourite fragrances. Its very very unique!
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    Re: Attars and arabic perfumes

    Nice mini-review, Night. I haven't heard of this one before, but thanks for bringing it to our attention. I shall also attempt a couple of mini-reviews of the Attars I have.
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    Re: cant get enough of.

    :D Oh yes, Fahrenheit definitely is! I have no experience with the Issey, regardless, any fragrance that truly appeals to your nose is what you should keep.
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    Re: Attars and arabic perfumes

    Taz, they have grading systems here as well. However, the prices are MUCH lower than what is usually charged online! Khus is not more than 5$ anywhere here for 3ml.
  29. Re: Re-introduction, Thanks and a few notes on Attars/perfume oils

    HAHAHAH! :grin: . However, I do get a lot of credit! I simply select the ones I want, and walk off to test them at my leisure if there are a lot of customers around.
  30. Re: Re-introduction, Thanks and a few notes on Attars/perfume oils

    Agreed, they will only show the routine stuff unless its a 'paying' or known customer!! However, its real fun to browse through the Attar shops.
  31. Re: Re-introduction, Thanks and a few notes on Attars/perfume oils

    Aw, thanks Night.
    Thanks Javagreen. Pricing depends on the quality. I have seen 'cheap' J-U-F's as well, for only about a couple of $, but their quality wasn't so good (the fragrance was jarring,...
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    Re: Attars and arabic perfumes

    To answer your query, an attar could be anything from a blend to a linear perfume. Even ruhs (pure essential oils) are also termed 'attars' .
    a) Longevity : They last and last. If on the clothes,...
  33. Re: Re-introduction, Thanks and a few notes on Attars/perfume oils

    @Jenson, Thanks
    @ Mudassir, Thanks for listing those. I am planning on a trip to the perfumer's soon and getting some more names and descriptions.
    @ evogel, That oud was very strong. Much more so...
  34. Re-introduction, Thanks and a few notes on Attars/perfume oils

    Hello,
    I live in India, A very very few of you might know me. I would like to say hello and thanks to Sixcats, Narcus, womble, quarry, Mastorer and Masionstinky among others (excuse me if I miss out...
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    Re: Attars and arabic perfumes

    Thank you, Night, for getting me to post.
    Can you give me a list of the perfume oils you got, so I can (if I have any experience with them) post my opinions on them?

    Attars define a wide variety...
  36. Thread: Arabic Oud Oils

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    Re: Arabic Oud Oils

    I'm sorry I can't contribute to the thread in detail right now. I can point you towards an earlier link - http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=186536&highlight=ouds . It has some...
  37. Thread: Help in Deciding

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    Re: Help in Deciding

    I think both are very good fragrances - the choice is yours. Both are 'strong' in that sense. JP is more of a sour/herbal/mossy fragrance, whereas Quimbaya is in the vein of a spicy fahrenheit (and...
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    Re: Eau de You: Your Own Fragrance

    Hi, congratulations on your 500th post.
    Well, I had a perfume made for myself recently, but it didn't turn out all that well, I think. My input on cinnamon (5%) turned out to be fairly too (read WAY...
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    Re: Holy Grail / Top five all-time

    Cerruti 1881
    Givenchy Xeryus
    Givenchy Gentleman
    Paco Rabanne Pour Homme
    Geoffrey Beene - Grey Flannel

    I haven't got a top fragrance yet, but Xeryus would be at the top of any of my lists.
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    Re: the most drinkable juice

    Well, Khus-Khus is vetiver, and I like it, particularly in summer. Perhaps you could check out some Indian store and see if they have khus sherbet.
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    Re: Fonds de parfum - What are they for?

    Narcus/Riannon - The correct word would be Islamic country :) . A Muslim is a person who follows the religion of Islam.
    Re Barfbarf : Any Muslim (not just an Arab) isn't allowed to drink alcohol...
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    Re: Scent longevity differs on yourself?

    Absolutely dependant on the weather for me, if its hot, the perfume won't last, if its cooler (and in winter), its a safe bet that the perfume will last a fair while.
  43. Thread: Himalaya/XS

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    Re: Himalaya/XS

    XS lasts hours on me. I don't know about the Himalaya/XS comparison, but XS by itself is a wonderful woody/floral type of perfume that isn't cloying no matter how much you apply, and even so, just a...
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    Re: Most Exciting "Mainstream" Men's Scents

    Paco Rabanne PH
    Aramis
    Givenchy Gentleman, Xeryus
    Roger & Gallet - Open
    Armani PH
    Gucci PH
    Dior Fahrenheit, Dune
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    Re: Need formal scent help...

    I'd say Givenchy Gentleman - as formal as it gets. Others are Pierre Cardin PM and Mont Blanc Presence.
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    Re: Suggest me a fresh fragrance

    Live Jazz, Chanel Platinum Egoiste, Geir
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    Re: The (Almost) Identical Fragrances Thread

    Bogart (signature) and Paco Rabanne PH are quite similar. Bogart seems to be more peppery and strong, but once that sharp accord fades, not much between the two.
  48. Thread: Which Trumper

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    Re: Which Trumper

    I like Wellington, from the sample I have. Its very formal, but it doesn't turn powdery on me, I like it better than Marlborough anyway. Also, its a bit softer and would be a great inoffensive...
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    Re: Who's done winter scents in summer

    I've never distinguished between heavy and light perfumes that way. I apply whatever I feel is just right for the time. Even the so called 'winter' scents work well in summer.. and I'm talking about...
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    Re: Paco Rabanne XS for office

    I think XS is a wonderful non-offensive fragrance. However, in an office environment, just go easy on the sprayer - 2-3 sprays ought to do the trick, and will last you all day as well.
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    Re: XS without zippo cap?!

    XS lasts and lasts on me.
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    Re: The 10 Levels Of Junky-ism

    Level 8, terribly so. And I had on 3 samples today - Bazaar, Tzar and Must by cartier.. and someone smelled me and went, wow, that's a lot of Axe..... Ah well...
  53. Thread: New Stuff Added

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    Re: New Stuff Added

    Thank YOU for doing all the hard work.
  54. Re: Oudhs - do they change our ideas of what ‘Orientals’ smell like?

    Hello Narcus, Vijay, Rockford..

    Following this thread (and also checking out the scentemental thread that rockford had provided which was very enlightening), I took a trip to my perfumer's today...
  55. Re: Oudhs - do they change our ideas of what ‘Orientals’ smell like?

    A little Oud goes a long way, its really really strong. As I've mentioned, I've smelled different grades of Oud oils, the difference to my untrained nose was mostly in their 'texture' and strength,...
  56. Re: Oudhs - do they change our ideas of what ‘Orientals’ smell like?

    The extraction and refining of Oud is expensive by itself. There are various grades of trees and oils too. Since the middle eastern countries could typically afford the most 'expensive' stuff, Oud...
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    Re: Perfume oils, did anyone tried?

    One of the oud's that I have - a 3ML bottle, just a dab is enough for a whole day, it won't run out anytime soon either, so yes, even a bit of perfume oil is going to last a long time. It also...
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    Re: Perfume oils, did anyone tried?

    EDIT : Excuse my double post - browser refreshed, and before I knew it, I had two messages on my hands.
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    Re: Perfume oils, did anyone tried?

    Those fancy bottles are targetted at anyone who will buy them! I prefer the simple 3ML bottles in any case. By the way, many Attars and Ouds are made in India as well, I've had a bit of experience by...
  60. Thread: Rose Otto Oil

    by AK3D
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    Re: Rose Otto Oil

    Its very heady, and envelopes you like a mist. Also, Rose attar is a sillage monster, you really need to have it layered with other fragrances. Its beautiful, nonetheless, depending on what variant...
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    Re: Your top 3 that ARE NOT SWEET

    Grey Flannel,
    Jean Pascal PH
    Versache Dreamer
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    Re: Basenotes ... no.1 ?

    Grant,
    Thank you so much for the great story, and the site. I'm sure many many others echo that sentiment. Thanks to basenotes, I grew from a perfume novice, to someone with basic knowledge of what...
  63. Re: Not Frag related, but need help cheering up a Basenote friend

    Hiya Thrax,
    A very happy birthday to you, and thanks be to Vijay for his kind words. I'm sorry to hear about your problems, I hope they'll go away soon, and it'll be more scented bliss for you!
    ...
  64. Re: Frags to make you feel up when you are feeling down

    Xeryus makes me really perk up if I'm gloomy, and if I'm not, it'll take me to the top of the world, as will Givenchy Gentleman.
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    Re: Similarities: Quimbaya and Fahrenheit

    Quimbaya is another fragrance from Jean Pascal. You can find more info about it on Vijay's site - www.suravionline.com . A women's version is also available. I don't know about the popularity, but I...
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    Re: Similarities: Quimbaya and Fahrenheit

    Hi, I have both
    Now, a person might be forgiven for mistaking one for the other. Yes, Fahrenheit and Quimbaya ARE similar, but its their differing aspects that make them both shine out. Fahrenheit...
  67. Thread: House or Nose ?

    by AK3D
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    Re: House or Nose ?

    Hi, its easy to check that in the directory, you simply select a perfume and last on the list on the left hand side are more fragrances composed by that particular perfumer. Try Jean Claude Ellena...
  68. Thread: fahrenheit

    by AK3D
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    Re: fahrenheit

    I love Fahrenheit (doesn't last too long on me though :( ). Another similar smell is Quimbaya (which is spicier, but similar).
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    Re: Citrylis, a perfume just for me

    Mike is a VERY kind and helpful person. He never hesitates in helping anyone who asks, and recommends whatever is needed (for perfumemaking - on jenny's yahoo ring - Jenny being another very helpful...
  70. Re: fav. frags that came out the year you were born? wear any of them?

    1974 - Givenchy Gentleman, and I love it too!
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    Re: Arabian Perfume specialists:heeelp please!

    I have a bottle of Oud Al Haramain. Is this the one which is translucent, light brown in colour and is much lighter than the other dark ouds? Its only 3ML, mind you but its going to last a while now....
  72. Thread: uk import tax

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    Re: uk import tax

    Hello,
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    http://www.britainusa.com/sections/articles_show_nt1.asp?d=4&i=41126&L1=&L2=&a=28516

    Found this link. Appears that you can import up to pounds 36 worth of goods without any import...
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    Re: Need a filler fragrance

    R&G Open, Swiss Army and Benetton Sport would suit your purpose.
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    Re: Finding good Sandalwood...

    My seller here has pure Mysore sandalwood oil, but its unaffordable for me - he said it was over 1,00,000 rupees a kilo ... (over 2000 euro, I think). IMO, nothing beats that 'pure' smooth smell....
  75. Re: anyone else here wear pure oudh oil, where do you get yours? stories?

    I've tried about 7 variants of Oud oil. Its available from 'cheap' to expensive, and there are some blends as well (speaking for the shop that I buy from, here). I personally don't like the stuff,...
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    Re: Need a new parfume?

    Swiss Army - fresh and long lasting. If you want to go one up on that, Chanel Platinum Egoiste.
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    Re: Jean Pascal article

    I'm wearing it today, I love the terrific lemonish opening. For a lark, I compared it to my sample of Trumper's GFT cologne. GFT is a very smooth, top notch lemon, this (JP) is more of a 'in your...
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    Re: Homemade fragrance hits and misses

    Excellent post, please do continue!
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    Re: Longest Lasting/Strongest Mens Frags?

    Xeryus
    Givenchy Gentleman
    Gucci PH
    Kouros
    Paco Rabanne PH
    Grey Flannel

    Long Lasting, but not strong are
    Swiss Army
    Chanel PE
  80. Re: Frags that smell totally different from the rest?

    By uniqueness - from what I have, and smell different from the usual 'fresh' types.

    Gucci Envy
    Quorum
    Versache Dreamer
    Kouros
    Fahrenheit/Quimbaya
    Gucci Pour Homme
    Jean Pascal Pour Homme...
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    Re: About Grey Flannel and Clean smells

    Grey Flannel - One superb fragrance. Very sharp opening that lasts for a bit and a smooth linear style of fragrance that lasts all day. This is the fragrance that started me on this perfume addiction...
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    Re: Jean Pascal article

    Funny,
    no replies yet.. I'd read that article a while ago, soon's as it was put up, I didn't see your message. Its a nice interview, and explains why the perfumes smell the way they do. Jean Pascal...
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    Re: I Am A Complete Fragrance Virgin

    Ocean Breeze - Kenzo PH
    Fresh Cut grass (green scent) - il Giardano by Mike Storer and Polo
    Woods and floral - Paco Rabanne XS PH
    Green/Mossy - Paco Rabanne PH or Bogart by Jacques Bogart
    Green -...
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    Re: who is the best custom perfumer around?

    Blimey mate, and here I was just 500 kms away, Bombay, being next to the sea would be cooler than my city. We had 43-45C at a stretch for weeks this year, without a respite (and none of that humidity...
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    Re: who is the best custom perfumer around?

    That's the reason why I support Mike too :) - being a basenoter gives a great feeling of belonging, think its not just me, I guess it runs in most of the people here.
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    Re: Help on topping my favorite colognes.

    Quimbaya by Jean Pascal is a spicier and long lasting version of Fahrenheit, its nearly the same, but both have their own typical 'flavour'. Fahrenheit seems to be greener, Quimbaya seems to be...
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    Re: Colours and Colognes

    Ave, Caesar,
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    You've brought up some very interesting topics and posts so far, good going!

    To answer the post, I wear any perfume I like any day. Be it formally dressed or casually - the...
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    Re: Just Bought On Scentiments

    I really like the fig/wood accords of Dune, it lasts a long time too, so its a definite keeper.
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    Re: Buying Fragrance On Line

    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=183373

    www.suravionline.com
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    Re: who is the best custom perfumer around?

    Mike Storer is really good at his art, he'll help you out there.
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    Re: Buying Fragrance On Line

    One word -

    Vijay!
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    Re: Arabian Bazaar.com

    Hi Narcus,
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    for 1) - I checked out a couple of rather strong materials - the oud I smelled was VERY potent, you could smell it from like 10 feet away and it'd turn up your nose. The rose I was...
  93. Re: Looking for the one (and I've tried alot, let me tell you about my experiences)

    Yep, seems like you like the classic style,
    You could also look into Armani eau PH, Paco Rabanne PH, Givenchy Xeryus, Givenchy Gentleman and Grey Flannel.
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    Re: I'm falling in love with Drakkar Noir!

    I really like this fragrance. Besides being outstanding and non-offensive, it lasts and lasts!
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    Re: What smells like a Gentleman's Club?

    Givenchy Gentleman, as said above.. and Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur
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    Re: Some comments on recent buys..

    Xeryus rocks - as I mentioned earlier in a post, its one of my favourite fragrances. I detect some grapefruit/citrus in the opening, which dies away to a mossy background. Totally awesome! That's...
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    Re: Ethnicity and Scents

    Funny that, the perfumes I love most are Xeryus, Givenchy Gentleman and Givenchy Pour Homme, I was thinking of buying Givenchy PH or Xeryus Rouge sometime or the other.
  98. Thread: Can't edit posts

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    Can't edit posts

    Hello,
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    I'm using Firefox 1.5.0.5. My problem seems to be that I cannot a) use the Bold/italics/bullet etc and b) I can't edit any posts. When I click edit, it'll pop up the save and cancel...
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    Re: Arabian Bazaar.com

    Narcus - I got Angel Men perfume oil and love it a lot, it smells better than the original, infact. Another perfume oil I have is Fleurs d'Amour - What a gorgeous fragrance. It opens with a bitter...
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    Re: Arabian Bazaar.com

    I answered a query earlier on - http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=185013

    There are many varieties of Attars/Perfume oils. Many are single notes, and there are a lot of great blends...
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