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    Re: Vero Profumo Perfumes - What to Sample?

    This.
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    Re: Exploring Frederic Malle....

    My favorites are, in no particular order…

    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Une Fleur De Cassie
    Le Parfum De Therese

    I also enjoy Geranium Pour Monsieur but I've to be in the mode for its white-musky...
  3. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    I'm giving yet another full wearing to Rosarium and I can't help it: It blows me away anytime I wear it. I'm probably biased towards incense-based fragrances but as a matter of fact, this one and...
  4. Re: What was the last bottle you completely finished???

    I haven't finished a bottle in years…
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    Re: Most worn April 2015

    …each worn three times…

    Lavs by Unum
    Trussardi Essenza Del Tempo
    Farmacia SS Annunziata Tabacco D'Autore
    Pekji Cuir6
    Pekji Odoon

    The rest was 1 or 2 wearings each and included Farmacia SS...
  6. Re: a Celebrity scent you'd like to see on the shelves...

    7 Dirty Words by George Carlin
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    Re: Amouage Opus IX

    Notes list sounds pretty interesting…let's see.
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    Very interesting! Blind tests are funny and much more interesting. I often wonder how much knowing a brand or a perfumer actually alter one's experience and assessment about a composition. Thanks for...
  9. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    Honestly? While I see where the comparison comes from, I still don't agree. In the end all incense fragrances are similar to some extent but beside that, I think Rosarium and any other Tauer...
  10. Re: Pekji Perfumes: A new line by former BN member Saripatates.

    Awesome! Looking forward to your thoughts, Thebeck. I'm sure you'll find something to your tastes in the Pekji's range…and something quite shocking too :D
  11. Re: Pekji Perfumes: A new line by former BN member Saripatates.

    Contact him via his website…He has samples on offer.
  12. Pekji Perfumes: A new line by former BN member Saripatates.

    It's with much of my pleasure that I've the opportunity to introduce Pekji Perfumes. Founded by former Basenotes member *Sartipatates*, Pekji is a new artisanal line 100% made in Turkey and...
  13. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    Pretty much my experience as well with the only possible difference that I'd probably add Aer to Rosarium as possible purchases.
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    Re: Timbuktu = Summer / CDG 2 Man = Winter?

    I find CDG2Man perfectly suitable for warmer weather. It has a sparkling / lemony aspect which paired to an overall transparency, does great in summer.
  15. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    Thank you for your report the_good_life. What I find particularly interesting about this line is the overall medieval-rural vibe juxtaposed to a certain polish that's definitely more inherent to...
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    Re: Heeley Phoenicia: Anyone try this yet?

    Thank you, David! Looking forward to try it and crossing my fingers it's nowhere close the dry aggressive synth oud which has become way too popular...
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    Re: Heeley Phoenicia: Anyone try this yet?

    David, how dry is it? Is it the typical westerner sharp dry-woody / woodyambery iteration of oud?
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    Re: CdG Wonderoud - discontinued???

    I think keeping both Wonderwood and Wonderoud in the same line would be redundant. I've no idea if the news is true but it makes sense anyway...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    …in no particular order..

    Knize Ten
    Lavs by Unum
    Odoon by Pekji
    Onda VdE
    Odeur 71
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    Poll: Re: Vetiver overload--help me drop a few!

    Of those listed I would probably get rid only of the L'Occitane. Carven Vetiver too…assuming it's the current stuff. If it's the vintage, then it's a keeper.
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    Re: a Modernist scent....

    Yep!
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    Re: a Modernist scent....

    If I think about Bauhaus I think about something that was avant-garde and kind of shocking when it came aout. They produced simple groundbreaking objects designs that felt so revolutionary at the...
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    Re: Designer scents that equals or betters Niche

    This is a fantastic way to put it! Well played, Spoombung!
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    Re: Fragrances with Black in the name.

    Yes, for the most part putting *Black* in the name is pure gimmick yet, sometimes, the fragrance lives up to its name (eg. Comme Des Garcons Black, Pascal Morabito Or Black, Black Aoud, Black...
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    Re: Fragrances for summer

    If you want something tenacious and you're fine with aquatic note, Tirrenico by I Profumi Del Forte is quite persistent…Instead, if green stuff is what you're after, I'd suggest some of the...
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    Re: Designer scents that equals or betters Niche

    Several Guerlain, several Chanel, a bunch of Dior, Joh Galliano EDP (vintage), Bel Ami, Kelly Caleche, several YSL, a bunch of Jil Sander, a bunch of older Gucci…others...
  27. Poll: Re: Fumeheads please help me pick a fragrance...

    Amongst those listed, I'd go either for L'Instant or Guerlain Vetiver.
  28. Re: What's your pick(s) from Comme des Garcons line?

    Thank you for your insight. I think I've never smelled any current version of Hinoki so I'll keep that in mind for the future...
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    Re: Best Reformulated Fragrances 2015

    I find the performance pretty ok. The main difference between the two, in my experience, is that the former had a sort of old-fashioned *lived-in* vibe which is not present in the current stuff.
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    Re: Best Reformulated Fragrances 2015

    Agree on the Caron masculines being still good. Same for Egoiste even if it's just a shadow of it's former self. Fahrenheit is still pretty good as well as Yohji Homme by Yohji Yamamoto. Bel Ami by...
  31. Re: What's your pick(s) from Comme des Garcons line?

    Care to articulare, repose?
  32. Re: What's your pick(s) from Comme des Garcons line?

    I'd personally start with their classic EDP from 1994, Odeur 71 (which after all this years is still my favorite CDG) and Comme Des Garcons 2. If you like incense, Avignon, Black (not the one in the...
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    Re: Lets make a list: Your 1 spray fragrances

    The only one I can think of is M/Mink
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    Poll: Re: How open are you to wearing a "clone" scent ?

    No problem in wearing a clone as long as there's something that justifies it such as, say, unavailability of the original fragrance, cheaper price….
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    Re: Heeley Phoenicia: Anyone try this yet?

    This seems to have gone quite under the radar. It sounds very interesting on paper...
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    Re: New Pierre Guillaume - Collection Croisiere!!

    Tried them all and while I'm a big fan of Guillame's work, Jangala was the only one that worked for me. An effortlessly original mix of non-gourmand coconut and a freezing balsamic note of eucalyptus...
  37. Re: Name a fragrance someone on BN recommended that you absolutely love and wear because of the advi

    Fun thread…

    Vibert / Off-Scenter / Way-Off Scenter: Citrus Paradisi, Parfum D'Habit…others...
    Saripatates: Ocean Rain, Paul Smith Story
    Colin Maillard: Jil Sander Man Pure, Paul Smith London,...
  38. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    Fantastic haul, Colin! Enjoy them in good health! *Dat* Rosarium! :D
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Opus and LAVS are completely on another level. Especially LAVS for me but I guess ca va sans dire.
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Risa Nigra is by far my least favorite as well Darvant, and probably the only one I wouldn't actually buy. With that said, I still find it pretty up there with most of the contenders in its...
  41. Re: Mention "only" top 3 (max) from all of your fav. houses

    Guerlain

    Djedi
    Jicky
    Songe D'Un Bois D'Ete

    Comme Des Garcons

    Original EDP
    Odeur 71
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    They just started and I honestly have no idea how they plan to handle their business but I guess we'll figure it out pretty soon...
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    Re: Santi Burgas: amazing creations

    Count me in!
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    As far as I understand it's a matter of a couple more weeks as they will most probably be available through all the major niche distributors / retailers in the US...

    They're defining the contracts...
  45. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    Indeed Foustie. Too much stuff coming out and it's getting more and more hard to keep up with everything. The problem is always the same: more aggressive brands get more visibility but,...
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    Re: Looking for a summer incense

    Here are a bunch I find perfectly suitable for warmer months (in no particular order)…

    Andrea Maack Craft (probably the coldest and most aloof frankincense ever)
    Les Liquides Imaginaires Sancti...
  47. Re: My dad likes Aoud Musk, what else he might like ?

    If he likes the westerner iteration of the oud / saffron combo, Duro by Nasomatto is kind of Aoud Musk on steroid. Also, Cuir by Carner Barcelona. Most Manceras would do as well….
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    L.A.V.S. by Unum! Both a wower and an instant classic for me. Also, Rusarium by Angela Ciampagna. My new go-to incense.
  49. Poll: Re: Your Current Favorite(s): How Many Backup Bottles Do You Have?

    I don't buy many back-ups but I'm over 4 for both Knize Ten and vintage Helmut Lang EDP. I also have 3 bottles of Or Black but with three different eras…do them qualify as *back-ups? I don't think so...
  50. Re: Looking for something MARINE (OCEANIC) not AQUATIC. Think Sel Marin not ADG. (budget 50 USD)

    If you're on a tight budget, there's nothing better than L'Erbolario Pariplo in this specific context.
  51. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    Good morning all, here's my full report. Hope you'll enjoy it…

    http://neroprofumo.blogspot.it/2015/04/angela-ciampagna-post-goth-in-full.html
  52. Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    Quite impressive new Italian *artisanal* line that is currently standing out amongst the plethora of unnecessary brands for having a solid concept, simple and striking packagings, extremely good...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Not cheap but considering they all come in 100ml Extrait De Parfum, somehow reasonable. If I got it right, they should retail for 170 euros...
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    Re: Shalimar Concentrations?

    When it comes to these Guerlain "classic blockbusters", my favorite version is usually the Parfum De Toilette followed by the EDC and then the Parfum. Shalimar makes no exception for me. Why don't...
  55. Re: Which house or brand has the most beautiful bottle and packaging?

    Amongts the new lines I particularly appreciate the essential aesthetic of brands such as Goti, Nico Uytterhaegen and Slumberhouse. Re more *popular / classic* brands I'd go with Guerlain, certain...
  56. Re: "A to Z (14)" What are your favorite BUDGET fragrances ?

    Here are some good cheapos you can find for less than 50 bucks…

    Christian Lacroix Pour Homme
    L'Erbolario Periplo
    L'Erbolario Ginepro
    Carven Homme
    Lush Smuggler's Soul (body spray)
    Lush Dear...
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    Re: Favorite Tea Fragrance?

    Even though tea-fragrances have been all the rage some years ago, I still think there aren't many good ones. My preference goes to Comme Des Garcons Tea and Masque Russian Tea. For a *lighter* take,...
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    Re: Perris monte carlo

    Imperial Oud is a keeper. The rest is meh.
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    Re: What are some 'must have' old school frags?

    Here are some I'd never want to be without…

    Knize Ten
    Kouros
    Bel Ami (vintage)
    Or Black
    Fahrenheit (vintage)
    Egoiste
    Derby
    Phileas
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    Re: commes des garcons 1994

    I agree about the similarities between French Lover and Laurel (both dark green / peppery woody fragrances with a thick woodyamber base) but the Original CDG is a whole world apart made of thick...
  61. Re: Thinking to start with Montale Line - Please suggest the order of Purchase.

    I'd start with Aoud Cuir D'Arabie and I'd probably stop there. I like a couple of others but grown terrible tired of them n a couple of years.
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    Poll: Re: Which is your favorite Frederic Malle?

    Not listed. If I'd were to pick just one it would most probably be Une Fleur De Cassie.
  63. Re: Frederic Malle - Cologne Indelebile - April 2015

    ^^^ what he says. You can buy great classic edc's at any price. I don't see the point here but let's see.
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Here's my full report waiting for Basenotes to update the database…

    http://neroprofumo.blogspot.it/2015/04/unum-black-whole-of-love.html
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    ^^^ the guy is currently working on it.

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    Fantastic report, Colin!
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    I agree, Lavs is definitely a clean take on incense and while it surely has a purifying effect, it's still pretty distant from other *sparkling* incenses such as, say, Sancti by Les Liquides...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    A bunch more fresh (initial) thoughts….

    Opvs 1144 is mind-blowing. A bold floral amber with a dry'n'sweet character. Somewhere between a bunch of the best Amouage feminines (the most oriental...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Testing Lavs for the first time and given the big expectations I had towards Unum, it wasn't really easy to deliver what they promised on paper but, please, trust me on this: Lavs is by far and hands...
  69. Re: Luca Turin Reviews Tuscan Scent Incense Suede by Ferragamo

    Someone described it as Methew Williamson Incense 2.0. Sounds good to me...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    On paper, this is the most exciting new line for 2015...samples are on my way. Can't wait.
  71. Thread: Wood Smoke

    by alfarom
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    Re: Wood Smoke

    Bois D'Ascese
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    Re: Parfums de cuir - Osmotheque lecture

    I was being sarcastic :)
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    Re: Parfums de cuir - Osmotheque lecture

    Surpised to see Cuir Cuba in this list…very surprised actually.
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    Re: New Moderators!

    Congrats guys!
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    Re: Jules - old and new

    Oh sure. Whenever one has access to *orginal* versions, stick to them it's most of the time the better option :D
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    Re: Jules - old and new

    I'd say *cleaned up*? *modernized* (even though given the nature of the fragrance this seems kind of impossible but, still, they tried…). *Polished*?

    The overall vibe of the original is still...
  77. Re: I'm looking for a masculine frag with pear in it.

    ^^^ This. Probably the only fragrance by Slumberhouse I've never really warmed to but still absolutely solid if you like the notes involved.
  78. Re: Fresh, subtle, elegant scent for work in a very warm summer climate?

    Here are some…

    Mark Birley For Men
    CDG Vettiveru
    Diptyque Eau De Tarocco
    Bel Ami Vetiver
    Sel Marin
    CDG Serpentine
    Jardins De Kerylos
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    Re: Jules - old and new

    Still completely worthy in my opinion. The vintage was kind of dirtier and heavier on the herbs / moss but I guess it *ca va sans dire*…
  80. Re: How much leather in Frederic Malle EdP Parfum de Therese?

    More of a *lived-in leathery vibe* than exactly a leather accord but still a great fragrance in my book...
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    Re: Parfums de cuir - Osmotheque lecture

    Fantastic. I'm jelly :)
  82. Poll: Re: What rate you will give to these Musk based frags?

    You mean you prefer white muscs or *clean muscs*?
  83. Re: Let's be frank: spring is time for frankincense.

    *Expensive* is a very subjective word / concept. In my opinion, most CDGs aren't exactly expensive and if you're so drawn to incense, you can't skip their offerings (Avignon, Zagorsk and Kyoto in...
  84. Poll: Re: What rate you will give to these Musk based frags?

    Just curious, why these fragrances? There are better musk-centered fragrances out there so I was wondering…Amongst western offerings, Muscs Koublai Khan is still my favorite.
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    Re: Vintage Gianfranco Ferre For Man

    Great scent, congrats!
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: O/E

    I think this is an improvement on the original. Thicker, denser but, most of all, there's a lot more going on especially during the middle-phase / base.
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    Re: What's the best flanker line?

    Kouros has some good flankers as well as Bel Ami.
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    Re: 3 Fragrances you love by the same perfumer?

    Way too many…

    Edmond Roudnitska - Diorella, Ocean Rain, Eau Sauvage
    Jacques Guerlain - Mitsouko, Vol De Nuit, Shalimar and countless others…
    Jean Paul Guerlain - Derby, Vetiver Pour Elle, Eau De...
  89. Re: What's your favorite fragrance from Profumum Roma?

    I'm not the biggest fan of the house and even though I used to like a bunch, I've grown extremely tired of most of them with the exception of Olibanum which is still something I wear.
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    Re: Is Knize Ten still great?

    I've no idea but at The Different Scent in Berlin they still have the 1lt bottle ;)
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    Re: Is Knize Ten still great?

    I bought my latest bottle a couple of years ago and it's still pretty badass. I'm really not into batches and stuff but what I can say is that current stuff (as in the latest production) is not...
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    Re: Is Knize Ten still great?

    CH21 is still previous stuff. Reformulation happened starting from CH22.
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    Re: Is Knize Ten still great?

    With some friends, we're still trying to collect informations on how to recognize any kind of Knize Ten just prior to this latest reformulation and, so far, the only two relevant parameters we've...
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    Re: Is Knize Ten still great?

    This is a bottle from just a couple of years ago. Very different color and, sadly, very different fragrance too.

    http://i61.tinypic.com/msbxit.png
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    Re: Is Knize Ten still great?

    Yep! They f***ing had to mess up with this gem. I've no idea on the reasons why but myself and a bunch other aficionados are 100% sure that the latest K10 has been re-worked and definitely not for...
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    Re: Is Knize Ten still great?

    Knize Ten has been very recently reformulated. Even compared to the one that was available till a couple of years ago, the current stuff is pretty different. Harsher, thinner, lighter. Also, the...
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    Re: Your Top 3 Notes

    Leather, costus, vetiver
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    Re: Negative Comments

    I can't remember of any specific negative comment at the moment but some acquaintances / friends / relatives asked me to *have mercy on them* several times…this usually happens when I wear certain...
  99. Re: What are some must have fragrances for a collector?

    Are we talking about someone collecting any kind of fragrance or, perhaps, just certain genres, periods, styles?
  100. Re: Ephemera: Geza Schoen + Kode9 + Ben Frost + Tim Hecker

    Completely agree….Ephemera's main point of strength in this case is the ability to perfectly target a certain audience. They hit all the spots simultaneously and so precisely. I also think though,...
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