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  1. Re: Santa Maria Novella. Which are your favorites ?

    Yeah, baby, so this is why you have to come and hang out with me this year in Dublin!
  2. Re: Santa Maria Novella. Which are your favorites ?

    Ah Pipistrello, the original Muschio is great, thanks for reminding me of it! I don't know why I left it off my list. It has the same weird butterscotch undertone that Vaniglia has, which is perhaps...
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    Re: Please rank the RANK !

    I don't know about skanky, but please don't put Boadicea Complex on your skin. It doesn't come off. I even used Paula's Choice glycolic acid @20% and it just accentuated the horrible smell.

    Out...
  4. Re: Santa Maria Novella. Which are your favorites ?

    My SMN favourites are:

    Citta di Kyoto: iris, lotus, and incense, a very calming, centering Japanese-style fragrance
    Patchouli: best boozy hardcore patchouli, served straight up
    Vaniglia: Bitter,...
  5. Re: Santa Maria Novella. Which are your favorites ?

    Trilby - I would advise caution. I tried it in Dublin last week, and was absolutely blown away at first. The opening has this sweet, nutty candied quality, like those old-fashioned milk caramels you...
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    Re: Earthy Vanilla Fragrance

    Eau Duelle by Diptyque: Fresh, cold vanilla with the piney freshness of frankincense and aromatic black tea
    Vanille Marine by Molinard: Icecream with sea salt, for a sort of saltwater taffy accord...
  7. Re: What's your favorite fragrance from the house of Caron?

    Pure Parfums

    Tabac Blond (both the current & vintage extrait - both very good, albeit tremendously different to each other)
    En Avion (extrait)
    Nuit de Noel (vintage extrait - has to be, I'm...
  8. Re: Compare: Guerlain Shalimar Ode La Vanille, Sur La Route du Mexique, Sur La Route du Madagascar

    I agree with Bonnette, Abbiss - your comparative analysis of the differences between the different versions is the only helpful reference I could find on the Internet, and I relied on it heavily when...
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    Re: Tips on oils vs. spritzes

    I have full-sizes of Bruise Violet and Supercell from Sixteen92, David, and they're open-necked bottles. Application has the potential to be messy, but if you place your finger tip pad over the...
  10. Re: Compare: Guerlain Shalimar Ode La Vanille, Sur La Route du Mexique, Sur La Route du Madagascar

    Hi Abbiss,

    Your own comparative analysis of all three-four versions in the review section for the Mexique version is the most thorough I have seen, and possibly it would be difficult to add to it...
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    Re: Atelier Tobacco Nuit

    Hey bugsyii! I tried it once in a shopping mall and really, really liked it. I thought it smelled very similar to Egoiste, though, only with a big dose of cumin and an increase in that lovely, syrupy...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    https://www.luckyscent.com/brand/784/areej-le-dore
    Now available at Luckyscent!
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    Re: Creeping up on Mitsouko - my roundabout path

    On ne sait jamais indeed, jujy54. I keep trying to bend No. 19 to my pajama-wearing Saturday mornings, but still no luck. She remains ramrod-straight. By the way, I have you to thank for igniting a...
  14. Re: What’s the smokiest whiskey perfume you’ve ever tried?

    Ooh, a friend of mine will give me a sample of that soon. Just tell me, Pelle, it's not that dank, marshy kind of vetiver, is it? I can deal with smoky and dry, but not the fetid, rooty, water-vase...
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    Re: Juliette has a Gun - Metal Chypre

    Well, it's on my radar now! Thanks for the tip off!
  16. Re: What’s the smokiest whiskey perfume you’ve ever tried?

    You can get it from Premiere Avenue: https://shopping-premiereavenue.com/fr/profumum-roma/parfums/extraits-de-parfum/fumidus
    If you haven't tried it before, perhaps get the 5ml decant from Premiere...
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    Re: Regret NOT buying. Fragrances gone bye bye.

    Regret not buying:

    (A bigger bottle of) Chanel Sycomore EDT
    Guerlain Vega
    Guerlain Attrape-Coeur
    More of Laurie's perfumes at Sonoma Scent Studio (picked up three 17ml minis of my favorites in...
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    Re: Regret NOT buying. Fragrances gone bye bye.

    Yep, me too, buddy. I bought a small bottle of it in Rome in April 2016, just before they pulled the EDTs in Sept/Oct 2016, and by the time I realized my mistake in not getting the big bottle, it was...
  19. Re: Fragrances linked to Communities, Subcultures, Social Circles etc

    I have it on good authority that well-heeled women in Dublin buy Portrait of a Lady in industrial quantities, so there's that. The men don't buy it, because they feel their sexuality to be under...
  20. ISO: Arquiste Ella, Dior Cuir Cannage, Guerlain Attrape-Coeur, Vega

    Hi! I tried Ella by Arquiste a while back and was intrigued, but can't find it anywhere in the EU to sample further. If anyone has a decant or partial bottle of this they'd like to shift, then I'd be...
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    Re: Sweet Myrrh Suggestion

    Eau Lente for oppoponax!
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    Re: Creeping up on Mitsouko - my roundabout path

    Yes, get writing, Sam-I-Am! I agree with you about Diaghilev being sweaty and intense. It is almost meaty, isn't it? Well, meaty-creamy in a way that I find quite similar to Chypre Palatin, with its...
  23. Re: The Best Perfumes of 2017 according to our contributors

    Arnaud, you have great taste - I've seen you mention the perfumes you're testing and you seem to have immediately honed in on the good stuff. Love Feu Secret. There's a user here by the name of...
  24. Re: The Best Perfumes of 2017 according to our contributors

    Got a sample set myself, based on all the rave reviews - I only gave them a quick spin, but, wow, these are certainly different from the norm! Honestly, half the time I did not know what I was...
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    Re: Creeping up on Mitsouko - my roundabout path

    Oh yes! How wonderful. And now that you've mentioned Diaghilev, how can we not mention the Roja Dove! Agree thoroughly on it's unisexiness, by the way.
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    Re: Creeping up on Mitsouko - my roundabout path

    Two things jump out at me from this thread, namely that (a) many people find Mitsouko to be difficult at first but then move on to an enduring love, and (b) that experiences vary widely according to...
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    Re: Scents you feel alone on

    You've inspired me to wear this later on today after my run, HORNS! Coincidentally, I'm wearing Bois des Iles now so I'll pay close attention to the similarities.
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    Re: Scents you feel alone on

    Battering ram, ha! That's a great turn of phrase, Mrs. D. I have to admit that Sheiduna scared me off Puredistance completely, but I've seen you praising Warszawa quite a bit recently, so I will try...
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    Re: Is Santal Masjuscule like Jeux de Peau?!

    Add me to the group, please! They are not smell-alikes but there is definitely something that connects them, and for me, it is that very foodie, almost eggy sandalwood accord used in both. It is dry,...
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    Re: Scents you feel alone on

    Wow, I can't remember ever agreeing so completely with something I've read lately. Especially your sentence when you say "Woods are rarely woods anymore, especially among designers. They're aroma...
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    Re: Creeping up on Mitsouko - my roundabout path

    It's definitely an inscrutable perfume, Red, and I think your journey is similar to a lot of people's out there. By the way, I am honored that my review was part of your process of unlocking...
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    Re: Scents you feel alone on

    I prefer Cuir Cannage to Cuir Mauresque. There, I'm pretty sure I am genuinely alone on that (*gives the side eye to Cook.bot for thinking that she was out on a ledge, all alone, enjoying Bottega...
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    Re: Creeping up on Mitsouko - my roundabout path

    What a beautiful description of your relationship with Mitsouko, Jardanel. It is hearing personal stories like this that makes Basenotes for me. Your description of the dried orange peel with the...
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    Re: 8 New Dior Privee Coming!!!

    Zdenek, you're amazing. Thank you! Worthy of changing my avatar for, once I remember how...
  35. Re: Parfumee au The Rouge by Bulgari available worldwide (especially NZ/AUS)?

    I found it in Rome yesterday too. Also the 150ml only. I used to wear this almost exclusively when I was in my mid twenties. Spraying it on yesterday reminded me of just how authentic a tea scent it...
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    Re: 8 New Dior Privee Coming!!!

    Sam, you're wonderful, thanks. Only if you happen to be near the Mothership one day, don't go out of your way! I am always reminded of how kind the fragrance community is.
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    Re: 8 New Dior Privee Coming!!!

    Ha ha, both you and Cookbot are very funny and have lifted me out of my bad mood. There was queer cabbage smells aplenty in my childhood, thanks for the reminder. Lettuce pray indeed!

    IsoE, no Eau...
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    Re: How many bottles do you own?

    Damn, man. You might as well ask how many lovers one has had. This is such a deeply personal question.
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    Re: 8 New Dior Privee Coming!!!

    Yes, very confusing reports from the Dior reps here in Rome. In both Dior stores on Piazza do Spagna, they said that Cuir Cannage is still available but that the 40ml bottles don't exist. Down the...
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    Re: Tip of the hat to Darvant

    Fantastic guy, and incredibly knowledgeable. Always a pleasure to read his take on something. As others have noted, his ability to identify notes and accords in a fragrance is astonishing. Bravo...
  41. Thread: Hwyl by Aesop

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    Re: Hwyl by Aesop

    Cool, I will try that then, Mike! Thanks.
  42. Thread: Hwyl by Aesop

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    Re: Hwyl by Aesop

    I'm intrigued by this one, Mike, but haven't been able to find a sample anywhere. I looked at their site but they only sell the 50ml bottle, no samples. I will be heading off to Rome tomorrow for the...
  43. Thread: I'm worried

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    Re: I'm worried

    Jesus, is your wife not aware of the seriousness of the situation? Tell her to turn off the heater and put on another sweater or something. WIMMEN. I swear.
  44. Re: Under My Skin by Francesca Bianchi (My Thoughts)

    Starblind, I think that Francesca Bianchi sells samples also to the US? I bought a set of samples from her specifically in order to test Under My Skin, but I recently learned that the full cost of...
  45. Re: Under My Skin by Francesca Bianchi (My Thoughts)

    I'd like to thank thebeck for bringing this wonderful perfume to our attention, and to Stella for confirming that it's good - boy, is it good. Hands down my favorite of the year. Thebeck, your...
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    [International] Re: ClaireV's Sales Thread!

    Bump!
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    Re: Most worn in November 2017

    4 Wears:
    Guerlain Mitsouko

    3 Wears:
    Caron Nuit de Noel
    La Parfumerie Moderne Cuir X
    Chanel Cuir de Russie
    Chanel 28 La Pausa
    Hermes Ambre Narguile
    ETRO Messe di Minuit
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    Re: Guerlain disappearing

    Hi Ebenas,

    Guerlain was ditched by Arnott's a few years ago and I remember that some friends of mine were able to snatch the last bottles of Jicky and Nahema pure parfum (30mls for 80 euros!!!)....
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    Re: Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass

    Thank YOU guys! It really has been a blast. I hope we can gather the same gang up for another pass next year!
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    Re: Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass

    Thank you everyone for making this such a wonderful and entertaining sample pass! It's been a blast getting to know the different reviewing styles and personalities of each person who took the time...
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    Re: NEW: Marlou - D'Ambiguite !

    Agree 100%, Yarn - L'Animal Sauvage is a fluffy kitty in comparison!
  52. Re: The Rising Phoenix Perfumery Sample Impressions Thread

    Hi Mike, no - there is one called Ghilaf-e-kaaba and one called Attar al Kaaba - the latter was taken as the starting point for development of the former, but despite some similar notes, the smell...
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    Re: Today I bought October 2017

    Ealu, they had it in the Henry Street Lush location the last time I was up in Dublin, a few weeks ago
  54. Thread: ClaireV

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    Re: ClaireV

    Thanks, Purecaramel, but, Jesus, I nearly had a heart attack when I saw my name on a thread :tongue: Thanks also for posting the link to Bigsly's blog, which I've just been reading through with my...
  55. Thread: ClaireV

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    Re: ClaireV

    David! I sent you an email last night using the email you gave me :-) I probably got the address wrong, sorry, I'll try again. Thanks for being so worried about me...I'm really touched.
  56. Re: The Rising Phoenix Perfumery Sample Impressions Thread

    What a genius idea, Diamondlfame, sending these on to Darvant, whose reviews and nose are so well respected here on Basenotes. And how generous of you to pay it forward like that - I read this idea...
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    Re: Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass

    I have really loved reading your reviews, N. Cal, thank you for plunging right in on a full second round of this! And yes, I also noticed you really liked this round a lot more than the last. I'm...
  58. Re: The Rising Phoenix Perfumery Sample Impressions Thread

    I'm in New York visiting my brother right now, but I'm flying home tomorrow and promise to ask JK about this! I'm sure he'll make good. Will also reply to your Feel Oud thread, Mike, I promise. Just...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I tried to frame my bottle of Lanz against the East River like Brian did so beautifully, but I can't attach from my phone and didn't bring my laptop with me, so just words for now. I've had this on...
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    Re: Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass

    Hilarious, Diddy! "Aggressive snuggles..", "Gonna be some nails digging in, back arching, toe curling, screaming of my name tonight! And if my wife would like to join in with me, she’s welcome." Man,...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Strifeknot and Pluran, hot damn. Got me salivating over here.

    (Get well soon, Strifeknot....take ALL the meds)
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    Re: Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass

    Wow, Diddy! Way to start off with a bang! Now I really, really want to smell Fig. Is this in solid parfum form or liquid? If I am remembering correctly from my reading up before the pass, Fig has a...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Great :thumbup: I never got the powdery references myself, but I presume anything with sandalwood and saffron can get a bit - like you say - dusty. I think the word I used in my review was "ashy", so...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I think I speak for all of us.....er, actually, probably just for myself, when I say PHEW! I felt a terrible responsibility for you shelling out that kind of money on a blind buy based on a review...
  65. Re: Turin/Sanchez top 100 sample pass/quest - interested?

    Heck, I would have loved to have had access to a project like this myself when starting out! I remember what it was like, living in a small Balkan country with no access to niche and having to order...
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    Re: Wardrobe Diary + Going Indie

    I completely understand about the stress purchases, Vernona - don't worry, kick back, because you really do deserve them, what with the hectic life you lead and always looking after others. I love...
  67. Re: Most worn in September and 3rd Quarter 2017

    For September:

    5 X Acqua di Parma Profumo
    4 X DSH Cimabue, Diptyque Volutes
    3 X Caron Tabac Blond extrait, Guerlain Mistouko, OJ Ta'if, Andree Putman Tan d'Epices
    2 X SMN Citta di Kyoto, Hermes...
  68. Re: Turin/Sanchez top 100 sample pass/quest - interested?

    Yes, agree with Diamondflame above - maybe do parts I, II, II etc, with 5-10 perfumes on the list per part? That way, those of us with experience of the scent can write in with our thoughts and the...
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    Re: Wardrobe Diary + Going Indie

    Yes, but for $15 a bottle.....:coolold: I guess there is a silver lining to this particular cloud! I am beyond delighted that I sent you a sample of something that turned your head and made you fall...
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    Re: Iris Sample Pass

    Ha ha! Yes, mass is probably the only time when I get a moment to smell my own perfume in peace for 30-60 minutes! My crush on Cuir X and Kohl de Bahrain is about equal in intensity.....but still,...
  71. Re: Turin/Sanchez top 100 sample pass/quest - interested?

    Definitely following this! I have no idea how to participate, but let us know what you're thinking. Iif you're missing a sample, let me know because I might have it.
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    Re: Iris Sample Pass

    Maybe try that Shop in France service that many Basenoters use to get it? If it's exclusive to that store, it may not be available elsewhere or even online. Honestly, I hate when Guerlain or other...
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    Re: Iris Sample Pass

    To answer your question, Kotori (the best I can anyway): I don't think that there's anything quite like the drydown to Iris Ganache, except perhaps for Coromandel which has a similarly creamy white...
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    Re: Iris Sample Pass

    Iris Ganache now reissued!

    From Monsieur Guerlain:

    Reissued scents at Guerlain Parfumeur boutiques
    With the Guerlain Parfumeur concept, featuring a selection of Guerlain fragrances to be...
  75. Re: The Rising Phoenix Perfumery Sample Impressions Thread

    I wouldn't have thought you needed much, if any, editing, ctboom! Your flow is so natural.

    The Ghaliyah Hakusni is available on the Etsy storefront, but only as part of the set of four Ghaliyah...
  76. Re: What Discontinued Fragrances Seem to be Really Truly Gone???

    True, NebelGeist - I always think of you when I see this fragrance mentioned. Have you tried Incense Pure by Sonoma Scent Studio? There is a brief similarity in the topnotes, although the SSS is fair...
  77. Re: What Discontinued Fragrances Seem to be Really Truly Gone???

    CdG Sticky Cake is back.

    Apart from Norma Kamali Incense, which has already been mentioned a few times, I must add:

    Creed Angelique Encens
    Gloria Cacherel (although still available here and...
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    Re: Fragrances that grow on you over time?

    Vero Profumo Onda was the BIG one for me.

    Caron Tabac Blond.

    Guerlain Mitsouko

    Guerlain L'Heure Bleue

    Slumberhouse Ore and Jeke.
  79. Re: The Rising Phoenix Perfumery Sample Impressions Thread

    Wow, Phoenix Al Cambodi sounds amazing - must order a sample of that myself!
  80. Re: Sample Pass: Salvatore Ferragamo Tuscan Soul Quintessential Collection Fragrances and Extra Samp

    My name is Claire, I am a known Cuir X enthusiast, and I approve this message :coolold:

    Oh yes, baby, Cuir X is sexy. SEXY. No idea why. Mrs. Dalloway alerted me to a sale on FiF early this...
  81. Re: The Rising Phoenix Perfumery Sample Impressions Thread

    What a wonderful group of writers and enthusiasts we have on this thread. I feel so lucky. Stella, Mike, ctboom, IsoE, Diamondflame, Vmaster, Ebenas, everyone - you guys (a) obviously know your raw...
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    Re: Your top three Caron perfume?

    In parfum form:

    Tabac Blond
    En Avion

    In EDP form:

    Parfum Sacre
    Aimez-Moi
    Farnesiana
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    Re: Iris Sample Pass

    Guerlain Iris Ganache

    The topnotes are packed with a rooty, ammoniac iris material so dense that it smells like cherry pits and violet, with a velvety "blue" texture that makes me think...
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    Re: Iris Sample Pass

    L'Artisan Parfumeur Skin on Skin

    The opening of this smelled so familiar to me that it stopped me in my tracks and got me searching through the archives in my mind, until I realized that the sweet...
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    Re: Help with L'Heure Bleue

    Ack, I am so sorry to hear this, Starblind. If you paid through the Goods & Services button on PayPal, I am pretty sure you can get the payment reversed because the goods were not up to spec under...
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    Re: Wardrobe Diary + Going Indie

    I loved your summary of the sector, Vernona, and heartily agree with everything you wrote! I would only add that many find attars/mukhallats and perfume oils to be in the same category, but I think...
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    Re: Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass

    Wonderful reviews, Kotori, many thanks to you for joining our motley crew and giving us not only your opinion, but that of your household (I agree that if the husband and offspring are repulsed,...
  88. Re: The Rising Phoenix Perfumery Sample Impressions Thread

    Excellent reviews, Mike - thank you! Thanks also for making those observations about the "realness" of the natural raw materials used in this artisan attars. The quality, as you say, is undeniable,...
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    Re: Perfume oils leaving something to be desired?

    Thanks David, I appreciate your answer.
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    Re: Mock Thread: Had Basenotes been in the 80s

    I really like the patchouli I find in Paloma Picasso, but I feel like it could use some fruit and sugar somehow? Make it prettier, girlier, sweeter? Jeez, I hope that somewhere some perfume company...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Thank you, Pluran, for drawing attention to the drydown of Oud Zen. I also found it to be surprisingly complex and nuanced, with a honeyed vetiver feel that kind of reminded me of Onda. But since...
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    Re: Perfume oils leaving something to be desired?

    Thanks for that explanation, David. Could you answer something that's been puzzling me? In the indie perfume oil community, there is a perception that perfume oils (ones using carrier oils like bran,...
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    Re: The Murky Matter of Musk

    Thank you very much, Cazaubon, Duncan, and Therese! You know, when anyone says Holy Shit to me, I always think of Holy Shit, the perfume by Pekji perfumes - have any of you tried this one? It's very,...
  94. Re: Let's Play.......Which Single Fragrance Have You Bought The Most Bottles Of?

    Um, counting various concentrations? Let me see....

    Chanel Cuir de Russie X 3 (1 EDT & 2 parfums)
    Chanel Bois des Iles X 2 (EDTs)
    Guerlain Shalimar X 5 (1 EDP, 2 parfums, 1 PDT, 1 flanker)...
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    Re: Wardrobe Diary + Going Indie

    Yikes, sorry that Neil Morris seems to be killing you, Vernona! I love Rumi, so I guess our tastes are truly diametrically opposed. I fully expect you to dislike all the resinous/woody stuff I will...
  96. Re: The Rising Phoenix Perfumery Sample Impressions Thread

    I think both you and Starblind did a brilliant job of describing the scent of ambergris, Iso E Superman. I hope everyone has been tuning in for Starblind's reviews that she's been posting recently in...
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    [International] Re: ClaireV's Sales Thread!

    Bumpity bump :-)
  98. Re: The Rising Phoenix Perfumery Sample Impressions Thread

    Mike, the hyraceum is macerated in Mysore sandalwood oil (not distilled). The left to age I think?
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    Re: Opulent scents?

    A huge +1 to:

    Chanel Cuir de Russie pure parfum
    Ormonde Jayne Black Gold
    Areej Le Dore Ottoman Empire (+ Siberian Musk)
    Coromandel
    Absolue Pour Le Soir

    I would add:
  100. Re: The Rising Phoenix Perfumery Sample Impressions Thread

    Wonderful reviews, Diamondflame! The back story to Bushido is marvelous, isn't it? For those who don't want to click on the link, Bushido means "the way of the Samurai" and is based on the habit...
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