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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…
  3. 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.
  5. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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. ...
  10. 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...
  11. 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.
  13. 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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    [UK] Re: Clearout Sale (Aqua Oleum Sandalwood & Agaraura Oud Oils)

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    [UK] Re: Clearout Sale (Amouage, Aqua Oleum & Agaraura)

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    [UK] Re: Spring Clearout Sale (Amouage, Serge Lutens, Aqua Oleum & Agaraura)

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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

    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...
  28. 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...
  29. Thread: FBs for 2017

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    Re: FBs for 2017

    Apart from possibly the upcoming My Exclusive Collection, there currently aren't any other candidates.
  30. 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...
  35. Thread: Musc Tonkin

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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.
  41. 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...
  42. Re: NEW: Au Coeur du Desert by Tauer Perfumes AND Tuberose Flash by Tauerville

    IMHO, Rose Flash is the only half-decent Tauerville release.
  43. 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...
  44. 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.
  45. 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...
  51. 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...
  53. 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...
  62. 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...
  64. Re: I Will Probably Regret Asking This Question, But....

    Yeah, try stroking a lion or a crocodile...
  65. 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.
  67. 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?
  69. Re: Jean-Paul Guerlain to release new fragrances under My Exclusive Collection

    And one cannot place complete trust in a company, especially one owned by a conglomerate.
  70. Re: Jean-Paul Guerlain to release new fragrances under My Exclusive Collection

    From Wiki:

    "As the niece of Jean-Jacques Guerlain, some thought Patricia de Nicolaï would have been a candidate for the position of Guerlain's in-house perfumer, though the presence of a glass...
  71. Re: Jean-Paul Guerlain to release new fragrances under My Exclusive Collection

    Some recent musings...

    From Wiki:

    "In a decision widely seen as a break with tradition, the Guerlain family sold the company to the luxury goods conglomerate Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)...
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    Re: Louis Vuitton parfume. September 2016

    And you were given sufficient clues as to why in the above post. And like every other member here, I'm under no obligation to spell things out for you (not that you'd agree anyway).

    Furthermore,...
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    Re: Louis Vuitton parfume. September 2016

    Starblind asked for it...

    *shrugs*

    It's a forum and members should feel free to be sceptical of any new releases. It's when the newer (or more enthusiastic) members take such scepticism...
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    Re: Louis Vuitton parfume. September 2016

    A past track record and patterns. And you don't need to be well-educated to grasp the fundamentals of that...
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    Re: Louis Vuitton parfume. September 2016

    Then naive you are...

    If you had even an inkling of how LVMH has ruined many of its acquired fragrance houses, over the years, you wouldn't be expecting anything from this new pseudo-luxury line....
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    Poll: Re: What do you think of Le Labo's City Exclusives?

    None are worth the money.
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    Re: What fragrance should I wear at my wedding?

    Just remember to peel off the label...

    http://i.imgur.com/JqzqcnK.jpg
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    Re: Vuitton line to be released

    Oh, my God! Aren't those bottles SOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE! And one even has purple juice!!!

    *has an orgasm and then faints*

    F**king suckers...
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    Re: Louis Vuitton parfume. September 2016

    They're all going to be disappointing, synthetic and derivative crap. You just have to look at Guerlain...

    We've all been here before, so don't fall for the hype.

    Wakey-wakey!
  80. Re: Please list the BEST fragrances found at department stores.

    Just sent the money to me and I'll get a female friend to give you compliments on a daily basis...
  81. Re: What new releases have you smelled that are FB worthy?

    Ditto
  82. Re: Fragrance that remind you of "the dirty old man"

    There are far worse threads than this on the boards (especially those where the OP blatantly displays signs of laziness and self-entitlement). Plus a moderator has already spoken.

    Although the...
  83. Re: Fragrance that remind you of "the dirty old man"

    Jazz by YSL
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    Re: Guerlain and the Wasser Era

    Nope, Guerlain is heavily relying on former glories and flankers. Forefront?! Maybe even ten years ago but definitely not now.


    If that was the case, I'd own at least one creation by Wasser. But...
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    Re: Guerlain and the Wasser Era

    I concur.
  86. Thread: Storage

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    Re: Storage

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/277224-Do-you-keep-your-boxes
  87. Thread: Storage

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    Re: Storage

    Your welcome.

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=storage+basenotes+forum+site:www.basenotes.net&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=lHCnV5OQBMSza8Ojn_gI
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    Re: Has it gone bad?!?

    It hasn't gone bad. It's probably an aroma chemical, in the composition, which doesn't agree with you.

    I, and many others, have complained about getting headaches from wearing L'eau d'Issey pour...
  89. Re: Who loves Lush but is a bit snobby about perfume?

    Same and many of them perform poorly on my skin (especially the oils).
  90. Re: Amygdala Fragrance, a new brand of solid perfumes

    According to the website, longevity is 2-3 hours, with a comment that it should be 'blended' to increase lasting power.
  91. Re: 45 minute phone call with Frédéric Malle sales rep

    I also don't feel that the cabinets they store the fragrances in are 100% efficient. Personally, I'd prefer it if they were left in their boxes.
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    Re: How often does your taste in fragrance change?

    I'm no expert, and it's a bit complex, but I think your sun (general profile), moon (emotions) and possibly Mars (how you act) may contribute towards how you approach a hobby (and possibly which...
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    Re: Atelier cologne -- what a let down !

    lol!
  94. Re: NEW: Roja Dove H - The Exclusive Black Tier (Harrods Exclusive)

    I would but Roja's shirts leave me dazed and disorientated. It's just not worth the hassle.
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    Re: Atelier cologne -- what a let down !

    You should have saved yourself a lot of grief and purchased the samples instead. And why not a smaller bottle to be on the safe side?

    This thread is pointless, as you're basically playing Russian...
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    Poll: Re: How do you feel about Ambre 114?

    I like it but it doesn't have enough of a certain something to be considered FBW.
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    Re: How often does your taste in fragrance change?

    I think personal astrological placements play a major part in this.
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    Re: Full bottle or samples

    Just remember to take your time. It's not a race. Enjoy!
  99. Re: 45 minute phone call with Frédéric Malle sales rep

    In 2006, a 100ml bottle of Vetiver Extraordinaire cost £100. Ten years later, it sells for £170...
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    Re: Parfumerie Générale - what do you find FBW?

    None as yet. They all seem to have white musk bases, which make the drydowns both bland and insubstantial.
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