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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT: November 2010

    A couple of purchases to serve as gifts to friends we'll be visiting next week in Bangkok:

    Serge Lutens - L'Eau (for S who prefers light, fresh scents)
    L'Artisan Parfumeur - Coeur de Vetiver...
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    Re: Civet fragrances

    The original formulation (in the plain-text box) of Rose Poivree by The Different Company.
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    Re: Parfumerie Generale Corps et Ames

    ^ Actually that pretty much nails it. (I do feel the drydown has some of the warm pungency of patchouli rather than the darker/cooler quality of oakmoss -- but it's not as patchouli-centric as...
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    Re: Another Top Ten List Thread

    Ten I love today:
    Caron – Le Troisième Homme
    Comme des Garcons – Monocle No. 2: Laurel
    Costume National – Scent Intense
    Dawn Spencer Hurwitz – Prana
    Histoires de Parfums – Noir Patchouli...
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    Re: Parfumerie Generale Corps et Ames

    I don't find it to be leathery, more dry and bitter-green. It has the feel of a chypre, with rose in the heart and a patchouli-heavy drydown. A favorite of mine.
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    Re: Civet fragrances

    More poopy than urinous IMO.
  7. Re: Finally, People Are Protesting the Fragrance Abercrombie Uses to Constantly Gas Its Stores

    No kidding! We were at the mall last weekend and we entered through Kohl's, which is one of the anchors. When I reached approximately the position of the apostrophe in the "Kohl's" label on the map...
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    Re: Civet fragrances

    Givenchy Gentleman is another civet-heavy scent.

    FWIW in Pour Un Homme de Caron I find the civet to be only a subtle presence.
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    Re: Six Scents: Series Three

    These sound great -- I want to at least sample them all, and I'm especially interested in the ones by Flores-Roux, Nilsen, and Vasnier.

    I'm a big fan of the previous series overall. I will...
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    Re: Help requested from the Gents....

    Some good ideas here already, I'll add another thought. If this boy's father has a signature cologne or aftershave, it might be nice to give the boy a small bottle of the same thing or something...
  11. Thread: Patchouli

    by PaulSC
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    Re: Patchouli

    I agree on many that have been mentioned (including Coromandel and Noir Patchouli, and also P24 which is less patchouli-centered), and I want to mention one more:

    Patchouli Noir by Il Profumo
  12. Re: A Good Way To Quickly Figure Out If A Fragrance Is Good Or Not?

    I recommend:
    1. Put the fragrance you're testing on one or both arms.
    2. Ask yourself if you like it.
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    Re: S o t D, Saturday, 23 October 2010

    Happy Birthday SMM!

    Today I'm wearing
    Dior - Escale à Portofino
  14. Re: Suggestions for the Groom - Rugged (i.e. Cowboy) wedding

    Aramis Devin
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    Re: SOTD ~ Friday, October 22, 2010

    Diptyque - Eau Lent
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    Re: Male Fragrance Mythbusters

    Agree, all three are myths that don't stand up to scrutiny.
  17. Re: Test your fragrance knowledge with this 8-question quiz about the color blue in perfumery

    I got 100% even though two of my answers were wild guesses.
  18. Re: (diptyque) feu de bois.. wood fire.. fire on wood.. cold or hot.. whichever clicks

    Sonoma Scent Studio - Fireside Intense
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    Re: SAMPLES OF THE DAY - October 2010

    The drydown of Trussardi Uomo (the one in the black faux-alligator-skin bottle) smells like plastic and honey to me. I wonder if Acaciosa is a similar effect.
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    Re: Serge Lutens New Design/Labels

    C Rose - I really like how your circular label echoes the shape of the stopper.

    (I also like that the Mozart quote in your sig boils down to, "All you need is love"!)
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    Re: Sel De Vetiver vs. Fat Electrician

    I see *some* similarity but not much. SdV is far more transparent -- for me, it's even a bit too quiet in cool weather and needs a warm day to wake it up. The vanilla in FatE makes it fuller and more...
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    Re: ● Serge Noire already reformulated? ●

    the new font
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    Re: Fragrances bought from stores

    Yes, it is enough.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, October 20, 2010

    Romeo Gigli Uomo
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    Poll: Re: How do you organize your wardrobe?

    Mostly (1) alphabetical by house, mixed with a pragmatic variation on (7) aesthetic: the row that sits on TOP of one shelving unit is dedicated to minis and a few squat/stable bottles, to ensure...
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    Re: double words in a post that can't be edited

    When I view the post in question, neither "work" nor any other word is duplicated. I think this may be a display error related to text-wrapping, since "work" appears at the end of a line.

    Here's a...
  27. Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff from a tester

    I have tested it on my skin and reported my impressions upthread, but I didn't realize strifeknot was near the Bay Area.
  28. Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff from a tester

    At $170 (and considerably more for the Parfum), I don't think this is a wise blind-buy...
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    Re: Done selling on ebay for good.

    I hate everything about eBay.

    Especially Meg Whitman
  30. Re: Post Pictures of Your Fragrance Collection: Part V

    Yes, looks good. I have that same Knize 10 mini. Great stuff.
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    Re: all about the benzoins

    Great thread title, by the way!
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    Re: all about the benzoins

    I don't know either of the scents you've mentioned. But benzoin is sweet and resinous and could be responsible for the effect you describe.

    I think of Givenchy Pi as the ultimate benzoin bomb....
  33. Re: Post Pictures of Your Fragrance Collection: Part V

    Is the first of lunoar's two pictures loading for everyone? I see the second (with the boxes full of samples) but not the first.
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    Re: SOTD - Tuesday, October 19 2010

    By Killian - Liaisons Dangereuses
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    Re: Favorite Dry Downs?

    Yeah, nice thread idea. Some favorites, scanning my wardrobe:

    Devin
    Troisième Homme
    Yatagan
    Montana Parfum d'Homme
    GBH Red
    Romeo Gigli Uomo
    Histoires de Parfums - Noir Patchouli
    Cuir Ottoman
  36. Re: Post Pictures of Your Fragrance Collection: Part V

    The video tour was great. Your affection for those bottles comes through loud and clear, and the little text boxes added a bit of humor.
  37. Re: Niche-ish Designer Scents (Current Reformulation)

    According to Octavian at 1000 Fragrances, you're right.
  38. Re: Will NEVER buy a Guerlain fragrance after this....

    Reappropriation of originally pejorative terms is more common than you're suggesting. To use your example, there are Jews who refer to themselves as "kikes" or "yids" as an expression of pride in...
  39. Re: Histoires de Parfums and Sniffapalooza Magazine offers DÉFILÉ NEW YORK - bottle give away!

    Défilé also refers to the procession of models on the catwalk -- a fashion show.
  40. Re: Has a comment here ruined -or- enhanced a fragrance experience for you?

    Negative reviews or comments have never made me stop liking a fragrance.

    The reverse? Only in a limited way: if I tried something a long time ago and decided I didn't like it, compelling praise...
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    Re: SotD: Sunday, 17th October, 2010

    Day: L'Artisan Parfumeur - Méchant Loup
    Eve: Tom Ford - Amber Absolute
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    Invent a "Top Nose" challenge

    There will almost certainly never be a reality TV show that features perfumers competing for fame and fortune. Perfumery is neither a performing art nor an athletic endeavor. Fragrances can't really...
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    Re: Are any of the "car" fragrances outstanding?

    Cartier Roadster is pretty darn good, but not a "car" fragrance in the narrowest sense.
  44. Re: Jean Paul Guerlain racist comments - DON'T BUY GUERLAIN

    If this actually happened it would offend me too.
  45. Re: Post Pictures of Your Fragrance Collection: Part V

    Aww, I like DZero+. It deserves a promotion into the "Quality" group...
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    Re: Question about peoples SotD/SotE

    correct
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    Re: Question about peoples SotD/SotE

    I wear my very best fragrances regardless of the occasion.
  48. Re: Jean Paul Guerlain racist comments - DON'T BUY GUERLAIN

    Agree!
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    Re: Your top-10 list at the moment!

    Is it wrong that a double meaning here made me LOL? :tongue:

    My ten favorites for today at least:

    Caron – Yatagan
    Comme des Garcons – Monocle No. 2: Laurel
    Costume National – Scent Intense...
  50. Thread: San Francisco

    by PaulSC
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    Re: San Francisco

    rogalal's list basically cover it. More details here...
  51. Recommended Reading: Aftel/Tauer correspondence on Nathan Branch blog

    I'm not a DIY type, but I'm enjoying a fascinating exchange of letters between two master perfumers, Andy Tauer and Mandy Aftel, which is unfolding in installments on Nathan Branch's blog. The series...
  52. Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff from a tester

    ^ Thinking about the FR drydown some more, it may be the coumarin that gives me an impression of tea leaves. The scent of coumarin is often described as "sweet hay."
  53. Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff from a tester

    Two comments...

    First, I stopped into Neiman Marcus SF today and am now wearing FR on my left arm. It is beautiful and I generally agree with the assessments here and in another BN thread or two,...
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    Re: I'm feeling nutty

    Méchant Loup - honeyed hazelnuts
    Bois Farine - the raw flour accord can read like peanut butter (which sounds unpromising, but I love it, and the fragrance settles to a handsome dry woody base)
  55. Re: What Are The Most Synthetic Frags And The Least Synthetic Frags?

    There are a number of perfumers who work exclusively with natural materials. A few that come to mind are Ayala Moriel (who posts here regularly), Dawn Spencer Hurwitz (who includes synthetics in some...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, October 14, 2010

    It's my birthday today :) and I'm wearing

    Tom Ford - Amber Absolute

    Thanks for all the birthday greetings scattered throughout this thread.
  57. Re: NOT a joke...what to wear while making veggie wraps for customers?

    Honore des Pres - I Love Les Carottes
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    Re: The Iris Note Pour Homme.

    I should also mention L'Artisan Parfumeur's Bois Farine, which uses iris alongside other notes to create a compelling "raw flour" accord. JC Ellena at his most playfully inventive.
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    Re: Instead of Chanel N°19

    Parfumerie Generale Corps et Ames is less close to N°19, but it's a beautiful green chypre with a floral aspect.
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    Re: The Iris Note Pour Homme.

    Ditto. (Iris is a note I enjoy enough that I wouldn't mind owning more scents that feature it. I'm sure this thread will be a useful guide for further exploration.)
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    Re: Luca Turin Help Please?

    I own the hardcover original and the paid PDF supplements. I sort of wish I hadn't bought the latter, because it all adds up to the new paperback seeming redundant to me, even though it would be nice...
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    Re: Histoires de Parfums

    There are several in the line that I've not tried -- most obviously the relatively recent tubereuse trio -- but I own and love Noir Patchouli. The comparison to Voleur des Roses makes sense to me,...
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    Re: Niche Fragrances?

    It's hard to imagine a more helpful reply than Master-Classter's, and the other responses have also been valuable. All I have to add is that the main thread on fragrance shopping in Toronto is...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday October 11, 2010

    Dawn Spencer Hurwitz - Sandalo Inspiritu
    Top notes: Bitter Orange, Clementine, Coriander Seed, Lemon, Petitgrain
    Middle notes: Hazelnut, Moroccan Rose Absolute, Mysore Sandalwood, Nutmeg, Olibanum...
  65. Thread: Biggest Haul?

    by PaulSC
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    Re: Biggest Haul?

    In one transaction, probably three for myself, four total. In one visit abroad, seven. (Berlin 2009: I had already reached my intended limit, then I chanced upon The Different Scent.)
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    Re: Secretions Magnifique - a review reviewed

    Thank you WildThingy. I like this as a fragrance review. It is observant and articulate.

    I do wish you could let go of the impulse to put your view in competition with those who disagree. You...
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    Re: Trip to Neimun Marcus. What to try?

    Sounds like it will be a fun trip. I believe you won't find the last two on your list (Musc Ravageur and Bigarade Concentree) at Neiman's -- as far as I know the Frederic Malle line is exclusive to...
  68. Re: which niche fragrances offer the best versatility?

    Bond No. 9 is another line that's tailored to generally mainstream tastes -- say, modern mainstream. For classic mainstream, you might also enjoy exploring the Parfums de Nicolaï range.
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    Re: Dr. Vranjes Fragrances

    I've seen these at Gump's in San Francisco and have sniffed a few on paper (VETIVER-PEPPER, GIGEMBER-ESTRAGONE, ZAGARA-PATCHOULI if I recall correctly). They seemed pleasant but not terribly long...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition IV

    Wow reine, looks like the stock room of a good perfume shop! I'm curious, in the third picture, what's the green textured glass bottle with white cap, immediately to the right of Pi?
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    Re: Habit Rouge Beau Cavalier is almost gone!

    Hmm, something doesn't add up here! :grin:
  72. Re: How does Montale Roses Musk compare with other Montales ( with a rose note) ?

    I agree that the musk is clean, but it isn't light: it's quite rich and harmonizes well with the slightly liquor-like rose. One of my favorite rose scents.
  73. Re: Which fragrances wow'd you just from getting wafts of it from a card on your desk?

    That's pretty much my answer, too, except I can and do wear it. I had cards sprayed with Ambre Sultan and Amber Absolute, and I finally chose to buy the Tom Ford but they both smell amazing on paper...
  74. Re: Whats your favorite geometric shape for bottles? Whats your perfect bottle?

    Haha Joe, I wondered if someone would go there!
  75. Re: L'Occitane Eau des Baux and Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille

    The Boozy note that reviewer reports in Eau des Baux must come from all the alcohol s/he consumed before concluding the two scents have any significant similarity.

    A far more comparable scent to...
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    Re: Perfume solids: Like?

    Wow those are really extravagant! I would want the tiger one, but filled with tiger balm!

    In fact, Tiger Balm is the only solid perfume I wear. (If Heeley's Spirit of the Tiger counts as perfume,...
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    Re: Perfume solids: Like?

    Solids are certainly not my favorite way to wear fragrance, but I wanted to mention one rather impressive line whose scents are only offered in this form (and with very classy packaging, I might...
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    Re: Your 3 favorite perfumers and WHY!

    Hard to pick favorites, but three I admire:

    Chris Sheldrake, because really, it's hard to believe he works his magic for Serge Lutens using materials available to the rest of the world's top...
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    Re: Brands Section Preview

    Impressive! And useful!
  80. Thread: Kitty Crazy !!!

    by PaulSC
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    Re: Kitty Crazy !!!

    My cat basically likes to lick any and all fragrance off my skin. Lotion is even worse.

    I'm sure it's not good for her, so I don't let her do it. But she still manages to sneek up and get a lick...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday October 8, 2010

    Costume National - Scent Intense
  82. Re: Whats your favorite geometric shape for bottles? Whats your perfect bottle?

    Visually I like simple but distinctive designs. A couple of favorites:

    Costume National (the curved forms feel great in the hand)
    https://sites.google.com/site/pnauert/costnat-sc-int.jpg...
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    Re: Perfume Quest: $300-400 French Perfume

    Joy by Jean Patou is French, old enough, and notoriously expensive, but I don't know the actual price or how likely it is to fit your story. I hope you solve the mystery, however. I like that you are...
  84. Re: A professorial yet alluring signature scent for a 30yr old man

    Really? IMO colleges are generally among the most liberal of workplaces. I agree with the rest of your comments and I like your warm- and cool-weather choices. I wear anything and everything from my...
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    Re: Favorite Fragrance with a Number in its Name

    Ruling out e likewise, unless it is there to imply an all-natural base.
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    Re: Favorite Fragrance with a Number in its Name

    A short list of favorites:
    Caron – Le Troisième Homme
    Guerlain – Cologne du 68
    Le Labo - Patchouli 24
    Six Scents - Nicoll No. 17 <-- if I had to pick just one (today)
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    Re: Why doesn't Amouage offer refillable bottles?

    Most companies don't offer refills, because most companies use more economical packaging to begin with. There are plenty of examples of more elaborate bottles being offered alongside plainer refills....
  88. Re: Fragrances you hope the world will never see (or smell)

    Seriously. (But it's not called Eau de Tilda Swinton, if that makes a difference.)
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    Re: SAMPLES OF THE DAY - October 2010

    It is an amber, but a "clean" one (if that makes sense), so potentially its effect might not be so different than the white musk (that I seem to remember) in M&M.
  90. Re: Fragrances you hope the world will never see (or smell)

    Serge Lutens - Ambre Suntan
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    Re: SAMPLES OF THE DAY - October 2010

    I love that berry-shaped bottle, however silly it may be...

    https://sites.google.com/site/pnauert/mureetmusc.jpg

    As far as I know, the berry bottle is a limited-edition packaging of the...
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    Re: How many perfumes?

    Take a little time to get better acquainted with what you already own.

    For example, spray a bit of each scent on a paper blotter, labelled on the opposite side. Then go through all the scented...
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    Re: Unmeddled-with, fresh Ginger?

    The Ginger Essence fragrance from Origins is intense ginger with no distractions. Upside: it's cheap! Downside: it doesn't last!
  94. Re: L'Artisan Vanilia Extreme, not available outside Paris?

    Okay, interesting, given Kevin's description of it as a relative of Havana Vanille rather than Vanilia. Perhaps HV is more closely related to the original Vanilia than I suspected...
  95. Re: L'Artisan Vanilia Extreme, not available outside Paris?

    So is reading a thread before posting in it, apparently.
  96. Re: Sartorial - new men's fragrance from Penhaligon's

    Kevin at Now Smell This is less positive about this one. Still want to try it for myself.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday October 6, 2010

    CDG M2 Laurel
  98. Re: From your current wardrobe, what percentage will always be in your collection?

    On the one hand, nothing has to stay. On the other hand, I have enough bottles that I almost never finish them, so on that basis, probably 75% will always be there.
  99. Thread: Oud and rose

    by PaulSC
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    Re: Oud and rose

    Juliette Has a Gun - Midnight Oud is good I think; the oud is fairly tame (probably synthesized?) but nice and rich.
    Montale - Aoud Roses Petals is one of my favorites in the Montale line, and not...
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    Re: Post the picture of a perfumer.

    Yes, Laudamiel's a rising star for sure. I love that picture of "Les Christophes," they look like such troublemakers...
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