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  1. Re: Scents with the most fascinating transitions?

    Le Labo Oud 27 changes dramatically - begins inky and stinky, turns into sublime cedar. Some people seem not to be able to wait; it does take a good 6 hours, I find.

    Tauer Eau d'Épice - from...
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    Re: Guerlain Fragrances

    Fatigue might be a part of the problem here too. If you're gonna wear something most days you'll more than likely stop being able to smell it before long. I wear Oud 27 enough for it to be almost...
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    Re: Montale blind buy

    Steer cleer of Black Aoud and Oud Cuir d'Arabie. They're both terrific, but both contain big rose notes (the latter less obviously, but it's there in the drydown).

    Personally I'd never blind buy a...
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    Re: Ever broken a bottle?

    A couple of months ago I dropped my last of three 10ml travel bottles of Musc Ravageur. Those things are delicate as icicles! Malle refers to their vulnerability somewhere on his website, as they're...
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    Re: Ever broken a bottle?

    A couple of months ago I dropped my last of three 10ml travel bottles of Musc Ravageur. Those things are delicate as icicles! Malle refers to their vulnerability somewhere on his website, as they're...
  6. Re: Looking for a leather and tobacco scent without all of the fruity or campfire components.

    Leather and tobacco? Try Dior's Leather Oud. It's all about cigars and armchairs - the ultimate drawing room scent.
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    Re: What makes a frag cheap ?

    Too few 'natural' ingredients - which are, of course, expensive, so their absence is a sensible (if literal) reason for calling a fragrance cheap. Sure, fragrances can be cheap in spirit too. But the...
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    Re: Your top 5 vetiver scents as of 2011

    Gorilla Perfumes Exhale
    Chanel Sycomore
    L'Artisan Timbuktu
    Givenchy Vetyver
    Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire

    Runners up: Guerlain, The Different Company, ELDO
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    Re: What are some good masculine florals?

    Frederic Malle's Carnal Flower is a big butch tuberose that you should definitely check out. FM's Une Rose is also a floral that I'd happily wear.
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    Re: Warm winter frags

    I think Histoire de Parfums' 1740 is cozy armchair in a bottle.
  11. Re: Leather Holy Grail, have you found it yet ?

    Funny you should ask: just yesterday I wore Parfumerie Generale's Cuir d'Iris again, after some time apart, and thought 'This is my absolute favouritest leather'. Dzing! is a very close second. It...
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    Re: What is your biggest 360?

    I was digusted, outraged even, by Jicky when I first smelled it a few years back. It was my first Guerlain. But within 10 days or so, with lots of nervous back and forth, its brilliance dawned on me....
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    Re: Herbaceous/Modern Masculine Fragrances

    For the rose and geranium, you could try Czech & Speake's No.88. I'm not a huge fan, but I seem to be in the minority on this one. Sticking with this combination, but more to my liking, is Frederic...
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    Re: Looking for an iris cologne/perfume

    I'd strongly recommend you try Iris de Nuit by Heeley. It is warm, woody, savoury, understated, and undoubtedly iris-focused. Some complain about its longevity, whereas I find it lasts all day, but...
  15. Thread: London

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    Re: Central London for one day.....priorities ???

    Hello,

    I agree with previous posts:

    + Les Senteurs, for sure.

    + And Selfridges, for sheer quantity, and it'll save you the trouble of visiting individual boutiques (L'artisan, Diptyque,...
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    Re: Any other Serge Lutens I must try?

    I agree that the exclusives are worth paying to sample, probably using the companies you mention (although if you're ever in Paris the Salon is great). What distinguishes these exclusives is often...
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    Re: Best Bottle Design in the Universe!

    I'm fond of the aluminium, baton-shaped Rive Gauche bottles - not least of all for protecting their contents from sunlight. The Pour Homme bottle alternates between black and a very dark brown (like...
  18. Re: Oops, You Died! What Fragrance You Want On You, Buried With You, Etc.?

    Well, you have the obvious puns here (and punning is all I can do with a thread this barmy): Eternity, Beyond Paradise, Back to Black, Angel, White Linen, ELDO Rien, Gorilla Pefume Breath of God or...
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    Re: Your Number One Fragrance As Of Right Now

    My Number One today is the fragrance I bought yesterday: Gaiac by Martine Micallef, because I was feeling sorry for myself and decided to momentarily ignore my 'Never, ever, ever buy a scent on the...
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    Re: Three vetiver scents - which one to get?

    Oh, and re: Mr Reasonable's arithmetic about Sycomore working out to approx. USD 1 per ml, that is true.

    However, I've come to realise that as my fragrance collection expands, I care less about...
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    Re: Three vetiver scents - which one to get?

    It's fun nudging people into purchases :) I'd choose Sycomore over Vetiver Extraordinaire. My personal preference is for Sycomore anyway, but based on the list of vetivers you currently or will soon...
  22. Thread: Geranium

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    Re: Geranium

    How about Carnal Flower or, more obviously, Geranium Pour Monsieur, both from Malle?

    No. 88 from Czech&Speake also has a stonking big geranium note to go with its rose.
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    Re: Three vetiver scents - which one to get?

    Sycomore is pricey (less so now that it's available in a smaller size) and usually has to be bought from a Chanel boutique.

    Givenchy Vetyver is widely available: here in Berlin it can be bought...
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    Re: Three vetiver scents - which one to get?

    Hi MrAndy,

    Of the three in your list, the least interesting is the Tauer (I think it's probably the weakest of his range).

    I happen to be wearing Sel de Vetiver today and it is very good:...
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    Re: True-to-Life Jasmine?

    +1 for Lutens' A La Nuit. It's startlingly vivid.
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    Re: What award would you give Bleu de CHanel.

    Jeez, Scenternerian - give it a break. All of this because of a critical thread about Bleu de Chanel?! I guess panty-dropping's okay for the purposes of sex (straight only), but not when it's to take...
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    Re: What award would you give Bleu de CHanel.

    ...Ah, less than 36 hours after a decision to start contributing to discussions on here and I'm having to grit my teeth against homo-bashing. Nice one, Scenternerian.
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    Re: Which Frederic Malles to sample?

    Carnal Flower
    En Passant

    Both are excellent, and change little over time, so if you liked either you could purchase with confidence :)
  29. Re: Tough guy's fragrance. Kouros or Azzaro Pour homme?

    I tend to think of Kouros as a little old lady trapped in Vin Diesel's body; that powdery rose drydown is inescapable, like grandma intent on pinching your cheek when you go visit her. I prefer...
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    Re: What do you wear to bed?

    On reflection, I realise that I nearly always end up wearing a Guerlain or a Chanel to bed. Apres L'Ondee, Jicky and Sycomore are fragrances I love by day and night. Whereas Nahema, Habit Rouge, Cuir...
  31. Re: Garden, soil, plants, water, rain natural fragrance.

    I'd also recommend En Passant from Frederic Malle.
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    Re: What do you wear to bed?

    + 1 for Caldey Island Lavender

    I also wear fragrances to bed that I'd feel self conscious about wearing during the day. Nahema is a good example of something I think is great but which I almost...
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