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  1. Re: Your choice for modern commercial perfume with fresh spring floral theme

    Indeed, how could I forget Guerlain? Chamade, Champs Elysées. I'd also add Apres l'Ondee I guess.
  2. Re: Your choice for modern commercial perfume with fresh spring floral theme

    Thanks a lot for your ideas! It's really interesting to see that there are different perceptions of what fresh spring blossom perfume should smell like or what an ultimate spring fragrance is. I...
  3. Your choice for modern commercial perfume with fresh spring floral theme

    Greetings!

    Being a spoiled perfumista who has enough with classics and modern niche I seem to overlook the modern commercial fragrances. But sometimes there are really nice fragrances to smell....
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    Lys du Désert soundtrack

    Greetings!
    Today I was smelling Lys du Déert by Andy Tauer. Liked this scent as it gives me a vivid image of a desert. Like endless ocher colored sand meeting the depth of the blue sky somewhere at...
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    Re: SOTD; Wednesday, 14th, Dec 2011

    Knize Ten

    http://www.parfuemerie-brueckner.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/265x265/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/f/i/file_12.jpg
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    Re: Shu Uemura, Magna Plaza, Amsterdam

    I guess Annindriya in Amsterdam also had the perfumes by Piguet - http://www.annindriya.nl/
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    Re: Shu Uemura, Magna Plaza, Amsterdam

    This Shop is closed and doesn't exist anymore.
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    Re: Most disturbing video review of a cologne

    This one is funny. Now I am sitting and waiting for a sequel. So, I expect to see him in a kind of "1 million by Paco Rabanne" advertisement set surrounded with nice girls and saying something "Look...
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    Re: S o t D - Monday, 1st March 2010

    It's the 1st of March and the spring is definitely there. Fresh crystal air, sunshine and snowdrops. A friend of my told she could smell the snowdrops. But apparently not all of them are fragrant - I...
  10. Re: Check out this amazing online perfume encyclopedia!! Over 65,000 perfume entries!!

    Well, Jamie, it was a puzzle for me too. But I found that code corresponds with the perfume classification of the Comité Français du Parfum...
  11. Re: P.C. Hoofstraat Amsterdam: Chanel, Hermes, Oger

    I guess for pure perfumes you have to move to Paris. In Amsterdam they only have those huge EDT bottles. Welcome to Amsterdam - don't hesitate to contact for a "guided tour".
  12. Andy Tauer, Vero Kern, MDCI, etc are available in Amsterdam

    "Miroir" (opens in March 2010)
    Spiegelgracht 6, Amsterdam
    (near the Rijksmuseum)

    Fragrances collection: Tauer Perfumes, Montale, MDCI, Olivier Durbano, Hubert Maes and later Vero Kern.
    ...
  13. Sounds delicious. Love to try.

    Sounds delicious. Love to try.
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    Re: S o t D, Wednesday, 16 December 2009

    Rêverie au jardin
    Tauer Perfumes
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    Re: S o t D, Tuesday, 15 December 2009

    Rive Gauche pour homme
    Yves Saint Laurent

    Jacques Cavallier
    2003
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    Re: SotD - Saturday, 5 December, 2009

    It's Sinterklaas (Sint Nicolas) day here in Netherlands
    So, you need something that smells like chocolate (or spicy) like:


    BORNEO1834
    Serge Lutens
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    Re: S o t D, Thursday, 3 December 2009

    Honey & Tar
    Laguna
    Natural perfumer from Russia

    More information:
    In Russian: http://www.naturalperfumery.ru/honey.html
    English (google translated):...
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    Re: SotD: Sunday, 29th November, 2009

    Vetiver
    Guerlain
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    Re: SotD -- Thursday, November 26, 2009

    LYS MEDITERRANE
    EDITIONS DE PARFUMS FREDERIC MALLE

    Edouard Fléchier

    Ginger Lily, Lily-of-the-valley, Angelica root, Fleur d'Oranger, Water Lily, Salycilates, Ambrette Seeds, Musk

    Happy...
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    Re: Who created Miss Balmain?

    It would be a perfect plot... Let's say Germaine Cellier indeed created Madame Balmain and later made Miss Balmain under the pseudonym Harry Cutler (or probably re-build her own fragrance). And it...
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    Re: Who created Miss Balmain?

    Dear Brielle87,

    Can you, please, tell where this information comes from? The fact Pierre Balmain and Germaine Cellier were friends is mentioned in his book "My years and seasons". But the only...
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    Re: Who created Miss Balmain?

    Well, I wrote to Balmain, Société française des parfumeurs and to Octavian (for those who doesn't know him - he is a fragrance historian and writer behind the http://1000fragrances.blogspot.com/...
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    Re: S o t D, Wednesday, 18 November 2009

    It's a cool rainy and stormy day when you are in the mood for something warm and sweet. Like Amber. And the amber of today is:


    Blue Amber
    Montale
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    Re: Who created Miss Balmain?

    Have you seen my comment #18, Advocate?
    I've asked Robin @ Now Smell This and the team behind the Perfume Intelligence about the sources they used. The answer from Ronin is in that comment. A...
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    Re: Who created Miss Balmain?

    Roberto, it's difficult to talk when you don't mention any sources to support your statements.
    As mentioned before Miss Balmain is probably created by Harry Cutler (you can see the sources in the...
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    Re: Who created Miss Balmain?

    Finally I found it. It looks like Firefox can't show the webpage properly. It shows only the picture and no paragraph next to it. But I could see all the information using the IE8. Indeed - they say...
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    Re: Who created Miss Balmain?

    That's exactly what I did. And it brings me a lovely pyramid of each scent with pictures of ingredients. And the "close" button next to it. Nothing else - no information on perfumers.
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    Re: Who created Miss Balmain?

    Well, to find more facts about the mysterious "Madame Balmain" perfume (which even might never existed) I asked Robin, the editor of Now Smell This as well as team of Perfume Intelligence about the...
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    Re: Who created Miss Balmain?

    I do appreciate your input, Advocate.

    It all makes sense. Just two small nuances.

    When you can't find anything (or two little) about a perfume (or anything else), it's logic to doubt in...
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    Re: Who created Miss Balmain?

    Thanks for your answer, RHM.

    Well - the original question was about Balmain. But I am really interested to get information on perfumes created by Germaine Cellier.

    Unfortunately, I can't find...
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    Re: Who created Miss Balmain?

    It's not entirely true. There are two more references for the fragrance "Madame Balmain". If you google for it in a book section than you can find the following:

    1. Forbes, Volume 152 by Bertie...
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    Re: Who created Miss Balmain?

    Anyway - I do love your version very much!
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    Re: Who created Miss Balmain?

    Of course, Jolie Madame is a fragrance made by Cellier. But according to Perfume Intelligence the fragrance Madame Balmain do exists and is created somewhere in 40-50's. The same information you can...
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    Re: Who created Miss Balmain?

    Thanks for your answer, sofresh.

    Googling Harry Cutler and Balmain together gives reviews of PerfumeShrine, Bois de Jasmin (in her comments) and Olfactorama and they all mention Harry Cutler as a...
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    Who created Miss Balmain?

    I was reading about Germaine Cellier and her creations and found that she has created a fragrance Madame Balmain somewhere in 40-50. Well, I never heard about this fragrance, but we all know Miss...
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    Re: S o t D, Saturday, 10th October, 2009

    Musc Ravageur
    Maurice Roucel, 2000
    Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle
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    Re: S o t D, Sunday, 27 Septemer 2009

    Well, it was difficult for me to decide today, so I stopped attempts to make any decision in what fragrance to wear. And I let the lot to choose... oh my... the lot has spoken and done and I am...
  38. Poll: Re: The Serge Lutens Showdown: Your Favourite Fragrance

    It's a bit unfair! How can I choose just one fragrance from a brand I like so much? But ok, the one I've voted for is Tubereuse Criminelle.

    Although Fille en Aiguilles is my new favorite (but I...
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    Re: S o t D, Tuesday, 22 September 2009

    Encre Noire
    Lalique
    Created by Nathalie Lorson in 2006 with the notes of Bourbon and Haitian Vetivers on the base of Musk and Cashmeran topped with Cypres
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    Re: S o t D Monday 21 September

    It is a very soft and warm amber colored autumnal day - a perfect one to wear:


    Ambre Sultan

    Serge Lutens

    Created by Christopher Sheldrake in 1993 with the notes of Coriander, Amber,...
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    Re: Looking for a dark chypre

    Black+Chypre=Leather Chypre - sounds like a logic equation to me, so Bandit is the one you might like (or try Cabochard that is a little bit more floral).
    But if you like Patchouli and Dark, than...
  42. Thread: Knize Ten

    by AromaX
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    Re: Knize Ten

    Similarity between scents depends strongly on what part of scent do you like the most or compare.
    If it's all about leather, than you might like Oud Cuir d'Arabie by Montale, Cuir Maresque by Serge...
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    Re: S o t D, Wednesday, 1 July 2009

    1. Tested vintage Joy EDT vs. Eau de Joy in the morning- a lot of fruity marmelade in the first one (delicious) and too much cats in another. Just too vintage.
    2. Desperately deciding what to put on...
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    Re: Leather Fragrances - Recommendations?

    Well - Knize Ten is still what fits the best.

    Montale Oud Cuir d'Arabi is a very nice pure leather of similar quality as well as Cuir Maresque by Serge Lutens, but they are more expensive.
    ...
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    Re: S o t D - Saturday, 28 Feb 09

    Frederic Malle
    Vetiver extraordinaire
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    Re: S o t D - Sunday, 01 Mar 09

    Etro
    Vetiver
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    Re: Rose Chyprée by Andy Tauer

    What kind of rose do you smell there? To me it smells very close to a rose oil.
    Do you smell incense there too?
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    Re: Rose Chyprée by Andy Tauer

    Pretty good. I put a spray on my wrist in the morning to test it and could still smell it from the edge of my sleeve before I went to bed.
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    Re: Rose Chyprée by Andy Tauer

    Strident - indeed, especially in the beginning (makes me think of glass and crystals as a visual image), but don't you think it becomes pretty soft after oakmoss note develops?

    Personally I'd not...
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    Re: Rose Chyprée by Andy Tauer

    Nope, no Gabriel tried so far. Can you tell more about it?
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    Re: Rose Chyprée by Andy Tauer

    Andy still keeps it a secret - when it's released and in what form. So, let's follow his blog...
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    Re: Rose Chyprée by Andy Tauer

    Well, I hope there will be more give aways when Andy decides to launch the fragrance. I hope you'll be lucky to get a sample.
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    Re: Vetiver question X 2.

    Do you find love for vetiver an acquired taste?

    Not sure if it's acquired. From my own experience I'd say you have to learn to love Vetiver. It's not a love from the first sight. But the question...
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    Rose Chyprée by Andy Tauer

    Very curious if there are people here who has tried the Rose Chypree. already. I found it pretty surprising interpretation of rose chypre. I put some impressions about it on my blog and wonder what...
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    Re: European perfume hobbyists?

    Well, Irina - the Russian blog is almost exactly the same as the English one. Except that there are more comments and discussions coming to the entries. And why Russian - well, it's my first...
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    Re: European perfume hobbyists?

    I'd love to participate. What I found myself is that a very nice thing to communicate is a blog, group or a forum. For the last one Basenote is really good. You can discuss anything perfumery...
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    Re: Silly SA sayings

    Well - I do own a bottle of original Poison. I did like the smell so much (sweet fruity tuberose) that I bought it (half a bottle for less than $10). Not really to use to go out, but to put on my...
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    Re: How much is too much?

    You can visit the website of http://www.thegoodscentscompany.com/ - they give an idea of a limitation of essential oils and aromachemicals in perfume. But it's rather about safety. You can also find...
  59. Thread: Indole

    by AromaX
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    Re: Indole

    At Hekserij Jan has a nice ParfumBouwDoos - a set of prepared perfume bases and a book of recipes. Very easy to use and nice to experiment with. When you start with a base you don't have to "build" a...
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    Re: The Fragrance Wheel, an interesting site..

    Well the next edition - 2009 is a 25th "Jubilation" edition and it might be a good reason to buy it printed. I also guess that it would be a nice reference material for a couple of years. And later...
  61. Re: 227 bottles of Frederic Malle fragrances stolen

    Well, for the next couple of months wearing Malle will make you an alleged criminal. And the special agent of the police corps will become a member of basenotes to study the SOTD's. Beware ;-)
    ...
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    Re: What would you ask Jean Claude Ellena?

    Nice opportunity - congratulations.
    I am not good yet in knowing personal styles of perfumers. So, it will be more like general questions.
    Perfumer as a creator of fragrance is probably very...
  63. Re: Sealed Chanel vintage bottle - what would you do?

    The problem of Vintage Chanel is a very bad "survival capacity". Even kept in an unopened bottle it has a big chance to be rancid already.

    Even if you get a decant and like it there is still a...
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    Re: So what's a chypre, anyway?

    The discussion about what bites belong to Chypre accord and what not is endless. There are no strict definition of what Chypre exactly is. PerfumeShrine in her blog has done a nice research about the...
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    Re: Do fragrances smell different on a smoker?

    It's A+ for staying neutral.

    Of course I understand that each frag smells differently on each skin. Just curious if you found out if some fragrances are improved or getting worse because of the...
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    Re: Do fragrances smell different on a smoker?

    I think you also have a good common sense to estimate what might be offensive and what not. Even when you are kidding.



    Interesting. If I understand you correctly, you didn't like the smell...
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    Re: Do fragrances smell different on a smoker?

    Guys, this is not supposed to be a topic to discuss an issue of smoking in general. And it's also not a place to offend each other even if the topic is controversial. Can we show some more respect to...
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    Re: Do fragrances smell different on a smoker?

    There is a less offensive way to tell the same. When you begin with "I" and speak about what someone's behavior does to you instead of accusing and try not to generalize than it becomes less...
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    Re: SOTD - Thursday - 09 October 2008

    Caron
    Yatagan
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    Do fragrances smell different on a smoker?

    Thanks to Mudassir I could enjoy the Amouage Jubilation action mentioned on a discount board. I've got my Amouage Jubilation and I find it a very nice fragrance. Combining wood and sweet notes it...
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    Re: Lutens Fumerie Turque - Your thoughts

    I do like it on the blotter and on my skin. But the first and the last time I put it on it gave me an idea as if I was sleeping in an old dirty cellar all the night and didn't take a shower in the...
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    Re: Gentlemen, it's time to get dirty

    Gentleman by Givenchy (old formulation)
    Ambre Bleu by Montale or Ambre Sultan by Lutens,
    Fumerie Turque by Serge Lutens
    Bandit by Piguet (may be not much dirty, but more naughty)
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    Re: Cartier Roadster - WOW!!

    Yesterday was smelling Roadster together with my fragrant friend. I do like the herbal character of Roadster. And mint there is not disturbing to my nose. A friend of my told me she was definitely...
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    Re: CdG in Amsterdam

    Reflect - the street is a side street of P.C. Hooftstraat and begins exactly against Chanel boutique.
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    Re: Excellent video about fake frags.

    There is one interesting thing on the box: "Tester demonstration". It might explain the price as the testers are free. But couldn't it be a fake tester? I believe that the most of testers are not...
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    Re: Incense rosé by Tauer

    Well - I become to love it more and more. My skin doesn't eat the rose. First it makes a Turkish Delight from it turning it into a rose scented jelly candy.

    Funny enough that sweetened spicy rose...
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    Re: Bizarre, strong reaction to my SoTD!

    What do you think might happen if your wife would wear L'eau par Kenzo? Or if you meet your ex-girlfriend wearing 24, Fabourg? ;-)

    Just curious while my imagination gives me something like...
  78. Thread: Guerlain Homme

    by AromaX
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    Re: Guerlain Homme

    Well - to me the whole story seem to be a kind practical joke - the fact Guerlain uses Mojito notes, Mowgli scene used to advertise, promises to evoke a beast with a glass of fresh cocktail... I am...
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    Re: Burr gives Addict by Dior 3 stars

    sorry - wrong thread
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    Re: What house has the WORST website?

    I found this one pretty ok lately. Could find everything I wanted to know about them and their fragrances. Just curious what was frustrating for you there?
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    Re: What house has the WORST website?

    I was frustrated about the website of Hermes much more than about Montale which I also agree not to be a good one.
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    Re: Do you put fragance before to sleep?

    Mostly I have an urge to smell something before going to bed - so I put a fragrance on my hands to try it out. Recently I made a natural Jasmine perfume with Vanilla and Clary Sage ets... and I put...
  83. Re: Andy Tauer's new Unnamed Vetiver: 1st Impression

    Thanks for your comment. I just see that you are describing the smell of Sage while it's not the same as the Clary Sage. The last one has the similar name to a common Sage, but the smell is very...
  84. Re: Andy Tauer's new Unnamed Vetiver: 1st Impression

    This vacation I was browsing through still unknown fragrances and grabbed for a Gray Flannel I never smelled before. I was really surprised by its resemblance with the white flower accord of Andy's...
  85. Thread: Aachen

    by AromaX
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    Aachen

    There are several perfumeries. The two I visited are:


    Goldkopf-Parfümerie - on the way from the Rathouse to the Dom.
    Luxury line plus Lutens, Etro, Annick Goutal etc.

    Goldkopf-Parfümerie Dr....
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    Re: Lalique Encre Noire-- review

    Thanks for a nice review.



    Synaesthesia is a tricky thing. I found myself having opposite association for the same scent. Like Vetiver is both - dry and dump for me. May be because the smell...
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    Re: Decanting Question

    Where do you get such "monsters"? Indeed it worth to show on the photo. Looking forward to it.
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    Powdery notes - what are they?

    Hi guys,

    I am trying to understand the powdery notes and what makes the perfume "powdery". So, I am also interested in personal olfactory experiences.

    Can you tell me how you'd describe...
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    Re: Alliage vs. Obsession - similar note?

    Well, thanks for the comments. It was not the myrrh as it has a different note; myrrh is much more moist and mushroom-like (especially the one made by Serge Lutens is nice). Reading the comments made...
  90. Re: How best to "train" your nose to identify individual fragrance notes

    It takes years - no joking
    The most simple way to smell fragrances, try to describe what you smell reffering the fragrances you know and later compare what your impression with fragrance reviews....
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    Re: The Great Rive Gauche (Pour Homme) Blaspheme

    There could be several reasons RGPH doesn't work for you.

    May be the whole fougère group is just not your type. Do you have the similar effect from Azzaro and Drakkar Noir? Gray Flanel?
    Your nose...
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    Re: The Great Rive Gauche (Pour Homme) Blaspheme

    BEWARE ! Oops. I think there is a mistake in Osmoz's pyramide - the notes they mention are the notes of Rive Gauche (feminine) and not of Rive Gauche pour homme. The notes of basenotes are Ok.
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    Re: SotD - Wednesday, 30 July 08

    Tauer Perfumes
    L'air du desert marocain
  94. Caleche secretly producing marvellous secretions?

    Yesterday I was sniffing around at perfumeries. As Luca Turin describes Caleche as best feminine for men I wanted to try it on my skin. Well - first it turned into a nice dry scent with green and...
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    Alliage vs. Obsession - similar note?

    Yesterday I was sniffing some randomly chosen fragrances as a kind of exercise for my nose. One of new perfume I tries was Alliage by Estee Lauder. Nice "green" powerful fragrance. But at the bottom...
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    Re: SOTD - Tuesday, 29th July 2008

    Sycomore

    Chanel
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    Re: SOTD - Monday, 28th July 2008

    Vetiver

    Guerlain
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    Re: Family member discovers my perfume hobby...

    Well – it’s difficult to add something when many wise things are already said. I still think that humour turns the world around.

    I was thinking about the radical elimination of this prejudice with...
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    Re: Create a basic collection of all the families

    Fougere: Rive Gauche pour homme
    Floral: Insensé by Givenchy
    Oriental: Opium pour homme by YSL
    Chypre: Mitsouko by Guerlain
    Marine: L'Eau d'Issey
    Citrus: Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior
    Wildcard:...
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    Re: SotD - Monday, 21 July 2008

    Montale
    Red Vetyver
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