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  1. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    Three of mine leaked and are still leaking. I wasn't going to even bother getting in touch, but if it's a consistent flaw in their packaging, maybe they should know about it.
  2. Re: Pekji Perfumes: A new line by former BN member Saripatates.

    For anyone into brutal smoky aesthetics, Holy Shit will meet your needs. Think Tribute Attar, Patch 24, and Jeke all rolled up into one and then amplified. Eau Mer is the standout for me — a dank,...
  3. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    Since others are doing the same, here are my brief impressions with longer write-ups on the editing bench:


    Aer: A nice, herbalized semi-retro vetiver with a good juniper opening. It’s like a...
  4. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    A mixed bag for me. I find the line to be brimming with original ideas, some of which work better than others. While I don’t find the aesthetic to be entirely cohesive, they all tend to hover...
  5. Thread: Speed

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    Re: Speed

    No problems over here — I'm usually the first one to feel the slowdowns.
  6. Re: Retiring from splits for now. Open splits have been closed.

    Congrats on the new business venture! And yes, I'll echo all the thanks!
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    This is a fantastic thread, everyone. Great to hear people's thought on this line as there's little out there like it.
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    I just tried Skive a couple of days ago. I wasn't quite as enamored with it as Luca, but I'm certain I'll agree with him on the Tom Ford.
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    The mushroom note in Jardenia is a showstopper. Like Cacio mentioned, it's authentic to the flower, but I remember thinking "how could anyone pull this off?" Yet it's haunted me ever since. It's a...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    I've actually tried a couple of times now, but no luck with a response yet :(

    There's a management company involved who are also handling Rubini from what I understand, so hopefully there'll be...
  11. Re: New fragrance from Christian Dior, La Collection Privée - Coming May 2015

    It has a bit of a green tinge to it to my nose — no overt sweetness. It's definitely vanilla, but it's closer to the source so there's a slight stemmy aspect to it. The crispness of the citrus /...
  12. Thread: Smell Bent

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    Re: Smell Bent

    Brent's a really nice guy and I love the approach, love the humor and the irreverence, but sadly I can't say anything positive about the fragrances — and I've tried a many of them over the years.
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    Let's talk Ambers

    It is really good, I agree. It's a slightly different take on amber — one that I wish more people could get their noses on.
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    Re: Let's talk Ambers

    I thought it performed *okay* but there's very little to it. If someone were looking for a labdanum solinote (and had money to burn), I'd sent them to O Hira. Worth sniffing if you can get your nose...
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    Re: Why does Fahrenheit smell like gasoline?

    There's a good description of Fahrenheit's gasoline effect here that coincides with the point that the bottle / name is supposed to reflect the gasoline effect produced:...
  16. Re: Remember the violet candies wrapped in purple tinfoil?

    No, I don't think so. NRfH smells like cement to me whereas the MiN is more sweet and floral. It's been a while since I tried it, but I can't mentally make the connection between those two....
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    Re: Why does Fahrenheit smell like gasoline?

    Just yesterday I compared the current formulation to the vintage (from a 1989 bottle) and I must say that whoever is responsible for the Dior remakes did a solid job of keeping that same gasoline...
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    Poll: Re: Which is your favorite Frederic Malle?

    I'm not a fan of this line at all but my personal favorite (and the only one I'd consider purchasing) is Une Fleur de Cassie.
  19. Re: Remember the violet candies wrapped in purple tinfoil?

    Shaman by MiN smells almost identical to the way those candies taste to me.
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    Re: Memoirs of a Trespasser....... Any Good?

    ^ All I get from it is an insane amount of myrrh and tons of vanillin / vanilys.
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    Re: J Steele Perfumer's Apprentice Attars

    Your best bet is to call John directly (he doesn't do email). His stuff is on par with White Lotus, but he's the best one to talk to about it.
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    Re: FAHRENHEIT: a visual guide (1988-2015)

    I just grabbed a 1989 bottle a few weeks ago after following one of these guides. It's insanely potent.
  23. Thread: cumin note

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    Re: cumin note

    I have to jump on the El Attarine bandwagon as well. But for the full BO-effect, vintage Eau d'Hermes is b-r-u-t-a-l (in a good way). Fate Man has a balanced take on cumin/immortelle as well and...
  24. Thread: Wood Smoke

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    Re: Wood Smoke

    Oh, I just tried the new Les Liquides Imaginaires, but I tried them in passing after destroying my nose on a bunch of other stuff. One of them (I think it was Saltus) was a simple smoky wood, but I...
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    These are some daring (and awesome) scents, so I look forward to hearing how people take to them!

    I'm just hear to watch, but this is a great sample pass, cacio!
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    Re: Like Black Afgano but cheaper

    It's not a lot cheaper, but you certainly get more of it: Fortis by Les Liquides Imaginaires ($210 for 100ml)
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    Re: My first trip to Scent Bar!

    The place is really kick-back with absolutely no pressure to buy — it's quite literally set up like a bar! The staff are fantastic, so let them introduce you to some of the more obscure stuff they...
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    Re: Esxence 2015- Basenoters' tips

    I've tried them — they were all done by Delphine Thierry. And, well, let's just say I'm interested to hear what others think. They all have a sort of gourmand / sweet / burned character to them.
    ...
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    Re: Recreate Tom Ford's Amber Absolute

    I know this scent very well (I have a bunch of it too) and I can tell you that it's relying heavily on a synthetic sandalwood such ebanol or javanol with another material called ambrocenide that's...
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    Sticky: Re: Creed Queries & Discussions.

    Ecstasydeprivation: We moved your request for info over to this dedicated Creed thread as you'll stand a better chance of getting a knowledgable response here from the folks most familiar with...
  31. Re: Demeter recreates the smell of a baby's head with latest fragrance

    A little bit creepy, though!
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    Re: Problems with messaging

    I've noticed that there can be a bit of lag once you hit send — make sure the you get a "sent" message, or check your "sent" box to see if it went through and keep us posted.
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    Re: Problems with messaging

    Weird! Just sent you a test message right now.

    [EDIT]: Okay, reply message received successfully.

    Anyone else experienced this?
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    Re: Aventus Blind Buy

    This is getting ridiculous so I'm going to clean this thread up, and I don't want to turn it into a discussion about what is and what's not appropriate (way too many grey areas).

    I think we have...
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    Re: Aventus Blind Buy

    It's been a while since I smelled it, but isn't the dry down of Aventus an ambroxan-style base? If that's the case, there should be a bunch of scents that would work.
  36. O/E, latest scent from Bogue, now available at LuckyScent

    ^ I think that was just some evocative blurb from Lucky Scent. There's no actual taxidermy involved in the perfume.
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    They were automatically sent out a few days ago to anyone who had purchased from Slumberhouse in the past couple of years. It was unsolicited and a way to get the new scent into the hands of fans /...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    It should be arriving today. The mail ended up being a little more mercurial than intended (all the samples were supposed to arrive today, not yesterday!)
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    Re: New Slumberhouse?

    Due to a timing issue (this thread appeared pre-release) and a merge-thread fail, we've moved discussion over to the intended thread:...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    Pretty much anyone who's ordered from the line directly over the past year or so. There were some addresses lost from a server glitch, so if one doesn't arrive, that could be why. The goal of this...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    I've merged the threads (poorly). Gonna try and fix that here soon.

    1000 samples were sent out, so a number of you who didn't receive samples yesterday (a day early!) might want to check your...
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    New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    Introducing Kiste . . .

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=36077&stc=1

    As you might have gathered from the wave of vials that have been landing in people’s mailboxes (1000 of...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse?

    You know, I wonder if there are still some samples making their way across the country that could arrive tomorrow? Who knows?
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    Re: Room 237: Does it smell good?

    Yeah, I did see that review. He clearly likes it! I'd grab a sample from Bruno and give it a good test as its so hard to tell. It does smell clean, it does smell like steam, but it's loaded with...
  45. Thread: Resins thread

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    Re: Resins thread

    ^ You might see if he has a sample available as, trust me, you can dilute it down quite a bit.
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    Re: Room 237: Does it smell good?

    I probably can't add that much to what I've already written (it really is a hard scent to describe), but I can't say it smells traditionally "good." If you've ever tried L'Air de Rien and M/Mink, it...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse?

    How very interesting. I too received a mystery vial of something, but I've no idea what it could be.
  48. Thread: test

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    Re: test

    Ha!

    Awkward!

    I'll delete it if you want, but you should be able to edit it :)
  49. Thread: Royal OUD is

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    Re: Royal OUD is

    Honestly, I think it's hilarious. I've been given this line so many times now that I kind of seek it out whenever I see a Creed stand at the mall. A couple of weeks ago, an SA pulled "you must buy...
  50. Thread: Royal OUD is

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    Re: Royal OUD is

    Bro-fist!
  51. Thread: Royal OUD is

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    Re: Royal OUD is

    Ha!
    // reaches for Royal Cedar while giving side-eye Spice and Wood //
  52. Thread: Royal OUD is

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    Re: Royal OUD is

    I've tried S&W several times now based on the praise it gets around here and I can't stand the stuff. There's something so incredibly dated and harsh about it. It' one of those scents where I try it...
  53. Thread: Royal OUD is

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    Re: Royal OUD is

    . . . one of the best cedar scents on the market. There's zero royalty and zero oud in it, and the SA line of continual discontinuation (because of the rarity of the "oud" hehe) is hilarious, but I...
  54. Re: Bois D'Argent my biggest fragrance disappointment to date.

    I've smelled various orris extracts (honestly, I don't know if it was powder), and I dislike orris in general, so that could be it!
  55. Thread: Resins thread

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    Re: Resins thread

    Get Christopher's Saffron CO2 from White Lotus. It's insanely powerful so a little goes a long way.
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: O/E

    I really wouldn't call it a chypre, but the base is reminiscent of one. To me, it's an EdC on steroids. I never liked the original that much because I don't like the EdC genre or candied verbena or...
  57. Re: Bois D'Argent my biggest fragrance disappointment to date.

    I've never understood this one either. I can smell it just fine, but it does smell like something's spoiled to me and I generally like things that smell bad.
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: O/E

    Well, this JUST came out — like today — so it'll be around for some time :)
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    Re: Fragrance contract manufacturers in uk

    Do you mean independent perfumers or large-scale production?

    I think you might be better off over in the DIY section which has both industry professionals, independent perfumers, as well as...
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: O/E

    I know, right? I have a sample of it so I'll try and write some more here soon. I'm a little behind on things!
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    New Bogue Profumo: O/E

    Hey all,

    I think I may have mentioned this one at some point or another, but Bogue's new O/E has landed and is now available through Lucky Scent.
    ...
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    Re: Roses of the Damned

    Okay, since this thread abandoned the discussion of fragrance some time ago, let's go ahead and wrap it up.

    If anyone has any questions, go ahead and shoot me a PM.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    Ha! :vrolijk_26:
    Be nice, everyone. It's just fragrance.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    I should probably be more helpful and just tell you all to quit arguing over perfume, but I will share a recent experience with you all (which I was going to keep to myself, because I simply don't...
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    Re: April Aromatics

    I've tried Erdenstern. More reserved than others in the line, but I did enjoy it.
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    Re: Roses of the Damned

    It can be tricky to gauge — especially if you're new to a forum, Justin000. And yeah, one person's playful humor can easily alienate someone else, so it's always best to veer on the side of...
  67. Thread: Why?

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    Re: Why?

    That's it. I'm coming over to raid your stash. I was just scouring ebay the other night for a vintage bottle — even a mini.

    I also recall reading somewhere (I don't think I made this up) but...
  68. Thread: Why?

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    Re: Why?

    It depends on which version you're smelling though as the petrol note was hugely reduced over the years. There's a actually a site that documents the shifts and it seems that it went through two...
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    Re: Creating natural perfume oils

    Some of the discussions here about marketing vs. product are interesting, but they're being convoluted by peripheral antagonisms and are going nowhere as the result. If we can, let's try and get this...
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    Re: A self promoting thread

    Again, totally agree with Foustie here in that I think the volume is just right with it. It's not blasting, it's not invisible — it's tasteful.
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    Re: 'Goth' fragrance

    This topic comes up every few weeks, so there are some great older threads worth digging into to see what past suggestions have come up.

    I'd mark the distinction here between a sort of costume...
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    Re: A self promoting thread

    Great review, Foustie! Fully agree with your point about it being cooling. I had originally noted it as "warm" but it seems to go both ways — that minty aspect of geranium cools it (I wrote...
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    Re: A self promoting thread

    Congrats!

    And what a coincidence — I have one of your samples ("She Came to Stay") sitting here in front of me. An intriguing herbalized geranium, by the smells of it.
  74. Thread: I stink

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    Re: I stink

    Dougczar can't get enough of this one. He's a huge fan. ;)
  75. Thread: I stink

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    Re: I stink

    I'm being a little facetious, but with few exceptions, "fresh and clean" scents are killers for me. I find Leather Oud to be one of the best representations of "western oud." It's a massive amount of...
  76. Thread: I stink

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    Re: I stink

    I think it's the most wearable Dior, but I doubt that comes as a surprise to anyone ;)

    For a western oud, it's great stuff. Wear it with pride, Steviereds!
  77. Re: Need your Opinion- Should I Offer Robertet Naturals for Presale Perfumer Supply House

    Count me in as interested too, Christine. Anything Robertet gets my attention. I think I have a couple of these (Bois d'Encens, Cypriol Heart) and they're great.
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    Re: The "OVERSPRAYER"

    I've deleted the creeper photos of the accused (and all the subsequent quotes of it) as that's a low move and certainly not suitable for this site. I know cyber bullying and public humiliation is de...
  79. Re: Massiel @ the Dior Boutique Vegas is awesome

    Fantastic!
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    Come on guys -- let's mellow it out in here, shall we? Keep it on topic (batch numbers?) and let's keep it cordial.
  81. Re: What does the sprayer of a Parfumerie Generale bottle look like?

    Mine are crimped as well. No unscrewing.
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    Re: The Legend of Ash Continues!

    I love this. This is how all youtube reviews should be done.
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    Re: [US/CAN] Creed Jardin d'Amalfi

    That's true, and I did recall seeing that mentioned somewhere in Grant's post (but couldn't find it). I'll look into it a bit more, but if you want to charge a handling cost, you should make it clear...
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    Re: [US/CAN] Creed Jardin d'Amalfi

    Youssif9: You can't charge for time — splits are not-for-profit, and each aspect of the split needs to be itemized.

    From what I can tell, your pricing should look something more like this:
    ...
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    Re: Best Value on Oils?

    It's not your thread to close. You jumped into somebody else's thread to make false claims about a reputable seller due to what, as several of us have tried to clarify, seems to be extreme confusion....
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    Re: Taureville - A new line by Andy Taure

    To me, it's a very simple but effective bitter rose than borders on a solinote. It appears to be rose ottos (the one I have from the last released is insufficiently filtered, which suggests natural,...
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    Re: Best Value on Oils?

    I think that's best :)
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    Re: Best Value on Oils?

    Creatingperfume.com doesn't sell fragrances — it's a supplier of materials to make fragrances. They sell aroma chemicals and natural materials. The natural materials are pre-diluted to the level of...
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    Best Value on Oils?

    I use Liberty, Biolandes, and Eden interchangeably for naturals depending on the materials, but White Lotus and Lifetree Aromatics (John Steele) are my favorites (albeit pricy). I have a few other...
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    Best Value on Oils?

    Robspace, I think you're misunderstanding what these items from CP are. They're pre-diluted natural oils, NOT fragrance oils which are very, very different.

    Sounds like you've found some suppliers...
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    Re: Best Value on Oils?

    ^ I find that there's really no one-stop-shop option either as certain companies will have different materials. Companies like Eden also offer exploration kits of single materials such as...
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    Best Value on Oils?

    No, no ripoff. It's not that uncommon for materials to be pre-diluted. Sometimes pre-dilution happens to make materials more workable for the buyer, but other times, it happens due to the strength of...
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    Re: Best Value on Oils?

    They're not sold as pure, though. CP clearly states that their naturals are pre-diluted.
  94. Re: Saw a message about "helping" with something when I signed on.....

    It must be Basenotes Plus only, but visible to all when not logged in. It's a new feature that's being tested. Stay tuned . . .
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    Re: Fragrance similar to Kiehls Musk?

    James, Kiehl's musk is largely tonquitone and the infamous animalis base to my nose, so if you have those materials, combine them and you'll get the idea. It's a floral musk, but a really good one...
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    Re: Mazzolari's version of Oud.

    Since it's not in our directory yet, I'll post my mini-review here:

    I love Lui, but nothing else from this line has grabbed me in the same way, and this is no exception. On the one hand, there’s a...
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    Sticky: Re: Question about Creed Aventus

    There's a dedicated area for Creed batch questions, so I'll move your post over there and you'll probably get a better response. Hang on.

    Okay, you're moved. Dig around in this thread and you...
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    Re: Rania J. T. Habanero

    Her aesthetic is very refined and "grown-up" I guess. I was excited to try them but they weren't my style at all. They conjure up images of Big Business and classy, refined gentleman on their way to...
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    Sticky: Re: Is my Creed Aventus legit?

    Welcome! I'll bump your thread over to the dedicated Creed-spot so you can get some more perspectives.
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    Re: Are indie perfumes worth it?

    I'd say from the IAO description, Andy, Laurie, and Vero are all Artisan. They make everything themselves (at least I know Andy and Laurie do — Vero might write formulae and send it to the lab, but I...
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