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    Re: By Kilian Pure Oud, Kenzo Jungle Elephant

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    Re: By Kilian Pure Oud, Kenzo Jungle Elephant

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    Re: Best Ginger?

    +1 for Roger et Gallet Gingembre
  4. [International] Re: Tiffany for Men After Shave, AbdesSalaam Don Corleone

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  5. [International] Re: Tiffany for Men After Shave, AbdesSalaam Don Corleone

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    Re: Advice after sampling

    I think it is normal to like only a small percentage of the fragrances you sample.

    At first I was surprised by that, but now I think it is a feature of how our olfactory systems work.
  7. Re: Quite hard to find a "sexy" summer citrus fragrance...

    Rochas Moustache = old school citrus + civet.
  8. Re: Retiring from splits for now. Open splits have been closed.

    Sayonara, and thanks, Rich! You will be missed--
  9. Sticky: Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split? January - May 2015

    how about some angela ciampagna liquo?
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    Re: Favorite Tea Fragrance?

    Goutal Eau du Fier
  11. Thread: Bay Rum

    by cosmopolit
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    Re: Bay Rum

    Dominica: short-lived reference bay rum.
    St. John's: more complex and long-lasting, very satisfying.

    Bay Rum was big in the 1960s, so yeah, old school.
  12. Thread: Pipe Smoker

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    Re: Pipe Smoker

    I would recommend ASAQ Dahn Al Aoud Anteeque
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    Re: Classic Fragrances

    Agree with Azzaro pour Homme.

    Also Karl Lagerfeld Cologne, if he can handle some powder.
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    By Kilian Pure Oud, Kenzo Jungle Elephant

    For swap:

    By Kilian Pure Oud 10ml decant (x2).

    Kenzo Jungle Elephant 5ml mini.

    Looking for:

    Atelier Cologne Pomelo Paradis
    Roger et Gallet Fleur d'Osmanthus
  15. [International] Tiffany for Men After Shave, AbdesSalaam Don Corleone

    For sale:

    Tiffany for Men[/B] After Shave, vintage, 100ml bottle, used once, 70USD shipped. (old box, bottle probably predates 2002, as price on bottom of box denominated in lire).

    AbdesSalaam...
  16. Re: If you have to downsize your wardrobe, which fragrances will you let go?

    I am coming to the realization that I can cut back on quantity across the board.

    I have very few fragrances of which I need more than 20ml.

    So it is time to decant and sell/trade.
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    Re: Best Sandalwood

    +1 for Chilum. AbdesSalaam is the master.
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    Re: What are the best rose scents?

    + 1 for Une Rose, quite remarkable rose + truffle. Test it. Not sure about general wearability, however.
    Rose 31 is also good as a dark rose option.
  19. Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split? October / November 2014

    Dahn Al Aoud Anteeque by Abdul Samad Al Qurashi

    Available in the USA through the World in Scents.
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    Re: Your kings of powder

    +1 1725
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    Re: Looking for LICORICE!!

    +1 for Eau Noire (but, as mentioned, you have to like immortelle)
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    Re: HdP: Your Picks, and...

    Just wore 1725 to a wedding on Saturday, it was perfect.
    Need to revisit 1740 and Tubereuse 3 again.
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    Re: Does civet smell bad?

    Civet adds depth to a fragrance.

    I like it a lot more than other animalic notes: castoreum, hyraceum.
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    Re: Lavender+Lemon fragrances?

    I was thinking Jicky too--
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    Re: fragrance for caribbean vacation

    Turtle Vetiver Back
  26. Maximum respect for Theorema, I find it unisex...

    Maximum respect for Theorema, I find it unisex btw.
  27. Re: Leathers have always eluded me. Some suggestions?

    It has also been hard for me to get my head around the leather note.

    Tried quite a few, but didn't really see leather fragrances as being wearable or desirable.

    Recently I finally fell for...
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    Re: Smoky, tarry fragrance

    Goutal Eau du Fier.
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    Re: Recommend me a LEATHER scent

    From your list I prefer Cuir Mauresque. It isn't perhaps the truest leather, but it is an incredibly satisfying blend of leather, floral and spicy notes, with a little civet to ground it.
    ...
  30. Thread: IB vs 1725

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    Re: IB vs 1725

    Both are worthy, but 1725 is much more powdery and less wearable IMO.

    Though I just wore 1725 to a wedding, and it was perfect.
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    Re: Serge Lutens - Polarizing?

    When I started with perfumes a few years back, I found SL fragrances to be a huge letdown. Over time, however, I have come to really appreciate a number of them. In my experience, they are rich and...
  32. Re: Great Men's Fragrances that Feature Immortelle

    Interesting--how long ago did this reformulation take place? Must have been pretty recently.

    I dug out my Sables boxes to check the ingredients, I got backups two years ago, when they had the...
  33. Re: Great Men's Fragrances that Feature Immortelle

    Sables is a masterpiece.

    +1 for CDG Luxe Patchouli
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    Re: Fragrances with Cinnamon notes

    Great thread above!

    Cinnamon is not an uncommon note, but there are few fragrances built solely around it.

    I really like the cinnamon in Sables. But you have to like immortelle for that.
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    Re: Sables - Annick Goutal

    Hard to imagine!

    Sables has always been a tenacious and immodest scent. I am suspicious of the bottle redesign, perhaps a sign of watered-down product.

    Glad that I have substantial backups.
  36. Re: CUOIO TARTARO by La Vie del Profumo: WOW! Has anyone else tried it?

    Tempting! Will sample.

    AbdesSalaam is a genius.
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    Re: Bois d'Ascese for Easter Week?

    Interesting thread, I definitely think about these pairings.

    Problem is, I am definitely not a incense/frankincense fan, perfume-wise. For the more sombre holidays (All Saints, etc) I tend to...
  38. Re: Manhattan NY Meetup Plan (who is interested)

    curious to know if there is anything planned in the next week or two? in town, though briefly--
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    Re: Is Ys Uzac Immortal Beloved an improved HdP 1740?

    Thanks for your observations, Colin--definitely agree that IB is more floral. And thanks for the heads-up on the new release--

    This blog post from Grain de Musc also prompted me to think about the...
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    Re: Is Ys Uzac Immortal Beloved an improved HdP 1740?

    I am not looking for testimonials from 1740 lovers, but specific comparisons from people who have sampled both.

    Thanks!
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    Ys Uzac Immortal Beloved and HdP 1740

    I only have a .7ml Luckyscent dabber to sample, so I am interested in hearing from anyone who is familiar with both.

    Lets consider the pyramids:

    1. 1740:

    • Top Notes
    • Bergamot, Davana...
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    Re: Best/favorite MASCULINE smoky?

    A whimsical composition from Giacobetti.
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    Re: Best/favorite MASCULINE smoky?

    Can also recommend Honoré de Prés Chamens Party. The smoky vibe there is almost sausage-y, but I like it--
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    Re: Does anyone keep a bottle at work?

    I have numerous 10ml decants at work, and tend to apply there as I swim before going in--
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    Re: Best/favorite MASCULINE smoky?

    Goutal Eau du Fier
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    Re: What does Saffron smell like?

    Quite rightly, indeed!

    Really like the saffron note, it has a slightly soapy aspect to it (which I am very aware of in paella and bouillebaise).

    It does a great job of mellowing oud fragrances,...
  47. Re: Attn: Emirates Basenoters, passing through Dubai duty free

    Thanks, folks!
  48. Attn: Emirates Basenoters, passing through Dubai duty free

    Emirates Basenoters: what should I make sure to sample?

    On our way from Sweden to a destination in the Indian Ocean.

    Cheers,

    Cosmopolit
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    Re: The Mighty MDCI...

    Chypre Palatin is a fragrance with amazing, extended range, from aldehydic top to castoreum bottom. I like to compare it to a chypre like Diorella.

    Invasion Barbare is likewise an formidable...
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    Re: Tubereuse Animale - Histoires de Parfums

    If you like Animale for the tobacco/tubereuse blend, you might also like AbdesSalaam's Don Corleone. Somewhat similar, but drier and more wearable in my book.
  51. Re: CORRECTING COMMERCIAL FRAGRANCES WITH HYRACEUM - temporary thread from Huddlr archive

    Ongoing experiments with Sables:

    As mentioned above, have been blending at a ratio of 1 drop to 1ml.

    I was motivated to try this combo because I really like Sables, and read of a Basenotes...
  52. Re: CORRECTING COMMERCIAL FRAGRANCES WITH HYRACEUM - temporary thread from Huddlr archive

    After a lengthy hiatus, I am back.

    Am blending hyraceum with Goutal Sables, 1 drop to 1ml. Seems like a good combo, the herbal qualities of immortelle with the hyraceum.

    More later--
  53. Re: CORRECTING COMMERCIAL FRAGRANCES WITH HYRACEUM - temporary thread from Huddlr archive

    I know this is not the intended usage, nor any way to create a tridimensional experience, but I have experimented a bit with wearing straight hyraceum.

    From the nozzle, I found the hyraceum to...
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    Perfume Games

    Dear Basenotes friends:

    I hope this isn't out of line, but I wanted to mention that I have published an article on smell in games in which I mention the Basenotes community and other relevant...
  55. Re: Comme des Garcons Luxe Patchouli EdP and EdT comparison

    I've tried both, and prefer the EdP.
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    Re: Saffron Based Frag's

    I like saffron and oud combos, such as Pure Oud and Oud Velvet Mood.
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite tea?

    Goutal, Eau du Fier
  58. Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Second Geranium pour Monsieur and Turtle Vetiver Back.
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    Re: What kind of razor do you use??

    Like several of the above folks, I use a Merkur Futur. It is a great first DE razor. I use it with Feather, Astra and Personna Super blades, get the best shaves from the latter two.

    I also have a...
  60. Thread: A good fig

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    Re: A good fig

    I like Heeley Figuier, it has a very nice melon note, as opposed to the coconut/floral feeling of Philosykos (which I also like).
  61. Re: A Fall, hayride type of smell that's "American" to its feel?

    Why not just get some Hay? Or Fieno, if you are shopping in Italy.

    Hay is complex enough that a simple tincture of hay absolute smells just great. I recommend Abdes Salaam's French hay:...
  62. Re: Annick Goutal Sables - amazing deal (if you're in Europe)...

    Great deal for a great perfume.
  63. Re: MFK Oud Cashmere & Oud Velvet (Just Wow...)

    I'm testing Velvet. It shares several notes with, and smells quite a bit like By Kilian Pure Oud. The main difference is a very nice cinnamon note that is present in the top. Still, I prefer Pure...
  64. Poll: Re: Which has more longevity: Chanel Sycomore or Lalique Encre Noir?

    I recommend you also try Les Nez Turtle Vetiver Back.
  65. Re: Have You Ever Dumped A Fragrance Then Re-Purchased It ?

    Regrets, I've had a few . . .
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite tobacco?

    I also voted for Fumerie Turque as my favorite from the list, but overall I really prefer Don Corleone by Abdes Salaam.
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    Re: Sandalwood, what's "best?"

    I agree with Alfarom, Abdes Salaam has some awesome stocks of aged Mysore sandalwood. Try it out.
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    Re: What can one do with essential oils?

    I use them to train my nose to recognize notes in more complex compositions.

    I also make solid perfumes, and am looking at making custom aftershave.
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    Re: Synesthesia (and an interesting article)

    Thanks for the article reference--
  70. Re: Your most loved and hated note in perfumery currently.

    loves: immortelle, cinnamon, sandalwood, saffron, coconut (fig), ginger
    dislikes: amber, incense (frankincense), cumin
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    Re: Can I Reuse Sample Bottles?

    my understanding is that it is fine to refill with another fragrance after rinsing the atomizer with alcohol. water might be fine also, but i probably wouldn't--
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    Re: Yohji Homme and the re-release ?

    i like the original yohji homme, and really hope that they might even revive the after shave (its fantastic to slap some on after shaving with a lavender based soap such as martin de candre).
  73. Re: HDP 1725 Really Similar To Invasion Barbare ?

    I can see a vague family resemblance, but 1725 is much more powdery, which affects wearability for me--
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    Re: favorite ginger scent...

    +1 Demeter Gingerale, slight but fun, with fizz and citrus on a ginger topnote (and not much else).
    Also check out Roger et Gallet, Gingembre, my favorite ginger cologne.
    Another fragrance with a...
  75. Re: What's your favourite By Kilian fragrance and why?

    Pure Oud.
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    Re: Sandalwood, what's "best?"

    Try Abdessalaam's Chillum.
  77. Re: Calling All By Kilian Fans (And Haters): A 100% By Kilian Thread

    There is no doubt that Calice Becker does quality work.

    I am a real fan of Pure Oud.
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    Re: Dark rooty vetiver

    +1 on LesNez Turtle Vetiver Back. I'm wearing this a lot lately.
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    Re: Turtle Vetiver - "it's Back!"

    What a beautiful, brilliant opening accord! Vetiver, coconut and violet. If you like those notes independently, I predict you will like interplay here. The coconut does a great job of tamping the...
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    Re: Masculine Florals

    AbdesSalaam Don Corleone: a great male floral, tobacco + tuberose--
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    Re: ginger fragrances

    Chilum
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    Re: First Impression(s)-Invasion Barbare

    There are definitely strategies for acquiring IB below the sticker price, and they all involve the generous MDCI sample program.

    I have mentioned this before, but I built a 50ml stash for less...
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    Re: The best basenotes reviewers ever!

    Maximum respect to:

    Alfarom
    Darvant
    Off-Scenter
    Foetidus
    Diamondflame
    Sugandaraja
    Somerville Metro Man
    Drseid
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    Re: Best Aftershave (unscented)

    You may want to consider Lucido by the Japanese company Mandom (!). It has a light menthol fragrance but is otherwise unscented. Its a splash with some glycerine for moisturizing. Apparently you can...
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    Re: 1st DE Razor

    I have a Merkur Futur, an adjustable DE razor that is terrific for beginners--
  86. Re: Any BN's into wetshaving? Straight razor or double edged?

    DE safety for me: Merkur Futur and Feather stainless razors. Astra, Feather and Personna Med Prep blades.
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    Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    Astras, Feathers and Personna Med Preps--
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    Re: What's your favourite ShaveCream ?

    AK 1869
    Proraso Red (Sandalwood)
    Trumpers Coconut oil Cream
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    Re: Dr.Bronner's?

    Great stuff, I have tried peppermint (back in the day, when it was the one and only), almond (which is sweet, fine), and my current favorite tea tree. Very invigorating with my Japanese nylon...
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    Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    AbdesSalaam's Chilum
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    Re: SL Sarrasins: Jasmine with leather

    So true! Completely agree, very special stuff.
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    Re: tobacco scents by profumo.it

    I am a big fan of both Chillum and Don Corleone, and own both.

    Chillum is much more about sandalwood, and it is an impeccable sandalwood. Abdessalaam's sandalwood is the nicest I have experienced....
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    Re: Invasion Barbare / Parfums MDCI

    IB is fantastic, and versatile. The comparison to 1725 is valid, and I like both, but 1725 is much more powdery IMO--so you have to like that--
  94. Re: What is it about amber perfumes that people find offputting?

    I am not an amber fan--something screechy about it.
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    Re: La Via del Profumo?

    Super interesting house. AbdesSalaam is inspiring and generous in his knowledge. All natural, somewhat modest, pure and really interesting takes on tobacco in Tabac, Chilum (amazing sandalwood!) and...
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    Re: Chanel Sycomore, does it smell like...

    To me the smokiness is like fire-roasted red peppers--
  97. Thread: Best kilian

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    Re: Best kilian

    I really like Pure Oud. It costs a lot less if you buy the 50ml refill bottle from Luckyscent and decant it into your own atomizer (see Incense Oud comment about price above).
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    Re: New Haarlem Bond No.9 Blind Buy?

    Why, why blind buy? There are so many places to get samples--
  99. Re: Meeting MFK next week. Which bottle to buy and get signed? APOM or APLS???

    Um, I thought the "M" stood for "Maison." Do you mean "FK?"
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    Re: Smokey fragrance suggestions

    Goutal Eau du Fier: smoky lapsong souchon
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