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    Re: Amouage Ubar

    I agree that the new formula is AWESOME and lip-smacking. Dare I say, this is the BEST reformulated scent I have ever experienced. But I disagree that this new one is THAT different from the original.
  2. Re: I wonder whether some online shops are still selling a Montale for 210 dollars

    Thanks Noggs. Been away from posting for a long time, but I always checked the boards. I have a lot of fragrance tales to tell :))
    Cheers
  3. I wonder whether some online shops are still selling a Montale for 210 dollars

    Montale is a bit over 100 dollars' cost here in every shop in Dubai. You guys should find ways to order from here. Dubai was very quite behind in areas of online merchandise for so long. I hear Paris...
  4. Is Luban by Montale still in production? Can't find it anywahere in Dubai!

    This a very nice fragrance for wintertime in this part of the gulf. Very romantic and resists fading. I have little juice remaining of it. I called a few shops that are supposed to carry it but no...
  5. Re: How unisex would you consider Chanel No5 to be ?

    Never liked the pure parfum. Love to smell it from time to time but I won't wear it.
  6. Re: Giorgio For Men By Beverly Hills - How Would You Rate It

    Killer. The sweetest macho scent.
  7. Re: What would a third world country smell like?

    Oh how silly can't you see it's a typo. In over 6 years of frequenting here, I just can't associate ONE single posting that drew my attention with your name. I swear! And, mind you, I remember so...
  8. Re: What would a third world country smell like?

    The question is bedeviled by extreme nativity and is thrown from a very ignorant and shallow point of view. Most of the apologetic answers reek of juvenile, pseudo logic. Don't you FUCKIN' know it's...
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    Re: New Fragrance: By Killian Incense Oud

    Been wearing the sample I got for two days and it's gown on me. I can feel the cardamom after I read the pyramid and it looks it's more complex than I early thought. The price is still way beyond...
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    Re: new SL acquisition

    When Paris Gallery were liquidating stuff a year ago, I bought three VO for 89 dirhams each :) That was friggin noyce
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    Re: lorenzo villoresi

    Garofano and Vetiver last well on me. Piper Nigrum and Dilmun don't.
  12. Re: I think Dior Homme might be a practical joke...

    tfeh
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    Re: SotD: Sunday, 23rd January, 2011

    Guerlain - Derby
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    Re: Your Favorite Macho Fragrances

    I'm feeling so hurt now. No mention of Eucris? Basala? I'm crying here.
  15. Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur vs. the Concentree vs. Tiffany for Men

    No way! Seriously?
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    Re: Do you guys spray your clothes?

    No for the the frags that leave stains on the material or degenerate in terms of smell. If I'm wearing something dark, I would.

    I like to spray my underwear, though LOL
  17. Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur vs. the Concentree vs. Tiffany for Men

    Similar?

    Try Escada PH against Tiffany PH.
  18. Re: what do YOU wear when your attending a wedding?

    A suit.
  19. Re: Surrati - Tom Oud - a gorgeous oud oil from KSA

    I went downtown here in Dubai to see if Surati was known, and soon forgot all about brand names because this Oud Wood oil copy was all over the market along with many other TF frags. I was gifted a...
  20. Re: Patou pour homme and Patou pour homme Prive

    I know you're kidding, but hell no! I'll never dump my acquaintances for such a reason. It's only perfume... and I wear it for me and my hedonist pleasures.
  21. Re: Patou pour homme and Patou pour homme Prive

    No paradox, I guess. Sales figures dictate the next move. The market nose is different from our Basnotes consensus.
    All my acquaintances in real life find Prive very shallow, old-fashioned and...
  22. Re: Patou pour homme and Patou pour homme Prive

    Annoyingly double-posted :(
  23. Re: Scents that you go to when you cant decide ?

    Am struggling a lot these days with choices. It's never been like this with me before. Many factors combine to make it a decided choice every morning: The size and weight of the bottle, if it leaves...
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    Re: M7 - What's this stuff smell like?

    No, it wasn't M7 that started the oud mania.

    What started this whole oud thing as a hip trend was Pierre Montale.

    Even C&S Dark Rose didn't spark any interest in oud when it came out...
  25. Re: What is the saddest, most melancholic fragrance??

    Narcisse Noir by Caron (parfum and EdT) is the essence of woe. You gotta have a streak of masochism in you to know this :)

    Iris 39 by Le Labo sends sacred messages to those who often watch the...
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    Re: This may sound wierd, but....

    Indeed. Out of the three tuberose collection by this house (which I don't really like), this one stands out as unisex and even masculine. Unfortunately, it has poor longevity.
  27. Re: Cartier's kiss of the dragon (Le Baiser Du Dragon) - No like?

    Yes, the oud brings out the amazing oomph of this beautiful scent. Try layring the parfum with oud oil. Little dabs of both behind the ears and on the upper part of he chest.
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    Re: This may sound wierd, but....

    If you want a masculine scent with an outstanding note of tuberose, it's not been made yet.

    Richard James and Serge Lutens' Cedre have tuberose but it's not as outstanding as it is in scents that...
  29. Re: How many frags have you done a 180 on after another try?

    I will never forget how Derby turned my stomach the first, second and third time I tried it. Took me a while to appreciate it. I'm in mad love with it now, and that's been the case for many years....
  30. Re: Recommend me a strange synthetic fragrance

    Cumming
    Chaos by DK
    Fuel by DK

    All are super nice.
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    Re: New Fragrance: Bond No 9 New York Oud

    No. you are not right here sir. Black Oud is very very original to us here in the Gulf and you know you can't be more royal than the king, if you know what I mean :)
    Black Oud has agarwood, rose,...
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    Re: SotD: Tuesday, 1th January, 2011

    Oud Wood by Tom Ford. Haven't been asked about what I'm wearing like this in a long time. I like it. Others seem to love it!
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    Re: Your response to "The Question"?

    What's wrong with another man walking around wearing what you were wearing and got complimented for? Nothing! Absolutely nothing. No lying means self-respect.
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    Re: Amouage Opus iv.

    Opus IV is not for ordinary people. Shockingly complex and multi-phased. Definitely not an outcome of arbitrary experimentation or a market brief.

    I still find Jubilation PH an outcome of rushed...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Bond No 9 New York Oud

    New York and Oud! What a name!
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    Re: Bond No. 9 and Plagiarism

    Chinatown is unique and stellar. Like it or not :)
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    Re: Bond No. 9 and Plagiarism

    Volley2, Eau de NY borrows heavily from Goutal's classics like Eau d'Hedrien. Cooper Square is quite unique actually. Truth be said--it's a very good scent.
    Also, I guess your sample is mis-labeled....
  38. Re: HELP: Bois d'Armenie or Tonka Imperiale?

    TI by a mile. Has better depth and more complexity, although it's not worth the price it's sold at. You're a big spender anyway ;)
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, January 10, 2011

    Original Musk by Kiehl's.
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    Re: CDG Kyoto = Timbuktu's basenotes

    Yes, you are right, I guess. The very drydown of both is similar. There's a faint lingering vetiver note in Timbuktu that's not there in Kyoto, nonetheless. The cardamom in Timbuktu rules the top and...
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    Re: Is Tobacco Vanille a Rich Gaultier2?

    Not to these nostrils.
    I'd rather think of it as a "rich" Tea for Two.
  42. Re: Do dads tell their growing boys about fragrance?

    My dad hated perfumes although he wore them. He's had this allergy since he was a kid.
    Everybody in my family talked about perfume. It's something very customery in this part of the world. It grows...
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    Re: SotD: Saturday, 8th January, 2011

    Black Oud by montale - bespoke ver with double oil
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    Re: Your most worn fragrance (2010)

    During 2010:
    L'Heure Bleue - finished 2 bottle of 100 ml (vintage EdP)
    Dior Homme intense - also 2 bottles of 100 ml
    Derby - also 2 vintage bottles of 100 ml
    Tabac Blond - EdP went through 1 and...
  45. Re: Annick Goutal male/female package has the same smell?

    It was only released in the female bottle design around the time I bought it. I'd highly doubt you'd find it now. The juice is exactly the same and not in EdP strength.
  46. Re: Annick Goutal male/female package has the same smell?

    Yes. I owned one. Bought it in 2004 from Faces in Dubai. It was in EdT strength, like the males' ver.
  47. Re: your favorite and least favorite fragrance catagory

    Musky floral spicy is my most fave.

    Sharp green is my least fave.
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    Re: SotD: Thursday, 6 January 2011

    Terre d'Hermes parfum
  49. Do you think a plastic surgery to the nose might cause a detirioration in the smelling sense?

    Not that I need one. My nose is good LOL, but my friend has had enough with his humongous, beak-like nose and he's succumbing to our supplications. He's read somewhere that the sense of smelling in...
  50. Re: La Collection Christian Dior - They Arrived!

    Big congrats. Wear them in good, happy days and good health.

    Please, can't wait to hear about Vetiver and Mitzah.
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    Re: Any Masculine almond scents out there?

    Yeah Louve is one that can be worn by men, IMO. It's a very basic cherry and almond accord. The cherry smells painfully synthetic.
    It lasts quite well.
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    Re: Share your shame

    With earphones (the IEM type) this is not feasible any more.

    I used to keep a reserve of oud oil in my ears, so that I could fall back on it later in the day. Very very ancient tradition here in...
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    Re: Carnation

    the CdG's Carnation has the smell of body lotion base. Me no like much this thing. My least fave in the red series.
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    Re: Rousse vs Fille en Aiguilles

    One of the worst Lutens scents in terms of longevity. It's Woody cinnamon-y but that's not all.

    If you want a cinnamon-based scent get Cinnabar by Estee Lauder. Quite available and can be easily...
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    Re: Rousse vs Fille en Aiguilles

    No. You got the wrong impression. It's not "minimalist" in any way I can think of. It's very spicy and certainly sweet. It draws a lotta attention. Poor longevity, though.
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    Re: Carnation

    I love carnation. I love it in multi-note frags and as soliflore.

    As soliflore (or as the central note): Bellodgia by Caron / Garofano by Lorenzo Villoresi / Carnation by CdG

    I adore it in...
  57. Re: Your fragrance should match your personality!

    Dixon kid, STOP pigeonholing the world. Scratch those silly labels and wear what pleases you. Perfume aficionados don't give a flying squirrel what the other unknowing multitude think of their smell....
  58. Re: Your fragrance should match your personality!

    Not really. Maybe Yatagan.
  59. Re: Crown Perfumery, building up a nice collection

    I have Sandringham and love it. Clive Christian based 1872 for men on Sandringham to a large extent and THAT BIG price tag on it.
    I have both and love them dearly but won't but 1872 for that price...
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    Re: SotD: Wednesday, 5 January 2011

    L'Anarchiste by Caron
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    Re: the unthinkable (kind of) happened

    For a moment, I thought you got pregnant! ROFL
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    Re: how do you Move your collection?

    The biggest pain EVER :(
    I do it myself. I don't allow anybody to help. Takes me usually a month when I shift.
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    Re: Bois du Portugal

    It hit me with a ton of brick when I first tried it from a vial that Diane (from TPC) had sent me a few years ago.
    I caved in and got a 30 ml decant from Diane, then I bought a tester online (which...
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    Re: SotD: Tuesday, 4 January 2011

    La Contessa by YOSH
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    Re: SL Fille en Aiguilles! Anyone?

    I find it better than anything SL did from Chypre Rouge onwards. To my nose, it's like a cross between Chypre Rouge and Serge Noire, and way better than them both, still nothing compared to Chergui,...
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    Re: Azzaro pour Homme

    As a kid, every man around me from daddy to the neighbours wore Azzaro PH. My uncle always described it as toothpaste gargling water poured into a glass of whisky. That stuck in my head for years. I...
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    Re: SotD - Monday, 3 January 2011

    888 by CdG
  68. Re: Is there any scent on the market with real agarwood in it?

    If you buy PURE OUD oil from any of the reputed perfume houses in the Gulf, you'll guarantee that what you're buying is not meddled with. Oud is sacred in this part of the world, and to adulterate it...
  69. Re: Is there any scent on the market with real agarwood in it?

    Agarwood oil comes in different degrees and smells :) Some smell very fecal and putrid and some smell divine, and the prices have nothing to do with how accessible and gratifying a smell is. Suyoufi...
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    Re: L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme

    L'Eau d'Issey = H O R R O R
  71. Re: DJ Gig of a Lifetime that could make my career - What do I wear?

    Yes, definitely MR from the whole lot. Apply liberally and be loud :)
  72. Re: Safari for Man by RL vs Escada PH - show me your winner...

    Does compare mean "to liken something to something else"?

    When I studied Comparative Literature, it was about illustrating disparities and points of mutual agreement and concord between different...
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    Re: SotD: Wednesday, 29th December, 2010

    The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things by YOSH
    (Entrancing) dangerous.
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    Re: The "Panty Dropper"

    I need the olfactive key to someone's chastity belt tonight LOL
  75. Re: Amouage v Serge Lutens... which is best?

    Beautiful.
    Your reply put great essence in a thread that started as a horribly shallow comparative question entailing some horrible sweeping generalizations.

    I see your point very clearly and I...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel by Chanel - New fragrance

    40k+ views for this putrid piece of turd? ROFL!
  77. Re: For those who wear ( or have worn) both versions of Santal Noble

    Get the vintage. BUT, SN did not suffer the way Tam Dao did. The MPG source of synthetic sandalwood is far better than the Diptyque's IMO. So, if one day vintage SA disappears completely, the new one...
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    Re: SOTD ~ Tuesday, December 28, 2010

    Black Oud. One client of ours (lady) just went in, stood near me and shouted OMG something in here smells SO GOOD!
  79. Re: Which fragrance note(s) is the easiest to detect (most recognizable)?

    Don't forget patchouli, chocolate and water! LOL
  80. Re: Looking for a sweet coffee and/or a Bulgarian Rose fragrance

    Oh Chris, you definitely look nice there at the computer :)
    Well, contrary to what my question might have presumed, it IS easy to tell the diffrences between the NATURAL roses.
    Trust me, if you...
  81. Re: Which fragrance note(s) is the easiest to detect (most recognizable)?

    Many. To mention a few: mint, peppermint, lavander, jasmine, rose, black pepper, cinnamon, lemon, saffron, synthetic cucumber (almost in every mainstream of recent times=ultra yuck)...
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    Re: What exactly does orris smell like?

    The best way to assimilate and internalize any aroma and have it registered and etched instinctively in your memory is to buy the extract of that aroma, distilled or extracted by any other means....
  83. Re: Diptyque has been winning me over with their newer releases.

    Tam Dao is not the same. I love this house. Not as daring as early Goutal, but early Diptyque had balls. Even the orange-themed ones were decadent and daring. L'Autre and L'Eau Trois meant serious...
  84. Re: Looking for a sweet coffee and/or a Bulgarian Rose fragrance

    So guys, if I blindfold you and make you smell roses from different parts of the world, you'll be able to tell the Bulgarian from the Damascene, or from the Turkish or even from the Taif rose? WOW!...
  85. Re: Amouage v Serge Lutens... which is best?

    *best*? That's something you decide. They both are very well established houses and you'll need a long time to appreciate their creations. They have something in common: the obsession with...
  86. Re: What release are you most looking forward to in 2011 ?

    Nothing. Seriously nothing. I hope these houses would take a respite and slow down the churning out of stuff.
  87. Re: SOTD-Saturday-December-25-2010 -Christmas day

    Arabie by SL. Struggled a lot to make up my mind on a scent today morning. This is becoming annoying off-late.
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    Re: New Fragrance: By Killian Incense Oud

    There's a hint of rose and sandalwood in the background but the character of the fragrance is definitely not the compelling incense presence. Think nothing of the kind. A simplistic take on woodied...
  89. Re: womanity smells like Davidoff Goodlife for men

    Could be the fig theme, but I feel it's more like a severely synthesized version of Un Jardin en Méditerranée by Hermes.
    It's not bad actually, but the thrust of uber synthetic aroma-chemicals in it...
  90. Re: Vetiver based fragrance for young professional?

    Nice :) You put a smile on my face. LV's Vetiver is one of the few uncompromising, hardcore vetiver creations. It IS divine despite the immense darkness I elicit out of it.
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    Re: New Fragrance: By Killian Incense Oud

    I'm wearing it tonight :)
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    Re: Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas to all of you fragrant, beautiful people. xxxx
  93. Re: Vetiver based fragrance for young professional?

    Steer clear! Vetiver is for those with instinct.
    As a white-collar professional in the corporate world, get a Davidoff--any mutant Davidoff of the later years!
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    Re: Thoughts on Kenzo Air

    Much ado about nothing even the intense version. Grain alcohol with a bit of anise and vetiver with ceder. Like an unfinished scent project.
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    Re: Boycotting Basenotes

    Ah OK. Creative posting. Nice.
    You must be talking about the hideous ambrette.
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    Re: For the love of Cuiron!

    An Ok sent. Modern with a twist but definitely not a masterpiece that will live on till the end of time.
  97. Re: Patou pour homme and Patou pour homme Prive

    What a pity these two gems are discontinued! I love them both and have 2 bottles of the Prive that I scored through BN and a 30ml decant of JP Homme. The latter is adorable by me. Less Mozart-y than...
  98. Re: What is it in Habit Rouge EDT that smells of decay?

    Your nose is genius.
  99. Re: Are you familiar with Alan Cumming's Cumming ?

    I love it. Diesel shops here in Dubai used to have their own air fragrance that resembled it so much.
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    Re: SOTD - Thursday, December 23, 2010

    am soaked in Bel Ami today.
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