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    Re: Would you.....

    I was wondering the same thing.
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    Re: 10's top ten?

    Yeah, I struggled with 2012 (I slotted Oud Ispahan onto my 2012 slot kinda by default).
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    Re: 10's top ten?

    Alright, having deliberated, here's what I came up with:

    2010: Houbigant Fougère Royale

    2011: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah

    2012: Dior Oud Ispahan

    2013: Phaedon Tabac Rouge
  4. Re: Fragrance That Captures This Mood

    L'Artisan Tea for Two
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    Re: 10's top ten?

    It's a hard challenge. This was a decade of transition more than it was a decade with a clear trajectory. The major players stagnated as the mainstream flatlined, with flickers of excitement popping...
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    Re: Would you.....

    Agreed.

    I didn't get along with it. I found it cloying, even when gently applied.
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    Re: Yo yo yo let me speak on this

    Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011) is great, but you gotta love woodsmoke to get along with it.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Michael for Men (2001), because it makes me feel like myself.
  9. Thread: Oud!

    by Brooks Otterlake
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    Re: Oud!

    There's a whole thread on this subject here:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/469865-Very-good-(cheap)-OUD-perfumes
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    Re: Boss bottled intense EDP

    Try L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme EDP or Cartier L'Envol EDP.
  11. Re: I just picked up a vintage bottle of Guerlain Heritage (gold cap) and am wondering...

    This fits with broader reformulation trends. Aromatic notes have generally been "fuzzified" as synthetics have become more dominant.

    Still, I love the Heritage EDT in its common form, and at...
  12. Re: I received very negative feedback unexpectedly by a trusted loved one

    Encre Noire Sport might be the "safest" of the Encre Noires, but I can easily imagine someone struggling with the EN vetiver note and ISO-E.
  13. Re: I just picked up a vintage bottle of Guerlain Heritage (gold cap) and am wondering...

    For a very intricate, dense composition, the current EDT has pretty nice note separation with a lot of dynamic interplay between notes.

    I haven't tried Heritage in vintage form, but my sense that...
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    Re: back-ups , which and how many

    I have a backup big bottle and a few additional 1oz minis of Michael for Men (2001).

    I don't generally believe in backups; life is transient and there's a freedom in embracing the transient nature...
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    Re: Should I get these fragrances?

    Wouldn't be my first recommendation for someone in their mid-20s. The current version is pretty synthetic, but pleasant. Wears a bit old-school.


    Not my idea of "safe."

    Very loud, very...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Robert Graham Fortitude

    Because a hazelnutty tonka scent is a good companion with morning coffee and fresh bread.
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    Re: Masculine Hazelnut fragrance?

    Uomo EDT is okay for the office. But it's kinda boring. I'd sample it before buying.
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    Re: Refined Citrus Leathers

    Acqua di Parma Colonia Leather is probably what you're looking for.
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    Re: What Fragrance Would..

    Perfect.
  20. Re: Is there a high quality expensive ingredient version of Old Spice someone else makes?

    Thanks for the additional commentary.

    I'm always happy to learn about new artisan houses. Even when I don't like what I receive, I at least know I'm getting an unfiltered expression of an artist's...
  21. Re: Is there a high quality expensive ingredient version of Old Spice someone else makes?

    Looks like a promising house.

    Off-topic, but their Cavendish EDP is tempting.
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    Re: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    Yes, you got my attention when you called the Malaysia entry in the Boruzz line a niche-y take on Michael for Men, though I've been unable to find a sample or decant (it's a bit above my blind-buy...
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    Re: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    Yeah, that's exactly the sensation I love.

    Thanks for affirming my general sense of this scent. While a lot of reviews echo that same characterization, some folks describe it pretty oddly on...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    A R A M I S
    S P E C I A L
    B L E N D
    (2019)

    Eminently wearable and thoroughly autumnal.
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    Re: What Fragrance Would..

    Nicholson falls under "classic" Joker.
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    Old Spice is so iconic that I think most houses would be afraid to do a variation on it.
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    Re: What Fragrance Would..

    The "classic" Joker is a very meticulously groomed, formally attired character, very vain and dandyish, so he'd probably wear something in the more foppish vein. Probably something with a lot of...
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    Re: House of Caron

    Probably so, but the aesthetics of "classic French perfumery" aren't exactly driving demand these days, even in Basenotes-y circles, and Caron doesn't have the brand cachet of Guerlain to make it a...
  29. Re: A 'Christmas' Scent - Christingle, or: a candlelit orange.

    I love Hermes Eau d'Orange Vert (especially the Concentre), but it has nothing of "holiday" about it.

    I haven't tried vintage Egoiste, but the current doesn't suggest Christmas to me, either.
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    Re: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    Yes. I'm not going to list specific examples because I don't want to make this thread a case of Scent A vs. Scent B; the quality of the scent does a fine job of speaking for itself, and those of you...
  31. Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Reserve Collection - 8 re-released Private Blends

    Personally speaking, I would never put up with a scent I outright disliked for two hours to get to a dry-down, no matter how excellent it is.


    Yeah, it's an abstract, aromachemical smokiness that...
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    Re: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    Be sure to share your thoughts (for good or ill).
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    Yep. I like the brief but not the execution.

    Oud Minerale wants to be the Encre Noire of marine aquatics, but it feels more interested in being Tom Ford-y than in being the best version of itself.
  34. Re: Ralph Lauren Polo: Old vs New or Alternatives?

    The opening is the part of Polo I enjoy most.

    :::shrug:::
  35. Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Reserve Collection - 8 re-released Private Blends

    I get a lot of the smoky-dark synthoud-woods in Oud Minerale. It's actually why I don't like it; I don't think the seaweed goes well with it. It's like the perfumer lazily slapped some prominent...
  36. Re: A 'Christmas' Scent - Christingle, or: a candlelit orange.

    Bath & Body Works Spiced Mandarin.

    It was part of their Christmas lineup last year. I don't know if it'll be back out this year.
  37. Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Reserve Collection - 8 re-released Private Blends

    You're getting hung up on the "marine" aspects. They're not there in ADG Profumo, but ADG Profumo is nevertheless a standard-bearer for the "dark, smoky aquatic" that Oud Minerale kicks into funky...
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    Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/47/6a/61/476a61b4b8e3929a16d0784b9295f257.jpg

    Rasasi Dhanal Oud Nashwah was mentioned in the "cheap oud" thread and I blind-bought it after reading up on it. It's...
  39. Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Reserve Collection - 8 re-released Private Blends

    Someone on here said that Oud Minerale is the niche-y version of ADG Profumo, and that makes a lot of sense to me.

    Tom Ford Noir Anthracite and Jacomo de Jacomo exist on a continuum.
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    [CONUS] Re: The Brooks Otterlake Swap Thread

    Bump.
  41. Re: Ralph Lauren Polo: Old vs New or Alternatives?

    I wouldn't have put them together if I hadn't seen people do it on here, so not very. Yeah, they're takes on the same basic style of green masculine with some shared notes, but I'd never smell 1962...
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    Re: Maison Margiela thoughts

    Yeah, it's an aromachemical stew. It doesn't smell anything like real woodsmoke.
  43. Re: A Niche snob looking for winter fragrances for everyday use

    Then check out Méharées. An artisanal-feeling dry, spiced vanilla scent, not worlds apart from Eau des Baux. There's no cypress in it.
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    Re: Maison Margiela thoughts

    I haven't smelled a Maison Margiela scent I liked well enough to buy, to be honest. There's some stuff in there that's innocuous, but it all seems pretty overpriced. It's designer-grade quality sold...
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Plans?

    I'm still trying to offload that small splash bottle of Cosmair Polo!

    But, more seriously, buying vintage is a minefield. I haven't done much of it for that reason, but what ventures I have made...
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    Re: Best Floral Fragrance?

    My "fresh floral" favorites are

    Annick Goutal Un Matin d'Orage

    Kerzon Place des Vosges

    Tauer L'Eau
  47. Re: Which two non-niche affordable fragrances would you add to bring my collection to six?

    You absolutely have to get Aramis Havana. It's a classic that aligns perfectly with your tastes and is at its best in humid weather.

    110272
  48. Re: Houses you want to like but don’t - what’s on your list?

    Yeah, I'm utterly unimpressed by Maison Margiela.
  49. Re: A 'Christmas' Scent - Christingle, or: a candlelit orange.

    Orange + cloves is a really great combination. I gave a hand soap that's just mandarin and spices and wish I could get a simple treatment of it like that in fragrance form.
  50. Re: Ralph Lauren Polo: Old vs New or Alternatives?

    Be careful with testers! Once I started paying attention, I found that the Polo testers at most of my local vendors are quite a few years old and don't have the most updated formulation.
  51. Re: Ralph Lauren Polo: Old vs New or Alternatives?

    I have tried the Cosmair and the new-ish Polo formulation and I agree that the new-ish Polo ain't bad at all, though the Cosmair is genuinely, tangibly earthy in ways the new version isn't. The new...
  52. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    R A S A S I
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    N A S H W A H
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    This stuff is really quite incredible. A very dark, masculine oud scent built primarily around a beautifully rendered woodsmoke accord...
  53. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    I trust deltasun's shopper.

    I do wonder as to whether or not Caron has known about this deadline for some time and just didn't want to make the investment in reformulation to prepare for it...
  54. Re: Your favorite gentleman’s (smells like a gentleman should) fragrances?

    Yeah, this is up there.
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Plans?

    Honestly?

    Probably to take a break from this site and focus my attention elsewhere for a bit.
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    Re: Very good (cheap) OUD perfumes?

    I think it'll be your cup of tea.

    When it's been added to the directory--I submitted it today--I'll write a full review.
  57. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    You can just move the slider to skip to the timestamp (mentioned in my initial post and in the video description).
  58. Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Reserve Collection - 8 re-released Private Blends

    Yeah, folks have suggested that Oud Wood (2007) is a variation on YSL M7 (2002), one of the scents Ford oversaw when he was managing YSL.
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    Re: Very good (cheap) OUD perfumes?

    Okay, this just arrived.

    First impressions: the quality is really, really impressive. If you have to pay more than $30 to obtain it, it's still money well-spent. The scent, the packaging, it all...
  60. Re: How many of you knew about the "rum controversy" that has similarities to fragrance industry iss

    I can only imagine what kinds of scams are being pulled with the demand for luxury whiskey being what it is.


    You see this kind of trend in every luxury sector.

    I know more about watches than...
  61. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    I'm a cinephile and there's a parallel that occurs with "restorations" of classic movies from decades ago. There's a problem across the industry with films being "restored" in a high-def world in...
  62. Re: Best Eclectic Designers of Last 3 Years

    It's amazing that no matter how many "heavy" notes are used in a JV fragrance, it's guaranteed to evaporate into nothingness shortly after application.
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    This one doesn't seem that eclectic to me. I've worn it a few times and found it to be merely an amped-up "clubbing frag" take on the coffee-vanilla of Rochas Man with a bit of modern designer...
  64. Re: Bentley Momentum Intense or Lalique Hommage Voyageur

    They have a great track record, which is what made the borderline unfinished Voyageur especially disappointing.
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    The quality of the blend/construction is good, which is what impressed me most. Usually I find designer releases either undercooked or too obvious with their compromises.

    This is a dusty, dark...
  66. Re: How many of you knew about the "rum controversy" that has similarities to fragrance industry iss

    I had no idea, but this is very interesting.

    I don't really enjoy rum except as a mixer, so I never really read up on it.
  67. Re: Best Eclectic Designers of Last 3 Years

    I think L'Envol is splendid.

    I don't enjoy Dunhill Century, but it also deserves a mention here because it's so different. Not out-there crazy, but like L'Envol it's just doing its own, peculiar...
  68. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    Maybe.

    There's a different oakmoss deadline taking effect, as well as new rule about lyral and lilial, which are widely utilized in floral compositions.

    See Sarah McCartney talking about IFRA...
  69. Re: What are the all-time great marine fragrances?

    Arquiste Sydney Rock Pool is a pretty excellent entry in this category, and is probably my favorite of those I've tried (still need to get to Sel Marin).
  70. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    If there's truth to this... yikes.
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    [CONUS] The Brooks Otterlake Sale Thread

    Hello!

    Welcome to my sale thread. Prices are in USD. Feel free to mix and match as you please.

    Please add $8 for shipping unless your order is over $30, in which case shipping is free.

    These...
  72. Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Most of these folks have been saying the same thing about this fragrance, just from slightly different angles.
  73. Re: Best Eclectic Designers of Last 3 Years

    I told ya!
  74. Re: Best Eclectic Designers of Last 3 Years

    MAC Shadescents My Heroine - This predates the arrival of Tom Ford Noir Anthracite by one year, using the same spicy graphite accord but puts it over a base of semi-sweet tobacco and suede instead of...
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    Re: Ugliest bottle/Presentation

    You can't tell me that doesn't look like poo.
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    Re: Aventus the next Cool Water?

    Yep. Aventus DNA has been sprinkled throughout the mainstream, rather than deposited into a single, successful clone.
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    Re: Ugliest bottle/Presentation

    https://pimages.parfumo.de/480/48884_3bhobh_samba_skin_man_480.jpg
  78. Re: A Niche snob looking for winter fragrances for everyday use

    It's not just you.
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    Yeah, there was the bad batch that ruined the brand's relaunch. It was pulled from shelves and reissued.

    The original Michael for Men does have a slight animalic thing going on, but it's blended...
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    I'll say that, given the cross-pollination between "houses," I'm beginning to think of Estée Lauder as the proper house here and the various brands they own as product lines.
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    Poll: Re: Choose a 'budget' Fall fragrance

    Yeah, pricing is highly variable.

    I got mine from an eBay seller in Italy (the $40 USD figure includes shipping). Took roughly two weeks to arrive. It was worth the wait.

    Not that I want to...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    A L
    H A R A M A I N
    A M B E R
    O U D

    Amber Oud is widely referred to as a Tobacco Vanille clone, but it actually has significantly less in common with TV than such celebrated releases as Phaedon...
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    Poll: Re: Choose a 'budget' Fall fragrance

    Yeah, it's far too expensive to fall into the "cheapie" category.
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    Re: Aventus the next Cool Water?

    I think Aventus will settle into being the new Green Irish Tweed, not the next Cool Water. In other words, it'll be a particularly high-end expression of trends that became mainstream (which it...
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    https://media.giphy.com/media/tEWhwU7rW9ubC/giphy.gif

    Like I said, it's nothing to gush about. It ain't a showstopper. Just an unexpectedly solid release from a largely dismissed house.

    Another...
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    Re: my Tom Ford sampling

    Yeah, it's very "Private Blend"-y in that respect.
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    No.
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    Re: my Tom Ford sampling

    Both Phaedon Tabac Rouge and Boclet Tobacco are superior versions of this because the materials they use are higher-grade (not being chained to one of the big firms helps) and they make some smart...
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    Poll: Re: Choose a 'budget' Fall fragrance

    I paid about $40 for my bottle.
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    Poll: Re: Choose a 'budget' Fall fragrance

    I've worn both. I "seriously" think Bentley Intense is better. By far.

    Jazz Club is just Spicebomb with delusions of grandeur.

    ...
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    Poll: Re: Choose a 'budget' Fall fragrance

    Yeah, this is a great option. A bit of powdery vanilla with a kind of potpourri spice-wood blend (kinda like Eau des Baux, but more artisanal in feeling).
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    Poll: Re: Choose a 'budget' Fall fragrance

    The plastic-y thing is intentional; Bentley for Men Intense is seeking to evoke that treated car leather smell. That doesn't mean you have to like the effect, but I think it's a clever choice on...
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    Re: Best leather fragrance?

    For contemporary leather scents, I'm partial to Floris Leather Oud and Tom Ford Ombré Leather 16.
  94. Re: A Niche snob looking for winter fragrances for everyday use

    AMOUAGE Journey Man
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    Re: Target: Goodfellow & Co fragrances

    FWIW, I get much better longevity than that.

    But, yeah, the price tag is steep for what these offer.
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    That's not exactly stiff competition!

    The only other really strong violet scent I own right now is Lalique Hommage, which is much more inventive than Extreme Speed.

    What makes Extreme Speed...
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    I think this leans reasonably mature.
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    The spicy cardamom and violet combination here is something I haven't encountered before. To keep things sophisticated and formal, it doesn't make a big song-and-dance out of the contrast (which it...
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    Michael Kors isn't exactly a name that screams "quality" to fragrance enthusiasts. It's one of the houses in the Estée Lauder stable that seems to have received the least investment, and new releases...
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    Re: Tom Ford lavender extreme

    For the record, I've spent my fair share of money on Tom Ford fragrances, so I'm not out to get him. I just think this is a particularly weak, unimaginative release from this house.


    I don't find...
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