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    Re: Which oud do you prefer?

    Because it is a very nice fragrance named "oud" that people love, no more than that I think. TF Oud Wood also comes up all the time as an oud recommendation despite an absence of the real thing, and...
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    Re: The Amouage Experiment

    OP, do you mind sharing where you found this? I would love to contact them about any other older bottles they may have.
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    Re: Which oud do you prefer?

    Not at all. But that is true for 98% of the fragrances labeled oud, from low to high end. IF there is real oud in it, it is the smallest of drops that would be indiscernible in the fragrance itself....
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    Re: Which oud do you prefer?

    LM Parfums Hard Leather and Black Oud. Both long lasting discreet fragrances. Hard Leather in particular has wonderful real oud and mysore sandalwood that is very addictive, complex and enjoyable....
  5. Re: Basenotes Reader Awards 2015 : Finalists Announced

    Just two categories had my picks in them: Best New Niche Fragrance and Best New House. In those two categories there are so many stellar choices! My personal favorites are Papillon, Bogue, and Masque...
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    Re: Opus VI Reformulation

    While I can't speak from experience I've read the numerous reports from VI lovers that it has been reformulated much like Epic was. The original is very powerful and long lasting stuff, the new one...
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    Re: MDCI Invasion Barbare failed me BIG TIME!

    That's too bad. It's the only fragrance I've worn where a complete stranger gave me an unsolicited compliment. A very pretty girl working behind the counter loved it.
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    Re: Compliment Getters... Are they worth buying?

    I still enjoy wearing the fragrances I mentioned, especially Aventus. I won't wear a fragrance that I don't love. Some I love more than others, with a fragrance like GIT not doing nearly the same...
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    Re: Compliment Getters... Are they worth buying?

    I think the answer is absolutely worth it, assuming that you still enjoy it. I have two fragrances that I wear almost exclusively for other people: GIT and Aventus. GIT is my work scent, wear it...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    This was not my cup of tea. It is very similar to Sova which I love, but loses something from Sova that is very comforting and delicious and what is left turns me off. It is the first Slumberhouse...
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    Re: The Amouage Experiment

    This is why I'm staying away from the older releases from the house for a while, to make sure that whatever I'm sampling is the new formula before committing to a purchase. I want to know what I'm...
  12. Thread: Royal OUD is

    by rouj
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    Re: Royal OUD is

    I have a distaste for all the "oud" fragrances out there that have no real oud, or even a synthetic oud for that matter. Cheap marketing gimmick that the offending company uses to justify jacking up...
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    Re: The Amouage Experiment

    You can certainly ask who you got it from, they would likely be able to tell you. Sometimes there's coding on the package (Creed "batch numbers" for instance) that may let you know as well....
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    Re: I'm pretty sure I haven't told this story before

    OP, same thing happens to me. I tend to bring samples of niche fragrances in for those people to try. I've opened a few peoples minds to the broader world of perfumery. Gotta plant the seeds first...
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    Re: Does our sense of smell (discernment) improve?

    I've found my nose has improved with fragrances seeming to become more complex as time goes on, but am limited by a lack of knowledge of what the note is that I'm picking up. By not being able to...
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    Re: The Amouage Experiment

    I tend to be skeptical of "buy now while it lasts!" advice, but with fragrance it's so true. One of my absolute favorites was Epic Man. I held off buying a bottle hoping for a good deal when the...
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    Re: The Amouage Experiment

    If you get some on your clothes, you'll get to enjoy it for weeks to come! It's the most tenacious scent I own, crazy good stuff
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    Re: What is your Sex in a Bottle scent?

    No, I did not. I had a little 1 ml sample vial that I ordered prior to the full bottle which I customized and it was honestly an improvement. My girlfriend also preferred the customized version even...
  19. Thread: Your having a BBQ

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    Re: Your having a BBQ

    Another vote for Aventus, that is perfect.
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    Re: What is your Sex in a Bottle scent?

    Fierce was my charmer back in college, everyone loved it... and probably still do. Now, O'Driu Peety is the clear winner, with very aggressive comments from people I was very pleased to have been...
  21. Re: Thierry Mugler has some awesome customer service.

    They send me random samples in much the same way as what you got. Only company I've found to do that so far. Really appreciate what they do.
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    Poll: Re: Declaration Cartier Hit or Miss?

    One of the few non-niche fragrances that I own and cherish. People love it, and to me it's a masterpiece. Bigarade Concentree by Malle has terrible longevity for such a high price, and Terre d'Hermes...
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    Re: Musc Ravageur or Tuscan Leather?

    I've not had a very good response to Tuscan Leather, but immensely enjoy it. I find Tuscan Leather to be pretty neutral to people around me, while MR is either love or hate. For you, they are both...
  24. Re: Do you buy fragrances that are very similar, over & over again?

    Leather, smoke, tobacco, musk and oud, I love it all. Many ways to do those smells. I find that leather and tobacco are especially dynamic. Tobacco Vanille, Jeke, Chergui, and Peety are all very...
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    Re: Is Amouage Finished?

    Wonderful, I am jealous. The only one I have is Tribute, but I have 3 bottles at least!

    As to the OP, they are pretty much done for me, at least as far as their old fragrances are concerned. I am...
  26. Re: New brand Brooklyn Perfume Company with four fragrances

    Where did you leave a comment?
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: MAAI

    Yeah, I got my sample of CR and saw that Luckyscent was back ordered, then the announcement came that it was discontinued. So sad. I won't be buying a bottle of Maai, but would of CR should Bogue be...
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    Re: Must try new releases- 2015 edition

    I can never get into the Clive Christians, but The Night sounds so damn good. Sad about the price point, I expect that if I do own it it will be a split.



    I believe you!
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: MAAI

    Cologne Reloaded was amazing, very sad it won't continue. Maai is stunning, wearing it right now. Dabbing it on does not do this fragrance justice. I have a healthy spray to both sides of my neck,...
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    Must try new releases- 2015 edition

    What's on your list right now? What excites you? I'm wearing Maai on my neck, Anubis and Pathetique on my wrists, and craving more! So far, for 2015 I've found Brooklyn Perfume Company's Musk and Oud...
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    Re: So I just received the Slumberhouse samplers

    What a great set of fragrances. Jeke and Vikt are my absolute favorites. Vikt I did not like at first, didn't really get it and found to be a boring licorice on my wrist. Eventually putting two...
  32. Re: Thinking About Layering Noir de Noir With Tobacco Vanille For Valentine's Dance

    I like layering TV with Oud Wood, OW makes a nice base for TV. Not NdN though, I wear that alone and don't think it would mix well with TV
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    The skanks, MKK and Leather Oud. Got in on a split of both and regretted it. Now, having worn them many times and picking up on the nuances, they rank as some of my favorites. Also true of Spice and...
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    Re: Amouage Memoir vs Epic Man

    Both are masterpieces in my book. Or at least they were. Epic was the winner of the 2, however the new formulation of Epic is very disappointing to me, I would not buy it. If Memoir is the same...
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    Re: once you go niche you never go back!

    There are a few cheap ingredients that are common in so many of the designer frags that they all smell so similar, mediocre, and completely unsatisfying to me. There are a few standouts (my beloved...
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    Re: Creed Spice and Wood

    As to your original question, Spice and Wood was one that crept up on me. I was not impressed at first. Nothing jumped out and grabbed my attention so I put the split that I had in the back, rarely...
  37. Re: New brand Brooklyn Perfume Company with four fragrances

    I'm not sure where the negative reaction to the musk comes from, to my nose it's very smooth and pleasant. If anything it's a little too tame, could use something else to give it a punch. I'm a bit...
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    Re: Creed Spice and Wood

    That's an insane price for M. The 60ml price is a better price per ml generally, at $330 with the 100ml priced at $590 (luckyscent.com prices). Whoever is asking $800, see if the bottle comes with a...
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    Re: Masque Milano - Russian Tea - NEW FRAGRANCE

    As in all things fragrance related, it's subjective. To me, I don't get anything astringent or annoying, it really does smell like a smoky black tea and has a great calming affect. No one who has...
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    Poll: Re: Do you like Oud...?

    I'm in love with the real oil, wear it almost everyday along with my regular perfumes. I put just a dab on my wrist for just me to enjoy.
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    Re: Anyone tried the Amouage Library Collection?

    I get a lot of spice from 4 as well, reminds me of indian food.
  42. Re: what kind of Oud is used in Aqua Di Parma Oud Intensa?

    What others have said, no noticeable real oud in AdP. It is absolutely worth sampling the real thing however. A little sample for 20$ will last you quite a long time as a swipe is all that is needed....
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    Re: Peety liquid has particles floating around?

    Not going to use the filter, mainly because I am always concerned with exposing the perfume to anything in the air that might make it go bad. I live in New England, and had it shipped ground, so it...
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    Re: Peety liquid has particles floating around?

    Thank you deadidol! I needed to hear that. Mine too, to call them "particles" doesn't quite explain how large they were. Looking at the bottle now it's all settled and the liquid looks clear again. I...
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    Re: Peety liquid has particles floating around?

    Not out right, no. Just that they were told it's normal. I REALLY want the fragrance, I love it. If I can exchange it for one that doesn't have stuff floating around, then I will. I asked that they...
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    Re: Peety liquid has particles floating around?

    Stupid marketing, agreed. Turned me off to them entirely! Certain reviews made me give it a shot, and I'm glad I did, it's an amazing fragrance. But... the floating things do bother me now too. I...
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    Re: Peety liquid has particles floating around?

    Haha, I was hoping someone would share that thought! Definitely went through my mind!

    **UPDATE: I spoke with the retailer, and they got in touch with O'Driu who said that it is normal due to the...
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    Peety liquid has particles floating around?

    Just what the title says! I opened up my package that just arrived today, and saw that the fluid has a bunch of particles floating around in it. Also the Was broken and the sprayer nozzle was off....
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    Re: Very interesting article

    Very interesting article, thanks!



    I'm sure it was a conscious decision to leave it off, letting the secret out would result in a population boom like never before seen.
  50. Thread: Compliments

    by rouj
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    Re: Compliments

    Depends on my goal in the moment. 9 times out of 10, I am wearing fragrance for myself and myself alone. During those times, I'm wearing ouds, and incense, and dark fragrances, challenging...
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: MAAI

    I share your sentiment. I think it is an excellent scent objectively, powerful and made with superb ingredients, just not one that I find suits me. I think it's the oakmoss that turns me off. I love...
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    Re: Amouage Tribute Attar

    Like Mike, I have not smelled anything like Tribute, and I've certainly searched! However, I have found that Agar Aura's Attars scratch the itch that Tribute has left behind. They are rich, dense,...
  53. Re: Have you ever complained to a company about their fragrance and they responded?

    I contacted Amouage about a weakened bottle of Epic Man I received asking if it had been reformulated (when it was more a rumor than hard truth), and they never responded. I was disappointed, just...
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    Re: Best Tobacco-Honeyish fragrance

    I have Chergui, Back to Black, Tobacco Vanille, and my old personal favorite: Slumberhouse Jeke. Recently I've discovered one that is heads above the rest: O'Driu Peety. The extremely stupid gimmick...
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    Re: what have you hoarded the most?

    Amouage Tribute Attar. Once they discontinued it, I picked up a split, a 30ml bottle of the white box, and a 12ml of the red. Love that fragrance, glad I have a decent supply.
  56. Re: Blind buy gone good. Very good! Masque Russian Tea

    Great thread, thank you for being the one to turn me onto this scent Akahina! I am enjoying a sample of Russian Tea, really liking Masque's line in general, but wanted to know how this scent compares...
  57. Re: New LM Parfums Extrait de Parfum - Army of Lovers!

    Hey Hednic, going to hit up Osswald's when they get it in about 10 days. How does it compare to their other releases? I'm in love with Hard Leather and Black Oud as well, and found elements of Black...
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    I'm jealous!
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Fixed that for you :(
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    Re: Anyone successfully order Creeds on Amazon?

    I've gotten two bottles of GIT, and one bottle of Aventus, all grey market, and all smelled great. The serial numbers had been scratched off the bottom, but when I tilt the bottle, the shadow of the...
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Sad to report, I just did a comparison b/w the non magnetic cap unboxed Epic Man and a sample I still had, and it is noticeably weaker. I had my girlfriend do a blind test, not telling her anything,...
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    Farouha, I'd love to hear your thoughts on Agar...

    Farouha, I'd love to hear your thoughts on Agar Aura's stuff, I'm new to oud and you sound like someone who know's that they are talking about. Shoot me a PM if you feel like it and tell me what you...
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    Re: Is Amouage watering down ?

    Thanks Mimi. I feel your pain, that is terribly sad to hear about Gold Woman as well. Are you going to return it? I returned the Epic Man and wrote an email to the Amouage rep stating my concern,...
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    I recommend Agar Aura's Sweet Siam. Fantastic...

    I recommend Agar Aura's Sweet Siam. Fantastic oud, I'm in love with it. But otherwise not too familiar with any other ouds besides Agar Aura's stuff
  65. Thread: Sweeter Oud Oil?

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    Re: Sweeter Oud Oil?

    So, should we not post in the thread lpp? I have a recommendation... Sweet Siam by Agar Aura will fit your need perfectly.
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    I shared your concern, but have found them to be unfounded, especially with my most recent experience. The last go around when they had Amouage's at 70 dollars a bottle, I bought 3 and all were...
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    Poll: Re: Epic VS Oud Wood VS Colonia Oud

    I voted before I saw you had "new" in the body of your post.
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    Poll: Re: Epic VS Oud Wood VS Colonia Oud

    Absolutely. I sprayed each arm, original half spray and new formula full out of the bottle. The new one has far less of the pepper in opening, the odd one of a kind Epic vibe is still there, but...
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    I have to say, I love the new caps. I wish the insides stayed the same, but the packaging has improved.
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    Poll: Re: Epic VS Oud Wood VS Colonia Oud

    That's different. Epic Man is not the scent it once was and I do not like the new formula. The old formula is still available should you choose. Otherwise Colonia Intensa Oud.
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    Poll: Re: Epic VS Oud Wood VS Colonia Oud

    I have oud wood and love colonia oud, and neither comes close to epic man
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Package arrived today, and lo' and behold a non-magnetic green bottle existed within. Had been unused, took three pumps to spray on my arm, and it is definitely the original. I noticed one thing,...
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    Re: What's my problem with Amouage?

    The only reason I bring it up is because I read somewhere, maybe in a thread or a review, that one of the ones I have listed used a certain chemical that turned them off. But I dont' know what that...
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Yeah, mailed it back. Free would have been nice! I could have lived with that
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    What's my problem with Amouage?

    Amouage is easily my favorite house. I'm in love with the majority of the fragrances that I come across, and those that I haven't been in love with I respect the craftsmanship. For instance, Dia ...
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Yeah, I got one of the boxed ones last week, was supremely disappointed. Contacted Amouage, and haven't heard back from them. So called fragrancenet, and they did a refund for the boxed version I...
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Thanks Prodigy. Having read Akahina's post about the unboxed being old stock, I just placed an order for one. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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    Re: I'm done with Bond No. 9

    From my own experience, it wasn't the refusal to give samples, it was the attitude that went along with the refusal and how ridiculous it was in that situation. And the rudeness of the staff. From...
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    Re: I'm done with Bond No. 9

    I've had nothing but negative experience's with their new york boutique. Pushy, generally unfriendly SA. I took my mother into the city, and while I was there she asked for two samples, and then I...
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    I got the boxed one, and it came with a magnetic cap. Can't speak for how testers or unboxed come from Fragrancenet. I tried it again last night after I got home, it's definitely not the same...
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    Today I'm wearing Cantik Candan from Agar Aura.

    Today I'm wearing Cantik Candan from Agar Aura.
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Good news bad news. Yay, new stock! Boooo, new stock...
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Just received my bottle of Epic Man from Fragrancenet today. I am sad to say that they were selling new stock, and the new stock has none of hte punch that I loved in Epic Man. As others have said...
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    Re: What is the first oud that I should try?

    Igor knows his stuff! I listened to him and am glad I did.

    As for my own recommendation, I just got a sample of each of Agar Aura's ouds, and highly recommend Sweet Siam and Oud M1. They are very...
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    Re: Marrakech by Agar Aura

    Right? And it's very aptly named so! It stinks, in the best possible way.
  86. Thread: Oud beginner

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    Re: Oud beginner

    Oud Wood, +2. Not really oud, but a great fragrance. If you want the real thing, try a sample of Phoenicia's RealOud or Xerjoff's Zafar.
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    Re: Marrakech by Agar Aura

    It has been nice, but I don't think they do compare. It has certain similar qualities to the Red Box Tribute. Earthy and smoky. However, the cinnamon completely changes the character of it initially,...
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    Marrakech by Agar Aura

    Just received my samples of all the current offerings from Agar Aura, including their newest attar, Marrakech.

    Marrakech goes on strong, with a blast of earth rose, oud, and tobacco. There was...
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    Re: Fragrance du Bois, new Niche Oud based House

    Has anyone gotten to smell this line yet? I'm definitely interested, would love to hear people's thoughts
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    Re: Amouages Back on Fnet

    Grateful my order of Epic Man went through. I hope people get what they order. I wonder if they see who orders more and cancel knocks some of those first.
  91. Re: just ordered a sample of the new Hindi Brut from agar aura

    Just got mine today, and wearing it as I sit here watching some tv. 30 minutes in, it's amazing
  92. Re: Which niche fragrances would you give 10/10 for sillage/projection?

    When I first wore it Hednic, it really didn't do it for me. I think I said so at the time, that it was just ok. Next day, a little better, got more from it. Now, it's one of my go to scents, wear it...
  93. Re: Which niche fragrances would you give 10/10 for sillage/projection?

    Haha, good! I love me some Amouage. I couldn't get behind Fate, wish it was my cup of tea.



    No kidding. Two sprays to the chest and my neighbor working in her hard about 20 feet away said I...
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    Re: So I tried Aventus

    It really does. Not one I wear for myself, I prefer more interesting complex and rich scents for my personal enjoyment. But when i'm going out and I just want to smell awesome for others, Aventus is...
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    Re: Sonoma Scent Studios Reviews

    Glad I wasn't the only one, and there's a reason why. Very interesting article. I found most of them to be too sour, really turned me off. Couldn't figure out why. Thanks for sharing!
  96. Re: Which niche fragrances would you give 10/10 for sillage/projection?

    MDCI Invasion Barbare, Amouage Tribute Attar, LM Parfums Hard Leather and Puredistance M. These 4 are perfect. Complex, rich, good projection and longevity, and never boring. My love now is...
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    Re: So I tried Aventus

    I ordered a sample from a reputable online retailer, and all I got was smoke/birch much like you. Terribly disappointed, my gf and I couldn't figure out the hype. Then I found it in the store and...
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    Re: New Amouage Opus VIII

    First time I wore this, I really enjoyed it. Second time, I got what I can only describe as a sunscreen note in it, smelled it in a few fragrances and is always a deal breaker for me. Initially...
  99. Re: Amouage attars pulled from shelves - no longer being sold

    I should have mentioned, for those interested Tribute can be found at http://www.universalperfumesandcosmetics.com/index.php?route=common/home for what I consider to be good prices. And the shipping...
  100. Re: Amouage attars pulled from shelves - no longer being sold

    YES, definitely! I was not expecting really much if any difference. I find the white box to be perfectly balanced, surprisingly so. I'm terrible identifying notes, so I won't try. But it's smooth,...
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