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

    My sense has always been that leaking vials tend to leak when subjected to changes in pressure or temperature which can happen during shipping.

    But liquids don't expand and contract when...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    Even sniffed blind, one would know this was from Slumberhouse ! :smiley: :smiley:
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    Taureville - A new line by Andy Taure

    I just came across this today. Sold in smaller batches and at reasonable prices. i.e. 10ml roll on for $31, and no frills 30 ml spray bottle for $63.

    Personally, I like the idea of frags...
  4. Re: Is it illegal or prohibited to use 100% pure and natural deer musk oil in making perfume ?

    I'd be thinking of the disadvantage for the deer.
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    Re: My next purchase options.

    I'm not sure what your feelings are about amber, but it's one of the fragrance types worth being familiar with.

    I'd sample Ambre 114 in this regard.
  6. Re: Frederic Malle - Cologne Indelebile - April 2015

    It will be encouraging if it's nice, and comes out at the price of their other releases. If they try and gouge people with the price, in light of the company being sold, I suspect that will...
  7. Re: ELdO: Rien Intens Intense, is a limited edition, yet?

    It must come in a lead-lined bottle ?
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    Re: Muscs Koublaï Khän - discontinued???

    Probably the best way to figure it out is to check around and see which online stores have it for sale. Since Lutens is so popular, generally well-stocked stores will have everything that is...
  9. Re: Is it just me or not many people wear fragrances?

    Here in the Pacific Northwest, everyone is into being so pure and natural and "local" that almost no one ever wears fragrance.

    Every once in a while I'll be at the market, and think I smell a...
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    Poll: Re: Only Frederic Malle you would buy

    L'Eau D'Hiver is the only one I've actually sprung for. If I were to get another, it would be French Lover.

    Two different ends of the spectrum it seems.
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    Re: How should Sauvage smell?

    Hard to say, but it could have something to do with age. I had an older sample of this which I wore yesterday, and the nature of the citrus felt quite dark and bitter in the dry down, in a way that...
  12. Re: What is the best/your favourite high end/luxury/niche green fragrance...

    When I think of green fragrances, Malle's French Lover always comes to mind for me.
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    Re: What else do you collect apart from perfumes?

    Early classic American First day Covers.

    Nice shirts.

    "Rainflower stones" from the rivers of China. ( Yuhua shi )

    I hybridize herbaceous peonies, so I have a large collection of peonies...
  14. Re: New releases from The House of Matriarch - DISCO EDITION

    Given our current day and age, not anywhere excessive, or beyond the boundaries of good taste I'm sure. :)
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    Re: 6 new scents from Bvlgari - La Gemme

    Big surprise : 100ml bottles start at $381.

    Another outfit jumps on the "exclusive" bandwagon.
  16. Re: Histoires de Parfums Opera line 1831, 1875, 1890, 1904, 1926

    Here's another thought I had about lines coming out with ultra-high priced new frags.

    Say a lower end house suddenly came out with a new line of high-priced fragrances. Say they cost 2-3 times...
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    Re: Roja Dove appreciation thread

    I'm not sure this is the case though. It would seem that high prices are frequently used in attempts to imply something about the fragrance.

    Wine enthusiasts clearly understand this, and as a...
  18. Re: What was your first VINTAGE fragrance and where bought you it?

    A unopened Bel Ami tester, in the cocktail shaker bottle. Off of e-bay for around $80.
  19. Re: Top 40 Most Reviewed Fragrances on Basenotes with Overall Ratings

    I suspect math folks are the same as others, as far as wanting to keep the details of their formulations close to their chest. It's where the creativity is, and I think all of us can appreciate...
  20. Re: Niche Brands to Bring into our Perfume Store

    Chain store niche. This seems to be the wet dream marketing evolution of all luxury producers these days.
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    Re: This hobby is so niche

    That wasn't what I thought. I've always done specialty horticulture, where those in the know are knowledgeable about all the various named varieties of things, and the names of the different people...
  22. Re: New house Zoologist Perfumes launches Panda, Beaver and Rhinoceros

    It's reassuring to see that their website includes a page of "Safety Tips".



    I guess we're now firmly ensconced in a joy-killing era where it's mandatory for us to view every product...
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    Re: L'Artisan - Bertrand Duchaufour

    Good point.

    L'Artisan is a brand I like too, but I suspect my opinion is based on my initial impressions formed during the pre-reformulation days. Hearing the opinions of newer individuals, who...
  24. Re: Histoires de Parfums Opera line 1831, 1875, 1890, 1904, 1926

    This pretty well sums it up for me. These days I don't think anyone with any knowledge understands these prices to mean that these new introductions are that many times better than what the same...
  25. Re: L`Artisan Parfumeur - Tea for Two - surprise !!!

    Hope it comes in some kind of new bottle, so the back up I have remains worth something extra.
  26. Re: L`Artisan Parfumeur - Tea for Two - surprise !!!

    I could not locate this on the American version of their site.
  27. Re: Do you find Borneo 1834 unwearable? Then try Mechant Loup.

    I find Borneo unfindable. I picked up a bottle on e-bay several years ago, and thank God that I did.

    It's basically vanished here in the US now, and heaven knows what it will smell like once...
  28. Oh well.

    Oh well.
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    Poll: Re: L'air du Desert Marocain vs Ambre Sultan

    I'm going with Andy. I made a point of getting one of his original bottles.
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    Re: Bottega veneta pour homme

    Everyone smells things differently of course, but with such a mixed lot of reviews, one does wonder how this became Basenotes Best Men's Fragrance of the Year for 2014.

    Can everything else that...
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    Re: Two picks from Serge Lutens

    These would be my picks too, with the edge to 1834, but unavailable in the US now, darn it.
  32. Remember, entrants have to pay a big fee to be a...

    Remember, entrants have to pay a big fee to be a part of the process. Only frags which are entered by manufacturers who are willing to pay the fee are in the running, so basically it's a celebration...
  33. L'Artisan Parfumeur - Safran Troublant Discontinued

    And apparently several others in the line, according to Tracy at The Perfume House in Portland.

    She said she was able to order a couple of more bottles, but after that, that's it.

    Feeling...
  34. Re: I feel like Borneo 1834 is not getting the praise it deserves on here..

    It's always going to be a matter of taste, but I have quite a few Lutens, and this one has to be my favorite. It's still made and sold in Europe, but no longer available in the States, and when it...
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    Re: spraying on clothing

    Like Hedonist implied, our skin seems to actively break down perfumes, whereas fabric has little reactivity. The down side is that certain frags can be awfully persistent on fabric. If you spray...
  36. Re: Which perfume house overall has the most interesting and creative concept?

    As a concept, I like Josh at Slumberhouse. He makes an interesting and quality product, makes sure that samples get to people who are interested in perfume, and then lets the buzz build itself.
    ...
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    Re: Amour Nocturne - l'Artisan Parfumeur

    Had the chance to try all three of these at The Perfume House in Portland. I didn't take notes, but felt that all of them were quite interesting, and well worth sniffing for those who follow this...
  38. Re: Article: Sandalwood Dreams, Part 8: Uses and Markets + Sandalwood Oil Giveaway

    A very interesting set of articles ! I imagine that TFS is anxious to get on with their harvest, as 14 years is a long time to wait. In time, perhaps they will be growing even older trees ?

    I...
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    Re: Advice about vintage purchase gone bad

    An unfortunate situation, as it sounds like the seller was trying to make a good-faith effort to make sure the vintage bottle would not leak juice all over, but they didn't know enough to take the...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I have an old "silver Sharpie" bottle of Sana, and will be interested in seeing what's been done with it now. The stuff I have is quite a bit different than his other things : less persistent and...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite tea?

    People seem to like GPH II a lot. All I have is a mini of the stuff I must admit, but my impression's been that Tea for Two has considerably more punch to it, spray for spray.
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    Re: NEW ELdO - The End of the World

    With this one, I suspect no one will have reason to complain if it doesn't have much longevity.
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    Re: Your thoughts on Anima Dulcis !?

    Had a chance to quickly go through this line with my sister today, and we both felt this was the most interesting of the lot, at least for this time of the year. I certainly liked it.
  44. Poll: Re: POLL : Best/Favorite Amber based fragrance based on overall scent/projection/longevity/complimen

    Just had the chance to sample this recently. More than 24 hours later, and after two showers, my sister could still smell this on me when I walked into the room. Two days later it was still quite...
  45. Re: New launch from Comme des Garcons: Comme des Garcons Black

    Had a chance to try this several days ago, and I can agree with the "salty licorice" thing, for sure. This is the non-sweet salty Euro-type licorice, rather than what you get in Lolita Limpika.
    ...
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    Re: GQ's Vetiver recs

    I'm not sure I'd say that about Chandler. My belief is that he's simply an experienced frag-sniffer with some very particular tastes of his own....pretty much like the rest of us.
  47. Re: I have 38 x Niche Decants and only 6 are 'Bottle Worthy' for my tastes

    While I agree that you might find more to like in these at a later date, personally I'd say that six out of 38 is a pretty enviable hit rate for any given group of samples.
  48. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    LOL, I have a sample of the original formulation, and wrote a review saying it was what the bad-guys from the Mad Max movies might wear when they wanted to get dressy. The original version would burn...
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    Re: Versace Eros - Extremely Disappointed

    While people claim to value individualism, in the real world I'm afraid this is not really the case. They smell something within a situation that holds a positive feeling for them, make a mental...
  50. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Given the way Josh has operated in the past, I suspect this is the explanation. Perhaps not remade with higher quality materials, but old ideas revisited, and brought closer to their original...
  51. Re: My fragrance journey has come to and end. My last bottle.

    Our passions are what remind us that we are alive, but there is also a place within those passions for ease and moderation.

    Cudos to you for seeking that balance. That's a part of a well-lived...
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    Re: Use by dates on fragrances

    That would be my assumption as well.
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    Re: Has Black Afghano been reformulated?

    "Oh how the Mighty have fallen."
  54. Re: Curious newcomer wants in on the fragrance goodness

    It sounds to me like you are off to a great start by purchasing the samples. Sample, sample, sample !

    As you may be beginning to tell, it's possible to get all wrapped up in the fragrance hobby :...
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    Re: Your rarest fragrance

    I have a mini of "Silver Label" aftershave splash that was distributed by the Fuller Brush company, apparently somewhere around the end of the Korean War.
  56. Re: Is there any word about Serge Lutens Exclusives being released to the general population for 201

    It does seem interesting that (aside from Chergui ) the frags from that line that many people cherish the most are the ones that they *aren't* sending over here.
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    Re: What happend to fragrance community.

    Part of it may be that there's just so many darned frags being introduced that people have thrown up their hands in despair of keeping up with them all.
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    Re: Crystal Flacon - Password issues.

    Yes, I've checked my junk mail, and checked to see if Flacon is on my "block sender" list.

    It just seems like their password retrieval function is no longer working, as it keeps claiming it's...
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    Re: Crystal Flacon - Password issues.

    My issue is that it doesn't like the passwords I type in, and the function that sends an e-mail to you, that helps you get a new password appears not to be working. It claims to be sending me an...
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    Crystal Flacon - Password issues.

    Grrrrrr.....I cant' seem to log into Crystal Flacon, despite the fact that my user name is still clearly listed in the member list.

    The "send a new password to my e-mail address" function...
  61. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I have one of those little square bottles of Sana, with the name written in silver Sharpie. It's fairly restrained in comparison to the other scents, but I like it quite a bit. It will be...
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    Re: Montale watered down??

    Wow, poor longevity with Blue Amber ?

    You *know* they must have changed something if that's the case.
  63. Re: I have 15 samples in front of me. How do I try them out quickly?

    I've found that two at a time is about the best I can do. I try and pick two that seem like they might be somewhat related, and test them against each other.

    As the others have said, I don't...
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    Re: Decant Combo Suggestions

    Yeah, you want to familiarize yourself with what's out there first, so I would go the Crystal flagon route, if it were me. It's a nice way to get a range of things, and fairly inexpensive too. For...
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    Re: Anything close to a forest?

    For that mulchy, down in the damp forest duff note, nothing is like Black March.
  66. Re: A Scent-Free America? A Very Interesting Article from the New Republic, 1995.

    The liver ?

    Interesting that this article is 17 years old; it seems pretty modern to me, even though the seemingly-predicted poop-smelling frags, for the most, have never materialized
  67. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Josh is the kind of guy where there's always something new in the works, so I suspect it won't be long.

    Having said that, I suspect that much of his time recently has been taken up by dealing with...
  68. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Anyone remember Brosse ? I got a tiny sample way back in the beginning, and it was some pretty amazing stuff. I'm not sure if it was ever formally released though.
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    Re: Longest Lasting Summer/Spring Citrus Frag?

    Issey Miyake Summer Edition 2009.

    Persistant to the point of annoyance. I just wish I liked it as well as many people do.
  70. Re: Article: DSquared2 launch flanker for Potion – Blue Cadet

    Humm, I wonder how this stuff will smell ? And interesting that it's available in a small 30 ml size.
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    Re: Invasion Barbare

    I'd heard all the hype, so purchased one of those 12ml splashes that had been broken out of a sample set.

    I generally like things that are sort of different and out there.

    This stuff smells...
  72. Re: Need some suggestions, "new" to the little world of fragrances.

    The "little" world of fragrances.

    If only.

    .
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    Re: Relax and calming scent for bed ?

    Safran Troublant !

    Very comforting, and just the use for a frag that doesn't last very long to begin with. I've made sure to buy a back up bottle just for this purpose alone.

    For some reason,...
  74. Re: Do you guys buy testers without the cap? Does it bug the living hell out of you like it does me?

    If I had a nice place to display my bottles I'd probably be more concerned. As it is, I don't have a good spot.

    Plus many of my frags get sprayed from funky looking decants I've purchased...
  75. Re: Straight versus Gay preferences: A Scientific Study

    Most research papers have something they are hoping to demonstrate, and I suspect this is actually what these guys were hoping to show.

    I remember reading a paper where the researchers wanted...
  76. Re: Based on smell alone… what would be your 10/10 fragrance?

    Safran Troublant.

    Here, then gone, but while it's around....
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    Re: Reviews scare me...

    The way I do it is to try two at a time : One on each hand. That way you can compare the two, and by the end of the day you will know which one you like. Then use the one you like as your...
  78. Re: Tribute Error - I think I got 12 ml for 30ml price

    If they both come in the same box, opening it up and looking inside would seem an easy way to clear up the issue.

    That being said, why don't they simply list the volume on the outside, rather...
  79. Re: Maxim Magazine To Release Fragrance Line In Fall 2013

    It'll be a skin scent.
  80. Re: Looking for fruity smell like Raspberry/Pomegranate [New User]

    ^^ There's some interesting stuff alright !
  81. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I was happy to see that Slumberhouse took the 2012 Basenotes' "New House of the Year" award .

    Yet another Oregonian says "Go Josh! ". :thumbsup:
  82. Re: Shop forbidding (private) re-sale of samples

    If they have the shop's name on them, rather than them being factory samples, it sounds like they are essentially making decants, and then selling them (rather than giving them away) to their...
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    Re: USPS and mailing fragrances

    Jeeze, you go to the Post Office, and they can't even provide a person with the proper "official" materials needed to comply with their own shipping requirements ?

    What's next ? I have to...
  84. Re: Would you buy a fragrance with this history ?

    I've never understood how humidity could effect a sealed bottle.

    The humidity seeps through the glass ?
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    Re: Frederic Malle x Dries Van Notten

    Not sure I'm happy about this "Designer Fragrances by Malle" idea.

    I'd hate to see it turn into a trend that's jumped on by other houses who's identity I admire.
  86. Re: Shop forbidding (private) re-sale of samples

    They seem to be arguing that there is some sort of "intellectual property" aspect to these samples, and like certain software products, they were intended only for his exclusive use, and furthermore...
  87. Re: My bottle of L'Air Du Désert Marocain leaked...

    I also think they should have just sent you a new bottle, and allowed you to keep the old one.

    If you send them the old and damaged one, what will they do with it ?

    It sounds to me like they...
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    Re: Everything!!!!

    Great idea !

    Simply buy one decant of this stuff, and it could save a person a whole lot of work !
  89. Re: Article: Vote in the Basenotes Reader Awards [now closed]

    Darn, did I miss seeing the winners ?:huh:
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    Re: Leaked Creed samples ...

    It will be interesting to see if you still get leakage, no matter how "improved" the packaging is.

    My sneaking suspicion is that air shipment, and the resulting variations in pressure during...
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    Re: Tanelli/Montale fragrances

    That site looks like a combination of the Tanelli/ Montale line....and the output of another line.

    Because there sure is a lot of stuff.....even for Montale.
  92. Thread: RIP Montale?

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    Re: RIP Montale?

    My friend at the perfume shop said they were back to getting Montale stock again. So at least their wholesale operation seems to be running OK again.
  93. Re: Niche Brands to Bring into our Perfume Store

    I think it's fair to consider Serge Lutens.

    Folks who don't know too much about niche brands may be familiar with that line, and it contains any number of well-known classics. New releases...
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    Re: Help us Pick a Logo

    I like #30.

    Clear and simple, with nice type fonts, and makes it clear that there's a website. It also gives the impression of a sign you might see outside of a high-end but understated...
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    Re: Breath of God by Lush

    Have to throw in my 2 cents here, and say that I'm among those who love it.

    It's just one of those very polarizing sorts of frags where everyone will have to decide for themselves, I think.
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    Poll: Re: your favorite niche house (excluding creed)

    All that heavy sirupy Lutens stuff that people gripe about, I love it to death, I must admit.
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    Re: So...I bought Nasomatto Black Afgano

    Now that's what I call longevity !
  98. Poll: Re: Serge Lutens Borneo or Tom Ford Black Orchid?

    I love Borneo, but why is it that most of my favorite SLs are no longer being officially sold in the US ?

    Grrrrr...
  99. It sounds bad alright, but I'm willing to...

    It sounds bad alright, but I'm willing to withhold judgment until more facts come out.
  100. Re: L'Eau D'Issey Summer editions - which has the best projection, sillage, smell ?

    I also have the 2009, and the stuff is a powerhouse to my usually insensitive nose. Over-application can be a real problem with this one, and it lasts forever.
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