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  1. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    I highly recommend the Casablanca, which is on his discontinued page - it is a tobacco-jasmine fragrance which I happen to like better than Tawaf.
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    Re: Bruno Fazzolari Narcisse

    I look forward to trying the new one - since his fragrances are truly handmade I would like to see the variation in them.
  3. Re: If your breath smelled like a fragrance, which one would you want it to smell like?

    Molecule 01
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    Re: Big, Belching, Birch Tar!

    Kolnisch Juchten
    Patchouli 24
    Russian Tea by Masque Milano
  5. Re: Any suggestion for a 'traditional masculine' orange fragrance?

    Have you tried Lampblack?
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    Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    Never even heard of this brand, so thanks for this review.
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    Re: Jo Malone and industry regulation

    Yeah, I've never bothered with this brand myself. They always marketed themselves as bottles to buy and then layer, or at least that's what I remember a couple of reps telling me years ago, and...
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    Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    Once again, Mythrol, you should try Comme des Garçons Blue Santal.
  9. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    I received a sample of Cuoio Dei Dolci and love it, but I'm certain that I would love everything that Dominique produces. Seriously. All of the samples I've received with my purchases ave been...
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    Re: Fate for Men Amouge

    1740 is very rich and western whereas Fate Man is quite dry and Oriental, and by "Oriental" I don't mean amber and cinnamon and cloves, but instead a sun-backed middle eastern food and spice bazaar.
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    Re: Tom Ford Candle Pricing.....WTF?!

    Wow, that is some ridiculous pricing!
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    Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    It's so weird - I don't get the powerful cedar note that everyone else esperiences,with Tam Dao.
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    Re: Darkest Fragrance

    Or Black
    Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui
    Rien
    Norma Kamali Incense
    Portrait of a Lady
  14. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    I received the 1 g of ambergris in Mysore sandalwood oil today and just swiped it on my wrist. Wow, what a beautiful, elegant, and ancient aroma this has! And animalic - it is similar to the...
  15. Re: If you had to wear only 1 perfume house for the rest of your life...

    It would be a toss up between Guerlain and Diptyque.

    I'd have to go with Guerlain because of the magnificence of Vol de Nuit.
  16. Re: Scents you would wear more if you could dial them down a notch?

    Portrait of a Lady
    Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree

    Both of these are in my all-time top 20 and I wish I could feel comfortable wearing them more often.
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    Re: Best of Diptyque.

    I have many from this house. Olene is one of the best jasmine solidlores ever created. I love my bottle of Eau de Lavande, which is such a warm, comfortable lavender (must lavenders are comfortable...
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    Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    Mythrol, are you going to try Comme des Garçons Blue Santal?
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    Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    I agree - Bois de Isles should be tested, especially with a female perspective involved.
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    Re: Discussed a lot but I HAVE NEVER SMELLED...

    Never smelled the Slumberhouse line.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    I blind-bought a bottle of Penhaligons Ostara from another member here, and I must say that it is amazing and I'm baffled that it would be discontinued so quickly.
  22. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    That's incredible. I asked for a sample of Tabac and Tartar Leather. I've been wanting to sample the latter for a while now and never have received it as a sample.
  23. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    I just ordered 1 g of the ambergris in sandalwood oil. So excited to use this! I already have a bottle of the sandalwood eau de toilette as well as a small amount of the pure Mysore oil. I'm thinking...
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    Re: please suggest some cinnamon fragrances

    I have to say that the one fragrance that immediately came to mind was the discontinued yet easily available Balenciaga Pour Homme. This would smell great on a woman.
  25. Re: So much has changed here in 15 years but you never will!

    Eric, thank you for putting this whole forum into context with your well-written and thoughtful message. It really is fascinating how something so successful as Basenotes, like almost everything...
  26. Re: Ever not be super impressed with a Vintage? New stuff better than old?

    My current bottle (four years old) of Vol de Nuit extrait is just as good or better than my two bottles of vintage.
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    Re: Silk Road Fragrance

    I'm thinking about a lot of the La Via del Profumo fragrances
  28. Re: What Fragrance would you drop $200-500 for even though it doesn't project well (skin scent) ?

    The only one I can think of is Vol de Nuit extrait - it's a very intimate scent on me and yet it is such a masterpiece I wouldn't hesitate again in buying another bottle.
  29. Re: Sampling is for ninnies. Real men (women) buy blind

    My last two purchases have been blind. I got a bottle of Penhalitons Ostara and Masque L'Attesa. Both were low risk based on the reviews and the notes.
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    Re: In the mood for a cozy fragrance

    Safran Troublant by L'Artisan
    Iris Taizo by Parfumerie Generale

    The two above are what I can best describe from my perception as "ancient gourmands" with the soft saffron in Safran Troublant and...
  31. Re: The Self-Destruction Of My Collection - Montale Bottle Question...

    Yeah, I'm knocking bottles onto the floor now when I reach for a bottle near the back. It's time to put a moratorium on my purchasing.
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    Re: Best place to buy LADDM?

    And they do free shipping, right?
  33. Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    What's Private Label?
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Bummer for us, but I'm assuming that this all is very good for you, Luca.
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    Re: When did Creed become "a big thing"?!

    1332 bc
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    Re: Need some violet/violet leaf recommendations

    +2 on this one as well. I also recommend Le Labo Iris 39.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Yeah I figured that. If you're familiar with KenM, he's a notorious poster on Yahoo! and Facebook who makes similar comments to get people riled up.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    I'm so flattered you have decided to come and discuss fragrances with us, EdnaBaron (ohmygodI'mactuallytalkingtoamaster!!!).
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    Re: Rose Fragrances on Men?

    I highly recommend Neela Vermeire Mohur, which I think is one that's been overlooked in this thread. The extrait version of this is a masterpiece.
  40. Re: New from Diptyque: "Kimonanthe" & "Essences Insensees 2016"

    Kimonanthe may be a blind buy for me.
  41. Re: Amygdala Fragrance, a new brand of solid perfumes

    I love the name.

    I don't see why solids are more widely available - it seems as if there's someone asking about it every four months or so.
  42. Re: NEW: Russian Leather part of Cuirs Nomades Line by Memo!

    Fougere? I don't know.
    I'm a sucker for Russian leather, though.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Luca, the latest post of your cat screwing up your laptop speaks to me because I've been very patiently waiting for the latest MacBook Pro to come out so I can replace my old one. First it was...
  44. Thread: Essence of Japan

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    Re: Essence of Japan

    I highly recommend the fragrances of Parfums Satori, who only sells her stuff in Japan. Her entire aesthetic is richly Japanese and includes some of the aromas you guys have mentioned. Her Sakura and...
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    Re: NEW: Robert Piguet - L'Insomnuit!

    Now, to me, those two things sound the same. I always thought that a concentrate was defined by the method of extraction (steam versus solvent) and that the orris root went through both to end up...
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    Re: NEW: Robert Piguet - L'Insomnuit!

    Now, what exactly is Iris Concentrate and Iris Absolute?
  47. Re: Labdanum ( Cistus ladanifer - Rock Rose ) suggestions

    I have to recommend Amouage Fate Woman.
  48. Re: Johann Maria Farina and the Eau de Cologne story

    There's also this one . . .

    53150

    . . . which can easily fit into your Russian leather boots.
  49. Re: Polarizing fragrances (and my first stranger compliment)

    My ex wife HATED Portrait of a Lady - it would flip some switch in her brain any time I wore it or wore clothing again that had it on there. She's a sommelier and wine importer, so her sense of smell...
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    Re: 2,100 Year Old Agate Perfume Bottle

    That bottle looks like it was placed in a box right after it was made and never touched again for over two thousand years.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    It's just all so silly - do these people who are claiming the naturalness of these compounds forgetting the reason why we as perfume lovers desire natural in the first place (for me it's the...
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Luca, that is some very interesting insight in the EU Natural post. The mental gymnastics one makes to make a compound be "natural" reminds me of what people have done throughout history to justify...
  53. Re: Johann Maria Farina and the Eau de Cologne story

    I've always been very intrigued by this fragrance and its crazy narrow bottle. If memory serves me correct, our member the_good_life had a very detailed article on Farina and the company's long...
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    Re: Smell article and Laudamiel perfume line

    Awesome. Great article!
  55. Re: IT'S THE BEST IYO...asking the noses at basenotes

    Do you mean Olene instead of Opone?
  56. Re: "What house do you feel cares most/listens most to their customers? "

    Bruno Fazzolari does a fantastic job with his customer service - much like Andy Tauer. He will send samples and have a small print of the lithograph he makes for the particular fragrance, all with a...
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    Re: Novelty Scent or the Genuine Article?

    I've ready opinions that Dzing! is more of a novelty fragrance, however I disagree with that sentiment. Comme des Garcons Odeur 71 is definitely weird but is wearable.
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    Re: Luca Turin on Lampblack (and others)

    Lampblack is a fantastic fragrance. It now holds the honored spot of being my travel fragrance - one that I will not just carry with me on trips but one that I will spray onto myself before I get on...
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    Re: Your favorite Apple fragrance?

    I really need to revisit Konig.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Luca, your carrots look like those mummified bog people.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    I should have caught that. And thanks, pluran, also for making it clear.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Excellent post on MDCI - dense with information and insight. Though I own Vetiver and Granville, I love Luca's jab at Dior's La Collection Privee. Our thoughts, opinions, and perspectives should...
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    Re: Luca Turin AMA! Ask your question here!

    Hey Luca, my question is this: If you could bring back a couple of ingredients that have been banned, or disappeared for one reason or another, to come back into use, what would you choose? My...
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    And crappy beer still has a utility.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Yeah, it makes me happy that Luca appreciates Anubis because I certainly do. The Morocco imagery is consistent with what I've always felt when I wear it.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Speaking of bats and olfaction, I have always liked the sweet odor of bat guano.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Vintage Irish Spring? Make sure you get the bars who have 83 ingredients listed - those run from 1986 to 1991. Definitely the best years for this soap. I have such good memories of standing outside...
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    I just came across this thread. So happy! Now we'll get a consistent dose of Luca's insight and wit.
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    Re: Most expensive new bottle ever!

    Aren't you paying a ton of money before you smell the product?
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    Re: DO NOT mention Ebay when shopping in a store.

    I don't know why people would put themselves through that kind of experience while testing and buying fragrances. Those vendors bring the teeth-grinding hassle of a Marrakech bazaar while not...
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    Re: DO NOT mention Ebay when shopping in a store.

    I find the original story hilarious, and still would if it happened to me.
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    Re: Luca Turin reviews 7 March 2016

    This is one of the reasons I love his reviews - I would never know about this compound unless he brought it up, and this insight is one of the ways that separates him from all other reviewers.
  73. Re: Frédéric Malle with Carlos Benaïm @ Harvard GSD (Video ~ 90min)

    That was an excellent discussion. Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Help me discover the 80's!

    I'm a big fan of Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui.
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    Re: Luca Turin reviews 1 February 2016

    Bummer - I would think the opportunity wave to sell this fragrance is pretty high right now after your review.
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    Re: your favorite bitter-sweet fragrance?

    Cuir de Lancome is an excellent bitter-sweet fragrance, with styrax and birch contributing bitterness while there's what seems to be vanilla and some tonka to create the sweetness.
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    Re: What frags do you travel abroad with?

    My default travel fragrance has been Geranium Pour Monsieur because I feel comfortable spraying a lot of it on me before I get into a closed-up airplane. I also discovered that Bruno Fazzolari's...
  78. Re: Tobacco Recomendations - How Would You Rate These?

    Whenever these tobacco threads pop up I always have to throw in Sombre Negre by Yosh. Almost all the other fragrances mentioned lean on the sweet side, but Sombre Negra smells like fresh loose...
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    Re: Luca Turin reviews 1 February 2016

    Thank you for the link!

    I looked up Beaufort and East Indies is sold out.
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    Re: Luca Turin reviews 11 January 2016

    Learned two words: rictus and kawaii.
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    Re: WWD Smell Test now freely accessible online

    Thanks for letting us know on this. When these reviews first started, I tried and tried again to weasel through the paywall to read these reviews. I agree that the objectivity of blind testing is...
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    Re: Bitterness In Fragrances

    Speaking of Diptyque, the fig stem and leaf in Philosykos is bitter in my mind - I don't know if others get that or if it's an association I have since the milky sap from fig trees is bitter tasting.
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    Re: Bitterness In Fragrances

    Oh yeah, oak moss is certainly bitter.

    So, from what you guys have mentioned, with oak moss, vetiver, and galbanum, Chanel No. 19 should be a great example.
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    Bitterness In Fragrances

    To me, bitterness is associated with "grownup" tastes, whether it be flavor or smell, and strangely has been something I have always liked in an almost perverse way (when I first tasted tonic water...
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    Re: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews: December 30, 2015

    That would be hilarious.
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    Luca Turin's Latest Reviews: December 30, 2015

    This was mentioned on the La Via del Profumo thread, but I thought I'd mention it here.
    ...
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    Re: Ny times piece of fragrance memory

    Thank you for the link. Very interesting.
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    May I ask why?
  89. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Thank you for the reply. I certainly will try to be more evident next time, even though I thought I did so the last two. Anyway, I'm wearing the Sharif right now for the first time and it is a lovely...
  90. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    I received the Il Giglio di Firenzeand Sharif on Wednesday. The shipping speed is amazing.

    I sprayed Il Giglio di Firenzei on my wrist and was hit with a vapory dirty carrot that then mellows out...
  91. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Yeah, I'm getting the Il Giglio di Firinzi. Dominique uses such high-quality ingredients and lets them speak for themselves. Interestingly enough, his style is similar to Italian cuisine in general -...
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    Re: What are you tired of?

    Absolutely.
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    Re: What are you tired of?

    Overuse of ambroxan.
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    Re: The best male lavender fragrance

    Anat Fritz Classical is my go-to lavender.
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    Re: Luca Turin's reviews 14 December 2015

    Wow, I wasn't expecting this so soon! Thanks for the link! And thank you, Luca!
  96. Re: what's your favorite dark fragrance with a fruit note?

    Unless I missed it, I'm surprised no one has mentioned Tuscan Leather.
  97. Re: Luca Turin Complete writings 2003-2014 now on Kindle!

    I went ahead and got the book, which is en route. I don't really like the way I have to navigate through my Kindle, and if it's going to be a reference book this is a deal-breaker for me.
  98. Re: About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    Thank you!
  99. Re: About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    Alright, I'll try that. Thanks.
  100. Re: About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    Aww, man, it's not available to me.
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