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  1. [CONUS] Re: Reductions: RARE Old Stock Creed Collection, Rising Phoenix, Malle, Le Labo, Guerlain and MORE

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    Re: Roja London vs Midsummer Dream

    I have both and London is better by far unless you don't like orientals. It's a full bodied oriental with excellent power and longevity. If you like London, Semi-Bespoke 23 is like Mega London. ...
  3. [CONUS] Re: Reductions: RARE Old Stock Creed Collection, Rising Phoenix, Malle, Le Labo, Guerlain and MORE

    Bump for lots of great bottles.
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    Re: 1970s Greatest Hits

    Aside from a few others my go to fragrance (for a year or two) for a night out at a disco club (circa 1973-1976) was Bill Blass for Men. It came in 2 strengths as a spray and even the lesser...
  5. Re: The attar wand- to use or not to use. That is the question.

    I usually cut the plastic wand off and use plastic toothpicks and small alcohol wipes. When I can I buy my oils in the Wheaton v-vials which have no wand. Keeping my oils sanitary allows me to more...
  6. Re: impressions on trio of unreleased TOP DOG Imperial Oud oils

    I smelled the Oriscent connection right away in both oils. It could be that the distiller was trained in a similar style. It’s a moot point regardless and does not diminish my enjoyment of the...
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    I love the Osswald's people and have made several purchases from them. Beverly Hills Perfumery carries a more extensive line of Roja Dove fragrances and their spray samples are equal to the best...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I found a new appreciative home already for my ALD limited set which arrived yesterday. I'm a fan of this house but there are a few in the lineup that don't really work for me. I liked SM II...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I bought the new pair right before the crash. I hope ALD does a second edition of Oud Zen!
  10. Re: How the hell did Roja Dove get away with his 50ml for the price of 100 "offer"?

    Actually, no matter the brand, if any fragrance is priced over $20 here there's a gradient of hate and obvious jealously for anyone that can afford and enjoy them. It's analogous to folks who...
  11. Re: How the hell did Roja Dove get away with his 50ml for the price of 100 "offer"?

    And some people who have been into fragrances for many moons can recognize quality and don’t quibble about paying for it! In the final analysis the marketplace decides. And, Roja Dove is enjoying...
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    Re: What are you wearing today?

    Areej Le Dore Walimah attar and extrait.
  13. Thread: Attar Houses

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    Re: Attar Houses

    In addition to what has been mentioned:

    Agar Aura makes some fine attars but they sell out. I'm hoping they do another edition of several I've seen on their site. Agar Aura oud oils are the...
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    Re: How do you apply oud oil

    For attars I prefer both wrists and then sometimes transfer to sides of the neck. For oud oils ideally I lightly apply pure moringa oil on my preferred spot or spots about 15-20 minutes beforehand....
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    Re: Areej Le Dore Oud Luwak - what next ?

    For perfume I recommend Bortnikoff Oud Maximus. Areej Le Dore and Bortnikoff among the few using real (probably wild) ouds in their artisinal compositions.
    For the finest oud oils, go look at Agar...
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    Re: Best Bergamote scent ??

    Me too., Bergamote 22.
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    Re: What are you wearing today?

    SOTM Agar Aura- Ayu. Inherent Malaysian cola and tamarinds with oudy backbone.
    SOTE Agar Aura-Plai Cheu. Cambodian oud oil with lots of natural fruits and oudiness.
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    Re: Ensar Oud new iris rose oud release

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    I didn’t see anything unless it’s floating in the bottle, I need to look. There must be some parallel synthetics blended in because this pefrfume has incredible longevity. 11 hours later at...
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    Re: Creed Citrus Bigarrade 1760

    CB was the very best of all the citrus Creeds IMO.
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    Re: Ensar Oud new iris rose oud release

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    About 1 hour in on 2 sprays. Good power. Pleasantly different as iris an unusual note to be featured. Has interesting herbal and quiet spice facets. Nice presentation. I’ll need more time...
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    Re: Ensar Oud new iris rose oud release

    I received the DHL notice yesterday. Iris Ghalia and a few oud oils are scheduled to arrive Tuesday. I took a blind shot with IG based on the notes.
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    Re: Rose Oud attar

    I'll add Ensar Oud Red Rose Attar II. It's really good.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Has anyone received a notice that their package is shipped from ALD or DHL?
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    Re: Santal 33 without the pickle note

    Ultimately the ever present dill pickle vibe moved me to sell my bottle of Santal 33.
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    Re: What are you wearing today?

    Agar Aura King Koh Kong--foresty green and slight fruit/ jam to start. Now nice and woody. Thanks Taha!
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    Re: What are you wearing today?

    Habzouds Harba Koh Kong.
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    Re: What are you wearing today?

    Al Hashimi Caliph, 2016
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    Re: Best Releases of 2018

    Bortnikoff Vetiver Nocturne
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    Re: Japanese Genre Oud Attars...

    I just received Neriko v3 from Agar Aura. Very small batch release I think. It's a beautiful sandalwood blend with warm subtle spices. It plays sort of close to the skin as expected. I'm enjoying...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Kudos to the BNers who were guessing the trio ALD release would be attars! All right up my alley in spades as I'm on an attar and oud oil learning/ enjoying quest lately and I have the extrait...
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    Re: Tired of Ouds ?

    Exactly! Frags with real oud are very far and few between. I did read that at least 3 new and improved (and pricey)aromachemical ouds were synthesized last year so we should begin smelling them in...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It’s interesting that there has been no information leaks about the soon to be released 3 ALD fragrances to this point. I would be pleasantly surprised if the new trio were attars.
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    Re: Mysore Sandalwood Oil Recommendations?

    Hey Taha, it would be great to see a high grade sandalwood from AA this year if desirable wood can be sourced and it makes economic sense.

    Rai, thanks for your comments. In the time since this...
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    Re: Oud Extraordinaire Ensar Oud

    In general, cultivated trees lack precious time compared to true wild Aquilaria trees. The longstanding plantations in India might be an exception.Also, in many but certainly not all cases toxic...
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    Re: Oud Extraordinaire Ensar Oud

    Thanks Rai. Since the time of this post I’ve taken some leaps forward with enjoying and understanding oud oil. Oud Extraordinaire now has a place in my modest but growing collection and I’ve been...
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    Re: What are you wearing today?

    It's really a coincidence that I just put a swipe of my Purple Kinam sample on and rolled over here to BN! There's something spellbinding almost hypnotic about Purple Kinam when I first sniff it. I...
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    Re: What are you wearing today?

    Agar Aura Philipinas 2. Light smoke and piercing spice on a bed of oudy-ness.
    Habzoud Malik. Light hay-barn (non-fecal) and honey.
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    Re: What are you wearing today?

    I have tried 2 of the 3 AA Malaysian oils and love them both with Malay Special K immediately taking over the spot of my current favorite. It blew me away with the sheer power and depth of first...
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    Agarwood chips and chunks for burning?

    Can anyone recommend some good agarwood sources for obtaining currently available wood for heating/burning? Thank you kindly.
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    Re: What are you wearing today?

    Hi Joe, I'm glad to hear someone can tolerate 777. After one small swipe I put my bottle up for sale here at BN at a loss. I'm going to send Russian Adam an email but I was waiting until this week...
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    Re: What are you wearing today?

    Lol. I received 777 from Feel Oud this week. I included it on a whim when Russian Adam suggested it. I had purchased what was left of Nayouff and 2 FO sandalwoods, all excellent. I had the same...
  42. Re: ISO Areej Le Dore: Oud Zen and Oud Picante Partial or Full Bottles USA---Must have history here!

    Still looking.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I agree with you here. I love both Man Musk and Rose Musk attars. A few others I bought are seriously compromised by oud that is too barny—mostly attributable to soaking the agarwood under...
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    Re: What are you wearing today?

    Good to hear you’re enjoying Royal Lao too. It was a winner of a blind buy for me. Three other oud friends also have Royal Lao and all three say it’s one of their best recent buys. Quite honestly,...
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    Re: What are you wearing today?

    Probably my vote for best perfume of 2018. Really look forward to 2019 releases from Bortnikoff.
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    Re: What are you wearing today?

    Kencana v3 from Agar Aura
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    Re: Is it Better to Purchase...

    Where you shop is the critical variable.
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    Re: creed atomizer smell

    I had 18 of them at one time. Never had that problem--ever. In fact the 5 or 6 I have left look like new and function perfectly. I did have a few that had clogged sprayers but the Creed Boutique...
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    Re: Post your first fragrance purchase of 2019.

    Ghaliah Al Molouk and Phoenix Amber attars from Rising Phoenix. They should arrive tomorrow. I notice there is a new Taif Rose Attar from RP. I’d like to whiff that one for sure.
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    Re: Habzoud.com. Any customers and fans here?

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    I received my package in good order today from Habzoud UK. I could not ask for a better experience or expect a better value in what I received! My order included 1g each of Sayf, a Sri...
  51. Re: The Rising Phoenix Perfumery Sample Impressions Thread

    I do agree Man Musk is enjoyable. I didn’t make the connection with ALD Russian Musk though. I’ll have to smell for myself on that. After receiving a sample of Rose Musk, I purchased 3g of that...
  52. Re: Why don't more cologne companies ignore the restrictions on oakmoss?

    Oakmoss and Tree moss are extremely limited under IFRA/EU due to skin allergic reactions shown in certain individuals with lab testing. The guidelines are available online if you search. I happened...
  53. Re: Have you ever been complimented on a Roja Dove

    Yes! And by women I did not know. At least 4x this year. 2x when I was wearing Fortnum and MasonTaif Aoud. "Gee you smell nice. what is that?" was what a woman administrator said in a local...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Well, no harm no foul. I like Malik al Taif a lot. The great roses reeled me in--so much so that I had to have a second bottle because the bottles are only 30ml. There's a lot to be said for...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I took a chance and blindly purchased Walimah from Luckyscent while there were still a few bottles left. It worked out well! It's a stunning and rich floriental that I greatly enjoyed from the...
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    Re: Mysore Sandalwood Oil Recommendations?

    Sadly, EO used what they had left for a musk maceration. I tried to see if I could by 3g even though pulled off the site as I had made a few recent purchases.

    - - - Updated - - -

    I broke down...
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    Re: Mysore Sandalwood Oil Recommendations?

    Yes, Kota Kupang or Kopondai Flores. At this point, having a few non Mysore oils is okay as I’m learning. I don’t want to continue to burn good resources though with oils I won’t have much use...
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    Re: Mysore Sandalwood Oil Recommendations?

    Vajood is pleasant and clean smelling but low in power to my nose--somewhat similar in that aspect to Rising Phoenix 2016 Resinous Mysore. I'm a noob to sandawood and oud oils so my expectations and...
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    Re: Guerlain Heritage Help Please

    I liked the EdP. If you could find a full vintage spray bottle, pre-2010, you'd be hard pressed to find a better spicy oriental anywhere.
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    Habzoud.com. Any customers and fans here?

    I saw Habzoud on Ouddict and placed a small order for 2 Oud oils and a sandalwood oil. Prices seem reasonable. Just was wondering if there are any with experience from this vendor? I’m looking...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Who are the other retailers BH?

    I still have a few samples of FdF. It was just a perfume that I sort of felt neutral about. Because I enjoyed my recent experience with Indolis so much, I took...
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    Re: How much % naturals are Creed ?

    Well documented here at BN of early 70's origins. Olivier nothing short of brilliant businessman to achieve and sustain success in a fiercely competitive arena. Let the usual BN
    Creed bash-fest...
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    Re: How much % naturals are Creed ?

    I agree with you here, plus about 80% of any EdP is “natural” alcohol. More synthetic notes in some versus others for sure.
  64. Poll: Re: Which Roja Parfums release from the Pour Homme line is your favorite?

    Sales, no doubt. Glad I latched on to it as well.
  65. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    As much as I enjoy Oud Maximus, Vetiver Nocturne is otherworldly good and would get my vote as best of the recent Bortnikoff group. It will be interesting to see what sort of fragrances emerge in...
  66. Re: What is a generally loved fragrance that you yourself cannot stand?

    I smelled Gucci Guilty Absolute last year in an airport store. It’s horrible crap and I couldn’t understand why anyone would like to smell like that or how anyone with fragrance knowledge would...
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    Re: what is your preferred fragrance "style"?

    Well blended high quality orientals, floral orientals and spicy orientals are probably my favorite genre followed by florals not too sweet. Not a fan of aquatic or total gourmand fragrances. Prefer...
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    Re: Citrus pilgrimage

    Villoresi Acqua di Colonia
    Creed Citrus Bigarrade
    Le Labo Bergamote
  69. Re: ISO Areej Le Dore: Oud Zen and Oud Picante Partial or Full Bottles USA---Must have history here!

    Bumping.
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    Re: How many tries before judging a fragrance

    Sometimes I know in one smell of a spray or swipe if I like something or not. Usually 3 wearings maximum to determine if full bottle worthy. There are times I've purchased when I've been on the...
  71. Re: Do you care how a fragrance is advertised and promoted?

    Generally not. The most important thing to me is the perfume itself and how I like it or not. I like good quality bottles and atomizers but beyond that I don't care about elaborate presentations. ...
  72. Re: Areej le Dore or Bortnikoff? Which is better?

    I pretty much concur with Wood and Leather. I don't view one house as superior to the other at this point. I see more similarities than differences and as a noob to both brands I'm quite delighted...
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    Re: Houses doing non EU compliant scents

    Rising Phoenix can be added to the list I believe. These houses are my frontiers for further exploration in 2019. Delighted overall with my recent purchase from RP, Areej and Bortnikoff.
  74. Re: The *OFFICIAL* Men's 2019 Fragrance Resolutions Thread

    Further explore attars and oud oils. Complete a minor culling of my collection.
  75. Re: The Rising Phoenix Perfumery Sample Impressions Thread

    I'm enjoying the sample of Man Musk attar I received with a recent purchase. It reminds me of vintage Roja Dove Nuwa.
  76. Re: The Rising Phoenix Perfumery Sample Impressions Thread

    I just bought a 3g bottle blind and tried a swipe. Not exactly my cup of tea so I will move it on. I also bought some Resinous Sandalwood which I am enjoying. There is a sample of Man Musk to try. ...
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    Re: favorite Christmas fragrances?

    For me it would be a fougere, and the one I like the best today is Scandal by Roja Dove, both the parfum and EdP versions.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Being a fan of jasmine I blind bought Indolis which arrived today. I'm delighted with it. One of my better blind buys. A complex jasmine heavy woody oriental with a substantial presence. This is...
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    Re: What’s your current collector strategy?

    I wouldn’t call my myself a “collector” but I do have about 100 bottles that I purchased to wear and enjoy, My strategy or plan is to simply enjoy wearing what I have and add or sell fragrances...
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    Re: Roja Dove batch codes - how to decipher

    I’m thinking you might need to email Ashley Clark at Roja Parfums. I’ve never seen any batch code discussions on this house here or at FB.
  81. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Thank you kindly for the information everyone.
  82. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    I’m interested for early 2019, I’m spent out for now on fragrances. Would you say the perfumes are in a league similar to Areej and Bortnikoff as far as great ingredients and unregulated? What are...
  83. Re: What's your worst Shipping experience to date?

    Creed Scent of Oger flacon shipped by BN member from Netherlands 7-8 years ago. 20% leakage. Good luck otherwise.
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    Re: Best Harrod’s exclusives?

    For me it’s Roja Dove Semi-Bespoke and PIerre de Velay references. I could get by very nicely on those alone. The bottles are 75ml with a very nice presentation.
  85. Re: BEWARE: Possible fake Roja Dove frags from FragranceX, FineScents, etc.

    These are 100% fraudulent fakes. There's no doubt now. None. The letter from Mr. Cassidy defeated the lie being propagated suggesting that the phony Aoud bottles were a pre-production run with a...
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    Re: Mysore Sandalwood Oil Recommendations?

    Sorry? Why not just send a f'king PM?
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    Oud Extraordinaire Ensar Oud

    I’m a noob to oud oils but very much enjoy the real ouds in Ensar Oud, Bortnikoff and Areej Le Dore perfumes. I recently purchased 2.5gm of Oud Extraordinaire from EO. I apply a generous swipe to...
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    Mysore Sandalwood Oil Recommendations?

    I’m a noob to Sandalwood Oils. After reading here, I just ordered Vajood from Tyson in Canada. I’m seeking to obtain a few pure high quality Mysore Sandalwood oils from reliable sellers/...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    His pricing seems sensible to me. I have 4 samples left to try out of 30. So far there are 12 attars I would purchase. When I finish the 4 samples left I'll likely order 3-4 pieces.
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    Re: Total fragrance used

    I wear perfume 24/7/365. Usually but not always 3 applications a day. Anywhere from 4 to 10 sprays per application. Many of my perfumes have fine misting type atomizers. I'll never use up all of...
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    Re: Angélique Encens

    AE is a magnificent and awe inspiring fragrance.
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    Re: Advice on Areej Le Doré

    Sampling first from BN splitters is the way to go. I’m really happy with Malik Al Taif and because the bottles are small and limited I immediately bought a back up. I’m enjoying Koh-I-Noor also.
  93. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    As much as I enjoy Oud Maximus, Vetiver Nocturne might be the star of the 3 new Bortnikoff releases. It's rich, multifaceted and versatile. Next wearing I'll see if I can smell the sandalwood. I...
  94. Re: Guerlains heavily discounted everywhere, reason?

    Guerlain has tremendous economy of scale. Packaging and shipping to distributors is the biggest expense. Fragrancenet and Scented Monkey have had super low prices for years on Vetiver and all Habit...
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    Re: Roja Dove Top 5 to Sample/Consider???

    In USA I’ve had great experiences with Sammy at Parfums de France Tyson’s Corner,VA and also Josie at Osswald NYC. There are also Roja Dove Parfums that can only be sourced from Burlington Arcade,...
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    Re: How do you choose your SOTD?

    Usually whim.
  97. Re: How Will Global Warming affect Fragrance industry?

    I don’t think this is something worth worrying about. There will be no sudden changes, IMO. Of greater concern to me is paying good money for fragrances over-regulated to such an extent that hardy...
  98. Re: Made In China...am I wrong to be sceptical ?

    Me too.
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    Re: If you had to do it all over again...

    I have no regrets really as the journey has been full of learning, enjoyment and making occasional mistakes. I was wearing great perfumes in the 70's and 80's that were available at the nicer...
  100. Re: What’s your holiday gift to yourself this year?

    It's just about been Christmas monthly here since I completely transformed my wardrobe starting last November. I sold off 98% of my previous collection to help fund the new one.
    My final bottles...
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