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  1. Re: Post a picture of your scents... the early years

    Wow! How things have changed... :wink:
  2. Re: Post a picture of your scents... the early years

    That's a lovely contrast. :smiley:

    You do know that things are going to get out of control very soon... :evil:
  3. Re: Post a picture of your scents... the early years

    Geir Ness and L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme. The Pi was the 30ml EDP version.

    I think the atomisers were various L'Artisan and Serge Lutens decants. The larger one was Vétiver Extraordinaire.

    And...
  4. Re: Post a picture of your scents... the early years

    As long as you can see some progress in how your collection has developed or grown, it's all fair game. :wink:
  5. Post a picture of your scents... the early years

    I thought it would be a good idea for the more experienced Basenoters to post how their collection looked, around the time they were a Basenotes newbie. A nostalgic trip down memory lane, if you...
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    Re: Tom ford amber absolute pre order

    But will it be reformulated?
  7. Re: Have people stopped buying Guerlain after the racist remarks?

    No, because everything released since hasn't been worth buying.
  8. Re: Please provide an objective explanation as to why Creed seems to be the most hated/loved house o

    Acute delusions of grandeur and too much marketing bullshit.
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    Re: My personal opinion on Guerlain

    Just tried L'Homme Ideal, for the very first time, yesterday...

    What an exceedingly generic and dull piece of crap!

    I wouldn't be surprised if Jean-Paul has developed an acute ulcer over all...
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    Re: My personal opinion on Guerlain

    Guerlain can only ride on the coattails of its vintage releases for so long.

    Also, with all the recent fragrance restrictions, this house is seriously running out of time...

    Guerlain needs to...
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    Re: How do you organize your collection?

    I don't - they're all in their boxes, stashed away in a dark corner...

    The only organising I do is on my spreadsheet. If there's more than one by a certain house, they get their own dedicated...
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    Re: Your rarest fragrance

    Marry her! :cheesy:
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    Re: Who else loves Noir Epices?

    One of my all-time favourite Malles. However, there are dodgy bottles being sold, where the juice isn't as fresh as it should be.

    So much for their anti-UV glass cabinets...
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    Re: Made myself an atomiser holder :)

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Impulse triggers

    None.

    I've built up my immunity to such things, over the last five years or so.

    The number of fragrances I've walked away from, being sold for £10-20 BNIB...

    If I don't really need it, it's...
  16. Re: Is there anything that denotes a Montale bottle as the "concentree" edition?

    But does the new Montale boutique offer an extra concentrated version to customers? If not, many of the sellers could be lying.


    Half correct...

    The old boutique usually sold the fragrances...
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    Re: Is Aramis Havana all that good?

    I never really got all the praise for Havana - it's not even that rich or tenacious.

    With that said, over the years, I did manage to find at least four vintage 50ml bottles and quickly sell them...
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    Re: Ormonde Jayne Black Gold now available online.

    Thanks, Jack!

    This was my main concern (overlooking the fact that I don't really rate Geza Schoen), hence why I never bothered pulling the trigger.
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    Re: Ormonde Jayne Black Gold now available online.

    Please keep us posted!
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    Re: Ormonde Jayne Black Gold now available online.

    Looks like they've gone and done an Amouage...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBtUVzZFcmE
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    Re: Ormonde Jayne Black Gold now available online.

    Only available for four days...

    http://www.ormondejayne.com/black-gold-10ml-promotional-sample.html
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    Re: Polarizing fragrances and why you love them

    Ajmal's AA Indian Musk Gazelle. Say no more...
  23. Re: I will stop buying bottles when I reach 50, no... 100!!! Please help me out.

    Excellent advice! :thumbsup:

    Though, I don't think many of the BN industry insiders and plants would appreciate such a post...
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    Re: Last fragrance that blew you away

    I really can't remember...
  25. Re: Advertising using synthetics over natural ingredients

    I really couldn't care what any house says. Your nose should always be your guide.
  26. Re: The problem with wearing perfume on a searing hot day.

    Wear tenacious essential oils, which aren't harmful to the skin, such as vetiver.
  27. Thread: Tauer

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    Re: Tauer

    Regarding Tauer's creations, after discovering LADDM, it's pretty much downhill from there...
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    Re: Profumum Roma - long term storage?

    Never had a problem with my two bottles but they're a few years old. Checked them, a couple of weeks ago, and they're still fine.

    Maybe it's the newer bottles causing the problem?
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    Re: Have you ever bought someone a fragrance?

    Yes, but only after having a very good idea of what they're looking for. No complaints so far...
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    Re: Norma Kamali incense

    rynegne, the orangey-brown juice has a greater clarity and smells like a 'finished' composition. There's something missing in the Vintage 1982 juice - it smells two-dimensional by comparison....
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    Re: Norma Kamali incense

    There's no animosity - I'm simply stating facts. For someone who's been on the boards for almost ten years, I know perfectly what I'm talking about.

    I've known about these differences for at least...
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    Re: Norma Kamali incense

    Woah, woah, woah you...

    You took my statement out of context and I'm setting you straight. If you wanted to ask a general question about the supposed 'incompleteness' of Incense, you certainly...
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    Re: Norma Kamali incense

    Once again, some Basenoters are misconstruing what has been stated. Delusional? In denial? Ignorant? Too proud? The jury's out on that one....

    The 'Vintage 1982' version smells flat in comparison...
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    Re: Norma Kamali incense

    Until you've sampled both versions, such a question is pretty redundant, wouldn't you say?
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    Re: Norma Kamali incense

    I'm afraid not, as I no longer have any of the rediscovered cask juice. But your photo is how the pre-discontinued (or original) juice should look.
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    Re: Norma Kamali incense

    For those looking for Norma Kamali Incense, I must warn you that there are at least two versions or formulations currently out there:

    1) The pre-discontinued juice, which is superior but not as...
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    Re: On perfumers reviewing perfumes etc

    You can't act all self-righteous while, at the same time, descend to the very level that the person being criticised has allegedly reached.

    There's a word for that: hypocrite.
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    Re: On perfumers reviewing perfumes etc

    I've sampled Holy Shit and also feel that it's everything that the name implies, but devoid of any divine intervention...

    I don't see Angelo's remarks as insulting - merely topical, relevant and...
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    Re: No mass!

    Some good points all round. But it should be remembered that not all perfumers and industry insiders are upfront about who they really are. How is anyone ever going to resolve that issue?

    As I...
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    Re: No mass!

    Too slow...

    I actually found Angelo's reviews pretty entertaining to read. Furthermore, not only are his Unum ratings spot-on but they also mirror mine (just like his sentiments).

    Do you wish...
  41. Re: Selling on BN - Anybody else frustrated with it ?

    I stopped selling on Basenotes years ago. Too many members trying to haggle. Not cool.

    I much prefer ebay.
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    Re: Wearable unisex smoky frag

    Profumum's Fumidus
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    Re: Serge Lutens adds 5 new scents to luxury line

    Does it really need to be spelt out to you?
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    Re: Serge Lutens adds 5 new scents to luxury line

    Says the Serge Lutens fanatic, who also shelled out for L'Incendiaire...
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    Re: Serge Lutens adds 5 new scents to luxury line

    Amen to that!

    Maybe Serge saw red after spotting Roja Dove wearing those outlandish clothes...
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    Re: Serge Lutens adds 5 new scents to luxury line

    Agreed. Those were the days...
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    Re: what's your favorite gendarme?

    Classic and Green.
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    Re: Serge Lutens adds 5 new scents to luxury line

    Saving up those precious pennies, only to feel severely short-changed after making a purchase...
  49. Re: Tauerville Vetiver and Petitgrain: a water-based spray for body, home and linen

    LOL! Fair enough. :smiley:
  50. Re: Tauerville Vetiver and Petitgrain: a water-based spray for body, home and linen

    Yes, the price does reflect this but it's basically a water-based aftershave.

    I'm sure many will love it (and more power to them) but, for a simple composition, I can think of better ways of...
  51. Re: Tauerville Vetiver and Petitgrain: a water-based spray for body, home and linen

    Nice idea but a 2.5% concentration?! I might as well buy myself a 10 ml bottle of good quality vetiver essential oil instead.
  52. Re: Goodbye Zeta (and other looming Tauer discontinuations)

    Personally, I'm not that surprised. For a start, he released far too many lines over such a short space of time. He should have just stuck with the first two lines (Classics and Homages).

    While...
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    Re: How do you pick your travel scents?

    I usually bring a bunch of likeable samples, which I'd like to finish off, and a few small bottles of vetiver essential oil.
  54. Re: New French House - Institut Tres Bien - 3 NEW EDPs!!

    Good to see this house back.

    It's funny, as I was thinking about Cologne a la Russe a week or two ago. I still have a nearly full sample lying around somewhere, which I obtained while in Paris...
  55. Re: What's your wardrobe stock in volume and years?

    I'm sure I and other Basenoters can help you out there... http://www.en.kolobok.us/smiles/standart/dance4.gif
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    Re: Roja Dove considered an "oud pioneer"

    The article is filled with so many factual inaccuracies that it's quite amusing to read through.


    "There are now 15 aouds in Dove’s collection, and Amber Aoud is his number one best-seller around...
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    Re: Is Creed playing games???

    Agreed.
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    The Basenotes clique crawls out of the cracks...

    Just remember one thing: some of us here are not afraid to speak our minds. You don't like it? Tough!

    I leave you all to continue patting each...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Have you ever considered using paragraph breaks?
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    If you think everyone's in the blogging game for popularity, think again. :smiley:

    You already know the answers to your questions, if you're honest enough with yourself.

    The more you rant...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    When you stop putting words in my mouth and projecting, we'll talk...

    Ever heard of intuition? You should use it.
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    See, I'm not alone (not that it should really matter).

    Colin, are you also going to reprimand noitsnotme for not writing an essay about each one?
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Now, now... Try not to throw your rattle out of the pram. Was it too close to the bone or do you just have a fragile ego?

    My so-called 'rant' is in reference to Basenotes hype in general,...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    ClaireV, I don't recall mentioning any names... unless you know something that I don't...

    After being on the Basenotes forum for almost ten years, I firmly believe there's an element of truth to...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    More hype, more insubstantial bulls**t...

    All three fragrances are designer dreck, backed by such a pretentious concept and backstory that my eyes have rolled back into the recesses of my brain.
    ...
  66. Re: The Visual Clichés of a Perfumer or Artistic Director

    It's so gorgeous, I want to lick it... with Roja Dove still wearing it.
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    Re: Back up Bottles.

    For the more rational members, it really comes down to various factors (e.g. size of collection, sprays per application, daily or occasional use, etc.).

    Unlike many here, I don't wear my wardrobe...
  68. Re: The Visual Clichés of a Perfumer or Artistic Director

    What Nancy Dell 'Olio was thinking: "Must... not... look... at... that... blazer..."
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    Re: Fans of Aoud and Roja Dove Rejoice.

    I couldn't agree more. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Perfume of Life Website Has Permanently Closed

    Agreed.
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    Re: Perfume of Life Website Has Permanently Closed

    POL never really recovered after those temporary site closures. Sometimes, it would take weeks, or even months, for there to be anything worth replying to on the boards.
  72. Re: The Visual Clichés of a Perfumer or Artistic Director

    7) Dressing formally (regardless of co-ordination), to suggest old-school or traditional values.
  73. Re: The Visual Clichés of a Perfumer or Artistic Director

    6) Similar to the test strip cliché, musing over the aroma of a held raw material.
  74. Re: The Visual Clichés of a Perfumer or Artistic Director

    Personally, I don't think Francis Kurkdjian is actually smelling that test strip - more soothing his itchy eyebrow...
  75. The Visual Clichés of a Perfumer or Artistic Director

    1) Wearing a white shirt (or mostly black attire, if you want to come across as mysterious or edgy).

    2) Publishing a photo of yourself smelling a test strip (smiling optional).

    3) Ensuring that...
  76. Re: Montale fans - shop opening (back) on May 15 in Paris

    And not too far from the Abdul Samad Al Qurashi boutique either (45 Avenue Georges V)...
  77. Re: Your worst hangover, and the scent you were wearing!

    Le Male, Le Male... Le Male.
  78. Thread: Amouage Opus IX

    by Trebor
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    Re: Amouage Opus IX

    Opus I and IV for me.

    From Opus V onwards, there's been too much emphasis on the aroma chemicals used, which completely ruined Opus VI for me.
  79. Thread: Amouage Opus IX

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    Re: Amouage Opus IX

    I really don't know why Amouage are f***ing around with the colour scheme of the Opus bottles. I liked the original bottles (translucent frosted glass) - all simple, uniform and tasteful.

    The...
  80. Thread: Amouage Opus IX

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    Re: Amouage Opus IX

    Agreed and the over-amplified note is usually a nasty aroma chemical.
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    Re: Fans of Aoud and Roja Dove Rejoice.

    Roja Dove in 2014:

    "We have one or two fragrances that really don't sell well at all, and common sense says maybe we should discontinue them, but we won't. I've always said perfumes are sometimes...
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    Re: Fans of Aoud and Roja Dove Rejoice.

    Yeah, I'm quickly losing any respect I had for this house...

    To put things into perspective, here's a run-down of Roja Dove's main releases so far (including any significant reformulations):
    ...
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    Re: Fans of Aoud and Roja Dove Rejoice.

    Well, all these fragrances are supposed to represent (in one way or another) Roja, the man himself...
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    Re: Fans of Aoud and Roja Dove Rejoice.

    The new Roja Dove boutique has shrunk considerably and is probably one-third of its original size.

    Now, hiding away from the SAs isn't easy...
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    Re: Fans of Aoud and Roja Dove Rejoice.

    lol!
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    Re: Fans of Aoud and Roja Dove Rejoice.

    We're not even half-way through 2015 and Roja Dove has released nine fragrances so far:

    A Goodnight Kiss
    H The Exclusive Parfum
    H The Exclusive Parfum Pour Homme
    Parfum De La Nuit No 1
    Parfum...
  87. Re: Article: Helmut Lang relaunches Cuiron, Helmut Lang Eau de Cologne and Helmut Lang Eau de Parfum

    That's what I got with the new EDP version as well.

    I can't remember a lot about the drydown of the EDC, as it was so sheer, but it certainly wasn't as 'rough around the edges' as the EDP.
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    Re: How macho is your wardrobe?

    0 or 1 for me.
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    Re: How macho is your wardrobe?

    And mine has plenty of hair and a medallion...
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    Re: Montale Confidential Collection bottles

    Disdain?! For most of the releases after 2009, yes, but not for many before then.

    Besides, just because I don't award everything I review four or five stars doesn't mean I have a disdain for...
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    Re: Montale Confidential Collection bottles

    Because it was too expensive for what you actually got... a weak parfum extrait.
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    Re: Montale Confidential Collection bottles

    Personally, I wouldn't bother.

    I bought this, a few years ago, and the longevity was abysmal. Sold it on immediately.
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    Re: Amouage Woman Extraits

    I'd advise you to sample, beforehand, if you can.
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    Re: Amouage Woman Extraits

    The Epic extrait is a massive improvement on the EDP.

    As for the other two, they're slightly different. Lyric is indeed richer but more animalic, while Jub 25 has lost the animalic aspect of the...
  95. Re: Anyone here tried Henry Jacques' fragrances?

    I concur that the oud offerings are very well done.
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    Re: Dior homme parfum overrated

    It'll be just another new fragrance, which will be hyped to high heaven and then largely forgotten about months/years later...

    Bulgari Black, Envy for Men, Bois du Portugal and Dzing! anyone?
  97. Re: Anyone here tried Henry Jacques' fragrances?

    I've tried over twenty of them and they're very high-quality in the traditional sense.

    However, they're not extraordinarily tenacious (although some last quite well) and are too expensive for the...
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    Re: 8 New Fragrances -- Vilhelm Parfumerie

    The bottle design is indeed similar to Linari. However, it also has exactly the same labelling and font style as Byredo, while incorporating the original colour scheme of Acqua di Parma.
  99. Thread: Cuiron 2014

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    Re: Cuiron 2014

    It was always about money, not reviving a lost 'classic'...

    With the crazy ebay prices, for vintage bottles, they simply capitalised on it.

    EDP my posterior...
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    Re: J Steele Perfumer's Apprentice Attars

    I forgot to mention that White Lotus' older attars are just as good, but the more recent offerings (e.g. Khus Masala Attar) are absolutely awful!
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