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    Re: The Matrix Neo You're The 1

    Une Fleur de Cassie. I have a bunch of back-ups now. Hopefully they'll last me.
  2. Re: Les Exclusifs de Chanel - Misia coming Feb 2015?

    To my nose, this one is a winner. I don't think it will convert anyone who doesn't like the Chanel style, but if you're charmed by the other exclusives, it's a must-try. Much stronger release than...
  3. Re: Name your favorite unremarkable, generic, "eh, not bad," forgettable scent that you actually wea

    Chanel Beige. The perfect anytime floral.
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    Re: Rate these Frederic Malle fragrances

    These days, I'd rank Noir Epices the highest of those. I wouldn't have said the same five years ago.

    They're all solid releases. It's hard to go wrong with Frederic Malle; I can only think of a...
  5. Re: What fragrance would the Prophet Muhammad wear?

    I certainly can't conceive of a way this thread might turn unpleasant or aggravate some members...
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    Re: Your top lavender fragrances

    I was a bit late to loving lavender. I've only really turned that corner this past year or so.

    My two top choices at this moment are Serge Lutens Fourreau Noir and Vero Profumo Kiki Voile...
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    Re: *NEW* Serge Lutens La Religieuse 2015

    I'm hesitantly optimistic. L'Orpheline was quite good, and first isn't always best with Serge ( I find Foureau Noir is my favorite of his lavenders despite being the third; Sarrasins I far prefer to...
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    Re: New SL Fourreau Noir

    I sampled this one a few years ago and wasn't hugely impressed. I've gone through a lavender phase recently, and in that mood I decided to revisit it.

    I must say: this time, I am extremely...
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    Re: My leather collection

    Thinking on the leathers I own...

    Montale - Oud Cuir d'Arabie: it's decent, but too linear, to the point I rarely wear this. It also dries down a typical rose/synthwoods Montale base.
    Parfum...
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    Re: Frederic Malle, which one worth to buy?

    Almost all the Malles are quality fragrances. Buy the ones you like.

    Of the ones you listed, I'd go for Noir Epices, but I'd be happy to own DvN, too.
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    Re: Help please!

    All of them work, but they're not much alike in terms of smell. Of those three, I'd pick Sahara Noir... but within Sahara Noir's genre, there are scents I prefer ( Absolue Pour Le Soir, L'Orpheline...
  12. Re: Soft scents that pull people in. Recommendations?

    Same here. I was not impressed at all initially... it smelled like a non-fragrance. It took a few wearings for its subtleties to come forward.
  13. Re: Soft scents that pull people in. Recommendations?

    Frederic Malle - L'Eau d'Hiver

    Delicate warmth personified.
  14. Re: Anyone else get alot of people "sniffing " around them?

    Depends on how much you apply, and what fragrance. Whenever I wear more than a half-spritz of Santa de Mysore I see *sniff* *sniff* *horrified expression* all the time. Others, rather less so, but...
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    Re: FM - Dries van Noten

    I've gone not quite a 180, but maybe a 120 on this fragrance? I passionately hated this one on first sniff: that oilseed note simply swamped everything, and it was like wearing tahini. I revisited it...
  16. Re: New Frédéric Malle Dans Tes Bras Notes & Info

    The past two years have featured a deepening love for the Malle line, yet, I've just not been able to warm to this one. It's the fungus note. It oppresses me, even though, all in all, it's quite a...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite sweet fragrance

    If just "sweet" rather than "gourmand"... perhaps Vero Profumo Rozy Voile d'Extrait? Very sweet to my nose, more so than Onda where the honey is suppressed by a bunch of other things. It's definitely...
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    Re: Miel de Bois Lovers

    It's taken a long, long time to come around to this fragrance, but I love it. Unfortunately, my love ( and former hate ) of this juice is based on an old decant of the export juice. I have a decant...
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    Re: The very worst of 2014

    I'm still having nightmares about FM Eau de Magnolia's drydown. That stuff was terrible. We need more lemon pledge!

    The Diptyque lavender and geranium.

    Serge Lutens Laine de Verre. Just...
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    Re: the best true rose scent

    Serge Lutens Sa Majeste La Rose is a lovely green, dewy rose. Very vivid and textural.

    I'll second Hednic's mention of Highness Rose. Very literal ( it's really just rose ), but it's one of the...
  21. Re: Still seeking a DARK and HEAVY Blackberry fragrance

    Also, L'Ombre Dans L'Eau, especially in the new EDP.
  22. Re: Still seeking a DARK and HEAVY Blackberry fragrance

    Sonoma Studio has a scent called "Wood Violet" that has a strong tannic berry smell to it, I definitely recommend it.
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    Poll: Re: Favorite gourmand

    People eat things that smell like Absolue Pour Le Soir...?

    In terms of the more literal, foody variety, my favorite is Serge Lutens Rahat Loukoum. Bitter almond, marzipan, a slightly "fluffy"...
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    Poll: Re: Favorite perfume family

    Florals, but I have representatives from almost everything. I don't really get citrus, though.
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    Re: Mandarine Mandarin

    I've yet to plunge on a bottle, but I've gone through a couple decants over the years.
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    Re: Mandarine Mandarin

    Yes, other than the celery note ( which stands out quite clear to my nose ), it's hard to identify which spices ( coriander, maybe? ) are in this. It feels spicy, but as part of a thick blend.
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    Re: Mandarine Mandarin

    I love this fragrance and wish it would reach a wider audience ( though really, only a couple of the Paris Exclusives have gotten a big reputation without being released as an export at least once )....
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    Re: New Serge Lutens - El Attarine

    I've spent a couple days wearing this one and I must say I've come to really enjoy it. Though it's fairly soft, it's quite a complex scent, and seems to be a Lutens sampler all-in-one: the cumin of...
  29. Re: Les Exclusifs de Chanel - Misia coming Feb 2015?

    I am somewhat enthused, but Canada seems to have a massive lag time between releases and when they hit shelves, so I probably won't see Misia until this Fall.
  30. Re: Chanel Les Exclusifs - What are your favorites?

    Cuir de Russie is my favorite; I own a big jug of it. It's also weathered the recent slew of reformulations quite well. A warm aldehydic floral with a bit of leather.

    Beige is also a favorite;...
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    Re: Behold - The Immortelle Thread!

    There seemed to be a whole flock of them last decade, but immortelle's faded out of fashion a bit as a favorite note. I can't think of a big release over the past few years that's really starred it....
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    Re: Do you use perfume every day?

    I've skipped some days, but it's been a long while since I went to bed un-perfumed.
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    Re: Serge Lutens De Profundis

    I'm a big Lutens fan, and appreciate some of the more low-profile, recent SL's ( L'Orpheline especially ), but this is a Lutens faceplant in my opinion. Weak, faint pepper; the faintest breath of a...
  34. Re: Please rank what is most important - smell, name, house, bottle, sex, performance, price

    1. Smell
    2. Performance
    3. Price
    4. Bottle

    The others don't rank at all, though names have mislead me into thinking I would or wouldn't like a fragrance before I'd given it an earnest try.
  35. Re: Fragrances that work well in hot, humid climates

    Everything. Just apply lightly. People in the Gulf region regularly wear heady scents, and humid in the 40sC is quite common in summer.
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    Re: Thoughts on Absolue pour le soir

    I went back and forth on this one for a long time, but I've come to the point where I feel this is one of the best fragrances in production.

    Recently Chanel's Bois de Iles went through a tweak...
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    Re: Clean Leather - Recommendations?

    Cuiron, Cuir Pleine Fleur, and Cuir d'Ange are worth investigating.
  38. Re: Extraordinary Dry Downs and Bases: What Are The Standouts?

    Of new-er releases:

    Maai certainly seems to have a surprisingly abrupt shift about five to six hours in, going from a big violet-tuberose centered floral to a slightly acidic patchouli-musk. I'm...
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    Re: Hermessence: Cuir d'Ange

    I'm digging it. Digging its grave along with the other second-tier Hermessences. :D

    I definitely do smell the L'Eau d'Hiver link; the dusty, powdered almond note, iris, heliotrope. The leather...
  40. Re: What fragrance truly deserves the moniker "Spicebomb"?

    My vote. Almost entirely spices, in huge quantities - relatively little else. I love it, but it's an occasional thing.
  41. Re: Histoires de Parfums TUBEROSE TRILOGY - Thoughts?

    They're all really well-made perfumes that end up feeling unremarkable. Animale is my favorite of the lot, but it's not very animal - mostly hay, musk, sort of creamy abstract florals in a classical...
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    Re: What was your first Niche fragrance?

    Knize Ten, but I traded it away. These days my collection is almost all niche. It's a pain to restock when bottles get low!
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    Re: Do you love cinnamon?

    I love cinnamon, If you love cinnamon, I highly recommend Serge Lutens Rousse: it's primarily cinnamon, with some dry, dusty facets of iris. It avoids being literally edible in its ode to the note.
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    Re: Your Number One Gourmand Right Now

    This is a difficult one for me, as I like some intensely sweet fragrances, but most of them don't smell literally like something you'd eat. I love Sova, but I wouldn't stick it in my mouth.

    ...
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    Re: Jasmine fragrances for men?

    There are almost too many quality jasmine fragrances to name. Almost every variant of jasmine soliflore is out there.

    I would nominate Sarrasins as my favorite of many. A true jasmine note, but...
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    Re: Boxeuses - Serge Lutens

    I decided to revisit my sample of this today. My tastes have taken somewhat of a turn for lighter and more abstract fragrances this past year, so I thought it worthwhile to revisit without exotic...
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    Re: New Vero Profumo - ROZY

    Glad to see this one wasn't entirely off folks' radars!

    Funny you mention it, Phibess, as the Mito extrait's drydown I found wearing for much the same reason you mention - prominent musks,...
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    Re: A spooky, sensual forest perfume?

    Adding another vote for Norne, the most literal forest fragrance out there.

    For something more human-scale and wearable, try Fou d'Absinthe.
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    Re: A spooky, sensual forest perfume?

    Adding another vote for Norne, the most literal forest fragrance out there.

    For something more human-scale and wearable, Fou d'Absinthe.
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite leather?

    Onda, but more than half the fragrances listed on the poll are excellent scents I'd be happy to own.
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    Re: How long have you been collecting?

    Since I started off here, actually! So, seven years; since 2007.

    I'm not much of a collector, though... In fact, I've become less so as my collection grows and I'm perennially wanting to...
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    Re: New Vero Profumo - ROZY

    How are we all feeling about this one?

    I've yet to have a chance to sample the EDP, but I'm still quite in love with the VDE and curious about the ( coming soon...? ) extrait, though I've heard...
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    Re: 28 La Pausa by Chanel

    How are we all feeling about this one?

    Though it still seems to be sold locally, with perpetual rumors of discontinuation status, I'm thinking of getting a big bottle.

    Iris Silver Mist...
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    Re: Serge Lutens- El Attarine

    I did not gravitate towards Al Attarine due to its rather bitter nature, but the longevity was quite good if close-wearing, as others describe.

    Rather than sniff-one, buy-one, I'd suggest going...
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    Re: Kourkdjian - Best nose around?

    Duchaufour's prolific output is notable. I don't see there really being a "best" perfumer, but there's certainly a case for him being the "star" perfumer at the moment.

    Kurkdjian is... alright.
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    Re: Anything of interest in cdg as of late?

    I'll add my voice to the people suggesting Black. It's not very original, but it's a lovely summation of a number of different fragrance trends in one perfume.
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    Re: Best Irises Out There?

    I've tried dozens of irises ( including some in the "legendary" category like Fath Iris Gris and Xerjoff Iri$$$ ) and Iris Silver Mist still comes out on top, even in its modern, reformulated...
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    Re: D.S. and Durga

    Like many indie lines, their output is interesting but uneven. I've sampled about a dozen on them: I love $ and Cowgirl Grass and will always regret not picking up those two when they were around....
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    Re: Une Fleur de Cassie by Frederic Malle

    I'm through my first 50ml and on to my 100ml bottle. Odd - but clearly versatile enough to justify numerous wearings!
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    Re: Can a man wear female fragrances?

    This is true. They form through abiogenesis and reproduce via flanker-ing.
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    Re: Can a man wear female fragrances?

    Chanel Coco EDP is fine for all. Now Coco Noir, that's not fit for man nor woman nor beast...
  62. Re: Is dior homme intense as high quality as a niche fragrance such as creed aventus?

    In terms of quality, DHI is not that different from the average niche fragrance, especially compared with Creed and recent Amouage.

    Quality is a personal thing in perfume. There may be niche...
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    Re: How did you get into the fragrance game?

    Playing around with incense resins and essential oils in my teens, and subsequently, my interests expanded from there.
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    Re: Scent you will always have love for.

    En Passant ... simple, perfect, a favorite from day one.
  65. Re: Let's Talk About Neela Vermeire's Ashoka

    Thanks for the thoughts!

    As it happens, I don't find this very sweet - I think the woods reign that in quite a bit, though I do smell vanilla now and then in the drydown. Quite floral, though -...
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    Re: Interested in more oak moss colognes

    Mitsouko Eau de Cologne - if you can find it. The mossiest Mitsy in my experience.
  67. Re: Describe the following 3 fragrances as creatively as you can in 25 words or less

    Kouros: twinkling urinal puckies in a firmament of powder ( and I love it! )
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    Poll: Re: Favorite Slumberhouse fragrance?

    Sova, followed narrowly by Grev. I have a bottle and a back-up for Sova, but Grev, sadly, I missed out on entirely. :(
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    Re: Layering a Rose with other masculines

    I don't normally layer, but I went through a phase of wearing Arab rose oils with Comme des Garcons EDP ( the first one ). There is already a fairly transparent rosewater note in the drydown, so this...
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    Re: Is it PenHAYligon's or PenHAHligon's?

    PRUNE-Hag-LIE-ons.
  71. Re: Your favorite cologne/or want to buy, from the house of Hermes?

    Does Hermessence count? In which case, Vanille Galante. Umami lilies.
  72. Re: Can you suggest me a SL for th colder months?

    The majority of Serge Lutens line are excellent for winter, as about two-thirds are warm, sweet orientals. The majority are office safe, really, with only a few exceptions ( Muscs Koublai Khan, Miel...
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    Poll: Re: Why do you buy Niche fragrances?

    I would have gone for "Niche or Designer are the same. I buy what I like." - but honestly, while I do "buy what I like", niche gives me access to a level of variety I just don't find in mass-market...
  74. Poll: Re: --------->Guys, do you follow gender classification with fragrances?

    I ignore gender designations entirely in fragrance. Only I care about my SotD.
  75. Let's Talk About Neela Vermeire's Ashoka

    I've recently tried two of Neela's scents - Mohur and Ashoka - and while Mohur rapidly proved be something I didn't like, Ashoka kept drawing me back again and again.

    I find it easier to...
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    Re: Whats next on your "To buy" list.

    Frederic Malle - Une Fleur de Cassie ( almost done my 50ml - in roughly a year of owning it! )
    Vero Profumo - Rozy Voile d'Extrait
    Vero Profumo - Kiki Voile d'Extrait
    Parfums Retro - Grand...
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    Re: Une Fleur de Cassie by Frederic Malle

    I'm so happy you "rediscovered" this one Mike - over the past year, it has become the fragrance in my collection, my most worn, and, since the recent alterations in Tubereuse Criminelle have reduced...
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    Re: Gucci No.3 alternative?

    There is nothing. It's great, and unique, and that kind of chypre has mostly departed, for the most part, from modern perfumery.
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    Re: Top five vanilla scents

    Guerlain - Shalimar
    Hermessence - Vanille Galante
    Mona di Orio - Vanille
    Parfumerie Generale - Felanilla
    Serge Lutens - Un Bois Vanille

    Conveniently, in descending alphabetical order...
  80. Re: What is the best floral musculine fragrance?

    Gold Man is quite the thing, but for me the slightly inferior option compared to both Gold Woman and Ubar. Which leads me to my main candidate, Iquitos - a cheerful aldehydic floral along...
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    Poll: Re: AOUD fragrance

    Mona di Orio, but it's not very oud-y, it's just the best of those. Probably Pure Oud is a better oud scent, but it's a bit bland.
  82. Re: What Are The Best Tobacco Colognes...Without The Sweet

    Sonoma Scent Studio Tabac Aurea. Very dry tobacco.

    Slumberhouse Jeke is the most realistic cigar smoke smell I know, but the drydown definitely leans sweet.
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    Re: Does civet smell bad?

    I love Ferme Tes Yeux - I dab a bit and wear MKK on top as my "skank" fix.
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    Re: Best Frag of the last 12 months?

    Vero Profumo - Rozy Voile d'Extrait

    It's not a rose, but it's amazing! An enormous honey leather that smells like bridge between Knize Ten and Miel de Bois.
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    Re: Does civet smell bad?

    Civet smells great, even the real stuff, but it's not a stand-alone thing and needs dilution and modification, as with most perfumery ingredients.
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    Re: The One Week Challenge

    Day three... Onda is like a green glass bottle that someone has blown smoke into. Not bored at all, yet.
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    Re: The One Week Challenge

    Deciding to jump in on this with day two of Onda Voile d'Extrait. We'll see how it goes, this scent seems perfect for welcoming the Fall. :)
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    Re: "And my top 5 rose scents is..."

    Frederic Malle - Une Rose ( bold, expansive rose ) & Portrait of a Lady ( middle-eastern style rose )
    Serge Lutens - Rose de Nuit ( waxy, chypric rose )
    Montale - Highness Rose ( literal rose )...
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    Re: Tonka Heavy Fragrance

    +1 for Vetiver Tonka as the best front and center Tonka. The vetiver is used to "spice" the fragrance but it's really 80% tonka, 10% grassy vetiver, 10% other notes.
  90. Thread: CDG Woods

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    Re: CDG Woods

    I'm not at all fond of the Wonder twins, but CdG 2 Man is a quality fragrance, to be sure. I think my favorite "wood" fragrance by CdG is Hinoki, actually, though I enjoyed Sequoia as well.
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    Re: Favorite fall fragrances

    Serge Lutens Chene is by far the most Fallish scent in my wardrobe. Tannic woods: the perfect accompaniment to cold, moist days and dead leaves.
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    Re: What notes create powder

    Surprisingly, many notes are very powdery on some level. Iris is an obvious one, but many florals gave this aspect: orange blossom, violet, lilac, heliotrope, and carnation coming to mind as ones...
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    Re: How did you get into perfumery?

    Sideways.

    In my teens I wore essential oils and burnt different types of resin incense a lot. I started wanting to make blends, which made me start researching natural perfumery online, which...
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    Poll: Re: Are you a foodie?

    I'm constantly on the look out for new and interesting foods, but I'm not I'm not a foodie on the level I'm a fumie. I know people who spend hundreds on a single meal out at a famous restaurant, go...
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    Re: a true incense

    Most of the recommendations on this thread ( including mine ) are for frankincense - the resin one burns over coals, rather than stick incense which tends to be sandalwood-based, primarily.

    I...
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    Re: a true incense

    Minus any buffers? Comme des Garcons Avignon foremost, secondarily, Heeley Cardinal and Profumum Olibanum.

    In my opinion, Sahara Noir delivers the most immediate burning frankincense note in...
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    Re: Birkir / Birch

    Unfortunately I have not smelled Birkir, however, birch tar is quite common in perfumes, especially leather ones. Here are some perfumes with a prominent birch tar note:

    Chanel - Cuir de Russie...
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    Re: Velvet Orchid by Tom Ford

    I am a naysayer here: I'm a fan of Black Orchid but most definitely not a fan of Velvet Orchid. Black Orchid is a great perfume but a bit of mess, teetering well into excess. Velvet Orchid takes that...
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    Re: The One Week Challenge

    I'd take part in this, but I have rafts of samples I'm going through right now.

    Perhaps when my next new bottle comes and I have a bit of time to try this one-week romancing-the-bottle approach.
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    Re: Forbidden fragrances for high schoolers

    Wear what you like, at any age, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

    I didn't wear perfume at all in my teens, but I loved resin incense and essential oils. At one point I scented my clothes...
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