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  1. Re: Creed Royal Mayfair Please Read!

    Why don't we all just give this thread a break and wait until those that actually tried RM and are familiar enough with Windsor start posting their impressions?
  2. Re: Creed Royal Mayfair Please Read!

    The 2009 and 2010 batches are very different in colour too yet they smell pretty much identical after half an hour or so. No point in speculating until the actual impressions start rolling in...
  3. Re: Creed Royal Mayfair Please Read!

    In my experience, Windsor (both 09 and 10) is one of the most olfactory fatigue prone frags I've come across. I've often had comments on how nice my cologne smelled (while wearing Windsor) long...
  4. Poll: Re: Fragrances evaluation series I (Green Irish Tweed)

    After having almost forgotten about it I've just rediscovered GIT again and holeh molleh I can't stop using it - fourth day in a row today (I hardly ever wear the same scent two days in a row...
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    Re: The thing women most often said.

    My girlfriend says that all the time. I didn't realize this was a wide-spread sentiment.
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    Re: Agarwood oil thread.

    Perhaps the differences in the scent profile between these could be attributed to different species of Agarwood? We know that that Green Papua was a Gyrinops oil while the UNS one may have been...
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    Re: Agarwood oil thread.

    The four FeelOud oils described below haven't been given a full wearing yet so these are just some preliminary impressions and I fully expect to be way off the mark on at least some aspects of...
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    Re: Agarwood oil thread.

    Great to see FeelOud's website finally up and running! I got a chance to try several of their new oils, here's my thoughts on Ketsani, I will post several more later.

    Ketsani:

    I really liked...
  9. Re: Choose one oud oil that you think best represents the world of oud

    Orisent's old Royal Kinam or Kyara Koutan. If I could have only one oud oil I'd have to pick from these two. I've long given up on trying to find anything from the multitude of modern releases to...
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    I have no idea why I wrote "Royal", it is of...

    I have no idea why I wrote "Royal", it is of course "Supreme", and your description is spot-on, Pearl. I wish I had got more of this oil back when it was still available, and it was relatively low...
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    If Archipelago 2008 is the same as "Archipelago"...

    If Archipelago 2008 is the same as "Archipelago" that Ensar used to sell about 5 years ago it's an interesting example of a relatively rare type of oud you don't see often these days, at least...
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    Poll: Re: Green irish tweed vs Cool water

    I used to love and wear Cool Water a lot in mid-90's but can't stand something in it that now smells to me like a high-pitched synthetic screech. I don't know this for sure so I won't recite the...
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    Great tip, mumsy! I've been using the same...

    Great tip, mumsy! I've been using the same principle for a long time - place the vials in a small pouch, securely attach it to any kind of strong string/rope (or even a folded up USB cable in my...
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    Re: First Experience with Real Oud (Oud Yusuf)

    Thanks for sharing your experiences. As Buzzlepuff suggested You may want to try applying just a tiny dot (I usually put one on either side of my neck) and very lightly spreading it (not rubbing in,...
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    Thomas, I couldn't agree more. However, we both...

    Thomas, I couldn't agree more. However, we both know that in reality completely unbiased and objective oud reviews are rarely found on the net and often exist only in the form of private messages...
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    I think it's a brilliant move to offer all the...

    I think it's a brilliant move to offer all the oils in 2gr and 0.3gr quantities.
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    Re: What is the first oud that I should try?

    In my opinion, there's little point in sampling the numerous "oud" frags out there, none of them (including the most expensive and highly praised on Basenenotes) will give you the real oud...
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    Re: Using the last 5-6mm of an Amouage attar

    Decant the attar into a standard or a fancy 1/4 tola perfume bottle or even a sample vial using a pipette. To get the very last remnants of the oil from the Amouage bottle use a q-tip wrapped in...
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    Re: Using essential oils to compliment a fragrance

    It doesn't really matter as long as you don't apply both to the same areas. Good thing there's only a microscopic swipe of oud is needed so it's not difficult to find a clean spot for it :)
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    Re: Using essential oils to compliment a fragrance

    I sometimes "amp" Creed Windsor with a bit of a pure white or Tai'f rose oil. And I like to layer fresh aromatic frags with oud - GIT and Guerlain Homme go well with woody Indonesian oud, while...
  21. Re: Help! Does my ideal oud exist? My journey so far...

    Unfortunately, there is no real alternative to actual oud oil. And yes, they are horrifyingly expensive. But if you try the real thing and fall under its charm, you may find yourself later laughing...
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    Re: Favourite Blu Mediterraneo?

    Fico di Amalfi - takes a fair bit longer than the other citrusy ones in the Blu Mediterraneo series to lose the top notes and settle into a nondescript white musk base.
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    Re: What's with the oud craze?

    This what I wrote to Taha about the ZBH:

    I am loving ZBH! I tend to crave Hindi's when it's cool...and can't wait for the next fall and winter (a crazy thing to say after the mini ice age we've...
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    Re: What's with the oud craze?

    The thing is - there is no one "real thing" when it comes to oud. There are so incredibly diverse within the different species, geographical areals and even the distillation techniques, the scent...
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    Re: What's with the oud craze?

    Perhaps this would be true if the now ubiquitous "ouds" weren't marketed as something they are not and sold at a large premium with the excuse of being "rare", "precious" and "mysterious". Big...
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    Re: What's with the oud craze?

    The real oud (at least of any appreciable quality) simply cannot be used in mass-produced fragrances - there's just not enough of it and it costs way too much, not to mention the impossibility of...
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    Re: Ancient or old growth forest smell..

    Any good pure oud oil from Papua or the Meroke area of Borneo will have all those notes.
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    Some thoughts on AgarAura's Cantik Candan: I...

    Some thoughts on AgarAura's Cantik Candan: I liked the oil quite a bit. It's a very unusual oil - the opening has that tart "guava" note you'd expect from what Ensar refers to as classic Cambodi...
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    Re: Please Help Me With a Cooling Summer Scent

    Selection Verte by Creed fills this very niche for me nicely. Very cooling minty citrus, fresh, natural smelling and lasts way longer than any "eau's" I've tried.
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    Bigbloke, you can always use a toothpick or even...

    Bigbloke, you can always use a toothpick or even a straightened out paperclip. Some like using a q-tip wrapped in clingwrap.
  31. Thread: Off-Topic

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    Sticky: Any Basenoters in India? I need a favour...

    My apologies for posting a non-fragrance related personal request but I couldn't think of another section - I need to get a particular item (an ayurvedic medicine) that can only be shipped within...
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    Re: what have you hoarded the most?

    Old-school Oriscent pure oud oils that can no longer be replicated at any price due to old wild oud trees pretty much disappearing.

    Creeed Windsor (the first batch).
  33. Thread: Toronto, Canada

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    Re: Toronto, Canada

    Andrews in Yorkville carries most of Amouage spray frags and two attars - Homage and Tribute.
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    Abdullah - I do not smell peanuts in either of...

    Abdullah - I do not smell peanuts in either of the two oils.

    Tarik - I can't really compare them as far as "likeability" goes, they are completely different oils and Sempurna is pretty much well...
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    Speaking of Sempurna, I wore it again today -...

    Speaking of Sempurna, I wore it again today - it's now one of the two oils in my stash (the other is Kyarazen's 1985) to wear when I crave the pure oudiness without much of a clearly pinnable...
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    Re: Oud: the beginning.

    I suspect the timing of the "oud" explosion in the West could be linked to appearance of Firmenich 010760E and Givaudan Black Agar synthetics. This is a perfect new marketing idea - spin the...
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    Re: Help narrow down between four Creeds

    I'd start here.

    The whole "fake" issue is way overblown in my opinion. But for your peace of mind if you deal with established members on Crystal Flacon or Basenotes you won't have to worry...
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    Re: Help narrow down between four Creeds

    Why confine yourself to a full bottle of just one? I'd get bored to death if I had to wear just one frag, why not acquire decants of two or three of these (MI and GIT, add Aventus too if you really...
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    Re: PUREDISTANCE BLACK... anyone else tried it?

    Wearing Black today - so far it's pretty underwhelming - well composed, no doubt, but to me it smells entirely unremarkable and its different facets are all too familiar. It reminds me of my brief...
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    Found my post on an old thread...

    Found my post on an old thread about Encens d'Angkor:

    Encens d'Angkor surprises me every time I remove the bottle's cap and sniff its neck - sometimes I get a subtle barn vibe, sometimes there's ...
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    I often feel a certain calming, grounding and...

    I often feel a certain calming, grounding and balancing effect of the aroma oud oils. Sometimes more, sometimes less, and in different ways from different oils. Because of that I thought I am...
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    I wish we took a video of that little exercise,...

    I wish we took a video of that little exercise, Taha. The dumbfounded look on my face when I experienced what chewing green kyara can do must have been priceless :) I had absolutely no idea what to...
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    Re: Royal Oud to be discontinued?

    Glad I made you laugh, Eric :) I should say that even though the idyllic depiction of "entire communities being able to sustain and continue their traditional lifestyle" (that for centuries...
  44. Re: Winter is coming - Tobacco Vanille vs Guerlain L'instant Extreme/Derby?

    I find myself reaching for L'Instant Eau Extreme often now that the weather is turning cool. Hard to beat it when you want to project a warm, sweet-ish, elegant yet decidedly manly vibe at the...
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    Re: Royal Oud to be discontinued?

    My local Creed rep told me that not only they use "rare and precious oud" in RO, but also "help local villagers in remote rural communities in India" while doing that.

    Very nice! (in Borat's...
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    Indonesian oud oil and Da Hong Pao tea - sounds...

    Indonesian oud oil and Da Hong Pao tea - sounds like a very expensive regimen! Jokes aside, there is something magical about oud and good tea - my days is always a lot less stressful when it starts...
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    Re: Vintage Cool Water vs Current

    I think Truefitt & Hill Freshman is closer to the vintage Cool Water than the modern Cool Water.
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    I love the Kyarazen Oud 1985. When I got it it...

    I love the Kyarazen Oud 1985. When I got it it totally caught me by surpise - the first sniff was anything but what I had expected based on my previous experiences, this doesn't smell like a...
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    Re: Looking for Icy Citrus fragrance...

    Creed Selection Verte fills that particular niche for me.
  50. Re: Never buy oud oil from ebay...what a synthetic mess

    Sorry to hear about your bad experience, change1. It is unfortunate that the sellers of high quality unadulterated (and great smelling) oud oils are so few and far between but it's just the way...
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    Re: After a long time away from Basenotes......

    Welcome back, evogel, I was wondering where you were hiding! I hope you that your rejuvenated interest leads you to many new things to discover and enjoy but don't leave the ranks of ouddicts either...
  52. Re: Do you wear pure oud oil to work in the office?

    I wear pure oud oils to the office practically every day, although the ones that are in my work rotation are of the non-barnyard variety (funky Hindis/Laos etc don't appeal to me anyway). I've...
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    Re: Cambodian and indian oud

    Valid point but I think the explanation may be simple - that's what Arabs call "Indian". Similarly - Cambodi, Indonesi etc. Since they were the original market for oud, the terminology was borrowed...
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    Re: Homage,Tribute or Al Shomukh?

    I'd agree that Tribute is perhaps more masculine but I wear Homage a lot more, to me it's a far more versatile scent due to its light transparent character (relative to Tribute). Al Shomouk is a...
  55. Re: Any Basenoters in Moscow?? I want to purchase Coloratura by MFK.

    Even if you find someone in Moscow who can buy this for you, they will have a very hard time shipping it - liquids are prohibited by Russian Post and since all parcels are checked at the post office...
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    Re: What about vetiver oil?

    Another happy user of Aqua Oleum Reunion bourbon vetiver oil. I prefer it to the Khus-type ones - I just like the sweeter, woodier, smokier, more lower register vibe of the bourbon to the herbacious...
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    Thanks for the link, the oxygen barrier from...

    Thanks for the link, the oxygen barrier from Naturesgift looks great, I'll ask them if they can ship these to Canada. Do you have to be careful about the force with which the gas escapes from the...
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    Bluemoon, in my experience storing in either...

    Bluemoon, in my experience storing in either bottles or vials with as little air in them as possible has been the best method which doesn't seem to alter the oils at all. But when there's air in the...
  59. Thread: Toronto, Canada

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    Re: Toronto, Canada

    Winners on Front St. has some Creeds - GIT, Himalaya, Royal Water, Love in Black and Love in White. Prices range from $149.99 to $179.99. Perhaps other locations have some as well.
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    Re: CDG Hinoki review

    Love the scent for the first couple of hours but then it tends to become somewhat annoying with its sharp-ish camphory presense. I also suspect they've used a healthy dose of ISO-E Super to elevate...
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    That's terrible to hear, Bluemoon. I hope you...

    That's terrible to hear, Bluemoon. I hope you can recover all the oil affected by this. I've had a similar experience with one fancy bottle before but had thought that it was a fluke and not likely...
  62. Thread: Oud and florals

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    Re: Oud and florals

    There are countless varieties of oud and many of them have been used in combination with florals. Rose, jasmine, saffron, tuberose, even blue lotus can work well if blended skillfully with the right...
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    What a wonderful summation, Bluemoon! I am...

    What a wonderful summation, Bluemoon! I am experiencing some of the benefits of burning incense by just reading these lines... I think these do apply to oud oil and perhaps in some ways even to...
  64. Re: Amouage Tribute Attar - how do I know which formulation i'm buying?

    I couldn't tell the different batches apart (I have three) by the drydown. Whether Tribute is work-safe is a question you'd have to answer yourself, as with any fragrance it'd be prudent to sample...
  65. Re: Amouage Tribute Attar - how do I know which formulation i'm buying?

    The batch variations were apparent from the first year, there's no way to extrapolate what it will smell like based on a date of manufacture or box style etc. The only way is to try the very bottle...
  66. Thread: Creed Windsor

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    Re: Creed Windsor

    In my humble opinion it's one of the best Creeds, modern or classic. It's almost the only fragrance that is able to cut into my regular rotation of pure oud oils. If you mange to track the 2009...
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    Re: Best oud for summer??

    Yup, nothing like Oriscent's Sheikh's Borneo or Archipelago Supreme, and the hotter and the humid-er the day is the better :)
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    Re: XerJoff - Mukhallat (oud attars collection)

    Oud Liban = Oud Lubban (oud+frankincense) by any chance?
    And what the heck is Oman Oud? Is Xerjoff adopting the same nonsensical marketing practice of inventing fancy sounding mysterious names for...
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    Re: Creed's Royal Oud

    As much as plastic apples and peaches are just a different take on fruit :)
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    Re: Creed's Royal Oud

    Royal Oud is what their Spice and Wood should have been. Without the pretentious "oud" moniker and the ridiculous marketing nonsense about poor villagers in India making a living by supplying "oud"...
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    Re: What's Your Favorite Oud?

    http://ensaroud.com//upload/products/37.jpg

    Royal Kinam by Oriscent
  72. Re: Is there a Dry Oud without Rose Saffron and Vanilla?

    Are you open to the idea of wearing pure oud oil? There are several varieties that are "dry" and "spicy", although finding a really high quality oil for $250 or less will be difficult.
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    Re: Tribute Attar Amouage

    As suggested above, it's possible to find smaller decants without having to pay the full bottle price.

    As for batch variations - there's no way to tell what you are going to get, the box style...
  74. Thread: Rose fragrance

    by Igor01
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    Re: Rose fragrance

    Highness Rose for when I crave fresh, dewy, youthful rose.
    Creed Windsor for when I want a comfortably masculine rose-themed frag.
    Arabian Oud's King Fahed oil blend for when I want rose seamlessly...
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    Re: Creed Feuille Verte

    I smell absolutely no similarity. Both can be considered "green" in a way but they are nothing alike to my nose. Mine is the re-release, maybe the original one was different.
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    Re: Is there any interest in an OUD SMACKDOWN?

    No worries, I was just wondering. I hope things get less stressful and you have plenty of time to sample, enjoy and share your thoughts when you are ready!
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    Re: Is there any interest in an OUD SMACKDOWN?

    Just curious whether OP ever got to doing an oud comparison he envisioned.
  78. Thread: Holy smokes

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    Re: Holy smokes

    King Fahed kinda puts the whole rose/oud thing into perspective, doesn't it? :) The only other attar that to my nose is anywhere close to the flawless, superbly smooth execution of the theme is...
  79. Thread: Roses

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    Re: Roses

    1. Montale Highness Rose
    2. Creed Windsor
    3. Amouage Homage
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    Re: Encens d'Angkor and Oud Ishaq

    I hope you like Borneo's, Paul. The four oils that you have all fall within the same loose "Cambodi/Thai" scent profile category, and Borneo's will be very different with emphasis on woody,...
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    Re: Encens d'Angkor and Oud Ishaq

    Encens d'Angkor surprises me every time I remove the bottle's cap and sniff its neck - sometimes I get a subtle barn vibe, sometimes there's no trace of it. And even when it is there it's not...
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    Re: Rank your favorite rose oud fragrance

    King Fahad oil blend by Arabian Oud to my nose is the most harmonious and seamless combination of rose and oud, with musk and patchouli providing a perfect backdrop for the duo. Can't really see...
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    Poll: Re: Finally.. Best OUD based fragrance for men

    Almost all from the once lively and vibrant oud social group are now either gone from Basenotes or became lurkers. That's why the majority of oud related threads here have very little with oud and...
  84. Thread: Arabian Oud

    by Igor01
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    Re: Arabian Oud

    As far as I know both are long sold out. A couple of years ago one could still get them from the AO store in London, not sure if they have any left. But even if they do, they won't sell you...
  85. Thread: Rose Fragrances

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    Re: Rose Fragrances

    Duplicate post.
  86. Thread: Rose Fragrances

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    Re: Rose Fragrances

    For those who can pull off a soliflore rose - Montale Highness Rose is one of the most beautiful ones out there, a fresh, youthful and etherial rose de mai.

    I also like Amouage's Homage and...
  87. Re: What Do You Wear Purely For Your Own Enjoyment, all alone...?

    Indian oud oils, some more animalic Cambodian ouds.
  88. Re: Same Synthetic Oud in Harrods Oud and Oud Wood?

    I would be interested to find out what process exactly is used to produce this "orpur", but I have my doubts as to whether they actually use any agarwood. The uninfected aguilaria wood is absolutely...
  89. Re: How would you generally describe oud to someone who is otherwise not obsessed with fragrances?

    Technically it's not the fungus but the production of resins, oils etc. of the tree's immune system in reaction to said fungal infection. The oils/resins permeate the flesh of the tree and harden...
  90. Re: How would you generally describe oud to someone who is otherwise not obsessed with fragrances?

    Depending on the origin oud can possess one or several of a million types of notes: musty, camphorous, sweet and mellow like dried fruits, damp hay, wood varnish, barnyard-y in various degrees (like...
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    Wasn't me! My 3000 is from the original 2004...

    Wasn't me! My 3000 is from the original 2004 batch, it's already listed at $4000 a bottle :)
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    More than once :) Borneo 3000, KSSS, Royal Kinam.

    More than once :) Borneo 3000, KSSS, Royal Kinam.
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    Re: A rose for layering - any recommendations?

    +1

    Apart from actual essential oil, Highness Rose would be my only rose frag that definitely works wonders for layering. Rose de Mai used in Highness Rose is one of my favourite types of rose...
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    Re: Windsor or Royal Oud?

    To me this is not even a contest and Windsor wins by default. Elegant, unique and infinitely wearable for a guy (not a small accomplishment for a rose-heavy frag). Royal Oud to me smells neither...
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    Re: Acqua di Parma Colonia

    Really tried to love the classic one but on me it turns into a powder bomb with hardly any neroli (the note I was seeking) left.
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    Re: Fragrances that smell like GIT?

    Truefitt & Hill - Freshman
  97. Re: What is your least expensive fragrance that you own that has brought you a ton of compliments???

    Cool Water back when it wasn't a lavender-heavy mess.
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    Re: Rose 31 vs Windsor

    I too used to think that Windsor, particularly the 2009 version vanished from my skin after a couple of hours but having worn it for over two years I think it was just olfactory fatigue, now I can...
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    Re: Rose 31 vs Windsor

    Yep, a horrid chemical mess indeed. Avoid if you're looking for a natural-smelling rose scent. Windsor, on the other hand, especially the first batch is perhaps the most masculine rose-themed...
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    Re: Guerlain Homme L'eau Boisee

    The l'Eau Boisee version was a huge disappointment for me - it is overloaded with ISO E Super and smells even more generic than the original. Why is it that suddenly it's virtually impossible to...
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