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  1. Re: Not Enough Days in the Year to Enjoy All the Fragrances I Own! Argh!

    Solved this issue earlier year. I stopped going by days; I now go by hours and have 8760 hours to ‘play’ with. It’s liberating & I no longer have hang ups over a scent‘s ‘poor’ longevity.
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    Re: Norma Kamali - Normalife The Scent

    LOL. Double entendres galore. Spritzing on ‘gender fluid’ sounds so...wrong. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Very disappointed

    Invest in some good carpets, perhaps? Especially around the place you keep these bottles of fragrances.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Add this to the ALD BINGO card. :lolk:
  5. Re: Oliver & Co rebranding as Avant-Garden Labs

    Perhaps it’s just a play on ‘avantgarde-lab’ or that name has already been taken....
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    Re: Today I bought July 2020

    Excellent choice.

    Today I bought....nothing. Just waiting for the next ALD collection to drop.
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    Re: Eau de Space

    The scent of unwashed astronauts in spacesuits might be more... ‘interesting’.
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    Re: Prices going up.... again

    AFAIC, LV or any price gougers can keep their outrageous prices and shove those bottles up their collective you-know-where. Apart from a few artisanal brands and maybe 2-3 favorite perfumers I follow...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You don’t say...
  10. Re: To spend or not to spend? That is the question!

    They started out pricing their bottles iirc at $98. Then it went up to $138. Then $178. Ryukyu is $228. And now let’s go for broke and charge $398. It’s pretty obvious they are once again trying to...
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    Re: Creed Exposed!

    Lol. Half-wondering where he rented the outfit. A funeral parlour?
  12. Thread: Auphorie

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    Re: Auphorie

    Good point. I’m hoping their Miyako‘s osmanthus accord won’t get in the kyara’s way. As much as I’d love a sniff, I think I’ll wrestle down the FOMO on this one.
  13. Re: Loud, Fresh, ice, Brutal Projection, ........?

    Azzaro Chrome

    or

    Davidoff Silver Shadow Altitude
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    Re: Are you a fragrance scalper?

    Anyone who’s been with that giant ALD thread from the early days would have seen me waging a personal battle against what I perceive to be ‘profiteering’ on the back of artisanal perfumers’ effort....
  15. Re: The All-Time Great Neroli/Orange Blossom Fragrances

    I have a feeling I’m forgetting a few but one I found enjoyable was Houbigant Orangers en Fleurs.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Likewise. Big fan of this sub-genre.
  17. Re: The first 90 seconds of MDCI Chypre Palatin vs. the rest of it

    Sorry to hear that. As much as I enjoy Chypre Palatin it often ends up wearing me out. Still trying to figure out why I find the final 3rd a bit tiresome...
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    Re: Elie Saab - La Collection des Essences

    Wow. Exactly what this line needs. It’s so hard to find reviews! But yeah, you’re right. It’s getting harder to get hold of them. I bought the Vetiver but there is indeed a creamy warmth about it...
  19. Re: Green Spell by Eris Parfums - 2021 release + crowdfund

    Kinda looks like a riff on Diptyque L’Ombre dans L’Eau IMO...
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    Re: Newest Heeley - Zeste De Gingembre!

    +1 I’m surprised I don’t already own a few bottles from this house.
  21. Re: Histoires de parfums not a blue bottle 1.1

    Wasn’t aware it’s already up to 1.6 lol. Thanks, hednic. Will look it up at the local Sephora if they already have it.
  22. Re: Perfume for folks that work in a smelly environment

    Zoologist’ T-Rex might help.
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    Re: Niche houses with best projection

    Amouage
    Fragrance Du Bois
    Francesca Bianchi
    Tom Ford Private Blend
    Xerjoff

    ...among others.
  24. Re: Has anyone received fake fragrances from fragranceX or fragrancenet?

    Never. No worries here.
  25. Re: Histoires de parfums not a blue bottle 1.1

    I’m a fan. It’s zesty and somewhat cool and metallic. Good performer IMO.
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    Re: How to "perk up" Terre d'Hermes parfum?

    What layers well with TdH parfum? Why, the EDT of course!

    If you expect citrus notes to last longer and don’t mind if they don’t smell quite as natural, try Xerjoff Nio or 1861 Renaissance.
  27. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    128939

    https://youtu.be/UOJiEgxt7RY
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    Re: Today I bought June 2020

    Enough to fill up the bathtub yet? :wink:
  29. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Yes, he does. Your nose will tell you if it isn’t. If it’s natural, the musk scent profile will change or develop with age. Synthetic ones don’t.
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Outstanding!
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    Re: Father's Day Surprise

    Congrats, Chuck! I love Tuscany Uomo so this certainly piques my curiosity.
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    Re: The 34 Bottle Threshold/Rule.

    What’s there to manage or even get stressed about? It’s just fun stuff I spray on whenever I feel like it. Somedays I wear none, some days I try on 4-5 different fragrances. So what if a few bottles...
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    Re: Hiram Green Vivacious (2020)

    Violet. Orris butter. Magic words to me. Adding it to my sampling list.
  34. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Has anyone tried Sir Winston attar yet? Just curious...



    Wow! Never heard it described in those terms before. I might have to revisit it though my sample’s all gone.
  35. Re: Do you like or dislike fragrances based on criteria OTHER THAN SMELL(and performance)?

    Ugly packaging has put me off from trying certain fragrances before. In most cases I only care about the scent and overall wearability. I know my way around price tags so that itself is seldom a...
  36. Re: Those with kids here: do they share your love of fragrance?

    Eldest daughter doesn’t particularly care for them. But her 2 little sisters always like to pick a bottle or 2 from my collection to ‘layer’. :wink:
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Never tried Oud Yusuf so I wouldn’t know how it compares. Oh btw forgot to add I also received a sample of Iris Noir with the SLA.

    As for ALD, I used to get FeelOud samples with my purchases but...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Lucky you. I didn’t think Bortnikoff would give out free samples if they’re selling those same samples on their site.

    I did however receive a little Oud Ya’aqub and People’s Silani samples with...
  39. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Wearing my sample of Vetiver Nocturne Absolute. Sheesh. The ‘overripe banana’ vibe is persistent in this one. Not a fan. Prefer the regular VN.
  40. Re: Perfume disenchantment. Advice/thoughts on it, pls

    Wow. I feel sorry already if this is indeed the conclusion you arrived at after amassing thousands of bottles over the years. Yep, something else is afoot and it’s not your nose. A brain that used to...
  41. Re: The Balance of Notes in Black Aoud: Could've been Better!

    I enjoy Black Aoud as it is. It’s probably one of my favourites from Montale. Nice to see it discussed again here; it was a BN darling when I first joined.
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    Re: Classy fragrance NON-vetiver based

    Domenico Caraceni 1913
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    Same sentiments here. I already have Mriga. Planning to add Tom Yum and get more Ma Nishtana. Curious to sample Haxan.
  44. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Yikes! Guess Dimitry loves his flowers.
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    Re: Maced myself - Fragrance in the Eyes :(

    LOL. I’ve been there! Which particular fragrance is this? How badly did it sting? It may not be such a bad idea to carry a small atomiser around to do double duties. Who knows? Muggers smelling good...
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    Re: Roja Parfums - Great Britain

    Roger can choose to put any price tag he wants for a fragrance. Clearly he’s pricing out the price-sensitive segment[/b]. After covering costs, price is not driven by a fragrance composition. ...
  47. Re: Masculinity in gender differences in perfumery

    TLDR;

    But I LOL @PStoller’s keen observation (post #5) on male fragrance aficionados’ seeming obsession with “projection & performance”. Double entendres indeed. Well played, sir. :thumbsup:
  48. Re: Which houses in your collection do you have 3 or more bottles so far

    Never heard of Polo fragrance house. You guys meant Ralph Lauren didn’t you? :smiley:
  49. Re: Which houses in your collection do you have 3 or more bottles so far

    In alphabetical order:

    Amouage
    Areej Le Doré
    Bortnikoff
    Chanel
    Chopard
    Clive Christian
    Dior
    Diptyque
  50. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Taking a leaf from the ALD playbook are we here? :rolleyesold:

    I sorta share wood&leather’s sentiments. While Musk Khabib and Sir Winston attars pique my interest, I think attar-wise I’m going...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It could well be a collaborative exploration involving the use of a lot more ACs, clearly something that would be less readily accepted by most ALD fans had it been done under the ALD brand. Perhaps...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    Vintage Samsara! Congrats. Always wanted some. Just can’t decide on the concentration.
  53. Re: Versatile office niche scent for under 150$?

    If you’re looking into MFK may I also suggest Masculin Pluriel. A modern more subtle update on classic fougeres. Very office friendly.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    1st test for Covid was negative. Hope the 2nd is too.

    Reckoned sampling is a good way to enjoy fragrances while in hospital as no single fragrance will then be closely associated with the...
  55. Re: The Lady Eve: A Perfume can Convert a Man

    @slpfrsly. Love that scene from Shawshank Redemption. I guess we don’t fully appreciate what we have until it’s taken from us.



    That’s what I love about these old movies. They’re more engaging...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Sampling... Jovoy Incident Diplomatique from the cold comfort of a hospital bed.
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    Re: EO Private Blend

    Now we finally get why it’s called ‘Private Blend’. :wink:
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    Re: Armani Code - 2006 Bottle Found

    If stored approximately perfumes can last even longer than 13 years. If it still smells good it is good. Congrats on the 2006 bottle. Armani Code was popular when I first joined Basenotes.
  59. Re: Tell us a fragrance you can't get how others love

    Can’t argue against that bolded part lol. Just that I’m on these forums practically every day and I hardly see these instances of snobbery where a BNer exalts a niche fragrance BECAUSE of its...
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    Re: Most Daring Summer Heat Choice

    How insightful! And I fully agree. It’s that thick syrupy texture like a piece of melted confection that grates in the heat and humidity, isn’t it?
  61. Re: Tell us a fragrance you can't get how others love

    Hey, we all enjoy what we like and we don’t enjoy what we don’t like. Fair enough?

    Sure, I can see the fanboy-ism for certain brands that seem to have acquired ‘cult status’. What I fail to see is...
  62. Re: different/original scents from Roja Dove ?

    Roja Parfums is not alone in upscale brand /market positioning while mining existing concepts. Depending on what matters more to you, you could always take it or leave it.

    Originality? No...
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    Re: Fragrance Du Bois favorites?

    Just sampled Cannabis Intense. Loving it. Anyone splitting theirs? Would like to get a decant.

    Also tried Rose du Bois. Very nice indeed. But not quite as breathtaking as Rising Phoenix Musk Rose...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    127518 SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS
    Celine Haute Parfumerie Collection

    An expansive heliotrope-driven ambery scent that is forgivably synthetic yet undeniably chic. Oddly addictive, it made me post my...
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    Re: Most Daring Summer Heat Choice

    +1 Brilliantly put.

    It is perpetually summer all year round down here. I wear my heavy hitters as often as the fresher lighter ones. Yesterday I rocked out Areej Le Doré Antiquity. The day before...
  66. Re: Do grey market sites ever sell products that don't meet quality control standards?

    While Fragrancenet or FragranceX don’t sell fakes there is no way they can verify the authenticity of every single bottle they sell. I’ve bought tons from them over the years and don’t recall ever...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Had the exact same question as mahmadna. But the ‘Manipur’ revision got me curious so I went with SLA. At some point in the future I’d probably get samples of EO1 or earlier versions of SLA, just for...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

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    Yup. It’s likely the tobacco, brightened with the aromatic greener notes.
  69. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    It happens sometimes. No need to feel bad. You can always send the remainder my way, lol.
  70. Re: Tell us a fragrance you can't get how others love

    Creed Green Irish Tweed.

    Just not feeling the love for this BN favourite. Too piercingly sharp for me. I’d much rather wear Davidoff Cool Water.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Figured. Thanks.

    I’m wearing Siberian Summer today btw. Smells terrific in cool weather though I wish the camphor would stick around a little longer. No issues wearing this in warmer weather...
  72. Re: The NEW Parle Moi de Parfum - Haute Provence / 89

    Not a big fan of watermelon note. But I do like lavender. Let’s see where this one takes us.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Exactly how I ended up with...
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    Btw I just noticed numerals ‘3’ on the bottom my older bottle and ‘11’ on my latest arrival. Are these bottles numbered? Probably not, I don’t know. As for...
  74. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    IMO Lucky Oud is friendly enough for a blindbuy yet has the quality to put a smile on your face, post-purchase. Its highly limited production and availability makes it easier to offload with...
  75. Re: Vintage or move to new scents altogether ?

    In your thread post you described yourself as a ‘chypre girl’. IMO therein lies the problem. It makes it harder for you to try or love newer stuff. As for chypres you know real oakmoss is where it’s...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Congrats. It is excellent indeed.
  77. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    It’s nicely balanced - a warm cuddly oud with a touch of sweet florals. I can’t imagine anyone not liking it especially once it’s given 15-30 minutes to settle in. I’m using my little decant...
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    Re: Your favorite fresh spicy/woody fragrance?

    Clive Christian X for Men
    Aramis Tuscany Uomo (vtg)
    Lorenzo Villoresi Uomo (vtg)
  79. Re: Your favorite warm weather Creed fragrances

    Original Vetiver
    Royal Oud
  80. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

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    Sultan Leather Attar by Ensar Oud
    - Manipur Edition
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    How timely! Been wondering about Dewaniya a couple of days ago as I pondered which SPA to acquire next. Love the graphics btw. Keep up the good work!
  82. Poll: Re: Men wearing Female Fragrances: What is the big deal?

    Succinctly explained. :tekst-toppie:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Had a similar experience recently. The plumeria has indeed bloomed beautifully. It even made me consider getting another bottle though that decision finally went Siberian Summer’s way.
  84. Poll: Re: Men wearing Female Fragrances: What is the big deal?

    I don’t wear anything that smell of fruity floral shampoos, candyfloss, or overtly gourmand /syrupy confections EVEN IF if the fragrance packaging says “For Men”, the ad is fronted by a...
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    Re: Ambre Stone by Anthologie Grands de Crus

    Sampled this recently. Started off nicely enough but became somewhat spicy and astringent with hints of earthy patchouli. Haven’t quite made up my mind about it yet but right now it didn’t appeal to...
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    Re: Why does DUA get so much hate?

    Hey what matters is you like their fragrances and feel they offer good value for your $. DUA is betting there are enough people like you to support their business model and judging by this thread...
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    Re: Ropion's time paradox

    Plenty of mind-blowing pre-reformulation stuff from the designer range even back when I was a kid. Still, something like Rising Phoenix Sicilian Vanilla Attar Or ALD Siberian Musk could no doubt turn...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Thai Tabac is indeed lovely. The tobacco leaf shows up on fabric but for some reason gets muted on my skin. I’ve only worn the perfume though. The attar might develop differently.
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    LOL. IMO a scent reminding me of my childhood days is always a keeper. Guess my childhood days were pretty glorious even though I lost my dad when I was 7.
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I heard from a reputable source the tester atomisers leak pretty badly. Anyone else had a similar problem?

    Btw I’m grabbing some of the latest SLA.
  91. Re: Stephane Humbert O’Hira and Tom Ford Sahara Et al? Try Anonim Black Ambergris

    Thank you for the reply. Wow. Silver Ambergris sure sounds great. I have a decant of Feuilles Verte from the earlier release though it’s kinda bitter so I haven’t worn much of it over the years.
  92. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Count me in among the fans. I’m enjoying Bortnikoff colognes, though they are indeed somewhat pricey if longevity is a key consideration. No good reason to call any cologne shitty if it performs as...
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    Re: Kouros day. June 1st ?

    Well? How do you like the kerb? :wink:
  94. Re: Stephane Humbert O’Hira and Tom Ford Sahara Et al? Try Anonim Black Ambergris

    Been wondering about this brand. Have you tried the other 2 - Gold and Silver Ambergris? Any thoughts?
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Either your wife has a wild imagination or she’s spent time at some upscale nursing home where the residents spend their days sun-tanning. :wink:

    The bit about sweaty 14 year olds however left me...
  96. Re: The bottle that fits/feels best in your hand

    I really like those. A shame he had them changed.
  97. Re: For those who are about the compliments ...

    What are you talking about? I get compliments every day! I’ll let you in on my secret ok? I’d apply my SotD, look in the mirror and repeat this powerful energising mantra:

    “Dude, you smell sooooo...
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    Re: Best Creed that not Aventus

    Original Vetiver
    Versatile, classy and lasts surprisingly well.
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    Re: What's the EdT you prefer over an EdP?

    Chanel No.19
    Dior Homme
    Hermes Terre d’Hermes



    A big +1 on these. That the EDT range is no longer in production really pisses me off.
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    Re: What's happened?

    Lol @no.3. Yeah, back in 2009 when I first joined BN, a search for fragrance reviews almost always have BN’s entry at the top of page 1. Guess it’s fallen far behind since in SEO rankings.
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