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    Re: 1981 Givenchy Ad for Monsieur and Gentleman

    The question is meaningless.
    It is similar to asking:
    flour+butter+sugar = Shortbread cookie , but then flour+butter+sugar = Naan Bread
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I really like this EAOS. It is powdery .
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    This concludes my adventures with PK Perfumes. Thanks Cestrum for organizing this despite being super busy with life. I do miss your superposts.

    tl;dr:
    The fragrances are rough. The tops for...
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    OC - Limited Edition:

    I thought OC stood fro over clothes. SO i tried this on on a card. Just some cheap AC and some aquatic accord.
    Pass

    Pentecost:

    The opening is harsh. The rose in it...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    They rarer than Joy but eBay does get them for decent price once in a while
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Samasara is what got me in this mess :)
    What is the last one. Never heard of it. Indiscret?
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    It was long overduehttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190816/c65821256234231249293ead23bf1421.jpg
  8. Re: Fragrances for a hoodie and jeans type of guy

    Guerlain Heritage
    Guerlain Derby
    Chanel Pour Monseiur
    Amouage Dia Man
  9. Re: Still making Basenotes Awesomer / more info / cake sale / new BN Plus

    Good point. Looks like wifi icon sideways :)
  10. Re: Still making Basenotes Awesomer / more info / cake sale / new BN Plus

    Green please. Same green as current - #6fb85b
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Back then, before they hoisted the sun up in the sky, real men injected fragrances.

    or perhaps this is how the formula was shipped from France and diluted and bottled in US
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Carissa:
    Pimiento , burnt meat. Seems like half finished version of Red Leather.
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Gold Leather:

    Very strong AC up top. Much more than usual. Smells like those newer nuclear Bogart orientals.
    I could not wear it for long and had to scrub it off.
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    I hear you. If I was starting my collection from scratch I would get a few from him. Supporting indie perfumer etc.
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    [CONUS] Re: Spring Cleaning - Huge Discounts

    bmp
  16. Re: Lucky scent / scent bar is coming to nyc !

    0.8 miles from Osswalds.
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Ginger Zest de Citron:

    This one is very light. Very unlike Paul's other fragrances.
    Citrus, musk, vetiver all very light. There are some spices that are even more muted.
    Not bad but I see no...
  18. Re: Lucky scent / scent bar is coming to nyc !

    Yikes.
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Violet Chocolatier:

    It is very hard to get chocolate right in fragrances. Coffee is easier but chocolate has never been done right in my opinion. It just overpowers and throws the balance off....
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Cafe Diem:

    Opens with galbanum, incensne , amber, spices and musk. As it settles down I get some Hinoki and coffee too.
    It is right in my wheelhouse. Sweet and spicy incense.
    If you like CdG...
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    I think reformulation might be a factor for some of them. As for Zaffran , most likely degradation of sample. I don't think others have degraded.
    I did find Ere to be a people pleaser but I have...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Nice Habanita
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I had this bottle but swapped it. I did compare it to the other two I have (the normal vintage bottle and the one from 2002 or so). It was not as leathery as the 80s one up top but was same after and...
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    Re: Tom Ford Straw Poll

    I think his regular collection is better than private line.
    I like TF Extreme,Ombre Leather, TF For Men (pre reformulation). Noir, Noir de Noir, GV, Anthracite are good too.
    Private line is OK - I...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Nice.
    Never heard of Sergio? How is it?
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    good stuff. I wore that exact one on maple syrup factory tour.
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Nah Cade is greener than what I smell here.

    And yes boiled egg. Something is sulphurous in Zaffran.
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Both of them are potent, just like PKiler. Maybe it is the concentration of something innocuous .
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Zaffran:
    Starts out with very strong Saffron. But within minutes an egg accord overtakes the fragrance. The saffron fades with time leaving only the smell of eggs. A scrubber.
    Looking at other...
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Red Leather:
    It begins with smell of something you would eat in a summer day barbeque.
    Pimiento, rhubarb, juniper, burnt meat. Top is not as harsh as his other ones but not as smooth as Ere.
    But...
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Ere:

    Very different from what I have smelled so far. Top is smooth and nice. It is a fragrance that covers a lot of ground. Has the modern aromatic fougere element to it. It is also clean,...
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Someone had to take one for the team :)
    But in reality I am used to those AC. A long story but the gist is I grew up with them and had to endure them one week every summer up until college. Sort...
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    Re: Where have all the women gone?

    I think now the question would be - where have all the Basenoters gone?
    This needs to happen sooner rather than later...
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Dirty Rose Oud Extreme:

    Start is similar to dirty rose. Muddy. But this has more rose up top. Better but has that harshness that has become trademark of this sample pass.
    This one settles down to...
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Dirty Rose:

    The first thing I smell is muddy, rooty earth. It is harsh up top but softens within couple of hour and becomes a nice iris fragrance with a touch of rose. I think the rooty smell up...
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    I think I see what the issue is. I have sampled 5 so far and they all suffer from same problem - very harsh, strong , and in some cases, recoiling top. Reminds me of the smell of cheap ACs you find...
  37. Re: Artificial Intelligence Can Now Create Perfumes, Even Without A Sense Of Smell

    As I said in my previous post, you have an archaic (pre 2000) notion of what Machine Learning and AI is. It is not if/then loop (by which I think you mean a control diagram that tells computer what...
  38. Re: Artificial Intelligence Can Now Create Perfumes, Even Without A Sense Of Smell

    I think your view on computer and programming might be a bit old and the reason we have a disconnect. What you say of computer - "just if/then loop. Just calculator" is true for 95% of computer...
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/467270-Voting-for-Member-Permanent-Removal
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    You fiend. I know who you are - Bizarro RoRo.
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Lita:

    When I first sprayed it I was hit by strong fruit notes. Could not figure out what it was. It smelled like pineapple,grape, melon - the works. Within few minutes it settled down to Yuzu and...
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Velvet Curacao:

    Start is harsh and rough. But within an hour it comes together as a beautiful old style chypre in the background with orange marmalade and indolic white flowers. There is some...
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    [CONUS] Re: Spring Cleaning - Huge Discounts

    bump
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Thanks Cestrum for doing this.
    I was always curious about Paul's work.

    I got the samples and I think one spray is plenty. We may be able to accommodate more folks.
    There are 14 samples. Might...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Who are you sir and what have you done to RoRo.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    You can't ask RoRo. He is not on basenotes anymore.
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    Re: Best rose fragrances for men?

    ha. He should have names it Guns and Roses.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Vintage Edition is very yummy. Have not tried this particular vintage. Might be one of the first ones.
    You did good :)
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    Re: Best rose fragrances for men?

    Wearing it now. I really dig it.
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    Re: Best rose fragrances for men?

    Ash and Rose by Madhat
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    Re: Tom ford Sahara noir

    This (except L'homme sage as I have yet to try that one)
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    Re: Best rose fragrances for men?

    This is bestbang for buck
  53. Re: A Forgotten Little Gem: Uomo Ghe by Gherardini (1973)

    nice write up. You should add it to BN directory.
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    Re: Original Gucci Pour Homme

    I find GPH76 to be in same family as Equipage.
    Capucci PH is more citrusy/leathery (depending on vintage version).
    While Capucci is more complex, I like GPH more than Capucci .

    NCal : I have no...
  55. Re: Artificial Intelligence Can Now Create Perfumes, Even Without A Sense Of Smell

    I think we are at the beginning of era where AI gets better at creativity than humans and makes new and exciting things.

    Here are a few interesting reads
    ...
  56. Re: Artificial Intelligence Can Now Create Perfumes, Even Without A Sense Of Smell

    No but genetic code makes up nose and smell receptor and neurons and how neurons fire.
    AI (specifically Neural Network) is a rudimentary step in that direction. The AI is trained in same way as a...
  57. Re: One vintage that you can't (or would not want to) live without

    You messed it up. So now man up and fix it ;)
    #BringBackRoRo
  58. Re: I contacted Villoresi about Uomo and they say their formula hasn't changed

    This is a very crucial point. I brought it up at that Chypre Palatin fiasco at kafkaesqueblog . For example they maybe using same amount of neroli but from a different/cheaper vendor. That will...
  59. Re: I contacted Villoresi about Uomo and they say their formula hasn't changed

    That is the trick. Do not smell vintage of Antaeus. It will spoil the current one for you.
    Not the same for Egoiste and Uomo. They are similar enough to vintage.
    I would get Vintage Antaeus and...
  60. Re: One vintage that you can't (or would not want to) live without

    #BringBackRoRo
  61. Re: Artificial Intelligence Can Now Create Perfumes, Even Without A Sense Of Smell

    One of...!!! That is blasphemy
    It is the best movie ever
  62. Re: Artificial Intelligence Can Now Create Perfumes, Even Without A Sense Of Smell

    Is that from Groundhog day?
  63. Re: Artificial Intelligence Can Now Create Perfumes, Even Without A Sense Of Smell

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfVsfOSbJY0
  64. Re: Artificial Intelligence Can Now Create Perfumes, Even Without A Sense Of Smell

    Ah my friend that is human hubris.
    We are "only" code too. Genetic code as opposed to binary.
    We also do what we have been programmed to. For example - we can't fly or breathe under water.
    And as...
  65. Thread: Masterpiece

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    Re: Masterpiece

    There is nothing subjective about it - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masterpiece
    Now you may not like the thing but that does not mean it is not a masterpiece.
    For example Mona Lisa is a...
  66. Re: Artificial Intelligence Can Now Create Perfumes, Even Without A Sense Of Smell

    And yet AI does better job of finding tumor than doctors. Image recognition. Random face generation. Artwork.

    I think we overestimate our sense, intelligence, mind.
    Artificial Neural networks...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    You must really love it. Never seen you wax poetic before :)
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    ooh yeah.
    How does it smell?
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Arsene Lupin Dandy
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    Re: Maison Francis Grand Soir

    Don't like this one at all. Too cloying and cheap. Nothing going for it.
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    Re: quick question about Samsara by Guerlain

    Two things:
    1) Stick to EDT. Lighter and less loud
    2) Vintage is better but current is more suited to your constraints - less "shouting" and a bit more modern.
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    Re: Mediterranum cologne

    And then you don't have to buy back ups :)
  73. Re: Creed - Santal vs. Guerlain - Santal Royale

    Guerlain Santal Royal is much better than Creed but I would recommend neither.
    Try vintage Guerlain Samsara if you are seeking real SW. Or the vintage Heritage EDP. Should be cheaper than the ones...
  74. Thread: Iquitos

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    Re: Iquitos

    HA. I have completely opposite view :)
  75. Thread: Iquitos

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    Re: Iquitos

    Not really. Both are rose centric fargrance.
    Iquitos is dark sad Rose with no humour.
    900 is very lighter, mature chyprish rose
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    Re: Mediterranum cologne

    I love to read up on history of companies and people behind the fragrances. Just another fun thing to do in this hobby for me.

    And I agree, it comes out fully developed. I do find it to be an Eau...
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    Re: Mediterranum cologne

    I thought the company was J. Casanova. Is Proteo the same company as Casanova?
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    Re: Explain your icon

    I keep rotating but are always painting of a lady.
    Current one is by M.F. Hussain
  79. Thread: Iquitos

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    Re: Iquitos

    No it is not
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    good stuff. Thanks to your tip many of us have this one in our wardrobe
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    Re: Mediterranum cologne

    This one is a great fragrance. I did a bit of research on it. Here are a few threads
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/278003-Who-has-some-insight-on-J-Casanova-s-quot-Pandora-Pour-Homme-quot...
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    Sticky: Re: Welcome to Just Starting Out...

    Ah a beauty. Yo u have good tastes.
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    Sticky: Re: Welcome to Just Starting Out...

    Welcome to BN Guerlabee. What is that bottle in your avatar picture.
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    Re: Recent finds from my grandfather's house

    Jackpot.
    Each one is a masterpiece.
    The Chanel has been renamed to Chanel Pour Monsieur EDT. But the version you have is much better with Oakmoss goodness.
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    Re: Hendley Laboratory Series 2019

    This is one house I have been not acquainted with much. I think the only ones I have tried are the ones IsoE got at scotch Meetup. My first impressions on the house are positive. There was one that...
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    I could not have said it better.
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    You should try the vintage version of JdJ. One of my all time favs. Get it while still cheap on eBay
  88. Re: Jazz ysl vinatge or jazz prestige ysl vinatge or tsar de van cleef & arpels

    Let us know what you think of Jazz when you get it
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Ha. I meant 'it is in my top 3' kind of fan.
  90. Re: One vintage that you can't (or would not want to) live without

    Don't sell yourself short PC.
    There are people here who like your prose better than other reviewers.
  91. Re: One vintage that you can't (or would not want to) live without

    I would have guessed that :)
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Did not know you were Ho Hang fan. I thought I was the only one here :)
    Also what about your Lanvin? Not in top 3?
  93. Re: Jazz ysl vinatge or jazz prestige ysl vinatge or tsar de van cleef & arpels

    Jazz Prestige.
    It is a bit different than Jazz and Tsar.
    And Tsar is much better than Jazz so no point if you have Tsar.
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    You need to go back to writing big posts :)
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Wow. A great treat
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    My personal view is - one can buy great vintages at that price point so why pay more. Buy vintage Mitsouko, Vol de Nuit, Diors, Carons, before buying stuff like Roja,Xerjoff, TF.
    But things are...
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    I find BN splits a good way to try the more expensive ones and figure out if they are worth it.
    The other way to try out TF, Creeds and Roja Dove is to mule them for friends in Canada and take a vig...
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    Ah that is a good one :)
    Fine I will bite.
    My wardrobe is vintage focused and has evolved with time.
    Criteria for entry - vintage fragrances with price < $1/ml. Non vintage fragrance have to be...
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    Thanks Bavard. Got the sample.
    First impressions : Much better than the one I had tried earlier (Older EDP). The sourness I hated in EDP are much muted in EDT and go well with the musk.
    I find it...
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    Poll: Re: Rose/Oud Frgrances

    This is certainly better than the choices :)
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