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  1. Re: Collectors: what, why, & how; and do you ever think you might be 'addicted'?

    No true addict will ever admit to his addiction.

    I don’t have a fragrance collection, just an oversized wardrobe as one might have with clothes. I find it somewhat analagous to buying clothes,...
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    Re: Francesca Bianchi: LATEST DUO

    Not at all. More suede-like. Think of a muskier sexier post-coital sweaty skin version of Serge Lutens Daim Blond or Bottega Veneta and you’re ~90% there. :smiley:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Wow. That was unexpected. Lol.

    Sprayed 2 shots of Antiquity on my arm a few hours ago. Totally missed the aldehydes for some reason and instead was treated to this richly lacquered wood and...
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    Re: Francesca Bianchi: LATEST DUO

    The house DNA revolves around a musky-ambery-leathery/suede-orris butter-based accord. If you don’t enjoy this aspect as much as I do chances are high you won’t like most of Francesca Bianchi scents....
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I suspect the reviewers with prior ALD experience might want to wait a little longer just to understand the complexly evolving compositions before writing a proper review. What we’ve read thus far in...
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    My wallet doesn’t mind waiting for Prin’s new store in December. Gives it a chance to recover after the walloping it received from ALD5 & more from Francesca Bianchi’s giant-killer The Black Knight...
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    Re: Your Best Deal

    Pfffttt...! LMAO. You just made me spew my coffee!


    Hmm. I cannot remember scoring such great deals as you guys had. Perhaps that 1976 vintage Gucci pour Homme for $20 counts...
  8. Re: Request : Woody oriental, creamy and airy

    I’m thinking Guerlain Heritage or Chanel Egoiste.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Lucky indeed! Congrats!
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Granville is great. Did my decant somehow improve over time as I didn’t remember feeling as enthused when I first wore it?

    Baikal Gris is an ambergris gem. Amazingly it is still available! Those...
  11. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    That is correct. It’s one of my favourite rose attars too.
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    Re: Indie houses with the best bottles.

    I have avoided trying anything from this house as I can’t seem to get past that Easter Egg association lol.
  13. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Hey I’m all in for a voluptuous jammy Bulgarian (not peppery Taif) rose with real deer musk or white ambergris, cologne style even. I remember back in the day when ALD2 was ‘struggling’ to find...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Hahaha. With your track record, I do believe you. One bottle for every family member & close friends? :smiley:
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    Re: Indie houses with the best bottles.

    Also partial to bottles from Boadicea The Victorious:

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    Not sure of their “indie” cred though..,
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    Re: Fantasy Flankers

    You forgot ‘Intense’... :wink:
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    Re: Fantasy Flankers

    Or perhaps “Encre Invisible”? :wink:
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    Re: Why the hate for PDM?

    Are you sure you want to know, OP? What you don’t know won’t hurt you. But you it’s harder to forget what you’ve discovered. While I do like some of the PdMs I find them a little synthetic and tough...
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    Re: Sonoma Scent Studio

    Thanks for this. I agree SSS Incense Pure is mainly frankincense - bright & lemony. Unfortunately I never got to sample the Norma Kamali.
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    Re: Indie houses with the best bottles.

    I agree. It’s a shame Slumberhouse stopped using those bottles.

    The latest bottles from whitehot indie brand Areej Le Doré:
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    And the lovely calligraphy bottles from La Via del Profumo:...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I wouldn’t call Antiquity my least favourite but as you’ve highlighted above that slow almost leisurely progression was the chief reason I struggled to get a lock-on. By the time I pay a little more...
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    Re: Fantasy Flankers

    Since we are indulging in a bit of fantasy...

    Ralph Lauren Polo Ambergris
    - vintage Cosmair formula plus genuine ambergris

    Ralph Lauren Polo Heritage
    - vintage formula with tobacco and...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It’s scalping at its most disgusting level, profiteering on the back of another man’s honest effort. They should be ashamed of themselves. I wouldn’t even offer them a cent even if I want that bottle.
  24. Re: Do you separate office fragrances into spring/summer and fall/winter?

    I concur with AndyJB. What one needs to be concerned is whether or not a worn fragrance is appropriate for the office, air-conditioning notwithstanding. Speaking of which S’pore is guilty of wasting...
  25. Re: Do you separate office fragrances into spring/summer and fall/winter?

    I don’t work in an office. But isn’t the typical office an environment with air-conditioning & temperature control? So why does it matter what season is in? Don’t exactly need an excuse to practice...
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    A spicy green huh? I like the sound of that. :smiley:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    At present I’m not sure what role ambergris plays in War & Peace as it seems like the type of material that needs more breathing space.

    Btw congrats to everyone who snagged the remaining bottles...
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    Re: I suck at blind buys

    Perusing reviews from trusted noses, my blindbuy hit rate is actually pretty solid - a 9 out of 10. But I stay clear of cheapies and clones.
  29. Re: Five Female Fragrances From Fragrance Houses Men Can Easily Wear?

    Chanel Bois des Iles
    Guerlain Mitsouko
    Sisley Eau de Campagne
    YSL Opium
    Ormonde Jayne Woman

    Can easily name more though...
  30. Re: Does your partner understand your addiction?

    She feels it’s distracting me from my real mission in life. And I think she may have a point.
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    Re: Sonoma Scent Studio

    Once I get feedback the formulas remained unchanged, I’ll be grateful if any US-based BNer is willing to buy some of these & ship them over to me. I don’t mind paying a little premium for the...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    In an ideal situation we’d all just meet up over drinks and bring along our War & Peace bottles (among others) to compare notes. Wouldn’t that be awesome? I suspect our noses are just calibrated a...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Lucky you. On me the rose element wears much closer on skin after the first 2 hours and was no longer detectable in the air beyond that point. On skin the rose took its leave by the 4th hour. Mind...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Thanks @oudaddict for those impressions on ALD5. I don’t get much rose either in War & Peace but a healthy dose of leathery castoreum and animalic musk. Based on scent alone, I’m surprised this...
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    Re: International Necktie Day!

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    Old school vintage RL Polo to go with preppy white-and-navy regimental tie.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Good to hear. Was hoping for a more noticeable orris though but that sandalwood sounds good. Still waiting for my decant to arrive but no worries here. I’m not in any hurry.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    @U2u, thanks for that post. I agree with you. To call one ‘unprofessional’ for not having an automated ‘thank you for ordering’ replies is a bit much IMO. I have received so-called professional...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Bloody scalpers... That easily more than doubles one’s initial ‘investment’. The insane speed at which ALD bottles sell out... it is not dissimilar to hot IPOs.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Just to add to 911LambMelb’s points:

    The high likelihood you could easily resell a partial ALD bottle minus a few sprays (should you find it not to your taste) for its full price PLUS shipping is...
  40. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    Sir Winston by Bortnikoff
  41. Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    This. In a nutshell.

    I’m actually still kinda pissed they used a name as revered as this on a totally different fragrance.
  42. Re: Letter from Elizabeth Arden to Ed Strobl Sr., Perfumer at the Albert Verley Co.

    Wow. Thanks, Paul for this sneak peek at this historic piece of correspondence. And did you really say 10,000 formulas??
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    Re: L' Artisan - Mass discontinuation.

    Thanks for the link but I’d rather hunt down some vintage. Rumors of reformulations tend to do crazy things to the mind; I’d rather not have to deal with that. :smiley:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Great contextualised descriptions! I did get that lacquered old wood reference but also a champagne-like effervescence in the opening with the peach aldehydes and bergamot. Antiquity is indeed...
  45. Re: My bottle of Terre d'Hermès has gone bad

    Your fragrance is fine. Your nose (& brain) just got so used to it it quickly stops registering after application. If I may ask, where exactly do you apply your fragrances?
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    Re: L' Artisan - Mass discontinuation.

    Dang. They were one of the earliest niche brands I explored as a newbie. Still want a bottle of Safran Troublant.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Iirc this idea was attempted over the release of ALD 3rd collection. It didn’t stop fans from blindbuying full bottles as soon as they became available. It seems ALD has its own growing army of...
  48. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Believe it or not I’ve yet to break into my sample of L’Heure Exquise but I don’t get any dry acrid woodiness from Sir Winston. Perhaps the bouya oil proportion was minuscule or perfectly...
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    Re: New - Czech & Speake No 88 EdP

    I stand corrected. FWIW I do like No.88 for what it is. This ‘upgrade’ is probably just a Chanel-style sales generator.
  50. Re: Did you ever blind-buy Heritage de Guerlain, and did it fall short, meet, or exceed expectations

    I can’t imagine anyone not liking Heritage. But yes, it can be a bit much on hot & humid days... That’s why I sold my vintage bottle though now I wish I hadn’t.
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    Re: New - Czech & Speake No 88 EdP

    It’s been a while since Czech & Speake came up with something brand new...
  52. Re: If you could have 3 and only 3 fragrances from now until the end - which 3, and why? (no 'buts'.

    Very nice trio, Ken. I can live with these.

    Hypothetically I might consider retiring from the scented pursuit with:

    1. Distinctive. Masculine. Leather /vetiver preferred.
    The Black Knight by...
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    Re: What Is Your Top Five As Of Right Now!

    Latest:

    The Black Knight by Francesca Bianchi
    Aurum d’Angkhor by Sultan Pasha
    Baikal Gris by Areej Le Doré
    Sir Winston by Bortnikoff
    Polo by Ralph Lauren (vintage)
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    Re: Crappy day crappy cologne??

    I happen to enjoy gloomy rainy days as much as I do sunnier ones. So it sounds more like ‘crappy mindset’ to me. That will inevitably affect the way you perceive or appreciate the things around you...
  55. Re: Your Current Favorite Fragrances That Set You Apart From The Public?

    I don’t really pay attention to what the average Joe Public wears. But I’m sure he doesn’t obsess over nor pay the kind of $ I do for a personal fragrance.



    Lmao. That’s probably closer to the...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Inverno Russo is a half /one spray max type of fragrance for me. I find it very animalic but not in a bad way. Looking forward to your impressions of War & Peace. Are you also expecting Antiquity?
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    Re: Elixir Attars Discussion Thread

    Oh no. Not this rabbit hole again... :wink:

    Will be following thread.
  58. Re: do you like alternating complex/challenging with more mainstream fragrances?

    Yes, of course. An intricately structured beautiful fragrance can be distracting as it demands attention. It’s something I indulge in when I’m alone with my thoughts and perhaps a book.

    For other...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Wearing War & Peace today - 2 sprays to my arm.
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    Described as ‘dark, animalic & leathery’, the fragrance gave me the grand tour of all 3 facets today. ‘Dark’ as in the absence of ‘light’ or...
  60. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Thanks for replying. There’s probably just a trace of it in the composition but who knows if it will show its fangs with age? I reckon not every material gets better with age... Does anyone know if...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You mean Siberian Summer, right? For I simply can’t imagine anything making the OG redundant lol.
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    Re: Any good fragrance surveys?

    You have got to be joking, right? You’re on Basenotes. The wealth of info you can get here is wayyy better than any survey out there.
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    Re: I miss Grey Flannel!!

    I’m not surprised if it’s a ‘shadow of its former self’. Cheapie classic formulas get butchered all the time. You might want to hunt down some vintage.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Wearing Siberian Summer today. The smoky birch tar is certainly making its presence felt. Someone else had earlier mentioned about a urinous note in it and yeah, I did catch a whiff of it today. My...
  65. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    While I feel Oud Maximus was Bortnikoff’s best oud to date I should revisit Mysterious Oud and perhaps Musk Khabib. I don’t think I’ve given them a fair shake.

    Speaking of Indonesian bouya, does...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Pretty much a snowball’s chance...in hell. :smiley: Antiquity is in a league of its own.
  67. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Lol@wood&leather. ^^

    Either I’m anosmic to tuberose or I happen to have a tuberose-eating skin. Sir Winston blooms on me with mainly notes of green tea and dry unsmoked tobacco leaves. It’s...
  68. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    The Black Knight by Francesca Bianchi
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    Re: Would you.....

    If you find the hay note is well within your wheelhouse, sure, why not? I remember being blown away by it as a newbie to niche perfumery. Knowing it as well as I do now I guess Chergui wouldn’t have...
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    Re: share your method of application

    Depends on the strength & type of fragrance.

    Light : 5-8 sprays mainly to the fabric of my clothes. May include ‘misting shower’ lol.

    Regular : 2-4 sprays: chest, crook of arms & sometimes 1 to...
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    One of the reason I keep coming back to Basenotes. There’s always something new to learn & illuminating insights to gain from fellow BNers. :smiley:

    IMO while objectively there is indeed no...
  72. Re: In Your Opinion What Qualifies as a Fragrance?

    Anything created primarily to scent a person, clothing fabric or even space = fragrance. Personal fragrance is a little more specific subset.
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    Re: Patchouli based Masculine scents.

    Try..
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  74. Re: I received very negative feedback unexpectedly by a trusted loved one

    You’re comparing its appeal to that of Chanel Sycomore?? They play in different leagues in case you didn’t notice. She, however, clearly did.
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    Re: back-ups , which and how many

    1: what was the first scent you bought back-up bottle(s) of?:
    Loewe Esencia

    2: what is the latest scent you have bought back-up bottle(s) of?
    Areej Le Doré Baikal Gris

    3: what is the scent...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    So no shipping on Columbus Day? Oh, the irony!
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    Re: Your 3 Favorite Niche Houses

    Right now...

    Areej Le Doré
    La Via Del Profumo
    Francesca Bianchi
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You could probably say the same of ALD fans. Some went in better prepared and implemented strategies that secure their orders in time. Others, it seems, ‘waited’ for solutions to be handed to them....
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Yes. Unsold bottles from earlier collections. :wink: I grabbed Baikal Gris the last time they offered ‘free shipping’.
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    Re: Sonoma Scent Studio

    While I’m so glad to see SSS back, I’m bummed they don’t ship internationally.
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    Re: Francesca Bianchi: LATEST DUO

    Lost in Heaven (Official release date: 21 October 2019)

    I’m just...speechless. Will post more once I’m back...on Earth.
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    Re: Francesca Bianchi: LATEST DUO

    Got my samples yesterday, direct from Francesca.

    The Black Knight (Official release date: 21 October 2019)
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    Brace your wallets, folks. The Black Knight means business and won’t take ‘no’...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    If you’re a vintage fragrance lover Antiquity is an easy love. I haven’t given it a full wear yet but the aldehydic peach & bergamot top is a showstopper. Ambery resins & bitter-oudy-leathery nuances...
  84. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    Lol. Well played. :thumbup:
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    Ma Nishtana is indeed an awesome incense fragrance. I can see why some might place it in their holy grail category. While I detect some Norlimbanol in it, it is far from excessive and nicely...
  86. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I concur. This is THE standout release from Bortnikoff’s latest. It wears beautifully on me and can only get better.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    My gut says ‘no’ to any similarities in vibe or potency to ALD’s 1st or 2nd collection. But I’d hesitate to ‘pigeonhole’ them at this point in time. It would be premature at best as these newly...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’m as guilty as you. I was half/expecting an Ottoman Empire behemoth. That’s possibly because we guys seem to zero in on ‘War’ part, not ‘Peace’ lol. But I wouldn’t worry too much. By the time this...
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    Re: Which vetiver? Or both?

    Terre d’Hermes is the more wearable of the two but also pricier. But if you’re after an edgy or offbeat signature-worthy, Encre Noire has that little extra.
  90. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    Pomme du Soleil by Rising Perfumery.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Thank you for raising my hope somewhat as another local ALD fan had had the exact same experience as I did. Perhaps this humid climate is the culprit. We’ll see. I might do a full wear tomorrow,...
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    Re: Washing a syringe after decanting?

    I use single use disposable syringes /needles. Yeah, I know - plastics. I just don’t find it worthwhile to overthink a hobby.
  93. Re: Houses you want to like but don’t - what’s on your list?

    Ditto. I found their 2 most talked about somewhat underwhelming. That experience stopped me from venturing any further into the series.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Not big, (un)fortunately. Low scores in the longevity department too. Clearly this is new territory for Adam; he hasn’t found the sweet spot for them yet. It’s probably too soon to tell though. I’m...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    LOL. Hey I’ve watched that movie!! That’s why I grabbed a bottle of Baikal Gris while I still could and blindbought War & Peace even before my splits arrive. Btw have you seen the other ‘movie’?...
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    Re: There's a fire, you can take only one.

    Only 1 ‘bottle’? I’ll grab that fire extinguisher...
  97. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    Sounds more like a desperate ploy to move stocks IMO. And this breaking story came from a ‘personal shopper’? I’m not buying it. Not the fragrances either.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Great photos & first impressions, guys!

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    After drooling at the ALD5 ‘porn’ on display here, my own ‘dope’ finally arrived today. I had opted for the slightly less expensive EMS but...
  99. Re: Rogue Perfumery - Mousse Illuminee - Is there anything else?

    +1 to RL Polo.

    Floris 1962 probably resides within the same postal code too...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Not at all. Inverno Russo is the most animalistic of ALD musk scents and as MrPod rightfully pointed out it is THE ALD musk scent (to rule them all?). It may not hog this thread much but it is a...
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