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  1. Re: I'm Here But you've Gone - artists do fragrances

    Of course - but, for me, they were genuinely daring and groundbreaking for their (existentialism-influenced) time. And Gunther Brus would evolve into an artist of enduring worth - in a completely...
  2. Re: I'm Here But you've Gone - artists do fragrances

    Couldn't agree more!

    Also, call me jaded, but the concepts just seem somehow so predictable in terms of the current art scene...
  3. I'm Here But you've Gone - artists do fragrances

    A London exhibition that may be of interest:...
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    Re: Favorite Spring Florals- what are yours?

    Thank you kumquat. Well in that case - some I love are Andrea Maack's Coven (crashlanded in a hedgerow), Sisley's Eau de Campagne (a classic - but one that is more for when spring turns to summer for...
  5. Re: Pekji Perfumes: A new line by former BN member Saripatates.

    Great going, Saripatates.
    But knowing us Basenoters, we're bound to ask - where is the samples set option?
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    Re: Favorite Sping Florals- what are yours?

    When spring calls I usually answer with Tauer's Zeta (even though linden trees actually bloom in summer).
    Other floral favourites are Chamade and Chamade pour Homme.

    Still searching for my...
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    Re: Unique fragrance suggestions?

    Some succesful unique/different perfumes I have come across recently that may be worth trying:
    Andrea Maack's Coven
    Amouage Fate Woman
    Histoires de Parfumes oud trio

    If it's difference you're...
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    Re: The hednic Appreciation Thread

    This thread is an appreciation of hednic for what he is here on these forums not whatever anyone else thinks he could be. Why he should do any of the things some are suggesting he could be doing is...
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    Re: The hednic Appreciation Thread

    Congratulations hednic - a kind and humble presence on the forums, you brighten up a thread just by being on it.
    You write about the kindness and respect you have received from Basenoters, but...
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    Three this time- Moschino Toy, Canoe's Skive and Tom Ford's Noir Extreme:...
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    Welcome to Basenotes brnszetl!
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    Tell me about it...:tongue: (I even try encouraging people who visit me to try out my fumes in order to make a dent on the nearly full bottles - to no avail. I guess I just have to accept that no...
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    And for Easter Monday we have Oscar Flor and Clinique's Beyond Rose: ...
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    Re: Amouage travel sprays

    For Jubilation XXV it's 30 ml in total - three mini bottles with sprayer - for 135 euro. Just the refills without sprayer come for 90 euro which is a better option considering the spray isn't up to...
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    Re: Amouage travel sprays

    I agree with viper - I've got the Jubilation one and the spray could be much more effective - mine tends to go squit squit squit instead of spray spray spray. Nothing wrong with the juice though.
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    Re: Brand New Montale - Aoud Lavender!!

    Worth keeping an open mind - I felt the same, but loved Xerjoff's Fars which is mainly an oud lavender combo and an oud for all seasons.
  17. Re: Just Days After AOUD LAVENDER Three More New Montales!!! HONEY AOUD, AOUD SENSE, ORANGE FLOWERS

    Heyyy hednic, ye be the bearer of glad tidings - thanks. Looking forward to the new (a)ouds. Must look up Aoud Lavender too - that one had passed me by.
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    Chanel's Misia and Lauder's Modern Muse Chic this time:
    http://arabia.style.com/beauty/beauty-guide/message-in-a-bottle-luca-turin-reviews-the-latest-chanel-and-estee-lauder-perfumes/
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    A couple more - the Ferragamo is definitely calling to me!...
  20. Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    In Hitchcock (2012), Scarlett Johansson who plays Janet Leigh reveals to Hitchcock that when she's in an indulgent mood she breaks out her bottle of Lanvin's My Sin.

    In Violette (2013), based on...
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    Re: As Sawira Penhaligon's - 2014

    Just putting the notes side by side, so everyone knows what I'm banging on about.

    Levantium (according to Penhaligon's website):
    Head Notes: Bergamot, Davana, Saffron, Absinthe
    Heart Notes:...
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    Re: As Sawira Penhaligon's - 2014

    Thanks hedonist222 - but did you mean Levantium when you wrote Lothair - I'm asking about Levantium and As Sawira. I get it that one is an EDT and the other an EDP - but how different are they?
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    Re: As Sawira Penhaligon's - 2014

    Please, if it's possible, can someone do a side by side comparison of Levantium and As Sawira? As Sawira's notes are a shorter list of Levantium's, but there isn't a listed note in As Sawira that...
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    Re: Why did Luca Turin dissapear from style?

    Also he seems to be on a long break again from Style Arabia. Come back Luca - I miss your reviews!
  25. Re: List the best Niche online stores! (europe)

    Skins have got their sample service down to an art form. Really easy ordering process.

    Celeste is a fab store to visit run by a mother and daughter team and they're always generous with samples,...
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    Re: How much fragrance do you use annually?

    Depends on the sprayer calibration, though - some of my Guerlains dispense a mini shower with each spray.
  27. Re: The Oud hype, do you think it's temporarily?

    Well, your wish has been granted - meet Nooud by Baruti, described as 'Opulent and sexy. Smells of oud but doesn’t contain a single drop and that’s the naked truth.'

    Me, I'm firmly in the oud...
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    Re: As Sawira Penhaligon's - 2014

    Good to know - thanks hedonist222. Levantium has the same notes and more but the oud was quite restrained. As Sawira looks like it is a Middle East only release - as it's not even on the Penhaligon's...
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    Re: As Sawira Penhaligon's - 2014

    Wondering if this is the same as Levantium but given a different name for the Middle East market. Just look at the notes... http://www.penhaligons.com/levantium/
    I loved Levantium when I tried it.
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    Re: As Sawira Penhaligon's - 2014

    Salivating....!:tongue:

    Anyone know what it is priced at?
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    Re: Luca Turin reviews 8 December 2014

    Here it is in full;
    Guerlain’s unseemly haste in trying to pander to the Arab market is lately reaching levels that must make Jacques Guerlain spin in his grave. This unisex Santal Royal smells as...
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    Luca Turin reviews 8 December 2014

    Guess the Basenoters who'd tried Guerlain's Santal Royal were right......
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    Re: Aromatics in White by Clinique

    This is out in the shops here.

    I gave it a cursory try - it is of course completely different to Aromatics Elixir (which I love) but has a strong personality in common. Curiously the opening was...
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    Re: Unscented deodrant!

    The Vichy white roll-on (sensitive skin or some such) is amazing. It's quite expensive (for a deodorant) I find but it works well and lasts long (one doesn't need to use quite as much). After...
  35. Re: Sexual Dimorphism in the Olfactory Bulb

    Wow - way under a gram in weight and capable of giving life so much pleasure!

    Thanks, gandhajala
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    Re: Sales Assistant Insanity!

    I had the funniest reaction a couple of days ago.

    Here in the Netherlands, SAs will usually leave you alone if you say you are just browsing. But sometimes I like to chat...

    So, I was taking a...
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    Re: New from Divine - Spirituelle

    You're welcome, hednic. I haven't stopped sniffing the card they sent which had been sprayed with it - but have promised myself no more impulse buys! :rolleyesold:

    If the women of your family try...
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    New from Divine - Spirituelle

    Just had the most - ahem - divine smelling item of post come through my mailbox.

    Divine are launching a rose and musk concoction which by the card they enclosed has that luxurious high-end...
  39. Latest (as in 3 November 2014) Luca Turin reviews

    Including MAAI by Bogue, recently the subject of wows on this forum.

    http://arabia.style.com/beauty/beauty-counter/luca-turin-reviews-maai-bogue-wonderoud-comme-des-garcons-repetto-perfumes/#1
  40. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    Well that's what one would think, teardrop - but these are the parameters of that group;
    'Forum: General Fragrance Discussion
    For the discussion of more general fragrance topics - fragrance...
  41. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    Loving this thread...

    As a man, I must say I feel completely degraded when sampling most of the designer dreck that is aimed at my sex - ubersynthetic fresh woodies, and fougeres to make a toilet...
  42. Re: I'm loving the note "Saffron"...Any good niche scents with this fantastic note ?

    I'd recommend Safran Troublant as one of the best, though you have to be be alright with wearing something that is quite sweet and milky. (Though given your fondness for tonka you may well be.)...
  43. Feature suggestion: Introduce a Superlative ratings category

    As a frequent reviewer I would love to see a category introduced that was higher than the current thumbs up: one to be used sparingly to distinguish the small number of perfumes the reviewer...
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    I think this may be the most recent duo of reviews now:...
  45. Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    The denouement to Asghar Farhadi's Le Passé (The Past) hinges on perfume - I've probably said too much already for those who haven't seen it but want to...
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    Re: Looking for LICORICE!!

    Antonio Visconti's Akaba is a serious salted licorice - rooty, woody, not fresh and greenish like anise.
  47. Re: Maria Candida Gentile new line Flight of the Bumblebee

    Thanks for giving us your rundown Colin.
    I must say I usually run in the opposite direction when fragrances aim for a sunny Mediterranean vibe, so wasn't too keen on these to begin with - but, as...
  48. Maria Candida Gentile new line Flight of the Bumblebee

    A 2014 debut:
    http://www.mariacandidagentile.com/en/collezione-2014/

    All connected by a honey note, but I didn't find myself warming to the note pyramids I must admit. Will still be worth...
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    Re: The perfect classic men's fragrance

    Welcome!
    Worth sampling Lubin's Itasca.
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    Re: Sigarette ash

    Petroleum by Histoires de Parfums
  51. Re: Amouage (Jubilation XXV) - Worth buying anymore?

    Why not sample it again to see if the magic is still there in the current version?
    Relying on a cherished memory of a fragrance that blew you away in order to purchase a few years down the line can...
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    Re: Looking for Nutmeg

    Piguet's Casbah
  53. Re: What fragrance would German ambient artist Thomas Köner wear?

    Definitely some contenders there.
  54. Re: What fragrance would German ambient artist Thomas Köner wear?

    I too enjoy his sounds and this question makes perfect sense.

    I'm thinking something abstract and cool
    Tauer's Pentachords White
    or
    Villoresi's Teint de Neige

    I think suedy irises would...
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    Re: NEW PARFUMS DE NICOLAI - New York Intense

    Intriguing - as my bottle of EDT contains a perfume that lasts a good 24 hours with a few sprays, quite enough for me. (Of course there have been the usual discussions of reformulation since.)
  56. Re: Political ideologies have their own scents, according to study

    :grin: Worthy of an Ig Noble Prize.
    http://www.improbable.com/ig/
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    Re: What's the appeal in Montale?

    I love their bold, brash style; they make fragrances that can sweep one away, and I couldn't care less about the ingredients used to get to that result (well, as long as they're not driving some poor...
  58. Political ideologies have their own scents, according to study

    The results seem far from conclusive imho, but for what it's worth:
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/political-ideologies-have-their-own-scents-according-to-study-9748957.html

    I'm...
  59. Re: Article: Roja Dove launches Fortnum & Mason exclusive, and relaunches book

    I'd be curious to hear people's opinions of this one. I must admit to being underwhelmed; it came across as quite a diffident creation that wasn't a patch on the blinding beauty of Dove's earlier...
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    Re: Fragrance for a long flight.

    Timbuktu is my go to long flight perfume; it's not fussy, lasts beautifully, and is subtle if not overused.

    Totally agree with papillo - have been on too many flights (esp when departing from hot...
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    Re: Al Kimiya - attars?

    Well, I got to sniff Elixir at Fortnum and Mason the other day - hugely powerful oud with a leather-in-fermenting-vat opening. Deepens and grows lovelier over time (I got a trace on my fingers while...
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    Re: Al Kimiya - attars?

    Do let us know what they're like if you succumb! Elixir sounds right up my street based on the notes.
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    Re: Al Kimiya - attars?

    I was curious about these, too - but couldn't find a price anywhere. So, thanks for that information lpp. (They're clearly out of my league.)

    Their website is quite reticent and the retail options...
  64. Montale's Aoud Night - anyone tried it yet?

    I can't see much information on this release - which seems to have been launched with another called Rose Night. The container is an almost tasteful dark brown shading into gold.

    Here's the note...
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    Re: How much fragrance do you use annually?

    Close to 200 ml per year at a guess.
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Thank you for the thoughtful post andym72.

    One other aspect of the 'prestige' angle that drives me crazy is how difficult some companies make it to actually sample their stuff, apart from in a...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Bottom line is that the corporations don't want their product to be seen as 'cheap' (in terms of actual production costs it usually is). Perfume must have the cachet of a 'luxury' good at high prices...
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    Re: The surreal world of the amateur perfumer

    I quite agree with the points you make mumsy - the costs I was mentioning were only ingredient and bottle costs.
    However, if they are less than 8 euro total for a bottle that sells in a shop for 90...
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    Re: The surreal world of the amateur perfumer

    It's likely the formula (including which kinds of particular naturals) is a big Creed secret - a spectrometer would give you a good breakdown and likely a good approximation if one were to try and...
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    Re: The surreal world of the amateur perfumer

    The use of spectrometers is common knowledge in the trade - a perfume is 'cracked' no sooner it is available. Chandler Burr writes about it in either in Emperor of Scent or the other one - or maybe...
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    Re: The surreal world of the amateur perfumer

    Well, I have no idea if Rhodri Marsden will be viewing this thread - but my thanks go out to him for writing an intelligent and well-researched piece - entertaining, too, natch! So much journalism...
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    The surreal world of the amateur perfumer

    At least according to this article, which makes for good Sunday morning reading:...
  73. Re: Article: Acqua di Parma launch Rosa Nobile

    Thank you, Judith. It's one I'll definitely have to try, being such a rose fiend. But not sure I'm looking for yet another light and fresh rose... However, I have been known to eat my words in the...
  74. Re: Article: Acqua di Parma launch Rosa Nobile

    All well and good - but did you get to try it? And what was it like? (I know you gave us a note breakdown but seems pretty close to the kind of stuff companies put out when they launch something,...
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    Re: The glory of Montale

    Oh kumquat, you're an angel - 'turning' a non-fragrance loving male is a gift to humankind.:o
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    The glory of Montale

    Just thought I'd share a fleeting moment of uplift from this morning.
    I was at the train station, in the huge hangar-like area that leads to access to the various platforms. Walking fairly swiftly....
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    Re: When is niche really niche.

    These are the criteria I would apply to niche - they are subjective and lack classificatory rigour, but they're good enough for me. I appreciate hedonist222's use of the word 'intentions' here - the...
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    Re: Lactonic rose recommendations please

    Thanks ClaireV - I own (and enjoy) Tocade and can see where you are coming from. It's a great abstract creation and your analogy with the hard-boiled sweets is on the money.
    But with this call out...
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    Re: Lactonic rose recommendations please

    Thank you L'Incandescent and sjg3839.
    I'll have to start looking out for Le Feu d'Issey on my travels.
    Noir de Noir has been on my radar (one can never have too many roses in one's life IMHO), but...
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    Re: Lactonic rose recommendations please

    Thanks cacio - Calandre seems to be quite widely available in web shops where I live (the Netherlands) but they don't seem to do samples (it's not niche enough for the niche shops that do provide a...
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    Re: Lactonic rose recommendations please

    Thank you so much hednic - this gives me an excuse (as if one were needed :tongue:) to check out some of the So Oud line.
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    Lactonic rose recommendations please

    I'm looking for a pairing of a good quality rose (a certain depth and possibly freshness rather than hardboiled sweetness) with milky tones. I'm surprised I haven't come across any. Sure there are...
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    Re: Most overused fragrances?

    Acqua di Gio.

    Also all those screechy 'fresh' citrus-woodsy colognes that could be numerous perfumes or just one but they all offend my nose so I don't bother inspecting them - overused by young...
  84. Re: strange, weird, odd or just plain different notes..

    Try a sample set from Olympic Orchids - quite a few unusual naturals are used in this range. Not all of them work for me but there are plenty of people out there who rave about the ones I don't like....
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    Re: Oriza L. Legrand Vétiver Royal Bourbon

    Notes are dreamy - I love rich, smoky vetivers and, based on the notes, this promises to be one...
  86. Re: Help! Does my ideal oud exist? My journey so far...

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought of Cuir d'Arabie - but I didn't post for fear of being 'laughed out of court'. But anyway, it's a stunner in its own right, synthetic oud or not.
    Loving...
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    Re: Perfumes for the Eurovision!

    Conchitaaaaaa!!!!! Well done Europe! Could the age of Aquarius be finally dawning...? (Erm, probably not, but what a fab moment for transformation.)
    Wonder which perfume Conchita was wearing.
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    Re: Perfumes for the Eurovision!

    Well, I felt like Memoir Man this morning - it was blowing a storm. So that's what's still playing on my skin.Not particularly Eurovision I know - but at least when some new depth of so-bad-it's-good...
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    Re: Perfumes for the Eurovision!

    I can't believe I didn't think of these earlier:
    Gucci Rush
    Guerlain Insolence EDP
    Dior Poison
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    Re: Perfumes for the Eurovision!

    Decisions, eh? Not sure I can recommend anything for you Claire, though I am sure you will cut a far more glamorous figure than the singer of Ireland's entry who had clearly nabbed a bargain at a...
  91. Re: Searching for a simple high quality fragrance

    May I suggest something a bit different (as in non-floral)? Give Dyptique's Philosykos a go - it's simple, natural, clean and sharp. I couldn't let go when I first encountered it...
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    Re: Fragrance free days or zones?

    Headaches or migraines - if I've woken up with one, I'll go fragrance-free until it's gone. Some other kinds of illness (like fevers) where the head is affected.
    If I know I'm going to have a...
  93. Thread: Rare Notes

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    Re: Rare Notes

    Striking colour it is too. The description of the scent profile was a hoot - there's an honest merchant for ya.
  94. Thread: Rare Notes

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    Re: Rare Notes

    I had to look this up - as it's from the borage family, does it smell cucumber-y?
  95. Thread: Rare Notes

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    Re: Rare Notes

    Well, it is certainly very, very sweet but there the similarity with honey ends. It has alcohols in its scent profile which make for a certain haunting quality and cut against the density somewhat....
  96. Thread: Rare Notes

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    Re: Rare Notes

    This from Bo Jensen's lovely website:
    Analytically speaking, the fragrance of elder flowers is very complex. One easily recognizes several notes working together. Headspace analysis has revealed...
  97. Thread: Rare Notes

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    Re: Rare Notes

    Elderflower seems surprisingly rare in perfumery given how common it is in nature. I wonder if it is an extraction problem. I love its scent - so delicate and unusual yet with sharp edges and that...
  98. Thread: Rare Notes

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    Re: Rare Notes

    One more to add to badarun's list of Indian flowers, though he may have already mentioned it in Tamil (a language I don't understand), is mahua (madhuca longifolia) - a fleshy fruit-like flower which...
  99. Thread: Rare Notes

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    Re: Rare Notes

    The one I would love to see showcased is kewda (Pandanus odoratissimus ) - an amazing full-on floral scent much loved in India and quite unlike anything else. For some reason it seems to be quite...
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    Re: Montale White Aoud - advice please

    Thank you, cello and hednic. I think it must be something else sent to me as White Aoud - there's no way I smell rose, saffron or vanilla in this. The woody note is also not in the usual Montale...
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