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  1. Great interview, Alfarom!

    Great interview, Alfarom!
  2. Great read, Alfarom!

    Great read, Alfarom!
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    Re: New fragrance: Rundholz - 03.Apr.1968

    I’m wearing it today - extremely potent. One spray and it's radiating strongly. It reminds me a bit of the first CdG fragrance, with a very amped up frankincense. Very dry. I like it a lot. They...
  4. Re: O'Driù SECRACTION - A Conversation (NSFW)

    It was an awesome evening, I'm so glad I was part of it. I'm wondering how different the new version of Bel Ami is from the original. Anyone care to chime in?
    BTW, I preferred the pee tainted...
  5. Wonderful interview with a very interesting guy.

    Wonderful interview with a very interesting guy.
  6. Re: Lutens Labels : The "SL" logo vs. the Shiseido icon. What do they tell us ?

    I tried a fresh bottle of Chergui last month at the Duty Free in CdG, and it was much weaker than I remembered it. The top notes seemed different, but the dry-down was the same.

    I understood that...
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    Re: Guerlain Fragrances

    I have longevity issues with Heritage as well. Zino Davidoff is similar, but I also get lousy longevity from it.

    Habit Rouge EdP, on the other hand, lasts quite nicely on me.

    Derby is a good...
  8. Re: Received New GENGIS KHAN Today from MdM (New Formula)!!

    Yes, thanks Joe!

    I wore the original Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme in the 80s - and it will always represent the epitome of that time, when exaggeration and lack of proportion were mistaken for...
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    Re: DIOR!!!!! What have you done?????

    Interesting thread.
    Louis Vuitton is the most powerful, profitable and popular luxury brand, and they do it without having a single fragrance. (Yes, this is going to change soon.)
    Rolex is in the...
  10. Re: Is there a Guerlain Vetiver without the ashtray note?

    Yes, this one is vetiver without the tobacco. I do think vintage Guerlain Vetiver is also quite good. For me, the version in the ribbed bottle has a weird plastic note that does fade over time. BTW,...
  11. Re: Bond No.9 I Love New York for Marriage Equality

    Interesting review, any idea who the nose behind this one is? I love cinnamon/nutmeg notes.
  12. Re: What's the strongest fragrance from L'Artisan Parfumeur ?

    I get great mileage out of Timbuktu and Havana Vanille.
  13. Re: Wall of Fame and Shame: Good and Poor Customer Service

    Best of NYC:
    Aedes
    Bergdorf Goodman
    Barneys
    CB I Hate Perfume
    Diptyque
    Henri Bendel
    Lafco
    Le Labo
    Saks
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    Re: ISO E Super and niche

    Interesting how Geza Schoen took a rather literal approach to the use of IES and changed it from an abstraction into an object unto itself. Synthetic doesn't mean abstract. Everything man made...
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    Re: Frederic Malle at saks in Houston today

    Wow, when did FM stop being a Barneys exclusive? Looks like they had a great turnout. Thanks for sharing the photos.
  16. Re: Your picks for the best use of Frankincense...?

    Another vote for Serge Lutens Encens en Lavande. Glorious stuff.
  17. Re: Any one notice the change in Etat Libre D'Orange (ELDO) marketing?

    I visited the Paris store a few times and found it rather charming. I love many of ELDo's creations, that said, nothing get's older than an old joke. I'm glad they're "cleaning" things up a bit.
  18. Re: Behind the Spritz: What Really Goes Into a Bottle of $100 Perfume

    At this point in time a Serge Lutens export perfume really seems like a bargain at $120 for 50ml. I tend to agree with Raymond Matts' statement that, "Intellectual creativity is not cheap, nor should...
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    Re: Oud - francis kurkdjian

    An aquatic oud will surely appear now. ;)
  20. Re: Did did you like the 10 latest launchings from uncle serge ???? A new road for serge...?

    Yes, I think he's certainly got a few more tricks up his sleeve; after all, he is a genius.
  21. Re: Did did you like the 10 latest launchings from uncle serge ???? A new road for serge...?

    L'Eau Froide - A vast improvement over L'Eau Serge.
    Vitriol D'Oeillet - I had really high hopes for a good carnation creation, this did not even come close to fulfilling my expectations.
    Jeux de...
  22. Re: Lumière Noire Pour Homme Longevity/Projection Questions

    Thanks for all the comments; they are helpful.

    What I'm finding is that the rose/mugwort accord, which is what I love about LN, doesn't last for more than 2 hours on me. I can smell the subtle,...
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    Re: Oud - francis kurkdjian

    Very well put.
    Like most of the MFK line, it's strength lies in its simplicity; it's a very clean/clear presentation for an oud-centric creation.
  24. Lumière Noire Pour Homme Longevity/Projection Questions

    I'm very close to purchasing a FB of Lumière Noire.

    My concern is its staying power. It seems to fade on me within a couple of hours.

    Not sure if I'm just experiencing anosmia, or if I just...
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    Re: What is your most used fragrance?

    Winter: Cologne Pour le Soir
    Summer: Eau de Guerlain
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    Re: I think I bought a fake Serge Lutens

    Don't be so quick to give-up. Just because we've established that the bottle looks real, doesn't mean the juice is correct. Someone could have tampered with the bottle's contents, as they are splash...
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    Re: I think I bought a fake Serge Lutens

    1367113672
    Bottle shapes are irregular and change from batch to batch. The one on the right is from about 5 years ago, the one on the left (MKK) is newer, maybe 2 years old.
    Hope this helps a bit....
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    Re: I think I bought a fake Serge Lutens

    It's working as a link now.

    If you want to attach it, you need to be using the original jpg file from your computer, not a Flickr file.
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    Re: I think I bought a fake Serge Lutens

    Now the link is working.

    Looks real to me. It could have been reformulated from the time you had the sample from.
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    Re: I think I bought a fake Serge Lutens

    Post a picture, please.
  31. Re: If you could pick one scent for from DIPTYQUE - Which one would it be?

    Yes, this one is on my wish list. It's similar to Mazzolari's Vetiver.
    BTW, Diptyque is changing their packaging, and I suspect a price increase will also occur:...
  32. Re: I am loving Caron pour un Homme! I would bath with it!

    I love PuH. Have you tried the ancillary products? The shaving foam is wonderful; there's also a shower gel.
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    Re: The best men's rose scent?

    1876 Histoires de Parfums
  34. Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur is no longer a chypre I remember

    According to Tania Snachez in The Little Book of Perfumes: "Chanel says that they have unified the two fragrances, and all we have now is the Concentrée, which begins with a conservative lavender...
  35. Re: 4 New Tom Ford Private Blends for Fall 2012 - and some other news

    There is so much Myrrh being used these days, it wouldn't surprise me if one the new ones will be centered around it. Also, with the success of Neroli Portofino, it seems like Mr. Ford may add...
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    Re: Amouage "Factory" in Seeb, Oman

    I almost went to Oman this past spring, it looks like a fascinating place, full of history, castles, fortresses, desert scenery, beaches, etc.

    I think it gets uncomfortably hot after May.
    ...
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    Re: Smell Bent fragrances.

    One of my favorites is Prairie Nymph. It has an amazing honey note accompanying carnation and tangerine. Smell Bent is a cool house, like most experimental houses, CdG, ELDO, etc. you have certain...
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    Re: Eau Sauvage • Extrait •

    Tried it late last night at Duty Free, and I have to agree, 'frankenscent' is what this is.

    You get that trendy lime/mojito accord up top, plus lots of herbal greenery added, then it veers over...
  39. Re: Eau Sauvage Parfum - Frighteningly Beautiful !!!!!

    Tried it last night at Duty Free, and I have to agree, 'frankenscent' is what this is.

    You get that trendy lime/mojito accord up top, with lots of herbal greenery, then it smells like a classic,...
  40. Poll: Re: Bond is haveing another "refill" event, Which of these are worthy of getting for "free".

    I think I'm one of a very few that likes Little Italy. Oranges and civet, yay!
  41. Re: Eau Sauvage Parfum - Frighteningly Beautiful !!!!!

    I like myrrh, I like biscuits; I'm intrigued.
  42. Re: Dover Street Market London Proudly Announce the Launch of Three New PLAY Perfumes Fri 18th May

    They sound rather underwhelming and a bit pricey for the mainstream market. I'm sure I'll eventually try them.
  43. Re: Are 20 new fumes too many to introduce at once ? HdP's new "City" line.

    I agree, CDG (Paris) and HEA (London) are both green scents. Green is something I do not think of when I visit Paris, they missed the croissants/baguettes, the incense in the cathedrals, the foie...
  44. Re: Absolue Pour le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian similar to Tom Ford Amber Absolute?

    I don't see much relationship between the two, either. I do love APLS.
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    Re: So I Met Andy Tauer The Other Day...

    Thanks for sharing your story.
    I met Andy at an event at that perfume store MiN a couple of months back, he's a fascinating guy. He sprayed some of his Miriam perfume (an old school aldehydic...
  46. Re: What should the FiFi Awards mean me, the consumer ?

    The FiFi awards have been forced to acknowledge the niche/independent perfumers as well as the bloggers. That said, they were created as an insider industry event/acknowledgement, not a public...
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    Re: Laughable Clive Christian Pomp and Nonsense

    It's all very QVC/HSN. She needs to take a tip from Karl and loose the fan.
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    Re: L'artisan great deal at Fragrancenet

    Got my bottle of Timbuktu, old packaging, w/box, un-sprayed. Happy man. Faith partially restored in FragranceNet.
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    Re: Laughable Clive Christian Pomp and Nonsense

    She learned everything from Yves:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ukZisTRlN0
  50. Re: What is your favorite fragrance of all time

    Eau de Guerlain
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    Re: Truth or Dare by Madonna

    I'm still trying to get my a*s over to Macys.
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    Re: Decant Without Atomizing

    Such a can of worms.

    If aroma chemicals are so volatile that exposure to oxygen alters them, then perfumes would have to have expiration dates on them.

    Luca Turin has written that the biggest...
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    Re: Creed Royal Exclusives now in 1 oz?

    1 oz of an EdT for $205? Beyond overpriced.
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    Re: Decant Without Atomizing

    Interesting concerns. I think the oxidation/evaporation rate for perfume materials/chemicals/molecules must be much longer than the amount of time that it takes to spray some into a decant bottle....
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    Re: Decant Without Atomizing

    Precise and neat. Thanks for making/sharing the video.
  56. Re: Creed is so far ahead of the game that it takes you months to "get" them

    You have a very intentional, and unusual approach to marketing/brand identity going on here. Creed is treating their fragrances like wines; each year is different depending on variations of its...
  57. Re: Creed is so far ahead of the game that it takes you months to "get" them

    That, my friend, is one loaded response. :laugh:
  58. Thread: S-ex

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    Re: S-ex

    I like like your description, you make it sound a bit like an Etat Libre D'Orange offering.

    I wasn't blown away by it - but I'm not a fan of vinyl notes.
  59. Re: Creed is so far ahead of the game that it takes you months to "get" them

    Hey Tom, it's always good to read one of your posts; please visit more often The cult of Creed will never die. :wink:
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    Re: L'artisan great deal at Fragrancenet

    I actually ate my words, stepped back into the game, and re-ordered a bottle of Timbuktu on Friday. I just got a shipping confirmation number email; fingers crossed!
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    Re: What's up with the trend on cities?

    How about Plovdiv? :rolleyesold:
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    Re: L'artisan great deal at Fragrancenet

    Yes, it's possible the bank is dragging it's feet. I called FragranceNet and they told me that a credit was issued to my CC on May 5th. I put the charge in dispute and had a temporary credit issued....
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    Re: L'artisan great deal at Fragrancenet

    The kind of pirates that would pull the same stunt twice.
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    Re: L'artisan great deal at Fragrancenet

    Directly with CC.
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    Re: L'artisan great deal at Fragrancenet

    I do not trust Fragrancenet, they have Timbuktu listed as available yet again.

    They confirmed my order for Timbuktu, charged my CC, then cancelled my order.

    A week later, THE CREDIT HAS STILL...
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    Re: L'artisan great deal at Fragrancenet

    FragranceNet handled this situation in a completely unprofessional manner. Boxed/unboxed, old/new; charging people's accounts on orders that they knew they could never fill, and then not refunding...
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    Re: Brad Pitt new face of Chanel #5

    It's so misleading to say that he's the "new face of Chanel No 5" - he'll be the new celebrity that is endorsing the perfume.
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    Re: Méchant Loup

    I also had the vintage formulation, but sold it. I didn't like the way it marked my territory, not a fan of hazelnut accords. I haven't smelled the more recent versions.
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    Re: L'artisan great deal at Fragrancenet

    I agree with you. But it doesn't seem to matter when anyone ordered - without FragranceNet having a state-of-the-art inventory system anything can go wrong, and it apparently did.

    I ordered my...
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    Re: L'artisan great deal at Fragrancenet

    It seems like it was a case of what, not when, you ordered. They obviously do not have a computerized inventory system, and unfortunately, someone was asleep in their warehouse.
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    Re: L'artisan great deal at Fragrancenet

    Thank you for your recent order.

    Unfortunately, your order cannot be processed because it includes the following items that are currently out of stock:

    DESCRIPTION
    QUANTITY

    ...
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    Re: Laughable Clive Christian Pomp and Nonsense

    Lift your eyes and close your noses.
  73. Re: Neroli Portofino Eau Fraiche Body Splash by Tom Ford

    The blue bottle really is seductive.

    Tom Ford's luxe version of Jean Naté/Axe genré?

    I'm curious to try this one, too.
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    Re: L'artisan great deal at Fragrancenet

    Fingers crossed that our purchases don't show up without caps and all dinged. I bought Timbuktu.
  75. Re: Is Oscar de La Renta Pour Lui wearable nowadays?

    I agree that it smells dated. Too much lavender, the notes are dense and heavy. Too much projection, the aldehydic top makes it almost explode off the skin.
    It is a beautiful museum piece, IMHO.
  76. Re: Is Oscar de La Renta Pour Lui wearable nowadays?

    Double post.
  77. Re: Basenotes and Marian Bendeth won the 2012 Best Media Editorial Award!!!!!!

    Congratulations Marian! I just finished reading the interview and thoroughly enjoyed it. Fascinating fact about the Bulgarian Rose industry being sourced in Turkey during the Soviet years.
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    Re: Overrated...

    I find the most overrated thing in perfumery is actually a material: OUD. There's going to be a lot of OUD themed fragrances gathering dust and eventually being shipped off into the grey market. ...
  79. Poll: Re: Would you put perfume on a baby? Take the poll

    Babies should smell like clean babies.
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    Re: Madonna Wants To Make A Whiskey Perfume

    When Lourdes has a child Madonna will become a tranny granny. :cheesy:
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    Re: Arquiste Aleksandr

    It didn't grab me either, but it probably merits more testing. I find that the scents that do grab me right away are the ones I usually grow tired of quickly.
  82. Re: London Perfume Lovers Meetup - Katie Puckrik

    The smell reminds me of Fritos. Sounds like it was a fun time.
  83. Re: Scent of Apple - MacBook Pro Fragrance Created

    Nothing terribly original. Steve Jobs is dead, we might as well get used to it. :shocked:
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    Re: Madonna Wants To Make A Whiskey Perfume

    Who's going to tell Madonna that it's already been done? Not, me! :lipsrsealed:
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    Poll: Re: The Best in Byredo

    To the op, I've also read so many mixed things about the line that I've consciously avoided it. But I am curious, too. I have heard that M/Mink is quite well done and original, a lot of people like...
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    Re: Traditional Eau de Cologne

    Cologne Grand Luxe Fragonard: available on Amazon for $54.99.
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    Re: Urinal cakes?

    Careful, boxwoods smell like cat urine.
  88. Re: NYTimes article on Raf Simons taking over at Dior

    Hedi Slimane was credited with the original 3 Dior men's colognes as well as Dior Homme during his tenure - let's hope that Raf Simons can bring some excitement to Dior, too.

    BTW, Slimane is now...
  89. Re: NYTimes article on Raf Simons taking over at Dior

    Duplicate Post
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    Re: Traditional Eau de Cologne

    I'm a big fan of Eau de Guerlain, as it manages to have good longevity. Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino is a long lasting update of the classical "4711" style-cologne. The price is a bit steep.
    I find...
  91. Re: Do you think that Kouros is the ultimate best male fragrance ever?

    For me, Kouros is like masturbation; something one enjoys alone, and in private.
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    Re: Myrrhiad alternatives?

    L'Eau Trois by Diptyque has a big myrrhe note; much sharper than Myrrhiad, but it settles down.
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    Re: Bergamotto Marino by Ferre - a wow-er

    Interesting that this thread popped up again. After reading all the great reviews I bought a bottle from an online discounter. The amount it's discounted, it must be the deal of the century. Still...
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    Re: The Best Neroli?

    Fleur du Male by Jean Paul Gaultier in either its EdT or EdC strengths.
    Rochas Lui, if you can find it. Neroli and cedar. Discontinued, has gotten very expensive.
    Eau de Guerlain. A rather classic...
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    Re: Favorite genre?

    CITRUS → Aromatic → gourmand
  96. Re: Ladies and Gentlemen: Do You Wear Perfume to Bed?

    Only in the cooler months. Usually something cozy, and slightly gourmand or oriental like Havana Vanille, Douce Amere. Aromatic fragrances would be too distracting.
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    Re: Aedes de Venustas EDP

    Thanks for your review, Brian.

    Their new eponymously named fragrance, is also going to be available at Barneys, as opposed to their first creation, which is an Aedes boutique exclusive.

    It's...
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    Re: A New Way to Classify Fragrances

    You have Designer houses that once belonged in "The Jewelers' Brands" category, but with most of their recent releases have turned more "Designer Mass-Market" - Givenchy is a good example.
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    Re: What makes a fragrance sexy ?

    I'm too sexy for my fragrance.:happy:
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    Re: Basenotes Content

    Hey Brian, I hear ya. Press releases are for the most part meaningless.

    Have you ever been to a trade show/fair? I attend quite a few during the year that are apparel/design/art related; they are...
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