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  1. Re: Frederic Malle - Geranium Pour MONSIEUR (Launches MAY)

    Dark floral freshness with green metallic edge plus animalic drydown.

    Oh, you said 10 sentences or less? I went for the word count. Perhaps I should've thrown in a few words like miasmic,...
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    Re: Porsche Design Essence...anyone tested it yet?

    Sniffed it today. Oh so dull and mediocre - a mainstream scent with no distinctive features. Bland, standardised with the lowest common denominator formula of most bog standard masculines. No thanks....
  3. Re: Poivre 23 by Le Labo exclusive to Liberty of London

    I'll try it tomorrow...
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    Re: New MPG fragrance, Bois de Turquie

    I haven't tried it yet. We'll see if it leaves bruises...
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    Re: Five O'Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

    Imagine ginger (the candied version natch, but oh we are talking high class) with Bois Oriental. That's kind of it.
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    Re: Five O'Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

    I'm sniffing it right this minute, Mike! ;-)
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    Re: The new Incense Rose by Tauer

    Despicable? Really? I think he just realised his initial profits were too small to enable him to continue production effectively. I am sure he makes far less per bottle than most niche or designer...
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    Re: New Mona di Orio launched this month

    Run it anyway Grant! :-)... I wanted to go to Les Senteurs to meet her and Jeroen, but couldn't make it. Did get a lovely email from Jeroen though...

    Gorgeous - how? Never mind, I'll find out...
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    New Mona di Orio launched this month

    I'm a big fan of all four of her scents, so was delighted to stumble across news that there's a new one, available from this week it seems.

    t does sound like 'inflamed Amy', but actually it's a...
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    Re: L'Artisan bargains

    Where's your Fenwicks???
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    Re: Perfume for a gay man

    I recently squirted Yatagan once on my nibnabs and seemed to accidentally turn all the straight men I came into contact with gay for a while. Dunno what that was all about....

    On a more serious...
  12. Re: Comme des Garçons 888 - new scent, one-week sale in London, etc.

    I'm not sure gold smells of much, given that it's so non-reactive. I thought it smelled more of shoulder-pads and the 80s. More spandex and power-dressing than bullion.
  13. Thread: Bond No. 9

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    Re: Bond No. 9: An End to Peace on Earth and Don't Go Down by My Riverside

    Count me in amongst the Bond-hating band. Utterly offensive behaviour. A bully, quite obviously.
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    Re: Luca Turin of all places!

    Well, that's one way of looking at it! And a big way, from the looks of things.
  15. Re: Dec '07 Details magazine - The Ultimate Guide to Buying Cologne

    What made me chuckle most was the thought of fey Kilian Hennessy luring the ladies in with his manly chest spray and avoiding scenting his wrists...

    Bwahaha.
  16. Re: UK price of Chanel Les Exclusif and Hermessence

    I can't remember for the Chanel but the Hermes bottles were £75 and £100 respectively 6 months ago.
  17. Poll: Re: *Lutens fans only!* Which have you not yet tried (PARIS EXCLUSIVES)

    I've tried them all, and all in the export line too.
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    Re: Today i bought (December 2007)

    This sounds like a thoroughly unpleasant experience! ;-)
  19. Re: How does your wardrobe compare to the top 100 reviewed fragrances?

    first 25 - 5
    next 25 - 8
    next 50 - 7
    overall 20

    About 25% of my wardrobe. I've tried most of the list, and have no plans to buy anything else that's currently on it. And one time, I might've...
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    Re: Villoresi Musk a good blind buy?

    It seems you like Villoresi's style and musks, so it might well work, though it's a powdery/floral musk that at first seems unobtrusive but can quite easily overwhelm....
  21. Re: Note discernment training - please contribute

    Could you alphabetise your list? It'd make it easier to contribute...
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    Re: Serge Lutens obsession...

    *teases sofresh with a wave of his ISM bottle*

    I most like Bois Oriental and Un Bois Sepia from that line. Well, to tell tthe truth I also adore Violette but'll never wear it.

    And Santal de...
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    Re: Today I bought (November 2007)

    Last week - Le Labo Patchouli 24, La Sirenuse Bois d'Ombrie

    This week - given CDG Palisander by a lovely friend, and bought mini-bottles of the Different Company's Rose Poivree, Bois d'Iris and...
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    Re: Favorite SERGE LUTENS

    Santal de Mysore, Chene, Encens et Lavande.
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    Re: What would Amy Winehouse wear?

    What's the Tom Ford that's supposed to smell of charlie?
  26. Thread: Fall Top 10's

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    Re: Fall Top 10's

    No Serge, Malle or Guerlain in my list!
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    Re: What is your favorite creed Fragrance?

    I'm not a Creed lover but the two I do enjoy most of all are Vintage Tabarome and Angelique Encens.
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    Re: Paul Smith STORY

    Funnily enough, I tested this again a couple of days ago, after dismissing it the first time round. It's an excellent fragrance - a clean citrus-vetiver combo followed by a subtle, slightly...
  29. Re: Un Brin de Reglisse by Hermes: the 7th Hermessence

    I'm in London on Thursday - I'll see if they have a sample to take away... They've definitely got it in store - I just called to check.
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    Re: Best English fragrances?

    Ormonde Jayne, although nodding to classic perfumery and perhaps certain middle Eastern styles in her perfumes, and not at all to the English barber shop tradition, is my favourite British perfumery....
  31. Re: Am I irrational for finding the backround of this scent disturbing?

    My sense of humour is pretty loose, but I've never lost it. Just cos I'm intelligent, doesn't mean I'm without irony. Just cos I don't like some aspects of appropriation, doesn't mean I can't enjoy...
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    Re: Bella Bellissima

    Fenwicks on Bond Street accept orders over the phone and have the most reasonable P&P rates. I recently got a bottle of Perfect Night for a friend (a perfume reviewed sometime ago at...
  33. Re: Am I irrational for finding the backround of this scent disturbing?

    I find your concern a little strange. Thegoodlife sagely paraphrases Raymond Williams (via Marx) - culture is generally built upon the 'blood, sweat and tears' of the masses - suffering is written...
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    Re: What does your gf/wife like on you

    I'm gay.
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    Re: Serge Lutens' Arabie: A Review

    I love it and find it pretty low on the sweetness. It was my gateway into the niche world and there's a beauty to its excesses that I've yet to find elsewhere.
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    Re: Parfum d'Empire new website

    But it looks like Luckyscent'll be selling these by next week... They're listed already.
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    Re: Jaisalmer and French Lover comparison

    Now you've said this, I am going to have to hunt down my sample of Jaisalmer. Ever since I first smelled FL way back in the spring, it's haunted my smell memory - I know I've smelled something like...
  38. Thread: Cdg

    by leopoldo
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    Re: Cdg

    Latch - have you tried Liberty in London?

    First-in-fragrance ship, but I notice they only have Jaisalmer at the moment...
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    Re: SotD - Friday 21 Sept 07

    Cuir Ottoman
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    Re: Serge Lutens video interview

    Tout! Tout! Tout!

    He's pretty intense. Those eyes!
  41. Re: Some basenoters ruin some fragrances with their comments!!!

    Nope. If I was scared that someone's comment about a fragrance I love would ruin it, I'd avoid Basenotes.

    This is the equivalent to high school students who say that textual analysis ruins a good...
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    Re: NEW: Tokyo by Kenzo

    I sniffed it earlier in the week - rounded ginger and hesperidic top notes which are rather fleeting and then it's dominated by that aromachemical (or combination of them) that signals 'male' to a...
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    Re: Serge Lutens - Gris Clair

    Not in the slightest.
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    Re: Lutens,Artisan,confused!

    I'd be amazed if you can get hold of Chene - it's currently only at the Salons Shiseido in Paris. Enjoy your trip!
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    Re: What makes a scent smell like "old man"

    This thread makes me despair - could people attempt to look beyond their limited understandings of age and try to place it in a broader context? We live in a society that celebrates youth and...
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    Re: Top Jasmin Scents

    Have you tried Mona di Orio's (tres expensive) Oiro? Beautiful jasmine scent which gets more unisex as it dries down.
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    Re: Messe de Minuit by Etro...like it or not?

    Liberty carries it, and Les Senteurs used to (I assume it still does...) You can order a sample from the latter.

    It makes me think of black mould.
  48. Thread: serge lutens

    by leopoldo
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    Re: serge lutens

    I agree that Rousse is wonderful.
  49. Thread: Josef Statkus

    by leopoldo
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    Re: Josef Statkus

    I thought it was okay, but not good enough to justify that price. And perhaps a little one-dimensional.
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    Re: Why do they have Non-Export SL scents?

    You raise some interesting points, many of which I disagree with, especially your unfounded assertion that this is the truth. However, fo me the two most startling are your assumptions that:
    a) The...
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    Re: Basenotes lunch in London - wow!

    Sounds wonderful. Next time, I'll be there...
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    London(ish) Basenoters

    Have a brilliant time tomorrow and report back in detail please. I wanted to attend, but poor health prevents me (bloodysufferingbollockybonkersblasttarnationdamn).

    Sniff like there's nothing else...
  53. Re: is serge lutens,or anybody like him wearing .....

    I'll agree with Johnny on the Divine, if not the LV. A masterpiece.
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    Re: Nauseating Frgrances

    Headache par excellence: Iquitos

    Nausea: Messe de Minuit, Lorenzo Villoresi's monstrous Incensi
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    Re: Decanting Bottles?

    I'll also recommend Sally at Accessories for Fragrance - fast, charming, always helpful.
  56. Re: "Secretions magnifiques" I can't belive............

    Chris,

    Your work is never done. We thank you for it.
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    Re: $$ Serge Lutens raking in money $$

    This 'Bash Serge' thread is making me chuckle. I don't care whether he's a bumbandit or not - finding out Neil Sedaka is doesn't make me like his music any more than I did already (esp. 'Oh Carol')....
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    Re: L'Eau d'Italie Le Sirenuse line

    I wrote a review of these for http://perfumeposse.com last week...
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    Re: Tauer Orris and comparable Iris based scents

    Dior Homme smells radically different from Orris, where the iris is held in check by elements which soften and sweeten it - cocoa for example. Hiris is a good example of a classic iris fragrance, but...
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    Re: what about that le labo patchouli?

    Initially it smells of pure birch tar. The patchouli isn't noticeable. I'd call it birch tar 101
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    Re: A friend who doesn't like cologne

    Horses for courses I reckon.
  62. Thread: Lutens Arabie

    by leopoldo
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    Re: Lutens Arabie

    Yeah it's export - Harrods, Harvey Nic, Liberty etc all stock it.
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    Re: Natural Pine/Fir Scent For The Home

    The best I know is Patricia de Nicolai's fir resin candle, though not the easiest to track down.
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    Re: SOTD Sunday, January 7th

    Serge Lutens Rousse
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    Re: Bond No.9, why the hate?

    Very simple: they bore me. I wish I could feel something, anything, about them.
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    Re: Cultural observations on England, Part 2

    You have to go somewhere a little smaller, and work the SA a little more - Harrods is not the best place for milking an SA. Selfridges is even worse (like one of the layers of hell in Dante's...
  67. Re: Shopping shelves review 1: Cartier's Déclaration

    I love Déclaration. It some how manages to be both rich and sheer/transparent, without that watery quality that for me mars so many scents.
  68. Thread: I'm in Yemen!

    by leopoldo
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    Re: I'm in Yemen!

    No tips, but I'm feeling some jealousy! Enjoy!
  69. Re: Have a friend going to Paris... which Serge Lutens to ask for?

    Really tricky getting these blind...

    I love most of them, but i'm going to list some things that might put you off, just so that you have advanced warning:

    Borneo - do you like camphor? You...
  70. Re: Piper Nigrum Villoresi,It has been a mistake?

    I've never been keen on this or any other LV scent. I like the first few minutes - minty peppery goodness, but then it gets messy. And the drydown is a muddled hotchpotch on me.

    But don't get me...
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    Re: cuir mauresque works for me

    I love this scent too. It smells more of glue to me than hippie store however.
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    Re: HELP with moroccan party

    Exactly what I was going to suggest. Perfect.

    I hope your tagines are melt in the mouth delicious!
  73. Re: Serge Lutens Daim Blond - do many men here wear it?, if so.....

    Ach, leave each other alone! ;-)

    I managed to get a cheap eBay bottle from a German seller (thanks for your assistance GERALD!) and I love it - though some days it is more fruit than suede (kind...
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    Re: Advice for a 17 year old guy

    Kouros layered with CB I Hate Perfumes Musk and Muscs Koublai Khan?

    Or alternatively, any old bland blap from a drugstore? Dude, seriously - you should use your looks, charm, wit and intellect to...
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    Re: Wood and melanin

    Skin colour and scent development = racialist pseudo-science claptrap, imho.
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    Re: What should I buy my boys for Xmas?

    He sounds like a great kid. Sorry, young man. I'm not personally keen on l'Homme or le Male, so I'm not going to suggest those. Why not try Terre d'Hermes, Allure or Prada? For me, the most perfect...
  77. Re: Yesterday I met with one of the late great Basenoters

    I miss IndieGuy's posts. Glad you have a good time - sounds like a blast.
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    Re: Need rec's for my 12yo nephew...

    Thanks for all the suggestions folks - I'll let you know what I opt for.
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    Re: How do you pronounce Rochas?

    Not quite as emphatic an 'o' as in row, but definitely emphasis on the first syllable.
  80. Re: Would you consider Cuiron to be masculine or closer to unisex?

    A woman can pull Cuiron off easily - I mean, Bandit and Tabac Blond are women's 'fumes after all. It's a lightish fruity leather, not something hard-core.
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    Need rec's for my 12yo nephew...

    ... who has taken to stealing from his pa's bottle of Burberry Brit. He's a kid really, but is already trying out for the role of adolescent. I'd like to guide him in the right direction (i.e. away...
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    Re: Give me a blind buy!

    Burberry London would fit pretty well too.
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    Re: I know they know no better but...

    Leave em alone to their muscle work, poor guys. Jeez, their protein stuffed maws aren't doing any of us direct harm, are they?
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    Re: Timbuktu vs. L'Air de Desert Marocain

    They're very different. Timbuktu is sharp, earthy, gutsy and never really mellows out staying a dry, radically unusual scent, whereas although l'Air's top notes may sock it to you (in a very...
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    Re: Lonestar Miracle

    I've said it before, but I'll say it again - Andy's a great guy. Great.

    n.b. And his next scent will be A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
  86. Re: LUTENS or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Chergui

    It's funny isn't it. SL is the only house that impresses me more, rather than less, the more I smell and the longer I have the scents........
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    Re: New York, New York

    It's the one I always reach for when I can't decide what to wear - and it always works.
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    Re: Basenotes makes it into the Guardian

    It's not so bad. Need to have an awareness of the target market of that section of the Guardian - which is broadly speaking 20 something urbanite hipsters (or more likely people who wish they were)...
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    Re: Serge Lutens Sampler Ideas?

    Always tricky, because in spite of his reputation as the heavy and sweet maestro of the oriental style, there are plenty either scent types in his two ranges. But I'd go with the following

    Ambre...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday, November 25th

    Daytime was Déclaration; this evening Burberry London
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    Basenotes makes it into the Guardian

    ... today. But they get the address wrong.

    Read about it here:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/story/0,,1954415,00.html
  92. Re: Help me avoid a possible fake-New York-Parfumes de Nicolai

    So it's not quite that design, but pretty similar...
    Have a lootk at http://www.pnicolai.com
  93. Re: Help me avoid a possible fake-New York-Parfumes de Nicolai

    I'm pretty sure the eBay bottle is the old packaging. I can't guarantee it, but I think Nicolaï have that design still on their site - I'm going to check.
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    Re: Le Labo perfumes

    I really enjoyed a sample of Rose, but have yet to sniff out any others.
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    Re: Blind Cuir Ottoman?

    Well there's no such thing as a safe blind buy, but I'd say CO fits best with your likes rather than 'don't minds'. It's difficult not to like actually, if you appreciate a highly crafted leather...
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    Re: Frederic Malle test kit

    I'm gonna go hustle for a mini or two. I love a couple of their scents, but I'd never want a full tester kit.
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    Re: Serge Lutens Musk Kublai Khan

    It's clean buttcrack and armpit - man-style - in the nicest possible way. ASnd then soft and pleasant in the dry down. I'll never need a bottle, but a decant provides me with unceasing fun.
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    Re: SOTD Friday, November 24th

    New York - Nicolaï
  99. Thread: Blind Buys

    by leopoldo
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    Re: Blind Buys

    I no longer do blind buys - I always get a decant or a sample first. But, in the past the one and only best blind buy was Encens et Lavande - Serge Lutens.
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    Re: Montale Mystery

    I find that a bit scary to look at...
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