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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I started my reply before your post. So ditto on the Auphorie musk fragrances.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I think SS will be a cheaper option- it comes down to product positioning

    ALD fragrances usually have a lot of real deer musk in them as we all know. I've seen a few requests for a fragrance...
  3. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I guess we can agree to disagree on both points.

    I'd say it comes down to cultural norms. While you might see them as being brash, others would consider them to be powerful fragrances, as is the...
  4. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Lol pretty ironic given that you've labelled both brands as being "brash" Middle Eastern houses. Poor choice of words right there.

    In any case, I would agree that they have turned perfumery...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I revisited a few of the fragrances that I haven't worn in a while.

    Koh-i-Noor: Much better. Wow. This one has evolved beautifully, sweeter and more musky to my nose.
    Russian Musk. Agree with...
  6. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I spent more time with Sir Winston today. Something is reminiscent of Oud Monarch late in the dry down.
    Really liking this one.

    Also Oud Monarch- seems to have matured over the last few months....
  7. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Ditto for Baikal Gris. Didn't like it initially. Visited it again a few weeks ago and it was wonderful.



    The Neroli fragrance opens up with a lot of citrus. If you have no citrus at all, then...
  8. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    If it starts off earthy and gets greener it's the SDN.
    If it's a tuberose/vanilla blast then it's Sir Winston. The tobacco is very subtle and not obvious, it shows up later in the fragrance...
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    Re: Ensar Oud new iris rose oud release

    Love it!

    American Oud- Pretty much a mixture of earthy/aquatic oud oils in spray form. If you've smelt pure oud oils of that nature, it smells exactly the same. I guess it is an easier way of...
  10. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Quick impressions:

    Zemfira- Rose, tea, oud. A very nice rose....more importantly, this is done differently. Far from generic.
    Symphonie de Neroli- Earthy neroli. Only had a quick sniff.

    Sir...
  11. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    https://i.ibb.co/DtBZTTb/IMG-20190830-191511.jpg

    Yeahhhhhh. Exciting times.
  12. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Lol. Why? Both are fine.
  13. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Same.
    There isn't anything I don't like.
  14. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    OK.... So that's 2/2 for me so far.
  15. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Wow. This one is going to be epic. Most excited about this fragrance out of all 3 sooned to be released frags.
  16. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Can't wait. Especially for Sir Winston.

    Rose-Oud
  17. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Excellent.
    Now if ALD releases a tobacco fragrance in the next collection, I'll be more than set.
  18. Re: Please recommend fragrances that are similar to Dusita Oudh Infini and Bortnikoff Oud Maximus

    The Night by FM is pretty barnyard. Costly though.



    Not all of them.
    Oud Monarch isn't barnyard at all. They'e great in their own right.

    Areej Le Dore Kohinoor is pretty animalic IMO (but...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    x2.

    It isn't an insta-love kind of fragrance, but as it develops, it is amazing.

    Proper beast as you mention.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Looking forward to the new collection!

    Maybe its a little too soon to get hype....but still.
  21. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Musk Cologne- if Amber Cologne and Musk Khabib were to have a baby.

    If you don't like florals, this is still a no go.

    Definitely a neutral fragrance though, slightly masculine leaning.

    I...
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    Re: DODO by Zoologist

    Can't say I took a liking to this one after 2 testings.

    For some reason, I conjure up imagery of the ocean with a lot of seabirds nesting. It has some nice elements to it but there is something I...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Sums it up nicely.
    The sense of entitlement is hilarious.

    If I were Josh, I'd not reply to draining e-mails if 'fans' were sending them over and over again. Guess what. He saw your first e-mail,...
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    Re: Most animalic that you enjoy?

    EO1 and Iris Ghalia
    The Night
    Inverno Russo
  25. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Sounds pretty amazing.
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    Re: EO Private Blend

    I'm down. Lol
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    Re: EO Private Blend

    This is a complex one. The initial blast is confusing and potent. It settles pretty quickly into more of a musk scent after that but is still very potent with big projection for me.

    Comes across...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Yep. Tabac Grande is no 1 for me too. It is truly something else.
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    Re: EO Private Blend

    Dollar for dollar, I'd say you're paying mainly for what goes into the fragrance.
    The quality will be a million times better than anything from Roja Dove for example.


    No doubt.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I love all tobacco types, so anything will make me happy. (Ironically I hate the smell of cigarettes and don't smoke at all..although cigars smell amazing)

    Nha Trang. Oh yes please. Will probably...
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    EO Private Blend

    Hi all,

    New release from Ensar Oud.

    https://ensaroud.com/product/eo-private-blend/907.

    Costly I guess, but his quality never disappoints.

    Only available in 9.5 ml pure parfum.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I would love to see a Tobacco based scent from Russian Adam (I know a few ALD fragrances have tobacco in them- but I would like a predominantly tobacco scent).

    Russian Tobacco anyone? :laugh:
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I don't necessarily like crowd pleasing, but I feel some of these compositions are mediocre...they don't wow me.
    Each to their own though, I do appreciate the power and quality of the fragrances. ...
  34. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Amber Cologne lasts for a long time for me, although projection drops off quicker than other Bortnikoff scents.

    Go heavier on the trigger.
  35. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfU_W4gLbfs
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    Re: Does Oud Ispahan by Dior use real oud?

    MFK is very synthetic.

    I will admit that Cashmere Mood does smell good though.

    There was a thread not too long back that mentioned the brands that are using real oud.
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    Re: Does Oud Ispahan by Dior use real oud?

    Check out Rasasi Boruzz Rooh Al Assam.

    Oud Ispahan on steroids...and more natural too.
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    Re: Iris Question

    Check out Iris Ghalia Pure Parfum by Ensar Oud
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Sorry guys. I do not get the fuss.

    Out of the fragrances I have tried, I liked Baque.

    Pear and Olive- Smells like my Mum's hand soap.
    Sadanne- Smells like the fragrances my 14 year old...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Welcome to the world of ALD.
    Some of these fragrances are a little challenging, without being too extreme IMO.
    I've personally worn Russian Oud to the office without issue.
  41. Thread: Got em

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    Re: Wanted Areej le dore Inverno Russo and Atlantic Ambergris

    Got them all.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Do it. It's amazing. Worth the price. Layer with the attar for a truly opulent affair.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Walimah attar is amazing and Walimah in general is a little underrated... Or it could be the price. I like to layer the Extrait and attar for the best of both worlds.
  44. Thread: Real oud

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    Re: Real oud

    Other than Ensar Oud...
    Areej le dore.
    Bortnikoff
    Sultan Pasha
    Rising Phoenix
    Rania J
    Fragrance Du Bois
    Rasasi Boruzz
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    Re: Is Amouage Interlude a safe blind buy?

    I bought my first interlude man bottle blind.

    Did not regret. Was pleased in fact.
  46. Swap Areej Le Dore Ottoman Empire 1 for Siberian Musk 1

    Edit. Got a bottle.
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    Agreed. Just pips out Sicilian Vanilla Attar for me.




    I was watching a YouTube video earlier, Sultan Pasha is coming up with some EDP sprays. Needless to say, I am excited.
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    Agreed.
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    Re: A need for Back Up

    My appetite has changed over the years, so I find I have lost interest in most fragrances that I used to love.
    The stuff I love (both old and new), I have backup bottles of. Especially stuff that...
  50. Re: Safari Extreme and Safari Blend wearers, I've got Safari incense first impressions.

    I love Safari extreme.
    Nice reviews though.
  51. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLYNR-7HbtQ

    I like this guy. Lol.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It will probably go for about 600-1000.
    I recently bought 99 percent OG OE for 650 USD plus shipping. Someone bought a 95 percent OE1 for more than that recently (could be the same one up on ebay as...
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    Re: Ensar Oud new iris rose oud release

    Wearing Iris Ghalia today on a cold rainy day. It is projecting so well, absolutely loving it. Smells sweeter than I recall too.
  54. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    In my experience DHL ships very quick and it will get to you (or close to you) before you get the tracking number. I don't mind as the package leaves Thailand pretty quick.
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    Re: What Oud/Mukhallat are you wearing today?

    Agarwood Assam Afsana.

    Fruits (berries), flowers in the opening and the oud isn't ashamed of itself either.
  56. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    They're both enjoyable in their own right and I have backup bottles of each one.
    They're very different and it would be a very tough choice for me to select one.

    This is a solid and accurate...
  57. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Oud Monarch is less oudy intense, it is not a hard hitter like the opening of Oud Maximus but more of a delicious soft oud.

    I wear both to the office. But I'm a savage like that.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Another reason for this is the complexity of the fragrances. I hate coffee, but once I get past that initial coffee blast, there is a lot to enjoy in Oud Lawak (although it isn't my favourite).
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Right so you're comparing them yet not comparing them at the same time...
    Not going to go into a debate about what makes a good perfumer when your parameters for a comparison are initially flawed...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Respectfully disagree with most of your statement and for the most part your comparison is also flawed.

    ALD, Bortnikoff, Ensar Oud are all Eastern (or what some would say are Oriental) perfume...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Selling it this early on is a n00b error.

    Unless you actually hate the fragrance, give it time, they will get better.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    IMO Bortnikoff third collection > Areej Le Dore fourth collection. Malik Al Taif is amazing. The other three are good. Oud Monarch and Amber Cologne are absolutely stunning and Musk Khabib is good...
  63. Re: Cost for a house to create 100ml of fragrance

    It's all marketing. Synthetic fragrances are cheap to make.

    This is why I really value predominantly natural houses. I know their cost of materials are a lot higher.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/465108-Siberian-Musk-ii-Bonheur

    Someone has SM2 for sale (as well as sold out Bonheur). Someone jump on these!
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    Re: Kolonya by Rasei Fort

    Ok. So this fragrance has made it to my list of must haves (meaning, I have ordered a backup bottle and it should last me for quite some time).

    I see this as a very casual scent. Most of my...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    OG OE1 on ebay for $$$.
    A few bottles of OEII on ebay.
    Fair few OEII and SMII bottles have already sold on ebay. I bought a bottle of OEII at near the ALD base price for my cousin.

    For those...
  67. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Oud Monarch today.

    Got asked at lunch what the nice fragrance was.... these fragrances aren't beastly, but do project strongly and last a good deal too.
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    Re: Your favorite fresh scent

    Another vote for Green Irish Tweed. Have used and loved it for years.

    These days in particular? Amber Cologne by Bortnikoff. Makes me feel good when the weather is nice and as a bonus it gets a...
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    Re: Cutting way back on perfume purchases

    There is a fine line between collecting and hoarding. It isn't always apparent to the collector himself.

    Realistically, how many fragrances can you actually use in a day? Personally, around 2 and...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Other than the obvious SMII, I get the same sort of vibe with Man Musk Attar by Rising Phoenix. It's really good with some common natural ingredients.
  71. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    OE II and Amber Cologne are completely different to my nose. Ordered backup bottles of the entire third collection as well as Oud Maximus!
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    SMII and OEII both epic.

    Wow. The openings alone convey that these are special fragrances.

    The synthetics boost performance, I wish the later collections were as potent. (Especially...
  73. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I don't buy many freshies (the only other I really like is Green Irish Tweed) but I really love Amber Cologne! I need enough of this forever lol.

    Good review by the Wafts boys.

    ...
  74. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Lower concentration as well (EDP vs Extrait)
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    Re: Teone Reinthal

    They do. You can purchase smaller size bottles/decants too.



    No retail presence to the best of my knowledge, online only, but shipping is very easy and takes a day once shipped.

    Website is...
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    Teone Reinthal

    Hello all,

    I don't see much love for this house on basenotes. Long story short, this is a house with a focus on natural ingredients and is based in Australia (and therefore, the house is not...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Nice pics.

    Juice colour looks pretty much the same, usually a good sign.
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    Re: Kolonya by Rasei Fort

    It's kolonya. It's traditionally available in a splash format (although it's usually very cheap in comparison lol). ...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    In total, 672 bottles of OE2 and SM2 are/were available for pre-order (285 SM2 and 387 OE2). I think the demand/supply has been calculated spot on.

    SM2 is sold out and OE2 is running low...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Makes sense. I got a confirmation email. I highly doubt they're all sold out most people aren't insane BNers hitting refresh for 2 hours lol...

    Stock count...then pre orders will resume.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    From insta:
    Dear Fragrance Lovers,
    Please accept our sincere apologies as our website could not handle the huge traffic. Pre order is delayed. You will get an email once it is fixed. Sorry once...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Got my order through after must frustration.

    Bottles look very nice.
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    Re: What Oud/Mukhallat are you wearing today?

    Ensar Oud Aroha Kyaku.
    My favourite smoky/medicinal oud....not too expensive either, so I guess I'd say a powerful bang for buck oud oil.
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Thanks! No that is the forged carbon Grand Prix, actually haven't worn in that much, my watches rotate a lot.
    It has a very soft, crappy bezel. Kind of adds to it's character. Although some people...
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    Re: Oud Touch by Franck Olivier

    Rasasi Boruzz- Rooh Al Assam.

    Cheaper, better quality, oud ispahan on steroids.
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Some wonderful watches in this thread.
    Really like the classic pieces (although I prefer larger modern watches for myself!).

    A few of mine.


    ...
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    Re: What Oud/Mukhallat are you wearing today?

    Champaca Attar by Feel-Oud. Was sent a sample of this with my recent Bortnikoff order.

    Absolutely beautiful oud, sandalwood, champaca blend. Will order full bottle.
  88. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    We are living in a golden age of perfumery by going back to basics. We're lucky to have these smaller houses pursuing the best ingredients.

    I wore Musk Khabib today and this indeed is a champion...
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    Re: Kolonya by Rasei Fort

    Got my bottle.

    First impressions. Very nice. I get the fuss. Smells classy and nice. A lot of notes in competition with no real standout note imo. Does indeed have an iris note, I wonder what it...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Hopefully.
    InshAllah.
  91. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    They probably received a massive batch of orders. Might be a little slower than usual...but better late than never.
  92. Re: A Big Burly Guy's Trip to the Women's Fragrance Counter...and the testers I came home with.

    Men wearing rose scents is normal in the Middle East and South Asia.

    Enter the rabbit hole that is Rose/Oud combos. I'd say most lean masculine.
  93. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Note profiles of all 3 read quality. Ordered based on that plus his previous collection.
    Looking forward to this new collection.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Harden up. Trying to point out your fallacious logic isn't bullying. Nobody has attacked you personally.

    I would admit that you have a point if RA came out and said, BTW, there are another 50...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Yep. If you had to make some kind of financial sacrifice to buy OE, you can sell it now and later for a profit precisely because the batch was limited. Either keep it and enjoy it or sell it, but...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It won't be exactly the same but you can get them to be pretty close provided you use similar ingredients and combine them in the concentration via the same technique. It's just a matter of obtaining...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Makes no business sense to have a few loyal customers who are bitter and selfish vs a lot of customers who want to experience older fragrances.


    I think he wants more people to enjoy his...
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    Re: Kolonya by Rasei Fort

    "The iris-citrus accord at the top of Kolonya—real iris, mind you, not the chemically aged rye-bread, beer-belch thing they're flogging as iris of late—is so beautiful"

    Top Notes: Bergamot,...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    How good is Walimah. I feel this one is a little under-rated, but is just as good, if not better, than other offerings.
    Layered the extrait and attar today and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Agreed. This is not a surprise, people update their websites.
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