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  1. Thread: Gone Bust

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    Re: Gone Bust

    Bigsly, that's an interesting example, and Cacio, you're right. Costs don't amount to much, and costs are mostly variable for the true niche operator, so there's not much overhead pressure on these...
  2. Thread: Gone Bust

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    Re: Gone Bust

    I'll add Charles Blair to the list. Still alive and thriving in Paris in the mid-80s - they had their own retail store - but I believe no longer in operation. I just don't know of a single flameout...
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    Re: Stuck In My Search...

    Cartier Santos Concentree.
  4. Thread: Gone Bust

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    Gone Bust

    My impression of a lot of "niche" perfume labels, or maisons, is that they're really just fly-by-night outfits that are likely to run out of gas if Lauder or LVMH don't buy them in the next three...
  5. Re: What's your favorite season for wearing fragrances?

    In the dead of winter. That's when I can drag out the heavy artillery, and it's the deep, syrupy, heavy stuff that I like best. I have a summer rotation but I like my winter rotation much much more.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    Isn't a lot of this batch variation mythology really just a way of rationalizing buyer's remorse when someone realizes he got hyped into buying something he doesn't really like?
  7. Re: Which designer fragrance for outdoor wedding in Maine?

    Off!
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    Re: Tobacco Vanille... huh?

    edit!
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    Re: Androgynous Fragrances

    Thank you.
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    Re: The best way to test a fragrance...

    I'm wearing it now. Similar to Cartier Declaration d'Un Soir. Thanks for this. You're right, it's beast-mode projection. I could practically feel the projection radiating out of me and reflecting...
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    Re: The best way to test a fragrance...

    That's an excellent recommendation and a nice post. On my way out the door to spritz some on and give it a try.
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    Re: Next fragrances you plan on purchasing?

    Probably Perris Bois d'Oud. Possibly a bottle of Perris Rose De Taif. Maybe Guerlain Rose Nacree. I've pretty much done what I set out to do, with my collection, so there isn't much on the horizon...
  13. Re: If MONEY was no option....What niche Fragrance would you pick up and why?

    Amouage Oud al Khulood.
  14. Re: The best part of fragrances is imagining the circumstances in which they occur in...

    Now that was funny.
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    Re: Le Labo releases Shower Gels

    Both Rose 31 and Bergamot 22 have been offered as bath and body amenities in hotel bathrooms for some time - my experience dates back a couple of years. In my opinion, the products are very, very...
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    Re: Rocabar is so underrated here.

    It was the same for me. I bought a bottle blind and was at first disappointed. Then I began to like it. Two things. It became associated with good memories and it showed once again that, for me,...
  17. Re: Have Reformulations ruined fragrances? : Dior Homme, Chergui, Timbuktu?

    Well, there's more that I like among the current crop, stuff like Ambre Nuit and Reflection Man and Treizieme Heure that, at least it's my impression that the man on the street didn't have this range...
  18. Re: A Great Day with H.M. by Hanae Mori (EDT)

    I've had a handful of black plastic spray samples for quite some time. They're old, I assume, and they were old when I bought them. They say Hanae Mori Pour Homme on them. It's the same stuff you...
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    Re: I'm done with Bond No. 9

    Ok, I've never had any interaction with Bond, even though I could probably walk into the store fifty times a year and not go out of my way. Now, I can't explain this. Maybe I see tacky bottles and...
  20. Re: Have Reformulations ruined fragrances? : Dior Homme, Chergui, Timbuktu?

    The consensus is that reformulations are bad and that perfumery is going south, never to return, because of regulations on ingredients. Going against the consensus, which is in my demeanor to do,...
  21. Re: What are your top 3 Cartier Fragrances still in production

    1. Must de Cartier Pour Homme (Out of production but since I'm giving this advice for free I don't have to follow the instructions and bottles can be found anyway. Look for the red box and those...
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    Re: Looking for alternatives

    يجب أن تحاول Aomassai بواسطة العطور العامة.
  23. Re: What's the most annoying, screechy, metallic(?), synthetic smelling frag you know of?

    Green Irish Tweed. Not metallic, but blood-curdlingly screechy. Unimaginably annoying.
  24. Re: Are fragrances slowly being removed from society?

    edit
  25. Re: Never got fragrance compliments until...

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    Re: Your winter 2014 purchase list

    I've pretty much got the collection I was looking for. Complete with recently-acquired, reformulation hedge, backup bottles of Spiritueuse DV and Tonka Imperiale. I'm going to, god willing, resume...
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    Re: Gucci Oud - New 2014 Fragrance

    I just sprayed some on about twenty minutes ago. Initial impression is light, synthetic, generic and the oud goes away quickly. You never know on the first try. So all I'm going to say is that it...
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    Re: Have you ever thrown bottles away?

    Reformulated Quorum and Kouros Sport.
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    Re: Smokey fragrance suggestions

    CDG 2 Man for church smoke, Tribute for a campground garbage fire. I love Tribute.
  30. Re: Local paper interviewed me about fragrance!

    Fantastic job! You're a great presenter and speaker! Really makes me proud that you post here. Fabulous!
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    Re: Niche date scent

    Amouage Reflection Man. Can't go wrong.
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    Re: What cologne would James Bond wear?

    Cartier Santos. Obviously.
  33. Re: Whats your opinion on Mugler fragrances?

    Most of them are fun to wear.
  34. Re: What is the first oud that I should try?

    Another vote for Tom Ford Oud Wood, without a doubt.
  35. Re: Using the last 5-6mm of an Amouage attar

    I just looked up "glass stirring rod" on ebay. There may be some possibilities there.
  36. Re: Using the last 5-6mm of an Amouage attar

    q tip? Not that I've run into this problem and know what to do, just thinking out loud.
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    Re: What Are The BEST Shower gels Around?

    There is something pleasantly different about the Comme Des Garcons 2 Man shower gel. I don't know what it is but it seems like I end up using half as much as with most everything else. So in the...
  38. Re: Thanks to Basenotes, I discovered _____________ ( fragrance ).

    Yes, attars for me too.
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    Re: Future iconic fagrances

    Amouage Tribute, Homage, and Badr al Badour and Al Shomoukh because they're so laden with oud. Probably Spiritueuse Double Vanille, Tonka Imperiale as well.
  40. Poll: Re: Fragrance to wear to a Cheap Trick concert (poll)

    Old Spice.
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    Re: Top 5 Arabic Atr companies?

    http://www.townandcountrymag.com/style/beauty-products/oud-perfume
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    Re: Top 5 Arabic Atr companies?

    You named the top two already, in my opinion. ASAQ would be a third name, though I have no experience with them. The story, you may know, is that Amouage has closed its attar business, so...
  43. Poll: Re: Spiritueuse Double Vanille v. Tobacco Vanille - Which one is the better bang for your buck?

    Spiriteuese by a country mile. It's not a fair fight.
  44. Re: Bvlgari "Aqva" vs "Aqva Tuniq" vs "Aqva Marine" vs "Aqva Marine Tuniq"

    I don't like any of them. The original Aqva is the best of the bunch.
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    Re: Soaps, fragrances you like?

    I agree with you on the Pasha shower gel.

    I've been using Bulgari green tea and white tea shower gel, shampoo, bath soap and bath sachets for years and I have a stash that will last me for years...
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme - wow!

    Etro Ambra is reasonably close.
  47. Re: A dark, brooding scent that screams; "Don't "Double-Cross" Me!

    Van Cleef Pour Homme is pretty menacing. Santos is ok but not all it used to be. Cartier Treizieme Heure would be my pick, ultimately.
  48. Poll: Re: What's your favorite Dior from La Collection Privée?

    Ambre Nuit for me. I do like Leather Oud very much. I have Oud Ispahan but have mixed feelings about it. The opening is amazing. But after about an hour it kind of loses its magic, in my view. This...
  49. Re: No More Love For the Classic Eau Sauvage?

    I think that a) it's dated, b) that it's really a cool-weather fragrance, not a warm-weather fragrance, and c) if you like it, why not establish your individual sense of savoir vivre now?

    As for...
  50. Re: What is the absolute FRESHEST & CLEANEST fragrance you have ever smelt?

    Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The Blanc.
  51. Re: I want "clean" but something distinguished

    Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The Blanc.
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    Re: Warm niche perfume for winter suggestions

    Back to Black!
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    Poll: Re: Jardin Sur Le Nil vs. Terre D'Hermes

    Jardin Sur Le Nil ftw.
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    Re: New from Ralph Lauren: Bog Pony!

    "I can't go out without my Bog Pony."
  55. Re: Anyone think of fragrance with other liquid?

    Try cutting your caffeine intake by half, you'll be fine after a week of that.
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    Re: Do Women Really Like Your Colognes???

    Some appear to but I don't give it much thought.
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    Re: Urban cyclist scent recommendation?

    Based on everything you've said, I'd say Aventus.
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    Re: The Oud Game

    Guerlain Rose Nacree.
  59. Re: The World Cup Has Begun; What's a Good Fragrance to Wear at a Crowded Sports Bar or Pub?

    Really laughed. Thank you.
  60. Re: Why Do I Find That Most Men's Fragrances Stink (Literally) - What is the Offending Ingredient

    Not sure of the note, but I agree with the premise. There seems, to me, to be this sort of formulaic way of concocting a men's fragrance. Take a perfectly good set of notes, accords, and align it...
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    Re: Fragrances that bring back memories

    Bulgari Black = My father's "Smoker's Mix" pipe tobacco.

    Eau d'Hermes = Being about four years old, sitting in my father's lap, both crying over the death of his father, my grandfather, on...
  62. Poll: Re: Terre d'Hermes Hermes vs L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Issey Miyake vs Fahrenheit vs Amen

    I voted for Issey, based on scent.
  63. Re: Do you ever have dreams about fragrances?

    I had a nightmare about Terre once. My only experience of this nature.
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    Re: How do you acquire most of your samples?

    I pay retail a lot, I treat most SAs like celebrities, I make return visits and remember the SA's name (always!), and I get more samples than I'll ever wear. I even get SAs (in department stores) to...
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    Re: Spicebomb vs A* Men

    Spicebomb. Simple question, easy answer.
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Layering

    I slap on a layer of Oud Wood body lotion then dust a layer of Tobacco Oud on top of it and then I feel like I'm ready for my close-up. Took me a while to find some Private Blends I could really get...
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    Re: What elevates your mood?

    Gaultier 2, Amouage Reflection Man, Amouage Homage, Amouage Tribute, Chanel Eau de Cologne, Dior Ambre Nuit, Hermes Mandarine Ambree, many others.
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    Re: What are you buying next ?

    Probably nothing. I have what I want. I have a good portfolio of names that I feel comfortable and elegant wearing, and I've been on something of a pre-ban hoarding binge where reformulations are...
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    Re: Motorcycle leather tattoo

    Old Spice.
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    Re: Good sillage and longevitty fragrance!

    Pasha.
  71. Re: old hyped frags which rarely get mentioned now

    Jicky.
  72. Re: Anyone wear stronger winter frags in the summer and warmer weather?

    I don't.
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    Re: Hungry Hungry Hippies

    I've traveled with Blood Concept's B Black without any problems, even though one of the top notes is "gunpowder".
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    Re: Wardrobe data from last year

    Ok, thanks. I'm very grateful for the reply and for the effort.
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    Poll: Re: Leau D'Issey or HM Hanae Mori?

    Didn't realize I was commenting in a zombie thread.

    I voted for Hanae Mori, but I don't consider it to be a summer fragrance.
  76. Re: I want something that screams "BDSM" - sexy, bold, alluring. What is it?

    Another Antaeus. And Cartier Treizieme Heure.
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    Re: good inexpensive Italian colognes

    Bulgari green tea and white tea. Highest-quality bath products line in the business.
  78. Re: strange, weird, odd or just plain different notes..

    Hermes Eau de Gentiane Blanche. Extremely green and rooty. Very different. Awful. My worst full-bottle mistake.
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    Re: Wardrobe data from last year

    In other words, our ability to go through our entire sotd history, as if it were a daily diary, has been eliminated, even though the data is still there.
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    Re: Wardrobe data from last year

    I just checked my sotd history for the first time in a long time and, not only is the hddlr era stuff still missing, but my sotd history ends about five weeks ago. I've been posting sotd data since...
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    Re: Data from May - October 2013

    I just checked my sotd data for the first time in a long time and, instead of going back to the date of my joining, my sotd data only goes back one month. So not only is the hddlr era stuff still...
  82. Re: Bvlgari or Cartier as a new summer scent?

    My picks would be Bulgari green tea, Bulgari Pour Homme, Bulgari white tea, Hermes Eau d'Orange Vert, Hermes Mandarine Ambree, Hermes Jardin Sur le Nil, Hermes Eau de Pamplemousse Rose, Eau de...
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    Re: Best designer lemon for summer days

    Not designer, but Eau d'Hadrien would be my top pick.
  84. Re: Recommendations please for lawyer/professional

    Totally agree that Oud Wood is a great choice.
  85. Re: Anybody else preffer the 2.5 oz Creed bottles than the 4 oz bottle?

    To me they look like something that Cap'n Crunch would have on his dresser. Especially with the sword motif.
  86. Re: Fragrances that got lot of love/attention in the past on Basenotes

    When I first got here, in 2010?, I'm pretty sure that Kouros was the bmoc.
  87. Re: What's the most you have ever spent on a bottle of cologne and what was it???

    This thread is really something. I don't have the means to keep up with all of these bon vivants.
  88. Re: Ever regretted paying a full retail price?

    I agree. You don't really know what's in that bottle until you open it. Nothing is more expensive than regret.
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    Re: Lets Play A Game...

    Bulgari

    Winter : Black
    Spring : Pour Homme
    Summer : Eau Pafumee au The Blanc
    Fall : Eau Parfumee au The Vert (and a couple of times a week all year)
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    Re: Chanel's coromandel

    I really like it but it's possible that some may find it - to dredge up a word from the past - a bit "metro". Can be worn comfortably in the cold weather and east of the Hudson.
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    Re: $825 for a 50ml amber fragrance!

    Roja's Absolue Precieux line and a few of the (dearly departed) Amouage attars are still quite a bit more spendy. I do love the absence of a pyramid, though. That's drawing a line in the sand.
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    Re: which flanker is the best looking????

    Setting aside "flanker", there are many beautiful bottles. I enjoy having the bottles maybe as much as having what's inside them.

    Disclosing a bias, I can't stand opaque or nearly-opaque bottles....
  93. Re: The main reason why perfume brands change (worsen, cheapen) very good original scents

    I think that's right. Buy enough to last a while, before your loyalty is exploited.
  94. Re: Choose Only One Niche Versatile Crowd-Pleaser, No Creed Please ....

    Amouage Reflection Man.
  95. Re: what defines an "italian style" fragrance?

    sprezzatura !
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    Re: Lorenzo Villoresi Perfume Oil ?

    Well, I'm sorry to say, I didn't. It was Design Week and I had a very full schedule. I ended up making fragrance runs to Excelsior (which has just about everything, which was kind of overwhelming,...
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    Re: Can someone explain the "vol %" to me?

    Great thread and it got me wondering. I just checked a bunch of relatively new (four years old at the most) bottles and none of them have this disclosure. Couple of Guerlains, two Hermes eaux, two...
  98. Re: Thoughts about Courvoisier, especially EdT versus EdP ?

    Perfect for almost any ocassion, imo.

    sincerely,
    L. Phelps
  99. Thread: Rehab

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    Re: Rehab

    Personally, I wouldn't buy the Bentley unless I actually a) owned a Bentley and b) liked my Bentley.
  100. Re: Name a fragrance you own, but no other Basenoter does...

    Charles Blair Bath Essence
    Charles Blair Le Parfum

    Not even in the directory (when I dab a little on I record it under "Norrell"), almost no references to it via googling, yet it was an august,...
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