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    Re: 8 New Fragrances -- Vilhelm Parfumerie

    The bottle design is indeed similar to Linari. However, it also has exactly the same labelling and font style as Byredo, while incorporating the original colour scheme of Acqua di Parma.
  2. Thread: Cuiron 2014

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    Re: Cuiron 2014

    It was always about money, not reviving a lost 'classic'...

    With the crazy ebay prices, for vintage bottles, they simply capitalised on it.

    EDP my posterior...
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    Re: J Steele Perfumer's Apprentice Attars

    I forgot to mention that White Lotus' older attars are just as good, but the more recent offerings (e.g. Khus Masala Attar) are absolutely awful!
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    Re: J Steele Perfumer's Apprentice Attars

    Amulya is definitely gorgeous. However, within two hours, it's virtually undetectable on my skin. Based on the price, that was a complete deal-breaker.

    Overall, they're all high-quality attars...
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    Re: He's at it... again!

    No, he's not the perfumer of Boadicea The Victorious nor is he a perfumer per se.

    He's simply an artistic director, a la Serge Lutens, but decided to go down the 'Ormonde Jayne route' (i.e. by...
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    Re: He's at it... again!

    As well as this house, hence the thread title:

    http://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedirectory/?house=103500
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    He's at it... again!

    http://bohdidharmaperfume.com/
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    Re: The "French-ness" of luxury

    Amen to that.
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    Re: why is it that sales clerks do this?

    A similar thing happened with me at Guerlain, in Paris.

    I bought a bottle of SDV and was gifted with tons of samples (of other fragrances) and other freebies. So many that I needed a separate bag...
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    Re: why is it that sales clerks do this?

    Nah, I'd prefer to make time stand still and then ransack the 'secret' compartments were all the samples are stored. http://www.en.kolobok.us/smiles/personal/diablo.gif
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    Re: why is it that sales clerks do this?

    True, hence the need to generate some courage in the first place...

    However, making your own sample isn't any different to a shopper spritzing themselves, at least 10-12 times, with a fragrance...
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    Re: why is it that sales clerks do this?

    There have been a few occasions when, after being told by a SA that samples weren't available, I would produce an empty 1ml vial and ask them to prepare a sample for me instead. But it was always a...
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    Re: why is it that sales clerks do this?

    A few years ago, I went into Liberty (where, apart from the concession stands, there are never any samples available) and discreetly decanted a fragrance into a 1ml vial I had brought with me. And,...
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    Re: I like this guy!

    At least he isn't as irritating as his younger brother...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fP4emqw7O4
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    Re: Roja Dove - Nuwa 2015 edition

    Not really.

    Obviously, someone confused India with China. How that was possible beats me.
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    Re: Roja Dove - Nuwa 2015 edition

    LOL! Fair enough.

    But that doesn't excuse the changes made to Reckless and (according to someone over at Fragrantica) Lilac.
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    Re: Roja Dove - Nuwa 2015 edition

    Sounds like a few have been reformulated.

    Reformulating them is one thing, drastically changing them (while retaining the original name and not changing the packaging) is another.

    Nüwa was...
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    Re: If you could start over?

    If I had to start over, I would hardly change a thing in my wardrobe. For what it's worth, it's been a great journey.

    However, I would change another thing: I wished I acquired more vintage...
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    Re: If you could start over?

    I wish more experienced Basenoters had the good sense to tell the above to OPs, asking for a cheaper version of niche fragrance X...
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    Re: Flankers... when ideas run out?

    It's just business. Nothing personal.
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    Re: Roja Dove Bergamot Extrait

    How does £15 a pop sound?

    Oh, and the minimum for a sample order is... five.
  22. Re: So "Pierre Montale" doesn't even exist and isn't even an original French company..

    And threads don't just disappear without a good reason...

    You're just being warned that it was discussed before and that this thread may be pulled (which is why the original thread no longer...
  23. Re: So "Pierre Montale" doesn't even exist and isn't even an original French company..

    Very old news...

    Expect this thread to disappear like the last one:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/289524-Montale-company-disbanded
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    Re: New Pierre Guillaume - Collection Croisiere!!

    Too many lines, IMHO. Maybe he should focus on composing more satisfying fragrances, instead of acting like a megalomaniac.

    The four fragrances, Entre Ciel et Mer, Jangala, Paris Seychelles and...
  25. Re: Bois D'Argent my biggest fragrance disappointment to date.

    +1

    I foolishly bought two bottles of the original version, when the collection was still a trio, and sold them both off within a couple of months.
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    Five least favourite Malles

    Cologne Bigarade - pointless with the existence of Bigarade Concentrée
    L'Eau d'Hiver - powdery nothingness
    Dans Tes Bras - too damn weird
    Lipstick Rose - their least impressive rose offering
    En...
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    Re: Solid wine cooler for fragrances?

    Although I have nothing against wine coolers, my main reservation has always been when they suddenly stop working, and how that could affect the fragrances stored.

    These days, nothing is built to...
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    Re: I'm tired of poorly packaged decants/splits

    Hence the above phrase.
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    Re: I'm tired of poorly packaged decants/splits

    And the desire for 'lots of variety' could also equate to gluttony. Everyone's perspective is different...

    A sample not enough? Then get two or three, and save even more money on deciding.

    No...
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    Re: Most nauseating fragrance.

    Ditto.
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    Re: Brand New Montale - Aoud Lavender!!

    Yeah, after their 72 rose and oud combos...
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    Re: I'm tired of poorly packaged decants/splits

    While I'm aware that decants have their place, these days, I'm getting the distinct impression that this option is used a lot as a shortcut to quickly increase one's collection.

    Whether it's due...
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    Re: I'm tired of poorly packaged decants/splits

    Admire it! :tongue:
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    Re: I'm tired of poorly packaged decants/splits

    That's why samples exist...


    That doesn't make sense if your interest in fragrances is both genuine and long-term.
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    Re: I'm tired of poorly packaged decants/splits

    Once again, in agreement.
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    Re: I'm tired of poorly packaged decants/splits

    So, basically, you're moaning because you can't have your cake and eat it...
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    Re: I'm tired of poorly packaged decants/splits

    Exactly.

    It sounds like you're buying from numerous sellers when you should be focusing on 2-3 reputable sellers instead. Of course, they may not offer everything you want but the amount of risk...
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    Re: I'm tired of poorly packaged decants/splits

    If you want to take a hobby seriously, you have to invest in it.

    Years to get through? That's the entire point!
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    Re: I'm tired of poorly packaged decants/splits

    If you feel that way, just save up for full bottles.
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    Re: Parfum Satori from Japan

    Oh, I completely agree with you, but those who read this thread should be warned beforehand. :smiley:
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    Re: Hermes price hikes

    Some people are so cheeky... :tongue:

    This trend in price increases has been getting out of hand, for the last five years or so. Couple that with the stealth (and inferior) reformulations or...
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    Re: Parfum Satori from Japan

    They're all well composed but lack sufficient presence on the skin. Different strokes, I suppose...

    http://scentforthought.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Parfum%20Satori
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    Re: Hermes price hikes

    I've long stopped buying fragrances, so it's no big deal.
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    Re: Scored a bottle of Opium pour homme EDP!!!

    That's correct.

    Personally, I found the vintage packaging somewhat tacky and view Serge Lutens' Arabie as a superior alternative.
  45. Re: I Really Hate........ (The, "I Really Hate" Thread)

    I really hate that 'the art of perfumery' has been reduced to 'the art of swindle'.
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    Re: Spicy-smoky-sweet

    This!
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    Re: About Fragrance Concentrations

    It's all about labelling, which is meaningless marketing drivel.

    Only your skin and nose can decide whether a stated concentration is adequate.
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    Re: Montale's Vanilla Fragrances

    Vanille Absolu - straight-up creamy vanilla
    Boise Vanille - old-fashioned smelling with a dusty/gritty woody accent
    Vanilla Extasy - floral vanilla
    Chypre Vanille - a car crash
  49. Thread: Profumum

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    Re: Profumum

    20ml Profumum travel sprays have been around for a while, but not many stores stock them.

    http://www.parfumeriedusoleildor.net/profumum-roma/8277-antico-caruso-vapo-20-ml-15207.html
  50. Re: How narrow have you gotten your collection? Or do you keep adding?

    Everyone should add, when starting out on this hobby. However, after the first 2-3 years of collecting, it makes sense to take stock of where you are (that's unless you're extremely wealthy and/or...
  51. Thread: Profumum

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    Re: Profumum

    Antico Caruso wasn't to my tastes, but both Patchouly and Ambra Aurea are absolute standouts.

    If you also love vanilla scents, Profumum has a wide selection of them.
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    Re: Grey Flannel - Why the dislike?

    Could it possibly be because it's not the latest overpriced niche release (promising to make you smell like a bourgeois playboy) or a go-to a p****-dropper?
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    Re: Encre Noir must try?

    It's worth sampling it, just to see what the fuss is all about.

    However, be warned that you may become bored of it after a while. Consisting largely of vetiveryl acetate, it lacks both the depth...
  54. Re: Jean-Claude Ellena, a look back at his years at Hermès

    IMO, Ellena's best output was in 2004, with the odd interesting or decent release thereafter.

    However, I still have yet to own a Hermès fragrance...
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    Re: Best Al Rehab's?

    Al-Rehab practically cranks out new releases every year, so it's tough keeping up with what's on offer.

    A few from the top of my head:

    Rose (straight-up rose)
    Red Rose (a fresher rendition of...
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    Re: My personal opinion on Guerlain

    I'd like to think that many of us are already aware of this...

    The problem is that Guerlain's exclusive line, especially when compared to past glories, simply isn't cutting it (as well as lacking...
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    Re: My personal opinion on Guerlain

    Because Guerlain would rather send exclusive freebies to bloggers who indulge in figurative ass-kissing...
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    Re: Best Montale EDP for Men

    Aoud line: Aoud Lime or Oud Cuir d'Arabie

    Non-aoud line: Blue Amber
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    Re: What happened to Katie?

    Always found her fake and annoying...
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    Re: An innovative idea for using up excess juice

    lol!
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    Re: Muscs Koublaï Khän - discontinued???

    I once read somewhere that it was notably skanky, when first released. However, it's probably been reformulated at least two or three times since then.

    I've never really understood the claims of...
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    Re: Amouages for around $100: what to buy?

    Stop being greedy...
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    Re: My personal opinion on Guerlain

    Argh! My eyes!
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    Re: My personal opinion on Guerlain

    That may be so but have you seen his portfolio before joining Guerlain? Apart from 2-3 decent releases, the rest are atrocious designer dreck.

    He wasn't employed solely for his skills as a...
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    Re: My personal opinion on Guerlain

    And prior to 2000, there were hardly any Guerlain releases with pink-coloured juice...
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    Re: My personal opinion on Guerlain

    Guerlain is living off past glories, plain and simple, and has been doing so for years.

    Disregarding current fragrance restrictions, a return to Guerlain's heyday would only be possible via the...
  67. Re: In your opinion, does it take a certain kind of guy to wear Aventus?

    All it takes is a sucker...
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    Re: Petition to ban acronyms

    OMG! LOL! Acronyms FTW!

    jk
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    Re: What famous people wear

    Personally, I really couldn't give a shit.

    Once I was talking with a group of people and my interest in fragrances emerged. The guy next to me was wearing a Creed. He asked if I could smell it on...
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    Re: What else do you collect apart from perfumes?

    Music
    World cinema
    Clothes
    Shoes (more due to necessity than choice)
    Incense
    Experiences
  71. Re: Guerlain Vetiver Vs. Frederic Malle Vetiver Ext.

    Word.
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    Re: Which house has the best quality ingredients?

    lol!
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    Has anyone tried these yet?

    From a well-respected house, at a great price and composed by French perfumers.

    Has anyone tried them yet?

    I don't want to wait too long to pounce on these, only to discover that they've been...
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    Re: Which house has the best quality ingredients?

    More like 'Which house is the best bull****ter'...
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    Re: Abdul Samad al Qurashi...?

    Yes but it may just be down to personal tastes.

    All I can say is that I've encountered more Ajmals worthy of consideration than ASAQs. However, in fairness, most of the ASAQs I've sampled were...
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    Re: Abdul Samad al Qurashi...?

    I can't remember the names of all the ones I tried but I've sampled roughly 12-15 oil-based creations, over the years, including ouds, oud blends and animal musks.

    If I recall correctly, I once...
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    Re: Abdul Samad al Qurashi...?

    I heard the same thing, a couple of years ago. Personally, I'm not surprised.

    I even visited their Paris boutique, a few years ago, and left empty-handed.
  78. Re: Is this paranoia or are my suspicions legitimate?

    Clearly a North American situation...
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    Re: How shallow are you?

    I don't think I've ever fallen for a fragrance housed in a pig ugly bottle. However, I have fallen for fragrances that came with bulb atomisers. Utter dealbreaker, IMHO.
  80. Re: Is this paranoia or are my suspicions legitimate?

    LOL! Some of the replies are hilarious...

    But carry on justifying her behaviour, thus condoning such increasingly silly reactions/behaviour.

    One day, you'll be like the OP, asking why that...
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    Re: Spraying clothes

    One word of caution: staining.
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    Re: Abdul Samad al Qurashi...?

    I've sampled numerous oils from this house, over the last eight years, and still can't understand what all the fuss is about...
  83. Thread: Al rehab

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    Re: Al rehab

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  84. Re: Oud scents - Why do a lot of women dislike them so much here in the USA ?

    Far from it and no disrespect intended.

    You just need to read between the lines (his not mine)...
  85. Re: Oud scents - Why do a lot of women dislike them so much here in the USA ?

    Quote of the month!
  86. Re: Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    You've already been beaten to the punch. Look at the back of a pack of peanuts.

    Yes, seriously.
  87. Re: Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    He did. He sold the company to Estée lauder.


    Not wearing it, probably owning it.


    Start?!!! LMAO!!!

    You lot should have been doing this at least 3-5 years ago. YOU'RE TOO LATE!
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    Re: Mona di Orio- QUESTION?

    Cuir came close but that's about it.

    I also don't like the excuse that all the original Les Nombres d'Or releases were originally EDPs but the house 'mistakenly' labelled them as EDTs (especially...
  89. Re: Opium pour home EDP - where is it possible to still purchase it?

    I remember the good old days, when I got mine for under £15.00. LOL!
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    Re: How do you feel about the Ramon Monegal house?

    When a house launches so many fragrances from day one, I rarely bother to investigate them.
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    Re: Fragrances that people around you hate

    At least 90% of the time, it's olfactory ignorance and nothing more...
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    Re: Major price hike for Creeds on Fragrancenet

    That's one of the reasons why I stopped buying fragrances, three or four years ago, and have only been investing in essential oils since then.
  93. Re: Article: Helmut Lang relaunches Cuiron, Helmut Lang Eau de Cologne and Helmut Lang Eau de Parfum

    IMHO, it's not the same.

    I found it to be fresher, with only a minimal plum and leather presence. But its performance on the skin is still as abysmal as it's always been, even though it's now an...
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    Re: Roja Dove appreciation thread

    I respect this house but have yet to find one that's full bottle-worthy. But I still live in hope...
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    Re: 2015 Fragrance Predictions

    1) More stealth reformulations
    2) At least two 'subtle' price hikes
    3) Further EU/IFRA restrictions
    4) Chanel finally submitting to the oud fad
    5) Slumberhouse further alienating its older fans...
  96. Re: Please don't use "Old Lady" or "Old Man" 'scent' as description...it's offensive

    What I also find unsettling is the following. It seems to crop up a lot in fragrance reviews:

    I can't see a woman/man under [insert any age over 40] wearing this.

    Yes, it's only your...
  97. Re: Please don't use "Old Lady" or "Old Man" 'scent' as description...it's offensive

    Unfortunately, we're now living in a society where a significant proportion of youngsters have got it into their heads that they'll never grow old (or, alternatively, they'll somehow be more relevant...
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    Re: Lucky Scent vs First in Fragrance

    I prefer First in Fragrance and have purchased a couple of bottles from them in the past. But I do have a couple of minor gripes with their sample service:

    1) There's a minimum purchase amount for...
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    Re: Vetiver Attars by Persephenie

    Bump...

    So, has anyone tried any of these yet?
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    Re: Al Rehab - Choco Musk

    I tried Choco Musk at my local store, a couple of months ago, and noticed that it doesn't smell exactly the same. I think they've tweaked it and amped-up the chocolate a bit more. I also think it's...
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