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    Re: Need some violet/violet leaf recommendations

    +2 on this one as well. I also recommend Le Labo Iris 39.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Yeah I figured that. If you're familiar with KenM, he's a notorious poster on Yahoo! and Facebook who makes similar comments to get people riled up.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    I'm so flattered you have decided to come and discuss fragrances with us, EdnaBaron (ohmygodI'mactuallytalkingtoamaster!!!).
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    Re: Rose Fragrances on Men?

    I highly recommend Neela Vermeire Mohur, which I think is one that's been overlooked in this thread. The extrait version of this is a masterpiece.
  5. Re: New from Diptyque: "Kimonanthe" & "Essences Insensees 2016"

    Kimonanthe may be a blind buy for me.
  6. Re: Amygdala Fragrance, a new brand of solid perfumes

    I love the name.

    I don't see why solids are more widely available - it seems as if there's someone asking about it every four months or so.
  7. Re: NEW: Russian Leather part of Cuirs Nomades Line by Memo!

    Fougere? I don't know.
    I'm a sucker for Russian leather, though.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Luca, the latest post of your cat screwing up your laptop speaks to me because I've been very patiently waiting for the latest MacBook Pro to come out so I can replace my old one. First it was...
  9. Thread: Essence of Japan

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    Re: Essence of Japan

    I highly recommend the fragrances of Parfums Satori, who only sells her stuff in Japan. Her entire aesthetic is richly Japanese and includes some of the aromas you guys have mentioned. Her Sakura and...
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    Re: NEW: Robert Piguet - L'Insomnuit!

    Now, to me, those two things sound the same. I always thought that a concentrate was defined by the method of extraction (steam versus solvent) and that the orris root went through both to end up...
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    Re: NEW: Robert Piguet - L'Insomnuit!

    Now, what exactly is Iris Concentrate and Iris Absolute?
  12. Re: Labdanum ( Cistus ladanifer - Rock Rose ) suggestions

    I have to recommend Amouage Fate Woman.
  13. Re: Johann Maria Farina and the Eau de Cologne story

    There's also this one . . .

    53150

    . . . which can easily fit into your Russian leather boots.
  14. Re: Polarizing fragrances (and my first stranger compliment)

    My ex wife HATED Portrait of a Lady - it would flip some switch in her brain any time I wore it or wore clothing again that had it on there. She's a sommelier and wine importer, so her sense of smell...
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    Re: 2,100 Year Old Agate Perfume Bottle

    That bottle looks like it was placed in a box right after it was made and never touched again for over two thousand years.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    It's just all so silly - do these people who are claiming the naturalness of these compounds forgetting the reason why we as perfume lovers desire natural in the first place (for me it's the...
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Luca, that is some very interesting insight in the EU Natural post. The mental gymnastics one makes to make a compound be "natural" reminds me of what people have done throughout history to justify...
  18. Re: Johann Maria Farina and the Eau de Cologne story

    I've always been very intrigued by this fragrance and its crazy narrow bottle. If memory serves me correct, our member the_good_life had a very detailed article on Farina and the company's long...
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    Re: Smell article and Laudamiel perfume line

    Awesome. Great article!
  20. Re: IT'S THE BEST IYO...asking the noses at basenotes

    Do you mean Olene instead of Opone?
  21. Re: "What house do you feel cares most/listens most to their customers? "

    Bruno Fazzolari does a fantastic job with his customer service - much like Andy Tauer. He will send samples and have a small print of the lithograph he makes for the particular fragrance, all with a...
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    Re: Novelty Scent or the Genuine Article?

    I've ready opinions that Dzing! is more of a novelty fragrance, however I disagree with that sentiment. Comme des Garcons Odeur 71 is definitely weird but is wearable.
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    Re: Luca Turin on Lampblack (and others)

    Lampblack is a fantastic fragrance. It now holds the honored spot of being my travel fragrance - one that I will not just carry with me on trips but one that I will spray onto myself before I get on...
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    Re: Your favorite Apple fragrance?

    I really need to revisit Konig.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Luca, your carrots look like those mummified bog people.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    I should have caught that. And thanks, pluran, also for making it clear.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Excellent post on MDCI - dense with information and insight. Though I own Vetiver and Granville, I love Luca's jab at Dior's La Collection Privee. Our thoughts, opinions, and perspectives should...
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    Re: Luca Turin AMA! Ask your question here!

    Hey Luca, my question is this: If you could bring back a couple of ingredients that have been banned, or disappeared for one reason or another, to come back into use, what would you choose? My...
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    And crappy beer still has a utility.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Yeah, it makes me happy that Luca appreciates Anubis because I certainly do. The Morocco imagery is consistent with what I've always felt when I wear it.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Speaking of bats and olfaction, I have always liked the sweet odor of bat guano.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Vintage Irish Spring? Make sure you get the bars who have 83 ingredients listed - those run from 1986 to 1991. Definitely the best years for this soap. I have such good memories of standing outside...
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    I just came across this thread. So happy! Now we'll get a consistent dose of Luca's insight and wit.
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    Re: Most expensive new bottle ever!

    Aren't you paying a ton of money before you smell the product?
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    Re: DO NOT mention Ebay when shopping in a store.

    I don't know why people would put themselves through that kind of experience while testing and buying fragrances. Those vendors bring the teeth-grinding hassle of a Marrakech bazaar while not...
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    Re: DO NOT mention Ebay when shopping in a store.

    I find the original story hilarious, and still would if it happened to me.
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    Re: Luca Turin reviews 7 March 2016

    This is one of the reasons I love his reviews - I would never know about this compound unless he brought it up, and this insight is one of the ways that separates him from all other reviewers.
  38. Re: Frédéric Malle with Carlos Benaïm @ Harvard GSD (Video ~ 90min)

    That was an excellent discussion. Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Help me discover the 80's!

    I'm a big fan of Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui.
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    Re: Luca Turin reviews 1 February 2016

    Bummer - I would think the opportunity wave to sell this fragrance is pretty high right now after your review.
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    Re: your favorite bitter-sweet fragrance?

    Cuir de Lancome is an excellent bitter-sweet fragrance, with styrax and birch contributing bitterness while there's what seems to be vanilla and some tonka to create the sweetness.
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    Re: What frags do you travel abroad with?

    My default travel fragrance has been Geranium Pour Monsieur because I feel comfortable spraying a lot of it on me before I get into a closed-up airplane. I also discovered that Bruno Fazzolari's...
  43. Re: Tobacco Recomendations - How Would You Rate These?

    Whenever these tobacco threads pop up I always have to throw in Sombre Negre by Yosh. Almost all the other fragrances mentioned lean on the sweet side, but Sombre Negra smells like fresh loose...
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    Re: Luca Turin reviews 1 February 2016

    Thank you for the link!

    I looked up Beaufort and East Indies is sold out.
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    Re: Luca Turin reviews 11 January 2016

    Learned two words: rictus and kawaii.
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    Re: WWD Smell Test now freely accessible online

    Thanks for letting us know on this. When these reviews first started, I tried and tried again to weasel through the paywall to read these reviews. I agree that the objectivity of blind testing is...
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    Re: Bitterness In Fragrances

    Speaking of Diptyque, the fig stem and leaf in Philosykos is bitter in my mind - I don't know if others get that or if it's an association I have since the milky sap from fig trees is bitter tasting.
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    Re: Bitterness In Fragrances

    Oh yeah, oak moss is certainly bitter.

    So, from what you guys have mentioned, with oak moss, vetiver, and galbanum, Chanel No. 19 should be a great example.
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    Bitterness In Fragrances

    To me, bitterness is associated with "grownup" tastes, whether it be flavor or smell, and strangely has been something I have always liked in an almost perverse way (when I first tasted tonic water...
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    Re: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews: December 30, 2015

    That would be hilarious.
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    Luca Turin's Latest Reviews: December 30, 2015

    This was mentioned on the La Via del Profumo thread, but I thought I'd mention it here.
    ...
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    Re: Ny times piece of fragrance memory

    Thank you for the link. Very interesting.
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    May I ask why?
  54. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Thank you for the reply. I certainly will try to be more evident next time, even though I thought I did so the last two. Anyway, I'm wearing the Sharif right now for the first time and it is a lovely...
  55. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    I received the Il Giglio di Firenzeand Sharif on Wednesday. The shipping speed is amazing.

    I sprayed Il Giglio di Firenzei on my wrist and was hit with a vapory dirty carrot that then mellows out...
  56. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Yeah, I'm getting the Il Giglio di Firinzi. Dominique uses such high-quality ingredients and lets them speak for themselves. Interestingly enough, his style is similar to Italian cuisine in general -...
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    Re: What are you tired of?

    Absolutely.
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    Re: What are you tired of?

    Overuse of ambroxan.
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    Re: The best male lavender fragrance

    Anat Fritz Classical is my go-to lavender.
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    Re: Luca Turin's reviews 14 December 2015

    Wow, I wasn't expecting this so soon! Thanks for the link! And thank you, Luca!
  61. Re: what's your favorite dark fragrance with a fruit note?

    Unless I missed it, I'm surprised no one has mentioned Tuscan Leather.
  62. Re: Luca Turin Complete writings 2003-2014 now on Kindle!

    I went ahead and got the book, which is en route. I don't really like the way I have to navigate through my Kindle, and if it's going to be a reference book this is a deal-breaker for me.
  63. Re: About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    Thank you!
  64. Re: About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    Alright, I'll try that. Thanks.
  65. Re: About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    Aww, man, it's not available to me.
  66. Re: About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    Speaking of music, Luca does use music often as a metaphor in his reviews, and I wish I knew more about music (I can not play an instrument nor read music) to better understand these reviews and also...
  67. Re: About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    Dunning Kruger Effect?
  68. Re: About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    This resonates with me because of my appreciation for what Bruno Fazzolari is doing and the context in which he works, as a professional artist and the perfumes he creates. The perfumes ARE grounded...
  69. Re: About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    Oh my God! I have to find some of his stuff so I can see what you're talking about. Hilarious!
  70. About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    http://arabia.style.com/beauty/beauty-guide/luca-turin-reviews-latest-2015-perfumes-comme-des-garcons-carolina-herrera-papillon-artisan-perfumes/

    I'm happy he reviewed a Papillon creation. I...
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    Re: Hermés vs Tom Ford, as a fragrance house

    Oh yeah, how did I forget that (too much weeeeed).
  72. Thread: Iris Silver Mist

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    Re: Iris Silver Mist

    I so agree with your visualization of this. It is a strongly-conceptualized modern perfume to the point where it is almost alien to me. The metallic nature is very powerful, like blue tempered steel,...
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    Re: Hermés vs Tom Ford, as a fragrance house

    Does Tom Ford have a vetiver-heavy fragrance?
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    I'm really impressed with Diptyque's Oud Palao. To me, it definitely has a place among the plethora of oud fragrances, especially rose-oud, with the skill of composition. What I really like about it...
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    Re: Les Exclusifs--Impressions

    I'm not a big fan of aldehyde bombs, but this line has a disproportionate amount of masterpieces. I own Cuir de Russie, Sycomore, and Bois des Iles and they're, to me, the pinnacle of perfumery. It's...
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    Re: Your top 3 list 80ies scents.

    All these are associated with great memories:

    Giorgio for Men
    Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui
    Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree
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    Re: Masterpieces of functional perfumery

    This is all very enlightening. Thanks, everyone, for y'all's comments and insight.
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    Re: Masterpieces of functional perfumery

    I have been thinking about this since the question has been raised (great subject, OP!) and really can't come up with a "masterpiece", but one product that I think is a classic is Murphy Oil Soap -...
  79. Re: What fragrance do you think has the best sprayer?

    In my experience, the Chanel Les Exclusifs EdT bottles have amazing sprayers - not only the cap-sprayer magnetic interface, but notably the sprayer itself will put out a full blast even though the...
  80. Re: Your best and most impressive niche acquisition of 2015 ( regardless of which year it was releas

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing this. Those are beautiful bottles, with the porcelain and the glass one. Do you pull the bottle out of the porcelain before you spray?
  81. Re: Your best and most impressive niche acquisition of 2015 ( regardless of which year it was releas

    Papillon Anubis
    Vero Onda extrait
  82. Re: Well this is a downer: 5 Health Reasons Why You Should Stop Wearing Aftershave

    Yeah, but how was her sperm count?
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    Re: Best Smokey Fragrances

    Patchouli 24
  84. Re: Needing workhorse cologne for college professor in late 20s.

    These are good suggestions. I'd like to strongly suggest Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree. This stuff is wonderful, assertive, extremely classy, and definitely lasts all day.
  85. Re: BASENOTES TOP 500 ("Greatest Modern Perfumes"): How's it reflect upon your experience thus far?

    Final results for me:

    You own 89 fragrances in the list (44 are samples)
    You have previously owned no fragrances in the list
    You have tried 213 fragrances in the list
    You have no fragrances in...
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    Re: Predictions for TOP 10 of the 500 List?

    Yeah, this has been very fun! I am very relieved that Portrait of a Lady is so high - to me, it would be in the number 1 spot. And, honestly, I thought Sycomore would not have been included since I...
  87. Re: BASENOTES TOP 500 ("Greatest Modern Perfumes"): How's it reflect upon your experience thus far?

    Oh my God, whew! The King of Kings is not #1!
  88. Re: BASENOTES TOP 500 ("Greatest Modern Perfumes"): How's it reflect upon your experience thus far?

    It's great to see Lampblack getting the recognition on this list that it deserves.
  89. Re: BASENOTES TOP 500 ("Greatest Modern Perfumes"): How's it reflect upon your experience thus far?

    There's so many intriguing ones that I'd like to try! I never tried Gucci Eau de Parfum, but is it truly still available? I would also like to try the Bombay Infusion and the Paradox Green. I have a...
  90. Re: BASENOTES TOP 500 ("Greatest Modern Perfumes"): How's it reflect upon your experience thus far?

    Very surprising indeed. The data that resulted in this list is quite powerful.
  91. Re: BASENOTES TOP 500 ("Greatest Modern Perfumes"): How's it reflect upon your experience thus far?

    At #459:

    Own: 4
    Tried: 10

    These are all interesting to see. I think it's good data, but I always like to hear what the statistics-minded have to say about how the list was compiled.
  92. Re: Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady 2010 vs Portrait of a Lady 2015 differences...

    If the virtue of the older formulation is that it is stronger than the current, then I don't really want it - the newer is strong enough.
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    Re: Bob's Burgers: Ambergris

    Thanks for sharing this. I've watched maybe two episodes of this show but can't wait to check this out once I get home.
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    Re: What is this? Cyrillic.

    Yeah, they're souvenirs that come packaged in this hollowed-out wooden container with burnt wood art on it.
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite vetiver?

    As in, "Welcome to Vetiver! Claude will take your coat for you."
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    Re: Salome by Papillon Artisan Perfumes.

    I love Anubis and own it and Angelique, with the latter using a light touch and freshness with orris. Tobacco Rose is excellent but I feel this niche in my wardrobe to be filled by Portrait of a...
  97. Re: Hey guys I'm back after a long hiatus. What is/are the new hip fragrance(s)?

    You should REALLY try every one of the Bruno Fazzolari line. They are so well grounded in classic perfumery while being very modern, yet it must be clear that this modern aspect does not mean...
  98. Re: a Celebrity scent you'd like to see on the shelves...

    Serenity - Crispin Glover
  99. Re: Hey guys I'm back after a long hiatus. What is/are the new hip fragrance(s)?

    There's this perfume called "Jicky" that uses (get this!) synthetics.
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    Re: Amouage Sunshine man

    Great review, Mick_Trick. The tonka scares me, but I will definitely try it in the hope that I will again have my prejudices delightfully destroyed.
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