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    Re: Three new Fragrances by Kilian

    I was sent mine directly from By Kilian.
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    Re: Three new Fragrances by Kilian

    Received my samples in the post yesterday, too.
    Wearing Smoke for the Soul today. The fresh, grapefruit/citrus and mentholated eucalyptus in the opening is a nice contrast to some phenolic, smoky...
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    Re: Top 5 pepper scents

    Bang ! by Marc Jacobs.
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    Re: Does civet smell bad?

    Bear in mind the civet used today is mostly synthetic. Chanel, for example, supposedly switched some time in the '90s.
    'Good' and 'bad' are obviously entirely subjective descriptors.
    As it...
  5. Re: Alright which one of you was this? (Kicked off plane...Dior)

    Ha !
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    Re: Grojsman Accord

    Groy-sman.

    Edited to add:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRtdi6asQtA

    At 1:10, the presenter Ari Kagan introduces her (in Russian).
    If you read Cyrillic, her name is spelt: София Гройсман
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    Re: Classy Skanky Animalics

    Cuir Mauresque might interest you if you like animalic leathers.
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    Re: Fragrant religion

    I assume we'd celebrate All Scents Day.
  9. Re: Article: Speaking with Antonio Alessandria in Milan

    I'm working my way slowly through Antonio's scents after discovering them at Jovoy.
    Noir Obscur is aptly named. The davana-rum-plum-citrus arrangement in the top actually reminds me of Atelier...
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    Re: No love for Invictus?

    In this instance, they've taken a gallon of 'modern fougère', and mixed it with equal parts 'woody amber' and 'marine fresh'. Ta-da !
  11. Re: Does this look a genuine Chanel Perfume?

    Honestly, if you're looking to buy current formula No.5, I'd say pony up the extra cash and buy from an authorised Chanel seller.
    You're dealing with one of, if not *the* most faked perfumes in...
  12. Re: Had My First Sales Event-- my experience so far...

    Warmest congratulations on your success. Onwards and upwards !
    (And since Paul brought it up, I do remember your story from a while back and am genuinely sorry things still haven't worked out with...
  13. Thread: Finally!

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    Re: Finally!

    We're happy that you're happy.
    Wear your new fragrance in good health, Swedish !
  14. Thread: Off-Topic

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    Sticky: Re: WARNING. If traveling to South Africa..

    I'm sorry to hear about these thefts which are, sadly, all too common.
    Drifting way off topic, but here's a very insightful and useful video on how to avoid being a victim of kleptomaniac baggage...
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    Re: The "I don't get it" thread

    hehe
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    Re: The "I don't get it" thread

    Slumberhouse.
    There, I said it.
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    Re: Antonio Alessandria Fragrances

    Coincidentally, doing a side-by-side today with Noir Obscur and Atelier Cologne's Gold Leather.
    The former is what the latter should have been, I think.
    Both open on a pronounced boozy / dark...
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    Re: The surreal world of the amateur perfumer

    Wonderful !
    Great to see 'our' perfumers getting some well-deserved attention for their work.
    Bonne Continuation !
  19. Re: Tara Reid launches Sharknado-themed fragrance Shark by Tara

    Clearly no expense was spared on the bottle design :/
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    Re: Oeillet Bengale by Aedes de Venustas

    All good, Mike !
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    Re: Oeillet Bengale by Aedes de Venustas

    I just finished sampling this and wrote a little review on my blog.
    To me, it's basically a lily-rose floral shot through with spicy carnation atop a musky, vanillic base.
    I'm not gaga for it,...
  22. Re: Article: Sergio Tacchini create Fantasy Forever

    .....
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    Re: Serge Lutens Miel de Bois fans!

    Still good in my book. After writing a little review on my blog here, a BN buddy sent me a sample of a vintage formulation. The latter was a shade darker /richer, but overall, the difference was...
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    Re: NEW: Comme Des Garcons Wonderoud

    Wonderoud's base contains a mixture of natural (Australian, AFAIK) sandalwood and woody synthetics, just like Wonderwood. I'd say however, it plays a somewhat lesser role.
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    Re: Apple-scented Fragrances?

    Totally.
    DKNY Be Delicious for Men features apple (Givaudan's Pomarose) prominently.
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    Re: Les Senteurs In-Store Samples

    Thanks for passing on the information, Trebor.
    I understand the financial imperative but hate the idea of a 'consultation'; that's what a nose is for.
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    Re: Invictus hits the States (+ review)

    I wrote a short review recently on my blog, but it essentially revolves around a massive woody-amber accord (Amber Xtreme, plus Iso E Super no doubt) that's given a fresh ozonic/marine wash and...
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    Re: Le Galion Perfumes

    Thanks for the information and a reminder about Harrods' forthcoming re-design.
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    Re: Le Galion Perfumes

    According to an email I received from Le Galion's CEO Nicholas Chabot, the line will soon be available in London (where ?), while samples will be made available via their website from September on....
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday 15th July 2014

    No argument from me, Jon ! A worthy emblem for the RSPB, too.
    SotD yesterday was Sycomore.
    Best to all.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, July 14, 2014

    Banned ? Good grief...
    Save us a slice will you, Wolfie ? (Making a note of your baking tips, too).
    Enjoy Minsmere, Jon. It's been a couple of years since I last visited. May need to dust off the...
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    Re: Le Galion Perfumes

    ^ Interesting stuff, PalmBeach. Thanks for explaining the situation.
    Hednic, cheers for the recommendations. Hopefully I can get my nose on some samples.
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    Re: Le Galion Perfumes

    Thanks for the replies, guys.
    Hednic - lucky you receiving samples from FiF. I had a look on their site last night, but it seems the bottles aren't yet available for purchase, nor samples. I've...
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    Le Galion Perfumes

    Any impressions on this revived French house ?
    I heard about it in Paris last month, but so far haven't sniffed any from the line.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSliiefeulc
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    Re: "Jack" perfume by Richard E. Grant

    Here's what I wrote on my blog back in April:

    Jack opens with a sparklingly tart citrus accord that includes the green grapefruit scent of Methyl Pamplemousse. Balancing the hesperidic head is the...
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    Re: Who is your favorite perfumer?

    Just repeating what someone who works for a rival british perfume house told me. So basically, just being a dirty gossip :)
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    Re: Who is your favorite perfumer?

    For what it's worth, it was suggested to me that Robertet supply him with more than just raw materials.
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    Re: Smoky, tarry fragrance

    The aptly named fumoir by Arte Profumi. A smoky, phenolic, birch tar bomb.
  39. Re: Article: Czech & Speake's Jermyn Street store to close at end of month

    Oh, bollocks. Now I have to schlep across town for my shaving soaps...
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    Re: Suggestions from wet shavers

    I use Czech & Speake shaving soaps (No.88, Oxford & Cambridge) exclusively.
    Double ( / triple) the price of others, but the the quality of lather makes it worth the extra cost.

    I don't use an...
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    Re: NOSE - Paris

    The store was founded by (among others) Mark Buxton.
    I think you're safe from buying fakes there.
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    Re: Hermitage Oils and Pell Wall Join Forces

    Currently working fine for me and didn't notice any down time over the weekend.
  43. Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    I think, so. Some varieties of magnolia at least, head in that direction.
    In an earlier post to this thread (April) I mentioned the Saucer Magnolias that were then out in bloom here as having a...
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    Re: Cyclamen: what does it smell like?

    Cyclamen aldehyde has a predominantly fresh green floral scent and is used in many perfumes.
    I'd *guess* it is that kind of note which is commonly referred to in such note breakdowns.
    Never smelt...
  45. Re: Le Labo: Rose 31 100% essential Oil Version £675

    Pics are in the magazine Mumsy, but nothing special: a small aluminium flask adorned with Le Labo's usual label; an amber, apothecary style glass bottle with Le Labo's usual label; and a plain metal...
  46. Le Labo: Rose 31 100% essential Oil Version £675

    From Harrods' Magazine (June, p.104):

    "...Now, Le Labo is introducing a 100 per cent essential-oil version of its bestselling Rose 31 perfume. Pure Rose 31 harks back to the Middle Eastern...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. — Tuesday, 10 June, 2014.

    Good Morning,

    Hermès Brin de Réglisse for a beautiful, sunny day.

    Best to all.
  48. Re: Something similar to the woodier aspects of Miel de Bois

    After reviewing this fragrance, a BN buddy was kind enough to send me a sample of an older formulation to compare: although the differences weren't huge, it was somehow deeper, perhaps a shade darker...
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    Re: Do you carry around an atomiser?

    Always.
    All my perfumes are decanted into small atomisers for that very purpose.
    More often than not, I don't reapply in the day, but I'm grateful when I go for drinks / dinner directly after work.
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    Re: Today I Bought - June 2014

    In Paris presently, and just upgraded my ancient decant to a full jar of Iris Silver Mist.
    Had intended to replace my bottle of MKK too, but as I feared, it's just not the same anymore. Tant pis ...
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    Re: Cartier Les Heures de Parfum

    £270 each at Harrods.
    The bottles are identical to those in the Les Heures line (save for the gold), which seems as lazy as the names.
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    Re: Help me understand Ungaro II

    I'm grateful Ungaro II has never come across as smelling of 'fruit-loops' to me.
    To my nose, it's a delightfully anachronistic fougère, closely related to Jicky. Its main difference however, is the...
  53. BBC Article: Do People Experience Smells in their Dreams ?

    Published yesterday on the BBC website:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27590756

    Anyone have any such stories to share ?
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    Re: Guerlain Les Eaux

    Eau de Cologne du Coq and Eau de Guerlain are summer staples for me - the latter contains a good dose of orris absolute and feels the more substantial.
    That said, they are traditional Eaux de...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 22 May, 2014.

    Sneaking in before closing time to say a huge thank you to: Mocha, ComDiva, Mike, Shades, RHM, Capridog, and Gary (hope I didn't leave anyone off).
    Your birthday wishes mean a great deal to me :)...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 22 May, 2014.

    :kiss: And one for dearest Cello.
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    Re: It's my birthday.

    You only need 23 people in a room for there to be a 50% probability that 2 persons will share a birthday.

    Happy Birthday, David.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 22 May, 2014.

    :kiss: Tdem & Kumquat (that video was hilarious!).
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 22 May, 2014.

    ^ thank you, thank you rynegne & easyfish !
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 22 May, 2014.

    Evening Strangers :)

    Xscent, Jon, Roberto, lpp, ExtremeK, Teardrop: thank you all so much for your kind messages and thoughts. I'm touched.
    Work is busy, busy, busy at present (without much sign...
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    Re: Fragrance and Body Chemistry

    I've never noticed a perfume smell particularly different on different skins.
    And don't get me started on the whole "My skin turns X to cat-piss" thing.
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    Re: SOTD - Wednesday 21st May 2014

    http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab207/gandhajala/images_zpsca2a0393.jpeg
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    Re: What's with the oud craze?

    Thanks so much for explaining, Igor.
    I've come across a few blue cheese-type Ouds and wholly agree - that sh!t's nasty. And I say this as someone who loves both blue cheese and stinky perfumes.
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    Re: What does Rhubarb smell like?

    Great description !
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    Re: What does Rhubarb smell like?

    Difficult to describe - tart, citrusy-green.
    Aedes de Venustas does / did a rhubarby perfume, if I recall.
    There's a dominant rhubarb note in Jour d'Hermès, too.
    The material typically...
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    Re: Best books about perfume

    More, in fact.
    I have 3 : Journal d'un Parfumeur, La Note Verte, and Le Parfum (in the Que Sais-Je ? series. Here, I much prefer Roudnitska's original version).
    There are others, including...
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    Re: Pell Wall Perfumes on Itv Tomorrow

    No telly for me, I'm afraid. But I've had the pleasure of meeting the man himself numerous times and am sure it will be every bit as informative as entertaining. :thumbsup: Chris !
  68. Re: New EDP Frederic Malle - Eau De Magnolia by Carlos Benaim

    From a press release quoted at: http://www.mimifroufrou.com/scentedsalamander/2014/04/editions_de_parfums_frederic_m_6.html#more:



    'Lmr' , I assume, refers to Laboratoire Monique-Rémy who...
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    Re: Cartier Les Heures de Parfum

    I was told June for Harrods, too.
    Thanks, Hednic.
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    Re: Jean Patou: 2 new rereleases in 2014!

    Thanks for the info.
    The '80s re-release of Que Sais- Je ? is fresh in my nostrils, thanks to a generous friend. In fact, I wrote a little review of it today.
    Compared to other vintage Chypres, I...
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    Re: New Perfumer at Caron

    Well, I wrote to Caron HQ this morning asking if they could confirm the rumour that Fraysse had been replaced by a new perfumer.
    Here's what Customer Services said:

    "Nous vous remercions de votre...
  72. New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    When I met Monsieur Malle at an event last year, he mentioned the next perfume to be released was a Carlos Benaïm creation, but wouldn't elaborate.
    Welcome Eau de Magnolia to the line, as reported...
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    Poll: Re: Boxing hand wraps (Bandaged)

    :evil:
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    Re: Jicky EDP - First Wearing

    10 sprays ! Good for you. Wear it in good health.
    As for comparisons with Ungaro II, the latter has a very prominent geranium note which takes it more into the classical, male fougère territory. I...
  75. Poll: Re: fragrance battle: Clive Christian v Kermit the frog

    Any excuse to re-re-re-post.


    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MRW8jD1MBZo

    Ps. We love ya really, Vicks :)
  76. Re: Dihydromyrcenol and me (or: why Jardin d'Amalfi made me recoil)

    Norlimbanol has an extremely dry, woody smell. To my nose, it even has a slightly scorched quality to it at high concentration, like when wood is run through a hot bandsaw. Very powerful and...
  77. Re: Question about the current state of Habit Rouge EdT

    I just happened to be wearing it today.
    Smells awesome and is my favourite concentration.
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    Re: Does Geranium smell animalic?

    To each their own nose, but I'm basically with Hednic.
    Geranium is rosy, but without being overly floral, green, citrusy, a bit herbal and very fresh.
    Apart from the obvious Geranium Pour...
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    Re: Dior Cuir Cannage (2014)

    Re. the Chanel, I have several bottles of pre-Exclusif Cuir de Russie and Pluran's right, the current version is a very different animal. Gone is the rich, sandalwood base redolent of vintage no.5,...
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    Re: Dior Cuir Cannage (2014)

    I sniffed this briefly on card this morning at Harrods.
    No samples and usual caveats apply in the case of first impressions.

    To address Pluran's post, no, this is no IBQ nor rectified...
  81. Interview with Christian Astuguevielle (in French)

    From Le Monde:

    http://marecreation.blog.lemonde.fr/2014/03/27/dans-le-bureau-de-christian-astuguevieille/
  82. Re: Adidas Get Ready! for Men.. check this out!

    It looks like a shoe insert.
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    Re: London Oud Fatigue!

    Can't say I've really noticed oudy scents 'in the wild' much.
    Aggressive woody-ambers, certainly.
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    Re: Dior Cuir Cannage (2014)

    In the same way as each bottle of J'adore is lovingly engraved by the fair hands of Ms.Becker

    http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab207/gandhajala/ScreenShot2014-03-27at150617_zpse6fe14b7.png
  85. Thread: Rare Notes

    by gandhajala
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    Re: Rare Notes

    Have you tried Chanel's 28 La Pausa ? The pink pepper oil gives a pleasant rosy tinge to the orris.
    It also makes a nice appearance in Terre d'Hermès.
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    Re: What to buy additionally?

    If I were to create a tropical, coconuty type scent (and bear in mind, I've never created a perfume in my life), I'd probably experiment with adding some benzyl salicylate for that oily, slightly...
  87. 'Marine Oud'.

    'Marine Oud'.
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    Re: Encre Noire, what am I smelling?

    EN contains some 14% vetiver oils, Bourbon and Hatian.
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    Re: Are there any real carnation perfumes?

    I recently came across a GC-MS analysis of this.
    Interestingly, there's not a drop of carnation absolute present, but a whopping 60% eugenol, with its sweet, spicy clove scent.
    The stuff of IFRA...
  90. Thread: Rare Notes

    by gandhajala
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    Re: Rare Notes

    Kumquat, Broom also features in Safari and Arquiste's Boutonnière No. 7.
    It is sometimes given under its French name, genêt.
    I agree, it has a pleasantly sweet-floral scent with coumarin like...
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    Re: Jicky or Mouchoir de Monsieur?

    Wear it in good health ! The deep drydown of coumarin and vanilla and just a hint of soft wood is lovely.
  92. Re: My first Czech & a Speake, which should it be?

    'Soapy' isn't at all how I'd describe No.88, so perhaps something is amiss.
    It's a musky rose ( definitely redolent of certain incense / headshops / musk stick sweets), shot through with geranium. ...
  93. Thread: Mango

    by gandhajala
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    Re: Mango

    J.-C Ellena (Journal d'un Parfumeur) suggests using the following to recreate the scent of mango:

    ionone
    C-14 aldehyde
    Blackcurrent bud (absolute).

    Those are (frustratingly) all the details...
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    Re: Do suggest me a new chanel summer scent

    Of the three, Pour Monsieur.
    Why ? Because I don't find the Allure series especially alluring.
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    Re: Mixing up cedar(wood) with incense?

    Possibly the Iso E Super ? It has a dry, cedary smell.
    If the absolute is anything like the original Fahrenheit, it has a decent amount (as does the Cartier).
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    Re: Anything Similar to Sycomore?

    EN contains a reported 45% Iso E Super (!).
    Equally though, it contains a very high dose of vetiver oils.
    Probably worth a sniff.
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    Re: Why no sulfur?

    Sulphur in name, though not in smell (to my nose, at any rate).
    Probably a good thing...
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    Re: Patchouli aging

    I received the same Patchouli heart CO2 today and I have to say, it smells incredible. A truly beautiful presentation.
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    Re: Who would wear Black by Comme des Garçons

    Birchtar has a well-established place in western perfumery and is key to numerous Cuir de Russie type scents. On the whole however, it seems there is less appetite for its heavy use than once was the...
  100. Re: Alternative to Cartier's Declaration (original version)?

    As an upgrade, I'd suggest Bigarade Concentrée in the Frédéric Malle line.
    It shares the transparent woodiness of your beloved Cartier, as well as a touch of cumin. The bitter orange though, is...
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