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  1. Thread: modern vetiver

    by alfarom
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    Re: modern vetiver

    I find Veitver Extraordinare to be quite a modern take on the main theme and possibly still my favorite. I would also suggest Fat Electrician, CDG Vettiveru, CDG2Man and Vetiverus.
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    Re: Best Designer "Leather" Scent?

    If I were to stick to designer stuff, my picks would be either Bel Ami (possibly vintage but the current formulation is still pretty solid) or Cuiron.
  3. Thread: santal 33

    by alfarom
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    Re: santal 33

    Probably my favorite LeLabo but just like others in this thread, I have to go very light on the trigger to properly enjoy it. It gets, at times, quite exhausting. Great radiance, good longevity.
  4. Re: Your top 5 niché fragrances for hot weather

    Right now I'd say...

    Mito
    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Eau De Tarocco
    Sous Le Vent
    Terralba
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2014

    Super stuff! One of my most stocked fragrances…! Congrats!
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    Re: Why did Luca Turin dissapear from style?

    How. Dare. *YOU*!!!
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    Re: New from MDCI - Cuir Garamante

    Sounds like a keeper in my book :)
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    Re: Found a bottle of gucci rush for men today

    Get is as soon as possible. Worst case scenario you will unload it…pretty easily.
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    Re: Vetiver Pour Elle

    Just plain gorgeous in my book. Mr.Reasonable's description nails it completely. On the other hand, I feel like warning you that in order to properly appreciate this gem, you have to be fine with...
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    Re: New Vero Profumo - ROZY

    Vero Kern's style is never *pretty* or too *affected* which is basically why every fragrance she delivered thus far, it's perfectly suitable for anyone who likes it.
  11. Re: Hidden Gems in plain sight? Store brands worth seeking out

    You First by David Mayer Norman.

    Oh well, I wouldn't exactly describe it as an hidden gem but it's pretty decent if one is fine with synth stuff. A post-Terre spicy leathery woody vetiver with...
  12. Re: Bois d’Ascese Eau de Parfum by Naomi Goodsir

    Holy grail stuff, if you ask me.
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    Re: New Vero Profumo - ROZY

    I'm here to humbly serve you, sirs :)
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    Re: New Vero Profumo - ROZY

    Anyone interested, can check my full reviews on both the EDP and the VdE here…

    http://neroprofumo.blogspot.it/2014/04/vero-profumo-rozy-edp-and-voile.html
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    Re: What are your next purchases going to be?

    Yes, absolutely changed my mind on this one and on several other Humiecki & Graef. I guess I originally tested the line when I wasn't in the right mood for such peculiar stuff because, as a matter of...
  16. Re: Early warning: Pharrell Williams teams up with Comme des Garçons

    Kumquat, they're not just thinking about the greatest talent here but good talent paired to a HUGE appeal on both younger crowds and grown-ups. Honestly, while I personally stopped following Pharrell...
  17. Re: Early warning: Pharrell Williams teams up with Comme des Garçons

    I actually think several of the CDG's collaborations ended up being amongst their best deliveries (Millenery for Stephen Jones / Standard for Artek / Hinoki and Sugi for Monocle).
  18. Re: Wisteria Hysteria by Comme des Garçons + Stephen Jones

    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26129490.html
  19. Re: Wisteria Hysteria by Comme des Garçons + Stephen Jones

    Apparently, Mark changed his initial impressions about the fruity aspect of Wisteria Hysteria...
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  20. Poll: Re: Which is a better plus for an excellent smelling fragrance?

    A mixture of things. I like a fragrance that smells unique so I guess novelty / artistry are aspects I generally seek in a fragrance. This doesn't mean I don't like *more classically orchestrated*...
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    Re: Favorite Creeds by smell only

    Angelique Encens
    Bois De Santal
    Vintage Tabarome
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    Re: Expensive cheapos: get your list out!

    Several Bonds. I'll stop it here for the better...
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    Re: Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Toit

    Never grown to really like *Sour Le Toit*. There's an overall sourness that totally ruins it for me...
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    Re: Roja Dove Vetiver

    I don't find this feminine but perhaps she might refer to it as feminine because of its inherent classicism? Just a guess...
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    Re: Next niche house to explore?

    If you want to stick to extremely popular brands which deliver anything but what I refer to as *niche* fragrances then, yeah, Tom Ford is a great option. There are plenty of *great* house out there I...
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    Re: New Frédéric Malle Release

    I'm curious but only moderately excited here as I'm generally not a huge fan of the *main player*...
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    Re: Jean Patou: 2 new rereleases in 2014!

    Let's hope for the best but let's also get ready for a disappointment….
  28. Re: Niche and Designer! Full Bottles to Swap (Pictures)

    Wanted list updated….
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    Re: Creed, Eldo, Givenchy...

    bump
  30. Re: What would you get first, Jubilation XXV or Dia Man?

    Jub no doubts for me. I like Dia quite a lot but never grown to really love it.
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    Re: One summer frag...what should I get?

    Vetiver Extraordinaire

    …are you sure this thread will actually help you to choose?
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    Re: Encre Noire and Sycomore

    I like and own both but, in the end, I find them pretty different. let's put it simple...

    Sycomore = Silk
    Encre Noire= Jersey
  33. Re: Which masculine Guerlain Exclusive should I try?

    Iif I'd were to stick to those marketed as masculines I'd say…

    Derby and Arsene Lupin

    With that said, I find several *Guerlains* to be perfectly unisex. If you're not too concerned about gender...
  34. Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    They're called crowdpleasers. Problem is that most of the time, people want to smell like other people. Curiosity and open-mindedness is the key...
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2014

    Tremendous stuff.
  36. Re: I would like a Montale sample suggestion...

    I'd go with Aoud Cuir D'Arabie, Dark Aoud (assuming you're fine with heavy doses of norlimbanol) and Aoud Musk.
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    Poll: Re: the best global region for fragrances

    This is a very tough one. I actually think that every region has its own points of strength. I don't want to sound too diplomatic but I really can't pick up a region over another.
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    Re: Best Blood Orange Fragrance

    Definitely another vote for Eau De Tarocco. I know many find this somewhat short-lived but, surprisingly, it lasts quite a long time on myself.
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    Re: Please recommend a niche...

    I'd suggest a white floral for you. Tuberose and/or gardenia are often paired with coconut. I'm personally not a fan of this combo but people who loves it, find Volo AZ 686 by Profumum to be a good...
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    Re: New Perfumer at Caron

    Sounds like a great news. it was about time actually ;) Well, as you say, IFRA will surely make things a bit harder but, at least, we can start hoping again for a possible resurrection….
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    Re: Tabac Blond Extrait or EdP

    Another vote for the Extrait. More dense and with a more tenacious opening (which in my opinion is the best part of modern Tabac Blond)
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    F is for Fanfan La Tulipe
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    Re: Tam Dao EDP question

    Love you!
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    Re: Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier suggestions

    One of my favorite lines. I love basically every fragrance in their Les Parfums du Levant and Les Caprices du Dandy series (well, except for Secret Melange) and a bunch of others from the remaining...
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    Re: An Amazing Citrus?

    These are some solid suggestions. For something more modern and definitely leaning towards the spicy side of the spectrum, I've grown extremely fond of Diptyque's Eau De Tarocco. It does miracles in...
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    Re: Looking for a nice aquatic fragrance

    If you want something very easy to find and that doesn't cost a fortune, Bvlgari Aqva does the trick pretty well, IMO. For something a little bit more challenging price-wise, I'd suggest either Sel...
  47. Re: Thoughts on Histoires de Parfums 1740 Marquis de Sade

    I modern masterpiece in my book. Rumors say it has been reformulated but I honestly have no idea because I've never tried the current stock. With that said, as much as I generally loathe sweet stuff,...
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    Re: Jicky EDP - First Wearing

    A masterpiece and definitely one of my all-time favorites. If you want an extra-kick, track down some Parfum De Toilette. That's the real deal when it comes to Jicky.
  49. Re: Gimme 3: Your most versatile scents that aren't boring [details inside]

    Designer: _________ Gianfranco Ferre For Man (1986) or several vetivers such as, say, the Givenchy's
    Niche: ____________Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Underrated ________ Mark Birley For Men
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    Poll: Re: Deciding on Citrus(y) Summer Scent

    If I'd were stick with the Chanel + citrus combo, I'd suggest Chanel EDC. Pretty fleeting but just awesome and possibly the best EDC-themed fragrance out there at the moment. Another option is...
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    Re: Rome/Florence/Naples/Istanbul

    lol!
  52. Re: Surfer guy - recommend me a Winter fragrance

    Terre or Voyage
  53. Poll: Re: Fragrance Battle of the Day (4/8/14): Memoir Man vs Tobacco Vanille

    I don't see how these two fragrances could be by any mean comparable…anyway, Memoir all the way for me.
  54. Re: What I finally realized about "boring" fragrances

    I tend to classify as boring, most of the trendy mainstremish perfumes (both masculines and feminines). They're clearly conceived to be inoffensive but, in the end, they result more annoying and...
  55. Re: Add Comme des Garcons Wonderwood to the Encre Noire/Sycomore Conversation

    I think the link you find is something related to the woody / incensey facet provided by Iso.
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    Re: Finally tried Fracas

    I like most of their former range. Fracas (the feminine version) is a textbook / reference tuberose but I agree it definitely has a pinky vibe...
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    Re: Montale Red Vetiver and Terre De Hermes

    ^^^ either one of these...
  58. Re: Suggest a fragrance- modern fougére/aquatic

    Aramis - New West For Him
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    Re: What are your next purchases going to be?

    Here are some that climbed my *buy list* to the top…

    Vero Profumo Rozy VdE
    Goti Smoke
    Comme Des Garcons for Stephen Jones Wisteria Hysteria
    Comme Des Garcons Serpentine
    Mad Et Len Black Afgan...
  60. Re: Designer Cult Favorites...Still In Production

    Here are some...

    Hermes Bel Ami
    Kouros
    Voyage
    Fahrenheit
    Encre Noir
    Egoiste
    Givenchy Gentleman
    Tom Ford Sahara Noir
  61. Re: J.F. Schwarzlose Berlin 'Trance' - artemisia (wormwood)

    It is actually described as a rose-oud driven fragrance. I think I tried it when originally launched but I'm afraid it didn't leave an impression. I've to say though, I'm generally not a fan of the...
  62. Re: Comme Des Garcons - SERPENTINE - A New Fragrance

    I think it will be sold at Luckyscent as well. Anyway, Dover Street Market is not exactly a brick and mortar shop...
  63. Comme Des Garcons - SERPENTINE - A New Fragrance

    Comme des Garçons is launching their new unisex eau de toilette in collaboration with Serpentine Galleries. The new fragrance, entitled « Serpentine » draws its inspiration from the best fresh, green...
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    Re: Thoughts on Heeley Coccobello

    I'm not a fan of coconut-driven fragrances but, admittedly, Heeley's restrained touch seems to have brought this theme to an interesting level. I'm not in love with Coccobello but the fragrance is...
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    Re: Best fragrances with a lot of ISO-E super -

    Most of the latest Ellena's (Terre / Jardin Series / several Hermessences), most Malles (POAL above all), most Ormonde Jayne (Ormonde Man / Woman / Zizan), most CDGs (Avignon / Kyoto / CDG2Man), most...
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    Re: any honey fragrance

    Fortunately (or unfortunately as the case may be), they're completely two worlds apart :) I'm with Turin here...
  67. Re: Wisteria Hysteria by Comme des Garçons + Stephen Jones

    …and it suddenly sounds interesting again… :)
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    Re: Fragrances with some stank

    If by stank you mean animalic or indolic, here's a list of stuff you might find interesting…

    Cummung by Alan Cumming
    Bal A Versailles (possible the EDC or vintage formulation of the Parfum)...
  69. Poll: Re: Minty Battle of the Day: Géranium pour Monsieur vs Menthe Fraîche

    I quite like both but GpM's evolution is really quite something whereas the Heeley feels overall much more minimalistic and probably a tad less satisfying.
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    Re: Worst blind buy for you???

    A Lab On Fire Liquidnight…by a long shot.
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    Re: NEW Parfum d'Empire Corsica Furiosa

    I'm a *big* fan of Corticchiato's work. Call me intrigued...
  72. Re: Orange... orange... orange... oh oh oh...range!

    What comes to mind is either Eau D'Orange Verte or Mark Birley For Men...
  73. Poll: Re: fragrance battle: Clive Christian v Kermit the frog

    Kermit all the way!
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    Re: any honey fragrance

    The new Rozy Voile D'Extrait by Vero Profumo is a tremendous example of a honey / rose-driven fragrance.
  75. Re: Can you tell you'll like a frag by the bottle design?

    I think it would be theoretically possible. In a way or another, fragrance belongs also to aesthetic and If one is generally attracted by a certain aesthetic, we could assume that the style of a...
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    Re: Creed Aventus vs. Tauer LDDM

    I'm afraid I'll have to add my voice to those that say they're not similar at all. LDDM is much more to my tastes...
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    Re: What scent smells like jazz music?

    I think it really depends on what kind of jazz do you refer to…I'd say the range could go from Habanita / Jasmin Et Cigarette / Shalimar (for vocal jazz) to The Voice Of Reason / Cuba / Snuff (for...
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    Re: Terre d’Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche by Hermes

    Absolutely. It's like a musical band that finds its own sound / formula after releasing a particularly successful record or, if you prefer, a movie director who explores basically the same theme...
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    Re: Lush info/recommendations?

    In their former range I like Breath Of God (which given its oddness, might need more than one sampling to really click) and Dirty ( the body spray is crazy cheap and last quite a long time). With...
  80. Poll: Re: Poll: Lutens Ambre Sultan or Fille en Aiguilles

    They're extremely different. Anyway, if I'd were to pick one I'd go with FeA just because when it comes to amber, I have other favorites.
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    Re: MICALLEFF: what are your favs?

    This reange is really too vast…I probably smelled no more than a dozen and liked Shanaan, Yellow Sea and Red Sea. If you're ok with sweeter stuff, Gaiac is indeed pretty solid and sort of a reference...
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    Re: Terre d’Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche by Hermes

    Basically EVERY Ellena's masculine (and even some of the so-called *unisex* fragrances) he delivered after Declaration, share several aspects with Declaration.
  83. Re: TomFord.com debuts with entire fragrance line for sale online

    Yaaawwwwnnnnn
  84. Re: Enfant Terrible by Jovoy VS. Lutens' Feminité du Bois

    I find them pretty similar as well. The funniest part is that they had already released another Femminitè Du Bois sibling in the past: Les 7 Parfums Capitaux Boisè.
  85. Re: Diptyque will launch two new scents this month...

    As a fan of most Diptyque's Eaus, I'll definitely check them out. The geranium one sounds lovely...
  86. Re: Wisteria Hysteria by Comme des Garçons + Stephen Jones

    I don't think this fragrance is a soliflore so the fruity vibe could come from other ingredients. With that said, I haven't smelled this new collaboration between CDg and Stephen Jones but I quite...
  87. Thread: Gothic

    by alfarom
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    Re: Gothic

    I find most rose-centered fragrances to be gothic and even moreso when the rose is paired to patchouli (eg. Czech & Speake No.88, Black Tie, Maitre Parfumeur Et Gantier for George Sand…to name a...
  88. Re: Wisteria Hysteria by Comme des Garçons + Stephen Jones

    Yeah! I was surprised as well. He had just received his bottle so there are chances that he had an olfactory hallucination while smelling it in a rush but given his expertise, I doubt it.
  89. Re: Wisteria Hysteria by Comme des Garçons + Stephen Jones

    I'm stalking my local CDG's dealer for this one as the previous collaboration between CDG and Stephen Jones is most definitely in my top 5 favorite CDGs EVER. It has been rapidly described by Mark...
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    Re: Worst flacons in your collection?

    I think Snuff by Schiaparelli is probably one of the ugliest bottles in my collection…On the other hand, I find CDG's plastic cans completely brilliant design-wise so I guess it goes without saying...
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    Re: Tam Dao EDP impressions

    Word for word what Mr.Reasonable said. An extremely solid take on the main theme. Full support here.
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2014

    Not ready yet to provide some articulate thoughts on Tango (I want to spend more quality time with it). This is quite a complex beast but, all I can say is that this will most definitely becoming...
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    Re: Basenotes mantra

    This!
  94. Thread: Nu_be

    by alfarom
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    Re: Nu_be

    I think the overall approach of Nu_Be is definitely more similar to Etat Libre D'Orange than to Comme Des Garcons. Most of the CDG's fragrances are linked by their woody-incense bone-structures while...
  95. Re: TOP TEN for Spring and Summer - what are they?

    ^^^ same here. Right now I go with (in no particular order)…

    CDG Sugi
    CDG Blue Encens
    Diptyque L'Eau De Tarocco
    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Je Suis Un Homme
    Masque Terralba
    Mito
    Sous Le Vent
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    Re: Best Cologne (EdC) out of the Bunch

    Tough call but I'd either go for 4711 or Mugler Cologne...
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2014

    http://i61.tinypic.com/1zf3nly.png
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    Re: Terre d’Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche by Hermes

    During summer I generally wear vetiver-centered stuff. My favorite is still Vetiver Extraordinaire but most vetivers do for me. I'm also quite fond of a bunch of woody citrus a-la Je Suis Un...
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    Re: Your Favorite Rosemary Fragrances

    Here are a couple I appreciate…

    Carthusia 1681
    YSL Pour Homme
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    Re: Terre d’Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche by Hermes

    Absolutely. That's why, while I sort of respect Terre for its *relevance*, I never grew up to love it. Same with the Tres Fraiche version. It's just like a well done pop-song. Great production, great...
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