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  1. Re: Bruno Fazzolari update: Vetiverissimo + website and/or brand (?) revamp

    I've been wearing this for a few days now and am quite enjoying it. I'm not a fan of vetiver scents, but I find that this one actually has something new to say in what is a fairly hackneyed genre. If...
  2. Re: Best Rundholz and best Olympic orchid the devil scents?

    If you ever liked Iris Silver Mist, 14. Feb 1912 is a good spin on that, only with a more anisic / fennel opening. Although it's been a while since I tested them, I remember not get along with the...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I didn't like Grand Cuir either. Sixes & Sevens doesn't smell like Grand Cuir, but it's in the same style in that it's a kind of retro leather / musk perfume. Grand Cuir was mainly civet to my nose,...
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    Re: Parfumerie Generale L'Ombre Fauve

    To me, it's more of a fur effect — kind of tactile, plush, and slightly musky accord that catches the back of your throat. It's a clever trick overall, and I've never quite figured out how it was...
  5. Re: Incense based scents without pine/woody notes

    The pine note in incense scents is usually an aldehyde (C12) as it connotes a certain cleanliness associated with liturgical incense (Avignon, Craft, LAVS, Incense and Cedrat). Sometimes, a similar...
  6. Thread: HdP Ambrarem

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    Re: HdP Ambrarem

    It's an odd one — fascinating, but also a little revolting. It has a weird oily aquatic note running through it that's kind of bilgy / fatty (a friend says it reminds him of greasy KFC — which I...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I thought Grand Cuir was a bit over the top, to be honest; I joked with friends that it should have been named Grand Civet. The similarity is that both are pairing heavy musks with leather — so, more...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    In this particular case, the name comes from the old idiomatic phrase as opposed to metal. Norne suggested some metal influence in terms of its feel and character, but the names are usually much more...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Not this time! There should be an announcement coming soon of the date and time it’ll go on sale. So hopefully everyone who wants one will get the chance. I think they’ll still go quick, but...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Since folks are asking, I can pass along an update: Victorialand is indeed behind schedule — it's just not quite where it needs to be right now, and it's not clear as to when it'll be finished.

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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    It's a rebooted version, but quite different to the original. I agree that the original was very challenging — extremely spicy and strong. This one's more of a spiced amber that's very much aligned...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    There's a limited run of P+O available if anyone's interested: http://www.slumberhouse.com/shop/pear-olive

    Apparently, Dua have also knocked this one off — which is hilarious.
  13. Re: In case you did not know, ClaireV won an award!

    My hat is off to you once more! You're one of perfume's best writers, so this is well deserved!
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    It's true and yeah, it's influenced by the Cocteau Twins. I haven't smelled it, but it has been on the workbench for some time now. Should be out July-ish.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    In case anyone's interested, there's another batch of Grev coming soon — the same formula as the 2015 reboot.
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    Re: Angelic Conversation by CB I Hate Perfume

    I was in NYC a few days ago (still defrosting) and dropped by CBIHPHQ to try it. It's not very oudy at all — more like a medicinal note (smells like a lemony frankincense to me) followed by a boomy,...
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    Re: Angelic Conversation by CB I Hate Perfume

    I'll be in the area next week and am hoping to drop by his lair to check this one out. I've been wearing CB a lot as of late, so this one has my attention.
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    Re: Rick Owens Perfume

    FWIW, I tried this today at the boutique. It’s very nice — a robust leather (imagine a pristine hide with a slight castoreum-berry accent) over resins (smoky labdanum, mainly). It’s fairly...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    To be honest, it’s not always the case. There are a few releases that I smelled as early drafts that ended up completely different from the final release, and several that I never smelled at all. I...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    For anyone curious, it's a vintage-style floral leather scent. It's buttery from the mysore, animalic (indolic from the ouds and slightly civety from the ambergris). It wears pretty dry, somewhat...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Here you go, everyone. Good luck!
    http://www.slumberhouse.com/shop/lanz
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    No deer musk in New Sibet, but there is a deer musk replacer in there (as well as a few other animalic items).

    Also, for anyone interested, another limited reboot is imminent. This one is a...
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    Re: The Murky Matter of Musk

    You've set the bar high many times, Claire, but this piece blows the bar into orbit. A fantastic article that I plan on reading multiple times to fully absorb.

    I'm a huge fan of stinkers, and the...
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    Re: NEW? Tom Ford Oud Minérale and Oud Ocean

    Oud MInerale sounded like an interesting concept, but I was ultimately let down by it. There's too much reliance on ambroxan in the base for a perfume at this pricepoint, and not exactly a whole lot...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    It reminds me of a horse saddle for some reason. It's a trickier one to get along with, but I find that it's emblematic of the brand overall. I think Mare's one of the most challenging, but it's also...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Nice to see folks getting back into Baque! It is indeed the exact same formula as the 2012 version, even down to the same tobacco absolutes that power it (there's more than one in there). For a...
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    Re: Bruno Fazzolari - Unsettled (A new one)

    Early impression is that this one's a durable, real sandalwood — buttery, rich, and a tad leathery (not peanutty at all). The pineapple note is very tastefully done, smelling nothing like...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Limited run of Baque if anyone's interested: http://www.slumberhouse.com/shop/baque
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    Re: Juniper Ridge samples

    Extraction and production have a lot to do with it in this case. Norne is made from a series of costly CO2 and absolute extractions (which explains the density of color). The Juniper Ridge materials...
  30. Re: I received some extremely bad news that I'd like to share with my Basenotes family.

    Very sad news indeed. He'll be missed around these parts for sure.

    Thanks for the update, Checkmate.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    To be totally honest, things change so much I can't say with any certainty! One is loosely based on a traditional genre (in as much as New Sibet was sort of based on a traditional genre), and the...
  32. Re: Pekji Perfumes: A new line by former BN member Saripatates.

    Omer's been moving around a bit, but he's back home now and there should be some development soon. There have been some talks for wider distribution, so hopefully the line will be easier to access in...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I know the box you mean. It was supposed to be like a playing card box, but I'm not sure how long it'll be around. Josh has vacillated back and forth on the role of design quite a bit. He actually...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    New Sibet actually does pretty well, but it did seem to have a mixed response from older fans. It's quite a different aesthetic from what most of us came to expect from the line. I like it and wear...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Hey all,
    I haven't been around much as of late because of an intense work schedule, but I can set a few minds at rest that all's well with the line. The next release hasn't been finalized, but he's...
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    Re: Two Basenotes articles won Jasmine awards!

    Very well deserved! Major congrats to both Claire and Laurin!
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    Re: L'animal Sauvage by MARLOU

    A number of people have linked it to Helmut Lang, but it's way more MKK to me. I really don't see Helmut Lang as that musky though (and I wear it often). I actually found the Marlou quite animalic —...
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    Re: NEW: Bruno Fazzolari - Feu Secret!

    The best way I can describe it is that while the metallic chill of iris is present throughout, there's a balmy herbal aspect that counters the medicinal chill. It doesn't come off steely and cold at...
  39. Re: I received some extremely bad news that I'd like to share with my Basenotes family.

    Rich — thanks for letting us know; I'll be keeping you in mind.
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    Re: Seeking an unlikely airy scent

    I'm a fan of the aesthetic you're describing but yes, performance can be a problem. I find that Himalaya (not the Creed scent) achieves this effect quite well, but you might also try Nu_Be's Oxygen,...
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    Re: My first experience with MFK

    This is the line's standout for me as well. I've tried pretty much everything else on offer including the new ones, but none of them touch AplS for my liking. I've heard that Ciel de Gum is very good...
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    Re: Geek Fragrances

    That does sound good! Myrrh is a challenging note to work with and often smells kind of muddy. Armani did a myrrh scent not too long ago but it's 98% sugar and very little myrrh.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    No news to report as of yet!
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    Re: NEW Zoologist: Civet

    I tried this last night. I haven't connected to any of the scents in the line that I've tried so far (which is a shame as I genuinely like the aesthetic / approach), but this one has the most...
  45. Re: I'm purchasing a full bottle of Frederic Malle. I've narrowed it down to FOUR, please help decid

    Probably not much help, but figured I'd mention it:

    There's a pretty convincing knock-off of Musc Rav called Méharées by L'Erbolario. I've gone wrist-to-wrist with them and, aside from the opening...
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    Re: Now I've seen it all..

    Clearly it's a joke and I'm reading it as a stunt, but if it's supposed to be commentary, it seems a bit too obvious / easy, doesn't it? Obviously the line is based on irreverence and pranks, but...
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    Re: Blind buy BVLGARI Man In Black?

    This one does have a unique opening, but I found it to be fairly generic about 15 mins later. It's not bad given its target audience, but it's kind of your standard mass-market musky blur.
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    Re: Wearing women's fragrances?

    Exactly. There are some parallels between perfume and wine in terms of composition, structure, and appreciation. And although I'm sure that such marketing does exist, could you imagine if the wine...
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    Re: what's your favorite dark rose scent?

    Rose is one of my kryptonites, but I'm down for a dark, dramatic, theatrical rose now and again. I quite like Neil Morris' Gotham, which is really an amber but with a distinct animalic rose up top....
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    Re: New No.5 Flanker Coming Sept. '16

    I've worn this a few times myself but can't quite hang with it. I do like the opening sequence — which reads like a pixellated montage of No. 5 (or at least something sparkly aldehydic and...
  51. Re: Stash : New unisex scent from Sarah Jessica Parker

    Given the problems you had with Sova, I think you might like this one as an alternate aesthetic. Even though it's quite simple and fairly generic in the dry down, there's enough character up top to...
  52. Re: Stash : New unisex scent from Sarah Jessica Parker

    The Ulta I went to had a ton of stock — like piles of the stuff — but from what I hear, it did sell out online. Good luck!
  53. Re: Stash : New unisex scent from Sarah Jessica Parker

    It's definitely not in the same league as any of those. My point was more that it might be hard to rationalize a bottle of Stash if you already own any of those. Even at $27, I couldn't justify it...
  54. Re: Stash : New unisex scent from Sarah Jessica Parker

    Well "violet" in terms of filler-style floral accords. I'm an hour in now, and it's mainly pencil-style cedar with some synth support (tasteful amounts of synth sandal like javanol, norlimbanol,...
  55. Re: Stash : New unisex scent from Sarah Jessica Parker

    This is an odd one. It reminds me, style-wise, of CdG's Girl in that it's straddling department store and indie aesthetics. Component-wise, there are some parallels too (mainly a big musky...
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    Re: Andy Tauer destroys bloggers...

    Just because it seems so uncharacteristic of Andy, that's all. The target of his ire seems misplaced to me.



    And I totally agree with you here, Trilby — that's the only way I can rationalize...
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    Re: Is there a new gardenia perfume out there?

    Two from this year that might be worth a sniff, but sadly, they're both high-ticket items and totally not mass / designer:

    Bogue Profumo's Gardelia: Which, I have to say, reminded me quite a bit...
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    I've been doing a bit of writing on the British TV show Shameless and there's a "virtual" tour that you can take of the set on the Channel 4 website. For the unfamiliar, the show's known for its...
  59. Re: Please suggest a spicy perfume (updated).....

    I hate to suggest something hard to find, but have you tired Padparadscha by Satellite? Also, not technically a spicy scent, but how about something like PG's Coze? I've been wearing it lately (I...
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    Re: Andy Tauer destroys bloggers...

    This was my guess too. Very disappointing to read his post, especially given how much work ClaireV puts into her writing. There was nothing confusing in that piece to me, and it was fairly clear that...
  61. Thread: Aeon 001

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    Re: Aeon 001

    Yeah, I think the word was actually out a little while ago, but people were staying hush-hush. In fact, Antonio had bottles on display at the AIX Scent Fair back in May. It's a pricey blind buy so...
  62. Re: Ever Been Called Pretentious By Someone Who Loves Axe Body Spray? :)

    Okay — that's enough.
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    Re: HERMESSENCE - help put together a gift set?

    For what it’s worth, I don’t like the regular Hermes line very much (for some of the reasons you note) but I love several from Hermessense. Just be warned that with the exception of Ambre Narguilé...
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    Re: Lush Kurbside Violet?

    It's very green, damp, and quite aromatic — lots of violet leaf powering it. I find that the liquid performs a little better than the solid, but neither is a powerhouse. I liked it, but if you want a...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Well, whatever is at the distributors is pretty much going to be the end of it. There may be enough left to make it into the early months of next year, but I’d urge anyone on the fence to jump. The...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Ore hasn’t changed much at all over the years, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it. What you have from 1.5 years ago should be virtually identical to the current batches. If you’re deciding between...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Kiste alternative?

    Diptyque's new Kimonanthe merges Kiste with Jeke but relies on inexpensive aroma chemicals like synthetic sandalwood — of which there is a ton. The Diptyque is closer to Jeke than Kiste, but it's not...
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    Re: What happened to Fazzolari's AU DELA??

    No idea, unfortunately. It's definitely one of the best in the line, so if you do see a bottle floating around, I'd grab it. It's more of a jasmine scent than anything to me — a classical,...
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    Re: What happened to Fazzolari's AU DELA??

    From what I understand it's going to be more of a seasonal affair than a part of the year-round collection kind of like how the Narcisse version is an occasional release. It's a shame as it's one of...
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    Re: Gimmicky/Bizarre Fragrances

    Wode! Geza Scheoen, wasn't it? I bought a can of the non-dye version and it smelled like the kind of thing he'd do. The blue dye was pretty fun though!
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    Re: Gimmicky/Bizarre Fragrances

    Funeral Home is actually pretty good! It's really just a kind of damp lily and carnation scent that's surprisingly easy to wear. It's very similar to a CBIHP scent that came out last year as it was...
  72. Re: Santal 33 by Le Labo worth to be bought blind???

    Hard call to make as it absolutely depends on personal preference. I've never liked it myself as it has this bizarre dill-like note that comes out when I wear it, but it's very popular for a reason....
  73. Thread: Demeter Fig

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    Re: Demeter Fig

    You're talking about "Fig leaf" right? I have it, and it's very similar to Philosykos only less green/woody and more bright with distinct jolly rancher-style fruityness for the first 30 seconds or so...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse: "New Sibet"

    I think your leg's being pulled a bit here ;)
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    Re: New delivery of ACs

    I try to keep as many of my materials at 10% as possible, but I have ebanol / javanol / sandalrome etc. at 1%. I'd try both, but just watch out when using it as what seems like a reasonable amount...
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    Re: New delivery of ACs

    It (or its various relatives) is one of the most widely used and abused materials in modern perfumery — especially the sugary bro-style woody-ambers that dominate modern "masculines." Most modern...
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    Re: Tom Ford Bois Marocain is back, but?

    I'm surprised they didn't do a price gauge with Amber Absolute. While Bois Marocain seems like it had its fans, it never quite gained the culty following of AA. Incidentally, I bought a bottle of BM...
  78. Thread: New: Dusita

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    Re: New: Dusita

    I suspect that the reason they show up on fragrantica is because Sergey wrote about them. I was under the impression that they were still in the mod phase, but perhaps they're complete? I have a...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse: "New Sibet"

    If you want Jeke, get it from wherever you can — one of the key components is almost impossible to source now and so the scent has been discontinued.
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    Re: Louis Vuitton parfume. September 2016

    Again, great points, Sea Roses — especially if they know their target audience which, by the sounds of sales figures, they certainly do. I was trying to picture the ideal customer in my mind, but I...
  81. Thread: Aeon 001

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    Re: Aeon 001

    I was actually surprised that people didn't cotton on sooner. The first time I smelled it, I made an instant connection to Maai. Having said that, it does come off like a departure to me despite a...
  82. Thread: Aeon 001

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    Re: Aeon 001

    Although I don't know if it was figured out sooner, but Luca Turin's most recent blog post gives you all a good idea of the secret nose behind Aeon 001 ;)
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    Re: Louis Vuitton parfume. September 2016

    All good points, Sea Roses! Very much interested in your take on them. Although I tend to veer toward "the shock of the new," most of my purchases this year so far have been fairly safe by comparison...
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    Re: Celebrity Fragrances Worth Getting

    Came here to say the same thing! 2nd Cumming is my concentration preference, but it's a great celebrity scent.
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    Re: Louis Vuitton parfume. September 2016

    I think this is key as well, and that was my most surprising take away from the line – that they don't have a clear identity of their own. I found that they hover somewhere around low-end designer in...
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    Re: Louis Vuitton parfume. September 2016

    I tried these today and ended up taking a few samples but unfortunately I wasn't keen on any in the end. The SA was lovely, and the presentation was quite elaborate (there's a bit of a performance...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse: "New Sibet"

    Not strong at all. It smells like it's used as a punch of treble to give the dry floral accord some emphasis. The floral notes smell hot, and I think the mint, rather than cooling the accord down,...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse: "New Sibet"

    Haha! Perfect!
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    Re: New Slumberhouse: "New Sibet"

    The musky/hair notes aren't too over the top (picture a more balanced version of L'Air de Rien), but I would still categorize the scent as somewhat challenging — largely in that it resembles a space...
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    Re: COLD designer fragrances

    It's not designer but it's certainly inexpensive and easy to find: Dirty by Lush. It comes off a tad toothpasty at first but softens into a cool herbal scent that definitely smells fresh and chilly.....
  91. Thread: New: Dusita

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    Re: New: Dusita

    It's a HUGE white floral scent — tons of tuberose, which is mainly what I took from it. It's creamy / oily and there's a prominent jasmine. I can't say I got that much gardenia from it to be honest....
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    Re: Heeley - recomendations

    Definitely worth looking into. Fairly accomplished overall although not the most cohesive portfolio — the line's styles are all over the map. The other issue I have is that several of them turn quite...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse: "New Sibet"

    Not a review, but just a few thoughts to maybe give people pointers as to what New Sibet smells like to me. These are very quick, loose impressions — I reserve the right to change my mind on the fly....
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    Re: New member from Cincinnati, Oh

    ^ Either one of those would be a fine choice!
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    Re: New Slumberhouse: "New Sibet"

    That's one facet I have a pretty good clue about. Think of the fuzzier aspects of a scent like Musc Tonkin and it could be a step in the right direction. I should be able to get my nose on this...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    That's the stuff. It's not a widely used material — certainly not in perfume due to the exorbitant cost — and what few supply channels existed seem to have dried up. Attempts were made to reboot Jeke...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Also, pro-tip: Jeke will be leaving the collection soon. The reason is because one of the key components — Lapsang Souchong CO2 — is no longer available from the source in the kind of volumes needed...
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    New Slumberhouse: "New Sibet"

    Before you ask, I haven't smelled the final version so I really can't comment on where this scent ended up, but early versions merged floralized leathers with dry, musky, desert-like tones and an...
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    Re: Jeremy Fragrance controversy or not.

    Because discussion has now devolved to the level of insults and misogynistic comments that would be befit YouTube, I think it's run its course here. Now that Jeremy and various others in the...
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    Re: Basil domination

    You might not be familiar with the site's directory or search function, but you can use "advanced search" for the kinds of questions you've been asking such as what scents contain basil:...
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