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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Yes I believe we did. I haven’t found a satisfactory answer though.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I have yet to receive my attars (hopefully they’re safely on tje way). But it is interesting to note the difference in consistency between attars like Walimah and Russian Musk, the former typically...
  3. Re: Do you know the brand Hiram Green (Hyde, Voyage 2019 & more)?

    Glad you enjoyed them. Hiram Green has its share of fans here on BN though I’ve yet to be converted. As pleasant as some of these fragrances are I’m just not moved well enough to wear them. I was...
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    Re: Your favorite Serge Lutens????

    Five O’Clock Au Gingembre
    Serge Noire
    Daim Blond
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    Re: How is Kilian Musc Oud?

    It’s good but doesn’t quite stand out in what seems to be a competitive field.
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    Re: Francesca Bianchi?

    Big fan of Francesca Bianchi here. I own 4 of her fragrances, all shipped internationally so ‘hard to find’ is simply a relative term. Under My Skin was my first from the house - a sexy ‘smeared...
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    Re: Fragrance Tshirts

    Lol. Only fragheads get the inside joke. Have you worn it anywhere?
  8. Re: How do you think Corona and the crisis will affect the perfume industry?

    Corona V pour Homme :rolleyesold:
  9. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    I’m afraid I’ll have to blindsteal that bottle of LAVS by Unum, SkiDawg. Hope you won’t miss it. :wink:
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    Re: The Future

    Fragranced hand sanitisers and surface disinfectants might become a staple from the big brands.
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    Re: Fragrance Tshirts

    Post a picture or it doesn’t exist... :wink:
  12. Re: Perfumes that transport you back to your childhood?

    The scent of Vitalis hair tonic.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I believe you’re correct. Adam’s using the same batch of absolutes as the ones used in earlier extraits to reconstitute these attars. The absence of alcohol in attars however tend to reduce the...
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    Re: Fragrance Tshirts

    The (cheese) Force is strong in this one...
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    Re: fragranticas new pictures for notes

    I’m surprised they’re still persisting with these thumbnails. I’ve never found them helpful. Often I had to mouse-hover (my own term) them just to know exactly what note they’re suppose to represent.
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    +1 Great performer but not that versatile as a regular player. Still a keeper if price is not an issue.
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    Re: House of Gray

    Exactly my sentiments. If they can keep Miyako’s production runs I don’t understand why they can’t do likewise for their other fragrances considering they use a vegan approach to perfume-making.
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    Re: Life and Work midst Silence and Fear

    Dear God, help us. It’s a nightmare scenario playing out in real life. We’re dealing with a very sneaky and lethal virus here. Some carriers aren’t even symptomatic and by the time they come down...
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    Re: Flankers That Far Surpass The Original

    Better? A fair bit of it comes down to personal preferences. I certainly don’t think AdG Profumo is better than the OG.
    Chanel AHEB is completely different from Allure Homme so I wouldn’t call it a...
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    Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    Well said. +1

    Just yesterday I caught a whiff of something amazing in my own house. Now I’m quite familiar with every fragrance I own so it left me wondering who was wearing that divine fragrance?...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    How’s the ambergris in Baikal Gris attar? I remember the extrait needed a fair bit of time to fully mature into something truly special.



    Yes, I remember reporting those 2 spam threads were the...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Received my tracking number. Opted for the $9 shipping so this update is way above my expectations which I seem to manage better than some BNers I know. ALD system is not perfect. Neither is...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Sorry to hear that. It might have slipped through in the avalanche of emails he must have received. Have you tried dropping a note on their IG?
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Only ordered 1 bottle of SMII.

    If I have a split personality disorder I might have ordered 3 - 1 each for me, myself and I :wink:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Yup. The boss has spoken. It IS a business and Adam’s under no obligations to impose restrictions yet he’s done it again to serve the fans. Outstanding!
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Malik Al-Taif...on hold. A little surprising perhaps but I’m not at all bothered since I’m not a huge MAT fan.

    Ordered Siberian Musk II attar on regular snail mail. Getting a little Baikal Gris...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    ‘Extremely irresponsible’?? Why should RA or anyone else be blamed if customers get angry because they fail to appreciate the current business environment and get a firm handle on their own...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Walimah attar is indeed wonderful. So is Baikal Gris extrait. I know I’m not helping...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    ^^ I think Adam’s adopting a cautious wait-and-see approach. 200 bottles is not a lot, especially shared among 2-4 distribution channels. But there seems to be some uncertainty over how quickly this...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Well, I didn’t see the ‘counterproductive’ aspect playing out over the last round of restricted sales but you’re most probably right about the coming frenzy come March 14. I know some BNers are...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You’re barking up the wrong tree. The FOMO is with us fans. After what happened during the launch of the 5th collection, and subsequent ‘sales restrictions’ this isn’t a marketing ploy but a subtle...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Looking forward to Siberian Musk II attar. :smiley: Haven’t quite processed the idea of Ottoman Empire II attar yet...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Siberian Musk attar? Yes, please. Inverno Russo? I’m in!

    I have to admit Baikal Gris attar intrigues me; it might even start smelling like Bonheur. I share wood&leather’s view on the possibility...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Hmm I can’t say I’m bowled over with the news. I already have Walimah attar which is fantastic but I’m not convinced Baikal Gris would do better as an attar. The remaining duo might fare better as in...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Haha. I know that feeling. I’m probably one of the few who actually enjoy W&P’s powdery aspect which had been neutered in version II.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Siberian Summer in attar form with genuine musk would be of interest to me.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Downhill? Based on his recent Antiquity and War and Peace, I’d say “nope”. But he IS widening ALD customer base by including more accessible fragrances (Siberian Summer, Plumeria de Orris) at less...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    +1 on those 2.

    Also these:
    Siberian Musk
    Russian Musk
    Walimah
    Siberian Summer
    Plumeria de Orris

    In fact as long as you do not overspray, you can wear just about ANY of the ALD...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I share BangkokHound’s observation on the effect of time on Areej Le Doré earlier fragrances - the basenotes have grown stronger over the last 2 years to the extent they overlap the top notes earlier...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Agreed. Nor did I enjoy my sample of Oud Picante enough to buy a full bottle of it when I had the chance. Congrats @BangkokHound! There must be some serious ALD collectors out there or recklessly...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Unlike typical mass-marketed focus group consensus-driven designer fragrances, the ALDs are seldom a love at first sniff nor are they meant to be. The problem isn’t really the composition as much as...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Received my decant of War & Peace II a few days ago. Based on first few wears I concur with earlier reports on the tweaks. Those who ‘fear’ the powder in ver.I should get their sniffers ver.II....
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Oh that’s a wow, alright. We had one of those too when I was a kid although unlike you I didn’t do any ‘dangerous driving’ behind those ‘wheels’ lol. Nor did I make any similar connections with W&P....
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’ve worn Plumeria de Orris out in public. Nobody gave a shit lol. But I’m the type who rocks classic Chanel No.5 from time to time so do take my opinion with a pebble of salt. Either way I don’t...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Congrats on the lucky find @wood&leather. Well, what do you think? Have you sampled it yet? Somehow I get the feeling it is not quite up your street.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Well? How did you fare in the deep end, Mike? :smiley:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Still worth sampling IMO. But if you found Bortnikoff Vetiver Nocturne too floral, I agree Walimah attar will probably scare you off lol. I feel the florals balance out nicely with the vetiver and...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    That’s money well spent, @BangkokHound. You were one of ALD’s earliest fans as I recall (before the brand became white hot). Anyway it’s an auction where the item goes to the highest bidder. I’d have...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Question to those who get that ammonia-like ‘cat piss’ opening in Siberian Summer: how long does it linger noticeably on you? I’m aware of the adage ‘first impressions last’ so I can’t quite estimate...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    ALL of them, once they’re sold out lol. :wink:

    But if you’re talking about classic house DNA, I’d say all 3 except for Plumeria de Orris.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Yes, people in crowded cosmopolitan cities tend to mind their business and hold their tongue so I’ve learnt to look out for non verbal cues /body language telltale signs. But I’m hardly the heavy...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Nor have I. Perhaps we both hang out with too polite a company or they happen to be skank lovers. Lol.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    No, most don’t. Other than OG Ottoman Empire and Siberian Musk that impressed right off the gate, the others you mentioned only got significantly better with age at which point they’re usually long...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I agree it is fully backup worthy. At $150 it’s like nothing else out there. But I might layer it with the OG Siberian Musk if I needed that little extra musk.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’m still waiting for my WPII decant to arrive. Anyone else here has done a comparison with the 1st version? If anyone is planning to, may I suggest you do it via a blind smell test? Just so we could...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    A big YES - take my money already - from me. :laugh:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    From his latest IG feed Adam’s finally working on a green Hojary frankincense, co-distilling it with cardamom in sea water. With the recent tincturing of white ambergris, I’m half anticipating (...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Sadly for fans, it’s becoming typical. That mad rush happened before in the Siberian Musk 2 & Ottoman Empire 2. But that was due in part to the pent up demand and hype/reputation surrounding the...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Considering he’d just released War & Peace II, it wouldn’t be anytime soon. Which is fine as the wallet’s still hurting, lol. Any update on future releases usually shows up in ALD Instagram feeds.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Lots of love for Russian Musk here. The attar works a real treat too. Thus far we’ve had ver.2 of War & Peace, Siberian Musk and Ottoman Empire though the latter 2 never seemed to reach the heights...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    While I do find Siberian Summer likable (easily my most frequently worn from the 5th collection), one does need to get over that challenging cat piss vibe before it truly becomes accessible even if...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It’s always good to set aside a ‘FUN’ account for precisely this scenario. Some prefer to call it a ‘War Chest’. JBS1 has started an ALD fund which is something I often advocate for. You never know...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Congrats! It’s a good one for sure.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    No problem. I’ve worn nearly every ALD to work except for Inverno Russo and the ouds. Just wear a spray or half spray to the sternum under your shirt. But do look out for the more sensitive...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Nothing remotely ‘garbage-y’ about those 2 you mentioned. Different people just like different things, that’s all. Nothing to blow one’s mind over, really. I’m not a fan of Russian Oud even though I...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Genuine deer musk plays the bigger role in amplifying the ’powder’ IMO. You could experience it big time in the absence of iris in earlier ALD compositions especially Siberian Musk and Inverno Russo.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    That’s where my original War & Peace bottle is at right now, ‘powder’-wise. Is mine the only bottle in which the deep leathery notes have finally caught up with the powder’s initial intensity?
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I feel the Bortnikoff’s blending DNA is smoother & more refined while there remains a certain rawness in most ALDs that in my mind convey primal strength and authenticity. I don’t expect everyone to...
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