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    Re: What is the first oud that I should try?

    If you're going to sample Oud as a reference to know what it can smell like, there would be nothing better than the real thing, as Igor stated none of the perfumes mentioned, as well as the rest of...
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    Re: Confirmed: Real or Synthetic Oud

    I can't speak for S0580 and I guess I auto-edited his statement and read beyond the words, but I took it to mean that the use of synthetic oud cheapens the quality of a fragrance where the hyperbole,...
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    Re: Confirmed: Real or Synthetic Oud

    AgarAura mukhallats/attars and Ensar Oud parfums both contain single source artisan Oud oils. The rest from TF to Kurkdjian, mainstream designer and niche perfumery, use Givaudan Orpur, Black agar or...
  4. Re: venturing into the world or arabian perfumes and perfume oils, seek advice

    I've tried a few of the Amouage attars such as Molook (May have been Cacio that I got the sample from), which as he states is more about ambergris and rose than Oud. I had Badr Al Boadour which does...
  5. Re: If you had to chose only 1 cologne to wear for the next 5 years what would it be?

    You beat me to it, exactly my thoughts.
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    Re: Oud is for Machos

    My thoughts exactly, DPV's comment about oud oils shows a lack of experience with oud oils or at the very least, a belief that all oud oils smell the same. I've read here that there is either the...
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    Re: I am 28, is Terre d'Hermes too old for me?

    IMO, with suit and tie, business casual, work-O.K. For casual-no.
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    Re: need help (Natural Agarwood oil )

    Half of a kilo, as in 500g? I could be very wrong, but I doubt that anyone here is buying that much oud at one time. You'd likely need a direct link to a distiller.
  9. Thread: Wu Tang Clan

    by PEARL
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    Re: Wu Tang Clan

    Wu Tang Forever, disc two, track 3.
  10. Re: Looking for a middle eastern-style oudy-musky fragrance...!!

    I would suggest you try by Kilian's Musk Oud, the musk in it is of the cleaner white musk variety with just a small, hardly perceptible naughtiness, a very good mukhallat in my opinion.
  11. Thread: Dry Lips!

    by PEARL
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    Re: Dry Lips!

    Dry lips are my first sign that I'm not properly hydrated so drinking plenty of water is my first concern, after that I use Weleda Everon Lip Balm twice daily, works wonders and last a long time....
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    Poll: Re: The Entire Line..

    From the list Amouage, not on the list AgarAura and EnsarOud.
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    Re: Oakmoss completely banned by IFRA

    I tend to agree that there should be some type of disclaimer regarding fragrance ingredients and possible reactions, but the problem extends beyond just the wearer. The very nature of these...
  14. Re: Wearing Invasion Barbare for the First Time in many Months....

    I'm the opposite. I decided to get a nice sized decant after reading that IB shared some similarities with Le Male, I enjoy the initial cool powder aspect, but as it begins to dry down it becomes...
  15. Re: Favorite perfume notes and the perfumes with those notes

    Ginger: Creed Vetiver 1948, Roja Dove Enigma Parfum
    Oud: Amouage Badr Al Badour, Ensar Oud Pink Papua, Clive Christian C Men
    Rose: Creed Windsor, Amouage Molook
    Sandalwood: Creed Bois de Santal...
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    Re: What are the 3 best GREEN fragrances?

    Creed Feuilles Verte
    Creed Selection Verte
    Ensar Oud Crassna Cha
  17. Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Heavy handed cumin and synth musk, the latter gives me a weapons grade headache. Also, heavy incense(frankincense), lemon, heavy vanilla, heavy iris and certain roses.
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    Re: Oud in the summer.

    I enjoy Cambodi's like Oud Yususf and the unreleased Oud Ilyas in the heat, as well as Malinua's like Bois de Borneo.


    Guinness, the breakfast, lunch and dinner of champions.
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    Re: Mens fragrance community and groupthink

    This is an interesting concept, I have taken the time to read the responses and have enjoyed the commentary. In thinking about how I feel about the concept of groupthink I am reminded of the age old...
  20. Thread: By Kilian Oud's

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    Re: By Kilian Oud's

    Tried all except the UAE exclusives Gold and Black. Musk Oud would have been a buy on smell and performance but the heavy handed synth musk gives me a raging headache.
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    Re: what is on your wish list?

    Roja Dove Enigma Parfum Pour Homme
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    Re: oud fragrances and women

    I beg to differ...
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    Re: Worst marketing buzzwords

    The worst marketing buzzwords would be.....

    The truth.

    Fortunately, we'll never hear or read that.
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    Re: Oud Pros Advice Needed

    By single source I mean oil distilled from the same tree, from the same jungle or plantation, hence why the quantity of any given oud oil from AgarAura, Ensar Oud or Oudimentary is small and can't be...
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    Re: Oud Pros Advice Needed

    There are many purveyors of oud oils, the problem is finding the ones that are known to offer pure oud oils. The ones that I have experience with and trust are AgarAura, Ensar Oud and Oudimentary, I...
  26. Thread: Creed Windsor

    by PEARL
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    Re: Creed Windsor

    Close, but completely different, if that makes any sense.
  27. Poll: Re: On a scale from 1-5, how important is presentation to you?

    Based on the comments, somebody's telling porkies. In the another thread that had a Creed box with the sticker inside of the embossing coming loose many responders stated that it was unacceptable,...
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    Re: Parfum du 68 - Guerlain

    Any new info on this fragrance, reviews, comparisons, etc.?
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    Re: What puts you off about a house?

    ^This. I can understand when a fragrance is limited based on the amount produced, but when a fragrance is limited by region it only means that others who may seek it out will likely have to pay...
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    Re: What is your favourite Oud?

    Pure oud oil, AgarAura and Ensar Oud, any, past, present and future. All of the oils I have tried from these two artisans have been excellent, some more my style than others, but all heavenly in...
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    Re: nothing impresses me anymore

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with feeling the way you feel. It has nothing to do with having unrealistic high standards, you like what you like, period. To buy a fragrance that you know you're...
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    Re: The "I don't get it" thread

    Really, and Pierre tells you exactly what it is, I don't get it at all.
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    Re: The "I don't get it" thread

    There are many that don't make sense and I just don't get...here's a few.

    Pure Malt
    Tobacco Vanille
    Black Aoud

    Lastly, any western fragrance with oud in the name, I understand that they are...
  34. Thread: I must try...

    by PEARL
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    Re: I must try...

    Guerlain-Les Deserts d'Orient trio and Parfum du 68
    Roja Dove-Enigma Parfum
    Amouage-Tahani
    MDCI-Cuir Garamante
  35. Re: Best fragrance to wear when a girl asks you to tie her up and do naughty things to her?

    On a serious note... From the playlist and the silk to cover her eyes, seems as if you are going for something softer, more sensual. I'd choose something that I consider sexy and gourmand-ish like...
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    Re: High cost perfumes, low cost packaging.

    I've only purchased Creeds from the boutique, BG or NM and have had that happen to a few of the labels on flacon boxes, nothing a little glue didn't handle, didn't let it get my boxers in a bunch. I...
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    Re: Fragrances you hate and or find repulsive?

    Montale Black Aoud-repulsive
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    Poll: Re: Clive Christian: X or C?

    Clearly
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    Re: When are my sons old enough?

    I think that the solution to your quarry is right in front of you, your son. You have provided him with the necessary guidance on good hygiene practice. Your statement that he has asked you, at...
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    Re: Sandalwood and Oud?

    Having read the thread title, my thoughts went directly to Montale's Dark Oud. Out of all of the perfumes and attars that I've tried, Dark Oud is the only one that features the sandalwood and oud...
  41. Re: What are your favorite fragrances in each genre? (POLL)

    Gourmand-Serge Lutens Rahat Loukoum
    Woody-Creed Royal Oud
    Leather-Clive Christian C, Serge Lutens Boxeuses
    Vanilla-Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille
    Aoud-by Kilian Musk Oud
    Oud-Ensar Oud...
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    Re: Creed SMW too one-dimensional?

    You're not alone, SMW has been my signature work scent for the past three years. I never get tired of it, I think it smells great, I've had numerous compliments on it and a couple of the women who...
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    Re: Should'nt they be sued ?

    Purely marketing. They come in spewing grandiose verbosity without ever stating anything concrete about the actual ingredients they use in the composition, no harm, no foul, no lawsuit. Even if they...
  44. Re: Define Your Personal Financial Limit Regarding Single Purchases

    I like and enjoy so many fragrances yet my wardrobe remains relatively very small. I find 99% of fragrances I sample to be good, admirable or have redeeming qualities for experience purposes,...
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    Re: Creed Jardin d'Amalfi -OR- Creed Windsor?

    I enjoy both Jd'A and Windsor, as in I like Jd'A in passing, it is an OK scent but the orange elements in it become a little sour for me, I find a much better fragrance with orange type notes to be...
  46. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    Now he's gone posting in all of the resurrected poles, but still not here, what a guy that Hednic.
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    Re: By Kilian Incense Oud

    Incense Oud for me has the best projection, sillage and longevity of the entire Arabian night line, it's almost too strong, 10+ hrs whereas Pure Oud almost immediately becomes a skin scent and the...
  48. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    PM'd!
  49. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    At least the full set and any new releases.
  50. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    It has to be...
  51. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    Maybe not the end all be all, but it is a good last resort! At least out of the three I thought it could be!
  52. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    That jpg is hilarious, and I really don't have any idea what I'm doing, likely just some bodies nickname.
  53. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    Come on Deadidol,you're not just putting out red herrings are you?
  54. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    Hahaha! Deadidol you're something else, very short name indeed, at least I think so, anyway BIG Congrats to the new owner.
  55. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    Hednic strikes me as the type of guy that would definitely have wifi on his Gulfstream G650.


    Hednic, Marc De La Morandiere or Patou?
  56. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    That is exactly what I came back to say!
  57. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    Hednic-Montale, first guess before seeing these responses.

    Cairomerta-Xerjoff, second guess.

    Those would be my guesses if I didn't already know that PEARL and Hedonist222 bought Serge Lutens, I...
  58. Thread: Creed Windsor

    by PEARL
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    Re: Creed Windsor

    ...
  59. Thread: Creed Windsor

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    Re: Creed Windsor

    Matte finish, probably the best descriptive term I've ever heard to describe Windsor, there is nothing remotely close to it. Prelude to Love for me is a sour green orange, if that makes sense,...
  60. Thread: Best Oud ever

    by PEARL
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    Re: Best Oud ever

    ^^True for me. Without getting into the synth vs. real oud used in western fragrances, these fragrances use the word oud in their title to denote that oud is an ingredient in the recipe because that...
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    Re: What Is Your Most Wanted Fragrance?

    Arabian Oud King Fahad, blind. From what I've heard it should be right up my alley but it's difficult to get from reliable source and samples are pretty much unheard of.
    Amouage Al Andalus, clean,...
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    Re: Does Age Define Taste?

    I am still attempting to fully comprehend the intent or what the question is asking

    Being considered as having taste or doing what is tasteful is a social construct mediated by marketing,...
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    Re: Fragrance Allergies

    In an excerpt from the Appendix 5 to the IRFA Code of Practice, Safety Evaluation of Fragrance Materials it states,

    "In evaluating a fragrance ingredient, consideration should be given to possible...
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    Re: Fragrance Allergies

    I don't know how common fragrance allergies are, but I do know that I don't tolerate chypres at all; the majority of them cause me eye watering, runny nose and labored breathing, and I am not...
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    Re: Jay Z is lauching Gold for Men

    I said nothing about hip hop artist, I said who wasn't, meaning everybody, globally. Please forgive my use of the lowest form of wit, sarcasm. I stated that to basically say that it is a non-issue...
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    Re: Oldest Creed you own.

    Gold 75ml MI, from 1998. Top notes all but gone, last all day.
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    Re: Jay Z is lauching Gold for Men

    Who wasn't, that's a non-issue from a non-entity....

    ....about the fragrance release, pass.
  68. Thread: Welcome Home!

    by PEARL
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    Re: Welcome Home!

    Digging the move back forward!
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    Re: Jewel of Arabia. ASAQ, Ajmal.

    In your price range I would stay away from ASAQ and Ajmal's oud offerings, as what I have procured from those houses in that range have been adulterated to the point that I doubt that they contain...
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    Re: The ultimate incense war

    Amouage Tribute
  71. Re: Never buy oud oil from ebay...what a synthetic mess

    Vinramani09, I don't doubt that houses such as ASAQ are highly esteemed in the gulf, in fact ASAQ has had some legendary oud oils such as Thaqeel(first distillation, as i understand), and Kalakassi,...
  72. Re: Never buy oud oil from ebay...what a synthetic mess

    @Change1, I totally agree. I've bought oils from some of the big houses, from Ajmal, Abdul Samad, Arabian Oud, Swiss Arabian, you name it, several for more than 5x what you spent and they were...
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    Re: After a long time away from Basenotes......

    Welcome back Comrade,

    I was a bit confused by the title at first as I've seen your post over in the oud <3 erz majlis, but I understand now. Sometimes I prefer a spray over a swipe as well. All...
  74. Re: I've Never Listened To A Single Word From A Sales Associate

    In my own experience fragrance SA's tend to fall into one of three categories based on their own relationship with fragrances, their ability to provide customer service and how they view customers.
    ...
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    Re: Plum Crazy! (the search for plum notes)

    +1 for SL Boxeuses, realistic plum leather.
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    Re: Do you wear pure oud oil to work in the office?

    I have worn pure oud oils to work a time or two, but like Cacio, I'd rather not waste them on that setting. I have a high quality Borneo that is a woody vanilla, very parfum-like, nothing at all...
  77. Re: Ready for my leather fragrance purchase . Tom ford Tuscan Leather or clive Christian C?

    I can see that you've already pulled the trigger on "C", I believe that is the one you really wanted, buy once, cry once. I think that if you went with the other alternative that you'd still crave...
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    Re: Worst Niche Line And Why ?

    The only way that I can rate a house as a whole is to consider the percentage of fragrances that I like versus what they offer. With the majority of niche houses, there are only 1-3 fragrances out of...
  79. Re: Straight versus Gay preferences: A Scientific Study

    Personally, I am enjoying the topic. I like discussions on fragrance preference and human nature, which is very dynamic. Topics like this attempt to delve into the etiology of scent preference....
  80. Re: Fragrances with reported poor perfromance that perform well for you?

    When I first got my current bottle of Silver Mountain Water I'd only get 4-5hrs, somehow it has blossomed giving 12hrs easy with 1 generous slow spray to the chest, with excellent projection for the...
  81. Thread: Soapy Citrus

    by PEARL
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    Re: Soapy Citrus

    Chanel Allure Edition Blanche and Creed Himalaya
  82. Re: what is the best pure oud oil, and where do you get your pure oud oil from?

    If one is into marketing just to make their products seem ordinary, mundane or average, then I don't believe that one will have a long career in marketing. RedBull has never made me suddenly take...
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    Re: The Forum Has Changed in the last 5 years

    I keep reading statements like this and I just don't get it. What makes a less experienced nose? Is a less experienced nose one that has only smelled a few different fragrances, and if so, how do...
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    Re: Layering Pure Agarwood Oil

    My infatuation with oud oils center around those originating from Borneo, Cambodia and Thailand; althought I have experimented with layering them, I prefer to wear them neat. My only experience with...
  85. Re: if you went with 2 houses for life, what 2 would you pick ?

    AgarAura and EnsarOud
  86. Thread: Guerlain: Derby

    by PEARL
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    Re: Guerlain: Derby

    I've never really been a fan of the "Guerlainade", not because I don't like the smell, but because I find scents containing it to be a little too mature and proper for versatility. Guerlain's Derby...
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    Re: ...and with that, I'm good, I think.

    I see threads such as top ten, what fragrances does one consider 10/10, best gourmand, best citrus, etc.. Historically fragrances belong the certain genres such as fougère, chypre, whatever, with...
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    Re: Top 5 Oud based fragrances

    Clive Christian "C" Men
    by Kilian Rose Oud
    Mona Di Orio Oud
    by Kilian Pure Oud
    Histories de Parfum Rosam
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    Re: Thoughts on Amouage Lyric Man?

    Amouage Lyric Man, good projection and longevity. A rich, lush, fruity incense rose that seems overtly synthetic and plasticky, but I love how it smells.
  90. Re: What's the darkest scent that you know? And with dark I mean SUPER-DARK!!!

    Another vote for Salvador Dali PH, also HdP Petroleum.
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    Re: Small bottles do you get them?

    50ml when available, 75ml for Creeds and Lutens when I can get them, only exception is 250ml Creeds that are not offered in any other size.
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    Re: Creed is all you Need..

    I don't get it, from some of the responses, I am now believing that my reading comprehension level is indeed low. The OP's post, especially the statement above, signifies to me a couple things; that...
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    Poll: Re: Millesime Imperial vs Silver Mountain Water

    While I do like the opening of MI, after a while the drydown begins to smell like a drunk that's been drinking too many fruity drinks.

    SMW, my bottle has only gotten better. It opens with a strong...
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    Poll: Re: Serge Lutens Borneo or Tom Ford Black Orchid?

    Serge Lutens Borneo 1834.
  95. Re: Life expectancy, collector instincts and a rant or two.

    I love 1.7oz/50ml size and for those that offer 3 sizes like Creed, the 75ml; I never get the largest size atomizer even if it's only $10 difference, because that's not the size I want and not at all...
  96. Re: I love stanky fragrance, can you help sugest a few for me to sample

    Bond Harrods Oud
    HdP Petroleum
  97. Re: What's your favorite male Creed and why is it Aventus?

    Exclusive line, Windsor. Regular line, Silver Mountain Water.
  98. Re: How many in your collection do you rate 10 out of 10 and which?

    For me a 10 is holy grail territory, I'd give all in my small wardrobe a 9/10.
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    Re: Making Your Own Samples in Stores!

    The SA's at the Guerlain counter in Neiman Marcus are super friendly, not to mention pretty and fit, they give nice sized samples with a little paper pouch with their card enclosed. The Creed and Tom...
  100. Re: Something occurred to me regarding my collection....

    Yes, taste do change. You may own or have sampled a fragrance and come to the realization that you "just like" it, no harm if you don't feel the need to have it in your wardrobe. Collectors collect....
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