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    Re: What are some aldehyde free fragrances?

    However, the aldehydes in rose oil are diluted, muted, and offset by the other natural chemical components of rose oil. They wouldn't have the same effect as synthetic/isolated pure aldehyde in a...
  2. Re: Today I've met Berlusconi at Douglas, he was purchasing Caron Pour Homme.

    That's interesting, thanks. :) I also heard that Caron Pour Homme was designed to go well with the scent of food, and to be worn with dinner. I thought maybe that was why the large bottles were made...
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    Re: Ancient fragrances

    http://www.angelfire.com/realm2/amethystbt/Egyptperfumes.html

    This is the only resource I know of (I'm sure there are many others, I just haven't crossed paths with them)....
  4. Re: Today I've met Berlusconi at Douglas, he was purchasing Caron Pour Homme.

    We don't see a lot of famous people here in Portland Oregon. :p

    Someone mentioned Caron Pour Homme coming in very large sizes... does anyone know why Caron makes such large bottles of it?
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    Re: a sample of RÍverie au jardin

    Based on the description on his website, this is my most wanted fragrance right now. Let us all know what you think! :)
  6. Re: If I like these Serge Lutens, which other ones...

    Arabie is beautiful, but it has a strong accord of generic potpourri in it to my nose. My favorite Serge Lutens are Douce Amere and Gris Clair.
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    Re: First compliment..makes me wonder too...

    Oh, the perils of textual communication. Woe is me.
  8. Thread: Gris Clair

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    Re: Gris Clair

    Gris Clair is by far my favorite SL fragrance (and one of my favourite perfumes of all time). It's deeply evocative, but that's probably a personal thing. Objectively, I think it's a hauntingly...
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    Re: First compliment..makes me wonder too...

    Well maybe over time all the good scents will wake her nose up. :)
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    Re: First compliment..makes me wonder too...

    Strange... I wonder if your girlfriend is anosmic to whatever is in that cologne. Can she smell other ones that you have? Has she ever been able to smell it before? Maybe it's just "olfactory...
  11. Thread: Perfume oils

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    Re: Perfume oils

    Incense and cinnamon... argh. That sounds awesome, thanks.
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    Sheik sounds great. I have Sahara and Almaktoub (I like Sahara the best) but I'll order samples...
  12. Thread: Perfume oils

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    Perfume oils

    I'm looking to get some (masculine) oil perfumes. :) I know Ava Luxe and a few other perfumers make mostly oil perfume, but if anyone could recommend a good mens oil fragrance, that would be great. I...
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    Re: Basenotes hijacked by Curious fans !!

    Click on the "go to forum" text on the bottom of the fake page and basenotes.com loads normally... at least for me it did.
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    Re: Basenotes hijacked by Curious fans !!

    NooooooOOOooooooooooooooo....
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    Re: What is it about aquatics?

    Fragrance is like music. If you really study the chemistry and psychology behind scent, then it's easy to see a quality perfume as literally like a musical symphony.

    Aquatic fragrances generally...
  16. Re: A Russian Woman, A French Man, and My Perfumes...

    Very cool post. I make my own perfume as well, it's always great when you get positive feed back like that. :)
  17. Re: What's the best, cheapest, bay rum I can get ?

    It has been; look in my above post. :) We both posted at the same time(ish).

    It's too bad, because I loved the Bay Rum hand creme they made as well. The whole Bay Rum line was axed. I wonder why?
  18. Re: What's the best, cheapest, bay rum I can get ?

    It's too bad they discontinued it. As far as I know, the only place you can still buy the Bay Rum is online. They had a "Tomato Cologne" (haha) for a while, which is also discontinued, but you can...
  19. Thread: Pheromones?

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    Re: Pheromones?

    Not that it pertains exactly to your question, but I find the whole idea of wearing pheromones to be dodgy. It seems deceptive.

    Work out, eat well, and have a positive outlook and one will...
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    Re: The Art of Shaving Sandalwood + Lemon

    Thanks a lot for all the recommendations. I'm looking forward to trying them out. I'll have to get a sample vial of AoS Lemon as well.

    So far, after having worn AoS Sandalwood for 10+ hours: I can...
  21. Thread: Clove hurts

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    Re: Clove hurts

    Never wear essential oils undiluted - it's extremely irritating to the skin, even if you don't get an initial reaction to it.

    There's a few exceptions, like patchouli, sandalwood and lavender -...
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    Re: The Art of Shaving Sandalwood + Lemon

    Thanks for all the replies. I got a sample vial from Nordstroms and I'm wearing it now. So far I like it a lot, the eucalyptus is an interesting note. But I think it would be better if I could spray...
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    Re: Madini Oils - Unusual Woody, Dry Fragrances

    Yeah, they can be very harsh depending on the person. I've played around with putting them on different people, and the variance is interesting.

    I'm amazed with how long they can last. It really...
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    Re: Spraying Cologne on Shirts

    I don't apply any on clothes because then it can't interact with skin chemistry.

    Also, over time clothes can get saturated with the scent and become obnoxious. Not to mention that some fragrances...
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    The Art of Shaving Sandalwood + Lemon

    What does everyone think about these two? I'm thinking about buying them.

    I'd like to know, though, if anyone has seen them online for less than the standard $70? I can't seem to find them at any...
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    Re: Madini Oils - Unusual Woody, Dry Fragrances

    I agree, Purplebird, Madini oils *need* skin - more than an acohol based fragrance does. Even though they smell good right out of the bottle, they take on a sometimes completely different character...
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    Re: Madini Oils - Unusual Woody, Dry Fragrances

    Thanks, I'll have to give that a test.
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    Re: Madini Oils - Unusual Woody, Dry Fragrances

    Not Ambre Sultan (I've tried that and I find Sahara more to my liking), and definitely not Shalimar.

    Sahara kind of reminds me of an old school mens cologne, somehow. Isn't it crazy when a scent...
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    Re: terre de hermes

    If you feel confident wearing it, that's what's important. If you wear something that naturally feels like "you", and you tune into that, you'll emit that confident, natural aura that people find...
  30. Re: Madini Oils - An Unusual, Delightful Departure from Western Perfumery

    Madini perfumes are amazingly powerful. Probably four to six times more powerful than an alcohol based perfume.

    I have Azahar (beautiful, clean and simple), Ambergris (definitely not real...
  31. Re: What scent do you smell on just about everyone & which one almost never?

    Oh, I wouldn't skip it :). Portland is home to one of the worlds greatest perfume shops: The Perfume House on Hawthorne Boulevarde. Founded by one of the worlds "noses", and he is regularly in the...
  32. Re: What scent do you smell on just about everyone & which one almost never?

    Axe and other mutants from the drug store, Cool Water, Old Spice and intense body odor.

    Most people here in Portland Oregon don't seem to wear fragrances, men particularly.
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    Re: Madini Oils - Unusual Woody, Dry Fragrances

    Sahara is another beautiful one (Amber, Myrrh and Citron), but very powerful. Too much of it can make my head spin a little (intense citron+amber accord).

    Does anyone have experience with Madini...
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    Re: Non-chemical perfumes

    Thanks for the response. :) It would be nice to possibly check those stores out when I'm in California next year.
  35. Thread: Spikenard ?

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    Re: Spikenard ?

    LOL! :)
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    Re: Don't mess with me, bad boy scent

    Yatagan, as has been mentioned.
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    Re: Non-chemical perfumes

    Oh, I'm well aware of some natural oils being sensitizers. I've had the displeasure of spilling pure lemongrass oil on myself once.
    Natural Oak Moss and Balsam Peru, I understand, are being taken...
  38. Thread: Spikenard ?

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    Re: Spikenard ?

    Brown spikenard oil has a very musky, but damp and vegetal smell, with a slightly "fatty" note. It's somewhat like ambrette seed, but more powerful and nuanced. The pure oil has strong sedative...
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    Re: Non-chemical perfumes

    Hmm, that's good to know, thanks a lot. :)

    Thanks everyone else for the responses. I should have been more specific by saying "synthetic" or "isolated" chemicals.

    The main concern a lot of...
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    Re: Wearing fragrances when you're sick.

    Yep, I had a sore throat a few days ago that progressed into a minor head cold. I can't smell very well, and even the scent of pure sandalwood oil is kind of repelling to me (very unlike me).

    I...
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    Non-chemical perfumes

    Hi everyone, this is my first post. I'm potentially shopping for chemically sensitive individuals, and I was wondering if anyone can recommend perfume that doesn't use chemical fixatives or strong...
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