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    Re: New Perfume Guide

    Hello Luca!

    Great to learn about the new forthcoming book :) I am a Perfumer, currently working on a new fragrance and I would love for it to be included in your book, however, I am concerned that...
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    Easter 10% off - the scented souq

    Hey guys,

    Here's an Easter offer from The Scented Souq:


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    The promo code is SPRINGSALE entered at checkout. You can check out their website here:
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    Re: Scent Salim

    Yep he certainly is very helpful!
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    Re: Scent Salim

    I agree... Really lovely stuff they have! I got the car scents too! :D
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    Scent Salim

    Hello everyone!



    Hope your all enjoying the lovely spring weather! Well, really I was lucky enough to get some goodies from Scent Salim, which is a UK based house, and I have reviewed some of...
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    Re: Exsense Exhibition aftermath

    Glad you enjoyed it, Ken :) Thank you
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    Re: Exsense Exhibition aftermath

    Your welcome HORNS, and I hope you enjoy it! Do remember to leave a review of your thoughts! ;)
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    Re: Exsense Exhibition aftermath

    Your most welcome! :)
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    Re: Exsense Exhibition aftermath

    Thank you Hednic! Glad you enjoyed it! :)
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    Re: Reccomendation: frag samples

    I love all MFK oud fragrances.... and many many others, too!!!

    The Scented Souq have oud fragrance oils/attars that you can try with a sample set, and their oud frags are Khyber Hashish, Al-Sultan...
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    Exsense Exhibition aftermath

    Good evening everyone!

    Well, as promised I have blogged about the wonderful Exsence exhibition that took place in Milan and I had the opportunity to sniff some wonderful new and niche...
  12. Re: New Middle Eastern Fragrance Boutique in London Opposite Harrods - The Spirit of Duba

    Yes... Quite high price points, but might be worth it for oud lovers! :)
  13. Exclusives: Yasmine by Penhaligon's and Mirages The Miracle of The Rose by Prada

    Afternoon everyone!



    In celebration of National Fragrance Day, I ventured into Harrods and Selfridges (yet again, of course! ;) ) In order to check out their exclusives. My Blog reviews of...
  14. 10% Off To Celebrate National Fragrance Day!

    Hello all,

    The UK is celebrating National Fragrance Day today (21st March 2017) and to celebrate, The Scented Souq is giving everyone 10% off all orders. They ship internationally and the offer...
  15. Re: Perfume Exhibition in London -- June to September

    Thats great! Thanks for sharing the link!
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    Re: Esxence Show, Milan

    Thank you, Hednic :)
  17. Re: The latest release from Thameen - Rivière

    I love the Thameen range... beautifully done fragrances
  18. Re: Two Basenotes articles won Jasmine awards!

    Fantastic News! Congratulations to the winners! :)
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    Esxence Show, Milan

    Is anyone attending this year in Milan? I am planning to be there, would be good to know which fellow Fragranticans will be there too! It starts on the 23rd March and I am looking forward to it! ...
  20. Re: New Middle Eastern Fragrance Boutique in London Opposite Harrods - The Spirit of Duba

    Yep - and they will be exhibiting at this years Esxence, too! Ill be there and I will surely reporting on my experiences from there, for everyone here. I agree much with what Turin had to say - it...
  21. Re: New Middle Eastern Fragrance Boutique in London Opposite Harrods - The Spirit of Duba

    Yay! Happy to know that you are visiting London! I hope that you enjoy your stay here and if you want any tips about anything to do with traveling in London (fragrance or non fragrance related) you...
  22. New Middle Eastern Fragrance Boutique in London Opposite Harrods - The Spirit of Duba

    Good Afternoon everyone!

    Directly opposite Harrods, a new fragrance boutique has opened on the 2nd March - the Spirit of Dubai. Wondering if any has visited it, and what what do you think of the...
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    Kashgar Silk - The Scented Souq

    Hello everyone,



    I just want to know who else has tried this fragrance by The Scented Souq? It has had some good feedback on Facebook and it would be interesting to know the opinions of you...
  24. The Scented Souq - Sale until Midnight tonight!

    Hello,

    Hope your all having a great evening. Just wanted to let you all know that The Scented Souq are having a flash sale on which is only on until Midnight (UK time) tonight! Everything is 10%...
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    Re: What to buy when in Dubai!

    Pure Black Oud - although its classed as a 'female' fragrance, Middle Eastern fragrances are generally unisex and genders are just labels. It has Oud in it, which of course makes it appeal to both...
  26. Re: Second trip to Harrod's - 6th floor boutique - first pass

    Its wonderful, isnt it? Each time I am in Harrods (At least once a week!) I feel like a kid in a candy store, and it always feels like its my first time there!! :)
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    Re: Attar sellers in India

    The hub of Indian attars, is Kannuaj - if you can and feel like going on a mini fragrance pilgrimage, then I would recommend visiting there. They supply a lot of the fragrance oils that go into the...
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    Re: What to buy when in Dubai!

    Apart from all the above, I recommend Yas Perfumes. They were one of the winners in 2016 fragrance awards... all their fragrances are wonderful :)
  29. Re: Khyber Hashish - by The Scented Souq

    Very soon! I will post in the the shamless self promotion section lol because apparently Blog posts are not allowed here :)
  30. Re: Khyber Hashish - by The Scented Souq

    Your welcome! :)
  31. Khyber Hashish - by The Scented Souq

    Hello all,

    It's been a while since I posted here, so I thought I'd post with my SOTD. I will be blogging about this soon. The Scented Souq, a new fragrance house, is current having a 10% off...
  32. Re: MFK Baccarat Rouge 540 and Nocturne Rouge by Terry De Gunzberg

    I think its just my skin. Possibly the amberwood. But I think whatever it is, its definitely the smoky/woodiness about it! Maybe the fruityness I smelled was actually the candy notes... I think I...
  33. Re: MFK Baccarat Rouge 540 and Nocturne Rouge by Terry De Gunzberg

    Yes, the official scent profiles are completely different! But to my nose there is something that is similar and I don't really know what it is. The density of both fragrances are different - but I...
  34. MFK Baccarat Rouge 540 and Nocturne Rouge by Terry De Gunzberg

    Good Afternoon all!

    Hope this finds you well :)

    I recently tried Terry De Gunzberg's Nocturne Rouge and it really reminded me of Baccarat Rouge by MFK. Baccarat is smokier and drier, but...
  35. Re: Fragrance Foundation Arabia Awards 2016

    Your welcome :)
  36. Re: Fragrance Foundation Arabia Awards 2016

    Your welcome :)
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    Its that time of the year again! ...

    Hello everyone,

    My latest Blog is about this year's holiday scent, and if interested your welcome to have a look here:
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  38. Re: Please suggest a spicy perfume (updated).....

    Where do I start with suggestions? There are so many. But one that I can suggest, is newly released Arabian Attar, The Sahara by a new brand, The Scented Souq. Description can be found, here: ...
  39. Re: Fragrance Foundation Arabia Awards 2016

    Your welcome :)
  40. Re: Fragrance Foundation Arabia Awards 2016

    Thank you, Hednic!! That means a lot <3
  41. Fragrance Foundation Arabia Awards 2016

    Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen!

    I don't know whether anyone here had attend the fragrance of Arabia awards in November, or not - but in my latest Blog post, I discuss 2 fragrances by the house...
  42. Re: Move Over, Henry Jacques! You Have Some Shoes To Fill: This Is Sylheti Oud of Bangladesh: Holiou

    Thank you, Hednic! :)
  43. Re: Move Over, Henry Jacques! You Have Some Shoes To Fill: This Is Sylheti Oud of Bangladesh: Holiou

    I thought the same, until I tested it. Very good value for money :)
  44. Re: Move Over, Henry Jacques! You Have Some Shoes To Fill: This Is Sylheti Oud of Bangladesh: Holiou

    Thank you - I am glad you enjoyed the read up! :)
  45. Move Over, Henry Jacques! You Have Some Shoes To Fill: This Is Sylheti Oud of Bangladesh: Holioud

    Good Morning, to all!

    As some know, I love my ouds, and I have recently had the pleasure of sampling some pure undiluted Hindi oud, originating from Bangladesh, in a region just over the border...
  46. A new faeces note in a perfume funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

    Good afternoon all,

    I am not sure whether you have heard about this news floating around, about a project that Bill Gates in working on with Firminch, in producing a fragrance that smells like...
  47. Re: Importance of Body Chemistry & Fragrances

    Hello,

    I covered this topic in one of my recent Blog posts, your welcome to have a look! Here is the link:

    http://shaneelaraq.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/be-perfume-marvel-some-tips-on-how-to.html...
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    Re: Guerlain compliments getter!

    I agree! :)
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    Gold Oud by Killian

    Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen,

    I have been lucky enough to sample Gold Oud by Killian and I have posted a review to it. Do take a look!

    Here is the link to the review in my Blog:
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  50. Re: Growth of the Middle East Fragrance Market

    Awww thank you Hednic! You always have something lovely to say! <3
  51. Growth of the Middle East Fragrance Market

    Good Evening to all you wonderfully smelling people! :)

    I know that this forum is more concerned about discussing fragrances themselves, but I thought some here may be interested in the 'business'...
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    Re: Approached by Christian Dior

    Thank you! :)
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    Re: Top Picks of This Season

    Excellent choices, everyone! :)
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    Approached by Christian Dior

    Good Morning to you all!

    I have been approached by a contact at Christian Dior and they are looking for perfume testers and reviewers... meaning you get free perfume :) Please check my Blog for...
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    Women's Niche Fragrances on demand

    Good Evening to All,

    Did you know that women's niche and fine fragrances are estimated to outperform mass produced fragrances by the end of this year? The estimated worth of women's nice...
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    Re: Top Picks of This Season

    Excellent choices! :)
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    Re: Cure for Olfactory Fatigue

    Olfactory fatigue usually occurs when you smell many different fragrances of different types and everything starts to smell the same, even if they are a totally different. At this point, taking a...
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    Re: Top Picks of This Season

    Oh Korrigan is a wonderful choice for the autumn! I know that fleurs d'oranger isn't seen as a typical autumn fragrance, but I think that it works early to mid-autumn, because it is a very...
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    Top Picks of This Season

    Good Evening all!


    I have written in my Blog, about my top picks of fragrances to wear this season - Autumn/Winter... now we are coming to the back end of Autumn, coming into the warm and spicy...
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    Re: Ajmal: Qafiya

    Thanks, NoseitAll - sounds like my cup of tea :)
  61. Re: The 'Hidden Chemistry' Of Frankincense Revealed

    Thank you for the link! A great and interesting read :)
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    Sticky: Re: On Getting Free Samples from Companies Now

    Hello :)

    If you like long lasting highly concentrated fragrances, I have some samples to give away from some newly launched fragrances. You can find info on my blog :)
  63. Re: Free Samples: New Affordable Luxury Fragrance Line

    Hednic -

    I hope that you have put in your request ;)

    To everyone who has - I have received an overwhelming amount of emails overnight, and I WILL go back to each one of them to acknowledge...
  64. Free Samples: New Affordable Luxury Fragrance Line

    Hello to all you wonderfully smelly people! lol

    The Scented Souq (Link on my Blog) will be launching a new small line of affordable luxury fragrance oils, with a specialism in Arabian fragrances...
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    Ajmal: Qafiya

    Hello Everyone :)

    I was wondering, mainly those based in the Middle East, whether anyone has tried the brand new Qafiya 1 and 2? This is from the house of Ajmal. Would love to hear reviews about...
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    Latest Arabian fragrances

    Has anyone tried the latest Arabian fragrances from houses like Ajmal and Rasasi etc? Anyone tried Qafiya by Ajmal? Thoughts :)
  67. Re: The Spirit of Dubai - Exclusive Collection

    Yeh I love how they did the lids!
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    Yep, I agree - I really like Baz
  69. Re: Any thoughts on these Middle East Paris Gallery Brand " Ajhaar" ?

    Do let us know how you get on :)
  70. Re: The Spirit of Dubai - Exclusive Collection

    Hahaha! Oh those were the days!!! Yes I remember reading that article. I was gob smacked to say the least!!
  71. Re: The Spirit of Dubai - Exclusive Collection

    Probably a bit of both! Harrods is quite notorious... but I guess if they can, they will! They have a large percentage of customers who come to Harrods from the Arabian Gulf to try their exclusives...
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    Re: Olfactory Fatigue

    You basically need to smell something that is a complete opposite the the type of fragrances that you are smelling. If you are smelling mostly floral and citrus type fragrances, then coffee would...
  73. The Spirit of Dubai - Exclusive Collection

    Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen :)

    So this afternoon at Harrods, my client purchased Durra - the exclusive fragrance which forms as part of the collection called 'The Spirit of Dubai' -...
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    Re: Olfactory Fatigue

    my 2 cents - perfumers use coffee to remove olfactory fatigue. Smell coffee or coffee beans brings the nose to a neutral position, and then you can start picking up the notes again.
  75. Re: WHY are so many Frag's reformulated or changed??

    I agree with much of what others have said - but the regulations, and EU cosmetics is one culprits. So many stories of the likes of Chanel and Dior having to reformulate due to potential ban on...
  76. Re: Interview with a fragrance industry chemist.

    I read about vintage Shalimar fragrances that haven't changed at all, and then there are others that I read which turned very vinegary. I think it depends very much on the composition of the...
  77. Re: Any thoughts on these Middle East Paris Gallery Brand " Ajhaar" ?

    They are a smaller more local perfume house, and they are OK. nothing so wow about them. They lean towards European style fragrances, whilst also fulfilling the palate and tastes of the region that...
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    Re: Henry Jacques - Harrods

    Honestly, for an oud based oil fragrance, 12 hours is quite bad. Bare minimum on the skin should be 2-3 days... even when skin is immersed into water, you should still smell remnants of it. Of...
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    Re: Henry Jacques - Harrods

    Your welcome! :)
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    Re: Arabian Oud Open on Broadway

    Indeed great news for the American East Coasters!
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    Re: Oud Ispahan - Dior

    I wouldn't say I ejoyed it - but I didn't hate it either. One that I wouldn't wear again!
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    Re: Oud Ispahan - Dior

    :grin: :grin: :grin:
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    Re: Oud Ispahan - Dior

    Yes, I love Leather oud!! Al Haramain have some great leather ouds :)
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    Re: Oud Ispahan - Dior

    True. Most are synthetic anyway!
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    Re: Oud Ispahan - Dior

    LOL thats exactly what I felt with MFK oud satin modd - the velvet and rose were a total bomb, hardly no oud - very light oud, but I loved it! :)
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    Oud Ispahan - Dior

    Good Afternoon, Ladies and Gents!

    The other day I put on some Oud Ispahan by Christian Dior. Its my first time wearing this and although it is lovely... nothing about it stands out. Its seems like...
  87. Re: FDA Is Preventing European Orders To The US?

    Hello ladies and gentlemen,

    I have managed to ship some fragrance items to the US without any problems over the last week or so - including samples. If anyone would like help in this regards, I...
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    Henry Jacques - Harrods

    Thought I would show you all basenoters some photos from the Exclusive Henry Jacques room, at Harrods, from a personal shopping session yesterday. I tried all the 6 ouds and left with Onction on my...
  89. Re: Kurkdijian oud satin mood and Terryfic oud by Terry de Gunzberg

    I admit the oud isn't very strong in the MFK - but the rose is quite sweet and lovely and is quite nostalgic
  90. Re: Kurkdijian oud satin mood and Terryfic oud by Terry de Gunzberg

    That's exactly what I thought - the longevity is monstrous and I could still smell it on me after 3 days, even after showering! This is a keeper me thinks! ;)
  91. Re: Kurkdijian oud satin mood and Terryfic oud by Terry de Gunzberg

    Yes, I found the same too with MFK - the longevity is monster rose! Its great! The rose in this though is very sweet and sexy like lol -
  92. Kurkdijian oud satin mood and Terryfic oud by Terry de Gunzberg

    I have recently tested these two and I found them VERY similar, almost the same. In fact, I would say that both were EXACTLY the same... apart from maybe the rose note is more apparent in the...
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    Re: Harrods visit

    Thank you! :)
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    Re: Harrods visit

    Certainly are!
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    Re: Harrods visit

    Glad you enjoyed reading about our experience! :)
    Luckily it wasn't too packed at all, because it was a weekday! So was very easy to navigate, then it usually is on a weekend! I nabbed some...
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    Harrods visit

    Good Evening :)

    After a while visiting Harrods - I went yesterday and I had posted about my visit there over of FFF, and I thought I would share with you guys here, too :)

    I went early evening...
  97. Re: M7 Yves Saint Laurent - Oud Wood Tom Ford

    M7 is a tad medicinal... which I don't like at all, but then again, I love the medicinal middle notes that I get from my Amber oils. If I had a choice between the M7 and the Tom Ford, TF would wiin...
  98. Re: How many uses do you get from oils? 3ml, 5ml, etc. Attar/mukhallat/other

    Well, it really depends on the heaviness of the oils, their strength and how strong the notes are. Attar and Mukhallats generally last a very long time... around 2 drops per wrist does the trick and...
  99. [International] Pure High Grade and Medium Grade Pure Hindi Oud and Cambodian Oud

    This is a premium Cambodian Oud product, of one of the highest grades available for this sought after Oud.

    Its scent is very unique, described as very dark and rich and very 'barnyard'. This is...
  100. Re: Experiences with matching shower gels/soaps?

    All the one's that I have used, I have found were not moisturising on the skin at all - in fact, a lot of the matching Versace hand lotions were basically milk with added fragrance, in that they kind...
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