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    Re: Creed Aventus - Why am I hating it??

    Not much of a creed fan myself, but I do like Aventus. Quite original with the smoky pineapple. I sense all creeds scents share a central musk accord, may be that's what you are smelling and don't...
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    Blu Mediterraneo = Pitiful Longevity

    Been wearing ADP BM (Arancia di Capri & Amalfi) for the last two days in Hawaii. What pitiful longevity!! 8 sprays and 10 mins later I have to ask people if they can smell me. I can't smell myself...
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    Re: underrated/overrated fragrance houses

    IMO...

    Overrated: Creed, Bond, Amouge
    Underrated: Kenzo
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    Re: 24 Gold VS Midnight Oud for a man

    24 gold is a good blind buy IMO. It's quite sweet though, but balanced. Has a very modern and Tom Ford feel to it. 24 Platinum is also quite worthy.
  5. Thread: Tuscan Leather

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    Re: Tuscan Leather

    ADP Leather is more wearable in my opinion.
  6. Re: Wearing Lomani's AB Spirit Silver first time today

    Thanks bigbz! Definitely love Spicebomb! Body and Soul moves to the top of my list :). Now..only if I can match the deal bigsly got.
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    Musk the new ISO E Super?

    First off, don't mean to cause any anxiety. I ran into this Wikipedia article mentioned in another informative blog post and thought I would share.

    It seems there is a lot of health concern...
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    Ambroxan substitute

    Can any of the following be used as an Ambroxan substitute?

    Ambrox Super
    Amberwood
    Cetalox
    Ambermax

    If yes, in what concentration?

    Thanks!
  9. Re: Wearing Lomani's AB Spirit Silver first time today

    hello hednic & bigbz - hopefully not too off topic, can you elaborate a bit more on body and soul? I have seen some threads where it is compared to BDH. But interested to know if it has tobacco and...
  10. Re: Denizens of cheap fragrances spanning all scent categories: lend me your wisdom

    This. And

    Azzaro Visit
    Dirty English

    Since you like Encre Noire (These two are not similar, but I find them to be cedar dominated woody and sophisticated scents in the same vein). Inexpensive...
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    Re: Change of heart for Terre d'Hermes

    First time I got a sample, I over sprayed and got into the car with some friends on a 2 hour road trip. Boy! Were they not happy with me! I almost got kicked out. The clean looking bottle misled me...
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    Re: Lomani AB Spirit Platinum

    @SmellyFinger - Not cool to accuse people of shilling, everyone is just expressing their opinion on a scent. If others feel motivated or not to buy or not its upto them.

    Most people here are...
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    Re: Tell me about Lattafa's Ameer Al-Oudh edp

    I recently got a bottle of this as well. Skanky, if thats the right word. I love oud, medicinal or not. ADP Oud, TF, M7..to name a few.

    Ameer al oudh is sugar + oud to me, don't detect any...
  14. Re: Citrus causing Headaches? Other Cheap Options?

    I recently acquired a bottle of cerruti harmony edition. Had low expectations, but I am blown away. It's a fresh, citrus, vanilla and sandalwood (among other things) scent. It's not a standout scnet...
  15. Re: LATTAFA - 58 Releases in 2014 - General Discussion thread

    I have tried Raghba and Ameer Al Oud. They are both good.. sweet oud & vanilla vibe. Great longevity, average sillage. Some say, they are similar to 24 gold (which it seems is produced in the middle...
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    Re: What makes a fragrance smell synthetic?

    This is the perfect answer!
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    I have also seen a "Hot is Black" (Nuparfums). Heard it smells like Armani code. Is that true? Not that it makes a difference.

    Here are some others that I saw,
    Cerruti 1881
    TM Angel
    F Ferragamo...
  18. Re: Your most loved and hated note in perfumery currently.

    Fav: Oud
    Hate: Many...Ginger, certain musks,neroli
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    Re: What works best in Hawaii

    Bottle of ink? Hmm..Encre noire.!

    Mine was not as sophisticated.. similar to the reaction when I had Durian in Thailand (also tricked into it..was told it's like mango).
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    Re: What works best in Hawaii

    Ha ha, I already did let someone talk me into this a few years ago :). Thanks for the reminder!
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    What works best in Hawaii

    For those who have been to Hawaii..what works best in August, both day and evening?

    I am considering decants of ADP Colonia Assoluta for day and ADP leather evening time, is that fitting?

    But I...
  22. Thread: TF Oud Fleur

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    Re: TF Oud Fleur

    Love Tobacco Oud as well. Oud Fleur just seems a little different. May be it's me, but I get similar vibes from Oud wood and Tobacco Oud. Having said that, I would get a bottle of of it...if only it...
  23. Thread: TF Oud Fleur

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    TF Oud Fleur

    This is so good! I was a bit skeptical since most people tend to dislike rose and oud combo. However, this is not what I was thinking of rose (Cartier d'un soir, Zino type), I actually just get oud...
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    Proportion Calculation

    Can someone please explain how do these demo formulas at thegoodscentcompany work?

    I typically, calculate mine by percentage and ml/drops i.e. 5% of X ~ X drops, 10% of Y ~ Y drops etc.

    How do...
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    Proportion Calculation

    Moved to DIY.
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    Body Kouros necessary?

    If I already have Le Male? I only wear Le Male in fall and winter.

    Sent from my LG-E980 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
  27. Thread: Niche...

    by badnaam
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    Re: Niche...

    Volutes Diptyque. Amazing Tobacco. My introduction to niche during a Neiman Marcus visit. Knowledgeable sales person, guided me to a few excellent tobacco scents. I picked this one.
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    cadillac extreme

    Pleasantly surprised by this one. Have always been disappointed by car frags, including it's brother the original Cadillac. That was more of a Le Male clone, with poor strength.

    This, on the other...
  29. Re: Most Complimented Clones/Dupes/Cheapies

    Al Rehab Silver is "very" close to SMW.
  30. Re: Most Complimented Clones/Dupes/Cheapies

    Not necessarily identical but similar vibe and compliment getter.
    Ferrari Black ~ Boss Bottled
    Cuba Prestige ~ Amen
    Animale Animale ~ Pure Havane
    Bogart PH (one of my best cheapies)
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    Re: Anyone try out Lomani Intense Black?

    Ditto!
  32. Re: How long does 2.5 OZ cologne last for you guys?

    A 1.7 fl oz Gucci Pour Homme II (one of my first purchases) has lasted me 3 years. Obviously, I don't use it as much because I have ended up with 50+ fragrances! Crazy!
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    Re: Ab Silver Lomani - the next Aventus clone?

    I am worried about the noses that smell new car in AB platinum and don't see the TDH connection. But it's only a matter of time before some folks do.

    I think it's great to share personal, honest...
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    Re: Creamy Sandalwood Fragrance ?

    Another +1 for egoiste
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    Re: Ab Silver Lomani - the next Aventus clone?

    Not sure if a copy can be reformulated so quickly and still maintain the "copy" smell. I thought changing concentration would also change the smell and it's not a trivial task to thin something down...
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    Re: Top 5 fav. current fragrances in rotation

    ADP Leather Colonia
    Grey Vetiver
    Kenzo PH
    Lomani AB Silver Platinum
    VIW
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    Lomani Ab Silver = Aventus? Yes, with a BIG catch!

    I received my ab silver yesterday. I blind bought it because of great experience with AB silver platinum (which smelled (90%) and performed (70%) almost as good as TDH).

    After a full day worth of...
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    Re: Frags from the other side..

    No I mean the ladies version. Looks like lot of ladies find it too masculine.
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    Frags from the other side..

    I wonder if this has been asked before..

    What women's frags have you tried with some success? I see good reviews on D&G Light Blue. Are there any others?
  40. Re: Azzaro Visit? Opinions of currrent basenoters are needed!

    It's not just cedar, there is definitely some incense in there, among other things. I agree, it is somewhat linear.. But a great scent all the way. It's one of my most complemented frags. I have...
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    Re: Ab Silver Lomani - the next Aventus clone?

    I have been following this thread and after receiving my Lomani AB Platinum (a TDH doppelganger) and seeing how good it is....I couldn't wait and pulled the trigger on AB silver.

    4 more days and...
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    Re: Lomani AB Spirit Platinum

    Yes, hard to miss the strong TDH similarity.

    I would say I am surprised how Lomani can produce quality juice like this at this price point. But then I saw another post where it seems the cost of...
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    Re: Lomani AB Spirit Platinum

    Received the mine today.

    I thought I would share the pictures, since I liked the presentation. It's made in France and of course smells awesome. I am quite pleased with this, enough to blind buy...
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    Re: Lomani AB Spirit Platinum

    Puremugler. I am with you on this. Good to know you concur regarding AB Platinum and that it wasn't just my imagination. Lomani seems to be making some quality frags, I don't care what the price is...
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    Re: Lomani AB Spirit Platinum

    I don't get the new car smell and I don't get any leather either. Interestingly there is no leather in the note pyramid.
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    Re: Lomani AB Spirit Platinum

    Yes, very good longevity more than 4-5 hrs. A little less than TDH I think, but I can't be sure, since I didn't test it beyond 4-5 hrs.
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    Re: Lomani AB Spirit Platinum

    I am getting it tomorrow, will post update.

    I did try the sample of ABSP again, this time side by side with TDH. No difference to me, except TDH has a slight airier/bigger feel to it. It's a damn...
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    Re: Neroli essential oil instead of fragrance

    I hear 4711 is pretty similar to PF.

    If you wanna cook up your own single note neroli type frag, you could try mixing up Perfumer's apprentice Orange Flower Key Accord with Perfumer's alcohol. Be...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Did you buy deauville blue? How was it?
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    Michelle Germain Deauville Bleu

    Anyone tried this? Can't find any info, not even at the michel germain website.
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    Mr. Bill Blass safe blind buy?

    I am on a leather kick. ADP Leather colonial and Vince Camuto have been recent favorites.

    I hear Mr. Bill Blass in a classic leather. Is it a safe blind buy? I don't expect ADP type leather (it...
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    Re: 90210 Feel2Sexy for Him

    ;) Yep. This was one of my best blind cheapie buys. I don't see this anymore in Ross etc. Where did you find your bottle? I am tempted to stock up.
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    Re: Lomani AB Spirit Platinum

    How is the longevity and projection?

    Sent from my LG-E980 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
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    Re: Lomani AB Spirit Platinum

    hednic - do you notice any TDH similarities? the pepper/orange and vetiver combo intrigues me.
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    Re: Lomani AB Spirit Platinum

    I don't see leather in the fragrantica note pyramid. Are you looking at the "AB spirit platinum"?
    Smells like a twin of TDH to me. I sprayed it around noon and almost 4 hours later still there, so...
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    Lomani AB Spirit Platinum

    Anyone tried it? What's the verdict?
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    Sandalwood Challenge

    What blends well with sandalwood for a men's frag? I am interested to hear what you folks may have cooked up with this note. I am struggling with creating anything interesting with PA's sandalwood...
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    Re: Are the Cheapies Really Worth It?

    Some of them are. The good ones that have become cheap over time (Kenzo PH, Azzaro PH) certainly are. Some of the ones that were launched cheap can be quite good (MJ Legend, Animale Animale). It's...
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    Re: Are the Cheapies Really Worth It?

    Where did you find Egoiste for $25? What size?
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    Ellena on Grey Flannel

    I read an interview from March 2009 where Ellena cites Grey Flannel as one of the fragrances he considers beautiful.

    I keep going back to Grey Flannel and each time try to pay a tiny bit more...
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    Re: Norlimbanol Dilution

    Just a follow up..

    Norlimbanol easily liquefies and stays that way (for a few hours so far) with just some gentle heating. 5 minute immersion in a bowl with warm water.

    This stuff is really...
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    Re: First Attempt Report

    Thanks pKiller! Appreciate it.

    What's the best way to cut it down. I use an excel sheet to track the formulas. Should I simply add more of rest of the ingredient, so that I end up with a...
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    What's this secret ingredient??

    I notice a distinct similarity between the following two fragrances. The note pyramids are have nothing in common, nevertheless the similar note (or notes) is there. What could this be?

    If I were...
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    First Attempt Report

    Sorry, posted this in the wrong forum. Reposting.

    I made 4 test samples.

    #One (Parfum)
    Primarily Vetiver and ISO E Super
    Smells almost like Encre Noire without the litle sweetness or...
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    Re: Norlimbanol Dilution

    Thanks mumsy.

    9 units of PA would be 9 ml, but how do I measure 1 unit of norimbanol? is it 1gm or 1 pinch?

    I don't have a weighing scale.
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    Norlimbanol Dilution

    I ordered some of this from PA and after receiving realized it's not a liquid.

    Reading some forums here, it seems it needs to be diluted at 10%?

    What does that diluted at 10% mean and what do...
  67. Thread: Eo/po/ac?

    by badnaam
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    Re: Eo/po/ac?

    Thank you!

    Are all these essential oils soluble in alcohol?
  68. Thread: Eo/po/ac?

    by badnaam
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    Eo/po/ac?

    I am referring to the recipe at this page..

    https://sites.google.com/site/perfumerecipes/perfume-recipes-and-formulations/du-aqua-di-parma-like-scent

    What is the meaning of EO/PO and AC?
    ...
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    Re: Question about PA Key Accords

    Nicok, thank you!

    In your recipe, what the number following the percentage?

    It seems strange, why PA is selling these then i.e. if I have to add more of the same stuff that's already in...
  70. Thread: Advice Please

    by badnaam
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    Advice Please

    What's your fav (reasonably priced) classy fragrance with great longevity and projection? Don't know if such a thing exists in the ladies frag world, but the equivalent of Encre Noire for ladies.
    ...
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    Question about PA Key Accords

    #1 - If I were to simply mix the key accord (such as the Citrus key accord) at 15% with perfumer's alcohol, will i get some type of (decent) citrus aquatic fragrance? Or do folks add more molecules...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Been seeing a lot of Ed Hardy frags at Marshalls lately. Saw 1 oz bottles of villain for 5.99 (clearance perhaps) and there were variety of others Ed Hardys. Royal Copenhagen Musk (this stuff smells...
  73. Thread: Save On Scents

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    Re: Save On Scents

    Thanks. Very informative!
  74. Thread: Save On Scents

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    Re: Save On Scents

    Did you see baby diapers and flatulence on saveonscents designer inspirations? Or you perhaps wear designer/niche frags that smell like that?
  75. Thread: Save On Scents

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    Save On Scents

    Has anyone tried some of the designer inspired fragrance oils from saveonscents. From the reviews it looks like some are pretty close to the real thing. I wonder what the longevity and projection is...
  76. Thread: DIY Question

    by badnaam
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    DIY Question

    Specifically, regarding products from saveonscents.

    I see they have a variety of designer interpretations. From what I have read so far, it seems

    I need to get one of the fragrance oils...
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    Re: Pierre Cardin Innovation

    Bought it and returned it, very glad I could.

    This one sucks all the way. Note pyramid says, sandalwood, coffee, oud..among other things. Don't know what they were smoking. This is linear cheap...
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    Pierre Cardin Innovation

    Has anyone tried it? Seems like a new 2013 cologne. Saw it at a discounter. Quite curious.
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    Re: 90210 Feel2Sexy for Him

    In my opinion, it is a great clone of Fahrenheit, all the way, as good as a clone can be. Excellent longevity too. The sprayer is crap and bottle isn't much to look at. But the juice is...
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    90210 Feel2Sexy for Him

    Anyone tried this?

    Saw this at Marshalls the other days, $6 on sale. I have tried Metal Jacket from this house before. Was blown away, perfect Fahrenheit clone, great silage and longevity, as...
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    Versace blue jeans and boss bottled

    Is it just me or do guys also feel the same vibe from both? Not similar the way Ferrari black but I really like bj, boss bottled and Ferrari black....especially opening. What is the similarity...
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    Re: What's next? Please advise

    Wise words! I might but it's addictive :). I am sure it will taper down as my taste gets refined, good to hear everyone's thoughts!
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    Re: What's next? Please advise

    Thanks for your reply.

    While I am starting out, I am cautiously investing :). I actually like all the ones I listed, as much as the more expensive ones that are out there ( I did go out and got a...
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    What's next? Please advise

    **My First post on BN**

    Within a matter of a month, I have now become a collector :). It all started with me trying to find my next bottle when the lone single frag I had (Gucci PH II) started to...
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