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    Re: Olivier Durbano Kickstarter

    But I believe they'll still be keeping the proceeds, even though they didn't reach their target. Yes, seriously.
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    Re: Olivier Durbano Kickstarter

    Good! Glad to see people aren't as gullible as these fragrance houses think they are.

    As for those who made a pledge, shame on you!
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    Re: Strange bottle - Gucci Envy for Men

    Five hours to go. I wonder how much it'll go for... :wink:
  4. Re: IT'S THE BEST IYO...asking the noses at basenotes

    Well, this thread contradicts your so-called defence. Plus, I've heard it all before - I'm actually middle-aged, I'm successful in my own right, I'm a highly esteemed member of my local community, I...
  5. Re: IT'S THE BEST IYO...asking the noses at basenotes

    And what's intelligent about letting a bunch of strangers, with wildly different tastes and criterions, help make a shortlist for you, instead of researching and sampling what could potentially suit...
  6. Re: "What house do you feel cares most/listens most to their customers? "

    That's until they hit the big time...
  7. Re: "What house do you feel cares most/listens most to their customers? "

    Not many, as they're mainly interested in your money.

    However, the more you're prepared to spend, the more they may be willing to listen. Money talks.

    Well, that's unless you have them by the...
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    Re: Strange bottle - Gucci Envy for Men

    This fragrance was found in the wardrobe of a recently deceased relative. [In other words, it's the dead relative's fault.]
    The cellophane wrapping was INTACT, which I opened to take the photos.
    It...
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    Re: Strange bottle - Gucci Envy for Men

    LOL! Buy it and then start a new thread about your woes with the dishonest seller. :grin:
  10. Re: IT'S THE BEST IYO...asking the noses at basenotes

    You're simply looking for a shortcut. This hobby is VERY subjective.

    My advice is to do the hard graft yourself and stop being so lazy. Somewhere down the line, you'll be glad that you did.
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    Re: What is going on with Serge Lutens ?

    The party came to a sudden halt around 2008...
  12. Re: Bloomberg: Can You Sell Scents Without the Sex?

    The only decent thing about designer fragrance ads are the use of rich colours. Beyond that, they're additional brainwashing tools for worshipping materialism (as opposed to spirituality) and white...
  13. Re: have you ever worn essential oils as your perfume?

    David, out of curiosity, are there any EOs you have worn neat, in the past?
  14. Re: have you ever worn essential oils as your perfume?

    Well, not everyone's the same but I wouldn't abide by everything that IFRA and EU regulations dictate. Obviously, as a perfumer, you have no choice but, in my private life, I prefer to listen to my...
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    Re: spoiled by niche?

    Designer, niche, classic, artisanal... it's now mostly dreck.

    But, when it comes to vintage formulations, now we're talking...
  16. Re: have you ever worn essential oils as your perfume?

    Sandalwood?! You big wuss... :grin:
  17. Re: have you ever worn essential oils as your perfume?

    Many of them you have to be careful with but the following popular EOs should be fine:

    Sandalwood
    Agarwood / Oud
    Vetiver
    Patchouli
    Rose (and other florals)
    Frankincense
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    Re: Olivier Durbano Kickstarter

    It looks like Olfactive Studio are seeking funding to revamp their bottles.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzT38BRN4Os

    After everything's said and done, I wonder if they'll then have the cheek...
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    Re: Olivier Durbano Kickstarter

    His original fragrance line-up was meant to consist of just seven fragrances...

    ... But, after the success of those, he got greedy and decided to release a few more, of course using a lame excuse...
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    [UK] Re: Borneo Jewel by Agaraura

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    [UK] Re: Borneo Jewel by Agaraura

    Bump
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    [UK] Re: Borneo Jewel by Agaraura

    Bump
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    Re: Frederic Malle Monsieur - new fragrance!

    It would have received two stars, if it had better lasting power, but no more than that.
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    Re: Frederic Malle Monsieur - new fragrance!

    Dedicated to the interfering m...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSt8JT-A6hw
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    Re: Frederic Malle Monsieur - new fragrance!

    Of course, there will always be situations that call for diplomacy, but the constant (and stubborn) belief in the above (regardless of the situation) is the biggest cop-out for the apologetic and...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Monsieur - new fragrance!

    Cologne Indélébile isn't great but it's much better than Monsieur.

    I gave Monsieur. 1 out of 5. Screw diplomacy...

    http://scentforthought.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/review-monsieur-malle.html
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    Re: Should Versace sue Paco Rabanne??

    I agree.

    If anything, it should be Caron that should consider suing Paco Rabanne. But even that would be reaching.

    47236
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    Re: Overall Rating Stars - Your Definitions?

    5 - Ticks all the boxes and must have in collection.
    4 - Nearly ticks all the boxes but still good enough to add to collection.
    3 - Good but only good enough to own a sample (for reference) or...
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    Re: New "Ambre Precieux Ultime" by MPG

    The price hasn't changed, since its release.

    Only two possible reasons why it's still available:

    1) More was produced.

    2) Many people have quickly realised that it doesn't hold a candle to...
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    Re: OCD with owning flankers? anyone?

    Someone has to say it...

    Guys, stop being a bunch of suckers. :smiley:
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    Re: Creed Himalaya - Is it worth it?

    No Creed is worth it, IMHO.
  32. Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur. Is The Brand Going Out Of Fashion ?

    Based on their comparative weakness, most L'Artisans are better as room sprays than personal fragrances.
  33. Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur. Is The Brand Going Out Of Fashion ?

    What, AGAIN?!


    Agreed. Their fragrances seriously need to be more robust and tenacious.


    Most of their fragrances have ALWAYS been weak. Not as weak as Penhaligon's but close enough.
  34. Re: Richard James Saville row: is this a good deal?

    That's a really great deal! However, since I have no use for Richard James, I'd rather save my money.
  35. Re: Shocking move by Guerlain/LVMH - closure of Monsieur Guerlain website

    Buying perfume isn't an irrational gesture - it's a luxury.

    I'm well aware that many perfume lovers rely on being fed ridiculous fantasises, to fully enjoy perfumery. But do you know what? Not...
  36. Re: Shocking move by Guerlain/LVMH - closure of Monsieur Guerlain website

    And to expect anything more would have been extremely naive. Some of you really need to wake up...

    If it turns out that LVMH handled this unfairly, the best you (and anyone else) can do is to...
  37. Re: Has anyone 'deciphered' Bond No. 9 batch codes?

    Even if you lot did manage to figure it out, Bond No. 9 would probably threaten to sue. :grin:
  38. Re: Shocking move by Guerlain/LVMH - closure of Monsieur Guerlain website

    And that's why he had most of the lacklustre current releases lined up with his vintage bottles, in the photos of his collection...
  39. Re: Shocking move by Guerlain/LVMH - closure of Monsieur Guerlain website

    I can only see two plausible reasons for all this, based on what we know:

    1) Internal politics. It can often be nasty and brutal, with causalities.

    2) After all the complains from Guerlain's...
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    Re: A new Tauer: Lonesome Rider

    In general, most fragrances last far longer on fabrics and card than they do on skin. That's why the final judgement should always be based on a skin test.

    I only use card blotters for preliminary...
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    Re: A new Tauer: Lonesome Rider

    Tried it today. It's okay but not his best.

    I was hoping he would pull out all the stops, while reverting back to his compositional style circa 2006. But not this time.

    It lasts okay but could...
  42. Re: Shocking move by Guerlain/LVMH - closure of Monsieur Guerlain website

    I know everyone's going on about trademark infringement but something doesn't quite add up...

    Ulrik's blog has been around, for several years, and it's taken this long for LVMH to close the...
  43. Re: Shocking move by Guerlain/LVMH - closure of Monsieur Guerlain website

    No worries. :smiley:
  44. Re: Shocking move by Guerlain/LVMH - closure of Monsieur Guerlain website

    Well, that just shows how observant and 'grounded' you are... :wink:
  45. Re: Shocking move by Guerlain/LVMH - closure of Monsieur Guerlain website

    Johnny, please get off your high horse and put a sock in it. At least I'm seeing things for what they are, instead of throwing childish tantrums like you.

    As much as Ulrik's website was...
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    Re: Fake montales on ebay (beware)

    So, why even bother coming on here asking for advice?

    *smh*
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    Re: Fake montales on ebay (beware)

    Both are legit but you jumped the gun and returned the older (and probably superior) formulation.

    Try not to be so rash, next time, and do some research before deciding.
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    Re: Sables - Annick Goutal

    I once owned a bottle of the vintage stuff. Incredible lasting power but moderate sillage.

    Sadly, the novelty quickly wore off, as I didn't enjoy smelling like maple syrup all the time.
  49. Re: Shocking move by Guerlain/LVMH - closure of Monsieur Guerlain website

    So, for years, you were well-aware that some Guerlain employees weren’t happy with you using the Guerlain name as part of your persona (including possibly the use of the logos). In fact, in your own...
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    Re: Anyone know where Monsieur Guerlain is?

    If he wasn’t a blind devotee, he would have been far more discerning about the new Guerlain releases added to his collection. That would have been much more plausible, even after his statement, and...
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    Re: Anyone know where Monsieur Guerlain is?

    Maybe because those very things affected him, as well, and he was simply venting. But this doesn't make his blind faith in this once great house any less pathetic.

    Many years ago, long before his...
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    Re: Anyone know where Monsieur Guerlain is?

    Critical?! He's a Guerlain fanboy, who likes (and owns) even the shite Guerlain releases (of which there are many). :grin:
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    Re: Anyone know where Monsieur Guerlain is?

    Weird...

    Hopefully, it's not because he let too many cats out of the bag. I always thought he and those at Guerlain had a close relationship.
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    Re: What's your next backup bottle purchase?

    With all the recent reformulations, it's probably a little late for many of you to even consider such a thing.

    I sorted out all my back-ups at least five years ago...
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    Re: An observation about bottle size...

    100ml of any fragrance (excluding extraits) is my sweet spot. If the bottle comes in a smaller size, I simply buy a second one.

    I would only settle for a smaller size if it's a citrus creation, as...
  56. Re: Sampling is for ninnies. Real men (women) buy blind

    What he said.
  57. Re: Bottle up the smell of your granny or your recently departed - seriously....

    Extremely exploitative and pathetic...

    Death is actually a release and should be celebrated for what it truly is.

    If we had to be brutally honest with ourselves, grieving is mainly a selfish...
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    Re: Best Amber Fragrance?

    Don't do it! :grin:
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    Re: Best Amber Fragrance?

    :grin:
  60. Re: Your biggest number of purchases in a single day?

    +1,000

    As impressive as hednic's collection is, he collects for the sake of collecting.

    However, his purchases aren't discerning and he apparently likes everything he owns, which is impossible...
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    Re: 2 new Amouage: Lilac Love and Opus X

    I lost interest in the Library Collection around the time I sampled Opus VII (and I really wanted to like that one).

    After Opus IV, I'm finding the bases more overtly synthetic, which I don't...
  62. Re: What's the most you've ever spent on a single bottle?

    A 100ml bottle of Puredistance M.

    But I kept 60ml for myself and sold off the rest as decants, to bring the price down (the 60ml size wasn't available back then).
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    Re: What frags do you travel abroad with?

    I don't. I just bring a bunch of samples with me - usually ones I want to finish off but don't deem as full bottle-worthy.
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    Re: Frederic Malle Monsieur - new fragrance!

    Bleh!
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    Re: Nishane - Afrika Olifant

    Synthetic woody-incense trash and nothing more.
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    Re: Best Amber Fragrance?

    The biggest problem I found with this house is that all the fragrances are top heavy. But those interesting top notes are fleeting, and the bases are both bland and insubstantial.

    Amber Loup is...
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    Re: Best Amber Fragrance?

    Yes, the sampler pack is indeed cheap. Sadly, it's not a great niche house and Amber Loup is very underwhelming for an amber scent.

    I'll be posting reviews on this house later this month.
  68. Re: Buying testers. Your thoughts? (and my experience with them)

    Not cool. If you want the cap, pay the full (or discounted) price. You can even ask for one on the boards.
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    Re: $.50/ml or less, MUST HAVE/TRY fragrances

    Are you an accountant?
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    Re: New 2016 By Kilian - Moonlight in Heaven!

    I'm wetting my knickers in anticipation...
  71. Re: I always end up buying fragrances that I regret purchasing!

    Dude, this isn't a race whereby the larger your collection is the more respect you'll get around here (well, you certainly won't be getting any from me).

    Take your time, sample and learn.
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    Re: Downsizing strategies - do you "face off"?

    After taking into account performance and how they make me feel, while wearing them, I strive to ensure that each fragrance owned possesses a similar level of quality. I can't understand Basenoters...
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    Re: Make up an exotic name for a Niche fragrance

    Can't be bothered. Too many industry insiders on the boards, these days.
  74. Re: Question for anyone who bought Enchanted Forest from new!

    Usually commercial fragrances are filled up to the base of the neck, so I would conclude that the description is inaccurate. Based on where your finger is, it looks closer to 90% full (and that's a...
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    Re: Worldwide Supply Shortages

    This has been an issue for the fragrance industry for decades now. It's nothing new and the first half of the article proves this.

    This article simply serves as justification for the constant...
  76. Re: Colour coding your SOTD with your clothes of the day...

    I think that's taking things a bit too far. Life's too short to be anally retentive...
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    Re: Papillon - Better suited to one gender?

    Bought a feminine release for yourself lately? :smiley:
  78. Re: News Flash!! FIVE NEW Atelier Colognes!! Collection Oriente!!

    BOTTLE PORN ALERT!

    *gets out the Kleenex*

    Enjoy!
  79. Thread: Aeon 001

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    Re: Aeon 001

    Okay, thanks for letting me know. Sounds very intriguing...
  80. Re: Tom Ford Private Blend - A range of expensive skin scents

    http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h107/Zeyay/kjsfqSQ_zpsl4cde4tc.gif
  81. Thread: Aeon 001

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    Re: Aeon 001

    Dorje123, could you please elaborate on it being synthetic-smelling?
  82. Thread: Aeon 001

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    Re: Aeon 001

    LOL! I appreciate your brutal honesty. :smiley:

    Still waiting for my sample...
  83. Re: Tom Ford Private Blend - A range of expensive skin scents

    Wow...

    I'm shocked there are many Basenoters out there who still remain deluded. Are you lot that brainwashed or in denial?

    Your blind faith in a house (niche or not) is both astonishing and...
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    Re: No more blind-buying or "quick-spritz" buying

    Many Basenoters tend to forget that this hobby isn't a race or about keeping up with the Joneses.
  85. Re: What temperature do you store your fragrances at?

    I store mine in a furnace.

    I just love watching the juice bubble away, before the bottles explodes into several pieces. Then I take in the aroma, while admiring the glistening shards of glass...
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    Re: YSL Paris - got burned on ebay

    Sh*t happens, even on ebay.

    This hobby is full of risks. By being alert and having some experience under your belt, you can avoid most of the pitfalls. But no-one is completely immune.

    As long...
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    The Party in Manhattan

    I've recently been exploring this one. It's a really lovely floral-chypre that's reminiscent of the classic chypres of yesteryear.

    I'm just wondering why there hasn't been much discussion about it...
  88. Thread: Aeon 001

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    Re: Aeon 001

    Okay, so you were more curious about its evolution. Fair enough. :smiley:

    FIF are taking their time with the order, but will post my thoughts here as soon as I get it.

    Although I'm more into...
  89. Thread: Aeon 001

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    Re: Aeon 001

    Fair enough but, with a reviewer as diplomatic as he is, I wouldn't bother wasting my time reading about his experiences. To me, that acute level of diplomacy equates to hot air - nothingness.
    ...
  90. Re: News Flash!! FIVE NEW Atelier Colognes!! Collection Oriente!!

    +1

    Even their excuse for yet another new collection is utterly lame...
  91. Re: News Flash!! FIVE NEW Atelier Colognes!! Collection Oriente!!

    As if the number of releases from last year weren't bad enough. Taking into account only a couple of their 2015 releases were in any way decent, I certainly won't be holding my breath.


    LOL! Good...
  92. Thread: Aeon 001

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    Re: Aeon 001

    I hope you're aware that this reviewer gives a thumbs-up to at least 98% of the fragrances he reviews.
  93. Re: Aside from the vintage Guerlains I've bought from this pharmacy, should I snap up any of the oth

    Congratulations on the haul!

    Pharmacies are great for finding vintage fragrances. To date, I've found 4x vintage bottles of Havana, at least 10x vintage bottles of Ungaro I & II, a few bottles of...
  94. Re: Scented Candles - The Silent Killers // BBC Article

    Personally, I think that cheap incense sticks are even worse.
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    Re: Creed Sprayer Problem

    Use a thin needle. Maybe the nozzle is blocked up.
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    Re: The best of Esteban?

    Orientalissime, Ambrorient and Ambre are the best three I've tried.

    http://scentforthought.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Est%C3%A9ban
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    Re: Synthetic Vetiver?

    Exactly. Unfortunately, after becoming accustomed to the aroma, it's possible for the nose to be able to cut through that top-up smokescreen.

    But, as I've said time and time again, nothing beats...
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    Re: Ladies, fragrance or shoes?

    Hmmmm... I always wear synthetic leather sandals, with socks, on my first dates... :grin:
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    Re: Synthetic Vetiver?

    The problem with vetiveryl acetate is that, when compared to a pure vetiver essential oil, its olfactory profile is two-dimensional. This could be why many view this modified material as synthetic...
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    Re: Best Montale fragrances

    Blue Amber
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