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  1. Re: If you can only have one Amouage attar, what would it be?

    Does anyone have any experience with the limited edition Ruh al Oudh? Is it a blend? Or a pure Agarwood oil as the most expensive in their line (Khaloud, Silver) claim to be? If so... of what...
  2. Re: What fragrances are popular in your country right now?

    Brazilians love themselves some 1 Million and Carolina Herrera 212! (alone with other sweet concoctions, to be honest).

    A unique one that I can't get away from (here specifically, since your...
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    Re: Roja Dove Amber Aoud Absolue Precieux

    Same question, still no response?
  4. Re: NEW edition to the Xerjoff Casamorati dal 1888 line: 1888

    Still loving it and highly recommend this. (I ended up purchasing it from First in Fragrance in Germany, who also supplied the sample. It is advertised on the Xerjoff website but, strangely, not...
  5. At first, I was waiting for the punchline,...

    At first, I was waiting for the punchline, checking the calendar to make sure it wasn´t April, or hunting for a clear indication of satire. But the fact that this is not a joke, coulpled with the...
  6. Re: venturing into the world or arabian perfumes and perfume oils, seek advice

    Thank you, Cacio and Noggs. That helps. I was told that this was the UNSMOKED version, but the name, as you translate it, makes it sound otherwise. Love smoke, but would rather not mix it too much...
  7. Re: venturing into the world or arabian perfumes and perfume oils, seek advice

    Not sure how ACTIVE this thread is, but it seems like an appropriate place to throw out one I am interested in.

    I had my eyes on Amouage's Silver Oud attar (the oud component of Homage) and often...
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    Re: Two New Amouages Coming - Journey.

    Ditto. The more I read about this, the more it sounds like something that is not only right "up" my alley, it might just repossess the whole alley and kick the other squatters out.
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    Re: New Amouage Opus VIII

    Thanks, Noggs. That's a refreshing and against-the-current take on Opus VIII and is much appreciated. I'm a sucker for dark hearts "masquerading," so I definitely want to try this.
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    Re: New Amouage Opus VIII

    An interesting new release, as is anything Amouage (to me, at least). Then again, Opus releases get a lot of flack around here; they are accused of being simple and unfinished, something I have...
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    Re: Two New Amouages Coming

    This is always a frustrating concept for me as I look to basenotes for enlightenment. And don´t take that comment the wrong way, Mr. Reasonable. I am a a big fan of your reviews and comments and can...
  12. Smells like Mixed Crayola Crayons... in a cedar...

    Smells like Mixed Crayola Crayons... in a cedar box. Sounds strange, but I love this stuff.
  13. Re: Article: L'Artisan create promo video for new Explosions d'Emotions trio

    Hmmm. Just me, or is this cinematography, subject matter, and editing pretty underwhelming to promote the top shelf line of such a big name outfit? Not that I'm against a little perfumed porn from...
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    Re: Why did Luca Turin dissapear from style?

    Looks like they are trying to get two more reviews up today:

    BEAUTY GUIDE
    Message in a Bottle: Viktor & Rolf and Hermès
    luca turin reviews bonbon and jour d'hermès absolu

    (From the main page,...
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    Re: Slumberhouse - Ore

    +1 for Borneo. And you liked the earthy dry-down of Ore, so you'll like the sweet dirt vibe of Borneo.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Exactly, Naylor! (And I seem to recall that, at the time I ordered P&O and Sova, it was only four. These two plus (new) Jeke & Norne).

    I am traveling now but when home I'll post a pic to show...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    A query:

    Does anyone know when the original Baque was officially discontinued? Years ago I ordered a small (15ml?) bottle of baque and rume along with some larger bottles of Grev and (old) Vikt. ...
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    Re: Looking for that WOOD scent

    +1 for Duro. Too expensive IMO, but it's aallllll wood and lasts a week on your skin

    +1 Wonderwood - pretty pure wood scent

    My other favorite woods tend to have incense... L'Artisan Parfumeur...
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    Re: Guerlain Sous le Vent

    I have both SLV and Derby, but find SLV to lean closer to Mitsouko than to Derby. But in that sense, it might still be of interest to you, as it is a more masculine take on Mistsouko... less waxy...
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    Re: Amouage Tribute Attar

    3 of the amouage attars in my collection are white-boxed. Tribute is in a brown lacquered box with purple velvet inlay, but it was purchased about 4 years ago. What is the distinction in the box...
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    Re: Amouage Tribute Attar

    Wow. This is sad, sad news... not just for Tribute, but for the whole line. These are all very special and personal perfumes and, as suggested above, have little in the way of similar releases that...
  22. Re: NEW edition to the Xerjoff Casamorati dal 1888 line: 1888

    So I finall got hold of 1888. Love the top section, and feeling like I get the Neroli early. The citrus notes (like only Xerjoff can do) take on a powdery, vintage perfume quality and feel a bit...
  23. Re: Your favorite fragrances that evoke the outdoors

    Parfums de Nicolai Eau de Chateau Intense (Burning dry branches in a field of wild flowers on a sunny afternoon. So realistic it will set anyone with pollen allergies running for their meds)...
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    Re: A-Man Havane Pure Limited Edition

    Probably just the lighting in the pic above. However, the 2013 pure Malt does, in fact, have an opaque gold paint over the glass star - you can´t see the juice. Perhaps they are doing the same...
  25. Wow. That is one of the most _______ stunts I've...

    Wow. That is one of the most _______ stunts I've ever seen undertaken by a respected fragrance house. (Too many pejorative words for that blank... I couldn't decide which to use.)
  26. Re: I love New-York, which Nicolaï fragrance do I go for next?

    Haven´t smelled the Oud duo. but her Musc Intense feels more like a rose oud to me - and I love it. Easily Masculine.

    Vie de Chateau Intense is one of the best dry, smokey, herbal scents I´ve...
  27. Re: NEW edition to the Xerjoff Casamorati dal 1888 line: 1888

    Saffron, Rose, that benchmark Xerjoff Neroli note... and ending in Leather? Sounds stunning. I need to find this. Thanks for the input, Gloves!
  28. Re: NEW edition to the Xerjoff Casamorati dal 1888 line: 1888

    Unfortunately, no. My post is merely fishing for info. I have nothing to offer other than noticing a new release. :-/

    Interesting about that dirty skank note, though. Don´t know that I've...
  29. NEW edition to the Xerjoff Casamorati dal 1888 line: 1888

    Has anyone heard anything about this? I'm a fan of this more affordable line (Casamorati) from Xerjoff, with a particular affinity for Fiero and Regio. Noticed a new release on their website. ...
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    Re: Aventus perfume oil

    That would be because some here are making the assumption that Creed´s use of the term OIL implies an extrait or pure oil attar, as is common in middle eastern perfumery and pure essences. Clearly,...
  31. Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    Wow. So much.

    - as mentioned above, that perfume is rarely gender specific for me...
    - that dirty can be beautiful and I am drawn to the dirty...
    - that spraying something in dutyfree, smelling...
  32. Re: Does air enter a properly working spray bottle?

    Though I follow the logic in your argument, I would think that this would only be the case with aerosol-style cans. I was never under the impression that pressure differential forced the juice out...
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    Re: Article: Slumberhouse relaunch Vikt

    Interesting. I wonder if this limited edition Vikt is reworked... or the same as the juice in my coveted bottle from years ago. Slumberhouse is interesting that way (well... interesting unless you...
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    Re: Why did Luca Turin dissapear from style?

    Bummer :-(
  35. Re: Versatile grassy / green / leafy fragrances with extremely long-lasting sillage?

    There are some long lasting green notes in Amouage Memoir Man, Dior's Granville, and a few of the more sappy releases by slumberhouse.

    My favorite green is Jo Malone's Wild Fig and Cassis. I...
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  37. Doesn't the release of HIS and HER flankers...

    Doesn't the release of HIS and HER flankers defeat the whole purpose of... uh... ONE?
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    Re: Jubilation XXV vs. Chypre Palatin

    Agreed that they are both beautiful. The two scents in this thread are far too different in their style to even sense a common creator. XXV is the more sensual and creamy gourmand - always gets...
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    Re: The Thanksgiving Thread

    Eau Noir. This Immortelle bomb of a gourmand has always smelled like Thanksgiving to me. In fact, Thanksgiving is probably the only time I ever wear it.

    For Christmas, I have the same direct...
  40. Not listed here, but pretty significant in my...

    Not listed here, but pretty significant in my opinion...

    L'Artisan Parfumeur has put the ENTIRE WEBSITE on sale (including the USA, UK, and FRENCH sites) at 25% off, plus they're throwing in one...
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    Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    For a warm, comfortable Ambre, I really like Ambre 114 by Histoires de Parfums. Some have described it as "textbook" for the genre. I personally find your reference scent, Ambre Sultan, to be an...
  42. Thread: Best Oud ever

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    Re: Best Oud ever

    Correct, Duke. For some reason I thought it did in the base.

    But unless we're talking about pure oils or wood chips, the ingredients of any oud-based fragrance are deceiving. You could argue...
  43. Thread: Best Oud ever

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    Re: Best Oud ever

    Best oud ever? So many OUDS not tried, and those that I own might be my favorite on any given moment. Oud is like food, you have to be in the mood for the vibe it projects. Wear one too often and...
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    Re: frags you couldn't live without!

    Because nothing else smells quite like it (it hits all of the notes I most crave in perfumery)...

    "Vintage" 1740. I know, ridiculous that the word vintage needs to precede something conceived...
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    Wow. That's an impressive lineup! Thanks for...

    Wow. That's an impressive lineup! Thanks for bringing it all together so concisely.
  46. Poll: Re: Your strongest fragrance - projection & sillage?

    From Your list, Black Aoud

    Also

    Amouage Interlude Man, Epic Man, Opus VI
    Puredistance M
    FK Absolue Pour Le Soir
    Xerjoff Gao
    Several Serge Lutens - Arabie, Chergui, Gris Clair, La Myrrhe,...
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    Re: 2013 Amoauge Opus VII (7) due in April.

    So can we at least confirm that these are the official notes? from http://perfumeposse.com/2013/04/02/amouage-opus-vii/=

    Opus VII – Green, Woody, Leather

    Top: Galbanum, Pink Pepper, Cardamom,...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite tobacco?

    Favorites include Tabac or Don Corleone by Profumo.it / Scents of the Soul (Abdes Salaam) and Amouage's Tribute Attar

    With the common Vanilla companion - Tom Ford's TV or L'Artisan's Havana...
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    Poll: Re: Pure Malt or Pure Havane?

    For a more unique take on the once-original-now-repetitive A*Man DNA, it's gotta be Pure Havane. I find both of these a tad bit too sweet (and, from what I recall of a single smelling in a Paris...
  50. Re: Article: Patricia di Nicolaï previews Amber Oud and Rose Oud | Esxence 2013 [Video]

    I think she is amazing. So much talent exhibited across the whole line - from the sophisticated and intense classics to the clean and incredibly uplifting Eau releases. Having been to her shops...
  51. I do struggle with this. Not because I want to...

    I do struggle with this. Not because I want to be a foghorn. On the contrary, I am discrete but pretty selfish with my scent space, meaning that I often wear perfumes for me and me only - to be...
  52. Re: Looking for a leather fragrance that has a very good longevity?

    I still don't see M as a leather scent, despite its marketing. (Not downtalking it, however; it's my hands-down fav... just not as a leather.)

    The most natural-animalic-leather (if that's what...
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    Re: L'instant extreme vs Chergui

    I agree that a comparison of these two really defeats the intent of the scents. I would not even put them in the same category. Own and love them both, recognizing that LIE is an easier...
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    Poll: Re: What are you Top 5 Creed...

    I am neutral creeder, neither against nor a big fan of this house, so I can attempt to be pretty objective regarding the three or four that I have found interesting. Royal Oud is overpriced for what...
  55. Re: Article: Yohji Yamamoto take us back to the future and beyond

    Wow. Is this THE Yohji Homme of incredible notoriety in 'the guide,' ebay, and Basenotes lore? If already launched, has anybody smelled it for comparison. I sniffed it once and found it intriguing...
  56. Re: New splits for 2013! Amouage | Armani/Prive | Creed | HdP | Tom Ford

    Happy New Year Kron. I hope you are well. Brazil seems to have sucked me (blissfully) away from spending any time on these boards, or doing much sniffing for that matter, but if you are still doing...
  57. Re: Amouage opus vi...a riddle..do you know anything about it ...???

    Did you ever get to try this, Aldo? If interested, I could send you a sample (now that I'm living in Brasil). PM me. I do love this, though like many of the heavier and / or more richly...
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    Poll: Re: Timbuktu vs Dzongkha

    Love them both, and do not find them very similar beyond the the Duchaufour feel and noteworthy use of incense.

    Despite the categorization of woodsy, I rarely find much wood in Timbuktu. This...
  59. Re: Article: Perfume House to advertise upcoming fragrance with famous man

    Easily the funniest headline on basenotes. Ever.
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    Thank you, Alfarom. I wonderful read and a new...

    Thank you, Alfarom. I wonderful read and a new discovery for me. It's as if the soul of the creator really shines through the approach, philosophy, and (I imagine) scent creations of this perfumer....
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    Re: Amouage Interlude Man - 2012

    Agreed. And it's pretty much love at first sniff to my nose. While there are certainly some shadows of olfactory "imagery" to previous thumbs-up recipients EPIC and MEMOIR, I also am surprised that...
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    Poll: Re: Help Me 2 From Entire SERGE LUTENS LINE.

    Great choices, Benz. Very different and both stunning. You won't regret those two. Enjoy!
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    Poll: Re: Help Me 2 From Entire SERGE LUTENS LINE.

    Surprised to see so much love for Fumerie Turque, frankly. In my considerably large lutens library, this is my least favorite. I am very sensitive to the urinous smell that.. well.. is probably a...
  64. Re: Amouage for women wich all men can easily wear ..all of them ??

    Aldo,

    Epic Woman is perhaps my favorite amouage, hands down. I probably wear Amouage Woman more than the men´s offering (which I find to be the LOUDEST and most glare-inducing of the amouage...
  65. Hmmm. Love masculine spiced gourmands. Sounds...

    Hmmm. Love masculine spiced gourmands. Sounds like it packs a punch (though I know nothing of the original HM or the house, only that the notes listed here sound rich, indeed.)
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    Re: Amouage Interlude Man - 2012

    Anybody else doing a split on this? (Both of Kron's have been filled).
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    Re: Amouage Interlude Man - 2012

    Anybody else doing a split on this? (Both of Kron's have been filled).
  68. Re: The " best " niche house in your opinion...mention just one (1 )......"the very best "

    Oh God, that's hard.

    I'll say AMOUAGE on the basis of hits vs misses within the full portfolio.

    (But Histoires de Parfums and Parfums de Nicolai get big props for upholding the spirit and...
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    Poll: Re: Why most BN reviews are positive

    Guilty as charged (not on the shilling, but on the tendency to write positives). I think it makes sense for those testing from a bottle. I am always perplexed by the reviewers on youtube delivering...
  70. Yeah. gotta agree with some sentiments above. ...

    Yeah. gotta agree with some sentiments above. Paying for a dilution of a scent, even if engineered to be better for the hair seems like... uh... a real waste of cash? (I have been adding one spray...
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    Re: Amouage Memoir Man: Initial Impressions

    +1 for Memoir. (and another +1 for preferring Epic's feminine blend to the masculine one).

    Depending on what you do, you might have trouble wearing Epic Man frequently - it really is a fog horn...
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    Re: Amouage Interlude Man - 2012

    Hahaha. Love this. Yes, SOS - your reviews have alwasy pointed me in the right direction re: amouage releases. Get Sniff'n.
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    Re: Songe d'un Bois d'Ete Guerlain

    Picked this up at Dubai Airport last night. My favorite of the three (the Duty free shops are featuring all three - a bit of a shock considering how exclusive these appear to be.

    Songe is richer...
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    Re: Aedes de Venustas EDP

    I have it and like it. Not wearing it right now to really describe in detail... but I find it quite green and tart. The opening is... uhh... different in a really cool way (having never sensed the...
  75. Poll: Re: Tom Ford Private Blend vs Dior La Collection Privee vs Chanel Les Exclusifs?

    All great houses that really scream class. Guerlain should be added, however.

    Though I find many of them overtly feminine (and not as wearable on me than the unisex approach of other houses),...
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    Re: Jubilation 25 Reformulated?

    I am betting on the AGING issue, SOS. I ordered many Amouage samples from P. Raffy a year ago to sample the full line - including the women's. Loved them, and then ordered more (as you cannot...
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    Re: XERJOFF OUD STARS: Our first review is in!

    Finally getting around to the last two. So interesting to see many more reviews pouring in and to sense that we smell these in very different ways (i.e. the oudiest for some feel oud-less to me, and...
  78. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Wow. That's very cool. I am in Europe, but have placed two orders directly through the slumberhouse site in the past 6 months. Sure hope he shows some euro-love to those far and away (and in a...
  79. Re: Tom Ford Noir De Noir is just freaking unbelievable

    Agreed on the hype regarding NdN. Just for interest, I decided to do a masculine rose comparison this evening. Ironically, the one purposefully marketed to women (Histoires de Parfums Mata Hari)...
  80. Re: New Fragrance: Christian Dior - La Collection Privée Grand Bal

    I am on a second bottle of Leather Oud (hot, smokey, sexy, super durable) and Patchouli Imperiale (a really nice straight-forward patchouli that sits comfortably between the dry, non-floral, rooty...
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    Re: Big meeting. Aventus or Invasion Barbare?

    Invasion Barbare is just beautiful and sophisticated. Vibrant, impressively confident, yet restrained. I wouldn't wear it to work on a normal day - but hey, this sounds like an important meeting,...
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    Re: XERJOFF OUD STARS: Our first review is in!

    continuing to sample...

    Najaff opens with accord of mom´s make-up drawer - waxy lipstick and powder compresses. It´s trajectory reminds me a bit of Al Khatt, in the sense that the prettiest...
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    Re: XERJOFF OUD STARS: Our first review is in!

    I may have caved and made a full-bottle purchase (or two :-). You can probably guess which two from my first-encounter opinions, but more on those two later, since I am no longer scared to keep...
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    Re: XERJOFF OUD STARS: Our first review is in!

    This is absolutely a PROBLEM with your set, and not a standard situation. I have purchased 4 discovery sets from Xerjoff.com direct-purchase boutique, and in every case the bottles are designed (as...
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    Poll: Re: Tom Ford Arabian Wood vs Oud Wood

    Oud Wood is nice but no better than similar fragrances for a quarter of the price (or more durable Harrod´s Oud, Montales, or Recent Xerjoff Oud releases for a similar price). I enjoy the scent but...
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    Re: XERJOFF OUD STARS: Our first review is in!

    Got samples of all 6 today from Germany's First in Fragrance. I have no patience to do this right, hahaha. In other words, I have 3 on each arm as I write this. WOW.

    Recognizing that my...
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    Re: XERJOFF OUD STARS: Our first review is in!

    Have any of you experiencing these also tried Abdes Salaam's (la via del profumo) Oud Caravan series? I am slowly nursing a bottle of #3, and have 5ml samples of 1 & 2. I say nursing, as I haven´t...
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    Re: XERJOFF OUD STARS: Our first review is in!

    They are pushing back the release in Europe. Now only available June 15th (at the earliest) via the web boutique. Bummer.

    Edit: BUT available NOW from first in fragrance. The full bottles, I...
  89. Is it very feminine? The notes make it sound...

    Is it very feminine? The notes make it sound quite unisex... even masculine.
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    Re: Creed Royal Oud

    I am quite the opposite of many here. I am not a fan of Creed, finding them generic, over-hyped, and definitely over-priced. However, I do very much enjoy Royal Oud. Then again, I didn´t pay for...
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    Re: Histoires de Parfums tasting time!

    This house rocks. I have tried them all (not sure if they still do this, but with larger orders, they used to ship the full line in small dabber-samples).

    Favorites:

    1740. Will always be in...
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    Re: XERJOFF OUD STARS: Our first review is in!

    I just love the way that these are available stateside before they are in Italy. :-( Can't complain, as a person on the website was very kind in sending me an email stating that we can order in...
  93. Geez. And I thought the Marc Jacobs Dot get-up...

    Geez. And I thought the Marc Jacobs Dot get-up was ugly. But this bottle takes the cake... or scone.
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    Re: Opus VI by Amouage

    I grew impatient and blind-bought this as it just sounded like a recipe for so many near-misses, figuring Amouage would get it right. I think they have.

    It is very distinct from the other...
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    Re: Opus VI by Amouage

    Sorry... double post.
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    Poll: Re: Best/Favorite Gourmands?

    A nice list, but my favorites are not there.

    1740 - Histoires de Parfums
    Jubilation XXV - Amouage
    1697 - Frapin

    and a newcomer that I really love, feeling quite gourmandish on me is...
    ...
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    Re: Amouage's Opus VI set for a March release?

    Any more comments on this scent? All chatter seems to have ceased. Is it available and is anybody sampling it?
  98. This attempt at shock is as overrated as their...

    This attempt at shock is as overrated as their scents. (And the cost of trying to be clever - probably as overpriced, as well.)
  99. Poll: Re: Uncomplicated, nice and clean VS challenging, personality, and character.

    I disagree with the assumption that the so-called "challengers" do not pull off complements. On the contrary, the clean scents rarely pull of complements; they are so safe as not to be perceived. ...
  100. No, Salim, the intended name is Zafar. However,...

    No, Salim, the intended name is Zafar. However, you are correct in the plausibility of the Dhofar name, as it is already taken. (Dhofar is one of the scents in the earlier series of the Xerjoff...
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