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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It’s scalping at its most disgusting level, profiteering on the back of another man’s honest effort. They should be ashamed of themselves. I wouldn’t even offer them a cent even if I want that bottle.
  2. Re: Do you separate office fragrances into spring/summer and fall/winter?

    I concur with AndyJB. What one needs to be concerned is whether or not a worn fragrance is appropriate for the office, air-conditioning notwithstanding. Speaking of which S’pore is guilty of wasting...
  3. Re: Do you separate office fragrances into spring/summer and fall/winter?

    I don’t work in an office. But isn’t the typical office an environment with air-conditioning & temperature control? So why does it matter what season is in? Don’t exactly need an excuse to practice...
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    A spicy green huh? I like the sound of that. :smiley:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    At present I’m not sure what role ambergris plays in War & Peace as it seems like the type of material that needs more breathing space.

    Btw congrats to everyone who snagged the remaining bottles...
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    Re: I suck at blind buys

    Perusing reviews from trusted noses, my blindbuy hit rate is actually pretty solid - a 9 out of 10. But I stay clear of cheapies and clones.
  7. Re: Five Female Fragrances From Fragrance Houses Men Can Easily Wear?

    Chanel Bois des Iles
    Guerlain Mitsouko
    Sisley Eau de Campagne
    YSL Opium
    Ormonde Jayne Woman

    Can easily name more though...
  8. Re: Does your partner understand your addiction?

    She feels it’s distracting me from my real mission in life. And I think she may have a point.
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    Re: Sonoma Scent Studio

    Once I get feedback the formulas remained unchanged, I’ll be grateful if any US-based BNer is willing to buy some of these & ship them over to me. I don’t mind paying a little premium for the...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    In an ideal situation we’d all just meet up over drinks and bring along our War & Peace bottles (among others) to compare notes. Wouldn’t that be awesome? I suspect our noses are just calibrated a...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Lucky you. On me the rose element wears much closer on skin after the first 2 hours and was no longer detectable in the air beyond that point. On skin the rose took its leave by the 4th hour. Mind...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Thanks @oudaddict for those impressions on ALD5. I don’t get much rose either in War & Peace but a healthy dose of leathery castoreum and animalic musk. Based on scent alone, I’m surprised this...
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    Re: International Necktie Day!

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    Old school vintage RL Polo to go with preppy white-and-navy regimental tie.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Good to hear. Was hoping for a more noticeable orris though but that sandalwood sounds good. Still waiting for my decant to arrive but no worries here. I’m not in any hurry.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    @U2u, thanks for that post. I agree with you. To call one ‘unprofessional’ for not having an automated ‘thank you for ordering’ replies is a bit much IMO. I have received so-called professional...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Bloody scalpers... That easily more than doubles one’s initial ‘investment’. The insane speed at which ALD bottles sell out... it is not dissimilar to hot IPOs.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Just to add to 911LambMelb’s points:

    The high likelihood you could easily resell a partial ALD bottle minus a few sprays (should you find it not to your taste) for its full price PLUS shipping is...
  18. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    Sir Winston by Bortnikoff
  19. Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    This. In a nutshell.

    I’m actually still kinda pissed they used a name as revered as this on a totally different fragrance.
  20. Re: Letter from Elizabeth Arden to Ed Strobl Sr., Perfumer at the Albert Verley Co.

    Wow. Thanks, Paul for this sneak peek at this historic piece of correspondence. And did you really say 10,000 formulas??
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    Re: L' Artisan - Mass discontinuation.

    Thanks for the link but I’d rather hunt down some vintage. Rumors of reformulations tend to do crazy things to the mind; I’d rather not have to deal with that. :smiley:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Great contextualised descriptions! I did get that lacquered old wood reference but also a champagne-like effervescence in the opening with the peach aldehydes and bergamot. Antiquity is indeed...
  23. Re: My bottle of Terre d'Hermès has gone bad

    Your fragrance is fine. Your nose (& brain) just got so used to it it quickly stops registering after application. If I may ask, where exactly do you apply your fragrances?
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    Re: L' Artisan - Mass discontinuation.

    Dang. They were one of the earliest niche brands I explored as a newbie. Still want a bottle of Safran Troublant.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Iirc this idea was attempted over the release of ALD 3rd collection. It didn’t stop fans from blindbuying full bottles as soon as they became available. It seems ALD has its own growing army of...
  26. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Believe it or not I’ve yet to break into my sample of L’Heure Exquise but I don’t get any dry acrid woodiness from Sir Winston. Perhaps the bouya oil proportion was minuscule or perfectly...
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    Re: New - Czech & Speake No 88 EdP

    I stand corrected. FWIW I do like No.88 for what it is. This ‘upgrade’ is probably just a Chanel-style sales generator.
  28. Re: Did you ever blind-buy Heritage de Guerlain, and did it fall short, meet, or exceed expectations

    I can’t imagine anyone not liking Heritage. But yes, it can be a bit much on hot & humid days... That’s why I sold my vintage bottle though now I wish I hadn’t.
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    Re: New - Czech & Speake No 88 EdP

    It’s been a while since Czech & Speake came up with something brand new...
  30. Re: If you could have 3 and only 3 fragrances from now until the end - which 3, and why? (no 'buts'.

    Very nice trio, Ken. I can live with these.

    Hypothetically I might consider retiring from the scented pursuit with:

    1. Distinctive. Masculine. Leather /vetiver preferred.
    The Black Knight by...
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    Re: What Is Your Top Five As Of Right Now!

    Latest:

    The Black Knight by Francesca Bianchi
    Aurum d’Angkhor by Sultan Pasha
    Baikal Gris by Areej Le Doré
    Sir Winston by Bortnikoff
    Polo by Ralph Lauren (vintage)
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    Re: Crappy day crappy cologne??

    I happen to enjoy gloomy rainy days as much as I do sunnier ones. So it sounds more like ‘crappy mindset’ to me. That will inevitably affect the way you perceive or appreciate the things around you...
  33. Re: Your Current Favorite Fragrances That Set You Apart From The Public?

    I don’t really pay attention to what the average Joe Public wears. But I’m sure he doesn’t obsess over nor pay the kind of $ I do for a personal fragrance.



    Lmao. That’s probably closer to the...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Inverno Russo is a half /one spray max type of fragrance for me. I find it very animalic but not in a bad way. Looking forward to your impressions of War & Peace. Are you also expecting Antiquity?
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    Re: Elixir Attars Discussion Thread

    Oh no. Not this rabbit hole again... :wink:

    Will be following thread.
  36. Re: do you like alternating complex/challenging with more mainstream fragrances?

    Yes, of course. An intricately structured beautiful fragrance can be distracting as it demands attention. It’s something I indulge in when I’m alone with my thoughts and perhaps a book.

    For other...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Wearing War & Peace today - 2 sprays to my arm.
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  38. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Thanks for replying. There’s probably just a trace of it in the composition but who knows if it will show its fangs with age? I reckon not every material gets better with age... Does anyone know if...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You mean Siberian Summer, right? For I simply can’t imagine anything making the OG redundant lol.
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    Re: Any good fragrance surveys?

    You have got to be joking, right? You’re on Basenotes. The wealth of info you can get here is wayyy better than any survey out there.
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    Re: I miss Grey Flannel!!

    I’m not surprised if it’s a ‘shadow of its former self’. Cheapie classic formulas get butchered all the time. You might want to hunt down some vintage.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Wearing Siberian Summer today. The smoky birch tar is certainly making its presence felt. Someone else had earlier mentioned about a urinous note in it and yeah, I did catch a whiff of it today. My...
  43. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    While I feel Oud Maximus was Bortnikoff’s best oud to date I should revisit Mysterious Oud and perhaps Musk Khabib. I don’t think I’ve given them a fair shake.

    Speaking of Indonesian bouya, does...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Pretty much a snowball’s chance...in hell. :smiley: Antiquity is in a league of its own.
  45. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Lol@wood&leather. ^^

    Either I’m anosmic to tuberose or I happen to have a tuberose-eating skin. Sir Winston blooms on me with mainly notes of green tea and dry unsmoked tobacco leaves. It’s...
  46. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    The Black Knight by Francesca Bianchi
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    Re: Would you.....

    If you find the hay note is well within your wheelhouse, sure, why not? I remember being blown away by it as a newbie to niche perfumery. Knowing it as well as I do now I guess Chergui wouldn’t have...
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    Re: share your method of application

    Depends on the strength & type of fragrance.

    Light : 5-8 sprays mainly to the fabric of my clothes. May include ‘misting shower’ lol.

    Regular : 2-4 sprays: chest, crook of arms & sometimes 1 to...
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    One of the reason I keep coming back to Basenotes. There’s always something new to learn & illuminating insights to gain from fellow BNers. :smiley:

    IMO while objectively there is indeed no...
  50. Re: In Your Opinion What Qualifies as a Fragrance?

    Anything created primarily to scent a person, clothing fabric or even space = fragrance. Personal fragrance is a little more specific subset.
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    Re: Patchouli based Masculine scents.

    Try..
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  52. Re: I received very negative feedback unexpectedly by a trusted loved one

    You’re comparing its appeal to that of Chanel Sycomore?? They play in different leagues in case you didn’t notice. She, however, clearly did.
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    Re: back-ups , which and how many

    1: what was the first scent you bought back-up bottle(s) of?:
    Loewe Esencia

    2: what is the latest scent you have bought back-up bottle(s) of?
    Areej Le Doré Baikal Gris

    3: what is the scent...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    So no shipping on Columbus Day? Oh, the irony!
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    Re: Your 3 Favorite Niche Houses

    Right now...

    Areej Le Doré
    La Via Del Profumo
    Francesca Bianchi
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You could probably say the same of ALD fans. Some went in better prepared and implemented strategies that secure their orders in time. Others, it seems, ‘waited’ for solutions to be handed to them....
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Yes. Unsold bottles from earlier collections. :wink: I grabbed Baikal Gris the last time they offered ‘free shipping’.
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    Re: Sonoma Scent Studio

    While I’m so glad to see SSS back, I’m bummed they don’t ship internationally.
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    Re: Francesca Bianchi: LATEST DUO

    Lost in Heaven (Official release date: 21 October 2019)

    I’m just...speechless. Will post more once I’m back...on Earth.
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    Re: Francesca Bianchi: LATEST DUO

    Got my samples yesterday, direct from Francesca.

    The Black Knight (Official release date: 21 October 2019)
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    If you’re a vintage fragrance lover Antiquity is an easy love. I haven’t given it a full wear yet but the aldehydic peach & bergamot top is a showstopper. Ambery resins & bitter-oudy-leathery nuances...
  62. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    Lol. Well played. :thumbup:
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    Ma Nishtana is indeed an awesome incense fragrance. I can see why some might place it in their holy grail category. While I detect some Norlimbanol in it, it is far from excessive and nicely...
  64. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I concur. This is THE standout release from Bortnikoff’s latest. It wears beautifully on me and can only get better.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    My gut says ‘no’ to any similarities in vibe or potency to ALD’s 1st or 2nd collection. But I’d hesitate to ‘pigeonhole’ them at this point in time. It would be premature at best as these newly...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’m as guilty as you. I was half/expecting an Ottoman Empire behemoth. That’s possibly because we guys seem to zero in on ‘War’ part, not ‘Peace’ lol. But I wouldn’t worry too much. By the time this...
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    Re: Which vetiver? Or both?

    Terre d’Hermes is the more wearable of the two but also pricier. But if you’re after an edgy or offbeat signature-worthy, Encre Noire has that little extra.
  68. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    Pomme du Soleil by Rising Perfumery.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Thank you for raising my hope somewhat as another local ALD fan had had the exact same experience as I did. Perhaps this humid climate is the culprit. We’ll see. I might do a full wear tomorrow,...
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    Re: Washing a syringe after decanting?

    I use single use disposable syringes /needles. Yeah, I know - plastics. I just don’t find it worthwhile to overthink a hobby.
  71. Re: Houses you want to like but don’t - what’s on your list?

    Ditto. I found their 2 most talked about somewhat underwhelming. That experience stopped me from venturing any further into the series.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Not big, (un)fortunately. Low scores in the longevity department too. Clearly this is new territory for Adam; he hasn’t found the sweet spot for them yet. It’s probably too soon to tell though. I’m...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    LOL. Hey I’ve watched that movie!! That’s why I grabbed a bottle of Baikal Gris while I still could and blindbought War & Peace even before my splits arrive. Btw have you seen the other ‘movie’?...
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    Re: There's a fire, you can take only one.

    Only 1 ‘bottle’? I’ll grab that fire extinguisher...
  75. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    Sounds more like a desperate ploy to move stocks IMO. And this breaking story came from a ‘personal shopper’? I’m not buying it. Not the fragrances either.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Great photos & first impressions, guys!

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    After drooling at the ALD5 ‘porn’ on display here, my own ‘dope’ finally arrived today. I had opted for the slightly less expensive EMS but...
  77. Re: Rogue Perfumery - Mousse Illuminee - Is there anything else?

    +1 to RL Polo.

    Floris 1962 probably resides within the same postal code too...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Not at all. Inverno Russo is the most animalistic of ALD musk scents and as MrPod rightfully pointed out it is THE ALD musk scent (to rule them all?). It may not hog this thread much but it is a...
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    Re: Tuberose and Vetiver???

    Holy thread necromancy!
    But I do agree they don’t usually make good ‘bed partners’ in a fragrance.
  80. Re: A Niche snob looking for winter fragrances for everyday use

    Sweet, yes but IMO not cloyingly so. I seem to get more of the tobacco. Perhaps you have a lower tolerance for sweetness? How cold does it get for you in winter?
  81. Re: A Niche snob looking for winter fragrances for everyday use

    +1 on Derviche by Rogue Perfumery

    Also try Sicilian Vanilla Attar by Rising Phoenix Perfumery
  82. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I wholeheartedly agree. If Siberian Musk was the debut that places Areej Le Doré on the artisanal perfumery map, Bonheur would be Bortnikoff’s worthiest flag bearer that did the same. I’d have...
  83. Poll: Re: Just bought Polo green vintage...but in a splash bottle.

    If you remember the vintage version well your nose will be able to tell you if you did in fact make a good purchase. Personally I tend to avoid splash bottles because I’ve been conned before with...
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    I think we need a JF subforum. The snide posts and barely disguised ad hominem attacks are ridiculous. Actual discussion on Jeremy’s Fragrance One probably amounted to 2 pages out of 40 pages of...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Relax. It’s just one person’s opinion. The one that really matters is yours. It’s good to start from a clean slate or at least be able to evaluate and appreciate a fragrance on its own merits....
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    Lucky you. That’s the one I was after.

    Re: December releases. Mohragot sounds interesting.
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    LOL. Marketed to the gym bros? Watch those macros though... : wink:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    +1 on Walimah attar. Those hankering after the 5th collection should actually grab this while it’s still surprisingly available. The balance of notes is superb, I don’t find it too floral for a man...
  89. Re: Using an eye dropper for my splash bottles

    Thanks for the clever tip. But an eye dropper is pretty short, isn’t it? When the fragrance level goes down...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Thank you, wood&leather for those first impressions. I did expect War & Peace to be a worn-in-private decant-worthy indulgence but the bottle looks too good to pass up on.



    Yes these...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    The 5th collection seems to have benefitted from:
    1. A longer build up after the 4th collection
    2. A better packaging & calligraphy loved by many during the SM2 & OE2 releases
    3. A well run...
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    Ma Nishtana and Mandarava are both tremendous Eastern-styled incense fragrances. Nesnas Qareen is enjoysble too with its more familiar Middle Eastern inspiration. I’m still on the fence on Le Cirque...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Ha ha. Not a bad idea. Back when ALD was new, Adam did provide a BNer samples from his personal stash when sample sets ran out. And he did reward a few ‘brand ambassadors’ with a surprisingly...
  94. Re: You have 20 shots at this, don't **** it up!

    Well I beg to differ from the good doctor. It really depends on where your tastes lie; you might have missed little or actually missed out on A LOT. If for instance you’re into bold artisanal /skanky...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Ok I understand you’re peeved. You’re not alone. But ALD doesn’t owe us anything so I’d accept that apology if I were you. “On hold” doesn’t necessarily mean stocks are ‘running low’. It only means...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I think Adam is forced to put the stock on ALD official store ‘on hold’ just to fulfill the backorders on Luckyscent and who knows where else. Inventory management across multiple platforms for a hot...
  97. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    That’s my current take as well except I feel somewhat let down by Zemfira for not bringing anything new /upscale to justify its price.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I believe this was exactly what happened with many buyers. If eventually you find it is not to your tastes, I hope our esteemed split host strifeknot gets first dibs, to help out BNers :smiley:
    ...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Fret not. I’m sure a few bottles or decants will surface in the secondary market before long. But I do feel the same way about the evocative name. I even feel like buying a suitable hardcover of the...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Thank you for these 1st impressions. I anticipate the ‘heft’ will appear in these fragrances with added ‘maceration time’. That was what happened with the last 2 collections.
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