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  1. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Dior, Elie Saab, Guerlain

    That Dior sounded really unappealing since day number one.
  2. Re: What's your wardrobe stock in volume and years?

    It will surely survive me...which is kind of scary.
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    Re: ... Pick your Orange ...

    I like a lot of them but Rien / Rien Incense Intense are probably my favorites. Also like Je Suis Un Homme, Eloge Du Traitre, Tom Of Finland, Like This, Charogne, La Fin Du Monde and Fat Electrician
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    Re: "KNIZE TEN" extravaganza.

    Thank you Andre for hosting me!
  5. Re: Top 5 Inexplicably Cheap yet Good Fragrances for Men

    Here Are some...

    Periplo by L'Erbolario
    Montana Graphite
    Paul Smith Story
    A bunch in the Lush range
  6. Re: recommendations for spicy incense with longevity.

    Go Amouage. Either Jubilation XXV or Epic Man. If you're ok with green, Memoir Man could be a good fit too.
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    Re: Masterpiece Fragrances

    Several including, Diorella, Derby, Knize Ten, Kouros, Jicky, Mitsouko, Chanel Cuir De Russie, vintage Bandit, Bel Ami, Fahrenheit...several others.
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    Re: Philosykos EDP or Jardins de Kerylos?

    I like both but find the PG more original and more refined. With that said, in order to properly appreciate Jardins De Kerylos, you have to be fine with smooth florals.
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    Re: Bel Ami Vetiver - Where's the love?

    Huge fan here!
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    Re: Fragrance that disapointed you the most

    Incense Suede by Ferragamo. I had great expectations for this but it turned out to be a dud.
  11. Re: Giovanni Sammarco - has anybody tested his perfumes?

    Thanks Hoschhti :)
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Absolutely agree.
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    I didn't say aggressive. I said passive aggressive…which is different…but that's ok :)
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    As someone else said before me, you can objectively review baby diapers, toothpaste, hotels, bus-service, not fragrance, not music, not movies and not art more generally. That's probably just me but...
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    Re: Niche Summer Fragrance Recommendations

    Summer is all about vetiver and light spices for me…

    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Eau De Tarocco
    Sel Marin
    Terralba
    Periplo

    I also enjoy green-floral stuff a-la Sous Le Vent and Mito.
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Noboby is objective when writing about fragrance. This is simply because fragrance is probably one of the most subjective things ever. This is due to countless aspects ranging from the fact everyone...
  17. Re: Comme des Garcons x Monocle - Your favorite

    ^^^ this
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    I love the Internet. It gets surreal at times :D
  19. Re: Recommendations? Light, but not weak. Airy, with a sweet-ish base? More info inside!

    You're Talking about Helmut Lang EDC
  20. Re: Any masculine Lutens, or is everything so creamy sweet?

    Lutens leans definitely towards the sweeter side of the spectrum as a house and while some of their fragrances can result too sweet to some, I suggest you to warm up to them before dismiss any of...
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    Re: Montana Noir Sacre

    Never even heard about this. Sounds like something to keep an eye out for…thank you.
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    Poll: Re: Chanel Exclusive's Poll !

    Cuir De Russie for me….
  23. Re: Which "BIG" fragrance out there that just does not interest you?

    Several. Way too many to mention...
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    Re: Battle of new LEATHER scents!

    None of those, for me :(
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    Re: Is Tom Ford a Perfumer?

    Artistic directors are just as important as perfumers. The most blatant example being Comme Des Garcons and the work Christian Astuguevielle has done with all the perfumers involved in the brand.
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    Re: No colognes last on my skin, any tips?

    Yeah, spraying clothes is probably the best advice in your case. If you feel adventurous, check out any of the woodyamber-driven compositions by Montale / Mancera. You won't get rid of those even...
  27. Re: Giovanni Sammarco - has anybody tested his perfumes?

    I received samples of the whole line and I'm more than impressed. I'm still making friends with them but my idea is that they're all standouts in their respective genres. Nothing to envy to super...
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    Re: Sel Marin - advice?

    Re your first question, perhaps putting an eye on the marketplace could be an option…

    Re your second question, if what draws you to Sel Marin it's the transparent woody / vetiver aspect, you might...
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    Re: Opinions on Amouage fragrances

    I think any fragrance can be worn in any season. It's not a matter of weather or climate but just cultural aspects.
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    In the meanwhile…my interview with Filippo Sorcinelli of Unum is out now on the Basenotes' homepage…

    Check it out here http://www.basenotes.net/features/3141-interview-with-unum
  31. Re: How often do you wear the 'cheap' fragrances in your wardrobe?

    As far as my wardrobe goes, I wear whatever picks up my fancy at the moment. No matter if it's a cheapo or something more *high-end*. Lately I've been on a big kick for Periplo by L'Erbolario which I...
  32. Re: What scent do you thinks has a Sahara desert/ Moroccan vibe?

    What would you expect from a desert-themed fragrance? Dry woods? Spices? Sweaty notes? Incense? I'm genuinely wondering here…


    If a dark amber incense is what you're after, Tom Ford Sahara Noir...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    I rarely relate to this concept but when I do it's generally either for leathers or incenses. Lavs is exactly this to me. A great variation on a theme I love to death.
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    Re: Fallen out of love

    I'm with you here, Claire. My love for the *woodiest* Lutens comes and goes continually.
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    Re: Your current 'wishlist top 5'

    Lavs by Unum
    Anubis by Papillon
    Resist Me by Liaison De Parfumes
    Lampblack by Fazzolari
    Incense Pure by SSS
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    Re: Which to try from Profumum Roma?

    I only like a very few from this line but I would suggest Olibanum and Santalum. If you're fine with straight-forward smoky vetivers, Fumidus might be worth checking out too…
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    Re: Smelling fragrances on others?

    I rarely happen to smell something on others and even more rarely I recognize what others are wearing…e few exception made for Terre D'Hermes which I always recognize and oudy stuff by Montale. These...
  38. Re: Looking for something that smells like a JUNGLE

    Memoir Man is the first one that comes to mind…not very tropical but humid, dark and earthy.
  39. Re: My lucky day with a bottle of vintage knize ten!

    Fantastic! Enjoy it in good health.
  40. Re: anything terpenic, camphorous, and resinous all in one?

    Black Tourmaline
    CDG Hinoki
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    Re: Help me identify a similar composition?

    On paper it made me think about something Histoires De Parfums could come up with…something along the line of 1876 or 1826.
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    Re: How do you rate/select/like any fragrance?

    I don't have a pattern but beside some notes I gravitate around (towards which I'm more *tolerant*), uniqueness and originality are the two aspects to interest me the most. A fragrance could easily...
  43. Re: Is there one note or ingredient that you can't tolerate?

    I don't believe in notes one *can't* literally tolerate but I surely think some notes can result more likable depending on personal tastes. I generally dislike rose, violet (when it's the candied...
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    Re: Your favorite Givenchy

    I like a bunch of them including Insensè, Givenchy III, Vetyver and Xeryus.
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    Re: Fallen out of love

    Josef Statkus EDP. Used to like it a lot but gown extremely sick of it. I eventually got rid of my bottle...
  46. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    Great write up Foustie and I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. I'm with you on both Hatria and Nox. I ain't a big fan of rose-oud combos but, IMO, Hatria is absolutely up there with the most popular...
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    Re: Oud scents that actually smell good -

    Kalemat Black might fit your bill…
  48. Re: Cheap fragrance suggestions to make a bundle

    Before committing to a full bottle of any of those, you might want to check L'Erbolario Corteccia, Edera and Periplo. very nice and dirty cheap!
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    I believe everyone's experience with a whatever fragrance is so subject to countless variables that is completely impossible to objectify. In this context, if you find similarities between Lavs and...
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    Re: Carven Pour Homme 2014

    For unknown reasons I've always thought this new Carven Pour Homme was just a rehash of the original Carven Homme. Glad to understand this is completely another fragrance…straight on my to-try list,
  51. Thread: Fragrance mate

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    Re: Fragrance mate

    I'm here to serve, milord! It's always funny to have a nemesis :)
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    No match between the two. I'm extremely fond of Avignon because it has been one of the very firsts to offer a somewhat realistic interpretation of the catholic liturgical incense but Lavs is honestly...
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    Re: Santi Burgas: amazing creations

    I'll keep that in mind Darvant! Thanks for the tip. Sounds like fun :)
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    Re: Santi Burgas: amazing creations

    I should receive my discovery-set pretty soon. Can't wait. Thanks for the heads-up, Darvant.
  55. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    My interview with the founders of the Angela Ciampagna's line is out now on Basenotes' homepage. Check it out guys…

    http://www.basenotes.net/features/3139-an-interview-with-angela-ciampagna
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    Re: Summer Leather?

    I wear most of my leathers all year round but if you like something *lighter* and more *transparent*, I'd suggest either Cuir Plein Fleur or Cuir D'Ange.
  57. Re: How about Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Fragrances ?

    Big fan of the house here. I would describe their style as competent and not overly polished, in fact they all have quite a rough start. I like several of their offerings (both in the current and...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Sahara Noir is a fantastic incense but nothing about it relates to actual high-mass. It's more of an oriental take on the main theme. Avignon is great too and it's a milestone in its genre but, when...
  59. Re: Luca Turin Reviews Tuscan Scent Incense Suede by Ferragamo

    I've recently tried Incense Suede and I was honestly pretty much underwhelmed. It's a super smooth woody-incense with a ghostly suede-y presence. Smells nice in a inoffensive kind of way but feels...
  60. Re: What is the verdict on Fahrenheit reformulations?

    I find the base of current Fahrenheit to be sharper and thinner but the overall smell is still pretty awesome in my book.
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    Re: Suggest your 10 MUST HAVE NICHE fragrances

    These lists are very funny to compile but not very reliable IMO. I'll toss a list of 10 niche fragrances I would buy If I were to start exploring niche today...obviously, some of them were not...
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    Re: which to choose between these 3 classic

    In their original formulations, my pick would be Eau Sauvage. In their current iterations, I'd probably go with Guerlain Vetiver.
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    Re: Looking for a summer nutmeg scent

    I definitely get a nutmeg-y vibe out of Loewe 7 which is actually what drives it towards Cacharel Pour Homme territories (even though the Cacharel is definitely more nutmeg-prominent). I've no idea...
  64. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    First Ciampagna's addition to my wardrobe: Rosarium, obviously. The fragrance presentation is stunning to say the least. Here's my little photographic tribute to it.
    ...
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    Re: Looking for a summer nutmeg scent

    Loewe 7 might be a good fit….
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    Re: A trip at the Vintage Perfume Temple (pics)

    Fantastic! Thank you for sharing this!
  67. Re: Anyone still use Molecule 01 as part of their daily rotation (or signature)?

    I never used Molecule 01 but Escentric 01 has been in my rotation roster for quite a while….
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    Re: Pancake mix scent

    If you refer to something dense, milky, buttery, kind of oily and with a baked bread-like kind of smell, I'd suggest Serge Lutens Jeux De Peau. Alternatively, for something more daring and...
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    Re: Your Top 3 from Olfactive Studio

    I haven't tried their new *Panorama* but amongst the others, the only I would consider buying is Ombre Indigo. Chambre Noir is nice too but way too derivative IMO.
  70. Re: Help me to find out an Amber based fragrance. Whats your suggestions please?

    Ambre Precieux is still my favorite *sugary* amber together with HdP Ambre 114 and Lutens' Ambre Sultan. For something more complex and less sweet, ASAQ's Royal Amber Spirit AAA is unbeatable but...
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    Poll: Re: Getting tired of "oud scents" yet? POLL.

    Not tired of Oud at all but completely tired of oud wannabes.
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    Re: Morn To Dusk by Eau d'Italie

    You lost me at sugar orchid :D

    Jokes aside, I like several of their fragrances and will surely give this a chance…thanks for the heads-up!
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    Re: You can only have one

    Knize Ten
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    Re: Which is your favorite niche house?

    several, including Vero Profumo, Maitre Parfumeur Et Gantier, Serge Lutens, Parfumerie Generale, Etat Libre D'Orange, Humiecki & Graef…others…

    amongst the *newcomers*, Masque, Unum, Nu_Be.

    I...
  75. Thread: Next buy ?

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    Re: Next buy ?

    another vote for L'Instant.
  76. Re: The Visual Clichés of a Perfumer or Artistic Director

    ^^^ is that kermit the frog? Ok, I'll shut up now! http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-alien011.gif
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    Re: Fou d'Absinthe smell-alikes?

    In my experience Fou D'Absinthe doesn't resemble of anything else and at the same time it resembles of countless other fougeres. A bizarre and (this time) not pleasant sense of deja-vu.

    A...
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    Re: Which Amouage to sample for my tastes?

    Given your list, I would suggest Jubilation XXV and Epic Man. Reflection Man could be a hit too but I'm not the right person to talk about it because I've never grown to like it myself.
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Good news, thebeck! If Unum's standard is the one that has been set up with this trio, this is indeed an extremely promising brand.
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    Re: 8 New Fragrances -- Vilhelm Parfumerie

    Thanks for the heads-up. A couple of them sound interesting...
  81. Re: The Visual Clichés of a Perfumer or Artistic Director

    This thread has only a couple of comments but it already cracks me up :D

    5) Take a picture of yourself while filling the commercial flacon with a pipette…BY HAAAAAAAAND!
    ...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    I think we can say Lavs and NK Incense play in the same league as in they're both exceptional fragrances but they smell very different IMO. Wheras NK incense is a dark catacomb, Lavs is the majesty...
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    Re: Vero Profumo Perfumes - What to Sample?

    This.
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    Re: Exploring Frederic Malle....

    My favorites are, in no particular order…

    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Une Fleur De Cassie
    Le Parfum De Therese

    I also enjoy Geranium Pour Monsieur but I've to be in the mode for its white-musky...
  85. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    I'm giving yet another full wearing to Rosarium and I can't help it: It blows me away anytime I wear it. I'm probably biased towards incense-based fragrances but as a matter of fact, this one and...
  86. Re: What was the last bottle you completely finished???

    I haven't finished a bottle in years…
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    Re: Most worn April 2015

    …each worn three times…

    Lavs by Unum
    Trussardi Essenza Del Tempo
    Farmacia SS Annunziata Tabacco D'Autore
    Pekji Cuir6
    Pekji Odoon

    The rest was 1 or 2 wearings each and included Farmacia SS...
  88. Re: a Celebrity scent you'd like to see on the shelves...

    7 Dirty Words by George Carlin
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    Re: Amouage Opus IX

    Notes list sounds pretty interesting…let's see.
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    Very interesting! Blind tests are funny and much more interesting. I often wonder how much knowing a brand or a perfumer actually alter one's experience and assessment about a composition. Thanks for...
  91. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    Honestly? While I see where the comparison comes from, I still don't agree. In the end all incense fragrances are similar to some extent but beside that, I think Rosarium and any other Tauer...
  92. Re: Pekji Perfumes: A new line by former BN member Saripatates.

    Awesome! Looking forward to your thoughts, Thebeck. I'm sure you'll find something to your tastes in the Pekji's range…and something quite shocking too :D
  93. Re: Pekji Perfumes: A new line by former BN member Saripatates.

    Contact him via his website…He has samples on offer.
  94. Pekji Perfumes: A new line by former BN member Saripatates.

    It's with much of my pleasure that I've the opportunity to introduce Pekji Perfumes. Founded by former Basenotes member *Sartipatates*, Pekji is a new artisanal line 100% made in Turkey and...
  95. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    Pretty much my experience as well with the only possible difference that I'd probably add Aer to Rosarium as possible purchases.
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    Re: Timbuktu = Summer / CDG 2 Man = Winter?

    I find CDG2Man perfectly suitable for warmer weather. It has a sparkling / lemony aspect which paired to an overall transparency, does great in summer.
  97. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    Thank you for your report the_good_life. What I find particularly interesting about this line is the overall medieval-rural vibe juxtaposed to a certain polish that's definitely more inherent to...
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    Re: Heeley Phoenicia: Anyone try this yet?

    Thank you, David! Looking forward to try it and crossing my fingers it's nowhere close the dry aggressive synth oud which has become way too popular...
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    Re: Heeley Phoenicia: Anyone try this yet?

    David, how dry is it? Is it the typical westerner sharp dry-woody / woodyambery iteration of oud?
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    Re: CdG Wonderoud - discontinued???

    I think keeping both Wonderwood and Wonderoud in the same line would be redundant. I've no idea if the news is true but it makes sense anyway...
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