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  1. Lumira: The Official Discussion Thread

    Anyone here familiar with their candles or room sprays? Care to share your thoughts before I pull the trigger and blindbuy a candle + sample set? :smiley:
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    Fall puts me in a contemplative mood. For company I chose Sultan Pasha’s magnum opus: Aurum d’Angkhor.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    I’m still surprised how good this is. Smells like a true classic but updated with newer ACs it sports a more modern aesthetics. It feels masculine but not overly so, projects adequately at...
  4. Re: Epitome of the Last Decade of Fragrance

    I can see why the replies vary. ‘Epitome’ may be interpreted as the perfect example representing a specific style/period OR a summary of the said period. I don’t think we can all agree on that one...
  5. Re: Cat owners: Does your cat try to attack you over certain fragrances?

    Ha! My ragdoll shares a similar fetish for bleach. And also has a thing for dirty socks and freshly worn shoes. Weirdo.
  6. Re: And it happened - asked not to wear perfume to work

    Hmm some people might say unless the company has specific rules governing acceptable work attire /accessories, your supervisor has no real business telling you what you can or cannot wear. Play up...
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    Re: eBay 10% coupon for September

    More of a dick move IMO. A paltry 10% and only to selected users? Puh-leeze. I know exactly where to shove such half-hearted offers...
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    Re: What has Basenotes done for you?

    Basenotes rescued me from much more expensive hobbies in high fideity audio & diamond collecting. And the best part of this fragrance hobby is that it transcends geography, race and class...
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    I sampled this recently. It IS indeed wonderfully blended though I find it a touch sweet for my tastes. Comparisons to Shalimar is not without merit for Bengale Rouge treads or cat-walks down a...
  10. Re: Cat owners: Does your cat try to attack you over certain fragrances?

    @mrmorel, perhaps your cat smelled a rat? :wink:



    Not surprised. That particular scent is more of an ‘acquired taste’. I for one haven’t acquired it. :smiley:
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    Re: NEW Andy Tauer L'Air des Alpes Suisses

    I certainly won’t expect any scent reminiscent of the Swiss Alps to hit one in the face like a tonne of bricks nor lasts for very long. It’s just the nature of such scents. You can’t compare them to...
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    Re: Today I bought September 2019

    Oh do let us know how you feel about this latest fragrance from Tauer.
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    Re: Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme

    I suspect that first bottle I tried was made in the late ‘90s. Iirc the juice has a green tinge to it, unlike the pale yellow juice in my present vintage bottle.
  14. Re: Cat owners: Does your cat try to attack you over certain fragrances?

    With these felines, who knows?? I grew up with cats most of my life and I still haven’t figured them out.

    The last time I got mauled by a cat I was thirteen? I wasn’t even wearing a fragrance...
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    Re: Do you buy empty bottles and boxes?

    In case anyone is considering the By Kilian fancy lockable coffrets, they are ‘high maintenance’ pieces; the chrome finishes tend to tarnish over time and the key gets rusty.
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    Re: Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme

    Thanks for the ‘archaeological’ find. Always nice to read ericrico’s comparisons of new vs vintage. I own a supposed vintage Made in Italy silver labelled + navy felt box but it doesn’t smell quite...
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    Re: Do you buy empty bottles and boxes?

    If I have the space, yes. I actually started out as a (vintage) perfume bottle enthusiast but ended up falling in love with the contents instead, lol. Just as well given the present trend of bottling...
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    Re: What Is Each Designer's Magnum Opus?

    IMHO...for masculine-marketed:

    Aramis Tuscany Uomo
    Armani Eau pour Homme
    Azzaro Pour Homme
    Boucheron Jaipur pour Homme
    Burberry London for Men
    Bvlgari Black
    Calvin Klein Obsession for Men...
  19. Re: Your "chore" scents or dumb grabs at the moment

    Armani Eau pour Homme (vintage)
  20. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I concur. I find it mature, and the more sophisticated composition of the three. The dry green tea note cuts nicely through the leafy tobacco, and the combination kinda evokes for me the aromatic...
  21. Re: Perfume Oils & Imitations - are they regulated? Should we be concerned about health and safety?

    Good decision to take charge of your own health. Most people don’t. But I wouldn’t place blind trust on regulators either at least not without examining the ‘hidden ties’ or ‘behind-the-scenes’...
  22. Re: Perfume Oils & Imitations - are they regulated? Should we be concerned about health and safety?

    Frankly, I’m not nearly as concerned about this as I am with all the stuff marketed as ‘food’ that we eat on a daily basis. Is this one of those ‘penny-wise pound-foolish’ kinda scenarios?
  23. Re: Your Favourite Perfumes From Roja Dove ?

    Diaghilev
    Danger pour Homme
    Reckless pour Homme
    A Midsummer Dream
    Sultanate of Oman
    Great Britain
    Amber Aoud

    ...are among my favourites from Roja. But I have yet to try the more feminine...
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    Francesca Bianchi: LATEST DUO

    Recently presented at the PITTI FRAGRANZE:

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    LOST IN HEAVEN - 30ml extrait de parfum
    notes: Grapefruit, Green Tangerine, Orange Flower Absolute, Jasmin, Ylang Extra, Mimosa, Magnolia,...
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    Re: NEW Dasein release: Winter Green

    Is this a flanker to Dasein Winter?
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    The inspiration had me drooling like a fool. Now that I’m a little more familiar with Areej Le Doré’s fragrances’ slow evolution/ pattern of development I can’t really say I’m uncomfortable...
  27. Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    I’d peg it at 1919-1929. The decade saw the birth of fragrance world luminaries incl. Mitsouko, Shalimar, Vol de Nuit, Chanel No.5, Cuir de Russie, Bois des Iles, Knize Ten, Arpege, Tabac Blond, My...
  28. Re: NEW: The Different Company - Santo Incienso!

    Thanks Mike for this. ‘Salty and oceanic’ certainly got my attention but so did ClaireV’s mention of bitter ACs . Will be seeking out a sample. :smiley:
  29. Re: Are there any fragrances in which ginger plays an important role?

    Huietieme Art FAREB uses ginger’s zingy bite to counterbalance immortelle’s syrupy warmth.
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    Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    For me it depends on what description comes after ‘smell like...’

    For example I’d hate to smell ‘like a urinal cake from the men’s room’ BUT I’m inclined to take ‘smelling like I’d just roll off...
  31. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    Here’s another:

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  32. Re: The attar wand- to use or not to use. That is the question.

    That’s what the wand is for, isn’t it? I have far bigger worries, to be honest...
  33. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    Ooh. Sounds like my kinda thing! Would you recommend the parfum or the EdP?
  34. Re: Pick One Fragrance Brought Back To Original Formulation?

    You’re probably right. It was a BN darling 10 years ago when it was still good. Not sure about the current formulation but the haters seem to start ‘coming out of the woodwork’ only since 4 years...
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    Re: Looking back....

    Higher end or just pricey? It’s hard to tell sometimes. Iirc my first >$200 bottle was a gift from my wife: Cartier L’Heure IV Fougeuse. It ticked all the right boxes for me. Alas, I can’t remember...
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Do I like it? I LOVE it! Dryad has this wonderfully raspy brown-green mossy backbone that keeps on giving. You could well be right about vintage Vol de Nuit. But I sold mine (edt circa 1980s) away a...
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    High praise indeed if it is comparable to the original Opium. I doubt if I’ll get much wear out of it but I’d definitely want to get my nose on this. Dryad was my only bottle purchase from this house...
  38. Re: Versatile summer/spring niche fragrances

    Be sure to put Creed Original Vetiver on your shortlist. One of the most versatile IMO.
  39. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Thanks for this walk down memory lane. Good times. The variance you noticed in the sandalwood oils could be due to different oil age profiles, or sometimes the source sandal itself. The only reason I...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    Sweet! Those little mignon bottles from La Via del Profumo look great in a row.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Attending a class on diversity. Figured an old school cologne might add a little more to the discussion.
  42. Re: WWE Fans.. is that Matt Striker reviewing frags???

    Yup, it’s him. Ignore what other people think or say about you and you WILL go places.
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    Re: Popular Cologne Ads from the Past

    Thanks for the link.
  44. Re: Pick One Fragrance Brought Back To Original Formulation?

    Ralph Lauren Polo Sport. Bring back the original base!
  45. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I absolutely agree with this aspect (not the ‘brash’ accusation though lol) . That’s what made Bonheur and Coup de Foudre so great. The multilayered nuances and inherent complexity are precisely why...
  46. Re: For Chilly Fall Days - Boozy Niche Scents?

    Add to list:

    Hendley Bourbon
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    Re: What Is Your Top Five As Of Right Now!

    Bortnikoff Bonheur
    Areej Le Doré Baikal Gris
    Creed Bois du Portugal
    Armani Eau Pour Homme
    Xerjoff Oroville

    ...all fantastic IMHO.
    And the great thing is I could easily pick other sets of 5...
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    Re: A strifeknot appreciation thread :)

    +1.

    What I find odd is his splits thread’s gone too! I just received a set of orders from him just a couple of days ago. I wonder what actually happened...
  49. Re: A question for those who have worn and wear Mousse Illuminee

    Green, mossy with a hint of dark berries underneath. Kinda like vintage Polo meeting Poison. Seems like I wasn’t the only one who got this impression.
  50. Re: Parfums De Nicolai Baikal Leather Intense Full Bottle Worthy?

    Ditto.
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    Re: What perfume lifts your spirits?

    Duplicate post.
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    Re: What perfume lifts your spirits?

    One with a good alcohol content.
  53. Re: Best modern Niche/Prive interpretation of 70s/80s powerhouse genre

    Areej Le Doré Siberian Musk is a loving tribute to those big musky animalic powerhouses of the ‘70s.
  54. Re: Illegal to wear fresh/citrusy scents at nighttime? Will I be sent to scent prison?

    Yes, it’s illegal. Watch out for the fragrance police. They’ll neutralize you with deep dark orientals and lock you up in a poorly ventilated cell while you repent over your new scent.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It was indeed kinda muddled and subdued when I first tried it while the juice was still fresh off the production line. Was that also the time you sampled it? If it’s more a recent sampling perhaps...
  56. Re: New Parfums de Nicolai in September, Baikal Leather

    Hmm that’s not a very promising start. In Nicolai’s defence they did ‘warn’ us about the blending of 2 dry woody components- guaiac and smoked pine to approximate the leather feel. There was no...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Arrived this afternoon by DHL from Thailand. This time the fragrance arrived... fully matured. Glorious! :smiley:
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    Re: One choice for...Vol XVI

    Are they recruiting? :wink:
  59. Re: New Parfums de Nicolai in September, Baikal Leather

    Agreed. But I’m wary (and weary) of tonka.
  60. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Chanel Sycomore edp is worth a sniff if you’re not into straight up sandalwood.
  61. Re: Guilty: I enjoy fragrances with powerful projections..... Suggestions?

    Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
    Bogart pour Homme
    Paco Rabanne One Million

    ...among others.
  62. Re: A Perfumer's Secrets: A Must-Watch Feature for Fragrance Enthusiasts

    Thank you for the post link. You can tell when someone cares a lot about her craft.
  63. Re: Post a note and the best example of that note in a fragrance

    Immortelle note

    (i) as the centrepiece in Annick Goutal Sables

    (ii) as a surprisingly well-integrated supporting player in Histoires de Parfums 1740
  64. Re: HELP: Fragrance-Personality Matching Challenge

    Your personality will speak for itself. No added fragrance necessary.

    For a fragrance to achieve ‘signature status’ it must be one you enjoy wearing, one you feel versatile enough to take you...
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    Re: Ormonde Jayne Elixir family

    Thanks for these insights. I need to get a sample set. I find Ormonde Woman potent as it is; it makes me wonder how the elixir version stacks up.
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    Re: Longevity Hacks

    Pick the right fragrance.
    Spray on clothes fabric.
    Don’t overspray. Less is more sometimes.
    And avoid spraying on areas close to my nose.
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    Re: Are We Too Hard on Fragrance YouTubers?

    LMAO. Voting this in as an Ironic Post Of 2019 candidate.... :smiley:
  68. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    It’s ok, just a little misunderstanding. Proust and I were talking about his extensive experience in distilling and aging, NOT blending.
  69. Re: Possible Sticky Thread: Today I got a compliment while wearing:

    I like stories.

    Thanks for sharing. I’m amazed he’s heard of Halloween fragrances, a line I’ve never even heard of till today.
  70. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    If you’re referring to blending, then yes 4 years is probably nothing by conventional estimates. But Adam’s familiarity with the ingredients he uses is altogether something else. And we don’t judge...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Agreed. 500 bottles of 30 ml fragrances seem to be the sweet spot, offering both availability and better affordability. It even allows one to buy a back up after the initial release has reached full...
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    Re: In defence of Dirty English

    It smelled rank when I tried it as a newbie many years ago. But that was before all the pummeling my nose have since received from the more challenging stuff such as Hindi oud and skanky civet. Great...
  73. Re: If I created a niche fragrance house...

    I might buy the sample set as a gift...to a frenemy. :wink:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    LOL. But I’m curious how the orris plays out. If this turns out to be a snarling civety floral in the vein of Patou 1000, it could be a winner in my book.
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    Re: What perfume lifts your spirits?

    Personal favourite mood lifter:
    Jour Ensoleille by Sonoma Scent Studio



    Perhaps if they are in the business of selling anti-depressants? LOL.
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    Re: Rare Chanel Sycomore 15ml Parfum version

    Whoa! Interesting. If the parfum amplifies the sandalwood aspect I can’t say I’m interested.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Perhaps it is impossible to obtain enough supply of ethically sourced (if it even exists, that is) genuine civet to produce the 500 bottles, also bearing in mind the risks of alienating his Western...
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    Re: NEW Andy Tauer L'Air des Alpes Suisses

    If it smells as good as it sounds this could well be my first Tauer full bottle purchase. :smiley:
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    Re: Today I bought September 2019

    Oh, wow. Do let us know what you think of this. Have been wondering about this release.
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    Re: The Ultimate 'Dark Blue' Thread

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    IMO this could fit right in. It’s fresh, but not in a shower gel style, with some built-in dissonance. Packaging color /marketing copy are certainly factors of influence whether one cares...
  81. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

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    Re: What's on top of your wish-list right now?

    Chanel Cuir de Russie parfum
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    Re: Diptyque bazaar and perfumed objects

    I see perfumed accessories as another way to enjoy different scents without ‘layering’. Iirc perfumed handkerchiefs and gloves were not uncommon back in the day. Personally I find it more cost...
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    Re: " The Combination" Fragrance & Bottle

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    ...among others.
  85. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I believe with their extensive experience over distillation and maceration of these natural ingredients, these artisanal perfumers have a much better feel on the best blending proportions necessary...
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    Re: Your top 10 of this decade (2010 - 2019)

    In no particular order:


    Sultan Pasha Aurum d’Angkhor (2014)

    Areej Le Doré Siberian Musk (2017)

    Bortnikoff Bonheur (2018)

    Rising Phoenix Musk Rose (2015)
  87. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Pretty sure they will improve over time. But it makes me wonder how one might compose something with materials that tend to evolve over time. It’s somewhat comparable to landscape horticulture.
  88. Re: The dilemma of either buying a unique, daring scent or a crowd-pleaser is killing me. Can't deci

    Never see this as a problem before. If budget is an issue, get decants of both. Fragrance smells the same whether you apply from decants or full bottles.
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    Re: In the hunt for my next

    Try Floris 1962 - a stellar aromatic woods scent that could give the original Polo a run for its money
  90. Re: What fragrances make you do you hate/make you retch?

    Yup. Agree with Versace Eros. Wretched sickly sweet stuff.

    +anything with a huge abrasive slug of Norlimbanol...
  91. Re: how often is poor performance really your nose not performing

    One poster in a recent thread apparently returned Sauvage because he ‘couldn’t smell it’. Perhaps it’s his nose that needed ‘returning’ lol...
  92. Re: Clive Christian No 1 Perfume Spray vs Xerjoff Irisss

    I have a soft spot for iris scents so if I had to pick between the 2... Irissss it is. But in the end I usually end up owning both.
  93. Re: My positive experience at Atelier Hudson Yards

    You picked a couple of gems there. Thanks for sharing your experience at Atelier’s. I like that their fragrances come in a variety of sizes.
  94. Re: Clive Christian No 1 Perfume Spray vs Xerjoff Irisss

    If money is not a factor, then get both. :laugh:
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    Re: My Malle collection

    Of the four, i’d go with Vetiver Extraordinaire for sheer versatility. If you want something that says ‘strong personality’, you won’t need any fragrance to do the ‘lifting ‘....
  96. Re: Trying to decide on my next fragrance i.e Armani Prive Oud Royale vs Amouage Jubilation 25 vs SM

    Decants of all 3 = ‘problem’ solved. After spending time with your decants somehow I don’t think you’ll find these FBW...
  97. Re: How would you rate/review a perfume if .....

    I like it but for X reason it doesn’t suit me = THUMBS UP

    I don’t enjoy it but I can appreciate its artistry /execution = NEUTRAL
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    Re: Becoming a niche snob... anyone else?

    Not at all. ‘Niche’ perfumery has its fair share of crap, just like mainstream/ designers.
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    Re: Are We Too Hard on Fragrance YouTubers?

    Not at all. I have to first watch their videos in order to leave comments, nasty or otherwise. But I dont. watch. their. videos.
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    Re: Aesop hwyl

    Only have a sample of this. Not the best of performers IMO if that’s important to you.
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