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    Re: Al Kimiya - attars?

    Do let us know what they're like if you succumb! Elixir sounds right up my street based on the notes.
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    Re: Al Kimiya - attars?

    I was curious about these, too - but couldn't find a price anywhere. So, thanks for that information lpp. (They're clearly out of my league.)

    Their website is quite reticent and the retail options...
  3. Montale's Aoud Night - anyone tried it yet?

    I can't see much information on this release - which seems to have been launched with another called Rose Night. The container is an almost tasteful dark brown shading into gold.

    Here's the note...
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    Re: How much fragrance do you use annually?

    Close to 200 ml per year at a guess.
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Thank you for the thoughtful post andym72.

    One other aspect of the 'prestige' angle that drives me crazy is how difficult some companies make it to actually sample their stuff, apart from in a...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Bottom line is that the corporations don't want their product to be seen as 'cheap' (in terms of actual production costs it usually is). Perfume must have the cachet of a 'luxury' good at high prices...
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    Re: The surreal world of the amateur perfumer

    I quite agree with the points you make mumsy - the costs I was mentioning were only ingredient and bottle costs.
    However, if they are less than 8 euro total for a bottle that sells in a shop for 90...
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    Re: The surreal world of the amateur perfumer

    It's likely the formula (including which kinds of particular naturals) is a big Creed secret - a spectrometer would give you a good breakdown and likely a good approximation if one were to try and...
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    Re: The surreal world of the amateur perfumer

    The use of spectrometers is common knowledge in the trade - a perfume is 'cracked' no sooner it is available. Chandler Burr writes about it in either in Emperor of Scent or the other one - or maybe...
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    Re: The surreal world of the amateur perfumer

    Well, I have no idea if Rhodri Marsden will be viewing this thread - but my thanks go out to him for writing an intelligent and well-researched piece - entertaining, too, natch! So much journalism...
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    The surreal world of the amateur perfumer

    At least according to this article, which makes for good Sunday morning reading:...
  12. Re: Article: Acqua di Parma launch Rosa Nobile

    Thank you, Judith. It's one I'll definitely have to try, being such a rose fiend. But not sure I'm looking for yet another light and fresh rose... However, I have been known to eat my words in the...
  13. Re: Article: Acqua di Parma launch Rosa Nobile

    All well and good - but did you get to try it? And what was it like? (I know you gave us a note breakdown but seems pretty close to the kind of stuff companies put out when they launch something,...
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    Re: The glory of Montale

    Oh kumquat, you're an angel - 'turning' a non-fragrance loving male is a gift to humankind.:o
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    The glory of Montale

    Just thought I'd share a fleeting moment of uplift from this morning.
    I was at the train station, in the huge hangar-like area that leads to access to the various platforms. Walking fairly swiftly....
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    Re: When is niche really niche.

    These are the criteria I would apply to niche - they are subjective and lack classificatory rigour, but they're good enough for me. I appreciate hedonist222's use of the word 'intentions' here - the...
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    Re: Lactonic rose recommendations please

    Thanks ClaireV - I own (and enjoy) Tocade and can see where you are coming from. It's a great abstract creation and your analogy with the hard-boiled sweets is on the money.
    But with this call out...
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    Re: Lactonic rose recommendations please

    Thank you L'Incandescent and sjg3839.
    I'll have to start looking out for Le Feu d'Issey on my travels.
    Noir de Noir has been on my radar (one can never have too many roses in one's life IMHO), but...
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    Re: Lactonic rose recommendations please

    Thanks cacio - Calandre seems to be quite widely available in web shops where I live (the Netherlands) but they don't seem to do samples (it's not niche enough for the niche shops that do provide a...
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    Re: Lactonic rose recommendations please

    Thank you so much hednic - this gives me an excuse (as if one were needed :tongue:) to check out some of the So Oud line.
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    Lactonic rose recommendations please

    I'm looking for a pairing of a good quality rose (a certain depth and possibly freshness rather than hardboiled sweetness) with milky tones. I'm surprised I haven't come across any. Sure there are...
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    Re: Most overused fragrances?

    Acqua di Gio.

    Also all those screechy 'fresh' citrus-woodsy colognes that could be numerous perfumes or just one but they all offend my nose so I don't bother inspecting them - overused by young...
  23. Re: strange, weird, odd or just plain different notes..

    Try a sample set from Olympic Orchids - quite a few unusual naturals are used in this range. Not all of them work for me but there are plenty of people out there who rave about the ones I don't like....
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    Re: Oriza L. Legrand Vétiver Royal Bourbon

    Notes are dreamy - I love rich, smoky vetivers and, based on the notes, this promises to be one...
  25. Re: Help! Does my ideal oud exist? My journey so far...

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought of Cuir d'Arabie - but I didn't post for fear of being 'laughed out of court'. But anyway, it's a stunner in its own right, synthetic oud or not.
    Loving...
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    Re: Perfumes for the Eurovision!

    Conchitaaaaaa!!!!! Well done Europe! Could the age of Aquarius be finally dawning...? (Erm, probably not, but what a fab moment for transformation.)
    Wonder which perfume Conchita was wearing.
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    Re: Perfumes for the Eurovision!

    Well, I felt like Memoir Man this morning - it was blowing a storm. So that's what's still playing on my skin.Not particularly Eurovision I know - but at least when some new depth of so-bad-it's-good...
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    Re: Perfumes for the Eurovision!

    I can't believe I didn't think of these earlier:
    Gucci Rush
    Guerlain Insolence EDP
    Dior Poison
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    Re: Perfumes for the Eurovision!

    Decisions, eh? Not sure I can recommend anything for you Claire, though I am sure you will cut a far more glamorous figure than the singer of Ireland's entry who had clearly nabbed a bargain at a...
  30. Re: Searching for a simple high quality fragrance

    May I suggest something a bit different (as in non-floral)? Give Dyptique's Philosykos a go - it's simple, natural, clean and sharp. I couldn't let go when I first encountered it...
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    Re: Fragrance free days or zones?

    Headaches or migraines - if I've woken up with one, I'll go fragrance-free until it's gone. Some other kinds of illness (like fevers) where the head is affected.
    If I know I'm going to have a...
  32. Thread: Rare Notes

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    Re: Rare Notes

    Striking colour it is too. The description of the scent profile was a hoot - there's an honest merchant for ya.
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    Re: Rare Notes

    I had to look this up - as it's from the borage family, does it smell cucumber-y?
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    Re: Rare Notes

    Well, it is certainly very, very sweet but there the similarity with honey ends. It has alcohols in its scent profile which make for a certain haunting quality and cut against the density somewhat....
  35. Thread: Rare Notes

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    Re: Rare Notes

    This from Bo Jensen's lovely website:
    Analytically speaking, the fragrance of elder flowers is very complex. One easily recognizes several notes working together. Headspace analysis has revealed...
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    Re: Rare Notes

    Elderflower seems surprisingly rare in perfumery given how common it is in nature. I wonder if it is an extraction problem. I love its scent - so delicate and unusual yet with sharp edges and that...
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    Re: Rare Notes

    One more to add to badarun's list of Indian flowers, though he may have already mentioned it in Tamil (a language I don't understand), is mahua (madhuca longifolia) - a fleshy fruit-like flower which...
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    Re: Rare Notes

    The one I would love to see showcased is kewda (Pandanus odoratissimus ) - an amazing full-on floral scent much loved in India and quite unlike anything else. For some reason it seems to be quite...
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    Re: Montale White Aoud - advice please

    Thank you, cello and hednic. I think it must be something else sent to me as White Aoud - there's no way I smell rose, saffron or vanilla in this. The woody note is also not in the usual Montale...
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    Montale White Aoud - advice please

    I'm trying this from a sample and am wondering if I've got the wrong perfume.

    Jarring synthetic whiteout a la urinal cake - a funny marine-fougere like top layer (I keep thinking of the icky Cool...
  41. Annamadeit has already voiced part of what I was...

    Annamadeit has already voiced part of what I was going to say.
    I am beyond pleased that a sustainable source of good quality sandalwood is being cultivated.
    But I, too, must raise questions of...
  42. Re: How do you defend your interest/love in/for fragrance?

    Dear Kumquat, I've never been in your position because very few people know of my passion. The reason is simple: I have to first defend my love for fragrance to myself as I am pretty anti-consumerist...
  43. Re: Article: Sandalwood Dreams, Part 3: Planting Santalum album Sandalwood in Australia

    This takes me back to my childhood in India. We had two (slow-growing) sandalwood trees in our garden. I always knew these trees were regarded as special, though to a child they didn't do anything...
  44. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    Snap! But I can't imagine why I thought of him right from the off - just something that sort of flashed into my head. Maybe it's because he's such a gent, one wants him to have a perfume house all...
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    Re: Most desired discontinued fragrance?

    Coty Chypre
    Guerlain Djedi
    Not sure about buy, though, as I've never smelled them. But I would love to get my nostrils flared around both some day...
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    Great illustration!

    Great illustration!
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    Re: A weird Montale from Luckyscent

    What the man said.

    My first Montale made me think twice, too - but nothing wrong with volume of contents. Just goes to show how a hefty glass bottle can create a much more favourable impression....
  48. Re: Not in Front of Other People: Spraying Perfumes is an Intimate Matter

    In a work situation, you don't want it to be noticeable - because people will mistake your wish to get a little lift for vanity. You'd need to find a private spot, where the just sprayed fumes can...
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    Re: Ormonde Jayne

    I think there's some clarification here:
    http://persolaise.blogspot.nl/2012/12/ormonde-jayne-sets-record-straight.html
    Previously the short videos on the OJ site did lead one to believe that...
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    Re: The Forum Has Changed in the last 5 years

    This sounds like a good alternative - except the General fragrance discussion forum's main purpose isn't about engaging all genders: it's 'For the discussion of more general fragrance topics -...
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    Re: The Forum Has Changed in the last 5 years

    Change is inevitable and I ignore the inane threads.
    Based on the gender discussion within this thread, there is one change I would love to see on Basenotes.
    And that would be the creation of a...
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    Re: ylang + tea - any recommendations?

    Heyyy, thanks DaveStPaul, this sounds promising despite the swarm of notes - the vibe from the reviews makes me think this could be my kind of perfume. Goes on my 'to try' list.
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    Re: ylang + tea - any recommendations?

    Thanks, hednic!

    I did try that one, but it's mainly about the citrus to my nose - plus it had something in the base which gave me a headache.

    Any more? All recommendations welcome.
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    ylang + tea - any recommendations?

    Hiya,

    Decided to post this here (even though I'm not 'just starting out') as I am an equal opportunities fragrance wearer and don't divide my fumes into masc/fem.

    I love perfumes with ylang...
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    Re: English niche houses vs French and Italian

    I definitely rate Ormonde Jayne (though the perfumer is German born Geza Schoen) and, despite the nosebleed prices, Roja Dove (though his creations are very much in the traditions of classic French...
  56. Interview with Olivier Creed in The Independent

    Quite a long piece - so go for it Creed fans.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/features/sixth-scents-olivier-creed-the-worlds-most-elegant-perfumier-explains-his-art-8513595.html
    ...
  57. Re: Recommend one fragrance from Amouage for Spring/Summer?

    What the man said...!

    There may be others more suited to summer (Honour, Ciel, possibly Opus II), spring (Memoir, Jubilation), spring-summer (Reflection, Silver), but they can't touch Dia's...
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    Re: Favorite Rainy Day Perfumes?

    I look for specific scents on rainy days only during the colder months. Today is miserable, grey and wet and I'm doused in Chamade and its promise of spring and feeling great.
    Pentachords Verdant...
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    Re: amouage Beloved reminds me of...

    Bandit it sure as hell ain't - maybe the robustness of the start prompted the Bandit comparisons you read. (And I can't say I get Joy from it either - but my memory of Joy is a distant one so it may...
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    Re: amouage Beloved reminds me of...

    Iivanita the opening of this defiitely has a whiff of the resinous aspect of Aromatics Elixir, but fear not if you don't like that perfume. That association soon dies down - this is mainly a floral -...
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    Re: New from Caron: My Ylang

    A new Caron is cause for celebration enough, but if it's majoring on one of my most loved notes:2vrolijk_08: - oh joy!
    Definitely must try this as soon as I can. Thanks for the info, furrypine.
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    Re: Amouage Beloved Man

    Beloved Woman (a beauty BTW) is similarly exorbitantly priced. So not surprising that this one's crazy, too. Just what are Amouage trying to prove?
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    Re: Guerlain exclusives in Douglas, Den Haag

    And they are a much better place to shop - friendly, family-run, non-pushy - than a Douglas store where the SA's first swoop, then give you that pained look if you say you are just browsing.
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    Re: uh oh Duchaufour

    Hear! Hear! My thoughts exactly.
    It would be good for Duchaufour to address this storm directly. So far we only have the guff promoting his creations for Ms Karimova.

    - - - Updated - - -

    ...
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    Re: uh oh Duchaufour

    Not suggesting that at all. He is in a position to choose whom he works for though, being one of the brightest stars of the current perfumers' firmament.
    Also, thought this article may have been of...
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    uh oh Duchaufour

    I suppose he is only following the money, like most others:
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/can-the-daughter-of-a-dictator-come-up-smelling-of-roses-8210902.html
  67. Thanks redrose. Sadly Les Senteurs don't seem to...

    Thanks redrose. Sadly Les Senteurs don't seem to carry the Tableau perfumes.
  68. Does anyone know how to source samples of Tableu...

    Does anyone know how to source samples of Tableu perfumes in Europe?
    I wish Andy would sell them from his own site.
  69. Re: Has Anybody Tried the Philosykos Eau de Parfum yet?

    Absolutely wonderful EDP - fans of the EDT won't be disappointed. True to the original, yet longer-lasting. If anything, may have a touch more cedar in the base.
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    Re: The last fragrance you scrubbed off...

    Well, I'll be obvious and go for Secretions Magnifiques - yuck!
    Among mainstream frags Live Jazz and Cool Water - the former singed my nostrils, the latter hit my head with a hammer.
    Certain notes...
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    Poll: Re: Who is the greatest living perfumer?

    Andy Tauer could have had a sniff at this list.
    Quite a few niche names that could be here and aren't.
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    Why aren't all perfume ads this sassy?

    Don't know about you but for me this one beats all the swirling fabric, windswept blossoms and Mr and Ms Perfects that inhabit perfume adland with a little diamante whip-ette....
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    Essie Darling, Rotterdam

    This is a recent niche parfumerie addition to the city, on the Nieuwe Binnenweg. Range Includes: Montale, Yosh, Xerjoff Casamorati, Demeter, among others.
    Run by a friendly couple who are obviously...
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    Guerlain exclusives in Douglas, Den Haag

    Just a heads up that numerous Guerlain exclusives are now in the big Douglas in Den Haag - I was told this was the only Douglas in the Netherlands to stock them.
    They has Derby, Chamade for men,...
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    Re: Annick Goutal boutique, Rotterdam

    The shop is called Lianne Tio parfums. I was walking past yesterday and saw that they have managed to get the Ormonde Jayne line across - quite a coup. However, an online comparison of prices showed...
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    Re: Celeste parfums, The Hague

    Really shows how a family run business can knock the socks off the big chains. They really have a non-pretentious attitude to the product they are selling and I feel really comfortable browsing and...
  77. Itching to test this - especially after Francop's...

    Itching to test this - especially after Francop's observation that this has lotsa ylang and vanilla. So do the discontinued Acqua Allegoria Ylang & Vanille and Goutal's Songes, both of which I love.
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    Re: What do you consider

    To all the valid things said above, I'll add my particular grouse: when they make 50 ml bottles so ridiculously expensive in comparison to the 100 ml (see for example Amouage and Frederic Malle). Ok...
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    Re: New appreciation for Vetiver

    Hey Fraghead, I chose Vetiver Tonka this morning - it's a little beauty.
    On the subject of vetiver - there are of course numerous gorgeous perfumes with it but few (like vintage Guerlain Vetiver)...
  80. Re: Yes, We Have No Oranges!: Fragrances Without Citrus

    Give Maria Candida Gentile's Sideris a try, a really lovely velvety rose and sharp frankincense mix.
  81. Poll: Re: End Perfume Sexism - Should Basenotes Merge the Male and Female Sub-Forums?

    Completely agree - the tagline on General discussion, if changed, could open up a great unisex, multisex, beyondsex (or gen-durrr if one must) space. Then all of us who don't care a fig about...
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    Re: Diptyque Volutes - new fragrance

    Mmmm... sounds promising with a capital P. For me I suspect it will depend upon how the immortelle is dosed.
  83. Re: Underused notes you would like to see used more

    Kevda or kewra.
    The grandparent of fruity-florals in one note. I remember its intoxicating smell from my childhood in India. Needs someone like Andy Tauer to present it to the perfume world, though....
  84. Yippee! My free samples arrived today. Many...

    Yippee! My free samples arrived today. Many thanks. Now to look the gift horse in the mouth...:p
  85. Great interview - reveals a lot about how the...

    Great interview - reveals a lot about how the business operates. Not that keen on Issey scents myself but value the insights here and NHK's candour. Thanks Persolaise.
  86. Re: What about Caron's Parfum Sacré on a man?

    Not sure if this smells churchy, but the myrrh in this is exquisite. It seems I fall more and more in love with this perfume each time I wear it. EDP is the way to go, rather than EDT.
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    Re: What is the very best muguet fragrance?

    Another vote for Tauer's Carillon - yes, the muguet is heady and rich in it, but then so is the scent of the actual blossoms. If what you are after is a light and aldehyde lifted lily of the valley,...
  88. Re: Recommend some niche fragrances to look at!

    If you want to stay within your comfort zone, I'd say try Acqua di Parma's (don't know how niche they are) Colonia Assoluta, a summertime classic which has great longevity.
    If wild ragged roses are...
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    Re: Saffron lovers?

    Two more where saffron is a component.
    I bought a bottle of Theo Fennel's Scent after falling in love with the fizzy saffron at the top. Unfortunately, I'd only tested it on a paper touche. On my...
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    Re: Saffron lovers?

    I'm curious about this one but there aren't many reviews of it out there. A perfume that concentrated mainly on these two notes would be a dream. What's your experience of the saffron in it, easyfish?
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    Re: Saffron lovers?

    Bigsly, it's a pretty recent edition from about a year and a half ago. I get about 2-4 hours out of it.
    What is great about Safran Troublant is the purity with which the saffron note is realized -...
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    Re: Saffron lovers?

    Giacobetti's Safran Troublant for L'Artisan is my thrill, even if longevity is not brilliant. ELDO's Tom of Finland is also gorge but not quite a pure saffron hit.
    I'm looking forward to reading...
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    Re: Champions of Green?

    +1 Nothing so far in my experience has come remotely close. Have gone through more bottles of the stuff than of anything else. And to think it was JC Ellena's first commercial perfume...!
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    Re: SotD: Tuesday, 5th June, 2012

    Thanks for all the welcomes folks - deep bow! I have been lurking here for oh forever before finally taking the plunge.
    And now I've gone and triggered yet another reminder that someone has posted...
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    Re: SotD: Tuesday, 5th June, 2012

    Oooh smellywater - this is among the most gorgeous things I have had the good fortune to sniff. Unfortunately, having meandered through the perfumed souks of Harrods on that occasion, I had no body...
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    Re: Looking for a new fragrance

    Seeing as you've got L'Erbolario's Meharees in your collection, I think you may appreciate the beauty of the gorgeous, sweet myrrh based Parfum Sacre (Caron, EDP recommended). When I first got it, I...
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    Re: New Guerlain Vetiver

    I find it amazing that things have come to such a pass that there can be complaints about Guerlain Vetiver's longevity. I have always worn the late 1980s vintage (at one time in my life it was my...
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    Re: RAMÓN MONEGAL - A new line from Spain!

    Totally agree - as an equal-opportunity fragrance wearer, it bugs me that things get divided into male and female discussion stuff. Maybe there's a space on Basenotes where one can talk about...
  99. Thread: Is it me?

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    Re: Is it me?

    For me this is absolutely essential. I moisturize, use non-scented deodorants, etc, but waiting until my skin settles after a shower is what I find helps most. (I do miss that lovely feeling of...
  100. Re: Which scent gets you the most male compliments?

    Black Aoud (Montale)
    New York (Nicolai)
    Grey Flannel (Geoffrey Beene)
    Does this mean men prefer statement scents? I dunno.
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