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    Re: House James Heeley - Opinions Please

    St. Clements and Hippie Rose are strong favorites of mine, followed closely by Cardinal and Cuir Pleine Fleur. I'm surprised nobody mentioned Heeley's Extraits de Parfum line, specifically...
  2. AdP, Honoré de Prés, Cloon Keen Atelier, Gorilla

    This is my first swap thread. I've got four great niche bottles to swap, and while my wish list is below, I'm definitely open to creative suggestions! These days I'm drifting towards soft leathers,...
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    Re: Iris + Incense fragrances

    Thanks, I'd forgotten all about Silver Factory! I remember loving it when I tried it years ago; time to revisit this one obviously :)
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    Iris + Incense fragrances

    Iris and incense are one of my favorite combinations. I find Prada's No. 1 Iris, and even Infusion d'Iris to a lesser extent, quite nice, but I'm curious about what others might recommend as a strong...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Odin 07 Tanoke

    I like this one a lot too, easily the best of the Odin line so far. It's a good alternative to Wonderwood if you like spicy woody scents but don't want to smell like a dry sauna...
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    Re: Orange blossom/Neroli for men

    This one
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    Re: Gorilla Perfumes - WOW!

    The Smell of Weather Turning is really worth smelling. The peppermint note is more powerful than I would have preferred, but what's in the background is fairly stunning. More about it on my blog here!
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    Re: What are you buying yourself for Christmas?

    Christmas came early this year... and I should be receiving my Byredo Encens Chembur and Mark Buxton Around Midnight tomorrow! (I'm on an incense kick.)

    Once my credit card has recovered -- likely...
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    Re: What are you wearing on Thanksgiving?

    Strangely, I picked up M7 this morning. I think it has to do with my aversion to cranberries, in that I needed something to substitute for their sweetness (hence the subconscious gravitation to M7's...
  10. Re: Lumiere Noir pour Homme by Maison Kurkdjian or Le Labo's Rose 31

    I have to put in another good word for Rose 31. I tried Lumiere Noire and while it is certainly refined, I found it somewhat one-dimensional. Rose 31 is a more versatile fragrance that I think you'll...
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    Re: 10 Dior Exclusives this Fall

    Does anyone know if these are in Dior boutiques worldwide at this point, or only in Paris? I'm very keen to try Leather Oud, Granville and Mitzah, and Cologne Royale to a lesser extent.

    I'm also...
  12. Re: NEW YORK perfume gallery 23rd - 25th of September - you're all invited!

    I had a chance to stop by and ended up buying a bottle of "The Smell of Weather Turning." Fascinating wet-herbal accord up front married nicely to a dry, sweet hay. It was a terrific event all...
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    Re: New: Acqua Di Parma Colonia Essenza...

    I sampled Essenza yesterday. I own Intensa and love it precisely because it's the angsty 'black sheep' of the family. Essenza seems like the sibling with no clear identity to me. It's definitely got...
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    Re: Let's talk FRUITS n VEGES!

    I just bought this blind after reading about it, and what a great blind buy. I'm mesmerized. It's an almost photo-realistic portrait of raw, fresh-from-the-earth carrots. Carmencanada -- do you know...
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    Re: Vetiver + florals

    Definitely some nice florals in Tauer Vetiver Dance (orange blossom and jasmine, to my nose). Almost too floral for my taste, though.
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    Got a sample of this from luckyscent and I'm very taken with it. Great contrast between the bright citrus/florals and dark tea/vetiver. It even gets a tad musky on me in the heart. I really wish it...
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    Re: Scotch whisky-ish?

    I totally second Le Labo Oud 27, especially if Laphroaig is what you are after.
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    Re: maison martin margiela

    I tried untitled at the New York launch last week... A lovely piece of work, but I'm not convinced it's the best expression of the house's character. I wrote more about it here, for those who are...
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    Re: Your Current Top 10

    Current Top 5:

    Serge Lutens Muscs Kublai Khan
    Chanel Cuir de Russie
    Dior Bois d'Argent
    Comme des Garcons 2 Man
    Tom Ford Italian Cypress
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    How unisex is Prada L'eau Ambrée?

    I'm a pretty big fan of Daniela Andrier's work for Prada, particularly Infusion d'Iris, which I own, but a search for L'eau Ambrée didn't turn up much discussion. I'm wondering if it's worked for any...
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    Re: looking for new vetiver

    I very strongly encourage you to try Fat Electrician (one of the most underrated releases last year, I think). The vetiver is as raw, smokey and earthy as you could want, but the myrrh and opoponax...
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    Re: Sexiest Summer Scents

    I've actually been wearing Colonia Intensa all winter and really enjoying it; glad to hear it works well in hot weather too! Otherwise, Sel de Vetiver has served me quite well.
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    Re: Sexiest Summer Scents

    I've actually been wearing Colonia Intensa all winter and really enjoying it; glad to hear it works well in hot weather too! Otherwise, Sel de Vetiver has served me quite well.
  24. Re: Milk & Honey Fragrances for men? I'd love to have one..

    +1 I totally agree. If you're willing to splurge, you won't be disappointed.
  25. Re: Your Thoughts on My Newest Batch of Niche Samples

    The only one I've tried is Patchouli 24; I think it's fantastic -- a little dirty (as most Le Labo's are) but still refined. It has a very 'moody' feel to it, which is right up my alley.
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    Re: S o t D - Friday, 12th March 2010

    Etat Libre d'Orange Fat Electrician
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    Re: A Fragrance That Screams Summer At the Beach.

    I'm surprised that in 25 posts no one has mentioned TDC's Sel de Vetiver (although I suppose it does hew a bit to the masculine side of things). Poor Celine Ellena will never get her due for that...
  28. Re: INCENSE-BASED POWERHOUSE COLOGNES/Can You Help?

    Andy Warhol Silver Factory from Bond No. 9 has a great incense from beginning to end.
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    Re: TOM FORD Private blend

    I haven't smelled all of the Private Blends but Italian Cypress may well be my next full bottle. I thought Japon Noir was lovely but not really my style. Am very eager to try Tuscan Leather, Oud...
  30. Thread: Le Labo

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    Re: Le Labo

    I own Rose 31, but only wear it on occasions when I can get away with the notorious 'armpit' effect (i.e. rarely wear it to work, but then again I work in a flourescent-lit, cubicled office, so it's...
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    Does NYC Barneys carry Aesop frags?

    I know they carry (or carried...it's been so long) their skin and haircare products. I've been wanting to try Mystra but don't want to order a decant if I can try it at Barneys. Or does anyone know...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition III

    Thanks, chocolateguy! 2Man was actually the fragrance that turned me into a bonafide perfumisto.
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    Re: Which Bond No9 to get, and where to get it?

    I'll join the chorus of folks praising Andy Warhol Silver Factory -- unexpectedly terrific, since pretty much don't like any of the other Bonds.
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition III

    Thanks, markb, but Bd'A is a desert island fragrance for me. I'm practically married to that bottle. =]
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    Re: I don't want to say I told you so, but.....

    Going back to the original point of this thread, I just did an exhaustive search for Ambre Gris on discount sites and it is out of stock everywhere. The only places I can find it online are Bergdorf...
  36. Re: Would love some amber/incense niche recommendations before ordering samples.

    I second (or is that third?) the recommendation for Heeley's Cardinal. It really stands out from other fragrances but at the same time is incredibly pleasant and not harsh the way some incense-heavy...
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    Re: Today I bought - January 2010

    From the Le Labo store on Elizabeth Street:

    http://i752.photobucket.com/albums/xx167/kbarthur03/Rose31.jpg

    Charmingly enough, they mispelled my last name on the label. I'll have to demand an...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition III

    My small but growing collection, as of December 09:


    http://i752.photobucket.com/albums/xx167/kbarthur03/Scents-1.jpg


    The small roll-on in the front is Kiehl's Pour Homme essence oil, and...
  39. Re: What was your favourite personal fragrance 'find' of 2009?

    - ELd'O Fat Electrician
    - CDG Monocle Scent 2: Laurel
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    I admire each of the "cinema series," but this is...

    I admire each of the "cinema series," but this is easily my favorite. The mix of sultry florals and nose-y spices definitely speaks of obsession and disorientation to me. Nice work!
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    Thanks for the comments, Asha, on this and my...

    Thanks for the comments, Asha, on this and my other submission. And by the way, "So hot that is is almost cold" hits the nail on the head!
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    Re: Briefs we submitted

    Wow, thanks for the comments everyone.

    Ecaruthers - you summed up the emotional undercurrent of the Big Country concept perfectly. I think geographic references are such a powerful inspiration...
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    Re: Briefs we submitted

    I wasn't planning on posting the two briefs I submitted, given how impressive everyone else's are, but being all the dunce I can be, I sent them off without including my username. =L

    So here, for...
  44. Re: Anyone else get this kind of a reaction from friends???

    My fragrance obsession started recently too, and with the exception of two of my friends, everyone I've talked to about it seems to be pretty dismissive of it. When I get that "too expensive, weird...
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    Re: heated debate over aftershave i bought?!

    Funny you mentioned this -- I've been wearing Fat Electrician a lot this winter and whenever someone asks what it is, they're completely befuddled by the name but generally bewitched by the scent...
  46. Thread: Rose

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    Re: Rose

    It's not highlighted by any measure, but Penhaligon's Opus 1870 has a great rose note in the heart, surrounded by clove and cinnamon. The opening is yuzu (mild citrus) and black pepper and the...
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    Re: Today I bought - January 2010

    Well I ordered it a while ago from abroad, but yesterday I finally received my bottle of Bois d'Argent. Best part? I ordered a 125ml but they made a mistake and sent me a 250ml! I feel like an...
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    Re: S o t D, Friday 1st January 2010

    New Year's is my least favorite holiday; I typically like to put on my coziest sweater and curl up with a few good books next to my imaginary Brooklyn fireplace (read: old steam radiator...ah, the...
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    Re: maison martin margiela

    L'Oreal also does Viktor & Rolf's fragrances, which is the artsy-est partnership of L'Oreal's I can think of. But based on that, I'm hoping they set the bar a little higher with MMM, b/c all the V&R...
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    Re: Most Over-Rated Fragances

    Montale ouds
    New Haarlem...actually, I agree with 201motels -- just about everything from Bond No. 9
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    Re: Heeley's Cuir Pleine Fleur

    Like other Heeley's I've smelled, I found Cuir Pleine Fleur to be well-constructed and extremely elegant, but something about the floral accord struck me the wrong way (likely the faint soapiness...
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    Re: The Ultimate Men's Niche Fragrance?

    Just tried Blue Amber and Around Midnight at ScentBar on a quick trip to LA this weekend. Liked the Blue Amber, LOVED Around Midnight, but maybe that's because I'm a total Buxton groupie.

    I would...
  53. Suggestions for similar to Bois D'Argent but not so hard to find...

    I've recently become VERY fond of Bois D'Argent -- I love iris, and really like the honey and myrrh with it, a nice touch of leather, an overall root-beery accord -- but I know it's increasingly...
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    Re: Other Myrrh / Opoponax Recommendations?

    If you like vetiver as well, I would suggest trying Fat Electrician from Etat Libre d'Orange, which has a terrific oppoponax and myrrh drydown. Very raw, earthy vetiver opening gives it that 'root...
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    Re: Paestum Rose or Rose 31 or...?

    Thanks for all the suggestions and warm welcomes, everyone. I suddenly feel like I'm back in high school with too much homework... But I'll be sure to report back on what works best.

    Cheers!
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    Paestum Rose or Rose 31 or...?

    This is my first post, so forgive me if I sound like a total newbie...

    I'm looking for an earthy or incense-y rose scent and from what I've read, Paestum Rose and Rose 31 seem like the best...
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