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    Making Myrrh More Palatable

    For several years now I've used eight Myrrh essential oil diluted in extra virgin coconut oil as part of my daily ablutions for both its medicinal & more esoteric virtues. Unfortunately I've been...
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    White Ginger Lily single-note perfume

    I'm looking for some advice on the correct proportions of ingredients to use in making a single-note perfume from White Ginger Lily absolute. I'd like to use bezoin as a fixative & would prefer to...
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    Re: How Many Fragrances Should a Normal Man Have?

    If we're talking the "average" guy I'd guess one to two, with the second seldom used. For someone who appreciates the sublimest sense there's never an end to the experiences that can be collected in...
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT: March 2011

    http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m90/Castrensis/emanuelungaroIIIH_712-1.jpg

    Some perfume on the cheap from perfumania, one that I haven't tried & a gift for my father who refuses to wear...
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    Re: SOTD Friday March 11, 2011

    http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m90/Castrensis/tourisme-avignon.jpghttp://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m90/Castrensis/avignon-1.jpg
    Thoroughly enjoying steeping in my new arrival: CdG Avignon.
  6. Thread: Daemonorops

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    Re: Daemonorops

    Heard back from the Lab:
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    Re: Loss of sense of smell from smoke ?

    To the best of my understanding cigarette smoking does impair the sense of smell in a dose-dependent manner due to damage to the olfactory epithelium, but as a result of the olfactory epithelium's...
  8. Thread: Daemonorops

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    Re: Daemonorops

    Sorry I missed this yesterday. Dragon's Blood does have a smell when combusted, vaporized & tinctured. While acknowledging that BPAL may use a "dragon's blood accord", I think it's important to...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, March 3, 2011

    http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m90/Castrensis/Aoud_Lime.jpg
    Montale Aoud Lime
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    Re: Today I Bought - March 2011

    http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m90/Castrensis/avignon.jpg
    CdG Avignon & samples of M.Micallef Homme (Aoud) & Avant Garde.
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    I think this is all-weather appropriate, but only...

    I think this is all-weather appropriate, but only suitable for use in the morning. From what I've read the inspiration for the fragrance was the luxury soaps from a gentleman's childhood. This smells...
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    Re: SOTD - Tuesday,March 01, 2011

    A happy accident.

    http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m90/Castrensis/grooming-frederick-malle-1.jpg
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    http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m90/Castrensis/black_aoud.jpg
  13. Re: Charlie Sheen's Coming Out With A New Men's Cologne

    Narcissus flowers & crack cocaine.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, February 25, 2011

    http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m90/Castrensis/creed-silver-mountain-water-escape.jpg
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    Re: Frankincense smells funny and sour

    If you'd respond to your PMs I could send you some to compare. ;)
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    Re: Will my cologne get worse with age?

    Probably the oldest all natural perfume oil I have is eight years old. I have several others of various ages & depending on the material in question they age differently. Invariably, over the span of...
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    Re: Frankincense smells funny and sour

    From the pictures on the auction it looks to be a decent quality frankincense, light yellow without dark inclusions. I put frankincense directly on the disc without any material interposed. I don't...
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    Re: When do YOU compliment?

    :grin: Literally laughed out loud.

    I'm a compliment whore, I compliment practically everyone who smells even remotely good. I do the same thing with new hair styles/cuts, hair colors, clothes,...
  19. Re: Does frankincense oil give you the same strong psychoactive effect as oud?

    This topic's had me googling away because I burn a prodigious amount of frankincense & would like to know if I'm somehow drugging myself unawares. I've always found it uplifting & invigorating,...
  20. Re: Does frankincense oil give you the same strong psychoactive effect as oud?

    Interesting! Mice were injected with their concoction, though, so I'm hoping that smelling the oil or the burning resin won't result in some sort of drug-induced stupor.




    Interesting to note...
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    Re: Pure Malt Bottle - Hard to get juice out?

    Illustrated trimming instructions courtesy of Smeghead.
  22. Re: Does frankincense oil give you the same strong psychoactive effect as oud?

    Not so much. See Wikipedia entry on THC.
  23. Re: Does frankincense oil give you the same strong psychoactive effect as oud?

    Not that I ever noticed or, perhaps more accurately, not any more of an effect than any other fragrance. I'm confused why you think aloeswood has a psychoactive effect. What're you doing, eating it?...
  24. Re: Do you count your decants in your wardrobe frags?

    Great point. How many people move a formerly FB to "samples" once the juice reaches a certain level?
  25. Re: Do you count your decants in your wardrobe frags?

    Hrm. Now that I'm looking at Creed Boutique's webpage it lists their 30mL as "travel size". When phrased like that it seems a lot less wardrobe worthy. Iaph mentioned 50mL, maybe a better cutoff....
  26. Re: Do you count your decants in your wardrobe frags?

    I'm interested in responses to this. I decided to count decants of greater than or equal to 1oz. as members of my wardrobe. This seems to be the smallest size bottle available commercially without...
  27. Re: Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Absolue Pour Le Soir / Absolue Pour Le Matin

    Bump. Still missing.
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    Re: Spraying distance and number of sprays?

    So you're responsible for the Aussie's hole in the ozone layer... :grin:

    Maybe it's particular to my skin which can be dry but is moisturized daily; depending on the fragrance I usually use one to...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, February 20, 2011

    Frederic Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur

    http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m90/Castrensis/GeraniumPourMonsieurdefredericMalle1.jpg
  30. Re: The Only Certain Things Are Death, Taxes, and.....

    It seems to me that the IFRA benefits those manufacturing captive molecules used to simulate the genuine materials more than it benefits consumers.
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    Re: Sweat Stains!?!??!!?

    I worked with a guy who told me he used "antiperspirant pads" to keep his sweat rings at bay. I don't have any experience with them, but maybe someone's heard of these before? Maybe something to...
  32. Re: Lady Gaga's fragrance

    LG's handlers desperately try to manufacture an avant-garde haute couture appearance, being both "weird" & "beautiful", but her carefully choreographed appearances & derivative artistic works lack a...
  33. Re: Canteen as a bottle replacement - Please help

    I don't know that I've ever seen perfume in a stainless steel bottle but they extract fragrances from natural materials in stainless steel so I would assume that it's relatively inert & won't change...
  34. Re: Some Questions and Thoughts from a Beginner

    Welcome!



    Amazon sells items both directly from their warehouses & allows third-party sellers to sell items on the Amazon Marketplace. When you mouseover a size of fragrance you'll see...
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    Re: Black Aoud...any drydown??

    I get a big camphoraceous blast of aoud that settles within the hour to a fairly linear scent.
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    Re: Problem with my new Montale Red Vetyver

    A month or so ago when I wrote them it wasn't an either/or deal, they offered both.
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    Re: Where's the best place to buy Creed SMW

    I picked mine up at beautyencounter.com. $130, so ~$1/mL. Smells just as my tester does, quick shipping, etc.
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    Re: You can now 'Thank' users for their post

    I echo this question. My "thanks" button has suddenly disappeared...
  39. Re: Does it really cost $100+ to make a bottle creed/bond?

    Chandler Burr says that development costs can range into the millions of euros, even at 1/50 the cost of development the RMC would be outstanding! I think it must be the retail cost.

    Some insight...
  40. Re: Does it really cost $100+ to make a bottle creed/bond?

    Christ on a popsicle stick! That's even more paltry! Thanks for the clarification.

    Edit...er, or not all that paltry. Wait, what?
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    Re: Best panty dropper cologne

    This.
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    Re: Best panty dropper cologne

    "I smell like a french policeman!"

    ROFLMAO.
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    Re: Best panty dropper cologne

    Oh, please. What the hell does "gay" smell like?
  44. Re: Proposed ban on Personal fragrances in Portland city offices

    There's no such thing as a "fragrance allergy". The molecules are too small & can't elicit an immune reaction. However, fragrance molecules can act as respiratory irritants for people with COPD &...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, February 18, 2011

    http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m90/Castrensis/50104.jpg
  46. Re: Does it really cost $100+ to make a bottle creed/bond?

    Think of it this way, what's the cost of the paint on the canvas? Miniscule. The worth of the skilled application coupled with inspiration? Priceless.
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    Re: LOL, "fragrance review"

    Ash is the sh*t, even if our tastes differ. Love his passion & enthusiasm. Just wish he'd make some more vids!
  48. Re: New article on vibration hypothesis of sense of smell.

    I'm just speculating here, but with smell & taste so intricately linked & similar in that they interpret chemical stimulus into perceptive realities I think the first & foremost evolutionary purpose...
  49. Re: Does it really cost $100+ to make a bottle creed/bond?

    From the interview Scent Treks Through Time:
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    Re: Colognes that make you nauseos

    I think it's more of a "chemical" thing with me. Infected wounds with purulent exudate? No problemo. Rotting flesh? Not an issue. Infectious diarrhea, digested blood, raw sewage, etc. all smell bad...
  51. Re: Whats your Favorite Body Wash/ Shampoo / Deodorant of a Cologne?

    Ditto. I keep all my products unscented. What's the point if you're going to spritz yourself with the EdC/T/P once you get out of the shower?
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    Re: Fragrances and colds...

    May not be a cold, could be the flu or a bacterial infection. Should probably avoid anything that could act as a respiratory irritant, I would think that includes fragrances. I think the principle...
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    Re: What does Amber smell like?

    Perfumery's amber isn't the fossilized resin, which has very little scent, but an accord designed to emulate the golden warmth of the fossilized resin. In Mandy Aftel's Essence & Alchemy she speaks...
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    Re: Why so many more men than women?

    Some interesting explanations here. In that thread Tigrushka posted a link to a post with an explanation of the board's history here.
  55. I've never met a salesperson who didn't BS me in...

    I've never met a salesperson who didn't BS me in order to separate me from my money. It's a game & it's fun to play! To each their own. ;)
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 15, February, 2011

    http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m90/Castrensis/frederic_malle_musc_ravageur.jpg
  57. Re: Etiquette when it comes to asking for samples?

    I've never begged samples off from SAs before, but I might go about it by first introducing myself & then complimenting the SA on the most expensive accoutrement they're wearing. "Oh, my, is that...
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    Re: Skin care products?

    I use La Roche-Posay products on my face. I have reactive/redness prone skin, so I use the following.

    Cleanse with Physiological Cleansing Gel.
    Exfoliate twice per week with Physiological...
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    If they're not mute on my scent the only comment...

    If they're not mute on my scent the only comment I usually get is, "you smell good." Occassionally a pause is appended while they sniff & the preceding or some variation thereof is repeated. I thank...
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    This.
  61. Re: Proposed ban on Personal fragrances in Portland city offices

    Christ on a cracker. So the alcohol in the hand sanitizer was offensive? Because spreading pathogens isn't harmful at all, right? "Tolerance" has come to mean that we need to eliminate anything that...
  62. Poll: Re: When and how did your real fragrance journey begin ?

    I answered 21-24 because that's when I started investigating perfume for scenting my person. However, I've always had a fascination with fragrances, but it manifested in my early teens as an interest...
  63. Re: Proposed ban on Personal fragrances in Portland city offices

    I work in a facility with stringent rules regarding the use of scented personal products & violations will result in corrective action up to & including termination. Seriously. I've started to employ...
  64. Thread: Synesthesia

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    Re: Synesthesia

    Strictly speaking, synesthetes don't merely have associations between colors & numbers, for example, but rather literally perceive a number as a color. Correspondences between...
  65. Thread: Daemonorops

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    Re: Daemonorops

    Well, I rummaged through my imps & the only one I have left from the Wunderkammer is Bezoar. However, I have refined dragon's blood resin that can either be burned on charcoal or tinctured. In fact,...
  66. Re: Do You Need Distilled Water With Perfumers Alcohol?

    I'm not a perfumer, mind you, & this will probably get more & better qualified answers in the DIY forum (maybe a mod can move?) but I'm happy to speculate.

    For low-viscosity solutions you can...
  67. Re: 1 Year in the Fragrance game..Tips for Newbies

    Thanks!! Generally good advice!

    I wish I could always follow point #1 but sometimes I need to blind buy a bottle. It's more about the gamble than anything else, I think. Some I love, some are...
  68. Thread: Daemonorops

    by Castrensis
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    Re: Daemonorops

    Daemonorops Resin aka Dragon's Blood. Difficult to describe if you haven't smelled it before, but resinous, spicy, fruity/sweet are all applicable.

    If you're thinking of picking up The Contract...
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    LuckyScent.com for all you sampling/purchasing...

    LuckyScent.com for all you sampling/purchasing needs. They have a remarkable ability to get samples to me from the other side of the country in three days via first class mail. If you want to sample...
  70. Re: Do You Need Distilled Water With Perfumers Alcohol?

    This may help you.
  71. Re: Two new scents by Carthusia: Corallium and 1681

    Been wearing 1681 for the past four hours. The opening is a triumphant green herbal melange that I immediately loved. In fact, I added the FB to my cart based upon first sniff, but I'm glad I had the...
  72. Re: Two new scents by Carthusia: Corallium and 1681

    Samples arrived today. I have to agree with Craig that initially I was a little put-off by the bitter-astringent opening of Corallium & the whole composition leans toward the feminine side. It's...
  73. Thread: Luckyscent.

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    Re: Luckyscent.

    I have some serious LuckyScent Love! Always responsive to inquiries, actual inventory is reflected on their website, orders are well-packaged & rapidly posted & they offer samples of damn near...
  74. Re: What percentage of your income did you spend on bottles versus samples in 2010?

    Fun topic! The amount spent on fragrances last year isn't worth tabulating. The year before was noteworthy at ~10% to purchase frags. We'll see how painful this year turns out!
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    Re: Suggestions, please!

    Making my way through the plethora of houses/fragrances I often feel like a tourist dropped in the middle of foreign territory without a guide or a map. Thanks for pointing out something of interest....
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    Re: Suggestions, please!

    Feeling the itch for a blind buy again! What would you purchase?

    No stress, it's my checking account, not yours!
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    Re: Adventus = Issey Miyake Intense

    A small peeve, but it's AVENTUS, not adventus.

    BTW, awaiting my shill flacon ;)
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    Re: Recommendations To Make A Frag Last Longer

    +1 I have eczema so in the winter with wood heat I have a terrible time getting fragrances to stick around. Aveeno unscented works wonders. Soothes my dry skin, suppresses the eczema, prolongs scents...
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    Re: Le Male by JPG overrated?

    Clearly it must be the soup can & the bottle's package.
  86. Re: I just bought some samples on The Perfumed Court...before i buy a full bottle

    <3 for TPC. I've ordered several decants from them unavailable from elsewhere. Spray vials, in my experience, are best for appreciating the full range of scent delivered by retail purchases....
  87. Re: Question about the Creed leather atomizers.

    Atomizers, in my experience, always retain the scent of the perfume place inside of it first. To the best of my understanding it's likely the plastic components have become infused with the scent....
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    Re: Adventus = Issey Miyake Intense

    Lies.
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    Re: New Fragrance: Mark Birley Charles Street

    Initial impression: bright, leathery, floral, lightly fruity. Further sampling needed.
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    Re: Comme des Garcon Incense Series

    Avignon is a must have in my wardrobe & is already in my LuckyScent shopping cart. I've tried a lot of incense fragrances & not one has come close to actually simulating the actual smell of old-world...
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    Re: Best Projecting Fragrances

    One spray under two layers of clothing lasts days & projects yards. A beautiful beast!
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    I'll second SMW's longevity. I gave my bare chest...

    I'll second SMW's longevity. I gave my bare chest two sprays, put on an undershirt then my shirt proper. I use an unscented detergent & after washing & drying my overshirt still smells of it!

    VIW...
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    LM smells like a vanilla powder bomb on my skin....

    LM smells like a vanilla powder bomb on my skin. Additionally it smells nearly identical to the scented body powder the plump girl at work douses herself in to keep her skin folds dry. Eh...eww.
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    Re: What fragrance did you wear as a child?

    Jovan Musk for Men. My mom put a mini in my stocking when I was ten or eleven years old. I vividly remember popping the top & thinking, "OMG! This smells good!" Much to the dismay of my instructors &...
  95. Re: What do you think of Juicy - Dirty English? I sprayed some on me from Perfumania

    Same. Makes me think this was the inspiration for the fragrance.
  96. Re: Two new scents by Carthusia: Corallium and 1681

    Ditto. & as you said, the price point's right, too. The advert has been tempting me on LuckyScent's front page & this thread's sealed the deal. Samples en route.
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    Re: Xerjoff Reviews Thread

    So...

    I received a sample of XJ Homme gratis with my latest order from LuckyScent. At $10 for a sample vial I probably wouldn't have considered purchasing it, but I'm excited, right? I pop the...
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    Re: Creed lot numbers...SOLVED!

    4oz. SMW: A3509X01
    REF: 11'20-35 / SILVER MOUNTAIN WATER (found on UPC sticker on box)
    Origin: BeautyEncounter.com.
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    Poll: Re: Virgin Island Water

    Agreed. I'm usually not a foody-fragrance fan but this manages to be fruity without being overly sweet. However, & maybe it's just that my skin eats it, this last about an hour before disappearing...
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    Re: What cologne did you wear in high school?

    CK One. I was stepping WAY outside the norm at that time & place, wearing a unisex scent had people looking at me crosswise & questioning my orientation. :rolleyesold: For some reason everyone else...
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