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    Re: What is the first oud that I should try?

    In my opinion, there's little point in sampling the numerous "oud" frags out there, none of them (including the most expensive and highly praised on Basenenotes) will give you the real oud...
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    Re: Using the last 5-6mm of an Amouage attar

    Decant the attar into a standard or a fancy 1/4 tola perfume bottle or even a sample vial using a pipette. To get the very last remnants of the oil from the Amouage bottle use a q-tip wrapped in...
  3. Re: Using essential oils to compliment a fragrance

    It doesn't really matter as long as you don't apply both to the same areas. Good thing there's only a microscopic swipe of oud is needed so it's not difficult to find a clean spot for it :)
  4. Re: Using essential oils to compliment a fragrance

    I sometimes "amp" Creed Windsor with a bit of a pure white or Tai'f rose oil. And I like to layer fresh aromatic frags with oud - GIT and Guerlain Homme go well with woody Indonesian oud, while...
  5. Re: Help! Does my ideal oud exist? My journey so far...

    Unfortunately, there is no real alternative to actual oud oil. And yes, they are horrifyingly expensive. But if you try the real thing and fall under its charm, you may find yourself later laughing...
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    Re: Favourite Blu Mediterraneo?

    Fico di Amalfi - takes a fair bit longer than the other citrusy ones in the Blu Mediterraneo series to lose the top notes and settle into a nondescript white musk base.
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    Re: What's with the oud craze?

    This what I wrote to Taha about the ZBH:

    I am loving ZBH! I tend to crave Hindi's when it's cool...and can't wait for the next fall and winter (a crazy thing to say after the mini ice age we've...
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    Re: What's with the oud craze?

    The thing is - there is no one "real thing" when it comes to oud. There are so incredibly diverse within the different species, geographical areals and even the distillation techniques, the scent...
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    Re: What's with the oud craze?

    Perhaps this would be true if the now ubiquitous "ouds" weren't marketed as something they are not and sold at a large premium with the excuse of being "rare", "precious" and "mysterious". Big...
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    Re: What's with the oud craze?

    The real oud (at least of any appreciable quality) simply cannot be used in mass-produced fragrances - there's just not enough of it and it costs way too much, not to mention the impossibility of...
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    Re: Ancient or old growth forest smell..

    Any good pure oud oil from Papua or the Meroke area of Borneo will have all those notes.
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    Re: Please Help Me With a Cooling Summer Scent

    Selection Verte by Creed fills this very niche for me nicely. Very cooling minty citrus, fresh, natural smelling and lasts way longer than any "eau's" I've tried.
  13. Any Basenoters in India? I need a favour...

    My apologies for posting a non-fragrance related personal request but I couldn't think of another section - I need to get a particular item (an ayurvedic medicine) that can only be shipped within...
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    Re: what have you hoarded the most?

    Old-school Oriscent pure oud oils that can no longer be replicated at any price due to old wild oud trees pretty much disappearing.

    Creeed Windsor (the first batch).
  15. Thread: Toronto, Canada

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    Re: Toronto, Canada

    Andrews in Yorkville carries most of Amouage spray frags and two attars - Homage and Tribute.
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    Re: Oud: the beginning.

    I suspect the timing of the "oud" explosion in the West could be linked to appearance of Firmenich 010760E and Givaudan Black Agar synthetics. This is a perfect new marketing idea - spin the...
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    Re: Help narrow down between four Creeds

    I'd start here.

    The whole "fake" issue is way overblown in my opinion. But for your peace of mind if you deal with established members on Crystal Flacon or Basenotes you won't have to worry...
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    Re: Help narrow down between four Creeds

    Why confine yourself to a full bottle of just one? I'd get bored to death if I had to wear just one frag, why not acquire decants of two or three of these (MI and GIT, add Aventus too if you really...
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    Re: PUREDISTANCE BLACK... anyone else tried it?

    Wearing Black today - so far it's pretty underwhelming - well composed, no doubt, but to me it smells entirely unremarkable and its different facets are all too familiar. It reminds me of my brief...
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    Re: Royal Oud to be discontinued?

    Glad I made you laugh, Eric :) I should say that even though the idyllic depiction of "entire communities being able to sustain and continue their traditional lifestyle" (that for centuries...
  21. Re: Winter is coming - Tobacco Vanille vs Guerlain L'instant Extreme/Derby?

    I find myself reaching for L'Instant Eau Extreme often now that the weather is turning cool. Hard to beat it when you want to project a warm, sweet-ish, elegant yet decidedly manly vibe at the...
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    Re: Royal Oud to be discontinued?

    My local Creed rep told me that not only they use "rare and precious oud" in RO, but also "help local villagers in remote rural communities in India" while doing that.

    Very nice! (in Borat's...
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    Re: Vintage Cool Water vs Current

    I think Truefitt & Hill Freshman is closer to the vintage Cool Water than the modern Cool Water.
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    Re: Looking for Icy Citrus fragrance...

    Creed Selection Verte fills that particular niche for me.
  25. Re: Never buy oud oil from ebay...what a synthetic mess

    Sorry to hear about your bad experience, change1. It is unfortunate that the sellers of high quality unadulterated (and great smelling) oud oils are so few and far between but it's just the way...
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    Re: After a long time away from Basenotes......

    Welcome back, evogel, I was wondering where you were hiding! I hope you that your rejuvenated interest leads you to many new things to discover and enjoy but don't leave the ranks of ouddicts either...
  27. Re: Do you wear pure oud oil to work in the office?

    I wear pure oud oils to the office practically every day, although the ones that are in my work rotation are of the non-barnyard variety (funky Hindis/Laos etc don't appeal to me anyway). I've...
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    Re: Cambodian and indian oud

    Valid point but I think the explanation may be simple - that's what Arabs call "Indian". Similarly - Cambodi, Indonesi etc. Since they were the original market for oud, the terminology was borrowed...
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    Re: Homage,Tribute or Al Shomukh?

    I'd agree that Tribute is perhaps more masculine but I wear Homage a lot more, to me it's a far more versatile scent due to its light transparent character (relative to Tribute). Al Shomouk is a...
  30. Re: Any Basenoters in Moscow?? I want to purchase Coloratura by MFK.

    Even if you find someone in Moscow who can buy this for you, they will have a very hard time shipping it - liquids are prohibited by Russian Post and since all parcels are checked at the post office...
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    Re: What about vetiver oil?

    Another happy user of Aqua Oleum Reunion bourbon vetiver oil. I prefer it to the Khus-type ones - I just like the sweeter, woodier, smokier, more lower register vibe of the bourbon to the herbacious...
  32. Thread: Toronto, Canada

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    Re: Toronto, Canada

    Winners on Front St. has some Creeds - GIT, Himalaya, Royal Water, Love in Black and Love in White. Prices range from $149.99 to $179.99. Perhaps other locations have some as well.
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    Re: CDG Hinoki review

    Love the scent for the first couple of hours but then it tends to become somewhat annoying with its sharp-ish camphory presense. I also suspect they've used a healthy dose of ISO-E Super to elevate...
  34. Thread: Oud and florals

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    Re: Oud and florals

    There are countless varieties of oud and many of them have been used in combination with florals. Rose, jasmine, saffron, tuberose, even blue lotus can work well if blended skillfully with the right...
  35. Re: SALE: Mugler Cologne, Heure Exquise, Pamplemousse Rose, Bulgari Black (Worldwide Shipping)

    Also interested in Eau de Pamplemousse Rose, please PM me if it's still available.
  36. Re: Amouage Tribute Attar - how do I know which formulation i'm buying?

    I couldn't tell the different batches apart (I have three) by the drydown. Whether Tribute is work-safe is a question you'd have to answer yourself, as with any fragrance it'd be prudent to sample...
  37. Re: Amouage Tribute Attar - how do I know which formulation i'm buying?

    The batch variations were apparent from the first year, there's no way to extrapolate what it will smell like based on a date of manufacture or box style etc. The only way is to try the very bottle...
  38. Thread: Creed Windsor

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    Re: Creed Windsor

    In my humble opinion it's one of the best Creeds, modern or classic. It's almost the only fragrance that is able to cut into my regular rotation of pure oud oils. If you mange to track the 2009...
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    Re: Best oud for summer??

    Yup, nothing like Oriscent's Sheikh's Borneo or Archipelago Supreme, and the hotter and the humid-er the day is the better :)
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    Re: XerJoff - Mukhallat (oud attars collection)

    Oud Liban = Oud Lubban (oud+frankincense) by any chance?
    And what the heck is Oman Oud? Is Xerjoff adopting the same nonsensical marketing practice of inventing fancy sounding mysterious names for...
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    Re: Creed's Royal Oud

    As much as plastic apples and peaches are just a different take on fruit :)
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    Re: Creed's Royal Oud

    Royal Oud is what their Spice and Wood should have been. Without the pretentious "oud" moniker and the ridiculous marketing nonsense about poor villagers in India making a living by supplying "oud"...
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    Re: What's Your Favorite Oud?

    http://ensaroud.com//upload/products/37.jpg

    Royal Kinam by Oriscent
  44. Re: Is there a Dry Oud without Rose Saffron and Vanilla?

    Are you open to the idea of wearing pure oud oil? There are several varieties that are "dry" and "spicy", although finding a really high quality oil for $250 or less will be difficult.
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    Re: Tribute Attar Amouage

    As suggested above, it's possible to find smaller decants without having to pay the full bottle price.

    As for batch variations - there's no way to tell what you are going to get, the box style...
  46. Thread: Rose fragrance

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    Re: Rose fragrance

    Highness Rose for when I crave fresh, dewy, youthful rose.
    Creed Windsor for when I want a comfortably masculine rose-themed frag.
    Arabian Oud's King Fahed oil blend for when I want rose seamlessly...
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    Re: Creed Feuille Verte

    I smell absolutely no similarity. Both can be considered "green" in a way but they are nothing alike to my nose. Mine is the re-release, maybe the original one was different.
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    Re: Is there any interest in an OUD SMACKDOWN?

    No worries, I was just wondering. I hope things get less stressful and you have plenty of time to sample, enjoy and share your thoughts when you are ready!
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    Re: Is there any interest in an OUD SMACKDOWN?

    Just curious whether OP ever got to doing an oud comparison he envisioned.
  50. Thread: Holy smokes

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    Re: Holy smokes

    King Fahed kinda puts the whole rose/oud thing into perspective, doesn't it? :) The only other attar that to my nose is anywhere close to the flawless, superbly smooth execution of the theme is...
  51. Thread: Roses

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    Re: Roses

    1. Montale Highness Rose
    2. Creed Windsor
    3. Amouage Homage
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    Re: Encens d'Angkor and Oud Ishaq

    I hope you like Borneo's, Paul. The four oils that you have all fall within the same loose "Cambodi/Thai" scent profile category, and Borneo's will be very different with emphasis on woody,...
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    Re: Encens d'Angkor and Oud Ishaq

    Encens d'Angkor surprises me every time I remove the bottle's cap and sniff its neck - sometimes I get a subtle barn vibe, sometimes there's no trace of it. And even when it is there it's not...
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    Re: Rank your favorite rose oud fragrance

    King Fahad oil blend by Arabian Oud to my nose is the most harmonious and seamless combination of rose and oud, with musk and patchouli providing a perfect backdrop for the duo. Can't really see...
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    Poll: Re: Finally.. Best OUD based fragrance for men

    Almost all from the once lively and vibrant oud social group are now either gone from Basenotes or became lurkers. That's why the majority of oud related threads here have very little with oud and...
  56. Thread: Arabian Oud

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    Re: Arabian Oud

    As far as I know both are long sold out. A couple of years ago one could still get them from the AO store in London, not sure if they have any left. But even if they do, they won't sell you...
  57. Thread: Rose Fragrances

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    Re: Rose Fragrances

    Duplicate post.
  58. Thread: Rose Fragrances

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    Re: Rose Fragrances

    For those who can pull off a soliflore rose - Montale Highness Rose is one of the most beautiful ones out there, a fresh, youthful and etherial rose de mai.

    I also like Amouage's Homage and...
  59. Re: What Do You Wear Purely For Your Own Enjoyment, all alone...?

    Indian oud oils, some more animalic Cambodian ouds.
  60. Re: Same Synthetic Oud in Harrods Oud and Oud Wood?

    I would be interested to find out what process exactly is used to produce this "orpur", but I have my doubts as to whether they actually use any agarwood. The uninfected aguilaria wood is absolutely...
  61. Re: How would you generally describe oud to someone who is otherwise not obsessed with fragrances?

    Technically it's not the fungus but the production of resins, oils etc. of the tree's immune system in reaction to said fungal infection. The oils/resins permeate the flesh of the tree and harden...
  62. Re: How would you generally describe oud to someone who is otherwise not obsessed with fragrances?

    Depending on the origin oud can possess one or several of a million types of notes: musty, camphorous, sweet and mellow like dried fruits, damp hay, wood varnish, barnyard-y in various degrees (like...
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    Re: A rose for layering - any recommendations?

    +1

    Apart from actual essential oil, Highness Rose would be my only rose frag that definitely works wonders for layering. Rose de Mai used in Highness Rose is one of my favourite types of rose...
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    Re: Windsor or Royal Oud?

    To me this is not even a contest and Windsor wins by default. Elegant, unique and infinitely wearable for a guy (not a small accomplishment for a rose-heavy frag). Royal Oud to me smells neither...
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    Re: Acqua di Parma Colonia

    Really tried to love the classic one but on me it turns into a powder bomb with hardly any neroli (the note I was seeking) left.
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    Re: Fragrances that smell like GIT?

    Truefitt & Hill - Freshman
  67. Re: What is your least expensive fragrance that you own that has brought you a ton of compliments???

    Cool Water back when it wasn't a lavender-heavy mess.
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    Re: Rose 31 vs Windsor

    I too used to think that Windsor, particularly the 2009 version vanished from my skin after a couple of hours but having worn it for over two years I think it was just olfactory fatigue, now I can...
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    Re: Rose 31 vs Windsor

    Yep, a horrid chemical mess indeed. Avoid if you're looking for a natural-smelling rose scent. Windsor, on the other hand, especially the first batch is perhaps the most masculine rose-themed...
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    Re: Guerlain Homme L'eau Boisee

    The l'Eau Boisee version was a huge disappointment for me - it is overloaded with ISO E Super and smells even more generic than the original. Why is it that suddenly it's virtually impossible to...
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    Poll: Re: Finally.. Best OUD based fragrance for men

    Other - a tie between Oriscent Royal Kinam and Oriscent Kyara Koutan
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    Re: Oriscent Pure Oud Oils Sampled

    Over the years that I've worn pure oud oils I've not received one negative comment or a dirty look. Quite the opposite - I've got numerous unsolicited compliments and comments ranging from people...
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    Re: Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Oud

    Perhaps, but does it really matter if we smell good? I wear pure oud oils every day and never got anything but compliments from the people who are in the 99%
  74. Re: When burning frankincense what fragrance do you wear to layer with the smoke?

    Try good sandalwood oil. A sweet oud oil also works very well. And of course there's always myrrh :)
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    Re: New York Oud by Bond No. 9

    I don't mean any disrespect to the fans, but I don't smell any oud in NY Oud whatsoever. Granted, there's the usual synthetic "oud" (smells like the same Givuadan's "oud" that's used in almost all...
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    Re: Recommendations of Oud scents.

    Pure artisanal oud oils are expensive but if oud is your thing you won't be able to wear any synthetic "oud" after trying good quality real stuff. Your best bet is to get samples from...
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    Re: Aventus Blended With SMW?

    A touch of Aventus is not disagreeable with a bit of Millesime Imperial, in fact that's the only scenario where I can tolerate Aventus.
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    Re: Canadians and Strawberry.net

    One of my two orders from Strawberry.net arrived with some Canadian tax charges, I simply emailed them a copy of the receipt and they refunded the charge.
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    Re: I need more L'artisan recommendations

    L'Eau de l'Artisan
    Myrrhe et Musc
    L'Eau de Jatamansi
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    Re: Interesting test of 30s-40s era 4711

    Thanks for sharing, would be interested to see the pics as well. Just out of curiosity - where did you find such a rarity at such a ridiculously low price?
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    Re: Serious decision time !

    We can't help you decide. You left the batch info.
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    Re: So are you on the Oud bandwagon ?

    I love some pure ouds (barnyard-y and fecal stuff doesn't work for me) but I have absolutely no interest in the mainstream so-called "oud" fragrances. Unfortunately, more ofthen than not these...
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    Re: I finally know how to pick out oud!

    Sorry if it sounds harsh, but this will have as much resemblance to real oud as a torn up and discarded blow-up doll will resemble the living and breathing Natalie Portman.
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    Re: Best of the Blue Mediterrano line

    The only one I liked enough to own is Fico di Amalfi - great unisex citrus/fig top with a pleasant soft white musk drydown.
  85. Thread: Pure Malt

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    Re: Pure Malt - What's the Fuss?

    Never understood the hype about this one either. But then I am not into gourmands, most of them are combination of sickly sweetness and sratchy synthetic woody amber to me, with the exception of...
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    Re: Guerlain Homme L'eau Boisee

    That's what I thought too as I was reading the description.
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    Re: I don't get it. What's so great about

    Unfortunately, an overwhelming majority posters in oud-related threads have not tried any good pure ouds (Montales et al are not oud...) or at best sampled some low grade oil blends with that generic...
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    Re: Is there any interest in an OUD SMACKDOWN?

    I can contribute a couple of samples of actual pure oud oils if you might be interested to incorporate them into your review scope.
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    Re: By Kilian Amber Oud

    Is Firmenich's Oud Synthetic 10760 E now considered to be "real oud"?
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    Re: Creed Windsor is blowing my mind

    Indeed, great stuff, my favourite Creed, especially the original version.
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    Re: Battle of the rose/oud combos!

    Arabian Oud's King Fahed blend is what to my dilettante nose smells like the most sublime and balanced blend of the three archetypal ingredients of traditional Middle Eastern perfumery - oud, musk...
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    Re: Oud: Creed v Tom Ford

    Sorry if I came across as sounding dismissive of the tastes of the Gulf Arabs, that's not what I meant and indeed they are more familiar with oud, particularly with burning it, than most others. And...
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    Re: Oud: Creed v Tom Ford

    I thought so too, Matt, before I got familiar with the really good ouds of Indonesian, Cambodian, Chinese and Thai origins. I assure you that I get complimented on ouds way more than I do on even on...
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    Re: Oud: Creed v Tom Ford

    If no real oud oils were available I'd get either By Killian's Pure Oud or just a Surrati's knock-off of Oud Wood or Black Aoud, to their credit they are every bit as atrocious as the originals but...
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    Re: Lookin for an oud scent...HELP!!!!!!!

    With a budget like this I wouldn't bother with synthetic "ouds" which are, quite honestly, just not worth the hype and the money. You can easily order a whole bunch of samples of actual pure oud...
  96. Re: When you're stressed out and down, what fragrance do you apply on to soothe you?

    Pure oud oil like Oriscent's Kyara Koutan or Thai Encens seem to comfort and ground me almost immediately. Pure rose oil and sandalwood oil have a similar effect but oud works best, they just take...
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    Re: Let's talk about oud :-)

    I think the reason oud is often described as "medicinal" is two-fold. Often, most are describing synthetic "oud/aoud" which has nothing to do with the real thing and does indeed come across as some...
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    Re: What do you wear when you want go fresh ?

    Creed Selection Verte
    Acqua di Parma Fico di Amalfi
    Oriscent Royal Kinam oud oil
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    Re: What are the favorite frags you enjoy alone?

    Some Indian oud oils I have. I find them fascinating but not as general public-friendly as my other ouds.
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    Re: Oud Malinau layered with M7

    AgarAura's Aatma is a great component for layering, its diffusive smoky top note is perfect for adding a whole new dimension to other fragrances. It's also not very busy at the base which means it...
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