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  1. Re: I can't smell ISO E Super, blessed or cursed?

    That would be great. Iso-e isn't as safe as they think either, imo... it made me chemically sensitive for a while and I heard the same from at least one other member of basenotes.
  2. Re: I can't smell ISO E Super, blessed or cursed?

    Yes... Mr. Ellena, please put the iso-e super down and step away. Don't make this more difficult than it needs to be. ;)
  3. Re: I can't smell ISO E Super, blessed or cursed?

    Yup, for those with no problem smelling iso-e it fills rooms, the projection is enormous and there's no escaping it. It's not pleasant at all, more like an industrial chemical that might be...
  4. Re: I can't smell ISO E Super, blessed or cursed?

    For those who can smell it easily, like me, it is almost always "break". It's truly disgusting crap, and heavily abused by perfumers.
  5. Re: I can't smell ISO E Super, blessed or cursed?

    Agreed. I'm talking about fragrances that use it in such high concentrations that it is a main player, like TdH. I think this use of iso-e is a relatively recent phenomenon.

    But even in frags that...
  6. Re: I can't smell ISO E Super, blessed or cursed?

    Iso-e is horrible, the bane of modern perfumery... but I'd definitely want to be able to smell it to make sure I avoid any compositions that use it.

    The problem is, I can smell it easily and it...
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    Agreed. TF Private Line frags are the worst in existence... the definition of synthetic mess and entirely inappropriate for personal fragrance, imo.
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    Designer frags are mostly synthetic garbage to me, but there are rare exceptions. Niche is littered with all sorts of garbage too, some use ingredients that are no better than average designers and...
  9. Re: Ever discover a fairly common scent smells like a fragrance you own?

    There is a new bathroom fragrance that smells very similar to A Men, it's in Denver Int'l Airport and a few other public restrooms I've used.

    In 10 years A Men will take over for Kouros on...
  10. Re: How long does your interest in a fragrance last

    I totally agree, my theory is this happens with many fragrances because of harsh synthetic notes. The biggest example is TdH and others with huge loads of iso-e super. People wear it and at first...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    Thanks for the info Sultan! RN really is nice, the green/floral aspect of gardenia and tuberose is beautiful. If you increase that aspect you'll end up with something with a close resemblance to the...
  12. Re: Is it just me, or does Terre d'Hermes just OOZE sexuality?

    +1...
  13. Re: What are some or your "Nastypiece" fragrances ?

    TdH or anything with prominent iso-e super. So half the designer fragrances on the market. It's cheap and lazy to rely so heavily on this chemical, which is nasty anyway. Seriously, put down the...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    I've had a chance to try a few new samples!

    Reve Narcotique: This is a unique fragrance for sure, although if you've tried JAR's Jardenia and Bolt of Lightning they have some similarities in the...
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    Re: Is "budget oud" an oxymoron?

    Like many things, once you get over a certain price the relation between price and quality seems to break down to some degree. I've sampled a good bit of oil and my favorites aren't all the most...
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    Re: Agarwood oil thread.

    Oud is definitely a slightly mind-altering substance. The AA attar Ghaliyah Al-Molook even moreso, I think the addition of musk and ambergris makes a sort of fragrant speedball :)

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    Re: Agarwood oil thread.

    I used to have a mushroom farm in the 90's, I grew organic oyster mushrooms and wild crafted Porcinis.

    Interesting about the pheromone stuff but expected... I'd bet those fools will spend the...
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    Re: Norma Kamali incense

    Sultan Pasha's new "Pure Incense" is inspired by NK Incense. It is spectacular, incredibly tenacious (24 hours +) and 100% natural. I will be buying a bottle for sure.
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    Re: Need Some Tip for a Pair of Shoes...

    Something along the lines of Wolverine 1000 mile boots would be my choice. Peter Nappi may have something you'd like too, they are expensive but have sales.
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    Re: Agarwood oil thread.

    Agar Aura has had some relatively reasonably priced gems lately, the recent Borneo agarwood co-distillation (Kecantikan) at $300 / 3 mL was amazing, one of the best oud oils I have ever tried at any...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Frangrances

    I got Âme Sombre in the mail recently... if you like Amouage Tribute Attar, Âme Sombre is like Tribute's rich Uncle who drives a big Mercedes... :2vrolijk_08: I also got more samples, which is...
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    Re: MFK Oud series

    I don't like any of MFK's ouds but masculin Plureil and Absolue pour Le Soir are really nice...
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    Re: Amouage Disappointment

    Their reformulations are better than their old, way-too-strong fragrances that all had horrible, chemical-smelling drydowns. Amouage has always been mediocre imo.
  24. Thread: only women

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    Poll: Re: only women

    I agree... It's the only one on the list I own.
  25. Re: A fragrance that encapsulates a spring/autumn drive in a sports car in rural UK?

    Puredistance M has a new-car leather seat accord... it's not super prominent but it's there, it's supposed to be reminiscent of an Aston Martin interior.
  26. Re: Fragrance that smells like U.S. Dollar bills

    US dollars smell like cocaine... not sure you want to smell like that... ;)
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    Re: Tell me about Puredistance M

    I didn't mean that, I have a 200 mL shaker of vintage Bel Ami myself... it's that the comparisons between Bel Ami and M are way overstated, they share some things but are also very different, and...
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    Re: Tell me about Puredistance M

    Or Aqua de Gio, it's pretty cheap and nothing like M either. ;)
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    Re: Tell me about Puredistance M

    I feel like this about both M and Black. Nothing even comes close imo.
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    Re: Tell me about Puredistance M

    IMO Bel Ami shares similarities but is nothing like M in character. Bel Ami is more transparent and aromatic while M is more substantial, complex, modern and sweeter.

    On performance I agree with...
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    Re: Agarwood oil thread.

    Feel Oud's Abu Thai... long overdue to post my impressions, this is a really nice oil. Thanks for the sample!

    This is a complex and multi-faceted oil. It does have the sweet floral side I'm more...
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    Re: Masculines with prominent lavender?

    One more for MFK masculin Plureil. By far the best fougere I've ever tried.
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    Re: 1 spritz of Leather Oud = big complaint

    Yes, I believe you are right that we are biologically more sensitive to some smells than others as a survival mechanism, but I omitted that as it doesn't have much to do with identifying notes in...
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    Re: 1 spritz of Leather Oud = big complaint

    Actually, it is a trained behavior. Olfaction is a product of associations which are learned over time, and it is entirely subjective. If we are unfamiliar with a scent our brain associates it with...
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    Re: 1 spritz of Leather Oud = big complaint

    No, I meant he could have said the "immature nose" thing with more tact, the way he said it was condescending. Saying it smells like cow pies in the sun is fine imo...
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    Re: 1 spritz of Leather Oud = big complaint

    It could have been worded better as to not seem insulting but I think the point was that an "immature nose" hasn't yet experienced and cannot yet identify every note smelled, and as such the brain...
  37. Thread: Iso E Super

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    Re: Iso E Super

    Agreed, it's the bane of modern perfumery and ruins most fragrances it's used in. It's also used to flavor cigarettes.
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Frangrances

    That is awesome Nectare is all natural, it has a brightness or liveliness I rarely if ever experience in an all natural fragrance.

    I also need to leave Adam a review of his Abu Thai sample, it's...
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    Re: Pretentious - Expensive -- Rubbish

    That's why it's all subjective... I think ELO is horrible chemical-smelling rubbish, their themes are gross and/or pretentious and it's surely expensive for the cheap mix of aromachemicals they give...
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    Re: Pretentious - Expensive -- Rubbish

    The oud trend has to be the worst for this and maybe is to blame for a lot of the price increases. Especially since most use synthetic ouds or oud accords, but if it says "oud" on the bottle the...
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    Re: Pretentious - Expensive -- Rubbish

    FWIW I totally disagree w/ badarun. M may have been inspired by and have some similarities to Bel Ami but they are vastly different in character. I have a 200 mL and two 8 mL bottles of vtg Bel Ami...
  42. Re: I'm thinking there's going to be a lot of anger after this Ebay listing!

    Lol, they're all fakes I'm sure.

    At least this seller is honest enough to say it's a fake:
    ...
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    Re: I tried creed Royal Mayfair

    Umm, vaunted maybe?

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vaunted

    Not sure any fragrance is valuable enough to have a vault for it? ;)
  44. Re: NEW: Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Aqua Vitae Forte

    That could be bad news as right now his own site is much cheaper to order from vs paying US retail and they offer free express shipping.
  45. Re: NEW: Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Aqua Vitae Forte

    Now how about a masculin Plureil Absolue? Thanks in advance! :)
  46. Re: When a reseller turns up as your bidding competition

    Start using a bid sniping program :)

    There's nothing you can do to limit competition but bid sniping certainly helps...
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    Re: Your latest "regret" fragrances?

    I recently sampled this and loved it.... was considering a purchase but just couldn't see myself actually wearing it in public! It's just too femme...
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    Re: You love a fragrance, but does it suit you?

    Yes, there are some smells I enjoy but would not be comfortable wearing, such as extremely feminine fragrances.

    But categorizing fragrances as "casual" or "suit and tie" or whatever never made...
  49. Good article, I think it sheds some light on the...

    Good article, I think it sheds some light on the issues the industry is dealing with.

    I think the last paragraph is a good summary:

    "If the industry fails to proactively address all the...
  50. Re: Arabian dibber wand bottles - where to buy the best sort

    Yup, although some ingredients are worth much more than their weight in gold so they may be worth it for things like oud and rose oil. I think those vials are over $10 each and no wand, definitely...
  51. Re: Selling on BN - Anybody else frustrated with it ?

    The market may be slow but a lot of what I found was way overpriced the times I've looked recently... like NeoXerxes said there are sellers trying to sell bottles for MORE than new because the dollar...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Frangrances

    Lol... I try! :) Your blends are hard to pick notes out of for sure, I probably confused the galbanum and oud for patchouli and the natural spiciness of the jasmine for vetiver. It's almost...
  53. Poll: Re: Have you ever experienced an allergic reaction to a fragrance?

    I agree... and I have my doubts as to the screening of aromachemicals for anything other than an allergic reaction. Chemical sensitivity can't be proven like allergic reactions can so there's not a...
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    Re: What's the fastest way to lose belly fat?

    Yup, and for cardio exercise you want to target a certain exertion level (changes with age) for a longer duration. The exertion level is moderate as this forces your body to convert fat to glucose...
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    Re: Your latest "regret" fragrances?

    I like it a lot but agree it needs to be more concentrated. I sent MFK a message about it.

    What I found works well is re-applying it to the same spot after the initial application has dried. This...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Frangrances

    I tried some Sambac Regale today after reading NSR's review. This is really nice, obviously a Jasmine soliflore but with some augmentation... I smell a tiny bit of vetiver and even less patchouli,...
  57. Re: Arabian dibber wand bottles - where to buy the best sort

    Google "High Recovery Vials"

    TWIS (The World In Scents) has started using these kinds of vials with a separate glass dauber wand, which prevents contamination as long as you clean it before...
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    Re: Got a spare $15....buy this blind. like now.

    I thought that too, there is a good dose of that "urinal cake" aromachemical in there. After a few sprays it seems to change, also try it on paper, much less cake on paper for some reason or the...
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    Re: Fragrances with a "Narcotic Effect"

    Yes, pure oud oils do have an effect... so do some aromachemicals like iso-e super, which is found in large quantities in that RM Wood fragrance and maybe the others. If an allergic (histamine)...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Frangrances

    NSR, I have a sample of Sambac Regale, will have to try that one soon... also tried a small amount of Nectare, I really like this one. I'll be back with a review soon! :)

    Nice review cytherian,...
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    Re: Brilliant combinations - 2-note accords

    Rose and oud, of course...

    Frankincense (especially with lemony topnotes) and ambergris

    Indolic white florals and musk

    Lavender and patchouli
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    Re: What do guys like to smell on women?

    I agree with Guerlain on this one ;) For me a musky floral chypre... most recently I sampled Bogue Maai and I think that would be a good example of what I'd like. JAR Ferme tes Yeaux as well...
  63. Re: Opulant, Elegant, Luxurious scent that isn't cloying in the summer heat?

    Ciel or Dia, also Roja's Danger Pour Homme.
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    Re: Cancer treatment and perfumes. Help?

    Best wishes for a quick and permanent recovery!

    I'd try some all-natural fragrances. Rising Phoenix Group has been exceptional, I have samples of Phoenix Fougere and More Beauty Than Beast and...
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    Re: Are my fragrances ruined?

    If the bottles are sealed humidity won't matter, and they are sealed. Temperature and light exposure do matter.

    As far as keeping bottles in a fridge, if the fridge is opened every day the...
  66. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    Roja's kids need to go to school too... ;)
  67. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    I disagree, they are much better than average, given my limited experience. Mercedes didn't get to be Mercedes just by marketing alone...
  68. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    I should also say that I wouldn't care about Roja's pricing as much if I weren't still paying off my house, car and depended financially on working. I believe it's important to enjoy life and have...
  69. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    With luxury goods there will always be some that are marketed to those with a lot of cash and RD's fragrances are good enough to command such high prices. His target market is obviously rich folks,...
  70. Re: Luca Turin and Tauer L`Air du desert Marocain.

    I agree with mtg, it's a nice scent but doesn't come off as a personal fragrance to me, it would be better as a room scent imo...
  71. Re: Dissecting an (extraordinary) rare gem: "ETTORE BUGATTI" first version (The Original, 1992)

    It's really good once the topnotes settle down, at first the lemon and aldehydes produce an unfortunate lemon pledge accord. I have the original blue box/frosted glass bottle. No regrets picking...
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    Re: What would you wear with this haircut?

    A big frown
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    Re: What is The Best Lemon Fragrance?

    None are pure lemon, but I think these are worth mentioning...

    Roja Dove Danger
    Bel Ami
    Eau Sauvage

    Will have to try Profumum Acqua Viva sometime...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Frangrances

    Yesterday I wore Aurum d'Angkhor. This seems to be an old Arabic fragrance that shares a lot of the elements I've noticed in a few others of the galiyah genre but is a bit brighter and more floral...
  75. Thread: Speech Police

    by Dorje123
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    Re: Speech Police

    There's a HUGE difference between people wanting to present themselves in a positive light vs someone who intends to use fragrance for seduction. The former is normal and the second is misguided....
  76. Thread: Speech Police

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    Re: Speech Police

    +1.

    On the 2nd point before the rule banning that particular phrase there was too much talk of using fragrance for seduction. Those folks need to stay on, well... other forums and not ruin this...
  77. Re: Hermessence line, any that is ground breaking and worth trying or sampling?

    Poivre is just another iso-e super bomb, it has one of the highest concentrations of any fragrance on the market. Higher levels of iso-e make the drydown unbearable imo. The $hit hangs on forever and...
  78. Re: Hermessence line, any that is ground breaking and worth trying or sampling?

    If you like transparent, minimalist, overtly synthetic fragrances than Hermes definitely has something for you.
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    Re: An Offday For The Nose

    Side effects from sicknesses can linger for quite a while, allergies could do it, or overexposure to certain molecules in the fragrances you wear. Those are my first thoughts...
  80. Thread: Good taste?

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    Re: Good taste?

    Agreed, I can't think of a single circumstance where this is a good idea. Although I would replace sillage with projection. Sillage can be ok outside of your personal space imo, a scent trail you...
  81. Thread: Good taste?

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    Re: Good taste?

    It could be argued the entire concept of sprez is both poor style and poor taste. ;)

    IMO the only objective elements to style and perfume are related to constructs like proportion, structure,...
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    Re: Amouage Tribute Attar

    I recently got a 3 mL decant as well, I have an older version as well and tbh I like the new version better, it's more balanced with a brighter opening, almost fresh, like cytherian described.
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    Re: Fragrance that disapointed you the most

    + one more for TdH... I really liked it but after using it a while I got overly sensitive to all the iso-e super.
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Frangrances

    As a perfumer it must be interesting to hear people try to analyze your creations. :) Now that you mention it I can recognize the Cambodi oud, I have a little bit of Crassna oud oil that fits that...
  85. Thread: Good taste?

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    Re: Good taste?

    I agree with cacio too, there are fragrance equivalents to Ed Hardy and Affliction clothing. :)

    On the other hand perception of smell is based on past experience, and if those experiences are...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Frangrances

    I'm wearing Incense Royale today... this stuff is very strong, only a drop needed! This is a frankincense and myrrh fragrance with lots going on. There is some resemblance to Amouage Interlude Man...
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    Re: I'm pretty much done! Well...almost.

    Agreed. I still like sampling even though I'll almost certainly not buy a bottle. Well, maybe one out of a few hundred would make the cut these days.

    I have 6-8 full bottles, about the same...
  88. Re: TDH has to be the best all time professional office fragrance

    Agreed.

    I once appreciated JCE's work but now I find it disappointing and way too artificial/synthetic. I hope Hermes hires a perfumer that will make something that feels like a Hermes. I mean,...
  89. Re: Is there pride in wearing samples and/or splits?

    I was trying to be helpful but after Tim's last post this is exactly right.

    This is just a provocative troll thread, Tim knew exactly what he was doing.
  90. Re: I have a nightmare story and you all will despise me

    All TF fragrances smell bad to me. Not a single one that isn't strongly synthetic smelling and off-putting imo.
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    Re: Invading Personal Space?

    We should realize it is possible to fill a room with some of the fragrances on the market and imo this is very rude and people can't always escape your projection. Nobody sees someone who fills a...
  92. Re: Is there pride in wearing samples and/or splits?

    I'll add a +1 to 30 Roses and mumsy. :)


    The only other comment I'll make is that the pride in ownership felt by Tim is a result of the ego. The ego is the sense of self, one that thinks you are...
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    Re: It Finally Happened........

    No big deal... any scent, even body lotions and soap, can project for a little while. Many spray fragrances can be intense for the first 10-30 min, some for much longer depending on the composition....
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Frangrances

    I have tried just a tiny bit of Incense Royale and was very impressed, he does a great job with resins/incense.

    faheem, feel free to add any comments or impressions you have.
  95. Re: Is there pride in wearing samples and/or splits?

    Same here.

    I think the OP has been successfully brainwashed... no offense meant. This "pride" in owning full bottles is a mental construction with no bearing in reality and no ability to actually...
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    Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    Recently, I purchased a couple of Sultan Pasha's (SP) fragrances. He is a member of basenotes and many of you probably recognize the username sultanpasha. He also sells on ebay as "scents-rarity": ...
  97. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    Yeah, it has the incense/urinal cake accord similar to Kouros, but much more toned down it smells better overall imo... but I don't think the urinal cake is coming from castoreum, it's some...
  98. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    Got mine today, it's really nice! The bottle leaked a few mL on the way, which made a lot of the gold trim flake off but the bottle was scratched up anyway... for $10 shipped it's hard to complain! ...
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    Re: Fragrance Addiction a Disease

    Agreed 100%, but issue is most people do not understand what makes them happy and make bad decisions. Over and over again. It's only natural to want to try to help, but help is often misguided.
    ...
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    Re: Pluriel vs Invasion Barbare

    I like Pluriel a lot more, it smells more natural than IB, which can get irritating. IB smells like an amateur effort vs Pluriel, which is very polished.
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