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  1. Re: Anyone familiar with Ard Al Zaafaran Oud Ishpahan and is it similar to Dior Oud Ispahan?

    Living in the NW US, I have no idea what camel leather smells like.... Then again, I have never smelled a "leather" fragrance that smells like the closet I keep my leather clothes in anyway, so...
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    Re: Heeley Phoenicia: Anyone try this yet?

    I am so close to just blind buying this from Germany to fill out an order and get free shipping...:undecided:
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    Re: Heeley Phoenicia: Anyone try this yet?

    NOTES: Incense, labdanum ciste, dates, dry raisins, agarwood, sandalwood, birchwood, and vetiver.

    I may have to get a sample from Luckyscent but I almost bought it blind. I generally do not buy...
  4. Re: Have you ever had to deal with fragrance associations with other people?

    Scent memories are very strong, and yes, I have had similar experiences.
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    Re: Heeley Phoenicia: Anyone try this yet?

    Thank you!
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    Heeley Phoenicia: Anyone try this yet?

    The notes look promising. Any experiece you could share would be helpful!
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    Pass mailed out. Still trying to straighten my impressions of Bolt of Lightning.
  8. Re: Would you purchase a GIT tester after this conversation?

    They certainly have a lot of sales and good feedback, but the conversation makes me skeptical. Scentedmonkey has a larger bottle and I have bought from them without issues in the past.
  9. Re: Would you purchase a GIT tester after this conversation?

    No, I would not...unless the seller is one I know and trust the reputation of. Who is the seller?
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    Re: What's the best masculine rose?

    Aramis Calligraphy Rose is my favorite.
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    Phoenicia Realoud Feral.

    http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/o.25151.jpg
  12. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Phoenicia Realoud Feral! I have wanted this now unavailable scent for a while and when a basenoter had one for sale, I jumped at the chance.
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    I get no blue cheese at all! Maybe because I have smelled some cheesy ouds...no, I smell moldy soil or mushroom which goes really well with the gardenia.
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    First impressions: Jardenia.

    Gardenia! No surprise given the name I suppose. At the top it is gardenia and something that seems green, but the green soon leaves and you have straight up gardenia...
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    Jasimine, yes, I see that too, but what I get most is lilies for the floral part. Today I will test Jardenia.
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    First impressions: Ferme tes Yeux

    Whoa...this one is amazing! This is a leather scent with a difference. Some kind of soft leather and a big wollop of something animalic. Is it civet? ...
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    First impression: Jarling.

    Dang! Never smelled a perfume like this. On first smell from 2 tiny swipes I knew this smell. At first I thought daffodil...no, lilac. Almost pure lilac that smelled...
  18. Re: Favorite Indie Scent from small or unknown houses -

    Maybe not unknown, but not distributed widely is Perris Monte Carlo. I really love Oud Imperial black and the new Patchouli Nosy Be is a different take on Patchouli (a difficult note for me) that...
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    Re: Le Labo Guaic 10

    When I sampled it last year I thought it was a wonderful scent, but rather transparent and "thin". Perhaps it suits Japanese sensibility for a Tokyo exclusive but certainly not worth the price for...
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    Re: Fragrances for gay

    As a gay man I believe I can safely say that there is so much diversity among gay men that there is no scent that will announce that you are gay! Most of the gay men I hang out with are vey...
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    Re: Amouage Opus VII is frickin' brilliant!

    Here is a pic of the ingredient label on my Opus VII.

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=36902&d=1428857067
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    Re: Atkinsons Fragrance

    I am somewhat surprised, but from the sample I really liked Save the King. Sort of regal in a Britiah way.
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    Re: If money were no object....

    Oud oil...
  24. It's handmade! (Really? Aren't all perfumes "handmade"?)

    I have visited a local Nordstrom twice in the last 6 months to sample various Creed fragrances in search of one that may be FBW for me. I get the same sales pitch each time. Only quality...
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    Less than a drop was leaked. Just enough to blur the ink and moisten the inside of thr baggie near the vial. And yes, as soon as I tore the envelope there wss a very nice aroma... :grin:
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    I did just get the package and am opening it now. (I've been out of town.)

    One of the vials leaked a tiny bit and bled the label. I will relabel it before I send it on. But...who do I mail it...
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    Re: Which fragrances are brothers?

    Rancé 1795 L'Aigle de la Victoire & Dior Leather Oud
    Bond No.9 Andy Warhol & Tom Ford Plum Japonaise
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    Re: Ever hear of dumpster diving?

    I work for a large retailer and yes, a LOT of stuff gets thrown out! Shocking actually how much gets tossed. But be careful. The contents of the dumpster still belongs to the retailer. If you get...
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    Re: Best niche line and why?

    Is there a "best" niche house? Who knows for sure? This is a very subjective question. Houses I admire for their creativity would include Frederic Malle, Serge Lutens, Amouage, Slumberhouse and...
  30. Poll: Re: Are Female Compliment Getter Fragrances Entirely Unnecessary???

    Completely unnecessary! I really don't need or want complements from women... :vrolijk_1:
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    Re: Perris monte carlo

    I may be wrong, but I believe the gold bottle was the first version. The black bottle has twice the oud and is the "improved" version. I have never sampled the golden bottle, but the black bottle...
  32. Re: Thinking to start with Montale Line - Please suggest the order of Purchase.

    Black Aoud
    Dark Aoud
    Aoud & Pine
    Aoud Lime
    Aoud Ever (which never gets mentioned, but I like it)
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    Re: Perris monte carlo

    It is no secret that Oud Imperial black is currently my favorite oud scent. Taïf Rose is an amazing rose scent, but the first few minuits has a citronella vibe I don't love but after that passes it...
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    Re: Perris monte carlo

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/306237-Perris-Monte-Carlo

    There is a good discussion here.
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    Re: My next Amouage

    Memoir man, but Memoir woman is better. I would choose Epic or Interlude first.
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    Re: Favorite Tea Fragrance?

    Masque Milano Russian Tea!
  37. Re: Does spraying cologne on your face or head make your hair GRAY faster?

    I sprayed my face and eyes once by mistake...please don't! And I have no idea it it turns your hair grey. My hair has been snow white since birth. It's thinner now but still white, or...
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    Re: What are some 'must have' old school frags?

    Not in the same category, but my favorite "old school" scent right now is Habit Rouge.
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    Re: Trustworthy websites/Chanel frags?

    Oops, my bad. I confused Chanel with Caron...SORRY!
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    Re: Trustworthy websites/Chanel frags?

    Maybe buy from one of the German sites...
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    Re: Xerjoff Vs Roja Dove

    It is indeed poor business practice to treat a customer like that. Regardless of the situation, a company should always try to make things right with a customer, especially one buying luxury goods...
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    This is so generous and so in the spirit of Basenotes. Thank you!
  43. Thread: M7 Surprise

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    Re: M7 Surprise

    The seller had them for maybe a year, selling many at a time (maybe 10) as a BIN item with $10 shipping. When one batch sold out the seller would add more a few weeks later. As time went on, prices...
  44. Re: Geranium pour Monsieur vs Menthe Fraiche (and many others...) Problem.....

    I hate that! I got a lot of samples from various stores when in NYC last summer and 3 of them are unmarked. I have no idea what any of them are, but I know one is a Roja Dove, who generally does...
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    Re: just made mt first niche purchase

    An excellent choice. Enjoy.
  46. Re: Need some help - New Summer scent...Which one?

    My choice of the two would be Christopher Street. A great and fairly unique scent great for the spring and summer. I bought it as soon as I smelled it.
  47. Thread: M7 Surprise

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    Re: M7 Surprise

    It was not that long ago, maybe 2 years that there was a person in NY (I think) that had a huge number of testers that sold for $40-45. Glad I got a couple then. Oh, none of mine have turned, but I...
  48. Thread: M7 Surprise

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    Re: M7 Surprise

    Congratulations! Now you have one of each. It seems like a crap shoot buying older bottles. Sometimes it's like a box of chocolates.
  49. Re: How often do you wear the same scent two or more days in a row? Which scents are they?

    I do when I get a new bottle, I find that wearing a new scent for a couple of days helps me understand the note progression.
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    Re: Frederic Malle The Night

    Regional releases like these sort of piss me off when the manufacturer will not offer it at their website. I understand the desire of the house to produce "exclusive" scents but not offering their...
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    Re: Best frankincense out there?

    Another suggestion for the wonderful Sahara Noir.
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    Re: Amouage travel sprays

    I suppose it is not important. I have just never seen one of these sets before and was curious.
  53. Re: Not a single creed failed to impress me so far

    I appreciate the house of Creed, but in general they simply do not fit my style or needs. But my favorite Creed is one almost never mentioned,Acier Aluminum. It will likely be my next Creed.
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    Amouage travel sprays

    http://www.amouage.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/m/e/menstravelspray_540x448.png
    Do any of you have one of these sets (any scent)? How is the quality of...
  55. Re: Aventus - the Acqua di Gio of niche masculine perfumery

    I will likely start a thread about this scent and comparative scents in the General Discussion forum, so as to stay on topic.
  56. Re: Aventus - the Acqua di Gio of niche masculine perfumery

    As to Aventus, the bottle I have is from a couple of years ago, purchassed from fragrancenet, not knowing the batch number, and to be honest, it smells the same to me as a split I got of an older...
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    Re: Which fragrance you wear to sleep?

    I almost never wear any scent to bed, but a few times a year I will use a small dab of Tribute. It might be a waste of such a precious scent, but I like it.
  58. Re: Aventus - the Acqua di Gio of niche masculine perfumery

    Just about the only fragrance I ever smell on anyone around here is AdG! And I smell it every day on hipsters, 80 year old men, boys that want to impress girlfriends, every age, every ethnicity... ...
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    I would love to be included!
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    Re: Hubby got LIDGE for me today. Omg.....

    A favorite I have not worn in a while. Perhaps tomorrow's SOTD.
  61. Re: Is there a non synthetic good oud under $20? (Changed selection criteria completely)

    Yup. This one for sure.
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    Re: Worth every penny

    I never looked back after buyin Amouage Tribute, in fact I bought a back up.
  63. Re: Terre d'Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche - your thoughts?

    I like it a lot and performance is good. However, since I have both the parfum and the edt I have not purchassed this one because it feels redundant.
  64. Re: How much do you think presentation/packaging impact your choice of a perfume

    About 1% for me. I do not care about packaging, however I have to admit that the photos above are two I would certainly pass by without smelling.
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    Re: Need rose suggestions.

    After a year long search I settles on...

    Calligraphy Rose by Aramis
    Une Rose by Frederic Malle
    Taïf Rose by Perris Montcarlo
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    Re: If you could start over?

    This is perfect advice! I have so many designer scents that simply are pedestrian/boring. I bought most of them hoping that I would love them, even after testing and deciding they suited me. Now I...
  67. Re: Is there a non synthetic good oud under $20?

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/bonanzleimages/afu/images/1455/1502/73/il_fullxfull.564681085_s9vm.jpg

    Not a chance, but if you have an American Double Eagle ($20 gold coin) you can find some very nice...
  68. Re: Would you wear a fragrance that you like but might offend others?

    I work with the public and I am offended every day by several people who lack any sense of hygene, so if my habit of wearing perfume offends someone, I don't care. It's my bubble and I smell better...
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    Re: Sampling at Essenza Nobile

    Perhaps I had better reconsider Essenza. I was going to use them instead of First In Fragrance because of their lower threshold for free shipping, but FiF has even more houses I am unfamiliar with....
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    Re: Sampling at Essenza Nobile

    Much appreciated, I was hoping you might make some suggestions! They are on my list. ;)
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    Sampling at Essenza Nobile

    First, let me say that I am sorry about this long list. Currently I am looking into buying samples and maybe a bottle or two from Essenza Nobile. I seek to expand my horizons a bit by trying some...
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - lovin beats hatin

    Good advice for you to follow. I always suggest that people follow their own intiution and make their decisions based on their own experiences. And with perfume it is important to be comfortable...
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    Re: What is your The Most Unique Fragrance?

    Unique to me given my collection and sampling would be Amouage Opus VII.
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    Re: Anyone try Le Labo's home fragrances?

    I got a sample of Pin (Pine) at Barneys in SF last year. The SA told me it was a room scent, but some people wore it as a perfume. I thought it was wonderful but have not sprayed the sample in a...
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - lovin beats hatin

    My experiences exactly! Every time I wear this one I get complements. Honestly, I am glad so many people will not wear this...it makes me more unique.
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - lovin beats hatin

    ***faceplant***

    Shit is not a note in Leather Oud.

    There is a big dose of civet, and the smell of burning oud and leather. After wearing this for years I get more leather than anything else,...
  77. Re: This Montale Black Oud has got to be coutnterfeit, right?

    If you suspect a fake, don't buy it. Simple. You might never be happy with your purchase because of personal doubt.
  78. Re: Looking for Green / Floral / Woody Warm Weather Scents

    The first that came to mind for me is Boston Ivy.
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - lovin beats hatin

    Splits...
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - lovin beats hatin

    I am wrong... please forgive me. I did a quick search and got the wrong price. 250mL for $300 is cheap. Don't understand the complaints about being too expensive. Roja Dove extraits, now those...
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - lovin beats hatin

    Prices have gone up on this one but at $300 for 4.25 ounces, I see this as a deal. I got the 8.5 ounce bottle a couple of years ago and thought the price was excellent.
  82. Re: Oud Journal (an ongoing adventure in Western ouds)

    I was going to mention this one too but I am a broken record suggesting it. Worth a try and a wonderful oudy and dry wood scent. A favorite!
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    Re: Just got my Interlude Man

    I would love to sample the latest batch and see how it differs from the original...
  84. Re: Fake counterfeit Terre D'Hermes from Amazon (perfumeworlduk)

    I agree with the above comments. It looks like my bottle purchased from a reputible source. And if you send it to Hermes, are they going to send you a "real" replacement or another "fake...
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - lovin beats hatin

    Top shelf stuff. Very glad I have a big bottle and I get lots of complements on it.
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    Re: Just got my Interlude Man

    It sounds to me like you have an older version with the non-magnetic cap. If you have to push down and it "snaps" in, it's the old version. The magnetic cap is pulled down by magnitism and does not...
  87. Re: Must-Have Niche fragrances that won't break the bank

    Serge Lutens
    Perris Monte Carlo
  88. Re: Name a fragrance you own, but no other Basenoter does...

    Since it has not been released yet in the US, I may have one of the only bottles of Perris Monte Carlo Patchouli Nosy Be in the States.
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    Re: Unisex, or... is it, really?

    It depends on the guy. I wear anything I like!

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=36058&d=1426792556
  90. Thread: Royal OUD is

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    Re: Royal OUD is

    ...misnamed. Perhaps Royal Cedar or Royal Oudless. A nice mature scent but where is the oud?
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    Re: Purchases for the coming summer?

    I don't have any plans, but Virgin Island Water is the only one my want list specifically for summer. (Always looking for buys on a short list of several others.)
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    Re: Mystery sample from FiF

    Thank you. Mystery solved!
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    Mystery sample from FiF

    In a recent order from First In Fragrance, I asked them to choose samples for me based on my tastes and items perhaps exclusive to Europe. The samples have very legible hand written labels. I can't...
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    Re: Charenton Macerations: Asphalt Rainbow

    I bought their first scent and love it in warmer months. Have not heard of this one and it sounds interesting. Sampling is in order...
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    Re: L'Aigle de la Victoire Rance 1795

    Current exchange rates are about $107.
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    Re: L'Aigle de la Victoire Rance 1795

    To me, Leather Oud is a big civet scent. This one does not smell like civet to me, more of a pissy note. I do get a real similarity with LO, but this is different enough for me... and by the way, I...
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    Re: L'Aigle de la Victoire Rance 1795

    I agree, there are similarities, I get more birchtar and leather out of this and the oud is not smoky like in Leather Oud, and this one has a patchouli note.
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    Re: L'Aigle de la Victoire Rance 1795

    I just got this skanky leather scent in the mail. Loving it so far after half an hour.

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=36004&d=1426617677
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    Re: Today I bought: March 2015

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=36004&d=1426617677

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=36003&d=1426617648
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    Re: Le labo City exclusives

    They were available last year and the year before. Now that LeLabo has been bought out, who knows for sure?
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