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    Re: The 'Right' Amber for Me?

    Got lucky and scored a tester bottle of Ambre Decadent by Mad et Len. Metallic/smokey juxtaposition with warm the amber notes works for me! Though close to the skin, a spray or two under a shirt does...
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    Re: Mississippi Medicine OIL?

    They sure do, Buzzlepuff. Was lucky to be in Brooklyn and spied it at Twisted Lily - my hands and arms were already covered with other scents at that point, so it was too late to try (figured oil on...
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    Mississippi Medicine OIL?

    Was curious to hear how the oil version compared to the original? Can't seem to find anything on it here. Thanks.
  4. Re: Dior Prive Leather Oud vs Montale Aoud Cuir d'Arabie?

    Definitely need to re-visit. Have just ordered a decant of Dior's and was kind of hoping they would be similar enough to each other. Montale will need to be next on my list - thanks Cacio.
  5. Re: Dior Prive Leather Oud vs Montale Aoud Cuir d'Arabie?

    Thanks Hednic. Interesting - will need to eventually get them side-by-side. I remember liking them both at different times, but testers do eventually dry out. Haven't been so interested in the...
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    Re: The 'Right' Amber for Me?

    Had checked out most of the suggestions and appreciated all of them on some level. I must admit, the one i was most curious about, and the most difficult to hunt down here in the US, was the Profumi...
  7. Dior Prive Leather Oud vs Montale Aoud Cuir d'Arabie?

    For those that have sampled both, how would you compare Dior's Leather Oud to Montale's Aoud Cuir d'Arabie?
    Thanks!
  8. Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split? 2016 thread

    A few more:
    Profumum - Arso (perfect for cooler weather)
    Masque - Tango (spicier fall/winter Amber)
    Montale - Aoud Cuir D'Arabie
    Parfumerie Generale - Arabian Horse
    Montale - Greyland
    LesNez -...
  9. Re: [intl] arquiste|tom ford|xerjoff|comme des garcons|roja dove|dior privée|+++

    Thanks Remik - lovely packaging and contents! Appreciate the speedy delivery, too.
  10. Re: (CONUS) Xerjoff, Amouage, Le Labo, Profumum Roma + Many More

    Sent pm for Profumum Roma Ambra Avrea 10 ml - thanks.
  11. Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split? 2016 thread

    (no order)
    Iunx - Eau Sento; also Eau Qui Pique
    Al Kimiya - 'Ilm
    Unum - Lavs
    Santa Eulalia - Marinis
    Durbano - Black Tourmaline 'Extrait de Parfum'
    AbdesSalaam Attar - Amber Oud
    Rania J -...
  12. Re: Looking forward to exploring Les Liquides Imaginaires line

    Thanks guys! As colder weather approaches, both sound worth investigating as Fall or Winter scents:
    Sancti
    Peau De Bete
  13. Looking forward to exploring Les Liquides Imaginaires line

    Was nearing the register to pay for for Ambra Nera Shower Gel (a great buy, btw) at Scent Bar, when I spotted Saltus by Liquides Imaginaires. Very turpentine-like at first; then mellowing to a more...
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    Re: The 'Right' Amber for Me?

    Amber has generally been a little problematic for me, but I do think the right one is out there (and worth looking for). Adding Opus VI and Amber Flash to my 'want to try' list - thanks. The...
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    Re: The 'Right' Amber for Me?

    Also will try House of Matriarch Ambre Vie (had been posted while I was responding). Thanks!
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    Re: The 'Right' Amber for Me?

    Thanks guys for the quick responses! I do like Tom Ford's Amber Absolute, but prefer a several others more. I will check out Copal Azur, Querelle, Ambra Mediterranea, Ambre Loup, Ambre Nuit, Arabian...
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    The 'Right' Amber for Me?

    I'm aware of the surveys and comments on Amber scents here, with Tom Ford's Amber Absolute clearly the winner for many.
    That said, I have narrowed it down to my own favorite three (not personally...
  18. Re: Ambra Nera Shower Shower Gel by Farmacia SS. Annunziata dal 1561?

    Appreciate the info, Cacio - thanks. Will also check out Le Labo's gels. Would probably go for their Santal 33, but curious about Thé Noir 29, which I haven't sampled yet.
  19. Ambra Nera Shower Shower Gel by Farmacia SS. Annunziata dal 1561?

    When checking out several amber scents, I ended up leaning toward Ambra Nera by Farmacia SS. Annunziata dal 1561. Was happy to see it was available as a shower gel as well - anyone tried it? Happen...
  20. Re: [INTL] Creed Royal Mayfair / Tauerville Flash / Equipage Geranium / Roja Dove / Dior Privee / ++

    Prompt delivery; packed well; nicely bottled and labeled. Really enjoying my Jovoy Paris Private Label - thanks so much Remik!
  21. Re: [INTL] VAULTED CREED/Discontinued Tom Ford/Roja Dove/Dior Privee/Frederic Malle/SHL777/+++

    Hi Remik,
    Jovoy Paris - Private Label: 20 ml please.
    Let me know how to proceed - will use Paypal, I guess. Located in the U.S.
    Looking forward to it - thanks!

    (PS Consider splitting Unum...
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    Re: Custom Sample Pack 'Experiment'

    The experiment was definitely interesting for me, since my work schedule is too tight to make room for a pitstop at Scent Bar right now. Also like to be taken out of my comfort zone sometimes and see...
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    Re: Custom Sample Pack 'Experiment'

    THE RESULTS:
    (what Twisted Lily sent in response to my 'conditions')
    Appreciated their patience and careful selection. TL was very nice to deal with and I would order from them again.
    Definitely...
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    Unum LAVS Room Spray purchased yet?

    Looks like Daze posted this a couple months ago, but I didn't see anyone responding that actually tried it.
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/412351-UNUM-Nuage-Maison

    It's called "Unum LAVS Nuage...
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    Re: Custom Sample Pack 'Experiment'

    Sure Hitman, will do. I know I had a LOT of restrictions, but always interested to see what's left after the smoke clears. It's all very subjective, so essentially there are no rights or wrongs in...
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    Re: Custom Sample Pack 'Experiment'

    Thought it might be interesting. I was thinking Twisted Lily had a branch in San Francisco as well, when it is Tigerlily up there. Mixing the lilies. Any experience with either 'Lily', hednic?
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    Custom Sample Pack 'Experiment'

    After viewing Twisted Lilly's interesting and extensive inventory online, I thought I'd request a blind Custom Sample Pack (5) with the following conditions:

    1. VERY dry; not powdery (dusty okay) ...
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    Re: Designer deodorant sticks

    I spend a lot of time in a very 'scent sensitive' workplace, and often feel pressured to avoid using any colognes at all. That said, I do enjoy shower gels in the morning (as a personal olfactory...
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    Poll: Re: Best Amber Based Fragrance Ever

    Ambra Nera by Farmacia SS. Annunziata would've had my vote if listed.
    Although personally not a big fan of Mr. Ford's fragrances in general, I would have to vote for his Amber Absolute listed here....
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    Re: Best Smokey Fragrances

    Also really into the smokier ones. Although Encre Noir is wonderfully dry, I don't include it in the smokey category per se. After sniffing many, I still come back to Bois d'Ascese. Dry, smokey, and...
  31. Re: Searching for a heavier/stronger Japanese Incense

    Cire Trudon Nazareth sounds nice - especially as the holidays approach. I bought a couple of their candles on sale, and both were beautiful.
    Yep, a slippery slope...
    This place is in the Rosedale...
  32. Re: Searching for a heavier/stronger Japanese Incense

    Thanks Lannister,
    Nippon Kodo/ Morning Star/Cedarwood may suit the bill - and affordable too! Will certainly check it out.

    There was a large wonderfully eccentric interiors store here that...
  33. Searching for a heavier/stronger Japanese Incense

    Need an incense for a larger open space - prefer hinoki/sandalwood/aloeswood-oriented scents. I have treated myself to Genroku from Shoyeido, which was beautiful, but better for a smaller contained...
  34. Re: Anything to delete off my "MUST TRY" niche list?

    Thanks - was just trying to possibly weed out the heavier, sweeter, powdery or floral note oriented fragrances from my list (sometimes the descriptions on the store's website can be deceiving). The...
  35. Re: Anything to delete off my "MUST TRY" niche list?

    Appreciate all the suggestions. Looks like I can at least shuffle a few to the bottom of the deck that possibly might not work. It's a knowledgeable bunch in the store and they can probably help edit...
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    Re: The Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire Plunge $$$

    Thanks Mythrol. I'm only familiar with Guerlain's Vetiver (which I wore a while ago), and not their Extreme version. For the price alone, it's certainly worth checking out, I agree. Appreciate the...
  37. Anything to delete off my "MUST TRY" niche list?

    Heading over to Scent Bar to sniff around, but I know my nose will give out before I get through my list. The following sound interesting in the written descriptions, but could use some extra help....
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    Re: The Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire Plunge $$$

    Forgot to add that I have already sampled MPG's Route du Vétiver and Etro's Vetiver (and Guerlain's Vetiver). And yes, "dark and sinister" often works for me. Among a few non-vetiver scents on my...
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    Re: The Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire Plunge $$$

    Thanks for all the input! Looks like a significant savings to buy VE with Essenza Nobile. My calculation for the total is $210. with the exchange rate today for 100 ml including tax and free...
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    Re: The Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire Plunge $$$

    Sorry, I had meant Vitrum by Sammarco when mentioning the rose note (corrected the post). Thanks for the heads up!
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    Re: The Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire Plunge $$$

    Vitrum by Sammarco sounds quite interesting - will purchase a sample and check it out. The rose note is possibly problematic for me, though did enjoy Le Labo's Rose 31 for a short time.I like the...
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    Re: The Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire Plunge $$$

    Thanks for the quick response - just spied the Vetiver comparison review going on, too! Curious if anyone had ever checked out Fiele's Viola Odorata (apparently made in Santa Monica, CA). Probably...
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    The Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire Plunge $$$

    Running low on my "go to" fragrance, Lalique Encre Noire. Happened to re-sniff Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire recently and liked it a LOT all over again (had bought it once a while ago, but don't...
  44. Re: LA BASE for Him (Magic Helvetia) discontinued?

    Thanks for checking, Hednic. After more searching, it appears that Marianne Masshardt, the woman behind the scent with MD Marketing Design, has relocated to Lutry, Switzerland. The scent is no...
  45. LA BASE for Him (Magic Helvetia) discontinued?

    I was was weeding out some older fragrances that have now gone south, and was thinking about replacing this one. LA Base for Him was one of my first niche fragrances, and I still find it likable....
  46. Re: Reed Diffusers with Dry Wood or Vetiver Scent?

    I agree, there's nothing that matches Santa Maria Novella Potpourri. I tried to get the most out of the stuff by finally keeping it on a radiator and/or candle heating unit(had even tried burning it...
  47. Re: How about Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Fragrances ?

    I remember finding BAIME to be sort of interesting, with a basil note going on. Reminded me of Diptyque's Virgilio.
    Notes listed: sandalwood, lavender, green leaves, basil, jasmine, caraway,...
  48. Re: Reed Diffusers with Dry Wood or Vetiver Scent?

    Thanks to you both! The Abode Oud diffuser sadly does not appear to be available anymore, in my world-wide google searching - did sound like the right fit, though. Had forgotten that P. de Nicolai...
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - Mayl 2015

    Swiss Arabian Bakhoor al Rahma Incense - great for a larger open space. Hangs out for days after burning.
  50. Re: Reed Diffusers with Dry Wood or Vetiver Scent?

    Briefly passed by Nordstrom on a lunch break today and noticed some diffusers - will need to go back and check them out. May have to purchase several smaller ones from my list (on Amazon) and hope...
  51. Reed Diffusers with Dry Wood or Vetiver Scent?

    Any ideas or experience with diffusers with a more masculine bent? Santa Maria Novella's Pot-Pouri and Costes Brown candles are the my favorite general home scents I've found thus far, but now in...
  52. Re: STRONGEST, More Masculine-Leaning Candle Scent?

    The Yaz Bukey was a good find, since it's no longer available (limited edition named after jewelry-maker). The candle warmer is certainly affordable and plan on investing in one - I appreciate the...
  53. Re: STRONGEST, More Masculine-Leaning Candle Scent?

    Thanks guys!

    1. I did like the Astier de Villatte line a lot when sniffing under their domes a while back - the Aoyama sounds particularly nice. Will re-visit.

    2. Diptyque's candles are not...
  54. STRONGEST, More Masculine-Leaning Candle Scent?

    Need a new candle for a large open space. My favorite had been the Costes Signature candle with listed notes of waxed wood, rum, black musk, bitter orange peel, mahogany, paprika (I get leather from...
  55. Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Wow, a lot of input - uber thanks! Looking forward to checking out all of your suggestions - will definitely report back after my research. Happy Holidays!
  56. Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Great - thanks for all the suggestions! Will need to get back into the Scent Bar and start sniffing. They don't have everything, but it's a good place to start.
  57. Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Thanks Marais. I did have Navagar before which I liked, but was really too light and transparent on me (I think I was confusing the two). Navigateur sounds like one I need to try, along with Fleurs...
  58. Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Thanks Jive Hippo - I have sampled a couple by Masque Milano and remember liking them. Will be sure to check this one out. Although usually could care less about the vessel/container design, I do...
  59. Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Need to add one to my collection as a gift to myself, but could use a suggestion or two. I tend to gravitate toward dry niche fragrances.
    1. Do not usually like mainstream cologne-y nor perfume-y...
  60. Re: More ocean than Heeley's SEL MARIN delivers?

    Thanks - will add several more to the list. I think sometimes we conceptualize the idea of a particular sensory experience, and then begin the search for scents that will support our individual...
  61. Re: More ocean than Heeley's SEL MARIN delivers?

    Appreciate all the suggestions! Haven't ruled marine scents out yet, since most of these I haven't tried. I understand some of them are not specifically 'oceanic', but share some similar...
  62. More ocean than Heeley's SEL MARIN delivers?

    I like Heeley's Sel Marin well enough, but still very much a 'cucumber sushi roll' vibe. Heavier commercial mainstream marine fragrances are not something I'm looking for (I smell them everywhere). ...
  63. Re: Blackbird Eau de parfum sample mix (vs Blackbird by Matriarch)?

    Thanks to you both for clearing up the Blackbird confusion from Seattle!
  64. Blackbird Eau de parfum sample mix (vs Blackbird by Matriarch)?

    Has anyone checked out the Blackbird Sample Mix yet? Am curious about it before purchasing.
    Blackbird store website:...
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    Re: SHOWER GELS with some staying power?

    YR's Ambre Noir sounds like a possibility - good to have an affordable option too. Thanks!
  66. Re: Reducing down my Niche Sample Wish List (the drier the better)

    More input - thanks guys! Looks like you've done your homework, Beck. Can cross off quite a few! Also appreciate your suggestions for a few others to check out: LM's Hard Leather, Grand Cuir and...
  67. Re: Reducing down my Niche Sample Wish List (the drier the better)

    Too bad - stays in Vegas then! Weird to be so totally exclusive to the point of being invisible. Their loss (financially anyway, I would hope). Seems there'd be a market for their perfumes over here,...
  68. Re: Reducing down my Niche Sample Wish List (the drier the better)

    Thanks for the heads up, deadidol. Will have to wait for the next trip to NY to check out Kerosene then. Maybe the Dior Mens Store in BH would carry Leather Oud - Maxfields used to, but haven't been...
  69. Re: Reducing down my Niche Sample Wish List (the drier the better)

    Thanks for all your input - it does help narrow things down. I did indeed plan on going to Scent Bar to check things out, but always try to reduce my list somewhat before venturing in (though they're...
  70. Reducing down my Niche Sample Wish List (the drier the better)

    Can't keep up with all the new niche scents out there and would like to get a few samples. Presently, my 'signature scent' is probably Encre Noire, with Bois d'Ascese, Luxe Patchouli and Eau de...
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    Re: SHOWER GELS with some staying power?

    Thanks guys - appreciate the response. Leaning toward Diptyque Ombre dans L’Eau Shower Gel (since I like the fragrance a lot) and the Siskiyou one. Would be nice to save some dough, though, and will...
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    SHOWER GELS with some staying power?

    Getting low on my favorite shower gel, CDG Man 2, but would like to try something else. Some days I don't feel like doing the cologne thing, and prefer a decent shower product. Previously had Moulton...
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    Re: Non-powdery, but dry AMBER?

    Thanks - great to have several to choose from! Glad to have been reminded of the Bond No.9, since I now remember a woman friend wearing one of their ambers, which I liked (though not sure if it was...
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    Non-powdery, but dry AMBER?

    Saw a good thread about dry ambers, but was wondering if it can be narrowed down to ones that are:
    1. Not powdery
    2. Very dry (not sweet) w/ minimal amount of vanilla (if any)

    In general,
    a....
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    Re: Some Like it Dry

    You might check out some Slumberhouse scents as well (although I haven't) - Norne or Vikt, among a few others. Sounds like it could be the resinous/coniferous thing you were interested in (though...
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    Re: Champ Smell by Modern Atelier?

    Yep, it could be kind of lame, agreed. The 'firewood' part could be smokey, which is something I am interested in.
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    Champ Smell by Modern Atelier?

    Saw this one on the net from a store called Need Supply Company, that described Champ Smell:
    "Champ has notes of Firewood and Olive Blossom" Made exclusively for Need Supply Co. by Modern Atelier....
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    Re: Some Like it Dry

    I'm on the same search - glad to see your post! Hinoki is also one of my favorites and most complimented by others (although beware of air travel with it and poor packaging construction - had learned...
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    Re: What Scent Reminds You of Cutting Wood?

    CDG Artek Standard
    More like pencil shavings: L'Artisan Navegar and Andree Putnam
  80. An available fragrance closest to Della Chuang's "Kyoteau"?

    The fragrance sample comes in a book entitled "Kyoteau: Bottled Memories", which is about the its creation with Christophe Laudameil. Although the bottle design is shown in the book as well, the...
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    Sticky: Re: Which fragrance gets you the most female compliments?

    CDG x Monocle "Hinoki", hands down. Two women (in two different departments at work) proceeded to buy it for their husbands after asking me about the scent.
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    Self-tanner recommendations for 2012?

    Noticed there were only older posts addressing this issue of self-tanners (unless I missed something). Not really looking for the George Hamilton tan, rather just to have some color for the summer...
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