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    Re: Parfum d'empire - Musc tonkin

    The best release of 2012...BY FAR! This starts out with a blast of leathery civet, while slowly the indolic florals start to creep in. I can smell mostly rose with a bit of jasmine. The fragrance...
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    Re: HELP: Santal de Mysore by Serge Lutens?

    That's great to hear that you like it Suga. Btw, I have some mysore sandalwood and it is really reminiscent of SdM. The curried, buttery heart is really there. If you loved SdM, you might also love...
  3. Thread: Roses

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    Re: Roses

    Une Rose
    Portrait of a Lady
    Rose Poivree
    Baie Rose 26
    Lady Vengeance
    Lyric Woman
    Nahema
    Rose de Nuit
    CDG 2
    Rose Ikebana
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    Re: Quand Vient la Pluie (& Mon Precieux Nectar?)

    Yes, I've smelt both exclusives (at the time). QVlP was offered as a 500ml extrait in luxurious crystal coffret, as well as an equally lovely 60ml EDP. It is similar to Apres L'ondee but the effect...
  5. Re: HI

    wtf?
  6. Re: MoslBuddJewChristHinDao (Unifaith) by Elternhaus

    Yes interested in this one as well. Is it being rereleased? Has someone tried emailing the company? Similar to any other Buxton creations?
  7. Re: CHANEL "BOIS NOIR" on eBay - Auction starts at 849 USD

    I seriously hope you reconsider spending $850 on a few fragrances or items you want, rather than one so similar to one already on the market. But whatever you do, good luck!
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    Re: New Serge Lutens - El Attarine

    cacio it also has low sillage on me...but this is problem is fixed by something called a finger :)



    I can't believe I forgot that immortelle note! It's gorgeous, isn't it?



    It does smell...
  9. Re: The Spice Must Flow! ( Need more spicy fragrance suggestions... )

    Well Suga, you could say that El Attarine is a variation of Bois de Violette but in reality it's so much more complex. It opens up with cumin (as well as other spices) and peaches but a violet note...
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    Re: The scent of distant chimney smoke

    Oh you haven't lived until you have bathed with Eau du Fier in the middle of a summery Parisian day :)!
  11. Re: The Spice Must Flow! ( Need more spicy fragrance suggestions... )

    Lots of excellent suggestions.

    I'll add Santal de Mysore (cumin, cinnamon and buttery sandalwood), El Attarine (cumin, violets and cedar), Jaisalmer (cinnamon and incense), Chypre Rouge (spicy,...
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    Re: Histoires de Parfums Petroleum vs. Ambrarem

    Interesting cacio! I've only smelt Vienna and Doha (they sell it at the Duty Free now!) and I can't wait to smell the others.
  13. Thread: Amouage Opus V

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    Re: Amouage Opus V

    I cracked open my spanking new bottle of Opus V and wore it today. I agree it is very, very synthetic but what's weird is that's what I hated about it in the first place and now that's what I love...
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    Re: Amouage Interlude Man - 2012

    Ok I just sprayed Interlude Man from a sample on one arm and my beloved Cuir by Mona di Orio on the other. Initially I thought that IM smelt extremely similar but when comparing these two fragrances...
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    Re: Santal Majuscule by Serge Lutens

    That is not encouraging...at all : /
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    Re: Your latest "I eat my words" scent...

    I was just about to post on the Today I Bought thread my three new acquisitions: Opus 3, 4 and 5 :D I have loved 3 ever since smelling it on a brisk, cool London spring day and it immediately...
  17. Thread: Nostalgia

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    Re: Nostalgia

    Bal a Versailles, Private Collection: reminds me of my mom
    Worth Je Reviens: reminds me of my grandmother
    Eau Sauvage: reminds me of my father
    Antaeus: wore it in school
    A*Men: first fragrance I...
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    Re: Arabie - Serge Lutens

    One of the few fragrances I detest with all my heart.
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    Your latest "I eat my words" scent...

    What scent did you recently smell again and found yourself at a loss for words for why you hated it at the first place?

    I quoted about Opus V over a year ago when I smelt it:

    "Ok these are my...
  20. Re: Can we talk about Bois Blond by Parfumerie Generale?

    suga you could always spray on clothing! I'm allergic to L'heure bleue badly but that doesn't stop me from enjoying it!
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    Re: Histoires de Parfums Petroleum vs. Ambrarem

    I'm dying to try the O'Driu line. I'm gonna sniff them when I meet up with Hedonist in a few weeks!
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    Re: Histoires de Parfums Petroleum vs. Ambrarem

    Hahahaha! You're forgetting I can also hear the electrons of different absolutes :D
  23. Re: Anyone Order Direct From Parfumerie Generale?

    Yup, I have ordered from them several times and they are splendid to deal with. Exquisite packaging, lots of free samples (even from the Huitime Arts perfumes) and fast shipping. They are even a...
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT - August 2012

    Nice purchases alfarom! :wink:

    Can you believe it I have not smelt Oud Cuir d'Arabie :shocked: Is it similar to anything I have or have smelt? I heard it's similar to Oud 27 (which I have and love...
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    Re: Histoires de Parfums Petroleum vs. Ambrarem

    I guess I may be the minority here and say I prefer Roseam over Petroleum and Ambrarem. Roseam is an aldehydic, sweet, crisp, translucent rose which just oozes class and distinction. It really...
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    Re: Thrift Store Finds!

    Oh dear God, I'm extremely jealous...
  27. Re: Can we talk about Bois Blond by Parfumerie Generale?

    Nothing, NOTHING like dried fish! LOL! Seriously, you have to try this stuff. It has a hay quality similar to the Narcissus scents by L'artisan but drier and harsher.



    Did you try emailing PG...
  28. Thread: Best Chypre

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    Re: Best Chypre

    Lots of amazing suggestions above but I'll give you my take on this vast genre:

    Original "classic" chypres (bergamot-labdanum-oakmoss): AdP Profumo, The Party in Manhattan, Mitsouko, Rochas Femme,...
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    Re: The noir of all noirs?

    Caron has a reputation for producing dark scents; En Avion, Narcisse Noir and Poivre spring to mind.
    Une Fleur de Cassie, Patchouli 24, Portrait of a Lady (transitions from fun and bubbly to...
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    Re: Female Goutals for men?

    In Heure Exquise the iris is part of the main accord but the stemmy greeness from galbanum, the hint of civet, the luscious rose and the sandalwood all play in harmony.
    Btw, Le Jasmin is also worth...
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    Re: Female Goutals for men?

    I agree Songes is drop dead gorgeous. It's probably the most distinctive tropical floriental I know of. It has a super sweet feel to it but it just begs to be worn on the hottest and most humid of...
  32. Re: Can we talk about Bois Blond by Parfumerie Generale?

    Ok, I have been postponing this purchase ever since sniffing and falling in love with it 4 years ago (don't know why). This will be my next purchase once I move. Anybody who loves dry, grassy,...
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    Re: ❀ Flowerbomb EXTRAIT ❀

    LOOOL! Hallelujah! Give me oakmoss and animalics any day over cotton candy! (although i do have tiiiiny soft spot for Flowerbomb lol)



    I tried it in Harrods in December but I was bombarded by...
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    Re: ❀ Flowerbomb EXTRAIT ❀

    Any updates on this one?
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    Baiser Vole extrait?

    Has anyone managed to smell BV in extrait? I smelt the EDP and found it gorgeous but a bit too soapy. The extrait sounds like it could be "fleshier".
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    Re: Clive Christian "V" ... anyone tried yet?

    I happen to love simplistic, incense scents thus I found it exquisite because it ticked all of my boxes.

    And I happen to like McDonald's.
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    Re: Clive Christian "V" ... anyone tried yet?

    I tried both versions yesterday and both are exquisite. V for Men opened with a mastic note similar to Bois d'Encens with a dashing of white pepper which makes it even sharper. This is a very simple,...
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    Re: Loewe Collecion un Paseo por Madrid

    My brother informed me of these perfumes when he smelt them in Dubai about two months ago and at first I thought he was talking about the three exclusives that were released in Harrods late last...
  39. Re: New Fragrances: Six Scents - Series 4: Characters

    These sound extremely intriguing. Thanks for your insights!
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    Re: Byredo Oud Immortel- accurate intro into oud?

    I find Oud Immortal one of the nastiest, screechiest, more obnoxious perfumes I have smelt. Just a mishmash of notes and literally stomach churning. Plus I find it similar to the morbid...
  41. Thread: IUNX longevity

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    Re: IUNX longevity

    I NEED to go to Paris damn it!
  42. Thread: Musk & Amber

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    Re: Musk & Amber

    My favorite musk I must say is the obscure Musc 25. It's a white musk, but with a fleshy, dare I say it (true to the copy ad), ahem...bodily fluid, drydown that I find sexy and goes on forever....
  43. Thread: apple fragrance

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    Re: apple fragrance

    I get quite a lot of apple (juice) in Sequoia by CDG.
  44. Re: New Fragrances: Robert Piguet Blossom, Chai & Jeunesse

    Then for the love of God don't go near their Oud...which is basically M/Mink! GAAAH!
  45. Thread: Di Orio Cuir

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    Re: Di Orio Cuir

    We were gonna get you samples but apparently they didn't receive any, only full bottles.
  46. Thread: Di Orio Cuir

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    Re: Di Orio Cuir

    Yes. Initially it starts out smelling like a derivative of Leather Oud but greener and oily. But later the smoke (hence the cacophonic nature Chong intended?) covers the entire fragrance and in the...
  47. Thread: Di Orio Cuir

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    Re: Di Orio Cuir

    I love it and was enamored enough by it to wear it for six days in a row. Currently, I'm not in a "smoky, leathery" mood, so it's taken a back seat these days.

    FYI: The new Amouage Interlude Man...
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    Re: Bruno Acampora scents now available as EDP's!

    Ok, I'm still living on my samples I bought from Luckyscent over 3 years ago! I'm lemming all of them!!! Has anyone tried the EDP?
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    Re: Amouage Interlude and Amouage Beloved

    Tried Beloved in Dubai and I really liked it. It struck as the most classic, and chypre-like of all the Amouages. I tested it twice and I came to the conclusion that it's a no-holds-barred rose...
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    Re: Amouage Extrait versions?

    LOOOL cuuute! Now you can't leave your boss at home alone, can you now :P



    Hi Mimi! :) Oh and I never left...just happily stalking Basenotes every now and then LOL!
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    Re: Amouage Extrait versions?

    Yes, the EDP smells like the focus is on the myrrhe and labdanum which gives it a very chypre-like character, plus the bergamot is clearly evident in the topnotes; whereas the extrait is more golden...
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    Re: Ambergris - it's crazy stuff

    Blol
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    Re: 10 interesting points about Roja Dove

    Thanks for making the wait to come to London seem that little bit longer...
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    Re: Parfumeur Patchouli Imperial dior

    I think this is one of the best patchouli on the market. Absolutely bone-dry, dusty and austere. It smells fantastic in the air; believe me when I say this. My brother is down to a quarter of his...
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    Re: Amouage Jubilation XXV vs Amouage Jubilation 25

    I recently wore Jubilation 25 and I kid you not, I was complimented at least five times in a 3 hour time slot! It is probably my favorite Amouage and my favorite chypre currently. What really struck...
  56. Re: New Fragrance: Christian Dior - La Collection Privée Grand Bal

    Hahahahaha touché
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    Re: Givenchy Play: Leather Edition?

    I actually tried this today on a whim. Bear in mind I have no idea what the original Play smells like, but Play Leather smelt somewhat like a variation of Bulgari Black. Somewhat rubbery, tonka-ish,...
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    Re: Navegar: Y u No love?

    http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/4504/19985397.jpg


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    sorry couldn't resist...
    I happen to really like Navegar :)
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    Re: L'artisan ete en douce

    One of my all-time favorites. A lazy summer day captured in a bottle. Surreal. More comments here:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/194071-L-Artisan-Parfumeur-D-Humeur-Reveuse

    L'Extrait de...
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    Re: Armani Prive Oud Royal

    SoS I haven't tried those two Bond's but I have tried Harrods Amber which I also found very chemical, synthetic and sharp. To put it better into perspective, it has that same sharpness of the opening...
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    Re: Armani Prive Royal Oud

    I really hate Oud Royale immensely. I find it excruciatingly sharp, and the oud unbearably synthetic and crude. It's nothing like the creamy Oud Wood, the honeyed Pure Oud or the resinous Incense Oud...
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    Re: Santal Massoïa is a masterpiece

    BTW, I loved you Osmanthe Yunnan litght (sp?) thread :)
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    Re: Santal Massoïa is a masterpiece

    I'm coming around to SM. The first time I smelt it, I was shocked to find that all I was smelling was Paprika Brasil but somehow not as complete, built and extremely hollow. The next few times I got...
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    Re: Most Authentic Leather Smell???

    When I first smelt Santal 33, I IMMEDIATELY thought of Cuir d'Iris! I mean the topnotes are extremely similar! Santal 33 ventures off into figgy-creamy-sandalwood while Cd'I every so slowly gains a...
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    Re: Opus VI by Amouage

    It immediately reminded me of Profumi del Forte's Ambra. It's a bone-dry, sharp amber with greenish topnotes and a labdanum/incense drydown. What's not to love.
  66. Re: Tom Ford Black Violet v. Serge Lutens Bois Violette

    Both excellent scents but I prefer and own BdV. Black Violet is indeed a dark floral which leans heavily towards the chypre end of the fragrant spectrum. The chypre structure is evident from the...
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    Re: New by kilian line - asian tales

    I got my samples around 3 days ago (thank you By Kilian!) and below is the actual "whatsapp" conversation between me and Hedonist--

    Me:
    -I didn't try them
    -They sound like shit
    -But ill give...
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    Re: Challenge: Whole wardrobe from 1 perfumer only

    Don't jinx it bro...don't jinx it : /
  69. Re: And the award for the most "Love It or Hate It" fragrance is... ??

    How is my beloved Miel de Bois not on this list?
  70. Re: Poivre 23, I would rather suck on a roll of quarters.

    I couldn't disagree more. I think P23 is one of LL's best scents. Yes the scent gets a lot sweeter as it dries down because of the benzoin and vanilla but it's bone dry because of the incense and...
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    Re: Challenge: Whole wardrobe from 1 perfumer only

    I'll have to agree with my friend Hedonist and say Mr. Lutens, Mr. Malle and Mr. Artisan :)
  72. Re: SOOOOOOOOOOOOO................is it Al-Rehab Shaikha, Shaika, Sheikha or?????

    Sheikh شيخ can have a number of meanings. It can mean a member of the royal family, or an elderly person. Islamic Scholars are given the title of Sheikh. Sheikh in masculine. Sheikha is feminine...
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    Re: New Neal's Yard Frankincense EDP

    This is a fabulous frankincense scent. Extremely simple, well-made and satisfying. It opens with a blast of nose-searing menthol topnotes that feels like a combination of the lime and marjoram (which...
  74. Re: Opium - EDT vs EDP vs Parfum (vintage, of course)

    Thank you for your wonderful insights :D I'm sorry if I wasn't clearer as I was typing on an iphone lol. You're correct; I meant does the vintage EDT differ from the vintage EDP. I don't think a more...
  75. Re: Your opinion is needed: can an ordinary guy pull of Lady Vengeance? Be honest.

    Oh absolutely. LV has been an enormous success with the boys since it's launch in the Middle East. It was even my signature scent (GASP!) prior to BN. Wear it with pride.
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    Re: Amouage Extrait versions?

    +1. Lyric has an animalic vibe in extrait and seems more resinous with less focus on the rose than the EDP. The EDP has a dry, dusty quality while the extrait is dark and serious. My only complaint...
  77. Re: Frapin 1697: EDP vs. Limited Absolu; Compare and Contrast

    I've had the Absolu since it was released and I sniffed the EDP a few times and it smelt exactly the same. I'm sure the EDP has way more sillage given it's slightly less dense than the Absolu.
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    Re: Which plum do you prefer and why?

    Lord have mercy...
  79. Re: nasomatto narcotic venus and van cleef gardenia petales: throwdown

    If you loved narcotic Venus and not quite ready to fork over that much dough, I suggest you purchase Michael kors edp it smells exactly the same. If u don't believe me u can try it first lol.

    My...
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    Re: Which plum do you prefer and why?

    Ume is quite underrated and nice.
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    Re: New Fragrance: Slumberhouse Norne

    I hope its something unlike black afghano.
  82. Re: Opium - EDT vs EDP vs Parfum (vintage, of course)

    What a coincidence! Just yesterday I purchased the vintage edt and it's potent and spicy as I remember. What I didn't realize before was the carnation drydOwn which was a pleasant and unexpected...
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    Re: A Chypre with Carnation?

    Ok, I've been thinking about this for days now and I've finally found it...neglected deep within my mom's collection: Fidji. The perfect carnation chypre.
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    Re: Frapin 1697 extrait?

    I have the Absolu version and while it lacks in the sillage department, it has very good longevity. I've smelt the EDP in the regular lineup and it smells the same. They just lowered the...
  85. Thread: 1697 stinks!

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    Re: 1697 stinks!

    My favorite Duchafour and I F*****!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!! :)
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    Mona di Orio Oud -- more of a Cuir de Russie

    I've had Oud for over 3 months and have worn it several times. But what struck me today upon wearing it is that what distinguishes it from the hundreds of other oud compositions is an incredibly...
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    Re: Le Labo Baie Rose 26

    Yup, I'm signed up for a split as well :) Can't wait!
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    Re: Iris Bleu Gris vs. Iris 39

    I'm wearing IBG now and I love it. It's a bit of a chameleon this one. I percieve different things every single time I wear it. When I first got it, all I got was a sharp citrus and a bit of iris and...
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    Re: New- Voyage d'Hermes in Parfum

    I didn't detect any rose but I'll have to try it again on skin.
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    Re: Robert Piguet Bandit EDT Question

    Yup, I remember the EDT having a bit more galbanum and the EDP being more resinous.
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    Re: Cuir de Russie EdT really isn't too bad

    The EDT lasts for over 10 hours on my skin, but doesn't produce ANY sillage after the first couple of hours.
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    Re: Fragrance like shisha

    FYI, Multiple Rouge smells EXACTLY like melon shisha...EXACTLY.
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    Re: New- Voyage d'Hermes in Parfum

    I tried this recently a week ago. Retains a similar vibe to the EDT but the cardamom is extremely pronounced. Again, did not test it on skin so these were just my intial impressions.
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT: February 2012

    I recently wore my Joy parfum and the drydown is exactly where FtY starts. Imagine the civety-floral drydown of Joy, and just build more and more animalics, beeswax and leather from there. Yikes! But...
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    Poll: Re: Which is the Best Lutens Lavender based scent?

    Encens et Lavande for me.
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    Re: Anything close to Lush's The Olive Branch?

    Thanks! I have to test it again. I've been using the RIBBED conditioner and it smells like chalky, slightly synthetic violets. The fragrance in it is damn strong too.
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    Re: What do You think of Sombre Negra

    Wein shameitah yal zag?! (Translation: Where did you smell it you piece of s***?!) Hahahahaha

    An eye for an eye MUAHAHAHAHA!
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    Re: Rose lovers, any of you guys wear Nahema?

    I used to wear Nahema frequently but haven't gotten to it since acquiring around 100 more scents LOL! Nahema actually sparked an intense love affair with my brother, who inevitably stole my EDP and...
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    Re: Modern Habanita de Molinard—worth it?

    The pure perfume has SAVAGE sillage. I like :)
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    Re: Parfum/extrait fans...

    I'm wearing HR L'extrait now. It's extremely dense and blooms after a few hours on the skin, barely reaching out a few inches above you, this is a very personal fragrance for the wearer.

    I want...
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