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    Re: Birkir / Birch

    Birch Leaf Givco by Givaudan. Stemmy / camphorous stuff. Very strong / diffusive.
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    Re: a true incense

    If that's the case, Blackbird by Matriarch might be the way to go. It's not literally a hippie scent, but it does draw some countercultural associations and feels suspiciously head-shop-y without...
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    Re: Birkir / Birch

    If it's birch leaf (as opposed to birch tar) that you're after, Grev is loaded with it (if you can find some).
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    Re: a true incense

    When you say you want a incense scent that's not resinous, what do you have in mind? Incense is a resin, so it might be hard to sidestep that aspect. Are you leaning more toward liturgical or nag...
  5. Thread: PSH's Zeppin

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    Re: PSH's Zeppin

    I haven't explored it much further, but after reading Bill's post, I diluted some to 1% and it indeed came alive. It's still mild, but it certainly has a scent of its own. I'll try and write...
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    Re: Marijuana fragrance -- new!

    Instantly forgettable, from what I was told. Which is kind of bummer as Withnail deserves better.
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    J. Crew + Arquiste No. 31 & No. 57

    I just tried these but my experience was a bit different. 57 is the more interesting of the two -- greater complexity with a better sequence of notes -- but both were weak overall. It even says on...
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    Re: Niche frags that are a must?

    But the niche that you're talking about is really just designer stuff with a higher price tag (which sort of demonstrates that "niche" means nothing these days). Several of them are produced in the...
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    Re: Interaction with White Lotus Aromatics

    Good to hear! I have to admit, it sounded very out of character for them as they've been very consistent in my experience. The products have been exceptional, and Christopher and Suzanne have been...
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    Re: Lush Gorilla new scents line

    Those are actually from 2012 (I believe), and the new new line got a nice write up over on Fragrantica here. The sandalwood one sounds pretty incredible!

    But from the selection you're referring...
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    Re: Olibanum Resinoid

    I've been toying around with Olibanum Couer from Ventos...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Details! Excited to try these but haven't run across them yet.
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    Re: Classy Skanky Animalics

    Yup!
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    Re: Classy Skanky Animalics

    Well, the new one (Sådanne) is pretty filthy. The ambergris molecule used sits somewhere between indole and civet (to me, it's closer to civet). But it's a massive fruity floral scent (bitter rose...
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    Re: Classy Skanky Animalics

    Completely agree. It's all those things and much more.
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    Re: NEW Byredo Mojave Ghost

    I'm totally intrigued by this one as well despite not getting along very well with the line (except for the rad M/Mink). I'm surprised the notes aren't more sagebrush-y given the environment...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    Well, I tried! I guess I'll have to quote myself again. Apologies for my bizarre lightning rod skillz! Hopefully people can discuss the topic, Sådanne from here on out. See ya!
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    I was going to sit this thread out due to some of the comments that were emerging above, but I plan to spend the weekend with this one in order to get some thoughts together and I'll post them either...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Could we perhaps keep a dedicated thread for now? I know we have them for Zahd and others, and although it's not ideal to have a discussion thread (there are actually two, I believe) and individual...
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    Slumberhouse Discussion

    There's a dedicated Jeke thread lurking around as of late too. It might get messy if we smash them all. I just saw like 6 Slumberhouse threads popping up yesterday and would hate to see it become...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Did we kill off the dedicated Sadanne thread? I know it started getting trolled, but much of the key info about the scent is over there.

    Maybe we should compile them together?

    Here it is, just...
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    Re: Your Top 5 Incense-Based Fragrances

    1. Norma Kamali Incense
    2. HoM's Blackbird
    3. Norma Kamali Incense
    4. HoM's Blackbird
    5. Messe de Minuit / CdG Series / Bois d'Encens / Calling All Angels / SSS Incense Pure / CC's V for Men /...
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    Re: MiN New York, Scent Stories Vol. 1

    They're taking the line to Pitti in September (the 12th, I think) to show to some euro distributors and then there should be a much wider availability to follow. The prices should be consistent...
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    Re: MiN New York, Scent Stories Vol. 1

    I've worn it, and it wears pretty great. If you're into cement. Which I am.
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    Re: MiN New York, Scent Stories Vol. 1

    Moon Dust kind of rules.
  26. Re: Large Drop in Celeb Scent Sales Reported by Elizabeth Arden

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    I've actually been trying out a few of these lately just for kicks. They tend to be as interchangeable and redundant as the celebrity on the box.

    ELdO has the right idea when it comes to...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I'd give people a little more time to respond—at least time to get home from work :D Also, given the nature of this scent, I can't imagine many people have been wearing it much in the middle of...
  28. Re: Christopher Street by Charenton Macerations

    I smelled it briefly at the IAO awards a while back and it didn't do much for me at all. Since then, everyone and their mother has fallen for it—all people whose tastes I totally respect. So I've got...
  29. Thread: Off-Topic

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    Sticky: Re: Off-Topic

    I have no idea! Somebody looked it up once though. Whatever it is, I need one as a pet!
  30. Thread: Off-Topic

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    Sticky: Re: Off-Topic

    LOL!

    Wowsers!!! Calm it down a bit in here!

    Here, let's talk about this guy instead:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGwJ3-vmw44
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    New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    Criticism is necessary, welcomed, and appreciated on Basenotes, so I'm not sure where this sentiment comes from. Some of the "tedious, so very tedious" reviews as of late have proven to be...
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    Re: Watery Green Base Notes...?

    I've played around with geosmin a little as of late, and although it's a very specific note, I've found that it can push blends into slightly greener directions. It's not much of a base note though,...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    Disappointed to see such hostile remarks made against Basenoters who take the time to contribute extensive, thoughtful reviews to the site (we saw this recently in another thread that WayOffScenter...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    I haven't! I'm with everyone else on this one. Usually, I'll try and give some objective thoughts ahead of time so that people have a rough sense of what they're getting into, but the circumstances...
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    Re: J. Crew + Arquiste No. 31 & No. 57

    These do indeed sound interesting—fingers crossed they'll live up to these descriptions!
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    It a paradox really: a perfumer's goal is to try and create something that is more than the sum of its parts, so to break it down to just its parts can feel like a step backwards. With that said, few...
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    New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    Alder+Co. will carry this exclusively for a few weeks (aside from the Slumberhouse webstore), but Sådanne's going through the final filtration right now, so it might be a couple more days before the...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    It's a nice way to reflect on the progression of the line in that the etching is something most people are familiar with, but the handwritten name that'll be on the boxes is more of a nod to the...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    They started as Parfum1—which was a bit more of a venue for slight discounts, coupons and promotions and whatnot. The brick and mortars seem to have a slightly more rigid approach to pricing and...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    Well, parfum1 is Twisted Lily, and they're still available through the store. I'm not clear on how things are orchestrated between the two, though. Lucky Scent, Twisted Lily, Indie Scents, Roullier...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

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    You can see the color differences in the new product image. Just because sadanne is lighter really just signifies different materials. What's striking about this shot is that Norne—usually...
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    Re: MiN New York, Scent Stories Vol. 1

    I have to be honest: I was a uncomfortable with this myself while I was writing up the article (I danced around it in a big way). While I understand the notion of an extended preview before the...
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    Re: MiN New York, Scent Stories Vol. 1

    They're actually kept in the store in a room behind the counter, but because they're curated, you have to make prior arrangements to try them. This is the exclusive preview aspect, but they'll see...
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    New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    $125 was for the old, generic bottles. Zahd was the first to feature the custom-made bottle (last year) and it went for $150.
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    Here it is with a filter so you can see the etch / emboss / texture a little more.

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  46. Re: So Le Labo swears that their fragrances only last 2 years (if stored correctly) before turning b

    lol! :d
  47. Re: So Le Labo swears that their fragrances only last 2 years (if stored correctly) before turning b

    There's an expiration date on this thread.






    I'm kidding! :D
  48. Re: So Le Labo swears that their fragrances only last 2 years (if stored correctly) before turning b

    Ha! I think we get the picture! :D



    I don't have a dog in this fight, but just to reference a couple of things:

    I'm not sure Le Labo is claiming to be the best quality anywhere are they?...
  49. Re: So Le Labo swears that their fragrances only last 2 years (if stored correctly) before turning b

    I don't know . . . there's probably much more to this than it seems. If it was indeed part of the whole lab gimmick—one that would potentially trick the less informed into using up and replenishing...
  50. Thread: Maritima IFF

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    Re: Maritima IFF

    I love it! But it's certainly weird. I think it's what at the core of Secretions Magnifique (a scent I genuinely like) to create that watery bilge effect. It's for very specific accords and perfumes.
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    Bingo!
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    It's called P+O again though -- Minne was ditched as the name. It's more in-line with the original formula now. More boozy, far less sweet, less coconut-y.
  53. Re: Taking the plunge for a White Lotus order?

    I think what David is pointing out is a real concern when using certain materials from places like WL as they can be somewhat mercurial but can also dip in and out of stock quite easily. For larger...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    Zahd was also more expensive because of the custom bottle though. While the materials in that were certainly pricey, he's not raising prices to increase material quality further (that would be...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    Obviously there's a concentration involved, but there's also a bit of a push to move away from labeling things in such a manner. Ideally, the scent would be designed with its performance...
  56. Re: Taking the plunge for a White Lotus order?

    Just to be clear, White Lotus doesn't use sample vials--the samples sizes come in a little screw-top bottle. Also, like several other companies in the US, they're less of an industrial / commercial...
  57. Re: So Le Labo swears that their fragrances only last 2 years (if stored correctly) before turning b

    I think it's been discussed in a few different threads, but this is the only one that I spotted with a quick search: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/280539-Le-Labo-expiry-dates
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    The bottles are 30ml. It's essentially the bottle that was developed for Zahd with some further tweaks and a custom box.
  59. Re: Classic perfumery accords and other basic exercises

    I have a slightly different approach in that I try to imagine what I think certain things smell like (with no actual knowledge of what they really smell like) and then try and make that. The results...
  60. Re: Taking the plunge for a White Lotus order?

    Another thing to keep in mind is that a number of the sample sizes—although they seem pricey when you're first starting out—are quite powerful and will give you quite a bit of material to work with...
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    Re: Male Underarm Sweat Accord

    The PSH Animalis is a little more sweet to my nose—a bit like what you get in Kiehl's musk. Slightly floral, a tad civet-y.
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    Re: Male Underarm Sweat Accord

    I have it at 1% right now and it's still blasting my head off. It's very good, though. Very evocative stuff, and I could see a variety of uses for it—especially when creating scents that have an...
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    Re: Male Underarm Sweat Accord

    Animalis is a nice, sweet musky thing.
    Cuminaldehyde
    Indalorome could go down that path I suppose
    Shangralide is an interesting one, too

    These are more general musky things that I picked...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    ;)

    I'm sure you could add a few more things!
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    Just to avoid a potential snowball effect, there's no official note listing for this one ;)
    Nice-sounding combo though, Juanderer!
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    Re: Male Underarm Sweat Accord

    I actually just bought about 6 or so items from Perfumer Supply House that would fit this criteria! Cuminaldehyde is great, but dilute dilute dilute!
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    Re: Male Underarm Sweat Accord

    Aldron is quite the material, isn't it?
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    :laugh:
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    New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    Hey all,

    A new Slumberhouse scent, Sådanne, will be available this weekend through Alder+Co with wider distribution to follow. This one's more aligned to Pear+Olive or Eki, so think lighter and...
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    Re: MiN New York, Scent Stories Vol. 1

    It's still a little up in the air as to how these will be presented and distributed. They're going to Pitti in September and after that there should be some news as to where and how they'll be...
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    Re: MiN New York, Scent Stories Vol. 1

    Well, I've tried them, but I'm sure the article gave that away ;) There's not much written on this line so far as the official release won't be until later in the year, but aside from me, Mark has...
  72. Re: Article: Aeropostale create fragrance for YouTube star Bethany Mota

    Very cool! Surprised I've never heard of her until now.
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Guys, let's mellow out for a while before posting in this thread anymore. It's fine to have a rational debate on matters such as this, but it's absolutely not cool to call each other names and get...
  74. Re: House of Matriarch: Achtung Line 44% off Today Only (8/8/14)

    As the sale's over now, I'm going to go ahead and lock the thread up. There was once an "Official Matriarch Discussion Thread" under the general area, but I don't think we ever built it after Huddler.
  75. Let's see if it lasts as long as a cricket match!

    Let's see if it lasts as long as a cricket match!
  76. Does Byredo Pulp smell like Diptyques Philosykos to anyone ? If so, is havin...

    Philosykos serves a specific role for me: it's a go-to scent when I don't feel like wearing something dramatic. It's light, thin, and super easy to wear. I usually spray it on clothes if I'm up for...
  77. Re: Does Byredo Pulp smell like Diptyques Philosykos to anyone ? If so, is having both two redundan

    Huge fan of Philosykos here. Pulp, not so much.
  78. Re: House of Matriarch: Achtung Line 44% off Today Only (8/8/14)

    Very cool! I just revisited those right now and Midnight is all kinds of awesome. The narcissus is quite prominent in it, and that's a very expensive material to use in perfumery.

    I think Sexmagic...
  79. Re: House of Matriarch: Achtung Line 44% off Today Only (8/8/14)

    Naylor: Several of us reviewed these last year but the review thread was eaten by Huddler. The reviews should be around here though in the database somewhere. While Blackbird is still my favorite by...
  80. House of Matriarch: Achtung Line 44% off Today Only (8/8/14)

    It's only Achtung, though. So, not Blackbird, The Maj etc.
  81. House of Matriarch: Achtung Line 44% off Today Only (8/8/14)

    Hey all,

    It's the one year anniversary of the Achtung collection by Matriarch and there's a 44% saving for the rest of the day on the line:
    ...
  82. Re: Does Byredo Pulp smell like Diptyques Philosykos to anyone ? If so, is having both two redundan

    They're completely different to me. Philosykos is an understated green and leafy scent whereas Pulp is like an explosion in a neon orange fruit factory run through amplification.
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    Re: Your experiences with cannabis notes ?

    There's a raw material available called Big Buddah hemp that couldn't be more authentic (literally), but at $50 per ml, you're not going to be seeing it in commercial perfume anytime soon.

    As far...
  84. Article: Aeropostale create fragrance for YouTube star Bethany Mota

    I'm not convinced such a thing exists. I have no idea who this person is or what she's contributed to the world. I took a look online, but I still can't tell who/what she is/does. Perhaps you're a...
  85. Thread: PSH's Zeppin

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    Re: PSH's Zeppin

    It's somewhere between Hedione and Benzyl Salicylate to me, only very, very faint.
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    Re: Your favorite new releases of 2014...so far

    Or du Serail's not really my thing, but I think it's accomplished. To a degree.
  87. Re: Article: Aeropostale create fragrance for YouTube star Bethany Mota

    Great :thumbsup:
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    Re: The Best Patchouly ever...

    I was quite impressed by April Aromatic's Bohemian Spice—a very dirty kind of patch, but some personal favorites of mine include:

    The Body Shop—Patchouli (from the '90s)
    Mazzolari Lui
    Intrigant...
  89. Thread: PSH's Zeppin

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    Re: PSH's Zeppin

    I just picked up a handful of great items from PSH, but I'm with Bill on Zeppin so far—there's little discernible scent when smelled neat or in dilution. I haven't had chance to blend with it yet,...
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    Re: I've Got "The Bug"

    I've never tried that one! For a while I thought it was a myth. I've heard what's in it, so I'm pretty sure it's not going to be wearable by even the most intrepid of stinkers. Was it supposed to be...
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    Re: I've Got "The Bug"

    I actually liked the opening of this one, but I found it a little mundane once it settled. The whole theme of security and paranoia made itself evident in what I detected to be fried electrical...
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    Re: Hyped colognes test in a couple of days

    L'Air and Black Afgano are the two worth a sniff IMO, but I'd also urge you to try alternative selections from the TF Private Blends, Le Labo, Malle, and Amouage once you're done with these.
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    Re: KINSKI: how many fans???

    I love it, but it's very strong; you've got to go easy on the sprayer. To me, it's not that animalic at all—more invigorating than anything, but I lean toward challenging stuff so I'm somewhat immune.
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    Re: Your favorite new releases of 2014...so far

    So far, Bogue's MAAI and Bruno Fazzolari's Lampblack (although it was technically 2013). I also liked MiN's Moon Dust, and was impressed by Or du Serail by Naomi Goodsir. MAAI is the frontrunner for...
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    Re: The surreal world of the amateur perfumer

    Fantastic!

    Nukapai (Pia Long) is also another one of the Basenotes clan in the article :)
  96. Re: Gorilla Perfumes - Cutting Edge Masterpieces !

    And the vials are a good size, so you can really get a solid sense of what you're getting into. I'd dig into the back catalog while they're still around.
  97. Gorilla Perfumes - Cutting Edge Masterpieces !

    Oh, I wear several. BoG, Dirty, Lust, etc. Different strokes and all that. It's the other fragrances sold in malls that I find to be unwearable :D
  98. Re: Gorilla Perfumes - Cutting Edge Masterpieces !

    There's some coverage here: http://www.cafleurebon.com/mark-and-david-constantine-lush-gorilla-perfumes-volume-3-2014-death-decay-and-renewal/

    There's an article on Fragrantica as well.
  99. Gorilla Perfumes - Cutting Edge Masterpieces !

    Have you seen the upcoming line? The sandalwood one and the decaying indole one have got my attention.

    FWIW: I can't stand Karma :p
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    Re: D.s. And durga

    It's a line that's widely distributed. If you go to their website, you'll see all the stores in the US that carry them -- including a store in Ohio.
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