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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Musang King durian note?? With Mysore sandalwood? I really GOTTA smell this to believe it. But I’d be lying if I say I’m not stoked. Once again Adam has pulled off yet another exciting surprise for...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    W&P II isn’t as powdery as the original. Adam apparently tweaked the formula after feedback on the first version. Both are good though I prefer the powdery earlier version.
  3. Re: Dumb Question (Maybe) : Can cash be tinctured?

    DS & Durga had a fragrance called ‘$’ years ago. I had obtained a small decant and I thought it smelled pretty close to fresh dollar bills. However I believe part of the effect was achieved...
  4. Re: What do you consider to be the best flagship "Pour Homme" fragrance?

    Can’t possibly name one, but these 3 are strong contenders:-

    Azzaro Pour Homme
    Gucci Pour Homme (1976 formula)
    D&G Pour Homme (original vintage)
  5. Re: Two new Tom Fords! Bitter Peach & Tubéreuse Nue

    I’m surprised it’s not more provocatively named. “B!+ch Peach”, anyone?
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    Re: NEW Serge Lutens Fils de joie

    Yup. This could be good. But competition in florals and musks has gone up in recent years with the advent of quality artisanal perfumery.
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    Re: Auphorie - Dedicated page

    I share these sentiments. Have enjoyed most the stuff I tried and kinda missed Binturong. But their frequent price escalations and somewhat aggressive play at FOMO marketing are big turn offs.
  8. Thread: Auphorie

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    Re: Auphorie

    No regrets necessary. A bottle or 2 would probably show up in the secondary market once the hoopla from all the FOMO marketing dies down.

    I’m skipping this. After all ALD 6th collection is just...
  9. Re: What would you wear to a hypothetical BNers convention!?

    I know exactly what I’d be wearing...a smile.
  10. Re: What's Your Current Scent Kept in The Car?

    3 travel sized atomisers from Ormonde Jayne: Qi, Isfarkand, Tsarina.

    I keep them in a little compartment near the dashboard. So far no issues.
  11. Re: Shopping for perfumes VS wearing your perfumes

    I actually enjoy the hunt a little more than the final kill. Probably explains why my wardrobe is the way it is. :smiley:
  12. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    WOW! Congrats on both gifts and your 10th anniversary! :smiley:
  13. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Iris Noir by Ensar Oud
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    Re: Best Fragrance Names

    Eh, not too sure about the ‘straightforward’ bit... They don’t always ‘bottle’ what they show on their ‘labels’. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Most disliked prominent note combos

    Not a fan of ‘vetiver + tonka’ here.
  16. Re: A tale of two musks: Chanel 1957 or No. 18?

    I’m partial to No.18 for its somewhat moody temperament. Some days it’s beautifully intriguing. On other days it gives me the cold-shouldered ‘silent treatment’. :rolleyesold:
  17. Re: Fresh and sophisticated men's fragrance...

    1962 is great, especially if you’re a fan of old school fresh greens like Polo. It has a good reach so go easy on this.

    Neroli Voyage is a classic citrus-woods for the gentleman. A good performer...
  18. Re: Artisanal/Indie suggestions for someone who's not the biggest fan?

    As they say, taste is subjective. There seems to be a bit of rationalizing on your part to explain why you don’t enjoy certain fragrances from indie hotshots. Personally I find Hiram Greens somewhat...
  19. Re: You Favorite note, in Five scents, for Five Occasions

    What a wonderfully thought out thread! Well done, guys. Well, it’s late and I’m off to bed. Will chip in tomorrow if I feel inspired.
  20. Re: The annoying trend of releasing a 'regular' as EdT, then EdP the following year, then Parfum..

    It’s an old cash grab model. It only bothers me if they discontinue a favorite concentration in order to sell more expensive (not necessarily better) bottles in the higher concentration. cough...
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    Re: Best Fragrance Names

    ALD War & Peace - somewhat evocatively named, the scent however is less controversial.

    I like ‘Incidence Diplomatique’ too, though the scent feels more ‘diplomatic’ than the name suggests.


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  22. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    Russian Musk Attar by Areej Le Doré. Also found out it had leaked out a fair bit because I didn’t place it upright. My heart sank...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Hot damn! Adam’s pulling out the aces...

    Btw ‘iris accord’ doesn’t sound anything like ‘orris butter’... Could it be a synthetic?
  24. Re: Does there exist ONE "all around" favorite Cologne ?

    Loewe Esencia does it for me.

    Perhaps you just haven’t found the one...yet.
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    Re: great smells that you remember as a kid

    * New erasers. They get rubbed out too quickly unfortunately.

    * Dusty powdery lavender-ish scent at the neighbourhood barbers’ (an outfit with 5-6 barbers operating on a queue system). Hated...
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    Re: Chanel Boy -- Yes, I'm obsessing

    This. Don’t feed that paranoia.
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    Re: Seller's remorse?

    I feel your pain, knowing just how good this one is.

    Personally I had a bit of regret selling away my 1996 vintage bottle of Guerlain Heritage edt. But knowing it went to a fan helped soothed the...
  28. Re: Today I gave away the following perfumes ...

    Last week I prepared a box of fragrances to give away to my wife’s cousin. I know I won’t miss them as I can’t even remember what they were!
  29. Re: What's the muskiest aquatic you can think of?

    Perhaps Squid by Zoologist?
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    Re: Does size matter? ... 50ml or 100ml?

    The VFM argument rings hollow unless one uses up the 100 ml, which is near impossible when one’s wardrobe has over 50 bottles. The pricing structure is set up just so customers are made to feel...
  31. Re: Can Incense and Leather fragrances be versatile?

    I’ve worn CdG Avignon and Zagorsk ​to the office before. No issues whatsoever. Just don’t go trigger-happy.
  32. Re: Not Enough Days in the Year to Enjoy All the Fragrances I Own! Argh!

    An excellent idea. I usually carry a set of sample/decants in my bag.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    How did Adam know that ‘vintage 1920s’ were the magic words that unlock my wallet? :wink:
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    Re: What size do you buy?

    Smallest size available unless it’s so insanely good that I wear it frequently and live somewhat in fear of future reformulations. Otherwise 30 ml is a very sweet spot for me.
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    Re: I'm a sample addict

    You’re not alone, believe me. I’d have spent a few Gs on samples by now.
  36. Re: Not Enough Days in the Year to Enjoy All the Fragrances I Own! Argh!

    Solved this issue earlier year. I stopped going by days; I now go by hours and have 8760 hours to ‘play’ with. It’s liberating & I no longer have hang ups over a scent‘s ‘poor’ longevity.
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    Re: Norma Kamali - Normalife The Scent

    LOL. Double entendres galore. Spritzing on ‘gender fluid’ sounds so...wrong. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Very disappointed

    Invest in some good carpets, perhaps? Especially around the place you keep these bottles of fragrances.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Add this to the ALD BINGO card. :lolk:
  40. Re: Oliver & Co rebranding as Avant-Garden Labs

    Perhaps it’s just a play on ‘avantgarde-lab’ or that name has already been taken....
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    Re: Today I bought July 2020

    Excellent choice.

    Today I bought....nothing. Just waiting for the next ALD collection to drop.
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    Re: Eau de Space

    The scent of unwashed astronauts in spacesuits might be more... ‘interesting’.
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    Re: Prices going up.... again

    AFAIC, LV or any price gougers can keep their outrageous prices and shove those bottles up their collective you-know-where. Apart from a few artisanal brands and maybe 2-3 favorite perfumers I follow...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You don’t say...
  45. Re: To spend or not to spend? That is the question!

    They started out pricing their bottles iirc at $98. Then it went up to $138. Then $178. Ryukyu is $228. And now let’s go for broke and charge $398. It’s pretty obvious they are once again trying to...
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    Re: Creed Exposed!

    Lol. Half-wondering where he rented the outfit. A funeral parlour?
  47. Thread: Auphorie

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    Re: Auphorie

    Good point. I’m hoping their Miyako‘s osmanthus accord won’t get in the kyara’s way. As much as I’d love a sniff, I think I’ll wrestle down the FOMO on this one.
  48. Re: Loud, Fresh, ice, Brutal Projection, ........?

    Azzaro Chrome

    or

    Davidoff Silver Shadow Altitude
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    Re: Are you a fragrance scalper?

    Anyone who’s been with that giant ALD thread from the early days would have seen me waging a personal battle against what I perceive to be ‘profiteering’ on the back of artisanal perfumers’ effort....
  50. Re: The All-Time Great Neroli/Orange Blossom Fragrances

    I have a feeling I’m forgetting a few but one I found enjoyable was Houbigant Orangers en Fleurs.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Likewise. Big fan of this sub-genre.
  52. Re: The first 90 seconds of MDCI Chypre Palatin vs. the rest of it

    Sorry to hear that. As much as I enjoy Chypre Palatin it often ends up wearing me out. Still trying to figure out why I find the final 3rd a bit tiresome...
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    Re: Elie Saab - La Collection des Essences

    Wow. Exactly what this line needs. It’s so hard to find reviews! But yeah, you’re right. It’s getting harder to get hold of them. I bought the Vetiver but there is indeed a creamy warmth about it...
  54. Re: Green Spell by Eris Parfums - 2021 release + crowdfund

    Kinda looks like a riff on Diptyque L’Ombre dans L’Eau IMO...
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    Re: Newest Heeley - Zeste De Gingembre!

    +1 I’m surprised I don’t already own a few bottles from this house.
  56. Re: Histoires de parfums not a blue bottle 1.1

    Wasn’t aware it’s already up to 1.6 lol. Thanks, hednic. Will look it up at the local Sephora if they already have it.
  57. Re: Perfume for folks that work in a smelly environment

    Zoologist’ T-Rex might help.
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    Re: Niche houses with best projection

    Amouage
    Fragrance Du Bois
    Francesca Bianchi
    Tom Ford Private Blend
    Xerjoff

    ...among others.
  59. Re: Has anyone received fake fragrances from fragranceX or fragrancenet?

    Never. No worries here.
  60. Re: Histoires de parfums not a blue bottle 1.1

    I’m a fan. It’s zesty and somewhat cool and metallic. Good performer IMO.
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    Re: How to "perk up" Terre d'Hermes parfum?

    What layers well with TdH parfum? Why, the EDT of course!

    If you expect citrus notes to last longer and don’t mind if they don’t smell quite as natural, try Xerjoff Nio or 1861 Renaissance.
  62. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    128939

    https://youtu.be/UOJiEgxt7RY
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    Re: Today I bought June 2020

    Enough to fill up the bathtub yet? :wink:
  64. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Yes, he does. Your nose will tell you if it isn’t. If it’s natural, the musk scent profile will change or develop with age. Synthetic ones don’t.
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Outstanding!
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    Re: Father's Day Surprise

    Congrats, Chuck! I love Tuscany Uomo so this certainly piques my curiosity.
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    Re: The 34 Bottle Threshold/Rule.

    What’s there to manage or even get stressed about? It’s just fun stuff I spray on whenever I feel like it. Somedays I wear none, some days I try on 4-5 different fragrances. So what if a few bottles...
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    Re: Hiram Green Vivacious (2020)

    Violet. Orris butter. Magic words to me. Adding it to my sampling list.
  69. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Has anyone tried Sir Winston attar yet? Just curious...



    Wow! Never heard it described in those terms before. I might have to revisit it though my sample’s all gone.
  70. Re: Do you like or dislike fragrances based on criteria OTHER THAN SMELL(and performance)?

    Ugly packaging has put me off from trying certain fragrances before. In most cases I only care about the scent and overall wearability. I know my way around price tags so that itself is seldom a...
  71. Re: Those with kids here: do they share your love of fragrance?

    Eldest daughter doesn’t particularly care for them. But her 2 little sisters always like to pick a bottle or 2 from my collection to ‘layer’. :wink:
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Never tried Oud Yusuf so I wouldn’t know how it compares. Oh btw forgot to add I also received a sample of Iris Noir with the SLA.

    As for ALD, I used to get FeelOud samples with my purchases but...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Lucky you. I didn’t think Bortnikoff would give out free samples if they’re selling those same samples on their site.

    I did however receive a little Oud Ya’aqub and People’s Silani samples with...
  74. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Wearing my sample of Vetiver Nocturne Absolute. Sheesh. The ‘overripe banana’ vibe is persistent in this one. Not a fan. Prefer the regular VN.
  75. Re: Perfume disenchantment. Advice/thoughts on it, pls

    Wow. I feel sorry already if this is indeed the conclusion you arrived at after amassing thousands of bottles over the years. Yep, something else is afoot and it’s not your nose. A brain that used to...
  76. Re: The Balance of Notes in Black Aoud: Could've been Better!

    I enjoy Black Aoud as it is. It’s probably one of my favourites from Montale. Nice to see it discussed again here; it was a BN darling when I first joined.
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    Re: Classy fragrance NON-vetiver based

    Domenico Caraceni 1913
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    Same sentiments here. I already have Mriga. Planning to add Tom Yum and get more Ma Nishtana. Curious to sample Haxan.
  79. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Yikes! Guess Dimitry loves his flowers.
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    Re: Maced myself - Fragrance in the Eyes :(

    LOL. I’ve been there! Which particular fragrance is this? How badly did it sting? It may not be such a bad idea to carry a small atomiser around to do double duties. Who knows? Muggers smelling good...
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    Re: Roja Parfums - Great Britain

    Roger can choose to put any price tag he wants for a fragrance. Clearly he’s pricing out the price-sensitive segment[/b]. After covering costs, price is not driven by a fragrance composition. ...
  82. Re: Masculinity in gender differences in perfumery

    TLDR;

    But I LOL @PStoller’s keen observation (post #5) on male fragrance aficionados’ seeming obsession with “projection & performance”. Double entendres indeed. Well played, sir. :thumbsup:
  83. Re: Which houses in your collection do you have 3 or more bottles so far

    Never heard of Polo fragrance house. You guys meant Ralph Lauren didn’t you? :smiley:
  84. Re: Which houses in your collection do you have 3 or more bottles so far

    In alphabetical order:

    Amouage
    Areej Le Doré
    Bortnikoff
    Chanel
    Chopard
    Clive Christian
    Dior
    Diptyque
  85. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Taking a leaf from the ALD playbook are we here? :rolleyesold:

    I sorta share wood&leather’s sentiments. While Musk Khabib and Sir Winston attars pique my interest, I think attar-wise I’m going...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It could well be a collaborative exploration involving the use of a lot more ACs, clearly something that would be less readily accepted by most ALD fans had it been done under the ALD brand. Perhaps...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    Vintage Samsara! Congrats. Always wanted some. Just can’t decide on the concentration.
  88. Re: Versatile office niche scent for under 150$?

    If you’re looking into MFK may I also suggest Masculin Pluriel. A modern more subtle update on classic fougeres. Very office friendly.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    1st test for Covid was negative. Hope the 2nd is too.

    Reckoned sampling is a good way to enjoy fragrances while in hospital as no single fragrance will then be closely associated with the...
  90. Re: The Lady Eve: A Perfume can Convert a Man

    @slpfrsly. Love that scene from Shawshank Redemption. I guess we don’t fully appreciate what we have until it’s taken from us.



    That’s what I love about these old movies. They’re more engaging...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Sampling... Jovoy Incident Diplomatique from the cold comfort of a hospital bed.
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    Re: EO Private Blend

    Now we finally get why it’s called ‘Private Blend’. :wink:
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    Re: Armani Code - 2006 Bottle Found

    If stored approximately perfumes can last even longer than 13 years. If it still smells good it is good. Congrats on the 2006 bottle. Armani Code was popular when I first joined Basenotes.
  94. Re: Tell us a fragrance you can't get how others love

    Can’t argue against that bolded part lol. Just that I’m on these forums practically every day and I hardly see these instances of snobbery where a BNer exalts a niche fragrance BECAUSE of its...
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    Re: Most Daring Summer Heat Choice

    How insightful! And I fully agree. It’s that thick syrupy texture like a piece of melted confection that grates in the heat and humidity, isn’t it?
  96. Re: Tell us a fragrance you can't get how others love

    Hey, we all enjoy what we like and we don’t enjoy what we don’t like. Fair enough?

    Sure, I can see the fanboy-ism for certain brands that seem to have acquired ‘cult status’. What I fail to see is...
  97. Re: different/original scents from Roja Dove ?

    Roja Parfums is not alone in upscale brand /market positioning while mining existing concepts. Depending on what matters more to you, you could always take it or leave it.

    Originality? No...
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    Re: Fragrance Du Bois favorites?

    Just sampled Cannabis Intense. Loving it. Anyone splitting theirs? Would like to get a decant.

    Also tried Rose du Bois. Very nice indeed. But not quite as breathtaking as Rising Phoenix Musk Rose...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    127518 SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS
    Celine Haute Parfumerie Collection

    An expansive heliotrope-driven ambery scent that is forgivably synthetic yet undeniably chic. Oddly addictive, it made me post my...
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    Re: Most Daring Summer Heat Choice

    +1 Brilliantly put.

    It is perpetually summer all year round down here. I wear my heavy hitters as often as the fresher lighter ones. Yesterday I rocked out Areej Le Doré Antiquity. The day before...
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