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  1. Re: Guerlain L'Homme Ideal...pathetic generic trash.

    One question...

    Why does Guerlain now feel the need to include 'homme' in the names of their mainstream masculine releases? To make the fragrances appear more butch?
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    Re: O'Driu: Peety vs Eva Kant

    Ditto.
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    Re: Can anyone recommend a good amber oil?

    Although it's since been reformulated, this one may be worth looking into:

    http://www.edenbotanicals.com/products/essence-oil-blends-amber-products-natural-scented-perfume/amber-essence-oil.html
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    Re: Marijuana fragrance -- new!

    For someone who was born in Swaziland, I sense an 'English imperialist' angle to the design concept, which I find somewhat unsettling...
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    Re: The Darkest Day In Fragrance History...

    Don't worry - whatever bottles you already have of Aventus will soon turn anyway...
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    Re: The Darkest Day In Fragrance History...

    Exactly! LOL!
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    Re: New Le Labo Geranium 30 For Opening Ceremony

    Going by Le Labo's past releases, it won't be a geranium-centric release. I think most of you already know the score.
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    Re: What's the one ingredient you hate?

    With regards to naturals, cedar - it exemplifies laziness on the perfumer's part.

    With regards to synthetics, any kind of woody-amber aroma chemical base.
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    Re: Arabie by Serge Lutens?

    It's definitely one of the best releases from this house.
  10. Re: Profumum Roma - Ambra Aurea - reformulated??

    Bottle with new juice:

    http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h107/Zeyay/3995009_large_zps848c65e8.jpg


    A photo of a brand new bottle of Ambra Aurea, I once owned, taken the same week it was...
  11. Re: Profumum Roma - Ambra Aurea - reformulated??

    Trust me, it's not.

    Below are a couple of good examples of how a brand new bottle of Ambra Aurea used to look:


    http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h107/Zeyay/73p2f9_zps2aa5e20c.jpg ...
  12. Re: Profumum Roma - Ambra Aurea - reformulated??

    I've just seen a bottle of Ambra Aurea, with the colour of the juice like the sample on the right, and was scratching my head. I've seen many bottles of Ambra Aurea, over the years, and the juice...
  13. Re: Your top three discontinued frags you'd want to see returned

    Come on, you know that's an acute understatement...

    As much as these discussions are interesting, while still going nowhere, the subject matter is still representative of the mindset of many...
  14. Re: Your top three discontinued frags you'd want to see returned

    What, a discussion that doesn't lead anywhere? I prefer to live in the real world...
  15. Re: Name 3 Fragrances that the fragrance community loves, but you don't see the hype!

    Will upload the compressed file very soon...
  16. Re: Name 3 Fragrances that the fragrance community loves, but you don't see the hype!

    How much spare time do you have?
  17. Re: Your top three discontinued frags you'd want to see returned

    Even if these fragrances returned, they wouldn't be the same formulation. Such wishful thinking is futile.

    If you really yearn for these fragrances, seek them out. That's the only way any of you...
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    Re: Like Gendarme Green but better.

    Gendarme Green isn't strictly a green scent:

    "Interestingly enough, the 'green' denotement isn't really an indication of how it smells, but more the fact that it's an environmentally friendly...
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    Re: What is The Difference Between EDP and EDT?

    With the way many fragrance houses are operating, these days, EDP and EDT are interchangeable, with zero regard for accurately indicating the true perfume concentration.

    Good old Marketing...
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    Re: The Best Patchouly ever...

    +1

    Chanel's Coromandel is a good one as well, but it's basically diluted Indian patchouli absolute, adorned with a few extra notes.
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    Re: Your favorite new releases of 2014...so far

    L'inferno by O'driù
    Maai by Bogue
    Cédrat Enivrant by Atelier Cologne
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    Re: Is Amouage watering down ?

    Mimi, just come back to us when you're ready. :wink:




    And how exactly are they going to 'test their stock', without compromising the unopened condition of the bottles they're selling? Maybe...
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    Re: Creamy Sandalwood Fragrance ?

    If you're looking for a sandalwood fragrance and not the real deal, I would recommend Santal Carmin by Atelier Cologne. Tam Dao is more about cedar than sandalwood, IMHO.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Sample Pass Thread Redux

    Interesting reviews!

    I just have one question about Kere. Is it an immortelle fragrance or a fragrance using other notes to emulate immortelle? There appears to be conflicting information about it.
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    Re: Harrods stopped giving samples

    To be honest, Harrods was more miss than hit, when it came to obtaining samples.
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    Re: Is Amouage watering down ?

    Probably number one.

    I'm sure many of the respectable niche houses start out with the best intentions. But, when the money really starts rolling in...
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    Re: After the Oud fad dies out, then what?

    I completely agree. But only after completely exploiting the Middle-Eastern and Chinese markets. Actually, this would be the next logical step, after the Western fragrance industry tailors their...
  28. Re: Have Reformulations ruined fragrances? : Dior Homme, Chergui, Timbuktu?

    I completely agree.

    It's even more of an insult when they continue projecting that pseudo-dignified 'art and substance are everything to us' BS.
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    Re: Harrods stopped giving samples

    By the looks of it, it's going to get even more difficult to obtain free samples, unless you either pay for them or make a FB purchase.
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    Re: Is Amouage watering down ?

    And I've always admired your proactive approach. :smiley:
  31. Re: Have Reformulations ruined fragrances? : Dior Homme, Chergui, Timbuktu?

    And what was the 2007 fragrance?

    Regardless of semantics, my answer is 'yes'.
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    Re: Is Amouage watering down ?

    Hey, Mimi!

    Sorry to hear about your misfortune but I'm glad you were refunded.

    Another once great niche house goes down the pan but I was long expecting it.

    Yes, Mr Chong has certainly lost...
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    Re: After the Oud fad dies out, then what?

    Well, all these oud releases aren't released primarily for the sake of the Western consumer...

    If most Western production/manufacturing wasn't moved to China, it probably wouldn't be the merging...
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    Re: After the Oud fad dies out, then what?

    Whatever note best panders towards the Chinese market.
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    Re: Les Senteurs In-Store Samples

    I've no idea but it's the last thing us more experienced Basenoters need. Besides, I wouldn't like to feel pressured to purchase something just because I booked a private consultation (even worse if...
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    Re: Les Senteurs In-Store Samples

    What's interesting is that my offer to pay for the samples in-store, when I visited, wasn't addressed.
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    Re: New Amouage Opus VIII

    Thanks. I'll keep a mental note of that for my next encounter. :smiley:
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    Re: Les Senteurs In-Store Samples

    It's official.

    I've been in touch with Les Senteurs about the incident, and they have confirmed that their sample policy has changed due to "various problems". Samples are now only offered to...
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    Re: New Amouage Opus VIII

    Are you referring to Opus VI, the amber one?
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    The amount of times I've had a potential buyer asking me how fresh a bottle, for sale, is beggars belief. You're not buying fruit and veg!

    There's a lot of misinformation about that. As long as...
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    Re: New Amouage Opus VIII

    Many thanks for that. :smiley:

    I finally smelt it the other day and could swear it's a strange hybrid of Opus I and Opus IV, with light aquatic tones... well, initially. Unfortunately, it was a...
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    Re: 50ml or 100ml? How good is 100ml good?

    It largely depends on six factors:

    1) How often you wear fragrances in your wardrobe.
    2) How much you apply per wearing.
    3) How many fragrances are in your wardrobe (including back-ups).
    4) The...
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    Re: Les Senteurs In-Store Samples

    Thanks, Jon, for that.

    I know someone who visited their Marble Arch store, last week, and didn't have this problem.

    Either the policy is very recent or the SA didn't like the look of me, which...
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    Les Senteurs In-Store Samples

    Does anyone know if Les Senteurs' policy, regarding providing free samples in-store has changed?

    I went to their Belgravia store, today, and was informed by an unfriendly female SA, whom I've...
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    Re: Habit Rouge Eau de Parfum

    Of course you do - that's what makes us all individuals.
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    Re: Habit Rouge Eau de Parfum

    Any version of the EDP is definitely a woodier affair.

    I also never understood all the praise for the extrait. My God, what a wasted opportunity! If you have issues with the EDP, forget about...
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    Re: Habit Rouge Eau de Parfum

    Been saying that for years...

    I also found the original EDP (with oud) to be too murky to be enjoyed. Although not a fan, I much prefer the vintage EDT.
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    I tried them all when they first came out (I think I was one of the first to mention the existence of Amouage extraits on Basenotes). I applied Jub 25 extrait on myself, on two separate occasions,...
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    I found the Jub 25 extrait very disappointing. It's not as edgy and doesn't last long on the skin.

    As a result, I ended up getting the EDP instead.

    Personally, I think the Lyric and Epic...
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    I would agree that both concentrations for Epic Woman are very similar, albeit the extrait is richer and longer lasting.

    Neither are sillage monsters.
  51. Re: Pathétique, performance perfume_________Pathétique contest.

    the garden of the Hesperides at dawn, pink pepper, a healthy serving of hot air, galbanum, secretions from a once promising bourgeois artist who abused their talent, wilted florals covered in soil,...
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    Re: Fragrance on tall people?

    That's because it goes over their heads… :wink:
  53. Re: I'm Loving Luten's Chene...... It's Going Onto The Bottle Worthy List

    Without Christopher Sheldrake around to hand out a band-aid...
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    Re: Roja Dove Aoud vs Amber Aoud?

    Neither are worth the money but I would go with Amber Aoud.
  55. Re: I'm Loving Luten's Chene...... It's Going Onto The Bottle Worthy List

    As much as I love how Chene smells, I do feel that it's too thin.
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    Re: New Amouage Opus VIII

    I haven't try this yet but will try to soon.

    How does it compare to Opus I? Anyone?
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    Re: New from Guerlain: Royal Extract

    Great news for some but I'm still waiting for the first great Guerlain release, after Jean-Paul Guerlain's departure, EU regulations or not.
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    Re: When does fragrance marketing go too far?

    Personally, I wished all the fragrance houses only provided us with the notes, scent families and stopped with the gag-worthy backstories. Even Amouage's lavish and 'arty' videos, for example, are...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum - 2014

    Agreed.
  60. Re: Whats the quickest amount of time you returned/sold a fragrance after receiving it and what was

    Sounds sexy to me… :tongue:
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    Re: Anything goes? "Eau de M" by Martynka

    Of course, that's always welcomed. However, with IFRA breathing down everyone's necks, it does beg the question whether such ventures can truly be truly successful.

    We can live in hope, though.
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    Re: Diptyque - Tam Dao reformulation

    Okay, that's interesting to hear…

    Well, to be honest, I already have a personal stash of sandalwood oil, so I don't think Diptyque is ever going to win me over with Tam Dao. :smiley:
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    Re: Which Amouage for women should I sample?

    Sample them all, would be my advice.

    I own Jubilation 25 and Epic Woman extrait. I did once own vintage bottles of Ubar and Gold Woman but they just weren't for me. Lyric Woman is also a good one....
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    Re: Diptyque - Tam Dao reformulation

    Ditto.

    I've been saying for years that Tam Dao is anything but a sandalwood fragrance.

    *shrugs*
  65. Re: Maria Candida Gentile: Gentile - Longevity? Anything similar?

    It comes in a 30ml bottle because it's a parfum extrait. Longevity is pretty good but none of her fragrances are nuclear.

    Gentile should last a good six hours but it won't be loud.
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    Re: Uer Mi - new perfume brand

    *yawns*
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    Re: Anything goes? "Eau de M" by Martynka

    Instead of concentrating on producing a quality product...
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: MAAI

    Maai sounds very appealing...
  69. Thread: Way Off Scenter

    by Trebor
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    Re: Way Off Scenter

    Welcome back, Andrew!
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    It's not cynical - that is the future.

    Think of how many times a fragrance ignoramus has moaned about someone wearing (or using) a natural essential oil, only to later praise the latest...
  71. Re: Parfumerie Generale samples, but which ones?

    Most of them are nice but lack substance. If you like fragrances with relatively weak white musk bases, go for it. If not, you may be in for a brutal disappointment (especially if the top and mid...
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    Re: Dark Incense Close to Norma Kamali Incense?

    Wear a mixture if labdanum absolute and copal, with a dash of davana (or something boozy), and you'll be close.

    I never got all the hype about NK Incense being a powerhouse. It isn't.
  73. Re: Whats the quickest amount of time you returned/sold a fragrance after receiving it and what was

    I try to sample before purchasing, as blind buys are a real crap shoot.

    The last thing I did try to return was Malle's Noir Epices, not because I didn't like it but because the juice smelt off,...
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    Poll: Re: the best global region for fragrances

    Agreed.


    Ditto.
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    Re: Fragrance du Bois, new Niche Oud based House

    Niche my posterior...

    The Du Bois brand has recently expanded into bespoke jewellery; handmade and personalised featuring rare and ethically sourced precious woods, gold, silver and rare gems;...
  76. Re: I feel like Borneo 1834 is not getting the praise it deserves on here..

    Coromandel and Borneo 1834...

    As well as being composed by the same perfumer, and possessing a similar olfactory premise, the foundation of both is also heavily reliant on one crucial component -...
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    Re: Aqua Oleum revamp and more...

    I've said all I have to say on the subject.

    To those reading this thread, you can make up your own minds.

    Old website (from roughly a year ago, although the stated prices were largely the same...
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    Re: Aqua Oleum revamp and more...

    Not agreeing with you doesn't mean I'm being dismissive (and, if I was a displeased existing customer, it's certainly something you shouldn't be accusing me of right now). I've also addressed all...
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    Re: Aqua Oleum revamp and more...

    Or even an e-mail to all previous customers.
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    Re: Aqua Oleum revamp and more...

    It's called maintaining customer loyalty.

    These sudden and unexplained price increases are simply going to drive customers away. Yes, there may be justification for some of the products, but a...
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    Re: Aqua Oleum revamp and more...

    1) Admittedly, Aqua Oleum's prices have been quite steady for the last few years. The examples I gave were quite random, and I'm sure that some materials have increased in price, but most of the...
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    Re: Aqua Oleum revamp and more...

    And your comments aren't biased at all, right?

    The fact remains that the sudden price hike is extremely steep.

    A good friend noticed the price changes, a few days ago, and e-mailed asking for...
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    Re: Aqua Oleum revamp and more...

    One should also watch out for the price increases in bottle sizes.

    For example, with Frankincense:

    10ml: previously £9.76, now £10.75
    25ml: previously £17.07, now £27.41
    50ml: previously...
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    Aqua Oleum revamp and more...

    New website design and logo (yeh!), new bottles and label design (boo!)... and numerous price increases.

    The most noticeable ones I've come across, so far, are the following:

    Rose Otto - an...
  85. Re: Molecule 01 mystery: did I get the wrong juice or is olfactory fatigue a complicated thing?

    You won't get any concrete answers here - only possible explanations.
  86. Re: Molecule 01 mystery: did I get the wrong juice or is olfactory fatigue a complicated thing?

    Do yourself a favour and just make it yourself - that's unless you're more interested in owning the bottle than the actual contents, which is the only plausible reason for your concerns.
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    Re: Dior Cuir Cannage (2014)

    Amen to that!
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    Re: Dior Cuir Cannage (2014)

    roflmao!!!
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    Re: New Amouage Opus VIII

    "And I like the aquatic/calone note..."

    Hmmmm... That could be a deal-breaker.
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    Re: Two New Amouages Coming

    Who cares what Turin says! That's his opinion. Nothing he says is canon, like any other fragrance writer or reviewer.

    If you don't like other Basenoters having opinions about fragrances, as well...
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    Re: Two New Amouages Coming

    There are some who feel that the quality has dipped after the Memoir duo.

    Most houses are now releasing fragrances at a frightening rate when, in the past, more time was allowed to develop a...
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    Re: Naomi Goodsir - Or Du Serail

    The bottle label is very Luten-esque (old design).
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    Re: All Roja Parfums prices going up

    Never viewed any of them as truly bottle-worthy, so it doesn't bother me in the slightest.
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    Re: Montale Bottle Blues!

    This must be a recent occurrence, as my bottles from 2008 have never caused me any problems.
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    Re: Two New Amouages Coming

    Personally, I would have preferred Amouage taking a year off from releasing anything new.
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    Re: Most prolific or common note?

    That sounds about right, especially the top five.
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    Re: Roja Dove Harrods - Unbelievable!

    Agreed.

    A Profumum costs around £40 more than anywhere else. Even taking into account European shipping, from an e-tailer, it's still £25-30 more expensive.
  98. Re: Someone hating your fragrance - has this ever happened to you?

    Ajmal's AA Pure Indian Musk Gazelle... but they had a point. :happy:
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    Re: Dior Cuir Cannage (2014)

    I find it hilarious that the video, featured on the Dior website, shows the perfumer bottling and packaging each individual bottle, a la Tauer, interspersed with images of a tailor at work.

    Such...
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    Re: New Canadian line launched: Jazmin Sarai

    Thanks for the info but I can't stop from yawning...
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