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    Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    I like to discover raw materials when I hit olfactive road blocks. It’s the reason why I enjoy natural perfumery so much. Vetiver for example can have so many different regional varieties that all...
  2. Re: Why do you love the funk/skank/barn/dirt?

    You might be like me in that certain musks you can’t smell properly or at least differently from others. Musk is something I’ve had to train my nose to smell but it only came after a sample was sent...
  3. Re: Why do you love the funk/skank/barn/dirt?

    It was an accident replying to another basenoter. Just realized it happened now.
  4. Re: Coronavirus and International Packages ?

    All of my orders came thru India via EMS that were placed at the beginning of the month. My one order thru DHL actually arrived a day early.
  5. Re: Coronavirus and International Packages ?

    I have a package from AgarwoodAssam and Naaz perfumes stuck in transit for weeks now. Both transactions are currently held up in New York and Mumbai according to the EMS tracking info. One package...
  6. Re: Strong Aftershaves As Hand Sanitizer During Coronavirus?

    I just buy half gallons of Everclear for 7 dollars that are 90% alcohol and put some essential oils in It to smell good and spray my hands before and after touching anything. Vodka is only 40%...
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    Re: How is Initio Rehab?

    I get a sweet tobacco accord followed up with a spiced clove, vanilla, cinnamon and a melange of other ingredients to create a warm and inviting aura. It’s the first fragrance I’ve ever been...
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    Re: Ensar Oud Tigerlust

    My experience with TigerLust so far has been extremely positive. The opening shares a similar DNA with heart notes of EO1 but that’s where it ends. The opening is bright floral citrusy oud with very...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I prefer attars over parfums for several reasons. The first being a “true” attar is hard to come by but Russian Adam, Bortnikoff, and Ensar all do great jobs at creating true attars although very...
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    Re: Ensar oud crime & punishment

    I learned a lot from this post man. Very well said and this was a really positive thing to read this morning. I realize that I too was getting caught up in the way I express myself on here instead of...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’ve done it before and it works. It’s the same thing as making the perfume itself from my understanding. The attar format is just undiluted by perfumers alcohol however it’s not to say it doesn’t...
  12. Re: Perfumes to keep people 1.5 meters away from you

    Instead of wearing facemasks, get creative with leather bondage masks covered in deer musk and wrap your face up so people will A: think you’re from beyond the thunder dome and B: probably think...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You’re right. I made an edit and corrected on why I shouldn’t have said that. I don’t want to come across as being this huge dick because this community is new to me. I’m from a totally different...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Okay I’m buzzed up and I was just told I’m the biggest asshole on Basenotes. I apologize for my behavior especially if it’s come across as rude or disrespectful. That’s not my intentions. The...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Deleted. Shouldn’t have posted
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Now imagine what that’ll be like coming from Thailand. RA should really push the release date back. It’s extremely irresponsible at this point. Imagine how many angry consumers are going to be...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    From my understanding, even if you bought these attars when they’re released, don’t plan on getting them anytime soon. I mean that for real. NOTHING is shipping from anywhere close to Asia. If you...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

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    My favorites so far. I have way more samples and bottles but I feel like this is the start of what speaks to my soul and not so much for the pleasure of others.
  19. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Attar Silsila from Agarwood Assam! It’s coming in the mail soon so I’ll give my impressions as soon as it does. AgarwoodAssam and DixitandZak hands down are the most underrated perfumers/distillers...
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    Re: Best affordable introduction to oud oils

    I’d say NagaLayyen from Ensar Oud. I think it’s at $119 for 2.5 grams. It opens really intense but settles into a very spicy resinous core. The dry down is fantastic and to this day I haven’t found...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    What a bummer to see such a talented artist completely fall short and dismantle/destroy a beautiful thing. Maybe that’s the whole point? What if he’s sick of it and has moved on or wants to move and...
  22. Re: Why do you love the funk/skank/barn/dirt?

    Yes totally agree with the hiking. That’s when I wear my ultra skanky ouds and attars. I’m sure the scent trail lasts for a solid football field sometimes hahah. I think the whole push for animalics...
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    Re: Sauvage EDP already reformulated?!

    I spend too much time on Reddit hahah! Every post is talking about this and it’s starting to feel like the reddit crowd is spilling onto basenotes which has been my safe haven for fragrances.
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    Re: Sauvage EDP already reformulated?!

    I don’t want to be “that” guy but it’s not like the reformulations that so many people speak of are enough to warrant dropping the fragrance altogether. If you only liked one specific aspect of a...
  25. Re: Why do you love the funk/skank/barn/dirt?

    I totally get it. A lot of the fragrance community I’ve noticed has been flirting with animalics only to find out just exactly what animalic means! But you’re right. Even for me small doses is key...
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    Re: Smoke, Mirrors and Sustainability

    This completely fails to mention the huge conservation effort to cultivate organic oud from farms which most oud based perfumery is derived from now. It helps the economy and keeps the trees from...
  27. Re: Why do you love the funk/skank/barn/dirt?

    Ah see this is where I disagree. I love the smell of natural body odor. There’s a difference between uncleanliness and someone’s natural odor. I love knowing what someone smells like and I wish these...
  28. Re: Why do you love the funk/skank/barn/dirt?

    Yeah dude a big part of my love for that atmospheric scent is how much horses are factored into just about every trail/hiking/scenery out here in Arizona. Nature and manure go hand in hand but...
  29. Re: Why do you love the funk/skank/barn/dirt?

    I love the way my dogs paws smell haha! It’s like this musky cornchip smell. I call her stinky Riddle (my last name) hence my username haha
  30. Re: Why do you love the funk/skank/barn/dirt?

    Totally! I live in the Sonoran desert and the smells out here in the desert after it rains is my favorite perfume of all. A lot of the trails I hike are covered in horse/donkey manure but the soft...
  31. Re: Why do you love the funk/skank/barn/dirt?

    I agree! The way in which certain materials on their own can be repulsive yet add depth and beauty is so amazing. Not many ingredients can do that.
  32. Why do you love the funk/skank/barn/dirt?

    I’ve been thinking about this recently. What makes me love and become drawn towards scents that lean dirty?

    For starters I grew up on a farm. Everyone morning my chores were to milk the goats and...
  33. Re: Waft From The Loft - Sarah McCartney 4160 Tuesdays

    I never once thought about their mannerism other than thinking about how lovely these two must be to sit down and have a conversation with. I’m really looking forward to this. I don’t mind if the oud...
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    Re: Oud centered brands?

    Dixit and Zak and Agarwood Assam. Dixit and Zak had the oud release of the year with Emperor Hind in my opinion.
  35. Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    I don’t know if anyone saw his recent Instagram pics of the mess of his living room/living space where he makes his perfumes but it’s completely non sterile which is the same issues everyone gets on...
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    Re: Oud Extraordinaire Ensar Oud

    I’ve had oud extraordinarie for a few wearings now and the op is correct. The projection is pretty soft but like most oud oils I wouldn’t expect it to be monstrous.

    Here’s the kicker though. I...
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    Re: Ensar oud crime & punishment

    You say EO1 is flat and boring I say it’s full of depth and has clearly defined top middle and base notes. There’s a certain level of harassment at this point where anyone praising ensar has several...
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    Re: Ensar oud crime & punishment

    You’re mistaking your opinion for fact. Sorry bud.
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    Re: Ensar oud crime & punishment

    Deleted. It’s not worth it.
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    Re: Ensar oud crime & punishment

    This is where youre wrong. Ensar has far exceeded the attar game way before Bortnikoff or Russian Adam stepped into the game. Ensars creations are absolutely beautifully crafted and actually uses top...
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    Re: Ensar oud crime & punishment

    This is the type of post that makes me want to completely distance myself from the fragrance community especially since I was given this same treatment for another brand. It’s really sad to know that...
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    Re: Ensar oud crime & punishment

    You literally made a post a few weeks ago singing ensars praises and listed EO1 as your top oud fragrance you own. Why the sudden change of heart?
  43. Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    That Ol’ bitch tar I’ll tell ya!! Haha
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    Re: Ensar oud crime & punishment

    Thanks for the review! I’m really hoping to get a tester but Adam told me it might not be possible so I’m not sure if that means there’s limited supply or what but I tried ordering one and he said...
  45. Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    I tried the Birch Tar and leather and to me it smells like liquid smoke and burnt brisket. I don’t get much in the way of leather but it does smell like a photorealistic campfire with burning meat....
  46. Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    It’s a bummer to negatively review such a passionate individuals first creations but Mushin just isn’t my style. There’s no doubt Matt has some winners but I might hold off for a year or two before...
  47. Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    After sitting with Mushin for a week it’s a flop for me. It’s basically a powdery feminine leaning peachy apricot perfume with not much in the way of incense or woods or really anything Japanese...
  48. Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    There was a discrepancy I brought up about his civet paste because the company he sourced his current civet paste from is not the same as the stuff that Mr Dan sources from apothecarys garden. It’s...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’m definitely stoked for Ottoman Empire II since I didn’t get a chance to try the original. I have a feeling this attar will go quick.
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    Re: Oud Extraordinaire Ensar Oud

    Mine should be coming in next week! I’ll report back once it arrives.
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    Re: Ensar oud crime & punishment

    I agree as well. I never got and do not have the impression that he can’t handle criticism. After re-reading his post it really doesn’t seem to be the monstrosity of arrogance, egoism, and whining...
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    Re: Ensar oud crime & punishment

    Thank you for writing this! Beautifully said and I appreciate you taking the time to help inform a stranger such as myself to become more culturally conscious.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I really feel like Rising Mysore is their best offering so far. CharBaugh wasn’t an actual release but it’s very similar to some of Zak’s attars. I’d highly recommend Hindi Tabac or Attar Silsila.
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    Re: Ensar oud crime & punishment

    After re-reading it it’s more of a clarification of being caught in the throes of passion more so than an apology but it came out on the Valentine’s Day email.
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    Re: Ensar oud crime & punishment

    I don’t place a box around anyone for how I wish their behavior to be. Just like you, I too have an opinion and while it’s different than others on here it won’t change how I feel about his products...
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    Re: Ensar oud crime & punishment

    I was under the impression from listening to the talks of Ensars on his YouTube channel along with spiritual figures he interviews that there was traditions of using natural ingredients, no alcohol,...
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    Re: Ensar oud crime & punishment

    I think the one key point on the musk topic is that for Ensar it’s his spirituality and relationship to the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad that brought him to explore using musk and Oud in the...
  58. Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    No. I don’t get any Oud or woods for that matter but I’m going to let the fragrance settle for a few weeks and really give it a full wearing post transit. Right now it’s just a beautiful soft,...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Ahhh gotcha. I only got 1ml’s of each as well. I can’t wait for the Areej attars to come out. I really hope attar format starts making a presence in natural perfumery.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Zikander looks like he has a bottle or two left on his website which kind of surprised me when I was browsing through it the other day. They even have the discontinued Brindaban as well.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Rising Mysore is a fresh, spicy all natural vintage barbershop fragrance backed by spicy but creamy Mysore Sandalwood. It’s very much a classic Fougere but with the Hindi spices and lime in the...
  62. Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    I own Mushin and just received it in the mail. First off I’d like to point out how obsessive Mr. Meleg is over detail. He’s one of those eccentric artists who without his skills would probably be...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I picked up Ataj Noir and it came in the mail today. It opens with a slightly floral, dried fruit filled resin on a bed of creamy benzoin and vanilla. The benzoin is a tad medicinal and creates this...
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    Re: How many swipes out of an attar ml?

    Attars work really well on my skin verses EDP spray formats. All I need is just a drop or two from the dabber and I’m good to go for the day. Reapplying is convenient and it’s more of a personal...
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    Re: Ensar oud crime & punishment

    I got called a shill for supporting another brand that came out and I happened to get in on the action right before everything sold out and people on here started finding out about it. My first post...
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    Re: What Oud/Mukhallat are you wearing today?

    Eh doesn’t matter
  67. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    My wife told me I smelled like an old person covered in sun tan lotion when I wore it for the first time.
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    Re: Ensar oud crime & punishment

    I decided to edit my post because after reading it I felt it wasn’t inline with a healthy discussion. However I will say that I’m looking forward to trying this perfume as with all of Ensar’s...
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    Re: Ensar oud crime & punishment

    I love when an artist is unabashedly themselves regardless of wether or not I agree with their sentiments. All of these perfumers look up to Ensar in some way or another and it’s no secret that...
  70. Re: notes you love that most others seem to hate on

    Barnyard oud and All the spices. Like literally all of them. I’d walk around smelling like a pepper if it was possible.
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    Re: Best Value Pure Oud Oils

    He has so many different grades and varieties though. I feel you can never judge a fragrance house or in this case an oud house on just one offering.
  72. Re: A Random Comparison of Curated Oud Perfumes

    I’m waiting on my Taj Noir from Agarwood Assam. I can’t wait to try more out. Hindi Tabac has been my favorite so far.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Lucky scent is taking preorders set to ship February 18th
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    The issue comes in with not fulfilling orders with zero communication for some people. It’s one thing to have mishaps happen but you have to take into account that if personal life gets in the way...
  75. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    The only issue with “crocodile” oud is that it doesn’t smell all that great and isn’t exactly the same kind of oud to my understanding. Crocodile oud is often sold as “fake” oud and truthfully I’m...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I was really rooting for Josh up until this point. As an artist and small business owner I understand that things can happen and we should always give people the room and time to be themselves but...
  77. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    They’re excellent together that’s for sure. I’m going to buy a full bottle Amber Cologne specifically for layering purposes haha! I hope all these natural perfume houses start doing collabs together...
  78. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Today I’m wearing Amber Cologne layered with Rising Mysore. The sweet, citrus florals and ambergris play perfectly into the spicy sandalwood of Rising Mysore. It’s actually my favorite layering combo...
  79. Re: Big cats are into perfume, lots of love for Calvin Klein

    Imagine how shitty it must be to be a tiger trapped in captivity and your only source of entertainment and escape from daily life is having to smell CK Obsession.
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    Re: What Oud/Mukhallat are you wearing today?

    What region is it from then? I’m curious to what it smells like! My favorites are Cambodians and Hindis right now but I’m not gonna lie I love the fruitiness of Thais especially the fruit from...
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    Re: What Oud/Mukhallat are you wearing today?

    Wild harvests are actually what you’re describing. Organic oud is from plantations and chances are unless you know you’re buying wild oud it’s most likely from a plantation harvest even if someone...
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    Re: ensar oud borneo zen edp/pure parfum

    I’d imagine it’s the Oud with perfumers alcohol added to it so it’s sprayable. I love that Ensar always includes special gifts with every order.
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    Re: What Oud/Mukhallat are you wearing today?

    I went to bed wearing Naga Layyen from Ensar. Deep resinous plums and peppered incense with the signature Cambodi dry down. There’s definitely a stage where this smells like resinous burning...
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    Re: Assumed shilling

    That’s a good way to look at it and thank you!
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    Re: Assumed shilling

    Excellent points! Thanks for the reply and you’re correct. I forget that even though I lurk here and read everyone’s posts no one knows who I am haha. The house in question is Dixit and Zak. I...
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    Assumed shilling

    I’ve been a long time lurker on this board for about a year now. I started my fragrance journey after discovering the subtle nuance of Japanese incense. I’ve gravitated towards natural fragrance...
  87. Re: Why do some people hate fragrance this much?

    Some kids on the train the other day were wearing Sauvage and this dude comes on who was a straight up drug dealer (in Phoenix where I live you can always spot them by their backpacks and gang...
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    Re: Opposite of powdery

    I really enjoy Histories De Parfum 1899 Hemingway

    It’s an excellent vintage style fragrance with a modern twist. It has some very green bergamot up top with spicy vanillic/woodsy dry down
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    There’s always more perfume in the world to consume. I don’t get fomo because these perfumers like ALD, Bortnikoff, Josh Lobb, Zak and Dixit are only going to get better and they’re going to put out...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    That to me is because of the scarcity marketing that everyone becomes a sucker for. Ensar doesn’t have this problem and neither does a lot of natural indie perfumers. It’s when the fragrance is being...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    What’s wrong with wishing success and fortune to artists you support? Why keep something a secret just because of scarcity? I say good for them and I wish every bit of massive success they deserve.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I agree completely with Nikhil. Zak and Dixit are gonna be major players in the perfume world here pretty soon. I pick up something different every time I wear Emperor Hind. It’s unreal.
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    Re: Ensar Oud Tigerlust

    Paying $150 for a 9.5ml tester is way more affordable than to get in a split though. I’m glad he offers it in a smaller amount because that way $150 is much more assessable to the average person....
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    Re: Ensar Oud Tigerlust

    I can’t imagine him compromising in that manner though. His morality comes to in to play based on his relationship with his spirituality. I think that’s why I’m so drawn to natural oriental style...
  95. Re: why do "incenses" perfumes smell totally different?

    Solstice Scents - Casting Shadows is the closest fragrance to what nag champa smells like after it’s a filled a room for an hour or two. It’s an extremely realistic accord that Angela created.

    I...
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    Re: What Oud/Mukhallat are you wearing today?

    Yeah this is spot on! Chinese, Cambodian and Thais are straight up beautiful. Zaza Zen is a great introduction to oud. Hindi’s are extremely challenging even when they’re done really well.
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    Re: Ensar Oud Tigerlust

    As a lover of Ensar and everything he creates I ask myself, why isn’t there more hype around the master of oud and natural perfumery? Is it the price? I wonder if he offered his Parfums under $300...
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    Re: What Oud/Mukhallat are you wearing today?

    I’m wearing Khalifa Hind and Amir Crassna from AgarAssam. Excellent Hindis. Khalifa is powerful and Amir Crassna has subtle dried fruits and peppery sandalwood notes. Excellent layering combo.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    They also sell through their main website for Dixit and Zak perfumes. AgarAssam is just the platform that Zak sells his attars and ouds through. Also Zikander on Instagram is a retailer for them as...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    It’s not skanky at all. It’s a beautiful leathery floral with some nice citrus up top. Quality Oud isn’t typically skanky. There’s musk but it’s so elegant it flows with everything really well. It’s...
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