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  1. Re: If you have to pick ONLY one from these three Histoires de Parfums

    I have all 3 actually. But if I have to pick just one, it’ll be 1725. It smells like a classic with a twist - a dandier version of Caron pour un Homme with better performance and more interesting...
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    Just ordered a bunch of new samples from his Prissana line. Would love a bottle of Ma Nishtana but I doubt I’ll ever finish a bottle.
  3. Re: Dior Sauvage Tops All Men's Fragrance Sales In UK This Christmas Season

    It certainly attracts a lot of attention the way a train wreck does with a huge marketing budget to ensure the wreck remains front and centre. The average non-discerning fragrance buyer doesn’t know...
  4. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Funny you should mention this. I’m having a hard time tracking a sample or even a partial used bottle.
  5. Re: Your top 5 favorite "winter" or "fall" fragrances under $40

    Throwing in Jacomo de Jacomo Rouge. Punches well above its weight class.

    Btw $40 can buy you a decant of great stuff that can easily last through the fall/winter months. But one needs to let go of...
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    Sounds bloody fantastic! Too bad it’s another city exclusive (Aren’t they always?)
  7. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    I’m counting on it. Sample vial doesn’t do it justice IMO. Anyway a BNIB bottle at a 40% discount from reputable seller is way too good a deal to pass up since it’s been in my WTB list for nearly a...
  8. Re: Guy new to fragrance, figuring out what notes work best for me

    If you’re concerned about the approval ratings of your worn fragrance on the dance floor perhaps you could get some input from your dance partner(s). D&G The One is pleasant and not too distracting,...
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    Re: What's your worst anosmic experience?

    I remember sampling Terre d’Hermes many years ago; it knocked my nose out cold for a good 5-10 minutes before I could sample anything else.
  10. Re: What is your worst used fragrance purchase experience?

    Watered down juice in a splash vintage RL Polo I won in an eBay auction for $10. I’d have been pissed had I paid a lot more. But it taught me a lesson more valuable than the $10: never buy or bid on...
  11. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    Hey, fun thread! Thank you for the blow-by-blow account of these match ups. Enjoyed the analysis and personally would have made some very similar decisions. Would have picked Michael for Men and...
  12. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    Bortnikoff Bonheur

    I couldn’t help myself even if it’s down to the last few mls. I need to find more of this stuff!
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Call me crazy but I kinda miss the powder from War and Peace. It sorta reminds me of old school barbershop ‘powder puff’ treatment at the end of a haircut. Btw I don’t know if I want to get hold of...
  14. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    It’s just amazing how much depth & complexity he can pack into a single drop of attar.
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    Re: Fragrance Recommendation

    Buy directly from here: Rising Phoenix Perfumery
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    Re: Il Dieci by Bogue Profumo

    The notes look like a dream list to me. I didn’t even know it existed!
  18. Re: Need help identifying this fragrance by the bottle

    I’m so sorry about your loss. Truth is it may contain anything, from vintage to clones sold at flea markets. What does it smell like to you? I do hope there’s still some fragrance left in what looks...
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    Re: Favorite pine/fir scents

    Have you tried Sonoma Scent Studio‘s Pacific Forest?

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    Re: Mitsouko Centenary

    Lol. You must be my ‘scent twin’ for I too struggle with L’Heure Bleue and smells no peach in every Mitsouko version I’d tried.
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    Re: Fallen in love with two

    1740 is a fantastic choice. Congrats on snagging that bottle!
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    Re: Mitsouko Centenary

    Yes, you don’t choose Mitsouko to wear. She chooses you. :wink:
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    Re: Fragrance Recommendation

    Rising Phoenix Sicilian Vanilla attar. It’s like Tobacco Vanille’s billionaire uncle.
  24. Re: Dior Sauvage Tops All Men's Fragrance Sales In UK This Christmas Season

    Not surprised either. 1 Million was a huge hit and I’m sure many of those purchases came from repeat customers. Same goes for Le Male and L’Eau d’Issey. The list may look a little different by...
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    Re: Mitsouko Centenary

    Indeed. The parfum is amazing. Wearing some myself.

    Happy centenary, Mitsy!
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    Re: Funeral Fragrances: Royal Oud

    I avoid wearing fragrances to funerals. Mainly out of concern for the family of the departed who might be reminded of their loss if they happen to encounter the same ‘trigger’ /scent some time down...
  27. Re: The Final Push - cutting down to the bare bones of a small 'signature' collection

    Keep Beau de Jour for its classic non-mainstream leanings. If for any reason you decide to sell it at a later stage I’m pretty sure its discontinued status would help it snag a buyer quicker than the...
  28. Re: I have two questions about polo green and Caron line ups..

    Yes the logo on original Polo tends to wear out as I found out when I looked up secondhand vintage. Cheaply made bottle, what else can we expect? Gentle handling & proper storage should slow down the...
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    Re: Help Identifying Musk Grains

    Did you receive the grains or just the tincture? The concentration factor should be considered.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    1. Regularly set aside $ to build up your ALD /FOMO fund.
    2. Keep track of the planned release date AND LOCAL time.
    3. Place advance orders for splits with BNer strifeknot (as backup)
    4. Pray (tt...
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    Re: Clive christian tester, real or fake?

    Pretty certain it’s a fake. The amateurish mix of typeface /different fonts gave it away.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I no longer get that big powdery slap (lol) the last few times I wore War & Peace. Makes me wonder if my bottle has ‘improved’ or was it just me. Anyone else have had a similar experience with...
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    Re: Roma Uomo Cedro

    I do like Uomo. Will look for this flanker. Thanks for the post.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    This holds true for many of us who delve into artisanal perfumery. But more often than not it boils down to personal tastes and preferences. We don’t buy fragrances just because they’re good or well...
  36. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    +1. Helluva post, ZealotCrusader. Sums it all up nicely, and tied with a bow. Package delivered. :thumbup:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I get those exact same thoughts whenever I wear Baikal Gris. Had it been released with that extra maceration time under its belt, I bet it would have received a better reception and in all likelihood...
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    Re: What would you do?

    I would keep my money and breathe in relief. Another bullet dodged.
  39. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    If Tom Ford gets his ways, probably. But without real oakmoss, most of the revived old school classics will only be fascimiles or shadows of their former selves. Who would be happy with THAT?? :wink:
  40. Re: Bortnikoff Amber Cologne vs Musk Cologne

    I much prefer Musk Cologne to Amber Cologne.
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    Re: The NonBlonde :-(

    Rest in peace, dear Gaia. Your departure will be big loss to the perfume-obsessed & cat-loving community. The Non-Blonde was one of the perfume blogs I used to follow when I started this hobby.
  42. Re: Francesca Bianchi: The BLACK KNIGHT & LOST in HEAVEN

    It’s nowhere near the testosterone-laden Kouros or cigar-chomping Havana if that’s your concern lol. Unlike the plush iris-y soft leather in Cuir de Russie, the leather in The Black Knight feels...
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    Re: NEW: Zoologist (?)

    Nice! Subtle (too subtle?) honeycomb design on the box.
  44. Re: Fragrance Industry Secret Revealed.. is it true?

    Have yet to try these but I like the premise though. Vibrant cologne-y opening that settles down to a rich close-wearing more intimate scent.
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    Re: Roja London vs Midsummer Dream

    Like London. LOVE Midsummer Dream.
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    Re: Rogue Perfumery Your Favorites?

    Own 4 ( listed in order of favourites)

    1. Mousse Illuminee
    2. Chypre Siam
    3. Le Canotier
    4. Tabac Vert

    Derviche is in my WTB list. May well pull the trigger over the Black Friday sale.
  47. Re: Francesca Bianchi: The BLACK KNIGHT & LOST in HEAVEN

    Yay! Congrats!! I agree the balance and restraint Francesca achieved here are remarkable. I find the first half utterly mesmerising!
  48. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    May need more of Oud Monarch to really test its limits but I found the sample somewhat underwhelming; I didn’t bother getting more. Think I’m OK without it.

    Also interested to note earlier...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Nobody’s really forcing anybody to pay those insane prices. I’m just grateful Russian Adam had chosen more reasonable pricetags for his creations. And for restricting purchases to one bottle per...
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    Re: Today I bought November 2019

    I’m afraid these are only 14 ml each. But they do look neat!


    I thought they’re splash bottles but a closer look shows them to be 14 ml travel-friendly spray bottles. :smiley:


    Thanks! Early...
  51. Re: 25% Off FO'AH Friday at foahperfumes.com!

    All 4 are nice. My favourites are no. 4 and 11.
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    Re: Roja Dove's Blending Method

    Thanks, Paul. Unless of course we’re talking of natural perfumery where changes in odor profiles and sometimes color were already expected from the get go. But yes, RD is not a perfumer. Perhaps that...
  53. Re: Francesca Bianchi: The BLACK KNIGHT & LOST in HEAVEN

    Here’s another review on The Black Knight by former BNer Sommerville Metroman:Read it here

    It highlights aspects I find enjoyable. And I agree it wears better under cooler climates.
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    Re: Restoration of adulterated bottles

    I love the idea of using vintage /discontinued bottles and replacing /upgrading crappy spray heads with better ones. But haven’t found any youTube DIY tutorials on them yet.
  55. Re: Help finding a new "Aventus" from another house

    Good call on Layton. Not a fan of the house but I can’t deny this is a pretty solid release.

    Others you might want to consider:-
    Xerjoff Nio
    Roja Sultanate of Oman
    Floris 1962
    Clive Christian X
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    Re: Today I bought November 2019

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    A box set of Floris EDPs at a price I simply couldn’t resist.
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    Poll: Re: A dilemma on what to do with fakes...

    I’d toss it and chalk it down to poor /ill-considered purchasing decision. This is why I don’t hunt down bargains from questionable sources. My peace of mind is worth far more than the potential...
  58. Re: Why do some fragrances smell like B.O after dry down?

    Maybe it IS good ole BO. It’s not the fragrance’s fault. Lol.
  59. Re: Frederic Malle Editions de Parfum collection!

    Sounds like you’ve had the ‘royal treatment’. :thumbup:
  60. Re: Le Labo Santal 33....can anyone explain this please!?

    One possibility:

    ’A fool and his money are soon parted.’
  61. Re: When was the last time someone's perfume annoyed you and which perfume was it?

    Lol, Grimace Factor! Nice one, Red. Might have to borrow that one sometimes.

    The last time I got offended was just yesterday on an evening train commute though I can’t pinpoint the exact offending...
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    Re: Tryin out new fragrances before bed .

    Hey I do that whenever I want to test the drydown. But I gotta make sure the missus is ok with the 1st hour or so, otherwise it’s the couch for me with whatever stinky juice I’d inadvertently...
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    Poll: Re: Lying about fragrance when shipping

    I do understand hazmat regulations pertaining to transportation of flammable materials by air. What I don’t understand is why the rules don’t similarly apply to inflight services. Airlines still...
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    Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    Not in my case. It seems I can switch modes and appreciate the various styles. Same with music. But finding the real gems are equally hard in most cases.
  65. Re: Francesca Bianchi: The BLACK KNIGHT & LOST in HEAVEN

    That seems to be the issue that splits the camp in two. I happen to enjoy them but clearly others are less enthused. But there are warm humid days when that base gets a little suffocating even for...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It’s the Cambodian oud I suppose. I get hit with a satisfyingly rich dark chocolate nuance in the base. Definitely a one up over vintage leathers styles. It’s crazy good!
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It’s just the nature of the beast. The brand’s DNA. I’ve learnt to accept it for what it is and just enjoy the ride while it last. There will be new collections, and quite likely new loves. Anyway a...
  68. Re: Navitus Parfums (Redolessence & Paramount Impex LLC & Various perfumers)

    ‘Navitus’ rhymes with ‘Aventus’. Was that deliberate?

    Alea jacta es.

    Pray tell me, how much is $195 in sestertii? :wink:
  69. Re: Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense vs Peruvian Amberette

    Totally different animals. The Zegna is quite unique but the Prada is easier to wear.
  70. Re: summarize your fragrance journey from birth to now

    My own early years’ exposure to the scented world revolved around my parents.
    Homemaker Mom:
    makeup powder, lipstick, vanilla essence and kitchen spices (she’s a great cook)
    Mechanic Dad: ...
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    I like the improvements in availability and size options. As for the quality I don’t see why EL needs to tamper all that much with the formulas since ingredients /materials aren’t exactly a major...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    ‘Missed opportunity’ for what exactly? More sales? :wink: Having established a great track record, ALD’s doing fine even without all these blog/video reviews. Their pre-launch social media marketing...
  73. Re: Fragrance Industry Secret Revealed.. is it true?

    +1

    Yes, not exactly news to fragheads. There’s always been some overlap between the % concentration for EDT and EDP, and between EDP and Extrait (parfum). And whoever believe EDPs should always...
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    Re: What should this guy wear? (Round 2)

    Whatever he wants. He’s the captain.
  75. Re: Artist Anicka Yi’s debut fragrance collection, Biography

    Zen-inspired bottles kinda remind me of Kenzo. But for these to be FBW the fragrances must go beyond the artist’s narrative and wear well as a uniquely attractive personal fragrance. Otherwise they...
  76. Re: New to Basenotes but collecting for a while....

    Welcome to Basenotes! Wherever your nose takes you on your scented adventures enjoy the ride!
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    Re: Opinion: What should this guy wear?

    Burberry London

    or perhaps

    Penhaligon’s Eau du Portugal
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    Re: Partner shared perfumes

    The missus seems to have developed a taste for MDCI Invasion Barbare. And on a recent business trip she took along my Cartier L’Envol. Most of my Chanels were left untouched save for her No.5 L’Eau...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Here’s my current take on War and Peace in the reviews section:
  80. Re: NEW: La Collection Celine Haute Parfumerie

    They look good too. Are these only available directly from Celine boutiques?
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    Re: My Tom Ford Private Blend Collection.

    Thanks for sharing the lovely photo. Have you by any chance tried Noir de Noir or Tuscan Leather?
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    Re: Does you nose know $$$$$$

    I can smell quality regardless of price points.

    What a fragrance house charges for a bottle is often about market positioning than it is about fragrance artistry and construction. It’s also good...
  83. Re: Help me find a Wedding Scent out of these....

    Great weather for Royal Oud IMO. Solid looking collection btw. :thumbup:
  84. Re: Francesca Bianchi: The BLACK KNIGHT & LOST in HEAVEN

    I second this opinion. In fact ‘animalic’ is probably not the first word I’d think of when it comes to those. ‘Sensual’ gets a lot closer IMO. Lost in Heaven is one of those head turner of a scent...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Lol. I hear ya. Personally I’m getting a little more of this impression:

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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    First world problem lol. I’d usually ask myself if I have the ‘bandwidth’ to take my time to appreciate what I anticipate to be the more nuanced or complex compositions. If I don’t have that spare...
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    Re: Mysore Sandalwood

    Here’s my usual cut-and-paste answer to similar threads:
    SAMPLE THE REAL THING FIRST and then see which sandalwood fragrances stand up to the test.

    Preferably aged Mysore > 10 yrs. From...
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    Re: Classic vintage colognes

    ‘Classic and not old mannish’ in the same sentence? Wow. Only reason why these became classics is the fact they grew old with the young men who used to wear them and still wear them well into their...
  89. Re: Francesca Bianchi: The BLACK KNIGHT & LOST in HEAVEN

    Indeed. Thank you @Ashfaque.

    I wore a spritz before the commute home last night and was pretty sure many of the passengers sharing the carriage caught the rare whiff of heaven. The composition is...
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    Re: back-ups storage question

    Humidity may rot those cardboard boxes over time but I doubt it affects the bottled content.
  91. Re: John Varvatos artisan Pure performance....

    Typical of the house. I believe it’s done deliberately. Loading up on the fixatives and performance enhancers will probably overwhelm the delicately constructed tops and eat into the profit margins....
  92. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Relax. Everyone’s entitled to his opinion, even if it’s worded somewhat provocatively. But it does seem of a stretch. When I think of mediocre crap I think along the lines of Nautica, Juicy Couture,...
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    Re: Tom Ford - Top 5?

    Not in any particular order:

    Moss Breches
    Tuscan Leather
    Beau de Jour
    Noir de Noir
    Sahara Noir

    Glad to see Tobacco Oud in this thread btw. It IS a good release.
  94. Re: Fendi by Fendi sadly discontinued but I found an identical frag!!

    I still own a vintage of this from the ‘90s. Good stuff.

    It seems to me with gas chromatography nailing that first impression isn’t too hard for certain fragrances though getting the persistence...
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    Re: Common n Cheap

    Cheap & available here:

    A couple from Jovan (Musk) & Dana (Canoe) that I often spot even in neighbourhood sundry shops although I have never seen anyone picking one up to test or even to buy....
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    Re: Cuir Soyeux by Francesca Bianchi?

    I know. Was actually thinking of blindbuying it myself but that shipping overcharge had me at knifepoint, it felt more like an extortion than an online purchase.

    Btw I’m willing to bet my bottom...
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    Re: Cuir Soyeux by Francesca Bianchi?

    I’d like to know too. Apparently it’s a limited edition crafted exclusively for the 10th anniversary of Perfume Lounge and drew comparisons to Caron Tabac Blond: coverage here.
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    Re: NEW: Zoologist (?)

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    Not sure if they come in limited edition boxes though.
  100. Re: My Aramis collection and Gentlemans club bottles

    Sweet! Are you looking to complete the collection?
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