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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    That’s how I felt about Norne. I wanted to like it so bad but all I could smell was cloves and more cloves. For hours! I might still pick up Fjerne once it’s back on the store though if anything my...
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    Re: Guerlain Mitsouko 90s

    It sounds like you don’t like the classic Chypre style of perfumery. I struggle with it sometimes as well. From what I’ve smelled of current formulations I’d say stay from Mitsouko.
  3. Re: Your Top 3 Pure Oud oil under $300/3ml?

    That’s interesting you would say that. To me the scent profile is completely different. It’s not even in the same category. Now the version of Nagalayyen I have is the original version so the scent...
  4. Re: Your Top 3 Pure Oud oil under $300/3ml?

    It’s a completely different style of Oud than either of those so I would say unless your preference is based on hindis it’s difficult to compare to a plantation Thai. It’s like apples and oranges. I...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    That scares me as well. Hay notes smell terrible on my skin which is a bummer.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I’m just excited that we get three separate lines from them this year. Naaz Perfumes new EDP line, Dixit and Zak, and now Amelia perfumes.

    I can already vouch for the Attars that Zakir puts out...
  7. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Sir Winston is a weird one for me as well. I get that same newborn vibe you’re talking about with Serge Lutens Chergui. Something about the powdery notes gives it a fresh baby powder in a diaper...
  8. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    My wife says Amber Cologne and Sir Winston both smell like suntan lotion. I’ve spoken about that on this thread a bit but most notably she said Sir Winston smelled like suntan lotion from an old...
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    Re: Oud in Hot Humidity Summer possible ?

    Rose/Oud combos were quite literally designed in the Middle East and Southeast Asia to be worn in extremely hot, dry, and humid climates. It is most definitely acceptable to wear in the summer....
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    Re: Elixir Attars Discussion Thread

    They make new batches whenever compositions run out. Thankfully Elixir Attars doesn’t work on the whole “fomo” marketing that seems to be synonymous with natural houses these days.
  11. Re: My top 3 summertime NATURAL Oud/citrus/floral combos

    I haven’t seen many people talk about Brown Aoud. Would you say it’s worth a blind buy?
  12. Re: My top 3 summertime NATURAL Oud/citrus/floral combos

    Dude I can’t sing enough praises for how awesome Monsieur Oud is. The problem with summer citrusy/florals is that like you said, they get too sweet and feminine. MO dries down to a...
  13. My top 3 summertime NATURAL Oud/citrus/floral combos

    Here in Arizona we have extremely high heat, low humidity and TONS of direct sunlight. Since summer lasts most of the year I’ve been on a search for the best natural Oud based perfumes that perform...
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    Re: Elixir Attars Discussion Thread

    A lot of the best compositions often have very little people talking about them. Hype doesn’t always equal a better product. There wasn’t anybody talking about Dixit and Zak when they released their...
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    Re: Oudh Infini reformulated?

    Animalic doesn’t necessarily mean that something smells “skanky” or “rough” but rather it smells like the animalic material used is present. Most animalics smell absolutely beautiful when blended...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    While I agree with you Mszigetihu, I’m talking more the fact that Deadiol stays in contact with Josh and offers insight to what’s happening behind the scenes. Case in point, everyone thinking they...
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    Re: Roja Aoud and Musk Aoud?

    I get great longevity out of Aoud.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I’m glad you’re digging Rising Mysore. I hope they do another sandalwood based fragrance in their new releases this year.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I’m wearing Emperor Hind today. I forget how amazing that grapefruit/white floral opening is. I know there’s been talks about this smelling similar to EO1 but I don’t get that association at all. ...
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    Re: Thanks for the help everyone!

    It’s a bit overwhelming trying to find reputable sources for these fragrances. I know soliciting isn’t allowed but is there a thread on here that discusses what to look for and where to buy? I...
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    Re: Thanks for the help everyone!

    Moschino Pour Homme is interesting in that at first glance it almost smells like a typical 80’s masculine scent but when you start to closely examine it and pick apart what’s there, that’s when the...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    This is why I scour for all of Deadiol’s posts regarding slumberhouse.
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    Re: Roja Aoud and Musk Aoud?

    Roja Dove Aoud is a fantastic fragrance. It smells like rosewood and roses to my nose. There’s no Oud at all but it doesn’t need it. It’s absolutely stunning.
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    Thanks for the help everyone!

    I made a post recently asking about spicy leathers and was recommended by a few members on here to check out Moschino Pour Homme.

    I just received my bottle today!. The presentation is excellent....
  25. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I still have yet to see a problem that isn’t solved by patience. Kind of makes you wonder if there was a problem in the first place.
  26. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I could be wrong here but I remember a Q&A he did on his Instagram stories saying that samples will be released a month ahead of time and that we can actually sample before the full bottle release....
  27. Re: To spend or not to spend? That is the question!

    With Attars you only need a small drop or two at most to get the same effect as several sprays of wearing a typical EDT. Since Attars are raw, undiluted materials they often sit close to the skin but...
  28. Re: To spend or not to spend? That is the question!

    Could you give an example of all the greedy artisinal houses that fuel hype and YouTube reviewers? I’m curious to know which ones are doing this.
  29. Re: To spend or not to spend? That is the question!

    I think perfumers have a right to charge whatever they want to charge. I fully support this. If it is infact true Kyara and you’re someone who loves Kyara and are willing to pay for an Attar that has...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I really do feel like his Attars are minimal in a way yet somehow have this complexity that is further exacerbated by the Oud/sandalwood combo. It’s like they’re all incredibly barnyard to the max...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I actually prefer the Manipur edition of SLA to the original. There’s something about that resinous ouddy drydown that I love. I also feel the ambergris is alittle rougher and saltier this time...
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    Re: Elixir Attars

    Man my wallet needs a break! I’m seriously tempted to grab some Iris Chypre.

    Dude I just received Spirit of Japan in the mail today! He gave me a special batch with actual Siberian deer musk...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I just looked and most of their selections are still in stock. Every Attar and most of the ouds are available. Jiri Jiri, Khalifa Hind, and Oud Louban were sold out but just about everything is still...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Silsila is pretty similar to Hindi Tabac. It has the same fecal Oud note although it transitions to a heavy Mysore drydown. The florals are supporting characters and it has an overall boozy feel to...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Instagram is easy as well. From what Zakir told me Zikander is shipping with DHL. Still it’s good to check before hand but I just dealt with this whole shipping mess from Naaz. Took 4 months to get...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    You can still order it just converts to USD
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Naaz perfumed is the official retailer so make sure for all things Agarwood Assam/Dixit and Zak you check out Naaz perfumes. He uses dhl now where as Zakir does not

    Rising Mysore lives up to the...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Like others have stated I enjoy perfumery for perfumery’s sake. There’s so much to love out there. If I want my Oud fix, I echo what Sultan Al Hindi says. I just wear pure Oud. I’m not in the “aroma...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    No I don’t get that either. I get dark florals, leather and incense. There’s a tinge of smokiness but I don’t interpret it as meat or anything like that.
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I don’t get any barnyard in SLA at all. I can see how someone could interpret it as being barnyardish but I get nothing but clean notes from it.
  41. Re: Sweet fruitiness in Tuscan Leather activated by sweat!

    I promise that whatever gym you worked out in smelled like Tuscan leather for days afterwards hahah! 16 sprays for real! I wore three and choked out a lobby in a hotel once. It’s as close to beast...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Yeah it changed how I felt about animal musks hahah. It’s great how we go through these phases with Oud. We all start off with designer Oud and realize it’s lacking. Then we embark on a journey to...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I had these samples of castoruem and got careless opening them up and they weren’t labeled so I thought I was opening an Attar but really I got slapped in the face with beaver oil. The smell was...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I get where you’re coming from though on the price point. If you have a fragrance that’s mostly a summertime citrus scent how can he justify the high price point and I agree with you.

    I do feel...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I love animalics but I enjoy them as fixatives and as slight nuances rather than front and center. If any of his new offerings are like Monsieur Oud expect something fantastic.

    I loved ambergris...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Wearing Monsieur Oud today. This might be the best fragrance Ensar has put out since EO1. I’m glad that it doesn’t get any hype at all because that means more for me hahah.

    We’ve all smelled how...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    That’s interesting Nagalayyen dried down to a woodsy scent for you. For me it turns resinous and green with no woods to be found! Crazy how all our noses are different. I get a totally spicy...
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    Re: Elixir Attars

    Yep! If amber cologne had a base of oakmoss instead of ambergris it would smell pretty similar.
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    Re: Elixir Attars

    Amular is a very classic, smooth mossy chypre. It’s all citrus, amber, and oakmoss to my nose. There’s some nice Cambodian Oud in the drydown that is very resinous with hints of citrus and woods....
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Dude just spray your clothes! It’s really not that different. I do it all the time. I love the way my scarves, shirts, button ups etc smell when I spray them. I don’t think it takes away from the...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Brother I’d highly recommend not wearing anything for awhile. It would greatly help out your skin problems my dude.
  52. Re: Your Top 3 Pure Oud oil under $300/3ml?

    I really didn’t like Oud Extraordaniere. It has no projection and very little silage. It doesn’t last very long and is one of the weakest scent profiles from Ensar. I was really bummed purchasing a...
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    Re: The "Alpha male" 2.0 ?

    See that’s the thing his friend is actually him. He was talking about himself in the third person the whole time.
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    Re: Are you a fragrance scalper?

    This is my point exactly. It’s disingenuous to the hard work of the perfumers themselves who are trying to get these small batch creations out to those who LOVE the product but opportunists step in...
  55. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Attars are essentially undiluted ingredients in their raw form. Nowadays Attars can simply mean extrait strength oils. Traditionally though Attars were made by distilling all of the ingredients...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Ambra 92’ worried me because I’ve been told it smells like halitosis and that sort of ambergris note is a bit difficult to wrap my head around. Kind of like pure Siberian Musk with its ammonia like...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    If Le Labo is what you have to go off of you haven’t really smelled real musk and ambergris. If you love the drydown of EO1 trust me on this. Crime and Punishment is worth it. I don’t think you know...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Dude if you like musk and ambergris you NEED to get Crime and Punishment especially if you haven’t experienced real ambergris or musk before.
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I just take the wand and touch it to my skin with the tip and it leaves a little drop. I’m not talking about one of those huge drops that fall off the wand from it being loaded up with oil. I don’t...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I’ll usually just put a drop or two instead of swiping unless I’m really feeling generous. I just feel that one or two drops behind the ears and on the chin is really all I need for the day with most...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    That leathery amber musk note is one the best ambergris used in perfumery. I have yet to find another perfume that uses as high of quality ambergris as Ensar does. In fact I feel the ambergris is...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Yeah but you gotta remember Josh isn’t making huge batches and none of the new releases sold out. He just closed the store down to catch up on shipping everything out. There will most definitely be...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Oh this is excellent brother!!! This is how I feel as well. And yes you’re catching some beautifully Smokey frankincense in there! I also pick up some charred tobacco notes as well. I think I read...
  64. Re: Your Top 3 Pure Oud oil under $300/3ml?

    I got a killer deal on an aged wild Cambodian oil from 94’ from Elixir Attars. It smells fantastic and was $295

    Agarwood Assam Rhaj Khmer is a fantastic oil that is like $250 or so for 2.5ml has...
  65. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I think a lot of people are missing the boat entirely that this is simply one man making perfumes the way he sees them in his mind’s eye to support his family and whoever works with him and a lot of...
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    Re: Are you a fragrance scalper?

    Would you go out of your way to buy a limited edition 100 bottle fragrance with the sole purpose of up selling multiples bottles for double/triple the price? That’s the kind of behavior I’m...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Oh man Oud Royale 04 is one of my FAVORITE oils I’ve ever smelled. It’s so fantastic. What are your first impressions?
  68. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I agree as well he’s one of the best reviewers out there. Him, Wafts, and Nikhil are the only youtubers I follow.
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    Re: Are you a fragrance scalper?

    In the natural/artisanal/niche community scalpers within our own forum are buying fragrances for the sole purpose of reselling them. I’ve seen people in the past use the excuse “it’s my bottle I own...
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    Re: Are you a fragrance scalper?

    Likewise!
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    Re: Are you a fragrance scalper?

    Me neither which is why I have a hard time understanding why anyone in the community would do the same.
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    Are you a fragrance scalper?

    I’m genuinely curious to know thoughts behind fragrance scalping especially with small batch artisanal perfumes. Are you someone who buys a fragrance even if you know you won’t wear it just so you...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Anyone try Monsieur Oud yet? I’m waiting for that one in the mail right now. I’m hoping it’s something a bit different from his other offerings.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I think Baque and Jeke are must haves. Both are still available on luckyscent I believe and I think Sibet went back in stock as well.

    Baque is a perfect 10/10 for me. Jeke is a 9/10 and Sibet is...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    If everyone just ordered a bottle and called it a day this mess wouldn’t be plaguing the community.

    I for one feel like if your someone that buys multiple bottles on a release and then has the...
  76. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’m looking forward to the Oud perfume he just announced on Instagram. I’ll pass on the Cuir De Russie because castoreum is not something I enjoy front and center. I went through an animalic phase...
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    Re: What Oud/Mukhallat are you wearing today?

    Attar Silsila by Agarwood Assam. Red wine and rosey barnyard Oud. Perfection.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Josh is the only other perfumer besides Ensar that people will love one day and hate the next. It’s like whiplash in here.
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    Re: The "Alpha male" 2.0 ?

    You’ve already lost if you consider any perfume as being “alpha male” especially when you’re clearly referring to yourself in the third person. It’s such a strange thing that happens in the...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Will the others be sticking around for awhile as well? I noticed that he’s been updating stockists silently over the last few months.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    It’s not posted anywhere. I think another member on here just used Victorialand as an example for the stylistic change they didn’t like with Slumberhouse.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I don’t want to be a buzzkill here but wouldn’t the oakmoss provide a deep coloration if the fragrance? It looks alittle too clear to be heavy on any oakmoss/tree moss/woods and most florals unless...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    That’s like saying “what’s the price of a car”. The answer is it all depends. The higher priced Oud will for sure have aspects to it that are lacking in cultivated Oud. There’s no replacement for...
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    Re: Elixir Attars

    I’d highly recommend Fumee Royale, Spirit of Arabia and Spirit of Japan.

    Amular threw me off guard because I was expecting an earthy, spicy, Oud heavy fragrance but got a nice citrusy oakmoss and...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    The unholy tobacco trinity needs to be completed. I feel it calling me!! I hope it’s still around in 2 days. I’d imagine Josh has been working diligently on larger batches.
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    Re: Elixir Attars

    The changes are much more noticeable in the samples you sent me. For whatever reason the Tigerlust i have is missing the top notes from the sample you sent over which is why it smelled so similar to...
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    Re: Elixir Attars

    I’m sending you a sample of the Oud he uses in several compositions! I can’t wait for you to try it.

    You should’ve ordered Spirit of Japan. The updated version contains musk grains and gold...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Thanks everyone! I’m really torn right now. I can buy one more fragrance before my child gets here next month and I have to slow down on my addiction. I really can’t decide between Kiste, Sova or...
  89. Re: single synthetic chemicals that you can use as a fragrance ?

    It’s not that the scent isn’t there but rather it’s how your nose is able to smell it. The method described earlier is to train your nose to pick up on a scent you’re already anosmic to because a lot...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    If I already own Jeke and Baque would Kiste be redundant or should I go for Sova? Norne was a bit too heavy on the clove for my liking to be FB worthy so seeing the clove note in Sova scares me a...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    What do you think it smells like? It seems cold and grey. I’m guessing maybe foresty ambergris notes?
  92. Re: Fragrances with a Prominent Molasses note?

    Have you tried Baque? To my nose the molasses is way more amped up than it’s tobacco counterpart Jeke.
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    Re: January Scent Projects

    Wow I just tried Eiderantler and I’m blown away! It took my breath away which is a good sign. The opening lavender absolute is unreal. To my nose this felt like lavender and white florals on a bed...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Dixit said they’re planning a late July release but they have two lines coming out. One with Dixit and Zak and another with Naaz Perfumes. The naaz perfumes line with be mostly natural at 80% and is...
  95. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Whoa that’s wild! I couldn’t imagine wearing 8-10 sprays of Oud Monarch. It would literally choke me out. It blows me away how different all of our experiences are. Even with Amber Cologne 4 sprays...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Dude hands down it’s my favorite version. I’d recommend picking up a tester if you can!
  97. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I gotta say I don’t really have performance issues with Bortnikoff fragrances. Amber cologne performs great on my skin. Sir Winston lasts over 8 hours for me and Oud Monarch is a beast!

    I’d also...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I agree with this! It’s spicy, Smokey, and a bit heavier on the tobacco. The Oud is loud and heavy and the ambergris is saltier in the drydown. I feel like there’s a menthol like quality to the...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    You wouldn’t want to do that haha!!! You’ll smell like straight up shit. Civet paste needs to be heavily diluted. Same with castoreum. When you smell these straight up neat it almost makes you want...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Brother you’re a mad man if you can go through 12 grams of SLA and 50ml of EO1 anytime in the next few years haha!!! It’s no joke when people talk about the strength of these compositions. Hands...
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