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    Re: Wild grape vine blossom fragrance?

    Never smelt vine flowers! How would you descibe their smell?
    Sometimes orange blossoms have definite grape notes- maybe you could find some similarity.
    :smiley:
  2. Re: Your help please: making a special BN perfume line for women/unisex (acquired tastes)

    Totally agree! I'd love something really cool, not fresh- personally I adore camphor, a note too often overlooked and sometimes dismissed due to the association with bug repellents!
  3. Re: What are some of your favorite Plum fragrances?

    Olfactive Studio Chambre Noire has a prominent plum note on a base of woods, leather and incense.
  4. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Dior, Elie Saab, Guerlain

    Thank you :smiley:

    "the fact that the drydown does not contain anything hideous."- how true!
    And love his musings on white flowers!
  5. Thread: Good taste?

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    Re: Good taste?

    :thumbsup:
  6. Re: Finally, Aventus Femme will be out this year!

    Hope it doesn't smell as boring as the male version!
    Anyway, I'm not interested at all, none of the Creed I've tested has ever worked for me.
    Maybe some men will love it and, disturbed by the 'for...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Interesting read, nonetheless.
    I appreciate what Trebor says about the religious background of the brand. That's what put me off at the beginning and almost made me skip them at Esxence. Ethics and...
  8. Thread: Steamy South

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    Steamy South

    Though a bit lemony in the opening, I'd suggest Malle's Eau de Magnolia- it's luminous, airy with a chypresque backbone. I wear it in Northern Italy Summers, which can be quite hot and humid and it...
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    Re: best FIG fragrance on the market?

    No trace of fig, here, I'm afraid. :undecided:

    My favourite ones are Premier Figuier and Heeley
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - Mayl 2015

    Tilleul by Diptyque
  11. Re: Anyone wear L`Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier Extreme?

    I prefer Premier Figuier EdT to the Extreme, too, as I find it greener and less coconutty. A great fragrance for Summer IMO.
    The fig in Caligna is much subtler and drowning in a massive dose of...
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    Re: Smelling fragrances on others?

    I do share your concern- maybe because we share the same environment! :tongue:
    I can generally recognize fragrances that I'm familiar with, and as I don't know most mainstream fragrances, most of...
  13. Re: Looking for something that smells like a JUNGLE

    Definitely Fleur de Liane! I've fallen out of love with it, but I use to call it Kurtz- as in Heart of Darkness- for its humid, deep dark and perturbing vibe! :laugh:

    Also the new Jangala by...
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    +1!

    Now I feel a bit less inadequate in expressing my opinions on fragrances :cheesy:
  15. Re: The Implausibility of the Vibrational Theory of Olfaction

    Thank you- I confess I read only the abstract :wink:

    And now, let's hear what Luca Turin has to say!
  16. Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    Edit- I received a mail from the company from which I desume I had misinterpreted the informations. It's 17,50€ all included, samples set AND delivery.

    Apologies to everyone concerned

    :smiley:
  17. Re: Making Mitti Attar Article (The Atlantic.com)

    Thank you :smiley:
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    Re: Heather in fragrances

    I can speak for Barry Lyndon by Maria Candida Gentile- I'm not sure that it's heather I could detect mostly (I would describe the smell of heather in slightly different terms: to me it has certainly...
  19. Thread: Milan - IT

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    Re: Milan - IT

    A few updates.

    La Rinascente is undergoing some renovations and some fragrance counters have changed place or are missing..

    The glorious Profumeria di via Spadari is no more! It closed at the...
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    "It should have been called Tom Ford Medium Taupe, but I guess that had less of a ring."

    :lolk:

    Thanks, as usual.
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Same here :sad:
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    Re: Santi Burgas: amazing creations

    +1

    His website isn't properly appealing to me.... :undecided:
  23. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    I wish I had read this before going to Esxence!!! I was so put off by their website while I was preparing- I certainly didn't catch the "intelligent mixture of sacre and profane" - I deliberately...
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    Re: Today I bought April 2015

    Chamade EdP, current version.
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Based on my personal policy, I would have skipped them too- can't say I love their website, ther are a few things that get on my nerves- but I read Colin's advice before going and trusted him......
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    It was the guy at Unum stand that spelled it "Laus".... :undecided:

    Thanks for your reviews, I'm happy to share my preferences with you!

    One thing I love about LAVS is the slightly soapy,...
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    Re: Esxence 2015- Basenoters' tips

    Foustie, I'm impressed by the clarity and completeness of your report!!! Yes, too bad I wasn't in town Saturday and couldn't meet you!

    This was my fourth Esxence and I must say I've seen it...
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    Re: Define QUALITY in a fragrance

    I guess one should make a difference between a synthetically reconstructed accord (i.e. gardenia)- and of course there could be different combinations, and hence different smells in the end- and a...
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    Re: Esxence 2015- Basenoters' tips

    Both fell in my very personal idiosyncratic ban-list: too expensive, J&M; with an offputting- to me- aesthetic the AC website... :undecided:
    Glad you liked them, though!

    And O'Driu... I know I'm...
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    Re: Esxence 2015- Basenoters' tips

    So, in the end I went, this morning and in less than one hour I was outside.
    Some stands were already deserted (Le Galion, who was very generous with samples, a friend told me :angry:, and the...
  31. Re: Whats your the most favorite fragrance by Parfum d’Empire

    One of my favourite lines.
    1) Cuir Ottoman
    2) Azemour Les Orangers
    3) Musc Tonkin

    Also like: Equistrius, Osmanthus Interdite
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Agree, Colin. Maybe the only interesting thing I've smelt at Esxence! Thanks for the tip.
    My favourite one is LAVS ( mumsy, it's the Latin way of writing U and V with the same letter, so it's LAUS...
  33. Re: Pierre Guillaume : "We are not for sale!" - new line, Collection Croisiere launched at Esxence

    Well, yes- there are several fragrances that feature a rubber accord and are very plesant: Gomma by Etro (gomma meaning rubber in Italian) or Bulgari Black, for example :smiley:
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    Re: Esxence 2015- Basenoters' tips

    it must be the beer accord Furrypine refers to- though not Pilsner at all! :grin:. I'll check. Maybe. Very quickly.

    So, thanks to Colin, I'll check very quickly the obnoxious Galion (they are...
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    Re: Esxence 2015- Basenoters' tips

    Furrypine, ever heard of Malbrum? They appear to be Norwegian- they hint to a certain Norwegian joie de vivre....:smiley:
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    Re: Parfums de cuir - Osmotheque lecture

    +1!
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    Re: Esxence 2015- Basenoters' tips

    So, after having gone through the whole list of brands, having browsed their websites- when available, having double checked here on BN and having given myself a certain set of rules (i.e.: avoiding...
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    Sticky: Re: Benvenuti a Milano (read first)

    What a marvellous idea, Grant! And thanks for having moved my previous thread :smiley:
    I'll be there, on Saturday or on Sunday, haven't decided yet. I have already written down a selection of brands...
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    Re: Cuir Ottoman - upon further review

    .... in a powdery violet shade! :grin:

    Great fragrance, one of my most beloved.
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    Now that also LT has given his blessing to Misia I can officially start to consider getting a bottle! :grin:
    Thanks for the update
  41. Thread: Mendittorosa

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    Re: Mendittorosa

    If you are impressed hedonist I'll give them a sniff at Esxence, next week! :smiley: Thanks for the tip!

    By the way- do you know a brand based in Abu Dhabi named AJ Arabia? It will be at Esxence,...
  42. Re: Famous fragance advertising w/ two swimmers sitting on springboard?

    Before even watching the photo itself I was thinking something Armani... But you say French, so I don't know :undecided:
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    Re: New Pierre Guillaume - Collection Croisiere!!

    Pierre Guillame and this new line appear in the list of this year's edition of Esxence. I'll sure go and check!
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    Re: philippine houseboy by etat libre d'orange

    The full (new) name is Fils du Dieu du Riz- Son of the god of Rice, and it hints to one of the most prominent notes. Basmati rice. I personally find it rather nice, fresh, juicy and unusual due to...
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    Re: Esxence 2015- Basenoters' tips

    Great, Foustie! Haven't decided when I'll be going, yet, but I'd love to meet you! :smiley:

    Yes, many brands are currently distributed in Milan, or in Italy so- except for fragrances that haven't...
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    Esxence 2015- Basenoters' tips

    Here we are again.

    A new edition of Esxence in a couple of weeks, a new (?!) looooong list of brands, (http://www.esxence.com/it/edizione2015/brand.php), super tacky or super pretentious websites...
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    Re: nice, realistic, thick tuberose

    Great suggestions already. I'll add Vamp à New York a work by Olivia Giacobetti for Honoré des Près. Thick, boozy, funny.
    I remember blogger and BN contributor Candy Perfume Boy had a guide to...
  48. Thread: Orange, but...

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    Re: Orange, but...

    Azemour Les Orangers by Parfum d'Empire features orange- fruit and the whole tree- as star note. There's a hint of orange blossoms, spices and a deep, mossy base, it's very long lasting and I...
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    Re: Diptyque Florabellio

    The notes sound interesting- I personally love sea fennel- but I'm dreading the usual Diptyque synthetic overload :-(
    Thanks for the info, anyway
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    Re: Scents that remind you of a log cabin

    It's not a personal fragrance, but the L'Hiver candle by L'Artisan Parfumeur, Collection de Grasse, does it. Smoky, fragrant sawdust :smiley:
    As a scent you can wear, I'd say AbdesSalaam Attar Hindu...
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    Thank you- love his musical metaphors! :smiley:
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    Re: Your favorite from The Different Company -

    Not a fan of the line- haven't tested everything, though, must try Sel de Vetiver!
    Anyway I own and love Jasmin de Nuit the first fragrance composed by Céline Ellena. Warm, soft, slightly skunky...
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    Re: Les Exclusifs de Chanel - Misia coming Feb 2015?

    Tested yesterday at Rinascente in Milan.
    My impressions align with cacio's- a powdery, rooty earthy iris on a soft fresh lipstick note- and a fabulous sweet drydown. It reminded me of some...
  54. Thread: Fenugreek

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    Re: Fenugreek

    Sables is more on the immortelle side. Fenugreek smells similar but definitely different (I rather dislike immortelle, while I find fenugreek lovely- it's more rounded, rich, less liquorice-y...). I...
  55. Re: What laundry detergent do you use to wash your clothes?

    A very lightly lavender scented eco- friendly product from an Italian brand, Almacabio. I guess I choose it mainly because of its faint smell- apart from being supposedly more environment friendly...
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - February 2015

    Diptyque Hiver
  57. Re: STRONGEST, More Masculine-Leaning Candle Scent?

    While checking Diptyque I suggest you to smell also Myrrhe- somewhat similar to John Galliano- and Genevrier. This one smells smoky, woody, slightly fruity (juniper berries) and it's definitely worth...
  58. Re: Ladies- which fragrance gets you the most compliments?

    The only fragrance I've got compliments for- curiously from male teenagers, pupils of mine- is Etro Patcholuy.
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    Re: Funniest fragrance reviews you've read?

    At least 7 out of 10 Luca Turin's reviews make me laugh madly. I recently read one in The Guide about a fragrance named (something) Provence where he states that, fortunately, he lived for eight...
  60. Re: Scent Exhibition @ Museum Tinguely // Basel

    Thanks for the info, my sister in law lives in Basel and this could be a nice thing to see during our next visit in town! :smiley:
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    Re: Fragrances or fragrance lines with bad names

    It's actually Tilda Swinton- Like This, after a poem. No malice, here, for once. :smiley:
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    Re: What else do you collect apart from perfumes?

    100% agree! I need and enjoy some things so much that I inevitably end up owning many!

    Candles
    Mugs
    Books
    Music
  63. Re: Sure F*ck Cologne What the heck ? Someone has this ?

    Mmhh... I don't believe Tuscan mandarins are particularly renown....
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    Re: Genuine Resin Fragrance?

    As far as I know it's solid resin- or powder- that's being burned. Can't say if it's the resin only or it's been blended. Unfortunately I have no familiarity with the fragrances you mention, so I...
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    Poll: Re: Men v Women: How many sprays?

    5+: décolleté, both wrists, both insides of the elbows and sometimes nape of neck! :smiley:
    With some fragrances that contain aromachemicals that bother me, I reduce to 4, avoiding the areas closer...
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    Re: Genuine Resin Fragrance?

    I guess it's olibanum- don"t know the exact origin- that's most used. Sweeter resins are more used in orthodox churches, as very little far as I know. I once stepped in a little monastry in Greece...
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    Re: Genuine Resin Fragrance?

    If you pardon my lapse in geography :laugh: I think you may like Hindu Kush by natural perfumer AbdesSalaam Attar. It's resinous in many ways: pine sap, incense, labdanum, slightly dusty and overall...
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    Castle of the eponymous TV series confesses he has a soft spot for Fracas on a woman. The whole episode 13 of 4th series revolves around a fictional celebuscent.
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    Re: Fragrance that smells of urine?

    It depends on what facet of urine you are considering- the ammonia ones (never found in fragrances, thankfully!), the animalic ones (honey, civet), the sulphurous ones (blackcurrant, basil, sometimes...
  70. Re: Perfume that smells of Indian spices, chai tea etc.

    Diptyque Eau Lente in addition to L'Eau and L'Autre already mentioned has a blasting Indian spices opening
  71. Re: Early warning: Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Teazzura is coming

    +1 :grin:
  72. Re: Ephemera: Geza Schoen + Kode9 + Ben Frost + Tim Hecker

    Love it! :)
  73. Re: Ephemera: Geza Schoen + Kode9 + Ben Frost + Tim Hecker

    Ditto!
    Thanks for the info, Alfarom. As someone who loves conjuring up her personal, homemade synaesthesias with sound, colour and perfumes, I am always thrilled by this kind of projects.
    Based...
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    Re: Room Scent of the Day- January 2015

    Pour des Prunes by L'Artisan Parfumeur.
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    Re: Today I bought January 2015

    Candles!
    L'Hiver 200 g candle, Pour des Prunes and Invitation Creole mini candles and a complimentary 15 ml of Mure et Musc for 50€ in a sale on L'Artisan website!
  76. Re: What We Do Is Secret launches pure Galaxolide fragrance

    Fragrances like this ones or the Molecules prove quite useful for people who want to learn to identify some aromachemicals and are too lazy to order raw material vials:some free tests in a dept...
  77. Re: read reviews & then smell or smell then read reviews?

    I generally smell in stores and then read some trusted- by me! :wink: reviewers to see their interpretation of the scent and find out if I'm missing something... It also can happen that I've read by...
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    Room Scent of the Day- January 2015

    Happy New Year everybody!

    First room smell of the year is Diptyque Hiver!

    :smiley:
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    Re: Warming Scents for a Chilly Day

    A cup of hot spicy chai: L'Eau Lente by Diptque
    A big, soft, brown furry animal wrapped around my neck: Bornéo 1834
    A paprika red cashmere scarf: Myrrhiad
    :smiley:
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    Re: S.O.T.D. — Saturday, 27 December, 2014.

    Hello all!

    I popped in just to see if Jon was having his snow! Too bad, everywhere but there!

    With the greatest pleasure I can announce that it's snowing heavily in Milan! :2vrolijk_08:
    ...
  81. Re: Please don't use "Old Lady" or "Old Man" 'scent' as description...it's offensive

    The context is everything. One could tell the tone of a statement even without the infamous words being spoken,,, And one should be able to read the message! I've seen people protesting against the...
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    Re: Did Santa bring anyone fragrance this year?

    My Santa knows me well! :wink:
    L'Artisan L'Eau d'Ambre- I took advantage of a three days 30% off on their website, some time ago!- a fragrance that I've loved for many years but never purchased and...
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - December 2014

    Finishing up my Sapin Doré, this morning.... Hope Santa will bring me one of this year's collection! :rolleyesold: (Hiver would be perfect!)
  84. Thread: Milan - IT

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    Re: Milan - IT

    ... and Diptyque and L'Olfattorio.... :shocked:
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    Re: Niche perfume for the wifey

    This sounds Chanel to me- a nice Coromandel- bergamot,patchouli soft musky ambery base, or a crispy but velvety Sycomore- vetiver, or a plushy Bois des Iles- sandalwood, with a certain similarity to...
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    Re: Do you use perfume every day?

    Yes, except when I'm ill. Some days I say I celebrate All Scents because in addition to my SOTD I've tested fragrances in shops or from samples and I reek of everything! :grin:
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    Re: Why do we do it?

    In my case there are two main forces that drive me towards spraying on some perfume. The first one is, like someone else already said- I love smelling things, so I love the idea of being a source of...
  88. Re: Patch-Musk-Citrus-White Florals around $100/bottle?

    If the notes are in order of importance, I'd say.... Coromandel: sparkling citrus opening, flowers- there are jasmine and rose notes in every fragrance, anyway!- a nice rounded, sweet musk in the...
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    Re: Do you love cinnamon?

    Adore cinnamon! In fragrances: Dyptique Eau Lente, TDC Jasmin de Nuit and PdE Azemour Les Orangers.
  90. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Enjoy your own fragrance, D! The central accord sounds fantastic, as you describe it....
    :smiley:
    And Jasmine Sherazade"best jasmine fragrance ever"?! :shocked:
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    Re: Creed - help me understand

    I have used the word synthetic to express my dislike towards those specific molecules. I have a Chemistry degree and I know about synthetic in perfumery- the fragrances I happen to like contain low...
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    Re: Sexual Dimorphism in the Olfactory Bulb

    +1!
  93. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Thanks for your reviews! Now I must wait Firenze to be avaialble!
    Regarding longevity, among those I have tried- HK, Milano Caffé, Tabac, Seawood, Venezia, Chillum, NightFlower and Amber Chocolate-...
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    Re: Italian Perfumery Awards 2014

    It all sounds a bit.... provincial! The Adjumi Forum- which i don't spend any time with- name their favourite, Ok,good for them. I am Italian and not a nationalist in the least, so I don"t care where...
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    Re: Creed - help me understand

    I second Cacio: it must be some synthetic woody amber that ruins these fragrances. I am hypersensitive to some of them- ambroxan, Iso E super to name just two I can easily detect, thanks to Excentric...
  96. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Thanks for starting this thread, hoschhti!

    I'm still pondering on which fragrance minis I'd like to order- Mecca Balsam, Holy Water and the super costly Venezia Giardini Segreti are in pole...
  97. Poll: Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Great idea Diamondflame! And I'd suggest to move it to the General Fragrance Board, so it won't get lost in an ocean of Aventus!! :tongue:
    Please report on your tests!
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    Re: Some New Fragrances

    Sure, it's totally genderless IMHO!
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    Re: Some New Fragrances

    I have a precious sample of Musc Tonkin EdP and love it- it"s quite complex, going from somewhat fresh and aquous- but no calone involved!- to rosy fruity to creamy, waxy, slightly dirty. Quite...
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    Re: Which Lush did I try?

    As deadidol above I would also have said Voice of Reason... Loved your description, Btw, ;)
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