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    Re: Definition of a Masterpiece

    A fragrance masterpiece is one that in all my searching smells exactly like what I want to smell like.

    Many fragrances fit the criteria of being unique and don't smell like anything I've ever...
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    Re: The dark history of CREED Royal Mayfair

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    Re: The dark history of CREED Royal Mayfair

    You are correct, and without reading anything further into the blurb, we can only speak on what is written. The text does not say that the cited traits are being honored, in that you're correct. It...
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    Re: The dark history of CREED Royal Mayfair

    With all due respect, the content of the above statements is off topic and has no relevancy to the current thread topic.


    With all due respect, the content of the above statement is off topic and...
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    Re: The dark history of CREED Royal Mayfair

    It does astound me how much apparent effort is being made to avoid the point; however, I am willing to believe that it may not be willful in some cases. Creed's current actions and words do not...
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    Re: The dark history of CREED Royal Mayfair

    Firstly, thank you for an insightful discussion and for maintaining civility, hopefully we can avoid moderator intervention.

    My opinion is mine alone, whether any basenoters share my opinion or...
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    Re: The dark history of CREED Royal Mayfair

    I would like to address the topic and give my honest opinion regarding what is stated within the original post and to answer the question posed within the same post.

    It is my opinion that you are...
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    Re: The Best Electronic Incense Burner....

    In my opinion the best heater depends on what's being heated. If the bulk of what your heating is resins and resin mixes such as frankincense and myrrh then your best bet is the Golden Lotus burner...
  9. Re: Royal Mayfair hit shelves at Creed Boutique tomorrow 7/9/15

    Lots of conflicting info given by NM reps, suffice it to say I was told an amount that was coming in, how many had already been pre-ordered and that I could pre-order now.
  10. Re: Creed Royal Mayfair Please Read!

    Windsor is the only fragrance I wear, with the exception of pure oud oils. I have ~60ml remaining in my flacon of 2010 and only ~35ml of a partial flacon of 2009 I was lucky to score, so I wear it...
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    @LadySara, just to piggyback a bit on what...

    @LadySara, just to piggyback a bit on what powdernose stated, IMO most here have moved away from the larger Arabian houses such as Ajmal and Haramain not because some of them don't smell good(many of...
  12. Re: Oud scents - Why do a lot of women dislike them so much here in the USA ?

    You can check out this post from over in the oud majlis. There are good sellers on the bay but I would be wary of them unless someone I knew/trusted had dealt with them before....
  13. Re: Oud scents - Why do a lot of women dislike them so much here in the USA ?

    Oud is just plain vile, disgusting, fecal and putrid, I don't know how anyone would wear it.

    But seriously, I very much like and dislike threads like this, but first a bit about "oud" in modern...
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    @bigbloke & fungusamongus, thanks. Those are...

    @bigbloke & fungusamongus, thanks. Those are interesting notes indeed, as an oud lover I can find something enjoyable about most oils, however I would prefer something that is "outside friendly".
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    Can anyone describe New Guinea/Papuan oils in...

    Can anyone describe New Guinea/Papuan oils in terms of similarity in regional scent profiles, distillation method i.e. soak period, steel, copper, etc. Do they tend toward the funky, sweet, floral,...
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    @Alirican2, IMO Japanese incense are about the...

    @Alirican2, IMO Japanese incense are about the art of blending, I liken them as mukhallats/attars are to pure Oud oils. Some mukhallats use other oils to enhance and/or balance certain facets of the...
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    @Igor, good review, I was watching his new oil....

    @Igor, good review, I was watching his new oil. There was also another oil from Oriscent/Ensar about 4-5 years ago that was called Archipelago Supreme, which IIRC was also a co-distillation. Based on...
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    @Alirican2, there are many incense that have a...

    @Alirican2, there are many incense that have a dominant agarwood scent, some that I would recommend are Shoyeido Sei-Fu/Fresh Breeze. Scented Mountains highest grade cones and sticks are nice but IMO...
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    Agar Aura: Awesome communication, products and...

    Agar Aura: Awesome communication, products and experience overall. Highest integrity. I totally concur, my nickname for him, The Smooth Operator.
    EnsarOud: Awesome communication(I usually just...
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    Re: Fragances that will go well with Oud

    A few that I've worn over oud oil are YSL M7, Creed Royal Oud, TF Oud Wood and Clive Christian 'C' Men.
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    @iris&oud IME Ensar's Assam Organic is more...

    @iris&oud

    IME Ensar's Assam Organic is more of the dark dried fruit variety, I have no experience with the Mostafa oil.
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    @Alirican2, I have been on a Japanese incense...

    @Alirican2, I have been on a Japanese incense kick as of late, so I haven't broken out my subitism in a while, but when I do it's always a joy to use, especially now that I have a variable power...
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    Re: First Experience with Real Oud (Oud Yusuf)

    I do similar but take it a step further by transferring ~.5ml from the 3g bottle to a vial for use and seal and stash the bottle. I apply to the back of my non-dominant hand and dab on each side of...
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    @powdernose, I've never used any commercially...

    @powdernose, I've never used any commercially branded wood such as the Arabian Oud, but burning on charcoal, especially directly, should liberate a lot of scent from most any decent wood as the heat...
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    Re: The One by Dolce and Gabbana: your thoughts

    I love it and have no projection or longevity issues with it, one of the only bottles outside of SMW and Le Male that I've completely used and repurchased.
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    @GaianMind, do give Assam Organic another try....

    @GaianMind, do give Assam Organic another try. I've had mine for over a year, when I first got it I removed ~.5ml to put in a vial and stashed the remainder. Hadn't worn or even swiped in passing in...
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    Re: Citrus causing Headaches? Other Cheap Options?

    I can honestly feel your pain. I have found that fragrances with a heavy dose of synthetic musk, white musk, such as Kilian's Musk Oud and Amouage's Musk Abyadh give me a raging headache. Also, I...
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    Re: What is a good cologne that keeps changing?

    The one that does it for me the most would be Clive Christian C for men. Second would be Serge Lutens Tubéreuse Criminelle, and then many other SL's as Slayer stated.
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    Wearing a swipe of Bois de Borneo from Enzo,...

    Wearing a swipe of Bois de Borneo from Enzo, burning Shoyeido's Haku-Un and Sei-Fu, as well as some of JDHawk's agarwood chips.
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    @Bigbloke - I've always wondered if and how the...

    @Bigbloke - I've always wondered if and how the plastic wand in typical oil bottles could degrade and effect the scent profiles of oils in long term storage and still don't have any definitive...
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    Re: What is the first oud that I should try?

    If you're going to sample Oud as a reference to know what it can smell like, there would be nothing better than the real thing, as Igor stated none of the perfumes mentioned, as well as the rest of...
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    @edward t-I have a small amount of the same...

    @edward t-I have a small amount of the same agarwood from Jdhawk50 and would like to add my short review. The pieces I have are big leaf-horseshoe-shell cuts(according to Kyarazen's description on...
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    Re: Confirmed: Real or Synthetic Oud

    I can't speak for S0580 and I guess I auto-edited his statement and read beyond the words, but I took it to mean that the use of synthetic oud cheapens the quality of a fragrance where the hyperbole,...
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    Re: Confirmed: Real or Synthetic Oud

    AgarAura mukhallats/attars and Ensar Oud parfums both contain single source artisan Oud oils. The rest from TF to Kurkdjian, mainstream designer and niche perfumery, use Givaudan Orpur, Black agar or...
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    Bravo!

    Bravo!
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    @Bigbloke-I chose a platform and ran my campaign...

    @Bigbloke-I chose a platform and ran my campaign based on it from a purely business standpoint as to why samples may not be offered, but there is another side of the coin. I too share in your...
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    If there is a full/sample plan that I would like...

    If there is a full/sample plan that I would like to see adopted by the top three, IMO, Oud oil purveyors it would be that of Oudimentary. For ~1/3 of the price of the full bottle (3g), a sample of 1g...
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    @Bigbloke-I think economics is at the core of any...

    @Bigbloke-I think economics is at the core of any business strategy. Also, the idea of doing splits of oud oils, depending on what you're trying to do, is good in theory, but... I do remember reading...
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    @bigbloke-when discussing the fragrance of...

    @bigbloke-when discussing the fragrance of burning agarwood vs distilled agarwood oil I tend to agree with Edward T in that when the Oud artisans talk about capturing the scent of burning agarwood in...
  40. Re: venturing into the world or arabian perfumes and perfume oils, seek advice

    I've tried a few of the Amouage attars such as Molook (May have been Cacio that I got the sample from), which as he states is more about ambergris and rose than Oud. I had Badr Al Boadour which does...
  41. Re: If you had to chose only 1 cologne to wear for the next 5 years what would it be?

    You beat me to it, exactly my thoughts.
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    Re: Oud is for Machos

    My thoughts exactly, DPV's comment about oud oils shows a lack of experience with oud oils or at the very least, a belief that all oud oils smell the same. I've read here that there is either the...
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    Re: I am 28, is Terre d'Hermes too old for me?

    IMO, with suit and tie, business casual, work-O.K. For casual-no.
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    Basic clear octagonal attar bottles, stick or...

    Basic clear octagonal attar bottles, stick or roller.
    http://www.affwebshop.com/servlet/the-1263/%283%29-Glass-Octagon-Perfume/Detail

    With leaf print, from another spot, I've ordered from both....
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    Re: need help (Natural Agarwood oil )

    Half of a kilo, as in 500g? I could be very wrong, but I doubt that anyone here is buying that much oud at one time. You'd likely need a direct link to a distiller.
  46. Thread: Wu Tang Clan

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    Re: Wu Tang Clan

    Wu Tang Forever, disc two, track 3.
  47. Re: Looking for a middle eastern-style oudy-musky fragrance...!!

    I would suggest you try by Kilian's Musk Oud, the musk in it is of the cleaner white musk variety with just a small, hardly perceptible naughtiness, a very good mukhallat in my opinion.
  48. Thread: Dry Lips!

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    Re: Dry Lips!

    Dry lips are my first sign that I'm not properly hydrated so drinking plenty of water is my first concern, after that I use Weleda Everon Lip Balm twice daily, works wonders and last a long time....
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    Poll: Re: The Entire Line..

    From the list Amouage, not on the list AgarAura and EnsarOud.
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    I have Bois de Borneo and small amounts of Borneo...

    I have Bois de Borneo and small amounts of Borneo Kinam and Archipelago Supreme, as well as several niche perfumes that are Vetiver heavy and I've never made the connection. If there are neat...
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    Re: Oakmoss completely banned by IFRA

    I tend to agree that there should be some type of disclaimer regarding fragrance ingredients and possible reactions, but the problem extends beyond just the wearer. The very nature of these...
  52. Re: Wearing Invasion Barbare for the First Time in many Months....

    I'm the opposite. I decided to get a nice sized decant after reading that IB shared some similarities with Le Male, I enjoy the initial cool powder aspect, but as it begins to dry down it becomes...
  53. Re: Favorite perfume notes and the perfumes with those notes

    Ginger: Creed Vetiver 1948, Roja Dove Enigma Parfum
    Oud: Amouage Badr Al Badour, Ensar Oud Pink Papua, Clive Christian C Men
    Rose: Creed Windsor, Amouage Molook
    Sandalwood: Creed Bois de Santal...
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    Re: What are the 3 best GREEN fragrances?

    Creed Feuilles Verte
    Creed Selection Verte
    Ensar Oud Crassna Cha
  55. Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Heavy handed cumin and synth musk, the latter gives me a weapons grade headache. Also, heavy incense(frankincense), lemon, heavy vanilla, heavy iris and certain roses.
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    Re: Oud in the summer.

    I enjoy Cambodi's like Oud Yususf and the unreleased Oud Ilyas in the heat, as well as Malinua's like Bois de Borneo.


    Guinness, the breakfast, lunch and dinner of champions.
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    Re: Mens fragrance community and groupthink

    This is an interesting concept, I have taken the time to read the responses and have enjoyed the commentary. In thinking about how I feel about the concept of groupthink I am reminded of the age old...
  58. Thread: By Kilian Oud's

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    Re: By Kilian Oud's

    Tried all except the UAE exclusives Gold and Black. Musk Oud would have been a buy on smell and performance but the heavy handed synth musk gives me a raging headache.
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    Re: what is on your wish list?

    Roja Dove Enigma Parfum Pour Homme
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    Re: oud fragrances and women

    I beg to differ...
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    Re: Worst marketing buzzwords

    The worst marketing buzzwords would be.....

    The truth.

    Fortunately, we'll never hear or read that.
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    Re: Oud Pros Advice Needed

    By single source I mean oil distilled from the same tree, from the same jungle or plantation, hence why the quantity of any given oud oil from AgarAura, Ensar Oud or Oudimentary is small and can't be...
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    Re: Oud Pros Advice Needed

    There are many purveyors of oud oils, the problem is finding the ones that are known to offer pure oud oils. The ones that I have experience with and trust are AgarAura, Ensar Oud and Oudimentary, I...
  64. Thread: Creed Windsor

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    Re: Creed Windsor

    Close, but completely different, if that makes any sense.
  65. Poll: Re: On a scale from 1-5, how important is presentation to you?

    Based on the comments, somebody's telling porkies. In the another thread that had a Creed box with the sticker inside of the embossing coming loose many responders stated that it was unacceptable,...
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    Re: Parfum du 68 - Guerlain

    Any new info on this fragrance, reviews, comparisons, etc.?
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    Re: What puts you off about a house?

    ^This. I can understand when a fragrance is limited based on the amount produced, but when a fragrance is limited by region it only means that others who may seek it out will likely have to pay...
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    Re: What is your favourite Oud?

    Pure oud oil, AgarAura and Ensar Oud, any, past, present and future. All of the oils I have tried from these two artisans have been excellent, some more my style than others, but all heavenly in...
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    Re: nothing impresses me anymore

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with feeling the way you feel. It has nothing to do with having unrealistic high standards, you like what you like, period. To buy a fragrance that you know you're...
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    Re: The "I don't get it" thread

    Really, and Pierre tells you exactly what it is, I don't get it at all.
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    Re: The "I don't get it" thread

    There are many that don't make sense and I just don't get...here's a few.

    Pure Malt
    Tobacco Vanille
    Black Aoud

    Lastly, any western fragrance with oud in the name, I understand that they are...
  72. Thread: I must try...

    by PEARL
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    Re: I must try...

    Guerlain-Les Deserts d'Orient trio and Parfum du 68
    Roja Dove-Enigma Parfum
    Amouage-Tahani
    MDCI-Cuir Garamante
  73. Re: Best fragrance to wear when a girl asks you to tie her up and do naughty things to her?

    On a serious note... From the playlist and the silk to cover her eyes, seems as if you are going for something softer, more sensual. I'd choose something that I consider sexy and gourmand-ish like...
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    Re: High cost perfumes, low cost packaging.

    I've only purchased Creeds from the boutique, BG or NM and have had that happen to a few of the labels on flacon boxes, nothing a little glue didn't handle, didn't let it get my boxers in a bunch. I...
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    Re: Fragrances you hate and or find repulsive?

    Montale Black Aoud-repulsive
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    Poll: Re: Clive Christian: X or C?

    Clearly
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    Re: When are my sons old enough?

    I think that the solution to your quarry is right in front of you, your son. You have provided him with the necessary guidance on good hygiene practice. Your statement that he has asked you, at...
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    Re: Sandalwood and Oud?

    Having read the thread title, my thoughts went directly to Montale's Dark Oud. Out of all of the perfumes and attars that I've tried, Dark Oud is the only one that features the sandalwood and oud...
  79. Re: What are your favorite fragrances in each genre? (POLL)

    Gourmand-Serge Lutens Rahat Loukoum
    Woody-Creed Royal Oud
    Leather-Clive Christian C, Serge Lutens Boxeuses
    Vanilla-Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille
    Aoud-by Kilian Musk Oud
    Oud-Ensar Oud...
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    Re: Creed SMW too one-dimensional?

    You're not alone, SMW has been my signature work scent for the past three years. I never get tired of it, I think it smells great, I've had numerous compliments on it and a couple of the women who...
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    Re: Should'nt they be sued ?

    Purely marketing. They come in spewing grandiose verbosity without ever stating anything concrete about the actual ingredients they use in the composition, no harm, no foul, no lawsuit. Even if they...
  82. Re: Define Your Personal Financial Limit Regarding Single Purchases

    I like and enjoy so many fragrances yet my wardrobe remains relatively very small. I find 99% of fragrances I sample to be good, admirable or have redeeming qualities for experience purposes,...
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    Re: Creed Jardin d'Amalfi -OR- Creed Windsor?

    I enjoy both Jd'A and Windsor, as in I like Jd'A in passing, it is an OK scent but the orange elements in it become a little sour for me, I find a much better fragrance with orange type notes to be...
  84. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    Now he's gone posting in all of the resurrected poles, but still not here, what a guy that Hednic.
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    Re: By Kilian Incense Oud

    Incense Oud for me has the best projection, sillage and longevity of the entire Arabian night line, it's almost too strong, 10+ hrs whereas Pure Oud almost immediately becomes a skin scent and the...
  86. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    PM'd!
  87. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    At least the full set and any new releases.
  88. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    It has to be...
  89. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    Maybe not the end all be all, but it is a good last resort! At least out of the three I thought it could be!
  90. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    That jpg is hilarious, and I really don't have any idea what I'm doing, likely just some bodies nickname.
  91. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    Come on Deadidol,you're not just putting out red herrings are you?
  92. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    Hahaha! Deadidol you're something else, very short name indeed, at least I think so, anyway BIG Congrats to the new owner.
  93. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    Hednic strikes me as the type of guy that would definitely have wifi on his Gulfstream G650.


    Hednic, Marc De La Morandiere or Patou?
  94. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    That is exactly what I came back to say!
  95. Re: Guess which Basenoter has bought a perfume house, and which one?

    Hednic-Montale, first guess before seeing these responses.

    Cairomerta-Xerjoff, second guess.

    Those would be my guesses if I didn't already know that PEARL and Hedonist222 bought Serge Lutens, I...
  96. Thread: Creed Windsor

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    Re: Creed Windsor

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  97. Thread: Creed Windsor

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    Re: Creed Windsor

    Matte finish, probably the best descriptive term I've ever heard to describe Windsor, there is nothing remotely close to it. Prelude to Love for me is a sour green orange, if that makes sense,...
  98. Thread: Best Oud ever

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    Re: Best Oud ever

    ^^True for me. Without getting into the synth vs. real oud used in western fragrances, these fragrances use the word oud in their title to denote that oud is an ingredient in the recipe because that...
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    Re: What Is Your Most Wanted Fragrance?

    Arabian Oud King Fahad, blind. From what I've heard it should be right up my alley but it's difficult to get from reliable source and samples are pretty much unheard of.
    Amouage Al Andalus, clean,...
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    Re: Does Age Define Taste?

    I am still attempting to fully comprehend the intent or what the question is asking

    Being considered as having taste or doing what is tasteful is a social construct mediated by marketing,...
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