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    Luca Turin on Lampblack (and others)

    Although I'm still scratching my head over the whole Korrigan as "masterpiece" thing, I'm thrilled to see Bruno Fazzolari's exceptional Lampblack get some attention. I tried this at the Institute for...
  2. Re: Gorilla Perfumes - Cutting Edge Masterpieces !

    Yeah, I've seen them in several stores in both NYC and LA, but I'm not sure how much further they have spread.

    Although I wasn't as into the more recent oils as much as the older lines, I'm so...
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    Re: Is fragrance.net reliable?

    This bears repeating in bold.
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    Re: Bond No.9 - what is full bottle worth?

    As others have noted, they're worth sniffing to see what they're all about, but there isn't a single one that I would consider FBW myself. Silver Factory seems the most viable for my tastes, but it's...
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    Re: Naomi Goodsir - Or Du Serail

    Its a nice scent—nothing revolutionary. Extremely realistic tobacco note with a good fruit blend that's not too obnoxious. Bit of a letdown in the base, but nothing too heartbreaking.

    I actually...
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    Piotr Czarnecki - Sensei

    I hope not as well! Honestly, when I tried it, I was trying like 15 other things at the same time and I had to take notes really fast (it was the IAO awards thing). "Spicy, peppery gourmand" is what...
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    Re: Piotr Czarnecki - Sensei

    I've tried it, albeit in passing at an awards show. I wasn't impressed though -- mainly a cinnamon bomb with a gimmick.
  8. Re: Best sandalwood-based scent available at a department store?

    From Nordstroms, I'd echo that Santal Blush and Tam Dao are both reasonable simulations of sandalwood. From places like Sephora, Nirvana Black is better than you might expect. The Body Shop used to...
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    Re: Lubin- Korrigan EDP

    It's always reminded me (at least genre-wise) of some of the Dior Exclusives like Ambre Nuit and Bois D'Argent in that it's a thin, shrill, overly sweet scent. Extreme foody gourmand cake type stuff....
  10. Re: Similarities between Plum Japonais and Pomegranate Noir

    I think they changed Silver Factory as well. Anything Warhol related got canned due to the Warhol estate's insane image licensing and whatnot.
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    Re: Vampire church incense suggestions

    For dark and moody: Norne, Montecristo, Norma Kamali, Black Afgano, Memoir Man, O Hira, Blackbird

    For dark and romantic: MAAI, Gotham, Salvador Dali PH, DeadOfNight, Ex Idolo 33, PD Black
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  12. Re: Are fragrances slowly being removed from society?

    I'm allergic to flankers.
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    Re: "Official" Mugler - Pure Wood reviews thread

    Kind of hoping it's bone dry and maybe a tad musty, but I'm expecting it to be more like peanut butter or vanilla latte or cotton candy or something.
  14. Re: Are fragrances slowly being removed from society?

    ^ Exactly what I was about to say.
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    Re: "Official" Mugler - Pure Wood reviews thread

    FWIW: MiN has a new scent called "Barrel" that's a pretty nice oak. Oak's a weird note as the raw material Oakwood Absolute is both pricey and fruity, so I'm expecting this to be a synthesized oak...
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    "Official" Mugler - Pure Wood reviews thread

    Same. I'm genuinely curious about this one as I like oak very much but have yet to find a wearable Mugler. Womanity is the only one that's stood out to me so far.
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    Re: Powerful Arabian oud note

    I haven't tried Blackwood yet either, but I was told that it smells very similar to Black Agar. I'll probably try it soon myself. but I hear good things about this one too:...
  18. Re: Similarities between Plum Japonais and Pomegranate Noir

    That one's more of a sweet floral with peach if I remember it correctly.
  19. Re: Similarities between Plum Japonais and Pomegranate Noir

    It's pretty identical. I though Andy was coming back though with a non-warholian name? It was brutally strong though.
  20. Re: Are fragrances slowly being removed from society?

    Was hoping you wouldn't ask as I can barely keep up but I've got a few friends involved in these developments and my understanding is that IFRA is more an intermediary between the industry and EU...
  21. Re: Are fragrances slowly being removed from society?

    I'm already there! Most of the stuff in my collection would make the "industry" blush.
  22. Re: Are fragrances slowly being removed from society?

    I'm not that well-versed in what's going on, but if I understand it correctly, IFRA/EU is more of our friend than it appears regarding allergies.
  23. Re: Are fragrances slowly being removed from society?

    Although it's not the same in all cultures, there are external forces that tend to motivate such shifts in public perception such as, say, an increase in litigious action. The university where I work...
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    Re: What's my problem with Amouage?

    Another plausible response might be that you're developing a more nuanced ability to distinguish facets. Amouage have some great stuff, but they're not afraid of using cheap and common materials in...
  25. Re: Similarities between Plum Japonais and Pomegranate Noir

    Watery maybe? I find that scent to be a bit dishonest in that it hooks you with a great opening, but there's nothing substantial beneath (a bit of s standard contemporary fragrance move). Pomegranate...
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: MAAI

    :D

    It's very strong!
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    Great ideas here! Let's keep thinking! Especially interested in the idea of re-energizing a thread. Maybe I'll even tell you all about my recent experiment with Aventus :D
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    That's a thing? I thought it was mythical! :D
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    That is a good point . . . it's pretty famous :D
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    I've no skin in this game (seriously), but let's say that some of our male members are as invested in getting compliments from either gender as those of you garnering purely female compliments, where...
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    Ha! :laugh:
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    Hey all. Going to raise these concerns backstage, but keep your opinions coming (respectfully) so we can take them into consideration and figure out a diplomatic approach.
  33. Thread: Honey note

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    Re: Honey note

    creatingperfume is getting the IFF Miel soon. It's insanely powerful stuff, but it's a good sweetener.
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    Re: In LOVE with my new blind buy!!!

    Molecule 01 with a couple of citric notes added.




    Molecule 01 is Iso E Super

    Molecule 02 is Ambroxan

    Molecule 03 is Vetiveryl Acetate
  35. Are fragrances slowly being removed from society?

    Got it!
    Let's all just try and keep things peaceful, a-political, and rational :beer:

    Perhaps because I live in a pretty huge metropolis I don't perceive any of this to be a concern. However, I...
  36. Re: Are fragrances slowly being removed from society?

    This is exactly the path we don't need this thread to go. There are other places on the web better suited for that kind of rhetoric.
  37. Re: Are fragrances slowly being removed from society?

    Guys, let's keep from resorting to "the country is going down the tubes" type posts if we can. Wide readership on Basenotes and all that . . .
  38. Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    Well, an organic meander off topic can be super productive if it's done respectfully. "Hater" threads are rarely productive, but judging by the title of this one, it wasn't meant to go that way....
  39. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    Same. Oh, wait . . .

    Are we on topic/off topic? I can't even tell at this point.
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    Re: Free Fragrance Composition Software

    I don't think mac users need to install windows to get the software to "work properly"—it's that there's no mac version available to "work improperly." Or at least that's what it seems to me.
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    Re: Free Fragrance Composition Software

    I've tried several of those in the past and Parallels has always struck me as the best, but I removed all emulators from my system last year. If there's a way to do it without installing even a...
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    Re: Green Tea Accord

    Perhaps this is of no help, but have you set your nose on Green Tea Absolute? http://www.whitelotusaromatics.com/product/tea-green-absolute-50-in-undenatured-perfumers-alcohol It's quite pallid and...
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    Re: Free Fragrance Composition Software

    Me also, but it might be worth grabbing an emulator as I could really use something like this right now.
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    Re: "Official" Mugler - Pure Wood reviews thread

    I agree! That thread's convoluted, so perhaps people can port over anything they've written that they're particularly attached to, or PM me and I'll try and do it.
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    Re: "Official" Mugler - Pure Wood reviews thread

    Having a cohesive discussion thread for this is a smart idea, but there's already one running where people have been posting reviews and thoughts:
    ...
  46. Re: What is the most melancholy fragrance you can think of?

    I was a bit let down by NR. It seemed that most people found it to be morbid and unusual (big pluses in my book), but to me it was just lifeless more than anything. A dreary violet leaf with very...
  47. Re: Style Arabia - Beauty Guide - Luca turin reviews Paco Rabanne, Lubin, and Nina Ricci

    Yeah, I found them to be poor as well. I liked Akkad the most, but they were all weak both in composition and performance for me.
  48. Re: What is the most melancholy fragrance you can think of?

    Ooh, De Profundis as well. With or without the Wilde connection, it's deliciously morose.
  49. Re: What is the most melancholy fragrance you can think of?

    Memoir Man, Norma Kamali Incense, Norne, O Hira, Montecristo could work. They're all quite cerebral and certainly not buoyant.
  50. Re: New (no vintage) Modern Masculine scents - Anything out there to talk about ?

    Yes, it's on Lafayette, just south of Houston.
  51. Article: MiN New York, Scent Stories Vol. 1: An Overview

    You can view the page at http://www.basenotes.net/content/2882-MiN-article
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    Re: What frags are "Antiseptic"?

    I just tried this one tonight and it seems to be along the lines of what you're after: http://www.soivohle.net/mixed-media-perfumes/rivertown-road
  53. Any high quality dirty masculine/unisex scent recently released?

    Castoreum, hyraceum, indole, and civet. It's balanced though, and doesn't come off quite as dirty as Montecrosto, MKK, or Leather Oud. It's a very classical amount of animalics.
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    Re: 2nd Cumming by CB I Hate Perfume

    What a great description of it! I'm totally buying your hoppy reading as far as the booze goes, and I've yet to pick up on the leather, but I'll pay closer attention. And yes, olfactive painting is...
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    Re: What frags are "Antiseptic"?

    I wonder if what you're looking for are camphorous fragrances? Camphor is a note that can come across as antiseptic I suppose, but it's mainly stuff like eucalyptus, laurel, clove, certain lavenders...
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    Two picks from Serge Lutens

    Sarrasins (and) or De Profundis.

    I'd ditch the Chergui, to be honest and add El Attarine in there instead.
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    Re: 2nd Cumming by CB I Hate Perfume

    I like In The Library, but it's very milky. If you want more scorched than Burning Leaves, you might check out Fire From Above.
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    Re: 2nd Cumming by CB I Hate Perfume

    Plus, 2nd Cumming opens with a topsoil note—a big one! And you don't want that jumping off you too loudly. If you've never smelled it, the online note descriptions are misleading. It smells to me...
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    Re: 2nd Cumming by CB I Hate Perfume

    The longevity / projection / sillage etc. is fairly low on these as they're water perfumes. To be honest, I like that about them as I'm really not a fan of the whole uber projection / longevity /...
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    Re: 2nd Cumming by CB I Hate Perfume

    I love this stuff. Picked up a bottle in the Bendel blowout sale and have been marinating in it ever since.
  61. Re: Any high quality dirty masculine/unisex scent recently released?

    MAAI is fantastic in this regard—dirty, but not crazy dirty.

    Orto Parisi's Brutus has some cumin, but it's not a great scent. Dead of Night is stinky, cheesy syoofi upfront, but it becomes a...
  62. Re: Blackbird by Matriarch and Pandora by DSH perfume

    I need to go through that line in more detail, but I tried them last year at FRAGments and was relatively impressed, but I had to smell everything so fast at that event. Then at the IAO awards this...
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    Re: RIP, Eau Des Baux

    This has been an ongoing rumor for some time. Every couple of months, someone will state that it's being discontinued, but it hasn't happened yet. At this point, I wouldn't worry about it. It'll be...
  64. Re: Blackbird by Matriarch and Pandora by DSH perfume

    The pricing on this one has always been an issue. Last year, when a small group of us first began exploring the brand, Blackbird was only available in the rollerball size and a massive decanter...
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    Re: Help Me Out and Shut Me Up !

    Is there a reason as to why you're sticking to designer / mainstream / drug store type stuff? Almost everything I've seen you rail against has been what I would consider to be lousy fragrance....
  66. New niche: ORTO PARISI by Alessandro Gualteri

    I've posted a few reviews in all the regular places, and here are some general thoughts on the line.

    Orto Parisi is basically a remix of things Gualtieri has done prior with Black Afgano making...
  67. Re: Blackbird by Matriarch and Pandora by DSH perfume

    Blackbird? Nah—it's a semi-sweet head-shop leather scent whereas M is more spiced leather.

    I'm not sure where smoke would come from—perhaps some of the woody materials? It's a pretty loaded scent,...
  68. Re: New niche: ORTO PARISI by Alessandro Gualteri

    My samples of this line arrived today with a sample of Blamage as well. I've only given them a quick sniff, but I'm deeply disappointed by Stercus. I'd hoped it would be disgusting pig-in-filth mess...
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: MAAI

    I don't like tuberose either, but this is like no tuberose I've ever smelled in that it's more green than floral. That really what makes this a standout--you'd never know it was tuberose.

    To me,...
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: MAAI

    I actually don't find them to be strong at all. It's the tuberose, spices, and animalics that are the most noticeable for me with hyraceum playing a huge role. The aldehydes are merely stage hands...
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: MAAI

    The way he works with incense is subtle and you'd be hard pressed to spot it. As far as spices go, some of the Italian aromatic stuff is present, but I think there's a dominant ginger as well.
  72. Re: New niche: ORTO PARISI by Alessandro Gualteri

    They're in talks with at least one US distributor right now, from what I understand, but that could be speculation. I got in touch with the line a few months ago, and at that point they had no...
  73. Re: New niche: ORTO PARISI by Alessandro Gualteri

    I tried one from a bottle bought by a friend in Italy. The rest are coming from another friend, also in Italy. Blamage is in there as well.
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    Re: FUEGUIA: your views....

    I wanted to like them much more than I did. Ballena de la Pampa was the only real standout style-wise, and I did find them all to be a tad gaunt. Great concepts, great packaging, and I'd still...
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: MAAI

    Yeah, I put a rough breakdown in the database. There's a lot going on in there, but the key players are the tuberose, aldehydes, animalics, spices, moss. There's a grip of incense and resins, but you...
  76. Poll: Re: What's your favorite Dior from La Collection Privée?

    Leather Oud for me, please! It's the only one I really like from the line.
  77. Re: New niche: ORTO PARISI by Alessandro Gualteri

    Have you smelled it though? It doesn't really smell that much like chocolate—it's more like a woodier Black Afgano. However, the reason why I haven't written more is because I only smelled in passing...
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    Sticky: Re: Creed Queries & Discussions.

    Merged your post into the dedicated Creed Discussion thread, occupiedthrone. You can get more pointed help this way.
  79. Re: New niche: ORTO PARISI by Alessandro Gualteri

    I've got samples winging their way to me right now, but I've tried (and really liked) Bocannera (sp?). However, the response on the rest so far has been meh. Also, the bottles (that I think look...
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    Re: Amouage Journey Man: mish-mash

    In all honesty, I don't recall Honour Man well enough to say. It's been too long since I smelled it.
  81. Re: Are the "Classics" Really that Harsh or are Most Men Simply...

    I agree, and it certainly achieved its goals. I'd invite to chill out, avoid responding to anything even remotely "bait-y", and one of us will return with the mop as soon as we have chance.
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    Re: Amouage Journey Man: mish-mash

    Guess I didn't write anything yet. I've only given them cursory sniffs so far (tried them a couple of weeks ago). Journey Man is a bit mediocre—feels a tad old-school, but it's somewhat anonymous....
  83. Thread: Juniper Ridge

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    Re: Juniper Ridge

    It is a ridiculous simplification, and I must apologize for that comment made in jest. Clearly there's a process here that subverts the norm, and I fully applaud that. Your aesthetic and materials...
  84. Re: My fragrances hardly ever sell on here....What am I, chopped liver ?

    Also, link your footnote sales pitch thing to you sales thread. Some people might see what you have but can't be bothered to go searching for the thread itself.

    When you edit your signature, there...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Sample Pass Thread Redux

    And I must confess that my attempts to straighten out misinformation didn't go as planned and I don't think I've helped get things back on track as effectively as I might have. Apologies to those...
  86. Re: My fragrances hardly ever sell on here....What am I, chopped liver ?

    It's not that people are cheap (although let's be honest, a steal's a steal), but it has to be stuff that people are really interested in. I saw a somebody list some things a couple of days ago and...
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    Re: Oudimentary in California

    Thanks for posting this! Look forward to giving it a read later :)
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    Re: Slumberhouse Sample Pass Thread Redux

    Yeah, that's kind of how this went down. At first it was cease and desist using a mysterious armchair lawyer with a PO Box and no discernible validity, but then the case became more public and was...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Sample Pass Thread Redux

    Well not really. What went down wasn't opinion at all—it was widely discussed by perfumers at the time and quite factual. In fact, I think the Olympic Orchid's report of the lawsuit is still floating...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Sample Pass Thread Redux

    I separate the scents from the behavior, but as a fan of indie perfumery—and a huge advocate of independent artistry in general—it just bums me out when I see one line seek to destroy/silence another...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Sample Pass Thread Redux

    Sadly, the lawsuit was a malicious attempt to destroy the competition more than anything and was followed by an attempt to cover up what was done. Completely disgraceful. Be careful when and where...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Sample Pass Thread Redux

    That's one thing she does very well is to make connections and get in all the glossies and whatnot. The talent' for the composition is absolutely there—really strong ideas, but the construction is...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Sample Pass Thread Redux

    The SA showed me the sample set last time I was in the store, and I think I have pictures somewhere. The samples are those little glass vials with plastic dabbers half filled and taped to a piece of...
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    Slumberhouse Sample Pass Thread Redux

    I've tried them. There are great ideas, but they're poorly constructed unfortunately. None of them are fixed, and almost all fall apart within 30 minutes. Given that she charges $800 for some of her...
  95. Re: Fragrance oil longevity/strength difficulties

    Well, the suppliers seem okay. I'm not familiar myself, but doesn't something like coconut / grapeseed oil really dull down a scent?
  96. Are the "Classics" Really that Harsh or are Most Men Simply...

    One more time: Let's stick to the topic and let's keep this from going political.

    Although I realize that's it's very hard to talk about this topic WITHOUT it going political. But do be...
  97. Re: Are the "Classics" Really that Harsh or are Most Men Simply...

    Let's stick to the topic and let's keep this from going political.
  98. Re: Is there a feedback thread or forum subdivision for warning about ebay scammers?

    Absolutely. Your best bet though is to leave eBay feedback. Hopefully our members will see it there.
  99. Re: Is there a feedback thread or forum subdivision for warning about ebay scammers?

    Actually, Basenotes isn't a platform for such a thing. While it's good of you to look out for other members, we assume that people will do their own research and shop at their own risk, thus keeping...
  100. Re: Aqua Originale Line By Creed

    Merged the thread you started on this line into the existing discussion, Cologniano. Discuss away!
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