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  1. Thread: Singapore

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    Re: Singapore

    Oh, not robes08 himself (I believe he's Canadian). He started the FB group, but the Singapore-based splitter active in that group (and some other groups) is Hans Chua, who splits quite a lot of...
  2. Thread: Singapore

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    Re: Singapore

    Unfortunately, to indulge in this hobby, you (or the merchants you buy from) will have to lie about the package that it does not contain perfume (the presence of alcohol as a hazardous/combustible...
  3. Thread: Singapore

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    Re: Singapore

    redwhite, a lot of fragrance splitting, decanting and swapping activity can be found on Facebook. There is at least one very active splitter/decanter based in Singapore, (check out The Fragrance Guru...
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    Re: On Flankers and Perfume Concentration

    Historically, women are indeed more knowledgeable about their perfumes. A woman buying a Mitsouko EdT may very well have considered buying the extrait as well, but with the knowledge that the extrait...
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    Re: Flankers... when ideas run out?

    But why blame flankers per se for the lack of artistry?

    The way it seems to go, lots of mainstream fashion houses are already releasing their own perfumes (pillars) that are rather similar to all...
  6. Re: NEW: Acqua Di Parma Colonia Ambra (Ingredient collection)

    Jean-Claude Ellena had said in his book that perfumer's amber is a fantasy accord and a convention, much like the fougère, based on vanilla and resins (labdanum, benzoin, styrax, and not on the...
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    Re: Need rose suggestions.

    I really enjoy Parfum d'Empire Eau Suave, an elegant, cool, tangy rose.
  8. Thread: Singapore

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    Re: Singapore

    Only some of the exclusive ranges.

    Namely: Les Parisiennes, Les Parisiens, L'Art et La Matière, and Une Ville, Un Parfum (whatever remaining stocks left for this discontinued range).
  9. Thread: "Green" scents

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    Re: "Green" scents

    +2 for Mito.

    While not galbanum-bitter and tending more towards herbal/aromatic, another green scent I like and which falls somewhere around Mito is Prima Rugiada from Profumi del Forte.
  10. Re: A shocking fact : Creed is completely unknown in France's perfume shops

    Sephora, Marionnaud, Nocibé etc. do not carry many other niche brands either (I have only seen one niche brand, i.e., Serge Lutens, at Sephora in France). That is, if you view Creed as a niche brand...
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    Re: Any frangrances with lily (muguet) for men?

    Givenchy's Insensé is a muguet-focused composition, marketed to men, and deemed as a failure too.

    (Interestingly, I was sampling Tom Ford's Champaca Absolute the other day, and the drydown...
  12. Re: How often does Dior reformulate their fragrances?

    Houses reformulate all the time, for many reasons, and most of the time, reformulations are nearly imperceptible.

    The reason Dior's reformulations are so prominent is that around 2010, 2011, after...
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    Re: Purpose of a Fragrance (Why do we wear it?)

    I agree with this, and many other similar sentiments expressed above!

    An analogy would be this: why do I want to eat good food, rather than just plain or untasty food to keep myself alive? It is...
  14. Poll: Re: Fans of Niche Fragrances: How Do You Find New Fragrances?

    Perhaps because this is the age of the Internet and of online retailing?

    Perfumes being a rather esoteric hobby (and perhaps even more so for men?), there are perhaps few real networks for word of...
  15. Re: L'Instant de Guerlain pour homme EDT - Discontinued?

    According to Monsieur Guerlain (again), Guerlain Homme L'Eau has been discontinued already, and the new announcement was for Guerlain Homme EdT. This leaves Guerlain Homme EdP (thus still holding up...
  16. Re: L'Instant de Guerlain pour homme EDT - Discontinued?

    As Monsieur Guerlain reports:
    Discontinuation isn't such a new thing
    In 2014, Guerlain has told us that the following perfumes have gone out of production: L'Instant Magic, Véga, Sous le Vent, the...
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    Re: Fragrances or fragrance lines with bad names

    I suspect awkward names are sometimes a necessity to create distinctiveness and also gain trademark protection.
  18. Re: New to fragrance, would love to have some advice.

    By the way, do try out the Hermessence collection in the Hermès boutiques (many available all over Orchard Road).

    If you like floral compositions, the Hermessences have some very good scents that...
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    Re: Favorite fruity fragrance

    Hermès Un Jardin sur le Nil, mango
    Hermès Un Jardin sur le Toit, apple and grass
    Serge Lutens Daim Blond, apricot and leather
  20. Re: New to fragrance, would love to have some advice.

    Despite the lack of convenient online retailers, especially for niche, the selection of perfumes in Singapore is still generally rather good. Many niche brands are also represented, although the...
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    Re: Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental - A COMEBACK

    It could be this, since Luckyscent shows an old stock photo of the bottle with the Palais Royal logo rather than the new SL logo.

    Also, the ephemeral 50ml export bottles have been replaced by the...
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    Re: Genuine Resin Fragrance?

    How about Guerlain's Bois d'Arménie? Benzoin with frankincense.
  23. Re: Thoughts on Lutens' replacing the "limited export bottles" with Vaporisateur Tout Noir editions?

    I personally prefer the spray bottles too, but if SL still allows more circulation of the exclusives, then the Vaporisateur Tout Noir is better than not having any ephemeral releases. (It was...
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    Re: Your top lavender fragrances

    Serge Lutens: Gris Clair and Encens et Lavande.
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    Re: Why must anyone listen to the IFRA?

    IFRA regulations on allergenic ingredients relate to skin allergies, i.e., for people wearing the perfumes, not others smelling the perfume.

    If I am not wrong, most, if not all, odorants are not...
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    Re: Perfumer logic — what am I missing?

    This line of thinking only makes sense if you compare the EdT and EdP of the same composition. An EdP would necessarily have a heavy concentration of the perfume oil, which means higher longevity,...
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    Re: Flankers you wish existed, but don't.

    I have always found that Elixir des Merveilles works like a TdT flanker. The same kind of orange, but cozier, with the oriental base.
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    Re: Hermes special edition bottles, or....?

    These would appear to be the reverse faces of the labels, as seen from the back of the new bottles of Les Classiques (i.e., the new packaging for the classic scents).

    See this post for a...
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    Re: Bvlgari Man in Black - New Release 2014

    Many perfumes, when differing in concentration (something more common in feminine-marketed scents), had often differed in their note profiles. They are different whether in EdC, EdT, EdP (or PdT) and...
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    Re: L'homme Ideal de Guerlain?

    It's not a flanker.
  31. Re: Do you think Neela Vermiere's real name is Neela Vermiere?

    I would take care to spell her name, it's Vermeire, and not Vermiere.

    Second, a good possible reason would be that she is actually married to a European with the name of Vermeire (and also...
  32. Re: Super Exclusive & Limited Releases From Popular Niche Houses??

    There's that Art of Love collection from By Kilian, currently only available in Russia.
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    These rulings appear to be on a different point from what david is trying to convince how bad the perfume companies are. One is on legal action against counterfeits, another is on anti-competition.
    ...
  34. Re: Any high quality dirty masculine/unisex scent recently released?

    Ulrich Lang Aperture.
  35. Re: Luca Turin Reviews Montblanc Emblem and Coleur Kenzo Violet at Style.com/Arabia

    With some 1400 perfumes being released a year, I wonder how anyone can wear a perfume long enough (one week each, say?) before writing an in-depth review you find satisfying enough for everyone and...
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    Re: Coromandel reformulated?

    The list of restricted materials can be easily found on the Internet, and the impact of IFRA 2014 restrictions have been reported by news services as well as by several prominent bloggers. Some...
  37. Re: Luca Turin Reviews Montblanc Emblem and Coleur Kenzo Violet at Style.com/Arabia

    Again, Luca Turin provides very interesting background information to perfumery that some, if not all, of us can appreciate.

    With reference to acetylenic molecules, I had always though Grey...
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    Re: Coromandel reformulated?

    Just because I point out a poorly thought out comment by the OP? Where is your evidence?
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    Re: Coromandel reformulated

    The problem is, as cacio states, patchouli is not a problematic material targeted by IFRA. So, a 'weaker' patchouli because of IFRA restrictions in 2014 is a suspect correlation and thus unfair...
  40. Re: Serge Lutens - Any news about the 2014 exclusive range perfume?

    It seems like Serge Lutens is moving into olfactory 'portraits', fragrances inspired by people. The most recent releases, such as La Fille de Berlin, La Vierge de Fer, even Une Voix Noire, were...
  41. Re: As a niche house, why are Serge Luten fragrances easier to find cheaper?

    Serge Lutens is sold in Sephora and Marionnaud in France, not exactly niche in terms of distribution.
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    Re: Oeillet Bengale by Aedes de Venustas

    Oh, I am sorry, I did not know this thread was a private one for you and lpp (sorry, lpp!).

    And I am also sorry to inform you that Bengal is not a major province of India per se. It is an area...
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    Re: Oeillet Bengale by Aedes de Venustas

    I think you were overthinking the connections.

    The Aedes de Venustas press release and the two reviews make mention only to Œillet Bengale, and not to Œillet d'Inde, which appear to be two...
  44. Re: Fragrance Notes - More than the sum of their parts?

    I keep seeing posters conflate notes and ingredients, which are different things.

    As perfumers often note (e.g., Jean-Claude Ellena in his books), perfume formulae tend to run into hundreds of...
  45. Re: Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    Perhaps perfumes need to be sold only by licensed pharmacists in future, who can explain all the mumbo-jumbo about the labelled ingredients to consumers who are apparently unable to do their own...
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    Re: Amouage Journey Man: mish-mash

    I think he was referring to the appearance of the bottles. So, Amouage White is most probably Honour.
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    Re: Noir Tom Ford - For Men?

    I have heard someone very knowledgeable about perfumes compare Tom Ford Noir to Guerlain's Habit Rouge, a masculine oriental focused on vanilla (also spicy, woody-resinous, powdery, and leathery),...
  48. Re: What happened to Millesime Imperial? So Different now...

    I think the operative keyword here is 'some' natural ingredients. It is commonly agreed that in commercial modern perfumery, whether designer or niche, a lot of synthetics are used. Because of the...
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    Re: Niche Designer Lines

    Would that be the YSL Oriental Collection (Majestic Rose, Noble Leather, Splendid Wood, Supreme Bouquet)? I wonder if it can really be considered niche though. Is it just another collection aimed at...
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    Re: Why did Luca Turin dissapear from style?

    For the kind of guide you want about more precise elements, I think you are looking for Michael Edwards' Fragrances of the World.
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    Re: The best from MCDI

    Enlèvement au Sérail seems to have run afoul of new IFRA restrictions, hence Claude Marchal's decision to pull it out.
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    Re: Cédrat Enivrant by Atelier Cologne

    Cedar in French is cèdre. Cédrat refers to the citron fruit.
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    Re: the great youtube burnout

    I have always found that perfume is one subject difficult to capture on non-olfactory media. This means neither videos nor written reviews can really adequately convey reviewers' thoughts with...
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    Re: Profumum Rosae Mundi

    There is only one review of this in the Basenotes directory, so I hope to gather more opinions from Basenoters.

    I am curious about this rose perfume. Does it act like a true chypre, despite not...
  55. Re: Whic is the most preferable Serge Lutens fragrance for men?

    As such, this topic is not that specific to the OP, and can be still quite relevant in general discussion. So, thread resurrection is not always a bad thing.

    Personally though, I don't view Serge...
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    Re: What should be my next Creed afther the MI?

    Escentials is really not cheap. They have only 75ml bottles for most of the scents, and cost about SGD 270 to 300.

    You can try your luck at Dollars and Scent: they will have 120ml bottles for...
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    Re: What should be my next Creed afther the MI?

    If you spent most of your time indoors (i.e., in air-conditioned environments), I think there need not be too much concern over having to get a 'summer' fragrance.

    You can test all the regular...
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    Re: Nu-chypre recommendations

    No, 'chypre' refers to Cyprus in French, the island, not the tree.
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    Re: EC Looks to Ban Three Fragrance Ingredients

    Whether or not the alcohol dries out, the perfume residues are still on the skin. Does it really matter whether the patch stays on or not? A possible way to test the effect of the patch, if any, is...
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    Re: What does the term "synthetic" constitute?

    Actually, I feel the processes are quite similar. Let's take rose for example. The important odorants for rose number just about five or six, but natural rose may contain up to 4000 chemicals. To...
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    Re: What does the term "synthetic" constitute?

    I get andym72's point. He's saying this: naturals are like good audio files, they are deeper, more 'natural'-smelling.

    MP3s are lossy versions, so in perfume terms, notes composed of few...
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    Re: What does the term "synthetic" constitute?

    The problem with the chocolate note example is that there is no natural source that gives a more natural chocolate anyway, i.e., no one can put real chocolate into perfume per se, as there will be...
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    Re: EC Looks to Ban Three Fragrance Ingredients

    I like Redneck Perfumisto's suggestion (and Edmond Rounitska's idea) about wearing perfume on clothes. Perhaps the houses should come up with a non-dermal product, kind like of room sprays, but...
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    Re: What does the term "synthetic" constitute?

    When people say 'it smells synthetic', then I agree it probably goes along what aphexacid and Buysblind wrote.

    As for synthetic materials, I think this is a really complicated issue, and often,...
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    Re: Which formulations Mr. Turin ??

    Turin and Sanchez's book does have some useful articles on perfume science and art, and on perfume collecting before the reviews, so even if the reviews are not particular useful because they only...
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    Re: Favorite Vintage Scents- some insight

    Thank you for your clarification.

    I would say, read Elena's article carefully, and try to see her points as they are (and not to ascribe any particular hidden motive). Her points stand on their...
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    Re: Which formulations Mr. Turin ??

    You are not wrong about the use of the highest concentration.

    On Page 54 (Answers to Frequenty Asked Questions), it is stated: "We use the highest concentration for which we have a sample, but if...
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    Re: Favorite Vintage Scents- some insight

    Hmmm... after reading this here, previously on the other BN thread on Dame and his 'dreck' comment, on Fragrantica, and elsewhere in the internet, I wonder about people's attitudes towards industry...
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    Re: Favorite Vintage Scents- some insight

    Elena follows up with another article, but on her own blog: http://perfumeshrine.blogspot.sg/2014/02/on-vintage-stuff-and-polemics-of-truth.html.
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    Re: Which formulations Mr. Turin ??

    In the Guide, right before the reviews start, they state: "We try to assess the most recent formulations from samples obtained directly from firms." And they go on to state their disclaimers about...
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    Re: Favorite Vintage Scents- some insight

    I believe that Elena is not against vintage, but merely trying to generate discussion about why people should buy vintage, or not. Often, I think lots of people hold many misconceptions about...
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    Re: Favorite Vintage Scents- some insight

    In that case, why bother reading on perfume at all? Or even come to a perfume forum to discuss perfume? If perfume is so subjective, can there be any common ground for sharing and discussion then?...
  73. Re: Outlaw and Independant perfumers who ignore IFRA bans

    I am curious to know if perfumes sold 'exclusively' in the Middle East market but then able to be shipped worldwide from there would be infringing any of the EU laws? Niche companies could then sell...
  74. Re: Unisex fragrance, Notes I love: Raspberry, Anise, Cinnamon (Suggestions?)

    Azzaro pour Homme Elixir, a sweet fruity masculine (fougère).
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    Re: What is the exact definition of "Vintage"?

    I am wondering though, for really old perfume compositions like Jicky, how do we know that the more recent batches (even from 70s) are actually close to the original formula?

    Was it common to...
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    Re: Penhaligon's to launch "Tralala" in April

    The notes as listed in the BN article:
    The ‘counter culture couture’ of Tralala opens with notes of saffron, whiskey, ambrette seed, galbanum and green violet, with a heart of carnation, orris,...
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    Re: Dior Fahrenheit Pure Parfum

    To speculate or to offer an opinion is not making up stuff. Then any comment we made is also making up stuff.





    I would disagree.

    Wagner seems to imply that women do like Terre d'Hermès a...
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    Re: Dior Fahrenheit Pure Parfum

    Rather than accuse the blogger of making up things or being ignorant, I think it would be wiser to examine her post more carefully.

    First off, the title of the post indicates a "Men's cologne", so...
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    Re: Smells from a cook's perspective

    And there is no surprise that Guerlain can find teas with notes that match their iconic perfumes such as Shalimar and Habit Rouge!
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    Re: Serge Lutens: Confusion about lines/labels

    On Persolaise's blog, there was an interview with the boutique manager of the Serge Lutens boutique, now regrettably removed. In this interview, the interviewee was explaining how the Serge Lutens...
  81. Re: What makes the structure of Extrait so different -- Spin Off Chanel Extraits

    I think that's a great answer, cacio!

    I think that the idea of the concentration harks back to the purpose of the perfume: extrait for night-wear, more intimate occasions; EdTs for day-wear (the...
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    Re: Hermessence Longevity?

    I think sometimes, we forget that we are not the only customers on the market, i.e., perfume aficionados. A lot of business is generated by sales to the general masses who do not give two hoots about...
  83. Re: Serge Lutens 2013 - "Laine de Verre", "La Vierge de Fer" and "La Fille de Berlin" (???)

    I agree with your observations.

    When my friends and I smelled this, the general consensus was that this is a rather commercial composition for Serge Lutens. We got a lot of fruit (peachy...
  84. Thread: Singapore

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    Re: Singapore

    I am not sure about Blackmarket. Oblique at Hide & Seek does seem to have ceased operations, which is such a pity.

    Your best bet may be to directly order from Tauer Perfumes, and it is cheaper...
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    Re: are alcohol based fragrances safe?

    Alcohol has traditionally been used for sterilising and disinfection of equipment and skin in hospital settings. Toxic? Sure, to pathogens.
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    Re: Hermessence Longevity?

    It's not just about concentrations, but about composition and materials. Consider Brin de Réglisse: lavender and licorice. Both are not exactly heart- or basenote materials. Besides the ubiquitous...
  87. Re: Any news for Serge Lutens Exclusive going to release as Export for 2014! Any guesses?

    I think the pricing for bell jars being distributed in the US is too high, compared to the original pricing in Europe. This accounts for why many SL lovers in the US are fed up with the situation....
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    Re: Creed Jardin d'Amalfi = Chanel Eau de Cologne?

    For what it's worth, I get a lot of pink pepper whenever I spray Jardin d'Amalfi, to the point I would sneeze. After the opening, I get a well-blended neroli with fruity rose, and there's this...
  89. Re: Any news for Serge Lutens Exclusive going to release as Export for 2014! Any guesses?

    The Tout Noir travel spray ("le vaporisateur tout noir") comes as 2 refills of 30ml with a black lacquered case.

    See link: http://us.sergelutens.com/purchase/le-vaporisateur-tout-noir.html
  90. Re: Any news for Serge Lutens Exclusive going to release as Export for 2014! Any guesses?

    The Tout Noir travel atomiser takes the place of the exclusive-as-export bottle. This year's scents are Iris Silver Mist and Fourreau Noir.

    Chêne had previously been released as export before, so...
  91. Re: Hermes launches Classic Collections; first out Bel Ami Vetiver

    This Classics Collection appears to be a repackaging of some Hermès classics, but with also a new flanker for Bel Ami. It does not seem to be an entire line of reorchestrated scents as suggested by...
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    Re: Rich citrus summer scents

    The new Classic Orange from Von Eusersdorff.
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    Re: Creed lot numbers...SOLVED!

    Perhaps they misread the code.

    If you look at the first page, original post with the information on how to decipher Creed lot numbers,

    "A1/" may actually be A17 = Fleurissimo

    Then there is...
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    Re: Amour Nocturne - l'Artisan Parfumeur

    I find the metallic notes quite prominent in both Déliria and Amour Nocturne, and this comes off as avant-garde to me. These notes also make these fragrances a little harder to wear for me.
    ...
  95. Re: Hermessence Epice Marine Now Available in US Hermes Boutiques

    I think what a lot of people equate to, not altogether correctly I feel, is that price equals performance (in terms of projection and longevity). Performance is actually determined by composition and...
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    Re: Amour Nocturne - l'Artisan Parfumeur

    A very interesting observation! What is this brand? I hope to try it and identify the similarity between the chips and AN.
  97. Re: Serge Lutens 2013 (?)

    Laine de Verre has been confirmed as the next Serge Lutens release, as one of the Eaux.

    See Grain de musc's review: http://graindemusc.blogspot.sg/2013/11/laine-de-verre-serge-lutens-new-fizzy.html
  98. Re: Opinion: niche hardly seems applicable to most fragrance houses

    But... what is the commonly understood definition? From the way these discussions on the definition of niche keep appearing, it does seem like all of us are using 'niche' in multiple ways that...
  99. Re: Opinion: niche hardly seems applicable to most fragrance houses

    No, I did not write that, and your interpretation seems twisted, putting in a presumption on my part where none exists.

    Designer = wide distribution, easily found --> found in departmental stores...
  100. Re: Opinion: niche hardly seems applicable to most fragrance houses

    Interesting that you brought up this point. Wasn't Serge Lutens always been bankrolled by a corporation, i.e., Shiseido?





    Unfortunately, in the mutual appreciation of fragrances, we do need...
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