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    Re: Anyone ever used ScentSamples?

    Tried phone and email so far... no response.
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    Anyone ever used ScentSamples?

    Does anyone have any experience of dealing with these guys? I've bought from them successfully a number of times, but sent them some fragrances I want to pass on without managing to put my contact...
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    Re: Greens without vetiver

    I'm not equating green to vetiver, I'm just disappointed by the fact that it's a very common ingredient in "green" perfumes and my inability to smell it leaves whopping great holes in their pyramids...
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    Re: Greens without vetiver

    As it turns out I haven't tested Chanel no. 19 on my actual skin, and given the way Cristalle blew me away when I skin tested it the other day I think I should definitely revisit it. So No. 19 may...
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    Re: Greens without vetiver

    Galbanum is OK as far as I'm aware. I don't think I've knowingly tested anything with angelica in it.

    Beckett, Mugler Cologne definitely has the vetiver problem on me, it vanishes to nothing after...
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    Re: Greens without vetiver

    Cristalle is on my list to test properly anyway. I've just received a sample of Philosykos but sadly the coconut is not a win. Noting down the others...
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    Greens without vetiver

    Hi all,

    I seem to have some sort of anosmia problem with vetiver, I either can't smell it at all or stop being able to half an hour in, so I'd like to explore green fragrances that either don't...
  8. Re: 3 New Parfumerie Generale's - Arabian Horse - Vetiver Metale -Coze Verde

    I've got to say - the only pyramids I associate with horses are the ones you have to shovel up after them :2vrolijk_08:

    It does sound like an interesting scent though. I like a nice...
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    Re: Sample of the Day - August 2016

    It ought to be a band name, oughtn't it :)
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    Re: Layering recipes

    That must be a heck of a thing. If I could get hold of Slumberhouse samples in the UK I might try something like it myself.
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    Layering recipes

    I thought it might be fun to share some layering formulas, along with a few notes on why we chose them and waht they achieve :) I make no pretensions to being a highly trained nose but I'll start.
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    Re: Sample of the Day - August 2016

    Oh, you mean there *is* a place on BN where I can post my musings about the things I'm testing? Good grief, how do I always manage to be late to the party :D

    Testing a batch of stuff from...
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    Re: But where's the leather?!

    Well, as I type I have 1881 on my arm. I'm getting enough aldehydic notes that I can see how you'd mistake it for a floral, of a powdery and green and sophisticated sort of character, but overall it...
  14. Re: The Most Embarrassing Ad, Packaging, and Bottle

    Not to spoil everyone's fun but there are actually transgender people reading this...



    Holy cow, I thought that was a satire!
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    Re: But where's the leather?!

    I find the in-your-face leathers overwhelming, it could be that I'm just sensitive to leather-like notes.
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    Re: But where's the leather?!

    Interesting! Most of them would have been tested in the same store, so on the same type of paper - I'll have to check on skin.
  17. Re: Could body composition play a role in fragrance perception?

    I have this trouble in spades because of how much I like to genderf*** when I'm choosing scents. (That's a technical term ;) ). There are tons of floral and feminine scents I love but I constantly...
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    But where's the leather?!

    I'm coming to realise that a lot of the time my nose detects leather in fragrances that don't actually have it as a note. So far I've come across it in:

    Cerruti 1881 (women)
    CK Eternity (women)...
  19. Re: Fragrance that remind you of "the dirty old man"

    Just for a giggle, check out Jubilee in this video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4e-Al90tSs
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    Re: What's the best smelling vanilla perfume?

    Another vote for Mona di Orio here - I don't actually like vanilla to wear, but this one I make an exception for. It's also, on me anyway, one of those magical fragrances that keeps changing and...
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    Re: 30 days in the hole ( HUMBLE PIE )

    As a highly qualified girly-man I approve :)
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    My half-used bottle of Dune that I was given for Christmas 1996. I've grown out of the scent but it has too many memories to let it go. Posting this has just made me realise it's old enough to go to...
  23. Re: Need help finding a fragrance from my childhood....please!?

    Shot in the dark - if it reminded you of leather at all it could have been CK Eternity? That one got insanely popular in the 90s for a while.
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    Re: Selling via PMs

    Thankyou all, I feel educated!
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    Re: Selling via PMs

    Well they've got 0 posts and I've never had a PM from them before so I guess that would count as unsollicited.

    I didn't see the report button on a cursory glance, thankyou, I'll have a closer look.
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    Selling via PMs

    I've just had a PM from a new member advertising a product, is that OK by Basenotes rules? And if not where should I shop 'em to?
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    I think I must be the other way round from you. I can discard things as not "me" just from a spray on a test strip. Some part of me knows fragrances are art, but that isn't what I'm testing them for....
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    Thankyou Liz :) Writing is kind of my thing, people seem to sit up and listen when I do it (like this for example *blush*. Sometimes I get a little overawed by the fact I can't even go off on a rant...
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    I've read about layering scents but most commercial fragrances are so complex I'm loath to do it because something somewhere in the notes list is bound to argue and end up giving me a headache. So...
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    Re: How many fragrances should you own?

    There is no "should". Only the limits of your budget, sanity and storage space :)

    What I'm aiming for personally is a wardrobe of hopefully no more than ten or so fragrances total. I'm putting in...
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    I did some of the shops in town this afternoon - turns out that Molton Brown, Crabtree & Evelyn and L'Occitane are all within fifty yards of each other, how awful - and I've definitely made a few...
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    I'm lucky in that I live in quite a gentrified town - we have branches of Molton Brown, Penhaligons, a big John Lewis that stocks Creed, that sort of thing. And I can get to London fairly easily if...
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    Thankyou thediamondsea :) I figured it was best to be upfront about the fact I don't have a snobbish bone in my body lol!

    Kotori, crikey, I'll come back to your info mine when I haven't just had a...
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    I'm within striking distance of London and its various department stores and perfume specailists, and there are a number of Frederic Malles on my test list :)
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    I think I am doing that, Kotori - I've certainly got a spreadsheet on the go. So far nothing's given me headaches, thank heavens, although I do have a note on my tester of Jubilation XXV Man that...
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    I'm working through that article on top ten mens' scents for beginners at the moment and I've just come across somethng that made me hoot with laughter and may also illuminate part of my problem with...
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    It's nice to know I'm not on my own in the frustration and that this is just part of the learning process - thankyou for that, everyone :)

    Sampling without financial commitment is the one area my...
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    How do you figure out your own taste?

    I'm trying to learn about fragrance and sample as many as I can get my hands on locally to educate my taste, but when it comes to working out what my own taste in fragrance is, I feel like I'm trying...
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    Re: People who don't wear fragrances ...

    Social change is never something you can understand while it's actually happening. It's always far too complex. I keep meaning to read up on 20th century Romanian history but I haven't got round to...
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    Re: People who don't wear fragrances ...

    Hah, that's where I live! I'd say yes, it's still fairly fragrance free in daytime terms. But people do seem to break out the juice for the evening.
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    Re: People who don't wear fragrances ...

    Ken, I notice your flag puts you in Romania (original home of my favourite actor Sebastian Stan) - I'd bet good money that the concept of fragrance as capitalist extravagance is a hangover from the...
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    Re: ID a Tom Ford frag from the bottle?

    Hah - I'm going funny in my old age. It was Tom Ford for Men. The gold label just looked green because they'd stuffed it behind a bottle of Cacharel LouLou.
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    Re: ID a Tom Ford frag from the bottle?

    Will go back tomorrow and have a better look I think. They had a 3ml of Belle d'Opium I might pick up just to treat myself anyway.
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    Re: ID a Tom Ford frag from the bottle?

    Yes, exactly that.
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    ID a Tom Ford frag from the bottle?

    Spotted in my local way-too-posh charity shop - a Tom Ford Signature collection bottle (the ones with the vertical ridged design and cap, bottle clear, cap gold), but the label was green. BN's...
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    Re: Spicy but fresh/aquatic?

    Scribbling notes furiously here :)
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    Body Shop white musk gives me flashbacks to my best friend in the 1990s :vrolijk_1: Apparently I've tried Allure Edition Blanche, but it didn't leave enough of an impression to make me remember doing...
  48. Re: Recommend me a "white" and a juicy fruity frag?

    Thankyou everyone, I've got tons to read through reviews of and plan some sample hunts!
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    Re: Spicy but fresh/aquatic?

    Acqua di Gio doesn't do it for me in the original alas - not tested the flankers, Profumo in particular sounds worth a look though. Spicebomb Eau Fraiche I do like but need to retest to see if I can...
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    Spicy but fresh/aquatic?

    Many years ago I sampled a wonderful perfume oil by Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs that managed to be spicy but fresh/aquatic both at once. More recently something in the opening of CK Euphoria Men...
  51. Re: Recommend me a "white" and a juicy fruity frag?

    Wow, Mure et Musc made it onto my test list yesterday, I didn't know it came in Extreme too! Worth a look. Orange Sanguine sounds like it might suit me as well. Fascinating reading about Aqua...
  52. Re: Recommend me a "white" and a juicy fruity frag?

    Anything that mentions wood in the name is almost certainly too much wood for me, yes! I'm not sure there's such a thing as too OTT for me in the fruity department - if it wasn't for the fact they...
  53. Recommend me a "white" and a juicy fruity frag?

    I have my username for a reason, my favourite night out fragrance is Joop Homme Wild, so don't feel your suggestions have to be the hautest of haute couture - I'm open-minded :)

    I like to smell...
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    Re: Vetiver / Ruh Khus / Khus Khus

    Every time I smell a fragrance which allegedly has a strong vetiver note in it I find it disappears on me. Is it possible to have selective anosmia for particular fragrance notes?
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    Re: Things Dior Sauvage wishes it could be

    Communicating well is a bit of a personal principle with me, I like to keep educating myself about how, so no need to apologise :) Oscar WIlde said it though, didn't he - there's no such thing as bad...
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    Re: Spotted in Manchester...

    Genius. Why doesn't Basenotes have a Like button? XD
  57. [UK] Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs: Water Phoenix fragrance oil

    2008 limited edition, full bottle. 15.00 shipped. My blog entry including the description is here.
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    [UK] Samples and BPAL for swap

    Samples for swapping for anything from my test list:


    Tom Ford - Oud Wood
    Tom Ford - Tobacco Vanille
    Boucheron - Jaipur Homme
    Tauer - Pentachord Verdant
    Penhaligons - Juniper Sling (carded)
    ...
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    Re: Things Dior Sauvage wishes it could be

    Next time I post something like this I'll be a bit less creative about it! I was reading reviews and so on, but I approach perfumery very much as an art form and I was far more concerned with the...
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    Re: Things Dior Sauvage wishes it could be

    Spoken like a true Australian :)
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    Re: Things Dior Sauvage wishes it could be

    Darjeeling, you win the Internet today for managing all three of finger-wagging, useful information and lampooning your own community in the same thread.
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    Re: Things Dior Sauvage wishes it could be

    Dior Homme is probably the best example within the Dior range of what I mean, actually. Take any design house, append "homme" to the end of it and spray that fragrance on me and I give you 90% odds...
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    Re: Things Dior Sauvage wishes it could be

    *facepalm* very funny, all of you. Now how about some alternative fragrance suggestions?
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    Things Dior Sauvage wishes it could be

    So, reading around the assortment of invective and cautious experimentation Dior Sauvage is provoking, I've got a question. On paper I like Sauvage, and I'm definitely going to skin test it, but a...
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    Re: Going upmarket from Sunflowers

    Carnal Flower is on my to-test list already :) I'll look into the Goutal one though, thanks!
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    Re: Going upmarket from Sunflowers

    Ooh, okay, transparent-liquid sounds promising... I'll research them!
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    Re: Going upmarket from Sunflowers

    OK, Sunset Flowers I've found in the BN directory but there's no Gold Flowers listed, you didn't mean Pure Gold did you?
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    Re: Going upmarket from Sunflowers

    Hednic, no, neither, I'll look into them!

    Cacio - hmm, will have a poke around. If anything it's Sunflowers I preferred for the "wet" feel it has, that sort of after-a-storm freshness. I tend to...
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    Going upmarket from Sunflowers

    When I was a teen in the 1990s I used to adore Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers, and likewise Pleasures by Estee Lauder. Now that aquatic-fresh isn't the big new trend any more and I know a bit about...
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    Re: How long have you been collecting?

    This :)
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    Re: How long have you been collecting?

    This :)
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    Re: How long have you been collecting?

    It's come and gone all my life really, as a kid I used to love sniffing them, then I discovered Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs in my twenties, then had a few years off and now I'm educating myself about...
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    Re: Which Lush did I try?

    Based on the name, Weather Turning might well be one I'd have tried... I'll have to go back and re-sniff. Hopefully i'll get it from a squirt on paper since I don't fancy wasting another day smelling...
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    Which Lush did I try?

    So I tested a Lush fragrance a while ago which went through the most astonishingly varied development on my arm - I recall phases of impressively strong burnt tyres, vegetable bouillon, the exact...
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    Re: scent samples uk dissapeared?

    Can someone tell me where his ebay shop actually is? I can't find it on a quick search...
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    Re: Smell after a Monsoon rain fragrance

    Ooh, I'm taking notes here - I tripped across a celebrity fragrance the other day with a wonderful concept (the name was Storm Flower) but a truly dreadful execution (Herbal Essences shampoo, to the...
  77. Re: Help picking notes out of Opium Pour Homme?

    Hmm. Interesting suggestion. I did enjoy the later stages of it, though it had a little in common with the original Opium and its knack for giving me headaches (I wish I could wear it since it hasn't...
  78. Re: Help picking notes out of Opium Pour Homme?

    #helping
  79. Help picking notes out of Opium Pour Homme?

    OK, so I love my orientals, but I'm not yet that good at picking out notes I like or dislike from any scent. Having tested Opium Pour Homme today I really want to figure out what was in it that made...
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    Re: Gucci Oud - New 2014 Fragrance

    Hah, only if my relatives come through with the Christmas money! It's torture being a scent lover on a budget. And scentsamples haven't got it either, probably because Selfridges have sold out :(
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    Re: Gucci Oud - New 2014 Fragrance

    I'm not a highly-trained nose, I'll admit, and definitely not a fragrance snob - plus I'm a devoted rose lover and girly-man so this is the kind of unisex I enjoy. That said, this scent stopped me in...
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    Deleting blog comments?

    Is there a way I can delete spam comments from my blog myself, rather than having to ask an admin?

    Thanks all!
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    Re: How Do You Open Sample Vials?

    Wiggle. And use your thumbnail in the join in if you need to get a start.
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    Re: Help someone with no perfume vocabulary?

    HOLY MOTHER OF - yes, that one's going on the list.
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    Re: Help someone with no perfume vocabulary?

    Yes, I know I'm a n00b, that's why I'm posting in the Just Starting Out forum!

    OK, here's a challenge for you personally, forget the Mysterious And Possibly Ambery ones - what's the wettest, most...
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    Re: BN blogs for beginners?

    I do indeed have a create post button, thankyou!
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    Re: BN blogs for beginners?

    Oh smashing, thankyou - I'll have to leave it till later to have a play but I'll comment back and let you know!
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    BN blogs for beginners?

    OK, so my profile says I have a blog here... with 0 posts in it. I can see the blog, with 0 posts in it. I'd like to make posts in it, but can't see any way to do so. Does this get unlocked when I've...
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    Re: Help someone with no perfume vocabulary?

    oops, double posted, sorry!
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    Re: Help someone with no perfume vocabulary?

    $125 is still a heck of a lot for me... free samples might be a possible, at least in the hope of trying it out. I might have to ring Harrods to get some though as my local John Lewis doesn't sell...
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    Re: Help someone with no perfume vocabulary?

    That sounds very possible from the reviews, I'll add it to the test list...
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    Re: Help someone with no perfume vocabulary?

    Interesting... I don't think I've tested straght-up Paco Rabanne. I had an ex who was mad for Paco Rabanne Black XS, which I found quite pleasant but didn't end up stealing for myself - that'll be...
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    Re: Help someone with no perfume vocabulary?

    Cacio, I think you're mostly close to the mark, though I should probably add that lavender is often a warning sign to me - in mens' stuff it tends to be associated with a style of blend I don't...
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    Help someone with no perfume vocabulary?

    Hi everyone,

    I'm new here, and I picked the username because I know I'm never going to reach (or afford!) the heights of fragrance refinement that a lot of people here seem to enjoy. Other than a...
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