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  1. Re: Today I dragged my mom into a perfume store and bought her..

    That's very flattering, you guys! But I know that what I do for her is nothing compared to what she did - and still does - for me.
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    Re: Favorite Tea Fragrance?

    The green tea in Silver Mountain Water is amazing to me.

    Tea for Two smells like pipe tobacco on my skin :(
  3. Re: Help with my next Creed (i know, but i love creed

    Royal Oud
    Vetiver Geranium
  4. Re: Today I dragged my mom into a perfume store and bought her..

    Thanks, all :)
  5. Today I dragged my mom into a perfume store and bought her..

    MFK's A La Rose. What an amazing rose scent. This is the best representation of natural rose that I've smelled so far. It's very feminine, but my gosh I'm finding it so hard to resist spraying some...
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    Re: So i went nuts. Sue me.

    If someone you care deeply about (like a son) were in debt and went on a perfume splurge like yours, would you congratulate them?
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - lovin beats hatin

    Same experience here. I doubt that this fragrance will be around for long. If anyone wants it, they should buy it now while it's still in stores.
  8. Re: Best fragrance from the Armani Prive line?

    I own and love the award winning Figuier Eden.
  9. Re: Fragrance storage: Preserving my juice by keeping bottles boxed.

    I keep mine in a closet with a wooden door that never gets heat or direct sunlight, but not in their boxes.
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    Re: Creed Windsor coming soon

    Way overrated in my opinion. No wonder it gets discontinued every now and then.
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    Re: Most worn March '15

    Smw
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    Re: Can a guy really pull off Black Orchid?

    I think a guy can pull it off, just don't wear enough to make it project too far. Subtle and confident is better for scents like this.

    That said, it's not really that great of a scent. You have...
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    Re: MDCI Invasion Barbare failed me BIG TIME!

    IB is a very calm and soothing scent, which is why wearing too much of it is like forcing it to contradict itself. I think it would have been better on you if you made it subtle, and maybe if you...
  14. Re: Not a single creed failed to impress me so far

    Actually, while many here would scoff at the notion that safe = good, what they may not realize is that creating something unique that is safe and pleases the largest crowd is an extremely valuable...
  15. Re: Not a single creed failed to impress me so far

    Thank you for saying this. If I may ask, what is off putting about the vetiver note in OV to you?

    Personally, I find it too nutty, almost starchy in a way - like cooked rice, maybe? The same goes...
  16. Re: Not a single creed failed to impress me so far

    While most of my few bottles are Creeds, most Creeds I tested were not to my liking at all. From your list, I would never buy OS, BDP, GIT, Tabarome, NS, or Himalaya. Even Windsor, Cuir de Russie,...
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    Re: Do you also purchase designer fashion?

    I'm not into clothing or shoe brands at all. I'll wear whatever as long as it suits the occasion.
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    Re: Hiding purchases

    Admittedly, she doesn't like me spending money on perfumes. My tip: buy her nice perfume as you buy for yourself. You'd be spending more money, but it will make her happier about your perfume hobby...
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    Re: The "French-ness" of luxury

    Sure. To me, a close analogy is automobiles. A car being Japanese-made conveys reliability and good craftsmanship more than luxury. Some Japanese and non Japanese cars are luxurious, meaning they...
  20. Re: Actually hearing these words out loud really made me wonder

    I think your friend meant that he wears fragrances that please him without paying much attention to whether or not it pleases others. At the same time, your friend probably wants to make a statement...
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    Re: Royal OUD is

    S&W is definitely more interesting and more satisfying in its cedar ways, and I cherish my 1 ounce of it, but I feel that RO is more versatile. I find myself wearing RO quite a bit more often even...
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    Re: Fragrance for summer

    I'd go with Blanche as well. Keep in mind that longevity may be an issue, so you may want to carry around a travel sprayer. Good luck!
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    Re: Royal OUD is

    Absolutely fantastic, although I agree that it's not worth Creed's asking price for it. Get it discounted for sure.

    It's not pure oud, which is exactly why I love it.
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    Re: In defense of Penhaligon's Bayolea

    Oh no - I did read and enjoy your review. But usually something this good will receive 80% good reviews. I think as of now it's close to 50%, with just 1 1/2 stars :( While intentional stinkiness...
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    In defense of Penhaligon's Bayolea

    I bought this 2 days ago after smelling a dozen Penhaligons, a few HDPs, a few SLs, a few FMs and some others at a local perfume shop. I think part of why I was able to appreciate Bayolea is that I...
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    Re: The "French-ness" of luxury

    I think the use of French names is about conveying legitimacy and authority rather than luxury. Many luxurious fragrances use English, Italian, German, or Arabic sounding names. They convey luxury...
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    Re: Define QUALITY in a fragrance

    If you don't mind me asking: What makes a certain ingredient, natural or synthetic, high in quality?
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    Re: The Smell Report

    I'm glad it was of benefit to you all.

    Kumquat: I feel your pain. Here in Minnesota I almost never even smell cologne on my male clients, let alone nice cologne, let alone talk to them about...
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    The Smell Report

    Not sure if this has been shared before. I found it informative.

    The Smell Report - Social Issues Research Centre
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    Re: What smells like Jardin du Poete?

    Thanks. I'll have to sample that!
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    Re: What smells like Jardin du Poete?

    Do you think JdP resembles any other fragrances?
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    What smells like Jardin du Poete?

    Sampled this yesterday and liked it a lot, but I defnitely smelled several designer perfumes like it. I'm thinking maybe Dunhill Fresh?
  33. Re: UPDATED!!! Choosing fragrance without tasting

    For me: never. But I think it depends on how selective you are with your fragrances. It might work for you if you're not selective with your scents and you're fine wearing anything as long as it's...
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    Re: Scent of a person vs scent of a thing

    Interesting insight, David.
  35. Re: US/Canada: L'Humaniste, Prada Amber Pour Homme, Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir

    Bump
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    Re: What are your 3 favourite Creed fragrances?

    What a perfect way for Creed to survey their fans for free :)

    On myself:

    - SMW - absolute creative mastery
    - Vetiver Geranium
    - Aventus

    MI, Spice & Wood, an Royal Oud tie for 4th
  37. Re: Fragrances Placed on Before Going to Bed

    I don't usually wear anything specifically for bedtime, but sometimes I spray something relaxing in the evening, usually a woody or a "dark" scent and go to bed wearing it.
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    Re: Scent of a person vs scent of a thing

    I was pondering more upon this question this morning, using both of your inputs, of course. Perhaps we can utilize an analogy here by thinking of garments. What makes a garment wearable on a person...
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    Sticky: Re: Creed Queries & Discussions.

    I have a question about the vetiver note in OV and Jardin d'Amalfi: Does anyone detect a sort of foody, almost starchy character to it? It's so strong to me that it almost overwhelms the entire...
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    Re: Scent of a person vs scent of a thing

    Again, very helpful. Thank you, David!
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    Re: Scent of a person vs scent of a thing

    Thanks for your always helpful input, David. The reason I ask is because I sampled Demeter Thunderstorm yesterday, and while I liked it a lot, after wearing it for a couple of hours I felt that it's...
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    Scent of a person vs scent of a thing

    Thank you all for helping me benefit greatly from this forum!

    I tried to find a thread on this subject, but couldn't. Is there a component or a certain feature in a fragrance that would make it...
  43. Re: What's definitely masculine is.. grossness?

    Agreed. But the reason I quoted him is because I think he's saying: "This scent is masculine enough for me because of the wood and leather combo, but that may not suffice to make it exclusively...
  44. Re: What's definitely masculine is.. grossness?

    You're right - it's not the cake itself, but the association with urinals. If the same bar were used conventionally for freshening cars, it wouldn't be as gross.



    That's the purpose of the...
  45. Re: What's definitely masculine is.. grossness?

    I know, and that's confusing because on Dior's website, LO is described twice as being "intensely masculine", and, in the perfumer's words: "very masculine":
    ...
  46. Re: What's definitely masculine is.. grossness?

    They like their oud, frankincense, and musk scents but these aren't what I meant by "gross". I'm referring to colognes that capitalize on particularly repulsive notes that invoke working with animals...
  47. Re: What's definitely masculine is.. grossness?

    LOL!

    That's actually reassuring to me because I'm waiting to receive my sample of Leather Oud and I really want to like it and I hope my wife likes it too :) I hope I'm genetically incapable of...
  48. Re: Thanks Basenotes - bought my first creed - SMW

    I bought my first bottle of SMW in 2009. Since then, I sampled probably 2 dozen other creeds and some women's Creeds as well. SMW remains the best one to my nose. Excellent choice, IMO.
  49. Re: What's definitely masculine is.. grossness?

    Therefore, we can have rugged fragrances that are strongly masculine without being repulsive! My astonishment is directed at why some people perceive "repulsive" as pushing the fragrance away from...
  50. Re: What's definitely masculine is.. grossness?

    I think you bring up quite an interesting point. I was actually thinking of this question on my way home from work. Who is it that prefers dirty scents on men? Is it women? From my experience, almost...
  51. Re: What's definitely masculine is.. grossness?

    Agreed - and my viewpoint on this matches yours, which is why the association of maleness with brutishness/uncleanliness/loudness/domineering strikes me as odd.
  52. Re: What's definitely masculine is.. grossness?

    Absolutely, positively the other way around. I know this first hand. The word "oud" may attract them, but when their wives tell them they smell like dirty behinds, there is no way they will buy it...
  53. What's definitely masculine is.. grossness?

    While one can argue that any given fragrance whatsoever can work on men or women, there seems to be a little corner in perfumery where it's almost solely male territory: fragrances heavy on notes...
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    Re: Ethical Hypothetical

    Conditions on property transfers are only valid if they do not negate the concept of property transfer. By transferring property, the giving party loses all rights to managing said property. If the...
  55. Re: How much Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men?

    Agreed. And after you find your website, get a large bottle. I found that I had to spray more of it to get a lingering effect.
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    Re: Ethical Hypothetical

    What you're describing is a gift.

    The unethical part is where the giver makes a condition upon their gift to you on how to use the gift.

    If it's a gift, then by definition it becomes solely...
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    Re: Carolina Herrera "Herrera for Men"

    It was my favorite when it came out, but I was too poor to buy it then. However, it made me respect Carolina Herrera, then buy 212 when it came out :)
  58. Re: Why are Perfumes and Colognes so popular?

    Agreed.

    Also, I think that whether the statements in the OP are true or not depends on the public's level of awareness. There are people who really think that fragrance will take them places...
  59. US/Canada: L'Humaniste, Prada Amber Pour Homme, Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir

    Hello all,

    What I have:

    Frapin L'Humaniste EDP 100mL, 80 mL remaining
    Prada Amber Pour Homme EDT 50mL, 17mL remaining
    Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir 30mL, 21mL remaining

    Would only like:
  60. Re: I Really Hate........ (The, "I Really Hate" Thread)

    I hate low concentration perfumes, which would include many Eau de belongs-in-the Toilette formulations. I'll pay extra for something that doesn't fade in 15 minutes.

    I hate the fact that the...
  61. Re: How to mix benzoin with beeswax for candle making

    As usual, great info. Much appreciated!
  62. Re: How to mix benzoin with beeswax for candle making

    Interesting. I never knew that about FCO. Do you think castor oil is a better choice when diluting scents for candle making?
  63. Re: How to mix benzoin with beeswax for candle making

    Thank you, David. So far I've tried three different concentrations of benzoin in beeswax. The EO was 10%, 33%, and 50% benzoin in FCO. The candles burned well but the scent was very faint in all...
  64. Re: How to mix benzoin with beeswax for candle making

    I guess that's possible. Meanwhile, I did as you said and mixed benzoin resin with some oil and made a small trial candle waiting to cool. I went 33% because 50% was still too thick. I'll let you...
  65. Re: How to mix benzoin with beeswax for candle making

    Thank you, David. You're always very helpful. You mentioned that the absolute would work better. I tried incorporating it into a candle but there was no scent upon burning, that's why I'm resorting...
  66. How to mix benzoin with beeswax for candle making

    Hello, all. I have another candle making question. How do I mix benzoin with beeswax? It's probably not a good idea to mix it as is, so can I dilute it in fractioned coconut oil? If so, what's a good...
  67. Re: Essential oils vs absolutes in candle making

    Got it. Thanks!
  68. Re: Essential oils vs absolutes in candle making

    Thank you, David.



    I know absolutes may be too expensive to justify using them in candles, but it there another reason why they should not be used?

    JC
  69. Essential oils vs absolutes in candle making

    Hello all. For making scented candles, do I generally need a smaller amount of absolute compared to essential oil to achieve a similar effect? I'm just trying to find a justification for paying the...
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    Re: Nature identical compounds

    If I had to choose between an extracted natural compound and an identical synthesized compound, I'd choose the synthesized one for environmental reasons, unless the natural compound is less...
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    Re: Nature identical compounds

    The natural scent of apple, for example, is known for being relatively safe simply because it's been around for centuries. If I had to choose between a molecule that is identical to the scent...
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    Re: Nature identical compounds

    Wow. Great advice, everyone! Definitely have several options of finding out whether or not a chemical occurs in nature.

    Many thanks!

    JC
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    Re: Nature identical compounds

    Thank you all once again. I guess what I'm looking for is a database of perfumery compounds stating which compounds are nature-identical (whether natural or synthetic) and which ones do not occur in...
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    Re: Nature identical compounds

    Thank you both for your informative replies.



    If I can find out the ingredients of a fragrance oil, is there a way to know which of these ingredients are nature-identical and which are not?
    ...
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    Nature identical compounds

    Hello all. I've been limiting myself to essential oils but now I'd like to include some nature identical synthetic fragrance oils in my blends. Where do I look for them? New Directions Aromatics has...
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    Re: Does Age Define Taste?

    If you think of fragrance as an extension of fashion, then if an older person likes to wear clothes that were popular a decade ago, they will probably like to wear fragrance from the same era.
    ...
  77. Re: How often do you smell fragrances on other men?

    I'm currently in the upper Midwest and I see clients throughout my day. Out of all my male clients, the ones who predictably wear lots of cologne tend to have just started a new relationship and...
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    Re: A Walking Fruit Bomb cologne?

    Same here. Pulp to me is the epitome of fruit. It also comes with unbelievable projection and longevity.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, May 12th, 2013

    Armani Prive Figuier Eden
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    Re: Byredo potency

    Thanks for the info. If it's not too much trouble, can you mention the Byredos with which you were impressed?
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    Re: Byredo potency

    Good to know. Thanks!
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    Byredo potency

    Pulp is probably the strongest and most long lasting fragrance I've ever tried. I learned to spray no more than once and definitely avoid fabric. I haven't sampled any other Byredos yet.

    But...
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    Re: creed toilet water?

    When I saw the title of the thread I thought it was about how bad Royal Water smells.
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    Re: I think something's wrong with me

    Welcome to the club. I find vetiver thoroughly repulsive. Even Jardin d'Amalfi, which many people adore, was unappealing to my nose because of the vetiver dry down. Vetiver reminds me of cooked rice...
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    Re: Diet and smell

    You findings are completely normal. Many diet items (herbs, spices, etc) have aromatic compounds that are excreted through sweat. A strong example is fenugreek - you will smell like fenugreek through...
  86. Re: My new discovery. Please keep it a secret.

    You forgot to mention the incident where, after you wore Aventus, girls flocked toward you helplessly and unconsciously with their eyes closed and their noses flared and pointing up, waving their...
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    Re: Creed Aventus Question

    I ordered a few Creeds directly from creedboutique.com and all of them had at least one line in Arabic on the box.
  88. Re: It's not Aventus, DHI, or Chanel but I like this one a lot ....

    I think it's nice and it's certainly popular. How did you find the longevity?
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    Re: Rocabar is so underrated here.

    I tested it a couple of weeks ago and didn't like it, although I wanted to. I guess my mind is too good at picking up the incense note and amplifying it. All I could smell was incense.
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    Re: Creed Green Valley

    True. That's why it reminds me of the 80s, making it an outdated scent to me.
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    Re: One comment ruined my nose!

    I don't think it's unique to Fat Electrician. Vetiver just utterly stinks to my nose and I don't see why anyone thought it belongs in fragrance. Don't feel bad about disliking vetiver - you're...
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    Re: Creed's Acier Aluminium

    I think there are many other better Creeds. I'm not too sad that it was discontinued.
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    Re: Summer Creeds Question

    Sample all 3. SMW is my favorite.
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    Re: Terre D'Hermes

    I think Attila brings up a salient point. While being a complete conformist with a "follow the status quo" mindset is extreme, being a complete individualist with a "do what you like and the hell...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, May 10th, 2013

    Right now: SMW. Later: Perhaps Aventus.
  96. Re: Men, what's the worst FEMALE fragrance you have ever smelt?

    It's hard to know names since it would require asking a woman what she's wearing, which is almost guaranteed to label one a stalker. What's more awkward is asking the same question when you don't...
  97. Re: Looking for the Perfect Summer 2013 Fragrance

    Creed Silver Mountain Water.
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    Sample Swap for USA

    Hello all. Below is a list of the samples I'm willing to swap. Please see my "Test List" in my wardrobe for the samples I'm looking for. Samples that say "full" probably are 1-2 drops empty. Sorry...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite tea?

    Silver Mountain Water is by far the best tea I've smelled. Next is perhaps Armani's Figuier Eden, which has a noticeable tea. L'Occitane's The Vert is a nice scent with tea being dominant. It's...
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    Re: Citrusy summer (hotter weather) frags?

    Hello Jouho. To me that describes Creed's Neroli Sauvage.



    You have to try Jo Malone's Orange Blossom. It's the best blossom I've smelled.
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