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    Re: Wedding gift ideas

    As a fan of discovery/travel sets, I enjoyed those from these houses:

    Ormonde Jayne
    Amouage
    Diptyque
    Le Jardin Retrouve

    If you want to play it safe, there’s always
    Atelier Cologne
    MFK
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    Re: Sonoma Scent Studio

    Finally! A BNer perhaps? :wink: I guess we’ll see bottles with higher price tags pretty soon. Fingers crossed for the return of Champagne de Bois and Vintage Rose.
  3. Re: If you could make a Fragrance Starter Pack, what would you choose?

    Awesome idea, ZC! Would love to see those ‘categories’ in decanting sites.

    More FUN categories:-

    Frag Army Top Drops
    Basenotes Snobs’ Most Wanted
    Girlfriends’ Faves On Guys
    Killer Fragrance...
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    Re: Camp: notes on fashion

    If by ‘camp’ you meant ‘exaggerated aesthetics’, these were abundant in robustly perfumey stuff from the late ‘70s through the ‘80s coinciding with the era’s penchant for big hairdos, aircraft...
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    Re: If you could 'swap' houses...

    And I’m one of them, LOL. Ultimately that’s the only thing that matters. There’s beauty in simplicity.
  6. Re: If you could choose 1 or 2 notes to pair with REAL AMBERGRIS what would they be?

    Great point. IMO ambergris adds an extra dimension to whichever note it happens to partner. Sandalwood tends to have a very distinctive signature but its salted caramel-like facet is a perfect match...
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    Re: Modern Masculine Lavender Fragrance

    Surely Dior Eau Noire qualifies as one?
  8. Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    If only that was true. While they both share fairly similar fresh green starts they quickly go separate ways. Floris 1962 came closer to the mark than the Tom Ford IMO but at the end of the day,...
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    Re: If you could 'swap' houses...

    Creed’s ‘creativity’? That’s...interesting. Not exactly a word I’d use to describe a house that apart from its controversially fake heritage-based marketing seems loathed to push the envelope.
  10. Re: What would you wear to a fragrance awards ceremony!?

    A high quality natural-based gem that ironically will never win an award at such events. Something along the lines of Sultan Pasha’s Aurum d’Angkhor or Bortnikoff Bonheur would smell intriguing...
  11. Re: Fragrance related vanity license plate

    I H 8 F R 4 G

    :wink:
  12. Re: Using a Fragrance For Things Other Than Spraying on Yourself?

    Let’s face it. Many of us here have wayyyy too much juice to use up in our lifetime.

    I have used, among others, Chanel No.19 as a car fragrance. Blasphemy, I know. Sue me. LOL.

    Endymion on...
  13. Re: If you could choose 1 or 2 notes to pair with REAL AMBERGRIS what would they be?

    You’re correct; Ensar Oud does sell one called Ambra 1976. $49 for 0.3g. Might consider a sample.
    I missed out on Rising Phoenix’s Yeti attar in ClaireV’s last sample pass. But I heard it’s...
  14. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    :beer: Spot on!

    It took me longer than 6 months to figure them though...
  15. Re: If you could choose 1 or 2 notes to pair with REAL AMBERGRIS what would they be?

    I often wonder how incense and ambergris play together.


    Surely this is a time-tested favourite. Have you tried any attars with such a combination?


    Yes to this. Do you currently have any in...
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    Re: If you could 'swap' houses...

    Zoologists’ curation + Areej Le Dore’s only-the-finest ingredients philosophy.




    +1 to this esp. Fragrance Du Bois with Montale price tags. LOL.
  17. If you could choose 1 or 2 notes to pair with REAL AMBERGRIS what would they be?

    Assuming some degree of familiarity with ambergris accords, I’m curious to see what will show up... :smiley:
  18. Re: Fragrance related vanity license plate

    C h a n e l 5
    o m g o u d
    s m e l l g d
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    Re: Is Byredo a copycat brand?

    In other words, highly profitable.
  20. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I’m as smitten as you are with Bonheur. I blame myself for dithering far too long on the Bortnikoffs. Thankfully I still have some Atlantic Ambergris from Areej Le Doré to ease the heartache. They...
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    While his penchant for cringeworthy fragrance names is indeed questionable, he’s going to run out of them before too long. More recent ones aren’t particularly teeth-baring e.g. Midsummer Dream, A...
  22. Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    Agree with this assessment. I did enjoy L’Orpheline and itching to sample Le Participe Passe. But what turned me off more than anything else was the repackaged ‘cash grab’. I appreciate it’s about...
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    Re: Best fragrance for a 22 hour train ride

    22 hrs of indecent exposure?? Put on some decent clothes at least, FFS. :wink:
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    Re: Iris Question

    Wow thanks @ExtremeK. Now I have to add Incarnata and Equistrius on my to-sample list. Also +1 on the gorgeous La Cri De La Lumiere.
  25. Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    Serge Lutens is finally on the oud wagon. LOL. Color me interested.
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    Re: London Shops 2019 Perfumes & Attars

    Scent Salim sells oud oils incl. vintage Amouage attars, that is if you fancy a detour to Leeds, West Yorkshire. :smiley:
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    Re: Weird discounts

    It’s just one way to move the larger bottles which are taking up more storage space.
  28. Re: 'Spicebomb by Jean Paul Gaultier' causes bomb scare in Canada.

    Might have been a fragrance snob who thought, “This frag is really shit.”
    And we know where THAT goes...
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    Re: Lanvin perfume collection 60s

    WOW! They look to be in pristine condition. I’d LOVE to get some vintage Rumeur.

    I could be wrong here but a collector is unlikely looking to acquire multiple bottles of any particular fragrance....
  30. Re: Simone Andreoli - Malibu. Sacrifice more virgins on the island by waterboarding them, now!

    Wonderfully written. You had me at “citrus ice lolly”, LOL. It’s ‘my childhood vacation stay at grandma’s’ all over again... :smiley:
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    Re: MFK next (freshy) purchase

    Also try masculin Pluriel.
  32. Re: How Much Does Customer Service Matter In Regards To Purchases For You?

    It matters to me. I’ve bought a fragrance because I was impressed by an SA’s level of service. On the other side of the coin I’ve also withheld a purchase because I didn’t like the way I was served.
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    Re: Lutens Vetiver orientl

    I don’t particularly care for it. Vetiver and sandalwood is not quite my idea of a match made in heaven. I prefer my vetivers on the cooler side.
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    Re: Masculine MINT AND ORANGE ????

    Xerjoff 1861 Renaissance

    Its stellar performance will have you covered.
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    Re: Iris Question

    If you want ‘death by iris’, by all means seek out older vintages of Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist. Roots, wet clay and earth. Nice in smaller doses but it tends to wear me out. The ‘one iris to rule...
  36. Re: Chalk & Cheese....Smells good on them but like pee on you?

    How unfortunate. Can’t say I’ve had similar experience before, thankfully. But certain fragrances do indeed smell better on others.
  37. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    The building block approach to crafting fragrances has been around a lot longer than you think. Think ‘accords’. Just that with modern ACs you gain access to a broader range of...
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    Re: Rate of evaporation?

    +1 what cacio said.

    ‘Unused’ could also mean a number of things. Current owner might not have sampled it. Or it could have been decanted out and resealed. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s ‘never...
  39. Re: If Fragrance Was Priced For Everyone - A Hypothetical

    I don’t particularly care for price-led exclusivity; I’d blindbuy more stuff if only they are priced lower.

    Here’s the kicker: except for our tiny community of fragheads (and perhaps, spouses),...
  40. Re: Current versions of fragrances in your collection

    It is virtually impossible to keep up and personally verify if current formulas stand up to their original counterparts. It is not illogical to assume that a recommendation is often based on one’s...
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    Re: Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    Fascinating! I’ve always felt Parfum de Thérèse is one of Frederic Malle’s most underrated fragrances. But it also meant Edmond Roudnitska didn’t create anything new for the house which in turn makes...
  42. Re: Recc Me An Unconventional Summer Fragrance!

    Omani Frankincense by Amouage

    Or any good quality Hojary frankincense oil. It blooms wonderfully with the heat.
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    Re: A Short Guide to Coniferous Fragrances:

    Awesome takes on these scents! Made me update my conifers-to-test list.
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    Re: Compliments...is it a cultural thing?

    I believe there IS indeed a cultural element at play here. The British ‘stiff upper lip’ phenomenon is certainly a probable cause.

    It’s also my observation that Asians are typically quicker with...
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    Re: Roja Creation-E smells like coca cola

    I don’t mind smelling of coca cola but not for $480. :smiley:
  46. Re: Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    Interesting. Not a big cola drinker but I’d certainly give these a shot.
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    Re: 'Tom Ford made it custom for me'

    Keanu rocks! :cool:
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    Re: Let´s play a game: naming a parfum.

    A limited run numbered 1 to 9, corresponding to enneagram archetypes.

    103853

    Yes, it’s partly marketing though I do have a lifelong interest in numerology, personally profiling and enneagrams.
  49. Thread: Animal

    by Diamondflame
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    Re: Animal

    Hey I remember the Bitter Moon movie rather fondly. I was 21 then. Count me in as an animalic scent admirer. A little skank never hurts.
  50. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    What’s a typical release? Mass-marketed designers? In which case I wouldn’t expect any noticeable difference especially within the shorter 1-5 year period since the bulk of fragrance material used...
  51. Re: How much do you wear a new fragrance once you get a full bottle?

    Into my ‘first team’ rotation it will go for the first 2 weeks. Thereafter it’ll have to fight for a spot, same as the rest. :smiley:
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    Re: Fathers day present

    With those ill-fitting plastic cap of theirs? I doubt it. :smiley:
  53. Re: I want to be the third property brother

    Haha! Good observation. I’d probably do the same though in their position. Natural light opens up spaces and grey is IMO the sophisticated neutral canvas you can easily accesorize.

    I’d peg...
  54. Re: I blind ordered Memo Paris Shams Oud. My first expensive bottle. Any thoughts on this one?

    A fragrance that gives you a ‘WOW’. Congrats on this rare achievement. :thumbup:
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    Re: A new novel about scents

    Thanks for this, juxtapozbliss. I do miss a good scent-related read.

    Also agree with ‘criticisms seen as a thrown spanner in the creative work’. Best to find your own voice IMO ‘cuz when you do...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Another vote for Siberian Musk.
    Also adding these 2:
    Koh-I-Noor and
    Inverno Russo - IMO the most animalic from Areej Le Doré.
  57. Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    I know the feeling for I live right smack on the equatorial belt. But worry no more and take a look at my wardrobe, lol. It’s the high humidity that ruins the fragrance experience IMO. Whenever the...
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    Re: Fragrance That Turned You Stalker

    Fell into totally-out-of-character ‘stalker mode’ for these 2:

    Obsession by Calvin Klein

    Rush by Gucci
  59. Poll: Re: Which Chanel As A Gift? (Please Vote To Help Out)

    Fantastic! Couldn’t have picked out a better list to sample. I LOVE most of them, the exceptions incl. Coco Noir and Sycomore EDP.

    Keep us posted on which she chooses to ‘upsize’. :smiley:
  60. Re: The 10 Fragrances I Can't Get Out of My Head and Am Totally Obsessed With Right Now OMG!

    Topping the list and kinda made me forget the other 9:

    Aurum d’Angkhor by Sultan Pasha

    I’m taking my sweet time with the rest of the samples. But I totally got Jack Hunter’s post. Coming down...
  61. Re: If a fragrance bottle/box does not mention where it was made does that mean it is Made in China

    Eh, what’s so wrong about ‘Made in China’ labels? FWIW Apple devices wouldn’t be at where they are now without Chinese components. Not to be a dick but some of us probably need to travel (and live) a...
  62. Re: Does anyone have any experience with bespoke fragrances?

    Yes. In fact I ( and to date 3 other BNers iirc) have had one made by the above ‘outfit’ and it came out better than I expected, considering my very limited knowledge in perfumery. I got to choose 3...
  63. Re: Is the vetiver note in Mitsouko noticeable?

    Noticeable? Not to my nose and apparently not to most reviewers either. I own both vintage and current EDTs and looking to buy some extrait next. If you’re after vetiver, Mitsouko will never be one...
  64. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    HELL YES to this! Perfumes are essentially a blend of chemicals with various volatility profiles. Elementary knowledge in physics and chemistry is certainly useful in order to appreciate fragrance...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    A big +1 to this. If anyone is contemplating getting the attar, grab it while you still can. Adam crafted it for his wedding - I figured a lot of thought went into it. It’s easily unisex but I...
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    Re: perfumery in islamic tradition

    To this list I’ll add Areej le Doré , EnsarOud and ASAQ.

    The middle eastern style seems to use a lot of resins and oud (aloes). But I wonder where they got their ‘musk’ from historically. Is...
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    Re: Dior Oud Ispahan - Age?

    If you had to ask, then my answer is ‘NO’. Only wear what you’re totally comfortable wearing. Otherwise all these second guessing will show up in your body language.
  68. Thread: Real oud

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    Re: Real oud

    Funny how OP’s search for authentic oud scents led him to the likes of Versace Oud and Polo Supreme Oud. Their SEOs must be pretty strong. Have you at least tried a genuine oud distillate? And which...
  69. Re: If you could make a Fragrance Starter Pack, what would you choose?

    If the purpose is to expose them to new experiences that could potentially open their minds to the range of possibilities in olfactory arts then the 20 will have to cover a broad spectrum ranging...
  70. Re: Sephora to close all its US stores June 5th

    Let me guess at the main content of the training:

    How to properly profile your customers and doing it DISCREETLY...
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    Re: Bvlgari Black no longer in production

    I’m more surprised it hasn’t been discontinued even earlier. Still have a bottle from 2009. As distinctive as it is I seldom reach for it.
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    Re: Anyone else read this?

    Thank you for the link. Fascinating read. Woody-earthy comforting smells might stretch even further back considering wood is historically a source of fuel (fire), warmth and security for humans.
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    Re: Tuscan Leather Intense by Tom Ford

    I’d sample this just to see if it improves on the original. Might be worth a decant at least.
  74. Re: I blind ordered Memo Paris Shams Oud. My first expensive bottle. Any thoughts on this one?

    Chances are you will like it as it is IMO one of Memo’s nicer fragrances. However for a similar expenditure you could get a decant of quality blend with genuine oud which offers better depth and...
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    Re: Help me to find a dark perfume from past

    Could also be Anthracite pour Homme by Jacomo de Jacomo. Could well be a lot of things actually, including fragrances released prior to 2000-2009.
  76. Re: What frags have you got rid of, only to reacquire sometime later?

    Sold my 4.2 oz Ralph Lauren Polo when I was in my late 20s feeling it was way too mature for my tastes, only to seek out the same vintage when I hit my 40s. This time it ‘fits like a glove’. :smiley:
  77. Re: Scents that are a dumb reach (whatever that means)

    Also known as the ‘smart reach’ or ‘versatile workhorse’. Some of my options include:

    Creed Original Vetiver
    Armani Eau Pour Homme
    Satori Iris Homme
    Zegna Italian Bergamot
    Bulgari Pour Homme
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    Re: How to tell when you are addicted?

    When staying away from fragrance or fragrance-related activities give you withdrawal symptoms...
  79. Re: Men’s Fragrances That Still Stand Out (No clones, nothing smells similar.)

    Definitely Dior FAHRENHEIT. Avant garde on its debut and still too ballsy for current trends to be cloned.
  80. Re: Anyone know what happened to the poster Remik?

    Yes, he’s missed around here. Have personally bought a partial bottle from him in the past. I guess it’s good to take a break from time to time, posting only if you feel strongly about something.
  81. Re: Help Me Understand Chanel, With People (No. 5, Coco, No. 19, Cristalle)

    Fascinating thread! Chanel has been pretty strong in establishing their brand & product sub brands. Here’s my take:

    C H A N E L N O . 5
    Bridget von Hammersmark (Inglourious Basterds)
    103471
    ...
  82. Re: Sex and the Sea Neroli by Francesca Bianchi

    Glad to see this thread. In fact I believe we need an official Francesca Bianchi Fragrance discussion thread (what say you @thebeck?). I’ve been wondering about her recent Etruscan Water and Sex and...
  83. Re: Derviche is fantastic (Rogue) thanks Manuel!

    Congrats! Derviche surprised me as well. Got a big lovely tobacco note on my first wear but strangely not so much on the second. Haven’t decided if I want a bottle yet. 40-0 sounds gorgeous btw.
  84. Re: Latest Roja Dove - Roja Love - Limited to 100 Pieces!

    FOMO marketing at its worst. It’s not as if he’s working with precious rare materials.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge by Papillon Perfumery

    Thanks for sharing this. It sure sounds lovely. As a cat person and rose scent lover my curiosity is piqued.
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    Re: Anyone heard of Niya Perfumes?

    Before your post, nope. Never heard of them.
  87. Re: Creed Royal Mayfair is severely underrated

    Oh I do like this one. I don’t think it’s underrated at all. The eucalyptus note might need some time getting used to but once you’re passed it it wears well on skin/fabric. I don’t really get the...
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    Re: Date advice

    Just a light application and you won’t have to worry about which makes a good dating fragrance. Focus on her just enough to show you’re interested but above all be at ease, & be yourself. If she...
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    Re: Tam Dao - lowest price

    Partial bottles are probably your best option IMO. Check out eBay or BN’s own sales threads from time to time.
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    Re: Minimalist Masterpieces

    Holy Water by La Via del Profumo

    Rose, frankincense, sandalwood. S U B L I M E
  91. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    I share your sentiments. I’m content to just get in on a split of Beau De Jour if anyone is running them.
  92. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    So glad to see you here, my dear Profumo. Unless you wish to keep it exclusive, one possible way forward is to start a new exploration thread or perhaps just make use of this official ‘designated’...
  93. Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    In no way was I suggesting a behind-the-scenes video as a means to justify the pricing. As a fragrance geek I thought such a video might make for some good education to the lay person who’s never...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    I’m still early in the exploration phase but a distinctive house style /DNA/ perfumer voice is something that gets me excited.



    You could certainly build a great (and expensive) wardrobe with...
  95. Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    You’re probably right. Frag Army of bros won’t see ‘value’ in a video if it doesn’t feature a pretty face and a cleavage.
  96. Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Hmm. Clearly the price is the main sticky point. It’s possible given the limited distribution and crowdfund raised they had to keep prices high just to cover cost of production and Morillas’ fees. I...
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    Re: Dior Spice Blend

    Dior MASALA may have a better ring to it. :wink:
  98. Re: What do you guys think of PULP from BYREDO?

    A 3/5 for me. A touch too fruity sweet for my tastes.
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    Re: Hello Friends This is My First Topic

    Yes.
  100. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Both are masters at their craft with excellent technical skills but more importantly IMO possessing that rare ability to strike just the right balance between the complex and more nuanced natural...
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