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  1. Re: Anyone else dislike amber as a note in men's fragrances?

    I don’t associate ambery notes with ‘feminity’ per se but I don’t like my ‘amber’ overly sweetened either.
  2. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Bumping up this thread for 3 reasons:

    (1) I’m wearing Holy Water tonight. After all these years I must say if I can only recommend one fragrance from this house, this is the one. Simply beautiful....
  3. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    There is indeed a little more sweetness towards the drydown but I don’t find it prominently vanillic. On me the aromatic tobacco note is strong and proud; it seems to be amplified by the green tea...
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    Re: Interesting article on frankincense

    Humans can be such a plague sometimes...
  5. Re: 'Fahrenheit Day' on Monday, 14th Dec 2015......

    Have a wonderful Fahrenheit Day for all you violet leaf lovers out there! Wear it in great health and good cheer! :beer:
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Areej Le Doré War & Peace. The weather’s cool and grey. There’s something smoothly cozy yet subtly animalic about it that evokes for me a sable fur-lined leather coat.
  7. Re: calm introvated magnetic mystirious inscrutable

    Hey that more or less described me 75 % of the time. As ZC pointed out it could easily be anything. Sometimes it’s the disconnect between a fragrance and the person wearing it that raises the...
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    Re: OK Fine Fragrances

    Perhaps to cut down on printing cost they dropped the ‘A’ from OAK Fine Fragrances lol.
  9. Re: Millenials are changing the perfume business

    Skewed piece of tabloid journalism totally unworthy of BBC IMO.

    I agree with PStoller. I don’t see Millenials DRIVING these trends. ‘Gender fluid’ was previously known as ‘unisex’ and the trend...
  10. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Wore Sir Winston last night. Somehow it reminds me of my dad and an empty packet of this particular brand of cigarettes he used to smoke:

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  11. Re: Seeking scents for my wife, must be light and non-floral

    Chanel No.5 L’Eau might fit the bill. It’s radiant and not particularly floral IMO.
  12. Re: Yep another wedding one - but shortlisted :)

    +1 on the ever classy Heritage edt.

    Also partial to Aramis 900 should you prefer something with a little rose.
  13. Re: Compare a fragrance to another cultural product

    1st experience smelling genuine deer musk with Areej Le Doré Siberian Musk. For me it’s like Keanu Reeves’ Neo taking the red pill in The Matrix. Eye-opening...

    ”Whoa.”
  14. Re: Fakes and Frauds: More in masculine scents than feminines?

    Oh I’m sure popular fragrances get counterfeited on both sides of the gender divide. Perhaps men are less self-conscious about coming forward to share their latest ‘dude, is my fragrance fake?’...
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    Re: Sandalwood struggle

    Your nose is fine. The scent of Mysore sandalwood is hard to forget but getting harder to source. But even real Australian sandalwood oil is miles better than whatever crap marketers try to pass for...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    Re: Imaginary Authors Sampling

    Awesome idea. I have a sample set from last year(?) I’ve yet to break into.
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    Re: Interview Fragrance Advice

    Surely a tasteful set of clothes would be appropriate? Unless of course OP’s auditioning for a role in a porno movie or to be a nude paint model... :wink:

    Jokes aside, it’s really easy to...
  19. Re: Best all season perfume for tropical climate (India)

    Creed Original Vetiver
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    Re: Divine Vanille by Essential Parfums

    Thanks for sharing your review. Their prices seem reasonable and I like having those handy 10 ml options.
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    Re: NEW: Telegrama from Imaginary Authors

    Do report back if you can. It seems right up my alley too.
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    Re: Sonoma Scent Studio

    In that case I believe the reproduction is faithful as I remember getting a similar first impression when I first smelled the original Champagne de Bois 10 years ago. :thumbup:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    High praise but well deserved IMO. If I may exaggerate a little, its development over the past 12-15 months was extraordinary. It’s like discovering the ravishing beauty who dropped your jaw recently...
  24. Re: Sandalwood & Incense: a match made in perfume heaven. What are some of the best examples?

    Holy Water by La Via del Profumo.
    Ma Nishtana by Parfum Prissana

    More frankincense than sandalwood but superlative nonetheless. So the question is: do you prefer more incense or more sandalwood.
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    Re: Cuir Soyeux by Francesca Bianchi?

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    My bottle of Cuir Soyeux arrived 2 days ago. Been testing it since, and today compared it to a couple of my favorites from the floral leather category: Chanel Cuir de Russie and Dior Cuir...
  26. Re: used dior-cologne blanche,should i buy it?

    Congrats on the purchase! It was probably my favourite of the trio.
  27. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

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    Just arrived today. Can’t believe how compact the whole thing is.
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    Re: Fragrantica readers awards

    I’m using the exercise to check out the list of contenders for interesting ones that might have escaped my radar this year.
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    Re: In 2019, I expect to finish...

    A handful of...SAMPLES.




    LMAO.
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    Re: GOLD by Puredistance/Antoine Lie)

    NOW I’m curious! Already have a sample on the way, albeit a paltry one from LS. Unlikely to get a bottle though as the mistress of the house had just read me the Riot Act for the offence of...
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    Re: Sonoma Scent Studio

    Congrats! Do report back with your verdict. Winter Woods was one of the house’s most favored scent. Perfectly cozy in winter.
  32. Re: used dior-cologne blanche,should i buy it?

    I get paranoid over risk of getting the ole switcheroo with splash bottles. But that’s me.
  33. Re: TF Lost cherry vs Kilian Back to Black

    Back to Black every time. Sorry, it’s not even close.
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    Re: Something like Gravity, but..

    If I’m not mistaken your last line satisfactorily answered your earlier question.
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    Re: Butterfly hunting extreme :grin:

    Hahaha. While I understood the original name in French I find it odd to see the translation in a listing. Isn’t it more popularly known by its original moniker? I like the pretty EDT btw. Is the EDP...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Wearing War & Peace today. It’s leathery with a touch of rose and just a hint of powder on this wet & chilly day. Unfortunately my experience with Vero Profumo Onda was far too long ago to make any...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    “Passive-aggressive scents you wear when you’re annoyed with your partner” was my suggestion last year. :wink:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Hahaha! I know where you’re coming from..! We certainly don’t need more mad rush for the next release. Perhaps there should be a category for ‘Cult Favorite’ with nil voting requirements.
  39. Re: Brand new here; sorry if I'm posting in wrong place

    Perhaps now’s a good time to buy some ‘insurance’ and find yourself new favourites. And you couldn’t have come to a better place to help you with that! :smiley:
  40. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    Frankincense oil from Amouage.
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    Re: Today I bought December 2019

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    Re: Citrus on a cold Winter’s day

    Areej Le Doré Siberian Summer bridges this seasonal transition beautifully IMO.
  43. Re: Francesca Bianchi: The BLACK KNIGHT & LOST in HEAVEN

    Wonderful. Would you do us all a favor & update your impressions on it here? Thank you, much appreciated.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Hey, all ALD fans. The Fragrantica Awards voting window is now open in case any ALD fan wishes to vote up their house favorites. :smiley:
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    Re: Cuir Soyeux by Francesca Bianchi?

    Cuir Soyeux is already sold out on her official website but I I have a bottle on the way from Perfume Lounge. It’s not that risky a buy for me since I seem to belong in the other camp. Will update...
  46. Re: Ever notice how guys call perfume "juice" when describing the liquid?

    IMO as long as the audience understands it, who cares which terms are used? There might be some subcultural context to it but it’s a public forum after all. The men do tend to obsess over...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Areej Le Doré Siberian Summer. I don’t know how but it just keeps getting better and better.
  48. Re: I'm bored - what's everyone asking for for xmas/holidays?

    Fragrance Du Bois Sahraa Oud.

    Not counting on receiving it though...
  49. Re: Ever notice how guys call perfume "juice" when describing the liquid?

    I might have used it once or twice before. Definitely not a favourite descriptive of mine.
  50. Re: If you have to pick ONLY one from these three Histoires de Parfums

    I have all 3 actually. But if I have to pick just one, it’ll be 1725. It smells like a classic with a twist - a dandier version of Caron pour un Homme with better performance and more interesting...
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    Just ordered a bunch of new samples from his Prissana line. Would love a bottle of Ma Nishtana but I doubt I’ll ever finish a bottle.
  52. Re: Dior Sauvage Tops All Men's Fragrance Sales In UK This Christmas Season

    It certainly attracts a lot of attention the way a train wreck does with a huge marketing budget to ensure the wreck remains front and centre. The average non-discerning fragrance buyer doesn’t know...
  53. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Funny you should mention this. I’m having a hard time tracking a sample or even a partial used bottle.
  54. Re: Your top 5 favorite "winter" or "fall" fragrances under $40

    Throwing in Jacomo de Jacomo Rouge. Punches well above its weight class.

    Btw $40 can buy you a decant of great stuff that can easily last through the fall/winter months. But one needs to let go of...
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    Sounds bloody fantastic! Too bad it’s another city exclusive (Aren’t they always?)
  56. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    I’m counting on it. Sample vial doesn’t do it justice IMO. Anyway a BNIB bottle at a 40% discount from reputable seller is way too good a deal to pass up since it’s been in my WTB list for nearly a...
  57. Re: Guy new to fragrance, figuring out what notes work best for me

    If you’re concerned about the approval ratings of your worn fragrance on the dance floor perhaps you could get some input from your dance partner(s). D&G The One is pleasant and not too distracting,...
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    Re: What's your worst anosmic experience?

    I remember sampling Terre d’Hermes many years ago; it knocked my nose out cold for a good 5-10 minutes before I could sample anything else.
  59. Re: What is your worst used fragrance purchase experience?

    Watered down juice in a splash vintage RL Polo I won in an eBay auction for $10. I’d have been pissed had I paid a lot more. But it taught me a lesson more valuable than the $10: never buy or bid on...
  60. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    Hey, fun thread! Thank you for the blow-by-blow account of these match ups. Enjoyed the analysis and personally would have made some very similar decisions. Would have picked Michael for Men and...
  61. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    Bortnikoff Bonheur

    I couldn’t help myself even if it’s down to the last few mls. I need to find more of this stuff!
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Call me crazy but I kinda miss the powder from War and Peace. It sorta reminds me of old school barbershop ‘powder puff’ treatment at the end of a haircut. Btw I don’t know if I want to get hold of...
  63. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    It’s just amazing how much depth & complexity he can pack into a single drop of attar.
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    Re: Fragrance Recommendation

    Buy directly from here: Rising Phoenix Perfumery
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    Re: Il Dieci by Bogue Profumo

    The notes look like a dream list to me. I didn’t even know it existed!
  67. Re: Need help identifying this fragrance by the bottle

    I’m so sorry about your loss. Truth is it may contain anything, from vintage to clones sold at flea markets. What does it smell like to you? I do hope there’s still some fragrance left in what looks...
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    Re: Favorite pine/fir scents

    Have you tried Sonoma Scent Studio‘s Pacific Forest?

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    Re: Mitsouko Centenary

    Lol. You must be my ‘scent twin’ for I too struggle with L’Heure Bleue and smells no peach in every Mitsouko version I’d tried.
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    Re: Fallen in love with two

    1740 is a fantastic choice. Congrats on snagging that bottle!
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    Re: Mitsouko Centenary

    Yes, you don’t choose Mitsouko to wear. She chooses you. :wink:
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    Re: Fragrance Recommendation

    Rising Phoenix Sicilian Vanilla attar. It’s like Tobacco Vanille’s billionaire uncle.
  73. Re: Dior Sauvage Tops All Men's Fragrance Sales In UK This Christmas Season

    Not surprised either. 1 Million was a huge hit and I’m sure many of those purchases came from repeat customers. Same goes for Le Male and L’Eau d’Issey. The list may look a little different by...
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    Re: Mitsouko Centenary

    Indeed. The parfum is amazing. Wearing some myself.

    Happy centenary, Mitsy!
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    Re: Funeral Fragrances: Royal Oud

    I avoid wearing fragrances to funerals. Mainly out of concern for the family of the departed who might be reminded of their loss if they happen to encounter the same ‘trigger’ /scent some time down...
  76. Re: The Final Push - cutting down to the bare bones of a small 'signature' collection

    Keep Beau de Jour for its classic non-mainstream leanings. If for any reason you decide to sell it at a later stage I’m pretty sure its discontinued status would help it snag a buyer quicker than the...
  77. Re: I have two questions about polo green and Caron line ups..

    Yes the logo on original Polo tends to wear out as I found out when I looked up secondhand vintage. Cheaply made bottle, what else can we expect? Gentle handling & proper storage should slow down the...
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    Re: Help Identifying Musk Grains

    Did you receive the grains or just the tincture? The concentration factor should be considered.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    1. Regularly set aside $ to build up your ALD /FOMO fund.
    2. Keep track of the planned release date AND LOCAL time.
    3. Place advance orders for splits with BNer strifeknot (as backup)
    4. Pray (tt...
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    Re: Clive christian tester, real or fake?

    Pretty certain it’s a fake. The amateurish mix of typeface /different fonts gave it away.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I no longer get that big powdery slap (lol) the last few times I wore War & Peace. Makes me wonder if my bottle has ‘improved’ or was it just me. Anyone else have had a similar experience with...
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    Re: Roma Uomo Cedro

    I do like Uomo. Will look for this flanker. Thanks for the post.
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    Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    This holds true for many of us who delve into artisanal perfumery. But more often than not it boils down to personal tastes and preferences. We don’t buy fragrances just because they’re good or well...
  85. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    +1. Helluva post, ZealotCrusader. Sums it all up nicely, and tied with a bow. Package delivered. :thumbup:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I get those exact same thoughts whenever I wear Baikal Gris. Had it been released with that extra maceration time under its belt, I bet it would have received a better reception and in all likelihood...
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    Re: What would you do?

    I would keep my money and breathe in relief. Another bullet dodged.
  88. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    If Tom Ford gets his ways, probably. But without real oakmoss, most of the revived old school classics will only be fascimiles or shadows of their former selves. Who would be happy with THAT?? :wink:
  89. Re: Bortnikoff Amber Cologne vs Musk Cologne

    I much prefer Musk Cologne to Amber Cologne.
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    Re: The NonBlonde :-(

    Rest in peace, dear Gaia. Your departure will be big loss to the perfume-obsessed & cat-loving community. The Non-Blonde was one of the perfume blogs I used to follow when I started this hobby.
  91. Re: Francesca Bianchi: The BLACK KNIGHT & LOST in HEAVEN

    It’s nowhere near the testosterone-laden Kouros or cigar-chomping Havana if that’s your concern lol. Unlike the plush iris-y soft leather in Cuir de Russie, the leather in The Black Knight feels...
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    Re: NEW: Zoologist (?)

    Nice! Subtle (too subtle?) honeycomb design on the box.
  93. Re: Fragrance Industry Secret Revealed.. is it true?

    Have yet to try these but I like the premise though. Vibrant cologne-y opening that settles down to a rich close-wearing more intimate scent.
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    Re: Roja London vs Midsummer Dream

    Like London. LOVE Midsummer Dream.
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    Re: Rogue Perfumery Your Favorites?

    Own 4 ( listed in order of favourites)

    1. Mousse Illuminee
    2. Chypre Siam
    3. Le Canotier
    4. Tabac Vert

    Derviche is in my WTB list. May well pull the trigger over the Black Friday sale.
  96. Re: Francesca Bianchi: The BLACK KNIGHT & LOST in HEAVEN

    Yay! Congrats!! I agree the balance and restraint Francesca achieved here are remarkable. I find the first half utterly mesmerising!
  97. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    May need more of Oud Monarch to really test its limits but I found the sample somewhat underwhelming; I didn’t bother getting more. Think I’m OK without it.

    Also interested to note earlier...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Nobody’s really forcing anybody to pay those insane prices. I’m just grateful Russian Adam had chosen more reasonable pricetags for his creations. And for restricting purchases to one bottle per...
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    Re: Today I bought November 2019

    I’m afraid these are only 14 ml each. But they do look neat!


    I thought they’re splash bottles but a closer look shows them to be 14 ml travel-friendly spray bottles. :smiley:


    Thanks! Early...
  100. Re: 25% Off FO'AH Friday at foahperfumes.com!

    All 4 are nice. My favourites are no. 4 and 11.
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