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  1. Re: We need a definitive answer regarding beautyspin...

    MSRP is still well above what they as a store will pay for the fragrance. No store is selling these fragrances whether it be Creed or D&G below a line they can make a profit on. They are fully aware...
  2. Re: Is Dior Leather Oud a frequently faked fragrance?

    I bought Leather Oud recently off Ebay as I saw it for cheaper than I can get it normally. While it was clearly reformulated from the version I bought at Bergdorf several years ago, it is the real...
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    Re: Dior Privee Line Weaker ?

    I would say it is something you need to try. That musky dry down that Leather Oud shares with Oud Ispahan is no longer there. I really get a much stronger hit of just the leather, oud, and some other...
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    Re: Dior Privee Line Weaker ?

    I don't think this is a batch variation as Dior isn't Creed in that way. Also, my batch is different from the initial poster and probably different from the tester. This seems to have been a...
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    Re: Dior Privee Line Weaker ?

    I tried 3 sprays instead of my usual 2 and it did not have any real change in the scent trajectory. At the moment, it seems that having it on clothing captures the spirit of the former version of...
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    Re: Dior Privee Line Weaker ?

    I just got a batch of 4N02 and many of the comments above are pretty accurate. I still have a bit of my previous bottle (1R02) and the differences are very apparent.

    I too got the initial hit of...
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    Re: What is your strongest chastity belt scent?

    Any cologne that smells like you bathed in it.
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    Re: Best niche line and why?

    I'd say Slumberhouse and Etat Libre d'Orange. Both go for an angle of being avant-garde and outré that makes niche exciting and different [of mainstream brands only CDG explores this to my...
  9. Poll: Re: Are Female Compliment Getter Fragrances Entirely Unnecessary???

    I've noticed that too. I get compliments for Leather Oud and Encre Noire [including in some moments that make it awkward] but I suspect that these stand out in comparison to more mainstream scents....
  10. Re: What are the booziest fragrances you've had the pleasure of wearing?

    Slumberhouse's Ore is the booziest one I've worn and enjoyed. Also, the only gourmand I've enjoyed but still can't pull the trigger and buy a bottle.
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    Got a discounted Leather Oud bottle :D Now I need to stop buying for the year or hawk my barely used vintage Eau Noire if I want to buy anything.
  12. Re: What's the reason they call agarwood fragrances "Ouds"?

    TBH I have never hear عود used to refer to any wood other than agarwood and many of these perfumes are either targeting the Arab market or the appeal to orientalist/middle-eastern aesthetic markets,...
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    Re: Is my Creed Aventus authantic? pics inside

    I've been through Doha Duty Free, they are very much selling authentic goods but this could be a newer formulation than the version you remember.
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    Re: Do you also purchase designer fashion?

    I buy high-end strategically. Oxfords, monkstraps, etc are by Church's, Ferragamo, etc and timeless clothing pieces such as a trench coat by Burberry are where I sink money into designer items.
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    I bought a decant of around 50ml of Rien Intense Incense for $60. So excited that I got it for a nice discount.
  16. Re: I'm looking for a masculine frag with pear in it.

    I'd also say Pear + Olive. It is very much a summer scent. I didn't expect to like it but it is an amazing scent if it goes well with your skin chemistry. That being said, I would put an initial...
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    Re: What fragrance would the Prophet Muhammad wear?

    According to Hadith collections and sirat (these are in Arabic only pretty much), the Prophet Muhammad wore oud and musk. I've seen saffron mentioned also but always with the previous two.
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    Re: Your "biggest regret" purchase?

    A sample pack of Slumberhouse scents - I liked almost all of them (Ore, Pear & Olive, Jeke, and Vikt) and would purchase a full bottle if I saw them pop up on ebay (I find pretty much all perfume...
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    Re: What is your favorite Amouge?! and WHY?

    I find Epic the most wearable of the ones I've tried and has a nice scent that doesn't feel to locked into a certain era or mood. I find interlude interesting but the wild shifts it can take on my...
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    Re: Was Pumpkin the panty dropper all along?

    This. So much this. Also, do all men here suppose that women swoon and throw themselves at men over the exact same thing? Maybe this woman likes pumpkin or aventus or fecal scents but that doesn't...
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    Re: To pee or not to pee?

    Just do it. This is meant to be an avant-garde type thing. Roll with it. 1 ml is basically nothing in the wider composition and just drink lots of water beforehand if you don't want it too...
  22. Re: Looking for something smokey for the cooler weather

    I'll throw it out here because no one else mentioned it but Norne by Slumberhouse could be up your alley. It has smoke intertwined with pines and other trees. Very much a cool weather type scent.
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    Re: What's the appeal in Montale?

    Montale is popular for many of the reasons stated above - its a loud projecting sillage monster that does not die. Look at many of the threads here - sillage, projection, and longevity are the big...
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    Re: "Unexpected" likes and dislikes...

    Unexpected like: Eau Noire by Dior, Pear and Olive by Slumberhouse
    Unexpected dislike: Cuir d'Arabie by Montale, Vetiver by Guerlain
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    Re: "And the fragrances) I dislike the most are..."

    Green Irish Tweed and Aventus because I expected so much more.
    Slumberhouse because I love their scents and want to wear them but my skin finds the extraits evil and it goes red if I wear them two...
  26. Thread: Skanky perfumes

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    Re: Skanky perfumes

    I can see why people don't like Kouros. It feels and smells like a flashback to the 80s (that being said the decades long run of "fresh" and aquatic is no better).

    I guess people find Absolue pour...
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    Re: Classy Skanky Animalics

    I'll definitely look into a sample of that. I am personally more interested in the modern conceptualizations of animalic that play with it in different ways. Like, I would love to see slumberhouse go...
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    Re: underrated/overrated fragrance houses

    Overrated: Creed by miles, Tom Ford, Xerjoff, and tbh most of super-high-end niche that does not justify the astronomical prices they charge as Monsieur de la parfumerie is not off plucking patchouli...
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    Re: Classy Skanky Animalics

    I want to thank everyone for the suggestions so far. I do like Kouros, Antaeus, and some of the other classics but I'm trying to avoid things that feel "dated" to me. I know that is an amorphous...
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    Classy Skanky Animalics

    So after hearing that newer batches of Dior's Leather Oud have tamed down the civet and honey (alongside some stiff price hikes), I am trying to feel out the field of skanky animalics to sample and...
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    Re: Dior Privee Line Weaker ?

    Ugh. That saddens me. I have the same batch number and if these reformulations are true, I guess I might have to move on from LO. Such a pity as there is no clear replacement like it out there.
  32. Re: Creed's store price vs online price : Whats up!?

    Creed, even more so than many brands, relies on this ridiculous history of glory and wonder that it uses as cachet to charge the prices it does. The bottle you buy online is no different really from...
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    Re: The Darkest Day In Fragrance History...

    M7 says differently. The mystique around Aventus would only grow around here as people fight over the remaining good batch numbers.
  34. Re: Creed's store price vs online price : Whats up!?

    Every single fragrance you just about has a huge markup (there are some exceptions like apparently slumberhouse) but the average fragrance is a cash-cow for companies ranging from Creed to Dior to CK...
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    Re: TomFord: Tuscan Leather or Oud Wood?

    Depends on what you like more - a woody or a leathery scent. At these prices though, this is something you need to test first (and not just in the department store).

    Oud Wood is like a tamed...
  36. Thread: Dior leather oud

    by Ranja
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    Re: Dior leather oud

    A great scent that lasts ages and has a beautiful signature unlike the overwhelming majority of scents without being overly cloying or too bizarre. If 210 (which is pricey I admit and making me...
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    Re: Dior Privee Line Weaker ?

    Is the batch code the long string of numbers underneath the white bottle case?

    Also, has anyone possibly factored in weather? I tried to wear it recently in a place with mid 30sC temperature and...
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    Re: Dior Privee Line Weaker ?

    Ugh, this worries me as I am running low on my leather oud from last year that I bought two streets up from 57th at BG. I kind wish I just bought the jumbo size back then (especially when factoring...
  39. Poll: Re: What's your favorite Dior from La Collection Privée?

    For me, Leather Oud is my favorite and is the closest I have to a signature fragrance. After that, I would say Eau Noire. It is daring and different from anything else I've tried. I own both and I am...
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    Re: Pros and Cons of these two Frags

    I haven't tried Black Amber, but I've worked my way through a decent sized sample of Duro.

    Pros: it is strong - 2 spritzes is more than enough to last all day. If you like woody/leathery scents...
  41. Re: Are the "Classics" Really that Harsh or are Most Men Simply...

    The classics aren't harsh nor are men today more "feminine." Fashion styles change and shift constantly. Gender likewise is a fluid construct that changes over time. Efforts to locate something of...
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    Re: Sharp Sillage Monster

    This sounds like a job for Nasomatto's Duro. There's not a hint of sweetness or powder there.
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    Re: Creed Scents: Overrated (A Noob's Opinion)

    I've sampled some Creed fragrances on the Men's side and the only one I found "great" was GIT. I didn't care for Aventus and can't see what the buzz about it is. Unfortunately for GIT, Cool Water is...
  44. Re: Opportunity knocks! (Why doesn't someone open a US shop selling Middle Eastern scents?)

    Some stores do sell these fragrances but in areas with large Middle Eastern communities (parts of Queens in NYC for example). They don't really sell the high-end because there is such a small market...
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    Re: Colognes you love but they just DON'T LAST

    I know this goes against the grain but Vikt dies on me. I love the creamy licorice-oud but after a blast in the first 30 minutes, it dies with a whimper and becomes a persistent skin scent.
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    Re: Keep the LOVES, ditch the LIKES?

    For me to buy a fragrance, I must love it. That means I have a rather small collection of full bottles (I would have 5 I think) but loads of samples. Some of those samples just never get used up and...
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    Re: Confirmed: Real or Synthetic Oud

    At the price points we see Amouage and especially Montale, I would have my doubts that there is anything more than a speck of oud in them. When Amouage can be sold for 70 USD on certain sites, it...
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    Re: Charles de Gaulle airport

    Thank you hednic. I was checking Dior's French site and saw they listed the 125ml bottles at 210 Euros, which as much as I like the line, is eye dropping, especially compared to the prices in the...
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    Re: Your successes with layering male fragrances

    I find layering an interesting idea - Tom Ford's Tuscan Leather and Tobacco Vanilla worked well together (the saleswoman tried to push that too hard though). That being said, I find layering risky...
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    Re: Charles de Gaulle airport

    Has anyone seen the dior's collection privee in CDG and how does the price compare to other locations? I'm transiting through the airport with terminal changes but I have some time to do a bit of...
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    Re: Differences Between Eau Noire?

    Thank you for the information. I wanted to check before I made the plunge and picked one up before it disappeared.
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    Differences Between Eau Noire?

    After learning that "Eau Noire" is being discontinued - I am a bit late to that party - I am seriously considering picking up a bottle of it before it disappears.

    I once owned the old eau noire...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, June 20, 2014

    Vikt - Slumberhouse - 3 sprays
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    Re: New Fragrance: Montale - Nepal Aoud

    How strong is the rose you say in this Montale?
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    Re: CREED - Asian Green Tea

    Those Neroli posts are spread out over the forum over different years. The new CREED line topic is on this page (along with several other CREED topics).
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    Re: Niche House Sampling Suggestions

    I would say Montale/Mancera, Slumberhouse, Amouage, and Nasomatto would be interesting selections and styles that all have projection and longevity.
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    Re: ASAQ Thaqeel and Kalakassi

    Ah, I should have been a bit clearer. I meant not just ASAQ but the fragrances generally manufactured for Gulf Arab clientele like attars (I don't know what the views on something by a "western"...
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    Re: ASAQ Thaqeel and Kalakassi

    ASAQ is one of the leading attar houses in the Gulf region and geared to wealthier individuals than say al-Rehab. Personally, I have never tried them because of the not-so positive connotations they...
  59. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Does anyone know what is going on with Slumberhouse's 30 ml size? They are all sold out on his official site, leaving only the 100 ml bottles. Because of how small his work is, I would rather...
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    Re: Colognes you love but they just DON'T LAST

    D&G The One. Smells nice when it starts but becomes a faint whisper after a short period of time.
  61. Re: Do you think by Kilian's Incense Oud and Musk Oud are worth it?

    It matters what you mean by worth it... if you like the scent and can afford it, sure why not.

    For me, the version with the box is borderline ridiculous at those prices and even the refill does...
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    Re: Montale reformulation

    Has Mancera released a version of Aoud Musk (or Dark Aoud for that matter)?
  63. Re: Fragrance that smells most like household cleaner?

    Many of the cheaper rose/oud combos smell like air fresheners but louder.
  64. Re: GIT - Full bottle worthy or just "ho-hum"....Im on the fence with having this one in my collecti

    If I were you, I would buy a decant of 2-5ml and test it out over several weeks. I did the same with GIT after hearing so much about it but it never had that oomph for me to actually pull the trigger...
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    Re: A step beyond Musc Koublai Khan and Kiehls Musk

    I am really interested in the Ajmal and the Qurashi but there doesn't seem to be any samples online, which makes it a nightmare to blind buy and find out I hate it at those prices. Also, out of...
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    Re: The one that got away?

    Those Amouage testers on fragrancenet. I still wish I bit the bullet and picked some of those up as blind buys.
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    Re: How do you decide on buying a full bottle?

    I test from a spray sample (not swab) at least 5 times in different weather conditions and social ones. Do I like it and see it as something that I can wear as a second skin? If not, not fb. Also,...
  68. Re: Going to order some "dirty" samples online, looking for suggestions.

    I'm ambivalent about MKK. I wore a sample I got ages ago last week and when I wear it, the cumin dominates. I want to like it but it never goes to a stage where I think I want a bottle. For whatever...
  69. Re: Going to order some "dirty" samples online, looking for suggestions.

    I would say Leather Oud or Cuir d'Arabie if you like dirty leathery ouds.

    I've heard Ajmal's Musk Gazelle is hugely animalic and dirty and I've found it online but I am hesitant to blind-buy it......
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