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    Re: Agarwood (oud) oil!

    Is there a way to tell whether an oil has been cut with DOP or anything else? It would be great if there was a way. I'd love to buy more oud, but I'm hesitant about this DOP issue. I really don't...
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    Re: Fragrance and Music

    Fragrance and scent, like someone said, is very intimate. It's also something that people use to gauge so many things in life. "Did the milk in the fridge go bad?" "That cake smells good, lets eat...
  3. Re: Aldehyde, how does it effect a perfume is it going out of style

    Part of the reason aldehydes have a negative connotation these days is that they are more likely than other fragrance components to induce a headache or other symptoms.
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    Re: Agarwood (oud) oil!

    I have a sample of it, and I like it, but it's not even close to being high quality oud. But like someone already said. Eden Botanicals is very honest and says straight up that it's not good...
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    Re: Agarwood (oud) oil!

    I wore Archipelago daily until I ran out (I still have a tiny bit left). My girlfriend loves it, and it's my favourite among the oud I've tried. I can't appreciate a lot of my mainstream perfumes...
  6. Re: Le Labo - A lesson in how NOT to sell fragrance...

    Unfortunately even the best companies hire rude people unknowingly. I think it's rather unfair to categorize a company in any particular way based on experience with one employee. If one encounters...
  7. Thread: Candy

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    Re: Candy

    My experience is that people generally like the smell of candy when they're eating it, but not on their significant others.
  8. Re: What scent is for reading Sufi poetry and asking yourself metaphysical questions?

    I think Rumi or Hafiz would answer: rose attar or pure oud oil.
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    Re: Uplifting Perfumes

    Pure sandalwood oil, one drop on each wrist. Sublime.
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    Re: Your favorite Santa Maria Novella?

    Muschio is my favourite of the ones I've tried.
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    Re: Agarwood (oud) oil!

    I'm not experienced with Brunei Supreme, but I suggest you try Archipelago or Sheikh's Borneo, which are beautiful floral ouds. Green Papua is supposed to be that way too, but I haven't tried it...
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    Re: Annick Goutal Sables

    Sables is excellent, and definitely in my top 5. It's one of the few fragrances where I've literally swooned after first sniffing.
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    Re: IFRA seeks to destroy citrus perfumes

    True. And the same thing is being done with the natural sweetener Stevia... it can't be patented, so corporations who manufacture artificial sweeteners are trying to tarnish it's name.
  14. Re: the continued pursuit for 'the holy grail' of perfume

    I used to look for my Holy Grail scent, but now I've realized that fragrance is somewhat like clothing for me. I wouldn't want to wear the same clothes every day for very long. But I can find my...
  15. Thread: Smells Cheap.

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    Re: Smells Cheap.

    To me, "cheap" scents tend to be at least vaguely similiar to the smell of a cleaning product. The closer a scent gets to smelling like that, the cheaper is seems to me (inexpensive synthetics tend...
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    Re: Fallen Holy Grails

    Synthetic cedarwood is a very common headache inducer. But natural cedar has actually been known to clear headaches. The cedar in TdH is definitely synthetic. Infact, TdH probably contains less...
  17. Thread: Natural Musks?

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    Re: Natural Musks?

    I can vouch for Espionage. It's awesome.
  18. Re: Eau d'Hermes too sexy for a first date ... with another man?

    This is one of my favourite fragrances, even though I don't currently own it. It's raunchy, no doubt about that, but in a sleek and fresh kind of way. Very ambiguous.
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    Re: Natural ingredients

    This actully isn't true. Pure sodium chloride might be the same either way, but the difference between refined table salt and unrefined sea salt are the cofactors (other minerals) which make the...
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    Re: What does Amber smell like?

    Yeah, the Eden Botanicals ambers are excellent. Amber Rose is awesome, as is Amber Royale.
  21. Thread: Deodrants

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    Re: Deodrants

    I use the Crystal Rock Deodorant Spray. I actually found the spray (the minerals are dissolved in water) to work even better than the rock itself.

    Ever since I started eating more vegetables...
  22. Re: The only perfume you would take with you to heaven

    High grade, pure Indonesian Oud oil. :)
  23. Re: Why don't more men's fragrances have almond notes?

    The main reason almond isn't used more often in fragrances is that it overpowers everything else it's mixed with. The only thing it commonly goes well with is vanilla. That's why you'll generally...
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    Re: Agarwood (oud) oil!

    Personally, I love the $200 Archipelago (and so does my girlfriend and everyone else I've tested it on). I'm tempted to sample the more expensive ones too, but for now I'm really satisfied with that...
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    Re: Agarwood (oud) oil!

    1 gram is about 1ml. (and there's 30ml in 1 ounce)
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    Re: Vegan and non-vegan fragrances?

    I would imagine that most fragrances from the bigger corporations are tested on animals at some point. Or, at least the ingredients that they contain are very likely to have been tested on them at...
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    Re: Factors that affect fragrance wear

    Some fragrances really blossom with heat and a little sweat. For example, Terre D'Hermes smells sterile and somewhat synethetic and harsh to me in cold weather, but if I wear it when I'm doing yard...
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    Re: Agarwood (oud) oil!

    Once I run out of Rose 31 I might switch to "oud only". I have to say that the more I get into natural oils like oud and high quality sandalwood, the less I want to wear commercial fragrances. The...
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    Re: Agarwood (oud) oil!

    I had a woman (who is into perfumes and essential oils) from my work smell the Archipelago oud and she literally teared up from it, she thought it was so beautiful. I didn't believe her at first...
  30. Re: Best "Cost effective" male Sandalwood fragrance?

    How did they press it? As far as I knew, sandalwood oil could only be extracting through distillation or CO2...
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    Re: Agarwood (oud) oil!

    Not quite, more like a camphorous, slightly "piercing" medicinal quality. But that fades on the skin after about 30 minutes.



    1 gram is about 1ml. The sillage and longevity is great. I have...
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    Re: Agarwood (oud) oil!

    I have a Malaysian oud I got through Ebay (of all places), and I agree, it's similiar to the Indonesian from Oriscent. What does the Cambodian smell like? Does it smell "barn-y" at all?

    Where did...
  33. Re: Best "Cost effective" male Sandalwood fragrance?

    Good quality (authentic) sandalwood oil is almost impossible to find now. Most of it gets adulterated with other things. The tree is an endangered species and the government of India has forbidden...
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    Agarwood (oud) oil!

    I got a shipment of agarwood (oud) oil samples from Oriscent a while ago, and I've been living with them for a couple weeks before making my evaluations. If anyone hasn't experienced true oud oil...
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    Re: Harshest scent on skin

    Diptyque's Eau de Lierre stung my sister's skin when she put it on her wrist, and it started to turn red... naturally, she washed it off. I wonder what particular ingredient would cause that? It'd...
  36. Thread: Funny story

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    Re: Funny story

    Hahahaha.... genius. :)
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    Re: Mazzaroli 'Lui'

    Too much Lui and you'll smell like a barn (only better... the patchouli and wood notes keep it from smelling purely feral). It's one of the raunchiest fragrances I've tried. Very strong with the...
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    Re: What would you consider a "harsh" fragrance?

    The opening of Santal Noble is rather harsh. I find most aquatics harsh as well, as in they give a tingling sensation in my nose.
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    Re: Supernatural Perfume: God's Fragrance

    I find pure, high quality Indian sandalwood oil and high grade Oud (agarwood) oil to be "spiritual". Sandalwood always elevates my mood, and (high grade) Oud is one of the only scents I know of that...
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    Poll: Re: What kind of guy are you anyway?

    I used to like heavier orientals, but now I'm mostly liking woods. Sandalwood, cedar, agarwood (oud), etc. all really speak to me. They all agree with my skin chemistry the most, compared to other...
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    Re: Such a thing as a "complicated" scent?

    To me, a complex scent means one that has either a noticeable progression from top notes to dry down, or one in which I can smell multiple layers of scent. In some fragrances, I'll smell one thing...
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    Re: Worst Comment (or reaction)Ever Received?

    Terre D'Hermes can easily smell floor cleaner-ish (due to the citrus) if it's too concentrated. Two sprays on the wrist was concentrating the juice too much. Try one or two on the chest/lower neck,...
  43. Re: Is scent really able to influence my dreams?

    Hmm, very interesting. I should look into that book.
  44. Re: Trying to improve the sillage & longevity of a weak (for me) fragance... It worke

    I've thought that, but my girlfriend agrees that it fades pretty quick lately, compared to other fragrances. I'll try spraying it closer to me tomorrow morning and see how it goes (I forgot to try...
  45. Re: Trying to improve the sillage & longevity of a weak (for me) fragance... It worke

    Hmmm, I should try this with Rose 31. I haven't been getting the same sillage I used to get with it, and I think it's because I've been spraying it from too far away.
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    Re: Bad mood rising!

    Usually just pure sandalwood oil for me, or Oud.
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    Re: What color is that scent?

    I definitely associate colour with fragrance. I also sense texture and movement, like someone else already mentioned. The first thing I notice about a fragrance is the "texture", actually. Some...
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    Re: The Disappearing Note

    Interesting that the same thing would happen to you with the birth tar. There must be a particular way that this note/accord interacts with the nose that would make that happen.

    I love Luten's A...
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    Re: Ghosts in my nostrils.

    I don't think I've ever "phantom smelled" one of my own fragrances, but a few times I've thought I smelled the scent of my girlfriend's hair before, just for a moment.
  50. Re: Anyone ever enjoyed the scent of the cologne, but your allergies/sinuses don't?

    Strong fragrances made with a lot of heavier synthetics tend to cause headaches when they're over applied. Synthetic tonka, coffee and chocolate notes, in particular, are known to do this.
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    Re: The Disappearing Note

    Lonestar Memories is the first fragrance I've observed this phenomenon with. I mean, I'll notice certain notes a little more on different days with other fragrances, but the first time I sprayed...
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    Re: Worst Comment (or reaction)Ever Received?

    Yesterday my sister walked into my office, sniffed the air for a second, and said "Something smells a little "off" in here".

    I thought "Hmmm, maybe it's the agarwood (oud) CO2 oil I dropped on the...
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    The Disappearing Note

    Have any of you ever put on a fragrance for the first or second time and strongly noticed a particular note, only to have it vanish on subsequent wearings?

    I'm wearing Andy Tauer's Lonestar...
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    Re: Adjusting Your Moods!

    I wear pure Indian sandalwood oil when I want to feel confident and "boosted". Other fragrances have their own effects on me, but sandalwood almost always makes me feel good.
  55. Thread: Cancer?

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    Re: Cancer?

    I don't eat soy for that reason either (it's vastly overeaten in the West -- traditionally, in the East, it's eaten in very small quantities... except by Buddhist monks who want to intentionally kill...
  56. Thread: Cancer?

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    Re: Cancer?

    The plasticizer chemicals called "pthalates" used to denature the alcohol in many perfumes are a real health concern, but not so much for cancer. They can "bio-accumulate", or build up in the body...
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    Re: Worn primarily for intellectual stimulation?

    I feel the same way about Chypre Rouge.

    I've seen L'Homme Sage mentioned a few times, and I have to say that it effects me the same way. It's very bracing to me, I don't feel like I can "settle...
  58. Re: What if your new girlfriend wanted you to wear some real crap?!

    To be frank, my girlfriend wasn't exposed to many good fragrances before she met me. She told me she really like Aqua de Gio (which isn't horrible smelling, but I'm not fond of it). Now she likes...
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    Re: MPG, you disappoint me

    I own Santal Noble, and like it and wear it a lot. The dry down is one of the best I've ever experienced.

    I also really like Parfum D'Habit, although it's not one I'd wear often.
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    Re: Which is your "Dirtiest" fragrance ?

    Eau d'Hermes. This is the most sensual fragrance I've ever smelled. I was in downtown San Francisco with my sister over Christmas and we went into the Hermes boutique and sampled it for the first...
  61. Re: What scent out there, would you have created for yourself, it's so good ...

    Yeah, it's important to match a fragrance with your natural scent.

    The first time I smelled Annick Goutal's Sables, I was floored. It's the closest I've come to being "knocked over" by how good...
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    Re: Standing Out From The Crowd

    Lonestar Memories by Andy Tauer. Leathery amber campfire smone goodness. And probably not like anything you'd expect to smell on a person.
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    Re: Real Sandalwood

    I often wear pure Indian sandalwood oil by itself (I make my own spray). The real stuff is hard to find now, though. My girlfriend compliments me the most when I just wear the pure oil.

    Santal...
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    Re: What Have You Used So Far This Week ?

    -Le Labo Rose 31
    -Annick Goutal Sables
    -Sandalwood oil
    -Aveda Pure-fume for Men
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    Re: Finally got terre d'hermes

    That's so true. Heat really makes it incredible. I like wearing it when I'm doing gardening/yard work. It smells more "organic" and earthy with the heat. Sometimes it can almost smell a little...
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    Re: My first blind buy...L'Air du Desert Marocain

    I love L'Air. Normally amber fragrances can get cloying, but it's genius how this one never does that. The dryness offsets it perfectly. It's very unusual and very comforting, without getting...
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    Re: Terre de Hermes AHHH! THATS IT! Your gone!

    Hahaha...
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    Re: Good but not Sexy!

    I think vetiver scents generally aren't sexy, but I still love a lot of them. Unless they have something musky or sensual in the base (which many of them do), vetiver is just too "cold" for me.
    ...
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    Re: Help! Which Fragrance for a party

    I haven't smelled M7, but I'd say Terre D'Hermes. You're probably going to get hot in the tuxedo, and TDH really blooms in the heat. As long as you don't spray too much, it should be great.
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    Re: Do you actually smell what you're wearing

    Haha... classic. :)
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    Re: Strictly For Sh*ts & Giggles

    Hey all,
    I'm a professional swimmer who spends most of his time at the pool, and I know nothing about colognes (but I've been told I smell like chlorine and toddlers). Recently I've fallen for a...
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    Re: SotD - Friday 11 Jan 08

    Rose 31.
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    Re: Divine (L'Homme Coeur longetivity)

    L'Homme de Coeur lasts better with warmer weather. I love it in the summer. Coldness just mutes it.
  74. Thread: Burning Wood

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    Re: Burning Wood

    This is what I was thinking.
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    Re: What Frag(s) Literally Make You Sick?

    This one almost made me a little queasy as well.

    L'Homme Sage can sometimes give me a headache, too, but only if I put too much on. Only a few dabs are needed for me.
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    Re: Maestrale: any comment?

    I like Maestrale a lot. I would buy it if it weren't so expensive. It's not very sweet on me, mostly spicy with a nice ambery touch, and I love the cedar element.
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    Re: SAP...can anyone tell me what it is?

    It's not real sap essential oil, just the "olfactory impression" of tree sap given by a synthetic aroma molecule..
  78. Re: What scent will you be wearing when the clock strikes 2008?

    Probably Santal Noble. :)
  79. Re: Which fragrance would you wear in the kitchen (cooking, baking)?

    The only fragrance I have that would mix with food (that I can think of) is Sables. I wear straight sandalwood oil frequently, and that is nice for cooking as well. I do a lot of cooking. :)
  80. Re: The "Creed Effect" - olfactory infection...

    Hirch has it right, I think. Sandalwood and amber/ambergris notes are made of heavier and more tenacious molecules (naturally, since they're basenotes).

    It's kind of like eating a bar of dark...
  81. Thread: Free Yatagan

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    Re: Free Yatagan

    Haha, that was awesome. You would get the fragrance if it was me giving it away.
  82. Re: incense: Soll, Shoyeido, Voluspa, Juniper Ridge

    I'm a huge fan of Shoyeido. I have most of their less expensive incense, but I'm looking at getting some aloeswood at some point as well. For me, it's the best incense I've ever tried. All natural...
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    Re: Pacifica Candles

    Clove is prominent in it. It's intended to smell somewhat like the classic Buddhist incense blend -- sandalwood, clove, and (Himalayan) cedar.
  84. Re: Chandler Burr on the new Febreze - Holy Lavender!!

    Febreze is one of the most vile smelling products I've experienced. I find it especially bad once it's on fabric.
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    Re: winter snuggle thread

    Anything too sharp will deter snuggling... they smell the best from a certain distance. You want something that smells smooth and warm without any harsh edges (so no "green" notes). Vanilla,...
  86. Re: Cool dudes: Vetiver is a sedative, research shows

    Hmmm, I'm wearing Santa Maria Novella Vetiver. Hopefully this'll be a relaxing day. :)
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    Re: L'Air Du Desert Moracain

    The scent "blooms" in warmer weather, so I prefer it when it's warm out (which is unusual for an amber based fragrance). But it's fine in colder weather too.
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    Re: Dangerous scents.......?

    I feel this way too with most mainstream fragrances. I get the same kind of eye/face muscle twitches. I actually got into niche fragrances because of that (not because I'm a fragrance snob). Most...
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    Re: Dangerous scents.......?

    This isn't so much about allergies, it's about neurotoxicity and carcinogenicity. Natural oils used in perfumery can cause allergic reactions in some people. But the ones commonly used are not...
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    Re: Oud, M7 and the Arab world

    Like Profumo said, I'd be very surprised if there was pure Oud in any of the Montale's. Maybe a blend that contains it, but Oud (also called agarwood, aloeswood, etc.) is approximately 1.5 times more...
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    Re: Which scent for the mood "hard-boiled"?

    Hahaha, nice. :)
  92. Re: 4 smells most appealing to women: which colognes have them?

    I suggest you learn a little more about women, son. Or just people in general. If you think that study means anything, colognes aren't going to help you.
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    Re: Oud, M7 and the Arab world

    I'm American, but I love Oud. I have an Oud attar of sandalwood mixed with Oud, some pure oud oil, and oud powder which makes a very nice incense.

    I also like Japanese incense a lot, which...
  94. Thread: Need Help.

    by Maxwell
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    Re: Need Help.

    Wooo, great Ayala Moriel suggestions. All three of those are superb (my favourite being "Rebellius"). Espionage is an excellent dry vanilla/leather scent... I have to be in a certain mood to wear it,...
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    Re: The most BEAUTIFUL fragrance you have tried/own

    Not all the scents I wear I classify as beautiful, but this is my "masterpiece" list:

    1. Gris Clair
    2. New York

    Others I've loved, but my first reaction to these two was to swoon. Especially...
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    Re: Natural v. Synthetic

    Almost all designer fragrances from department stores are entirely or almost entirely synthetic (simply because you can't mass market a complex natural perfume due to production constraints and batch...
  97. Thread: Natural Musks?

    by Maxwell
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    Re: Natural Musks?

    Espionage is indeed awesome. Actually in my top 5 of all time list. It's so rare to find a natural perfume of that caliber.
  98. Thread: Natural Musks?

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    Re: Natural Musks?

    Other natural musks that are used are mostly vegetable based. Ambrette seed is a commonly used musky plant which has a high natural concentration of macrocyclic musk molecules (in the same family as...
  99. Re: I just want to fall in love with a woman who loves perfume.

    This is an excellent thread. :) Great post, Scentophile. You sound like an extremely thoughtful and classy guy. Eventually you'll meet someone who loves the things you do, or is at least open to...
  100. Thread: Pine Scent

    by Maxwell
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    Re: Pine Scent

    Mazzolari's "Mazzolari" is a masterpiece, and very "evergreen". It's not all pine, but it's well represented.
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