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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

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    Awesome idea. Might try out this combo tomorrow morning. Anyone else here wear 2 different Areej Le Doré scents at any one time? I’ve tried 2 x Siberian Musk + 1 x Ottoman Empire. I...
  2. Re: Fragrance suggestion for corporate gala diner

    Another +1 on this MFK. Classy option for the diner, uhh I mean dinner. :smiley:
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    Re: Bad Boy by Carolina Herrera

    Laughably amateurish copy. “Extremely distinctive...”? ‘Tonka bean’ is obscure??
    And that lightning-bolt inspired bottle? Can anyone say “SHAZAM!”?? :wink:
  4. Re: How do you organize your perfumes and samples?

    I don’t.

    Probably 20-30% of the better looking stuff are out on display cabinets and bookshelves for easy access. Samples are stashed away in boxes.
  5. Re: Can you tell me a masterful blend with a stage of...

    Mainly fragrances featuring the classical chypre or fougere accords or augmenting elements incl. ambergris, aldehydes, civet and deer musk.

    Houbigant Fougere Royale
    Guerlain Mitsouko
    Areej le...
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    Re: Why not artisanal

    If you enjoy it, why not?

    Echoing abu’s sentiments, I wear whatever I like: designer, vintage, niche, artisanal, cheapies, prestige, masstige, etc I enjoy them all. My wardrobe is so eclectic...
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    Re: Benchmark scents or.. the classics

    Sometimes you just happen to enjoy a fragrance composition. Nothing wrong with that. What’s there to ‘understand’? For example, I don’t particularly care for immortelle but it’s so well-integrated in...
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    Re: How bad have I messed up?

    I don’t think you messed up. Your fragrances are cool.
    :wink:
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    Re: "Oilyness" In Fragrance

    I thought OP gave a pretty good description actually: “smooth, almost fatty richness”. I interpret ‘oily’ as an olfactory texture, as opposed to dry, resinous, fluffy, etc. I tend to find an ‘oily’...
  10. Re: Looks like bat from zoologist perfumes is being discontinued...

    A case of business pragmatism vs artistic integrity? Scaling up production but at what costs? Arguably Bat was THE fragrance that put Zoologist on the map. It’d be a shame to see it reformulated...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Thanks @grayspoole for the coverage on Flos Mortis and 40 Rogue. Hope to smell them with my next Rogue purchase. Certainly intrigued by the Jicky reference. :smiley:
  12. Re: Looks like bat from zoologist perfumes is being discontinued...

    Clearly there will be a reformulation/reinterpretation by a different perfumer. They should at least rename it Bat II or something (not Batman though LOL)...
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    Re: best guerlains for men?

    For men I’d recommend these Guerlains

    Derby
    Jicky EdP
    Heritage
    Arsene Lupin Dandy
    Vetiver
    Cuir Intense
    Mitsouko
    Sous Le Vent (if you can find)
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    Re: Grey Flannel vs. Eau de Grey Flannel

    +1

    The original Grey Flannel smells awesome, almost like a ‘niche masculine’ but you have to like ‘violet leaf’ note to enjoy it. For $9 I’d say “Get back in there!” :smiley:
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    LOL @epapsiou. You got me with that video - totally wasn’t expecting THAT. Some serious horsepower, huh? Anyway comparison made to a good fragrance like Heritage sounds like a compliment to me, with...
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    Re: Camp: notes on fashion

    Good explanation. Thanks for this. I do like Ungaro Diva btw.
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    Wearing Danger pour Homme today. I’m getting riffs of Clive Christian X for Women, Gucci Rush and of course, Guerlain Heritage. But to simply write it off as a pricey Heritage clone betrays a lack of...
  18. Re: What are your thoughts on Roja Dove's fragrance application tips?

    The alcohol content of fragrance tends to dry up the skin though it may be mitigated partially by the perfume oil content. When skin loses moisture it loses its turgor and wrinkles more easily....
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Only if it’s unsweetened. I’m sick of sweet tobacco fragrances and knowing ALD like I do chances are it will be sweet... :vrolijk_1:
    I’m hoping for another ambergris or one centred on wild Nha Trang...
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    Re: EO Private Blend

    I wouldn’t mind a sniff but I must be genuinely obsessed with it to pay its asking price. It’s a musk fragrance is it not? But I wonder how much of that little monk backstory is true?
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    Re: Smells Like Money

    Yup. Like money emptying into Roja’s bank account, to be precise. Lol.
    :wink: But yeah, I got you. Some of his fragrances smell indeed like top dollar stuff.
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    Re: Smells Like Money

    Tom Fords for the ‘nouveau’ rich, probably. ‘Old money’ is seldom as ostentatious.

    But here’s one very well known favorite: Genghis Khan :smiley:



    Very good option. Refined, classy and...
  23. Re: How Has Your Fashion Changed Through the Years?

    Back then:
    whatever’s in-trend

    Nowadays:
    updated classics, old Hollywood gentleman style

    But the unforgiving weather does impose some serious restrictions to my wardrobe options.
  24. Re: No idea what kind of can of worms my brother has opened

    Oh, you’re in for such a ride....you’ll wish you’d started earlier. :smiley:
  25. Re: Where to buy Le Cri de la Lumiere (and other PdE fragrances) in the US?

    Personally I prefer smaller bottles. But I’m kinda wary of reformulations.
  26. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    The fragrance that gets the most wears offers the MOST value IMO. There’s no ‘realised value’ in keeping a $20 ‘gem’ that gets very few wears, no matter how good it is.
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    Re: Perfume that lasts all day (???)

    Not sure how break-proof your ‘bank’ is but you could at least get a decant of

    Histoires de Parfums 1740 (vintage preferably)
    A smoky leathery woods. A single spray gets me through the day and...
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    Re: Beene Bowling Green - Current Version

    Sold away my vintage. Found it too a little too spicy and not in a good way. Haven’t seen the current version to check if it’s any better. I’d be surprised if a retailer makes any $ at those...
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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.
  31. 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.
  34. 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?
  36. 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.
  38. 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...
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    Re: Fragrance related vanity license plate

    I H 8 F R 4 G

    :wink:
  40. 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...
  41. 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...
  42. 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...
  43. 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.
  45. 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:
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    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.
  48. 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...
  50. 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.
  53. 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.
  56. 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....
  58. 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.
  60. 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...
  64. 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.
  65. 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...
  67. 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),...
  68. 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...
  70. 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:
  74. 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.
  77. Thread: Animal

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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.
  78. 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...
  79. 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:
  81. 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...
  82. 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.
  85. 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
  87. 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:
  88. 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...
  89. 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...
  90. 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...
  91. 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...
  92. 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.
  96. 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...
  97. 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...
  98. 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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