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    Re: Jovan Musk for Men

    That is a very good description. I love both Jovan Musk and Kiehl's, may have to try combining although I've always considered mixing frags to be pure blasphemy, ha ha.

    Lots of folks can't stand...
  2. Re: What fragrance do you think has the best sprayer?

    Guerlain L'Homme Ideal - Has the finest spray I've ever experienced. Feels like you're spraying silk.
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    Re: Severe evaporation driving me crazy!

    Birdboy, I had the exact thing happen to a decant of Kiton a couple summers ago. I imagine the temperature changed enough to expand the air in the bottle, and force most of the liquid out. I store my...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Wow, she even has a couple Michael Storer frags for sale. Michael's a Basenoter as well as member of the Yahoo (now on FB) Perfumemaking group. The seller's dad has/had quite a collection!
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    Re: Not getting anywhere

    Hi Tomolo, as Clare30 mentioned, I really think you need to do your blending with the materials diluted. In my opinion, it's much more difficult to work with the materials at full strength. Some of...
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    Re: Help! My samples keep dying

    I'm a bit of a sample/decant collector, and haven't experienced any of them losing potency. What I have seen is evaporation, mainly from plastic vials as cacio mentioned, but some glass containers as...
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    Re: What is your "Go To" scent??

    Kiehl's Original Musk. I can wear it any day unless we're having extremely hot and muggy weather. At that point I'll go with something like Chanel Allure Homme Sport.
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    Re: Histoires De Parfums - your favorites?

    1725 Casanova
    1828 Jules Verne
    Ambre 114
    These are my favourites, but Noir Patchouli and 1969 aren't far behind.
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    Re: Why there are so many "niche" brands?

    Perfectly summed up.
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    Re: Louis Appell formulas

    http://www.micellepress.co.uk/Fpcff1.html
  11. Re: have you ever worn essential oils as your perfume?

    Please don't use Tea Tree oil undiluted. I made that mistake, and ended up suffering a very painful reaction. My skin became extremely irritated, and felt like the worst sunburn you can imagine!
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    Re: IFF Secret Smell Collection

    Thank you, both. Nice reviews for sure. Even more tempted now. :-)
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    Re: IFF Secret Smell Collection

    I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on this. Would you say the fragrances are wearable? Or are they more of an education / demonstration tool?
  14. Re: Has anyone else got the book Le Livre Du Parfumeur?

    I've also had zero luck finding this book. Am also interested in any info about its availability.
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    Re: William Kaufmann Perfume Book

    Congratulations, it's a beautiful book indeed. Not expensive either, I picked up a clean used copy for under $20 USD on Amazon. :)
  16. Re: Question: do you think there's a such thing as a "bad" perfumer?

    You should check out the BBC Perfume documentary series on youtube. One of the episodes covers the brief process.
  17. Re: Jean-Paul Guerlain to release new fragrances under My Exclusive Collection

    Yeah, this had me scratching my head as well.
  18. Re: Haven't you worked out that not every perfume suits you?

    I also think your coworker just can't comprehend anyone having such a large collection. However, if she was insinuating that you sometimes 'stink', then this all becomes an issue of some of your...
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    Re: Oxidation reactions of alcohols

    Yeah, I love that site as well. Their book is a fun read too, even if it doesn't contain too much odor related content. Thanks for sharing!
  20. Thread: Damaged book

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    Re: Damaged book

    I've been trying to find a copy of this book for ages. It's a shame about the iffy quality, but I will be ordering a copy anyway. I'll just have to treat it with loving care. Thank you for putting an...
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    Re: The maximized wow-effect?

    Great points, Hegpetz. I've always felt there are many parallels between composing/producing music, and perfumery. I think it's no accident that Piesse classified and arranged odors on a musical...
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    Re: Fragrances your other half hates

    Anything with patchouli, she'll tell me I smell like dirty hippie armpit. :D
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    Re: The maximized wow-effect?

    I totally get what you're trying to say with your analogy to audio mastering. I think the wow effect has everything to do with how the composition is put together, and the skill of the perfumer. ...
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    Re: Le Male... Popeye?

    I like it, but think it'd look much better if it was done in black and white. I'm a huge Fleischer Studios fan, so I'm probably a bit biased.

    Looks like there's a Betty Boop version for women:...
  25. Poll: Re: Poll: what punishment for contravening a fragrance ban?

    Reward him with a $500 gift certificate for fragrancenet because it was all just a test to see who had the balls to fight for their frags.
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    Re: Other people's allergies

    Based on my personal experience, I would say that is a very accurate assessment.
  27. Re: Samples of perfume ingredients from my website

    That was a really fun article. I first heard about it on the Fragrance subreddit. Go check it out Basenoters!
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    Re: Rubbing alcohol is fine for making perfumes

    I agree! Use grape seed oil, or some other solvent if you can't find perfumers alcohol. That horrible smell may seemingly disappear quickly, but I guarantee it'll affect the rest of the composition,...
  29. Re: Youtube reviewers selling their beloved colognes

    My advice is not to pay YouTube reviews too much attention. You are now at the BEST place if you're looking for reviews.
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    Re: Can't smell musk

    Was the mix undiluted? If it was at full strength, try 5%, 1% or even less. Musks are heavy molecules, they need to be diluted in order to smell them off a blotter.
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    Re: So what is the true shelf life of fragrances?

    So true. Aroma chemicals have dates of expiration. Some have longer shelf lives than others, but eventually they'll change too. There's a thread over at the DIY forum about Hedione going bad.
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    Re: Other people's allergies

    The 'Fragrance Free Environment' signs just went up at my building this month. The general theory is that the complainer is not someone with allergies, just someone who doesn't like anything scented....
  33. Re: World Perfumery Congress - Miami (June 13-15)

    Won't be attending, but am looking forward to your tweets. :-)
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    Re: So what is the true shelf life of fragrances?

    OK, that's funny!

    Back to the original post. My own experience over the years has been that some fragrances seem to last indefinitely, while others eventually go bad even if kept in cool, dark...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    16 sample set on the way for me also. Quite excited to try them all out!
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Wonderful news! Thank you!
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    Re: Oud is the New Oakmoss

    As has already been mentioned, the 'Oud' being used in current releases is synthetic. Furthermore, it is a base consisting of various raw materials. I own small quantities of both the Firmenich and...
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    Poll: Re: Rate Escentric Molecules Molecule 01

    'Masterpiece' as a raw material. 'I'll Pass' as a perfume/composition. I don't understand why anyone would pay good money for Molecule 01 when they can buy the same thing from Perfumer's Apprentice...
  39. Re: Learning how to destill and make fragrances - Arab countries, India. Where to go?

    I don't think you necessarily need to move to those countries to learn how to distill. We're living in an age when there are many resources available electronically on just about anything. Having...
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    Re: How long does cologne last before it expires?

    I experienced this very thing recently with quite a few decants I'd set aside for quite a while (3+ years). After an initial spray or two, they were fine. Unfortunately I also had A few turn. These...
  41. Re: Any other veriant of Habit Rouge worth buying?

    I'm wearing Habit Rouge Eau de Toilette Légère today, it's pretty damned wonderful. A bit lighter and brighter than the original. Perfect for our warm Southern California weather.
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    Re: Fragrance evaporation?...

    A high number of my decants and samples suffered pretty bad evaporation. I was really upset because quite a few of them were expensive vintage decants. I'll never keep anything in plastic sprayers...
  43. Re: Phenylethyl Alcohol in Nasal Product (Flonase)

    Very interesting! I take Flonase for allergies, and assumed the PEA was there to mask the smell of the medicine.
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    Re: How do you guys get back on the horse?

    I can't speak for the OP, but I'm having to re-dilute after a hiatus because all my dilutions suffered evaporation. Everything got thrown off the 10% I had originally mixed. No more rubber droppers...
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    Re: DO NOT mention Ebay when shopping in a store.

    What ridiculous treatment. As someone mentioned, unless the laws have changed, what they did is illegal. I'm certain it falls under 'bait and switch', I'd file a complaint.
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    Re: What's going on with ebay?

    I'm betting a lot are fakes.
  47. Re: smelled a (few) Creed fragrance 4 the first time in my life... is it me or ... ?

    My three guesses: Calone, Ultrazur, or as dnc suggested, Dihydromyrcenol. Ultrazur in particular smells like metallic blood to me. I doubt there's real ambergris in any Creed, but if there is, it...
  48. Re: Further evidence proposed for vibrational smell theory

    Thanks, Julian. I recently picked up a copy of Turin's Folio Columns 2003-2014. That's my next read after The Secret of Scent. :-)
  49. Re: Further evidence proposed for vibrational smell theory

    Thanks for sharing. Great timing, I'm about 2/3 of the way through The Secret of Scent. ��
  50. Re: Can you REALLY tell the difference between vintage and recent formulations?

    Paco Rabanne, I've got a bottle of the vintage and a bottle of current formulation. Very easy to tell the difference between the two. Everything else I'm comparing by memory only. Antaeus and Kouros...
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    Re: Day 3 Grasse part I

    Yes, thank you for sharing! I am thoroughly enjoying your posts. Looking forward to the next one! :)
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    Re: this is a rich person's hobby

    As ridiculous as that may sound, it wouldn't surprise me one bit to hear someone actually suggest it be done.
  53. Re: A comment a friend made, about a friend she has.... WARNING (possible "bad taste" thread)

    I'm not buying it either. I used to work with a guy who didn't believe in using scented products, deodorant, laundry detergent (scented OR unscented), and the only thing that got him was the...
  54. Re: Heavenly Scents or Toxic Fumes – Are your Fragrances Healing or Killing You?

    Agreed, it's gone, ha ha.
  55. Re: Heavenly Scents or Toxic Fumes – Are your Fragrances Healing or Killing You?

    Deleted - Misread earlier post.
  56. Re: Shocking move by Guerlain/LVMH - closure of Monsieur Guerlain website

    Indeed! At least FB have come to their senses. I hope...
  57. Re: Shocking move by Guerlain/LVMH - closure of Monsieur Guerlain website

    His Facebook page appears to be back:

    https://www.facebook.com/monsieurguerlain/?fref=nf
  58. Re: Shocking move by Guerlain/LVMH - closure of Monsieur Guerlain website

    The more I read about what happened the clearer it becomes that in the end this is all about censorship. LVMH didn't like some of the things Monsieur Guerlain had to say, so they silenced him....
  59. Re: Shocking move by Guerlain/LVMH - closure of Monsieur Guerlain website

    I understand copyrights must be fiercely protected lest a precedent is set, but come on, LVMH could have shown a bit more class in handling the situation. Truly sad.
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    Re: Tips to maintain your substances

    I'll let those with more experience share their tips, but one thing I'd suggest you NOT do is store them in bottles with rubber dropper caps. All my 10% dilutions were ruined due to alcohol and/or...
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    Re: How many oils to start making perfumes?

    I agree, the Mandy Aftel book is good, just ignore the anti aroma chemical stance. Another good beginner's book is:
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  62. Re: New YouTube Series - Ask Dr. P - about the chemistry of essential oils

    Excellent news. Dr. P has some great videos already, I'm really looking forward to the new ones. Thanks for the 'heads up'!
  63. Re: Recommended Reading: Aftel/Tauer correspondence on Nathan Branch blog

    Excellent! Thanks for sharing!
  64. Re: Angel Men Pure Malt is in stock at Beautyencounter.com - $55.90!

    Damn! First time I see this thread, I got all excited for nothing. I'm in the group of those who discovered how awesome Pure Malt is AFTER it had been discontinued. :(
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    Re: BeautyEncounter

    I picked up a bottle of it too, they had the best price I could find anywhere. I buy from Beauty Encounter often, have always been very happy with the service and products.
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    Re: Name your best incense cologne.

    Three that I love:

    Armani Prive - Bois d'Encens.
    Comme de Garcons - Quarzazate
    Incense delle India - A mystery decant that was part of a lot on ebay. I haven't been able to find any info on...
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    Re: Mugler Cologne: Buy or NOT buy?

    As others have said, it's definitely not a vetiver frag. It's a great summer choice though: clean and fresh. I have no problems at all with longevity. I'm wearing it today as a matter of fact. :)
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    Re: Carlos Santana For Men

    I love this one, probably the only celebrity frag I enjoy. I don't subscribe to the 'age apropriate' view of fragrances, but it definitely does not smell like an 'old man' frag. It's light, citrusy,...
  69. Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur Bottle - Any information?

    I know nothing about bottle collecting, but that is one beautiful box/bottle set. It's in much better condition than the first one I saw on ebay.
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, Vol. 2

    Yeah, thanks Royal. Sounds interesting, but I didn't care much for Be Delicious. I'm sort of relieved, the Father's Day inventory at TJ Maxx has put quite a dent in my wallet this last week.
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, Vol. 2

    (Double Post)
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, Vol. 2

    Was near the local Maxx this morning so I decided to take a peek. Good thing I did, I scored one I've never seen there before, Cool Water Summer Fizz 4.2 oz. for $20. Looked it up on BN, read the...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, Vol. 2

    I grabbed the single bottle there. I haven't seen any others.
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, Vol. 2

    Picked up: Mugler Cologne 75 ml - $20; Perry Ellis Red 50 ml - $10; Perry Ellis White 100 ml $16; CK Be 100 ml -$25, at my local Maxx. There was also one bottle of Ice*Men, but I passed on it since I...
  75. Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur Bottle - Any information?

    Sorry, folks! I don't know why the link didn't show up. Fortunately the photos are still up.
    ...
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    Re: This is gonna sound ridiculous..

    I wouldn't worry about the alcohol. It's the number one ingredient in hair spray, and close to the top of the ingredient list in hair gel. I think it evaporates too quickly to do any damage. I also...
  77. Re: How many essential oils or aromachemicals do you have? Plus other nosy questions...

    1) About 70 natural ingredients (not just essential oils, but also absolutes, resins, etc.)
    2) About 200 aromachemicals.
    3) Hmmm, I lost track, lol. I think about 3 years.
    4) Somewhere between a...
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    Re: The rise and fall of Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

    Wow, that's a whole lot of TV to go through so quickly! Personally, I love it and can't imagine ever growing tired of it. I must say I only wear it during the cold months though.
  79. Mouchoir de Monsieur Bottle - Any information?

    Saw this go on ebay for $307, does anyone have information on it's age/rarity? I'm not a bottle collector, but I do love MdM, hence my curiosity.
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    Re: Which is the best "amber" perfume?

    Wow, only one mention of Montale's Blue Amber? 114 is my holy grail, but Blue Amber is a close second.
  81. Re: Help with Tonka beans - what to put them with, oil or alcohol?

    The anticoagulant is Coumadin, not coumarin. They are two different things.

    I think you'll have better luck making a tincture in alcohol. My guess is that oil won't dissolve all of the...
  82. Re: What Proportion? Bergamot, Ylang-Ylang, and Sandalwood

    Hi JonB,

    Have you tried Givco's Sandalwood base? It's of course not natural, but if you're looking for a good substitute it's great. It definitely smells more like Mysore Sandalwood than the...
  83. Re: What Proportion? Bergamot, Ylang-Ylang, and Sandalwood

    My advice is not to get too locked into percentages, and just experiment until you find what smells best and performs the way you want it to. Of course you have to keep in mind that some ingredients...
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    Re: Looking for an oceanic accord using naturals?

    Neither Creed is 100% natural, I think that's what the original poster is looking for.
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    Re: Ambergris and maturing in oil

    Doc, great job explaining the differences between amber, ambergris and fossilized amber resin. I wish it could be made a sticky since it's a topic that pops up time and time again. As others...
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    Re: WTF!!!! Molecule 01

    Pretty much! I diluted some pure ISO E Super and compared it to Molecule 01, they smelled exactly the same to me. I don't think anyone would ever know the difference.
  87. Re: Serge Lutens Exclusive Collector Set - Santal de Mysore & Féminité du Bois

    > Customer Service > Sample Request = Free sample of L'Eau Serge Lutens.
  88. Re: You Were Right - PDN New York DOES Smell Like BDP

    You're not alone, I feel the same way.
  89. Re: What is your opinion on the strength, sillage and projection of Montale Blue Amber ?

    Blue Amber is one of my faves. I usually apply two sprays to the neck/chest area and one light one to my forearm (that's for my own sniffing purposes, heh heh). I find that to be more than enough, my...
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    Re: Demeter : irresponsible marketing?

    Doc,

    That's some funny stuff. I'd completely forgotten about it, but I remember an old coworker used a Strawberry Cheesecake spritzer many years ago while trying to lose weight. I never tasted it,...
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    Re: Demeter : irresponsible marketing?

    +1!

    It's a stupid ad. What next? Support Obesity Awareness Month? 'Spray it...Don't Eat It!' Demeter has quite a few 'edible' type fragrances.
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    Re: Buying and Selling Ambergris

    This is where I bought 4 grams:

    http://www.ambergris.co.nz/

    You can see pics of what I received:

    http://joxer96.spaces.live.com/
  93. Thread: Ambergris

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    Re: Ambergris

    It's not whale vomit, it comes out the other end!
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    Re: Musc Ravageur on a 19 year old?

    Wear what you want. The whole 'age appropriate fragrance' thing is silly. I was wearing Kouros and Antaeus when I was 18 years old. There were no forums back then telling me it was 'wrong', so I just...
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    Re: Making a Pipe tobacco cologne

    +1

    I recently purchased immortelle absolute, and thought the same.
  96. Re: Kiehl's Original Musk EdT v Essential Oil roller applicator

    I own both, and this is my exact impression.
  97. Re: Are there any "sport" fragrances worth a damn?

    I was ready to hate Allure Homme Sport, but gotta say I kind of like it. It's not anything I reach for often, but it's a good choice if I'm going to be around people that are easily offended by...
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    Re: Smelling in Omaha

    You can also order small samples from places such as Eden Botanicals, Liberty Naturals and White Lotus Aromatics.
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    Re: Where to find quality Fruit essential oils?

    I agree. I would be very skeptical of 'extract of violet' costing so little. Not only that, strawberry, cherry, mango....all red flags. Unless they've truly come across a new miracle extraction...
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    Re: Amber tree resin oil

    Doesn't smell anything like ambergris. I've got a sample from Eden Botanicals, it's leathery/smokey. Here's a link to more information about true fossilized amber resin:
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