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    I was so moved as well, Sparky. I will be...

    I was so moved as well, Sparky. I will be surprised if we are disappointed.

    Thank you Taha! It is so good to see your business doing so well. I see some intriguing oils on your site as well. ...
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    White Lotus stopped selling their attars for...

    White Lotus stopped selling their attars for awhile but they started up again recently. They are reputable also and I have had good luck with their oils. ...
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    John Steele is indeed well respected and he also...

    John Steele is indeed well respected and he also is very particular about which oils he carries. I haven't personally tried his Mitti Attar but I have purchased many other superb oils from John.
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    Occasionally it is easier to pick up the scent on...

    Occasionally it is easier to pick up the scent on clothes when you are fatigued.
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    Olfactory fatigue is a major bummer. Taking a...

    Olfactory fatigue is a major bummer. Taking a break is the only thing that works for me.

    Taha, I see you are as humble and generous as always. As Sparky says, "And as usual, Taha has mentioned...
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    I am wearing Taha's Bhavana this evening. I find...

    I am wearing Taha's Bhavana this evening. I find it very wearable and pleasant. Thanks Taha!
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    "Many wonderful scents are hiding behind aromatic...

    "Many wonderful scents are hiding behind aromatic walls of cheese and animal dung!"

    *giggles* So true, Mr. P!
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    I highly recommend the frankincense tears from...

    I highly recommend the frankincense tears from Magikal Mermade Arts also. The owner is a member of the natural perfumery yahoo group, Mr P.
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    "But I still have a full bottle of Jubilation...

    "But I still have a full bottle of Jubilation left! This Oud journey is making my whole fragrance collection redundant... Note to self: Don't try pure vetiver oil, or the rest of the collection will...
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    Interesting that oud may help with your ADD,...

    Interesting that oud may help with your ADD, dred. Sometimes my autistic son gets instantly 'upset' if I put on a harsh smelling oud. He likes Thaqeel though. He doesn't seem to have a problem if...
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    Thanks bluemoon and dred! I have been reading,...

    Thanks bluemoon and dred! I have been reading, but haven't been in the posting 'mood' I guess. '-)

    Along the lines of bluemoon's question, I remembered a seller on e Bay selling some L'Artisan...
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    "...and courtiers perfumed their letters...

    "...and courtiers perfumed their letters according to the mood they wanted to create while the letter was being read."

    Cool, bluemoon.
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    Here is one place, IndianBoyz... ...

    Here is one place, IndianBoyz...

    http://www.bestbottles.com/all_bottles/Perfume_vials_glass_bottles/small_decorative_gift_perfume_bottles_heart_%20shape_sun_moon_genie.php
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    Thanks Mr P!!!

    Thanks Mr P!!!
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    Bluemoon, your reviews are publish worthy poetry....

    Bluemoon, your reviews are publish worthy poetry. We are fortunate to be able to read them. Thank you for posting them here. We are honored. Peace!
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    ...Yes!

    ...Yes!
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    That is just sad, Mr P. :-(

    That is just sad, Mr P. :-(
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    Just anecdotal but one part lavender and one part...

    Just anecdotal but one part lavender and one part peppermint for migraines. If applying to skin dilute with jojoba or other carrier oil.
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    The ancient alchemy of cut and paste. '-)

    The ancient alchemy of cut and paste. '-)
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    Thanks Taha and Igor! Yes, I think Tribute...

    Thanks Taha and Igor!

    Yes, I think Tribute is my favorite Amouage Attar, though I haven't tried them all.
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    The latest White Lotus Aromatics newsletter says...

    The latest White Lotus Aromatics newsletter says that prices of sandalwood, frankincense, jasmine and a few others are going up due to low harvest this year. :-(
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    Has anyone tried adding any oud to Amouage...

    Has anyone tried adding any oud to Amouage Tribute?
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    Taha's Koh Kong smells pretty close to Thaqeel to...

    Taha's Koh Kong smells pretty close to Thaqeel to my nose. You DO smell wonderful, dred!
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    Mermade Magical Arts also has a new batch of...

    Mermade Magical Arts also has a new batch of Hojary Frankincense resin. I am not sure how it compares to the others though.
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    Nice, Taha!!!

    Nice, Taha!!!
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    I love those bottles! Nice collection, YouNight!

    I love those bottles! Nice collection, YouNight!
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    Here is Octavia's review on 1000 Fragrances blog...

    Here is Octavia's review on 1000 Fragrances blog for the Dior Leather Oud...

    http://1000fragrances.blogspot.com/2010/10/leather-oud-christian-dior-new.html

    Sounds good on paper anyway...
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    As with any oil, ambrette seed oil can vary in...

    As with any oil, ambrette seed oil can vary in quality. Please sample first.
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    Dior does oud? Thanks bluemoon.

    Dior does oud? Thanks bluemoon.
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    For anyone interested in adding a musk note to a...

    For anyone interested in adding a musk note to a blend using botanical oils, I highly recommend ambrette seed e/o. Just need a drop or two as it is potent stuff and gets stronger the longer it sits...
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    *giggles*

    *giggles*
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    Thanks all! Mr. P, was the 2003 WLA Caledonian...

    Thanks all!

    Mr. P, was the 2003 WLA Caledonian an absolute or a distilled oil?
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    bluemoon, to your nose, do the different vintages...

    bluemoon, to your nose, do the different vintages of your Tamil Nadu smell any different? Or more specifically, does your older vintage smell any smoother than the newer?

    How about to you, Mr P.?...
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    Has anyone tried any Sandalwood Absolute?

    Has anyone tried any Sandalwood Absolute?
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    Those are gorgeous, bluemoon!

    Those are gorgeous, bluemoon!
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    "I just got an email saying that from April 1,...

    "I just got an email saying that from April 1, 2011 medicinal plants and all preparations made from plants will be illegal in Europe."

    Oh yes, and they are pushing for this in the US as well. ...
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    "Sadly, all extractions of labdanum end up...

    "Sadly, all extractions of labdanum end up smelling like dung to my nose and my to my wife's. Oh well. "

    You say this as if it was a bad thing, Mr P. '-)
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    Not caught up yet, but wanted to express my joy...

    Not caught up yet, but wanted to express my joy over the lively discussion of various oils lately. Nature is awesome and has so many wonderful gifts to offer us. :-)

    Back to reading...
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    "Sometimes it feels like a moth spiraling around...

    "Sometimes it feels like a moth spiraling around a lightbulb - like i am fascinated and orbiting energetically, but without any clue as to what is going on. "

    While being a beautifully poetic...
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    Good question, Mr P. Even fractionated coconut...

    Good question, Mr P. Even fractionated coconut oil dissolves in alcohol....as I am sure you already know.
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    I too prefer to keep my ouds, and all my oils for...

    I too prefer to keep my ouds, and all my oils for that matter, in the dark in the most practical, air tight bottles or vials available. I am a lover of ornate and beautiful things. I make beaded...
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    My advice regarding the end of good sandalwood is...

    My advice regarding the end of good sandalwood is to purchase some Sri Lanka or Tamil Nuda sandalwood and then stash it away for a few years. It really does improve with age. It may not be as good...
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    Yes, good luck abubakr!

    Yes, good luck abubakr!
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    "Could it be that an important difference between...

    "Could it be that an important difference between a plantation agarwood infection and one found in a pristine rainforest is that the key insect / insects or other organisms (?) which produced the...
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    I agree with bluemoon, Mr P. Your musings are...

    I agree with bluemoon, Mr P. Your musings are more than welcome.
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    In my humble opinion, peanut butter and jelly is...

    In my humble opinion, peanut butter and jelly is a perfectly divine harmonious cliche.
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    From White Lotus Aromatics Newsletter - ...

    From White Lotus Aromatics Newsletter -

    "Spikenard is one of the most common ingredients in ancient Japanese incense recipes. One of the most famous is the Plum Blossom formula:

    Aloeswood 4...
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    "I'm afraid to go in the other room or my wife...

    "I'm afraid to go in the other room or my wife will start checking my daughter's diapers."

    *giggles*
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    Spikenard blends wonderfully with rose. One of...

    Spikenard blends wonderfully with rose. One of my all time favorites blends is Petitgrain, Spikenard and Rose. Not necessarily to wear as a perfume, but to sniff straight out of the bottle. That...
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    Thank you, Al-Khidr.

    Thank you, Al-Khidr.
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    I agree, abubakr.

    I agree, abubakr.
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    As magical as oud is, it is still just a material...

    As magical as oud is, it is still just a material object, in my opinion. I would rather buy a less than perfect, yet still wonderful oud from someone who demonstrates integrity than to compromise my...
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    Thank you, abubakr.

    Thank you, abubakr.
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    What type of oud chips did you use, abubakr? Or...

    What type of oud chips did you use, abubakr? Or should I ask what type of oud oil do you recommend using to approximate your scent in an oil blend? I seriously want to try blending it. Thanks so...
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    giggles, Mr P. abubakr, do you smell of roses,...

    giggles, Mr P.

    abubakr, do you smell of roses, orange flower, ambergris, frankincense and oud? Those notes would make a wonderful blend.
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    You are going to smell good, abubakr!

    You are going to smell good, abubakr!
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    You're welcome and I am sorry, abzr88.

    You're welcome and I am sorry, abzr88.
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    I get a little lanolin from Hindi Super...

    I get a little lanolin from Hindi Super (Enfleurage), come to think of it...in a good way. I used to spin my own yarn from wool that still had its natural lanolin. That's what Hindi Super reminds...
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    I have never heard of 'Bag Balm' either, Taha. ...

    I have never heard of 'Bag Balm' either, Taha. Unless she is referring to the stuff that is rubbed on leather to soften or condition it. I haven't smelled that in years though. I am thinking she...
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    Unfortunately, in my experience, the 'cheaper'...

    Unfortunately, in my experience, the 'cheaper' oud oils do not smell anything like the more expensive ouds, so they will not give you an idea if you want to invest further. Better to buy a few...
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    acer, I am not sure if this translates to...

    acer, I am not sure if this translates to ambergris/sandalwood and I have never tried adding ambergris (other than oil) to sandalwood, but when I want a fast cup of tea, I throw in two bags instead...
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    If I were you, Bandi, I would put some of your...

    If I were you, Bandi, I would put some of your blend in a smaller bottle or vial and try adding some rose to it, which may help mask the top notes, as rose would be the top note in such a blend. ...
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    Re: Agarwood (oud) oil!

    Bella, there has been much discussion about this company on the oud group, 'Oudh Ud Aoud <3 erz'. We are currently using the thread titled 'Agarwood oil thread' on that group, but the earlier...
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    Yes, same with people...too perfect, too boring....

    Yes, same with people...too perfect, too boring. '-)
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    Costus root is known to smell like dog's fur, so...

    Costus root is known to smell like dog's fur, so why not cat's fur? Perhaps those ouds share molecular similarities with Costus Root?

    BTW, if you ever work with Costus Root, a little goes a long...
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    How exciting...and synchronistic, Taha! ...

    How exciting...and synchronistic, Taha! Prosperity blessings! : )
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    I love life's little synchronicities, dred! ...

    I love life's little synchronicities, dred!

    Indian Spice being another divine oud, which I know you love too. How has your skin been tolerating oud lately? Have you been staying away from...
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    Nice review, Manuel! Sounds wonderful!

    Nice review, Manuel! Sounds wonderful!
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    The tarragon absolute is less fleeting and a...

    The tarragon absolute is less fleeting and a little less herbaceous than tarragon essential oil. Not sure how it compares to the herb itself, as I rarely use it in cooking...though that may change...
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    Thanks for the caramelized anise note...

    Thanks for the caramelized anise note observation, Manuel. I have been wondering what to blend with some Tarragon Absolute and I think I just may try blending a bit of Hindi Super with it.
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    Thank you all for bringing the oud thread back up...

    Thank you all for bringing the oud thread back up to its previous quality. The discussion these days is both informative and entertaining. There is hope for the oud thread, after all.

    I agree,...
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    *giggles*

    *giggles*
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    Interesting YouNight. I would give it a few days...

    Interesting YouNight. I would give it a few days to really blend the ambergris with the BJ before you try it on your skin again...that is if you have any left. It takes at least 24 hours for things...
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    Chocolate covered raisins. :-)

    Chocolate covered raisins. :-)
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    Nice Abubakr! As someone who loves just about...

    Nice Abubakr! As someone who loves just about every rose I come across, I can only imagine. :-)
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    Well they said the same thing about sandalwood...

    Well they said the same thing about sandalwood but the sandalwood coming out of Sri Lanka is pretty close to being as good as Mysore, in my humble opinion. I believe in Hope and will put faith in...
  77. Here is another article about the Safe Cosmetics...

    Here is another article about the Safe Cosmetics Act that may affect any perfume lover in the US...

    http://roberttisserand.com/2010/08/the-safe-cosmetics-act-2010/

    Please consider writing your...
  78. oops, double post... Healing blessings to all!

    oops, double post...

    Healing blessings to all!
  79. Here is a link to an article about perfumer Abdes...

    Here is a link to an article about perfumer Abdes Salaam that might interest some of you...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/t-magazine/22face-scent-t.html?_r=1

    I own and love his Mecca...
  80. Interesting Al-Khidr, could it be that the...

    Interesting Al-Khidr, could it be that the cinnamon being a strong oil didn't have as much competition, so to speak, as your nose may have been less able to smell the less tenacious scents blended...
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    Oh good, Mr P. I didn't want to put words in...

    Oh good, Mr P. I didn't want to put words in your mouth.
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    Thanks bluemoon!

    Thanks bluemoon!
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    Your educated guess makes sense, Mr P.

    Your educated guess makes sense, Mr P.
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    Correct me if I am wrong, but part of what I...

    Correct me if I am wrong, but part of what I believe Mr P is saying is that as the oil evaporates on your skin it, in essence it changes dilution, going from a strong dilution and moving toward a...
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    Thank you for the fascinating discussion,...

    Thank you for the fascinating discussion, bluemoon and Al-Khidr.
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    While I enjoy wearing Koh Kong alone, today I am...

    While I enjoy wearing Koh Kong alone, today I am thoroughly enjoying a blend of Koh Kong, rose, sandalwood and ambergris. I was inspired by Amouage Molook when making this blend.
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    Nice review, Manuel!

    Nice review, Manuel!
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    Welcome YouNight! I have been enjoying the...

    Welcome YouNight!

    I have been enjoying the renewed discussion also.
  89. I love Tribute also.

    I love Tribute also.
  90. Rose and tobacco go well together, Manuel. ...

    Rose and tobacco go well together, Manuel. Amouage's Tribute features both notes beautifully. I have played with these notes myself and they play well together. Good luck!

    Tribute Attar Notes...
  91. Here are the notes listed for Homage...Rose...

    Here are the notes listed for Homage...Rose Taifi, Silver Oud, Silver Frankincense, Jasmine, Amber, Citrus, Sandalwood.

    It doesn't specifiy which citrus, but bergamot would be my guess also and is...
  92. Yes, Taha, the citrus note in Homage could very...

    Yes, Taha, the citrus note in Homage could very well be bergamot. Have a happy wedding day on the 30th!
  93. Re: 8 New AMOUAGE ATTARS Coming To Parfums Raffy!!!

    "It puzzled me to no end why they would charge so much for Al Khaloud when it's just an anemic blend of different oud oils without its own character, to my nose anyway. And "pure oud oil" it isn't,...
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    Good call, Manuel! Try it without the Misk,...

    Good call, Manuel! Try it without the Misk, dred. Koh Kong is wonderful on its own.
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    Yes, dred, you absolutely can develop an allergy...

    Yes, dred, you absolutely can develop an allergy after having no problems previously. I would try laying (no pun intended) off the Cambodians for a while. I know this sounds cruel, but maybe even...
  96. No, do not boil. Maybe you will have to wait...

    No, do not boil. Maybe you will have to wait until next year...which as you get older comes around sooner than you think. '-)

    Look up enfleurage techniques online. There are some natural...
  97. My pleasure Taha! You have certainly blessed me...

    My pleasure Taha! You have certainly blessed me with many beautiful oils. Happy wedding!
  98. You can also use other types of oil or shea...

    You can also use other types of oil or shea butter with this method. I would love to try it with jojoba oil and roses from my garden.
  99. Taha, if you have lilies in your yard, you could...

    Taha, if you have lilies in your yard, you could try soaking some flowers in olive oil, then every few days take out the flowers and add more fresh flowers to the oil until the oil takes on the scent...
  100. Do not know of any lily oil, but Enfluerage has...

    Do not know of any lily oil, but Enfluerage has an Iris tincture. I would love to get some Orris Butter someday. Orris is the root of the Iris plant which is used as a fixative and it really what...
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