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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Does Basenotes allow gambling. Let’s get the pool going. What’s the over/under on there being bottles at all?
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    Far down into the base, Creation-E Femme reminds me of Cuir Garamante by MDCI.
  3. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    No problem, Tony!
  4. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    That’s part of the leather accord. Because the scent of leather heavily depends on how it’s processed, a gasoline/petrol note is often(but not always) part of the allure. It’s certainly a big part of...
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    I had a bit of a hard time with the feminine ones as I saved personal notes on all of them in the basenotes features and they all deleted. So here’s my second set of impressions, minus some of the...
  6. Re: L' Artisan - Mass discontinuation.

    Does anyone have the full list? I wore Dzing! Today and my lady is wearing Timbuktu in bed right now.

    Safran Troublant and Premier Figuer are old favs. Dzongkha is brilliant, so is Merchant...
  7. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Am I the only one that perked up and thought, “maybe you’ll sell me that Siberian Musk”?

    Edit: I am actually broke lol
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    Re: Elixir Attars Discussion Thread

    Seems like pricing is about on par with Sultan Pasha. Do they approach similar quality?
  9. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I believe the period indicates military time so 12.00 is noon. But it’s noon in LA so make the time zone adjustments.
  10. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Wow, that makes perfect sense. I HATED L’Huere. I think I’m very sensitive to the old crocodile. For what it’s worth, Sir Winston didn’t give me that same impression.
  11. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Sorry to hear that mike! I really enjoy Malik al Taif. Was almost regretting not getting another bottle before the site went down. On me it’s lemony rose, musk and a ton of oud. That’s it but I...
  12. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I will back up Jack Hunter on the cloth longevity. Last week, I did a full wearing of W&P and found it strangely modest, as far as projection. The weather turned warm then cold again in NY and when...
  13. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Very interesting and thank you for seeing through my computers oud autocorrect
  14. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Jk sent me a sample of crocodile with my order and MAN I HATED IT. I actually think it might be a thing that occasionally ruins a scent for me, if it isn't extremely small in dosing.\

    from my...
  15. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    Thanks Hednic... Will check it out!
  16. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    Well, I'll have to check out Platinum as I've never worn it! But Arbole Arbole I wore today and Lampblack is a favorite. So, good eye!
  17. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    I wore the original Egoiste, when I was a kid.
  18. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    110811

    I feel like me & Alf are gonna get the same pick.
  19. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Just got my bottle of Douleur! from Bogue. "Pain" indeed... Very strong. Had to put the entire box/bottle combo in a plastic bag or it's all I can smell, even through the closed cabinet with all my...
  20. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Can't wait to hear opinions on a full wearing, when it comes!
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    Re: NEW Zoologist: Civet

    IMO the only scary zoologist is HYRAX and I love that one too. Civet is actually lovely and tamely sweet.
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    Re: Your 3 Favorite Niche Houses

    Bogue
    Papillon
    Sultan Pasha

    or maybe

    Areej le Dore
    Rogue
    Dusita
  23. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Just popped in to rhapsodize about Oud Maximus. What an amazing experience this scent brings. I'm glad I have two bottles. Makes me want to sample Mysterious Oud again. Initially, I found them...
  24. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’m with you both. I would trade War and Peace for another bottle of Antiquity. To me it’s the be all scent of this collection. I really truly love it.

    As a huge fan of Sultan Pasha and Areej, I...
  25. Re: Is there a high quality expensive ingredient version of Old Spice someone else makes?

    I'm wearing Arbolè Arbolè by Hiram Green today and it's somehow reminding me of what I loved in my dad's Old Spice, when I was a kid. I'm not really sure what it is, note wise, but it's surely...
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    Same here! I also don't get much in the way of incense! Mostly the musky, musty powder. But I look forward to aging, and to my own senses catching up... isn't it funny how perception of a...
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    See, Jack Hunter? I knew your reviews of these would be great! You really captured something about War & Peace!
  28. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    In keeping with the w&L post above... I know Dmitry has recently put out a bunch of fragrances buuuut...

    If he dropped a powerhouse oud right now it would be sold out in a quick second.

    With...
  29. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I think this is a pretty fair assessment all in all. At this point, anyone who's on this thread or the facebook group is aware of the hype and conditions around Areej. True this one went faster...
  30. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    And I definitely see your point about Walimah... but I really want to try the attar still!
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    I’m not slighting Bortnikoff, here, woos&Leather—- I’m saying Russian Adam just cruised through his most successful launch yet. He’s killing it. If it’s not broke, don’t break it! I know it...
  32. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    ... because Walimah is still available.

    From his point of view, this is what this suggestion looks like:

    Hey Russian Adam—-

    You know that problem you’re having successfully selling out your...
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    Re: Best Male Oakmoss fragrance

    I never really looked at that! Thanks for continuing my education. Now to go through and look for deep base *oak moss* frags!
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    Interesting. War & Peace contains no oud, though, right? Wonder what is causing that impression?
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    Does anyone perceive War & Peace as hardcore animalic Leather?

    I’m curious as to the different takes on it. To me it reads as a very feminine powdery musk... almost a more natural but less...
  36. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    My favorite Areej now. I agree 100% — Koh-I-nor is my jam.

    Antiquity is wonderful. I almost skipped it and I’m glad I didn’t — even with the sparkly peach aldehydes, this is easily a more...
  37. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    That gif never fails to make me smile
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    He said, “So that’s why they call you ctBOOM”
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    To be fair, the mail man looked at me funny when he handed me the box — MUSKY!
  40. Re: Amouage Jubilation XXV or Amouage Reflection Man

    +1 for this. You can find decants for cheap. And you would def wear both as they are not compatible scents. They are certainly for very different Situations. If it was Bracken Man vs Reflection Man,...
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    Re: Which vetiver? Or both?

    I think, in my personal experience, researching cheaper alternatives can often spiral into buying 2 or 3 cheaper alternatives to figure out which one is close enough. By the third bottle, you spent...
  42. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    That’s it exactly diamondflame, I just see black juice and WAR. HAHA.
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    Ah yes I should have been more clear!
  44. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I think Kafkaesque is beloved because she has a very sensitive nose and picks up on slight variations AND IS ABLE TO EXPRESS HER THOUGHTS IN DETAIL. That being said, she’s very clear that she just...
  45. Re: Amouage Jubilation XXV or Amouage Reflection Man

    XXV for me. Been wearing Reflection Man a bit this week and it’s great(in this weather it’s a sweet spicy fresh thing that’s almost a middle eastern take on Le Male) but XXV is an all time love.
  46. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Very cool. I’ll look out for that next time I break it out for a couple sprays. I’ve primarily thought of Bonheur as a sunny, bright green floral, but the last time I wore it I was surprised by how...
  47. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    W&P wears incredibly lightly to my nose, in the early stages. Primarily a soft Musk, as others have mentioned. Then some discreet smoke, a bit of rose/iris pulls it all in. Then later that mineral...
  48. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I have Ambre Loup but have never noticed a similarity with Bonheur. Do you find it close?
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    Re: Bengale Rouge by Papillon Perfumery

    I find a trace of orris way down in the base which just gives a slight sharp edge to the deep amber base and keeps it somewhat more chic than being total comfort gourmand. It’s not entirely unlike...
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    Re: Bengale Rouge by Papillon Perfumery

    Yes! This impression of BR is so spot on! I like it quite a lot.
  51. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Meeting went great! Best smelling guy who won’t be drinking tonight. Lol
  52. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Without sampling with War & Peace or Antiquity, I just dove in with a full wearing of Antiquity (4 sprays) to go to a meeting.

    All I can say is WOW. I don’t see how anyone could smell this and...
  53. Re: A Niche snob looking for winter fragrances for everyday use

    On me, it’s the exact opposite. LDDM is a nice dry amber and Coeur gets to be SO SPICY, that it’s less versatile. Guess the body chemistry really does make a difference.
  54. Re: A Niche snob looking for winter fragrances for everyday use

    I’ve been meaning to try hendley as well
  55. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Direct from Areej-Le-Dore
  56. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Different concentrations are often sold and marketed differently as they do actually smell differently. Think EDC/EDP/Pure Parfum/Extrait
  57. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Well I just got my bottles. Never got shipping confirmation. So there you go.
  58. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    We made the same choices! Very excited to receive mine(though they don’t seem to have shipped yet).

    Your descriptions have me newly excited!
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    Agree with the xmas vibes by the way! Anticipation is fun!
  60. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I think Inverno Russo rarely gets talked about because no one has it! Well, a small number of people have it and of those that have it, many use it sparingly at most. Inverno Russo and Bonheur are...
  61. Re: Rogue Perfumery - Mousse Illuminee - Is there anything else?

    To go along with these suggestions(although maybe the furthest afield): what about Arbole Arbole from Hiram Green. Sweet, honeyed forest with a patchouli bass. V different from the rest but may...
  62. Re: Rogue Perfumery - Mousse Illuminee - Is there anything else?

    You may like Memoir Man from amouage
  63. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I too have been thinking about getting another bottle of Malik now that mine is almost done and winter is coming.

    Though part of me would rather beg for another Bonheur decant or just buy another...
  64. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    ON THE MUSK TIP:

    I always feel like Koh-I-Noor belongs with the classic ALD Musks. The musk BOOMS on my skin.
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    1. I love your wife’s attitude. Enjoy it!

    2. I recently wore OE2 and thought OH THIS IS AN AMBER. I like it much better now that I understand it’s like a sweet soft rosy amber — not at all the...
  66. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Ahhhhh Bonheur. I want to wear you so often and yet I have about 3ml left. :-(
  67. Re: Bogue (Luckyscent NYC Exclusive) “I Love YY”

    Good point. Someone in the store that smelled it after me said, “Lovely but not very New York.” As a New Yorker, I have to agree. But it IS wonderful.
  68. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    US buyer. Was on at 6AM New York time when they released. Bought two bottles. PayPal confirmation but nothing from ALD as to order status yet.
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    Re: What Oud/Mukhallat are you wearing today?

    Sultan Pasha’s Aurum D’angkhor

    I wish I had a 12ml bottle. I dump it on me every time I wore it.
  70. Re: A Niche snob looking for winter fragrances for everyday use

    LDDM
    Vanilla Flash by Tauer
    Musc Ravaguer (I have a 30ml which is around that price point)
    Shalimar
    M7 oud(not wearing it too much tbh)
    Anubis by Papillon is a real fav and in the $160 range. ...
  71. Re: Anybody buy Mancera Cedrat Boise in 2019?

    Where'd you get it?
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    Nesnas Qareen is my slight preference over Ma Nishtana as it has that very interesting "fire and ash" accord in amongst everything. I would've loved to try Haxan.
  73. Re: A Niche snob looking for winter fragrances for everyday use

    1740 is great for winter, IMO. Fahrenheit is classy/challenging and won't break the bank. Egoiste used to be my signature and fall is when it shines best.
  74. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Shoot I meant to add this to my order but got all hyped on Antiquity and forgot the attar.
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    Re: How many fragrances do you own?

    According to the wardrobe function on BN I've got 156 bottles and and additional 250 samples and decants. I think I'll try and pair it down once the year turns over. It's a bit more than my little...
  76. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    wood&leather how do your opinions square with early reviews like Kafkaesque... Is Antiquity a dark leather once the peach aldehyde wears off? Is War & Peace at all challenging or is it a cuddly...
  77. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    For all you musk lovers, have you ever gone the middle ground between deer musk and synthetics, like Bruno Acampora, Musc? It’s plant based musk as far as I can tell and it’s AMAZING. Like a majorly...
  78. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Wow, being that you and I often like similar frags in ALD/Bortnikoff, I’m now wondering if I bought the wrong two bottles.

    Also I’m extremely jealous of those who already received tracking. #...
  79. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Finally sampling Zemfira this morning. This was the one I almost blind bought. The first initial hit of rose is very nice. It almost has a carnation aspect. Then the pepper and wood comes up and...
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    Re: Tom Ford lavender extreme

    I did this on one wrist and Caron Pour Un Homme on the other. I really expected the TF to blow away the Caron at the price difference. Nope. Caron not only held its own but the lavender lasted...
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    I doubt RA would change up the sample structure. I mean, as of now, he releases a product and sells out in a weekend, driving the prestige and desirability of his brand through the roof. If he...
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    Re: Best Male Oakmoss fragrance

    I’ve never thought of it as either a chypre or a fougere... just an oak moss. Which is why this thread made me think of it. Do you know whether Manuel considers it a chypre or what?
  83. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I was thinking of how to word a response like this. The reason we all value Kafkaesque and her opinions is that she is one of the very few “critics” that has championed artists like Ensar, Russian...
  84. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    The last few go arounds have made me intrigued with Siberian Summer. Though I feel comfortable sampling first(500+ bottles, synthetic musks, lower demand). Im hoping it’s the new Baikal Gris: an...
  85. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Oh man I love Bengale Rouge.
  86. Re: Fougère Starter Pack of 8. Your picks?

    Rive Gauche
    Sartorial
    Or Black
    Issara
    1725
    Yohji Homme
    Sultan Pasha’s Fougere Noire(!!!)
    Azzaro Pour Homme

    Don’t kill me but I also like MDCI le Barbier de Tanger(I’m anosmic to the...
  87. Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    I love Chypre Siam and Mousse Illuminee. I’m dying to try this one.
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    Re: Best Male Oakmoss fragrance

    I thought I’d see more love for Mousse Illuminee
  89. Re: Houses you want to like but don’t - what’s on your list?

    Angela Ciampagna. I love Rosarium but all her other scents have at least one stage that bums me out.

    Menditterosa: I find Le Mat really compelling but somewhat unwearable. Ithaka is great and...
  90. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    When you receive the samples, many people will be receiving their full bottles. Almost certainly some of them won’t like it. I may not like mine! Those people will be looking to resell around then...
  91. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    My guess is he is trying to figure out how many are left. He probably has a few retailers that would balk at taking a partial range from the collection without at least a bottle or two of the most...
  92. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Wow, I’m glad those are the two I ordered. And hey, that brings up a good point. Adam doesn’t even need to sell 300(W&P)/400(Antiquity) to run out. I’m sure he sent some to his exclusive...
  93. Re: Bogue (Luckyscent NYC Exclusive) “I Love YY”

    Very good description. I would add that, on my skin at least, the ylang ylang that you describe so beautiful doesn’t last terribly long and the wonderful basenotes do strange, interesting things...
  94. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    300 Bottles. Heavy animalics. Great description, great bottle, great name. I’m not at all surprised that it’s running low. He sold over 400 sample sets, already. So the people like myself who don’t...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    Wow I love that we all have different SPA favs. Just goes to show how consistently brilliant he is.
  96. Re: Bogue (Luckyscent NYC Exclusive) “I Love YY”

    Although I do believe it’ll hit online in Nov before selling out. While I was there, one other person bought it. Store wasn’t totally packed or anything.
  97. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Just PayPal.
  98. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Definitely Jack.
  99. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Wish they had posted the samples when I bought my two bottles! Kind of a missed opportunity on RA’s part. Could’ve had at least ten more sales judging from this thread.
  100. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’ve got the two I want in my cart but I’d really love to sample the others!
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