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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Is that the vintage stuff ? If so, it must be one of the rarest of Slumberhouse things.

    I remember right when Josh got started, getting a sample of Brosse, and thinking it was close to...
  2. Re: Some of your GEM fragrance purchases in the last 6 months!?!

    A 50ml bottle of Borneo 1834 in it's original cellophane wrapper.
  3. Poll: Re: shrinkflation : the not so new consumer trend

    I live in a tiny house, so I'm fine with smaller bottles, but what about how folks have always said that the actual cost of the juice to the manufacturer is quite small ? If that's the case. it's...
  4. Re: Used Creed Irish Tweed for years. Need a second higher end cologne. Don't know where to start.

    If you like GIT, French Lover might be up your alley as well.
  5. Thread: Top 5

    by Birdboy48

    Re: Top 5

    Borneo 1834
    D.S. and Durga Isle Ryder
    Ambre 114
    Séville à l'Aube
    Safran Troublant
  6. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    A 50ml bottle of Borneo 1834, still in it's original cellophane. From overseas, so fingers crossed.
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    Re: Blind Buy Worthy Niche for Men

    Someone recommended Ambre Sultan as safe, and I suspect that most people might agree with that.

    It would also give you a rock to attach your understanding of amber fragrances to as well, and all...
  8. Re: Lolita Lempick L`Eau au Masculin & Au Masculin Intense EDP

    Yep, the original was quite the phenomenon in it's day, along with Bulgari Black. I'm surprised to hear that none of the Lempicka line is made anymore. Perhaps none of the masculines, as I see on...
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    Re: Emperor's new scent - an NYT take

    Thanks for taking the time to write this. I must admit I was at a loss when reading this article.

    Large amounts of money for nothing should be our latest desire ?

    It's hard to know what to...
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    Re: Millennials want barely there skin scents?

    "Scent once promoted societal conformity, hence none of us wear it. "

    Within this framework, the mindful contemporary fragrance-wearer has now become the non-conformist ?

    Given how little I...
  11. Re: What is the most unique fragrance in your collection?

    Bull's Blood certainly qualifies, if you mean a frag that's in my possession.

    If you mean the one I actually like, that would be Isle Ryder by DS and Durga.
  12. Re: Is Gucci Guilty Absolute really as good as the reviews ?

    Well, it's really hard to go wrong with Ambre Sultan. Getting your amber thing going is never a bad thing, and it's unlikely you'll ever regret buying it.

    If a person wants to go safe, that is.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    The oldest bottles were square-ish, and labeled by hand with a silver Shapie marker pen.
  14. "People who are easily disgusted by body odours are also drawn to authoritarian political leaders."

    Boy, here's an awfully strange fragrance-related study . From Stockholm University :
  15. Re: Do You Ask Others If They're Allergic to Fragrances?

    I went out with a woman who told me quite frankly that she'd appreciate it if I didn't wear cologne. Some worries she had about allergies.

    Which was funny because... Her job was selling a line of...
  16. Re: What is this fragrance that seems to be everywhere?

    If it seems popular, it's probably one of today's more popular fragrances. So I'm guessing Savage too.
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    Re: Some fragrances attract mosquitoes

    One could easily believe that mosquitoes are attracted to certain smells, but as I understand its primarily CO2 and body heat that they key in on.
  18. Re: NEW: L'Artisan Parfumeur - L'Eau de L'Artisan Eau de Cologne !

    Well right. The old labels where what one might call "spirited", and reflected some of the "fun" that I always think of when I think of L'Artisan.

    These new bottles are "serious" I suppose, and...
  19. Re: NEW: L'Artisan Parfumeur - L'Eau de L'Artisan Eau de Cologne !

    Interesting to see that it *doesn't * come in those dreary-looking new dark bottles.

    I wonder if someone finally came to their senses about that.
  20. Re: Help me find: Modern, Green, Masculine fragrance

    French Lover came to mind for me too. Too bad the Malles got so expensive though.
  21. Re: How to tell how much fragrance is left from an unknown decant bottle size

    If you have some kind of small kitchen measuring cup that's graduated in ml, you could fill it with water, dip your decant in to the level of the juice, and see how far the water rises ? That would...
  22. Re: Will Fragrances be More Expensive in the Future?

    It will be interesting to see how pricing proceeds.

    When prices started to rise steeply some years ago, my sense was it was a play to imply exclusivity. And an attempt to imply quality as well....
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    Re: What Bottle Have You Finished Lately?

    I never finish any I'm afraid, but my bottle of Lampblack is going down pretty quick.
  24. Re: How has your life changed since basenotes and fragrance experiences?

    It's only served to further confirm to my friends what an odd fellow I am.

    I was able to identify Andy Tauer by sight once though.
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    Re: NEW: Tauer Perfumes - Attar AT!

    Just wanted to reiterate what Andy says in his blurb - "Needs the skin's warmth to bloom".

    I got a drop of it on paper yesterday, and that's definitely not the way to get a feeling for this. ...
  26. Poll: Re: If a fragrance house were to offer one size, which would be your preference?

    30 ml is fine with me. Particularly with my tiny house !

    But yeah for the easier on the wallet part. I hate feeling like I'm being punished
    for not getting a larger bottle that I'll never...
  27. Re: Which fragrance makes you feel ultra confident?

    I rarely worry wearing Lampblack.
  28. Re: Winter Rotation Go To’s, Top Winter Fragrances

    Pretty much all of my amber perfumes. Winter is a great time for them.
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    Re: What's the most daring, animalic fragrance?

    The original iteration of Zoologist's Beaver is pretty skanky. To the point where they had to tone it down in Beaver 2016.

    I know what those mud-pats by the river smell like - the ones that...
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    Re: Zoologist Camel is in

    You're showing your age I suspect. ;)
  31. Re: Problematic Issues of Gender in Fragrance Industry/Community

    And then there's the part about the general public questioning the make up of any man who wears fragrance these days.

    Perhaps this is not an issue in some places, but I suspect it is where I live.
  32. Re: If You Had to Have A Signature Scent, What Would It Be?

    Isle Ryder by D.S.& Durga
  33. Re: The best/most complimented/popular amber for a newbie

    As a newcomer to Amber fragrances, I'm going to second what some of the others said. I'd recommend starting off with at least a sample of Ambre 114, or Ambre Precieux. These are both wonderful, and...
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    Re: NEW: Ghost Nose Parfums - Etherno!

    Whew, quite the introductory blurb alright !

    Saffron : I certainly like Saffron !
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I sure like Sana, but I doubt we'll ever see that again.
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    Re: Which fragrance says Outer Space to you?

    Breath of God comes to mind. And not just because of it's title.
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    Poll: Re: POLL: WHERE do you spray and why?

    I'm a back of the hand guy too.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Probably not a popular response, but my silver-Sharpy bottle of Sana is something I'll always treasure. It was way
    out of character with the rest of his releases at the time, but sure smells...
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    Re: NEW Twilly d'Hermes

    Had a *very* quick sniff of this at Nordstroms just a few days ago. It seemed pretty nice to me.
  40. Re: Trying first of 10 from Claire Vukcevic male designer list

    Black is apparently discontinued now, and no longer appears on their website.
  41. Re: Serge Lutens Discontinuing up to 10 Fragrances?

    Yep, I pretty much feel the same. From a practical standpoint the 50ml bottles were large enough for me, and I liked the idea that one could find them at a reasonable price. This whole "let's price...
  42. Re: "Powdery" Like what powder? Johnson's Baby Powder? Which seems to have been reformulated.

    While I agree with all of these conceptualizations, are't things like face powder and baby powder (which is now mostly cornstarch I think) scented with some sort of added fragrance ?

    Talcum powder...
  43. "Powdery" Like what powder? Johnson's Baby Powder? Which seems to have been reformulated.

    I suspect we all know what "powdery" means, but it was only recently that I stopped to wonder how the heck it was that I knew what "powdery" smelled like in the first place.

    My experience with...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    The original version of Grev was something alright. I think I wrote a review somewhere where I said that I thought it was what the bad guys in the Mad Max movies might wear when they wanted to get...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Oh brother, those original samples from when Josh first got started !! Some of them were a little scary alright. I've still got them somewhere, but I suspect they would seem more like an archeology...
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    Fragrance seen through the eyes of Autism.

    I thought this was a particularly interesting article :

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    Re: Your most esoteric, artisanal fragrance?

    Josh sent me a complimentary silver-sharpy bottle of "Sana" right when he was first starting out. It's truly wonderful stuff, but a one-off, and only came in those little square bottles I think ?
  48. Re: Imaginary Authors Short Story Collection ( Sampling Breakdown )

    That's a great looking sample set alright, but I could not help noticing that they've not included Bull's Blood.

    Probably for good reasons, as I have a big decant of it, and…well… it probably...
  49. Re: NEW: L'Artisan Parfumeur - Un Air de Bretagne!

    I haven't been paying proper attention recently, but am I right in thinking that this is their first new thing since being sold to Puig about a year ago ?
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    Re: How is Malle's Carnal Flowers?

    This is one of the few frags that makes me go "Yikes!" when I first spray it on, plus it's relentlessly floral.

    Great stuff, but the folks above who recommend testing first are not kidding.
  51. Re: Interesting article from the Guardian "Is There Such a Thing as a Masculine Scent?"

    ".. 66,000 participants were asked to rate hundreds of perfumes…"

    That's a pretty damn big study.

    I wonder how it came about, and who funded it ?
  52. Re: Serge Lutens Now in 100ml Sizes (Non-Eau Series)

    "Special" = Particularly expensive.

    It's an equation I'm getting tired of quickly.
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    Re: Fragrances that smell unique

    Isle Ryder. from the Hylands Series by DS and Durga
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    Re: Glass or Plastic decants, does it matter

    Just my two cents of course, but I tend to believe that evaporation frequently stems from issues within the spray mechanism itself. I've had glass decants that I felt were perfectly well sealed, as...
  55. Re: Anyone hear of Scent of Wealth by Platine DaVinci?

    Here's a tasteful short video I found, that was produced for this perfume's release :

    Just my...
  56. Re: Anyone hear of Scent of Wealth by Platine DaVinci?

    Interesting, and it will be interesting to see if it smells good too.

    The idea of a limited edition, where if they sold out at list price, they made 25 million dollars….I can see why it has the...
  57. Re: Victoria's Secret Bombshell - a (somewhat) effective insect repellent

    One does wonder how many sprays it would take to protect one's whole body, if 100% skin coverage is required, which is the case with most bug sprays ?

    Ten or even quite a few more, I would think.
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    Re: sophistication....?

    Personally, I feel that my knowledge of perfume qualifies as sophisticated, but as to what I like to actually wear, I would generally say that I prefer to wear things that are challenging or fun.
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    Re: Fragrance research project. Help Needed

    Here in the US, there are people who might not wear fragrance in public, as in some modern circles it's considered intrusive. So it might be interesting to see if people feel degrees of unease at...
  60. Re: Serge Lutens Discontinuing up to 10 Fragrances?

    Just read through this thread, and it certainly seems as though none of these decisions are being made by people who actually like fragrances.

    Which rarely results in a reassuring feeling for me....
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    Re: landscape perfume

    DS and Durga's 'Isle Ryder" does a good job of evoking a scrubby Celtic landscape for me.

    Not that I've ever been on a scrubby Celtic landscape, but hey.

    Quite distinctive stuff and I like...
  62. Re: NEW: L'Artisan Parfumeur - Histoire d'Orangers !

    I'm on the lookout for a good orange blossom fragrance, and perhaps this will be it ! :)
  63. Re: Will the 70s, 80s style of perfume application make a comeback?

    Trust me : Someone will come out with some set of information on the negative health effects of viewing other people's loudly-colored clothing, and then we'll be considered selfish and rude for...
  64. Poll: Re: Which is the best Zoologist Perfume in terms of Scent & performance?

    I've not tried the newest ones, but of the sample pack that they were selling when the line began, I found myself enjoying Beaver the most.

    Bat is "interesting" and gets point for that, but I was...
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    Re: The Weirder the Better 2017

    Room 237 is Breath of God Lite. I kind of like them both, but to my nose they are both closely related, smell wise.
  66. Re: How much does a fragrance enhance a person's "appeal?"

    I live in a very trendy town, where fragrance is apparently a no-no. So when I pass someone who's wearing it, I get a vibe that they have their own sense of themselves, and aren't particularly...
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    Re: William Fraysse is new Caron nose!

    To be fair, he may have been brought onboard to handle the IFRA reformulations. Not an enviable job for anyone I suspect.
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    Re: Getting into niche fragrances.

    These are two that I would suggest too.
  69. Re: Most people don't like perfume and/or cologne

    Everyone is all so "pure and natural" in the town I live in, that I suspect most people view the idea of wearing perfume as horrifying. One can go for weeks here and never smell anything on anyone....
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    Re: zoologist, anyone smelled this house?

    Bat does smell like wet limestone at some point. Interesting, but I'm not sure I'm in love with it.

    Rhinoceros is their heaviest fragrance. I need to haul out my sample and give it another try,...
  71. Re: If you had to wear only 1 perfume house for the rest of your life...

    These are the ones I was going to say too.
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    Re: Rose oil in Marrakech?

    Yeah Fez. That's the place alright.
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    Re: Rose oil in Marrakech?

    It's been a while since I was in Morocco, but the other big thing they had going there, along with rose oil, was a distillation of orange blossoms.

    So that's one other thing you might keep a look...
  74. Re: Is it possible that there is a fragrance industry "Bubble"?

    It's difficult for me to imagine that we're not in the midst of a bubble.

    When the folks here can't even begin to keep up with all of the new lines that are coming out, let alone the items...
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    Re: LVMH to purchase Maison Francis Kurkdjian?

    I just can't understand why people mistrust corporatization. It's been great for the world so far.
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    Re: For yourself or others?

    For myself, and at home a lot too.

    I live in a town where everyone is all "pure and natural" and where scents would generally not be welcome.

    Because of that, I do wear them out sometimes...
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    Re: Meet Andy Tauer

    My sister has a reservation to be there. :smiley:
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    Re: Creed for Kids?!?

    They'll be coming out with something for my goldfish soon, I hope.
  79. Re: Rubbing vs dabbing/marking How much "damage" to the scent?

    My sense is that rubbing just makes the alcohol evaporate faster, so the top notes pass by faster than they might otherwise.

    For myself, I just spray, and then "spread" , rather than actually...
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    Re: Fall is for Amber.

    I love Ambre Sultan, but 114 is the real straight-ahead stuff as far as I'm concerned.
  81. Re: New Study : Over one-third of Americans report health problems from fragranced products.

    "According to this theory, a two-step process occurs: (1) an initial salient exposure event(s) (for example, a one-time, intermittent, or continuous exposure to pesticides, solvents, or air...
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    Re: Amouage Suggestions

    You'll have to see what you think of Ciel. It's their summer thing, but I didn't think it was all that distinctive.

    Interlude is their beast - at least in the original formulation. Good stuff,...
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    Poll: Re: Favorite Niche Fragrance House? (Poll)

    Oh heck : When I step back and look at my actual collection, I gotta say Serge Lutens.
  84. Thread: T K Maxx

    by Birdboy48

    Re: T K Maxx

    Here in the US, you know that L' Artisan is having to clear their shelves of the old bottles too.

    But rather than showing up at TJ Maxx (our version of TK Maxx) they seem to be ending up on the...
  85. Re: Basenotes mentioned in NY Times article about animalic perfumes

    Although all the buzz was about Bat, in the sample set I got from Zoology, I felt that Beaver 2016 was the most interesting of the group.
  86. Re: New Study : Over one-third of Americans report health problems from fragranced products.

    Oh come now. How many published research studies require tens of thousands of subjects in order to be considered legitimate? Most researchers who conduct studies would kill to get a thousand. I...
  87. New Study : Over one-third of Americans report health problems from fragranced products.

    "Over 12% of the population experience health problems from the scent of laundry products vented outdoors, over 19% from being in a room cleaned with scented products, and over 23% from being near...
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    Re: Bedtime Scent

    I must admit : Often bedtime turns out to be the only time I wear scent during the day.

    Safran Troublant - That pretty much does it for me when it comes to sleep time.
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    Re: Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille - thoughts?

    Gosh, how the mighty have fallen !

    I'm sure I'm not alone in remembering what a "darling" it was here on BN when it first came out.
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    Re: DS & Durga NYC Sample Sale this Saturday

    Whew, it sounds like they are cleaning out the cupboards alright ! I too liked their original bottles, and a number of things from their line.

    I imagine they got a lot of attendance,...
  91. Re: A round-up of the fragrances at Pitti Fragrance 2016

    Great to hear that you had a good time there. And as far as "brief first impressions" go, I often pay more attention to those than I do when people spend hours working on their reviews. :-)
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    Re: NEW : Serge Lutens Baptême du Feu

    I'd hate to think their best days are past too. :sad:

    To be honest, when buying SL's, I've always made a point of going to E-bay and shopping for used "old-label" bottles out of fear for the...
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    Re: Amber Recommendation

    Ambre 114 is about as straight ahead as it gets.

    I love Kalemat too.

    Ambre Sultan is one of those "amber n' more" types of things and very hard to go wrong with.
  94. Re: NEW : Natura Fabularis - Six New Scents by L'Artisan Parfumeur!

    I've always been well-inclined to this line, so I really hope these turn out to be worthy.

    Since they sold out a while ago to one of the big mega frag outfit's, I have my worries though I must...
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    Re: Beloved Man!!!

    I've been going though a bunch of Amouage samples over the last week, and Beloved is certainly different than others from the line, so it confused me for a bit I'll admit.

    Once I reflected back on...
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    Re: New Amouage - Myths

    A friend of mine in a distant city works at a stand-alone perfume shop that's been selling Amouage forever. I got the chance to visit her recently, and she filled me up with factory samples of all...
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    Re: Beast Mode (Projection + Longevity)

    Same here - Not a lot of projection for me either, when compared with some of the other Lutens things. I've always wondered if I had a dud bottle, so it's good to hear that it's not a beast for...
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    Re: Beast Mode (Projection + Longevity)

    I once had a small sample of Montale Blue Amber that pretty much frightened me in this regard. It was early on in my frag-sniffing journey, and something I'll never forget.
  99. Re: I just bought the new Tom Ford Bois - Cant say im happy about it

    At 260 bottles, one is tempted to think that it may indeed be the old stuff that they found a stash of in their warehouse ? Somehow I can't picture a big outfit like this having some mad little...
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    Re: Arabian Oud Open on Broadway

    How about that ! I had to order Kalemat Amber from overseas last Christmas. I wonder if they'll be shipping orders from the US now ?

    Hopefully they'll have some success, despite their...
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