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  1. Poll: Re: Spicebomb Viktor&Rolf vs Invictus Paco Rabanne

    i've a crush on spicembomb, i love the pepper-y opening, and the smell sends me back to childhood and the smell of pencil erasers ... haha !
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    Re: Manly Gourmand??

    Great suggestions above.
    Valentino Uomo is Nice too imo.
  3. Re: What scents have you been the most surprised by people's reactions to - either positive or negat

    I was amazed to receive two strong compliments by some colleagues while wearing Norne, with something like "this one is so great and ... Spicy ! " :)
    Well it is a great scent indeed ... But...
  4. Re: Let's be frank: spring is time for frankincense.

    That was wonderfully written !
    On the not so expensive side I could advise you to check out :
    Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant, DS Durga Freetrapper, or Comme des garçons Black ...
    Good hunt !
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    Re: A good pine scent?

    Etat libre d'orange Eloge du traître is quite piney IMO, mixed with laurel too.
  6. Thread: Cerruti 1881

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    Re: Cerruti 1881

    Never smelled 1881, but recently bought the flanker "bella note", very fresh with a pepper-y side to it that i enjoy a lot.
    Quite original, and safe too.
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    Re: DS Durga - Debaser (2015)

    So curious about this one.
    This house makes brilliant juices so i am confident they will deliver something interesting.
    As surprising and unique as the music it's based upon...
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    Re: Frags with an ultimate GOTHIC vibe?

    Oriza Legrand : Relique d'amour

    Cold mossy Stone...
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    Re: Valentino Uomo 2015

    Oh I'll hunt for that ... Love the juice and the original bottle is already great.
    But this black bottle is a beauty.
    Thanks for the info
  10. Re: Looking for a "bad boy" rum and oceanic fragrance.

    [QUOTE=Poohdini;3322083]frapin speakeasy a/QUOTE]

    +1 For Speakeasy by Frapin, for the rum part. Not for the oceanic though.
  11. Re: By Kilian Straight to Heaven is a masterpiece!

    It is indeed !

    By Kilian's best offering IMO. It is a real gem for patchouli and smoky scents lovers.
  12. Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Maybe :
    Ds durga Mississippi medicine
    Pg coze
  13. Re: Which long-term fragrance are you still excited to wear?

    Chanel Egoïste
    Annick Goutal Sables
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    Re: Semi-blind bought AdP Oud, what to expect?

    Pretty strong stuff with wonderful drydown... Opening is a bit harsh, but then it's very nice. Quite classical and i think it can vary a lot upon skin chemistry.

    Someone mentioned Royal oud by...
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    Re: How is L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme?

    i just bought it (LIDGE) last week and only wore it twice. Got a great compliment btw :) .
    My first impressions are good, and i get some patchouli / hazelnut vibe... with quite "natural" notes. A...
  16. Re: IT'S FINALLY HERE!! My first Niche Bottle!! (pics)

    Got a mini of this one from the Jovoy boutique, it's a very nice one. Somehow it reminded me of égoiste.

    Congrats !
  17. Re: What fragrance truly deserves the moniker "Spicebomb"?

    +1 for CDG original

    and Parfumerie générale COZE
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    Re: Smelling fragrance is a skill.

    Yeah, man.
    "à fond !"
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    Re: A spooky, sensual forest perfume?

    + 1 for Norne, obviously.

    I'd check the Juniper Ridge line also, maybe more for the spooky side than the sensual one. :)
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    Re: Crowd pleasing woody fragrance.

    You could try Odin 07 Tanoke, didn't see it mentioned.
    CDG 2 man also.
    Memoirs of a trespasser by imaginary authors has some wood next to the vanilla, so why not.
    Slumberhouse Norne, on the...
  21. Re: If you can only get one kilian which one would you get and why?

    Straight to Heaven, is indeed heavenly. :)
  22. Re: Which Etat Libre d`Orange scent is the most conservative ?

    Fils de dieu
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    Re: Black Friday Fragrance Deals!

    Yes they did last year, and I got a bottle of jeke.
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    Re: Put me onto Killian

    Straight to heaven, is out of this world...
    Just unique and so "on the edge" of all it's components...between earthy patchouli, intoxicating smoke and rhum...it's a gem, IMO.

    I recently tried...
  25. Re: fragrances that you avoid spraying on your neck because it's too strong

    This exactly.
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    Re: Fragrance tied to memory of childhood?

    Oh yeah sure ! Many memories ...
    eau sauvage : my father,
    acqua di gio, montana : my best friends,
    eau d'orange verte : my grandmother,
    eau d'issey + cigarettes : my aunt

    spice bomb : fun...
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    Re: Bottega Veneta pour Homme

    Just blind bought a bottle and ... shall see what it's about !

    What surprises me is that, indeed, it has won the 2014 best men's fragrance by basenotes' readers, and yet here on BN, this frag...
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    Re: Pure Havane Vs. Pure Wood

    I own and like PH, with which I don't get any cherry vibe but more some honey and roasted coffe feel, added to the a*men DNA.
    PW was a no-go for me as its indeed sort of creamy wood wasn't at all...
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    Re: After sports fragrance

    I like to wear Spice Bomb after swimming, mostly because it's the only fragrance among my favorites that i found in a mini size (30ml) which is really handy to carry around :). And also because it...
  30. Re: Has Anyone Tried The Recent Releases From Lush ?

    Well, it seems Gorilla perfume volume 3 DEath, decay and renewal has not yet arrived in France, so no unfortunately...
    Affaire à suivre ;)
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    Re: Bottega Veneta pour Homme

    I've been advised to try it by my friend The Silver Fox, maybe some of you know he's fantastic perfume blog, and I 'm planning to do so asap.
    Will come back for impressions then.
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    Re: Patchouli Absolu

    I received the patchouli pack from luckyscent today, and quickly smelled this one.
    After the nice patch opening it turns into something a bit "soapy" and also has that same synthetic vibe i found...
  33. Re: Looking for an almond prominent scent that is not overly sweet

    i might be wrong here but i remember thinking of almond, in a very soft and nice way when i smelled F. Malle Dries Von Neuten . Not too sweet either.
  34. Re: Fragrance that smells like Thiouraye (Senegalese incense)

    Thank you for your feedback.

    right now i'll have a hard time describing it because i haven't smelled it in a while, and don't have any of it left (i think...).

    It comes in little sticky pieces...
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    Re: A smoother mellow patchouli ? Suggestions?

    I also ordered the sample pack but it has not yet arrived.
    I already know StH, which I really like but my wife already wears it :) ...
    I also like Karma from gorilla perfumes but it has also a...
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    Re: What is your favorite Musk fragrance?

    + 1
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    Re: Next fragrances you plan on purchasing?

    I'm on a green, dry, earthy mood :) so i'm using my samples and considering :
    CDG 2man (longevity seems an issue)
    Terre d'Hermès (have to grab a sample actually)
    French Lover (beautiful)
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    Re: Pure Coffee or Pure Wood???

    Neither one or the other for me.
    I was facing the same dilemma :) a few days ago, here :http://www.basenotes.net/threads/388687-Pure-Wood-vs-Pure-Coffee

    I finally smelled PW in Sephora and it...
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    Re: Best designer woody fragrances

    Odin 07 Tanoke is pretty woody IMO.

    (But maybe not designer ... :))
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    Re: Question For Mugler A*Men Pure Fans ?

    As far as i have checked here in Lyon, recently while looking for Pure Wood, it was pretty much depending upon the place... Beside A*men, some had Pure malt, and or/pure Havane, some pure shot .......
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    Re: Spicebomb vs. Dior Homme

    I only own Spicebomb and know DH by having smelled it on friends.
    I find DH to be a bit cloying, and wouldn't be tempted to wear it. And i like SB a lot, though clearly not in an objective way (if...
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    Re: Terre D'Hermes smells like piss?

    I just smelled it on my office co-worker, thought it was Declaration. He told me it was TdH. No piss at all ! But not either the souvenir of what i smelled on me when testing it. ... Strange. :)
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    Re: Will I like Serge Lutens Fille En Aiguilles?

    I own Norne and some samples of Fille en Aiguilles. It's been a while since i smelled the latter, but i've always liked it.
    I'd say FeA is more linear than Norne, but not that much more versatile....
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    Re: Looking for LICORICE!!

    +1 Dior Eau Noire
    +1 CdG Black
  45. Fragrance that smells like Thiouraye (Senegalese incense)

    Hi everyone,

    I remember this fantastic scent i first smelled on a friend... i asked her what perfume it was, but actually it was only the scent of the incense that was impregnated in her clothes....
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    Re: When / How do you reapply?

    I don't. The few times I did that I just regretted it. So no more.
    The scent has a "life" on the skin and let it be. It just doesn't feel the same as the first sprays of the day.
    For me it's like...
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    Re: Terre D'Hermes smells like piss?

    Either your skin chemistry just doesn't get along with this one or maybe you oversprayed a bit...
    Last time I wore it my wife told me it's a real smooth (doux) perfume.
  48. Re: Looking for something smokey for the cooler weather

    + 1 cdg Black, but maybe also Avignon, and Wonderwood
    and
    Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant
    Honoré des prés Chaman's party
    by Kilian Straight to Heaven

    My SO loves Mississipi Medicine too, a...
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    Re: Top Ten Designer Picks - with a few rules

    Can not reach ten as of now, but it's a great thread to go through the best of the "mainstream" (no disrespect) offerings.
    I have still a lot to try, and i am enjoying reading all your answers. ...
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    Re: New: Ferarri Vetiver Essence

    I am indeed interested by the list of notes here !
    Never tried any of the line but now i will look forward to.
    The packaging is not my cup of tea but, that would'nt be big of a deal if it smells...
  51. Re: Which house tells the most interesting story?

    Slumberhouse's odd poetry is quite beautiful imo, and the juices are up to it.
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    Re: Pure Wood vs. Pure Coffee

    Thanks guys.
    Since I really like the original as well as PH ...
    I'm still stuck. Haha !
  53. Re: Miller Harris Fumee Series - Which to pick?

    It's been a while since I've smelled them, moreover not on the same day, but I remember that la fumée ottoman was my favourite.
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    Pure Wood vs. Pure Coffee

    Hello fellow BN'ers,

    The french Mugler website is offering some discount for a few days (20 to 25% off), and i might pull the trigger on one or two A*men flanker(s)...
    I really dig A*men...
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    Re: Santa Maria Novella

    Patchouli for me and my wife loves their Musc
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    Re: Best sprayers?

    The sprayer on my bottle of speakeasy by Frapin is fantastic, and is one that stands out from the others. Very hard, and also very precise.
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    Re: She Made Me Buy Egoiste

    And she is right !
    Egoiste was the first perfume i bought back in the 90's based on the advice of a girlfriend. Not the SO but anyway, she was driven by goodwill :).

    The last time she (S.O.) had...
  58. Re: What's the most annoying, screechy, metallic(?), synthetic smelling frag you know of?

    Eau de frohliche #3 is like a silver sword to my nose. So ... Metallic , yes.
  59. Re: L'Artisan - which one to get first out of the following 4:

    Al Oudh is interesting indeed but on me it evolves like an old grandma's perfume.
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    Re: Smokey fragrance suggestions

    Chaman's party by Honoré des prés is very smoky. The drawback is its poor lasting power. :(

    I also was told that Burning Barbershop by DS & Durga could fit your description.
  61. Re: Guerlain L'Homme Ideal...pathetic generic trash.

    I have been litterally forced to smell it on a test strip by a salesperson in sephora. Didn't care for it at all.
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    Re: Whats your opinion on Mugler fragrances?

    I love A*men and it's the only one i own of the line, as of today. I'm still exploring the flankers before buying a FB, and yet haven't smelled MC.
    After a few smelling sessions it seems PH and PL...
  63. Re: L'Artisan vs Penhaligon's vs Comme des Garçons

    I don't prefer any of the three, but i do like just a few of their respective offerings.
    It would be CdG Black, l'Artisan Havana Vanille, and Penhaligon's Juniper sling.
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    Re: "Official" Mugler - Pure Wood reviews thread

    Too bad it's just on mugler.USA ... :( . Not available right now in France, I'm waiting for an customer service email about the date of availability.

    Just saying but the bottle doesn't look as...
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    Re: So I tried Aventus

    I tried it also a week ago, buy only on paper.(my arms were already full...)
    Well I thought It smells good and my wife too. So I'll test it on skin in a near future.
    What's funny is that the scent...
  66. Re: i hate amen, will i like pure malt/pure havane?

    Well, I love A*men, like PH et don't care about PM.
    If you turn that upside down, you might like PM ... ! :)
  67. Re: The World Cup Has Begun; What's a Good Fragrance to Wear at a Crowded Sports Bar or Pub?

    Well... It seems that's pretty much the opposite that happened !

    Here in France with the heat going on ... I guess the right scent is the one that is just going to evolve nicely on a sweaty skin...
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    Re: Spicebomb vs A* Men

    My vote goes to A*men.
    Spicebomb reminds me of the smell of a pencil eraser when I was a kid. Not a bad smell though, but the cocoa-patchouli combo has much more depth, power, presence to my nose.
    ...
  69. Re: Great Men's Fragrances that Feature Immortelle

    Sables is one of my all time favourite. Such a masterpiece.

    +1 for Eau Noire

    And "L'etre aimé" By Divine
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    Re: Pure havane is such a beast

    Just tried it for the first time yesterday, along with pure malt and the original (yeah never too late ;) !) well i was nicely surprised.
    I only tried Pure Havane on my wrist, cause on the paper it...
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    Poll: Re: How many bottles do you own?

    In a row ?

    Ok sorry I just couldn't help it. Kevin Smith's fans will get it. :)

    I'm between 20 and 30, just too lazy to check. I think I'll get rid of 2 or 3, and keep on exploring ...
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    Re: Colonia Leather by Acqua di Parma

    Sounds interesting, thanks ! I will be looking forward to smell that.
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    Re: straight to heaven

    Yes, it's a brilliant scent on her, this dark, smoky patchouli is stunning. For me it is a woman's scent now, but that's just because she discovered it before me ! :)

    And for the O.P., it's true...
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    Re: straight to heaven

    Strange indeed, it's one of my wife's signature scent and there is no pb smelling it at all. It's even a pretty powerful scent with sublime sillage...
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    Re: Etat Libre D'Orange test fest

    When I went to the shop in Paris, I couldn't have smelled more than 3 or 4 because of fatigue, So smelling The entire line in two rows... That must hurt ! :)
    I'm not a fan of the whole line but I...
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    Re: Sables - Annick Goutal

    Sad news. Glad I still have have a huge refill of the original. Such an amazing scent, my skin loves it, the dry down is beautiful.

    And actually, now that you raise that point, i knew that the...
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    Re: Fragrances with Cinnamon notes

    Comme des garçons Original
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    Re: What scent smells like jazz music?

    Frapin Speakeasy comes to my mind...
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    Re: Traveling to London and Paris!

    In paris you should go to the "nose" shop near "Etienne Marcel" subway station too. Great place where they have many houses. And there are a couple of little parfumeries in that area, which is very...
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    Re: Melon for the summer?

    Breath of god by gorilla perfumes has a nice melon vibe, followed by incense.
  81. Re: M’Eau Joe № 3 "Hollywood Whiskey Fragrance"

    M'eau Joe ! unisexy ! Ha !
    This smells like a big old joke !
    Quite expensive laugh though... :)
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    Re: Heavy metal cologne

    As a music lover in general and metal head when the mood is on (from pantera to the dillinger escape plan and from black Sabbath to the French brutal death band Benighted...and many more) I don't see...
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    Re: Question about Slumberhouse packaging

    They are cylindrical indeed, as for the atomiser... i'm not sure lol i'll have to check at home. I was not aware of the sans-cap issue :).
    Anyway, i guess that kind of little distorsions reflects...
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    Re: Question about Slumberhouse packaging

    Based on my experience no cap shoudln't be usual.
    I've bought two bottles including recently one extrait with the marbles inside, they both have a cap...

    But no box indeed, just a small velvet...
  85. Re: Which Is The Best Out Of These Tobacco Colognes?

    I don't know anything on our list (sorry), but i'd say Slumberhouse JEKE is truly fantastic and a must try for any tobacco lover.
    The discontinued Havana Vanille from l'artisan parfumeur is/was...
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    Re: Jovoy - Les Jeux sont Faits

    Another one i bought too quickly now that i think of it. I like the green/woody opening, but then it becomes its ambery drydownis a bit too sweet to my taste. In french i'd say "il m'écoeure", which...
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    Re: Eloge du traitre

    i'll give you my view on it, since i bought it in the ELO shop a bit too quickly after one sniff, based on the fact it reminded me smells of the "garrigue" in the south of France.
    But then, back...
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    Re: Égoïste - new bottle? Reform?

    The two bottles i own look exactly like this one and are splash too. Bought them quite some years ago though. ;)
  89. Re: Am after a Tobacco fragrance with Zero Sweetness

    JEKE is the best tobacco scent i know of.
    Although i would not say it's sweet, it shares with Norne a somehow "resinous" drydown (that i absolutely love) that i would describe as "round" but not...
  90. Thread: Eldo

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    Re: Eldo

    Fils de dieu stands out by far imo.
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    Re: Fahrenheit Absolute , thoughts ?

    I just went to a Dior comptoir and was confirmed by the salesperson that "absolute" is going to be discontinued. And replaced by the new "parfum".
    I smelled the 3 and my preference goes to absolute,...
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    Re: Coconut and cedar..

    Maybe Odin n°10 Roam

    Edit. Actually this one's more pepper and coconut. Wood is hidden between but maybe not cedar ...
    It is reaaaaally good though. :)
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    Poll: Re: Sahara Noir or Avignon?

    My vote goes to Avignon.
    IMO SN has a feminine vibe, esp. during drydown, something slightly sweet that doesn't suit my skin.
  94. Thread: Best leather?

    by A forest
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    Re: Best leather?

    From what i have smelled i'd say :
    + 1 on ELdO Tom of Finland and PdE Cuir Ottoman

    I recently smelled 3skin on Skin" by l'artisan that reaaally smelled like leather. Not for me, but pretty well...
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    Re: Eau de Fröhliche - Erik Kormann

    Really ? No one tried this ?

    Anyway... i bought it blind.

    Feedback would be appreciated though :).

    Thanks
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    Re: Perfume: story of a murderer

    Ha ! talking about the 13th note ...

    Have you guys tried that ? "La Treizième Note" by Parfum d'Interdits.

    http://www.fragrantica.com/news/La-Treizi-me-Note-Parfum-d-Interdits-4961.html
    ...
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    Re: Acqua di Parma. Colonial or Essenza

    + 1 on Colonia Intensa, and also on the wonderful Colonia Intensa Oud. (It also comes now in the leather-wrapped travel atomizer... so nice. :) )
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    Re: What are the 3 best GREEN fragrances?

    In my memory, premier figuier by l'artisan is very green. Sexual healing by mark Buxton starts with a green punch too.
    And +1 on FM French lover, though during it's drydown it evolves on my skin...
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    Re: Perfume: story of a murderer

    Great novel, a classic.
    The movie is a fairly nice adaptation (the end is... Well... Different.) with a nice casting indeed.
    I can totally rely on grenouille's "quête de l'absolu" through...
  100. Re: Best patchouli based, or single note fragrance?

    [B]karma[B] by gorilla perfumes is a cool one.
    Orange and patchouli, lavender and pine.
    I love it.
    Very strong and dynamic fragrance if that makes sense. :)
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