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  1. Re: Best "value for money" scents, which niche collectors wouldn't turn their noses up at

    Al Haramain Amber Oud = TF Tobacco Vanille (~$40; I still don't get the name they gave this, but understand they've "repackaged" it as Tobacco Edition.)
    Al Haramain Portfolio Floral Sculpture = FM...
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    Re: Your Best Deal

    Told this one several times, but here it is again. Back in 2010, while still living in Las Vegas, I visited Neiman Marcus (frequently!) and noticed they had a nearly full tester of Creed Vintage...
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    Re: Very good (cheap) OUD perfumes?

    Received mine yesterday. Very well done, but probably not for everyone as there are some similarities with the Tom Ford led Gucci Pour Homme which garnered a lot of praise back when it was released...
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    Re: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    Thanks, just ordered for $40 and change. You can use the code intense10 at intenseoud.com for 10% off. I've purchased the entire collection of higher-end fragrances under the Boruzz line of Rasasi...
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    Re: Body Kouros.. arrived

    Benzoin heavy fragrance with incense and the aforementioned eucalyptus. Had an original release bottle years ago (I think it came out in 1999/2000) and it smelled really good, but haven't smelled...
  6. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    Here's the info from the email. Again, this is from someone who travels overseas regularly and does business as a personal shopper.
  7. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    I received the info via e-mail; sorry, no link. I can take a screenshot later and post it.
  8. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    Caron is not in compliance with recent EU rules on raw materials an allergens.
  9. Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    Just a quick note I heard from a a personal


    ”Caron must stop selling many of its fragrances by 10/31; They will not be marking anything down, but clients are buying huge quantities. Stock...
  10. Poll: Re: Which Amouage has better sillage & longevity? Reflection vs Memoir vs Lyric

    Reflection Man for me, by a wide margin. Lyric hangs around, but it's softer and Memoir becomes less noticeable with every passing hour.
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    Re: Very good (cheap) OUD perfumes?

    https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.zq1DEcENkhVXEt-QJl3atgHaE6&pid=Api&P=0&w=281&h=187

    Along the lines of the original which I thought was always underrated, this is an edp version that is less...
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    Re: Costume National I

    Also released at the same time was "J." Top notes are mandarin orange, lime and neroli; middle notes are cherry blossom, orange blossom and rose; base notes are cashmere wood, rice, cedar and moss. ...
  13. Re: Laguna Homme by Salvador Dalí. An underrated gem.

    First time I've heard this comment in quite some time. It was occasionally discussed as being a hidden gem, but it's been probably 10+ years now.
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    Re: Al Haramain - Amber Oud (not gold)

    I don't think it has quite the richness of TF/TV, but longevity and projection seem to be pretty good so far. Overall, without smelling them side by side, it seems 90-95% there.
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    Re: Al Haramain - Amber Oud (not gold)

    So I just picked this up. I was skeptical from what I've read despite owning several Al Haramain fragrances (higher end attars and sprays), but all I can say is yes, this stuff is a legit TF/TV...
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    Re: Challenging fragrances

    Lorenzo Villoresi's Piper Nigrum comes to mind. Opening isn't much to write home about and very off-putting (at least for the original versions), but it become so much better. Tiziana Terenzi...
  17. Re: Tuscan Leather. Does it deserve the legendary status?

    No, I ended up selling it several years ago. Wish I still had it, but need to get my nose on the current formulation to see how it measures up.
  18. Re: Tuscan Leather. Does it deserve the legendary status?

    Bought an 8.4oz flacon when it first came out back in 2007/2008 and the raspberry note was prominent. I never really go the ashtray vibe some people describe; rather, it dried down to a buttery...
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    Re: Al Haramain - Amber Oud (not gold)

    This seller has more than 10 available for $69.99:
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    Re: Al Haramain - Amber Oud (not gold)

    Their Floral Sculpture is a very (VERY!) good version of Portrait of a Lady and can be found on eBay for $69.99. Highly recommended.
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    Poll: Re: Help me buy my 1st Amouage!

    I like Interlude best, but it can be pretty oppressive at times. Memoir is nice; I've grown to like it and have a bottle, but it's a little on the weaker side in terms of projection and longevity. ...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    I had a bottle of this when it originally came out and enjoyed it. I think you described it fairly accurate - heavy on the violet, perhaps a soft leather and a noticeable bright red berry in there...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    I read similarities with Portrait of a Lady and was intrigued. I have some of the POAL oil and just never felt like paying the price the bottle commands. Lo and behold, this is released and...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    I was wearing Tiziana Terenzi Orion a couple of weeks ago at work and a girl asked who's wearing cologne and said it smelled sooo good. I confessed and she remarked how not enough men do. As I...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Really enjoying this one for the second day in a row. It's the first fragrance that's "based" on another that actually makes me feel as though it checks all the boxes and I can do without making the...
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    Re: The Al Haramain Reference Thread!

    Not that part, but the brown leather-stitched piece with the name on it. Came completely unglued the third time I opened it.
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    Re: The Al Haramain Reference Thread!

    Received Oudh 36 Nuit and Floral Sculpture yesterday.

    36N is perplexing to me. I don't see much of a resemblance to Oud Ispahan whatsoever, granted I need to give it a full wearing. I get very...
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    Re: Latest Frederic Malle - Rose & Cuir!

    I'm curious just because it supposedly has no rose in it at all, rather an impression of rose that's never been done before.
  29. Re: Amouage: what do you think is the sleeper or under-rated of the line?

    I think Sunshine Man, because it's seems so polarizing. I think it just needs to be given a chance beyond initial impressions; it's a nice take on lavender with a modern twist. I quite like Beach...
  30. Re: Fragrances that Copy a Trend off an Original and is in your Opinion Better than the Original.

    Oudh Al Boruzz Rooh Al Assam Rasasi > Oud Ispahan, Dior
    Oudh Al Boruzz Abeer Malaysia Rasasi >>> Michael for Men, Michael Kors
    Portfolio Neroli Canvas Al Haramain > Neroli Portofino, Tom Ford ...
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    Re: Tom Ford - Tuscan Leather - Alternatives?

    For a different take and not a clone (actually, purportedly an early prototype of what was to become Tuscan Leather), try Daniel Josier's Green Leather. Same notes with, according to some, a green...
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    Re: Looking for a specific type of woody scent

    Amouage Epic Man. Dry: check. Crisp: there's a green myrtle note in this that is reminiscent of Tsar which gives it a fresh aspect (think of classic Italian citrus scents). Woody: Check, with oud,...
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    Re: cheap tobacco frags

    Lalique Hommage a L'Homme smells like the inside of a pack of cigarettes.

    Lanvin Avant Garde.
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    Re: The Al Haramain Reference Thread!

    I actually find Al Haramain - L'Aventure to be closer to the original version of Aventus than the current version, believe it or not. Sure, it has lemon instead of pineapple and doesn't quite check...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    I have the oil version. It's so strong, I keep the bottle on the dresser so it scents the space around it a good five feet or so.
  36. Re: Suggestions for sandalwood fragrance for summer

    Nice choice!
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    Re: Amouage Alert: Overture for man!

    Short summary on Fragrantica doesn't really say much, but has a nice photo.

    https://www.fragrantica.com/news/Amouage-Overture-Man-12508.html


    https://fimgs.net/himg/o.82028.jpg
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    Re: Dior Oud Ispahan - Age?

    I found it to be so, as is Rasasi Oudh Al Boruzz Rooh Al Assam which is perhaps a bit more masculine with a darker rose (it can be had in 1.7oz for maybe $125.00).
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    Re: Musk by Lorenzo Villoresi

    I had read comments that Piper Nigrum has changed since it came out (or at least when I used to rave about it here back in 2003/2004). I haven't had a bottle in ages, but do miss it and am...
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    Re: Musk by Lorenzo Villoresi

    Used to have it. Liked and enjoyed it when I did - very different "musk" approach.
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    Re: Modern Masculine Lavender Fragrance

    If you’re going to consider Caron Pour Un Homme, I would throw in the sport version, too. It’s pretty cheap now and dries down to the original for the most part, but feels more modern. Don’t let...
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    Re: Modern Masculine Lavender Fragrance

    You'll probably hate this one (many seem to), but Sunshine Man is, for me, the epitome of modern lavender. I'd also second A Taste of Heaven.
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    Re: Montale update please

    Patchouli Leaves is all about amber and patchouli, the emphasis, to my nose at least, on the amber with some vanilla and labdanum. I think it'll work in an office setting, just go easy on the...
  44. Thread: Purple Label

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    Re: Purple Label

    Thanks for the link!

    I did find a thread from back in 2014 discussing the similarities where I noted:

    "EDIT: ok, decided to spray each on separate hands and, strangely enough, for the first...
  45. Thread: Purple Label

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    Re: Purple Label

    Any link to share? I don't recall seeing this. I had Purple Label when it first came out, finished the bottle about two years or so ago. I recall the Bleecker Street comparison (I may have been...
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    Re: Dior Spice Blend

    Interesting. If I remember correctly, there was some talk about DHP going away, but more or less "replaced" or re-imaged. Wonder if this is the case. I got my bottle of DHP last summer for a...
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    Re: Who posted this?!

    Diamondflame, here: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/447702-Which-Fragrance-Are-You-Currently-Waiting-To-Be-Delivered-In-The-Mail/page59
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    Re: NEW: Perry Ellis - Perry Ellis (2018)!

    Or perhaps, Schrute For Him (though that may have just a wee bit more personality?).

    http://mgoblog.com/sites/mgoblog.com/files/Dwight-dwight-schrute-16214468-595-324.jpg
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    Re: Hot pepper fragrance from late 90s-early 00s

    Liz Clairborne Spark for men was launched in 2003 and made a big campaign about its being hot/spicy.

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/perfume/375x500.4202.jpg
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    Re: Underwhelmed by M7

    Did you read this in Mad Magazine or something? :P

    But seriously, I hated M7 when it first came out. Got samples by the dozen from Nordstrom. Then one day, I blind bough M7 Fresh and it...
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    Re: Seeking opinion about Tom Ford.

    Tom Ford Extreme is nice. I originally bought Black Orchid, but just didn't feel it (or like I could pull it off), took it back to Nordstrom (because they'll take anything, and I mean anything,...
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    Re: Is Amouage Interlude a safe blind buy?

    Do yourself a favor and go to Saks.com and purchase the Amouage Men's discovery set. It includes a 2ml of Interlude along with six others, (Lyric, Epic, Jubilation, Reflection, Bracken, Beach Hut)...
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    Re: Saks 15% off including beauty

    You are correct. This is what the e-mail said:

    *We will take 15% off your order when you enter promotional code 6592569086 at checkout on saks.com through 5/14/2019 at 11:59pm (ET). Not valid on...
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    Saks 15% off including beauty

    Code is 6592569086, good thru Tuesday, May 14th online only.
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    Re: New Preorder at Creed Store

    After watching the video, it's apparently called Aventwos. How appropriate!
  56. Re: Any New Tobacco Colonges That Are Similar To Michael Kors For Men 2001?

    It opens up with a burst of real oud so there's a small bit of barnyard at first, but it's gone within a few minutes. It definitely leans masculine; I think the entire Boruzz line is unisex, but...
  57. Re: Any New Tobacco Colonges That Are Similar To Michael Kors For Men 2001?

    Oudh Al Boruzz Abeer Malaysia by Rasasi is a well done, dressed up version that's 100x better/classier, imho, with real oud. Many of the same notes give it the same overall feel, but just done...
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    Re: Apart from Basenotes....

    I am slowly getting around to planning on a project (website) that could be quite significant, useful and there's a definite need for it. All I can say is it's about fragrances, but not about...
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    Poll: Re: Bois du Portugal or Divorce?

    Get a decant of both. ;)
  60. Google Express First Time Offer $30 off $100 Thru May 5

    Use code FIRSTSAVE30 to get $30 off $100 on health & beauty products on your first order. Max savings $30. Expires May 05 2019.
  61. Re: Frankincense / smokey / peppery scent that is mordern?

    +1. It's all about the pepper with frankincense in the base. Epic Man is good, too, even arguably better, but I don't get anywhere near the pepper. I don't feel it's quite as modern, either, since...
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    Re: Tom Ford lavender extreme

    Call me crazy, but I like Caron Pour Un Homme Sport as an updated version of the original. Very fresh, modern, and can be found at good prices now.
  63. Re: 2010's: Decade of Ambroxide. Who actually used it best?

    Without a doubt, hands down from Rasasi's expensive Boruzz line: Boruzz - Atheer Cambodia.

    Top Notes: Pink pepper, Saffron, Raspberry
    Heart Notes: Rose, Leather, Patchouli, Cambodian oud...
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    Re: Beach Hut Man vs. Bracken Man

    Beach Hut for me. Bracken is a patchouli-bomb on my skin. I like it, but don't love it based on my initial wearing. It seemed to be lacking in the performance category between the two, too.
  65. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    https://www.justfragrance.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Amouage-Beach-Hut.jpg

    Starting to get warm here. Needed something "beachy" since I'm nowhere near one, lol.
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    Re: Best rose fragrances for men?

    I may have missed it, but I haven't seen any reference to Lumiere Noir Pour Homme. I remember smelling it from a tester before they actually had the bottles arrive in Neiman Marcus/Las Vegas when it...
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    Re: Fragrancenet sales tax

    As a twice-former New Yorker, born and raised - they will tax you for any and everything, and then turn around and wonder why people are moving away in droves.
  68. Re: If I like these, what else could I like? Im wasting money on samples..

    Daniel Josier's Ambre Tabac.

    https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Daniel-Josier/Ambre-Tabac-29785.html
  69. Re: Who legitimately has the largest fragrance collection?

    Which Daniel Josier is that? Just curious; I have three - the older stock have that bottle cap, I believe, whereas the newer has a heavier, metallic with his signature engraved on it (my bottle of...
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    Re: Polo 50th anniversary edition.

    The anniversary date isn't making any sense. Polo Modern Reserve was released in 2008 as the 30th Anniversary Edition. Where did the other 9 years go?
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    Re: Ebay perfume sellers please read!

    Neutral feedback doesn't effect your overall 100% standing (or at least it hasn't to mine). I had someone leave me neutral rating several years ago and, to some extent, I can totally understand...
  72. Re: Money not a factor Tom Ford Tuscan leather or Rasasi La Yuqawam

    Tuscan Leather. For me the biggest and most noticeable difference is TL has a buttery/smooth leather note in its later stages that no other comparable scent has been able to capture.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    https://media.douglas-shop.com/891141/900_0/Amouage-Sunshine_Man.jpg
  74. Thread: Ebay 15% off

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    Re: Ebay 15% off

    I tried a sample when it first came out. Liked the vibe of it, different, but somebody's reference to those old candy cigarettes was spot on. It's out for delivery right now, so I know what I'll be...
  75. Thread: Ebay 15% off

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    Re: Ebay 15% off

    I picked up a bottle of Sunshine Man from them, as well.
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    Re: Floris Suggestions

    Still have some of my Santal from when it first launched. Still enjoy it. Had Cefiro EDP, which was a bit powdery/barbershop citrus that I liked. JF hits some familiar notes ala GIT without it...
  77. Re: Remember Cereus? Which one is/was your favorite? What happened to them?

    I don’t remember the number (which may have been part of the marketing problem), but it smelled like Terre d’Hermes. #7 perhaps?
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    Re: Amouage advice required

    Don't Stop Believing. Oh, my bad. Journey.
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    Re: arpege pour homme lanvin

    Take away the iris and I don't see much similarities (though it's not "lipstick-y" like Dior's). Arpege is powdery, sure, but orange/vanilla-centric in that those are the two notes that stand out,...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    From the Rasasi Boruzz line, Lamaat Musk Tabriz. This stuff is stunning. The entire Boruzz line of five fragrances (3 oud, 2 musks) is incredible, but I was a bit skeptical about this one when I...
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    Re: Non perfumista's views

    A co-worker once walked into my office and asked "What smells like Play-Doh?"

    I was wearing L'Artisan Ambre Extreme. Ouch.

    Another co-worker asked if I was wearing Curve or something of...
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    Re: Today I bought February 2019

    https://www.oriental-fragrance.com/1784-large_default/rasasi-boruzz-lamat-musk-tabriz.jpg

    Rasasi Boruzz Lamat Musk Tabriz, completing my Boruzz collection.

    Top Notes: Sicilian blood...
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    Re: Today I bought February 2019

    http://www.perfumemaster.org/images/fragrances/r/Rasasi/2015/Rasasi_BORUZZ_JAZEEBIYAT_MUSK_TABRIZ_U_001.JPG

    Rasasi Boruzz Jazeebiyat Musk Tabriz

    Top Notes: Lemon, Italian mandarin, Coconut,...
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    Re: Kilian suggestions?

    Intoxicated. I burned through a sample and it was on my list, but I got sidetracked by a bunch of others. It's still on the list... somewhere, lol.
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    Re: How To Get Started Selling Off Colognes?

    I personally try to avoid eBay if at all possible. Aside from whatever shipping charges you may (or may not, depending on how you structure your sale) eat, there's also eBays fees. If you try and...
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    Re: Rasasi Reference thread

    I received it today and will be wearing it tomorrow (actually, yesterday and today), though I did sample it. It's very much in the neighborhood of Dior Oud Ispahan, but closer to Diptyque Oud Palao....
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    Re: Rasasi Reference thread

    They are both very, very well done. I have another coming tomorrow, Oudh Al Boruzz Rooh Al Assam, which should have been here today.
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    Re: Today I bought February 2019

    Arabian Oud Kalemat which has been on my radar for some time; was just hoping I could find the oil version at a decent price.

    Top notes are blueberry and anise.
    middle notes are rosemary,...
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    Re: Today I bought February 2019

    Ordered and received this past week, Oudh Al Boruzz Asrar Indonesia from Rasasi.

    Top notes: Italian Bergamot, grapefruit and ginger.
    Heart: Italian orris, cedarwood, vetiver, Indonesian oudh. ...
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    Re: Rasasi: What have I missed?

    I don't bother with the lower price offerings that much, though I've owned a few, but if you're eschewing the entire line and avoiding the Boruzz offerings, you really, really don't know what you're...
  91. Re: Jeremy Fragrance: Is this the beginning of the end?

    I'm waiting the video where he starts jumping up and down on a couch via Tom Cruise... just so we can say Jeremy Fragrance jumped the couch.
  92. Re: Jeremy Fragrance: Is this the beginning of the end?

    Has he already come up with a name for his fragrance, because I've got a suggestion: Jeremy Fragrance: Pull My Finger.
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    Re: L' Artisan Parfumeur

    Used to own many, L'Eau Du Navigateur being a favorite. Mure et Musc Extreme, Passage D'Enfer, Vanilia, Dzing!, Amber Extreme (which I pretty much stopped wearing after someone asked "What smells...
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    Re: Police - How Do You Rate This Brand ?

    I love "Don't spray... Don't spray so... Don't spray so close to me."
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    Re: Rasasi Reference thread

    So I received this yesterday. Of the two I've purchased so far, they're both worth getting back-ups of at this price. Malaysia is another masterpiece. I may just go ahead and order the rest in the...
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    Re: Baldessarini Ambre Oud 2017.

    Youtube review popped up last week from Robes. He liked it very much.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL1NA6zEqW4
  97. Re: Tom Ford brings back 8 PBs including Amber Absolute

    The Bends was/is a great album, but sort of like the last rock record they'd make in many ways. OK Computer is just a milestone. They've had very good albums since, but the stuff has grown more...
  98. Re: Tom Ford brings back 8 PBs including Amber Absolute

    ;)

    Glad somebody caught that!
  99. Re: Tom Ford brings back 8 PBs including Amber Absolute

    I'm going to contact them and ask if I can pay with synthetic oud distilled from fake plastic trees.
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    Re: Most Overrated/ Underperforming Houses ?

    I've noted before that I tried their offerings when they first launched and found many of them to be repetitive of other scents. There's a tea one that reminded me of Bvlgari, another that reminded...
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