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    Serge Lutens : Ambre Sultan


    "What is Amber?

    The term amber generally refers to either Baltic amber or to fragrant amber resin. Baltic amber is fossilized tree resin and is used primarily in jewelry. Although it is often called "Baltic" amber it actually is found in many parts of the world. It is found in colors ranging from pale yellow to reddish, brown and green. Although it is not thought of as being fragrant, it is! In order to experience its balsamic aroma, take a piece of pure amber (not reconstituted) and shave off small pieces with a knife. This will release a faint aroma. Next take some small pieces and place them on a lit piece of charcoal. The resin will burn and release the fragrant smoke. Be sure not to burn reconstituted amber, which contains plastic polymers or synthetic resins.





    The fragrant amber, such as Eden Botanicals' Amber Essence (Amber Essence is our trade name for our exclusive amber resin), is a semi-solid mass of tree resins or gums mixed with essential oils, bees wax and fragrant plant powders. Amber resin is not simply a resin that is tapped from a mysterious tree growing somewhere in the Himalayas! If it were there would be a pure amber essential oil, an amber absolute, or an amber co2 extract. Amber resin is always a blend of different ingredients from many different sources. Every manufacturer of amber, or amber oil uses a different blend of ingredients, hence the consistency and aroma varies considerably. Each amber resin maker uses his or her own, unique and secret formula.

    The color of amber resin depends on the ingredients used to make it. Colors range from golden (called honey amber) to reddish, brown and near black. The consistency also varies from very soft to quite hard. Some ambers are waxier, while others contain more crystals. But perhaps it is the aroma that we are most interested in, and this varies greatly as well. There are sweet, floral ambers, and woody, musky ambers. There are also the animal ambers, meaning those which actually include animal scents or synthetic variants. Please click here to purchase Eden Botanicals Amber Essence or our Premium Dark Amber.

    At this point one may question, why is amber resin called amber. We believe it is because amber resins are attempting to imitate the scent of ambergris. Ambergris means gray (gris) amber. Ambergris is a gray, black or whitish colored substance that was originally collected from the surface of the ocean by fishermen or from pieces that have washed ashore. It is thought by many to be one of the most sensuous fragrances known, and has been used in perfumery for a long time. The ambergris comes from the sperm whale, which excretes the substance from its intestinal system. For the whale, it is a substance that helps to sooth the intestines after eating cuttlefish. Because ambergris has also been collected from sperm whales that have been intentionally killed, we do not use it in any of our products. Neither do we use synthetic ambergris. True ambergris is a very rare substance."



    "Manufacturing Process for Amber Resin

    Amber resin is manufactured primarily in India, where it was created as an Ayurvedic formula for stress reduction. (Amber resins are also manufactured in the Middle East.) In India it is called amber dhoop and is sometimes burned in shrines or applied to the forehead for its calming and meditative qualities. As we mentioned, each amber maker uses a different (and highly guarded) formula and method of manufacture. For this reason we can not give you a recipe or an exact ingredient list. However, there are some basic ingredients that are commonly used. These include a resinous base of Styrax tree resin (commonly called benzoin) from the benzoin tree (Styrax benzion or Styrax tokinensis [which is the more fragrant and finer variety]).

    It is probable that the styrax resin is refined prior to making the amber. We say this because amber is less sticky than raw styrax resin and contains a greater quantity of crystals (styrax resin contains a high concentration of vanillin crystals). In addition to tree resin, bees wax is often added in the base to keep the resulting amber from crumbling. We have seen some ambers with few crystals and lots of wax, and visa versa.

    We have also come across several references to storax gum sometimes called sweetgum, or Levant styrax being used in amber resin. It is a resin obtained from the liquidambar tree (Liquidambar orientalis), which is native to Asia Minor. It is an ancient incense substance which was used in the Middle East. However, after sampling different varieties of storax gum, we feel that it is unlikely that this gum is used in amber resin. The samples that we have obtained all have a rather unpleasant chemical aroma. However, when the storax gum is subsequently steam distilled, an essential oil is produced. The essential oil is typically called styrax (or liquidambar) and has a sweeter, more refined, and more amber-like aroma. This oil can be benificially used in amber oil recipes.

    Please note that styrax is both a common name used for liquidambar and also the botanical name for benzoin mentioned above. Although confusing, the name styrax is used for both benzoin and liquidambar.

    To the resin and wax base, the amber maker adds essential oils or fragrance oils or ambergris. The types of oils used will determine the final scent of the product. Fragrant plant powders such as sandalwood powder are also added to some ambers. The types of oils typically added include sandalwood and patchouli. Almost any other oils may be added to get the desired scent. A spicy amber may have cinnamon, cardamom or ginger added. A sweet flowery amber may have geranium, rose or a hint of ylang ylang added. Other oils that may be used in certain ambers include: vetiver (khus), spikenard (jatamansi), frankincense, myrrh, cedarwood, vanilla, ambrette musk, etc."


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    Vetiver Tonka - Hermes

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    quite addictive KOBE from Shooting Stars Collection by Xerjoff
    Vetiver The Great!!!

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    Vetyver
    by Lanvin

    Top notes: Juniper, Lemon, Bergamot, Sweet Lime
    Middle notes: Bitter Orange, Thyme, White Jasmine, Nutmeg, Pimento
    Base notes: Vetiver, Cedar, Musk, Sandalwood, Ambroxan

    Day 4 of the $100 Wardrobe Challenge.
    One of my favorite vetiver fragrances - very underrated!
    According to Google Product Search, a 1.7oz bottle
    can be purchased at midtownperfume.com for $13.95.
    This gives me a four-day total of $55.70, leaving me $44.30 for the rest of the week.
    Last edited by TwoRoads; 25th June 2009 at 05:27 AM.
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

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    cK one : Calvin Klein
    I love Jasmine.

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    Morning: Agua Fresca by Adolfo Dominguez (1993)
    Afternoon: Azzaro pour Homme (1978)
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    Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps Eau de Parfum (vintage 1980's formulation)


    Quote Originally Posted by TwoRoads View Post
    Vetyver
    by Lanvin

    Top notes: Juniper, Lemon, Bergamot, Sweet Lime
    Middle notes: Bitter Orange, Thyme, White Jasmine, Nutmeg, Pimento
    Base notes: Vetiver, Cedar, Musk, Sandalwood, Ambroxan

    . . . .

    One of my favorite vetiver fragrances - very underrated! . . . .

    Not by me my friend. I have always thought very highly of this fragrance, and it has become a staple for me. Without doubt, in terms of quality, this is one of the best deals on the web.

    scentemental

    Last edited by scentemental; 25th June 2009 at 05:38 AM.

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    Once again, Hermes - Caleche with a tiny splash of Joop - Jump

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    Vintage Antaeus

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    Bond No.9
    Central Park
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    A Taste of Heaven - by Kilian
    Rare, vintage, and niche off-site sales.
    Splits: O'driu, La Via del Profumo/AbdesSalaam Attar, Nasomatto, Chanel Les Exclusifs, Profumi del Forte, Mona di Orio, Kurkdjian, Slumberhouse.
    New atomizer and decanting supplies for sale.
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    Creed - Royal English Leather
    decant sales:
    Crystal Flacon

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    Paul Smith Story

    First time from a sample. Just sprayed this on - what a wonderful grapefruit opening!
    ***For sale:

    Iris Pallida 50ml

    Ungaro I 75ml

    and more!
    - http://www.basenotes.net/threads/301...n-Man-and-more

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    Hermes Terre d'Hermes (2006, Jean-Claude Ellena)

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    JC Ellena [FM] L'Eau d'Hiver
    Looking to swap/buy/receive for free () the following samples/decants:
    Indult Tihota & Rêve en Cuir
    Chant d'Aromes extrait
    Vetiver pour Elle (5ml decant)


    Selling/swapping:
    Versace The Dreamer 50ml (1.7oz) BNIB
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    Lalique pour Homme
    ointments and perfume delight the heart....

    #BBOG!

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    Mugler Cologne.
    Looking for a sample of Gucci Envy Me.

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    Cacharel Amor Pour Homme
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    Newbie discovering the wonderful world of perfume

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    Looking for; http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=210771
    and
    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=214089

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    Have I told you about the scent of jasmine? Have I spoken about the smell of the sea? The earth is scented. And I perfume myself to enhance what I am. That's why I can not wear a perfume that bothers me. Perfuming is an instinctive wisdom. And like all art, it requires some knowledge of yourself..."
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    Bvlgari Pour Homme Soir

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    Guerlain Eau de Cologne Impériale
    "Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."

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    Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Last edited by Magnifiscent; 25th June 2009 at 09:33 AM.

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    Montana - Montana parfum d'homme (red box)

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    Tom Ford Amber Absolute

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    Christian Dior - Dune parfum

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    Guerlain
    L'Heure Bleue
    (1912)
    Jacques Guerlain

    Top Notes: Bergamot, Anise Seed, Neroli Oil, Lemon, Coriander
    Middle Notes: Carnation, Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Bulgarian Rose, Heliotrope, Ylang-Ylang, Orchid, Clove
    Base Notes: Iris, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Musk, Vetiver, Benzoin

    Yr good bud,

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    Qui nihil potest sperare, desperet nihil.
    Let him who can hope for nothing despair of nothing.

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    AdG

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    Dirty English
    The Candy Perfume Boy:One boy's obsession with perfume and all things smelly.

    Follow Fragrant Reviews on twitter for fragrance reviews in under 140 characters. Reviews by Candy Perfume Boy & GBlue.

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    L'Occitane Eau des Baux

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    Serge Lutens Arabie

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    My SOTD is Kenzo Jungle pour Homme.

    Top Notes: Sweet Lime, Maté
    Middle Notes: Nutmeg, Musk Mallow Seeds
    Base Notes: Atlas Cedar, Blue Cedar, Benzoin, Guaiac Wood

    Please feel free to check out my Swap Thread - Patou pour Homme, L'Instant de Guerlain PH Extreme, Dior Homme Intense, Pure Malt, Pure Coffee and many more! Click Here For My Swap Thread

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    montale black aoud

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    Montale - Red Vetyver

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    Mugler Cologne today
    'Those who grow too big for their pants will be exposed in the end'--anon

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    KENZO JUNGLE L'ELEPHANT

    One I have also just written a brief blog about.


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    Supposedly I will see the sun before the day is out. Right now it looks as gray as it has for the last too many days. Hope springs eternal in the sunshine deprived corners of my mind.

    Day 4 of my $100 Fragrance Wardrobe challenge and today I am wearing one of my beloved cheapies.
    Pino Silvestre which is available from scentiments for $9.99 in the 2.5oz EDT which brings my four-day total to $64.79 leaving me $35.21.

    Pino Silvestre


    You know when you get in a taxi cab and there is a little cut out of a pine tree labeled “air freshener” and it smells like pine. I call that truth in advertising. When you pick up a green glass bottle shaped like a pine cone which is the 1955 creation by Lino Vidal, Pino Silvestre, what do you think its going to smell like? Pino Silvestre is one of the most straight forward scents I own. It is unabashedly an example of "what you see is what you get", just like those pine tree shaped air fresheners. This isn't to say that there isn't some subtlety to this but if you do not like the smell of pine, stay away. The top of this is as quick a transition as I've encountered as there is a drive-by appearance of bergamot and citrus before the pine slams into things. The pine is paired with a great sage The sage adds a beautiful herbal undertone to the pine and makes this quite the enduring pair. If the top was a drive-by, the heart of this is a long slow Sunday drive as the pine and sage lasts for well over an hour. Very slowly and very lightly you get some of the clean lines of cedar and an amber that really adds some depth to this. Pino Silvestre is a long lasting scent that easily lasts all day. If you are a fan of pine then pick up the little glass pine cone and spray away I don't think you'll be disappointed.


    Have a Tranquil Thursday everyone.
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    Yves Saint Laurent
    M7 Fresh

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    Monotheme Vetiver Bourbon

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    Montale Royal Aoud.

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    Zegna Intenso

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    Santa Maria Novella Acqua Di Sicilia

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    Bond no. 9 Central Park

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    Story (2006)
    by Paul Smith

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    Guess by Marciano for men
    Current Top 5

    1. Creed Aventus
    2. A*Men Pure Malt
    3. L'instant Extreme
    4. Nasomatto Duro
    5. CDG - Kyoto

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    Creed Millisime Imperial

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROBERTO View Post
    Scent twins with Roberto today!!
    Caraceni for me too

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    Eau Pour le Jeune Homme....MPG
    Don't panic. Just stay calm, and reload....

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    Santal De Mysore
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    Montale
    My Top Six - Guerlain Vetiver, Santal Noble, Bois Du Portugal, Antaeus, GIT, Vetiver Extraordinaire

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    Bulgari pour Homme Soir

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    Oud 27 by Le Labo (from a sample - thanks nsamadi)



    Wow this smells funky. Woo-hoo!
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    Carnal Flower by Frederic Malle

    So, so good.

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    Creed Royal Scottish Lavender

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    Tumulte by Christian Lacroix with a spray of Ambre Gris.

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    Garrigue

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    Oyedo by Diptyque
    Don't Smell the Flowers,
    They're an Evil Drug to Make You Lose Your Mind --- Dio

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    Escada Sunset Heat for Men

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    L’Eau Par Indigo Pour Homme by Kenzo (the new one...very good smelling)

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    YSL ~ L'Homme

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    Bond No. 9 Great Jones...my wife LOOOOVVVEEED it on me this morning...so I guess I'll keep it!

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