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    It's been a while since we've had one of these threads.

    What notes in perfumery absolutely send you over the top.

    I play with natural oils and synthetics pretending to be a perfumer, and I've got to say that these two are very addictive to me:

    Patchouli: I never thought I could get addicted to this note, but it's got to be the best note in perfumery for me. The earthy, spicy, camphorous smell is wonderful.

    Frankincense: I've got some frankincense CO2 that's incredible. Wonderfully aromatic, citrusy, bright. Just great, great stuff.

    What notes have this effect on you?

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    I adore a distinctive ambergris (deep) base and a quality (Bulgarian) rose oil. Anise woven into a perfume accord can have quite a haunting effect on me, too. These are the first that came to my mind. Funnily, I smelled a frankincense (boswellia sacra) essential oil a couple of days ago and it was quite a surprise/revelation to me. Good to have this as a reference.

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    Amber: there are so many, synthetic or natural ambergris. I know it's a very popular note but I always enjoy a good straight up amber perfume/oil

    Agarwood

    Blood orange/clementine: The sweet type, not the bitter/sour thing. Just makes me happy.

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    Another patch fan here; very soothing and rich. Second place goes to iris, a truly versatile note. Not a note per se, but my favorite accord/fragrance style would have to be chypre.
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    Sandalwood.

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    Default Re: Your favorite notes in perfumery

    patchouli. I look for it in the note descriptions of scents because it usually indicates that soemthing special is going to result. In eau de colognes a touch of patchouli in the drydown insures it will be crisp and smoothe. Anything with patchouli that is blended well is always a special fragrance. A*Men Coffee, Malt etc. = patchouli + something. Patchouli can be too heavy if used with other bold ingredients, but when played against anything soft, sweet or receptive, the patchouli used well is magical.

    I am no perfumer - but the other day I mixed some leftover Mugler Cologne + never used 4711 Cologne for some floral/citrus + a little perfumers alcohol to adjust the strength and it was not very special - until I added small dose of patchouli, and I now have a bottle of the most amazing green citrus eau de cologne with a silvery smoothe base note - it's almost always the patchouli that makes the magic happen.

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    Musk Vanilla Rose Amber and Incense are all favourites

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    Flowers: lavender, jasmine, gardenia.
    Aromatics: clary sage, rosemary, basil.
    Woods: vetier, sandalwood, juniper, patchouly.
    Spices: cinnamon, nutmeg.

    Some blended and to be worn, others only to be smelt.

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    Coumarin, patchouli, neroli, bergamot, beeswax, oak moss, vanilla, oak, frankincense, lavender and on, and on.

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    Default Re: Your favorite notes in perfumery

    Citrus- lots of variations of simple, non-nonsense Old School citrus, cedarwood, leather, Mediterranean herbs

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    patchouli, pepper, smoke, (black) leather, musk, frankincense... (tbc)

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    I love all the things that lavender is capable of. Esp when it's green and pungent it reminds me of parts of California where I grew up but I also love it tamed as part of a fougere accord, all comfortable and warm. I love that it has so many facets and is used so broadly in perfumery.
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    lavender, jasmine, orange blossom, bergamot, sandalwood, vanilla, patchouli, coffee (latest three if they're subtle)
    Acqua di Giò is my guilty pleasure. What's yours?

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    faves include:

    wormwood, lavender (oil + absolute), bay leaf, iris and violet, rose, angelica, cinnamon, orange blossom, patch + sandalwood, opoponax and lemony frankincense
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    Citrus notes for me. I also love herbal/aromatic/spicy notes mixed in with citrus. I also enjoy juniper and sandalwood and marine notes in fragrances such as Creed Erolfa. I do prefer a good Italian perfume over anything else

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    musk, sandalwood, tea, leather among others.

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    Default Re: Your favorite notes in perfumery

    Iris, Saffron, Oudh, Vanilla, Honey, Animalic notes, Leather, Tuberose, Rum, Amber accord. I seem to have a broad appreciation.

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    Default Re: Your favorite notes in perfumery

    Gardenia, violet, jasmine, tuberose, tiare, coconut, vanilla, amber, musk. Not necessarily all at the same time!
    "What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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    Patchouli, vanilla, musk, jasmine, neroli and oakmoss.

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    Patchouli, leather, rose, raspberry, incense types, very tart lemon, green or black tea.

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    I honestly haven't found a note that I dislike, except maybe opoponax. I find that love or dislike for a note is dependent ont he genius of the perfumer. I used to not like vetiver, thanks to Guerlain's Vetiver. To me it stinks. But those who have tried Les Lion D'Arthes by Jean Arthes or Laliques' Encre Noir will testify to how divine the vetiver in these two smells. Instant happy maker for me.
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    wood, vetiver, gourmand notes, pepper, tobacco primarily.

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    - coffee
    - heliotrope
    - vanilla
    - lime
    - peony
    - cinnamon
    - tangerine
    - lilac
    - almond
    - tolu balsam
    - cacao
    - licorice
    - caramel
    - dark chocolate

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    Default Re: Your favorite notes in perfumery

    Vanilla for sure, mixed with patchouli its perfect.
    Bulgarian Rose is REALLY growing on me
    That Malt note of Pure Malt
    Coffee
    Leather

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    Default Re: Your favorite notes in perfumery

    Flowers have a big effect of me, but it's less a matter of the stated note than how natural it is; how true to nature. In that vein, accords particularly evocative of places also effect me.

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    For me, in no particular order of preference:

    Jasmine, rose, violet, orange blossom, lavender, citrus (bergamot, lemon and tilleul), patchouli, leather, civet, vanilla, tobacco.

    Some synthetics: aldehydes.

    I am not usually fond of berry scents (strawberry, raspberry or others), but I do like Delicious Closet Queen and YSl Parisienne.
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    Leather
    Cedar wood
    Cashmere wood
    Mahogany
    Vetyver
    Geranium
    Juniper
    Cognac
    Sage
    Rosemary
    Pine
    Oakmoss

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    Default Re: Your favorite notes in perfumery

    Amber, bergamot, castoreum, civet, clove, incense, iris, jasmine, labdanum, lavender, leather, musk, oakmoss, opoponax, patchouli, pepper, rose, tobacco, vanilla, vetiver...
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    Leather, Benzoin, Vanilla, honey, oud, amber, tolu balsam, rose, frankincense, sandalwood, vetiver

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    When it comes down to perfumes, I feel I am biased towards fragrances that have dominant notes of vetiver, sandalwood, amber, patchouli, rose, petitgrain etc etc.

    Although I must admit I am quite open and find very few discordant notes that I am repelled to.

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    I seem to like scents with tobacco and tonka for what ever reason......

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