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    Default Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    I have been given a generous allowance of around $400 to spend on some new fragrances, in observance of my birthday next week.

    Fall is approaching, and I would like to get at least 2.

    Top contenders:

    Ambre Narguile
    Helmut Lang EDP


    Someone, tell me what to buy.

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    Chanel's Égoïste ... why?!
    Because it's FAAAB!!!

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post
    Chanel's Égoïste ... why?!
    Because it's FAAAB!!!

    Why am I not surprised by this response?

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    What do you already have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QWERTYOP View Post
    What do you already have?


    My wardrobe is pretty up to date so far

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    Quote Originally Posted by psychoskip View Post
    Why am I not surprised by this response?

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Looks like you like Creed, a little? Maybe a bottle from that house? Lol @ Duc.
    "Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom." "It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel." Proverbs.

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Quote Originally Posted by psychoskip View Post
    My wardrobe is pretty up to date so far
    Yes, but the clickable wardrobe icon doesn't seem to show up any more for most people who are not members of BN Plus-- in which case to see a person's wardrobe, one has to go to their profile page and use the link in the left sidebar to "view wardrobe".

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Rive Gauche, and you should have about £375 left to play with.

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Helmut Lang EDP, by far.


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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    There is a lot of possibilities, but here are a few suggestions...

    Tobacco Vanille
    A*Men
    Spicebomb
    Royal Oud
    Caravelle Epicee
    Fille en Aiguilles
    Memoir Man
    Jaipur
    Fou d'Absinthe

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    Aventus
    Cereus No.7
    Hermes Vetiver Tonka
    Guerlain Spirtueuse Double Vanille
    Tom Ford Extreme
    Amouage Jubilation XXV
    Cuir De Russie
    Sycomore
    Egoiste

    Also some cheaper alternatives to try would be Burberry London, Mandarina Duck Black, and Ambre Baldessarini.
    My current favorites:

    Bleu De Chanel, Creed Green Irish Tweed, Zino Davidoff, Dior Homme Intense, Creed Royal Oud, M7 (all versions), Chanel Egoiste, Dior Homme Sport, and Thierry Mugler Pure Malt.

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    A sophisticated rose, patch and incense bomb like Portrait of a Lady by Frederic Malle and an overlooked spicy red pepper and sandalwood scent like Padpadscha by Satellite
    Last edited by drseid; 24th September 2012 at 07:53 PM.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Ambre Narguile & Geranium Pour Monsieur

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Ambre Narguile & Geranium Pour Monsieur
    If Hednic speaks, I listen.

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Coromandel by Chanel and Heritage by Guerlain

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    You seem to like gourmands a fair bit - if you wanna stick with that -
    Aomassai is a fantastic hazelnut/caramel with liqourice woods underneath, dark and gorgeous.

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Helmut Lang is seemingly unobtainable. Sigh.

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    I am goin to say A*Men is a must....
    L`Air du Desert Marocain by Tauer is MONEY in a bottle
    check that one out...

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    Clive Christian X. 50ml.

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Quote Originally Posted by Oslo-Fjord View Post
    Clive Christian X. 50ml.
    Don't feel like cashing out my 401k yet

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Santal Noble by MPG would be a nice addition to your wardrobe, IMO.

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    Green Irish Tweed.

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Quote Originally Posted by psychoskip View Post
    Don't feel like cashing out my 401k yet
    Once you smell it, there is no way back.. That`s what happened to me!

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Quote Originally Posted by cologne connoisseur View Post
    Santal Noble by MPG would be a nice addition to your wardrobe, IMO.
    Good call! I ordered a sample on friday

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Ivasion Barbare by MDCI - http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/secti...n_Barbare.html

    L'homme Sage by Divine - http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/detai...28101&section=

    That's like $375.00 plus tax and shipping - perfect scents for going into a cooler climate, even though San Diego doesn't get very cold.

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Quote Originally Posted by Oslo-Fjord View Post
    Clive Christian X. 50ml.

    +1 On this bottle of sheer decadence.

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Quote Originally Posted by psychoskip View Post
    Don't feel like cashing out my 401k yet
    Clive "X" is only 350$ so you'll still have 50$ more to spend on a nice birthday cake

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    +1 On this bottle of sheer decadence.
    Damn you, Jack. Damn you.

    *continues to read the rave reviews*

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Anything from my signature! Well, except for LIDGE and Aventus as you already have those.

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    Hasu No Hana - Grossmith

    MFK - Absolu pour le Soir or Lumiere noir pour Homme
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    for swap/sale:





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    Ambre Narguile and Timbuktu.

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    My bottles of Gucci Envy haha

    I'd say Creed's Royal Oud and Chanel's Egoiste.

    Cannot go wrong with those and you'll have some cash left over.

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    If you'd like to stick to the sweeter side, try out L'Artisans Traversee du Bosphore

    others I'd recommend

    -Mona di Orio - Vanilla
    -Dior - Ambre Nuit
    -Malle - Portrait of a Lady (don't blind buy at that price...but damn it's good)
    -Amoauge - Memoir or Jubliation
    -Le Labo - Rose 31

    of course Ambre Narguile is highly recommended but maybe you could spring for a 15ml of it? Or even better seek out a 4 pack of the Hermessence line, you get 4 for $175 I think. I'd recommend Ambre Narguile, Vetiver Tonka, Santal Massoia, you can look through them and see if anything interests you. Or just get 2 of AN or so if only a couple interest you.

    I can tell you the stuff is strong and will last a while even in 15ml.

    If you do end up getting Ambre Narguile then don't look to much into Ambre Nuit by Dior, it has a similar feeling to me, but Oud Ispahan and Leather Oud are both great from the line if they sound interesting to you.

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    You're going to get hundreds of different answers, but I'll put forth Tobacco Vanille and Jubilation XXV.

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    I agree, you'll get loads of answers. My votes however, go to Millesime Imperial, Sycomore and Rose 31. You already have some good ones in your wardrobe, but I would try these at the very least.

    @kalli - loved your signature by the way!!

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Arsene Lupin (formerly Dandy) by Guerlain. In the EDP and a great mix of leather and violets.

    http://perfumeshrine.blogspot.com/20...fragrance.html
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    Le Seducteur Micallef modern "macho"
    #TOP 5#: Antico Caruso, Penhaligons Racquets,Creed BayRhum Vetiver,Domenico Caraceni,Castle Forbes 1445

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    if you dig Ambre Narguile get it. It's hella expensive but since you're given the money, hey now's the perfect time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinijo View Post
    Rive Gauche, and you should have about £375 left to play with.
    LOL!!...but, seriously, I can't really offer anything better than what these experienced & fine noses already have. I can say, though, that DAMN am I jealous. There are quite a few frags I REALLY want right now, but am completely cash strapped for quite a while, so I would LOVE to have $400 to play with. I can just say...good luck, have fun & enjoy & appreciate this great opportunity to add some great frags to your collection!!!!

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    Helmut Lang EDP

    aaaannddd the shameless plug -> You can buy it from my sales thread

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    $400 is a nice chunk of change. I recommend betting it on Ohio State +3 and doubling your money, but I'd understand if you'd rather not and just get some bottles, in which case I'll recommend.

    Nasomatto Pardon - 150
    CdG - Wonderwood - 125
    Tom Ford Extreme - 135

    I noticed you don't have Dior Homme or DH Intense and I would recommend one or both but I figured there's a reason why you don't have 'em.

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    I noticed Spicebomb on your list, I would go for Tea for Two instead. Jubilation XXV, Ambre Nuit and Noir de Noir are fantastic and definitely worth trying out!
    My current top ten:
    1. Spice and Wood
    2. Noir De Noir
    3. Musc Ravageur
    4. Bois D'Argent
    5. Aoud 1
    6. Aventus
    7. Ore
    8. Dior Homme Intense
    9. Tobacco Vanille
    10.Ambre 114

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    get ambre bro
    1. Dior Homme Original
    2. Musc Ravaguer
    3. Portrait of a Lady
    4. Noir de Noir
    5. L Instant Guerlain pour Homme Extreme
    6. New Haarlem
    7. Pure Coffee
    8. Blu Mediterraneo Sicilian Almond
    9. Rose 31
    10. Spiritueuse Double Vanille

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Quote Originally Posted by Shiny Beast View Post
    $400 is a nice chunk of change. I recommend betting it on Ohio State +3 and doubling your money
    Hope you took that advice, I sure as hell did, lolz.

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    Default Re: Dear Basenotes - Decide what I buy

    Can't go wrong with Ambre Narguile.
    Personally, I'd be looking at an Amouage if I had that kind of money to spend right now. Interlude Man or the incredibly underrated (and nothing at all like Le Male) Reflection Man.

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