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    Default Re: The best basenotes reviewers ever!

    Too many to mention, but I always scan for these reviewers first. Luca Turin would die to write their reviews!

    Alfarom
    drseid
    JTD
    ericrico
    Darvant
    Foetidus
    cacio


    My favorite newcomer is Johannes. I rarely agree with him, but his reviews are fun to read because he is so opinionated. Check out his reviews for the laugh factor.
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    There are many superb reviewers here and elsewhere that I follow, but below are a handful I particularly seek out and enjoy...

    Alfarom
    Darvant
    Sculpture of Soul
    JTD
    AromiErotici


    That said, I appreciate, read and admire many, many others.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
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    Indeed. BN has some of the best reviewers who take the guesswork from a fragrance that might interest you. I remember cutting down on my own reviews 'cuz prolific reviewers like Darvant and Alfarom were doing such a splendid job!

    Off-Scenter's removal of all his reviews must count as one of BN's worst moments.

    Btw does anyone realize Naed Nitram is really 'Dean Martin' spelled backwards? Just a little OT piece of trivia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Indeed. BN has some of the best reviewers who take the guesswork from a fragrance that might interest you. I remember cutting down on my own reviews 'cuz prolific reviewers like Darvant and Alfarom were doing such a splendid job!

    Off-Scenter's removal of all his reviews must count as one of BN's worst moments.

    Btw does anyone realize Naed Nitram is really 'Dean Martin' spelled backwards? Just a little OT piece of trivia.
    Why would he do that?
    Being named Martin I always recognize Nitram as my name backwards.

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    I'm a big fan of petruccijc's 1-3 word reviews/opinions.

    P.S. Where has he been? Haven't seen him in a while.

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    I always stop to read anything by Alfarom, Foetidus, Diamondflame, Darvant and Drseid. I don't alway agree with their conclusions, but at least I know I will get an honest opinion that I can relate to. I am looking for information and opinions that I can relate to in reviews and hope I can actually get an idea of what the fragrance is like before deciding to test or not. So many of the online reviewers are so pleasant and non opinionated that you can't tell if the fragrance is worth looking at or not (NowSmellThis for instance). I also check pretty much every review that is written by Octavian at 1000fragrances.blogspot.com, as well as Victoria at boisdejasmin.com - Victoria is the best analyst of fragrance and Octavian is just interesting to read.

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    Where's the love for shamu1?!?
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    Did Pluran delete some of his reviews? I always enjoyed them, but I'm not sure he's still an active reviewer.

    Scentemental is another very good reviewer who, I think, doesn't write many (or maybe any) new ones.

    I also like a bunch of the others that have already been mentioned.

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    Did Pluran delete some of his reviews? I always enjoyed them, but I'm not sure he's still an active reviewer.

    Scentemental is another very good reviewer who, I think, doesn't write many (or maybe any) new ones.

    I also like a bunch of the others that have already been mentioned.
    Christian Dior VetiverPatou Pour HommeChristian Dior Leather OudOrmonde Jayne Ormonde ManSerge Lutens Chene

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    Trebor -- he practically hated all fragrances so his 'thumbs ups' were always noteworthy
    Pluran
    The Good Life

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    I really enjoy reading alfarom reviews to the extent that if I come across something new, I'll look for his name on the reviews and check if he approves it lol

    I also enjoy Drseid, Sculpture of Soul and hedonist222 reviews and comments. Hats off to you guys! I learned a lot from you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rüssel View Post
    There are many but frankly I remember them more by their avatars than their user names,
    I hate to say it, but I'm really guilty of that too.

    Anything by Redneck Perfumisto is one of my favorite reads here. Sculpture of Soul too. And Mr. Reasonable.
    "Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam

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    In addition to so many of those already mentioned... SomervilleMetroMan, Griff, Mr. G., and mrclrmind. Very helpful.

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    Good choices so far, and I appreciate the astute evaluations and lack of hype that many of the leaders provide.

    But I’m partial to the entertainers:

    Oh_Hedgehog
    Redneck Perfumisto
    Stroll Your Lobster

    C’mon guys... it’s been far too long.

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    I particularly like Alfarom and Persolaise... and lots of others too (can't remember all their names)

    Some great reviewers here.

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    Good choices so far, and I appreciate the astute evaluations and lack of hype that many of the leaders provide.

    I’m partial to these entertainers:

    Oh_Hedgehog
    Redneck Perfumisto
    Stroll Your Lobster

    C’mon guys... it’s been far too long.
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    Default Re: The best basenotes reviewers ever!

    A great many, including -

    Foetidus.
    zztopp.
    mikeperez23.
    Alfarom.
    Asha.
    Diamondflame.
    Hedonist222.
    Teardrop.
    Mrclmind.
    Cello.
    Odysseusm
    Mimi Gardenia.
    Off-Scenter.
    Sugandaraja.
    Naed_Nitram.
    Quarry.
    Ken_Russell
    Redneck Perfumisto.
    Somerville Metro Man.
    Trebor.
    Mario Justiniani.
    Foustie.
    Drseid.
    Larimar.
    Pluran.
    JaimeB.
    Caltha.
    The Good Life.
    Tvlampboy.
    Jenson.
    SculptureofSoul.
    Decillisjl.
    Perfaddict.
    Joe_Frances.
    Darvant.
    Ubuandibeme.
    Mr.Reasonable.

    Respect and thanks

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    Foetidus and Diamondflame have the best overall reviews imo. Shamu1 has a great nose, and is also a great reviewer, but he sticks more to the old school stuff, and powerhouses. Silentrich probably has the nose most similar to mine, and for that, I tend to follow his reviews.

    What's best about Foetidus, is he is so accurate, whether you agree or disagree.. and oh so very diverse. Fragrances you have never heard of and hidden gems.

    But, in general. I think anyone who puts time into a review should be appreciated.

    Even you NoirDrakkar! I am impressed with your forum reviews, they are always helpful to me.

    I do however wish that BN would include a thumbs up/thumbs down option for peoples reviews on fragrances, that way, we can see whose is really helpful.
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    Fahrenheit (1988)
    Paul Smith Man (2009)
    Burberry London (2006)
    Prada Amber pour Homme (2006)
    Arpege pour Homme (2005)

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    Default Re: The best basenotes reviewers ever!

    The ones that come to my mind right away are:

    Off scenter (much missed)
    Alfarom
    Diamondflame

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    Thank you so much guys. The greatest historical basenoters are in my opinion Foetidus and Off-Scenter. Huge also (not only for the enormous amount of reviews) the contribution from Odysseusm and Sir Slarty.
    I appreciate even a lot the really glorious Somerville Metro Man. Great respect for Ubuandibeme and tvlampboy.
    Currently great basenoters are first of all in my opinion my friend Alfarom (cultured, knowledged, clear, immediately informed and with an enormous passion for the perfumes), and the really fundamental quartet Drseid, JTD, Ericrico, Diamondflame. Other excellent reviewers/members are Naed_Nitram, Pluran, Cacio, Sugandaraja, Hedonist222, Dollars&Scents, Jack Hunter, Oproust, Trebor, Sculpture of Soul, Redneck Perfumisto, Kaern, mrclmind, Petruccijc, Scentemental, Mario Justiniani, Mr Reasonable, Buzzlepuff, Aromi Erotici, Grottola, Ken_Russell, Asha, Scentologist, Caltha, Bartlebooth, Shamu1, Senore 01, The_good_life, Cello, Bokaba, LifeJazz, IMaverick, Jaime B, Mimi Gardenia and others.
    I appreciate also seriously the learned reviews written by the romantic/passionate Foustie and by the lovely Blood-orange.
    Sorry cause probably i forget many in this moment. Allured by your compliments cooby.
    Bye, bye.
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    Haven't really thought about it but off the top of my head I'd say that blood orange is very thoughtful, very smart, and understands how notes affect us and sometimes have meaning for us. Naed nitram is fun to read and knows what he's talking about. I don't place a lot,of weight on the reviews, which is why the reviews are sort of a vague, amorphous mass for me. Shamu has written some great reviews, some of which are quite memorable, and I think I can recall that Oh Hedgehog writes stuff that I come away from thinking, "Boy do I wish I could articulate myself like he does."

    Darvant, Alfarom. Let's see. The pilot. Diamondflame. Another one where I come away from the review feeling like a dummy. And I'm ok with that. Another five years and I might feel qualified to keep up with this group.
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    Sugandaraja has such amazing, broad and vast experience and knowledge. It is always a pleasure to find one of his reviews as I know what to expect and how to translate it for me. Other than that, I find it harder and harder to go through the piles of reviews to find the substantial ones.

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    Foetidus
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    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    i have read many great reviews and i joined basenotes only becasue of great reviews!! whoever writes and waits for his/her review to be published really wanted to write something and i appreciate it, its not like hyperproduction on other sites!

    and there are really great reviewers here, who made their name so to say , i love this site, it feels almost professional !

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    Jon, Darvant. Thanks for the kind gesture. I am humbled.
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    It's a CRIME that PigeonMurderer hasn't been mentioned yet!

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    Being new to BN one year ago, it did not take me long to discover one reviewer whose reviews were consistently spot on. whose style and format were uniform and dependable... ALAFROM!

    Thanks Alafrom for your contributions to this community. I'd be wandering around blindly were it not for your insight and and rating system.

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    odyssseusm
    the good life
    foetidus
    naed_nitram
    diamondflame

    tragedy when off-scenter disappeared


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    Default Re: The best basenotes reviewers ever!

    When I need to know something about a Fragrance, I simply search for Ericrico's and Alfarom's reviews.
    And I don't need anything anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grungevig View Post
    Where's the love for shamu1?!?
    I enjoy very much shamu1 reviews as I am an "old school" fragrances lover .
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    Alfarom is a good gauge for me in terms of liking a fragrance, similar tastes I guess.

    Off-scenter for the reviews themselves

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