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    Default The very best of 2013

    Hello everybody. I am new to basenotes. A longtime lurker, but this is my very first post.
    Now that we are in December, I would love to know people's choices for the best releases of 2013
    Hear are mine:
    Ex Idolo - 33

    Amouage Fate Woman

    Mona di Orio - Violette Fumee

    Tauer - Rose de Kandahar

    Byredo - 1996

    Oriza L Legrand - Chypre Mousee

    Parfums Retro - Grand Cuir

    La via Del Profumo - Milano Cafe

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    Welcome to Basenotes!

    My Favorites:

    Les Nez
    - Turtle Vetiver Back
    Montale - Intense Cafe
    Dior - Dior Homme Cologne 2013
    MFK - Oud Silk Mood
    Neela Vermeire - Ashoka
    by Kilian - Musk Oud
    Tom Ford - Plum Japonais
    Creed - Millesime 1849
    Mancera - Kumkat Wood
    Mancera - Black Line

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    TF plum Japonais
    DHI (2013) reformulated version
    tauer's rose du Kandajar
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    Bentley for Men Intense
    Mancera Black Line
    Parfums de Marly - Oajan
    Memo - Irish Leather
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    Best: Montecristo by Masque

    Honorable mentions to:

    Peety by O'Driu
    Violette Fumee by MdO
    Black by CdG
    Fate Man by Amouage
    Sahara Noir by Tom Ford
    Bentley for Men Intense
    Musk Oud by Kilian
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    +1 for Bentley for Men Intense
    Currently wearing: Memoir Man by Amouage

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    Roja Dove - Enigma PH.
    Creed - Millesime 1849.
    Bella Bellissima - Vetiver Spice.
    Bentley for Men Intense.
    Viktoria Minya - Hedonist.
    CDG - Black.
    Frederic Malle - Dries Van Noten.

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    CDG Black
    I have not tried many new niche releases

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    1899 Hemingway

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    Best of 2013 :

    Les Nez - Turtle Vetiver Back
    Le Labo - Ylang 49
    Neela Vermeire - Ashoka
    Kilian - Musc Oud
    Bentley for Men Intense
    Amouage - Fate Woman
    L'Artisan Parfumeur - Caligna
    L'Artisan Parfumeur - Amour Nocturne
    Sahara Noir by Tom Ford
    Miller Harris - La Fumee Ottoman



    Honorable mentions :

    Roja Dove - Enigma pour Homme parfum
    YSL - Noble Leather
    Andy Tauer - Une Rose de Kandihar
    Creed 1849
    Armani - Nuances
    Frederic Malle - Dries Van Noten
    Peety - O'driù
    Hermes - Epice Marine
    Guerlain - Shalimar / Ode a la Vanille / Route sur la Mexique
    Lush - oil series (sikkim & the rest)
    Elie Saab - Le Parfum (Eau de Parfum Intense)
    Maison Mona di Orio - Violette Fumée
    M. Micallef - Le Parfum Couture Denis Durand
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    *My favorite release from 2013 would easily be Classical by Anat Fritz which is the only 5 stars out of 5 new release I have sniffed this year, but as it is an intentional rework of Anat's equally good namesake 2006 release I am excluding it from consideration. That leaves these as my ten favorites, with the first four a virtual tie for the top spot.

    Le Parfum Denis Durand by M. Micallef
    Bentley for Men Intense by Bentley
    Peety by O'driù
    Ashoka by Neela Vermeire
    Ylang 49 by Le Labo
    Chypre Mousse by Oriza L. Legrand
    Horizon by Oriza L. Legrand
    Turtle Vetiver Back by LesNez
    Thirty Three by Ex Idolo
    La Fille de Berlin by Serge Lutens

    Honorable mention:

    Caligna by L'Artisan
    Le Speculoos by L'Antichambre
    Les Nombres d'Or Violette Fumee
    by Mona di Orio
    Sahara Noir by Tom Ford
    Bentley for Men by Bentley
    Musk Oud by By Kilian
    Last edited by drseid; 6th March 2014 at 10:54 PM. Reason: changes to list
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    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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    Default Re: The very best of 2013

    Bentley for Men Intense

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    Default Re: The very best of 2013

    Of what I've experienced, I like the following

    Tauer PHI Une Rose De Kandehar
    Amouage Fate Woman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    1899 Hemingway
    This one is a beauty From Histoires.

    Also, Bentley for Men Intense.

    I want Monte Cristo by Masque

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    In no particular order:
    Bentley for Men Intense
    TF Plum Japonais
    TF Sahara Noir
    Creed Millesime 1849
    MFK Oud Cashmere Mood

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    Bentley Intense is my pick.
    Currently wearing: Aventus by Creed

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    Bentley Intense. Lots of us agree on this one, though I have to hand it to the BN gang for offering lots of tempting suggestions here.

    Special shout out to Mr. Hedonist222 - you know that's a good list, don't you.

    Interesting to see Amouage Fate Woman outranking the men's version. On my must-try list now.

    On my "hasn't worked for me yet" list: Sarah Noir by TF. Gotta give it another try. BNers are usually right about these things.

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    Creed Millesime 1849
    Amouage Beloved Man

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    Tom Ford, Sahara Noir. Just phenominal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcologneguy View Post
    Bentley Intense. Lots of us agree on this one, though I have to hand it to the BN gang for offering lots of tempting suggestions here.

    Special shout out to Mr. Hedonist222 - you know that's a good list, don't you.

    Interesting to see Amouage Fate Woman outranking the men's version. On my must-try list now.

    On my "hasn't worked for me yet" list: Sarah Noir by TF. Gotta give it another try. BNers are usually right about these things.
    Thank you!

    Yes Fate Woman IMO.

    Maybe moreso than Fate Man because it departs from the typical Amouage style for the first time in decades. Whereas Fate Man, as good as it is and it is good, remains within the realm of Amouage that we are well acquainted with.
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    How did Bentely Intense become so popular; will it be the Aventus of 2014?

    Didn't try many of the new launches this year but I thought the new extraits from Roja Dove were excellent and my favourite is the Bergamot extrait.
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    +1 on Chypre Mousse by Oriza L. Legrand and Bentley Intense, +1/2 on Sahara Noir.

    Some others which have impressed me: Phaedon Black Vetiver; Ambre Loup and Lavande 44 by Rania J; Siskiyou Cedar by Juniper Ridge.
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    Creed - Millesime 1849
    Frapin - Paradis Pardu

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    Off the top of my head, the two most memorable are Amouage Opus VII, LeLabo Ylang 49 and Tom Ford Sahara Noir, which will arrive on my doorstep Thursday!
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    4. Le Labo Patchouli 24
    5. Amouage Opus VII
    6. Byredo Bullion
    7. Masque Milano Russian Tea


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    Quote Originally Posted by furrypine View Post
    How did Bentely Intense become so popular; will it be the Aventus of 2014?
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    One reason it got so popular here on Basenotes --- HYPE.

    Remember all the people who say that hype is a bad thing, and you shouldn't listen to it, blah blah blah...

    THIS is why they are full of crap, and that hype is good, and serves a very useful purpose.


    The hype thread may have been on Huddler though, so... well... *poof*

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    Sahara Noir
    Hypocrites will always be a thorn in my back....and my middle finger will always be the best remedy.....

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    I think I'm going to start a "I think my Bentely Intense is fake" thread and make some more hype about it

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    Amouage, Fate Woman
    HdP, 1899 Hemingway
    Tauer, Noontide Petals
    Sahara Noir by Tom Ford
    Bentley for Men Intense
    Bond no.9, HTTP. AHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!! I'm just kidding about that last one. Obviously.

    Honorable Mentions:
    Amouage, Fate Man
    Amouage, Beloved Man
    Amouage, Opus VII

    I put those as honorable mentions only because, although I think they’re absolutely excellent, I struggle to wear them, each for a different reason. I get lost in Fate and find myself not enjoying the experience as much as I should even though I enjoy the scent. I enjoy Beloved very much but quickly grow bored of it, wishing I’d worn something else. And Opus… it’s amazing, but wow, that opening is too much for me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    One reason it got so popular here on Basenotes --- HYPE.
    I don’t entirely agree. I was given an unlabeled sample of it to sniff blindly, and I was very impressed until I found out what it was. Then I was shocked. Based on the smell, I'd assumed it was niche, and expensive. Frankly, I think it smells niche and expensive, but far more importantly, I think it smells fantastic. I’m not sure it’ll be a successful release though. It smells way to rich to be an easy designer seller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by furrypine View Post
    How did Bentely Intense become so popular; will it be the Aventus of 2014?
    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    One reason it got so popular here on Basenotes --- HYPE.

    Remember all the people who say that hype is a bad thing, and you shouldn't listen to it, blah blah blah...

    THIS is why they are full of crap, and that hype is good, and serves a very useful purpose.


    The hype thread may have been on Huddler though, so... well... *poof*
    Quote Originally Posted by rarebear View Post
    I think I'm going to start a "I think my Bentely Intense is fake" thread and make some more hype about it
    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
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    I don’t entirely agree. I was given an unlabeled sample of it to sniff blindly, and I was very impressed until I found out what it was. Then I was shocked. Based on the smell, I'd assumed it was niche, and expensive. Frankly, I think it smells niche and expensive, but far more importantly, I think it smells fantastic. I’m not sure it’ll be a successful release though. It smells way to rich to be an easy designer seller.


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    woops!
    hednic, I am so intrigued about this sudden consensus that Bentley is so great. It has only been reviewed once in the directory, talk about stealth success! Now I'm so curious that I'm ordering a bottle of this magical elixir so I can be part of the cool club
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