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    Quote Originally Posted by furrypine View Post
    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!
    Well, remember that many potential reviews for the fragrance are/could be still stuck in Huddler land (as most of the time it has been out was during that period)...
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    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    Well, remember that many potential reviews for the fragrance are/could be still stuck in Huddler land (as most of the time it has been out was during that period)...
    That is true, I forgot about huddler. Let's hope for more reviews when the data is imported.
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    Paul Kiler's Dirty Rose Oud Extreme.
    Mosaic by Imaginary Authors.
    Persian The by C&E.

    Those are my three picks for the year, although I agree that Bentley Intense far exceeded expectations.

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    Only smelled a few from this year's stable of releases, but I'll say:

    Cape Heartache from Imaginary Authors takes my top spot. It could have been just a good woody fragrance with pine and fir, but the addition of strawberry really takes it into unknown territory for me, and I love that about it. It lasts a while, projects like a gentleman, and is just an overall great one.

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    Slumberhouse Zahd will be my pick, although it hasn't been released yet...I was lucky enough to get few samples of this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badarun View Post
    Slumberhouse Zahd will be my pick, although it hasn't been released yet...I was lucky enough to get few samples of this.
    I didn't know this would qualify, since it very well may be "released" in January 2014. If we count it, then Zahd all the way. One of the best things I've ever smelled.

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    Wow, I take a year away from Basenotes and I have NO IDEA what you guys are talking about. Bentley? Like the car?

    From random sniffing (as opposed to the obsessive sampling I used to do), the only 2013 scent that's really captured me has been Tom Ford's Tobacco Oud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogalal View Post
    Wow, I take a year away from Basenotes and I have NO IDEA what you guys are talking about. Bentley? Like the car?

    From random sniffing (as opposed to the obsessive sampling I used to do), the only 2013 scent that's really captured me has been Tom Ford's Tobacco Oud.

    I guess I need to get my groove back...
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    [QUOTE=timdoeswell;3007754]Paul Kiler's Dirty Rose Oud Extreme.
    Mosaic by Imaginary Authors.


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    timdoeswell, how would you describe Mosaic? I was looking at it the other day along with Cape Heartache and it seemed like something I'd like. Not a lot of reviews or info on it however, other than what's been released by Imaginary Authors.

    Would love to hear your perspective on it.
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    Default Re: The very best of 2013

    Many good fragrances this year but the prize for *the very best* has to go to Montecristo by Masque for me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    Many good fragrances this year but the prize for *the very best* has to go to Montecristo by Masque for me.
    Where do you get it from and how much? Its no where available in North America. It apparently has Hyrax, how does it differ from civet you find?
    Never encountered this note.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinramani09 View Post
    Where do you get it from and how much? Its no where available in North America. It apparently has Hyrax, how does it differ from civet you find?
    Never encountered this note.
    At the moment, the only way to get it outside of Italy is via Essenza Nobile in Germany (not affiliated)

    http://shop.essenza-nobile.de/fragra...ntecristo.html

    Hyrax smells animalic like you never smelled it. Seriously.


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    I have to mention Dsquared's Potion Royal Black - I think it's a real good fragrance that seems to successfully punch above it's weight so to speak.
    Currently wearing: Eau de Santal by Floris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    I have to mention Dsquared's Potion Royal Black - I think it's a real good fragrance that seems to successfully punch above it's weight so to speak.
    I haven't been able to try this one yet. I haven't seen it in store. Distribution seems limited, at least in the UK. Is it similar to anything?
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    [QUOTE=Buysblind;3013346][QUOTE=timdoeswell;3007754]Paul Kiler's Dirty Rose Oud Extreme.
    Mosaic by Imaginary Authors.




    timdoeswell, how would you describe Mosaic? I was looking at it the other day along with Cape Heartache and it seemed like something I'd like. Not a lot of reviews or info on it however, other than what's been released by Imaginary Authors.

    Would love to hear your perspective on it.
    When I first smelled it in Josh's studio I was nonplussed. I thought it was in the vein of GFT, 4711 and Eau Sauvage (all of which I love) but without the sharp lemon.

    Josh gave me a sample atomiser to take away with me (among samples of the rest of his library) and when I got back to Oz I gave it a few wearings.
    It's definitely very much its own fragrance, and although I'd say if you're a fan of those 3 you'll like Mosaic, you may not even make the same comparisons I did.
    It dawned on me that it takes some of the very best aspects of the aforementioned three (the levity, the herbal smell, the oakmoss, the bergamot and the woods) and adds a hint of sweetness - at least that's what I get - and a good dose of strength.

    This stuff lasts and projects pretty well for a bergamot/petitgrain/wood scent. It's not a skin scent but stays a few inches from the skin after the first couple of hours. Longevity is a good 6 hours, although I've not tested properly so it may be more (I've got a cold atm but will test it when I'm better)

    Now I'm hooked, and although I own FITS, BB and CH, Mosaic is my second favourite from his range, playing second fiddle only to FITS.
    I'm gonna snap up a bottle with my Xmas money, and probably a bottle of Violet Disguise, too.
    Last edited by timdoeswell; 11th December 2013 at 09:53 AM.

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    Marais they have it in Selfridges in Brum or they did when I was last there.

    It has a very lovely fresh rose and incense scent with a bit of leather. But what makes this scent enchanting is the way the pimento gives the whole scent a slight sweet peppery feel around the edges of the main fresh rose and incense accord.

    I think it's better and more complex than cartier's Declaration d'Un Soir which seems to drown your sense's with the rose. With this one you get the whole show.

    It smells to my nose more expensive and niche than it actually is, and I just love the way the pimento is done in this. I have been seriously considering picking up a bottle of this.
    Currently wearing: Eau de Santal by Floris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    Marais they have it in Selfridges in Brum or they did when I was last there.

    It has a very lovely fresh rose and incense scent with a bit of leather. But what makes this scent enchanting is the way the pimento gives the whole scent a slight sweet peppery feel around the edges of the main fresh rose and incense accord.

    I think it's better and more complex than cartier's Declaration d'Un Soir which seems to drown your sense's with the rose. With this one you get the whole show.

    It smells to my nose more expensive and niche than it actually is, and I just love the way the pimento is done in this. I have been seriously considering picking up a bottle of this.
    Thanks! I might just look out for this in the NY sales as it sounds delightful.
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    Default Re: The very best of 2013

    Some brilliant ones mentioned above.

    Personally, top prize goes to Puredistance Black​.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    I have to mention Dsquared's Potion Royal Black - I think it's a real good fragrance that seems to successfully punch above it's weight so to speak.
    +1. agree!
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    I did not try many of the 2013 releases, but these are my personal highlights:

    Perfumista Avenue: What a lovely rose, spice and patchouli composition! It starts as a straight floral fragrance, gets a bit spicy and turns into a modern rose chypre in the base. Very nice indeed!

    Bottega Veneta Eau Légère: This one seems to be ephemeral, but lasts much longer than expected. It's a light and subtle fragrance with a noble and refined chypre note. Pure luxury!

    Roses de Chloé: I didn't expect much from this one, but was surprised by how beautiful it smells. A fresh and charming rose, resting on a clean base. Great for spring and summer.

    Central Park West: You want a straight up floral perfume? This one fits the bill: Mostly green and dewy petals mixed with tuberose. It's kind of creamy and you can smell the menthole like notes from the tuberose. The typical, headache inducing quality that some tuberose heavy perfumes have, is not featured in Central Park West.

    La vie est belle L'Eau de Parfum Légère: I know I'm in a minority here, but I am a huge fan of the original "La vie est belle". Contrary to what most people say, it has lots of personality and charm. It's a very characteristic fragrance that one can identify immediately. It does NOT smell like "everything else". The Légère version is also brilliant: Less fruit, more softness. The sweet notes are toned down a bit and the overall feeling is cashmere like.

    Eau de Fröhliche No. 3: This one is different from everything else I've smelled so far. An overdose of Cassyrane (a marvelous new synthetic by Givaudan, which smells intensely of cassis. ctually this fragrance was used by Givaudan as a trial for their Cassyrane, it's the first fragrance to feature this new synthetic.) is mixed with incense and some woody accords. It reminds me of forests during winter time and has a resin like quality to it. It's everything I wanted "Enchanted Forest" to be. Where Enchanted Forest is rather thin and fleeting, Eau de Fröhliche No. 3 lasts forever.

    : Oh my gosh, this one is MARVELOUS! The fruity cassis note, which is sweet and indulging, is combined with a rush of soft florals and a deep and sweet, chypre like base accord. Sì is a real classic, a fruity fragrance that smells luxurious and NOT like some teeny fragrance. (Actually, I don't understand why people always complain about fruity and sweet fragrances. In the past, many trends appeared: Aldehydic florals, chypres and so on. Each of these genres had their time, where many of them were released. Perfume lovers appreciate these fragrances and even like tha fact that there are many of them. But if a new fruity fragrance is launched, people scream: "OH NO, not another one!". Why not? If there an be hundreds of chypres and aldehydic fragrances, why not fruity florals?)


    Pleats Please Eau de Parfum: The eau de toilette was a dull and thin fruity thing. But the eau de parfum is an impressive concoction of powdery violets and sweet notes like vanilla and patchouli. It smells like candied violets, which is fantastic. Great scent!

    Mito: A green floral chypre, which smells very natural and calming. A true masterpiece!
    Last edited by Sasuke; 11th December 2013 at 11:52 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perfaddict View Post
    Some brilliant ones mentioned above.

    Personally, top prize goes to Puredistance Black​.
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    The only 2013 releases I've tried were Amouage Fate Man, Beloved Man, and Opus VII. All have been likes in my book but the only one I own at the moment is Beloved Man. Looking forward to testing Cartier Pasha Noir though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timdoeswell View Post
    Paul Kiler's Dirty Rose Oud Extreme.
    Mosaic by Imaginary Authors.




    When I first smelled it in Josh's studio I was nonplussed. I thought it was in the vein of GFT, 4711 and Eau Sauvage (all of which I love) but without the sharp lemon.

    Josh gave me a sample atomiser to take away with me (among samples of the rest of his library) and when I got back to Oz I gave it a few wearings.
    It's definitely very much its own fragrance, and although I'd say if you're a fan of those 3 you'll like Mosaic, you may not even make the same comparisons I did.
    It dawned on me that it takes some of the very best aspects of the aforementioned three (the levity, the herbal smell, the oakmoss, the bergamot and the woods) and adds a hint of sweetness - at least that's what I get - and a good dose of strength.

    This stuff lasts and projects pretty well for a bergamot/petitgrain/wood scent. It's not a skin scent but stays a few inches from the skin after the first couple of hours. Longevity is a good 6 hours, although I've not tested properly so it may be more (I've got a cold atm but will test it when I'm better)

    Now I'm hooked, and although I own FITS, BB and CH, Mosaic is my second favourite from his range, playing second fiddle only to FITS.
    I'm gonna snap up a bottle with my Xmas money, and probably a bottle of Violet Disguise, too.
    Thanks for the breakdown, timdoeswell. I will have to check that one out (along with CH).

    My favorite from the line so far has been Memoirs of a Trespasser (FBW, imo) and The Cobra and the Canary (a solid leather/hay/tobacco combination...very simple in a sense, and easy-going). I thought Orchid Terrible was pretty cool too, but not something I would ever wear. But it smelled unique, and might be great for a woman.
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    I may need to reconsider my favorite release of 2013 after wearing Bond No. 9 Scent of Peace for Him today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post

    Thanks for the breakdown, timdoeswell. I will have to check that one out (along with CH).

    My favorite from the line so far has been Memoirs of a Trespasser (FBW, imo) and The Cobra and the Canary (a solid leather/hay/tobacco combination...very simple in a sense, and easy-going). I thought Orchid Terrible was pretty cool too, but not something I would ever wear. But it smelled unique, and might be great for a woman.
    Josh was telling me that Violet Disguise and Orchid Terrible were the his-n-hers florals he decided to do. I agree that OT would smell nice on the right woman, but it's not for me, either.
    Violet Disguise (didn't wanna abbreviate it to VD as I'm about to praise it) was another that didn't appeal to me at first, or even third sniff, but now I really want to get my hands on a bottle. I'm holding off to see if C&C or Soft Lawn fall into favour like the others did.

    Memoirs is the one I'm still not that fond of - the vanilla/myrrh/benoin combination is not my cup of tea.

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