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    Absolue Pour le Soir — incense and then some.
    “When you step back from stressing the parts,
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    The perfume invades you completely.
    The rose is you. You are one.”

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    A blog? I've never blogged. Wouldn't know how to go about it. What are you suggesting that I blog, Ipp? I see cytherian is agreeing so I must be missing something.

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    F = Fragrantica. D = The Fragrance Directory. P=Perfume Intelligence.

    Amouage Epic Man
    (Aromatic Fougere, D; Oriental Woody, F, P; ) Notes of notes of pink pepper, frankincense, cumin, cardamom, saffron, mace, nutmeg, myrtle, geranium, myrrh, oud, sandalwood, patchouli, leather, cedarwood, musk and castoreum. Yasmin and Walad agree this is a very accomplished, though familiar, scent. "You have others like it," Yasmin points out, "and you, as a sultan, should smell unique." Walad smiles and puts the fragrance aside. It is said that Amouage uses "Omani ingredients in the grand style of French perfumes."

    Amouage Homage
    (Floral P; Oriental Floral F; White Floral D ) Rose Taifi, Silver Oud, Silver Frankincense, Jasmine, Amber, Citrus, Sandalwood. "They say it takes an entire field of the previous Taifi rose to make one tiny bottle," Yasmin says. Perhaps, but elsewhere I commented they must have dragged them through the dishwater first. This is perfectly okay rose attar, but certainly not a $370/12 ml one! Walad humphs. "I'm sure I could do better myself. I barely smell it in the bottle and barely smell it on my skin." Me, too, yet Amouage Gold is one of my favorites!

    Amouage Interlude Man. (Oriental Woody F; Woody Oriental D) Top: zesty bergamot, oregano and pimento berry oil. Mid: amber, frankincense, opoponax, cistus and myrrh. Base: leather, agarwood smoke, patchouli and sandalwood. "Now THIS is a fragrance." Yasmin forgets all else and plasters her nose to Walad's hand. "It's like someone's burning incense in a combination evergreen forest and citrus grove. It's distinctive and inviting, not boring at all." She lifts her eyes and sees Walad look intently on her. He is deciding to wear this perfume repeatedly around his bride.

    Amouage Ubar (Floriental D; Oriental Floral F; Woods D) Bergamot, lemon, lily of the valley, damascene rose,Bulgarian rose, jasmine, sandalwood, civet, vanilla. "Very pleasant, but not memorable," Yasmin says, "though the lemon gives it a lift." Walad examines the label, sees it has no incense, and therefore is misplaced.

    Finished with the Amouages, Yasmin and Walad take a break, strolling along the beach's pure golden sands, Diba and Firuz watching for different reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    A blog? I've never blogged. Wouldn't know how to go about it. What are you suggesting that I blog, Ipp? I see cytherian is agreeing so I must be missing something.
    There's a Blog section here, Scentfan, where members post stuff which is often slightly away from the normal discussions in the threads - although discussions are still a feature in the Blogs section, if enabled by the member.
    A number of members keep their writings/videos, etc., together that way.
    http://www.basenotes.net/blog.php

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    Of course, it's quite serious that a moderator suggest a member move their writings to a blog, encouraging "I agree" from another member. Perhaps Basenotes isn't for me, after all. Or perhaps you can explain the criteria by which moderators publicly make such a suggestion. As recently as last night, I've read lengthy material in the forums which has far less to do with perfume than mine.

    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    There's a Blog section here, Scentfan, where members post stuff which is often slightly away from the normal discussions in the threads - although discussions are still a feature in the Blogs section, if enabled by the member.
    A number of members keep their writings/videos, etc., together that way.
    http://www.basenotes.net/blog.php

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    It was just a suggestion as a lot of members enjoy developing their talents in blogs and find that satisfying, ScentFan - it wasn't a request.

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    I know you mean well, Ipp, but I must say I've been feeling over-moderated.

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    Most of my favorites have already been mentioned but I'd also suggest trying Josef Stakus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by socalwoman View Post
    Most of my favorites have already been mentioned but I'd also suggest trying Josef Stakus.

    Wow, never heard of it. Thanks. Amazed at what's out there to be discovered.

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    CoStume National Scent Intense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    A blog? I've never blogged. Wouldn't know how to go about it. What are you suggesting that I blog, Ipp? I see cytherian is agreeing so I must be missing something.
    Sorry, but the tone of the other person seemed to suggest you should start a blog, in a nice way. To capture your postings. You have a very eloquent way of writing about fragrances and it would be easier to find them that way in addition to giving you the freedom of format. I don't think it was suggested that you shouldn't post here at all. I'm surprised you've assumed this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cytherian View Post
    Sorry, but the tone of the other person seemed to suggest you should start a blog, in a nice way. To capture your postings. You have a very eloquent way of writing about fragrances and it would be easier to find them that way in addition to giving you the freedom of format. I don't think it was suggested that you shouldn't post here at all. I'm surprised you've assumed this.

    I see from this message that you were an innocent bystander. Now I'm wondering what scent you were wearing at the time and whether you'd just come in from a chill, dark night full of unexplained forebodings and with perfectly good intentions sat in your chair by the fire, a glass of brandy at hand and without warning as the clock struck ... etc. A Fougere?

    Peace.

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    I have no idea. I've doused myself thoroughly with my most favorite chypre and headed off to bed. Sleep well.
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    Ooh yeah, I forgot to mention the most sublime incense in composition besides the aforementioned by me on other post is ofcourse a discontinued one , that if found in the net at this time the only thing you will find is a 500ml flacon if it still available and that is Incense by Norma Kamali pour homme...

    btw, can be had from Surrender to Chance at $94.25usd for 15ml..or less smaller decants at lower prices....
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    Quote Originally Posted by magnus611 View Post
    Ooh yeah, I forgot to mention the most sublime incense in composition besides the aforementioned by me on other post is ofcourse a discontinued one , that if found in the net at this time the only thing you will find is a 500ml flacon if it still available and that is Incense by Norma Kamali pour homme...

    btw, can be had from Surrender to Chance at $94.25usd for 15ml..or less smaller decants at lower prices....
    I've got a sample, magnus611. Lolling at the beach for a few days. Will resume next week, worried I'll fall in love with NK!

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    This thread has acquired a whiff of brimstone!

    ScentFan, because you are writing a series of reviews in a narrative format, a blog is a natural medium for you to keep your story for posterity and for easy reference and reading by interested forum members. I am surprised you found the suggestion offensive. I thought it was offered constructively. My two cents.
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    In their seaside tent, Yasmin and Walad sniff the air. "Do you smell sulfur?" he asks. She shakes her head. They turn and look at me. "Well, are we going to the dogs?" Not to the dogs, I say. The blogs. "Is that like Siberia?" Yasmin asks, "I thought we were popular." Walad calls the royal counter. "Only 3,481 page views for Jasmine and 2,518 for incense so far. Perhaps that's not enough." They hold hands and think hard then look back at me. "Perhaps you should find out what a blog is and how it works?" I sigh and say I'll think about it. Meanwhile, let's get back to sniffing, now that the kerfluffle's over. "What's a kerfluffle?" Walad asks. Yasmin replies, "War for nice people."

    Norma Kamali Incense. "Oh, no! We're beginning with that?" Yasmin asks Walad. "Haven't you heard? She just fell in love with the Sonoma Scent Studio's Boutique line and bought them all! What if she falls in love with this rare and expensive perfume, too?" Trepidatiously, the three of us sniff. Intrigued, I put it on my skin and at once sense the air of ancient cloisters, hear the toll of vesper bells, see hoar mists on distant fields and beyond them shadowy mountains. How can a scent paint such pictures? Merlin must have worn this, or Joan of Ark. Someone brave, at any rate, and up to deeds of import. This is the scent of destiny. "See what you've done to her?" Yasmin says to Walad. He replies, "Our author cannot retreat once under the spell of fragrance. It is a sweet doom." Yasmin replies. "Like mine, except my doom is you and innocence the victim."

    Just then the tent is opened and there stands the guard, Fizur with the maid, Diba, her arm gripped by an unknown man. The man says, "I am Diba's brother and you, betrayer sultan, have undone my family!" As the men glare at each other, Diba and Yasmin begin to cry, one fearing the loss of love, the other of life. Yards away beneath the ocean, Aphrodite and Neptune (oops, Poseidon, we're in Greece) argue. Look what trouble they have caused. Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, doesn't even like Walad that much, not enough to ruin him so he'll lose Yasmin and be free. She was just having fun.

    Jeke by Slumberhouse. On impulse, I spray this on the other hand in hopes it is a substitute for Norma Kamali’s sublime Incense. No, Jeke isn’t a substitute, but I am instantly consoled, bedfellows these. NK is the kind of destiny for which heroes give their lives. Jeke is life risen from their ashes to inhabit the earth in glory again. Perhaps tears are even coming to my eyes at the gift of experiencing such perfumes. I suppose I should look up the notes in Jeke again, look up those in Norma Kamali. No point. They are equal excellences, far transcending their ingredients. If I never own Norma Kamali, I am greatly comforted by owning Jeke.

    “Pssst, remember us?” Yasmin and Walad say to me. Next time, my friends, I reply. For now, I am lost in dreams.

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    Damn! Damn it, I tell you! I was hoping that Yasmin wouldn't find Norma Kamali to be the most sublime! Now I'll have to find some...

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    Lol Yasmin certainly has a distinguished nose...she is adding to my already long list of must try stuff :-(

    Keep the installments coming plz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackheart2925 View Post
    Lol Yasmin certainly has a distinguished nose...she is adding to my already long list of must try stuff :-(

    Keep the installments coming plz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OdilonRedon View Post
    Damn! Damn it, I tell you! I was hoping that Yasmin wouldn't find Norma Kamali to be the most sublime! Now I'll have to find some...
    Me, too, but there's still hope for us. At thd end, Yasmin's doing a sniff-off among her favorites which so far are Blackbird, Bois d'Ascese, NK and well Jeke's not really an incense, is it? Perhaps NK won't win!

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    Those were seriously great pieces of writing, ScentFan. I particularly like your line ". NK is the kind of destiny for which heroes give their lives. Jeke is life risen from their ashes to inhabit the earth in glory again." Were you or are you a writer (in a past life or this one)? I'd love to see this style of review continue, as it is something I tried to fiddle with in the past with mixed results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OctaVariuM View Post
    Those were seriously great pieces of writing, ScentFan. I particularly like your line ". NK is the kind of destiny for which heroes give their lives. Jeke is life risen from their ashes to inhabit the earth in glory again." Were you or are you a writer (in a past life or this one)? I'd love to see this style of review continue, as it is something I tried to fiddle with in the past with mixed results.
    "She writes novels," Yasmin replies. "People in foreign countries like them (and some Americans). Not to worry she is ours, now, to sniff away the aromatic hours."
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    "She writes novels," Yasmin replies. "People in foreign countries like them (and some Americans). Not to worry she is ours, now, to sniff away the aromatic hours."
    Well I would love to track one down and read it. I'm in school for writing myself, though more focused in journalism/reviews and teaching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OctaVariuM View Post
    Well I would love to track one down and read it.
    Me too! Still enjoying your posts immensely, ScentFan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OctaVariuM View Post
    Well I would love to track one down and read it. I'm in school for writing myself, though more focused in journalism/reviews and teaching.
    Cool. I was on my high school newspaper staff and editor of my engineering school's mag. Seriously considered the journalism route.

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    Me too! Still enjoying your posts immensely, ScentFan.
    Um...um...will PM you guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OdilonRedon View Post
    Damn! Damn it, I tell you! I was hoping that Yasmin wouldn't find Norma Kamali to be the most sublime! Now I'll have to find some...
    Funny this should come up, but I just got an email from Maria at Norma Kamali letting me know that they are down to the final two bottles of the vintage, and then that's it — the stuff will be officially extinct. Of course the bottles are huge (500ml) and this stuff is so powerful that 10ml would probably last a lifetime, but if anyone wanted to get on it and pick up one of the last, I'd do it very soon indeed. Of course, discussing / arranging splits within the forums violates BN code of conduct, so if any of you chose to go this route, I'd turn to either the marketplace or PM.

    Quote Originally Posted by magnus611 View Post
    Incense by Norma Kamali pour homme...
    Just for clarity, there's no "pour homme" at Norma Kamali. The line has historically been womenswear, and the fragrance line is technically "pour elle," but it just goes to show the redundancy of gender demarcations. When it was first released, "Incense" was one half of a fragrance design, with the other being "Perfume." The two were made to coincide, which is part of the reason why Incense is so linear and powerful—it's essentially the base components of "Perfume." Anyhow, just an aside in case anyone thinks Norma Kamali has suddenly started catering to men and goes looking for their "pour homme" line

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    ALSO -- and I'm just hearing this information now, although it's been confirmed by two separate Tom Ford reps -- but the word is that Sahara Noir is being discontinued.

    It's probably the best thing the TF line has right now, so this wouldn't surprise me as crap seems to be far more favorable than quality, and that's a line that certainly knows how to maximize their crap-ness by discontinuing anything quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    "She writes novels," Yasmin replies. "People in foreign countries like them (and some Americans). Not to worry she is ours, now, to sniff away the aromatic hours."
    Writing and an interest in perfume are complimentary pursuits, in a way. Contemplative, stimulating to the senses and the intellect. And it's always good - essential, actually - to have something that pleasantly distracts you from actually writing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    ALSO -- and I'm just hearing this information now, although it's been confirmed by two separate Tom Ford reps -- but the word is that Sahara Noir is being discontinued.
    Nooooooooooooo!! This is one l would actually consider buying! What on earth are they thinking?
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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Nooooooooooooo!! This is one l would actually consider buying! What on earth are they thinking?
    This is their track record, though. Introduce high quality, well-made, and innovative scents and then phase them out to bring in stuff that smells like cheap glade candles or insane amounts of suederal but sells like plasticy vanilla hot-cakes. As the new Tobacco Oud actually has a whiff of personality and intrigue about it, I'd harbor that it'll be gone within six months.

    I'd wait for more concrete information to appear, but if this was in anyone's sights as a potential incense (it really is an excellent one), get ready to pull the trigger fast. Someone I know just bought three bottles of the stuff today alone.

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