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    Anyone else get their bottle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Anyone else get their bottle?
    Got mine on Tuesday.

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    All I can say is that those of you brave enough to jump at this ultimate blind buy are in for a treat! I have now worn Zahd for three days in a row. Longevity on me is 8-12 hours. I never can really judge sillage because I can't step away from me to judge. But I have had multiple complements from friends. One said, "you smell like a man." Well, this is unisex so forget that one. Another one said it reminded them of Christmas. Must be the cranberry note. One more said they had never smelled anything so delicious and asked where they could buy it. Sadly I had to tell them they could never buy it and explaing why just frustrated her and she refused to understand how anything could be so limited. The uniqueness of this scent may be an issue here but it will only add to its forthcoming legendary status which I am almost certain will come. I am thinking that I may have to ration Zahd. Also hoping that any new scents from Josh will be equally brilliant...

    Don't give up hope if you ordered a bottle. It will come. And you will ask yourself why you did not order extras. I for one am going to spray this on my scarf or on cloth to increase longevity. And treasure this one as something special, which it is.
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    Cranberry usually reminds me of Thanksgiving :-) The Slumberhouse that reminds me of Christmas is definitely Rume. Glad you're enjoying your bottle! Although it doesn't make much sense for me to revisit, you guys have me wanting to reach for my sample tomorrow with your wonderful comments and reviews.

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    Another one said it reminded them of Christmas. Must be tge cranberry note.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    I for one am going to spray this on my scarf or on cloth to increase longevity. And treasure this one as something special, which it is.
    Good man! Rare and exclusive fragrance brings one more member to the "spray on cloth" club!

    (Windsor, trying to enhance the rose note, was where I started down that path. I was shocked at how much it helped.)
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    Anyone have any objections to moving this thread over to General? I've no idea why it's filed in the MFD as this isn't a male/female fragrance. Perhaps getting a male perspective only was the goal? Anyhow, unless there are some valid objections as to otherwise, I'll bump it over later in the day so that the ladies of BN who are also receiving shipments this weekend can have a place to chat / discuss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Good man! Rare and exclusive fragrance brings one more member to the "spray on cloth" club!

    (Windsor, trying to enhance the rose note, was where I started down that path. I was shocked at how much it helped.)
    I have read that spraying on cloth is traditional, or at least was common practice even long before I was born! It does help with longevity and extending the top notes. Zahd for example lasts about 8-12 hours on me, a little less than many Amouage scents but stilll top notch. However the scarf I sprayed once over 24 hours ago still smells wonderful! Top notes are gone but what remains is still amazing and I don't have to search for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Anyone have any objections to moving this thread over to General? I've no idea why it's filed in the MFD as this isn't a male/female fragrance. Perhaps getting a male perspective only was the goal? Anyhow, unless there are some valid objections as to otherwise, I'll bump it over later in the day so that the ladies of BN who are also receiving shipments this weekend can have a place to chat / discuss.
    As a male, the male fragrance discussion page is where I usually go. That's why I started it there. I think the first Slumberhouse thread on Basenotes was started on the male discussion page also. It had a ton of responses, but it was moved and now I'm not sure where it can be found. I'm not sure why there's an urgency to move threads from the male discussion forum. I believe the male forum is by far the most heavily trafficked discussion forum on Basenotes, so why not leave it there?

    If the goal is to get more females involved in the discussion, why not do away with male/female forums and just have a general discussion forum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UngerWoo View Post
    As a male, the male fragrance discussion page is where I usually go. That's why I started it there. I think the first Slumberhouse thread on Basenotes was started on the male discussion page also. It had a ton of responses, but it was moved and now I'm not sure where it can be found. I'm not sure why there's an urgency to move threads from the male discussion forum. I believe the male forum is by far the most heavily trafficked discussion forum on Basenotes, so why not leave it there?

    If the goal is to get more females involved in the discussion, why not do away with male/female forums and just have a general discussion forum?
    It actually wasn't moved -- it's in the Huddler archive, still waiting to be revived I guess. I think the sentiment is more that when a line produces unisex fragrances, we might think about placing them into the General discussion category -- which is where the existing Slumberhouse discussion is alongside a number of the other indies that don't acknowledge gender. We've had several female members of the site discovering discussions long after they started on unisex scent and wondering why they were tucked away in the male discussion board.

    You might notice that we removed "Industry" from the title of "General" section in order to promote the discussion of non-gendered fragrances, and since then, General has actually become one of the most trafficked parts of the site. Long overdue!

    But it's your thread, so I'll leave it up you

    EDIT: Woah. I just noticed that this thread has been moved already. Hmmm.
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    I've been mulling over Zahd all day. Refraining from commenting on it yet, but I will say one thing about it: Its development over the course of a full wearing is phenomenal.

    And I think the new bottles are cool. I like them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    EDIT: Woah. I just noticed that this thread has been moved already. Hmmm.
    Not I, said the Perfumisto in the back of the room.....

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    Apologies for the confusion - I moved this thread before logging out last night.


    Is it to be returned to MFD?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
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    The Zahd discussion is surprisingly quiet, almost non-existent.

    I wonder why...

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    I'm not talking about it because I don't want to use it! It's a rare piece I'd rather not spray. But, at the same time - if I may be frank - it's highly unique, and "appealing" but not wearable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noideawhatimsaying View Post
    I'm not talking about it because I don't want to use it! It's a rare piece I'd rather not spray. But, at the same time - if I may be frank - it's highly unique, and "appealing" but not wearable.
    I agree with you that I don't want to wear it because of the rarity, but disagree completely that Zahd is "not wearable". I find it extreemly wearable, probably the most wearable Slumberhouse to date and the most appealing. In fact I have now worn it 4 days in a row in order to become familiar with the scent. (Now it will become that special one that comes out rarely when the mood strikes.) I find it not only wearable, but adicting. Perhaps there is not much chat because very few people have accepted delivery yet.
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    Noticed it was your number 1! Quite a fan, and I respect that But you also like Opus VII, and I cannot respect it lol.

    One thing I noticed was that the samples had a more "medicinal" smell on the top notes than the actual bottle does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noideawhatimsaying View Post
    Noticed it was your number 1! Quite a fan, and I respect that But you also like Opus VII, and I cannot respect it lol.

    One thing I noticed was that the samples had a more "medicinal" smell on the top notes than the actual bottle does.
    We all have different tastes! And I am very glad that more people don't care for OpusVII; that means that one of my most complemented scents is more exclusive to me! ;-)
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    Regarding the opening, Zahd immediately smells like and reminds me of a cherry cordial--chocolate over cherry and cherry liqueur. The cocoa note is sweeter than the cocoa in Ore, perhaps wetter, and therefore it's more like chocolate candy, but not overly sweet. Zahd opens very much on the gourmand side of the spectrum. But the cherry cordial does not last too long, it transforms into more of a tart cranberry at which point it becomes medicinal (cough syrup to put it crudely...though it doesn't really smell like cough syrup, it might remind you of it). I haven't been able to analyze it much past this point, though I noticed that the chocolate makes a seamless transition into a rich sandalwood and something else (oud? champaca?) kind of base, that's a little darker than its previous stage. It's very smooth and lush and is a welcome transition from the gourmand opening. Floral notes also begin to emerge at this point, but they're different than typical florals I'm accustomed to.

    As I said, I really only feel that I know the opening at this point, and the middle stages and drydown are becoming more clear but I haven't really tried to deconstruct them in any way yet.

    Longevity and sillage is excellent. Zahd performs very well.

    Regarding "wearability" I haven't worn it out and about yet, so I can't say for sure, but I don't think this one's going to be a problem. There's also certain facets in it that make it seem like it will be well suited for any season or time of the year, and that those facets will emerge and shine depending on the time of year.

    Too early to say how I would rank this, or exactly say how I feel about it, but like Akahina said, it's addictive (just like I find Vikt addictive) and intriguing, and seems to have a lot of layers. I think Josh's "crushed velvet" comparison is pretty accurate too.

    Too bad I'm at work right now...I really want to spray some Zahd.

    And it is messy! Watch out!

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    at which point it becomes medicinal (cough syrup to put it crudely...though it doesn't really smell like cough syrup, it might remind you of it).
    And I hate this part of it. Anyone chemically nkow hwy it goes that way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    And I am very glad that more people don't care for OpusVII; that means that one of my most complemented scents is more exclusive to me! ;-)
    I love when people hate my favorites for this reason! You and I have the exact same tastes... I actually look to your opinion assuming I'll probably agree.

    As for Zahd, it's stunning. I've worn it for the past two days, and it's gorgeous. I get a lot more of the cocoa than the cranberry which is disappointing since the cranberry I do get is outstanding. It is a very sweet and yummy scent, yet the opinions that I've gotten from ladies is that it's a very masculine scent. Also unlike anything I've smelled, with the champaca and attar giving it a truly unique and special feel. Sillage and projection suck for me, but that has more to do with my skin, while the longevity is great. Yesterday, I put it on at 10am before my flight to California, and all throughout the 6 hour flight I was continually treated to wafts of delicious Zahd at unexpected moments, coming back to say hi just when you think it's gone. It stuck around a solid 14 hours, though as a skin scent the majority of the time. I find it versatile and very easy to wear, can't see an occasion or season that it would be inappropriate. Yes, people associate cranberries with Christmas, but this scent would work fine in the summer since it's also so delicate and delicious. Though I do predict I will conserve the limited amount I have to special occasions like the holiday season.
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    Sounds great, Buysblind. Thanks for the appetizer! Mine is "out for delivery" - finally.

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    Buysblind: you had me at cherry! Great write up!

    Aaaarrrrrghhh the suspense is killing me, I can't wait any longer!! Oh please Mr. Postman!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by noideawhatimsaying View Post
    And I hate this part of it. Anyone chemically nkow hwy it goes that way?
    Chemically, no, but I think that's the cranberry concrete (is that what he called it?) emerging.

    My wife doesn't like this part either, but I'm not ready to make a call on it either way. When I first tried Vikt, the opening licorice blast was hard for me to appreciate. It smelled like green Nyquil. But what I realized pretty quickly is that that was just an association. I got a bottle of green Nyquil out of my medicine cabinet and compared it side by side to Vikt. And in an instant the association vanished. I was cured. I realized that actually, they're nothing alike. Now I enjoy the licorice aspect of Vikt.

    I'm not going to deny the "cough syrup" association that emerges after the initial cherry cordial stage, but I think it will dissipate on its own the more familiar I become with Zahd.

    One good sign, is that I'm excited to go home and put some on. It's a very intriguing and different fragrance, and it's pleasant as well. I'm hesitant to wear it to work, as it could be distracting. But I can't wait to wear this out and see how it does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rouj View Post
    I love when people hate my favorites for this reason! You and I have the exact same tastes... I actually look to your opinion assuming I'll probably agree.

    As for Zahd, it's stunning. I've worn it for the past two days, and it's gorgeous. I get a lot more of the cocoa than the raspberry which is disappointing since the raspberry I do get is outstanding. It is a very sweet and yummy scent, yet the opinions that I've gotten from ladies is that it's a very masculine scent. Also unlike anything I've smelled, with the champaca and attar giving it a truly unique and special feel. Sillage and projection suck for me, but that has more to do with my skin, while the longevity is great. Yesterday, I put it on at 10am before my flight to California, and all throughout the 6 hour flight I was continually treated to wafts of delicious Zahd at unexpected moments, coming back to say hi just when you think it's gone. It stuck around a solid 14 hours, though as a skin scent the majority of the time. I find it versatile and very easy to wear, can't see an occasion or season that it would be inappropriate. Yes, people associate cranberries with Christmas, but this scent would work fine in the summer since it's also so delicate and delicious. Though I do predict I will conserve the limited amount I have to special occasions like the holiday season.
    Nice rundown!

    You're the second person to get comments on its 'masculinity.' I think someone told Akahina, "You smell like a man!" LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Buysblind: you had me at cherry! Great write up!

    Aaaarrrrrghhh the suspense is killing me, I can't wait any longer!! Oh please Mr. Postman!!!
    Ha! Didn't recognize you with your new avatar (stop gloating!).


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    Quote Originally Posted by cello View Post
    Sounds great, Buysblind. Thanks for the appetizer! Mine is "out for delivery" - finally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rouj View Post
    Sillage and projection suck for me, but that has more to do with my skin,
    Just a quick point as I'm on the go here. Sillage and projection are going to be low for most wearers as the concentration is so high (it's closer to 40% than 30%). With such high concentrations and less alcohol to burn off, you get a scent that sits close to the wearer and is very intimate and encompassing. That's part of the design, so it not just isolated to you

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