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    For me, my grail could well be Tauer's LDDM. But I love so many others as well. It's hard to me monogamous-scentric
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    I have too many fragrances which I like.
    Vintage Kouros , Oud Ispahan, TDH edp, Vintage Fahrenheit, Montale Louban.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nosey49 View Post
    kumquat,

    Thanks for starting this thread. Some seem not to understand that the answers provided help others sort through the thousands of fragrances and increases their chances of finding something they truly treasure.
    Thanks, Nosey, I truly appreciate your insight. Welcome to the forum!
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    It's not easy for me but I would say that Bois des Iles/Egoiste is part of it. Another part is orientals like Shalimar/Habit Rouge. And yet another would be iris centred scents, even IdI and IdH by Prada.

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    I can understand that perfectly well, it happens the same to me with Mitsouko and L'Heure Bleue.

    Quote Originally Posted by gtsb View Post
    Guerlain Derby is my favorite. As a matter of fact I like it so much that I'm afraid to wear it.

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    Opomone, I never knew Sous les Vent meant 'Downwind'. That's not so connected to flying as I thought. I love it, too!
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    lately it has been Amouage Dia

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    I have forever been in love with Houbigant Ambergris from the 70's. I am still in love with the sister Houbigant Patchouli (but not the new version as it is absolutely and utterly different) and also the Civet. Less so the musk of the same set. These are for private sniffing pleasures as they are too precious for wearing out. I hoard the set with glittering eyes like my own Smaugs dragon treasure den of jewels.

    My true wearing love has always been vintage Armani by Armani. I am stocked up for some time on that. Vintage Yendi is a tiny and precious bottle for special wear only. Another is vintage Diorling and also the reformulation too although it's not so similar. Vintage Coco Chanel was a favourite but I haven't worn it in a while. The new isn't a patch on the old.

    All of my existing prized holy grails are vintage come to think of it.

    More recently I like to ring the changes and the sniffing quest will be forever continued probably until I die. I shall compile a list of those as we go along. Dzing is one I like to keep sniffing but isn't ranking as high yet as grail but I cannot put it down either. More to come when I think of them.

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    For me that would be my first love in niche perfume: CdG Odeur 53. I still get that mmmmmmm-feeling everytime I smell it...
    Currently wearing: Vetiver by Roja Dove

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    I'm not sure about HG, but Bvlgari Black is the only thing I own that never feels like a wrong choice. Sometimes, something else in my collection is better-suited to a given event, but I've never left home in Black and wished later that I'd chosen differently.

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    A couple months have passed, more sniffing opportunities and my tastes keep evolving. I'll add a few to my list. These make me feel like I've sniffed a bit of heaven.

    Slumberhouse Zahd
    Chanel NO 5 EDP
    Guerlain Jicky Extrait
    Guerlain L'Heure Bleue
    Schiaparelli Shocking (vintage Parfum)
    Prada Infusion D'Iris Absolue
    Vintage Hermes Eau D'Hermes
    MFK Absolue Pour Le Soir
    CaronTabac Blond
    Lancôme Cuir de Lancôme
    Amouage Ubar Woman
    Keiko Mecheri Attar de Roses
    Keiko Mecheri Genie de Bois
    Serge Lutens Mandarine Mandarin


    But I am not sure that even begins to cut it for me. So many amazing things out there.
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    And...my prediction was right regarding exploring Tauer. We have a winner : Incense Rose.
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    Mathilde Laurent

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    Toss up between vintage Egoiste Concentree, Pure Distance M, and vintage M7.

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    A few years ago when I was trying to find my "holy grail" I discovered buying decants and since then I'm an aimless nomad. I have always hated testing in stores, I like to try things at home on different days, in different weather, in different environments, etc. I started with a few 2mL decants that I thought I might like and that has created a monster, I usually buy five or six 2mL decants per month of fragrances I've never worn before. And I live in constant fear that when I do finally stumble upon perfection, it will be promptly discontinued by the manufacturer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Some of you may still be searching, which is fine. Personally, I've found several, but I've been at this a long time.
    Gotta pick one Kumquat,we all have THAT ONE....

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyupURself View Post
    A few years ago when I was trying to find my "holy grail" I discovered buying decants and since then I'm an aimless nomad. I have always hated testing in stores, I like to try things at home on different days, in different weather, in different environments, etc. I started with a few 2mL decants that I thought I might like and that has created a monster, I usually buy five or six 2mL decants per month of fragrances I've never worn before. And I live in constant fear that when I do finally stumble upon perfection, it will be promptly discontinued by the manufacturer.

    Where do you get your decants?

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    L'INSTANT by GUERLAIN....SUPREME EXCELLENCE in every way....

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    Quote Originally Posted by hilliard View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by derekbgreene View Post
    Gotta pick one Kumquat,we all have THAT ONE....
    Well, besides the one which is still available- Caron French Can Can, I've found some real treasures in my wanderings the greatest of which has been ​Guerlain- Djedi.
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    I have to say, sadly.....Amouage's Tribute Attar has grail status for me. And all I will have for the present is 3 precious ml of that juice. going to have to use some of my dubai connections to possibly get me a full bottle from the source, especially once they start producing the attars again in their pre-IFRA glory.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Some of you may still be searching, which is fine. Personally, I've found several, but I've been at this a long time.
    Gotta pick one Kumquat,we all have THAT ONE....
    What are your FAVORITE colognes for men that you just LOVE???????

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    Quote Originally Posted by stargarden View Post
    I have to say, sadly.....Amouage's Tribute Attar has grail status for me. And all I will have for the present is 3 precious ml of that juice. going to have to use some of my dubai connections to possibly get me a full bottle from the source, especially once they start producing the attars again in their pre-IFRA glory.....

    There was a thread the other week advising that they'd all been pulled from the shelves (again).
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/378...ger-being-sold
    Last edited by lpp; 29th April 2014 at 06:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    There was a thread the other week advising that they'd all been pulled from the shelves (again).
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/378...ger-being-sold
    Yes -- from what I understand, they will only be available at the Oman flagship in Muscat. That being so, they are free to make them however they wish and not deal with the IFRA regs. I hope this is so......I would love to have a bottle of Tribute that has not been hampered by the fragrance police

    I doubt they will stop producing the attars - they just don't want to distribute them outside the borders of Oman. So, we will have to find new ways of getting them, such as friends who live in the region that can visit and buy in person.
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    That may no longer be the case, stargarden - there seems to be some info. about all Omani perfume being perhaps required to be compliant now/soon in the first post of that thread.
    In the longer term it appears unclear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by derekbgreene View Post
    Gotta pick one Kumquat,we all have THAT ONE....
    What are your FAVORITE colognes for men that you just LOVE???????
    I just found an excellent new one- Jovoy- Private Label (deep, dark spicy), IPDF- Costa Mediteraneo (tangy cologne), MDCI- Chypre Palatin, green and creamy, Mazzolari- Mazzolari, Lui & Vetyver , PG- Aomassai & Querelle, Etro- Shaal Nur , Profumum- Acqua Viva, Victrix, Arso, Fumidus, Montale- Patchouli Leaves, Black Aoud, Serge Lutens- Vetiver Oriental

    Those are all current but one vintage, if you can find it, is Givenchy Gentleman, ​but it must be in the old bottle with the black and white wicker design box and the square upright bottle with the gold square lid. A lovely dark chypre.

    I'm flattered that you're interested in my opinion. Thanks for asking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nosey49 View Post
    Where do you get your decants?
    Mostly from Surrender to Chance, and sometimes from The Perfumed Court. I recently read on here about decantshop.com and I will try them soon. I also love it when perfumeries offer sample sets for sale and I have purchased many of those.

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    Lpp: I will be savoring what little I have and wishing I had bought a 30ml bottle last year when it was available. I hope they continue to make the attars...


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    Spice and Wood might just be it.

    But honestly, I can never see myself without GIT. It really is just a gorgeous scent.

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    I've come to realize that for myself it is impossible to have just one scent as a Holy Grail, mostly because there are so many terrific combinations of notes to be made. If you have strong favorites from each major notes group, like oriental woody, leather, chypre, or fougere, how can you pick one over the other?


    IFRA and EU are ruining everything, all in the name of increasing profits by forcing the use of patented synthetics. I really wish Amouage would make 2 lines -- one for Europe and one for rest of the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cytherian View Post
    IFRA and EU are ruining everything, all in the name of increasing profits
    Add to that a good, healthy large pinch of hygienic fascism as well. These fucks (EU) generally want everyone to be the same, look the same, eat the same, behave the same, and apparently smell the same, too.

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    ^ Interesting... I've long felt that Europe has an admirable diversity in many other respects. What events/policies have you noted that has you feeling this way?
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    Back in 2004, at the age of 18-- I stopped into a local Sephora with a friend and sniffed Guerlain Vetiver in its horizontal line bottle. And I told myself that I know I'll wear it once I'm older. Flash forward to late 2012; I grabbed a bottle of its current formulation.
    And now, I've got three bottles and a vintage decant (thanks remik!) varying from 1960, 1989, 2003, and 2012 formulations.

    Although I keep obtaining new bottles. I do believe Guerlain Vetiver is my grail.
    Current top 5:
    1) MDCI Invasion Barbare
    2) Imaginary Authors The Cobra and The Canary
    3) Guerlain Vetiver
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    5) A*Men: Pure Havane

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    No holy grails for me exactly, but I have one or two favorites in each category:

    Citrus: Selection Verte and Monsieur de Balmain

    Aquatic: Sel Marin and Acqua Essenziale

    Woods: Norne

    Fougere: Invasion Barbare

    Leather: Tuscan Leather and Blackbird

    Oriental: 1899 Hemingway and Eau Sauvage Parfum

    Gourmand: Pure Malt and Aomassai

    Tobacco: Herod

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    Vintage Guerlain Heritage EDT may just be it for me.

    Nominees in the running are:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    No holy grails for me exactly, but I have one or two favorites in each category:

    Citrus: Selection Verte and Monsieur de Balmain
    Love these two choices of yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Love these two choices of yours.
    Thank you. I have to give all the credit to you for your repeated recommendations of Monsieur Balmain. I'd have never heard about it otherwise. It's really become one of my favorites over the last several months.

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    Mine:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaroff View Post
    Add to that a good, healthy large pinch of hygienic fascism as well. These fucks (EU) generally want everyone to be the same, look the same, eat the same, behave the same, and apparently smell the same, too.
    That would actually make for a very interesting experiment. We already do synchronised Friday's but wouldn't it be fun to all attempt one particular day to all wear an exactly identical perfume. I wonder if anyone would notice.

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    No holy grail as such, but I have a few that are extra special to me: Tauer LADDM, AG Encens Flamboyant and Rochas Byzance.

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    I agree that the hunt for one's Holy Grail scent is the fun of it.
    I think that I have found my Leather Holy Grail. Sampled Azuree yesterday. It's just right for me. Not that that will stop me from continuing to try others!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stargarden View Post
    Yes -- from what I understand, they will only be available at the Oman flagship in Muscat. That being so, they are free to make them however they wish and not deal with the IFRA regs. I hope this is so......I would love to have a bottle of Tribute that has not been hampered by the fragrance police

    I doubt they will stop producing the attars - they just don't want to distribute them outside the borders of Oman. So, we will have to find new ways of getting them, such as friends who live in the region that can visit and buy in person.
    So they're not even available in the likes of Dubai either?

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    Ask me on my deathbed...

    Hindsight is a powerful thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    Ask me on my deathbed...

    Hindsight is a powerful thing.
    Wouldn't want to wait until I'm dead, but this is pretty funny and probably an accurate way of looking at this question. It's often not until we wear a scent many times throughout the years that memories start accumulating and our relation to it becomes stronger. Probably why I get a bit peeved when so many blast a descent offering that may not seem "great" within the first month, but ultimately becomes a favorite. Not all classics are instantaneous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunny82 View Post
    I agree that the hunt for one's Holy Grail scent is the fun of it.
    I think that I have found my Leather Holy Grail. Sampled Azuree yesterday. It's just right for me. Not that that will stop me from continuing to try others!
    A real contender with me, also. This one is darn near perfect.
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    On the subject of Azuree, does anyone know if this has been reformulated since its inception? I got mine three years ago and love it as well....strong and biting like a powerful shot of alcohol. Just curious. Lauder does a pretty good job of keeping the original formulation outside of Lauder for Men.

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    I'm thinking it almost has to be considering it debuted in '69, Oakmoss restrictions, etc... Maybe a "dumb" question. It just seems like it is vintage.

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    I also got some a couple of years ago. It is still good as of then...
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    When you buy 'Azureé' it is often under the counter. I think the bottles may be vintage. Maybe just a fantasy of mine though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    I also got some a couple of years ago. It is still good as of then...
    Good to know. Thanks!

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    Kouros.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    I also got some a couple of years ago. It is still good as of then...
    I'd managed to get a bottle from the UK vintage. I found it too pungent with the floral notes, very similar to Gres Cabochard, which I'm not particularly fond of. I sold the bottle and the buyer was happy with it. Just wondering if I should bother sampling a newer vintage.
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    Vintage Patou Pour Homme is the most balanced and beautiful perfume I have ever smelt. I suppose that is my holy grail. I am always looking for my next favorite though.Each time I wear Vintage Mitsouko or Derby I love them more and more so who knows what will be next. I have a feeling it will be something for Guerlain though.

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    As much as I hate to admit it, Aventus is the closest thing for me. Has great notes, silage and longevity on my skin. There are others that would come close if only they lasted...
    It felt dirty admitting that

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    Quote Originally Posted by ausphil View Post
    As much as I hate to admit it, Aventus is the closest thing for me. Has great notes, silage and longevity on my skin. There are others that would come close if only they lasted...
    It felt dirty admitting that
    It's better to feel dirty and truthful than clean and lying I suppose. A million people may like it but I think it's pretty damn good and unique despite that fact....and despite my general disdain for Creed fans who blow that house way out of proportion.

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    Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme (Vintage).
    The UK reformulation was the first version I tried and I loved it.
    After testing a vintage sample I recently received, I don't know if I can love another cologne.
    Even though I am a rookie in the fragrance game, this cologne might have ended the journey.
    Last edited by Slyflow; 6th November 2014 at 02:39 AM.
    Less fragrance is more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cytherian View Post
    I'd managed to get a bottle from the UK vintage. I found it too pungent with the floral notes, very similar to Gres Cabochard, which I'm not particularly fond of. I sold the bottle and the buyer was happy with it. Just wondering if I should bother sampling a newer vintage.
    If you don't like vintage Cabochard chances are you you won't respond to Azureé. It is a green leathery chypre. Somewhat 'golden' in nature. One of the nice things about it IMO is how the florals come forward above the leather.
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    Well, as I responded back in February, I still think "Holy Grail" should indicate one ultimate be-all and end-all, in this case a perfume so unimaginably magnificent and unspeakably stunning it completely ends your search for any other ...and it appears we all know that's not gonna happen. But if we're actually just talking about *perfect* perfumes, then I can name several...

    Chanel Coco
    Chanel Coromandel
    Catherine Deneuve Deneuve
    the original Calvin Klein for women
    Guerlain Chamade
    Guerlain Iris Ganache
    Gucci No1
    Gucci No3
    L'Arte di Gucci
    Dior Dune
    Krizia K de Krizia
    Hermès Rouge
    Serge Lutens Bas de Soie
    Amouage Lyric Woman
    ELdO Rossy de Palma
    Amouage Lyric Woman
    By Kilian Rose Oud
    Clinique Aromatics Elixir
    L'Artisan Mimosa Pour Moi

    ...and there are many, many more. Happily, perfect perfumes aren't nearly as difficult to find as the enchanted cup of Arthurian legend.
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