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    !!!

    SOOOOOOO a few days back I ordered a sample set to have sent to my friend in Sweden. I never got shipping confirmation so I sent Dmitry an email like "hey man what's goin on with my order?"

    The response?





    2nd Collection Bortnikoff and 4 Collection Areej incoming! The funny take away in all this is that my friend in Sweden is only passively interested in frags and could be the first person to officially get this drop. I'm as excited as I am pissed.
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    Don't stank.
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    I love the old school colors of the fabric.
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    Bortnikoff 2nd Collection...



    Grinning ear to ear and haven't even smelled any of the new collection yet. I'm milking this glorious moment of exclusivity for all it's worth lol. But in all seriousness, I feel it'd be in poor taste to have him be kind enough to add these in my order and then I leak the names and first impressions before he makes an announcement on his facebook, instagram or official site.

    The names are pretty cool, but I'll let him announce those. I'll give first impressions once he releases the notes and what not.
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    Bortnikoff 2nd Collection...



    Grinning ear to ear and haven't even smelled any of the new collection yet. I'm milking this glorious moment of exclusivity for all it's worth lol. But in all seriousness, I feel it'd be in poor taste to have him be kind enough to add these in my order and then I leak the names and first impressions before he makes an announcement on his facebook, instagram or official site.

    The names are pretty cool, but I'll let him announce those. I'll give first impressions once he releases the notes and what not.
    That's very classy of you man
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    That's very classy of you man
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    I am pleased to discover that mysterious oud performs extremely well under the hot weather of the carolinas. All three are now on my to buy list!

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    YES SIRRRRRRRRR

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    Quote Originally Posted by wood&leather View Post
    YES SIRRRRRRRRR

    Awesome. Thanks for the post.

    So...did your friend send you the samples? Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Awesome. Thanks for the post.

    So...did your friend send you the samples? Lol



    Sure did, I've actually had these for close to a week now so I've "wrist sprayed" and sat with each multiple times. So I'll include the first impression and overall impression for each:

    First Collection Impressions: For me personally it was a coin flip between Coup de Foudre and Bonheur. Mysterious Oud was not bad, but I definitely found it boring. It was a bit too safe and lacked uniqueness. I went on a rant in the Ensar thread about how EO#2 was too boring regardless of price, and Mysterious oud gave me the same impression.

    I really liked Coup de Foudre and Bonheur but they both took the same angle for me. I collect frags based on seasons and plans (Sunday summer brunch frag, date night frag, winter errands frag, etc). I couldn't imagine a time where one would be better than the other. I ultimately decided on Bonheur. Coup de Foudre has the better opening, but something in the heart notes is very unpleasant to me and I didn't like sitting through it to get to the dry down. Bonheur is a little less stellar in the opening but I absolutely love the dry down. That Clove/Nutmeg combination is to die for. Spicy and almost velvety in character. I also found Bonheur to be good for daywear throughout the year as opposed to just a summer or winter scent.





    Second Collection Impressions

    Vetiver Nocturne: Initially I was very put off. First spray is a strong green/fougére scent with the trademark "Russian Oomph" density found in Areej and Bortnikoff frags. I let it sit a minute or two and then approached again. This smells like being outside late night after an April rain. 55 degrees out so the air is really wet, cold, and lush with green scents. That's the opening, except with the Bortnikoff DNA which is just a really really dense composition à la CoupDF and Bonheur.. So the first 10 minutes I'm like "yeah okay this is cool but a swing and a miss for me" but then lavender starts to creep in more and more. There's also a wood note, not sure if it's sandalwood, clove or something else. So imagine that cold, wet , fougére smell with a touch of lavender and a rich (not dry) wood. They're subtle additions but they transform the personality of the fragrance almost completely (in a good way).

    Verdict: This is everything I was hoping Areej Le Doré's Indolis would be. I love his work but I put Indolis in the bin with Chanel #5 as just offensive and gross. Vetiver Nocturne on the other hand is probably one of the more "beautiful" compositions I've come across this year but it's dense and it unpacks SLOWLY. This is a 30ml buy for me to spray on when I'm out in the suburbs having one of those latenight back porch conversations with friends till the early hours of morning. Not for everyone. Certainly won't be your most reached for frag but it is special and enjoyable.


    L'heure Exquise: This one is victim of it's own strength. Strifeknot mentioned a bit earlier how he felt like Areej Le Dore's composition aren't as well done as Bortnikoff. Okay so this one immediately reminded me of Inverno Russo which is a brutish musky masterpiece. Inverno Russo moves me like Russian Oud moves me. Spray hits your chest and you're ready to chop firewood and wrestle stray forest animals. They're dense with a brute character. Okay well I find L'heure Exquise to be a more well blended, and well behaved Inverno Russo and that seems to be the problem for me. It smells great, the notes are really raw in character, but like... it contradicts itself. Imagine if Francis Kurkdjian got his hands on Inverno Russo. That's L'heure Exquise but when do I wear this then? It's too musky and raw to be your formal, or first date scent. But it's too well blended and composed for me want to sit and enjoy it's rawness at night over a glass of whisky. I prefer Inverno Russo in that situation.

    Verdict: It smells really good. Truly. I just have no idea whenever I would reach for this. Pass for me.



    Oud Maximus: *spray* ... ... smile smile can't stop smiling. what the hell am I smelling even? I remember seeing on Bortnikoff's facebook page that he was holding a "civet" bottle he hinted was going to use in the second collection. never smelled it myself and found one base noter that described it "I have some real civet paste here; I'm smelling it now. It has notes of honey, leather, wet clay, butter, a fine aged Parmesan or Asiago cheese." That's exactly what I caught in the opening. It is so so strange in a good way. The first 10minutes of this frag will be polarizing. You will love or hate it because that cheese note is very particular. After that though, the cheese note fades out and then you're left with this BUTTER/honey/wood note that is just stunning. No exaggeration this might be Bortnikoff's first "cult classic". I absolutely love this scent, this is the risk he needed to take. I really like CoupDF and bonheur, but this is the first Bortnikoff I love.

    Verdict:I think people are going to have their Oud Maximus bottles proudly sat next to their Russian Oud. It doesn't smell even remotely the same but it has that same level of uniqueness that I think most frag enthusiasts search for. The best part? It's actually wearable after dry down. I'd almost wear this to dinner in the winter... almost. I'm going to restrain myself from buying two 50ml bottles when these go on sale.


    ***Overall I think the 2nd collection is considerably better than the 1st. The first had an average oud offering, and two similarly "quite-likeable" offerings. For me the 2nd is more diverse. Something that's a bit of an outlier in L'heure Exquise. A really gorgeous fougére/floral offering, and then an Oud that is far from average, far from basic, and will likely be Bortnikoff's first sold-out forever frag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wood&leather View Post



    Sure did, I've actually had these for close to a week now so I've "wrist sprayed" and sat with each multiple times. So I'll include the first impression and overall impression for each:

    First Collection Impressions: For me personally it was a coin flip between Coup de Foudre and Bonheur. Mysterious Oud was not bad, but I definitely found it boring. It was a bit too safe and lacked uniqueness. I went on a rant in the Ensar thread about how EO#2 was too boring regardless of price, and Mysterious oud gave me the same impression.

    I really liked Coup de Foudre and Bonheur but they both took the same angle for me. I collect frags based on seasons and plans (Sunday summer brunch frag, date night frag, winter errands frag, etc). I couldn't imagine a time where one would be better than the other. I ultimately decided on Bonheur. Coup de Foudre has the better opening, but something in the heart notes is very unpleasant to me and I didn't like sitting through it to get to the dry down. Bonheur is a little less stellar in the opening but I absolutely love the dry down. Spicy and almost velvety in character. I also found Bonheur to be good for daywear throughout the year as opposed to just a summer or winter scent.





    Second Collection Impressions

    Vetiver Nocturne: Initially I was very put off. After first spray it's a very dense green/fougére scent with the trademark "Russian Oomph" density found in Areej and Bortnikoff frags. I let it sit a minute or two and then approached again. This smells like being outside late night after an April rain. 55 degrees out so the air is really wet, cold, and lush with green scents. That's the opening, except with the Bortnikoff DNA which is just a really really dense composition à la CoupDF and Bonheur.. So the first 10 minutes I'm like "yeah okay this is cool but a swing in a miss for me" but then lavender starts to creep in more and more. So imagine that cold, wet , fougére smell with a touch of lavender.

    Verdict: This is everything I was hoping Areej Le Doré's Indolis would be. I love his work but I put Indolis in the bin with Chanel #5 as just offensive and gross. Vetiver Nocturne on the other hand is probably one of the more "beautiful" compositions I've come across this year but it's dense and it unpacks SLOWLY. This is a 30ml buy for me to spray on when I'm out in the suburbs having one of those latenight back porch conversations with friends till the early hours of morning. Not for everyone. Certainly won't be your most reached for frag but it is special and enjoyable.


    L'heure Exquise: This one is victim of it's own strength. Strifeknot mentioned a bit earlier how he felt like Areej Le Dore's composition aren't as well done as Bortnikoff. Okay so this one immediately reminded me of Inverno Russo which is a brutish musky masterpiece. Inverno Russo moves me like Russian Oud moves me. Spray hits your chest and you're ready to chop firewood and wrestle stray forest animals. They're dense with a brute character. Okay well I find L'heure Exquise to be a more well blended, and well behaved Inverno Russo and that seems to be the problem for me. It smells great, the notes are really raw in character, but like... it contradicts itself. Imagine if Francis Kurkdjian got his hands on Inverno Russo. That's L'heure Exquise but when do I wear this then? It's too musky and raw to be your formal, or first date scent. But it's too well blended and composed for me want to sit and enjoy it's rawness at night over a glass of whisky. I prefer Inverno Russo in that situation.

    Verdict: It smells really good. Truly. I just have no idea whenever I would reach for this. Pass for me.



    Oud Maximus: *spray* ... ... smile smile can't stop smiling. what the hell am I smelling even? I remember seeing on Bortnikoff's facebook page that he was holding a "civet" bottle he hinted was going to use in the second collection. never smelled it myself and found one base noter that described it "I have some real civet paste here; I'm smelling it now. It has notes of honey, leather, wet clay, butter, a fine aged Parmesan or Asiago cheese." That's exactly what I caught in the opening. It is so so strange in a good way. The first 10minutes of this frag will be polarizing. You will love or hate it because that cheese note is very particular. After that though, the cheese note fades out and then you're left with this BUTTER/honey/wood note that is just stunning. No exaggeration this might be Bortnikoff's first "cult classic". I absolutely love this scent, this is the risk he needed to take. I really like CoupDF and bonheur, but this is the first Bortnikoff I love.

    Verdict:I think people are going to have their Oud Maximus bottles proudly sat next to their Russian Oud. It doesn't smell even remotely the same but it has that same level of uniqueness that I think most frag enthusiasts search for. The best part? It's actually wearable after dry down. I'd almost wear this to dinner in the winter... almost. I'm going to restrain myself from buying two 50ml bottles when these go on sale.


    ***Overall I think the 2nd collection is considerably better than the 1st. The first had an average oud offering, and two similarly "quite-likeable" offerings. For me the 2nd is more diverse. Something that's a bit of an outlier in L'heure Exquise. A really gorgeous fougére/floral offering, and then an Oud that is far from average, far from basic, and will likely be Bortnikoff's first sold-out forever frag.
    Excellent post. I haven't tried any of the first series. Also missed out on Inverno Russo. I love Russian Oud and Russian Musk has been ordered.
    All 3 of these sound great. Oud Maximus sounds like a must own for me.
    When do these come out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZsmells View Post
    Excellent post. I haven't tried any of the first series. Also missed out on Inverno Russo. I love Russian Oud and Russian Musk has been ordered.
    All 3 of these sound great. Oud Maximus sounds like a must own for me.
    When do these come out?
    No idea unfortunately. Areej says end of October, Bortnikoff says "coming soon". Bortnikoff already has his boxes and silks picked out, he had the juice created to send me samples, and he just released the names. I imagine his would be coming out sometime October as well, November at the latest but I'm just speculating.
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    Just remembered Areej's Oud Luwak has "Coffee Luwak (civet cat coffee)" as one of the notes. Can't wait to test this next to Oud Maximus.
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    Excellent reviews wood&leather!

    The vetiver note in Vetiver Nocturne is it salty/iodine-like?
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    Excellent reviews wood&leather!

    The vetiver note in Vetiver Nocturne is it salty/iodine-like?

    I can't say for certain because my experience with vetiver is just a bunch of "barbershop" frag samples and 3 Vetiver based fragrances. Elie Saab No.6 Vetiver, Roja Dove Vetiver Extrait, and now this one. Elie Saab No. 6 I think had the salty/iodine character you are thinking of. It didn't stay in my collection long because I couldn't stand it. The vetiver here comes off almost seaweed like and slightly bitter. I don't want to speak to the Roja one because it's so dressed up with other notes there's little vetiver to actually interpret.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wood&leather View Post
    I can't say for certain because my experience with vetiver is just a bunch of "barbershop" frag samples and 3 Vetiver based fragrances. Elie Saab No.6 Vetiver, Roja Dove Vetiver Extrait, and now this one. Elie Saab No. 6 I think had the salty/iodine character you are thinking of. It didn't stay in my collection long because I couldn't stand it. The vetiver here comes off almost seaweed like and slightly bitter. I don't want to speak to the Roja one because it's so dressed up with other notes there's little vetiver to actually interpret.
    Gotcha. I guess what I meant was if you didn't know this was a vetiver scent would you have been able to detect it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Gotcha. I guess what I meant was if you didn't know this was a vetiver scent would you have been able to detect it?
    Oh yeah without a doubt. For me I sprayed and processed it as "okay wow fougére... green... green... yup there's the vetiver". I know what you're getting at though, for example, bergamot is one of those notes that could be buried in a grocery list of heart notes but it always jumps out to the forefront as BERGAMOT. The vetiver here does do that but as someone who does not traditionally like vetiver that much, I can say it is well balanced.
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    With the quality of ingredients used, I wonder what effects aging has on Bortnikoff and Areej fragrances. I only use my Russian oud once or twice a month and I feel my chest hair gets a little fuller with each use lol. But in all seriousness, I've only had Bonheur a few months and I feel the clove/nutmeg heart notes are REALLY starting to come out to make it a great player in the "holiday fragrance" game. So much so, I really don't see a need to get my hands on Tauer's Desert Morocain or Au couer Du Désert fragrances anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wood&leather View Post
    With the quality of ingredients used, I wonder what effects aging has on Bortnikoff and Areej fragrances...
    If stored properly (avoiding light, heat, exposure to oxygen) I'd say YES because of the use of a lot of natural ingredients it has every reason to age beautifully. Perhaps not 'better' but definitely it will evolve and become more complex.

    I noticed on his Instagram comments that he said Luckyscent will be stocking the 2nd collection.
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    I manage to smell all 3 Bortnikoff currently available and the next 3 to be soon released. When describing his fragrances, I find it kind of unavoidable to reference Areej Le Doré, mostly because they are colleagues in Feel Oud if I'm not mistaken, so it's possible to use the same oud and sandalwood in both of their creations, and their materials have this distinct artisan signature. However, their aesthetics seem to differ, with Areej exaggerating certain notes to achieve a more dramatic effect, while Bortnikoff are overall more balanced and composed, therefore more wearable in general. I enjoy both styles very much.

    Here are my impressions of individual perfumes.


    First collection:

    - Mysterious Oud: On the surface, it’s a suave, even playful oud. There is the radiance of fruity sweetness, and the comforting embrace of sweet resins, sometimes even vaguely reminiscent of chocolate. But there are still darker undercurrents simmering just below: a hint of inky aspect of oud, a glimpse of the leathery nuance of castoreum, or a whiff of dry spices and resins like old, brownish books in a wooden drawer.

    Mysterious Oud has a healthy dose of resins like Oud Zen but not as majestic; has some dry spices like Oud Picante but not as fiery; has gourmand elements but not as intense as Russian Oud (which is unfortunately too sweet for me), but it has the advantage of being approachable without sacrificing those interesting nuances of oud (minus its overly animalic ones). A great introductory natural oud fragrance in my opinion.

    - Coup de Foudre: A beaming, vibrant floriental of sweet citrus and exotic white/yellow flowers floating in powdery resins, initially with an adorable rubbery undertone reminiscent of bubblegum not unlike Areej’s Flux de Fleur, although I find the rubbery sweetness of Coup de Foudre is less intense than Flux de Fleur. Later on, instead of the musky dry down of Flux de Fleur, Coup de Foudre is overtaken by an exaggerated gardenia (probably a combination of oud, resins and florals) and turns deliciously salty and cheese-like, yummy!

    - Bonheur: Based on the note pyramid, this was my least expected one from Bortnikoff’s first collection. But after a few wearing, it’s now my favourite among the three, ha! Bonheur does share some similarities with Areej’s Atlantic Ambergris to my nose. While I admire the daring, exaggerated style of Atlantic Ambergris, the strong metallic and marine sensation imparted by ambergris and clove is sadly too much for me to handle personally (I envy those who can!). However, in Bonheur, the ambergris and clove are much more cooperative with the rest of the ingredients.

    The marine nature of ambergris complements the fuzzy green moss, creating an enticing effect reminiscent of seaweed, while the clove here is more spicy than metallic, thus much warmer and more welcoming. The whole effect of the tantalising bergamot opening to mossy yet warm sweet spicy dry down is a wonderful classic fougère! Never thought I’d enjoy a fougère this much. Another surprise to me, ha!


    The quality of the second collection is on par with the first in my opinion.

    - Oud Maximus: This is the one I immediately enjoyed. A sour, fermented goat cheese-like oud that gradually mellows into a tender musky honeyed rose with hints of vegetal aspects and sweet resinous oud in the background. I especially appreciate this duality of challenging animalic opening and sensual dry down, a structure which I also encountered in Dusita Oudh Infini, although the goat cheese aspect is more intense in Oudh Infini and the fragrance feels more polished than the artisan vibe of Bortnikoff.

    I agree with wood&leather that Oud Maximus has the potential to be the most popular one among the second collection, because it's very recognisable as an oud fragrance, contrary to the other two that took me a bit more effort to figure out what I was smelling. This familiarity will probably elicit an instant reaction, but at the same time, I sometimes find the overall effect a bit too close to some oud oils or oud-rose attar, which is a concern that prevented me from buying a full bottle of Oud Zen. But there's not doubt that Oud Maximus smells very enjoyable!

    - Vétiver Nocturne: The titular vetiver is not a predominant note on my skin, at least not in the typical smoky, woody, nutty or sparklingly grassy and grapefruit-ish way in modern western perfumery. The fragrance itself is more of a smooth white floral over a tender woody resinous even slightly salty (ambergris?) base and occasional mossy sparkles of vetiver, and the different ingredients interweave with each other seamlessly which makes picking up notes not very easy.

    The white floral has some similarities with jasmine with a green accent, but nothing indolic here, while a bit of spicy nuance of myrrh and clove, and faint animalic whiffs of oud lurk around. This slightly reminds me of the dry down of Walimah, when the initial oud, mossy vetiver and white florals are no longer as vivid as the opening phase and meld together into a whole. But Vétiver Nocturne has a surprising amount of sandalwood which becomes more dominant later on, with its alluring see-saw between dry peanut shell and milky creaminess which I love! This part echos with the development of Indolis to me, as both have a unexpected stronger sandalwood presence in the dry down.

    - L'Heure Exquise: This one surprised me the most. The opening is a delicious puff of bitter sweet cacao powder. Then the fragrance turns surprisingly dry, or even feels like dehydrated wood, but with a subtle earthy undertone. I initially thought it was a strange effect from patchouli, but after seeing the note pyramid, I figured it was probably a combination of camphor and nagarmotha. I'm usually wary of nagarmotha because it's almost exclusively used to reconstruct an oud accord in modern western perfumery and is often wrapped in a heavy layer of overpoweringly arid woody amber aromachemicals. The combined effect of that parched nagarmotha and forceful smokiness is very unpleasant to my nose. But here, it's supported by molten resins, and the juxtaposition of that dehydrated earthy woodiness and comforting resins is enticing!

    This contrast will mellow with time, and the fragrance becomes more like sweet resins with an unusual woody backbone. And there is somehow an oriental fougère effect in the dry down, not dissimilar to Bonheur but like substituting the moss with nagarmotha, probably because they both share clove and ambergris as notes.


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    Dmitry very kindly included the samples of his second collection in my recent order after I encountered shipping problems. When I was writing to him about my impressions on his latest creations, I asked him about the launch date. In his reply last Sunday, he said it would be ready for sale in 10-15 days. So if everything goes accordingly, the launch is probably very soon.

    I also asked him if there will be 30 ml bottles like in the first collection. He said that for now there are only 50 ml bottles for the upcoming second collection, and that maybe he'll think about 30 ml format later, but that's not guaranteed. As the 30 ml bottles hit the sweet spot of quantity vs. price for me, I'll keep my fingers crossed.
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    Default Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Great reviews - thanks!

    That sandalwood base in the Vetiver Nocturne perked my ears up!
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    I agree with wood&leather that Oud Maximus has the potential to be the most popular one among the second collection, because it's very recognisable as an oud fragrance, contrary to the other two that took me a bit more effort to figure out what I was smelling. This familiarity will probably elicit an instant reaction, but at the same time, I sometimes find the overall effect a bit too close to some oud oils or oud-rose attar, which is a concern that prevented me from buying a full bottle of Oud Zen. But there's not doubt that Oud Maximus smells very enjoyable!
    Awesome write up, thanks for sharing. I think Bonheur and Oud Maximus are really going to be the scents that jump out over time and the first to sell out. I'm actually thinking of selling my 30ml Bonheur just so I can replace it with a 50ml. I just find the 30ml bottle next to all my 50 and 100ml bottles mildly irritating to look at lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by StellaDiverFlynn View Post
    However, their aesthetics seem to differ, with Areej exaggerating certain notes to achieve a more dramatic effect, while Bortnikoff are overall more balanced and composed, therefore more wearable in general. I enjoy both styles very much.
    Those are exactly my thoughts as well. I prefer the Areej aesthetic, but still very much enjoy Bortnikoff's.

    I also asked him if there will be 30 ml bottles like in the first collection. He said that for now there are only 50 ml bottles for the upcoming second collection, and that maybe he'll think about 30 ml format later, but that's not guaranteed. As the 30 ml bottles hit the sweet spot of quantity vs. price for me, I'll keep my fingers crossed.
    That's really too bad. If it weren't for the 30ml option, I probably wouldn't own Bonheur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Hound View Post

    That's really too bad. If it weren't for the 30ml option, I probably wouldn't own Bonheur.
    Can confirm. While I'm definitely looking to upgrade to the 50ml now that the scent has grown on me tremendously, I'm not entirely sure I would have taken the initial $290 (including shipping) plunge.
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    HNNNNNNNNG loving the new labels. that Oud Maximus is going to make an amazing night stand ornament. Plus he paired it with Bonheur... "hey Dmitry since you're reading my posts how about sending me Oud Maxi on the house!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by wood&leather View Post
    HNNNNNNNNG loving the new labels. that Oud Maximus is going to make an amazing night stand ornament. Plus he paired it with Bonheur... "hey Dmitry since you're reading my posts how about sending me Oud Maxi on the house!"

    I’m definitely liking the new bottles much prefer those to the previous collection.


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    The all new Dmitry Bortnikoff fragrances launching this month end !!
    I being their official distirbutor in India got chances to grab the bottles as well as the juice for testing purpose

    For those who missed out on the notes. Here they are :
    🍁🍁Oud Maximus

    Top notes: Bergamot, Sweet Orange, Pink Pepper, Jasmine Sambac, Cardamom
    Heart notes: Rose de Mai, Himalayan Rose, Indian Rose, Hybrid Rose, Attar Gulab, Magnolia, Frangipani, Clove, Tonka Bean
    Base notes: Indian Oud, Oud Roots Trat, Oud Purple co Chang (Feel-oud), Oud from Sri Lanka (Feel-oud), Birch Tar, Tolu Balsam, Vanilla, Deer Musk, Civet

    🍁🍁Vetiver Nocturne

    Top notes: Bergamot, Neroli, Frangipani, Cardamom
    Heart notes: Champaca, Champaca Leaf, Jasmine Sambac, Oakmoss, Vetiver, Ruh Khus (Indian Vetiver), Myrrh
    Base notes: Sandal 100k (Feel-oud), Indian Sandal, Sandal Infusion (Thai Jasmine & White Champaca), Oud Trat, Oud Trat Infusion (Thai Jasmine & White Champaca), Ambergris

    🍁🍁L’Heure Exquise

    Top notes: Bergamot, Neroli, Cardamom
    Heart notes: Champaca, Champaca Leaf, Jasmine Sambac, Attar Motia (Indian Jasmine), Cedar, Cacao, Clove, Camphor, Nagarmotha, Myrrh
    Base notes: Vietnamese Oud Roots, Indonesian Oud, Styrax, Tolu Balsam, Ambergris



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    So the Vetiver Nocturne *does* have Indian sandalwood in the base - as StellaDiverFlynn mentioned in the review above.
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    the irony of civet being the absolute dead last ingredient listed in the base notes of Oud Maximus when that's the first thing to kick you in the nostrils. lol love it

    going to have another sit down with all three samples again tonight and see if I can pick out any of the other notes now that they're listed. The only thing I initially got in vetiver nocturne was Vetiver/Oakmoss/Jasmine/Sandlewood
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    Definitely buying the Oud Maximus what’s the odds they drop same day as the Areej.


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