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    Hello everyone,
    I apologize if this thread is inappropriate/unacceptable,
    I have seen how many members/ bloggers/ fragrance lovers have died in these last few years,
    so with the noblest intentions, I would just like to open a thread to remember all the deceased members..

    Here's a few names to keep alive in our memory:

    - Dan "MyMickers" Mish
    - Andy Hendrix "Ash2425"
    - "Silentrich" (Richard Greenhill).

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    My initial inclination is to agree, Akragas. I think we should mention perfumers who have passed since the dawn of Basenotes, too.

    If others see any reason not to do this, I'd like to hear your thoughts.

    I am remembering a member from Australia who was killed in a car crash caused by a drunk driver. Her name was Sudsy. She was such a delight, and her early death was so saddening.

    This was her signature quote:
    Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.*W.SOMERSET MAUGHAM
    I don't want to. I don't have to. You can't make me. I'M RETIRED.

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    "Two Roads"
    Remember that while it is perfectly acceptable to criticize the content of a post - criticizing the poster is not.
    Mean spirited, nasty, snide, sarcastic, hateful, and rude individuals on Basenotes don't warrant or deserve my or other Basenoters' acknowledgement or respect.

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    TwoRoads was a great guy who added a lot of common sense around here. His short posts were often more effective and meaningful than the average person's thousand pounds of fluff. Who knows, his non-physical energy might be around and wishing he could spray on some of the Giorgio for Men he liked so much. I'll spray some in the air and maybe he can feel it.

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    TwoRoads was an absolute gentleman. He took time out to welcome me as a new member and it was his enthusiasm for Giorgio that inspired me to investigate further. It's been in the wardrobe ever since and is indelibly linked with his memory.

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    RIP to those good people; I think this is a thoughtful thread
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    I got to know this BN member more from his reviews on fragrantica (very few were posted on BN).
    http://www.basenotes.net/members/27376-Robert-White
    Someone introduced me to his reviews just about the time of his demise.
    I make an effort to introduce Robert White to as many as I can.
    https://www.fragrantica.com/member/6611/
    His reviews are a ray of sunshine, his passion and the blunt language, he makes one realize every time what a joy perfume is and can be.
    RW: rest in eternal perfume heaven.

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    Here’s to our dearly departed BNers

    Somehow every BNer’s departure ( from BN or from life) made me question why I’m still spending a lot of time here...
    “...too many among us die at thirty and are buried at eighty.” - Robin Sharma

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Here’s to our dearly departed BNers

    Somehow every BNer’s departure ( from BN or from life) made me question why I’m still spending a lot of time here...
    Because you love us
    Beauty needs no morality or righteousness.
    It, like nature, does not give a shit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pallas Moncreiff View Post
    I got to know this BN member more from his reviews on fragrantica (very few were posted on BN).
    http://www.basenotes.net/members/27376-Robert-White
    Someone introduced me to his reviews just about the time of his demise.
    I make an effort to introduce Robert White to as many as I can.
    https://www.fragrantica.com/member/6611/
    His reviews are a ray of sunshine, his passion and the blunt language, he makes one realize every time what a joy perfume is and can be.
    RW: rest in eternal perfume heaven.
    Wow, Pallas Moncreiff, thanks so much for this introduction - I've been reading his Fragrantica reviews for the last hour or so, and what a treasure he truly was. I loved these two in particular:

    Musc Ravageur

    You know, I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff. Incenses(which this one doesn't have), oriental balsams, resins, musks and spices all tickle the 14 year old in me, the precocious (and pretentious) kid who read Baudelaire, Byron, Rimbaud, Poe, and the Beats, dreamt of smoking opium, getting his heart broken by a brown skinned, sloe-eyed beauty from a sultry climate, and trading quips with William Burroughs and Keith Richards. Well, the kid is now 46, and I've done all of those things except meet Keith, and they were mostly big letdowns. Smoking opium is a terrible pain in the ass; it takes hours to get high, and you need all this stupid paraphernalia. (Better living through pharmacology, that's my motto) Tropical heartbreak just hurts and makes you unfit for polite company; and Burroughs was tipsy and fondled my leg. Which is some sort of achievement, I guess. So as I become more of a jaded old curmudgeon, before sinking into what I am sure will be a blazingly angry and bitter senescence, it's good to have smelled this stuff. Nice, sweet, spicy top, like some kind of Moroccan dessert, wrapped like phyllo dough around a strong but not too raunchy (see Yatagan) musk. I would definitely recommend this to anybody, especially men, who wants to pretend that they're in Tangier in 1969 with Brian Jones. Now get off my lawn, you little shit, before I call the cops!

    and:

    Secretions Magnifiques

    GOOD GOD!

    In January of 2007, I moved from NYC (because it was killing me), to Portland, Maine (a city, no town, as dull as it is picturesque), and moved in with my best buddy Wayne. Wayne is a terrific punk rock bass player and music aficionado, superb cook, both in the restaurant and at home, possessed of a very quiet, almost shy, yet hilariously deranged sense of humor. He's the quiet nice guy in high school who is secretly slaughtering all the cheerleaders, and an all - around good guy. Our neighborhood had a terrific Asian grocery store, run by a nice Cambodian lady. I cook a lot of Asian food. There's a Cambodian seasoning ingredient called PRAHOK. Prahok is made by taking lots of fresh water fish, mixing it with cooked sticky rice, and letting it ROT. Literally. It doesn't smell like the more familiar fish sauce; it smells like a gigantic Roquefort cheese, hollowed out and stuffed with month old gym socks. It is one of the vilest things you could ever imagine smelling, but when cooked into a Cambodian, dish, the hellish funk disappears and becomes a mysterious RICHNESS; the food is quite different without it, it adds a third dimension. I had a practical joke I'd play on Wayne when we'd be drinking beer, that I called The Cambodian Sanchez, a non sexual derivative of a probably mythical procedure called The Dirty Sanchez. (If you want to know what THAT is, find out on your own.) It involved my sneaking up behind him and thrusting the open jar of prahok under his nose, producing lots of screaming (from him) and diabolical laughter (from me). Well, I've found a better stink, and I've christened it The Orange Sanchez. Secretions Magnifiques smells like low tide. Iris, Sandalwood, Coconut, and Opoponax? Maybe so, but all is completely steamrollered by the hellish nitrile component (Luca Turin is right...and by the way, all awful smelling organic scents contain a nitro group...organic chemistry, y'know) I got this an hour ago, and literally SHRIEKED in horror when I put a teensy-weensy bit on my hand. And the shit DOES NOT wash off. If this were a musical group, it would be the prototype of industrial music, Throbbing Gristle(appropriate name, too), or Captain Beefheart's album TROUT MASK REPLICA. Not pleasant, and certainly not wearable in public, I still think this is amazing in an art type of way. Nobody says art has to be beautiful. I know most everybody will think that I am in need of a padded cell for saying this, but this is surely some kind of amazing achievement. I warned you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClaireV View Post
    Wow, Pallas Moncreiff, thanks so much for this introduction - I've been reading his Fragrantica reviews for the last hour or so, and what a treasure he truly was. I loved these two in particular:

    Musc Ravageur

    You know, I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff. Incenses(which this one doesn't have), oriental balsams, resins, musks and spices all tickle the 14 year old in me, the precocious (and pretentious) kid who read Baudelaire, Byron, Rimbaud, Poe, and the Beats, dreamt of smoking opium, getting his heart broken by a brown skinned, sloe-eyed beauty from a sultry climate, and trading quips with William Burroughs and Keith Richards. Well, the kid is now 46, and I've done all of those things except meet Keith, and they were mostly big letdowns. Smoking opium is a terrible pain in the ass; it takes hours to get high, and you need all this stupid paraphernalia. (Better living through pharmacology, that's my motto) Tropical heartbreak just hurts and makes you unfit for polite company; and Burroughs was tipsy and fondled my leg. Which is some sort of achievement, I guess. So as I become more of a jaded old curmudgeon, before sinking into what I am sure will be a blazingly angry and bitter senescence, it's good to have smelled this stuff. Nice, sweet, spicy top, like some kind of Moroccan dessert, wrapped like phyllo dough around a strong but not too raunchy (see Yatagan) musk. I would definitely recommend this to anybody, especially men, who wants to pretend that they're in Tangier in 1969 with Brian Jones. Now get off my lawn, you little shit, before I call the cops!

    and:

    Secretions Magnifiques

    GOOD GOD!

    In January of 2007, I moved from NYC (because it was killing me), to Portland, Maine (a city, no town, as dull as it is picturesque), and moved in with my best buddy Wayne. Wayne is a terrific punk rock bass player and music aficionado, superb cook, both in the restaurant and at home, possessed of a very quiet, almost shy, yet hilariously deranged sense of humor. He's the quiet nice guy in high school who is secretly slaughtering all the cheerleaders, and an all - around good guy. Our neighborhood had a terrific Asian grocery store, run by a nice Cambodian lady. I cook a lot of Asian food. There's a Cambodian seasoning ingredient called PRAHOK. Prahok is made by taking lots of fresh water fish, mixing it with cooked sticky rice, and letting it ROT. Literally. It doesn't smell like the more familiar fish sauce; it smells like a gigantic Roquefort cheese, hollowed out and stuffed with month old gym socks. It is one of the vilest things you could ever imagine smelling, but when cooked into a Cambodian, dish, the hellish funk disappears and becomes a mysterious RICHNESS; the food is quite different without it, it adds a third dimension. I had a practical joke I'd play on Wayne when we'd be drinking beer, that I called The Cambodian Sanchez, a non sexual derivative of a probably mythical procedure called The Dirty Sanchez. (If you want to know what THAT is, find out on your own.) It involved my sneaking up behind him and thrusting the open jar of prahok under his nose, producing lots of screaming (from him) and diabolical laughter (from me). Well, I've found a better stink, and I've christened it The Orange Sanchez. Secretions Magnifiques smells like low tide. Iris, Sandalwood, Coconut, and Opoponax? Maybe so, but all is completely steamrollered by the hellish nitrile component (Luca Turin is right...and by the way, all awful smelling organic scents contain a nitro group...organic chemistry, y'know) I got this an hour ago, and literally SHRIEKED in horror when I put a teensy-weensy bit on my hand. And the shit DOES NOT wash off. If this were a musical group, it would be the prototype of industrial music, Throbbing Gristle(appropriate name, too), or Captain Beefheart's album TROUT MASK REPLICA. Not pleasant, and certainly not wearable in public, I still think this is amazing in an art type of way. Nobody says art has to be beautiful. I know most everybody will think that I am in need of a padded cell for saying this, but this is surely some kind of amazing achievement. I warned you.
    Wow, thanks for sharing these Claire! Comparing Secretions to Throbbing Gristle is genius.
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    ClaireV, you're welcome.
    The one on Fendi Theorema, really caught my attention.
    I wish I had followed my instinct to 'pm' him then.
    It had odd pathos to it, subtle but as usual, nailed down the perfume to the tee.

    There is such a thing called death and it comes to us all.
    In my line of work, I (unfortunately) see it every single day.
    And in the end, all any and everyone wants to know is...
    Was I loved?
    Did I love in return?
    Did I do good to others?
    Did I accomplish anything?
    Things to ponder, at length and in silence.

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    I would have liked Robert White very much

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    I was just thinking about Silent Rich the other day and heard about Dan's (MyMickers) passing shortly after. A good reminder for all to enjoy life to the fullest.

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    Thank you so much for bringing Robert White to our attention, Pallas. I've just read all of his Fragrantica reviews, and enjoyed every one. (How could I not? He was a cook whose tastes aligned with my own and his writing was so vivid -- even if I couldn't embrace his enthusiasm for tuberose or Throbbing Gristle.)

    Do you know how he died? His 2009 reviews mention him being only 46 years old, so he must have been quite young when he died.

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    My silence is deliberate, out of regard and respect for RW’s memory.
    But now, there are many more enjoying his reviews.

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    I’m just curious how you all find out the sad news? Is it a case that they have all had friends outside of the forum that also post here?

    I feel like when I pass away not only will no one on any forum I use find out, but very likely 90% of my ‘real life friends’ probably wouldn’t find out.

    I did a little experiment by not posting on Facebook in almost 2 years and maybe 5 of my 200 “friends” asked about me in that time. Everyone is too busy with their own problems these days to care
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    May they all R.I.P.
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    A nice sentiment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Envy View Post
    I’m just curious how you all find out the sad news? Is it a case that they have all had friends outside of the forum that also post here?

    I feel like when I pass away not only will no one on any forum I use find out, but very likely 90% of my ‘real life friends’ probably wouldn’t find out.

    I did a little experiment by not posting on Facebook in almost 2 years and maybe 5 of my 200 “friends” asked about me in that time. Everyone is too busy with their own problems these days to care
    Exactly, unless someone that knows that person tells everyone, nobody will find out.
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    Some sad news for the fans of The Non-Blonde. I believe she was a member here too. Even though she stopped blogging about fragrances a while ago, I shall miss her witty style:

    http://www.thenonblonde.com/2019/11/...on-Blonde)&m=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nastka View Post
    Some sad news for the fans of The Non-Blonde. I believe she was a member here too. Even though she stopped blogging about fragrances a while ago, I shall miss her witty style:
    Tragic news. I always enjoyed Gaia's blog too, and shall also miss her.

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    RIP! Fully seconding this thread and its posts, while truly grateful for their admirable contributions.

    Can truly relate particularly about the ones mentioned in the thread starting post, while also especially Two Roads as well.

    All provided tremendous help, support, knowledge to many of us as we just started out here on BN-partly through YT channels like with Ash, partly with both impressive quality and quantity of direct interaction was lucky to experience, like in the case of TwoRoads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nastka View Post
    Some sad news for the fans of The Non-Blonde.
    I knew Gaia personally, spending time with her and Ori whenever in NYC. Her passing was sudden and distressing and her absence will be felt indefinitely. She was a notably sweet and thoughtful lady, eager to share not just her encyclopedic knowledge of vintage and rare perfumes but the actual perfumes as well. She was a genuine pleasure to be around, and visits to NYC will not be the same without her. An immense loss of one of the few honest voices in this arena.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    I knew Gaia personally, spending time with her and Ori whenever in NYC. Her passing was sudden and distressing and her absence will be felt indefinitely. She was a notably sweet and thoughtful lady, eager to share not just her encyclopedic knowledge of vintage and rare perfumes but the actual perfumes as well. She was a genuine pleasure to be around, and visits to NYC will not be the same without her. An immense loss of one of the few honest voices in this arena.
    I’m so sorry. I had the good fortune, years ago, to meet and spend a day with her at an informal perfume gathering. She was gracious and lovely company, a true delight through and through. This was better than ten years ago, yet the memory persists to this day. Dreadful and devastating loss. My condolences to all who loved her.
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    I am so saddened by the loss of Gaia. My heart breaks for Ori and her family, cats, friends, and all of us who appreciated her through her blog. May her memory be a blessing. I can’t help but think of her family sitting shiva through Thanksgiving. Such a tragic loss.

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    Shocked and saddened to hear this. I've read her blog quite a few times, and it was always a pleasure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdem1961 View Post
    I’m so sorry. I had the good fortune, years ago, to meet and spend a day with her at an informal perfume gathering. She was gracious and lovely company, a true delight through and through. This was better than ten years ago, yet the memory persists to this day. Dreadful and devastating loss. My condolences to all who loved her.
    Such a shame. My condolences. I remember that occasion as well, in a café in Greenwich Village on a summer day. A very lovely lady.
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    Condolences to Gaia's family and loved ones.
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    I'm not sure if she died or not (she had a brain tumor that she was very open about in her writings), nor whether she was a BN member, but I discovered this anonymous author's blog in the past year, and it's one of the best on perfume I've ever read: https://parfumieren.blogspot.com/




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