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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Lol, this joker has the balls to say that at $3,499 it is "heavily discounted". This has to be a joke.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Very interesting. I wish I had not gotten so fatigued by OE. It was my first ALD purchase (I bought it on ebay for like $450, jeez) and I was so excited about it. Wore it a lot for a few months and...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Just curious if you feel like OE is something you can comfortably wear daily or in the heat. That was my trouble with it. Also, does anyone know where that powder aspect comes from? I used to think...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    RMII, very excited.

    I was strongly considering OEIII, but I owned version II and eventually sold it because I just wasn't wearing it. It is almost too regal of a scent. Also wore very very powdery...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Any idea when LuckyScent might be getting RM3? Looking forward to some impressions here as well.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    So should I not be dropping 375 on RMII this weekend?
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I agree, reminds me of RM2, except: 1) it is 100ml; 2) it is cheaper. A win, I think. Also love the Civet.
  8. Re: Do You Agree That You Are Not a True Fraghead if You Are Not Into Niche?

    I agree 100%. No niche? Sheesh.
  9. Habibi's Sale Thread: Ensar, Areej and more.

    Currently for sale:

    Areej le Dore - Chinese Oud, 30ml, approx. 75-80% full - $320
    Siberian Summer, 30 ml, approx. 90-95% full - $220

    Ensar Oud - Hajar Aswad edp, 30ml,...
  10. Re: Why did you wear what you wore today.. June 2021

    It is a bit of a scorcher here in NYC. Luckily, I received my bottle of Dixit and Zak's Yellow Lemon Tree, a refreshing citrus, light floral, sandalwood and musk perfume, early. I am enjoying it...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Just took delivery of my bottle of Yellow Lemon Tree from Naaz. Didn't expect to have it delivered today so quite a surprise. I was playing basketball all afternoon so after a shower I'll be wearing...
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    Re: $1.5m of ambergris

    It was dead and you have no evidence otherwise, Andy.
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    Re: Ambergris news

    Well, there appears to be a market for "fresh" (black) ambergris. Also, it is possible to age the fresh ambergris, I believe.
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    Re: Ambergris news

    You have no basis whatsoever for this statement. It is just as likely that they stumbled upon a floating dead or nearly dead carcass.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I'll be buying all three. Sold some perfumes and watches sk have a bit of cash I can spend responsibly.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    LOL, I have no idea how to do that. Been trying but can't figure it out. No matter.

    I'm guessing the third one might be an oud based fragrance. One musk, one floral, one oud makes sense.
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    Re: Warm weather oud

    Chinese farmed ouds and Thai ouds are fairly fresh, slightly fruity, camphorous and not nearly as heavy as traditional Hindi, Cambodi or Vietnamese. Of course, exceptions abound.

    One combo I...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I checked both Adam and the brands IG accounts and couldn't find anything.

    June 5 is the release date for the complete set? Do we know if the perfumes will be available individually? Perhaps he...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Anyways, not sure what the secret fragrance club was discussing upthread but I was wrong about Naaz. He did or does in fact still have Yellow Lemon Tree. Purchased a bottle today. Looking forward to...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    For those who were lucky to experience the first through third collections - which scents would you most like to see re-released? I imagine Siberian Musk will be on the list. I enjoyed the Ottoman...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Tried last night. He said he was out. All these great reviews are pissing me off, lol.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Fuck. I missed it. Was really looking forward to it, too.

    Is Naaz selling it?
  24. Re: What’s the rarest fragrance in your collection

    I have some older Areej like Baikal Gris, both an open bottle and a backup. Have Ensar's original Crime & Punishment and Thai Tabac PPs. I treasure my bottle of Prissana's Nesnas Qareen. Not sure you...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It's my favorite ALD perfume and maybe my favorite niche/artisanal perfume (along with the OG Ensar Crime & Punishment PP, which currently smells EXACTLY like a very expensive, black leather glove).
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    What would people like to see in a 7th collection?

    Here are a few things I'd like:

    1) A vetiver fragrance. Can you imagine a powdery/citrusy vetiver with a bit of musk or ambergris?

    2) A...
  27. Areej Le Dore - Agar De Noir - 30ml 95% Full - $250 w/ shipping CONUS

    Hi, I am selling my bottle of Agar De Noir, approximately $95% full, for $250. Free shipping in the continental U.S. Please let me know if you are interested.

    Thank you,

    Habibi
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    Re: The worst fragrance you've ever smelled?

    The worst fragrance I've smelled? I was absolutely disgusted by Sir Winston by Bortnikoff. Characteristic of Bort perfumes, it had a sickly sweet bubblegum accord created by overusing tropical flower...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You thought that Adam's pure musk grain perfume wasn't actually musk?
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    Re: Favorite Natural Leaning Vetiver Perfumes

    Stopped by Lucky Scent's Scent Bar in Manhattan to try some vetiver perfumes. Was very impressed by Nishane's Sultan Vetiver, a kinda amped up version of the Guerlain. Also like Fazzolari's Lamp...
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    Re: Favorite Natural Leaning Vetiver Perfumes

    Finding a good source is indeed the problem. Right now, there's a seller on Etsy called Ashworth Oud who sells excellent vetiver EO and ruh khus. He also has excellent Ouds, wild and cultivated, at...
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    Re: Favorite Natural Leaning Vetiver Perfumes

    Wow, wasn't expecting a $5,000 for 30ml rec, but thanks I guess!
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    Favorite Natural Leaning Vetiver Perfumes

    Hey all, lately I'm obsessed with vetiver from Ruh Khus to essential oils to Guerlain's classic men's EDC. Any suggestions for all natural or nearly all natural vetiver fragrances? I'm thinking...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Have a bottle of Hajar Aswad incoming. This will be interesting. Based on my understanding, "Hajar Aswad" i.e. the black stone in the Ka'aba in the Mecca is a traditional blend made by attar and...
  35. Vetiver Materials - Building a Vetiver Perfume

    Hello all:

    I've come across some really nice vetiver materials I really enjoy wearing neat as oils, ruh khus, a bourbon vetiver from Haiti, and a Madagascar vetiver EO that is just fabulous. I...
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    Re: The Sandalwood Game Proposal & Entries

    Hi Judges (Paul): I don't mean to be a pain, but is there any chance we might get some more feedback in the near future? I know the rest of us quite excited to get your feedback. In any case, thanks...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    The pure musk paste is very interesting. I think I'm sold. 1 gram will last quite a while, and $350 is on par with the higher-range ALD offerings. If I can pay $350 for Chinese Oud, I can do the same...
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    Re: Frederic Malle The Night worth the price?

    I like Oudh Infini, but just couldn't see myself wearing it often. For oud+rose, I'm a bigger fan of EO1, Ottoman Empire, Ghaliya Reflection and Zeeba by TRNP. I tried the Night this weekend at the...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I am seriously considering dropping $1,000 on that damn C&P. lol.
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Nice to see some PRXs in the thread. I bought one to try it out and ended up gifting it to my brother because I felt it was just a bit big for my wrist (even though I have a large wrist - 7.25). For...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    C&P is one of my favorite EO releases, up there with EO1 and Thai Tabac. Very tempted to buy a bottle to experience Tonkin Musk even though I still have a 30ml bottle of C&P that is about 2/3 full.
  42. Re: HabibiGotIt Sale Thread - niche to vintage to designer (updated from time to time)

    bmp - prices lowered. thx.
  43. Re: Is it dangerous to mix aroma chemicals with other aroma chemicals?

    Lol, why the ALD hate?
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    Re: Interesting Two-Component Accords

    Can you explain what you mean by "liberating fine perfumery from its static functionality" ? Also "two decades of orientalism." Genuinely interested in this topic, especially as an early Black...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I agree that with ALD's last collection, and the one-off Chinese Oud, experience with vintage bottles of perfumes like Shalimar, Mitsouko and L'Heure Bleu provide a useful point of context. I quite...
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    Re: New Smelly Game Proposal

    As usual, I am in. Summer perfume, here we go!
  47. Re: HabibiGotIt Sale Thread - niche to vintage to designer (updated from time to time)

    Doing a bump. Care to join?
  48. Re: Cedar of Lebanon / Lebanese Cedar / Cedrus Libani Essential Oil Source?

    Yes, I was thinking of many of those materials. A rough sketch would be wood/labdanum base, heart notes of lavender, rose, orange blossom, herbs, and top notes of bergamot, neroli, etc.

    So it...
  49. Cedar of Lebanon / Lebanese Cedar / Cedrus Libani Essential Oil Source?

    Hey all. I am in the planning stages of my next perfume. I want something that I can wear comfortable in the spring and summer, and which captures an eastern Mediterranean aesthetic. I want to use...
  50. Re: Why, I'm particularly enjoying my scent today - March 2021

    I like to wear my stronger oud based perfumes (or pure oud oils) on the weekends when I don't have to worry about co-workers and clients. It's a bit chilly and windy today in NYC (even though the sun...
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    Re: Current 5 faves today

    Let's see. As the weather changes:

    Dior Eau Sauvage (Vintage)
    Areej Le Dore Chinese Oud
    Areej Le Dore Santal Galore
    Arden Sandalwood (Vintage, spiked w/ extra sandalwood eo)
    Ensar Oud Thai...
  52. Re: Why did you wear what you wore today.. March 2021

    Gonna be in the high 60s, low 70s in NYC today. I think I'll wear....vintage Eau Sauvage? Or maybe Tibetan Musk?
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Man...I am *almost* tempted. I just can't justify the cost at this stage in life. Would I pay that much money for fragrance/oud? Absolutely! Can I, right now? Prolly not. But we will see.

    Anyone...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Love Asrar. Own it and wear it in the warmer months. Real oud plus citrus. Nothing cloying or artificial about it.
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    Re: The Sandalwood Game Proposal & Entries

    Deleted. Double post.
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    Re: The Sandalwood Game Proposal & Entries

    Bill, congrats. Sounds like you did what you set out to do and the perfume also smelled great.
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    Re: The Sandalwood Game Proposal & Entries

    Thanks for the feedback. The green elements I used (basil EO, coffee blossom EO) gradually disappeared into the blend after initially appearing strong. I made another version of this with some violet...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Received my bottle right after I stepped out of the shower earlier today. In person, the bottle and top are not nearly as gaudy as the photos may suggest. Very tasteful and beautiful presentation.
    ...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Where the H did you get Cachet Juane??????????????
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    Re: White Lotus Aromatics Closing

    Whoa. I missed this response to my comment.

    Thanks Paul. I think I need to head over to a library soon and see what I can find. I am obsessed with finding formulas, particularly older ones with...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I just showered and put on Santal Galore. G'damn this is my favorite perfume from ALD, maybe my favorite contemporary perfume right now from anyone. I get compliments on this, it lingers all day, and...
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    Re: Vintage Mysore sandalwood oil source?

    Wow. How do you get the sandalwood out of the capsules?

    Now I have a new eBay product to chase after, great....
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Nice. I'm also in NY and mine hasn't shipped yet. I'll probably get it in a day or two of shipping, but of course that needs to happen first...

    No biggie I guess. ALD has always been excellent...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Has anyone got a shipping notice for their Chinese Oud? Last time I purchased ALD (the 6th collection) it shipped FAST. Was hoping for the same thing this time!

    Thanks!

    M
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    Re: The Sandalwood Game Proposal & Entries

    Lol, you will be fine.

    Thanks for the kind review Bavard.
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    Re: The Sandalwood Game Proposal & Entries

    Kacper, I will also send a sample. Might take a bit.
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Mine is now clogged. :(

    I have contacted Ensar Oud and will let you know how it goes.
  68. Re: Rare Discontinued Fragrances That Can Still Be Found For Sensible Prices Online !

    I've got a 15ml bottle of Tabac d'Harrar Extrait from the 50s on the way. The liquid is black...cannot wait.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Both her and Sultan Pasha's reviews sound great. A less diva-ish version of Ottoman Empire sounds perfect to me. I have a feeling this is going to be a great perfume. We haven't seen an oud-centric...
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    Re: The Sandalwood Game Proposal & Entries

    Wow Bill, your formula and perfume sound amazing. Would love to try. Congrats!
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Has anyone posted a bottle for sale on eBay yet?? Let the scalping wars begin! That will keep us occupied!!!
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I got the 30ml. The calligraphy is gorgeous. The cap is loud, but it's fine.

    The 10ml bottles, though, are absolute masterpieces. So stunning. Wish the 30ml design was a little more toned down. A...
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    Re: The Sandalwood Game Proposal & Entries

    Hey, I would love to participate in the sample pass. What do I do?

    Thanks!
  74. Re: Simple lavender fragrance, what else to add?

    I would add some florals. Hedione doesn't do it for me. If you add some bergamot, maybe some neroli EO or orange blossom abs. to complement. Some Australian sandalwood EO. Maybe benzion absolute or...
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    Re: Interesting Two-Component Accords

    Trat oud (vanilic, fruity, slight leather and smoke) and champa absolute is wild. I've never smelled anything like the combination of those two.
  76. Re: Islam and perfumery ( the role of oud in our lives =)

    Haha this is a great thread. Mashallah!
  77. Re: HabibiGotIt Sale Thread - niche to vintage to designer (updated from time to time)

    Bump, prices lowered.
  78. Re: Warning of Fraud Ambergrishunter.com and all its rooted/linked profile

    I had a similar experience with this guy. I purchased about $200 worth of ambergris after being ripped off by another vendor on Etsy. "Mustafa" was active on the Facebook ambergris pages and seemed...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I received my bottle of Ensar's Tibetan Musk earlier today. I've sprayed it about 4 times in the last four hours and my impressions are: first, this is very fresh, green, with a slight citrus...
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    Re: libertynatural.com down?

    Oh crap, am I gonna die??
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    Re: libertynatural.com down?

    I love Liberty Naturals. Their Jasmine, Champa, Bakul and other attars are amazing. I've also been impressed with materials that are 5X more expensive from other vendors. For example, their Coffee...
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    Re: Muskrat Musk Tincture

    I'm now very intrigued by this muskrat tincture. I think I will need to buy some to utilize in my next scent project.
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    I went with KK. I screwed up the release times. Lubani was sadly sold out. I liked my KK sample a lot. Feels like the all oud spray I've been looking for a long time. Excited.
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    I, thankfully, smell no birch tar in KK. I don't really enjoy birch tar on it's own. It needs to be used very carefully and blended expertly. Otherwise it literally smells like smoked meat as...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Thank you for this. The incense quality is what I felt was missing from Kinam Attar (more of a raw wood smell). I think I am now all in.
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Mak, are you wearing swipes from the sample or are you spraying? Just curious. I'm really on the fence about KK. I sold my bottle of Kinam Attar, kinda regret it. I do like the smokier aspect of KK...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    I really liked Al Arabiya in sample. Strong souk spice aesthetic. Ginger, turmeric, saffron, oud. Worth a bottle, I think. Java, too. KK is just too expensive.
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    Re: The Sandalwood Game Proposal & Entries

    Hey all: I had an accident/spill that required me to quickly reformulate using the same base as my original planned submission. It delayed things a bit but bottles and briefs are going out today....
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I was asking because I thought perhaps you had seen something I hadn't. Please don't take me so seriously. Post what you want.
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    I ordered the sampler. Looking forward to purchasing Khmer Kinam. I bought the OG Kinam Attar but had to sell it because of my financial situation. Things are a little better now so hopefully I'll be...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    No offense, but how can you tell anything about the fragrances from their names? Many of the raw materials that are you used in "vintage" perfumes grow in tropical climates. Many vintage perfumes...
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    Re: The Sandalwood Game Proposal & Entries

    Judges,

    I had a little mishap (spill) with my submission. I hope it is OK if I can get something out to you by the end of next week.

    Thanks,

    Habibi
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    Re: Teone Reinthal

    Hey there, long time.

    What is pagan oud like? I'm looking for a new TRNP. I want something woody and dark. The last few things I tried (Shakti, Bulgakov) were great but too green/spicy/floral. I...
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    Re: The Sandalwood Game Proposal & Entries

    My samples will go out tomorrow. Everything will be included in the package for the judges, but for everyone else, here's a copy of my brief.

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    Re: The Sandalwood Game Proposal & Entries

    I am excited to be sending out my samples tomorrow or Monday at the latest. I made five different blends before choosing my single submission. Fingers crossed. Have pm'd Jolieo for the Judges' info....
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    Re: Best (and worst) of 2020

    Allegretto is a Gardoni fragrance? I wonder why I don't hear more about it. Dark smoky vetiver with a resin/amber dry down? That sounds amazing. How would you describe it? I am interested now in...
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    Re: Best (and worst) of 2020

    I bought it and didn't love it, ended up selling it. Wish I had given it more of a chance but I'm glad others enjoy it.
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    There are many authorized dealers who are jewelers or watch sellers but I'm not aware of a Seiko boutique like there is a Grand Seiko boutique, for example. It would be great to be able to walk into...
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    Best (and worst) of 2020

    I thought it might be interesting to discuss what folks thought were the best and most disappointing releases this awful year. I'll start!

    Best: (in no order)

    Amelia Ghaliya

    Anonim Black...
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Good advice.

    Regarding these really cool Seikos like Brook's, I'm guessing you bought it online? Wouldn't it be great if there were brick and mortar Seiko boutiques in the US? Seems like we are...
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