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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    I’m wearing Al Hareem this evening. I feel like this is the perfect introduction for anyone wanting to experience a somewhat challenging Rose/Oud combo that doesn’t feel safe but also isn’t a...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I get the complete opposite. To my nose it’s all jasmine, osmanthus, and various other white florals with very little Oud or tobacco. The tobacco is far in the back and the Oud is as well. It’s...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I’m excited to try the new batch of Iris Ghaliya.
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    I wore Poudre Noir yesterday and I was surprised at the tenacity and longevity of the scent. I don’t know what the notes are but I picked up a lovely spicy warmth with soft red florals and something...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I agree with this. We’re having casual conversations about the thousands of dollars we spend on these perfumers. Its not like any of us are saying these are shit perfumes but rather it’s just minor...
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    Re: The origin of the oud craze in the US

    Which Oud distillers and vendors were there pre 2004 and that were also from the US? I know of Oudimentary and one other small vendor but that’s it. Which inhabitants already established a worldwide...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    What’s everyone ranking these compositions at now that full bottles have been released and most of us stateside have received them? Agar de Noir should be coming in today but Musk Lave might be the...
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    Re: The origin of the oud craze in the US

    For those who are interested in actual Oud being sold and marketed in the US a small vendor named Oudimentary started sourcing Oud back in 2004 and were one of the first western companies to sell Oud...
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    Re: The origin of the oud craze in the US

    Thank you so much! I love this kind of stuff.
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    Re: Pipe tobacco and not much else?

    Double post please delete
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    Re: Pipe tobacco and not much else?

    Sultan Pasha Tabac Grande
    Sultan Pasha Tabacaurum
    Slumberhouse Jeke
    Slumberhouse Baque
    Elixir Attars Cohiban Coffee Oud Extreme (opens with a touch of jasmine and honeysuckle but settles into...
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    Re: The origin of the oud craze in the US

    Here’s a quick essay you can read about the importance of Agarwood and other perfume/incense materials being key players in the spice routes between Asia and the Persian empire. I have other books as...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It’s just pure Mysore oil that I sourced from Ahmed with Elixir Attars. It doesn’t have a high Santalol content but it still adds a wonderful base and increases longevity on my skin. My skin gets...
  14. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I’ll be honest brother I’m 32 and some of these Bortnikoff’s ven lean a bit mature for my age. It all depends on how you carry yourself. Personally Oud Maximus would be an excellent fit for any age...
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    Re: The origin of the oud craze in the US

    My respect for an ancient Vedic material that has allowed entire empires to flourish far supersedes my appreciation of modern perfumery. Thank you for telling me how to enjoy perfumery though.
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    Re: The origin of the oud craze in the US

    Agreed. It’s also a shame that Oud has been reduced to simply a “note” for many of these designer/niche companies.
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Ensar is based out of Amman. Is the Boutique like a store that just sells Oud or are they marketing Ensar’s products there?
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Everytime I wear Musk Lave I’m reminded at how beautiful this scent is. I’m getting an incredibly clean linens vibe today with the projection. It dipped just below 62° F this morning with a cool...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    So wait...all you brothers and sisters across the pond have to pay extra money on top of the shipping?
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I think they’re going to be Oud oils for Feel Oud. Russian Adam’s distillations are amazing and it’s been awhile since he’s released any.
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Kyara Koko sounds interesting but like you I’m kinda bored with the typical ensar DNA in most of his work. I can understand having a subtle dna or style run through your work but when every single...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Anyone else excited about the distillation videos from Russian Adam? I really hope we get some new Oud offerings soon.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    If musk lave is too sweet you’re gonna be real bummed on AdN.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Wow!!! Full sprays of Musk Lave is an entirely different experience than the sample sprayer. Like Proudst said earlier you get a much more well rounded experience.

    The bergamot/lavender opening...
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    Re: Attar Talk

    Attar Khus by Agarwood Assam might still be available. It cost around $60 when it first came out.

    Sultan Pasha has quite a few namely Vetiver Blanc but they might be out of the affordable range....
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You can always sell it to me!
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    What’s some notes we’d all love to see from Russian Adam in the future? I’d love to see more Hindi Oud and even tobacco. I’ve been wondering what an Areej take a on a tobacco scent would smell like....
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Man this is making me excited for my bottle to get here. I’ve been wondering what a couple solid sprays would do to the scent. How do you feel about performance with larger sprays? I already feel...
  29. Re: What's the best "warm blanket" for winter?

    Great choices! Where does Bengal Rouge fall on the spectrum of masculine/feminine? I’ve been hearing such great things about Papillon I still haven’t tried any of her compositions but I’m in love...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Ethanol and perfumers alcohol are used for tinctures and absolutes. You’ll find a lot of alcohol in modern Attars.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I ordered within the first hour on release day and I haven’t received any info about shipping yet. Super bummed but oh well. Patience. Patience. Patience!
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I’m the opposite. I love naturals but I get a stuffy nose almost immediately with most natural fragrances. My nose is so sensitive to naturals I can’t really use nearly the amount of perfume from...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    A skilled perfumer can create a recipe no problem and then have helpers fulfill that recipe. It’s a science of sorts. I wouldn’t worry about it too much because Ensar Oud is an entire team and not...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You know I see the soiled diaper association a lot and I’ve been neck deep in baby poop lately and I can’t for the life of me figure out that association? I wonder if it’s diaper rash ointment that...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    According to Zakir it’s because of the denatured alcohol they use. I think in India these most definitely fall under the all natural category but here in the states/west I don’t think it can be...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I wish the Cambodian oil was alittle more prominent throughout the wearing. My only complaint is that the opening is too short lived for my tastes but I agree Antiquity is a stunning Chypre. It’s the...
  37. Re: What's the best "warm blanket" for winter?

    Sova by Slumberhouse

    Agar de Noir by ALD

    Cafe Ambre Noir by Sultan Pasha


    All of these are still available to be found and are my go to when I want to wear a blanket.
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    It seems to mostly revolve around ALD release day. Russian adam puts out a heavily marketed limited fragrance usually with less than 300 bottles. In this case there was only around 120 or so maybe...
  39. Re: What makes you feel you always need a new fragrance?

    It’s like collecting art for me. I enjoy compositions as an artistic experience more so than functionality. Olfactory art is beautiful and for me it’s all about having a chance to experience the...
  40. Re: Best Noses/Perfumers for Gourmand Fragrances?

    Angela St John with solstice scents is the queen of edible gourmands. She has a wonderful cult following and has been applauded by Carfluerbon and has received awards for her in house botanical...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Sugar also dissolves in both water and alcohol at room temperature so it wouldn’t need to reach that heat in order for it to melt since it’s properties allow it dissolve so easily.

    Have you ever...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    U2u said heating the bottle didn’t look promising so if that really is sugar it should dissolve no problem. If it’s not dissolving then it’s not sugar and instead something else. Hopefully it’s just...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Did heating end up dissolving the sediment? If it doesn’t then I’m curious as to what that is at the bottom.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I still think the 1920’s rose material plays a large part in the crystallization especially since vintage rose materials act this way in bottles.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’d imagine this crystallization is a direct result of the unstable vintage materials being used. A member on here brought this up awhile back and I thought for sure this person was sensationalizing...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    Between Tabacaurum and Tabac Grande which would you all feel is the better choice? I personally love both from what I’ve sampled and I’m torn between the two. I think they’re equally at the top of...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    On my morning walk I realized that Russian Adam is like a back porch fiddler in a world of classically trained violinists. He brings a certain kind of rawness and edge to an otherwise mathematically...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I don’t know man. I don’t obsess over batch variations and minor nuances that may have just been my nose acting up that day.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Kashmir Nuit is getting better by the day. I have a feeling by next summer this thing will be reaching its final form.

    Today’s wearing saw a lot of depth come out of nowhere. I get an ambery...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Well of course the Manipur version is supposed to be different. Ensar literally used a bunch of different materials. It’s no secret he only uses naturals and with each batch comes minor tweaks. Eo1...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Ah man I’m jealous!! I haven’t received any notices at all yet. I bought within the first hour as well so I’m hoping I got to be a part of the initial shipments. I’ll be curious to know how the...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Why would there be a discrepancy between any of them?
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Thanks for your impressions! From reading the Facebook groups it would seem your assessment is pretty spot on with the general consensus on Homerus.

    I want to see if Adam will sell me a tester...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’ve had a love hate relationship with Siberian Summer for months now. Well it finally dropped down to almost 59°F this morning so I figured what the heck why not give it another shot and see how it...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    No and no.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Have you tried it yet?
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    I think the people paying a grand for bottles don’t really care about the price. Our community can boycott scalpers all we want but there’s still going to be people with deep pockets out there who...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I think it’s funny how much you dislike any bottle that’s smaller than 100ml.
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    You still haven’t tried the original Eo1 have you? It’s a bummer because the original Eo1 has a lot of differences from the Manipur version. You should really try the original out.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I bought it directly from Agarwood Assam back in April during the initial panic of everything. It’s the greenest vetiver I ever smelled which is why it really takes Rising Mysore into Fougere...
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    Re: Best Tobacco Fragrances

    Do you legitimately smell tobacco in Herod or is it more of a feeling? I try so hard to smell tobacco in it and I can’t seem to smell ANY. It’s a lovey sweet scent though and I really enjoy it. I...
  62. Re: The legitimacy of YouTube fragrance review channels

    I would say that the why would be simply for educational purposes. Have you ever watched how passionate the Wafts from the Loft boys are? They’re a wealth of knowledge and genuinely enjoyable to...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I have Meleg’s birch tar and Russian leather and I was kinda hoping CdR would’ve been more like Meleg’s version. Birch tar and leather had a prominent animalic castoruem front and center and the...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I decided to layer Rising Mysore 2 with a green Khus Attar from Agarwood Assam! Wow. I hope if they do another iteration the 3rd version would see a “green Mysore” treatment. I feel that’s what this...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I finally received my bottle of Rising Mysore 2. Originally I was given a sample that I thought was RM2 and it wasn’t! I went ahead and ordered a full bottle to complete the collection and while I’m...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You just need to upgrade to drinking these fragrances. You can walk around sweating out Homerus!
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Hey that’s cool man. I’m glad it takes 8 sprays to get more than 3 hours of performance.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Your trolling hasn’t been as good as it was with your old username bro.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You know I think that 8-10 sprays of anything will make you go anosmic or at least nose blind. I know that for me I get great performance out of both Santal Galore and Rising Mysore with only 2...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    So let’s get back to the scents. All this talk of scalpers and toxicity is bumming me out.

    Anyone else excited about Musk Lave??? I can’t get over that drydown. One thing I noticed is that on...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I agree with this as well. Rising Mysore has aged so wonderfully. I’m glad it’s getting the recognition it deserves. It’s difficult to really showcase sandalwood in a way that doesn’t get lost in the...
  72. Re: The legitimacy of YouTube fragrance review channels

    What’s great about these reviewers as well is their in depth knowledge of materials and culture. I find that I learn more about perfumery in general watching them than anyone else.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    This is my take on it. I think what really sets SG apart is the way the smoke, musk, and spices lift up the sandalwood instead of the other way around which usually buries sandalwood in most...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    No it doesn’t really bother me. There’s a lot of things in life that can bother me right now but this isn’t one of them. I let the community get in my head way more than I should and at this point...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You doing okay bud? I’m starting to worry a bit.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    He says it’s for a custom project in Russia. I’m not sure if it be a widely available release.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Wearing musk lave right now from my sample. I’m really excited about my purchase now. Even though I’m noseblind to the scent if I smell my wrist, I’m still getting beautiful wafts of sillage. ...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I’ll be honest bro Sultan Leather Attar is a better choice for an overall experience of what ensar brings to the table as a perfumer. You’d have way better options to learn what Oud you enjoy at a...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Actually...hahaha I’m that guy right now!

    But actually Attars or Itr is when the ingredients are distilled separately into a base that’s usually Sandalwood oil but originally was a material called...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I haven’t tried it but a lot of people in the Oud community said it was one of the best Oud releases of 2018/19

    Truthfully you can’t go wrong with Ensar’s Oud. Keep in mind this isn’t really an...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’ll pour some drops of sandalwood on the sidewalk for everyone who missed out on Santal Galore. I know there’s a lot of people upset today but RA seems to draw inspiration from releases like Santal...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Grabbed Musk Lave! Even though I absolutely love Agar de Noir if it’s still available in two weeks that’ll be my next purchase. If not I’m happy with the uniqueness of Musk Lave.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    That’s what I thought as well which is why I was confused. Thanks for clarifying. I’m hoping to snag some Sova and Sadanne this time around.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Did he officially restock luckyscent? When did that happen?

    Also I emailed him and got my bottles no problem I know that’s not the case for everyone but it seems like there’s a nice even split.
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I also find it interesting that he says it’s way more complex as well. Eo1 is already incredibly complex with one of the best performances out of any natural perfume I’ve tried. If homeros is a...
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    Re: High Volume of Niche/Artisnal Releases

    I’m not sure if an artisanal market works the same though. Especially when price of materials is all over the price. Have more fragrance releases doesn’t mean there’s a competition to have lower...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I agree that Musk Lave to my nose has way more prominent sandalwood in the drydown. I’d love to smell any of these on a woman. I still have yet to smell Oud in anyone except myself. Next year’s Oud...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Bro when you wear 15 sprays of anything you’re gonna go noseblind after awhile! Hahaha.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Do you think the scent itself has altered or is it the way you perceive that sweetness as being cloying that changed? My sample hasn’t really changed at all since I got it. I agree though the...
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    Re: High Volume of Niche/Artisnal Releases

    I have a feeling that people’s wallets are drying up a bit and this level of acquiring every single new release isn’t sustainable for the average perfumer lover. But when you have certain reviewers...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    This might be something worth revisiting because the transitions of many of his fragrances show completely different hidden facets. His blending and ability to work through the scent pyramid is...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    They’ve only done one release last year and then released 3 perfumes 10 months later. That’s nothing if you think about it.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    79 compositions and not one had any redeeming value for you?
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Yeah man your nose fatigue is fooling you haha!! People will most definitely smell you from very far away!
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I tried Sadanne last night. Wow! I think I connect more with Josh’s newer releases and more experimental stuff but something clicked with Sadanne and I wasn’t expecting that at all. The ambergris...
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    Re: High Volume of Niche/Artisnal Releases

    I don’t agree with this at all. These perfumers work within their means and within the framework of past releases. I don’t think scalpers have anything to do with their business models. I think...
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    Re: High Volume of Niche/Artisnal Releases

    I think there’s an illusion that this community is massive and these perfumers are all cashing in on hype when in reality it’s maybe a group of about 700 people or so all fighting for the same few...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Slumberhouse and Sultan Pasha. Sultan Pasha taught Russian Adam perfumery and many of ALD’s compositions are reminiscent of Sultan Pashas work. Josh from Slumberhouse creates super dense, beautiful...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Probably for another 10 years as well.

    That’s why I buy full bottles of what I REALLY love but either do small decants or samples of everything else. I don’t have pockets deep enough to be buying...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Yeah the next collection is coming out in the winter. They have a whole bunch of new releases lined up for awhile. From what Zakir was telling me, we can expect a lot more of the direction Ghaliya...
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