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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently in 2021?

    Oh no, it looks now I need to test it. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Pineward Perfumes

    I am expecting my sample set to arrive any day next week! Really excited about these after the big letdown that Norne was for me.
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    Re: Roja vs Clive Christian

    Yes coming back to the topic, I actually also prefer fragrances from the brand 'Roja Dove' over Clive Christian. Creation E and Diaghilev are both masterpieces that are completely different but I...
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    Re: Roja vs Clive Christian

    Exactly. He probably didn't expect that but as a (thinking) fan of Bortnikoff/Russian Adam/Ensar I can also confirm that their stuff is semi-amateur work when compared to finishing and balance in...
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    Re: Roja vs Clive Christian

    You mean do we believe that Mr. Roger who worked for 20 years at Guerlain as a make-up sales trainer and had no expertise with creating perfumes whatsoever is capable of releasing dozens of...
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    Re: Roja vs Clive Christian

    It was you who said that you were impressed with the details in *the* video that was posted here. Why to backpedal now and start making claims about other past interviews instead? I actually watched...
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    Re: Roja vs Clive Christian

    Well, it's hard to defend Mr. Roger being a perfumer but one thing is undisputedly true - he's a great marketer who knows his target audience and how to be heard by them very well.
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    Re: Roja vs Clive Christian

    Ah yes, him calling lemon "fresh" and cedarwood "woody" were some great insights into the genius mind of one of the most respected perfumers alive. And what were your favourite, detailed pieces of...
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    Re: Roja vs Clive Christian

    Ahh, another hilarious video from Mr. Roger! I love how he constantly pours one and the same paper strip over and over again in the formula he 'creates' in a flask for the viewers. I actually burst...
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    Re: Roja vs Clive Christian

    Funny to see the Fragrances of the World database entries not being a credible source for the folks who are convinced that Roja is a perfumer just because he poses with a pipette on a scripted video...
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    Re: Roja vs Clive Christian

    If that was true he would be probably the most versatile and productive perfumer in history.
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    Re: Roja vs Clive Christian

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    Re: Roja vs Clive Christian

    You got clear and obvious counter-evidence. Delacourte is a respected and experienced perfumer with no horse in this race. One can question her trustworthiness but I believe there are some limits to...
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    Re: Roja vs Clive Christian

    He says many things that are half-truths or just false. For example about himself being a perfumer and not merely a (very talented!) marketing guy running (successfully!) a perfume house.
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    Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    PSA: Musk Cologne should be available back in 1-2 weeks.
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    Re: Has anyone tried Arabian Oud?

    I have tried some of their original fragrances in their shop in NYC. Wasn't impressed with most but Desert Falcon.
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    Re: The worst fragrance you've ever smelled?

    This one is probably going to spark controversy but for me it is Rosé All Daé EDP by Gallagher Fragrances. The disgustingly sweet and cloying apple-chips note is a thing from nightmares. There's also...
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    Re: Your Favourite Reviews

    These are all great!
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    Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Interesting to see that Musk Cologne is the most expensive one (by far) out of the Cologne series, whereas the formula seems to be one of the least complicated. I expected Oud Cologne to beat it but...
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    Re: The Official Amouage Fragrance Thread

    I've just looked it up and it seems interesting. How floral is it? Does it share any part of DNA with Gold Man?
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    Thanks for such a genuine and honest response. It was very insightful.
  22. Re: Santa Maria Novella. Which are your favorites ?

    SMN Patchouli is incredible. I got it first as a decant from a friend of mine without any label and was surprised what a complex earthy, smoky, boozy, leathery, green-herbaceous fragrance it is. Deep...
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    Re: Ormonde - So many Montabacos!!!

    I was surprised by the differences between different Montabacos, too. I fell in love with what I believe was Montabaco Verano but recently got accidentally a decant of Intensivo thinking it was the...
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    Re: Best aquatic / fresh ambergris fragrances

    My favorite aquatics are PR Acqua di Sale, Mendittorosa Archetipo & Anna Zworykina Hue. The last two are quite unusual and on the darker side of things.
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    Re: What is the ideal scent for a dandy?

    I think that this question is two-fold:
    1. What is the historically accurate scent of a dandy?
    2. What would a dandy wear these days.

    For 2. I believe that everyone has his own answer, for 1. I...
  26. Re: Bogue profumo / Antonio Gardoni consolidated thread

    Wearing Antonio's MAAI today. On the first few wears it seemed to be a huge batsh*t crazy postmodern aldehydic floral chypre. Clean and dirty at the same time. Balancing between stinky animalic notes...
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    Re: Floris Suggestions

    Santal is my favourite but it is a very personal scent so to speak. Don't expect big longevity nor performance.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Good to see someone who can still think critically.
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    Re: The Art Of Layering - Successful Stories

    My somewhat unexpected but successful layering duo is: YSL L'Homme (classic) + Nicolai Cuir Cuba Intense in proportions of 2 or 3 sprays of YSL per 1 of Nicolai. Nicolai adds a lot of depth to the...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Seems like a very shady practice. Something straight off a cheap flea market where everyone tries to convince you that you're getting a bargain and you're lucky that you've got such a chance until...
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    Re: When you need the BIG bottle

    Please see the email I attached to my post. It's still around because it's still in warehouses. However, it got discontinued as confirmed by Guerlain.
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    If it was just released then what's the point of discounting it already? Just list it for $399 instead of $499 discounted to $399. This is some blatant grifter's behaviour trying to manipulate people...
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    Re: When you need the BIG bottle

    And you were absolutely right about Mouchoir de Monsieur. Sorry to be the harbinger of bad news. 152325
    How old is your bottle of EdC du Coq? Do you perceive any differences between it and the older...
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    Re: Perris monte carlo

    I've tried their Rose de Taif as it was a finalist of the 2016 Art and Olfaction Awards. It was a quite pleasant rose buried beneath tones of sharp, zesty lemons. The entire composition gave me a...
  35. Thread: Coffee

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    Re: Coffee

    Can someone familiar with the matter explain to me why is it so hard to come across a good, realistic smelling coffee fragrance? All of those that I tried were buried deep in some sweet or spicy...
  36. Re: What is the fragrance you love on a woman or partner, and *why*?

    I always avoid gifting the same perfumes to different girlfriends but there's one exception: Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur. It's one of my favourite Malles but I find it loaded with too much feminine...
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    Another one: Gucci pour Homme (2003). This one is not overrated but for sure severely overpriced. I understand the first-mover advantage of being a dry, woody oriental fragrance of this type but with...
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    You can imagine how perplexed was I when I had bought it for about $2 for a 7ml Iquitios mini in Europe and then started reading about it online just to learn that it goes for about 10x times that in...
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    Re: Detecting Notes

    In the designer world, notes are in the 90% product of the marketing/PR teams who are trying to fit the little information about the scent they got from the producer to the marketing brief they have...
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    Alain Delon Iquitos. It's surely a very nice 80s powerhouse with a touch of dandy rose making it unique but when I saw the prices it goes for in the US I couldn't believe my eyes.
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    Re: Oud Assam by Rania J

    This one is truly an enigma for me. It sometimes seemingly vanishes from my skin just to show up 10 hours later. The smell is indeed quite challenging and I'm seconding that it is reminiscent of aged...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    A hit dog will holler. Funny to see two mean-spirited comments in a row trying to disregard differing opinions and defending a brand (when no one is really criticising it in the first place!) in...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Wow, so many replies in a few hours. These forums can be really fast at times.

    Great to hear that all three of you had personally such great experiences with Norne! I still think that this is a...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Oh no, I'm actually not alone in it! I was so perplexed by how different than I expected it smells that I had to give it to a friend of mine who actually worked in the industry and has been into...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I was pretty underwhelmed with the new Norne (silver cap). Perhaps I set my expectations too high but after reading all overzealous posts about it on the internet I expected it to be the Holy Grail...
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    Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Wonderful, thanks!
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    Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I cannot find Musk Cologne available on Bortnikoff's website anymore. I know that it's still available on some other websites but it made me worried that it's going to be discontinued. What's...
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    Re: Nicolaï (original) New York re-released?

    Apparently, the person who told me that had to misunderstand something. I got a reply from Nicolai saying that they are not releasing anything new in a "boutique" line.
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    Re: The NEW HERMES H24 Eau de Toilette

    Can we address the elephant in the room... the official notes are not accurate at all. I understand that notes are more of a reflection of the marketing brief than ingredients but here they're only...
  50. Re: Looking for a fragrance that would fit "Sadeness" by Enigma

    Beaufort London "Fathom V" is the saddest, most melancholic fragrance I've tried.
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    Re: Absinthe / Artemesia / Wormwood

    Anna Zworykina who is in my opinion one of the most talented natural perfumers around has truly mastered this ingredient. I highly recommend her wormwood-forward fragrances. She uses it in many...
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    Re: Nicolaï (original) New York re-released?

    Could be new synthetics, could be new extraction methods resulting in ingredients that don't pose allergic risks. Life finds a way but it sometimes takes some time. Just like with the recent,...
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    Re: The best bottle designs

    Almost 100 posts and no one has mentioned Eau Sauvage?

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    Nicolaï (original) New York re-released?

    I have heard recently that Nicolaï has rereleased a new version of her famous original New York in a "boutique" line. Not sure what does "boutique" exactly mean, but I reckon it might be only...
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    Re: boozy summer scents?

    My personal favourite is Freeway by 4160 Tuesdays. It's not predominantly boozy but the rum&brandy undertones are rather lovely.
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