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  1. Re: What's the most animalic, furry musk that you know of?

    Civet absolute. Siberian deer musk.
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    It is excellent. Happy you agree. Did you get any other bottles?
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    Re: Might Be Time To Stock Up On Creed

    Ahhh Blackrock, that well known expert in perfumes and fragrances. So glad to have Creed under their stewardship. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    I received my Kinam Attar earlier today. I was worried about leakage. None to be detected, thank Allah.

    First impressions: this is the most straightforward (still complex) oud EDP I've had the...
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    Re: MFK- Absolue Pour le soir (phased out?)

    Would you consider it an amber scent? I have been looking for a good amber for the autumn and wanted the Absolue but unfortunately it is not available. Thx.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I have to admit, I was a bit tired and toasted when I wrote my comment last night (who could tell, right?). I love Papillon (esp. Anubis), hadn't smelled any Bogue before (was really looking forward...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I spent today, for the first time since the pandemic, at LuckyScent's ScentBar in NYC. I got to try famed perfumes like Bogue's MaaJ, several Papillons, SHL777s, Serge Lutens, Hiram Green,...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Had to return my bottle. You should email them asap. It's not gonna fix itself. Hope my replacement doesn't have this issue.
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    There was an ALD big flop? When?

    I know you didn't mean that exactly, but this raises an interesting question. Look at the name Russian Adam chose for his brand: Areej le Dore, a mix of Arabic...
  10. Re: Perfume Game: Summer's night near the coastline / beach

    I was hoping we would start discussing formulas, suggestions for improvement, etc. I know we are also waiting on Paul's reviews, but I am sure he is very busy.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Respectfully, I don't understand how these are rehashed versions of previous releases yet a total departure from the "classic releases".

    Anyway, wearing Musk Lave on the first real fall day in...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Gosh darn! I cannot wait. Sounds so good. I love to wear undiluted oud oils and to burn the woodchips. I have always wanted a sprayable perfume that focused on oud exclusively. Sounds like this is...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Ghaliya Reflection is becoming my favorite rose/oud combo. I love the leathery, dark oud and civet. The rose isn't too sharp as is sometimes the case with Taif/Turkish damaescena EO. This is so...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    So can anyone please describe how Kinam Attar smells? Is it leather? animalic? fruity? chocolate-y? What other notes besides oud do you get?

    Thanks.
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Anyways, my bottle arrived in NY. May get it today or tomorrow, and will report back.
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Sucks about the leaking issues. If my bottle shows up nearly empty I will be hella pissed.

    As for Brunei Kinam, I don't know what it smells like. Can someone elaborate?
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    So what does Kinam Attar smell like?
  18. Re: What is the one fragrance that, if given the chance, you'd force other fragheads to try?

    Thanks for the helpful response. ��

    Have you tried anything from the Amber series? I have my eyes on Amber Oud as I love amber and love oud. Also Oakmoss and something from the Oud Caravan series....
  19. Re: What is the one fragrance that, if given the chance, you'd force other fragheads to try?

    This is such a beautiful perfume. I've been wanting to try additional perfumes from AbdesSalaam. What others do you like?
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I don't know about Pokeman. My point was more that I trust Ensar more than other oud/niche houses. I'm much more comfortable blind buying from him than elsewhere. Good thing about Ensar is that his...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Homeros is here...
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  22. Re: What fragrance would you use to go to a History Museum ?

    I like this question and I like the idea of event or place-specific perfumes. Of the perfumes I currently own:

    1) Vintage Mitsouko or Shalimar
    2) Areej - Ottoman Empire II
    3) Ensar - Crime &...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    So...the more I wear Rising Mysore 2 the more concerned I am about the performance of this perfume. I judge naturals much differently than conventional synthetics/blends but there is still a minimum...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I've enjoyed my wearings of Ghaliya Reflection so far. Nice strong oud and civet opening with a beautiful dry floral heart. Reminds me of Oudh Infini more than other oud/rose combos.

    Today I'm...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    You are correct. Not sure where I heard or got the impression that he said that these were nearly 50% essential oils.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I can't tell another person what they do and don't smell but I own full bottles of both, have a cat and eat lots of soy sauce, and these associations make 0 sense to me. Just sayin...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    I was trying to crunch these numbers last night. Didn't Taha say that these EDPs were close to 50%? If that is true, there is up to let's say 12ml of oil. I doubt that is all oud. If it is, it comes...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Paid for my invoice as soon as I got it. $568. Jesus FC. I've never spent this much on a single frag. It feels delightfully sinful, but also kinda just straight up wrong. Oh well!
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Musk Lave and Agar de Noir. Grandenia will be the Plumeria de Orris of the group. Secretly f'ing awesome, but not enough MUSK DARK AGAR ANIMALIC that Areej fans have convinced themselves is the "real...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Yeah I get it, but it's better than the auto-mail option.
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    I pulled up a second-timer on the web and sent literally the second it turned 1100 in New York.
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    Re: Teone Reinthal

    I love amber perfumes and have been looking for a natural-leaning one to wear this autumn/winter. I think I need to get Embers b/c I also love sandalwood. Sad to hear that it is a short wear. Does it...
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    Re: Autumn In a Bottle

    Providence Perfume Co.'s Heart of Darkness and Moss Gown are both great natural fall perfumes.

    I agree with Mitsouko. Add Shalimar to that.

    TRNP (Teone Reinthal)'s Bulgakov.

    I also like...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Right now my ranking is as follows (this is a loose preference that may change from time to time):

    1) Musk Lave
    2) Agar de Noir
    3) Santal Galore
    4) Grandenia
    5) Cuir de Russie

    I know that...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Got a confirmation email from the man himself. My email was received BEFORE Kinam sold out. Wow. I'm sure the entire line sold out within minutes.
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    I only asked for the Kinam Attar. I have spent WAY too much money in the last few months on releases.

    Ensar - C&P, Thai Tabac, several ouds (I sold a few)
    Bortnikoff - Sayat Nova
    Di Ser - Keman...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Wearing Agar de Noir today. Also wore it last night. This stuff is strong enough that 3-4 sprays will give you a full wearing. I layered it over pure Australian sandalwood oil, which I rub on my...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    What I keep at work lately...134978
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    I'm going big and going for Kinam Attar. I know Taha says that Al-Jazzab is an oud/rose for someone who already has tons of oud/orse but I just can't justify it having just received Ghaliya...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Couldn't help myself and did a few sprays of Rising Mysore 2.

    First of all, everyone is correct: the sprayers/atomizers are INSANE. So smooth, pure butter. Perfectly made to control the strength...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Ghaliya Reflection: first wearing and impressions.

    Opens with a combo of Hindi oud and civet, quickly transitioning into a beautiful, slightly spicy and dry rose. While the rose accords in this...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Me too! The original delivery date was this Friday. Knowing DHL however, I had a feeling it would arrive sooner. This soon I didn't expect. Fun! Now I have to decide whether to wear Ghaliya or Rising...
  43. Re: Do you have scent that makes people walking by you turn around and ask what you are wearing?

    One time I put on Ensar's Aroha Kyaku at work any my paralegal rushed to the phone and frantically started dialing 911 while asking me if I also smelled the fire/chemical leak.
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    Have not but thanks for the rec!!!
  45. Re: What is the one fragrance that, if given the chance, you'd force other fragheads to try?

    Everyone should try a vintage (60s/70s) Shalimar Extrait. Pure molten gold.
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    Eddie Fisher and the Next 100 Years - Land of our Father
    Colombian Rum
    Areej - Agar de Noir
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Which ALD's do you like? Just curious.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    The projection will improve over time. These perfumes have been macerating for a maximum of 6 months to a year. Just trust me, in about 4 months, they will be nuclear, like most other ALDs.

    Agar...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    So, I watched Brandon (Therapeutic Fragrances)'s review of Soryo again and while it sounds unique I am worried about a camphor overdose. Even the commenters to the video who had samplers agreed and...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Hey all:

    So I am strongly considering purchasing ONE of the three perfumes that will be available. I've read through some of the impressions but would like some further input if y'all don't mind....
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Which part smells like cheap perfume oil(s)?
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I take what I said about the bottles and presentation back. These are BEAUTIFUL. The Islamic style calligraphy is gorgeous. The caps are so heavy and well-made and slide on smoothly. The SG bottle is...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Guys/gals: I put on a generous spray of Agar Noir from about 5 inches and stained my light blue dress shirt. Be careful! This stuff is sticky and resinous and STRONG. I definitely smell the oud. The...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Got my pre-order. Amazing juice. Feels good to give Musk Lave a lavish full wearing. Dripping in purple lavender and musk.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I would recommend civet absolute diluted in sandalwood. Same with castoreum. Or a tincture of either!
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Are you really going to wear raw civet paste? Have you ever owned any?
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    It's funny because white musk/synthetic musk can mean (and smell like) so many things. Civetone is a synthetic musk that smells nothing like soap/laundry. Ambrettolide and Musk Ketone are fruity....
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Wow, very excited for the Ghaliya. Is it primarily a rose/oud perfume? One of the things that made me choose it over Kashmir Nuit were the resins in the base. I was hoping for some amber qualities....
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Bro, if Brandon starts mouthing off about how these are the must have fragrances of the year I might throw my bottles against the wall. Who are his fanboys? Ugh.
  60. Re: Help me decide on a perfume bottle label :)

    I like the first one. Looks great. Where are you sourcing your bottles? Thx.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I'd love another Baikal Gris-type smell. Actually, if you crave sandalwood, this is arguably ALD'S finest take on the material.
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    The hallmark of an experienced, master blender, natch. ;)
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Who thinks there will be a Santal Galore or Musk Lave II?
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Just did my first full wearing of Grandenia. Stunning. I love this fragrance. I'd be sad if I tried it and was unable to purchase it. It has the most vintage feel to it of the entire set, IMHO. Just...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    It's funny that somebody linked a Hypebeast article. Just this morning I was thinking "damn, fragrance buying has become like sneaker collecting - waiting in line, insane markups from resellers,...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Cool. Good for you. When did you make payment?

    Looking forward to hearing about Kashmir Nuit. I'm happy I went with Ghaliya. It's the first release from Amelia, so I can finally say that I got a...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I don't want to bother Sikander anymore today as I'm sure he is very busy - has anyone heard anything about when purchases will be shipped? Particularly to the US/North America?

    Thanks.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I don't want to keep this going but I can personally attest that Mr. Frag sold me a bottle of Oud Maximus for a generous discount and was a pleasure to deal with. There's nothing wrong with selling a...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I'm sorry that you are in that position. I've been there too, recently. In fact, I've probably over-spent and may need to sell half of what I've bought. Just remember, in my experience, there will...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Well, after telling Sikander I wanted to purchase RM2 days ago, he finally responded today saying it is on hold. Part of the problem was trying to understand what if any shipping discount was offered...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Wore Baikal Gris tonight - one of my favorite ALDs, possibly one of RA's most sophisticated blends - on top of a swipe of sandalwood EO and a spray or two of Anonim Gold Ambergris. Holy moly! The...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I did on both skin and cloth and my preference is how I always spray: a bit on the skin a bit on cloth as when I spray my neck/collar/chest/shirt
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Ended up sticking with Ghaliya and adding Rising Mysore 2. Never tried the first one so super excited. Also, I don't have a huge problem with synthetics, especially when the perfume is still over 80%...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I had a really hard time deciding between Kashmir Nuit and Ghaliya Reflection. At first I booked Ghaliya, but when I saw the notes for Kashmir, I asked Sikander to make an exchange and pay the...
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    Guerlain, Anonim, Ensar Oud

    Hi, I have the following available for sale (US and Canada includes shipping; we can agree to international shipping prices)

    Anonim Silver Ambergris 30ml: 99% full: $100

    Guerlain L'Homme Ideal...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    You didn't do anything wrong (though I find this whole thing hilarious - was waiting for this) but whomever but that bottle is an absolute herb in my book.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    So where do you get your grains? What do they smell like? Do you use them to make attar or perfume? Please, educate us.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Honestly, I get no gourmand from Musk Lave. Of the collection, my preference changed the most for this perfume. I didn't enjoy it at first but love it now. It might not be barbershop but the lavender...
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    Valee ft. DRAM - About You
    Johnny Walker Black
    Areej - Cuir De Russie
  80. Re: Perfume Game: Summer's night near the coastline / beach

    We haven't even finished the first game. If/when we do a second, it should be a while for now. Winter...maybe.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I love Brandon but EVERYTHING he tries (emphasis on the latter) is a masterpiece!! Either the guy has perfect selection or his is a bit biased by his own collection...

    Still, love the guy and his...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    When did I say it's not OK to be critical of perfumers. You keep accusing me of this, lol.

    Santal Galore and a fruity chypre like Mitsouko are very different perfumes, IMHO.

    I'd really like...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It is very, very difficult to make a "sandalwood bomb" perfume because sandalwood just isn't that loud, especially when blended. I know because I make perfumes. Can anyone name a sandalwoof forward...
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    Re: What Oud/Mukhallat are you wearing today?

    I've worked with a lot of ambergris. That pic looks like the real deal based on shape and texture. Some dark ambergris is still dry and semi-grey inside. I'm sure it's a good specimen.
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    Re: What Oud/Mukhallat are you wearing today?

    My bad. Thought these were EDPs. Thanks. I really like the sound of Eagle One. Didnt see it on his IG. Wonder if it's available. Maybe someone will want to do a split.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I purchased a sample of Vientiane because I also love sandalwood (definitely worth a sample purchase). It is light, strong vanilla notes, and the rice accord brings an interesting herb note along...
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    Re: What Oud/Mukhallat are you wearing today?

    And where were you able to buy these, if you don't mind my asking?

    I really gotta check out Laurent Smal as well, though I'm sure it's MUCH pricier than Md Ayoub. Sounds amazing.

    *edit: I just...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I am a Mitsouko obsessive so I'll do my best to answer this question. Santal Galore does not have the aldehyde opening of Mitsouko and is not quite as blue or "cool", which is how I perceive...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I agree, but I wouldn't be surprised if in six months to a year the sandalwood comes out more. It's a beautiful perfume, either way. I would have a hard time letting go of my bottle.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Woke up on a cloud of musk this morning after going through the samples with my wife after taking a shower last night. Excellent.

    Wore Musk Lave on a foggy rainy day in Brooklyn. It's really...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    So my wife really likes Musk Lave, Cuir de Russie and Grandenia (masculine she said!). I'm going to end up having to keep the entire pre-order lol!
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I wanted to add about Santal Galore and then I'll be quiet and wait for others to receive their sets and provide their own comments: there is something about this that is almost reminiscent...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Santal Galore has a beautiful dry down. The fruit remains, the smoke starts to clear, and I detect sandalwood. This is a great perfume. I'm not sure I like it more than Agar de Noir, but it is...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Grandenia: opens with a powerful lemon, frankincense and floral accord. I've never smelled gardenias in "real life" so I imagine that is where I'm getting the florals. Spice begins to emerge after a...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Just sprayed Santal Galore. The opening is tropical fruit (I recognize the absolute made from dried, powdered durian), jasmine, rose absolute, a bit of smoke. There is a creamy/powder accord just...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Delete double post
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Agar de Noir's drydown is here. It took me a while to place it but it's a dead ringer for La Via Del Profumo's Mecca Balsam, one of my favorite scents of all time. Only this is much stronger and...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I agree on Agar Noir. I can't compare to ALD's other oud offerings as I've never smelled them. The opening nose is hindi oud. Right after the spices emerge and maintain an even tone for some time. I...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I ordered both the sample set and the pre-order full set. I just received the sample in the mail. Hope my full set arrives today as well. We will see. Tracking still says undelivered, so unsure.
    ...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It's funny, I really wanted WPII to be leather and incense (with rose) - my three favorite profiles along with oud. Maybe I need some more time? It's interesting what you said about Guerlain. I have...
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