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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....
  4. Re: HabibiGotIt Sale Thread - niche to vintage to designer (updated from time to time)

    Bump. Happy New Year.
  5. Re: HabibiGotIt Sale Thread - niche to vintage to designer (updated from time to time)

    Bump; prices lowered. Happy holidays.
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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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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Thanks for the feedback. I guess what irked me most is that if I came across a watch I knew he really really wanted, I would have told him about it and allowed him to take a first shot before buying...
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Excellent.
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Good advice from two of my favorite posters on here. Thanks!

    - - - Updated - - -

    That Rose Gold GMT is gorgeous, BTW.
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Hey all: I want to share a story to get some feedback on whether I am right or wrong for being upset:

    I live in Brooklyn. The cost of living here is very high, and even though I am married, I am...
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    Re: White Lotus Aromatics Closing

    I just tried to log on to their website...it is down. How sad. Although I only came to know of them in the last year or so, their materials were absolutely beautiful, and their recipes helped me...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Can someone prove the @? Can't find it on IG. Thx.
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    Re: Thanksgiving 2020 SOTD/E

    I'm gonna start the day with Di Ser's Kagiroi. Probably wear TNRP Embers or Shalimar Extrait in the evening. Or maybe one of my own blends. I have a killer, animalic chypre I built as well as several...
  18. Re: Bortnikoff Discussion Thread - Part 2

    See, I've only tried one or two of the above, so my opinions are skewed by poor sampling. I did try Zemfira today at LuckyScent in NY and whooo boy that is a beautiful, smooth saffron/rose/oud.
  19. Re: Bortnikoff Discussion Thread

    Good call, Nesnas is indeed halwa. Still, the Bortnikoff is unable to suggest Middle Eastern sweets the way Prin so skillfully does. I was just disappointed. Don't even ask me about Sans Fleur....
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    Re: Teone Reinthal

    Ahh, thanks for the info. I don't mind green. I'm looking forward to the patchouli and frankincense/myrrh.
  21. Re: Dark, smokey, natural-leaning Vanilla fragrances

    I think this is gonna be the one. I also ordered a bottle of Guerlain Spiriteuse Double Vanille.
  22. Re: Bortnikoff Discussion Thread

    Testing out Oud Loukoum today:

    First impressions: heavy on the ylang-ylang. I love ylang but it feels a bit overpowering here. I'm not getting much dried fruit or tobacco. This is a very yellow...
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    Re: Teone Reinthal

    I was lucky to pick up a bottle of Shakti from the sale section on BN for a very reasonable price. The descriptions sounds amazing: patchouli, frankincense, sandalwood, exotic florals. It was...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    The first thing I noticed about Santal Galore, way back when I received the 1ml tester, was the smokey opening. I loved it then and I love it now. I enjoy how the smoke/incense transitions to a...
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    Re: Best Saffron Scent

    Arsalan by Prin is great.

    Saffron Rose by Grossmith.

    Zaffran by PK Perfumes
  26. HabibiGotIt Sale Thread - niche to vintage to designer (updated from time to time)

    Greetings, I have the following for sale. Free shipping in the U.S. PayPal friends and family only. Thx.
    All fragrances come with original packaging except for TRNP (can't find the box right now).
    ...
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    Re: Teone Reinthal

    You did say that it was strong on clove, it totally slipped my mind. I think Batavia sounds really spice forward. Perhaps Magus will be the one for me but I'll wait to hear from avrora!
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Yeah, and the current strap is ridiculously comfortable. Maybe I'll play around and see what a nice stainless steel bracelet looks like with it but most likely it will stay on the black alligator.
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    Thanks for all of the recs. The Mona di Orio is interesting. Will definitely check out. What do people think of the Guerlain Double Vanille? It seems revered in certain circles. Is it very sweet? How...
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    Re: Teone Reinthal

    Hey fellow TRNP enthusiasts: I am strongly considering purchasing either Oud Batavia or Magus as my next TRNP, which has become kinda my house of choice as of late. I love Areej, etc. but I'm a...
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Thanks. What straps would you think might work? I'm not so good with straps yet. Do you think a stainless steel might be interesting? Brown leather? Any ideas would be appreciated.
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    SO, after buying two very expensive (for me) watches in the last few months, first a Sinn 6000 and then the limited edition Seiko Diver Reissue SPB149J pictured above, I came across the opportunity...
  33. Dark, smokey, natural-leaning Vanilla fragrances

    Hello esteemed BNers:

    It's that time of year when the weather is changing (in the cool parts of the U.S., at least) and I begin to crave comforting, warm scents.

    I've purchased a few dark...
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    Re: Teone Reinthal

    Hey all, big fan of Embers, Bulgakov and Zeeba here (unfortunately had to sell the latter two because of financial reasons but may purchase them again). Anyone have any feedback on Magus? Blue Lotus?...
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    I bought a bottle of Arsalan and have been enjoying it. I like the opening oud, champa, saffron and spice combo. In the drydown you feel the Prin DNA with the animalic incense that I love in his...
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Thanks. It looks ridiculous in person. I'm still learning how to photograph watches and I didn't do it justice. Perfect for a rainy NY day today with a few sprays of Prissana Nesnas Qareen (smoky,...
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Omega looks great. Love the Planet Ocean.

    BTW, my new Seiko limited edition diver finally came in today. This is a 55th anniversary diver limited to 5,500. It may not be a submariner, but it sure...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Take off the spray cap and soak in hot water.

    Take the bottle, cap now removed, and soak the very top of the sprayer in the same hot water. You can do it by holding the bottle upside down. I do...
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Wow, that Tudor is beautiful. I'm a sucker for the black dial/bezel combo, especially with the gold subdials. Very very cool. I'm really liking Tudor more and more.

    You nailed what I don't like...
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    I have a love/hate thing with Rolex, too. My dream watch has always been a DJ41 with a black dial on silver, fluted. I will probably buy one eventually. I also really like chronographs, especially...
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    Re: Producer Michael Fragrance Collection

    Lol, I've watched this guy's horology videos and his taste in watches is, well, ummm, very different than mine. He enjoys large, loud, brash, unsurprising given his wardrobe and choice of cars.
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I love both Thai Tabac and Musk Lave and agree with the vintage soda impression. Musk Lave is one of the strangest and most unique perfumes I've ever owned. I have two bottles and I don't think I...
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    Re: The Sandalwood Game Proposal & Entries

    I will go out on a limb and say I have made some of my favorite blends to date because of this exercise.

    Working with sandalwood is challenging. I work with natural sandalwood EO and absolute...
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    After spending a decade wearing a trusty (but basic, but beautiful) Raymond Weil Maestro (all silver, the bezel goes), Mido Commander in gold, and a Bertucci field watch, I decided to level up the...
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    Re: Top 5 Affordable Artisanal Ouds

    You guys might think I'm crazy but for $200 you can get 5ml of a really really good and complex plantation Crassna from Edens Garden (not Eden Botanicals). 10ml is about $290. I wear it neat and also...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    What happened? Down already?
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Hope everything is alright with Taha. Sounds like he is doing his best given the circumstances. Shouldn't have been quick to judge.

    Anyway, I'll still get a bottle or two.

    Kinam Attar is one of...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    LOLOLOL, what a con. Sorry, but it's spend nearly two grand or get nothing??? I was hoping to pick up Oud Luban. Now I'm not even sure I'd pick up a bottle if there is one left. This seems...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I really love this collection. I bought back up bottles of both Musk Lave and Santal Galore. In the month or so since the pre-order, both bottles have aged beautifully and Musk Lave, which originally...
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    Re: Teone Reinthal

    Yes. Considering buying the 2020 just to have both...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Awesome!

    Also cool that you are wearing Mandarava. I had an OG super dark bottle 50ml. I sold it and regret doing so. So dense and complex!

    Report back on the People's Kampot, please.
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    Re: Teone Reinthal

    I bought Embers and don't regret it a bit. Actually might be my favorite perfume right now. I get SO many compliments (it is a nice semi-sweet amber, which is easy to love) and I get more and more of...
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    Re: The Sandalwood Game Proposal & Entries

    I already have 4 sandalwood trials ready!!! Lol. This will be fun.
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Haha, yes I am. I was banned for accidentally posting twice in the sales thread. It was a mistake, honest!

    Anways, I realized how much I love BN when I didn't have access to post.

    Back to Iris...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Has anyone tried Iris Noir PP? Thoughts?

    Thanks.
  56. Re: Fueguia 1833 - Most interesting new perfumery

    I purchased my first scent from Fueguia 1833 this weekend. Just a small 15ml. I'm very impressed so far. I happen to live in NYC so it's easy for me to visit their store and browse. Anyone who is...
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    Re: Coffee Blossom

    Yep. Nailed it. I'm interested in using it. Will probably end up in the sandalwood.
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    Re: Coffee Blossom

    Oh crap I didnt read closely. You and Paul both have the liberty material! Perhaps my nose is still a bit green and undeveloped. I get a lot of green (almost violet leaf) but I do start to get some...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    As everyone said, you won't have a problem selling it. I backed up my bottle. Maybe you should consider keeping it. Think about it, aren't you now looking for a bottle of original Maai? I'm not...
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    Re: Coffee Blossom

    I purchased a small amount of coffee blossom abs. from Liberty Naturals. Unfortunately, their product is very green and doesn't have the overripe fruit and coffee notes I was hoping for from other...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I overstated how hot the water is. This is hot but not boiling. It is very gentle. Lukewarm water Will melt sugar. Non-issue. Thanks!
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Lololol.

    By the way, no heat exposure. The water was hot, but that is a LARGE volume of perfume and glass compared to the tiny nozzle soaking in the water. Max soak time was about 1 min.

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

    Santal Galore owners, I have a potential solution to some, perhaps not all of your sprayer problems. If the crystallization is occurring in the top of the atomizer (hopefully this is the case, as...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Hey, thanks for the response. I should have been more clear. Has the scent of your SG been affected by the crystallization? You should send your bottle back to Areej for a replacement or repair. Mine...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Are you speaking from experience or is this conjecture? Was your bottle of SG altered by Areej after a cap problem? Or are you finding that the top notes. etc. are not as they were when the...
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    Re: Top 10 as of now

    Shalimar Extrait
    Mitsouko Extrait
    Ensar Crime & Punishment
    Ensar Thai Tabac
    Prissana Nesnas Qareen
    Areej Baikal Gris
    Areej Musk Lave
    Ensar Aroha Kyaku oud oil
    Aftelier Oud Luban
    Abdessalam...
  67. Re: How to open and reseal crimped-on sprayers

    I wanna remove the crimp on my new Eau Sauvage to dump a ton of oakmoss into the perfume. How can I do this? It must be done. I spray decanted 2ml of the perfume into a tester and added oakmoss and...
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    Re: The Sandalwood Game Proposal & Entries

    I'm in. This may change but most likely a Sandalwood Oud Oriental and a separate Sandalwood Base.
  69. Re: Amber ( simple, not expensive and not hard to find... amber for layering )

    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
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    Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    I'm a big fan of Ajmal's Santal Wood. Can be purchased for less than $150 for 100ml. Excellent sandalwood perfume.

    I'm getting TNRP's Embers 2012 this week. Will report back. Supposed to be a...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    This probably belongs in another thread but the thing I ABSOLUTELY did not like with Palatin was a cloying almost nauseating "bubblegum" quality that I couldn't get past. MaaJ (I don't know why I...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Someone told me RM2 was still available through Naaz. Didn't see it on the website. Was this person pulling me eggplant?
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Antiquity is nothing like W&P and CdR.
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    Re: New game proposal

    Yeah, can we keep this simple? It sounds like sandalwood was a popular theme. I thought we were just adding one or two other criteria: genre (chypre, oriental etc) and the brief.

    Of course, I have...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    So I was at Luckyscent in NYC yesterday to try out MDCIs Chypre Palatin, which many here love as an animalic complex chypre, also to re-try Bogue's Maai, another well loved complex Chypre. It just so...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    In other ALD news, I finally got to try Antiquity this weekend and I am PISSED that I don't own a bottle! This is one of ALDs finest vintage style perfumes, if not the finest. Now I'm obsessively...
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    Re: Where can i get some animalic tinctures?

    X - I'll send you some PM links to stuff I've found to be strong and useful. Sorry for the petty insults. Sometimes I get carried away. Have a great Sunday.
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    Re: Where can i get some animalic tinctures?

    I find you laughable but for the sake of keeping the peace, I will apologize and leave you be. I'm sorry the materials were not as strong as you hoped.

    If you are looking for a strong castoreum...
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    Re: Where can i get some animalic tinctures?

    My problem is that you don't know anything about these materials and yet went out of your way to publicly disparage a well known (and trusted - by most) supplier. Do you have ANYTHING to compare...
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    Re: Teone Reinthal

    I purchased the 2012 Embers from LuckyScent. Can't wait!
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    Re: Where can i get some animalic tinctures?

    I want to remind you all that X whatever his name is, is NOT A PERFUMER, has absolutely no basis on which to judge these materials, and is instead a "niche oriental" perfume enthusiast who purchased...
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    Looking for ALD Antiquity

    Hi, I have the following I'd consider trading for Antiquity:

    Agar De Noir
    Musk Lave
    Santal Noir
    Rising Mysore 2
    Kageroi
    Embers 2012
    1950-60s pre batch code BNIB Mitsouko Extrait 30ml (not...
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    Re: Where can i get some animalic tinctures?

    Bill, you are an experienced perfumer. You know these materials really well. Someone who buys them expecting them to smell like their favorite Ensar Oud perfume, especially at low low concentrations,...
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    Re: Where can i get some animalic tinctures?

    You aren't a perfumer and you don't know how to use these materials. In these concentrations, these are meant as fixatives and exaltants.

    Not sure what you are trying to do with these materials....
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Oud Lubani is the one for me. Really curious to see a long-lasting frank note. As an aspiring DYI perfumer, I wish I could learn how to make frank "liquefied resin".

    All of the releases sound...
  86. Re: Bogue profumo / Antonio Gardoni consolidated thread

    I hate Bogue's plastic/rubber caps. They feel cheap (I'm sure they aren't) and have a horrible color. A nice stainless steel or sustainable wood cap would be so much more handsome.

    Regarding...
  87. Re: How would you rank your top three fragrances from this list?

    Bandit
    Ambre Sultan
    Eau Sauvage Parfum
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    Re: Sandalwood CO2

    I agree that sandalwood CO2 ranges greatly, sometimes it isn't much different from the EO, sometimes it has a wonderful dense, almost aged quality, with more pronounced spice and incense notes.
    ...
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    Re: White Lotus Aromatics Closing

    Amazing. They will be missed.
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    Re: The best designer launch of 2020.

    How does the Guerlain L'Homme Ideal Extreme compare to the L'Intense? I sold L'Intense because, while I liked the scent, it was far far too weak on me, especially for a perfume full of synthetics and...
  91. Re: Perfume Game: Summer's night near the coastline / beach

    Don't worry, we will send you samples this time.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Nevermind.
  93. Re: Liquidamber Styrax and Benzoin Styrax - what is the difference?

    Thanks! The difference in scent notes is precisely what I experience. Liquidamber styrax is very medicinal to me. I use it in small amounts. It is useful but I much prefer benzoin.
  94. Liquidamber Styrax and Benzoin Styrax - what is the difference?

    Hi, I am constantly confused by the nomenclature for these two products. Are they the same thing? My liquidamber styrax from Eden is very thick and has a pungent woody, medicinal scent. Slightly...
  95. Re: Perfume Game: Summer's night near the coastline / beach

    IIRC I got both from Liberty Naturals, natch. My favorite supplier.
  96. Re: Perfume Game: Summer's night near the coastline / beach

    Thanks for the feedback. I could write a novel about my time in Cairo. But the point, I think, is to condense that feeling into a paragraph. Your point is taken. Same with the perfume. It certainly...
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    Re: Stephane Humbert Lucas 777

    Thank you. The vendor asked me to wait a few days and then re-test. If I'm not happy, he will allow a return. I'll give it a few days and see what happens. You have all been very helpful.

    This is...
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    Re: Stephane Humbert Lucas 777

    Thanks for the feedback. I use a lot of strong natural perfumes so maybe I have a high tolerance or something lol. It just smells so weak.

    Do yall think that the long travel might have affected it...
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    Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    To me it is creamy. I didn't get great performance and we generally unimpressed. For the cost of a vintage bottle, I'd rather purchase some good sandalwood oil.
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    Re: Stephane Humbert Lucas 777

    Hey all:

    I purchased a bottle of Oud 777 from eBay seller arabiandelight (mentioned upthread) from Oman. I received the package yesterday and was...underwhelmed. That is an understatement. The...
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