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  1. Re: 24 hours before Basenotes shuts down

    Adios!
  2. Re: 24 hours before Basenotes shuts down

    That will basically depends if he gets the beer delivered at home or if he runs out to the pub each and every time there will be an error message showing up....
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  3. Re: What do you think about Beaufort London's iron duke?

    The top is indeed strong. But I find the drydown beautiful. I received a couple of compliments on that one, so I wouldn't be afraid of wearing it in public.
  4. Re: Fragrances that remind of Eau d'Hermes if only a little?

    Congrats! Current Eau d'Hermes is stunning. Only a trained nose used to the various verions might notice some minimal differences by sticking the nose on the skin when doing a side-by-side...
  5. Re: 24 hours before Basenotes shuts down

    Any (rough) estimate on how long you will need for the transition? (sorry if you have already answered that question in some other thread)
  6. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    A bit linear yes, but I find it to be a great boozy/leathery blend, and a perfect fragrance for cold nights out. The full retail price is exagerated, like for any TT fragrance, but for the $100 I...
  7. Re: Rate Parfums de Nicolai Fragrances In Order That Are FB Worthy IYO!

    Not a huge fan of the house, but I like

    Cuir Cuba Intense
    Vie de Chateau Intense
    Cologne Sologne
    Vetyver
    Amber Oud

    For me, at that price point, the only ones I find to be fbw are Vetyver...
  8. Re: Which Nicolai fragrances would be in your collection?

    In your list:

    Cuir Cuba Intense. And that's pretty much it for me.


    Off your list:

    Vie de Chateau Intense
    Cologne Sologne
    Vetyver
  9. Re: What are your favourite designer perfumes?

    I couldn't live without Eau d'Hermes and Guerlain Vetiver.
  10. Re: Lalique addiction - Ombre Noire, Hommage a l'Homme, Hommage a l'Homme Voyageur

    True!



    That would be my recommendation too, since it's a great spicy/boozy/tobacco, but I wouldn't spend more than $60/70 on that one.

    I love the all, but in that order:
    1. ON
    2. Hal'H
    3....
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    Re: Amouage at… Costco

    Thanks. So basically regular discounter pricing.
  12. Re: Houbigant Fougere Royale vs Houbigant Bois Mystique - which would you recommend me and why?

    Two beautiful fragrances, that said you're comparing apples and oranges...

    FR is a geranium centric fougere, best for daytime wear. Sparkling green.
    BM is a spicy/incensy wood-centric fragrance,...
  13. Re: A song, a drink, a perfume - September 2021

    It's been so long by Avishai Cohen

    Black espresso

    Vaporocindro by JSP
  14. Poll: Re: Acqua di Parma Ingredients Collection/Signatures of the Sun

    Got it. No experience with that one, I didn't even know it existed. Based on the marketing strategy of this brand, my guess is that it was just a packaging thing. But it's just a guess. That said,...
  15. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I'm no fan of TV to start with, so even improvements are hard for me to like. I should probably stop discussing 'honeyed/sweet tobacco' fragrances, because my judgement is unavoidably negatively...
  16. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Never tried the EDP. Went to Nose in Paris (the only bricks'n'mortar store in the city stocking LV), and even there, they didn't carry it.



    I have the same impression. Dry with sweetness...
  17. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    All of these are gourmand, with some subtle tobacco under. Given that, Tabac Rouge might indeed check the boxes for you. Also, as suggetsed by Brooks, Mac Velvet Teddy is a great bang-for-the-buck,...
  18. Re: Next blind buy, recommendations ( Jazz Club, BlackSoul Imperial,Wanted, Stronger Intensely, Jaco

    Jazz Club is nice, but I think Jovoy Pavillon Rouge does it better, and is only a bit more expensive.
    Hardly did I experience such a simple warm pleasure for under $30 like I did with Proraso Wood...
  19. Poll: Re: Acqua di Parma Ingredients Collection/Signatures of the Sun

    The brown series was first issued as 'Colonia Intensa XXXX Eau de Cologne Concentree', then as 'Colonia XXXX Eau de Cologne Concentree', and finally as black bottled 'XXXX' (Eau de Parfum).

    In...
  20. Re: Cinnamon Mens Fragrances, Cinnamon Lovers must try

    Nice suggestions. I'd add:

    Kenzo - Jungle Homme
    Unum - Io non ho mani che mi accarezzino il volto
    Geo F Trumper - Sandalwood Cologne
    Initio - Rehab
    Lorenzo Villoresi - Incensi
    Etro - Messe de...
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    Re: A very strange perfume commercial

    Hahaha!!!
    Jokes on names are not nice, Cookbot! :laugh:
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    Re: Le Labo Gaiac 10 is so overrated

    Of the 3 decants I have, Oud 27 is the only one I am plannig to keep.
    Also had a sample of AnOther 13 that I found great, but wasn't fitting my personality.



    No hates for me. Just one big...
  23. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I personally can't stand Phaedon Tabac Rouge, that I find cloying sweet - noting that I love LV Atman Xaman, that some here find cloying sweet, just so that you have an idea...
    Definitely not a safe...
  24. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Agreed. Fusciuni uses real tobacco absolute, hence why the result is not as realistic as the spice-based tobacco accord one can find in so many tobacco frags... the final result is more soft,...
  25. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    The spicy immortelle combo is quite close to my nose. 1740 is way drier though, and no honey, and more leather ure, so overall a different fragrance but still, it made 'tilt' to me the first time I...
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    Re: Latest Heeley - Athenean!

    Take Philosykos, Premier Figuier and Debaser, mix them, imrpove the quality, and you have Figuier by James Heeley.
    Then take the pyramid of Figuier, and

    Transform

    Grass into galbanum
    Fig...
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    Re: Good natural(ish) incense fragrances

    Well.... that's what I have noticed around. There are a very small numbers of trained perfumers in here, but many that state to be able to perceive X, Y or Z aromachemicals (which is basically closer...
  28. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Sorry you don't like it. I have a different opinion, but I appreciate to hear yours, and respect it. It agree that it shares similarities with 1740.
    A couple of extra wearing during colder times...
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    Re: Good natural(ish) incense fragrances

    I doubt it. It was discontinued in the late 90's/early 00's, and then re-issued a couple of years ago (2019 I think). Iso-E super would have totally changed the structure of it, and not sure why they...
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    Re: Good natural(ish) incense fragrances

    L'Eau Trois has been originally issued in 1975, and Iso E was only recently patented at that time (1973). Only in the 90's did perfumers really start to use overload of it, and even if I can't...
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    Re: Good natural(ish) incense fragrances

    These two smell nearly only of resinoids, nearly no smoke. If that's too much, well, that means that you just don't like frankincense - and that's perfectly fine not to.




    Yes, Hwyl is a more...
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    Re: A very strange perfume commercial

    As Hednic said, it fits this fragrance house, and creepy is the anthem of Sorcinelli. Given the name of the fragrance, it's not surprising: it is common in Italy to have relics with pieces of crown,...
  33. Re: Theseus by Lorenzo Villoresi (2011)

    I agree with all what you say, and me too, although I love it in its entirety, I slightly prefer the drydown to the opening, when the aromatics mellow out a bit.
  34. Poll: Re: SOTD: why do you use that feature?

    Thanks so much!



    Given Rum's location, I guess an ouzo might work better haha
  35. Re: Fragrances that remind of Eau d'Hermes if only a little?

    Probably not. If it was only a like, I'd say yes, Eau d'Hermes might be a love. But if you 'really dislike' Declaration's opening (that is: citrus and cumin), well, I don't think EdH will work for...
  36. Re: Fragrances that remind of Eau d'Hermes if only a little?

    I don;t get citrus in EW. EW is mostly (in order of apperance) petitgrain, JASMINE, musk and moss. Eau d'Hermes is mostly citrus, SPICES, cardamom, leather. (in capital the main player for each)
    Eau...
  37. Re: Theseus by Lorenzo Villoresi (2011)

    A beautiful scent for sure.
    I don't get the woody notes either. In my book, it's a vetiver-centric scent with citrus and spicy aromatics support, giving an overall impression of celery (sharing...
  38. Poll: SOTD: why do you use that feature?

    Many Basenoters use the 'Scent of the Day' feature (aka SOTD) to log the fragrance currently wearing.

    Why do you do so? Please answer the poll, and feel free to add a more detailed explanation,...
  39. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail? (2021)

    I fully agree!



    Also agreed, congrats!
  40. Re: Francesca Bianchi blind buy suggestion?

    Interesting story! To be honest, I've only done 2 wearings until now, and indeed now I'm at that 'nice but not that special' stage. Will wear more and report back here.
  41. Re: What do you think about Beaufort London's iron duke?

    Tonnerre is a piece of art, but I agree with Cacio in that it is absolutely unwearable. Still, glad I had a sample, as I think it is one of a kind to try at least once.




    Like Cacio said...
  42. Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently in 2021?

    One in particular?

    I own Peau de Pierre and Peau d'Ailleurs. Love the first, but the second, I am not sure. The honeyed facet sometimes result a bit cloying. Thoughts?
  43. Poll: Re: Poll: Current formulations of Fahrenheit vs Polo (Green) vs D&G Pour Homme

    I pay little attention to small reform talks (like modifications pre/post ifra for example), because the small difference are not worth the big price differences, in the very vast majority of the...
  44. Re: Francesca Bianchi blind buy suggestion?

    I can't help with that one, but I just hope that like you, I will realize that at some point - I'm not there yet.

    And like you, I was leaning to the Black Knight for my second blind buy, but I'd...
  45. Re: What do you think about Beaufort London's iron duke?

    Yes it is made with great ingredients, imo. In terms of scent, it stands in between Dior Leather Oud and Montale Aoud Cuir d'Arabie. Bolder than Dior, but slightly softer/more elegant than Montale....
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    Re: Le Labo Gaiac 10 is so overrated

    In view of the price point of $350 per pop, and the statement of ultravisitor that the bottle are sold out in one day, as well as the status of NY being the capital of finance, my statement is way...
  47. Re: Encre Noire or ELDO Fat Electrician

    Hi FL1974 :)

    For a man, Encre Noire.
    Fat Electrician is very sweet, and smells more feminine than several fragrances marketed towards women that I have in my wardrobe. Glad I only bought a 30ml...
  48. Re: Francesca Bianchi's new release - Divine Perversion

    I'm still trying to understand Etruscan Water, and I'm just not yet ready to move forward with this house.
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    Re: Le Labo Gaiac 10 is so overrated

    * because he can't handle the absence of logical reasoning (aka nonsense), nor views that are sweating of I-know-it-all-but-actually-I-know-nothing, and he calls it out. And I wish more people would...
  50. Re: What are your top 5 leather fragrances?

    AdO Cuir Sacre is a suede/cypress/vetiver/incense fragrance. It shares some similarities with Initio Divine Attraction (but better blended than Initio) and DS&D Bowmakers (without the sweet base of...
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    Re: Le Labo Gaiac 10 is so overrated

    Great for ME. I stated FOR MY STANDARD in capital letters. Please do not cut my quotes without adding a [...] sign.
    On a side note: you are the only poster in this thread who said something good on...
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    Re: Le Labo Gaiac 10 is so overrated

    What does it mean??? Most of the fine fragrances are blended by famous noses, does that mean that everything that is on the market is great and full bottle worthy??? Even the best creators have done...
  53. Re: Guerlain Le Frenchy Discontinued or Not? Derby?

    Indeed, Derby does not appear anymore on Guerlain's French website. Would be funny to see it re-issued in the 75ml heart bottle or in a lower collection for low pricing (like for Encens Mythique...
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    Re: Le Labo Gaiac 10 is so overrated

    During my first wine sommelier class, that told us right away: 'this degree will give more technical knowlegde, the bases to explore more, and might make you become picky. That said, for the ones of...
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    Re: Good natural(ish) incense fragrances

    Many incense fragrances make use of these 'smoky' or 'sweeteners' aromamachemicals. For a 'pure frankincense resinoids' experience, I'd suggest
    Tauer - Incense Extreme (petitgrain / lemony...
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    Re: Le Labo Gaiac 10 is so overrated

    Because it's New York. One has to have the 'last thing' because it's the last, not because it's good. And all these 'exclusive' brands understood it very well.
    Not a surprise that exclusive brands...
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    Re: Uomo by Lorenzo Villoresi (1993)

    It is a stunning citrus/aromatic/vetiver fragrance. I love it. I also deeply love Sandalo, the alter ego of Uomo: basically same ingredients, but with sandalwood amped up, and citrus toned down....
  58. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail? (2021)

    Monsillage - Eau de Celeri
  59. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail? (2021)

    Wise choice, and congrats for your purchase! Current Bel-Ami is great, and the minor scent differences are not worth the major price difference, imo.
  60. Re: What are your top 5 leather fragrances?

    Hermes - Eau d'Hermes
    Atelier des Ors - Cuir Sacre
    Etro - Gomma
    Beaufort - Iron Duke
    ELdO - Rien
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    Re: Rochas moustache edp

    It doesn't hold the comparison with more expensive vanilla-centric fragrances, but let's compare what is comparable: at ~$30 a pop, it does the job decently for a standard utilitarian gourmand-ish...
  62. Poll: Re: Acqua di Parma Ingredients Collection/Signatures of the Sun

    The synth ambergris they use in Ambra is probably better than the basic ambroxan.

    As for the other thread... yes it's spooky haha!
    Interesting to read that I used to slightly prefer Oud, while...
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    Re: AdP Colonia Club Alternative

    I agree with that suggestion. Also good is Cartier Roadster in the mint dept.

    Otherwise, not really similar, but if 'good' is not enough and you're ready to spend a bit more, you will not find any...
  64. Poll: Re: Acqua di Parma Ingredients Collection/Signatures of the Sun

    Voted for Ambra but of all AdP line-up (including black/brown, blu and clear bottles), these 3 are the most impressive, together with a couple of fragrances of the 'Note di Colonia' high end line.
    ...
  65. Re: Anyone else feels very overwhelmed by the barrage of new releases?

    Agreed. Perfumers have a certain amount of building blocks to play with, and unless big chem corps issue a valuable new aromachemical (that is once every 5 years, at most), everything will smell...
  66. Re: Anyone else feels very overwhelmed by the barrage of new releases?

    Pretty much my thoughts, too.
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    Re: The Cerruti 1881 Line - Pretty Good

    I am now wondering IF 1881 Fraicheur d'Eau (2008, supposedly by Frank Voelkl) is the same fragrance as 1881 Eau d'Ete (2004, supposedly by Ursula Wandel)...
    I guess I answered the question myself,...
  68. Re: Your current favorite dark mysterious smoky fragrances?

    A lot of great suggestions, although not all dark and/or smoky. The ones I love, fit that description, and that I would also recommend:
  69. Re: Any info on new mens CHANEL coming out?

    I’d add an ‘absolu oud edition’ also lol



    Probably not, but that name is just so predictable, that would make sense
  70. Re: Any info on new mens CHANEL coming out?

    How do you know? Just based on a name?? To me, that sounds like a very standard d name used by many houses before... probably mainstream smelling, but would it be surprising, from the Allure line? ...
  71. Re: Apres L"Ondée EDT (Legendary Fragrances Collection), 2021

    That sounds great! With a bit of patience, the whole line will probably appear around $40/50 at discounters and ebay, like for the bee bottles (in the past).
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    Poll: Re: New Revised Classics Poll

    That is very probably not only the minimum, but also close to the maximum..
    That is nonetheless a fun poll, but I would take the results with a pinch of salt, that is: divide by (at least 4) the...
  73. Re: You favorite Hermes fragrance and why?

    This is my runner-up, just after Eau d'Hermes.
  74. Re: Current Eau d'Hermes - what is it like ?

    I'd respectfully disagree. There is a noticeable birch tar like leather note in the base, but I would agree that it is on the softer side not the star of the show. Spices are. I see Eau d'Hermes as a...
  75. Re: What do you think of Psychedelique Jovoy Paris ?

    That's the only place where these can be found in the UK (aside of ebay for used bottles). That said, I noticed that they have stocking issues even for their own fragrances, because these come from...
  76. Re: List of Men's Best Smelling frags with equally Great Performance!

    Agreed.

    And most of all define what best means.
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    Poll: Re: New Revised Classics Poll

    It's very probable that most of the voters here haven't smelt not even a third of these fragrances, and will vote for what they know: the usual Dior-Chanel-Ralph Lauren trio, because these are the...
  78. Re: Davidoff Zino-My Wife’s new fave

    You read my thoughts!
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    Re: Murdock Patchouli

    Correct.



    EDT is less concentrated in oils, but have more alcool = projects a bit better, but lasts less
    EDP is more concentrated in oils, but have less alcohol = projects a bit less, but...
  80. Re: New Ormonde Jayne oakmoss scent -- "Evernia" ?

    EU doesn't restrict oakmoss, only atranol rich oakmoss. (atranol is the main compounds that creates allergies).
    Fact is that now they produce an atranol-light natural moss, that can be used without...
  81. Re: A song, a drink, a perfume - September 2021

    Atlanta by Stone Temple Pilots

    Gatecrasher IPA by Temperance Beer Co.

    Tobacco Oud by Tom Ford
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    Re: Should I Buy Habit Rouge?

    I own L'Eau, EDT and EDP. Love the EDT and EDP, but not a fan of L'Eau. HR EDP is cheap like chips, so it's a no-brainer (and i've read that you've already bought, so congrats!). Also, it's the...
  83. Re: Current Eau d'Hermes - what is it like ?

    Eau d'Hermes shares noticeable similarities with Cartier Declaration, Diptyque L'Autre and Houbigant Cologne Intense.
    It's not a carbon copy of Cartier Declaration, but Declaration is clearly a...
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    Re: What do you really think of BYREDO??

    I need more than just 'nice and practical' in order to buy a fragrance priced at $7/ml...

    I agree it's nice, but to my nose, it's nothing more than a dignified AC Tobacco Nuit (which is already...
  85. Re: Apres L"Ondée EDT (Legendary Fragrances Collection), 2021

    That's true. I agree that Guerlain has not been hit very hard yet from that point of view. Even if Mouchoir de Monsieur, was, together with Vetiver, my favourite fragrance of Guerlain. Glad I could...
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    Re: Question about Aramis

    Moss, galbanum and leather used to be seen as feminine note a century ago, but I would even state that as of today's standards, it's quite masculine. Only a bit of greenery might bringing it back a...
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    Re: Question about Aramis

    Correct! I have the EDP. I only have experience with that version, and I'm enjoying it a lot.



    And also to Aramis haters (like me). In the same style, but without Aramis's flaws (in my very...
  88. Re: Apres L"Ondée EDT (Legendary Fragrances Collection), 2021

    Since Guerlain is not a perfume house anymore, but only a brand of LVMH luxury group, it is my belief that the only reason why they maintain a product in production is because it sells, more than the...
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    Re: Murdock Patchouli

    I have that one too. That one is more a 'clean patchouli' to my nose (Psychedelique, NP and Murdock's are what I call 'hippie patch').
    It is for sure a great one in the 'clean patch dept', it's...
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    Re: Murdock Patchouli

    It's 20% off the MSRP, and even though I would definitely not pay more for that fragrance. To be very honest with you, I think that there are more interesting takes on patchouli around, and as me...
  91. Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Hermes Equipage (Can't Decide - Please Vote and Pick Only 1)

    That would be my choice too.

    My ranking of the 4:

    1. Equipage
    2. Bel-Ami Vetiver
    3. Equipage Geranium
    4. Bel-Ami
  92. Re: Out of Time: The Allure of Smelling Retro

    Thank you, Darvant!

    I blindly bought a 100ml bottle of Vendetta PH just 2 weeks ago, after having read your review: WHAT-A-BEAUTY!!! Cypress-ish myrtle, labdanum and frankincense heaven! The...
  93. Re: Montana Parfum d'Homme (original) by Montana (1989) EdT

    Original compared to what? I doubt it was ever reformulated, and if it did, they did a very good job, in view of the great juice I bought 2-3 years ago!
  94. Re: French Lover / Bois d'Orage by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle (2007)

    Yes they did. They sold it as Bois d'Orage only in the US, following complaints of (some) shocked US customers who did not like the name. Malle acknowledged that underlining that it would only be a...
  95. Re: Out of Time: The Allure of Smelling Retrò...

    That's probably what people also felt in the 80's when wearing the lemon forward CD Eau Sauvage, G Habit Rouge and C Vetiver, while regretting the new trend imposed by those fragrances for young...
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    Re: Murdock Patchouli

    It opens with an earthy/dusty patchouli supported by cardamom. Then, some citrus and florals will give some freshness, before the drydown where the patchouli reappears supported by a nice incense and...
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    Re: Motif Olfactif - Discussion

    Just released: an overview of the whole house (8 fragrances tested over 10 total). The first time I see on youtube a full overview of that house properly done, to be honest:

    ...
  98. Re: Yatagan - Vintage or go with anything?

    Agreed. Personally very happy with my 2019 bottle of Yatagan.
  99. Re: Does Fahrenheit 32 smell anything like Fahrenheit?

    F32 showed how to be fashion conscious and use instagram, but for the man and tire part, it has still to be demonstrated...
  100. Re: Warm spices! A cumin, caraway, coriander, cloves and nutmeg appreciation thread

    I never payed attention to the nutmeg in, Philosykos will definitely sample again!




    It's not my favourite note, but I appreciate L'Instant EDP (aka LIDGE), as well as Resina by Oliver&Co (a...
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