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  1. Re: Are Guerlain Exclusives supposed to be wrapped in cellophane?

    New bottles still have some air in the pipe. If nothing comes out the first time you press the sprayer, it hasn't been used.
  2. Poll: Re: An (umpteenth) 'Shalimar for Men' thread: poll

    Not in my opinion, no. But don't take my word for it, try it and see for yourself. :smiley:
  3. Re: Best or Your Top favorite mens fragrances from Bertrand Duchaufour ?

    Sartorial is still on my wish list. Last time I checked my local pusher was out of stock.
  4. Re: Vintage Givenchy III Atomiseur, an enemy to the enviroment???

    It's not only GIII that used CFC's.
    Old bottles described as pulvérisateur are often pressurised.
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    Re: Favourite white perfume?

    Good question.
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    Favourite white perfume?

    What's your favourite white perfume?
    Any genre, any style, as long as it smells white.
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    Re: Help identify an aromachemical

    If you haven't got the answer you were hoping for you could try asking in Fragrance DIY.
  8. Re: ebay no longer a good place for used bottles

    The swaps on Fragrantica have been good in the past, but the price of postage is now prohibitive where I live and I've not used it for a while.
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    Re: Sea air & frags

    Thought I'd bring Normandie, seeing as we're at Juno Beach.
    In fact it's not an aquatic at all but a millefleurs chypre,
    more like the smell of the ocean liner ballroom
    than out in the sea air....
  10. Re: Is deep vintage OMS worth it when I already own vintage Krizia Uomo?

    I think deep vintage is a great expression, it captures the idea perfectly.
    Perfume vocabulary is very weak (as anyone who's read my latest blog will know) and anything we can do to improve it has...
  11. Re: Natural Fragrance Ingredients grown - and now to NOT BE GROWN IN EU !

    Have you got any proof of that?
    I would be interested to read them.
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume - July 2021

    The Parting Glass
    Whisky
    Après l'Ondée

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000y6n2
  13. Re: Odd one. How much would you say remains in this bottle?

    45%
  14. Re: Hiow can I tone down the cloe note in my carnation fragrance?

    Try asking the folks in Fragrance DIY.
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    Re: Your perfect vetiver wardrobe

    Sycomore : core
    Vétiver Extraordinaire : alien
    Fat Electrician : disguise
  16. Re: Vintage Kouros batch code that doesn't make sense and confuses me.

    Try this :

    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.com/2014/01/kouros-scent-of-gods-12.html
  17. Re: Balenciaga/Ted Lapidus and Claude Montana Questions

    The Original Dark Formula sounds like BS to me.
    Avoid any dark juice - except the odd thing like Fille en Aiguilles which is naturally that way.
    Also, boxes matter. They help protect the juice...
  18. Re: Made in France vs Manufactured in ...

    You could ask Lauder

    https://www.elcompanies.com/en/news-and-media/contact-us
  19. Re: Made in France vs Manufactured in ...

    Did you buy it from a reputable source?
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    Re: The future of 'Member Blogs' on BN

    Hi Grant
    Yeah, I'm gonna continue with my blog.
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    Re: Judgment of Fragrance

    Many of the above + originality.
    I'm fed up with the same idea recycled over and over ...
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    Re: Need some advice on "gothic" perfumes

    La Nuit
  23. Re: "Oriental" fragrances: NY Times magazine article

    Anyone got a copy of the article? I don't feel like signing up to MSM.
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    Re: Batsheva by Regime des Fleurs

    https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Regime-des-Fleurs/Batsheva-64077.html
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    Re: Terre goes alcohol free

    Annick Goutal are doing alcohol-free Eaux de Senteurs, but these are more like the established genre of water-based baby scents.
    They are possibly doing this for the second reason that Redneck...
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    Terre goes alcohol free

    Terre d'Hermès is now being sold as an alcohol-free body spray.
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    Re: carded vials

    Seeing as carded vials are free samples and have no commercial value I can't see the point of faking them.
    But if it's a vial and not a sprayer, and it has been in someone else's hands besides the...
  28. Re: What is your threshold for making a purchase

    Aghh, done it again
  29. Re: What is your threshold for making a purchase

    For me the threshold is 2.
    If I can get a mini for 2€ at a flea market I'll try anything. :happy:
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    Re: Is this normal Beta-Damascone?

    Ethanol 95%, what's the other 5%?
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 2nd May, 2021

    Shalimar EdC
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    Re: The 10 "Must Have" -"women's" perfumes

    Only one mention of Coty.
    But then Jacques Guerlain upcycled the best ones into classics.
    So, between them, they get three mentions out of the ten:
    l'Heure Bleue, Mitsouko and Shalimar.
    All of...
  33. Re: Minis aren’t as good as full size bottles

    I agree with grayspoole. I have two minis of Shalimar and the one with the box has more life and nuance to it.
    But then again, the caps are not identical and one may be older, and a different...
  34. Re: Does anyone know what's happened to Scenthurdle.com?

    Conor
    RIP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDB87o-njFQ
  35. Thread: Coffee

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    Re: Coffee

    Dunno, never smelled it.
  36. Thread: Coffee

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    Re: Coffee

    http://www.thegoodscentscompany.com/odor/coffee.html

    This may help to explain the difficulty behind making a good coffee scent. There are 143 materials listed.
  37. Re: Review has been in limbo for a long time now

    It's gone on so long now I've started to move them to another site.
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    Re: Vintage Drakkar Noir differences

    Those splash bottles are easily cut.
    I once bought a mini full of water... Damn! Two euros down the drain.
  39. Re: Date code year needed for my spray Can of YSL "Rive Gauche" 120ml atomiseur EdT

    Whatever the year, that counts as vintage in my book.
    (And it's a masterpiece)
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    The way I understand it, in French, parfum carries wider connotations than just an odour.
    It can mean taste, at an ice cream stand the flavours are described as : parfum citron, parfum fraise -...
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    Re: Masterpieces of functional perfumery

    Great thread this.
    Have to say I'm bothered by a distant recollection of Matey bubble bath.
    Did it really smell like vintage Kouros,
    or is that some kind of trauma-laden false memory from...
  42. Thread: Hyacinth

    by Wild Gardener
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    Hyacinth

    An old paper from P&F with example formulae
    https://media.allured.com/documents/8540.pdf
  43. Re: Why did you wear what you wore today.. March 2021

    H24 because the page is now up and I'm ready to take the flak.
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    Re: "Smells like X", but no X inside

    Good evening Jean-Sté
    First of all, if a note isn't listed, that doesn't mean it isn't there. The people who write these note lists are just like you and me, fallible, and they often disagree....
  45. Jean-Claude Ellena sur France Inter

    Les francophones peuvent profiter de plusieurs enregistrements du parfumeur sur ce lien :
    (Francophones can enjoy several recordings of the perfumer on this link:)
    ...
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    Re: Perfumer's Charter

    Not altruistic. And this is...?
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    Re: Perfumer's Charter

    “We also hope to see fragrance recognised as “work of the mind” via the intellectual property code, as seen in the film industry, choreography or photography”
    Quote from the article on SIPC website....
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    Re: Perfumer's Charter

    Oops
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    Re: Perfumer's Charter

    Yes, even different grades of the same materials could skirt around any copyright.
    There's no easy answer, I'm sure there would have been a solution by now if there was.
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    Re: Perfumer's Charter

    The way I understand it is that an odour can't be copyrighted but the formula can. Given the secrecy surrounding formulae the industry has chosen to allow referencing to the point of plagiarism...
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    Perfumer's Charter

    Link to my article about a proposed charter for perfume creators.

    https://www.basenotes.net/threads/483782-Perfumer-s-Charter?p=5064661#post5064661
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    Perfumer's Charter

    Chartered Accountant, Chartered Surveyor, why not Chartered Perfumer?

    The International Society of Perfumer-Creators has anounced it will publish a perfumer's charter. Its aim is to define the job...
  53. Re: Hermes Caleche Parfum: The old friend I never knew I had

    lol
  54. Re: Are the Chanel No. 5 sold on Ebay legitimate?

    Uh-oh
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    Re: Perfumse as investment?

    Invest in smelling good - and sell the empties (if you can).
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    Interview with Francis Kurkdjian

    Francis Kurkdjian was recently interviewed for Elle magazine.
    It's in French but my browser translates it into English no problem.
    This is the original text, I don't want to be done for copyright...
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    Re: Perfumse as investment?

    Some bottles have a value, that's for sure, but whether the juice is going to be sought after in future times is another question.
    If you wanted to invest, I would say buy empty vintage bottles,...
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    Re: How do I find "my" perfume?

    15 is way too many for me, 3 to 5 is the max.
    Remember to take a pen so you can mark the strips.
    Also, doing that wiil slow down pushy sales assistants who want to railroad you into a decision...
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    Re: Black Afgano is great

    It reminds me of Eau Fortis.
  60. Re: Books on Perfuming/Tincturing (re: drying times and methods i.e. recharging)

    A Life of Perfume
    by Edmond Roudnitska

    I think that's the one, yes.

    Roudnitska is a goldmine of information,
    and Jean-Claude Ellena...

    Well worth checking out.
  61. Re: Books on Perfuming/Tincturing (re: drying times and methods i.e. recharging)

    The only thing I know of is Une vie au service du parfum by Roudnitska.
    He included some charts of material analysis, with times and descriptions.
    As for extraction I don't know.
    You could try...
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    Re: Looking for a perfumer

    You could try John Stephen at the Cotswold Perfumery.
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    Re: Syringes - Why Not?

    That's how they do it at Cinquième Sens.
  64. Thread: Fût V??

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    Re: Fût V??

    You mean like 'Fut' and it's gone?
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Complice by François Coty, a cool creamy aldehydic bouquet, nice but clearly derivative of Ernest Beaux. Coty's last hurrah.
  66. Re: J-C Ellena's work for Le Couvent de Minimes

    I've tried Aqua Mysteri and I thought it was ok but not great, a budget scent.
    The best thing about this line is they offer 10ml bottles, and the price is not ramped up in proportion to larger sizes.
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    Re: What cologne was joker wearing

    Bat
  68. Re: Recommend me an affordable coconut fragrance please

    Assuming you are a man, Stan :
    Le Beau, a coconut version of Le Mâle.
    This one is - bizarrely - wearing a maple leaf cod piece (which is maybe something to do with the 'coconut wood'?)
    and...
  69. Re: Recommend me an affordable coconut fragrance please

    Zut ! Error...
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    Re: Words of wisdom on "olfactory fatigue"

    Never the same twice.
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    Re: sex acoord

    Napoleon to Josephine - Don't wash. I return in one week.
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    Re: Three ways I smell perfumes

    Roja Dove wafts a strip in front of his nose, which seems to be the minority view.
    The other thing that intrigues me is the smell of the perfume when I walk back in the room.
    That can be something...
  73. Re: The Perfume Summit with Frédéric Malle

    'The young one of the family' : she seemed right out of her depth...
  74. Re: The Perfume Summit with Frédéric Malle

    It helps if you speak French because the subtitles are like a bad perfume; they have holes in them, and they don't always reflect what the perfumer means to say.
  75. Re: The Perfume Summit with Frédéric Malle

    Talking over each other, that's the French for you.
    Posturing ... well maybe,
    but I don't agree with your assertion about despising the interviewer.
  76. The Perfume Summit with Frédéric Malle

    A 90 minute video, in French with subtitles.
    Frédéric Malle, Pierre Bourdon, Jean-Claude Ellena, Anne Flipo, Dominique Ropion and Maurice Roucel
    talk about the past, present and future of their...
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    Re: The Smell of Communism

    Damp concrete, shared toilets, boiled cabbage.
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    Re: Luca Turin - Secret of scent lectures

    He has done some new fruity videos.
    (I mean the smells are fruity, not the videos...)
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    Re: Disposing of failed experiments.

    I had a neighbour who used to bring his barky dog to do it's business in front of my house while he checked up on his twitter feed - or whatever...
    Repeated demands for him to Go Away and splashes...
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    L'Heure Bleue, in the no.70 going to Odéon. By the time I got off the bus I had written the blog post I've been meaning to write for the past year. I will post it tomorrow.
  81. Re: What books should I read in order to enter perfumery?

    If you want to start a perfumery business then Introduction to Perfumery by Curtis and Williams is going to be invaluable.
    It's aimed at first year perfumery students and covers the subject from...
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    Re: Luca Turin - Secret of scent lectures

    There are 19 videos in the series. The first 15 are about the science of smell and Turin's theory of olfaction. These are based on his book of the same name. The last four are about perfume...
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    Re: Luca Turin - Secret of scent lectures

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zJfiLwHqBI
  84. Re: Does Zara have any Remarkably Really Good outstanding fragrances ?

    Jo Malone composed the Emotions collection from last year. That could be worth a sniff, but the last time I was in Zara I left with a shrug. Same with their plastic clothes...
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    Re: Book about fragrance materials?

    If you want good reads about perfumery you could try The Perfume Lover by Denise Beaulieu. It's the story of her collaboration with Bertrand Duchaufour which resulted in Séville à l'aube for Artisan...
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    Re: Azzaro pour homme, fake or real

    https://brightside.me/inspiration-tips-and-tricks/9-simple-ways-to-tell-an-authentic-perfume-from-a-fake-225060/
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    Re: Pollen (bees)

    You could try dissolving it in alcohol.
  88. Re: Help me build a fougere! (With my limited materials)

    Paul Kiler posted this in another thread on fougère.

    Basic Fougere
    Lavender 14
    Bergamot 8
    Coumarin 12
    Rose 5
    Jasmin 4
    Patchouli 2
    Vetiver 10
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    Re: Dipropylene glycol and water perfume

    There is a type of alcohol free perfume called Eau de senteur.

    This is a quote from Sylvaine Delacourte - it's a Google translate version that I have tidied up with the entries in square...
  90. Re: How do I know my perfume doesn't accidentally kill someone

    Hi tmx

    You raise a couple of questions and both of them are controversial.

    1) Do you need to know chemistry to be a perfumer?
    According to ISIPCA you do, and you must have done advanced...
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    Re: Molinard Perfume Workshops

    If you're in the UK you could try the Cotwold Perfumery. The courses are run by John Stephen who has done things for Czech & Speake.
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    Re: Le Lion de Chanel - anyone knows anything?

    Some of the new Exclusifs are being sold off cheap, not by Chanel stores though.
    Chercheminippes, if anyone's interested...
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    Re: Dampen the opening notes of an oil ?

    One method is to hide the top notes under more volatile materials.
    You can see this in Shalimar where the balsams are covered with citrus and bergamot.
    Another way is to use benjoin, but this is...
  94. Re: LVMH to make hand sanitiser for French hospitals at Christian Dior, Guerlain and Givenchy factor

    And it has no smell at all.
  95. Re: Introductory book on natural perfume before starting a course

    Essence & Alchemy by Mandy Aftel
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    Re: Shalimar Descendents

    RE: Love your newly-coined term: Shalimarites.

    I suppose, being true to the spirit of the thing, they could be Shalimarettes... ;)
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    Re: Tiare accord

    Tiare is macerated in coconut oil to make something called Monoï. I have read it's used as a natural remedy in Polynesia, and as treatment for sunburn. If it were just Gardenia tahitensis and coconut...
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    Re: Perfumers alcohol

    If you want more than 100ml try
    www.mistralni.co.uk
    They do 1litre for £18 or 5 for £32
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    Re: Menardo's Gaiac 10

    Arctander says guiaicwood should smell 'delicately sweet, rosy-woody ... but it ... may have a "smoked ham" odor. He goes on 'it is conceivable that this odor, which was never reported before WWII,...
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    Re: What is the WORST TF Private Blend?

    Can't say I've smelled any of them except Oud Wood which seems completely synthetic, and no way worth 230€ or whatever ripoff price it was asking.
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