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  1. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    Oh no...

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    Re: Costa Azzura Signature Blend

    I revisited my sample of Costa Azzurra Acqua last week and I've definitely changed my mind on the decision to choose this. It totally makes sense. It's much closer to Acqua di Gio than I remember and...
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    Re: Most overrated fragrances

    I'm with you here.

    I think it has a nostaglic power because it seems many American men had it as one of their first fragrances. It's a 'safe' masculine scent, the equivalent of a flannel shirt,...
  4. Re: I'd like to hear your thoughts on the stronger with you line by Emporio Armani!!

    Great fragrances. Armani has a gorgeous sugary-vanilla accord that is present in both his designer and Prive lines.

    I wouldn't wear them now but if I were in my late teens to early 20s, I'd...
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    Re: Recommendations for a vanilla & ambergris

    Micallef Avant Garde perhaps?

    I find this very dense but I believe some may disagree, so give it a go: there's 'more' than just vanilla and ambergris, but they are prominent.
  6. Re: What am I missing? Where have warm, 'ambery' masculine fragrances gone?

    I tried Puredistance M for the first time last night.

    It's ideal, it's exactly the kind of fragrance I am looking for.

    I'm having mixed emotions bout it - it's fantastic and I feel like it...
  7. Re: The Carousel of Fragrance 'Collecting' - does it ever stop?

    This feels relevant


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMTk5yc9fuc
  8. Re: Is Aventus still relevant and still the king?

    I honestly have no idea how to answer the idea of 'relevance' here. No clue what it means. It seems just a completely fabricated idea that is totally unrelated to the fragrance.
  9. Thread: The Spice!

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    Re: The Spice!

    Piper Nigrum by Villoresi is great.
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    Re: Dior Homme Eau for men!!

    I assume it's all about money. By the nature of the name, male customers are far more likely to gravitate towards a 'sport' fragrance than just about anything else. I presume it sells well enough to...
  11. Re: Tom Ford Tobacco Oud - wearing a sample today - oh dear!

    Yes, shame, I tend to agree that there is a ridiculous tendency to discontinue their best fragrances. I can't see it joining the signature line for reasons discussed elsewhere - no 'Oud' fragrance...
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    "Quality": what's in a word?

    'Quality' is a word I think we all see used from time to time.

    I have my own understanding of what the term means and how it may be appropriate to use, albeit sparingly, when judging or assessing...
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    Re: Dior Homme Eau for men!!

    This would lead to far more 'sold out' fragrances as a result of just about every brand avoiding surplus by cutting the number of units produced dramatically. Fragrances are destroyed for a few...
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    Re: Dior Homme Eau for men!!

    I fully believe that a lot of people try something once or twice, maybe get a sample and give it a few wears, and then that opinion ossifies over time. It's a bad way to judge fragrances and leads to...
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    Re: Dior Homme Eau for men!!

    Easily the best of the Dior Homme line in my opinion and one of the best recent designers. The hype Gucci Guilty Absolute receives is laughable when compared to how much better this fragrance is in...
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    Re: What Do You Think Of Le Labo Overall?

    I'm surprised, £4 for 1.5ml is actually quite respectable. I assumed they would have charged more for their samples.
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    Re: Parfums de Marly Layton never disappoints

    Yeah, I don't even think of it particularly as a modern 'panty dropper' or anything like that. It's evidently very popular with women and my own experience can tesitfy to that; however, when I first...
  18. Re: If we were to create a fragrance 'canon', what would be included?

    Well I'd tentatively add 4711's Eau de Cologne should be a good starting point. Hopefully for obvious reasons.
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    Re: Parfums de Marly Layton never disappoints

    I've been surprisingly impressed by some of their fresher scents, too. I haven't tried Greenley but wouldn't mind doing so if I come across a sample. As for Layton, I also get Pure Malt from it. I...
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    Re: Parfums de Marly Layton never disappoints

    Honestly, the snobbery in fragrance is just ridiculous haha. If people truly thought Layton was gash, it wouldn't receive hatred: it would just be ignored and wither away in to obscurity. I feel like...
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    Re: Parfums de Marly Layton never disappoints

    Ah, Layton.

    It's always funny to read the inevitable pretence that Layton is 'bad' despite testimony from the vast majority of people, including many enthusiasts and in particular many women, who...
  22. Re: Tom Ford Tobacco Oud - wearing a sample today - oh dear!

    I doubt it was ever a hit but yeah, seems like it may be on the way out. It's still available on the UK Tom Ford website. I wouldn't rule out stock and distribution issues as being behind its absence...
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    Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    I don't think it's an overemphasis at all, quite the opposite, and I think the Side Effect to 1 Million comparison is basically perfect for showing the relationship between Red and Mystery Tobaccos....
  24. Re: Fragrances you like but those around you do not?

    Pretty good assessments!
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    Poll: Re: The big 2021 car house motor race.....

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  26. Re: Fragrances you like but those around you do not?

    I had a mixed response to someone I know from Beau de Jour. Probably something to do with the patchouli and general...greenery. By and large, though, I have deliberately chosen scents that avoid...
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    Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    I think this is probably the big issue, where we're talking about shades of 'dryness' when, in reality, if you ask someone to smell it 'blind', so to speak, they're likely to pick up on the fact that...
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    Re: Latest Armani Prive - Sable Nuit!

    Sounds very similar to the existing Prive line, if not slightly simplified. It sounds like yet another incense with a thick, vanillic-amber base. Worth a sample but I can see it being cloying, even...
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    Re: What Do You Think Of Le Labo Overall?

    It seems I posted this in the wrong thread...oh well...

    One of the sad realities of the present, at least in 'old' businesses or sectors in particular, is that future success, or just future...
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    Re: Le Labo Tabac 28 - Miami Exclusive

    One of the sad realities of the present, at least in 'old' businesses or sectors in particular, is that future success, or just future growth, often has nothing to do with improving on or even honing...
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    Re: NEW Molton Brown - Russian Leather!

    Excellent, thanks
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    Re: NEW Molton Brown - Russian Leather!

    Has anyone tried the Eau de Parfum version?

    I'm wearing the EDT again this evening and there's definitely something interesting here, something appealing about the darkness...but it just feels...
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    Re: Le Labo Tabac 28 - Miami Exclusive

    Thanks.
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    Re: Le Labo Tabac 28 - Miami Exclusive

    Cool, let me/us know what they say, I'm intrigued to see if it's more widely available than it seems.
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    Re: Le Labo Tabac 28 - Miami Exclusive

    Ok - is that a definite, or just something you heard? It seems to make more sense that it's available worldwide in September, and then if you buy it in September, you can get it refilled at the same...
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    Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    Yeah, very hard to justify the price unless you like the particular profile/want a more grown up alternative to Red Tobacco. I'm not sure if these will eventually fall in price; if they do, to around...
  37. Re: Why car manufacturers sell cheap fragrances ?

    I think some people buy them full price where they are sold as luxurious lifestyle items, the same as people who buy from a high street shop an pay twice what they could have paid online for designer...
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    Re: Le Labo Tabac 28 - Miami Exclusive

    Yes, I wouldn't consider Chergui as part of this 'type' of scent, but it's definitely a step above in overall...hmmm...'craft', or quality, or...I don't know; there's something more refined about it...
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    Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    Definitely, but I wouldn't call this a dry or dusty sweetness in the slightest. It has that exact same syrupy gloop, it's just not as obviously drenched in it. The sweet accords used here are still...
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    Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    It's definitely less saccharine but I still think it's based on fundamentally the same idea. I take it we have different ideas about sweetness given the way we differ on the level of sweetness in...
  41. Re: Why Hasn't Someone Started A Discontinued Fragrance Online Store?

    This is basically an ebay seller, no, but with more of a logistical headache and most expenses by running your own website/online shop?

    It's a bit like tech start ups that invent a public bus...
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    Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    At £215 for 100ml, I'd suggest you could add 'good but overpriced' to it as well. It's not a bad fragrance by any means buts its similiarities in smell and feel to Red Tobacco, albeit thinned out and...
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    Re: Le Labo Tabac 28 - Miami Exclusive

    Now that's tricky.

    I feel like I've tried just about everything in the tobacco genre by now...I have a fairly rare tobacco fragrance on the way from America that will hopefully be here soon...
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    Re: Le Labo Tabac 28 - Miami Exclusive

    Ah ok, I'll have a look around online to see if/where it can be bought. It's not a brand I know well/have looked in to much - partly because the price:value ratio seems well off based on other scents...
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    Re: Le Labo Tabac 28 - Miami Exclusive

    It seems like it's highly limited release may well be to blame for that. I'm not sure if it was earlier in this thread or elsewhere, but in reading about it this evening, apparently the Le Labo Miami...
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    Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    I was surprised, I didn't expect it to like it, but it actually has a lovely 'real' tobacco in it that is very reminiscent of some more modern pipe tobacco blends. I can't say I'd wear it myself -...
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    Re: Le Labo Tabac 28 - Miami Exclusive

    I've just tried this for the first timetoday and really like it.

    It certainly doesn't smell particularly expensive, exclusive, or 'well made', per se; however, it manages to avoid both of the two...
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    Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    I've just tried Mystery Tobacco.

    Not overly impressed, unfortunately. It's not bad...but it's not great. It smells VERY similar to Mancera's Red Tobacco, slightly thinned out and refined, while...
  49. If we were to create a fragrance 'canon', what would be included?

    I'm sure this question has been asked before, perhaps under a different guise, such as 'the best fragrances one should try'; that said, I thought it might be interesting to ask it again, under a more...
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    Re: Grammatical errors in Fragrances names

    As for the butchering of masculine/feminine in language, you can thank Derrida et al for trying to destroy the foundations of linguistics and, in turn, society. I'm constantly amazed that something...
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    Re: Grammatical errors in Fragrances names

    I believe that some names are puns, playing on the French wording to create another meaning that makes sense to English speaking people in particular.

    That isn't always the case, of course, but it...
  52. Re: I'm new to fragrences, and constantly worried about "overspraying."

    What if your night time activities contaminate the fragrance...


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  53. Re: I'm new to fragrences, and constantly worried about "overspraying."

    An understandable concern. Less is almost always more. The only time where I'd say 'spray with abandon' is if you're going out on a night out...and even then, don't go too mad, like 15 sprays or...
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    Re: AdP Colonia Leather and Royal Oud

    How much are you willing to pay?

    There are 'oud' fragrances that are heavier on the cypriol note that is quite a harsh, stark, almost bitter and rubbery kind of aroma and feel. Black Afghano would...
  55. Thread: An analogy

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    Re: An analogy

    The problem with analogies is, as interesting as the discussion of music is, when it comes to fitting the analogy back together with the original topic, it doesn't quite work. It's like working on a...
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    Re: Aqua Allegoria Orange Soleia - thoughts?

    I'm not sure you're in lockdown because of 'idiots who don't wear masks'.

    I would like to try this fragrance, though. Orange based scents are great. I suspect it might be quite feminine, though.
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend to Signature Line?.

    Just to put the cherry on top of this cake... https://www.ulta.com/candles-home-fragrance?N=26wb

    Anyway back on topic...

    ...is this what the Private Blend is going to look like for the time...
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend to Signature Line?.

    Thank you. I had my suspicions that 'fragrance' was being used to group in things like candles and reed diffusers but I genuinely cba'd to read the articles because I felt the discussion was going...
  59. The Carousel of Fragrance 'Collecting' - does it ever stop?

    Well, it's a new year - but is it a new you?

    In my own search to find a small, practical number of fragrances, I took about 12 months to get to the point where I found what, to me, was the 'ideal'...
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend to Signature Line?.

    Definitely for the best. I have no idea what inspired your aggressiveness but it's not my fault and now, hopefully, not my problem ever again. All the best to you.
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend to Signature Line?.

    I'm not reading through all of those links to get to the detail of what they're leaving out, as well as what they're claiming, but some of those quotes are very telling: "we've found our ONLINE sales...
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend to Signature Line?.

    Agreed.

    But then they *did* do that with the Acqua line.

    Which apparently lasted no more than 2 years.
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend to Signature Line?.

    Basnotes are a tiny fraction of people who buy fragrances. In fact men are a small percentage of the market in general. I'm not quite sure you felt this was a point that needed defending, it's mostly...
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend to Signature Line?.

    I get the sense you're being generous. With the best will in the world, the screenshot reads almost exactly as someone who is talking about 'their mother's sister's dog walker's friend's source who...
  65. Re: The most "different than expected" fragrances

    Oud Wood. Easily Oud Wood.

    I expected something dark, dangerous, sultry, oriental, glowing, burning, opulent...instead it's a dry, bland, synthetic mess of creamy white woods, rubbery 'oud', and a...
  66. Re: 2 new fragrances from By Kilian Paris coming soon

    I'd say in terms of fragrances, yes, there is a definite difference - namely they lean gourmandy and far more feminine, in general. However, the man himself feels like he's ripping off Tom Ford, from...
  67. Thread: An analogy

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    Re: An analogy

    What are your thoughts on the original question, instead?
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    Re: The best "woodsmoke" fragrances

    What wood do you burn, out of interest?
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    Re: What's trendy on Basenotes currently?

    I think others have answered the original question well enough. I'd add perhaps one more suggestion which seems to be popular outside basenotes, too - Tom Ford's Beau de Jour.



    Overall, I found...
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    Re: What's trendy on Basenotes currently?

    To smell good to others? To wear in scenarios where you're surrounded by competing smells or sensory inputs, like a bar? In the UK at least, the majority of men only wear fragrance when going 'out'....
  71. Re: 2 new fragrances from By Kilian Paris coming soon

    Their pretentiousness will likely ensure people call them 'by Kilian' forever.

    I can't say I'm a fan of the brand. I tried Royal Leather for the first time as well and, along with everything else...
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend to Signature Line?.

    I'd imagine sales for all perfume have nosedived over the last 12 months. The function for fragrance has all but disappeared.

    I'm surprised by testimony that suggests the opposite. Perhaps certain...
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend to Signature Line?.

    Very minor differences between the two, the signature line dropped part of the floral element. For Beau de Jour, the changes are effectively null.
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend to Signature Line?.

    This sounds like wild rumours and wishful thinking.

    I would expect no more than 3 per year to make the move to the signature line. At most. When you consider the fact that they also have to keep...
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    Re: Pick Your Tobacco Scent

    Akro Smoke is a very realistic interpretation of cigarettes, agreed. I don't 'like' it, at all really, but it's good olfactive art.
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    Re: The best "woodsmoke" fragrances

    Molton Brown's Russian Leather is genuinely a great iteration of this. Yes, it's flawed, in that it's a bit cheap and very top-note-centric as it falls apart in to some kind of slighlty vanillic,...
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    Re: The best "woodsmoke" fragrances

    Agree, the basenotes are just cedar-centric, and they can easily veer scratchy and synthetic, particulaly when it's paired with something so off putting in the first place.

    Glad to read everyone...
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    Re: The best "woodsmoke" fragrances

    They've mixed up the samples, almost for sure. Avignon is a sweet, light, sparkling incense with a dry woody background. Very non-smoky. It smells closer to a fruit cordial or tonic drink than it...
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    Re: The best "woodsmoke" fragrances

    Hmmm. There aren't many I've tried that smell of woodsmoke in all honesty, which is a particularly unwelcoming kind of smoke in my experience, the kind that lingers and grows stale. Bois d'Ascese by...
  80. Re: 2 new fragrances from By Kilian Paris coming soon

    Definitely sounds like a rum and West Indian-inspired fragrance. Is it basically a sweet bay rum?
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    Re: Pick Your Tobacco Scent

    All 3 are quite different.

    I'd probably lean towards Side Effect of the 3.

    Fortitude is probably the most interesting and in some ways could have been 'the best' but it's spoilt slightly by the...
  82. Re: 2 new fragrances from By Kilian Paris coming soon

    There are definite similarities in the top. I also thought of the Armani Code line, full of tonka, vanilla, and spice.
  83. Re: 2 new fragrances from By Kilian Paris coming soon

    Just tried Angel's Share for the first time today. Not bad at all. Reminds me a lot of a drier 'By The Fireplace' in all honesty, but it's decent.
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    Re: What's trendy on Basenotes currently?

    How long is 'a while'?
  85. Re: Tom Ford moves Costa Azzurra into Signature line

    I still cannot fathom this move tbh. The 'best' solution was one they already had: the Acqua line as the sensible, affordable way of buying the Neroli Portofino 'line' of citric/Med-inspired...
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    Re: The Four Families of Fragrance Fandom

    I like the idea of a 'sweet spot' in fragrance.

    I made a thread on the idea, albeit in a different way, a while ago. Thread here for anyone who wants to read:...
  87. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    I think we'll get a clearer answer with the next Chanel release in all honesty. If it is any way 'green' then I'd suggest, yes, they are.
  88. Thread: An analogy

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    Re: An analogy

    This is why I said trying to get too philosophical was pointless, as inevitably we just end up discussing solipsism. The subjective/objective discussion isn't particularly interesting and one I tried...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Thanks
  90. Thread: An analogy

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    Re: An analogy

    I don't think you or anyone who likes oud and/or real animalics is a fool at all. The reasons you or any other individual likes what they like are yours to know (or not know). I'm merely perceiving a...
  91. Thread: An analogy

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    Re: An analogy

    No, I don't.



    I'm not sure I can - particularly not in a pandemic ahaha! I'd suggest going out and asking the opinions of as many people, as randomly as possible as you can, for their opinions...
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    Re: An analogy

    Well colour me shocked but I suppose they are less widespread than the citrus variations. Perhaps they are as 'true' to oud as modern 'tobacco scented' candles are to tobacco. I don't know but I...
  93. Thread: An analogy

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    Re: An analogy

    On your first point here, I'll have to totally disagree. If that were true I would have chosen a more affordable alternative to Aventus but, simply, it isn't. Quite where you're getting your idea of...
  94. Thread: An analogy

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    Re: An analogy

    That is a shame. I do think this thread is interesting as it does offer an interesting point of discussion. Others may disagree but I certainly think there's something of interest that has been...
  95. Thread: An analogy

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    Re: An analogy

    What do you mean you need 'evidence'? Show me an oud scented toilet cleaner or fabric softener!? Haha...

    If you need this point 'proving' then I'd suggest you are, perhaps willfully, ignorant of...
  96. Thread: An analogy

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    Re: An analogy

    I did wonder whether your criticism of Creed over the page was deliberate so I'll take this as confirmation that is was.

    You've picked up on the fact I like Aventus yet have conveniently ignored...
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    Re: Petrichor Perfume

    Havana Rain and Noir Anthracite are petrichor scents to my nose. I first detected petrichor in the Tom Ford and wrote it in my review for it - thankfully, someone agreed, which is always good. I then...
  98. Thread: An analogy

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    Re: An analogy

    I quickly googled 'oud and Islam' to see what would come up on google. This was one of the first results.
    ...
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    Re: An analogy

    I don't believe I am, I'm deliberately trying to avoid any claims of objectivity - that's a philosophical discussion that would be largely unproductive to have on a perfume forum.

    However, I'm...
  100. Re: Which is Smokier? Oud Cashmere Mood or Velvet

    Annoying, they all sort of blur in to one after a while. I've smelled all of the MFK ouds apart from maybe the Extrait or EDP for Satin/the rose one. Maybe Silk as well. Basically, I've tried both of...
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