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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I don’t dislike Kashmir Nuit but I also don’t love it. It feels uninspired in comparison to everything else they’ve put out. Eventually there would be something I don’t like and this is it I don’t...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    There was a pure Parfum version that was around shortly and that’s what I was able to pick up. Monsieur Oud has been an Attar staple for awhile now. It might be one of his older scents I know he...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    While I appreciate your knowledge of materials and perfumery, to say there is no difference between French and Arabic perfumery because contemporary perfumers all use aromachemicals doesn’t change...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    You’re crazy man. I love it. But you’re crazy! Hahah
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    That’s like saying why buy a painting when you could buy art supplies instead. Just because you have paint and a brush doesn’t mean you’re going to be Caravaggio.

    Go ahead, buy a bunch of raw...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    I could’ve bought a brand new luxury car with the money I’ve spent on fragrances. No one on this thread has any room to speak hahah.
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    Re: Favorite scents outside of fragrances

    I agree with the detergent. Smelling it from houses is amazing. I love walking my neighborhood for that very reason. Also I’ve noticed that different ethnic neighborhoods will have that laundry musk...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    If you enjoyed Thai Tabac you’ll love Monsieur Oud. One thing that makes me love it so much is how well it works in warm weather. I’m not sure if it’s a great choice for colder months only because of...
  9. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I have a Cashmere scarf. Extremely high quality bought directly from the artisan who crafted it from the animals on his farm in the Himalayas. I sprayed my scarf over 8 days ago and I can still...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    This is still one of my favorite Parfums. It has incredible staying power and I’m in love with it.
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    It’s interesting that any page or community on the internet will have people coming out of the woodworks to bash on Ensar claiming he’s a fraud with no redeeming value yet in the same breath will be...
  12. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It’s still projecting from my scarf in my bathroom after 8 days. It’s insane! It’s a tad too floral and powdery for my tastes. I agree it’s not nearly as dark or animalic as AdN comes across in the...
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    Re: Favorite scents outside of fragrances

    Come out to the desert in southwest America after a rain storm. It’s unreal the way the scent of creosote carries in the wind. Depending on your elevation you might get some sage and herbs in the mix...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I never once said that ensar created the Oud community in general however there are terms he has coined that other distillers have taken. Plain and simple. The modern Oud community as in the last...
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    Re: Favorite scents outside of fragrances

    Puppy feet

    Human musk (clean skin not filthy sweat)

    Newborn baby hair

    My neighborhood at night when the citrus trees are in bloom. Usually around 8pm the whole neighborhood smells like...
  16. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’ve always wanted to own something similair to Russian Oud. I have a sample but man AdN might be better in my book. The florals, spices and dried fruit take it in a totally different direction in my...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    https://www.basenotes.net/threads/306481-French-Perfumery-vs-Arabic-Perfumery

    Here’s a good thread that details the differences in style of French verse Arabic perfumery. Ultimately...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    In my experience the Oud community is filled with tons of drama and an inner circle of vendors that will blacklist anyone they don’t agree with no matter how petty the claims are. It’s sad that these...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Please delete
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    This is mainly focused on the artisanal Oud community. If you’re apart of that there’s quite a lot of controversy surrounding the use of his terminology that he’s coined, festivals he’s created that...
  21. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Man I did another wearing of Grandenia yesterday and I actually dislike it now. It just feels musty, old, and lacking life. The musk turned kinda pissy on my skin and the sweetness became cloying. I...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    How do you feel about the fact that a well known vendor stole $30,000 of oils from him only to resell them at $1000 a gram? Did you find it appalling that the oudfest he created has been hijacked...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    This same sentiment has been my concern as well. High quality materials doesn’t always make up for experience with blending and creating interesting compositions. As an Oud soliflare it’s fantastic...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Please don’t take this the wrong way but did you pay $3500 solely for emperor hind or was there supposed to be more in the lot? I’m so sorry this happened.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    So another member on here kindly gifted me a sample of Oud Infini. I totally get the comparison. I actually enjoy the dry woods, spices and civet accord of Oudh Infini and was surprised at the...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I take it you didn’t watch the video?
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    The newest Ensar and Smellyvision interview is one of the best things I’ve watched in awhile regarding the fragrance community.

    Do you think ensar is a true fragrance villain?
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Kashmir Nuit is going to need some more time to truly understand. At first it was completely not what I was wanting to smell but after a few hours I did another spray and now I’m starting to enjoy...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I agree with this. So many people overspray these complex natural fragrances and then go noseblind only to blame it on the perfumer and the performance of the perfume. Now everyone’s experience is...
  30. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Yeah man naturals will do this to ya! A lot of these materials become photosensitive in the light. It’s crazy how IFRA gets so much flack when the purpose is to literally reduce the reactions that...
  31. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    The controversy is that what most people think is a bergamot is actually a breed of lemon being passed off as bergamot and that even with bergamot oil most of it on the market isn’t true bergamot....
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    Question! Where do you find ripe bergamots at? I’ve never seen one in a grocery store and they don’t grow anywhere around where I live. I hear there’s a lot of controversy surrounding what is truly...
  33. Re: Are fragrances affecting your organism ?

    Have you ever worn a really high quality Oud? I get an overwhelming sense of euphoria directly linked to the scent and what I’m inhaling. High quality distillations can even make your mouth go numb...
  34. Re: Are fragrances affecting your organism ?

    Oud is quite literally an anti-depressant and anxiety medication. There’s something so soothing about the effect it has on my mind that when I wear an Oud oil it feels more like medicine than it does...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    I actually found Al-Jazaab to have incredible performance on my skin. I could detect it the next morning after wearing it. The projection was insane as well. I haven’t tried any of the others but I...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Tigerlust is a slightly leathery Chypre with an Oud heavy base filled with warm and fuzzy musk with tons of ambergris. The florals in the opening are slightly indolic, bitter with a touch of syrupy...
  37. Re: Difference between Basenotes and Fragrantica?

    I apologize! It’s not my intention to be harsh or taking cheap shots. My sense of humor doesn’t translate well on here but I promise it’s not my intention to be rude.
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    Re: What smells like a burning temple?

    A $30 offering would be Musk Aswad by Maison Anthony Marmin. It’s truly artisanal in style and blending but somehow this perfumer sells his work waaaaay too cheap. For an Attar you won’t find better...
  39. Re: Mega list of Mostly Versatile Fragrances with Beast Mode Performance

    The entire Jo Malone line.
  40. Re: Difference between Basenotes and Fragrantica?

    You would think with the resurgence of natural perfumery happening that it would ignite some new energy into the community especially for the purists who think real oakmoss doesn’t exist in perfumes...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    His oils are some of the best if not THE best I’ve ever smelled. His Attars as well. I’ll be trying to sit on the next release and saving my money now for the whole collection. I’m going to work...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Excellent first impressions bro! I highly recommend trying to track down Attar Silsila or Qaynaat. Both of which showcase a really strong Hindi oil in Them.

    Taj Noir is such a wonderful resinous...
  43. Re: Difference between Basenotes and Fragrantica?

    Basenotes is the only place to discuss the exciting new golden age of all natural Oud perfumery and really eastern style perfumery in general. I love that Basenotes is a safe haven for oud obsessed...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I can’t wait till mine gets here!!! I was hoping I’d get something like this out of the collection. The assholes at the weather station are predicting a really warm winter which means I won’t get a...
  45. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Musk Lave is nice but I feel it falls flat after more wearings. It’s a simple, easy to wear sandalwood scent with some soft lavender and bergamot. I actually felt it smelled rather syrupy sweet like...
  46. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Have you smelled Siberian Summer? There’s tons of overlap with Siberian Summer, Antiquity, War and Peace and Baikal Gris.
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    Re: Elixir Attars Discussion Thread

    I’ve never had that issue. I just checked and it works perfectly fine.
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    I never said there was flop nor did I call Russian adam’s release a flop. I said there was potential that it could flop and there most definitely has been pushback regarding the 6th collection. With...
  49. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    This is where it’s difficult with a brand like Areej. It could take some serious time to wonder if I’ll even like this. I wish there was a way to get a 10ml tester but even then by the time it’s...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Just like with Russian Adam, I think if Taha goes the French route it might be a big flop and could potentially alienate customers by trying to appeal to the vintage perfume crowd. I feel like an...
  51. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’m not quite sure I’m convinced that ALD is worth buying bottles in hopes that they might smell better in the future. I don’t think any other perfumer is given the same sort of treatment on...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Bro you’ve missed out on some great compositions! Crime and Punishment is what happens when you combine Tigerlust with EO2. It’s unreal.

    Monsieur Oud is a total departure from all of them as...
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    Re: Elixir Attars Discussion Thread

    I see a lot more people on Instagram talking about it then on here. I’ve noticed that basenotes doesn’t quite cover the entire scope of these perfumers. At least not their fan bases anyways. Ahmed...
  54. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I received a sample of Mysterious Oud and I have to say I was disappointed. The cardamom and Oud created a burning rubber sort of vibe. I only know that’s the culprit because I’ve made the same...
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    Re: Tsvga Parfvms

    Exactly and one thing I realized is that he created a line with enough variety that there’s something for everyone. I didn’t understand that at first but once I realized that the two scents I enjoyed...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    Oh boy this is rough news to hear hahah. I live in a brick oven so I wonder how this will do most of the year.
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    Thanks for the suggestions brother. I’m currently eyeing a SP bundle that has Ame Sombre and Arum d’Angkor in it. I might just pull the trigger because the price is excellent. I’m really excited...
  58. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Bottles will be available most likely in October. He says maybe next week but we all know how that works out in perfumery terms.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I’m gonna have to mute Dothraki soon because he’s ruined two fragrances now with scent associations hahah!
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    This is why you can’t trust everyone’s scent associations.
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Ben got a little racist towards another member on here and it got nasty/messy. But we got strict orders to keep this thread on track so I won’t go down that road anymore.

    There’s too many leaking...
  62. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Grandenia was a heavy like from me as well. It’s not quite full on love but I feel like I’ll regret not buying a bottle once it’s sold out. The patchouli is heavenly in the drydown. I didn’t get the...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Daaaaaaamn.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I love Abdullahs work! I have quite a few now and I agree his work is amazing. I’ll be honest though when it comes to spray format verse Attar I always love Attars. I actually prefer Agarwood Assam...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Thanks for sharing! What’s something that you feel might be a bit better? I want to explore more Hindi Oud perfumes but it’s hard finding any on the western market or at least have a strong Hindi...
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    Re: Tsvga Parfvms

    I made comment recently that was pretty disrespectful and it’s not my intention to be that way. My criticisms of James as a perfumer should’ve been handled differently and in a much more constructive...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    I would have to say this is my pinnacle as well. There’s so much complexity in his work that maintains clarity and in today’s world of natural/mostly natural perfumers, that’s a really difficult...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    I’m late the party but I received my first Sultan Pasha in a trade. I was able to score a full bottle of Cafe Ambre Noir. And wow! Talk about an amazing first purchase. I’ve been able to briefly...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    You might be the only person to ever say EO1 PP has terrible performance.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    When I first got Rising Mysore (original edition) it had maybe 4 hours of performance. Now that it’s been 9 months 2 sprays last all day. But if you decide to sell it let me know and I’ll gladly buy...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Dude Ghaliya reflection is so strong that I go nose blind quick. I did 4 sprays and it projected like hell and filled up my studio. My clients most definitely could smell it. Now I only do 1 spray...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I do feel like the intent behind Rising Mysore was to showcase the Mysore itself. I will say though that the original has tons of depth and complexity especially with the spice and herbs. It’s one of...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I’m glad everything worked out in the end for you guys. Looks like Sikander was smart and put everything on hold or at least saved a few bottles.

    Do you guys feel this lived up to the hype? How...
  74. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Funny story. I’m holding my newborn child and wearing Agar de Noir. I just got done changing his diaper because he peed and now he’s smelling all fresh with clean clothes and a new diaper. My wife...
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    Yeah scent association plays such a huge role in these natural fragrances. I think I’ll take a cue from you areej veterans and stay away from all of these impressions the next time because that’s...
  76. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Damn you Dothraki!!! I get the watermelon lifesavers now! Hahah. It’s not bad by any means but it’s like straight up watermelon candy in the opening of AdN.

    Wood and Leather I think you’re...
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    Re: Tsvga Parfvms

    I’m editing this comment because I realized how insanely harsh it was. There’s a right way to offer constructive criticism and I failed at that miserably. One thing I stand by is that small artisans...
  78. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Yeah but in the greater scope of things I would be more inclined to buy Grandenia and Musk Lave knowing that I can space them out comfortably instead of rushing to buy them. Because of that I’m going...
  79. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I disagree. I felt that Santal galore has a really nice scent bubble for at least 4 hours before going down to a small 6 inch projection. I still got sillage most of the day as well even with little...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    I have no doubt it’s a little bit of both but let’s face it, I’m sure he’s not sinking 500 grand into massive distillations like Ensar or some of these bigger artisanal houses that also use high...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    I look at it like this, there’s maybe 200 people that want these fragrances but only 100-180 bottles were made. In ALD’s case usually less than 400 were made and in the beginning around 100 tops.
    ...
  82. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Definitely not enough that’s for sure.
  83. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You get watermelon jolly ranchers and wet paint with elmers glue?
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I just checked on my shirt I sprayed three days ago and Ghaliya’s animalics and Oud is still going strong. I get heavy civet and castoruem along with Oud generating quite a bit of power still.
  85. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I think the similarities are there. It’s the only part of the collection that’s an instant love for me.

    I know a lot of people swear by the sentiment of “wait 6 months and you’ll love this” but...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Al-Jazaab is such an interesting fragrance. You get a lot more of the Rose in the far drydown than you do in the opening and heart. It’s a wonderful shape shifter.
  87. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’d say Agar de Noir because it’s another chance at having Russian Oud for less than a grand.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    That’s such an amazing impression. That was also my first impression of Rising Mysore. I remember signing a huge breathe of relief and was like “oh thank god” with a huge smile on my face.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Yeah he seems perfectly content with his business model and I respect that. I know people have the mindset that if you’re not maximizing every aspect of marketing and sales then you might not be...
  90. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Yeah as a rose soliflare this is one of the best I’ve smelled. The musk really makes everything sparkle. I would love to layer this with Jiri Jiri or Panbari Reserve.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    This was a beautiful read brother. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and painting a vivid scent description. I feel like I can smell it! Now is that oxide note a “metallic” tinge by any means? ...
  92. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I agree with your assessment of Agar de Noir. Which of these are are your favorites and how would you rank them?
  93. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’d say the entire collection has a gourmand/sweet twist to everything. Agar de Noir is still the one fragrance I’ll be buying but Musk Lave is a close second. It’s interesting how our opinions have...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Thanks for this post brother. I had a feeling this would happen. It seems the whole collection is taking a safe road and I admire that but I’m also glad I didn’t buy Rising Mysore because of my love...
  95. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    People can smell me from across the street. Musk Lave has some serious projection/sillage. One couple walking this morning turned their heads trying to figure out where the smell was coming from only...
  96. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’m on my second wearing of Musk Lave. I did three sprays which quickly overwhelmed my nose. It seems to have a large blast of projection that reached my nose from the back of my hands within seconds...
  97. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It’s taken 3 days to reach Cuir de Russie’s drydown on my Himalayan cashmere scarf. I had just over a solid days worth of projection which was enough to fill my entire bathroom with a powdery musk...
  98. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You know I’m not too sure. If felt pretty watery so I can’t imagine it being the Attar. I felt the Oud was prominent in the opening but quickly took a step back in lieu of the roses and a really nice...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I came in to Dixit and Zak right after Charbaugh sold out! No one seems to budge on samples, decants or bottles hahah. It’s the fabled unicorn at this point. I try not to think too much about what I...
  100. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I received a sample of Malik al Taif from Fragsyndrome and I have to say this is a beautiful rose scent! In fact it’s a little too beautiful. I appreciate what Russian Adam did with this fragrance...
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