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  1. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail? (2021)

    Me too I’d love to try the other 2! L’Eau also used to be an exclusive, and now available globally. I hope this 3 will be distributed in retail, so they are available for sampling later on.
  2. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail? (2021)

    A bit medicinal yes, but I don’t get any musky/soapiness in that one, personally.
    That said, in order to appreciate L’Eau Trois, loving aromatics (rosemary/oregano) and spices (caraway, blackpepper)...
  3. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail? (2021)

    That definitely qualifies as a blind buy!:lolk:
  4. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail? (2021)

    Just a quick update: yes it's the musty, earthy and mushroomy kind of myrrh, playing with a resinoid dry olibanum and some spices and labdanum also. Absolutely. I confirm: it's stunning. Writing a...
  5. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail? (2021)

    Micallef - Royal Vintage
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    Re: Favorite Masque Milano?

    Of the 3 I tried, I would rank them as follow:

    1. Montecristo
    2. Hemingway
    3. Tango

    That said, I'm not sure that comparing an animalic with a vetiver and an amber fragrance makes a lot of...
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    Hi Judith,

    Could you please add Relief by Chris Rusak?
    I just completed the fragrance submission form, thank you!

    Also: thank you for having quickly added Vetu de Vert by Motif Olfactif.
  8. Re: Recommendations for a vanilla & ambergris

    An impressive recommendation for your first post! These two are what I would have recommended too!

    E&B is more versatile, a bit a lighter wear compared to Dionisio, which is indeed more opulent...
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    Re: A noob on TF Grey Vetiver

    If you tell us a few fragrances or olfactive notes that you liked (instead of bashing what you personally dislike and the taste of who took time to answer you), it might be more productive to help...
  10. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail? (2021)

    It's their third fragrance, and until recently, a Paris stores exclusive. Now it's available online on Diptyque website (US also), and luckily enough, an online discounter carried it. Also recently...
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    Re: Best performer out of these....

    Imo, what you call "bitter" is simply the oakmoss base. While the oakmoss note is often sought for on BN (like for many other things, often shortly after these get regulated or discontinued), it is...
  12. Re: Overrated fragrances that you ACTUALLY enjoy (LIST 5!)

    Overrated, in my book, means that the fragrance is praised by many, but that I personally wouldn't enjoy. In other words: a fragrance might be overrated for many, and the holy grail for some others. ...
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    Re: What’s the best Van Cleef?

    For me:

    - Pour Homme
    - Bois d'Iris
    - Cologne Noire

    Ambre Imperial and Precious Oud are great too, but leans a bit too feminine for my tastes.
  14. Re: Are there YSL Rive Gauche alternatives that actually smell the SAME?

    I guess that this was the range of price OP referred to when talking about inflation... And I fully agree with him for RG: a good fougere, but definitely not $3.50/ml good.
    Glad I got a bottle, but...
  15. Re: Are there YSL Rive Gauche alternatives that actually smell the SAME?

    I agree with you that APH is nothing like RG. Many suggest it based on the star anise note and freshness only. APH is also clearly a step below in terms of elegance.

    I will risk anyways a "same...
  16. Re: Tom Ford Tobacco Oud - wearing a sample today - oh dear!

    I was impressed by TO when I first tried it, and found it nearly challenging. But after a few wearings, and many frag testings later, it was just a 'meh', and found it quite mainstream. Something is...
  17. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail? (2021)

    Ditpyque - L'Eau Trois
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    Re: Is my YSL M7 Oud Absolu fake?

    It’s the “new” name. They only deleted the “Oud Absolu” mention. You can double check on YSL’s french website
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    E. Marinella discussion thread

    Haven't found any discussion thread about E.Marinella around. This is a family-owned designer the exists since 100+ years, located in Naples, Italy.
    The few reviews around seems to be very positive...
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    Re: Guerlain Heritage

    I haven't tried any of the vintage bottles, but very happy with my current EDT (except for performance, but that seems to be a timeless issue of the EDT).
  21. Poll: Re: Lush Poll - Your Favourite ? (Unisex thread for male and female releases)

    Yes it is haha

    Some of their compositions are interesting in terms of creativity, but definitely not worth the retail price, as the ingredient's quality level unfortunately doesn't follow the...
  22. Poll: Re: Lush Poll - Your Favourite ? (Unisex thread for male and female releases)

    I voted for Smuggler's Soul, a very nice vetiver centric fragrance (more than sandlawood imo). That said, I only tried a few on the fly in store. One of them was the superstar Breath of God, that I...
  23. Re: Parfums de Marly Layton never disappoints

    I agree that Amouage are more complex and challenging, while PdM targets who is looking for more approachable/easy to like stuff. But in terms of ingredients quality, I find PdM to be a big step down...
  24. Re: Parfums de Marly Layton never disappoints

    They are. Online discounter pricing for PdM in the US runs around $140/200 for 125ml (depending on the frag), and that on a regular base without need of coupon. So 160 Euros (~$190) is at the higher...
  25. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail? (2021)

    Personally, I don't need to do 5-10 full wearing to make a decision or a review, as most of the times, I have a quite accurate idea of the scent right away and my perception doesn't change later.
    ...
  26. Re: Parfums de Marly Layton never disappoints

    Same here.
  27. Re: Parfums de Marly Layton never disappoints

    To each his own opinion!
    Imho, PdM is one of the best mainstream quality brands for young crowds, priced like it was niche quality.
  28. Re: Parfums de Marly Layton never disappoints

    Sweetness is generally crowd pleasing towards young women. Whichever loud and sweet fragrances I wear (that is: extremely rarely) when going to a party (where there are mostly 25/30yo crowds), I...
  29. Re: What the @#$% happened to Fahrenheit?

    Do you have evidence of such statement, or is it only based on your "unbiased/absolute nose"?

    I bought 3 decants and a couple of bottle at Maxaroma, and aside of the poor building quality of the...
  30. Poll: Re: The big 2021 car house motor race.....

    Indeed the original Bugatti is a real fragrance (not a "car house" fragrance). Unfortunately discontinued, but can still be spotted on ebay for decent price.
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    Re: Best performer out of these....

    Eau Sauvage Cologne is a more contemporary take on ES, with better performance. That said, it's still a citrus cologne, do not expect Fahrenheit-level performance.
  32. Re: What the @#$% happened to Fahrenheit?

    Sometimes memories play tricks... Personally I find it identical to what I used to have in the 90's.
  33. Re: What Do You Think Of Le Labo Overall?

    I own a few large splits:

    - Oud 27 is great, but TdC Oud Shamash is similar and does it better imo for half the price
    - Vetiver 46 is also great, but CdG 2 Man is similar for a quarter of the...
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    Re: Histoires De Parfums - your favorites?

    Stunning:
    Ambrarem
    Noir Patchouli
    1740 (for the art, but hardly wearable imo)

    Great:
    Petroleum
    Irreverent
    Prolixe
  35. Re: Male's 35-40, would you wear A&F Fierce?

    You already have your answer: yes wear it, and keep cool on the trigger.
  36. Re: Male's 35-40, would you wear A&F Fierce?

    Professional setting and respect of others has nothing to do with choice of fragrances based on age.
  37. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail? (2021)

    Indeed, great price, and a lot of good stuff (or stuff I'd love to try). Enjoy!
  38. Re: Recommendations,any Excellent or Must here ? ( Oud Noir, By the Fireplace, Opium...)

    You seem to have tried a few fragrances, so I would say:

    To TRY
    YSL Opium EDT
    Paloma Picasso Minotaure

    Worth a sniff, but only if you accidentally bump into them:
    Oud Noir Versace
    By the...
  39. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail? (2021)

    Houbigant - Cologne Intense
  40. Re: Best Gentlemen Fragrance for 55+ year old man?

    It's a great one, but does it deserves its high price tag? The jury is still out on that one...
  41. Re: Best Gentlemen Fragrance for 55+ year old man?

    Look into Guerlain. Not especially a 55+ kind of house, but usually fits the gentlemen/not sweet/conservative part.

    I'd try

    Vetiver
    Habit Rouge EDT
    Heritage EDT
    L'Homme Ideal EDT

    All can...
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    Re: AdP Colonia Leather and Royal Oud

    Can't help mate sorry, I live in burgerlandia, not fish&chipslandia. But yes, Opus VII is a bit hard to spot.
  43. Re: doubts about the blind purchase of eucris edp

    Excellent buys! Enjoy
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    Re: January Challenge

    Well.... one just need to stick to a single bottle, as others have said: a scent of the month. Doesn't really makes sense in terms of "challenge".
    Pass for me, but thank you for having offered!
    ...
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    Re: AdP Colonia Leather and Royal Oud

    My thoughts also.
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    Re: AdP Colonia Leather and Royal Oud

    I dont see real similarities between AdP Colonia Leather and Creed Royal Oud. If you like the AdP, I'd suggest to go for it, as I find it way superior to TF Tuscan Leather, and costs 4 times less...
  47. Re: Original ADP Colonia but without herbals?

    Zegna - Acqua di Bergamotto
    TdC - Bergamote
    Guerlain - Eau de Guerlain
    Rochas - Eau de Rochas pour Homme
    4711 - Eau de Cologne (that might be the perfect smell for you, but it indeed lasts 10min)...
  48. Re: $100 for 3.4oz of Dior Eau Sauvage parfum a good deal or just normal!?

    Actually the 2017 version is very available, way below $150, even at Walmart:
    ...
  49. Re: $100 for 3.4oz of Dior Eau Sauvage parfum a good deal or just normal!?

    Compared to the regular pricing, a bit better than usual, but not much. I see it often at discounters around $100/120.
    As per the fragrance itself, I think it's a bit overrated, and would suggest...
  50. Re: Recommdtions Orange Woody Dry ( something between Bigarade Concentrée and Eau d'Hermes )

    I'm not a fan of Ellena nor of orange in fragrances, but I can hardly think of a better fragrance than Terre d'Hermes Parfum that would fit better the box orange+wood+leather.
    Indeed, orange is the...
  51. Re: doubts about the blind purchase of eucris edp

    I do love VC&A PH too, a masterpiece. If you're looking for a chypre, with oakmoss and rose, and a hint of sweetness, I strongly suggest you try Canturi by Stefano Canturi. It's marketed to women,...
  52. Poll: Re: Tom Ford Ombre leather VS Tuscan Leather

    OL without a doubt. Easier to wear, elegant, while to me, TL results cloying and a bit I-am-an-unsecure-bro-and-need-to-be-seen kind of frags (aka vulgar).
    I think you can find several threads that...
  53. Re: doubts about the blind purchase of eucris edp

    No. Not close to ES or APH. Chypre... a bit. Sweet? No, the fruitiness of the blackcurrant rounds the edges, but doesn't result sweet to my nose.
    As for darkness, it's kind of a dark elegance, a...
  54. Re: Lifecycle of a niche line: Mark Buxton

    All his line are now repackaged in black bottles (look at the individual fragrances pages) and many are now available at discounters. I personally own and love Emotional Drop (fka Emotional Rescue).
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    Re: Dried fruits and Dates note

    Yes.

    To the "dates" department, I'd also add
    Maison Margiela - Across Sands

    Not a fan of dates (nor of Margiela), but this is probably the best dates-centered fragrance I have smelt.


    To...
  56. Re: doubts about the blind purchase of eucris edp

    It is different than the other you listed imo. That said... 100 Euros?? Not sure I'd spend so much on that one. I've spent ~$50 on a 100ml bottle of the EDT, and although I love it, I think it's the...
  57. Re: Four kinds of fragrances - please help

    1. Loewe - Esencia Pour Homme
    2. Berdoues - Vetiver
    3. Haven't smelt DBH, but according to the notes, I would suggest Dunhill Desire Black
    4. Odin - Tanoke
  58. Re: doubts about the blind purchase of eucris edp

    More "rounded" than others, and the blackcurrant note gives an overall modern touch that other lacks. Eucris is elegant, soft, I wouldn't put it in the "powerhouse basket" like most of the other ones...
  59. Re: What's trendy on Basenotes currently?

    I would say that these are trendy everywhere...

    The reason why there are indeed more expensive frag talks on BN than F is that we only consider the English version of F. But F has its platform in...
  60. Re: What's trendy on Basenotes currently?

    I was initially impressed, but grew tired quickly, and some facets of their fragrances have a DIY/garage signature to my nose. Some floral accords are really great imo, but that doesn't suffice for...
  61. Re: Recommendations next purchase ( any good or must here ? )

    Declaration d'Un Soir would be my choice too out of this list. Love it, but will never enter my top 10.
    Also, I agree with StylinLA that NR for Him is weird, and me too I wish I had not bought it....
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    Re: perfumesplus.net

    No, but why would anyone choose an unknown online retailer that has higher prices than known reliable retailers?
  63. Re: is there somthing more densed and concentrated than PARFUM?

    Theorically no, and it's synonymous of Extrait de Parfum. But there is no regulations for the labelling, it's up to the brands. For example, some EdT results being more concentrated than some EdP.
    ...
  64. Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    Don;t know that one, thank you, will add!
  65. Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    Great list, and several I've never heard about! Damn... I promise myself to slow down on purchae in 2021... I guess I won't manage to keep my word haha
    Vetu de Vert is stunning, I open my full...
  66. Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    Thank you for your thoughts. These 2 are indeed interesting ones (already in the list)
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    Re: Rogue Perfumery Your Favorites?

    Given Rogue's new pricelist, it might be worth getting a bottle of Gucci Nobile on ebay at that point...
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    Re: Rogue Perfumery Your Favorites?

    To me, yes old school and too sharp on the egdes. A little "overdone". Not positive either (note that I'm a man).
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    Re: Rogue Perfumery Your Favorites?

    Several nice ones, although the more I wear them, them more I get bored, and the harshness or lack of definition, typical of amateur perfume houses, are unfortunately very obvious for some. Also...
  70. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail? (2021)

    Decants

    L'Artisan - Coeur de Vetiver Sacre'
    Tauerville - Vetiver & Petitgrain


    Samples

    Mazzolari - Lui
    Guerlain - Vetiver (vintage EDC)
  71. Re: Tom Ford Fucking Fabolous.. whats do you guys think?

    Good but not great imo.

    I liked it, but the ratio price/pleasure is just a joke (like for most of the TF fragrances). If really interested, I've read that its clone Fanta Fab by Just Jack is...
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    Re: habit rouge edt or edp?

    This. Who looks for real Guerlain, will prefer the EdT route, younger crowds looking for sweeter things will prefer the EdP way. That said, the EDP is not a gourmand, and while sweet, I still love it...
  73. Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently in 2021?

    We're close to 2021, so let's go:

    Chris Rusak - 33, Relief and Io. (big wows)
    AdV - Palissandre d'Or and Aedes de Venustas (original)
    CdG - Wonderoud, Kyoto, Hinoki and Dover Street Market (a...
  74. Re: Love Chypre Siam...it's sold out...what's very similar?

    There has been primary materials shortage because of the pandemic, and because of that, the large houses are "prioritized" by providers/producers. Several small houses have decided not to produce a...
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Priority Mail package sent on 12/15 in Chicago, received on 12/19 in Portland (only one day late according to schedule - much forgiveable given the current holidays+covid+political cuts situation). ...
  76. Re: Where are you in your fragrance journey?

    After 2 years of search and compulsive shopping to create the perfect wardrobe ticking all my boxes and that will escort me until my coffin (hopefully in a long time), I have to say that I've been...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Mazzolari - Vetiver
    Tom Daxton - Resin Sacra
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    Re: What are some fragrance 'unicorns"?

    As of today, Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur. Looks like discontinued (disappeared from Guerlain's French website), but some rumours state that it's just temporary, and that it'll be re-released in the...
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    Re: My Creed collection. What's yours?

    Only once, on the fly, to be honest. Tabarome (current, so I assume it's the 'millesime' version) is more ginger-ish than tobacco to my nose, it's a 3.5/5 for me. Royal Oud is great, but not $200+...
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    Re: My Creed collection. What's yours?

    I own:

    Erolfa (full bottle)
    Tabarome (decant)
    Royal Oud (decant)
    Vetiver Geranim(decant)

    Will sell my bottle of Erolfa soon (half blind buy gone wrong, based on old memories). Will enjoy...
  81. Re: Hows the house of Nishane? Any masterpieces?

    Unutamam is really beautiful. (Remotely) reminds me of Bogue MEM.
  82. Re: Terre D'Hermès parfum: four seasons or not.

    It wouldn;t be a terrible mistake to wear it during hot/humid days. That sais, the flint note, and the heavier basenotes makes it more suitable for milder days (Spring/Fall) than Summer. In any...
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    Re: Loewe Esencia, current formulation

    Many questions here:
    - performance: average/low on my skin
    - satisfaction: 3.5/5, knowing that for me Yatagan is a 4.5/5 and Quorum 1.5/5 (bad quality)
    - worth it: smells green/contemporary yes,...
  84. Re: Ambergris Interpretations Perfumes for men ?

    AdP - Colonia Ambra
    Tiziana Terenzi - Dionisio
    Eight&Bob - original

    All are synthetic ambergris, but probably these use a better quality alternative (Cetalox?) compared to the usual Ambroxan. Of...
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    Re: One Man Show vs Signature

    If "rude" is a descriptive word used by basenoters used to challenging fragrances, it might give you an idea of what your neighbours might think of its sillage, if you wear that.
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    Re: One Man Show vs Signature

    Signature is part of the many 80's mossy/green/leathery powerhouses. Between the two, it's the one the most similar to Paco Rabanne PH. Wearable without overspraying in specific cases.

    OMS (the...
  87. Re: What are some Lavender heavy fragrances you have in your collection

    HdP - 1725
    Caron - Pour Un Homme
    Guerlain - Mouchoir de Monsieur
    Chanel - Boy
    Chanel - Egoiste Platinum
    D&G - Pour Homme
    Lalique - Terres Aromatiques
    Bogue - Mem
    Nishane - Unutamam
    Chopard -...
  88. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Had a swap with a fraghead in Netherlands in April (I'm in Chicago).
    My bottle arrived from NL within 7/10 days. The bottle I sent arrived after 3 months in NL... Frustrating, but don't loose hope....
  89. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Thanks! Let's hope it smells good too lol
  90. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Bonne pioche! :)
  91. Re: Anyone familiar with California perfumer Chris Rusak?

    I fully agree!
  92. Re: Anyone familiar with California perfumer Chris Rusak?

    As of today, I own 10 samples, and here are my thoughts:

    IO
    The top is all about an earthy/peaty sweet thing, clearly full of synthetics, but so well done. The base is all about a beautiful...
  93. Re: Fragrancebuy.ca free shipping code! Expires 12/27

    No fee (the fee is covered by Fragrancebuy, to be precise). That said, as for any international purchase, the effective conversion rate is determined by your bank, and is always "lower" than the real...
  94. Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    List updated.
  95. Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    It would go against the forum rules to detail/discuss publicly the reasons of my ban, but it is not to strongly agree with that latter statement.





    Thank you, I appreciate.
  96. Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    Great description, thank you so much! Will not go blind, but will definitely sample!
  97. Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    It's on my to test list. Will add to the main list of this thread, with your notes, thank you!
  98. Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    Will update the main list that that precious info, thank you!
  99. Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    I only own Tzora by Anat Fritz, which is the high quality take on Terre d'Hermes. I love it. Will double check that Classical is in the list.
    As for 33, yes, I agree, it's stunning! Kind of in...
  100. Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    Great to hear, I might want to investigate that one, thank you!
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