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  1. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’ve been thinking about it. Do you think it’s just the aged bergamot? I think it must also be the Osmanthus giving the bergamot that juicy/tangy characteristic.
  2. Re: Bogue profumo / Antonio Gardoni consolidated thread

    Wearing Maai on a first cold NY night and I’m blown away by what a shape shifter the newest iteration is. When I put on the vintage metal plate bottle, my hair is always blown back by civet and moss....
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Your review is the first one that really makes me sad to miss this. I love the creamy vanilla sweetness in gently heating Brunei chips.
  4. Re: Anyone else jumping the gun on fall fragrances?

    Definitely!
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    It’s 50 degrees this morning in NYC. Did a full wearing of Kashmir Nuit. What was I thinking? This is a floral, tropical scent. Sweet and tangy. I couldn’t have picked a weirder day. I should be...
  6. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Habibi, MeM is the Lavendar one from Bogue. Maai is Tuberose, civet, incense, Amber/moss. Also some people dislike the latest batch. MeM is the lavender and much more interesting imho than Musk Lave....
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    I think Monsieur Oud was released a lot earlier. Wood&leather May have tried that one before Ensar when down the TL/C&P familiar routes.

    I will admit that —while Tigerlust is still my least...
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    Re: Teone Reinthal

    Some gems in there. Was the Taif Rose in attar form or spray? I’m very curious about the new attar bottles she just hand made. They’re gorgeous.
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    You seriously can’t go wrong with his work. I don’t know how he manages to be so prolific and seemingly only crank out hits.
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Very nice description, Dothraki. I feel like I can smell it already.




    Really looking forward to your thoughts. You have great taste.
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Thanks moderators!

    Hope y’all are enjoying your SOTD!
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Too true
  13. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    True. I’m familiar with the naturals effect. I have recently sold some older bottles and may even sell Koh I Noor in a bit so others can enjoy it as I have. I’m just not sure if this really makes me...
  14. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Rewore musk Lave and now I’m afraid it might be too sweet for me as well. Sometimes I can handle it and sometimes I can’t but I’m starting to doubt that I’ll go for a full bottle.
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Castingshadows updated me on the exact nature of the situation here and I’m just going to delete my earlier comment.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Oh my god yes I know what you mean. Way different scents but there is that same tangy musk/citrus in the open.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Yup, my guess is the bottles were slightly too big for 30ml.
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    Oh yeah I forgot to mention I go super light touch on Tabac Grande and never wear it in the heat haha. Hopefully you didn’t smother in it today, Tilt! Sorry!
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    Sugandha, I LOVE your SPA collection. Amazing. Are you on the SPA Facebook group?

    Also, I find it so interesting that people don’t seem to get along with Tabac Grande. I found it the easiest and...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    YES!!! So good to see you digging his stuff. I have another order on the way to me right now, to replace the Ame Sombre that spilled out over my shirt. My first guesses of scents you might love:...
  21. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Hey Maldoror---

    I had a bit of a reaction from AdN... In my case I'm almost positive it was sensitivity to the spices. Things like cinnamon and arnica give me a bit of a tingly reaction. Good...
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    Re: All Things Ensar Oud

    Anyone in here smell this yet from the collab?
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Incredible
    !!!

    Happy for you!
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    Re: Teone Reinthal

    When was the sale?
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Looks like Splash Fragrance in India got a bunch of bottles and do worldwide shipping. Might be worth hitting them up.
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    He said the ratio was 1:2 oil to alcohol which is 33.33 percent. There has been a lot of confusion over this.
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    Re: Teone Reinthal

    Haven’t tried this one yet but I’ve certainly found some of the unspoken ones to be gems: Mozas al Agua, Nerfurtum, Cocobolo. All incredible and I never hear anything about them.
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Good to see you here, man! I wonder if the balance was really like that... since it’s a 33% extrait... that means in Kinam you’re getting roughly 8ml of perfume oil and 17ml alcohol. So even if Taha...
  29. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Ahhhh we should trade samples next time! Find stuff to pop in the mail.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    There’s certainly different schools of thought on this(I do some coffee writing). Some people in third wave coffee believe you shouldn’t over-roast the beans, so you can preserve the more delicate...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Oh. I totally feel you. I enjoy pt 1 more, though I initially didn’t buy a bottle because I thought it was too apothecary medicinal For me. Now I love it. It’s unique and wonderful. This one would...
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    Re: Teone Reinthal

    Yes! It’s wonderful. Think vintage Egoiste without the Rose. Spicy warm sandalwood with a bit of an ambery twist but nothing heavy. Tantra adds rose, bringing it closer to the OG egoiste. Embers...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Congrats, Ben! I hope the 2nd mortgage has reasonable terms. ;-)
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    If it’s not for you, I think you’ll have an ok time selling it
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I’d probably agree with this, but I’m hoping a bit of maceration time will do wonders for it. OG Rising Mysore is MUCH more unique. Right now this one will appeal to those who would be scared off by...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Not to worry. The two almost couldn't be more different.
  37. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Good to see you here! :-) Wait til you try CdR, that one has more Koh-i-noor in it imho.
  38. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Wow I find Malik al Taif’s Oud more in your face than Ghaliyah Reflection but I haven’t worn it all summer so maybe it’s mellowed. Did you try the extrait or attar? I only know the extrait.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    So my lady thinks Kashmir Nuit is the best thing I got all summer. Also she said it’s finally an Oud that’s truly beautiful. She thinks the pandan in the drydown is cooler than the durian from Santal...
  40. Re: Bogue profumo / Antonio Gardoni consolidated thread

    In total agreement. I wonder if it’s the notes it was framed by? Just didn’t put me in the mind of opening a record and smelling that fresh vinyl.
  41. Re: Bogue profumo / Antonio Gardoni consolidated thread

    Fantastic collection.

    As an update, the last thing I saw on Antonio’s Instagram was a scented vinyl record of some sort. I’m going to pester him about it. Especially since this is 100% my line...
  42. Re: Bogue profumo / Antonio Gardoni consolidated thread

    Completely agree!!!
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    100% agree. I get an orange opening. Makes me miss that wild medicinal lime/basil of the last one which was so unique. But this is beautiful. Way more crossover potential IMO.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Like the worm in the tequila that’s a special bottle!
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I’m wearing Kashmir Nuit right now as well(after decanting my half). I don’t get any mud, Frag... but I do get a softening of the sweetness through what smells to me like soft, pillowy musk paired...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    That’s funny, Ben. I’d definitely compare Oudh Infini to the Filet and Ghaliyah Reflection to the Porterhouse. Oudh Infini is far more refined and polished(to my nose anyway) where GR is a lot more...
  47. Re: Parfum D’Empire: Reviews and Discussion

    Anyone on this thread have any opinions on the new version of Azemour? I only have a couple ml left of my old bottle. Curious as to whether the new one is just as good before I replace it.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Alright! Another one that you like! This is a good day! :-)
  49. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Keep trying them, I didn't get any smoke either, first wearings. Now I see the smoky birch tar in CdR and Santal Galore is loaded with smoke when it all clicks.
  50. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I too agree that Santal Galore is absolute garbage with nothing going for it and we should all avoid it like the plague on release day. :coolold:
  51. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Really loving Agar de Noir but can’t figure out whether it’s different enough to own if you already have a couple areej ouds.

    Being honest I may like it more than some of the others. So it’s a...
  52. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    More Tuberose I believe
  53. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Funny just rewore the OG and realized I liked it more than I thought. Are you getting dirty animal leather or still powdery?
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    Fantastic! Love this one, Fougere Noir and Encens Chypre. He really knows how to put green into an Attar in a beautiful way. Just ordered an FB of Le Rayon Vert and Chypre Narcissus to round out my...
  55. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Curious to know how you think it stacks up!
  56. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Very very different. RM2 is orange/herbal/sandalwood cologne opening that warms as it goes and gets spicier and a bit sweeter. Santal Galore is a fruity/smoky/woody/floral Chypre shapeshifter.
  57. Re: GHALIYAT TAREEQ AL HAREER by Elixir Attar

    I have not.
  58. Re: GHALIYAT TAREEQ AL HAREER by Elixir Attar

    Which one? Tareeq or Rosarie?
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Just did one spray... Juicy, darker than Ghaliyah Reflection...little bit of attar naftab, hint of Oud Maximus... It reminds me of something. Like really reminds me of something.

    Edit: Wow, this...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Wearing Ghaliyah Reflection. I get a significantly smoother impression even than Castingshadows, from three light sprays. Hindi and animalics present but this is sweet, smooth, beautiful. I could...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Sorry sorry fell asleep after a nice little fight with my lady about literally nothing :thumbsup:

    To my nose, right off the bat, RM2 has a similar medicinal vibe to RM1 but it’s safer because of...
  62. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I think CdR is MUCH prettier and brighter than W&P. But it’s great. Maybe even better in some ways!
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Just got my box from dhl. Not sure if it’s just the Ghaliyah or Kashmir Nuit(I’m splitting it with ^) and RM2.

    Edit: it’s all 3. Excellent.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Just waiting on the DHL man.
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    Sultan showed me that if I really wanted to notice it, after I do my inner arms swipes, to take one drop, rub my hands lightly together once, then pat down the whole front and shoulders of my shirt,...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Everything's gotta be graded on a curve with us lunatics. Weak = don't worry, average people will still be disgusted. ;-)
  67. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    God, I wish. It's good but not Punisher rising from the dead after fighting Ghost Rider good. ;-)
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    Ha, yeah. Damn it's a good one, though!
  69. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    After half a dozen wearings, War and Peace 1 has become a hardcore black leather motorcycle jacket that's been on the back of a bike for years. I don't know if its the bottle that changed or the way...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Looking forward to your notes, man!
  71. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    These new scents are shape shifters. 3rd wearing of Santal Galore and a totally different experience. 1st time I got super fruity Chypre with candied rose and Jasmine over bitter moss. 2nd time,...
  72. Re: Your favorite balanced, straight up amber

    Ambra Aurea is my favorite balanced amber. Ambre Sultan is my fav over all... but the herbal parts make it particular.
  73. Re: Frederic Malle's Dawn vs. The Night: Which is better and why?

    If I had to choose between those two, I would say The Night. It's absolutely gorgeous. I think Bortnikoff's Oud Maximus is a lovely Oud Rose that I like a bit better for slightly less. But if you...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    "kyara, which can cost $500 USD per gram"--- lol they wish
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Mine shipped on Monday and ETA is not til next Monday. Frag Syndrome must be in a postal goldilocks area.
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    That’s sort of a tough question. I got 2-3 wearings but I also was thinking “sample wearing” with the intention of figuring out which ones to buy. If you wanted to go out and let them project it’s...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    I just dumped nearly two ml of Ame Sombre on my shirt. The shirt smells great but it’s an expensive mistake and I’m extremely bummed about it. Man. :cry:
  78. Re: Brooklyn Perfumista Shot and Killed After Argument on Street

    Damn, sad story. I live on the North Side but one of my friends is councilman down there. I’ll see if I can get any details.
  79. Re: The Nombre Noir open project... the world's most notorious perfume

    He did not!

    Also I accidentally deleted part of my post. He has not worked on a Nombre Noir type attar but mentioned that if I was looking for a similar experience he found Dusita’s La Duoceur de...
  80. Re: The Nombre Noir open project... the world's most notorious perfume

    It's an incredible story. I do sometimes wonder if some of this wasn't the slightest bit manufactured mystique.. the steamrollers particularly. But I wouldn't care if it was.

    I asked Sultan...
  81. Re: PK Perfumes welcomes our newest Summer Intern / Apprentice

    That’s awesome! He looks like he’s having fun already.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    To be fair, when I think of RM1 I think of it as a lime and Holy Basil fragrance, backed by spice and sandalwood. So this will probably sit in a whole new spot in my brain. But as with everything we...
  83. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You’re certainly right that JK practices chinese medicine.

    And it does seem like we must have different ideas about perfume. I think one should be curious and educate themselves over years,...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    All I know is: if rising Mysore 2 was exactly the same as Rising Mysore 1, I would’ve complained. And if if rising Mysore 2 was different than Rising Mysore 1, I would’ve complained. :laugh: why am I...
  85. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You must see your own pretzel logic here, right? “99% percent of musk is fake unless you get it from shadowy medicine men etc” —- but you also didn’t get it from a chinese medicine man but you’re...
  86. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Sorry you had a bad experience with Ninja Robb’s musks. Did you buy a whole musk pod/grains from him? Or just a tincture? I haven’t purchased anything from the guy, so I have no opinion on the...
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    Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    It’s very nice. Sandalwood wasn’t the first thing that came to mind. It’s very spicy and has some interesting unexpected nuances but now that you mention it there’s an Ambery balsamic sandalwood in...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    That’s a very good point. I already started getting notifications on the package.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    I guess they’re consistently inconsistent because when I went to order the original I was also told $220 + $30 for shipping for a total of $250 for Rising Mysore(why I didn’t order the OG). In which...
  90. Re: Parfum D’Empire: Reviews and Discussion

    These are my two favorites as well but I also really like Musc Tonkin and Ambre Russe and to a lesser extent Cuir Ottoman and Fougere Bengale —- I also think Oeilleres which he did for Robert Greco...
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    Re: Agar Aura - Official discussion thread

    Hmmm. Not sure if the copy usually comes first? ;-) Either way, sounds like a real good one!
  92. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I think the twangy citrus musk from Siberian comes out the most in Musk Lave. From the musk/bergamot/Osmanthus—- it just gives you that tangy, zingy almost mouth puckering delicious blast.
  93. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    For me it was Claire V and Kafka but I agree Colin was right there with them and his take was always quite different from Claire and K. Come back Colin!

    Also I have to say, the more I “wear” Cuir...
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    That’s what I was quoted. I agree! Not bad prices but if shipping is $30 built in to each bottle, I’d certainly feel like, “why’d I buy them all together?” Haha
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    All I know is, that is NOT what I paid. I believe the prices don’t build in shipping, but if you buy them all together he does discount the shipping? If they do, I’m gonna need a refund!!!
  96. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Glad Kafkaesque is back doing her full reviews. She is certainly part of the reason that Areej found such a wide audience(obviously not the only reason) and she seems like a genuinely nice person if...
  97. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Different dilutions often offer different scents from the same material, I’m sure you already know that. Some perfumers want a urinous note or a balsamic chocolate note out of their animalics. Some...
  98. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    That’s great that you don’t smell chocolate in musk. And I have no opinion on Ninja Robb.

    It is well documented that deer musk presents chocolate nuance to SOME people. :-)

    I included one...
  99. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Real Deer musk often presents Chocolate/balsamic facets in counterpoint to sweaty/urinous facets.

    Claire V has a wonderful look at musk, right here on basenotes, for anyone interested in checking...
  100. Re: Define the the Early 2000's with a Fragrance

    Certainly what I wore.
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