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    In another thread, someone posted a brilliant example of a Basenotes review for Rose de Nuit, which got me thinking: what are some of your favourite perfume reviews that you've read? Would you care to offer some snippets or maybe link them out down below so we can all have some neat reading material when we need it?
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    I imagine starting with any of these five you'd find some fine examples of the art of writing a perfume review. I assume Zealot Crusader will soon have the most liked reviews here at Basenotes.

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    Black Comme des Garçons, Borneo 1834 Serge Lutens, Patchouli Santa Maria Novella


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    From a personal viewpoint alone, adding to the regular top reviewers and their solid tremendous contributions, almost any review written by Naed Nitram, both erudite and amusing, both detailed and elusive, both of literary and factual value

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    Over the years - ClaireV
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    Zealot Crusader, without a doubt

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    Snippets? You want snippets? I've got lots of snippets. Been collecting them for years. This is just a fraction of them.


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    They've managed to perfectly capture that moment when you're inflating a beachball and some of the backdraft gets into your mouth.
    --Dane on Black Pearls by Elizabeth Taylor

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    If I owned a chest wig I would wear this all the time.
    --David Ruskin on Feuilles de Tabac by Miller Harris

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    If Chanel's Cuir de Russie is the horse you rode in on, Onda is the musky undergrowth you had to stomp through beforehand and the tack room you end up in afterwards.
    --Starblind on Onda

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    It is ideal for male feminist industry bots attending SXSW conferences on "diversity in tech."
    --FruitDiet on LeLabo Santal 33

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    Someone hand me the brambles and I’ll begin flogging my back.
    --gimmegreen on LAVS by Unum

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    If a flower could chew tobacco and expectorate loudly into a spittoon, this one would.
    --WayOffScenter on Songes

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    Wearing the two Guerlains on opposite wrists was like having a threesome with Daniel Day-Lewis and Huey Lewis. The comparison was, indeed, odious.
    --Starblind on L'Heure Bleu and Aqua Allegoria Nerolia Bianca

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    A great scent to wear in a “Fragrance-Free Zone” and make everyone cry.
    --shamu1 on Parfum d'Habit

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    I'm going to be wearing this all summer and my friends will ask, "Where's the classy lady who just shampooed her horse?"
    --MsMaryO on Air de Cabochard

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    Grace Kelly's handbag stuffed with Robert Mitchum's jockstrap. Pretty-dirty.
    --Cedarmoth on Eau d'Hermes

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    I wore it to jail when I got a DUI and didn't regret it.
    --FruitDiet on Bal a Versailles

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    This is your iris. This is your iris drenched in volatile green solvents. Any questions?
    --kopah on Chanel No. 19

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    Smells like the neatly folded costume of a retired clown in an old alligator suitcase.
    --Cedarmoth on Dzing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarce View Post
    I assume Zealot Crusader will soon have the most liked reviews here at Basenotes.
    Next he will start thinking he knows something! Geez Louise!

    (Note: ZC knows I love him and I’m just joking.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemelimelle View Post
    Since I’m recovering from the primitive guerilla effects of the last Roja Dove thread (ROJAAAAAAAA!!!!!!! ROJAAAAAaaaaa!!!!!!! scream the groupies with t-shirts lifted, their boobies jingling), one highlight coming to mind is ClaireV’s review of Hiram Green. I can’t recall the name of it; it’s that sunny orange blossom one, where she describes so colorfully her bad day, nasty eye condition (Do I know what that’s like!!!!!), on-point flesh colored lipstick, and compares her face to.......*drum roll*.....”a babboon’s arse”. That there’s a memorable review. Not my preferred “chewy”, mind you, but totally worth the read!
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    I’ve been very run down recently, both in body and spirit. I have a nasty eye infection that has caused my left eye to swell up like a baboon’s arse, and although I have always been rather plain, this sudden lurch towards outright ugliness has thrown me into a deep funk. (I would like to be all “Little Women” about this, but it turns out I have no depth of character, only a succession of shallow pools).

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    Black Comme des Garçons, Borneo 1834 Serge Lutens, Patchouli Santa Maria Novella


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    Easily ClaireV. Unfortunately she hasn't been active as of late.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    Easily ClaireV. Unfortunately she hasn't been active as of late.
    +1 LOVE LOVE LOVE her reviews. Here’s an excerpt on Cuir X that had me in stitches:

    It’s probably nothing new under the sun. But desire is irrational. I can only tell you that Cuir X wears like a slick of smoked single cream on my skin. It’s sexy. I want to eat myself when I’m wearing it.

    But it costs €160. And for that type of investment, it had better be a long-term thing and not just a crush. I wouldn’t buy a horse or marry a man without first looking at his teeth, lifting his forelocks, and doing a thorough inspection of his undercarriage, so I’m going to do the same due diligence with Cuir X.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemelimelle View Post
    I’ve been logged on here for a while, tinkering with the site, and STILL I can’t highlight! *scratches head*
    that must be deeply upsetting -- we are all rooting for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarce View Post
    I imagine starting with any of these five you'd find some fine examples of the art of writing a perfume review. I assume Zealot Crusader will soon have the most liked reviews here at Basenotes.

    Most Liked Reviewers


    Quote Originally Posted by Diddy View Post
    Next he will start thinking he knows something! Geez Louise!

    (Note: ZC knows I love him and I’m just joking.)
    I appreciate the vote of confidence but I'm afraid I'd need the most-liked opinion to have the most-liked reviews, and I'm lucky to even be liked so much at all.
    Reviews Wordpress Archive here --> The Scented Devil
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    Currently wearing: cK one by Calvin Klein

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    I appreciate the vote of confidence but I'm afraid I'd need the most-liked opinion to have the most-liked reviews, and I'm lucky to even be liked so much at all.
    Well, there’s at least one corner of the forum that loves and appreciates you... regardless of your bright red skin and horns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    Easily ClaireV. Unfortunately she hasn't been active as of late.
    ++++ She's marvelous. Her reviews have inspired me to try fragrances that were way out of my comfort zone, and I've never been disappointed.
    “The unnatural and the strange have a perfume of their own”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Snippets? You want snippets? I've got lots of snippets. Been collecting them for years. This is just a fraction of them.


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    They've managed to perfectly capture that moment when you're inflating a beachball and some of the backdraft gets into your mouth.
    --Dane on Black Pearls by Elizabeth Taylor

    ===============

    If I owned a chest wig I would wear this all the time.
    --David Ruskin on Feuilles de Tabac by Miller Harris

    =================

    If Chanel's Cuir de Russie is the horse you rode in on, Onda is the musky undergrowth you had to stomp through beforehand and the tack room you end up in afterwards.
    --Starblind on Onda

    =================

    It is ideal for male feminist industry bots attending SXSW conferences on "diversity in tech."
    --FruitDiet on LeLabo Santal 33

    =================

    Someone hand me the brambles and I’ll begin flogging my back.
    --gimmegreen on LAVS by Unum

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    If a flower could chew tobacco and expectorate loudly into a spittoon, this one would.
    --WayOffScenter on Songes

    =================

    Wearing the two Guerlains on opposite wrists was like having a threesome with Daniel Day-Lewis and Huey Lewis. The comparison was, indeed, odious.
    --Starblind on L'Heure Bleu and Aqua Allegoria Nerolia Bianca

    =================

    A great scent to wear in a “Fragrance-Free Zone” and make everyone cry.
    --shamu1 on Parfum d'Habit

    ===============

    I'm going to be wearing this all summer and my friends will ask, "Where's the classy lady who just shampooed her horse?"
    --MsMaryO on Air de Cabochard

    ================

    Grace Kelly's handbag stuffed with Robert Mitchum's jockstrap. Pretty-dirty.
    --Cedarmoth on Eau d'Hermes

    =================

    I wore it to jail when I got a DUI and didn't regret it.
    --FruitDiet on Bal a Versailles

    =================

    This is your iris. This is your iris drenched in volatile green solvents. Any questions?
    --kopah on Chanel No. 19

    ==================

    Smells like the neatly folded costume of a retired clown in an old alligator suitcase.
    --Cedarmoth on Dzing!

    ===================
    HILARIOUS Thanks for these.
    “The unnatural and the strange have a perfume of their own”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazel5 View Post
    HILARIOUS Thanks for these.
    Yes!
    Currently wearing: No. 19 by Chanel

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    After learning of the wonderful JTD's passing, may he rest in peace, I've been revisiting old reviews that were instrumental in pushing me down the proverbial hole.

    Naed Nitram weaving the Proustian world, I just love it and hope maybe someday for a few more..
    Currently wearing: No. 19 by Chanel

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    Darvant's review of Baldessarini is a masterpiece - a well executed testament to one of the finest all-purpose fragrances ever made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Snippets? You want snippets? I've got lots of snippets. Been collecting them for years. This is just a fraction of them.


    ==============

    They've managed to perfectly capture that moment when you're inflating a beachball and some of the backdraft gets into your mouth.
    --Dane on Black Pearls by Elizabeth Taylor

    ===============

    If I owned a chest wig I would wear this all the time.
    --David Ruskin on Feuilles de Tabac by Miller Harris

    =================

    If Chanel's Cuir de Russie is the horse you rode in on, Onda is the musky undergrowth you had to stomp through beforehand and the tack room you end up in afterwards.
    --Starblind on Onda

    =================

    It is ideal for male feminist industry bots attending SXSW conferences on "diversity in tech."
    --FruitDiet on LeLabo Santal 33

    =================

    Someone hand me the brambles and I’ll begin flogging my back.
    --gimmegreen on LAVS by Unum

    ==================

    If a flower could chew tobacco and expectorate loudly into a spittoon, this one would.
    --WayOffScenter on Songes

    =================

    Wearing the two Guerlains on opposite wrists was like having a threesome with Daniel Day-Lewis and Huey Lewis. The comparison was, indeed, odious.
    --Starblind on L'Heure Bleu and Aqua Allegoria Nerolia Bianca

    =================

    A great scent to wear in a “Fragrance-Free Zone” and make everyone cry.
    --shamu1 on Parfum d'Habit

    ===============

    I'm going to be wearing this all summer and my friends will ask, "Where's the classy lady who just shampooed her horse?"
    --MsMaryO on Air de Cabochard

    ================

    Grace Kelly's handbag stuffed with Robert Mitchum's jockstrap. Pretty-dirty.
    --Cedarmoth on Eau d'Hermes

    =================

    I wore it to jail when I got a DUI and didn't regret it.
    --FruitDiet on Bal a Versailles

    =================

    This is your iris. This is your iris drenched in volatile green solvents. Any questions?
    --kopah on Chanel No. 19

    ==================

    Smells like the neatly folded costume of a retired clown in an old alligator suitcase.
    --Cedarmoth on Dzing!

    ===================
    I feel so heard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starblind View Post
    I feel so heard!
    Something tells me that you don't go un-heard in any area of your life.

    Not to mention un-smelled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Something tells me that you don't go un-heard in any area of your life.

    Not to mention un-smelled.
    HA! For good or for ill, you are probably right.

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    "It’s true that Patchouli 24 smells like smoking tar pits and the aftermath of a chemical fire in a tire factory, but that doesn’t fully explain why it’s sexy."
    - Claire V
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    Quote Originally Posted by pete7505 View Post
    "It’s true that Patchouli 24 smells like smoking tar pits and the aftermath of a chemical fire in a tire factory, but that doesn’t fully explain why it’s sexy."
    - Claire V
    Ha! Love it!

    This was my first fave. purplebird7 finished her "men's room" review of my beloved Kouros....

    I can see the tiles gleaming in the fluorescent light. The bus is coming. Gotta run. Bye.

    One of my fave reviews never made it into the directory that I know of. It was a comment by Trebor in response to a bunch of us talking about something, where I mentioned Guerlain Homme EDT vs. EDP Intense. I don't recall his precise wording, but it was roughly that he found them both "mediocre, each in its own special way."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Snippets? You want snippets? I've got lots of snippets. Been collecting them for years. This is just a fraction of them.


    ==============

    They've managed to perfectly capture that moment when you're inflating a beachball and some of the backdraft gets into your mouth.
    --Dane on Black Pearls by Elizabeth Taylor

    ===============

    If I owned a chest wig I would wear this all the time.
    --David Ruskin on Feuilles de Tabac by Miller Harris

    =================

    If Chanel's Cuir de Russie is the horse you rode in on, Onda is the musky undergrowth you had to stomp through beforehand and the tack room you end up in afterwards.
    --Starblind on Onda

    =================

    It is ideal for male feminist industry bots attending SXSW conferences on "diversity in tech."
    --FruitDiet on LeLabo Santal 33

    =================

    Someone hand me the brambles and I’ll begin flogging my back.
    --gimmegreen on LAVS by Unum

    ==================

    If a flower could chew tobacco and expectorate loudly into a spittoon, this one would.
    --WayOffScenter on Songes

    =================

    Wearing the two Guerlains on opposite wrists was like having a threesome with Daniel Day-Lewis and Huey Lewis. The comparison was, indeed, odious.
    --Starblind on L'Heure Bleu and Aqua Allegoria Nerolia Bianca

    =================

    A great scent to wear in a “Fragrance-Free Zone” and make everyone cry.
    --shamu1 on Parfum d'Habit

    ===============

    I'm going to be wearing this all summer and my friends will ask, "Where's the classy lady who just shampooed her horse?"
    --MsMaryO on Air de Cabochard

    ================

    Grace Kelly's handbag stuffed with Robert Mitchum's jockstrap. Pretty-dirty.
    --Cedarmoth on Eau d'Hermes

    =================

    I wore it to jail when I got a DUI and didn't regret it.
    --FruitDiet on Bal a Versailles

    =================

    This is your iris. This is your iris drenched in volatile green solvents. Any questions?
    --kopah on Chanel No. 19

    ==================

    Smells like the neatly folded costume of a retired clown in an old alligator suitcase.
    --Cedarmoth on Dzing!

    ===================
    These are all great!

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    Varanis Ridari

    I feel I need to pull out some coffee and relax and enjoy a nice immersive read about a fragrance always very in-depth and you fully get the idea of the fragrance of topic excellent reviews as always!
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    Quote Originally Posted by speckmann0706 View Post
    Varanis Ridari

    I feel I need to pull out some coffee and relax and enjoy a nice immersive read about a fragrance always very in-depth and you fully get the idea of the fragrance of topic excellent reviews as always!
    Yes, I love VR's reviews when I'm involved in serious discussions about a fragrance on a thread, and want to gain some context. I generally wait to read his reviews until AFTER I review something, so that our viewpoints remain independent, but I use his as a kind of independent check which is free of my own biases, as well as those of the hype-swayable crowd here. I value his extreme resistance to the hype train AND anti-hype for its own sake, which is just as problematic. BN reviews are typically very hype-free, but there are more subtle biases to which VR is totally immune.

    When I'm buying, however, I rely on a group of reviewers with similar noses and preferences who do short/medium and BLUF reviews, including speedracer, buzzlepuff, Brooks Otterlake, The_Cologneist, aquila_2009, rbaker, rogalal, ClockworkAlice, sjg3839, bavard, odysseyusm, JackHunter, HouseOfPhlegethon, purecaramel, and others who don't review frequently, or who do reviews of segments in which I rarely buy like obscure niche feminines. Then, if I'm getting close to a buy, I will read the longer and more detailed reviews - foetidus, darvant, landshark321 - maybe VR unless saving for later.

    I love ClaireV's reviews, but we don't sniff many of the same things often enough, because of her excellent taste, and my love of Motel 6 / Marshall's fragrances.

    I love BN reviews - vastly preferred to fragrantica! And I would encourage those whose names I did not mention - YES - I read your reviews because they stick out!
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