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    I'm setting a budget for myself and reigning the hobby in, so for the rest of the year I'm allowing myself to get 4 frags. Price limit is $100 USD for each one, I'm fine paying that for a partial/decant of a niche. Here's the four types I'm looking for:

    1: Vetiver. I've owned Guerlain Vetiver, Encre Noire, TF Grey Vetiver, Carven Le Vetiver, Givenchy Vetiver, Bal D Afrique, and Creed OV. I'm looking for a fall/winter vetiver, something with some woods and smoke. Looking at Encre Noire L'Extreme and/or the new Caron vetiver, but would appreciate suggestions.

    2: Tobacco. I've yet to find a scent with a strong tobacco note that really wowed me and wasn't sweet. Tobacco Vanille, Herod, Pure Havane,Red Tobacco, 1821 Sweet Tobacco, Killian Back to Black etc are all too sweet and syrupy or powdery. I used to wear Havana by Aramis years ago and loved it, but the tobacco wasn't quite as strong as I'd like. I had a sample of Tobacco Oud before and loved it, thinking of getting that again. I like an aggressive, almost dirty tobacco note like in Havana or Tobacco Oud.

    3: Crisp woods. Mancera Kumkwat wood and Ormande Jayne Man are two examples of what I'm looking for but for some reason they either perform like shit or I'm anosomic to them because they don't last more than a couple hours on my skin. I'm looking for a bright, peppery, citrus woody scent. CdG does wood brilliantly but their scents normally don't go in that direction on me. Terre D'Hermes was my go to but the last bottle I got was new and performed like trash compared to the original, so I'm hesitant to try another bottle but I've heard good things about the TDH "clones" by Rasasi and Montale.

    4: Non Floral Oud. I want a non barnyard, safe and low key oud to wear. I don't reach for oud often so I'm ok with paying a little more for less here for a decant. M7 was the perfect dumb reach oud for me, but the relaunch Absolu just didn't feel the same. I enjoyed the one Killian frag that sort of resembled M7 but I can't remember the name for the life of me. I liked Faqat by Rasasi but I'd like to move away from the strong rose note found in many ouds. I liked Acqua Di Parma's Oud, it's more of a spring and summer wear for me though. Not looking for anything too fancy or complex, pretty much just a middle of the road oud for cooler weather. I'm fine with floral notes with the oud, I'm just tired of the rose+oud combo being beaten to death, especially since on my skin the rose drowns the oud.


    I'd love to hear your suggestions! Previous threads have been a big help for me, I'm always hesitant to reply to my threads once I make a purchase because it's often months after the initial thread was posted, but I've found many frags I love based on what people have suggested here. My current favorite bottle is Boucheron Pour Homme EDP of all things, it's one of the cheapest ones I have but I love how it smells and get a surprising number of compliments on it.

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    For your vetiver - Vetiver Sensuel by Mancera
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    Quote Originally Posted by absolutesauvage View Post
    1: Vetiver. .... something with some woods and smoke. Looking at Encre Noire L'Extreme and/or the new Caron vetiver, but would appreciate suggestions.

    2: Tobacco. I've yet to find a scent with a strong tobacco note that really wowed me and wasn't sweet.

    3: Crisp woods. ..... either perform like shit or I'm anosomic to them because they don't last more than a couple hours on my skin. I'm looking for a bright, peppery, citrus woody scent.

    1. The main difference to me from Encre Noir to the L'Extreme is the latter has a lot of incense mixed in. That is not smoky to me, but if it counts that way to you maybe you will like it. I prefer the original. But maybe a better suggestion, sample Goutal les colognes Vetiver. It is smooth but very smoky, the most smoke of the vetivers I have tried (which includes most of those you mentioned).

    2. Papillon Tobacco Rose has the strongest non-sweet tobacco note of what I have tried. Don't hear much talk about it here but it's well done quality scent. It is not cheap and full bottle blows the budget but maybe a 1.7 would work.

    3. This is the easiest one Cartier Declaration Essence or Declaration. Great longevity, and many say it's similar to older TDH. Major wood notes with pepper up front. At your budget you could grab both from a discounter.

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    Well, one can't fault you for not providing some specifics. LOL.

    1: Vetiver. It may be over your price point, but JOVOY makes a couple of brutally earthy vetivers- PRIVATE LABEL and INCIDENT DIPLOMATIQUE.
    But def "sample first" stuff. Didn't know CARON had a new vetiver scent.

    2: Tobacco. Brooks Otterlake is the "go to" guy for tobacco scents, especially the no nonsense style that are not overly sweet. I really like NAXOS but pricy and may lean too sweet. Brooks?

    3: Crisp woods. Really bummed that ORMANDE MAN doesn't work for you. A fast favorite of mine.

    4: Non Floral Oud. I got nothing here. I've got a couple of rose-oud scents. MONTALE DARK OUD might be in the ballpark. A bit potent perhaps, but not barnyard. A mix of the MONTALE signature oud note and sandalwood. Gotta really watch the dose with this.
    Between Covid and retirement I don't get out much. But when I do, I smell real good.
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    Default Re: Need help selecting 4 fragrances

    Quote Originally Posted by absolutesauvage View Post
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    Looking at Encre Noire L'Extreme and/or the new Caron vetiver, but would appreciate suggestions.
    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    Didn't know CARON had a new vetiver scent.
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    Yep, here is the Basenotes link to it:
    https://www.basenotes.net/threads/48...-COMME-JE-SUIS

    I've already asked for it to be added to the directory.

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    For the woods frag, I'd highly recommend checking out Gucci by Gucci, it seems like everything you're looking for. it's kind of underrated for here, and as far as I know I don't think its ever been reformulated, as I have both new and old bottles.

    Non-floral oud, first thing that came to mind was CK Encounter, but longevity and performance is so god awful, that it's hard to recommend. It does have an addictive smell imo, but something a little better, with great performance, I'd consider Versace Oud Noir. It's basically Versace Man (purple bottle) with a little oud. The oud is not overwhelming or too spicy, but it's present. A very likeable frag imo, it's a dry, fruity kind of oud, with out the rose. I know, I am tired of rose/oud combos, they all smell the same after a while. I wouldn't call Oud Noir and oud frag, but it's certainly a good one. If you like stuff like Michael Kors vintage, Jubilation XXV, Varvatos Vintage, this will be right up your alley.

    Vetiver, I think Encre Noire is your best bet if you've never tried it. It's dirt cheap for what you get, but it seems to annoy some people with the Iso E. To me, it smells nearly identical to Sycomore EDP, which costs 10x as much.

    Tobacco is not my strong suit. There's a lot of options out there. Personally I really like Chergui, but it's not a daily wearer, unless you live in really frigid climate. The Dreamer is another favorite, but it's more of a dry, cigar smoke sort of smell, due to the tea note. Tobacco Vanille will always be a favorite for me, but the vanilla is probably too sweet for what you're chasing. Leaving me with r that come to mind. Aramis Havana, and Herrera for men. Havana being more straight forward, while Herrera is more along the lines of D&G pH. Cigar by Remy Latour is a person favorite, because it's cheap and nails a freshly rolled Cuban cigar to me. Lastly, I go back to an earlier recommendation of Gucci by Gucci. It's just fantastic, It's got tobacco, woods, cypress. Imo one of the best alpha male modern day current masculines out there, that is affordable and easy to find. A lot would probably find it too simple, but I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rum View Post
    Yep, here is the Basenotes link to it:
    https://www.basenotes.net/threads/48...-COMME-JE-SUIS

    I've already asked for it to be added to the directory.
    Ahhh thanks. I've seen that but didn't mentally tag it as a vetiver scent per se which I guess it is technically.

    Nuts, as a CARON, I'm sure I'll have to try it.
    Between Covid and retirement I don't get out much. But when I do, I smell real good.
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    For a smoky Vetiver perhaps try Bel Amis Vetiver.

    For a tobacco I would absolutely agree with tobacco oud, Tom ford.

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    For tobacco, my suggestion would be the new scent from Czech & Speake, Perfecto Fino.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    For the woods frag, I'd highly recommend checking out Gucci by Gucci, it seems like everything you're looking for. it's kind of underrated for here, and as far as I know I don't think its ever been reformulated, as I have both new and old bottles.

    Non-floral oud, first thing that came to mind was CK Encounter, but longevity and performance is so god awful, that it's hard to recommend. It does have an addictive smell imo, but something a little better, with great performance, I'd consider Versace Oud Noir. It's basically Versace Man (purple bottle) with a little oud. The oud is not overwhelming or too spicy, but it's present. A very likeable frag imo, it's a dry, fruity kind of oud, with out the rose. I know, I am tired of rose/oud combos, they all smell the same after a while. I wouldn't call Oud Noir and oud frag, but it's certainly a good one. If you like stuff like Michael Kors vintage, Jubilation XXV, Varvatos Vintage, this will be right up your alley.

    Vetiver, I think Encre Noire is your best bet if you've never tried it. It's dirt cheap for what you get, but it seems to annoy some people with the Iso E. To me, it smells nearly identical to Sycomore EDP, which costs 10x as much.

    Tobacco is not my strong suit. There's a lot of options out there. Personally I really like Chergui, but it's not a daily wearer, unless you live in really frigid climate. The Dreamer is another favorite, but it's more of a dry, cigar smoke sort of smell, due to the tea note. Tobacco Vanille will always be a favorite for me, but the vanilla is probably too sweet for what you're chasing. Leaving me with r that come to mind. Aramis Havana, and Herrera for men. Havana being more straight forward, while Herrera is more along the lines of D&G pH. Cigar by Remy Latour is a person favorite, because it's cheap and nails a freshly rolled Cuban cigar to me. Lastly, I go back to an earlier recommendation of Gucci by Gucci. It's just fantastic, It's got tobacco, woods, cypress. Imo one of the best alpha male modern day current masculines out there, that is affordable and easy to find. A lot would probably find it too simple, but I love it.

    1: I really like Versace Man, never understood why it didn't get much love in the community. If Oud Noir is that with a little oud, I'm sold.

    2: I've owned Encre Noire, and honestly it didn't wow me. I've also owned Sycomore (a large decant) and it didn't wow me either because it smelled just like EN to me. It's a very sweet, polite vetiver IMHO.

    3: I like Chergui on other people, a friend of mine wore it and it smelled amazing on him. On me it turns into this cloying powdery mess that I scrub. My skin just doesn't do sweet tobacco well. I owned the original Herrera for me in the early 2000s along with the Vetiver and Ginger flankers. Great frag, not as tobacco prominent as I'd expected. Might get another bottle next year for old times sake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark.B View Post
    For a smoky Vetiver perhaps try Bel Amis Vetiver.

    For a tobacco I would absolutely agree with tobacco oud, Tom ford.
    Two fine selections.

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    1: I'll check the Jovoy's out, thank you.

    2: Naxos comes off really sweet and creamy on my skin, more gourmand than tobacco is that makes sense. I'll try Otterlake.

    3: Believe me, you're not half as bummed as I am. When I first sprayed OM on, I thought I found my grail. Woody scents like that are my wheelhouse and it smelled perfect....for about 2 hours. Then it either faded away or I went noseblind. I wanted this to work so bad that I bought a full bottle even though my samples performance was trash. Put unscented lotion on, made myself drink more water so my skin was less dry, doubled sprayed, sprayed fabric, etc. And I am not one of the people that complains about longevity. I get an easy 8 hours out of most of my frags, even light ones. For instance, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca lasts close to 9 hours on me, and many reviewers say they are lucky to get 3. I was devastated I couldn't get OM to last. I would throw money at whoever remakes OM and gets it to last

    4: Had the opposite problem with Dark Aoud, I think. Was that the one that was supposed to smell like Nasamatto Duro? If so I wore it, put one spray on, and got a headache lmao. I'll try it again and maybe spray once in the air and walk through it. You get your moneys worth with Montale.

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    2: How strong is the rose in Tobacco Rose? I can handle dark rose ala Dsquared Potion Royal Black, or Rasasi Faqat or Ungaro 3. But lighter roses tend to go powdery or soapy on my skin. I wanted to love Lyric but it's just my grandmothers rose soap when I spray it.


    3: Smacking myself in the head for not thinking of Declaration. I've been meaning to check out Essence and the Parfum flanker, time to get some samples.

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    tobacco - slumberhouse jeke

    edit - nvm i didnt see the price limit the first time

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    For the tobacco fix, I recommend Tabac Rouge.
    <div class="bnsotd"><b>Currently wearing:</b> <a href="ID26148387.html"><img src="http://www.basenotes.net/photos/products/33/26148387-7393.jpg"> Carven L'Eau Intense by Carven</a></div>

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    Quote Originally Posted by absolutesauvage View Post
    2: How strong is the rose in Tobacco Rose? I can handle dark rose ala Dsquared Potion Royal Black, or Rasasi Faqat or Ungaro 3. But lighter roses tend to go powdery or soapy on my skin. I wanted to love Lyric but it's just my grandmothers rose soap when I spray it.


    3: Smacking myself in the head for not thinking of Declaration. I've been meaning to check out Essence and the Parfum flanker, time to get some samples.

    2. I find the rose is there but always secondary to the tobacco. The description says bulgarian rose and may rose if that means anything. I find it a darker rose, but overall there is a bit of the light and dark going on overall although it ultimately ends up dark. I have not tried the dqsuared or lyric (think I have a sample but haven't got to). I don't really look for rose scents but my favorites are this and Opus 1870 which has good rose but it's more in the background. I have tried several tobacco scents and don't seem to be over sensitive, as one example Burberry London I like but don't find the tobacco up front as many say, but this one has serious tobacco. Finally..... comments and reviews on this are all over the place. Some people say no tobacco. Some say no rose. There is a hay note, but I find the primary note a dark slightly damp fresh tobacco kind of thing. It becomes maybe less primary way into drydown but is always there. Also real oakmoss so a solid and lengthy drydown phase. This is a great scent, at least for some, give it a sample and tell us what you think.

    3. I haven't tried the parfum yet, but regular Declaration and Essence are crazy good to me.... it's the birch and other wood notes that make it a favorite in my wardrobe.

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    For vetiver, also adding Encre Noir Sport and/or l'Erborlario Ginepro Nero.

    For drier, maybe darker tobacco: Bogart Signature, Tabac Original.

    For crisp woods: Chopard Noble Cedar and Guerlain Homme Eau Boisee.

    For non floral oud: LM Black Oud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by absolutesauvage View Post
    I'm setting a budget for myself and reigning the hobby in, so for the rest of the year I'm allowing myself to get 4 frags. Price limit is $100 USD for each one, I'm fine paying that for a partial/decant of a niche. Here's the four types I'm looking for:

    1: Vetiver. I've owned Guerlain Vetiver, Encre Noire, TF Grey Vetiver, Carven Le Vetiver, Givenchy Vetiver, Bal D Afrique, and Creed OV. I'm looking for a fall/winter vetiver, something with some woods and smoke. Looking at Encre Noire L'Extreme and/or the new Caron vetiver, but would appreciate suggestions.

    2: Tobacco. I've yet to find a scent with a strong tobacco note that really wowed me and wasn't sweet. Tobacco Vanille, Herod, Pure Havane,Red Tobacco, 1821 Sweet Tobacco, Killian Back to Black etc are all too sweet and syrupy or powdery. I used to wear Havana by Aramis years ago and loved it, but the tobacco wasn't quite as strong as I'd like. I had a sample of Tobacco Oud before and loved it, thinking of getting that again. I like an aggressive, almost dirty tobacco note like in Havana or Tobacco Oud.

    3: Crisp woods. Mancera Kumkwat wood and Ormande Jayne Man are two examples of what I'm looking for but for some reason they either perform like shit or I'm anosomic to them because they don't last more than a couple hours on my skin. I'm looking for a bright, peppery, citrus woody scent. CdG does wood brilliantly but their scents normally don't go in that direction on me. Terre D'Hermes was my go to but the last bottle I got was new and performed like trash compared to the original, so I'm hesitant to try another bottle but I've heard good things about the TDH "clones" by Rasasi and Montale.

    4: Non Floral Oud. I want a non barnyard, safe and low key oud to wear. I don't reach for oud often so I'm ok with paying a little more for less here for a decant. M7 was the perfect dumb reach oud for me, but the relaunch Absolu just didn't feel the same. I enjoyed the one Killian frag that sort of resembled M7 but I can't remember the name for the life of me. I liked Faqat by Rasasi but I'd like to move away from the strong rose note found in many ouds. I liked Acqua Di Parma's Oud, it's more of a spring and summer wear for me though. Not looking for anything too fancy or complex, pretty much just a middle of the road oud for cooler weather. I'm fine with floral notes with the oud, I'm just tired of the rose+oud combo being beaten to death, especially since on my skin the rose drowns the oud.


    I'd love to hear your suggestions! Previous threads have been a big help for me, I'm always hesitant to reply to my threads once I make a purchase because it's often months after the initial thread was posted, but I've found many frags I love based on what people have suggested here. My current favorite bottle is Boucheron Pour Homme EDP of all things, it's one of the cheapest ones I have but I love how it smells and get a surprising number of compliments on it.
    1 - I haven't tried Encre Noire L'Extreme, but usually Lalique has good fragrances. Another one you could consider is Private Label by Jovoy.

    2 - Amouage Journey Man, give it a try.

    3 - How about Bentley for Men Absolute?

    4 - How about Wonderoud, this could also be the woody one you're after.
    Currently wearing: Daim Blond by Serge Lutens

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    Quote Originally Posted by absolutesauvage View Post
    3: Believe me, you're not half as bummed as I am. When I first sprayed OM on, I thought I found my grail. Woody scents like that are my wheelhouse and it smelled perfect....for about 2 hours. Then it either faded away or I went noseblind. I wanted this to work so bad that I bought a full bottle even though my samples performance was trash. Put unscented lotion on, made myself drink more water so my skin was less dry, doubled sprayed, sprayed fabric, etc. And I am not one of the people that complains about longevity.
    Wow. Yeah you went out of your way to make it work. I feel your pain...

    OM longevity is not massive on me, but always surprises me with little whiffs a fair amount of hours after application.
    Between Covid and retirement I don't get out much. But when I do, I smell real good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    OM longevity is not massive on me, but always surprises me with little whiffs a fair amount of hours after application.
    My experience as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by absolutesauvage View Post
    I'm setting a budget for myself and reigning the hobby in, so for the rest of the year I'm allowing myself to get 4 frags. Price limit is $100 USD for each one, I'm fine paying that for a partial/decant of a niche. Here's the four types I'm looking for:

    1: Vetiver. I've owned Guerlain Vetiver, Encre Noire, TF Grey Vetiver, Carven Le Vetiver, Givenchy Vetiver, Bal D Afrique, and Creed OV. I'm looking for a fall/winter vetiver, something with some woods and smoke. Looking at Encre Noire L'Extreme and/or the new Caron vetiver, but would appreciate suggestions.

    2: Tobacco. I've yet to find a scent with a strong tobacco note that really wowed me and wasn't sweet. Tobacco Vanille, Herod, Pure Havane,Red Tobacco, 1821 Sweet Tobacco, Killian Back to Black etc are all too sweet and syrupy or powdery. I used to wear Havana by Aramis years ago and loved it, but the tobacco wasn't quite as strong as I'd like. I had a sample of Tobacco Oud before and loved it, thinking of getting that again. I like an aggressive, almost dirty tobacco note like in Havana or Tobacco Oud.

    3: Crisp woods. Mancera Kumkwat wood and Ormande Jayne Man are two examples of what I'm looking for but for some reason they either perform like shit or I'm anosomic to them because they don't last more than a couple hours on my skin. I'm looking for a bright, peppery, citrus woody scent. CdG does wood brilliantly but their scents normally don't go in that direction on me. Terre D'Hermes was my go to but the last bottle I got was new and performed like trash compared to the original, so I'm hesitant to try another bottle but I've heard good things about the TDH "clones" by Rasasi and Montale.

    4: Non Floral Oud. I want a non barnyard, safe and low key oud to wear. I don't reach for oud often so I'm ok with paying a little more for less here for a decant. M7 was the perfect dumb reach oud for me, but the relaunch Absolu just didn't feel the same. I enjoyed the one Killian frag that sort of resembled M7 but I can't remember the name for the life of me. I liked Faqat by Rasasi but I'd like to move away from the strong rose note found in many ouds. I liked Acqua Di Parma's Oud, it's more of a spring and summer wear for me though. Not looking for anything too fancy or complex, pretty much just a middle of the road oud for cooler weather. I'm fine with floral notes with the oud, I'm just tired of the rose+oud combo being beaten to death, especially since on my skin the rose drowns the oud.


    I'd love to hear your suggestions! Previous threads have been a big help for me, I'm always hesitant to reply to my threads once I make a purchase because it's often months after the initial thread was posted, but I've found many frags I love based on what people have suggested here. My current favorite bottle is Boucheron Pour Homme EDP of all things, it's one of the cheapest ones I have but I love how it smells and get a surprising number of compliments on it.
    1/ Encre Noire a' L'Extreme is a great and affordable option: basically a smoother EN with an incense opening. You might want to try MH Vetiver Insolent (earthy vetiver with vanillic elemi, in the same vein as Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum, but more vetiver-centered) or Etro Vetiver. Otherwise you might want to have a look to my vetiverthread:
    https://www.basenotes.net/threads/46...nder-the-radar

    2/ If you like Havana, you'll love Open by Roger&Gallet (under $15!!). Old school, no mercy straightforward tobacco.
    If you like TF Tobacco Oud, you'll love T Habanero by Rania J. What TFTO dreams to be. Bold, masculine, be ready for the experience.
    Also worth of attention: Naomi Goodsir Bois d'Ascese. No sweetness whatsoever in any of these 3.

    3/ No worries, everybody loves OJ Man, but everybody says that it underperforms. CdG has nice offeriengs, but they are not famous for perfomance. You might want to try:
    EM Escentric02 (also by Geza Schoen), Houbigant Bois Mystique, Le Galion Sovereign, Anat Fritz Tzora, Dunhill Icon. On a side note, the flanker TdH Eau Intense Vetiver performs well on my skin, and might be worth it assuming you're ready to swap the orange for grapefruit, and ready for a more straightforward vetiver experience.

    4/ What people define as "safe oud" are usually saffron-forward fragrances.You thus might want to try:
    - Beaufort Iron Duke and Dior Leather Oud: these 2 are leathery but round.
    - Montale Dark Aoud: sandalwood with oud opening (what I expected TF Oud Wood to be) - monster performance.
    - MFK Oud EDP and Dunhill Icon Absolute (both saffron forward, with the first being very refined, the second being in the designer league - but so is the price - and has blackpepper as a co-player)
    - Elie Saab Oud N.4 and Boss Damask Oud: both are medicinal/burnt oud but wearable, with the latter having a lot of blackpepper.




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