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    Default Re: Roja vs Clive Christian

    Quote Originally Posted by ILikePeeps View Post
    Funnily enough, that's basically how I feel as well! And that specific fragrance Russian Oud, I believe, is the main/sole one I'd even consider owning again, lol. They may be chock-full of high quality ingredients, but they don't have character, layers, nuance, subtlety, etc. They're mashes of high quality stuff that they *hope* works out, it kind of seems. There's a very defined and 'visible' difference between something like an Areej composed by an amateur with quality ingredients VS something with lesser ingredients composed by a master hand such as Ellena. That's why now, after my experiences, I don't really even bother with anything Areej/Bortnikoff/etc.
    I am largely coming to that conclusion as well, although I would quibble on finer points of little consequence. In my own words, the distillations of native tropical flora are wonderfully true but I can get that myself from domestic producers or they are scents that, to me, are not at all related to perfumery.
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    Default Re: Roja vs Clive Christian

    Quote Originally Posted by ILikePeeps View Post
    Funnily enough, that's basically how I feel as well! And that specific fragrance Russian Oud, I believe, is the main/sole one I'd even consider owning again, lol. They may be chock-full of high quality ingredients, but they don't have character, layers, nuance, subtlety, etc. They're mashes of high quality stuff that they *hope* works out, it kind of seems. There's a very defined and 'visible' difference between something like an Areej composed by an amateur with quality ingredients VS something with lesser ingredients composed by a master hand such as Ellena. That's why now, after my experiences, I don't really even bother with anything Areej/Bortnikoff/etc.
    I think this is an excellent point. How much better would the creations be if those same quality ingredients were in the hands of an actual trained perfumer. I think we are initially ooh'd and ahh'd simply because they are quality ingredients, but the blending is where it's not quite put together well.
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