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<mark>Apicius</mark>Apicius   13.01.2012 | Miscellaneous

The Parfumo Travel Guide!

...Here at Parfumo International, we are people from all over the world. So, why not put together the places of interest that perfume lovers simply must see when traveling somewhere? You know those places in your country: perfume museums, shops or maybe perfume fairs. So, please tell us all the where-to-goes!
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<mark>Apicius</mark>Apicius   12.01.2012 | Miscellaneous

Which perfume will be your next buy ?

...I am not sure yet because after each purchase, I always try to convince myself that my collection is complete.But - Czech & Speake has come out with "Vétiver Vert" that I am really curious about. C & S is one of my favorite brands, I already have their dry and herbal lavender scent "Oxford & Cambridge". I also think "Citrus Paradisi" is great. It is a strong citric scent with an extremely dominant cardamom note. I would buy that too if I wouldn't already have "Millesimé" by Ronaldo Esper, which is the second available scent of that type that I know of.
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Arooq Al Oud (Perfume) - Al Rehab

Middle-Eastern Perfumes

AbuSafiyya's new shop
...I just got news that AbuSafiyya apparently turned his perfume hobby into a profession by opening a business. He is especially interested in Arab perfumery, and I owe parts of my knowledge about Arab perfumery to him. He contributed some great reviews of Arab fragrances to Parfumo.de.Have a look: http://www.orientmisk.deAbuSafiyya speaks English, so it should be no problem if you want to address him.
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<mark>Apicius</mark>Apicius   08.01.2012 | Perfumes & Brands

Scent of the Day

...Vetiver by Frédéric Haldimann
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Arooq Al Oud (Perfume) - Al Rehab

Middle-Eastern Perfumes

...Asphaltblume:I ordered a few (well... about a dozen?) perfume oils from one of the online shops Apicius listed, mostly by Al Rehab and Surrati, one by Swiss Arabian and some decants without brand name supplied. I picked them according to descriptions of the scent and bought without sampling. At 3 € a shot (i.e. a vial of 3 to 6 ml of perfume oil) I thought I could take the risk and I do in fact like most of them, even though I seldom wear them. Some I don't like, not to sniff at and certainly not to wear.I completely agree, I did this as well
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Arooq Al Oud (Perfume) - Al Rehab

Middle-Eastern Perfumes

...Flaconneur:Apicius:My thoughts about Arab perfumery turned out to be a little bit at lenght, so I put them in my blogI did read your blog post and I would be in serious trouble because of my love of oud and amber.The problem is that there are almost no opportunities to test these fragrances. Which is difficult anyway with 3 ml perfume oils. So, I have no experience with the more expensive Arab perfumes. I do not spend 150 € on a blind buy.Actually, it is Ok to start sampling the western brands Micallef and Montale. They are also close to the real thing and have niche label quality, and I would recommend sampling:"Aoud" by Micallef"Steam Aoud", "Black Aoud" or "Aoud Flowers" by Montale"Amber & Spices" or "Greyland" by Montale"G. Nejman - Emir" (Mrs Micallef's husband)
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Arooq Al Oud (Perfume) - Al Rehab

Middle-Eastern Perfumes

...Flaconneur:I have never sampled Arab perfumes. I'm afraid that I would end up liking most of them considering that I am usually attracted to rich, deep, dark, resinous and spicy fragrances.What is the usual note profile for Arab fragrances, Apicius?Well, it is certainly a wider spectrum than just the well known rose oud combos that Montale presents us.My thoughts about Arab perfumery turned out to be a little bit at lenght, so I put them in my blog
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Arooq Al Oud (Perfume) - Al Rehab

Middle-Eastern Perfumes

...I would love to discuss Middle-Eastern perfume culture with you. Middle-Eastern perfumes are hard-to-gets at least in my country, and there are very few places where you can test before you buy.I put my thoughts about it into my blog, but here is a ressources overview:Shops:www.zahras.comwww.newarabia.net/arabian_perfume_oil.phpwww.arabianbazaar.comwww.arabperfumes.comwww.emirates-perfumes.comwww.oriental-style.dewww.islamische-kleidungen.dewww.orientmisk.deBrands:www.ajmalperfume.comwww.alatarji.comwww.alharamainperfumes.comwww.alrehab.comwww.al-rehab.co.ukwww.anfasicdokhoon.comwww.asqgrp.comwww.rasasi.comwww.swissarabian.comNatural Oud Oil:www.agaraura.comwww.oriscent.com
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L'Homme Sage - Divine
<mark>Apicius</mark>Apicius   07.01.2012 | Perfumes & Brands

Divine

...Flaconneur:State side, Devine is available at Luckyscent.com. I have L'Homme Sage and like it very much. You're correct Apicius, it is a fantastic fall/winter fragrance.I'll have to translate my L'Homme Sage review soon!
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<mark>Apicius</mark>Apicius   06.01.2012 | Perfumes & Brands

Scent of the Day

...Gucci "Rush for Men"
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L'Homme Sage - Divine
<mark>Apicius</mark>Apicius   06.01.2012 | Perfumes & Brands

Divine

...Since Flannelman has just posted a review of L'Homme Sage - my favorite winter fragrance, I would like to share my experience with Divine with you.So far, Divine has not appeared much in the perfume shops, and I have the suspicion that they do not offer special conditions for professional traders. Whenever I see Divine in shops, the prices range from 120 to 150 €. I therefore recommend ordering directly at www.divine.fr. The nice 50 ml spray bottle is 79 € (~ 101 USD) plus handling plus duty tax depending where it is shipped to. Service is OK, I got an immediate replacement once my order had not been delivered.They also offer a nice samples coffret with all of their fragrances for just 12 € (~ 16 USD). Divine fragrances are highest quality: they have very decent gent's perfumes and great florals for the ladies. Highly recommended!
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<mark>Apicius</mark>Apicius   05.01.2012 | Perfumes & Brands

Scent of the Day

...Today, it was the "Musk" by Keiko Mecheri
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<mark>Apicius</mark>Apicius   05.01.2012 | Miscellaneous

What perfume have you bought recently?

...Today, after some doubts, I bought "Minotaure" although it has obviously been reformulated.
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<mark>Apicius</mark>Apicius   05.01.2012 | Miscellaneous

Men's favorites

...My current favourites are:- "Chamade Homme"- "Arsène Lupin"- "L'Homme Sage" by Divine- "Arooq Al Oud"- "Vetiver de Frédéric" - "Rodier pour Homme"- "Aventure"- "Homme Pininfarina Collector"- "XPEC Original"- "Acqua da Toeletta"- "Millesimé"
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Joséphine - Rancé 1795
<mark>Apicius</mark>Apicius   05.01.2012 | Perfumes & Brands

Rance

...Very good and interesing brand. I have the "Francois Charles" in my collection which is a noble alternative to Gaultiers Le male, due to its benzoin touch.The Eau's are very discreet and a bit conservative. They do not match with the general taste.
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<mark>Apicius</mark>Apicius   04.01.2012 | Miscellaneous

invitation to philosophize about perfume

...Reading this discusssion, I got the idea, that it would be nice if people could embed their external blog within a frame on Parfumo. So, I talked to Don about it, and the answer is no. There are so many different technical standards around that you simply cannot embed one webside into another without a lot of effort. We have to find other solutions to promote the external blogs of some of the Parfumo users.I think, moving completely to Parfumo is not a good idea for those who already run their own blog elsewhere since the Parfumo blog functionality is somewhat basic and does not allow customizing.Sherapop, I think it is best if you just put a link to your external blog at your blog at Perfumo. Additionally, I will post a recommendation for http://aromierotici.blogspot.com/ and http://salondeparfum-sherapop.blogspot.com/ in the German Parfumo.
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<mark>Apicius</mark>Apicius   03.01.2012 | Miscellaneous

State of designer and niche fragrances

...What a topic! I could write books about it!I presume AromiErotici labels those as designer brands that produce widely available, mostly mid-priced perfumes, whereas niche means the less widespread, often a bit experimental fragrances that usually but not necessarily have a higher price tag. I'm afraid I can only comment on men's and unisex fragrances.I think you can still find good classics in the mid-priced sector, such as some Guerlain fragrances. But the new releases are mostly boring and sometimes consist of ingredients that somehow smell cheap.At the German parfumo, I sometimes refer to some of those ingredients as scratchy - just like a cheap liquor that instead of being mild makes you cough and gives you a "scratchy" feeling in your throat. The nevertheless wonderful "Amber pour Homme" by Prada is an example for that.Occasionally, you come across a mid priced designer fragrance where the perfumer has made the best out of rather modest ingredients - this should also be respected. A few musky Hugo Boss fragrances should be mentioned as an example: "Boss Bottled Night" and also "Boss in Motion Edition White".Some designer brand issues from the last two years follow a very puristic, woody style - and they seem to be the follow-up of that now less popular sport fragrance trend. These fragrances may not be too experimental, instead they focus more or less obvious on tart woods: Almost all DSquared fragrances belong to that group, as well as i.e. Bvlgari Man and Michalsky Homme. I like that style!I think it is still worth to keep track of what is happening in the mid priced sector. I am always pleased and surprised when I find a new release that is really good, because one would not expect it!What we should worry about is what is happening with the so called niche sector. In Germany, we lately got the first chain stores (Apropos Concept Stores) that focus on the so called niche perfumes. Niche is currently becoming big business. Usually, so called niche brands issue 6 or more perfumes at once - all with the same package design. It seems to be more attractive for customers, when they see a respectable row of equal-looking perfume bottles on the shelf. Perfume shops become neat and tidy - chaotic-looking shops that still have their shelves packed with the full variety are obviously less popular. Last year, the most famous german perfume shop (Schnitzler, Düsseldorf) was re-designed in that way. People would travel to Düsseldorf because at Schnitzler's you could get simply "all". Now, they have thrown out a good percentage of their brands.The problem with those issues of complete lines is that you do not very often find really excellent and outstanding perfumes among them: Byredo, Krigler, By Kilian, Penhaligon's, Huitième Art, Tom Ford, Serge Lutens and others. Some other so called niche brands try to make the customers believe that their high price tags are an indicator of exceptional quality: Amouage, Bond No.9.Those true niche brands that usually do not release more than one or two excellent perfumes per year get completely out of focus: Divine, Hors Là Monde, Social Creatures, Humiecki & Graef, XPEC, Gentleman, Gravel, Czech & Speake, Nobile 1942, Sisley, Maître Parfumeur et Gantier, Annick Goutal, Ulrich Lang, Piazzini di Portofino, Aqaba - and presumably many others.I think you can smell if the perfumer was allowed the time necessary to create an outstanding perfume. Not every perfumer seems to be so priviledged as Jean-Paul Guerlain who took more that ten years between his absolutely gorgeous releases of "Chamade Homme" and "Arsène Lupin".
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<mark>Apicius</mark>Apicius   02.01.2012 | Miscellaneous

What fragrance group/s do you prefer ?

...I enjoy fragrances from all groups except maybe gourmands. I especially like well done chypres.
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Do you have an all-year-round fragrance ?

...For me it is "Chamade Homme" by Guerlain. It's so discreet it suits all weather, all seasons and all situations. It might not get you on first sight, but once you start to like it, it never becomes boring.Only if it is very hot outside I would wear something different.
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<mark>Apicius</mark>Apicius   30.12.2011 | Miscellaneous

What perfume have you bought recently?

...I recently bought the now discontinued "Vetiver Frozen Fragrance / Eau Glacée" by Guerlain at Cheapsmells.com. They pretend to be an English online shop, and they announced a delivery time of about 2 weeks to the continent.Instead, I had to find out that they ship from Guernsey which is not part of the EU tax territory. So, it took many weeks to arrive. I had to go to the customs office, pay duty tax and storage costs before I finally got it. This is not okay, and I recommend Cheapsmells only if they offer something that is not obtainable anywhere else.
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