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  1. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 17: Vanilla vs. Vanilla

    In my sniffing adventures, Iíve come to think of vanillas as one of two kinds, which I affectionately call the expensive vanilla and the cheap vanilla. Of course, that has no basis in reality, but it works as a descriptive tool for me. In my brain, there are expensive vanillas, the deep, rich, boozy, realistic ones with the woody undertones. And, to me, there are also cheap vanillas, the ones that smell like cotton candy or marshmallow fluff or cupcake frosting, the kind of vanillas that make ...
  2. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 16: Gourmands

    Hereís todayís entry, my salute to the best of the sweet scents.


    45. Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford

    When Tom Ford released his Private Blends collection perfumes a few years ago, heads definitely turned. From weird, dense patchouli-based monsters like Noir de Noir to Oud Wood, one of the first American perfumes to foreshadow the current oud ...
  3. What do you think of Avon fragrances? Bang for the buck?

    Quote Originally Posted by ralfjritter View Post
    It is surprising to read that some people would never purchase an Avon fragrance! Somehow this judgment appears to ignore the fact that the same fragrance houses and star perfumers who create for Estee Lauder, LVMH, Puig, etc. also work on Avon briefs and supply the Avon juices. If one does not like the Avon brand, fair enough, but Avon definitely delivers "bang for the buck" as they do not use inferior blends/ingredients. In fact, Avon are incredibly demanding about fragrance quality
  4. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 15: The Greatest Hits, Part 3

    Thanks for sticking with me through whatís turning into a neverending series of blog entries. As always, please comment, especially if you have any suggestions or complaints. Iím no expert and I donít pretend to be Ė Iím just an avid fan.

    With that I give you:

    The Greatest Hits, Part 3

    Yeah, I know. Three days of really obvious picks and over-exposed mall scents. Any of you who have read my mini-reviews for the last couple of years ...
  5. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 14: The Greatest Hits, Part 2

    The Greatest Hits, Part 2

    40. Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier

    I have to admit that I find Le Male’s success quite confusing. From a marketing perspective, it’s so gratuitously homoerotic that I’m amazed straight men even consider buying it. From a smell perspective, it’s a sweet, ...
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