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  1. More Affordable versions of upmarket fragrances

    Over the past 3-4 years, my project of sampling the world of cheap colognes for quality has resulted in finding several that are nearly identical to popular and more expensive fragrances. I thought I might share some of these findings with the BN community:
    Yacht Man Metal is identical to Chanel Allure Homme Sport
    Thallium Sport is identical to Happy by Clinique
    AB Spirit Millionaire is very similar to Azzaro 1 Million (no surprise there)
    Lomani is very similar to Drakkar ...
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  2. Scentsamples continued

    Armani Prive - Ambre Soie

    Goes on lush, mellow and spicy; almost gourmand. Reminds me distinctly of BPAL's foody Christmas scents - I think the anise and patchouli are contributing to that. Lovely for its opening, certainly. Other reviewers complain about longevity but I'm pretty sure it'll beat out a perfume oil! Added to the wish list not for a full bottle but for a good-sized sample, this is definitely a comfort zone fragrance for me, and if comments about its subtle complexity ...
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  3. More samples

    Lalique Encre Noire Sport - bought a sample to see if it works on me better than Encre Noire, which I adore on paper but which vanishes on my skin. It's opening with mainly a rather rich lemony accord, which will be the grapefruit and bergamot working together, and then a hint of the cypress. It doesn't obviously preserve the jaw-dropping, Gothically moody character of Encre Noire, but there's a chilliness in the sillage which I find rather pleasant and the same sort of clear-headed feel. This is ...

    Updated 29th December 2014 at 02:54 PM by philistine

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  4. High street sniffs

    Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet Man: Fresh-citrus of the Nivea shower gel school. Silly bottle. Nice quality but not a genre I enjoy. Has amber in the base but all the cool-fresh ("cold and synthetic in character") bits I like seem to disappear very fast.

    Paco Rabanne 1 Million: Surprisingly nice. Fresh yet sweet. Smells vaguely fruity-floral on paper. Should skin test this one; paper drydown is lovely. I like the fact reviewers are complaining it's too feminine! Suspect it might ...
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  5. Yet more samples

    Imaginary Authors - Cape Heartache

    Reminds me strongly of BPAL Talvikuu when wet (good thing - moody, chilly pine), but rapidly warms into pine-tinged woods with a hint of vanilla. THe strawberry is evanescent but present. I smell like a Christmas tree beside a log fire. Very apt for December Think this one could stand generous application to bring out the pine resin. Definite win.
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