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    Re: Perfume as deodorant

    There is a "solid" version, but Ive never used it and I assume the liquid is more effective at applying more. I personally am an advocate of trimming armpit hair; it cuts down on odor and sweat...
  2. Re: It's that time of the week for 2 new Montales

    If there was an easy way to sample the line, I would be more interested but their note pyramids are completely useless, so its a total crapshoot
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    Re: Perfume as deodorant

    This stuff, it works pretty well. I cant say it is the "strongest" as far as preventing sweat (that dubious honor goes to Certain-Dri, which was so violently strong/effective that it can give you a...
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    Re: Perfume as deodorant

    I stopped wearing aluminum based antiperspirants, and now use unscented ones (the liquid roll on version of the crystal works decently well).

    I dont recommend spraying perfume directly on your...
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    Re: Today I bought February 2016

    Icon Absolute, $42. Wish I wasnt blind buying, but will likely be parting this out for other curious forum goers:

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/8gzpIdSycvw/hqdefault.jpg

    Vintage NIB 50ml Xeryus Rouge...
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    Re: Profumum Roma - Experiences?

    Acqua di Sale is billed as a "marine" fragrance, but it smells more like salty skin and sunscreen. I found it boring and too like all the other "beach sunscreen" frags.

    I personally found Ichnusa...
  7. Re: i need something extreme for spring/summmer

    Bulgari Aqua Amara, an 8-10 hour Citrus Neroli:

    http://www.punmiris.com/himg/o.23424.jpg

    Montale Aoud Ever, a sharp, bitter herbal wood. Very good performance and can be had ~$50:
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  8. Re: Best summer scent under $150 that performs well?

    Bulgari Aqua Amara is probably the strongest citrus fragrance I have ever smelled, 8-10 hours easily, even in the heat:

    http://www.punmiris.com/himg/o.23424.jpg
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    Re: A new Tauer: Lonesome Rider

    Not sure the longevity is so good, Im on 6 hours and it seems to be fading...
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    Re: No more Chanel samples

    This seems like the equivalent of patent trolls. I think most companies comply because they don't actually understand that these brands are on shaky legal grounds.



    Authentic testers of...
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    Re: No more Chanel samples

    Why would anyone listen? It's not like they were getting their fragrances wholesale from Chanel
  12. Re: Wearing animalistic fragrances for going out

    I have never understood the appeal of overtly powerful animalics and probably never will; mild doses of civet (as in Givenchy Gentleman) is as far as I will go.

    In my opinion, body odor is...
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    Re: Dunhill Icon Absolute

    How does Brown Aoid smell? Can anyone elaborate on how close absolute is to TF Oud Wood?
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    Re: A new Tauer: Lonesome Rider

    Got my sample in the mail and I'm currently stuffed from a cold, but from what I can tell this is much more bright and clean than I had anticipated. It opens with soapy iris, then bright citrus comes...
  15. Re: Mercedes-Benz Intense - Believe it or not !!!

    Mercedes Intense doesnt really share any similarities to Sauvage or BdC. Its a pretty obvious Fahrenheit clone, along with some oily/salty ambergris. As far as fahrenheit clones and dirty violets go,...
  16. Re: What's the most you've ever spent on a single bottle?

    $430 for Spice and Wood from Soleil. A lovely scent but not worth anywhere near that money. I doubt any scent is.
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    Re: A new Tauer: Lonesome Rider

    Where are you seeing Rose listed?

    For what its worth, Potion Royal Black is a smokey, incense, leather rose and its fantastic.
  18. Re: What are your current feelings on the signature scent you wore when you were younger?

    Glad to know Im not the only one who knew the Truth!
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    Re: New from YSL: L'Homme Ultime

    The original and Libre were the only worthwhile ones from this line, IMO. The original is so weak I have removed it from my lineup, but Libre is a great choice for a violet powerhouse in the summer,...
  20. Re: What are your current feelings on the signature scent you wore when you were younger?

    Mine was Calvin Klein Truth, which I still enjoy today (plus the bottle is unique). It was a welcome departure from aquatic fare (AdG, Curve) with its sharp green, grassy nature.

    After that, it...
  21. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    Wasnt so into this one, a very pungent base to it. If anyone wants it, its theirs. There was some talk about a reformulation in a bottle with more defined lines, mine seems to be the older fuzzier...
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    Re: Nishane - Afrika Olifant

    Got me a candle from Pier 1.
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    Re: Cartier Pasha de Cartier Noire

    I would say they are similar only in that they occupy the same category of "fresh" aromatic scents. Past that, however, there is not all that much in common. The original is much more herbal and...
  24. Re: Al Haramain - Desert Rose, White Leather, Prince, Fantastic, Black Stone, Classic, White/Black O

    Just want to update that White Leather has lasted 8 hours easily and is a good choice for a middle eastern leather.
  25. Re: Make up an exotic name for a Niche fragrance

    Niche Hashish. Capische?
  26. Re: Al Haramain - Desert Rose, White Leather, Prince, Fantastic, Black Stone, Classic, White/Black O

    Fans of orientals and gourmands might enjoy Desert Rose, but the synthetic play-doh vibe really put me off.

    I do recommend Nasmah. In fact, anyone who wants samples / decants of these is free to...
  27. Re: Al Haramain - Desert Rose, White Leather, Prince, Fantastic, Black Stone, Classic, White/Black O

    Well, the package arrived yesterday, so here are first impressions on tissue paper. Please note that aside from Oudi, all of these are spray bottles:

    Excellent: Opens very dark green, mossy,...
  28. Re: Mercedes-Benz VIP Club Black Leather - anyone tried it?

    Can anyone compare this to other leathers on the market? On Fragrantica, one person voted it similar to Feminite Du Bois, which is an awful and bizarre comparison! How prominent is the leather note,...
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    Re: Lyric Man

    I found Lyric Man to be feminine, as did most people I offered it to. Cartier Declaration Soir is a much better choice, as it balances the rose more effectively with pepper and cardamom. Declaration...
  30. Re: Pino Silvestre bringing us 3 new releases.

    Seems Underwood was the only worthwhile one with longevity
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    Re: Today I bought January 2016

    jepoyrn23 were you in on that Amazon VIW deal where it was mislabeled for really cheap?
  32. Re: NEW: Givenchy Gentlemen Only Parisian Break

    What a stupid name!
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    Re: Any fans of the Jaguar fragrances?

    I blind bought the one that has a tire as a cap, Jaguar Performance, and it works great as a gym bag / car spray or a room spray. It performs decently, 6 hours, maybe a bit more, and has a very crisp...
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    Re: Berdoues Mandarin & Cuir

    Can someone offer a review? Citrus and leather go together well
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    Re: Rose Fragrances on Men?

    Can anyone elaborate on how to identify vintage Acteur? I am seeing cheap 50 ml sprays on ebay, is this a reformulation? Is the reformulation worth exploring? Someone on fragrantica compared this to...
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    Re: Today I bought January 2016

    Just blind bought a bunch of unknown Haramains (other than Oudi) from beautyspin. Hopefully I can contribute to our collective knowledge:
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  37. Re: Al Haramain - Desert Rose, White Leather, Prince, Fantastic, Black Stone, Classic, White/Black O

    We all finally hit that point, dont we? I figured someone would have tried them by now, and since I couldnt find any prior impressions in my searches, I figured I would contribute to the community!
  38. Re: Al Haramain - Desert Rose, White Leather, Prince, Fantastic, Black Stone, Classic, White/Black O

    Well, I just bit the bullet and ordered the following:

    White Leather

    Desert Rose

    Nasmah

    Oudi
  39. Al Haramain - Desert Rose, White Leather, Prince, Fantastic, Black Stone, Classic, White/Black Oudh

    Does anyone have experience with these unreviewed offerings from Beauty Spin? There are so many Haramains that dont even have database entries. Add to the list in the title Cubic, Karizma, Barakah,...
  40. Re: Something Like Pekji Ruh? Rose, Saffron, Cardamom, Coffee?

    I actually have that one already and its alright, a rather middling release and no rose in it.
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    Re: Opium EDP

    People on ebay are trying to hawk 50 ml EDPs at well above $100, which is absurd.
  42. Something Like Pekji Ruh? Rose, Saffron, Cardamom, Coffee?

    I really enjoy my sample of Ruh by Pekji, but Im not sold on the $100+ price point for 30ml (its not exactly an extrait powerhouse). Considering that it treads a familiar path, what other fragrances...
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    Re: Opium EDP

    This is the retailer I would recommend. They were in stock a couple weeks ago, but they ship to the US and their prices are good.
  44. Re: The Ultimate Frag For A Scorching Hot Weather?

    Aqua Amara is the only summer powerhouse I know that will make it 8 hours, and my skin is hard on fragrances:

    http://www.punmiris.com/himg/o.23424.jpg
  45. Re: Xeryus Rouge by Givenchy: A Few Questions

    How does the current formulation compare in terms of longevity? The vintage is one of the few all-season fresh fragrances that will last an easy 8 hours or more.

    I usually recommend people to pick...
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    Re: YSL La nuit de l'homme alternatives

    I recommend Versace Man as a high quality and unique oriental that is not very sweet and performs well:

    http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/nd.643.jpg
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    Re: Russian leather duke of oddessa

    Report back with input!
  48. Re: Remy Latour Cigar Black Wood & Cigar Black Oud

    Just received my bottle of Black Wood and I have to say this isnt really similar to Oud Wood at all. It is a woody, boozy, slightly spicy amber, and is slightly similar to Bulgari Man In Black, which...
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    Re: Today I bought January 2016

    It does have some smokey leather facets to it, but Mancera Black Line, Dsquared Potion Royal Black, and Montales Black Aoud are all dark masculine rose fragrances that I find more masculine than this...
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    Re: Today I bought January 2016

    Too feminine for me, but the girlfriend enjoyed it:

    https://www.feelingsexy.com.au/images/products/allproducts/davidyurman_extraitdeparfum_edp75.jpg
  51. Re: Encre Noire A L`Extreme Lalique for men

    Would like more input on this one as I am lukewarm on the original, enjoy the sport, and am curious about the addition of patchouli in the extreme.
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    Re: Amouage Journey Man

    I thought it was decent, but Epic Man was a little better. They are both in a similar style, perhaps Journey was more "dry".

    All in all, I HIGHLY recommend you purchase decants from this house...
  53. Re: Fresh woods/forrest smell (like Hinoki, and to an extend Itasca etc)

    I think Polo is an obvious recommendation here, but I will recommend Polo Modern Reserve as an even better choice
  54. Re: SPRING (day ) ong lasting compliment getter

    I use this one more in the summer, but its quite possibly the longest lasting citrus neroli bomb I have ever used. Its seriously amazing what a powerhouse this is. 8 hours easy:
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    Re: Rose Fragrances on Men?

    I do enjoy rose fragrances, but I freely admit that it is inherently a feminine note and will bring any fragrance to a more "unisex" or sensual/sensitive side.

    Aside from those mentioned in the...
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    Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    Considering how stringent the definition of the "standard" fougere is in this thread, many of our favorites would not fit in.

    Regarding Cool Water, it features oakmoss and musk, so its 2/3 of the...
  57. Re: Remy Latour Cigar Black Wood & Cigar Black Oud

    Looks like I will be blind buying it then. Can you confirm whether it has any similarities to CK Shock / Lanvin Avant Garde? These are bizarre comparisons and make me think people are mistaking Black...
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    Re: New Santos de Cartier bottle.

    Not bad looking, but I think I will always prefer an integrated sprayer
  59. Re: Beaufort 1805 - Smoke, Gunpowder, Blood, Brandy, Wood, Sea Spray -- anyone tried this?

    I think the general consensus is that 1805 is a good, left-field effort but pretty unwearable.

    I for one would have been much more interested if it didn't have that stinging detergent note in it.
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    Re: Starting to think I'm cursed.

    Absolutely, there are threads of people complaining that the NYC Creed boutique is sloppy in their packaging. On several occasions, they have sent replacement flacons for free.

    I am very curious...
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    Re: House of Matriach Blackbird renamed

    Their new bottles are an embarrassment for the price point.
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    Re: Cheaper Platinum Egoiste alternative?

    Abercrombie Fierce is very obviously inspired by Platinum Egoiste, so by that token perhaps Montblanc Legend would be in the ballpark.

    Nordstrom sells a 100ml bottle for $92 shipped, and you are...
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    Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    Polo Modern Reserve is the fougere to end all fougeres.
  64. Re: Remy Latour Cigar Black Wood & Cigar Black Oud

    Can anyone comment on the similarities between Oud Wood and Black Wood?
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    Re: Starting to think I'm cursed.

    There was an older post from several years back, either here or on Fragrantica, detailing a wrapping method for creed stopper bottles. It basically entails putting compression tension on the stopper...
  66. Re: Al Haramain Obsessive Oudh, prestige collection. Oh. My. Lord.

    I dont have much experience with straight oud, can you compare it to something like Cuir Arabie or Montales Dark Aoud?
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    Re: Montale Brown Aoud & Rose Leather

    It sounds interesting! Cant find the montale for sale anywhere
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    Re: Montale Brown Aoud & Rose Leather

    Can you elaborate on Rose Leather? Thats a good combination of notes
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    Re: Best ginger scent?

    I personally found the Lutens house too sweet, 5 o clock included.

    My favorite gingers are Tabarome Millesime and YSL cologne gingembre
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    Re: Opium pour homme EDP

    My EDP came in the blue plastic sheath, but inside is a glass bottle (which is how it was sold initially when it first launched, as well). There may be differences between how the glass bottles are...
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    Re: Recommend fragrances similar to Kouros

    I have white shouldered Kouros and I find Dior's Cuir Cannage to be in the same vein, both of them being dated, musky floral leathers.
  72. Re: Worthy Vintage/Original Formulations Under $75

    Xeryus Rouge
    Xeryus
    Cosmair Polo
    Tsar
    Gentleman
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    Re: Sweet Woody Saffron

    Fragrant tobacco and saffron. Unique, good performance, and uncommon:

    http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/nd.643.jpg
  74. Re: CORIOLAN by Guerlain, the "failed" Masterpiece: a 100-pictures mammoth review.

    Agreed, I do wish it had better performance though
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    Re: Oud Ispahan : Atomic bomb !

    I wanted to love this one, but the "body odor" note puts me off. Its too bad, because I do like rose/aoud combos.
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    Re: Opium pour homme EDP

    I have both and I feel the EDP has LESS star anise, which in my opinion is a good thing. I wish it didnt have any, as it is a useless, pissy smelling note.

    The EDP is sweeter and thicker, and has...
  77. Re: Need help on a few of these...MIP, Xeryus, Lidg, Visit

    Azzaro Visit is a boring, generic cheapie that is really only good for a gym bag or a beach kit.

    MiP and LIDG are sweeter, more feminine/going out/nightclub type scents.

    Out of all those, I...
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    Re: Tabarome Millesime

    I agree. People are unfairly hard on this one. In fact, I would buy Tabarome Millesime before I bought GIT because GIT and vintage CW are so close together (regardless of how hard fanboys hype it)
  79. Re: Cartier Declaration d'Un Soir has blown be away

    Well, I just received my sample of Lyric Man, and I have to say this is pretty feminine. Its a loud, "body wash" type of rose note. If you are after a soapy rose on the cheap, Lyric man smells very...
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    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Ah, a mistake on my part then. You guys are definitely more informed than I!
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    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    No love for the Ephemera line? I thought BASS and NOISE were both really good, with NOISE being the edgier of the two, especially at the opening. Acrid smoke that gives way to pepper and earth --...
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    Re: Cartier Roadster

    Love the bottle, decent scent, but poor longevity.
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    Re: Today I bought December 2015

    Yeah it was a limited run of 3000 bottles, I believe, with "gold plated accents". I wouldnt have paid a premium for it, as these usually pop up in the $300 range, but this one was a steal so I jumped...
  84. Re: Ephemera: Geza Schoen + Kode9 + Ben Frost + Tim Hecker

    I just wanted to update and say that I am actually enjoying NOISE very much as well. It starts off very smoky, almost acrid (on paper, it is more burning plastic at first but on skin it smells like...
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    Re: Today I bought December 2015

    Scored a BNIB 8 oz of Modern Reserve for $200, which is cheaper than the 4 oz bottles are going for now. This is my fourth backup bottle and I think I am finally done buying backups, as the fragrance...
  86. Re: What fragrance alcoholic cocktail would you chose?

    Tobacco Vanille or Man In Black would be interesting. Other than that, you could do some kind of dry oriental like GPH1 or Bentley Intense, but I feel they would just end up being a really dry rye...
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    Re: Davidoff Leather Blend

    I thought it was lame. It's dusty and dry, and there really isn't much "leather". It's just a hazy ambery oriental. If you like GPH1 and the Bentley fragrances you will dig it
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    Poll: Re: Byredo Black Saffron

    Damn, Tuscan Leather with MORE syrupy fruit? No thanks.
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    Re: Today's Essential Leather Fragrances?

    Montale Aoud Leather, which is better than Tuscan Leather IMO. Just make sure you sample the Paris version
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    Re: How are the Bulgari Aquas' longevity?

    I wish Aqva was a powerhouse, but alas it never was. I get 6-7 hours.

    Amara, on the other hand, is very strong and will make it past 8 hours.
  91. Re: Cartier Declaration d'Un Soir has blown be away

    I have some questions about Lyric.

    1) Most Amouage sample cards have the word MAN on the bottom, but this seller is selling one that doesnt, despite having it listed as the mens version. Is this a...
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    Re: Today's Essential Leather Fragrances?

    For a really good patchouli leather, Bond No 9 Hot Always is a fantastic masculine blend of cinnamon, leather, and patchouli. And I would say its better than Givenchy Gentleman
  93. Thread: Help !

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    Re: Help !

    All three (including Eau Fraiche) are available in small, 12.5 ml spray bottles that are identical to the full bottles. I bought one of each and used them until I decided. They are pretty cheap.
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    Re: Extra-animalic, extra-strong fragrances

    I dont enjoy animalic fragrances at all, as they just smell like dirty body odor to me, so I cant really compare it to any other animalic fragrances as I dont explore that category. But I will say...
  95. Re: Cartier Declaration d'Un Soir has blown be away

    Thats the thing, the original Soir doesnt have anything but rose in it, so its more in your face. The Intense adds woods and spices. But it has been a while since I have smelled Soir so I need to...
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    Re: Ungaro III

    I have a bottle of both the vintage and the current one, for anyone who wants either. I personally felt there was a difference; the vintage was heavier and the rose was more prominent, whereas the...
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    Re: Givenchy Gentleman EDT, modern version

    I have a 50 ml bottle of the vintage if anyone wants it. I personally prefer Bond Hot Always
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    Re: Today's Essential Leather Fragrances?

    There are many fragrances that claim to be leathers but barely feature the note, like Davidoff Leather Blend and Cuir Cannage (which is an awful fragrance anyway)

    My personal recommendation is...
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    Re: Extra-animalic, extra-strong fragrances

    Try Holy Shit! from Pekji, a turkish line. You can get samples from his site, its incredibly animalic.
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    Re: Today I bought December 2015

    Escentual has exactly one bottle left of the new formulation (which I have heard is still a powerhouse), for about $75 US shipped:

    http://www.escentual.com/10001252/

    I bought a decant of the...
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