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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 4th September, 2015

    Acqua Viva as SOTD.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 4th September, 2015

    Acqua Viva as SOTD
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    Re: Serge Lutens recommendations

    My favorite 4 are already mentioned by others above:
    + Fumerie Turque
    + Cuir Mauresque
    + MKK
    + Filles en Aiguilles
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    Re: Modern Masculine? NOT REVIVAL

    Songe d'un bois d'ete from Guerlain.

    Fazzolari Lampblack

    Bogue Eau d'E

    Slumberhouse Mare (quite unisex though)

    Bentley for men intense
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    While I'm yet to test on skin, the paper strip with 2 sprays on it is still going strong, after 48hrs. So I would think it'll perform well on skin too.

    While bashing continues here, as expected,...
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    Re: GIT vs SMW vs OV

    Comparing these 3 is pointless imho; all 3 are vastly different from each other...Here's my take & I own all 3:

    GIT:
    Longevity - 4-6 hrs
    Smell - 7.5 out of 10

    SMW:
    Smell 7
    Longevity: 10hrs
  7. Re: Vintage Drakkar Noir - what's it worth paying for?

    Guys - stick with Drakkar Noir please...

    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/PT-zZpxvdww/hqdefault.jpg
  8. Re: Help!! My wife and i disagree on if this fragrance is female or male.

    U are married brother - what can we say...
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    Re: Must Sample From These Houses

    -Maître parfumeur et Gantier: Eau des Iles, Santal Noble, Route du Vetiver, Ambre Preciaux, Parfum d'Habit, Eau pour le Jeune, Jardin du Nil

    -Nasomatto: Pardon, Duro, Black Afgano, Absinth, Hindu...
  10. Re: Vintage Drakkar Noir - what's it worth paying for?

    Thanks - getting it for almost a third of the price :)
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    Re: What do you say/do when you get complimented?

    I don't wait for the compliments, as I walk by her, I just say "You are welcome" before she utters anything...
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    Re: Besides creed aventus

    I really like Royal Oud & Tabarome.
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    Re: Incense. leather and smoke

    Only 1 comes to my mind - Mona di Orio Les Nombres d'Or Cuir - no listed incense, but it creates a definitive feel of it...
  14. Thread: Game of 3

    by badarun
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    Re: Game of 3

    Sahara Noir
    Knize Ten
    Songe d'Un Bois d'Ete
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    Re: Your NOT OBVIOUS Top 10 of All Time

    A random 10, with no rankings:

    Rochas Moustache Concentree
    Giorgio Beverly Hills VIP Special Reserve
    D&G By Man
    Gucci Pour Homme 1976
    Baque
    Rume
    Bogart Furyo
    Ebene de Balmain
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 2nd September, 2015

    Gucci Nobile, on second thought, I should have worn something else. It's so humid today that I'll probably need to respray (something I don't prefer)...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    Sauvage finally arrived at The Bay square one (Mississauga).

    First spray on paper - a strong chemical mess...

    In it goes into my mouchoir, hopefully the drydown is slightly better.
  18. Re: What do you dislike the most about your fragrance hobby?

    Keeping my thoughts only on fragrance:

    + Reformulations.
    + Caving in for vtg impulse buying.
    + oakmoss restriction by IFRA
    + Exclusive releases becoming more regular & their insane prices
    +...
  19. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Alaia Paris and Miu Miu

    Yup the Miu Miu was indeed enjoyable...
  20. Re: What was your first fragrance that you bought for yourself that was marketed for women?

    Either of these 3:
    Eau Sauvage edt
    Fahrenheit
    Acqua di Gio
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 1st September, 2015

    http://www.thescentcritic.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Dior-Vetiver.jpg
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 1st September, 2015

    http://www.thescentcritic.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Dior-Vetiver.jpg
  23. Re: The newest Tauerville release is Incense Flash

    Thanks for the info. Interested in this one - I like his Incense Rose very much.

    How strong are the previous 2 from this "flash" line?
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    Re: Another new Creed in the pipeline?

    Kaern - take your words back bro - imagine if it was a men's release - all the threads & the immediate anointing of the new one as the best ever after wearing it for an hour...I'm happy it's a...
  25. Re: I can't smell ISO E Super, blessed or cursed?

    Ellena's trump card taken off? Don't see it happening, the big 4 houses, along with LVMH will never let go off iso e super.
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    Sorry, not a fan of Jerkoff's (oops Xerjoff) - I got only their oud stars collection, which alright mainly bcoz of the price. I'd still take my oud oils ahead of any of those 5 or 6 though.

    I'd...
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    Have you tried Blackbird & any Slumberhouse stuff? I'm a huge fan of Slumberhouse - particularly the older releases...
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    The screw in sprayer is tight enough that no juice leaks - u shouldn't worry about that part at all imo, but the juice, that's another story - expensive, but worth it; it's like the best citruses /...
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    Re: Got my Amber absolute today

    I have the vintage AA & also the Lutens; AA performs way better than the Lutens.
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    Re: A bit of self indulgence.

    Enjoy your time in Cyprus - let us know what (fragrances) you end up buying.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, August 31th, 2015

    Vetiver extraordinaire as SOTD
  32. Re: I can't smell ISO E Super, blessed or cursed?

    Agree & it's a curse if u can't smell it & even worse if u are an over-sprayer, as almost all others around u will be able to get a whiff before their noses get clogged with iso e.
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    Get your hands on Acqua Viva from Profumum - it is a strong fragrance for a citrus, the best in my books...
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    Re: How many fragrances in your "tried" list?

    I've never kept count; but with 360 odd bottles already & almost a similar # of samples on hand & if we include the many I sampled over the years, I would say in the 750+ ball park.

    If I were to...
  35. Re: Best quality scent/ingredients you´ve ever smelled

    I think it comes down to how well the ingredients are blended, most ingredients are supplied just by a handful of retailers from around the world (most likely - assuming here). For example, I hold...
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    Re: about Guerlain House

    Depending on how hot your city gets - hot / hotter weather for majority of year - then Guerlain Homme Intense; if it has 4 seasons, then LIDGE edp...
  37. Re: Your perfect "arsenal" for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter

    Johnnyacl - I normally take part in most of u'r threads, but this one, i'm out, as I have never categorized fragrances, for either weather or occasion. Much to the (would be) dismay of many here -...
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    Re: Out of the mediocre ones?

    Visit & Mania.
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    Re: Which incense perfume to go?

    Why not get decants of all 4 instead of just 1 full bottle?

    If it's just 1, I'll personally go with Jubilation (or Sahara Noir).
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    Poll: Re: How many sprays you use bottles/decants

    Spray bottles - normally 5, heavy / powerhouse fragrances 3, citrus eau's - 10+.

    Sample vial - I've never used from a sample vial for a full wear - normally a spritz or 2, or max 3-4 only...
  41. [International] Re: Gucci Nobile / Nino Cerruti / Nina Ricci & more!!!

    Bump
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    Re: help choosing a scent for SO

    Knize Ten, Derby or Rien come to my mind...
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    I'm ROFL right now - seriously, because this back forth (this particular one), reminded me of Movie 43's basketball scene - so bringing the OP's post & that movie scene together:

    Any of us / All...
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    Ah well, I tried...Good luck, but don't have any high hopes that niche will cure your craving...
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    Re: Extract/essential oil/absolute haul

    If u experiment oakmoss & layer something with it, let me know how it went - I've always wanted to buy some EO of oakmoss & maybe add it to a simple, cheap eau de cologne to see how it changes into...
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    So OP - after a night of thinking (& drinking), here's what I would do, were I in u'r shoes - don't buy any new designer, however, look for vintages - if u provide a few that u like the most from...
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    At least he was only using a good scent, at just about 4ml a day - much less than the ml's in his espresso :)

    Anyways, next time u have something to throw, PM me - I would have gladly, shamelessly...
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    Re: A masculine and noticeable fragrance?

    Probably Arabian Oud's Woody (or Woody Intense) - it's noticeable, long lasting, projects very well & women "absolutely" love it - I've got hugs when I'm sitting on my work station without knowledge...
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    Re: Spraying Clothes Concerns

    I never spray except for l'Humaniste...
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    Re: Lavender and Moss?

    Molyneux Captain, Lancome Sagamore, Weil Kipling, Dior Jules, Gucci Nobile are a few that come to my mind; however, u can still get vtg PR Pour Homme - there's no real replacement for it :)
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    OP feels the homeless are definitely not going to re-spray & go thru the hassle & wouldn't prefer the 120ml Essenza - but, maybe if it was the 2.7oz, they might consider, but again, depending on...
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    ^^ We can name scores of niche with poor / feeble performance - l'Humaniste & few other Frapin's, Annick Goutal's many offerings, most Acqua di Parma's, many Creed's, almost all Jo Malone's etc...
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    How were u lied to or who lied to u? No ad says ADG Essenza is going to last 24hrs & project 2 states away. That's why u have all these stores, willing to spray testers & / or provide free samples.
    ...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite vetiver?

    Picked & voted my favorite 5:

    Vetiver Extraordinaire / Guerlain Vetiver / Annick Goutal Vetiver / Route du Vetiver / Encre Noire.
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    Re: NEW: Habit Rouge Dress Code

    Nice review there Mr. G - hope all's well with u!!!
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    LOL - Explain how U find Costume National Homme feminine or metrosexual? While it's no Dior Jules or a Salvador Dali Pour Homme, neither is it a feminine marketed floral...U are amusing me with u'r...
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    Poll: Re: Holy Grail: Make A Choice!!!

    No wife yet, girlfriend already thinks I spend more on colognes than her; co workers - not much "scent"sitive ppl there - so no doubt, option 1...Now can u make that wish come true? I really want my...
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    I drink triple espressos 3 times a day. I also eat very spicy food but, equally love the comparatively bland Fettuccine Alfredo - what am i to wear now? How does your preference for strong coffee,...
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    There are many designers that perform admirably well - Bogart PH, Lapidus PH, Boucheron PH, Jaipur edp, LIDGE, DHI, Costumer National Homme edp etc.

    Or u can go the attar / oil blend way - will...
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    Poll: Re: Holy Grail: Make A Choice!!!

    Option 1 - while I, like most others do like compliments, I have never ever worn a fragrance thinking it'll get me compliments or help in a situation, any situation, so far in life...So it was quite...
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    Re: What would be your Next Purchase?

    Most likely, in the next month or so:

    Salome - Papillon
    The new one to be released from Bruno Fazzolari
    Patou's - Eau de Sport (Lacoste) - back up bottle.
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    Poll: Re: Dior Homme Intense

    Similar thoughts here...
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    Poll: Re: FM Musc Ravageur vs By Kilian Amber Oud

    MR by a mile even though I like Amber Oud a lot...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    No box seen on the image & hence my comment, as my bottle (only) looks similar to the one in the picture & yes, I heard from probably BN user magnus saying the new bottles do have better longevity.
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    Re: Is there a lighter version of Fahrenheit?

    This is what I came to type - comparing vtg with new is like adding water to beer for a drink - terrible indeed :)
  66. Re: Reformulation - is there a consolidated list ?

    Everything, after the first year of their release nowadays...
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    Re: What to wear when online shopping?

    This is probably the worst of the "What should I wear" threads going around...
  68. Re: Best Suggestions For Blind Buying-Designer, Niche-Current or Vintage

    Yup, know how u feel - kid in a candy store :)

    Try these too Furyo, Sova (& others from Slumberhouse), Muscs Koublai Khan, Cuir Mauresque, Filles en Aiguilles, Bogue Maai, Jules, Gucci Pour Homme...
  69. Re: Best Suggestions For Blind Buying-Designer, Niche-Current or Vintage

    35 in 3 weeks? Nice :) but u can do better, now that u are on Basenotes!!!

    Don't know what u have purchased so far, but here are some suggestions:

    Leather: Derby, Or Black, Rien, Knize Ten,...
  70. Poll: Re: Habit Rouge EDP or L'instant Extreme Pour Homme EDP?

    Well, both are great scents - a poll results in getting the popular vote, which for all u know might not be to your liking - so sample both & decide; both are excellent scents & are full bottle...
  71. Poll: Re: Habit Rouge EDP or L'instant Extreme Pour Homme EDP?

    Habit Rouge edp ahead of LIDGE - both are too different to have a poll though...Are u just planning to find which is more popular? If that's the case, LIDGE is the answer...
  72. Re: Pick a fragrance for your favorite fictional lady!

    Wonderful thread Zeniba!!!

    Lara from Dr. Zhivago - although a movie does exist & is one of my fav movies, it's the book that's an bigger epic imho & from my image of her - for her - sensual, soft,...
  73. Thread: Dior Sauvage

    by badarun
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    Re: Dior Sauvage

    Damn it- Montale doesn't leave any color out?
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    The best, but weakest Frapin - great scent while it lasts; suggest u get a 5ml decant sprayer for additional re-sprays after 3hrs or so...
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    Re: Amouage post reformulations

    All my bottles are old, so can't comment on the reformulation topic; however, both Opus IV & VI are excellent & bottle worthy; others from the opus line didn't click for me though.
  76. Re: Any others who thinks that Oud Wood by TF is one of the best ever made?

    Tobacco Oud considered a flanker? :)
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    Re: What fragrance mesmerize you?

    It's mesmerizing people around me too :vrolijk_26:
  78. Re: Ever discover a fairly common scent smells like a fragrance you own?

    Close enough for the Creed Santal - from someone who has used both...
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    Re: What fragrance mesmerize you?

    Today it's vtg Dior Jules...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    Great buy indeed...



    I don't think the initial versions of HR ever had oud, but we'll never know.

    As per LT's & according to another of his sources, it was Balenciaga Pour Homme that...
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    Re: Good deep spice scent?

    Jacques Bogart Furyo / Jaipur Homme / Costume National Homme / Amouage Jubilation to name a few that I own & like...
  82. Re: How come Heavy Oud fragrances are made in very hot countries ?

    Temp would be in the early 40's in the hottest of summer days - but, factor in 75% or more humidity, lot's of dust & traffic pollution & u'll feel like u are standing next to a garage on fire - not...
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    Re: On Flankers and Perfume Concentration

    IFRA to blame (again)? Reason being, an 80's cologne for men was mostly almost edt strength - my Chanel cologne for men rocks & lasts 6-7hrs for being just an EDC; what was marketed as edt then was...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    Agree - own many of this in different versions, all vintage, except for one new bottle of the current version, I just love this cologne - simple, charming & quite gentlemanly...

    Have u tried Gucci...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    So Dior finally has made a fragrance for my age group :)

    This comparison & u'r thoughts are really making me think again if I should even sample this.
  86. Re: How come Heavy Oud fragrances are made in very hot countries ?

    Almost everything I agree with except the temperature - which in many cases is twice the # listed...Summers in South India / Western India can reach 45+ to 50. Same or more holds good for Middle...
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    Re: Warm weather vanilla

    For more vanilla prominent - as others already suggested - Eau Duelle or l'Occitaine Eau de Baux.

    However, for subtle & yet persistent vanilla, particularly in the drydown, nothing beats a...
  88. Thread: More sprays =

    by badarun
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    Poll: Re: More sprays =

    Agree - for example, more of a Tuscan Leather or Tobacco Vanille means u become the Cologne guy; more of l'Humaniste means, it smells for an hour more than usual...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    Where in the world did u get your hands on Egoiste CC??? Great great - enjoy!!!
  90. Re: Tom Ford Tuscan Leather vs Montale Aoud Leather

    Scent wise - Tuscan Leather way ahead of the Montale - better blended & in terms of performance, TL is excellent, with very good silage, don't see why u'll need a better performer than TL...
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    Re: Signature Quest - Conifer Citrus Woody

    +1 to both Chanel Pour Monsieur & Nobile.

    Also - Gucci Pour Homme 1976 has a wonderful citrus start, with lots of oakmoss coming in later, with woods, leather, spices as well - a highly complex...
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    Re: the quality of yesteryear

    Without oakmoss, I wouldn't want to smell Balafre...
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    Re: The Reason Behind The Sauvage Launch

    I have been reading various threads on Sauvage...

    Being a huge fan of the original Eau Sauvage, the new release, with it's name alone piques my interest.

    However, my expectations aren't too...
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    Poll: Re: Official Dior Sauvage Poll

    +1 to both...Too early for a poll. Most voting will be done by trolls...
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    Re: Chanel Cuir de Russie Parfum, EDT, or Both

    Projection / longevity wise - EDT is very good, parfum will last slightly longer, but edt is what I prefer & own with this one...
  96. Thread: Gucci Envy

    by badarun
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    Re: Gucci Envy

    I wouldn't spend more than 150 even on eBay for envy - it's not in the same class as a Nobile or even Gucci pour Homme 1 (or original pour Homme) to demand such prices, but it's got its fans...
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    Re: Green Tabarome Millesime?

    Looks fine to me...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    Great buy, Ropion's finest creation, along with Carnal Flower imho...Most Ropion creations for Malle are superb...
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    Re: Bergamotto Marino

    Don't expect 6 hrs...
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    Re: Incense Recommendation

    All the good ones except the Empress have been mentioned - Norma Kamali Incense...

    Also - Heeley Cardinal & Blackbird are 2 smoky incense's that might interest u...
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