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  1. Re: Do you prefer having one signature fragrance or having a small collection to choose from?

    Welcome and hello. Personally, I couldn't imagine having one signature scent or just a few to choose from. Monogamy when it comes to perfumes is simply not for me. I do have some set favourites which...
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    Re: I'm stuck in men's fragrance purgatory

    I thought about putting this onto my recommendations (EdT, though), but what kept me from doing this was that it might be a bit too stereotypically masculine due to the boozy amber / tobacco. It's...
  3. Re: What is it I can't stand about these fragrances?

    Dunno, Serge Noire is all about the spices and skank for me, not necessarily smoke.
  4. Re: [UK] Fun size fragrant portions of happiness for your pleasures, olfactive and otherwise...

    Just pointing out that Palm has been hit with the ban-hammer, hence the lack of comms.
  5. Re: What is it I can't stand about these fragrances?

    Birch was my first thought, too. Not an easy note for me, especially in large doses. Same with cade.
  6. Re: Choose and Rank Your 10 Favorite From This List

    Of the ones I tried, anyway:

    1 - L'Air du Desert Marocain
    2 - The One EDP
    3 - Chergui
    4 - Guerlain Homme L'Eau or L'Eau Boisee
    6 - Silver Mountain Water
    7 - Fahrenheit
    8 - Dior Homme Intense...
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    Re: Selfridges delivered to the USA - custom fee?

    Blimey, that's clueless customer services. Seems they were to lazy to contact the shipper / warehouse. The DHL tracking number gets assigned the moment the shipment is created in the system - I know...
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    Re: I'm stuck in men's fragrance purgatory

    :grin:

    Love your list. I ran into the same issues and moved away from most fragrances marketed as masculines because I find most of them quite boring (that generic 'blue' smell is everywhere) and...
  9. Re: What's your wardrobe's number-of-perfumes to number-of-houses ratio?

    Good question. Personally, I consider full bottles to be everything that isn't decanted from a third party, a sample, a miniature bottle, or travel size below 20ml.
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    Ah, too bad this is for the US only, I'd love to get my nose on the scent! Will be watching this thread with interest nevertheless.
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    Re: Best male Oriental

    L'Air du Desert Marocain for me. Chergui is also great, but it turns sour on me 50% of the time. I do get lots of complements on it though.
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    Re: Eau d'Hermes - differences in versions.

    I just got this mini off eBay, identical to one of the pewter cap Cook.bot posted. Out of curiousity, when where they produced? I wanted to try the modern version of the scent for a long time but...
  13. Thread: Death

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    Re: Death

    - Iris Silver Mist: freshly turned earth in a Gothic graveyard on a cold, grey and foggy morning,
    - Charogne: someone described it as 'chewing gum at an open casket viewing', I don't disagree; but I...
  14. Thread: Cedar! Cedar!

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    Re: Cedar! Cedar!

    +1 Tam Dao, I've got the EdT
    +1 Feminite du Bois

    Also, Pierre Guillaume / Parfumerie Generale 23.1 Jasmagonda is a highly interesting take on the note, albeit as a support rather than front and...
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    Re: Deodorant VS. Antiperspirant

    What a waste of vodka... :grin: :wink:
  16. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    I'd recommend Dior Homme or Fahrenheit to someone. Both are relatively groundbreaking without being too experimental or quirky, all whilst being of very high quality.
  17. Re: So...Thierry Mugler Angel Has Been Revamped Into a New Scent?

    I just tried it (one spray on the back of my hands) and am not ambivalent about the change.

    Whereas the earlier EdT seemed somewhat redundant due to how similar it is to Innocent, this new version...
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    Re: Your favorite cinnamon fragrances?

    +1 Rousse

    L de Lolita Lempicka is also good, but getting harder to find.

    Two that I haven't tried but would be definitely worth trying given the quality of the house are Diptyque L'Eau and...
  19. Re: What's your wardrobe's number-of-perfumes to number-of-houses ratio?

    Indeed. I just had a quick squizz at copying my wardrobe into Excel and this is what I came up with; more than half of the houses I own, I own only one fragrance of, with the ratio then changing...
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    Re: Angel - history of bottles/special editions

    Has anyone tried the new EdT yet? I have a feeling the round bottle that has now been discontinued will become a collector's rarity in the future due to its unique design.
  21. Re: What's your wardrobe's number-of-perfumes to number-of-houses ratio?

    Full bottles only; 107 fragrances across 43 houses, so 2.49:1.

    Highly represented brands are:

    Serge Lutens, 14
    Hugo Boss, 9
    Mugler, 9
    Guerlain, 9
    Dior, 7
    L'Artisan Parfumeur, 6
  22. Re: Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    The strawberry one is awful, but the mango coke is actually surprisingly good. It's not too sweet, but rather has the tang of a fruit that isn't fully ripe yet.
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    Re: Top-tier cacao scents

    +1 Borneo 1834

    Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule and Cafe Tuberosa are two others that are rather good.
  24. Re: Can anyone identify this mini perfume bottle?

    Nino Cerruti Pour Femme.
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    Re: Recc Me An Unconventional Summer Fragrance!

    +1 Amouage Reflection; it's kind of an 'Amouage does designer' scent, but it's very pleasant in my opinion. It may be over budget though judging by OPs post.

    Also adding:

    - L'Eau Froide (fresh...
  26. Re: “Chewy” or “fatty” fragrances = what?

    This. I don't think I've ever seen a fragrance being described as being 'fatty'. The above adjectives are much more appropriate in my opinion.

    As for the work 'chewy', it's a sensation of density...
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    Re: List of reference perfumes?

    The three jasmine reference scents for me (my fave note):

    Serge Lutens A La Nuit
    Serge Lutens Sarrasins
    Nasomatto Nuda

    Vetiver:
    Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent
    Armani Prive Vetiver d'Hiver...
  28. Re: [UK] Fun size fragrant portions of happiness for your pleasures, olfactive and otherwise...

    The labels fall off on mine to, but what I find helps is to stick them on the other way around so that the label winds around the bottle.
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    Re: Cardamom fragrance recommendations

    That's really funny because I love Vetiver Insolent, know the scent of cardamon full well (I use it in cooking), but don't find pronounced in the fragrance at all. But I accept that my sense of smell...
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    Re: Celebrity Assignment

    I appreciate the comments on Eva Green and her mother :thumbsup:



    Oh Lord... Helen Mirren is such a fantastic and beautiful woman.
  31. Re: Hard to describe scents that are a bit 'futuristic' but still mass pleasing and enjoyable

    Or their whole Escentric line, basically. It corresponds to their Molecule line (which is based on one aromachemical only) , but adds embellishment by adding more ingredients.
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    Re: Cardamom fragrance recommendations

    Cadjmere has a great cardamon note in the opening and middle. People also say they get cardamon from Vetiver Insolent, but to me it's very subtle.



    This is very good.
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    Re: Celebrity Assignment

    Fun scenario.

    Eva Green. Creamy sandalwood, patchouli that has a dark cocoa vibe, tuberose (not a fan of the note but smelled an interesting take on it recently), maraschino cherry, and whatever...
  34. Re: Cold/Detached Fragrances (In Need Of Recommendations)

    This is also a very good one.



    Yes, it's so strange it gives me 'mental' shivers...!
  35. Re: Cold/Detached Fragrances (In Need Of Recommendations)

    Lutens' Iris Silver Mist and Chanel No.19 fit the bill quite well I feel.
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    Re: What are your favorite houses at the moment?

    I like Lutens and Dior, but have purchased a Parfumerie Generale sample set which I'm working my way through. Several fantastic scents in there.
  37. Re: "K" by Dolce & Gabbana - new "secret" scent!?

    Maybe it's an airport only / duty free exclusive for now. Did you manage to test it?
  38. Re: Armani Code 2018+ Honest Opinions on Sillage/Projection and Lasting

    Same here. The last one I've tried was the new Code Absolu, which is quite a stunner in my opinion.
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    Re: Female G. smell?

    None that come to mind (and definitely not the previously mentioned Iranzol or Ambre Sultan), but I also struggle to see the point of this question. Why the heck would you want to smell like...
  40. Re: Anal Completionist Newbie Needs Forum Reading Strategy

    I've stopped at 'Anal Completionist' thinking I missed a beat by choosing the username I did... :grin:

    Joking aside; take it slow, and also google whatever fragrance interests you and 'review' to...
  41. Re: Your favorite fruit-forward, non-citrus masculine

    The mango is on point and the drydown is a soft gourmand that isn't overly sweet. It doesn't smell much like the original Angel at all, though, which may be a good or bad thing depending on whether...
  42. Re: Your favorite fruit-forward, non-citrus masculine

    Yeah, I'm like Pavlov's dog when I see the name :grin:
  43. Re: Your favorite fruit-forward, non-citrus masculine

    Speaking of flankers, the recent Angel Eau Croisserie has a good mango note. Have you tried it?
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    Re: Most animalic that you enjoy?

    My bottle is a limited release 50ml spray from 2009, so no idea how it compares to the original release, but I dare speculate that it's possibly punchier than what's on the market at the moment.
    ...
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    Re: Most animalic that you enjoy?

    Muscs Koublai Khan is where I draw the line. I also only wear it on my own and when not going out because I can fully understand how some people may interpret it as BO. That's also the reason I enjoy...
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    Re: Amouage Rose Incense (2019) *NEW*

    I think it all depends on the execution. I think marketing in an ingredient-forward way can be difficult, especially since Amouage is very good with coming up with stories and concepts, so it's quite...
  47. Re: Your favorite fruit-forward, non-citrus masculine

    I'm not the hugest fan of fruity fragrances, but I really like Bvlgari's Omnia Paraiba. Ok, it's marketed for women so not a masculine in theory, but whatever. It's mostly passion fruit with a citric...
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    Re: Amouage Rose Incense (2019) *NEW*

    I wonder whether this is the first of a new range. Colour me intrigued.
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    Re: Anyone else love Bal D’Afrique Byredo?

    Love it on my better half. It's too much on me.
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    Re: How do you organize your perfumes and samples?

    @Quarry: I love your idea with the tray. Fantastic stuff!
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    Re: How do you organize your perfumes and samples?

    My perfumes live in a Malm chest of drawers in our spare room (coldest one in the house), and samples live in little flip-top ammo boxes or in boxes if carded. The arrangement suits me very well; I...
  52. Re: Not sure if this is the right thread? But who knew Coco Chanel was a Nazi spy?

    Totally agree. Naming the latest women's pillar 'Gabrielle' made me roll my eyes to the back of my head... Time to move on with the times methinks.
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    Re: Benchmark scents or.. the classics

    I agree that Demeter is a good way of trying notes that one hasn't tried before. Or sniffing Diptyque candles which are usually very, verybgood at highlighting the main ingredient.

    Other than...
  54. Re: A Dramedy - L'Heure Bleue and a Salad Spinner - share your tragedies and redemptions

    You should've seen my face when I read your story...! :shocked:

    I'm glad it worked out for you in the end. There is no point mourning the lost bottle and liquid too much, especially now that you...
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    Re: Getting a straight razor to shave

    Don't laugh, but if there are bits you need to get to around your nose, mouth and edge of the beard (if you have one), then have a look into something similar to this - ladies' eyebrow shavers:
    ...
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    Re: Wedding gift ideas

    +1 on Amouage

    My suggestion though:

    https://www.pierreguillaumeparis.com/discovery-set-integral-pierre-guillaume-paris.html

    Yes, it's not exactly cheap, but you get 69 samples for both bride...
  57. Re: Help Me Find... (Looking For Recommendations)

    I think Guerlain's Samsara is right on the money. It's a wonderful, creamy sandalwood and jasmine scent. And try their Shalimar while you're at it :smiley:
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    Re: Copycat Fragrances - Good, Bad or Ugly?

    Agree with this sentiment. I've got no problems with established brands copying each other, but any brand who's main marketing strategy is to proclaim that its fragrances are a copy of something else...
  59. Re: Not sure if this is the right thread? But who knew Coco Chanel was a Nazi spy?

    Of course the brand will try to sweep it under the rug. They can't have their mythologised idol fall... And the fact that they choose to continue to perpetuate that mythology makes my stomach turn.
    ...
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    Re: What would you wear to the Cricket?

    Tell me about it. I used to work a stone throw's away from Aston Villa. Good Lord, the traffic when they were playing at home was unreal...

    I'm lucky enough to be able to avoid the Edgbaston area...
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    Re: What would you wear to the Cricket?

    I sadly haven't been in a while and have nothing planned. I prefer the short and sweet 20/20 matches, but got a bit disheartened after the last game I went to was cancelled due to the rain. We all...
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    Re: Camp: notes on fashion

    This is so, so true :grin:
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    Re: What would you wear to the Cricket?

    If it's SA vs NZ playing in Edgbaston - I live just around the corner. The traffic drives me mad! Love cricket otherwise though :grin:

    I'd probably wear something green and fresh. From your...
  64. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    I'm not a huge fan of Meharees, though I would be happy to try the rest of their range if the opportunity arises.

    I'd probably pick either Vera Wang for Men or Davidoff Hot Water. No, they're not...
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    Re: Camp: notes on fashion

    In terms of marketing, the adverts of Jean Paul Gaultier and Paco Rabanne strike me as rather camp. The models always seem to be cartoonishly good lucking, and the ads very cheesy. Moschino however...
  66. Re: What would you wear to a fragrance awards ceremony!?

    I'd troll everyone by wearing Aventus. Most awards ceremonies are b***ocks anyway.
  67. Re: Using a Fragrance For Things Other Than Spraying on Yourself?

    I use some fragrances I like in an essential oil burner instead of, well, essential oil. A couple of sprays before topping it up with water and heating it with the tea light will do the trick.


    ...
  68. Re: If you could choose 1 or 2 notes to pair with REAL AMBERGRIS what would they be?

    Indolic jasmine and creamy sandalwood.
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    Re: Is Byredo a copycat brand?

    Now that I think of it, Byredo are a bit like a Swedish Le Labo, aren't they? The pricing and minimalist aesthetic is rather similar, and the fragrances are very 'modernist' in execution.
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    Re: Candle Recommendations

    Other Diptyque candles I discovered since last year amd love were Tokyo (awesome conifer and incense, would repurchase in a heartbeat), New York (patchouli and woods), and Trente-Quatre (you can't go...
  71. Re: Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    I've bought a bottle of each on my trip to the grocery store. First of all, the pricing is a little steep in my opinion at £1.30 per 200ml bottle (or 4 for £4.00 as an introductory offer), but hey, I...
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    Re: London Shops 2019 Perfumes & Attars

    There's Al Faransi who are based in Birmingham if you are near or passing through:

    https://www.alfaransi.com/

    They also sell bakhoor and incense in addition to attars.

    I just double-checked...
  73. Thread: Soap battle

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    Re: Soap battle

    Agree with this statement. To me, Chanel No.5 is so soapy that I can't stand it.
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    Re: Is Byredo a copycat brand?

    I'm not a fan of the brand, but wouldn't call them copycats at all.
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    Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    Given Lutens' fascination with North African / Middle Eastern cultures and scents, this could be an interesting take on oud.
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    Re: Latest Chanel - Paris Riviera!

    At John Lewis? In Grand Central? Admittedly I never paid attention to the Chanel counter there :shocked:
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    Re: Latest Chanel - Paris Riviera!

    Thank you hednic. Hope it'll be available at my airport :smiley:
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    Re: Latest Chanel - Paris Riviera!

    Has this launched yet? I hope to encounter it in a week's time when I travel for business.
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    Re: Lutens Vetiver orientl

    I think it's a very good scent, as long as you don't expect there to be loads of, well, vetiver. It's also a more herbal, rounded vetiver (similar to the one in Vetiver Insolent) rather than the...
  80. Re: 'Spicebomb by Jean Paul Gaultier' causes bomb scare in Canada.

    Colour, texture, detailing, text. I admit I'm a sucker for detail, but surely any person should be able to see that this wasn't a real thing even from a distance?



    Well, at least one person...
  81. Re: Simone Andreoli - Malibu. Sacrifice more virgins on the island by waterboarding them, now!

    Copied my initial impressions from another thread:

    The top smells so much like a lime or lemon-flavoured Calippo, it's hilarious. It's starts of very high-pitched, however, it mellows quickly and...
  82. Re: [UK] Simone Andreoli Malibu, PdM Percival, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Chopard Noble Cedar, Avent

    Received Simone Andreoli Malibu. I sprayed some on the top of my hands.

    The top smells so much like a lime or lemon-flavoured Calippo, it's hilarious. It's starts of very high-pitched, however, it...
  83. Re: 'Spicebomb by Jean Paul Gaultier' causes bomb scare in Canada.

    I can't really see how this caused alarm. Apart from the shape, it really doesn't look anything like a real grenade unless you're extremely short-sighted.

    I suppose it's kind of like people...
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    Re: Name Your Favorite Flanker of a Flanker!

    There was a thread on this earlier this year, but I'm not going to spoil it :smiley:

    I don't have any flankers of flankers (of flankers...), just flankers. But Declaration d'Un Soir Intense is...
  85. Re: Simone Andreoli - Malibu. Sacrifice more virgins on the island by waterboarding them, now!

    Can't wait until I get my mitts on my decant...!
  86. Re: Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    I'll definitely need to keep an eye out for these babies. I like the occasional rum or bourbon and coke.



    That's why I like FeverTree's Lighter range for tonics. No sweeteners, but less sugar,...
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    Re: Compliments...is it a cultural thing?

    Yeah, I'm sure it's the stiff upper lip with the British. I think if someone's dishing out complements on personal appearance or other traits, the first thought usually is: 'are they trying to butter...
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    Re: 'Tom Ford made it custom for me'

    @N.CAL: Here's the twist: he never died... :coolold:
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    Re: 'Tom Ford made it custom for me'

    @Scarce: the reaction on the internet to that is absolutely hilarious!

    Also, relevant:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D8pyuP1WkAE6L4L?format=jpg&name=large
  90. Re: Is Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EdT REALLY discontinued?

    Thank you for elaborating. Sometimes what the counters choose to stock makes absolutely zero sense. I live in a major, cosmopolitan city, yet obvious choices like Le Labo, Frederic Malle and by...
  91. Re: Is Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EdT REALLY discontinued?

    I can't be the only one who's curious about this. C'mon, let's hear it :smiley:
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    Re: 'Tom Ford made it custom for me'

    Love Keanu Reeves. I've seen him in John Wick 3 a few weeks ago. A very enjoyable romp.
  93. Thread: Booze

    by Nastka
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    Re: Booze

    +1 Baraonda, a great take on booze.

    Also adding Velvet Exotic Leather to the list. Imagine The One with added booze and a touch of leather. Mmmm....

    I would love to find something that smells...
  94. Re: Sampling suggestions from Amouage, CdG, other niche houses

    If you like conifers and incense, you must try Zagorsk and Kyoto from CdG's incense series.
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    Re: Worst perfume ads of all time?

    Any ad where a young, preened bimbo - female or male - tries to look seductively into the camera with a background that reads as aspirational or faux-edgy, better still if it also features a fit...
  96. Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    The performance is next to nothing because it's all about those tart, fizzy, volatile citruses, but this gives you an even better excuse to reapply and cool down. To me, it's the equivalent of...
  97. Re: I seem to have been struck somewhat anosmic recently, what are your cures?

    Someone posted a few months ago that chelated zinc helped him out. Might be worth looking into that.
  98. Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    1. Buy a bottle of 4711
    2. Keep in fridge
    3. Splash judiciously in ridiculously high temps
    4. ???
    5. Profit!

    On a serious note, look into Eau de Cologne style frags. When it's really hot, I...
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    Re: Perfume that lasts all day (???)

    My suggestion is to also try Encre Noire, since IMO Sycomore may be breaking the bank for OP.



    Also a good shout.
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    Re: Perfume that lasts all day (???)

    I think Tam Dao EdP might be worth looking into, though I'm not sure what the lasting power is since I have the EdT. Can anyone chime in?

    Other than that, Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent is...
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