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  1. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    I've been waiting on my decant to run out before grabbing a bottle... Maybe I should accelerate my plans.
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Today, I'm wearing the poor man's Rolex Explorer:

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    No major watchmaker offers more bang for the buck than Seiko.

    I'll actually be using it as a project watch. I'll be modifying it with...
  3. Re: Blind-buy advice for my female partner based on her character

    Consider trying Goutal Un Matin d'Orage. One of the loveliest, most elegant floral perfumes I've encountered.
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    Re: Acqua De Parma - Colonia

    Usually if a citrus-based fragrance goes beyond that, it's using other notes to sustain itself.
  5. Re: Why is there so much hate for Grey Flannel?

    I actually always found the name appealing. Still hate the scent.
  6. Re: Everyday compliment getter for teen?

    Hanae Mori HM EDT
  7. Re: Why is there so much hate for Grey Flannel?

    If a fragrance's opening is not just awkward or unusual but is outright repugnant to me, the fragrance is unlikely to win me back. First impressions and all that.

    There are too many perfumes out...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2019

    Those of you who know me know I can't resist a good cheapie. Those of you who know me also know I have a devotion to tobacco fragrances. So I grabbed 1.17 oz bottles of

    C U B A
    R E D

    and

    C...
  9. Re: Your Top Ten 'Greatest of All Time' rated.

    In alphabetical order:

    A R A M I S
    T U S C A N Y

    D I O R
    E A U
    S A U V A G E
    Eau de Toilette
  10. Re: Why is there so much hate for Grey Flannel?

    I like Brut and Polo, but I can't get along with Grey Flannel.
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    I don't want to twist the knife into Hednic, but as this presses into the drydown the resemblance to Aramis New West (which arrived the year before Genghis Khan) gets stronger.
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    No! I have very little awareness of Hednic lore.

    I, for one, love the house of Aramis.
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    Re: Best budget (under ~$50) leather?

    Blvgari Black Orient isn't particularly floral; it's built around an impressionistic (read: synthetic, but not in a bad way) take on the Taif rose, which is much more masculine than the conventional...
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    The more it sits on my skin, the more it skews towards Havana; there was just something about the herbal cocktail in Genghis Khan that brought Tuscany to mind for a phase of its development.

    It's...
  15. [CONUS] Re: Atelier, Boucheron, Comptoir Sud Pacifique, Dali, Jacomo, Michael Kors, Paco Rabanne, Pavarotti

    Bumpin'
    (on sunset)
  16. [CONUS] Re: Atelier, Boucheron, Comptoir Sud Pacifique, Dali, Jacomo, Michael Kors, Paco Rabanne, Pavarotti

    Bumpin '
    (on sunset)
  17. Re: Why is there so much hate for Grey Flannel?

    Yeah, I find that so repellent that I don't care what comes after it.
  18. Re: Do you prefer having one signature fragrance or having a small collection to choose from?

    Most people here probably do not have a single "signature" fragrance. This is a place of great excess!

    But I do try to keep my collection relatively tidy. My favorite fragrances are not always the...
  19. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    MARC DE LA MORANDIERE
    GHENGIS KHAN

    Courtesy of the very generous Bavard.

    Initial thoughts here.
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    Bavard's parcel arrived today, and I gleefully sprayed on some Genghis Khan!

    I hadn't read any in-depth reviews, and so my impressions of what this scent would be were mostly formed by 1) the...
  21. Re: Why is there so much hate for Grey Flannel?

    I despise Grey Flannel.
  22. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    The classic masculines we think of as being part of the 70s and 80s don't really resemble Kors much.

    Michael 2001 feels firmly part of the wave of Aughts gourmand tobacco scents, but was just a...
  23. Re: I'm stuck in men's fragrance purgatory

    If you want a more "contemporary" take on this, try Banana Republic Neroli Woods, which is actually more Tom Ford-y in character than the Tom Ford release (and, despite the price difference, doesn't...
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    Re: Taif Rose

    Taif rose has a very different aroma than "conventional" rose notes. Conventional rose notes--unless they're *very* natural and a bit dewy--tend to smell irritatingly thick and/or plastic-y to my...
  25. Re: Choose and Rank Your 10 Favorite From This List

    The Floris would've been in my ten, too. (Very underrated house overall.)
  26. Re: I'm stuck in men's fragrance purgatory

    Bvlgari Pour Homme Soir or Dunhill Icon, perhaps?
  27. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    To clarify, I do think Burberry London is a better fragrance than MK 2014 (but not the Givenchy-produced Michael 2001). But "quality" and "marketability" rarely go hand-in-hand.

    I suspect what...
  28. Re: What is it I can't stand about these fragrances?

    It sounds like you might just not like a certain ashy-smoke vibe.
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    Re: Deodorant VS. Antiperspirant

    I've been enjoying the Old Spice Timber with Sandalwood antiperspirant stick this summer. Nice scent, good for pairing with greenish scents.

    They have a lavender stick that has a decent aroma, but...
  30. Re: Choose and Rank Your 10 Favorite From This List

    I started this but got frustrated quickly!

    Scents I know well is one thing, but many of these I know only in passing.

    For me, L'Air du Desert Marocain would be in the top spot. And that's about...
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    Re: Best budget (under ~$50) leather?

    JKonick, if you go back upmarket, don't miss out on sampling Floris Leather Oud (not the Dior of the same name). It has a gorgeously vivid, strong leather note that it presents with clarity and...
  32. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    It is?!

    Anyway, maybe you're younger than I am or just have a younger nose, but I don't think MK--either version--smells particularly dated to my nose.


    It has sold well enough, as far as I...
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    Re: Best budget (under ~$50) leather?

    B V L G A R I
    M A N
    B L A C K
    O R I E N T

    https://the-dad.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2016/09/bulgari-black-orient-the-dad.jpg

    The leather in this is really lovely.
  34. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I can find nothing. Doesn't mean it didn't exist, but it probably also wasn't plentiful.


    Maybe, maybe not? It's always hard to say why one thing catches on and why one thing doesn't.

    To my...
  35. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    R O C H A S
    M A N

    This Roucel-authored fougere-gourmand is pleasant. Rochas Man isn't overly loud or sweet, and is smooth and transparent in the way that many designer scents were going for...
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    Re: Second Fragrance

    Try Hanae Mori HM EDT or CK One Shock for Men.

    They're cheap enough that you could actually get both of them! They're both youthful, well-made, and distinct, and neither of them qualify as a...
  37. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    If the advertisement is any indication of intent--which it might not be--the idea might have been to reinvent the original to make it more of an anyday/anytime fragrance. The original strikes me as...
  38. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Here's a commercial for the 2014 re-release:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBjpC8llxNk

    And here's what the print campaign looked like:
    ...
  39. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    It still hung on for a while, it seems, but yeah. That'd do it.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    T H I R D
    W E S T
    B R A N D
    O L D
    B O U R B O N

    It's most bourbon-y during the opening, but develops more into a booze-tinted, aged, mellow vanilla mingled with vetiver and sandalwood....
  41. Re: Do you sometimes smell alcohol from your initial sprays?

    Same.

    If I get my nose *immediately* on my skin (or paper, if I'm spraying there), sometimes I can pick up some alcohol.
  42. Re: Recommendation for someone who LOVES Tuscan Leather

    Floris Leather Oud (not the Dior) is an underrated fragrance in this arena.
  43. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Hilarious.
  44. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    R O C H A S
    M A N

    Should be getting here tomorrow. Given my recent cacao kick, I'm eager to try it out.
  45. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    Neiman Marcus is an inhospitable place, IMO.
  46. Re: Smelled mont blanc explorer at Dillards

    On its own terms, I think it's a run of the mill designer scent.

    I don't think it smells much like Aventus proper and wouldn't connect the two if folks hadn't already hyped it as a kind of clone....
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    Your benevolence is greatly appreciated! Info sent.
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    Tragically, I miss the six month cutoff, but I look forward to reading the reactions from others here.
  49. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Neroli Woods is more often compared to Neroli Portofino, though it's a bit woodier/less floral than NP.
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    I like the Art of Shaving one.

    Guerlain Vetiver is the classic (though I slightly prefer Vetiver Extreme, I think).

    And then there's Lalique Encre Noire and/or Chanel Sycomore for more niche-y...
  51. Re: Smelled mont blanc explorer at Dillards

    I tried this for the second time the other week.

    I think it's unimpressive and generic-smelling, but there are worse things out there. The problem with "poor man's Aventus" scents is that what...
  52. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I dunno where that fits in. My bottles of the vintage and the post-2014 MK for Men both say Made in the USA.
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    Grey Vetiver seems to be well-liked on Basenotes. Don't mistake the opinions of two outspoken folks for that of the majority!
  54. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    You overpaid. :wink:
  55. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    If your bottle still says Givenchy on the bottom, it's the good stuff. They played with the logo a bit during the original's lifespan.
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    "We're not so different, you and me..."

    I think Grey Vetiver is okay but I don't see why it would be anyone's first choice in its category. Or even second or third!

    Dunhill Icon is a really...
  57. Thread: Death

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    Re: Death

    Lalique Encre Noire

    Histories de Parfums 1740 Marquis de Sade
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    Well, I think Dunhill Icon is better than Grey Vetiver, so I'm hoping he ditched the latter.
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    It's the Sichuan pepper overdose that I love most about this fragrance!

    Someone on here compared Noir Anthracite to Asian cuisine cooking on hot coals. That sounds about right to me.
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    Due to the post formatting, it's unclear whether he returned Dunhill Icon or TF Grey Vetiver.
  61. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Yeah, in the last few weeks.
  62. Re: Which Gucci Guilty is the best out of the 3?

    Gucci Guilty Absolute and Tom Ford Noir Anthracite both hit the market in 2017. They were both flankers from designer houses that bore no resemblance to the fragrances they supposedly flanked, and...
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    Re: Cedar! Cedar!

    Olivina Bourbon Cedar is pretty simple--it's fresh-cut cedar, bourbon, subdued vanilla, and a dash of smoke--but it's well-balanced and evolves nicely on the skin.
  64. Re: Which Gucci Guilty is the best out of the 3?

    GG Absolute is a truly incredible thing and it's amazing that it somehow snuck into this lineup.

    They should've called it Gucci Pour Homme III.
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    I don't know what you paid, but it's a nice-looking watch. Hard to tell for sure without handing it, but it looks like it was designed with good attention to detail, with a custom case, dial, and...
  66. Re: Your Favorite Mall Store Fragrance/Favorite Mall Store for Fragrance

    Because you're mostly asking about disreputable designers! L'Occitane is a respectable house with a terrific lineup.
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    If you like the watch, then you did okay!

    Watch pricing, much like fragrance pricing, doesn't really make any sense. All you can do is buy and wear what brings you some joy.
  68. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I initially didn't like Michael for Men all that much, either (for a little bit of time my bottle of the vintage was up on my swap list). But I changed my mind and I grew to love it.
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    Re: Cedar! Cedar!

    Also worth a mention is Olivina Bourbon Cedar. It's a minimalist scent that pretty much delivers exactly what the name promises. If you want a blast of fresh-cut cedar like you work in a carpentry...
  70. Re: Your Favorite Mall Store Fragrance/Favorite Mall Store for Fragrance

    Well, Primark, which is even cheaper than Zara, is also targeting higher income areas in the US. Regardless of cost, these chains specialize in "fast fashion," which means they thrive in areas where...
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    Re: Cedar! Cedar!

    Favorite cedar? Probably Lalique Pour Homme EDP.
  72. Re: Your Favorite Mall Store Fragrance/Favorite Mall Store for Fragrance

    Zara is a hugely popular international chain that has only recently started to come to the US, focusing on high-income areas.
  73. Re: Your Favorite Mall Store Fragrance/Favorite Mall Store for Fragrance

    This is kind of cheating, but their stores show up regularly in high-end malls: L'Occitane.

    But to give an answer more suited to the spirit of your question, I haven't sampled many from this...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Cheers. I hope it's to your liking!
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    Re: What's worth noting at the moment?

    I own Tom Ford stuff so, y'know, I'm not immune to buying "overpriced" fragrances. That said, I wouldn't want Aventus Cologne even if it was free. It's not an exciting or interesting scent regardless...
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    Re: Tom Ford Metallique

    Usually, though there are always different grades of ACs.

    From the bottle's color scheme, it almost looks like this is meant to be the wide release equivalent of Soleil Blanc, though what the...
  77. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    I think what will actually grab a person's interest is always hard to predict. I was utterly disinterested in designer stuff--content to stick with my good ol' Polo Blue--until my wife had me try out...
  78. Re: "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    Boozy notes are polarizing, so I understand.

    Fortitude is an oddball scent--it seems to be well-liked outside of Basenotes but is less beloved here--and I still haven't found any true equivalent...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2019

    Two good 'uns.
  80. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Aren't both versions discontinued now?
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    I got the big bottle for $24.99 at Marshalls and it's a no-brainer pickup at that price if you want a contemporary, masculine neroli scent.

    At the prices I'm seeing it go for online, it has more...
  82. Re: La Nuit De L'Homme 2019 batch worth it?

    I was never all that impressed by it even when it was supposedly at its best, and at $50 or so from discounters, I think you could probably do much better for the money. I would stay away from...
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    Re: Will high heat damage my order?

    This is the honest truth.
  84. Re: "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    If you want some smokiness with your amber, try Robert Graham Fortitude, which is a nice cheaper option. Quite masculine.

    If you're going upmarket, Lubin Idole is nice.
  85. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    I haven't been here forever but I've generally seen Original Santal referred to positively rather than negatively.
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    Re: What's worth noting at the moment?

    Aventus Cologne?

    https://media2.giphy.com/media/gfT2hGhrI5wBME50p5/giphy.gif
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    Re: Favorite Banana Republic Frag?

    Hm! I don't get sticky sweetness from Neroli Woods (not really a fan of sticky-sweet scents in general). There's a floral sweetness coming straight from the neroli, but I don't sense added sugar....
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    Re: What's worth noting at the moment?

    This one is really nice, and would be a real winner if the sweetness were toned down a tad.
  89. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Hmmm. I own and enjoy both, but don't see much similarity between Bentley Intense and Michael for Men 2001 beyond the fact that they're both boozy-rich masculines. Certainly, Bentley Intense has...
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    Re: Favorite Banana Republic Frag?

    I snagged a bottle of Neroli Woods at Marshalls recently and came away impressed. Comparisons abound to Neroli Portofino, but, if you can believe it, Neroli Woods is actually more Tom Ford-y than...
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    Re: What's worth noting at the moment?

    Oh, every time I try TF frags at a department store, SAs make a beeline for me and I can't shake 'em. It's frustrating.
  92. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I'm glad you got to try it and glad you enjoy it.

    I find more significant quality and performance distinctions between them than you do, but even if I find 2014 a bit disappointing compared to its...
  93. Re: Why is your favorite genre your favorite?

    I'm generally drawn to spicy-woody-gourmand masculines, particularly if they have a tobacco note. When I was in my very early adolescence, I toured a cigar factory in Havana and handled raw tobacco...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    B A N A N A
    R E P U B L I C
    N E R O L I
    W O O D S

    More "Tom Ford"-y than Tom Ford's own neroli-driven scents (which could be a good or bad thing depending on who you are), this is a linear...
  95. Re: With the recent L’Oréal buyout of Mugler Azzaro Etc. Are You Worried?

    Same, though I feel for those who are.
  96. Re: Which fragrance gladly come back to and rediscovering many years after the first testing?

    Yes, this or its ever-so-slightly superior sibling, Au Coeur du Désert, are endlessly fascinating.
  97. Re: Frag Sleuths: Creed uses mostly synthetics but why do their frags smell so natural to my nose?

    I don't know what the intention was with Viking, exactly, but I do find it fairly ho-hum.
  98. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    L A L I Q U E
    NOIR PREMIER
    OR INTEMPOREL
    1888

    An acutely sweet, warm gourmand built around a sophisticated and nuanced blend of coffee, cacao, and tobacco. If it was a little less sugary, I'd...
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    Re: Your guilty pleasure fragrance

    It's still widely liked, there's just a vocal minority of us Basenoters who find it a bit tough to wear.

    I think a number of Tobacco Vanille's descendants took the same basic DNA and improved on...
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    Re: One choice for:

    Autumn Date:
    Michael Kors Michael for Men (Vintage)

    Spring Cinema Visit:
    Dior Eau Sauvage EDT

    Winter City Walk:
    Robert Graham Fortitude

    Summer Dinner with Friends:
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