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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2012

    I saw my journey and started to think deep thoughts about the fragrance that encompassed my life's path from a young child to who I am today... then decided I was thinking too hard for a Friday...
  2. Re: Your most used or most recently discovered fragrance in 2012

    This warms my heart... Glad you enjoy it!
  3. Re: Worst smelling cologne and fighting Zombies....

    Don't forget that the dream also indicates that his subconscious knows the solution - more fragrance!
  4. Re: Worst smelling cologne and fighting Zombies....

    Come on man, with the awesome folks we have around here, you know this has already been covered!

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/302338-Scents-for-the-Zombie-Apocalypse
  5. Re: Your most used or most recently discovered fragrance in 2012

    You'll have to make it past the cholos first amigo! East LA is like a fortress!
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    Re: Favorite Clothing Store Fragrance

    +1 Petrana is one of my very favorites. Longevity can be an issue with some of them, but they put together very well-done fragrances.
  7. Re: Your most used or most recently discovered fragrance in 2012

    I made 2 major purchases this year, and they're both pretty stellar: Invasion Barbare and Kobe.
  8. Re: Guerlain, which to choose, so many sound appealing

    I agree with Doug - I'd had trouble finding a Guerlain I'm comfortable wearing. LIDG and his brother didnt work out so well on my skin, but recently I discovered GHI and I really enjoy it. Check it...
  9. Re: What is the next trend after Oud !? Im getting burned out, and quickly.

    My suspicion is that if you could find out what new synthetic replacements the aromachemical companies are working on, you'll find the next big trend...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2012

    Somewhat uncreative yet in-synch with the last of my small decant of Silver Mountain Water. I have to admit, I've harbored a bit of a disdain for the Creed brand philosophy, and the first few of...
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    Re: Age restrictions in male fragrances

    Everyone here says wear what you want, but don't fool yourself - if it's a fragrance that is going to seem out of place to those around you, it could make you feel uncomfortable. The real question...
  12. Re: Ambre Russe, how strong is the leather note in this fragrance?

    I definitely notice the leather, but it's not overpowering, and I quite enjoy it. It definitely belongs in the blend. I don't enjoy very many leather-heavy frags; I own and love Ambre Russe.
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    Re: uh oh Duchaufour

    For those of you interested in helping to fight certain injustices such as this, there are now several online groups who collect public signatures and use them to leverage companies into fixing many...
  14. Re: Basenotes Las Vegas Meetup October 5, 6 & 7th 2012 FINAL ITINERARY

    I totally had a great time at the Guerlain store. The staff was fantastic, and very patient with me. I felt a little blasphemous when I couldn't answer the question "What is your favorite...
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    Re: uh oh Duchaufour

    For a million bucks? Sure would!
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    Re: uh oh Duchaufour

    Assuming that Sting did indeed get seven figures for an evening of his time, one can only imagine what Mr. Duchaufuor was paid to create something more than a lasting memory. I imagine you'd be...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2012

    Not a lot of what I buy has ads that I can come across easily. And, besides being totally cheezy, most ads don't do anything for me one way or another. But then I remembered... I wouldn't say I...
  18. Re: What was the last fragrance you had to scrub off, or at least contemplated doing so?

    Untitled No. 8 - I usually struggle through a bad fragrance, at least that way I'll know I hate it top-to-bottom, but I just couldn't go around with my hand smelling like poo all day!
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    Re: Am I hyper-sensitive to certain notes?

    I'm absolutely more sensitive to certain notes, and in particular aroma chemicals, than others. While it makes it more difficult to talk about and compare fragrances, I think it's awesome that...
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    Re: If you could only wear one house...

    I own the most Penhaligon's, and I'd have a hard time living without Sartorial, so I guess it's an easy choice for me. They've also got a nice, large range, so I wouldn't be too limited in style.
  21. Re: Maison Francis Kurkdjian - which ones are worth trying?

    I think Lumiere Noire is his best. The only one I own from the house, although I really enjoy APOM pour Homme (only don't have it cause I bought Kobe instead), and the Oud is very well-done. I also...
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud

    Just wanted to say that I sprayed one spray of Leather Oud on my wrist on Saturday, and I can still detect it today. My SotD of Fou d'Absinthe has worn off, and there's still this slightly funky...
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    Re: 2012 Two-Week Challenge

    I'd also be deciding between GPHII and Tom Ford Extreme.

    From my wardrobe, I'd chose Penhaligon's Opus 1870, probably.
  24. Re: Basenotes Las Vegas Meetup October 5, 6 & 7th 2012 FINAL ITINERARY

    I made it back safe and sound myself last night. Had a great time and it was a pleasure to meet all the basenoters who were able to attend. It's funny how excited we all were to meet each other -...
  25. Re: Most Outrageous Ingredient You've Ever Encountered

    You mean, besides Blood and Semen, obviously... :)
  26. Re: What do you do when you love a Basenote but don't care for the rest of the drydown?

    I agree with the opinion that there's too many choices out there to settle for something that you "aren't sure if you like".

    Often times, flankers of a fragrance use the same / similar basenotes,...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2012

    My favorite woody scent? Geez, most of my wardrobe is woody. I like to wear florals, as long as it's a woody floral, and I like to wear orientals, as long as it's a woody oriental, and I like to...
  28. Re: Basenotes Las Vegas Meetup October 5, 6 & 7th 2012 FINAL ITINERARY

    Hi all, finally confirmed my agenda, and look forward to seeing y'all in VEGAS! Unfortunately our buddy Mr. Monkeybars won't be joining us for this one, but I'll try to be smelly enough for the both...
  29. Thread: Want to buy...

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    Re: Want to buy...

    Looking at your wardrobe is like seeing a list of my favorite fragrances. Check my wardrobe, we seem to have very similar tastes.

    As for direct suggestions, try out:
    Odin - 04 Petrana. Some...
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    Re: Vetiver for Teens?

    +1 on Grey Vetiver - fruited up and lighter than a lot of others on the market. Also might check out Infusion d'Vetiver - a clean, soapy affair where the vetiver doesn't overpower. It's a similar...
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    Re: Best 'openings' of all time?

    I've never bought a bottle just for the opening, but I came very close with Lux by Mona di Orio. It smells almost just like key lime pie to me, literally made my mouth water.

    Of the bottles I do...
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    Re: Could a young man wear Rive Gauche?

    Why can't a Young Adult also be a Gentleman? I love to wear RG at 33, and wish I'd worn it when I was younger too. Fantastic scent.
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    Re: What is the best office scent?

    I also wear anything from my collection to the office. However, in answer to your question, I think the best office scent is Sartorial. Test it, buy it, love it.
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    Re: Cold Weather Preparations

    It doesn't usually get too chilly here, but when I head to Montana for the Holidays, I will be bringing my Ambre Russe. Warm, leathery, spicy, and boozy. Not a really sweet amber, kind of an...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2012

    Thanks ladies, some fridays I forget, and others I already have something i want to wear, but I enjoy synching when I can!

    L'Ether is nice - the notes list reads like a designer fragrance: lemony...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2012

    In physics and astronomy, the Ether (or Aether) is a hypothetical medium for transmitting light and heat (radiation), filling all unoccupied space; it is also called luminiferous ether. It was a...
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    Re: the most you would pay for a 100ml fragrance

    I think I'd go up to $300 for something really nice. The most expensive 100ml I've bought is Jubilation XXV (at 20% discount), but would have paid full price.

    Although this endless summer...
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    Re: Wood, incense and vetiver?

    Very good suggestions above. I'll throw in Bang! by Marc Jacobs. Can be found cheap these days, too.
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    Re: Having Perfumes on Hand for 'Lady Friends'

    I have a particular lady friend who stays over at my place sometimes, but she's patently disinterested in my fragrance collection, and fragrances in general. Although she's delighted that I've been...
  40. Re: Back ups, formulations, ancillary products & special editions

    I've bought a few ancillary products from Penhaligon's during sales. The Blenheim Bouquet shower gel is very nice, the fragrance bursts from the bottle and I almost enjoy it more than the EDT. I've...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2012

    I'm with you in Morocco today. It's a little heavy for the heat we're having today, but not quite overwhelming. Always nice to have an "excuse" to try out a fragrance on a day you wouldn't normally...
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    Re: designer men's fragranes with jasmine?

    That's quite flattering coming from you, SoS. I'm a bit of a jasmine fiend in real life, planting vines at every house I've lived at over the last 10 years. I'm mildly allergic to the pollen, but...
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    Re: designer men's fragranes with jasmine?

    For niche I get a lot of Jasmine from MPG's Centaure. It's quite green and masculine, smells rather gentlemanly and somewhat old-fashioned (not old-man!), but beautiful. Another suggestion is...
  44. Re: Scents in your wardrobe but not available in your country

    When my parents went to Paris, I made them go to the Serge Lutens boutique and Iunx. Dad ended up picking Iris Silver Mist and L'Ether for me. He said he even had fun doing it...
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    Re: Anyone tried LORD'S JESTER?

    These do look interesting, and I like the theme. Some of the notes lists sound really tempting, and unusual in the use of some of the notes. Hope someone can chime in with some personal experience....
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    Re: Summer Evening Scent - Niche

    I like to wear lighter, spicy florals for summer evenings. My faves:
    Odin 04 - Petrana
    Amouage Reflection Man
    Lumiere Noire pour Homme
    Rose 31, if you can handle the cumin

    I also enjoy Idole...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2012

    I was stumped, then realized I'd synched without realizing it - Opus 1870!

    I don't know if I consider it a theme song, but pretty much anytime I'm whistling unconsciously, it's "Let it Snow"...
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    Re: What Frag would a Treasure Hunter Wear?...

    I like the suggestion of LDDM. However, I think a naughty wolf would make for a good treasure hunter, so put me down for Mechant Loup.
  49. Re: Tired of fresh citrus, aquatics, and sweet gourmands...

    I know you specified designer, but it seemed to be a cost issue. You might want to look into Slumberhouse - being from Portland you should be able to find a place to sample, and they're all quite...
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    Re: Today I bought - September 2012

    It's coming up on my birthday, and price was no object this year, so I got what I really wanted...

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=16420&d=1346791572
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    Re: Please school me on LŽArtisan Parfumeur

    I love Fou d'Absinthe, and based on what you like I'll bet you would too. Also own and enjoy Tea for Two, and Mechant Loup might get picked up as a nice fall fragrance sometime soon.
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    Re: Let's try some Amouage...

    Sounds like you just saved yourself a boatload of cash! I own jubilation and Reflection. I definitely had a similar experience in terms of JXXV's fruit accord, I didn't like it at first, but now on...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2012

    Didn't have time to chime in, but I decided to sync with y'all this week. Wore Centaur by MPG, a rather leafy green jasmine with a hint of smooth, creamy powder. It has a very classical, masculine...
  54. Re: Please help me identify the note that's ruining everything for me :(

    Appreciate the sympathies. It seems the more I smell it in stuff, I start smelling it more and more in other things. It now shows up in some fragrances I own and used to love. Of course, I must be...
  55. Re: Please help me identify the note that's ruining everything for me :(

    This is a good idea. Eccentric molecules educated me to the fact that I'm quite sensitive to ambroxan, despite what has been stated above by smarter perfumistas than I... Although I don't know of...
  56. Re: I'm having a ridiculous amount of trouble trying to find a summer scent

    Hate to throw out another expensive one, but Geranium pour Monsieur is hands-down my favorite summer fragrance. The spicy green leaves really shine in the heat, and the mint accord really has a...
  57. Re: Fragrance that smell of class and power (work appropriate)

    I think exploring the Penhaligon's line would be worthwhile. English fern isn't a bad example, and Blenheim bouquet is very classic. My personal favorite is Sartorial (favorite overall frag,...
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    Re: What does it mean when a frag smells "purple"

    Thanks for that. I usually get purple from sweetish fruity florals - I think we're on the same page on purple smells...
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    Re: You are embarrassed that you don't like...

    I'm a little embarrassed that I can't get past the powder overload in Back to Black and Le Dandy. The descriptions everyone else writes about these make them sound fantastic - boozy, tobacco, a bit...
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    Re: What do you wear in this 100 degree heat

    When the mercury gets over 90 I'll wear mostly:
    Geranium pour Monsieur
    L'Ether de Iunx
    Bulgari pour Homme Extreme
    Opus 1970
    Rose 31
    Petrana
    Cologne Noire
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    Re: Help Me Figure Out What To Do

    From your list, Invasion is certainly my favorite, but it's quite different from what you already own. Perhaps that's good, but perhaps you have a definite style. More along the lines of what you...
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    Re: Cologne for an older gentleman?

    I'll suggest Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet. Definitely lemony-piney goodness. It may be similar enough to his old stuff to fool him into thinking it's not a change, but nice enough that the family...
  63. Re: 45 Colognes To Try (recommendations for those starting out)

    I like this list as well, but does Usher really belong? Your descriptions of the others make most of them sound compelling, but if someone told me you must try this, it has "a decent...
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    Re: Fougere suggestions?

    Sartorial is pretty much my favorite fragrance. I'm also an owner and lover of Invasion Barbare, but it's quite likely overpriced. After the year of overtime I've had, I didn't really care...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Stopped by the Marshall's by work yesterday. Looked like they'd just re-stocked. Saw a 100ml bottle of the Dreamer for $35, pretty good price there, and also saw the Moschino Uomo? for $15, but I...
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    Re: Good cedar cologne

    Lots of good suggestions. My favorite from the list is Opus 1870.

    Adding an inafforable name to the list:
    French Lover by Frederic Malle. Heavy Cedar - I feel kind of like I'm in a hamster...
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    Re: Rochas Man for a woman??

    + 1
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    Re: Vetiver for people who don't like vetiver

    I prefer a green grassy vetiver as well, versus a smokey one. Have a hard time with a strong, persistent rooty vetiver note. The vetivers in my wardrobe are:

    Grey Vetiver (surprise, surprise)...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2012

    As a Los Angeleno, I have a hard time thinking of Japan as the Far East, as it's the closest thing to the West of us... So I went to India (I think) with a bit of Tam Dao. Niiiiice.
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    Re: Opening, Top, Base, Drydown

    Nice explanation Oscroft.

    I'll add that certain frags don't develop much on my skin also. Versace pour Homme smells the same on me for about 10 hours. I think that fragrances with more synthetic...
  71. Re: perfume night time that make girl comfortable lying at your shoulder?

    I've had pretty good results with La Nuit as well...
  72. Thread: IUNX Longevity

    by Al Gae
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    Re: IUNX Longevity

    While L'Ether is certainly not a strong scent, as you mentioned above, I don't have any issues with longevity. I'm not much of a projection hound personally, but it projected pretty well from my...
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    Re: colognes for different occasions

    What you wear to work - Sartorial, samples, Jubilation XXV

    What you wear on a date - Lumiere Noire pour Homme, La Nuit de L'Homme, Jubilation XXV

    What you wear when you meet with friends -...
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    Re: Keiko Mecheri BESPOKE

    Thanks for straightening that out. I've met other Keiko's from Japan, but Mecheri (which I always think of as Mi Cherie!) didn't quite seem right.
  75. Thread: Best kilian

    by Al Gae
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    Re: Best kilian

    I felt compelled to seek out Cruel Intentions and Rose Oud, although I've only been enjoying decants of both so far.
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    Re: Iris Silver Mist

    It's tough to get a hold of, being exclusive to the Paris Serge Lutens boutique. I had to send my parents to France for mine. :)
  77. Re: Hey Guys.. Newbie Collector Here. Would like some advise.

    Not a lot to add I guess... I also have a hard time pinning down my likes. I mean, I know what notes I like and dislike, but note pyramids and classifications don't always mean I'll like a...
  78. Re: So you're about to spend 3 months in the tropics...

    If Wonderwood lasts on you, I'd get that. I quite enjoy it, but have difficulties with longevity.

    From my collection, and kind of based on what Mimi said above, I'd probably go with Penhaligon's...
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    Re: Minty male/unisex fragrances?

    I get my mint from Malle too! Not affordable BNIB, but I bet you can find a bottle on the BN marketplace for a decent price. I know I did.
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    Re: Gourmand notes in Woodsy/Pine Cone Fragrances

    My sample of the day jogged my memory on this thread. It was CDG Laurel, and it's very leafy and woody, fairly dry with the suggestion of conifer. It's Monocle twin from CDG, Hinoki, is also a good...
  81. Re: Grapefruit and pepper, unisex, inexpensive. Suggestions?

    Just stumbled across this thread. What did you think of the Bvlgari?
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    Re: Your first niche bottle ( OFFICIAl THREAD)

    I, too, was looking for a signature scent, just starting to explore the world of fragrance. I knew I wanted something different than what everybody else was wearing, and started realizing that I...
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    Re: Keiko Mecheri BESPOKE

    Les Parfums = French
    Keiko Mecheri = Japanese
    Bespoke = British

    I'm not so sure it's clear just what they were going for!



    LOL, Very nice!
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    Re: Quality of Parfums MDCI bottles?

    Oh yea, I am also totally impressed by the atomizer. The only other sprayer that comes close is Creed, but that's more due to the sheer volume output by each spray. The IB atomizer has a great...
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    Re: Keiko Mecheri BESPOKE

    Well, she's a Japanese lady who lives in California. Can't much blame her for not being a French expert. I can't wait to launch my own perfume line, so I can purposely mis-spell all the French...
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    Re: Gourmand notes in Woodsy/Pine Cone Fragrances

    I'd normally recommend Fou d'Absinthe, but perhaps that's one of the woody L'Artisans that you've tried out. I don't find it foody, but there are a lot of kitchen spices in there.

    Perhaps Bois...
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    Re: Quality of Parfums MDCI bottles?

    I've also had some issues with the bottle of Invasion Barbare I recently bought. The leakage wasn't nearly as severe, although the box was noticeably scented. My buddy complimented it from across...
  88. Re: What do you do with the samples you don't like, aren't going to use?

    I save some, give some away. It actually usually depends on the amount of juice left - many of my samples come in the dab vial, and once I've given it a good run, there's just not enough left to...
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    Re: Keiko Mecheri BESPOKE

    Totally agree about the lightness of this one. I often find myself attracted to fragrances with a single interesting accord, and with Tangeri I find that once a lot of the citrus burns off, I'm left...
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    Re: Something worth saving up for?

    If you enjoy 'Nova, then you might think Invasion Barbare is worth saving up for. I recently saved up for it, and sure don't regret it.

    I'd also like to +1 on El Attarine, if you're an Egoiste...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2012

    I was planning on going with Kirkdjian's Oud for the synch today, but I opened up the vial today and decided it was way too sweet for my mood.

    So I went with a sample of Tangeri from Keiko...
  92. Re: My little boy has been bitten by the fragrance bug

    This is a great idea. My father put down a case of wine for my brother and I shortly after I was born. Regardless of whether or not I'd cultivated a taste for wine when I was older (I had...), this...
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    Re: Basenotes 2012 Meet Up - Interest?

    This is bad news. I was really looking forward to getting kicked out of some establishments with you man!
  94. Thread: Settle a fight

    by Al Gae
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    Re: Settle a fight

    +1. I find ADG to be very well constructed and pleasant through all phases. Although I think both smell quite nice. Personally, I prefer to wear scents which are a little less common.
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2012

    Glad to see all the love for Ziggy here. One of the reasons I love having a record player, is that there are many albums which have a vastly superior side. You can listen to the good one, and then...
  96. Re: $200 to spend. Quality over quantity or vice versa?

    Quality. Although SoS had a nice analysis of the problem with that word. Anyone interested in exploring the topic more should pick up the truly interesting "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle...
  97. Re: New and looking for my first 'niche' fragrance!

    Rubegon took the words right out of my mouth. I was thinking "Bois de Iles, I bet that would be a good choice". I also find it somewhat similar to theBeck's rec of Coromandel. Try them both! ...
  98. Thread: Signature scent

    by Al Gae
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    Re: Signature scent

    This is true for some. However, at work there's a customer rep who always wears the same musk. It's nice, because I can always tell when he arrives at a meeting without having to look around.
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    Re: Big meeting. Aventus or Invasion Barbare?

    Hehe - imagine this scenario: "Well, I had a big agenda of mergers and acquisitions planned out, but I smell Aventus. Bring out the discoballs and stripper poles!"
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2012

    What a great idea Alityke. I like your interpretation of this week's theme, and I went with BB today. The lemony / piney freshness is going to be great today - it's probably going to be warm!

    I...
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