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    Re: New - Czech & Speake No 88 EdP

    I would have thought a ramped up version of 88 was the last thing it needed

    There must be differences or there seems little point
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    Well, I can only really comment on these issues from how I perceive things as a person and my relationship to smells. I can't put myself into a 'trans' person's mind and how they might feel -- that...
  3. Re: If you could have 3 and only 3 fragrances from now until the end - which 3, and why? (no 'buts'.

    This is really tough

    Cristobal Pour Homme - Balenciaga (I am not sure even the ones on EBay are genuine though) --- a sexy, sweet, creamy oriental with a punch

    Santal Noble (vintage) - MPG --...
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    was she a big game hunter?
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    I agree with the Sheik and Russell

    Fragrances do have genders -- I think it is pretty stupid to deny that, there are lots of crossovers though, Bandit for example. I couldn't count the number of...
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    Re: I miss Grey Flannel!!

    same here
  7. Thread: 10's top ten?

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    Re: 10's top ten?

    2012 was a barren year ---- especially for mainstream/designer imo --- Spicebomb never really did it for me but was a valiant effort

    So, for me, it's a tie between Arquiste's Anima Dulcis and the...
  8. Thread: Guerlain Derby

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    Re: Guerlain Derby

    I'm not keen on the half-timbered DSquared type bottles with the re-issues but the fragrances are fab
  9. Re: Chanel Allure Homme vs Eqoiste Platiumn??? I went with.......

    Hmmm -- I wonder now many potential buyers of this would be influenced by Luca Turin --- or even heard of him?
  10. Thread: 10's top ten?

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    Re: 10's top ten?

    I like this thread but I bet it gets 'precious'

    My best scent for 2011 is the magnificent Prada Amber Intense -- a real beast of a fragrance

    For me, 2015 goes to another 'designer' in Ultra...
  11. Thread: 10's top ten?

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    Re: 10's top ten?

    Aventus has 2010 covered
  12. Thread: Would you.....

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    Re: Would you.....

    Of course.

    It is iconic. That is to say, even if you don't like it a bottle should be in your possession
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    Re: Your 3 Favorite Niche Houses

    changes on a weekly basis

    D S & Durga

    Kilian

    Clive Christian
  14. Re: Jane Birkin on her mother's Schiaparelli Shocking

    Luca Turin likened JB to a bit of an airhead didn't he -- or the most 'unfrench'?

    I saw a few versions of the original Shocking bottles at the Perfume Exhibition at Somerset House a few years ago...
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    Re: Best leather fragrance?

    The vintage was called Cuir de Russie. Cuir came repackaged and more honey was added so it was a sweeter version. Both are great imo but I reckon the Russie version will be pretty hard to find now.
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    hey -- I never mentioned a pee note -- unless you misread 'pass' for 'piss'
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    Re: Best leather fragrance?

    I forgot the severely underrated Cuir by L.T.Piver ---- that is lovely imo and doesn't cost much
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    I just have an aversion to this House, which extends through their clothes and accessories and especially the fragrances.
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    Re: Best leather fragrance?

    Bandit

    Nostalgia

    Cuir Cannage

    Hot Leather

    Cuir Fetiche
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    Re: NEW: Heretic - Smudge!

    I read an article about the guy behind Heretic

    He claims to use no synthetics ---

    Can anyone verify this?
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    a pass without testing for me ---- I just KNOW
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    Re: Tuberose and Vetiver???

    I think the vetiver would be lost if the two notes were paired -- tuberose is usually accompanied by various musks
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    Re: Aventus the next Cool Water?

    You know you are wearing the original though -- that's all that matters really
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    Re: Do people still care about Bond No.9?

    I don't really think about Houses in that way

    Bond are no better or worse than all of the niche houses imo -- some fragrances are great and some are duds
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    Re: What's happening with Parfum D'Empire???

    This happens all the time with MPG and other 'niche' houses -- they call it 'distribution problems'
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    Re: How many fragrances do you own?

    What, about half past eight? I expect so :laugh:
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    Re: Alternative to vintage Dior homme intense

    there's nothing like the original out there -- well not that I have experienced

    I'd get Dior Homme Edt instead
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    Re: Most complex/deep designer frags?

    apart from maybe Egoiste I really can't think of any recent complex 'designer' fragrances -- it's practically an oxymoron

    You would have to go vintage imo -- L'Homme by Versace up until about 2000...
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    Re: I see why some people become Niche Snobs...

    So because of where you live you are almost forced to view fragrances from a wholly artistic perspective.. That means missing a lot of enjoyment imo.

    If you can, move to a more liberated town or...
  30. Thread: Beta Male Scents

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    Re: Beta Male Scents

    GIT is beta dressed up as alpha
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    Re: Xerjoff JTC - Polo 1862 (Harrods exclusive)

    quite bold of Xerjoff I think as I wouldn't call it an 'easy' wear --- maybe Camilla got her hands on it
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    Re: Xerjoff JTC - Polo 1862 (Harrods exclusive)

    Yeah -- it's a shame more people can't at least test it

    I think it was specially created for a polo match that the 'Royals' were at and Xerjoff were sponsoring -- something like that anyway
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    Re: Xerjoff JTC - Polo 1862 (Harrods exclusive)

    nice one -- definitely a cool weather fragrance. It smells rich in both senses of the word
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    Re: Xerjoff JTC - Polo 1862 (Harrods exclusive)

    yeah -- I had a bottle and actually wrote a review --- spicy and leathery, nice and very potent

    I wonder if it ever saw the light of day outside Harrods?
  35. Re: so-called colognes that are EDT or better: the list

    I think it is too generic a word now to make any distinctions

    Bleu and Sauvage are classified as 'colognes' now in articles
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    Re: Which types of fragrance am I missing?

    you are thinking too hard

    just buy fragrances you like and give you pleasure to smell -- what's the worst that can happen?
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    Re: I see why some people become Niche Snobs...

    Snob or connoisseur -- that's the real question
  38. Re: Anyone remember Impulse Spice Girls deodorant? Please help with anything similar, many thanks

    4 years to get an answer and a possible match -- it must be a record :smiley:
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    Re: Under 50€ for school

    Eros
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    Re: Newbie to Basenotes Blind Buys

    yes, very, very powdery with a suffocating spicy sweetness -- others love it though - it's just how it plays out on me
  41. Re: Boldest designer or mainstream scents - what are or were they?

    Interesting point.

    In the day, we'd splash on Kouros and Fahrenheit without really thinking too much or over analysing the juice but they did come across as a bit 'different'. Big designer houses...
  42. Re: Boldest designer or mainstream scents - what are or were they?

    M7 and Dior Homme + Prada Amber --- these were pretty edgy imo

    It's a good question
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    Re: Very good (cheap) OUD perfumes?

    I like the AdP Colonia Oud quite a bit, but I'm not a 'pure' oud person so the different slant suits me
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    Re: Costume National I

    six years since Cyber Garden which wasn't great -- this one feels as though it will be better
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    Re: Newbie to Basenotes Blind Buys

    spray some Jaipur Homme on to a pillow, then have someone press it into your face

    that's what it's like wearing it imo
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Cuir Cuba Intense - Nicolai

    What an exquisite 'tobacco' this is to wear
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    Poll: Re: How dirty do you get?

    just a bit yes, but I don't mind skanky fragrances

    I find Puredistance M to be quite dirty -- it doesn't get mentioned much in this respect though
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    Poll: Re: How dirty do you get?

    sometimes I like to layer MKK with Leather Oud and just a splash of Kouros for good measure

    then I go food shopping
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    Re: Le Labo is trash...

    gimmicky pretentious outfit but 18 and 22 are good imo -- that's a pretty low ratio success rate

    the prices bear no relation to the quality here -- it just establishes their place in the market,...
  50. Re: Just bought Van Cleef Arpels pour homme in store !

    It was actually (well the original anyway) too powerful for me to wear --- I just couldn't gauge how many sprays to use and I felt like 'Mr Cologne Guy'
  51. Thread: What next

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    Re: What next

    Check out Palisander or Sequoia from Comme des Garcons. The House do 'woods' really well imo

    I was also going to recommend the DSquared range but I think they have all been discontinued -- what...
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    Re: Worth pulling the tr*gg*r on....

    yeah - that is a distinct possibility :kiss:
  53. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    Oh dear -- I didn't realise I was so influential :vrolijk_1:

    I want to try their new Vetiver and Grapefruit fragrance
  54. Re: Celebrity scents go niche? Chloe Sevigny & Régime des Fleurs

    Anybody but Coty is a bonus

    Celebrities are basically products aren't they?
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    Re: Worth pulling the tr*gg*r on....

    Blimey - yeah

    It's a nice fougere -- you may get some odd looks from older men though

    anyway -- if it doesn't suit you just dump it
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    Re: did a 180 on Roja Elysium

    yeah - that sounds a better option
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    Poll: Re: Help me buy my 1st Amouage!

    :grin: I don't get that connection at all but it made me laugh so thanks

    Journey Man is the way to go for a new starter
  58. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    Tobacco Absolute - Molton Brown

    well, literally anything by them -- a very unfashionable House who are on QVC a lot but produce some fine fragrances at cheap prices.-- more power to them I say
  59. Re: Pick One Fragrance Brought Back To Original Formulation?

    Pour Monsieur EDT - Chanel
  60. Thread: Sales Tom Ford

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    Re: Sales Tom Ford

    They do this maybe once a year on a particular House

    Probably only for 24 hours though -- maybe a couple of days?
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    Re: For Chilly Fall Days - Boozy Niche Scents?

    you would have a meta boozy fragrance layering these 2
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    Re: Your Favourite Perfumes From Roja Dove ?

    Yes, I do -- but RJ is a bit of a magpie. Enslaved is almost identical to Habanita EDP imo.
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    Re: Anything similar to l'immensité

    Yes -- it has that sporty/fresh but classic resonance going on. I like it very much.

    Some people say it smells like Sauvage but the ambrox isn't as high in the mix and it is much better made imo....
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    Re: Your Favourite Perfumes From Roja Dove ?

    I think those were the three he started off with. I met him at Harrods also on that (then) small outlet on the sixth floor -- I thought he was an SA who knew a lot about RJ fragrances :grin:


    ...
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    Re: Most Pretentious Fragrance Names

    MoslBuddJewChristHinDao by Mark Buxton --- you should feel blessed wearing this

    Afternoon of a Faun ---- a poem and a ballet with Nijinsky
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    Re: For Chilly Fall Days - Boozy Niche Scents?

    Practically all of the Frapins

    Single Malt by Kilian and (inadvertently) Seven Veils by Byredo stinks of whisky up top (a mixture of carrot and pimento)
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    Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    i just don't want to smell cheap or boorish
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    Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    Oh, I am prone to knee jerk reactions, especially with fragrances but I still may buy it
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    Re: Very Interested......

    no - still only available via net-a-porter

    it's driving me nuts

    I may have to actually buy something online if they are not rolled out soon :smiley:
  70. Re: Early notice: Carine Roitfeld, ex-Vogue editor, launching fragrance?

    Yeah --- 7 years we have been waiting

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/465507-Very-Interested

    Not rolled out yet -- only via net-a-porter
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    Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    There is a sort of signature opening with this House with their original range, but with Yuzu it is enhanced by a bittersweet lemon, orange,peppers and a lovely jasmine which is glorious. The heart...
  72. Re: Best modern Niche/Prive interpretation of 70s/80s powerhouse genre

    Tom Ford's Italian Cypress and 1962 by Floris are both paeans to more classic men's fragrances imo
  73. Re: Guilty: I enjoy fragrances with powerful projections..... Suggestions?

    Cactus Garden - Louis Vuitton

    very powerful and lovely fragrance
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    Re: What perfume lifts your spirits?

    any favourite fragrance I can still smell on the way home from work after 9 hours --- that is a sound performer
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    Re: New to the Fragrance Game

    I don't want to be rude but it seems to me that you don't really like fragrances for what they are but for what they can get you.

    You are just trying too hard and for all the wrong reasons.
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    Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    Excellent on me



    oh, ok -- that's a shame but it would be hard to match the amazing opening for the entire duration
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Yuzu by Acqua di Parma -- a fantastic bittersweet citrus

    I haven't enthused over an AdP this much for quite a while
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    Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    The new Yuzu is fantastic imo -- I have a sample and it just smells fabulous. Will be investing in a full bottle asap.
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    Re: Versace Eros VS Eau de baux for casual everyday

    +1 - can't argue with this
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Bergamot & Incense - EPC
  81. Re: Post a note and the best example of that note in a fragrance

    Milk that has 'turned' -- Secretions Magnifique
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    Re: If I created a niche fragrance house...

    Yes, I agree -- once you have got to know the person a bit better :thumbsup:
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    Re: Look for a particular fragrance

    hang on a minute --- is it April 1st or something?
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    Re: Look for a particular fragrance

    a particular cigarette now? cripes!

    Maybe try layering Jasmin et Cigarette with Sycomore ?
  85. Re: Van Cleef & Arpels pour homme : which formulation is this one ?

    guy on Reddit states that VC&A are discontinuing all their regular lines soon so, if true 45Eur could be a steal
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    Re: Dior Privee Eau Sauvage?

    At least it isn't a mortar sized edition of Sauvage!
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    Re: Sauvage = Baccarat Rouge 540

    Can you imagine layering these two -- you would have to be put in an isolation tank!
  88. Poll: Re: Baccarat Rouge 540 Edp or Elysium Pour Homme Parfum Cologne ?

    I find BR540 too feminine for me
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    Re: If I created a niche fragrance house...

    I think the urine and fecal accord together would go down well on a first date
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    Re: What fragrances make you do you hate/make you retch?

    just hold on fella -- the ambulance is on it's way ! :beer:
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    Re: Tuscan Leather and the ashtray drydown?

    Ha Ha -- probably the only fragrance for me where wearing nothing would be preferable
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    Re: Japon Noir, Good Find or Good Fake?

    My view is that it's genuine ---- nice choice
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    Re: What are some of your favorite notes ?

    Maybe 20 or so.

    I recommend checking out Aedes De Venustas and the brand new Rose and Rhubarb as great examples --- also the one by Comme des Garcons
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    Re: In the hunt for my next

    'This is not a Blue Bottle' by Histoire de Parfums

    A freshie from this House? Yeah and it packs a punch
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    Re: What are some of your favorite notes ?

    +1 Just me and you, brother :thumbsup:
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    Re: What fragrances make you do you hate/make you retch?

    +1 Have tested it on material and smelt it on others and it does make me feel nauseous

    I was actually wearing a sample of Tuscan Leather on a hot day in London and the fragrance made me feel sick...
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    Re: Tuscan Leather and the ashtray drydown?

    It's very odd -- I get it with no other 'leathers'. It's like some sickly sweet note in the base.
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    Re: What about Versace "The Dreamer" ?

    I see The Dreamer as a 'stepping stone' fragrance to better things but I liked it ok when I was much younger
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    Re: Tuscan Leather and the ashtray drydown?

    I'm not averse to an 'ashtray' effect -- Jasmin et Cigarettes, Serge Noire -- but there is something in Tuscan Leather that just turns my stomach over
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    Re: Aventus Cologne is great!

    Well, it has the Aventus name so it's there to be shot at

    The sniping has no effect on me -- I am going to buy a bottle
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