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    Re: My 3 Day Adventure with Geir

    I tested it yesterday. It made me think of Givenchy Pi diluted to an EDC or an aftershave. A very light and sweet oriental.
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    Re: stop calling creed a niche house!

    If Creed is "niche" then so is Guerlain.
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    Re: Ultraviolet Men by Paco R.?

    I sprayed it on my hand once. Top was okay, but the drydown was so bad I had to hold my own hand at arms length to keep it away from me as a went to the bathroom to wash it off.
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    Re: Floris Vetiver, and OV vs. Mugler.

    Thanks, I haven't had a chance to check out Gendarme yet.
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    Floris Vetiver, and OV vs. Mugler.

    Today I made my last honest attempt at a true vetiver, via Floris. It is interesting for a while, and there is a kind of freshness about it, *but the grassy scent and sandalwood started to make me...
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    Ormond Jayne Isfarkand opinions?

    Any opinions on this one? Not many reviews in the directory, but it was just given "best frag" by Wallpaper magazine, so I'm curious, especially as I am likely in the market for a vetiver. Is this...
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    The Man Comes Around ("soapy" & "grassy")

    Things are really waming up here in the desert and all of my orientals are in the "too heavy" and "sickening" camp right now. Anything sweet. Anything with vanilla. To an extent anything with "foody"...
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    Re: To brighten the start of the day...

    Where does one get 4711 offline? It seems like the sort of thing that should be widely available at the price, but I don't think I've ever seen it anywhere. Likewise, not likely to be at Neiman's...
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    Re: Home Alone Fragrances?

    Romeo Gigli
    Arabie
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    To brighten the start of the day...

    Yes, I know I like to make odd requests. ;)

    I want a fragrance to use when finishing my morning toilet, just as a way to freshen and brighten that moment. Kind of to cleanse the mental palate...
  11. Somewhere between L'Instant and Envy lies a Sage.

    I gave Divine's L'Homme Sage my first full wearing today. Is it just me or is this fragrance very similar to L'Iinstant PH? Reading the notes they are unrelated, but the sum of each seem very close...
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    Re: Sourcing Habit Rouge Legere.

    Yeah, I have a decant that I've been using a lot lately. Guess I'll have to bite the bullet and order it from overseas.
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    Sourcing Habit Rouge Legere.

    For those of you in the US who purchased Habit Rouge Legere the last time that it was available, were you able to purchase it locally in the US, or did you have to import it yourself? It is due for...
  14. Re: Looking For That Elusive Scent! Please Help!

    L'Instant PH last all day just fine. 2 sprays to the chest before putting on your shirt helps. Then put two on neck or wrists - I usually do the crook of my arms. Only those in my personal space...
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    Re: Got My Muscs Koublai Khan Decant Today

    Sounds like "Sex Panther." ;)
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    Re: For eternal summer: cold, cool, refreshing.

    Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'm definitely ordering some samples. I just gave myself a dab of Mugler Cologne, and that could be on the right track too.
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    For eternal summer: cold, cool, refreshing.

    I'm trying to plot my escape from Guerlain, it probably won't work, but if I o go back to Guerlain then we know it is true love. ;)

    Anyway, we are already starting to get summer temperatures here,...
  18. Thread: Only Guerlain

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    Re: Only Guerlain

    Yes, Guerlain is the very prestigious house with many classic fragrances. L'Instant and Heritage are too young to be established classics, but they are still classical compositions, in terms of how...
  19. Thread: Only Guerlain

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    Only Guerlain

    I recently started playing again with my big box of samples, decants, and minis.

    When I first started my last search for a new cologne several months ago, I expected to end up wearing one of those...
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    Re:  Guerlain celebrates a summery Instant

    I would think that Habit Rouge Legere and Shalimar Legere are just going to be limited seasonal rereleases of the same frags given seasonal release in 2005 and 2003 respectively - not further...
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    Re: All this Serge Lutens raving

    I expect that most of the active posters here prefer oriental fragrances, and Serge Lutens specializes in high quality, often unique orientals.
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    Re: Next month's purchases ???

    L'Instant deodorant - probably both versions.
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    Re: what about arabie

    The king of rich oriental frags IMO. The scent of the Count of Monte Cristo. Unlike most heavy "orientals" it doesn't become cloying in the heat. You can actually wear it in the desert without...
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    Re: If money were no object...

    I'd buy Guerlain from LVMH.

    Restore the classics to their original formulations and bottles.

    Extend the L'Instant Pour Homme ancillary line so that everythng in my bathroom is L'Insanted. ;)
    ...
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    Re: WHICH GUERLAIN SHOULD BE IN ONE'S WARDROBE??

    Likewise. L'Instant has become my sig. After spending $$$ on all kinds of designer and niche stuff, even having samples of obscure frags airmailed from France, it is still going to be Guerlain. And...
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    Re: L'homme sage by Divine. How is it?

    Anyone else get a kelp-like note in the top of L'Homme Sage?

    L'Homme de Coeur reminds me a lot of Dior's Cologne Blanche, though better I think. Smoother, clearer.
  27. L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme deodorants.

    I've pretty much made L'Instant PH my sig fragrane, and I am curious about the L'Instant deodorants - both stick and spray.

    Any comments on how they smell vs. the edt?
    How well do they last?...
  28. Re: Seeking "every day" scent: suggestions please

    Tommy Bahama Men is very peppery, with tobacco and wood notes.
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    Re: Triggering Female Attraction with Cologne?

    When I refer to BO, I'm referring specifically to that rancid, bacterial smell.
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    Re: Triggering Female Attraction with Cologne?

    Look at it from the other way - from your own POV.

    I know a couple of attractive girls, both of whom usually wear some very appealing perfumes. This makes me feel more attracted to them. Their...
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    Re: WHICH GUERLAIN SHOULD BE IN ONE'S WARDROBE??

    I find that L'Instant lasts a very long time. Just today I was flipping through some fashion/design magazines before throwing them away, and I kept getting hit by this great but familiar scent. I...
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    Re: What cologne screams "confidence?"

    Guerlain Heritage. It is like spraying on a Tux and a pedigree.
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    Re: Perfume and armpits.

    I ask because I tried this yesterday. I had run out of deodorant, so in a pinch I used L'Instant Ph edt. Only using it on my armpits it still produced a suprising sillage though my shirt, and no BO...
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    Perfume and armpits.

    I've seen some references (unexplained) that you should never apply an edt to the armpits. But I've also read references by people who do - in combination with unscented antipersperant.

    Anyone...
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    Re: Let's talk about Tobacco once more

    One flying below the radar here, but IMO worth checking out is Tommy Bahama.
  36. Re: Newbie Question: Early 20's casual scent advic

    L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme. Fresh, complex, never heavy or cloying.
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    Re: Most daring fragrances?

    Daring means, something that goes beyond the ordinary concept of a "men's cologne."
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    Re: Horrible Experience

    I smelled AMen coming off someone two nights ago at a bar. My bottle will be going up forsale/trade very soon. [smiley=bath.gif]
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    Most daring fragrances?

    Using Voleur de Roses as an example. What do you think are the most daring fragrances available?
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    Re: People's choice aWARDs

    Best Male fragrance: Guerlain Heritage

    Best Office wear fragrance: Bulgari pour Homme

    Best Clubbing fragrance:

    Best Romantic fragrance:

    Best Bottle: A*Men
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    Re: SotD, Saturday, September 17

    Put on Mechant Loup 13 hours ago, and it is still hanging out at 2am Saturday...
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    Re: Vetiver Redux (very long!)

    Would Bulgari pour Homme be counted as a vetiver? I sampled it on the skin today, and vetiver seemed the predominant note in this admittedly light fragrance.
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    Re: Beauty and Suffering.

    Honestly, I wrote that first post just after getting out of the shower after DZING! made me very sick. At that moment, this whole quest seemed very tough indeed.
  44. Re: Just ordered a lot of samples from Aedes...

    I wore Tea for Two yesterday. Pretty nice. It almost comes off as an oriental between the slight smokiness and mellow sweetness. A lot more body to this one than most L'Artisans. I'll have to try it...
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    Re: Beauty and Suffering.

    Cristobal is one that I'd been looking for. I think that I might know a dealer with samples for that, and I can get the Miller Harris and Diptyque. For the rest, especially the Chanels, any...
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    Re: Beauty and Suffering.

    Did I sound too mean?

    As I've worked through dozens of frags, I find tha basically I like woody orientals. other things don't seem to hold my interest, but the problem is that they tend to get...
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    Beauty and Suffering.

    I'll admit up front that I am a know-it-all dilettante type. I get into something new and I have to know and experience everything as quickly as possible.

    I have to say, I have not experienced so...
  48. Re: Just ordered a lot of samples from Aedes...

    However expensive samples may seem, it is still a lot cheaper than buying full bottles of things that you end up not liking. I've spent probably over $100 just on samples so far, but it has let my...
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    Re: Opinions of the Ermengildo Zegna scents?

    I think I'm going to try Z at least. Will look around for it today.
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    Opinions of the Ermengildo Zegna scents?

    Any fans of the Zegna scents out there? Z? Essenza de Zegna?

    Got a little whiff of Z from an insert in a magazine. Seems nice. Almost a vacation from all of the heavy complicated niche frags I've...
  51. Re: Its either Heritage is being discontinued or .

    So it is becoming like Antaeus with Chanel.
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    Re: What would be groundbreaking?

    Serge Lutens . . . Aqua! <Carlos is pelted with bottles of Kouros>

    Actually on second thought...

    Imagine a marine that is not another smell of seaweed on the beach, but perhaps the smell of...
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    Re: $5K deep....what did I learn?

    Reading your posts brings one scent to my mind: Guerlain Heritage
  54. Thread: Spicy Fresh?

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    Re: Spicy Fresh?

    One I just encountered that I'd call spicy-fresh is Bond No. 9 Riverside Drive. Seems half Tommy Bahama cologne and half Sander by Jil Sander. Pepper, lime, etc.
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    I've only seem it at clearance prices in clearance stores - and I don't see it at all in regular discount perfume shops. I haven't been to a regular department store for awhile so I can't comment on...
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    Re: The most disgusting, repulsive fragrances:

    SL Ambre Sultan
  57. Re: Re-introducing Mr Cranky the fragrance suggest

    Mr. Cranky:

    Serge Lutens Arabie

    and:

    Romeo Gigli Uomo
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    Re: Can we talk about....your favourite fragance

    While I'm still very early in my learning phase, I'd give top marks right now to Serge Lutens Arabie.
  59. Re: New Yorker Magazine piece on Herm[ch65533]s JdN creation

    Best thing I've read by Burr.
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    Re: Voleur de Roses

    I gave it my first full wearing today. For the most part I only pick up that scent of roots in the sillage. The slightest hint of rose. Problem is that the scent seems to irritate my throat. I don't...
  61. Thread: Spicy Fresh?

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    Re: Spicy Fresh?

    Just went on the samples list. Thanks. :)
  62. Thread: Spicy Fresh?

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    Spicy Fresh?

    I've been trying Tommy Bahama for Men today and I'm enjoying the sillage which is peppery and underlaid with cigar tobacco and salty limey note. It is very fresh without being dominated by citrus...
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    Re: recommendations for 'the older gentlemen'?

    Seconded.
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    Re: Which Serge Lutens?

    Arabie
    Douce Amere
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    Re: Dior Homme: A newspaper critique

    I really like the new SL Cedre, so I guess I'll assume my taste is the opposite of the reviewer's.
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    Re: Recommend a niche frag for the desert.

    I work in a large cd/dvd/bookstore. Receiving product (yay boxes!), putting out product (yay crates!) and customer service.

    I don't want to exaggerate the heat and sweat thing, but it is a factor....
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    Re: Recommend a niche frag for the desert.

    I absolutely agree with you...now. I had to learn the hard way.
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    Recommend a niche frag for the desert.

    And yes I mean the desert.

    Up to 120 F+ (50 C) during the day. Warm all year round. Winter here is a mild spring in temperate climes.

    Work often involves lifting or moving heavy things, and...
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    Re: Pleas help me!!

    Seconded.
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    Re: Testing all of the wrong stuff...

    Thanks, I've smelled Guerlain's, but I haven't worn it. I also have a sample of OV. I'll hve a look at the others too.
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    Testing all of the wrong stuff...

    It seems like I am back where I started.

    On the one hand it seems like *love the smell of heavy woody orientals - from the first impression on the strip, to how it smells right on the skin - but...
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    Re: Worst retailer that you've done business with

    From what I read in the past, NM only accepts AMEX because they have a special deal with AMEX. AMEX charges NM less per transaction in exchange for exclusivity.

    However frustrating you found it...
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    Re: Speical.. that makes u go WOW!

    To go slightly left of the other spicy/tobacco recommends:

    Tommy Bahama

    Very much a rich peppery tobbaco scent. Touched with a dry citrus note I think, rather than a sweet one.
  74. Re: ORIENTAL AND SOFT,IS POSSIBLE? SOME RECOMMENDA

    Guerlain L'Instant Pour Homme
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    A bevy of new beauties...

    Here I am, searching for a signature frag. I've nosed dozens of frags in shops, and have more than a dozen samples that I've been working my way though. It like a dating process, I try a new one on,...
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    Re: My honest question

    I sniffed it the other day after reading all of the praise on this board and on Luca Turin's blog. My first thought was "old lady." Likewise Samsara, though I found that more pleasant. But I also put...
  77. Re: Re-introducing Mr Cranky the fragrance suggest

    M7 by Yves Saint Laurent (2002)
    A*Men / Angel Men by Thierry Mugler (1996)
    Rochas Man by Rochas (1999)
    H.M. by Hanae Mori (1997)
    Jaipur Homme by Boucheron (1997) [/quote]

    I think this...
  78. Re: Re-introducing Mr Cranky the fragrance suggest

    Mr Cranky:


    Lolita Lempika au Masculin

    Guerlain L'Instant Pout Homme

    Creed Himalaya
  79. Re: Tried many new scents today and I need help gu

    YSL M7
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    Re: Newbie needs suggestions...

    If you are willing to invest a little time and money into the search I would recommend ordering a couple dozen samples, which will allow proper testing of fragrances. I'm really beginning to feel...
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    Re: Creed Himalaya!

    Alas, I couldn't find a sample of BdP. :(

    Honestly, I wasn't expecting anything spectacular. But I was happily surprised.

    Of course I do have another dozen scent samples on hand of other...
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    Creed Himalaya!

    Oh my god. Bliss!

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    After a second day of wearing L'Instant I pondered and wrote down my thoughts on it - all in all quite nice. Not beautiful like Heritage, but nice.
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    Re: What was your first cologne?

    CK Obsession for Men was my first.

    I smelled it recently and struck me as surprisingly gourmand for the period. I don't remember that candied cinnamon-like note that jumps out at you.
  84. Thread: 15 Samples!

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    Re: 15 Samples!

    It seems to have improved over the last couple hours. Or at least, the sillage is much nicer than the scent at the spot of application. I'm going to try it at work tomorrow. In the end something like...
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    Re: Bond No. 9 New Haarlem

    Yes, I'm finding Rochas Man to be a bit one note in my use.
  86. Thread: 15 Samples!

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    Re: 15 Samples!

    Funny. I'm trying L'Instant PH today. For the most part underwhelmed. A nice, "nothing to complain about" fragrance. A much lighter, slighty sweeter Heritage I think. Inoffensive.

    A few hours...
  87. Thread: 15 Samples!

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    Re: 15 Samples!

    Purchased from perfumebay. Not cheap, but there are too many things that I want to give extended trials to, and too many things that I couldn't find at all. I also want to get some L'Artisan and Bond...
  88. Thread: 15 Samples!

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    Re: 15 Samples!

    Thanks. There are weeks worth of playing to be had here. :) If anything the hard part will be having the patience to try one thing at a time, and really give everything a chance.

    I cheated just a...
  89. Thread: 15 Samples!

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    15 Samples!

    Just picked them up at the post today:

    (all are Men's versions)

    Lolita Lempika
    Beyond Paradise
    M7
    Marc Jacobs
    Jaipur EDP
    Aqua di Roma
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    Re: Givenchy Gentleman...

    The first whiff was a real punch in the nose. I don't know if I'll try again...
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    Re: First time wearing cologne...

    Acqua di Gio - girls love it, and they complain that every guy wears it. I just ran into it radiating from some teenager at the Supermarket.

    My advice would simply be to check and compare several...
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    Re: The Dreamer--Does it Rock or Blow?

    Blows.

    Grossed me out. I had to scrub it off.
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    Re: A stranger in a strange land...

    I'd read about those special deals at marshalls and I found Guerlain's Heritage and Vetiver there. No sealed boxes alas, but I tried both on the skin. My impression of vetiver only worsened....
  94. Thread: Dior Homme

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    Re: Dior Homme

    Sounds like a nice fit for my growing collection. :)
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    Lacoste Pour Homme

    Did a little errant sniffing today, looking for Habit Rouge and Jicky - and not finding them. Turns out, a shop near me had Hanae Mori all this time - I just didn't know the bottle until recently.
    ...
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    Lolita vs. Yohji

    I've had Yohji Homme recommended to me again, and I am curious to check it out, but since it is discontinued I think I would have to buy a bottle just to sample it.

    I have seen some brief...
  97. Thread: The Monclin!

    by Carlos3
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    Re: The Monclin!

    I've been using crystal sherry copitas this way all evening. Spray a test strip, place in glass, let alcohol evaporate. Nose glass as you would eith a fine spirit. Over the course of several hours...
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    Re: A stranger in a strange land...

    If I can be permitted a moment of romanticism, I've kind of got this platonic idea of a frangrance in my head. Something rich and floral, and spicy, full-bodied. I see something exotic and oriental....
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    Re: A stranger in a strange land...

    Thanks everyone.

    I'll definitely hold off buying anything else for a while. I want to see how these two actually wear in everyday use. To what degree do they fit, to what degree not. Then from...
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    Re: Le Male "Prestige" with bulb sprayer.

    http://a1216.g.akamai.net/f/1216/955/6h/images2.nordstrom.com/images/store/product/large/15881U.jpg
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