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  1. Re: Tauer - L'Air du desert Marocian - of all the scents i have...

    It must wear differently on different people. Like almost all of Tauer's creations, this lasts forever on me. And in a very distinctive way. At a certain point it seems to disappear and...
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    Re: What's your favourite CHYPRE?

    On others: Mitsouko (my mom's and grandma's signature scent, so I really couldn't imagine wearing it)

    On anyone: Pour Monsieur

    (Incidentally, though far from my favorite, Balmain de Balmain is...
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    Re: looking for a new fougere

    For true classics, try Guerlain's Jicky and Mouchoir de Monsieur (Jean Paul Guerlain famously, if unfairly, said that these are the only good fougeres....all the rest are for truck drivers).
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    Re: Name best lavender cologne you know!

    1) Jicky
    2) Caron PuH
    3) C&S O&C (because of that mint note)
    4) Caldey Island Lavender (just wish it had more staying power)
  5. Re: What do you consider a great "value" men's fragrance

    +1 on the Carons, Grey Flannel, and Azzaro ph.

    Some other high quality frags that often be found for low prices online: Fath's Green Water, Hermes L'Eau d'Orange Verte, Rochas Moustache...
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    Re: Name your best incense cologne.

    Another vote for L'ADDM

    For an unusual use of an incense note, Diptyque's sadly discontinued L'Eau Trois, deserves mention. This had a great medicinal opening that featured myrrh. Pity that,...
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    Re: Must Try Fragrances

    Three that haven't been mentioned yet:

    Knize Ten: Whether you end up loving it or hating it, this reference leather is an incredible classic. IMO nothing else is quite like it. Then again, I'm in...
  8. Re: What discontinued fragrances should we stock up now?

    I'd second Tenere (which happened to be my SOTD yesterday).
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    Re: Caron's Pour Un Homme

    No kidding.

    I love PuH....and 3rd Man and Yatagan. And I like L'Anarchiste (though not quite as much as the other three).

    Together I can't think of any other set of four frags from a single...
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    Re: Helmut Lang Cuiron - My 1st Impression

    I like Cuiron, but it's not my favorite leather. That would be K10.

    In fact, Cuiron might not even crack my top 3 leather frags. Others near the top (in no particular order): Bandit, Lonestar...
  11. Re: What Fragrance(s) Do You Wish You Can Buy at This Very Moment?

    Onda Extrait (as if)

    I have a longer "to try" list:
    Derby
    Havana
    Tauer's new Orange Star

    But I have no fragrance budget at the moment and a wonderful and large collection, so I'm not...
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    Re: Habit Rouge EDC, EDT or Legere

    I own and like the EDC. Tried the EDT years ago and also liked it, but have never tried them side-by-side. Be aware that they've just discontinued the EDC, so if you're gonna grab a bottle, now might...
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    Re: About Eau d'Hermès . . .

    Excellent frag (I have the copper top). Well worth tracking down, IMO. Not for the cumin averse, however.
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    Re: Masculine chypres?

    Chanel PM is, imo, simply the king of classic masculine chypres. Subtle and beautiful.

    But there are endless numbers of wonderful chypres for men to wear (many, of course, are marketed to women)....
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    Re: Grey Flanel What?

    Standard (but apt) GF warnings:

    1) Don't judge it by the top notes. Let it settle down for a good long while. You may come to like the top notes, but they can be an acquired taste.

    2) Spray...
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    Re: Popularity - Czech & Speake

    I like nearly all the C&S frags I've tried (I got their sample pack, which is definitely worthwhile as noted upthread). The only one I own is #88, which I love. As great_badir notes, C&S perfumes...
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    Re: Philosykos returns to my nose

    A wonderful spring/summer scent that I (quite literally) forget about each winter and then (inevitably) rediscover when the weather warms. I blind bought a large decant of this a couple years ago and...
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    Re: New Tauer flacons

    Hard to please everyone, but I really like the new packaging (then again, I never particularly minded his old, plain bottles).
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    Re: Everyday lavender

    If it lasted just a tad longer my first choice might be Caldey Island Lavender, which is a bit hard to find, but very affordable. A lovely, natural smelling lavender with a slightly musky base.
    ...
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    Re: Caron, Third Man/Le Troiseme Homme Cologne

    Like many others who've commented on this thread, I own the Big 4 Caron masculines: PuH, Yatagan, 3rd Man, and L'Anarchiste. PuH is PuH; an absolute classic that I think I'll always appreciate in...
  21. RIP Béatrice Piquet, creator of L'Instant PH

    From Perfumeshrine comes the sad news that Béatrice Piquet, the nose behind Guerlain's L'Instant PH, Burberry's The Beat, and Trussardi Uomo (among many other fragrances) has passed away following a...
  22. Thread: Grey Flannel

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    Re: Grey Flannel

    It's also always worth adding when discussing GF that this one is an absolute steal these days. There's no excuse for anyone not to have this in their collection. I don't wear it very often, but I...
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    Re: Civet-based colognes?

    Like the avatar says: Jicky.

    And strictly speaking this was traditionally (i.e. originally) unisex, though it's currently marketed primarily to women.

    Go to a Guerlain counter and do a...
  24. Re: Jacques Fath, Green Water - Any Similar Colognes Around?

    I really like Green Water ( I have the '08 relaunch). We had some warm weather here for the first time in months this week and I wore it as my SOTD a couple days ago. I bought this blind last year...
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    Poll: Re: Best rose scent for men?

    Tauer's Une Rose Chypree should also be mentioned.
  26. Re: Vero Profumo - worth smelling? Worth the prices?

    Preliminary reviews of the forthcoming Vero Profumo EdP line are very positive. Vero Kern has apparently totally reworked her fragrances for their EdP versions, adding passionfruit to each of them...
  27. Re: What was the last frag that really "wowed" you ?

    I got a sample of Onda a couple months ago. It's amazing! Far too spendy however. I'll be sorely tempted by the EdP when it comes out in a few months, however...
  28. Re: best/most interesting classic fragrance for everyday/office wear?

    In addition to the many excellent suggestions above:
    Habit Rouge
    Jicky
    Dunhill for Men
    Caron PuH
    Eau d'Hermes
    Knize Ten
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    Re: Bandit - Which version should I avoid?

    AFAIK, the EDT is no longer in production (it was available before the better reformulation). There is also a Parfum.

    I bought a new bottle of the EDP last year, the ingredient list of which...
  30. Re: Masculine but sweet - your best recommendations

    The first thing that came to mind (and one not yet mentioned): Guerlain's L'Instant PH.

    Also: Tauer's Lonestar Memories.
  31. Re: Which frag has the most diverse descriptions ?

    I've always been amused by reviews of L'Homme Sage that talk about the (nonexistent) sage note.
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    Re: Tauer Fragrances in NYC?

    Andy Tauer offers generous samples at fair prices. I'd just order a sample from him. Since he charges a flat shipping rate, you might want to try another frag or two. If you like rose, both his...
  33. Thread: Rocabar!

    by PhinClio
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    Re: Rocabar!

    As a big fan of TdH, Eau d'Orange Verte, and EdH, I've long wanted to try Rocabar, Equipage and Bel Ami. I know it sounds irrational, but my inability to figure out which of these to try first has...
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    Re: Which Rose? (Another Rose Q?! - sorry)

    Some other roses to consider:

    Tauer's Une Rose Chypree and Incense Rosé
    Les Parfums de Rosine's Twill Rose and Rose d'Homme (though I haven't tried the latter)
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    Re: Sub $75 niche scents

    I keep hearing good things about Smell Bent, whose perfume oils sell for $20/8ml....but I haven't sampled them myself.
  36. Thread: Diptyque

    by PhinClio
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    Re: Diptyque

    That was certainly the problem with my two favorites among the many Diptyques I've sampled: Virgilio and L'Eau Trois. Both are very unusual and wonderful, the former herbal and green, the latter...
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    Re: Pour Monsieur by Chanel discontinued!?!?

    What accounts for the recent substitution of treemoss for oakmoss in so many frags (in addition to PM, my recently purchased bottle of Bandit is now oakmoss-free)? My understanding was that the two...
  38. Thread: Mandom

    by PhinClio
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    Re: A *new* parody of the Mandom cologne commercial...

    That's Percy Helton (of Kiss Me Deadly fame), not Bert Lahr (of Cowardly Lion fame) in the original spot.
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    Re: Pour Monsieur by Chanel discontinued!?!?

    Chanel's marketing of PM and PMC completely confuses me. I've never smelled PMC, but my sense is that it is an entirely different perfume from PM. PM--which I own and like--is a chypre (perhaps the...
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    Re: Pour Monsieur by Chanel discontinued!?!?

    As long as I can remember, Chanel PM has been incredibly difficult to get in the U.S. There's enough oakmoss in it that I suppose it could be discontinued, but I've certainly never heard that was...
  41. Re: My 1 Liter Creed Vintage Tabarome!!! Feast your eyes on this bad boy!!!!

    That bottle made me think of this approach to applying fragrance (h/t Now Smell This):


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8bqVL0VXrE
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    Re: Encre Noire - Better in Winter?

    I actually prefer EN in the summer.
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    Re: Latest Yatagan Formaulation: What's missing?

    Missing? It looks to me like there's an extra "a"!

    Seriously: the pyramid is a description of a scent, not a list of ingredients. While Yatagan has probably been reformulated a number of times...
  44. Re: Knize Ten - Could it be the perfect leather scent?

    Hmmm....I like them both, but to my nose Cuir Ottoman is much, much more powdery than K10.
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    Re: You know what smells awesome? Celery!

    Dzongkha also has a pronounced celery note.
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    Re: What is Basenotes' Acqua di Gio?

    Some that I'm surprised haven't been mentioned:

    K10

    Chanel PM (original)

    Cuiron

    Also the Carons, esp. Yatagan, 3rd Man, and L'Anarchiste, which seem to periodically reappear as popular...
  47. Re: L'Air du Desert Marocain Safe for Blind Buy if I Own TdH?

    L'Air is a wonderful scent, but I wouldn't blind buy it. Tauer offers really reasonably priced, large samples at a flat shipping rate. Try three or four of his scents. You might be surprised at...
  48. Re: What's the best wood fragrance in your opinion?

    Divine L'Homme Sage
  49. Re: In Search of Leather: with a twist of personal taste.

    Also: Bandit
  50. Re: In Search of Leather: with a twist of personal taste.

    Ditto on K10 and Cuir Ottoman.

    I'd add: Cuiron (if you can find it) and Lonestar Memories, which I've been particularly liking during our recent bout of cold weather.
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    Re: Question about iso e heavy frags

    For me TdH works well, though differently, for me in warm and cold weather.

    On the other hand, I always found EN a bit overwhelming in cold weather and assumed that it would be more so in the...
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    Re: Is Dzing! Similar to Yatagan?

    Very different frags, IMO. There is a lot of celery in Yatagan (indeed, Caron now advertises it as having a strong celery note), though I don't register that as "skanky" in the least. Dzing! is, to...
  53. Thread: Incense.

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    Re: Incense.

    What conehead said! For the past several months I've been exploring incense. I particularly love the Japanese incenses from Baieido, which are austere and beautiful and really emphasize the woods...
  54. Re: I don't enjoy Green scents too much, recommend me some scents, Green lovers!

    For an inexpensive but first-rate designer green, try Balmain de Balmain (marketed to women, but a truly unisex green chypre).
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    Re: What did you carry with you this vacation ?!

    This year it was Xmas with the Carons: I travelled to my inlaws with PuH, 3rd Man, and Yatagan. I enjoyed them all! I just (blind) bought PuH a few weeks ago and I've been really loving it. The...
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    Re: Nuit de Noël .... for men?

    Unfortunately my wife almost never wears perfume.
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    Nuit de Noël .... for men?

    Any guys out there have any experience with Caron's Nuit de Noël?

    I just won a bottle of the current EDT in an online draw (I haven't actually received it yet) and I'm wondering whether I'm...
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    Re: Encre noire or terre d'herme

    I own and like both of these scents, but I agree with all those who've said that TdH is more versatile.

    Try them both before you buy either one. They are both way heavy on the Iso E Super, so if...
  59. Re: First post. Great Site!! Now a question for you.

    Any fragrance worth loving is probably also worth hating, depending on your tastes. Put another way: distinctive perfumes provoke strong responses.

    There's no way anyone can tell you what to like....
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    Re: How to burn pure frankincense and myrrh?

    As mentioned upthread, the two simplest way to burn these resins are on charcoal or in an electric incense warmer. Two sites that sell both are Mermade Magickal Arts (don't be put off by the extreme...
  61. Thread: real leather

    by PhinClio
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    Re: real leather

    Hmmm...

    My favorite leather is K10, but I know it's a scent that divides folks, and that many smell it as quite floral (which I don't at all). I also think of it as the most realistic leather I...
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    Re: Guerlain-like scents?

    There's something old-school and Guerlain-like about Tauer's latest, Une Rose Chyprée....though I've never sniffed Nahema, the particular Guerlain it's said to resemble.
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    Re: Seeking the best green scent ...

    Balmain de Balmain...a terrific unisex green chypre....and a bargain, too.
  64. Thread: Yatagan

    by PhinClio
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    Re: Yatagan

    I really like Yatagan. I do get the celery note. Of all the controversial frags I own, this is the one the controversy over which I least understand. It's unusual, sure. But I don't find it at all...
  65. Thread: birch tar

    by PhinClio
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    Re: birch tar

    Another vote for Lonestar Memories, which happens to be my SOTD today (I just won a bottle in Andy Tauer's insanely generous Advent Calendar giveaway!)
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    Re: The Third Man-Caron

    It's a--perhaps the--classic floral fougere. A very elegant fougere structure with a lot of jasmine and a shot of carnation in its heart. If you like fougeres and/or jasmine, it's a pretty safe...
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    Re: Tom Ford interviewed ...

    He was on NPR's Fresh Air today. He really is a great interview!
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    Re: Hermes Formulations

    I love Ed'H because of the bold, but balanced, use of cumin. It's a tough call, but this is probably my favorite Roudnitzka scent (though I haven't smelled Diorella or P de Therese). My bottle is a...
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    Re: Eau d'Hermes or Moustache?

    They're both wonderful scents, but they're very different. I much prefer Eau d'Hermes, but I love the cumin. If you don't like the cumin in Ed'H, you might well prefer Moustache (which I think has...
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    Re: Perfect Lavender

    Just blind-bought PuH myself. I agree. It's wonderful and a great bargain (like the other Caron masculines).

    Other favorite lavenders of mine are: Jicky and Caldey Island (which I own) and Oxford...
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    Re: Masculine FLOWER scent

    Paco Rabanne Ténéré (discontinued but readily available) is a terrific masculine floral.

    Caron's 3rd Man is a wonderful floral fougere....and a great bargain, to boot.
  72. Thread: ****

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    Re: ****

    http://i45.tinypic.com/28memtk.gif
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    Re: The Ultimate Men's Niche Fragrance?

    (Modern) Niche: Tauer's LADDM (though today I'm wearing Lonestar Memories--it's a sample but a couple days ago I won a bottle in Andy's incredibly generous advent calendar giveaway--and it's...
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    Re: Czech & Speakes Sample Pack My Thoughts

    I got the sample pack months ago and was pretty impressed.

    I already had a bottle of No. 88 (reformulated version) and am a big fan of it.

    I liked most of the others, too, especially Cuba, O&C,...
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    Re: finding Hojary Frankincense (good source)?

    Mermade Magickal Arts has some very reasonably priced Omani hougary frankincense. I've never purchased from them, but they (and their frankincense) come recommended by the Olfactory Rescue Service...
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    Re: Absolutes from CB I Hate Perfume?

    All the CBs I've sampled (some in the water, some in the absolute) have been interesting but very low on sillage and often quite fleeting. I find them all intriguing. Some are more wearable than...
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    Re: Grey Flannel: what was the controversy?

    Excellent write up, Buzzlepuff. I'd add:

    1) Not only do you need to use this very sparingly, but also in cooler weather. Extreme heat + GF is a bad combination.

    2) GF really is one of the...
  78. Re: Which "female" scents do you guys wear in public, and in private?

    There are none that I wear in private that I wouldn't wear in public.

    Female scents in my wardrobe include (in no particular order):
    Balmain de Balmain
    Vol de Nuit
    Bandit
    Cabochard
    Jicky...
  79. Re: Frags hated by many BNers that you like, and why.

    It's not hated by any means, but I've never gotten the Terre d"Hermes backlash that followed its initial celebration. It's never been my favorite frag, but I love it as well as I did when I got it...
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    Re: Why no love for L'Homme Sage?

    I loved my sample of this, but I've long since used it up. This has been high atop my to-buy list for over a year, but for some reason I haven't pulled the trigger. I think part of the reason is...
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    Re: No love for lavender?

    I wasn't imagining that it would be anything like my other Carons....which are all quite different from each other, too. Indeed, what links the three Carons I own is that they are all fantastic value...
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    Re: No love for lavender?

    I love lavender. It reminds me of some wonderful childhood visits to Provence and of the Yardley soap that my parents used to always get.

    As the avatar suggests, Jicky is one of my favorite frags....
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    Re: Floral Fougere recomendations ...

    Lavender is certainly a flower, but since all fougeres contain lavender, I've always thought that a floral fougere has to contain some other florals, too.

    King of this category, IMO, is 3rd Man. ...
  84. Re: What happened to Vibert's reviews and recent posts?

    I thought we'd get into this ethical question eventually. Obviously (from earlier comments) I side with scentsitivity in this matter, but I think that there's a real question here and it deserves...
  85. Re: Ego Facto - Anyone try anything from the line?

    LuckyScent tossed samples of Jamais le Dimanche and Pieges a Filles in a recent order.

    My first impression of both is positive without being bowled over by either one. Pieges is the more...
  86. Re: What happened to Vibert's reviews and recent posts?

    There are also a couple of earlier caches of Vibert's reviews (both from April 2008) at the Internet Archive:
    ...
  87. Re: What happened to Vibert's reviews and recent posts?

    Good luck, Vibert. You will be sorely missed.

    As much as I'm going to miss Vibert's reviews (which I honestly valued more than any other perfume reviews, on or off basenotes), it saddens me more...
  88. Re: What happened to Vibert's reviews and recent posts?

    Thanks for the update, Grant.

    When and if you do hear from him, I hope you'll pass on anything you find out (assuming that doing so is ok with Vibert himself, of course). This site really...
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    Re: smallish niche bottles

    Andy Tauer's Memorables line, whose first (and so far only) member is the wonderful Rose Chypree, comes in 15ml bottles.
  90. Re: What happened to Vibert's reviews and recent posts?

    I, too, hope this gets cleared up. I find Vibert's contributions--especially his reviews--to be truly invaluable.

    Keeping my fingers crossed....
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    Re: Damn you Onda!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just got a sample of this from LuckyScent. It is wonderful and unique.

    I find the price point simplifies things tremendously. If it were half as expensive I'd be tempted to buy a bottle. At this...
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    Re: Should I get rid of this EDP?

    It's not my favorite frag, but I do like it....and it gets me many more compliments than anything else I own.

    But whether or not you should keep it should be determined by only one thing: do you...
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    Re: Tiffany for Men?

    This was one of the samples I received from the generous BNers who gave away ten sample packs (thank you all, btw....I'll be posting brief reviews of the whole lot of them when I've worked through...
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    Re: Eau Divine - slow fall into love

    L'Homme Sage has been high atop my to-buy list for years now (can't really say why I haven't pulled the trigger). I'd love to try the other masculines from this house. Thanks for the review of Eau...
  95. Re: What was the first fragrance you bought after joing basenotes?

    I think LADDM, followed by Fumerie Turque (though it's possible I joined in between buying these two).
  96. Re: Thomas Jefferson Handgun Edition of Avon Deep Woods.

    "Thomas Jefferson Handgun" would be a great name for a band!
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    First Impressions of Three Tauers

    I'm a big fan of Andy Tauer's fragrances. LADDM was one of the first niche scents I sampled and the first niche I bought. It's been a regular part of my rotation for nearly two years. I got a...
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    Re: My Continuing L'Anarchiste Conundrum

    Three sprays: one each mid-chest and inside each elbow.

    And I do think it's the synthetic musk notes that make me ambivalent about this one. At a certain point, when other aspects of L'Anarchiste...
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    My Continuing L'Anarchiste Conundrum

    About nine or ten months ago, I blind bought L'Anarchiste. I was (and am) a huge Yatagan and 3rd Man fan. I found L'Anarchiste for a song at a reputable e-tailer. And I like blind buying frags at...
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    Re: Mugler Cologne

    This one is a headache in a bottle for me. Smells fine, but the negative physical impact is almost immediate. The only scent I've ever tried that has the effect on me.
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