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    Re: The best male lavender fragrance

    If you want to take a big lavender leap, Versace the Dreamer is worth a check. You MUST wait for the drydown. Starts rough finishes like a thoroughbred.

    Second (third?) Lanvin L'Homme. Cheap, easy...
  2. Re: What are your top 3 Cartier Fragrances still in production

    The only one I've ever cared for is Santos de Cartier Concentree. This is another tragic reformulation story. I have maybe 8mL of the vintage left. I do have the modern incarnation, but it's maybe...
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    Re: I don't like any Guerlains :(

    Well, you knocked all the Guerlains that I have bought with the exception of Eau de Cologne Imperiale and Mouchoir de Monsieur. A correction: Bel Ami is Hermes, not Guerlain.

    Heritage and Vetiver...
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    Re: Today I bought January 2016

    Sorting through Berdoues, ordered Arz El-rab and The Vert. Now comes the hard part: waiting. :)
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    Re: A good topic for the forum :)

    No bottles or samples as of yet, but about 5 books, an outdoor infrared surveillance camera, an Akubra and some prizewinning Californian EVOO. (I saw those reports about the tampering with the...
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    Re: How do you test number of sprays?

    I'm a center of chest sprayer, so to check myself, I tuck my nose in my shirt and pluck my shirt to make a breeze. However, the best way to check is to have a reliable friend with a good nose and...
  7. Re: Can Nicolai New York Intense work as a signature fragrance?

    echoing sjg3839 and Casiquire, if you like it and are confident wearing it, it can be your signature scent. The question (very relevant for a Basenoter) is: can you wear just one fragrance most of...
  8. Re: My day with M7 Oud Absolu was synergistic with my work day...

    Man, I've been trying to lay on the brakes, but it is looking more and more like I'm going to have to get a bottle of M7 OA (I still have >80mL of M7 and M7 Fresh). (this to build out my Oud...
  9. Re: What are you going to wear for Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

    Going to a matinee on new years day, probably 1001 ouds (Goutal)
  10. Re: Is it considered stealing to spritz juice from a department store tester into an atomizer?

    Testers are there so that customers who are prospective buyers can evaluate a fragrance, if you're using it for that purpose, personally I think you're OK.

    So if you're a cheapskate like some...
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    Re: The best male lavender fragrance

    The classics:

    Aqua de Parma Colonia
    Versace The Dreamer
  12. Poll: Re: What is an "expensive" scent, in terms of your budget ? POLL.

    As a number of respondents noted, the proper way to consider this is by cost/mL, not just outright cost. I notice whether I'm buying a 1.7 or a 4.2. To answer it in that context, >$2/mL is expensive....
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    Re: Shape shifters (aka Scent Shifters)

    Your post made me think of Versace The Dreamer. You have to wait for that overwhelming initial lavender blast to subside to appreciate the construction of the fragrance.
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    Re: Roma per Uomo by Laura Biagiotti

    It should be rather inexpensive... To me it speaks of carefree masculinity, white linen shirts hardly buttoned and an idle amused spirit of play.

    So summer date night yes!

    A very simple...
  15. Re: What are your favorite "suit and tie" fragrances?

    Santos de Cartier, Equipage (Hermes)
  16. Re: Anyone ever order over the phone with Neiman's?

    I haven't called Neiman Marcus and asked serial numbers, but in point of fact, bought Jules (YSL) from NM in San Francisco over the phone. They were very professional.
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    Re: Rose Fragrances on Men?

    No one seems to have mentioned Acqua di Parma Colonia (oldie but a goodie) which is one of a few roses I feel I can wear. Others mentioned Chanel Egoiste and JHL (Estee Lauder) that are on my list....
  18. Re: What was your BEST EVER compliment and on which frag?

    I went to a friend's 40th birthday party and on the way in from the car, his wife gets back from an errand and gives me a hug, then exclaiming, "You smell like baby powder and sex!" - Conquest...
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    Re: ONE note you HATE the most

    It was violet - Grey Flannel would actually give me a headache, but I've somehow developed some tolerance.

    I have this doTerra vaporizer/atomizer (EO in water) and from playing around with it, I...
  20. Re: Lanvin L'Homme: How many of you have actually smelled this?

    It's been a staple in my wardrobe for years (I'm on my second bottle) - it's also part of my lucky interview getup (white shirt, red Brooks Brothers tie, black belt, black leather shoes, blue...
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    Re: Creed Royal Oud discuss

    Creed Royal Oud was a surprise to me, but a good one. After all the ranting and raving about it here, I bought it blind (after first clearing my confusion that people were not talking about Montale...
  22. Re: A Sea Change in my cologne hobby experience...

    I can sympathize, Chuck. I took a multiple year vacation from Basenotes and fragrance shopping and have only recently returned. What I found is that I simply engaged in displacement. I continued to...
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    Re: Dior Homme Intense.

    Welcome to Basenotes, Steve (watch your wallet! ;) )

    In my time here, I've picked up a few invaluable tips/lessons I'll take a moment to pass on:
    1) get a sample first. If you can't get one from...
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    Poll: Re: Dior Homme Intense

    Bought DH when it first came out, bought DHI when it first came out. I like DH a bit more than DHI.

    Later I decided to double up so I would never run out. I was disappointed in the reformulation...
  25. Re: The best and worst fragrance names to say out loud.

    Someone already mentioned anything with "cuir" in the name. I had that very experience. I was at Saks and asked if they had Dior Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir and boy did I get a look (they didn't have...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    Dior has been a good house for me (Eau Sauvage, Jules, Homme, Homme Intense) so I was interested in this. I ran by the mall for lunch today on a three-fer (Panera, apple store (new iPod), Sephora)...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 9th October, 2015

    Royal Oud (Creed), second full wear this week since I got it Tues...
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    Re: Today I bought...October 2015

    So I hadn't had Creed's Royal Oud in my wardrobe for a week and I've gone bonkers:
    75mL 1001 Ouds from Annick Goutal
    100mL Jubilation XXV (Amouage) from Fragrancenet

    Man, I've got to lay on the...
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    1001 Ouds - Annick Goutal

    So these things seem to cascade.. Hednic has posted about Creed's Royal Oud being available at Soleil d'Or (Lille, FR) for half of what it was selling in NYC. So I cut an order blind based on the...
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    Re: Yes, we are all fragrance junkies, but....

    Bibliophile, Gran Turismo racer (PS), I cook, I'm a photographer, professionally I'm a geek (unix, linux, oracle, mysql, perl, ksh, tcp/ip, firewalls, apache, tomcat, php, soon chef, ruby)
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    Re: Royal oud 2014 is back in 4oz!

    C'est magnifique! Vous êtes le meillueure d'amis! Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Hednic!
  32. Re: Which fragrance have you been on the fence about for the longest time?

    Ambre Narguilé (Hermes Hermenessence) - I like it but it seems too girly for me to carry off. Which has been my issue with ambers in general (although I do have Jo Malone's Amber and Lavender)
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    Re: Is This Hobby 'Overrated' ?

    This is a hobby?!?! Man, I thought this was a support group for my obsession... ;)
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    Re: Basenotes is going to make me Bankrupt

    I did have to take a break, but found that my acquisitional habits just moved (see my pen collection, my ink collection, my gun collection, my knife collection, my kitchen pots/pans/gadgets...
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    Re: What fragrance mesmerize you?

    I can't wear it, seeking the right girl to adorn with it:
    Serge Lutens - Datura Noir - hypnotic, narcotic, addictive
  36. Re: Rich and manly, yet Harmless and office safe ??

    Hermes Equipage - leather and carnation - definitely rich, but so smooth and sophisticated that it does not overpower or offend. Lasts, too.
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    Re: The best summer scent in my opinion

    A number of my regulars have already been mentioned, so I'll just add:
    Geir - smells of winter and forests, a nice thing in summer
    perhaps this was covered in frags I'm unfamiliar with, but I do...
  38. Re: The most sexy fragrance you have ever smelled

    I always found No. 5 to be fantastic (and this isn't association, I've never had a girlfriend who wore it), but then I discovered Datura Noir. I have a bottle just in the hopes of the day I have a...
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    Re: Why must fragrances be reformulated?

    Two of the reasons were covered: money/cheapness, and allergens, but there are two more: an ingredient gets declared carcinogenic or the origin of an ingredient is declared endangered (ambergris). I...
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    Re: How do you display your collection?

    I keep mine in a wooden cabinet in the master bath. The ones that won't fit in the cabinet are in boxes on top of the commode. Light and heat are the enemy.

    In terms of organization, the bottom...
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    Re: How do you display your collection?

    C'mon Hednic, pics please!!!
  42. Re: Your top 3 most used fragrances in the past 2 years

    So I don't record, this is a guesstimate, but I'd say:
    Eternity - Calvin Klein (not vintage, not sure the year on this)
    Heritage - Guerlain
    L'Homme - Lanvin

    Reading through the thread, a lot...
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    Re: fresh fragrance for the office?

    I'll second vetiver, and in addition to my normal floral-lavender summer choices, I find myself reaching for Laura Tonnato's Albi more in the summer (really green unisex).
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    Re: What's the opposite to sweet fragrances?

    I hadn't thought of Vetiver as an opposite to sweet, but it rings true. My first thought was astringent. King of that hill in my experience: Nicole Miller New York.
  45. Re: I need a scent for my new job. Can you suggest me some?

    I'll give you my ultimate work safe frag:

    Lanvin L'Homme

    I'm on my second bottle of this juice. The last time I interviewed for a new job, I wore a blue suit with red tie, white shirt, and...
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    Re: Do you have a fragrance pal?

    Not really. I used to have a lady I knew at work that would give me feedback and another ladyfriend of mine who was dating a buddy that I could run some things by but neither of those works right...
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    Re: Your 6 fragrances for life

    Oh, brain f*rt for me! You're quite correct, I was thinking of Iris. Pearson1995, apologies to you!
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    Re: Your 6 fragrances for life

    Well, to be nit picky (I made the same mistake myself) Neroli isn't a floral, it's from the root.

    Eau Sauvage just has to be on my list
    Dior Homme
    Parfums de Nicolai Cologne Sologne (my neroli...
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    Re: How do you pick your travel scents?

    I bought glass atomizer bottles years ago and still have plenty. I have about 3-4 of those set up with some of my core standbys: Lanvin L'Homme, JHL, Cologne Sologne. Those things live in my toiletry...
  50. Thread: Speech Police

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    Re: Speech Police

    So if I'm wearing fragrance to be attractive to small animals, is that a "collar dropper" and is that offensive, or maybe a "leg humper" and is that banned too? (asking for a friend :) )
  51. Re: Any recommendations for a "workhorse" type fragrance?

    thirding Eau Sauvage
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    Re: which Must I buy?

    Thinking Guerlain Heritage is a safe choice.
  53. Re: How often do you wear the 'cheap' fragrances in your wardrobe?

    I go all the way down. I have:
    Old Spice (spray not splash)
    Canoe
    Stetson

    L'eau de Issey and the Intense flanker I wasn't too proud to buy either. Right now they're a bit of a fad for me, but I...
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    Re: Ermenegildo Zegna

    I bought samples from a well-known web sample shop (its my recollection that they actually got started on basenotes) and think they are all high quality scents. I'm currently leaning towards the...
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    Re: Your current 'wishlist top 5'

    I don't have 5...

    3 original formulations:
    Givenchy Gentleman
    Calvin Klein Obsession
    Lanvin Arpege (not to wear, but to experience)

    I've got some samples I'm using up and I'll probably buy...
  56. Re: Tell me more about Cristobal Pour Homme by Balenciaga

    I found it sweet and powdery. If anything, it reminded me of the Dior Exclusif "Silver Woods". I blind bought a full bottle years ago and have worn it maybe three times. I don't find it offensive or...
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    Re: Recommend me a summer perfume

    If you haven't already, you must try Eau Sauvage (Dior). The classic definition of men's citrus...

    There is also a great tradition of floral and/or citrus over lavender. Acqua de Parma Colonia...
  58. Re: How does someone extend the longevity of a cologne or perfume??

    Some excellent advice already wrt moisturizers and maybe spraying clothing. One other thing you could consider is layering. This means buying more forms of the fragrance: bath wash, deodorant,...
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    Re: Where do I spray my fragrance?

    There are basically three kinds of places you can spray:
    1)flesh
    2)hair
    3)clothes

    clothes you generally want to avoid unless you have a signature scent and that is all you wear. leather is...
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    Re: Fragrance for summer

    to just pick from that list, I won't be much help as I don't own/have sampled those (I did try Allure Homme and found it wanting, never looked into the flankers)

    Summer fragrances seem to fall...
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    Re: Unisex, or... is it, really?

    If you like a fragrance but find it "too girly" for you, you can "man it up" with leather and/or wood. I like Voleur de Roses but don't think I could carry it off by itself. Add some Aramis and...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 14th March 2015

    Today was county conventions, so I wore something innocuous: Lanvin L'homme, but upon reflection I should have worn Givenchy Pi for Pi day! 3/14/15
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    Re: Displaying Fragrances

    In a wooden cabinet to protect from light and temperature changes. Not quite motivated enough to refridgerate.
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    Re: Special Occasion Fragrance

    +1 Aventus was actually what I chose for a recent banquet

    I'd say other ones that definitely say, "I'm dressed up!" would be Santos de Cartier concentree and Chanel Egoiste.
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    Re: The "OVERSPRAYER"

    My first job out of college we put an auto auction consortium on the internet. One of their people who came over to our offices to work on the project was a legendary devotee of Brut (Faberge). You...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 7th March 2015

    Equipage - interviewing with the credentials committee today for a delegate spot
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    Re: Dior homme "vintage"

    I own both DH and DHI original and current as of last year (that's when I bought the current stuff, I haven't checked for date of production). My understanding is that great efforts were taken at the...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 4th March 2015

    It was 70 today in Atlanta, I went all summer and wore Eau Sauvage (Dior).
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    Re: One more niche episode with friends

    I once did something in the same vein. I have a somewhat generous nature and like buying gifts (when appropriate) for friends. For her birthday one year, I brought my hairdresser a stack of samples...
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    Re: Always on recommendation

    Personally I think Lanvin L'Homme (lavender, mint) is about as inoffensive a frag you're going to find.
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    Poll: Re: Do You Have a Collection or a Wardrobe?

    This quickly becomes personal semantics. To me, a collection is something in which you will add things simply to own them and not necessarily ever use them. A wardrobe is made to be used. So I voted...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 27th February 2015

    Geir (no picture)
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    Re: Top 5 Designer Fragrances

    I was going to pick what I thought were my best 5 designers in my wardrobe, but decided that the Top 5 should really be the ones I wear the most.

    I work in an office environment and only...
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    Re: All male office

    My workplace is predominately male but not exclusive. I don't think it would make any difference, but I do IT work at a public utility. Other workplaces may have different considerations.
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    Re: M7 a must have?

    I got a bottle of M7 on Tom Ford's rep when it first came out. I like it but it isn't something I wear a lot. When I do it does have a habit of sneaking up on me and many hours later catching me with...
  76. Re: Talk to me about Hermes Bel Ami and its neighbours

    I'm not sure how "old" this is, but the Hermessence stuff is worth a check. If you like amber at all, you have to check out Amber Narguile. I found it addictive but too feminine for me to carry off,...
  77. Re: Top 10 Spring/Summer NICHE scents (non-Creeds) -

    I thought I was the only one with a love for Parfums de Nicolai Cologne Sologne!

    and..
    Guerlain Vetiver (I can be a traditionalist at times)
    AdP Colonia (already well endorsed)

    I have four...
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    Re: My next purchase options.

    Maybe a little guidance would be in order. I generally view my fragrances as three categories:
    1) evening wear
    2) summer
    3) winter

    You are only showing US, but are you in a warm or cold part...
  79. Re: Which two cologne scents do you like to wear layered together?

    I had the same approach as bFlay:
    I love the smell of Voleur de Roses by L'Artisan Parfumeur but considered it too feminine for me to carry off. So first I put down a spray of Aramis. This makes for...
  80. Re: Any hope Gucci will bring back Nobile, Envy or Rush with Giannini's departure?

    It would be nice if Envy came back. I have most of one bottle left. It is the only frag in my collection that has gotten 100% female approval.
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 21st February 2015

    Aventus - going to a political meeting in a few for lunch and at 5 I'll be at a lunar banquet (chinese new years thing)
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    Re: Going out scentless.

    Pretty much systemic, I can't remember the last time I forgot to put something on.

    I apply almost excusively center of chest so if I go sampling, I have wrists to work with. (although a real...
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    Re: My Top 10 under $30.

    Canoe has gotta be my bargain winner.
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    Re: Classic Fragrances

    Seconding (thirding?):
    Hermes Equipage
    Hermes Bel Ami

    Adding:
    Santos de Cartier, concentree (the modern formulation is not a good as the old one, but it is still notable)
    R de Capucci

    Happy...
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    Re: Light Winter Scent

    I'm not sure I'm getting you right, but my thoughts are:
    R de Capucchi
    Geir

    which I know are two completely different directions. I tend to wear more citrus in the summer (Eau Sauvage, Cologne...
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    Re: What is your comfort scent?

    Hanai Mori HM for men EdP
    Agatha Brown Imperial Jade Emperor
    Hermes Equipage
  87. Re: How Many Vetiver Based Fragrances Do You Own?

    Tauer - Vetiver Dance
    Guerlain - Vetiver

    15mL vial of vetiver essential oil

    15mL sample of Le Labo Vetiver 46
    sample of Vetiver Extraordinaire
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    Re: The workplace "stash"

    I don't stash at work. If I'm going somewhere after work and need to refresh then I'll package a 10mL atomizer. Many things in my wardrobe already have atomizers, but I've got a stash of plastic and...
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    Re: Perfumery patterns and signatures...

    I can't identify the elements of it very well, but the Le Labo stuff definitely has a 'house note'.
  90. Thread: The Top 5's

    by radix023
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    Re: The Top 5's

    warm weather top five for the office:
    Eau Sauvage
    AdP Colonia
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    PdN Cologne Sologne
    Geir
    (no particular order)

    going out top five:
    Envy
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    Re: Your (very) first fragrances

    never did get into my dad or older brother's stuff (older brother had Polo.. I didn't like it)

    no one has ever given me fragrance

    Eternity was my first purchase. I have even re-bought it. While...
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    Re: Favorite Classic

    Near and dear in the wardrobe:
    Eau Sauvage
    Aqua de Parma Colonia
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Hermes Equipage
    Floris No.89 (didn't even realize this was 1950 till I just checked)

    If I have to say one...
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    Re: vetiver vs vetiver

    ouzo is a Greek liquor with a number of aromatics in it (like gin). All I can ever taste is the anise (liquorice)
    more data here:
    http://www.greekproducts.com/greekproducts/ouzo/index.html

    If...
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    Re: Santos vs Santos Concentree

    I don't have this definitively, but it certainly seems like it is different juice, not just concentration. You want the concentree anyways.
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    Sweet smells = sweet dreams?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7628744.stm

    So there may be some basis to applying a favorite before sleeping.
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    Re: First date tonight-Need a recommendation

    Play it safe, GIT.

    Adventurous I'd say M7 fresh, but use a light hand.

    You've got Gucci, but not Envy, which would be automatic.
  97. Thread: pea-coat

    by radix023
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    Re: pea-coat

    black shoes, either Doc Maartens or Adidas Stan Smith's in black would do
    http://zeta.zappos.com/product/7393853/color/117693 (stan smith)
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    Re: Winter coats...

    It's obvious you need an ankle-length fur coat.
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    Re: What is you favorite Fall fragrances?

    I'll second Equipage.

    Add some traditionals:
    Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur
    Crown Perfumery - No. 89
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    Re: What's your favorite neroli?

    I haven't really explored neroli, but my favorite so far is Parfums de Nicolai Cologne Sologne.
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