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    Re: Good fresh and green scent

    +1. Yeah, I mentioned Gramercy when I saw this thread the other day. If he's truly looking for the closest possible replacement, I think this is it. It is more expensive, but it's an older Bond & not...
  2. Re: COCONUT - what are your favorite coconut scents for men

    Although it's marketed as feminine, I really like Lavanila's Vanilla Coconut. I recently sampled Lavanila scents for the first time at Sephora, and this one, along with Vanilla Lavender, were both...
  3. Re: Found the smell, can find it in a cologne

    +1 on Heeley's Espirit du Tigre, if menthol is what you're after. While Heeley's Menthe Fraiche is more herbal mint, ED Tigre is more of an icy hot/wintergreen type scent.
  4. Re: Found the smell, can find it in a cologne

    I would check out some mint & menthol based fragrances. Frederic Malle's Geranium Pour Monseiur, Heeley's Menthe Fraiche, Lush's Dirty, and Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca are all mint based...
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    Re: Good fresh and green scent

    If you really enjoyed Davidoff's Good Life, then Bond No. 9's Gramercy Park is very similar & often compared to G Life. It's not cheap, but it's an older Bond scent & you can often find decent deals...
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    Re: Metallic scents

    Echo by Davidoff has a pretty strong metallic vibe. I often find scents with a significant amount of nutmeg to give off this sharp metallic note. (although they can also turn a bit sour). The same...
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    Re: Recent Blind Buy Disappointments?

    Yeah, it's the clear & silver triangle shaped bottle. Granted, it's not a masterpiece or anything, but for a cheap "clean/soapy" type scent, it's not that bad. It lists opening notes of citrus &...
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    Re: Recent Blind Buy Disappointments?

    As far as Ecko scents go, yeah, I wasn't impressed with the green, but I own & actually kind of like the original Mark Ecko fragrance. It's a very clean, soapy scent with some incense in the...
  9. Poll: Re: Fragrance Battle of the Day (4/10/14) Round 2: Versace Pour Homme vs Spicebomb

    Hard to choose as I like both of these. Kind of an odd battle too as I don't see any connections between the two. VPH is in my summer rotation & SB in my fall/winter. I could see VPH being a year...
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    Poll: Re: Favorite A*Men Flanker + A*Men

    To me, the original is far better than PM or PH. I like that bracing sharpness of the mint/lavender/tar that makes it more aromatic & is missing from the flankers. I'm probably in the minority, but...
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    Re: Looking for a nice aquatic fragrance

    I kind of enjoy cucumber notes in aquatics & a couple of decent cheapies that use this watery note well are Izod by Izod & Calvin Klein Eternity Aqua.
  12. Poll: Re: Fragrance Battle of the Day (4/8/14): CUBA GOLD vs MICHAEL JORDAN LEGEND

    Cuba Gold. One of my favorites, regardless of it's cheap price. And for my money, far better than Le Male, with a much nicer drydown. (just wish it was a bit stronger w/ more longevity).
  13. Re: which soaps/bodywashes do you think compliment everything you wear?

    I have two favorites. 1 Old Spice High Endurance Fresh. I love the lavender/white musk, clean laundry scent of this one in the morning.
    And 2., Everyman Jack Sandalwood. This one is very soothing &...
  14. Poll: Re: Fragrance Battle of the Day (3/29/14): Gucci Pour Homme II vs Body Kouros

    Out of these two, I prefer Body Kouros. I don't care for the green aspect of GPHII (the violet leaf). It seems to clash with the rest of the scent to me. For my tea fragrance fix, I'll choose Tea for...
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    Re: Stuck with smoky Aventus? Upgrade it!

    I am one of the few that agree. My favorite decant of Aventus was that really smoky, birch heavy batch from 2010 that Perfumed Court had samples of back then. To me, it's that birch that truly makes...
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    Re: So... Just sampled Spicebomb...

    I like Spicebomb, personally. But I prefer the opening & mid spicy/pink pepper accord over the rather bland, indistinguishable drydown. I don't really think it's cloying or particularly strong at...
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    Re: Green Valley a safe blind buy?

    Not sure if you've noticed, but if you're in the U.S., there's a person on eBay selling a 5ml decant for $13.99. Great deal & good way to sample. I had a sample a few years ago & personally I liked...
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    Re: Good cheap everyday winter scent

    My #1 recommendation & favorite for winter in that price range is
    Ted Lapidus Black Soul. Other good winter cheapies:

    Cuba Royal
    Cuba Gold
    Perry Ellis 360 Black
    Perry Ellis 360 White
  19. Poll: Re: Fragrances competition DESIGNER ---> (Round 1, pt.1)

    Don't really care much for these (haven't tried Orange though). But my favorite Boss scent, & the only one I own from the house is Boss Pure. It doesn't get much love, but if you enjoy ozonic,...
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    Re: The Weirdness of Old Spice

    That was hilarious! Seriously, why all the hate here. It was creative, catchy, modern & funny. Can fragrance ads not be goofy just like ads for beer, cars, chips, etc.? Why not. To most people...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    I saw Fleur du Male at Ross yesterday ($34 for 75ml).
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, October 31st, 2013

    In celebration of Halloween -- Ted Lapidus Black Soul! Seems appropriate both name and scentwise. (doesn't hurt that it's a personal favorite of mine anyway :) )
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    Re: Welcome Home!

    Love having the vintage Basenotes back! Re formulation wasn't kind to Basenotes, Lol:). Dated or not, this layout is much easier and user friendly. I'll even accept the slower response just to have...
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    Re: 360 Green Perry Ellis?

    Could be in the vein of Montblac Legend, Fierce, etc., with the moss/tonka base and slight fruity top.
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    Poll: Re: Signature scent - narrowed down

    Out of those choices, I prefer Brit. I've never heard of a Lacoste scent called "Pure". Are you sure that was the name? Hugo Boss has a scent called Boss Pure (an ozonic clean aquatic). I do like...
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    Re: 360 Green Perry Ellis?

    There's a link on a Sear's sight selling this one too, so it must be legit. Hmm, I thought Perry Ellis had pretty much ended the 360 line. Maybe not? Anyway, I'm interested as I find 360 Red, White,...
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    Re: Summer Creeds Question

    Bingo, my thoughts exactly. I like many Creed's, but I just can't stomach that piercing, sour vinegar type top note in SMW. It's one of the few fragrances that literally is gag inducing to me....
  28. Re: Gucci pour Homme II - Possibly Discontinued?

    I just saw it on the shelves at my local Sephora this past weekend (tester and packaged bottles still on the shelf). So there are still a few floating around at retail. Also, if it does get hard to...
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    Re: Help a 33 year old with a signature scent

    +1 for Versace's The Dreamer. Wonderful clean vibe mixed with tobacco blossom and a bit of sweetness.

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    Also, if you'd like a fresher, aquatic type summer scent, Izod is a...
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    Re: Chili Pepper Vibe

    A couple of fresh/aquatic type scents with chili pepper and pimento notes thrown in are Tommy Bahama's Very Cool and Davidoff's Echo. Both have chili pepper mixed with nutmeg in the mid notes which...
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    Re: Gourmand Shoot Out, which one do I pick?

    Ok, I'm gonna be the odd man out, but my favorite out of those is 360 White. Out of all the Le Male type clones, this one is my favorite. Rochas is ok, I'm not crazy about Lolita, and I haven't tried...
  32. Re: Now that the hype may have died down... Spicebomb?

    Love it and its one of my top winter scents. It reminds me a lot of my other new cold weather fragrance this past winter (Ted Lapidus Black Soul). I highly recommend both if you enjoy sweet, spicy...
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    Re: CK One Summer 2013 = CK One Summer 2008?

    Tested this one yesterday at the mall. It's pleasant and does give a watery cucumber type impression, but the base smells exactly like an ozonic 90's female shampoo. Lol! Not that that's a bad thing....
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    My latest "wow" fragrance that I just sampled earlier today is Prada's Luna Rossa. Very impressed! I went back and got a sample which I've been wearing tonight, and this may be the mint fragrance...
  35. Re: How Many Cool Water Flankers Have You Tried?

    I have 2006's Summer Fizz and like it far more than regular CW. It has a fizzy effervescent citrus opening with a touch of almost powdery suede added to Cool Water's mossy base. The longevity is...
  36. Re: What would you wear to a Kentucky Derby party?

    And no one mentioned the obvious.. Demeter's Mint Julep. I actually own this one and it's not too bad. Kind of reminds me of mint, sugar syrup and cloves. No idea if that's what a real mint julep...
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    Re: Favorite mint note in a fragrance !?

    I just tried Luna Rossa today while in the mall and was impressed enough that I went back to Sephora and had them make me a sample. I love mint but have had hard time finding one that really hits the...
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    Re: recommend a green and leafy scent

    Bond No 9 Gramercy Park is very green with a sweet, smooth base.
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    Re: Guerlain Homme

    I like the mojito top note, but really dislike the base, which seems to heavy for the refreshing opening.
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    Poll: Re: Best summer fragrance

    From your list I would choose Aqva. Also, how about a sport fragrance to go with your two aquatics. That would add a more energizing scent to your lineup. Maybe Burberry Sport, Armani Code Sport, or...
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    Re: Nautica Voyage flankers?

    I haven't tried the new Gold flanker yet, but I was pleasantly surprised by the original Aqua Rush. It's one of those very clean, just out of the shower, detergent type scents to me. And sometimes,...
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    Re: Nautica Voyage flankers?

    I liked Nautic's Aqua Rush quite a bit. While not a Voyage flanker, it's one of my favorites from Nautica. Very fresh and clean, in more of an herbal/minty vein instead of fruity. The only Voyage...
  43. Poll: Re: Versace Pour Homme or Guerlain Homme For A Summer Scent

    Out of those two, definitely VPH. I don't care for the mid and base of Guerlain Homme at all (generic woody smell that's too heavy & sweet for summer).
  44. Re: Think I found a 90's version of Cool Water.

    I bought one of the older formulation script bottles awhile back, but honestly wasn't very impressed. It had a much more pronounced sour, ambergris type note (which I hate). I actually prefer the...
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    Re: Looking for Icy Citrus fragrance...

    +1. I'll second this one. I think Summer Fizz is by far the best from the Cool Water line. It's like a fizzy citrus version of Cool Water with a light leather/suede note added in the base that mixes...
  46. Re: What is that one cologne you can safely say "it is one of a kind!"

    Versace's Dreamer. I've yet to find anything else close to the same vibe as this one.
  47. Re: Paco Rabanne Black XS: Longevity and Projection

    I like Black XS as well, but my experience is the same as yours. I get really bad longevity/projection as well. I usually just re apply throughout the day, and also apply some to my shirt. There is a...
  48. Re: If you end up in hell, which fragrance will the devil make you wear for all eternity as punishme

    Any of those 70s/80s powerhouse fragrances. (Drakkar, Polo, etc.)
  49. Re: According to my Macy's SA, only old men buy Thierry Mugler

    I can see her reaction. (especially here in the U.S.). Most younger people here still gravitate heavily (probably 4 to 1) towards "fresh", "clean", "sporty" type fragrances. (ADG, Light Blue, etc)....
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    Re: Cool water or love and luck?

    Cool Water for me. But I prefer the Cool Water Summer Fizz flanker that came out several years ago over the original. I think it's the best variant on Cool Water that's came out.
  51. Re: What are your Hidden Gems? Scents you never hear about, but should!

    Mine is Ted Lapidus Black Soul. I mention it all the time, but it doesn't seem to get much attention. Probably the best blind buy I've made yet!
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    Re: "Cheapies but goodies"

    Perry Ellis 360 Red
    Perry Ellis 360 Black
    Perry Ellis 360 White
    Perry Ellis Portfolio Green
    Ted Lapidus Black Soul
    YSL Live Jazz
    Cuba Royal
    Versace Dreamer
    Paris Hilton Just Me
    Tommy Bahama...
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    Re: One Million without the leather note

    You definitely need Ted Lapidus Black Soul. I also love 1 Million (but like you, that leather in the middle is my least favorite part). That's why I love Black Soul even more. It's spicier/fresher...
  54. Re: Blind Buys - Which one's do you enjoy - which do you dislike?

    My most liked blind buy would be Ted Lapidus Black Soul. I love this one. (definitely in my top 5 now).
  55. Re: Is There An Inexpensive Shower Gel That Smells Like Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme Or Armani Code

    Not sure of one close to D&G Pour Homme, but my two favorites are Mentha from CO Bigelow (sold at Bath & Body Works), and Cool Metal from Axe. If you enjoy mint or menthol type bodywashes, these are...
  56. Re: Looking for a lemon/citrus fragrance for men

    +1 for Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne version (clear bottle). By far, my favorite in the entire Allure line.
  57. Re: Winter fragrances that do surprisingly well in the summer heat !?

    Most people consider Versace Dreamer as a winter fragrance, but personally, I think the floral tobacco notes and clean soapy notes work perfectly well in spring/summer. I don't really get that much...
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    Re: An Aura scent

    Versace The Dreamer does it for me. I don't care if I ever get a compliment or not with it, it just soothes and feels right.
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    Re: Versace Dreamer - Worth a Look?

    One of two fragrances I'd consider as my signatures. I absolutely adore Dreamer and that fresh cigarette note of tobacco blossom/flower. Wish I could find something else with that type of tobacco...
  60. Re: 1 Million by Paco Rabanne (2008) VS Dior Homme Inense by Christian Dior (2007)?

    Yeah, everyone here rags on 1 Million, but it's one of my favorites, and I'd choose it over DHI any day of the week. Also, if you like 1 Million, as others have suggested, check out Spicebomb. And...
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    Re: Best Celebrity Fragrance?

    I like Paris Hilton's Just Me for men (very similar to ADG & even closer to Perry Ellis 360 Red). I also enjoy Usher UR for men in the silver bottle as well.
  62. Re: Your favourite night out fragrance ( Winter only )

    Out of those, I'd probably pick La Nuit.

    Others I'd recommend; V&R Spicebomb, Ted Lapidus Black Soul, Paco Rabanne 1 Million, L'Occitane Eau de Baux, Perry Ellis 360 Black, and Versace The...
  63. Re: What 's similar to Bond No. 9 Coney Island?

    If you're willing to look at a feminine fragrance, I get a similar vibe from Mugler's Womanity.
  64. Poll: Re: Alright, Which one of these is the best choice...

    I would choose ADG Essenza out of these (followed by Dior Homme Sport). I don't care for Terre d'Hermes at all. (be forewarned, it's much more mature smelling than most of your other choices. If I...
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    Re: Affordable Alternative Too Creed AVENTUS.

    Nightflight is an ok fragrance, but no, it doesn't resemble Aventus at all. I really don't even get much pineapple in Nightflight. To me, it smells more like powdery lemon mixed with dryer sheets or...
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    Re: Burberry Summer 2013

    I own the 2010 version of Burberry Summer, and it's been a warm weather favorite of mine the past two summers. Most of their summer flankers have been similar, so I expect I'd enjoy the new one as...
  67. Re: Fragrances you like that noone's talking about...

    Top of my list in this category would be Ted Lapidus's Black Soul. Yes, it shares some similarities with 1 Million, but I prefer this one by a mile. It's got a great mint/cinnamon/saffron, spicy...
  68. Re: Allure Homme Sport & Allure Homme Sport Eau Extrême: Differences?

    I agree on the Cologne Sport. It's always been my favorite from the Allure line. (one of my all time favorite lemon notes, with just a small touch of tonka & vetiver in the base to give it an ever so...
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    Re: Fresh cologne for winter?

    Possibly Dior's Fahrenheit 32. It has both fresh/floral elements with orange blossom and vetiver, but also oriental aspects with vanilla. (a cold, fresh vanilla, if you will). It can work well in...
  70. Poll: Re: Which one is better? 2 very different scents, but picking one up after work.

    I'd go with ADG Essenza. From the Allure line, I prefer Allure Homme Sport Cologne Sport (in the clear bottle).
  71. Re: Can you guys help me out with my bargain bin gourmand collection?

    I'd also recommend Ted Lapidus Black Soul and Cuba Royal. (Royal is very similar to 1 Million, and Black Soul is like a minty/spicy/woody/mature take on the 1 Million type smell). Black Soul is...
  72. Re: Based on smell alone… what would be your 10/10 fragrance?

    For me, it's:
    - Versace The Dreamer
    - Ted Lapidus Black Soul

    These two have kinda become my default signature scents, as I always seem to enjoy them and never tire of them. Some scents I have to...
  73. Re: Original Vetiver by Creed (compared to Thierry Mugler Cologne)

    I own both, but greatly prefer Mugler Cologne over OV. To me, it's just much cleaner and fresher. The top of OV is nice, but that smoky, rooty, base (the vetiver), just smells kind of dirty and dated...
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    Poll: Re: Dior Homme Sport or Bleu de Chanel

    Dior Homme Sport by a landslide. I don't care for the incensy base of Bleu.
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    Re: New Bond No.9 - Take on Aventus?

    It does seem rather silly to me, but then again, Bond tends to put so many scents out each year that they seem to be willing to try any concept. As far as smelling similar to Aventus, I actually...
  76. Poll: Re: Givenchy Pi smells old and mature - Yes or No?

    Not necessarily a mature scent, but I'm honestly not particularly fond of it. I personally don't get the strong vanilla most talk about. At least it's not my idea of the type of vanilla I like. I've...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite tobacco?

    Versace Dreamer gets my vote. I love that fresh tobacco leaf/blossom note.
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    Re: Most disappointing releases of 2012?

    I actually like ADG Essenza. To me, it's like a more concentrated version of the original's base notes. In fact, this one's on my buy list for this summer. As an aside, I also don't get the hate for...
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    Poll: Re: What is the most overrated out of these

    Egoiste and Terre D'Hermes for me. I have samples of both and don't get all the love for these. I love cinnamon & orientals, but Egoiste just smells really dated and old to me. (it's got a skanky,...
  80. Re: What is today's "popular Basenotes fragrance"?

    Spicebomb gets quite a bit of hype on the designer side. (Gotta admit, I do love it though).
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    Re: Fragrances with unique notes that "pop"

    The tangy, bitter tamarind note in Perry Ellis 360 Black provides an intriguing discordant aspect that is unusual when played against the sweet La Nuit type drydown. It's a cheapie that's very...
  82. Re: Frag that is still fresh suddenly smell sour on you?

    I get this with Burberry Brit. I like the scent, but it seems like recently everytime I wear it I get a sour/foul note in the top and mid. I'm thinking it's the rose mixing with the citrus and ginger.
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    Poll: Re: Lacoste Essential vs Ck One Summer 2012

    I actually prefer Lacoste Essential Sport (blue juice) over the regular Essential. It's a very tart grapefruit scent that lasts pretty much all day. The 2012 version of CK One Summer is ok, but the...
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    Re: Spring Summer Gourmands???

    Maybe Paco Rabanne's Ultrared Men. I've seen it described as a summer gourmand.
  85. Poll: Re: Green Irish Tweed, Millisime Imperial or Aventus?

    I'd definitely choose Aventus between those three. And that smoky/ashy birch note is actually my favorite part of Aventus. (I really loved that strong 2010 ashy batch that I bought as my first...
  86. Re: Pure Malt vs Pure Havane vs A Taste of Frag vs A*Men my two cents....

    The original A*Men and Ice Men are my two personal favorites. The others are ok, but don't bowl me over.
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    Re: Need mid-range gourmand ideas!

    1 Million, Black Soul, Eau de Baux, Perry Ellis 360 Black, CK One Shock, Black XS, Spicebomb. I know these aren't all technically gourmands, but they are all oriental type scents in the same field...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Ted Lapidus Black Soul. Wow, I love this stuff. I'm a big fan of 1 Million, and this is definitely in the same category. But, it's spicier, mintier, and fresher. The spearmint in this one mixed with...
  89. Re: Have you ever paid full price for a fragrance that "flopped" shortly after?

    Funny, out of those three, Just Me is the only one I do think would be worth full price. Lol.
  90. Re: Looking for a sweet/deep frag with awesome longevity and silage (ex JOOP)

    I know it gets hated on here for it's popularity, but I'd say 1 Million.
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    Re: The scent of sun kissed skin...

    Maybe CB I Hate Perfume's At The Beach 1966 or Bond No 9's Fire Island. Both are based on suntan lotion (Coppertone & Ban De Soleil respectively), but both also contain a note of skin musk that...
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    Re: Is Eros really that bad?

    I've not smelled it in person, but I did sniff the magazine insert and wasn't impressed at all. It struck me as a cheap Axe type ripoff of Allure Homme Sport (or maybe AHS Eau Extreme as it was very...
  93. Re: just applied Atelier's ORANGE SANGUINE...........BEE-U-TEE-FULL!

    Another that I find in the same vein as Orange Sanguine at capturing a realistic orange smell is Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic. Both of these are must try's for orange lovers.
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    Re: aqcua di gio vs light blue

    ADG would be my choice. It's probably the most universally likable scent to my nose. Yes, some may hate it's popularity and commonness, but I have a hard time seeing how anyone cannot like this...
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    Re: NEW Nautica Aqua Rush Gold

    I haven't tried the new flanker, but I actually really liked the original Aqua Rush. Probably my favorite Nautica scent. I'm planning on grabbing it when it hits TJ Maxx/Marshall's. (should be soon)....
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    Re: Channel: Platinum Egoiste

    I've always liked PE, but I'm a fan of most 90s fresh fougere type scents. I just think these types of fragrances are kind of timeless because they simply smell fresh and clean. And as far as Fierce...
  97. Re: If you had to choose 3 colognes to wear for the rest of your life....

    - Versace The Dreamer
    - Paco Rabanne 1 Million
    - Armani Acqua Di Gio

    - others that are close, Creed Aventus, Lapidus Black Soul, V&R Spicebomb, Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne version, Dior...
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    Re: Any good tasty night out scents?

    Ted Lapidus Black Soul

    And I don't care how popular it may be, 1 Million is still an amazing night time fragrance.
  99. Re: New here and looking for a summer/spring scent

    Out of your choices, I'd go with ADG. Far better than either Of the Issey's.
  100. Thread: Pure Coffee

    by BrianH1016

    Re: Pure Coffee

    I agree with several others here. I have a decant of Pure Coffee and it's ok, but nothing to write home about. It smells like regular A*Men with a stale, musky type coffee note for the first few...
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