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    Re: CdG Vettiveru 2

    I would say both of those attributes apply, but I thought the same about the original. I wish I still had that sample of the original to compare!
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    Re: CdG Vettiveru 2

    Alright, for future clarity let's call it unless further information comes to light: Assuming mine is the re-release, which I am until further notice, it's great and lasted all day!

    So happy this...
  3. Re: What perfumes seem hot, passionate or fiery to you?

    Comme des Garcons Parfum. It's brilliant red supernova of spice/clove, hot herbals, and honey.
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    Re: CdG Vettiveru 2

    Hmmm. Is the cap the difference? In many pictures online, the 125 ml bottles have a black cap. In the Vettiveru 2 pic from Luckyscent and on my bottle, it's a black sprayer with a clear cap.

    Also,...
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    Re: Zoologist - Thoughts and Comments

    T Rex is a complete blockbuster, absolutely outstanding. It's an fascinating olfactory rendition of complete devastation; the Armageddon. One of the blogs has a review along these lines, and I...
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    Re: CdG Vettiveru 2

    I just bought a secondhand bottle of Vettiveru but (shame!) I don't know if it's the original or the re-release. I will check and follow up. Whichever it was, it was excellent and surprisingly lasted...
  7. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Amouage Epic Man.

    Blockbuster spice and incense opening, really nicely done. After that, meh. Synthetic woods, with a strange overtone that my nose reads as "gummy" and thick. It's not terrible,...
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    Re: Is Your Top 10 Your IDEAL Top Ten?

    Great way of saying it.

    Another mindset I've found can make prioritizing a challenge is genre-itis, e.g., "I know this particular scent won't be a to be a top contender in my collection, and I...
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    Re: Decisions, decisions?.....

    Thanks for distilling it down.

    Based on a combination of my preference, versatility in a small wardrobe, and distance from Sauvage, which you own, here's how I'd rank them for OP:

    1. Chanel PM...
  10. Re: Favorite fougere + something. Your fougere classic with another major note

    Yes. Another that comes to mind is Aramis Havana: fougere bones with tobacco and a rum and coke accord.

    Others:

    Cartier Pasha: fougere and mint
    VC&A Tsar: fougere and pine
    RL Safari:...
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    Re: Very dry herbal fragrances

    Agree on both of these, especially Corsica Furiosa.

    One that's discontinued but still available, I think: Romeo Gigli Sud Est. It may be the most uncompromising herbal I've smelled; it's like an...
  12. Re: Repugnant Perfumes - The Vilest Fragrance You Ever Tried ?

    I sampled Amouage Interlude Man for the first time the other day, and the opening in particular was up in the Most Unpleasant Pantheon. Moldy fruits and oregano that is somehow wet and burning at the...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Ahhh, thank you: re: Africa Stone. I was wondering if that as an "imaginative" pyramid addition, and hadn't yet researched it.

    Hehe I probably wouldn't have worn it if I'd remembered the totality...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Oh, I didn't know hyraceum was present! That's exciting; I don't think I'd experienced the note before, though I've been meaning to (Zoologist Hyrax is on the list). There was certainly something...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    [Murmurs respectful expletive]



    This, combined with the Super Blood Wolf Moon overhead right now, made my night!
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Please post your thoughts when you get to it!


    Today, wowed by Papillon Salome!


    Epic cumin skankageddon that perfectly bridges modern and classic filth themes. Amazing.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    The Egoiste is 1990/original vintage per Raiders, full but not unopened.

    The L'Artisan has been discontinued for awhile but probably isn't all that old, really. Not BNIB. It is probably 95% full.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Haven’t been posting, but over the last few weeks I’ve been a bit active! The Egoiste and Paco are backups.

    I have a vintage Equipage coming; love that stuff and my bottle is low. And Salvador...
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    Re: Is Your Top 10 Your IDEAL Top Ten?

    Outstanding idea for thread. I recently did some some soul searching along these lines when I realized how many scents I'd been buying that I like, but don't feel that strongly about. Even when...
  20. Re: Any COLD, creepy, Not-sweet perfume recommendations?

    Some really earthy/dank patchoulis give me this vibe, e.g. Santa Maria Novella Patchouli. Smells like something freshly dug out of a rooty, wet pit, in a good way.

    For a different reason,...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Dior Eau Sauvage, vintage '80s.

    Going to a Dior exhibit at the art museum today, and must provide the appropriate sillage!
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Yes please!
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    +1, I’m in the market for a bottle as well.

    Zealot, I’m jealous of that haul! Anthracite looks fascinating, and I’ve yet to sniff it.
  24. Re: Christopher Street by Charenton Macerations is super nice

    I will also be one of the dissenters. I get the artistry of Christopher Street, but the metallic-industrial aspect is just not very pleasant to my nose.

    Asphalt Rainbow is a fresh rose, smooth...
  25. Re: NEW: Yohji Yamamoto - I'm Not Going To Disturb You Homme!

    So, it's a bit daring, but the rose is not going to disturb you?

    :) Nice review; I want to try it now.
  26. Re: Going into a store what is your sampling strategy and method

    This is key. If you linger, they either smell blood or are likely to become frustrated, whether they show it or not (the good ones won't, but still). Also, I simply don't enjoy talking with SAs all...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    La Curie Incendo

    Dry, convincingly realistic campfire and woods scent; very wearable. A top reference in the category, full stop.
  28. Re: Tell me how you learned so much about fragrances?

    Sir, ma'am, Captain...

    95261

    Captain Quarry has a nice ring to it!
  29. Re: Tell me how you learned so much about fragrances?

    That's about 95% of it, for me.

    The other 5%:

    Reading trusted reviewers to try to make sense of what you're sampling, and sometimes sniffing raw materials/oils to help with pulling out...
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    Re: How many fragrances have you tried?

    Yeah, I'm probably in that 1000-1500 range, maybe a bit more, who knows. My wardrobe says 415, but I'm very loose with that when it comes to sampling or sniffing at stores, which constitutes most of...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Antaeus

    SOTE last night, and I'm wearing it again today.
  32. Re: What could this off putting chemical or ingredient be??

    That's what I was thinking. Sharp, dry, sour, blaring faux wood, but that doesn't fully describe it. To me it feels somehow angry, unhealthy, unwelcoming. I'm pretty sure Dirty English in particular...
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    Re: Fragrances With A Light Touch Of Cedar.

    Histories de Parfums 1828 Jules Verne

    An excellent cedary base, but not overwhelming.
  34. Re: Caron Yatagan is it worth adding to my wardrobe, anything nicer IYO?

    I most prefer to wear it in autumn, but its dryness fits will with any season, and it even makes a nice outdoorsy summer choice.
  35. Re: Caron Yatagan is it worth adding to my wardrobe, anything nicer IYO?

    Well I am an avid Yatagan fanboy, so my advice will always be to at least try it.

    That said, "professional geared fragrances" (per the OP) is not the first category I'd place it in. I mean, you...
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    Re: Eating crow: The house of John Varvatos

    Funny, I didn't realize John Varvatos was poorly regarded, but I have to agree it's very rarely mentioned these days. The original was quite popular and chatted about when I started here, as I...
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    Re: Long Lasting Soapy Niche Fragrances?

    Is rose listed for Sung? Because it smells nothing like rose, I swear. It does, however, smell like soap. Radiant white soap.

    And +1 Prada, particularly Amber Pour Homme (warmer soap) and Infusion...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    :thumbup: Concentration?


    For me, it’s Molinard Habanita EDT
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Jacomo Aura performed admirably for me today.

    Zealot convinced me to pounce (it's ridiculously inexpensive)...and it's a nice crowd-pleasing green-spicy, lightly sweet, smooth, somewhat...
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    Re: Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

    Just saw this - YASSSS. This used to drive me batty, but now I'm over it. So that's a change, I guess.

    Pyramid: "cedar and vetiver, hooray!"

    Actual smell: I don't know, but I finally gave up...
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    Re: Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

    The Bot hath spoken, and lo, I agree.

    The only thing I can add to this is that I've really being enjoying vintage 80s-90s fougeres lately; I used to think of them as "that generic man scent" and...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Yep. 2 of 2.5 oz in the bottle. I think it was an estate sale situation, where the seller didn’t know they had and didn’t and didn’t post details thoroughly. These sellers are friends of patient...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I found a partial for the cost of a mediocre pizza; do it! Might be my favorite early 90s fougere.

    You’ll love it - especially as you’re a fan of Pasha.

    Great bottle, too. Very old British...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    SOTE is RL Safari

    Love the brisk, spicy eucalyptus tone here.
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    Re: Five Letter Game

    Cats have unpremeditated mousing brainstorm.

    HANDY
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    Re: Houses doing non EU compliant scents

    Wow, this actually increases my respect for the perfumer. They sure don't smell compliant! Proof that it can be done.
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    Re: Summer scent / millesime vs acqua di gio

    I find MI to be rather sweet, so seeing as that's a problem for you, I'd go with AdG Essenza.

    Also, if you have longevity issues with SMW, MI probably won't be much different. I find SMW to be...
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    Re: Houses doing non EU compliant scents

    I'm pretty sure Papillon isn't compliant.
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    Re: Had my girlfriend test some fragrances...

    YSL L'Homme might go over well.

    Staying semi-modern, some relatively highly regarded options she might like (sweet but masculine-leaning) include Boucheron Jaipur Homme, Chanel Allure Homme and...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Givenchy Gentleman
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    Re: Best Rose & Oud Combo

    Reasonable price and easy to find, but still very good:

    Diptyque Oud Palao
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    Re: Five Letter Game

    Massive orangutans seized the island.

    MEECE
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Versace L’Homme

    So good. Will need a backup, I think.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Did not know this existed! You are a man of many wonders, hednic.

    Many of the reviews say it smells much like regular Bandit...true? Do you like it?
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    Re: NEW: Gucci | The Alchemist's Garden

    I'm skeptical of the suggestion that we "layer the line's floral waters and perfumed oils to create an individual fragrance statement". I read that as a play for $$$ by Gucci.

    The "floral waters"...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Lancome Sagamore
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Dunhill for Men, in this triumph of a bottle. 60’s, I think. First wear. This stuff doesn’t mess around; it’s very “classic boardroom” in a good way. Beautiful dry sharp lemony-lavender and spiced...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Chanel Pour Monsieur, 80’s

    One of the very few scents I’d be happy to wear daily if required. It does everything just about perfectly.

    "Calibration" isn’t normally something we think of as a...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Very interesting...can you expand on that?

    I love this one.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Oh, I'm glad it made an impression! I've never smelled Mitsouko in vintage parfum format, but it strikes me as the kind of scent that might benefit from some brightness. I've smelled the modern EDP...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Hiram Green Arbolé Arbolé

    My first sampling of this line, and I'm so impressed. This is an unassumingly excellent composition, and would make a fantastic spring or even winter daily driver, a...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    How much "Declaration formula" do you get with this one? To my nose, it stands pretty far afield compared to the rest of the line (other than the cardamom), in terms of not having that quasi-powdery,...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Thanks for the compliment; I would have said the same about you!

    I tried Slow Explosions last night and am wearing it again today (so, I like it!). The opening features a fairly pronounced...
  64. Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    I've been having a personal fougere renaissance lately. Not sure what sparked it, but clean/sharp, creamy tonka goodness has just been hitting the spot for me, particularity in the...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Ohhh, I have a sample awaiting my attention. SOTE, here I come!

    I got it for the saffron; how's the note in it?
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Paco Rabanne Pour Homme
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Gianfranco Ferre for Man

    First sampling. Lauder meets R de Revillon meets Trussardi Uomo meets...Versace L’Homme maybe? Very good, but a crowded quadrant of my collection.
  68. Re: Is anyone’s resolution to cut down on purchases

    Great idea - “protecting” my favorites as a habit I’d love to break. I think I just found my 2019 fragrance resolution!
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    I didn’t know you were a phychic, ZC!

    Its like the scent of this stuff is engrained in our consciousness and copied by others that is not as appreciated on a day-to-day basis as a fantastic...
  70. Re: Why don't more cologne companies ignore the restrictions on oakmoss?

    Precisely. I was trying to get at this earlier, but you said it much better.

    For better or (mostly) worse, it’s the world we live in.
  71. Re: Sample Pass - Speed Smelling 2017 Postmodern Collection

    Glad you've enjoyed them! These have been really fun to sample.

    Last one!

    Loc Dong
    Right out of the gate, a blast furnace of Yankee Candle Factory butterscotch aroma, right in my nose like a...
  72. Re: Why don't more cologne companies ignore the restrictions on oakmoss?

    Just playing devil’s advocate, the difference I see if that people with a fragrance sensitivity have no control over whether someone might walk past blasting potentially hazardous sillage their way. ...
  73. Re: Why don't more cologne companies ignore the restrictions on oakmoss?

    Objectively, though, he isn’t wrong. The question is “why don’t more companies ingnore the rules?” and limitation of risk and liability is definitely a major reason. That said, I agree it can get...
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    Re: Budgeting for the hobby

    By basic rule is if I’m hitting my savings targets and maintaining a nice cashflow surplus, I don’t give fragrance spending too much thought. My recurring expenses are relatively low and I’m not a...
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    Re: Ugliest bottle/Presentation

    I keep scrolling past the picture and giggling out loud! If you put this next to your front door, it might scare off evil spirits. And your neighbors.

    This is the kind of bottle where if you were...
  76. Re: Is there a chance of VC&A Pour Homme being discontinued?

    Yeah :undecided:

    I feel kind of bad potentially encouraging quicker inventory shortage and price increases...

    ...but at the same time, I want interested folks on Basenotes to get in now (as...
  77. Re: Why don't more cologne companies ignore the restrictions on oakmoss?

    Eh, depends on the niche house. MFK? Yes. Creed? Yes. But I can tell you for sure that artisan houses like Slumberhouse, Auphorie, Bruno Fazzolari are generally not pulling from the same materials...
  78. Re: Is there a chance of VC&A Pour Homme being discontinued?

    Just a quick PSA that modern VC&A Pour Homme is going for $25 for 50ml on Ebay right now. Not sure how long it'll last. There are also a few decently priced Tsars.
  79. Re: Favourite signature accords from a perfume house

    Guerlainade. :)

    ~~

    Also +1 on Comme des Garconsade and Prada-ade.
  80. Re: Is anyone’s resolution to cut down on purchases

    Great advice above on setting specific goals. I'm curious how/if sample or decant purchases fit into your calculus.

    I can see setting a limit on those that's more of a monthly $ amount, or # of...
  81. Re: Sample Pass - Speed Smelling 2017 Postmodern Collection

    Jean-Christophe Herault
    Fruit brandy, yum! This one opens feeling almost carbonated, reminding me of the fizzy-fruit opening of Ropion just a bit. The fruit simultaneously subsides and becomes more...
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    Re: Urgently needed Honey scent

    One more: MFK Cologne Pour Le Soir.

    Simple and pleasant honey and benzoin skin scent, really nice.
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    Re: Pre-Aventus, how do guys wear pineapples?

    Oh yeah, and Donna Karan Fuel for Men has a big tropical/pineapple thing going on as I recall.
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    Re: Urgently needed Honey scent

    Nice suggestions so far.

    Comme des Garcons Parfum is a very spicy one with a honey component.

    Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men - honey and patchouli, mostly.

    Cartier L'Envol (already listed)...
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    Re: Newbie Recommendations

    You might also look at Dior Homme Sport or Dior Homme Eau. Dior Homme Cologne also has many fans, though I'm less keen on it, personally.

    That line is generally very well regarded in terms of...
  86. Re: Medicinal notes in oud and other fragrances?

    Not always with pure oud - I think that medicinal tone is largely a hallmark of synthetic ouds combined with rose and/or saffron, which themselves can sometimes feel a little medicinal. Stick them...
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    Re: Pre-Aventus, how do guys wear pineapples?

    Kouros Fraicheur. Opens with a big honking pineapple on top that extends well into an otherwise classic Kouros evolution. It eats Aventus for breakfast.
  88. Re: Sample Pass: Vintage Avon Masculines 1949-1976 (CONUS)

    Yeah, as much as I like it, I don't think I need 10oz of it!

    Did Blend 7 EDC not come in the novelty decanters? I have no problem buying those and decanting into a sprayer myself (though those...
  89. Re: Sample Pass: Vintage Avon Masculines 1949-1976 (CONUS)

    Pfft.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/cXIu5uY3DQX2E/giphy.gif

    Just kidding, I will glad accept your help! Indiana Jones and the Last Zealot Crusade for Avon Blend 7.
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    Re: How do you use decants?

    Both of these.


    And also this.

    Side note:
    Even if I don't strategically buy a decant with the intent that it serve as a permanent alternative to a bottle, that's usually what ends up...
  91. Re: Sample Pass: Vintage Avon Masculines 1949-1976 (CONUS)

    Hmm, I will get a decant, thanks for the heads up! This is a member of the Chanel line that escaped my attention entirely. Many of the reviews are quite interesting!
  92. Re: Sample Pass - Speed Smelling 2017 Postmodern Collection

    And I didn't get sandalwood! So interesting how our noses vary!



    Caroline Dumur
    A fresh spicy floral, maybe genarium? Synthetic, but recognizable as a floral for sure. It smells simple, brisk...
  93. Re: Sample Pass: Vintage Avon Masculines 1949-1976 (CONUS)

    ^100% agree with you on Tai Winds, CB. Blend 7 was one of my pass favorites. I wish I could smell it again in light of your review - the "dusty roadside weed" reference is intriguing. Agree about...
  94. Re: Sample Pass - Speed Smelling 2017 Postmodern Collection

    Anne Flipo

    My first thought out of the gate was "spicy woody floral". But it's also a little gummy and sweet, with a bright synthetic tone. I had a brief vision of Azzaro Acteur (woody rose), and...
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    Re: What is the best Masculine Fig Fragrance?

    Sorry I missed this! Not sure, actually. It's a sample from a kind Basenoter, and it doesn't say either way. Didn't realize there were two versions.

    If it follows the usual EDT/EDP pattern, the...
  96. Re: Sample Pass: Vintage Avon Masculines 1949-1976 (CONUS)

    That is a nice way of describing Deep Woods' base. It's very smooth and pleasant...not really fougere, not oriental or particularly sweet. A little woody and powdery but those attributes don't define...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    You weren't asking me :coolold:...but I sampled this one a few months ago for the first time and found it surprisingly sweet and strong, and it didn't click with me on that outing. I should give it...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I went ahead and pounced on some VC&A Tsar while it's still cheap. Exemplar clean spicy-green fougere that I'd been appreciating more and more from my mini.

    Found an original vintage bottle at...
  99. Re: Is there a chance of VC&A Pour Homme being discontinued?

    Maybe they’ll pull a Guerlain/Coriolan and rerelease and price it as part of the exclusives with a name like L’Historie d’Arpels Noir Encens Cuir. And ditto, Fougere Pin Verte.

    Hint hint, are you...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    :thumbup: Sounds like a fun hobby if you have the restoration skills! I have a 70s Marantz amp (was my dad’s) with some knob cracking I can probably fix, and I’m on the hunt for a vintage turntable...
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