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  1. Re: What Types Of Fragrances Do You Guys Think We Need More Of?

    I think we need more fragrances built around specific Tea notes. Tea can go many ways: green , smokey black, mate, green macha. Tea combines with so many healing herbs, citrus, florals, and of...
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    Re: Similar to Burberry London?

    These are a few that might substitute although not an exact match they have some of the same elements.

    Parfums d' Marly Herod - much bolder tobacco but a nice alternative.

    Cuir et Bois by Agar...
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    Re: Best Men's Release This Summer?

    I'm appreciating Corsica Furiosa by Parfums d' Empire. The best new release this summer so far me.
  4. Re: Gorilla Perfumes - Cutting Edge Masterpieces !

    Of the original series I like Karma and Breath of God; but the newer series has been hard to find. My local Lush store doesn't,t carry the full range and they tell me you can only test them in...
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    Re: best summer vanillas

    CBIHP 7 Billion Hearts - is good all year round as a vanilla. Very woody and dry for a vanilla so a little works great in hot weather too.
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    Re: Oud Ispahan or Rose d'Arabie?

    Rose d' Arabie is more wearable and this would be my suggestion. Oud Ispahan is more of an adventure - a wilder a ride. If you've already got Leather Oud then I suggest Rose d' Arabie because Oud...
  7. Re: Has anyone found a definite way to wear Molecule 01?

    How else would you wear it but just spray away. It might be more lasting on fabric. What you are going for with Molecule 01 is Iso E Super which doesn't have much top note so you can't smell it...
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    Re: Are the Cheapies Really Worth It?

    Exactly how I am on this subject! Unfortunately we don't usually find this out until lot's of cheapies have purchased.
  9. Re: Day time cologne for summer / fall / spring

    Well I just now saw that he said "I guess around $50 . . ." Most of those I suggested are around twice that price, but I thought I would give suggestions of things I think are worth paying extra...
  10. Re: Escentric 01 - any fans? Any experience with it?

    Escentric 01 offsets the potential irritability of iso e super by adding a citric lime top note, pink pepper for flutter, and orris to tie the iso e to the earth, to ground it without losing the...
  11. Re: Up to 40 colognes, and I am promising I will not buy one until I actually finish 1 bottle!

    You are at a point in this hobby that many of us have experienced. The urge to become a collector vs. practical common sense consumption conundrum. For a true collector of fragrance, consumption...
  12. Re: Best high quality citrus/summer fragrance for me?

    It's really hard to find a pure citrus fragrance. Most of the citrus that lasts for a while have some sort of woods (cedar or patchouli) that blends with the citrus to give it longevity. Also many...
  13. Re: What is the first oud that I should try?

    First one? Oud as a perfume, probably Pure Oud By Killian. I also like Musk Oud By Killian too which you might as well try if you find the Killian samples somewhere.
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    Re: NEW Parfum d'Empire Corsica Furiosa

    A great fragrance! Very green I enjoy it every time I wear it. I got a bottle after reading Colin's review and it lives up to the hype!
  15. Re: just ordered a sample of the new Hindi Brut from agar aura

    I would very much like to test this one out, but the description scared me off purchasing a sample. I hope a sample may have sen included with my recent order of ZBH which is now in transit from...
  16. Re: Day time cologne for summer / fall / spring

    These are some colognes that I like for daytime:

    Hermes Concentree d' Orange Verte - lasts pretty good for this kind of fragrance - my favorite orange cologne.
    Andy Tauer Cologne du Maghreb - go...
  17. Re: What's your favorite Penhaligon Scent for Summer ?

    Iris Prima is cool dry light iris suede base. One of the good iris fragrances - if you like a subtle iris for summer?! So many of Penhaligon's fragrs have lost their edge, but this one is new and...
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    Re: Infusion DHomme

    these might do and you won't see these on many other people..

    Aedes Venustas Iris Nazarena - smokey dry clean and slightly green tinted iris - a sublime beauty.
    Annat Fritz Classical - an...
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    Re: Summer Patchouli

    So many patchouli fragrances have bold amber, tonka or vanilla notes to sweeten up the cold piercing patchouli. Those are the ones that don't do especially well in summer unless you are inside with...
  20. Re: Blackbird by Matriarch and Pandora by DSH perfume

    I really like Blackbird and many others from Matriarch are worth exploring as well. For an artisan perfumer, Matriarch has an extremely varied and accomplished lineup of fragrances. As does Dawn...
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    Re: AA BOHemian SPICE, Byredo Inflorescence, Testa Maura, Hunter, Gentiane Blanche, Skin on Skin

    Added a few new fragrances today. Bohemian Spice, Acqua di Casta, Escrimeur, Gentiane Blanche, Trevert, Hunter, L eau Froide.
  22. Re: Whats the quickest amount of time you returned/sold a fragrance after receiving it and what was

    To be perfectly accurate about it, the bottle came with a small spray sample of the fragrance, and I tested the spray sample, didn't like it at all so returned the unopened sealed packaged bottle. ...
  23. Re: Whats the quickest amount of time you returned/sold a fragrance after receiving it and what was

    Ambre 114 by Histories de Parfums. E mailed the distributor and returned it the same day and they gave me a full refund. I just could not handle that level of sweetness in an amber fragrance.
  24. Re: Leathers have always eluded me. Some suggestions?

    Some of my favorite leather fragrances are often hard to find. All of these I like:

    Cuir 28 LeLabo - warm, bold and brassy leather with a bit of growl.
    Memo Italian Leather - a rustic leafy...
  25. Re: A light, sweet and salty, high quality sea/aquatic fragrance what have I missed?

    best suggestions from those you haven't tried are:

    Sel d' Vetiver by The Different Co.
    Darwin by Fueguia 1833
    Creed Erolfa
  26. Re: What's a designer scent that could easily pass as niche?

    Sahara Noir has grown on me and I like it. I also am not a fan of many amber scents, but the frankincense in this one gives it a really authentic almost ethnic flavor of some type. I do think it...
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    Re: Do Women Really Like Your Colognes???

    Actually it's just the opposite. She dislikes the everyday designer fragrances - complains and recoils from them just like I do for the most part - such as the AdG, Polo Red and The One which you...
  28. Re: Anyone think of fragrance with other liquid?

    Yes - glass cleaner! Yesterday, I sprayed with abandon Windex glass cleaner into the microwave to obliterate odors from my recently nuked Organic Masala Tofu frozen dinner, I started thinking "what...
  29. Re: what are your favorite crisp, sharp, dry ..almost medicinal scents.....

    Until this thread I really had not realized that a medicinal quality is something that I do look for in a fragrance. Its important that its not too medicinal but can add that cleansing element, sort...
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    Re: Looking for fresh summer orange scent

    You got to try one of these oranges:

    Atelier Orange Sanguine - oranges, rind and juice, with hot sun and ozone baking to a sultry exotic warmth from a touch of jasmine. Great scent.
    Parfum d'...
  31. Re: Looking for that mechanic's garage smell...

    +1 Santa Maria Novella Nostalgia is exactly what you are looking for.
  32. Re: What's a designer scent that could easily pass as niche?

    Sahara Noir by Tom Ford is part of his regular line so I think of it as a designer fragrance, but the aroma is very apart from the mainstream "designer" humdrum fragrances.
  33. Re: Cartier Declaration versus Cartier Declaration Essence -

    I don't have Terre d' Hermes, but I think L' Essence is a lighter woodier scent than Terre d' Hermes. I have some of the other Ellena fragrances and there is definitely a little overlap there. L'...
  34. Re: What do you think of Hanae Mori HiM, Prada Amber Intense, & Gucci Pour Homme 2?

    Don't blind buy any of these. Get to a Sephora or any Dept. store and test them for yourself. These are easy to find. Don't rely on others opinions - have respect for your own preferences.
  35. Re: Cartier Declaration versus Cartier Declaration Essence -

    I have both also and enjoy both of them but I end up wearing L'Essence much more. The primary difference is that original Declaration has notes of Juniper, Birchwood and Artemsia and L'Essence...
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    Re: Smoothest scents too your nose?

    To arrive at "smoothe" as a defining characteristic a fragrance should be built around one of the almost complete perfume ingredients that works really well all by itself. This stand alone quality of...
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    Re: Lavender-Based Colognes?

    The most often used lavender is Oxford & Cambridge. Its not sexy as in sweet or dreamy fougere like lavender, but is minty and and medicinal which I think is sexy. I wear it when I need a healing on...
  38. Re: Any Reason Not To Buy Tom Ford Private Label On Luckyscent ?

    I would never worry over purchasing from Luckyscent. They are first rate in all they do. Also, if you use the MUA code you can get free shipping (if you are a member of MUA:))
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    Re: ASAQ Thaqeel and Kalakassi

    I have a small bottle (half tola) of ASAQ Thaqeel and I think it is a very nice oud oil. For awhile it was my favorite oud oil but I now have a variety of others that I like more and these others...
  40. Re: Thoughts on Mecca Balsam by La Via del Profumo?

    I had a bottle of Mecca Balsam, not sure if I've still got it. My memory of it was that it was a very unified fragrance with almost no top notes as it went right into a warm, strengthening labdanum,...
  41. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    People resent the success and resurgence of "pop" music but still it is great to listen to - almost addictive. The beats, the repeating rhthym, the auto tuned vocals that soar with repeating hooks -...
  42. Re: Reflecting back on my fragrance hobby after 10 years of being a Basenotes member

    Congratulations on ten years in! I appreciate the sharing of your experiences. Most of us have similar stories punctuated with fragrant highs and lows. I hope to see you here for the next ten!
  43. Re: Do you think by Kilian's Incense Oud and Musk Oud are worth it?

    Both fragrances are worthy it in my opinion - for the refill anyway. Buying the refill bottle makes it easier to afford but you have to figure out how to spray it, assuming you don't have the...
  44. Re: Fragrance that smells most like household cleaner?

    Bleu de Chanel definitely shares some notes with Windex glass cleaner - I use both though and like them about the same.
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    Re: Kilian's Ouds

    I have owned a bottle of all of these except for Amber Oud. I think Killian Arabian Nights Oud collection is one of the better overviews of the different ways to take oud by blending with various...
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    Re: Way Off Scenter

    Way Off Scenter - thanks for putting your reviews back up! Your reviews are a treasured repository of clear analysis and carefully considered opinion filtered through your world class knowledge of...
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    Re: Dsquared Potion Black

    How similar is Potion Black to Potion Royal Black, both by D Squared? The notes look similar for each. Is it the same stuff?
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Do any dealers still have inventory of the old stock? Please tell if you find some!
  49. Re: 26 and falling in love with a Powerhouse.....

    Similar to Polo but with more subtlety. All these are slightly more expensive, but they are all excellent. If I were to pick one for you it would be Tom Ford Extreme or It. Cypress if the cost is...
  50. Re: Something similar to the woodier aspects of Miel de Bois

    Chene by Lutens might fit the request. Both have oak as a woods note, Chene also has a drop of honey too, but Miel de Bois has gaiac wood and not sure about Chene on that.
  51. Re: Suede accord in Tom Daxon's Resin Sacra

    I don't remember suede being a big part of this fragrance. If it is a note it might act more like a modifier to give some softness to the frankincense, patchouli and ambroxan in the scent. A...
  52. Re: What is the best versitile summer/spring By Kilian scent for men?

    Musk Oud.
  53. Re: What's currently your personal favorite male perfume and why ?

    I have to admit I changed my "favorite" allegiance to something else on the very next day! so I agree that it is a daily decision and this is how it should be - a moving target depending upon my...
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    Re: What Style of Fragrance Fits You Best?

    I like woods and incense fragrances the most and they suit me. But, a nice light eau de cologne fits me just fine especially if a hint of dry woods is tucked up inside somewhere.
  55. Re: What's currently your personal favorite male perfume and why ?

    Right now (as of 6/4/2014) my favorite is Memo Shams Oud. Why? The development from opening to base gives you several different fragrance profiles for: (1) the best incense, (2) best...
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    Re: Clive christian

    To me the best one is V. Yes there is pepper, but V is all about the frankincense, imo. I like it very much.
  57. Re: strange, weird, odd or just plain different notes..

    Some I like but that take the road less traveled are:

    Byredo: M/Mink, Mister Marvelous
    Lab on Fire: Almost Transparent Blue
    Mancera: Kumkat Wood
    Oriza Legrand: Deja le Printeps, Relique...
  58. Re: So I blind bought Aventus a year ago, last week i ordered 8 samples of creeds other options..

    I guess you are lucky you found Aventus first since its the only one you liked enough to purchase. Its one of the few I like from Creed as well (Jardin d' Amalfi, Pure White also). The old saying...
  59. Re: Creed Spice and Wood vs Malle French Lover

    I like them both almost equally, but have a preference for Malle Bois d' Orage (FL). French Lover has more character but only by a "nose".
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    Re: Rose recommendations

    Since seeing the recommendation on this thread, I gave a try to Armani Rose d' Arabie, got a bottle, and very good. Rose d' Arabie has a masculine leather base paired with the rose gives it a slight...
  61. Poll: Re: Is Creed's Original Vetiver a good representation of a vetiver fragrance?

    When I first shopped for OV my Neiman's SA who had sold me Paul Smith Story earlier told me, " you may not need Creed OV because it smells exactly like Paul Smith Story". We did a side by side test...
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    Re: Favourite Blu Mediterraneo?

    This one! love juniper done in fresh way.
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    Re: Incense wardrobe

    What's your favorite of these? I have to admit a preference for Armani Bois d' Encens. That stuff is great!. Of your selections I personally kind of like Casbah but the others don't grab my interest...
  64. Re: Do Creed Pure White Cologne Tester bottles exist?

    The Creed Pure White costs are: 1 oz./30 ml. for $225 = $7.50 per 1 ml, and; 8.4 oz./250 ml. for $675 = $2.70 per ml. The small bottle is outrageously expensive and the large one is just plain...
  65. Re: To reviewers: Do you use your own reviews for reference?

    Yes. I keep a personal, short hand, impression of thoughts on thousands of fragrances when I test them. Reviews of a sort. I jot down onto a "Stickies" file on my computer and I refer back to...
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    Re: Colonia Leather by Acqua di Parma

    This is on my "to buy list". A solid leather with nothing at all objectionable. It also layers well with other fragrance - rose, EDC or green woods + a single spray of AdP Colonia Leather over the...
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    Re: fragrances you associate with rain

    +1 - My thought exactly. Turtle Vetiver Back, Sycomore, Haitian Vetiver and Villoresi Uomo all feel like good rainy day scents to me.
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    Re: Precious Woods by April Aromatics

    I like Bohemian Spice from April Aromatics but it is a beast of a scent until it fumes down a little to be more liveable. Bohemian Sp. has great character and is well put together. Precious Woods...
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    Re: Help me out on leathers!

    +2 This is a very very good leather fragrance!
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    Re: Seasonal fragrances

    I wear fragrances for myself so it only matters to me. Of course I care about what others around me are smelling on me and what they like. There is a natural association between certain scents and...
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    Re: The Great OR BLACK by Pascal Morabito

    Or Black and Kolnisch Juchten smell different from each other. KJ is sweeter and but still a dark leather. Or Black is more mossy and has a green note along with the birch leather aspect. Both of...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Some recent eye openers are:

    Memo Shams
    Memo Italian Leather
    Matriarch Blackbird
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    Re: Colonia Leather by Acqua di Parma

    An excellent leather fragrance that moves to head of the class of large group of great new leather fragrances. This is the everyday leather choice in the group of "new" leathers that I have been...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    These are my five most often used, lately -

    Dior Homme Cologne
    Sugi CDG Scent One
    L'Air du Desert Marocain
    Mancera Kumkat Wood
    Zegna Haitian Vetiver
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    Re: Favorite fresh/aqua scent

    Here are some I like that all fit the fresh category:

    Dior Homme Cologne - the new one, cologne version, not the sport, intense or edp as it is way fresher smelling than these.

    Tom Daxon...
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    Re: Spanish Cedar by Czech & Speake

    Thanks for the information. Will sample next time I'm in London.
  77. Re: Tom Ford Noir Edp vs Tom Ford Grey Vertiver. Whats your preference?

    Well stated!
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    Re: Testing Givenchy

    Anyone try the Givenchy Exclusives yet? Hate to say it but from the photos and descriptions they look like nicely packaged, carefully crafted bottles of . . . desparation! Givenchy trying very...
  79. Poll: Re: Fragrance Battle of the Day (5/6/14) Elite 8: L`air du Desert Moracain vs Royal Oud

    LDDM is one of the best amber fragrances ever made - maybe the best one. It has just the right amount of woods and cold spices to add an incense glow to the warmth. Royal Oud is a good traditional...
  80. Re: Blackbird by Matriarch and Pandora by DSH perfume

    I think Blackbird is a really good fragrance. It is a leafy, seaweed + conifer green oud leather scent that has a really great finishing note that is dry and probably castoreum animalic in nature. I...
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    Re: New Mancera Fragrances 2014

    I am curious as to why some of the fragrances are designated to be part of the "Line" series such as: Black Line, Lemon Line, Aoud Line and also have bottles differentiated with black vertical lines...
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    Re: Today I Bought: May 2014

    Today pulled the trigger on an attar: Cuir et Bois, and a pure oud: Cantik Candan both from Agar Aura. Taha is creating and sourcing oud oils that are as good as it gets for this moment in time,...
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    Re: What's your monthly budget?

    My budget is viewed in the rearview mirror. No budget, only regret or wonderment to plot my future disbursements.
  84. Poll: Re: Fragrance Battle of the Day (5/5/14) Elite 8: Dior Homme vs Millesime Imperial

    AM NOT IN LOVE WITH EITHER BUT WOULD CHOOSE DIOR HOMME. Dior Homme's flankers are outstanding too. Dior Homme Cologne compares well with MI, and I prefer it to MI as well. Just an opinion. Every...
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    Re: Portrait Of A Lady Vs Lyric Man

    POAL. but Lyric is not bad either. Its all down to preference.
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    Re: My proposal for reclassifying fragrances

    I don't think classifications help at all. They only confuse things by placing another confusing term upon a random group of fragrances. Why do it all? The perfume doesn't care if its maker also has...
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    Re: "shower gel"

    I like and recommend the shower gel and the shampoo from Eau d' Italie. It matches the cologne from Eau d' Italie and is my favorite summer cologne. Smells great and the soaps work really well too.
  88. Poll: Re: Fragrance Battle of the Day (5/1/14) Sweet 16: Terre d`Hermes vs L`air du Desert Marocain

    After comparing TdH to Red Vetiver by Montale and seeing how close those two are I thought maybe it is built around vetiver too. Then Farmacia Annunziata came out with Vetiver Incenso, which smells...
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    Re: April Aromatics

    I like Bohemian Spice very much it would be a nice one for lovers of incense and woods with lots of boldness. Also Calling All Angels very beautiful, striking really, but it is too pungent and too...
  90. Poll: Re: Fragrance Battle of the Day (5/1/14) Sweet 16: Terre d`Hermes vs L`air du Desert Marocain

    battle of a vetiver dominant woods vs. amber dominant incense. They are different types of scents, but I like LADDM here.
  91. Re: Dawn Spencer Hurwitz - anybody sniffed much of this line?

    DSH has a vast line made up of separately named groups or series that have many styles within each. The diversity of this small house is its strength for their local shop marketing, and also...
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    Re: What's the Weirdest Fragrance You Own?

    M/Mink from Byredo is weird from the fragrance perspective, while still being enjoyable to wear.
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    Re: Fleur d'Oranger/Orange-y smells

    +1 Azemour les Orangers by Parfum d' Empire
    Artisan by John Varvatos - great price, mossy orange,s
    Bigarrade Concentree by Editions Frederic Malle
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    Re: Creed orange spice

    An excellent fragrance, if you can find it. This was my first Creed and I wore it every day for a year - 20 years ago. I don't have a bottle now, but I miss it. It may be inactive as part of the...
  95. Re: House of Matriarch perfumes made in Seattle.

    Thanks for this link. I wish the rest of it was available. Very excellent reviews of Blackbird and The Maj. I really like the idea of OM, too but need to try it again.

    I tested every scent in...
  96. House of Matriarch perfumes made in Seattle.

    I love to discover artisanal perfume houses and I received samples of most of the line for this small brand, totally unknown to me until a few days ago - House of Matriarch. Has anyone else tried...
  97. Thread: Memo - Kedu

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    Re: Memo - Kedu

    Toasted sesame oil is great to add to salad dressings in an oil mix with olive, pumkin seed oil, with some lemon. Adds smokey nut like flavor and is good for you as well.
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    Poll: Re: Straight to Heaven vs. Musc Ravageur

    Straight to Heaven without a doubt. They are very different from each but equally good imo. This poll is more about whether you are a ST to Heaven kind of person or have decided to take the Musk...
  99. Re: Your Favorite Cartier Declaration Flanker -

    Declaration Essence is very solid.
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    Re: Your top summer night out scents

    For a "night out" scents I'm thinking more mystery, magnetism or romance might be needed instead of a "daily wear" fragrance that needs pragmatism, cleanliness and less offensive possibilities. For...
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