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  1. Re: Olfactory Adventures with 4160 Tuesdays' Sarah McCartney

    An honest interesting article by Sarah, as always. Blowing away a few myths.

    It reminds me of Mark Buxton's 'Hot Leather' --no actual 'leather' note is used -- it's all an illusion!
  2. Re: The All-Time Great Neroli/Orange Blossom Fragrances

    Pour Le Jeune Homme - MPG

    Askett Absolute - Askett & English

    Dilmun - Villoresi
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    Re: AdP Colonia Assoluta - Discontinued?

    Just buy another from the range -- they practically all smell the same imo
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    Re: Antaeus or Bel Ami?

    They are both x-rays of their former selves

    The old Bel Ami by a country mile

    Antaeus has dated very badly imo
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    Re: Barbershop Fougeres

    Vintage Brut for sure -- bottle and chain
    Vintage English Fern

    Something for the weekend sir....?
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    Re: Histoires de parfums juice missing?

    That's suspicious -- I mean, why produce an oversized bottle?

    I purchased 60ml from a bricks and mortar last year and it was full
  7. Poll: Re: Blue de Chanel vs Dior Sauvage, Who did it best?

    what - short change the public? Both!
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    Re: Grateful for your thoughts

    It's in the Spicebomb / Varvatos camp. I'm a sucker for spicy vanillas and I get a good performance from it. Also, OP doesn't seem to have this genre covered.
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    Re: Grateful for your thoughts

    Looking at what you already own, I would go for Noir Extreme
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    Re: Most animalic that you enjoy?

    A shout for L'Air de Rien by Miller Harris

    The famous 'soiled underwear' quote from Luca Turin

    For me it was a sweet skanky leather that had hints of mould and moss.

    You need to go vintage -...
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    Re: Phtaloblue by Tauer

    Oh Andy -- leave the 1990's as a memory. No more briny watermelons please.
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    Re: Going through Etat Libre d'Orange sample set

    A nice thread - thanks for your reviews. I like ELdO very much.

    If you get a chance, check out these

    Afternoon of a Faun
    Antiheros
    Bendelerious
    Malaise of the 1970's -- Sex Pistols Part 2...
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    Re: Weird fragrance quirks anyone?

    Yes, around 40 of my bottles are stored as an exact replica of Stonehenge

    the summer solstice was very exciting
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    Re: Bond no. 9 suggestions

    I've selected fragrances with a feminine/unisex slant that I like. Nothing quite like Chinatown in their line up though.

    Bryant Park
    Little Italy
    No.9 Perfume Oud
    Nuits de Noho
    So New York
  15. Re: Made my first in person major store Purchase in covid era

    personal testing is out in bricks and mortar unless the store provides gloves -- can't see a way round it. I certainly don't want an SA following me round spouting a lot of nonsense

    I will have to...
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    Re: How Did You Become A Fragrance Lover?

    I realised it helped with the mating rituals
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    Re: Tarry. Burnt. Leather.

    XJ Homme - Xerjoff

    Eau du Fier - Annick Goutal (if you can find a bottle)
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    Re: Loud, Fresh, ice, Brutal Projection, ........?

    Apart from the obvious couple from Creed, H and SMW

    how about Iris Silver Mist -- that fragrance is icy cold

    sounds more like a young clubbers scent though -- go with the Creeds
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    Re: Sauvage EDP vs GIT

    It has to be GIT even though I'm not a fan of the smell
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    Re: Emotional states and fragrances to match.

    at peace - Santal Noble
  21. Re: Nothing unisex about it: most unapologetically masculine fragrance?

    Italian Cypress and Floris 1962
  22. Re: There is a reason they're classics and still around

    That belongs to Antaeus and the women who wore it in the 80's
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    Re: Perfumes of American Places

    D&S Durga - Mississippi Medicine

    Bitter, dank swamp and trees

    Southern Death Cult style
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    Re: Buying my First Roja Fragnance

    Great, thanks for confirming -- it's a shame the EdP has gone though. Also glad my memory isn't completely shot!
  25. Re: Upcoming Parfums de Marly release - Sutton (Fresh/Fruity)

    Sutton isn't filling me with great hope -- the notes look very derivative to me
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    Re: Buying my First Roja Fragnance

    About six years ago I remember purchasing an EdP version of Enigma which was much cheaper than the Parfum and I loved it

    I guess that wasn't around for long?
  27. Re: Which ten fragrances best represent the history of men's perfume?

    We can all google the earliest mens fragrances but practically all were for the privileged classes and mostly dabbed on handkerchiefs.

    For me, the real history begins in the 1930's with the Caron...
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    Re: Naxos vs Tobacco Vanille vs Back To Black

    I think there is a Tom Ford backlash happening on Basenotes currently

    For me, TV is by far the best of the three and is worth having alongside Naxos

    Back to Black is just a copy of TV and not a...
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    Re: Drakkar Noir memories.

    Hmm - interesting. I don't remember Drakkar at all, I'm ashamed to say.
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    Re: Layering Ralph Lauren Safari

    What you don't want is a car crash of notes

    I would suggest layering another fougere that has some 'oomph'

    Maybe Sartorial would work
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    Re: Drakkar Noir memories.

    This is something learnt today -- I had no idea Drakkar Noir is a flanker. D'uh
  32. Re: Perfume for folks that work in a smelly environment

    Something that will really cut through the stink --

    Hermes Concentre D'Orange Verte
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    Re: The Perfume of an Aesthete

    Brut

    Mr Smug likes a bit of 'rough' on the side
  34. Re: Do you like or dislike fragrances based on criteria OTHER THAN SMELL(and performance)?

    Smell and performance are key for me also.

    I must admit that sometimes I just know I'm gonna hate a fragrance though, like if the bottle is in the shape of a clenched fist or has antlers shooting...
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    Re: Newest Louis Vuitton - Meteore!

    The 3 I have are not splashes -- the tube must be photoshopped out
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    Re: Phtaloblue by Tauer

    An aquatic with a 'gourmand base' ?

    This I have to try

    Thanks for posting
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    Re: The Perfume of Innocence

    Poo Poo Pidoo
  38. Re: Blind Buy Disappointment: The Basenotes in Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta

    I have always thought that the AdP range lack subtlety and have scratchy nondescript bases.

    Two fab alternatives imo are Askett & English Absolute and Acqua di Genova Colonia
  39. Thread: Recommendation

    by Kaern
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    Re: Recommendation

    Voyage d'Hermes springs to mind
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    Re: Tell us a fragrance you can't get how others love

    Beats me -- I think petrol is a lovely smell and Nostalgia is a fascinating fragrance
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    Re: Do perfumes go bad?

    It would be hard to tell with Sauvage
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    Re: Thoughts on Shiseido Zen For men?????

    Well, I wouldn't have tried it a second time so I guess not

    I thought it was very generic and sharp with chemicals. Maybe it has been reworked
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    Re: Thoughts on Shiseido Zen For men?????

    I called it an 'abomination' in my review 10 years ago -- that's unusual for me
  44. Re: What “feminine” marketed fragrance would you most like to smell on a man?

    Gourmands -- especially powdery ones

    Heliotrope Blanc by L.T.Piver and Hypnotic Poison Edt
  45. Thread: Timbuktu Fakes?

    by Kaern
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    Re: Timbuktu Fakes?

    I think you should be pretty safe with L'Artisan products. Their best times have been and gone imo, which is a shame.
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    Re: Tell us a fragrance you can't get how others love

    I think TFE is similar to Yohji Homme minus the licorice.

    I too think that Malle's Monsieur is almost unwearable
  47. Re: can you recommend me some Extremely COOLing pine or fir perfume ?

    This is from Dictionary.Com

    noun

    1.Baseball.
    a the area of the outfield to the left of center field, as viewed from home plate.
    b the position of the player covering this area.

    2.Slang. a...
  48. Re: can you recommend me some Extremely COOLing pine or fir perfume ?

    I know that but the term 'left field' is also used to mean something else as I've stated

    Has the term not carried across the Atlantic?
  49. Re: can you recommend me some Extremely COOLing pine or fir perfume ?

    Left field as in unconventional or radical.

    Right field is just a baseball position so 'I cannot make sense' of your question
  50. Re: can you recommend me some Extremely COOLing pine or fir perfume ?

    Esencia Loewe for a nostalgic trip

    Laurel by CdG for a more left field brutal take on fir
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    Re: Selecting summer niche perfume (need help)

    Of the ones you have listed I would definitely have Nio for the summer.

    1872 slightly disappoints me -- even though it smells good, it's tenacity is questionable imo.

    My Clive Christian of...
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    Re: Masculinity in gender differences in perfumery

    This paragraph sums it up for me also.

    Just don't assign a gender to any fragrance, we will make our choices based on cultural conditioning and personal preferences and what we feel comfortable...
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    Re: Do any ladies here wear Jo Loves fragrances?

    They have a store in Belgravia which is quite near Les Senteurs, so have popped in a couple of times.

    Apart from Shards of Cedar.... and Pomelo, I found the rest of the line very female orientated...
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    Re: Classy fragrance NON-vetiver based

    I agree-- it's like fake class
  55. Re: Are there any fragrance houses you don't buy due to past experience or other personal belief?

    Burberry
    Montale
    Memo
    Roja Dove
    Dunhill

    I can't be bothered with these anymore

    Also, Mona Di Orio -- one of them I tested made me feel literally nauseous and that was it for me
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    Poll: Re: Kouros versus Aventus Poll

    I own Aventus only now.

    Kouros served a purpose for me when I was a lot younger
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    Re: Tell us a fragrance you can't get how others love

    +1

    can't stand it
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    Re: Layering Secretions Magnifiques and Sombre

    Sombre has nice list of notes though

    Vomit accord,
    Mould,
    Animalic notes,
    Pus,
    Mud,
    Sweat,
    Champagne,
    Orris butter,
  59. Re: Which houses in your collection do you have 3 or more bottles so far

    I used to keep a couple of hens that laid less eggs in their life

    I suppose for the collector, you probably get to a certain amount and think …… I may as well get them all
  60. Re: Which houses in your collection do you have 3 or more bottles so far

    I didn't know they had created so many!

    I have only ever had Alhambra, Attitude and Eau from that House.
  61. Re: Which houses in your collection do you have 3 or more bottles so far

    My God -- all those Armanis :shocked:
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    Re: Allure Homme Sport vs Bleu de Chanel EDP

    Neither

    I'd make it a choice between Edition Blanche and BOY
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    Re: Is Scent & Co actually legit?

    Different thread - same subject. The omens look good.

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/442463-Scent-amp-Co-Anyone-used-(Discount-code-in-post)
  64. Re: Which houses in your collection do you have 3 or more bottles so far

    Looking at some of these lists I'm starting to feel quite sane
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    Re: Classy fragrance NON-vetiver based

    Costume National Homme

    You have to like cinnamon though -- smells more expensive than it is.
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    Re: different/original scents from Roja Dove ?

    Originality and Roja Dove?

    Hmm -- It's getting tiresome to comment and too much like shooting fish in a barrel

    I wish he would join Basenotes and defend himself (I'm sure he's worried!:happy:)
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    Re: No stores- I'm bummed....

    Thanks Sheik -- its nice to know I don't upset everyone here (I'll say no more)
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    Re: No stores- I'm bummed....

    I am missing it as I won't buy fragrances online -- I don't trust any of the retailers to send genuine bottles or that they are delivered wholly intact

    Stores have strict product control...
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    Re: Dior Homme flanker thread

    Hedi was the main man until Dior unceremoniously dumped him and deleted all mention of him regarding the fragrance. I am finding it difficult (especially now) to source his fragrances for Celine.
    ...
  70. Re: Which houses in your collection do you have 3 or more bottles so far

    I have a few bottles knocking about from Lutens, CdG, Creed and Xerjoff

    I have 4 from EPC standing proud together in my wardrobe
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    Re: Your experiences with Aramis Tuscany

    I wish Houses would make more 'masculines' in the vein of Tuscany

    It probably doesn't suit their progressive profiles
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    Re: Tell us a fragrance you can't get how others love

    I make you right -- especially GIT and Heritage

    I sometimes wonder if there is some Basenotes peer pressure at play here, i.e.to like certain iconic fragrances?
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    Re: Masculinity in gender differences in perfumery

    I agree with this statement.

    My view is that people who don't believe this are delusional and are in some sort of political correctness 'straightjacket'
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    Re: Welcome our new moderator: Bavard!

    Well my view is that a discussion forum should be a 'free for all'. What a riot that would be :evil:

    Seriously, good luck Bavard :thumbsup:
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    Re: Your favorite warm weather Creed fragrances

    Nice to see you back on the boards :thumbup:
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    Re: Perfumers' favourite creations?

    Oh yeah -- old Roj like to douse himself in it before he ventures to the pub for a few 'swift ones' and some games of pool.
  77. Poll: Re: Men wearing Female Fragrances: What is the big deal?

    It's not an issue for women though imo -- they can wear what they want without feeling self-conscious

    Most old masculines, especially chypres like Pour Monsieur or Stetson smell great on women.
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    Re: Vintage or move to new scents altogether ?

    If you are a 'chypre girl' I suppose 'vintage' would be the best option.

    However some re-issues are not bad at all. The new version of 'Whip' by Le Galion is a good example.
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    Re: Leather scents by Xerjoff

    I happened to be lucky to catch the 'window' when Harrods were selling 'Join The Club 1862'

    It's a rich, resinous, spicy leather and I couldn't resist it
  80. Re: Top niche every beginner should sample (follow up)

    Ok, that's interesting -- I'll look into that, thanks

    It was one of the few bottles I remember finishing
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    Re: Even the model for it couldnl't stand Brut

    are you a cowboy?
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    Re: Perfumers' favourite creations?

    I think it is all he wears

    Roja Dove wears Invictus
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    Re: Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche

    I like it the best of the Allures

    It's a bit 'soap on a rope' though for me
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    Re: Even the model for it couldnl't stand Brut

    Hmmm -- I don't think 'Our Enery' would have worn it in a bout -- what would Ali have thought? Sorry,Cassius Clay as was then
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    Re: Even the model for it couldnl't stand Brut

    Well, former Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the UK, Henry Cooper liked to 'splash it all over'
  86. Re: House of Givenchy - any love for these perfumes?

    Yes, I remember Vetyver and Insense being re-released at the same time in 2013. They were standing side by side in Harvey Nichols and I snapped up both!
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    Re: Rook Perfumes 40% off

    I have always felt a sense of unease with your posts. You appear to be jumping on the fact that you are an emergency doctor to promote your products and promotions for free.

    I feel there is some...
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    Re: Why does DUA get so much hate?

    Oh no -- the shills are rubbing their hands again
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    Re: Your favorite warm weather Creed fragrances

    I only use Aventus, Viking, Royal Oud and Sublime Vanille all year round. My favs are vaulted

    I can cover VIW with Gorse by Laboratory Perfumes but that's perfect for summer. I'd also recommend...
  90. Re: House of Givenchy - any love for these perfumes?

    Yes, Amarige and Ysatis are bold statements for women -- that's for sure

    Imo, you have to go back quite sometime to experience great men's fragrances, notably Monsieur de Givenchy, Givenchy...
  91. Poll: Re: Men wearing Female Fragrances: What is the big deal?

    as long as I am unaware the fragrance is listed as 'feminine' I'm ok
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    Re: Ropion's time paradox

    What a refreshing statement -- GIT gets too much love here for my liking
  93. Re: Top niche every beginner should sample (follow up)

    Now this doesn't get mentioned nearly enough. I thought it had been discontinued -- I hope not.

    I think Luca Turin stated that the thought of a hanging cowhide mixed with orange was very weird
  94. Re: Is Polo Red Intense consider a “fruitchouli” scent?

    +1 ---it's certainly more interesting
  95. Re: Is Polo Red Intense consider a “fruitchouli” scent?

    lots of amber in the base -- little bits of coffee and smokiness

    vast improvement on the original (not difficult).

    It's ok but a bit 'young' for me
  96. Re: Trashy Fragrances Done Well - Appreciation Thread

    I think this is ELdO'S brief in a nutshell -- they have cornered the market

    I agree with OP's Vanilia being 'trashy' but a lovely wear. Maybe Ysatis by Givenchy also?
  97. Re: Top niche every beginner should sample (follow up)

    I can't see Vetivers mentioned anywhere
    Here are three examples of 'niche' versions coming at the note from different angles

    Route du Vetiver - MPG
    Le Vetyver - Lubin
    Sel de Vetiver - The...
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    Re: Roja parfums. Reckless, Fetish or Danger

    Danger is a pretty unimaginative fougere imo -- but I have to admit, I enjoyed wearing it
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    Re: Oud in Hot Humidity Summer possible ?

    I wouldn't fancy it in the conditions you describe
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    Re: What's the EdT you prefer over an EdP?

    always prefer the originals, not the afterthought

    Dior Homme is a classic example -- for me the Parfum is impenetrable and stodgy
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