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    Re: Byredo M/Mink: (not so) Initial Impressions

    I love M/Mink, and plan on getting a bottle. It's a very daring fragrance.

    Imagine mixing Pinaud's Lilac Vegetal with Kouros, and remove all of the sweetness Kouros has, and you'll get something...
  2. Re: Byredo M/Mink ; a delicate body oder scent ...

    I love this stuff! It's probably the most unique frag I've smelled in years, and very daring too. It's definitely raunchy, that's for sure. I think it smells like a cross between Pinaud's Lilac...
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    Re: White Musk Sport Eau de Toilette Pour Homme

    I have this, and it's as generic as it gets. However, I really like it. It's a totally safe, inoffensive, bright citrus green scent. I like it because the citrus and green notes last for hours,...
  4. Re: Do u think Michael Jordan or Tim Mcgraw actually wear their brand of fragrance? Celebrity fragra

    I get interested in trying out celebrity fragrances in a way I'll bet the celebrities and manufacturers didn't intend: when I see one, I automatically assume it's NOT going to be good, which makes me...
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    Re: New L'Essence di Cerrutti

    Hey Scen-e-mental, I know you're a big fan of Cerruti Pour Homme (as I am). If you like that one, you'll also really like L'Essence. They are similar, with L'Essence being the more transparent yet...
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    Re: New L'Essence di Cerrutti

    This is one of those "aura" fragrances: it doesn't smell like much when you sniff it up close, but when you wear it, it surrounds you in a really nice, diffuse scent. It's one of those you smell in...
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    Re: Ted Lapidus Black Extreme - EXCELLENT !!!

    That has got to be the coolest looking bottle I have ever seen. I'd buy it blind just based on the bottle alone!
  8. Re: New Fragrance: Jacques Bogart One Man Show Gold Edition

    One Man Show Gold is probably the strongest fragrance I've ever owned. It's beyond powerhouse, it's so brutal. It makes Kouros, Bogart PH and Lapidus Pour Homme seem average in strength, by...
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    Re: Cold, calculating and menacing

    IMO, no fragrance does "menacing", cold and intimidating as well as

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    Re: Best powerhouse fragrance.Please help!!

    What?! No QUORUM??? Come on!!
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    Re: Quorum = not as strong as I've heard??

    I think the best way to judge Quorum's true strength is to think about how it hit you the very first time you ever smelled it. I remember the first time I wore it, with just three sprays it almost...
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    Re: Is my Antonio Puig Quorum a fake?

    If you tell me it smells like Polo, then it's probably not a fake. Quorum smells like a Spanish twist on Polo.
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    Diluting oakmoss absolute

    Pardon if this sounds like a dumb question, but I'm still a newcomer to all this. Do you dilute your oakmoss absolute? The oakmoss I have is very thick, almost like labdanum, with a beautiful green...
  14. Re: Interested in trying Mysore Sandalwood oil as a fragrance, what to expect?

    You're certainly right about that. My only complaint with the synthetics is that they lack the complexity of the natural oil. The rock-solid stability of the synthetic ends up being an impediment in...
  15. Re: Interested in trying Mysore Sandalwood oil as a fragrance, what to expect?

    I haven't wasted my time trying to find so-called "real" sandalwood (besides, what makes Mysore sandalwood more "real" than Australian or Vanuatu sandalwood anyway?), with all the alleged fraud, etc....
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    Re: Cacharel Pour L'Homme formula

    No one knows the formula except the company who made it for Cacharel. That's a highly guarded trade secret that companies don't just hand out to the public.
  17. Re: Worth Pour Homme: any fans of the current version?

    Glad you like the Patrick. It really is outstanding, so natural smelling and green. I slightly prefer Worth, but not by much. However I find Patrick more unique.
  18. Re: Just blind bought Brut (fragrance + grooming products)

    I suspect it might be the sprayer on the Classic too. It's not a good atomizer. It shoots out these dinky little spritzes. I think the manufacturers' heads are still stuck in the 70s, when Brut...
  19. Re: Any experience buying from CAMDEN-GREY ESSENTIAL OILS?

    I'm glad you feel the same way. So it's not just me being overly sensitive!

    I read that and feel like I'm being yelled at and scolded.
  20. Any experience buying from CAMDEN-GREY ESSENTIAL OILS?

    Have any of you bought EOs from Camden-Grey? I'm asking because I was considering buying some oils from them, until I read their FAQ section.

    Have any of you read this? This company seems to...
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    Re: Leather fragrance oil

    I know I already posted about how much I like Perfumers Apprentice's "Leather Key Accord". However, I want to reiterate how good it is as almost a self-standing fragrance. I recently made myself a...
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    Re: Artificial musks

    I've found that "white musk" tends to refer to very light, powdery, clean musks. To me, white musks smell like laundry detergent.
  23. Poll: Re: Projection King on this list?sorry for meaningless thread

    They all last a long time (more than 8 hours), but Mazzolari Lui is the only one for me that literally lasts a full 24 hours. I need a shower and strong soap to wash off the smell the next day.
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    Re: Leather fragrance oil

    I agree. I have their "Leather Key Accord" oil, and its good enough to wear as a fragrance on its own.
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    Re: Marbert Homme - Any experience?

    Marbert Man is actually the one I want the most. This is an old Seventies frag, and all I've heard is that it's a powerhouse to kill all other powerhouse frags.
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    Re: Marbert Homme - Any experience?

    I did read your comments, Slayer, but at the same time, when I hear a description like "One Man Show meets Quorum", I can't help but be interested. Plus, Ken Russell wrote a really good review of...
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    Re: Let's talk about (gasp) Cool water

    I think Cool Water is an incredible fragrance. I actually prefer the current version to the original because I find it drier, greener smelling, and less sweet. It is not an aquatic, though it spawned...
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    Re: Let's talk about (gasp) Cool water

    I think Cool Water is an incredible fragrance. I actually prefer the current version to the original because I find it drier, greener smelling, and less sweet. It is not an aquatic, though it spawned...
  29. Re: Worth Pour Homme: any fans of the current version?

    Worth Pour Homme (current juice) is an incredible fragrance. Just don't expect a powerhouse, because it's not; if you're looking for show-stopping power, you're going to be disappointed. I've never...
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    Re: Marbert Homme - Any experience?

    But still pretty strong, Dimitrios? I'm harping on it because I'm thinking of buying this blind. I trust your powerhouse credentials.
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    Re: Anybody still loving " CHAZ " ?

    I've never smelled the original, but I'd say if you're going to get Chaz, get an old bottle. The one you definitely should avoid is this one:

    http://www.perfumeblvd.com/Chaz_Classic_Cologne.jpg
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    Re: Marbert Homme - Any experience?

    Any of you know what this one smells like?

    http://picture.yatego.com/images/4a8d4ab882ed10.1/Marbert_Homme_EdT_100ml-kqh/marbert-homme-edt-100ml--spray.jpg
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  33. Re: Just blind bought Brut (fragrance + grooming products)

    I love Brut, and I wear it often. I too have all the grooming products, and it's totally worth getting all of them. What other line of fragrance can you get a cologne, aftershave loton, aftershave...
  34. Thread: Myrrh

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    Re: what does myrrh smell like?

    To me, myrrh smells like a blend of sweet amber and pine sap. It's a base note, and I find it works well in fragrances that have coniferous wood smells in the top and middle notes (e.g., cypress,...
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    Re: Drakkar Noir - Old Formula Again?

    You may have a point there. I've just been sitting on my ass all morning, which might account for the weak sillage.
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    Re: Drakkar Noir - Old Formula Again?

    One thing I can say about the current juice is that it's temperamental as hell, power-wise. One day it's got enough power to asphyxiate a shopping mall, while other days it's a skin scent. I'm...
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    Re: Drakkar Noir - Old Formula Again?

    Great job, man! That's some serious power!
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    Re: enrico sebastiano fine cologne

    I think its a good scent. I think it smells just like old vintage Quorum. This is a powerhouse that will peel paint off walls.
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    Re: Never Smelled Drakkar Noir Until Yesterday...

    Quite the opposite. These are the reasons WHY it's great. Nothing beats these old skool power frags. I wear Drakkar all the time.
  40. Thread: Tzar

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    Re: Tzar

    Dear God. I can understand someone not liking this frag, but you're using abrasives and disinfectants to get the smell off? That bad, huh? Have you tried a Brillo pad or steel wool? Maybe a skin...
  41. Thread: Aramis 900

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    Re: Aramis 900

    No way, this isn't a dandy's fragrance at all, even though it's very floral. It doesn't have the powderiness, muskiness or sweetness I usually associate with dandy fragrances. On the contrary, it's...
  42. Re: Smells great on smelling strip, but bad on my skin

    I'm finding this problem keeps happening with the blends that contain labdanum. They smell good for about an hour, then the base kicks in and everything goes to hell. The labdanum on my skin smells...
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    Re: Galbanum overload...

    Isn't galbanum typically a top note? Does it have the staying power to act as a base note? I'm a newbie too, and have not yet used galbanum.
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    Re: Who sells non-smoky vetiver EO?

    I'll also add that PA's Hatian vetiver is extremely potent. A mere 3 or 4 drops per ounce of alcohol is more than enough.
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    Re: Who sells non-smoky vetiver EO?

    I just recently bought some vetiver oil from Perfumers Apprentice, and I don't find it smoky at all. I agree with you - I get so tired of smoky vetivers. I found this vetiver to lean more on the...
  46. Re: Looking for an EO that smells like GREEN BELL PEPPERS

    Okay good. Now I know it's not just me.

    The other oil I think I'll have to dilute is Egyptian Geranium. The stuff I have is brutal.
  47. Re: Looking for an EO that smells like GREEN BELL PEPPERS

    BTW Chris, do you dilute your cyclamen aldehyde before adding it to a composition? I have some cyclamen aldehyde, but I find it to be totally overpowering - it just flattens everything with its...
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    Re: Need advice on diluting labdanum and cade EO

    I tried diluting the labdanum with 91% isopropyl alcohol, and I got this cloudy mess, with a white wad of labdanum stuck to the bottom of the vial like a piece of chewing gum. I'm assuming this is...
  49. Re: Smells great on smelling strip, but bad on my skin

    Thank you for responding. I should have clarified on the blending: what I meant was that on paper the scent was much more complex than on skin. I agree that the best perfumes are ones where...
  50. Smells great on smelling strip, but bad on my skin

    I've been working on a chypre fragrance for a couple of weeks that has been very frustrating, and this is why. It smells great when I smell it from a smelling strip - crisp, bright and I can smell...
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    Re: Need advice on diluting labdanum and cade EO

    I was thinking rose too. It's one of my favorite fragrance notes, and if the rest of the composition leans dark, the rose gives a great finishing touch. I never thought of coriander, so I'll need...
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    Re: Need advice on diluting labdanum and cade EO

    Ha Ha! In all seriousness, I'm not thinking about making a macho frag here, but rather something dark and brooding. Not necessarily a power scent. That's a project for later!
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    Re: Need advice on diluting labdanum and cade EO

    I happened to order some castoreum a few days ago too, and I'm waiting for it to arrive. I can't wait to try it, and blend it with the labdanum to get that Antaeus-like accord.
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    Re: Need advice on diluting labdanum and cade EO

    Yes, thank you for the advice, Chris.

    The cade I have is so dark, I can't even tell what form it's in, since it's in one of those dark brown amber bottles. Strong? You got that right. I think...
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    Need advice on diluting labdanum and cade EO

    You can tell just by this question that I'm new to perfume making, so here it goes.

    I just bought some labdanum and cade essential oils (if you want to call them oils), and they are thick as...
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    Re: Tabac EDC or EDT

    I love both versions, but the EDC is a lot better - it's much better balanced, it has more of a tobacco smell, is more "old-school" in style, and has a much more of a powdery, barbershop type of...
  57. Re: Looking for an EO that smells like GREEN BELL PEPPERS

    This is all great stuff. Chris, thank you for the list of all those green ingredients! I love green scents, and another fragrance that's on my radar screen is to create an intensely green, crisp...
  58. Looking to add an ANTAEUS-like accord to the fragrance I'm making

    I'm in the process of making a woody masculine fragrance for myself right now. There's a note or accord contained in Chanel's Antaeus that I think would go great with the scent I'm making, but I...
  59. Looking for an EO that smells like GREEN BELL PEPPERS

    I just started trying my hand at making my own perfumes. I'm looking to make a scent that is very green smelling. One of the greenest smells I know of is that of green bell peppers, and I'd like it...
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    Re: The war on oakmoss

    I thought perfume manufacturers were only encouraged to follow IFRA rules, not required to. Also, don't the IFRA rules only apply to manufacturers within the European Union?
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    Re: Open Roger & Gallet ...thoughts ....info

    Nope. No leather or birch tar in Open from the pyramid or from what I can smell.

    It's dry and herbal, but not particularly green smelling, though. It reminds me a lot of Equipage, only more...
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    Re: Open Roger & Gallet ...thoughts ....info

    I wear Open. I find it to be perhaps the driest smelling fragrance I've ever tried. It's purely herbal and woody, with a lot of clove-like smells and vetiver. I think it's excellent.

    I smell a...
  63. Re: Bath & Body Works New Signature Collection for Men

    You know, I did smell something that reminded me a little of a generic body wash in there, but I wasn't sure if it was due to olfactory fatigue. What I smelled also reminded me a bit of Perry Ellis...
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    Re: The war on oakmoss

    So far, I have not been able to smell a difference between oakmoss and "tree moss", at least when they're blended with other notes.

    For example, I have a bottle of Trumper's Eucris, which is a...
  65. Re: Bath & Body Works New Signature Collection for Men

    I tried Citron, which was very good and a potential buy. I hated Oak - way too sweet for me, and not woody at all from what I could smell.

    Bigelow's Elixir Green is horrible IMO (smells...
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    Re: A great deal for Creed Bois du Portugal fans

    I've had very good experiences buying from perfume.com.. Never a problem with them, plus great prices too.
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    Re: Is Jazz a safe blind buy?

    If you enjoy dry, very woody fragrances, and you like sandalwood, then I'd say yes, Jazz is a very safe blind purchase. It's a sparkling woody scent that has very good longevity and moderate...
  68. Re: Fragrance that smells like INCENSE at a Catholic Funeral?

    Okay, this was really helpful! I think Avignon is the one I need. I read the reviews on it and it sounds exactly what I'm looking for. Plus the price is pretty reasonable for a niche scent.
  69. Fragrance that smells like INCENSE at a Catholic Funeral?

    I'm usually not a big fan of incense fragrances, but ever since I was a kid I've always loved the smell of the incense that is typically burned at Catholic church funerals (is it frankincense?). I...
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    Re: Paul Sebastian (PS)

    Yep, this is one superpowerful frag. It's one of the strongest fragrances I own. Three squirts is like pouring half a bottle of Old Spice on yourself.
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    Re: Dollar Tree imitations

    I recently bought Jordache's version of Quorum from Dollar Tree. Oh my god, that stuff reeks. It smells nothing like Quorum, but rather like lemon scented Palmolive dishwashing liquid. It's not...
  72. Re: Scent and Mood - Any interesting combinations you have?

    Good thread here. I totally agree that not every scent works for every occasion. Here's my list:

    When I'm in a competitive work situation (which is most of the time, since I'm a lawyer) and need...
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    Re: L'instant De Guerlain

    I agree that some frags may be better suited for certain age groups (even though there are no set "rules", of course), but L'Instant is definitely NOT one of them! This one truly breaks all age...
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    Re: I love grey flannel on summer...

    I wear Grey Flannel in the summer too, no problem. I find it crisp and dry, which is perfect for summer.

    I think Narciso Rodriguez is a great scent too, but I find it too dense to wear in summer....
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    Re: Eloge du Traitre or Yatagan??

    Dead tie b/w Eloge and Yatagan. It depends totally on my mood. If I want to smell green and like pine needles (which is often), I pick Eloge du Traitre. If I want a spicier, more brown-hued scent,...
  76. Re: Farmacia SS. Annunziata dal 1561 - Patchouly Indonesiano

    This needs to be put in the BN database. I got a bottle of this, and it's tied with Santa Maria Novella's Patchouli as my favorite patchouli fragrance. This is balls-out, take no prisoners...
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    Re: Wow, now PENGUIN is getting into fragrance ...

    I read that this contains pine and patchouli notes. How noticeable are they in this fragrance?
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    Re: Paul Sebastian (PS)

    Love it. It's one of those frags you really have to wear, not just sample sniff, to really appreciate. A great 70s powerhouse.
  79. Re: Sandalwood fans: what do you think of Santa Maria Novella's SANDALO?

    Thanks guys. "Medicinal" and "animalic" both sound interesting to me, though. As long as it's not synthetic smelling, which I wouldn't expect with an SMN product.
  80. Sandalwood fans: what do you think of Santa Maria Novella's SANDALO?

    I'm considering a blind purchase of SMN's Sandalo. I've read a number of reviews of it, but they seem inconsistent and I can't get a good sense of what this smells like from the reviews. I even...
  81. Thread: Acqua di Selva

    by shamu1
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    Re: Acqua di Selva

    I think it's an incredible fragrance, and one of my favorites. Acqua di Selva is one of the greenest smelling frags I know, and that's what I love about it. You'd better love oakmoss, though, if...
  82. Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men (One more shot, but only one shot)

    If I were you, don't spray it on your chest. Try your wrists and back of your hand, maybe a shot to the back of your neck. Giorgio is a sillage machine, and you might enjoy it more when it's not...
  83. Re: Alright this really pisses me off about Pure Malt (Ebay price gouging)

    Wow, I just swapped my full bottle of PM with another Basenoter last week for a full bottle of A*Men! Seriously. The way I looked at it, even though PM is a good fragrance, I never wore it, and I...
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    Re: Jovan Musk for Men... Am I Nuts?

    I like it, but I hardly ever wear it. I don't think it's tacky. The opening floral blast does smell synthetic and cheap to me, but it all tones down after about 15 minutes, and then the musk comes...
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    Re: Open by Roger & Gallet

    I like Open too. To me it smells like soap spiced with sage and cloves. It's one of the driest fragrances I've ever smelled.
  86. Re: Can you name any EdT's that are better than the EdP's ?

    I think Boucheron Pour Homme EDT is much better than the EDP version, which is just obnoxious smelling.
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    Re: Avon "Black Suede" - Cologne

    I agree 100% with scentimus. This is a great scent, and it smells like it's a lot more costly than $8. It's probably my favorite floral oriental. If you like old-school powdery oriental frags, get...
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    Re: Any Worthy Celebrity Fragrances?

    There are surprisingly a lot of good ones. Others mentioned Carlos Santana, which I agree is an awesome sweet woody oriental. Other good ones:

    Patrick Dempsey Unscripted: discreet but bold...
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    Re: Favorite Sephora Scent

    I think A*Men is the best fragrance Sephora carries. Love it.
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    Re: modern/niche version of Quorum by Puig?

    No niche firm has the balls to release anything that smells like Quorum.
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    Re: Witness by Jacques Bogart

    I love Witness. It's yet another forgotten power scent, and from the early 90s too! It smells expensive, so it's amazing how cheap it sells for.

    Love the note pyramid. I think that's the first...
  92. Thread: pinaud clubman.

    by shamu1
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    Re: pinaud clubman.

    Another Clubman fan here. Apply with caution - this stuff is STRONG. Smells totally obnoxious if overdone.

    I like Clubman Special Reserve better though. Like others have said, it's a...
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 23rd October 2011

    http://www.fragrantica.com/images/perfume/nd.5601.jpg

    PARFUM D'HABIT
  94. Re: Does Avon's/Dempsey's UNSCRIPTED stand out in a crowd or is it another generic

    I think Unscripted is a really good scent. Yes, it is somewhat generic - it's a "woody spicy" fragrance - but it's done really well, so it stands out in that respect. I love how peppery it is. ...
  95. Thread: Varon Dandy

    by shamu1
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    Re: Varon Dandy

    I have a bottle of Varon Dandy and like it. I'd call it a sweet, powdery old school fougere. I find the coumarin to be the dominant smell, but there are some soft floral notes that give it its...
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    Re: Estee Lauder Youth Dew..........for men?

    I don't wear it, but I can see a guy pulling off Youth Dew well. Youth Dew smells like a more powdery and floral Mazzolari Lui to me.
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    Re: New Angel/A*Men Formula!

    Does it smell any different? I hope not.
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    Re: Zino Davidoff Opinions?

    Davidoff Original is awesome too, but I like Zino even better. Davidoff is a balls-out powerhouse, where Zino is much more restrained.
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    Re: Zino Davidoff Opinions?

    Absolutely true. It's nothing like Cool Water (which I like) or Adventure. It's a spicy aromatic rose scent.
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    Re: Dior Eau Sauvage - opinions needed

    Wow, if there's any one fragrance in my collection that I'd say is totally timeless and not outdated, it's Eau Sauvage. It's clean and fresh, and works well with guys of any age. Hell, even a four...
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