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  1. Re: [Worldwide] Pure Malt, Charriol Leather, Floris Vetiver, Spicebomb, LIDGE, vint. Tiffany, DHI, e

    Updated August 21st.
  2. Re: *Shipping from US next week* Tiffany vint., Spicebomb, Floris Vetiver, Charriol Leather, Dior Ho

    Updated 20 August
  3. Re: Are Creed/Guerlain fragrances cheaper in France?

    Huh. Interesting. My experience has been that everything (including fragrances) is cheaper in the U.S. than here in Europe. I'll be in the States next week and will be able to compare.
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    Re: Today I Bought August 2014

    Thanks, Hednic. Should arrive tomorrow or so. Will post first impressions. I'm hoping I don't find it similar to Dior Homme, which some people have mentioned.
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    Re: Today I Bought August 2014

    Montale Aoud & Pine. Looking forward to my first "Middle Eastern Montale".

    Can't get the link to pic to work. :angry:
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    The masculine, simple elegance of Fougere Royale (2010).
  7. Re: Your most loved and hated note in perfumery currently.

    Limiting myself to one each (as per the thead rules;)):

    Love - leather
    Hate - anise

    Interesting how often anise has been named in this thread. I can't take it even in small amounts. Killed...
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    Re: What Cologne Do You Hate to Admit You Like?

    Another vote for 1 Million Intense. (Don't like the original, however - the mint note ruins it for me.)

    Looking forward to wearing it again in cold weather.

    EDIT: After posting this, I decided...
  9. Re: Does anyone else get "new car seat, complete with air freshener" from AdP Leather? Better optio

    Interesting. I don't get that at all. They clearly have a common note, the same (chemical) cocktail also found in Dueto Golden Boy and Charriol Royal Leather. However, while Tuscan Leather has a...
  10. Re: Call me crazy... but.. I prefer Original Santal over Aventus..

    I also prefer Original Santal to Aventus. Yes, the top notes of O.S. are difficult, but the reward is in the gorgeous spicy, creamy-woody drydown, which lasts and lasts.
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    Re: Aoud Musk is way out there.

    Yes, Aoud Musk is potent and gorgeous - my favorite Montale so far. As is often remarked, it has a lot of similarities with Nasomatto Duro.
  12. Re: What's your favorite season for wearing fragrances?

    Another vote for fall and winter. More broadly speaking, the eight months featuring an "r" in their name tend to work better with my heavy use of fragrance than the other four.

    The colder and...
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    Re: Today I Bought: June 2014

    This month: Tom Ford Tobacco Oud and Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Leather.
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    Re: Your most expensive blind buy

    Montale Aoud Musk. Like it a lot!
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    Re: Colonia Leather by Acqua di Parma

    I placed an order for this one yesterday... after only one try a week earlier. The opening is very heavy on the citrus, which AdP does very well, of course. A gorgeous burst of lemon. Then there are...
  16. Re: What's your least favorite fragrance in your collection?

    Rive Gauche pour Homme. Just can't do anise.
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    Re: what's your refresher of choice?

    Creed Original Vetiver is one of my favorites in the heat.
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    Re: Bottega veneta pour homme

    Nice coniferous notes but very, very weak on me. As mentioned above, an intense version would be worth pursuing.
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    Re: Creed Original Vetiver

    Also love Original Vetiver. It's a mainstay I always come back to in the warmer months, year after year.
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    Re: Bentley for Men Absolute - new fragrance

    Looks like the NST listing is wrong - it it indeed an EdP according to this source:

    http://www.fashionbeans.com/2014/bentley-for-men-absolute-eau-de-parfum/

    :-)
  21. Re: Since a year ago, how many full bottle fragrances did you buy?

    20ish, not including back-ups.
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    Re: Bentley for Men Absolute - new fragrance

    Will also need to try this. Surprised (and disappointed) to see that it's an EdT, not EdP like Intense.
  23. Re: The re-introduction of L'Occitane en Provence Cade for men

    Good news! I love the smell of the shower gel - will definitely have to try this.
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    Re: Today I Bought: May 2014

    Two leathers this month:

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    Dueto Golden Boy, Charriol Royal Leather
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    Re: Royal leather charriol

    Continuing my current leather fixation, I've just blind bought this one. Any more thoughts to share on it?

    Dueto Golden Boy arrived yesterday - very nice. The violet leaf harmonizes surprisingly...
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    Re: Recommendations please for lawyer/professional

    Creed Bois du Portugal is perfect for such environments.
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    Re: Scents that lulls you to sleep.....

    So do I. Czech & Speake's Oxford & Cambridge is one of my favorite bedtime fragrances.
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    Re: Today I Bought: May 2014

    Picked up 100ml of Tuscan Leather last week. When the stuff first came out years ago, I was intrigued by a sample but not ready to buy. It remained in my smell memory, though, and I got an urge for...
  29. Re: Too Close to Call...Equally Matched Fragrance Pairs

    Nasomatto Duro and Montale Aoud Musk. Quite close!


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  30. Re: Malle fragrances: Anyone else find Vetiver Extrordinaire barely detectable?

    Same here. Years ago, I bought samples (directly from Malle) and was very disappointed... and perplexed. VE smelled like nothing more than chemicals. I think it was lighter fluid that it reminded me...
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    Poll: Re: How many bottles do you own?

    Six-year-old thread... I was in the 20-30 bottles group back then, now 50-60.
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    Re: Men and the travel Atomizer: Do you and How?

    In my work bag, I've got a little nylon case for essentials: five or six atomizers of some of my favorites plus assorted pills. :-)
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    Re: What's the Weirdest Fragrance You Own?

    Especially by non-Basenotes' standards, the Montale aouds are certainly weird.

    Unfortunately, it seems they've weakened over the past years. My old (mid-2000s) sample of Aoud Cuir d'Arabie was...
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    Re: Cowboy/Western scent recommendaton needed

    Same here!
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    Re: Most Elegant Vetiver?

    Agree with Givenchy, Original Vetiver and Racine. I'd also add Floris Vetiver and Bel Ami Vetiver.
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2014

    Just blind bought Esencia Loewe. :-)
  37. Poll: Re: Fragrance Battle of the Day (4/12/14) Round 2: Fahrenheit vs Bois du Portugal

    Bois du Portugal is absolutely brilliant, a masterpiece.

    No contest.
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    Re: Does your nose ever "mature"?

    Very nice responses.

    My taste in fragrances (in large part due to time spent here over the last eight years!) seems to have become more discerning and 'educated'. Scents that I couldn't appreciate...
  39. Re: Montale Black aoud vs Aoud & Pine vs Aoud Legacy

    Oh my. The blind buy bug has struck. Aoud & Pine will be mine. :-)


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    Re: Worst blind buy for you???

    Yes, Yatagan here too. I found it repulsive. Bel Ami?! That's a holy grail contender for me!
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    Re: S O T D Friday March 28, 2014

    Memo: Irish Leather
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  42. Thread: House of MEMO

    by ebear
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    Re: House of MEMO

    Thanks, hednic. Glad to see I'm not alone! Most of the online reviews I've seen are negative. That made me a little wary while testing, lol. Really looking forward to the full bottle. My sample's...
  43. Thread: House of MEMO

    by ebear
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    Re: House of MEMO

    I've just ordered Irish Leather. It's an herbal, slightly bitter, very dry combination of iris and leather. I'm usually not into fragrances with dominant iris, but this stuff is quite a treat. Got...
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    Re: Today I bought: March 2014

    Just ordered my birthday present (about 4 weeks too early, but who's counting?):

    http://www.cafleurebon.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/irish-leather-edp-memo-paris.jpg

    It's not in the Basenotes...
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    Poll: Re: Tom Ford Grey Vetiver vs. CREED Original Vetiver

    Exactly.
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    Re: Blind buying thoughts

    I also do a lot of blind buying and love the excitement of it. After many years, I've become better at it, i.e. much better able to predict what'll work for me.
  47. Re: Expensive and niche but still drawn to cheapies ?

    Well, in addition to the expensive stuff I've bought over the past few months, I've also been craving Tabac Man (Mäurer & Wirtz), a total cheapie. Bought two bottles! It's a lot more classically...
  48. Re: Which Is The Best Out Of These Tobacco Colognes?

    I'd also recommend Michael Kors from your list. Get it while you can - this one strikes me as a likely discontinuation candidate.

    Also, give Aramis Havana a try. And the tobacco note in Spicebomb...
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    Re: Hermes Bel Ami Vetiver

    I bought mine last week and am really enjoying it! So far, my only complaint about Bel Ami Vetiver has been less-than-stellar longetivity. But after only two full wearings so far, I'd like to give it...
  50. Re: If you had to chose only 1 cologne to wear for the next 5 years what would it be?

    Bois du Portugal
  51. Re: Fragrances that are really popular but you didn't like?

    That might have been me. It's what I said in one of my first posts at Basenotes (2006). Recently tried it again, including the EdP, and am unfortunately still getting exactly that vibe. Yuck.

    Also...
  52. Re: Which fragrance smells more feminine? Dior Homme or Dior Homme Intense

    They're both gorgeous, but, to be honest, I also find both quite femme (not even unisex). That's probably why I rarely use them.
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    Re: You're absolute favorite Blind buy of all time -

    Favorite recent blind buy: Bentley for Men Intense
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    Re: Today I bought: February 2014

    Splurged over the last few weeks:

    Duc de Vervins L'Extreme - looking forward to this blind buy, should arrive soon
    Wonderwood - love the drydown; longevity disappointing
    Spicebomb - really like...
  55. Poll: Re: Fragrances competition NICHE-----> (Round 1, pt.4)

    Mine too, followed closely by Original Vetiver.
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    Re: Best Green fragrances?

    Creed Original Vetiver!
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    Re: Tiffany for Men - Worth a shot?

    Megamav, do yourself a favor and come back to your sample after a while. Tiffany for Men - just like Bois du Portugal - didn't click immediately for me, but later became indispensible.
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    Re: Tiffany for Men - Worth a shot?

    I simply ADORE Tiffany for Men. It's one of my two signature scents, the other being Bois du Portugal.

    As to your question regarding unisex tendencies, I'd say not at all. The powder is...
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    Re: How often do you wear a fragrance?

    Every day, several times - doesn't everyone? :laugh: If I'm working from home, I get cravings for scents, so I sometimes have more than three on at a time. Always apply before bed, too.
  60. Re: What's That One Mainstream Fragrance That You Love

    Quite a few. My favorites at the moment:

    Spicebomb
    Prada Amber pour Homme
    Trussardi Uomo 2011 (yes, the new one!)
    1 Million Intense
  61. Re: Now that the hype may have died down... Spicebomb?

    Late to the party. I tested Spicebomb a couple of weeks ago for the first time and now have a bottle. Liking it a lot - especially the use of tobacco! Don't know why some have dismissed SB as a kids'...
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    Re: Creed Bois du Portugal or bond No 9 Chinatown?

    Bois du Portugal!
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    Poll: Re: Best Givenchy Fragrance for Men?

    Ditto.
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Creed Bois du Portugal
    Tiffany for Men
    Prada Amber pour Homme
    Bentley for Men Intense
    1 Million Intense and Absolutely Gold
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    Re: Blindbuy Encre Noire for a gift?

    My first thought would be no - not a safe blind buy. From what you've said about your friend's tastes, he's into sweet stuff. Encre Noire is dank and earthy, quite the opposite of anything sweet. ...
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    Re: The "I don't get it" thread

    Yes! After I tried it, I found it just okay. But still, because everyone seems to love it, I bought it! Kept it for about half a year, trying to figure out what I was missing. Ultimately sold it.
    ...
  67. Thread: 2 Word Reviews

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    Re: 2 Word Reviews

    Chanel pour Homme Concentreé - Choose Tiffany
    Rive Gauche pour Homme - Anise Gillette
    Guerlain Vetiver - Bitter Disinfectant
    Prada pour Homme Intense - Patchouli Incense
    Prada pour Homme -...
  68. Poll: Re: I'm losing sleep over this, help me out, Gucci Guilty line or Bleu De Chanel

    Yes, but the fact that he's losing sleep over ANY fragrance shows he belongs here. :laugh:

    Eamon, get out there and sample, sample, sample!
  69. Thread: Nutmeg scents

    by ebear
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    Re: Nutmeg scents

    Yes - was just about to suggest it!

    Prominent nutmeg along with sweet woods, cardamom, tonka and a tangerine kick at the top.
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    Re: Just sampled: "Bentley for Men"

    Well, I've now ordered the intense version - blind. Until a couple of days ago, I wasn't even aware that there were Bentley fragrances. Then I started seeing them mentioned here frequently -...
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    Re: One Million Intense: Intensely Derivative

    An interesting and thoughtful review; I respectfully disagree, however. I just tried 1 Million Intense several days ago, got a sample, and am really liking it. Am doing a full wearing today for the...
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    Re: Main forum page down?

    Ah! Thank you very much, Ipp, that solved the problem! :beer::dankk2:
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    Main forum page down?

    When I click "Forum" at the top, which is supposed to go to the main forum page (http://www.basenotes.net/forum.php), I get the "404 - Page Not Found" error at http://www.basenotes.net/f/

    The only...
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    Re: Autumn/Winter evening scent

    Michael For Men (Michael Kors) is a fantastc evening scent for the cooler months.
  75. Re: Which are the best oriental designer scents still in production?

    Another vote for Tiffany for Men!
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    Re: If only it lasted longer?

    Chanel pour Monsieur - beautiful but oh so fleeting.
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Tiffany for Men
    Three Pradas: Amber, Amber Intense, Infusion D'Homme
    Original Vetiver
  78. Re: If you end up in hell, which fragrance will the devil make you wear for all eternity as punishme

    Another vote for Le Male - nasty, nasty stuff.
  79. Re: Which fragrance did you love at first sniff then hate it on the second?

    Indeed. That has been my experience, too. Many of my current favorites weren't appealing to me at first.
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    Re: Relax and calming scent for bed ?

    Czech & Speake Oxford and Cambridge is a great bedtime scent - soothing lavender.
  81. Re: Frags you get poor longevity from that are considered good>excellent

    Bois du Portugal, as much as I love it, has only average longevity on me. Most people seem to find it exceptionally long-lasting. Go figure.
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    Re: Encre Noire: Eau Hell No!

    I love many vetivers but also found Encre Noire to be too synthetic/unnatural/chemical-smelling - though I did enjoy it for the first half hour.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

    Prada Amber pour Homme - regular and Intense!
  84. Re: "Modern" versions of Yatagan, Polo, other old woody/smoky/leathery frags?

    Nasomatto Duro!
  85. Re: If you had to be a one-cologne guy, which one? In other words;what is your most versatile fragra

    Bois du Portugal
  86. Poll: Re: Which would you choose? Prada Amber Intense V. Dior Homme

    I have and like them both, but I've really become smitten with Prada Amber Intense. Layering it with the regular Prada Amber pour Homme is very, very nice. Since the Prada is apparently a limited...
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    Re: Your Favorite or Best Citrus

    If longevity is an important factor (as it is for me), vetivers are often the better citrus fragrances, e.g. Creed Original Vetiver, Guerlain Vetiver.
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    Re: Tom Ford Grey Vetiver - your thoughts ?

    I bought it right after its release and very much wanted to like it. Didn't, though, because it struck me as quite synthetic (heavy on the Iso E Super?). Have you tried Givenchy's Vetyver? The...
  89. Re: Recommendations for well crafted rich orientals, a boosy note won't hurt too

    Tiffany for Men
  90. Re: If you had to choose 3 colognes to wear for the rest of your life....

    Creed Bois du Portugal
    Prada Amber pour Homme Intense
    Tiffany for Men
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    Re: Your safest, go-to, anytime, anywhere scent?

    Bois du Portugal - anytime, anywhere. (Just not too much in the heat.)
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    Re: Post a picture of your eyeglasses

    https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTryYbRqedyKch-SzcwHQxZNovbyaD3fxazmhvC_k8LAoQojysG
  93. Thread: Undershirt?

    by ebear
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    Re: Undershirt?

    I never wear undershirts. I tend to be warm as is, so wearing an extra layer would make that worse. If a dress shirt is starting to show armpit stains, it's time to replace that shirt.

    Oh, and if...
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    Re: What men shouldn't do

    A few on hairy matters. Don't:

    ...let your mustache grow over your upper lip. Where your upper lip starts, your mustache should end. Trim it regularly.

    ...think that having a beard requires...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, January 30st, 2013

    LIDGEhttp://pimg3.parfumo.de/240/3437_nzp0knigfn_240.jpg
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    Re: Sloooooooooooowwwwwwww

    It's reeeeeeeeally bad for me tonight, too. Nearly impossible to use... Has no one heard what's going on?
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    Re: 1 Fragrance you can't live without.

    Bois du Portugal
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    Re: New shipping regulations from UK

    What a shame. I also order from UK shops. Guess that's over for now.
  99. *Shipping from US next week* Tiffany vint., Spicebomb, Floris Vetiver, Charriol Leather, Dior Homme

    *EDIT* For Basenoters in the US: since I'll be in the US next week, I'd be willing to take some fragrances along and send from there - meaning at cheap US rates instead of insanely expensive Austrian...
  100. [Worldwide] Pure Malt, Charriol Leather, Floris Vetiver, Spicebomb, LIDGE, vint. Tiffany, DHI, etc.

    The following carefully stored fragrances are up for swap (or sale). I prefer to swap within the EU but will ship anywhere when very interested. :D

    Brand new bottles (mostly back-ups I've...
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