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    Re: Tobacco,pipe smoke type scent suggestions?

    A word of warning though - this scent also smells heavily of bourbon. Smoke+Alchohol may not be the image you are shooting for.
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    Re: Prada Amber/Man Longevity issues ?

    Perhaps its a question of amount (In that Christopher Brosius interview he talks about 'american' versus 'european' amounts of perfume)

    All I know is that if I wear this scent after 5-6 hours all...
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    Re: New Guerlain Vetiver

    I'd tend to agree - though this is somewhat of a subjective and personal opinion. For me (and on my skin):

    Creed Original - ends up too linear.
    Lalique Encre Noir - ends up smelling sweet and...
  4. Re: Guerlain Vetiver Formulation Test Thread.

    "And...not to change the subject, but I sit here typing this wearing a dark cloak of incredible depth in Encre Noir. Niche quality and incredible vetiver - deep, rooty, and not for the faint of...
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    Re: Encre Noire

    I'd tend to concur on the green and light front. Oh well - the search for the intense and earthy vetiver goes on :)
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    Re: Encre Noire

    Yes, it smells earthier than vettiveru, but seems to have a sort of family resemblance. My partners reaction was that it smelled smoky and sweet at the same time - which isn't how I would have put...
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    Re: Encre Noire

    I expected it to be a lot darker, from all the reviews. In fact, my first reaction was to check the packaging to make sure that I actually had the male version of the fragrance. It has impressive...
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    Encre Noire

    Just arrived from cheapsmells .. must say I don't understand those who describe this as 'dark'. The closest comparison I can make is to CDGs Vetiverru.

    Certainly Guerlain or even Lubin are...
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    Re: Yet one more Luca Turin post

    "I find Turin very funny, and useful, too. "

    Having smelled some of the fragrances that he rates most highly, I wonder if his tastes run to very 'full' (almost overly so) perfumes. Generally the...
  10. Re: Good 'snappy'/woodsy men's fragrances?

    Guerlain Vetiver has a snappy woodsy quality to me - with a dry down to a sort of woody/cigary smell.

    Or Chanel Sycamore - also very woody and fairly snappy.
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    Encre Noir minus the musk?

    Hi -

    I wondered if there might be a similiar perfume to Encre Noir without the musk - for some reason musk seems to react very badly on my skin - and i rapidly end up smelling of a dead...
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    Re: Vetiver scent

    What is the difference between vetiver bourbon and vetiver? I notice encre noir (which does smell somewhat like the undiluted vetiver EO i have) contains vetiver bourbon, but Guerlain Vetiver - which...
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    Re: Prada Infusion d'Iris

    Excellent recommendations - I'll try those. One more thing, neither of us are a big fan of talc/powdery scents - would I be right in saying that Silver Mist would be a better choice for me than...
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    Prada Infusion d'Iris

    Trying to perfume shop for my wife - she likes (the new to the UK) Prada Infusion d'Iris though I don't.

    Is there something similiar that would be a little spicier, and where the linen dry down...
  15. Re: Spicy replacement for Ralph Lauren Blue

    Thanks - I'm looking for spicy suggestions rather than anything similar to Blue (which the various comparison sites compare to white tea). I'll try Sensuous and whatever the fragrance directory site...
  16. Spicy replacement for Ralph Lauren Blue

    Hi -

    My wife has worn Ralph Lauren Blue for a couple of years - and as it's discontinued we were looking around for a replacement.

    Her tastes have moved away from sweeter perfumes - she no...
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    Re: The one you cannot stand

    ANy scent that has that distinct brylcreem/hair lotion smell about it. So far this has included:

    Lorenzo Villoresi - Aqua Di Cologne
    Nina Ricci - Signoricci
    Acqua Di Parma - Colonia Asoulta...
  18. Re: Scents that smell (remarkably) similar to me......(shoot me)

    Lubin Vetiver and Guerlain's Vetiver appear to be much the same. Lubin has a flintier top note at the start - but their drydowns are very similiar
  19. Re: Pepper and Ginger with some development

    Black or Brown tree on the bottle? I have some of the Black Tree version - it's not all that peppery.
  20. Re: Pepper and Ginger with some development

    Generally I find the synthetic musks to be either over-powering, obviously synthetic or smelling like i just vigourously rubbed my groin. I'm sensitive enough to the smell that if it's present it'll...
  21. Re: Pepper and Ginger with some development

    Do you have any recommendations for ones without musk?
  22. Pepper and Ginger with some development

    Hi -

    Just like others here (I imagine) I tried Moulton Brown's Black Pepper body wash and was struck by the wonderful smell - though from the reviews it appears as if their corresponding fragrance...
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    Re: Vetiver/woody smelling aquatic?

    I'll check it out thanks - their shop is actually all of 5 miles or so away from me. Having said that i've also ordered a sample of the Maestrale - in general i've not had good experiences with EDTs...
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    Re: Vetiver/woody smelling aquatic?

    Looks very interesting - just have to get this to the UK now :) I note that their shop in italy (cale.it) doesn't appear to do online orders, so i'll have to get the sample/bottle from luckyscent.
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    Re: Vetiver/woody smelling aquatic?

    The only problem is that I dislike Aqua a lot - I think i'm shooting for a more 'older/classic' aqua smell, if one such exists. I'll try the others.
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    Re: Vetiver/woody smelling aquatic?

    I'd assume it was some fairly well distributed brand (paco rabanne, ysl pour homme etc, or maybe joop), failing that are you sure you weren't smelling some version of Lynx ? (Deodorants sold in the...
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    Re: Vetiver/woody smelling aquatic?

    It's a fairly cheap, standard gel made by a company that used to make bath salts (which I think they still sell) - most of their stuff is an attempt to make something that smells like a mixture of...
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    Vetiver/woody smelling aquatic?

    Just thoughts sparked off by the smell of one of those Radox Shower gels - it has a very aquatic smell, with a cedar like drydown.

    I was just wondering if there are any aquatic fragrances which...
  29. Re: Why do you think some scents are DISCONTINUED?

    Either they sufffered from poor sales, or they were didn't offer sufficient margin
  30. Re: Why do you think some scents are DISCONTINUED?

    I'm actually suprised (as a relative newbie to the world of fragrance) just how many small perfume houses there are for men. Especially with the smaller houses/slightly more obscure ones (anything...
  31. Re: Andy Tauer's new Unnamed Vetiver: 1st Impression

    His blog gives a date of October 2008
  32. Re: Vetiver aficionados: your thoughts on Nicolai Vetyver & Lubin Vetiver

    A newbie here - but in my opinion:

    The Lubin Vetiver smells very very close to Guerlain Vetiver, it smells a little fresher, and has a minerally basenote, but overall is very close in smell.
    ...
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    Good Quality Leather Belts? (UK)

    Hi -

    Anyone have any suggestions of where I can buy really good quality leather belts from? I'm in the UK so an EU based supplier might be preferable (I'm guessing that it isn't beyond the realms...
  34. Re: Guerlain Vetiver Formulation Test Thread.

    I've seen a few reviews that state that the Lubin Vetiver is closer to the old formulation than the new Guerlain Vetiver is.

    Not having the old formulation - the Lubin is very like the new...
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    Re: What is that barbers unguent smell?

    Is macassar oil likely to be used in the scents i mentioned?
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    Re: What is that barbers unguent smell?

    No - it's definitely Brylcreem rather than lavendar - I have lavendar pot pourri right here.
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    Re: What is that barbers unguent smell?

    I wish I had your nose :D Brylcreem was an inspired guess. Yes, it does smell quite like Brylcreem - sweet, floral and unctous is a very good description - so what is the fragrance component that...
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    Re: What is that barbers unguent smell?

    Strangely not - I mean RG smells really strongly of a very traditional cologne but I quite like it.

    The smell I'm referring to is a little different - it smells a little like the bottles of liquid...
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    What is that barbers unguent smell?

    Hi --

    Newbie to fragrances, but I've started to notice in smelling various scents that a fair number of them have a drydown that contains what I can only describe as the sort of smell you get in a...
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    Re: The (Almost) Identical Fragrances Thread

    Michael Kors equals YSL Opium Pour Homme (black bamboo plant), though the latter doesn't have the smell of bourbon.

    Paul Smith Story is the same as Body Shop's White Musk, which also seems to be...
  41. Re: Fragrances for hot weather that should work...

    I wonder if this is both a skin and perception thing. Popped into a fragrance department over the weekend - and it;s amazing how 'similiar' a lot of 'new' perfumes for the summer seem to smell. They...
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    Re: sick of Creed

    Are there any other houses - especially niche ones - that use the same infusion techniques as Creed? (and would be available over here in the UK)
  43. Re: My first "these smell alike" thread.

    Michael Kors for Men = YSL Opium pour Homme (the bottle with the black bamboo plant) minus the smell of bourbon.
  44. Re: Anyone interested in working on a "fragrance map."

    Isn't it easiest to just point them (as someone did to me recently) at the search facility n the fragrance.org site?

    I mean, at least that way they get an expert opinion.
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    Where can i smell single notes?

    Are theer any kits/samples etc that will enable me to smell single notes - I'm thinking of samples of vetiver, tonka bean etc.
  46. Re: Anyone interested in working on a "fragrance map."

    Have you seen Michael Edwards Fragrance Directory site?
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    Re: What do you think...

    Where are you getting the AdP and Creed samples from?
  48. Sticky: Re: Which scent get's you the most female compliments?

    How much perfume are all of you wearing and how are you spraying? The only person who ever comments on how I smell is my girlfriend - and that only when she gets fairly close.

    Maybe I don't have...
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    Re: Replacement for Ralph Lauren Blue

    Yes it has - I've found Bulgari White Tea to be somewhat similiar as is Ange Du Demon Tendre by Givenchy - thanks to everyone for their recommendations the frangrancedirectory.info website was quite...
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    Re: Replacement for Ralph Lauren Blue

    How do you get suggestions out of the database? (I presume you are talking about fragrancedirectory.info) all I get is the family that the particular perfume belonds to - so I can look up fragrances...
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    Re: Replacement for Ralph Lauren Blue

    Whenever I was looking for recommendations (for both male and female fragrances) the recommendations were from fairly early on in the alphabet - so I guess it's not a set of random 3 from the list of...
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    Re: Replacement for Ralph Lauren Blue

    Thanks - though as I am in the UK this only appears to be available at fairly eye watering prices (the standard way of pricing for the UK involves taking the US price and converting it numerically...
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    Re: Replacement for Ralph Lauren Blue

    Do you have a subscription? or are you using one of the product finders he has built for some other site?
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    Replacement for Ralph Lauren Blue

    Hi --

    My girlfriend currently uses Ralph Lauren Blue - which of course is being/has been discontinued. Does anyone have any recommendations for an aquatic floral with musk that might smell...
  55. Re: Guerlain Vetiver box has Arabic writing on bottom

    Hi - I bought Guerlain Vetiver online from a shop that claims some connection with the Duty Free business in the UK - and also received a box with arabic writing on the bottom and in a similiar...
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    Michael Kors and Opium Orient

    Has anyone else noticed the similiarities between these fragrances? (I have the 2006 Opium Orient with the black bamboo pattern on the bottle) They smell virtually identical *until* a few hours have...
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver - sandalwood?

    Hi richie --

    I think you hit on it, I suspect the tobacco smell just turns out differently on my skin - after a full day the 'sandalwood' smell became more like a cedar.

    It seems to smell...
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    Guerlain Vetiver - sandalwood?

    Hi -

    After trying Guerlain Vetiver at a store - on one of those sticks, i ordered some online (dutyfreeperfume).

    Trying it on, it seems to contain a distinct sandalwood smell - is this normal?...
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    Re: wearing cologne

    What is the rationale behind this please? Is it because that should be less prone to redness? (I've seen another article on basenotes suggesting that men should only spray beneath the collarbone -...
  60. Re: Like Prada for Men but more outdoorsy?

    Okay, I guess I was looking for something similiar, which was less sweet, more outdoorsy whilst retaining the amber/oriental character and possibly losing the strong smell of talc (which seems to...
  61. Re: Like Prada for Men but more outdoorsy?

    Thanks for the recommendation - I wasn't too convinced with the first smell, but after 30 minutes it had appeared to settle down a lot more.

    Best of all my girlfriend started off by saying it was...
  62. Re: Like Prada for Men but more outdoorsy?

    That's interesting, as I noticed the smell of talc today - and wondered if it was possible to get something similiar but where the smell of talc was less strong (or absent - though presumably...
  63. Re: Like Prada (Amber) for Men but more outdoorsy?

    Hi -

    I haven't had a chance to sample Rive Gauche yet - hopefully it will arrive tommorrow. It turns out the scent I had (in a plain box) was actually Prada *Amber* - would your recommendations...
  64. Like Prada for Men but more outdoorsy?

    Hi --

    I recently got some of the 'newish' Prada for men fragrance - and while I like it, it has a sort of 'old classic' smell to it, so I wouldn't mind something similiar but maybe with a bit more...
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