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  1. Re: Battle of the Citruses: Paco Rabanne Invictus vs. Versace Man Eau Fraiche

    Surely this!
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    Re: Slumberhouse Kiste - safe blind buy?

    It is a superb smelling composition and rather tame by Slumberhouse standards, but "safe" would not be a descriptor I would use for Kiste. Sample first, but definitely *do* as I think it is a real...
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    Re: Virgin Island Water worth owning?

    This pretty much sums up my own views.... Very expensive, but pleasant smelling tropical suntan oil. I would pass.
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    Re: Bottega Veneta Pour Homme=Terre D'Hermes?

    No, not even close.
  5. Re: Wearing Sample from Le Labo "The Noir 29". My thoughts so far.

    Probably just as much as *I* can't understand how anyone could like it... ;-). The bottom line is we all have different tastes.
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    Re: Or Black vs Moshino Pour Homme

    Both are stellar and I own and love them near equally. That said, I have a slight preference for the Moshino.
  7. Re: Wearing Sample from Le Labo "The Noir 29". My thoughts so far.

    The smell quite different to my nose, at least (thank goodness). I can't stand Spice & Wood, but quite enjoy the excellent Thé Noir 29.
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    Re: May I have a discussion about Barney's?

    Well, my favorite composition, Portrait of a Lady is there... Barneys is a great place with a lot of great options, IMO.
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    Re: Opinions on Karl Lagerdeld Classic?

    It smells great and nothing like the awful Shock.
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    Re: Any Green Water Fans?

    Yeah, this is the great one. The others are good but far inferior, IMO.
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    Poll: Re: Poll : Your Fav Bijan

    Agree. Stellar, but extremely potent. Love it.
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    Re: Invictus or Aqua ?

    Potion is *far* superior smelling to those, to my nose. It really is outstanding stuff, IMO.
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    Re: Pick from the below 3 Creeds

    Jardin d'Amalfi. It is easily the best thing Creed has released in years. The other two I can't stand.
  14. Re: Cool Water vs Bleu de Chanel EdT: Which one do you like more and why?

    One is great (Cool Water, particularly the vintage stuff) and one mundane and uninteresting. Easy choice in favor of the former, IMO.
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    Re: Top 10 Designer Fragrance House

    In no particular order:

    Anat Fritz
    Zegna
    Aramis
    Hermès
    Guerlain
    Dior
    Costume National
    Comme des Garçons
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    Re: Top 10 "Niche" houses

    Apart from the top two, in no particular order...

    Editions de Parfums
    O'driù
    Pekji
    Sammarco
    Le Labo
    M. Micallef
    Roja Parfums
    The Different Company
  17. Re: Let's talk about the "less popular" Hermes scents.

    Eau de Narcisse Bleu definitely impressed me when I tried it a couple years back. It eventually will be bought and is recommended, though not by any means a game changer. Pretty much all of the...
  18. Thread: Best Vetiver

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    Poll: Re: Best Vetiver

    These three are all extremely good ones for sure... The Turtle Vetiver Series (#1, Front and Back) are also all great, as is Supercillium by O'driù, and of course, my favorite... Les Nombres d'Or...
  19. Thread: Best Vetiver

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    Poll: Re: Best Vetiver

    Certainly none of those stinkers, IMO.
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    Re: Captain Molyneux, is this the good one??

    Yes, that is indeed the good one... Well, *great* one is probably more apropos. If oakmoss is what you seek, you will find no better.
  21. Thread: Santal 33

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    Re: Santal 33

    I don't know if it is the best selling composition on Luckyscent, but it smells absolutely superb. This comes as no surprise, considering the perfumer is the great Frank Voelkl.
  22. Re: Bentley For Men Absolute, versitility and is it full bottle worthy?

    No, not full bottle worthy, IMO. The Intense smells incredible, but Absolute is rather average, IMO.
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    Re: Guerlain Derby vs Arsene Lupin (current)

    Love both, but prefer Arsene Lupin (Dandy).
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    Re: Frederick Malle ?

    Portrait of a Lady is my favorite, but the extremely strong line has many, many winners and covers a lot of different areas. Try them all!
  25. Thread: Black orchid

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    Re: Black orchid

    Not I. I dislike it immensely. I can't/won't wear it, and find it repellant on others.
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    Re: La Fille de Berlin...........

    An outstanding composition in the opinion of this rose lover. My favorite from the house. I can see where some mentioning the "feminine" and linear labels are coming from, but neither are important...
  27. Re: Your favorite 'Hidden Gem' (just 1) from your wardrobe!

    Ditto.
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    Re: Best Niche Gourmand Fragrances?

    I dislike gourmands, but Le Speculoos by L'Antichambre smelled so good it got me to buy, making it the sole gourmand in my collection.
  29. Re: MFK --- APOM or Luminiere noir pour homme or masculine pluriel ?

    This. Not a big projector, but it smells excellent and is easily the best thing out of MFK, IMO.
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    Re: Creed MI for 40$ in my area. advise quickly

    Terre d'Hermès is by far the superior composition, but as an investment, I would buy the MI at that price... Then resell it for a tidy profit.
  31. Re: Which of Today's fragrances will stand the Test of Time?

    Terre d'Hermès immediately comes to mind.
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    Re: Fragrances with PROMINENT Pink Pepper

    Pink pepper at the fore = Tzora by Anat Fritz (and it smells superb)
  33. Re: for those that may be interested in zegna fragrances

    It is certainly a masterpiece, IMO. One of the best things I have ever sniffed, and created by one of the most talented and consistently good perfumers out there in Frank Voelkl.
  34. Re: for those that may be interested in zegna fragrances

    Javanese Patchouli is by far the best, IMO, but all of them are excellent. It is very hard to make a bad choice with this line.
  35. Re: for those that may be interested in zegna fragrances

    Great news indeed! One of the best kept secrets in currently available perfume. A consistently excellent private line now more accessible to all.
  36. Re: Please help me with the next purchase. Azzaro, Tuscany, Havana, Drakkar Noir

    This, but all are great choices. It is hard to make a bad decision here...
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    Re: Donald Trump builds his fragrance Empire

    Success is tied with a couple others (Sec Mag and Mercury) as the worst perfume I have ever smelled. I will not go even *near* this one.
  38. Thread: which woody?

    by drseid
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    Poll: Re: which woody?

    These two near equally. Both are very good, IMO.
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    Poll: Re: Best Male Fragrance

    "Best" doesn't exist. My *favorite* from your list of mostly duds is easily the sublime Terre d'Hermès.
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    Poll: Re: Dior Sauvage Redux

    Ditto.
  41. Re: Clive Christian 1872 vs Amouage Lyric(Made in Oman).

    1872 was a complete dissapointment. Lyric Man is excellent.
  42. Re: Underappreciated fragrances? Ones you find worthy of more attention?

    Montana Black Edition
    Savile Row by Richard James
    Mister by Jasper Conran
  43. Re: earth shattering news: Creed make fantastic fragrances

    There are a handful of good or excellent ones, but most disappoint to my nose. The faux history is laughable, but I never cared much about that kind of stuff so just ignore it.
  44. Re: Creed Original Santal, Mont Blanc Individuel and Joop! Homme

    I dislike all three, but the Joop! Homme is crazy bad, IMO.
  45. Re: You have $500 name the 5 frags you will buy with it

    Something along these lines if I were starting from scratch (as I already own all these)...

    Vintage Giorgio for Men 125ml
    Portrait of a Lady 50ml (original formula if I could find it)
    Terre...
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    Re: Citrus Powerhouses?

    It smells hideous and I absolutely loathe it like no tomorrow, but performance-wise it is indeed absolutely stellar.
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    Re: What's your favorite Polo.

    The original vintage Polo by far.

    A distant runner-up (but still excellent) is Polo Crest.
  48. Poll: Re: Im new here. Help me choose please The One Dolce and Gabbana EDT vs L'Homme YSL

    Only you can decide which suits you better. I personally dislike both immensely and would urge you to look elsewhere for alternatives.
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    Re: Cuir Pleine Fleur or Ormonde Man

    I enjoy both, but Cuir Pleine Fleur is in another league, IMO.
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    Re: Dior Sauvage edt vs parfum??

    I find the myrrh in it annoying to the extreme. I could never wear this one, but do enjoy myrrh in many other compositions that more deftly utilize it. I love powerhouses, but not this kind of...
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    Re: Dior Sauvage edt vs parfum??

    Performance would definitely be in the Parfum's favor, but as it is a stinker and the EdT (especially in vintage form) is a classic, the choice is easy in favor of the EdT, IMO.
  52. Re: Your Top 5 most represented noses in your Wardrobe?

    Angelo Orazio Pregoni
    Dominique Ropion
    Edouard Flechier
    Bertrand Duchaufour
    Mona di Orio/Frank Voelkl/Jean Kerleo
  53. Re: How do you feel about the Lacoste line of fragrances?

    The two long since discontinued and very rare Jean Patou Lacoste releases were great, the rest not so great.
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    Re: Love The Smell Of Lime!

    My favorite by far is the extremely natural smelling (and sadly short-lived) Extract of West Indian Limes by Trumper. Great stuff, but more useful as an invigorating aftershave.
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    Re: Best Female Reaction

    Not watching this junk. Who cares about these reactions, anyway?
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    Re: L'Artisan Tea For Two - HUUUGE disappointment

    I was not a fan either. L'Artisan did a *much* better job of replicating bergamot and black tea based Earl Grey (though adding in some nice spice) with its sublime smelling Coeur de Vetiver Sacré. ...
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    Re: CH Men Prive vs Bentley for Men Intense

    Bentley for Men Intense is superb and CH Men Privé is a stinker. Easy choice, IMO.
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    Re: Recommend me a few really good veviter ?

    Just to give a reference point for my own tastes... I love Vetiver compositions generally, but was not a fan of what many consider the gold standard... Guerlain Vetiver.

    Personal Vetiver...
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    Poll: Re: Creed Royal Mayfair vs Amouage Lyric Man

    I like Royal Mayfair but love Lyric Man. As to suitability for a male, either can work. I confess I actually prefer Lyric Man on a woman, but that is just me.
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    Re: The best "four seasons" fragrance?

    Well, any of them, really. That said, one that comes immediately to mind as pretty balanced is Tzora by Anat Fritz.
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    Re: need ROSE recommendation!

    Floris No. 89 (vintage if at all possible).
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    Re: Terre D'Hermes Replacements

    This one
  63. Re: Safest & Best Place To Buy Creed Aventus in the Uk ?

    Try posting in the Aventus subforum. I am sure someone there can get you a good answer...
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    Re: For those with Krizia Moods

    This
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    Re: CH MEN Prive a disappointment ?

    I don't remember any major performance issues, but I couldn't stand the smell. That, of the two is much worse.
  66. Re: What is your favorite edition of YSL's La Nuit de L'Homme?

    Yep.
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    Re: Roja dove and Clive Christian queries

    With respect to Clive Christian, X for Men is the standout and is exceptional. The rest range from average to good, but none are really noteworthy outside of X for Men.

    Roja Dove has tons of...
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    Re: Heritage or Habit Rouge?

    I enjoy and own both, but prefer Héritage.
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    Poll: Re: YSL L'Homme or La Nuit de l'homme

    I personally find both horrific smelling, so didn't vote. As to which of the two is best for *you*? I am afraid you will need to sample them both and make that determination yourself. Both...
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    Re: CoSTUME NATIONAL: Scent Intense v 21

    Tough to do as the two are both very competent, but extremely different smelling. I own Scent Intense, but easily recommend both.
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    Re: Most overrated vintage

    For me it would have to be Patou pour Homme. Make no mistake, it is an excellent composition that I love, but it is labeled by many as the greatest masculine ever, and it isn't even the best thing...
  72. Re: The rules pertaining to Oak Moss in fragrance...

    Based on the few compositions I have sniffed using it, the alleged substitute (essentially a sanitized oakmoss) is far from reasonable. Actually, it is a crappy substitute.
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    Re: Best of the 70s masculines

    Certainly there are many worthy candidates, but no list for me would be complete without Captain Molyneux, Polo and Revillon pour Homme.
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    Re: Blow You're Mind !

    Original formula Portrait of a Lady. I also like the earlier vintage Polo recommendation (even if it is indeed an EdT), as it is a terrific everyday perfume that is completely distinctive. Italian...
  75. Thread: Santal 33

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    Re: Santal 33

    A superb composition that smells great year-round.
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    Re: The (Almost) All-Niche Turning Point

    I wish you well with the store and your personal choices, but niche and designer are classifications that have nothing to do with ingredient quality. I find good and bad examples of each in nearly...
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    Re: Benchmark Rose Oud Combo

    The Night by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle is easily my choice. A *real* Oud/Rose combo with a traditional structure.
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    Re: Frederic Malle Angeliques Sous La Pluie

    I love and own it, but agree performance is its weakest attribute.
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    Re: Think I Messed Up a Blind Buy....

    I am afraid I can't give any detailed thoughts, but I remember trying the current stuff (I would assume) while visiting the snobby Chanel Boutique in Vegas a couple years back and not giving the...
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    Re: Saffron and Oud recommendations

    This is the one you are looking for.
  81. Re: Based on what I like are Roja Dove scents any good?

    There are plenty of excellent Roja Dove compositions, but they are a very different style generally from the ones listed in your OP. My guess is they will not appeal to you, but you never know.... ...
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    Re: Captain Molyneux

    Yep, that's the 30ml. It ain't much to look at, but it smells amazing.
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    Re: Havana by Aramis??

    Tuscany is great in its vintage form, but Devin, while well made just didn't do it for me (though has a very loyal following that feel otherwise).
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    Re: Captain Molyneux

    That too is the vintage, circa the 30ml spray that has the same style box if I remember correctly. No issues with this one either.
  85. Re: Never thought I'd be asking this: Need rose/oud recommendations

    I am another fan and owner of this one, but find it a lot more rose than Oud (though it is there, and there is some real stuff within). My reference, however, is The Night by EdP Frédéric Malle. It...
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    Re: Captain Molyneux

    That certainly is the absolutely outstanding reference oakmoss driven original. There is also a 30ml spray that looks different, but is also the original formula. The one to skip is the ridiculous...
  87. Re: Which one has better projection, fahrenheit le parfum or terre d hermes

    On my skin, the EdT version of Terre d'Hermes projects better.
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    Re: Dries Van Noten par Frederic Malle

    I like it, but never quite warmed to it. One of my least liked offerings from an otherwise very strong house.
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    Re: purchased some samples

    I am not a huge fan of most of these (though some I at least like beyond the specific ones mentioned next), but a couple are big winners with Dia Man, Jubilation XXV and Back to Black the standouts...
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    Re: What is the longest lasting fragrance you own?

    This one without question. Well over 24 hours on skin.
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    Re: Testing tonight: Houbigant - Fougere Royale

    I am not penalizing it at all. I am saying it is an imposter, hijacking the legendary Fougère Royale name solely for marketing purposes. That isn't to imply I dislike the current stuff, as I do...
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    Re: What's your worst perfume?

    I only own compositions I enjoy, so I don't know how helpful it is to pick the worst of the best... That said, probably my least liked composition in my collection is Relax by Davidoff. I own a...
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    Re: Best of the Best! ( Well atleast I hope so)

    I know you aren't looking for this opinion, but I absolutely subscribe to the more expensive does not necessarily (and quite often) doesn't mean better smelling opinion. That said, in your specific...
  94. Re: How close is Bentley Intense for Men to Amouage Men's fragrances

    None. It smells excellent, however.
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    Re: Testing tonight: Houbigant - Fougere Royale

    I like it, but the rerelease is an imposter. The *real* (and original) Fougère Royale is a true fougère and smells completely different (and light years better).
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    Re: Polo Red Intense

    I finally got a chance to sniff this one a couple month back. I definitely prefer it to the disgusting original by miles. This one I would rate as "tolerable". I would never wear it and it's...
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    Re: Excited about Aramis Devin

    While well made, this is the only offering from Aramis, save one other that I just couldn't warm to.
  98. Re: NEW: Three New Zegna Essenze Fragrances for 2016!!

    Me too and I agree. As to anonymous perfumers mentioned by another poster, actually they listed them on the initial releases of the line.
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    Poll: Re: Vote For Top Beast mode Men Perfumes-Designer

    I love powerhouses, but don't care for any on your list. The answer, IMO, is the unlisted Giorgio for Men.
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    Re: Virgin Island Water – opinions?

    No need, as there are literally hundreds of compositions I would rather wear any day of the week over this one. In short, it isn't to my tastes, but I can respect that others enjoy it. I said it...
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