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    Re: The Art Of Layering - Successful Stories

    Ombre Leather and Aoud Cuir d'Arabie. The jasmine in OL really cuts through the funkiness of ACdA, but the leather is amplified in both at the same time.
  2. Re: Demeter has three... Russian Leather, Leather, and Riding Crop

    I’ve only tried Leather, but I love it. It’s a soapy clean leather, nothing dirty or animalic. Might fit the bill. It’s also very long lasting for a Demeter - I got 6-8 hours out of it. Definitely...
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    Re: The Art Of Layering - Successful Stories

    Declaration d'Un Soir x Atelier Poivre Electrique. Herbal peppery rose combo, very nice. Makes a kind of budget Le Labo Rose 31.
  4. Re: What is the least amount of time it's taken you to go through 100 ml?

    Going back how far? What's your oldest bottle? I suppose that would be another interesting question: which bottle have you had the longest, but used less relative to other, newer bottles in your...
  5. Re: What is the least amount of time it's taken you to go through 100 ml?

    To be specific, 1 bottle of Terre d'Hermes and two bottles of Encre Noire. In the case of the TdH and the first EN bottle, at the time I only owned about 4-5 fragrances, so it just came down to a...
  6. What is the least amount of time it's taken you to go through 100 ml?

    Now that I've been on BN and collecting fragrances for about a year and a half, I've noticed that some bottles go much faster than others. There are some bottles I have that date back almost two...
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    Re: Summer Green Citrus?

    I think current Vettiveru2 could work. It’s definitely a few shades darker and earthier than something like Guerlain’s take; I tried layering the two and the CdG just muddied up the clear waters of...
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    Re: Summer Green Citrus?

    Maybe Terre d’Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver
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    Re: The Best Fragrance Of All Time

    Personally I find pastrami to be the most sensual of all cured and salted meats - but that’s just my subjective opinion!
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    Re: The Best Fragrance Of All Time

    Interesting conversation re: objectivity/subjectivity.

    I think objectively you could discuss fragrances in terms of the complexity of their ingredients. I.e., chemically speaking, there will be...
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    Re: Getting to know Stetson Cologne.

    Yeah, I can definitely see that. I like fruity leather so it's a good thing for me. I definitely need to track down a bottle of the actual EdT.
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    Re: The Best Fragrance Of All Time

    In terms of an objective all time great scent, I think it's impossible to say, but subjectively I'd have to go with Guerlain Vetiver It is the most "timeless" fragrance I've ever tried in that it is...
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    Re: Escentric molecules are you a fan??

    I've sampled Molecule 01 several times, and ultimately ended up making a "home made" version from Iso E Super and alcohol. Is it exactly the same? No. But, the price difference (mine only cost about...
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    Re: Getting to know Stetson Cologne.

    I've been curious about Stetson for a while but can never seem to get around to actually buying any. My interest was piqued because I bought some Stetson Black aftershave lotion from Goodwill for...
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    Ok, here's a wild one. I combined the following in a 5 ml glass spray bottle:

    2 second spray from aerosol Muelhen's Men's Classic (probably 4-5 regular sprays),
    4 sprays Bottega Veneta Pour...
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    Re: The relation between scents and hormones

    Any Foucault fans here?? Of course you have to take some of his historical analysis with a grain of salt, but he writes a lot in History of Sexuality about how the penetrator/penetrated dichotomy...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Maybe try spraying somewhere lower on your body, like lower torso? I usually do one *small* spritz of MI on my chest/stomach area. Anything more could easily get overwhelming. The plus side is, a 30...
  18. Re: Informal mini sync of randoms - comment where you can!

    Ooops, fixed!
  19. Re: Informal mini sync of randoms - comment where you can!

    I find Declaration to have a fairly distinct mandarin orange note that gives it a juicier, rounder brightness. The citrus in TdH is almost abrasive in comparison, although not in a bad way. I love...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Got a chance to try Ishtar today; here are my thoughts:

    Opens up with a very fresh pine resin smell - the benzoin and juniper I think. Smells like when you get pine sap on your hands after...
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    Re: Free perfume with tinned spam? Why not....?!

    Living in Hawaii for a year made me a convert to tinned meats. Spam musubi, yes please! I'd like to see the "black pepper" spam come with a CdG Blackpepper mini! And for that matter, I wouldn't put...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Got my samples today, and tried out two. Here are my thoughts:

    Fougere L'Aube Somehow I missed out on this during my first round of sampling Rogue, but I'm glad I came back around to it. Usually...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    TdH Eau Intense Vetiver. I bought this last summer and it never really clicked with me - I blind bought it after finding a great deal, and it's a lot further afield from the original than I expected....
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    Re: Name Your "Number 1" Budget, Bargain Fragrance

    Encre Noire, no question. It’s not for everyone, but it’s the best dark/earthy Vetiver at that price. I’m on my third bottle and got the most recent one for $20 shipped.
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    Re: Your longest scent ”relationship”

    Terre d’Hermes. Got my first bottle in 2015, and I’ve had it in my collection ever since.
  26. Re: What Fragrances Are Currently On The Top Of Your List To Buy?

    That one's on my list too. Seems good, and cheap enough for a safe blind buy.

    I'm also thinking about lots of stuff from CdG. The new Celluloid Galbanum and Radish Vetiver ones seem intriguing....
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I just ordered a few new samples as I've been intrigued by reading reviews here - Ishtar, Jasmin Antique, and Fougere L'Aube. Excited to try the two newer ones, as I'm a big fan of jasmine, as well...
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

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    Nice! I haven't tried that particular fragrance but amping up a note you enjoy makes sense.
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    Lately I've been experimenting with adding essential oils to fragrances. I have a bunch of little 5 ml atomizers, so I use them for my "experiments." I've been adding floral notes to a bunch of stuff...
  30. Re: Tell Me Tales of Your Best Black Pepper & Orange Scent Encounter.

    TdH was my first thought, and apparently many others'. Might be a bit of a stretch but TF Noir Anthracite might be an option. Granted it's got bergamot, not orange per se, but it's close. And it's...
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    Re: Budget Pine: What are the alternatives?

    +7 Bottega Veneta. I believe there are bottles of both the original and the Extreme flanker for sale on the Sales board right now, for very reasonable prices. I am also a pine lover, but so far it...
  32. Re: Non, je ne regrette rien - Building a Collection based on Blind-Buys

    In my current lineup, I’ve got 29 blind buys out of 38 bottles total. I know which notes I like and dislike, and I do lots of research before pulling the trigger. In some sense, blind buying can be...
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    Re: Fahrenheit Friday

    8 sprays this evening
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    Re: Fahrenheit Friday

    I'm in for Fahrenheit Final Friday. It's been a few weeks since I've worn it, time to work it back into the rotation.
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    Re: Arggggh- specific note sensitivity

    Cardamom is my kryptonite. It has to be buried under a LOT of other notes to be tolerable to me.
  36. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Should be receiving this by the end of the week. Excited to try a new (to me anyway) JC Ellena creation. It's a blind buy but based on reviews I think it should be a success...

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    Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    I've had a cart on FragranceNet with Bentley Absolute, Lalique White and Montana Graphite sitting for the last week or two, and I've yet to hit the "purchase" button. Almost did it last night but I...
  38. Re: Need suggestion, Terre de' Hermes / Pure malt / Light Blue Intense for college student

    I would say either EdP or Eau Intense Vetiver. Haven't tried Eau Tres Fraiche so can't speak to that. But the EdP is probably my favorite of the bunch.
  39. Re: Need suggestion, Terre de' Hermes / Pure malt / Light Blue Intense for college student

    I think it could work actually. TdH has a flinty, mineral, earthy vibe that could complement the cigarette smoke smell.
  40. Re: Need suggestion, Terre de' Hermes / Pure malt / Light Blue Intense for college student

    TdH would be a good option. If you don't want something quite as "serious,' maybe check out TdH Eau Intense Vetiver. It's got a younger, "edgier" vibe with its ambroxan base, which it shares with...
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Haha! Love it. One of my favorite films.
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Next in the lineup: Frank TJ Mackie for Men
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    Re: The smell of the forest after rain

    The “Thunderstorm” one is good too, and has decent longevity. I like layering it with Encre Noire. I haven’t tried it, but I’ve heard Demeter Blue Spruce is also good. You could do some fun...
  44. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    CdG Odeur 71 - I've been wanting to try this forever and ended up blind buying it. This is truly some wacky CdG magic. A perfect balance of soft, light, green/floral/woody notes, with somehow...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I'm a big fan of "moose" illuminee :lolk: Curious what you'll end up thinking about the longevity. For me it's incredibly good - I only need 1-2 sprays to last all day and into the next on clothing....
  46. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Robert Piguet Oud Delice - Not a fan of this, but I don't generally like sweet scents. Dark coconut/amber/vanilla and oud. Not terrible but not something I'd buy.

    Robert Piguet Oud Divin -...
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    Re: What is your Signature Note?

    I haven't had the chance to smell a whole lot of vetiver essential oils on their own - I like pretty much any vetiver though, whether it's bright and grassy or dark and rooty. The only facet of...
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    Re: The smell of the forest after rain

    That would be a good choice. Maybe also Encre Noire or Mousse Iluminee. EN has more of a damp, dank forest floor vibe. MI is brighter, greener, more "dew on moss and leaves" vibe. Maybe also Margiela...
  49. Re: I think you guys will enjoy these amazing knock-offs

    The "Sauvage" one looks vaguely like a suitcase. This is my all time best clone find; purchased for $1 at Grocery Outlet:

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    Re: What is your Signature Note?

    Surprised I'm the first one to post this, but mine would definitely be vetiver, followed closely by oud and leather. Another one that I could never put my finger on but finally smelled on its own in...
  51. Re: Is there a RADICAL Oud, such as Black Aoud, for less than $50?

    Rasasi Dhanal Oud Nashwah might be a good option. I bought my 40 ml bottle on eBay for around $40 I believe. Oud paired with honey and woodsmoke. Different vibe from Black Aoud but similar level of...
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    It’s one of my favorite masculine roses, and a nice (and much cheaper) alternative to Le Labo Rose 31. I also like layering it with the original Declaration for a spicier punch.
  53. Re: Do You Plan On Being Buried With Your Fragrances?

    I've always wanted my corpse to be used as a prop in a Game of Thrones style movie or TV Show - like, my actual severed head on a pike or something. I think it would be a funny and timeless way to...
  54. Re: Terre D'Hermes is quite unique - My first experience with Terre

    TdH was a revelation for me in my fragrance journey. If you love Iso E Super and vetiver, as I do, this is a clear winner. Also one of the only citrus scents I wear year-round. For me, this is as...
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    Terre d'Hermes EdT and Declaration d'Un Soir. The subtle rose/geranium in TdH is one of my favorite aspects of it, and this really brings it to the fore. The Ellena DNA in these two make them a...
  56. Re: Help me decide: Bentley For Men Absolute or Montana Graphite? Or both?

    Good to know. Lalique White does sound very promising though, and I've had great luck with that house so far.
  57. Re: Help me decide: Bentley For Men Absolute or Montana Graphite? Or both?

    Thanks for the responses all! At current grey market prices, I think I'll probably just go ahead and pull the trigger on both.



    Well as they say, "one man's trash..." That actually sounds nice...
  58. Re: Help me decide: Bentley For Men Absolute or Montana Graphite? Or both?

    This actually sounds like more or less what I'm looking for. I've sampled a number of CdG offerings, and if I had the budget for it, I'd probably buy their entire catalog. They definitely do that...
  59. Help me decide: Bentley For Men Absolute or Montana Graphite? Or both?

    I'm in the market for a new, relatively cheap (i.e. >$40) dry, austere woody fragrance. I've narrowed my search down to these two, and I can't decide if I should choose one, or just go with both. Or...
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    Re: Your favorite Perfumer?

    Jean Claude Ellena is my all time fav. Also a fan of Nathalie Lorson's work for Bentley and Lalique.
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    CdG Vettiveru layered with Aveda bergamot essential oil. I mixed the EO in with some unscented lotion, then sprayed the CdG over that when it dried. Nice citrus boost that complemented the EdC style...
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    Re: Your Easter Fragrance ?

    Sycomore EdP for Skype Easter celebrations this morning with my dad’s side of the family, then will transition to Elie Saab Vetiver this evening For a Skype Seder with my mom’s side of the family....
  63. Re: What fragrance is giving you solace during this crazy time?

    The weather here in Seattle is finally starting to turn from 3:30 sunsets and rainy gloom to warm and sunny, so I've been enjoying a lot of vetiver fragrances: Guerlain Vetiver, CdG Vettiveru, Encre...
  64. Re: Old School Traditional Pine: Any long-lasting alternative?

    This is probably my favorite pine fragrance, although it eschews the citrus opening of some of the examples above, and has a more dense, sweet, candied fruit vibe in addition to the pine. I also...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Wearing Encre Noire Sport because it's the warmest day in Seattle since last September.
  66. Re: Let’s be honest- who’s using their stimulus for that fragrance you’ve been wanting

    Even if my income doubled, I'd still be below the threshold to get the full amount. I just prioritize my passions in life: a career that is satisfying but doesn't make me much money, and a budget...
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    Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    Personally I like the original EN better, but I think ENE has wider appeal. It is really more "fleshed out." I think it has a bit too much patchouli, but that's not a note I really like, so if a $25...
  68. Re: Let’s be honest- who’s using their stimulus for that fragrance you’ve been wanting

    I have a few things in the marketplace I'm eyeing. Figured it can't hurt to support some fellow BNers. Luckily I'm not in dire straits, but I still plan on saving most of it.
  69. Re: Show your creativity: Please mismatch fragrances with profession.

    Astronaut on the International Space Station: Dior Leather Oud or vintage Bal à Versailles
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    Re: Exercise your creativity: Name a Fragrance

    Is that a stand alone, or would it be a flanker for TF Leather Daddy ;) Or somewhat in the same vein, maybe a "Cuir AF."

    How about a Secretions Magnifiques clone called "Coup de Foutre"?

    On a...
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    Re: Worst Office fragrance ?

    Aoud Cuir d'Arabie might be even riskier. I would only wear Black Aoud to the office if it was on a shirt or sweater I had sprayed about a week or two prior. It would take about that long to settle...
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    Re: Muelhen's Men's Classic

    The one upside to quarantine is that I have lots of time to sit around and parse out fragrance notes. Wearing it again today, good stuff!
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    Re: Best first date scent for early 30’s man

    Can't speak for anyone else, but I have personally been getting more Tinder matches than ever during this. Now whether or not they'll actually want to date me after we're all out of quarantine....
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    Re: Muelhen's Men's Classic

    Interesting - I did get some pungency in the opening, but I also tend to love cumin and it never comes across as BO to me - must be my idiosyncratic olfactory abilities. Stuff like Declaration gets a...
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    Muelhen's Men's Classic

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    I was lucky enough to receive a bottle of this courtesy of PStoller, which arrived in the mail yesterday. I'm wearing it as my SOTD today and will post some thoughts later when I've had a...
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    Re: Fragrance Tshirts

    I would definitely buy the middle long sleeve of those CdG shirts, although not in white.

    @thebeck those wrap-around pattern/color shirts are pretty cool. It would be fun to make something like...
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    Re: Cologne Brand Body Spray?

    Ditto on the Oud Wood body spray. I did a side by side test in Sephora with the EdP on either hand, the profile of the scent was basically unchanged, but the body spray petered out after about 3-4...
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    Re: A cheap long lasting summer fragrance ?

    If you want a floral/citrus/aquatic with a little vetiver and cypress edginess to it, I’d recommend Encre Noire Sport. The performance is impressive and it can be found online for around $20.
  79. Re: Thank God for Basenotes! A haven from the madness.

    Definitely - I think keeping your hopes tempered is important, as Fauci has emphasized in terms of predictions about when we will have a viable vaccine, not to mention a national rollout plan for...
  80. Re: Thank God for Basenotes! A haven from the madness.

    There is so much confusion and mixed messaging right now, regardless of what you usually follow, it is important to have some diversity in your news diet right now. Without saying which I prefer, I...
  81. Re: Thank God for Basenotes! A haven from the madness.

    If what you're saying here is that we all need to switch over to bidets, then I am ALL IN
  82. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Muehlen's Men's Classic, courtesy of the very generous PStoller. Looking forward to trying this and comparing notes with anyone else who has a bottle. Should be arriving Monday!

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  83. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    Fille en Aiguilles? All for me? Why thank you!
  84. Re: Thank God for Basenotes! A haven from the madness.

    I predict 2020 will be the year of the "Corona Cut." Will electric razors become the new toilet paper? Anyway wishing everyone a happy Friday - even if you're stuck at home, it's still the weekend!
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    Re: Fragrance Tshirts

    I bet you would appreciate my personal favorite gym t-shirt then ;) Now if only I could find the fragrance equivalent of this...

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    Re: Creed Viking or Roja Elysium?

    Elysium. Viking is not bad, but Elysium is genuinely good. I've been nursing a sample of it for a while.
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    Re: Fragrance Tshirts

    I don't really like that design, but if there was something funny/well-designed, I'd totally buy one. I may be in my mid-thirties, but I can still pull off a stupid graphic tee in the right...
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    Re: Fahrenheit Friday

    Taking full advantage of self-isolation to bathe in Fahrenheit today!
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    Re: SOTD: Face Mask Edition

    Might as well have some fun with it! I’m considering just going full on bank robber and wearing a balaclava in public; might as well go full Coronavirus-criminal cosplay with it! Or I’ll just stick...
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    Re: Fahrenheit Friday

    It doesn't hurt that I've also been wearing the same sweater the last few days, and since you can't really layer Fahrenheit with anything else, I just keep adding more Fahrenheit to it each day.
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    Re: SOTD: Face Mask Edition

    That’s a good idea! Maybe I’ll just keep a bandana in my shoebox of samples and see what kind of aggregate accord that produces...
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    Re: Fahrenheit Friday

    I’ve been wearing Fahrenheit the last two days straight, I’ll keep the streak going tomorrow!
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    Re: SOTD: Face Mask Edition

    Good point, too much wear would definitely cause anosmia. But for short shopping trips, should be safe. I was only in the store for about 15 minutes, and had no trouble picking up the Fahrenheit I...
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    SOTD: Face Mask Edition

    It sounds like, for those of us in the US anyway, there will soon be a recommendation to wear face coverings in public spaces to help mitigate the spread of the virus. I ventured into the grocery...
  95. Re: A Ras El Hanout fragrance suggestion (design & niche)?

    One of my favorite upscale ice cream places, Salt and Straw, did a flavor a while back that had ras el hanout and a rose jam swirl. I imagine that combo would easily translate to a fragrance,...
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    Re: Please suggest something with these notes

    Montale Greyland - the leather isn’t super prominent but it’s got lots of vetiver and cedar with a leathery base.
  97. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    Thanks for the Grey Vetiver, H_West!
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    Re: Flankers That Far Surpass The Original

    Yeah, it is definitely interesting and different, like GGA. It leans feminine but most BNers would find it acceptable as unisex I think. The oud was funkier than I would expect in a designer release...
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    Re: Flankers That Far Surpass The Original

    GG Oud is pretty nice from my recollection of trying it in Macy’s a while back. I think it almost draws more from GGA femme than homme - it’s got the sharp but not sweet blackberry note from the...
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    Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    Only death can stop me.
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