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    Re: I was wrong, so very wrong.

    I suggest you discuss your dreams of Aventus in the Aventus sub forum here at BN, where others with similar dreams can give you advice on solving your problem of finding it or possible similar...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Yeah, quite the winner, and quite reasonably priced too. My only regret is just buying the 30ml bottle. I have worn it 3 times out of the past 4 days (including today), and while I agree with your...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Yes, I have worn Ishtar several times to see if I would change my opinion of it, but while some of my initial take on the perfume has changed, alas I am not a fan. To me the composition comes off...
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    Re: $100's, 5 Fragrances

    Yep, that one. Great stuff.
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    Re: Your most worn (using sotd feature)?

    Easily the most worn is vintage Giorgio for Men

    Next two

    Portrait of a Lady
    vintage Polo
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    Re: $100's, 5 Fragrances

    Lucifer ($30 on eBay for 50ml) for all seasons
    Montana Black Edition ($40 on eBay for 125ml) for all seasons
    Bellagio Uomo ($25 on eBay for 100ml) for Summer and/or office
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Jasmine Antique by Rogue.

    This turned out to be a reference quality jasmine soliflore that I gave a 5 stars out of 5 “masterpiece” rating in my review on another site with a name beginning with a...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I like Flos Mortis, but I am not much of a tuberose fan (or at least not for *me* to wear). If you love hardcore tuberose that pulls no punches, I think you will enjoy it.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 28th March, 2020

    Giving my sample of Ishtar by Rogue another chance to impress...
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    Re: Any good fragrances with a strong mastic note?

    This was the first one that came to mind.
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    Re: Is Creation-E Roja’s masterpiece?

    No; but it is very good smelling.
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    Re: You're having a nightmare...

    I could switch out any of these three as equally terrifying:

    Secretions Manifiques by ELdO
    Mercury by nu_be
    Success by Trump
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    Re: Today I bought March 2020

    ...And so you shall, but a terrific smelling one. Congrats on the stellar purchase!
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I will be shocked if you and Jack don’t both love it. As time passes the composition only gets better. It is still a soliflore aIl the way, but subtle nuances of the jasmine gradually emerge as...
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    Re: Today I bought March 2020

    Jasmin Antique by Rogue
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    More to come, but Jasmin Antique arrived today, and it is absolutely stunning. It is at least early-on a deep, slightly indolic jasmine soliflore; one of superb quality. I am *very* happy with the...
  17. Re: Best Recent Releases ? Designer Mens and Womens...Your Recommendations For The Last 7 Years

    Bentley for Men Intense by Bentley
    Classical by Anat Fritz
    Perfume Calligraphy Rose by Aramis
    Rose Cut by Ann Gerard
    Acqua di Gio Profumo by Armani
    Bel Ami Vetiver by Hermes
  18. Thread: Eat Me

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    Re: Eat Me

    I don’t like most at any price and none within your range. That said, Le Speculoos by L’Antichambre smells heavenly. Definitely worth getting your nose on it if you can find it.
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    Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    For genres I prefer, I certainly do.
  20. Re: Vintage/discontinued Men's Cologne.....which one(s) would you most want to find ?

    I wish I could still get my hands on a reasonably priced bottle of Ungaro I

    More recent, but Super-limited edition bottles I missed out on that I wish I could still buy are a pair of O’driu...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Excellent early news; I really appreciate the feedback. I just got an email saying my bottle shipped out today, so by the end of the week I guess I will get a chance to sniff for myself. Looking...
  22. Poll: Re: Wearing More or Less Fragrance Due to Lockdowns, etc. ?

    The same
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    Re: Any masterpieces from CH?

    In a word, “No.”
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    Re: Your All Time Top 20 Vintage Wardrobe

    Keeping to perfumes released prior to 2000, the following 20 come first to mind (though not in any particular order):

    Giorgio for Men
    Giorgio VIP Special Reserve
    Ungaro I
    Polo
    Patou pour Homme...
  25. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    I am eager to hear your thoughts.
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    Re: My current top 5 underrated scents

    Or Black (reissue) by Pascal Morabito
    Le Canotier by Rogue
    Coeur de Vetiver Sacre by L’Artisan
    Cologne du Parfumeur by Guerlain
    Sud Est by Romeo Gigli

    Five others that deserve more visibility...
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    Re: Whats your go to signature scent?

    Vintage Giorgio for Men
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    Re: Is Creed Royal Mayfair underrated?

    I can’t stand it, so consider it *overrated*.
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    Re: Le Labo is trash...

    Plenty of excellent offerings, imo; all the ones I love are by Frank Voelkl.
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Still waiting on the blind buy bottle of Jasmin Antique that I expect to love, but my sample of Ishtar arrived yesterday and I just started wearing it an hour ago...

    My initial imression early-on...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    duplicate
  32. Re: Can you recommend me some not so expensive niche?

    Maybe try Floris
  33. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Waiting on a pre-order blind buy of Jasmin Antique by Rouge
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Aramis 900
  35. Re: 1st "scent" that grabbed your attention? natural smell, perfume, essential oil, attar, incense,

    YSL pour Homme
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I confess white florals tend to be a challenge for me to wear as well, but I think jasmine is one of the few exceptions. I guess we will see if the musk and clove you mention can balance the jasmine.
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    No early experience here, I’m afraid.

    I have a sample of Ishtar on pre-order, while as a jasmine lover, just blind bought a bottle of the Jasmin Antique as I have really been waiting for its...
  38. Re: Which one (or two) Fragrances do you regret NOT purchasing and is now no long available ?

    Lalfeorosa by O’driu
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    Re: Today I bought March 2020

    One of the best. Congrats!
  40. Re: The Greatest Blind-Buy Disappointments of your Life

    Worth pour Homme Haute Concentration... I had high hopes dashed. I am not sure if this was reformulated, but what I received smelled horrific.
    Success by Trump... One of the 3 worst smelling...
  41. Re: As a Scent Crusader, Have You Found Your Holy Grail?

    Portrait of a Lady, surely.
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    Re: Kolonya by Rasei Fort

    Logevity (on my admitedly fragrance-friendly skin) is shaping up to be about 12 hours or longer (right now I am 10.5 hours in and the composition is still quite easily noticable). For me, average...
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    Re: Kolonya by Rasei Fort

    I am giving it a full wear today on skin using a larger amount than just a dab. Longevity is still TBD, but projection is relatively low.
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    Re: Can a male wear 4-5 sprays of br540

    You *can* wear as many as you like, for me that would be 0.
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    Re: want to burn 250 euros in one fragrance

    Dia Man by Amouage might be one you may want to try if you haven’t already.
    A few other options:

    Les Nombres d’Or Vetyver by Mona di Orio
    Tzora by Anat Fritz
    Ruh by Pekji
    M by Puredistance...
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    Re: Today I bought March 2020

    Kolonya by Rasei Fort
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    Re: Kolonya by Rasei Fort

    Sorry for the late thread resurrection... I am late to the party, but received a sample of this from LS with a recent purchase, and sniffed it blind without knowing anything except the name...
    ...
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    Re: Spring Mint Suggestions?

    This one, and Jean Luc Amsler Homme by Jean Luc Amsler if you can find it... It is an interesting fresh combination of mint and cucumber composed by the great Edouard Flechier.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Captain Molyneux
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    Re: Today I bought March 2020

    Tom Yum by Parfum Prissana
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    I received my bottle of Ma Nishtana today and this was one of the samples included with it. I agree with your entire post. Tom Yum has a stunning open indeed that had me in complete disbelief as to...
  52. Re: SixCats! seeking suggestions for (under $30.00) Cologne.

    Technically just a smidge over your budget at $30.69 at one online retailer, Montana Black Edition is a must, IMO.
  53. Re: Got my first niche fragrance ever and a friend drops it.....

    I haven’t directly, but one of my perfumista cats, Bran has tempted fate with his personal selections at least 100 times after perusing my collection as shown here...

    120229Luckily, he actually...
  54. Thread: Luca Turin Cult

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    Re: Luca Turin Cult

    Luca, I, for one, will be sad to see you go and hope you change your mind. You don’t have to explain or prove anything to anyone. Whether I agree or disagree with any of your individual perfume...
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    Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    While I can only speak from personal experience, the three compositions I have tried from Meleg Perfumes were a mixed bag results-wise with only one meriting a purchase, but none of the three caused...
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    Re: Most worn in February 2020

    Giorgio for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills (3 wears)
    VIP for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills (2 wears)
    Polo by Ralph Lauren(2 wears)
    No.59 by Meleg Perfumes (2 wears)
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    Re: Best 'layering' background scent

    I am not a big layerer, but Cologne du Parfumeur by Guerlain I always thought would work well in that capacity.
  58. Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills Pour Homme Men Made In USA Vs. Made In Spain

    Yep, that confirms it is indeed the reformulation.
  59. Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills Pour Homme Men Made In USA Vs. Made In Spain

    Some of the early EA bottles, even though a product reissue, smelled exactly like the vintage and at one time were going for a paltry $15-20 a full bottle. Those days are over, however. ...
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    Re: Top 5 scents March 1 2020 version

    The same five as last month, and a year ago, for that matter (all in original formulas)...

    Portrait of a Lady
    Giorgio for Men
    Giorgio VIP
    Dia Man
    Anat Fritz
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    Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    Looks like there is now a version of No. 50 without the real civet, for those who don’t want it. Also, I jut noticed most of the Meleg perfumes are in the BN directory. Notably absent is the new Oud...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 29th February, 2020

    SotN: No.59 Tobacco, Frankincense and Rose Spices by Meleg Perfume
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    Re: Today I bought February 2020

    Two great ones. Congrats, Jon!
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    Re: Today I bought February 2020

    Ma Nishtana by Parfum Prissana
    No.59 Tobacco, Frankincense & Rose by Meleg Parfums
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 28th February, 2020

    Suffering through the horrific smelling Music for a While by Malle for a review. Will soon switch to Etienne Aigner No. 1 to overpower the remnants of the nightmare.
  66. Re: vintages many on here hate but you love - and why you like them

    Voyageur by Jean Patou has received more than its share of pans over the years, but I am a sucker for a heavy oakmoss base, even when pared with an aquatic type composition... Oh yeah, and it was...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    These were my favorites from the house, I agree both excellent smelling. I am not as much a fan of most of their other stuff, but these alone made trying all its offerings worth it.
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    Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    With respect to No. 59, the frankincense is gradually becoming more assertive as time passes. Now about an hour in, I would say the tobacco is still more prominent, but more like a 50% tobacco, 40%...
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    Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    My bottle of No. 40 arrived today, along with the two requested samples to try out. Of course, wasting no time I have all three on skin as I write this...

    No. 40 was the one I expected to love...
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    Re: What would make you to stop buying?

    When Dominique Ropion, Frank Voelkl and Edouard Flechier all have retired (and I have purchased all the compositions they have created that interest me).

    Honestly though, I could really stop now...
  71. Thread: Luca Turin Cult

    by drseid
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    Re: Luca Turin Cult

    This pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter. I sometimes disagree with Turin’s opinions, but it doesn’t deter me from respecting the concise, frequently amusing writing or the knowledge...
  72. Re: Your Fall suggestion to complete my collection

    Even though technically limited distribution small designer compositions, either of the two offerings by Anat Fritz (sold at Lucky Scent) would be good to wear year-round and smell incredible, while...
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    Re: Today I bought February 2020

    Are you *sure* you have enough? ;-)

    Seriously though, that is a great photo.
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    Re: I need serious recommendations!

    Just look at the ones I have rated lowest and it should be close to your tastes. Needless to say, I think we have polar opposite preferences, so it seriously may work for you!
  75. Re: What fragrances do YOU find backup bottle worthy?

    I have vintage backups of Polo, Giorgio for Men and Captain Molyneux. Many others are worthy, there just really is no need as I can’t imagine they would be needed.
  76. Re: Habit Rouge EDC & Captain Molineux (vintage)

    As I recall, the 30ml vintage spray bottles of Captain Molyneux tended to sell at a bit of a discount to the large completely different splash bottles on a proportional basis. I own both and they...
  77. Re: “Best-Buys”, Bargain fragrances, Fragrances on a budget

    I don't think there has been any reformulation on this one. All bottles should smell fantastic.
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    Re: What scent am I missing?

    You definitely need a good rose, so might as well start with the best (IMO, obviously), Portrait of a Lady.
  79. Re: “Best-Buys”, Bargain fragrances, Fragrances on a budget

    You know, I will have to remove it (Costume National Homme) from my list. I just checked, and apart from full retail price ($125 per 100ml bottle) it is nowhere to be seen anymore. It used to be...
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    Re: One Fragrance for One Month

    Terre d’Hermes EdT
  81. Re: “Best-Buys”, Bargain fragrances, Fragrances on a budget

    In addition to your list and others mentioned, here are a few more to consider:

    Black Edition by Montana
    Havana by Aramis
    JHL by Aramis
    Bellagio Uomo by Parlux/Michelangelo
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    Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    I requested a sample of that one, now called No.8 Herbs and Spices on Etsy (and No. 59 - Tobacco, Roses and Frankincense), so should be able to report on my experience in a couple weeks as well.
    ...
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    Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    Darn, I broke down and blind-bought a bottle of No. 40 Natural Oak Moss and Forest Florals. I hope I don’t regret it, but the notes really do seem right up my alley... I guess in a week or two we...
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    Re: GHALIYAT TAREEQ AL HAREER by Elixir Attar

    I am happy that they are at least offering free shipping at the $250 per ml price-point. ;-).
  85. Re: Best Fragrances Of All Time! (enjoy and never tire of).

    Mine hasn’t changed much over the years (all in original formulas):

    Portrait of a Lady
    Giorgio for Men
    Giorgio VIP for Men
    Lalfeorosa
    Dia Man
    Anat Fritz (or its re-release called “Classical”)...
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    Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    Appreciate the information, U2u, as that shows even the standard presentation has taken a major step up from what he displays on Etsy... For example, the presentation I am referring to (and the one...
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    Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    His perfumes are all listed on Parfumo.net, for what it’s worth... I think only No. 40 has a review there so far, though.
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    Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    I saw his stuff on Etsy a few months ago and was extremely close to blind buying a full bottle of Natural Oakmoss & Forest Florals No. 40 as individual samples were too pricey when shipping was added...
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    Re: What are your thoughts on L'artisan DZING!!???

    It has been well over a decade since I sniffed it, but back then I remember disliking it. Oh, and not even remotely close smelling to Black to my nose.
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    Re: 50th Bday Surprise

    Congratulations, and a belated happy birthday!
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Vintage Giorgio for Men
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    Re: Balenciaga Pour Homme is a masterpiece

    I personally don’t think there is any oud in it (or at least I don’t smell any), but no matter, the composition is exceptional and surely a favorite.
  93. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    Thanks for the Musk Aoud, Andy
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    Re: Promise (Al Waad) by Frederick Malle

    I believe it is the least expensive of the Middle East series from Malle, though still plenty pricey in relative terms.

    As for Oud, maybe the reason why it is the least expensive of the line is...
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    Re: Whats Your Shaving Set Up Consist Of

    Razor: OneBlade Genesis V2
    Blades: Feather FHS
    Pre-shave: Lemon & Chamomile by The Grooming Dept.
    Brush: Manchurian Badger Hair 26mm V2 brush by Saponificio Varesino
    Shave Soap: (various, but...
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    It has a lot of the same DNA (and the same perfumer) of Secretions Manifiques... I called it SM-lite when I sniffed it a few years back. Horrific stuff indeed!
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    Re: Lord molyneux - sensational !

    At my local vintage perfume shop, the owner had a bottle on clearance and asked if I wanted to try it... I had heard bad things about the composition and foolishly passed (also hoping to avoid any...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Too bad this isn't a "steal a perfume from the poster before you" thread... I know which one I would be going after, Jon,,,, Been lusting after that Ungaro I for a long time.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Sud Est
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    Re: Let’s Talk: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

    Certainly excellent smelling, but I prefer vintage Cool Water.
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