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    Re: Coty Raw Vanilla discontinued?

    I assumed it was not so recently discontinued because until I got my little 0.5 oz splash, i hadn't seen too many of them online.
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    Re: Recent wood scents by Comme des Garcons ?

    OK, thanks everyone. Sounds like I'd start with WonderOud and the Monocle series, and maybe skip the Blue series. May also have to revisit some of the more summery series...Leaves, Sherbet, Cologne,...
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    Re: Recent wood scents by Comme des Garcons ?

    OK thanks, I'll keep it in mind, though I'll admit I'm not big on heavy Oud scents. If it's mixed with other types of wood that could be interesting.
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    Recent wood scents by Comme des Garcons ?

    Comme des Garcons has shown their strong desire and strong ability to make woody / incensy / smoky scents, between their Incense series and some of the other series and standalones.

    It's been a...
  5. Re: Looking for: strong, dark, masculine SAFFRON fragrance

    Looks like I'm a bit late to this party, but this has been a great thread for finding good examples of one exotic note. It's given me a number of good ideas for sampling.

    I was inspired to find it...
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    Re: Better Than Versace Pour Homme?

    I wholeheartedly agree with Tommy Bahama Very Cool, a unique, crisp, grassy aquatic, and it's fairly cheap as are all Tommy Bahamas. Another that's similar and cheap is Agua de Loewe, the original...
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    Re: Bay Rum with Lime

    Check out "Bay Rum With A Twist" from the small, inexpensive house St. Charles Shave.

    http://www.saintcharlesshave.com/edt.asp

    This one isn't my personal favorite, but I like a lot of theirs.
    ...
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    Re: Any love for Valentino Uomo?

    I thought this was a surprisingly good designer gourmand...not too sweet or overpowering, and just the right mix of foody and non-foody elements ( a bit of leather ).
  9. Re: Looking for a "bad boy" rum and oceanic fragrance.

    Yes, many of these are good. I think for this case, Tommy Bahama for Men, 2005, in the dark brown bottle.
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    Re: BLACK tea fragrances?

    Jo Malone had a tea series once, and one of them was Assam and Grapefruit, which I think was a decent, moderately-sweetened black tea scent.
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    Re: Acqua di borsari colonia

    I was impressed with the Borsari Acqua Classica, just bought some more and posted another thread asking about different versions of it. I think it has much _less_ florals than AdP, which is why I...
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    Versions of Borsari Acqua Classica

    Hey all...

    I just bought a mini spray of this stuff from Beauty Encounter, and I only now realized that there seem to be three versions of it...


    1. Something that calls itself an EdT, yellow...
  13. Re: Has anyone tried the Jo Malone London Rain collection yet?

    My lady friend and I were trying to figure out if the green one, White Jasmine and Mint, is supposed to be the same or different from the White Jasmine and Mint in their regular lineup...I think one...
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    Re: Wait...what? A challenging Jo Malone?

    OK, thanks Kybid....that gives me a good starting point. A lot of the niche lines call their whole lineup unisex, which I think does the consumer a disservice since it's so common for them to lean...
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    Re: Wait...what? A challenging Jo Malone?

    A ha...a recent Jo Malone thread! Here's my story...

    I got a number of Jo Malone vials at a Bloomingdales, specifically asking the lady which ones were more "masculine-smelling", or at least more...
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    Re: Allure Homme Sport Cologne Sport suggestions

    I've been contemplating the AHS Cologne Sport for a while, gotten vials of it from Sephora and really liked it, possibly more than Edition Blanche and definitely more than AHS itself. But I've often...
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    Re: Bois du Portugal Replacement

    You could also try Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree and Tiffany for Men. Or the "poor man's BdP", Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur.
  18. Re: How many colognes do you have? And do you rotate between scents?

    8 weeks each (56) of a spring/summer rotation and a fall/winter rotation. So 112. Plus a few extras that I haven't placed into rotation yet. And this isn't even considering sample vials.

    I...
  19. Re: Saint Charles Shave Santalum Album (Sandalwood) EDT

    Smoke and Beads is mostly orange + patchouli

    New Spice is like a quieter A*Men

    Aspect is a nice citrus

    Arrimarse is kind of like Original Vetiver

    X-4 is a sharp leather powerhouse
  20. Re: Saint Charles Shave Santalum Album (Sandalwood) EDT

    A friend gave me a sample vial of something that I think they were calling Sandalwood Absolute, possibly not the same as the EdT but I'm not sure. It's a very standard, representative pure sandalwood...
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    Re: The kind daddy

    I always thought that way about Zino Davidoff.
  22. Re: Now that the hype may have died down... Spicebomb?

    I thought I remember reading some people compare it to Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille. Has anyone found them similar? I'm curious because I ran through the last of a vial of TFTV somewhat recently.
  23. Re: Original Vetiver by Creed (compared to Thierry Mugler Cologne)

    I agree with Barclay, that noirdrakkar put it very well. Creeds are usually good, often better than the designer analogs that pre-/postdate them, but the difference in ingredients and scent are...
  24. Re: An aquatic scent that is not all about the mediterranean?

    Bulgari Aqua is more stormy and cold. Bulgari Aqua Marine is halfway between.
  25. Re: what smells like angel men without the tar???

    It's been said in the past, but check out St. Charles Shave's New Spice, it's quieter and smoother than A*Men, and dirt cheap. A lot of their others are pretty good too.
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    Re: Back Up Bottles- When, Why and How Many?

    I'll consider getting a backup if my first one was a small (< 5 mL) or medium (7-8 mL) mini, or a decant of any size, because I know that they can evaporate over the years. I find it almost...
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    Re: Unisex fragrances?

    It's not for them to tell me what to do. And yes, I do like to read things first about a scent. It's for me to get more information on whether it will likely or unlikely be to my tastes for everyday...
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    Re: Avignon or Zagorsk?

    Avignon to me was heavy and boring. Ouarzazate is fascinating with its florals...jasmine on top of incense? Jaisalmer I thought was the most well-balanced of the series. Kyoto was too harsh, smoky...
  29. Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    If Jaipur is too sweet, too heavy, too powdery, too anything for you, like it was for me, then Eau des Baux will amaze you at how non-over-the-top it is. Sweet vanilla, but very natural with woods...
  30. Re: Please suggest a good Leather fragrance from London

    Mahon Leather by Floris of London? I have no idea how good it is.
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    Re: Unisex fragrances?

    I do believe that there are masculine-associated and feminine-associated scents, even if that's only in the noses of the non-Basenoter public. (They unfortunately outnumber us by quite a bit!)

    But...
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    Poll: Re: whats your favorite soapy scent?

    now that we've had the gendarme family mentioned, i'll throw in votes for the original EdC or EdP, and Green, and to a lesser extent Grabazzi and Sky. I'm saying this because just in case the OP is...
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    Re: Eau d'Orange Verte urinous?

    Bumping an old thread here, but see my just-posted review of EdOV. I noticed the title of this thread because when I bought a set of mini EdOV toiletries (bubble bath, shower gel, shampoo,...
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    Re: Does anyone get really excited?

    I used to get this a lot during the first year or two. I still do from time to time, though moreso with a few old established favorites. It also may be because I used to actually pick out the scent...
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    Re: New potent fragrance

    A lot of these have been mentioned above, but here goes:

    L'Eau d'Issey and Acqua di Gio are pretty strong aquatics, but super common. I would vote agains Issey Intense because it's sweeter and...
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    Re: Sample vs Full bottle

    The main way that I've been screwed by this is when I've gotten a sample which I loved, ordered a full bottle, and found that they differed significantly. But this is generally because of...
  37. Re: Can You Suggest Me a Good Winter Fragrance That Matches My Style/Personality?

    I don't have Third Man anymore, but I know a lot of people like it. It's very mature and paternal which I usually like, but it was just a tad too sweet for me. I agree that Egoiste is also among the...
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    Re: Good "natural" colognes for men?

    Aren't the L'Occitan fragrances all natural? Or at least closer to all natural than most designer fare? Their Vetyver and Eau des Baux are both good. unfortunately it seems that they're slowly...
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    Re: Six blind buys. How'd I do?

    I think English Leather has been reformulated recently to be more syrupy sweet and less airy and floral. I have both versions. I was just in the act of searching for threads on that when I found...
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    Re: D.R. Harris & Co. Ltd

    I only have samples of Arlington and Marlborough, but it's been a while since I sniffed them. As I recall, Arlington was a fairly nice clean EdC-type citrus (not a harsh Blenheim / Wellington type as...
  41. Re: Consumer products that smell like popular men's fragrances

    Suave men's "clean+fresh" body wash is close to Bowling Green.

    Gillette Hydrator body wash is close to Erolfa or Hugh Parsons Blue.
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    Re: The Calvin Revelation

    Do we know if the more recent temporary re-release is the same formula as the original stuff from the 80s? I picked up two minis in the very dark blue rectangular bottle with the rounded cap.
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    Re: Cheap A*Men alternative?

    Don't forget New Spice by Saint Charles Shave, a small online home-brew shaving / cologne manufacturer. I like it a lot; I think it's a bit toned down compared to A*Men.
  44. Re: What do you think of this fragrance I created?

    and skatole is in feces, so it will also appeal to the older market who expect civet or other animal-excreted notes.
  45. Re: The difference between spraying fragrance up close, or far away? How far do you spray it?

    To me, there are a few frags like Gendarme EdP which are concentrated enough that they don't smell right/good when I spray up close and get it all into a tiny spot. In this one's case, it smells too...
  46. Re: Splitting a fragrance: Does this in any way have a neagative effect on the Juice?

    As a paranoid chemist, I always try to split / decant quickly so that I don't lose too much ethanol. The surface of the liquid in both open containers gets exposed to fresh air and the film of...
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    Re: Signature Scent: YSL L'Homme or Polo Blue

    These are all too dissimilar to compare. I was impressed with Modern Reserve. Blue I think was OK. Black I can't even remember so it must not have been so good. And YSL L'homme is uninteresting...
  48. Re: Companies that really suck at naming their scents/releases....

    Second order flankers, definitely. Since you've already committed your new scent to be related to an existing one (which may or may not smell similar), do you really need to relate your newer one to...
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    Re: Creed Original Vetiver

    Yes, as silentrich says I agree that there isn't as much vetiver in this one as other vetivers. I get OK logevity on this one, it's not as quick to vanish as some other creeds. Maybe slightly better...
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    Re: Creed Original Vetiver

    Try mugler cologne before you buy OV. They're similar, but I find Mugler to be dryer, sharper, more like a soap bar, and OV to be more wet, green, floral. I'm saying this not to recommend one over...
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    Re: Which Bottle Size Do You Often Buy?

    If you already have a big rotation like me, I think it's wise to buy small sizes...not quite the smallest typical 5 mL minis, but maybe a 7-8 mL mini, 15 mL bottle, 10 mL decant, something in that...
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    Re: Drakkar Noir - Blind buy ?

    I'm not a fan of or familiar with Fahrenheit, so I may not be able to help you in that direction.

    A lot of people think Duc de Vervins is a more polished, higher-class Drakkar Noir, on the green...
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    Re: 1001 uses for a bottle of...

    I'm glad that you like my reviews. I haven't done many recently due to moving, but I'm going to try to get back to doing them more regularly considering how many things in my collection that I...
  54. Re: Signature Scents for Younger Guys that Evoke the Color Gray

    Ralph Lauren Purple Label is also a bit like Bulgari as I recall, and maybe even their Safari, though I think that has more "tan" warm tones. It's been a while since I've sampled either though. The...
  55. Re: What is a good amount of sprays for L'Eau D'Issey?

    Welcome to the madness!

    I concur on being careful with this stuff, it's the strongest aquatic I have, though the scent is very unique in its starkness. London is pretty good too, actually one of...
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    Re: Drakkar Noir - Blind buy ?

    It's cheap(ish) so you won't be making a huge mistake. See if you can find a 1 oz / 30 mL bottle like I did. Or even a 5 mL mini. It's a nice scent, but might be dated, simply because people will...
  57. Re: I finally smell the civet in Kouros for the first time after many wears

    Interesting...I've been meaning to revisit my vial of Kouros after having tried it one or two times a few months ago and having to wash it off. I guess I'm not sure what civet smells like on its own,...
  58. Re: Manhattan NY Meetup Plan (who is interested)

    I'd possibly come. I'm still not that familiar with the train/subway system since I haven't lived here for very long but a weekend midday would make that a lot easier.
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    Re: 1001 uses for a bottle of...

    Very interesting. I love to read threads like this that are so different from what's usually posted, yet so relevant to any of us who have large amounts of EDC/EDT in the house.

    I have one friend...
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    Re: New York, New York

    Not sure if they moved or closed altogether, but I walked by there and this storefront is empty as of today.
  61. Thread: Connecticut

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    Re: Connecticut

    Not sure if they moved or closed altogether, but I walked by there and this storefront is empty as of today.
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    Re: Cologne Collectors Of White Plains

    Wow, a SUPER old thread, but I thought I'd revive it since I just moved to this area...who all is around here, and what stores are worthwhile in White Plains and environs? I saw someone else's thread...
  63. Hey at least they picked a new color for the...

    Hey at least they picked a new color for the bottle so that when you're dealing with some dumbass sales rep who doesn't know all the flankers, you can ask for the one in the black bottle. I'm...
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    Re: Signature scents

    I suspect that if you actually wore something as sweet and heavy as LNDLH every day (or fairly often) in constantly warm weather, you'd get tired of it.

    I also suspect you'll find very few people...
  65. Re: Thinking about ordering some samples and would like some advice. (Fougere?)

    Equipage is also somewhat along those lines, though woodier.

    For rose, also think about Aramis 900.

    If Terre d'Hermes ends up being too much for you, Voyage d'Hermes or Bulgari Man are both...
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    Re: What should I get from my current buy list?

    Eau des Baux is an excellent, natural vanilla...I might buy it but mainly for fall/winter.
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    Re: I found the perfect scent!

    For vetiver and vanilla you could try L'Occitane Vetyver or ELDO Fat Electrician
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    Re: The word "fougere"...?

    I'm about to send you a personal message about my experiences with renaissance and baroque music.
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    Re: Call your personal masterpieces

    Hey man, that Febreze Pour Homme comes in pretty handy when I want to remove a frag I can't stand from my t-shirt. It made some pretty good headway on Kouros.
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    Re: Need advice on samples

    If you want to stay at least partly within designer stuff, which I'd recommend for a noob, then most of the Bulgari, Cartier, and Hermes offerings are interesting and unique among designers.

    As a...
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    Re: The word "fougere"...?

    I'm sure I'm going straight to hell for this, but in my four years in this hobby, I can safely say that I still haven't figured out completely what a fougere or a chypre are. Yes, I've seen the...
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    Re: Greetings All from a Lurker

    Speaking of women wearing men's frags, I assume you've seen BloodOrange's reviews...tons of men's frags reviewed by a woman who wears many. It's much more common to see the other way around!
  73. Re: i haven't heard about creed bois du portugal on these boards for the longest time!

    Yeah, I bought a decant back in aught-9, as we used to say in the old days. It's good old fashioned stuff, and interesting with the sneaky jasmine, but man is it strong.
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    Re: Reformulations

    With Eau Sauvage, I specifically like the newest version with all the white, clear and silver packaging. I was rather surprised when I discovered this.

    I slightly prefer the 2000-2011 Guerlain...
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    Re: Next spring/summer scent

    Grey vetiver is nice but I found it a bit "perfumey", normally I would have said think about Encre Noire instead. Maybe Guerlain Vetiver?

    Allure edition blanche is pretty good, and if you want an...
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    Re: HELP! -- I'm undecided...

    OK, you're in luck, I found my list. I've tried to stick to less expensive brands. Just be aware that I've completely left out some sweeter categories like gourmand/desserty, fruity, sweeter spices...
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    Re: HELP! -- I'm undecided...

    You've done well for a noob in that you realize there are day/night, formal/casual, or seasonal styles. A lot of people start out very unbalanced one way or the other without realizing there's a...
  78. Re: 20 year old college student looking for a great night out fragrance for spring/summer

    Aventus is fairly versatile, though maybe not groundbreaking...I don't think it pigeonholes itself into day vs night, summer vs winter, etc. Welcome to the madness!
  79. Re: Something like burberry London, for summer use.

    London is still one of my favorites...

    1903 by J Peterman is close in some respects, though I'm not sure it's any less wintery or more summery.

    Art of Shaving Sandalwood reminds me of London as...
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    Re: Designer-Niche Equivalents

    For the BDP, you can go with the niche but cheaper Nicolai New York, or do what I do and just get Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur in the silver capped bottle with the dark yellow juice.
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    Re: Polo v. Polo Crest

    I just finished writing up a review of PMR, not more than 20 minutes before seeing this thread:

    I don't have my Polo Crest anymore or I'd so a side-by-side. It had been such a long time since I'd...
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    Re: New purchases: Ikon & Zino

    Dirty English was very interesting, but I just found too much honey in it compared to Ikon, so I kept Ikon instead. Still, to me Dunhill Edition is really where this spicy family is trying to go....
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    Re: New purchases: Ikon & Zino

    Those are both pretty nice and pretty cheap. The Zino is more of a creamy wood scent with sharp herbs right in the top notes. The Ikon is more of a sharp spicy wood or incense, and I like it because...
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    Re: A "Fresh" Musk?

    I've owned the aftershave version of Monsieur Musk for years, splashing it like an EdC on my T-shirt, and it may be the cleanest, soapiest musk I've found. It gets rather subtle after a while, but...
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    Re: What makes a fragrance boring?

    I agree that linear does not equal boring...something could smell interesting and unique (or just really nice) and not change at all.

    And like jclaxton78 I can see some benefits to at least a...
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    Re: What makes a fragrance boring?

    For me, it would be because it's too similar to a lot of others without even one tiny little note setting it apart. Not very many qualify for this in my mind.
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    Re: Halston unbound vs perry ellis red 360

    Unbound is really cheap and really strong, with a melon note as others have said. I found some inconsistency, though...bought a vial and loved it, then bought a few minis which seem to contain...
  88. Re: My opinion on l'Air du Desert Marocain has changed

    Wise words spoken by a true desert-dweller! After living all my life in California and New Mexico, I also can't imagine any desert smelling like it, and this is the main reason why it annoyed me so...
  89. Re: What are your 5 favourite fragrances that contain no sweetness?

    Two very unsweet green scents are Sisley Eau de Campagne and the very similar Hermes Eau de Gentiane Blanche.
  90. Re: Head's Up for All: My Yahoo Email Account was Hacked

    I had the same thing happen a few months ago, but I was expecting them to contact me. A few days earlier, I had gotten about 80 return messages saying the email I had sent (which I of course hadn't!)...
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    Re: Good Summer Edition Scents?

    I feel like I've seen a pack of three 15 mL minis from CK: regular eternity, and two different summer editions. That might be interesting if you can find it. I recall someone saying that at least...
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    Re: Mint Cologne Breakdown

    I guess you've lurked and owned frags before joining, but I'd say for such a recent member, you've hit upon the path to being a wise collector very quickly: the way to do the research, narrow down...
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    Re: my first blind buy...

    If you think you might still like that genre, try St. Charles Shave New Spice, which I find to be like A*Men but toned WAY down to the point where I like it.
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    Re: Mint Cologne Breakdown

    I really like Czech and Speake Oxford and Cambridge, which is lavender at first, turning into peppermint. I'm not sure why I like it, since I dislike both of those notes, but somehow they've made...
  95. Re: Prada Pour Homme Amber Intense - lacking in the Frag Directory on BN ?

    Post it here if you haven't already. http://www.basenotes.net/forums/35-Missing-Fragrances-List
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, November 19, 2011

    An extra vial of Trumper's Skye. The Skye is blue....
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    Re: SOTD- Monday, November 14, 2011

    Pen's Castile, the Acqua di Parma for those who don't like Acqua di Parmas.
  98. Re: Looking for a refined, sophisticated scent for my 46 yo husband...

    For a clean, conservative summer scent, I'd go with one of the quieter soapy green or citrus ones. Monsieur de Givenchy is slightly sweet and green, Armani Eau Pour Homme is less sweet and more...
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    Re: Creed Baie de Genievre.

    I just reviewed both of these recently. I thought Epicea was a nice pine scent, but terribly weak. BdG was more incensey than I had recalled, and more medicinal. Neither really blew me away.
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    Re: Héritage by Guerlain

    Do we know when the reformulation occured for the EdT? I think I've noticed it, but it's subtle...I have a 5 mL mini EdT with the tiny gold cap which is a bit smoother (assuming vintage?) and a...
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