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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    When it comes to vintage, I never go full bottle if I can help it! I'll go a-huntin' for the Mitsouko minis.
  2. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    http://youtu.be/yzLT6_TQmq8
  3. Re: Which of these fragrances could I buy instead of Dior Eau Sauvage?

    ZhangFan, are you able to find Eau de Rochas where you are?
  4. Re: Which of these fragrances could I buy instead of Dior Eau Sauvage?

    Boucheron, IMO, is no substitute for Eau Sauvage. It's a much more floral, dandyish perfume.
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    I would never turn down such a generous, kind offer, were one to be made. But I also wouldn't dare to impose.
  6. Re: What is the best fit for summer day

    Of your wardrobe, I'd choose ADG Profumo.

    If I were to choose from my wardrobe, I'd either go with something like Dior Eau Sauvage EDT or, if I were to go with an aquatic, then something playful...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    H O U B I G A N T
    F O U G È R E
    R O Y A L E
    (2010)

    The ur-fougere reinvented for the post-IFRA, luxe-niche era. If the word of those who knew the original well can be trusted, it's more...
  8. Re: Bulgari Pour Homme, Extreme, and Soir: Which one do you like most?

    Thanks. I try!

    It's taken a while for me to really fall in love with Soir, but I've been wearing it a lot in these anxious weeks and it's been a source of great comfort. It's the most relaxing...
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    Derby is the Guerlain I most want to sample, but it's cost-prohibitive to do so.
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    I am astonished to hear that they've successfully been reformulated, but that's good news.
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    If I was to try one and only one Mitsouko release, what should it be?
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    If I wanted to wear something like Habit Rouge, I'd just go with one of the Shalimar releases. Shalimar has more sparkle.
  13. Re: Jean-Claude Ellena, a look back at his years at Hermès

    No, I found his Hermès tenure underwhelming, too.

    Though there were some modest successes there. For example, Elixir des Merveilles is a wonderful sequel to Eau des Merveilles.
  14. Re: Jean-Claude Ellena, a look back at his years at Hermès

    Has it really been 5 years?
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    Héritage was on mine for quite a while. And then Nicolaï New York Intense came along.
  16. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    I love the post-2010 Rodrigo Flores-Roux revamp of Fougère Royale (it's my favorite option in this style).

    I find it amusing how BdJ has been compared to so many major fougeres at this point...
  17. Re: Everyday fragrance - Dunhill icon, Montblanc explorer/legend

    Dunhill Icon is by far the best of the three, and is a terrific office scent. It has a very distinct personality.

    Explorer isn't my cup of tea. It's like a "showergel" remake of Aventus, and...
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    S.T. Dupont Perfect Tobacco

    My interest in all fragrances tobacco is no secret. Have any of you tried this rare and recent release? Very few descriptions can be found online (a Joy Amin review, some Fragrantica forum comments)...
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    I had no idea! But I don't care for it, either.


    Ignore LIDGE and try LIDG, the initial EDT, instead.
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    Re: Muelhen's Men's Classic

    From the notes list, it doesn't look like it'd be as earthy as Polo. Sounds nice.
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    There's a certain stereotypical Frenchness about classic Guerlain. It's not stuffy or stodgy, exactly, but there's still a kind of full-bodied formality and richness about it.

    I'm not always in...
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    Re: New to the forum

    Creed's fragrances have all taken a quality dip in the past decade or so (they were just recently bought out, so maybe they've been cost-cutting; inconsistent sourcing of materials is also a likely...
  23. Re: A cheap long lasting summer fragrance ?

    For *summer*?!?!
  24. Re: A cheap long lasting summer fragrance ?

    Hanae Mori HM EDT might be a good option.
  25. Re: A cheap long lasting summer fragrance ?

    This was what came to mind when I read through the thread. Sturdy, refreshing, and long-lasting (by the standards of the typical citrus scent, anyhow).
  26. Re: Bulgari Pour Homme, Extreme, and Soir: Which one do you like most?

    Pour Homme I don't find especially notable now.

    But its flanker, Soir, is excellent. It opens with a burst of green citrus and settles down to a dry papyrus mixed with a green, cool, damp vegetal...
  27. Re: Bulgari Pour Homme, Extreme, and Soir: Which one do you like most?

    Better to revive an old one than start a new one, is my thinking.

    And, yes, I do believe that they are discontinued.
  28. Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    I agree! And some here are committed to that endeavor and do it well.

    But, and I say this without disdain or judgment, I think a lot of the conversation on this forum doesn't involve actual...
  29. Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    Well, perhaps. But there are other reasons to leave this site: one might continue to wear fragrances but tire of the ways it's discussed.

    I'm still plenty interested in fragrance, but I'll say...
  30. Re: Bulgari Pour Homme, Extreme, and Soir: Which one do you like most?

    Bvlgari pour Homme Soir is my favorite of the line by some measure; as far as I'm concerned, it is, for all intents and purposes, a perfect scent, and a great antidote to all the tedious...
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    Re: Tauer not shipping to US

    Andy confirmed on Instagram yesterday that he can't ship bottles to the US right now but the solid parfum will still ship to the US.

    He was offering free shipping with the solid parfum.
  32. Re: Recommend me a Citurs Fragrance for Summer

    I think of 1828 as being a spicy-woody fougere rather than a citrus-focused scent. It's kinda in the same vein as the 2010 revamp of Fougère Royale.

    For a citrusy summer scent made with real...
  33. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    If you're looking for a masculine neroli in the contemporary luxe-niche style (rather than something more classic, like Nicolaï Cologne Sologne), the Zegna will do you better than just about anything...
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    Re: Fake St.Sail st.Barts??!

    I've gotten a vintage bottle of this (pre-bottle and branding change). I don't think it's worlds different from the current. A little smoother and thicker, perhaps, but that could just be age.
    ...
  35. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    A slightly more masculine-leaning take on this DNA is Banana Republic Neroli Woods, which puts neroli over a darker, Tom Ford-linade woody base, so the floral element is reduced. Smells like a...
  36. Re: Flankers That Far Surpass The Original

    The original Colonia might have been nice (I'd say I'd like to sample some vintage juice but given that it's as dependent on citrus top notes as it is I don't imagine it ages well), but the current...
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    Re: New Pasha Perfume any try it yet?

    More creamy than soapy; the original has a soapy quality because it has a fougere structure. Parfum is really a woody sandalwood oriental.
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    Re: Pasha de Cartier

    Great description.
  39. Re: Observtion on Bogart Pour Homme, which arrived today

    I was coaxed into picking this up by a friend. $13 shipped, so no loss if I hate it. I've not tried any Bogart stuff before.
  40. Re: Perfumes that transport you back to your childhood?

    Brut.
  41. Re: How do you think Corona and the crisis will affect the perfume industry?

    These things are very hard to predict.

    But the entire global economy is going to see a massive contraction at least for this year, with Asian markets (one of the biggest for luxury goods) taking a...
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    Well, My Heroine came out a year before the Tom Ford, so it would seem that it was a springboard for Noir Anthracite.
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    Re: $100's, 5 Fragrances

    Salvatore Ferragamo Uomo Signature has a really nice coffee note (I get more coffee from it than Rochas Man, which tends more towards cacao/vanilla I think). Powerful performance, too.
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    Re: Patchouli based Masculine scents.

    The patchouli I got in a swap that turned out to be fairly lovely is Boss The Collection Cashmere Patchouli. Brilliant opening with a gorgeously soft and deep patchouli, which is layered over a calm,...
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    Re: Any Good Newish Sandalwoods ?

    Cartier Pasha Parfum (2020) is a creamy sandalwood scent with spice and fir accents. Nicely done.
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    It's tea-dominant but tobacco comes out in the drydown.
  47. Re: Flankers That Far Surpass The Original

    Profumo is definitely an improvement on the original.

    And, while I know I'm bucking consensus here, I ardently disagree with anyone who suggests LIDGE is superior to LIDG.
  48. Re: Is there anything still worth buying out there?

    Try the following:

    Aramis Special Blend (a new flanker of the original Aramis that mixes an old-school, aldehydic bergamot opening with a rustic-but-cozy wood-bark-and-spiced-whiskey heart)
    ...
  49. Re: fragranticas new pictures for notes

    I disliked the pictures before and I dislike them now. Too many of them are ambiguous or confusing (am I supposed to know what obscure ingredients look like in their raw, natural form?).
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    It was the lime and magnolia that didn't quite work for me, I think; I'm not opposed to sour notes, but with the tobacco and leather something just felt a bit off to me. Like I said, it struck me as...
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    I did not like this much when I sampled it (its accord structure felt more weird than pleasant to me), but I'll probably revisit it at some point, especially if what you say is true.
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    Noir Anthracite is much more wearable.

    I'm just astonished that such a weird formula as My Heroine made it through the Estée Lauder focus group gauntlet.
  53. Re: Flankers That Far Surpass The Original

    Polo Crest and Polo Modern Reserve might count.
  54. Re: Flankers That Far Surpass The Original

    It's the best of the line, for sure.
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    It'll be too buttoned-up and gourmand to be like Kors, but I'm still curious.
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    I just wanna say I'm not crazy! I posted about it on Instagram and got flooded with affirmation of the "barbecue pork" note, and the idea does show up on a number of Fragrantica reviews. It's a smell...
  57. Re: Flankers That Far Surpass The Original

    A few things that came to mind:

    Tom Ford for Men Extreme beats the pants off of Tom Ford for Men.

    Bvlgari Man Black Orient exceeds the original Bvlgari Man (as well as Bvlgari Man in Black).
    ...
  58. [CONUS] Re: The Brooks Otterlake Cheapie Swap Thread

    Bump
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    Re: Recommend me a fragrance

    Oh, then go with Geo. F. Trumper Sandalwood Cologne! It could be described as British Egoïste, with gorgeously rich Mysore sandalwood and a vanillic drydown. Wonderful stuff.
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    Re: Question about oakmoss fragrances

    Nicolaï New York Intense is a great modern-day release with a tangible oakmoss note.

    But you'll also find the oakmoss note intact in the present-day Pascal Morabito Or Black (though a bit reduced...
  61. Re: Recommendations for similar vibe to....

    I love Havana, but that's a case where the present-day version is pretty close to the original, so I wouldn't expect a vintage bottle to change your mind.
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    Re: Recommend me a fragrance

    Cartier Pasha Parfum (new 2020 release) might be just what you're looking for.
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    Re: Dior Oud Rosewood 2020 Discussion

    Yes, Purple Oud is the one. I was just responding to a post in another thread that mentioned Diptyque so my mind mixed things up.
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    Re: Dior Oud Rosewood 2020 Discussion

    My cynicism may have been justified, but the world still needs optimists!


    It's very much that synthetic designer "oud" you find everywhere. I don't really mind it provided the rest of the...
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    Re: Floris London Opinions

    https://media.giphy.com/media/dOJt6XZlQw8qQ/giphy.gif

    I'm a big fan of Floris.

    I don't get the complaints that they don't have a universally successful lineup. What brand, reputable or no, has...
  66. Re: New L'Homme Ideal flanker from Guerlain - L'Homme Ideal Extreme

    Complete with plum, no less (slight shades of Latour Cigar / Michael for Men, maybe?).
  67. Re: Has anyone tried Moschino Toy Boy for men?

    It sounds interesting, but I'm very finicky about rose notes, so I won't go out of my way to try it.
  68. Re: Flankers That Far Surpass The Original

    Drakkar Noir so thoroughly surpassed the original that nobody even thinks of it as a flanker!
  69. Re: Please help: Affordable Oriental Resinous OUD based fragrance

    Perfume Calligraphy is lovely. (The Calligraphy Rose flanker is a bit too heavy on the plasticky, jammy rose for my tastes, but if you like that kind of note you may prefer it to the original...
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    Re: Dior Oud Rosewood 2020 Discussion

    "Oud Rosewood conveys the olfactory image of both a warm brown streaked with light brown"


    Yeeeeeeeeesh.
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    I tried this recently and am surprised you and others enjoy it as much as you do. It smells exactly, and I mean exactly, like bacon and barbecue sauce.
  72. Re: Recommendations for similar vibe to....

    Pick up some vintage Jacomo de Jacomo. Easy to find, very affordable.
  73. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    The luxury market is heavily dependent on the Asian market, and with China's supposed turnabout now increasingly in question and with stormclouds lingering over Japan, the luxury sector is destined...
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud discontinued

    I have no particular attachment to Leather Oud, but the trend of releasing safe stuff in the US mass-market while restricting the more interesting stuff to Europe and other non-US markets has been...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Right on.
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud discontinued

    Brands like Dior seem to believe that only the lowest common denominator stuff can succeed in the USA.
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    Mostly agreed with all of that, aside from maybe the final line. I do like a few TV successors quite a bit, especially Phaedon Tabac Rouge, which is my pick for "best in class" shisha tobacco scent.
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    Re: HERMÈS new Men's pillar fragrance

    Ah, so there is. Well, maybe Bolide will be the name after all.
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    Re: HERMÈS new Men's pillar fragrance

    I honestly have no idea what to expect given what's already been done in the TdH line. I'd expect something woody and fresh and a bit playful if that H24 mock-up is correct (meaning it will probably...
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    Re: HERMÈS new Men's pillar fragrance

    Yes, the Bolide is an Hermès purse, which makes me think it wouldn't be the name of a masculine.

    H24 seems more likely.
  81. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    It's absolutely an intentional strategy. I'm not saying that they knew they'd release a "Parfum" version from the start, but they definitely have ideas about what R&D/formula budgets their...
  82. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Cresp is the perfumer behind the niche brand Akro. But, really, I think he's at his best doing "mainstream but with a little twist" mass-market designer releases.

    Like I said, Mercedes-Benz...
  83. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Dior is a storied house. But their track record of late has been lackluster, and perhaps even worse than lackluster given the expectations set by their legacy, and I'm not inclined to give them...
  84. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Sorry if I was cranky, Danny.

    I guess what rubs me the wrong way about people trying to give this fragrance credit is that, collectively, the same attention doesn't get extended to other...
  85. Re: Which classics would be the most different from what I already have?

    Looks to me like you need a proper, classic fougere, and then maybe something with a robust leather or tobacco note, if either appeals to you.
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    Re: $100's, 5 Fragrances

    An alternate set, using FragranceNet:

    Summer:
    Caron pour Un Homme Sport 4.2 oz tester ($27.08)

    Winter:
    Boucheron Jaipur EDT 3.3oz tester ($20.78)

    All Seasons:
    Lalique pour Homme EDP...
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    Re: $100's, 5 Fragrances

    Andy makes some really good suggestions here.
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    Re: $100's, 5 Fragrances

    IMO, Aramis Havana is best enjoyed in humid heat.
  89. Re: Gourmand Appreciation Development Thread

    Me, when someone mentions Feve Delicieuse:

    https://media.giphy.com/media/aNtt9T8SqGNK8/giphy.gif

    Akro Dark is really good, though! Bitter enough that it doesn't become cloying.
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    Re: Cheap vs Expensive Neroli

    It says something that after trying all of those you still have some affection for Neroli Woods. It really bats above its pricepoint.
  91. Re: Gourmand Appreciation Development Thread

    I agree that the incense is strong, but the benzoin/vanilla aspect gives it a gourmand dimension.
  92. Re: Gourmand Appreciation Development Thread

    I was actually intending my comments to "second" your Rochas Man recommendation. It's a great choice for someone who just wants something that borders on gourmand but doesn't smell like a cake.
    ...
  93. Re: Gourmand Appreciation Development Thread

    Yeah, it's almost a gourmand-fougere. Not really "edible," more fresh, woody, and smooth, but with prominent gourmand aspects.
  94. Re: Questions about two types of summer fragrances

    Many.

    A few: Houbigant Fougere Royale, Aramis Tuscany, Pascal Morabito Or Black.
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    1. Tea for Two is not a "wet" tea scent. It's dry and woody and smoky, so while there's a black tea note it feels more like dry tea leaves than brewed tea. Blends well with the prominent tobacco.
    ...
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    It's easy to get confused because there are a bunch of MAC scents with Tom Ford elements.

    The tobacco ones are Velvet Teddy (a floral reimagining of Tobacco Vanille with a dirty honey note) and...
  97. Re: Gourmand Appreciation Development Thread

    I don't have much remaining in my collection that counts as a full-on gourmand, except for Bentley for Men Intense. I'd recommend trying some fragrances with gourmand elements, just as you're doing....
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    L'Artisan Tea for Two or Roger & Gallet Open should appeal to you.

    Or, if you want a barbershoppy take on tobacco a little like Tobacco Reserve but considerably less vanillic, with a much more...
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    I have and think it's very good, better than TV (it has a more complex drydown). It's unisex in the sense that Dior Homme Intense is unisex, with a floral emphasis that's different from TV. It has a...
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    Re: Cheap vs Expensive Neroli

    The best budget neroli I've found is Banana Republic Neroli Woods (better quality than options like Ferrari Bright Neroli and Bvlgari Wood Neroli), but the best value-for-money neroli scent is...
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