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    Re: CK One Shock For Him

    I agree 100%. CK One Shock is an awesome fragrance, in my Top 10.
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    Re: What's the best masculine rose?

    Aoud Black Candy by Mancera, if you like rose blended with amber.
  3. Re: Your top undoubtedly masculine/Alpha fragrances!

    Agreed, I forgot about Mechant Loup. :embarassed:
  4. Re: Patchouli Base on Office-Friendly Scent

    Agreed. :rolleyesold:
  5. Re: Your top undoubtedly masculine/Alpha fragrances!

    I dare you to find anything more masculine than Mistral Patchouli by Atelier Cologne. :tongue:
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Not a HUGE wow, but a little one. Mistral Patchouli from Atelier Colognes is my current fragrance fascination. A bit muddled, but how can oranges and licorice be bad?
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    Re: Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt

    Good for you, :lolk: I was surprised it was from Jo Malone because all I could smell was ladies nail polish remover. :undecided: This is ONE reason I never buy blind.
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    Re: Raw Fruit?

    It sounds interesting, but a little too "perfumey" for me. But to be fair, I can't judge until I sniff. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Raw Fruit?

    Finally got my samples from Atelier. Pomelo Paradis opens with a very tart, bitter grapefruit. Very nice!
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    Re: C.O. Bigelow Bay Rum Cologne ?

    It's sad, really. I am constantly disappointed in a fragrance I had high hopes for.
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    Re: C.O. Bigelow Bay Rum Cologne ?

    Mediocre bay rum, nothing special. Others have said the clove note isnít overpowering, but I think itís too weak. It feels watered-down. I would actually prefer the clove be stronger, but I must...
  12. Re: Actually hearing these words out loud really made me wonder

    I think anyone who is honest really WANTS others to smell what he is wearing, no matter what he says. I certainly want others to smell what I wear, but that doesn't mean I am invading their space. By...
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    Re: Raw Fruit?

    I finally ordered a sample, along with others from the Atelier Cologne line. Can't wait!
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    Re: L'artisan Parfumeur

    I agree with you about Mure et Musc Extreme, "didn't perform well" describes it.
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    Re: L'artisan Parfumeur

    I have grown to love Piment Brulant. Don't be fooled by that initial harsh opening (harsh to some), PB is unique and smells awesome.
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    Re: Raw Fruit?

    I haven't sampled either of those yet (Pomelo Paradis, Guerlain's Pampelune), but when I think of sour frags, I think of Dunhill Desire Man. I suspect that "sour" feel I get is because of the teak,...
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    Re: Raw Fruit?

    Yes, anything vegetal, fig leaf, tomato leaf, etc. sounds good to me. Not sure about that milky part, though, because I now realize fragrance notes described as milky or creamy don’t seem to register...
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    Re: Raw Fruit?

    Thanks everybody, I have ordered the samples I want from your suggestions. :2vrolijk_08: But instead of RAW fruit, would SOUR fruity have brought other suggestions? Maybe what seems raw to me seems...
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    Re: Raw Fruit?

    Surrender to Chance also has both Premier Figuier and Corsica Furiosa. :dankk2: But they also have "Aedes de Venustas EDP" AND "Aedes de Venustas Eau de Parfum by L'Artisan", sold *separately, but...
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    Re: Raw Fruit?

    I plan to order this sample, also. Surrender to Chance has it. Thanks.
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    Re: Raw Fruit?

    I plan to order this sample, Surrender to Chance has it. Thanks.
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    Raw Fruit?

    I hope someone can help me. I will try to convey what I want, but describing fragrance isnít always easy or accurate using only words. Do you know what raw, fresh fruit smells like when you slice it...
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    Re: What's your "happiest" fragrances?

    Fields of Rubus by Kerosene makes me feel happy: raspberry-scented lumber!
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    Re: My first blind-buy ever: Pi Neo

    After a sea of samples and decants, it's good to have a full bottle of ANYTHING, ha. :rolleyesold: What have I started?
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    My first blind-buy ever: Pi Neo

    I NEVER buy blind, but when I found this 1 oz on clearance sale for $11 (eleven) at Target, I had to buy. Once I got past the "Pi Neo" or "Pi Neo 2010" confusion, and realized this is Pi Neo, I...
  26. Re: Perris Monte Carlo - Patchouli Nosy Be and Ylang Ylang Nosy Be

    Sad, but I'm not surprised. Personally, I am USUALLY disappointed with new fragrances. Sometimes I also wonder if it's just MY nose or not because it seems MOST frags are weak.
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    Re: Fresh Vanilla

    Have you tried Fresh Vanilla Lemon by Lavanila Laboratories? I haven't, so I can't say if it's good or not.
  28. Re: Perris Monte Carlo - Patchouli Nosy Be and Ylang Ylang Nosy Be

    What about here in the U.S.?
  29. Re: Perris Monte Carlo - Patchouli Nosy Be and Ylang Ylang Nosy Be

    I am DEFINITELY interested in the Ylang Ylang Nosy Be, been searching for a sample online. So far, can't find one.
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    Re: Something Provocative!

    Just thought of another one: Heeley Esprit du Tigre (Spirit of the Tiger).
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    Something Provocative!

    I am ordering more samples, and Byredo Pulp is already in my basket. What other frags would you consider provocative?
  32. Re: New Old Spice "Amber", among others.

    Yes, I found it at Target, but since I never heard of it before, I thought maybe it was old/discontinued. Google revealed it to be brand new, but have only seen it at Target so far.
  33. New Old Spice "Amber", among others.

    Has anybody tried these, especially Amber? http://www.happi.com/contents/view_breaking-news/2015-01-26/timber-amber-and-citron-next-up-from-old-spice/ Amber is the only one I bought after...
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    Re: Favourite Forgotten Fragrances

    I couldn't agree more about confusing names! :undecided: You would think they could have thought of something original for a new product.
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    Re: Frags with an ultimate GOTHIC vibe?

    Black Vines by Kerosene will blow you away!
  36. Anybody tried Black Absinthe by Crabtree & Evelyn? No reviews yet.

    Black Absinthe by Crabtree & Evelyn (newly released 2015) sounds interesting, can't find any reviews anywhere online.
  37. Re: Worst fragrance I've ever encountered is...

    Agreed! :sad: Bayolea was my first Penhaligon sample, and probably my last. When I first applied, I really liked it. But within minutes, it started to stink.
  38. Re: Have you heard of the new Dark Kiss Eau de Parfum?

    Yes, I think they are mostly available in EDT form, but, as far as I know, this one, Dark Kiss, is the ONLY one available as parfum. Someone at Fragrantica told me it's available only in Dubai? I...
  39. Have you heard of the new Dark Kiss Eau de Parfum?

    From Bath & Body Works. I have read it isn't available in the U.S., wondering if anybody knows anything about it. I actually contacted B&BW about it, but didn't even get a reply. Here's the...
  40. Re: Worst fragrance I've ever encountered is...

    Not surprised. And I want to add Aoud Greedy.
  41. Re: Smokey Poppy The Body Shop..any thoughts

    I certainly want to sniff this! If it's "definitely unisex", I am willing to order blind (something I never do). There aren't any Body Shops near me. :sad:
  42. Re: Ylang Ylang in a masculine or unisex frag?

    I meant that opening blast. But after wearing it today, I prefer Plum Japonais.
  43. Re: Ylang Ylang in a masculine or unisex frag?

    Okay, got my Ylang 49 by Le Labo sample, wearing it now. I love that opening blast of ylang ylang... very nice. Time will tell if I like it enough to make it "my own". :rolleyesold: So far, reminds...
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    Re: "Smooth" fragrance houses?

    Although I'm not a fan, I must admit Mancera came to mind immediately.
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    Re: 6 new scents from Bvlgari - La Gemme

    I agree with those who like these bottles. Beautiful.
  46. Re: Is Invictus a cheaper copy of Jubilation?

    Thank you for an intelligent reply, without any sarcasm. :dankk2: Appreciated.
  47. Re: Is Invictus a cheaper copy of Jubilation?

    I really don't care for either one; Invictus OR Jubilation.
  48. Re: Is Invictus a cheaper copy of Jubilation?

    Well, it appears my nose has misinformed me! It appears they smell NOTHING alike. Oh well, I wouldn’t have known had I not started this thread, but I guess I can’t really trust my memory of what...
  49. Is Invictus a cheaper copy of Jubilation?

    I finally decided to sample Jubilation today, and considering the price, expected great things. But to my surprise, during the drydown I realized it smells familiar, like Invictus, which I have only...
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    Re: An allergic reaction to scents....

    Yes, never buy a full bottle of anything without sampling first. I also have allergy/sinus reactions to some frags, and have learned to avoid anything from Tommy Bahama, I felt I was getting an...
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    Re: Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt

    I didn't care for it at all, I guess I'm not a sage fan.
  52. Re: Ylang Ylang in a masculine or unisex frag?

    A woody ylang ylang, and not any rose? I am definitely sampling this. :2vrolijk_08:
  53. Ylang Ylang in a masculine or unisex frag?

    I have asked this before, but it's been such a long time, and there are so many new frags out... so I will ask again. Are there any unisex or masculine frags with ylang-ylang? I love ylang ylang, but...
  54. Re: Which note ruins a fragrance for you?

    Celery, for one. Also, rose.
  55. Re: Still seeking a DARK and HEAVY Blackberry fragrance

    Sample already ordered, and on it's way.
  56. Re: Still seeking a DARK and HEAVY Blackberry fragrance

    Next on my list of samples to order. :rolleyesold:
  57. Re: Encre Noir : I smell licorice and olives.

    When I think of vetiver, I think of the smells of campfires. (I used to wear only essential oils, and vetiver oil smelled like a campfire to me.) So since Encre Noir is lots of vetiver, I donít...
  58. Re: Encre Noir : I smell licorice and olives.

    No, I wasn't expecting anything because I didn't recall the notes when I sampled again. MY nose smells licorice and olives. And I like it.
  59. Encre Noir : I smell licorice and olives.

    I have sampled Encre Noir several times over the past couple of years, and it never appealed to me until now. Before, it smelled too powdery or something, but now, it actually reminds me of Sienne...
  60. Poll: Re: Men, which note do you like most on a woman?

    Ylang ylang.
  61. Re: Still seeking a DARK and HEAVY Blackberry fragrance

    Do you mean Patchouli Absolu? Does it smell like dark berries?
  62. Re: ...the rose 'note' and Noir De Noir...I feel like I can't pull this off with pants

    I couldn't agree more. :rolleyesold: To me, there's nothing masculine about it. Yes, it's rosy, but DARK rose? Not to me.
  63. Re: Still seeking a DARK and HEAVY Blackberry fragrance

    Thanks, except for Enchanted Forest which is too heavy on the rum and honey, I will have to check into these. I especially plan to sample Purple Patchouli as soon as possible, sounds wonderful....
  64. Re: Still seeking a DARK and HEAVY Blackberry fragrance

    Yes, I have worn Fields of Rubus. It's nice, but definitely not dark. To MY nose, it's a bright, happy frag.
  65. Still seeking a DARK and HEAVY Blackberry fragrance

    Hi again, I have been disappointed with every blackberry fragrance I have sampled. I have sampled Mure et Musc Extreme (L'Artisan), Jo Malone's Blackberry and Bay, among others. They have all been...
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    Re: Imaginary Authors quick impressions

    Yes. I plan to order a sample. Just got my Cape Heartache sample, and was so disappointed: I can't get past that green, tree-shaped paper air freshener-for-a-car vibe. But Violet Disguise sounds...
  67. Re: Masque Russian Tea: how strong is that Raspberry note?

    I just got my sample in the mail today. Yes, that raspberry note is there from the start. And, in my opinion, blends very well with the tea. So far, I am impressed.
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    Re: 24 Gold - Shouldn't Smell This Good!

    I don't care for 24 Gold, but NOT because of the sweetness. I found it too harsh to my nose. :shocked:
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    Re: For a woman who "has it all"...

    How about a vintage Byblos? I love smelling this on a woman. 33722
  70. Re: Will La Nuit forever be favored? What do you really think?

    Yes, dull is a nice word for it. I actually find it annoying. :rolleyesold:
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    Coze No 2 first impression

    Just got my samples in the mail, and Coze No 2 was one of them. First application, *incredible (and I don't use that word too often) opening. Wow! But within a couple of minutes (not hours, but...
  72. Re: Masque Russian Tea: how strong is that Raspberry note?

    Yes, that would certainly be a *fair* experiment, brown bag blind testing. Take something like Dior Homme and label it as "a new Bulgari fragrance"...... or "a new celebrity fragrance", and see if it...
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    Sticky: Re: Off-Topic

    Amazing.
  74. Re: Masque Russian Tea: how strong is that Raspberry note?

    Oh, definitely yes, I am a berry freak, ha. :rolleyesold: In fact, I just ordered a sample of Cape Heartache because of the strawberry and pine blend.
  75. Re: Masque Russian Tea: how strong is that Raspberry note?

    I just found this recent thread: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/394636-Blind-buy-gone-good-Very-good!-Masque-Russian-Tea
    I am convinced it's worth a try, sounds like that raspberry note is strong...
  76. Masque Russian Tea: how strong is that Raspberry note?

    Does anyone know how strong that raspberry note is? Also, is Ritual the same fragrance, or different?
  77. Imaginary Authors - A City On Fire: how prominent are the dark berries?

    Do the dark berries stand out much, or mostly background?
  78. Poll: Re: Dior Homme or L`air du Desert Marocain

    It would certainly be better if that iris note was toned down, and the cocoa note turned up. Iris = lipstick, I must remember that. :lolk:
  79. Poll: Re: Dior Homme or L`air du Desert Marocain

    Ha, either way, it smells like roses to MY nose. :tongue:
  80. Poll: Re: Dior Homme or L`air du Desert Marocain

    The Fragrance Directory says the middle notes of L`air du Desert Marocain are: Rock Rose and jasmine.
  81. Poll: Re: Dior Homme or L`air du Desert Marocain

    Dior, especially because of that cocoa note. I think L`air du Desert Marocain is too rosy, not a fan.
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    Re: Manly Gourmand??

    Piment Brulant isn't the least bit sweet, although it supposedly has notes of cocoa and vanilla, it still smells like fresh vegetables.
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    Re: People Defending SAs

    Okay, let me repeat what I have written several times: Don't SAs have a card with the notes on them for each fragrance? Evidently not. I would certainly read those notes MYSELF if they were...
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    Re: People Defending SAs

    So expecting an SA to be able to read the fragrance notes to me, especially of a newer fragrance, is a ďbizarreĒ expectation?
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    Re: People Defending SAs

    Some people don't want to smell several fragrances, personally, I have gone home before with a migraine headache. THIS is why I prefer to know the notes before deciding which ones to smell or not. I...
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    Re: People Defending SAs

    Ridiculous statement.
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    Re: Blind Buying 24 Gold?

    I wanted to like 24 Gold, after all, the smell of raspberries is one of my favorites. And a *unisex raspberry fragrance, too. But I canít. Something about it is too musky or something, and slightly...
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    Re: People Defending SAs

    Because the notes of a fragrance, more often than not, accurately represent the actual scent. Duh!
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    Re: People Defending SAs

    Well, isn't knowing something, even a LITTLE something about the product part of selling?
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    Re: People Defending SAs

    I'm not asking for expertise necessarily, but some don't even know the notes of new fragrances. Aren't they included on a card or something? That is basic.
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    Re: People Defending SAs

    Amen! Thanks for speaking my mind. :rolleyesold: If I didn't do MY job correctly, I would get fired.
  92. Re: Best values at your local fragrance retailer.

    Congrats. Used to be a favorite of mine.
  93. Donít designer deodorants and shower gels smell like the fragrance/cologne they represent?

    I usually donít buy designer aftershave lotions in a tube, but I found an original 212 tube (old enough that NYC wasnít even on the label) for $10 at the mall. I happily paid it, but when I got home,...
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    Re: Blending obsession

    I only know of one blend that works very well: Plum Japonais and Piment Brulant. I guess it could be described as "fresh garden plum". I would love for somebody else to try this and give their...
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    Re: Sales Assistant Insanity!

    Okay, went to Macy's today (a different one), and passed a tester for Dior Homme Eau, and since I didn't see anything listed, I asked about the notes. And the SA said, "What are notes?". (No, I am...
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    Re: Perplexed by some reviews

    HA, i completely understand your confusion. I almost started a thread about this very same thing: VAST differences in reviews. Like, how can one person think XYZ is the "PERFECT" fragrance, while...
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    Re: My review of Polo Red.

    Agreed. It's too mediocre to be horrible. HA, can something be TOO mediocre? Either it's mediocre or it's not. :laugh:
  98. Re: Can a guy wear Brit Red by Burberry?

    Just ordered decant from Surrender to Chance, surprisingly cheap considering Brit Red is hard to find, and discontinued now, although Basenotes Directory says "in production". (Online Burberry SA...
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    Re: Scent Memories

    Yes, Polo and Safari.... me, too. And Nautica (classic), too. I tried wearing Safari again after all these years, and found it very harsh. (It wasn't harsh to me back then, ha.)
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    Re: Scent Memories

    Liz Claiborne's Bora Bora for Men. Funny thing is, I don't have one particular memory from it, just an overall sense of well-being. :) It will always be a favorite: awesome fig and ginger drydown (at...
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