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    Re: recent version of Paco Rabanne PH edt

    Agreed. I haven't owned this one since I was a kid in the 70s - it was a great fragrance. I've tried wearing a few sprays from retail stores over the past year or two, but it's a horror show for me....
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    Re: Understated Sex Appeal

    YSL Kouros has already been mentioned, but I'd like to qualify that recommendation. I suggest trying a single spray, preferably under clothing (stomach is my first choice). In my view, Kouros is...
  3. Re: Current fourmulation of Azzaro PH (Refillable bottle)

    Same here. My bottle from 3-4 years ago smells great but I almost never wear it because the performance is ridiculously bad! What a shame, it's such a great scent. Come to think of it, maybe I'll...
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    Re: "Winter" perfumes in summer

    For me, certain fragrances just don't lend themselves to summer temps. A good example would be YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme. I love it in cooler weather but can't stand it in summer, at least not in...
  5. Re: Who here built their cologne collection off their aftershaves?

    I always thought Canoe was similar to Clubman so you may want to check it out. Haven't smelled Canoe in quite a while (my bottle turned a few years ago) but I know it's still available and also...
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    Re: Importance of Body Chemistry & Fragrances

    I've thought about the effects of skin chemistry and my own conclusions are essentially a match for cacio's. I've certainly experienced longevity diffs which I attribute to temperature and...
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    Re: PENHALIGON 50ml £50-£70

    You're not alone, Stinky. Wore it just yesterday and enjoyed it all day. Same can be said for Endymion today, although its longevity is not quite as good as English Fern.

    You have a point re: EF,...
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    Re: PENHALIGON 50ml £50-£70

    Sartorial, English Fern and Endymion - three of my all time favorites. Sartorial is great for cold weather, EF for warmer temps.

    Endymion is probably the easiest to like and is fairly versatile...
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    Re: Gillette Cool Wave: Anyone else a fan?

    I enjoy Cool Wave but find it too intense for an after shave. As a matter of fact, I decanted some into a spray atomizer which I'll use periodically as a casual sport-type scent. The rest was...
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    Re: My Next Creed (future goal)

    Agree with many here - GIT would be an excellent choice and definitely more versatile than Aventus in my view. While not a big Creed fan in general, GIT is a favorite of mine regardless of brand....
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    Re: Your personal Penhaligon Top 3 - let's hear it

    Endymion
    Sartorial
    English Fern
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    What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    At present:

    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Penhaligon's Endymion
    Penhaligon's English Fern
    Penhaligon's Sartorial
    Dior Fahrenheit

    Very possibly in that particular order. Can't believe I didn't...
  13. Thread: Your Big Three

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    Re: Your Big Three

    Tough one. Like many others, this will change over time but at present...

    Creed Green Irish Tweed

    Penhaligon's Endymion

    Penhaligon's Sartorial
  14. Re: Fragrances that smell better further away, rather than closer? AND vice versa!

    I've been saying this for years - Kouros. Although it's one of my favs, I can't even say I like it when smelling directly on skin. The magic happens when it wafts naturally to the nose. What an...
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    Poll: Re: For anyone who's tried all 3

    None is a projection beast on me, but in terms of smell I like Fierce best of the three. Aventus is nothing special by any means (regardless of its apparent popularity here on BN), and I've never...
  16. [INTL] Guerlain Habit Rouge/Creed Royal Mayfair/Tauerville Flash/Roja Dove/Dior Privee/MFK/+++

    Ditto. Also received my package which was extremely well done. Thanks Remik and glad all is well.
  17. Re: [INTL] Guerlain Habit Rouge/Creed Royal Mayfair/Tauerville Flash/Roja Dove/Dior Privee/MFK/+++

    So Remik was here a few days ago?? That's especially surprising given the utter lack of communication, both on this page and via PM. I expected a good experience with him, but I was clearly wrong....
  18. Re: [INTL] Guerlain Habit Rouge/Creed Royal Mayfair/Tauerville Flash/Roja Dove/Dior Privee/MFK/+++

    Agreed. Three weeks later and not a single word. Of course I hope everything is ok with Remik but I'm with Whitefluffy here - I won't be back.
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    Re: Cologne Suggestion for My Father's Birthday

    Not that it matters any longer since OP is going in a different direction with the gift, but a few people mentioned Azzaro Pour Homme. I wasn't one of them, but I must say that was a great...
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    Re: Cologne Suggestion for My Father's Birthday

    Great idea. It's very accessible and inexpensive so not a real big deal (economically) if it doesn't work out. If he's an old-school type guy, I'm guessing he'll like Clubman. Yes, it's actually...
  21. Re: Gift for Mom's birthday - Penhaligon's perfume like Oscar?

    You may want to try posting this on the female forum.
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    Re: Allure Homme Sport-Really Bad?

    Bad? No, but I will say I rarely reach for it. If I want a "fresh" Chanel I'll reach for Bleu more often than AHS. I enjoyed it for a while but eventually found it somewhat boring. Still, I don't...
  23. Re: [INTL] Guerlain Habit Rouge/Creed Royal Mayfair/Tauerville Flash/Roja Dove/Dior Privee/MFK/+++

    Apparently I'm not the only one having a problem reaching Remik. I made a transaction with him 2 weeks ago whereby I made immediate payment. I've reached out privately a few times since then but have...
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    Re: Endymion Concentré. Anyone tried it?

    I've also been wondering about this one but have yet to try it. Would welcome some additional thoughts from those who have actually worn it. Especially curious about comparisons to the original,...
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    Poll: Re: Which summer scent?

    Agreed. I own it and think it's ok but I don't wear it in very hot weather (actually don't wear it too often in any weather). I don't love AHS Cologne but it's better than the EDT for hot weather....
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    Re: Sartorial v. Kouros

    Sartorial and Kouros - I don't sense much similarity between them at any stage of development, although I will say they are two of my absolute favorites.

    I've never smelled anything that reminded...
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    Re: Favorite Aftershaves......

    Another wet shaver here. I enjoy inexpensive after shaves such as Skin Bracer, Brut, Clubman, Aqua Velva Musk, and a few others. I like the sting of an alcohol-based after shave but always follow it...
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    Interesting Kouros discussion with a co-worker

    And therein lies the key. I actually prefer chest or stomach. The magic of Kouros is revealed from afar, and definitely *not* from smelling up close. For me, one full spray or two short sprays to...
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    Re: Dior Homme Sport '12

    DHS for performance in summer temps. DHC smells good but simply doesn't last on my skin at all. Personally not a fan of DH.
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    Re: NEW: Penhaligon's Endymion Concentré

    I received an email from Penhaligon's last week with an invitation to a June 18 event at a USA store. I was unable to attend the event but have since confirmed domestic Penhaligon's stores are now...
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    Re: NEW: Penhaligon's Endymion Concentré

    Initial impressions above were not exactly positive. This has since been released in USA although I've yet to try it. Anyone care to post their updated thoughts/impressions? Only interested in...
  32. Re: what are some scents you used to love that you dont anymore

    Oddly enough, I seem to have lost my taste for Antaeus. I'm guessing that will turn around at some point, but lately it's just not doing it for me. Can't really explain this one because I've been a...
  33. Thread: A Fragrance Fast

    by bbfan
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    A Fragrance Fast

    I fasted (in a sense) earlier this year and found it to be very helpful. At the time I found myself more in the mood for the smell of aftershave, so I decanted 4 or 5 aftershaves and sprayed them...
  34. Underappreciated fragrances? Ones you find worthy of more attention?

    Immediately comes to mind - Penhaligon's English Fern.

    It rarely gets mentioned here, but I find it to be an excellent (traditional) fougere. Adequate performance, develops nicely on the skin,...
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    Re: Winter fragrance for work

    I find these great for work in winter:

    Penhaligon's Sartorial
    Tiffany For Men
    YSL Rive Gauche

    Honorable mention - VC&A Tsar (although I also enjoy Tsar in summer)
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    Your go-to Swiss Army knife

    My go-to pick in summer months is Penhaligon's English Fern. In winter, it's likely another one from Penhaligon's - Sartorial.

    For a general go-to, I'd probably say Bleu de Chanel (edt) which...
  37. Re: earth shattering news: Creed make fantastic fragrances

    Agreed. Of the six I've actually worn, only GIT drew my attention. Not enough to buy a full bottle (yet) but just enough to stop me from completely forgetting about Creed. The others were simply...
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    Re: Penhaligon for summer

    +1 English Fern for summer

    EF and Sartorial are personal favorites (across all brands) although I don't often reach for Sartorial in hot weather. On the other hand, I probably get more summer...
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    Endymion needs an EDP or Intense version

    Excellent idea and excellent review. I've been sampling the original (again) and I think I like it better the second time around. Also curious about the new Concentre, which a Penhaligon's rep tells...
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    Formal Fragrances

    For me it's Penhaligon's Satorial, followed by Tiffany For Men, then VC&A Tsar.
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    Re: Does Your Skin Eat Cologne?

    Absolutely agree. That's why I never spray my neck - it's just too close to the nose. I realize many others do it, but for me that's a great recipe for olfactory fatigue.
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    Re: Best performing scents in hot conditions

    For me Dior Homme Sport fits the bill nicely in hot/humid weather. I'm not a huge ginger fan but it's done well in DHS and I find it almost "cuts through" the heat/humidity (if that makes any sense).
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    Re: Penhaligon's Sartorial

    Sartorial is one of my all time favs but performance is "odd" on me. Wore it recently after not wearing it for at least a few weeks - two sprays to the chest and I still smelled it 8+ hours later. On...
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    Re: Recommend fragrances similar to Kouros

    The only one that comes to mind is Patrick by Fragrances of Ireland.
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    Re: Penhaligon's fragrances

    I'll avoid all the reformulation talk, but I will say both Sartorial and English Fern are personal favorites. Love the former in colder weather and the latter in warmer weather. Neither are...
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    Penhallagon’s: Best offering?

    Now THAT is funny. Cracked up when I saw this! [emoji23]
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    Re: What is your first love at first sniff?

    Certainly not my first fragrance but I'd say Royall Muske. Was in Bermuda many years ago and fell for this one immediately. I've lost my taste for it at present, but that may be due to wearing it so...
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    What are the real seducers?

    Agreed and good question. Curve was given to me years ago as a gift. Personally, I can't stand it but I do recall getting compliments on it. Thought I might be able to deal with it now and then but I...
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    Endymion - Penhaligon

    OP: If you're in USA and happen to have an Art of Shaving store in your area you may find it there. My local AoS store carries it so I actually applied and wore it one day last week. Based on...
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    Re: People requesting me to stop wearing fragrance

    OP - just curious, are men's fragrances actually sold at stores in your area? If so, that would make your experiences seem even more odd. In other words, why offer something for sale which appears to...
  51. Re: What´s the most "macho - old school - grampa" men´s perfume?

    Agreed.

    My first thought was Aramis. One of my grandfathers wore it, and it smelled great on him! As a kid I would sneak into his bathroom to take a sniff. Personally, I can't wear it but it...
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    Re: Your Top Classy Designer Fragrances

    +<n> Tiffany For Men
    VC&A Tsar
  53. Re: Dunhill......SIGNATURE? basenotes calls it such but

    I was always under the impression Dunhill and Dunhill For Men are two completely different fragrances. Personally, I usually refer to Dunhill as "2003" or "Brown" because the actual name "Dunhill" is...
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    Re: If you love Fahrenheit

    Couldn't agree more. Very well said.



    I find this one to be a sweet/cloying mess, undeserving of the Fahrenheit name! No disrespect intended of course.
  55. Thread: Bleu De Chanel

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    Re: Bleu De Chanel

    I've also wondered about this. I own three Chanel fragrances (four if counting Tiffany for Men) each of which is made in France including BdC EDT from 2012 or 2013. They all smell and perform as good...
  56. Thread: Best of British

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    Re: Best of British

    Jack - this is probably the funniest thing I've heard in quite some time! Have already shared it with some family members who are loving it too. Thanks for putting this out there, as I had never...
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    Re: Minty ; prefer Peppermint ?

    Skin Bracer. Esp after adding menthol crystals to kick it up a bit. Love it.
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    Re: Barbershop (American) with a Twist

    OP - Have you ever tried English Fern by Penhaligon's? I really enjoy this one and find myself reaching for it quite often. Top notes can seem a bit harsh, but it settles down quickly into a...
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    Re: If you could only have one in a mixed climate

    Agreed. Fahrenheit is a great (and unique) fragrance but not one for which I would reach in high temps. Application would need to be conservative to say the least. I do love it though...
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    Re: If you could only have one in a mixed climate

    Wouldn't take much time for me to get bored with same fragrance, but I'd probably pick Penhaligon's English Fern. It does exceedingly well in summer and would be fine in winter. Blue de Chanel would...
  61. Re: Close to buying Invasion Barbare, what else should I try first?

    Try VC&A Tsar. It's a bit over to the woody side but a great fragrance (extremely inexpensive too).

    I would also suggest trying Penhaligon's English Fern, which is more of a traditional fougere...
  62. Thread: Disappointed...

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    Re: Disappointed...

    Spraying clothes doesn't help longevity? Seems odd to me. Try a few sprays on a piece of fabric, put said fabric away (i.e., far out of smelling range), check fabric the next day. If be surprised if...
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    Re: The most recognizable male fragrance of all time?

    There are a handful including Brut, Old Spice, Fahrenheit, Kouros, Giorgio and Tsar. But for me, nothing is more instantly recognizable than Polo. Wore it far too often back in the day as my gf/wife...
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    Re: Need Help with First Cologne

    Blue de Chanel edt would be a great place to start. While you're at it, check out Chanel Allure Homme Sport edt. I think both would fit the bill with BdC getting the edge in versatility.

    I may...
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    Re: What fragrance do you never get bored of?

    I rarely wear the same fragrance on consecutive days as I do tend to prefer variation on a daily basis (most of the time, that is). Having said that, I almost never get tired of Sartorial. It's...
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    Re: Lalique Encre Noire

    That's quite alright. Looks like we're coming at this one from different sides of the fence, but glad I could save you some typing along the way. Enjoy your EN!
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    Re: Lalique Encre Noire

    +1 That sums it up perfectly for me.
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    Re: Finally, my metro area is getting a Sephora!

    Agreed - L'Homme was spot on. Niche aside, if only they carried some harder-to-find designer fragrances. Would be the ultimate designer fragrance store. Super nice people. I enjoy giving them my...
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    Re: Invasion Barbare MDCI Parfums Blindbuy

    I also love Rive Gauche PH but only in cooler weather. For me it simply doesn't work well in summer temps. If possible, try it again in cold weather. It just might make its way towards the front...
  70. Thread: Fougere Poll

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    Poll: Fougere Poll

    I voted for Sartorial but also love Azzaro, Rive Gauche, Kouros, and Paco Rabanne (although not the current Paco).

    Kouros is so much more than a fougere to me - it's really in a class of its own....
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    Re: Does your all time #1 favourite never change?

    I've often found myself saying "I don't really have a fav but if I did it would probably be Kouros". So I need to be honest with myself and realize that Kouros is way up there. However, in that same...
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    D&G The One for Men EDP!!!

    Sorry for the dbl-post
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    Re: D&G The One for Men EDP!!!

    Couldn't agree more. I'm not a D&G user, but I have similar issues with some Penhaligon's fragrances including Sartorial and English Fern. Neither is a good performer on my skin but a few sprays to...
  74. Re: Your mission should you accept it: (advice needed)

    If you want something popular and can go up to $70, Bleu de Chanel EDT would be a good choice. A much less popular and less expensive choice would be "Dunhill" by Alfred Dunhill (2003, brown...
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    Re: Looking for WINTER and SUMMER fragrance

    Winter - Penhaligon's Sartorial
    Summer - Dior Homme Sport
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    Poll: Re: Dior Homme Sport or Bleu de Chanel

    Old thread but what the heck...

    Considering OP's specific mention of a hot and humid climate, DHS is the better choice. BdC can handle it - and it's much more versatile- but DHS is stellar for...
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    Re: Most used fragrance!

    Hmmm...

    Although I haven't worn it in years, probably Royall Muske which I wore multiple times per week for a few years. Over the last few years, I've likely worn Bleu de Chanel more than anything...
  78. Poll: Which of These Basenotes "Masterpieces" Do You Prefer to Wear?

    Fahrenheit. Not a big LIDGE fan, and Encre Noire borders on vile for me.
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    Re: Strong, inexpensive fragrances??

    Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels - strong and well under your $60 cutoff.

    Tiffany For Men - 1.7oz bottle retails for exactly $60.

    Personally, I love both of these. Been wearing Tsar more often than...
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    Re: What is your favorite CLEAN scent?

    Different people will have different definitions of "clean", but for me a clean fav is Rive Gauche Pour Homme*. Not exactly a "fresh" scent in my view, but very clean. I'm sure some will disagree.
    ...
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    Re: Floris and Penhaligon

    I don't have a signature fragrance as I rarely wear the same one on consecutive days, but I'll say this: if I was looking for a signature, Penhaligon's Sartorial would undoubtedly be in the running....
  82. YSL L'homme line - Tell me about the good, the bad & the ugly

    I have to agree with this. It's clearly a very successful line and I can understand why some might be attracted to these fragrances, but I'm definitely not a fan. I'm in no way against "mainstream"...
  83. Re: 8 hour+ Powerhouses under $30. Cheap Powerhouses?

    +1 Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels. Great scent, great performer, inexpensive.
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    Challenge (or not...) :)

    Interesting question. I rarely wear the same fragrance on consecutive days so this is definitely a challenge for me. Plus, I don't have a true number 1 as my tastes evolve over time...but I'll...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    Agreed - no character whatsoever. It's got a trace of Dior Homme Sport and a vibe similar to Bleu de Chanel but can't hold a candle to either of those. Personally I smell no resemblance to Sartorial....
  86. Re: Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche: are you fed up with it yet?

    Can't say I blame you. EB is popular here but I never warmed up to it and just didn't want to wear it. For me personally, all the BN hype was not justified as I don't see the attraction to this one.
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    Allure homme sport

    I enjoyed it more when I first got it, although I find myself reaching for it less often now. I still like (not love) it but not sure I'd buy another bottle.

    Edition Blanche is a well-liked...
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    New Release: Azzaro Pour Homme Intense (2015)

    Oh boy, that's a bad sign. I haven't seen Ericrico's comments but I agree with Chuck re: Ericrico being on the money. Of course I still need to check it out, but this doesn't bode well for APH...
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    Re: New Release: Azzaro Pour Homme Intense (2015)

    Nice!

    Never had the opportunity to try the previous APH Intense but will definitely look for this new one. My bottle of APH EDT is relatively recent (within the past few years) and the performance...
  90. Re: Why do so many love l'instant de guerlain pour homme extreme?

    Absolutely agree. One of the most overhyped fragrances here. Definitely not a fan.
  91. Re: My teen daughter is very upset - can someone help?

    Thanks to all for the suggestions and thoughts! We will certainly check out the suggested fragrances as well as unrelated ones which she might find enjoyable. Fragrance is not yet a "hobby" for her...
  92. My teen daughter is very upset - can someone help?

    My daughter just realized her favorite perfume has been discontinued - Promise Me by Aeropostale. Rather than pay an exorbitant price for a bottle on Amazon or eBay, I'd like to help her find...
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    Re: I want to like Fahrenheit

    Agreed. Like Kouros, there's an inverse relationship between enjoyment of Fahrenheit and number of sprays. For me, fragrances such as these simply lose their appeal with even one spray too many...
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    Re: Rich and manly, yet Harmless and office safe ??

    +1 VC&A Tsar, Penhaligon's Sartorial
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    Re: Bleu de chanel not really amazing

    Hmmm...I've heard people in the past refer to BdC as aquatic, but I never understood that characterization. Maybe that's simply a function of it's name, but to me there's absolutely nothing aquatic...
  96. Thread: Rive Gauche

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    Re: Rive Gauche

    Can't speak to current release as I haven't experienced it, but tin can version of RGPH is excellent. A clean, barbershop fougere which apparently reminds some people (my own daughter included) of a...
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    Re: Bleu de chanel not really amazing

    Own and like both BdC EDT and AHS. Wouldn't consider either a top favorite but I do enjoy wearing them. Probably like BdC a bit more and it's more versatile in my view. I find performance is decent...
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    Re: Your most worn for July 2015

    1 - Penhaligon's English Fern
    2 - VC&A Tsar
    3 - Chanel Allure Homme Sport

    It should be noted that Tsar is a distant 2nd, AHS an even more distant 3rd.

    Also, this list does not include quick...
  99. Re: A fragrance that encapsulates a spring/autumn drive in a sports car in rural UK?

    +1

    Another nice option would be Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels.
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    Re: Describe your last purchase in two words...

    Penhaligon's English Fern - classy, summery.
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