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  1. Re: Your Top 3 popular fragrances that you just don't like

    Black Orchid - genuine mess of a perfume. Smells, at best, like a slghtly wild woman in her late 30s to 40s. Could equally said to smell like a mess of a human. Trashy, I suppose would be the...
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    What were they?
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    I feel the same. Rose and cinnamon just...wow. Cannot wear it, one of the few that I absolutely had to scrub off. Sickening.
  4. Re: Crystal Ball----- Future value of a fragrance

    I didn't get the sense this was fishing for investment tips, but can understand that such a topic will get a rise, understandably. There are surely readers of this who will use suggestions to do this...
  5. Re: Dunhill Launches Four Mens Scents in Signature Collection!

    Good to know. I'm genuinely quietly optimistic about this line on the back of the original Icon and the gold 'oud' Icon. Thought both were great, and this definitely TF-inspired line up looked really...
  6. Re: Looking for a aquatic niche scent... suggestions?

    Just wondering if the OP ever landed on a favourite or favourites based on the suggestion they received?

    I'm trying to find something like Oud Minerale, either in designer or niche, and nothing...
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    Re: Male Fragrances You Would Rate 10/10?

    I've really enjoyed reading this thread. So many I haven't tried, and I've subscribed to revisit this as I want to change that over the years.

    But in all honesty, I don't think I can think of a...
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    Re: Color change with Gucci pour Homme I

    Thanks for the reply hednic.

    I also found this: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/312426-Green-Gucci-Pour-Homme

    Now, the fear is that khaki colour is one stage along the way to becoming toxic...
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    Re: Color change with Gucci pour Homme I

    Sorry to dredge this one up from the deep, dark past - but is this a known issue?

    I've found this on ebay, and it's clearly turned that khaki brown the OP mentions:
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    Has anyone...
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    Re: Parfums Vintage Europe import tax?

    I assume they're based in the UK as it's a UK set up. However, it might be based in the Republic of Ireland for monetary reasons - I genuinely don't know. Either way, there would be a greater cost...
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    Re: Tom Ford Straw Poll

    Part of it is definitely the style. Also the concept. The approach to naming fragrances by the main note, and persisting with that from 2007 to today. I think there's something really aesthetically -...
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    Re: Random observation

    I had bought a bottle of GHP1 today. The postman has an arrangement to leave parcels in a safe, but enclosed, place if I'm out (don't ask...). Needless to say, it was boiling to the touch when I...
  13. Re: Sel Marin MEETS Acqua Di Gio: Osaito by M. Micallef

    Thanks for the suggestion, will do.
  14. Re: Sel Marin MEETS Acqua Di Gio: Osaito by M. Micallef

    Thanks for that, there's a fairly expensive sample in the UK, but as you're not the only person to say that, I think I'll look elsewhere. I'm fairly sensitive to fragrances, so no doubt I'd suffer if...
  15. Re: Sel Marin MEETS Acqua Di Gio: Osaito by M. Micallef

    I'm wondering what the thoughts are on this?

    I love Oud Minerale, have a sample of Sel Marin arrived this week, and want to scope out as many 'true' salty marine scents as I can, and this has come...
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    Oud Minerale Tom Ford - fake sticker?

    I don't have the bottle so can't add more photos, but this sticker looks suspicious. Can anyone confirm? Taken from ebay, account with lots of TF decanters for sale/sold - with 100% positive...
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    Re: Tom Ford Straw Poll

    That's the main issue for me.

    I love nearly all of their scents...as scents. But as perfumes, they can be tricky.

    I really like Oud Minerale, but after 4 months of wearing now, I've found...
  18. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    Thanks, discontinued? I'll try and get a sample.
  19. Re: Recommend a fragrance that smells like Cheeto's?

    My dog's paws
  20. Re: "Its some Muslim holy oil I dont even read the bottle."

    I don't think that's what he meant at all - could be wrong. Touchy merely as the potential to be offensive - we've got race and religion already mentioned, so we're smoking in a petrol/gas station...
  21. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    I've sent an email to TF's customer service to hopefully shed some light on this.

    I'm holding back on buying a bottle at the moment as there's little need to do so if it becomes part of the...
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    Re: Parfums Vintage Europe import tax?

    As the last comment says, it's unlikely to be due to tax and merely a way of bumping up an already overpriced product.

    They clearly went in with the wrong principles - to make money at all costs,...
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    Re: Wanted: Tom Ford Moss Breches

    I can't offer you the 'real' thing, but Universal perfume oils based in Kuwait does a very, very good perfume oil which is about 90% of the way there, with the obvious caveat that it suffers with all...
  24. Re: "Its some Muslim holy oil I dont even read the bottle."

    Yeah, your best option is to *politely* pursue him - make sure to state the reasons for asking, that it's a hobby and not something duplicitous or whatever, and if he wants to keep it unknown that's...
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    Re: Tom Ford Straw Poll

    When was TFFM reformulated?
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    Re: Tom Ford Straw Poll

    Also agree with this. For all the ridiculous Verts and Intenses released - some merited, some not - producing something like OWI is very daring and definitely flew under the radar. It's a really good...
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    Re: Tom Ford Straw Poll

    Honestly, I agree with that part.

    I've loved trying them after getting back in to fragrances last year. Amber Absolute was an absolute eye-opener and brought me to discovering I love the accord...
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    Re: Latest Caron for Men - Nuit Fraiche!

    Seem plausible. I'm intrigued.
  29. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    Bottle of GPH1 arrived today and I'm very happy with it, I'll be honest.

    Still loads to try out though, but I do think this is just about the perfect scent for what I'm after. Happy to say the...
  30. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    Wow, ok thanks.
  31. Re: At the airport/duty free - what should I buy?

    No, very true.

    If OP is looking for that, then Oud Minerale is the one - something you've already tried.
  32. Re: At the airport/duty free - what should I buy?

    You can get Noir Extreme, White Patchouli, and BdC much cheaper than retail, and presumably much cheaper than duty free as well, if you're willing to buy on the grey market and/or online.

    Costa...
  33. Re: Dunhill Launches Four Mens Scents in Signature Collection!

    That's what I'm anticipating as well - which isn't a bad thing, per se. It reflects the ephemeral and quick-release attitude to perfumery at the moment. Why create a masterpiece when you can sell 10...
  34. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    Thanks - what do you mean sticker sorry? As in, the whole of the bottom had a sticker over it, or instead of a printed batch code etc., there was a sticker?
  35. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    Thanks. I'll have to give it another try, perhaps, but to me it was straight up wood shavings and sawdust with none of the incense.

    EDIT: I'm getting my Absolutes mixed up. Thought you meant...
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    Re: Ysl y edp vs versace fraiche

    There is no 'best' but the Versace smells very dated to my nose, very much 'of its time' as a freshie. YSL Y EDP is the best youthful 'blue' scent I've tried.
  37. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    Thank you, all interesting ones to try out.

    Is Carbone de Balmain discontinued, or just hard to find?
  38. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    Interlude's not bad, but as I said, I'm not a fan of Amouage as whole. At least not for my skin - they're very Middle Eastern, which is fine, but not on me.

    I've got plenty of suggestions though,...
  39. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    Thanks, it's worth a sample by the looks of things.
  40. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    Thanks, like the look of these. Had been overlooking Incense Extreme - assumed it would be too heavy on the incense.

    Also, could you go in to more detail about your experience of buying a fake...
  41. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    That's actually the only CdG Incense I haven't tried, so I'll definitely look out for it now. Thanks.
  42. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    Thanks. I'm ideally looking for something different to GPH1, but might try this out as well, just to see the differences.
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    Re: Help me to find a dark perfume from past

    Did you find this in the end OP? Or have you given up?
  44. Re: Dunhill Launches Four Mens Scents in Signature Collection!

    Thanks for the link, and thanks for letting me know. I don't think I want to buy samples for it just yet - I'm mildly intrigued, but as I anticipate the price will tumble fairly rapidly soon enough,...
  45. Re: Can you guys tell if this is a counterfeit BR540?

    I think this is reasonable...but not in an instance where someone is selling multiples of the same bottle.

    The fact he's taken it in to the store, and compared side by side, is often telling. But...
  46. Re: Ambre Orient Armani Prive - watch out, very good fake.

    Definitely.

    I'm leaning towards it being a real bottle, filled with gunk. Which is a real shame.

    This is swiftly becoming my white whale of a fragrance, unfortunately. I wish I had been...
  47. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    The Montale didn't really do it for me. Something about the house in general that I can't get on board with. I only had a tiny sample though, and I think my tastes/appreciation has changed, so I'll...
  48. Ambre Orient Armani Prive - watch out, very good fake.

    Not an appraisal as such - although if there's someone who can prove me wrong, or add more info, I'd be very, very intrigued.

    I love the perfume oil I've tried of Ambre Orient

    I love it so...
  49. Re: Would anyone be interested in a website dedicated to buying and selling used fragrances?

    And in the UK, at least, fragrance groups are working really, really well. Only a bare minimum of scammers, there are some real characters in there who keep things ticking over, and plenty of people...
  50. Re: Would anyone be interested in a website dedicated to buying and selling used fragrances?

    Facebook and ebay have this tied up between them, not to mention the other specialist sites like this etc. where you'll have some decanting or trading going on.

    There is probably space to...
  51. Re: Name a scent that smells even better when you overspray it

    Tom Ford for Men. The original.

    Amazing. Instead of a tame, poorly performing scent, you get this luxurious, rich, masculine-retro scent that has layers and layers in the drydown - while still not...
  52. Re: Dunhill Launches Four Mens Scents in Signature Collection!

    Ahhh, so disappointing.

    Cheers for the reviews, as others are saying.

    Looking forward to hear what you say about the others, although tbh I was most hopeful about the Sandalwood.

    Once you've...
  53. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    And I've yet to try CdG black - but I really dislike liquorice, so perhaps that means it's not pressing. I'll give it a go though.
  54. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    Thanks for the suggestions, neither really blew me away if I'm honest.
  55. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    Interesting, thanks. Totally agree with the Gucci Absolute comparison, but I'll be honest, I really don't get pencil shavings in GPH. I get finished/varnished wood, not cut wood like in Absolute....
  56. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    I own 1.5 bottles of Sahara Noir - not sure if that makes you feel good or bad!? I had thought it would be 'the' incense fragrance as, first time I wore it, I was stunned. Actually maybe the second -...
  57. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    Totally - which is why I tried to break it down, avoiding the more frankincence-heavy 'incenses', and focusing instead on the ones that are most like GPH/Bentley, which I'm fairly certain is going...
  58. Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    Really starting to enjoy Gucci Pour Homme's vibe and, although not suited to the current weather, I think it might make a really good signature winter/cold scent - which is what I'm ideally looking...
  59. Re: Best citrus note for summer - your preference

    Agree with this. Bergamotto di Calabria by AdP is fantastic, but lasts all of 2 hours.
  60. Re: List of eBay Sellers that Are Authentic and Fake

    Has anyone ever bought anything from smell_smile?

    Based in Azerbaijan (not promising...) but with very good, seemingly genuine feedback.
    ...
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    Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    Thanks. I honestly never felt like I *needed* a stronger version of Sandalo or Oud, but there we go. Nice bottles. Maybe more marketable - the brown looks good, but probably a tough sell for younger...
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    Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    So fragrantica have updated their website to include the new releases.

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    It seems like the old Colonia range has had an update as well - and been added to this black bottle, Signatures of...
  63. Re: Come Clean........ 5 worst fragrances you regret having purchased

    I'm probably going to struggle with 5 to be honest, so I'll include larger samples in this as well...

    1. Creed Royal Oud - so, so, so underwhelming and boring considering the price...and next to...
  64. Re: Latest Armani Prive (Non-Limited) - Orangerie Venise!

    Thanks, that's good enough a review as I could have hoped for! Appreciate it.
  65. Re: Latest Armani Prive (Non-Limited) - Orangerie Venise!

    Hi hednic, just wondering if your thoughts have developed at all on Musc Shamal? Would you be willing to do some sort of review - however brief?
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    Re: Best male Oriental

    No, no pedantry, I'm just saying the ubiquity of the word makes it hard when delving in to similar fragrances, or exploring the various genres, to not use it as a reference point.
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    Re: Does chest hair increase longevity?

    Hmmm. I'm naturally hairy, but have also shaved my chest/body at times, especially in summer.

    In my opinion, no noticeable difference.
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    Re: NEW Armani Prive's Ambre Eccentrico!

    If anyone has a sample of Ambre Orient - longshot, I know - I'd love to buy one!
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    Re: Best male Oriental

    Absolutely agree with this, but it doesn't help that my favourite scents are, by and large 'orientals'.
  70. Re: Terre d'Hermès: Death of a Great Fragrance House

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  71. Re: Terre d'Hermès: Death of a Great Fragrance House

    That's just vetiver they're misidentifying, right?
  72. Re: Bentley Int. vs. Valentino Uomo Int. vs D&G The One EDP: Choosing a Signature Scent for Universi

    Yes and no tbh. Yes, because I dislike the note specifically...but also because rum as a note is one of the 'booziest' you can get. It's even boozier than just straight up alcohol you get in any...
  73. Re: Bentley Int. vs. Valentino Uomo Int. vs D&G The One EDP: Choosing a Signature Scent for Universi

    Honestly, I don't think it's a generational thing. I like the whisky note in Pure Malt. I also like the longer lasting, and more 'real', whisky accord in Tobacco Oud.

    The issue is for the first...
  74. Re: If Tom Fords Oud Wood and Cedrat L'occitane/ Eau de Rochas Homme had a baby?

    What are you actually asking?

    Are you asking for a fragrance that is similar to all 4 of those?
  75. Re: Bentley Int. vs. Valentino Uomo Int. vs D&G The One EDP: Choosing a Signature Scent for Universi

    Agree with 2 of the 3 here. IMO, the Bentley is disgusting. Smells like a cheap alcoholic. If you want a Bentley - go for Bentley Absolute, it's a cheaper, less woody/leathery alternative to Gucci...
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Layering

    Definitely want to, thanks. I'm thinking it goes one of two ways - amazing or absolutely disgusting. No room for an inbetween.
  77. Re: The Ralph Lauren Supreme Polo line is a bit of an underrated gem...isn't it?

    Not at all, performance is good to very good. They're EDPs - if that means anything, which it doesn't - and the Oud is comfortably the best, but the other two do a job as well.
  78. Re: I want my morning scent cloud to hang around all day, darn it

    I've often considered this - but why do you believe this? Have you looked in to it?
  79. Re: I want my morning scent cloud to hang around all day, darn it

    Also another tip - spray one place where you can physically enjoy it (not the cloud, the scent) but keep away from nose, as mentioned. No chest, no neck, no face. Spray collarbones, if you must,...
  80. Re: I want my morning scent cloud to hang around all day, darn it

    Most/all scents I own 'last' an hour. The discrepancy is how they project/the sillage is subsequently, which isn't always related to longevity. So, something that goes 'soft' can end up lasting 2+...
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    Re: Tom Ford Santal Blush for men?

    Underneath a sweater? In the US? Today? Where on God's (scorched) yellow and brown earth are you that you can wear such clothing...!?
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    Re: Tom Ford Santal Blush for men?

    Annoying floral to me, but you love it, so no problem.

    It's one of those where it has some masc heft from the spice, yet softens it in the drydown, possibly catering to neither male or female, bar...
  83. The Ralph Lauren Supreme Polo line is a bit of an underrated gem...isn't it?

    Oud was one of my first 'proper' fragrances and I wore it almost exclusively for 2 years. A great sort-of Oud introduction, but mainly spicy-woody manliness.

    Having recently tried Leather - a...
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Layering

    Interesting, thanks.

    I was just wondering if anyone had tried Amber Absolute and Oud Wood specifically though.
  85. Re: "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    Thank you.

    I have one spray of AA on my hand right now and I am enjoying it. It's just so...BLARGH. Loud. I asked on another thread, but have you ever tried layering it with Oud Wood to 'cool it...
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Layering

    Wondering if anyone has ever tried layering Amber Absolute with Oud Wood.

    More like a spray or two of AA on top of a few sprays (more than AA) of the Oud Wood. OW feels a bit sparse but wondering...
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    Re: Tobacco Oud or Oud Wood

    Bangkok's answer is interesting as I, too, think Oud Fleur is really good. Not sure it's to my taste but it seems like the best 'Oud' fragrance from the brand - Oud Minerale is basically a non-oud...
  88. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Yep, that's probably true. The difficult is for older companies to adapt. Newer companies made in the internet age aren't burdened by history and a confusion as to how to market 'both' worlds...
  89. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Haven't tried the Burberry but it is, to my understanding, a masculine sort-of gourmand? That's still fairly groundbreaking to the masses, in a way.

    Simply, MK is a bit old, as you say. It's...
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    Re: I'm stuck in men's fragrance purgatory

    Good thread. Honestly, I think similarly.

    I'd add a 5. Aventus and its type of clones, subvariants, inspired by, and similar-tos. Fruity, fresh, with a smokey/woody background.
  91. Re: "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    Interesting. I really dislike TF For Men and get few similarities to amber whatsoever.
    I'll add the other one to the list tho.
  92. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I take that on board. I mean ad campaign. Not just advertising materials. As in a proper rollout in magazines, which are barely bought anymore and are often 60-80% advertising anyway. Spots on TV....
  93. Re: Close comparables to Tom Ford Costa Azzura Acqua?

    Honestly, nothing very much. The VERY BEST alternative would be Costa Azzurra, which lasts about 3x as long, and is about 99% similar, but with a bit more heft, and slightly less pleasing top/mid...
  94. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I think they pushed the 2014 version quite hard in department stores.

    Quite simply though, how many big perfume adverts do you see these days? The money simply isn't in traditional advertising...
  95. Re: "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    Good to know, Ill check it out.



    Good list there, thanks.



    I'm of an age where this 'in' when I was born, and so it obviously hasn't been on my radar, yet I keep meaning to try it - all...
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    Re: La Nuit De L'Homme 2019 batch worth it?

    Only the original version and first refomulation is worth it. The first ref. is worth one kidney. The original is worth both.

    Na, in all honesty, I wouldn't worry about it. Reformulation talk...
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche

    A fair point - but ultimately why Rive Gauche has died. The market for BdC is pretty much any man in any developed country with a bit of money behind them. RG is far less available (before discont.)...
  98. Re: "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    Thanks for the suggestions so far. A few I haven't heard of, which is always good.
  99. Re: "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    Thanks. I enjoyed both, but LADDM - which I enjoyed much more - is much closer to what I want. Interlude was an odd beast - I didn't dislike it, but I'd never wear it. It genuinely reminded me of...
  100. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    My feelings exactly.

    Incidentally, prices on ebay UK have zoomed up for the original Michael for Men. No idea if it's just incidental or this had something to do with it, but it's a bit annoying...
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