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  1. Re: beckham inspired respect?? ambroxin monster cheapie ??

    I blind bought a bottle of this today - packet was damaged and it cost me A$5 (US$3.50) for the bottle.

    I got home and smelled it, andI thought it pleasant enough, nothing great.

    But then my...
  2. Re: 2010's: Decade of Ambroxide. Who actually used it best?

    Interesting list.

    I haven't been following this Ambrox business, but I note that some female perfume fans I know love Aventus, Invictus and Bleu de Chanel, while those scents always left me...
  3. Re: 'Merica! Your Most Patriotic Scent for Independence Day

    "Empire" by a certain very famous American politician smells excellent.
    Regards,
    Renato
  4. Thread: CK One Shock

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    Re: CK One Shock

    I think Shock on the lower end of projection and longevity, though there are plenty of worse scents out there.
    Easily fixed though - put on five or six sprays, wait a minute, then put a spray...
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    Re: Merkur Furtur Razor - Let the Blood Flow

    One or more people at Badger & Blade said they liked their Chinese copy better than the real thing by Merkur.
    I'm not sure what you mean about the marks lining up - there's only one way to assemble ...
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    Re: Getting a straight razor to shave

    I guess the question is what constitutes "good" in knife steel, and the number of shaves required between re-sharpening.

    There are lots of steels out there, and people pay a hefty premium for what...
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    Re: Grey Flannel vs. Eau de Grey Flannel

    I think the original Grey Flannel is awful for the first hour and a half of wearing, after which it tones down a bit and gets better.

    The Eau version doesn't smell great to my nose in wrist...
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    Re: Merkur Furtur Razor - Let the Blood Flow

    Thanks. I have the Jagger 89, and it is excellent. I first used the moderate Dorco blade in the Futur and got lots of nicks. Some of the chaps at Badger and Blade recommended I use the Feather blade,...
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    Merkur Furtur Razor - Let the Blood Flow

    After around five years of cartridge shaving, I've gone back to DE shaving for six weeks or so - since it's winter, the weather is miserable down here - and I'm in no hurry to get my shaving done.
    ...
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    Re: Getting a straight razor to shave

    Have you tried a double edge safety razor to get to those odd spots?

    A good straight razor costs a lot of money, and there is a bit of work keeping it sharp and stropped. I guess you could always...
  11. Re: Palermo fragrances (make exact copies of other fragrances in EDP !!)

    Apparently, I'd just missed out on their sale of three for A$100.
    I didn't think much of their Aventus version, but thanks for the tip about Viking.
    I don't go into the city much anymore nowadays,...
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    Re: Difference between new and old Rive Gauche?

    Great to hear.
    I have both tin can versions.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  13. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    I had sprayed some on my wrist while at work - having gone out at lunch time to check out fragrances. Like you, I then tried every soap and cleaner in the work bathrooms and kitchenettes to try get...
  14. Re: Palermo fragrances (make exact copies of other fragrances in EDP !!)

    I came across a Palermo counter at DFO Moorabbin and smelled a few of their scents.

    They were selling 5ml atomisers of whichever scent you wanted for $5, and my wife bought a few of those.

    I...
  15. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    I think the better name for Secretions Magnifique would be "Slaughterhouse Intense".
    Someone reading your allusion to it as art, might be tempted to go and blind buy it.
    Which I suppose is okay,...
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    Re: Long lasting designer(?) deodorants

    Oscar for Men anti-perspirant deodorant stick.
    Very peppery.
    Regards,
    Renato
  17. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Hmmm - I haven't worn it in the ten years since I wrote that post.
    Might try it again next decade.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Joop Homme Absolute

    Fascinating, thanks.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Joop Homme Absolute

    No, we've only visited Zagreb and the liitle town of Ravna Gora inland.

    My wife will never forget blissfully enjoying the Zagreb gardens on the hill, with a cannon blast going off unexpectedly...
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    Re: Joop Homme Absolute

    Now I'll have to go and dig up my bottle of Encre Noir and do a side by side comparison.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Joop Homme Absolute

    That is fascinating.

    I can see that if one just doesn't like Joop Homme much, one probably won't like the flankers which are akin to the original, but Joop Splash and Joop Go don't smell like Joop...
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    Re: Joop Homme Absolute

    Thanks. Interesting how it performed even worse on you than on me.
    I'll be experimenting with double-dosing to see if I get more staying power out of it.
    Regards,
    Renato




    What an...
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    Joop Homme Absolute

    I bought a bottle of Joop Homme Absolute which I've been wearing the last few days, during our cold miserable weather down here.

    It's basically a non-powerhouse, more floral, peppery version of...
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    Re: Aftershave balms

    How do they perform as moisturisers?
    Fine for me, most of the ones I have have a matte-finish which I prefer rather than the long lasting wet-look/SPF type balms which are also around.

    How do...
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    Re: Deodorant VS. Antiperspirant

    No, it's actual potassium alum crystals with natural aluminium salts in it.
    It's widely sold in stores down here as natural anti-perspirant, and on eBay. Usually sold as something that resembles a...
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    Re: Wet Shaving With A Pocket Knife?

    So - you don't have any answers or revelations.
    Just another question instead.
    How about that?
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Deodorant VS. Antiperspirant

    No one here uses naturally occurring anti-perspirants?

    Nature didn't just put alum crystals here for us to ignore.
    Alum was put here to stop nicks bleeding after shaving, and to stop sweat...
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    Re: Wet Shaving With A Pocket Knife?

    Perhaps, since these mysteries are plainly unmysterious to you, you may wish to share the revelations here.
    Else, I will assume you don't know, and the mysteries stand.
    Regards,
    Renato

    P.S....
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    Re: Wet Shaving With A Pocket Knife?

    Again, another mystery you raise - why men haven't been shaving with spoons for thousands of years.
    Cheers,
    Renato

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    Thanks, but this is a mystery too. The chap shaves...
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    Re: Finding Male Fragrances in Tokyo

    Thanks, but I knew that, and that's my issue - most department stores do that and have a fragrance section.

    Who wants to wander around heaps of cosmetic counters with women testing out lipsticks...
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    Finding Male Fragrances in Tokyo

    We've been wandering around Tokyo the last few days, and apart from one stall in a market at Ueno, I hadn't come across any fragrances.
    So yesterday I made it a point to visit the two largest...
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    Re: Deodorant VS. Antiperspirant

    You don't have to believe anything about the brewery's results, as they will publish how they did the test and sample sizes - and the Professional Researchers that did the testing (Professionals have...
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    Re: Wet Shaving With A Pocket Knife?

    I guess it's just one of life's mysteries that people fork out over a hundred or more dollars buying straight edge razors, when they could instead be using a $10 or $20 pocket knife, or a
    $10...
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    Re: Deodorant VS. Antiperspirant

    All you hear from me are either supported statements or easily verifiable statements that can be looked up in thousands of history books.
    I decline to acknowledge your unsupported statements as...
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    Re: Deodorant VS. Antiperspirant

    Again - unsupported assertions.
    Regards,
    Renato.
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    Re: Wet Shaving With A Pocket Knife?

    They've had pocket knives for thousands of years?
    Regards,
    Renato

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    I've bought the extra large version of that pocket knife as a present for a cousin who collects...
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    Re: Leaky Bottle Blues

    Actually, while trying to dig up this thread I found another post from me back in 2008 saying it was a solid performer too.
    But I didn't think it would be this solid.
    Cheers,
    Renato



    Yes -...
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    Re: Leaky Bottle Blues

    My suitcase has been standing there slightly ajar for the last six months after having kept it fully open for three months.

    Today I opened it to pack for the next overseas trip, and was hit by a...
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    Re: Expensive disaster!

    That is amazingly extremely poor.

    My Azzaro Chrome 20ml travel spray bottles are square shaped and have very thick glass - no danger of any breakage from routine travel.
    My Burberry Sport 10ml...
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    Re: Wet Shaving With A Pocket Knife?

    Pretty neat, thanks.
    Cheers,
    Renato

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    Maybe the barber stropped the pocket-knife first?
    Cheers,
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    Wet Shaving With A Pocket Knife?

    Well, I didn't think it was really possible until I came to the 5 minute mark in this video....
  42. Re: Best long lasting and projecting Citrus/Summer Frag?

    When I've been in the UAE - and don't want my scents to wash away from perspiration while wandering around the souks or Baniyas Square - I wear Chrome, Diesel Plus Plus or Salvador Dali Laguna.
    But...
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    Poll: Re: Bois du Portugal or Divorce?

    On me, BDP was a bit lame - with none of the projection you describe.

    Marriage is all about give and take, and compromise - though not caving in to unreasonable demands.
    I suggest that you...
  44. Re: Lanvin L'Homme: How many of you have actually smelled this?

    I had an old 50ml bottle of it, and it was a powerhouse - one of the few scents where I only wore four instead on my regular six sprays.

    But then that bottle ran out and I got a new one. It...
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    Re: Deodorant VS. Antiperspirant

    You keep saying that - without any evidence.
    Exactly how do you reconcile that with the easily verifiable fact that educated people for over 2000 years knew the earth was spherical?

    Similarly,...
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    Re: Deodorant VS. Antiperspirant

    For many years till about 2500 years ago, it may have been an established fact that the earth was flat - though people with sharp eyesight would have noticed that sailing boats going off into the...
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    Re: Deodorant VS. Antiperspirant

    Deodorants are only meant to stop bacteria from breaking down in underarms after perspiration, for about four hours - after which they get smelly.
    While anti-perspirants stop perspiration.

    Why...
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    Re: creed tabarome zero performance

    I've had no problem with Tabarome.

    Though in the past I've tested Millesime Imperial and Virgin Island Water and got zilch by way of performance out of them, only to try them years later and get...
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    Weaponry DE Razors and Handles.

    I have a Weber DLC razor with a nice heavy handle which I really like, and so I wanted to buy heavy handles for some of my other razors.

    Looking around Ebay I found what I wanted in the Weaponry...
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    Re: razor burn/ingrown hairs

    Interesting how we vary so much in everyday usage.
    For the very sharp blades, I find that they only become comfortable to use with less nicks, after using them for four days. I can then get a...
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    Re: Body Odor on Air Planes.

    Take a small bottle of Chrome or Joop Homme or something else potent with you, or in your wife's handbag.
    If sitting next to smelly people - apply it liberally then and there.
    No reason to abide by...
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    Re: razor burn/ingrown hairs

    Alternatively, do something heretical while healing - like shave with a mild electric razor over the affected area for several days - though best to wash the affected area with harsh drying soap like...
  53. Re: Change My Mind: Selling fragrance decants should be illegal and punishable by death

    I don't follow your argument.
    You seem to be against the free market system - as what you describe as something that should be banned is something that happens millions of times every day - namely,...
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    Re: razor burn/ingrown hairs

    Merkur razors are extremely good - providing one avoids the Bakelite and open comb models.
    Feather blades are fantastic - ultra sharp, yes somehow not as vicious as slightly less sharp blades.
    The...
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    Re: Your all time favorite!!

    Just doing a quick count - I own 20 of the number one position, all-time-favourites listed above.

    Though most people don't seem to like it much (some hate it), my all time favourite is Sung Homme....
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    Re: how many shoes should a man have?

    The only pairs of shoes a man (or woman) should own are properly made ones.
    This is determined by holding the shoe longways between both hands and pressing in.

    If the shoe bends in the middle -...
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    Re: Best Automobile Brand Masculine Fragrances

    The citrus-woody Lamborghini Pour Homme I am still very fond of.
    The later Lamborghini scents I've tried seemed to be of lesser quality and lesser price.

    Ferrari Uomo I like because it smells...
  58. Re: Your favourite shower gel and fragrance pairing?

    The method I explained is what the sales ladies at Myers told me when I first got into the hobby, and lots of women know it. Later I read the same thing on Grant's FAQs section of Basenotes, when I...
  59. Re: Your favourite shower gel and fragrance pairing?

    NOOOO.

    You are making a very common mistake and wasting valuable shower gel.
    Instead you are supposed to do layering with designer shower gels (and designer soaps).
    You don't use them to wash...
  60. Re: What is the best ultra least masculine masculine scent?

    I agree - it was so ultra-least masculine, that when I suggested buying it in a shop, my wife banned me from buying it.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: razor burn/ingrown hairs

    I find Mach 3 quite harsh, compared to Fusion (others disagree) - try the cheapest Fusion cartridge.
    Instread of shave oil, try any of Trumpers cream, Art of Shaving Cream, or Crabtree & Evelyn...
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    Re: 'Fragrance-free' environments?

    Not really, it's more a question of the very loud natural/hippie/organic/litigious/we-hate-anybody-else -being-happy types versus the majority.
    They love the smell of potent body odor while they...
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    Re: 'Fragrance-free' environments?

    Not really, it's more a question of the very loud natural/hippie/organic/litigious/we-hate-anybody-else -being-happy types versus the majority.
    They love the smell of potent body odor while they...
  64. Thread: ...

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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme (2003) Resurfaces !!!

    Now I'll have to go down to the shops in teh next few days and check out Guess 1981.

    Can their really be two scents that make one feel as though one has been chainsawing or lumber-jacking all day?...
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    Re: Anyone tried Boss Orange Man by Hugo boss?

    This scent was strange for me. I smelled it when it first came out and thought it was pretty good, but thought I would wait till the price dropped.
    I actually later bought the women's version for my...
  66. Re: Confessions of a Basenoter. Am I moving to next level? Starting to like the other Clive Christia

    Option C
    Buy bottles that women like to smell on you.

    Price and expenditure drops dramatically.
    Regards,
    Renato
  67. Re: Which Pino Silvestre bottle/version do I get?

    I quite liked some of the more recent flankers - Oud Absolute, Underwood, Rainforest & Perfect Gentlemen, though Perfect Gentleman in no way reminded me of the Original.
    Muschi di Bosco was good,...
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    Re: which of these 3 cheapies should i get?

    To my nose, Rochas Man is more an evening/going out type scent, whereas Altimar is a bit more versatile.
    I don't know the first one.
    Regards,
    Renato
  69. Re: Uh oh. First it was Colognes, now it's.....

    I'm in a small minority - Dorco DE blades are my favourites.

    It'll be interesting to see what you think when you buy a few new Merkur razors, especially the slant one - though don't waste your...
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    Scents from Professionals Australia.

    For any Professionals who are members of Professionals Australia, the Association has just set up a new portal (distinct from the old Member Advantage portal) and by clicking on "My Savings",...
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    Re: Pino Silvestre Original, an underrated gem?

    For me, Pino Silvestre Original is a totally unique fragrance, in that every single flanker of it that I've bought or just smelled, I've liked a lot more.
    My current favourite is Pino Silvestri...
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    Re: The Dunhill Desires For Men

    Yes, the original red one was often compared to the fruitier, more flamboyant Xeryus Rouge.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: The Dunhill Desires For Men

    Yes, I wore Desire Black expecting wonderful things from all the positive reviews - but maybe I'm just extra sensitive to pepper - and I wasn't enthusiastic about this blind buy.
    This is in sharp...
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    Re: The Dunhill Desires For Men

    Blue is your favourite - as it is mine.
    Cheers,
    Renato


    And Blue is your favourite too - as was the case for me.
    Cheers.
    Renato
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    The Dunhill Desires For Men

    The Dunhill Desire range gets sold very cheaply down here in Australia, typically for between A$35 (US$24.5) to A$40 (US$28) - mainly because we're at the end of the line when scents don't do so well...
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    Creeds at Chemist Warehouse

    Anybody notice that Chemist Warehouse are selling 100ml bottles of Creed Green Irish Tweed, Silver Mountain Water and Millesime Imperial for A$299.99 at their website and on Ebay, with free shipping?...
  77. Thread: Eye cream

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    Re: Eye cream

    Thanks.
    To clarify, I meant under the eyes as in this video, not under the eyes as in just under the eyelashes.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsKD2ASPEwg

    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Need advice on M7 purchase

    I paid A$80 (US$56) for my 100ml bottle of the original many years ago.

    Quite frankly, that's around what I think it's really worth.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Eating crow: The house of John Varvatos

    I seem to be the only one here who likes Star USA - a non-loud nice oriental scent.
    One of the few orientals that is probably okay for office wear.

    I've also got the original, Vintage, Artisan...
  80. Thread: Eye cream

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    Re: Eye cream

    I tried it a couple of times. Gave me puffy eyes.
    Didn't bother with them afterwards.
    For me, it was best to just use facial scrub under eyes, a couple of times a week.
    Regards,
    Renato
  81. Thread: Moisturisers

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    Re: Moisturisers

    Aftershave balms are moisturisers.

    I don't like moisturizers with the gooey wet-look finish, prefering the matte-finish dry-look.

    Aftershave balms tend not to have that wet look about them,...
  82. Re: Penhaligon's English Fern vs. Geo F. Trumper Wild Fern?

    Can't help you unfortunately. I only have the Wild Fern, but haven't smelled the English Fern.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: The poster this forum misses the most is ...

    Hi again Chuck,
    You aren't wrong about Al's amusing strong opinions. But Al was the first person to tell me to use Trumper's shave cream - and if he hadn't, I'd probably still be shaving electric.
    ...
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    Re: The poster this forum misses the most is ...

    Hi Chuck,
    Very interesting.

    I was just checking the Archive and we seem to have joined within days of each other, as my first Post Heading is on 29th August 2001 - though I replied to other...
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    Re: The poster this forum misses the most is ...

    I couldn't believe the amazing insights he'd come up with in his mini-essays.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Mugler's Ultra Zest Currently Selling at $165

    I think Ultra Zest is the best of the A*men flankers that smell least like A*men i.e. Ultra Zest, Pure Shot and Ice Men - it's right up there with B*men.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Outdated fragrances?

    In and of itself, a fragrance is never outdated.

    But, in relation to the perception of others, if say 90% or 95% or more of anyone smelling it automatically thinks "That's outdated", well, it most...
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    Re: Why is Yatagan so polarizing?

    I like Yatagan, smells fine to me.

    But I wore it one day for the first time around my wife, and she said it smelled like the elephant or rhino enclosure at the zoo - and could I please wear it...
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    Re: How Come Animale Intense Is........

    Thanks. I don't know Animale Sport.

    But Animale is sort of a souped up version of CK Eternity.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: How Come Animale Intense Is........

    Very very cruel in my opinion - and after they put out such potent classics as Animale and Animale Animale.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: How Come Animale Intense Is........

    Thanks. I'd rate this the most extreme of misnomers.

    I think I have to use 12 or more sprays to get some effect out of it.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Fragrances that make you feel POWERFUL

    Sung Homme.

    Makes me feel like Goldberg doing the spear to someone (not like a useless looking spear by Edge).
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    How Come Animale Intense Is........

    ........... about five times less intense than the original Animale For Men?

    And it is totally missing anything resembling the loud, sharp green note of the original?

    I bought the 100ml bottle...
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    Re: What is your traveling strategy?

    I take 20ml, 30ml and 50ml bottles.
    Regards,
    Renato
  95. Re: The Most Pronounced Or Longest Scent Trail You've Witnessed On Someone

    The version of Joop Homme that was around some 12 years ago, suddenly became very inexpensive down here. Wandering around Melbourne on non-windy days, I'd constantly come across vapour trails without...
  96. Re: Who legitimately has the largest fragrance collection?

    No, I think I only have about half that amount - though I don't really know as they are scattered amongst six or seven drawers (fougeres in one, orientals in another, niche in another etc), as well...
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    Re: Nivea Shaving Creams

    Thanks. I've only used the blue one once and was a tad ho-hum about it.
    I must revisit it and give it a week long go.
    Regards,
    Renato
  98. Re: Can I kindly get a recommendation for a replacement for my beloved fallen Tsar?

    I didn't realise Tsar was discontinued till I read this.
    Just checked Ebay and Ouch!

    I had paid A$10 for my Tsar tester bottle, and A$20 for the full bottle, and A$20 for a small bottle of the...
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    Re: Sukin For Men Shaving Gel

    The bottle doesn't say anything about "sensitive skin".

    Though it says "skin care that doesn't cost the earth".

    Though I think that 90% of the guys who visit sites like this and Badger and...
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    Re: Sukin For Men Shaving Gel

    I should qualify my point about the 3 Bic Flex, in that I also cleaned it with the Razorpit after each use - which definitely increases blade life. With the 5 blade Flex, I didn't use the Razorpit on...
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