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    Re: Looking for a new Fragrance- Mint/Citrus

    I don't get much citrus from Roadster, it's more of a mint-vanilla. I'd go for Guerlain Homme which has a pleasant lime note.
  2. Re: How similar to TF Grey Vetiver is Guerlain's?

    You can find Guerlain Vetiver at the Guerlain counter in any House of Fraser, John Lewis or Debenhams, amongst others.

    Anyway I like both but prefer GV, whilst admitting that it is dated compared...
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    Re: Linking Fragrances to Films -

    Versace Eros - Lolita
    La Nuit de L'Homme - Scum
    Gucci by Gucci pour Homme - The Invisible Man
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    Re: Winter/Cold Frags

    Basara by Shiseido and Opium EdP by YSL are very 'warm'. I like spicy scents in cold weather.
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    Re: Men's designer rose under $40.00?

    Check out Samourai Kitana by Alain Delon.
  6. Re: Suggestion request : Citrus-aromatic-woody for spring and autumn

    I love Eau de Guerlain and Vetiver Extreme.
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    Re: Linking Fragrances to Films -

    Invictus - Douchebag.
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    Re: Creed Bois de Cedrat

    It's nice but, as others have said, it's weak. I own Nicolai's Cedrat Intense and it is similar to that.
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    Re: Phone App to detect fragrance

    This would require some very sophisticated, expensive and bulky apparatus. The answer at the present time is 'no'. Check back in 10 years.
  10. Re: Are ANY of the James Bond 007 colognes worth bothering to sniff, much less own?

    I sniffed the original. A vulgar sweet cheapo.
  11. Re: Need Advice- I'm Invited To A $1million Party . . .

    Merci beaucoup. Last time I considered ordering from the States the websites concerned either excluded the UK or stated in bold 'order at your own risk' which put me off a bit. I've had EU orders no...
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    Re: Feeling the sampling itch again

    Another vote for Oriza L LeGrand. Sample set available from their website inexpensively. A superb new(ish) line.
  13. Re: Need Advice- I'm Invited To A $1million Party . . .

    How did you obtain this, may I ask? Did it survive customs or is it a sample?

    My answer: HR Extrait or PdN New York.
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    Re: Eau Sauvage Parfum vs Chanel Sycomore

    I like both but I wouldn't describe them as similar. In ESP the vetiver is just a bit part player.
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    Re: Grey Vetiver new Eau de Toilette by Tom Ford

    Also Halston Man Amber.
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    Re: What happened to Katie?

    She says she's busy.
  17. Re: Tom Ford Noir Extreme (2 week-only online exclusive)

    'Relishes in moderation and dares to be extraordinary' :lolk:
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    Re: Classic Fragrances

    Hi Carlos. Good work on 5 & 7.

    I will add Tiffany for Men, Equipage and Monsieur de Givenchy.
  19. Re: Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Extreme ~ new fragrance

    I sympathise. Leave them by the toothbrush like I do. No-one forgets to brush their teeth.
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    Re: New Fragrance: Tom Ford Noir Extreme

    'Relishes in immoderation'?

    Copywriter sought for Tom Ford Fragrances. A loud scent may be considered adequate compensation for substandard grammar.
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    I spotted a bottle of Bleu de Chanel in the bathroom of one of the low-life criminals in French police series Spiral season 5.
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    Re: natural smelling woody designers

    DS2, CdG and Guerlain HLB 'natural-smelling'? Come off it. I don't know any.
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    Re: best shave cream

    I prefer soaps to creams, apart from for travelling. Of all the creams I have tried the best are Body Shop Macca Root and Palmolive. All the Creightons stuff (Truefitt/TOBS etc) is good too but...
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    Re: Is Tom Ford's Black Orchid a good scent for men?

    I recently bought a bottle of TF Noir EdP and to me it's a bit like Black Orchid minus the horror. A much easier and more pleasant wear with no testing of the gag reflex.
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    Re: Anyone try the Atelier Flou line?

    I've tested a few - Black Purple, Katana, Monsieur Mon Amour - all decent but I really liked Eau d'Aviateur and bought a bottle from Fragrancex when they were in the less pricey former...
  26. Re: Thinking About Layering Noir de Noir With Tobacco Vanille For Valentine's Dance

    Sounds awful.
  27. Re: Is it just me who thinks Fahrenheit is sweet?

    Yes.
  28. Re: Guerlain Heritage Edt or Santos de Cartier Edt.

    Both great. I like current Heritage EdP over EdT. If going for Santos, the Concentree is something special and beats Heritage in sillage and logevity (although Heritage is more than adequate).
  29. Re: Do you take it personally when someone doesn't like your fragrance choices?

    I have noticed that a lot of 3Bers* don't take criticism of their designer favourites easily, whilst being happy to criticise others' choices vociferously.

    *using the Buysblind scale.
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    Re: Having problems getting Habit Rouge

    You won't find it discounted much, if at all. You can get £5 off currently from Escentual, details here:

    http://www.escentual.com/guerlain/fragrances-for-men/habit-rouge/habitrouge10/
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    Re: once you go niche you never go back!

    One of the problems with niche scents is that you have to kiss an awful lot of frogs to find a prince. And it normally costs for the privilege of sampling, unless you live in a major city. I've...
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    Re: Petition to ban acronyms

    Aww, I think they're cute.

    http://wanna-joke.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/funny-picture-WUMO-comics-guy-abbreviations-1235894.jpeg
  33. Thread: "Green" scents

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    Re: "Green" scents

    Lots of good ones above.

    Adding English Fern by Penhaligon's and Devin by Aramis.
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    Re: once you go niche you never go back!

    A most entertaining read, with Buysblind being 'on the money' :)
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    Re: Leather crowd pleaser

    Bel Ami Vetiver is less austere than original Bel Ami IMO. Also DK Fuel for Men has a nice suede note.
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    Re: Looking for value for money for my stepfather.

    Any of the Guerlain Homme line might suit. Also Bvlgari Man.
  37. Thread: Lumière Noire

    by Marais
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    Re: Lumière Noire

    I suppose 'old lady' associations are always a risk with rose scents. LNPH is one of the least grannified IMO.
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    Re: once you go niche you never go back!

    No, as 3/4 of my collection is designer. I have found that the Law of Diminishing Returns applies to fragrances, as to much else.
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    Re: Looking for a Fahrenheit alternative.

    I agree there are some similarities to Hommage a L'Homme, Narciso Rodriguez for Him and Ferrari Uomo (blech). Also the petrol note in DK Fuel for Men reminds me of Fahrenheit, whilst being not as...
  40. Re: Your top 3 most used fragrances in the past 2 years

    Versace L'Homme
    TdH ETF
    Cool Water
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    Re: Duke of Windsor with a vintage CREED bottle?

    I suspect his influence might have been greater 'abroad' than in his country of origin, where he is/was regarded with rather more disdain. I take your point about indecency being no bar to having...
  42. Thread: UK Users

    by Marais
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    Re: UK Users

    Ha ha! How true.
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    Re: Duke of Windsor with a vintage CREED bottle?

    Hardly a good advert for the brand. A Nazi sympathiser and a selfish rake. Whatever his title there wasn't much 'gentlemanly' about his conduct. Which is why the rest of the Windsors practically...
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    Re: What else do you collect apart from perfumes?

    Toothbrushes.

    I used to collect CDs, 90% classical, but have since digitised the lot and sold those worth selling.

    I also now use an electric toothbrush so my toothbrush collection might go...
  45. Re: I did a complete 180 on Midnight in Paris EDP

    Just try it again next week.
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    Re: Coffee Sillage monster

    ^ great. Don't keep us waiting now, you naughty naughty tease!
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    Re: The Scent of Power.

    Anyone can don a macho frag and pretend to be all butch. Real tough guys don't have to try so hard. So I say Vol de Nuit.

    There is a parallel in clothing. It is well-known that wearing women's...
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    Re: Which Olfactive you prefer and why?

    I think I've tried every one in this line and they varied between bad and adequate.
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    Re: Coffee Sillage monster

    Please disclose more details of your precious finds, the suspense is killing us!
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    Re: Fragrances or fragrance lines with bad names

    I'd sample them first. Their names are the best things about them. (Ditto Tom of Finland).
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    Re: Fragrances or fragrance lines with bad names

    Lanvin have a line for women called 'Marry Me!', with flankers called 'Marry Me! Confettis' and 'Marry Me! Love Balloons'.
    ...
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    Re: Coffee Sillage monster

    Try Bell'Antonio by Hilde Soliani (coffee and tobacco).
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    Re: You know you're a basenoter when...

    When you picture each bottle in your collection to help you get to sleep.

    When you know what the regulars are going to say before they post.

    When your irritation at a new troll is tempered by...
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    Re: Asking for perfume suggestions

    I wore Prada Amber pour Homme Intense a couple of days ago and it reminded me very much of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder.
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    Re: Perfume choice for a job interview

    Almost all the American members say 'nothing', some with a quasi-religious zeal. Yet the OP does not disclose his home country, which may not have the same social mores (his use of the term 'womans'...
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    Re: A Practical Question...

    This and this. Never been a problem for me.

    Another option is to spray your hat and then put it through the washing machine (no good with fedoras).
  57. Re: Help me with Cartier Pasha Fraicheur Menthe

    I bought this blind too as I couldn't find it anywhere to test. I knew more or less what to expect through familiarity with Pasha. Yes it is Old School but then so is Pasha. It seems to be a lighter...
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    Re: NEW Jo Malone - Incense & Cedrat

    Based on that notes list and my past experiences with this house I would be surprised if this is a hit.

    Btw this house's fragrances are usually regarded as unisex.
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    Re: Most worn January 2015

    Mine are as usual skewed towards recent acquisitions:

    Maison Margiela Replica at the Barber's 5
    Sahara Noir 3
    Vetiver Royal Bourbon 2
    TF Noir EdP 2
  60. Poll: Re: Single most helpful, yet unavailable, piece of information:

    I find smoking status a more useful differentiator than age. Smokers tend to have less sensitive noses and may be more tolerant of screechy synthetics. Also, tobacco notes may not seem so prominent....
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    Re: Forum Reader Suggestion

    ^^ unfortunately the last couple of revisions of Tapatalk have rendered it virtually useless.
  62. Poll: Re: Single most helpful, yet unavailable, piece of information:

    #narrowminded
  63. Re: something nice for man closer to 60 than he would like to admit

    http://www.continenceproductadvisor.org/cms/png/760/000000245.png

    (Only joking, I'm not that far off myself).
  64. Re: Is Declaration d'Un Soir anything like Rose 31?

    That new intense version is better IMO and closer to the density of Rose 31.
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    Re: Name your best, yet LIGHTEST scent

    +1 on Dia Man, L'Orpheline, Endymion.

    Adding TdH ETF, Lyn Harris Le Sauvage and West Indian Lime by Crabtree and Evelyn.
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    Re: Your own avatar.

    I had to goggle that but you are right!

    Mine's me and my hot twin.
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    Re: What's your favourite version of Jicky?

    That's a good tip. They are roughly half the price, and in a spray bottle. I got Vol de Nuit extrait in that form last year.
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    Re: Your own avatar.

    Don't know that show. I thought it was Mo from the Three Stooges :)
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    Re: What famous people wear

    Richard E Grant wears Jack by Richard E Grant.
  70. Poll: Re: Should the mods delete posts about what a religious leader would wear?

    Roll on the day when all these petty arguments are regarded as historical curiosities.
  71. Re: EU stimulus, do non-residents plan on going hog wild as the exchange rate becomes more favorable

    Strictly speaking, the Eurozone is smaller than the EU, and some countries (eg. UK) are EU members whilst remaining outside the Eurozone, so also benefit. The difference may be smaller (the euro is...
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    Re: Mauboussin M Generation: EDT vs EDP

    ^^^ I'm not sure about the differences between the various boxings of Mauboussin Pour Homme. I have the following one (from 2012) and both longevity and projection are pretty good, better than...
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    Re: What fragrance would Jesus wear?

    Miracle Homme by Lancome.
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    Re: suggestions for a spicy vanilla

    Opium pour Homme.
  75. Re: Do you ever feel guilty about spending so much money?

    I listened to Radio 4's 'More or Less' yesterday, which looked at this very issue of who comprises the richest 1%. There is a good chance that you (and I) are in the 1%.
    ...
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    Puig buys L'Artisan Parfumeur and Penhaligon's

    But these companies weren't run by independent artists from a mom and pop outfit. They were sold by Fox Paine, a private equity company, based in California, which 'primarily invests in financial...
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    Re: Guerlain Homme EDT being discontinued

    Can't say I'm surprised. Decent, but no classic.
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2015

    Thanks for the info. I like Eau d'Hermes but admit it isn't very easy to wear (stinks), whereas this sounds more immediately appealing.
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    Puig buys L'Artisan Parfumeur and Penhaligon's

    Via NowSmellThis:

    http://www.europapress.es/catalunya/noticia-puig-compra-britanica-penhaligons-francesa-lartisan-parfumeur-20150123122745.html

    Niche buy-outs continue apace. I suppose there's...
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    Re: Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental - A COMEBACK

    Good news, it's a great, unique vetiver scent. I'm not a fan of the bell jars either. I hope they re-release Fumerie Turque in spray bottles next.
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    Today I bought: January 2015

    Sounds very good. Can you compare it to anything? How sweet is it?
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    Re: *NEW* Serge Lutens La Religieuse 2015

    Something for the sample list for sure.
  83. Thread: Acqua di Parma

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    Re: Acqua di Parma

    I haven't come across a bad one yet in the entire range. Colonia is one of my favourites.
  84. Re: Is kilian Straight to Heaven a good suit and tie cologne?

    Seems a bit casual to me. Jack Sparrow at the Pirates Ball, perhaps.
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    Re: Genuine Resin Fragrance?

    Try Mystra by Aesop. It didn't appeal to me personally but it does smell resinous in the sense you use the word.



    Agree 100%. Become bedazzled by niche pretensions and you'll miss many...
  86. Re: Costume National launches "Soul," a new ambery woods scent.

    The notes list reads like a designer staple checklist.
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    Re: my first Guerlain

    You can also test these in Harrods, including in the Roja Dove perfumery on the top floor, where the SAs outnumber the customers. Leave the duffle coat at home and remember to comb your fringe, or...
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    Re: Would you think they'd discontinue Gucci ph 2?

    I'd throw myself off the bridge over the M5 near Frankley Services, after tucking into a final meal of pie, chips and peas (overpriced, yes, but so convenient, and you can't take it with you).
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    Re: the waxiest fragrances

    Chene by Serge Lutens.
  90. Re: Stuff you overhear or are told while testing Fragrances

    'That will get you a lot of compliments'. Huh? Does this face look bovvered?
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    Re: my first Guerlain

    Good luck in your search!

    http://loudcrow.com/wp-content/uploads/Tip4.png

    Heritage/GHI/LIDGE
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    Re: Basenotes in 2015 – announcements

    Onwards and upwards!

    http://web.archive.org/web/20031001232206/http://www.basenotes.net/articles/three.html
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    Re: Eau Sauvage Parfum... REFORMULATED!

    Looks like my vintage bottle might have been a good investment :)
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2015

    I picked up 2014's Niche Fragrance of the Year award winner, Vetiver Royal Bourbon by Oriza Le Grand

    http://www.parfumaria.com/files/3133/products/9092106/vetiver0.png
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    Re: Which fragrance blogs do you read?

    Yes I like these two and appreciate that they cover a lot of designer scents, avoiding a lot of the purple-prose which mars many of the niche blogs.

    Another very good one is :
    ...
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    Re: I was wondering...

    Pickled eggs are worse. They sell them in pubs here. Ever had some lush reeking of pickled eggs try to kiss you? At least pork scratchings don't smell (much). Scampi flavour fries are another pub...
  97. Re: Is this paranoia or are my suspicions legitimate?

    I'd forget about it, as she probably has, and find something else to worry about.
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    Re: Worst fragrance I've ever encountered is...

    Montale Wild Aoud I found absolutely repulsive.
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    Re: Quorum vs One Man Show

    OMS for Grandad, Quorum for Great-Grandad.
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    Re: Rose dominated frags?

    +1 Lutens Sa Majeste La Rose

    -1 Declaration d'un Soir, which is a woody/spicy rose, something like a toned-down version of Rose 31.
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