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    Re: Recommend fragrances similar to Kouros

    I wore M-L's The Man Silver in the typical way, a fulll spray to the chest, and it's much better this way! This is great and powerful, though not exactly like Kouros, more like 50% Kouros and 50% of...
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    Re: Recommend fragrances similar to Kouros

    I tried the Milton-Lloyd "clone," The Man SIlver. It starts out musky/animalic, and one can perceive the similarity. However, it also comes across as burnt plastic for a while, then just...
  3. Thread: Kouros Clone

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    Re: Kouros Clone

    The Man Silver bottles are now in the US at reasonable prices, so I bought a 50 ml bottle. At first, I get burnt plastic Kouros. After 20-30 minutes, it has less of a burnt quality but is still a...
  4. Re: Vermeil selling for more than the original (Guepard)?

    I wore it today with one spray to the chest, and my dab sampling impression is confirmed. Guepard is smoother and better balanced. I wore vintage Vermeil two weeks ago or less, so that's fresh in...
  5. Re: Vermeil selling for more than the original (Guepard)?

    That's happened to me more than a couple times too! LOL.
  6. Re: Vermeil selling for more than the original (Guepard)?

    I'll be curious to know what you think of it. And did you ever try that Havana Reserva sample?
  7. Re: Vermeil selling for more than the original (Guepard)?

    Okay, I was able to get a 100 ml bottle for a good price; it arrived today and I did a dab sampling. Wow, this is great, more balanced than vintage Vermeil, with less of the civet/castoreum punch to...
  8. Re: Common scents: how Parasite puts smell at the heart of class war

    Saw the movie, didn't think the story was well developed, though it was a good idea/premise. The smell factor didn't work for me, as I know there are plenty of cheap and powerful fragrances, and so...
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    Re: Moschino Toy Boy review

    This is yet another scent that I wouldn't mind trying but have strong doubts that I would pursue it further, and so there is hardly any interest in it. Almost everything I've tried lately is...
  10. Re: Vermeil selling for more than the original (Guepard)?

    Is it more or less the same scent? Thanks.
  11. Vermeil selling for more than the original (Guepard)?

    From what I understand Geupard came out with this scent first - the bottle is similar to Vermeil, only difference being it is clear glass rather than the brown patterned glass (and comes in a...
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    Re: What would make you to stop buying?

    I have bought very little in about a year. Other than "it's too good to be true" deals (a few of those), I'm just selling some things I don't want. The problem is that the new stuff just comes...
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    Re: I hate geranium.

    Geranium has a smelling salt quality, in that it can really get up in your sinuses. I've noticed that some vintage masculines were reformulated to apparently take out a strong sandalwood note and...
  14. Re: Am I applying my fragrance the wrong way or not enough?

    Try spraying once just above the navel, then spray once in the air and walk through the mist (eyes closed). Don't worry about top notes or about smelling much right away.
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    Re: YSL KOUROS Reformulated?

    The answer to the question which is the title of this post: yes, and badly (IMO, of course), at least if we are talking about the formulation of the last year or two.
  16. Re: Am I applying my fragrance the wrong way or not enough?

    Another idea: You could spray Sauvage on a small flag, then wave it around, saying you are a great patriot, so that people will be sure to smell it.
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    Re: Recommend fragrances similar to Kouros

    If someone wanted something similar, but not a "clone," and didn't care about price, I'd say try Furyo, Joint Homme, vintage Jules, and Orange Spice.; For cheap clones, the Milton-Lloyd and one by...
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    Re: Recommend fragrances similar to Kouros

    I agree, and I haven't tried the Milton-Lloyd one, as I already have plenty of vintage Kouros (should last me the rest of my life LOL).
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    Re: Recommend fragrances similar to Kouros

    The Man Silver by Milton-Lloyd is on ebay for less than $10 total (50 ml), for those interested.
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    Re: So umm...Dior Homme 2020...?

    And let's not forget what it's up against! While I don't expect others to pay what I paid, $3 (closeout sale), for the latest bottle design Marbert Homme (100 ml), this is an excellent scent that...
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    Re: So umm...Dior Homme 2020...?

    I tried a paper magazine sample. Smelled like a nice mix of fresh aroma chemicals. Not for me, and it may be different on skin, but it seems okay if it had been marketed in a greenish blue,...
  22. Re: Can ppl tell if you're wearing a cheap fragrance?

    Not if it's vintage Avon - that stuff smells like niche today! LOL.
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    Re: Vtg Les Copains Homme

    Quite close to older formulations of Yatagan.
  24. Re: Fragrances that somehow disappoint you, leave you underwhelmed, wishing for more perhaps

    95% or more of what's been released over the last few years...
  25. Re: Fragrancenet Already Out of Old Dior Homme Intense Bottles...Possibly

    They do a great job generating customer loyalty these days, don't they?
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    Re: I did a thing....Avantus

    Then I think you'll be pleased to know there is a forum here just for posts on this scent (though those strange people spell it as "Aventus"), so you might prefer to post there from now on.
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    Re: Two Unknown Fragrances

    Once in a while you see this kind of scent. I have refrained from buying any due to the lack of information and what I would guess would be poor longevity. And if it's a splash, which is likely, it...
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    Re: Wow Dior Homme 2020!

    Yes, we are in nadir country safari now. I think I got into this at the right time, late 2007, when only a small number of niche was "must try" (and a lot more natural smelling that today's niche)...
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    Re: Wow Dior Homme 2020!

    Over the last year or so, my overall sensivity has been quite low, so I can wear a full spray of Kouros (or two!) without any issues, but many aroma chemicals seem to be blaring or at least...
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    Re: Wow Dior Homme 2020!

    If it is like the wine rating system (up to 100), that would mean it is not recommened to wear, let alone buy a bottle, presumably. LOL. Below 80 the wine is to be avoided.
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    Re: Wow Dior Homme 2020!

    My last blog post (Bigslyfragrance/Wordpress) addresses this, and I put forth a few possible explanations. At this point, I have no interest in sampling it anyway, as the many reviews speak for...
  32. Re: Some expert knowledge needed on this one...Jacomo de Jacomo for men...

    You willl know when you smell it. Does it have strong lavender and clove? Then it's not vintage, from what I understand.
  33. Re: Year in Review: Best underrated cheapie releases of 2019

    The best deals are probably the "clones" (Samba Skin for Men is an example, as it's quite close to Pure Havane), so it doesn't matter when they were released - you just have to enjoy the scent being...
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    Re: So umm...Dior Homme 2020...?

    From what I've read, it sounds worse that Sauvge/Eau Sauvage, as it is an entirely different fragrance but retains the exact name (why didn't they just call it Homme, for example?). The bottle is...
  35. Re: GQ - "The Best Cologne from Each Fragrance Family"

    It may be someone's best list, but at this point, that doesn't mean a whole lot to me. LOL. Some of those I regard as chemical nightmares and would not even want to smell on a card for a second!
  36. Re: Vintage Quorum, Paco Rabanne PH, Leonard PH question

    Trussardi Uomo and Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme are similar, at least in the vintage formulations.
  37. Re: Vintage Quorum, Paco Rabanne PH, Leonard PH question

    I've more or less given up on niche, as I find it's going in the opposite direction. That is, if you want depth, complexity, and lack of a "chemical" quality, you have to go vintage, IMO. The good...
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    Re: Everybody Hates Hugo Boss

    The first was excellent, though I only have vintage bottles, and I think Soul and Bottled Intense EdP are at least okay (also haven't tried some, such as Elements), but overall they seem to want to...
  39. Re: Uh oh.. Massive fragrance changes in 2021/2022. (opoponax, jasmine, ylang ylang)..

    Now that I have some experience in the world of red wine (last few months), I see such striking parallels. The new designer scents are like the big name American wine makers (several of which sell...
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    Re: Thoughts on Egoiste

    Sounds like it's time for you to try Versailles Pour Homme! Only similar in terms of being a vintage Oriental, but if you want complexity in your vintage Orientals, it's a must try.
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    Re: New irfa regulations

    But nobody has a sensitivity to an overload of ambroxan? That I do not believe. LOL.
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    Re: Thoughts on Egoiste

    Then blame the OP:

    "Monsieur Montana recently posted that his rating for vintage Chanel Egoiste is a thumbs down..."

    LOL.
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    Re: Thoughts on Egoiste

    Wow, this must be a record for number of posts in this forum within a day's time! And if someone wants to give vintage Egoiste a negative rating, I would not pay any attention unless he/she...
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    Re: Red Giorgio Beverly Hills vs Devin Aramis

    They may smell the same now but that's not the case for vintage. Devin has a sharp green edge whereas Red has more facets, with a clear redwood note coming through after perhaps half an hour. I...
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    Re: Now I like Furyo -- hated it a year ago

    What I've found is that during the first wearing that is a tendency to key in on one note, accord, or aroma chemical. After two or three wearings (I space them out by at least two weeks, usually),...
  46. Re: Is Boucheron pour homme (1991) blind buy worthy?

    Yes, just another freshie, that is, circa 1959, for an heiress in her 70s. LOL.
  47. Re: Has a new Emperor been crowned? Caesars Man Cologne is back, or is it?

    That was my perception of a several years ago, but I'm not much of a fougere person and haven't worn either formulation in years (I have a bottle of the green, not made in China formulation too).
  48. Re: Has a new Emperor been crowned? Caesars Man Cologne is back, or is it?

    I have a partial of what I think is the earliest formulation of Caesar's (pale yellow/brown-ish), which to me is more like Paco Rabanne Pour Homme, whereas the second, green version, is more like DN.
  49. Re: Has a new Emperor been crowned? Caesars Man Cologne is back, or is it?

    Good to know. I'll be sure to avoid anything by them until I get a strong sense they are good reformulations.
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    Re: Gucci Guilty Absolute Substitute ?

    Wild Leather by Mancera is certainly not a clone but you might be able to smell it better over time. Whenever you think a scent is weak, ask others if they smell it when they walk by (and it should...
  51. Re: Why don't more cologne companies ignore the restrictions on oakmoss?

    Really? I'm shocked! Doesn't everyone love massive amounts of ambroxan, dihydromyrcenol, iso e super...
  52. Re: Some words about Havana and some advice about a daily scent

    Yes, there is a reserva formulation and it's called Havana Reserva. That solves any problems, as it is a great scent, one of my favorites.
  53. Re: I have not posted in 5 years, what did I miss ?

    Nersh! Martini time, or do you prefer a sloe gin fizz? I'd say the huge number of niche releases (coming from a lot of new companies) is the major development. No way to keep up with them unless...
  54. Re: please can you talk about your experiences of Bowling Greene?

    If you've tried Montana Parfum d'Homme (red box), Bowling Green is like that but with some notes removed (no leather, not musky, lavender is not as obvious...). Vintage is quite strong and...
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    Re: What cologne would the mandalorian wear?

    Full Choke by Smalto.
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    Re: Avon mens colognes,are they any good?

    It's really not a reasonable question, given how they have released so many fragrances and most were dicontinued. The ones still around, like Wild Country, might have been reformulated several...
  57. Re: Uh oh.. Massive fragrance changes in 2021/2022. (opoponax, jasmine, ylang ylang)..

    The second wave of a massive vintage price rise in the near future? LOL.
  58. Re: PDM - Are they bribing all the youtubers or something?

    Considering how bad most YT fragrance reviews are, what would one expect? LOL.
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    Re: Wide Variation in Black Afghano Bottles?

    Sounds like an iso e super overload scent (and the two of you are anosmic to it) or a fake.
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    Re: How to date Antaeus bottles...

    My understanding: "vintage" is different but there may be at least two vintage formulations. New (of at least a few years ago) is still an excellent fragrance but a bit different, and certainly...
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    Re: Fragrances with Baileys Smell

    They tried Irish whiskey and cream first, but that didn't work for them:

    https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/in-1973-i-invented-a-girly-drink-called-baileys-1.3240945
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    Re: Similar to L'Air du Desert Marocain

    Depending upon my sensitivity, I get different impressions/perceptions from it. Perhaps it would be best to figure out what element you like best and then find a scent similar to that, such as the...
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    Re: this look like vintage Zino to you ?

    Yes, my understanding is that is a very early version - remember that for many companies the batch codes are repeated every 10 years.
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    Re: Favorite pine/fir scents

    There is something I find a bit "synthetic" about it, but I keep going back to Green Jeans/Versace.
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    Re: Salvador Dali Pour Homme bottle question

    The lips one came first but I don't know if the yellow liquid one was reformulated, which was the case apparently for the lips, if that is an issue for you.
  66. Thread: Gone off?

    by Bigsly
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    Re: Gone off?

    I don't know much about old Chanel bottles (it looks like the C on the bottom is way off, size-wise, for example), but that color may be an issue for the old formulations of this scent. I have a...
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    Re: Question about Caron's 'Pour Un Homme'

    Can't speak to the recent formulation, but the 1960s one I have is animalic/herbal lavender with a non-sweet vanilla. Love it or hate material.

    UPDATE: I was looking through some recent samples...
  68. Re: Third Man and Havana arrived yesterday, so a few words for each one.

    No I wouldn't call it powdery, as in what is often considered an iris note. Instead, it's a combination of jasmine, carnation, lavender, and possibly a bit of iris, and it's also sweet (vintage).
  69. Re: Third Man and Havana arrived yesterday, so a few words for each one.

    I haven't tried vintage Havana, other than the Reserva. It's denser yet has better note separation than the Havana bottle I acquired around 8 years ago, and there is more emphasis on the tobacco...
  70. Re: Third Man and Havana arrived yesterday, so a few words for each one.

    Two of my current favorites, though I wear vintage Third Man and the super-rare formulation, Havana Reserva, as opposed to newer formulations.
  71. Re: 70s/80s fragrances that AREN'T: powdery, cinnamon, etc

    Sounds like you should just buy recent releases, especially considering how so many reformulations were done badly and my guess is that you don't want to go on "vintage hunts" and pay top dollar.
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    Re: Burberry London reformulated?

    Right, there are plenty of vintage fans now so no need to compete with them if you feel it's a hassle. LOL.
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    Re: Burberry London reformulated?

    My batch code is 170B06, Inter Parfums, no box, but I've had it a long time (one site says it's from 2006) and it sure smells like it's got oakmoss in it to me.
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    Re: What happened to Quorum?

    Quorum is one of the few vintage masculines you should still be able to find on ebay at quite reasonable prices, so just have patience!
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    Re: What happened to Quorum?

    I have a first version bottle and prefer it, as it is better-balanced and there is nice citrus to start, which carries through for quite a while. It is not especially similar to One Man Show in any...
  76. Re: Fragrance Industry Secret Revealed.. is it true?

    I can't remember a time when I thought the designations were anything more than marketing (for recent fragrance releases). Today, it seems that designers use it to distinguish the base, for example,...
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    Re: Sung Homme vintage vs current

    Ah, you beat me to it! LOL. As to the OP's claim, I wish I had tried the new version, but I don't find these searing fougeres to be pleasant. There is an old scent called Magnum, in a bottle that...
  78. Re: Halston Z-14 (old formulation) vs (new formulation)

    Sounds about right, my impression is that the non-cinnamon monsters that are recent are weaker and not as complex as "true vintage," but otherwise pretty good. Also, I like that cinnamon monster,...
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    Re: Looking for Bijan for me

    I think if it says Five Star it's the newer formulation, otherwise it doesn't matter.
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    Re: gucci envy edt vs aftershave splash

    If you fear fakes, I suggest something similar, such as ST Dupont's Signature for Men or Carven Homme (and the dollar store/EAD version isn't bad at all either).
  81. Re: Is it worth chasing vintage Azzaro PH or just get the current?

    The original with oval type cap seems rather different from the next two bottle designs. The second is similar to the third/recent, but deeper, richer, etc. (you know the "drill" LOL).
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    Re: What happened to Quorum?

    Can anybody say for sure any more? It's always possible a new and awful reformulation has occurred, right? In the case of Caesar World Man, it was released again recently by a different company and...
  83. Re: Help with One Man Show and it's flankers - dating bottles

    "Thanks. So on the OMS bottles, look for 85% vol , and stay away from 87%"

    I think that is the way to go with 99.9% of what's out there now, but it's been so many years I can't say for sure. What...
  84. Thread: Bijan for men

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    Re: Bijan for men

    I bought a 75 ml bottle from a Fragrancenet 95% full sale not long ago ($4) and it was quite good (5 star formulation), though clearly different than vintage. In fact, vintage is so overpowering...
  85. Re: Help with One Man Show and it's flankers - dating bottles

    As I said on my blog several years ago:

    "I believe vintage Eau de Toilette bottles should say 85 on the label (on the front) whereas the new ones say either 85 Vol or 87 Vol. I also have some of...
  86. Thread: My huge haul!

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    Re: My huge haul!

    I'd be curious how you shipped them and what the cost of that was!
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    Re: Kouros sanofi arrived today

    Furyo, Zino, Salvador Dali Pour Homme... at least vintage. Do some searching of the site for key words like sillage monsters.
  88. Re: Montana Parfum D'Homme Arrived Today. Bummer........

    Sounds like a "cash grab," apparently that was done with Caesar World Man as well (now made in China!).
  89. Thread: soapy lavender

    by Bigsly
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    Re: soapy lavender

    Taxi is a super cheapo that is in the same range as DN, Lomani, etc. A 100 ml bottle cost me around $3, so that might be a place to start. If you don't like it the others aren't likely to be what...
  90. Thread: soapy lavender

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    Re: soapy lavender

    Caesar World Man, Drakkar Noir, Lomani, Sung Homme, but not the Caron, as the vanilla takes it in a different direction, more musty/herbal, at least in my 1960s bottle.
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    Re: Is it just me? New fragrance blues........

    For me the second wearing, at least a few days later, is usually quite different.
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    Re: Dollar Tree imitations

    I thought the Envy and Spicebomb "clones" were quite good, especially in terms of $1 for 75 ml. If you want a scent that does smell quite a bit like the originals that last more than 10 minutes, I...
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    Re: Question about Aramis 900

    Not quite as rich, complex, strong as vintage but still clearly the same scent, IMO.
  94. Thread: Halfeti - EDT?

    by Bigsly
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    Re: Halfeti - EDT?

    I just went to ebay and looked. Quite a few listings, all EdP.
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    Re: Request : Woody oriental, creamy and airy

    Jaipur is dense, though I do get some wood - not "airy" at all, so that doesn't work for the OP, IMO. Jungle Homme by Kenzo might work.
  96. Re: Givenchy Gentleman was my 1980's teenage scent - does it still have the magic ?

    Not sure if it's been said but there is still Givenchy Gentleman, which is quite good, but clearly a bit different from vintage formulation. Then there is Gentleman by Givenchy, which is a different...
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    Re: Leonard Pour Homme

    It's most similar to Van Cleef & Arpels vintage formulation, IMO.
  98. Thread: Curve for men

    by Bigsly
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    Re: Curve for men

    I think it was a "starter fragrance" for a lot of guys and they liked it back then and it's still cheap, so they recommend it because they don't realize how many great "super cheapos" exist now.
  99. Re: Is there a high quality expensive ingredient version of Old Spice someone else makes?

    Another idea is Le Baiser Du Dragon by Cartier, which is perhaps a touch more "feminine." I have only tried vintage EdP of this one.
  100. Re: Is there a high quality expensive ingredient version of Old Spice someone else makes?

    Vintage Paul Sebastian Fine Cologne, still at low prices on ebay (if you have some patience).
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