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  1. Re: What hairstyling product (wax/pomade/gel/etc.) do you use?

    So i am looking for a high shine, high hold product with absolutely no stickyness. Am i asking for too much?
  2. Re: fresh+powdery+good sillage+ very complimented+for men (not unisex)

    My first thought as well.
  3. Re: Your successes with layering male fragrances

    Himalaya + Platinum Egoiste is a combo i've been using the past few months, works really well.
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    Re: Muscs Koublai Khan - Safe for Work?

    Wear what you want etc., but it's not a discreet fragrance if that's what you want. Personally i love it and i found that 1-2 sprays are not enough for me. Usually wear it only at nights out.
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    Re: Acqua di Parma aftershave balms?

    It seems that there are some differences - Collezione Barbieri is touted for dry/normal skin, while the new Essenza balm is lighter and more appropriate for oily skin (but i don't care for the scent...
  6. Re: What is the cleanest, soapiest, fresh out of the shower frag out there?

    This, the smell of purity.
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    Acqua di Parma aftershave balms?

    I have posted the question at Badger&Blade but figured i could get some informed answers here as well.

    I am using the AdP shaving cream, which is splendid, and i am thinking of ordering an AdP...
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    Re: What's your favourite ShaveCream ?

    I have fully converted into using the AdP Collezione Barbieri cream full time now. I have pretty much stopped looking for alternatives, *very* satisfied with it.
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    Re: What Scent Reminds You of Cutting Wood?

    Chene
  10. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    Wore it again a couple of days ago and it bored me to tears. Maybe it would have been interesting if it had higher quality materials. Certainly an underachiever. Funny that women find it exciting,...
  11. Re: Which fragrances make you FEEL rich and powerful?

    Amouage Tribute
    Xerjoff Kobe
  12. Re: New Fragrance: Acqua di Parma - Colonia Intensa Oud Eau de Cologne Concentrée

    I somehow expect it to smell akin to Xerjoff Kobe.
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    Re: Terre D'Hermes without oranges

    +1 to Red Vetyver like everyone else.

    However, if you'd like something seriously dark, austere and mineralic that has a very similar drydown to TdH, i could suggest sampling Olivier Durbano's...
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    Re: The ultimate Mr. Gordon Gekko Scent!

    He wouldn't settle for anything else than Xerjoff Kobe.
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    Re: What's your favourite ShaveCream ?

    I've been using the AdP Collezione Barbiere cream (the one that comes in a 75ml tube, not the jar - i shave with a razor) for the last couple of months and it's pretty good. Classic Colonia smell,...
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    Re: Black Afgano a good buy ?

    Worst fragrance i've ever tried - i wanted to vomit after a couple of hours.
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    Re: My short review: Knize Ten

    This.
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    Re: Traditional Eau de Cologne

    PdN Cologne Sologne (very bad longevity though even for an EdC), Xerjoff Nio.
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    Xerjoff Nio got an enthusiastic compliment from a friend-of-a-friend few days ago, a very pretty girl. She went bonkers over it and i got the chance to finally use the "You've got expensive taste,...
  20. Re: What is the best "green" fragrance for you? (eg. notes: lemon leaves, vetyver, green tea etc...)

    Dior Granville. Lemon/thyme/pine goodness.
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    Re: Dior Granville

    I love it and wear it a lot. I still think it's too expensive for an EdC style frag that doesn't last more than 3-4 hours, so i just got a decant instead. It's a great uplifting "feel good" scent for...
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    Re: Ultimate barbershop fragrance?

    Xerjoff Dhofar. Better than Invasion Barbare and Bois du Portugal imo.
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    Re: Best animalic perfumes for a guy?

    MKK is my favourite, i'd like to shoe in Chanel's Cuir de Russie (civet and castoreum) as a suggestion for something milder.
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    Re: Body Washes

    I've tons of designer shower gels, the one that lasts the most is Dior Homme and it also makes the skin look and feel fantastic. However, i don't care about the scent and i am not restocking.
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    Re: Best Lavendar Scents

    Xerjoff Dhofar.
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    Re: Creed Windsor 2

    I have decants of both and i think i prefer wearing II over I.
  27. Re: What would the modern Patrick Batemans wear?

    From what i recall, he doesn't wear any fragrance in the book (don't remember him wearing Paul Sebastian for instance), he only comments, negatively usually, on other people's fragrances. As much he...
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    Re: Scent for a 20-something female?

    If you are looking for a fresh/white floral, then Bond No9 Eau de New York is a pretty decent choice.
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    Re: How Would You Rate Caron Pour Un Homme

    Gives me epic olfactory fatigue and apparently lasts for a long, long time. I got compliments for this from people across the room after 10hrs, i couldn't even smell a thing.
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    Re: Pure Distance M

    I haven't noticed any immortelle either.
  31. Re: Not to be a hater, but One Million is the biggest turd in the fragrance world today.

    I am still baffled by its success, i mean i have friends who don't know better and swear by this stuff (and they are not young kids either). I guess it can be attributed to aggressive marketing and...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, January 26, 2012

    Ambre 114 from a sample. I like it!
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    Re: What other Xerjoffs shold I try?

    Since you like Invasion Barbare and Bois du Portugal, you should absolutely 100% try Dhofar for a lighter modern twist. Soapy lavender/carnation combo, not too serious or outdated, versatile and easy...
  34. Re: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Absolue Pour Le Soir

    It's quite nice, but personally i reach for MKK before this when i am in the mood for some sweet animalic goodness.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    Montale Vanille Absolu
  36. Re: Metallic Aquatics: Porsche Essence, Chrome, Liquid Plumbr, and Post-Apocalytic Fragrances.

    The older version of Platinum Egoiste (yellow juice) was like that.
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Layering

    Tobacco Vanille + Neroli Portofino
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    Re: Royal Bain de Caron?

    It's quite nice, an unusual boozy incense. I really haven't smelled anything similar to it. I believe it only comes as a splash.
  39. Re: Your most recent wonderous discovery?...

    Xerjoff Dhofar, i was expecting a boring dated lavender, instead i found an excellent contemporary take on it that's very easy and pleasing to wear.
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    Re: Buying samples in the UK?

    You can buy from here (usually Basenoters selling, some of them from UK):

    http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewforum.php?f=2

    or here, they have a good sample service:

    http://www.ausliebezumduft.de/...
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    Re: Xerjoff Kobe.

    If price is an issue you can get the discovery set which has 6 15ml minis including Kobe. All fine scents imo.
  42. Re: Ok leather fans help me find a good floral leather appropriate for a guy

    Knize Ten Golden Edition which is a step up from the original.
  43. Re: Sampled my first Amouage fragrance...Dia Man

    Spot on, i get a lot of moustache from this.
  44. Re: Okay all you B'Note veterans that praise Guerlain's Derby............

    Do not care about it.
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    Re: Chanel Cuir de Russie objections?

    Go get it, it's a great fragrance. I really like the way civet and castoreum are used in it, dialed just right and making it easy to wear.
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    Re: Name best lavender cologne you know!

    Xerjoff Dhofar currently. Light, soapy, high quality lavender.
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    Re: Pure Distance M

    Tried this today (sample from ALzD) and was severely underwhelmed. Slightly leathery and boozy in the opening, lots of something resembling cumin, some evolution but nothing spectacularly complex....
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    Re: If you lived in Hell...

    Fresh, Sephora, blind buy. I'd go with Acqua di Gio or Cool Water.
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    Re: Mugler's cologne - longevity/projection

    It does become very cloying on me if oversprayed (5+)
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    Re: Battle of the rose/oud combos!

    Is this an oil or a PP? I've seen this listed as a PP, but the price seems outrageous to me if that's the case.
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    Re: Best & Favorites Shower Gels

    I have been using Molton Brown's Black Pepper Recharge recently and it is the most invigorating shower gel i've ever tried. I will definitely try more from their range (Fresh Bushukan will be...
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    Re: Xerjoff Reviews Thread

    Finally i got around to wear Dhofar today and i am surprised at how good it is - a lavender/carnation fougere, very light, not too formal or feeling dated, slightly soapy. Sillage seems to be dialed...
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    Re: Don Draper

    Xerjoff Kobe.
  54. Re: Are there any Clive Christian knock-offs?

    They are not special enough to be copied.
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    Re: Absolue Pour Le Soir - Dirtyyyy

    I think it's perfectly ok to wear in public as long as you let it settle for a half an hour or so before.
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    Allaviolettaboutique.com

    Based on Italy, has a nice range of niche frags including Malle, Amouage (someone can buy only 1ml there from a good range of attars), Bond, Mona Di Orio, Kilian, Nasomatto, Tom Ford PB, etc., also a...
  57. Re: Olivier Durbano's Black Tourmaline EDP Love?

    Grim and challenging frag, doesn't fit my mood at all.
  58. Re: Sweetest fragrances you have ever smelled?

    I like sweet, but not gourmandy sweet. Last one that annoyed me with its excess was HdP 1969.
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    Re: The Best Abstract or Synthetic Scents?

    Nasomatto Duro fits that bill. Synthetic oud galore, gasoline, a lot of other weird stuff. A perfume for machinery.
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    Re: Chanel Egoiste vs Platinum Egoiste

    Platinum Egoiste was reformulated as well, i guess sometime around 2000 along with other Chanel "masculines". The older juice (slightly yellow) was superstrong and didn't have that fresh/soapy vibe...
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    Re: Shame on you!

    They are both pine-y to me, quite green and "heavy" scents overall.
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    Re: Xerjoff in NYC?

    Terrific fragrance, plush sandalwood/rosewood/patchouli combo of the highest quality, excellent sillage/longevity, way too feminine imo. Glad i sampled it, can't see a guy pulling it off though (at...
  63. Re: If you were to blind buy one of these, which one ?

    None, some great frags in that list, but please sample first.
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    Re: Shame on you!

    Try SL Fille en Aiguilles if you liked Memoir Man, much better scent imo.
  65. Re: those familiar with Bleu de chanel please tell me...

    I am gonna go against the grain here and actually agree that Bleu has an uncanny similarity with MI, only that a good batch of MI is far more vibrant and richer than Bleu.
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    Re: Most Masculine TUBEROSE frag?

    Well, tuberose can be fairly soapy. Anyway, i like the tuberose in Windsor, not a manly man fragrance though, but perfectly unisex.
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    Re: Most Masculine TUBEROSE frag?

    Edit: Double post
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    Re: SOTD Thursday January 5, 2012

    Good morning!

    http://aziende.freecomm.biz/390315/prodotti/S_VILL-UO012.png
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    Re: SOTD: 4 January 2012

    Terre d' Hermes EDT
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    Re: Best aquatic???

    This. Need to find a good strong batch of it though.
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    Re: Leather notes recommendations?

    You can try Knize Ten Golden Edition which i think is a step up from the original.
  72. Re: looking for a very strong scent for men , which lasts really long , plss help ,

    You probably had a bad sampling experience, for most people TV is *extremely* strong and long lasting (to the point of being a bit annoying to me).
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, January 2, 2012

    SotE was MFK Absolue pour le Soir. Rawr!!
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    Re: Xerjoff Sample

    Does it have a slight powdery/buttery drydown? It may be Kobe.
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    Re: Turin/Sanchez are wrong about...

    Guides of this type are so 20th century. Turin is a great entertaining writer, but his books are no substitute for the collective knowledge present here at Basenotes and at other sites.
  76. Re: What is the most you've paid for a sample?

    $23 for 2ml of Clive Christian No1 for Men. Good quality but wasn't overall thrilled by it.

    I also got the Xerjoff's Shooting Stars sample pack for 160 euros, those were 6 15ml minis though, so...
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    Re: Pure Distance M

    Nice to see the appreciation for Basenotes' opinion!
  78. Re: "Portrait of a Lady" - Can I do better with $210?

    Indeed. Ropion's fragrances for Malle are of the highest quality.
  79. Re: what smells enigmatic, seductive & unattainable?

    If you are looking for something truely special, then i'd suggest L'Air du Desert Marocain which is within your budget and should be perfect for you.
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    Re: Dior Homme vs l'instant de Guerlein

    Dislike Dior Homme/Intense, like very much L'IDGE.
  81. Re: What fragrance holds your favorite Tobacco note ?

    In before Tobacco Vanille onslaught.

    Tribute as well for me.
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    Re: Let's talk about oud :-)

    Let's talk about oud, baby
    Let's talk about you and me
    Let's talk about all the good things
    And the bad things that may be
    Let's talk about oud
    Let's talk about oud
    Let's talk about oud
    Let's...
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    Re: Caron Yatagan - crazy fragrance !!

    It's a great fragrance, i only wish there was a version of it with higher quality materials.
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    Re: Help with ACQUA DI PARMA

    I like Intensa the best from the AdP colonias.
  85. Re: Any other niche fragrances you find extraordinary?

    This is an excellent shortlist.
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    Re: Most Offensive Fragrance

    Does it count if it is offensive and i still find it interesting? The original version (pre-2000, slighty yellow juice) of Platinum Egoiste was vile superstrong stuff that could scare people into...
  87. Re: Need something smooth, casual, and understated

    Creed Himalaya fits this bill for myself.
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    Re: Aquatic snobbery!

    Regarding recently released "aquatics", i thought MFK's Absolue pour le Matin was an interesting effort to recapture the feeling of the nineties fragrance-wise, it did address a common problem with...
  89. Re: Puredistance M now available in 100ml Parfume Extrait Srray!!

    Entertaining thread =)
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    Re: Which will be your first buy for 2012?

    Amouage Tribute attar.
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    Re: SOTD; Monday, December 26, 2011

    Amouage Tribute from a sample vial.
  92. Re: I have enough money left over from Christmas for one bottle of cologne, which should it be?

    You can check the reviews in the database here. Anyway, for that price you can check Dsquared's He Wood Silver Wind Wood, which is a nice solid offering for a designer fragrance.
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    Re: Aquatic snobbery!

    Maybe the problem with the genre is that it is hard to make a really good scent in that category, one that doesn't smell overly synthetic and like a copy of a million other frags.
  94. Re: What do you wear when you want go fresh ?

    Dior Granville
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    Re: SotCD! Sunday 25th December!!!

    Merry Christmas to everyone!!!

    Going to family lunch today, thinking safest-of-the-safests scents, which probably means Himalaya.
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    Re: Your most formal fragrance

    BdP
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    Re: SotD Saturday *24 December*

    PdN Cologne Sologne
  98. Re: Meeting the biggest frag cirtic on the planet, my father.

    Since you seem to enjoy fougeres, i'd go with Invasion Barbare or BdP.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, December 23, 2011

    Knize Ten Golden Edition, perfect for this time of year.
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    Re: A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose?

    Windsor and Portrait of a Lady (a great study on rose, really a unisex scent). Since you mentioned Egoiste among your faves, there are frags that aren't considered mainly rose ones but use the note...
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