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  1. Could fragrance companies do the ol' bait and switch with samples and testers?

    I was just thinking about this yesterday. I was thinking about how many say that John Varvatos fragrances have terrible performance, but some argue that they are decent enough. I do most of my...
  2. Straight to Heaven... that John Varvotos fragrance that finally lasts longer than a minute?

    You hear it all the time. Varvatos fragrances smell great. Too bad they don't last. Well... I certainly get a Varvatos vibe from By Kilian Straight to Heaven. Specifically, the original John...
  3. Re: SEEKING cheapie incense fragrance with longevity and sillage?Does it exist

    I would personally recommend checking out John Varvatos Platinum Edition. Not an incense bomb like Avignon, but the incense is blended nicely with other notes to make it quite wearable IMO. Too bad...
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    Re: Slight floral vetiver?

    I suppose Vetiver Dance from Tauer would be a good one to test out.
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    Re: Which fragrance says Outer Space to you?

    I'd say Terre D' Hermes has that moonrock flintiness to it. I suppose the burnt orange might conjure up the orange moon effect as well.
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    Re: What would Tom Petty have worn?

    I didn't realize how many fragrances had a cannabis note until I pondered this thread.
  7. Will anybody mourn the death of Hugh Hefner with a Playboy cologne?

    I believe that at least 15 Playboy fragrances for men were released at some point. I mean.... didn't Hugh basically embody the concept of the "panty dropper" concept? Sadly, I don't own any Playboy...
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    Re: These ted bakers at nordys

    I've been a fan of Ted Baker scents since I was fortunate enough to find a bottle of Endurance on ebay, which ended up being one of the best cheap blind buys ever. But I know about 3 new releases...
  9. Thread: Best from Kenzo?

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    Re: Best from Kenzo?

    It's been quite some time since I've worn Kenzo Boise (Woody). That might be one to check out, since most of the ones I wear are spring and summer scents.
  10. Does John Varvatos Artisan Black smell more like the original John Varvatos than Artisan?

    I'm testing out a decant of Varvatos Artisan Black this week. It is marketed as a flanker of Artisan, but kinda gives off more off a summer or eau fraiche version of the original John Varvatos as far...
  11. Re: Fragrances with Nicotiana Tabacum (tobacco flower)

    A favorite of mine is Ralph Lauren Purple Label.
  12. Is MAC Velvet Teddy the best Tobacco Vanille killer?

    I think it's safe to say that Tobacco Vanille is one of Tom Ford's most popular fall/winter fragrances. The big downfall is pricepoint, and perhaps some may be offput by the spiciness from the...
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    Re: Green/woody recommendations for summer

    I would have to say Riverside Drive by Bond no. 9.
  14. Re: Any New Tobacco Colonges That Are Similar To Michael Kors For Men 2001?

    If you want to sample the Frank line, your best bet is probably Luckyscent. They sell decants, but they can be expensive for what they are. If you ever buy a niche fragrance from them, you might want...
  15. Re: Any New Tobacco Colonges That Are Similar To Michael Kors For Men 2001?

    Frank no. 2 Los Angelos is nearly identical, even when sniffed side by side. I have a full bottle of Frank no. 2 and samples of vintage Michael, so I've tried this personally.
  16. Re: Vince Camuto Solare... an office friendly take on One Million?

    I believe that One Million has a lot of cinnamon, so so purists may argue that the are both their own scents. I've seen some compare Solare to Ultra Zest, which I haven't smelled.
  17. Vince Camuto Solare... an office friendly take on One Million?

    I'm checking out my decant sample of Vince Camuto Solare this week. It's basically a spicy cardamom orange fragrance. Kinda reminds me of a less bubblegummy version of One Million. Seems nice enough...
  18. Re: Finally seeing Zegna Bourbon Vanilla bottles for sale in the USA.

    There was a buy it now auction that was on ebay. Two bottle were available for about 190 dollars. I was excited and bought one, not knowing if I'd get another chance to buy one. But now the jet.com...
  19. Finally seeing Zegna Bourbon Vanilla bottles for sale in the USA.

    I've been anxious to try this one for awhile. Finally got a bottle off of ebay for about 190 dollars. Now, I see that Jet.com sells it for about 195, or perhaps about 175 with discount coupon. I hope...
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    Re: Similar to JV Artisan Acqua?

    I recall this one smelling kinda similar to one called Rykiel Homme.
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    Re: Looking for a Friend

    Now you got me wondering if some member of Better Than Ezra was a frag head looking for a better fragrance.
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    Re: Looking for a cola or root beer smell

    You should definitely check out L'Occitane Eau des Baux for something with a root beer vibe.
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    Re: When will Chanel Release a New Mens Scent?

    They already pimped out the Allure line? Why not do the same with Bleu. How about a movie tie-in? Bleu de Chanel Smurf Edition.
  24. Re: Can you determine a person's personality with a well-written set of fragrance questions?

    I just think that when somebody basically says, "I don't care if the world thinks I stink, I'm gonna wear 30 sprays of Lord of Goathorn", that personality isn't somehow involved here.
  25. Re: Can you determine a person's personality with a well-written set of fragrance questions?

    I also notice that there can be a lot of infighting in these forums. I can only presume that it is based on personality differences, which ties into what we try to achieve when we wear a fragrance....
  26. Can you determine a person's personality with a well-written set of fragrance questions?

    I know that there are personality surveys out there. I've taken them back in the day. I think it would be cool if someone could develop one for fragrance lovers. It would say a lot about who they...
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    Re: Bond no9 Bleecker st discontinued?!!

    Didn't the same thing happen with Ralph Lauren Purple Label? I thought that one was discontinued at one point, then it shows up again like Waldo.
  28. Re: Niche fragrances that are similar to Green Irish Tweed

    Don't forget to add Cereus no. 7 to the list. At one point, you could find bottles on ebay for about 25 dollars. I need to go back and see if that's still the case.
  29. Thread: Best Cedar

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    Re: Best Cedar

    Fueguia Darwin has a nice cedar note. It also has grapefruit and vetiver, so it's not really a straight up cedar scent. Definitely check out CdG Wonderwood for an amazing woody experience.
  30. Re: Anybody else prefer sample and decant sprayers over full bottle sprayers?

    I work in a hospital, so the "less is more" philosophy seems to apply. I don't reapply, but if I did, that would certainly solidify my case for the decant/sample sprayers. I could always slip a small...
  31. Anybody else prefer sample and decant sprayers over full bottle sprayers?

    Most of the time, I find myself applying fragrances from decants and samples, since I tend to test so many fragrances. I can usually apply about 3 sprays to the neck, and 2 to each arm this way. With...
  32. Re: Besides Bond No 9, any other houses sell t-shirts?

    Seems like most of the designer houses sell t-shirts if you search on ebay. Not sure what to tell you about Le Labo. I like the suggestion about making it yourself with the logo. The other option,...
  33. Re: does anybody know a fragrance that smells exactly like burberry london?

    I agree that Burberry London has a rather unique smell to it. That's rare in the designer game, especially since this seems to be quite popular and has been on the market for a long time. I agree...
  34. Re: You have 3 chances to convert someone in to a fraghead, which 3 scents do you let them smell?

    I think Aventus would certainly be a good starting point. Frapin L'Humaniste really grabs you as well. Finally...... perhaps something like Bleu de Chanel, which is a really well balanced and...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite John Varvatos?

    I think the bottle designs at quite impressive and unique as well. Whether it's the woven Artisan style, or perhaps the reflective metallic look of Platinum, they certainly hold their own on your...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite John Varvatos?

    I'd curious to hear your thoughts on Platinum. It kinda seems to me that you really can't go too wrong blind buying any of the Varvatos line, at least from the ones I've smelled so far. I feel that...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite John Varvatos?

    I just bought a 4.2 ounce bottle of John Varvatos Platinum Edition. I found some samples on ebay, and I thought it was quite good. It even had decent performance, which I know is a problem with many...
  38. Re: Is there such thing as a unique designer aquatic??

    I'd recommend Bulgari Aqva as a good unique aquatic. Perhaps J. Del Pozo Quasar as a bit different and quirky with it's banana peel and newpaper print note.
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    Re: For you fragrance veterans out there...

    Yeah. The longer you stay in the game, the harder it becomes to find something that smells different. That's why most fragrance enthusiasts turn to niche and indie after a year or two. The niche and...
  40. Re: Where's the love for John Varvatos Platinum Edition?

    Yeah. I get where you're coming from with the patchouli note. It's not listed, but perhaps there is something animalic in the leather accord? That patchouli/vanilla combo kinda reminds me a bit of...
  41. Where's the love for John Varvatos Platinum Edition?

    I think that John Varvatos makes some of the best designer fragrances. The original, vintage, Rock vol. 1, and Dark Rebel are all top notch. The one I'm testing now is called Platinum Edition. It...
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    Re: YSL L'Homme What Are Your Opinions Of It?

    I'm wearing this one at work right now. I never bought the bottle, but got a few samples, with is fine, since I have plenty of different ones to work with. A very easy to wear and safe fragrance....
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    Re: From the house of Bond No. 9

    I remember the first time I tested Riverside Drive, I thought it was kinda blah. Then, I gave it another chance, and really came to liking it a lot. It's now one of my all-time favorites. I do like...
  44. Armani Code Profumo.... Code Flanker or One Million wannabe?

    Not getting much similarity to the original Code with this flanker. Smells a lot like One Million to me. Why not just call it Armani Code Million and be done with it? If you want to be more clever...
  45. Re: Let's talk about 24 Gold Elixir and 24 Platinum Elixir

    I've been wearing a lot of 24 Platinum Elixir lately. I was sent a 3 ml sample, and have been doing about 4 sprays, so I still have quite a few wearings left. I agree with Stache about the 80s...
  46. Re: Does Byerley smell like some strange layering experiment to anyone?

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    Funny thing is the same thing happened to me the first time I wore this to work. I may have gone a bit too heavy on the sprays and felt uncomfortable with myself at work when I got there....
  47. Re: Does Byerley smell like some strange layering experiment to anyone?

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  48. Re: Does Byerley smell like some strange layering experiment to anyone?

    I'm glad to see someone posted a negative post about this one. I can't say that I hate it. It just falls into the category of "strange and unusual" for me. I haven't smelled anything else from this...
  49. Re: Does Byerley smell like some strange layering experiment to anyone?

    I haven't smelled Encre Noire Sport, but it might be interesting to see how those two compare to each other.
  50. Does Byerley smell like some strange layering experiment to anyone?

    I'm testing out a sample of Parfums de Marley Byerley today. It is supposed to be a smokey campfire type fragrance. OK, I get some comparison to Encre Noire, but the bergamot and cardamom really add...
  51. Re: How similar would you say Mancera Wind Wood is to Cedrat Boise?

    It's not like a Tuscan Leather accord, but I get leather in both. CB gets compared to Aventus, with that clean suede leather replacing the more smoky birch tar note of Aventus. I get that same clean...
  52. How similar would you say Mancera Wind Wood is to Cedrat Boise?

    I'm finally testing out my little Luckyscent sample of Wind Wood. A pleasant enough green leather scent with some fruity undertones to my nose. However, from what I remember, this seems quite similar...
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    Re: Any tobaccos for the summer

    I'd recommend Ralph Lauren Purple Label. The tobacco note is from the flower itself, so it comes across as more wearable in warmer weather.
  54. Would you wear a fragrance that smelled like dookie if everybody else loved it?

    In Jeremy's new QA video, he claimed that he would do just that. Not sure I could do it. Maybe AdG if the girls thought it was just alright?
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    Re: Layering Encre Noire

    I remember talking about Encre Noire being a good fragrance for layering awhile back. I think on it's own, many will find it way too raw to be wearable in many situations. I recall layering Encre...
  56. Re: What to do when the wife suggests you buy a fragrance from American Eagle?

    Well... I figured out a solution to this dilemma. I went ahead and ordered a 4 bottle mini set from the American Eagle website. I get 4 bottles for about 25 dollars. Each bottle is .5 ounces. So, the...
  57. Re: What to do when the wife suggests you buy a fragrance from American Eagle?

    Well look at that. An actual response that actually answers the question that was asked. :)
  58. What to do when the wife suggests you buy a fragrance from American Eagle?

    My wife isn't nearly as passionate about fragrances as I am. However, once in awhile, she'll smell something and make a mental note to tell me about it later. The latest one was when she caught a...
  59. Re: Carlos Santana for Men: Are Any of You Still Wearing This?

    I sampled this one years ago, and was kinda fond of it at the time. But the price increase makes it a hard one to consider at this point in time. Still.... it was a pretty good scent for a celebrity...
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    Re: 1899 Ernest Hemingway vs. Zirh Corduroy

    I will say this about 1899. I've had it on my skin for almost 12 hours and I can still smell it on myself.
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    1899 Ernest Hemingway vs. Zirh Corduroy

    I'm testing out a sample of 1899 Ernest Hemingway today. Yeah, it's a nice spicy vanilla fragrance, perfect for fall. I know it gets compared to Spicebomb, but i think I'm getting more of a Corduroy...
  62. Re: Do cheap Aventus clones kill Frapin The Orchid Man?

    What's left for you hednic? Club Nuit Intense? :)
  63. Re: Do cheap Aventus clones kill Frapin The Orchid Man?

    I find it interesting that you own all 3 of them. i certainly see why Aventus would be a staple. Great scent with high compliment factor. With IP, you get a slight Aventus vibe for a small fraction...
  64. Do cheap Aventus clones kill Frapin The Orchid Man?

    I got a small Lucky Scent sample of Frapin The Orchid Man that I am wearing today. Some compare it to Aventus. I see it more along the lines of Insurrection Pure II. With that in mind, and the cost...
  65. Re: Best ouds with a dried fruit aspect and minimal skank

    Kerosene R'oud Elements is a safer oud than most. It has some orange citrus in there to help make it a bit fresher than a lot of ouds.
  66. Re: Any fragrance that smells like Jolly Ranchers watermelon candy?

    Have you smelled Kenneth Cole Reaction? That definitely has a jolly rancher vibe, but with some green apple as well.
  67. Re: I'm a 44 yo newb to fragrance world, help me add to my new obsession.

    With fall coming up soon, now would be a good time to add some scents that would work well in the fall air. Some good suggestions would be Frank Los Angelos no. 2, Terre D' Hermes, Escentric...
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    Re: Cheaper alternative to Bond New Haarlem

    Kinda suprised nobody recommended either Log Cabin or Aunt Jemimah maple syrup. Both are quite similar. Also, both taste better on flap jacks, but I could be wrong about that. :)
  69. Is Mr. Burberry a modern take on Pierre Cardin Bleu Marine?

    Years back, I was a fan of Pierre Cardin Bleu Marine. I think as my nose developed and I started smelling more modern fragrances, I realized that the Pierre Cardin was a bit dated smelling and much...
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    Re: Bentley Azure - Is it any good?

    I wore this one at work a couple times. I was suprised how well it went over with the ladies. I can see it being a cheap take on Aventus, but instead of birch, you have a leather that smells like...
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    Re: Men's Fragrances by Female Celebrities?

    I actually used up a one ounce bottle of Devotion by Gabriela Sabatini. I'd recommend it for fans of cherry tobacco scents. Probably somewhere between Pure Havane and Burberry London.
  72. Re: Could Frank no. 1 be the new king of barbarshop?

    It's important to note that the original Frank no. 1 is now discontinued. The re-released version was around 2014, so any impressions from the original formulations not smelling like a barbershop...
  73. Re: Could Frank no. 1 be the new king of barbarshop?

    Frank no. 2 is probably more unique than no.1. I have a full bottle of no. 2 and several samples of Michael by Michael Kors, which I believe is discontinued. I find them hard to tell apart side by...
  74. Re: Could Frank no. 1 be the new king of barbarshop?

    I've had this on my skin now for several hours. I have to say that once the green topnotes dissipate, I'm left with mostly the clove, licorice, and sandalwood. So, it's still a nice smell, but it...
  75. Re: Could Frank no. 1 be the new king of barbarshop?

    The licorice and clove notes.
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    Re: Best sand fragrances

    I have a bottle called Sand cologne. I bought it online. It actually has sand in the bottom of the bottle. I remember it clogging the stem at one point and having to pipette the juice into a separate...
  77. Re: Could Frank no. 1 be the new king of barbarshop?

    There is a lime note, but to my nose, the clove and licorice really dominate.
  78. Could Frank no. 1 be the new king of barbarshop?

    Testing out a small LuckyScent sample of Frank Los Angelos No. 1 today. It has that familar licorice/clove smell that you get from Rive Gauche, but this seems more modern and pleasant. It doesn't...
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    Re: A "fresh" licorice fragrance?

    Not sure if Star Anise is close enough to licorice for your taste, but YSL L'Homme Libre might be your best bet.
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    Is Garrigue a revolutionary scent?

    Testing out a sample of Maitre Parfumer et Gantier Garrigue today. I read at Fragrantica that it inspired Chanel Platinum Egoiste, which I'm sure inspired many other cheaper designers. With that...
  81. Re: Why is it getting so hard to find Fuegia scents in the USA?

    I went back to the LuckyScent website and see that Darwin is back! The 30 ml bottle is 95 dollars, which I believe is cheaper than it was before. I went ahead and ordered a 30 ml bottle. The also...
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    Poll: Re: Poll : Your Fav Bijan

    I only ever tried and own one, which is Bijan Wicked. I'm pretty sure it's discontinued, and i should see what it goes for on ebay these days. A bit lit Azzaro Chrome, but with a pineapple note.
  83. Re: List 5 houses or fragrances that should have their own separate threads.

    Perhaps at basenotes, the DUA talk is tame enough. Go to a Facebook group where the founder of DUA is also a member.... different story.
  84. Re: List 5 houses or fragrances that should have their own separate threads.

    Yeah. I agree. Same with Facebook. People complain about the 150 reply posts about DUA and Aventus batches, but if you don't click on it, then it's not too hard to ignore. Maybe it's like the car...
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    Re: The Best Part of being a Frag-Head

    What about all the freebies that come with the hobby? I don't just mean the big wigs on Youtube that seem to have fragrance houses and perfumers handing out free bottles. Plenty of giveaways on...
  86. List 5 houses or fragrances that should have their own separate threads.

    OK. Aventus already has one. What else? I suppose DUA is the hot topic right now, so give that house one. La Nuit is a safe choice. Perhaps Dior Homme Intense, or is the boat already gone? One final...
  87. Re: Could a shrew fragrance expert ditch the Roth IRA and just buy fragrances?

    Wouldn't it be interesting if fragrance was the original inspiration for liquid asset. :)
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    Re: DUA Fragrances. New house discovery.

    Yeah. They do sound good and are getting lots of love, especially on Facebook groups. It would be nice to sample first though. As a hospital employee, Extract strength might be a turnoff. I was...
  89. Could a shrew fragrance expert ditch the Roth IRA and just buy fragrances?

    Kinda been wondering about this for awhile. I don't play the stock market, but I do know that the Dow has been up and down and shows no signs of making big gains anytime soon. Buy...... what if you...
  90. Re: Nearly 6 months into 2016. Are there any standout releases?

    There seems to be a strong buzz for DUA Fragrances right now. Not sure of the release dates. Are they all new for 2016? Mobster could be huge if it's in the same ballpark as Tobacco Vanille and sells...
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    Re: Still Life in Rio...the only niche flanker?

    I suppose if any basenoter is the final word on flankers, it would be one with L'Homme in his name. :)
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    Re: Still Life in Rio...the only niche flanker?

    I thought of two houses that have flankers..... Comme des Garcons and Esentric Molecules.
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    Still Life in Rio...the only niche flanker?

    I've been testing out a decant of Olfactive Studio Still Life in Rio the past several days. It is a flanker of Still Life. We all know that the designer market is flooded with flankers, but it is a...
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    Re: Favorite YouTube Reviewer

    Am I the "Poor Heewmay" guy? :) If I would have known how offensive that was, I would have chosen Poor Homey as my channel name. See if I could say "Hello guys... Poor Homey here" every week for 5...
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    Re: Best Honey Tobacco Fragrance

    I vote Phaedon Tabac Rouge as the best honeyed tobacco for now. I see that Decant Shop has added 18.21 Sweet Tobacco to the list, so that might be one for me to try out later this year.
  96. Re: Why is it getting so hard to find Fuegia scents in the USA?

    I see about 10 Fuegia scents on the page, but Darwin is probably the one that I would purchase, if I were to get one. Unfortunately, Darwin is not in their catalog.
  97. Re: Why is it getting so hard to find Fuegia scents in the USA?

    Yeah. If you look at the Aedes fragrance directory, there is no Fuegia between Frederic Malle and Heeley.
  98. Why is it getting so hard to find Fuegia scents in the USA?

    I had a chance to sample several Fueguia scents awhile back. There were mostly quite nice, but kinda soft and very expensive. Aedes and Luckyscent carried the line, but now it seems like Aedes has...
  99. Re: Is YSL L'Homme Ultime the best designer substitute for Le Labo Rose 31?

    That's probably why I find this one so wearable. The rose is not trying to shine here. The spices also downplay the rose and make it a great floral woody musk scent for the spring.
  100. Is YSL L'Homme Ultime the best designer substitute for Le Labo Rose 31?

    I got a small decant of Ultime and was testing it out today. A pretty nice spicy sweet rose scent to my nose. I'm not really into rose, and Rose 31 is about the only rose scent that I find very...
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