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  1. Re: looking for the best masculine chocolate fragrance

    Yes, definitely try Akro.

    Also L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme (EDT if you want strong citrus along with the cacao, EDP if you want full-on cacao gourmand with some licorice alongside).
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I wanted a casual winter scent that didn't have a real gourmand element, so Tom Ford Noir Anthracite won. Warm, spicy woods.
  3. Re: New Dior Fahrenheit EDT Formulation for 2019 # 12948/A

    IFRA isn't doing the banning, they just collect countries' regulations and add them up into into an international standard.

    But, yeah, this is a significant change and seems to have had sweeping...
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    Re: Tom Ford - Top 5?

    OL16 is rounder and deeper than OL18, leaning a touch more formal and/or feminine. They're not worlds apart, but OL16 has a violet note that OL18 doesn't, and, accordingly, OL16 isn't quite as dry as...
  5. Re: Top Ten Weak Fragrances You Wish Would Last Longer

    This is actually a beast, it just seemingly induces nose-deafness. My wife wears it all the time and is often unaware of how pungent it remains long after application (I'll comment about how I'm...
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    [CONUS] Re: The Brooks Otterlake Swap Thread

    Bump
  7. [CONUS] Re: The Brooks Otterlake Sale Thread (L'Artisan, vintage Polo, Lalique, and more)

    Bump.
  8. Re: What's a no brainer, reach for cold weather scent

    I find this one a bit too decadent for everyday wear, but it is indeed lovely.
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    Re: Tom Ford - Top 5?

    Tom Ford for Men Extreme (2007) may be the best masculine the house released, so give it a try.

    In recent years, Tom Ford Noir Anthracite (2017) has been the standout.

    To get a feel for the...
  10. Re: What's a no brainer, reach for cold weather scent

    My "no-fret" winter frags are both Guerlains: Héritage EDT and L'Instant de Guerlain EDT (I find the EDP versions of both to be inferior to the EDT versions). I haven't found peers for these from...
  11. Re: Has Dolce & Gabbana - The One lost its relevance among fragrance enthusiasts?

    It's a vaporware fragrance.
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    Re: my Tom Ford sampling

    I've said before that I think OL16 is better than OL18 (the extra floral touch gives it some formality and roundness not present in OL18, which I find to give it a little more intrigue while shifting...
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    Re: Best beginner oud fragrance

    Bvlgari Man Black Orient.
  14. Re: If YOU were in-charge of a NEW & UNIQUE fragrance

    They get a trusted perfumer to mock up a bunch of different concepts, then they pick the one they like, focus group it and refine it.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    It's cooooold so "office frag" rules can take a hike. It's Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah time.
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    Re: my Tom Ford sampling

    If you substitute OL16 for OL18, those are the three bottles I own.
  17. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Costume National Homme

    I dunno 'bout this one.
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    Re: How to pick black dress shoes

    I don't think you need patent leather for black tie. Just apply a nice mirror polish to your whole cuts or cap toe Oxford (assuming no brogueing on either) and you're good to go.
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    Re: Non-Powdery Leather Recommendations

    Cheers. I'm always excited when folks try this one because it is--as you note--very good. I've been stalling on grabbing a bottle, but maybe I'll grab one once the holidays have passed.
  20. Re: Has Dolce & Gabbana - The One lost its relevance among fragrance enthusiasts?

    What is the difference between the EDT and EDP? Just performance?
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I wanted something office-friendly but warm. So L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme EDT it is.
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    Poll: Re: Fallish winter spicy honey scent

    The Boclet is beautiful.
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    Re: what is a perfume for dandy?

    Luciano Pavarotti (1994) is the best classically styled dandy scent I know. A "masterpiece"-tier composition.
  24. Re: Has Dolce & Gabbana - The One lost its relevance among fragrance enthusiasts?

    We don't talk about this enough, but the quasi-gourmand was the defining masculine genre of the 2000-2010 decade (if not in popularity than in brands' investment iin the style), and stuff like The...
  25. Re: Has Dolce & Gabbana - The One lost its relevance among fragrance enthusiasts?

    Yeah, it's still around.

    I think it's fine, but more interesting stuff preceded it.
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    Re: What is a good spicy/honey scent

    It's there, I just don't see it as being as dominant as it is in some of the other fragrances mentioned.
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    Re: What is a good spicy/honey scent

    If you look around, Boclet Tobacco can be had for just over $100. It's very similar to Tabac Rouge (Boclet Tobacco is a bit more "Christmasy" than Tabac Rouge due to its heavy emphasis on dried...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Michael for Men (2001), because it's cold and I need a bit of indulgence to get me through my day. The boozy dried fruits and tobacco are vivid without straying into bombast or outright decadence...
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    Re: Change at top of Dior parfums

    We'll have to see. In the immediate future, I think the course will hold.
  30. Re: Tabac Rouge.......Damn This Is Good Stuff

    Yes.
  31. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    I went and sampled the Lush lineup. Terrific stuff. Cardamom Coffee grabbed me the most just due to the accuracy of the coffee note.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Guerlain Heritage EDT (current formulation)

    Easy to wear. In current form, this is the bridge between very classic masculine style and contemporary designer gourmands. Great for sweater-and-scarf...
  33. Re: Montblanc Explorer...like Aventus or like Sauvage?

    I get no pineapple in Explorer.
  34. Re: Tabac Rouge.......Damn This Is Good Stuff

    Yes.

    Owned by Estee Lauder, which also manages Tom Ford, among other brands. The Shadescents line was a (failed) attempt to market niche-y creations to consumers of M.A.C. cosmetics. A strange...
  35. Re: Tabac Rouge.......Damn This Is Good Stuff

    Give M.A.C. Velvet Teddy a look, then. It's another option in the same vein that's still very high-quality and is a fraction of the cost.
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    Re: How to pick black dress shoes

    If you're looking to go on a budget and aren't in a rush, Beckett Simonon will be among the best deals you can find in this arena.
  37. Re: Tabac Rouge.......Damn This Is Good Stuff

    The Boclet is very good and is indeed close to TR. The Boclet has a slightly different balance with a strong emphasis on dried fruits. I don't think Boclet Tobacco is compositionally as...
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    [CONUS] The Brooks Otterlake Swap Thread

    Greetings!

    I ship to CONUS addresses only using UPS ground (so no P.O. boxes, unfortunately).

    I'm willing to consider any proposition you want to make. If you're curious about my interests, I...
  39. Re: Tabac Rouge.......Damn This Is Good Stuff

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  40. Re: Tabac Rouge.......Damn This Is Good Stuff

    Well said, BB.

    Tabac Rouge is a contender for "Best in Show" gourmand tobacco overall and is undoubtedly the best offering in the "honey tobacco" style popularized by Tobacco Vanille (which, in...
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    Re: What makes a scent feminine?

    Florals and a certain kind of light sweetness.

    It's really arbitrary, given that it's all rooted in cultural history and contemporary marketing rather than anything inherent to scent, but I think...
  42. Re: Recommendations based on favourites wanted

    Check out Amouage Journey Man. Given what you list above, it seems like a sure thing, or as close to it as a recommendation from a stranger can get.
  43. Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    FWIW, I like the opening of Floris 1962.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Tom Ford Extreme (2007)

    This might be the most satisfying masculine Tom Ford ever released.
  45. Re: What are you Gifting / Receiving this Holiday Season?

    I have too many fragrances so I'm trying to avoid asking for or giving them. I'm planning on taking a break from the hobby after December.

    But if I was asking, I'd ask for Floris Leather Oud.
  46. [CONUS] The Brooks Otterlake Sale Thread (L'Artisan, vintage Polo, Lalique, and more)

    Greetings!

    I ship to CONUS addresses only using UPS ground (so no P.O. boxes, unfortunately). Shipping costs are $7 per order, unless your order is over $45, in which case shipping is free.
    ...
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    Re: What is a good spicy/honey scent

    FWIW, I found 18.21 repulsive. You can find my review on the Basenotes page for it. There's a "dirty Twizzlers" thing going on in it that I can't stand.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Scratch that. I went with Tom Ford Extreme, which is a bit decadent for the office but I didn't overspray.

    I thought I'd become familiar with this fragrance but the decant I'd used to form my...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    It's probably gonna be Bvlgari Man Black Orient because it's cold and I need something that'll warm me without oppressing my coworkers.
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    Re: Tom Ford Extreme

    Yes, your description is spot-on.

    I'm not even upset about the decant being something different, I just want to know what it is because it's nice in its own right.
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    Re: Tom Ford Extreme

    Are there big batch variations for this scent? I just purchased a bottle from a trustworthy BN'er (batch code dates to 2016) and it smells very little like the (quite good, quite fruity) decant I...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Office frag #4: West Third Brand Amérique.

    A little sturdier than the freshies I've worn this week so far, and more niche-y than the designer scents I've worn this week. Lovely, really.
  53. Re: Akro's 'Awake' is the best gourmand & coffee scent on the market

    We're already talking about Akro, so we have to mention Akro Dark, a severe take on a "chocolate" scent that is rich and fruity and just the right balance of bitter and sweet. (Bath & Body Works Chai...
  54. Re: Akro's 'Awake' is the best gourmand & coffee scent on the market

    I went back and dug up my actual comments on this one, which was part of a conversation:





    Yellowtone's "frosted glass" comment gets at exactly what I found frustrating about this scent....
  55. Re: Akro's 'Awake' is the best gourmand & coffee scent on the market

    I really like both! But while I've found many great cacao fragrances, I'm still looking for a really great, direct coffee note. The closest one I've found is O Boticário Coffee Man, which didn't...
  56. Re: Akro's 'Awake' is the best gourmand & coffee scent on the market

    I don't want to discourage folks from trying it, but I found this one more "interesting" than "good."
  57. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Calvin Klein Euphoria Amber Gold (2018)

    Solid, but I wouldn't give it especially great praise. I expected something more interesting, to be entirely honest.

    Baldessarini Baldessarini Concentrée...
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    Re: What is a good spicy/honey scent

    Phaedon Tabac Rouge.
  59. Re: do yo recommend me gucci guilty absolute pour homme for winter ?

    It's a great fragrance, but it's also pretty polarizing, so definitely sample it if you can.
  60. Re: Which fragrances asked too much of you ?

    I can understand that.

    I'm still getting a handle on the vintage (I only got a sample portion this week and haven't had an opportunity to give it a wear), but on first sniff I don't necessarily...
  61. Re: Which fragrances asked too much of you ?

    I'm assuming this is re: the creamier, more opulent vintage Heritage. Have you tried to get along with the more aromatic current version?
  62. Re: Which fragrances asked too much of you ?

    Joe, I think Aramis Tobacco Reserve (which is really good, applying an old-school, green barbershop edge to the gourmand tobacco style) is probably more your thing.

    Michael for Men can be a bit...
  63. Re: Which fragrances asked too much of you ?

    Doesn't click:
    Guerlain Habit Rouge EDP: A "Shalimar pour Homme" dusty vanilla that lacks the beautiful, sensual Shalimar dynamism and is about as alluring as the dusty contents of a grandma's...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Dunhill Icon (2015).

    A great fragrance, really. The "synthwoody-oud" base and juniper heart make it a perfect "cool weather freshie."

    That said, I'm hoping we one day get a "Parfum" version...
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    Re: Favorite ‘warm-spicy’ fragrance

    Best budget option I've found is Meharees.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Outer Worlds is great, though a little too easy. I recommend cranking the difficulty to "Hard."

    Today, I'm wearing something that can hardly weirdly as extraterrestrial, Dunhill Icon. It's the...
  67. Re: Hot wine with rum, cinnamon and spices

    Because I shared this earlier, Windsor is my SOTE, and, yup, if you want a "mulled wine" feel, this will do, though it doesn't have especially prominent cinnamon or rum notes.
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    Re: *NEW* Cartier L'Envol Parfum (2020)

    A fantasy term suggesting a decadent, gourmandish take on the L'Envol scent DNA.

    The EDP has presence, but it's still pretty dewy and floral. I'm guessing this new Parfum will be the LIDGE to the...
  69. Re: Hot wine with rum, cinnamon and spices

    English Laundry Windsor gets close, IMO (closer than Burberry London, methinks).
  70. Re: Top ten list of favourite fragrances that can be got for $60 or less

    It's discontinued, so prices are climbing. I haven't seen it available anywhere from an online retailer around $60, and I believe the price is still well above that if you are lucky enough to find it...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Today's "office frag" selection is Gucci Pour Homme II, which I like, but it's honestly feeling a bit inadequate this cold morning and I wish I had grabbed something with a touch more heft.
  72. Re: Top ten list of favourite fragrances that can be got for $60 or less

    Where are you getting Rive Gauche for under $60?!
  73. Re: Top ten list of favourite fragrances that can be got for $60 or less

    Yes to both.

    Montana Black is a tremendous Gothic fougere, an entirely unneutered, uncompromised take on the 1980s powerhouse style with a dark edge. That it only emerged a few years ago is...
  74. Re: Top ten list of favourite fragrances that can be got for $60 or less

    In alphabetical order, by house:

    Aramis Havana

    Aramis Tuscany

    Bentley for Men Intense

    Guerlain Heritage EDT
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Yeah, I haven't spent a lot of time with it, but I'm not crazy about it.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I'll be going to the office more often, and this office has very cramped, small meeting rooms, so anything loud is absolutely inappropriate to wear during business days.

    So I've been thinking more...
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    Re: Latest Cartier - L'Envol Parfum!

    I find them fairly different. There's shared DNA, but I think the EDP--which came first--is a more fully realized version of the L'Envol concept. I find the EDT to have less personality.
  78. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    I'm not saying I want this, but I'm envisioning DHI crossed with D&G The One EDP.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    T O M
    F O R D
    E X T R E M E
    (2007)

    I've got a bottle on the way and am just finishing up my decant. TF never released a more elegant, sophisticated scent.
  80. Re: NEW Andy Tauer L'Air des Alpes Suisses

    The reactions to this one are bumming me out. I was hoping for something really crisp and pine-y, like a bracing blast of cool mountain air.
  81. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    As I said earlier, I'd imagine this will skew mass-appealing. I haven't tried DHP but it seems to be three more divisive entry in the DH/DHI/DHP trifecta.
  82. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Then it sounds like they'll discontinue DHP in favor of a new "dark" flanker.
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    Re: Latest Cartier - L'Envol Parfum!

    From the notes, it looks like an more or less different fragrance with a different scent profile, not just a beefed-up take on the original.
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    Re: Latest Cartier - L'Envol Parfum!

    I think the EDP is plenty strong and is a best-of-the-decade designer masculine, so I'm eager to sample this.

    I didn't care for the EDT.
  85. Re: Your Current Thoughts on Lalique Ombre Noire?

    Yeah, it's nicely composed, I just don't think it offers enough intrigue or fascination to really qualify as a best-in-class entry.
  86. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    B A N A N A
    R E P U B L I C
    O U D
    M O S A I C

    Banana Republic has some really nice entries in its line and this is one of them, a rose-oud descended from Oud Ispahan. Like the other winners...
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    Re: Fougere D'argent & Viking

    I share your preference.

    I wouldn't recommend either as a blind-buy, though.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    It's a cold day in the mountains, so a warm, cozy fragrance was called for. I chose Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah and it is doing beautifully in the cold air.
  89. Re: Looking for a good fragrance for a 25 year old young professional

    Of the three, Dior Homme Intense is the best option.
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    Re: Beginer what path to choose?

    If these are blind-buys, I say go with the option that lets you try more scents.


    Encre Noire Extreme is my favorite of these.

    Hanae Mori HiM EDP is a good option that doesn't get enough love...
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    Re: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    It's the best smoke note I've encountered in a fragrance.
  92. Re: Burberry London for Men - thoughts on Performance

    I don't think I've ever smelled anything I would say is exactly like Burberry London. I'm just thinking more generally of the "Christmasy" tobacco masculine.
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    Re: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    Glad you like this one!

    It's my SOTD today.

    I will say that while I understand your "shisha" comment (that sweet spice blend element here has that feeling), I don't get an actual, distinct...
  94. Re: Burberry London for Men - thoughts on Performance

    The opening is definitely the most interesting part of Burberry London.

    I ended up giving my decant away because there've been plenty of scents in this avenue I liked more. It's certainly a...
  95. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Maybe? Or maybe they want a "dark" flanker that's more mass-appealing than DHP is supposed to be (again, I haven't tried it).
  96. Re: Expensive smelling men’s fragrances not necessarily high priced?

    And, reformulated though they are, the Guerlain classics still beat 95% of what's available on the market.
  97. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    They pretty much took DHP off the market in the USA, so the idea that they might launch something else in its place isn't an outlandish one.

    (And, no, I haven't tried it, given that it's not...
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    Re: House of Caron

    Reformulating a scent when major components have to be removed essentially leaves the perfumer with the difficult job of creating an entirely new fragrance, but one that still resembles its forebear....
  99. Re: Your Current Thoughts on Lalique Ombre Noire?

    Well, my sample of Ombre Noire arrived, and the comparison to Encre Noire à l'Extrême isn't entirely off the mark. They're not similar in terms of notes, but they have a similar dry-dark thing going...
  100. Re: Burberry London for Men - thoughts on Performance

    Folks' perception of this one varies a lot. I get 6 hours from it with about 2 hours of decent projection. Not a beast, but it's not meant to be a beast.
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