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    Re: Your current scent is discontinued tomorrow

    M7 Oud Absolu
    No and No - but not because I don't rate it. It will probably get 10 - 20 wears a year and at my age the bottle I have will probably do me!!
  2. Re: Which house do you have the most fragrances from & how many?

    A modest 4 for Galimard (slightly obscure at least!)
    Then 3 for Van Cleef and 2 each for Guerlain and Jo Malone.
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    Re: Best Reformulated Fragrances 2015

    The current (InterParfums) formulations of VC&A Pour Homme and Tsar are both very good. The current (EA) formulation of Grey Flannel isn't bad either (if you like GF that is!)
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    Re: Your favourite YSL except Kouros?

    Another for M7 Oud Absolu - it lasts and lasts and lasts.
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    Re: Guilty Pleasure

    That's a good list - I'd consider any of those - Shalimar in particular.
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    Re: Fragrances for summer

    GH is discontinued BTW - only GHI and GHLEB are in current production. Had you thought about L'Eau Boisée? It's really very good. If you'd like something green and obscure how about my SOTD -...
  7. Poll: Re: Have you ever experienced an allergic reaction to a fragrance?

    Can get a slight throat constriction/soreness with some - Marc Jacobs for Men was the worst so that went.
  8. Re: Your top undoubtedly masculine/Alpha fragrances!

    Of moderns, stuff like TF Extreme and M7 Oud Absolu I suppose.


    I think they did - its just a bit of a struggle excluding the classics. From my wardrobe I'd say Azzaro Pour Homme and VC&A Tsar.
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    Re: Quality small to medium size atomizers?

    I have one of these - an alternative to the Travelo and rather more versatile to use/reuse:

    http://www.flo-b2b.com/FLO_Fragrance_Atomizers/

    I have the small model and the sprayer isn't too bad.
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    Re: Most worn March '15

    1. Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels 10 wears
    2. M7 Oud Absolu by Yves Saint Laurent 7 wears
    3. Vanilla & Anise by Jo Malone 5 wears
    4. 1747 by Galimard 4 wears
    5. Grey Flannel by Geoffrey Beene 4 wears...
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    Re: What to buy in London

    So they did - missed that one - apologies for the misinformation!
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    Re: What to buy in London

    True - still like C&S though.

    No, probably not worth the trouble of you've been to Marble Arch.
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    Re: What to buy in London

    Les Senteurs is interesting and, if you go the the Elizabeth Street shop, you're just over the road from Jo Malone's new(ish) independent enterprise, Jo Loves. Jermyn Street for traditional fare...
  14. Re: Cheap 80s powerhouses - One Man Show vs Krizia Uomo vs Oscar Pour Lui vs Tsar vs Aramis vs etc

    This - though it's probably for others to comment on my ice cool classiness.
  15. Re: Improving the performance of the middle and base notes with proper re-applications?

    Only with light cologne. For example the longevity of R&G Jean Marie Farina Extra Veille (one of my summer favourites) is improved with this kind of treatment.
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    Re: My Retro purchases arrived!

    Tsar is in my early spring rotation - the current formula is pretty good IMO.
  17. Re: What scents have you been the most surprised by people's reactions to - either positive or negat

    Much the same reaction from my wife - which is a shame as for me it's a "what's not to like" kind of scent
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    Re: Clean vetiver fragrance

    Both of these ++
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    Re: A Package from Italy - Monotheme - Leather

    Monotheme have some interesting scents across their range aside from Leather (I have Vetiver Bourbon - sort of Guerlain without the leather) which are very cheap in the UK through M&S.
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    Re: NEW: Azzaro pour homme limited edition 2015

    They seem to be churning them out annually now - last years was ApH + orange, this years looks like ApH + ginger
  21. Re: Has there been, or will there be, a male fragrance with the same impact as Chanel No 5?

    Old Spice is plenty big outside the US - most people in the UK will have heard of it, most people's dads used it, most drugstores still carry it.
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    Re: What did they say you smelled like?

    The wife recently: "whats that smell like furniture polish?" - Monotheme Vetiver Bourbon.
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    Re: Sometimes fragrances smell different...

    Yes - all the time - weather, mood, whatever...
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    Re: A Vetiver for summer

    I'll add pluses for the Guerlain Boisée and Tom Ford GV - both good summer office scents. An unusual choice might be Monotheme Vetiver Bourbon which is very cheap (certainly via M&S in th UK) and is...
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    Re: SO, what are you wearing today?

    You're a gentleman and very kind!
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    Re: SO, what are you wearing today?

    Cheap black suit, cheap white shirt, middling bronze tie, expensive mother-of-pearl cufflinks, expensive Chelsea boots, Grey Flannel. Doesn't really sound like a positive fashion statement put like...
  27. Re: Did original YSL Kouros in the 80's and 90's sell best for a certain demographic?

    I bought it when it first came out when I was in my mid-twenties. Even then I found it overpowering (I tended towards things like Chanel PM, Eau Sauvage and Equipage back then) and after quite a...
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    Re: Looking to buy first Oud Fragrance

    M7OA is my first and only Oud to date - I think you'll be pleased with it.
  29. Re: if you spray cologne on your clothes does it last ?

    In addition to clothes hair retains scent and can be used to boost longevity (eg splash some water in your hand, add 2/3 sprays of whatever, rub hands together and run through hair).
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    Re: L'Instant de Guerlain

    One over my winter favourites - and to the office if not over applied - just classy and not particularly of any age (but then I'm an old man myself so what do I know!)
  31. Re: What was the last bottle you completely finished???

    Molton Brown Black Pepper - finished about a year ago, bought around 2010. It was OK but won't replace. Next up nearly empty TdH EdT bought around 2008, but that will be replaced possibly with the...
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    Re: Lagerfeld Classic under Interperfumes

    MiP - (almost) invisible tube.
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    Re: Lagerfeld Classic under Interperfumes

    Good news and not altogether surprising. InterParfums have a reputation for acquiring and cleaning up classics that were languishing with previous licencees - Van Cleef being a prime example where...
  34. Re: SOTD - Valentine's Day Scent - Saturday 14th February 2015

    http://www.parfum-store.ro/3761-1627-thickbox/yves-saint-laurent-m7-oud-absolu-edt.jpg
    Valentine gift from my lovely wife!
  35. Re: Guys with 10+ bottles in their collection, do dates/girlfriends/wives/friends look at you funny?

    Exactly!
  36. Re: Are there any "must have" going out fragrances I'm missing?

    VC&A Midnight in Paris EdP
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    Re: Negative Comments

    Once got "smells like s**t and shaving foam" from the wife (Molinard Teck)
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    Re: "Green" scents

    Something slightly out of the ordinary is a beautiful Cologne Absolue by Galimard called Bambou Trèfle. Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay is pretty green if you like that style of thing too.

    +1 for...
  39. Re: Is there any problem with wearing after shave as perfume?

    One or two designers have taken shaving seriously over the years - Chanel notably and their splashes and balms do contain extras to deal with shaved skin. In my youth when I used Chanel PM a lot I...
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    Re: Jo Malone "Colognes"

    I don't find the concentrations or longevity terrible, just inconsistent. Lime, Basil and Mandarin is one of my favourites in summer and it seems no worse or better than many other citruses on the...
  41. Re: How was Edt called in your countries over the years?

    Back in the days of your vintage Equipage most people in the UK only used aftershave. Other "stuff" was marketed like Chanel as "A Gentleman's Cologne" (along with "A Gentleman's Aftershave " of...
  42. Re: Your top 3 most used fragrances in the past 2 years

    LIDG
    GH L'Eau Boisée
    Grey Flannel
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    Re: what is the WORST smelling fragrance

    Another one for L'Eau D'Issey - not that keen on Cool Water either.
  44. Re: Compare Cartier - Declaration Cologne & Dior - Homme Cologne 2013

    Except DHC2013 which really is not like DH or flankers at all - despite your enthusiasm for the Chanel I would still try DHC.
  45. Re: Compare Cartier - Declaration Cologne & Dior - Homme Cologne 2013

    I'm a big fan of DHC when it's warm. L'HBI guesses right that the citrus top (grapefruit) dries down to white musk - that is pretty much what you get - and yes it does last (my mileage on this has...
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    Re: Frags with an ultimate GOTHIC vibe?

    Narciso Rodriguez for Him
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    Re: Most worn January 2015

    1. Savile Row by Richard James 11 wears
    2. Azzaro pour Homme by Azzaro 10 wears
    3. Grey Flannel by Geoffrey Beene 5 wears
    4. Dirty English by Juicy Couture 3 wears
    5. Midnight in Paris by...
  48. Re: Looking for some memory assistance. Circa 1960's

    If you mean Neroli Portofino vs 4711 I don't think you'll offend anyone - it's well known that they smell very similar - the longevity and amount required differ vastly however.
  49. Re: Have you ever complained to a company about their fragrance and they responded?

    Many years ago took a bottle of "A Gentleman's Cologne" into Chanel in London because I thought it was off. They were courteous and replaced it on the spot.
  50. Re: cheap but nice cologne avalible in the u.k.

    CK One Shock (Boots, Debenhams)
    Lanvin Avant Garde (AllBeauty)
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    Re: Name your best, yet LIGHTEST scent

    Richard James Savile Row - light and airy yet complex and with very good longevity.
  52. Re: Are there any reformulations you actually liked?

    + 1 on Tsar and VC&A PH also - InterParfums have made a much better job of this licence than the disaster under YSL Beautée (ignoring the lamented loss of Zanzibar).
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    Re: Best Tobacco-Honeyish fragrance

    +1 certainly a good choice at the budget end.
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    Re: my first Guerlain

    Great choice and one of my winter favourites. Did you get to test any of the rarities (Derby etc)?
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    Re: Light, Airy Masculine Floral

    Not allowed to post samples overseas from here I'm afraid or I would - sorry.
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    Re: Light, Airy Masculine Floral

    +2 I've been wearing this to work on and off the past couple of weeks and it really is light, airy, masculine and floral. Not stuffy, but quite formal so not for jeans and tee IMO. Highly...
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    Re: violet perfume & lavender perfume

    EDIT - delete - silly reply to old thread...
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    Re: violet perfume & lavender perfume

    Violet - Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel
    Lavender - Czech & Speake Oxford & Cambridge
  59. Re: Calling on all Narciso Rodriguez for Him fans and owners

    I think it's quite original, has good longevity and I am fascinated by it - but I can never think when I'd wear it so haven't gone for a FB.
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    Re: my first Guerlain

    I bow to others' superior knowledge and withdraw my suggestion of a trip to Paris (though that might be the more pleasurable retail experience). That being said I'm sure there are some things you...
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    Re: my first Guerlain

    In fairness to the OP (though he's probably worked it out) we should be clear that we are recommending a mixture of apples and pears (some you can walk into a high street shop and buy for a...
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    Re: my first Guerlain

    (i) take train to Paris (ii) find Guerlain shop (iii) ask nicely (I'm not being facetious - that's probably your best bet). I second others votes for L'Eau Boisée though.
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    Re: Which fragrance blogs do you read?

    Frompyrgos is good and (if you're interested in the house) Monsieur Guerlain is worth keeping an eye on:
    http://www.monsieur-guerlain.com
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    Re: Modern chypres?

    Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisée is considered (by Thierry Wasser at least) to be a woody chypre wherein the Coimbatore vetiver replaces oakmoss in the structure. Up to you whether you accept it as a...
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    Re: Smokey Poppy The Body Shop..any thoughts

    Yes, does sound interesting but sadly not yet available in store or online here yet. Supposed to be targeted at Valentines so I imagine it must appear soon.
  66. Re: Is this paranoia or are my suspicions legitimate?

    Also give a strong frag time to dry down a little - "just before I walked out the door" is probably not a plan if you're going to church...
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    Re: Spraying clothes

    Back of neck +2!
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    Re: Spraying clothes

    I've seen this said before, but really? If you washed it in neat cologne daily maybe - compared with products, styling, pollution and daily life I cannot see how a spray or two could make any...
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    Re: Spraying clothes

    While we're on the subject of enhancing fragrance performance (and I am a member of the clothes-spraying party!) don't forget hair. Cup your hand and splash in a little water, add a spray or more...
  70. Thread: Tobacco

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    Re: Tobacco

    All at the same time I hope...!
  71. Re: Chanel A Gentleman's Cologne: a revised history

    Depends - what address is on it? Could be 1980s as shown above by Brummel. In my youth I used this a great deal and recall the change from the country-specific to French labelling also the boxes...
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    Poll: Re: Tubéreuse Criminelle or Carnal Flower

    Wow - this is some post revival (!) but anyway how about my SOTD - Richard James Savile Row?
  73. Re: New office fragrances need + must be long lasting with 2/4ft projection.

    Oh I see - not very urban me - still go with pong!
  74. Re: New office fragrances need + must be long lasting with 2/4ft projection.

    Ponkers...?
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    Re: Notes you can't stand?

    Long old thread on this:
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/373973-Deal-breaker-notes-What-are-your-least-favorite-perfume-notes
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    Re: How is L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme?

    I find LIDG very smooth and refined - a good winter office suit and tie fragrance.
  77. Re: What is the best Vetiver based fragrance that you have smelled?

    There are many - TF Grey Vetiver impressed me from the very first time I tried it. People rave about Sycomore but I was "meh" after a test spray in the Chanel Boutique so perhaps I need to try it...
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    Re: Midnight in Paris: Overhyped and overrated?

    I don't think it's overrated but I don't wear it as much as I thought I would - I spend too much time in the office and I don't really think of it as an office scent (maybe I should try again). As...
  79. Re: New office fragrances need + must be long lasting with 2/4ft projection.

    Of the requirements I'd question the need for up to 4ft projection in the office - sillage and longevity yes. One that hasn't come up and is an office favourite of mine in the spring is Guerlain...
  80. Re: Most beautiful masculine/unisex perfume bottle?

    Me too - not only the colours and look but the clever sleight of hand by which they've rendered the spray tube invisible in most light.
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    Poll: Re: Favorite House (Poll)

    Another for Guerlain though they are that rarity that is a mainstream perfumier which is neither niche nor designer. And whatever you think of his fragrances, Tom Ford is quite certainly a designer.
  82. Re: I don't like aquatics, but feel like I need a "fresh" option. Recommendations?

    +1 - a really good scent.
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    Re: Van Cleef & Arpels. Pour homme vs Tsar

    Love them both but only have Tsar right now which maybe says something. Must get another bottle of PH sometime...
  84. Re: Women's fragrances you consider unisex or even masculine?

    To me even more of an MiP vibe. Recently tried MiP and PI side by side on cards - they may start and end differently but somewhere in the middle they cross over and I could not really tell them...
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    Re: New powerhouses?

    Richard James Savile Row - an aromatic fougere but in a modern way.
  86. Re: Women's fragrances you consider unisex or even masculine?

    Shalimar, and of the recent flankers, Parfum Initial.
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    Re: Best, heaviest oriental (No Oud) ?

    Midnight in Paris EDP
  88. Re: Which fragrance in your collection has most longevity ?

    Grey Flannel: the violet ionone note hangs around for hours and hours.
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    Re: Which Tom Ford?

    Very good point - I don't own anything by Creed, but we probably shouldn't go down that path...
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    Re: Which Tom Ford?

    Not many mass-market designers are offering (almost) everything in EdP concentration.
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    Re: Which Tom Ford?

    Personally I think the quality is there. Try a couple of the "cheaper" ones - Grey Vetiver and Extreme are good. Otherwise, Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather and Neroli Portofino are the usual...
  92. Re: Show of hands -- who doesn't like The One and why?

    LOL - could say that about many things!
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    Re: Which note ruins a fragrance for you?

    I tend to avoid fig, but I could be persuaded. Much as, like others, I tend to avoid tuberose but have been persuaded by Richard James Savile Row.
  94. Re: Besides your skin, WHAT do your spray certain fragrances on and WHERE in your home?

    Grey Flannel: two sprays in the bath, sprayed cards in the underwear drawer.
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    Re: Most worn in 2014

    Not un-anything actually Ken!! You have to go to the Your Most Worn section of SOTD on 31 December and view In The Last Year and, as that just gives you the last 365 days, it only works as a...
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    Re: Most worn in 2014

    What a fantastic variety was worn by BNers in 2014!! Let's see what 2015 brings...
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    Most worn in 2014

    The SOTD feature is really useful to keep track of what you're wearing (and are not wearing) if you have any interest in balancing you rotations. I work mostly in an office and, as you can see, feel...
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    Re: Most worn December 2015

    LIDG was top in December.
  99. Re: Guerlain counters (or lack thereof) in dept stores in Australia

    In London most of the big stores have a counter and one or two a half-way decent walk around "mini boutique". Never as grand or prominent as the big designers though. Outside London there's not so...
  100. Re: Which fragrances in the last 15 years "changed the game"?

    As noted, the style of JCE (TdH in particular), the westernisation of oud and the effects of AdG (more than 15 years ago but still influential).
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