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

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    This Roucel-authored fougere-gourmand is pleasant. Rochas Man isn't overly loud or sweet, and is smooth and transparent in the way that many designer scents were going for...
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    Re: Second Fragrance

    Try Hanae Mori HM EDT or CK One Shock for Men.

    They're cheap enough that you could actually get both of them! They're both youthful, well-made, and distinct, and neither of them qualify as a...
  3. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    If the advertisement is any indication of intent--which it might not be--the idea might have been to reinvent the original to make it more of an anyday/anytime fragrance. The original strikes me as...
  4. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Here's a commercial for the 2014 re-release:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBjpC8llxNk

    And here's what the print campaign looked like:
    ...
  5. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    It still hung on for a while, it seems, but yeah. That'd do it.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    It's most bourbon-y during the opening, but develops more into a booze-tinted, aged, mellow vanilla mingled with vetiver and sandalwood....
  7. Re: Do you sometimes smell alcohol from your initial sprays?

    Same.

    If I get my nose *immediately* on my skin (or paper, if I'm spraying there), sometimes I can pick up some alcohol.
  8. Re: Recommendation for someone who LOVES Tuscan Leather

    Floris Leather Oud (not the Dior) is an underrated fragrance in this arena.
  9. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Hilarious.
  10. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

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    Should be getting here tomorrow. Given my recent cacao kick, I'm eager to try it out.
  11. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    Neiman Marcus is an inhospitable place, IMO.
  12. Re: Smelled mont blanc explorer at Dillards

    On its own terms, I think it's a run of the mill designer scent.

    I don't think it smells much like Aventus proper and wouldn't connect the two if folks hadn't already hyped it as a kind of clone....
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    Your benevolence is greatly appreciated! Info sent.
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    Tragically, I miss the six month cutoff, but I look forward to reading the reactions from others here.
  15. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Neroli Woods is more often compared to Neroli Portofino, though it's a bit woodier/less floral than NP.
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    I like the Art of Shaving one.

    Guerlain Vetiver is the classic (though I slightly prefer Vetiver Extreme, I think).

    And then there's Lalique Encre Noire and/or Chanel Sycomore for more niche-y...
  17. Re: Smelled mont blanc explorer at Dillards

    I tried this for the second time the other week.

    I think it's unimpressive and generic-smelling, but there are worse things out there. The problem with "poor man's Aventus" scents is that what...
  18. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I dunno where that fits in. My bottles of the vintage and the post-2014 MK for Men both say Made in the USA.
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    Grey Vetiver seems to be well-liked on Basenotes. Don't mistake the opinions of two outspoken folks for that of the majority!
  20. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    You overpaid. :wink:
  21. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    If your bottle still says Givenchy on the bottom, it's the good stuff. They played with the logo a bit during the original's lifespan.
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    "We're not so different, you and me..."

    I think Grey Vetiver is okay but I don't see why it would be anyone's first choice in its category. Or even second or third!

    Dunhill Icon is a really...
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    Re: Death

    Lalique Encre Noire

    Histories de Parfums 1740 Marquis de Sade
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    Well, I think Dunhill Icon is better than Grey Vetiver, so I'm hoping he ditched the latter.
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    It's the Sichuan pepper overdose that I love most about this fragrance!

    Someone on here compared Noir Anthracite to Asian cuisine cooking on hot coals. That sounds about right to me.
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    Due to the post formatting, it's unclear whether he returned Dunhill Icon or TF Grey Vetiver.
  27. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Yeah, in the last few weeks.
  28. Re: Which Gucci Guilty is the best out of the 3?

    Gucci Guilty Absolute and Tom Ford Noir Anthracite both hit the market in 2017. They were both flankers from designer houses that bore no resemblance to the fragrances they supposedly flanked, and...
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    Re: Cedar! Cedar!

    Olivina Bourbon Cedar is pretty simple--it's fresh-cut cedar, bourbon, subdued vanilla, and a dash of smoke--but it's well-balanced and evolves nicely on the skin.
  30. Re: Which Gucci Guilty is the best out of the 3?

    GG Absolute is a truly incredible thing and it's amazing that it somehow snuck into this lineup.

    They should've called it Gucci Pour Homme III.
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    I don't know what you paid, but it's a nice-looking watch. Hard to tell for sure without handing it, but it looks like it was designed with good attention to detail, with a custom case, dial, and...
  32. Re: Your Favorite Mall Store Fragrance/Favorite Mall Store for Fragrance

    Because you're mostly asking about disreputable designers! L'Occitane is a respectable house with a terrific lineup.
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    If you like the watch, then you did okay!

    Watch pricing, much like fragrance pricing, doesn't really make any sense. All you can do is buy and wear what brings you some joy.
  34. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I initially didn't like Michael for Men all that much, either (for a little bit of time my bottle of the vintage was up on my swap list). But I changed my mind and I grew to love it.
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    Re: Cedar! Cedar!

    Also worth a mention is Olivina Bourbon Cedar. It's a minimalist scent that pretty much delivers exactly what the name promises. If you want a blast of fresh-cut cedar like you work in a carpentry...
  36. Re: Your Favorite Mall Store Fragrance/Favorite Mall Store for Fragrance

    Well, Primark, which is even cheaper than Zara, is also targeting higher income areas in the US. Regardless of cost, these chains specialize in "fast fashion," which means they thrive in areas where...
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    Re: Cedar! Cedar!

    Favorite cedar? Probably Lalique Pour Homme EDP.
  38. Re: Your Favorite Mall Store Fragrance/Favorite Mall Store for Fragrance

    Zara is a hugely popular international chain that has only recently started to come to the US, focusing on high-income areas.
  39. Re: Your Favorite Mall Store Fragrance/Favorite Mall Store for Fragrance

    This is kind of cheating, but their stores show up regularly in high-end malls: L'Occitane.

    But to give an answer more suited to the spirit of your question, I haven't sampled many from this...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Cheers. I hope it's to your liking!
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    Re: What's worth noting at the moment?

    I own Tom Ford stuff so, y'know, I'm not immune to buying "overpriced" fragrances. That said, I wouldn't want Aventus Cologne even if it was free. It's not an exciting or interesting scent regardless...
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    Re: Tom Ford Metallique

    Usually, though there are always different grades of ACs.

    From the bottle's color scheme, it almost looks like this is meant to be the wide release equivalent of Soleil Blanc, though what the...
  43. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    I think what will actually grab a person's interest is always hard to predict. I was utterly disinterested in designer stuff--content to stick with my good ol' Polo Blue--until my wife had me try out...
  44. Re: "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    Boozy notes are polarizing, so I understand.

    Fortitude is an oddball scent--it seems to be well-liked outside of Basenotes but is less beloved here--and I still haven't found any true equivalent...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2019

    Two good 'uns.
  46. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Aren't both versions discontinued now?
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    I got the big bottle for $24.99 at Marshalls and it's a no-brainer pickup at that price if you want a contemporary, masculine neroli scent.

    At the prices I'm seeing it go for online, it has more...
  48. Re: La Nuit De L'Homme 2019 batch worth it?

    I was never all that impressed by it even when it was supposedly at its best, and at $50 or so from discounters, I think you could probably do much better for the money. I would stay away from...
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    Re: Will high heat damage my order?

    This is the honest truth.
  50. Re: "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    If you want some smokiness with your amber, try Robert Graham Fortitude, which is a nice cheaper option. Quite masculine.

    If you're going upmarket, Lubin Idole is nice.
  51. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    I haven't been here forever but I've generally seen Original Santal referred to positively rather than negatively.
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    Re: What's worth noting at the moment?

    Aventus Cologne?

    https://media2.giphy.com/media/gfT2hGhrI5wBME50p5/giphy.gif
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    Re: Favorite Banana Republic Frag?

    Hm! I don't get sticky sweetness from Neroli Woods (not really a fan of sticky-sweet scents in general). There's a floral sweetness coming straight from the neroli, but I don't sense added sugar....
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    Re: What's worth noting at the moment?

    This one is really nice, and would be a real winner if the sweetness were toned down a tad.
  55. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Hmmm. I own and enjoy both, but don't see much similarity between Bentley Intense and Michael for Men 2001 beyond the fact that they're both boozy-rich masculines. Certainly, Bentley Intense has...
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    Re: Favorite Banana Republic Frag?

    I snagged a bottle of Neroli Woods at Marshalls recently and came away impressed. Comparisons abound to Neroli Portofino, but, if you can believe it, Neroli Woods is actually more Tom Ford-y than...
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    Re: What's worth noting at the moment?

    Oh, every time I try TF frags at a department store, SAs make a beeline for me and I can't shake 'em. It's frustrating.
  58. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I'm glad you got to try it and glad you enjoy it.

    I find more significant quality and performance distinctions between them than you do, but even if I find 2014 a bit disappointing compared to its...
  59. Re: Why is your favorite genre your favorite?

    I'm generally drawn to spicy-woody-gourmand masculines, particularly if they have a tobacco note. When I was in my very early adolescence, I toured a cigar factory in Havana and handled raw tobacco...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    More "Tom Ford"-y than Tom Ford's own neroli-driven scents (which could be a good or bad thing depending on who you are), this is a linear...
  61. Re: With the recent L’Oréal buyout of Mugler Azzaro Etc. Are You Worried?

    Same, though I feel for those who are.
  62. Re: Which fragrance gladly come back to and rediscovering many years after the first testing?

    Yes, this or its ever-so-slightly superior sibling, Au Coeur du Désert, are endlessly fascinating.
  63. Re: Frag Sleuths: Creed uses mostly synthetics but why do their frags smell so natural to my nose?

    I don't know what the intention was with Viking, exactly, but I do find it fairly ho-hum.
  64. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

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    An acutely sweet, warm gourmand built around a sophisticated and nuanced blend of coffee, cacao, and tobacco. If it was a little less sugary, I'd...
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    Re: Your guilty pleasure fragrance

    It's still widely liked, there's just a vocal minority of us Basenoters who find it a bit tough to wear.

    I think a number of Tobacco Vanille's descendants took the same basic DNA and improved on...
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    Re: One choice for:

    Autumn Date:
    Michael Kors Michael for Men (Vintage)

    Spring Cinema Visit:
    Dior Eau Sauvage EDT

    Winter City Walk:
    Robert Graham Fortitude

    Summer Dinner with Friends:
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    Re: Your favorite cinnamon fragrances?

    CK Obsession is the first thing that comes to mind.

    There's some nice cinnamon in Santa Maria Novella Acqua di Cuba.
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    Re: Your guilty pleasure fragrance

    There's plenty of stuff mentioned in here that doesn't fit your definition (or mine)!
  69. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    I wouldn't be surprised at all to learn that Tom Ford has some personal drive to keep Rive Gauche alive and is doing this in part as a response to YSL's mismanagement of it.
  70. Re: Frag Sleuths: Creed uses mostly synthetics but why do their frags smell so natural to my nose?

    I think that's hyperbolic, but I do think Aventus Cologne is quite unimpressive. Creed fans should be concerned about the house's trajectory post-Aventus.
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    Re: Your guilty pleasure fragrance

    Yeah, DOES NOT COMPUTE
  72. Re: Pick Top 5 Most Masculine Fragrances You Have Smelled?

    Lalique Encre Noire is still very much itself. And, yes, it's very masculine, if, in your mind, "earthy" scents read as "masculine." It's got that biomechanical ink accord mixed in with damp leaves...
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    Re: Tuscan Leather worth it in 2019?

    My bottle--which, again, is the OL 16 Private Blend release--lasts for ages on me. I thought consensus was that the 2018 stuff performed just as well.

    I know there have been complaints that newer...
  74. Re: Frag Sleuths: Creed uses mostly synthetics but why do their frags smell so natural to my nose?

    Yes to all of this.


    Historically, perhaps. But Aventus, their last major release and blockbuster, was a decade ago. Their releases in its wake have suggested a decline of ambition and vision as...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2019

    I've got a sample of Lalique Noir Premier Or Intemporel 1888 on the way (Lalique does a gourmand tobacco? I gotta try that out).

    And then I've snagged a bottle of Rochas Man.
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    Re: Your guilty pleasure fragrance

    Would some of you care to define exactly how you're thinking of the term "guilty pleasure"? For example, I get that Le Male is a bit played out, but it's a notable fragrance that justifiably spawned...
  77. [CONUS] Re: Atelier Cologne, Boucheron, Jacomo, Luciano Pavarotti, Michael Kors, Paco Rabanne, Salvador Dali

    New additions!
  78. [CONUS] Re: Atelier Cologne, Boucheron, Jacomo, Luciano Pavarotti, Michael Kors, Paco Rabanne, Salvador Dali

    New additions!
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    Re: Your guilty pleasure fragrance

    People look down on these fragrances?
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    Re: Top-tier cacao scents

    Yeah, as noted in my first post, I greatly prefer L'Instant EDT to L'Instant EDP.
  81. Re: Pick Top 5 Most Masculine Fragrances You Have Smelled?

    Nobody else is gonna mention this one?

    I'm not saying it's my favorite, but this thing is a bracing, explosive blast of aromatic masculinity.
  82. Re: Pick Top 5 Most Masculine Fragrances You Have Smelled?

    THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE:

    Jacomo de Jacomo Original
  83. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    The PBs are generally designed to be BIG CENTRAL ACCORD with a bit of background ornamentation to give it some uplift. The Signature releases are a bit more well-rounded, often skewing more...
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    Re: Oud Minérale

    TF's Private Blend releases have all generally been built around a central accord that it drives straight into the ground, but I do think the private blend releases that really made the brand's...
  85. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    My nose can't pick up a clear difference. Maybe something very subtle in there, but they generally wear the same.
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    Re: Oud Minérale

    ADG Profumo takes a different route but does achieve a similar vibe (the smoky aquatic), though it's much more mass-appealing than TF Oud Minerale.
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    Re: Oud Minérale

    Note lists are misleading!

    There's coconut in Sydney Rock Pool but there's also a lot else going on. The mineral-marine-seaweed hearts of Oud Minerale and Sydney Rock Pool are very similar,...
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    Re: Tuscan Leather worth it in 2019?

    I've always found Tuscan Leather unbalanced. It's striking, but I don't think the composition quite clicks together.

    As far as I'm concerned, Ombré Leather (I have the private blend OL 16 release,...
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    Re: Top-tier cacao scents

    This one sounds interesting! Dirt and cacao.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Particularly enjoying would be a stretch, but I'm currently wearing

    S A L V A T O R E
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    I wanted to revisit it after trying it at the mall this past weekend, so I...
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    Re: Top-tier cacao scents

    I've come to love it as I've used cacao nibs more in my cooking and baking.
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    Re: Top-tier cacao scents

    I didn't know Endymion had a cacao note.

    Rochas Man has been on my to-try list.
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    Re: Top-tier cacao scents

    Coming attractions, eh?
  94. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Yeah, I don't really care for Colonia in its current form (I've no idea what the vintage was like).
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    Re: Top-tier cacao scents

    Yeeeeeeesh
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    Re: Top-tier cacao scents

    Is Providence Cocoa Tuberose still in production?
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    Re: Oud Minérale

    Arquiste Sydney Rock Pool isn't any cheaper than Oud Minerale, but it is much better than Oud Minerale. It's built around a nearly identical marine/seaweed accord, but frames that accord much more...
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    Re: Top-tier cacao scents

    Slumberhouse Ore sounds wild.



    Not a big fan of Dior Homme, I must admit, at least in its current form. Kinda feels like it's always on the verge of going somewhere interesting without ever...
  99. Re: BDC Parfum vs The One EDP vs YSL Ultime

    It's definitely provocative.

    I find it an interesting creation with a clear vision--and one that still feels pretty current--but it's not something I'd particularly enjoy wearing or smelling on...
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    Top-tier cacao scents

    I'm wearing L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme EDT today--which is really lovely, moreso than the EDP, with that lovely, airy cacao suspended above the other elements--and it occurs to me that I've...
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