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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    I will add, stuff that I used to think was super raunchy I wear fairly easily now and don't bat an eye at the animalics of today, especially compared to what they once were, 30-40-50-60 years ago....
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    Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    Agreed.

    And I'm a fan of some of those like Borneo 1834, Muscs Koublai Khan, and Fumerie Turque.

    The pricepoint of $375 is ludicrous for all three, and about double what I'd be willing to pay...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    When I first embarked on this 'fragrance journey' (to be perfectly pretentious about it) about five years ago now, strong animalics used to bother me quite a lot, and there was always the...
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    Re: Poison Dior questions, please!

    Vintage Poison in the edt is still relatively cheap and plentiful on eBay, and the edt is to my way of thinking 'nuclear enough'.

    You might want to explore other Tuberose perfumes, although you...
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    Re: Is Byredo a copycat brand?

    Seems a bit harsh.

    Epinette has created some interesting and original work for Byredo, Atelier Cologne, and others. But he's also slummed it a bit with a few for Zara, at least one of which does...
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    Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz89H0DfVTk

    "Lady Marmalade" by LaBelle pretty much introduced the phrase to the rest of the world. Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)? Do you want to sleep...
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    Re: Minimalist Masterpieces

    Patchouly Indonesiano by Farmacia SS. Annunziata

    Maybe even more than the Santa Maria Novella Patchouli, which does have some florals and hay and other stuff in the background, this one just lets...
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    Re: 3.4oz (100ml) vs 6.7oz (200ml) Frags

    Set your sights higher than settling for mainstream mediocrity.

    If you really have to buy designer, for cost considerations, these are to my way of thinking infinitely preferable.

    Dior...
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    Re: That typical head shop incense smell...

    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0207/3700/products/s1168_1024x1024.jpg?v=1481221023

    You can find this stuff in any headshop and it's easily the most popular brand. Amazon too, of course. It's...
  10. Re: Looking for Rasai Shuhrah and shaghaf type perfumes

    You can get Tobacco Blaze for around £60-70. I wouldn't though as it's not really that impressive.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=tobacco+blaze&_sacat=0
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    Re: Does Oud Ispahan by Dior use real oud?

    +1

    Good stuff to know. I much prefer the resinous stuff from Givaudan to the more medicinal types. A good skanky or 'blue cheese' oudy smell is also preferable to those medicinal ouds, at least it...
  12. Re: What are the notes in Neutrogena's Rainbath shower gel?

    Speaking of lemmings, a while ago my curiosity got the better of me and I purchased a bottle online, at probably double the American cost. Fairly underwhelmed was my assessment. It's ok, but my take...
  13. Re: Would you mind recommending me a fragrance, please?

    A shame you didn't get one of the other Dior Hommes (Homme, Homme Intense, Homme Parfum) instead of the Cologne. It's probably the least of that line. But any of the Sport versions, Cologne, or Eau,...
  14. Re: 'Spicebomb by Jean Paul Gaultier' causes bomb scare in Canada.

    https://media1.giphy.com/media/B8LS4l0xS2vwk/giphy.gif
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    Re: A Short Guide to Coniferous Fragrances:

    Yeah, quite a different beast from what's currently sold. Everything seems amped up, and there's so much more body in vintage. I do like current though, and it's probably more wearable than vintage,...
  16. Re: 'Spicebomb by Jean Paul Gaultier' causes bomb scare in Canada.

    I could say something snide here, like Spicebomb being stuck in a toilet was somehow appropriate but I won't. :rolleyesold:


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    Re: Elie Saab Essence no 3 Ambre

    In my opinion it's not, but I'm not really an amber fan anyway, especially the sweeter stuff. Ambre Sultan is great and a bargain right now.
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    Re: Elie Saab Essence no 3 Ambre

    Similar to the sweeter ambers like Armani Prive Myrrhe Imperiale and Ambre Precieux by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier, but at a fraction of the price of those. You can find it online for under $70 but...
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    Re: Take Me In Two Directions (What to Try)

    I suppose it depends on how much you want to spend and whether you want real oud or are satisfied with synthetic. I find the Montale's to be screechy and medicinal, so Black Aoud isn't my thing.
    ...
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    Re: Jasmin de Pays by Perris Monte Carlo

    Lists for 145€.
  21. Re: Similar to Caron the Third man for hot seasons

    I assume you want something with cloves rather prominent, and that isn't normally a note you associate with summer.

    Yardley Gentleman might work, if you like a more classic men's cologne. It...
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    Re: A Short Guide to Coniferous Fragrances:

    Coniferous Fragrances




    Fragrance
    Description
    Rating
    New entry since last guide?
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    Re: Niche Fragrance for an older mother

    You might want to consider their minature sets as well. 6x7.5ml of some of the ones you're considering.

    https://www.amouage.com/fragrance/accessories/miniature-modern-collection-for-woman.html
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    Re: Niche Fragrance for an older mother

    A sweet white floral. White florals and I do not seem to get along, but I'm starting to make peace with tuberose. Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Gardenia, etc still coming to terms with.
  25. Re: Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    This is true.

    Lately I've been eyeing coke in the glass bottles, even though you pay a premium for it. There's something about nearly ice-cold pop in glass (or 'soda' for those south of the...
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    Re: Compliments...is it a cultural thing?

    Completely understandable. My nose curls reflexively whenever I encounter it now, though the first time I smelt it I found it "interesting".
  27. Re: Cheap alternatives to John Varvatos Artisan Blu or Bvlgari Aqva?

    Artisan Blu is a whopping $33 at Fragrance.net.

    You might want to check the dollar store for something cheaper...
  28. Re: Mancera Black to Black Tester at Fragrancenet

    No, very close to Montale's Black Aoud, just more patchouli.
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    Re: 'Tom Ford made it custom for me'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kFGvNHMK8Y

    And if there was any doubt that 2019 is truly the year of Keanu Reeves, he just showed up as a character in the video game Cyberpunk 2077, where the...
  30. Re: Documentary that argues for Luca Turin's hypothesis about the sense of smell.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4ONRJ1kTdA
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    Re: Niche Fragrance for an older mother

    Fate Woman by Amouage

    ...is a really good suggestion. It's far better than Tom Ford's Black Orchid, which is a bit trashy but in fun way. Fate Woman is all shiny light in an oriental package, just...
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    Re: Your favorite 3 cheapies below €/$ 25,=

    You'll notice it right away, for its added greeness to the opening. After a bit, it blends in, giving it a more woody character.
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    Re: Your favorite 3 cheapies below €/$ 25,=

    Encre Noire/Encre Noire Extreme

    Bogart Signature/Bogart One Man Show Oud Edition

    Aramis Tuscany/Havana

    I was thinking of Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin also, but it's now discontinued and...
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    Re: Your favorite 3 cheapies below €/$ 25,=

    +1

    These are both good posts. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Help my next blind buy..!

    Zino by Davidoff

    ...but only in vintage form (with the cursive lettering on the box/bottle). It looks cheap but smells great, and frankly is better than most niche fragrances that cost many times...
  36. Re: How does Le Labo maintain consistency of fragrances?

    It's just part of their shtick, like getting your name on the perfume's label and the box, promoting some sort of exclusivity when it's really anything but. And you pay through the nose for this...
  37. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Have sniffed the recent modern versions and was not interested in either, but know why they're trading off their legacy with fragrances that dissimilar. It's cynical but understandable.

    I will...
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    Re: Commodity Shuttered

    I was in a Sephora a few days ago and was surprised at how few Replicas and Ateliers were there, as they used to have seemingly the entire lines. Atelier now reduced to a few citrusy ones, their...
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    Re: Best of Crabtree & Evelyn?

    If you're lucky, and not concerned with the prohibitive prices.

    A bar of their Mysore Sandalwood soap now costs around $40 on eBay.
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    Re: 'Tom Ford made it custom for me'

    Yeah. Came out May 31.
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    Re: Best Sleep-Inducing Fragrances For Bedtime?

    I wore Zino by Davidoff a lot just before bed. The lavender is in the top notes but hangs around for a long, long time. Vintage being much preferred, as it's so smooth with much better ingredients.
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    Re: Givenchy Gentleman vs Kouros

    You might want to steer clear of Furyo by Jacques Bogart then. Kouros is about a 2 on the nag champa index. Furyo is an 11. :smiley:
  43. Thread: fruty exotic

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    Re: fruty exotic

    Moonlight in Heaven by Kilian

    Not my thing at all, but checks off a lot of your boxes.
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    Re: 'Tom Ford made it custom for me'

    umm... Always Be My Maybe (Netflix)

    “There is no greater sadness than knowing that Keanu Reeves is the guy you have to worry about.” - Netflix description
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    Re: Rasasi Dilemma : Tasmeem vs Daarej

    Daarej smells similar to V for men by Valentino, a 'classy' designer that you can pick for a fraction of the price with Daarej. They're very close.

    Tasmeem is similar to Daarej but spicier, with...
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    Re: Givenchy Gentleman vs Kouros

    'Man musk' is an apt descriptor for Kouros.

    I was surprised that these two share many common main notes (Civet, Leather, Honey, Patchouli, Oakmoss) as I think of Givenchy Gentleman (the original,...
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    'Tom Ford made it custom for me'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex403ii_Bhs

    Always Be My Maybe (Netflix)
    Keanu Reeves as Keanu Reeves.
  48. Re: The 10 Fragrances I Can't Get Out of My Head and Am Totally Obsessed With Right Now OMG!

    WARNING: The "ick" factor only gets stronger too.
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    Re: Rasasi Reference thread

    Probably a generational thing.

    La Yuqawam is basically a powerhouse linear leather, with some raspberry and saffron, quite similar to Tom Ford's Tuscan Leather. It's one of the highest rated...
  50. Re: Who are YOUR favorite fragrance reviewers on youtube?

    I think it does. How else to explain the ever escalating prices and supply of higher-end stuff on the market? But I'm guessing. My social orbit doesn't include areas where there would be any social...
  51. Re: Who are YOUR favorite fragrance reviewers on youtube?

    I think some guys do go a bit overboard though, hyping relatively inexpensive scents a bit more than is warranted. But that's probably also a reaction to so much over-priced shit literally flooding...
  52. Re: Who are YOUR favorite fragrance reviewers on youtube?

    Interesting enough takes on mostly lower-priced designers. He waxes prosaically about them, so I just sprayed on some Azzaro Visit. It's good, as anything by Annick Menardo usually is. But it's also...
  53. Thread: DedCool

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    Re: DedCool

    Ten fragrances released last year.



    I suspect an exercise in marketing rather than strictly perfumery but I could be wrong. Bottles look like a more utilitarian version of Le Labo.
  54. Re: I seem to have been struck somewhat anosmic recently, what are your cures?

    Does sound like something physical. Often times I'll just eat a bowl of something steaming and maybe hot in flavour to open my sinuses up. That seems to work as well as anything, and is a lot more...
  55. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I like Kiehl's quite a bit also. Given my druthers, I'd rather pay $50 for a 50ml of Kiehls than $450 for Muscs Koublai Khan, which is just stupid. Canadian list price.
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    Re: Bvlgari Black no longer in production

    I'd been looking at this one for a while now. The prices online are appealing for what would be a blind buy. Considering the Intense version.
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    Re: Sephora to close all its US stores June 5th

    Does the Pope **** in the woods?
  58. Re: Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui Vintage vs Vintage vs New

    I actually like the newer stuff. A bit crude, and the opening reminds me more of hair spray, but it soon gets to something that smells good. Sort of in the Tsar/Bogart Signature realm of scents, and...
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    Sephora to close all its US stores June 5th

    ....for "diversity training".



    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/03/sephora-to-shut-us-stores-for-diversity-training-after-sza-racial-profiling-claim
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    Re: Bvlgari Black no longer in production

    If so, an indication of just how far Bulgari's men's fragrances have fallen in recent years. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Bvlgari Black no longer in production

    It is in my opinion, and many others have said that before me.

    The current stuff is insulting, and I got rid of a purchased bottle from online immediately.
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    Re: Bvlgari Black no longer in production

    The stuff that's been in production for the past few years, and probably since at least 2011 is damned unimpressive which is why the price has dwindled down to the 30s and even 20s online.The...
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    Re: How to tell when you are addicted?

    The scent equivalent of feeling horrible but looking fabulous.
  64. Re: Scents that are a dumb reach (whatever that means)

    I'm amused by how many Basenoters just write FBW instead, and basically expect everyone else to know what they're talking about. But then again, I'm also amused by the sexist term "panty dropper"...
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    Re: How to tell when you are addicted?

    That is a daily dilemma..er..question, yes. What's your point? :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Rasasi Hawas worth the hyped price?

    Invictus is already crass. So I guess Hawas would be crass². :rolleyesold:
  67. Re: Scents that are a dumb reach (whatever that means)

    I think of 'dumb reach' fragrances as safe, easy to wear, but perhaps not all that inspiring. You might like them, but not love them.

    AdG Profumo

    Other, more obscure stuff like CdG Black Pepper...
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    Re: Rank My Fragrances

    Fahrenheit

    The rest:
    Acqua Di Gio Profumo
    Terre D'Hermes
    Grey Vetiver

    Sort of useful:
    Bleu de Chanel
    The One
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    Re: Has Serge Lutens Lost The Plot

    As the great Ronald Reagan used to say,

    https://media1.tenor.com/images/f0578cf9e89cfce724255d5ab10df86f/tenor.gif?itemid=6224062

    Trolls gotta troll, fish gotta swim, I guess.




    Your own...
  70. Poll: Re: Which Chanel As A Gift? (Please Vote To Help Out)

    If you knew she enjoyed Chanel no 5, you could get her a vintage extrait. This with a Marilyn Monroe print would be an unforgettable gift.
    ...
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    Re: Has Serge Lutens Lost The Plot

    Nothing you've brought up is not known here, but your own take is slanted and I'd suggested it's you who have some weird axe to grind with Turin, for whatever reasons. I don't really care what those...
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    Re: Most worn: May 2019

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    http://www.basenotes.net/photos/products/100/26141832-6324.jpg
    Led IV by Jazmin Saraο
    2 wears





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    Re: Most worn in May 2019

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    Led IV by Jazmin Saraο
    2 wears





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    Re: Perfumed business cards

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESuYHh2u5Z8

    Submitted without further comment.
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    Re: Thoughts on Straight to Heaven?

    I think WWE legend Jerry Lawler put it best and summed up my feelings about Straight to Heaven by Kilian.
    ...
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    Re: Thoughts on Straight to Heaven?

    Sure doesn't sound like Straight to Heaven though....
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    Re: Tuscan Leather Intense by Tom Ford

    I've made it sound bad on purpose, but like oud, it's used to accentuate other materials in perfume and is said to react differently on each person's particular skin type. By itself, you do notice a...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    Another thing is that ruins many designers and niche scents that just don't compare. The money squandered on inferior stuff, at whatever price point, get much better spent on buying things like...
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    Re: Tuscan Leather Intense by Tom Ford

    So, the addition of Davana, giving it a rich, rotting fruit, slightly mouldy cheese quality is worth another $100? Got it. :rolleyesold:
  80. Thread: Date advice

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    Re: Date advice

    +1.

    "A man is known by the shoes he wears."
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    Re: Has Serge Lutens Lost The Plot

    That's interesting that not a single point you raise about Turin is empirically true. He still makes his living as a scientist first, with a sideline and passion for perfume. Some of your other...
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    Re: ron winnegrad/new yorker

    The article mentions Love's Baby Soft, but Winnegrad was also involved in at least these as well.

    Balenciaga Rumba (1988, with Jean-Claude Ellena)
    Clinique Simply (2003)
    Dana Love's Baby Soft...
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    Re: Has Serge Lutens Lost The Plot

    You say "meditative" but I'm closer to Turin's verdict of "dismal". I haven't smelled the others you mentioned, but L'Orpheline and La Religieuse were so completely underwhelming to my nose. Not...
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    Re: Fathers day present

    Buy him some overpriced dreck in an expensive-looking bottle. That way if he doesn't like the fragrance itself he'll at least know you spent a lot of money.

    Creed
    Clive Christian
    Roja Dove
    ...
  85. Re: Who are YOUR favorite fragrance reviewers on youtube?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lQrfjUJqWk&t=233s

    Nikhil at Perfume Guru seems to have quit posting his reviews, due to the usual YouTube bullshit he was getting from people who don't have a...
  86. Re: SOTW: Scent of the Week. For those BRAVE souls among us:)

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/secundar/o.9147.jpg

    I could wear this stuff for a week, easily. Cost literally peanuts when it was sold, and is now long discontinued. You'd be lucky to find a full bottle...
  87. Re: SOTW: Scent of the Week. For those BRAVE souls among us:)

    I like This is Him! and Just Rock! But turning This is Him! into an Ambroxan bomb, e.g. Sauvage mixed with the Zadig and Voltaire just seems crass. I guess I should smell it first, but...
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    Re: Wired article on Artificial Olfaction

    Alexander Graham Bell was throwing this idea out there decades before anyone else, and almost a hundred years before Luca Turin and others were exploring the idea. Still unanswered, and still a...
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    Re: Tom Ford Santal Blush 2011

    If it hasn't been opened and is still in the box it should be fine. It is open, or has been stored badly (light, or near heat/humdity) there might be some degradation of quality. Perfume, stored...
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - Discontinued?

    In Dior's world (and to some extent, Chanel's), they can't be seen to lower prices on lower volume sellers, so they restrict them to certain markets, which keeps the price high, and maintains overall...
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    Re: Thierry Wasser in an old Drakkar Noir ad

    https://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/301196454456-0-1/s-l1000.jpg

    You can still find these on eBay. though considerably more than they were originally.
    ...
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    Re: Has Serge Lutens Lost The Plot

    Exactly.

    Serge Lutens was the Jeremy Fragrance of his day.

    /sarcasm
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    Re: Best fragrance performance ever...

    [IF THREAD = "FAVOURITE" | "BEST" | "ULTIMATE" | "PERFECT" THEN PRINT "Gengis Khan"]
    [IF THREAD = "CHEAP"+"QUALITY" | "BEST" | "ULTIMATE" | "PERFECT" THEN PRINT "Burberry London"]
    [F5]
    [REPEAT]
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    Re: Please need help about VERSACE THE DREAMER !

    Exactly.

    Nasty headache-inducing stuff.
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme I -fake or real

    My opinion is that the auction has ended, and after the listing flashes it goes straight to Polish eBay and tells me "tough luck", or words to that effect.
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    Re: My summer wardrobe needs your advice

    bingo.
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    Re: How to get (my nose) on Dior - Mitzwah

    eBay is cheaper than Paris, albeit not nearly as much fun.
    ...
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    Re: Acqua di Gio Essenza

    And even more mature-smelling than Essenza...:rolleyesold:
  99. Re: Tom Ford Tuscan Leather or Kilian Straight to Heaven

    Given each has a grossly exorbitant price tag, and feature a general lack of creativity, both could be equally offensive to many.

    Be that as it may, and you don't really care about price, and you...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Baque is very good too, and reminds me quite a bit of Sova, minus the roundedness with hay, licorice, and umpteen other notes. Sova is the quintessential fall fragrance, to my way of thinking.

    I...
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