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    Re: S O T D: Friday, March 14, 2014

    Essence Oud by Ferrari
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    Re: Karl Lagerfeld New Men's fragrance

    I agree, I have Liquid Karl and the vintage original and they are both great. I have Jako and Photo too which are very pleasant although not exceptional.
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite patchouli?

    Yes, this is a beautiful patchouli, one of my favourites.

    I also like Voleur de Roses by L'Artisan which is patchouli and rose, a dirty slutty rose, utterly intoxicating.

    Also worth a mention...
  4. Thread: Macassar

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    Re: Macassar

    Macassar is a majestic fragrance. It's worth sourcing a bottle if you can.
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    Re: Lit sweet cigarette scent

    Michael Kors for men will do that job admirably.
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    Re: I am 28, is Terre d'Hermes too old for me?

    No.

    Next.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    Oh dear God, this thread is still going...

    Buy Dreamz by Chris Adams perfumes. Smells like the original Aventus batches and costs about 10.

    Much better value too.
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    Re: Ambre Sultan blind buy?

    No. Don't blind buy.

    Ambre Sultan is one of the most linear fragrances out there. And it lasts for hours. Doesn't evolve, doesn't change and eventually even as the wearer you wish it would do...
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    Re: Lalique White, thoughts ??

    Like all Lalique fragrances, a great scent. Does need topping up though.
  10. Re: Fragrances that are really popular but you didn't like?

    Aventus. I was in the "no" camp when this first came out and I have not changed my mind. Their ongoing inability to achieve consistent batches doesn't help. You're better off with Angelz by Chris...
  11. Re: You're absolute favorite Blind buy of all time -

    Tiffany for men.

    Wonderful fragrance. Everything Chanel PM or Tom Ford for men would love to have achieved.

    Oh and Helmut Lang for men. Unique, very rare and fantastic fragrance.
  12. Re: You're absolute favorite Blind buy of all time -

    Tiffany for men.

    Wonderful fragrance. Everything Chanel PM or Tom Ford for men would love to have achieved.
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    Re: Gucci Made to Measure is a lot like...?

    The ultimate powdery scent is Hammam Bouquet by Penhaligon's but is a world away from Made To Measure.

    If you like it wear it, it might really suit you.

    Just because something is unpopular...
  14. Re: Worst price & hype increases after discontinuation or reformulation?

    I think we all complain about the prices until we find one of those fragrances at a really low price. I have two bottles of By Man. One which I use and the other which is boxed and sealed, this one I...
  15. Re: Perfume with high powerful silage/projectivity ? ( longetivity not a concern)

    Some well known sillage monsters missing from this list:

    Bogart One Man Show Gold Edition - sillage so great it carries a passport to neighbouring countries
    Versace L'Homme (original formulation)...
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    Re: How do you rotate your frags?

    I have a fairly vast collection so it comes down entirely to how I feel on the day, what I'm wearing, the occasion, the weather etc.
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    Re: Une Rose for men?

    I think it's one of the best rose fragrances I've ever smelled and would have no hesitation wearing it.
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    Re: basenoters hating on 1 million

    Maybe it's an Essex thing... that's where I am too...
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    Re: basenoters hating on 1 million

    I think I have been fairly consistent in my dislike of this fragrance. If you look at my first comments on this when it first came out I described it as poorly blended with clunky transitions from...
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    Incredibly lucky find - Rochas Macassar

    Today I scored a bottle of this very hard to find classic. I had read about it and wondered if it lived up to the hype.

    There's no hype. It is a gloriously retro fragrance. And fantastic with it....
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2013

    Today and yesterday I bought...

    Giorgio of Beverly Hills - Red for Men (blind buy because I am in an old school frame of mind)
    Lalique - Homage a L'Homme (because it is one of the best newish...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    Oh sweet mother of God is this thread still alive? Never in the history of so little has so much been written about something so futile.
  23. Re: pleaz halp - CREED fakes are getting BRILLIANT

    You could always not bother buying Creed in the first place. Trust me, you can have a very respectable collection and enjoy this hobby greatly by not having any Creed, saves a lot of angst over their...
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    Re: Alternative to Creed Aventus?

    It must be a batch thing. Since Creed can't make up their mind what its supposed to smell like, I guess everyone else has to play a game and work out what is actually Aventus. "Willl the real Creed...
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    Re: Alternative to Creed Aventus?

    I think I can honestly say that yes, I have tried Aventus. It's one of the most over-priced, over-rated and over-hyped fragrances I have ever known.
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    Re: Alternative to Creed Aventus?

    Rub yourself with some pineapple.

    There, you have just saved yourself a lot of money.
  27. Re: Your Top 3 popular fragrances that you just don't like

    1. Aventus
    2. Eau D'Issey
    3. A*Men
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    Re: What Scent Reminds You of Cutting Wood?

    Cedre by L'Occitane came immediately to mind when I saw this thread.
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    In Praise Of Nuit de Tubereuse...

    I've eyed this with a predatory gaze for a while, so when, in a moment of feeling purely self-indulgent I found myself in L'Artisan's store in Covent Garden on Friday, I succumbed to my profligate...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday 6th of October

    Nuit de Tubereuse - L'Artisan Parfumeur
  31. Re: Was I foolish to choose Rochas Man vs Ungaro II based on my Wardrobe?! Argh!

    Buy the Ungaro II. It's very rare and commands high prices on Ebay.
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    Re: Creed's Royal Oud

    I don't particularly buy into the whole Creed myth, but this is a very nice fragrance.

    I've always described it as an Oud for people who don't like Oud, since there is so little of it in there...
  33. Re: The most unique smelling frag in your collection?

    Two actually and both Penhaligon's fragrances.

    Hammam Bouquet

    Bluebell

    I've yet to come across other fragrances that smell like either of them.
  34. Re: what is a fragrance you will never touch again in your lifetime? Kryptonite fragrance to you

    Oh I don't know, I think it's a fantastically gothic fragrance. I love it for its sheer desire to repel and compel at the same time. I wear it when I am feeling particularly dark and brooding.

    As...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, July 12th, 2012

    L'Artisan Parfumeur Dzongkha.
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    Re: Lush Gorilla impressions.

    Breath of God? Breath of Dog more like. This stuff is absolutely vile.
  37. Poll: Re: Legendary powerhouse scents. Which one do you prefer?

    It has to be the Cartier.

    I like Antaeus, I really do, but the Cartier just knocks it's socks off, literally and figuratively.

    I've worn Santos (the watch AND the fragrance) and I've worn...
  38. Re: My opinion on l'Air du Desert Marocain has changed

    I like L'Air but not enough to spring for a bottle of it.

    The concept of falling in and out of love with a fragrance is not unknown to long-term fragrance lovers, I've done it myself many times -...
  39. Re: Establishing an identity through scent - are us enthusiasts missing the boat?

    Yup, totally agree. I'm known in our office as the guy who always smells nice, that's enough for me.
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    Re: Worst Fragrance Ever???

    I think A Men and Aventus probably.
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    Re: Favorite Eau de Cologne / classic citrus

    The king of citrus/classic cologne is GFT by Geo F Trumper, nothing beats it for citrus blast or longevity.
  42. Re: Colonia Assoluta vs Intensa; Intensa worth the blind buy?

    I would echo previous posts, they are completely different fragrances. I have both and love both, but if you can, own both, you will find both delightful.
  43. Re: END OF THE YEAR 2011 - Flat out...what is your favorite fragrance?

    Best release of the year: Vetiver Verte by C&S, quite simply outstanding.

    Of all time: Can't pick one but one of these probably, C&S No.88, Cartier Santos Concentree, Perfect Night by Bella...
  44. Re: What Are You Wearing This Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/etc.?

    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I am going heavy on cinnamon to capture that lovely warm spicy feeling.

    Christmas Eve therefore is Halston Z-14
    Christmas Day is going to be Lagerfeld KL
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    Re: CREED Original Cologne

    Dear God, if this is not a good example of how you are not allowed to criticise Creed on Basenotes I would like to know what is. Dullah is a respected poster in my eyes, he tells it like it is, and I...
  46. Re: Fragrances that smell like rain or wet earth???

    Definitely, was just about to post the same thing. Ghastly fragrance which I had to sell once I realised it smells like a wet pavement when it's rained.
  47. Re: Since Montale was running its own little scam job...

    Oh Puddle! Don't mistake that for me being nice. Madonna could be considered a "leading" pop star, but it doesn't mean I like her. Creed would fit the description only because of their prominence in...
  48. Re: Worst fragrance and worst bottle design of 2011 goes to ????

    Bang Bang by Marc Jacobs
  49. Re: Since Montale was running its own little scam job...

    Unlikely. Only Creed seems to be so incompetent as a leading fragrance house to be so clueless when it comes to aroma-chemistry that it can't get any degree of consistency. Just bought my second...
  50. Re: Since Montale was running its own little scam job...

    Yup, no hostilities here. Just folks chewin' the cud and shootin' the breeze...
  51. Re: Since Montale was running its own little scam job...

    Hmm, not true in my case, I am as critical of the juice in the bottle as I am their verbose and ridiculous claims to their heritage. I have been around fragrances a great many years so am not some...
  52. Re: Since Montale was running its own little scam job...

    True.
  53. Re: Since Montale was running its own little scam job...

    In fairness Puddle, reading that quote would get me wanting proof before I bought into it, sounds a dodgy as it gets...
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    Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    I've never been particularly struck by any similarity between the two - indeed to my nose Z-14 dries down to be a lot more similar to Lagerfeld KL than IC.

    And to whoever it was who said they...
  55. Re: Since Montale was running its own little scam job...

    Since you're clearly dying for a response I'll give you one.

    This doesn't really affect me since I never bought into the Montale thing in the first place, mainly since I am not a big lover of oud...
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    Re: men that wear Kingdom Alexander Mcqueen

    I wear this, it's a dry, dirty animalic rose, so it ticks a lot of boxes there. Great bottle too!
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    Re: New Fragrance by Lanvin - Avant Garde

    I went to the launch party for this at Harvey Nicholls and thought it was okay. Synthetic as hell, inoffensive and nothing to write home about.
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    Poll: Re: Creed Aventus vs Lapidus Pour Homme

    Look, I can't stand Aventus but even I would have to vote for it over Lapidus Pour Homme which I think is awful.
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    Re: Tuberose scents...

    Absolutely. This is a tuberose scent to raise the hairs on your arms. It's fantastic. It has a darker undercurrent to it which chills the veins. Wonderful fragrance.
  60. Re: Nicolai's "New York" Vs. Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree

    Oh God this really is a no brainer. I have both, and New York is by far the better, more complex and more pleasant fragrance.
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    Re: YSL have castrated M7 with Oud Absolu

    Dullah, you know me well enough to know I don't write this kind of stuff lightly. Oud Absolu is an insult to the original - granted an orginal I didn't particularly like, but it's honestly a shocking...
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    Re: Can a guy really pull off Black Orchid?

    To suggest that a guy cannot pull off wearing Black Orchid is ridiculous. That's all I'll say on the matter.
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    Re: Penhaligon's LP No. 9, or Elixir?

    I have to disagree with this. I have Opium PH and LP No.9 for men (and women for that matter) and think they are very distinct fragrances. As to an either or, it's like saying which would you keep,...
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    Re: Jacques Bogart RIVIERA NIGHTS 2010

    Might buy it blind just because I like cumin-spice notes lol
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    Re: The Signature Scent: To Have or Not To Have

    I find the idea of a "signature scent" repellent. I don't feel the same every day, I don't where the same clothes every day, so why would I want to wear the same fragrance every day.

    Fragrance is...
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    Re: YSL have castrated M7 with Oud Absolu

    I think you share my thoughts almost exactly. This isn't M7 it's a chimera.
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    Re: Gucci pour homme, or GPH 2?

    GPH, it's a no brainer. Fantastic fragrance. That reminds me, my bottle is running out...
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    YSL have castrated M7 with Oud Absolu

    I was in John Lewis in Oxford Street yesterday and I noticed YSL's new batch of "classics" which they have repackaged.

    The first thing I noticed was how they have reformulated many of the classic...
  69. Thread: 212 vip men

    by HDS1963
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    Re: 212 vip men

    As is my wont, I would like to disagree with a couple of the comments here. I thing 212 VIP is nicer than 1 Million, which I think is a clunky, poorly constructed fragrance. VIP is smoother and...
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    Re: Best New Fragrance of 2011

    Without doubt the new Vetiver Vert from Czech & Speake. Outstanding fragrance.
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    Re: In no mood for jicky

    It's more the case that you are not allowed to use real animal sourced musks in fragrance anymore.
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    Re: which rose scent ...

    C&S No.88
    Voleur de Roses by L'Artisan Parfumeur (not at all feminine I don't think)
    Paestum Rose
    Ungaro III
    Hammam Bouquet (but this is definitely an acquired taste)
    Rose D'Homme by Parfums de...
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    Re: In no mood for jicky

    Jicky is hard to take I agree if you are not in the right mood.

    The drydown is worth the wait I agree but it's hard to live through the opening - particularly on a warm day.

    My preferred...
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    Re: ◙◙ Predictions for 2012 ◙◙

    Nah, I don't worry about it, it's only light hearted banter. I don't take it that seriously. Anyway, you produce some funny stuff, so you do your thing and I'll do mine.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    Givenchy Gentleman
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    Re: ◙◙ Predictions for 2012 ◙◙

    I'm not bitter at all Puddle, just because I don't share your views doesn't make me bitter and don't patronise me.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

    SotD: Sultan by El Rehab
    SotE: Vintage Eau Sans Pareil by Penhaligon's
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    Re: New Lanvin Avant - Garde for men

    I went to the UK launch party for this and was completely underwhelmed. I was talking to a perfumer who was there who was trying to put his finger on what aroma chemical was at work that was putting...
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    Re: ◙◙ Predictions for 2012 ◙◙

    Oh Jesus, is that how I die? EROLFA?

    Mind you I would probably survive, I can hold my breath longer than Erolfa lasts.

    Anyway, I would give up my search and go after the Holy Grail, which I...
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    Re: Penhaligon's Racquets

    I like Racquets too, it's a very elegant fragrance. To be honest, you can't really go wrong with the Penhaligon's line - apart from Juniper Sling which has the worst longevity of any Penhaligon's...
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    Re: (30 +) what are your TOP 5 this year ?

    My favourite fragrances released this year are:

    1. Czech & Speake Vetiver Vert
    2. Czech & Speake Vetiver Vert
    3. Czech & Speake Vetiver Vert
    4. Czech & Speake Vetiver Vert
    5. Czech & Speake...
  82. Re: Argh! So many bottles coming to an end at once!!!

    Buy more fragrances is the answer.

    That way it is rare that a bottle becomes empty. I have only one that needs replacing. Gucci Homme I.
  83. Re: A question for those who own MANY colognes/fragrances/perfumes ...

    I have in excess of 200 bottles and at least 200 samples of countless others.

    I am a creature of whim. I like choice, I like wearing the "right" fragrance according to mood, weather, occasion,...
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    Re: Aramis disappointment

    The current Aramis is not a decent replication of what it was twenty or so years back. The current incarnation is harsh, savage beast compared to the original, aroma-chemicals brutally assaulting...
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    Re: Turin/Sanchez are wrong about...

    Fragrance is about independence of thought and personal taste.

    I've received a degree of flak lately for my feelings on Creed. So be it. But it's only a personal opinion. None of us has the...
  86. Vintage Eau Sans Pareil and Eau Sans Pareil 2011

    I found a vintage bottle of Penhaligon's Eau Sans Pareil on ebay and bought it - just out of curiosity more than anything.

    I am absolutely staggered how different it is to the the current version....
  87. Re: Creed Aventus doesn't smell at all after a while!

    I find all this really amusing to be honest.

    The righteous indignation and need to flame those who don't subscribe to Creed worship is pitiful really.

    Look guys, I'm not inconsistent in my...
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    Re: Viktor & Rolf SPICEBOMB

    Yeah but in fairness Costume National Homme is a good fragrance :-)
  89. Re: Creed Aventus doesn't smell at all after a while!

    Wrong conclusions? Like in my experience Aventus doesn't last? I've tried it, different batch numbers, many times and objectively, it doesn't last. Not subjectively.

    I'm glad you like how it...
  90. Re: Creed Aventus doesn't smell at all after a while!

    Boredom? Jesus, it doesn't compare to the boredom I experience reading yet another bloody Creed thread, or the endless tedium of watching threads with people navel gazing over Creed batch numbers...
  91. Re: Creed Aventus doesn't smell at all after a while!

    You haven't "got me" at all. In fact your own string of logic is flawed.

    The fact that "droves" of peope are willingly and happily paying to acquire this fragrance is not proof positive that it is...
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    Arsene Lupin by Guerlain - MdM revisited?

    I tried Arsene Lupin today at Harrods.

    I loved the opening, full and rich, but said straight-away that it was very redolent of Mouchoir de Monsieur.

    The drydown is staggeringly close to MdM....
  93. Re: Creed Aventus doesn't smell at all after a while!

    I grant you yes it is extremely popular and certainly successful as its sales have out-stripped all other Creed fragrances' sales in the last year put together.

    It doesn't mean it's good though....
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    Re: Recieved my By Kilian samples...

    Mine too. Utterly beautiful fragrance.
  95. Thread: Penhaligons

    by HDS1963
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    Re: Penhaligons

    I have more Penhaligon's than any other house - 16 to date I think, having just snared a bottle of the original Eau Sans Pareil. I love the quality of their fragrances - although I think Juniper...
  96. Re: Finally gave the fabled Dior Homme Intense a try!

    I've worn this a few times and have to be honest, I prefer the regular Dior Homme.
  97. Anyone else going to the launch of the new Lanvin fragrance tomorrow evening at Harvey Nicholls?

    If so, PM me, it would be good to meet up.
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    Poll: Re: Which one is more elegant and classy?

    Assuming it was Chanel, I voted Chanel.
  99. Re: Creed Aventus doesn't smell at all after a while!

    Aventus is not a unique fragrance that suddenly creates olfactory fatigue in people. It really is not. If olfactory fatigue was so easy to develop then we would all develop it to fragrances which are...
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    Re: Viktor & Rolf SPICEBOMB

    I really hope this isn't crap.

    I am so fed up being intrigued by the notes only to smell it and realise it is nothing but another collection of poo notes mixed by a Capuchin monkey with a hatred...
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