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    Re: New from Tommy Bahama: Tommy Bahama for Him

    Not for me, was not pleasant on my skin....would say this note is overprominent....disappointing, as I am a fan of the rest of the series.
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    Re: Best rose based fragrance for a man.

    Penhaligon's newest, Elixir.
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    Re: NEW: John Varvatos Artisan.

    Quality fragrance - pretty impressed. Closest associations I made...the orange had a fresh tartness reminscent of Penhaligon's Castile....Artisan drys down differently, though, not having the powder...
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    Re: Something exlusive, luxuriously and elegant?

    Penhaligon's Elixir. Luxurious and elegant are exactly the two terms I think of when smelling this new scent.
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    Re: scents you're obsessed with at the moment.

    Penhaligon's Elixir for me. Can't even begin to describe it besides adjectives like luxurious and elegant. I can't remember ever being as thrilled with a fragrance purchase as I have been with...
  6. St. James Collection - Taylor of Old Bond Street

    "St James Collection Luxury Cologne Fragrance 100ml by Taylor of Old Bond Street: A true luxury gentlemen's fragrance. A masculine fougere with citrus ozonic top notes of Bergamot and Mandarin...
  7. West Indian Lime Cologne - Crabtree & Evelyn

    "This invigorating tonic blends essences of fresh limes, lemon, orange flower and vetiver - native to the British West Indies - with nutmeg, ginger and coriander and a woody accord of juniper, cedar...
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    Re: Peppery, warm mens fragrance

    Penhaligon's Opus 1870 has to be one of the best.
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    Re: What's left for NEW releases before 2009?

    Anyone have any new info about the Brooks Brothers fragrances that were on the 2008 new release listings from earlier in the year? I believe they were originally slotted for November, but I have...
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    Re: Which colognes do you wish had more "oomph"?

    Geir can be sneaky - you may think it is weak until a person compliments you on wearing it from across the room. Geir is already an EDP and care must definitely be exercised with it.
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    Re: Classic Eau De Cologne type frags

    I love these 'Class EDC' discussions because it is a fragrance type I would very much like to explore in more depth. While a fragrance novice, I have come to the realization I prefer the...
  12. Thread: Detroit, MI

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    Re: Detroit, MI

    Neiman Marcus at Somerset Mall in Troy has Creeds...it has been awhile since I went through their selection, but I do recall them having it previously. Probably worth a phone call unless you know...
  13. Re: Nautica Sunset Voyage & Tommy Bahama Set Sail South Seas - Anyone Tried yet?

    I tried the new Set Sail South Seas at Nordstrom. To-date, I thought the original Tommy Bahama and Set Sail St. Barts's were very successful in achieving what they set out to (I was more neutral to...
  14. Re: Rummy / Island..y / Non Sun Tan Lotion...y

    Be careful...for some reason it is easy to confuse the negatives of Tommy (Hilfger) with the Tommy Bahama line....honestly, the Tommy Bahama scents are generally very well done, and I think you will...
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    Poll: Re: Why do I wear fragrance?

    Same reason I wear particular clothes...just another facet of the self that I wish to express to others.
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    Re: 2008 Perfume-related New Year's Resolutions

    No more fragrances for me until my birthday (July)...I just want to prove to myself that I can do it...the pace of my collecting is starting to feel a little unhealthy. Also, I've finally realized...
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    Re: Penhaligons question!

    I wouldn't ever want to be without Opus 1870, Endymion, Castile, or above all, English Fern. Over on one of the shaving boards, English Fern was recently referred to as a "nectar of the gods", which...
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    Re: Santa brought me...

    Santa brought me....

    Floris No. 89
    Taylor of Old Bond Street Victorian Limes
    Brooks Brothers 1818
    Trumper Extract of West Indian Limes


    Santa's Evil Twin brought me....
  19. Re: How safe is Victoria's Secret Very Sexy for him for a blind buy?

    VS is frequently thought of as an CK Eternity clone (it definitely does bear a strong similarity). In that CK Eternity is pleasant, extremely well known, and probably agreeable to most, VS is not...
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    Re: Basenotes Awards 2007 - predictions

    I will put more money on Gucci PH II as far as the men's new release
  21. Thread: Pine Scent

    by CM Wolff
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    Re: Pine Scent

    Blenheim Bouquet
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    Re: ck's summer variations

    I've had all 4 CK One Summers, and thought the first two (sporting lemon/lime and then orange) were great fragances. The next two contained some sharper notes that just plain disagreed with...
  23. Thread: Detroit, MI

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    Re: Detroit, MI

    Bluemercury opened at Somerset mall today carrying L'Artisan, Serge Lutens, and AdP (and maybe other niches, I only had five minutes there and spent it sampling L'Artisan). Very friendly staff and...
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    Re: Why am I addicted to Burberry London?

    Has Burberry London really made it to the drugstores like Brit did?! If so, I need to pick it up if it is being offered at that hefty discount. Besides CVS, are there others that are carrying...
  25. Re: What do you prefer? - spraying or splashing?

    Definitely spraying for purposes of control, but with that said, there is something extremely satisfying about splashing Pinaud Clubman (or similar drugstore style aftershaves) liberally. And when...
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    Re: Dzing! Being Discountined!?

    The place I order from (beautycafe.com) now has only the 100ml but not the 50ml. At this point, who knows...
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    Re: Any Good Coffee Scents?

    L'Artisan Mechant Loup (Hazlenut)
  28. Re: Fragrances similar to Victoria's Secret Very Sexy I?

    Originally considered a knockoff of Eternity, I can still smell the similarity.
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    Re: What will be your go-to this Fall?

    Tea for Two
    Mechant Loup
    Blenheim Bouquet
    Opus 1870
    M7
    Gucci PH, PH II, and Envy
    Varvatos and Varvatos Vintage
    L'Occitane Eau de Baux
  30. Re: Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime and Uncharted?

    West Indian Lime is as well made, masculine, and gentlemanly as C&E's previous offerings, as you would expect. As mentioned already, the lime is not strong - if you are expecting something similar...
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    Re: Best Limes fragances? recommendation please

    My faves that I own:

    Truefitt & Hill - West Indian Limes
    Tommy Bahama - St. Barts Set Sail
    Crabtree & Evelyn - West Indian Lime
    Royall - Lyme
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    Re: Do you keep the box?

    I ditch the box. My thoughts are that together the juice and the bottle are the particular art form that I am collecting. The box is superfluous marketing material, not a part of the art form...
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    Re: Today I bought (August 2007)

    Polo Explorer, was pleasantly surprised by it on a test drive, so I went for the whole thing. Was expecting maybe Triple Black, ended up more along the lines of Safari. Richly rugged.
  34. Thread: Detroit, MI

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    Re: Detroit, MI

    Twitchly - can you provide a location for Lori Kabal? I did the usual internet searches and didn't come up with anything. Thanks in advance...wasn't aware of these niche sources in the Detroit...
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    Re: This summer which is your favorite "Cologne"

    Recent colognes (as opposed to EDTs) I've purchased are C&E's West Indian Lime and Penhaligon's Endymion. Both have worked very well for me this summer. The longevity of both are on par with many...
  36. Re: Crabtree & Evelyn Men's scents Appreciation Thread

    I love the C&E scents and find them underrated/underdiscussed here. My favorite now is probably Sandalwood, I like its initial lavender and its overall smooth creaminess. Second is Sienna, for...
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    Re: Varvatos vintage...as good?

    Vintage is just as good, but as just mentioned, it is different. Love the smoothness of the Turkish tobacco.
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    Re: The best lime scent in the world?

    Truefitt & Hill's is my favorite so far and is very persistent in its longevity on me. Probably not "best in the world" but still enjoyable to me is Tommy Bahama's St. Barts. Looking forward to...
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    Re: ** Rich Cherry Aroma ** ??

    L'Occitane's new "Cherry Blossom" just came out last month and is of high quality.
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    Re: Polo Black compared to Double Black

    As already mentioned, the folks at Polo had to eventually realize they entirely mismarketed the original Black. Therefore, they at least somewhat salvaged the name, concept, great bottle, and...
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    Re: The best men's rose scent?

    Thanks. Yes, the Saint Charles Shave Savory Rose is one-note. However, that note is really wonderful to this nose, starting off pretty sharp upon initial application, but softening to a creamier,...
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    Re: The best men's rose scent?

    I just bought Saint Charles Shaves "Savory Rose", which is a very simple rose, although I do not have much experience with rose fragrances in general. Has anyone else smelled Savory Rose and able...
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    Re: Wrist watches + perfume = bad combo?

    I wear colored silk and cotton watchbands and swap out to a different band everyday, repeating probably once every other week or so (I have about 15 bands in rotation). The silk and cotton pick up...
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    Re: I'm craving oranges

    Somewhat lower end, but still quite fun and tasty, is CK One Summer 2005, if you can find it around (I still occasionally see bottles of it). I was a huge fan of both the 2004 (lime) and 2005...
  45. Re: For me the best vetiver scent (Original Vetiver "Creed")

    Love it. For whatever reason, I seem to get more vetiver out of OV than some others, who find it overly soapy, not green enough, or a clone of Mugler's Cologne. Personally, I just don't have the...
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    Re: A cheaper A-Men?

    Saint Charles Shave's "New Spice". No only cheaper, but to this nose, better.
  47. Thread: Detroit, MI

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    Re: Detroit, MI

    I am a "regular" at multiple Macy's, the Somerset Saks, NM, and Nordstrom, and the Lakeside Lord & Taylor, and once the SA's got familiar with me and my tendencies, they began to leave me be after...
  48. Thread: Detroit, MI

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    Re: Detroit, MI

    Somerset Mall (for the department stores, as mentioned earlier in this thread)
    L'Occitane - Somerset Mall and Twelve Oaks Mall
    Crabtree & Evelyn - Twelve Oaks, Greak Lakes Crossing (outlet), and...
  49. Re: An Inexpensive Men's Scent that should be more expensive

    The EDTs made by Saint Charles Shave are a bargain and are probably underpriced by a half. I recently bought the New Spice and the Bay Rum with a Twist, and anticipate picking up the remainder of...
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    Re: Bay Rums: Recommendations?

    I've fallen out of love with the Bigelow but now swear by the Meehan's. Love its richness. It is the perfect blend - not too sharp, not too mellow...just right. On a Meehan's note, I hope...
  51. Re: the sillage and lasting effect others say - you can't find...

    I find it in a lot of scents, and it seems very common - you can go to almost any discussion thread on this board about a big-name fragrance and find wildly divergent opinions about sillage and...
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    Re: best clone of Virgin Island Water?

    I enjoy the heck out of Tommy Bahama's new St. Barts - a wonderful lime fragrance. Not a "clone", but it obviously shares the lime note. It employs tequila instead of VIW's rum and does not seem to...
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    Re: Unforgivable Multi Platinum, SMW

    I don't get SMW out of it, but I have had trouble distinguishing it from Unforgiveable, which personally I enjoy a lot. The promotion for the new UMP does not help with differentiating the two that...
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    Re: Best Bay Rummmmm!!

    I have to say, Meehan's is now my fave. Makes me want to check out the rest of Bonny Doon's offerings (I am intrigued by their "Uplands" cologne).

    I currently have the the bay rum with the lime...
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    Re: Top All Year Round Fragrance

    I do find myself following a fall/winter and spring/summer rotation, but Geir and GIT certainly defy any seasonality.
  56. Re: Can You Recommend A Cologne For The "Sophisticated" Man, But That's Under $100

    I would suggest Boucheron's Jaipur instead of Boucheron PH on personal preference for Jaipur's spices and powder over PH's tart citrus.

    Geir is a wonderful all-purpose fragrance, clean and...
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    Re: Any cinnamon scents out there?

    Gucci PH II
  58. Re: What's the best, cheapest, bay rum I can get ?

    I just got a bottle of Meehan's and do like it.- If Royall lasts an hour on me, Meehan lasts three or so. Goes on a little bitter and then mellows out.
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    Re: St. Barts by Tommy Bahama

    Got mine at Macy's, was in their print ads over the weekend.
  60. Re: What will be your number one come summer time?

    Gucci PH II
    Tommy Bahama St. Barts
    Marc Jacobs
    Creed Silver Mountain Water
    L'Occitane Green Tea and Mint
    Truefitt & Hill's West Indian Limes, Trafalgar, and 1805
    CK Eternity Summer
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    Re: St. Barts by Tommy Bahama

    Just picked this up and do like it a lot - thanks for the good early word on it. The tequila and lime IS very nice and classy. Very light fragrance...I went heavy on the trigger this morning,...
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    Re: My recent Manhattan scent experiences (long)

    I'm heading there in June and definitely am relying on your recent journey for some ideas. Thanks for posting.

    On a side note, I read a recommendation in a more traditional shave forum for...
  63. Re: Gucci Pour Homme II

    I already posted before a couple times on Gucci II, but do want to say that I have now worn in as a SOTD 5 times over the last week and a half (which is not my norm - I usually switch up and don't...
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    Re: Smells like Brut Deodorant?

    To many people, Pinaud Clubman smells like Brut (or Brut smells like Clubman is probably the right direction to go.) I don't remember the difference between the Brut deo vs. the splash, so I...
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    Re: Lime fragrances

    Truefitt & Hill West Indian Limes - all day staying power on me and usually is brought up as a good example of a long-lasting lime. However, it has as much lemon as lime, which could be a plus or...
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    Re: inspired by the dirt thread: sand notes?

    The 2006 version of CK one summer boasted of its sand/beach note, and it is definitely there. Unfortunately, unlike the 2004 and 2005 versions, I did not think CK One Summer 2006 was very good...
  67. Re: Trip to Bloomie's fragrance counter: Gucci II, Fleur du Mâle, and Kiton Black

    It is amazing how different an experience can be with a fragrance...I have been wearing Gucci II and been getting absolutely knockout sillage - received a compliment about six hours into the day from...
  68. Re: How does Gucci Pour Homme smell on your skin, need some feedback...

    Love it, but also check out the new Pour Homme II, which to me is its equal in quality.
  69. Re: Gucci II pH available at Bloomy's

    Bought it at Nordstrom today and couldn't be more thrilled with it. I am a novice when it comes to describing individual notes in most fragrances, and the new Gucci doesn't immediately smell like...
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    Re: L'Occitane,not that I needed more scents!

    I love the L'Occitane fragrances - make sure to sample the whole store, as beyond the men's section, many scents are unisex and very wearable. My personal favorite is the Green Tea with Mint Eau de...
  71. Thread: Splashes

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    Re: Splashes

    Splashes are an essential part of applying the drugstore barbershop scents to me...nothing compares to cupping a whole handful of Pinaud Clubman onto the face and bod, as if it were water. For...
  72. Re: Has somebody sampled the Blue limited edition of Boucheron pour Homme?

    That's the one I was thinking it was and that I was commenting on it. In the end, there have been two summer editions of both Jaipur and Boucheron. I have the first (2005) Jaipur fresh and didn't...
  73. Re: Has somebody sampled the Blue limited edition of Boucheron pour Homme?

    I did at the time of its original release and agree with Col's comments, although the blue edition seems to still be defined by the same tart note (whatever it is, I am a novice in describing these...
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    Re: Creed Virgin Island Water - First Review

    On skin I didn't find it to be that exceptionally long lasting (5 or 6 hours on a wrist test, with the tail end of that range requiring some close sniffing.) Was definitely satisfactory to me, but...
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    Re: Surprising dissapointments

    I still am finding it very interesting that CK Euphoria for Men came in runner-up as best new fragrance in the Basenotes poll, but review posts were predominantly negative.
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    Re: Eternity Summer for Men

    The CK One Summers are entirely different fragrances, but I have never read that definitively on the Eternity Summers. I purchased the 2006 Eternity Summer and remember it smelling like the...
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    Re: Creed Virgin Island Water - First Review

    I honestly don't, but I can't assure you my nose would be that astute to catch it, either. Outside of the coconut, I mainly get citrus, kind of a hazy lime not unlike the Royall Lyme on its (brief)...
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    Re: Creed Virgin Island Water - First Review

    For the reasons I posted about earlier, I have been doing a side-by-side comparison to Marc Jacobs....longevity-wise, I am getting decent but not stellar length (e.g. five hours) out of both. ...
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    Re: Creed Virgin Island Water - First Review

    I've tried it out at Neiman Marcus and also through a sample vial. It is as well made as you would expect and has been described here. The coconut is prominent but the fragrance as a whole...
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    Re: Vigin Island Water UK Release Date

    Will be at Neimans in the next couple of weeks...they were handing out sample vials today...definitely a positive reaction from me on first sniff. Going to give the sample a full test run on Monday.
  81. Re: Wanted: Mint, citrus, fresh and not too sweet

    Glad to see someone else enjoy L'Occitane's Mint and Tea! I agree, it is a wonderful one. L'Occitane doesn't seem to get enough love here. I do need to spend more time sniffing their unisex...
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    Re: Nauseating Frgrances

    Paris Hilton for Men - the synthetic fruitiness on the drydown does not agree with me.
  83. Re: Wanted: Mint, citrus, fresh and not too sweet

    I am a big fan of L'Occitane's The Vert A La Menthe. Very high dose of the mint in with the tea, and but there is some orange in there for your desired citrus component. Fresh and green,...
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    Re: Polo Double Black - Now, that's better!

    I think both are very good, but Double Black is a more well-constructed scent - it surely would be my choice if I couldn't have both. Like others have said, DB is probably more like the scent that...
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    Re: Taxes time. My wishlist shall get shorter :)

    L'Occitane Green Tea and Mint
    L'Occitane Eau De 4 Voleurs
    Acqua Di Parma Colonia

    Anyone familiar with the Green Tea and Mint? It is on clearance/sale right now, and I haven't had a chance to...
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    Re: A*men? I don't get it!

    I used to "get" A*men and enjoy it often, but in the last year, I actually "lost" A*men. Whatever sense my nose made of it before has been scrambled and turned inside out and upside down. I no...
  87. Re: Anyone suggest a nice citrusy/minty fragrance?

    I get some good mileage out of Givenchy's VI Summer - it has the mint that you are seeking, whereas the original VI doesn't.
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    Re: Spraying on Pets?

    That's a boring, mass-market scent, designed to appeal to the canine masses. Sillage and longevity are poor. Personally, I prefer niche canine scents. Today my dog's SOTD is Green Irish...
  89. Re: Similar community discussing fine clothing (and more)

    I enjoy the heck out of Ask Andy, although I only participate (and not that often at that) in the "Trad Forum". In that forum, there is less of the preening referred to, although it definitely has...
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    Re: LITERALLY, the frag you couldn't be without

    Geir
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    Re: Lord and Taylor

    Good call. Lord & Taylor usually has a fairly limited offering and centered already all the department store usuals. However, they do seem to always stock the EDP, sometimes even in a gift set. ...
  92. Re: My Silver Mountain Water is real - but is it FUNKY?!

    I find it to be a very "easy to please for everyone". While of course no scent is for everyone, SMW scores at least as high as most "pleasant" mainstream/designer scents when I test it with...
  93. Re: What was your most complimented scent of 2006?

    Definitely Geir. Never fails.
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    Re: My Royall Reviews

    Very good and useful reviews. I bought the same set of mini's and have generally the same opinions, although I enjoy the Muske a little more than you. I do wish these would last longer on me...I...
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    Re: Best Christmas scents?

    C.O. Bigelow Bay Rum
    Jaipur Homme Fraicheur
    Must de Cartier
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    Re: What notes do you like (on women)?

    I still love the really sharp alcohol note (or whatever it is) in D&G's Light Blue and Moschino's I Love Love. I know these fragrances are probably as ubiquitous as Aqua Di Gio is for men, but I...
  97. Re: Cologne that reminds you of the Carribean?

    Never been to the Carribean, but the pina colada-esque vibe of Marc Jacobs for Men conjures up Carribean images for me....
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    Re: Bay Rums: Recommendations?

    Best by far that I've come across is C.O. Bigelow's Bay Rum. See link to brief thread below.

    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=185035&highlight=bigelow

    Is now readily...
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    Poll: Re: Best frag of 2006?

    May not receive too many votes, but CK Euphoria Men was a big launch and at least a decent and enjoyable offering - possibly include in the poll?
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    Re: Best purchase this year?

    I came to Geir late, but surely glad I got it based on the raves here. Probably my number one fragrance - can be worn in almost any mood or setting. Versatile, classy, long-lasting....deeply...
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