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    Re: Looking for a specific type of woody scent

    +1 Tam Dao EdT
    +1 Wonderwood

    Also adding Santal Majuscule to the list. A very dry sandalwood and cedar mixture with added cocoa and a touch of rose.
  2. Re: How long have you been collecting fragrances, and do you have an end point?

    I've been purchasing fragrances for over 10 years now. At first I wasn't too discerning and bought things that I merely liked or that I didn't have a way to try (no samples). Nowadays, I can go...
  3. Re: Skin allergies - red spots & itchy skin- Fragrances

    I have one particular fragrance that breaks me out in spots when I wear it on my neck. I relegated it to my nape and chest, and I don't get any breakouts there.

    I also had issues with numerous...
  4. Re: [UK] "They took branches of palm trees and went forth to meet him..."

    Welcome back mate :beer:
  5. Re: Still making Basenotes Awesomer / more info / cake sale / new BN Plus

    Oh my, you're bang on! :grin:
  6. Re: Please use caution when shopping at Nose Paris

    This is definitely not what is happening here. Parcels are scanned on pick-up and there is full traceability end-to-end in terms of who is handling the parcel. You as the customer don't see it in...
  7. Re: Still making Basenotes Awesomer / more info / cake sale / new BN Plus

    Quarry raised some very valid points. Also, in regards to the logo, and I hope I don't sound too critical, how about having filled circles representing droplets instead of the waves?
  8. Re: Fragrances for a hoodie and jeans type of guy

    All very nice choices for a beginner :smiley:

    Some of the scents that are relatively casual you may want to try are:

    - D&G Light Blue
    - Armani Acqua di Gio
    - Davidoff Cool Water
    - Hermes...
  9. Re: Fragrances for a hoodie and jeans type of guy

    What are your favourite sort of scents?

    In my opinion, anything goes. I don't tend to associate fragrance with a certain style of dress.
  10. Re: Please use caution when shopping at Nose Paris

    That is very poor. They should return the money to you straight away and take it up with DHL, regardless whether the package was insured or not. You as the customer should not have to suffer because...
  11. Re: Name a fragrance you own, but no other Basenoter does...

    I was just going through my collection and cleaning the bottles when I came across this. It was a purely opportunistic purchase. Shiseido Euthrixine Hanatsubaki, the 2008 reissue. Stock picture, not...
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    Re: Serge Lutens testing

    Yes, I think the name is a bit of a misnomer. It's more of a very dry, sandalwood meets cedar scent rather than the creamy sandalwood you get in some fragrances. In Santal Majuscule, however, I like...
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    Re: Blackrock buys Authentic Brands Group

    I just had a look at the Authentic Brands Group website and frankly, not one of the brands appeal to me. If anyone wants to have a look, follow the link and scroll down:
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    Re: Givenchy III Discussion

    This is the bottle I have, which looks similar to Bavard's except for the top:

    https://i.imgur.com/jcz4cXG.png

    I'm not incredibly familiar with the older style of chypres, and cannot really say...
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    Re: Serge Lutens testing

    Un Bois Vanille is probably one of the best vanilla fragrances on the market.
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    Re: Serge Lutens testing

    Borneo 1834 is amazing. If you have ever tried Chanel's Coromandel, it is rather similar but with more depth and a dark chocolate / cacao note with a slight herbal twist. It has been ages since I've...
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    Re: Juliette Has a Gun - recommendations?

    Lady Vengeance is the dog's bollocks. Best patchouli and rose combo I came across, and I wear it when I need an extra confidence boost. One of Francis Kurkdjian's best in my opinion. Vengeance...
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    Re: Serge Lutens testing

    Santal Majuscule is one of my favourites from the house. I didn't find Bapteme de Feau to be that strange, it reminded me of spiced, baked goods. I like Chergui, but it does turn slightly sour on me...
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    Re: Serge Lutens testing

    Duplicate post
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    Re: Favorite "fresh fougere?"

    Live Jazz is pretty great, and a very approachable and likeable entry point into the genre.
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    Re: Tom Ford Straw Poll

    Now that you mention it, this is something I have noticed, too.
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    Re: Can people be grouped into taste categories?

    :tekst-toppie:
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    Re: Chanel feminines enjoyed by us guys

    I don't care for Chanel as a brand, but I'd trade half of my collection for Bois des Iles Parfum. It's that good (to me)...
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    Re: Can people be grouped into taste categories?

    Wow, that's not a bad system of classification, for sure. Kudos for taking the effort :beer:

    Broadly speaking, I think I'd fall into the Hedonist category myself. But I think the OP wants to go...
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    Re: Tom Ford Straw Poll

    Oud Wood Intense is the most interesting fragrance to come out of the Private Line in ages. Not for the faint-hearted due to the amount of skank.
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    Re: Tom Ford Straw Poll

    I feel the Private Line are either polished versions similar scents found on the mainstream market, or scents that aren't mainstream but still relatively safe. Whilst being not bad at all, are...
  27. Re: Actually asked to wash a perfume off - it was that offensive to others

    Yeah, that's a general rule everywhere I think. At my old workplace, a girl from customer services brought smoked herring / kippers which can be cooked in a microwave, which she then proceeded to do....
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    Re: Do You Prefer A Certain Bottle Size oz’s?

    When I had a smaller collection, I wanted the most bang for buck so went for the large bottle sizes. Now it's pretty much this.
  29. Re: Actually asked to wash a perfume off - it was that offensive to others

    Sorry this has happened to you, this must have caused you a lot of embarrassment and distress, especially as it seems that people have ganged up on you.

    It might be the perfume, it might be the...
  30. Re: Latest Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Amyrris Homme Extrait De Parfum!

    I like the original very much so will definitely keep an eye out for this Extrait!
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    Re: Is Hindu Kush work safe?

    This. I don't think it smells of weed at all, and I'm fairly familiar with the smell. If you want to be sure, just buy a decant and try to gauge your close friends' reaction before committing to a...
  32. Thread: 21 sauvage

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    Re: 21 sauvage

    Cool story. Wonder whether it's true though. I suppose Sauvage as a word is rather romantic, and that's probably the reason for its continued use.
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    Re: The Smell of Communism

    Just an anecdote.

    I've got family who lived through Communism in Eastern Europe, and this one time I was given a product to try that used to be very popular back then but is still being sold, for...
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    Re: Copycats... Again >:(

    This kind of suggests that there are a couple of bulk manufacturers who sell the 'inspired fragrances' as white label goods to any distributor that wants to sell them with their own branding.
    ...
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    Re: Your Favorite Fragrance For A First Date.

    I haven't been on a first date in over 12 years, but I think The One would be a good bet.
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    Re: Gucci Memoire d'une Odeur

    I've still got the card on my desk and coincidentally brewed a warm cup of chamomile tea which is in front of me.

    The very late drydown (which has been roughly the same since late Monday evening)...
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    Re: Tom ford Sahara noir

    Full Incense is definitely worth a sampling.

    It's a very clean, fairly straightforward frankincense scent. It's very close to burning some high quality grains of pure olibanum minus the smoke you...
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    Re: Tom ford Sahara noir

    Not for me personally it isn't.

    I own a lof of fragrances and decants centred around incense as I was on a heavy incense kick a few years ago, but Sahara Noir never hit the spot with me as it's...
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    Re: Gucci Memoire d'une Odeur

    Funny that, I tried it on my commute home. I have it on a card, not on skin. It's a somewhat pleasant, green little thing, without being overly herbal or bitter.

    It reminds me slightly of Mugler...
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    Re: Niche Fragrances - Best bang for the money

    +1 Diptyque
    +1 Miller Harris
    +1 Montale / Mancera
    +1 EldO
    +1 Parfums de Nicolai



    As long as it's bought on the grey market where they're going for silly low prices. Uncle Serge has been...
  41. Thread: Olibanum

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    Re: Olibanum

    Montale Full Incense
    Heeley Cardinal
    CdG Avignon
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    Re: What are great Immortelle-note fragrances?

    +1 Mendittorosa Le Mat

    Also adding:

    EldO Like This
    Annick Goutal Sables
    Serge Lutens El Attarine
  43. Re: Guerlain L'Eau Boisee - anyone love the scent but hate the performance?

    I have the older, squat bottle with the wooden top and the performance on me is scary good. I get easily 10+ hours out of it. Of course the fresh top notes are gone, but the guerlinade and vetiver...
  44. Re: Maison Francis Kurkdjian 6 samples instead of 4

    Received my samples yesterday and am super pleased. The packaging and presentation were superb. Easily worth the €14.00.
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    Re: Does chest hair increase longevity?

    Chest hair definitely retains scent, so it may increase longevity, but projection and silage less so. Hair itself is porous and traps traces of material, hence also why I shave or trim my pits for...
  46. Re: Super popular super hyped releases that you haven't tried?

    Personally, I think Prada Luna Rossa Black is worth checking out. And Tom Ford's Ombre Leather, which I think is really well done.
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    Re: The role of fragrance in my recovery

    Great story. The best personal growth comes from struggle and persevering. We were a one income household once when my partner started studying full-time for IT certifications which eventually led to...
  48. Re: Come Clean........ 5 worst fragrances you regret having purchased

    Mont Blanc Legend - the silage smells nice, up close, it's a synthetic disaster on me
    Chanel Allure Homme - Got it gifted, too bland
    Azzaro Chrome - Too synthetic and inky (and I like ink, see SMW)...
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    Re: Dolce & Gabbana K. The new masculine pillar

    Someone on this forum actually saw this in a store already I believe, but there wasn't any information about it at that time. I remember they mentioned the crown shaped stopper. I'm looking forward...
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    Depends on the brand. Apparently, Kering and Richemont have brought the production of most of their range in-house. Here's a rather interesting article:
    ...
  51. Re: Recommendations of a fragrance for a kind but pessimistic, gloomy and melancholic woman?

    Try the No.19 Poudre. It's a nice iris based scent.
  52. Re: Recommendations of a fragrance for a kind but pessimistic, gloomy and melancholic woman?

    Timbuktu is great, but goes very quiet on me. Definitely worth giving it a shot if both you and her like frankincense and fresh notes.

    Also, flathorn's suggestion of Jasmins Marzipane is a good...
  53. Re: Recommendations of a fragrance for a kind but pessimistic, gloomy and melancholic woman?

    I know there's a separate thread, but I'll answer this here. When it comes to Samsara, a colleague of mine used to wear it a lot. It was around 8 years ago, so the current formulation may differ. It...
  54. Re: Recommendations of a fragrance for a kind but pessimistic, gloomy and melancholic woman?

    I think the issue with Samsara is not only that it's 'loud' in a sense that it knocks your socks off with the performance, but it's also a very, very heavy scent. It's definitely worth trying in both...
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    Re: Best affordable introduction to oud oils

    Hehe, 'super charged with superfunk' hits it right on the head. I'll make note of your suggestion :smiley:
  56. Re: Recommendations of a fragrance for a kind but pessimistic, gloomy and melancholic woman?

    Iris is a key player in Dior Homme. It's that powdery, lipstick like accord.

    Samsara is a powerhouse fragrance, very loud. In a similar vein, I prefer Dior Addict to it. It's a bit more...
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    Re: Any houses on your “no buy list”

    I don't boycott any houses. Sure, there are some who's marketing tactics I intensely dislike (Creed, Tom Ford, Chanel, Bond No.9), but I'm not one to flat out refuse to sample their whole range...
  58. Re: Recommendations of a fragrance for a kind but pessimistic, gloomy and melancholic woman?

    Sarrasins is gorgeous, but make sure she likes jasmine first. I had a comment from someone about it smelling a bit pissy (not that it put me off wearing it).
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    Re: Best affordable introduction to oud oils

    I've bought a sample set from the following vendor:

    https://www.oudh.co.uk/en/perfume-samples/pure-oud-samples

    More specifically:
    ...
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    Re: Roja Dove Enigma Eau de Parfum, worth it?

    I tried it once, and I must admit that as much as I didn't like the price point and that I'm not the hugest fan of Dove, the scent absolutely oozed quality.
  61. Re: Recommendations of a fragrance for a kind but pessimistic, gloomy and melancholic woman?

    +1 Iris Silver Mist

    In general, iris as a note strikes me as a good fit. Quiet and very dignified. Also, look into the following:

    Bois d'Iris or Bois d'Argent (they're very similar)
    Chanel...
  62. Re: What is the ideal temperature for storing fragrance?

    I store mine in the coldest room in the house (usually around 20 degrees celsius) and never had one go off. I think what's more important is to keep them out of direct sunlight and heat.
  63. Re: Newbie to Basenotes needs dragging into 2019 kicking and screaming!

    Agreed. I regret not trying out Cartier's offerings earlier. The quality of their scents is fantastic.
  64. Re: Dior homme parfum VS Dior homme intense VS Valentino intense.

    Do you like it more than the options you have provided in your first post? If so, go for it if you don't already own it :smiley:
  65. Re: Dior homme parfum VS Dior homme intense VS Valentino intense.

    Personally, I'd go for Dior Homme Parfum, however, I would also look into Valentino Uomo Noir Absolu which is a darker take on VUI, and also a cracking scent. For me, it really nips at DHP's heels...
  66. Re: Mont Blanc - Individuel - Projection & Longevity?

    I'd say it has very good longevity, with the projection depending on how much you apply. A couple of sprays should leave a nice trail.



    Same here. I bought it not long after it came out, but...
  67. Re: Very very begginer, need help finding something spicey and Woody.

    My favourite in this category is Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent. It's a fantastic, woody and spicy vetiver fragrance that is incredibly versatile and performs well in all sorts of occasions and...
  68. Re: Suggestions for sandalwood fragrance for summer

    Truefitt & Hill is very underrated. I enjoy their 1805 immensely, which is also contains sandalwood in addition to geranium and lavender as the key players.
  69. Re: Maison Francis Kurkdjian 6 samples instead of 4

    Cheers mate :beer:
  70. Re: Maison Francis Kurkdjian 6 samples instead of 4

    I wonder whether the voucher is only valid for their perfume, or does it also work on candles, detergent and other things?
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    Re: UK Summer Scorcher - What are You Wearing?

    Not sure about London, but looking at the forecast there's a 20% - 30% chance of rain tonight where I'm at. It did rain briefly last night, and it sure does feel muggy.
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    Re: UK Summer Scorcher - What are You Wearing?

    Well, it's not as severe as yesterday, but still a toasty 27 degrees indoors. Sprayed myself liberally with Eau de Cartier Vetiver Bleu. Very nice. Into the fridge it goes for today... :grin:


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    Re: Narciso Rodriguez

    Should be the same. The EdP is in a tall, light pink bottle. Personally, I prefer the EdT in the black bottle.
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    Re: UK Summer Scorcher - What are You Wearing?

    I just went to douse myself with Escale aux Marquises again... for the sixth or seventh time today. Feelin' fresher than the Fresh Price from Bel-Air...! I'm sitting now in a wonderful plume of...
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    Re: can someone describe immortelle

    Maple syrup and curry is bang on. It has a real savoury element to it. The last immortelle-heavy fragrance I tried reminded me of Maggi Liquid Seasoning. I personally can't handle it in large doses.
  76. Re: Maison Francis Kurkdjian 6 samples instead of 4

    Yes, I received a code with my order for the 14 Euro off with the next purchase.
  77. Re: Maison Francis Kurkdjian 6 samples instead of 4

    Thanks mate, this is really good value. I just placed an order. I do have a MFK counter nearby, but this will help me sample a few select fragrances in more detail.
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    Re: UK Summer Scorcher - What are You Wearing?

    Fantastic scent and rather underrated. I don't think many people around here wear it.
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    Re: UK Summer Scorcher - What are You Wearing?

    I know what you mean. When I worked in a manufacturing site, it was 33 degrees in the office. We were sat on a mezzanine floor right under the tin roof. It was even worse on the shop floor as those...
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    Re: UK Summer Scorcher - What are You Wearing?

    Lots of great suggestions in this thread.

    VIW seems to be rather popular, and deservedly so. It's been ages since I had a sniff of it, how does St. Barts and Andreoli's Malibu compare to it...
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    UK Summer Scorcher - What are You Wearing?

    So, with there being talk of record-breaking temperatures here in the UK (around 34 - 39 degrees) which is something that definitely doesn't happen every day (or every summer... or decade for that...
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    Re: Mugler B*Men: What are our thoughts in 2019?

    X-Men is a copyright case waiting to happen, Z-Men sounds like a bad joke involving a certain European nation... :grin:
  83. Re: Bottega Veneta Illusione - Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid...

    Seems like I definitely have to compare it to Infusion d'Homme.



    Their original releases prove that discretion doesn't have to equal boring though. The original brought Daim Blonde and Cuir...
  84. Re: [UK] Fun size fragrant portions of happiness for your pleasures, olfactive and otherwise...

    There's a web address on some of his decants, http://www.is.gd/palmolive. There's no direct contact details on there, however, maybe this will be the way forward.
  85. Re: Do you prefer having one signature fragrance or having a small collection to choose from?

    Welcome and hello. Personally, I couldn't imagine having one signature scent or just a few to choose from. Monogamy when it comes to perfumes is simply not for me. I do have some set favourites which...
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    Re: I'm stuck in men's fragrance purgatory

    I thought about putting this onto my recommendations (EdT, though), but what kept me from doing this was that it might be a bit too stereotypically masculine due to the boozy amber / tobacco. It's...
  87. Re: What is it I can't stand about these fragrances?

    Dunno, Serge Noire is all about the spices and skank for me, not necessarily smoke.
  88. Re: [UK] Fun size fragrant portions of happiness for your pleasures, olfactive and otherwise...

    Just pointing out that Palm has been hit with the ban-hammer, hence the lack of comms.
  89. Re: What is it I can't stand about these fragrances?

    Birch was my first thought, too. Not an easy note for me, especially in large doses. Same with cade.
  90. Re: Choose and Rank Your 10 Favorite From This List

    Of the ones I tried, anyway:

    1 - L'Air du Desert Marocain
    2 - The One EDP
    3 - Chergui
    4 - Guerlain Homme L'Eau or L'Eau Boisee
    6 - Silver Mountain Water
    7 - Fahrenheit
    8 - Dior Homme Intense...
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    Re: Selfridges delivered to the USA - custom fee?

    Blimey, that's clueless customer services. Seems they were to lazy to contact the shipper / warehouse. The DHL tracking number gets assigned the moment the shipment is created in the system - I know...
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    Re: I'm stuck in men's fragrance purgatory

    :grin:

    Love your list. I ran into the same issues and moved away from most fragrances marketed as masculines because I find most of them quite boring (that generic 'blue' smell is everywhere) and...
  93. Re: What's your wardrobe's number-of-perfumes to number-of-houses ratio?

    Good question. Personally, I consider full bottles to be everything that isn't decanted from a third party, a sample, a miniature bottle, or travel size below 20ml.
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    Ah, too bad this is for the US only, I'd love to get my nose on the scent! Will be watching this thread with interest nevertheless.
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    Re: Best male Oriental

    L'Air du Desert Marocain for me. Chergui is also great, but it turns sour on me 50% of the time. I do get lots of complements on it though.
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    Re: Eau d'Hermes - differences in versions.

    I just got this mini off eBay, identical to one of the pewter cap Cook.bot posted. Out of curiousity, when where they produced? I wanted to try the modern version of the scent for a long time but...
  97. Thread: Death

    by Nastka
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    Re: Death

    - Iris Silver Mist: freshly turned earth in a Gothic graveyard on a cold, grey and foggy morning,
    - Charogne: someone described it as 'chewing gum at an open casket viewing', I don't disagree; but I...
  98. Thread: Cedar! Cedar!

    by Nastka
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    Re: Cedar! Cedar!

    +1 Tam Dao, I've got the EdT
    +1 Feminite du Bois

    Also, Pierre Guillaume / Parfumerie Generale 23.1 Jasmagonda is a highly interesting take on the note, albeit as a support rather than front and...
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    Re: Deodorant VS. Antiperspirant

    What a waste of vodka... :grin: :wink:
  100. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    I'd recommend Dior Homme or Fahrenheit to someone. Both are relatively groundbreaking without being too experimental or quirky, all whilst being of very high quality.
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