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    Re: Best pound for pound fragrance

    Alfred Sung Homme - it's not only cheap, it lasts for like eighteen hours.
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    Re: A bit of advice needed

    For your specific requirements I would recommend Le Male, A*Men, or 1 Million. If you want to try something really edgy you could go for Dior Homme Sport.
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    Re: Traditional Eau de Cologne

    The Chanel eau is very good. Guerlain's Du Coq and Imperiale are also very nice (not as long lasting as the Chanel). Acqua di Parma is overpriced, stuffy, and not to be taken seriously.
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    Re: A "Fresh" Musk?

    Royalle Muske - clean, sparkling white musk, with a tiny trace of sweetness. It's a delightful, simple scent.
  5. Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur question - difference btw. concentrée & orig. ?

    Both are superb. If you like the non-concentree version you might also try Parfums de Nicolai New York, which has essentially the same shape as the Chanel but lasts for eight or nine hours.
  6. Thread: Tzar

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    Re: Tzar

    No one seems to have noticed this. The moist towelette version doesn't smell much like the actual fragrance.
  7. Re: Please help me find an everyday scent! Creed OV?

    Why not Guerlain Vetiver?
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    Re: Scarry scents for Halloween

    All these suggestions are good, but I would add Salvador Dali pour Homme.
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    Re: Nicolai L'eau Chic

    I got a bottle from Luckyscent - it's very nice, quite soapy and astringent, the geranium is smooth, the longevity seems good so far. Totally unisex.
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    Re: Nicolai New York

    Same here. A spectacular scent with excellent longevity.
  11. Re: 10 Fragrances that every new Basenotes member should sample...

    I've selected fragrances that are easy to find and relatively inexpensive:

    - Guerlain Vetiver: a great example of sophisticated perfume, a great year-round scent, and an introduction to vetiver....
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    Re: A Penny For Your Thoughts ....

    It's spectacular.
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    Re: Eloge du Traitre or Yatagan??

    Yatagan. Eloge du Traitre does last longer, but Yatagan is a much better scent.
  14. Re: I can buy 50 ml of Back to Black by Kilian for $125 with free shipping...Good Deal?

    Try going to the website!
  15. Re: Does Kouros and Body Kouros smells similar? Body Kouros a flanker of Kouros?

    Very very different. Going by your top ten you'll like Body Kouros much better than the original.
  16. Re: Is YSL Kouros a safe blind buy? I'm thinking about buying a bottle

    I doubt that you will like it.
  17. Re: Whats your favourite Yves Saint Laurent fragrance ?

    Kouros. YSL has some other good scents, but nothing as titanic as Kouros.
  18. Re: Help: Bespoke fragrance – recommendations?

    CB I Hate Perfume used to offer a custom service:
    http://www.cbihateperfume.com/custom-perfume.html
    But it looks like he's not taking any new customers right now.
  19. Re: Best for men 5 designer summer scents and niche summer scents. For a college newspaper

    Suggestions for the designer five (I would cut Eau Fraiche, TdH and L'eau d'Issey):
    Aramis Havana
    Bleu de Chanel or Egoiste Platinum (not Chanel's best, but summer-appropriate and inoffensive)
    A...
  20. Re: Is Rive Gauche Kouros' prettier younger brother?

    Kouros is way prettier.
  21. Re: Is my Kouros a fake or have I bagged myself a vintage?

    Why would anyone fake an aftershave?
  22. Re: Can I wear Kouros while wearing my best dress ?

    Make sure to dilute it with vodka first.
  23. Re: I would like to know what you grade these men's fragrances? 1 = worst and 10 = best

    YSL M7 - 6

    Encre Noire by Lalique - 6

    Chanel Allure Homme - 6

    Chergui by Serge Luten - 6

    Creed GIT - 9
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    Re: about to make the leap for Encre Noire!

    Me too - much too dank.
  25. Re: An operational definition for "powerhouse fragrance"?

    Forgive me, but this seems to be an utterly futile pursuit. This is like trying to define "loud music" or "flashy clothing"; everyone will have a different answer. For instance I had never before...
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    Re: Your 2 scents worth ...

    Antaeus and Guerlain Vetiver.
  27. Re: Urgent!! Going to a house party tonight!

    People respond sarcastically to this kind of question because it's silly.
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    Re: Objective Evidence

    Too true! I have a few sweaters from the mid 1990s stored in my parents basement; they still smell faintly of Joop!.

    Not counting Joop! I've found By Kilian's A Taste of Heaven and Caron Pour un...
  29. Re: Could a genuine Creed bottle not have a serial no. on the back? Also, do they expire?

    Many of them troll/flame about Creed, in fact!

    Do your bottles have scars where the serial numbers were sanded off, or are they just blank? In my opinion if they still smell good after eight years...
  30. Re: Need help with Roger-Gallet fragrances.....

    I would just get one of the Guerlain EDCs (probably du Coq) instead. I found the R&G Jean-Marie Farina rather disappointing, kind of too sticky and syrupy for an eau de cologne.
  31. Re: Best examples of fragrance marketing hype

    I don't mean to pick on you here but I don't follow your logic. By this reasoning one could make literally any claim about history and then dismiss criticism of it. I could write that George...
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    Re: Fragrance that smells like Dr. Pepper

    The closest I can think of is Platinum Egoiste.
  33. Re: Best examples of fragrance marketing hype

    So would the author need to find a Creed ancestor's journal that said "January 12, 1781: Today I didn't compose Royal English Leather, a fragrance that one of my descendants will market 200 years...
  34. Re: Best examples of fragrance marketing hype

    http://perfumedpolitics.blogspot.com/2009/06/making-history-iii-usable-pasts-of.html
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    Re: californiaperfumes.com references

    Sounds great! I'll go there right away for all my perfume needs! I'm so glad to get this unbiased, totally objective information from a respected member of the Basenotes community who is definitely...
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    Re: californiaperfumes.com references

    Wow! Sounds AWESOME! Where should I send my credit card info????
  37. Re: I finally did it...I purchased a bottle of Chanel Egoiste from the Chanel Website...Blind Buy

    Congratulations!
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    Re: Azzaro Chrome or Joop Homme ?

    Joop is far more interesting.
  39. Re: Pick your top 5 from the person's wardrobe above you

    Quite a collection! I'm probably picking some of the least exotic scents -

    Eau du Coq
    Eau de Cologne Imperiale
    Habit Rouge
    Concentree D'Orange Verte
    Egoiste
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    Re: L'anarchiste by caron

    Bottle great, scent so-so. Kind of an electric applesauce feel. I need to go back and give it another shot, it had hints of grandeur.
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    Re: Antonio Puig Fragrances

    Agua Brava and Quorum are both great, Agua Lavanda is also nice. I found Aqua Quorum surprisingly nice as well (it's a fairly generic aquatic). I'd be interested to hear opinions on the more esoteric...
  42. Re: Does Chanel Egoiste and Platnum Egoiste smell similar?

    You can buy Egoiste directly from Chanel online as well.
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    Re: Yet one more Luca Turin post

    Luca, I think camp almost catches it, but I would characterize it more as a very refined sensibility coupled with a good sense of humor. When I think camp I think not only of wit and truth telling...
  44. Re: Niche fragrance that smells close to Aramis Devin

    Parfums de Nicolai's Vie de Chateau is VERY close to Devin, but slightly more floral.
  45. Re: Which do you recommend from the Chanel Line?!? Platinum Egoiste vs Bleu vs Allure Homme Edition

    I agree, though PM concentree isn't bad either. Platinum Egoiste and all the Allures pale in comparison to Chanel's older offerings.
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    Re: Yet one more Luca Turin post

    I'm quite surprised that this passed without comment. I'm sure that Turin's sexuality has as little influence on his prose style as his astrological sign does. I don't find the assertion that only...
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    Re: Yet one more Luca Turin post

    I like that Turin often starts talking about airplanes, as if all his readers would immediately understand a comparison between a perfume and a particular kind of Cessna; it should be ridiculous but...
  48. Re: Something Similar to Dr Bronner's Peppermint Soap?

    Bronner's is great stuff - their lavender soap also smells pretty amazing. I get almost pure peppermint from the peppermint soap, so maybe a peppermint essential oil would be the way to go (I know...
  49. Re: Have Guerlain Vetiver and Vetiver Extreme been repackaged?

    Hey.it's.me, you might take another shot at the Guerlain Vetiver. I know it took a while to grow on me, and I've also noticed that the first few sprays out of a new bottle don't always represent how...
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    Re: Reference vetiver?

    Etro vetiver and, on the cheap end, Royall Vetiver both feature a raw, prominent vetiver note. You should be able to detect it quite easily in the Guerlain Vetiver as well. I find the current...
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    Re: Shop till' you drop !!!

    JohnJohn, respectfully, you are not a moderator and you don't own this thread because you started it. You're free to ignore the discussion of price and value if you don't find it interesting, but if...
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    Re: Shop till' you drop !!!

    This is manifestly untrue, especially of luxury goods, and it also says absolutely nothing about the product's quality. The "correctness" or incorrectness of the pricing does not correspond to the...
  53. Re: Recommend me a muted, creamy, non-citric LEMON scent.

    Arlington by D.R. Harris might fit your bill.
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    Re: Shop till' you drop !!!

    I disagree.
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    Re: Shop till' you drop !!!

    Luckyscent is very reliable for niche frags - with niche scents (other than Creed) you rarely have to worry about fakes - no one's going to bother faking Andy Tauer or Serge Lutens when there's a...
  56. Re: Scents inspired by the Old American West

    Montana Homme.
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    Re: Zino Davidoff

    Zino's rose is not in the least feminine - no cause for worry there!
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    Re: Questions of guerlain

    Where can you get Mouchoir de Monsieur and Derby in the US?
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    Re: Just had a huge swap-out

    From the Mumonkan:
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    Re: Aqua Velva... longer lasting?

    I've also been searching for an eau de toilette strength Aqua Velva. Sung Hei disappointed me terribly - it didn't smell like much of anything, certainly not like Aqua Velva.
  61. Re: Best fragrance house to build a collection from

    Guerlain, Chanel and YSL.
  62. Re: Any comments on Royall Lyme of Bermuda?

    Royall Bayrhum is delightful, and Royall Muske is endearingly simple and sweet. I don't find the rest of the line particularly compelling.
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    Re: A Question About Roll-On Decant Bottles

    In the introduction to Perfumes Luca Turin asserts that contamination with skin particles or oils is nothing to worry about.
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    Re: Santa Maria Novella

    Try calling.
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    Re: Angel Men Pure Malt real?

    WeSmellGood, if the possible inauthenticity of your A*Men bottles is bothering you so much you should return them or give them away and order a new bottle direct from Thierry Mugler.

    All the...
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    Re: Eau De Coq VS Eau Sauvage

    Both are very good. Eau du Coq is magnificent, while Eau Sauvage is a little more muted and refined. As others have said, du Coq lasts about an hour, while Eau Sauvage lasts much longer. If I had to...
  67. Re: Your Three Perfect Ten Out Of Ten Fragrances

    Caron Pour un Homme
    Caron 3eme Homme
    Chanel Pour Monsieur (regular or concentree - I just got the non-concentree version and I can't say that I prefer one to the other)
  68. Re: First spray from new bottle different?

    Absolutely - I don't know why it is, and it doesn't happen all the time, but I've noticed that the first spray from a new bottle often smells off or stale. In my experience it always gets better.
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    Re: Spicey Rum Scent (EDT) suggestions

    St. John's Bay Rum may be just what you're looking for.

    EDIT - I'll reiterate, because I think the OP would really like this; Saint Johns Bay Rum. St. Johns is a terrific, very spicy traditional...
  70. Re: I have a few questions for anyone willing to help a fumehead out!

    You might read Clifford Geertz's "Art as a Cultural System," if your professor hasn't assigned it already. A cross-cultural perspective might help reframe the debate in a less arbitrary, western...
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    Re: An Open Invitation To Creed...

    I doubt that anyone from Creed's executive corps reads Basenotes. Basenotes members represent a tiny portion of the whole fragrance market, and BN members buy tons of Creed products and discuss Creed...
  72. Re: Lasting power and development of Hammam Bouquet?

    If you're missing the rose part of the fragrance then something is off. Was this a sample or a full bottle?
  73. Re: Networking Dinner! What Fragrance to wear!

    No fragrance. Wear a tie.
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    Re: Cost of making Tabac Blond

    My heart weeps for all these generous perfume companies manufacturing fragrances at a loss! Perhaps we could take up a collection so that their owners can feed their children? Erwin Creed has a...
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    Re: Angel Men Pure Malt real?

    Pure Malt looks fine. Beautyencounter.com is legit as well.
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    Re: A fragrance for my personality...

    Romance Silver.
  77. Re: What goes through your mind when you smell someone with Acqua Di Gio?

    Very little.
  78. Re: What are your steps to finally decide to buy that full bottle of fragrance that cost $50+

    No steps for me - I live for the thrill of blind-buying full bottles. I have yet to be truly disappointed.
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    Poll: Re: Caron Pour un Homme or Le 3me Homme ?

    Don't wait too long to buy 3e Homme - it's absolutely fantastic.
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    Re: Jovan sex appeal

    Tania Sanchez gives Jovan Sex Appeal a rave review in Perfumes. I wish I were brave enough to buy a bottle.
  81. Re: Pick your top 5 from the person's wardrobe above you

    Voyage
    Tommy Bahama
    Jacomo for Men
    Chrome
    360 Red
  82. Re: Is there a frag that we all (or most) can agree on that smells great?

    Azzaro PH is really that good. If Montale released Azzaro pour Homme today and called it "Djibouti Ochre" Basenoters would be hocking their Rolexes to buy it.

    I'm not sure if it's a great...
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    Re: Supersized fragrances !!

    You can get ~750ml of Puig Agua Lavanda for less than $20, though the bottle's plastic and not particularly fancy.
  84. Re: Is there a frag that we all (or most) can agree on that smells great?

    Right on with this. I don't think that anyone would find Guerlain Imperiale unpleasant.
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    Re: The Official Creed Green Irish Tweed thread!

    Guys, can you help me determine if my GIT is authentic? I got it from an ebay seller from Xilinhot, Mongolia for $3.50 including shipping. It didn't come with a box or a bottle, the frag was just in...
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    Re: Backup bottle

    If you're weirded out by the concept of backup bottles you may find much of Basenotes pretty baffling.

    Getting a backup is just getting the replacement at the same time as the original, instead of...
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    Re: quick question please help!!

    I've ordered tons of stuff from Fragrancenet and I've never had damaged packaging or an obviously off fragrance. Almost all have come with cellophane.

    I do wish they would stop sending those...
  88. Re: Pick your top 5 from the person's wardrobe above you

    Azzaro Pour Homme
    Egoiste
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Caron Pour un Homme
    Eau du Coq

    Plus a bunch of the harder to find Guerlains - nice wardrobe!
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    Re: 'I only use 1 or 2 sprays.....' Huh??

    I don't think I've ever done more than three. I may have learned moderation by wearing nothing but Joop! Homme for years and years. More than three sprays of that would have melted plastic and killed...
  90. Re: Pick your top 5 from the person's wardrobe above you

    Rumblefish knows what he likes!

    Tobacco Vanille
    Tuscan Leather
    Terre d'Hermes
    Rive Gauche
    Musc Ravageur
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    Soapy fougere suggestions?

    First of all, thanks to Jaime for his excellent blog post on the different kinds of fougere.

    I've recently been enjoying two very popular aromatic fougeres, Paco Rabanne pour Homme and Azzaro pour...
  92. Re: so I do like Encre Noire... Will i also like Etro's Vetiver ?

    I find Encre Noire a little more compelling than the Etro vetiver, but they're fairly similar. I don't think you have any cause to worry - if you're a vetiver enthusiast you'll certainly like the...
  93. Re: Help with choosing a cologne (high school)

    You might try some of the Joop! fragrances. Basenotes has a love-hate relationship with them but most of them are inexpensive, nice smelling, and they will get you through an entire day of classes...
  94. Re: Rate my small cologne collection and please suggest another

    A CEO would probably smell decisive.
  95. Re: Rate my small cologne collection and please suggest another

    Here are some readily available fragrances that came to mind:

    Dior Fahrenheit
    Thierry Mugler A*Men (surprised no one suggested this - keep in mind that it's rather sweet)
    Thierry Mugler Cologne...
  96. Re: What if...Dracula was a perfume lover he would wear at midnight...

    Ungaro III
    Kouros
  97. Re: Pick your top 5 from the person's wardrobe above you

    Wow!

    Guerlain Heritage
    Les Nereides Imperial Opoponax
    Caron L'Anarchiste
    Etro Vetiver
    Etro Mahogany
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    Poll: Re: The Oriental Titans

    Well there's a big difference between the somewhat outdated general terms "orient" and "oriental" and the perfume term "oriental." Orient refers to any of the countries of Asia, which would include...
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    Re: Vanilla: sweetness to a minimum

    Caron pour un Homme. Vanilla totally without sweetness.
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    Re: Where the hell is La Nuit de L'Homme?

    Beautyencounter is totally fine, I've ordered plenty of stuff from them. Not always the fastest shipping or the lowest price, but their stuff is legit. I wish they offered more coupon codes or a...
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