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    Re: Geo F Trumper, amazingly good!

    A great old house. My favorite is Curzon, but I have worn several them over the years. Great stuff at a great price and if you ever get a chance to have a shave and a haircut there, do it!
  2. Re: Creed's store price vs online price : Whats up!?

    Caveat Emptor and I retire from the field....
  3. Re: Creed's store price vs online price : Whats up!?

    Let me explain. If I pay full whack at Creed or Bergdorf's ( or Mr. guy in the old days), if it wasn't right, I would march back in and get a replacement or my money back (which I have never done). ...
  4. Re: Creed's store price vs online price : Whats up!?

    The problem is that people who would not otherwise be in the target demographic for a firm like Creed now can get the normally high priced goods for cheap online and often suffer the consequences. ...
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    Re: Vacation Fragances for Hot Weather

    Where are you going? San Francisco will be chilly and Los Angels will be blazing. As a born and bred native, I would say that the vetivers are always solid, Coriolan great, too. Please leave...
  6. Re: Creed's store price vs online price : Whats up!?

    Creed is an up market brand for people who can afford it-- the secondary market ( which is most of us!) is not their concern. The internet has democratized the market but created lots of problems as...
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    Re: Elsha / Russian Leather cologne,any input?

    Surprisingly good in the warm weather--I am wearing it today in the hot Los Angeles summer weather and it rocks in the heat. Warm and sultry, rich and expensive smelling.
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    Re: Parfums Retro - Grand Cuir

    Grand Cuir is a beautiful leather hiding behind a screaming narcissus--think Narcisse Noire in jackboots. The opening is very soapy/floral and really invokes the heady scent of the paperwhite...
  9. Re: Creed: Your personal Top 3 list for LONGEVITY & PROJECTION ?

    Bois du Portugal
    Green Irish Tweed
    Baie de Genievre

    I didn't even need to leave the 80s when making this list!
  10. Re: Your top three discontinued frags you'd want to see returned

    Dunhill Blend 30
    Cuiron
    Gucci pour Homme 2003
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    Re: Picking a chocolate scent as a gift

    I like the chocolate in Lacoste Elegance
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    Re: Hercule Poirot and Geo F Trumper

    Good point--aggressively masculine it has more in common with Z-14 than with other British toiletries of its time. Curzon is my favorite from Trumpers, as it happens!
  13. Yes to Antaeus!

    Yes to Antaeus!
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    Re: Hercule Poirot and Geo F Trumper

    Based on the color of the label and box, it is either Curzon or Wellington.
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    Re: Original Pierre Cardin for men

    I think that this is right. Also, the cap should have a raised red plastic PC on it.
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    Re: Original Pierre Cardin for men

    There have been posts on this before. I think the the stuff put out by Aladdin fragrances is meant to be good. Great frag, by the way
  17. Thread: First Cologne

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    Re: First Cologne

    Guerlain's Vetiver was the first I bought for myself. I was given Pierre Cardin which I really loved back in the day.
  18. Thread: Rank your CREED

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    Re: Rank your CREED

    1. Baie de Genievre
    2. Green Irish Tweed
    3. Bois du Portugal
    4. Erolfa
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    Re: Orient fragrance

    Tam Dao--a beautiful sandalwood that evokes the East.
  20. Thread: Vetiver fans

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    Re: Vetiver fans

    Thanks for the tip! One of my favorite notes!
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    Re: Creed Green Irish Tweed Fake (?)

    Just buy it from Creed and you won't have any problem. This is a luxury product which--if authentic--comes at a price.
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    Re: The "I don't get it" thread

    Bond No. 9. Making scents of New York--really? I mean, REALLY? The Emperor's New Clothes.......
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    Re: Amouage & Aventus? HELP!!

    Why not stick with what you love? Why look next door (especially if it is at Amouage) when you love what you have right at home?
  24. Re: Which Amouage for women is most suitable for men?

    None
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday,August 6, 2014

    I am really enjoying Grand Cuir even in the warm weather. Very floral and soapy up front but the rest of the journey is wonderful. I have been wearing Cuiron a lot lately and this is a nice frag to...
  26. Re: Article: Two new fragrances from Floris, exclusive to Harrods

    The leather oud in particular sounds great. I sort of hate to think of a great old house like Floris feeling they have to jump on a trendy bandwagon, especially so late in the trend's arc, but these...
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    Re: I want to find some original Halston z-14

    Yes, the screw top was different back then. I agree, anything that still lists oakmoss is good stuff. Sometimes dis counters have gift sets with the original formula. This is such an amazing scent...
  28. Re: I'm going to San Francisco tomorrow! What should I try?

    You know, the owner of Jacqueline is not that bad--grumpy, yes, but he is a self-appointed defender of the faith when it comes to fine, classic fragrances. Amouage is the least interesting thing he...
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    Re: Invasion Barbare or Italian Cypress ?

    Italian Cypress. I am not sure that either would be considered a fresh, clean scent, though......
  30. Re: Guerlain Heritage and Creed Bois du Portugal.

    I love them both--different enough but with a similar feel. These two along with Zino make up my holy trinity of rich, woody scents.
  31. Re: Best sea salt / oceanic salty fragrances for men?

    These two are great but the best of all, I think is Maestrale--this is an amazing scent!
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    Re: A sniff down memory lane

    Private Collection reminds me of a much-loved--and missed--aunt. My father, Aramis. A girlfriend in my teens, Anais Anais. Equip age reminds me of my first trip to Europe many years ago. My...
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    Re: She Made Me Buy Egoiste

    She who must be obeyed...... Love it! Return the favor and insist that she buy your favorite perfume on her--hopefully a gorgeous Guerlain in in Extrait. Of course, you end up paying either way,...
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    Re: Next fragrances you plan on purchasing?

    Habit Rouge L'Eau, l'Homme Eau Boisee, Bottega Veneta for men and l'Occitane's Cade
  35. Thread: Hanae Mori HiM

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    Re: Hanae Mori HiM

    I really like this--wonderful for cooler weather and evenings.
  36. Re: Which of Perry Ellis fragrances you like most

    Original men's from way back for me, too.
  37. Re: I have a fragrance per season EXCEPT Spring. Help!

    GIT or Troisieme Homme
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    Re: Kobe - Is Xerjoff Fooling Us?

    Not a fan of the house at all.....
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    Re: New to Basenotes, Hello From California :).

    Welcome from one Californian to another. I, too, lived in London ( ten years ) but came back home to roost. Enjoy yourself!
  40. Re: Terre d' Hermes vs. Yardley Citrus and Wood vs. Cereus #6 (previously #5)

    Yardley is the sleeper here. Great stuff and I actually prefer it to Terre (although a great scent, the mineral note smells very synthetic to me) and I have never noticed the longevity issue. ...
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    Re: Vampire church incense suggestions

    You might try Zagorsk, Bois d'Ascese (both with a wonderful coffin wood note) or my new favorite incense, Oriza L. Legrand's Relique D'Amour. The name says it all, and I can do no better than to...
  42. Re: I need some advise on diverse ' Niche' scents

    I agree with Diamondflame--of all that you have mentioned, Sycomore would be the one I splurged for. I think that the sales assistants at a Chanel boutique would be only too happy to help you out. ...
  43. Thread: Score!

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    Re: Score!

    Great on both fronts!
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    Re: Are the Cheapies Really Worth It?

    Exactly
  45. Re: What designer fragrance would you wear to a rodeo?

    L'Occitane's Cade--driest wood out there--very manly.
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    Re: Bottega veneta pour homme

    This is a lovely men's scent. The cirtus opening leads right to a medley of pine and fir notes underscored by a favorite note of mine--clary sage. The base is highlighted by a wonderful leather and...
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    Re: What cologne would James Bond wear?

    Why nothing for GL? He strikes me as a Yardley Black Label sort of guy. In OHMSS, Bond's wife Tracy wears Guerlain's Ode. Maybe she would have exercised a fiancee's prerogative and picked his...
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    Re: What cologne would James Bond wear?

    It is
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    Re: I'm done with Bond No. 9

    You are not missing a thing. The Emperor's New Clothes, IMO.
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    Re: S O T D : Wednesday , July 16, 2014 ��

    Great call. I have been wearing this a lot this summer and really like it--but, then, I am a huge fan of its parent......
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, July10, 2014

    Habit Rouge EdC. On a warm day this works surprisingly well.
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    Re: Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir

    Nice, but it smells too sweet to me. I was hoping for more freshness and, frankly, more leather.
  53. Re: I went alittle nuts and got 5 colonges today, need help

    Great scents! Congrats! I think that they would all do well day and night, especially in these warmer months. The Hanae Mori will be especially good at night. I happen to love Aventus--against all...
  54. Arabian Wood always reminded me of something......

    I don't generally go in for "this reminds me of that" sort of posts because everything is that way to some extent. However, ever since I smelled it--I even noted it on my basenotes review--I felt...
  55. Re: A look again at Christian Dior - Fahrenheit (1988)

    Great link and great blog. All great fragrances with new insights and personal stories. I remember so well my first sniff of Farenheit-- it was at a duty free shop in St. Martin and I had never...
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    Re: I want "clean" but something distinguished

    I think that the original 1934 Dunhill for men is about as clean and distinguished as you could hope for. So old school that it is new school.
  57. Re: what are your favorite crisp, sharp, dry ..almost medicinal scents.....

    Good suggestions--as one would expect, coming from someone with Blend 30 as their avatar!
  58. Re: what are your favorite crisp, sharp, dry ..almost medicinal scents.....

    Gin Sling. I think that juniper gives a medicinal feel to a cologne.
  59. Re: Article: The Top Ten: Discontinued Men's Fragrances

    Great article!
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    Re: Smoky, tarry fragrance

    The first thing that came to my mind!
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    Re: Recommend me an INCENSE scent

    Eau des Baux and. Cardinal are both great. I really like Endymion for a strong incense note that is not pure Catholic mass/Buddhist temple visit. Zagorsk reminds me too much of actually being in...
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    Re: Recommend me a LEATHER scent

    If you can find Cuiron, try it--it is great! My favorite is Knize Ten but there are many great ones from which to choose.
  63. Thread: TOKYO, Japan

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    Re: TOKYO, Japan

    Hankyu Men in Ginza has a good selection.
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    Re: Helmut Lang - Cuiron Alternative

    I am in Japan for a couple of weeks and brought my bottle of Cuiron to wear while I am here--it just seems right, somehow. The plum note is very Japanese, and somehow the paired down leather seems...
  65. Re: I am convinced that I am just an ordinary guy, and basenotes probable is too deep for me.

    All of this blather may seem profound but it is really as deep as a puddle. However, is is a puddle we all love and come on in, the water is fine.
  66. Re: What cheap fragrance generated more compliments when you wore during all day

    Halston 1-12. Really.
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    Re: How do you acquire most of your samples?

    I am fortunate to live near Luckyscent where they are very generous (which pays off as I usually come back and buy something) and I find that the boutiques for Hermes, Tom Ford, etc., in Beverly...
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    Re: Which Bond no 9 for summer?

    Unless you are committed to Bond, there are so many better houses to buy from with great scents for summer.
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    Re: About Azzaro Pour Homme

    It is a great scent, in my opinion. Do you mean Azzaro Pour Homme L'Eau? If so, it is a very well done flanker with a fresher citrus top and all of the aromatics that make the original so good.
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    Re: Great Men's Fragrances that Feature Immortelle

    +1 for Coriolan
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    Re: Help me out on leathers!

    Knize Ten all the way!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Re: Guerlain Heritage EDT worth buying?

    Great fragrance!
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    Re: Today I Bought: May 2014

    Today I bought Azzaro's Pour Homme L'Eau--a flanker done right. Fresh and citric but no mistaking its hairy-chested parentage. Great for summer and a steal, as it was a tester.
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    Re: Dirty Mediterranean Summer

    +1for Azzaro pour Homme and also think that Declaration would be a great fit. Another thought--Antaeus by Chanel--wrestling with giants is a sweaty business. Finally, of the Goutals, I would say...
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    Sticky: Re: Fake or real Green Irish Tweed?

    This is the best reason to buy directly from them, by the way!
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    Re: Summer fragrance

    There are some great oceanic scents like Sel Marin, Erolfa and (my favorite) Maestrale that do very well in summer. I sometimes thinkmthatbitq is a little too obvious to try and smell like summer at...
  77. Thread: Hermes

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    Re: Hermes

    +1 from me
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    Re: Anything similar to L'occitane Cade?

    Just saw on Badger and Blade a that they are bringing this back (?)-- how great if this is so..... The driest wood imaginable. Cowboy daydreams in a bottle. Great aftershave as well.
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    Re: What's the Weirdest Fragrance You Own?

    I find l'Anarchiste a bit weird. I generally do not buy full bottles of the weird ones although I have sampled plenty! The weirdest in our house is my wife's le Feu d'Issey, for sure. I like it,...
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    Re: The smell of Dial Gold Soap

    Atrac, if you are in Los Angeles, you can always go to the SMN on Melrose Place and try it first--they might even give you a sample...... I love the smell of Dial soap, too!
  81. Re: New Santa Maria Novella cologne - "Alba di Seoul"

    It sounds interesting, as SMN is a good house. The story of the stores opening being the driver for this scent makes sense since Seoul is not especially known for smelling good. It certainly goes...
  82. Re: Have you ever asked another man what was he wearing????

    Can be very awkward with someone you do not know well. I get asked occasonally by other men and always tell them what I was wearing. A salesman at J. Press once asked me and I must have mumbled a...
  83. Well, I may revisit these!

    Well, I may revisit these!
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    Re: Creed orange spice

    Wonderful stuff! Kouros without the yuck.
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    Re: No great men's fragrances anymore?

    Too true, sadly. I thought it was funny that he called Bleu de Chanel out as being different because to me that is precisely the type of bland, safe, boring scent he was describing, albeit slightly...
  86. Well, it was too much to hope for. I happened to...

    Well, it was too much to hope for. I happened to be near a Rite Aid so I stopped in and sure enough, there was a display in the "specialty" aisle, one shelf below Lady Gaga, who has now hit the...
  87. Re: Article: Dana introduce new British Sterling line

    How great it would be if these turn out to be good scents......
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    Poll: Re: Potential Purchases

    Well put.
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    Re: Vanilla (aka, help a single dad :)

    Rochas' Tocade is a great vanilla and rose fragrance.
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    Re: Pine notes Fragrances, please, suggestions!

    rip
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    Re: Pine notes Fragrances, please, suggestions!

    So many great pine scents out there.... great suggestions. I second Pino, Epicea and Knize Forest. Have heard great things about Corlo Corinto as well, from a Christmas tree point of view. If you...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, April 24, 2014

    A rare wearing for me of Tsar. Just right for a spring day. One of my meetings is going to take me perilously close to Lucky Bar today, so we'll see what comes of that.
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    Re: Dior "Homme" - Marketing over Manliness

    Must say I agree--to me it smells very feminine; too much like cosmetics. I wouldn't mind tapping into my feminine side occasionaly, but I do NOT want to smell like lipstick. Just me--clearly, based...
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    Re: Cologne for Executives

    Botega Veneta's men's scent would be perfect for an executive--fresh, manly, descreet with the smell of the outdoors and expensive leather. Perfect.
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    Re: Bois d’Ascese Eau de Parfum by Naomi Goodsir

    Both!
  96. Re: Hidden Gems in plain sight? Store brands worth seeking out

    Just thought of another--Orvis used to have a wonderful men's frag--a chypre of real distinction, in a round bottle that came in a cylindrical box covered in faux croc. Great stuff! Now, they have...
  97. Re: Hidden Gems in plain sight? Store brands worth seeking out

    At the high end of "store scents" is Charvet's Cuvee Speciale--only available at Charvet stores and boutiques, great smelling, expensive (as you would expect) and great champagne bottle packaging...
  98. Re: Hidden Gems in plain sight? Store brands worth seeking out

    I think that Brooks Brothers has done a great job of producing great scents in line with their brand promise and at a great price!
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    Re: Bois d’Ascese Eau de Parfum by Naomi Goodsir

    I agree!
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    Re: Bois d’Ascese Eau de Parfum by Naomi Goodsir

    I had the opportunity to correspond with Naomi via email and I thought that you might be interested in what she wrote:

    As for our perfume, we are so pleased you like it. They are both two...
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