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    Re: Not worth the hype... and why?

    Amouage Jubilation smells great to me, but under performs for the wearer. Weird anosmic thing. I just couldn't put up with it, so I resold before too much time went by (to recoup investment). Epic...
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    Re: Kouros day. June 1st ?

    I'm in. I may wear the Fraicheur flanker if it's a hot day, though. ;)
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    Re: Fragonard's Fragrances ???

    I have the Zizanie de Fragonard. Very much like Bal a Versailles, but with more sandalwood and a little less sweet. Nice, but smells quite old school. At least by the vintage bottle I have.
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    Re: Not worth the hype... and why?

    A few of these I absolutely agree with you on.
    LIDGE (Guerlain) - it was over-hyped for quite a while, but it's still an excellent fragrance.
    ZINO (Davidoff) - Was it really over-hyped? Haven't...
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    Re: Midnigh In Paris EDP.

    Yes, $25 for 75ml of the Midnight in Paris EDP is a real bargain. Yes, more unisex than Dior Homme Parfum, but still excellent and a killer value.
  6. Re: Your Workplace Bravery Limit (mighty fragrance superheroes not included here)

    Last place I worked that was in an office space with a sea of cubicles, I didn't wear fragrances there (wasn't into them at that point). However, if I was, I wouldn't have been able to experiment,...
  7. Re: Rayene Fragrances: Which do you own, what are they like?

    I stumbled into a review on another site about Fight Club. Looks to have some promise, despite the cheesy presentation (golden boxing glove flacon). Anyone here experience this one yet?
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Wow, nice buys! Congrats on 1981 KOUROS; so fantastic. Fraicheur is amazing. Did you pick up that 50ml one in the box off eBay?
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Welcome to Basenotes! Congrats... if you got vintage. Most recent is OK... not bad for the price.


    Yes indeed, one of the true Neroli greats these days. Congrats!
  10. Re: I just blind purchased Tiffany for Men based solely on basenote reviews

    That's good price, if it's a full bottle. Safe blind buy? Well, if you like Chanel Pour Monsieur Cologne Concentree or Chanel Egoiste, you will likely enjoy this one. Definitely has a "CHANEL"...
  11. Re: Tiffany for Men (Vintage) - Questions and feedback

    I just got myself a bottle of this. Wow...

    First impression -- do I smell Chanel Pour Monsieur Cologne Concentree?? Very close. Into the dry down, differences emerge. Not many though. TFM is...
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm also not a fan of rose being prominent (didn't take to Lyric Man), however I do enjoy it in a supporting role. Looks like I'm back to giving Cedrat Boise...
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/ww169/cytherians/scents/TiffanyForMen-100ml-50pct.jpg
    Well a partial 100ml of Tiffany For Men is better than none at all. Looking forward to finally experiencing...
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    Re: Speech Police

    Basenotes is one of the better moderated forums I've been on. Yes, things get contentious from time to time, but that's something you'll find most everywhere. However, on other sites things can get...
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    Re: Speech Police

    Great man. I miss him. Well... he was fizzling out towards the end, upping the ornery level quite a bit. His best days were certainly behind him. Some his best works were in the 70's and 80's,...
  16. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    ^ I think it all would have been better served as "$300 for one spectacular scent or 4 decent ones?" Nobody wants to buy something mediocre. Least ways around here. ;)
  17. Poll: Re: Have you ever experienced an allergic reaction to a fragrance?

    I wonder how allergic reactions develop for those who didn't have them originally.

    Was it the noticing of a skin reaction that gradually worsened upon repeated wearings, or was it like a light...
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    Re: Speech Police

    I guess this was posted in reaction to a recent topic that developed a lot of friction...

    I don't think we need any Speech Police, or "list of phrases to avoid" for fear of upsetting everyone. ...
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    Re: Polo green alternative

    I also give my vote for Polo Crest as an alternative to Polo Green. Really wonderful fragrance, a step up in my opinion, and there's a good bit of it in the used markets so it is obtainable.
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Frangrances

    I tested Incense Royale last night. Wonderfully potent, but not overdone. I definitely pick up on myrrh and frankincense, and a kindred spirit with Amouage Interlude Man. I prefer Incense Royale. ...
  21. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    The serious win is this (IMHO, that is): Finding a vintage masterpiece that SHOULD cost $300, but you grabbed it for the bargain price of $75. ;)

    Many current designers are so mass-appeal centric...
  22. Re: Tough guy's fragrance. Kouros or Azzaro Pour homme?

    Yes, I remember that MACHO... I did a Space:1999 spoof on it, if I recall correctly. How do you like it and how would you describe it? Anything else made that is similar to it?

    As for Fahrenheit...
  23. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    I think it could have been worded better, to make it more clear and less contentious, yes. In fact, if I were you I'd have simply gone back and edited the first post... because a number of people...
  24. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    We're all offering up opinions when it comes to evaluation of a fragrance. But when someone makes a statement that is contentious, like a sweeping generalization that derides a whole class of...
  25. Re: Tough guy's fragrance. Kouros or Azzaro Pour homme?

    You are forgiven, son! :grin: Now go put on some Fahrenheit and feel the macho. ;)
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/ww169/cytherians/scents/CaswellMassey-Greenbriar.jpg

    Bought this blind. Seems interesting. Anyone here know this fragrance?
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Wasn't aware of this edition before. I'm very curious to know how you end up liking this... this "GOLD" release of Intensitive Aoud. :)
  28. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    [/QUOTE]
    Well captured. The contradictory positions taken is what made the thread heat up... IMHO. :rolleyesold:
  29. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    Just coming back to basics here. This statement doesn't jibe with me:


    Wow. Just wow. ALL designer fragrances smell the same? That's a sweeping generalization if I ever saw one. Only Dior...
  30. Re: Tough guy's fragrance. Kouros or Azzaro Pour homme?

    Sacrilege! KOUROS is a very bold fragrance, easily worn by a tough guy. ;)

    But, I think Fahrenheit (vintage) would take precedence. That's one of the baddest fragrances around.
  31. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    Measuring one fragrance against another is HIGHLY subjective, I've come to discover. What is one man's treasure is another man's mediocrity.

    So yes, if you found for yourself 4 fragrances...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Frangrances

    I unknowingly made a purchase from Sultan on eBay and upon revealing my Basenotes identity to him, he generously sent along some samples plus a free 3ml decant of Shamamah. Terrific guy, wonderful to...
  33. Re: All 3 Coach Leatherware Mens Scents on sale for $48 each (95ml EDP) (soon to be discontinued)

    Seems to be unavailable at local COACH boutiques in NJ/NY area, based on availability check on the website. Still listed on the site @ $48, but free shipping. I think they charge sales tax if my...
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    Re: Bentley Absolute for Men - Anyone?

    I think what often happens is that fragrances with a common accord in prominent concentration convinces people of being "nearly identical", when in fact, they're just somewhat similar. Other notes do...
  35. Re: All 3 Coach Leatherware Mens Scents on sale for $48 each (95ml EDP) (soon to be discontinued)

    I have enjoyed No.3, but I'm not head over heels about it. I do find it a little lacking on longevity. Sounds like No.1 might be worth checking out blind.
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    Re: Bentley Absolute for Men - Anyone?

    I had a feeling that might happen. I've got several bottles of GPH-I so I figured I'd wait it out a little. I expect after the initial run of interest, he'll come back down again.
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    Re: Amouage Tribute Attar

    I finally got a 3ml decant of this wonderful fragrance, thanks to Sultan Pasha :thumbsup:. It had been so long since I sampled it, I'd forgotten how it develops.

    The start is rather pleasant and...
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    Re: I'm pretty much done! Well...almost.

    Congrats on your achievement! :thumbsup: Take a breather and relax with the fragrances you cherish. :)

    I have such wide interests in accords and notes that I don't think I'll ever be done. ...
  39. Re: Is there pride in wearing samples and/or splits?

    EXACTLY! It's more like "the irony and hypocrisy of your topic intention". I don't know think it's a language barrier, as your writing is generally good and indicative of someone pretty fluent in...
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    Re: It Finally Happened........

    Imaginary. Reality sucks. ;)
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Is that off of everything, or just the Ephemera gift set? In store only?
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    Re: It Finally Happened........

    Silence?

    Oh man, you missed a frag chat op! Seriously.

    Girl: it's not like it a bad thing, or anything.......

    Me: Ah. It's Chanel Egoiste Platinum. (smile). Have you experienced it before?...
  43. Re: Is there pride in wearing samples and/or splits?

    There have been threads about appreciation for bottles/flacons. A majority of people say "I could care less" and that it's all about the fragrance. While I do appreciate a nicely designed bottle,...
  44. Re: Opinions on newest formulation of fahrenheit?

    It can certainly telegraph a "bashing of the latest formulation" bit, or, in time people change their minds due to sufficient exposure. I also wonder if it's something to do with maceration. My...
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    It is quite a rich amber fragrance. Nicely done. Enjoy!
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Sounds logical. I will have to seek out a sample.
    Vladivostok looks like a really nice city in a rather temperate zone. Do you enjoy living there?
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/ww169/cytherians/scents/Yardley_Sandalwood.jpg

    Bought this blind, based on some reviews I've read. Supposedly discontinued. Looks like there have been 2...
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Ah, I see. They do have a "GOLD" version recent release, but I have no idea if they changed much of anything about it. Where in the Far East are you located?
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Nice one, Russlan. I've been eyeing it as well. I hear it's an interesting variation off the Aventus theme. Is yours an older or more recent batch?
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Thanks, guys! :) Now I just have to wait it out (it's coming by sea, so it's gonna be a while).
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Thanks! I consider Equipage one of Hermes' best fragrances ever. And something about the vintage version is so compelling. :)
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    An old favorite of mine. I prefer the wheel cap flacon, but unfortunately no sprayer with that one.

    http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/ww169/cytherians/scents/HermesEquipage_EDT_120ml-01.jpg...
  53. Re: NEW: Acqua Di Parma Colonia Ambra (Ingredient collection)

    Wow. Three 180ml bottles of Colonia Oud? Sounds like you're well set for the next 10~15 years. ;)
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    Re: No colognes last on my skin, any tips?

    Yes, I stay away from very poor performers. I have some rare exceptions, but only because I enjoy the aroma so much and don't wear often (more like a "sniff break"). I'm OK with fragrances that...
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    Re: "Transatlantic mates"

    yeah, seems the best way to go is citing "glass antique" or something like that.
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    ** WOW ** all images deserve to be quoted. That's just beautiful, elegant, and classy. Very Art Deco.
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Took a shot while in an airport, Hednic? Or a conference, event of some kind? :)
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    I did find this to be the case with my original Epic Man. Once there was sufficient air inside (about 20% or more), the character seemed to change after a few months. For the better, too. Less...
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    Re: No colognes last on my skin, any tips?

    Very good points. This is a common thing, applying too much and then not smelling it.

    As for applying to hair, probably one spritz to the bottom end of your hair line on your neck. Also, you can...
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    I can kind of see what you mean. It does have qualities of both... although I wouldn't peg it as a clear blending of the two. There is a slightly soapy quality. TSAR has a killer degree of...
  61. [US + CANADA] Re: ◆ Classic Men's EDT Hermes Equipage, Gucci Nobile, Maurer+Wirtz 4711, etc.

    *** BUMP *** Equipage gift set and GUCCI NOBILE has sold
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    Re: No colognes last on my skin, any tips?

    I love to apply fragrance to my neck, but I avoid cheeks and chin. I spray my wrist a few times then rub it in. This way it's on two places. I'll periodically sniff my wrist during the day. But...
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    Re: I don't understand eau sauvage

    I found it pleasant, rather simple/linear, but dreadful on longevity. It performed only a little better than M&W 4711. And this was with a vintage bottle that had not turned (I opened a fresh...
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    Re: "Transatlantic mates"

    I have yet to face this myself... customs seizing an item and destroying it. Has anyone here in the USA experienced this?

    Also... if that does happen, do you get any kind of formal indication as...
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    Re: "Transatlantic mates"

    As a few have pointed out, trust is key. I would be willing to do it with someone I already know (have communicated with for a while on Basenotes) or is someone with a well established good...
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Nice ones, nettuno! I recently picked up the CHANEL "Gentleman's Cologne", which I believe is a slightly older release of the Pour Monsieur EDT. It has a little top notes loss due to aging, but into...
  67. Re: We need a definitive answer regarding beautyspin...

    No. They have coupon codes floating about for some bucks off, so that offsets it. In the end, prices are pretty decent. Also, I believe shipping is fixed, meaning you can add more on and your cost...
  68. Re: We need a definitive answer regarding beautyspin...

    Great to hear it. That kind of customer service is what draws in repeat customers. I'd gladly pay a little more over FragranceNet if I have that kind of assurance. Btw, what batch code are they...
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Actually bought it through a connection I have in Asia Pacific region. Unfortunately must ship by SEA so it'll take 1.5 months to get here. eBay prices for Nobile are a bit taxing these days!
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Nice one. BeautySpin still has a good price on this one. Much better than forking over $80~85 for the older bottle, and from what Andre says the latest is very close to the earlier formulation. I...
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Wow! You've amassed quite the Dior Collection there. Congrats!
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Can never have too much of this. 120ml size. :)

    http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/ww169/cytherians/scents/GucciNobile-120ml-2.jpg...
  73. Re: My lucky day with a bottle of vintage knize ten!

    I had a bottle of the current formulation, CH22346. It was nice, actually. But that was my impression without knowing an earlier batch of Knize Ten. Knize Gold is also quite nice, a little...
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Good going, Montana. :thumbsup: So tell me, do you smell much of a difference from the vintage and current? I've seen many say it's barely perceptible while a couple others were so taken aback as...
  75. Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    Holy vulva, Batman! :shocked: I-eeeeeeeee.... don't ever think of that genitalia having a "woody" quality. More like musky/yeasty.
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Wow! I've never before seen a vintage Amouage bottle like that. Beautiful. And now I can see where the current bottle gets its inspiration. The cap has a similar shape.
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    Re: A trip at the Vintage Perfume Temple (pics)

    Andrè, you missed it! He was being sarcastic. ;)

    CREED is known for claiming a deep multi-century heritage, when in fact their fragrances came into mass production during the mid 20th century...
  78. Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    Funny, I find Leather Oud to be fairly straight forward and not all that "dirty". Not what I'd call "office safe", but certainly wearable out of the house. On the other hand, KOUROS is hard to wear...
  79. Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    http://www.basenotes.net/photos/products/st/26135864.jpg
    I'm going to give this one a try, finally. I was tempted to blind buy, but after thoroughly reading reviews it seems it is best to...
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    Re: Oud scents that actually smell good -

    OK, in that case I think you might have good luck with YSL M7 Oud Absolu or Byredo Accord Oud. Both are terrific and not too heavy on the oudh. :)
  81. Re: Crazy Deal $0 for 4 bottles only paid shipping.

    I have to say that you have a strong argument there. I'll admit that I would probably go bat crap crazy and it would be like the parents going out of town leaving the liquor cabinet unlocked....
  82. Re: Crazy Deal $0 for 4 bottles only paid shipping.

    Well, I think you're missing my point. Someone selling an item at a price they INTEND and it being lower than market is simply the lucky opportunity of the free market. An error where something is...
  83. Re: Crazy Deal $0 for 4 bottles only paid shipping.

    Yep. And some people learning of their mistake tried to capitalize on it, only to eventually face the annoyance of having to return bottles. Just desserts.



    EXACTLY. It's unconscionable for...
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    Re: Oud scents that actually smell good -

    Saudi Arabia is a pretty hot place and they wear oudh. It's everywhere. Some Western oudh fragrance compositions just don't hack it in hot weather.

    Maybe head towards attars, where you dab on...
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    Re: It's a real challenge...

    29 bottles is NOTHING. There are many people here with hundreds and a select few with thousands.

    Some fragrances are frequent wearers, some occasional, some special occasion, some "once in a blue...
  86. Re: Crazy Deal $0 for 4 bottles only paid shipping.

    Why do you post something like that without mentioning the site? Comes across as just bragging.

    In any case, I agree with hednic. No company would process an order for $0 unless it was cleared...
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    That's a respectable era of KOUROS, the last of the great 3. If you like that one, seek out the 1st or 2nd release. You will notice a difference. :)
    And congrats on the Ho Hang. Never tried it...
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    I saw that Brooklyn based seller (a1_perfumes_fragrances_and_more) only had one and it was supposed to be a damaged bottle. So they sent you a vintage one instead--very lucky! I wonder if they...
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    Re: Bentley Absolute for Men - Anyone?

    For some people it strikes a chord that is compelling. For others, not so much. I'm the latter. For me, it came across as synthetic smelling. Just didn't suit me. I wanted to like it. I really...
  90. Re: We need a definitive answer regarding beautyspin...

    Thanks for mentioning -- just to be more accurate, this works with orders over $100 though.

    Also, for 10% off prior to other discount codes, use VDPX-3PCU. You have been enabled. ;)
  91. Re: Chopard Oud Malaki vs Versace PH Oud Noir

    I have a bottle of Chopard Oud Malaki (bought blind) and have a sample of Versace Oud Noir. To me, Oud Malaki is much preferable. I just find Oud Noir unremarkable and a poor performer. Just...
  92. Thread: The Oud Game

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    Re: The Oud Game

    One of the better Western styled oud fragrances I've found yet. A rather strong tobacco note in the beginning, but it does mellow a bit into the dry down. So nicely balanced between sweet and dry.
    ...
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Ah OK, I was under the impression that there's a perceptible difference between the earlier packaging and later packaging with gold caps. If they're all pretty much the same, then I'm stoked -- gold...
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Nice buy there, Remik. :thumbsup: Is there a detectable difference from the 1990's version (still gold cap)? Where'd you source this one?
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    Re: The Amouage Experiment

    Interesting to hear your experiences. In all of this, we do also have to take into consideration subjectivity. Any time you smell a fragrance like this for the first time, your nose is detecting...
  96. Re: Help me to find out an Amber based fragrance. Whats your suggestions please?

    Interesting you say this, because I've seen plenty of people describe it as gourmand. Even the Kafkaesque blog goes on about it that way. I haven't sampled it in a long while, but I remember a...
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    [regarding Zizanie de Fragonard]
    Thanks, hednic! Has a nice old-school sandalwood charm to it and quite unisex. I'm glad I took the chance on it. :)


    I learned about it here, too. This...
  98. Re: What happened to the ManLovesCologne Youtube channel/website?

    Yes, that's partly why the hate comes out so easily.


    Agreed!



    Yes, Laurice Rahmé is the founder of Bond No. 9, and you can read all about her on Wikipedia. Staying true to form, the Wiki...
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    Re: I'm done with Bond No. 9

    I had a couple leak. And they wouldn't replace them.
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    Re: I'm done with Bond No. 9

    If you heavily patronize a small fragrance outfit, you are bound to be treated well. I've experienced this from a few... even from Acqua di Parma. They gifted me a bunch of samples, minis, and a...
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