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    Re: You know you're a basenoter when...

    When there's absolutely nothing that you'd want from your local Douglas/Sephora (designer frag shop)!
  2. Re: If I blind buy Encre Noire, what's the chances I'll be disappointed?

    I love vetiver but disliked Encre Noire. Struck me as very chemical-laden, with an unpleasant inky note. Also dislike TdH for the same reason ('chemical'), so I'm probably not a good measure for you....
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    Poll: Re: Men v Women: How many sprays?

    5+ here too. Always. I want to smell it!
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    Re: What else do you collect apart from perfumes?

    Fragrances are the only thing I really collect. I couldn't afford to have another hobby like this. :p
  5. Re: How much of your collection is made up of sweet perfumes?

    The number of sweet frags in my collection (approx. 20%) has gone down steadily during my nine years at Basenotes. I seem to be enjoying them less and less.
  6. [International] Re: Vint.Santal Noble & Tiffany, PureMalt, LoewePH, 1 Mil Abs.Gold & Int.,DHI,FlorisVetiver,Spicebom

    Updated Jan. 20th
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    Re: Creeds I need to have in my collection -

    Thirding Bois du Portugal: lavender, smoky woods, ambergris. Elegant, timeless, gentlemanly.
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 18th January 2015

    Sampling eSENSielle - In the Woods
  9. [International] Re: Vint.Tiffany,1 Mill.Gold,LoewePH,PureMalt2013,Spicebomb,Michael Kors,Floris Vetiver,Bentley Inte

    Updated Jan. 16th
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    Re: Notes you can't stand?

    The absolute worst note for me is ANISE.

    Also dislike: oregano, heavy rose, heavy patchouli, mint, immortelle.
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    Re: Tonight I realized I'm in a fragrance rut

    Yes, for the dinner tomorrow, you're right to go with M7. Also check out its successor, M7 Oud Absolu. It doesn't have quite the intensity and depth but is a fine fragrance nonetheless.

    How about...
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    Re: Your "biggest regret" purchase?

    Yes, Ormonde Jayne Man was the same for me. I liked it at first (good lime & juniper notes), but there's a heavy dose of something (Iso E Super?) that got annoying very quickly. I pick up the same...
  13. Re: Name The Fragrances That You Consider Totally Captivating And Sexy?

    Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental
  14. Re: King of Oakmoss: what is the best oakmoss dominated perfume in your opinion ?

    Yes, and in its older brother, Loewe pour Homme, I can pick it up even better. The current version still lists it: Evernia Prunastri. :thumbup:

    Here:...
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    Re: Fragrance that smells of urine?

    Eau Sauvage & Antaeus both remind me of urine and urinals. Tried both again a couple of weeks ago to see whether my impression might have changed over the years. Nope, still pick up that unpleasant...
  16. Re: Quality fragrances with prominent cucumber note(s)?

    Polo Blue has quite a prominent cucumber note.
  17. Re: Classic powerhouses, will they ever make a comeback?

    Indeed! That's the good news.

    I do have to disagree with you a bit, Colin Maillard, at least as far as one example is concerned: Bel Ami. I have and know well all versions of it, and I've...
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    Re: Vintage Pine Monsters

    I love pine fragrances too - great to see this theead.

    Adding to Ken's comment, Duc de Vervins L'Extreme (edp) is another good one: an aromatic, mossy, coniferous lavender. A vibe similar to...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 7th January 2015

    Vintage Bois du Portugal

    http://images10.newegg.com/NeweggImage/ProductImageCompressAll300/A017_1_20111221_857807.jpg
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    Re: What are your worst blind buys?

    Caron Yatagan, many, many years ago. Celery & cat piss was the shocking result. Haven't tried it since. Who knows - maybe I'd like it now.
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    Re: What bottle size do you tend to prefer?

    The largest available, usually 100 ml.

    Even though a smaller bottle would surely suffice in terms of use, the psychological satisfaction of the big bottle (plus the cost factor) gets me every...
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    Re: Which note ruins a fragrance for you?

    Anise (and other licorice-like notes, e.g. fennel)
    Immortelle
    Honey
  23. Poll: Re: Are you a fan of fragrances that have a soapy scent?

    Yes, I also love soapy scents.

    Two that haven't been mentioned yet strike me as specifically barbershop-soapy:

    Duc de Vervins Extreme - lavender-rich, coniferous soap
    Loewe pour Homme - lemon,...
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    Re: Most worn in 2014

    It's great to have this info available as part of the SOTD feature! Mine were:

    1. Bel Ami by Hermès 39 wears
    2. Esencia Loewe by Loewe 24 wears
    3. Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford 22 wears
    4. ...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 2nd January 2015

    Layering (as I almost always do) Memo Shams and Loewe pour Homme.
    ...
  26. Thread: Loewe pour Homme

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    Re: Loewe pour Homme

    I love this stuff, too, but I know only the current formulation. It's very heavy on the oakmoss, and I've often wondered how they do that given current restrictions. There's also a clear family...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 1st January 2015

    M by Puredistancehttp://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=33914&stc=1
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 31st December 2014

    http://www.jovoyparis.com/img/p/5/5/0/550-thickbox.jpg
  29. Re: Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Extreme ~ new fragrance

    Same here. I enjoyed the pine & fir notes a lot when I sampled it but crossed it off my mental list after the surprisingly weak & short-lived drydown.
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    Re: Roja Dove appreciation thread

    +1.
  31. Re: Inappropriate times to wear fragrance (excluding gym and funerals)

    Absolutely none (including gym & funerals).

    Dosis sola venenum facit. :)
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    Poll: Re: Men, which note do you like most on a woman?

    I like the same notes on women that I like on myself - just with a more feminine overall interpretation.
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    Re: Most Complex Cheap Fragrances?

    Seconding Aramis Havana!
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    Re: Today I bought: December 2014

    Blind buy - looking forward to this. http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=33711&stc=1
  35. Re: Extraordinary Dry Downs and Bases: What Are The Standouts?

    Yes, I strongly agree with this recommendation. BdP's drydown has a lot of depth, with a gorgeous, long-lasting ambergris/sandalwood/vetiver accord. When I first tried it, I disliked the smoky...
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    Re: It's almost time for a new bottle of...

    Indeed - rare for me, too. The last bottles I finished (and replaced) were Floris Vetiver and Creed Bois du Portugal.

    My only almost-empty bottles right now are three that are very difficult to...
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    Poll: Re: Dior Homme or L`air du Desert Marocain

    LDDM by a mile for me. I've never been able to get into - or get past - DH's lipstick vibe.
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    Re: Today I bought: December 2014

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=33561&stc=1
    A back-up of Memo Shams Oud :D
  39. Thread: Manly Gourmand??

    by ebear
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    Re: Manly Gourmand??

    For a semi-gourmand (patch & spices plus coffee, pimento, chocolate, vanilla): PG Cozé No.02. Very dry & butch.
  40. Re: Which long-term fragrance are you still excited to wear?

    Bel Ami
    Bois du Portugal & Original Vetiver
    Tiffany for Men
    Santal Noble
    Floris Vetiver
    M7
  41. Re: Old and new maybe with parents from girl I like. What scent is my best option

    Actually, I did give it a quick googling. The only thing I found was some kind of biblical reenactment thing... And in the US, I thought, that's quite possible. :-)



    Okay, thanks for clearing...
  42. Re: Old and new maybe with parents from girl I like. What scent is my best option

    Just curious: what does it mean to "spend old and new" with someone?
  43. Poll: Re: Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense vs La Nuit de L'Homme.

    The Prada. And its longevity is fantastic.
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    Re: People Defending SAs

    As far as knowledge goes, that's too often the case. But talking to SAs is essential when I'm interested in getting samples! :wink: I've even pretended to find their comments helpful for that reason.
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    Re: More Modern Halston Z-14 ?

    Sorry to go off on a bit of a tangent here, but I just have to second this statement! I really liked Italian Cypress but couldn't smell it after a few minutes. So weird - this has never happened to...
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    Re: Your next "must-have" fragrance.

    Same here!

    Am also thinking about Pluriel Masculin... Though that one, which I remember as quite a fresh/lavender/musky scent, might do better in the spring.

    Some back-ups are also going to...
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    Re: Am I fuming out the gym?

    I always wear fragrance, including at the gym. As long as it's not overdone, I see no problem. One of the benefits is that I notice the stinkers a bit less through my scent shield, as it were.
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    Re: Today I bought: December 2014

    Thanks, looking forward to it. Yes, I'm still not quite sure what made me do this yesterday. I was feeling kind of needy, and one thing just led to another... :grin:

    Since I love both Bel Ami and...
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    Re: Today I bought: December 2014

    Blind...http://hautescent.com/wp-content/themes/shopperpress/thumbs/pdm-flacon-60.jpg
  50. Re: Nominate a bottle for the most elegant bottle award here!

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=33264&stc=1
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    Re: Your top 3 niche and top 3 Designer

    Constanly changing, but for now:

    Designer:
    Hermes Bel Ami
    Loewe Esencia
    Loewe pour Homme

    Niche:
    Memo Shams
    Tauer Lonestar Memories
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    Re: The $500 Challenge: 2015

    Very nice review! I'm really curious to try this one now.

    I will also be following this thread with great interest. I seem to be at a place now where I'm strongly gravitating to high-end/niche...
  53. Re: What is your favorite designer Women's Fragrance (as a man)

    Prada (2004) is my favorite designer scent for women. The mandarin, labdanum & patch combination is gorgeously rich and spicy. Too sweet for me to wear, but I love smelling it on women.
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    Re: Flankers you wish existed, but don't.

    Yes, that was my first thought, too!

    And from that same era, I'd also love to see a "Gucci pour Homme Extreme".
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    Re: Anyone ordered from rojadove.com?

    I was going to order Fetish extrait directly from them, but they charge a lot for shipping (15 pounds, I think), so I ended up ordering it from ausliebezumduft.de (First in Fragrance), which offers...
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    Re: Anyone ordered from rojadove.com?

    I was going to order Fetish extrait directly from them, but they charge a lot for shipping (15 pounds, I think), so I ended up ordering it from ausliebezumduft.de (First in Fragrance). Dove really...
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    Re: Article on Florals for Men

    I enjoyed the article too. Thanks.

    Gucci Oud? Hmm, I must have missed that one...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Rova Dove - Fetish (extrait)
    Memo - Shams Oud
    Loewe - Esencia & Pour Homme
    Tauer - L'Air du Desert Marocain
    Houbigant - Fougere Royale (2010)
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    Re: What are the best rose scents?

    Esencia has rose in it? Huh, I've never noticed that - will have to look for it.

    I don't usually enjoy prominent rose, but it's really beautiful in Portrait of a Lady. Wow.

    AdP Colonia...
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    Re: Change of mind about new Creed line.

    Tried a couple of these in the summer and was really disappointed by the meager longevity. Very nice fragrances - what a shame!
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    Re: Roja Dove - Enigma pour Homme

    Indeed, that could well be. People here have often said similiar things about edp vs. extrait differences for Roja's fragrances. I will certainly try it the next time I'm lucky enough to be in a shop...
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    Re: Roja Dove - Enigma pour Homme

    I just tried a sample of this (edp) and was quite... underwhelmed. I'm getting a cola/root beer vibe - sticky sweet, with nothing exciting to counterbalance it.

    I'm absolutely crazy about Fetish...
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    Re: do you have a niche signature?

    I wear many, but I'd consider Creed Bois du Portugal to be my signature - even though I no longer wear it as frequently as I used to.
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    Re: Today I bought: November 2014

    Thanks, Hednic. My bottle of Memo Shams arrived today. I'm smitten. :-)
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    Re: Has anyone ever ruined a fragrance for you?

    Wore Chanel Egoiste to a funeral many years ago. Very bad idea - the association has stuck. Unwearable.
  66. Re: What is the most niche feeling fragrance to you?

    First one I thought of: Tauer's Lonestar Memories
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    Re: Today I bought: November 2014

    Tried my sample of Memo Shams (now apparently known as Shams Oud) two nights ago. Wow, did it click! Ordered it the next day. I don't pick up any oud, but the peppery, ambery incense accord is...
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    Re: best tobacco scent?

    Tom Ford Tobacco Oud is my current favorite. Aramis Havana is another great one.
  69. Re: What is the best smelling fragrance from Ralph Lauren's "Polo" line?

    Yes. Just make sure to use light application, two sprays max.
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    Re: do you like the smell of patchouli?

    I like patchouli only when it's incorporated very subtly into a fragrance (e.g. in Roja Dove Fetish). But if I can pick it up (e.g. in LIDGE), it's too much for me. So, as long as I don't notice...
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    Re: Top 5 most respected from your collection

    Because of their depth, richness, longevity, and combination of notes, the five I respect most from my collection are:

    Fetish pour Homme extrait - Roja Dove
    Vetiver - Floris
    M7 - YSL
    Vetiver...
  72. Re: Bel Ami Vetiver - Quite possibly my new signature ??

    I like it a lot, too.

    However, I've gotta admit that Bel Ami Vetiver was one of those OMG, I'm smitten! fragrances that quickly petered out on me. I still like it, but it now strikes me as...
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    Re: Scents you'd love to see re-released/made

    Gucci Envy for Men
    Gucci Pour Homme
    Floris Vetiver
    MPG Santal Noble (original version)
    M7
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    Re: Duc de Vervins and Duc de Vervins L'Extreme

    I enjoy Duc de Vervins L'Extreme (DdVL'E) very much and am wearing it today. It's the edp of the normal Duc de Vervins, which is an edt.

    I really don't find DdVL'E similar to anything else....
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    Re: Today I bought: November 2014

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=32626&stc=1
  76. Thread: Your Collection.

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    Re: Your Collection.

    Seeing all these huge numbers makes me feel so...reaonable and restrained, lol! Hovering at around 70 bottles (not including backups).
  77. Thread: Back up Bottles.

    by ebear
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    Re: Back up Bottles.

    No, I'll likely never need them, but I just can't help myself: :2vrolijk_08:

    Backups (some multiple):
    GPH1
    M7
    Envy for Men
    Tiffany for Men
    Prada Amber Intense
    Givenchy Vetyver
    Creed BdP & OV
  78. Re: TOM FORD Conditioning Beard Oil Oud Wood, Neroli Portofino & Tobacco Vanille

    Cool - will definitely look for this.

    I've been using MENROCK (original) beard oil since the summer. I like the softness and subtle shine it gives my beard.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    Michael Kors - Michael for Men: tobacco, patchouli, plum, musk.
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    Re: No love for Creed Original Vetiver?

    I really like OV, but its longevity (or intensity?) is often disappointing. I'd love an extrait version.
  81. Thread: Encre Noir

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    Re: Encre Noir

    Yup, same here. And as soon as I 'got' that aspect of it, I couldn't shake it. Yech.
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    Re: What is the average age here?

    47.
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    Poll: Re: Philosophy of Spray

    Depends on the scent, of course, but generally: MORE! :bath:
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    Re: Your kings of powder

    Tiffany for Men is a powder keg. Sometimes I adore it; sometimes I can't stand it.
  85. Poll: Re: TF's Tuscan Leather vs. Acqua di Parma's Colonia Leather

    Like both, prefer Colonia Leather. Reason: Tuscan Leather has a persistent note in the drydown that sometimes strikes me as dirty ashtray.
  86. Re: Are Creed/Guerlain fragrances cheaper in France?

    Huh. Interesting. My experience has been that everything (including fragrances) is cheaper in the U.S. than here in Europe. I'll be in the States next week and will be able to compare.
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    Re: Today I Bought August 2014

    Thanks, Hednic. Should arrive tomorrow or so. Will post first impressions. I'm hoping I don't find it similar to Dior Homme, which some people have mentioned.
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    Re: Today I Bought August 2014

    Montale Aoud & Pine. Looking forward to my first "Middle Eastern Montale".

    Can't get the link to pic to work. :angry:
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    The masculine, simple elegance of Fougere Royale (2010).
  90. Re: Your most loved and hated note in perfumery currently.

    Limiting myself to one each (as per the thead rules;)):

    Love - leather
    Hate - anise

    Interesting how often anise has been named in this thread. I can't take it even in small amounts. Killed...
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    Re: What Cologne Do You Hate to Admit You Like?

    Another vote for 1 Million Intense. (Don't like the original, however - the mint note ruins it for me.)

    Looking forward to wearing it again in cold weather.

    EDIT: After posting this, I decided...
  92. Re: Does anyone else get "new car seat, complete with air freshener" from AdP Leather? Better optio

    Interesting. I don't get that at all. They clearly have a common note, the same (chemical) cocktail also found in Dueto Golden Boy and Charriol Royal Leather. However, while Tuscan Leather has a...
  93. Re: Call me crazy... but.. I prefer Original Santal over Aventus..

    I also prefer Original Santal to Aventus. Yes, the top notes of O.S. are difficult, but the reward is in the gorgeous spicy, creamy-woody drydown, which lasts and lasts.
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    Re: Aoud Musk is way out there.

    Yes, Aoud Musk is potent and gorgeous - my favorite Montale so far. As is often remarked, it has a lot of similarities with Nasomatto Duro.
  95. Re: What's your favorite season for wearing fragrances?

    Another vote for fall and winter. More broadly speaking, the eight months featuring an "r" in their name tend to work better with my heavy use of fragrance than the other four.

    The colder and...
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    Re: Today I Bought: June 2014

    This month: Tom Ford Tobacco Oud and Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Leather.
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    Re: Your most expensive blind buy

    Montale Aoud Musk. Like it a lot!
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    Re: Colonia Leather by Acqua di Parma

    I placed an order for this one yesterday... after only one try a week earlier. The opening is very heavy on the citrus, which AdP does very well, of course. A gorgeous burst of lemon. Then there are...
  99. Re: What's your least favorite fragrance in your collection?

    Rive Gauche pour Homme. Just can't do anise.
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    Re: what's your refresher of choice?

    Creed Original Vetiver is one of my favorites in the heat.
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