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    Re: Fragrances that are unmistakably masculine.

    A distinctive "root" note. Not that difficult to notice if you smell real vetiver oil: from then on you will identify vetiver-like aromachemicals, among them, vetiverol (there are many, but this one...
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    Re: Oh, that popularity thing..

    I wear what I think would be the right one for the occasion, and if I find someone else is wearing what I am wearing... tough luck - Dior Homme, I am looking at you :)
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    Re: Fragrances that are unmistakably masculine.

    Any with the kind of musk used in the 1970s - B*Men would be a valid reference.
    Old fashioned barbershop scents: Brut, Canoe, Pinaud's, YSL Rve Gauche, etc.
    Classics from the 1950's / 1960's:...
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    Re: Similarity between Shalimar and Fahrenheit?

    Like water and oil, or better still, like Modena vinegar and olive oil... no similarities at all, but both good on their own.
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    Re: Fragrance getting better with time?

    Here goes my experience about this topic: I moved to an old house dating from the early 1900's. It was a "productive unit", i.e. Italian immigrants did not have much money so they used thier houses...
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    Re: Old School Niche ;)

    Annik Goutal Eau du Sud - reminded me of Eau Savage
    Creed Bois de Portugal
    L'Artisan Fou D'Absinthe
    Amouage Gold

    Chanel Cuir de Russie
    Dior's Ambré Nuit

    OK, these last two are not niche...
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    Re: Evaporation of Vintage Bottles

    Quite common.

    It may or may not have an effect on the blend: evaporation might turn the top notes. You can add some grain / cooking alcohol (not rubbing alcohol), that should solve the problem.
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    Re: Carven Homme (original) Performance?

    Wore it two days ago after a shower I took before going to bed: I could not detect it after two hours, but my wife did from close.
  9. Re: Since Ebene smells like Tuscany is it worth getting?

    Agree.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    Eau de Vetyver, Givenchy
  11. Thread: Como Tu Fuerza

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    Re: Como Tu Fuerza

    Well, I would not call it house, it is rather a lab called RNB. I think that referring to RNB as a "house" is way too presumptuous.

    This is a clone that, in my opinion, has a wonderful...
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    Re: Fragrances to buy/Recommend

    Not my fav, but Guerlain's sure is a compliment getter. Chanel's Blue and Bvlgari Man are similar, but they don't get attention at all. I always asked myself why.
  13. Thread: Como Tu Fuerza

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    Como Tu Fuerza

    No doubt, a cheap, less complex version of JPG's Le Male. Branded, I prefer this one. Unbranded, I don't know.

    Questio: In case you smelt / wore or wear it, what was / is your experience on it?...
  14. Re: Pascal Morabito Or Black Timeline/Formulation Project: Help!

    I hardly have an idea. I have C, my best guess is that it should date back from the 1980s judging from the box and the bottle design. As to the smell, it feels it runs along 1980's scents, heavy on...
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    Re: Suggestions for Masculine Rose based scent

    Fueguias 1833 Juan Manuel de Rosas, a blend of three kinds of roses, of which one is quite skanky. Don't overspray.
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    Re: Remy Latour Cigar.. Thoughts?

    People tend to describe tobacco as the additives to it. For example, cherry or chocolate. Cigar smells like tobacco leaves, which by the way smells acrid, ameliorated with the usual notes of men's...
  17. Re: Any disadvantage to storing fragrances in a refrigerator?

    In my case I placed then in a cellar original intended for aging wine. They improved significantly. So fresh, humid and dark place would do.
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    Re: Patchouli - the best of the best

    Patch oil. As simple as that.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Agree. It is not available here, I'd buy it if available.

    L'Homme Ideal intense.
  20. Re: How much have you spent on fragrance in your lifetime?

    I'd say way too much.
  21. Re: Will 3 shots to the chest alone get me noticed?

    Depends on your tastes: men's scents do not project the way female scents do - I know, this gender issue is irrelevant for us fumeheads, but I can clearly see girl's scents are blended differently...
  22. Re: A current replacement for Ô de Lancôme pour Homme?

    I never smelt Starwalker, but your comments are more than welcome. And, please, you are not bumping anything! I like this discussion board when it comes to the exchange of ideas. So your contribution...
  23. Re: I swear, Royal Mayfair smells better now than it did when I bought it months ago.

    Due to the way my (old) house is I did not have an option; I had to store a significant amount of flasks in a cellar used to age wine. And believe me, many blends improved significantly.

    For...
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    Re: Paco Rabanne Metal: Spring in a bottle.

    Agree. Together with Calandre, PR's best.

    BTW, I recall smelling some notes in common With RL's Polo. In very simple words, for me it seemed that the nose behind this one added some manly notes...
  25. Re: A current replacement for Ô de Lancôme pour Homme?

    Hednic, you said it all: unique.



    Yap, let's move on.

    Beck, if I am right you might get some of Ô's pH vibe if you smell Ferrari Black, but as long remember the galbanum (was it...
  26. Re: A current replacement for Ô de Lancôme pour Homme?

    Long answer: Because I have so many scents that I felt an idiot after moving to an old house that showed that disposable income was not a thing of thae past; we have too many things and we don't have...
  27. A current replacement for Ô de Lancôme pour Homme?

    Which would it be?

    Montblanc Starwalker is mentioned, Ferrari Black was somehow similar (calone like top notes that I cannot recall in the case of Ô de Lancômr pout Homme).

    I feel stupid, I...
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    Re: Santos De Cartier - change for the worse?

    The oakmoss isn't there anymore. That makes a difference, IMHO.

    I wore the concentrated version and had a nice experience albeit it was the new formulation, quite strong - after heavy spraying,...
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    Re: Scents with umami qualities

    I had the privilege of smelling true Damascus Rose essential oil and believe me, it made my mouth water. The feeling was akin to chocolate.

    As to scents making my mouth water, I can mention...
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    Re: Is Dior Homme Parfum worth buying?

    Yes! If you are into sillage and longevity.

    Hell no! If your don't like to turn into a human smell diffusor.

    Maybe! For a kick.

    It is waay too strong, easily perceptible in others so it...
  31. Re: Underappreciated fragrances? Ones you find worthy of more attention?

    Classic cheap ones.

    You know what I mean: they smell top notch making the new ones smell like synthetic rubish - impossible to trace analogies to smells found in nature, annoying to the nose...
  32. Re: Do you consider Guerlain Vetiver as one of the best classic men's fragrance of all-time?

    Yes, indeed,

    I will be sort of a vintage snob, but nothing beats original Carven's.
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    Re: manly & powerful

    Leather scents w/out marked floral notes: for example, Knize 10
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    Spicy scents a la 1970's / early 80' Yatagan, Giorgo BH's Red, Worth pur Homme Concentreé (or however it is spelled), Krizia Uomo,...
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    Re: Sniffing tour in Italy

    LOL! Ours is a monument to grease, literally. You have to drink a whole glass of red wine for each slice eaten in order to digest it. I think the word "pizza" demands an operational definition.
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    Re: Sniffing tour in Italy

    You bet! You might as well try Fueguia's, their store in Av. Alvear is quite nice, the SA helpful and their blends... of any conceivable kind: I tried one smelling of bbq, another of fish, another of...
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    Re: Sniffing tour in Italy

    You are welcome!
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    Sniffing tour in Italy

    Some notes...

    - Duty free shops don't offer anything else than the usual, plus Acqua Di Parma. Average prices are high. Same with Schiphol.
    - Looking for niche scents is fairly easy in Northern...
  38. Re: The more scents you gather, do you like more smells?

    IMHO, a big collection means you acquire a sense for identifying and discerning notes, albeit in an unorderly fashion. The good point is that you can spot the hype or the over rated price points at...
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    Re: Odori, what is going on?

    Thanks for your replies. Quite insightful information indeed (and sorry for my spelling mistakes, I am writing from a cellphone).
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    Odori, what is going on?

    Today I bought a 50ml bottle of Odori's Tobacco for € 13.

    Having worked in marketing the following came to mind:

    - They are getting rid of stock: In order to avoid burning the brand they chose...
  41. Thread: Drakkar Noir

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    Re: Drakkar Noir

    lol
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    Re: Classic Colognes That You Think Still Hold Up

    Puig's Heno de Pravia Quorum, Agua Brava and Agua de Lavanda.
    Alvarez Gómez Agua de Colonia
    Caron's PUH
    Chanel's pM and Anteous
    McTaylor classic (local)

    Some of Add Runstile's list (Eau...
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    Re: Sweet/creamy patchouli based fragrance...Niche

    Fueguia's 1833 Caoba. Very masculine take on patch.
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    Re: Chanel's Pour Monsieur, better in the past?

    For certain: oakmoss ans better quality sandalwood made all the difference, I've been told by a fellow BNoter.

    I still like it, though, but it is less complex and it does not have the restrained...
  45. Re: Advice: Something similar to Silver Mountain Water

    Al Rehab Silver, cheaper, similar but not up to Creed's quality (complexity). Those around the wearer don't relize this, if this means some consolation.
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    Re: Classic "British"

    Castile is similar / close to local generic local English - style harberdasheries' version as EdCs sold for cheap. Castile goes a better way but it resembles a lot to GFF's Bergamotto Marino (which I...
  47. Re: So many fragrance companies, is there a marketing "ploy" that turns you off ...........

    Same molecules with a twist sold at double the price. I.E. JPG 2 and Altamir.
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    Re: What do you do with your unwanted fragrances?

    Gift if unbereable, or room deodorizer depending hou it performs.
  49. Thread: Your Big Three

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    Re: Your Big Three

    Chanel pour Monsieur
    Vetiver Guerlain or Carven
    Fueguia's Caoba or Thays

    (Sorry, three is not enough for me, fumehead)
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    Re: What frag are you sick of smelling around?

    One Million and the like.
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    Re: Today I bought: August 2016

    Technically, yes. In practical terms, they are doing a great job confusing me.

    I might find an explanation for the continous reformulations of Vetiver and Sandalwood in that they have a marketing...
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    Re: Today I bought: August 2016

    Got the vintage, have not smelled the new formulation. However, I do get the relation to Shalimar, to what I might add a loose similarity with Pierre Cardin pH.

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    Got this for USD 40

    Do...
  53. Re: Fragrances unfortunately synonymous with "Cologne Guy"

    These conditions must apply:

    1. Whatever has amazing sillage and longevity: this means that those that are two - meters away from the wearer are able to get whiffs of what has been sprayed eight...
  54. Re: LDDM? Why Is It Not More Talked About Around Here? Very Impressed!

    Would buy it asap if I would not have so many bottles - LDDM could easily replaced many.
    Late (I regret it).
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    Re: New issue of Dior Jules

    Bought it some five years ago from a Sephora store in Paris. Without the heavy oakmoss is surely smells "thinner", and as someone said, it lacks the punch of the one released in the 1980's (which is...
  56. Re: Curve for Men smells like a poor man Chanel Platinum Egoiste

    Don't fool yourself gents!!! EP and the bunch (Burberry for men, Paco Rabanne XS, even Mary Kay's Domain, RL Safari and Brooks Brothers, etc.) are blended after a template popular in the 1990's, much...
  57. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Polarizing scent, too many flowers, too strong, too loud; for sure it will get the "bro / dude" kind of guy fast away from it. However, the mid and base notes provide for some animalic notes.
    OK,...
  58. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Fueguia 1833 Equation - somehow the niche version of Lush' The Voice of Reason. This means smoke with the added signature of the House's dry down, a boozy note that feels plastic-ky and becomes, to...
  59. Re: Agua Brava,...Agua Lavanda...worth the cheap price?

    If you are into the sillage / longevity side of things just forget them
    Agua Brava can be replace by Pino Silvestre Exlusive and Acqua di Selva.
  60. Re: Inimitable fragrances... what comes to mind? Unique perfume.

    Unique - Let's assume this involves no knock offs available. I.E. Fahrenheit is unique but the amount of Fahrenheit knock offs is impossible to count (and some of them are great).





    So I...
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    Re: Rabanne's Metal and Signor Ricci N 1

    I would be more than interested reading your impressions. When it comes to smells, one might find oneself leading the wrong way based in... memories (LOL). In my case, Mother wore Metal and Father...
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    Rabanne's Metal and Signor Ricci N 1

    I did not compare them carefully but the second one smells like a less flowery Metal, a skanky / civety / spicy notes makes it a manly scent.
    I am referring to this Signor Ricci (locally bottled,...
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    Re: Your favorite powder fragrances for men

    Zizanie and The Baron.
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    Re: Any opinions on Von Eusersdorff?

    A very prominent BN, a scholarly historian based in Germany, criticized their historical claims. That is what I recall from it.
  65. Re: Chanel Antaeus - Is it my imagination, or has it been diluted out of existence?

    Vinnie, you nailed it. It was bombastic, nuclear I would say of the 1982 IBM kind of style. Close to vintage VC&A. Difficult to pull off, only possibly so if you did not care about the ones near you....
  66. Re: If you could only choose one cologne, what would be your choice?

    Guerlain's Habit Rouge or Vetiver.
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    Try the Extreme one, apparently blended with better materials. It recalls the original one. The actual formulation is one of (if not the worst) reformulations ever.
    Give Agua Brava a try. Not the...
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    I hate this hobby yet I love it: i.e. I have 300 + bottles, gave away 50, would buy a pair, won't do that, refrain myself from spending time at it (trying scents, commenting about them, swapping,...
  69. Re: if you could only have 5 colognes what would they be?

    Whataquestion!!!
    It depends, but I will give credits to the classics:
    - Habit Rouge
    - Guerlain (or Carven's) Vetiver
    - Chanel pour Monsieur
    - Yves Saint Laurent pour Homme
    - Dior's Eau Sauvage...
  70. Re: Chanel Antaeus - Is it my imagination, or has it been diluted out of existence?

    I hate the "it is a shadow of its former self" cliché, but, yap, that applies - for enhanced emotion add the corresponding fumehead / BN drama.

    The new one is good. It you want the 1980's vibe...
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    Re: Rose Fragrances on Men?

    Fueguia's Juan Manuel de Rosas - rose and tobacco.
    Aromatics Elixir (yap. That one)
    Tea Rose (ditto)
    I wear all these with care. Rose has a big gerontologist - related connotation down here.
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    Re: Worst blind buy for you???

    I tried it: I was left with a big question as to why it was so well praised. Simple, linear cedar that could be done at home with a good quality cedar eo.
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    Re: Worst blind buy for you???

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    Re: Jaipur or Habit Rouge?

    Habit Rouge
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    Re: Today I bought: August 2016

    She nailed it. You were lucky, SAs don't generally have such a taste.
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    Re: need ROSE recommendation!

    Candido Lòpez by Fueguia 1833: Guaiac, Rose and Tobacco.
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    Re: What is your "Go To" scent??

    You mean the one I'll grab in a hurry?

    Agua Lavanda Puig if a hot day.
    Vetiver by Guerlain if an average temperature day.
    Fueguia's Caoba if a (very) cold day: it is bombastic. You can't wear it...
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    Re: So why hasn't Dior Homme Intense been cloned?

    After reading the OP's post I recalled Kouros and the original Antaeus, they all fall into this category.

    IMHO, it must be due to molecules that are very difficult or impossible to replicate or...
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    Re: What's the consensus on JPG Fleur du male?

    Nope. It won't work for you: shrieking loud, girly, overly floral, it turns into a masculine after eight hours of continuous and barroque complexity. I like it but I am a fume head. I wear it in very...
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    Re: Stetson Cologne - What to expect?!

    It is along the Royal Copenhagen, British Sterling, CM Jockey Club and Amouage Gold template, powdery and floral scents that, sorry, one can hardly associate with cowboys of any kind, rather early...
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    Re: The Art Of Layering - Successful Stories

    Kind of obvious but layering reformulated with formulated scents does the trick. For example, original Antaeus with the new one.

    Another option is layering similar scents, like JHL with Opium, or...
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    Re: What kind of razor do you use??

    This month (april)

    Agressive:1930s New Norfolk gold http://goo.gl/cvBTB4. I use it after Sundays nights, when having not shave for two days.

    Mild: 1953-1954 Rocket HD (http://goo.gl/fPa3cG). I...
  83. Re: Your Top 5 Wet Shaving Creams or Soaps. Gentlemen...

    Due to an extensive wardrobe I restricted my shaving soap options: I have the following...

    - Nivea cream shaving soap
    - La Toja bar
    - Ditto, tube
    - Williams mint tube
    - Musgo Real Soap
    -...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    OK, we are facing a template. Maybe a molecule being pushed by the big five (IFF, Givaudan, Quest, etc.). Wearers mighht find different nuisances regarding the rest of the bunch - Bvlgari Man,...
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    Re: Lapidus Pour Homme

    A beast for today's standard, and quite original on the same vein. The old formula has the same imprint as to all of those that date from the time, heavy oakmoss and thus a denser feeling to the...
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    Re: Givenchy Insense

    Get the vintage. The new one has been, literally, watered down.
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    Re: Captain Molyneux

    Forget about the latest release, It is a galaxy away from the vintage one. Total new formulation, and quite run of the mill around the Chanel Blue template.
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    Re: What's on top of your wish-list right now?

    I have too many, so there is no need to get more (as a matter of fact, I am giving away many among relatives and friends).

    Still, these are the ones in my mind:

    - Mouchoir de Monsieur
    -...
  89. Re: 4 colognes to live with for the rest of your life. Niche and Designer.

    Only four? Well... Here is my humble contribution:

    Habit Rouge
    Guerlain Vetiver
    N 19
    Lavanda Puig
  90. Re: L'homme Ideal - the best masculine scent of last five years

    Among my favs; this should not be a surprise of you take in mind Rochas Absolu and Cartier's Le Baiser are among the ones I like the most. Take these two and make less louder, it would be their...
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    Re: How Many Fragrances is "Too Many"?!

    Very personal. IMHO more than seven; seven per season if you want more variety.
    The point is giving yourself time to run up and replace them with new ones and later find your preferred scents.
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    "Tobacco" is so tricky: It might be cherry tobacco or chocolate tobacco or vanilla tobacco and so forth.
    The only "tobacco-tobacco" scent I've tried is Devon's Tabac, a local oldy that has been...
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    Re: Remembering one of my father's colognes

    Love it. Have an almost empty bottle that I use sparingly. Brooks Brothers original is very similar. But nothing compares to the original.
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    Re: why all the hate for joop?

    Too "heavy": the cough syrup note is too strong, longevity is overwhelming, a good choice for Disco Stew. One spray on the chest does it, IMHO. Overspraying might be the reason for the rant.
  95. Re: Have you ever dropped a bottle? If so, what happened?

    Yap. My House smelt wonderfully.
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    Re: Info on fragrances getting better as they sit

    Some do smell better after sitting for some time. I can't recall which, though.
  97. Re: What is your signature scent, or your favorite scent?

    I don't have one but I am aware that there are some I use more than usual: Guerlain Vetiver, English Style EdC and Lavander and Patchouli EdT.
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    Re: Would you recommend Rochas Moustache?

    The vintage is worlds apart from the current formulation.
    This is a gents cologne of the kind that does not project nor lasts much. The second one plays against these rules without much success,...
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    Re: Chanel Égoïste or Guerlain Vetiver

    Depends: in a simple mood? Vetiver. More into complexity? Egöiste.


    I'd choose the later for a social occasion, the first one for work.
  100. Re: No love for the current formulation of CK Obsession Men?

    The original was overbearing. The actual one, more subdued. If nostalgic, try layering it with its feminine version.
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