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    Re: Artists and Thinkers

    For Heidegger - a modern reassessment of something classic like an Eau de Cologne. A scent that questions, as it were, the conditions of existence that presuppose the category of "Eau de Cologne" to...
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    Re: Millenials and Vintage

    At 33 I'm pretty squarely in millennial territory; I can definitely see there being interest in more classic styles as an alternative to aromachem amalgam mall frags. Especially since so many...
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    Re: Sour/tart berry fragrances for men

    Gucci Guilty Oud has a very nice blackberry note. Not sour/tart per se, but pretty nice IMO.
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    Re: Fahrenheit Friday

    :vrolijk_26::vrolijk_26::vrolijk_26:
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    Re: What are you Layering/Mixing today?

    Rose 31 body lotion + Elie Saab Oud
  6. Re: Which cold weather fragrances do you plan to wear into Spring and Summer?

    I got TdH Parfum for Christmas, so I'll be curious how it wears over the summer. Also got Spicebomb Eau Fraiche in November, so I'll be curious if the "fraiche" grapefruit aspect of it comes out more...
  7. Thread: Top 3 now.

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    Re: Top 3 now.

    Current top three:

    Gucci Guilty Absolute
    Elie Saab Oud
    Montale Black Aoud
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    Re: Anyone a fan of Molecule 04?

    The Escentric line is interesting, but it's very easy to buy the aromachems and alcohol and make a "homemade" version. Of course it won't be exactly the same, but the difference in quality between...
  9. Re: Year in Review: Best underrated cheapie releases of 2019

    Another, more speculative way to ask this question might be: what of the 2019 crop will end up becoming grey market cheapies? I.e., stuff that's selling for full retail now, but will inevitably come...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Wearing Elie Saab Oud today because 1) I haven't worn it in a while and I forgot how good it is and 2) I wanted to see how it would layer with Rose 31 body lotion - turned out to be a killer combo.
  11. Re: GQ - "The Best Cologne from Each Fragrance Family"

    That makes sense. I suppose it comes off as an "eclectic and exciting" mix of suggestions to your average GQ reader.
  12. Re: Howcome Hermes Voyage Parfum doesnt get much love?

    I like it, but... it strikes me as being a nondescript Ellena creation of citrus, wood and spices. If I want that, I'll go for Declaration, which is available much cheaper. Additionally, since Voyage...
  13. Re: GQ - "The Best Cologne from Each Fragrance Family"

    My beloved TdH on the same list as the bathroom-floor-cleaner smell of Grey Flannel!?!?

    Seriously though, I feel like these suggestions are picked somewhat at random from very different echelons...
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    Re: Fahrenheit Friday

    2018 Fahrenheit EdT for me today!
  15. Re: How do you assemble a bottle of Montale perfume?

    It sounds like the clip-in-sprayer thing only applies to bottles purchased on grey market discounters like FragranceNet.
  16. Re: How do you assemble a bottle of Montale perfume?

    Yep, that’s exactly how mine arrived. Sadly I don’t think there’s a fox for it; I’ve just resigned myself to the fact that it’s a pain in the ass to spray. At least the juice is authentic!
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    Re: Fahrenheit Friday

    If you look hard in the night sky tonight, you might even see Rudolph and his shining nose!

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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Spotted a Mugler Alien Man at TJ Maxx in downtown Seattle today, 100 ml for $49.99. Didn't pick it up, but first time I've seen anything Mugler there. Otherwise lots of generic cheapies and Nautica.
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    Re: The Art Of Layering - Successful Stories

    Lately I've been layering TdH Parfum with Gucci Guilty Absolute. Usually about 6 sprays TdH and 2 sprays GGA. They have surprisingly similar base notes. I'd love to see a TdH flanker with all the...
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    Re: Fragrance Survey

    1. What is your favorite designer house? Hermes

    2. What is your favorite niche house? Frederic Malle

    3. What is your favorite fragrance genre/group? Green, chypre, dry/woody, oriental to a...
  21. Re: Maybe a crazy question.What do you think of the term "Fragrance Community"?

    Or colognialists, perhaps?
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Wearing Spicebomb today because it's (sort of [barely]) snowing in Seattle, and it seems seasonally appropriate!
  23. Re: Unique and interesting, but still compliment getting?

    Maybe something from Montale/Mancera? One of their oud offerings would definitely be attention-grabbing but not super common (assuming you're not in the Middle East). I enjoy Black Aoud from Montale...
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    Re: Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Homme is really good!

    I can totally see that - both fragrances that I own and love. They share a kind of brash, aggressive, very dry macho character, but not musk-soaked manliness nor ambroxan-fueled woody dryness.
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    Re: What's Your Tom Ford Collection?

    I've been hearing that since I bought my bottle about a year ago. It is out of stock on Sephora and Nordstrom, but plenty available on FragranceNet, eBay, etc. I'll be getting another one soon...
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    Re: What's Your Tom Ford Collection?

    Your urgency is infectious - now I feel like I need to get another 100 ml backup of this before the discontinuation rumors actually prove true. It's so good.
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    Re: What's Your Tom Ford Collection?

    Currently have 100 ml bottle of Noir Anthracite, and 30 ml decants of Tuscan Leather and Italian Cypress. Hoping to add Ombre Leather and/or TF Noir this year.
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    Re: Enhancing projection...... myths

    +1 this definitely works better than spraying on chest/shirt separately.

    I've recently become a convert to the pre-spritz lotion school of thought. In my experience it really does help - I'll put...
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    Re: Fahrenheit Friday

    I generally do as well, but I’m logging it for the sake of anti-Aventus solidarity. Reporting for duty!
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    Re: Fahrenheit Friday

    Nice setup! I'll be joining in with my 2018 bottle tomorrow.
  31. Re: "Your Mean Grandma" perfumes - can you recommend me some?

    My grandma is in fact quite mean, and wore Ma Griffe most of her adult life. So in my experience, it would be very fitting!
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    Re: Rose Prick - I'm not makin' this up !!! LOL

    This has "pricked" my attention in any case ;) I do like rose.

    I feel like part of the issue here is that Tom Ford is a pretty mainstream designer brand - they're in Sephora for chrissakes. If...
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    Re: I have Vetiver fever !

    Although I definitely get a vetiver note in EN, I will concur that the primary accord in this is built around Iso E Super, aka the "cedar" or "cypress" note. The first time I smelled straight Iso E...
  34. Re: 2020 - What is the ONE fragrance you most hope to add to your collection?

    Ombre Leather. My Tuscan Leather decant is getting low, and I'd rather just get a FB of OL than another decant of TL, since they're close enough.
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    Re: advise about montale perfumes

    +1 Black Aoud. When I initially got a sample, it had broken during shipping. I put the card/sample shards in a baggie, and that baggie emanated rose/oud in my entire room for weeks after.
  36. Thread: 2019 Questions

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    Re: 2019 Questions

    1. What was your best purchase of the year? Vintage 70s Givenchy III 50 ml splash for $3 from Goodwill
    2. What was the most interesting sample you tried? Diptyque Olene. Currently obsessed with the...
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    Re: Fahrenheit Friday

    Ok, I'm officially synced!
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    Re: Fahrenheit Friday

    There ya go!

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    Re: Fahrenheit Friday

    Count me in! I've really been enjoying wearing Fahrenheit in cold weather lately, the leather comes out in a more prominent way than it did over the spring/summer when I bought my bottle.
  40. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Atelier Cologne Clementine California and Musc Imperial. CC didn't do a whole lot for me - typical AC-style bright, long lasting mandarin orange fruity floral. MI on the other hand was very nice -...
  41. Re: Looking for clean, crisp white florals a la Diptyque Olene

    That's one I've been curious about for a while - I'll have to find a sample.



    Didn't even realize Demeter had a jasmine, but that's a good idea. I already have several Demeter scents for...
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    Re: Fragrances with Ambrette as a key note

    I'm wearing a sample of Atelier Cologne Musc Imperial today, which has an ambrette base. Nice leather-fig-ambrette with a bit of citrus on top. Peruvian Ambrette is the only other one I've smelled....
  43. Re: Your 2019 Fragrance Highlights and Accomplishments!!!

    One more to add - officially reaching 1,000 posts on BN! Figured this thread would be the most appropriate place for my thousandth post. Here's to the next thousand!
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    Re: New year’s eve scent!!!

    Wearing a sample of Atelier Musc Imperial during the day today - I think I'll wear Tuscan Leather tonight. Going to be watching the Space Needle fireworks in windy, cold Seattle, so I need a powerful...
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    Re: If you like a leather perfume...

    I've always loved the smell of leather - any time I have the opportunity to sniff a brand new leather bag, hat, wallet, car interior, etc, I always love the smell. It straddles the line between...
  46. Looking for clean, crisp white florals a la Diptyque Olene

    Jasmine is one of my absolute favorite smells in the natural world, but I will admit I'm a bit squeamish about indolic jasmine fragrances. I've always wanted to find something with the cool, crisp,...
  47. Re: Fragrances A Healthier Addiction Than Health Damaging Addictions?

    If it's an addiction, I'd say it's closest to something like gambling rather than alcohol/drugs. But even then it's different; you might win on 1 out of every 300 lotto tickets or slot machines, but...
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    Re: Most worn in Decade 2010s

    This is a good reminder that I need to start using the SOTD feature! But just going buy number of bottles purchased, my top scents would be:

    Terre d'Hermes EdT - currently on my third bottle,...
  49. Re: Your 2019 Fragrance Highlights and Accomplishments!!!

    Thanks, Buysblind. I think honing in on leather and vetiver could be fun for the next year. I've made a fair number of random blind buys over the last year that I liked but didn't love. Now that I've...
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    Re: I have Vetiver fever !

    I've got a chronic case of vetiver fever ;)

    Definitely agree with others that Sycomore is a nice step up from Encre Noire. Similar, but also unique and worth owning at least a decant of it. Encre...
  51. Re: Your 2019 Fragrance Highlights and Accomplishments!!!

    I am definitely in this phase right now - and for better or worse, my collection has been assembled on a fairly shoestring budget, so there are lots of things that remain out of reach for me even...
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    Encre Noire is definitely one of my favorite layering scents. I like pairing it with light citrus/white floral scents like Mugler Cologne or Diptyque Olene.

    Today I'm wearing Terre d'Hermes...
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    Re: What's the best fragrance for a hangover?

    Maybe something boozy - a little hair of the dog? Then again, if I smelled Straight to Heaven after a night of rum drinking I’d probably puke on the spot.
  54. Re: If you could only wear (3 fragrances of) 1 house for the next year...

    Hermes:

    TdH EdP
    Jardin sur le Toit
    Poivre Samarcande
  55. Re: Christmas Morning, What Did You Give/What did you get?

    Didn't give any fragrances, but I did receive a 200 ml bottle of TdH EdP. Not a huuuuuge surprise because while my parents "gave" it to me, I bought it myself from the sales board here ;) All the...
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    Re: Most complex / complicated fragrance

    Good call. It is definitely a shapeshifter. I'd also add the somewhat similar Fahrenheit. I've been wearing it lately (2018 bottle) and really enjoying the way the leather stands out in cooler...
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    Re: Gucci Guilty Absolute Substitute ?

    The two I've tried that are closest to GGA are Jo Malone Bronze Wood & Leather (similar sharp band aid note, but a more softened version) and Elie Saab Oud (similar sharp/astringent wood, but with...
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    Re: What are you wearing for the holidays?

    Surprised Fille en Aiguilles has yet to show up here. If I had a bottle that would be my Christmas SOTD for sure.

    Might end up taking my own advice and wear Noir Anthracite tonight, as my Jewish...
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    Re: What are you wearing for the holidays?

    TF Noir Anthracite has a decidedly Chinese food smell to me - the ginger and Sichuan pepper combo is great.
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    Re: Most complimented Oud?

    I would imagine Royal Oud would garner more compliments. Oud Wood has a bleachy aspect to it that I like personally but I could see it being more of a "personal appreciation" scent than RO. Then...
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    What are you wearing for the holidays?

    What are your 2019 holiday fragrance plans? Anyone syncing up their scent with a celebration?

    Personally I wore Fahrenheit last night to my family's Hanukkah celebration - seems like a fragrance...
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    Re: Favorite Tobacco Colognes 2019

    Not a new release, but I discovered it this year so... Santa Maria Novella Tabacco Toscano. Dry, peppery, airy tobacco.
  63. Re: Looking for a masculine cologne that isn't overpowering...

    Terre d'Hermes
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    Re: Montale Brown Aoud

    Noticed that on FN too. I just assumed it was a very... fecal oud ;)
  65. Re: Do youtube fragrance reviewers really have any influence?

    When I first started getting into fragrances, I watched a lot of reviews on Youtube because they all came up in Google search results, and it was something easy to have on in the background. I...
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    Re: Terre D'Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver - Anyone?

    My biggest gripe with this is the addition of that scratchy Amberwood base. I've had this one for about six months and slowly come to appreciate it more. I'd say this reminds me of TF Noir Anthracite...
  67. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    TF Noir: really liked this one; a very nice dark, spicy rose with an animalic musky dry down. Like a musky rose black tea. Might be full bottle worthy.

    TF Noir Extreme: did NOT like this one...
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    Re: 'Fahrenheit Day' on Monday, 14th Dec 2015......

    :laugh: :lolk:
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    Re: 'Fahrenheit Day' on Monday, 14th Dec 2015......

    Oops, I seem to have made the same mistake - somehow my brain stopped at "Monday" and didn't see the "14th" part... In any case, it's my SOTD today.

    Also incidentally thinking of wearing...
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    I could see that working well. I'd love to see a Spicebomb Oud flanker...



    Keep us posted! Haven't tried either of those but curious to hear your results.
  71. Re: Elie Saab Vetiver and Ambre - similar to what?

    +1 this take - I don't think it's all that similar to any of the vetivers OP listed. Like Vetiverru, vetiver is the star in this one, and it has a kind of herbal freshness. Reminds me a bit of...
  72. Re: calm introvated magnetic mystirious inscrutable

    Encre Noire or Or Black
  73. Re: Compare a fragrance to another cultural product

    True - I was thinking stuff like Voyage, Declaration, Eau Parfumee au Thé Vert, Jardin sur le Toit, etc. TdH is definitely bigger and heavier, but with the flint, orange and vetiver, it's still a...
  74. Re: Compare a fragrance to another cultural product

    There is something Cezanne-like about Jean Claude Ellena's fragrances: minimalist brushstrokes that paint a vivid but translucent, fluid image.

    On the other hand, Montale's oud fragrances remind...
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    Re: How is the house of Initio?

    My sentiments exactly. OfG is a really nice dry, astringent, medicinal oud - but I'll never be able to afford a full bottle.
  76. Re: What fragrance do you have the most back-up bottles of?

    My only "backup" is Clean Reserve Sueded Oud - which I bought not so much out of FOMO but because it was just a great deal and I do enjoy it, so it allows me to spray liberally without fear.

    I am...
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    Re: Amouage - Journey Man, review

    I get that approach, and have a somewhat similar one myself. Although I've been on BN for nearly a year now, and spent about 6-8 months lurking anonymously before that, I do still struggle to pick...
  78. Re: Newbie looking for fragrance recommendations with specific criteria

    I don't think CdG Hinoki got mentioned yet. That's another good one. Also would add Bottega Veneta Pour Homme and/or its Extreme flanker. The performance is a bit subtle (read:underwhelming), but...
  79. Re: Blind buy: Hommage Voyageur - what am I in for!

    I hate to add another voice of dissent here, but I was also disappointed with this and gave it away. Steamy cardamom compost would be my most succinct take. Granted cardamom-forward scents also don’t...
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    Re: NEW: Cremo - Six New Masculine Scents!

    +1 this - very similar scent. Haven't tried any of the EdTs though - can't seem to find them at any Targets. The Leather and Oud sounds intriguing.
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    Re: Malizia Vetiver

    Hmm interesting. Do you think it would smell better on clothes than on skin? I was on the fence about buying this, then decided against it after reading your take, now I'm on the fence again ;) I...
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    I've been wearing Spicebomb Eau Fraiche (5-6 sprays) with Atelier Poivre Electrique (1-2 sprays) lately. Amps up the pepper already in Spicebomb, and adds some incense-y depth. Poivre Electrique has...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    I nearly bought Cypress Cedar from Ross - it’s a great TdH clone but the performance is abysmal - like 15 min tops and then it nose dives. Glad I had previously bought a 15 ml bottle on deep discount...
  84. Re: I'm bored - what's everyone asking for for xmas/holidays?

    I'll be getting a 6.7 oz bottle of TdH Parfum; technically my parents are "giving it to me" but I bought it and wrapped it myself, so I'm not sure how much that really counts :lolk:
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    Re: Spicebomb Eau Fraîche ... thoughts?

    Well he wouldn't be a Trauerkraut if he wasn't a bit traurig :laugh:

    Well in any case, I'm happy with my felicitous mistake. Glad I avoided the play-doh dry down!
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    Re: Spicebomb Eau Fraîche ... thoughts?

    Recently received this as a birthday gift - not something I would've bought for myself, but I actually like it quite a bit. It was something of a mistake - my mom had previously smelled Spicebomb...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I think this one is a pretty underrated Montale, although I get that the bone-dry woods and pungent spice are not to some peoples' tastes. I love the pepper/ginger/cumin and pencil shavings vibe...
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    Re: Malizia Vetiver

    CdG Vettiveru might be a good option then. Not too expensive, very simple eau de cologne-style vetiver and citrus, but the vetiver really steals the show and there isn't too much to distract from it.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    D&G Light Blue - this one has a special connection for me because I inherited my bottle from my grandfather. He passed away three years ago today, so I'm wearing it in his honor. Light Blue is...
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    Re: Masculine Floral Vetivers?

    Encre Noire Sport has a nice lavender/vetiver combo. Much more "wearable" than the original. I'm curious about this too, as I love vetiver and have started getting into more masculine florals,...
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    Re: Rogue Perfumery Your Favorites?

    That makes sense. It is a very Etsy-friendly aesthetic. I personally loved the inclusion of real moss and dirt-colored paper in the box. It's not like those Kilian boxes or anything, but it has its...
  92. Re: Thanksgiving - choosing a scent for a day of family, friends, football and feasting

    Thanks!
  93. Re: Thanksgiving - choosing a scent for a day of family, friends, football and feasting

    TF Italian Cypress for me today. The pine-cinnamon potpourri vibe seems perfect gearing up for the holidays.
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    Re: Rogue Perfumery Your Favorites?

    I wouldn't disagree with this - the bottles look very "homemade." I do wonder if this contributes to the relatively low price though. Personally I'm grateful that these cost ~30% less than many other...
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    Re: Rogue Perfumery Your Favorites?

    I've tried 40 Rogue, Le Canotier, Chypre Siam, Tabac Rouge and Mousse Illuminee - MI is by far my favorite of the bunch. If you like mossy, green white florals it's a no-brainer. And the performance...
  96. Re: This morning I tied New York rye from the distillery series at Walmart and.......

    I was expecting a Jewish deli scent ;)

    Thanks for the report - I’m always interested in those Walmart cheapies but never actually buy them.
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    Poll: Re: A dilemma on what to do with fakes...

    Props to you for looking into recycling. Keep it away from the counterfeiters and give it a new life as some legitimate glass product. I initially voted "give it away" but after reading the entirety...
  98. Re: Navitus Parfums (Redolessence & Paramount Impex LLC & Various perfumers)

    The bottles/presentation look suspiciously familiar...

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  99. Re: Sorting Mancera And Montale Fragrances For Work/Formal Wear?

    Most of the offerings I've tried from this house are super loud ouds, but I do like Montale Greyland quite a bit, and I think it'd make a decent formal/office choice. Very sharp, dry...
  100. Re: summarize your fragrance journey from birth to now

    My dad never wore anything growing up, but my grandpa always wore what he referred to as "aftershave" - as far as I know, he wore Guerlain Vetiver, Grey Flannel, and was a Light Blue devotee toward...
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