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    What makes your eyes glaze over?

    I realized recently, while reading through some fragrance news sites, that certain things just make me stop reading and skip ahead to the next article. Specifically, any article that talks about a...
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    I know what you mean, I have a few bottles of what I'm assuming is the old formula in the 1oz bottles with the velvet bag, and two sprays is more than enough to tide me over. Very strong stuff. An...
  3. Re: Given the ARMAF copies, would you still buy Aventus, GIT, Noir de Noir, Terre d'Hermes etc.

    I have never heard of this line before, but I was astonished at how many fragrances they have. A lot of these are body sprays and probably are duplicate scents for their EDTs, but there are easily...
  4. Re: How often do you wear the 'cheap' fragrances in your wardrobe?

    If you are talking about the very cheap ones, say under $15, then I do wear them sometimes, but honestly not as much as more expensive scents. I probably get the most use out of Z-14 and 1-12,...
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    Re: La Nuit vs Body Kouros ?

    Another vote for La Nuit. Not too crazy about Body Kouros.
  6. Thread: 26% saks fifth

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    Re: 26% saks fifth

    Thank you!!
  7. Thread: 26% saks fifth

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    Re: 26% saks fifth

    Is the 10% for those signing up as new members for ebates? Is it not something available to current ebates users?
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    Re: 1 ounce of Cosmair Drakkar Noir

    Only have a bottle from a few years ago, but I think it smells quite nice. Would be nice to check out true vintage sometime! Congrats.
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    Re: Which fragrance makes you feel the following:

    Most confident: Leather Oud
    Most professional: Santos Concentree
    Sexiest: Aventus
    Most fun: Fahrenheit, or possibly Havana
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    Re: Designer Smoke & Amber

    Yup, was just coming here to suggest this.
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    Re: Help me choose between these

    I like both. To me, Amen smells better, but Encre Noir is more versatile. Amen is much stronger as well, since you asked about the potency. Both can be found at affordable prices online, under $40...
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    Re: I'm done with Bond No. 9

    There are only a handful from this house I genuinely like, but I have never purchased a full bottle from them. Of those I enjoy I find that I can get something similar elsewhere (New York Oud is...
  13. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Windsor. Not sure if I actually like it, or if I'm just talking myself inro liking it due to its reputation. There is a lot going on with this one, and I need to wear it a few more times before I...
  14. Re: Your worst hangover, and the scent you were wearing!

    L'Instant Extreme, a few years ago on New Year's. It was my first time wearing it and I overapplied, and when I woke up the next morning my hangover combined with the still overwhelming scent made me...
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    Poll: Re: How open are you to wearing a "clone" scent ?

    I'm a bit hesitant to do so, mainly because most clones don't measure up to the original and leave me wanting. That being said, there are clones out there that are excellent, and I have several in my...
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    Re: Kohl's for fragrances.

    Yeah, the prices are awful there for fragrances. On the plus side, they are one of the few places that regularly has somewhat hard to find testers out to sample. It's the only place I have found...
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    Re: Bond No. 9 New York Oud

    Big thumbs up for me on this one. My decant is sadly long gone, but I'll probably pick up a full bottle eventually.
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    Re: Someone help me like Quorum !

    I like this one quite a bit, but it's definitely out of step with modern fragrance trends. I have gotten compliments while wearing it, but it's not for everyone. Don't force yourself to wear it if...
  19. Thread: Kouros 2015

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    Re: Kouros 2015

    I tested out Kouros at two Kohl's locations last week, but I have no idea if the bottles came from the new packaging or not. The tester smelled wonderful, and I wanted to purchase some, but I think...
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    Re: Like Black Afgano but cheaper

    I believe one of the Odin scents is very close. Sorry I can't recall which number it was, but I tested a few last time I was in Vegas and both me and the sales associate remarked that it smelled like...
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    Re: What is you favorite Mancera Fragrance?

    Same. This one and Kumkat Wood are my two favorites from the line. Aoud Black Candy is nice as well.
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - lovin beats hatin

    I flat out love this fragrance. Definitely not for every, but my goodness does it smell great.
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    Re: New Mancera Fragrance! Aoud Blue Notes!!

    Been pleasantly surprised by their fresh fragrances, so this is a definite must try for me. Great ad image, too.
  24. Re: Fragrances that you believe in, but just don't seem to wear as often as your other scents.

    CH Men. The promise of smooth leather mixed with sugar (I think some on here said it was like a sugarcane field) sounded amazing, and I totally fell for the hype. I bought it in December, wore it...
  25. Thread: Perry Ellis M

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    Re: Perry Ellis M

    I just bought this over the weekend, and it definitely lives up to its billing, as it smells wonderful, and has excellent longevity. This one gets a strong recommendation from me.
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    Re: Dior Fahrenheit in the summer?

    Agree, this one is perfect for year round use.
  27. Re: Products (unrelated to cologne) that smell like a fragrance?

    One of Yankee Candles' products smells very similar to Drakkar Noir. I think it was Midnight Sky, but not sure. I have one at home, but I'm away from the house so I can't check the name.
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    Re: What is the general consensus of Jo Malone?

    Agree with all the other comments here. Some great smelling stuff from this house,but zero longevity and high prices are a deal breaker.
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    Re: Buying advice much appreciated

    It's kind of surprising how long a bottle can last!! Sounds like a 500 ml flacon could last you about ten years, which is kind of incredible to think about. That link I included is a good read, as...
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    Re: Buying advice much appreciated

    Per Kevin at Now Smell this, "the average number of sprays in a 50 ml bottle is 735 (double that figure for a 100 ml bottle of fragrance)." So if you are using 10 to 12 sprays a week, a large flacon...
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    Re: Smoothest Oud (smoud)

    Really? Interesting...been wondering how some of these recent designer ouds were turning out. Been curious about the Polo one and also the John Varvatos Oud.
  32. Re: What scents have you been the most surprised by people's reactions to - either positive or negat

    Surprised by the positive response my partner had to Leather Oud, given its off-putting and challenging reputation.
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    Re: Smoothest Oud (smoud)

    I agree, this is the smoothest oud I've tried. It's wonderful, but that price tag is just too much for me, and I know the OP is looking for something a little more affordable.
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    Re: Good cheap gym scent

    I agree. No fragrance is going to smell particularly pleasant when mixed in with all the other odors floating around your typical gym. Plus, your body heat will make whatever you wear project like...
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    Re: Most overrated fragrance on Basenotes?

    Yup, many otherwise decent fragrances get placed on a pedestal once they get discontinued, and the legend surrounding them only grows as they become more difficult to obtain.
  36. Thread: Bay Rum

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    Re: Bay Rum

    Bay Rum is a classic barbershop scent, which may be interpreted as "old school" by some. It's a very warm, spicy scent, and one that I use sometimes after shaving. That being said, it's not something...
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    Re: Blind bought Jovan Musk today

    I really like the Jovan Musk line of deodorants. They smell great, but aren't so strong that they overpower my SOTD. The deodorant sticks are hard to find here, so I always stock up when visiting my...
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    Re: Most nauseating fragrance.

    Black Afghano. It's bad enough to repel Death itself.
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    Poll: Re: Project Finish Bottle version 2015

    Probably two, as I have about 15 to 20 ml left in a couple Jack Black fragrances I use frequently in summer.
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    Re: What's the best flanker line?

    Dior as a house does a great job with flankers. In addition to the Homme line, Fahrenheit has put out some great and varied flankers as well.
  41. Thread: Kouros Silver?

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    Re: Kouros Silver?

    Hmmmm...notes do sound interesting. Not sure why they are releasing it as a flanker though, instead of launching it as a standalone scent. Will definitely try it when I come across it though.
  42. Thread: Kouros Silver?

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    Re: Kouros Silver?

    Does it remind you at all of the original? Or is it something totally different?
  43. Thread: Eau de Yeast?

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    Eau de Yeast?

    Pretty fascinating article on what the future of perfumery may hold, as scientists look to splice DNA strains into yeasts and "brew" scents that replicate what is found in nature. They have had some...
  44. Thread: Kouros Silver?

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    Re: Kouros Silver?

    I'm curious if this is going to be similar to Kouros Sport or Fraicheur.
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    Re: A*Men Les Parfums de Cuir (Pure Leather)

    As others have said, it's a near clone of the original with a strange leather note up front. I used to dislike it, but own and enjoy it now since I love the original.
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    Re: Is Amouage Finished?

    It's entirely subjective as to whether they are done from a creative standpoint; I haven't felt compelled to buy their recent releases, but I found them to be of high quality and structure....
  47. Has your blind buy success rate improved over time?

    When I first started in this hobby I went a little crazy with blind buys, and it should be no surprise that a lot of what I bought were duds. Over time, I've tried to make far fewer blind buys, and...
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    Re: How many bottles did you buy in 2014?

    About ten probably, and another 3 or so decants.
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    Re: Enrce Noir vs Fahrenheit

    Like EN, but love Fahrenheit. Not even close in my book, Fahrenheit is vastly superior.
  50. Thread: Amouage

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    Re: Amouage

    Yup. I haven't had issues wearing any of them in summer, and I particularly like Jubilation XXV and Epic Man in summer.
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend

    Another less than ideal option is to buy around Black Friday, as I believe Neiman Marcus offers pretty substantial gift cards when you purchase at certain dollar thresholds during that time. It's not...
  52. Re: Anyone know when Windsor will be rereleased?

    I really need to bust my sample of this out and give it a whirl. I've got it from an extremely generous SA several months ago, and I haven't even gotten around to trying it because I want to wear it...
  53. Re: Frags in your collection that aren't even worthy of air-freshener status

    I don't think I have ever smelled a fragrance so bad I wouldn't use it as an air freshener. I've given quite a few bottles away over the years, but even those I wouldn't have hesitated to spray in my...
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    Re: My Top 10 under $30.

    Lots of good suggestions in here. My current "under $30" list would include:

    90210 Metal Jeans
    Perry Ellis Portfolio Green
    Quorum
    Animale Animale
    Aramis
    Aramis Havana
    Drakkar Noir
  55. Re: Rive Gauche Pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent vs Azzaro Pour Homme by Azzaro

    Own and love both, but reach for Azzaro more often. It smells way more smooth to me.
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    Re: Top 10 Least Worn?

    I tend to wear most things somewhat regularly, but have noticed I rarely touch these:

    Carolina Herrera Men
    L'Instant Extreme
    L'Anarchiste
    Deauville PH
    Oud Ispahan
    Rochas Man
    Samba Ice Man
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    Re: New - Jean Paul Gaultier Ultra Male

    Based on the few Le Male flankers I have smelled, they all largely smell the same too, unfortunately. I wish they would stray a little farther from the original with these and make them more daring.
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    Re: Bill Blass Mr Blass

    I don't really get amber out of this, so if it is in there it comes across as so minor a note as to not even be worth paying attention to. At any rate, there is nothing sweet or vanilla about this...
  59. Re: What was the last bottle you completely finished???

    A bottle of L'Eau D'Issey last winter; I think I bought it around 2006 or so.
  60. Re: Would it be crude to give our unwanted fragrances to the homeless?

    As someone who has volunteered and been employed in social service non-profits for several years, I would echo what others have said and suggest that donating money, time, clothes and basic hygiene...
  61. Thread: Chez Bond no. 9

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    Re: Chez Bond no. 9

    I really like Chez Bond, I definitely enjoyed my sample and got solid compliments from friends while wearing it. I would probably have purchased a bottle if I didn't already own GIT. Owning both is...
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    Re: Tobacco Vanille - Thoughs

    I was underwhelmed when I tried it. Like you said, the opening is just too much, and it felt way too sweet and overpowering for me, even with a small application.
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    Re: Any Bond No. 9 experts out there?

    I'm no expert, but I've sampled quite extensively in the Bond line, though some of the stuff I haven't sniffed in quite a while. My first word of advice is don't rush to buy by the end of this month...
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    Re: just ordered Amouage Reflection Man

    I've picked up Epic a while back and it was perfectly fine.. They really do have a great selection of Amouage stuff there. It's the only place I have seen their lotions and soaps discounted.
  65. Re: Fragrances that took a little while to warm up to

    Puredistance M. I could only stand it for about 2 or 3 hours the first time i wore it before washing it off. I have worn it a handful of times since then and sort of like it, but still don't love it.
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    Re: Favourite Forgotten Fragrances

    Idole de Lubin. This one got a decent amount of attention when they made the switch from EDT to EDP, but I haven't heard anyone really talk about it in a while. I'm wearing it today for the first...
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Ultra Zest (new for 2015)

    Thanks! Wasn't sure if I had missed an announcement about where it was going to be available or not. I always thought it strange that the only flanker that never seems to hit the discounters is Pure...
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Ultra Zest (new for 2015)

    Does anyone know if this is expected to hit retail stores? At the online Mugler shop it just says "limited edition", while stuff like Pure Coffee says "online exclusive". I'd like to be able to test...
  69. Re: Your top 3 most used fragrances in the past 2 years

    Amen
    Leather Oud
    Tous Man Sport
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    Re: Looking for a Fahrenheit alternative.

    +1. I picked this up a while back largely based on the praise you gave it in another Fahrenheit clone thread. The opening 30 seconds are pretty bad and unbalanced, but after that it opens up into a...
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    Re: Amouage Memoir vs Epic Man

    Yeah, Epic is completely different than M7.
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    Re: Amouage Memoir vs Epic Man

    Epic by far, for me. In memoir the woods come on too heavy in the opening, and although they fade out after a bit there is a somehwrs sharp note in the dry down I dislike.
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    Re: You know you're a basenoter when...

    When you partner knows that when you grab the collar of your shirt and fan yourself, it's not because you are overly warm, it's because you are trying to catch a whiff of the latest fragrance you are...
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    Re: You know you're a basenoter when...

    When you take five or so tiny filled atomizers with you on a three-day vacation because you have visualized needing different scents for going to a museum, going out to dinner, going for a stroll,...
  75. Thread: Kouros 2015

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    Re: Kouros 2015

    Interesting...I have been thinking of picking up a bottle of Kouros online, but maybe I'll wait until I get a chance to check out the latest version.
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    Re: NEW Jo Malone - Incense & Cedrat

    Yup. I sampled most of their line a couple years ago, and got pretty poor longevity from the bulk of my samples. I haven't even bothered to sniff anything they've made in years.
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Ultra Zest (new for 2015)

    Yeah, faint fruits overlaid on a bed of spiced woods and patchouli sounds exactly what I'm not interested in. Was hoping the focus would stay trained on the fresh "zesty" elements. Still going to...
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    Re: Drakkar Noir Vintage

    I can't speak regarding true vintage bottles, but I picked up a newer bottle about 3 years ago. While it smells great, and comes on fairly robust in the opening, the overall performance is pretty...
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Ultra Zest (new for 2015)

    Was definitely intrigued until I saw the base of patchouli and coffee listed. I absolutely love amen and some of the flankers, but I don't really want that same base represented over and over again....
  80. Re: Flankers: Dior Farenheit 32 and Acqua Farenheit

    I don't care for 32, but I find AF to be excellent. One of my favorites for summertime.
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    Re: Mancera: where to start???

    Kumkat wood and aoud cafe are my favorites so far.
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    Re: Icy fresh frag without any sweetness?

    Samba Ice smells "cold" and fresh. It's also only about ten dollars and lasts forever.
  83. Re: Is this paranoia or are my suspicions legitimate?

    Probably too much given your close proximity. I've had the unpleasant experience of sitting next to "too much Cologne guy" on an airplane, and it isn't fun when you are stuck next to someone and...
  84. Re: Thinking about watering down my Aventus with Ab spirit silver

    Fragrances are meant to be used, so don't stress about seeing the juice level go down. And I don't really understand what mixing them will accomplish. If you love the Creed, why would you want to...
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    Re: Quorum = The greatest compliment getter

    I really like this one (mine is semi-vintage, from when it still listed oakmoss on the ingredients). And for what it's worth, it has the absolute best sprayer I've ever seen on a bottle.
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    Re: What are your worst blind buys?

    Probably the two Kanon fragrances, Norwegian Wood and Original. I usually give stuff I don't want to family members, but these I just left in the bathroom at the library for anyone to take. At least...
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    Re: Serge lutens Churgui or Ambre sultan or Arabie

    Ambre Sultan would be my pick.
  88. Re: Tom of Finland Etat Libre d`Orange for men - WTH?

    Yeah, this one is a great tangy leather. After burning thru my sample I'm not quite sure I want to invest in a full bottle, but it is very nice.
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    In "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", Mac wears Drakkar Noir. At one point Charlie applies about a dozen sprays to himself after sneaking into Mac's apartment.
  90. Re: How much of your wardrobe do you currently use?

    Probably about 2/3 of my scents get used "regularly", if you can call it that. Due to seasonal rotations and such, some stuff only gets used once every few months. I definitely need to cut down.
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    Re: Any under the radar Colognes ?

    Tous Man Sport is a pretty good fresh summer scent, and can be had for about $30 online. I don't think I ever see anyone on here mention it, so it has to be pretty far under the radar.
  92. Sticky: Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split? January / February / March 2015

    Looks like I posted in the other thread right before we switched to this one, so I'm reposting my suggesting of Harrod Swarovski Oud by Bond.
  93. Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split? October/November/December 2014

    I would be in for a split of Bond No. 9 Harrod's Swarovksi Oud. My small decant is running low, and I just don't know if I'm ready to splash out for a full bottle.
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    Re: What will be your first purchase of 2015?

    If I feel like splurging: Bond Harrod's Oud. My decant is running low, and after wearing it for the first time in months the other day I realized just how much I still like this one.

    If I feel...
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    Re: Regarding Dior's Private Collection

    Love this line, and I would definitely recommend Ambre Nuit, Cologne Royal and Cuir Canage for a warm weather scent. As others have mentioned, people do splits pretty regularly on here for those,...
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    Re: Holy Moly - CH Men Carolina Herrera

    I blindly threw a bottle of this onto my last Fragrancenet order, and it's pretty nice. Very safe, very pleasant scent. It's not bold enough to really wow or thrill me, but it definitely smells very...
  97. Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    +1 on both Montale Dark Aoud and Dior's Leather Oud.
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    Re: Replacement for Canali Men

    Almost 300 dollars a bottle now? That's absurdly overpriced. I own and like this, but it's not worth anything near that. I hope the OP can find something he likes instead!
  99. Re: A Night Out In Vegas...my arsenal for the week

    I always stock up on samples of things I'm considering buying when in Vegas and just wear those while there. If something really speaks to me I'll pick it up before leaving town.
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    Re: Ever play SA in a mall store?

    Yeah, I definitely do this at various stores. I think the clerk at Sephora got a little annoyed at me once, but usually they laugh it off.
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