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    Re: Penthaligon Racquets

    Parfums de Nicolaļ New York shares that powdery tonka but is spicier than Racquets. Glad I still have a bottle of this and I think you could probably still find one online.
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    Re: Fragrant religion

    Church of the latter day scents sounds like a winner to me too.
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    Re: Monsieur De Givenchy

    I agree with this, the current version is still a very nice classic citrus chypre which performs well in the heat (not that that is much of an issue in the uk!). Also it seems impossible to overspray...
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    Re: Summer night time fragrance

    Sounds like you might like Dior's Ambre Nuit!
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    Re: "Perfect Combination of Musk, Amber and Spice"

    Perhaps Serge Luten's Ambre Sultan.
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    Re: Vetiver Pour Elle

    You have to enjoy Jasmine as well as Vetiver for sure but it is lovely and performs especially well in the heat.

    The whole thing has that perfect balance and touch that you find with the best of...
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    Re: Warm sand accord?

    I always believed part of Shalimar's charm was a warm (slightly sweet) sand type effect.
    So that would be something like Vanilla, Sandalwwod, Opoponax and Patchouli as a guess.


    Also Amouage...
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    Re: Yohji Homme similar to....

    Serge Lutens Forreau Noir has a lot of similarities to my nose, more tonka though.
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    Re: Worst marketing buzzwords

    Worst marketing buzzwords?
    All of them!
    The joy of perfume is that you can appreciate its beauty (art?) in silence.
    Maybe I will make a perfume called "Shut up and inhale" pour Homme.
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    Re: Advice about vintage purchase gone bad

    Can I ask how it smells?
    I love L'Heure Bleue and have a bottle from the mid eighties which is similar to the current version but has a darker color, is somewhat smoother and has that slight praline...
  11. Thread: Nutmeg scents

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    Re: Nutmeg scents

    I like how nutmeg is used in Guerlain Vetiver and also Penhaligons Endymion.
  12. Thread: Vanisia - Creed

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    Re: Vanisia - Creed

    If you enjoy Chanel Egoiste you will probably like Vanisia as there is a fair amount of similarity.
  13. Re: Is Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Parfum too 'grown up' for my 26 yrold girlfriend?

    There are endless perfumes but the genius of Jacques Guerlain is that Shalimar is a story of human sensuality told using molecules and its stage is warm skin.
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    Re: Colognes keep lingering on coats/jackets?

    I have one winter coat which I only wear Guerlain perfumes with so it now has absorbed the Guerlinade and is just perfect so try this approach with perfumes from your favourite house.
  15. Thread: Sweet/Warm Scent

    by Joe C
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    Re: Sweet/Warm Scent

    Sounds like you would love Guerlain's L'Instant pour Home extreme.
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    Re: Minimalist Compositions

    I am a dabbler in DIY and simple minimal compositions can be satisfying BUT they leave no hiding place for the quality of your materials.
    As others on the DIY board have remarked to me and they are...
  17. Re: Is Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Parfum too 'grown up' for my 26 yrold girlfriend?

    Don't worry Shalimar is a masterpiece and I am sure she will love it.
    Forget about target age thats just marketing.
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    Re: Why are these amber fragrances discontinued?

    I think as pointed out they tend to use fairly expensive ingredients when done well.
    I still have the 250 ml bottle of Amber Absolute Yo!
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    Re: What is closest to Dia Man

    Closest for me is New York by Parfum de Nicolai.
  20. Re: MITSOUKO year 2013: 5-batches blind-test review.

    I agree that there has been a massive improvement in the latest batches of Mitsouko. I recently brought the parfum with a 3U01 serial and the velvety dark green is back well balanced with the...
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    Re: A little debate!!

    I like Basenotes's own 'Le Grand Duc'.

    He has a great collection and is really passionate about his fumes and this comes across in his reviews, very entertaining.
  22. Re: Any male approximate equivalent of Dior Addict?

    You want Tonka Imperiale from Guerlain.
    Same perfumer as for Dior Addict: Thierry Wasser.
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    Re: The scent of sun kissed skin...

    Musks are are a good call for this effect.

    Kiehl's Original Musk: might be your best bet
    Anick Goutal Musc Nomade: Similar kind of thing but more feminine.
    Guerlain Lys Soleia: does have a...
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    Re: In need of a ROBUST Tobacco Fragrance.

    Tabac by Profumo.it is a wonderful tobacco scent.
    When I wear this I can literally pucture the golden tabacco leaf and foil which wraps it.
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    Re: tell me what perfum is this?

    Aqua di Parma Colonia perhaps.
  26. Re: What's the darkest scent that you know? And with dark I mean SUPER-DARK!!!

    Vero Profumo - Onda
    The extrait version.
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    Re: Your 5 Must Experience Colognes?

    Serge Lutens - Ambre Sultan
    Guerlain - Shalimar
    Givenchy - Gentleman
    Guerlain - Derby
    Penhaligons - Hammam Bouquet
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    Re: What's your favourite birth year scent?

    1973 So Creed Acier Aluminium for me (love the dry down: fruity amber)
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    Re: Mists, Mellow Fruitfulness and.... LEATHER

    I agree and find myself using leather, woody and incense fragrances a lot during the autumn.
    Currently I am enjoying PG Cuir d'Iris, MPG Parfum d'Habit, Serge Lutens Boxeuse and Cuir Mauresque,...
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    Re: L'Heure Bleu - a re-assessment

    It's a very special scent, I love it because it never resolves but keeps a dynamic tension throughout its life on your skin. This tension is the evening moving into night, the sweet violets and anise...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday 7th of November

    Guerlain Guet Apens

    http://olfactoria.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/guet-apens-1.jpg
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    Re: Do we REALLY want to smell like sex?

    Also remember that flowers are the sexual organs of plants, so maybe it isn't so strange after all?
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    Re: Coital/musk sweat scent

    I think Kiehl's Original Musk best fits your description.
  34. Re: What is a good evening fragrance for a Jean-Claude Ellena fan?

    If you like Osmanthe Yunnan then how about Mitsouko for the evening?
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    Re: your opinion on Cuir Beluga

    I prefer Cuir Beluga to SDV, CB has a similar sort of vibe to Creeds Sublime Vanille in that its a very smooth, elegant, luxurious unisex vanilla. I like SDV but I find the cedar note doesn't always...
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    Re: GOD do I HATE Vetiver!

    Funny that you have Amouage Dia Man in your top 10, this has fairly evident vetiver note.

    I do like and wear vetiver fragrances but I never find them relaxing (if you know what I mean?)
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    Re: what keeps my nose from falling asleep?

    Some interesting facts in this article chems
    I particularly like the comparison to adaption to the feel of the fabric of your clothes otherwise they would annoy you all the time.
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    Re: What else might appeal to a Mitsouko addict?

    Guerlain Sous le Vent is another wonderfull chypre to try.
  39. Re: Does Tam Dao by Diptyque really smell like the real sandalwood oil to you?

    People are correct that it is fairly different from pure Mysore sandalwood but it does a pleasant impression of sandalwoods smooth buttery aspect in the dry down. Regardless I think it is a nice...
  40. Re: Which is sexier - Dior Homme Intense or Tom Ford's Noir de Noir?

    I think it depends on your individual style, DHI is an easier scent for most people but if your personality is quite flamboyant then you might carry NdN better.
  41. Re: Ambre Russe, how strong is the leather note in this fragrance?

    There is a slight leather effect in the dry down but I would not describe it as a leather scent as such.
    One interesting thing I noticed is that the opening is very reminiscent of the legendary...
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    Re: How much do I really need for a lifetime?

    Honestly, if you like a scent then keep it. If you don't really like it then by all means get rid of it. Don't worry about being rational, if having a large collection makes you happy then thats fine.
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    Re: Scent for Travel -- Shanghai

    Guerlain's Shanghai almost recommends itself. Try it and see if you like it.
  44. Thread: Oud Wood

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    Re: Oud Wood

    Are you dabbing this or spraying it? I have Oud Wood and you really need to spray this one to bring out its darker smokier side.
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    Re: Disposing of fragrances?

    Leave them in public rest rooms so people can spray them if they want to and even take it home if they like it.
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    Re: tobacco and spices

    Chergui, Tobacco Vanille, Back to Black, Habanita or Ambre Narguille.
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    Re: Guerlain LES DESERTS d'ORIENT

    I think this is an interesting and wearable line from Guerlain and have all three.
    Thank you for your excellent reviews at your always superb blog Mr G. (from a fellow Guerlain nut)
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    Re: The Definitive Chanel Eau de Cologne Thread

    Just wanted to add that as a big fan and user of the Guerlain Eau's I can also recommend Chanel Eau De Cologne, I have the big bottle. It has a very high quality neroli up top and musk in the base....
  49. Re: With the colder months upon us, What will you be wearing?

    Ah Autumn! time to wake my sleeping ambers from hibernation, also incense, leather and woods. In particular looking forward to wearing Derby, Bel Ami, IUNX L'ether, Ambre Narguille, Arsene Lupin,...
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    Re: Losing that loving feeling....

    Tobacco, tea and honey? I assume you have tried L'artisan's now discontinued Tea for Two as this would be perfect.
    Anyway when I get a similar feeling as you described I tend to go back to the...
  51. Re: Who else thinks Reflection Man by Amouage is overpriced/overrated?

    I like Amouage and own several of their fragrances: Gold, Silver, Dia, Jubilation XXV and Ciel but I did not enjoy Reflection from the sample I had. If you like this kind of style then I think Creeds...
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    Re: Help me identify this chemical

    Maybe Ambroxan?
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    Habanita EDP

    http://www.mimifroufrou.com/scentedsalamander/images/Habanita_edp_new_ad.jpg
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    Re: Amouage Gold Man as every Day scent?

    Its a great scent, the key is finding a dose which works for you. I think that some (not all) of the folks who dislike this apply too much, you only need a little with this.

    Often described as...
  55. Re: I really love the flint note in Terre d'Hermes...

    Also Creed's Himalaya for that Pink peppercorn/gunpowder note.
  56. Re: Coldest, cleanest, freshest, most dentist's office-esque LEATHER scent

    Nearest thing to your description I can think of is Aigner Black.
  57. Re: Is shalimar edp really unisex or pushing the line?

    Is Shalimar unisex? Yes
    Is Shalimar pushing the line? Always!
    This is why it is one the true greats.

    If you compare the drydown of Heritage and Shalimar you will find there is a lot of...
  58. Thread: A "formal" event

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    Re: A "formal" event

    From your wardrobe I would go with L'Instant De Guerlain Pour Homme.
  59. Thread: On the bus

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    Re: On the bus

    I guess it depends on the bus

    http://www.euskaraz.net/Kultura/BeldurrezkoAstea/BeldurrezkoAstea07/09/The_Horror_Bus.jpg
  60. Thread: "Offence"

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    Re: "Offence"

    To me the 'Punk' aesthetic is about thinking differently and supporting local artists or making you own so I definately think this can apply to scents. Loud and obnoxious is a misunderstanding....
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    Re: Suggest a fragrance for me!

    Get yourself some Vetiver by Guerlain.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

    Chanel Eau De Cologne for the day and Guerlain Derby this evening.
  63. Thread: On the bus

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    Re: On the bus

    10 sprays to the crotch, 5 to the chest and touch up with Kouros to the arms and dabs of Musc Kublai Khan should see you good.
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    Re: Guerlain Apres L'Onde

    Interesting thanks Chris, I guess Safrole is restricted for the same reason?

    Looking around the notes for Apres L'Onde are bergamot, neroli, aniseed, hawthorn, violet, heliotrope, iris and musk....
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    Re: Guerlain Apres L'Onde

    High quality Iris and the ionones for violets will be a start but you will need to find a replacement for the heliotrope. Good luck!
  66. Thread: This isn't good

    by Joe C
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    Re: This isn't good

    This might be one of the limited edition bottles with a genuine hair from Olivier Creed!
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    Re: Sharif by La Via del Profumo

    I have a bottle of this and it is my favourite from profumo.it. For me this is mostly an animalic tonka scent. Very masculine and enjoyable all way through its life.
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    Re: Amouage Ciel Man: Did Amouage Out-Creed Creed?

    I agree, this stuff has performed like a champ for me this summer, the dry down is fantastic.
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    Re: Tobacco,pipe smoke type scent suggestions?

    Yep, this is the one you want.
  70. Re: Help! Whenever I wear fragrances now I have this strange problem where I can't stop swallowing!

    99% sure that this down to the alchohol in your fragrance. Be carefull not to spray anywhere near your face. Breathing in the alchohol in a perfume can easily cause throat irritation.
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    Re: take a wild guess

    Well there is Shalimar and then all the others.
  72. Re: I'm having a ridiculous amount of trouble trying to find a summer scent

    These have been doing the business for me this summer:
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Guerlain Eau De Coq
    Chanel Eau De Cologne
    Amouage Ciel
    Monsieur De Givenchy
  73. Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    The best suggestions have been made above, I will add
    Penhaligons Endymion and Serge Lutens Borneo 1834.
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    Re: 1001 uses for a bottle of...

    I have used Guerlain Eau Du Coq on a flannel across my forehead when I have a headache and the cooling effect along with the bright citrus does seem to help.

    I have some of the clay discs that...
  75. Re: Starter civet fragrances / training wheels civet ?

    Hello! I think you might enjoy Guerlains Sous Le Vent, a lovely dry chypre with animalic undertones. Also try Amouage Gold, but that may be a little powdery for you. And Shalimar has quite an...
  76. Re: Am I the only one not smelling my own perfume if I apply on my neck?

    Try a dab on your earlobes. This works as they are on the same line as your nose.
  77. Re: EU Prepares to regulate more fragrance ingredients

    <rant>
    They will outlaw flowers next!

    People of intelligence and integrity see this for what it is, a money train for accountants, lawyers and bureaucrats who are not content merely with ruining...
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver pour Elle ?

    Totally agree with this. It took me a while to track down a bee bottle of Vetiver Pour Elle but it was definately worth it. It is wonderfully balanced (as are most JPG fragrances) very natural and...
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    Re: Yatagan = Cocaine?

    Cocaine hydrolizes when it is exposed to water vapour in the air resulting in some methyl benzoate which is a common perfume ingredient, perhaps these scents contain a large concentration of this....
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    Re: perfumes which have 'pretentious' notes listed

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TioGP9mWahA
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    Re: What makes a fragrance 'dirty'?

    I would say a 'dirty' fragrance is any that reminds us that we are animals and not fresh laundry. In terms of ingredients this usually but not always means animalic ingredients, so civet, castoreum,...
  82. Re: Having difficulty finding a predominant cured tobacco note.

    Problem solved. you need Tabac from Profumo.it
  83. Thread: Legal issues

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    Re: Legal issues

    Of course it would not be illegal. You just say "Good morning, here is a list of chemical compounds ..." and go for it
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    Re: Amouage Gold Men -- Am I Missing Something?

    Just keep trying it and vary the dose. It took me some time to appreciate it fully. Wonderful fragrance.
  85. Re: Guerlain Liu and Guerlain Vega: your advice, please

    I have both they are quite similar both sharing an aldehyde opening along the lines of Chanel no.5 however Liu drys down to classic Guerlain Powdery vanilla whilst vega has much more of a gentle...
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    Re: Smells Like Fire, Iron, & Parchment?

    For rust / iron try Jasmin with a touch of vanilla.
    Parchment: Papyrus?
    Ink: Vetiver pushed hard.
    Dust: Opoponax is great for this.
  87. Thread: Macerate ?

    by Joe C
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    Re: Macerate ?

    Everybody maserates.
  88. Re: The fragance that is "always with you "," in your mind ' ', " you never forget " ( 1 )

    Guerlain Shalimar. Because I just would not be interested in perfume if this fragrance did not exist. It is the hub around which every other perfume rotates and they come and go in terms of my liking...
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    Re: Fougere suggestions?

    Further from Rive Gauche but fantastic Fougere's are Guerlains Jicky and Mouchoir De Monsieur.
  90. Thread: Humidity

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    Re: Humidity

    I was on holiday recently and it was very warm and humid and the fragrance that performed best for me that didn't just fall apart or wash away but kept performing like a champion even when I was...
  91. Re: Any fragrance similar to Jules by Christian Dior?

    I think Luca Turin mentioned Amouage Ciel as sharing something with Jules. I have it and enjoy it, perhaps give it a test.
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    Re: Does any man on here actually like Amouage Gold?

    I have a bottle of Amouage Gold and I do wear it, however I will freely admit it took me time to really love it. At first sniff I did not really like it but yet there was something about it that kept...
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    Re: The unbelievable strangeness of essential oils

    I am guessing that you just need time to adjust to smelling these things in concentrations which are much higher than you are used to. Try diluting in alcohol to concentrations of say 10% / 20% and...
  94. Re: Father - looking for fragrance for teenage girl (birthday)

    How about Coco Madmoiselle. Great for a younger woman but very classy.
  95. Thread: GIT opening

    by Joe C
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    Re: GIT opening

    If you want Creed Lemon then I would suggest Bois de Cedrat.
  96. Re: Recommendations: rebuilding a collection - and discovering new things...

    Definately go to Libertys they carry a large number of lines like Anick Goutal, Parfum De Empire, Le Labo and just about everything really. Fortum and Mason is pretty good especially if you like...
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    Re: Marine/oceanic vs Aquatic??

    I think the term 'aquatics' tends to be used to describe those type of fragrances all the rage in the 90's which were chock full of calone where as 'marine' tends to be used to describe fragrances...
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    Re: Where to find a person to identify scent

    The scent lingering on in the purse must pretty much just be basenotes by now so we should be able to narrow it down. i understand you do not have knowledge of perfumery but start by describing it in...
  99. Re: Are certain perfume houses known for certain flourishes or feels, and what are they?

    Guerlain signature is plush powdery vanilla like heavens bakery.
    Hermes signature is expensive leather undertones as is fitting.
    Creeds signature is creamy soured ambergris (ambroxan), rich and...
  100. Thread: Habit Rouge

    by Joe C
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    Re: Habit Rouge

    Took me a while to warm to my original Habit Rouge EDT now I love it and also have the EDP and recently scored the ridiculously hard to find extrait. To me they are quite different but share the same...
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