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  1. Re: Bentley Intense edp, Body Kouros, Pal Zileri Fragrance Bar, Perry Ellis, Azzaro, others!

    Bump!
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    Bentley for Men Absolute - new fragrance

    From Now Smell This...

    The notes feature ginger, pink pepper, frankincense, papyrus, sandalwood, atlas cedar, amber, oud and moss.
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    Re: L'Homme Sage - Absolutely Amazing

    Have it, love it, running low. I particularly like the immortelle in this. It's not going to smack you upside the head like Goutal's Sable, but it's there and done quite nicely.
  4. Re: Fragrances that got lot of love/attention in the past on Basenotes

    In 2003 it was all M7 and Helmut Lang Cuiron, both of which came out about the same time. I think PaulG and myself were the biggest fans of Piper Nigrum early on, and of course Jeffrey P. was in...
  5. Re: Fragrances that got lot of love/attention in the past on Basenotes

    Yep, that was 2001. There may have been a few niche stuff mentioned back then, perhaps a couple of L'Artisan, but it was skewed heavily toward designer.
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    Re: For Summer: VIW or MI?

    Both great, but if you're dealing with heat and humidity, MI might be the better route as VIW tends to wear heavier.
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    Re: Perry ellis m "wowwwwww"

    Had this back when it came out but found it similar, as others have said, to Allure and Lalique' Faun (with the blue tint). It had its differences, but not enough for me to keep at the time. A very...
  8. Re: Just received my super cheap bottle of Ferrari Silver Essence and...

    It's a pretty good. Kind of has a rubbery Oud note for a bit with a dark rose note, but I like the elemi and olibanum in the base where, at one point, it smells fairly similar to M7. Longevity is...
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    Re: Ex Idolo 33 different batches

    I do wonder if the aging process itself may lend to long term differences. Just like twins born from the same mother who grow up together, once separated and sent off into the world and on their own...
  10. Re: Just received my super cheap bottle of Ferrari Silver Essence and...

    I've probably gone through 1/3 of my body already. Incidentally, I had a bottle of Oud Essence that had a leak and didn't spray that great. A replacement bottle was sent - so now I have two - and...
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    Re: Armani Mania suggestion

    I quite like it and still have my original tester bottle upon release. Don't find it offensive or boring at all, but woman really do seem to like it.
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    Re: Bentley Fragrances Question!!!

    I got a tester, with cap, off eBay from a seller in Israel for $70/shipped. Took 12 days to get here, total (most of it going thru customs in NYC).
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    Re: Heaviest bottles?

    I remember Scentimus's story of shattering a glass counter when a Gucci Pour Homme bottle slipped out of his hand. Cartier Essence Must is a close second.

    Varvatos Rock Volume 1, hands down,...
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    Re: cheaper alternatives to Jub XXV

    Bond Silver Factory. Replace the blackberry with a metallic, grape-ish accord, though it's not as opulent or multi-faceted.
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    Re: Heavy metal cologne

    Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People" was inspired by one of my favorite bands, Saigon Kick, which recently reunited with (almost all) original members.

    I'd picture MM wearing Salvador Dali...
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    Re: Heavy metal cologne

    I've always referred to St. Anger as being Metallica's response to Napster: create an album nobody would WANT to download illegally (re: for free).

    I like Metallica and hate to use the word...
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    Re: LIDGE from beauty encounter

    I remember I got my bottle from them in 2009 for $44. Then I mentioned it here and boooooooom! Supply and demand.
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    Re: Heavy metal cologne

    Big Dream Theater fan. I'm trying to think of scents that would describe something like Scenes From a Memory. Definitely something haunting... incense... maybe Passage D'Enfer. Love their latest...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite Amouage (non-Opus)?

    I answered Jub XXV, but I still have a tad bit of Silver Cristal Men left which wasn't a choice.
  20. Re: Which Is The Best Out Of These Tobacco Colognes?

    London.
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    Re: Very Valentino for Men .. any info ?

    I can see some resemblance between the two, though having had both do I consider them at all necessary. VV has a prominent nutmeg, pipe tobacco, sandalwood accord - the pipe tobacco nice but...
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    Re: Opinions on Creed Original Santal

    I recall being the first to obtain this here back in 2005. Bottle is almost gone. Yeah, it's sweet, but I find the dry down several hours in the best part when some of it has burned off.
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    Re: Anyone try Onlineshoppingx.com?

    And to follow up, it took only a week from Hong Kong to LA, then LA to NY. Pretty damn quick!
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    Re: Anyone try Onlineshoppingx.com?

    Strange. I contacted them about a fragrance and where it would be shipped from and the reply was Hong Kong.
  25. Re: USPS Electronic Perfume Questionnaire - Have You Seen It Yet?

    It is strange that, the last time I flew, I answered yes to TSA when asked if I had anything blah blah blah and flammable. I let them open up the bag and told them it was a bottle of cologne, then...
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    Re: Vintage Lorenzo Villoresi

    The Yerbamate turns color over time. Starts off green, but looks like this after several years without the scent being impacted.
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    Re: Vintage Lorenzo Villoresi

    Yes, vintage. Some that were "extra" had silver labels and caps that made them heavier.
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    Re: Fragrance to wear in your own funeral

    I read something about Fumerie Turque and funeral pyres some time ago (10 years now). I wore it once when I had to lay someone off for that specific reason.
  29. Re: Lanvin L'Homme Sport...comparisons please

    Totally agree. In fact, if one did a blind test with Lanvin L'Homme and Lanvin L'Homme Sport, I'd bet the house everyone would believe, according to their names, that each was the other.
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    Re: Tea fragrances!

    I'm also wanting to try more that are good for cooler weather. Something warm and rustic! I really like Tea for Two, though I'm not crazy about the smoky vibe I get from it.

    Regardless, I hope...
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    Re: Coconut and cedar..

    Ferrari Silver Essence: Coconut powder and Atlas Cedar. Holy Grail? Probably not... but $20 for a tester is hard to beat.
  32. Re: New Fragrance: Ferrari Cedar Essence - Ferrari

    I wasn't too keen on trying Essence Musk until I saw it had a watermelon note as well. Both sound fresh, but cedar perhaps with a bit more contrast with notes.
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2014

    Mine just arrived. $70 for a shipped tester - the only difference being "tester" on the box and a small inscription of it on the bottle that's not really noticeable. As for the scent... reminds me...
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    Re: When to wear Mouchoir de monsieur

    I think it's a bit more formal - not necessarily black tie, but certainly screams "special occasion" to me.
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    Re: Look at what 4K can get you

    I would offer two boxes of Special K. One box of Special K has twice the concentration of Regular K and it's obvious the seller needs more flakes.
  36. Re: Creed Aventus and RL Purple Label - brothers?

    About the only similarities that are to be found note-wise are oak moss in the base and black currant/bergamot combo (Aventus) vs. blackberry/mandarin combo (RL PL) in the top notes. If one's nose...
  37. Thread: Gendarme

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    Re: Gendarme

    Yep, 20 has lavender whereas the original (supposedly) had a hint of leather (I say that because I own it and never really got leather from it).

    Grabazzi is somewhat unique with a soapy/cola...
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    Re: Escada Magnetism

    If I recall correctly, it was near this time (2006/7) when Ungaro III started being produced from Italy instead of France and that's, for me, when the whole reformulation issue took hold as the...
  39. Re: Orange Battle: Concentré d'Orange Verte vs. Orange Sanguine

    I don't recall which one it were, this or Grand Neroli, but when I tried this line upon initial release, one of them smelled a bit too much like John Varvatos Artisan. Granted, it took me about five...
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    Re: Citrus & Incense

    Etro Shaal Nur.
  41. Re: New Mainstream Releases Over The Past 3-4 Years......CONVINCE ME !!!

    I've heard a lot of Bentley Intense being exceptional for a designer fragrance. I don't have an opinion, but will hopefully soon: scored a tester bottle off of ebay for $70 shipped from Israel which...
  42. Re: Why would they discontinue Gucci Envy and PH 2?

    Unfortunately, the typical consumer makes purchasing decisions based on top notes/first impressions. I liken it to watching a movie trailer where you see the best parts of the movie flash before...
  43. Re: Why would they discontinue Gucci Envy and PH 2?

    I know a couple of sales associates at Nordstrom who quite the biz because they were continually be told to push new releases while the occasional gem, which would take time to sell, would get pulled...
  44. Re: Salvador Dali Black Sun, is it truly close to Code?

    It's nothing like those, lol. It's something that's "there" and gives it that rougher/sharper feel whereas Code is smoother, but it's not a dominating note (for some reason, the original Lacoste...
  45. Re: Salvador Dali Black Sun, is it truly close to Code?

    Yes, it's fairly close. A little rougher around the edges with a tad bit of green/pine accord. I thought longevity/projection was better than Code, though.
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    Re: Escada Magnetism

    The drydown is very balsamic/sweet and spicy with a very slight touch of leather and powder. GPH's drydown is much drier with incense and vetiver and lacks the sweetness, though it shares some other...
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    Re: I want to try duc du vervins, but....

    Not really. There's some similarities with the opening notes and perhaps "feel" of the fragrance, but they end differently with Duc being more of an aromatic (Calvin came out a decade prior, but...
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    Re: Escada Magnetism

    I find it somewhat unique - fizzy, sweet, peppery, warm, ambery. Some say it has a Cherry or Vanilla Coke bit about it, but I've never really gotten that. I think it had a small cult following from...
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    Re: The Weirdness of Old Spice

    I wonder what would happen if posted the print advertisements of both M7 and Gucci from over a decade ago, if the reactions would be this strong... not that I'd ever get away with full frontal male...
  50. Re: Impressions about Ferrari Essence Leather Please

    I did say mostly, ;). There are a couple that are ok on me, but so many other scents out there that I'd rather spend that kind of money on.

    As for synthetic, it's just that I find the word's...
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    Re: The Weirdness of Old Spice

    I know several years ago, the men's body spray market was reaching the $200M market share range. It's readily available and cheap, so the target age doesn't surprise me as teenagers are less likely...
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    Re: I want to try duc du vervins, but....

    I was just going to say, if you've smelled Drakkar Noir, then you've smelled this - but Scentologist beat me to it. Sure, there are some differences, but they're fairly close siblings.
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    Re: The Weirdness of Old Spice

    I thought it was funny and memorable in a "it can't be unseen way". Dumb? Most advertising is, but this one wears it proudly on its sleeve. Just be thankful Norman Bates wasn't in it!
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    Re: best exclusive Creed?

    If you like "Green" and want to expand into the limited editions, Feuilles Vertes would be an excellent choice.
  55. Re: Impressions about Ferrari Essence Leather Please

    I can't comment on the line other than Silver Essence, which I found to be no more synthetic than probably 99% of 1,500+ scents I've smelled including venerable favorites M7, Montales, etc. I think...
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    Re: Doubts anyone?

    Yes, he was very GQ (still is, I'm sure). He'd go to the FiFi Awards and provide commentary and, if I remember correctly, he worked at an advertising agency or something.

    Good to hear from...
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    Re: Doubts anyone?

    I think it's time for another edition of "Basenotes Remembers Jeffery_Primeau"

    The following was originally posted November, 2002, by 212 and overall Carolina Herrera lover, Jeffery Primeau:

    ...
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    Re: Doubts anyone?

    I've made this analogy several times over the last twelve years and find it still holds true: if all you've ever had to eat pizza-wise is Domino's, then you don't know any better and you don't know...
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    Re: Doubts anyone?

    Hey Eric! Yeah, there were a lot of characters back then, or at least it seemed like it. A lot of good stories, too. I mean, it should be mandatory to bring up Jeffery's 212 obsession, his 212...
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    Re: Doubts anyone?

    Wait... were you lipyton with some number after it? That just popped into my mind as their name was Chuck. Yep, sold/traded/bought from John here and on ebay and kept in touch for a while when he...
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    Re: Doubts anyone?

    Did you have the same name on Yahoo? I think my first post was back in 2002 sometime (thebarkster). I remember many of the handles, J.W. (j_dubyah) being a pretty knowledgeable guy that was always...
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    Re: Doubts anyone?

    I've been around before that, back on the old Yahoo boards! There's still some of us still lingering about, lol. (Though my post count here is way off; somewhere along the line I lost a few...
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    Re: Doubts anyone?

    I remember several years ago I went over to a friend of mine's apartment and saw the number of shoes she had in her closet - not to worry, I said, I have a cologne collection about the same size.
    ...
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    Re: Props to Ralph Lauren for Modern Reserve

    I found MR to be more floral than Crest. Crest was a bit more polished than the original Polo, not as harsh. MR's like a more "rounded" take on Polo without its sharpness, leaning more toward Crest...
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    Re: Fragrances shipped during extreme cold

    I had one arrive last Thursday when it was windchill -20orsomethingclosetohellfreezingover. The contents were fine, but it didn't spray properly right away. After about ten minutes, it was fine -...
  66. Re: Tuscan Leather vs. Tobacco Vanille. Which one is more pleasant?

    TV is less offensive. The initial blast of TL may be too much for some people (I know it was for my niece who curled her nose). TL becomes less so as it evolves, but overall, TV is consistently...
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    Re: Fragrance evaporating or leaking?

    I've had one or two bottles (out of several hundred over a decade plus) just inexplicably evaporate on me while being stored in a cool, dark closet. I suspect something was wrong with the atomizer,...
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    Re: Top five warm weather fragrances

    I'm reading this thread and looking around myself like I'm on Candid Camera. I know this is all pretty subjective, but wow - some of these recommendations for warm weather? Maybe if we're talking...
  69. Re: Just received my super cheap bottle of Ferrari Silver Essence and...

    If you don't end up liking it, look on the bright side: you only paid a few dollars more than a 10ml mini-bottle from ebay!
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    Re: Creed Windsor - Wow

    It's a very distinguished scent, but I imagine the eucalyptus might be a deal breaker for some.
  71. Re: Just received my super cheap bottle of Ferrari Silver Essence and...

    You're welcome - I posted the review for that very same reason! I couldn't find much info on it other than a few short, positive blurbs on various sites.



    Be curious to know your thoughts...
  72. Re: Which fragrance has your favorite blend of smoke AND fruit?

    This, TF's Tuscan Leather (smoky/raspberry), Aventus, maybe SL Arabie.
  73. Re: Sandalwoods galore - my journey with this popular note

    I liked Geo. Trumper's Sandalwood about a decade or so ago when I had it. Strong stuff, turns creamy. Underrated and not discussed much around here. Also had Tam Dao - liked it, but found it kind...
  74. Re: Just received my super cheap bottle of Ferrari Silver Essence and...

    I saw Oud Essence draw some laughs when news broke that it was being released - and probably deservedly so considering the reputation of the line at that point - but I've read a lot of positive...
  75. Re: Just received my super cheap bottle of Ferrari Silver Essence and...

    For $21.41 at Fragrancenet, it's hard to beat!

    I used the free shipping code when I purchased it (which meant it came FedEx Smartpost, the world's abomination for shipping... but it's still a...
  76. Just received my super cheap bottle of Ferrari Silver Essence and...

    I'm not going to say I'm blown away by this, but for the price I obtained it for, I'd consider it a steal ($27 shipped for 3.4oz tester).

    This starts out with an icy blast - wait a minute, that...
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    Re: Carolina Herrera..

    Chic, to me, is like taking Armani Code and replacing the citrus/woody elements with watermelon. Both have a tonka basenote, but Chic is more fruity/watery.
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    Re: Carolina Herrera..

    No, it's her original scent for men. Pretty good stuff, sort of along the lines of the vintage Ungaro III. 212 Sexy Men is along the lines of Le Male/Britto Man.
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    Re: Parfumerie Nasreen ?

    Wouldn't be the first time I've received wrong info from Fragrantica! ;).

    Thanks for clearing that up!
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    Re: Ferrari Silver Essence

    It sure is! Here's the link:

    http://www.fragrancenet.com/ferrari-silver-essence-cologne/mens-fragrances/mf/en_US/23998
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    Re: Parfumerie Nasreen ?

    I placed my first order with The Perfume Shoppe back in 2005 - recall it was for Montale Greyland and, with the exchange rate at the time, that was the cheapest place to purchase - I think it...
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    Re: Parfumerie Nasreen ?

    Same person (Nasreen Rehmat) is behind http://theperfumeshoppe.com in Vancouver (which now has a store in the US in Arizona). I ordered from The Perfume Shoppe some time ago - she's very...
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    Re: Ferrari Silver Essence

    For those interested, Fragrancenet.com has 3.4oz testers of these available for $20+ change with 20% off coupon right now.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

    Montale Steam Aoud (and a dab of Ex Idolo's 33 from a sample on one hand).
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    Re: Cucumber-based frag ?

    Wall St. Used to have a bottle of this but the top broke. I waited a while before transferring the remaining amount to atomizers (10ml). Prior to doing so, I believe much of the alcohol...
  86. Re: Creed Leather Atomizer; The Woes of Purchasing it retail!

    I've mentioned this here several times, but back in 2010, I was discussing Vintage Tabarome and its availability (or lack thereof) as they still had a tester. She said she believed some other NM...
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    Re: Black Tourmaline

    Reminds me of Polo, minus the "green" and slightly charred.
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    Re: Does Prada pour Homme smell a bit girly?

    That's the women's version - label on top as opposed to the side.
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    Re: Oud: the beginning.

    I don't know, that's a pretty obscure house. I have no doubts perfumers dabbled with the note for some time, but I would probably consider 10 Corso Como as being the first real mainstream scent to...
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    Re: Call me crazy..

    That's what Aramis did, isn't it? I'm pretty sure when Havana was relaunched the general consensus was it's the same scent as the old, just different packaging.
  91. Re: Looking for an aquatic-peppery masculine scent

    L'Artisan Navegar: aquatic pepper. Strange scent.

    EDIT: Plus it's got ginger.
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    Re: Blind Buying from the house of Caron....?

    L'Anarchiste is a more metallic, sharper version of Malle's Noir Epices, to my nose. If you look at their pyramids, they're very similar, too.
  93. Re: I can not stop buying fragrances so I am thinking about selling my collection!

    Chances are, you're unconsciously treating a "symptom" in your life without actually dealing with the underlying problem. Because treating the symptom brings temporarily relief from the problem...
  94. Re: Blue Christmas for U.S. Fragrance Sales; Category Staying Flat as Sales to Men Continue Decline

    I lived there up until 2010 (from 1997). To be in walking distance of so many great boutiques and able to try stuff was great. I remember being the first one here to try/purchase John Varvatos...
  95. Thread: Coffee

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    Re: Coffee

    Best coffee note in a scent I've tried goes to Jo Malone's Black Vetyver Cafe. Nice and black, dark roasted note. I've tried many, many of the other scents with coffee in them and never found them...
  96. Poll: Re: Kilian Straight To Heaven 1.7 oz for $235, worth it?

    Nice pencil shavings, mind you. ;) I happened to have tried it again, from a sample sitting on my desk, the day before you posted.
  97. Poll: Re: Kilian Straight To Heaven 1.7 oz for $235, worth it?

    Smells like pencil shavings to me. No thanks...
  98. Re: Top 5 Inexplicably Cheap yet Good Fragrances for Men

    Ungaro Apparition Intense
    Davidoff Zino
  99. Re: Think of the most over-powering cologne to ever overwhelm you negatively...

    Ultraviolet Man.
  100. Re: Discovering Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier scents

    It's a house that used to be discussed here quite regularly - before the deluge in niche brands. They seemed to have lost some popularity, partially I think due to some reformulations (Santal Noble...
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