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    Re: AdP Blu Mediterraneo series

    I agree with the general view that these are a bit overpriced and that, while some start off well, they don't live up to their potential. Many of them seem somehow unfinished. I also agree with The...
  2. Re: Patricia de Nicolai - Where to buy in New York City

    There is also a large, fancy drugstore called Clyde's on Madison Avenue at 74th Street that carries some P de Nicolai as well as a fairly extensive selection of Santa Maria Novella, some Guerlain,...
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    Re: Sigilli ~ new house from Italy

    Thanks. A woman I know was in Italy a few months ago and discovered this line. She came back with Tuscia which I found quite delicious, although I couldn't possibly describe it from memory. I...
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    Re: Vetiver, patchouli, and very little else

    Have you tried Nightscape by Ulrich Lang? They do not list vetiver in the pyramid, but it definitely has a kind of green earthy vibe along with a very defined patchouli. Even without the vetiver, it...
  5. Re: I couldn't smell it anymore - but she sure could

    This is why complaints about longevity should always be taken with a grain of salt. YOU may not be able to smell what you put on a couple of hours ago, but chances are pretty good that others can. Of...
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    Re: Review: L'Artisan Havana Vanille

    First impression is that this is definitely worth a try for those who, like me, find most vanilla fragrances to be overly heavy and sweet. Duchaufour has a real talent for making you rethink your...
  7. Re: Sexiest female perfume that you really love on a woman?

    The right woman, the right fragrance...
    This list could be almost endless. Many of the above, plus Vetiver Oriental and my current favorite: Lumiere Noire pour femme.
  8. Re: Some Suggestions for a Dirty Not so Nice Summer Cologne

    Another vote for Bigarade Concentree and Citrus Paradisi.
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    Re: Two new Guerlain Flankers

    They had the disappointing Habit Rouge Sport at Saks here in NYC when it was released. I have no idea if it's still there. The only thing I liked about it was the the red bottle.
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    Re: All season cologne

    Terre de Bois by Miller Harris
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    Re: Revisiting Chergui, A Cold Weather Masterpiece

    I love this stuff, but a little goes a long way and I still have plenty from an old bottle. Am curious if the reformulation is sweeter? drier? lighter? I certainly couldn't handle it if it were...
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    Re: Green Tea scent for men.

    Roger & Gallet has a The Vert that is quite pleasant. It is citrusy, refreshing and uncomplicated---pretty typical R&G. I actually prefer the soap to the cologne.
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    Re: Long lasting grapefruit fragrance ?

    Balle de Match and Citrus Paradisi are both excellent.Some find CP a bit nasty and it may well be...
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    Re: I've lost (even more) respect for Miller Harris

    I meant to mention Feuilles de Tabac in my little "defense" of Terre de Bois. I like it too and have been on the verge of a purchase more than once. Miller Harris does have a lot of near misses which...
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    Re: Ulrich Lang Nightscape- my review

    Just tried this. It could be a great scent for the many of us who want to smell patchouli without roses, vanilla, etc., but don't want the entire room to smell like a head shop. I need more time to...
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    Re: I've lost (even more) respect for Miller Harris

    I would like to defend Terre de Bois. Although far from the richest or most complex scent I own, I find myself wearing it quite often. It is clean, crisp, and (ugh) inoffensive, but still unusual...
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    Re: looking for wood smell after it has rained

    Vetiver Extraordinaire definitely has the that forest after rain smell, but, again, there are damp earth, leaves and roots mixed in with the wood. Great scent, though...
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    Re: Mad Men fans: What frag would Don Draper wear?

    Maybe St. John's Bay Rum or Canoe. Possibly 4711. I don't think anything much more exotic would have been likely for an American businessman of that era.
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    Re: video: basenotes news

    Excellent job and you're both very "videogenic", if that's a word. I hope you realise how much your efforts are appreciated around the world. Of course, it would probably help if leeches like me got...
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    Re: Male reviews of female fragrances

    Great point! It would seem to me that there is a crucial distinction between a man reviewing a fragrance for his own use and a man reviewing a fragrance to be worn by a woman. Or vice versa.
    While...
  21. Re: Afternoon Tea At Liberty in London with Francis Kurkdjian

    Sounds like a great outing. I have sampled this line a couple of times at NYC Bergdorfs and am particularly impressed by its focus. There aren't too many scents and each one has its own identity, ...
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    Re: If You Could Only Wear One House's Frags...

    Probably Hermes, Guerlain or Frederic Malle although I am currently on an SMN binge. I love SL, but am occasionally just in the mood for a refreshing splash and that is something they just don't do.
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    Re: Aldehydes for Men?

    Melograno by Santa Maria Novella is worth a shot. It seems to be love it or hate it, but it is unisex and definitely has aldehydes. Apply lightly to begin with.
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    Re: Looking for strong scented shaving cream

    Musgo Real shave cream by Claus Porto has been around for years and smells great. It comes in a tube, but you don't have to use a brush.
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    Re: Habit Rouge Light?

    Been away for the weekend and just got your kind response.
    That's what I thought. Thanks.
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    Re: Habit Rouge Light?

    I just tried this for the first time and am enjoying it thoroughly. Definitely a member of the wonderful Habit Rouge family but, as others have pointed out, brighter and a bit more casual. Although I...
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    Re: Least appropriate summer fragrance?

    Chergui and many SL's when I think about it. Why is it that so many fragrances supposedly inspired by the desert seem so much more appropriate for cool weather? I wonder if it isn't a cultural...
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    Re: What's your favorite UNIQUE smelling fragrance?

    Yatagan
    Nicole Farhi Homme is not in the same league, but pretty different.
  29. Re: Teen-Scent Wasteland: Marketing to the 13-24 Year Set

    GREAT RANT! It must be very strange growing up with with the marketing power of virtually every industry and entertainment medium aimed directly at you. One of the main ways we mature is to "listen...
  30. Re: Frederic Malle - Geranium Pour MONSIEUR (Launches MAY)

    I was just in Barney's NYC and the SA said that they were now expecting it in mid-June.
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    Re: cucumber + patchouli

    Does Allure Sensuelle have cucumber in it?
    In any case, it's nice to see this mentioned in a positive light. I think this is one that should definitely be tried on the skin where it lives up to its...
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    Re: Patricia de Nicolai

    The drugstore is called Clyde's and it is around 74th and Madison. They also carry some other interesting brands including Diptyque.
  33. Thread: BADASS vetivers?!

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    Re: BADASS vetivers?!

    Vetiver Exraordinaire.
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    Re: Summery wood fragrance?

    How about Terre de Bois by Miller Harris? It definitely has some woody elements along with some citrus and especially vetiver. Very nice all-rounder that is pretty refreshing.
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    Re: Where has SHISEIDO BASALA gone ???

    I used to know where to find Basala at a pharmacy here in NYC, bu they ran out and now even online prices are going up. Not a good sign. I love this stuff, but I agree...not every day. It does stick...
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    Re: Formal Summer Scent

    Chevalier d'Orsay and Arome 3 by d'Orsay are both very refined and excellent in warm weather.
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    Re: Delta Sky Magazine reveals our secrets...

    I see no downside to this. Many people will forget about the article soon after deplaning, but others will certainly see the opportunity to pick up a souvenir that will last and that almost no one...
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    Re: Which Niche Houses Are In Danger?

    This is insane. Millions of people are violently allergic to various kinds of seafood, but I don't hear anyone calling for the prohibition of shrimp salad. Why indeed has no one suggested warning...
  39. Re: fragrances known to be long lasting (all the day)?

    I would agree with practically everything mentioned--especially those Aramis scents like 900, JHL and Havana. I would also add Shiseido Basala and something called Aveda Men Pureformance which is an...
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    Re: Which women's fragrances smell like " money"

    24, Faubourg and Joy were the first that came to mind.
  41. Poll: Re: BMM09: 3/21 Game 57 (Guerlain Habit Rouge vs. Chanel Antaeus)

    Antaeus is very good, but Habit Rouge is in the highest echelon...plus, if it beat Yatagan, it definitely deserves to advance to the finals.
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    Re: The Most Influential Fragrance

    eau d'hongrie
    farina's eau de cologne
    jicky
    coty chypre
    chanel #5
    shalimar
    caron pour un homme
    eau sauvage
    then a lot of newer stuff.
  43. Poll: Re: BMM09: 3/12 Games 29-32 (M7, Havana, Guerlain Vetiver, and more!)

    This is a very exciting group---the first one in which I have had strong opinions about every match-up. The whole concept is a blast. Thanks.
  44. Re: Serge Lutens & Etat libre d'orange USA Purchases?

    The export line of Serge Lutens is available at Barney's, Bergdorf Goodman and Aedes de Venustas here in New York. I think MKK was briefly available here a couple of years ago, but seems to have gone...
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    Poll: Re: Yatagan: Masterpiece? (Yes or No)

    Very well said. I love the idea that wearing it gives you a feeling of "estrangement" or apartness because you know you smell different from what others expect. I don't always feel like wearing...
  46. Re: Un Jardin en WC or: JC Ellena is a functional perfumer

    Everyone mentions figs when talking about this fragrance. By far the best fresh figs I have ever had were in countries around the Mediterranean. Figs grow outside, right? Sometimes in or near a...
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    Re: tried Habit Rouge sport !

    I would definitley agree with the above definitions of flankers, but would caution that the edc, edt and parfum concentrations of certain fragrances can smell qute different from each other....
  48. Re: When the shower gel is bettah than the juice itself...

    Molton Brown Black Pepper Body Wash pre-existed the edt by several years and is absolutely addictive. For some reason, they were unable to replicate the fragrance in a perfume.
    Also, Gucci Pour...
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    Re: Seeking long lasting lemon scent

    Monsieur Balmain seems to be a " love it or hate it", but it might be worth your attention. It is lemony, strong and relatively inexpensive.
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    Re: What's the most Badass scent?

    Yatagan and-for most "in your face"--Agua Brava by Puig.
  51. Re: A "summery" fragrance for someone who loves "wintery" fragrances

    I know I am completely ignoring your lilac and coconut requirements, but you might try the Diptyque line. They are mostly green and fresh, but have a rich sophisticated quality that keeps them from...
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    Re: When you say "dry", what do you mean?

    Absolutely. In fact, if this is not the case, it would shake the very foundations of whatever it is I thought I had learned on Basenotes over the last few years. Help! I'm freaking out.
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    Re: Hermès reputation in the fragrance-world.

    I believe that Hermes is one of the only independently owned luxury goods companies left.
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    Re: what is your favorite perfume house?

    Chanel
    Guerlain
    Caron
    Hermes
    D'Orsay
    SL
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    Re: a lutens you actually wear everyday

    Yes, these are so intense and "love'em or hate'em" that I would never recommend a blind buy. Nor is there one that I could conceive of wearing more than 2 or 3 times a week. Even Gris Clair, which is...
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    Re: what is a perfume for dandy?

    I think Chevalier D'Orsay and. as mentioned above, Le Dandy both qualify.
    To me being a dandy involves giving over a very central place in one's life to an aesthetic ideal. This does require great...
  57. Re: Jardin en Mediterranee - What colour's your juice?

    What a paranoia inducing thread! I am now convinced that the fluid in my bottle of Un Jardin en Med. is noticeably darker than when given to me this spring. It has been kept mostly in a dark but not...
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    Re: Vetiver Extraordinaire, some questions

    Vetiver Extraordinaire has very good longevity on me as well. Also, I agree with Scentemental that it is way more interesting than Encre Noir.
  59. Thread: Aveda Aromas

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    Re: Aveda Aromas

    I have never experienced Yatra or Ancient Attar, but I do have a weakness for Aveda Men Pure-formance. It is a green sillage-monster and instantly recognizable. Even using the shampoo or the hair gel...
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    Re: Burberry London year around?

    Fall and winter for me.
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    Re: Burberry London vs. Pi. Better frag?

    London is very nice and elegant. It also manages to remind one of the holidays without smelling like cloves, hot cider, or pot pourri. Longevity on me is not extraordinary, but it is certainly...
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    Re: what frag has the coolest bottle,,and why?

    There are so many, but those that come to mind are:
    The entire reformulated D'Orsay line, Dior Homme, Basala, Nicole Farhi Man, Gucci by Gucci pour Homme and the simplicity of Frederic Malle and the...
  63. Thread: The Beatles !

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    Re: The Beattles !

    Very nicely done!
    Seriously, I have noticed that the ads for Burberry's The Beat for Men feature a group of very young mod-looking kids. They are so immature looking that I can't figure out who the...
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    Re: Perfume the Guide - new update

    There are good critics and bad critics in all artistic fields--literature, theater, film, music, dance and so on. Most serious ones charge for their services. Why not in the field of perfume? I,...
  65. Thread: cut grass

    by fool
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    Re: cut grass

    Another vote for grass by The Gap. I have no idea if it still exists, but remember it smelling like a new-mowed lawn all the way through drydown.
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    Re: Frags that at first you "dismissed"

    I was a teenager when ARAMIS came out and I had kind of a snooty attitude about it. A. It seemed to be trying project a "sophisticated" and "European" image when actually it was American. B. I used...
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    Re: Something exlusive, luxuriously and elegant?

    Chevalier d'Orsay. I also second Bois 1920 Extreme.
  68. Thread: Opium

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    Re: Opium

    Not to drag this out, but I think that a misinterpretation in this case is especially understandable since the original Opium (for women) had such an enormous impact whereas the men's version...
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    Re: A fresh "Winter" scent?

    Nicole Farhi Pour Homme has an unusual fresh wintry smell.
    L'Eau Trois by Diptyqe has very fresh green elements, but somehow works better in winter than summer. It does have some incense to it. but...
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    Re: Rafel Nadal as new Image for Lanvin fragrances

    Nadal is an intentionally jarring choice for Lanvin. Although almost forgotten for many years, its fashions are extremely in right now. Its image has always been one of classic refinement and...
  71. Re: Spouse/GF goes WOW!! and you go bleh...really? is it that good?

    My girlfriend loves MI, which gives me a rash, and the new Gucci by Gucci which I am growing to like, but don't think is spectacular. She likes Terre d'Hermes, but hates Blenheim Bouquet. She puts up...
  72. Thread: Room sprays?

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    Re: Room sprays?

    I like the classic Rigaud green and the yellow which is a bit lighter. I also love Diptyque Baies. All are very French and not exactly cheap.
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    Re: Burberry London problem

    Two or three sprays last at least six to eight hours on me which I think is more than adequate.
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    Re: Sillage/Longevity.. why?

    It's also worth remembering how many variables we, ourselves. bring to the equation. My girlfriend convinced me to buy the new Gucci by Gucci for Men because she loved it on me, whereas I thought it...
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    Re: Nicole Farhi Bleu Intense

    I love the original, especially in cooler weather. The scent is very hard to describe (forest in winter keeps coming up) and really different. It gets mixed reactions if I overapply, but I stand by...
  76. Thread: Dior Jules

    by fool
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    Re: Dior Jules

    I haven't seen it in a US store for years, but it's all over France. Although admirable for its intensity and uniquenes, Jules is not my cup of tea. I do think it's just as "dirty" as MKK and others...
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    Re: Ever wear men's scents?

    There is something almost automatically intriguing about a woman wearing a "masculine" scent. My parents had a very chic European friend who always wore Tabac Original of all things. I know this is...
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    Re: Why no new men's frag from Michael Kors?

    I wonder if they have been rethinking this given Michael Kors's surging popularity due to Project Runway. You would think that a company like P&G would be eager to put out anything with his name on...
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    Re: Herbal notes on a warm breeze... "garrigue"

    Have you considered any Diptyques? They seem to do a lot of green and herbal fragrances. Unfortunately, the first ones that come to mind--l'Eau Trois and Virgilio--are both being discontinued.
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    Re: Tested and Purchased POLO MODERN RESERVE

    This sounds so intriguing, but I'm really having trouble finding it here in New York. I have been to 3 Sephoras with no luck. Likewise for Bloomindale's and Barney's. We don't have Dillard's here and...
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    Re: Robert Piguet re-issues

    I discovered Cravache at Saks in NY and immediately loved it. Luca says it doesn't hold a candle to the original which apparently had a strong leather accord. Having never experienced the original, I...
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    Re: More Savage than Sauvage

    Very well put. I admire Eau d'Hermes for its uncompromising intensity, but I can't escape the fact that it repulses me.
    Also, here's another vote for the original Eau d'Orange Verte over the...
  83. Re: Wild Rumor Of the Day: Lauder to sell Aramis/Designer Fragrances to P&G?

    I just recently came across this very disturbing thread. Has anyone heard anything more up to date about this rumor? I have come to a new-found appreciation for so many of the Aramis...
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    Re: Parfums de Nicolaï

    Very well said! I like Balle de Match, Vetyver and Sologne. Pour Homme is absolutely unique. I find New York too powdery, but almost everything Patricia de N. does is interesting and classy.
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    Re: New: Burberry The Beat For Men

    I am looking forward to trying it primarily because i really like and admire London and because I am a sucker for mod style, music and nostalgia..
  86. Thread: Nuisance Notes

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    Re: Nuisance Notes

    Too much vanilla in anything non-edible.
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    Re: New Gucci by Gucci pour homme

    Sorry for not being more specific. I guess I was thinking more about an attitude than a checklist of ingredients or a specific product. The ones that come to mind are Drakkar Noir, Polo, Quorum,...
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    Re: New Gucci by Gucci pour homme

    I tried this at Bloomingdale's and bought it at the insistance of my girlfriend who said it smelled great on me. I'm not sure I would have bought it otherwise. It is certainly very wearable and...
  89. Re: Your most loved OR hated Powerhouse, Uber-Macho fragrances?

    I love Yatagan, Basala and Azzaro PH.
    I also love Eau Sauvage and Havana, but don't think of them as particularly macho.
  90. Re: BOIS 1920 EXTREME - Oh my God... my love affair with boozy frags continues....

    My two favorites from this line are Agrumi Amari and Extreme. I initially loved Classic, but my bottle leaked (from the top) and the fragrance started to spoil. Has anyone else had this problem with...
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    Re: Interesting find on Madison

    Approximately where is this intrigung sounding place on Madison?
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    Re: All hail Pamplemousse...erm, Grapefruit!

    Balle de Match---although it is definitely on the citrussy, bright side. Great in hot weather.
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    Re: Aramis 900 Herbal Cologne

    I recently rediscovered this great fragrance at Bloomingdale's in NYC. I'm sure that some might find it dated, but I think it is wonderfully rich and deep. And for those of you always complaining...
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    Re: Scents that smell "old"

    Many of the fragrances mentioned so far might be characterised as dry--whether green, smoky, boozy, or citrusy. Many of them are also quite bold. I would be interested to hear what you all think...
  95. Re: men's opinion: most enticing/sexy fragrance on a woman?

    So many variables here. Obviously, the fragrance has to smell good on a particular woman and the sniffer's personal memories and experiences will have a lot to do with his choices. In my case, the...
  96. Re: Eau Sauvage PH, is it more than a citrucy Cologne, is the hype justified?

    Eau Sauvage was THE man's fragrance of its era. I just bought a bottle after years of not wearing it and am in love with it all over again. No, it doesn't go through ten different changes in the...
  97. Re: Best non niche lavender intensive male fragrances?

    Boy, did MikePerez nail the issue of lavender in fragrances! Although I am filled with respect for the old House of Caron and the importance of CPUH as a "classic", the only part of it that I enjoy...
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    Re: antaeus vs third man vs yatagan

    These are all considered "well made" fragrances and and I can see why. Not one of them smells cheap or boringly synthetic. The only one I love is Yatagan, but it is probably the most dangerous blind...
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    Poll: Re: Your Favorite Parfums de Nicolaï

    Balle de Match, Vetyver and Pour Homme-- in that order. I admire Pour Homme for its originality, but find that I'm rarely in the mood to wear it.
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    Re: SotD Saturday 31 May - JC Ellena SSD!

    Un Jardin en Mediterranee--a new Ellena favorite!
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