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  1. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    I would! I'm a big fan of that one.
  2. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Oh, I got the EDP!
  3. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Boucheron Pour Homme EDP
  4. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Yours is clearly a vintage bottle. Is the current (https://www.avon.com/product/black-suede-eau-de-toilette-60156) any good?


    You're getting me very excited for when this arrives in my mailbox...
  5. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    My wife and I swap fragrances a lot. The "totally different" thing is exaggerated--the scent DNA is what it is--but I will say we often get different degrees of emphasis, and that can make or break...
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    The Visodate models are some of the best in the Tissot lineup (in part because they use the vintage Tissot logo, which is much more attractive than the modern equivalent). You got that for a great...
  7. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Well, yes and no.

    If you're looking for a contemporary-style gourmand tobacco, yes, it's the best deal around. The price per 1 ml is astonishing on that fragrance. And it's not just "good for the...
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    Re: Your Favorite Decade

    1960s, no question.

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  9. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    "Skin chemistry" is an inaccurate term, but I think folks who use it just mean a stand-in for "personal odor." After all, it's established that diet affects how you smell because of how stuff ends up...
  10. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    I recently picked up a bottle of CK One Shock and didn't have any performance issues with it. And, yes, it's a fantastic gourmand tobacco with one of the best-done tobacco notes I've found in the...
  11. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    It's honestly *amazing* what these go for, which speaks to the mismanagement of both houses. (That Guerlain's lineup can mostly be had for budget prices, too, doesn't exactly reflect very well on its...
  12. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    I have this one on the way and am expecting great things.
  13. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Yep!


    It's all about how beautifully Encre Noire uses its synthetic elements to create a uniquely biomechanical fragrance (instead of Encre Noire, they could have called it Xenomorph and it...
  14. Re: Benchmark scents or.. the classics

    Honestly? Stuff like Demeter fragrances where they tend to go all-in on an accord or single note via essential oils. Very helpful for getting a handle on what some stuff smells like in isolation...
  15. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Per the original post's directive, I only listed one fragrance. But, yes, Heritage EDT is impeccable.
  16. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Avant-garde perfumery for $23. It gets mentioned all the time in these sorts of threads but it really is the unbeatable bargain in its category.


    I got my bottle of Vera Wang for Men for about...
  17. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

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    Aramis Tuscany goes for just a little over $20. Dollar-for-dollar there's no better value; this is an immaculately made masterpiece that is as...
  18. Re: Copycat Fragrances - Good, Bad or Ugly?

    "Remaking Expensive Fragrance X but on a shoestring budget" is a thankless job and it should come as no surprise to anyone that clone perfumers regularly fail at this task.

    I'm sure there are good...
  19. Re: Beene Bowling Green - Current Version

    The current version is quite good and is a bargain at current prices.
  20. Re: great fragrances with horrible topnote that you just have to wait through to get to the good par

    The '92 vintage--which would be now well over two decades old--might not have "spoiled," but it might have mellowed. (This is one reason I mistrust vintage bottles and stay away from them except for...
  21. Re: How Has Your Fashion Changed Through the Years?

    I didn't start taking fashion seriously until I was well into my twenties.

    In high school and college, I mostly dressed quasi-preppy: polo shirts and collared shirts with plaid shorts, etc.
    ...
  22. Re: great fragrances with horrible topnote that you just have to wait through to get to the good par

    This is so different from my experience of Heritage that I'm having trouble understanding.

    When I spray on the current "wood cap" version of Heritage EDT, I get an explosion of spices and citrus...
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    Re: Modern Masculine Lavender Fragrance

    I get a lot of sharp, herbal lavender in Houbigant Fougere Royale, which may share the name of a very old fragrance but, in its current form, it really only dates back to 2010, which was when the...
  24. [CONUS] Swap: Aramis, Jacomo, Lalique, Paco Rabanne, Versace

    Welcome to my swap thread!

    These are bottles I'm eager to get off of my shelf. I'm interested in any and all offers, even for items of less-than-equivalent value. I will gladly swap these for...
  25. Re: what smells similar to ombre leather (tom ford) and colonia leather (Acqua di Parma )?

    Leather scents are a very diverse category because leather can smell very different depending on how it's treated. It's my understanding that Tuscan Leather was the first to use its particular...
  26. Re: looking for alternative to - Armaf Club De Nuit Intense Man? any suggestions please (creed aven

    Interesting! I'll have to try it again.
  27. Re: looking for alternative to - Armaf Club De Nuit Intense Man? any suggestions please (creed aven

    I find the opening of Explorer to be a chemical horrorshow, but it's well-liked by some respectable noses on here.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    G U E R L A I N
    L ' I N S T A N T
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    E A U
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    T O I L E T T E

    More artfully nuanced and more wearable than its thicker, heavier EDP (Extreme) variant. It's the bridge between...
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    Re: Good vanilla scents for layering

    Thanks, all, for your suggestions. I went with... none of them!

    I ended up finding Pacifica Island Vanilla at Target, $21 for 1 oz. It's cheap and a bit too sweet but also doesn't smell gourmand-y.
  30. Re: looking for alternative to - Armaf Club De Nuit Intense Man? any suggestions please (creed aven

    There are apparently significant batch issues with the Armaf clones, which is very amusing to me. In this respect, if nothing else, they follow after Creed.

    What's your budget?
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    Re: Boucheron Homme question

    I have a bottle of the EDP en route. As a youngish fella whose tastes can nevertheless be a bit "fusty" (to borrow the word of a poster above) I'm excited to try this classic.
  32. Re: Your favorite Tommy Bahama's in order from best to worst?

    There was a reform at some point (folks are divided over what the impact of that was on scent) and the packaging has changed a few times.
  33. Re: What would you wear to a fragrance awards ceremony!?

    Something obscure.
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    Re: Mancera (blind buy advice)

    I would strongly discourage blind-buying anything from this house.
  35. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Versace Man (2003)

    A very smooth tobacco scent with a greenish edge. Descriptions had me expecting something heavier and stranger (references to "grape soda" in reviews had me expecting a bit of...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    Dynamic, evocative, and artful.
  37. Re: Suggestions To Add to a Beginner's "Collection"?

    Given your price range and age, all of these would be good options that don't duplicate anything you already own:

    Bvlgari Man Black Orient
    Cartier L'Envol EDP
    West Third Brand Tobacco 1812
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    Re: If you could 'swap' houses...

    It's really good! A distinctive and clever update of the classic neroli-fueled eau de cologne that adds some pine-y juniper to the heart and synthoud to the base. It's an all-around-er, but it wears...
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    Re: If you could 'swap' houses...

    I'd love to see a version of Dunhill Icon made with higher-grade materials (maybe from a house like Floris).
  40. Re: Notes breakdown for Hommage a L'Homme

    Voyageur feels more like an Encre Noire flanker than an Hommage flanker.
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    Re: If you could 'swap' houses...

    Sure, but we were comparing to Creed, which isn't exactly blameless in that arena!
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    Re: If you could 'swap' houses...

    I don't disagree with this characterization even if I like one or two of the recent PBs, but Creed hasn't been particularly active over the past few years, either, and it's not as though Viking or...
  43. Re: Your favorite Tommy Bahama's in order from best to worst?

    No, you won't get much longevity here (unless you start applying to clothing).
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    Re: A new summer freshie

    FWIW, I wouldn't pick these scents, three of which are Wasser-era scents, as being representative of Guerlain and its larger trajectory as a house.

    Vetiver might be one of their classics, but as...
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    Re: If you could 'swap' houses...

    Care to be more specific?

    TF is a relatively young house, and while I think Creed finesses its releases better than TF, looking over their comparative runs since the TF brand was formed I don't...
  46. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    Not if you got it on eBay!
  47. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    Yep to all of this.

    I'll add that if you're gonna blind-buy, do your research first. Don't buy based on hype but based on what seems to go along with your tastes. Read a lot of reviews and pick up...
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    Re: If you could 'swap' houses...

    There isn't an Acqua di Parma fragrance that I didn't wish had been put together by Santa Maria Novella instead.
  49. Re: Notes breakdown for Hommage a L'Homme

    Oh, I don't think it smells anywhere as old as those two, but it does have a 1990s-ish thing going on. Hommage has a lot in common with Versace The Dreamer (perhaps the most iconic "fresh cigarette...
  50. Re: Notes breakdown for Hommage a L'Homme

    Fragrantica's breakdown is more detailed:

    https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Lalique/Hommage-a-L-Homme-13401.html
  51. Re: Guerlain Heritage EDT vs EDP (current version)

    Same.
  52. Re: Guerlain Heritage EDT vs EDP (current version)

    This.

    Heritage EDT is probably my all-time favorite fragrance. It's an impeccable blend of spicy and smooth elements.

    The current version is quite good, IMO.
  53. Re: Best fragrances for parfum named after actresses, actors, singers, etc?

    Pavarotti is beautifully made, a true artisan creation. I don't know that I'll be getting a full bottle--it's a bit more dandy-ish than the stuff I typically enjoy wearing--but it's justly acclaimed.
  54. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine

    Straight orange juice in the opening, and then the florals come in. It's pleasant.


    Luciano Pavarotti

    Beautifully made, but a bit dandyish for my personal...
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    Re: Today I bought June 2019

    After sampling the wares of Third West Brand yesterday, I picked up a bottle of Tobacco 1812.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0212/0010/products/076579647e6ecbbf7502f2609b5e3658-60-ml-Tobacco-1812_grande.jpg

    An exceedingly pleasant...
  57. Re: West Third Brand.... anyone tried their fragrances?

    I got to sample the whole line at a boutique shop today. I agree with this assessment.
  58. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    West Third Brand Tobacco 1812

    If you're like me and you've always wanted a stripped-down version of Tobacco Vanille that prioritized the tobacco note, then this is the scent for you. I instantly...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    My font hypnosis will soon have all of Basenotes dancing to my tune.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/OBYH4xH77LG8g/giphy.gif
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    H O U B I G A N T
    F O U G È R E
    R O Y A L E

    Impeccable.
  61. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I get 2 solid hours from Vera Wang and then it starts to dissipate. But given that you can get it for $14, that's no big complaint.
  62. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    You're not wrong. Vera Wang puts significantly more emphasis on the citrus.

    But wearing MK2014 today immediately brought it to mind.
  63. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Well, I stopped by Marshalls (I was already out shopping while posting in this thread) and bought some post-2014 juice. The differences between the original and reformulation has *not* been...
  64. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I'll hold you to that!

    It's cheap enough, I just don't want another bottle of something I'm not absolutely crazy about on my shelf.
  65. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Reformulation distinctions are often overemphasized by our crowd. I wanna sample the 2014 version one of these days.

    The original has an animalic current that gives it a sensuality and intrigue,...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    R E M Y
    L A T O U R
    C I G A R
    (1996)

    I'm wearing this so often that it's quickly becoming my signature scent of summer 2019. Latour Cigar forms a bridge of sorts between Aramis Havana and...
  67. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    If you're willing to go for smaller bottles, there are a lot of 1 oz bottles of the vintage floating on eBay for good prices.
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    Re: Today I bought June 2019

    Thanks!
  69. Re: Really disappointed with CDNIM. Where to go next...Parfums Vintage?

    My take is that a "clone" is different from a "descendant." The former is almost always a derisive term, suggesting a lesser-than status with the indication that any innovation it makes on a template...
  70. Re: Mugler Cologne: any similar fragrance with better longevity?

    At the moment, my favorite green, office-safe fragrance is Bvlgari Pour Homme Soir.
  71. Re: Name Your Favorite Flanker of a Flanker!

    Bvlgari Man is mediocre and forgettable, so don't bother.

    MIB is more interesting and I understand why it caught on with folks, but I don't think it all quite comes together; on paper, it all...
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    Re: Today I bought June 2019

    I've got small bottles of Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine and Luciano Pavarotti en route, along with decants of Versace Man and Arquiste Sydney Rock Pool.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 13th June, 2019

    T O M
    F O R D
    N O I R
    A N T H R A C I T E

    Jacomo de Jacomo by way of Asian cuisine. One of my favorite entries in the TF lineup.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    L A L I Q U E
    P O U R
    H O M M E

    Every time I put this on, I fall in love with it all over again.
  75. Re: Best fragrances for parfum named after actresses, actors, singers, etc?

    I'm intrigued and blind-bought a (very small) bottle of this off of eBay.

    I'm a huge opera buff so I felt I needed to give Pavarotti's scent a shot (the Teatro Alla Scala fragrance is also on my...
  76. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    A travel spray of Atelier Orange Sanguine and a tiny vintage bottle of Luciano Pavarotti.
  77. Re: Your favorite Tommy Bahama's in order from best to worst?

    I like St. Barts, which is a very accurate rendering of a salt-rimmed lime margarita (so accurate, in fact, that it smells like you spilled one on yourself). I haven't tried any others.
  78. Re: Name Your Favorite Flanker of a Flanker!

    No, it's not.

    I suppose the argument is that Bvlgari Man Black Orient (2016) is a flanker of the Bvlgari Man (2010) flanker Man in Black (2014).
  79. Re: Name Your Favorite Flanker of a Flanker!

    I was gonna mention this (it's really surprisingly good), but I wasn't sure that it qualified.
  80. Re: Chalk & Cheese....Smells good on them but like pee on you?

    Out of curiosity, do you have a restricted or particular diet?
  81. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    Tom Ford Noir Petrol
  82. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    In the mainstream designer space, probably.

    In the artisan/niche space, you'll still get weird stuff. It'll just cost ya more.
  83. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    I think it's more likely that this isn't part of some sinister strategy and is really just bean-counters cutting corners on fragrances that aren't top-sellers. The fashion industry is driven by...
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    Re: A new summer freshie

    I just tried this one recently. I found it pleasant and nicely made, but a little on the boring side (which tends to be the case for a lot of "freshies," IMO).
  85. Re: Laudano Nero: the reviews are "all over the map." Why?

    Yeah, I was pretty confused about this one myself. Reading reviews of Tiziana Terenzi Laudano Nero I had a very hard time getting a sense for what it actually smelled like.
  86. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    I don't want this to turn into an Aventus thread--we have enough of those, including a very long one about its origins--but I'd wager that Aventus *wasn't* really a product of the A.I. process we're...
  87. Re: If Fragrance Was Priced For Everyone - A Hypothetical

    Well, I have no idea of what Creed's overhead actually is, so I don't know what a *fair* profit margin would be when you break down all their expenditures and investments, etc.

    But all I'll say is...
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    Re: A new summer freshie

    Well, Bvlgari already discontinued Aqva Amara, so I wouldn't say that an Aqva discontinuation is necessarily an impossibility.

    Have you tried any of the L'Eau D'Issey releases?
  89. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    Morillas talks about A.I. perfumery tools around the 7 min mark here:


    http://youtu.be/O_hF8PfkBxE
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    Re: A new summer freshie

    The Bvlgari Aqva line is pretty "marine" in feel, so it'll depend on how well you jive with that kind of fragrance.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 11th June, 2019

    A beautiful thing:


    O D O R I
    T A B A C C O


    https://i.notino.com/view/odori/odotabu_aedt10_02__17.jpg
  92. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    It's not even a secret! Morillas is proud of the tech.
  93. Re: If Fragrance Was Priced For Everyone - A Hypothetical

    Nope, because I wouldn't pay $435 for *any* fragrance. The idea of paying that much for scented juice, no matter how splendid, is absurd to me.

    And while I love Givenchy-made Michael for Men, I...
  94. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    I honestly think this FrankenFrag trend mostly comes down to the big firms openly using A.I. to generate variations on formulas based on a set of inputs, the best of which are then "finessed" by a...
  95. Re: Really disappointed with CDNIM. Where to go next...Parfums Vintage?

    I don't really care for Aventus and don't think it's work the hype or attention, particularly given the state of the scent as it exists now. When my wife smelled it at the Creed counter in Neiman...
  96. Re: If Fragrance Was Priced For Everyone - A Hypothetical

    Just to clear up some misconceptions floating around: goods cannot and should not merely be priced a small markup above labors+materials if a business is to be sustainable. A decent profit margin is...
  97. Re: Compliments...is it a cultural thing?

    In the areas of the US where I've lived, men rarely wear discernible scent. I generally only get compliments from people who know me well.
  98. Re: Terre D'Hermès parfum: four seasons or not.

    TDH, no question.
  99. Thread: Booze

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    Re: Booze

    There's definitely something a bit boorish about Bentley Intense, but that's what makes it such a good spiritual embodiment of the Bentley brand!

    Bentley is luxurious, yes, but also kind of crass....
  100. Re: Recc Me An Unconventional Summer Fragrance!

    This is a tough brief to fulfill. Since you like LADDM, I'll try to stick to smoky scents.

    I've found that Bvlgari Man Black Orient--a well-behaved rum+leather+rose+oud scent--wears surprisingly...
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