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    Maxaroma offline: Still in business?

    Just went to Maxaroma and got "error 521: web server is down." Couldn't find any info on Maxaroma closing up shop, so it could just be a technical problem with the server. But, if Maxaroma is gone,...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 25th January, 2020

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    First wearing of Lalique Ombre Noire. So far, so good: somewhat reminiscent of Moschino Pour Homme, despite the differences in the note pyramids. If only it had a little oakmoss…
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Nothing worth doing is easy.
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    Re: How would you open this?

    Tried that, but the way the thread is wrapped through the stopper, it’s secured front and back. No way that stretches enough.
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    Re: How would you open this?

    Thanks!



    Thanks, that sounds like about the best one could do. And you'll enjoy, too, since you volunteered to vet it for me. If this is a fake, it's a damned good one, but I guess we'll both...
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    How would you open this?

    Well, my vintage Mitsouko finally arrived from Morocco:

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    The question is, how best to open it and preserve the thread? Here's how it's attached:

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    Re: Legitimate Cool Water?

    You can't, really, if you have no frame of reference. That said, nearly all dealers I've encountered have been honest, and the vintage scents I've purchased online have been too deep and...
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    Re: Legitimate Cool Water?

    Honestly, I can’t imagine why anyone would go to the trouble to fake miniatures. Refill legit bottles to sell online, perhaps, but it’s not worth the effort and expense to make the bottles and boxes...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    That’s a good’un. Mrs. S. has been wearing it a lot lately.
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    I like the Vermeil bottle. It’s jokey, but thematic and functional.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I wore my own vintage Antaeus. Lots going on, but today it was primarily leather: in this case, a black leather casting couch that was in marathon use the night before. And I wore it to a business...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

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    The Friday Sync and Vintage Swap Sync are in sync! Vintage Antaeus qualifies as olfactory porn.
  13. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Thanks! Anyone got any suggestions for the best way to crack the seal on this thing?
  14. Re: There’s patchouli, and then there’s patchouli...

    There are different types of patchouli plant and different methods of extracting the essential oil, so I would imagine there’s variation in scent.
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    Look what the cat dragged in:

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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I think this may be my reference civet. Bizarre that civet isn’t even listed in the pyramid: this smells practically like a diabetic cat’s box. But, you know, better than that sounds.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Got it. I guess I just like my mechanical watches with more complications. But, as long as the mechanics are sound, there's no wrong way to go here.

    Incidentally, I just gave myself a follow-up...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Yeah, I have a "d'Orsay guy," and his price was way better than anything else of comparable vintage. He assured me the bottle still smells great, and he's a seller I trust.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Yeah, same cause here: a leaky shower drain turned into a need to replace the entire shower stall from pan to tiles. We have to pick out tiles this weekend, and matching the vintage 1930s yellow ones...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Interesting take. I get that Lauder is a traditional chypre; daring for its time in being marketed as a masculine, perhaps, but very trad now. Insensé strikes me as a very different animal, so I...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Thank you, sir. Seems nobody else wanted it. I watched it on eBay for months before finally making a best offer, which was hastily accepted.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Lauder for Men, for VSS2. No pics, because all my frags are covered in a drop cloth while plumbers deconstruct/reconstruct my bathroom.

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    Mystère d'Orsay. Wonderful.
  24. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Well, the Mitsouko was because my wife expressed interest in it. I have doubts about how well I'd get on with Vol de Nuit—I see too many people comparing it to Habit Rouge as if that were a good...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I'm wearing it today, courtesy of Earlyn and VSS2. Obviously, I like it!
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    Re: Assumed shilling

    How else will artisans succeed if not by word of mouth? You performed a service to the perfumers and perfume fans. Let the naysayers go back to their Aventus or Sauvage.
  27. Re: Perfumes you tried recently that have been utter disappointments

    My disappointments—ranging from "meh" to scrubbers—include:

    Alfred Sung - Sung Homme
    Antonio Puig - Quorum
    Caron - Pour un Homme, Yatagan
    Cartier - Santos Eau de Sport
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Certainly not bottle. I haven't worn it yet (a plus for syncs), but it has a reputation for an unusual and divisive skank. That strikes me as provocative, even if not porn-provocative.
  30. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Still waiting on my vintage Mitsouko, which shipped out from Morocco on Dec. 11 and finally cleared US customs in NYC yesterday. Also awaiting Revillon Partner; and my Warner-era Polo should arrive...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Doing the vintage swap sync, I don't necessarily get to do Fridays, but if I join in, I might do either Eau d'Hermes or Jardin du Nil. (Or, if I go the phallic bottle route, Pierre Cardin pour...
  32. Re: A Forgotten Little Gem: Uomo Ghe by Gherardini (1973)

    L'Uomo Gherardidni (1993):

    Top Notes: Basil, Myrtle
    Heart Notes: Lavender, Rosemary, Nutmeg, Vetiver
    Base Notes: Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Amber

    Never smelled it myself; I'm still mulling a...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    In the lone BN review of Mystère d'Orsay, rbaker writes: "The opening is quite gentle, a fleeting hint of a flowery note," turning to "a slightly more leathery experience, like a fresh, soft Italian...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I’ve been collecting (but not yet wearing) d’Orsay, so I’m looking forward to Mystère in the AM!
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Like many who've reviewed Aliage, I raise an eyebrow at the notion that it's a "sport fragrance." No doubt the dominant fresh green notes and tomboyish structure earned it that sobriquet, but it's...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I’m not clear on whether this is congratulatory or a reprimand.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Ah-ha. The AM wear sounds like the one I've read about. The PM wear sounds like the one I had. One of the BN reviewers noted that Scherrer was too mercurial to get a thumbs-up rating. Perhaps this is...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I don't mind you asking, but I'm not sure I can offer a good description. It's just a very sharp opening that has nothing to do with citrus and isn't a shade of green found in nature. It does bear...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I have a cabinet full of them. I'll get to them eventually, I promise.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    That's good to hear. As far as I'm concerned, EA destroyed Grey Flannel, though not everyone agrees. Did its version have fizz? In abundance. Alas, it came at a cost to my nose hairs. But perhaps EA...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I don't have a perfume reference for it. It just reminds me of laundry detergent (or, perhaps more accurately, dryer sheets) in a generic way. It's what I get left with in the drydown, rather than...
  42. Re: Looking for something that's sexy in a mysterious way

    The first fragrance is known simply as "Jean-Louis Scherrer." That's the one David is talking about. We're synching what I believe is a current parfum de toilette concentration today in the Vintage...
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    Re: Genghis Khan

    No. It was reissued with the original "urn" bottle as a limited edition in a reformulated version in 2014. Hednic says the reissue is good. Some disagree. I've never tried it; I only have the vintage.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I avoid EA in general, because the reformulations tend to be pretty dire. Cochran is your best bet, but Sanofi should be fine.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Yeah, I’m getting “laundry musk,” too. I have a feeling I’d be happier with an older iteration of the Scherrer, and possibly a different concentration. While the sample is nice, the reviews are...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Funny, with Scherrer, the first thing I got was the rose (a little jammy, a little dirty), and perhaps the tuberose. The famous green notes came after. I’m thinking the top may not be entirely intact...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I'd been thinking about doing the same, but decided I already have enough. Glad to see it was "one of us" who grabbed it.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I needn't have worried about the suitability of Lenthéric Miracle. Per the Lenthéric blog entry that LiveJazz posted earlier in the thread:

    Top notes: bergamot, lemon, lilac, coriander, jasmine,...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    See, that sounds like something all my hippie friends were doing. Since I wasn’t into pot or the Grateful Dead, my time in patchouli-drenched headshops was minimal. I did always have a little tin of...
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    Re: Reference Musk, Civet, and Castoreum

    I can't answer about civet in Joy vs. Patou 1000, but as for etiquette, I think common sense prevails. Rather than starting a new thread on an existing topic, you asked a relevant follow-up question....
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I picked up a bottle of Warner-era Polo on eBay to celebrate the lifting of the ban, and to satisfy my curiosity about the differences between 1st and 2nd generation Polo.

    Grayspoole and I both...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Correct. Pre-Cosmair.
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    Re: Caron - Tabac Noir - 2019 Release ???

    Here’s the description: “With a nod to the famous Tabac Blond, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, the new Tabac Noir explores the brown leaf in a more woody light. Where Tabac Blond is...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Polo is one of two fragrances to which the Divine Mrs. S. issued a flat "no" in advance. So, "smell club" is the only way I'm going to get to try it in good conscience. Too bad we don't have a Warner...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Krizia Moods Uomo is terrific, and you can find it at a decent price. The original Krizia Uomo is also excellent.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I haven't quite nailed what I like about Insensé, but like it, I do. The mix of aldehydes, basil, and fruit on the top is balanced so as to not be too bright, too herbal, too astringent, or too...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Well, when it arrives, I’ll send you a sample and you can tell me what it is. Of course, I’ll figure out for myself if I like it, but if I don’t and it’s Millésime, I’ll resell it as such. I doubt...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    So, are you saying this isn't vintage Tabarôme? There's no Millésime indication. I may have purchased it in error, albeit one recoverable in resale if so.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Going to see Rufus Wainwright perform tonight, so: Miracle, or Insensé? I think the latter: a fragrance that takes risks for an artist who takes risks. Miracle may be postponed until Saturday.
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    Re: Dunhill for Man (1934)

    My vintage bottle says "cologne," not "eau de cologne," which could mean it's really an EDT issued when it was presumed English and American men wouldn't by something called "eau de toilette." My...
  64. Re: Which niche brand you think is well worth the price?

    Dua has already knocked it off as "The Shape of Water (Director's Cut)."
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I summed up Habit Rouge as "my grandmother's compact," which is definitely floral-musky-makeup, but it was also the references to vanilla and Guerlinade that had me shy about trying Miracle out for...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I'm going out for dinner with my father and brother tonight, and I strongly dislike Habit Rouge (to which Lenthéric Miracle has been compared), so I'm getting a bit out of sync and wearing Écusson...
  67. Re: Scent of a freshly mown or late season prairie (hay, chamomile, narcissus, coumarin, broom)

    I don’t know many, but one I like is Crown Perfumery Town & Country.
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    If she knew that, she probably wouldn’t wear it this Friday.
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    Re: Help dating Lauder for Men

    From the "44" (I can't read the letter in the batch code), and in the absence of the cap and box, I'd guess the production year was 1994. But, it's just a guess. I'm not sure when Estée Lauder...
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    Re: Help dating Lauder for Men

    A Vintage Guide To Lauder For Men Cologne
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Thanks! Man, I'm seriously slowing my roll—I've been paying for my habit like it was the mortgage. Gotta save up for Mrs. S.' graduation party and gift!
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    If we have both the EdC and parfum, I have to go back and check which Écusson I'm wearing. From the descriptions above, I'd guess I've got the parfum on. (EDIT: Nope! I was wearing EdC today. I’ll...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Thanks. I imagine I'll be shopping for larger bottles, but this was the best deal I could find on vintage OB.
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    Re: Dior Homme 2020, GPH 2003, Dirty English

    Until you spray the fragrance, there both is and isn't Iso E Super in it?
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    There probably wouldn't be much hate (there's always some, it seems) had they not named it "Dior Homme." Look how bent out of shape people got at the first reformulation. I'm sure there's some sort...
  77. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Yeah, it's like choosing between a good version of something I don't like and a bad version of something I do. Fortunately, I have no shortage of classic men's chypres, and perhaps someday I'll find...
  78. Re: Personality types and colognes/perfumes.Do you believe in it?

    LOL! So perfect.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    It hadn't spilled: the bottle had no discernible scent, and it was well sealed. I thank you for the follow-up; I'll catch up after it arrives.
  80. Re: Personality types and colognes/perfumes.Do you believe in it?

    Completely. I just think any response should come with an explicit caveat. I mean, suppose you gave me a brief self-assessment of your personality—"I'm bright, outgoing, and like long walks on the...
  81. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Might be the right time to resell my silver stem bottle.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I would love to have tried L'Interdit, but alas, the sample bottle was empty. So, I'll rejoin what my wife refers to as "your little smell club" tomorrow for Écusson.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Welcome home.
  85. Re: Personality types and colognes/perfumes.Do you believe in it?

    Sure. But, 1) I don't believe any fragrance has a universal "meaning" or appropriate personality type, and 2) the right fragrance still isn't something anyone else can select or decide for you—at...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    My ratings for week 1:
    1) YSL Kouros
    2) Desprez Bal a Versailles
    3) Lentheric Men’s Cologne
    4) Houbigant Note
    5) Caron Yatagan
  87. Re: Personality types and colognes/perfumes.Do you believe in it?

    Yep. You may as well pick your fragrance according to a palm reading cross-referenced to your shoe size.
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    Re: What's Your Tom Ford Collection?

    Just sampled Ombré Leather (2018). Will not be buying.
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    It’s not a speculation I would make, but it’s still presented as speculation rather than fact. If he thinks that’s likely, fine.

    I also wouldn’t take consensus on BN to have any meaning in the...
  90. Re: Personality types and colognes/perfumes.Do you believe in it?

    I think such questions are misguided, and lead to irrelevant (if well-intentioned) answers based solely on the tastes and preconceptions of the respondent. You may as well call the Psychic Friends...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 12th January, 2020

    The plan was to A/B test Havana and Havana Reserva, but I seem to have misplaced the Reserva sample generously sent by Bigsly. So, until I locate it, I have to make other plans. Today, that means...
  92. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Well, now, if they’d been proven, they wouldn’t be assumptions or speculations, would they?

    The use of “probably” acknowledges speculation. I’m pretty sure that hasn’t been banned by the IFRA yet.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Early Bowling Green is a nice pickup, indeed.
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    Re: Keep Getting Logged Out Repeatedly

    This happens to me as well, though only when I'm logging in with the browser on my phone. Similarly, it will appear that I'm logged out when I go to the directory, but if I then do a search, I'll be...
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    Re: What's Your Tom Ford Collection?

    I have a home office where I work alone. So long as I don’t scare my wife or my cat, I’m safe. :)
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    Re: What's Your Tom Ford Collection?

    I actually have it in a set of four Rania J samples I have yet to try. (I bought too much too fast last year; so far, this is a year of catching up.)
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    Re: What's Your Tom Ford Collection?

    Hey, "Tobacco Mold"—great idea!
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 11th January, 2020

    That's on my TF short list. I'm also interested in Oud Wood Intense, and perhaps one of the leathers, though why leather would need a raspberry more is beyond me. Perhaps I'll get it when I try a...
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    Re: What's Your Tom Ford Collection?

    The only bottles I have are Noir Anthracite and Tobacco Oud. I've been going through some samples of late, including Tobacco Vanille and Noir de Noir, neither of which I liked at all, and I've tried...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 11th January, 2020

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    TF Noir de Noir was my SOTD, albeit briefly, as I didn't care for it and Mrs. S. was even less enthused than I. Aside from the vanilla, the notes looked promising—saffron, truffle, rose,...
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