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    Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    For me -- I don't get it

    Wearing fragrances is part of my life
  2. Re: I seem to have been struck somewhat anosmic recently, what are your cures?

    you need to have 365 different fragrances each year -- anosmia no more!
  3. Re: Scents that are a dumb reach (whatever that means)

    when I'm just staring blankly at three deep lines of bottles?

    I reach for Declaration Essence -- because, 1. It smells lovely in any weather and 2. it's in a very tall bottle
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    Re: Perfume that lasts all day (???)

    Sycomore by Chanel
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    Re: Chanel eau de cologne

    It looks sus to me

    The juice should be clear unless that is just a trick of the light in the photo
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    Re: Worst perfume ads of all time?

    Has anyone seen the ad for Mont Blanc's Explorer? It's actually worse than the fragrance.

    Man with floppy hair in his thirties driving an SUV in the hills, which are all filtered darkly -- gets...
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    Re: Green Lover by Lolita Lempicka

    At the top, the fusing of an overdose of green Mandarin with the zesty and peppery facets of Timut's bay awakens our senses.
    In heart, the intensity of the Green Fizz cocktail bursts forth, an...
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    Re: Boadicea The Victorious

    For me, they remind me very much of Roja Dove, i.e. good quality, fine fragrances but somehow, not very original and derivative.

    There are also just too many of them.
  9. Thread: Commodity

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    Re: Commodity

    I've heard more about this House since they went out of business than I ever did when they were a going concern
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    Re: How to tell when you are addicted?

    Consider yourself addicted if you spray yourself before undergoing a major operation :laugh:
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    Re: Need suggestions for a purchase

    I would get some samples from the following Houses to start with:

    Diptyque
    Serge Lutens
    ELdO

    They will give you an idea of what's out there and will highlight the differences from the...
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    Re: Sephora to close all its US stores June 5th

    do u think Sephora would do this if it had been a no-mark from the 'projects' who had complained?
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    Re: Need suggestions for a purchase

    move into 'niche'
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    Re: Help me to find a dark perfume from past

    Ooops -- well I gave my brain a workout anyway
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    Re: Help me to find a dark perfume from past

    It sounds very much like 34 by Diptyque or Elixir by Penhaligons but both are out with the year

    Carnal Flower?
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    Re: Bvlgari Black no longer in production

    I like that to.

    haven't seen the black puck bottle for years in UK stores
  17. Re: Men’s Fragrances That Still Stand Out (No clones, nothing smells similar.)

    :angry:
  18. Re: Men’s Fragrances That Still Stand Out (No clones, nothing smells similar.)

    Egoiste
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    accepted -- :beer:
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    It's the looking cool aspect that both grates and amuses me

    Here is the anti-view to wearing sunglasses for medical reasons

    https://themodelhealthshow.com/side-effects-of-sunglasses/
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    when the sun isn't shining, i.e. for effect
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    Re: Fragrances in the Eau Sauvage family?

    I think there is just a lot of citrus based fragrances being thrown in here, which is fair enough as it's in the family

    For me, there is nothing that smells similar -- it's unique.

    Not a...
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    beachwear and Greek Islands only for me

    other times? always pretentious and sometimes laughable
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    Re: Perfumed business cards

    American Psycho
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    Re: Creed 30ml bottles?

    In the UK it pretty much coincided with them rolling out the new 50 and 100ml bottles.

    Some Creed 30ml are still available over here but mainly 'feminines'

    Ebay and Amazon is the place to find...
  26. Re: Latest Roja Dove - Roja Love - Limited to 100 Pieces!

    Maybe Zamira Hajiyeva -- the lady fighting an Unexplained Wealth Order in London currently

    She has spent £260,000 at Harrods perfumery amongst other purchases totalling 16 million at the store
  27. Thread: Date advice

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    Re: Date advice

    I think you will need to be very handsome
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    Re: Aventus Cologne more expensive?

    don't pay 300+ for 50ml -- that can't be right

    original is uniformly £170 for 50ml in the UK
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    Re: Minimalist Masterpieces

    It's a fine line between minimalist and boring in fragrances imo

    I rate these highly though

    Scent Intense -- Costume National
    Sublime Vanille - Creed
    Kyoto - CDG
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    Re: What do you guys think of PULP from BYREDO?

    rotting fruit

    I like it very much
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Vetiver Velours - Keiko Mercheri
  32. Re: Are fragrances experiences, or things? An ontological inquiry...

    panty droppers :evil:

    thread is getting too highbrow
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    Re: Hot pepper fragrance from late 90s-early 00s

    I know -- I took a punt as he was only 'pretty sure' and Villoresi products are quite widespread
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    Re: Underwhelmed by M7

    You're right but I don't think the choice applies to M7, i.e. personally I don't find it 'oudy' as most of us perceive 'oud' to be -- it's more of a resinous woody with both sweet and sharp facets imo
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    Re: Hot pepper fragrance from late 90s-early 00s

    Piper Nigrum - Villoresi --- 1999 so a possibility

    Don't think it was ever in red bottle though
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    Re: Underwhelmed by M7

    I think you have to have the original version to truly appreciate this fragrance. YSL had no fear then -- there was a noticeable medicinal aspect to it.
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    Re: Seeking opinion about Tom Ford.

    He's pretty bold and like most Houses, some work and some don't.

    Noir De Noir, Plum J, TV and London, Oud Wood, Santal Blush stand out for me and I could quite happily live on these 6 for a year....
  38. Thread: I am Back

    by Kaern
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    Re: I am Back

    Eh?

    I bet you were enjoying a joint when you wrote this?
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    Re: Worst Bottle Design?

    The Tragedy of Lord George - Penhaligons ---- is matched by the tragedy of the bottle
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    Re: Why so much hate for dior homme spor 2017?

    I just don't dig any of the versions

    I actually prefer Gucci Sport (even though Colin Mallard saved up his most scathing review for this one)
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    Re: Best Fragrance for Summer?

    Just to clarify -- I thought you had 2 separate questions, i.e. WIL isn't similar to Old Spice at all
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    Re: Carine Roitfeld Parfums new fragrance line

    Thanks, Mikeperez -- I have a good feeling about this range -- the backstory is pretty sexy to
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    Re: Is Amouage Interlude a safe blind buy?

    sorry -- I've just spat my mouthful of tea across the room
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    Re: Best Fragrance for Summer?

    Old Spice is pretty hard to categorise and sort of goes against the commonly used accords of 'mens' fragrances.

    It was the mixture of Carnation and Herbs and the omission of woods and lavender...
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    Re: Latest Davidoff - Cool Water Intense!

    Why is it called Cool Water?

    AM did the same with Hypnotic Poison, i.e. a completely different fragrance than the original

    If she has done as good a job with this one, I'll be happy
  46. Re: Bottega Veneta Illusione - Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid...

    I haven't tried them so can't comment. No, it's amazing how bad the subsequent offerings have been after the original
  47. Re: What to wear to as a wedding guest in the summer?

    +1

    same here and it's still going strong after 9 hours
  48. Re: Bottega Veneta Illusione - Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid...

    It's amazing -- after the original BV for Men, which I love, nothing (especially the flankers) has come close imo

    Talk about 'peaking too soon'
  49. Re: Looking for something 90% or more similar to Polo DOUBLE Black with better Performance

    That was pretty good imo -- compared to Red anyway.

    After the abomination that was Black -- I never bothered even testing Double B, might not get the chance now
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    Re: top 5 most BEAUTIFUL perfumes you have smelled

    Just five -- oh dear. There are many more fives

    The Third Man - Caron
    A La Nuit - Lutens
    L'Homme (Vintage) - Versace
    Santal Noble (Vintage) - MPG
    Dia Man (Vintage) - Amouage
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Afternoon Swim - Louis Vuitton

    a gorgeous orange - ready for summer
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    Re: Best rose fragrances for men?

    I love Rose of No Mans Land by Byredo

    Opus X by Amouage is mind altering
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    Re: Famous Anosmics (?)

    If an anosmic farts alone in the woods, and there’s no one else around, does it still smell bad?
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    Re: Is Antaeus really that offensive?

    Counterintuitively (or maybe not) it was a favourite wear for lesbians in the clubs of the 80's
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    Re: Is Antaeus really that offensive?

    I don't think the job entails turning your nose up at your own products :grin:
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    Re: Is Antaeus really that offensive?

    Wow -- honest Sales Advisers!
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    Re: Lanvin Perfume for hairdressers

    I think these must be produced for 'trade' only

    I have only ever seen the D'Arpege Hair Mist for general sale -- in a much prettier bottle
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    Re: Has IFRA banned using natural Oud in perfume?

    There is oud and there is oud !

    From as little as $20 a kilogram. The finest oud was distilled from wood that today has a starting price of $50,000 per kilogram.

    And then there is synthetics
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    Re: *Extreme* Over-Sprayers Lounge

    I'm thinking of shearing the top off a 100ml bottle and just pouring the contents over me -- not sure how many sprays that will equal :undecided:
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    Re: Is Fierce Intense by A&F worth the money?

    The original smells like an Axe/Lynx product -- really cheap

    An intense version sounds horrific but I have never tried it
  61. Thread: How many sprays?

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    Poll: Re: How many sprays?

    I was the first to review Aventus on Basenotes and I said then that because it is so lovely I will be wearing it sparingly, i.e. not on a regular basis. I believe this is the main reason for anosmia,...
  62. Re: Fragrances that don't suit your personality - what and why?

    Tend to agree with this.

    I know it's a darling for some here, but a full day's wearing of Arabie at work was a bit of a nightmare. I just felt like a huge spicy fruitcake smell.
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche

    The whole creative/artistic director issue with fragrances is fascinating and not a little bitchy.

    I am pretty sure that Hedi Slimane was behind the notes, packaging and design of Dior Homme (the...
  64. Thread: How many sprays?

    by Kaern
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    Poll: Re: How many sprays?

    5-7 of Aventus, which is a bit lower than normal -- I leave the wrists free
  65. Re: Fragrances that don't suit your personality - what and why?

    I only saw your post after I had posted mine -- I wasn't having a 'pop' -- we can agree to differ, no-one is right or wrong -- it's all perceptions
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    Re: Just tried Aventus for the first time and....

    I find the arm to be one of the worst places to fire up a fragrance -- somehow it just flattens it out

    It's still dynamite to me and I love it as much as the week it was launched -- can't wait to...
  67. Re: Fragrances that don't suit your personality - what and why?

    Yeah, personally I'm not keen on what I perceive as 'buttoned-up' fragrances like Heritage, Bois de Portugal, GIT, Burberry for Men, fragrances 'for the office' etc.

    I think I would rather have...
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche

    Fuck !

    I still have the old can -- there is nothing left inside, but nevertheless

    -- a once great fragrance House is just imploding
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    Re: Very Interested......

    Good luck to all if you manage to 'group fund' a sample set -- I feel guilty not joining in, but I can bide my time.

    I'm sure I'll get my hands on some samples soon
  70. Re: Creed advertised ingredients- reads as synthetic

    I have a theory that Creed used to use a lot more 'natural' ingredients in the past than they do now

    It would explain the terrible longevity they all uniformly suffered from 20-30 years ago
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    Re: Very Interested......

    I think she has chosen well

    for me, Yann Vasnier has created very few duds

    Anima Dulcis, Palisander and Plum Japonais are just a few of his 'blinders'
  72. Re: Any Canadian Fragrance Companies I Should Know About?

    I'd rather pick between my toes

    I thought at first the bottles said M7 :grin:
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    Re: Very Interested......

    Thanks, Scarce ---- I have always liked the woman's style and attitude
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    Re: Very Interested......

    Nothing first hand but one super positive write-up was in the Observer Magazine (not known for hyperbole) and another in a fashion mag for women (title escapes me). They are all 'genderless' though
    ...
  75. Re: Trusting The Customer - Emmanuelle Moeglin of Experimental Perfume Club on the Launch of Layers

    They are really well made, smell lovely and work well as 'standalones'

    I can only see this growing and growing, well thsy have already added 2 new fragrances
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    Re: Very Interested......

    Thanks, Hednic

    I try to keep my card details away from the web as much as possible

    I'm hoping they will be rolled out eventually

    I'd like to know your thoughts if you manage to try any of...
  77. Re: A response from Creed re complaint about batch inconsistencies

    You're right

    Maybe I should just send the one-line out in a letter randomly to wealthy businesses :evil:
  78. Re: A response from Creed re complaint about batch inconsistencies

    Ha -- some chance of that

    No, as a response to their replies to my whingeing letters
  79. Re: Searching By Various Notes - Any Recommendations?

    Personally, I don't think there is much point

    The modern perfumers 'pallette' is pretty small and revolves around 20-25 notes or accords [with a few choices of each] --- after that we are heading...
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    Re: LuckyScent customer for years...Not anymore

    Sorry to hear this -- it's fucked up and the bullshit just makes it worse

    I put the legwork in -- it's good exercise and I have got what I paid for-- but my shoulder-bag sure gets heavy sometimes
  81. Re: A response from Creed re complaint about batch inconsistencies

    ' You, Sirs are a lying bunch of f...ing cu.ts '

    oh, sorry this is my stock response to other Houses / Organisations
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    Very Interested......

    in these new fragrances from Carine Roitfield

    Only available via Net- a- Porter.com though :sad:
    ...
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    Re: Will dior Eau Noire even be unvaulted?

    I doubt we will ever see it again which is a crying shame

    It was probably a bit too 'challenging' for the mindless masses
  84. Re: Buy Le Labo Bergamote 22? (already own Creed Original Vétiver)

    not similar at all -- might be nice to layer them though
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    Re: If you could rename a fragrance!

    Dior Sauvage

    ' Shite For Men '
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    Re: Online Or Retail?

    I reckon there are more Tom Ford fakes out there than the real thing

    I don't buy online for any fragrances but then I have easy access to reputable stores
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    Re: Which fragrance do you find hard to describe?

    It's just one of the most wonderful 'woody' fragrances money cam buy -- that'll do

    I find Serge Lutens fragrances very hard to disect or break down
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    Re: Parfums de Marly Suggestions

    If I was PDM I would keep Layton and start again with the others
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    Re: Perfume Critics (outside of Basenotes)

    Kafkaesque writes extraordinary reviews
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    Re: Commodity Shuttered

    I have never seen this range in any of the stores or fragrance outlets in London --- not likely to now either
  91. Re: Copyright in the Courts: Perfume as Artistic Expression?

    It's a moot point isn't it?

    Perfume can be about individual perceptions -- a bit like music which is clearly protected by copyright laws.

    I would say a carpenter or plumber's work is less prone...
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    Re: Best use of Lemon Verbena in a men's frag?

    I tried the Marks and Spencer Verbena recently and I'm thinking of buying -- was about £20 but smelt great
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    Re: Chanel Collection for Men

    BOY


    very underrated imo
  94. Re: Upon wearing Acier Aluminium today I think Creed made a mistake Vaulting it.

    Bananas and a sort of very dated musk

    For me it was horrid but I agree it should be unvaulted as they all should
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Vetiver Velours - Keiko Mercheri

    I've almost done a complete 180 with this -- I half-liked it before but now I love it
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    Re: Kilian Hennessy to make New York appearance

    check the cliche photo
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    Re: Most Mysterious Fragrance You Ever Smelled

    a sort of cross between paper glue and the inside of a circus tent
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    Re: Most Mysterious Fragrance You Ever Smelled

    Divine Enfant by ELdO -- starts like a sweet rose and ends with a screaming leather

    Dzing

    Salvador Dali Pour Homme

    All a bit twisted but enjoyable
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    Re: Maya Njie - Perfumer?

    Holy Moly !!!

    'Tropica' is my fragrance of the year so far,

    Stunning and beautiful -- perfect for the summer
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    Re: Apart from Basenotes....

    Now Smell This and I'm surprised no-one has mentioned The Scented Salamander (it's a great site)
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