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  1. Re: Hidden Gems in plain sight? Store brands worth seeking out

    You mentioned in your review of Le Noir that you think it is going to be the most popular of the three Lyn Harris frags marketed at men. But I tried them all out at the enormous M&S on the outskirts...
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    Re: Giorgio Armani Eau d’Aromes

    Tried it last week. Lightly spiced Oranges. There aren't enough Orange based frags in wide distribution IMO, so this is a welcome release. Not bad, but yeah a little weak.
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    Re: Advice for perfumes on a tight budget.

    Beast mode oriental cheapies:

    Joop Homme, or MB Individuel (not as much a beast as Joop but better smelling).
    Giorgio Beverly Hill (uber beastly)
    JHL (ditto)
    Rochas Man
    Dunhill Desire (red...
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    Re: Creamy/sweet citrus/fruity?

    +1 Byredo Pulp, and Hanae Mori HM is a better sweet lemon that Edition Blanche IMHO.

    VIW smells like Windowlene to me :wink:


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  5. What greats did Marc miss from his Designer list?

    Think of this as a "try this" recommendation list for Marc :wink: I know he has an account here.

    Since he only has 2 or 3 from the last 4 years, I'd say he's missed:

    Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisee...
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    Re: Robes08's Top 100 Designer Fragrances List

    Actually, I just realised Potion is from 2011...


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    Re: XXi century Brut?

    Rive Gauche PH, or Sartorial.

    They would be my candidates.


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    Re: Best fragrances with a lot of ISO-E super -

    My wife goes totally bats*** gaga over IES. It's like catnip. I gave her a tester strip of Molecule 01 mixed in with strips from a few other frags, and she immediately zeroed in on M01, demanding to...
  9. Re: Designer Cult Favorites...Still In Production

    Yes, this does depend country by country. In the UK, hardly any stores sell Boucheron, Caron, Costume National or Rochas. The only Mont Blanc you find in stores is Legend, and likewise the only...
  10. Re: Designer Cult Favorites...Still In Production

    Hanae Mori HM. Never seen it in stores. Most people have never heard of it. Bought from an Internet seller, and I can see why it gets a lot of love on BN.


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    Re: Robes08's Top 100 Designer Fragrances List

    But then he's only mention two pre-80's frags as well. It's a bit of a nineties and noughties fest.

    But fair play to Marc for actually being able to put the list together. I'd struggle just to...
  12. Re: Designer Fruity/Citrus with Decent Performance

    Been kicked around a bit? There is thread after thread after thread about this. And the reason that is, is that it's next to impossible to achieve. Because of the size of citrus scent molecules, they...
  13. Re: Eau de Mandarine Ambrée - Will this Hermes make it to the discount sites?

    Over here in the UK, it's at AllBeauty (the new name for CheapSmells) at 19% off. So you might be in luck.
  14. Thread: A Box of Boxes

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    Re: A Box of Boxes

    Partly a collector thing, and partly if I get bored of any of these sometime in future, it's a lot easier to put it on the swap forum, and then to parcel it up, if it's still got its box.
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    Re: Basenotes mantra

    KFC is far superior to CSINY, IMHO :wink:


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    Re: Basenotes mantra

    Everyone's post count went backward, by quite a lot. Could be important to some people, if they were about to hit a milestone :wink:


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  17. Thread: A Box of Boxes

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    A Box of Boxes

    27036

    I was just having a tidy up since the boxes were all over the place...


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  18. Re: TOP TEN for Spring and Summer - what are they?

    Eau de Sud
    Green Valley
    L'Humaniste
    Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisee
    Armani Eau Pour Homme
    Miller Harris Le Petit Grain
    Givenchy Vetyver
    Bigarade Concentree
    Declaration Cologne
    and any one of...
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    Re: Alternatives to Hermes Eau D'Orange Verte?

    Despite very few of us having tried it yet, Terre d'Hermès Eau Très Fraîche sounds, from it's description, as a good one to go for.

    Guerlain Mandarine Basilic should also be tried (yeah, ok, so...
  20. Re: If MONEY was no option....What niche Fragrance would you pick up and why?

    Whats the largest size bottle of Vie de Chateau Intense you can get? I'd bathe in that stuff if I could...
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    Re: Design houses one must own something from?

    This idea of buying from certain houses is daft. Follow your nose. Don't be faithful to a house, in fact be a complete whore if you want. If it's a smell you want to have around you, buy it if you...
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    Re: YSL L'Homme Libre?!?

    I don't like this one. Smells like violet leaf scented laundry detergent to me.


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  23. Trying to narrow it down to two signature scents (cool and warm weather). Any...

    Warm weather:

    Frederic Malle Bigarade Concentree
    CdG Vettiveru
    Miller Harris Le Petit Grain
    Annick Goutal Eau du Sud (well, I like it at least!)

    Cold weather:

    Serge Lutens Chergui
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    Re: Are any of you picky like me?

    If you're not picky already, joining Basenotes is a sure fire way of becoming picky.


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  25. Thread: Perfect 3!

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    Re: Perfect 3!

    - Chanel

    Egoiste, Coromandel, Sycomore

    - Dior

    Vintage Eau Sauvage Extreme, Fahrenheit Absolute, Dolce Vita

    - Givenchy
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    Re: Most prolific or common note?

    That would be dihydromyrcenol, correct?


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  27. Thread: Rare Notes

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    Re: Rare Notes

    This stuff is glorious. If you like your green florals you have to try this.


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  28. Poll: Re: Any of these appropriate for black tie wear?

    Avant Garde is sweet, so no. Habit Rouge EDP would be my choice.


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    Re: What were your top 3 for 2013 summer?

    Declaration Cologne
    Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisee
    YSL Pour Homme


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    Classic (style) chypres that don't disappoint

    Aramis 900 with less aldehydes, or Boucheron Pour Homme with less soapiness, so something halfway between the two, would be just about perfect.


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  31. Poll: Re: Fragrance Battle of the Day (3/20/14): Pure Havane vs The One

    This is like bringing a knife to a gun fight !

    Pure Havane, without question.


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    Re: A trip down memory lane...

    L'Eau D'Issey PH. Wore pretty much nothing else for five years.


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    Re: What was/would be your wedding fragrance?

    Congratulations, man.

    I wore Armani Eau Pour Homme. And yes it is just about perfect for the occasion.


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  34. Re: How often do you compliment a stranger's fragrance?

    Plus, once you are tuned into AE, you can't miss it, it leaves such a wake of scent behind. I was once at an outdoor antiques fair with my wife, a lady in her 50s crossed our path up ahead, and when...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    Equipage. Seeing as I just unwrapped it, it seems a shame not to wear it!


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    Re: Can I get a recommendation?

    If you liked Old Spice body wash, then I would say you should check out Chanel Egoiste and CK Obsession for Men (go easy on the trigger). Also see if you can find and try Habit Rouge Eau de Parfum,...
  37. Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    Guerlain Homme L'Eau, if you can find it.

    Otherwise the various Verbena frags from L'Occitane always cheer me up, but with nothing much in the way of basenotes, they don't last much over an hour....
  38. Re: How often do you compliment a stranger's fragrance?

    I can't remember the last time I smelt a good fragrance on a guy. I usually only smell something obnoxious (over applied 1 Million or Le Male, mainly).

    I do complement women though. "I like your...
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    Favorite notes?

    Can't give you a single favourite

    Lemon Verbena
    Lime
    Rhubarb
    Ginger
    Cinnamon
    Cloves and/or Carnation
    Rose
    Geranium (Leaf)
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    Re: Who is most Sexiest?

    Body Kouros.

    But do check out Joop! Homme in aftershave form, or Mont Blanc Individuel (once the initial "fabric conditioner" smell has worn off). Joop! Homme EDTs only problem for me is even one...
  41. Thread: Favorite wood?

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    Re: Favorite wood?

    Probably the smell of Oak, which doesn't get used much at all.

    I'm also partial to the totally synthetic Georgywood.


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  42. Re: Have the famously popular fragrances become unpopular enough to be "unique" now?

    I think Eternity for Men has got to the point of re-evaluation.
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    Re: Trying to understand notes...

    You have to remember that most perfume is made of totally synthetic ingredients these days.

    Take Acqua di Gio PH for example. Its note list says it has, amongst other things, Lemon, Neroli, Peach,...
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    Re: Recommendations for your favorite house

    Cartier: Bring back Must PH please!
    Mugler: A new men's line is needed, I think A*Men has been milked enough.


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    Re: Barber Shop Scent Recipes [wanted]

    It's not a recipe, but the Wikipedia page for Bay Rum has a pretty good explanation.

    Good luck trying to find some West Indian Bay Tree leaves though...


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  46. What are (in your opinion) the top 2 most classy/sophisticated scents for win...

    No idea on seasons, but I think the following are all pretty classy:

    Caron Pour Un Homme, Boucheron Pour Homme, Armani Eau Pour Homme, Colonia Intensa, Equipage, Vie de Chateau Intense,...
  47. Re: I literally don't get vetiver. Why would ANYONE want to smell grassy?

    I like Vetiver, and depending on frag I can smell pretty much everything others have mentioned. Wood smoke. Peat. Roots/Tubers (so yes, a bit of something like Ginger sometimes, and even Carrot on...
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    Do you mix scents?

    Rarely.

    Although this weekend, my wife suggest I spray some of her Serge Lutens carnation frag (that I can't spell) over the top of my Costume National Homme. She thought the pair smelled close to...
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    Re: Fragrances inspired by geographic locations

    Molton Brown Navigations Though Scent range.

    The Scent of Departure range (named after 20 airports!).


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    Re: zodiac sign perfume

    Someone has already done it. CnR Create, based in Vienna.

    For the record, I am Pisces and I cannot stand most Aquatics!

    So yes, it's bunkum.


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    Re: Terre d’Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche by Hermes

    This sounds like Terre d'Hermes Eau Genereuse to me.
  52. Re: Which Is The Best Out Of These Tobacco Colognes?

    From your list I would say Michael for Men. But I agree that you need to check out Aramis Havana, Varvatos Vintage and Lanvin Avant Garde.

    The tobacco isn't prominent in current D&G PH, its gone...
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    Poll: Re: Hanae Mori HM v Edition Blanche

    HM for me too. I find it more interesting, and EB doesn't last nearly half as long on my skin.
  54. Re: Anything similar to Le Male that isn't a flanker?

    211 Sexy Men. No mint, and a more musky base, but otherwise I find it very similar to Le Male.


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    Re: Classic/Timeless Scents Worth Getting?

    I like classics with big patchouli, big carnation, or a little oakmoss.

    So Giorgio for Men, Aramis 900 and Havana, and Equipage are some of my favourites, and I'd recommend them to anyone.

    I...
  56. Re: Does anyone else strongly dislike Terre D'Hermes?

    I seriously dislike it.

    Dear Mr Ellena, don't for a minute think that we are buying your ploy of taking the nasty, hot rocks smelling dissonance of the various synthetics in TdH, that shouldn't...
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    Re: Advice me on everyday use cologne

    I did mention Ed Hardy Love and Luck in your other thread, that would be something much cheaper for daytime use.


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  58. Re: Name a few most dated smelling male fragrances

    Any Leather Powerhouse smells dated to me. Case in point - Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui.

    Whereas I don't get all that much Leather from present day Givenchy Gentleman, so rather than smelling dated,...
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    Re: I am 28, is Terre d'Hermes too old for me?

    :wink: Nice. Cougar d'Hermes...

    Wear what you like.


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    Re: Nu-chypre recommendations

    In which case, the only men's frag I know of that has claimed to be one of these new type of Oakmoss free Chypre is Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisee.

    Which I have and which is a very enjoyable scent....
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    Re: Nu-chypre recommendations

    Is the OP referring to the Perfume Shrine article about "new chypres" from 2007?


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    Re: Can women really distinguish expensive cologne?

    This is what I like to call "The Axe Fallacy" (or The Axe Effect on your Wallet). How long does one can of Axe last if you use it every day? 2 weeks? So in a year, you'll buy 26 of them, at €4 a...
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    Re: Can women really distinguish expensive cologne?

    Can the general public tell the difference between a €10 bottle and a €50 bottle? Mostly, yes. Can the general public tell the difference between a €50 bottle and a €250 bottle? Mostly, no.

    So...
  64. Only by looking at the Scent of the Day page...

    ... do you get a sense of just what a damn good smelling bunch we are.

    Although, there are certain BNers that, how can I say this, seem to be taking layering to new extremes! Putting on a couple...
  65. Re: Looking for new fragrance, something unique...'ish

    Have a read of this thread:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/255897-Is-there-such-a-thing-as-an-oriental-aquatic

    You might be interested in Laguna.
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    Poll: Re: Designer hall of fame

    If it was just based of influence on the perfume industry, you'd have to give this one to Le Male. How many other frags since have tried to be a new spin on Le Male? It, along with Joop Homme were...
  67. Re: I started on a "find a signature scent" journey about 2 years ago..

    Yeah, this is my experience too.

    If you really want to try and keep the number of bottles down, its clear to me that some light fresh scents just dont seem to lift from the skin in cold weather,...
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    Re: What does the term "synthetic" constitute?

    This is going a bit off topic, but there is no redundant information in digital audio. Redundancy means there is more than one copy of something, therefore if one copy is damaged, the other can be...
  69. Re: Am after a Tobacco fragrance with Zero Sweetness

    This one. If you think this is sweet, you have something wrong with your nose.
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    Re: What does the term "synthetic" constitute?

    Actually, I've just thought of an even better analogy. MP3 files.

    An MP3 file is not the same as the original audio data it is created from, it is what is known as a "lossy" form of compression.
    ...
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    Re: What does the term "synthetic" constitute?

    If a perfume has vetiver in it, then no, from some of the previous discussion on this topic, it seems there is no synthetic replacement to vetiver that smells as good and is as cheap to produce as...
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    Re: Best summer scents?

    Guerlain Homme L'Eau
    Concentre de Pamplemousse Rose
    Bulgari PH Extreme
    Declaration Cologne
    Allure Homme Sport Cologne Sport
    Set Sail St Barts
    Eau de Cartier

    You will find something in there...
  73. Which Acqua di parma Colonia is the most soapy?

    For me, Essenza is most soapy, Intensa is least soapy and most modern, although it is relative, none smell all that modern to me.


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  74. Looking for something similar to Safari for men

    Isn't Safari part of a foursome, with Pasha, Tsar and Jazz?


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    Re: What to expect from T.M. B*Men?

    What to expect? Hmm...

    Patchouli - definitely (couldn't be related to A*Men without it)
    Licorice - yes
    Smokyness - certainly (this might be all I smell of the vetiver note thats supposed to be...
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    Re: Summer Rotation

    The only one of these I actually dislike is the Allure.


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    Re: Scents Similar to D&G The One

    Close, similar but not spot on is YSL L'Homme Parfum Intense.


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    Re: Recommend a fragrance with grapefruit

    Concentre De Pamplemousse Rose or Bulgari PH Extreme or Guerlain Homme L'Eau.


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  79. Re: You're absolute favorite Blind buy of all time -

    B*Men (yes I'm one of those weirdos that really likes B*Men)

    My other blind buys that have worked out have been Pure Havane, Costume National Homme, Brit for Men, Giorgio for Men, and HM.
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    Re: Costume National Homme

    I would say that CNH could be called Masculinité du Bois!


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  81. Money Exercise: Be happy only with $200 of fragrance for 5 years.

    I would need 400ml for 5 years. My 200ml bottles of Eau de Rochas Homme and Caron Pour Un Homme cost me about $65 each, so it's doable, if a bit boring!

    My problem would be that there are so many...
  82. Re: Extremely Hot summer. Leave some suggestions please!

    L'Eau Bleu D'Issey Eau Fraiche. Very minty and herbal patch.


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  83. Re: Hermes launches Classic Collections; first out Bel Ami Vetiver

    Has anyone tried the "classics" in the new bottles? I was at a Hermes boutique a couple of weeks ago and they were making such a fuss that "only the bottles have changed, not the contents", and yet...
  84. Thread: Mont Blanc

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    Re: Mont Blanc

    I'd agree with this, except there's a musk in Presence that I couldn't get along with. Otherwise I would have really liked it, it's Jaipur with less florals.


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    Re: Best Thing About Having a Collection.......

    Never having to wear the same scent two weeks in a row ;)


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    Re: top floral carnation perfumes for men

    Equipage, without a doubt.


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  87. Re: What's That One Mainstream Fragrance That You Love

    So you mean easy to find in stores, sold everywhere and a best seller?

    Only one of my likes fits this, L'Eau d'Issey PH. And it does get occasional hate on here.


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    Re: New from Guerlain: Aqua Allegoria Limon Verde

    Have any of you smelt Cachaca? We have a few bottles in the house (my wife is Brasilian), and every time I open a bottle it nearly takes my head off. It's evil stuff, aguardiente indeed!


    Sent...
  89. Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    If any of the mods are reading this thread, please move it as suggested by kumquat.
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    Re: Best Fragrance Name Ever?

    +1 for The Afternoon of a Faun

    My wife was looking on the Les Senteurs website, and was incredulous that there is a frag called Fat Electrician
  91. Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    I still am just a regular guy who likes to smell good. The difference now is I have a much better idea of what smells good for me.

    I definitely would not consider myself part of the perfuminati...
  92. What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    Before I joined BN, I only had weak projecting fresh stuff.

    Since joining, I've learned

    What chypres are, and that I like them
    What fougeres are, and that I don't like them
    My sweet tooth in...
  93. Re: Lanvin Avant Garde: Better than it has any business being

    I was going to mention the tobacco, which the OP seems to have not got at all but it's really obvious to me. Does anyone else get a "coffee cake" note though?


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    Re: Fragrance that doesn't "scream cologne"

    Yet another vote for Tom Ford for Men. Maybe Colonia Intensa as well (that really isn't all that intense).


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    Cartier Declaration Cologne

    Declaration Cologne is really nothing like Declaration. So saying you like one absolutely does not mean you will like the other.

    There is a conceptual similarity, they are both Bitter Citrus top,...
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    Re: Best of the 80s? Best of the 90s? Bah Humbug.

    I think people forget that the IFRA is the aromachem trade association. And they have chosen to implement harsh self reg (yes, coupled with removing ingredients that then have to be replaced with...
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    Re: Best of the 80s? Best of the 90s? Bah Humbug.

    But people are being forced to give up their old favourites.

    The designer goods brands have always seen perfume as a cash cow. It's low risk. It costs so little in materials, that if it flops it...
  98. Re: If you had a 130 bucks, what Niche would you buy?

    Parfums de Nicolai but not New York, which I think is so close to Hertiage it makes no sense getting New York for twice the price.

    No, I'd go for Vie de Chateau Intense.


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    Re: Best of the best of the 80's

    The original has an obvious and great carnation note that is now totally missing from the 2013 juice. The original would get my vote as Best of the Best of the 80's
  100. Re: Traditional, classical and sophisticated with a "modern twist"

    Vitriol d'oeillet
    Fat Electrician


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