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  1. Re: I received very negative feedback unexpectedly by a trusted loved one

    A lot of people mistakenly think that if a scent is well composed it means everybody will like it. Or if somebody has an experienced nose, they will like it.

    Nope.

    I don't care how experienced...
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    Re: Maison Margiela thoughts

    I wish Maison Margiela's "Untitled" was available at Sephora. It's quite good.
  3. Re: There's a fire, you can take only one.

    My backup bottle of Castile.

    Why Castile? ...because it smells wonderful is the most versatile scent in my wardrobe.

    Why the backup? ...because it's full! :thumbsup:
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    Re: my Tom Ford sampling

    If Oud Wood appeals to you, I'd strongly recommend you wear through the entire sample before committing to a bottle.

    I was so excited when I first tried it, but with each wear, I found that I just...
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    Re: my Tom Ford sampling

    +1

    I've made no secret of the fact that I love that stuff. It isn't as loud as Tobacco Vanille, but that's a good thing. Tabac Rouge is smoooooooooth and it lasts & lasts and then lasts some...
  6. Re: What Is Your Top Five As Of Right Now!

    Castile
    1725
    Tabac Rouge
    Pomelo Paradis
    Tom Ford Extreme

    Fall is definitely here in the Pacific Northwest.
  7. Re: Fragrances you feel wear just perfectly, longevity, sillage, projection...

    Royal Oud

    It wears exactly how I prefer. I get excellent longevity, excellent sillage, but only low to moderate projection. For those who don't understand the difference between projection and...
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    Re: Beta Male Scents

    You just tried Chrome, a bargain bin scent from 23 years ago, and wrote a nonsense post that reads like the definition of toxic masculinity. I'd be embarrassed if I posted something like that.
    ...
  9. Re: Your Most Worn September 2019

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    Poll: Re: How dirty do you get?

    This is a fun thread, Bigsly!

    Animalic scents don't suit me. If I had to sum up my style in two scents, they would be Castile and 1725. But I must admit, I find animalic scents to be compelling....
  11. Re: Very good (cheap) OUD perfumes?

    I think John Varvatos Oud is underrated. It can be found online for a bargain and you can find it at some stores to try first.

    I wouldn't recommend Oud Mosaic by Banana Republic unless you smell...
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    Re: penhaligon's castile.

    Can anyone think of scents that have a base similar to whatever is being used in Castile? I'm specifically asking about the base - not the notes they list, but rather, how it actually smells. I...
  13. Re: Bond No. 9 - HTTP or Scent of Peace 4 Him?

    For me, the biggest difference is in their bases. I prefer the opening of SOPFH (I think), though I enjoy both, but I find the base of SOPFH to be so scratchy and harsh that I cannot wear it, so I'd...
  14. Re: Thoughts on dsquared he wood relaunch???

    I didn't realize the line had been killed off. I liked He Wood Ocean Wet Wood. Terrible name, but it was an interesting scent. The only reason I didn't buy a bottle was that I didn't think I'd...
  15. Re: Epitome of the Last Decade of Fragrance

    When I say it's trash, I don't mean that designer releases are trash. I'm saying releases that are only created for a quick cash grab by adding top notes to the chemical du jour are trash.
    ...
  16. Re: Epitome of the Last Decade of Fragrance

    I agree - and that's awesome! But the flipside is also true: This decade has seen the rise of pseudo-niche houses flooding the shelves at the mall, mostly with designer style scents at silly prices.
  17. Re: Opinions about l'occitane eau des baux?

    I understand the love for this one among the fragrance community, but I had a bottle and I sold it. For me, Eau Des Baux is too loud and heavy for its own good. I like the overall scent profile,...
  18. Re: Epitome of the Last Decade of Fragrance

    Dylan Blue.

    It's chemical trash designed by committee in a boardroom to capitalize on the success Chanel had with Bleu. They didn't even try to hide the fact that they were playing follow the...
  19. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    You convinced me to buy a bottle of Corduroy years ago. I'm glad I did. I think I paid $20 back in 2012. At that price, it's a steal, but I don't mean to judge it as a cheapie since it doesn't...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Oh, wow. That sounds fantastic!
  21. Re: Original Santal or 1899 Hemingway for daily use in fall/winter

    My OS is from 2015. It's louder than Individuel, and that would certainly appeal to the beast mode bros who care more about projection than they care about the smell (which blows my mind, but wow,...
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    Re: Best Musk

    Which version of it do you have? The EDT, or the EDP?

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/perfume/375x500.5773.jpg

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/perfume/375x500.29423.jpg

    I own a decant of the EDT, and it is...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/perfume/375x500.18283.jpg

    I'm surprised Tabac Rouge isn't a bigger hit here in the forum. This stuff is outstanding! It smells like such a rich combination of tobacco and...
  24. Poll: Re: Which Amouage and what color fits my personality?

    Uhm...

    You've started twelve Amouage threads asking for advice, but it doesn't seem like you've actually smelled many.
  25. Re: Original Santal or 1899 Hemingway for daily use in fall/winter

    Mont Blanc Individuel smells a lot more like Original Santal than niche fans are ever going to admit. I own both.

    The openings are different, but within a few minutes they become identical - and...
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    Poll: Re: Help me buy my 1st Amouage!

    I can't imagine thinking Reflection Man is weak. I get 12+ hours from 3 or 4 sprays (3 in warm weather, 4 in winter), and I know people can smell it on me because I've gotten compliments on it well...
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    Re: Lapidus!!!! Wow

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/7b/47/f6/7b47f603cfb972c4ed6f089d54bc7977.jpg
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme II ?

    The difference between Bud Light and Guinness is huge. They don't taste similar at all. Likewise, Gucci Pour Homme II doesn't smell anything like Murdock Black Tea, Bvlgari Pour Homme Soir, or...
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    Poll: Re: Help me buy my 1st Amouage!

    BOOM!

    :tekst-toppie:

    I can't believe I didn't think of it first! Lyric Man could be a perfect fit. Lyric matches your description very well. It's excellent.
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme II ?

    Gph II has a chai tea note. Chai tea. That's an important distinction. It's kind of like if you tell a friend you're in the mood for a beer and he brings you a pint of root beer. It's not the...
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    Poll: Re: Help me buy my 1st Amouage!

    Then why is it on your list to consider buying? The nose to trust is your own.
  32. Re: What Is Your Top Five As Of Right Now!

    1. Castile
    2. 1725
    3. Tabac Rouge
    4. Neroli Portofino
    5. Bigarade Concentree

    Bigarade Concentree might just be a passing phase. I have a small decant on the way & I'm excited about it.
    ...
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    Poll: Re: Help me buy my 1st Amouage!

    I voted for Reflection because it's easy to wear, it's more versatile than its reputation might suggest, and it's a people pleaser... but... only you can know which scents are so good that you want...
  34. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    My two sandalwood gems are complex scents that don't open with a blast of sandalwood, but they close with a wonderful base of it:

    Royal Oud: It's not an oud scent, so ignore the name and enjoy...
  35. Re: HELP: Fragrance-Personality Matching Challenge

    +1

    These kinds of posts are fun, especially since the OP provided so much info about himself and what he's looking for.

    And +1 for giving Tam Dao a try too.
  36. Re: HELP: Fragrance-Personality Matching Challenge

    EDT! ....not the EDP. The EDP is too heavy for its own good. Hanae Mori HM is a fun scent that pairs a bright citrus/floral top to a cozy amber/tonka base. In the EDT, the notes have a nice...
  37. Re: HELP: Fragrance-Personality Matching Challenge

    Following up on this comment:



    That's a basenotes truism for sure.

    Try as much as you can. It can take some time to figure out if a scent suits your personality and your style. Most people...
  38. Re: HELP: Fragrance-Personality Matching Challenge

    So much of what you wrote fits 1725 perfectly.



    1725 Casanova by Histoires De Parfums presents itself in the air as a dapper scent. It's barbershop clean with sandalwood and lavender, but...
  39. Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    1725

    Today felt like the first day of fall here. Temps were in the mid to upper 60s (18-20 C) with light rain. 1725 just felt right.
  40. Re: Thoughts on MFK Amyris Homme.... worth owning?

    If you like it, go for it. If you haven't tried it, definitely try it on your skin to see if it works for you. Go to Nordstrom & Sephora when you get the chance. They should have Allure Homme and...
  41. Re: Thoughts on MFK Amyris Homme.... worth owning?

    I had a sample. I struggle with it.

    The opening and heart are like a niche take on a designer style. I mean that as a good thing because it's done quite well. The top and heart are pop-culture...
  42. Re: The Ultimate 'Dark Blue' Thread

    I didn't say it was.




    This is exactly right.

    Exactly as you said, if they'd named it Slate, it would have spawned an entire Slate genre with the exact same smell people now think of as...
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    Re: Phaedon Tabac Rouge thoughts

    Howdy Red! I may have to check that one out. Thanks for the tip.

    I bought a decant of Tabac Rouge, though it hasn't arrived yet. I should have enough to get me through the coming fall, so I...
  44. Re: The Ultimate 'Dark Blue' Thread

    Not with the scent. Chanel played it safe with the name and presentation for Bleu. They played it safe specifically because the scent was challenging for the era it was first released. Bleu was...
  45. Re: The Ultimate 'Dark Blue' Thread

    Everybody equates the sky to the color blue.

    Everybody equates the color of water to the color blue.

    Plants and ferns are green, woods are brown, water and sky are blue, etc etc etc. That's...
  46. Re: The Ultimate 'Dark Blue' Thread

    That's all it is. It's just the packaging.

    There's nothing Blue about Bleu De Chanel other than the name. No water, no sky, nope. Bleu is a woody scent - harsh fake woods, to be exact...
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    Re: Phaedon Tabac Rouge thoughts

    Can you tell me how it compares and contrasts with Tabac Rouge?
  48. Re: What's on top of your wish-list right now?

    Neroli Portofino
    Tabac Rouge

    ...and I'm still on the hunt for a modern huge citrus with a sensual base, sort of like Bergamot 22 but with a real base instead of that thin scratchy fake wood.
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    Re: Phaedon Tabac Rouge thoughts

    Ooh, I may need to pick up a sample of that one!
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    Re: In the hunt for my next

    Bergamote Soleil by Atelier Cologne. Take a guess where you can find samples:



    :thumbsup:




    Sample first. That stuff is a chemical bomb.
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    Re: Phaedon Tabac Rouge thoughts

    The honey/tonka/vanilla combo in Naxos was too much for me. I get the comparisons to Pure Havane, though they're not the same. I didn't care for it at all.
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    Re: Phaedon Tabac Rouge thoughts

    Sigh... my sample is now gone because I'm currently wearing the last of it.

    I might have to get a sample of Tobacco Vanille before committing to a bottle of Tabac Rouge, but holy moly, Tabac...
  53. Re: Why don't more cologne companies ignore the restrictions on oakmoss?

    Why don't they? The answer should be obvious: to protect themselves from potential lawsuits. Sadly, there are lawyers who make a living finding clients to create lawsuits for. Without the IFRA...
  54. Re: Costume national Homme - is it any way similar to Amouage Interlude man?

    No.
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    Re: AF Fierce Cologne?

    Oh, yeah, that bottle is sooooooooooooooo baaaaaaaad. But the design makes sense because it's aimed at a very specific crowd - teens and early 20s bro dudes.

    A&F really went through a dramatic...
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    Re: I dislike Oud Wood now

    There are so many things that can unintentionally skew your perception. This is why I always sample first, and I tend to buy decants before committing to buying bottles. It's so easy to end up with...
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    Re: AF Fierce Cologne?

    It looks like you guys have figured this out already, but yeah, Fierce has always been an EDC. I have a carded sample from years ago, and Eau De Cologne is written in the small text.

    Not all EDCs...
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    Re: I dislike Oud Wood now

    I bought a decant a few years ago. I liked it a lot but I promised myself that I wouldn't buy a bottle until I finished the decant, just in case I'd change my opinion of it. I expected to tear...
  59. Re: My wife hates Baccarat Rouge 540 :(

    I agree with every word of this. The longevity is amazing. I tested it on my arm. An hour or so later, I took a shower before heading out for the night. When I came home, I noticed that I could...
  60. Re: My wife hates Baccarat Rouge 540 :(

    Exactly this.

    I sprayed it on paper for a friend. She couldn't smell it at all. I was baffled because I was standing maybe 3 feet away and I could smell it wafting off the paper strip she was...
  61. Re: My wife hates Baccarat Rouge 540 :(

    Wow, I don't get that at all. To me, it has a masculine vibe.
  62. Re: Throw A Unique Fragrance A Basenoter’s Way! (We all want a new WOW.)

    1740 Marquis de Sade, by Histoires De Parfums.

    This stuff is not kidding around. It's big, it's bold, it's dark and it's daring, but it's also wonderfully wearable. Leather, patch, immortelle,...
  63. Re: My wife hates Baccarat Rouge 540 :(

    Baccarat Rouge 540 is more challenging than most people here seem to realize.

    The fragrance is almost 100% synthetic. In fact, Kurkdjian has said in interviews that his goal was to create an...
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    Re: Alternative to Black Orchid?

    Wow, this page is filled with suggestions that smell nothing like Black Orchid. I haven't tried Oud 24 Hours by Ard al Zaafaran, so I can't comment on that, but Baccarat Rouge 540? Chergui? ...
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    Re: Is current dior homme fine?

    It's excellent. If you enjoy Dior Homme, you can buy with confidence.
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    Re: Your Most Worn August 2019

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  67. Re: Houston we have a problem .. Aqua Universlis vs xerjoff reínnacense

    I assume you mean citrus based, not citrus base. Citruses aren't base notes. I also agree with Diamondflame that Aqua Universalis is more floral than citrus. It's excellent though.

    From...
  68. Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Because it's fantastic!

    Seriously though...

    Castile was my SOTD because it makes me happy. I was working on a frustrating project today. A happy uplifting scent really helps on a rough day.
    ...
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    Re: Phaedon Tabac Rouge thoughts

    I'm almost done with my sample. I have one, or maybe two wears left...

    ...holy crap, this stuff is goooooooooooooooooood.
  70. Re: 2019 Fall Fragrances You Plan To Wear/Obtain?

    I'm looking forward to wearing the heck out of 1725 this fall.

    As for purchases... I might pick up a bottle of Tabac Rouge.
  71. Poll: Re: Chose for me like I'm a child...Only joking - but which is the best 'special occasion' scent?

    Other: 1725

    1725 would be my choice for myself, but only you can know which scent best matches your personality and your style.

    I'm surprised by how many people don't take their own style into...
  72. Re: One Fragrance Versatile (Covers every occasion, setting, season) Your Pick?

    Castile

    It's clean - perfect for work.
    It's polished - a fine choice for special occasions.
    It's cozy - a fantastic pick for dates thanks to a warm sensual base.
    And it's somewhat unexpected...
  73. Re: Amouage: what do you think is the sleeper or under-rated of the line?

    Silver Cologne
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    This one is very high on my need to try list!
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    I love basenotes.

    I read this and thought "Holy crap. Don't I have a mini of Claiborne Sport from years ago???" Sure enough, I do.

    Your review is spot on. This stuff is almost too easy to...
  76. Re: Which frags signal "he is a nice guy but refuses to be that to me"?

    I... don't know.
  77. Re: Which frags signal "he is a nice guy but refuses to be that to me"?

    Have you ever been on a date with a woman and you get the feeling she's just not into you? I assume the OP is asking something like that, but in reverse, where the guy is the one not into who he's...
  78. Re: Which frags signal "he is a nice guy but refuses to be that to me"?

    Another +1 for both of these.

    Also, for me MFK Masculin Pluriel smells incredibly nice, well groomed, but cold.

    EDIT: I fetched my sample of Pluriel, and now I'm starting to doubt my previous...
  79. Re: Fragrances that Copy a Trend off an Original and is in your Opinion Better than the Original.

    I need to revisit those two! Bigarade Concentree is so good!

    If we're counting flankers... Terre d'Hermes Parfum beats the original for me.
  80. Re: Fragrances that Copy a Trend off an Original and is in your Opinion Better than the Original.

    I haven't been in touch with the Parfums Vintage guy in a few years, but I have to say, that dude is legit. When he was creating his first clone of Aventus, he got in touch with a bunch of folks...
  81. Re: Fragrances that Copy a Trend off an Original and is in your Opinion Better than the Original.

    I was going to say the same thing. Tabac Rouge is excellent. I greatly prefer it over Tobacco Vanille.
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    Re: penhaligon's castile.

    Yeah, but so are a million other scents. They don't smell alike though.
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    Re: penhaligon's castile.

    Cologne Grand Luxe is a totally different scent. It doesn't smell like Castile at all. Cologne Grand Luxe smells closer to something like 1861 Renaissance by Xerjoff. It's very nice, but it's a...
  84. Re: Guerlain Homme EDP: Advice needed.

    Can anyone tell me the difference between the current Guerlain Homme EDP and the original Guerlain Homme that looked like this:

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/perfume/375x500.3638.jpg
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    Re: buying first niche parfum

    If you like it, go for it - but it's important to understand what "better" means. Better is what you enjoy more. Only you can know that. I don't let hype determine my own tastes.

    My advice: use...
  86. Re: Creed Millésime Impérial discontinued (& possibly many other perfumes) - EU regulation at its fi

    Indeed. Like this one:



    That's comedy.
  87. Re: Must try 'clean' niche fragrances?

    Castile.

    It's hard to find anything cleaner than Castile by Penhaligon's. To me, even Mugler Cologne isn't as Clean as Castile. Castile is amazing stuff. Imagine if you bought a bar of the...
  88. Re: Creed Millésime Impérial discontinued (& possibly many other perfumes) - EU regulation at its fi

    Since the year 47 A.D. they've had a fleet of ships scooping it up in the Atlantic. In fact, Viking was named in honor of the first encounter a Creed ship had with the Vikings, during which the...
  89. Re: Creed Millésime Impérial discontinued (& possibly many other perfumes) - EU regulation at its fi

    The Brooklyn Bridge is for sale again, so anything is possible. It must be true. I read it on the internet.
  90. Re: Creed Millésime Impérial discontinued (& possibly many other perfumes) - EU regulation at its fi

    Well, if you're going to make your first post an attempt at trolling, I must say, you went all in.
  91. Re: Tom Ford - Tuscan Leather - Alternatives?

    +1 for Ombré Leather
  92. Re: Which Maison Francis Kurkdjian cologne sample is this?

    Does it smell at all like clean laundry? If so, it's probably Aqua Universalis.

    You mentioned above that you also smelled YSL L'homme, and you prefer L'homme. If so, why worry about the MFK...
  93. Re: Which Maison Francis Kurkdjian cologne sample is this?

    My guess is Aqua Universalis.

    Don't let the word Aqua throw you off. For MFK, Aqua doesn't mean aquatic.




    I do that too, and the colors I think of have nothing to do with the marketing. ...
  94. Re: Will "Ambrox Sensitivity Syndrome" soon become prevalent?

    +1

    Sauvage is a perfect example. I strongly suspect that what most people think is ambroxan in Sauvage is actually whatever Dior is using as... uhm... well, as a fixative or, perhaps more...
  95. Re: NEW Dior Sauvage Parfum 2019 Official Discussion

    That is the definition of a cash grab.
  96. Re: Will "Ambrox Sensitivity Syndrome" soon become prevalent?

    It's just a fad. It'll pass, just as every other fad eventually does.

    Think back on the 90s when scent after scent abusing calone flooded the shelves. Before that, it was oakmoss. Now, it's...
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    Re: Phaedon Tabac Rouge thoughts

    I'm bumping this up because I'm enjoying Tabac Rouge so much tonight. I only own a sample, but holy moly, this one is tempting! I realize how similar it is to Tobacco Vanille, but it seems lighter...
  98. Re: Which Maison Francis Kurkdjian cologne sample is this?

    There's no way to answer your question if you don't describe what you're smelling.

    As I type this, there are six portraits on the wall to my right. Any idea who they're pictures of?
  99. Re: Chanel feminines enjoyed by us guys

    I keep meaning to try their Les Eaux De Chanel Paris line - especially Biarritz and Deauville.

    I love Eau De Cologne from the Les Exclusifs line.

    I like Coromandel a lot, but it's LOUD and...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    If it weren't so expensive, I'd be tempted... but ...I'm a situational wardrobe kind of guy and for my style, it's not particularly versatile. It would be a perfect cool weather date scent, but I...
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