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    Re: Zara Men perfumes

    9.0 lasts 12+ hours, great bargain for fans of Valentino Uomo.
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    Re: New Fragrance Jacques Fath - Monsieur de Fath

    To me it smells very very similar to Dior Homme Sport, which is not a bad thing. Longevity is ok as well.
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    Re: Fragrance Regulations

    If you go to Maroc or Tunesia, you'll find in the markets a lot of perfume dupes. Some are IMO much preferable to current formulations of their originals as they are more dense, powerful and longer...
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    Re: Anyone Tried these?

    I love enigma sport, IMO even better then Guilt. Great airy rose/bergamot mix, long lasting with some vanilla in the drydown. Used it a lot the last months. Thumbs up from me!
  5. Re: I'm looking for a creamy coconut, something very close to Pina Colada

    +1. excellent advice IMO Trex.
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    Re: Current Tuscan Leather Performance?

    Misunderstanding. Tom Ford London is a different fragrance from the TF private blend line. It clearly lasted a lot longer then Tuscan Leather which was applied on the other arm at the same time. As...
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    Re: Current Tuscan Leather Performance?

    Was in the duty free at munich airport this morning. Sprayed 2 sprays TL to my left hand, was gone after I landed 3 hours later. TF London on other hand stayed s lot stronger.
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    Re: Amouage Lyric Man 6 Digit Batch Code

    No, to my knowledge, the 6digit codes have not been decyrpted yet.
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    Re: Wolfgang Joop blind buy?

    Don't buy if you mean the one in the orange box. IMO great fragrance but very different/significantly sweeter then the fragrances that you are using.
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    Re: Ultra-fruity masculine scent

    Many great recommendations. Will take a look at some at my next visit to the perfume store. Thanks!
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    Re: Ultra-fruity masculine scent

    Thanks that sounds just what I am looking for!
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    Re: Ultra-fruity masculine scent

    Wish I could find that One Man Show Ruby Edition somewhere in Europe...
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    Ultra-fruity masculine scent

    Looking for something very fruity, yet masculine, like Sunset Heat by Escada, however with good longevity. Any recommendations?.
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    Re: Amouage longevity benchmark

    Forgot Jubilation also magnetic cap:
    - Jubilation XXV 012631310515, Oman (May 15): 10h
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    Amouage longevity benchmark

    Was asked by some members to provide experiences with amouage longevity of magnetic cap bottles, so making it a public post as maybe interesting for others as well.

    Methodology:
    - Exactly 2...
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    Re: Wardrobe Division/Set-Up

    All my 15 amouages (boxed) are for everyone to see behind glass in a drawer. The drawer in addition also holds my top30 bottles, currently both higher end's like Nicolai's or Mancera's but also low...
  17. Thread: Morabito Sport ?

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    Re: Morabito Sport ?

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/411470-Pascal-Morabito-quot-obscure-quot-fragrances

    This might be helpful.
  18. Thread: Amouage dia man

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    Re: Amouage dia man

    Interestingly out of the 150+ bottles I own, Dia lasts among the longest. 10h+. Both from the 2012 miniature and a new 2015 magnetic cap bottle. Constant whiffs throughout the day. Judging from the...
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    Re: M.Micallef fakes?

    Pretty sure there are no Micallef fakes out there, the brand is way too unknown.
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    Re: Frau Tonis Parfum - Check It Out !

    To me personally, it just shows the power that marketing has on all of us. If even well-respected experts are in favor of perfumes when they are sold in fancy bottles and dislike the same fragrance...
  21. Re: Which site is my best bet for buying a non-magnetic cap Amouage Reflection Man?

    Good news: it hasn't been reformulated. Therefore it doesn't matter where you are ordering it from.
    If you for any reason still want non-magnetic cap, you should go for ebay as it is unlikely that...
  22. Re: Les Creations Couture Givency Pi Leather Edition??

    I bought the Play Leatherwhen it was released. Comes in 60ml but paid close to 100 EUR for it. Was it worth it? As usual it depends, fragrance itself is very nice, no doubt and quite different from...
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    Re: Scent of Peace For Him - Reformulated?

    A few months back I was at Galeries Lafayettes at the Bond No.9 counter, where the lady told me that there had been many complaints lately about SoPFH. So it's not an issue with an individual dud....
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    Re: Scent of Peace For Him - Reformulated?

    Agree. It's surprising how drastic this change has been: from a powerhouse to a fleeting scent with very little longevity. Can't think of many other reformulations with such a big effect.
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    Re: Scent of Peace For Him - Reformulated?

    Yes, reformulated. Smells a bit lighter than before and longevity has drastically decreased - it's now gone in a few hours whereas it used to last much longer. There was a thread here on basenotes on...
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    Re: Scent Of Peace For Him By Bond 9 Any Good?

    It was reformulated in 2015. Sillage is still strong for the first 2 hours however longevity has suffered a lot - does not last more than 4 hours with 5 sprays, whereas the old formulation lasted...
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    Re: Michelle Germain Deauville Bleu

    It's a TJ Maxx/Marshalls exclusive, directly produced for the discounts which is also why its not listed on Germain's site. Regarding the scent itself: I much prefer regular Deauville, blue is your...
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    Re: Amouage batch codes

    Last 4 numbers are month and year if you have a long numbers batch. For the codes with 6 characters on some bottles, the verdict is still out.
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    Re: Fake Reflection Amouage?

    Nothing to worry about, ordered there many times. They are same company as Beautyspin in the US.
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    Re: About weak perfumes and overspraying...

    You were also saying in your first post that spraying more would increase longetivity. Which is frequently not the case, as was pointed out. So I think we can all agree that overspraying weak...
  31. Re: Bond No.9's Scent of Peace for him watered down?

    I was today in Galerie Lafayettes and inquired at the Bond counter whether there was a reformulation of SOPFH. The lady consulted with her colleague and then got back to me: they would not have any...
  32. Re: Bond No.9's Scent of Peace for him watered down?

    Thanks, this is very close to my experience. Takes 10+ sprays to get through the day which sounds quite different than most reviews. I got my bottle as a gift in September, so I'd assume it was...
  33. Re: Bond No.9's Scent of Peace for him watered down?

    Thanks for the feedback. I assume then that it indeed was reformulated. Will look for a tester then in a store to validate.
  34. Bond No.9's Scent of Peace for him watered down?

    I was graciously gifted bond's scent of peace for him. Nice, inoffensive scent IMO, however quite weak in performance. I do 5 sprays on a shirt, put shirt in the closet and revisit 6 hours later:...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    It is just so strong that noone around you can smell it after a few hours - you clearly should get a backup bottle :evil:
    Seriously, the test is simple: spray it on your shirt in the early evening,...
  36. Re: Just bought Reflection man (magnetic cap), review

    I have the 6*7,5ml miniatures box from 2012. Additionally a 3.3oz 2012/13 Interlude.
    When Parfum Click had Amouage recently on Sale for 120 EUR for 3.3Oz, I stocked up 5 bottles (all magnetic,...
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    Re: Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet Man

    +1!
  38. Thread: CK Eternity Now

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    Re: CK Eternity Now

    Best CK scent in decades IMO. Very tropical, fruity smell but not cheap at all.
  39. Re: Amouage (Jubilation XXV) - Worth buying anymore?

    Amouage changed Epic Man about at the time of the magnetic caps. Then all paranoia broke loose as people supposed that magnetic caps would mean reformulation by default. Which is just not true for...
  40. Re: Luca Turin Complete writings 2003-2014 now on Kindle!

    The long-awaited update of the A to Z guide is still coming, right? Hope this is not meant as a substitute.
  41. Re: search for wearable Amouage --Citrus / Fresh / Fruity / summerish ?

    Ciel and Beloved.
    Beloved is not exactly summery but very wearable, aromatic and IMO maybe even your best bet if you want Amouage for daily wear.
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    Re: Frau Tonis Parfum - Check It Out !

    Every fragrance sold at Frau Tonis comes from either Harry Lehmann or Galimard. They are just resellers using their own flacons. Sometimes they change names, sometimes they don't.
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    Re: Frau Tonis Parfum - Check It Out !

    They sell repacked fragrances with a hefty premium. As of last year, exceptionally all of their fragrances were repackaged from Harry Lehmann and Galimard. So why not buy directly from the original...
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    Re: Castle Forbes line - opinions?

    +1 !
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    Re: oscar de la renta pour lui (recent forumlation)

    Agree!!
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    Re: Aventus doesn't last on me

    No worries OP, there are many reports of Aventus not lasting.
    If I was you: spray it on some fabric, put it away in a drawer and smell it after 12 hours. If you can't smell it then, then it's...
  47. Re: Al Haramain, Al Rehab, Rassasi, Ajmal - any suggestions?

    Interesting! Mystique is one of the few arabic frags that went straight to trash. On skin very synthetic and cheap smelling IMO. Interesting how tastes differ. My top picks would be Rasasi's La...
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    Re: Rasasi Tasmeem is awesome.

    Would be wonderful to hear your feedback on the al haramain. I have signature which is awesome value for money. On most of their line, there is very little info available in english. Did you order...
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    Re: Amouage post reformulations

    I was wrong. interlude men has IMO not been formulated. After comparing 3 different bottles (2012, 2013, 2015) repeatedly in a blind test, I can safely say, that I am unable to tell which is which....
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    Re: Amouage Reflection and Ciel being discontinued

    Word from the European distributor is, that Ciel needed a reformulation to comply with latest regulations. This reformulation never happened for whatever reasons, so that it finally was discontinued.
  51. Re: Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme - Old Stock Discovered in UK !

    Good news: Really no need to hunt for old stock... In Germany, it is as of this minute available on Ebay from several power sellers, via Amazon, from Iparfumerie, Parfum-City and thats just the ones...
  52. Re: ANYONE ELSE TRIED THIS BESIDES ME? Al Haramain Urbanist / Prive Silver

    That's a different fragrance - Gold, not silver.
    While I also only have Gold, I can attest that all Al Haramain fragrances I trief were quite good with strong performance. Even better that they go...
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    You are welcome!

    As we apparently look for the same kind of fragrances, would you mind sharing some of your favorites besides TF? I've had my share of dissapointments with niche and low...
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    To get back on topic: Eau Sauvage Parfum, Dior Homme Perfume, OMS Gold & Bentley Intense are the only Designer frags that I see in line in terms of intensity & density to the previously mentioned....
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    I agree though that OP does have a point: Men's EDTs have become weaker in strength over the last years and decades and feel diluted to some members who have been around for quite some time in the...
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    This great advice slipped through! Get La Yuqawam. You can do 50ml a week, not feel guilty and still have full niche-experience.
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    Re: Amouage post reformulations

    Very true. For those who like it sweet, the older bottles are the better choice. For those who want more of the top-/midnotes, I'd recommend the new version.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    Douglas doesn't sell fakes, that's for sure. As it was not lasting, it's safe to say that your opinion is not correct. If I understood right he was able to send it back though so no harm done. So for...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    Neighbor ordered from Douglas online. Received Batch 15R11. Complains about longetivity and sillage - and both his wife as well as I can confirm that it is unnoticeable 3 hours after application.
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    Re: Amouage post reformulations

    Interlude Man: I recently bought a magnetic cap, produced in March 2015. I also have a 1.7oz bottle from 2013. I much prefer the 2015 bottle. Main difference is that 2013 bottle gets very very sweet...
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    Re: Pascal Morabito "obscure" fragrances

    Some more obscure Morabito fragrances
    - Ballon D'Or
    - Pompei
    - Sport
    - Balle de Match

    Many of these obscure Morabito fragrances are TJ Maxx exclusive and directly made to be sold there. Which...
  62. Thread: T K Maxx

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    Re: T K Maxx

    TK Maxx stores in Germany have a lot of Bond No.9 (usually 79-99EUR), Tom Ford (59.99 EUR), Penhaligons (39,99 EUR) and Creed (39.99 EUR). Then a lot of designer fragrances like Superdry, Davidoff...
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    Re: New - Jean Paul Gaultier Ultra Male

    Azarro Decibel is your point of reference if you haven't smelled Ultra Male yet. They are quite similar to my Nose, though not identical.
  64. Re: Francis Kurkdjian Daniel Hechter - Cuir Sensuel...... Revisited

    I have it for a few months now. Sorry to say: Not impressed. Sure, price at Monoprix is great and smell is soft and pleasent but literally dissappears within minutes both on clothes and skin. 10...
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    Re: Salvatore Ferragamo platinum pour homme?

    I like it a lot, very easy to wear, yet more interesting and unique than most woody scents I own. Good for work.

    The interesting part: Platinum and Blue are both fragrances specifically made for...
  66. Re: Admit it, who here owns any of the Paris Hilton scents?

    Have all 3 - They are great for what they were designed for: getting compliments. Only Fierce comes close in this regard.
  67. Re: Name of the fragrance(s) which was entirely/quite different on paper than your skin.

    On me, top notes fade within 2-3 minutes. Example: A-Men Ultra Zest on paper starts out orangey for quite some hours, on my skin it goes straight to caramel vanilla, which is 5h+ on the strip.

    In...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    They are called TK Maxx here, as TJ is the common abbreviation of a British chain so they didn't use it. And "here" is London/UK despite my flag. They are growung fast also due to the lack of...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    TJ is well stocked these days in the old world:
    - nearly the entire Tom Ford Mainstream Range for men, mostly €50/$60 for 1.7oz
    - several Bonds (Riverside drive, NY Oud, West Broadway), 3oz for...
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    It's 90EUR from Duty Free and 105 EUR in regular stores.
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    Re: Creed Aventus vs. Amouage Reflection Man

    Reflection without a doubt. Higher quality and people clearly notice. Aventus is a bit simple for me.
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    Re: How much do you think Creed actually makes?

    My friend, you need to differentiate between business-to-consumer and business-to-business. First, there is nothing like corporate taxation in P&L view in France. Taxes are on revenue, not on corp....
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    Re: How much do you think Creed actually makes?

    Some numbers for calibration:
    - 100ml fragrance between 0.1EUR and 8 EUR
    - Bottle (in 10k batches, incl. Sprayer and Cap, Q2 quality and up) between 0,2EUR and 3.50EUR
    - Box (also in 10k batches)...
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    Re: Back to the classics: suggestions!

    - Arrogance for men
    - Oscar pour lui
    - Halston Catalyst
  75. Re: Was Giorgio Beverly Hills VIP Special Reserve For Men relaunched too?

    No way someone produced a knockoff of VIP - why would someone do this from a business point of view? It's not like many people would be looking for it in the mass market. You surely got the real deal.
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    I love Or Black by Pascal Morabito so was excited to see 4 (!) Morabito scetts I had never heard of.
    Balle de Match / Attitude Golf / Ballon d'Or./ Pompeji.
    Some photos on the net but very little...
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    Re: Aventus - It is not all that

    People have been paid by agencies to push Aventus in Social Media forums. I received such an offer myself on fragrantica, where I was supposed to write favorable reviews in exchange for testers. ...
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    Re: Mr. Bill Blass safe blind buy?

    +1.

    Puzzled about all the love this one gets. I would stay away, to me a quite unpleasent smell, reminds me of Lush's Breath of God.
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    Re: Ab Silver Lomani - the next Aventus clone?

    Agree. I got AB Silver yesterday. I don't care a lot for either this or Aventus. But there is no way someone could actually tell the difference unless doing a side-by-side comparison - it's...
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    Re: Cerruti Image Harmony anyone

    Nice, pleasent and very unremarkable. Like Image just a bit more citrus - or think of a more generic issey miyake. It is your average fresh fragrance, not cheap or bad smelling, just will not be worn...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    so weird, the 3.3 OZ Azzaro l'eau, Azzaro and Nighttime all are $19,99 here (Gulfport MS) - and I thought Ross and TJ all had the same prices across all stores outside clearance?
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Hermes Rocabar, 100ml/3.3oz, slim bottle, for $39 at Marshalls
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    A 4*-Luca Turin rated frag at Ross for $12.99: Canali Style 1.7oz

    At Marshalls, some IMO good deals as well:
    - Mandarina Duck Black, 3.4OZ: $14.99
    - Estee Lauder Mustang Black 1OZ: $4.99
    - Pour...
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    Re: David Beckham launches Urban Homme

    will blind buy. Beckham homme and instinct have both been great and could have easily retailed at three times their price.

    why anyone would pass on a Maurice Roucel fragrance, just because this...
  85. Re: Recommend an alternative to Amouage Reflection Man

    Perry Ellis 360 White
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    Re: The Mystery of Aventus.... Exposed?

    Below is the mail I got 2 months ago over at fragrantica, where I participate more actively than here. And while I am sure there are some people who truly love Aventus, this should put things in...
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    Re: Zara gold vs creed aventus

    as others have said:
    - zara gold men (30ml black bottle) smells pineapple sweet
    - zara gold (100ml, golden circular bottle) smells smoky and generally is very close to Aventus, just as Bigsly has...
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    Re: More information on Galimard please.......

    Galimard, in my opinion, has the exact same business model as Fragonard and Molinard. Which is to get tourists in Grasse,Nice or Paris into one of their free museums/guided tours which end up in...
  89. Re: Azzaro Onyx vs Azzaro Silver black.. They can't be the same fragrance.

    absolute same fragrance, just different regional marketing. Says it on the box as well and smells to me 100% alike.
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    Re: Emper: what's the deal?

    Emper is doing dupes of popular fragrances. The quality of their dupes (as well as their bottles) however is high. Sadly the price tag of their dupes - at least in western europe - is high also. I've...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    At Ross, yes. As I didn't unwrap it yet, take a look yourself along with the Ross price sticker:
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/205/img00032201203111644.jpg/
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    On the occasional business trip the the US, I got this week at tjmaxx & ross in gulfport/ms

    Bang, 1.7oz $20
    Midnight in Paris 2.5oz $27 (markdown)
    Deseo gift set 3.4oz $25
    tommy bahamas set...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    Nope, you still don't got it fanboy, looks like you are bit slower than the other participants hahaha
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    oh, what agression, my friend, please reread what I wrote, to clear up your misunderstandings. I have never been inside any fictious "secretive" production facilities of Creed - they do not exist :)...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    You guys sound like you are fragrance experts but you have no basic clue about production processes?? People, they are even everywhere the same, that's industry standard :) Then again I maybe...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    Anybody wonder, why other niche (as well as the non-niche) vendors do not have a batch discussion?

    I can answer this question, I could even put a price tag with it: Creed is not willing to pay...
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    Re: Hugo Boss Just Different - well, is it??

    pleasent but not groundbreaking scent, heavy on apple note on top with much of the regular boss notes following. Reminds me personally of CKin2U.
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    Re: Axe Excite smells like La Nuit

    I have both and I don't see any similarity to be honest - none at all...
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    Re: armani code sport

    it's very similar to davidoff champion, in case you didn't notice. In a side by side comparison however, code sport seems to last a bit longer (or the sprayer puts out more liquid with one spray)
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    Re: Has anyone tried Vanille Marine by Molinard?

    My wife has all three of Molinard's vanilla scents, the regular one, vanilla marine and the more lemony one. They are very similar to each other, basically all the way vanilla as the name implies....
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