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    Re: Amouage Disappointment

    I haven't enjoyed a single Amouage I've tried. No worries, plenty of other houses to try!
  2. Poll: Re: Dior homme vs Dior homme intense vs L'instant de guerlain vs L'instant de guerlain extreme

    For my personal taste, DH and DHI are just too feminine

    I love LIDGE, but others sometimes find it a bit challenging, and there are fewer occasions when I think it's appropriate

    LIDG is...
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    Poll: Re: Best date fragnance

    That's spot-on for me. The One is the best first-date fragrance I've ever experienced. It is just about universally loved (where some on the list are a bit more polarizing), romantic without being...
  4. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    Perfumes only say those things to perfume nuts. I think the chance of a regular person saying "your perfume says you want to fit in with the crowd" is vanishingly close to 0, to normal people, Bleu...
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    Re: Favorite Atelier Cologne fragrance

    Trefle Pur, followed by Pomelo Paradis. Honorable mentions to Orange Sanguine and Bois Blonds

    If we just considered the opening, Cedrat Enivrant would be not just my fave from Atelier, but one of...
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    Re: Most Often Mispronounced Fragrances

    For you guys who know the proper pronunciation of these names, I'm sure I'm not the only one who would appreciate a phonetic sounding out!

    From some of the above:

    I think Le Male is luh MAHL
    I...
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    Re: Best of the Zegna Essenze line?

    If anyone mentioned Florentine iris yet, I missed it. It may be my second favorite of the line. I've mentioned this before, I thought I didn't like iris based on dior Homme treatment of it, but...
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    Re: Best of the Zegna Essenze line?

    Whole line is awesome. I dig Sicilian Mandarin
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    Re: What fragrance is your best compliment getter?

    Not to speak on behalf of the moderators, but I'd guess a few things:

    - That thread is about female compliments, this one is not limited to that
    - That thread used to be about "most compliments",...
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    Re: What fragrance is your best compliment getter?

    When I was married, I never got compliments. Partially, maybe women knew I was married and compliments can often be flirty or interpreted as such. And partially, I'm quite certain the way I...
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    Re: What fragrance is your best compliment getter?

    My top compliment-getters tend to be well-known, mainstream scents:

    The One for Men
    Givenchy Play Intense
    La Nuit de L'Homme
    CH 212 Men
  12. Re: Variation on a theme: "guaranteed" compliment getters that just didn't deliver?

    Exactly! And most everyone else would agree, too. The only place in the world where enjoying compliments is questioned as a bad thing is the topsy-turvy world of fragrance aficionados.
  13. Re: Variation on a theme: "guaranteed" compliment getters that just didn't deliver?

    Definitely agree on Aventus (I've gotten 100% negative feedback on it, much of it strongly-worded, all from women), DHI, and to a slightly lesser extent, LIDGE. But La Nuit has been a compliment...
  14. Re: Yet another 'scent for a 1st date' thread I'm afraid...

    General advice from my point of view is something close-to-the-skin and easy-to-like. IME, The One for Men is the actual gold standard here -- women of every age uniformly love it, and in the...
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    Re: Woody-floral recommendations needed

    Ch 212 Men -- assuming I've correctly identified it as a woody flask musk -- is my fave
  16. Re: The Guerlain Homme Line from the Perspective of a Non-Guerlain Aficionado

    The entire line is just outstanding, IMO. For me, it's Homme that's the real star, I think it's brilliant. I'd imagine the discontinuation is based strictly on sales, unfortunately.

    It's really...
  17. Re: First Date Fragrance/ Rate my collection (I'm new to the fragrance world)

    Okay, time for OP to start a "What should I wear on my wedding night?" thread :) :)
  18. Re: DHI wearers: do you ever get negative comments on it?

    Frighteningly, I not only understand her perspective, but would follow it myself!
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    Re: Penhallagon’s: Best offering?

    Thanks, added to my sample list! I'm totally good with the juniper note taking a bit more of a backseat, although when reviews mention "middle east" I'm cautious, since I don't love super-spicy
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    Re: Penhallagon’s: Best offering?

    That's one is very high on my sample list. Love juniper fragrances, and can't wait to sniff penhaligon's take
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    Re: Penhallagon’s: Best offering?

    Endymion is my fave from Penhaligon's. But you'll say the same thing about it, that many people say about The One for Men: "awesome scent, just wish it lasted longer!" For me, Endymion is one of...
  22. Re: Which Fragrance Won You Over With The Unexpected Dry Down?

    Interesting, I'll have to give L'homme another wearing. I've tried it a few times, and it always comes off as the epitome of blah to me. I'll make sure I let it get into the drydown this time
  23. Re: DHI wearers: do you ever get negative comments on it?

    From the moment I smelled it, I knew it was too feminine for me, personally. I asked the two females around me at the time -- my teenage daughter and 20-something stepdaughter, without telling them...
  24. Re: Which Fragrance Won You Over With The Unexpected Dry Down?

    The much-hated Guerlain L'Homme Ideal. I find the opening shrill and synthetic. I'm glad I didn't scrub it off -- once the topnotes burn off, it dries down into something very nice.
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    Re: Carolina Herrera: Best of?

    I find 212 Men to be amazingly good -- and so do the women around me, it's one of my top compliment-getters. CH Men is a must-try also
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    Re: If it only lasted

    Penhaligon's Endymion would be up there with The One, Gucci pour Homme 2, Guerlain Homme...
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    Re: Creed's monarchy marketing

    To the extent you think "monarchy marketing" is silly or pretentious, I'm with you. It doesn't effect me much either way, but I do think it's silly. Where you might lose me is:



    It is pretty...
  28. Re: What do you wear when you want to make a statement

    Leather chaps and a hockey mask-- Oh! You mean cologne!

    I have to admit, personal-style-wise, I don't "make a statement" with perfume. The whole concept is a little surreal to me. I can use it...
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    Re: l'Humaniste - Beautiful, but....

    Will I, though? Be okay? Because it's killing me :) This is actually among my favorite genres. I'm exaggerating a little, I can smell it, if I spray a lot and bring my nose right up to my skin. ...
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    Re: l'Humaniste - Beautiful, but....

    Unfortunately for me, I can't smell L'Humaniste. I could detect so little odor that I wondered if I'd been sent Molecule 01 instead, so I ordered a sample from a different shop, exactly same result....
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Sorry, screwed up trying to edit my post above
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Credulity is exactly what I feel it is,but sure, it's needlessly insulting, I'll drop that. The crowdsourced methodology is how we found out about Aventus batch variations in the first place, and it...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Luckily, at least forthe purposes of testing the notion of "natural ingredient variation causes the batch variations in Aventus",we don't need to rely on anyone's estimates ... Pretty sure we'll find...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    It would not be in a form that we could submit it to a scientific journal. But that's what not most of us are after. We're intrigued with the fact that the crowd has noticed batch variations in...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Ugh, we don't have to rely on "estimations made by experts" ... We almost certainly have actual measurements from a source we both trust, the DIY guys (I assume you trust them, since you've been...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    So I'll ask again, no one in particular, just the group as a whole: hasn't the DIY group done GC/MS on other perfumes, and if so, shouldn't it be easy to find others with 25%ish degree of naturals,...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    I'd wonder where the 10% came from (from someone who used GC/MS like the FYI group, or some guys guessing). And, if Aventus really is 25% and the industry average is 10%, there must be plenty of...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    For me, combine 1. Creed has obvious QC problems in other areas, 2. No other company seems to have anywhere near this level of batch variation, not in this industry, not in other industries where far...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    I suppose, but imagine the guy who proposes, "let's widely vary the quality and nature of our very-expensive luxury-purchase product, that's what will win us more share and market sales, what do you...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Regarding the natural vs synthetic percentages, and the opinions people are throwing around about whether 25%natural+25%synthetic-naturals is either very synthetic, or very natural ... what is anyone...
  41. Re: Aventus Batch variations : Here is the real (maybe not) explanation!

    Thanks for sharing the email. Obviously, I've had trouble with Creed's official explanation -- "natural ingredients means natural variations" -- partially because Creed is known to just make things...
  42. Re: Got a "hubba hubba" and a "grrrrrr" from co-workers today

    Well I imagine Duc De Vervins L'Extreme is suddenly trending on google :)

    Congrats! It's on my sample list now... reading about it, it doesn't seem like the kind of perfume I go for, but always...
  43. Re: New Zegna Fragrance - Ermenegildo Zegna Acqua di Bergamotto !!

    Dior Homme Cologne 2013 is fast becoming one of my top-few faves... it's light, simple, and beautiful, although I can certainly see how people might alternatively find these types of perfumes light...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    It's interesting, a few people have made similar comments, about it being plain, uninteresting, etc. I strongly dislike Aventus, but for me, if there's anything Avenus is NOT, it's derivative,...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Spot on
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    He's just pointing out that taking at face value, information from a company that wholly manufactured their history, isn't really a high standard. It doesn't matter if it were Creed or not --...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    How do you know this? I'd love to see where these numbers come from
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    LOL You guys are kidding right? You're just pretending to miss l'homme's point?

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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    I see the sheep all flock to the same false idol.

    The lion, BTW, is wearing Nio today, and enjoying it very much, in case you were wondering :) :) :)
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Thanks for posting that, I was beginning to think I was all alone LOL. That's about what I experienced, except not a single one of the women I asked would have given it even a C. Interesting that...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    This is where you and I have gone off the reservation. I don't think a zillion guys in the Female Compliments thread, or the millions of standalone Aventus threads, are lying when they talk about...
  52. Poll: Re: Cologne recommendation for late teen& early 20s

    I think Bleu and Endymion are both fantastic, and either will be perfectly suitable for your age, although Bleu has the upside of being a proven female-compliment-getter (I'm just assuming that's a...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    I was dancing around that when I said, "it only smells like pineapple to someone who has never smelled a pineapple". In Aventus's case, the opening smells like pineapple the way, say, a purple...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    What?! Everyone knows smokey batches are the best! Ha, you're right, my first two samples were from "smokey" batches, but the word you used -- ashy -- is a better description. Really bad. I...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    You DO understand, it's right there in your second sentence :) For me, I'm exactly the reverse: I dislike it, but even allowing for varying tastes, the amount of love it gets here is unbelievable to...
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    Re: "Americans wear too much cologne/perfume?"

    You shouldn't draw any conclusions by what people do on fragrance forums. Occasionally, I see a fragrance thread on a forum dedicated to some other hobby of mine, and what I"ve learned is, most...
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    Re: People who don't lie Creeds Aventus

    I recounted that in order to show how ... I dunno, "surreal" is maybe the right word ... my experience with Aventus has been, compared to what my expectations were, from reading this forum. I...
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    Re: People who don't lie Creeds Aventus

    Islands, is it really so hard to believe some people genuinely, sincerely dislike it? I mean, there's something special about it that it's not possible to dislike it at all? Do you believe the same...
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    Re: People who don't lie Creeds Aventus

    It's not easy to describe why you dislike something, especially to someone who likes the exact same thing. I outright dislike it. I've tried multiple different samples, across different decant...
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    Re: Niche Alternative to D&g the one?

    Frapin 1270 was one of the ones suggested in previous threads, and one of the perfumes I was thinking of when I said that I haven't found one that smells similar to me overall, but I'd classify some...
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    Re: Niche Alternative to D&g the one?

    Hope springs eternal, right? I'm still hoping there's some brilliant answer :) I've read a few of these threads, and tried a number of the niche perfumes that people say are The One-ish, and to me,...
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    Re: What % of the population uses cologne ?

    I agree with that. 25-and-up, my experience with regular/frequent wear to be more like 5%, even 10% feels way high. It's higher with younger folks, especially if you count the bodysprays crowd. I...
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    Re: What is it about La Nuit de L'Homme?

    You're teasing, but really, despite the upturned noses on BN, Jeremy is usually right, at least when it comes to perfumes that appeal to female noses. I would not go to his videos for, for example,...
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    Re: Aqua Fahrenheit, L'Eau d'Issey, or Le Male?

    Unfortunately, L'eau D'Issey smells like bug spray to me. I like both Aqua Fahrenheit and Le Male, I personally would choose between them based on the crowd. I bit more open house meat market...
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    Re: fresh fragrance for the office?

    Dior Homme Cologne is fast becoming a favorite of mine for a whole bunch of scenarios -- work, hot days, just hanging out...

    Ermenegildo Zegna's line doesn't get much press here, but it's one of...
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    Re: First Impressions: Acqua di Gio Profumo

    We need our own version of a drinking game, focused on discussion around aquatics:
    - Every time someone mentions Bleu, motion towards him with your head while elbowing your neighbor, and take a shot...
  67. Re: I am looking for a cologne that smells like Speed Stick Gear Fresh Force.

    Dior Homme Cologne 2013 -- light, fresh, energizing, subtle and sublime even in Texas heat and humidity, most people around you will love it and no one will hate it.
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    Re: First Impressions: Acqua di Gio Profumo

    I'm one of those folks who gets a distinct unpleasant metallic accord from Essenza -- I love Essenza except for that. If Profumo was remotely Essenza-like but without that accord, that by itself...
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    Re: Olfactory Alertness

    I seem to have gotten to the point that I can understand what niche enthusiasts mean by "quality of ingredients" between niche and designer, even though I believe it's a general trend rather than...
  70. Re: Which fragrance would you wear for this interview?

    I'm in the no-scent crowd, or dior homme cologne or OV sprayed very lightly under clothes -- do not project, period.

    And with the crowd on absolutely not mentioning the mistakes on their website. ...
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    Poll: Re: Need A Compliment Getter.

    Really?! I definitely expected some people not to like the scents chosen for this list, but didn't expect there to be much argument that AdG, Bleu, etc. aren't compliment getters (in fact, I'm...
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    Re: Dior Homme Sport 2008 vs 2012

    I'm not a fan of Iris, as represented in the Dior Homme line, either. And, as a result, thought I disliked iris. But I wouldn't rule it out just yet... for example, Ermenegildo Zegna's Florentine...
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    Re: Do you smell Aventus often?

    Have never smelled it, or any clones
  74. Re: YSL La Nuit or Carolina Herrera CH for dates/clubs ?

    I love both. I'm relatively new to CH Men, so not enough time to really have feedback from women. La Nuit is a compliment-getting machine. Just don't spray too much, and there's a pretty good...
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    Re: Dior Homme Sport 2008 vs 2012

    This seems to be one case where's there's mostly consensus -- if not on which is "better", at least on the differences. My take on this is:

    DHS 2008: A true sport fragrance, and has nothing in...
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    Re: Holy Moly - CH Men Carolina Herrera

    It's really really really good. BN sometimes has a reaction against super popular fragrances -- witness the reception for Bleu de Chanel a few years ago. CH Men is awesome, do check it out
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    Re: Suggestions for a summer first date

    Although I really dislike Voyage now, I have to say that women loved it on me, back when I used to wear it.
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    Re: Suggestions for a summer first date

    I'm kinda hoping some of our BN women chime in here, with whatever perspective they have ;)
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    Re: Suggestions for a summer first date

    Undermined by the BFF again! Turn things around for a moment: you've met a woman, you're attracted to her, she's fun, you're digging her. You lean in close and she smells like your ex- -- assuming...
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    Re: Suggestions for a summer first date

    Le Male on a first date, in summer. You have ganas, my friend! :)
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    Re: Suggestions for a summer first date

    The One for Men is, in fact, one of the scents I choose very often for first dates (summer or winter), simply because:
    1. Women absolutely love it
    2. It projects only mildly, so even in the summer,...
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    Re: You love a fragrance, but does it suit you?

    I'm definitely not in the "If you love it, then it suits you" camp. I love the smell of marijuana smoke, and of cucumbers, and of homemade marinara sauce, and of whatever super-feminine perfume my...
  83. Thread: Decant shop

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    Re: Decant shop

    I've bought from them, more times than I can count. They usually acknowledge and ship incredibly fast -- I sometimes get my stuff in as little as 2-3 days (!!!). That said, any company can make a...
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    Re: 1 Million Vs CH Men.

    Agree, in terms of pure scent. As a low-to-moderate sprayer who doesn't like to project too far out, it's a complete dont-care for me which has better projection & sillage
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    Re: Bois 1920-Recommendations

    Oltremare is the only one I've tried from this line, but I like it quite a lot. It's a really nice, straightforward citrus

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    Re: Fruity fragrances for summer?

    Aurore Nomade by The Different Company. Unique and awesome!

    Pomelo Paradis by Atelier. I knew you'd get recommendations for Orange Sanguine, but this one is another hyper realistic take, with...
  87. Re: What do we mean when we say "smells old man-ish?

    yes, agree, it's often associated with some barber shop type scents. For me, many vetivers come off as having this vibe also ...viz. Space Flight Navigator's citing of Guerlain Vetiver as the prime...
  88. Re: What do we mean when we say "smells old man-ish?

    Don't know how old you are, but Old Spice is quite an amusing story, at least to me. As I was growing up, Old Spice was definitely an old man's scent -- like you, it's something I associated with my...
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    Re: Best fragrance to mask cigarette after-smell?

    I tend to agree. Perfumistas might appreciate the rich tapestry of scent you've created with your complex oud + cigarette smoke, but I can't imagine most normal people appreciating the composition...
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    Re: Signature scents??

    I don't get it either, the lack of variety in what you're be wearing each day/week/month. Possibly you have this big awesome collection, built with care and research and passion, and now, you'll...
  91. Re: Selling on BN - Anybody else frustrated with it ?

    I've been doing my purchasing as decants for the most part, so haven't even been checking used bottle purchases here, but this is a good reminder I should check things out here, too.

    I'm sure BN...
  92. Re: What do we mean when we say "smells old man-ish?

    I think the term is useful, just like descriptions that include masculine or feminine -- sure, these terms reflect cultural or even more personal (what my dad or mom wore) considerations, but I still...
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    Poll: Re: Signature Scent Poll

    We'll help him out, but there's no way we're giving up our snarky comments :) :) :)
  94. Re: Another thread asking for fragrance suggestions

    Dior Homme Cologne 2013 would be one of my top choices, in that type of weather.
    Ermenegildo Zegna Sicilian Mandarin would be another top choice
    Xerjoff Nio for a more expensive choice...
  95. Re: your thoughts on the 2 new Guerlain for men? Ideal and Ideal Cologne?

    Asspirin: I feel the same way as you for the first hour or so ... I didn't dislike it quite as much as you, but still, not something I'd ever wear again. Well, until the drydown 1-2 hours later,...
  96. Re: Something similar in the base of Green Irish Tweed, Millesime Imperial and ... YSL L'homme?

    I definitely detect a common accord between many Creeds, GIT and MI included. But as above, don't get any similarity with l'Homme
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    Re: 2 Compliments in 1 Night!

    That describes MI for me, too. I haven't tried it in a year, this thread has inspired me to re-try. But MI is so beloved around here, I know I'm not picking up the same scent that most people are!
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    Poll: Re: Signature Scent Poll

    I'm against the idea of signature scents, but if someone twisted my arm and made me pick a signature scent ... I find OV tolerable, if a bit mature; for me, Neroli Portofino is one of the horsemen of...
  99. Re: your thoughts on the 2 new Guerlain for men? Ideal and Ideal Cologne?

    Can't wait to try the cologne. I have Ideal, which I don't like the first hour of at all, but drys down to a pretty nice scent.

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    Re: 2 Compliments in 1 Night!

    He was pleased that his friends liked it ... you're just re-arranging the words to make a distinction without a difference, no? And then the usual suspects come on to tell him that the only...
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