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    Re: Looking back....

    My first splurge was Nasomatto Nuda. I was on a jasmine kick and bought it blind after reading the few reviews that were available at that time. Thankfully, it didn't disappoint.
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    Re: Cosmetic surgery/procedures

    Might be worth reading this as a primer and other articles surrounding the topic:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuteness

    In short: people find tall foreheads, big eyes, and a smaller mouth /...
  3. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    Their Russian Leather is quite decent too. I just had a look at their website, and they seem to have repackaged the bottles, and jacked up the prices though...
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    Diptyque City Exclusive Candles

    It's that time of the year again when Diptyque's city exclusive candles are being sold online and in their boutiques (at least here in the UK):
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    Re: Dior Saint Jean de Braye

    Well, look what I found:
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  6. Re: Post a note and the best example of that note in a fragrance

    These are the reference scents that I found represent a specific note or accord the best on my fragrance journey so far.

    Jasmine: Serge Lutens A La Nuit
    Leather: Tom Ford Ombre Leather
    Rose: The...
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    Re: Audacious by NARS

    £125 for 50ml? Yikes. That's a bit steep.
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    I'm just sticking my nose down my sleeve (about 9 hours after application now) and underneath this accord there's something that smells a bit off now... a bit sour and odd, and not in a good way. The...
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    If you're after this sort of thing, go for it. It'll go perfectly well with a cashmere sweater :smiley:

    I think it leans more towards musk rather than leather. Have you tried Narciso Rodriguez...
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    Re: Rare Chanel Sycomore 15ml Parfum version

    I've never seen or heard of this one before... If it was a trial run to gauge popularity in the stores, it may be a unicorn indeed!
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    It's at my local duty free already and the delightful SA dabbed a small amount on my wrists.

    It's a very soft scent, and even though only a small amount has been applied, I can tell it won't be as...
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    Re: " The Combination" Fragrance & Bottle

    Odin Tanoke 07. A great incense fragrance with packaging that really struck me. The presentation is superb. Black on black throughout. Matte black packaging with gloss black debossed print and logo.
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    Re: Audacious by NARS

    They have a killer monoï oil that I like very much. I'd love to get my nose on this.
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    Re: What fragrances make you do you hate/make you retch?

    Chanel Egoiste Platinum and Bond No.9 Wall Street.
  15. Thread: Dark

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    Re: Dark

    Going by packaging and presentation alone: The whole of the Odin New York line. Runner up is Serge Lutens' travel spray editions.

    In terms of a dark feel, patchouli has this impression on me. So...
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    Re: I dislike Oud Wood now

    I never found Oud Wood to be as good as it's hype. I've tried it when it came out, got a sizeable decant, and got bored by it very, very fast.
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    Re: A parfum for nihilism

    I find it hard to find a perfume that embodies nihilism. Nihilism is the absence of meaning, whereas fragrance always has meaning for someone personally because you make the choice.
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    Re: Sauvage = Baccarat Rouge 540

    That made me laugh out loud :grin:
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    Re: Latest Thierry Mugler - A*Men Ultimate!

    Coffee is probably the hardest note to get right. I've tried plenty of fragrances that tried to replicate its smell, and they all didn't really come near the real thing.

    They should have listed...
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    Re: Latest Thierry Mugler - A*Men Ultimate!

    <reads notes>

    Bergamot, Cedar, Mocaccino, Balsam fir...

    <record scratch>

    Mocaccino...? Really?
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    Re: How would you rate/review a perfume if .....

    I think that's the beauty of opinions - everyone's different, and no one can claim to be 100% objective when judging a fragrance due to innate biases and even genetic differences. I don't think...
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    Re: Are We Too Hard on Fragrance YouTubers?

    I presume if a Youtube personality doesn't like the comments, they can turn them off, no?



    This. I don't watch Youtube reviews because it's not a format for me. I'm about efficiency, not...
  23. Thread: Ex Idolo?

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    Re: Ex Idolo?

    And finally onto Thirty Three. The first spray made me grin widely as this is indeed incredibly similar to Black Aoud... At first. But it is also less brash, smoother, more refined. I also don't...
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    Re: The Fragrances We Would Buy Again

    Another couple more from me:

    Hermes Eau des Merveilles - A fresh take on amber that both ethereal and punchy at the same time. Paired with orange, pine and driftwood, it smells like nothing else...
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    I've never been a huge fan of Coromandel because to me, it was simply never as good as Borneo 1834. I'm still hankering after a bottle of the latter, however, I'm also hoping that the Coromandel...
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    Re: Dior Homme Cologne

    It's a fantastic scent. I have a decant of it somewhere.

    It shares a similarity with Dior's Escale aux Marquises. I always keep that one in the fridge in the high heat of summer to cool myself...
  27. Re: how often is poor performance really your nose not performing

    Yes, I've had this happen several times now where I couldn't detect the initial blast of a fragrance, and only started to perceive it after I left it to develop.

    My worst offender is BR540. I get...
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    Re: She Was An Anomaly by Etat Libre d'Orange

    Thank you for correcting me on the incorrectly used fallacy. I'd still like you to engage with the argument itself and to expand your thoughts, rather than leaving one rather short and sarcastic...
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    Re: She Was An Anomaly by Etat Libre d'Orange

    A consumer product has to have a function, which is determined by brief. The process of creation of a perfume is in most cases highly structured, calculated and reviewed to suit the consumer. Art is...
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    Re: She Was An Anomaly by Etat Libre d'Orange

    One can argue that perfume isn't art. In the end, it's a consumer product.
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    Re: What's missing? Looking for a winter frag

    Welcome!

    Ombre Leather is fantastic in my opinion.

    If you have trouble finding Valentino Uomo Intense, I suggest you have a look at the Dior Homme range. Dior Homme Intense or Dior Homme Parfum...
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    Re: What to wear as a wedding guest

    :tekst-toppie:

    For people who don't get the reference:

    https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/04/bridesmaid-wears-t-rex-costume-sisters-wedding-allowed-choose-dress-10684371/
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    Re: What to wear as a wedding guest

    I personally think Sartorial would fit the bill. Second choice would be probably Cedrat Boise.
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    Re: Cosmetic surgery/procedures

    I just read an interesting article about the topic and thought I'd share it here:

    https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/sep/04/which-is-the-worlds-vainest-city
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    Re: Is Linearity Such a Bad Thing?

    I also agree. What good is a scent that has individual stages and complex transitions if it ultimately smells like a dumpster fire?
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    Re: Tauer Lonesome Rider - Discontinued

    I thought this was one of Tauer's more popular releases?
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    Thank you for your initial impressions. I hope to try it at the Duty Free next week.
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    Re: NEW Dior Sauvage Parfum 2019 Official Discussion

    Just wearing this now on the back of my hand. As you predicted, it's a completely different fragrance on skin. I think the cardboard blotter didn't do it any favours yesterday.

    It's not anywhere...
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    Re: Fragrance Prices in Lisbon - Ouch.

    I went to Lisbon earlier this year, and whilst I didn't do any shopping for fragrance, I must say I was very surprised at how expensive certain other things were. I understand that capitol cities are...
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    Re: The Fragrances We Would Buy Again

    Speaking of Shalimar - I have it in a few concentrations (vintage EdT, vintage EdC, L'Eau, vintage Extrait), however, it hasn't won me over yet and if I had lost my bottles today, I wouldn't be quick...
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    Re: The Fragrances We Would Buy Again

    Three more from me:

    Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay - My favourite tart cologne. It makes you pucker up and rewards you with the most incredible sour and fruity blast before mellowing into a pleasant...
  42. Thread: Ex Idolo?

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    Re: Ex Idolo?

    I tried Lucid Dream yesterday and am wearing Ryder today.

    Lucid Dream is a weird one. The opening blast smells vaguely feminine, with pink pepper and a bright yet muted rose. But as it progresses,...
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    Re: Soleil Neige by Tom Ford

    Here's another article:

    https://www.fragrantica.com/news/The-Serene-Shimmer-Of-Sun-On-Snow-Tom-Ford-Soleil-Neige-12669.html
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    BDI Parfum is HG tier for me. Best one out of their range for miles in my opinion.
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    I was always befuddled by Coromandel not getting a Parfum version earlier. The scent seems just primed for it. Also agreed on the Sycomore, but somehow I can see this aimed more at the male spectrum...
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    Re: NEW Dior Sauvage Parfum 2019 Official Discussion

    I've tried it on a blotter today. It's more pleasant than the EdT and EdP and smells less harsh / synthetic. However, it's also rather generic and reminds me of something that I cannot recall at the...
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    Re: Dior getting blasted for new Sauvage campaign

    Whatever is a general term like 'white culture' even supposed to mean? :confused:

    Believe me, there are no such hang-ups in Europe and I dare-say Australia about 'white culture', and I'm...
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    Re: The Fragrances We Would Buy Again

    Good thread idea. I'll start with a few and then add some more as we progress:

    Serge Lutens A La Nuit - The most perfect jasmine scent I tried so far. It hits the perfect balance of realism and...
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    Re: Dior getting blasted for new Sauvage campaign

    This pretty much. To me personally, it's a manufactured storm in a teacup.
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    There's also an article on Fragrantica about it:

    https://www.fragrantica.com/news/Chanel-Coromandel-Parfum-12661.html

    I'd love to try it once it becomes available. I'm not a fan of Coromandel,...
  51. Thread: Ex Idolo?

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    Re: Ex Idolo?

    I've ordered a sample of each after a lot of people said that Thirty Three is similar to Black Aoud but done better.

    I just tried Love & Crime. It has a Terry's Chocolate Orange meets Cointreau...
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    Re: How often do you try something new

    I pass through a department store about 3 times a week on my commute home, and make an effort to try something new every time. It's not a premeditated choice because I'm usually in a rush and just...
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    Re: Sources For Decants in UK

    My order has just arrived, and I'm actually quite shocked with how generous they are with samples. I've ordered the 4 Ex Idolo samples out of curiousity, and they let you choose two more samples for...
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    Re: What is “too perfumy” for you

    I think the definition of a 'perfumey' scent varies from person to person. To some it may be an overly powdery scent, or something with dialled up florals I imagine. To me personally, an overdose of...
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    Re: Hermès reputation in the fragrance-world.

    Given that the thread was started 10 years ago, I must somewhat agree that Hermes have fallen off the radar a little, especially when it comes to their men's offerings. Bel Ami Vetiver was the only...
  56. Re: Following your nose around the world - where would you go?

    I've never even heard of Meteora, and now I want to put it onto my bucket list!

    A couple of things I would like to do or see:

    - I would love to see a Japanese incense ceremony and learn more...
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    Re: Help me choose a Wedding scent

    Or Erolfa, which works well in high temps.
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    Re: Captcha bot check for mobile device users

    What browser are you guys using? I don't think I ever had a CAPTCHA on this site. I'm using Firefox and Chrome.
  59. Re: What perfume revolutions/revelations have you experienced and what’s coming up?

    Jo Malone's Blackberry and Bay has a nice sweet and sour thing going on. It's very tart on the first hit, and you pick up the sweetness not long after. Escale Aux Marquises and Dior Homme Cologne are...
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    Re: Captcha bot check for mobile device users

    I keep myself logged in on my PC and mobile phone, and never come across any CAPTCHAs...?

    Are you using Tapatalk? If so, try to switch to the PC site on your mobile phone if it bothers you.
  61. Re: What's the correct way to pronounce "Knize"?

    Just found another couple of threads on this:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/245880-Knize-10-pronunciation-German-or-Austrian-basenoter-help
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  62. Re: What's the correct way to pronounce "Knize"?

    I just had a look and the company is Austrian. In the German language, 'k's aren't silent. My guess would be 'Kni-tse'.

    Edit: No, it should be 'Kni-zee' with an e like 'elf'. Knitze would be...
  63. Re: Amouage: what do you think is the sleeper or under-rated of the line?

    I'm partial to incense fragrances, and thought that this one was particularly well done. It was on the drier end, and slightly spicy and herbal. It was a long time since I have tried this though. I'm...
  64. Re: Amouage: what do you think is the sleeper or under-rated of the line?

    Opus VI. Or the whole of the Opus line really. Basenotes rarely ever talks about them.
  65. Re: the flight to quality - do you have this "problem"? Don't mean to sound smug (apologies)

    Same here. Though I wouldn't even know how to start pruning. I'd be hesitant to sell on eBay, and the shipping restrictions here in the UK are getting a bit ridiculous.
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    Re: Sources For Decants in UK

    There's a new(?) vendor called Scent City:

    https://www.thescentcity.com/

    They have a limited selection of rather niche brands, but the value of the samples is good from what I can see (cheaper...
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    Eau de Shalimar and Shalimar EdT are awesome.
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    Re: "K" by Dolce & Gabbana - new "secret" scent!?

    I tried it yesterday. Fuzzy woods. That's all I'll say. It definitely gave me some Sauvage / Aventus vibes. It's rather soft, but also has a nice citrus / grapefruit / orange note. So much so I had...
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    Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent is incredible. It's great for all occasions, and all sorts of weather, be it hot or cold, dry or humid. The scent itself is a veriver that leans to the vegetal rather...
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    Re: Have you ever tried Opium pour Femme?

    I have about 15mls left in a vintage bottle for reference. The biting carnation in this is a little too much for me.
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    Re: Odin - let's talk about it

    07 Tanoke is a great incense fragrance. Wonderful olibanum yet woody and nuanced enough for it not to be 'straight-up church', if you know what I mean. And the packaging is quite impressive too....
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    Oh look Scarce... here's another one :grin:

    I like the EdT (don't own it though), and the beard oil is fantastic I must say.
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    Re: Mainstream houses

    Speaking of mainstream lines only, I'd say Dior is rather far ahead of the competition. They do have something for everyone in their line-up. Chanel I'm not that hot about to be completely honest,...
  74. Re: Fragrances that Copy a Trend off an Original and is in your Opinion Better than the Original.

    The original Bottega Veneta in my opinion bests both Cuir Amethyste and Daim Blond. Lutens was first, Armani came a year after, and then Almaraic had his take on it 6 years later at BV.
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    Re: Cosmetic surgery/procedures

    L

    I only recall seeing botox once in a way where it was very obvious that the person had done it, and this was years ago. Her forehead looked simply too fresh and smooth for her age, but it didn't...
  76. Re: Your Top 3 popular fragrances that you just don't like

    Baccarat Rouge 540 (simply because I'm anosmic / can't smell it, all I smell is a faint candy floss)
    Platinum Egoiste (went full on scrubber on me, too metallic)
    Bond No.9 Wall Street (as above,...
  77. Re: Perfume oils, body oils, body and bath oils - how, when, where?

    Good to know because I was toying with the idea of getting of the Rose 31 body oil due to it's low entry cost (they still have it on their website). They also make a perfume oil that I presume must...
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    Re: What to try next after Aventus

    Cheers mate :beer:

    Between the Le Labo that freewheelingvagabond and I proposed, I'd probably rate them in the following order (from the ones that I've tried):

    - Rose 31 (or rather not-a-rose;...
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    Re: Cosmetic surgery/procedures

    I think this is a complex subject. If someone is very self-concious about their (self-)perceived flaws, then well, whatever makes them happy.

    However, given the current pressure that is applied...
  80. Re: [UK] "They took branches of palm trees and went forth to meet him..."

    With this in mind; any appetite for a TOAK for some of the latest Maison Dior / nee Dior Prive line? I'm thinking Purple Oud, Santal Noir and Spice Blend perhaps. They all sound like they could be...
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    Re: What to try next after Aventus

    From Tom Ford, I'd try Grey Vetiver, Ombre Leather, Oud Wood, Tuscan Leather and Neroli Portofino which seem to be popular on this forum. I'm not the biggest fan of the brand though, I must admit.
    ...
  82. Re: Perfume oils, body oils, body and bath oils - how, when, where?

    I can't possibly add any more insight than Diddy and cacio have already done on a general level.

    However, personally speaking, I use a Jo Malone's bath oil on my body sometimes and it hasn't...
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    Re: Please use caution when shopping at Nose Paris

    Take it up with PayPal to get your money back. It may take some time as they may want to mediate, but I'm sure you'll be refunded in the end.

    Personally, I think the story with the fake DHL tape...
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    Re: Looking for a specific type of woody scent

    +1 Tam Dao EdT
    +1 Wonderwood

    Also adding Santal Majuscule to the list. A very dry sandalwood and cedar mixture with added cocoa and a touch of rose.
  85. Re: How long have you been collecting fragrances, and do you have an end point?

    I've been purchasing fragrances for over 10 years now. At first I wasn't too discerning and bought things that I merely liked or that I didn't have a way to try (no samples). Nowadays, I can go...
  86. Re: Skin allergies - red spots & itchy skin- Fragrances

    I have one particular fragrance that breaks me out in spots when I wear it on my neck. I relegated it to my nape and chest, and I don't get any breakouts there.

    I also had issues with numerous...
  87. Re: [UK] "They took branches of palm trees and went forth to meet him..."

    Welcome back mate :beer:
  88. Re: Still making Basenotes Awesomer / more info / cake sale / new BN Plus

    Oh my, you're bang on! :grin:
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    Re: Please use caution when shopping at Nose Paris

    This is definitely not what is happening here. Parcels are scanned on pick-up and there is full traceability end-to-end in terms of who is handling the parcel. You as the customer don't see it in...
  90. Re: Still making Basenotes Awesomer / more info / cake sale / new BN Plus

    Quarry raised some very valid points. Also, in regards to the logo, and I hope I don't sound too critical, how about having filled circles representing droplets instead of the waves?
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    Re: Fragrances for a hoodie and jeans type of guy

    All very nice choices for a beginner :smiley:

    Some of the scents that are relatively casual you may want to try are:

    - D&G Light Blue
    - Armani Acqua di Gio
    - Davidoff Cool Water
    - Hermes...
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    Re: Fragrances for a hoodie and jeans type of guy

    What are your favourite sort of scents?

    In my opinion, anything goes. I don't tend to associate fragrance with a certain style of dress.
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    Re: Please use caution when shopping at Nose Paris

    That is very poor. They should return the money to you straight away and take it up with DHL, regardless whether the package was insured or not. You as the customer should not have to suffer because...
  94. Re: Name a fragrance you own, but no other Basenoter does...

    I was just going through my collection and cleaning the bottles when I came across this. It was a purely opportunistic purchase. Shiseido Euthrixine Hanatsubaki, the 2008 reissue. Stock picture, not...
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    Re: Serge Lutens testing

    Yes, I think the name is a bit of a misnomer. It's more of a very dry, sandalwood meets cedar scent rather than the creamy sandalwood you get in some fragrances. In Santal Majuscule, however, I like...
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    Re: Blackrock buys Authentic Brands Group

    I just had a look at the Authentic Brands Group website and frankly, not one of the brands appeal to me. If anyone wants to have a look, follow the link and scroll down:
    ...
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    Re: Givenchy III Discussion

    This is the bottle I have, which looks similar to Bavard's except for the top:

    https://i.imgur.com/jcz4cXG.png

    I'm not incredibly familiar with the older style of chypres, and cannot really say...
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    Re: Serge Lutens testing

    Un Bois Vanille is probably one of the best vanilla fragrances on the market.
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    Re: Serge Lutens testing

    Borneo 1834 is amazing. If you have ever tried Chanel's Coromandel, it is rather similar but with more depth and a dark chocolate / cacao note with a slight herbal twist. It has been ages since I've...
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    Re: Juliette Has a Gun - recommendations?

    Lady Vengeance is the dog's bollocks. Best patchouli and rose combo I came across, and I wear it when I need an extra confidence boost. One of Francis Kurkdjian's best in my opinion. Vengeance...
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