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  1. Re: 'Fahrenheit Day' on Monday, 14th Dec 2015......

    I'm wearing and loving! Bottle from 2010. Very "gasoline" bright that year, but growing more diesel with time as it ages.

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  2. Re: SOTD: Saturday, 14th December, 2019

    Dior Fahrenheit!

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    Ending Phillip Island sync with Dior Fahrenheit (based on the weird temperatures there, from an American perspective) and beginning Fahrenheit Day festivities!
  4. Re: PDM - Are they bribing all the youtubers or something?

    I find the invitation of reviewers to become industry participants with their own brands far more subversive. I don't object to some doing it - not at all. The industry is filled with very nice,...
  5. Re: Are there any perfume notes or materials you've changed your mind on this year?

    I bought Galop mostly for the rose, but it's making the leather more and more interesting for me.

    Twilly was making tuberose start to work, but ultimately it's never going to be an "OMG" component...
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    Rocks by Original Penguin!

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  7. Re: Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger Flanker Thread

    Neither the original nor the flankers ever really appealed to me in the department stores. However, the flankers finally captured me in Marshall's. I even got a bit of liking for the original.
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    Very nice!!! I like this already.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 10th December, 2019

    Transfumers Unite! :beer: :wink: :engel017:
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 10th December, 2019

    Now going with Shalimar Parfum Initial - a travel bottle given to me by Primrose, years ago. The stuff is impossible to find now. If they ever bring it back as a limited edition, I will BUY, BUY,...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 10th December, 2019

    I'm finishing Monday and beginning Tuesday with RÒS from Caswell Massey. More ladies need to consider this one, as it is officially unisex, but touted as a male-friendly rose. Strong, spicy in a...
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    Bottle with a Story

    Wear a fragrance where the bottle is interesting or unusual, or has an interesting story behind it. Pictures, story, or a brief explanation always appreciated.
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    That's a fun challenge. What's interesting is that it gets a lot of fragrances in my collection that are not "the usual suspects".
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    One of the Original Penguin scents for me!!!
  15. Re: Jean-Charles Castelbajac - BEAUTIFUL DAY - (Maurice Roucel) A Masterpiece.

    I know that Collissimo is one of their 3 international shippers listed, and they do deliver to the US. Try picking one of those last 3 shippers.

    https://www.marionnaud.fr/livraison
  16. Re: What is your worst used fragrance purchase experience?

    Everything that's real is fake,
    Everything that's fake is real,
    Doesn't smell like when I was in kindergarten,
    No I won't send anything back,
    Everyone who disagrees is literally Hitler!
  17. Re: What is your worst used fragrance purchase experience?

    Leaking Hindu Grass and leaking Hinoki are confirmation of a real bottle, at least!
  18. Re: Powerhouse Fragrances - two that brought to my knees

    Kerosene had two really powerful ones that impressed me. A green monster called Creature, and a green rose called Whips and Roses, I believe. Both shockers.
  19. Re: Powerhouse Fragrances - two that brought to my knees

    Strongest on the market in my years that I ever experienced was Cathedral by Neil Morris. It is the most mind-bogglingly powerful incense scent ever. I had to seal the test strip in a plastic bag. ...
  20. Re: Jean-Charles Castelbajac - BEAUTIFUL DAY - (Maurice Roucel) A Masterpiece.

    BN page: http://www.basenotes.net/ID26153083.html
  21. Re: Jean-Charles Castelbajac - BEAUTIFUL DAY - (Maurice Roucel) A Masterpiece.

    We just had a Roucel sync, and I'm reminded of his bravado in composition. Will watch for this, just in case we cross paths.
  22. Re: Blind buy: Hommage Voyageur - what am I in for!

    I liked the original after a "blind" buy based on the reviews here, and was not disappointed. Very unusual and good. Got a sample of this flanker and have mixed feelings. More normal, less...
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    Now going with L'Instant de Guerlain EdT, but from a quite old bottle. Feels like an EdP. Interesting and easy for a guy.
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    OMG, I love it! :beer: I almost put on the cinnamon diapers tonight, but I was VERY intrigued by my big travel spray / bon-bon of Bond no.9 Broadway Nite, so I went with that. "Bride of Leafzilla"...
  25. Re: What would this fictional perfuner/character wear...

    Maybe she could be drawn to vintage Roudnitskas, particularly Eau d'Hermès, for some inscrutable intellectual reason, like our own Cook.bot (and a group of other BNers, as well) is drawn to Eau...
  26. Re: Ever notice how guys call perfume "juice" when describing the liquid?

    It got picked up off industry types thanks to Chandler Burr's book, The Perfect Scent, I'm pretty sure. He describes them using it. Others, too.

    But yeah. Tough guy, "in the know".

    "Give me...
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    I have a lot of Maurice Roucel options! Hard pick.

    Interesting bug in the directory search. Cook's link brings back 77 fragrances, but searching on Rouc or Roucel brings back only 71. Full...
  28. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    Me, too - I kept rooting for what turned out to be the winner. Great test of taste correlation.
  29. Re: Dior Sauvage Tops All Men's Fragrance Sales In UK This Christmas Season

    Scary! We went from "my man smells watery fresh" to "that babe across the street digs my searing chemical freshness!" in far less time than I might have thought. Although it may bode well for...
  30. Re: Need help identifying this fragrance by the bottle

    My suggestion:

    Take it to a better department store with several high-end fragrance counters with ladies working. Spray a card and take it around. Get the ladies to converse. They will very...
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    Re: One choice for...Vol XXIII

    Chanels only..... challenge....

    - Film Noir. Antaeus (agreed) / Coco Noir (noire?)

    - Science Fiction. 1932 & 1957 (time travel), AHS (space)

    - Romantic Comedy. Coco Mad (sequel is...
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    Re: Azzaro apology

    Good for you! Fighting the groupthink in fragrance takes a lot of conscious effort. It's a real laboratory for the dynamics of influence. Even with total honesty, there is basically a huge...
  33. Re: Thanksgiving - choosing a scent for a day of family, friends, football and feasting

    Bois Farine here - a toast to The NonBlonde. She dithered at first, but eventually came to terms with it and bottled, calling it fabulous, the same way I was with Bleu de Chanel. Wife is baking...
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    Re: The NonBlonde :-(

    Bois Farine right now. Bready iris, perfect for Thanksgiving. Shalimar was another fave, perfect for tomorrow's Friday vanilla sync. She was also wearing a lighter Shalimar flanker recently, as...
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    Don't deconstruct amber! You can never go back! Not unless you have saved your "OMG - amber is half vanilla" innocence to be shattered now.

    Whoops! :evil:
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    Re: The NonBlonde :-(

    So true. One of the most authentic and respected voices in the fragrance world. She provided a kind of balance to the community that I really appreciated. Seeing her comments, posts, or opinions...
  37. Re: Perfumarie - beware, bad customer service

    Store could still make it right. I suspect that the bottle is probably only off to some noses. Refund WITH a return required, take a bath on double shipping, and refrigerate the bottle. The...
  38. Re: Best female scents for under or around $60

    Perfumer's Workshop Tea Rose is 10-15 bucks and smells almost niche. My wife bumped a Creed out of daily wear when she added that one to her wardrobe!
  39. Poll: Re: Lying about fragrance when shipping

    I think you're right. The solution is not keeping hazmat off planes - it's proper ID and segregation by reactivity type, plus crew accessibility for emergency fire suppression or disposal in some...
  40. Re: Easygoing White Florals for a Beginner? Lys 41 thoughts?

    Yes, White Flowers is a great one, and very guy-friendly, too. Not sure I want to know how high it's priced now!
  41. Re: Cher to release new genderless fragrance

    One review so far and it's brutal. Somebody needs to take one for the team! :wink:
  42. Re: When was the last time someone's perfume annoyed you and which perfume was it?

    One guy who wore too much Sauvage was interesting. That had a Grimace factor of 1, where 5 is tear gas. I could stand it, but it was pretty synthetic - very chemical. He wasn't impressing the gals....
  43. Re: English Translation of Luca Turin's Parfums Le Guide (1994)

    Excellent! That hardcopy is goin' under the tree! TO ME!!! :beer:
  44. Re: Easygoing White Florals for a Beginner? Lys 41 thoughts?

    Yeah, that one has really moved into prime time crossover territory. I should wear mine more often!
  45. Re: Easygoing White Florals for a Beginner? Lys 41 thoughts?

    I like Guerlain Idylle and Chanel Gabrielle - my wife wore the latter quite a bit, and I wear it sometimes. Gabrielle almost comes off like a clean floral sport fragrance on a guy, IMO.

    My fave...
  46. Poll: Re: Lying about fragrance when shipping

    Ground shipping is pretty fast these days. A decade ago 7-10 days coast-to-coast was likely, but nowadays, under a week is typical maximum, and 3-4 days more likely for most shipments to most...
  47. Poll: Re: Lying about fragrance when shipping

    I've gotten 100 mL glass bottles air-mailed in boxes, stuffed into the thinnest of bubble mailers, with no padding. Once got a glass bottle, bare, in a manilla envelope, by air. Scary!
  48. Poll: Re: Lying about fragrance when shipping

    I have always told them it's perfume. I refuse to lie. Once the government makes me lie, I am no longer truly free. Leaving, accepting, rebelling are my options.

    I really like those little...
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    Galop d'Hermès here! I get many sensations from this one, which is one reason I like it.

    First of all, I "see" it as red, even though the box and juice are yellow, and the bottle silver and...
  50. Re: Becoming a niche snob... anyone else?

    Bleu de Chanel did this to me. Very odd how it bothered me until I "came to terms" with it. Wore only BdC for months, and was cured of whatever it was.

    But I've also learned to appreciate the...
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    *mind《☆♡●■¤》blown* :2vrolijk_08:

    Thanks!!! :beer:
  52. Re: Which Dior perfume is this? A strange request.

    Yes, Dior Addict sounds like the culprit!
  53. Re: Suggestions for samples for my wife

    Black Opium EDP Intense is new and my wife actually likes it (she dislikes the original).

    Azzaro Wanted Girl is great, IMO, and likely fits her taste. It's a cross between Wanted (men's) and La...
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    Double-Feature, Perfume Porn, Unicorn, and Synaesthesia all get a strong second! :D
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    I like that one! Very nice.
  56. Re: NEW: La Collection Celine Haute Parfumerie

    Based on the styles, do you have any wild guesses on perfumers, house similarities, or other useful comparisons?

    Bear in mind that house perfumers typically have moonlighting clauses in their...
  57. Re: Latest Tiffany Masculine Fragrance - Tiffany & Love For Him!

    That analogy always wakes this generiphile up!!!
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    Now I have the perfect excuse to get that sample of Black Opium!!!
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    Yay, haikus! :2vrolijk_08:

    Limericks are good, too! :cheesy:
  60. Re: Fendi by Fendi sadly discontinued but I found an identical frag!!

    They have a TdH clone called "Heart Pour Homme", an Armani Code clone called "City Pour Homme" (2 varieties matching Code and Code Colonia), and more.

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    Caveat olfactor!
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    Yes, we MUST do Panned by the Guide again!

    We could also add a Favorite Five-Star Day, too! :cheesy:



    WHOA!!!!
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    Moved up to a 2-starred!


    Aqua Pour Homme (Bulgari) ** citrus woody

    If I were queen, one of my first acts would be to declare a moratorium on men's sports fragrances. This one keeps a low...
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    Mauboussin Homme (Mauboussin) * weirdy oriental

    Luca wins. RP
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    Truth or Dare - wear a fragrance with a great personal story. If you don't add enough interesting details, you may get dared to wear a fragrance not of your own choice!
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    Smell-alikes, clones & rip-offs. Fragrances that are clearly supposed to smell like some other fragrance, even if not openly admitted.
  66. Re: The Wardrobe Quest -- Would You Give me Your Input and Help With Balance, Please?

    Your list has a good number of women's classics that men like to poach. You might add 5 men's scents that women like to poach.

    Fahrenheit
    Spicebomb
    Dior Homme
    (inviting more suggestions)
  67. Re: The Wardrobe Quest -- Would You Give me Your Input and Help With Balance, Please?

    A lot of great classic fragrances there. You will be well-schooled with that collection. By the time you're done, you may have identified preferences for houses and perfumers. Exactly where you...
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    Mauboussin Homme (Mauboussin) * woody oriental

    There is a wonderful word in French that denotes an average specimen of the male of the species: beauf', short for beau-frère, i.e.,...
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    Short enough to type!

    Vetiver (Creed) * not vetiver

    Creed has, as my father would have said, gone where the hand of man never set foot, and made a vetiver that does not smell of vetiver,...
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    Switched to 1-star (first Guide) Mauboussin Pour Homme.

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    Turin review to follow....
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    Must de Cartier = Santos Pour Femme! :happy: :engel017: :beer:
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    Just now switching to Must de Cartier. BN reviews are generally kind - it's popular! 31/41 positive, 5 each neutral and negative. Turin likens it to that last chocolate in the box - the really...
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    Love Black Opium!

    I can't get the reviews for you now - maybe later. Both are long. His BO review is almost a diatribe against the industry! Hilarious, both!
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    Re: GOLD by Puredistance/Antoine Lie)

    I must confess! Creed SAs gave me samples. After big purchases! And an empty tester when nobody was looking! Emmanuelments! :wink:

    Seriously, I own maybe 1/3 of the entire lineup. Never...
  75. Re: What's a no brainer, reach for cold weather scent

    I used to be very current on their new offerings, despite limited local access, because I purchased bottles over the phone with some regularity, and so samples were always in the mail. That ended as...
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    Starting out with something from the new guide - one of my top wears in 2019.

    Wanted (Azzaro) * nightmare fougère

    Wanted? A repulsively powerful, vulgar hybrid between Azzaro Homme and Cool...
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    Re: GOLD by Puredistance/Antoine Lie)

    I own 6/49 scents by this guy. One is a big fave. Could be a winner.
  78. Re: What's a no brainer, reach for cold weather scent

    And you're breaking it out, like I'm going to, this weekend!



    [/B]Great fragrance. Guerlain L'Homme Ideal is, for me, the less committed version of the state of mind when I wear TF Extreme. ...
  79. Re: What's a no brainer, reach for cold weather scent

    Yes! Great option!
  80. Re: Aramis Devin Country cologne then and now

    I haven't tried the latest. I do know that the 2008-ish version was pretty close to the 80's version.
  81. Re: Azemour lost more than its luster

    Whoa! No experience with this one that I can recall. Not sure it's needed now.
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    Re: Limericks and only limericks allowed

    There's a leathery rose that I know
    Which the French mispronounce as Galop
    Though I'd thought it a flop
    Must now have me Galop
    And its tacky and saddlery sheau.
  83. Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    LOL

    Oh, he dissed Elevator Perfume Lady! This is strike-em-from-the-Eternal-Shopping-Mall stuff! :D



    It IS! It's on Etsy, but then, every conceivable thing is on Etsy! :wink:

    No, I just...
  84. Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 13th November, 2019

    Went from Bleu de Chanel to...

    Coco Noir

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  85. Re: Does the band Train have a problem with cologne?

    Drops of Juniper was FBW, but I only wear it occasionally any more.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 12th November, 2019

    Glad to see that love for this one is increasing! I bought it mostly for the rose, but the leather is now intriguing me, too. My initial difficulties smelling it are gone, and I can smell it...
  87. Re: New Member Here - Wondering What to Do Next . . .

    More comments later, but quickly this - discoloration of Un Jardin en Mediterranée is a known defect of the original formula that does not affect the scent, but means a good early bottle! Welcome to...
  88. Re: Men that wear Chanel No 19 and Cristalle EDT or EDP?

    LOL! Not a bad idea.

    Best car fragrance I ever smelled was a GIT knock-off. Stuff was amazing.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 12th November, 2019

    Neat! What do you think of this one?
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 12th November, 2019

    L'Eau de Kasaneka here!

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    I love Black Opium on women. I think it's awesome. Turin has been deceived by the agents of IFRA, I'm certain. :wink:
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    This is exciting, Alice! One of my fondest memories of BN was the first one-star scent sync. My frag was Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne! Bought it just for the occasion! But I have many more...
  93. Re: Men that wear Chanel No 19 and Cristalle EDT or EDP?

    I have 19 Poudré (an EDP), and my wife has a diminishing amount of old 19 EDT. I also have a mini of 19 Parfum.

    I do not recommend Poudré for guys who are packaging any kind of traditional...
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    Re: Ineke - Field Notes From Paris

    That's a great scent and fairly unique. It is tantalizingly light on the tobacco, hinting at wood and coffee. Really amazing. A "mood scent" if there ever was one.

    Dawn Spencer Hurwitz has one...
  95. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear.

    I was going to recommend Chanel Pour Monsieur EDP, then reading your wardrobe, I was thinking the older Concentree would be more your style - until I saw you already had it, and with 5 stars!

    Your...
  96. Re: Need Advice about Sending Large Amount of Samples within US Securely!

    Agreed!

    I was told by postal officials several times (and saw in the regs) that the ORMD label can be neatly hand-drawn, so I just do that and it's always been appreciated.
  97. Re: Need Advice about Sending Large Amount of Samples within US Securely!

    Just to add one point about shipment to Iso's excellent summary, because the volume of liquid in a total crush here is not trivial.

    The deeper points of the shipping regulations define proper...
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    Rose, too, though! That's a great call!
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    Perfect!
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    I'm going with abstract beauty Bulgari Black in honor of the Prague School and their ideas.

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