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  1. Re: Uh oh.. Massive fragrance changes in 2021/2022. (opoponax, jasmine, ylang ylang)..

    I just saw the same info directly from a 4160 Tuesdays Facebook post. This is terrible news indeed....
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    It is fabulous stuff, IMO. My full review on Parfumo is right here: https://www.parfumo.net/Perfumes/Renaissance_Fragrances/Lucifer_Eau_de_Toilette
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    Re: best spicy mens fragrance?

    Some favorite spicy designers from past and present are:

    Captain (vintage) by Molyneux
    Costume National Homme
    Sud Est by Romeo Gigli
    Tzora by Anat Fritz
    Black Edition by Montana
    Vendetta pour...
  4. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    So many superb options to steal from you, Jon.... This is a difficult choice, but it will have to be a “blind theft” of Knightsbridge, as I can’t get that here in the States and have heard so many...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Ain’t that the truth. I always felt this one has taken a lot of unfair fire over the years, just because it isn’t Patou pour Homme or Patou pour Homme Prive.... OK, extremely few perfumes reach...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    That pretty much sums it up... It is indeed like a risk paying off, IMO. With the real oud oil barnyard facets being tempered and balanced *just enough* by the overall fruity mild sweetness and the...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Lucifer114529
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    Re: Today I bought December 2019

    Gold by Puredistance114495
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Puredistance Gold is not only a wow, but a big positive surprise considering my usual disdain for the perfumer’s (Antoine Lie’s) creations. Thanks to thebeck for bringing it to everyone’s attention.
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    Re: Spec me a fragrance for my dad!

    Any of the many fine classic Aramis releases would most likely be a fit. Montana Black Edition would be another.
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    Re: GOLD by Puredistance/Antoine Lie)

    My sample just arrived today and I have been wearing it for the past hour...

    Obviously this is nowhere near enough time to really form detailed impressions or any attempt at a final...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Giorgio for Men114339
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    Re: invictus VS invictus intense

    Blech vs. Blech, Blech... Of course everyone has their own tastes, but if these two are the only choices I would go “fragrance-free.”
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Fendi Uomo 114279
  15. Re: Powerhouse Fragrances - two that brought to my knees

    When I think of powerhouse perfume, I think of compositions primarily from the 80s, and some from the 70s. That said, if we are talking more recent “big projectors” as most of the compositions...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Gucci Accenti114238

    I have had Accenti in my collection for a while, but while I would rather smell it on a woman than wear it myself, I think it is some of the finest smelling perfume on the face...
  17. Re: Let’s talk Davidoff Zino it’s been awhile.

    By all accounts I really should like this, but for whatever reason I just don’t. I disliked it on initial release, and each time revisiting it over the years I get the same result. I can’t explain...
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    Re: GOLD by Puredistance/Antoine Lie)

    Took them awhile to get it on their site, but finally LS has bottles and samples available. Just ordered a sample, so will report back with my thoughts in a week or so.
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    Re: Your 2019 favorites!

    Very little so far released in 2019 that I have sniffed has impressed...

    *This* one was a big winner, however...

    The Moon by Frederic Malle

    I also think Fougere L’Aube and Flos Mortis by...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    I have a full review of the perfume posted on BN, but a quick rundown is the first couple of hours have *some* similarity with Portrait of a Lady, but with a decent amount of somewhat barnyard real...
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    Re: Fragrance Recommendation

    X for Men by Clive Christian
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    The Moon from Malle turned out to be a big wow for me. The best 2019 release I have sniffed so far, and the best thing I have sniffed from Malle since Portrait of a Lady. Overpriced to be sure, but...
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    Poll: Re: Costume National vs Aomassai

    Costume National Homme
  24. Re: Dior Sauvage Tops All Men's Fragrance Sales In UK This Christmas Season

    No surprise I dislike all of them, finding nearly all horrific smelling. That said, based on current mainstream perfume preferences the list is about what one would expect...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Welcome to the forum, Alex. I have never tried Alliage (though if in the realm of Ocean Rain I am sure it smells great), but know all the rest well and congratulate you on some exceptional choices. ...
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    Re: Today I bought November 2019

    Took advantage of the Rogue sale and bought Derviche.
  27. Re: Vintage perfumes - question for the experts, what to keep ?

    I am sure that others will chime in with many recommendations as there is a lot of good stuff there... I personally have always been a fan of Tendre Poison, so that one immediately caught my eye... ...
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    Re: You have 20 shots at this, don't **** it up!

    Try http://www.surrendertochance.com
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    Re: Rogue Perfumery Your Favorites?

    Lots of winners, but so far I have only purchased Chypre Siam and Le Canotier.

    I like or love the entire line, save 40 Rogue that was definitely not my taste at all. As an aside, the generally...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 25th November, 2019

    The Moon by Malle.

    This one was a very risky (expensive) blind buy that luckily paid off big time. The real oud used can come off as very potent and barnyard when sniffed up close, but when...
  31. Re: 5 best smelling scents I own - Nov 17 2019 edition

    Welcome to Basenotes. With that list, I dare say you are off to a great start.
  32. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    You know, Yarn, it really is scandalous I don’t have the superb smelling Yatagan in my collection.... Thanks to you, now I do.
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    Re: What should this guy wear? (Round 2)

    Exactly... vintage only (also, of course).
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    Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    Vintage does to a large degree, but artisanal compositions (even those that are non-IFRA compliant) are very much a mixed bag. Having good quality/non-IFRA compliant ingredients isn’t worth much if...
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    Re: What makes a perfume male or female?

    Nothing.
  36. Re: Frederic Malle Editions de Parfum collection!

    Congrats on your Portrait of a Lady acquisition. I think it goes without saying I think you made a wise choice. :-). The Editions de Parfums line really does have a lot of winners in general, and is...
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    Re: Setting out as a "Maturate person"

    This one, for sure. Online it can be had within your budget, and it is absolutely terrific smelling. I recommend avoiding Jeremy Fragrance if you are looking for good perfume. I would use his...
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    Re: Today I bought November 2019

    Blind buy for me after several failed attempts to get a sample first direct from Malle now that Barneys is gone. A bit worried due to the crazy price, but the notes look up my alley and the perfumer...
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    Re: Becoming a niche snob... anyone else?

    For me, I can enjoy anything that smells good, whether it be present day niche/artisan, designer/mainstream or vintage offerings. I will say that I find most of the recent niche/artisan and...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Givenchy III

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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    I think any changes to the perfumes are less to do with Lauder and more to do with IFRA. That said, while I think Malle has handled the reformulations skillfully, I have been sure to seek out the...
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    Re: Today I bought November 2019

    The Moon by Frederic Malle

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  43. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    HFMIII, I have always admired Diaghilev and wanted to add it to my collection, but alas, its cost was just out of reach for my finances. I am *so* happy that you have “agreed” to part with it in my...
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    Re: 1970s Greatest Hits

    Some favorites from the 70s that first come to mind in no particular order:

    Polo
    Revillon pour Homme
    Snuff (1977 ver.)
    1000
    Aramis 900
    Azzaro pour Homme
    Blend 30
    Captain Molyneux
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    Re: Opinion: What should this guy wear?

    Snuff by Schiaparelli
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    Re: Does you nose know $$$$$$

    I think I can tell composition results and ingredient quality well enough, but as price has little correlation with those, I doubt I can predict price well at all.
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    Poll: Re: Indulge me again, a vote for my next scent

    As I dislike all the others (including the highly regarded Egoiste, that for whatever reason just never clicked with me ever since I initially tried it after its release), this by default.
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    Re: Classic vintage colognes

    I don’t know what “old mannish” smells like so no idea there. As for my favorites from your list (of which I have smelled all), the following classics are favorites of mine and highly recommended:
    ...
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    Re: GOLD by Puredistance/Antoine Lie)

    Congrats on the family acquisition, Ken. I took a look at LuckyScent’s website yesterday to hunt for a sample, but I don’t think they have posted it quite yet. I will look to sniff it once they do....
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    Re: GOLD by Puredistance/Antoine Lie)

    The notes look good and I certainly trust your nose Ken, but I have had horrific luck with Mr. Lie’s compositions, with my two most loathed compositions being composed by him. I saw his name as...
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    Re: Top 10 Smalll American Artisan/Niche Houses

    Most US based indies don't do anything for me, but these three are exceptional, in order of preference (but all with very different styles):

    Rouge Perfumerie
    Bruno Fazzolari
    Aftelier
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    Re: Today I bought November 2019

    Great vintage choice that deserves a lot more attention than it gets, IMO. If you haven't sniffed the latter spice driven Sud Est release from the mid-nineties in the same terrific bottle, it is...
  53. Thread: Roja Diaghilev

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    Re: Roja Diaghilev

    I don’t do seasons or locations. A great perfume is a great perfume. Personally, I would wear it anywhere.
  54. Thread: Roja Diaghilev

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    Re: Roja Diaghilev

    It is excellent smelling and one of the best from the house, IMO, but it would be a pricey/risky blind buy for you, as it really smells quite different than the Roja perfumes you listed that you...
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    Re: Roja Parfum Colognes

    This. Well, maybe not “terrible,” IMO, but while I really enjoyed the Parfum strength version, the cologne while recognizable almost felt like a different perfume and for the worse. Too bad,...
  56. Re: What kind of man can pull off Dior Homme Intense?

    I dislike DHI so wouldn’t wear it myself, but as others have said, *anyone* can wear it. If you like it, wear it and enjoy!
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    Re: Favorite ‘warm-spicy’ fragrance

    X for Men immediately comes to mind, like others have mentioned. Much less of a wallet buster that is similar is a +1 to the prior Costume National Homme recommendation.
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    Re: Top 30 Fragrances of All Time

    Here is a quick (and most likely inaccurate) attempt at mine, solely based on bottles I own in no particular order outside of the top 10. All perfumes should be assumed to be rated based on their...
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    Re: Favorite citrus-free vetiver?

    Turtle Vetiver Front
  60. Re: Top ten list of favourite fragrances that can be got for $60 or less

    Terre d’Hermes
    Montana Black Edition
    Havana
    JHL
    Or Black (current version)
    Bentley for Men Intense
    Yatagan
    Tuscany
    Eau d’Orange Vert
    Encre Noire
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    Re: Top 30 Fragrances of All Time

    We definitely have very different taste, as none would be on mine.

    That said, I do like Jubilation XXV, Sycomore, GPH2, Envy, SDV and Lyric Man on your list. The rest I personally dislike, but...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    While not part of the sample pass, I have samples of the entire line, I believe, and am wearing Rogue 40 today.

    Unfortunately, while I love a couple and like all the others I have tried, *this*...
  63. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I recently received a sample of Mysterious Oud and am wearing it for the first time today.

    On first application, I am getting a ton of nutmeg and ginger-like cardamom spice with a good deal of...
  64. Re: Looking for a good fragrance for a 25 year old young professional

    I dislike all of the three in the OP, so can provide no help there... I do like the Dia Man recommendation, and would concur with that one no matter what age you said you were. If the Dia Man price...
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    Re: Is Barney’s gone gone?

    A damn shame, as Barneys was my favorite department store. I will always have fond memories of their now defunct Las Vegas location, where I smelled Portrait of a Lady for the first time (and buying...
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    Re: Today I bought November 2019

    Superstitious by Malle

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    Re: Unique 'to die for' fragrances...

    There is a lot of value with vintage offerings, IMO. Why blow $500 per bottle on IFRA neutered stuff that most likely won’t come close to matching vintage bottles that sell on the after-market under...
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    Re: Favorite Perfumer

    Out of currently active noses, Dominique Ropion (Portrait of a Lady, Superstitious, Une Fleur de Cassie, Carnal Flower, Costume National Homme, The Night, Ysatis, etc.) when on his game is my...
  69. Re: The BEST Niche (top of the line) HORSE fragrance house for Men?

    The *current* Giorgio for Men is OK smelling, but a shadow of its former self with its dry down destroyed by IFRA driven reformulation. I wouldn’t buy current perfumes from either house personally,...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 26th October, 2019

    Lucifer by Renaissance Fragrances
  71. Re: The BEST Niche (top of the line) HORSE fragrance house for Men?

    VIP is quite different and light years better smelling. Just buy a bottle off of eBay, as I strongly doubt there are any fakes and it will never be rereleased. VIP is one of the best mens marketed...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I am sampling this line late.

    I have the current sample pack to get through but am coming into all of these completely blind as I haven’t read any of the comments in this lengthy thread as yet. ...
  73. Re: Best "value for money" scents, which niche collectors wouldn't turn their noses up at

    Too many to mention, but Montana Black Edition is definitely one.
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    Re: Would I like Yatagan ?

    Vintage Yatagan is exceptional, but quite unlike Zino. As I dislike Zino, to me that is a very *good* thing...
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    Re: Your 3 Favorite Niche Houses

    I am much more into vintage designers nowadays, but I guess:

    1)Malle
    2)O’driù
    3)Pekji or Rouge depends on the day of the week...
  76. Re: Five Female Fragrances From Fragrance Houses Men Can Easily Wear?

    This, though I also agree with the latter post in the thread that said Black Orchid should not be worn by *anyone*. ;-)
  77. Re: Davidoff Cool Water - A question concerning its magic, lost or otherwise.

    Look for a bottle on eBay using cursive for the Davidoff Cool Water Logo and confirm the picture shown is what you will receive. There is plenty of the original magic left in those bottles, and...
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    Re: Today I bought October 2019

    After sampling several Rogue offerings, these two were the easy standouts and merited full bottle purchases -- Chypre-Siam and Le Canotier

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  79. Re: Your TOP 10 from this decade, subjectively and/or objectively.

    Mine is still unchanged from my September 7th post in Trauerkraut’s similar top 10 of the decade thread from last month. My list is all subjective (as I think it is near-impossible to be...
  80. Thread: 10's top ten?

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    Re: 10's top ten?

    2010 Portrait of a Lady
    2011 Les Nombres d’Or Vetyver
    2012 Javanese Patchouli
    2013 Bentley for Men Intense
    2014 Le Mat
    2015 Scent and Chemistry Kiss My Ass
    2016 Adjatay
    2017 Superstitious...
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    Re: Patchouli based Masculine scents.

    The outstanding vintage Giorgio for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills would be a good start.

    Javanese Patchouli by Zegna is light years different from Gentleman and a more modern option, but definitely...
  82. Thread: Chypre-Siam

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    Re: Chypre-Siam

    I must say, having just worn this a full day from a recent sample pack, count me highly impressed.

    I originally was interested in Mousse Illuminee due to all the positive rave traffic on the MF...
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    Re: Best purchase you made in last 6 months?

    While I have only bought three perfumes in the last 6 months, all are superb smelling. The one I was somewhat afraid about despite its silly low price tag (as it was a blind buy, unlike the others)...
  84. Re: Bottega Veneta Pour Homme vs Hermes Bel Ami Vetiver

    The excellent Bel Ami Vetiver for any occasion would be my choice of the two.
  85. Poll: Re: Just bought Polo green vintage...but in a splash bottle.

    Well, with respect to the Warner vs. Cosmair sprays I have purchased within the past 10 years, the truth is they smell about the same to me (both superb). That said, the original splash bottle from...
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    Re: Your favorite all-natural fragrance

    Lalfeorosa by O’Driu
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    Re: Best Male Oakmoss fragrance

    I am wearing this one now, and while I like it, I smell more tree moss than anything else. I think it has a *somewhat* similar fragrance profile to Caesars Man (which I mean as a compliment), but I...
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    Re: Best Floral Fragrance?

    I love many, though Portrait of a Lady is by far my favorite.
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    Re: You have 20 shots at this, don't **** it up!

    Wow, good to see you posting again, PM. Your unique wit has been sorely missed. Quite frankly, you haven’t missed much in the way of releases in the time period specified. Most releases to my nose...
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    Poll: Re: Choose a 'budget' Fall fragrance

    Costume National Homme for me by a nose over the also superb smelling Bentley for Men Intense.
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    Re: Best Male Oakmoss fragrance

    This one — my oakmoss reference.
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    Re: Thoughts on vintage Poison?

    The vintage stuff is incredible smelling. A true honeyed, plum-laced jasmine and tuberose powerhouse to the extreme. One of the absolute best perfume creations of the 80s (and that is saying...
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    Re: Arrogance Pour Homme ~ Pikenz Version.

    Yes, it does. I just sprayed some on skin from my bottle from Schiaparelli Pikenz (assuming this is the one you are referring to), and there definitely is a gob of soapy oakmoss in the base a la...
  94. Poll: Re: Just bought Polo green vintage...but in a splash bottle.

    I have no idea about batch codes, but I still have a Cosmair splash bottle from my teen years that still smells spectacular today. I think I prefer it to the vintage Warner and Cosmair sprays I...
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    Re: How many fragrances do you own?

    I am down to about 300, mostly vintage perfume. Nowadays, if I don't wear it, I don't keep it.
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    Re: La Nuit De L'Homme is back from the death?

    It was always horrific, IMO. I guess to me the only way to go from rock bottom, is up.
  97. Re: Pick One Fragrance Brought Back To Original Formulation?

    Captain Molyneux... The current stuff is unrecognizable. I want the original formula packed with oakmoss!
  98. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    [QUOTE=Emanuel76;4721848]
    NuParfums Bronze Age

    I assume you are referring to TDH EDT. The pyramid is similar to EDT.

    Top: bergamot, grapefruit, pink pepper, rose;
    Middle: fir balsam, cedar,...
  99. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    I never have done seasons, so I can’t really differentiate there. That said, these three were acquired for $20 or less and are still available, at least on eBay for around the $20 or less benchmark:...
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    Re: Your bottom shelf (or shelves) NOW

    I generally don’t keep something in my collection unless I love and wear it...

    These, however, I haven’t worn in a while (ones with asterisks will probably be jettisoned eventually)...

    Brazilia...
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