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    Re: Guerlain Derby or Knize Ten Gold

    It's not like Daim Blond at all. It's not sweet and fruity - much more a dry and literal hardcore leather. It's just the way the leather is done in CM that reminds me of the Knize.
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    Re: Aventus pantry dropper!

    *sigh*

    really?
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    Re: Guerlain Derby or Knize Ten Gold

    The Knize is closest to Cuir Mauresque of those you mentioned. CM is a bit more raw, but balanced by the "stewed fruit" accord that runs through many Lutens.

    If you don't like the Lutens, it...
  4. Re: Florientals, and Woody Florals any recommendations ?

    Ok - I have to admit. That's actually not a bad suggestion.
  5. Re: Florientals, and Woody Florals any recommendations ?

    The answer is always the same: whichever one is harder to find.
  6. Re: Florientals, and Woody Florals any recommendations ?

    DHI FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No need to look any further. Ignore all those suggestions down there vvvvv.
  7. Great article deadidol! It's great to see your...

    Great article deadidol! It's great to see your debut here as a "contributor".

    This sounds like it was a great event. Thanks to taking us there. I really need to go to the Osmotheque the next...
  8. Thread: Tam Dao EDP

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    Re: Tam Dao EDP

    Totally agree with this. I never liked the EdT - it smells almost entirely like cedar to me, with a bit of something that just barely suggests the smooth, buttery awesomeness of Mysore sandalwood.
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    Re: Pure Malt for $63 on Amazon - Grabbed 2

    Same for me. I've used the 21% code and gotten the 6% cash back twice, and also used the same code with the 12% cash back special they recently had.
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    Re: Tell me I am not the only one

    I sometimes get unintentional layering effects from residual fragrance on a sweater or jacket mixing with what I'm wearing. The effect is very nice sometimes. I wear a lot of Guerlains, so their...
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    Re: Ambre Sultan blind buy?

    I think it's amazing - one of the best ambers out there. My wife loves it too, both on me and to wear herself.

    I've never understood people that say they like it except for the "spice rack"...
  12. Re: Heritage EDP - What do I have to look forward to?

    It was a normal line release initially, before Guerlain had any super expensive "niche" line. It just flopped commercially, so they relaunched it as a Parisien exclusive in the 125ml bee bottle.
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    Poll: Re: Designer hall of fame

    I was talking about Egoiste and Fahrenheit. By "the Dior", I meant Fahrenheit.
  14. Re: Heritage EDP - What do I have to look forward to?

    I know. The Derbs is sadly super expensive. One of the ways in which the previous generation messed up the world. ;-)

    If they had made it a commercial success it would be part of the regular...
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    Poll: Re: Designer hall of fame

    I voted Egoiste, but was on the fence with Fahrenheit.

    I know that it's not as commercially successful as the Dior, but that isn't the most important consideration for me. If it were, Acqua di...
  16. Re: Heritage EDP - What do I have to look forward to?

    I'm wearing Heritage EdP today! I've neglected it for too long.

    I should buy a backup bottle too. I only have the one weird vintage 70ml bottle.
  17. Re: Heritage EDP - What do I have to look forward to?

    Oh, and as far as the EdP, it's pretty fantastic. Its more a classic masculine (I wouldn't call it unisex at all) than Habit Rouge, which is sweeter and more floral. But it's still solid Guerlain. ...
  18. Re: Heritage EDP - What do I have to look forward to?

    Don't forget the Ebates 6% back as well. There's also a 21% off coupon you can get on RetailMeNot, for a total of 27% off/back.
  19. Re: Christian Dior - La Collection Privee.....true or false ?

    No worries. I realized immediately that the expression could easily be misunderstood. :-)
  20. Re: Christian Dior - La Collection Privee.....true or false ?

    That's not what I meant. When I said most people wouldn't question I meant that most people don't know much about perfume and thus would not doubt what the SA tells them. Therefor many SAs feel...
  21. Re: Christian Dior - La Collection Privee.....true or false ?

    I agree with this. It's unlikely that a SA at a ship will know anything about changes in the formula. However if you ask why the price increased, they will say something. Most people wouldn't...
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    Re: my thoughts on frags which smell 'dated'

    Most of the fragrances that smell dated to people are chypres, I think. Oakmoss ruled the 80s, and most of the powerhouses of the day have loads of it.
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    Re: Guerlain Jicky - recent purchase

    Jicky was meant to be a women's perfume, but some men started wearing it. I think back then there were no masculine perfumes, unless maybe Fougere Royale came out before? Don't remember. Too lazy...
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    Re: 2 new fragrances from guerlain -- warning

    It's a relaunch of Petit Guerlain, which was available in eau de toilette and alcohol free eau de senteur. I guess this is just the EdT, sold at a much higher price.

    That bottle is just the...
  25. Re: Shalimar Ode a la Vanille sur la route de (du?) Mexique

    You can't beat that! And the answer to your dilemma is obvious - get both!
  26. Re: Shalimar Ode a la Vanille sur la route de (du?) Mexique

    Cool! I've never seen those big honkin' bottles of Habit Rouge outside of France.
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    Re: New Tauer PHI-une rose de Kandahar

    Damn! I thought he was bluffing.
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    Re: How to Self-Educate a Nose

    Yeah - I've been away for a while with the holidays and life, etc. I'll get back into it soon. :-)

    On the coffe bean - I didn't know there had been any research on it. That was interesting to...
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    Re: How to Self-Educate a Nose

    Also, when testing yourself, sniff all of them and record your guesses before checking any of them to eliminate narrowing down your choices.
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    Re: How to Self-Educate a Nose

    I've always meant to do this but never get around to it, ScentFan - great initiative!

    I'm one that believes that coffee beans don't do anything for olfactory fatigue. They are just another sharp...
  31. Re: Alert: Price Increase of Chanel Les Exclusifs Line

    They don't exclude fragrances or certain brands? I know these discounts often have exclusions.
  32. Re: Woman's winter scent? No big florals or sweet fruits

    You can get samples from Luckyscent.com and they carry the Red series:

    http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/category/218/page/1/brand/Comme_des_Garcons_Series_2:_Red.html
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    Re: RIP, Eau Des Baux

    One of the shops near me has about 10-12 bottles on the shelf. I bought one, just in case. I had been thinking about this one for a while since buying the deo stick on a trip a few months ago.
    ...
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    Re: What is the most OVERRATED fragrance?

    Why bump it then? It's almost a year old.
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    Re: Sterling Perfumes out of Dubai?

    That's just for the men's scents. The women's may be more expensive.
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    Re: Sterling Perfumes out of Dubai?

    These are kind of cheapos. I see the Derby men's ones pop up all the time in my eBay searches for Guerlain Derby. They're usually around $35. I have no idea what they smell like, but these seem...
  37. Re: New Limited Edition Perfumes for Gorilla Perfume

    Happy to help! Which ones did you get?
  38. Re: New Limited Edition Perfumes for Gorilla Perfume

    I went blind on 2 of them figuring I can probably resell on eBay if I don't like them.
  39. Re: New Limited Edition Perfumes for Gorilla Perfume

    While supplies last, I think. I hear they usually last a couple of weeks.
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    Re: Beautiful Roses

    The problem with samples is that they often lead to full bottles, especially when the intelligence is good. And I get the feeling that you ladies are like the NSA (GCHQ, for you?) of rose perfumes!
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    Re: Beautiful Roses

    Oh, man. This thread is going to be trouble for me. I can see it already. Don't you ladies realize how many samples, decant and bottles I have here? I had to buy a storage thing to organize all my...
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    Re: Chamade, Rive Gauche, Chanel No 5 family

    Well, that's how it was for me. I've said this before recently. I think that as long as you are sniffing and thinking about perfume and actively exploring new scents, your tastes and perceptions...
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    Re: Would I like Habit Rouge?

    Wait - "Une Rose" Edouard Fléchier? That guy's a rock star in my book. So this version stood until Wassers restoration job a couple of years ago? Does it smell chyprish? I've smelled a Mitsouko...
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    Re: Would I like Habit Rouge?

    I know. It's so sad. Everything has been standardized and domesticated. All the messy organicness, the emotion - has been stripped away. We're left with cleaner remakes, more modern, more in sync...
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    Re: Guerlain: Derby

    That bottle is a work of art! They don't make them like that any more. Sure there are still houses that make quality presentation - Chanel caps are very nice, and others as well. The Dior magnetic...
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    Re: Chamade, Rive Gauche, Chanel No 5 family

    I've had a similar experience, in making connections that most people don't see. As I've learned more, those perceptions have changed, and are changing still.

    I think that when you are beginning...
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    Re: Guerlain: Derby

    That's a beauty! The photos are just fine. :-)
    Congratulations on the find!
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    Re: New Tauer PHI-une rose de Kandahar

    The tobacco wasn't very obvious to me. I think that dusty quality that appeared 1-2 hours in is the effect of it.

    In the drydown, that dusty (tobacco?) vanillic accord grew more prominent. It's...
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    Re: A note on page loading times

    The site has been pretty fast for me lately, here in the middle of the US.
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    Re: New Tauer PHI-une rose de Kandahar

    You're making me blush, danieq! I still feel like I'm stumbling around in the dark most of the time. :-)

    I still have trouble identifying so many notes and picking apart accords, but I do feel...
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    Re: New Tauer PHI-une rose de Kandahar

    I'm full wearing my sample for the first time tonight.

    My first impression when spraying it on wasn't great. I don't detect the rose in the opening at all. It's all dense sweet apricot, with a...
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    Re: Sweet seductive rose perfumes

    Stella and Tocade are the two that came to mind for me. Stella is slightly over the price limit, but not too much, and I just got a 100ml bottle of Tocade for $25.
  53. Re: Woman's winter scent? No big florals or sweet fruits

    If you are interested in an absinthe scent, you should try both Amouage Memoirs. One of these may work well for you.
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    Re: Chamade, Rive Gauche, Chanel No 5 family

    Sure - it's the Parfum de Toilette concentration, as according to the batch code, the bottle was made in 1990.
  55. Re: Shalimar Ode a la Vanille sur la route de (du?) Mexique

    Social context changes what one is comfortable wearing. When I'm in the UAE, I'll wear just about anything. When I'm in the states, at work - I limit what I wear during workdays significantly.
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  56. Thread: Posting pics

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    Re: Posting pics

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    OK - that worked. I just posted that ^^^ as an attachment from Tapatalk on my phone, after saving the image to my Camera Roll from Google image search.

    You could...
  57. Thread: Posting pics

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    Re: Posting pics

    I don't think you can do this with Tapatalk. Are you trying to post images from the app? If so, I think you have to save, and then upload from your camera roll. Let me try from my phone ...
  58. Re: Shalimar Ode a la Vanille sur la route de (du?) Mexique

    If you don't feel like you could comfortably wear the regular Shalimar EdP or EdT, I don't think you'll feel differently about the Ode series.
  59. Thread: Posting pics

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    Re: Posting pics

    What I usually do is touch and hold on the image for a few moments, and then a menu pops up that gives you the option to save the image. That puts it in your camera roll, and you can then insert it...
  60. Re: Think of the most over-powering cologne to ever overwhelm you negatively...

    FYI - the name of this fragrance is actually "Eau Sauvage Parfum" - it is an eau de parfum.

    It's a totally different fragrance from the original Eau Sauvage.
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    Re: Chamade, Rive Gauche, Chanel No 5 family

    The Dioressence I know is a powdery chypriental, but I can see a link to Chamade in the early phases. And it has some aldehydes in the opening as well, so it shares that with No 5 - it could be what...
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    Re: Chamade, Rive Gauche, Chanel No 5 family

    Chamade is what I'd call a green chypre, and No 5 an aldehydic floral. They both have floral components, but to me they're quite different in structure and feel. I don't know Rive Gauche, by the...
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    Re: Would I like Habit Rouge?

    Mitsouko is pretty light sensitive too - again the top notes are re first to go. Make sure you sniff it before you buy if possible. On the other hand, brand new Mitsouko is good again! If you can...
  64. Re: Best way to clean out perished rubber stopper?

    What perfumes are they, and how big are the stoppers? I might try using needles to pry them out. If you pierce the stopper at an angle through the top and down into the stopper, could you maybe pry...
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    Re: Stat rosa pristina nomine - Part 2

    You have one of the limited bottles of La Fille de Berlin?!?! That is insane!!! This one is gorgeous too. If I could have one of the limited bottles, this would be near the top of the list.

    How...
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    Re: Jasmine Sniff-Fest, Part 2

    You are definitely not alone, Larimar! I'm right there with you. :-)

    I'll check it out - TPC makes it easy with their decants at reasonable prices. I already got a 5ml decant of Or et Noir. I...
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    Re: Would I like Habit Rouge?

    I have gotten a couple of bottles of vintage Habit Rouge that have turned a bit. Usually they are bottles that came without a box. Habit Rouge seems to be particularly susceptible to top note...
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    Re: Jasmine Sniff-Fest, Part 2

    Just read this thread. Great thread and very nice work! I know exactly what you mean, but for me it usually ends up being late nights, followed by bleary-eyed mornings fueled by quad espressos. ...
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    Re: Would I like Habit Rouge?

    That's the good stuff! Earliest version of the EdT. And it came with the box - if it's been stored in the box the top notes should be good.

    I have a few just like this that I use when I travel.
  70. Re: Who have Habit Rouge EDT (vintage) and the current EDP version?

    Nice! I had some of the shower gel of that vintage once - long gone now.

    What I would love to get my hands on now is some of the vintage hair tonic. That stuff's extremely rare. I've only seen...
  71. Re: Who have Habit Rouge EDT (vintage) and the current EDP version?

    Yeah, I'd guess 80s as well - that's a zigzag box. And I second Mike - buy both if you haven't done so already!
  72. Re: Angelo Orazio Pregoni versus Denyse Beaulieu’s speculations on Art

    I was actually just about to say almost exactly the same thing, but with fewer words that I've never seen before.
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    Re: Stat rosa pristina nomine - Part 2

    I looked into this one, largely because of what I heard about the flower. I lost interest quickly after reading a few reviews. Was this released posthumously? I think I read speculation that it...
  74. Re: Angelo Orazio Pregoni versus Denyse Beaulieu’s speculations on Art

    22220
  75. Re: Alert: Price Increase of Chanel Les Exclusifs Line

    They are a lot more expensive than the Diors now, at least in the US.

    The Dior exclusives are $170/125 ml and $250/250ml - and they seem generally much stronger than the Chanels.

    Yes - nothing...
  76. Re: Is Egoiste Cologne Concentree really that much better than the vintage Egoiste EDT?

    It's notable mostly for the nice smooth sandalwood dry down. I guess that if you get the CC you are assured of getting real Mysore sandalwood.

    Overall, I find that the CC stays closer to the...
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    Re: Stat rosa pristina nomine - Part 2

    Good idea!


    Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin and Rose de Nuit.

    I'm testing these head to head - one on each arm. I'll full wear each one later in the week as well. I got decants of both of...
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    Re: IRIS Note in a protagonist role.

    My front rank irises are

    Iris Silver Mist - dark earthy cool clear. Perfect
    Dior's Hommes: original Cologne, EdT, and Intense - enjoyable to wear, very likeable, sweet gourmand iris
    Amouage...
  79. Re: Angelo Orazio Pregoni versus Denyse Beaulieu’s speculations on Art

    I might be sitting in something O'Driu, but I never got an answer when I asked if I could buy samples a while back. :-(
  80. Re: If you had a 130 bucks, what Niche would you buy?

    Have you tried many of the Comme des Garcons? Under your price target, you could get Black, CDG 2 Man, Blue Encens or Blue Santal. All would work well for you, I think.
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    Re: Stat rosa pristina nomine - Part 2

    I'm like you. I got Rossy and tested PHI and wasn't blown away. I need to give it a full wear though. I did get a nice holographic apricot in there for a moment.

    What do you think of Rossy? I...
  82. Re: Angelo Orazio Pregoni versus Denyse Beaulieu’s speculations on Art

    Same, except Tam Dao EdP. At least for me, when it comes down to it, I almost always prefer to enjoy art like a wolf howling at the moon, rather than thinking much about it.

    But then sometimes I...
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    Re: Learning Chypre

    Oh, and regarding Miss Dior - this is a little confusing. Dior launched a new one - this is in a bottle that has a silver bow on it, and has Natalie Portman in the ads. Completely different.
    ...
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    Re: Learning Chypre

    Nice list! That's some serious sniffing you've got lined up.

    I would say that Diva is more a traditional chypre, and Chypre Palatin more a modern one.
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    Re: What " Niche Brand " is your favorite?

    Looking in my cabinet, I have to say Lutens and Amouage, unless Guerlain counts.
  86. Thread: Posting pics

    by rubegon
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    Re: Posting pics

    I just do it manually using img tags. For example, if I want to embed this image:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/51/Small_Red_Rose.JPG

    Just surround it with the tags like...
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    Re: Stat rosa pristina nomine - Part 2

    Creed Fleur de Thé Rose Bulgare

    That's Bulgarian Tea Rose, according to the Creed site, by the way - not The Bulgarian Rose, or Bulgarian Rose and Tea. I was a little confused. In case anyone...
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    Re: Christmas Present Ideas

    Kenzo Flower is a big time powder bomb. It smells a lot like baby powder. My wife used to wear it a lot. If she doesn't like powdery, that might not be a hit. It is great though.

    The Diptyques...
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    Re: Bal à Versailles...anyone?

    Did either one come with a box? I can only tell BaV vintages by the box design. The one on the left looks like a vintage parfum mini I had, but they also made PdT minis that look the same.

    The...
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    Re: Aventus way too overrated?

    It's a lot less work to point out a silly argument in a thread than it is to get a sample of a fragrance and write a review of it. See?
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    Re: Learning Chypre

    I don't know all of them, but many on this list don't seem like chypres to me. Now that oakmoss is effectively banned, perfume houses seem to take that as a license to call almost anything a chypre....
  92. Re: Suggestions Needed for Replacing Patou Homme Prive and Gucci Nobile

    Penhaligons Sartorial is a modern stand in for Nobile.

    Derby is a good chypre - not a bad sub for PPH.

    Check out Arsene Lupin (not Voyou) as well. It's a nice floral leather.
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    Re: Aventus way too overrated?

    Thanks Red! Reading this feels a little like getting kudos from the professor for answering a question well in class. :-)

    You're the first one I was thinking of when I said "though not all."
    ...
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    Re: Learning Chypre

    Yes, I think the white boxes were just before the zigzag ones, but only in the US maybe. Before that they used the coffee bean and then before than the blue boxes.

    If you're dabbing on, you won't...
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    Re: Aventus way too overrated?

    No. About 60% BNers that take the time to review it like it. Most people that don't like something don't bother to write a review on it.
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    Re: Aventus way too overrated?

    The big selling cheap designer and drugstore fragrances are exactly the same as Aventus - just for a different income range. I guarantee you that that the vast majority of Creed sales are to people...
  97. Re: Who have Habit Rouge EDT (vintage) and the current EDP version?

    Hi Mike!

    I still haven't managed to find a vintage deo! I got one in an auction as a freebie with an EdT, but the seller threw them loose into a padded mailer, and it arrived with the top of the...
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    Re: Aventus way too overrated?

    That only makes sense if you think that sales volume corresponds to quality. I would guess that Le Male, Old Spice, 1 Million, Acqua di Gio, and many others sell more units than Aventus. Your...
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    Re: Aventus - I joined the hype.

    It's even easier to refrain from posting something for the 1000th time in the first place. We see this every week. It gets old. This should be in the Just Starting Out forum, by the way, if it...
  100. Re: Who have Habit Rouge EDT (vintage) and the current EDP version?

    The current EdT is closer in spirit to the vintage EdT. It has a very similar opening and similar contrast between the light and heavy components. The heart and base have been modernized. If it's...
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