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  1. Re: TOM FORD SPLITS - International Shipping - most private blends & DISCONTINUED ONES!!! - $130 shi

    ^^ PM sent
  2. Re: Where to buy Dior Bois D'Argent in Canada?

    also note that sometimes the Dior boutiques have different prices from other retailers... so call around first before buying if you care about price
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    Re: Smoothest Oud (smoud)

    huh, also not cheap but who needs a whole bottle (ok me). Mona Di Orio's Oud IMO is fantastic. Smooth but multifaceted. I have a 100ml bottle. Gimme a shout if you want to meet up and smell it. I...
  4. Re: Counterfeit CREED Aventus... now in 2.5 oz bottles!

    this link helped...
    http://ocsnext.ebay.ca/ocs/cuip?segmentId=19999&query=Report+Item+&topicId=1279&contextid=efc3479a-7602-4ddc-954c-94be755fea55%3A14c119e19ad

    reported the item as counterfeit...
  5. Re: Where are all the Vintage Creed bottles?

    oh I remember this thread from way 'back! Huh, good to reread it.
  6. Re: New Tom Ford PB Neroli Portofino Line Fragrance

    huh, funny. In my experience it's the men who always find it too feminine!
  7. Re: Ebayer Quelestuchesameredbrulerenenfer Aka JP Grosvenor legit? Anyone have experience with this

    toolhaus.org, enter any ebay name and see the negative/neutral reviews, even if they've been 'removed' by ebay
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    Re: Creed Flacons

    If you get the water from Silver Mountain, even better!
  9. Re: What % of your wardrobe fits the "middle eastern / arabian" influenced category?

    at a guess I'd say 20%, that's if we're going past the oud/spice/leather and including heavy gourmand type things.
  10. Re: Jean LaPorte L'Artisan Parfumeur Cascarille

    wow, what a cool find!
  11. Re: I'm pretty sure I haven't told this story before

    let's be honest, we're all small timers compared to Hednic. Sometimes I think about him and think, huh, can I even really honestly call myself a hobbyist? I mean I've got like 200 bottles and most of...
  12. Re: I'm tired of poorly packaged decants/splits

    I've spoken with and seen the decants of the various splitters... and for the most part I think the usual guys do a really good job. I have and will participate myself with other guys, not just my...
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    Re: Oud Ispahan

    that's why we recommend doing 5-10ml decants instead of bottles. Often the enthusiasm wanes and you're off chasing the next unicorn before the first frag is dry... if you can scratch the itch of...
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    Re: Oud Ispahan

    Great choice! I love this one. You may find the Leather Oud quite a bit more sharp and ahem animalic... I'd add the Ambre Nuit to your list to test as well
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    Re: What Would George Costanza wear?

    Haaa, exactly what I was going to say!
  16. Re: 'There is a furor within me'...Serge Lutens speaks: poetic statement meaning..?

    This is your perfumer.



    This is your perfumer on drugs.



    Any questions?
  17. Re: Let's talk about 'BOSS The Collection' scents

    When I worked at a shop a few years ago I remember we launched the line. Smelled them all a few times and honestly, there's nothing of note here (so to speak). It's a total pass in my opinion.
  18. Re: Roja Parfums to be launched in Holt Renfrew Toronto (Feb 2015)

    Clive's line got dropped. That being said it was a different level (~$1K) and his line was just tucked away on a shelf in the ladies section without any repping it... if Roja's line is going to sell...
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    Re: The Amouage Experiment

    also, since you're in Canada... The shop Niche Essence here in Toronto, run by Kiavash, is the Canadian distributor... so if you called them and said you wanted to sample the line, there's a chance...
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    Re: The Amouage Experiment

    ah, I knew there were a few missing from that list. I highly recommend also getting samples of Memoir and Opus 6
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    Re: Best oud for under $250

    I'd say you'll find your answer in terms of what the accord can be between these... so +1

    Armani Prive Oud Royal
    Bond 9 booth New York Oud

    Tom Ford Oud Wood
    Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Oud...
  22. Re: Is there a less expensive "clone" of Back to Black by By Kilian?

    so couple of points...

    1. You can buy a 30ml-50ml REFILL for this scent for less and put it in your own atomizer. I'd say win-win. You get your scent for your budget.
    ...
  23. Re: Donald Trump builds his fragrance Empire

    I actually Loled. You know how people just internally smile and say lol but they're lying. Nope, I'm chuckling right now as I write this... aw man, that was funny. Thanks
  24. Re: Uh-oh...discovered Tom Ford Pvt Blend

    Congrats! and welcome to the family.

    There's a lot of good juice in the line. Personally some of my (underrated) favorites are Italian Cypress, Cafe Rose, the new Tobacco Oud (really coming to...
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    Re: Kill me now ... (Kouros rant)

    ah, so you've discovered Kouros. Congratulations!
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    Re: waiting is the hardest part...

    hey amazon please invent a drone to drop off perfume samples at my door. I'll just stand there with my head tilted back for direct smell insertion when the vial lands.
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    Re: Rive Gauche in walmart

    Welcome Bipbop... just want to point out that the original post is from about 2 years ago and also from a Canadian poster... I remember about 2-3 years ago buying a tin can of RGPH for about $25-30...
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    Re: Skimping on bottles..

    I think the company sending some extra juice isn't an admission of guilt per se... more just good PR. So far we have a question about whether or not the measuring instrument is accurate, and only one...
  29. Re: Demeter has 4 tobacco fragrances. Can anyone recommend the best one?

    also read up on CB I Hate Perfume scents since they're both Christopher Brosius's work. You may spend a little more and get a better (slightly lol) scent
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    Re: Finally happy with my collection

    Looks like a good solid well-rounded collection there. I'm a little jealous of your vintage MPG's!
  31. Re: How similar to TF Grey Vetiver is Guerlain's?

    exactly +1.

    I own several bottles of the Guerlain in it's various forms and I love it dearly, but I really think ol Tommy boy has done a great job cleaning it up and updating it. It's one of...
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    Re: just wondering (needing input) +++

    has the member been actively posting or does it just say 'last online X time'?
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    Re: Skimping on bottles..

    it's amazing what a difference the bottle shape and weight and all that can make, good or bad. For example the Dior Homme bottles, the parfum is 75ml and the edt is 100ml, same size OUTER bottle, but...
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    Re: Best oud for under $250

    available to buy in Toronto, oy, you've got limited options.

    Honestly, you can PM me and we can meet and I'll show you 15-20 or more Oud scents I have in my collection if you're interested....
  35. Re: New fragrance from Christian Dior, La Collection Privée - Coming May 2015

    nnnnnnnnnnniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiccccccccccccccceeeeeeeeeeeeeee.......
  36. Re: Preserving scents (flacons, vintage splashes, etc) using heavy airs...

    I own a bottle of this stuff and use it to spray into some of my single malt Scotch bottles since I don't drink too often and some of them are quite expensive so I don't want them to go bad. There's...
  37. Re: The Fragrance you have the most bottles of...

    For all my bottles, I actually only have a few with backups.

    Rive Gauche (tin can) x 2
    Guerlain Vetiver (ribbed bottle) x 3
    YSL Pour Homme (edt sigh) x 2
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    Re: Disguised

    jeez guys, he's ESL. Don't nitpick every word. You get the overall just of the idea of what he was asking. Why we all being so meta here? Just answer the darn question for fun.


    and yeah yeah we...
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    Re: What have I become?!

    if you're in a position where you're having to choose between spending time with friends and family versus your hobby,
    choosing between spending the money on one versus the other because you only...
  40. Re: What is your strategy/structure/system...?

    I get that people would group according to house for 'collection/visual' reasons, but functionally speaking doesn't it make more sense to organize by type of smell?

    I say I feel like 'citrus'...
  41. Re: What is your strategy/structure/system...?

    I group mine roughly by main accord / feeling, and by colors/textures and stuff. like greens (eg vetiver) yellows (eg citrus) whites (eg florals) blues (eg aquatics)... then the darker stuff like...
  42. Re: How narrow have you gotten your collection? Or do you keep adding?

    Haaa, I remember thinking how 20-30 was enough. But practically speaking even 15-20 I think is good. I've come to realize I'm just a collector, and maybe a small snob even. I've got about 100 bottles...
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    Re: Bought Mont Blanc Individuel blind.

    you bought it blind? How'd you find it?







    lol, too juvenile?
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    Re: Raw and other high end denim?

    Huh, sounds like me. Y'know it's funny because I started with Nudie (Slim Jim), then APC New Standards as raws, then after years went slimmer with APC Petite Standards (before the 2% spandex, damn I...
  45. Re: TOM FORD SPLITS - International Shipping - most private blends & DISCONTINUED ONES!!! - $130 shi

    haaa, you've got a Duesenberg? That might be an expensive repair :rolleyesold:
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    Re: May I ask a favor?

    did you ever figure this one out?
  47. Re: Preserving scents (flacons, vintage splashes, etc) using heavy airs...

    well I mean to use this for things like my 250ml or 500ml flacons when they're like half empty and half full of air instead of juice. Surely that can't be good for the perfume. Or even vintage...
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    Re: Hi there everybody!

    http://cdn.meme.am/instances/400x/18722734.jpg
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    Re: What happened to Katie?

    Totally!



    Gotta love those dimples! :-)
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    Re: Disguised

    no, he was looking around at the carnival/celebration they had some time last week (in whatever country he's from) and noticed the idea that the mask says one image and the real face inside is...
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    Re: Disguised

    I assume you guys are just joking around right?


    OP's asking (in ESL) what 'niche' scents are really just posers and are more like 'designer' scents in disguise. Designer smells pretending to be...
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    Re: Bad creed original vetiver

    I'd say just get another one from an online discounter. Most of their bottles are fine, occasionally with ones like GIT it's not unheard of for like 1/20 bottles to be a little 'flat' or not up to...
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend

    Yeah I don't see retail or tester bottles come up too often on discount. I've seen Fragrancenet occasionally get them, it's rare but does happen. And if you want 100ml make sure it's the wide one,...
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    Re: Better Musc Ravageur alternative

    What part of the Musc Ravageur do you like? There's the sweetness, the spiceyness, the dirty raunchy funk...

    You can get sweet and spicey with say Spicebomb... We could go with anything from...
  55. Re: Noir de Noir vs Portrait of a Lady- on a man?

    I own and have worn both at least a few times. In theory, I respect the composition of PoaL more, it's more interesting, complex, better made, and all the stuff I technically appreciate, and as a...
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    Re: My personal opinion on Guerlain

    ^^^ it's fantastic. And that brings me to a point I want to add. I think houses like Guerlain are taking a two tiered approach.

    They have a main stream publicly accessibly, likeable, relatively...
  57. Preserving scents (flacons, vintage splashes, etc) using heavy airs...

    An idea occured to me...

    http://www.amazon.com/Private-Preserve-Wine-Preservation-System/dp/B001AS4NCM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1424582577&sr=8-2&keywords=wine+preserver

    Now if you could DRINK...
  58. Re: Noticeable color change in my 2009 bottle of Windsor

    couple of points...

    1. I wouldn't suggest banging the stopper onto anything. It's glass. Whenever I've had jammed Ford flacons, I spray a little rubbing alcohol around the top and it usually gets...
  59. Re: Your favorite from The Different Company -

    +1 to Sel de Vetiver, Oud Shamash, and Bachmakov. Those 3 stood out to me
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    Re: Tom Ford- London EDP

    Ha, so funny you mention this... I was just smelling it today.

    So I believe it's fairly exclusive, certainly for London and I did see some in Sydney. My first thoughts were that I noticed the dry...
  61. Re: TOM FORD SPLITS - International Shipping - most private blends & DISCONTINUED ONES!!! - $130 shi

    ^^^ PM received, all good!
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    Re: ADP Colonia Intense

    I really like this one too. For me, I actually go pretty heavy on the application, like 2 chest, 1 back of neck, and 2 wrist, at least. So 4-6 sprays instead of the usual 2-3. I get maybe 4-5 hours...
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    Re: Body fitness!

    I'd also add a point here about focusing on calorie to nutrition ratio. Veggies have relatively low calories and high nutrition content. McDonalds burgers fries and a drink? Lots of calories and not...
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    Re: What happened to Katie?

    wait, what?! What are these 'things' you speak of?


    (grumbles and mutters and goes back to sorting a desk full of samples)
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    Re: May I ask a favor?

    I have a hunch I know the answer... BO is quite distinctive, and I'd say it's hard to mistake it for anything else. Either it's a fake sample, but why would anyone bother faking just a sample, and...
  66. Re: What Tom Ford scent smells closest to Aventus?

    If you want the smoke with a hint of sweetness with good projection, I'd say the closest (which isn't really saying much) is Tuscan Leather

    Black Orchid will get you the same attention, all rotten...
  67. Re: Of Plumbing, Perfume and Private Messages

    Well said!

    As they say, if you're good at something, never do it for free.

    And you, Chris, are good at what you do and deserve to be compensated for it.
  68. Re: what to look for in a collectors perfume store

    well, whenever you're done buying.... let me/us know (PM if you prefer) where the shop is. Might be a couple of things I wanna pick up! Thanks
  69. Re: what to look for in a collectors perfume store

    my pitch to them is always along the lines of look, when was the last time anyone was even interested in buying this bottle? Give me a fair price and I'll take it so you can get some money back and...
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    Re: Neroli Portofino - Bad sample?

    what else can I add except a +1. It's an EdC style scent so to begin with in theory it's not meant to last all that long, but as they go, this one's an EdP and I've always got a really good solid 5-8...
  71. Re: Clean and fresh fragrances with long longevity

    Citrus
    Aquatic
    Vetiver

    something along those lines.

    There's a million choices for each so I don't even know where to start.

    His age? Your budget? Any niche lines available/not there?
  72. Re: New fragrance from Christian Dior, La Collection Privée - Coming May 2015

    fantastic. I've really enjoyed this line. sounds like an instant buy for me.


    I'm still kicking myself for not getting Vetiver. Hey if anyone has a partial 125ml of Vetiver PLEASE message me,...
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    Re: Tom Ford Fragrances

    wow, amazing! I've always wanted to know this information. Thanks you guys!!!
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    Re: French Lover 2014

    note that there was a new packaging brought in a couple of years ago. Old ones have a matte finish on the caps and different boxes. I'm not saying the juice was reformulated with the packaging...
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    Re: Tom Ford Fragrances

    look through the directory. I believe most of them don't have a nose written for them, though I do recall something about Sheldrake and Amber Absolute, and there's a guy David someone who's credited...
  76. Re: Guys with 10+ bottles in their collection, do dates/girlfriends/wives/friends look at you funny?

    no more than usual lol.
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    Re: Beard or no?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k0fnTiKEMc
  78. Re: Did TF Private Blends change their 100mL bottle or fake?

    phew.... tough call on this. I instinctively want to jump on this and say it's fake right away... they've always done the 100ml's as a wider version of the 50ml's, and not a single one of the major...
  79. Re: Wall Street Journal Article - Lauder, Le Labo, Malle...

    I bought Lauder stock at 71 and sold it (a little early) at 77/78. It's at 80 now but if/when it dips I'll pick it up again and hold it long term. I think these guys have some good long term...
  80. Re: Tom Ford Sahara Noir or Lubin Akkad

    I agree that Sahara Noir is more of a frankincense scent, and nicely done, but not much leather in there if that's what you're looking for.
  81. Re: Thinking About Layering Noir de Noir With Tobacco Vanille For Valentine's Dance

    +1+1+1



    there are quite a few combos I would do with this line but TV + NdN isn't one of them :-(

    For Vday I suggest just the Ndn.

    plus I agree with Dane, I'm a bit of a purist that way.
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    Re: CB I Hate Perfume: Burning Leaves

    It's a pretty big range. Many of them are 'interesting but unwearable', and there are a few winners. I think some of the concensus is around Burning Leaves, At the Beach, Fire from Heaven, Picking...
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    Re: Tom Ford Grey Vetiver - EDP or EDT?

    Sometimes the flanker adds a different take on the original, but I have no idea why they did EdT versions of Noir and Vetiver, I'm at a complete loss. The EdP versions are both good solid scents, and...
  84. Re: TF Patchouli Absolu - What's your take?

    I tried this properly for the first time today and was rather surprised. It's a different take on Patch, I'll give it that, none of the chocolate or fruitiness, none of the shrubby earth stuff....
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    Re: Toronto, Canada

    yeah MPG's pretty darn niche, not too many stores carry them. Pir used to have a small random assortment of them ($175 if I recall correctly). I think they're closed or relocated or something now.
    ...
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    Re: DE shavers, which blade?

    I originally ordered the sample pack and worked through them. Noticed some differences here and there but in the end just bought the box of Derby Extra's and it's been fine since, no complaints.
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    Re: Tom Ford Grey Vetiver - EDP or EDT?

    EdP. Do it.
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    Re: CB I Hate Perfume: Burning Leaves

    curious about this too. I've sampled the water one a few times and it's one of only a few I really enjoyed from this line, but was debating the 'stronger' oil version...
  89. Re: Fantastic Man Magazine and Discontinued Perfumes

    that's fantastic, man


    thanks!
  90. Re: How Much Is Your Fragrance Collection Worth?

    Right now I'm imagining you saying $50K lol :shocked:
  91. Re: Hermessence Poivre Samarcande vs Creed Spice & Wood

    I find the Samarcande interesting but sort of like L'Artisan's Poivre Piquant, it's novel, but I'm not sure I want to wear it all the time. I do agree the Spice and Wood is a little too simple...
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    Re: CREED Is The Best?

    I remember reading somewhere a comment saying that the difference in attitude towards luxury between Americans and Europeans is that in America it's as much about what you have that your neighbor...
  93. Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    Thanks! I can see now the pictures are sort of crappy. I'll get some better ones maybe groups at a time over a few pictures and repost at some point. Was just excited to finally open all the boxes...
  94. Re: Are there any "must have" going out fragrances I'm missing?

    Age?

    and by "going out", you mean dinner, bar, club, .... ?


    Based on what you've said so far, it sounds like you want something under $100 and relatively loud. hrrrr, try Black Orchid?
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    Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute

    honest answer? It's a 10ml decant and I haven't even worn it yet so I don't know it well enough that I'd comment. I've sniffed it and sampled it once but I just don't remember it that well. I'll see...
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    Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute

    So out of interest, just looking at my bottles of what I own and have decants of, to offer comparisons, I'd say here's the range (just my personal collection so I know these ones):

    Spicy/sweet -...
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    Re: CREED Is The Best?

    ppsssttt here's a secret - online I roll my eyes and complain about Creed, but I've got like 7-8 decants from the line or something, maybe the most I own from any one line. The reason is they're easy...
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    Re: Very Happy with Dior Homme Parfum

    agreed! Could never really get into the original, and the Intense was an improvement but I still wasn't 'sold' on it, but the Parfum, it's sooo nicely done. I was really impressed.
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    Re: Petition to ban acronyms

    well then... :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute

    I get the overlap with AA and AS but I find AS has this annoying green bay leaf (?) note, plus it's just so much thinner than AA. I find AA much richer, thicker, spicier, and just a fuller...
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