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  1. Re: Maison Francis Kurkdjian re-releases Baccarat Rouge 540 under his own name!!

    Sorry to be a downer, but I am wearing it now and absolutely can't stand it. The powder with a touch of fruity sweetness is cloying and suffocating. Two BIG thumbs down! This has got to be the...
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    Re: Thoughts on Invictus

    I have no idea if it is a crowd pleaser, but it was one of the most horrific smelling perfumes I have ever encountered, so I would have a hard time relating if it were.
  3. Re: Richard James Saville row: is this a good deal?

    It is a great deal and an even better composition. I personally don't see it as similar to Pour Monsieur, except maybe that both are classy compositions.
  4. Re: Clive Christian 1872 for men - Worth the blind buy?

    Not worth it at all, IMO. It resembled a perfume pumped out at one of the casinos I visited in Las Vegas. Nothing terrible, but I have smelled much better for as little as $10.
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    Re: Terre d'Hermès Parfum/Pure Perfume - YES!

    I absolutely love the pure perfume, but equally love the EdT. I think they smell quite similar, actually.
  6. Re: One's Top 5 and Top 10 Lists - Is one forced to Transition from Them?

    It is pretty easy for me as I have them in my signature. I rarely make changes to the list...maybe one small change every other year.
  7. Re: I want to sample a Clive Christian Fragrance.

    X for Men is exceptional. The rest are decent to good (L might be a tad better than that). Honestly, X for Men would be the only one I would spend any money on personally (and did). That said, it...
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    Re: Profumum Roma - Experiences?

    Nothing from this house has impressed me. The compositions are also quite pricey in relative terms, making them even less desirable (if that is possible), IMO.
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    Re: Your favourite Karl Lagerfeld fragrances?

    KL Homme followed by Lagerfeld Cologne (now called Lagerfeld Classic).
  10. Re: Shocking move by Guerlain/LVMH - closure of Monsieur Guerlain website

    A ridiculous and ungrateful move, surely. I hope it ends up hurting the company financially, at least on some scale.
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    Re: The best male lavender fragrance

    Patou pour Homme Privé gets my vote without question. A Kerleo masterpiece, lavender-centric or no.
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    Re: Masculine Tuberose

    Only one immediately comes to mind, and it is outstanding... Richard James Savile Row. Too bad that one didn't click for you, as the options are so few. :-(
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    Re: Must-tries from Tom Ford

    None of them are "must tries" for me, but these three I do like or love...

    Patchouli Absolu
    Sahara Noir
    Tobacco Vanille
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    Re: Rank these 7.....

    Bentley for Men Intense superb (1)
    Pure Havane Blech (7)
    1740 Marquis de Sade good, not great (5)
    Dior Homme Intense eh (6)
    Musc Ravageur good (4)
    M7 vintage excellent (2)
    Spiritueuse Double...
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    Re: Zino Davidoff impressions

    Interesting seeing Zino and Gatsby being mentioned as similar. It has been ages since I wore vintage Zino, but I just never liked it despite trying it on skin many, many times over a period of...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Monsieur - new fragrance!

    To me, the two smell nowhere near identical, but they are at least in the same general ballpark... I still am intrigued as to whether the patch presentation of Monsieur indeed comes close to that of...
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    Re: $120 to burn at Nordstrom...

    This would be a great place to start your search. If you get a chance, give 34 Boulevard Saint Germain a sniff (the one with the black cap). It is an amalgamation of a heck of a lot of...
  18. Re: YSL La Nuit - Any worthy similar fragrances?

    I am not sure if "worthy" is the right word... ;-)

    Seriously though, if you love La Nuit, just buy La Nuit. No reason to try and find a substitute.
  19. Re: Need a good year 'rounder from Luckyscent...$200 budget

    Tzora by Anat Fritz is my recommendation.
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    Re: Frederic Malle Monsieur - new fragrance!

    *Really*? Now you have my attention. I am not a fan of the perfumer for Monsieur at all, but the Giorgio reference is high praise... At least to my tastes. I guess I better move sampling this one...
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    Re: New from YSL: L'Homme Ultime

    The original was horrible and every flanker just gets worse (if that is possible). Definite pass.
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    Re: Where do you shop for fragrances?

    The vast majority online, but sometimes in-store.
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    Re: A new Tauer: Lonesome Rider

    I think Tauer is great... As a person. I absolutely hate the smell of his compositions, however. A big pass for me, even for free.
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    Re: Help me choose out of these... Leather

    Ditto; Bel Ami in particular.
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    Re: Cedrat Boise and Aventus

    Away to the subforum ye go...
  26. Re: Didnt fall in love with Habit Rouge EDT --what are the chances that i will dig HR Dress Code ?

    Unlikely, is my guess, but sniffing it yourself is the only way to really know.
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    Re: YSL L'Homme and La Nuit?

    I can't stand both of them. That said, I have very different taste than you, as I dislike every composition on your list. So maybe my dislike should be a strong *buy* signal for you. ;-)
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    Re: fresh/clean cologne that is not 'barbershop'

    Bellagio Uomo by Parlux. Dirt cheap at about $15 per 100ml bottle (you can frequently buy an Edt/Aftershave Balm gift set with 100ml of each for under $20 online). It has a nice light, fresh...
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    Poll: Re: Best niche/high end house- line generally?

    I don't know about "best," but my *favorite* of those listed (and overall including others not listed, in truth) is Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle. Portrait of a Lady alone puts it over-the-top...
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    Poll: Re: Sauvage VS Bleu de Chanel

    They are equally disappointing.
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    Re: Italian style ocean scent?

    EauMer by Pekji gets my vote. The artisan perfume is actually created in Turkey, but I find it very much in the Italian style. Absolutely superb smelling stuff.
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    Re: Looking for "old man" fragrances....

    I don't know any "old man" perfumes per se (and abhor use of that identifier, even though it obviously was meant as a positive in this case), but based on your description of what you are seeking in...
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    Re: My Current Top Three

    The same 3 I have had for the past few years, all in their original formulations:

    Portrait of a Lady
    Giorgio for Men
    Dia Man
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir EDP

    Definitely No. Think Johnson's & Johnson's baby oil and you are pretty close. Terrible!
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    Poll: Re: balenciaga pour homme vs guerlain derby

    Both are fabulous, but the Balenciaga is even more so, IMO.
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    Re: Quintessential English Gentleman's Fragrances?

    Definitely the previously mentioned vintage No.89 and Richard James Savile Row immediately come to mind. I would also add Crown Imperial by the sadly defunct Crown Perfumery.
  37. Re: Similarities between Fetish Pour Homme and Mona di Orio's Cuir?

    They are cousins, but they aren't as close as many give them credit for, IMO. Both are worthy of addition to one's collection, IMO.
  38. Re: Similarities between Fetish Pour Homme and Mona di Orio's Cuir?

    Very different stuff. The Mona is a very challenging meaty aggressive smoke leather composition that I can't say I care much for. Fetish pour Homme is in the M vein, but has more of a gorgeous...
  39. Re: Similarities between Fetish Pour Homme and Mona di Orio's Cuir?

    Not at all.
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    Re: What's on your 'To Buy' list?

    Only two compositions right now:

    Scent & Chemistry Kiss My Ass by O'driù
    Equipage Géranium by Hermès
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    Re: which is better jazz x safari x tsar x pasha

    Very old thread, but Tsar is the best smelling of these, IMO.
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    Re: Papillon - Better suited to one gender?

    I think they are all quite wearable by anyone if they enjoy the given compositions. For example, I personally dislike Salome so wouldn't wear it, but would have no problem wearing it from a gender...
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    Re: Need help in deciding :)

    I love the last two, but Oud Shamash is in another league. It is one of the best compositions I have ever sniffed and highly recommended.
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    Re: Which Bentley Fragrance?

    Bentley for Men Intense smells fantastic and is easily the best in the line, IMO. Bentley for Men does indeed smell similar and is excellent in its own right, but it lacks the depth and booziness of...
  45. Re: Balenciaga pour homme - variations in batches?

    They are all "vintage", just buy the least expensive one from a reputable seller. The composition smells incredible.
  46. Re: Something Like Pekji Ruh? Rose, Saffron, Cardamom, Coffee?

    Just buy the Ruh. For one, you will be supporting a talented fellow basenoter who is the perfumer, and two, it really is like nothing else on the market and quite worthy of its price tag.
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    Re: Opinions on La Nuit De L'Homme?

    As to it being a compliment getter, I don't know and certainly don't care. What I *do* know is IMO it is a terrible composition that I can't stand and will never wear.
  48. Re: Which Mens and Womens Releases Over The Past 2-3 Years Standout ?

    Bentley for Men Intense, Richard James Savile Row, Equipage Géranium and Bel Ami Vetiver immediately come to mind.
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    Poll: Re: The one edp vs. la nuit edt vs. CH men

    CH Men is the least disappointing of the three choices on offer.
  50. Re: News Flash!! FIVE NEW Atelier Colognes!! Collection Oriente!!

    The notes on some of them look good, but nothing from the line has ever impressed to a large degree, so I doubt these will be any different. I'll certainly sniff these if I come across them, but I...
  51. Re: Does anyone else have a favorite era for fragrances?

    1971 through 1991, with the early to mid 80s the best of the lot.
  52. Re: Looking for a fragrance similar to Dior homme intense...

    This one. They smell quite different, but definitely have a similar "vibe", IMO. I too prefer the Valentino, finding the Dior personally unwearable.
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    Re: Replace Azzaro PH with YSL Jazz

    In my opinion, absolutely not. The Azzaro, even in its current formulation is far superior. Current Jazz is good, not great.
  54. Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur v Armani Eau Pour Homme

    Very different, at least in the vintage formulations of both that I own. I strongly prefer Pour Monsieur of the two, though like both. I also think it has much better performance.
  55. Thread: Aventus Creed

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    Re: Aventus Creed

    The Aventus sub forum is what you seek. There you will find the lengthy batch variations thread where people actually care about such things.
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    Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    I am glad we concur. ;-)
  57. Re: I'm a college student and new to frags, can anyone give me advice?

    I agree it is better for the OP to sample themselves at the end of the day. As to the $300 perfume, the $50-60 price range wasn't there initially. It was added later.
  58. Thread: Niche quality

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    Re: Niche quality

    It is indeed meaningless, as others have mentioned.
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    Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    That "classification" is hardly helpful to the discussion at hand. I personally find it indeed meets the OP classification parameters, and in its vintage form smells incredible.
  60. Re: I'm a college student and new to frags, can anyone give me advice?

    Welcome to Basenotes. You may want to repost in the Just Starting Out area of this site for more answers. I am afraid I can't help, because I am unaware of any compositions that target sillage and...
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    Re: Favorite Amouage Fragrance?

    We have had this same question asked and answered many times over, the most recent only a couple months back. I suggest doing a search, as I think you will find it has exactly what you are looking...
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    Re: Basenotes Kiss My Ass now at LuckyScent

    I wouldn't be surprised at all if the bottle's quirky label was quite intentionally off the wall as there is zero doubt of the dual meaning of the name. Most importantly, the 32 piece limited...
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    Re: Amouage Journey Man

    It represents a journey to mediocrity, IMO.
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    Re: Basenotes Kiss My Ass

    Oh, indeed there is no doubt of the double meaning. ;-)
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    Re: Basenotes Kiss My Ass

    The relatively high price point is primarily due to the composition being a 32 piece limited edition, I believe. It surely *is* a wallet buster, but having tried it, it smells excellent. It's even...
  66. Thread: Ex idolo Ryder

    by drseid
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    Re: Ex idolo Ryder

    Thirty-Three was great, but Ryder not so much. Kind of a middling release, IMO.
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    Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    Easily Patou pour Homme Privé tops all others, IMO.
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    Re: Papillon's Salome vs MFK's AplS

    While neither are really favorites of mine, Absolue pour Le Soir is far superior smelling, IMO, and would be my choice. Salome has just too much dirty cumin spice.
  69. Re: For a gentleman with class, style and elegance.

    Yep.
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    Re: Paco Rabbane Invictus Aqua

    Agree, but in my case "didn't like" is being *far* too generous. Man what an absolute stinker that stuff is. I will be sure to steer *well* clear of this scary one.
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    Re: My Thoughts On Papillon Artisan Perfumes

    Pretty much. Maai was another one of these unwearable heavy animalic throwbacks.

    Don't get me wrong, I like that some perfumers today are trying to break the mindless mold of the multitudes of...
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    Re: My Thoughts On Papillon Artisan Perfumes

    I have only tried a couple.

    Tobacco Rose was quite good, but not good enough for me to buy.

    Salome was a big miss for me. The composition is interesting and a bit of a throwback, but wholly...
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    Re: Ambre Nuit by Christian Dior

    While it wasn't *quite* distinctive enough to get me to open my wallet, I definitely liked what I sniffed when I sampled it a couple years back at the Dior boutique in Las Vegas.
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    Re: Need advice on niche fragrances

    You are not interested in how good the compositions smell, but rather solely gaining compliments? If so, I have no recommendations.
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    Poll: Re: I already have SMW, is getting MI redundant?

    The two bases are extremely similar. The rest of the two respective compositions are quite different, with MI being far superior smelling on the whole, IMO.
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    Re: Oud Ispahan : Atomic bomb !

    I dislike the composition, but yes, it is *quite* potent indeed!
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    Re: Which zegna to buy out of these 3 ?

    Javanese Patchouli is the big standout of those, and is a must, IMO - not a projection monster, but plenty strong and very classy. While I was about to say Sicilian Mandarin is recommended as the...
  78. Re: Versilia Vintage: Bois, Precious Woods, Barkhane

    I haven't tried the last one, but love the first two. My only gripe on both is I think they are overpriced. At least Bois comes in an incredible looking bottle though...
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    Re: Sweet Woody Saffron

    This one, or maybe something like Oud for Love by The Different Company.
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    Re: Scherrer by jean Louis scherrer

    This.
  81. Thread: Dress Code...

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    Re: Dress Code...

    I didn't care for it, but many do. I think it is worth at least sampling to see what *you* think of it.
  82. Re: "Old lady/man perfume, teenager perfume" connotation

    The terms are primarily used with negative connotations (though I confess I personally have never seen the teenager descriptor used before, though I am sure someone has said it)... I think they are...
  83. Re: which fragrance do you have that usually gets more compliments than these ones?

    All of the ones I own, as I don't and wouldn't wear any of the compositions mentioned in the OP.
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    Re: Hermes Equipage vs Equipage Geranium

    I prefer Equipage Géranium
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    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Plenty of absolute loathing for those with me. The two mentioned were headlining my own *worst* releases of the year list (I don't care whether they were technically released in late 2014 or not,...
  86. Thread: "I wish..."

    by drseid
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    Re: "I wish..."

    I wish "old lady" and "old man" were not used to (poorly) describe perfume compositions.
  87. Re: Is L'Eau D'Issey a natural perfume or is there a natural version of something similar?

    I agree they are in the same ball park, but I prefer the inexpensive but very good Bellagio by miles over the absolutely awful smelling L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme. Neither is all-natural (or anywhere...
  88. Re: Does the price of a fragrance equate to its longevity/sillage?

    Absolutely, no.
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    Re: NEW: Habit Rouge Dress Code

    While I don't find the composition repellant like my father does, as I mildly dislike it he gets a free pass this time. Now if Dad ever tells me never to wear vintage Giorgio for Men, there could be...
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    Re: Cartier Roadster

    I get plenty of mint... Bad toothpaste-like mint. Not a fan.
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    Re: YSL- La Nuit L'Homme PROJECTION !!!

    For me, one is too many. For you? Only you can determine how many feels right, and if 4 plus works, then so be it.
  92. Re: Would you by your hated scent on a Discount? :p

    Of course not. If I dislike a perfume I wouldn't buy it, even if it were free.
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    Re: Davidoff Leather Blend

    I blind bought it and had to give it away because it was a dud. Not a fan, though I have smelled much worse.
  94. Re: Do you think Terre d'Hermes fits in well with the general aesthetics of Comme des Garçons?

    Personally, no. I love Terre d'Hermès and many other Ellena works, but I don't really find them quirky like CdG.
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    Re: Vintage Jardin Creed

    You are right, there isn't. The perfume hasn't been around long enough. That said, I am a big fan of the juice, finding it the best thing Creed has released, so personally I recommend it.
  96. Thread: Frederic Malle

    by drseid
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    Re: Frederic Malle

    Certainly it has plenty of rose, patch, incense and ambroxan. No, it is quite dissimilar to the awful smelling Royal Black, thank goodness.
  97. Thread: Frederic Malle

    by drseid
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    Re: Frederic Malle

    Easily Portrait of a Lady, though I love most of them. That said, everyone has their own set of preferences...
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    Poll: Re: Aventus vs L'Air du Desert Marocain

    Neither of the two appeals to me at all, though L'Air du Desert Marocain "wins" by an extremely slim margin if forced to choose one.
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    Re: What's your favorite subtle fragrance?

    Dia Man is my favorite by far.
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    Re: 212 Men vs Kouros?

    I used to own 212 Men from a blind buy but quickly jettisoned my bottle because I found it to not mesh with my tastes at all, disliking it immensely. I *will* say that to this day I have not found a...
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