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  1. Re: Comparing Two Green Giants - No19 & Vent Vert?

    Thanks for your replies - I'll have to keep my eye out for a good deal on Vent Vert *and* Bel Respiro now :)
  2. Re: Is Sillage a Necessity? A Question About Strength

    For me, sillage is not a necessity, but sometimes I *do* feel like wearing something that projects. It's all about what I want from my fragrance for the day (or evening :) ). Sometimes as long as I...
  3. Comparing Two Green Giants - No19 & Vent Vert?

    Hi folks!

    I'm a big fan of Chanel No19, typically enjoying the EDT but occasionally using the parfum for a more luxurious experience. The two are completely different for me, with the EDT being...
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    Re: An addiction starts to take hold...

    Charger, just make sure you set limits for yourself in terms of total spending, and then there will be no problems with a fragrance addiction... or deep appreciation. Don't worry about the number of...
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    Re: Desprez Versailles

    Eighth person right here ;)
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    Re: QUICK...What would you choose?

    Paestum Rose
    Jicky extrait
    Fracas extrait
  7. Re: Every man has a (discount) price - the only question is how low

    50% off is a pretty magical point for me. If it's something I've been curious about but don't currently have, I'd buy a bottle. If it's something I already have and like, it becomes a question of...
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    Re: What to wear: First date - in a zoo

    I actually did go on a date at the zoo before, and I went with Original Vetiver that day. It turned out to be a great choice - not only because I like it, but because it *was* a good contrast and...
  9. Thread: Allure Homme.

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    Re: Allure Homme.

    I enjoy wearing Allure Homme and Allure Homme Sport, even though I wouldn't consider either to be great. They are simply good, "everyday" fragrances. The olfactory equivalent of throwing on a...
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    Re: Guerlain's Nahéma

    You guys have me curious about Nahema now. I've actually never really considered trying it out, even though I love to use a whole range of Guerlain fragrances. I suppose it's because I never really...
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    Re: Why winter vs summer?

    Definitely okay to wear winter scents in summer if (a) that is what works for you, and (b) that is what you enjoy. As irish mentioned, the two main reasons why many of us will hold off on our winter...
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    Re: Creed Original Vetiver: Longevity

    Creed OV is one of the longest-lasting fragrances in my wardrobe. I typically go with 2-3 sprays, because the Creed spray mechanism puts out quite a lot with each press.
  13. Thread: Antaeus.

    by echerub
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    Re: Antaeus.

    I'm likely to be in the minority for saying this, but Antaeus doesn't come across to me as a suit and boardroom fragrance. I feel Antaeus feels more "right" with a dressy-casual occasion rather than...
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    Dumb things done to a bottle

    I'm normally a fan of spray bottles rather than splash, and today I found another reason to reinforce that. I actually snapped the head off a splash bottle when I put the cap back on!

    It was a...
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    Re: Bal à Versailles or Cabochard

    Hmmm... I think both Bal and Cabochard are great fragrances, but to me they each a very different "feel". Both are aloof, but the overall impression of that aloofness comes across differently.
    ...
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    Re: NEW: Guerlain Homme

    Hmm. That's disappointing. I had hoped the new Guerlain would be something much more interesting than a generic skinscent.
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    Re: Several Questions From a Canadian

    Hi kanuck34.

    Shipping across the border with the postal services is always a bit of a risk, precisely as the linked article from Global describes. You have a choice of shipping a fragrance in...
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    Re: Longevity of Guerlain EDCs?

    Thanks, guys. Bal a Versailles EDC really surprised me with its longevity, while at the same time being light in terms of its projection and "feel". Well, as light as anything Versailles-based...
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    Longevity of Guerlain EDCs?

    Hi folks

    This summer has been rather warm, and my new workplace has decidedly-weak air conditioning, so I have been thinking about EDCs this past week or two. I've already gotten my hands on two...
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    Poll: Re: Mainstream vs. Niche: a statistical effort.

    Surprisingly, only 10% niche for me.

    As I counted through my BN wardrobe, I realized that although I very much like the fact that my fragrances themselves are not "mainstream" for the most part,...
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    Re: SotD - Wednesday, 18 June 08

    The One Star Trash Festival scent synch day helped me make my choice:.Chanel Allure Homme
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    Poll: Re: Would you wear a very feminine frag?

    Chanel No5, Guerlain Shalimar, Piguet Fracas, and a lot of other "feminines". Testing Hermes Caleche right now and am quite liking it.

    Yes, I'll wear fragrances that are considered "very...
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    Re: Whats your favorite brand? (not niche)

    Guerlain at the top of the podium. Followed by Chanel in second. Then Robert Piguet and Jean Desprez fight each other for space on the third step of the podium.

    I actually prefer the limited...
  24. Re: Ebay seler said "We are not responsible if they destroy your Perfume at Customs"

    I've found in the past, as a sender, that insurance only covers genuinely lost packages. I know first-hand that it won't cover damage. I would definitely not expect insurance to cover...
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    Re: NEW: Guerlain Homme

    I'm a fan of a good number of Guerlain fragrances, and I usually go into trying a Guerlain with expectations for something quite enjoyable. I'll approach Guerlain Homme the same way once it comes...
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    Re: Cartier Pasha Eau Genereuse?

    Ah, okay, so the eau genereuse versions are pretty much EDC versions of the originals. I could probably do without adding that to my wardrobe, then... maybe I'll give it a try if I come across a...
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    Cartier Pasha Eau Genereuse?

    I notice in my occasional browsing that there's a Cartier Pasha Eau Genereuse out there now. However, I don't see any reviews anywhere for this.

    Has anyone here tried it? Any thoughts on what...
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    Re: Burr give Fracas by Piguet five stars

    Tried Fracas for the first time yesterday - the Sephora on my way back from work had it! It was way on the lower shelf, but then they put the Serge Lutens fragrances there as well. I've been to...
  29. Re: Ebay seler said "We are not responsible if they destroy your Perfume at Customs"

    It's not that Customs itself won't ever allow fragrances through. It's Canada Post's regulations who require the fragrance to be destroyed if or when Customs finds at the border that it's a...
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    Re: Burr give Fracas by Piguet five stars

    It's a brand new unit and brand new team I'm moving over to - walking in wearing Fracas during my first week there might get me started on the wrong foot :)
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    Re: Burr give Fracas by Piguet five stars

    So big it's risky... yeah, that's pretty much the impression I'm getting about Fracas. But, I guess there's something to be said for starting work at a new office that's 58km/36miles away - there's...
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    Re: Burr give Fracas by Piguet five stars

    All this talk about Fracas is getting me very, very curious about what it's like. I have no idea what tuberose smells like - or perhaps more accurately, I've smelled it before but have not yet...
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    Re: I'm getting married! What scent do I wear?

    I second (third? fourth? tenth?) the suggestion that you consider your fragrance choice along with your fiancee, and go with something that you both like - even if it means she'd rather you just go...
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    Re: Thoughts on Chanel No5

    I use No5 EDP no problems. I find it more an evening or dressed-nicely fragrance than a casual fragrance, but I have no concerns about wearing it out and about. I enjoy it and don't mind at all a...
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    Re: You might be a fragrance junkie if...

    - You order samples of fragrances you already own full bottles of so that you can easily travel with your chosen fragrances.

    - You deliberately choose a fragrance to apply before going to sleep...
  36. Thread: Paula's choice

    by echerub
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    Re: Paula's choice

    I've only used two Paula's Choice products and I find them to be okay but not fantastic. The main draw for me was the no-frills, no-extra-stuff concept. I still like that, and on that count the...
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    Re: Fragrance to wear for prom

    There's some good advice here. Run your choice by your date first because you want both of you to have a great evening, right? :) Bear in mind that once you start dancing, whatever you choose to...
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    Re: Blind Buys: What's Your Satisfaction Rate?

    The majority of the fragrances in my wardrobe were blind buys, and I have been happy with almost all of them. They were bought unsniffed, but after much research via Basenotes and other sources. I...
  39. Re: most wearable leather fragrance, which ones must i try?

    My experience with the leathers listed so far would be limited to Cabochard, Bandit, Tabac Blond and Chanel's CdR.

    Of these, I think Bandit is definitely a no-go for you, because as TwoRoads...
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    Re: Number of sprays. What's your record?

    I think I can smell this thread from the other side of the forum ;)
  41. Re: Basenotes' Bandit Day - Saturday 12th of April

    I like Cabochard as well, but it's definitely restrained compared to Bandit. Polished and elegant, as it were. When I first tried Cabochard, probably back in the autumn, I liked it quite a bit. In...
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    Re: SotD - Saturday, April 12, 2008

    Bandit EDT

    In consideration for folks I'm going to be around shortly, I had intended to limit myself to one spray to the chest. I stayed firm on that. But I like Bandit enough that I really,...
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    Re: Shalimar Question

    I love Shalimar and use it in both EDP and parfum concentrations - and sometimes both together!

    If you like it and feel that you both *could* and *want* to wear it, then wear it, regardless of how...
  44. Re: Basenotes' Bandit Day - Saturday 12th of April

    Ohhhh my goodness. Dilemma dilemma. I want to join in, and I'd be using Bandit EDT. However, I've got a dance performance event in the afternoon and evening and I do not want Bandit getting out...
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    Re: Any Smokey Biker Bar Frags?

    This thread is turning into a We-Love-Bandit convention :) I love Bandit EDT, though oddly my nose yesterday picked up more of its floral notes than the ashy, leathery goodness. I tend to wear...
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    Re: Bad Experience with The Sultan

    I think if Amber Sultan is a very powerful sillage monster to begin with, then *knowingly* putting on a heavy dose of it while being in a close-in situation like a concert would be bad manners. It...
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    Re: Creed at Costco

    Costco Canada has a much less interesting selection of fragrances... just like most other product categories. Oh well, c'est la vie up here! :)
    ...
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    Re: Bless you Ebay !!

    I bless eBay for the sheer variety of things available that I'd never be able to find second-hand otherwise ... and first-hand items cheaper than I could find elsewhere. However, I curse *myself*...
  49. Re: Allure Homme+Allure Homme Sport?Worth having both?

    I haven't tried Edition Blanche yet, but between Allure Homme and Allure Homme Sport, I think they're both good fragrances and different enough to have both.
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    Re: Channel Allure Cologne Blanche

    It's rather sad to hear that Chanel's now had two lackluster releases in a row in their men's lineup: Allure Sport Cologne and now Allure Cologne Blanche.
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    Re: One scent theory (not what you think...)

    There's another way to do become associated with a particular scent - I'm thinking in terms of a family of scents with a common thread tying them all together. I'm thinking of what Mr. Guerlain does,...
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    Re: Compliments: How, Where, When?

    I've only gotten a direct compliment once, and it was from a coworker. Even my friends - male or female - rarely say anything about the fragrances I wear.

    I enjoy the fragrances, and I know...
  53. Re: Chanel never made a bad men's scent, did they?

    I'm quite fond of Chanel's mens lineup, though I will agree that more recent releases such as the Allure variations are not as distinctive as some of the classics and faves here such as Antaeus or...
  54. Thread: Allure Homme

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    Re: Allure Homme

    Sometimes I really like Allure Homme, and sometimes it's a bit boring for me. Overall, though, I find it's a good go-to fragrance when I want something that's warm, sweet, reasonably long-lasting...
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    Re: Question about Platinum Egoiste?

    1. Yes, if you like it and feel that it suits you. PE should be pretty easy to find and test at many department stores or even bigger pharmacies.
    2. Not sure what a too-mature scent is - too...
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    Re: Damn you, Basenotes!

    Yeah, I also went from 2 to Too-Many thanks to Basenotes. On the other hand, if I ignore the screams coming from my bank account, I think I am definitely better for it! I'm certainly having fun...
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    Re: New to basenotes

    Hello, welcome, and have fun! :)
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    Re: What Female Scent Do You Wear?

    Chanel No19
    Chanel No5
    Mitsouko
    Shalimar
    Black Cashmere
    Baiser du Dragon
    Tabac Blond
    Cuir de Russie
    Cabochard
    Bandit
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    Re: Perfume(commitment) Anxiety?

    Fragrance indecision strikes me less these days. Perhaps it's because I have a more comprehensive wardrobe than before, or perhaps it's because I've gotten to know each of the fragrances that I have...
  60. Re: Could a man get away with wearing Chanel No 19?

    I'd happily wear No19 almost anytime, anywhere. I say "almost" because I don't think it fits if I'm wearing jeans and t-shirt, but if I'm wearing business casual or better, no hesitation.

    Parfum...
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    Re: Total Noob at 35

    Welcome to Basenotes, and to the wider world of fragrances :) Have fun!
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    Re: What Was The Fragrance That Got You Started?

    Burberry for Men and Chanel Allure Homme Sport were the ones that got me hooked. For a very brief time I thought that was as much variety as I needed and wanted. My, how wrong I was on the want...
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    Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur dilemma...

    I've used both the regular Chanel PM and PMC, and I liked them both. I liked PMC better, though, and have since sent my bottles of PM to new homes.

    I think PMC is a fine fragrance unto itself and...
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    Re: Creed's OV or Guerlain's Vetiver?

    I've been trying to decide which I like better through actual wearing, and I think I'm leaning towards OV. I find OV to be a "brighter" scent, which I enjoy more. Admittedly, I'm comparing against...
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    Re: I've been thinking about it

    I agree with what everyone else has said, but ruby3 did say she doesn't see fragrances as a "personal enjoyment" thing :)

    Someone at the office just last week asked me as part of a group...
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    Re: I've been thinking about it

    While I would disagree that any particular fragrance, no matter how nice, is going to define someone I would still bring up the view that ultimately fragrances are for enjoyment - and that enjoyment...
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    Re: "I hate perfume. You should outlaw it.......

    At lunch earlier today, a guy sat down at the next table who had apparently doused himself with a fragrance. I don't know what kind, but the person at my table closest to him couldn't eat for the...
  68. Thread: Just saying Hi

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    Re: Just saying Hi

    Welcome aboard!
  69. Thread: Free Yatagan

    by echerub
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    Re: Free Yatagan

    Congrats, Finfan! TV, thank you for your generosity. Everyone else, thank you for your creativity and personality ;)
  70. Thread: Free Yatagan

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    Re: Free Yatagan

    I should be the lucky recipient of the bottle of Yatagan because Canada needs more people wearing quality Caron fragrances. I have never seen a Caron on retail shelves up here, therefore the best...
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    Re: Versailles pour Homme

    Hmm... been a little while since I used either. From what I recall, although neither is meek by any stretch of the imagination, they are rather different. Bal certainly has a "softer" feel to it,...
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    Poll: Re: How many bottles did you buy in 2007?

    I began my interest in fragrances in 2007, so ... I *sort of* have an excuse for my high total annual volume acquired :)
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    Re: Your thoughts on Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male

    I don't really like it. Admittedly I only tried it once, but that one test spray was too much - a single spray and my friends were knocked back by it while I was still ten paces away :)

    It's...
  74. Re: You keep backup bottles of the following fragrances...

    Let's see... not counting a number of "doubles" I've got in my office, the true backups I've got would be:

    Versailles PH
    Versailles
    Tiffany for Men
    Antaeus
    Cabochard EDT
    Bandit EDT
    Nobile...
  75. Re: I'm a guy but I like women's perfumes better...

    WordBird, Chanel No.19 is a fantastic fragrance to include here. I'll use the EDT anytime, anywhere without batting an eye. The parfum extrait, I'll use for something more cozy and relaxing - not...
  76. Re: Don't know how to go about choosing a great fragrance for my guy - how do you do

    I think Chanel Allure Homme Sport EDT (wow, never realized the name was so long...) is a very good *and* safe choice.

    When I first started getting into fragrances, I sniffed a whole selection of...
  77. Thread: Fun scents?

    by echerub
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    Re: Fun scents?

    To me, a "fun" scent is one that I find uplifting in some way, and decidedly casual. The only examples in my wardrobe would be Paris Hilton For Men, Escada Casual Friday, Rochas Man. I have fun...
  78. Re: What is it with younger people and compliments!!!!

    Canada or not, big city or not, giving a compliment also depends on how you say it. Don't fawn over the person, don't gush about it, it's just a statement as a matter of fact. How would it be any...
  79. Re: What is it with younger people and compliments!!!!

    Real men don't compliment one another? I beg to differ. A "real man", of any orientation, has confidence in himself and, if he is a personable one, has no problems complimenting another man.

    I...
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    Re: How often do you go without fragrance?

    Sometimes if I'm staying home all day, I might not use anything and just give my nose a rest. If I'm really ill - as in sick-enough-to-have-to-stay-home - then I also would not use anything.

    But...
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Better on a Guy

    I wore No.5 out in public for the first time not too long ago... I love the scent at home (I find it very mellow and relaxing), and I thought, hey why not - I'm out for the evening for fun anyways. ...
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    Re: How many fragrances?

    I think 10 is a good number, too. Nothing wrong with going for more for fun - if you "knowingly" choose to do so - but 10 is a reasonable number that gives you variety for different occasions and...
  83. Re: Are you actually attracted to women by fragrance?

    I'd have to echo what many of the others have said. A good fragrance on a woman is a plus, not the reason or spark for my interest.

    Like any part of our wardrobe or how any of us present...
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    Re: Should non-metrosexual wear cologne daily?

    Wear a fragrance every day if you wish to do so - I think it's much more about how you come across that affects whether you'll be seen one way or another. If you wear something nice with confidence...
  85. Re: Where you started - where you are now - and where you are going

    Where I came from?
    I started off being an anti-fragrancer, if you will. Nobody in my immediate family used fragrances when I grew up. The closest I ever came to smelling fragrances was (a) from...
  86. Re: Bal a Versailles, the women's version. Verdict: Drag Queen!

    I actually haven't smelled any drag queens. I've been around, but haven't personally spoken with drag queens, so my imagination conjures up a fragrance that's very over the top. Pretty much as the...
  87. Re: Bal a Versailles, the women's version. Verdict: Drag Queen!

    I tried Bal a Versailles in parfum strength for the first time about 2 weeks ago. Wow. Quite a pleasant experience! I didn't really pick up a leather note, but the overall experience was...
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    Re: SotD - Monday 29 Oct 07

    Guerlain Shalimar. Wearing it for the first time in the daytime, and to work no less ... and I'm lovin' it!

    Amazing what a difference being fully awake and alert can do to enhance the enjoyment...
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    Re: A Fragrance Funk...

    Some days I choose something with the intent to wear something that will wow me, or really put a smile on my face. Other days, I just choose something that's "nice" without expecting to be taken to...
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    Re: A question: Scent confiscated by customs

    Early on with one of the early fragrances that I ordered from abroad, Canada Customs stopped it. The letter they sent me said that they actually destroyed it. Now, whether they actually did or if...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 21 October

    Sisley Eau de Campagne

    Been a while since I've worn this one. Still undecided about it - something I like about this one, but it didn't last on me at all the last two times. Since I'm not in any...
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    Re: Spray feed tube stuck?

    I think L'Uomo has been discontinued, so I'm not sure if Trussardi can send me a replacement - but it's still worth asking! Failing that, I suppose I'll have to try different "shake and spray"...
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    Spray feed tube stuck?

    This is going to be an odd question, and I'm posting it here on the Starting Out forum because it's something really basic. Have you ever had the feed tube for a spray bottle literally stuck to the...
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    Re: SotD - Friday 28 Sept 07

    As we get into cooler weather over here... Lise Watier Neiges Pour Homme
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    Re: SotD - Tuesday 25th Sept. 07

    Bulgari Pour Homme Extreme ... because it's supposed to be a very warm day today, and my SOTD needs to last long enough to also be my SOTE today ;)
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    Re: SotD - Monday 24th Sept.

    Chanel Allure Homme
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    Re: SotD - Sunday 23rd Sept. 07

    SOTD: Cartier Declaration Essence
    SOTE: Rochas Man
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    Re: SotD - Friday 21 Sept 07

    SOTD: Opium PH Eau D'Orient
    SOTE: Casual Friday
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    Re: SotD - Thursday 20th Sept.

    Geoffrey Beene Bowling Green
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    Re: SotD - Wednesday 19th Sept.

    Monsieur Balmain, for what promises to be a warm day at the office
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