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    Re: Your kings of powder

    For someone who is not a fan of powdery fragrances, Tom Ford Noir and Armani Code Ultimate are a couple that I really enjoy.
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    Re: Best Warm Season Scents for Young Guys?

    On a budget:
    Kenneth Cole Reaction
    Versace Man Eau Fraiche
    Versace Pour Homme

    Not on a budget:
    Terre D'Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche
    Green Irish Tweed
    Original Vetiver
    Neroli Portofino
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    Re: Tonight's Cologne Related Mall Experience

    Great anecdote Buysblind, but the real irony here is that Dirtbag2 is not only on point with his assessment of the prominent note in VIW but his offer is more than generous for this over hyped...
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    Re: Wow. bye designer hello niche.

    Personally, I don't see Creed, Bond No 9, and Jo Malone as being more quality offerings than Tom Ford, Cartier, Hermes, Armani, Dior, or Chanel. I'm sure for certain niche brands a greater argument...
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    Re: Just a quick note on Versace Man Eau Fraiche

    This has been my experience, too, although unlike the OP I find this fragrance performs better in the intense heat. It's actually my SOTD and has been going strong for well over 6 hours. It was bit...
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    Re: I Just Bought Black Orchid...

    I'm a fan of many TF fragrances and since so many designated male fragrances cross into the territory of unisex or feminine these days, I don't really misunderstand the pursuit of certain female...
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    Re: Which David Beckham Frags are worth getting?

    I think you nailed it SmellyFinger with the performance being the real issue of these type of celeb fragrances. I was able to sample Beckham Homme the other day and I was extremely surprised, to be...
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    Re: My girlfriend got scammed!

    Marais, your comedic genius is never lost on me ;) Brilliant way to tie two threads together!
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    Re: My girlfriend got scammed!

    LMFAO!!



    I also find the firm 'no thanks' to be almost universally successful in these situations.



    Great points, Tim! The aspect of playing on your human emotions, whether it's...
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    Re: Most iconic MALE fragrance?

    Overall for the 20th Century: Old Spice
    80's: Drakkar Noir
    90's into the 2000's: Acqua Di Gio
    Currently: Aventus
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    Re: which fragrance will you always have?

    Honestly, with how many fragrances exist and are continuing to be produced I don't really find there is a single fragrance in my collection that I couldn't do without (although I obviously have my...
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    Re: My girlfriend got scammed!

    I have a rule that I vehemently adhere to in life; if anyone solicits me for anything, anywhere at anytime I immediately shut them down. I don't appreciate being solicited for any reason and it's...
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    Poll: Re: Which is the best season for Aventus?

    Aventus is versatile and certainly can be worn in any season, but it really does shine in the Fall IMO. I wore it a few times this summer and enjoyed it (along with the mandatory compliments) but...
  14. Re: What's your least favorite category for colognes/frags? What's your favorite?

    My favorite would be woody aromatics/aromatic fougeres, but that's tough to nail it down to one group. There are certainly some chypres and woody floral musks that are amongst my favorites, too....
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    Re: Which of these colognes are suitable for my dog

    It seems like every few days I read a thread that gets my vote for best (i.e. worst) thread on Basenotes. This one has instantly surged to the top.
  16. Re: Do you like a cologne enough to try to steal it? If so which cologne would be worth it for you?

    I heard about this story today and instantly thought it would be good fodder for a basenotes thread! It's really sad because as others have stated this guy could quite easily afford a nice fragrance,...
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    Re: Favorite scents around $30?

    Kenneth Cole Signature (This is woody, slightly floral but not sweet, I don't get much citrus as some do, overall really a sleeper from KC)
    Kenneth Cole Black (Spicy, fresh, a bit green and a real...
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    Re: Versace Eros thoughts and takes?

    I think Eros is fabulous and this coming from someone who isn't a fan of vanilla and tonka on my skin. But this is so well blended, uplifting with the mint, it's the perfect fragrance going into the...
  19. Re: Monster tonka bean fragrance wanted help please?

    Armani Eau de Nuit
    Versace Eros
    Aramani Code Ultimate
    Kenneth Cole Mankind

    Sorry, missed the pricing, Eros can be found the most discounted of these four
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    Re: Grey Vetiver new Eau de Toilette by Tom Ford

    +1!!




    lol I'm one that finds GV to be a modern take on vetiver and a great response from TF to all of the fresh or safe fragrances out there. It's a like, not a love for me but definitely a...
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    Re: After sports fragrance

    I like a spritz of something fresh and on the lighter side after a workout if I'm not headed straight home afterwards:

    Terre D'Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche- Invigorating, citrus, smooth woods
    Armani...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VI

    Damn, Viffer, stunning collection! Even the way you've presented your designers makes them look like jewels. Very nice.
  23. Poll: Re: If you could have all fragranes from 1 house, which would it be?

    Would be Creed or Tom Ford for me
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    Re: Armani eau pour homme

    For me, yes, without a doubt.
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    Re: I was so wrong about Bleu de Chanel, you too?

    This an interesting review Tmoran, because your description of BdC as a grapefruit bomb is exactly what I've experienced (albeit with some incense in the heart and drydown). I've gotten three...
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    Re: Eau Sauvage Parfum

    This along Tom Ford Extreme seems to be a real standout at Sephora and makes a real departure from the majority of designer offerings. Although I do love the smell of Eau Sauvage EDP, I'm not sure...
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    Re: 3 Fragrances every young man should have !

    Tend to agree with those that are suggesting fragrances for three different occasions that will apply to the user, picks from a 45 year old man seem rather arbitrary ;)
  28. Re: What do women think about your favorite fragrance?

    Hey, thanks for the video, man. I like how one females opinion constitutes "what the ladies think" about certain frags lol. Seriously, though, Danielle has a good nose and I thought that her insights...
  29. Re: How are current Yatagan and Aramis? much castoreum?

    Lol Those notes might work well together in a vacuum, but in actual air around living breathing creatures, no fricking way
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    Poll: Re: Best from Tom Ford

    DMA, I'm very surprised, shocked actually, that with your love for Aventus and GIT that you would feel this way about TF Extreme. Indeed, very interesting what people smell.



    Totally agree with...
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    Re: Introducing new people to fragrances

    I remember your original thread about this trip and find this to be just an awesome account!



    For an 'unsophisticated' young working man, your nephew sure has some sophisticated tastes! This is...
  32. Re: Don't stone me to death for asking but what do you guys think of Armani Mania?

    This review is spot on!
  33. Re: Don't stone me to death for asking but what do you guys think of Armani Mania?

    I've been on record of saying that Armani Mania is my favorite fragrance from the house and is highly underrated which suits me fine. Very refined, versatile, and sensual. Always gets compliments and...
  34. Re: Top 1 Spray Fragrances (Current Formulations Only)

    Aventus
    Tobacco Vanille
    Bijan for Men
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    Re: Back to the classics: suggestions!

    One you might want to check out is Grigioperla by La Perla. Came out in the early 90's but this is definitely an 80's style fougere. Although it does have that oldschool vibe, it's not a total...
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    Re: Can a scent be dated if no one wears it?

    I love Aventus but honestly this is one that does fall into the category of being more classic, dated, 'old man' scent than a lot of current fragrances. Sure it has a modern twist with the pineapple...
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    Re: Emporio Armani He/ Lui / Il

    Interesting, mine is a recent formulation from April of '13 according to checkcosmetic. Smells really nice to my nose but I would be interested to smell the original formula. Regardless, longevity...
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    Re: Can a scent be dated if no one wears it?

    The way modern fragrances are blended is different than many older frags are. Like others have pointed out it's the style or prominent notes that tend to date a fragrance. Tom Ford for Men has a lot...
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    Re: Emporio Armani He/ Lui / Il

    Wanted to resurrect an old thread because I just picked up a tester bottle of this on the cheap from Ebay. This is a really a great versatile fresh, woodsy scent that projects well and has good...
  40. Thread: Encre Noir

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    Re: Encre Noir

    lol Thank you, Marais, for some much needed levity, I do appreciate it :)
  41. Thread: Encre Noir

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    Re: Encre Noir

    Can we please stop the ridiculous hyperbole with EN? It's literally like nothing I've seen before with a fragrance. It smells nothing remotely like Armani Code. It's a very sharp, dry, and pungent...
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    Re: Is this a good purchase or no?

    Solid advice
  43. Thread: Create a flanker

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    Re: Create a flanker

    Based on the other Code flankers this one would be amazing!
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    Re: A fragrance that smells like fast food fries.

    Ditto. For whatever it's worth, my friend's wife told me I smelled like french fries (no joke) once when I was Bvlgari Pour Homme years ago. Conversely, I did not find that to be a complimentary...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Exactly. Although the prices have been steadily increasing at these stores, sometimes even if I know I can get something cheaper online, the "instant gratification," as you put it Chuck, is very...
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    Re: Lalique Encre Noire Sport

    Ahh, so it does have something in common with the original. A lighter bug spray with citrus, no thanks.
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    Re: Need your suggestion

    Welcome, man!

    Kenneth Cole Black would be my recommendation. It's a unique, versatile fragrance for a designer and different than the ones you currently have.
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    Re: Best men's fragrances commonly found at Macys?

    I find to Chrome to be on the synthetic side, too. I had a bottle years ago but ended up swapping it , however, it was definitely a compliment getter. So, if you like it, go for it. Whatever Versace...
  49. Thread: Encre Noir

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    Re: Encre Noir

    One of my most hated fragrances of all time. It's pungent and off putting to my nose. I think it smells like bug spray. When I hear others describe it as dark, smokey, brooding, poetic, I can only...
  50. Re: On the whole " That fragrance smells dated thing" or " generic" even..

    As you've stated it is entirely subjective. However, I think saying a fragrance is dated can be seen as a compliment or critique. As an example, for me, Bois Du Portugal, Armani Eau Pour Homme, and...
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    Re: Cant find a cologne that I love

    To be honest 360 Red is the only frag from your list I really like. Keep sampling and don't be afraid to try a few more fragrances from the 21st century ;) Hit up the mall with some regularity over...
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    Re: natural smelling designers

    One that surprised me is Kenneth Cole Signature. The woodsy and floral notes are really nice in this one and very natural smelling. I recently got a sample after trying it years ago and forgetting...
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    Re: Alternative to YSL L'Homme?

    I'm not a fan of L'Homme because I find the ginger to be too much. YSL L'Homme Sport is very similar but better IMO because it's more balanced. Kenneth Cole Mankind is also similar but the ginger is...
  54. Re: Oldskool Aftershaves: Aqua Velva vs. Old Spice vs. Brut

    My dad used Old Spice so that's what I used way back when! I usually just use unscented Aveeno lotion after shaving now and like the results.

    For an AS, though, Gillette Cool Wave is what I use...
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    Re: Desperately Seeking White Musk + Cedar

    Armani Mania. Cedar and musk are perfectly balanced in this one IMO. There's vetiver in there, too, but I don't pick it up much. The saffron and citrus are blended nicely and not at all dominant....
  56. Re: Looking for something smokey for the cooler weather

    I've seen it on Ebay, on the pricier but it's there at least.
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    Re: John Varvatos Star USA pulled from Macy's

    I was able to sample this about a week ago and in spite of the horrible reviews I thought it smelled pretty good. The citron, juniper, and woods combo is nice. It reminded me of another fragrance...
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    Re: Finally sniffed Eau Sauvage... wow!!

    I sampled this one for the first time about a year ago and was pleasantly surprised with it, too. I own vintage Armani Eau Pour Homme and the two are pretty similar IMO, especially in the first hour....
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    Re: "Unexpected" likes and dislikes...

    Unexpected likes are: Versace Eros, Armani Code Ultimate, Tom Ford Noir, and Kenneth Cole Mankind. These are not the types of fragrances I usually gravitate towards but really dig these.
    ...
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    Re: Oh, how this hobby is bad for my bank account!

    I think everyone has to figure what amount of disposable income they can justify for the hobby. For me it's a lot less than most because at a point I do feel like this hobby simply becomes gluttonous...
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    Re: When / How do you reapply?

    Honestly, I think if you're reapplying with AHS and BDC you're just asking to be cologne guy, longevity on those two is fine. I never reapply and just allow and prefer the lifespan of the fragrance...
  62. Re: Looking for sweet (not cloying), yet fresh/woody, skin scent.

    Tom Ford Noir EDT
    Armani Code Ultimate
    Versace Eros

    I used to really hate any type of sweet or powdery fragrances, but as I've sampled more fragrances these are three that really work for me and...
  63. Re: Your favorite two or more fragrance combination??

    Stalkerboy, you've got some pretty interesting blends going on. Tom Ford Extreme + Pure Havane sounds interesting along with Perry Ellis 360 Red + Terre de Hermes.

    My favorite blend is Tom Ford...
  64. Re: Looking for something smokey for the cooler weather

    Tom Ford Extreme definitely has a smokey accord IMO. It's not like an incense type of smoke, though, it's more like a smokey/burnt cedar that's pretty rich. If you have a Sephora close by you can...
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    Poll: Re: How much do you love your fragrances?

    Chuck, missed your post, but definitely concur and we have similar interests outside of fragrance!
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    Poll: Re: How much do you love your fragrances?

    I tend to agree with these type of sentiments. I truly love wearing and discussing fragrances, but I certainly view it as something that can become more of an indulgence and obsession than an...
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    Re: Funny cologne guy stories?

    Because they're essentially just anecdotes about guys over applying their fragrance and it's not necessarily what I come to BN for, but, as previously acknowledged, there are some funny anecdotes...
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    Poll: Re: Terre D'Hermes EDT or Pure Parfum?

    I like both but the sharpness of the citrus and dry spice of the pepper and vetiver from the EDT is definitely my preference.
  69. Thread: Bijan for man

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    Re: Bijan for man

    IMO, maybe. :) Several years back an acquaintance of mine wore this and I have to admit the first time I smelled it on him I though it was incredible. It was definitely a powerhouse but it had a nice...
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    Poll: Re: Need help choosing cold weather scent

    Three that aren't on your list that I would recommend:

    Armani Code Ultimate
    Tom Ford Extreme (this one might be a bit too much for the office IMO)
    Versace Eros
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    Re: Top Ten Designer Picks - with a few rules

    There might be a lot on your list that I'm not a fan of but I truly appreciate your descriptions!
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    Re: Funny cologne guy stories?

    I usually find these kind of threads to be somewhat gratuitous but have to admit there are some pretty funny stories here! So, I'll submit one:

    Several years ago when my niece was born and finally...
  73. Re: For those having longevity and projection issues with GIT, MI, Aventus

    This does sound interesting, indeed. How many puddles of Aventus can I safely apply? This is one I don't have longevity issues with at all ;) GIT projects pretty strongly for me the first hour or so...
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    Re: Top Ten Designer Picks - with a few rules

    For me Chanel, Dior, YSL, and Mugler are of little consequence and these are the one's I've seen at Sephora or Macys:

    Armani Mania
    Armani Code Ultimate
    Kenneth Cole Mankind
    Terre D'Hermes EDT...
  75. Re: Not satisfied with anything I own or sampled. What happened?

    I agree with this. It's similar to having a full wardrobe of clothes with nothing to wear; you're bored with what you have. Take a break from sampling for awhile and it will become novel again to...
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    Re: Masculine Scent Recomendations for a Young Man

    Personally think that the majority of the recommendations are way too dated. Something like Versace Pour Homme is what I would recommend for masculine yet refined. For straight up masculinity...
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    Re: Another Aventus thread (ingredients)

    For me the birch is most prominent in Aventus, but the musk is a huge component of the drydown along with the patchouli. As Darjeeling described, it's really the blending of ingredients that makes...
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    Re: Interested in more oak moss colognes

    I haven't worn it in years (decades actually) but Drakkar Noir is an obvious choice. One I have been wearing lately that feels a bit more refined although still old school is Grigioperla by La Perla...
  79. Thread: From Armani ?

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    Re: From Armani ?

    ADG was my signature scent for years when it came out and although I still like it I don't really wear it anymore. I like Essenza but found the longevity to be horrible on me. Eau Pour Homme is...
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    Re: Yor most worn scent, ever....

    For me it's ADG by a long shot. It was my signature scent when it first came out and I've gone through numerous bottles over the years, but I haven't owned a bottle in awhile. Right now the ones I'm...
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    Re: "And the fragrances) I dislike the most are..."

    Encre Noire
    Bvlgari Blv Notte
    Original Santal

    Saying I dislike these is an understatement; I can comfortably say that I despise all three.
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    Re: Top five vanilla scents

    Generally I don't like vanilla frags on myself but three I do like:

    Tom Ford TV
    Versace Eros
    Armani Code Ultimate
  83. Re: Nuit D'Issey, Luna Rossa Exteme, or Armani Code Ultimate?

    I haven't sampled Nuit D'Issey yet and only did a drive-by on Luna Rossa Extreme on a test strip, but I really think Armani Code Ultimate is awesome! Definitely prefer it over the original, and...
  84. Re: Affordable Vintage Niche/designer scents that smell fantastic! Compliment Getters that are vint

    Armani Mania. It's over a decade old and yet seems very contemporary to me. This has always been my favorite Armani fragrance, although the usual suspects like Code and ADG are going to be more...
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    Poll: Re: How many of you are "serious collectors?" POLL.

    lol, this is the understatement of the year and the delivery seems almost deadpan :) Anyone familiar with Basenotes knows that you are THE collector. However, as an aside, I will say you provide a...
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    Re: Best Frag of the last 12 months?

    Yeah, completely agree with this. I'm a huge fan of the original, too, but I'm a totally enamored with this one.
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    Re: Top 5 pepper scents

    Marc Jacobs Bang is the obvious pepper bomb (both black and pink pepper), but the benzoin and woody notes on the drydown almost give off an incense type of vibe. I really like it. The pepper in...
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    Re: Kenneth Cole Mankind

    I'm pretty happy to have scored a 100 ml tester (BNIB, no cap) from ebay for $30. This one has definitely gone way under the radar and that's okay. I imagine it will be at the usual discounters...
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    Re: "If I could only buy 30 designer fragrances..."

    I like a lot of your mentions on this list, especially Kenneth Cole Signature! What a great fragrance, I just picked up a bottle this weekend after sampling this again recently after many years and...
  90. Re: Which fragrance smells the CLOSEST to Curve by Liz Claiborne?

    I don't really get the Fierce or Legend comparisons either. Curve reminds me more of CK Eternity or Cool Water due to the prominent lavender note. I know Curve has its follower but I had a bottle...
  91. Re: Ordered ONE 75 ml Creed, received TWO bottles. Any advice?

    When looking at a company like Creed that charges very high prices for their fragrances it's easy to simply treat them as an entity. At the end of the day, however, as Uvlade points out, it's just a...
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    Re: Your top 3 strictly masculine scents

    Interesting, whatever they like is their prerogative, obviously, but I find the heavy birch and musk notes in Aventus extremely masculine, and if I showed up on a blind date and she was wearing...
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    Re: "If I could only buy 30 designer fragrances..."

    I'm not really a fan of Chanel, Dior, or Thierry Mugler and tend to like lighter fragrances, so my list differs a bit:

    Armani Acqua Di Gio
    Armani Eau Pour Homme
    Armani Code Sport
    Armani Code...
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    Re: Your top 3 strictly masculine scents

    Aventus
    Terre D'Hermes
    Armani Eau Pour Homme

    I realize that women are drawn to plenty of men's fragrances for their own use, but I don't imagine there are many that would like these three to...
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    Re: Being Ridiculed for Wearing Fragrances as a Man

    Well, I think not being overt about it and being embarrassed about it are two completely different things. One doesn't necessarily need to be overt about the hobby but I would question the reasoning...
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    Re: Being Ridiculed for Wearing Fragrances as a Man

    Excellent post, and I truly concur with both of your points. I've been guilty of overspraying and like you I pay attention to those situations.

    Suppressor, I can sympathize a bit with what you're...
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    Re: Fragrance ratings by a visitor

    I'm a huge fan of Bois Du Portugal, but in my experience women do not like this fragrance and will go out of their way to let you know it's too strong, smells like something an old man would wear,...
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    Re: Woody smelling cologne for high schooler?

    Polo Blue is a great choice, IMO. I thinks it's more on the unique side and not as common as ADG, Cool Water, Issey, etc. Definitely fresh, a prominent melon note but some woods in there as well. I...
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    Re: Looking for something unusual

    That's the one I was thinking of for a designer and also Issey Miyake Intense.
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    Re: The One Week Challenge

    Same. I actually just got back from visiting one of my best friend's and his wife. She likes fragrances but can be on the sensitive side to some and opinionated. In the past she said Bvlgari Pour...
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