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  1. Thread: Kouros=Aramis ?

    by Swanky
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    Re: Kouros=Aramis ?

    They are both strong, but smell very different. If you smell them side by side, you will know right away that they are not similar.
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    Re: Other frags like Jaipur Homme Boucheron...

    Ask people around you if they smell it. The EDP lasts 12 hours on me, easily.
  3. Re: I've Never Listened To A Single Word by A Sales Associate

    You're lucky. Within the retail world, I'm not sure the word "never" has ever applied to my experience, and I worked in retail for seven years myself. Yes, I've had some good service at fragrance...
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    Re: Mugler Cologne - why can't I smell it!?

    I have the same issue with Mugler.
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    Re: Best Vanilla/smooth, creamy scent?

    These precisely.
  6. Re: What is the ultimate most macho alpha male scent ever created?

    Yes, especially Davidoff. Add Halston Z-14 and a barfight might break out in your wardrobe.
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    Re: Ranking the celebrity fragrances

    Iquitos by Alain Delon and Luciano Pavarotti for Men are the best ones that I've personally encountered. Closely followed by Beckham Intimately. From the old days, Carrington for Men was a nice...
  8. Re: Your most loved and hated note in perfumery currently.

    Read my mind.
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    Re: what smells like angel men without the tar???

    Animale Animale for Men
  10. Re: Have you ever paid full price for a fragrance that "flopped" shortly after?

    I picked up a bottle of Dolce Donna for Men for $39, then saw it a few weeks ago in Vegas for $10. Usually, though, I have the opposite experience: I hold off on a retail purchase and subsequently...
  11. Thread: Guerlain: Derby

    by Swanky
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    Re: Guerlain: Derby

    I've not tried the most current formula, but I have a decant from about 10 years ago. It's stupendous and one of the greats.
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    Re: Need mid-range gourmand ideas!

    Eau des Baux by L'Occitane
    +1 for Play Intense
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    Re: Favorite fragrance names

    Agree.

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    I agree with all of these. I'd add:

    The Baron
    Deauville
    Jade East
  14. Re: Underrated, old, discontinued treasures: LUCIANO PAVAROTTI for Men, edt (1994/1995)

    It is a nice, under the radar offering. Reminds me a bit of Giorgio Beverly Hills and Givenchy Gentlemen in the drydown.
  15. Thread: Male Rose Scent

    by Swanky
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    Re: Male Rose Scent

    http://www.rose-of-bulgaria.com/gallery/Parfum-homme-rose-bulgare.jpg

    OR

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1Rtc_wU7I24/Trp_FkHf3yI/AAAAAAAABUM/K-Cd8SeE0z8/s1600/alain.jpg
  16. Re: If you could begin the journey of fragrance collecting all over again, what would you do differe

    I'd give fragrances a better shot before discarding them. Early on (twenty plus years ago) I would get tired of a fragrance and give it away or toss it, and I got rid of some that I wish I now had.
  17. Re: received my rive gauche pour homme today. my opinion

    Do YOU like it? Don't assume that the co-worker was talking about you, unless you sprayed 10 times - that would be too much. If you are only wearing it for other people, then it may not be what you...
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    Re: The Obscure Gem: Vintage M7

    Vintage M7 does have a devoted following. I actually prefer the reformulation (which is not usual for me) because it's a bit livelier on my skin. The vintage didn't evolve on me for some reason even...
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    Poll: Re: Your strongest fragrance - projection & sillage?

    Lapidus Pour Homme
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    Re: Great Masculine Florals?

    How do you define "modern?" Can you give an example of what you have in mind? I assume you don't just mean "recent."
    Many others have given great recommendations. I concur especially with Anucci for...
  21. Re: What are some more "barbershop" scents that I can try?

    Hawleywood No. 9 is a bay rum, and it's not bad.
  22. Re: What are some more "barbershop" scents that I can try?

    Also look at Tiffany for Men and Richard James EDT if you like this type of powdery and spicy aroma. The Baron is another great powdery floral bomb. There's been a lot of discussion on the...
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    Re: Fragrances similar to Intimately Beckham

    Pieps:

    Hanae Mori is very sweet like a dessert too, so it's not probably what you'll like.

    Get Intimately Beckham if you like it. It's cheap and not too many guys wear it. You might also look...
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    Poll: Re: Habanita x Oscar pour Lui x Zino

    I have great respect for Habanita, but I just can't wear it. Yes, it is unisex; probably even more masculine than feminine according to today's standards. It's just too dense and sweet, like spoiled...
  25. Re: Balenciaga Ho Hang Club? A male version of Chanel NO. 5?

    I concur that Ho Hang Club is not an equivalent to Chanel No. 5.
  26. Re: Dior's Fahrenhiet VS Metal jeans man by beverly hills 90210

    Yes, it does smell quite a bit like earlier versions of Fahrenheit, but much less potent.
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    Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    Yes.

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    Especially the drydowns - very similar.
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    Re: The manliest of them all?

    Absolutely.
    Also consider Lapidus and Davidoff.
  29. Re: Fragrances you keep going back to even though you don't like them???

    First impressions can be wrong especially if expectations are not in line with what the fragrance (or music, book for that matter) actually is offering. Tastes may change. Those that seem to have...
  30. Re: Wanted Spicy, Dirty, NO sweetness, at $100 or less. Suggestions please.

    Moustache by Rochas - dirty animalic musk with lemon; very dry and not sweet to my nose
    Aramis - herbal, dry leather/woody
    Salvador Dali pour Homme - dark and skanky and foreboding
    Pheromone for...
  31. Re: Which cheapie did you wear in high school that got you massive compliments?????

    Carrington after shave
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    Re: Your Motive/reason for having MANY Colognes

    As long as one is not stealing to support the habit or shorting the mortgage money, there probably isn't a right or wrong answer. For me, like many I like the variety and choice a large collection...
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    Re: Which Derby is which?

    Don't ever post your address, hednic, because I'll send a cat burglar to your house for that bottle!!!!
  34. Re: If I am not a fan of Azzaro, is Rive Gauche out of the question?

    Buysblind seems right on. However, barbershop fougeres will tend to feature lavender since that's a key to being a fougere so if you detested it in Azzaro, it might be problematic elsewhere. Azzaro's...
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    Re: Which Derby is which?

    That is my understanding. I have a decant of #2 and I love it. I haven't smelled the first and only briefly sniffed the tall bottle in Vegas a couple of years ago.
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    Re: A new YouTube Channel - Fumerie Hilaire

    You have an interesting style: impressionistic without being so subjective as to not translate. Also, your extemporaneous style is refreshing and pretty unique among the reviewers that I've seen....
  37. Re: Gender male - please list 5 ( five ) guerlains you ever/ always buy -signatures scents

    1. Derby
    2. Habit Rouge
    3. Vetiver
    4. Jicky
    5. Coriolan
  38. Thread: hi newb here

    by Swanky
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    Re: hi newb here

    Very good advice.
  39. Thread: hi newb here

    by Swanky
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    Re: hi newb here

    By the use of the term "in university" I assume you are not in the USA. If you are in the US, it's best to go to a local mall or department store and sample a few to get a feeling for what you like...
  40. Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    Without knowing where you live or what you currently own, it's tough to make specific suggestions. What are your five favorite fragrances that you own? This might give some clue as to what you might...
  41. Re: Does Sung Homme have a strong resemblance to Polo or One Man Show?

    Who's your grandpa, Frank Sinatra? I'm jealous of all of you who have great-smelling grandpas!!! None of my grandparents ever wore Kouros or Polo or Bois du Portugal. I've worked at a couple of...
  42. Re: Does Sung Homme have a strong resemblance to Polo or One Man Show?

    What is "old?" My friends and I wore Polo in high school (17 years old). I assume you are older than that. Are you asking if they smell like chocolate milk or fruit juice, like so many new fragrances...
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    Re: Leonard pour Homme Vintage

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=13134&d=1335448255

    This is the bottle I have. It smells great but it is not a powerhouse by any means. It is refined and gentlemanly. If you...
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    Re: Looking for Violet leaf frags

    Eau de Cartier is, along with Grey Flannel and Fahrenheit (original), a reference violet leaf. For a modern, cheapie version you may check out VIP Usher.
  45. Thread: Eau de Baux

    by Swanky
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    Re: Eau de Baux

    In structure it is similar to Hynose Homme and La Nuit de l'Homme - top notes of woods and base notes of amber or vanilla. It smells different than those, but in the ballpark. Baux has a very good...
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    Re: What masculines resembles smoke?

    Jacomo de Jacomo - cigarette/wood
    Fracas for Men - smoky leather
  47. Re: Vintage Brut - anything close from todays juices?

    Touch For Men by Fred Hayman mimics Brut pretty well.
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    Re: Searching for a manly lavender scent...

    If you get the spray version (below) it wears nearly like an Eau de Toilette.
    ...
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    Re: Searching for a manly lavender scent...

    Agua Lavanda Puig
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VI

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=14246&d=1340855444
    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=14245&d=1340855443

    Just moved so I snapped some pictures before I put...
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    Re: The Basenotes Fragrance Championship

    Derby - Guerlain
  52. Re: Knize 10 an alternative to Cuir de Russie... really?

    Yes, and both are high quality. I find Knize to actually be more complex - it has floral notes but also some fruity notes and smokiness (what some call gasoline I suppose) that make it more...
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    Re: The Basenotes Fragrance Championship

    I believe some of the other kids sprayed Mouchette with Aventus, which is why she rolled down the hill into the pond - the first Creed casualty.
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    Re: The Basenotes Fragrance Championship

    True, since the subtext of Lawrence's Black Knight rivals that of Pickpocket and Au Hasard Balthazar.
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    Re: Looking for some valuable recommendations....

    Andy88c:
    I totally agree with you here. Lonestar is straight up vanilla/amber in the drydown to my nose as well.
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    Re: It's . . . Grrrrrlain! Where do I start?!

    Then start with Derby. It is discreet and refined and neither sweet nor in-your-face. Habit Rouge is a masterpiece but it is sweet and bold. Coriolan is another gentleman with good table manners....
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    Re: THRIFT Shop finds

    I have donated quite a few bottles of fragrance over the years to Hope and Goodwill. Alas I've not had luck in finding gems myself.
  58. Re: What fragrance do you think compliments Rayban Wayfarer Sunglasses?

    Wayfarers date to the 1950s when fragrances such as Gravel for Men and Chanel Pour Monsieur were on offer.
  59. Re: Recommend fragrances for the person above you based on their wardrobe

    DieNase,
    You have several classics so I recommend Knize Ten, The Baron and Chanel No. 5.
  60. Thread: Guerlain Derby

    by Swanky
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    Re: Guerlain Derby

    Neiman-Marcus in San Francisco had a tester in the bee bottle this past weekend. I didn't inquire about stock.
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    Re: Royal Copenhagen current formulation

    I have the current formulation and I like it. I have a spray bottle - easy to apply. RC has good longevity and has the powder/patchouli element that I dig in many old school aromas.
  62. Re: Basenotes favorites that you hate... Hated that you love?

    I don't hate inanimate objects but there are a few frags that "I don't get or like" as others have put it:

    Musc Ravageur (love the opening then it's an amber morass)
    Pour Un Homme Caron (too much...
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    Re: Three best blind buys

    1. Iquitos
    2. Vermeil for Men
    3. Davidoff
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    Re: Jovan Musk anybody used it ?

    If you click the link, what happens?
    It shows up on my end.
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    Re: POWER House fragrances!

    Vermeil for Men
    Xeryus
    Quorum
    Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui
    Aramis
    Lapidus
    Kouros
    Parfum d'Habit (MPG)

    With the exception of the MPG, all of the above should be available for less than $40 US....
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    Re: Jovan Musk anybody used it ?

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=13828&d=1339109127

    Here's a photo. Yes, I own it and use it. It has a classical structure and old school vibe. I've been wearing such items...
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    Re: Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense Longevity?

    I wasn't that impressed with the longevity - I got about 5 hours. And I typically do pretty well with longevity on most fragrances.
  68. Thread: 2 Word Reviews

    by Swanky
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    Re: 2 Word Reviews

    Curve - No thanks
    The Baron - Old school
    Grey Flannel - Distinguished gray
    Dior Homme - Modern masterpiece
    Derby - A legend
    Tabac Original - Affordable gem
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    Re: Best smoky Leather fragrances

    Good call, Slayerized, on Francesco Smalto. Fracas pour Homme is similar. And yes, there is a rectified birch tar component to Knize Ten that gives it a smoky quality, although it is milder there in...
  70. Re: Which of these TJ Max Fragrance...which one is worth buying?

    Fujiyama is utterly generic, in my opinion, so you could pass on that one without missing anything special.
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    Re: Best smokey Leather fragrances

    I agree with cacio, although I find Lonestar incredibly sweet in the drydown so the smoke is overwhelmed with "fire at a maple syrup plant." I don't link it with a leather, primarily. Knize Ten is...
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    Re: Looking to round out my collection

    Another leather to try is Knize Ten.
    Citrus...YSL Pour Homme or Eau de Rochas
    Pine/Herbal/Patchouli...Pino Silvestre, Aramis, Agua Brava, Jules
    Floral...Insense, Iquitos
  73. Re: Grapefruit and pepper, unisex, inexpensive. Suggestions?

    Have you sniffed Claiborne For Men?
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    Re: Givenchy Gentleman Eau de Toilette

    The vintage stuff has different packaging, typically a silver label that wraps the entire bottle like the attached picture.
    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=13714&d=1338246414
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    Re: Givenchy Gentleman Eau de Toilette

    I am not a purist, typically, when it comes to reformulations, but in this instance I have to state that the vintage is miles ahead of the newer rendition. Get the vintage juice (available online for...
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    Re: What does my wardrobe "need"?

    How about a good barbershop fougere? For old school, Royal Copenhagen or Clubman will do. For a newer take, Rive Gauche Pour Homme.
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    Re: I'm looking for a new masculine man......

    Nice wardrobe, Koala501.

    I'd add to it the following:
    Burberry London - one of the better masculines of the last couple of decades
    Aramis - a classic
    Xeryus - another great from the classic...
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    Poll: Re: Refined, timeless, elegance. Which of these 4?

    I've tried all four. I voted for Chanel because while it is similar to Bois, my second fave on this list, the easier availability and lower price make it appealing while maintaining a high quality of...
  79. Re: Cadillac Extreme = London for Men by Burberry?

    Agree with this. I don't find Extreme much like the original Cadillac either. The "extreme" appellation is almost a guarantee of generic blandness these days.
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    Re: What am I looking for?

    Witness - Bogart : cinnamon and incense. Discontinued but available for cheap online.
    Claiborne for Men : also cheap and easily available with a prominent grapefruit/orange note
    Vermeil for Men:...
  81. Thread: Cedar

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    Re: Cedar

    Rochas Lui
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    Re: Blind Buy: Caron pour homme

    Chances are that considerably younger men wore Pour un Homme and Yatagan when they originally came out. If we must be "old" before we can wear great fragrances, then we all better dye our hair gray...
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    Re: Is there any guy here who wears Habanita?

    Yes, I own it and it absolutely can be worn by men but...I don't find it as wearable as the others here do. It is very heavy and hard to wear for about the first hour or so. I like old school...
  84. Thread: Clone Cologne

    by Swanky
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    Re: Clone Cologne

    I just picked up a bottle of the vintage on ebay, but I think it's a fake.
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    Re: Light and clean scent

    4711 - light citrus
    Gendarme - light and clean
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    Re: cK One Shock for Him

    Yes, with a dollop of Witness added, by a perfumer wearing Egoiste.
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    Re: Gravel for Men = Gucci Envy?

    I haven't smelled Envy, but I own both Gravel Cologne and Pour Un Homme after shave. Both are relatively light (as opposed to PuH EDT, which has great longevity) so the comparison is a bit more apt,...
  88. Re: Help me find another word for "powdery" please :}

    Fougere may be a good term. Generally quite "powdery" (meaning talcum) scents such as The Baron or Canoe are classified as fougeres.
  89. Re: Summer Gourmand with Pronounced Chocolate Note ??

    Definitely agree. I don't much like chocolate but this one works for me.
  90. Thread: Urinal cakes?

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    Re: Urinal cakes?

    Sorry, double post.
  91. Thread: Urinal cakes?

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    Re: Urinal cakes?

    These are all opinions, so of course it goes without saying that people have differing opinions. Also, I don't take issue with derogatory comments so much as with unhelpful ones. Hamp, the OP, was...
  92. Thread: Urinal cakes?

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    Re: Urinal cakes?

    Where the hell are all these bathrooms, diapers, cat pee litter boxes, et cetera that smell like Kouros, Lapidus, Old Spice...? I guess I've had a rougher life than most, because those former things,...
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    Re: Suggest a fruity leather based fragrance

    Knize Ten is about $70 US at Lucky Scent (at least it was when I bought mine a few months ago). So +1 on Knize.
    Red for Men (Giorgio) has a mild fruit vibe but is quite masculine and dirt cheap....
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    Re: Best pound for pound fragrance

    A very good argument here. I'd add to the conversation:
    Ho Hang Club - cheap price, swank bottle, brother to Rive Gauche and The Baron
    Old Spice - set the standard, megalongevity, dirt cheap, still...
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    Re: drakkar noir to wear or not to wear

    To be honest, I'm not ever sure what "old man" scent means. Even when I was in my late teens and early twenties, I wore whatever I wanted, including "classics" such as Van Cleef & Arpels.

    If you...
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    Re: My short review: Knize Ten

    I bought mine at Lucky Scent in Los Angeles. They have an easy website from which to order.
  97. Re: Any colognes with good projection and good longevity ?

    Summer:
    1881 by Cerrutti is a good cheap alternative to Eau Sauvage or Boucheron
    Chester & Peck is a budget alternative to citrus frags such as AdG, Chrome, L'Eau d'Issey

    Winter:
    Opium Pour...
  98. Re: Outdated, cloying men's frafs that smell like coughdrops and should be avoided by ANYONE who ---

    Other such whipping-boys include:

    PS Fine Cologne
    Lagerfeld Classic
    Grey Flannel

    All get roasted and all are greats in the male arsenal, in my opinion.
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    Re: My short review: Knize Ten

    One of the greats and works well with a suit and tie also.
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    Re: Favorite sweet fragrances

    Animale Animale
    Jaipur Pour Homme EDP
    Royal Secret for Men

    I'm not generally a fan of sweet scents, but these three come to mind among my favorites.
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