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    Re: Lavender

    The original Dunhill for men (1934 version) has one of the best lavender openings I've ever encountered. Jacomo's discontinued Anthricite also makes good use of this note.
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    Re: Heavy (on the) Cream

    Montale Sandalsliver, without question.. creamy sandalwoody goodness
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    Second and 'final' farewell! :)

    Hey everyone...

    In a wonderful twist of fate and a lot of support by those around me, I was able to shed my current living quarters and secure a move into a single home. This new venture will be...
  4. Thread: Ottawa

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    Re: Ottawa - Looking for information

    Give Couture Parfums a call in Carlingwood mall. I also live in Ottawa and can attest (as I used to work there) that they at least carry Paul Smith and Paul Smith London, for men... I am not sure...
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    Re: Grass and summer smells.

    Good Life is a great suggestion... other fragrances that have a summer crisp grassy vibe to them are:

    Diptyque's Philosykos/Artisan Premier Figurier - green and figgy, slightly creamy.. beautiful...
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    Re: Boss Pure

    intriguing array of notes, I must confess.. but in the hands of Hugo Boss, who knows..

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    Re: Cologne Bumper Stickers!

    "If it weren't for Clive Christian, this Chevette might have been a Porsche!"

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    Re: Reaction to New Blind Buys

    If you like Ungaro III... check out Zino.. (if you havent already)

    It took me some time to like Zino, but it has a similar sweet/rosey vibe.. but I find it to be a more complex and satisfying...
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    Re: NEW: Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche

    I tried the Edition Blanche.. and can't say I was really moved by it.. I will comment further on it later when I have more posting time!

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  10. Re: Which samples from L'Artisan should I ask for?

    I would suggest sampling the following:

    1) Tea for Two
    2) Dzongka
    3) Dzing!
    4) Passage D'enfer
    5) Voleur de Roses

    Timbuktu, Fou D'absinthe... are also must samples... there are other...
  11. Re: Did Basenotes Match You with a New Love?

    yes..my undying love for the OTHER board members.. (now that was a kiss-up comment if I've ever seen one!)

    Actually, basenotes introduced me to the wonderful world of Niche fragrances. At first,...
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    Re: Havana alternatives

    Montana's Original is quite similar to Havana... but lighter and greener... not sure if it's easier to find but of all the fragrances I've sampled...it's the only one I could compare to the godly...
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    Re: Geranium - the forgotten note?

    MPG's Jardin du Nil.

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    Re: Recomendations for a 14 year old girl

    I actually smelled Hillary Duff (With love?) and it wasn't half bad.. I've actually received a lot of scent searching help in a thread recently so I'll offer up what I can!

    If money is not an...
  15. behind the mask... fragrance face/content incongruency

    As we all know, bottle design..name and marketing are all a huge part in selling a fragrance. If you had to choose 'one' fragrance in your collection that seems to exhibit the biggest incongruency...
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    Re: Your Favorite Creed Drydown

    I typically love vetiver in fragrances.. especially in drydown stages... but the BDG doesn't go earthly on me.. it smells like the inside of a plastic container.. obviously skin chemistry.
    ...
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    Re: This is it

    Top Notes: spearmint, thyme, anise
    Middle Notes: rosewood, vetiver, incense, pink pepper
    Basenotes: leather, cedar, amber, vetiver,

    name of fragrance: Kane (Citizen Kane reference)

    "a...
  18. Re: Will the real Montana for men please stand up?

    to echo lasta.. the Parfum D'Homme is the superior of the two fragrances.. (in my not-so-humble opinion)

    happy shopping.

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    Re: Best Scents Reminiscent of the 1970's?

    Regardless of actual release dates.. nothing says 70's to me..like Bijan for men.. duck for cover, y'all

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    Re: Your Favorite Creed Drydown

    I find that the drydowns of Bois du Portugal and Royal English Leather are exquisite. I adore both fragrances but find that they land a little strong after initial spritzing. over time, they both...
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    Re: musings...

    I agree completely.. but that's not what my thread is getting at..

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    Re: musings...

    Great responses... however I think there was some confusion about the purpose of my post. I wasn't looking for "Holy Grail" scents as much as I was looking for scents that cause some kind of...
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    Joop revelation!

    For a long long time.. I have been trying to figure out what it is that Joop! reminds me of. Some have mentioned cherry cough syrup... or some other sugary concoctions that are strong enough to peel...
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    musings...

    I have been in the crazy fragrance chase for just over two years now. I have been tempted and teased by elusive 'holy grail' scent... only to see their fume trails disappear and leave me with an...
  25. Re: What do YOU think I would like based on this?

    You might enjoy:

    Jaipur EDP/Lalique EDP
    Lalique's Encre Noir
    M7,
    L'Occitane's Eau des Baux,
    Bond's New Haarlem, Bleecker Street
    Yohji Homme,
    Davidoff's Relax, Zino
    Montale's...
  26. Re: please don't throw anything at me, other than suggestions..for I bruise easily..

    Thanks for all the help everyone! One of my close female friends douses herself in Pink Sugar, year round.. and among my group of friends it has become quite a bone of contention. Before tactfully...
  27. please don't throw anything at me, other than suggestions..for I bruise easily..

    I needed the perspective of folks on the other side of the gender spectrum...

    Though I am an 'avid' fan of men's fragrances... the majority of women's perfumes I come across (mainly in designer)...
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    Re: SotD - Monday 18 February 2008

    Haltson's Catalyst... Mmmmm.. nutmeggy goodness!

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    Re: Am I the Only One Here . . .

    I have yet to try the Cacerini..but I am in love with Ombre.. which is a lot easier for me to get my hands on. I will certainly consider your words before bending over backwards to land myself some...
  30. Re: A hankerin' for powerful Italian scents from the past...

    J.Cassanova for men! It was actually created in '91 I believe... but it blows many of the heavy hitting 80's scents out of the water (though nobody here ever seems to give it ANY attention)

    Some...
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    Re: Finest L'Occitane for men?

    I have to agree with whoever said that their Vetyver scent is their best house offering. In fact, offhand I can't think of a "Vetiver" fragrance that satisfies me the way that L'Occitane's take,...
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    Re: Yatagan mini review

    I don't find Smalto very similar to Yatagan.. though both are inherently masculine fragrances. Smalto is more incense and warmth, where as Yagatan is more pine and vegetation... Both fragrances are...
  33. Re: Which scents go well with a leather jacket?

    bringing this thread back from the dead....

    for leather jackets.. I must add the following:

    Black Tourmaline,
    Bel Ami,
    Montale's Greyland,
    Leonard PH,
    Tea for Two,
    Maxims PH
  34. Re: How many of you out there like tuberose?

    I really dig the tuberose in SL's Un Cedre..

    I can't speak about other tuberose fragrances..but I find the tuberose in this one to be very lush, sticky, gooey, slightly feral. It comes off as a...
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    Re: Metal-Inspired Colognes

    Magnetism for men, by Escada...

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    Re: Today while testing fragrances...

    As a general rule of thumb.. I always spray myself.. especially because everyone has such a particular idea of what a good 'dosage of fragrance is'... Ive allowed SA's to spritz me only to be bathed...
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    Re: Bvlgari Aqva Marine Pour Homme

    Send me your address, and I'll ship you off the remainder of my sample..no charge.

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    Re: Lalique Equus EDP v. Lalique Equus EDT

    Matt,

    Have you ever given L'Occitane's Eau des Baux a try? I find that it occupies a place directly between several quality wood/spice fragrances... as it seems to possess the following:

    Equus...
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    Re: Scents with mega sillage

    I "WISH" I got a good trail out of Havana... but unfortunately it's one of the only fragrances I own which does NOT project..or last on me.. at all :( It's a pity, since I love this scent to pieces.....
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    Re: Theory on Burberry colognes

    I am a fan of the Burberry house and I don't quite get your math! :) It's an interesting idea... but I don't see how those totals add up...

    I think that their scents stand pretty well on their...
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    Re: Oriental Input

    7 Elements is a strange fragrance... others have compared it to Gucci Envy, but I think that the parallels are minimal. It's a very sharp blending of subtle fruits spices, vanilic and woodsy...
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    Re: Bvlgari Aqva Marine Pour Homme

    I scored a sample of this and was quite unmoved by it...but then again, I am a huge fan of the original..so perhaps I wasn't giving it a fair assessment..

    I found it kind of lifeless and...
  43. Re: Antonio Puigs * QUORUMS * The Family of Three

    I love Quorum Silver... I don't think I've come across anything quite like it.. I dont find that it shares much of the character of the original sharp citrus opening, similar to that of Cartier's...
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    Re: Which is a great rose scent?

    Since you are looking specifically for 'designer' fragrances....

    Zino and Iquitos are good, rich, designer rose options... I also second the previous Ungaro III suggestion

    for something a...
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    Re: Coffee and Tabacco?

    I know that they still sell Navigateur at the l'Artisan counter in Montreal that I frequent. It's also available for sale on "The Perfume Shoppe's" website... so even if it's discontinued, it still...
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    Re: Coffee and Tabacco?

    I was thinking the exact same thing..great rec!

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    Re: Montale Greyland Cologne

    I love Greyland.. I don't find it as dry as Gucci Ph... and generally speaking..it seems to have more 'soul'

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  48. Re: Capn'.. this air, she blows quite familiar and refreshing!

    To be honest, I am not sure which version I have. The bottle is a one piece, bottom half clear.. top half, dark blue plastic... it's 'not' the bottle that appears in the directory...

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  49. Capn'.. this air, she blows quite familiar and refreshing!

    I was frequenting a local boutique the other day in Ottawa... and there was a 30ml bottle of Captain Molyneux on clearance.. so I decided to nab it....

    I absolutely love this fragrance... it's an...
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    Re: What Female Scent Do You Wear?

    Aside from the scents you have mentioned... I've worn these scents 'marketed as feminine' :

    Eau Des Merveilles,
    Baiser du Dragon,
    Samsara
    Dune
    Prada
    Habanita
    Nu
    Omnia
  51. Re: What if your new girlfriend wanted you to wear some real crap?!

    well, most scents have better longevity than an average one of my relationships.. ;) I mean, perhaps the pace in which I get restless with scents and switch to new ones is some kind of romantic...
  52. Re: Bitter greens and vetiver recommendations?

    MPG's Parfum D'Habit fits this bill quite nicely..

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    Re: gourmande ETRO

    Etro's Etra is quite a peppery/edible spice-cake of a fragrance....

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    Re: Sandalwood?

    Anthony (great name, btw.. it's the same as mine. ;)

    I know you were looking for mainstream choices but if you want a scent that encapsulates sandalwood at its finest... I would suggest you give...
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    Re: Creed Fragrances for a Wedding.

    I am not familiar with many of the female offerings in the Creed line but I think that the starched shirt crisp purity of Himalaya would suit (no pun intended) a gentleman perfectly on his special...
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    Re: Rochas Man

    Rochas Man is one of my favorite gourmand fragrances... I don't find it overly rich and I think it's a lavender note.. that makes it almost silky/smooth in its feel. I owned Bonds New Haarlem which...
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    Burning Wood

    I was out the other night on a stroll.... and I got the a wonderful nose-full of fireplace wood burning.. as I walked through a residential area. The whole burning wood scent is something that I've...
  58. Re: Does anybody know anything about Grigio Perla?

    I find Grigio Perla for men to be in the same vein as soapy/masculine powerhouse fragrances as Drakkar Noir.. far less forceful and slightly more of a sweet/ambery tone... I found it quite nice and...
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    Re: Green Scent Question...

    ...then why don't you share what you might consider a good 'green' scent then?

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    Re: Green Scent Question...

    Excellent suggestion... and true.. Polo is very green and piney... I guess I should have specified that I am looking for something that makes for good spring/warm weather use..

    I will never be...
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    Re: Green Scent Question...

    I have not tried this fragrance... I remember awhile ago... it seemed to be all the rage on basenotes. I will have to look into it.. thank you for the suggestion.

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    Green Scent Question...

    Hello everyone,

    This is probably a redundant thread but I figured I'd ask anyway...

    I was browsing my wardrobe and I noticed a definite lack of green/leafy/planty fragrances in my collection. ...
  63. Re: Bogart - my bottle arrives at my door step

    I agree with you completely! Recently, I sampled this in a local boutique and wondered if I had requested the right fragrance... I was expecting something impressive and was left unmoved..

    For...
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    Re: Hanae Mori vs Burberry

    I don't think I would wear either fragrance in warm weather... especially not the H.M. which is 'very' sweet and floral to my nose...

    I find Burberry to be more fruity/woodsy smelling with an...
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    Re: An ugly, damp weather scent?

    Interesting you mentioned Horizon.. I agree with your assessment... it was a fragrance I could never get a handle on, unfortunately.. I can't think of anything quite like it...

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    Re: The current "I smell it everywhere"

    in Ottawa, Canada... I smell a lot of:

    D&G Light Blue for Men
    Dior's Fahrenheit
    Chanel Allure
    Polo Double Black (often on sale here)
    ADG
    Armani Code
    Burberry Brit
    Boss Bottled
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    Re: An ugly, damp weather scent?

    I find that Ungaro I, M7, Voleur Des Roses, Zino, Azzaro's Visit and MPG's Parfum D'Habit are great wet/ugly weather fragrances... it doesn't mean that they are damp, ugly fragrances... but...
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    Re: What Frag(s) Literally Make You Sick?

    Yves Rocher's Nature Millenaire was the last scent that I remember being absolutely repulsed by....

    other fragrances that have nauseated me in the past (though I completely respect them) are:
    ...
  69. Re: you are embarrassed that you like.......

    I actually don't see why I should be embarrassed to like any scent... That doesn't fit with the nature of the thread though..

    if I had to choose 'one' it would be Paco Rabanne's Ultraviolet...
  70. Re: can college age pull off a true vetiver

    If you're looking for a wearable vetiver.. I suggest that you check out L'Occitane's Vetyver..... it's earthy, smooth.. slightly sweet... excellent. It's slightly rugged and quite natural. Part of...
  71. Re: hypnose pour homme or v by valentino

    I prefer V to Hypnose... I find something extremely powdery about Hypnose that becomes overwhelming... both are sweet ambery cool weather fragrances... but the V strikes me as less cloying, though...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent get's you the most female compliments?

    PDN's NY gets me the most reaction, followed closely by Versace Eau Fraiche...

    (as my bottles of Creed/Lutens/LV remain bewildered!)

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    Re: Tuscany by Aramis

    though quite different in character... I get a similar vibe from Hermes Equipage... which has exceptional lasting power on me. If I remember correctly, it's heavier on the lavender.. but still emits...
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    Re: jaipur smell-alikes?

    If you want something smooth, sweet and heavy on nutmeg... spicy, with a touch of sugar... try.

    Cacharel PH (very heavy on nutmeg, gourmand quality, classy)
    OR

    (my inexpensive gem selection)...
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    Re: im looking for anise notes

    I would suggest the following edible anise frags:

    Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin - very vanillic anise - closest to edible licorice sticks that I've come across
    Yohji Homme - deeper, less playful -...
  76. Re: What scent will you be wearing when the clock strikes 2008?

    What will I be wearing when the clock strikes midnight? Hopefully not much at all.. <koff>

    really though.. L'Homme Sage, all the way to the bank..

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  77. Re: Top notes that evoke the smell of winter?

    JPG's Fleur du Male, Kouros

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    Re: inexpensive rose for men?

    I'll second Francois' rec. of Burberry Brit for men... for a very smooth, powdery, vanillic rose... I would also suggest Richard James EDT for men.... as a very luscious suede/rose vibe...

    for...
  79. Re: Yatagan arrived in time for Christmas, and now, time for re-gifting

    Sam,

    There is always the scare of a bottle confiscation when shipping over the border, though Im sure that many US/Canadian basenoters will tell you... these instances are rarities..

    That being...
  80. Re: Yatagan arrived in time for Christmas, and now, time for re-gifting

    finsfan,

    this is a very good question! When shipping to the US I traditionally take three precautions. I list the contents as 'non-fragrance' items... Ive used everything from 'used cosmetics' to...
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    Re: Darkest, heaviest fragrance

    Alain' Delon's Iquitos... and Salvidor Dali PH are my votes..

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  82. Re: What would u choose between these 2 fragrances?

    This is a perfect example of what I've been talking about. Why even make comments like this? Was Santa 'that' bad to you? Do you have a cyst that needs lancing? I don't see 'any' need for responses...
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    Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur dilemma...

    If a 'sharp' citrus is what you want... if you're looking for something with a bit of a nasty edge, look no further than Cartier's Declaration... :)

    I know this didnt suit the thread topic, but I...
  84. Re: Yatagan arrived in time for Christmas, and now, time for re-gifting

    Why is this getting so complicated? It's a gift.. of a bottle of Yatagan... (in best Regis voice) This is out of control! ;)

    Not that I had any shot (due to my self-centered, self-congratulating...
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    Re: Xeryus Rouge review

    IMHO Rochas Lui and XR have nothing in common.... scents like Jacomo Rouge, TL Lui have more in common with XR but are still not all that similar..

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    Re: Xeryus Rouge review

    Thanks for putting such effort into a review..

    I agree that this fragrance is very distinct.. (I notice very little similarities between it and the cherry suck candy that is Desire).... that being...
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    Re: Sensuous and smoky...

    L'Occitane's Eau Des Baux

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  88. Re: Yatagan arrived in time for Christmas, and now, time for re-gifting

    I want it, because I generously donated bottles of New Haarlem, Jazz, Xeryus Rouge, Signoricci... and paid to send them to basenoters in the spirit of christmas... that's it that's all. ( I realize...
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    Re: Santa brought me...

    NOT a scent.. which is just the way I wanted it.

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    Re: Polo Explorer: My Thoughts

    I didn't even realize that Contradiction was discontinued.. I remember that fragrance as being quite intriguing... I've only smelled Polo Explorer in the bottle... I wasn't wowed. After seeing this...
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    Re: Oh, the Horror!!

    facetious comment aside, I also feel terrible for you... not very xmasy event at all..

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    Re: Latest scores at TJX

    I find Corduroy and dead ringer for Armand Basi... if you've ever sampled that.

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    Re: Oh, the Horror!!

    You've got to love cats... they never manage to whack the bottle of Curve..instead... its always the primo juice... something tells me - 'they know!' ;)

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  94. Re: Ever been nervous about posting a thread?

    I wouldn't be surprised to see some apprehension on the part of new posters to start the threads... with the amount of condescending responses and 'snobbism' that appears on the board.

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    Re: Best Copycats?

    MPG Garrigue - Joop Nightflight!
    Sl Fumerie Turque - Davidoff Relax
    Rochas Man - Bond's New Haarlem
    Cacherel PH - Halston's Catalyst
    Dior Jules - Halston's Z-14 (albeit an inferior copycat)
    RL...
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    Re: Free Yatagan

    I want the bottle of Yatagan because I tripped and fell down the stairs this morning, while carrying a bowl full of milk-soaked cheerios. No joke....

    Secondly, I'd like the Yatagan, because I...
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    Re: Ginger-iest fragrance there is ...

    I should have read the thread title more carefully when suggesting Tabarome... gingery but NOT gingerbready at all..

    For 'gingerbready' I would suggest Armand Basi Homme, Corduroy for men.. as...
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    Re: Comme des Garcons 2 Man

    I've had very similar experiences with GDG2Man... in fact, I've been frustrated by the lack of silage and longevity of some of the beautiful/ dark/ chypres that 'should' have a strong presence. -...
  99. The Night Before Christmas ( a fragrance junkie's tale!)

    I posted this last Christmas.. in tune with the season I thought I'd toss it up again...

    The Night before Christmas (a fragrance junkie's tale)

    'Twas the night before Christmas, and all the...
  100. The Night Before Christmas! (from last Xmas - a fragrance junkie's tale)

    I wrote and posted this last Christmas (my how time flies). In tune with the season, I thought I'd toss it up again.

    The Night before Christmas (a fragrance junkie's tale)

    'Twas the night...
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