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  1. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Second all of these and would also add Tabac Original, which at one point was available at nearly every independent chemist in the UK.
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    Re: What would you wear to the Cricket?

    Not a bad idea either.

    I actually think vetiver scents (especially the fresher ones) go quite well in hot and humid (and rainy) weather.
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    Poll: Re: Interlude Man vs Epic Man *Amouage*

    Interesting perspective. I had Epic first, then Homage Attar, followed by Jubilation. I am currently evaluating Reflection which seems to be one I've neglected but I need to see how it wear on my...
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    Poll: Re: Interlude Man vs Epic Man *Amouage*

    I liked this analogy with the length of movies - hadn't seen this perspective before. I'm going to steal it :)

    Also, every time I read one of your enthusiastic posts about Interlude, it makes me...
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    Poll: Re: Interlude Man vs Epic Man *Amouage*

    The norlimbanol was added (or amped) when it was rejigged post 2014 or 2015. That's when I went off it a bit and then came back to it more recently. The scent isn't what it was when it was first...
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    Re: What would you wear to the Cricket?

    My thoughts exactly. Terribly humid weather in the UK lately and the rain and storms are just getting really annoying now. Hard to match this to clothes and fragrance IMHO.

    Green scents would work...
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    Re: Notino Sales Question

    Yup, quite right. I've seen Interlude and Beach Hut for £109 at one point.



    They also have discount codes in their emails sometimes so Ifti's advice above is spot on.

    90% of the emails are...
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    Poll: Re: Interlude Man vs Epic Man *Amouage*

    This.

    And I speak as someone that has worn Epic since 2012 and tried Interlude since the day it came out.
  9. Re: what smells similar to ombre leather (tom ford) and colonia leather (Acqua di Parma )?

    Similar to Ombre are Dueto's Golden Boy and Rasasi's La Yuqawam
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    As close as East is from West.
    Not even remotely similar other than both scents have a cap and an atomiser built-in. Oh and they are housed in bottles.
  11. Poll: Re: Silly Poll Time: Bleu de Chanel EdT/EdP/Parfum vs. Egoiste

    Agreed. I only have Egoiste CC now and prefer it to the regular one ever so slightly.
    But BdC Parfum was won me over.

    I also adore Antaeus but only in light amounts.
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    Re: Amouage beach hut man

    My wife loved Beach Hut and ended up stealing my sample from me. In my case, I liked the concept but ended up not buying as the ivy note didn't sit well with me. Appreciate though how unique this is....
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    [UK] Re: Caron PuH, Vintage Kouros

    Bump - prices adjusted again
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    Re: Similar to Caron the Third man for hot seasons

    If the requirement is a similar vibe for summer then yes the Caron PuH can me a good suggestion here but really worth sampling first to get a proper feel for it. I found the current EdT a bit too...
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    Re: Similar to Caron the Third man for hot seasons

    Literally came here to post this. Singing the praises of Amouage Bracken Man for some time now. Should be getting a bottle soon.
  16. Re: Chalk & Cheese....Smells good on them but like pee on you?

    I can't exactly speak about pee notes as such, but I do know that Sauvage becomes a mess on me (owing to the ambrox overload perhaps?) whereas it smells superb from far away. I also get this with...
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    Re: Terre D'Hermès parfum: four seasons or not.

    TdH over Sauvage any day.
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    Re: Terre D'Hermès parfum: four seasons or not.

    Welcome to the group!

    I also think TdH Parfum leans better in winter but it is equally good year-round. On a hot summer evening, this would be quite pleasant.
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    Re: Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    He was and remains a legend - both for his many creations and innovative abilities.

    Thanks Sam - great post as ever.
  20. Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home - Men's Giveaway Thread 2017 - 2018 - 2019

    Thanks! Updated the post above with those remaining.
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    Re: Givenchy Gentleman vs Kouros

    Givenchy Gentleman vintage or current is based around patchouli. In fact the patchouli is so strong that I barely get any leather out of this one at all.
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    Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home 2019

    Few samples/small decants that I'm willing to give away. UK only due to posting restrictions:

    - Escentric 02, 2ml
    - Molecule 02, 2ml

    EDIT: updated with available
  23. Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home - Men's Giveaway Thread 2017 - 2018 - 2019

    Few samples/small decants that I'm willing to give away. UK only due to posting restrictions:

    - Escentric 02, 2ml
    - Molecule 02, 2ml

    EDIT: Updated with those remaining
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    Re: Givenchy Gentleman vs Kouros

    Moved it for you.
  25. Re: Rive Gauche La Collection (the square bottle) Discontinued???

    YSL went downhill as a brand long ago. Just look at what new scents they've come out with recently... "Y" is the only one I can think of and it's only good as a room spray.
  26. Re: How much do you wear a new fragrance once you get a full bottle?

    This is clearly a very subjective question - it will vary from person to person but also according to the type of fragrance.

    If it's an "in your face", very long lasting scent or a powerhouse,...
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    Re: Your current favorite warm comforting fragrances?

    Came here to say these. Also Grand Soir. Generally ambers come across quite warm to me.
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    Re: Perfume that lasts all day (???)

    Agree about BR540 - the EdP goes for days on me. It even survives showers!
    Xerjoff Alexandria II is one that I've recently picked up and does last a stupidly long time. Royal Oud by Creed is another...
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    Re: Help a very ancient member re. Amouage :)

    I have Epic and Jubilation from those that are not discontinued.

    I did almost get Beach Hut Man but didn't get along well with the ivy note. I am currently trying Bracken Man and I am quite...
  30. Re: Best Summer colognes for men, long lasting, refreshing, minty, mentholly, etc. women can't resis

    +1 very minty but that Ivy note.... not sure about that.



    Hmmm not heard of this and it really is a cheapie!
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    Re: Aventus Cologne..... woot....???

    I agree about the Montblanc. Very good Aventus themed scent at a fraction of the cost of the other imitations. Nice bottle, good designer packaging and available almost everywhere that fragrances are...
  32. Re: What frags have you got rid of, only to reacquire sometime later?

    I can relate to just so many of these scents people have already mentioned. I’m sure this isn’t even a fraction of the real number:

    Chanel Antaeus, AHEB, AHSC, Egoiste (incl CC), Sycomore
    Creed...
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    Re: Aventus Cologne..... woot....???

    I have personally been critical of Viking since day one. Other than an OK-ish base, the scent has offered nothing new to perfumery with its rather questionable top and heart notes (moth repellant in...
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    Re: Aventus Cologne..... woot....???

    Rather than a flanker or indeed a different scent, I see the Cologne as a sort of cheaper version of the original (kind of how I'd compare the iPhone XR to the XS). The only difference being the...
  35. Thread: Aftershave balms

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    Re: Aftershave balms

    Aftershave balms by fragrance companies certainly have moisturising ingredients in them. In fact even the aftershave lotions do by some of the better brands. Chanel PM and Dior Eau Sauvage - both in...
  36. Re: What frags have you got rid of, only to reacquire sometime later?

    OMG, too many times to list. I actually thought this is a prerequisite before joining the site - don't we all do it? :P
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    Aventus Cologne..... woot....???

    Well it’s the full release day here in the UK today and I tried it in a store (as any BNer does, right?). I more or less dismissed it straight away. But having had it on for a few hours now, my...
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    Re: Fragrances in the Eau Sauvage family?

    Seriously, there are perhaps too many to list in one post...

    Designers:
    4711
    Armani Eau Pour Homme
    Boucheron Pour Homme
    Cerruti 1881
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Monsieur de Givenchy
    YSL Pour Homme
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    Re: Creed 30ml bottles?

    Yes - same time that 75ml and 120ml bottles went as well. I somehow had a mental note of around 2015-16 but I could be wrong.
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    Re: New Terre D’Hermes EDT Bottles

    I wonder if they could possibly change it any more than they already have!!
  41. Re: Bleu de Chanel Parfum: Now that you've lived with it a few months, how does it rank?

    I had a similar epiphany when I bought and worse the Parfum this time last year. It made me like the EdP more than I did, though I still dislike the EdT. That said, the Parfum stays.
  42. Re: Diptyque 10-ml minis - where are they coming from?

    I think I saw them advertised on their website when Eau de Minthe was launched - "free 10ml of our new scent with any purchase over £100" or something like that.
    They may have been there before that...
  43. Re: BBC article - The remarkable scent memory of perfumers

    Thanks OP - wonderful article
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    Re: AdP Colonia Club Alternative

    Try the new Diptyque, Eau de Minthe.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge by Papillon Perfumery

    The note breakdown sounds superb - but the inspiration for the scent doesn't say much to me. I find that aspect rather off-putting TBH.
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    Re: Good vanilla scents for layering

    Diptyque Eau Duelle layers really well - I suggest trying both EdT and EdP as the chosen strength depends on what you are layering it with.
  47. Re: Chanel Egoiste vintage - could this be genuine?

    Some vintage Chanels (esp. Egoiste) with sticker labels were mentioned on the site before and I think the conclusion was they are genuine. Might be worth doing a bit of searching around on the forums...
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    Re: Creed Recommendations for "Freshness"

    Another vote for the venerable and highly under-rated Original Vetiver. My first Creed and one I still own and love especially in warmer weather.

    Selection Verte and Green Irish Tweed are both...
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    Re: Geo F. Trumpers Paisley

    I saw it on their website a few weeks ago now but haven't had the chance to try it. What is the BN consensus on it so far?
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Most Complex Amouage Fragrance For Men

    I voted other as I think Epic has plenty going on. There's spices, florals, oud, woods and incense. It was my first Amouage and I find it hard to be beaten by Jubilation and even some of the attars.
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    Re: Whats Your Shaving Set Up Consist Of

    Saminlondon, chin up, persevere and make sure you apply a light touch to the razor whilst shaving. Your skin will thank you later.
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    Re: 500$ for Aventus Cologne!

    Well, yes £215 for 100ml and £155 for 50ml, so same retail price as Viking, but these are pre-sale prices on the site. No idea if these will be the actual prices. I wouldn't go further than testing...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    Didn’t expect a positive comment on its first full wearing as both the wife and I hate Oud based scents. But I was shocked when she said “you smell nice” from a good 4-5 feet away.

    Xerjoff...
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    Re: Grand Soir vs Baccarat rouge 540

    I agree. Must be the amount of ambrox in this.
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    Re: Hot pepper fragrance from late 90s-early 00s

    OP did mention it was a designer brand.
  56. Thread: Underwhelmed by M7

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    Re: Underwhelmed by M7

    Quite right and you did well to point this out. M7 and Royal Oud are both scents that are not very 'oudy'. The latter being about woods as well (sandalwood and cedar) among other well crafted notes...
  57. Thread: Underwhelmed by M7

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    Re: Underwhelmed by M7

    For a mainstream scent designed to be for the masses, M7 isn't bad I suppose in any form. Not my cup of tea but I am not a fan of oud or sweet scents.

    That said, oud is a love/hate note. So,...
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    Re: Hot pepper fragrance from late 90s-early 00s

    Xeryus is a good suggestion, however I can't help but associate a 90s peppery smell with YSL Opium Pour Homme. I know, it's not even close to a red box, but I think it's worth trying as the scent was...
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    Re: Help Me Choose A Fragrance for the Opera

    These, BdP especially. Very classy and fit for almost any black suit event.
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    Re: Pls recommend geranium + woody

    I suggest Geranium Odorata by Diptyque or even Creed's Vetiver Geranium.

    I don't think you'll get anything Geranium plus oud as depending on the levels, one note will kill off the other. I do...
  61. Thread: ParfumDreams.co.uk

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    Re: ParfumDreams.co.uk

    Me too - I know some UK BNers have ordered things like Knize Ten from them but other than that I haven't used them to date. Delivery via DHL sounds superb mind you.
  62. Re: Margot Robbie signed up by Chanel as new fragrance ambassador

    Good news. Along with Keira Knightly who fronts the Coco line they should make a good duo.

    I've always loved watching the Chanel Christmas ads. They haven't had one in a couple of years if my...
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    Re: Aventus Cologne..... woot....???

    It sounds like it might be worth sampling once it's out, but the amount of noise Creed has done here in the UK about pre-sales is quite frankly over the top. It's not going to be as groundbreaking as...
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    Re: What is the best TOM FORD fragrance?

    Lol, will have to agree!!
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    Re: Mont Blanc Explorer.....The New Fragrance (2019)

    It's bound to be on sale at discounters as with most MB fragrances.

    Probably a good one to alternate with the real stuff every once in a while. It's not bad by any length, just nothing new and not...
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    Re: New Tabac fragrance coming "Craftsman"

    Wow can't wait to try this one - thanks for posting!
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    Re: New Diptyque fragrance Eau de Minthe

    I could be wrong but wasn’t Pasha de Cartier marketed as a mint fougere?
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    Re: Is Antaeus really that offensive?

    I once had an SA at the Chanel counter wave her hand in front of her nose and say "wow that one's strong". I had literally put a tiny amount on a tester card a couple of seconds before, (new black...
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    Re: Is Antaeus really that offensive?

    Antaeus is a classic in any form. Golden rule with this one is not to put half a bottle on!!



    I'm soooooo stealing this line from you, Red!! :laugh:
  70. Re: Rose fans, have you tried Much Ado About The Duke by Penhaligon's?

    Tried it. Owned it. Sold it.

    It's a good alternative to Rose 31 (made by the same perfumer I might say), but alas there is no rose in it, just like Rose 31. I got it for next to nothing on eBay...
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    Re: New Diptyque fragrance Eau de Minthe

    I have been trying this one extensively and have to say I am not going for a bottle. At least not at that price.

    It's an OK fougere and makes for a wonderful trail in the dry down. But the opening...
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    Very strong scent trail of Portrait of a Lady from a lady on the the commute this morning. She must have seriously had twenty sprays of this on or the silage is just monstrous. Could detect it very...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    "Oh I love this one" from my mother.

    Original Vetiver
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    Re: Just tried Aventus for the first time and....

    Seems like a classic case of anosmia to me. Why on earth would you put a "few decent sprays" to your arm? One is all you need with this stuff and you are better off giving the sprays to somewhere...
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    Re: Which fragrances remind you of cold mountain air?

    +1

    Patrick by FoI for me also.
    1445 by Castle Forbes
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche

    Couldn't have said this better myself.

    Are we sure they are discontinuing and this is not just a 'we're going to be out of stock for a while' sort of excuse?
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    Re: New Diptyque fragrance Eau de Minte

    I have now fixed this.
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    Re: Has Green Irish Tweed changed!?

    I preferred the thickness of pre-2012 bottles for GIT. I wish they would change their minds on this reform or just try and sort it out one way or another.
  79. Re: Please recommend me some woody frags with less sweet for warm seasons

    Dear VincentChou,
    May I introduce you to French Lover by Malle?
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    Re: CREED: Boi Du Portugal and Royal Oud

    I personally prefer Royal Oud. I have never liked BdP but it has got a strong following, so there must be something good about it.

    That said, if you already have VIW and S&W, why the motivation...
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    Re: Has Green Irish Tweed changed!?

    I agree that GIT has recently been watered down quite substantially. I no longer own it as a result which is disappointing as my wife adores this one.

    I don't think it's down to batch variations...
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    Re: Caron Pour Un Homme edt vs parfum

    I wouldn't justify owning both EdT and Parfum.

    I have had EdT, Parfum and Millesime 2014. I enjoyed the latter two more than the EdT.

    EdT has a lot of powdery-soapiness which I didn't like....
  83. Re: Diptyque Eau Duelle vs Benjoin Boheme vs MFK Grand Soir

    Thanks for your thoughts, CuddleCat. It's interesting to get a ladies perspective on this. I also hadn't thought about lavender as a note in Grand Soir. Now that you mentioned it I have been picking...
  84. Re: Allure Homme Sport Cologne Vs Edition Blanche and AC Bergamote Soleil

    DHC vs AHSC
    The two are definitely comparable and are very much on a par with each other. I lean more towards the Chanel however. I am a little sensitive to some white musk notes and as such find...
  85. Thread: Leaky Bottle Blues

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    Re: Leaky Bottle Blues

    Renato you will forever associate that smell with holidays and going away. Until you get a new suitcase anyway.
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    Re: Sauvage EDP vs Blu De Chanel Parfum

    For me there is not even a question of which one: I'd go with the Chanel. Have had my Bleu Parfum for about a year now, since the day it came out. It was love at first sniff and this rarely happens...
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    Moderator Message

    Just a reminder that the forum boards are NOT here for the purpose of discussing mod decisions, whether a troll has rightly been banned or not. The mod team are aware of certain individuals...
  88. Re: Diptyque Eau Duelle vs Benjoin Boheme vs MFK Grand Soir

    I’ve tried the Benjoin again today.

    It really is a monster of a scent. It dries down better than it opens and from a distance smells wonderful. Up close (in my case) it feels like too much,...
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    Re: Kouros Fraicheur: What did i buy?

    This one is widely known and respected as the best Kouros flanker there is.

    I was fortunate to grab a mini of it. It was great while it lasted! Count yourself lucky. For 20 bucks that is one heck...
  90. Re: Something similar to Acqua di Parma Colonia Club but stronger?

    Why would you want to do this to your nose??? :cry: :cheesy: That stuff is vile!!



    Selection Verte is going to be hard to beat here. Have a near full 250ml bottle of this and just can't seem to...
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    Re: PayPal Or Credit Crad ?

    PayPal for when shopping from non-home countries is a must in my experience. I've been saved a few times as well.

    Luckily here in the UK we have what is known as "Section 75" protection meaning if...
  92. Re: Allure Homme Sport Cologne Vs Edition Blanche and AC Bergamote Soleil

    I agree with this. It smells great when you spray it, then you'll wonder if you actually did spray it or just imagined it...

    Biggest waste of my money ever - got one of those 10ml travel sprays.
  93. Re: Allure Homme Sport Cologne Vs Edition Blanche and AC Bergamote Soleil

    There was a similar thread recently: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/465150-Chanel-Allure-Homme-Sport-Eau-Extreme-Allure-Sport-Cologne-or-Homme-Edition-Blanche

    I have tried all three and owned...
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    Re: Server is c..r..a..w..l..i..n..g today

    Same for me here too...
  95. Diptyque Eau Duelle vs Benjoin Boheme vs MFK Grand Soir

    Many thanks for all your replies chaps.

    I agree that Eau Duelle is the spiciest although it’s still fairly sweet. It also has a superb frankincense note.

    The other two are quite resinous but...
  96. Diptyque Eau Duelle vs Benjoin Boheme vs MFK Grand Soir

    Putting this up in General Fragrance as it could easily appeal to either male or female members.

    I wondered how these all compare. I not similarities between the two Diptyques but Benjoin is also...
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    Re: The "oud" in Royal Oud

    My bottle is a 2015 batch in 75ml.
    The only oud in my Royal Oud can be found on the bottle, the box and on the label underneath the bottle. :)

    It works a treat on a cold day (or night) like today...
  98. Re: Please give me some opinions about frags with vetiver-noted or with aloofness for hot seasons

    Another vote for Original Vetiver or Mugler Cologne. Guerlain Vetiver isn't a bad option either.
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    Re: New Diptyque fragrance Eau de Minte

    Yes and it was much worse than his fougeres.

    The new Diptyque is miles ahead. I keep sniffing my hands and it has clearly got my attention. Subject to it not changing much more, the verdict for...
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    Re: New Diptyque fragrance Eau de Minte

    Yes, definitely. If that's all you can find in your area, it's at least... a certain % similar... I won't put a figure on it, but it's not a totally different scent.
    Ultimately, if you'd like to try...
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