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    Re: Cartier Santos Concentree vs. Chanel Antaeus

    Different scents and i prefer Santos for that really smoky midnotes. Gives a kind of swagger and confidence to my stride.
  2. Re: John Varvatos Original vs. Michael Kors for Men

    Nope. Reminds me of that Cranberry song... what is it called... oh yes "Linger". 6-8 hours usually.
  3. Thread: ...

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    Re: Vendetta Pour Homme - Have you tried it?

    Here's my review of it:
    The bottle is exquisite, reminds me of an oil lamp, in typical Arabian Knights fashion which comes with a genie. The juice is light woody brown which gives a hint of the...
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    Re: Overrating scents

    Possibly, but that is another assumption too.

    Agreed, when it is in reference to how media can skew the results of a survey for example. I have no problem with the way you use it as you qualify...
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    Re: Overrating scents

    And for that i'm sorry because i don't detect the urinal cake/piss note in it at all and did nothing. I wanted to write something about that infamous note, but always i just put it off. Why is it the...
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    Re: Over-rating scents

    I think you've answered that with this:


    I would not feel any bite or sarcasm to "I don't like ______." or "despite popular opinion, i don't like X". In fact, the second statement sounds so much...
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    Re: Over-rating scents

    Exactly! The word "overrated" reveals so much about what the user thinks of the people who love the frag doesn't it? They're gullible or have no mind of their own and thus led by a famous perfumer,...
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    Re: Over-rating scents

    All those scents that are "hyped" have good valid reasons to be "hyped" in that many people genuinely belief them to be great scents, so in my opinion, they are not "overrated" because many...
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    Re: Over-rating scents

    No way Serpent!
    I love reading your rants and the reason i like it so much is because it is entertaining to me and doesn't make me feel like you've just put my own tastes/preferences down. You can...
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    Re: Over-rating scents

    Just because many people rate a fragrance positively it becomes "overrated"? I call that "popular". "Overrated" is when i impose my tastes and preferences over those of others as being the right one.
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    Re: Tea for Two -vs- Fumerie Turque

    Yes you are, but you could put it in a way that doesn't step on people's toes. I could say "In my opinion, anyone who thinks T42 is a one note fragrance should have their nose examined" but that...
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    Re: Lagerfeld PHOTO or Lagerfeld CLASSiC

    Hmmm... Lagerfeld Photo or Lagerfeld Classic?

    Lagerfeld JAKO!!!!!!! ;)
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    Re: Tea for Two -vs- Fumerie Turque

    I definitely agree with you! In the cool air, T42 positively blossoms. Its a very nicely balanced scent. The smoke, and the tea! Simply wonderful. It's a complex scent actually because you can't...
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    Re: GIT vs. Coolwater -- Afraid to see.....

    I agree, and the "label" of fragrances is its scent. All else are just signifiers to the thing being signified, mere simulacrum. Stick to the real, the thing-in-itself. Break free from the shackles...
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    Re: GIT vs. Coolwater -- Afraid to see.....

    What makes you think Kouros is "inspired by Orange Spice". Of the thousands of frags created since 1950, Bourdon had to be inspired by Orange Spice? You do realise there is a 30 year gap between the...
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    Re: GIT vs. Coolwater -- Afraid to see.....

    Forget the name, the marketing or the hype. Focus on the juice. That's all that matters. If there's such a thing as a "holy grail" of scent, you're not likely to find it if you let factors other than...
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    Re: GIT vs. Coolwater -- Afraid to see.....

    GIT vs Curve
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    I am really struck by how similar Curve smells to Creed's Green Irish Tweed! This has been mentioned before but i was a bit sceptical because i kept thinking, how can a...
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    Re: Another Creed purchase with weirdness

    So that you can get the "discount" as opposed to buying direct from an authorised distributor. You have a bottle of Creed that was meant for another part of the world. Hmmm... perhaps the Far East,...
  19. Re: NYT Perfume Critic: Chandler Burr - interviewed

    LOL! I'm sorry, i've not read any of his reviews but by the evidence of what has been quoted in this thread, it does seem so! Pity, i liked his book "The Emperor of Scent" very much.

    And i do...
  20. Re: NYT Perfume Critic: Chandler Burr - interviewed

    Lol. I got 2 words for him - headspace technology. It's not the replication of the scent that's the problem, but the extraction of the oils from the flower as a method of replication.
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    Re: Naed_Nitram/de_Charlus

    Hmmm... just came across Nitram's review of Derby. Ok, i've become a fan! ;)
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    Re: I just bought my worst blind ever...

    Well, you can't say it doesn't work! :D
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    Re: Picked up some new scents

    But where did you put the strips on the way home? If you placed them together, the smells gonna rub off on each other. :D
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    Re: Review: Visit by Azzaro

    That's ok coz Tumulte smells exactly like it! :D
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    Re: Picked up some new scents

    Can you do one last thing for me and find someone now and ask them can they smell the perfume you're wearing and whether is strong or weak. ;)
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    Re: Picked up some new scents

    If you can decant a small amount of it and don't mind shipping it to me, i'm very interested to test this "Laguna" you have. This is Laguna by Salvatore Dali right? Describe the bottle to me. No way...
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    Re: Picked up some new scents

    No vanilla? Tobacco? Citrus topnotes?
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    Re: Picked up some new scents

    Impossible! It could be cloying or sweet but lack of sillage is not one of its faults. Even the aftershave lasts a good few hours on me. Where did you get your bottle from?
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    Re: Single notes: the fools we are

    Yes, my point exactly! :D
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    Re: Just how wrong am I?

    Actually, you've come very close to identifying the scent family of Vera Wang. It's definitely not a citrus, but more along the woody, spicy category. Check out the heartnotes of nutmeg and anise....
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    Re: Question for the experts

    I want to reiterate what the others have already said: You have a wonderfully classy collection. If i could make do with a handful of fragrances, yours would be it. Kudos. Also, i can see you not...
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    Re: Single notes: the fools we are

    I doubt perfumers like Mandy Aftel, Ayala Sender or Moondeva do that. Until we can precisely quantify the structure of the human soul in precise mathematical formula, i prefer to keep perfumery as an...
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    Re: Single notes: the fools we are

    Such scientific terminology could never capture the spirit and soul of the scent. Words evoke emotions, ideas and concepts. Jargon are merely sterile, impotent representations of the thing itself.
  34. Re: People, PLEASE be careful with your comparisons!

    Personally, Bulgari Black stands out on its own and all because of that synthetic rubber note. Neither Dzing, Nostalgia, Lolita Lempicka or Body Kouros has it. I wouldn't compare Bulgari Black to any...
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    Re: Bulgari's new PH - Soir - First Impressions

    Sounds like more of the androgenous scents we've been getting lately - Gaultier2, Dior Homme etc...
  36. Thread: Vanilla

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    Re: Vanilla

    Ah yes! I put that down to the ubiquity of Le Male. I'm sure your friend has never smelled Laguna before. Let him smell Le Male, then put the other vanilla frags in front of him, i bet he can then...
  37. Thread: Vanilla

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    Re: Vanilla

    Vanilla frags tend to be in the Oriental category, but to me that's as far as the similarities go. I collect predominantly Oriental frags and get quite excited everytime a new one hits the market....
  38. Re: anyone else here wear pure oudh oil, where do you get yours? stories?

    Yes, i received your PM, thanks. I get my stock from Malaysia. You guys are right, the thick, toffee-like fluid can give off a wonderfully heady sillage. I'm currently experimenting with my stock,...
  39. Re: Tried Hugo Dark Blue...Love the smell but...

    Caron's Voyageur. ;) Better in fact, IMO.
  40. Thread: An "accord"?

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    Re: An "accord"?

    Because as notes fade, they are replaced by other notes. The citric accord in the topnotes may give way to a floral accord in the heart of the scent which may then be replaced by a woody accord or...
  41. Re: wow kouros is really expensive even by ebay standards

    No, it's just bad to begin with! :D
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    Re: Milamber's Notebook

    Salvatore Dali Laguna Homme (2001)
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    Yes folks, this was the scent that started it all for me! Every fragrance i've bought from 2002 until today, has its...
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    Re: Kenneth Cole Reaction... Impressions...

    DKNY Be Delicious Men of course! ;)
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    Re: I need one more cologne.

    I'm damn proud of you, my young padwan!!! But i am also very apprehensive as i always am when someone gets something recommended by me, blind. If they hate it, then i'll feel bad for wasting their...
  45. Thread: Geir ness

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    Re: Geir ness

    Firstly, Geir is EDP so method of application is important. If it gives you headaches, you're putting it on too close to your face and in a manner you usually use for your EDTs, ie. a few hard...
  46. Re: anyone else here wear pure oudh oil, where do you get yours? stories?

    Where's his shop? Any contact information? I live in Singapore and get mine from Malaysia, a neighbouring country. It's heady stuff. Thicker and sweetly woody. Having tried it, you can tell the...
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    Re: I need one more cologne.

    How many visit basenotes? ;)
    You've got to test out colognes on your skin. That's the only way to be sure and save you a lot of $$$.
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    Re: Patou PH, anyone know where...

    You guys really looking for this frag? I could look around, last time i saw it, the tester was less than half price. PM me if you're serious.
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    Re: Kenneth Cole Reaction... Impressions...

    You gotta put your selves together, RCavs! The nose knows! Would Brazil be 5 times world champion if they had switched to playing the Italian defensive libero style after winning their first trophy?...
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    Re: I need one more cologne.

    Being one of the frags that i love, i'm interested to know why you find it more and more appealing without yet getting a chance to test it! :)
  51. Thread: An "accord"?

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    Re: An "accord"?

    Notes refer to the smell of a single ingredient, while accord refers to the smell when a combination of notes are put together. In that sense, a note is very distinct and you can tell with a degree...
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    Re: Sweet incense frags?

    Kenzo Jungle
    Passage d' Enfer by L'Artisan
    Tea for Two by L'Artisan
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    Re: Kenneth Cole Reaction... Impressions...

    I'm thinking, why you waste your time on this synthetic mess? ;) Not your style for sure RCavs!
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    Re: Finally found Kouros..

    Hey! I wanna hear your response to Kouros too! :D
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    Re: Rate my wardrobe

    Ha! Now, we're in for some FUN!:D Alright, apart from what Serpent has suggested, you must try:
    1. The bolder, more sillage producing scents. Trust me, they're wearable, just use the walkthrough...
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    Re: Rate my wardrobe

    Well, only you can answer that one. Do you perceive a close similarity like others do? I personally don't find it too similar. Anyway, regarding your drobe, it certainly looks like you've got a very...
  57. Re: Rochas, Balenciaga and my cheapskatery :)

    Now, if that isn't addiction, i don't know what is! LOL! :D
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    Re: What do you think?

    Wear Body Kouros during the day and Envy in the evening. ;)
  59. Thread: What to wear

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    Re: What to wear

    Thanks for the compliment. As you've noted, Dior Homme is designed in the style of understated elegance. It doesn't project too long a sillage but it's longevity is adequate for 4-5 hours. Do not be...
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    Re: My new KOUROS tester bottle

    Yup, one for every spritz! :D
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    Re: My new KOUROS tester bottle

    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
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    Re: The Fragrance Every Man Must Try

    Laguna
    Dobin Gaude Biche dans Absinthe
    DK Fuel
    L'Artisan Passage D'Enfer and Tea for Two
    Creed Selection Verte and Bois du Portugal
    Dior Bois d' Argent
    MPG Eau des Illes or Santos Concentree...
  63. Thread: What to wear

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    Re: What to wear

    Aye! And not in the lurid, provocative way that would show you're trying too hard, but rather, in the more playful, relaxed, unpretentious sort of way. :cool:
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    Re: Cologne for waking up

    Yup, it's discontinued and i got myself a huge 100ml bottle stashed away somewhere. It's my little piece of fragrance history. This was made early in the 80s, a time when frags shouted their presence...
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    Re: the man on the train

    Sorry, i'd love to watch the movie, even if just for the scene with the scents but we're not very sophisticated with the movies in the video stores here in the Far East. Everything's basically in...
  66. Thread: What to wear

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    Re: What to wear

    :o :o :o :o :o :o

    I am thinking of a casual yet sensual evening for you! :D
  67. Thread: What to wear

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    Re: What to wear

    Definitely Dior Homme.;)
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    Re: Scent Intense by Costume National - Disturbing and Magnificent

    Great description of the scent! ;)
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    Re: Cologne for waking up

    Yes, i agree with the suggestions for L'Instant and VI. I'd also add the harder to find: Navagateur by L'Artisan.
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    Re: Marine/Aqua Scents

    Marine refers to scents that have a theme based on the sea, with notes such as sea-weed etc. while aquatics are fresh, clean scents that represent how clear fresh water would smell like if they had a...
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    Re: looking for more sophisticated fresh scents

    While i agree with those who say Kouros and The Dreamer aren't exactly of the "fresh" genre, i think i get what you mean and i feel these are what you may be looking for:

    1. Sung Homme.
    2....
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    Re: REVIEW: Gaultier˛

    Nope, don't like it. Has that synthetic Le Male accord in the heart of the scent that irritates the hell out of me. Wish it would go away so i can enjoy the rest of the fragrance but it stays there,...
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    Re: REVIEW: Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme

    More like fresh, clean and understated, i suppose.
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    Re: Looking to rebuild my collecton.

    Dior Homme
    Black XS
    Laguna
    Perry M
    Armani Night
    Bulgari Aqua
    Givenchy Very Irrisistable
    Lanvin Arpege PH
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    Re: REVIEW: Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme

    Victor and who? :D Are those the guys in Las Vegas who got mauled by their white tiger? I'm banking everything on the Burberry! They've got a house style that i like. The original London with its...
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    Re: The absolute sweetest, thickest scent!

    Ultraviolet man is sweet but not thick. It has a fleeting, synthetic sweetness. Very thin and high pitched. :)
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    Re: For an August wedding?

    Definitely GIT. You like it. It lasts on you. Why should the bride and groom get all the fun eh? ;)
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    Re: Attention all D&G Masculine fans...

    Latinos like to wear lemon dishwashing liquid???:eek:
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    Re: Attention all D&G Masculine fans...

    There are D&G Masculine fans??? :eek:
  80. Re: Shopping Trip at Neiman's: Browsing Prada, SL, Creed

    Douce Amere is a great buy! One of my favourite Orientals. Very smooth as you said. ;)
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    Re: 20 Scents in 20 Days

    Ah... you have a good nose! Certainly, Laguna is not in the vein of the AdG, Polo Blue and other aquatic scents of this world. That's why it's my favourite one. Excellent sillage and excellent...
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    Re: Anyone a fan of Boss frags and which ones?

    Boss Sport used to be my signature frag in the 80s. Nothing in their line interests me now. Baldessarini is probably their best frag to date, but i've not been too impressed by it as yet.
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    Re: Is Gendarme manly?

    Yes, i agree.
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    Re: I need a fragrance makeover

    No, Geir is not for you, IMO. It's a scent that ladies can wear as well. ;)
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    Re: starting to hate all my colognes

    Use it. What if the bottle turns bad on you tomorrow. Enjoy it while you can! ;)
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    Re: Anyone have their own custom Creed?

    Piper??? Yucks!!! Only Paul_G can wear that monstrosity of a scent. Because he doesn't care whose $2000 he's taking...:D
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    Re: Major Cologne Storage Warning

    So, i'm guessing that you didn't test the Mugler prior to putting it in the fridge?
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    Re: Major Cologne Storage Warning

    I store my frags in a mini cooler and none of it has gone bad or lost its scent yet. Could you elaborate on some things that i find rather curious:
    1. Where did you purchase your frags?
    2. Did you...
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    Re: Anyone have their own custom Creed?

    Well, i have Lorenzo Villoresi make mine. Much prefer his personal touch anyway! :rolleyes:
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    Re: A scent for an addictive personality

    On the contrary, such a person uses his charisma to draw people towards him. He doesn't need an overt scent to announce his presence or get attention. People naturally gravitate towards him because...
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    Re: Why Do You Like Terre D'Hermes?

    Last week, reading Serpent's rant on Terre D' Hermes, i asked my sources to find me a bottle. Yup, i was gonna buy it blind to see if the disappointment he felt was the same one i felt for L'Instant...
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    Re: Cant find the right frag...need help ASAP

    For a softer gourmand, i second Burberry Brit and Lanvin Arpege. I also add Armani Black Code. These are all softer versions of the heavy gourmands like Rochas Man, jaipur and Pi. ;)
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    Re: What can you tell me about...

    I agree that the Aqua is one of the best constructed in recent times in terms of sillage and longevity. It's a stronger Polo Blue IMO. If you need to round off your collection with one marine scent,...
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    Re: Milamber's Notebook

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    Yes, i agree with you. I'd feel uneasy wearing something that really smelled like leather too but for different reasons. I'm afraid i would come across as...
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    Re: 20 Scents in 20 Days

    Welcome aboard! I can't wait for you to try my favourite Laguna! Vanilla+tobacco goodness! Be gentle! ;)
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    Re: 10 before you die...the verdict!

    I've done a few lectures on the topic. My lectures centre on Scent Appreciation where i discuss the main perfume groups and the ingredients commonly used in perfumery. Artificial vs Synthetic and...
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    Re: New: Paul Smith Story.

    It's the amber note derived from metallic and/or mineral deposits. This is one highly synthetic scent!:( Any ideas on the perfumer and house responsible for this?
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    Re: Top 3 frags for a night out clubbing?

    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
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    Re: Milamber's Notebook

    I can't speak for Scentemental, but a scent has to be somewhat interesting for me to want to review it because of the time it takes to analyze the scent. The process i go through is to first test the...
  100. Re: Looking for the one (and I've tried alot, let me tell you about my experiences)

    You seem to have your finger on the classics of scent. Go here for something you may like:
    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=168317&highlight=tribute+classics
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