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  1. Re: Versace Dylan Blue - A cheaper alternative to Dior Sauvage ?

    I would agree with those who say Dylan is like a cross between Sauvage and BdC. And more like Sauvage due to the ambroxan, which seems to help with performance but it is a note that I just couldn't...
  2. Re: Current Formulas.....Chanel Egoiste or Chanel Antaeus? Which Do You Prefer?

    Scent-wise, Antaeus, however the current formulation has poor performance. No longer a powerhouse at all.
    Used to have it listed on my fave frags in my signature line, but removed it and one other...
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    Re: Any consensus on JPG LeMale?

    Thanks for the replies, guys. I've found a fairly-priced 10ml decant on eBay, and have ordered it and we'll see how it goes.
    I def liked it in the store, and it lasted quite long on a test strip...
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    Any consensus on JPG LeMale?

    Is it indeed weakened since about 2010-11? Even if it has lesser performance, is it still pretty good?
    Has any found conclusively that the newer version from Puig is an improvement or not?
    Thanks!
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    Re: F by Ferragamo - Black

    Quite similar to LaNuit, and heavy on the tonka bean. Def not a bad frag for the price, but I personally got tired of it and sold bottle off.
    Wife and one of my daughters liked it.
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    Re: If you could have just 1 fragrance...

    I suppose a person can exit this hobby any time they want to.....
  7. Re: What do you consider the worst "chemical nightmare" fragrance?

    Kiton Men smells like what we used for wet mopping floors in the Army.
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    Re: Why I Have Stopped Over Spraying

    Don't see how this post is helpful in any way.
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    Re: Aventus Clone - Was I a sucker ?

    This
  10. Re: Ever have a sales associate get greedy with the samples?

    Sephora's is the only place I even feel comfortable asking for samples. Other places don't seem inclined unless you buy something, and maybe not even then.
  11. Re: Something I've noticed...My top 10 isn't YOUR top 10 -

    I've never tried any of those in your top 10, but I'm not disputing that some could be awesome to me. Your strong preference for MFK frags makes me want to get some samples!
  12. Re: Something I've noticed...My top 10 isn't YOUR top 10 -

    Gotta say, FSU, that you have a rather unique top 10 list. Mine is mostly more popular/common designer stuff, but it's stuff I can afford and like.
  13. Re: How would you rate your area for selection and variety?

    I'm lucky. I live in Milwaukee and within about an 8 mile radius of me are 3 decent malls with 3 Sephoras (2 are inside JC Penney stores), 3 Boston Stores, 2 Macys, and a Nordstroms. I feel for the...
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    Re: Tres Nuit by Armaf

    Great scent, great price, not-so-great performance.
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    Re: Fragerances for 50 plus.

    Chanel Antaeus
    VanCleef & Arpels pour homme
    Armaf Club de Nuit Man

    All pretty mature, masculine, and good performance in my opinion. The Armaf will be the best compliment-getter, then Chanel,...
  16. Re: Sauvage or Aventus, for those who don't think much of either one?

    Aventus better, more unique, less chemically, and doesn't have that weird laundry product thing going that Sauvage does.
  17. Re: FragranceX - deceptive advertisement and dreadful customer service

    I only used FragranceX one time. They sent me the wrong juice (women's version of Encre Noir), so I wrote and told them and asked they send the correct stuff. They said first I had to return the...
  18. Re: Amount of sprays for Club Nuit Intense Man

    Three
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    Re: bargain fragrances

    VC&A PH is awesome stuff.. clean, soapy, leathery dark rose.
  20. Re: Iso E Super as a fixative/performance enhancer

    Thanks for the replies, everyone. Looks like I can get a good quality Iso E Super (Molecule 01 clone) from a guy on eBay for just $15.
    For that price I think I will get it, experiment, and let...
  21. Re: Iso E Super as a fixative/performance enhancer

    Interesting. Thanks.
  22. Re: Iso E Super as a fixative/performance enhancer

    So have you tried it? Can you expand on this??
    Also wondering about Molecule 02 (Ambroxan) and how that might work with some of the newer frags that have quite a lot of Ambroxan already but not...
  23. Iso E Super as a fixative/performance enhancer

    I have found a few peeps and blogs claiming that this chemical (i.e. Escentric Molecule 01), besides working pretty well by itself, enhances the longevity and projection of other frags quite well.
    ...
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    Re: Best sillage and longevity monsters in 2017

    Agreed. Can't beat a good Bratwurst or Kielbasa.
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    Re: Best sillage and longevity monsters in 2017

    I realize this all too well. But then again, who doesn't care at all about scent, but only about it being a performance monster??
    Sounds like OP intends to try way too hard to get attention at some...
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    Re: Does Fragrance stains shirts?

    Haven't had it happen yet, though some claim it has happened to them. Think it is probably just certain frags, and on white shirts. But I'll bet it's rare.
  27. Re: Help Me With My Next Purchase Please (Something Under $60 for a 1.7 or larger)

    Sorry some of these didn't work for ya, brah.
    Hey, the Club de Nuit Intense (Armaf) I mentioned is the "Man" version, and is a fabulous Aventus clone. I think it is the regular Club de Nuit...
  28. Re: Help Me With My Next Purchase Please (Something Under $60 for a 1.7 or larger)

    Please add one of my suggestions to list or I will get, like, all butthurt. :embarassed:
  29. Re: Help Me With My Next Purchase Please (Something Under $60 for a 1.7 or larger)

    Possibilities (?):

    Encre Noir Sport
    Bvlgari Aqva Atlantiqve
    Versace Dylan Blue
    Armaf Club de Nuit Intense Man

    Kinda hard not to like these, but YMMV.
  30. Re: What's the difference between CDNIM Made in France vs Made in UAE?

    Dude, I got a sample of this recently and it's great stuff. So I've done some research, and am fairly convinced that the UAE version is the one with the harsh, lemony opening. And also may not last...
  31. Re: Just don't get no respect!! What fragrances don't get the respect they deserve?

    CK One Shock... in spite of the dreadful box & bottle.
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    Re: Nautica Voyage was hit today.

    One of my faves, got it on today. Hard not to like this one, and it's a cheapie.
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    Re: There's a new group in town: Thickheads !!!!

    Unfortunately, this and the powerhouse group have pretty much died off.
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    Re: What's with the dark blue colour trend?

    I think that color is cool as hell. Eye-catching, you have to admit.
    But of course I wouldn't buy a frag just based on that.
  35. Re: So-called 'classic' fragrances that are still in circulation that should not be.

    And if I refuse? :beer:
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    Re: Bvlgari aqua amara

    That's nice of you to do.
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    Re: Old world charm

    Surely you're not saying that like it's a bad thing... :laugh:
  38. Thread: I'm Done

    by bigsteve
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    Re: I'm Done

    TC... sounds like you're simply trying to be a better man. Much respect to you.
  39. Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills For Men......Red Or Yellow?

    After testing today, I've confirmed my impression that the current version of Red is weak juice.
  40. Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills For Men......Red Or Yellow?

    I previously owned the "yellow" (regular GBH for Men) and didn't much care for the scent.
    Funnily enough, yesterday I got my first GBH Red, which I believe to be a recent edition. The scent is...
  41. Re: Are we at the end of the "house" fan boy phenomenon?

    Now that you mention it, I think you might be on to something here, Bigs.
  42. Re: What is the main reason why you buy this or that fragrance?

    - Scent
    - Price
    - Determination that longevity/projection are good... either via testing a sample or the majority of reviews indicating great performance.
  43. Re: 1 Million Absolutely Gold: Absolutely terrible fragrance?

    Don't find a thing wrong with the Absolutely Gold flanker. I have two 2ml samples. Like it, but think it may be for a younger person than I am.
    I also think it bears a strong resemblance to the...
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    Re: Best Place to Apply Perfume

    Eyes and ears and mouth, and nose.
    Head, and shoulders, knees and toes. Knees and toes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZanHgPprl-0
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    Re: Recommend Me Some Clubman Pinaud Aftershave

    After reading the reviews and considering the longevity ratings (on Fragrantica), I went with the Special Reserve and like it a lot.
    Have tested it with wife a few times, and tried to trick her into...
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    Re: Looking for a cola or root beer smell

    Just what I was going to write. Code Profumo has a root beer thing going.
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    Re: NEW Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense

    +1...
  48. Re: How about a kind of fragrance stock exchange ?

    ......
  49. Re: How about a kind of fragrance stock exchange ?

    +1....
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    Re: Finally tried Bleu de Chanel

    Exactly
  51. Re: Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin Intense EDP performance

    +1...
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    Re: BNers with similar "nose" like yours

    In terms of having similar taste in scents, I seem to recall that Demon and BigBZ are on the same sheet of music as I am.
    For advice (via pm) I've gotten good insights from TheCologneist and Bigsly....
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    That's an expression I like using, but am surprised how many people our age (40's and 50's) have never heard it and don't know what it means.
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    Re: NEW: Olfactive Studio - Woody Mood!

    63722

    Hehe.. hehehe... you said "woody."

    God, I've gotta grow up.
  55. Re: Take The Basenotes ACRONYM Challenge: See How You Score!

    Me too, bro. 18. I'm a lame-o. My already fragile self-esteem just took a savage beating.
    Hate it when that happens. :2vrolijk_08:
  56. Re: lets talk 1 million! which to get..gold absolute/intense/prive???

    I like the Original and Absolute. I think the latter may have a bit better longevity.
    I found Intense to have a slight dirtiness (got the same thing from LIDGE) which I didn't care for.
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    Re: manly & powerful

    Van Cleef and Arpels pour homme
    Bijan for Men

    There are others that are very manly (like Quorum) but don't have longevity, based on my experience.
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    Re: Today I Sold/Swapped/Binned

    Sold these (for cheap) to a co-worker who is also a fraghead:

    Roger and Gallet Open poor longevity
    Quorum poor longevity
    Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense fem perfume aspect
    Jaipur Homme ...
  59. Re: I received some extremely bad news that I'd like to share with my Basenotes family.

    You're a good man, Rich. Thanks for the brave and candid post.
    Fair thoughts and happy hours to you and yours.
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    Re: Balenciaga Ho Hang Club

    I got heavy carnation with this one, and just too much of an old lady vibe.
  61. Thread: My Wardrobe

    by bigsteve
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    Re: My Wardrobe

    Good job, brah
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    Re: Two Huge Compliments This Week

    You give us all something to aspire to :thumbup:
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    Re: NEW: Wow! Joop!

    After the disappointment of Joop Wild, don't think I'll be seeking out Wow.
  64. Re: bogart poor homme performance? help please

    I never understood all the claims about this frag having "nuclear longevity," being the "beastliest of beast scents," etc. etc.
    I had this one back in the late 2012 to 2014 time frame, and after...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    +1...

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/212334-Which-scent-gets-you-the-most-female-compliments/page282

    Post #8458
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    Re: Joop Homme Wild

    I perceived much more coconut out of this one than I did rum/booze. Reminded me of some sort of coconutty suntan lotion or something.
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    Re: Quorum: One note ruins it!

    In my opinion, Quorum is the ultimate masculine scent. You are correct about the performance being poor. Again, my opinion. Over the course of a few years, I have given it (different bottles from...
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    Re: I know what Dior Sauvage smells like

    Sauvage is Mont Blanc Individuel. No doubt about it. I'm not the smartest frag guy by any means, but the similarity of these two is unmistakable, and I don't get how others haven't picked up on...
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    Re: Under the Tree

    Wife got me Dior Sauvage. Not a bad little frag. Had sampled it previously at Sephora, and would not have bought a full bottle myself, but wife and younger daughter are nuts about it. Maybe the...
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    Re: What you think of 1 Million by Paco Rabanne?

    I'm no spring chicken, and I'm not above wearing it. Women of various ages seem to like it. I can live with that.
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    Re: Boucheron Jaipur - EDT or EDP?

    Have the edt and find it quite OK. Wife likes it too. Don't even need to try or get the edp.
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    Re: Ashy Ashtray Fragrance Suggestions

    I get it to some extent from both Polo green and Sung Homme.
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    Re: Green irish tweed vs Kiton men

    For me Kiton Men was a nice enough scent but with dreadful performance. Skin scent in 1/2 hour or less.
    I find Curve very similar to Kiton Men, but not sure about a performance comparison as I've...
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    Re: Nautica Voyage at Macy's

    Someone that doesn't know any better, obviously.
  75. Re: How To Increase The Projection And Longevity Of Dolce And Gabbana EDT

    Based on reviews, I think even the edp only lasts 2-3 hours for most peeps. For most of us, I think any version of this frag is just a lost cause as far as performance. Pity.
  76. Thread: Eucalyptus

    by bigsteve
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    Re: Eucalyptus

    Having grown up around eucalyptus in so. California, I think Body Kouros def has that note. Great scent, but the performance lacked, at least on me.
    And you won't pay much for this one.
  77. Re: Would you wear a fragrance that smelled like dookie if everybody else loved it?

    First I need to know what dookie is. You mean cookie?
  78. Re: Recommendations for a Cologne with a masculine smelling rose note.

    I'm with Slayerized in recommending Van Cleef & Arpels PH
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    Re: Bogart Pour Homme ?? thoughts

    Loved the scent, but was quite disappointed with longevity. Got rid of it. But I liked it enough and it is cheap enough that I *might* revisit it one of these days.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 13th November, 2016

    King Quorum. Too bad the longevity/projection of the current juice sucks. Gotta spray heavy.
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    Re: CH men prive or Armani Code Profumo

    Code Profumo is superb
  82. Re: Pure Havane vs Prada Amber Intense vs Dior Homme Intense

    The Prada for sure. DHI is fem, and PH has crap longevity. (CK One Shock is a great, cheaper substitute for the latter).
  83. Re: What Fragrance would you drop $200-500 for even though it doesn't project well (skin scent) ?

    Answer is no, but I'm glad you're back, brah.
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    Re: Adored on Basenotes, despised by you

    Actually, I think Black Aoud is a bit better than Dark Aoud. The latter is horrid.... elastic bandages (BandAids) and antiseptic. Unreal.
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    Re: Adored on Basenotes, despised by you

    I can believe that there are some off-the-wall guys who want to smell like this. What amazes me is that some of them claim to have gotten compliments from ladies.
    Hard to believe, but I guess...
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    Re: Adored on Basenotes, despised by you

    Ever used any of those orange scented wood cleaners/conditioners? THAT is TdH.. either edt or edp.
    Plus I've found that just in general I can't deal with heavy vetiver or Iso E Super (TdH, Encre...
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    Re: Adored on Basenotes, despised by you

    By "Hm" do you mean Hanae Mori HM, or Hmmm?

    jk... :2vrolijk_08:
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    Re: Best Mainstream Atomizers..

    My Roger and Gallet Open sprays a perfectly-shaped, generous burst.
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    Re: Houston Texas member role call!

    ....
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    Re: Adored on Basenotes, despised by you

    Agreed.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Agree with this.
  92. Re: best strongest in sillage,long lasting and beast mode projection currently available on the shel

    CK One Shock has impressed the hell out of me. And it's a cheapie !:vrolijk_26:
  93. Re: Armani code profumo or Chanel Bleu de Chanel EDP/EDT

    He asked about Code Profumo, not AdG Profumo.

    To answer the question, in that warm/hot climate I would go with Bleu. The edp lasts longer in my opinion. Love mine.
    Code Profumo is not quite as...
  94. Re: The best cheapies(under 30 euros) you know/own

    +2...
  95. Re: Aqua Quorum - Is it just me or is this a hidden gem?!

    Nice scent, but another for me with unacceptable performance. Sold to a co-worker.
    I think the current, reformulated regular Quorum is a masculine gem in terms of scent, but also has poor...
  96. Re: From this list your absolute 'Must-Haves' (if present)!

    Just:

    CK One Shock
    LLaM
    VC&A PH
    Maybe Jaipur Homme (need to test in colder weather)

    Really need to try Issey Miyake Bleue
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    Re: What frag are you sick of smelling around?

    I could never answer this question as I very rarely smell any scents on men... much less smell something so frequently I am sick of it.
    In what venues do you guys smell any particular scents...
  98. Re: I can only purchase one today: Kiton Men or Burberry London?

    Off topic, but the sprayer on my Roger and Gallet Open gives a tremendous, perfectly shaped (conical) burst. A good sprayer is indeed an impressive thing. :vrolijk_26:
  99. Re: I can only purchase one today: Kiton Men or Burberry London?

    Kiton is a nice enough scent, but when I scored some here at the marketplace, I found it had virtually NO longevity, much less projection. In 1/2 hour it was gone, and my wife helped me confirm this...
  100. Re: Holy crap Nautica Voyage is so good! Why is it so cheap?

    Voyage is one of my faves. But the current version with the plastic cap has poor longevity compared to the older version with the metal cap.
    There is definitely a difference.
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