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  1. Re: Looking for some memory assistance. Circa 1960's

    If you mean Neroli Portofino vs 4711 I don't think you'll offend anyone - it's well known that they smell very similar - the longevity and amount required differ vastly however.
  2. Re: Have you ever complained to a company about their fragrance and they responded?

    Many years ago took a bottle of "A Gentleman's Cologne" into Chanel in London because I thought it was off. They were courteous and replaced it on the spot.
  3. Re: cheap but nice cologne avalible in the u.k.

    CK One Shock (Boots, Debenhams)
    Lanvin Avant Garde (AllBeauty)
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    Re: Name your best, yet LIGHTEST scent

    Richard James Savile Row - light and airy yet complex and with very good longevity.
  5. Re: Are there any reformulations you actually liked?

    + 1 on Tsar and VC&A PH also - InterParfums have made a much better job of this licence than the disaster under YSL Beautée (ignoring the lamented loss of Zanzibar).
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    Re: Best Tobacco-Honeyish fragrance

    +1 certainly a good choice at the budget end.
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    Re: my first Guerlain

    Great choice and one of my winter favourites. Did you get to test any of the rarities (Derby etc)?
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    Re: Light, Airy Masculine Floral

    Not allowed to post samples overseas from here I'm afraid or I would - sorry.
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    Re: Light, Airy Masculine Floral

    +2 I've been wearing this to work on and off the past couple of weeks and it really is light, airy, masculine and floral. Not stuffy, but quite formal so not for jeans and tee IMO. Highly...
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    Re: violet perfume & lavender perfume

    EDIT - delete - silly reply to old thread...
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    Re: violet perfume & lavender perfume

    Violet - Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel
    Lavender - Czech & Speake Oxford & Cambridge
  12. Re: Calling on all Narciso Rodriguez for Him fans and owners

    I think it's quite original, has good longevity and I am fascinated by it - but I can never think when I'd wear it so haven't gone for a FB.
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    Re: my first Guerlain

    I bow to others' superior knowledge and withdraw my suggestion of a trip to Paris (though that might be the more pleasurable retail experience). That being said I'm sure there are some things you...
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    Re: my first Guerlain

    In fairness to the OP (though he's probably worked it out) we should be clear that we are recommending a mixture of apples and pears (some you can walk into a high street shop and buy for a...
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    Re: my first Guerlain

    (i) take train to Paris (ii) find Guerlain shop (iii) ask nicely (I'm not being facetious - that's probably your best bet). I second others votes for L'Eau Boisée though.
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    Re: Which fragrance blogs do you read?

    Frompyrgos is good and (if you're interested in the house) Monsieur Guerlain is worth keeping an eye on:
    http://www.monsieur-guerlain.com
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    Re: Modern chypres?

    Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisée is considered (by Thierry Wasser at least) to be a woody chypre wherein the Coimbatore vetiver replaces oakmoss in the structure. Up to you whether you accept it as a...
  18. Re: Smokey Poppy The Body Shop..any thoughts

    Yes, does sound interesting but sadly not yet available in store or online here yet. Supposed to be targeted at Valentines so I imagine it must appear soon.
  19. Re: Is this paranoia or are my suspicions legitimate?

    Also give a strong frag time to dry down a little - "just before I walked out the door" is probably not a plan if you're going to church...
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    Re: Spraying clothes

    Back of neck +2!
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    Re: Spraying clothes

    I've seen this said before, but really? If you washed it in neat cologne daily maybe - compared with products, styling, pollution and daily life I cannot see how a spray or two could make any...
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    Re: Spraying clothes

    While we're on the subject of enhancing fragrance performance (and I am a member of the clothes-spraying party!) don't forget hair. Cup your hand and splash in a little water, add a spray or more...
  23. Thread: Tobacco

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    Re: Tobacco

    All at the same time I hope...!
  24. Re: Chanel A Gentleman's Cologne: a revised history

    Depends - what address is on it? Could be 1980s as shown above by Brummel. In my youth I used this a great deal and recall the change from the country-specific to French labelling also the boxes...
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    Poll: Re: Tubéreuse Criminelle or Carnal Flower

    Wow - this is some post revival (!) but anyway how about my SOTD - Richard James Savile Row?
  26. Re: New office fragrances need + must be long lasting with 2/4ft projection.

    Oh I see - not very urban me - still go with pong!
  27. Re: New office fragrances need + must be long lasting with 2/4ft projection.

    Ponkers...?
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    Re: Notes you can't stand?

    Long old thread on this:
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/373973-Deal-breaker-notes-What-are-your-least-favorite-perfume-notes
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    Re: How is L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme?

    I find LIDG very smooth and refined - a good winter office suit and tie fragrance.
  30. Re: What is the best Vetiver based fragrance that you have smelled?

    There are many - TF Grey Vetiver impressed me from the very first time I tried it. People rave about Sycomore but I was "meh" after a test spray in the Chanel Boutique so perhaps I need to try it...
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    Re: Midnight in Paris: Overhyped and overrated?

    I don't think it's overrated but I don't wear it as much as I thought I would - I spend too much time in the office and I don't really think of it as an office scent (maybe I should try again). As...
  32. Re: New office fragrances need + must be long lasting with 2/4ft projection.

    Of the requirements I'd question the need for up to 4ft projection in the office - sillage and longevity yes. One that hasn't come up and is an office favourite of mine in the spring is Guerlain...
  33. Re: Most beautiful masculine/unisex perfume bottle?

    Me too - not only the colours and look but the clever sleight of hand by which they've rendered the spray tube invisible in most light.
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    Poll: Re: Favorite House (Poll)

    Another for Guerlain though they are that rarity that is a mainstream perfumier which is neither niche nor designer. And whatever you think of his fragrances, Tom Ford is quite certainly a designer.
  35. Re: I don't like aquatics, but feel like I need a "fresh" option. Recommendations?

    +1 - a really good scent.
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    Re: Van Cleef & Arpels. Pour homme vs Tsar

    Love them both but only have Tsar right now which maybe says something. Must get another bottle of PH sometime...
  37. Re: Women's fragrances you consider unisex or even masculine?

    To me even more of an MiP vibe. Recently tried MiP and PI side by side on cards - they may start and end differently but somewhere in the middle they cross over and I could not really tell them...
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    Re: New powerhouses?

    Richard James Savile Row - an aromatic fougere but in a modern way.
  39. Re: Women's fragrances you consider unisex or even masculine?

    Shalimar, and of the recent flankers, Parfum Initial.
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    Re: Best, heaviest oriental (No Oud) ?

    Midnight in Paris EDP
  41. Re: Which fragrance in your collection has most longevity ?

    Grey Flannel: the violet ionone note hangs around for hours and hours.
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    Re: Which Tom Ford?

    Very good point - I don't own anything by Creed, but we probably shouldn't go down that path...
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    Re: Which Tom Ford?

    Not many mass-market designers are offering (almost) everything in EdP concentration.
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    Re: Which Tom Ford?

    Personally I think the quality is there. Try a couple of the "cheaper" ones - Grey Vetiver and Extreme are good. Otherwise, Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather and Neroli Portofino are the usual...
  45. Re: Show of hands -- who doesn't like The One and why?

    LOL - could say that about many things!
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    Re: Which note ruins a fragrance for you?

    I tend to avoid fig, but I could be persuaded. Much as, like others, I tend to avoid tuberose but have been persuaded by Richard James Savile Row.
  47. Re: Besides your skin, WHAT do your spray certain fragrances on and WHERE in your home?

    Grey Flannel: two sprays in the bath, sprayed cards in the underwear drawer.
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    Re: Most worn in 2014

    Not un-anything actually Ken!! You have to go to the Your Most Worn section of SOTD on 31 December and view In The Last Year and, as that just gives you the last 365 days, it only works as a...
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    Re: Most worn in 2014

    What a fantastic variety was worn by BNers in 2014!! Let's see what 2015 brings...
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    Most worn in 2014

    The SOTD feature is really useful to keep track of what you're wearing (and are not wearing) if you have any interest in balancing you rotations. I work mostly in an office and, as you can see, feel...
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    Re: Most worn December 2015

    LIDG was top in December.
  52. Re: Guerlain counters (or lack thereof) in dept stores in Australia

    In London most of the big stores have a counter and one or two a half-way decent walk around "mini boutique". Never as grand or prominent as the big designers though. Outside London there's not so...
  53. Re: Which fragrances in the last 15 years "changed the game"?

    As noted, the style of JCE (TdH in particular), the westernisation of oud and the effects of AdG (more than 15 years ago but still influential).
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    Re: Significant Other Overrules

    I was once asked "what's that smell like s**t and shaving soap?" (Teck by Molinard) otherwise I get away with it (no comment is good in general!!)
  55. Re: I don't understand the repugnancy for Grey Flannel. Best smell of a soap bar out there!

    There are many, many GF lovers and haters threads - but that in itself is a tribute to the juice. I can understand why people find the top/opening a challenge but the violet drydown is quite...
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    Re: 2014 XMAS Day Scent

    My tradition says something from VC&A. Just checked back - last year it was Zanzibar.
  57. Re: Old and new maybe with parents from girl I like. What scent is my best option

    + 1 - the others are a little too "direct" shall we say for people you don't know!
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    Re: How was your hobby in the pre-Internet era?

    As others have noted in the "old" days more leg-work was required but there really wasn't so much to see - Chanel? PM Dior? ES YSL? PH. Guerlain really pushed the boat out with a choice!!
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    Re: Do you use perfume every day?

    Yes, every day - two some days - unless, like others, I'm ill.
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    Re: How was your hobby in the pre-Internet era?

    So back in the mid-70s when I first became interested (yup, I'm old!) most of what I learned came from magazines - Vogue Homme, the occasional supplements in British Vogue and Arena. Then I'd go...
  61. Re: What was your First Fragrance that triggered collecting?

    In my youth Eau Sauvage and I haven't looked back since.
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    Re: My Top 5 Worst of the Worst Fragrances

    It may be a grim fragrance but it brings a fine turn of phrase out in you sir! Very funny thread for the most part - though for my own part life is too short to violently hate a fragrance - I just...
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    Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    In the day I was more a Chanel PH / VC&A PH type but I return regularly to Azzaro nowadays.
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    Re: Grey Flannel - Why the dislike?

    My wife wondered why anyone would name a fragrance after a grey (face) flannel - lol. Am I the only one these days who knows what grey flannel is? No one ever see a Geoffrey Beene advert? ...
  65. Re: The first Creed fragrance you smelled, and your reaction.

    Scent:Aventus
    First thought: Hmmm...it's OK
    Second thought (a couple of hours later): This is very good but not so good that I want to put down a barrow load of notes.
  66. Re: All of Geoffrey Beenes fragrances smell so good. What's your favorite?

    I could see how it might be if you overdo it but surely a light application is OK?
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    Re: Smooth, laid-back, classy scent?

    DH is a good choice but LIDG fits this bill too.
  68. Re: one spray to front of neck or one on each side?

    I wear a collared shirt and tie to work every day and find it works well - some scent is on the skin / hairline which projects nicely and, if you spray just before you put the shirt on, some goes on...
  69. Re: All of Geoffrey Beenes fragrances smell so good. What's your favorite?

    Unfortunately Bowling Green had gone before I got my nose on it. GF I love - not necessarily an easy or casual wear but a favourite. And remember that the company is not for profit since GB's death...
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    Re: How are Jo Malone perfumes?

    I don't find all of them weak - though many are. Oud & Bergamot is barely there on first application and poor considering the (even more) premium price for apparent "intense" concentration. My wife...
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    Re: how do you apply your cologne

    I'm impressed! Having by many fewer fragrances I can usually keep it in my head but I can see why this would be useful (I'm sure my MBTI must be wrong - I shouldn't be impressed with this type of...
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    Re: Recommend a wedding fragrance

    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
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    Re: Grey Flannel - Why the dislike?

    Count me a GF lover though I would say that it is an acquired taste. While it is not dated (it's notes don't conform to what was fashionable in the mid-70s so it cannot be associated with a date in...
  74. Re: Which fragrance do you use the most/least of when applying

    Anything grey gets the least! (Grey Flannel, Grey Vetiver 1-2). Light citruses in summer up to 6 (eg Jean Marie Farina Extra Vielle, Jo Malone LBM). Majority 3-4.
  75. Re: Two Guerlains Arrived: One an A+ and the other my first Guerlain disappointment

    I suppose I can understand why some might find LIDG boring - I find it smooth and elegant and have been wearing it to work this month. A favourite autumn/winter office number for me. My other...
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    Re: Your Collection.

    Just 18 bottles - and the wife says that's too many... :-(
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    Re: Back up Bottles.

    None - though I wish I had one of VC&A Zanzibar so I needn't be so sparing with what I have left!
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    Re: my god hahaha grey flannel wt....f....

    As others have said, weird selection, but of those three I'd choose GF as well.
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    Re: possible allergy help please?

    I sometimes get throat soreness/constriction but I've never been able to pin it down to one ingredient, nor (with few exceptions) can I find fragrances that never or always cause the problem. It...
  80. Re: what are you top 3 cheapies that make a statement and smell expensive.

    +1 for MiP and Grey Flannel. All of Galimard's are very modestly priced for what they are.
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    Re: What do the 'famous' perfumers wear?

    Read somewhere that Wasser cites Caron PuH as his inspiration to get into perfumery and TdH as the one scent he wished he'd created. Don't know what (if anything) her wears though.
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    Re: What is the average age here?

    This - and as usual L'HBI has many of the best comments...
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    Re: Best Work Scent?

    Anything as long as you go easy on the trigger with stonger ones. In particular I like Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boiseé and Terre d'Hermès in the office. Dior Homme and Bleu de...
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    Re: Which Galimard

    I've ordered directly from them to the UK and it worked fine - took a couple of weeks. No doubt quicker (and I think free) shipping if you're in France.
  85. Re: Ways to boost a frags sillage or projection?

    Apply to clothes (inside jacket / shirt for example) or hair.
  86. Re: What's currently your personal favorite male perfume and why ?

    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver right now - the scent is wonderful and the performance and reliability are superb.
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    Re: Galimard parfums

    OK right - I understand the set you're talking about. I didn't fancy that as it comes as a pre-selected mix from the men's and women's lines with no choice - be good if your insider can sort out...
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    Re: Galimard parfums

    My reading of the site is that this set is parfum (not EDP as the OP suggests) - hope so as I intend to order. Not sure which 6 to get though. 1747, Aigue Vives and Offrez Lui would have to be...
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    Re: Taking a Cologne Bath

    Hmmm...it may seem like a bit of a trolling topic but to be honest I've been doing this anyway - a couple of sprays of Grey Flannel into the running water as the bath fills creates a wonderful aroma...
  90. Re: The reasons why the majority of BN members don't layer

    People knock JML hard but it's not a joke. The problem is with the pricing which certainly does not encourage multiple purchases. Many of the fragrances themselves are fine and make fine...
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    Re: Parfum Versions for Men 2014

    A rare pleasure to be able to furnish you with information you don't already have :-)
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    Re: Parfum Versions for Men 2014

    I think they have changed since you were last there or looked online Hednic . For example:
    http://www.galimard.com/index.php/en/online-boutique/for-men/flibustier.html
    shows that Flibustier is...
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    Re: Parfum Versions for Men 2014

    You could try Galimard - all their scents are available in extrait concentration but full bottles of some only in Grasse. You can order the parfum sample set and specify which six you want online...
  94. Re: When you go out of town, what fragrance(s) go with you?

    Business: something "conventionally corporate" (sorry!) - Tom Ford GV / TdH. Holiday: whatever depending on season.
  95. Re: The reasons why the majority of BN members don't layer

    Well, y'know, I don't get strung out about it one way or the other. I have a few set scent combos that I sometimes use and others that I only ever use alone. Whatever floats your boat...
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    Re: My Final Frag List.

    Only seven months....?!
  97. Re: Guerlain L'Homme Ideal...pathetic generic trash.

    Hang on - Dior is controlled by LVMH - how come they have avoided the "death grip"?
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    Re: allbeauty.com/perfume click.co.uk

    Allbeauty seems reliable to me - well packaged and reasonably fast delivery.
  99. Poll: Re: If you could only have fragranes from 1 house, which would it be?

    Out on a limb, Van Cleef & Arpels, but seriously Tom Ford.
  100. Re: Top 1 Spray Fragrances (Current Formulations Only)

    Depends on the effect you're after but I get a noticeable but subtle sillage from the following:

    Grey Vetiver
    Grey Flannel
    Terre d'Hermes
    Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise (yes, really!)

    In general...
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