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    Re: What is your TOP 3 DESIGNER of all-time??

    Thank you, Paul. It's been a while since I've worn Kiton Men actually. I go through phases with scents where I'll wear something a lot for about a year and then it sort of fades out and I forget...
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    Re: What is your TOP 3 DESIGNER of all-time??

    Bleu de Chanel Parfum

    Terre díHermes

    Dior Homme tied w/ Carven LíEau Intense
  3. Re: Looking for a aquatic niche scent... suggestions?

    An unusual, niche aquatic is Olivier Durbano Turqouise. From what I remember it has an aquatic element similar to AdG, but itís paired with some other unusual things like incense and a big immortelle...
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    Re: What happened to my Pdm Layton?

    This is what most likely happened:

    After you last used Layton 5 months ago, there was a small amount of liquid that remained in the atomizer and tubing which was aerated to some degree and then it...
  5. [USA] Re: Louis Vuitton Afternoon Swim, Byredo Bal d'Afrique, Mugler Ultra Zest

    New Items added: 8/14
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    Re: Tom Ford - Tuscan Leather - Alternatives?

    Atelier Oud Saphir

    Parfums de Marly Godolphin

    Rasasi La Yuqawam

    Widian London

    Tom Ford Leather Hombre
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    Re: Best fragrance for keto diet

    Most likely a Creed fragrance from an authorized retailer or distributor.

    Viking?
  8. Re: Sel Marin MEETS Acqua Di Gio: Osaito by M. Micallef

    Akowa is an interesting one. I kind of liked it as something to smell and explore and I think it had some cool things going on in the composition, but it's not something that I wanted to wear....
  9. Re: Sel Marin MEETS Acqua Di Gio: Osaito by M. Micallef

    But I honestly don't think I'd use the phrase, "dumbed down" for Osaito's aquatic element, because it still does a pretty good job of capturing the smell of something like the North Atlantic...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    So...

    There's still hope for Kote! ;)
  11. Re: Sel Marin MEETS Acqua Di Gio: Osaito by M. Micallef

    Your words.
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    Re: Male Fragrances You Would Rate 10/10?

    It seems like that would be the case, and it makes sense, but a lot of my 5 star fragrances also include those I'd give a rating of 9 or 9.5, since we can't choose half stars. As far as my wardrobe...
  13. Re: When the perfume storytelling doesn't match the scent - research gone bad

    I’ve always found Imaginary Authors marketing to be a clever little jab at this phenomenon.

    I think HdP began screwing their stories up in 2012, with the release of 1899 Hemingway. While I love...
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    Re: Male Fragrances You Would Rate 10/10?

    Not many. They are:

    Invasion Barbare
    Spice & Wood
    Bleu de Chanel Parfum
    Bat
    Dior Homme
    L’Air du Desert Marocain
    Menthe Fraiche
    Tabac Rouge
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    Re: Random observation

    I can remember you mentioning this cautious approach several years ago and have since kept it in mind myself. I rarely order fragrances in July and August unless I know it’s something that will only...
  16. Re: Sel Marin MEETS Acqua Di Gio: Osaito by M. Micallef

    One thread I wish I could take back...

    These were my immediate impressions, and to some extent, I still think Osaito is like a blend of the two, but what hadn’t caught up to me yet when I wrote...
  17. Re: Lucky scent / scent bar is coming to nyc !

    Excellent news! This is great.

    Thanks, Cameron!
  18. Re: Latest Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Amyrris Homme Extrait De Parfum!

    Thanks for the heads up, I’d be curious to try this, as Amyris Homme smells very nice.
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    Re: Phaedon Tabac Rouge thoughts

    One of the best. Overlooked by the Tobacco Vanille crowd because itís not loud or brash or bombastic like Tobacco Vanille, and overlooked by the rest because they think itís going to be just like...
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    Re: Official Spicebomb Night Vision Thread

    This is pretty bad, mostly because it is so redundant and generic. It’s just another semi-sweet, aromatic lavender and tonka scent. If you’ve been around even a little bit, you’ve smelled at least...
  21. Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur EdT-inspired cheapie?

    No you donít.
  22. Re: NEW Dior Sauvage Parfum 2019 Official Discussion

    Good point about Demachy’s Parfum track record.
  23. Re: NEW Dior Sauvage Parfum 2019 Official Discussion

    So far I've blind bought the EDT the day it was released and the Eau de Parfum the day it was released, and neither one has worked for me. I hated the EDT, I liked the EDP but not that much.

    ...
  24. Re: Went in to smell one thing but left loving something else

    Careful with that one..

    In my experience it was a "love at first sniff" that quickly lost its charm. But that's just me.
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    Re: Latest Frapin - If by R.K!

    Great poem, Shiny, thanks for posting it. I haven't read this in many years, and reading it again just now was a pleasure.


    As for the fragrance: I'm excited about this one. Frapin has been due...
  26. Re: posting the long detailed reply I received from Villoresi about 'Uomo.'

    So it was reformulated.


    Good to know.


    Thanks for clearing that up, Joe. ;)
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    Re: TdH Does Smell Like TdH

    Gray market testers...

    Is there really any reason to trust these and think they'll be as good as going to a legitimate retail store and buying a fresh retail bottle?

    I don't know.

    One thing...
  28. Re: Come Clean........ 5 worst fragrances you regret having purchased

    Interesting, I got the same association from it. When I wore Habit Rouge L'Eau I kept having visions of old male doctors with stethoscopes making their rounds through the halls of a nursing home.
    ...
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    Re: No-Buy August

    Sure. I'm in.
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    Re: NEW Jimmy Choo Urban Hero

    Does it smell as dumb as it sounds?
  31. Re: Recent Fragrance Releases You Feel Have Been Overlooked?

    Mancera Black Gold (which I recently made a thread about)

    Carven L'Eau Intense: This one's finally getting a little attention but it's taken a long time and should have caught on sooner.

    ...
  32. Re: I contacted Villoresi about Uomo and they say their formula hasn't changed

    Well...why don't you sample it and see what you think of it. It's still a likable scent; it's definitely not "bad," just a shell of what it was. If I listened to what people said about the current...
  33. Re: Best citrus note for summer - your preference

    I currently prefer lime or orange or grapefruit.

    I'm a little bored with the whole lemon/bergamot opening at the moment. And orange is used a lot less than you would think. I recently picked up...
  34. Re: I contacted Villoresi about Uomo and they say their formula hasn't changed

    Yeah, I have no reason to mislead you. And I even bought a 2nd bottle later on hoping I had been wrong the first time around. It was a huge disappointment to me. I forgot to mention earlier that I...
  35. Re: I contacted Villoresi about Uomo and they say their formula hasn't changed

    Maybe you're the member I was referring to in my post above yours? I'm not sure, but it may have been you I had been talking about this with (we concluded Uomo was reformed for the worse).
  36. Re: I contacted Villoresi about Uomo and they say their formula hasn't changed

    The current version is a shell of the stuff that was around approximately pre-2013. I am positive of this. The previous version was a top 5 fragrance for me. The new stuff doesn't crack my top 100.
    ...
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    Re: Mancera Black Gold: A Fantastic Fragrance

    Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed reading about it, Alex.

    If you ever end up trying it, I'd be very interested in hearing what you think!
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    Re: Today I bought July 2019

    Backup bottle:

    https://piimages.parfumo.de/2/2/125200_4a3066be7121a5a8d45f7d6a190a6543_l_homme_ideal_cool.jpg

    I'm not taking any chances on this one getting reformulated or discontinued. This...
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    Re: Ambroxan fragrances! Love or hate?

    Baccarat Rouge
    YSL Tuxedo
    Montblanc Explorer

    These are my 3 favorite ambroxan scents. If you like Ambroxan you should try these.
  40. Re: Come Clean........ 5 worst fragrances you regret having purchased

    Osmanthe Yunnan--waaaaaaay too weak
    Bleu Satin---waaaaaaaaay too weak
    Aqua Vitae Forte--terrible, super feminine, nothing that I would ever want to smell like
    Byredo Byredo (this is the one...
  41. Re: Thank you, you've helped me confirm my first real wishlist

    Joe, I can't emphasize this enough: Search for a bottle of Villoresi Uomo that was produced Prior to 2013. A terrible reformulation occurred sometime between 2013 and 2015. The older stuff is...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2019

    A wise choice!

    Congrats. :thumbsup:
  43. Re: Bentley Momentum Intense or Lalique Hommage Voyageur

    They're totally different from one another, not even in the same universe...

    I think the Lalique is a much better fragrance, but I don't wear either one.
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    Re: Can there be such a difference........

    +1

    I agree with all of this.
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    Re: Today I bought July 2019

    https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/vp/1dd4337e1c59b4c823196bcb0bf64a0b/5DBA7565/t51.2885-15/sh0.08/e35/s640x640/62112140_849361772114827_4341236599928208590_n.jpg?_nc_ht=scontent.cdninstagram.com
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    Re: Today I bought July 2019

    Congrats. I can't get this one to work for me. It smells great at first, but gets kind of thick and sticky after an hour or so. It's nice though...Good luck with it!
  47. Re: Did all of you reach a bit of a "turning point" after a certain time in the hobby?

    No, to be honest. But the opposite more or less happened.

    Before I got into fragrances, they generally annoyed me when I’d smell them on other people—I’d get headaches and irritated around them....
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Aramis Tobacco Reserve

    This is a good scent; a realistic, natural, pipe or cigar tobacco with a nutmeg-spiced vanilla-tonka accent. Not gourmand like TV or PH, but still an easy, comfortable,...
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    Re: Just arrived , ARAMIS TABACOO RESERVE!

    DrJones152, thanks for posting about this. I wasn't aware of it. Your thread sounded encouraging so I stopped by Macy's today and picked up a bottle. I'm very happy with it.

    It's a great tobacco...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2019

    150 fragrances? That's incredible.

    How is the experience there. I'd like to have a list of 3 fragrance shops I should visit if and when I go there. The Guerlain store is one. I haven't decide on...
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    Re: Any houses on your ďno buy listĒ

    I understand your perception, but you're missing out on a few really good fragrances between those three houses: I'd suggest Oajan, Nisean, Cedrat Boise, Black Gold, Honey Aoud, and Vanilla Cake...
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    Re: Just arrived , ARAMIS TABACOO RESERVE!

    Thanks, I have to sample it again and pay attention to the opening this time. There was some really interesting note in the top that was either like some kind of very boozy note
    (whiskey? rum?) or...
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    Re: Just arrived , ARAMIS TABACOO RESERVE!

    The fragrances in general are very different. The tobacco notes specifically are very different as well.

    This Aramis is a SERIOUS tobacco fragrance. I mean that as a compliment. The tobacco note...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2019

    Saw someone else talking about it here today, read up on it, and it sounds great. Just picked a bottle up in person at my local Macyís.

    ...
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    Re: Mancera Black Gold: A Fantastic Fragrance

    F

    Thanks for your input.

    If any of you end up blind buying this please post your impressions here.

    I normally never like to recommend a blind buy for something I’m praising, but I feel...
  56. Re: Bentley Int. vs. Valentino Uomo Int. vs D&G The One EDP: Choosing a Signature Scent for Universi

    I was going to say D&G The One, but you look like Valentino Uomo Intense all the way to me.
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    Re: Parfum: Your Film.

    Scorsese: Original Polo: It would be set in New York city during the 1980's cocaine-fueled stock boom which coincidentally corresponded with the Reaganomics Crack era. It would follow the...
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    Re: Explain your icon

    Odd--I've always pictured you as him.

    I didn't know that was Gregory Peck and for some reason I thought that that was you, but I also kind of knew it wasn't you, but still pictured that guy...
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    Re: Mancera Black Gold: A Fantastic Fragrance

    Thank you, Mike. Have you discovered any other Mancera fragrances that you like? Are you familiar with the house?
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    Re: Dior homme cologne at beautyencounter

    Legit.

    The worst that happens at Beauty Encounter is it sometimes takes a week and a half to get your stuff and occasionally the boxes are a bit dented or in less than excellent condition.

    ...
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    Re: Mancera Black Gold: A Fantastic Fragrance

    I'd be very interested to see what you think about it.
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    Re: Mancera Black Gold: A Fantastic Fragrance

    I think you'll like it!
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    Re: eBay: A nightmare for sellers too

    Thanks.

    Yeah, that sounds really annoying. The most obnoxious part about it is the fact the guy refused to communicate with you at all until all of a sudden when he gets the unpaid item strike.
    ...
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    Re: Bentley Momentum Intense - Thoughts?

    Yeah, I had the original stuff, long before any reformulations and I would get 8 to 10 hours with very good projection for at least 6 hours. But of course, it was reformulated for the worse. I...
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    Re: Bentley Momentum Intense - Thoughts?

    I wasn't impressed. It's like a more natural, less sweet, slightly more mineralic and aromatic version of CH Men. But by more natural and less sweet I don't mean better, actually it makes it sort of...
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    Re: Mancera Black Gold: A Fantastic Fragrance

    Thank you, Scarce. It's definitely "Intense" that I was trying to think of. I'm gonna look into this.





    Yes. It can be a work scent with 2, maybe 3 sprays max, a signature scent, or an...
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    Re: Mancera Black Gold: A Fantastic Fragrance

    Nice. Thanks for your input, good to see you around.

    This is what I mean by this stuff has the potential to appeal to a wide variety of people. We have Sweetstench on one end of the spectrum with...
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    Re: Mancera Black Gold: A Fantastic Fragrance

    Thank you, Derbyman, I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. It's funny, the very first fragrance I can ever remember writing in depth about on Basenotes is Azzaro Pour Homme. I was just starting out in all...
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    Re: The Official Creed Viking Thread - Part 2

    Interesting. I also agree that PN lacks the smoothness of Viking, and possibly the depth as well.


    Uomo used to be a SPECTACULAR fragrance. It consistently ranked in my top ten of all time for...
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    Re: Explain your icon

    Mine is Stevie Wonder. He's blind.

    My name is Buysblind because I like to make blind buys.

    I also like Stevie Wonder.

    It's a match made in heaven.
  71. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Okay, thanks for clarifying!

    I've done the same (blind buying per suggestions), many times with excellent results, and occasionally a disappointment. One thing I've noticed is that most of the...
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    Re: Mancera Black Gold: A Fantastic Fragrance

    :thumbup:

    Right on!
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    Mancera Black Gold: A Fantastic Fragrance

    https://manceraparfums.com/us/499-large_default/black-gold.jpg

    There's a lot of text here so if you don't want to read it all just go to the way bottom where it says, SHORT REVIEW, for the...
  74. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Not sad at all, Mike. I'm glad you enjoy it and glad you've had a different experience than me! :smiley: I also think I'm probably in the minority, as most of what I've read about VN is...
  75. Re: Parfums de Marly Kalan - new Fragrance for 2019

    No, I actually love tonka, when it's doled out in the right proportion. But I think it's become common to really rev the tonka up in the base to the point that it obscures other notes and becomes...
  76. Re: Parfums de Marly Kalan - new Fragrance for 2019

    Sounds excellent. I just hope they keep that tonka accord reeled in for the most part.
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    Re: Your 2019 Fragrance Netto

    Netto was -7.

    I bought two. Netto = -5

    I sold 5.

    Current Netto = -10

    hahahaha....I hate that word so much. ;)
  78. [USA] Re: Oliver & Co. SUPER CHEAP PACKAGE DEAL! and MUGLER Ultra Zest + MORE....

    Bumped for 7/25
  79. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I thought Vetiver Nocturne was pretty disappointing. I mean based on the name, I expected some kind of dark vetiver fragrance, perhaps a little masculine if not unisex. Instead I got 10 minutes of...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2019

    Nice. This is the best version of it, in my experience, a little brighter and less potpourri like than earlier versions.
  81. Re: My modest little collection so far here in Nicaragua...

    --edited--
  82. Re: new to forum - howdy to all and looking for suggestions

    You may like:

    Frapin L'Humaniste
    Bruno Fazzolari Five
    Parfums de Marly Sedley
    Mancera Wild Fruits
    Acqua Di Gio Profumo

    If you need descriptions of any of these just ask.
  83. Re: Anyone else bored with 'masculine', summer-y, fresh citrus scents?

    I wouldn't put Wanted, Sauvage, or Perry Ellis Red in the "summer citrus" category though. They all have much more going on than just citrus, and citrus is more of a secondary role in each of them.
  84. Re: Your Favorite Clive Christian Menís Fragrances Rated?

    1. 1872
    2. X
    3. Whatever the leather one is that sort of smells like Tuscan Leather. I thought it was pretty good, just can't remember the name.
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    Poll: Re: My new lineup to choose from

    Edition Blanche, but you should also consider looking at Frapin L'Humaniste.


    And it might not hurt to pick up Mugler Cologne in addition to whichever you end up getting. It's only $40 and you'll...
  86. Re: Anyone else bored with 'masculine', summer-y, fresh citrus scents?

    Yes. Completely. I think more specifically I'm bored with the "pure citrus" or "white citrus" genre.

    I've been bored with them for a while. That's why I've sold off Nio, Petit Matin, Chanel AHS...
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    Re: How Should I Build My Collection?

    Regarding what to do now, specifically: I'd follow my advice below and then sample, sample, sample. Don't limit yourself to designer only or niche only. There are gems in each, and while the niche...
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    Re: Question about Chanel Pour Monsier

    Yes, 2017 ESP. I don't think its more similar to Pour Monsieur than the current Pour Monsieur, I''m just saying that since Pour Monsieur is so hard to find (at least here in the U.S.), the ESP 2017...
  89. Re: Has Anybody Tried the Philosykos Eau de Parfum yet?

    Finally! 7 years later I've decided to blind buy a bottle of the EDP and I've now gotten my nose on it for the first time. It's excellent!

    I used to own the EDT and really enjoyed, but I sold it...
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    Re: Amouage Alert: Overture for man!

    More subtle than Dia?
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    Re: Question about Chanel Pour Monsier

    It's a great fragrance. The 2012 version is really nice too, just different (focused much more on myrrh than citrus). But it's the 2017 that I feel is the best substitute for PM. You should try it if...
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    Re: Question about Chanel Pour Monsier

    Character first and foremost, and then smell. They fulfill very similar purposes and convey a very similar impression. They smell somewhat similar in my opinion.
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    Re: eBay: A nightmare for sellers too

    Yep.

    Sure enough, this d-bag outbid everyone to win the item and then I never heard from him again. Why do people do this? What do they get out of it? (that's a serious question, not...
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    Re: Should I even bother with Fahrenheit?

    But now watch--it's going to haunt you. And a few months from now you're going to get a hankering for it again, and then you'll be hooked.

    It really is an odd smell, but that's what makes it so...
  95. Re: How do you determine if a fragrance is Full Bottle worthy?

    I don't like using "full bottle worthy" as a term. I find it dickish--a snooty, backhanded way of poo-pooing a fragrance someone else likes. There was some old member that used to say it all the...
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    Re: Question about Chanel Pour Monsier

    I have no idea whats currently going on with it, but i love my 2016 batch.

    FWIW, I've found that Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum 2017 is an excellent substitute for it.
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    Re: Should I even bother with Fahrenheit?

    Definitely. Try it!

    I prefer the current version to the vintage. I think it's great, and a must-try for any fragrance fan.
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    Re: I just donít understand...

    You would probably dislike the vintage even more. Itís ďmore KourosĒ than the current one.
  99. Re: Your the 'average joe' which two frags do you live with for the rest of your life?

    La Nuit de L’Homme and Acqua di Gio
  100. Re: Impressions, dispair and misery on me - search for a new summer scent

    Sure, makes sense.

    You might like something by Atelier, a less expensive niche house (around the price of Chanel regular stuff). Bergamot Soleil, Cedrat Envirant, Pomelo Paradise, Cedre Atlas. ...
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