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  1. Re: Best "value for money" scents, which niche collectors wouldn't turn their noses up at

    Without question: Guerlain Habit Rouge EdP.

    50ml can be had for less than $30. 100ml for less than $40.

    100ml of the EdT can be found for less than $35.
  2. Re: Request : Woody oriental, creamy and airy

    Chanel Égoïste
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    Re: Why the hate for PDM?

    Where is someone telling you to buy anything other than what you like?
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    Re: Why the hate for PDM?

    Who said that?

    No one's telling you what to buy.

    That line of reasoning only exists in your head, so if you don't get it, then you can blame no one other than yourself.

    People are simply...
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    Re: Why the hate for PDM?

    In the opinions of people who are educated on the many perfumes that are out there.

    It's easy to find things enjoyable if your experience is limited.
  6. Re: Ok, laying my cards on the table re: Azzaro PH EDT

    Why are you trying to like it so much?

    If you don't like it, you don't like it. There's nothing wrong with that.

    I mean, plenty of people with opinions that I respect happen to like Sauvage....
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    Re: Why the hate for PDM?

    But that's not what he said. He didn't say it was dumb to not buy something based on forum opinions. He said it was dumb to buy something when far better options can be had for far less.

    I mean, I...
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    Re: Your Best Deal

    I bought one bottle of Frederic Malle Carnal Flower, and Neiman Marcus sent me two. They told me to keep the second. Their mistake was my deal.

    Otherwise, Guerlain Habit Rouge for less than $30.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Slumberhouse Kiste. One spray to the nape of the neck and damn it sure is glorious whenever I feel a breeze and get a waft of it.
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    Re: Why the hate for PDM?

    Who cares if someone doesn't like a particular house?

    Not everyone has to like everything.

    If you like it, then like it and don't worry about what anyone else thinks.
  11. Re: Best value place to buy Epic Man by Amouage ?

    Amouage is not a safe blind buy. You need to try it.
  12. Re: Best value place to buy Epic Man by Amouage ?

    FragranceX.com has it in stock for $156 and change.
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    Re: Breaking — sampling underway

    Get it. It's absolutely worth it.
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    Re: Breaking — sampling underway

    Yeah, I prefer Cuir Cannage to Cuir de Russie, as well. I'm treasuring my bottle of it.

    I do like Baie 19 more than Orage, I think, but it reminds me a lot of the woods near my parents' house.
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    Re: Dior in Paris

    Thanks. That's exactly what I told her. They might not be on display, so she should ask.
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    Re: Dior in Paris

    Thanks. My sister will be going there with her boyfriend, who is an actual Parisian, so I'm not sure how much time she'll be doing with too many tourist-y things. I did suggest the Avenue Montaigne...
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    Re: What's the best Parfums de Marly?

    If I was FORCED to buy one, I would buy Oajan.

    And bottle color is a very poor way to judge a fragrance.
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    Dior in Paris

    Hey people. My sister is going to Paris and I'm wondering where she might be able to find me a bottle of Eau Noire or maybe Vetiver. Does anybody know?

    The boutiques? If so, any of them or a...
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    Re: How do you rate Aramis Devin as a fragrance?

    As a fragrance? What do you mean? As opposed to what? How else would someone rate it?
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    Re: share your method of application

    One spray to my chest/clavicle.
    One spray to each forearm.
    Maybe one spray to the nape of my neck.
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    Re: Woody incense vanilla

    Christian Dior Bois d'Argent
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    How do you like that one? I think the opening is kind of interesting, but then it gets boring during the drydown.
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    They are. Having a vagina is not a biological requirement for wearing a dress. It's society and culture that have determined that only people with vaginas should be wearing dresses. If a man decides...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I've had a small travel spray of Leather Oud for almost a year now that I always forget that I have. I'm wearing it today because I have a sister who is going to Paris in a few days and I'm wondering...
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    We should just leave it here. Anyone who refuses to understand, well...I'm not sure it's worth the time to go any further.
  26. Re: What're the absolute best clones/alternatives?

    Just buy the originals. One reason I don't bother with clones because they're too much effort to find.
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    Re: Maison Margiela thoughts

    Of those, I think Red Tobacco is the best, but it seems to be pretty polarizing. I don't have any problems with the opening at all.

    I guess my next choice would be Noir Extreme.
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    Re: Would you.....

    It's pretty sweet.

    It's also not hard to find decants of it.
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    Re: Are Barney’s still open?

    They're not closing all of the stores. Just some of them.
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    Re: Are Barney’s still open?

    Barney's in Chicago closed either the day of or the day after they announced that they were closing some of the stores. I was there the day before the announcement. Nothing went on sale.
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    Re: Patchouli based Masculine scents.

    Frederic Malle Monsieur. It can become a little stinky if it's too warm out.

    https://www.fredericmalle.com/media/images/products/630x615/fm_sku_H3X301_630x615_0.jpg
  32. Re: I received very negative feedback unexpectedly by a trusted loved one

    And...? So...?

    Not everyone will like everything.
  33. Re: Interested in opinions on these scents

    Why don't you just read some reviews here or at Fragrantica or Parfumo.net?
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    Re: Should I get these fragrances?

    It's fine for a younger person.
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    Re: Should I get these fragrances?

    For me, Joop! is way better than Individuel.

    Individuel gives me a really bad headache every time I wear it. Joop! does not.
  36. Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Thank you so much for organizing this event.

    And thanks, mitchmurr62, for bringing the Slumberhouses and the different patchouli fragrances. I really enjoyed Psychedelique yesterday after...
  37. Re: Le Labo BAIE 19

    I really liked it when I stopped by Le Labo the other day. I'm looking forward to wearing my sample.
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    Re: Anyone Tried These?

    Sure, but the vast majority of Gucci's bags cost nowhere near 30k--unlike Hermes, where you'll find lots of bags at way higher price points than Guccis. That's all I'm saying.

    Also, I'm pretty...
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    Re: Anyone Tried These?

    $30k purse? Okay, but this is Gucci, not Hermes.
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    Re: Anyone Tried These?

    Some of them are okay, but they're all way, way overpriced for what they are. I mean, I like some expensive perfumes, but these in particular really just seem like they're coasting on being Gucci.
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    Re: Best Floral Fragrance?

    Chanel Egoiste
    Dior Ambre Nuit
    Dior Bois d'Argent
    Dior Cuir Cannage
    Malle Carnal Flower
    Note di Profumum Meraviglia
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    Re: Maison Margiela thoughts

    I live in the city now, but I grew up in rural Kansas where bonfires were definitely a thing. To me, By the Fireplace doesn't really smell like a bonfire. It just smells like someone's idea of what...
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    Re: Maison Margiela thoughts

    Kind of interesting, but also pretty overrated. Definitely better than most of the stuff that can be found in Sephora, though.
  44. Re: Purchasing Baccarat 540 Extrait on eBay or retail?

    I don't like to have to think twice about buying a fake, so I don't buy stuff on eBay.

    If you buy it from a retailer, does it really matter which one? Maybe it does to you, but maybe it doesn't. I...
  45. Re: Amouage Jubilation XXV or Amouage Reflection Man

    Jubilation, by far.
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    Re: Best purchase you made in last 6 months?

    It's wonderful. One of my absolute favorites from last year.
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    Re: Today I bought October 2019

    I went to Neiman Marcus for a Malle event tonight and didn't want to leave emptyhanded, so...

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/perfume/375x500.32590.jpg
  48. Re: A 'Christmas' Scent - Christingle, or: a candlelit orange.

    Yes, Noir Epices isn't heavy at all. It really feels kind of fresh and sheer due to the geranium. It turned out to be very different from what I expected based on the name and having read the notes.
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    Re: Latest Frederic Malle - Rose & Cuir!

    Neiman Marcus had an event earlier during which the global trainer had extracts of the main notes to walk people through the creation of the fragrance. It was pretty cool.

    I'm still not sure what...
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    Re: Le Labo Baie 19

    I stopped by the boutique about an hour ago to try this. I thought it was incredible on the card. It reminded me of the wet, green woods by my parents' house while growing up. I bought a sample that...
  51. Re: A 'Christmas' Scent - Christingle, or: a candlelit orange.

    Noir Epices is what immediately came to mind the moment I read the title of the thread.
  52. Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    If it's alright, I have a friend who would like to attend with me.
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    Re: Week 41: SOTW

    Day four of Dior Ambre Nuit. This was definitely a fantastic choice for this experiment. I haven't gotten tired of it at all.
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    Re: Le Labo Baie 19

    Sounds amazing. I'll drop by the boutique this weekend.
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    Re: Best purchase you made in last 6 months?

    EdP Frederic Malle Carnal Flower was definitely my best purchase of the past six months because

    1. It's a great fragrance.
    2. Neiman Marcus gave me a two-for-the-price-of-one deal.
  56. Re: A Niche snob looking for winter fragrances for everyday use

    Maybe it's just me, but none of these seem like daily scents.
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    Re: Today I bought October 2019

    You'll have to let us know your thoughts. I just saw this on their website yesterday and I really love rose lately.
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    Re: Best leather fragrance?

    Christian Dior Cuir Cannage.
  59. Re: A Niche snob looking for winter fragrances for everyday use

    Depends on how much he's looking for. A 30ml bottle of Musc Ravageur is $140.
  60. Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Are you guys going to wear anything on Saturday or are you going to go fragrance free to have plenty of clean skin for sampling?
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    My god, this is just so beautiful that I could almost bathe in it.
    ...
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    Re: Week 41: SOTW

    I'm gonna try to go a full work week of Dior Ambre Nuit. Should be great.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I have Tardes, as well. I tried Costarela, but didn't like it as much. I've tried D600 and remember liking it a lot, too. Cuirs is next on my list.
  64. Re: Houses you want to like but don’t - what’s on your list?

    None. I don't want to like a house just because it's there. There might be houses that makes perfumes that I'm interested in sampling, but if I don't like something, I don't like it.

    I don't feel...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I felt like wearing a rose of some sort today, and I haven't worn Note di Profumum Meraviglia in cooler weather yet, so...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Carner Barcelona El Born because it's delicious and I don't wear it enough.
  67. Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    I would love to try Patchouli Noir and your Slumberhouses.
  68. Re: SPECIAL EVENT for Chicago-area Basenoters, Oct. 12, 2019

    Good idea! I could totally be down for some sort of split.
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    Re: Looking For a Good Rose Fragrance?

    Notes are just some ideas that people have of the impressions that can be gotten from a fragrance. By no means are they a definitive listing of what can and what can't be smelled in a fragrance. I...
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    Re: Most complex/deep designer frags?

    A really great way to experience this is to spray something on yourself before you go to bed, let it develop overnight, and then smell it in the morning. The evolution can be pretty awesome. I did...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Hey people, where do I start with this house? I typically favor Orientals and woods and spices. Resinous or balsamic can be great.
  72. Re: I see why some people become Niche Snobs...

    Oh yes. Just visit their website or go to a Guerlain counter at a department store.
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    Re: Beta Male Scents

    I don't wear fragrance. My natural man musk is so strong and pungent that it seeps from my pores and smothers and chokes all around me.

    It's all you people who need to wear fragrances who are the...
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    Re: No-Buy October (formerly No-Buy September)

    I need to do this, but I already failed today. Plus, my sister is going to Paris in a few weeks and I may need her to pick something up for me. November maybe?
  75. Re: I see why some people become Niche Snobs...

    Who said Guerlain focuses only on fragrances? Guerlain is a cosmetics company. Because of my mom, I knew about their make up before I knew about their fragrances.
  76. Re: Creed/Areej le Doré/Puredistance/Jules/Malle/Squid/VTG MPG/Mendittorosa/VTG Guerlain/Nicolai/Mit

    PM sent.
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    Re: Today I bought September 2019

    Ombre Nomade and Nouveau Monde are the two best in my opinion. Nouveau Monde is probably my most worn for the past year. I haven't worn Ombre Nomade as much over the past few months because I haven't...
  78. Re: I see why some people become Niche Snobs...

    I think it was a pretty bold step for Gucci considering the rest of the Guilty line, which is pretty boring, in my opinion.
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    Re: Your Most Worn September 2019

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    Music For a While by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle
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    Re: A*Men Appreciation

    I'm wearing Pure Malt today, and I'm always back and forth between loving it and hating it.
  81. Re: A newbie smells Frédéric Malle for the first time

    I LOVE Carnal Flower. It's not always the easiest wear, though, and for me it's best when it's hot out. But it's really like you're just wearing a huge, honking white flower.
  82. Re: A newbie smells Frédéric Malle for the first time

    Give yourself some more time for your nose to mature. As your nose matures, it's very possible for your tastes to change, and what you don't like now you may really love later.
  83. Re: A newbie smells Frédéric Malle for the first time

    In my experience, Frederic Malle is a line that takes some experience to really appreciate. I used to feel kind of the same as you about those three, but now I think they're all wonderful. I didn't...
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    Re: Newbie to Basenotes Blind Buys

    There are definitely L'Occitane stores in the Bay Area. I think SF has three.
  85. Re: experience with Roja's customer service?

    Exactly why I suggested it. Much more difficult to ignore a phone call, unless no one picks up.
  86. Re: experience with Roja's customer service?

    Have you tried calling?
  87. Re: I see why some people become Niche Snobs...

    Yeah, but I think for a lot of people, especially the people who don't really have as mature noses, the chemical stuff smells great and totally satisfying. The majority of the market is probably like...
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    Re: Tell me which P. de Marly I should buy

    Okay, and 100ml bottles of Montale can be easily found for $80 and under, which is way less than $1.00 per ml.
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    Re: Tell me which P. de Marly I should buy

    I find it very hard to believe that PdM is a great bang-for-your-buck house when Guerlain classics can be easily found for $30 to $50.

    In fact, I find the idea of PdM being a good...
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    Re: Le Labo is trash...

    "desiccated" LOL

    I was talking to a Le Labo SA and mentioned that I didn't understand why everyone loved Santal 33 so much. He said he thinks it's because it's just interesting enough for people...
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    Re: Tell me which P. de Marly I should buy

    None of them.

    All are very overrated--except MAYBE Oajan. I still wouldn't pay for it, though.
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud discontinued

    That's what I figured. It seems like Dior fragrances that are "discontinued", especially those from the Collection Privee, are really just highly restricted in terms of distribution.
  93. Re: I see why some people become Niche Snobs...

    Basically. A lot of people don't care because they just want to smell nice or they just don't know. There are still good, interesting designer perfumes out there, but they're sometimes harder to find...
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    Re: Le Labo is trash...

    I didn't like Le Labo for a long time, but after my nose matured a bit more, I started finding some of theirs to be good.

    The house is still overall very hit or miss for me, but Patchouli 24 is...
  95. Re: Grand soir remind you of musc ravaguer?

    Not really.
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    Re: Dior Homme Intense 9A03

    I'll be there again in January, so I may pick up DHI this time.
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    Re: Got 7 fragrances on the way...

    Whisky Oud is pretty much just those two notes, so the oud is basically inescapable. Definitely need more experience with oud for that one.
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    Re: Dior Homme Intense 9A03

    You can also often find it at duty free stores in airports. I found Dior Homme Parfum at one last January and was able to buy it despite only flying domestically. Dior told me via email that Dior...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Guerlain Habit Rouge Eau de Parfum

    It's been a while since I've worn this, and I had forgotten how damn good it is. Really great drydown.

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/perfume/375x500.25313.jpg
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    Re: Day Time, All Season Fragrance

    Habit Rouge
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