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    Re: winter fragrances

    Portrait of a Lady (original formula)
    Javanese Patchouli
    Tzora
    As Sawira
    Giorgio for Men (vintage)
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    What she said. :-)
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    Re: Most worn March '15

    As Sawira by Penhaligons
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    Re: Not a single creed failed to impress me so far

    Erolfa is probably my least favorite composition from Creed, and that is saying something. A one star composition for sure. Well, you *did* ask. :-). It goes without saying I have a near polar...
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    Re: Chez Bond Opinions

    I like it but find it superfluous to vintage Cool Water which I prefer.
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    Re: Roja Dove vs Creed

    I don't know which is "better," but I certainly enjoy a lot more compositions from Roja, strongly preferring it to Creed, a house that has very few compositions I enjoy. Quite frankly Roja's Risqué...
  7. Thread: Wood Smoke

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    Re: Wood Smoke

    Definitely this one.
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    Re: What do you think on Anteaus?

    I love the vintage stuff, finding it one of the best releases from Chanel.
  9. Re: Luca Turin Reviews Tuscan Scent Incense Suede by Ferragamo

    I tried to a few months back, but the company wouldn't send a sample even if I paid for it, saying you must buy blind (as it is sold only on their web site) and that was a non-starter for me on a...
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    Re: Why people bag on the Polo fragrances.

    Didn't we just have a thread about this last week?

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/401964-Everyone-Always-Hates-on-Polo-Colognes-Why
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    Re: Rubini – new life into an old house

    Great review, Colin. The composition sounds lovely.
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    Re: The best from each of your favourite houses

    Editions de Parfums Portrait of a Lady
    Odriù Lalfeorosa
    Anat Fritz Anat Fritz
    Mona di Orio Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver
    Jean Patou Patou pour Homme Privé
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    Re: Puredistance M or Roja Dove Fetish for men

    It is 331.93 Euros ($359.19 USD after conversion) delivered to the States to be exact (they reduce their selling price by the VAT that non-EU customers don't pay during checkout once you select a non...
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    Poll: Re: Poll: DHI, DHP, LIDGE?

    They all get the Bronze, as I am not a fan of any of them, but all are at least well-composed. I think the Parfum is the least unappealing of the three, so it gets the tie breaker advantage and my...
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    Re: Puredistance M or Roja Dove Fetish for men

    While I'll be the last one to try and justify the Roja pricing, I should at least mention (not in defense, but just reality) that the 50ml Extrait can be had right now (in the US) for about $360...
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    Re: Puredistance M or Roja Dove Fetish for men

    Having now tried Fetish pour Homme Parfum (while already owning M) I can finally comment to this thread...

    This one is really a near toss-up, as both are similar quality and have significant...
  17. Re: Room 1015 present three ‘selected tracks’ at Esxence

    I haven't sniffed these so obviously they could be great... That said, after the (IMO) absolutely awful Ephemera releases earlier this year that are kind of using the same general music concept,...
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    Re: Esxence 2015- Basenoters' tips

    I have tried the entire line and felt that one was probably the best thing they did (along with the buttery Lait Concentré). Most of the line was truly awful though. There is a great tendency to...
  19. Re: Terre d'Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche - your thoughts?

    ^^I can't speak to that as my bottle of pure perfume was bought when it first was released and I haven't retested others since. As to the regular, I did retest that one at my local Sephora a little...
  20. Re: Whats your the most favorite fragrance by Parfum d’Empire

    I love a lot of them, but probably Azemour is my favorite.
  21. Re: Terre d'Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche - your thoughts?

    That choice makes a lot of sense to me, especially since you already have L'Eau Boisée. L'Eau Boisée frankly is what Eau Trés Fraiche should have been anyway, and smells much better than the Terre...
  22. Re: Do people mistake your Green Irish Tweed for Cool Water?

    No, but as I prefer wearing vintage Cool Water, Green Irish Tweed never gets worn enough for anyone to notice. As to your question about whether Green Irish Tweed would be a better choice than...
  23. Re: Terre d'Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche - your thoughts?

    I love the regular Terre d'Hermès but found the Eau Trés Fraiche flanker disappointing and in nowhere near the same league. If I really were looking for a lighter, brighter version of Terre d'Hermès...
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    Re: Worth every penny

    So many could potentially fall into that classification in relative terms... That said, I might as well pick my favorite... Portrait of a Lady.
  25. Re: How much do you think presentation/packaging impact your choice of a perfume

    This pretty much sums up my opinion as well.
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    Re: What do you think of Gucci Pour Homme?

    I like the original, I don't like that one, however.
  27. Re: Is there a non synthetic good oud under $20?

    Brooklyn Perfume Company Oud fits the bill under your revised parameters (well, technically it *is* $150). It is a good one for sure.
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    Re: Today I bought March 2015

    Risque Parfum by Roja Parfumshttp://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=36385&stc=1
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    Re: Rochas Moustache

    I have a couple bottles of the vintage juice and love it. I personally think it is relatively safe if you enjoy "old school" compositions as I do.
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    Re: Looking for a frag that does NOT last

    Beat me to the punch. :-) I will say I'm shocked you can get more than two minutes with it though.
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    Re: Looking for a frag that does NOT last

    Extract of West Indian Limes by Trumper. This stuff is super invigorating right after a shave with its extremely natural aromatic lime, then disappears seconds later.
  32. Re: Very long lasting inexpensive mens summer fragrance

    Bellagio Uomo by Parlux. Inexpensive in relative terms at under $20 a 100ml bottle, fresh, pleasant smelling and while not super-long lasting, certainly enough to get the job done, IMO.
  33. Re: New From The Different Company - I Miss Violet!!

    This one sounds good to me, and the Duchaufour The Different Company compositions have all been winners so far. I am excited to sniff this one.
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    Re: Let's talk about DSquared2 Potion

    I am a big fan. It has disappointing performance for an EdP, but scent wise I think it is one of the best designer releases in the last few years.
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    Re: CARNAL flower Alternative?

    I absolutely love the stuff too and happily own the vintage juice, but the compositions are night and day different to my nose. Personally, I would gladly own both.
  36. Re: Is there a non synthetic good oud under $20?

    This is probably the least expensive one I know of on the market that has at least a noticeable amount of real Oud in it... It also is a very good composition. I think if your budget is any less...
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    Re: If you could start over?

    Probably the ones in my signature below, but any composition in my wardrobe is one I love, so it really could be any of them or all.
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    Re: Best scent under $35

    Read my review on this site for a full note break-down and my more complete thoughts... In a nutshell, however, it is quite similar to Flechier's earlier Parfum d'Homme (Red box) from Montana with a...
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    Re: Best scent under $35

    "Best"? I have no idea... One of my *favorites*, however, in current releases and formulations is Montana Black Edition.
  40. Re: I dont understand the 'is my xxxxxx fake?' threads

    The threads are definitely getting out of control lately. One recent one even questioned the authenticity of a bottle because it was sourced from a particular US *state* of all things. At some...
  41. Re: Fragrances you love at the initial start but dislike the drydown

    Memoir Man
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    Re: Frederic Malle perfumes: concentration

    Mine has 12,95 (old matte cap bottle)....
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    Re: Is Aramis a good blind buy?

    I don't think this is one to buy blind as it is quite polarizing, but the "Do you want to smell like an old man" comment is ridiculous.
  44. Re: Would you wear a fragrance that you like but might offend others?

    Surely. Any given person can be offended by *any* composition. As such, I wear whatever I like each day without giving others' potential like or dislike of the given composition any thought. After...
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    Re: Everyone Always Hates on Polo Colognes: Why?

    All I can say to that, is the store in question must have chosen an inventory of the worst compositions ever released in order for Red to come out on top. That one is by far the worst Polo release...
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    Re: Everyone Always Hates on Polo Colognes: Why?

    Well, with the recent crop of extremely poor releases (I personally count all those you mention in the OP as examples) I would say any dislike is completely warranted. It wasn't always that way,...
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    Re: Today I bought: March 2015

    Holy Sh!t, is superb. It has been too long since I sniffed it to give any meaningful specific thoughts except I remember it being quite smoky with a gob of incense and lots of animalics. It is an...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    Of course, mumsy, you are are right to want to try it for yourself... That said, I confess outside of the original Norne and to a lesser extent Baque the house has not really appealed to me either. ...
  49. Poll: Re: Which Acqua Di Parma blu mediterraneo do you like?

    I really was disappointed with the entire Blu line. There may be one or two more recent offerings I missed, but I sniffed the vast majority and all disappointed. For reference, I love the Acqua di...
  50. Re: How much leather in Frederic Malle EdP Parfum de Therese?

    I don't remember any leather either, but I do love the composition. I thought the composition had a lot of similarity to the same perfumer's Ocean Rain by Mario Valentino.
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    Re: Compliment Getters... Are they worth buying?

    Any composition can be a compliment getter, of course. My rule of thumb is I only buy and wear compositions I love... If I get an unsolicited compliment or two along the way when wearing them,...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    The message wasn't there as of this morning nor Saturday when I placed my own order, so maybe it was placed briefly either in error or they were able to get additional stock? For those that *can*...
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    Re: Today I bought: March 2015

    It is sold in limited quantities at http://www.pekji.com (which is having kind of a pre-launch). The web site is a bit glitchy, but the compositions are absolutely outstanding.

    Eau Mer can best...
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    Re: Today I bought: March 2015

    EauMer by Pekjihttp://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=36156&stc=1
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    Re: What is your The Most Unique Fragrance?

    Portrait of a Lady is my *favorite*, but for "most unique" I would have to go for one of the O'driù compositions I own... I guess Supercilium, which is a pretty unique take on Vetiver by O'driù.
  56. Re: Is allure home sport by chanel compliment getterm

    I suggest you refer to the big yellow sticky at the top of the discussion board page to find out what the consensus answer is. Personally speaking, I would never wear Allure Homme Sport as I dislike...
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    Re: Dunhill Icon - thoughts?

    Benaim created an absolute masterpiece with his original Polo, and one creation like that can make an entire career. Unfortunately, his other work has generally been very spotty with a long list of...
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: O/E

    For me the reformulated O/E is disappointing. I think Alfarom's descriptor of the differences above is quite accurate, but for me the changes are all for the worse. One key "composition killer"...
  59. Thread: Mendittorosa

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    Re: Mendittorosa

    Yes, that looks like a great way to give this relatively unknown artisanal line a try. I plan on ordering a set and will report back in a couple weeks or so when the samples arrive from Italy and I...
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    Re: TF: Patchouli Absolu

    I think it is excellent and far better than Ford's other stuff, most of which I dislike (though Javanese Patchouli by Zegna is similar and superior smelling for less money). That said, it *is* a...
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    Re: CARNAL flower Alternative?

    Maybe consider getting one of those 10ml travel sprays Malle sells separately now as a little goes a long way. As to replacements, I think it is tough to find a replacement for the best...
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    Re: Any recommendations for a vanilla based frag?

    This is easily my favorite.
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    Re: Creed Windsor coming soon

    Sorry to butt in, but I will respectfully disagree on the strength of the eucalyptus, at least on my skin... Windsor (2009) is a eucalyptus bomb, showing off its most aromatic medicinal facets and...
  64. Re: It's unpopular, but you love it. What is it and why?

    Vitrum is pretty sharp and raw (the way I personally like my Vetivers)...
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    Re: Today I bought: March 2015

    I wasn't planning on another purchase today, but the sample I received of Kiste quickly won me over.http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=36109&stc=1
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    An unsolicited sample just arrived from Twisted Lily with my order today... I couldn't try it on skin yet due to my wearing some other samples already, but I did give it a go on paper and it smells...
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    Re: Help me! Which is the best?

    I have no idea as I dislike all of them. I think you just have to try them yourself and decide which smells best to *you* as that is all that matters.
  68. Re: Cheap 80s powerhouses - One Man Show vs Krizia Uomo vs Oscar Pour Lui vs Tsar vs Aramis vs etc

    Another great option for sure. The 80s had so many great ones it is hard to go wrong.
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    Re: Need rose suggestions.

    As Rose 31 is not a rose focused composition despite its name I guess it would be helpful to ask if you are looking for compositions that have a supporting rose component in a similar vein? If you...
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - lovin beats hatin

    I never realised it was considered so divisive here (I guess I need to pay more attention). It is not my kind of thing, but I found it nicely done and can easily understand why it has so many...
  71. Re: Allure Pour Homme original smells like Bleu de Chanel?

    Very different. The only similarity is they are similarly unimpressive compositions.
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    Re: Creed Windsor coming soon

    I couldn't stand this one, so I hope it stays "retired". That said, based on Creed's past behavior I would wager the Creed sales rep is correct.
  73. Re: It's unpopular, but you love it. What is it and why?

    Lots, though most likely because people just don't even know about them.

    One recent addition that has taken a bit of a beating from the relatively few that have tried it is Vitrum by Sammarco. ...
  74. Re: Cheap 80s powerhouses - One Man Show vs Krizia Uomo vs Oscar Pour Lui vs Tsar vs Aramis vs etc

    Of the ones you specifically list, Oscar pour Lui is excellent in particular. As I don't perceive any of the compositions you perceive as "sweaty" the same way I can't comment as to whether you...
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    Re: Today I bought: March 2015

    Original formula Une Rose http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=36101&stc=1
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    Re: Aventus Blind Buy

    Give Royal Vintage by Micallef a sniff as it fits the bill (sadly, from my point of view as I can't stand the dry down of Aventus).
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    I haven't cared much for most of the more recent offerings from Slumberhouse, but this one sounds really good. I will have to make a mental note to give it a sniff very soon.
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    Re: Unisex, or... is it, really?

    I ignore the marketing and wear compositions I enjoy and feel comfortable wearing. For example, Dior Homme Intense with its powdery Iris driven makeup-like accord is marketed to Men but I dislike it...
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    Re: Bronze Age - Surpassing Terre d'Hermes ?

    The differences are similar to the differences between Bronze Age and Terre d'Hermès EdT (as those two are quite similar to begin with). The pure perfume has a more concentrated, peppery aspect...
  80. Re: Must-Have Niche fragrances that won't break the bank

    Great call on Diptyque. Their 34 Boulevard St. Germain, for example, is another incredible composition sold at a very reasonable price.
  81. Re: Must-Have Niche fragrances that won't break the bank

    Lampblack by Bruno Fazzolari is a great place to start.
  82. Re: Balenciaga pour Homme retail & tester bottles cheap...

    That is indeed a great price for this masterpiece.
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    Re: Bronze Age - Surpassing Terre d'Hermes ?

    Here are my thoughts, copied from my parfumo.net review (since the composition isn't in the BN directory)...

    Bronze Age Homme opens with a combination of orange bergamot and slightly sharp...
  84. Re: Would you sell a Vintage (expensive) fragrance so you could pick up a few NEWER scents ?

    The short answer is near certainly, "No".

    The longer explaination is:

    I would only do so if I strongly preferred the hypothetical current composition(s) to the hypothetical owned vintage and...
  85. Thread: Royal OUD is

    by drseid
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    Re: Royal OUD is

    I guess I find it the reverse... I don't think it is dated, but I *do* think it is a bad perfume.
  86. Thread: Royal OUD is

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    Re: Royal OUD is

    ....actually angelica. A very pleasant smelling composition with a ridiculous name.
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    Re: Polo Blue Layered With Eternity

    Would two compositions I dislike individually layered together work...? I think the answer is "no".
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: O/E

    I own the original Eau d'E which is absolutely fabulous stuff (and cost half the price). I am really intrigued as to how this reformulation has turned out... Sample ordered. Thanks for the heads'...
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    Re: I really don't know what fragrance to buy!

    Bellagio Uomo by Parlux.
  90. Re: Does Valentino Uomo really smell like Dior Homme/ DHI?

    There are some passing stylistic similarities, but it is its own composition for sure. While none of these are my kind of thing, I find the Valentino much easier to wear, preferring its woody base.
  91. Thread: Cool Water

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    Re: Cool Water

    Far from the "best thing out there," but the vintage juice is quite good.
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    Re: Today I bought: March 2015

    vintage Burberry's for Men V2 (1992)http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=36002&stc=1
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    Re: Today I bought: March 2015

    Ditto. Congrats, Badarun... You got a lot of great ones.
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    Re: GIT smells like SMW!!??

    These are very, very different, IMO.
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    Re: Favourite "jammy" scents?

    Portrait of a Lady by far.
  96. Re: Blind bought Havana, on the fence; what other Aramis to try?

    This is completely different than vintage Antaeus... I wouldn't say the composition is "loaded with musk" but there is some relatively clean musk in the base. I doubt it would bother anyone. As...
  97. Thread: Pipe Smoker

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    Re: Pipe Smoker

    Davidoff (Original) would do quite nicely. It has no tobacco, but obviously was designed to compliment tobacco. A great composition by one of my favorite perfumers, Edouard Fléchier.
  98. Re: Stunning Fragrance And A Bizarre Story...a tale of 4 fragrances.

    Now having gone through one full cycle on skin I would say longevity is above average on my skin... I got about 10 hours. The composition stayed relatively linear through the dry-down, and I would...
  99. Re: Stunning Fragrance And A Bizarre Story...a tale of 4 fragrances.

    Maybe David can answer with his experience as he has worn it several times... I am still determining that as it is my first use. So far, 5 1/2 hours and still going strong. As average longevity...
  100. Re: Blind bought Havana, on the fence; what other Aramis to try?

    In my opinion, certainly.
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