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    Re: Challenging fragrances

    That's definitely not true.
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    Re: Challenging fragrances

    Current Leather Oud seems somewhat tame in comparison to what it once was. It's still a very strong leather, but I don't get nearly as much barnyard as I used to get. I suppose that makes it more...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Sova is a Slumberhouse exclusive, not going to retailers

    :undecided:
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    Re: No-Buy September (formerly No-Buy August)

    Sure, sure. We believe you.

    My mantra is (for October): "slumberhouse is coming....slumberhouse is coming...be strong"
  5. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    I don't know about 10x, but it's certainly better than some designer "ouds" that don't even bother to smell like oud and cost several times more. The only strike I can see is that the Bogart is quite...
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    Re: Looking for L'Occitan replacement

    This is a good suggestion. Prada Luna Rossa Carbon might be even closer. There's also an extreme version, Luna Rossa Extreme that supposedly has the pepper amped up quite a bit.
  7. Re: Cat owners: Does your cat try to attack you over certain fragrances?

    Ok, this part does make sense. Any of those type of smells - mint, wintergreen, menthol - are really obnoxious and abrasive for cats. Also highly toxic for them too if ingested.
  8. Re: Cat owners: Does your cat try to attack you over certain fragrances?

    I really doubt that synthetic civet had any effect on the cat at all. Cats sense of smell is not quite that of dogs, but is many times more sensitive than humans, so they're never going to fooled by...
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    Re: Best replacement for Gucci ph

    A better fragrance for sure, but not closer to Gucci pour homme than Bentley Absolute. I suppose it all depends on what exactly the original poster is looking for.
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    Re: Graduating my Stepson from Lynx/Axe

    Good recommendations if he's going though a can of Axe every couple of weeks and will be buying these with his own money.

    Cheap but good is the way to go at that age.
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    One encouraging sign is that reviewers seem to be uniform in their praise of the parfum versions released so far, while expressing disappointment with the current edp's on the shelves.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I've only had good experiences with sellers from Russia, Spain, and Singapore (though it will try your patience from Singapore). I'd avoid any newer, popular stuff like Tom Ford, especially from...
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    Re: Best replacement for Gucci ph

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/perfume/375x500.51547.jpg

    Papyrus Oud 71 by Parle Moi de Parfum

    Also by Michel Almairac, as is Bentley Absolute. If price is a consideration, get the Bentley.
  14. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    You can find it online for $40. The original sticker price was something like $160. I know someone who picked it up for $28 CDN, which is about $1.95 in Yankee currency.
    ...
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    Re: What's on top of your wish-list right now?

    That might be wishful thinking. I rarely see the vintage for under $200 anymore, and sometimes some really obscene prices. I've smelled both (those little 4ml minis used to be quite easy to find and...
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    Re: Are We Too Hard on Fragrance YouTubers?

    I don't watch many either but I've seen some by those you've mentioned. Persolaise is quite good, and he's rather scathing about stuff he doesn't like, unlike many reviewers who seem to like...
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    Re: What's on top of your wish-list right now?

    I was about to scold you for not acquiring this already, but then I just checked online and it's much harder to find than it used to be. I don't see it on eBay (unless you'd care to spend $285 for a...
  18. Re: Patchouli 24 / Lonestar Memories, are they similar to Bvlgari Black?

    Patchouli 24 and Lonestar Memories are both really smoky, but there's very little smoke in Bulgari Black, just a faint whiff of burning rubber that used to be a lot more pronounced. Unless you've got...
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    Re: Mercedes-Benz EDT

    They're not almost similar. In fact, except for the violet, not similar at all.

    One is one of the greatest men's fragrances ever made. The other is mediocre but not unpleasant.
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    Re: Francesca Bianchi: LATEST DUO

    A perfumer that more people should pay attention to. Rather than muck about rehashing what everyone else is doing, like so many perfumers do these days, she's setting out on her own course and aiming...
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    Re: Your bottom shelf (or shelves) NOW

    I feel the same about those two he'd just as soon turf. I do like Havana quite a lot though, and probably wear Slumberhouse's Baque (pipe tobacco) about as much as anything in the fall.
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    Re: Your bottom shelf (or shelves) NOW

    I would probably have a quite similar list. (I do like Terre d'Hermes EDP though.) Cheaper tobacco scents, in particular cherry tobacco are just not things that seem to interest me much anymore.
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    Re: New Azzaro Pour Homme refillable bottle

    Excellent.

    I've been thinking of getting something newer, as recent Azzaro has cheapened and coarsened over the years. If it's, as you say, getting back even somewhat to its former glory that is...
  24. Re: Are there any fragrances in which ginger plays an important role?

    I'm always reminded of Ginger Beer when I smell Robert Piguet's Casbah, but it apparently contains no ginger, or at least it's not listed among the notes. The combination of angelica, black pepper,...
  25. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time. (Feminine fragrances edition!)

    This is suprisingly good. I got it for nothing (an extra freebie in a larger order) but I think it's worth a lot more than the $25 or whatever it sells for a 75ml.

    A 4☆ review here.
    ...
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    Re: Patchouli Antique by Les Nereides

    They did, but kept the same formula for the perfume but got a new bottle, similar though not as nice as the one pictured above. Now they're back to 'Antique', even while all the modernising is going...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    It feels like fall.
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    Patchouli Antique by Les Nereides

    A new formula for this.



    https://www.lesnereides.com/en/perfumes/1444-patchouli-antique-fragrance-100ml.html

    Seems to be a lot more going on than before. Hopefully they haven't botched a...
  29. Re: Original Santal or 1899 Hemingway for daily use in fall/winter

    Better ingredients for sure, but I don't know that it's really any of those things. Fairly depressing stuff at that price point. Reminds me of vintage Joop! also, just a lot more subdued. Someone...
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Her comparisons to vintage Shalimar and Jicky caught my attention.

    https://i.imgur.com/uu9pmDP.gif
  31. Re: Original Santal or 1899 Hemingway for daily use in fall/winter

    You really ought to consider Mont Blanc Individuel. It'll cost about 1/10th the price of the Creed, and is quite similar.
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    Re: NEW Dior Sauvage Parfum 2019 Official Discussion

    That should be more than enough to make it a top-seller and a Basenotes' darling. :rolleyesold:
  33. Re: Celebrity scents go niche? Chloe Sevigny & Régime des Fleurs

    Yeah, she's always been associated with the arty New York scene, with its minimalism aesthetic. Her very first job as a teenager was doing Sonic Youth's Sugar Kane video with Marc Jacobs. She's...
  34. Poll: Re: Masculinity of VUI - Prada L'Homme Intense - Spicebomb Extreme etc. For Clean Looking Mid 20s

    I'd suggest looking for something a bit more distinctive, lest at a party you're not just Spicebomb Guy #6 or similar...
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    Re: Comme des Garcons + Monocle Scent Four: Yoyogi

    Same.

    Hinoki and Sugi are both excellent, and Laurel has great reviews as well, though I haven't smelled it.

    A local online house has a bunch of the Olfactory Library series that I've been...
  36. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    It does seem really odd that there's only one review here for Oud Touch, an excellent cheaper "oud" that approximates something close to the much more expensive Oud Ispahan by Dior and Diptyque's Oud...
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    Re: No-Buy September (formerly No-Buy August)

    Don't you just hate those You still have items in your shopping cart e-mails from the various online perfume stores? :rolleyesold: I feel like replying, "I know, I know. Quit pressuring me!"
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    Re: A strifeknot appreciation thread :)

    That'd be a huge loss for this community. Hopefully it's just something temporary.
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    Re: New to the Fragrance Game

    I think "journey" is fine, as it implies to me a sort of wandering around, trying new places and new things. That doesn't seem particularly pretentious either, as we all just stumble around in this...
  40. Re: US based peeps: buying from artisans in the UK is super cheap!

    Before this Brexit business kicked, the pound was trading at around $1.48 to the US dollar. Today it's around $1.23 and has gone as low as $1.19. There's only one other comparable recent example of a...
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    Re: For Chilly Fall Days - Boozy Niche Scents?

    https://cf5.s3.souqcdn.com/item/2018/02/20/30/77/44/14/item_XL_30774414_111114894.jpg

    Stupidly good.

    Can be found online for under $30. Worn when it's cool it's very good. Worn when it's cold...
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    Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    The smell first and foremost. Has to be of some intrinsic interest. If it's just background noise that I don't really care about 5 seconds after spraying I can't be bothered.

    Secondary...
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    Re: No-Buy September (formerly No-Buy August)

    I was identifying more with Miss Katy Perry and her "Baby needs a new pair of shoes" look. I feel the same way when blind-buying perfume above a certain price point. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: No-Buy September (formerly No-Buy August)

    I have my eye on several blind buys. For now I've resisted temptation, but who knows how long that will last...

    https://media.giphy.com/media/3ofSBoDj8H1tpR5HTW/giphy.gif
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    Re: A quick hello and SOTC

    They are. Tabac Rouge and Eau des Baux. I don't know what Fortitude smells like. Tabac Rouge is better than the similar though cloying Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille also, and cheaper too.

    And much...
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    Re: Coromandel Parfum is here

    A review worth watching, simply because he has extensive experience with all the versions of Coromandel, and says what he really thinks of each. (My opinion of the edp somewhat mirrors his as well,...
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    That sounds disappointing.

    The original edt was a patchouli bomb, perhaps the best feminine patchouli ever made. Luxurious feel to it, in the way that a cashmere sweater can wear that way.
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    Re: Favorite Ferrari?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGfNgJnqM-w

    The new Ferrari 812 GTS Spider looks pretty dope to me.
  49. Re: Creed Aventus Clone = Club De Nuit Intense By Armaf ?

    I must be getting old. I can't tell if this is trolling or not. :rolleyesold:
  50. Re: A Perfumer's Secrets: A Must-Watch Feature for Fragrance Enthusiasts

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YatOwgm01pc&feature=youtu.be

    She also does perfume workshops in her studio which are highly recommended.
  51. Re: Versace Eros VS Eau de baux for casual everyday

    Eau des Baux is much better, in my opinion. Eros is juvenile and sickly sweet. A noticeable amount of ambroxan too, which seems to be my kryptonite.
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    Re: Your top 10 of this decade (2010 - 2019)

    Agree with including these two on their respective lists as you've done. I don't really like either one but it's impossible to deny their influence both in the marketplace and among the fragrance...
  53. Re: Creed Aventus Clone = Club De Nuit Intense By Armaf ?

    You're not asking any of the right questions. Or not worded properly.

    "Is there something out there that smells like Aventus and is good?"

    Club de Nuit Intense smells quite a bit like Aventus,...
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    Re: For those who wear Azzaro PH EDT

    Sort of agree with both of you, but current does smell similar to vintage and is better than just "our impression of Azzaro pour homme", it just wears differently. I'd compare it to wearing a...
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    Re: Winter pleasent smell

    https://img.fragrancex.com/images/products/parent/medium/70340m.jpg

    Bentley for Men Intense

    If you want something for cold days (less than 0c), this is the stuff. Fairly loud and boozy, but...
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    Re: Your Most Worn August 2019

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  57. Re: Looking for an everyday cologne, any suggestions?

    If you like Aventus and hate the price tag, try

    Zara Vibrant Leather

    Costs basically nothing and you get a fruity Aventus-type cologne that lasts about long enough (4-6 hrs). Much better than...
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    Re: Most overrated fragrances

    Really just a way to isolate the insufferable knobs who talk endlessly about batch variations. In that sense, a very good idea. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Dior getting blasted for new Sauvage campaign

    A better, more direct translation is simply Sauvage = Savage.

    Given the obvious slur, you'd think Dior would have taken special care not to offend before embarking on this ad campaign but that...
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    Re: FINALLY - Found a vetiver I don't like

    I had this one for awhile but swapped it. Remember it being a very clean, "soapy" vetiver. It was good, and a great deal for the price, but just not my style and rarely worn.
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    Re: Wife Hates Almost All Of My Fragrances...

    Wife Hates Almost All Of My Fragrances...
    Have you given consideration to trading her in for a newer model? Just a thought.
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    Re: Acqua di gio profumo vs Kouros

    :thumbup:

    Both have a metallic base and some metal ribbing on the bottle. That's about it. There's nothing in either bottle that suggests the other one.
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    Re: Ryan seacrest is a montale man

    He's probably an investor, like this Lori Grenier character who's also on ABC's 'Shark Tank'.
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    Re: No idea where to start? First Post. Help?

    You're fortunate that Dior has returned it to it's former glory, more or less. Recent stuff is very good.
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    Re: What is “too perfumy” for you

    It has nothing to do with white florals, folks. There is plenty of shit sold to men that smells too "perfumey" as well.
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    Re: What is “too perfumy” for you

    Practically anything in department stores, malls, etc gives me the hives.
  67. Re: Interest in a Mystery Swap? Contiguous 48 States

    Well....the obligation is to send one bottle only, not umpteen. :smiley:
  68. Re: Interest in a Mystery Swap? Contiguous 48 States

    I think another idea is to exchange full bottles. Send something out you don't wear and the next person has to send out something they don't wear, of preferably similar retail value. If you don't...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    The most definitive answer is "Maybe. Maybe not."

    Arso is piney, but a lot more smokey. I don't see the two perfumes as all that similar, the Profumum products are all rich and luxurious perfumes,...
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    Re: Elie Saab Oud thoughts?

    Interesting that in The Guide, MFK's original Oud was given just 1 star, while this was given 4 stars. Perhaps the reviewer had bad associations with Oud ("reminiscent of the smell in my dentist's...
  71. Re: Layton Exclusif vs Memo Italian Leather vs Amouage Interlude ?

    Is this a trick question?

    Established, quality brand versus masstige brands?

    edit: Ok, thinking about this a bit more rather my initial flippant reply, I might still go with Interlude, as the...
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    Re: Burberry London Packaging has changed

    Yup, just keeps getting worse and cheaper-smelling, but we're supposed to pretend otherwise because it's (inexplicably) a Basenotes darling. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Worst Reputation

    https://img.fragrancex.com/images/products/parent/medium/74009w.jpg

    I almost bought this a few years ago, but the contents smelled like every other insipid fruity-floral out there. The concept is...
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    Re: I want to like Memo but I can’t

    Nothing, as far as I can tell.

    Overpriced masstige brand. Insane at retail but I would not even pay grey market for any that I've smelled.
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    Re: No idea where to start? First Post. Help?

    Unless you know someone, eBay is probably your best bet.

    Vintage Polo, Warner or Cosmair, can usually be found by typing in those type of names for search, or just "vintage Polo" in fragrances....
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    Re: No idea where to start? First Post. Help?

    Do buy:

    Vintage Polo, Vintage Kouros

    Don't buy:

    Current Polo, Current Kouros

    Do buy: Antaeus, vintage is better but current is ok
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    The weather turned cooler and I hadn't worn it many months. As soon as I sprayed it I asked myself why I hadn't.
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    Re: Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    Coincidentally, TMC had a Dustin Hoffman day of movies today, and they played 'Tootsie' , of course. The final scene has Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange, with her asking 'Dorothy'/Michael if she...
  79. Poll: Re: Chose for me like I'm a child...Only joking - but which is the best 'special occasion' scent?

    Since you seem to like Tom Ford fragrances, I'd just get a bunch of samples there and work your way through them.

    https://www.scentsplit.com/collections/tom-ford
  80. Re: News Story: Sexologist claims people come ‘flocking’ to her when she wears her own "Scent"

    Secretions Magnifique is supposedly based on that.

    This Is What Happens When You Wear Semen-Scented Perfume
  81. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time. (Feminine fragrances edition!)

    No you don't. Overpriced juvenile nonsense.
  82. Re: Tried the new Zadig & Voltaire This is Him! EXCELLENT

    I think Dunhill Icon is quite good too, and worth buying, especially at the low price. But it's not really my thing, with the Neroli and its more classical structure. But I also think 95% of what I...
  83. Re: Tried the new Zadig & Voltaire This is Him! EXCELLENT

    I noticed Joy Amin put it on his Top 15 Masculine Fragrances a few weeks ago, a curious list of high end niche and lower cost designers, with Amouage Interlude Man, Antaeus and Kouros alongside This...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    It's both, of course.

    Scarcity of supply + high demand is creating these "asset bubbles", where speculators can come in, buy larger quantities with the reasonable expectation they'll at least make...
  85. Re: News Story: Sexologist claims people come ‘flocking’ to her when she wears her own "Scent"

    She's from Toronto, is 34, and seems has a gift for self-promotion.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I know I would chafe if the price was $250. At $200 I would consider several bottles that I've missed out on over the years, getting by with smaller decants and the like. Relatively small differences...
  87. Re: Tried the new Zadig & Voltaire This is Him! EXCELLENT

    It could be higher than 20% (Fahrenheit is supposedly around 25% and I don't notice it there at all). I assume it's lower than in Encre Noire, also made by Nathalie Lorson, as the Iso-E Super is...
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    Re: NEW Dior Sauvage Parfum 2019 Official Discussion

    They should put that on the box and their adverts.
  89. Re: Tried the new Zadig & Voltaire This is Him! EXCELLENT

    I'm of the opinion that they're among the better designer fragrances for men of the last five years or so, at least for stuff that usually retails for less than $120. Yes, deceptively simple, with...
  90. Re: What are other perfumes in style of Tom Ford Noir Extreme?

    I wonder if Bulgari Man Black Orient would be to your liking? It's a lower cost designer, but I've heard it's a decent riff on a middle eastern style. And much better than Man in Black, Spicebomb, or...
  91. Re: the flight to quality - do you have this "problem"? Don't mean to sound smug (apologies)

    Similar thoughts.

    I try to wear everything I own, and make a concerted effort to wear everything I've bought, even if it's cheap, and even if it's not good. It all should get worn at some point.
    ...
  92. Re: Which frags signal "he is a nice guy but refuses to be that to me"?

    For some reason, I looked at this and read,

    :rolleyesold:

    https://media.giphy.com/media/EzR5UZl0VImbe/giphy.gif
  93. Re: Is there a fragrance that smells like soy sauce mixed with honey?

    Wouldn't it be simpler (and cheaper) just to mix some in a bowl and slather it on? I mean, if you're into that sort of thing. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    Etro Vetiver

    ...is very good, if you like natural-smelling, but somewhat linear vetivers. But the original edc was just outstanding stuff, but I guess disappeared from the market about 10 years...
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    Re: Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    A little harsh, but I agree with you about the framing device part being hokey. I thought the production values were fine though, especially considering the company that acquired "Halston" destroyed...
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    Re: Mainstream houses

    They did release Mon Guerlain a couple of years, with a splashy launch that included Angelina Jolie. Pretty underwhelming stuff to my nose, but seems to sell well, with umpteen flankers already.
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    Re: Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    There wasn't much about perfume in this, but there was one telling segment where it went into detail about the launch of Halston for Women, and how it became wildly popular at the time (mid 1970s),...
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    So you're the ones. I'd heard that a couple of people actually liked it. :rolleyesold:
  99. Re: How long have you been collecting fragrances, and do you have an end point?

    Don't.

    There are miniatures of vintage around that are not expensive. Get the real stuff, not the emasculated modern version.
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    Re: Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUIvJQUhB5I

    Dior and I (2015)

    The same production company also did this one, which I liked very much as well, despite knowing less than nothing about the fashion...
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