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    Re: How unisex would you consider Shalimar EDP

    After the drydown, just about any Guerlain is unisex.
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    Re: Just sampled YSL Opium pour homme

    Spray in the air once, walk through forwards. Spray in the air a second time, walk backwards.

    I go back and forth on OpH - it's a bit like a soda pop, which turns me off and on depending. No...
  3. Re: Just bought my first couple of "real" fragrances...

    I say this every thread, but Eau Sauvage. That is all.
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    Re: Very confused about classic frags

    I got my wife Mitsouko for Christmas.

    The first twenty minutes or so are a very aggressive powdery peach. Almost sickly. Not necessarily bad, but...weird...

    After that 20 minutes, it's...
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    Re: Bitter Bulgari black

    Bah. BB disintegrates instantaneously on contact with my skin. Too bad, I think I'd like it otherwise.
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    Re: Newbie needs a citrus frag

    Seconded.

    Also, technically speaking, L'Anarchiste is a citrus frag...(sorry, just plugging a favorite)
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    Re: What to get at Target?

    Rive Gauche pour Homme? That's great stuff. So is Rochas Lui. They're both great, classic colognes. Could pretty much flip a coin between them and you'd be satisfied either way.
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    Re: Green / Fresh Chypre

    I'm actually not as sure now... I mean, I'm pretty sure I smelled lavender in it when I tested it but no way there's coumarin in the base.

    If you go by the listed notes, Eau Trois is no kind of...
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    Re: Green / Fresh Chypre

    L'Eau Trois seems to be a fougere. Lavender isn't very prominent in it, but it's there as a structural element.

    I'm not as sure about PdH...
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    Re: Green / Fresh Chypre

    Chypre doesn't have to be light or heavy or anything else. It just has to be based on bergamot and oakmoss.

    When you smell bergamot and oakmoss together, you get a whole that's greater than the...
  11. Re: Clubman/Pinaud/Jeris/Lustray BUT .modern&niche???????'

    Okay, take Clubman. It's a classic fougere, based on lavender and coumarin. There's a lot of fougeres out there, but only so many keep it to the sweet simplicity of Clubman.

    So, how many...
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    Re: caron paris online sale

    What's Pour un Homme Splash? Is that a new fragrance?
  13. Thread: Caron Anarchist

    by alkman
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    Re: Caron Anarchist

    So...I just figured out the story behind L'Anarchiste. Caron is owned by the Ales Group and Monsieur Ales is the son of a Spanish Republican refugee to France. Which side did Ales pere fight on? The...
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    Re: Want to buy cologne for my brother

    Yeah, that's a nice one. Good choice.
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    Re: Most Likeable Caron

    The unusual top note is straight uncut lavender. Not the blended stuff or a synthetic. Weird, huh?

    Yeah, the drydowns are pretty awesome on all the Carons...
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    Re: Most Likeable Caron

    Pour un Homme and 3rd Homme are the most sure-fire. They're both nice fougeres. 3H is a little bit dirty, PuH is pleasant and classic so based on your tastes, pick either one. They're both 5 stars in...
  17. Re: We need a better name for the "citrus" family

    Good for me! tnx.
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    Re: Want to buy cologne for my brother

    All the suggestions so far are good.

    If you want something a little bit classic and casual, Eau Sauvage is great. Fresh and manly; timeless.
    A little bit more formal, like for the office, Caron...
  19. Re: Scents rated 5 stars in the book ;Perfumes: The Guide

    I missed L'A in the index; thanks!

    So: Caron's masculines get three 5's and a 4. STILL MORE PROOF OF ACCURACY!!!! ;-)
  20. Re: Scents rated 5 stars in the book ;Perfumes: The Guide

    Yes, please. Not working for me either.



    I don't know. He rated 3 of Caron's masculine scents and gave them all 5 stars. Looks to me like the hallmark of spot-on accuracy.
  21. Thread: Caron Anarchist

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    Re: Caron Anarchist

    Just in time for Xmas. PERFECT!!
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    Re: Caron Anarchist

    "What I really find peculiar is, that L'A is nowhere awaylable in any store around here (Switzerland). They have Pour un Homme, le 3ième Homme and Yatagan, but not this one. Does anybody now why?"
    ...
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    Re: Two colognes for young male?

    Rochas Lui is some hot stuff. Rich and complex, but not at all heavy.
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    Re: Two colognes for young male?

    For everyday, for a young guy, it's hard to do better than classic Eau Sauvage. Nice rich citrus with a hidden musky base.
  25. We need a better name for the "citrus" family

    I was thinking about this yesterday.

    In old-school fragrance theory, there’s only a few scent families, built around a few fundamental accords: fougeres, chypres, orientals, etc.

    The...
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    Re: Greetings, new guy here.

    I'd add Eau Sauvage to that as well. Timeless classic from the Kennedy administration.
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    Re: Aqua Di Gio - why the bad rep?

    Same reason I hate Drakkar Noir - I associate it with douchebags. Really though, it's not widespread for nothing. Marine synthetics giving body to the classic herb/citrus (hesperidic, they call it)...
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    Re: Come up with a perfume that *should* exist

    You and me are on the same page I think. I want a sea scent that's less clean, fresh and more briny, seaweedy.

    I'd call it "Auld Salt" or maybe "Sailor Boy."
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    Re: Come up with a perfume that *should* exist

    Kola nut and coca leaf really is an amazing accord - whether heavily sweetened or not. Now that you mention it I'm really surprised it doesn't get used more.
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    Re: Gentlemens Club Manager Scent Recomendations

    Oh lord it pains me to dissent here! I might be about the biggest Yatagan hound on this board (or maybe second to AromiErotici). The juice certainly is assertive and masculine.

    BUT: I would never...
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    Re: Come up with a perfume that *should* exist

    I'd buy it.
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    Re: Come up with a perfume that *should* exist

    Seawater, seaweed, sweat, sweet dry hemp rope and clean linen sailcloth.

    I've wanted this forever...
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    Re: Gentlemens Club Manager Scent Recomendations

    See these threads on sillage monsters:
    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?p=1376706#post1376706
    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=215195

    Hard to beat Aramis, tho'...
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    Re: Help a Newbie!! Finding Similar Fragrances

    In general, it seems you like florals with a deep amber base and maybe some spice.

    I think you'd like some of the Guerlains. Chamade might be a nice start.
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    Re: Frangrance for a gothic lady

    <i>-Dior's Poison (Scared to cause asthma attacks)
    -Dior's Midnigt Poison (Worried to be bored and unchallenged)</i>

    Eh. You don't sound like a synthetic berry girl to me.

    <i>-Alexander...
  36. Thread: Caron Anarchist

    by alkman
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    Re: Caron Anarchist

    Good, you'll like l'Anarchiste too. Similar structure - helix of vegetal notes wrapped around an animalic core. In Yatagan, it's bitter herbals around castoreum. In l'Anarchiste, it's fruit and spice...
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    Re: Orange and Spice?

    Seconded (or thirded, I guess).
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    Re: Curious: Why does ANYONE order blind?

    Some houses I trust implicitly. If I order a men's frag from Caron, f'rexample, I can be sure that it will be well-constructed and interesting. May not wear it every day, but I've come to expect not...
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    Re: Cologne for Male 22 yrs old

    They've got a lot of mass-market mediocre stuff but a few real gold classics in there. Keep an eye out for Eau Sauvage and Guerlain Vetiver. Some of the stores stock them. Must-try's even if you...
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    Re: Best cologne for 19 year old male

    I wish I had known about ES in college. The citrus is rich, not juicy - but it's still a citrus, youthful. Classic and youthful; fresh and animalistic. Wear it out to a kegger where some pretty girls...
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    Re: starter animalic

    You're in for a treat. Yatagan might be the best castoreum on the market...

    AND unlike some of the other mighty bigshot powerhouse scents, it's got an astonishingly elegant construction. Doesn't...
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    Re: Sephora Visit: Gucci PH vs. Aramis!

    I guess you could interpret what I smelled somewhere in the cedar family.

    If this gets any worse the only thing I'll be able to wear will be pure essential oil of wormwood!
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    Sephora Visit: Gucci PH vs. Aramis!

    So over the weekend I'm at Sephora. As usual Mrs. Alkman is trying out every light floral in the place. A real shame, since fruity chypres clearly suit her. I'm still waiting for that bottle of...
  44. Re: The 80's, the decade where more was more and men were men.

    Yeah, f*** the 80's. The 70's knew the real secret of the power scent: patchouli.
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    Re: Pick -One-, No 'Top Three'

    Caron 3rd Man.

    Not my absolute favorite, but versatile as all get out.
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    Re: Is amber ambergris?

    Amber is a very hard wood resin, so it does have a smell. Like pine resin or maple syrup - just much more refined.

    Ambergris ("grey amber") used to be valued as an alternative source of...
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    Re: Why doesn't the rest of the world get it?

    UNLESS they're younger dudes and buy the trendy cologne that their older brother tells them gets all the girlies wet. When I was in high school every knucklehead with a good allowance drove a...
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    Re: Why doesn't the rest of the world get it?

    I once had a student whose perfume was wonderful. I think in retrospect it was some kind of Guerlain. Anyway, I always wanted to ask her what it was, but never did. It would have felt like making...
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    Re: Oh Yatagan, My Yatagan

    The top notes are much brighter than I expected from some of the reviews.

    The geranium is key here. Earthy and bitter but still sweet. A flower but not floral. But it's more than just the...
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    Re: Oh Yatagan, My Yatagan

    My wife can't get enough of it. Then again she seems to have thing for big ugly brutes....
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    Re: aggressive oriental

    PERFECT!!!!
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    aggressive oriental

    So my current fave is Caron's Yatagan - realy hyped up 70's power scent. I'd like to find something with a similar feel, but spicy/oriental rather than herbal/mossy.

    I've got Opium pour Homme;...
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